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Game 54: Rangers at Yankees (updates with Burnett suspension, Girardi audio)

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YANKEES (31-22)
Damon LF
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Matsui DH
Cabrera CF
Cervelli C
Pena SS

Pitching: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (0-3, 16.07).

RANGERS (31-21)
Kinsler 2B
Young 3B
Blalock DH
Cruz RF
Murphy LF
Byrd CF
Davis 1B
Teagarden C
Andrus SS

Pitching: RHP Brandon McCarthy (5-2, 4.35).

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES.

STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees will try and win the series today as they return Chien-Ming Wang to the rotation. Wang was 0-3 with a 34.50 ERA in his first three starts of the season. He then went on the disabled list and pitched well in three relief appearances.

TEXAS TANGLE: The Yankees are 3-2 against Texas this season and have won 26 of their last 38 games against the Rangers.

SO LONG, VICENTE?: The Rangers have reportedly asked for release waivers on RHP Vicente Padilla, who hit Mark Teixeira twice on Tuesday. Manager Ron Washington would not comment after the game last night.

HOME COOKING: The Yankees have won nine of their last 12 at home.

WEATHER REPORT: The field is not covered and we should be OK. It’s not ideal June weather but it beats going to work, right?

That’s all I have for now. Much more to come later once we speak to the manager. Plus live blogging all game.

UPDATE, 11:38 a.m.: MLB has suspended A.J. Burnett six games. It is expected he will appeal.

UPDATE, 12:02 p.m.: Burnett has in fact appealed. Here is the MLB release:

Discipline has been issued to the two starting pitchers from the Tuesday, June 2nd game between the Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Bob Watson, Vice President of On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett has been suspended for six games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area of Nelson Cruz of the Rangers during the top of the fifth inning. Burnett’s six-game suspension had been scheduled to begin this afternoon, when New York continues to host Texas, but he has elected to appeal. Thus, his suspension will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

Major League Baseball also has issued an undisclosed fine to Rangers pitcher Vicente Padilla, who intentionally threw a pitch at Mark Teixeira of the Yankees during the bottom of the fourth inning.

While I’m sure some people will want to storm the gates at Park Ave. over this, Watson’s decision is completely consistent with his past decisions. Josh Beckett, for instance, for suspended without actually hitting anybody earlier this season.

Burnett went with the traditional, “When you pitch inside, the ball gets away sometimes” defense. But you, I and everybody else knows what he did. Part of being a stand-up guy is taking the hit from MLB. I would guess the suspension gets knocked down a day and they finagle their way through the rotation.

UPDATE, 12:22 p.m.: Burnett also has a scraggly little Sean Penn as Spicoli sort of mustache going. … Mark Teixeira said his bruised right ankle was better and he would not be limited. … Phil Hughes will not be available until tomorrow. … Girardi said he would be satisfied if Wang could give them six innings. His pitch count will be around 80.

UPDATE, 12:56 p.m.: Here is Joe Girardi’s pre-game press conference. He talked about Wang, Hughes, the bullpen and other issues. This was before we knew about Burnetts suspension:

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The Yankees don’t have a day off until June 15, hence the day off for Jeter. Posada is getting the day game after a night game.

Pretty decent day in the Boogie Down as it turns out. No rain, partly cloudy, around 60.

UPDATE, 1:09 p.m.: OK, were underway in the Bronx. Big game for CMW as the Yankee try and take the series from Texas. Enjoy the game, keep checking for updates.

UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Guess who’s back? Back again. Wang is back. Tell a friend.

UPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: Leadoff home run No. 26 for Johnny Dangerously as the Yankees leap out to a 1-0 lead. Meanwhile, Nick Swisher seems to like June a whole lot more than May.

Given his pitch-count limitation, giving Wang a little cushion would allow him to pitch to contact and get some quick innings possibly.

UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: That’s a catch. Murphy dropped the ball on the transfer. But first and second, nobody out for A-Rod.

UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: What in the world was Teixeira doing there? Bad base-running. Meanwhile, A-Rod has left seven runners on base in his last four at-bats, four of them in scoring position.

UPDATE, 1:31 p.m.: Wang sets down the Rangers in order again. He has thrown eight straight scoreless innings dating back to his first relief appearance.

Meanwhile, CMW has fanned seven in his last seven innings. He has thrown 23 pitches, 15 for strikes and has hit 94 with his sinker. Vintage CMW.

UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: Forgot to mention this before. But bench coach and catching instructor Tony Pena turned 52 today.

UPDATE, 1:46 p.m.: Trouble here in the third as a wild pitch scores a run. Cervelli has let three calls get past him and that one cost the Yankees.

UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Weird bad inning for Wang here. A double, a sacrifice, a wild pitch, a walk, an infield single on a ball A-Rod should have let Pena handle and now an RBI single. 2-1 Rangers.

UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Yankee Stadium is pretty ridiculous. Damon just hit a ball that he bailed out on. It flew to the wall in right field. Cruz made a leaping catch, avoiding the glove of the fan who leaned his upper body over the fence. It’s bad enough that there are Pony League dimensions in right field, but the fans can freely interfere with play.

UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Wang has reverted to April form here in the fourth inning. A single, a double-down the third-base line and a broken-bat double down the right-field line have given the Rangers two runs and a 4-1 lead. None of the balls were particularly well struck but Wang pitches to contact and that’s the danger.

Aceves warming up.

UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: Alex got booed there by the crowd as he leaves yet another runner in scoring position. That’s eight runners left on base in his last five at-bats, five in scoring position.

UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: That home run by Cruz knocks Wang out of the game. After two perfect innings, his final 2.2 innings were ugly: 7 hits, 5 runs. He needed a good effort and didn’t produce it. The question is whether the poor pitching was a product of inactivity or whether he has just lost it.

UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: What a meltdown there for McCarthy. Single, single, walk, walk, three-run by Mark Teixeira. The ball went down the line, got through Young and rolled around enough to score three runs. Brand new game at 5-5. Another RISP spot for Alex.

Oh, and Wang got two more outs than McCarthy. Guess his day wasn’t a total loss.

UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: Alex was due for that hit as he singles in Tex. Yankees lead 6-5. It’s probably going to be 12-10 the way it’s going.

UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: You would think the Yankees are in last place given the tenor of the crowd here. They booed Wang off the mound. They booed A-Rod’s first two at-bats. They booed Aceves. Not a happy bunch for the day game.

UPDATE, 3:17 p.m.: Decent enough job by Aceves, who allows one run over 1.2 innings. Now a 6-6 game is turned over to Phil Coke. The lefty has been shaky of late. He last pitched on Sunday.

UPDATE, 3:23 p.m.: You know what is interesting? Girardi has Jeter and Posada on his bench. When do you use them? In a 6-6 game, one of them could be the difference.

UPDATE, 3:32 p.m.: Swisher is 9 of 19 with five RBI in his last seven games. A little early there to pinch run for him? That spot figures to come up again in the ninth.

UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: Nice work by Coke, who retired all four of the batters he faced. He struck out two of them. Now Robertson will face Andrus.

UPDATE, 3:43 p.m.: And D-Rob gets Andrus. Now Cano, Matsui and Cabrera will to put Mo in a save situation. He’ll be coming in anyway, I would think. C.J. Wilson in for Texas.

UPDATE, 3:50 p.m.: Clutchy Cabrera does it again, a two-run jack to left as the Yankees take an 8-6 lead. Warming up for the the Yankees … Mariano Rivera.

Melky has been one of the better stories of the season. He was dead and buried last season, sent to the minors in August and unused when he came back in September. Now he has six homers and 22 RBI.

UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: It still seems weird to see Mo coming in from right field instead of left. And Enter Sandman isn’t as loud at the new Stadium.

The Sandman will have to earn this one as he faces Kinsler, Young and Cruz.

UPDATE, 3:56 p.m.: Dave Robertson in line to get the win. He throws one pitch to the No. 9 hitter, gets him to fly to left and he’s the winning pitcher. Baseball statistics are funny sometimes.

This would be a solid win for the Yankees. With a win, they will have taken seven of the last eight series. The exception was the Philly series in the Bronx.

UPDATE, 4:00 p.m.: Bit of a rockhead play there by Melky as he dives in vain to try and make a catch. Better off to hold him to a single.

UPDATE, 4:03 p.m.: Hmm, issues for Mo. First and third, one out. Need a grounder from the dangerous Nelson Cruz.

UPDATE, 4:06 p.m.: Yankees win as Mo cleans up his own mess. That’s six of eight, seven of 10 and 17 of 22. The bullpen picked up Wang nicely, allowing one run over 4.1 innings.

Back later with reaction from the clubhouse.

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1,559 Responses to “Game 54: Rangers at Yankees (updates with Burnett suspension, Girardi audio)”

  1. Jeff NJ - Everyday Aceves June 4th, 2009 at 9:52 am

    This weather is perfect for me as someone who is going to the game, not too hot or too sunny.

    Yankee Stadium is definetely my happy place, now hopefully my one year old let’s me enjoy the day.

  2. NYNY June 4th, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Big game today. It only counts for 1 in the books but today we’ll see what we’re getting from Chien Ming Wang in the near future. Also would like to see Arod get back on track real quick before the fans ruin another season by getting on him.

  3. Tom in N.J. June 4th, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Brandon McCarthy vs Yanks:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....yerId=6191

  4. Chris from NJ June 4th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Would love to see Wang get back on track today!

  5. Jeff NJ - Everyday Aceves June 4th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Gotta keep winning series. I’m kinda surprised the Yankees didn’t keep cc for today and use Wang tomorrow on Hughes’s day.

  6. NYNY June 4th, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Yanks should have waited until after last night’s game to announce Wang as SP for today’s game. Would rather have CC going today for the series win.

  7. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 10:07 am

    EVAN ROBERTS IS RIGHT!!!

  8. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Derek Jeter issued a statement that he is not engaged to Minka Kelly. I have breathed a sign of relief

  9. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    oops- SIGH of relief- for the above to make sense

  10. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 4th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    “EVAN ROBERTS IS RIGHT!!!”

    About what, Benny?

  11. JohnC June 4th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Looks like next week’s series in Boston sets up as:

    Tuesday: Wang vs. Beckett

    Wednesday: CC vs. Wakefield

    Thursday” Joba vs. Penny

  12. Bull.... June 4th, 2009 at 10:23 am

    RIP David Carradine.

  13. bru June 4th, 2009 at 10:25 am

    no jete or posada.

  14. i-know-nothing June 4th, 2009 at 10:25 am

    prime example of how much Tex means to this team, last night.
    I can only imagine if Swish was our 1B full time.

    Funny how there are some on this blog who didn’t really care if we signed Tex.. the ones who said save the money cracked me up the most. I was always for Tex and even more so that Boston made a serious run at him. I thank the steins and cash for making this happen.. phew.

    I’d much rather have Tex up with bases loaded then Arod.. especially this year.

    sure hope Tex is playing today.

  15. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Evan Roberts points:

    Yankees fans are insane for booing Alex.

    Yes, his 3ab’s were horrible, but he drove in 1 of the 2 runs that the yankees scored last night.

    The yankees are 18-7 since he’s come back. You dont boo the guy that helped you get to this point.

    What about Andy pettite given up 4 runs in 5 innings with 6 BB? He wasnt exactly great either and he put the yankees in the hole early.

    Robbie 0-4
    Damon 0-4
    Jeter 0-4
    gardner 0-2
    Matsui 0-4

    you cant put this all on Arod.

  16. Stultus Magnus...Wang took your spot HUGHES!! June 4th, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Go get ‘em, Wang!

  17. Doreen June 4th, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Erica -

    I didn’t even know such a rumor existed about Derek & Minka. :)

    Wow, poor girl. I think. Your steady boyfriend tells the world he’s not ready to marry you. Even if it’s okay and she doesn’t want to get married either. It’s still weird that such a statement has to be made. You have to wonder – Jeter usually keeps his mouth shut – what would make him issue a statement?

    Oh, well.

    So, it’s not supposed to rain at all today in the Bronx? It’s pretty dismal here in central NJ and I think it’s supposed to shower on and off. Plus it’s cold-ish outside. Feels more like April than June.

    Best of luck to CMW.

  18. i-know-nothing June 4th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    What the heck? Why does Joe keep batting Swisher second??

    Joe G knows so much about nutrition, but I am wondering about baseball!

  19. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    EVAN ROBERTS IS RIGHT!!!

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

    A phrase that is not often proclaimed
    (Sorry, Evan just annoys me :P )

  20. Patrick Bateman June 4th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Texas is just going to eat the rest of Padilla’s 12M?

    For a franchise thats so concerned about revenue and budget, this isn’t exactly fiscally savvy.

  21. bru June 4th, 2009 at 10:28 am

    carradine committed suicide.

    wow.

  22. i-know-nothing June 4th, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Benny Blanco:

    Boo’ing Arod is so counter-productive. Yankee fans are crazy.. when he gets booed it gets in his head and he personalizes it.

    I’d never boo Arod. Ever. his head is putty enough as it is.

  23. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    thing.

    brent
    June 4th, 2009 at 9:40 am
    Cano and Melky need more discipline at he plate.
    Hope Tex is back ,because waiting on glimmers of greatness from Arod is disconcerting and overrated.

    Why can’t the Yankees bring home the guy on third ,
    especially with one or no outs ,it’s pathetic to watch,the batter just strike out,even when bases are loaded
    ===============================================

    Lol…its ok

  24. Rebecca-Optimist Prime June 4th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Is it that they want Peña’s defense over Jeter or something? Seems a short line up today…though I wouldnn’t have expected Posada to catch.

    Anyway, I gotta sit in class all game, so watch the Yankees kill them like 20-0.

  25. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Bring it Wang, no excuses today.

    Nice that they give Georgy and Derek a rest today, day game after night and those two can not be lost b/c of recklessness. Added more defense/range to 2 positions on a day the SP needs it.

  26. benfica356 June 4th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    whoa
    YANKEES (31-22)
    Damon LF
    Swisher RF
    Teixeira 1B
    Rodriguez 3B
    Cano 2B
    Matsui DH
    Cabrera CF
    Cervelli C
    Pena SS

  27. Jeff June 4th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    I think Girardi uses more different lineups than any other manager in baseball. (Doesnt feel like making the joke complaint that he’s blowing the game. Just pointing out something)

  28. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Doreen
    June 4th, 2009 at 10:26 am
    Erica –
    I didn’t even know such a rumor existed about Derek & Minka.

    Wow, poor girl. I think. Your steady boyfriend tells the world he’s not ready to marry you. Even if it’s okay and she doesn’t want to get married either. It’s still weird that such a statement has to be made. You have to wonder – Jeter usually keeps his mouth shut – what would make him issue a statement?
    ****
    I didn’t know the rumour was out there either, but apparently they were spotted shopping for rings earlier this year which triggered the statement. I don’t really think the statement means anything though. How often do celebrities say they are not engaged or not pregnant and then suddenly there is a wedding or a baby. It happens all the time.

  29. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 4th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    That’s fair, Benny. Jeter and Cano were both guilty of miserable ABs with men on base. You know how it goes with Arod though. He’s the superstar, the polarizing figure, etc.

  30. rconn23 June 4th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Um, Swisher went 2 for 3 with a walk batting second, and he has one of the highest on-base percentages on the team.

    Who would be your preference? Cano or Cabrera, who hack at almost every pitch they see?

  31. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 10:32 am

    And as I wrote that I can’t believe I said added D in the infield and I’m ok w/ Georgy/Jetes getting a rest day.

    Teix @ 1B
    AL @ 3B
    Robi @ 2B
    El Nino @ SS
    Cisco @ C

  32. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Jeff
    June 4th, 2009 at 10:31 am
    I think Girardi uses more different lineups than any other manager in baseball. (Doesnt feel like making the joke complaint that he’s blowing the game. Just pointing out something)

    ****
    I actually sometimes wonder if there is some sort of incentive in Girardi’s contract where he gets paid per different lineup he manages to produce.

    Guessing Jeter was just due for a day off. I don’t think he had one in a while.

  33. ePic June 4th, 2009 at 10:33 am

    “What the heck? Why does Joe keep batting Swisher second?? ”

    Because Swisher continues to hit well batting second. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

  34. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Teixiera back in the lineup $_$

  35. bru June 4th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    is it smart to give both jete & posada off the same day.

    i understand resting people but why 2 big players at once?

    the best players have to play.we learned this last year.

    posada i can see.a day after a night game.

  36. Wave Your Hat June 4th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    “What the heck? Why does Joe keep batting Swisher second??”

    Maybe because he’s hitting .333/.429/.583 when he hits second? Or maybe just because somebody needs to bat second, especially when Damon or Teixera sit? But since you know nothing, I don’t mind telling you.

  37. Jeff June 4th, 2009 at 10:36 am

    By the way Melky looks like the Melky of last year since coming back. Alot of weak ground outs. And same goes for Cano, he hasnt been good for a while.

    Francesa today “Why couldn tha yankees get Mclooth? Da Braves gave up notin!”

  38. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Man Teixeira gives this team more options, yrs. ago Jetes/Georgy sitting we’d all scream holy mary. But Teix/Arod/Cano/Matsui should be enough to carry this team.

  39. i-know-nothing June 4th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    I know nothing.. correct.

    I’d prefer someone with more speed batting second personally.

    seriously, I really know nothing.

  40. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    “Francesa today “Why couldn tha yankees get Mclooth? Da Braves gave up notin!””

    Gorkys is hardly nothing, but they fleeced the pirates.

  41. i-know-nothing June 4th, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Brandon,

    I remember you saying that we would NOT sign Tex. I am so glad you were wrong.

    thank you.

  42. SJ44 June 4th, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Joe Torre used 144 different lineups in 162 games in 1998.

    Love the lineup complaints. Same people, same nonsense.

  43. Howard June 4th, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I love having Pena at short with Wang on the mound.

  44. JohnC June 4th, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Why no Jeter today? He’s been their hottest hitter besides Tex lately.

  45. GET REAL June 4th, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Anyone else notice how easy it was to steal off Andy and Posada last night? No one used to steal on Andy and now Posada can’t throw anyone out.

  46. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 10:40 am

    This is as good a day as any to rest Jeter. Pena at short will help Wang, assuming he gets a lot of grounders.

    I also agree with Roberts, anyone that boos A-rod is freaking insane. Everybody strikes out and grounds into double plays. He just had a bad night and so did the rest of the team.

  47. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 10:40 am

    “Brandon,

    I remember you saying that we would NOT sign Tex. I am so glad you were wrong.”

    We weren’t SJ explained yesterday how Boston messed it up and Cashman swooped in, a move that has the pretty much made the difference in the AL division, I do admit when I’m wrong ya know, infact I did so long ago. I’m only human. :?

  48. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 10:42 am

    McClouth is good but not that good. He’s a career .801 OPS corner outfielder. Nothing special…

    (Yes I know he plays CF but he should be playing RF. He’s the worst CF in the league.)

  49. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 10:42 am

    “Why no Jeter today? He’s been their hottest hitter besides Tex lately.”

    He had an 0 fer last night and it’s a day game after a night game w/ big series coming up vs Boston & TB & the Mets.

  50. Jeff June 4th, 2009 at 10:43 am

    SJ44
    June 4th, 2009 at 10:38 am
    Joe Torre used 144 different lineups in 162 games in 1998.

    Love the lineup complaints. Same people, same nonsense.

    That year they didnt have an every day left fielder and got Chili Davis in a trade in season. Where did you hear that they had 144 different lineups. This team doesnt need to have that many different lineups, simple as that.

  51. SJ44 June 4th, 2009 at 10:44 am

    No off day until June 15. Today is as good a day as any to give him a day off.

  52. bru June 4th, 2009 at 10:44 am

    i hardly ever complain about the lineup so it is not the same people.

    i just don’t think it is smart to give 2 regulars off the same day.

    alternate one at a time.jmo.

    i understand wang is a ground ball pitcher but i wouldn’t do it.

    everybody disagrees with a lineup once in a while.

    if anyone says otherwise they are a liar.

  53. Rishi June 4th, 2009 at 10:44 am

    SJ44
    June 4th, 2009 at 10:38 am
    Joe Torre used 144 different lineups in 162 games in 1998.

    Love the lineup complaints. Same people, same nonsense.

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    I was looking for this number…couldn’t remember how many different line ups it was :)

  54. Wave Your Hat June 4th, 2009 at 10:45 am

    The important thing is to get on base in front of Teixeira and ARod. Jeter and Damon have been doing a good job of that, but when one of those two sit Swisher would be the next best guy to bat there, IMO. I like Joe’s approach.

    Speed would just be a temptation to steal and maybe get thrown out. Get on base, and wait for the middle of the lineup to knock you in.

  55. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 10:45 am

    “That year they didnt have an every day left fielder and got Chili Davis in a trade in season. Where did you hear that they had 144 different lineups. This team doesnt need to have that many different lineups, simple as that.”

    They’re learning to win w/ different combos and meshing well as a team, how is that a bad thing, plus it’s a day game after night for 30+ yr olds, you can’t expect them playing every day.

  56. bru June 4th, 2009 at 10:46 am

    i would love mclouth on the yankees

  57. SJ44 June 4th, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Its not as “simple as that”.

    Its an older team that has had a lot of injuries. They have to mix up the lineup in order to balance giving guys days off and keeping them fresh throughout the year.

    Actually, if you knew a little bit about baseball, you would realize having this kind of lineup flexibility helps a team.

    Its a known fact of the 144 lineups in 162 games in 1998.

    Hmmm, a guy who used to post here before the children took over the game thread, is the person who found that nugget last year when the children constantly complained about the lineup.

    The Yankees are currently the hottest team in baseball. They have won 80% of their games since Arod returned.

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say the manager knows more about his team, and his lineups, than you do.

  58. Jeet Skeet June 4th, 2009 at 10:47 am

    wheres Gardner today…hes been hot

  59. five iron from fenway June 4th, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Pena also gives the Yankees a bit more range in the infield with Wang pitching.
    Cervelli helps keep the running game in check and you don’t want to catch Posada day game after night game.
    I guess you can argue to DH Posada, but you have a rh pitcher going and you might as well try to get Matsui on track.

  60. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 10:48 am

    You can disagree with the lineup but at least see the logic Girardi uses to create the lineup. There are very few instances in which I can’t see his reasoning.

    In this case Jeter and Posada are sitting because it’s a day game after a night game. I’m sure the fact that Wang is pitching plays into Girardi’s decision to start Pena at SS.

    Jeter has actually been good at SS this year so I’m a bit surprised Pena isn’t taking Alex’s spot (who has been terrible at 3B). I guess we need A-rod in the lineup and Jetes hasn’t had a day off in awhile.

  61. Jeff June 4th, 2009 at 10:48 am

    I’m always weary of players who dont break out until their late 20′s

  62. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    “i would love mclouth on the yankees”

    I say this to myself after every one of your posts but I think for this one I need to post what I am saying.

    “Thank God bru isn’t the GM or manager of the Yankees.”

  63. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Wave Your Hat, I think the first 3 guys in this line up avg together a .380 OBP %

  64. Wave Your Hat June 4th, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Brandon-

    Considering how many HRs the middle of lineup will hit, a .380 OBP at the top of the lineup will score a lot of runs. You gotta love it.

  65. bru June 4th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Patrick
    June 4th, 2009 at 10:49 am
    “i would love mclouth on the yankees”

    I say this to myself after every one of your posts but I think for this one I need to post what I am saying.

    “Thank God bru isn’t the GM or manager of the Yankees.”
    ————————————————————

    please give it a rest.

    saying i wouldn’t mind mclouth on the yankees makes me stupid & your comment about it makes you smart.

    lol.

    funny stuff.

    i have oppinions just like yourself.some of my ideas & opinions might be stupid but i don’t think by me saying i would like a decent cf on the yankees is that crazy.

    but who am i.

    i guess you can decide for me,the yankees & all of us what we should be thinking.

    wake up son.

  66. Jeff June 4th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Speaking of overrated players, I really hope Matt Holliday gets traded to a team with a big ballpark (like say the Mets)Then id love to sit back and hear people try to figure out why he isnt hitting like he used to

  67. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I would love Robi waking up, he’s slid a bit and Melky just needs to battle to get on base.

  68. Chris from NJ June 4th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    It is smart baseball to play pena at SS with Wang on the mound. Jeter needs some time off, when he’s healthy it shows in his numbers, let’s keep him healthy. But he could have played ARod at DH and Pena at 3rd as well… Matsui is becoming a liability, he’s worse than Giambi was on the bases.

  69. i-know-nothing June 4th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Actually, I really like the young guys getting to play today. They are very fun to watch. They are hungry.. love that.

    Brandon, I probably should of said that I was not glad that you were wrong as much as I was glad that we HAVE Tex.

    Also, Tex from the very beginning had his hopes set on the Yankees.. regardless of Boston’s offer.

    Tex would’ve went to Boston if the Yankees didn’t make an offer at all.. he wants to win, but his inner-child was pushing him to the Yankees as well as his wife :)

  70. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 10:56 am

    The pitching has been great in May but look at our lineup, it has been really good. Everyone in the regular starting lineup (Jeter, Damon, Teixeira, A-rod, Cano, Posada, Matsui, Swisher, Cabrera) has an .821 OPS or higher.

  71. five iron from fenway June 4th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Chris – that would be a feat to see Pena play SS and 3b at the same time.

  72. bodhisattva - OPPC member - Destiny Wears Pinstripes June 4th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Good bench today.

    Leaving for Stadium. Hope it doesn’t rain.

  73. hiya jackson! June 4th, 2009 at 10:58 am

    “Everybody strikes out and grounds into double plays. He just had a bad night and so did the rest of the team.”

    Did you watch those AB’s from Arod last night?

    Those weren’t just bad, they were classic Arod-is-in-a-funk bad. When this starts, he will be stranding runners galore for the next month. And then the booing will get worse and he’ll start gagging even more. It will be interesting to watch. And it will be very interesting to see how his fragile psyche holds up during the Boston series.

  74. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    “i guess you can decide for me,the yankees & all of us what we should be thinking.”

    That probably would be for the best actually. I am a baseball genius after all. *

    McClouth is not a decent CF. He is a pretty average hitter for his career and a terrible fielder.

    *joking…

  75. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Yes I watched A-rod’s at-bats, they were bad. Like I said, he had a bad night. Does that justify him getting booed? The team has looked amazing since he got back and he has a .934 OPS. He didn’t deserve that kind of treatment from the fans. Absolutely absurd.

  76. Patrick from CT June 4th, 2009 at 11:00 am

    The line up is good!
    Jeter and Posada can pinch hit if necessary.
    Go Wang’r

  77. Wave Your Hat June 4th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    “Matsui is becoming a liability”

    His running hasn’t really hurt us. And in the last week he’s .286/.348/.524; in the last two weeks .289/.357/.605. If he hits like that he’s no liability, even if he doesn’t run.

  78. five iron from fenway June 4th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    A-rod seems to either be locked in or look foolish.
    When he is locked in he hits everything and goes to the opposite field quite a bit.
    When he is not locked in, and I have heard that this is because he guesses quite a bit at pitches, he swings and misses often and has very poor results.
    He has been good, but not great since his return (despite the homeruns). It would be nice for him to get in a locked in (Mark Texeira month of May locked in) mode.

  79. CountryClub June 4th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Arod has left a village on the bases this week. I’m sure that’s what the booing was about instead of just what happened last night.

  80. Jeff June 4th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Great job by Tomko last night with 3 scoreless innings. He would have been the player of the game if they came back and won. Im suprised we didnt see Aceves early on, I guess it wouldnt have mattered since the rangers scored 3 in the first and the Yankees only score 2 runs in the game. I wonder if Girardi was holding back Aceves (who hasnt pitched since friday) in case wang cant go too long today. Thoughts?

  81. CountryClub June 4th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    It’s supposed to rain all day and night on Friday. So don’t put too much thought into who will be pitching against the Sox or Mets. Those matchups will likely look different than they do today.

  82. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    “McClouth is not a decent CF. He is a pretty average hitter for his career and a terrible fielder.”

    He’s ok in CF, he’s better in RF or LF, the Braves made that deal and gave a promising future athlete in Gorkys Hernandez, that kid can run and hit

    http://www.thebaseballcube.com.....ndez.shtml

    The main thing Huntington wanted was an athlete, meaning for us it would have started w/ Austin Jackson followed by a hang up. He has Nayja Morgan in LF very fast and good defensively, in CF he has Andrew McCutchen the big 5 tool CF stud, now in RF they will have Gorkys who can definitely field and hit and has alot of future potential. They still got fleeced but the move was more for an athlethic, fast, versatile offense, the Bucs are aiming for.

  83. Wave Your Hat June 4th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Coincidence or not, this team became an entirely different team once ARod came back. The fans last night must have just had a need to boo somebody.

    Given how often the top of the lineup gets on base, ARod is naturally going to leave a lot of runners on. But I’m pretty sure he’s also going to knock a lot of them in.

  84. Tom in N.J. June 4th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Yankees draft preview:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....Id=rss_nyy

  85. CountryClub June 4th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Jeff,

    My guess is that Hughes will be the man today if Wang struggles. But then again they may hold him back to pitch the 7th or 8th. Luckily will know soon enough with the 1pm start.

  86. CountryClub June 4th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    edit: we’ll know

  87. NYNY June 4th, 2009 at 11:08 am

    The Yanks have one of the best lineups in baseball. Let’s preserve that by making sure our players get rest and are healthy. The Rangers are without Hamilton and have Chris Davis who will swing at anything. Our lineup without Posada and Jeet is surely good enough to get the job done. Give it a rest.

  88. Tom in N.J. June 4th, 2009 at 11:08 am

    “The Yankees could highlight an athletic outfield prospect like California’s Brett Jackson on their Draft board, and there has been talk about Southern California shortstop Grant Green and Boston College catcher Tony Sanchez.”

    SJ, has there been much talk between Tony and the Yanks?

  89. Patrick from CT June 4th, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Patrick Bateman
    June 4th, 2009 at 10:27 am
    Texas is just going to eat the rest of Padilla’s 12M?

    For a franchise thats so concerned about revenue and budget, this isn’t exactly fiscally savvy.
    ========================================================
    Holy Cow!
    Maybe they have another team ready to take part of the contract.
    I guess the umpires and league office know all about this guy and that is why AJ was not suspended and no retaliation for Texas pitching yesterday…

  90. Tom in N.J. June 4th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    ” He has Nayja Morgan in LF very fast and good defensively, in CF he has Andrew McCutchen the big 5 tool CF stud, now in RF they will have Gorkys who can definitely field and hit and has alot of future potential.”

    No, Tabata?

  91. stuart a June 4th, 2009 at 11:10 am

    is Cano ever going to take the next step? Show a monicom of discipline at the plate and hit better when men on in scoring position? Again it is not that he gets out it is that he hits the first pitch and shows no patience.

    Cano always gets a pass and arod does not..

  92. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    “No, Tabata?”

    He’s in AA struggling again.

  93. Patrick from CT June 4th, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Jeff
    June 4th, 2009 at 11:04 am
    Great job by Tomko last night with 3 scoreless innings. He would have been the player of the game if they came back and won. Im suprised we didnt see Aceves early on, I guess it wouldnt have mattered since the rangers scored 3 in the first and the Yankees only score 2 runs in the game. I wonder if Girardi was holding back Aceves (who hasnt pitched since friday) in case wang cant go too long today. Thoughts?

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

    Yup, you got it.
    Ace will back up Wang today. Hughes is not available until tomorrow because he through 95 in his last start.

  94. vin June 4th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    “Arod has left a village on the bases this week. I’m sure that’s what the booing was about instead of just what happened last night.”

    I wouldn’t give those “fans” that much credit. Not sure if the reactionary boo-birds have the ability to store that kind of information.

  95. Whatever June 4th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Tex has been here two months and he is already more popular than A-Rod will ever be. At least until we win a championship and A-Rod contributes.

    Why? I don’t know. Maybe it has something to do with A-Rod never playing a game like Tex did Tuesday. Has he ever given his body up to preserve a rally? Celebrated another teammates’ success like Tex did when Matsui homered? Showed real passion for the team?

    Or maybe it’s because Tex’s agent hasn’t dumped us on national TV yet when Boston was in the process of winning a World Series. Or because Tex apparently hasn’t lied about PED’s. Or that Tex doesn’t inflict his dreary personal life on us.

    Decisions, decisions. I don’t know. I leave it to all of you who are bawling about A-Rod being booed to figure it out.

  96. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Patrick, GI Joe told Hughes be prepared for anything so guessing he might relieve today.

  97. kasey June 4th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    i don’t see anythign wrong with giving jeter a day off today, although a-rod may have needed it a bit more. i woke up today hoping a-rod would get a day, but maybe sometime this weekend. he looked really, really bad at the plate last night.

    and no, the blame doesn’t fall only on alex but he sure was bad those last three at-bats last night, no getting around it.

    in thining about wang, and what randy said about lowering expectations and his coming back being something of a process, i agree. there’s no reason anyone should expect wang to come out and dominate these next few starts. if he does, great. if not, just some improvement would be more than acceptable.

    BUT

    i think we can all agree that the AL east is going to be a dogfight all year. in a division this tight, can the yankees really afford to allow joba to take his occasional lumps AND let wang “get back in the swing of things” against the red sox? i understand you have to lose a battle to win a war sometimes, but how many little battles can the yanks afford to lose?

    it’s just something i was thinking about. i certainly don’t have the answer and if they miss the playoffs, there will be a hundred different “what if’s” but wang may well be one of them.

  98. Damien June 4th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    SIGN Colby Gage!!!!!

    Last Friday, the 12-year-old Little Leaguer of Adams, Massachusetts not only pitched a perfect game, but he struck out every batter he faced; eighteen batters up and eighteen batters down.

  99. kasey June 4th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    whatever’s post is my favorite of the day so far. it’s great that the team’s been much better with alex and if he helps them win, good for them and good for him.

    but he is one of my least favorite players in the game. always has been, always will be.

  100. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    “Arod has left a village on the bases this week. I’m sure that’s what the booing was about instead of just what happened last night.”

    He had crappy ABs yesterday even he realized it after the game, he swung at ball 4 in one AB and jump out his shoes for a change up, it just wasn’t his night. I’d love for him to click majorly vs Boston, but I don’t remember the last time at YS that Alex has hit a walkoff hit in the night. Day time yes, night time usually on the road. Wierd :?

  101. DB - (officially panicked 5/13/09) June 4th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Tex and ARod is like ying and yang…our Ortiz and Ramirez. This team just doesn’t have the same swagga when one is out.

  102. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    “whatever’s post is my favorite of the day so far. it’s great that the team’s been much better with alex and if he helps them win, good for them and good for him.”

    All they have to do is read the Daily News or NYP comments from his teammates they know it.

  103. brent June 4th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    How fed up is Texas with Padilla, to eat that contract,wow?

  104. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    “Tex and ARod is like ying and yang…our Ortiz and Ramirez. This team just doesn’t have the same swagga when one is out.”

    That combo seems to feed off each other for some reason. IDK what it is that bonds them but thank god for that combo.

  105. DT June 4th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I always feel so left out in these line-up whines…. so here goes.

    What ?
    No Angel Berroa again!!!
    It’s a mockery!
    It’s an infringement on my constitutional rights. It’s outrageous, egregious, preposterous.
    His face is my case.

  106. brent June 4th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Love Matsui,but his knees are gonna be the death of the Yankees. It’s painful watching him run the bases.

  107. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    brent, this is most likely his last season.

  108. Patrick from CT June 4th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    DB – (officially panicked 5/13/09)
    June 4th, 2009 at 11:22 am
    Tex and ARod is like ying and yang…our Ortiz and Ramirez. This team just doesn’t have the same swagga when one is out.

    They better have some swagga and help win a few rings for 485mil invested…eeek

  109. Come on. June 4th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    With the exception of only a few, why is it that this place generates such a loathing of its own team? What is wrong with you hyper-critical people? Try just being a fan instead of a GM – because honestly, you are out of your league and it’s embarrassing, frustrating and upsetting to read. Let me enjoy one game with real Yankee fans…please!

  110. catherine June 4th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    burnett suspended for 6 games

  111. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    “They better have some swagga and help win a few rings for 485mil invested…eeek”

    One thing they can do that Ortiz/Manny never did well is also play defense.

    Anybody think we can steal Crowe from the Indians ? use him in the COF and what would it take ?

  112. NYNY June 4th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    The Yankees need a fan membership site where there is accountability and moderators.

  113. 86w183 June 4th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    McLouth gives you a bit more power than Melky, career slugging % .462 versus .382, but Melky has a slightly higher BA (.272 – .261) and is a vastly superior defensive OF. He’s also almost three years younger and a switch hitter. McLouth would not be a significant upgrade.

  114. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    “Hmmm, a guy who used to post here before the children took over the game thread, is the person who found that nugget last year when the children constantly complained about the lineup.”

    sj44-

    i had one of the best fights( there’s no other word for it) ever with hmmm on my first post here over jeter and defensive metrics. it was great. it led to me having to read up on dewan’s fielding bible which was quite interesting, but flawed and subjective.

    as time went on we agreed more than disagreed. i like to think we both learned something from having to defend sometimes opposing positions.it would be great if hmmm and some of the others that left came back from time to time.

    the game posts are crazy at times, but i just read the regulars who i interact with.

    as far as different line ups, it’s good for a team to have interchangeable parts and players who aren’t afraid to try different things. it’s a good hedge against the inevitable injuries that are going to happen.

  115. brent June 4th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Brandon, I know but you gotta love his will to play on those knees. The Yankees stood by him through it all.

  116. declineoptions07 June 4th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    JohnC
    June 4th, 2009 at 10:20 am
    Looks like next week’s series in Boston sets up as:
    Tuesday: Wang vs. Beckett
    Wednesday: CC vs. Wakefield
    Thursday” Joba vs. Penny

    John – I can all but guarantee Boston will reconfigure their rotation and skip Penny to have Lester throw on regular rest against us. Unlike us, they seem to make sure we see Beckett and Lester, presumably their two best, everytime we face them. Even in the 2 game set at the Stadium, thats who they pitched. 5 games vs Boston, Lester and Beckett have pitched 4 of them.

  117. Rishi June 4th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    catherine
    June 4th, 2009 at 11:34 am
    burnett suspended for 6 games
    oooooooooooo

    That is absurd

  118. Patrick from CT June 4th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Love Matsui,but his knees are gonna be the death of the Yankees. It’s painful watching him run the bases.
    ===========================================================
    He’s done with the Yankees after this year and will likely be back in Japan next year.
    He’s doing OK and giving us a lot more than Big Papi is giving the Sox.
    Gardy will run for him today late in the game…

  119. jennifer June 4th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    catherine
    Where did you hear this?

    SO AJ gets suspended 6 games and he wasn’t near the dudes head.

    Joshy suspended 6 games and mere centimeters away from Bobby’s head.

    Fair? I think not.

  120. Someone Else June 4th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Bryce Harper: http://vault.sportsillustrated...../index.htm

    He says he wants to play in the pinstripes.

    If he is drafted at 17, makes the majors at 18, he’d be a free agent before he’s 25.

    If he’s as good as he looks… he could destroy ARod’s contract, and that would be about the time ARod’s contract would be done.

  121. jennifer June 4th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Just saw it on Sweeny’s twitter.

    AJ better appeal. Total BS!

  122. brent June 4th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I wish CC was a vs Beckett. Wang vs Waffle ball ,Wakefield.

  123. catherine June 4th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    sources. padilla only gets a fine apparently.

  124. Coach6423 June 4th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    The Burnett suspension is absolutely ridiculous.

  125. Evan June 4th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Burnett was suspended for 6 games. What a joke MLB is.

  126. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    “randon, I know but you gotta love his will to play on those knees. The Yankees stood by him through it all.”

    I know but I’m not that in love.

    On Bryce Harper can the kid go against NCAA and minor league pitching before he gets annointed, he 16 just and there have been many 16 yr. olds w/ the same story.

  127. jennifer June 4th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    So the guy who starts it gets a fine? The guy who apparently is universally hated around bb because he always hits people gets a fine.

    I’m surprised those morons in mlb didn’t suspend Tex after all he went in hard to second.

  128. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    “That is absurd”

    ATTROCIOUS..JUST ATTROCIOUS !

  129. Rishi June 4th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    jennifer – don’t give them any ideas…

  130. frank from chatham June 4th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Nate McLouth was moved to the Braves yesterday and one ESPN writer referred to him as 5-tool guy.

    I think our CF combo of G-man and the Melkman is as good especially this year.

  131. Stephen June 4th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I think it’s for going at Cruz’s head vs. Tex’s side.

    I bet it’ll be redueced, but MLB doesn’t want pitchers throwing at anyone’s head, regardless of whether it’s retaliation or not.

  132. raymagnetic June 4th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Are fans supposed to stand up a cheer when players ground into double plays in bases loaded situations?

    I have no problem with fans booing certain situations that occur during a game.

    I think it’s dumb when fans boo Alex even before he takes an at bat but I have no problem with them booing him when he grounds into a double play.

    If fans can cheer when a player does something good then they have every right to boo when a player does something bad. JMO

  133. bru June 4th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    on wfan he is suspended 6 games

  134. Tom in N.J. June 4th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Is this the rough-draft of the blog?

  135. bru June 4th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    one start
    hughes will take it

  136. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    McClouth 5 tool ? Jesus Chr.. :?

  137. raymagnetic June 4th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Is it just my computer or did the text change on this website?

  138. Harry G June 4th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    BREAKING NEWS:
    Just got a tweet from Sweeny Murti that AJ is suspended 6 games.
    IF the Yanks pitch Hughes ouuta the pen today I’ll B pissed. Aceves should releive Wang today, and Hughes should start Sunday instead of AJ. Simple as that.

  139. CountryClub June 4th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Just take the suspension and let Hughes pitch in his spot on Sunday (or Monday depending on tomorrow’s likely rainout).

  140. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    “on wfan he is suspended 6 games”

    And suddenly Hughes and Aceves lick thier chops.

  141. Chip June 4th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Seriously, the players took care of it on the field and it’s a done deal. He didn’t even hit him! This is going way too far

  142. BLUSHMA June 4th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Wow 6 games are u serious?

  143. CountryClub June 4th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    The text changed.

  144. Chip June 4th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Harry, he’ll appeal the suspension and make the start Sunday

  145. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Kei Igawa w/ a smile somewhere has just found his sunglasses.

  146. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    “i think we can all agree that the AL east is going to be a dogfight all year. in a division this tight, can the yankees really afford to allow joba to take his occasional lumps AND let wang “get back in the swing of things” against the red sox?”

    kasey-

    i agree with wang at fenway. unless he does well today i wouldn’t pitch him at fenway unless i had hughes ready to step right in at the first sign of trouble. it’s a two game swing with the red sox and they do something against wang that other teams don’t do as much.

    they edge closer to the mound in an attempt to negate the sinker. neil allen told wang to knock the red sox hitters back with up and in four seam fastballs to negate this. even inside four seam strikes will be effective if the sox try this and they probably will.

    this is getting a little ahead of ourselves. today’s game is coming fast.i’m just hoping wang can go 4 innings with no more than four runs and have a game he can build on.

  147. Tom in N.J. June 4th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Courier font today, bold yesterday. Wonder what’s next…

  148. Bad Scooter June 4th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Nice bench today. Jeter, Posada and Gardner. Jetes and Jorge will probably pinch hit and Gardner will pinch run at some point today.

    Lay off Arod. He had a somewhat major surgery recently and is nowhere near 100%. He’s going to have his ups and downs, like all ballplayer (his are just more magnified and scrutinized). Good thing he hit a bunch of HR’s early after he came back or these idiots would’ve booed him in the second game back. He’s in a funk right now, no big deal.

  149. Rishi June 4th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    I promise, I had nothing to do with the text changing

  150. UnKnown June 4th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    That just proves you can never have too many starters, fear not Hughes.

  151. Someone Else June 4th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    “On Bryce Harper can the kid go against NCAA and minor league pitching before he gets annointed, he 16 just and there have been many 16 yr. olds w/ the same story.”

    Yeah, Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey, Jr.

    Name another 16 year old who hits 450+ foot blasts? He hit one 570 feet with an aluminum bat!

    And he’s not just an aluminum bat wonder, as he plays in wood bat leagues.

    If he gets his GED, he’s going to enroll in a JuCo and play against college guys.

  152. DB - (officially panicked 5/13/09) June 4th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    raymagnetic, I gotta agree with you. I’m not one to boo but if they don’t perform then by all means fans have the right to do whatever they want.

    It’s kind of hard to suspend Padilla when he was released. Of course he only got a fine.

    I just don’t see how this is weighted the same as Zambrano’s meltdown. MLB has different rules for the Yankees

  153. CW...Behind the Moat June 4th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    @Chip

    That’s where the league is today. Beckett got suspended for a similar infraction and got it reduced. AJ’ll miss a day down the road, and it may end up working out for the Yankees’ rotating #5 spot. No use worrying about it.

  154. Wave Your Hat June 4th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    randy-

    I understand your mistrust of defensive metrics, although I don’t agree with you.

    My feeling has always been that, even though the metrics include individual subjective judgments, the fact that they are a collection of a subjective judgments of many people strengthens their credibility, and their mathematical correlation of (subjective) judgments about each player against (subjective) judgments about all other players at his position also strengthens their credibility.

    However, the very fact of the mathematical model may lead people like me to overvalue them, as at heart they do seem to be based on subjective judgments. You can’t ignore the “garbage in, garbage out” possibility, I guess.

    However, I know you are interested in pitch f/x, which isn’t subjective. The same technology is being applied to fielding, to get a fielding f/x, so to speak.

    Fielding f/x could really change how fielding ability is perceived, and also change judgments about how important fielding really is overall.

  155. DB - (officially panicked 5/13/09) June 4th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Someone else, he must be on steroids ;)

  156. C June 4th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    i guess bob watson is trying to help the sox out geez

  157. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    “I promise, I had nothing to do with the text changing”

    sure rishi, we believe you :)

  158. William Buckner June 4th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Beckett got 6 games for throwing a Abreu, I think Big Z got the same for a complete melt down, Padilla gets a fine and Burnett gets 6?

    Really? That seems about right.

  159. murphydog June 4th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    “I just don’t see how this is weighted the same as Zambrano’s meltdown. MLB has different rules for the Yankees”

    I think it’s bs myself, but it’s the same they gave Beckett when he threw over Abreu’s head. Beckett appealed and it was reduced to 5 games.

  160. Jeet Skeet June 4th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    talk about a suspension coming out of nowhere! this is just ridiculous, its not like he actually hit him TWICE like that other piece of $hit. MLB is clearly high

  161. brent June 4th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Jeter is waiting for Ms perfect.

    He’ll be a senior citizen when he marries,making his on grand children.Married to a 20 something,embarrassing the kids when he shows up at their school. Think Larry King!

  162. IDCWYT June 4th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    If hey pushed everyone back a day for Wang’ start, he shouldn’t miss his turn in the rotation. Right?

  163. Coach6423 June 4th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    I think Beckett’s was more for the fact that he started a riot by walking to the plate and screaming at Abreu and the Angels.

  164. ChrisFromAustria June 4th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Pete, there’s a -tag after Teixeira that’s screwing up your formatting.

  165. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    “If he gets his GED, he’s going to enroll in a JuCo and play against college guys.”

    someone else, I’m not dissing the kid, he’s talented, yes we know that, but he’s gonna see so many different pitchers in his life, there aren’t any scouting reports on him yet, no weaknesses being charted, all things he will experience soon and that is where we’ll find out if he’s the real deal or not.

  166. bru June 4th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    whats up with the text change.

    i thought i did something so i restarted my computer & almost got on the phone with tech support.

  167. murphydog June 4th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    IMO, the Beckett situation was different as time was called but, the lesson is “not at the head.”

  168. jennifer June 4th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    really? AJ came no where near hitting him in the head. Josh was about 1/2 inch from drilling Bobby right in the head.

  169. ChrisFromAustria June 4th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Arr, and my tag was swallowed – that is supposed to be “a code-tag” (add open/close bracket around code)

  170. brent June 4th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Who changed the text?

  171. Bad Scooter June 4th, 2009 at 11:55 am

    AJ didn’t have to throw up near his head though. Just drill him in the back and be done with it.

  172. tampayank June 4th, 2009 at 11:55 am

    if AJ gets it reduced to 5 that’s still a missed start right? I guess use Hughes?

  173. DB - (officially panicked 5/13/09) June 4th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Wave your hat, what I’d like to see is something similar to pitch f/x for fielding that takes into account the ball speed and trajectory and distance from the fielder when batted. From there you come up with a statistic of speed / trajectory for certain distances and see how many balls are fielded for outs. There would be nothing subjective about that.

  174. Bill June 4th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    AJ’s next start should be Sun. Maybe that’s another reason to keep PH around.

  175. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 4th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    AJ will appeal and get the games dropped to 5. That will delay his start one game and give Hughes a start.

  176. Wave Your Hat June 4th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    DB, I think that’s part of what is being done. I’ll try to find a link somewhere when I have the time.

  177. C June 4th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Bob Watson should be fired…

  178. Trevor June 4th, 2009 at 11:59 am

    The ball did sail over Cruz’s head. Was it meant to do that? Who knows but it happened.
    There’s other ways of throwing a purpose pitch. He could of threw it the way he did to Longoria earlier this year; throw it high and in.

  179. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 11:59 am

    You know who else was a wonder kid ? Josh Hamilton, Carl Henry was compared to Alex Rodriguez what happened to him there ? Sebastian Telfair the next great PG, Eddy Curry was suppose to Shaq pt. 2, there are so many busts and when SI does these stories I hate what it does to kids and fans, he’s 16 the gist of that story he’s going for a GED so when or if he gets hurt what happens to life after baseball, just stupid. Plainly stupid, first for his mom to even consider it and 2nd for him to not understand there is stiff competition ahead of him, he’s not going to go against a guy from a small town, most amateur players are all state players or the next great thing. 500 + foot or whatever it really shouldn’t be push this early.

  180. vin June 4th, 2009 at 11:59 am

    “Kei Igawa w/ a smile somewhere has just found his sunglasses.”

    He’d need to find a 40-man roster spot first.

    Rishi,
    I still blame you. ;)

  181. GGBG June 4th, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Once again a Yankee gets suspended for not hitting someone.

    Awesome. You can’t make this up.

  182. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    “You can’t ignore the “garbage in, garbage out” possibility, I guess.”

    wave your hat-

    the problem with dewan’s system is that both him and bill james used jeter as their poster child to prove their points. the subjective guys they had look at each and every play on video to make a judgement of slow, medium , or hard it on ground balls knew they were looking at jeter when they were making the assessment. 15 balls over a year that were judged one grade easier hit would skew the totals. it was very easy to do unintentionally if a bias against jeter existed. and it did exist in the sabermetric community.

    who would sit for hours at end looking at video judhing slow, medium , fast, but dewan’s interns? that was the flaw in the system. so on jeter it was likely biased , but when no bias existed it was a system that could work.

    i think james himself has come out with something that says jeter wasn’t as bad as they thought.

    i’m a little discouraged with pitch f/x right now as cb has confirmed that the last few years have had unreliable f/x data at times in different ballparks. but it’s better now.

    as far as wang goes, it’s hard comparing f/x data from two years ago with now because of this so i’m toning down my enthusiasm for pitch f/x data with wang at the present.

    its obviously a great tool though.

  183. William Buckner June 4th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    This is kind of a problem with baseball. Also a problem in the NBA. Players used to be able to police themselves, and effectively.

    It kind of makes the game soft and takes away from rivalry.

  184. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 4th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    “I think Beckett’s was more for the fact that he started a riot by walking to the plate and screaming at Abreu and the Angels”

    If I remember correctly, The Duke of Discipline cited Beckett’s actions after the pitch as the primary reason for suspending him. Suspensions for starting pitchers are a joke anyway. All it mean is having a start pushed back a day or two.

  185. Sandy June 4th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Re: Burnett. Totally frigging ridiculous!! Where is Padilla’s suspension??? Texiera was hit TWICE! Second time obviously on purpose. Burnett rightly sent the Rangers a message in the next inning. Pitchers do this all the time. If the umps had an objection they should have tossed him from the game then and there.

  186. DB - (officially panicked 5/13/09) June 4th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    I thought AJ played it off well too, made it look like he slipped on the mound. I guess good ol Bob wasn’t buying it.

  187. Rishi June 4th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    it’s ok – I can take it :)

  188. 86w183 June 4th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    I hate the text change… change it back!

    There should be no discipline for AJ OR Padilla… but if there is going to be any, Padilla should get twice what AJ gets. He hit the same guy twice, all AJ did was say “cut that crap out”… that’s the way baseball is supposed to be played. Hell, even Padilla’s catcher had no problem with it and chose not to defend his teammate.

    Bob Watson is still p-o about being fired and continually over reacts to what happens BY Yankees and under reacts to what happens TO Yankees.

    Time for someone to call Hank for a comment!

  189. vin June 4th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    MLB looks really bad in this situation. Padilla CLEARLY started it – that’s who needs to be suspended. Actually, MLB is punishing the Rangers by NOT suspending Padilla. He’s got nothing.

    Retailiation is a part of the game – instigating is what needs to be controlled.

  190. ralph June 4th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    How are we supposed to score runs with 3 automatic outs in Cabrera, Cervelli, and Pena?

    Pena is hitting in the .230s!!

  191. NYNY June 4th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Anyone know what Bryce Harper’s natural position is?

  192. jennifer June 4th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    YankeesWFAN Burnett has appealed his suspension. Likely it will be cut to 5 games before he serves. Off days could keep him from missing full turn.

  193. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    rishi-

    you know pete is going to blame you because there wasn’t any problems until yesterday after months of no problems. too funny :)

  194. YankWatcher June 4th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Re: Jeter and Minka. He’s not ready to get married because he’s a baby! Little Playboy who doesn’t want to grow up. Great baseball player but stunted person.

  195. murphydog June 4th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    “really? AJ came no where near hitting him in the head. Josh was about 1/2 inch from drilling Bobby right in the head.”

    OK. Maybe the unwritten rule at MLB HQ is: “Not above the shoulders.”

  196. Rishi June 4th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    it’s kinda hard to suspend Padilla if he’s not actually pitching for anyone anymore, right?

  197. rconn23 June 4th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Nate McClouth a five-tool player? What a laugh.

    I didn’t think a Pirates player would ever be drastically overrated by the mainstream media, but that day has apparently come.

    The Pirates could have gotten better prospects in the deal, but McClouth really is nothing special. He’s a decent hitter for a CF, but is a lousy defender.

  198. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 4th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    “Off days could keep him from missing full turn.”

    Off days make no difference. It’s 5 games, rather than 5 days. He’s just going to get an extra days rest in there somewhere.

  199. Sandy June 4th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Ugh, Ralph. Last time I looked Cabrera had one of the best batting averages in the entire team. And Cervelli and Pena are not “automatic outs” either. Posada can’t play every day.

  200. Rishi June 4th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Randy – but I post like everyday! it’s ok, as long as I’m still able to read, I think I’ll be fine ;)

  201. Tom in N.J. June 4th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Bob Watson’s still pissed the Yanks fired him after ’97.

  202. jennifer June 4th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Steve B

    Sweeny said it not me. :-) I just reread that and thought that can’t be right!! :lol:

  203. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    “I hate the text change… change it back!”

    now that’s exactly what i feel about the yankees changing the code and formatting on wang by encouraging too many secondary pitches :)

  204. murphydog June 4th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    “Great baseball player but stunted person.”

    ?????

  205. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 4th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    “it’s kinda hard to suspend Padilla if he’s not actually pitching for anyone anymore, right?”

    They could still suspend him. It would take effect when/if he’s picked up. He hit guys before warnings were issued and did not head hunt. Probably why he’s skating on this.

  206. Occam's Razor (after five shaves) June 4th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Oh, no! The Yanks may miss a start by a guy with a 4.69 ERA.

    Color me indifferent.

  207. DB - (officially panicked 5/13/09) June 4th, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Maybe Jeter just hasn’t found the person he knows he wont cheat on? I don’t see anything wrong with it.

  208. vin June 4th, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    “How are we supposed to score runs with 3 automatic outs in Cabrera, Cervelli, and Pena?”

    Everytime Melky is in the lineup someone insists on making a post like this. Unbelievable.

  209. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    That suspension is BS. I suppose they couldn’t really suspend Padilla considering he has no team. Terrible.

  210. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    “How are we supposed to score runs with 3 automatic outs in Cabrera, Cervelli, and Pena?”

    Is this like an everyday tradition? Melky is hovering around .300 for crying out loud.

  211. Wave Your Hat June 4th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    randy-

    I didn’t know that about the results on Jeter.

    The interesting thing about defensive metrics is that there are so many now. UZR, +/- and so on, and so many different people doing it. So you can look at more than one. If the results on any player agree across several defensive metrics, I’d think you could trust them. If they disagree, then you know there’s an issue somewhere.

    Jeter’s fielding by those defensive measures has improved since 2007. Most metrics have him as a poor fielding shortstop 2005-2007, but that since he’s been about average. That’s the way it seems to me, too. As an average fielding shortstop he’s incredibly valuable.

  212. kasey June 4th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    randy,

    i’d love to see wang go 4-5 innings today and give up 4 ER or less. i think that’s a reasonable expectation and, if he can do that, should give him something to build on.

    i absolutely agree about starting him vs the sox. unless he is absolutely dominant today, i see no reason for his second start back to be in that kind of situation, especially with the yanks already being 0-5 to the red sox this season. that series in fenway is absolutely as important as a june baseball series can be. they NEED to take at least two in fenway there, and i’m not convinced wang gives them a good chance to win that particular game, under the circumstances.

    but, then again, if he’s lights out for 4-5 innings today, a lot changes.

    i’m looking forward to the start. everyone seems to have a pretty high opinion of wang, and i know pete and the beat writers, as well as his teammates, seem to like him a great deal, so i really hope it works out for the kid. the last thing anyone wants to see is wang getting shelled again, especially when he’s evidently “fixed.”

  213. brent June 4th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    *Ralph* , don’t forget Cano and Arod too

  214. Dazz June 4th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Why do people keep calling Melky an “automatic out”?

    He is better than Matsui

  215. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Let’s go Wang! I think he will do well.

  216. Stultus Magnus...Wang took your spot HUGHES!! June 4th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    “is Cano ever going to take the next step? Show a monicom of discipline at the plate…”

    Doubtful. I get on Cano’s case a lot and it’s not because I don’t like him, I just think his potential skyrockets if he would somehow incorporate patience into his game. He hits extremely well when he’s on and doesn’t strike out a lot, so I’m thankful to have a player like that, but still irked when I see a 1-4 game where he only sees 5 pitches.

    I really just think I have to get used to what I am seeing. I do not think he will change. It seemed like maybe he was turning a corner in the first couple weeks of the season, but he has reverted to his habit of being “aggressive.” That’s good news for opposing pitchers, they’ve either got an out or given up a hit after a couple pitches.

  217. Bryan June 4th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Why does Burnett get 6 games and Padilla get nothing when intentionally hit Tex twice??

    Speaking of Melky anyone see the video of him with his shirt off eating peanuts after a night with Mary Carey (an adult film star)?

  218. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    DB – (officially panicked 5/13/09)
    June 4th, 2009 at 12:10 pm
    Maybe Jeter just hasn’t found the person he knows he wont cheat on? I don’t see anything wrong with it.

    ****
    Nobody loves Jeter more than me, but I don’t think I would date him without disinfecting him first

  219. KWIS WUSSO June 4th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Watson hates the Yankees.

  220. YankWatcher June 4th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Well, Jeter should get married before be quits baseball. Unless he has his tens of millions stashed in a bank, most of these hot babes he dates won’t be so interested in a “former Yankee”.

  221. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 4th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    “Why do people keep calling Melky an “automatic out”?

    He is better than Matsui”

    Different. Not better.

  222. stuart June 4th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Peter your comments are correct on the burnett suspension except 1 thing. where is the silva suspension?

    he is a headhunting punk and needs more then a fine……….

    that is unfair the rest of your arguement is correct and burnett will miss no starts……….

  223. SJ44 June 4th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Vin,

    Its because we have morons who come here and post the same gibberish everyday when the lineups are announced.

    At this point, its comical more than anything else. That’s why the same people change their name everyday when they come on here with the same lineup complaints.

    They want to think no one can tell its the same people posting the same nonsense every day.

    Tom,

    I think Tony is a fallback candidate for the Yankees right now. If the signability guys they are interested don’t drop, and he is the highest rated player on their board when they pick, I believe they would pick him.

    Given what’s happening the last few days, I don’t see that happening because I think some of the signability guys will drop.

  224. kasey June 4th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    randy,

    one thing i absolutely agree with you on is the way the yankees have handled wang re: the encouragement of secondary pitches.

    why? for two years against ML hitters, the guy was unbeatable when he was on. teams made adjustments, players made adjustments, nothing worked. when his sinker was on, he was nearly unbeatable. why tinker with that by encouraging he work on secondary pitches which are, by anybody’s standards, mediocre at best. the guy is not a strikeout pitcher, he’s not going to be. when he’s dead on, he gets swings and misses on his sinker and that’s all he needs. if all of a sudden teams across baseball had adjusted to wang’s stuff then, sure, see if there’s a way around it but they hadn’t. and there was no sign they were going to.

    it’s absurd to me.

  225. stuart June 4th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    i meant padilla.. sorry.

  226. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    btm of the lineup has a .316 OBP % no offense but that’s not bad for the btm. of a lineup, it ain’t automatic outs that’s for sure.

  227. Tom DC June 4th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    That lineup is not going to score many runs… we have to win with pitching and defense today

    If Wang gives up more than 3 ERs, that may be enough for Texas to win. We’re not scoring more than 2-3.

  228. brent June 4th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    *DAZZ*
    maybe it’s because he lacks discipline at the plate
    some times.

  229. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Why does the league suspend AND fine Burnett for missing Cruz but only fine Padilla for actually hitting two batters (well, one batter twice in a row)? I totally get that Burnett threw up and in on purpose, and I assume the league does too, but why only fine Padilla? Why no suspension for him?

  230. rconn23 June 4th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Melky and Cano aren’t automatic outs – for now. They are both hitting over .300, which is good because their ability to get on base is tied almost exclusively to their ability to get hits.

    They don’t walk. Derek Jeter has more walks that both of them combined.

    When they don’t hit over .300, that’s when they become automatic outs. Like last year. It’s why Cano will never hit in the 3 hole.

    It’s why Nick Swisher, despite his .244 average is a better choice for the No. 2 hole today than either Cano or Cabrera.

    He has an almost .380 OBP.

    If Cano or Cabrera could just learn any semblance of plate discipline, the lineup would be virtually unstoppable.

  231. NYNY June 4th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Anyone know Bryce Harper’s natural position?

  232. Jeff June 4th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    what about Guardado? he threw the same pitch to Matsui in the 8th inning of that game that Burnett threw to Cruz. where is his suspension?

  233. JohnC June 4th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Ralph:

    Cabrera is an automatic out? Cervelli is an automatic out? What a dumb post if ever there was one.

  234. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 4th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    “Anyone know Bryce Harper’s natural position?”

    I believe he is a catcher.

  235. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    “what about Guardado? he threw the same pitch to Matsui in the 8th inning of that game that Burnett threw to Cruz. where is his suspension?”

    They can’t suspend Everyday Eddie! That would defeat the nickname. :roll:

  236. Doreen June 4th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Because I am just taking a breather from chores, I will say this about Derek Jeter. I think he is more than likely NOT going marry ANY of the “hot babes” he dates. I think when the time comes that he feels he wants to settle down, it will be with a non-celebrity.

    Erica -

    I hope he is tested regularly.

    Though, I bet if you really counted over the years, there haven’t been all that many, considering. And you can’t assume he’s been, um, intimate with all of them.

    Frankly, since it is a “known fact” that “most” baseball players cheat on their wives, Derek is a pretty smart guy not to get married while he’s still an active player. If he gets married it will be to precisely the girl who does not care if he was a former Yankee star.

  237. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    “what about Guardado? he threw the same pitch to Matsui in the 8th inning of that game that Burnett threw to Cruz. where is his suspension?”

    Thats an EXCELLENT point I just emailed Pete about. It really bugs me that the team that starts the beanball tends to get off the hook a lot easier than the team that defends its players. Oh well, such is life i suppose.

  238. gayle June 4th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    mlb.com draft projections are up

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  239. vic June 4th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Don’t you just love the *know it alls* who act like their opinion is written in stone,when it comes to baseball and the Yankees,and name call,those they disagree with? It cracks me up. *You* know who you are,stop making it personal, *stop it* !!

  240. 86w183 June 4th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    How can anyeone question the reality that Nate McLouth is a legit five-tool guy?

    The man owns a hammer, drill, screwdriver, wrench and shovel!

  241. SJ44 June 4th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Don’t post moronic gibberish and you won’t be called a moron. Its pretty simple.

    The same people whining and saying idiotic stuff about who the “automatic outs” in the lineup are, or trashing Arod for a bad night, despite the team playing .800 ball since he’s back is moronic.

    If you don’t like it, don’t post it. Or, do a better job of defending your views. Either way works for me.

  242. frankiedue June 4th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    “Girardi said he would be satisfied if Wang could give them six innings. His pitch count will be around 80.”

    uhhh good luck with that.

  243. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    wave your hat-

    there will soon be objective data on fielding so the debate on jeter won’t matter as much. i have no doubt dewan’s system on jeter was skewed by having people biased against jeter doing the viewing.

    jeter represented clutchiness and intangibles which the sabermetric community on principle didn’t like so jeter became the poster child for them to attack.

    just the fact dewan wrote long passages in his books about jeter shows the focus on jeter.
    it’s no big deal in my mind and just shows the beginnings of a legitimate field of study. there’s going to be some errors.

    i’m really not opposed to statistical analysis.it’s just that i played so much what is often said is a big “duh” to me. as a kid( even in sandlot ball up in the field)i always figured out my on base percentage for example .

    i knew a player like mantle was way more important because of the walks he got. teams like the red sox are branching out and doing things like stealing and bunting. statistical analysis is opening up it’s thought processes as it matures.

    so i’m very interested in as it evolves.

  244. Dr. Cox June 4th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    “If he gets married it will be to precisely the girl who does not care if he was a former Yankee star.”

    This will never happen though. He’s Derek Freakin’ Jeter, for christ’s sake.

  245. YankWatcher June 4th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Doreen, If you are right and within a couple of years after quitting baseball, Jeter marries a regular woman and lives happily every after, I will eat my hat!

  246. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! June 4th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Padilla wasn’t suspended because he’s been waived, right?

  247. vic June 4th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Self appointed king of the blog. *n/t*

    Pete is the web master, *not you* , he lays down the rules
    not you!!

  248. Bryan June 4th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    So what was the reason of pushing Sabathia back and having Wang pitch today with a shortened bullpen?

    Should they have held Wang back to tomorrow so Hughes could pitch if Wang only went 4-5 innings??

  249. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    “This is a guy we believe in and the ace of this staff the past few years” – Joe G

    You tell ‘em. Wang is going to be making his statement today.

  250. 86w183 June 4th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I doubt there will ever be a legit, objective way to truly measure defense. Someone is still going to try and conclude what balls should have or shouldnot have been gotten to. Positioning, style of pitcher, speed of batter, speed of runner, score and inning are all factors in how one plays defensively and cannot possibly all be factored in.

    If a speedy batter grounds a single in the hole in a 3-2 game in the ninth inning you will do everything possible to get to that ball. If the same guy does it in a 12-0 game you’ll just wave at it.. that’s reality.

  251. five iron from fenway June 4th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Garcia is pitching another great game in Trenton today.
    Through 5 no runs, 2 bb and 4 ks.
    From reports his velocity is not fully back to mid 90′s, but he is kicking butt with the curve and change and a 90-91 fastball.
    A few more starts, a bit more velocity and command and then up to AAA he goes.
    I got laughed at a couple of weeks ago when I suggested he might help the team THIS year. If he stays healthy he certainly has to be in the mix for the bullpen later in the season (perhaps just a Sept. call up).
    On the subject of bullpen, I think the Yankees need to think clearly about the use of starting pitchers in the bullpen. A guy like Aceves I can see. He is a bit older, is more experienced and has shown he can start an pitch in relief. But I worry about Joba, Hughes and then maybe guys like Konton and Garcia who have the stuff to be starting pitchers getting whipsawed between the rotation and pen. I worry about health and emotional stability.

  252. teddy June 4th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    pete the only reason they suspend beckett was actions was his acrions after the pitch, i sent you an email

  253. Jeter's Edge June 4th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    I was at the game last night and I boo’d A-rod because he has been mush with bases loaded this week. Was it reactionary? Probably. Do i wish i didn’t do it because he is such a head case and will only do worse because of it? I dunno. The guy needs to stop trying to hit a 5-run homer each time and just do what Jeter would do and make contact for at least a sac fly. Kinda like why Jeter only has one grand slam but is so clutch with the bases loaded.

    As for why people like Tex more than A-rod, i think it is because he was Jeter’s rival (at least in the eyes of Yankee fans) when he was in Seattle and we hated him. I hated him then as much as i hate Manny now. Then he was suppose to be a Red Sock (more reason to hate) and was all of a sudden a Yankee. I”m not saying i hate him now or don’t root for him. I root for and actually like him now that he is a Yankee. But i can totally understand why people don’t like him. He was a rival for so long until 2004.

  254. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    How does Padilla who is a nut case and known for throwing at people not get suspended? He hit him twice, is Watson kidding me? AJ probably got suspended because of where the ball was thrown. He should of throw it in the back and not up.

  255. teddy June 4th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    never mind sorry

  256. Coast June 4th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    “Girardi said he would be satisfied if Wang could give them six innings. His pitch count will be around 80.”

    Girardi really thinks Wang can average 13 pitches an inning against this powerhouse Texas team, in his 1st start in a month?

    Talk about lofty expectations. I’d settle for 5 innings, 5 runs.

  257. Mr. November June 4th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    This game is not important in wins or losses, but vital in another sense: Will Chien Ming Wang return?

    This could be the make or break game of the season. On two teams(Bosston and NY) that as it is right now are virtually even on every plane except bullpen (where Boston dominates, we have perhaps slight edges in lineup and starting pitching. In order for us to win, we need to make starting pitching a major edge. Chien Ming Wang can help us do that.

  258. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! June 4th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    “How does Padilla who is a nut case and known for throwing at people not get suspended?”

    Rachel, TEX cut Padilla. He’s not pitching so there’s no reason to suspend him.

  259. Come on. June 4th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Go away Vic – you bring nothing and the guy to whom you refer brings it every day. Just go away.

  260. bru June 4th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    baseball seems to be punishing the second stage of the retaliation.

    they do not wan’t the tit for tat.

  261. JoeT 28 in 10!! OPPC Click Here!! June 4th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Padilla hits 2, fine…. Burnett hits no one and gets the same suspension as the Big Z got for his outburst…. ridiculous

  262. Mr. November June 4th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Coast, I wold settle for five innings, but at a 2, maybe 3 run clip. Five is WAY too high.

  263. JohnC June 4th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Well said SJ44!

  264. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    “for two years against ML hitters, the guy was unbeatable when he was on. teams made adjustments, players made adjustments, nothing worked. when his sinker was on, he was nearly unbeatable. why tinker with that by encouraging he work on secondary pitches which are, by anybody’s standards, mediocre at best. the guy is not a strikeout pitcher, he’s not going to be. when he’s dead on, he gets swings and misses on his sinker and that’s all he needs.”

    kasey-

    i obviously agree, but there is a yankee stat department that we don’t hear much about that believes that wang’s success couldn’t last with so few strike outs. they had cashman’s ear so the secondary pitch experiments began a few years ago and would surface from time to time.

    wave your hat-
    this sort of thing is what upsets me with the stat community. sometimes they just come up with very wrong stuff because they don’t understand that you don’t just add pitches without affecting existing pitches. that’s my opinion anyway.

    the good news is temporarily everyone is focused on wang’s sinker.

  265. five iron from fenway June 4th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Garcia – 6 innings same stats as above!

  266. SJ44 June 4th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    The bullpen isn’t short today. Aceves, Coke and Mo are all fresh. I’d rather have CC face Tampa than Texas. Division rival, being LH neutralizes Pena and Crawford, etc.

    vic,

    I’m not the king of anything. Just not a fan of moronic posts. If you don’t post moronic stuff, my comments shouldn’t bother you.

    If you do…… Well, that’s too bad.

  267. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    “Kinda like why Jeter only has one grand slam but is so clutch with the bases loaded.”

    Bases loaded (BA/OBP/SLG/OPS):

    Jeter: .363/.417/.451/.868
    A-Rod: .339/.395/.695/1.090

    Not much difference there. Jeter is phenomenal but A-Rod is not far behind.

  268. Paul from Cali June 4th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    I have no problem with Burnett being suspended 1 start. But Padilla should be suspended for his next MLB start, whenever that ends up being and with whatever team. He after all was the one who hit someone, not Burnett.

    As for Wang starting today, I hope he can keep his pitches down. Or at least the Rangers under 10 runs. I don’t hold much hope for either.

  269. Mr. November June 4th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Jeter’s Edge, I actually disagree. Jeter had the tying run on first. Swisher, who has power and has been hot of late, was on behind him (in the eighth inning). Did Jeet get a hit? No. A-Rod didn’t either, but you have to be fair about these things.

  270. NYNY June 4th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Yanks need a fan site with membership so there’s accountability and real posters. I’ve been coming to this blog for 3 years and have had about 25 different names. Some of the posts I read are unreadable and moronic and it gets to be annoying. I’m tired enough of the fans at the stadium booing Arod for one bad night but then I gotta hear cliff jumpers whining on this board too? Come on

  271. Mr. November June 4th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    vb03, I agree.

  272. 86w183 June 4th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Bryan —-

    The timing is to split up the lefties more than anything else. Plus Wang threw 42 pitches on Sunday, so starting today keeps him from being too rested.

  273. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Singleton: “Wang has never given up a homer to any Ranger, whether a Texas Ranger, lone Ranger, or park Ranger.”

    Maybe he’s given one up to a Power Ranger? Just a guess.

  274. bru June 4th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    lets go yankees.

    come on wang.

    wakefield against willis.

    should be interesting.

  275. Baseball Fab June 4th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Derek will never get married, suprising that this is still being discussed, guess the team has done its job well.

    Sox fans think watson hate them, call him Yankee Bob. Yanks fans think Watson is pro Sox, the penalties both seem excessive, but at least they do seem to balance out, do NOT throw at or near a head, hit the dude in the back butt etc. Do not want to see another Tony C.

  276. LI Yank June 4th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I’m not worried about Wang

    I’m worried about the offense against McCarthy. Usually we sleep walk through the game and wake up in the later innings and try and rally. As you saw yesterday, Texas’ pen is nasty. One of the main reasons they are where they are in the standings.

  277. Come on. June 4th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    I’m begging for registration. I’ll even come up with a good name.

  278. SJ44 June 4th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    The problem with AJ’s suspension is, its inconsistent. If you are going to suspend AJ, you also have to suspend Padilla.

    Just because waivers were requested on him, doesn’t mean he can’t be suspended. He was in uniform last night.

    But, that’s Bob Watson for you.

    AJ will appeal it down to five games and they can work it around a day off. That’s not a big deal.

    The inconsistency of the ruling is a big deal. It shows a bias that Watson has had for years against his former employers.

  279. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Wilson and Chair Throw Francisco are pretty good. Hope the Yanks don’t have to see those guys tonight.

  280. Mr. November June 4th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Who cares if Jeter gets married, he’s played to play baseball and that’s why I watch him.

  281. bru June 4th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    mcutchen for the pirates got a hit in his first ml at bat

  282. NYNY June 4th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Come on- I bought websites for dummies but have yet to figure out programming. But if you need something in bold print, I got it covered.

  283. JohnC June 4th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Watson wanted to be consistent, since he suspended Beckett 6 games for a similar incident. Difference is, Beckett initiated that incident cause he was mad that Abreu called timeout just as he was ready to pitch. Burnett was protecting his teammate, but I guess it doesn’t really matter why.

  284. JR June 4th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    whoever said no girl would marry jeter cause when he is a “former player” is just asisine.

  285. m June 4th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    No problem with the suspension, as long as he doesn’t skip a start.

    What Josh Bucket did was far more egregious. His yapper escalated the situation.

  286. NYNY June 4th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    I hope the Pirates turn it around this season. It would be cool to see them be this year’s Rays since they’re in the NL and don’t affect the Yanks. Then like the Rays they can lose in the WS….to New York!

  287. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    five iron from fenway, I was asked why isn’t he just pitching from the BP already, I think it’s that they are building up his arm strength as quick as possible. As soon as he hits mid 90′s it’s AAA for him. Possible Bronx in Aug.

  288. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I’m going up to chowdahland this weekend. I’m bringing extra disinfectant and soap. :D

  289. NYNY June 4th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    The suspension is fair but stupid. The matter was solved on the field. No reason for execs to rear their ugly head into the matter.

  290. five iron from fenway June 4th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Montero 1-3 as DH today after catching last night.
    Check out Mike Ashmore’s blog for some great video and quotes from and about Montero.

  291. Mr. November June 4th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I’m really excited about Montero. Everything I hear tells me he is an unbelievable hitter. Not just good, spectacular.

  292. five iron from fenway June 4th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Brandon – agreed.
    Although, similar to Hughes I think he has front of the rotation potential. If he can get his fastball a few ticks higher and his command of it back, he has 1-2 starter potential.
    His curve and change are among the best in the organization and ahead of Phil’s.
    It is all about health with Garcia. Stay healthy and we see him in NY soon enough.

  293. Wave Your Hat June 4th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    “this sort of thing is what upsets me with the stat community. sometimes they just come up with very wrong stuff because they don’t understand that you don’t just add pitches without affecting existing pitches.”

    That’s an interesting point, randy. I think a lot of fans think you just learn a pitch and that’s it. So Hughes can just go down to AAA and learn a change-up. But it can’t work that way, or a lot of pitchers would have a lot more pitches.

    But I think it’s often hard for a fan, especially if the fan hasn’t played the game at a higher level, to really believe that down deep.

  294. Mr. November June 4th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Who is this Garcia guy?

  295. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    “Rachel, TEX cut Padilla. He’s not pitching so there’s no reason to suspend him.”

    Didn’t Texas just put waivers on Padilla but not released him? Meaning that someone can claim him if they wanted to, but if no one does then he is still on the team? Or am I wrong? Why was he in their dug out last night if he was released….?

  296. Betsy June 4th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I can’t believe AJ was suspended – what a freaking joke. I also doubt he’ll get it reduced like Beckett did. I really detest Bob Watson

  297. Betsy June 4th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Also, GMAB – Padilla was merely fined? Sheesh…..

    Is Jeter ok? Why isn’t he playing?

  298. Mr. November June 4th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Guys, the suspension is no big deal. It’s a cycle-player gets suspended for throwing at someone, appeals, sentence reduced to four days, pitches next time out. You have to do it if you’re the commisioner or whoever decides this stuff.

  299. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Let’s go Wanger!!
    Burnett suspended? :evil:

  300. stuart June 4th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    padilla is still part of the rangers. many guys go on waivers and never leave the team.

    again padilla needs to be suspended for sure…….

  301. bru June 4th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    pirate are winning 2-0.mcuthches scored,bases loaded one out.

    the mets are a mess.

  302. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I am pretty sure Pete specifically asked everyone yesterday NOT to do bold cause it causes problems with the blog.

  303. bru June 4th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    base hit 4-0 lead.pirates over mets.

  304. Tom DC June 4th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    If Wang has his good sinker, he may throw a complete game shutout in 80 pitches against this free swinging team.

    If not and he leaves the ball up, Aceves will be in before the National Anthem. This is one of the worst possible matchups for him if he isin’t 100% with his sinker… this is a dead FB hitting team

  305. Rob June 4th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    True, Beckett did get suspended for the same thing. but then he appealed, got it dropped to 4 (or 5) games and never missed a start. In fact, wasn’t that drop in the # of games the reason why he toed the mound in the first Yanks/Red Sox series? I’m not ready to storm any gates yet but if A.J.’s suspension doesn’t get similarly reduced, I will be. After all, Becket’s pitch did incite a brawl. This however was accepted by the opposition.

  306. five iron from fenway June 4th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Garcia – 7 ip, 4 hits, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts.

    November – he is probably one of the best, although least known to the outside world, Yankee pitching prospects. Had TJ surgery and other assorted injury issues. Has pitched 4 games for AA this year, including today’s game. Reportedly has an unbelievable curve and change which are fully back and which he commands at will. He was a power mid 90 guy, but is only back to 90-91. He is building arm strength so hopefully he can crank it up a couple notches over time. Health is a major concern. If he can stay on the field he will almost definately get to AAA and perhaps to the Yankees by year end.

  307. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    “Stay healthy and we see him in NY soon enough.”

    five iron can he for once just stay HEALTHY, that’s ALL I ASK, :x he’d immediately be like an AJ Burnett if he does.

  308. Gold Mine June 4th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Jeter isin’t playing because

    A. He hasn’t had a day off in weeks and we need him to play everyday against the Rays-Sox-Mets.

    B. Pena in the field will help Wang today

    Seemed like a perfect opportunity to give him a day off.

  309. Stultus Magnus...Wang took your spot HUGHES!! June 4th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Come on, Wanger!!

  310. Mr. November June 4th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    five iron from fenway, thanks a lot. He sounds a bit like one of those perennial DL guys so we’ll have to see. I’m more excited for Montero, Melancon, AJax, all of whom look to have promising careers ahead of them.

  311. Christina25 June 4th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Burnett was protecting his teammate, but I guess it doesn’t really matter why.

    By throwing on the head? If Burnett wanted to protect his teamate he could have done that by hitting him in his behind or his leg not the head.

  312. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    A healthy Christian Garcia = Josh Beckett/AJ Burnett

    23 yrs. old and I’d like to kick his a.. for all the injuries.

  313. Nat June 4th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Please bring Garcia up to save the 8th inning

    That FB/curve mixed in with that sick split-change thing he threw in ST is drool-worthy out of the pen.

  314. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    AJ was suspended because the ball went near his head. The same thing happened with Proctor, Farns, and Joba. No matter what you can’t throw that high. But the fact that Padilla wasn’t suspended and he started the whole thing is a joke.

  315. five iron from fenway June 4th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Brandon – he also has a filthy change. Burnett hasn’t used his much. Garcia can be a true 3 pitch pitcher. Don’t know if he will get the mid-90s back, but even 92-93 is plenty if you have command and control and of the offspeed stuff.

  316. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb
    Laird’s bunt rolled foul just short of third base and would have been a hit if it had stayed fair. Beckett, who lost his no-hitter with two outs in the seventh, wound up striking out Laird looking.

    “You’ve got to [try to] win that game,” Laird said. “It’s only 4-0. It’s in the sixth inning. It’s not like it was the eighth inning. When you’re only down four runs in the sixth inning, what does he want us to do? You do whatever you can to get on. I’m sure he didn’t like that. That’s probably why I wore one in the leg. It’s all right. It’s part of the game.”

    Laird was referring to his subsequent at-bat in the bottom of the eighth. With a runner on second and nobody out, Beckett hit Laird with a 2-2, two-seam fastball.

    If the Red Sox’s ace was upset with Laird for the attempted bunt, he chose not to express it publicly.

    “That’s part of his game,” said Beckett. “You look at the scouting report, he generally tries to do that in his second or third at-bat. It wasn’t that big a deal.”

    Never shy about expressing his opinion, Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley, who was serving as a color commentator on NESN for Wednesday’s game, wasn’t a big fan of Laird’s attempted bunt.

    “I didn’t like it. But I’m a pitcher,” said Eckersley, who threw a no-hitter in 1977 for the Indians. “I wouldn’t like it; I don’t think Nolan Ryan would have liked it.”

    Told of Beckett’s diplomatic response, Eckersley said, “But then he drilled him.”
    ————————————-

    but burnett gets suspended.okeydokey.

  317. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Good luck wang!

    And dont become cry babies if he gives up a run..

    I got him down for 5IP, 7 hits 3 runs 2bb 3ks.

  318. Mr. November June 4th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Sounds as if to be sucessful in the ML he’ll have to dial that fastball up a bit more. Otherwise he sounds like he could be great. Hopefully as time goes on his arm strength will build.

  319. Christina25 June 4th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Beckett’s suspension was reduced to 5 games and I agree that if Watson doesnt reduce Burnett’s suspension he has every right to get mad.

  320. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    You send a pitch above the neck, you ought to get suspended.

    However, consistency is required. Suspend Padilla and Burnett, not just one.

  321. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Let’s go Wang!!! I hope the Yankee game doesn’t start the same way the Met’s game started today.

  322. jennifer June 4th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    What about the pitcher that threw up and in to Matsui? Oh that is okay, it wasn’t a Yankee pitcher.

  323. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I think Wang could give six innings today. Hopefully.

  324. Mr. November June 4th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Guys, it’s not a big deal. You throw near the head you’re suspended, player appeals, sentence reduced to four games.

  325. Patrick from CT June 4th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    AJ got suspended because he threw ear the guys head.
    Same reason Beckett got suspended.
    Leason learned; throw at the guy’s belt.
    I guess Hughes get’s at least one more start in June.

  326. Betsy June 4th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    The umps didn’t eject AJ and the Rangers understood what AJ did – that pitch wasn’t even that close to Cruz. This is a colossal joke – I’ve seen mentioned that Zambrano got the same 6 games for basically going bonkers, bumping an ump, etc…..How is this fair? And I don’t think this suspension will get reduced…

  327. GeorgeInJax June 4th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    “Girardi said he would be satisfied if Wang could give them six innings. His pitch count will be around 80.”

    Girardi really thinks Wang can average 13 pitches an inning against this powerhouse Texas team, in his 1st start in a month?

    Talk about lofty expectations. I’d settle for 5 innings, 5 runs.

    My Goodness! What is a manager supposed say?
    He made his comment setting a goal for his pitcher. I’d be upset if Girardi gave a more mediocre expectation.

  328. Mr. November June 4th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    I’m sure the suspension will be reduced.

  329. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    The sinker looks like it’s sinking so far.

  330. Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) - OPPC member June 4th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    “Girardi said he would be satisfied if Wang could give them six innings. His pitch count will be around 80.”

    ———

    Joe, if Wang gets through 6 on 80 pitches, he’s dealing… of course you’d be satisfied.

  331. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    LET’S DO THIS WANGER!

  332. Betsy June 4th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Apparently Peter Gammons is annoyed – he said it was as stupid suspension and that MLB is sending the wrong message (that you can throw at someone on purpose without fear of penalty, but forget about “retaliating”). He’s right – I do hope the Yankees make a stink about this.

  333. Stultus Magnus June 4th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Hopefully, they won’t pull him at the first sign of trouble. A win would be great today, but I’m looking for general progress from Wang and patience from the Yanks.

  334. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Bowling ball sinker, baby!

  335. TIME FOR #27 June 4th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    WHy do we need to say for the rangers that wang is on a pitch count? girardi made the same mistake with joba last year, all the rangers will do is take pitches and try to get wang out of the game, STUPID!!!

  336. Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) - OPPC member June 4th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    “AJ got suspended because he threw ear the guys head.
    Same reason Beckett got suspended.
    Leason learned; throw at the guy’s belt.”

    ———-

    Agreed. It’s not that hard. You don’t throw at a guys head. Better to drill them in the ribs or hip.

  337. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    “Brandon – he also has a filthy change. Burnett hasn’t used his much. Garcia can be a true 3 pitch pitcher. Don’t know if he will get the mid-90s back, but even 92-93 is plenty if you have command and control and of the offspeed stuff.”

    five iron, I don’t think he ever tops out at 97, 98 again.

  338. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    95MPH

  339. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 4th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    yea wang!..quick outs now

  340. Baseball Fab June 4th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Gift call thanks blue!

  341. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Kinsler didn’t like that one. Borderline.

  342. kasey June 4th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    velocity 92-93 right off the bat. good sign.

  343. GeorgeInJax June 4th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    I’m glad to hear Chris Garcia is pitching well.
    Romulo Sanchez is another one to watch out for RHRP.
    Also Wilkins DeLaRosa (Who is on the 40Man) he got promoted to Trenton with Jesus Montero, he’s looking good for a near future spot as a lefty reliever.

  344. leems1104 June 4th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Benny
    How about 6 innings and 7 ground ball singles

  345. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 4th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    “but burnett gets suspended.okeydokey.”

    Location, location, location.

    AJ’s was head high. Beckett hit Laird waist high.

  346. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    1 pitch, 1 out= :)

  347. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Cant wait to see people jump back on wang’s bandwagon. CROW ANYONE?

  348. Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) - OPPC member June 4th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    “I got him down for 5IP, 7 hits 3 runs 2bb 3ks.”

    ——-

    I’d take that for his 1st start back against a strong lineup in Yankee Stadium.

    I think he’ll be around there.

  349. kasey June 4th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    hey benny,

    i’ll be happy to eat crow but let’s give it more than TWO BATTERS, shall we? thanks.

  350. Patrick from CT June 4th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Wang at 91 to 94 on Game Day…

  351. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    93-94 sinkers, not too shabby.

  352. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    wooooooooooooo

  353. Kevin in the 908 June 4th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Welcome back CMW!!!!

  354. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Wow, was that a slider? NICE

  355. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 4th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    nice changeup…gameday says slider tho

  356. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Nasty slider

  357. Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) - OPPC member June 4th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    “Cant wait to see people jump back on wang’s bandwagon. CROW ANYONE?”

    —–

    lol – so true

    I hope people eat crow and I’m sure they’d be happy to eat it if it means Wang is back.

  358. Occam's Razor (after five shaves) June 4th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Looks like CMW is back. Party time for the hitters is over.

  359. leems1104 June 4th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    94, good sign

  360. m June 4th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    And LoHud rejoices. Yaaay!

  361. five iron from fenway June 4th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    91-94 in the first inning.
    Phil who?

  362. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    nice first inning for Wang, Cisco and him vibing a bit.

  363. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    1-2-2 for wanger..

  364. Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) - OPPC member June 4th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Will the real Chien-Ming Wang please stand up!!!!

  365. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    “Cant wait to see people jump back on wang’s bandwagon. CROW ANYONE?”

    :D

    Let’s hope he keeps it up. The bowling ball sinker seems to be back.

  366. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Damn, that slider was filthy, Blalock was way out in front expecting the bowling ball sinker. No chance.

  367. Ishkabibliophile June 4th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Damn, it’s good to see CMW coolly strolling off the mound after a 1-2-3 inning again.

  368. Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) - OPPC member June 4th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Wang probably has a fire in him that might not have been there before.

    He shouldn’t necessarily need to prove himself given his career thus far, but he’s been put in a position where he needs to prove he’s worth a damn.

    One inning – so far, so good…

  369. leems1104 June 4th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    13*6=78 for 6 innings

  370. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    So Johnny avg. 3.5 BB per game (that’s not walks) :lol:

  371. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    CC-Wang-AJ-Joba-Hughes is gonna be a helluva rotation next year.

  372. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Damon gimmie my lead off spot back!

  373. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    JOHNNNNNYY DDDDDDDD

  374. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Damon’s Deck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  375. DT June 4th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    It’s time for the serenity prayer… I have to listen to John Sterling on the radio today.

  376. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    JOHNNY!

  377. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    DAMON Into the jet stream.

  378. Kevin in the 908 June 4th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    A Johnny Rocket!!!

  379. bru June 4th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    lets get him some runs

  380. m June 4th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Nice, JD!

  381. Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) - OPPC member June 4th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    “So Johnny avg. 3.5 BB per game (that’s not walks)”

    ———

    so true :)

    I hope he’s at least being “green” and recycling those bats.

    You could build a house.

  382. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Just think how much this is going to help wang. Having runs ealry.

  383. CHris June 4th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    When you have a pitcher like Padilla who throws at people all the time; his suspension should be stricter. It should not be accepted.

  384. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    McCarthy the string bean has been very good recently. Hopefully they are able to put some early runs on the board and take some pressure off of Wang. Go Damon, that is a start…

  385. kasey June 4th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Guess who’s back? Back again. Wang is back. Tell a friend.

    well played.

    it’s been one inning but i’ll give it to him, the big fella looked good. here’s hoping he keeps it up.

  386. Baseball Fab June 4th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    That was a BOMB!!

  387. Ed - CMW is will be back, June 4th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Knobler reports that rival officials believe the Marlins are now “open to” trading Ross and Jeremy Hermida, not just Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla.

    ===========

    should the Yanks make a move? Ross and Cantu would be great bench options. Ross would definitely come cheaply.

  388. five iron from fenway June 4th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Brandon – It think 96-97 is overrated.
    Sure it is nice to be able to reach back and throw that hard. But watching guys like Joba (at times), Phil and Robertson blow guys away between 90 – 94, that is really all you need.
    Watching Robertson last night I was hoping for a few more strikes. I like pitchers being more aggressive and going after the hitters.

  389. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    great first inning.

    … and very nice secondary pitch on last strikeout :)

  390. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 4th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Nice inning for CMW, Next test is what he does with men on base. Damon with a good start to the offense.

  391. Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) - OPPC member June 4th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    “A Johnny Rocket!!!”

    ———

    you make that up?

    I like it!

  392. leems1104 June 4th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    lead-off homer, DamoNNNNNNNNNNNNN

  393. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Johnny don’t shake your head whenyou hit it, Francesa about the YS HR soon to follow.

  394. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    McCarthy is up in the zone, good time to jump all over him.

  395. TIME FOR #27 June 4th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    And ohlendorf gives it right back…

  396. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 4th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    nice start offense

  397. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Swisher enjoying that 2 hole.

  398. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    I think Swish likes that #2 hole

  399. SJ44 June 4th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    That’s a new Yankee Stadium HR. Johnny was shaking his head as he left the batters box because he didn’t hit it well.

    Another reason why having Wang back in the rotation is so important. An extreme groundball pitcher is going to be very important in this ballpark.

    WHY IS SWISHER HITTING SECOND!!! FIRE GIRARDI!

  400. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Sterling made me think that was back-to-back…ill take the double though :-D

    Also, forgive my noobery, but can someone explain the OPPC to me?

  401. Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) - OPPC member June 4th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    “great first inning.

    … and very nice secondary pitch on last strikeout”

    ——-

    randy tested. and randy approved.

    good to hear!! :)

  402. jennifer June 4th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Yeah Wang had a first inning 1-2-3 earlier this year. Not excited yet.

    (to be fair I didn’t see his 1-2-3, so maybe the this 1-2-3 looked better.

  403. kasey June 4th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    wang just homered! then wang followed it up with a double! i hope wang is able to drive wang in from 2B here! he’s the greatest major league baseball player since ruth! probably better because he’s such a great guy!

  404. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Swish likes batting 2nd in front of the big boys. Maybe Arod was right that is why Jeter’s numbers are so good anyone can bat 2nd..LOL

  405. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Good morning!

    First, nice start from Wang, keep it up. Crazy theory, but maybe they wanted to start him in a day game so it would be the middle of the night in Taiwan and fewer hometown folks would be watching? Ok, you’re right, that’s a stretch.

    DT: nice Jackie Childs. That cannot go unpraised.

    Finally, I have a big announcement to make. I, Nick in SF, am officially *not* engaged to Minka Kelly. Thank you for your time.

  406. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    FAIL.

  407. Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) - OPPC member June 4th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    “I think Swish likes that #2 hole”

    ——-

    Beavis: “hehehehehhehehe:

  408. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    lol fail

  409. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 4th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    He dropped it!!!

  410. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Wow, he dropped the ball.

  411. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    He caught that….

  412. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) – OPPC member
    June 4th, 2009 at 1:19 pm
    “A Johnny Rocket!!!”
    ————-

    you make that up?

    I like it!

    ***
    That’s what John Sterling says on the radio after Johnny Damon hits a home run. Every Yankee gets their own call. When A-Rod hits one, its “An A-Bomb from A-Rod”

  413. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    wow…e7. I ‘ll take it

  414. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 4th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Bad call but ill take it :)

  415. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    “Knobler reports that rival officials believe the Marlins are now “open to” trading Ross and Jeremy Hermida, not just Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla.”

    Hermida but I’m not sure if if he’s fieldind great this year.

    Well not sure about that…Teix just said “Are you kiddin’ me ?”

  416. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    “wang just homered! then wang followed it up with a double! i hope wang is able to drive wang in from 2B here! he’s the greatest major league baseball player since ruth! probably better because he’s such a great guy!”

    Now, now, no need to be bitter.

  417. jennifer June 4th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    New Yankee lineup

    Jeter
    Swisher
    Damon
    Tex
    Arod
    Cano
    Posada
    Matsui
    Gardy/Melky

  418. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    *fielding*

  419. Baseball Fab June 4th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I thought Arods was gone.

  420. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Wow, not so good baserunning by Tex.

  421. Bryan June 4th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    what a terrible call by the ump he definitely caught it

  422. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    come on tex two times in 3 days!!

  423. Kevin in the 908 June 4th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    So close there to getting out of that run down.

  424. Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) - OPPC member June 4th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    thanks Erica –

    I’ve heard the ARod call but never Damon’s.

    They may be corny but I like em’

  425. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Does Tex know how to run the bases??? That is like the 3rd time we have seen that from him.. What a way to kill the inning…

  426. leems1104 June 4th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    two stike outs and one fly out for Wang? does look like him, but I take it

  427. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    2 out hit needed here, Cano.

  428. jennifer June 4th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Um what base was Tex running to. Sterling was a mess on that call.

  429. vin June 4th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Sounds like an odd bottom of the 1st.

  430. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 4th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Horrible base running :( come on Cano!!

  431. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    jennifer
    June 4th, 2009 at 1:23 pm
    New Yankee lineup

    Jeter
    Swisher
    Damon
    Tex
    Arod
    Cano
    Posada
    Matsui
    Gardy/Melky

    ***
    I almost agree- I would leave A-Rod in #4 and then put Tex in the 5 spot to protect him

  432. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    That was smoked.

  433. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Well, if nothing else, McCarthy’s not fooling anyone

  434. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 4th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Its Karma.

  435. DT June 4th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Listening to John Sterling trying to decipher a play in incredible. All he needs is dark glasses and a cane….

    Congrats to Nick on his non-engagement. Is your non-fiancee registered anywhere… it makes it easier for non-gifts.

  436. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    jennifer
    June 4th, 2009 at 1:24 pm
    Um what base was Tex running to. Sterling was a mess on that call.

    ***
    LOL. Did Sterling even know who was on base?

  437. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    maybe i just didn’t see it before, but swisher seems like he’s shortened his follow through lately and is hitting the ball hard up the middle and the opposite way.

  438. kasey June 4th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    chien-ming wang’s family crest is a picture of a barracuda eating neil armstrong.

    chien-ming wang drives an ice cream truck covered in human skulls.

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

    not great to let mccarthy off the hook there, but they gave chien-ming brasky a run to work with.

  439. leems1104 June 4th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    A-Rod DP again

  440. SJ44 June 4th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Baserunning mistake by Tex changed that inning. Then again, he should have never been on first to begin with since the umpire blew that call.

  441. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) – OPPC member
    June 4th, 2009 at 1:24 pm
    thanks Erica –

    I’ve heard the ARod call but never Damon’s.

    They may be corny but I like em’

    ***
    I do too. They help me tolerate his more confused moments. I also love those times he yells, “It is high. It is far. It is caught. 10 feet before the warning track”

  442. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Groundout from Wang. 1 away.

  443. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Bowling ball sinkers baby.

  444. vin June 4th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    “Listening to John Sterling trying to decipher a play in incredible. All he needs is dark glasses and a cane…. ”

    :lol:

  445. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Everyone complaining about Burnett getting suspended is forgetting one piece of key information. He threw at Cruz’s head. If Burnett plunks him on the backside or throws behind he wouldn’t get suspended. It stinks for sure but he really shouldn’t have thrown at Cruz’s head.

  446. Doreen June 4th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Nice shot by Cano. Too bad it was right at someone. :(

  447. jennifer June 4th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Congrats to Nick on his non-engagement. Is your non-fiancee registered anywhere… it makes it easier for non-gifts.

    ________________

    What happened?

  448. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Speaking of eating crow, it’s poetic justice that our pal Jeff NJ is at the game today to witness the futility of “Wang should be a reliever” position.

    I recall not long ago he came onto this page telling a few of us by name to EAT CROW because Wang was temporarily in the bullpen and Jeff took that as some sort of vindication of his prediction.

    I’m sure his apology will be forthcoming. :)

  449. 86w183 June 4th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Sad to see that Pete tried to turn Teixiera’s screw up into Alex’s failure. With no one out job one is to get thr runner to third. That’s what he did. Jeez!

  450. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    “A-Rod DP again”

    Pump the breaks, there. He hit one to the track and tex f**ked up.

  451. SJ44 June 4th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Randy,

    It does seem that he is shorter and quicker to the ball now from the left side. Its a nice adjustment for him and so far its working.

  452. bru June 4th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    i was going to start wakefield on my fantasy team but pulled him 10 minutes before the game.

    i am glad i did 2-0 detroit.

    inge my fantasy catcher hit a 2 run double.

    wakefield & boston have not been good on the road.

  453. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Wang!

  454. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Another groundout. 2 away.

    Machine.

  455. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    That last sinker was 94. Nice.

  456. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    randy l.
    June 4th, 2009 at 1:26 pm
    maybe i just didn’t see it before, but swisher seems like he’s shortened his follow through lately and is hitting the ball hard up the middle and the opposite way.

    ————————————————————

    Pretty much the same short, cutoff stroke as the center field home run in Cleveland.

  457. DT June 4th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Nick in SF
    June 4th, 2009 at 1:21 pm
    Good morning!

    Finally, I have a big announcement to make. I, Nick in SF, am officially not engaged to Minka Kelly. Thank you for your time.

    Jennifer – keep up! :-)

  458. Joe I June 4th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    “Sad to see that Pete tried to turn Teixiera’s screw up into Alex’s failure. With no one out job one is to get thr runner to third. That’s what he did. Jeez!”

    The clean-up hitter’s job is not to move a base runner over. You take that if he doesn’t do his main job, drive him in. If he was Brett Gardner, Ramiro Pena or Cervelli, yes, move him over, but not A-Rod.

  459. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Wanger!!!

    http://sufferthegringo.files.w.....-wang1.jpg

  460. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Wang cruisin’.

  461. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Niiiiiice! :lol:

  462. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks, DT and jennifer. I can honestly say: nothing happened.

    BTW, DT, since you get Sterling on the radio, can you let us know if either “Hiroshima” or “Nagasaki” are uttered? I like to be up to date on all the latest calls.

  463. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    WANGER 3K’s

  464. Occam's Razor (after five shaves) June 4th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Nasty, nasty, nasty stuff.

  465. vin June 4th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    It’s nice having the #2 starter back. The rest of the league cannot be happy about this.

  466. bru June 4th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    3-0 detroit over boston

  467. dl June 4th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Does anyone have a link to stream the radio broadcast for this game live?

    Thanks in advance.

  468. Coach6423 June 4th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    BUT LOOK AT THOSE 3 STARTS!!!!!

  469. SJ44 June 4th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Nick,

    We will never see that mea culpa! lol

    Really liking what I’m seeing with so far. Everything is down. Man, if he’s back, this team really becomes dangerous.

    4 starters capable of giving them 7 innings a start and the best #5 starter in baseball in Joba.

    That’s how they drew it up in the off-season.

  470. Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) - OPPC member June 4th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    “I do too. They help me tolerate his more confused moments. I also love those times he yells, “It is high. It is far. It is caught. 10 feet before the warning track””

    ——-

    Yeah, you need to condition yourself to not get excited when he says that.

    Now that Harry Caray isn’t with us, somebody needs to take over.

    “Mike McGwire and Sammy Sooser”

    oh wait, that was Ted Kennedy. well, what’s the difference?

  471. Coach6423 June 4th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    dl

    http://stream2.wtsnam1270.com/

  472. leems1104 June 4th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    1-2-3,1-2-3, 6 up, 6 down, 3 strike outs. 23 pitches. Wang can go for a complete game

  473. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Nick in SF
    June 4th, 2009 at 1:21 pm
    Good morning!

    Finally, I have a big announcement to make. I, Nick in SF, am officially not engaged to Minka Kelly. Thank you for your time.

    ****
    HAHAHAHA. Thanks so much for clearing that up

  474. Tom in N.J. June 4th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    The grass is always greener on the other side, unless chien-ming wang has been there. In that case the grass is most likely soaked in blood and tears.

  475. jennifer June 4th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Nick- You are awful!!

    Dt- I am at work, So not totally keeping up.

  476. Joe I June 4th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    “3-0 detroit over boston”

    Let’s hope the D-Train can make that stand.

  477. kasey June 4th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    looking good so far. two groundouts and a K. plus, he’s being economical which is a huge plus given his pitch count.

  478. Stultus Magnus June 4th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    2 innings, 2 groundouts, 3 Ks, 23 pitches, no hits. I’m glad he’s starting strong.

    Gameday says he’s throwing a curveball. I’m guessing it’s his slider??

  479. 86w183 June 4th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Patrick — Gotta disagree. Any pitchers who wants to him someone in the head will do so. The pitch was to deliver the message… cut that crap out! and it worked. Both teams were warned, no one was ejected… that’s baseball. It’s almost Bob “wahh the Yanks fired me” Watson is delivering the message that you might as well go ahead and hit someone which is a terrible message.

    Wang looks great… those 80 pitches just might get him six-plus.

  480. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Wang is showing precisely why he shouldn’t be rotting in the bullpen. Also making his bosses look good for picking this start to put him back in.

    Keep it up, CMW.

  481. Steve June 4th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    For those of us who can’t watch the game — what happened on the A-Rod fly that resulted in Teixeira being doubled up? Did he just take off and assume it was a hit? Yahoo says the shortstop made the out, but I’m assuming it was the first baseman??

  482. bru June 4th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    if we can only straighten the bullpen out.

    we will need a good bullpen.

  483. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Wang: 23 pitches through 2. He is on a 80 pitch count. The way he is dealing right now, can we maybe hope and wish he gets through 7?

  484. vin June 4th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    “Another groundout. 2 away.”

    After being down 3-0 in the count. 8)

  485. nick June 4th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Hold on, Tubby… Rodriguez did his job and moved Swisher to third with 1 out last inning.

  486. Betsy June 4th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    No matter what Alex does or doesn’t do in the next few games, I will not trash him or get angry at him. He’s in a slump – believe it or not, these things happen. I think it’s sort of ludicrous for fans to like players only when they do well and then turn right around and trash them when they don’t. Alex is still not far removed from surgery – fans need to deal with it. If they can’t, then I don’t want to hear them cheering for him when he picks it up again.

  487. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 4th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Miguel Cabrera out for the Tigers due to injury.

  488. jennifer June 4th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2009/0.....-teammate/

  489. Mike R June 4th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    This is the guy people didn’t think belonged in the rotation?

    He looks pretty good to me! According to Gameday the velocity is back too.

  490. dl June 4th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Thanks Coach.

  491. Rishi June 4th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    so if nothing else, Alex, his surgery and his doctor get credit for giving us the real CMW back…

  492. 86w183 June 4th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Joe 1 — I didn’t say moving the runner was his ONLY job, I said in that situation getting the runner to third without a DP is job one, that’s the first priority and he did accomplish that. Obviously you want your cleanup hitter to do more, but a deep fly that sets up 1st and 3rd and one out is not a bad result as was implied

  493. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    UPDATE, 1:23 p.m.: What in the world was Teixeira doing there? Bad base-running. Meanwhile, A-Rod has left seven runners on base in his last four at-bats, four of them in scoring position.

    ————————————————————

    Never mind that he hit the ball to deep rught and moved the runner to third.

  494. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    I blink and it’s two outs.

  495. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    ball to deep ***right*** and moved the runner to third

  496. Betsy June 4th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Is this really SJ?

  497. jennifer June 4th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Sterling talking about the lack of day get away games, and how the Yankees are sooo nice giving Texas a day get away game. They are only doing it because Texas goes to Boston. Yankees want Texas to get sleep. :)

  498. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    What happened? Nick’s *not* engaged?

    Congrats? :P

  499. DT June 4th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    BTW, DT, since you get Sterling on the radio, can you let us know if either “Hiroshima” or “Nagasaki” are uttered? I like to be up to date on all the latest calls.

    will do. It does get confusing sometimes. When Sterling gets sloshed, “No more Saki” sometimes becomes slurred as NoMoSaki.

  500. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    That half inning was over in a blink.

  501. jennifer June 4th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    hmmm so maybe the Yankees did know what they were doing with Wang after all?

    Okay back to work for me. Later

  502. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    sj44-

    gb 7 and i noticed the cut off back swing on the left handed homer to center the other night.

    i’ve got to check some old video and see if it is something new.

    whatever it is ,it’s nice to see.

  503. rconn23 June 4th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Classic Dontrelle Willis. Given a 3-0 lead, he’s up O-2 on Ellsbury then hits him, then walks Julio Lugo.

    Good grief.

  504. CUYanks June 4th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Chien-Ming Wang ERA Countdown:
    14.06

  505. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    “June 4th, 2009 at 1:37 pm
    BTW, DT, since you get Sterling on the radio, can you let us know if either “Hiroshima” or “Nagasaki” are uttered? I like to be up to date on all the latest calls.

    will do. It does get confusing sometimes. When Sterling gets sloshed, “No more Saki” sometimes becomes slurred as NoMoSaki.”

    :lol:

  506. pat June 4th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Nick

    You need work on your Jeterian lingo. You don’t deny the engagement. You just talk around it until the person asking the question gets tired and loses interest.

  507. Betsy June 4th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    I think when we realize that Pete is just not capable of being objective about Alex (like most Yankee fans), we’ll all be better for it.

    Glad to see Wang looking so good – his return will be huge for the Yankees. He’s a very good pitcher and he eats innings…. On the negative side, looks like the Yankees are struggling a bit at the plate.

  508. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    That sinker appears to be back to form. So encouraging I can hardly sit still.

  509. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I’m sick of Kay’s man crush with O’Neil

  510. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    “Actor David Carradine has been found dead, hanging by a nylon rope in a hotel room closet in Bangkok, Thailand, according to a Thai police official. The rope was believed taken from hotel room curtains, Bangkok Police Col. Pirom Chanpirom said. Investigators found no signs of forced entry, he said.”

    Damn.

  511. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    “I’m sick of Kay’s man crush with O’Neil”

    Who doesn’t have a man-crush on O’Neil

  512. abernste June 4th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    If this continues, I will be ordering the following:

    http://shop.mlb.com/product/in.....30.1339624

  513. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Ugh, leadoff double on 0-2. Meh.

  514. kd June 4th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    let’s hope this version of wang stays for good. if so, the al east is a different beast. if we have 4 6 or 7 inning guys in the rotation, it takes a lot of pressure off the team’s weakness, the bullpen

  515. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Nomo? Hideo Nomo? I miss that guy.

  516. kd June 4th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    just as i write that, double. let’s see how he does

  517. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    “Damn.”

    The rope was tied around his genitals as well. Yikes.

  518. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Wang keeps the runner on 3rd.

  519. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    BIG out there

  520. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Typical CM Wang. Gives up a hit. Nothing’s changed.

  521. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Forgot to mention this before. But bench coach and catching instructor Tony Pena turned 52 today

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

    Happy birthday to him

  522. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    “The rope was tied around his genitals as well. Yikes.”

    …..?

  523. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 4th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Willis goin’ all D-Train in Motown. HBP and 3 walks in the 3rd.

  524. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Jon Ringland
    June 4th, 2009 at 1:40 pm
    “I’m sick of Kay’s man crush with O’Neil”

    Who doesn’t have a man-crush on O’Neil

    ****
    I am not a man, but I had the honor of meeting Paul O’Neill at a Fleetwood Mac concert in 2003. Being the giant dork I am, I introduced myself and shook his hand, stuttering like an idiot the whole time.

  525. five iron from fenway June 4th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Tell me again how Boston continues to miss Halliday and Verlander etc.

  526. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    “…..?”

    Read what I was replying to. David Carradine killed himself.

  527. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Erica,

    I am a man. I am a straight man. I have never met Paul O’Neil, however, I have a crush on him. Unless there’s a close play and he’s called out…then I run for cover.

  528. DT June 4th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Nomo was good as a Dodger.
    Of course when he was a Red Sox – Hideo was short for Hideous.

  529. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    94mph

  530. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Does Cervelli speak to Wang in Spanish or Italian?

  531. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    “Read what I was replying to. David Carradine killed himself.”

    What an odd way to go.

  532. murphydog June 4th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    “You need work on your Jeterian lingo. You don’t deny the engagement. You just talk around it until the person asking the question gets tired and loses interest.”

    It’s the Jeter Fog Machine.

    Anyone remember the singer Mel Torme? If you don’t remember Mel as Mel, do you remember Mel as Night Court’s Judge Harry Stone’s favorite singer?

    Anyway, singer Mel Torme’s nickname was The Velvet Fog. Sometimes I think that name might fit Jeter too.

  533. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Yikes

  534. five iron from fenway June 4th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Good job there by Willis!

  535. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    That’s tough.

  536. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Damn that ball was bounced 25 ft. infront of Cisco.

  537. RS June 4th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Wang has thrown a couple of those wild pitches, but that was the first time he threw on with a runner on base.

  538. Steve B (Wouldn't it be cool if AJ's ERA was 3.14) June 4th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    “Tell me again how Boston continues to miss Halliday and Verlander etc.”

    Today was Verlander’s 5th day too. Leyland decided to give him the extra day the off day afforded.

  539. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Jon Ringland
    June 4th, 2009 at 1:45 pm
    Erica,

    I am a man. I am a straight man. I have never met Paul O’Neil, however, I have a crush on him. Unless there’s a close play and he’s called out…then I run for cover.

    ****
    Haha. Those poor Gatorade coolers. I actually had better seats than him at the concert and I spent the whole night turning around watching Paul O’Neill watching Fleetwood Mac. Except when it started raining (it was Jones Beach), Paul O’Neill got to go backstage. So he wins

  540. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Posada would have flagged that WP and then tagged out the runner.

  541. Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) - OPPC member June 4th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    “Tell me again how Boston continues to miss Halliday and Verlander etc.”

    ——-

    I’ve noticed that too. They’ve been a bit lucky so far. They got 2/3 of their season games against the Angels done with no Lackey or Escobar too.

  542. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Erica,

    Fleetwood Mac? Really? Did you lose a bet or something :)

  543. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    That’s tough, hard hit grounder.

  544. leems1104 June 4th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    man, 1 pitch, 1 run?

  545. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 4th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    lol tex was like “WOAAAAAAAAH”

  546. SJ44 June 4th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Gift run there. Double on an 0-2 pitch to a .190 hitter and now trouble.

    This is where Wang has to limit the damage. Try to hold this to one run. His troubles come into play when he gives up the big inning.

  547. RS June 4th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Why throw to second? Kinsler had a good jump with 2 outs.

  548. Stultus Magnus June 4th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Battle Wang, battle!

  549. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    at least it didn’t get out of the infield

  550. DT June 4th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    The Cash Truthers believe strongly that Kevin Cash would have blocked that ball.

  551. kasey June 4th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    so we’ve got a double, a walk (wild pitch) and a single here in the same inning. let’s hope he leaves it at one run.

  552. Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) - OPPC member June 4th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    anybody see what happened in the Sox game?

  553. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Looks like hes holding on to the ball too long.

  554. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Thank god Georgy ain’t catching today :lol:

  555. I miss Phil June 4th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I miss Phil… Wang sucks now :(

  556. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Jon Ringland
    June 4th, 2009 at 1:48 pm
    Erica,

    Fleetwood Mac? Really? Did you lose a bet or something

    ***
    Haha. No way. I love them. I started listening to them in 1997 and I have seen them in concert like, 8 times since then I think. I actually have tickets to see them at the Garden next Thursday and then I am seeing them again next Saturday in Atlantic City.

  557. Occam's Razor (after five shaves) June 4th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    That’s o.k. A-Rod, you can make up for it by striking out w/the bases loaded.

  558. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    RS
    June 4th, 2009 at 1:48 pm
    Why throw to second? Kinsler had a good jump with 2 outs.

    ————————————————————

    Because he also had no chance of getting Young out, either.

  559. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    i think we’re seeing the fatigue coming in now with wang.

  560. AD June 4th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Great job by Dontrelle Willis. Can’t even go 3 innings. What a freaking bum. Sox will sweep the tigers. Damn it.

  561. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    :(

  562. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    :roll:

  563. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    That was a good pitch, and better hitting.

  564. swings & misses June 4th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Uh oh, can Wang pitch from the stretch? He seems fine in the windup, but the minute baserunners get on…

  565. kasey June 4th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    guess who’s back. back again. wang is back. tell a friend.

  566. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    and the recipe for Wang is being done here, wait for sinker to hang as a LHB and go the other way.

  567. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    come on Wanger

  568. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 4th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    tis a shame…wang isnt exactly pitching poorly…this inning needs to end now

  569. The Ghost June 4th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    This is the difference between a great start and a rocky start. Arod still thinking he’s playing shortstop and not throwing to first on that play. This guy never became a 3rd basemen.

  570. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Don’t listen to them, Erica. You can go your own way.

  571. Terry from NH June 4th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Well between Willis and Wang I don’t know’s falling apart quicker today.. I’d have to say Willis since he’s out of the game, but this is disappointing to see this with Wang!

  572. Mehdi also in SF June 4th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I can’t believe he can’t get this third out.

  573. RS June 4th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I still think Arod should have thrown Young out at first.

  574. Jay June 4th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Is Damon arm really that weak, he can’t attempt to throw home ?

  575. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Wang’s always had some trouble from the stretch. This isn’t new.

    Just have to limit the damage.

  576. rconn23 June 4th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Wang has had a problem when baserunners his entire career.

    It doesn’t have anything to do with fatigue.

  577. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Struck him out looking.

  578. leems1104 June 4th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    2 runs after 2 outs? what’s wrong

  579. SJ44 June 4th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    The 0-2 pitch to Davis and the WP were the killer pitches in this inning.

    Blalock hit a good pitch. That’s baseball.

    He did a good job bouncing back. Its only 2-1. Still a ballgame.

  580. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    The worst pitches that Wang made in that inning was during the walk to Kinsler.

  581. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Oh well, not having Posada in there extended the inning and cost us a couple of runs, but Wang didn’t blow up at all.

    It’s a process. :)

  582. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Tough inning, that’s okay though. Even on the 80 pitch count I can see him going 6 innings.

  583. The Ghost June 4th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Jay that ball to Damon wasn’t exactly a line drive. By the time it bounces 3 times there was no chance at home.

  584. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    “Well between Willis and Wang I don’t know’s falling apart quicker today.. I’d have to say Willis since he’s out of the game, but this is disappointing to see this with Wang!’

    He gave up an RBI single on a borderline strike, and a grounder hit in exactly in the right place.

    The only bad pitch this inning was the 0-2 double he gave up to lead off.

  585. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Not bad, but srsly gotta stop putting yourselves into these innings. Al goes to 1st the inning is over, but Wang doesn’t bounce a 60 footer and make Cisco go slip and slide back there it’s not even a run in that inning.

  586. vin June 4th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    “Don’t listen to them, Erica. You can go your own way.”

    :lol:

    CMW is K-ing guys left and right.

  587. Baseball Fab June 4th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Well, my day went into the pooper real fast, now Sox up 6-3??

  588. SJ44 June 4th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    How is somebody “falling apart” in that inning.

    They hit one ball hard the entire inning.

    Here’s a newsflash for you. They are playing a first place team that has one of the best offenses in baseball.

    Believe it or not, they are trying to hit just as much as Wang is trying to pitch.

    He’s doing a good job so far. Especially since its his first start in almost 2 months.

  589. pat June 4th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    RS

    You can think he should have thrown to first. You can’t know he would have thrown him out based on where the ball was fielded and his momentum was taking him.

  590. tampayank June 4th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    run support please

  591. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    pitch count isn’t just for the whole game.

    it’s how many pitches in an inning too.

    wang was getting a bit of a danger zone with too many in an inning , but got out of it without too much damage.

    some yankee runs would help.

  592. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Why is 7,8, 9 attempting to bunt so much :?

  593. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Nick in SF
    June 4th, 2009 at 1:52 pm
    Don’t listen to them, Erica. You can go your own way.

    ***
    Thanks Nick! They are actually an amazing show

  594. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Some run support for Wang would be nice.

  595. DT June 4th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    “Don’t listen to them, Erica. You can go your own way.”

    Nice one Rickles. Scary thing was… I was just about to type something similar. Seriously. (I’d say I’m not lying, but that would be so yesterday….)

  596. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Damon got robbed.

  597. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    damn.

  598. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Cruz is a hater.

  599. grafxkid June 4th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    terrible call and pause by Sterling.

  600. Baseball Fab June 4th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    This Cruz kid has a very bright future

  601. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Gotta love how the infield hit was Rodriguez’ fault. If Pena made the play, he wasn’t getting either runner. Really objective there.

  602. IDCWYT June 4th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Why isn’t a wild pich considered an error on the pitcher?

  603. tampayank June 4th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    It was a good move by Girardi to slide Wang in the rotation today and push back CC till tommorow night….The Rays are attrocious against lefties(even mediocre ones) so CC will give them nightmares tonight

  604. Mehdi also in SF June 4th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    If we have to rely on Damon home runs today to get any offense going it’s not going to be a good day.

  605. EY June 4th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    I sense another quick inning for McCarthy as the hitters go down quietly…

  606. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    “Some run support for Wang would be nice.”

    It’d be nice if he’d stop playing darts w/ Cisco too :lol:

  607. Occam's Razor (after five shaves) June 4th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Is there anything more inane that the “Pitch By Pitch”? Yeah, we just saw those pitches like 10 seconds ago. We don’t necessarily need to see them again.

    Why not spend that time focusing on the hotties in the stands?

  608. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    “terrible call and pause by Sterling.”

    Tell me about it. Second time this game he’s given me false hope :-\

  609. stuart June 4th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    does texiera take baserunning lessons from posada??

    how does wang look do not have a TV????

  610. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    McCarthy dealing.

  611. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    9 in a row retired by texas pitcher.

  612. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    “F’in Sterling…. what a call. It is high, It is far…. (confused silence) …it’s ummmm……
    caught.”

    LOL

  613. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Hey Brandon isn’t Cruz the guy you wanted the Yankees to trade for last year?

  614. grafxkid June 4th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    I’m at work listening and Sterling (once again) got my hopes up with the enthusiasm of his call to let me down with a long pause for 5 secs. and then with a “caught”. BAAAAh!!!

  615. Tom in N.J. June 4th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Koko Taylor passed away today.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxCa16-nxtM

  616. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    DT
    June 4th, 2009 at 1:56 pm
    “Don’t listen to them, Erica. You can go your own way.”

    Nice one Rickles. Scary thing was… I was just about to type something similar. Seriously. (I’d say I’m not lying, but that would be so yesterday….)

    **
    I am really excited about next weekend. Two of the few things I love as much as the Yankees are Fleetwood Mac and Atlantic City. And so I don’t miss anything, I found a great sports bar in the Pier at Caesars to watch Yankee games in. I just hope I am back at full strength by then.

    Unfortunately, my doctor did not clear me to go back to work tomorrow. I can’t return until Monday. (I am not sure how sarcastic I am being right now. I will let you decide)

  617. jennifer June 4th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    DT June 4th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    F’in Sterling…. what a call. It is high, It is far…. (confused silence) …it’s ummmm……
    caught

    ********

    misery likes company. glad I am not the only one ready to thrown my radio onto 7th ave. Look out below. :lol:

  618. murphydog June 4th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    “Believe it or not, they are trying to hit just as much as Wang is trying to pitch.”

    SJ: That could have come right out of Bull Durham, straight from Crash Davis’ mouth.

  619. Terry from NH June 4th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Sox get 6 runs on 2 hits and the Yanks bad baserunning runs them right out of innings. I’ve seen this repeatedly game after game after game with bad baserunning!

  620. Rishi June 4th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Weird bad inning for Wang here. A double, a sacrifice, a wild pitch, a walk, an infield single on a ball A-Rod should have let Pena handle and now an RBI single. 2-1 Rangers.

    UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: Yankee Stadium is pretty ridiculous. Damon just hit a ball that he bailed out on. It flew to the wall in right field. Cruz made a leaping catch, avoiding the glove of the fan who leaned his upper body over the fence. It’s bad enough that there are Pony League dimensions in right field, but the fans can freely interfere with play.

  621. steven J June 4th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Come on! We’re making this guy look like a star. He can’t even hit 90 on the gun!! It’s Brandon McCarthy. Not friggin’ Brandon Webb!

  622. The Ghost June 4th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Why isn’t a wild pich considered an error on the pitcher?

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

    I believe a runner must advance for it to be an error, but I could be wrong since I don’t think they give errors for a wild pitch on a 3rd strike that advances the runner to 1st.

  623. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 4th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Wang’s slider is better than I remembered :)

  624. Peter Abraham June 4th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Green Beret:

    Pena was charging the ball and would have had the angle on first base. Alex had to try and make a backhanded throw to second. The odds at first were much higher.

  625. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    “Hey Brandon isn’t Cruz the guy you wanted the Yankees to trade for last year?”

    Yup.

  626. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    ugh…

  627. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    “Yup.”

    Good call man the dude can play

  628. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    The answer to “The Smoker’s Unite Quiz” is Showalter and Martin.

  629. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    jennifer
    June 4th, 2009 at 2:00 pm
    DT June 4th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    F’in Sterling…. what a call. It is high, It is far…. (confused silence) …it’s ummmm……
    caught

    ********

    misery likes company. glad I am not the only one ready to thrown my radio onto 7th ave. Look out below.

    ******
    Haha. If I hear about radios flying through Manhattan I will know who is throwing them

  630. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    The Texas lefties are just punching the ball to left.

  631. rconn23 June 4th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    The Red Sox don’t have to face either Verlander or Jackson and get to face Willis, who is a meltdown waiting to happen. Then the Tigers bring in the equally horrible Zach Miner.

    Then Cabrera mysteriously leaves the game for the Tigers, making it virtually impossible for the Tigers to make a comeback.

    Talk about leading the charmed life.

  632. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    DT: I have full confidence in your both your joke and truth telling. Don’t stop.

  633. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Wang needs to throw his slider more. A pitcher is not hard to hit when you are looking for 1 pitch every time up. You need to be too perfect as a pitcher to not get smacked around with 1 pitch.

  634. sjufan June 4th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    here we go with the lefties seeing that sinker second time through the order.

  635. IDCWYT June 4th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    “I believe a runner must advance for it to be an error, but I could be wrong since I don’t think they give errors for a wild pitch on a 3rd strike that advances the runner to 1st.”

    Thanks. But a runner scored on this WP. That’s an advance.
    Are passed balls errors?

  636. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    These ground balls are finding holes. Eff.

  637. kasey June 4th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    tom,

    koko taylor actually died yesterday.

    guess who’s back. back again. wang is back. call the ‘pen.

  638. Rishi June 4th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    um…wheels falling off wagon?

  639. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Oh No

  640. helno51 June 4th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    is this another “weird” inning for wang?

  641. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Now THAT was a bad pitch.

  642. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    oh boy

  643. RS June 4th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Well this is becoming a disaster…

  644. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    I don’t understand why Alex doesn’t guard the line

  645. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Sigh… :(

  646. stuart June 4th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    peter a little premature on Wang is back routine!!!!

    yech

  647. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 4th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    whos gonna come in..aceves?

  648. steven J June 4th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    First Red Sox get Toronto but no Holladay. Then they get Detroit with no Verlander. What can you say? Better to be lucky than good.

  649. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Ok, this is a bad inning for Wang.

  650. Terry from NH June 4th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Like I said earlier, Wang is falling apart!!!!!!!!!!!

  651. tampayank June 4th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Wanger getting beat up the 2nd time through their lineup, going to need some offense this game to get the series win

  652. rodney June 4th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    At least when hughes gives up 4 runs in 4 innings we can chalk it up to a “learning experience”
    wang might be done as a starter if he keeps giving up a run per inning.

  653. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Hughes truthers are back in force.

  654. rodney June 4th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    sorry 4 runs in 3 innings so far.

  655. sunny615 June 4th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Vintage Wang… hmmm … maybe not.

  656. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I would have to say Wang against the Sox will be a disaster. When Davis goes 2 for 2 with 2 doubles you know your pitches are awful.

  657. Mehdi also in SF June 4th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Hmm maybe bringing Wang back in the team against Texas was a HORRIBLE idea seeing as how Phil has owned these guys.

  658. sjufan June 4th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    let the excuses begin.

  659. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    This just sucks, maybe Wang can regroup and get through 5

  660. Matty C June 4th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    the non-ace ace!!!

  661. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    “I don’t understand why Alex doesn’t guard the line”

    Why would you guard the line vs a LHB and leave the SS hole open ?

    This is the recipe vs Wang, LHBs go the other way and wait for him to hang one or two.

  662. rconn23 June 4th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    He’s a mess right now.

  663. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Need to throw secondary pitches. Texas is sitting on sinker, sinker, sinker.

  664. kasey June 4th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    boy, tough to blame arod and cervelli for these runs. who else can we peg here? certainly not the increasingly hittable chien-ming wang.

    at what point does he stop getting the benefit of the doubt? if he gives up eight more today can we say, “oh, maybe he’s not back” and not get killed for it?

  665. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Somehow I don’t think this game is ending 4-1

  666. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    “Somehow I don’t think this game is ending 4-1 ”

    10-1?

  667. Terry from NH June 4th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Wang has always been a headcase so when things start to go bad, then they really spiral out of control. The runs come in bunches.

  668. steven J June 4th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Wang gave us 2 innings of good pitching. Exactly what we have been using him for the last 2 weeks. Why the Yanks thought he could re-enter the rotation and suddenly go 6 innings was just dumb?

  669. 86w183 June 4th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Too much outside… gotta pitch in more!

  670. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    “let the excuses begin.”

    let impatience take over.

  671. sjufan June 4th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    yankee starters have allowed 4 earned runs or less in 22 of the 25 games prior to today’s game.

    welcome back, chien ming wang.

  672. Matty C June 4th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    get the bullpen ready for Wang against the Sux… i sense a 17-1 game

  673. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Offense needs to pick it up here

  674. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Maybe Wang should be in the bullpen lol You can’t go around the lineup 2 or 3 times with 1 inconsistent bad pitch. Now we know why Cash didn’t give him a long term contract. It was smart.

  675. Hman June 4th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    At least Wang is lowering his ERA.

  676. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    the novelty wore off

  677. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Hey, one run per inning is still lowering his ERA.

    It’s a process.

  678. vin June 4th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Perhaps Wang is having some fatigue?

    Good job by him getting through the inning, though.

  679. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Wang at 59 pitches

  680. Peter Abraham June 4th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    For the life of me, why do some supposed “fans” root against Yankee players? It makes no sense to me.

    You must have a sad life when you take pleasure in the problems of other people. Good karma there. Hopefully it comes back to get you.

  681. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    It’s funny how all the idiots come out of the woodwork after a bad inning. It’s like a pack of wolves smelling blood.

  682. Occam's Razor (after five shaves) June 4th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Wang in Fenway? Not even worth watching that scheisse-fest.

  683. rconn23 June 4th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Gotta get him out of there. He’s a disaster. You’re essentially forfeiting the game by keeping him in there.

  684. Joe I June 4th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    “Then Cabrera mysteriously leaves the game for the Tigers, making it virtually impossible for the Tigers to make a comeback.”

    Miguel Cabrera left the game with a bad hamstring.

  685. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    “For the life of me, why do some supposed “fans” root against Yankee players? It makes no sense to me.

    You must have a sad life when you take pleasure in the problems of other people. Good karma there. Hopefully it comes back to get you.”

    Amen, Pete.

  686. kasey June 4th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    i asked earlier and i’ll ask again, in a division this tight, can the yankees really afford to let joba take his lumps and let chien-ming wang deflate his confidence and the teams by proving himself as entirely too pedestrian right now?

    at some point, losing the little battles doesn’t add up to winning the war. he should not pitch in boston. he should be pitching in scranton.

  687. Rishi June 4th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Aceves warming…

  688. vey June 4th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Deja vu!

  689. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    If you’re a Yankee fan you should be rooting for Wang to succeed.

    Bottom line.

  690. sunny615 June 4th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    where’s the offense?

  691. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    kasey, you can say whatever you want (as long as you stay positive).

    Mark Teixeira is a facial contortionist.

  692. stuart June 4th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    children relax.. if he pitches 6 innings and gives up 4 runs it is not terrible..

    relax fools….the guy has a 700 winning % , take a chill pill………..

  693. vin June 4th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Does CMW pitch the 5th? Or do they push their luck?

  694. DT June 4th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    The good news…. Wang’s ERA continues to go down.

  695. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    And A-Rod can’t move the runner.

  696. Coach6423 June 4th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    STOP BOOING AROD

  697. Matty C June 4th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    the anti-clutch!!!!!!

  698. Terry from NH June 4th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Peter, when Phil Hughes seems to have success against Texas then why do you supplant that and put in Wang who has been bounced around mentally the last few weeks not knowing what his role has been?? The Yanks were setting this up for failure! Not only does this hurt Wangs mindset, but it also hurts Hughes too!!

  699. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Patrick
    June 4th, 2009 at 2:09 pm
    “Somehow I don’t think this game is ending 4-1 ”

    10-1?

    **
    Ugh. I am OPPC. How about 5-4?

  700. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    a-rod is awesome.

  701. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    “It’s a process.”

    Is this your new catchphrase or are you Brian Cashman?

    The fans booing A-rod are a joke.

    Cmon Pete, karma? Really dude?

  702. Thank you. June 4th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Oh Pete, I love you for saying that.

  703. murphydog June 4th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    http://www.rollingstone.com/ro.....ead-at-80/

    If you never heard Koko Taylor, now’s a perfect time to figure out what you missed.

  704. Coach6423 June 4th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Kasey,

    When is Joba taking lumps. He has a 3.7 ERA. He is our 2nd best pitcher.

  705. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Carl
    June 4th, 2009 at 2:06 pm
    I don’t understand why Alex doesn’t guard the line

    ————————————————————

    That’s the smart move. Play on the line in the 4th inning against a guy that’s not a pull hitter.

  706. Mehdi also in SF June 4th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Nobody is rooting against him. but if he’s stinking up the joint we can say something. Which he is. Maybe not as bad as before but he hasn’t been good today, just like Pettite wasn’t yesterday, end of!

  707. steven J June 4th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    I don’t care how bad Wang is pitching.

    The Yanks need to score some runs off this guy. Period.

  708. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Why do you think Eiland has always said that Wang needs to be a smarter pitcher? When something goes wrong he doesn’t make adjustments and change things up. He throws the same pitch in the same location and when that doesn’t work he just folds on the mound.

  709. Hman June 4th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    “You must have a sad life when you take pleasure in the problems of other people.”

    I’ll keep that in mind for the next A-Rod post.

  710. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    “he should not pitch in boston. he should be pitching in scranton.”

    You can blame the panic move that brought him up for that.

    Now that he’s here they have to give him a shot, or risk losing all the rehab he did in the minors.

  711. YankeeRay June 4th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    I’m listening on line at work so I can only hear and not see. I certainly don’t like what I’m hearing and don’t want Pete to think I’m being negative so can someone tell me if Wang looks as bad as he sounds right now.

  712. CountryClub June 4th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Come off the ledge. This game isnt as bad as some of us are making it seem. If he can pitch a scoreless 5th I think he did fine. Is it a good game? No. But it’s light years ahead of what he did to start the season. Plus, he hasnt started a game in a couple of weeks.

    The most important thing is that his sinker was sinking for the most part and his velocity is back. Another start or two and he’ll be the old Wang.

  713. vey June 4th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Kasey from your mouth to Cashman’s ears. We love Wang but he’s not built up the arm yet!!

  714. Andrew June 4th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    hey look, we moved the runner over!

  715. Doreen June 4th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    So, I think CMW is definitely doing better than earlier in the year. But he’s not “there” yet.

    What’s with ARod?

    Now, I read in Cano’s splits that he hits well in day games. Let’s see. Nope, not this time.

    :)

  716. five iron from fenway June 4th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I think it is about time to split up Arod and Cano.
    I would insert Posada between the two. They are not getting it done the last few days and we need a bit of an offensive jumpstart.

  717. chambliss June 4th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I think that it is a fair question about not going with Hughes against Texas after he dominated them in Texas recently.

  718. Jeter's Edge June 4th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF)
    June 4th, 2009 at 12:42 pm
    “Bases loaded (BA/OBP/SLG/OPS):
    Jeter: .363/.417/.451/.868
    A-Rod: .339/.395/.695/1.090
    Not much difference there. Jeter is phenomenal but A-Rod is not far behind.”

    Sorry i’m late to reply. I’m actually surprised A-rod’s numbers are that good with the bases loaded. Not that i don’t think he’s a great player, it just always looks like he’s trying to do too much. He seems to comfortable with less men on base. Again, thats just my perception from watching, not based off of stats. But his numbers definitely look great. I should have looked up the stats myself!

    And Mr. November, you are also right. The entire team choked last night and the only one to get booed was A-rod. I think he puts as much pressure on himself as the fans do. I guess it all really comes down to the fact that he is the one making 30 million dollars a year now so he is expected to do that much more.

  719. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    The Yanks have had their chance to score some runs but they have blown it so far, similar to last night.

  720. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    “i like the yankees. i like pitchers who give the yankees the best chance to win.

    today, that pitcher would have been phil hughes.”

    Do you ever look past the “now”? You think that baseball would suddenly disband after a month or two and the Yankees should screw up a long-term starter just to win a game in early June.

  721. sjufan June 4th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    i’m not sure who’s rooting against anybody. everyone wants the yankees to win. if you’re allowed to go nuts in the updates when wang is pitching well, we’re allowed to be frustrated here when he starts getting lit up like a christmas tree, especially given what a groove our rotation (and bullpen, thanks to the rotation’s consistency) have been in. it’s nothing personal to wang, but we’re allowed to be frustrated, especailly when you’re throwing a party after wang’s first inning.

  722. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    stop the presses Matsui used a 3-1 count to his advantage. 8O

  723. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Melky in the clutch- I feel it coming

  724. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    melky didn’t swing at the first pitch!!!!!!!!!

  725. steven J June 4th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    can we get one up into the wind tunnel???

  726. Jeter's Edge June 4th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    edit, that should say “seems more comfortable with”

    What ever happened to getting an edit function?????

  727. Coach6423 June 4th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    BTW, today CC would have started, not Hughes.

  728. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    yankee bats hit the snooze button.

  729. Arod Booer June 4th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    I’ve been busy these past few games!

    With good reason!!!

  730. Bean Youkilis June 4th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Yankee fans are an embarrassment to humanity.

  731. Doreen June 4th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Actually, I’m more disappointed in the offense today (or lack thereof) than in CMW’s performance, which hasn’t been awful. Not great. Not awful.

  732. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Dang Pete really hates A-rod.

  733. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Melky looks terrible since coming back from the DL…Swinging at all garbage..The offense is totally slumping right now. It has nothing to do with the Texas pitching, they are just swinging at such bad pitches.

  734. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 4th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    typical yankees lead off double no runs.

  735. bru June 4th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    i don’t know what the answer is but i did lot like the fact that hughes got pulled from the rotation.

    i understand all involved & wang might turn it around in addition to hughes having setbacks but the team had a good feeling to it that i didn’t wan’t disrupted.

    just a bad feeling that’s all.

    if wang can’t find it soon i have no problem with him staying in the pen for good.

    i know things caqn change quickly but i was not that nervous with hughes starting & the experience he was getting was priceless.

  736. North June 4th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    1. People are not rooting for Wang to fail. But they are frustrated with the results. And thats fair to be.
    2. Girardi must take som heat as well. I think it wuould have been much better had Wang pitched 2-3 games more in scranton rather than been in the Yankees Bullpen.
    3. Arod must start to drive in some runs. He is killing the team as of late.

    4. This games is almost over…

  737. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    “when he starts getting lit up like a christmas tree”

    We’re seeing the old sinker, and three of the hits, including a couple doubles, were of the groundball variety.

    It’s a process.

    He made bad pitches to Davis and that damaging wild pitch.

  738. murphydog June 4th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    “You must have a sad life when you take pleasure in the problems of other people.”

    Schadenfreude. Some people don’t know any other way.

  739. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    vb03, I like Wang don’t get me wrong I do but we can’t ignore that the recipe is out vs him. LHBs just wait on the sinker drive it the other way, until he hangs one the 2nd or 3rd time around. I don’t view him as a longterm guy in this rotation, I haven’t for a few yrs. now.

  740. YankeeRay June 4th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    chambliss
    June 4th, 2009 at 2:15 pm
    I think that it is a fair question about not going with Hughes against Texas after he dominated them in Texas recently

    —–
    Agreed but it wasn’t his turn it was CC’s right? Hughes would have been on 3 days rest no?

  741. Arod Booer June 4th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Where’s the plate discipline with these goofs?

    Arod swings at the first pitch, grounds to short with a runner on 2nd?

    In college I would’ve been benched.

    I can’t stand Arod.

  742. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    The secondary pitches need to improve, the sinker is there, but the secondary pitches are still out of whack.

  743. JR June 4th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Almost time to yank Wang

  744. Kevin in the 908 June 4th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    This is Wang’s first start back. If he gets lit up by Boston and then the Mets I would say there is cause for concern, but until then give him some time.

  745. rconn23 June 4th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Worse than Wang reverting back to April form, would be Cano and Cabrera reverting to 2008 form.

  746. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    2 away!

  747. Mehdi also in SF June 4th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    So Andy stinks up the joint last night and the bats fell asleep and it’s Andy’s fault and today Wang is stinking up the joint and the bats are asleep and it’s everyone else fault. Good logic.

  748. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    “vb03, I like Wang don’t get me wrong I do but we can’t ignore that the recipe is out vs him. LHBs just wait on the sinker drive it the other way, until he hangs one the 2nd or 3rd time around. I don’t view him as a longterm guy in this rotation, I haven’t for a few yrs. now.”

    So 54-20 in the last four years is a fluke?

    He’s getting hit because his secondary pitches aren’t sharp. If hitters sit on one pitch no matter how good it is, it’ll get hit.

  749. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    “Wang has always been a headcase so when things start to go bad, then they really spiral out of control”

    terry from nh-

    since live free or die is your state motto, i have a suggestion for you and it’s not about freedon :)

    headcase?
    where do people get this stuff?

  750. vin June 4th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    “I think that it is a fair question about not going with Hughes against Texas after he dominated them in Texas recently.”

    Hughes was originally scheduled to pitch tomorrow against Tampa.

  751. DT June 4th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Pete is OPPC material. We just need him to come out of the closet.

  752. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Cervelli’s having a tough time corralling some of these pitches.

  753. sjufan June 4th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    listen, i love wang personally, and i know what his potential is, and i think the yankees mishandled him. but the bottom line is that this team hasn’t lost two games in a row since may 7. that = groove. there is little reason to disrupt that, especially given how well hughes has pitched vs texas, just to try to reach wang’s potential. they should have never activated wang, let him keep starting in the minors, and then found a softer landing spot for him than texas and boston. the good relief outings showed he could pitch 3 good innings. we got two today. i don’t blame wang, i blame management. but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating.

  754. lil' m June 4th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    “This is Wang’s first start back. If he gets lit up by Boston and then the Mets I would say there is cause for concern, but until then give him some time.”

    Agreed.

  755. Kevin in the 908 June 4th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Yikes!

  756. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Cruz :evil:

    5-1

  757. Vinny D-Rock June 4th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    This sucks

  758. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Bad pitch, bottom line. Cruz is a beast.

  759. IDCWYT June 4th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Regarding the A-Rod booing:

    IMHO, while A-Rod gets paid to drive in runs, he still needs to make productive outs. The fact that his outs have not been productive (He hasn’t moved runners along in the last few games) is what is frustrating the fans and leading to the boos.

  760. nick June 4th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Booing players removes the joy from the game for the player constantly being booed.

    Fans enjoy watching guys who are having fun, right? Isn’t that why the fans have loved Swisher, Damon? Why would fans want to make things LESS enjoyable?

  761. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Still scratching my head over “can the yankees really afford to let joba take his lumps…?”

    Can they afford not to?

    It’s awful and deplorable that Wang has not been perfect in this game, but he’s pitched up to the (recent) level of Burnett, Pettitte, and Hughes (well, maybe before that homer).

    Since they brought him up prematurely and couldn’t send him back down, Wang has to start if you want him to be a starter. So he’s starting. Maybe this move will pay some dividends down the line?

  762. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Ugh…please just get to the 7th.

  763. North June 4th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Arod, Melky are slumping, Posade and Jeter on the Bench with Cervelli and Pena playing. Thats almost halft the lineup that seems to use rope rather than wood in their hands.

  764. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    oh hey, wang gives up another 2 out run.

  765. Doreen June 4th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Bad pitch.

    Just a bad pitch.

  766. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Cruz is a HOT hitter now, and becoming a very good hitter. He doesn’t miss mistakes against NYY.

  767. sjufan June 4th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    sorry how consistent hughes has pitched in general, not vs. texas, as he wasn’t starting today. even CC for a series win today and wang tomorrow would have been better. but CC today and hughes tomorrow is probably best, because that is what was working. don’t fix what ain’t broken.

  768. Arod Booer June 4th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Here you go, Boston, go ahead and have first place.

    We’re satisfied with having it for two weeks.

    Have a great rest of the season!

  769. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    People have forgotten that Wang was rotting in the bullpen for 2+ weeks. You can’t expect him to be that fresh.

  770. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    davey johnson has apparently seen enough from wang

  771. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 4th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Its a big improvement!!!

  772. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    And they boo Wang.

  773. rodney June 4th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    well hopefully that’s the last time we’ll see chien ming wang inflate a team’s offensive numbers. What a loser!

  774. Matty C June 4th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    throwing two games in a row its FANTASTIC

  775. Matt June 4th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Wang has been fine for the most part. Stop blaming him.

    How about our joke of an offense? Last night they lose 4-2 with plenty of chances to score, stranding 2 runners at 3rd with less than 2 outs that are the difference in the game. Today, they had 1st and 2nd, no outs in the first after Damon’s HR and scored NOTHING, and have not scored SINCE, despite a LEADOFF DOUBLE last inning in which A-Rod DOES NOT ADVANCE THE RUNNER.

    This team does not do the simple things, and loses because of it. Runners at 3rd, less than 2 outs, you HAVE TO SCORE, and leadoff double, they don’t even advance him, not that it would matter because they would probably strand him anyway. You HAVE to score these runs to chip away.

    The Yankees are not losing any games in this recent stretch because of pitching. They are only losing when the offense decides to take the day(s) off. The sunday loss in Cleveland was because Posada GIDP with a runner at 3rd, 1 out. Again, they don’t get it done on offense, which puts enormous pressure on the pitching and of course, if you score 1-2 runs you will lose almost every game in the AL.

  776. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Wang gave up 5 runs and still lowered his ERA by 1.5 points. Yikes.

  777. RS June 4th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Nelson Cruz has killed us.

  778. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 4th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    does this start even accomplish anything for wang…if his pitch count was 80 today and he only threw 69, will he be able to throw 100 next time? prbly not

  779. steven J June 4th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    this isn’t little league. players aren’t playing for “joy”. they’re paying for money. although i don’t really like booing players, it’s a fans right to do so. nobody got booed more than reggie jackson and it didn’t bother him too much in the clutch.

  780. vin June 4th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Really wanted to see CMW get through 5. Hopefully he’s better against Beckett in Boston. :?

  781. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Wang’s made bad pitches today and paid for all of them.

    Not a good outing by any stretch of the imagination. Personally I would have loved for him to have been able to work on secondary pitches in the minors, but clearly they can’t do that now.

    His next start is also going to be at Fenway Park. As big of a Wang fan I am, I can’t see that going much better than this start.

    They have to put him in situations where he can improve his confidence. A Fenway Park start won’t do that for you.

  782. sunny615 June 4th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I’m not rooting against wang, but when you see a pitcher obviously struggling, why is it wrong to want him off the mound? I’d do the same for Wang, Hughes, Joba or anyone else. It’s pretty clear Wang isn’t 100% and he’s obviously struggling? Why is it wrong for me to say he should still be in AAA working out the kinks? Because after today, it’s pretty clear that he’s not “vintage”.

  783. Coach6423 June 4th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I know ill get killed, but that is a pretty good start for him. He hasnt started a game in almost 3 weeks. He has little arm strength. That is part of being strteched out. Huuuuuge improvement.

  784. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I know this won’t happen but they need to put Wang back in the bullpen. They were doing great without him and now it is another simi blow out. They can not pitch him with his 1 pitch. It is soo easy for teams to stay and look for the 1 bad pitch. Hughes needs to be in the rotation. Let Wang pitch in long relief.

  785. Doreen June 4th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    There are no “soft” landing spots.

    They had to get Wang back in there, the sooner the better.

  786. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 4th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    “Wang has been fine for the most part. Stop blaming him.”

    thats not true at all but i dont blame him too much because its his first start back…

  787. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Arod Booer
    June 4th, 2009 at 2:21 pm
    Where’s the plate discipline with these goofs?

    Arod swings at the first pitch, grounds to short with a runner on 2nd?

    In college I would’ve been benched.

    I can’t stand Arod.

    ————————————————————

    They used to bench you in Glee Club? You must have really stunk if the ITT school glee club benched you.

  788. nick June 4th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    “They are only losing when the offense decides to take the day(s) off.”

    You think they aren’t trying? LOL.

  789. Mehdi also in SF June 4th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Haha Beckett v Wang. Please, please please Wang shove my pessimism down my throat that day.

  790. Terry from NH June 4th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Wang has always had a fragile tempermant on the mound Randy. And no- it’s not about freed(on)!

  791. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Coach6423
    June 4th, 2009 at 2:27 pm
    I know ill get killed, but that is a pretty good start for him. He hasnt started a game in almost 3 weeks. He has little arm strength. That is part of being strteched out. Huuuuuge improvement.

    ****
    If they kill you, they’ll have to take me out too cause I agree. They are only down by 4. Not 40. If the offense stops sputtering they can get right back in this game.

  792. Kevin in the 908 June 4th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Cervelli…what was that?!?

  793. no longer the Wanger! June 4th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    you pleased now Pete…he’s at least “stretching himself out”

  794. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    “So 54-20 in the last four years is a fluke?

    He’s getting hit because his secondary pitches aren’t sharp. If hitters sit on one pitch no matter how good it is, it’ll get hit.”

    I know his record.

    They were pretty much using the diagram, Oneill even said it, he needs another pitch..how long you hear this ? he to me, to me (right now) is more of a short or long reliever. He seems to work better in that role, he’ll have a few good and bad starts but w/ the talent coming up in this roster in the future, I don’t see Wang longterm.

  795. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Cervelli throws one away.

    “Why is it wrong for me to say he should still be in AAA working out the kinks?”

    Because he can’t be sent down. If he could, they already would have asked him to work more there.

  796. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    yeah…

  797. 86w183 June 4th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Wang threw 42 pitches Sunday, it’s now Thursday. How is that “rotting in the pen”.

    I’m gonna throw a shoe at the TV on the next weak-ass slow roller by someone trying to pull and outside pitch… Alex, Robby and Melky just horrioble last inning.

    Wish I had copies of threads from last year before the Nady trade when I was shot down for suggesting Nelson Cruz (then in Triple-A) as a possible get. Classic 4-A player I was told….. NOT

  798. bru June 4th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    we need wang to pitch well wether it is starting or in the pen.

    there is no way around it.

    they gambled & got burned.

    now we are in a tough spot.

    what now?

  799. Tarheel June 4th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    All these booing fans are total idots, whether it is Arod, Wang, or whomever. I just don’t get it. How do they think that helps anything? Must be a northern thing to try to beat people down. Just plain rude.

  800. RS June 4th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Aceves does not have it today…

  801. vin June 4th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I’m with you, Coach.

  802. steven J June 4th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    i don’t blame girardi for pulling wang. at 5-1 the game is still competitive. you can’t let him stay in there and give up 3 or 4 more. 80 pitches was a goal, not a promise.

  803. MikeKU June 4th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Love the unabashed criticism of Alex yet the excuses for Wang. Can’t have it both ways Pete.

  804. sjufan June 4th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    excellent managament by the yankees. that’s why they get the big bucks. announce he needs another start in the minors, have a need, announce he’s in the pen, pettitte’s back hurts, he starts anyway instead of wang, then wang starts on a day CC would have, and now we lose 2 in a row for the first time in a month. while 2 in a row is no big deal by any stretch of the imagination, the point is that we were playing so well we never lost 2 in a row. there was no reason to mess this up. the yankees just blasted it.

  805. murphydog June 4th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    IMO, this is almost a spring training start for Wang against hitters who are in mid-season form (and some damn good hitters at that). Win or lose they have to let Wang get back into starting shape. Evaluate fairly.

  806. jldraw June 4th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Wang is atrocious – the team needs to figure out how to win with or without him. Give Wang a few more starts and if he isn’t contributing you need to think of shutting him down for a bit.

  807. tampayank June 4th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    cmon aceves

  808. 86w183 June 4th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Of course Cervelli can be sent down. The Yanks concluded that was the better player of him and Cash and that’s why he’s backing up Jorge until Molina is ready

  809. me June 4th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Pete,

    I think Wang’s problems are due to inactivity. His sinker was down until the 4th which is a good sign. He needs to get his velocity back up.

    I also think the offense hasn’t done him any favors today. They let McCarthy of the hook in two innings. We are struggling with men in scoring position again.

    Ugly first two batters for Aceves but he gets it done.

  810. Cal June 4th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Yeah well there’s the Wang some were clamoring to have back, I’m sure the Sox will be licking their chops for him in Fenway Park in his next go round, should be even prettier.

    Already the excuses are being made about he was in the pen too long. please he pitched on Sunday, was barking about being a starter, got his chance and I for one will not cut him slack, put up or shut up I say.

    This isn’t a wet nursery for Wang’s issues.

  811. Occam's Razor (after five shaves) June 4th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Whatever compelled the Yanks to force Wang back into the rotation, be it short-sightedness or just plain hubris, I hope was transitory.

  812. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    86w183
    June 4th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I’m gonna throw a shoe at the TV on the next weak-ass slow roller by someone trying to pull and outside pitch… Alex, Robby and Melky just horrioble last inning.
    ***
    Screw making a comeback, I hope you break your TV

  813. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    “I know his record.

    They were pretty much using the diagram, Oneill even said it, he needs another pitch..how long you hear this ? he to me, to me (right now) is more of a short or long reliever. He seems to work better in that role, he’ll have a few good and bad starts but w/ the talent coming up in this roster in the future, I don’t see Wang longterm.”

    I agree that he needs secondary pitches. When he was successful, the slider and even a minor change kept the hitters off his sinker. He doesn’t have that yet, he has no control over the secondary stuff.

    If he solidifies the slider and change he’ll be back to where he was. It won’t come from one start after a month’s layoff.

  814. Mark June 4th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    PETE– Why were they smelling the ball in the Rangers bullpen after that last HR off Wang?

  815. GGBG June 4th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    We need more than 1 run in 5 IP against Brandon McCarthy but that does not mean Wang’s 9+ ERA today is ok.

    I was encouraged early on but he seems to still be “finding” it. He hasn’t “got it back” yet.

    Tough spot for Girardi to decide what to do next. Do you start Wang in Boston next week? After what I saw today, I don’t think I would.

  816. EvoLuTioN June 4th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    considering how long wang has just sat and rotted away, and only pitched 2-3 innings every 5-7 days, he did pretty well in my opinion.

  817. DT June 4th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    UPDATE, 2:24 p.m.: That home run by Cruz knocks Wang out of the game. After two perfect innings, his final 2.2 innings were ugly: 7 hits, 5 runs. He needed a good effort and didn’t produce it.

    I agree with you Pete. Your DN pal Mark on the radio felt otherwise. “The Yankees have to be pleased with this outing overall” – Talk some sense into him. ;-)

  818. Matt June 4th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    This would not be over by any stretch if our OFFENSE decided to show up for once.

    How about we stop freaking about Wang and realize that our offense has THREE hits, TWO of which came in the first inning, when the had 1st and 2nd, no outs, and couldn’t tack on any runs, allowing McCarthy to dominate them since.

    You have to pick up your pitching once in a while. Wang wasn’t great, but he wasn’t as bad as the line would show either. However, they are losing this game if they do because they aren’t hitting against a medicore pitcher, not because Wang gave up some runs.

    At home, in a hitter’s park, with the majority of your lineup on the field, you can’t score 1 run. 1 run is not enough to win any American League game. Even if Wang went 6 IP 2 ER he still loses if the offense keeps going as it is.

  819. Mike Mineo June 4th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    the yankees should sign tom glavine and pedro martinez since it seems they only value a player’s past and not how they are currently pitching. wang deserves to be in the rotation just as much as glavine deserved to be in the braves’ rotation. the braves actually made the right choice though in going with younger, more reliable arms. it would be nice if the yankees used that philosophy once in awhile. it would decrease injuries and maximize the team’s performance.

    i’m just annoyed because hughes and wang are making similar salaries, so it’s not like they’re stuck with him in the rotation like pettitte and burnett. nice to know that the torre element of the present being irrelevant and the past being entirely relevant is still strong in the bronx.

  820. Cal June 4th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    What a boring game, flat and dull like the Yankees play. Did they all of a sudden forget how to play crisply, oh yeah, bad pitching and poor offense does that.

  821. Matty C June 4th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    so 5 runs in 4 and 2/3 is acceptable now

    Ok I will remember that

  822. Hman June 4th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    They haven’t lost yet sjufan.

    Take it easy.

  823. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    cervelli apologizes for throwing a two-seamer into right center

  824. Stultus Magnus June 4th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Today’s game doesn’t change my opinion about Wang. He’s been a great starter for us and I’m glad he’s back in the rotation. He’ll work out the kinks and get back to doing what he does best. If it takes a few games, then so be it.

  825. Steve June 4th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    “Must be a northern thing to try to beat people down. Just plain rude.”

    Are you serious? I just love these stereotypes.

  826. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Plain and simple Wang’s only pitch is not good enough right now to be his only pitch. Any decent lineup is going to smack him around. The sinker is crap right now, they can’t pitch him. Asking him to be perfect on all 100 pitches is not going to happen and that is what he would need right now.

  827. Comeback time. June 4th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Yay Baby Bombers!

  828. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 4th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    lets see if we find a way not to score

  829. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Bottom of the lineup shows up. The automatic outs, as I recall.

  830. EvoLuTioN June 4th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    No, 5 runs in 4 2/3 isn’t great, but Wang was probably fatigued and i can understand why.

    the yankees really mishandled the guy

  831. Cal June 4th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    “I’m gonna throw a shoe at the TV on the next weak-ass slow roller by someone trying to pull and outside pitch… Alex, Robby and Melky just horrioble last inning.”

    This team was using all parts of the park when they were winning all of a sudden they are pulling off everything. All of them are beginning to look like Matsui when it comes to pulling. Arod’s front hip is flying open more than a dancer on Dancing with the Stars, someone should tell him there is other parts of the park to hit a baseball besides pulling it.

  832. bru June 4th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    we have to run him out again for his next start.

  833. Blog Poster June 4th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    With the given lineup today, who would you most want up with bases loaded, no outs?

  834. Matt June 4th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Here it is. 1st and 2nd, no outs. They have to score at LEAST 1, probably 2 to get back in the game.

    Unless this offense starts getting it going against McCarthy, it’s more on them than Wang.

  835. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    “The sinker is crap right now, they can’t pitch him.”

    Have you been watching the game? He got a big bunch of groundball outs and singles on sinkers DOWN punched the other way by lefties. The sinker was the only thing working for him.

  836. MILEY June 4th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    PETE YOU’RE A DUMB ASS….WANG SHOULD BE A RELIEVER ONLY THIS YEAR…IT HAPPENS SOMETIMES PEOPLE HAVE OFF YEARS BUT WANG SHOULD WORK THROUGH HIS INJURY IN RELIEF THIS YEAR OR EITHER STAY IN THE MINORS WORK UP ARM STRENGTH AND COME BACK BEFORE SEPT 1 FOR RELIEF.

    PETE YOU’RE AN IDIOT

  837. EvoLuTioN June 4th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    bases loaded.

    time to score NO runs

  838. vin June 4th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Big AB here by Damon…

    Nice!

  839. CountryClub June 4th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    2 runs at the minimum here! Lets go Yanks!!

  840. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Bases loaded. Hopefully the offense bails out Wang.

  841. Coach6423 June 4th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    # Mike Mineo June 4th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    the yankees should sign tom glavine and pedro martinez since it seems they only value a player’s past and not how they are currently pitching. wang deserves to be in the rotation just as much as glavine deserved to be in the braves’ rotation. the braves actually made the right choice though in going with younger, more reliable arms. it would be nice if the yankees used that philosophy once in awhile. it would decrease injuries and maximize the team’s performance.

    i’m just annoyed because hughes and wang are making similar salaries, so it’s not like they’re stuck with him in the rotation like pettitte and burnett. nice to know that the torre element of the present being irrelevant and the past being entirely relevant is still strong in the bronx.
    ———

    For real….you are comparing a 42 yr old coming off major elbow surgery, who pitched to the tune of a 5 ERA in the NL last year, to Wang.

    Can I have what you are drinking?

  842. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    terry from nh-

    fragile temperament?

    nothing is more annoying than listening to some weenie who has never stepped between the lines say a guy who has won more games than anyone in baseball over two year period until he got hurt is fragile.

    are you giving me a spelling lesson? since you’re so into spelling it’s “temperament”.

    did i spell “weenie” right :)

  843. Bill from NJ June 4th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Cmon Swish..

  844. steven J June 4th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    “considering how long wang has just sat and rotted away, and only pitched 2-3 innings every 5-7 days, he did pretty well in my opinion.”

    I agree. His earlier starts looked like someone who should be pitching in a beer league. He pitched well today before he lost it. His velocity was there but started to get his pitches up. Maybe fatigue. Now it’s time for the bats to come alive. This is still a winnable game.

  845. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Oh well, Wang was completely awful and terrible, I’m turning off the TV, this game is ovaaaaaah.

  846. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Can we swing at strikes please…..

  847. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    “OR EITHER STAY IN THE MINORS WORK UP ARM STRENGTH AND COME BACK BEFORE SEPT 1 FOR RELIEF”

    How long will it be before people get into their head that WANG CANT BE SENT TO THE MINORS.

    SEE HOW ANNOYING ALL CAPS IS?

  848. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    >Must be a northern thing to try to beat people down.

    Where do blanket generalizations come from?

  849. Vince June 4th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Swish, just strike out. No DP please.

  850. Blog Poster June 4th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Swish hasn’t gone yard in awhile…

  851. Jones June 4th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Isn’t this the last year of Molina’s contract?

  852. vin June 4th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    We really need another thread just for sensible, non-moronic posters.

  853. Occam's Razor (after five shaves) June 4th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Anyone who would be “pleased overall” w/Wang’s start today should be living under a rock in Bikini Bottom (and his name should be Patrick Star).

  854. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    “We really need another thread just for sensible, non-moronic posters.”

    Works for me.

  855. vin June 4th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    “>Must be a northern thing to try to beat people down.

    Where do blanket generalizations come from?

    The South, apparently. LOL

  856. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Benny Blanco
    June 4th, 2009 at 1:03 pm
    Good luck wang!

    And dont become cry babies if he gives up a run..

    I got him down for 5IP, 7 hits 3runs 2k’s

    damn.ok so he pitches..4.2 7 hits 5 runs , 5′ks

  857. Matt June 4th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    This is the whole game right here. If they can score a few here they’re right back in it, but if they fail to it’s probably over.

  858. Matt June 4th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    This is the whole game right here. If they can score a few here they’re right back in it, but if they fail to it’s probably over.

  859. Comeback time. June 4th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Don’t let the X button hit you on the way out, Kaseya. I hope the rest of you haters go away, too.

  860. Patrick Bateman June 4th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Peter doesn’t like to criticize Wang out of fear that his Wang book will lose money in overseas bookstores.

  861. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Jones
    June 4th, 2009 at 2:39 pm
    Isn’t this the last year of Molina’s contract?

    **
    Yes, it is

  862. terpbomber June 4th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    A bloop and a blast and we’re back in….

  863. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Put those rally caps on!

  864. Jack the Ripper June 4th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Wow great AB Swish

  865. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Bases loaded walk.

  866. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    great AB Swish

  867. EvoLuTioN June 4th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    still bases juiced for damon!

  868. Stultus Magnus June 4th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    The Riddler is back from hiding!

    “Stultus Magnus continues his idiocy.”

    That’s big idiot to you. ;)

  869. Ace June 4th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Whoever thinks Wang was awful needs to get a reality check. His arm strength is not there yet and that was evident with the difference in his first 3 innings and the last 2. He is still a work in progress and will improve. The media (Pete included) will always look for the negatives because that’s what sells. But as fans we have to support our guys.

  870. Occam's Razor (after five shaves) June 4th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Great discipline there by Swisher.

  871. Bill from NJ June 4th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    now a base hit

  872. RS June 4th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Nice job, Swish. We have to get at least two more runs here.

  873. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Come on Tex!!! The hottest hitter has to get it done here. Otherwise strike out rod is up.

  874. EvoLuTioN June 4th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    swisher likes the 2-hole ;)

  875. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    COME ON TEX

  876. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Yay!!!!!!!!!

  877. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Woooo!

  878. Ace June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Tex comes through!!!
    3 run double!!!!!!
    Game tied at 5.

  879. Jack the Ripper June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    YES TEX

  880. RS June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Teixeira!!

  881. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    TEX!!!

  882. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  883. Kevin in the 908 June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    TEX!!!!!! :)

  884. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Tex :)

  885. Vince June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Tex is the man.

  886. Comeback time. June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Oh i love them so much.

  887. igotid88 June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Lucky hit for Mark. But it’s still a hit.

  888. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    WOOHOO!!!! Wow, its a good thing we didn’t panic or turn the game off or anything!

  889. Trevor June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Woo Hoo!

  890. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    What a nice hit lol

  891. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    TEIXEIRA ALLEVIATES THE DEATH SITUATION FROM A-ROD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  892. Occam's Razor (after five shaves) June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Don’t call it a comeback!

  893. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Thank You

    Aroxeria ! :lol:

  894. Doreen June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Teixeira is a god!

  895. vin June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    TEX!!!

  896. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Offense bails out Wang. Thanks Tex!

  897. Ace June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Those of you that had given up on the game, Stay Away!!!

  898. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    too little too late Ron!

  899. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    MARKY MARK!!!! not trying to do too much…LOL

  900. Joekuh - Be a man and put your name on it June 4th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    They thought wang could give em 80 pitches. They let him get to 69. Fair enough. Hopefully he can take the positive from his FIRST 2 innings into his next start. The stats looked ugly, but he got the work in. That’s what’s most important.

  901. terpbomber June 4th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Tex is clutch-a-licious!

  902. pat June 4th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    If A-Rod hit that it would have been a DP. :wink:

  903. We were due for a slump June 4th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    How stupid do you bridge jumpers feel now?

  904. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Now can the #4 hitter do something in this at bat besides a strike out or DP? Hopefully….

  905. trisha June 4th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Can we take this as a sign that I am good luck????

    :)

    Borrowed a friend’s laptop since I’m having data transferred from my old to new. Only because he told me we were in the middle of a game did I know! I thought it was tonight.

    Be back. Looks like battery is low and I have to plug in the power cord.

  906. Occam's Razor (after five shaves) June 4th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Tex 3 RBI from 50?! Best Yankee signing since??? (Jimmy Key, maybe?)

  907. Cal June 4th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    That’s what you do go the opposite way, not every ball has to be pulled, nice job by Tex, he was in the game last night we more than likely would have won.

  908. Doreen June 4th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    And Wang is off the hook.

    I was going to post earlier, what is the point of getting fired up the other night if they were going to simply burn out in the next two games. Teixeira is even better than I had hoped he’d be. I wanted him on this team since 2 years ago. :)

  909. EvoLuTioN June 4th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    cano hit it in the same spot last time and even harder and he gets thrown out

    just shows his bad luck

  910. Ace June 4th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    igotid88

    “Lucky hit for Mark. But it’s still a hit.”
    -

    You ought to be a reporter…..

  911. Tex is GOD June 4th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    more importantly – Tex saves Mr Kate Hudson from striking out with RISP and the yankees needing a clutch hit

  912. nick June 4th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    That Teix squibber turned into a 3 run double! Tie game!

  913. Matteau! June 4th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    No way A-Rod hits into a DP there, that would have scored a run.

  914. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Tex is a monster with A-Rod batting behind him. An absolute monster.

  915. GGBG June 4th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    TEX!

  916. vey June 4th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Mark *you be da man* !!!

  917. JeterJobaFan June 4th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Our man did it. Tex hits one down left field line and three on base score. We are tied. TEX, TEX, TEX. !!

  918. swings & misses June 4th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Difference between yesterday and today = Teixera

  919. Jones June 4th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Erica – newly OPPC

    Isn’t this the last year of Molina’s contract?

    **
    Yes, it is

    _____________________________________

    Thank you

  920. Rishi June 4th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    ok – I work in two different locations and whenever I “watch” a game from the first the Yankee are losing….when I leave the offense kicks in (for those of you who remember my post from Monday’s game…).

    I left the other office in the bottom of the 4th

    I may never work at that other office during a game again

  921. bru June 4th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    baseball is a marathon not a sprint.

    it aint over till its over.

  922. vin June 4th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    They better tack on a few… I wouldn’t want any part of Wilson/Francisco at the end of the game.

  923. Cal June 4th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    “Tex 3 RBI from 50?! Best Yankee signing since??? (Jimmy Key, maybe?)”

    Oh Yeah, guy is awesome. Was only a matter of time before the Yanks scored. The team isn’t leading the majors in runs for no reason.

  924. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Pel
    June 4th, 2009 at 2:43 pm
    TEIXEIRA ALLEVIATES THE DEATH SITUATION FROM A-ROD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Arod was the reason he got that pitch. If you think that arod wont be in a bigspot for the rest of this year..your fooling yourself.

  925. GGBG June 4th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    His name should be “the eminently hittable” Jason Jennings.

  926. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    I still can’t believe those automatic outs at the btm. of the lineup found a way to get on :lol:

  927. igotid88 June 4th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    they always change the pitcher when A-Rod comes up.

  928. Terry from NH June 4th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Some people gave up on the game, not all of us. Most of us gave up on Wang and i’m glad he’s out of there now it’s a 5-5 game. Ace gives the Yanks more of a chance to win this game right now.

  929. DT June 4th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    “Oh well, Wang was completely awful and terrible, I’m turning off the TV, this game is ovaaaaaah.”

    Nick – you trying reverse psychology or were you punked?

  930. bru June 4th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    we aint giving up 1st without a fight.

  931. Hman June 4th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    How’s that two game losing streak working out sjufan?

    lol

  932. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    swings & misses
    June 4th, 2009 at 2:45 pm
    Difference between yesterday and today = Teixera

    *****
    Seriously. I vote no more days off for Tex this season

  933. Kevin in the 908 June 4th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    ARod!!! :)

  934. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    A-Rod go ahead rbi haters

  935. igotid88 June 4th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    A-Rod hitting with RISP

  936. EvoLuTioN June 4th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    awesome AROD :D

  937. Tom in N.J. June 4th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Stupid unclutch Arod!

  938. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    A-Rod comes through!

  939. Ace June 4th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    A-Rod gives us the lead.
    Now that was a freakin bullet!

  940. Doreen June 4th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    There ya go!

    And he gets cheers!

  941. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Thanks for putting us ahead arod.

  942. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    ALEX!!! The comeback kids are at it again :-D

  943. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    About time you had a damn good AB ! :lol:

  944. vin June 4th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Alex never comes through in the clutch. :roll:

  945. GGBG June 4th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    THAT’s the way to swing ARod! WOOO!

  946. Cal June 4th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    See what happens Arod when you use the whole field. Instead of pulling for the HR. Good job.

  947. Coach6423 June 4th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  948. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Bridge jumpers crawl back into their holes.

  949. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Another Arod failure. Maybe he came back too soon from his hip problem. Or maybe the real UnClutch-Rod is back. Booooo.

    Wait, what?

  950. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Nice…Does Arod remember what 1st base looks like??

  951. We were due for a slump June 4th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Hey, A-Rod drove in a run. Will the fans stop booing him now? Probably not.

  952. GGBG June 4th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    LOL@ all the people who gave up in the 4th inning. Game’s 9 innings long for a reason, idiots.

  953. vey June 4th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Tex is the best!!

  954. igotid88 June 4th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Ace June 4th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    igotid88

    “Lucky hit for Mark. But it’s still a hit.” –
    You ought to be a reporter…..
    ——————————

    Thank You

  955. RS June 4th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    It’s sad to see how much speed Arod has lost with his hip injury. Oh well, perhaps this could be the 19th comeback win of the year?

  956. nick June 4th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Yeah, Rachel, he ripped an RBI single last night after Pettitte put them in a hole…

    Short memory?

  957. Ace June 4th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Nick
    I thought you were done with today’s game?

  958. bru June 4th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    i like that this team has a ton of fight.

    never count us out until the last out.

  959. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    “they always change the pitcher when A-Rod comes up.”

    it’s so he can get the tipped pitches ;)

  960. Pat M June 4th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I guess it’s safe for a Yankee fan to come here again ???

  961. vin June 4th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    “Seriously. I vote no more days off for Tex this season”

    Agreed. He is critical to this lineup. He’s the best 180 million dollars that I (n)ever spent.

  962. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    This is fun

  963. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Jennings getting lit up.

  964. Doreen June 4th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Good for Cano.

    :)

  965. Stuckey June 4th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    In-game sports blogs really do showcase the worse instincts human beings have to offer, don’t they?

    I’m talking about fear, panic and pessimism of course.

  966. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    See what happens when you don’t try to pull the ball….

  967. Betsy June 4th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    So I guess Wang wasn’t ready…….Are the Yankees really going to send him out to pitch in Boston off of this outing?

  968. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Cervelli/Pena ALWAYS start our rallies…:)

  969. Tom in N.J. June 4th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Why is Cano hitting fifth?

    Girardi’s an Idiot! Fire him!

  970. Stultus Magnus June 4th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Riddler,
    Go back to living your life away from this blog. You weren’t missed.

    So, wait, were you thinking since Wang gave up 5 runs, he should be banished? Or that he shouldn’t be given chances to improve? For someone who’s a two-time 19 game winner, I’d say give him a shot.

  971. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Tex really is a beast, he has been the MVP of the team since the beginning of May. Great fielding, amazing hitting

  972. sjufan June 4th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    imagine if CC was starting today! gametime!

    (this is just a joke. sort of.)

  973. Jones June 4th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    the baby bombers

  974. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    vin
    June 4th, 2009 at 2:49 pm
    “Seriously. I vote no more days off for Tex this season”

    Agreed. He is critical to this lineup. He’s the best 180 million dollars that I (n)ever spent.

    ***
    Hahaha, but indirectly you sure did spend it. With every ticket purchase, etc…

  975. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Bad baserunning by A-Rod.

  976. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Damn…

  977. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Damn…

  978. Doreen June 4th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Some not-so-good baserunning by the Yankees this series. “Sigh”

  979. vin June 4th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Good point by Sterling (amazingly)… this all started with the bottom of the order guys. When they were on their big winning streak, the bottom of the order was a force to be reckoned with.

  980. tampayank June 4th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    yesterday’s game was a good sample on how life life w/o Tex would have been if he would have signed that dotted line w/ the Pink Sox, thank God he didn’t and that 5th Ave blows away Newberry St. :)

  981. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    DT: I was using mockery, which I suppose had an element of reverse psychology to it. It was bases loaded none out when I made that post.

    I was also mocking myself with the ‘ovaaaaaah’ — as a gesture of pure faith in Wang, I took the under-11. :(

    At this moment it’s a push, but I’ll take more runs for the victory rather than sweat out four more innings with a 1-run lead.

  982. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    That took the air right out of the rally.

  983. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    We had three errors in three games and have been running the bases poorly. What gives?

  984. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Well there goes the rest of this inning. Base running has killed them yesterday and today..

  985. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Dang too bad Matsui just lined out, the Yanks could have dropped another bunch of runs this inning.

  986. steven J June 4th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    i kept saying just don’t make a double play this inning. Force Texas to get three hitters out. But, Alas!! It wasn’t meant to be. Not going to complain though. Glad to score some runs and take the lead.

    Go Yanks!!!!

  987. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    “Bad baserunning by A-Rod.”

    The ball was smoked, how is it bad baserunning, bad pitching from Wang :lol:

  988. bru June 4th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    wang has to go again for his next start.

    can’t put him in the pen & forget about him now.

  989. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I guess Arod forgot how to run the bases. Since he hasn’t been on them for so long.

  990. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Sterling has so many freakin pauses. Just spit it out man!!

  991. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Lucky Andrus dropped the ball.

  992. E-gawa June 4th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Anyone who gives up early with this team hasn’t been watching the games this season.. scoreboard watching isnt the same. This team fights back.. for the first time under Girardi, even when they’re losing it feels like they’re going to win.

  993. Stuckey June 4th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Tex doesn’t get “credit” for this. That would be reserved for Cervelli and Pena. In the natural ebb and flow of a 162 game schedule, sometimes you need jumpstarts from the bench.

    Can we all reserve our panic until the Yankees dare officially lose two games in a row for the 1st time in a month?

  994. Coolerking101 June 4th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Typical A-Rod. Once someone else gets a big hit and takes the pressure off of him he comes through. I’ve never seen a star in baseball thrive so much when the pressure is off and wilt so badly under the spotlight.

  995. trisha June 4th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    In the realm of extremely unininteresting but I need to say it somewhere and it does concern baseball -

    WAH!!! My Fantasy Team is terrible and last night I sat Jason Kubel because the fantasy advice is to sit Kubel when he’s facing a lefty. Well since I didn’t pay attention to today’s game times and didn’t bother changing my lineup, Kubel is still on the bench.

    So far in today’s game he is 2 for 3, with 2 homers and 6 RBI. Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    :( :( :(

  996. vin June 4th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Wonder if we see Phil tonight… nah, doubt it.

  997. We were due for a slump June 4th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Well, at least we got the lead. Can the BP hold it?

  998. Jones June 4th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Do you think they’ll resign Molina after this season or you think he’s history?

    Sorry for getting a little off topic

  999. Vince June 4th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I think the Wang start was a positive. Even after rotting on the bench he almost gave them 5 innings. This is a guy who could barely record an out at the beginning of the year.

    Oh yeah, and this isn’t the Nationals here. It is a Ranger team that has taken the American League by storm. So, all things considered, I think we should look at it as a positive.

  1000. helno51 June 4th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Do Pete get paid directly by Wang or do you think Wang pays the journal news and then they funnel it to Pete?

  1001. Rishi June 4th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    so, can the pen keep it together for 4?

  1002. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    “The ball was smoked, how is it bad baserunning, bad pitching from Wang”

    You have to check where the 2nd baseman is and whether he has a shot to nab the ball.

    No need to take a cheap shot at Wang in the same breath, either. It’s really disappointing when Yankee fans actively root for their own players to fail.

  1003. CountryClub June 4th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    I don’t think Melky has hit the ball in the air since he’s been back. My guess is he’s not feeling right. Or he’s just out of whack. Either way, sit him for a game. Actually, if they get rained out tomorrow maybe that will be helpful.

    Up to the pen now. Get the ball to Mo!

  1004. m June 4th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    What’s with Robi? Is he trying to develop that part of his game? I’ve seen him steal one base before this year and it was a gimme.

    If he can be good at it, it’ll only help us.

  1005. vey June 4th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    I knew Tex would get the Yankees back in it,he’s the real deal.

  1006. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Is Jeter hurt? They haven’t shown him on the bench once during this game. So I am thinking maybe he is in the trainers room?

  1007. steven J June 4th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    “I’ve never seen a star in baseball thrive so much when the pressure is off and wilt so badly under the spotlight.”

    Arod had the go ahead RBI that inning. That wasn’t a pressure situation??? Give him a break.

  1008. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    “I guess Arod forgot how to run the bases. Since he hasn’t been on them for so long.”

    Rachel what do you suggest for him not to take a lead off at 2B ? Matsui smoked it to Kinsler who dove for it and then quickly snapped it to 2B for the out. A split second passed there.

  1009. rconn23 June 4th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Uh, you do realize he knocked in that run when the score was tied, right?

  1010. DT June 4th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Sorry Nick… I didn’t pick up on the “ovahhh” – makes sense now.

    Listening to Sterling on the radio screws up my blog senses. I’m discombobulated.

  1011. ANSKY June 4th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Forgot it was an afternooner … I’m more than happy to do some actual work instead of getting sucked into the vacuuous black hole of game thread mentality.

    But for whatever its worth, Wang still deserves a couple starts. Shiii-hyit happens and he has been used erratically since his return. Too much good has come from him to dismiss in the matter of a few innings.

  1012. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    “Rachel what do you suggest for him not to take a lead off at 2B ? Matsui smoked it to Kinsler who dove for it”

    He didn’t dive for it. It wasn’t far from him at all. It’s not like he went on an all out sideways dive or anything.

  1013. RalphieD (OPPC all day) June 4th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    “Is Jeter hurt? They haven’t shown him on the bench once during this game. So I am thinking maybe he is in the trainers room?”

    they have shown him..he was wearing a windbreaker

  1014. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Gardner should pinch hit for Melky the next time up. He seems to love pinch hitting.

  1015. Tex is GOD June 4th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    so has melky’s 15 minutes of greatness come to an end yet? thats like the 5th weak grounder in the last 3 games he’s hit – and thats NOT counting the weak infield hit he had last night..maybe its time to get ggbg in there so melky can get his edge back…

    Question for some of the yankee minor league guru’s on this blog:

    Who are the 3 yankee minor leaguer equivalent of the 3 players the braves traded for mcclouth?

  1016. TIME FOR #27 June 4th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Who is ganna pitch now?

  1017. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    “I have never seen a star get booed so much by his home fans”

    No player in the history of sports has had this much pressure on him in clutch situations.

  1018. Occam's Razor (after five shaves) June 4th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Anyone trying to spin this into a positive start by Wang is full-on delusional.

  1019. nathan June 4th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Based on this display Wang has no business in the rotation in the Boston series…

  1020. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    “He didn’t dive for it. It wasn’t far from him at all. It’s not like he went on an all out sideways dive or anything.”

    He was on his knees for some reason, I caught a quick glimpse, you really fault that pick off play on Alex ? Yet you sit here and come up w/ excuse after excuse for Wang ?…

  1021. Vince June 4th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Nasty pitch right there. I like Aceves a lot.

  1022. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    easy come, easy go

  1023. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    tied game?

  1024. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Great that lasted long…With 2 strikes…

  1025. vin June 4th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    “Forgot it was an afternooner … I’m more than happy to do some actual work instead of getting sucked into the vacuuous black hole of game thread mentality. ”

    ANSKY, speaking of work… are you managing to stay busy? We’re in the same industry, and things are might slow here in our office.

  1026. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    “Who are the 3 yankee minor leaguer equivalent of the 3 players the braves traded for mcclouth?”

    Jackson, Kontos and Robertson

  1027. The Other Phil June 4th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Aaaand he gives it right back… :(

  1028. Jones June 4th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    wow 6-6 in the 6th

  1029. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Now it’s really ovaaaaaaah. :(

    Oh well, now the Yanks can pile it on and cover the run line. :)

  1030. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Crushed.

  1031. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    nathan
    June 4th, 2009 at 2:59 pm
    Based on this display Wang has no business in the rotation in the Boston series
    ====================

    FYI wang is 6-5 4.82 against boston

    hughes is 0-1 6.75. Pick your poison.

  1032. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Jones
    June 4th, 2009 at 2:55 pm
    Do you think they’ll resign Molina after this season or you think he’s history?

    ***
    I don’t think so. I think they will groom Cervelli as a back up next season

  1033. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    “He was on his knees for some reason, I caught a quick glimpse, you really fault that pick off play on Alex ? Yet you sit here and come up w/ excuse after excuse for Wang ?…”

    When someone is picked off on 2nd base on a lineout that doesn’t need to be dove after sideways, that’s the baserunner’s fault for not paying enough attention. It’s a mistake, it happens. He knocked in the go-ahead run, it was a big AB. But he still made the baserunning blunder.

    As for Wang, he hasn’t made a start in a month and didn’t have control of his secondary pitches. Texas was sitting on a sinker all day. No one can survive five innings on one pitch. Once he gets his slider and change back, he can keep the hitters honest.

  1034. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Terrible pitch. He could not have hung it any better. This is where the base running gets you again. Arod and Tex.

  1035. pat June 4th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Someone complain Pena should have been taller. :wink:

  1036. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Ugh ! El Nino almost had that.

  1037. Vince June 4th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Of course, right after I say that, solo shot. Call me jinxy.

  1038. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    here come the automatic outs.

  1039. nathan June 4th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    # Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    FYI wang is 6-5 4.82 against boston

    hughes is 0-1 6.75. Pick your poison.

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

    he also has an ERA of 15 this season, i still am confused with the call to start him today…

  1040. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Pete you are exaggerating a bit wrt Wang. He didn’t pitch THAT badly. It’s his first start in awhile, not all that surprising that he gave up 5 runs.

  1041. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 4th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    9 more outs to get with this bullpen, hold your breaths lets go offense.

  1042. TIME FOR #27 June 4th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    CC should of pitched today and wang yesterday, bad managament by cashman and girardi.

  1043. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Mets just put Puttz in the 7th inning and he surrendered 2 more runs .. damn

  1044. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: You would think the Yankees are in last place given the tenor of the crowd here. They booed Wang off the mound. They booed A-Rod’s first two at-bats. They booed Aceves. Not a happy bunch for the day game. ======================

    yankees fans are the worst. shame on all of them. That is dispicable.

  1045. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    auto out 1

  1046. Jeff June 4th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    How could they boo Aceves he’s been great. He’s due to have a bad outing and hasnt pitched since friday. And if he pitches another two or 3 innings and they win youll love him. He is very valuable in this role.

  1047. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Yankees will win.

  1048. yankeenate June 4th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    The boo birds are not true Yankee fans

  1049. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    well one auto out gets on base.

  1050. JeterJobaFan June 4th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I haven’t checked the schedule but a poster on another board says that Wang is set up to pitch against Beckett and Santana in his next two outings. I did say “set up”, didn’t I?

    Tex is a god – what a player. Yesterday, he would have had an out at 1st- Swish ran to the bag. He no doubt would have a run scoring hit also. I am so glad his wife preferred NY. Best infielder to come along since Jeter.

  1051. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    CC vs Tampa and Price is a good match up

  1052. CountryClub June 4th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    This ump has been very inconsistent with his zone…for both teams.

  1053. Tex is GOD June 4th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    thanks brandon – heres another question..

    i would guess kontos and robertson are disposable pieces who can be easily replaced – so is mcclouth for jackson fair? i guess the real question is – can jackson be a 24 hr 90 rbi guy 20 sb’s 260 hitter with an average glove (like mcclouth is) – or is his ceiling higher?

  1054. Trevor June 4th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Most of the boos are coming from the bleachers/upper deck. Where the so called “true fans” sit.

  1055. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 4th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    I’m not thrilled with CMW today but it was a huge improvement he didn’t pitch that bad if you watched the game.

  1056. sar515 June 4th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Swisher looks HR ready…

  1057. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    If you’re still out there, kasey, and if what you said was accurate, I’m sorry that happened. But I don’t know what kind of ‘context’ there would be to make the kind of reference that you say you made. A couple of people on here have made that same type of reference about me and I don’t think it really has a place here. But they weren’t banned so… I don’t know. Hopefully you can work it out if you want to.

  1058. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    wow swish is up to 2.47

  1059. Joe (Utica) June 4th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Is there anywhere other than gameday audio to listen the game on-line? I’m stuck.

  1060. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Well that wasn’t bright with the middle of the lineup up…

  1061. Erik Sec. 309 June 4th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Wang is still pitching to poorly, just a little less poorly than he did before.

    For all the fake fans who booed ARod after his difficulties over the past 2 games….What was the Yanks record before he came back and what is it now?

  1062. YankeesLuv June 4th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Boy what a bunch of miserable sobs, you would think the Yankees haven’t been playing well that they were in last place by the way the crowd has been reacting. At least they are awake.

  1063. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    A very restless group of fans today at the game. I don’t think the suits in the 1st couple of rows care enough about the game to boo people.

  1064. Joekuh - Be a man and put your name on it June 4th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    TexisGOD-

    1. DO you know BrettisGOD or MelkyisGod? If so, tell them to set up a meeting under the O’neill banner.
    2. AJ may top off @ 20 HR, 90 RBIs. IMO. But he will have more SBs and a higher average with a better glove than McCouth(sp?).

  1065. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Meanwhile- for those who know their 80s Yankee history. Is there any greater proof than this Dave Winfield Yankeeography that George is no longer in charge?

  1066. tampayank June 4th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    “Benny Blanco
    June 4th, 2009 at 3:07 pm
    UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: You would think the Yankees are in last place given the tenor of the crowd here. They booed Wang off the mound. They booed A-Rod’s first two at-bats. They booed Aceves. Not a happy bunch for the day game. ==================

    yankees fans are the worst. shame on all of them. That is dispicable.


    it’s the ‘instant gratification’ crowd, doesn’t make the fanbase look too educated to boo Aceves who has been great and has attacked the strike zone, so he gives up on bomb, it happens…it’s embarressing

  1067. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    “i would guess kontos and robertson are disposable pieces who can be easily replaced – so is mcclouth for jackson fair? i guess the real question is – can jackson be a 24 hr 90 rbi guy 20 sb’s 260 hitter with an average glove (like mcclouth is) – or is his ceiling higher?”

    McClouth cost controlled and is MLB ready, hence why the value in return needs to be a high pos prospect or P, Jackson according to many has either Tori Hunter/Mike Cameron like skills, the power will hopefully come later, it took up to age 25 for Tori Hunter to find his power.

  1068. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    “A very restless group of fans today at the game. I don’t think the suits in the 1st couple of rows care enough about the game to boo people.”

    Ugh, seriously.

  1069. DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    I am INFURIATED! This team is horrible and they do nothing but let me down. They overcome a GREAT deficit and they BLOW IT! What a surprise!

    And yeah I wanna say I told you so! I said yesterday “why the heck is wang pitching?” There is POOR Phil Hughes, DEMOTED into the bullpen. If he was starting, this game would NOT be like THIS!

    And is it just me or is Melky cabrera just absolutely AWFUL! What are you swinging hat? He is the second worst hitter on the team, he is not clutch. He was the last pathetic out yesterday. Obviously his shoulder is STILL bothering him! I don’t want Gardener either. He is even WORSE than Melky! The worst batter on the WHOLE TEAM!

    Bring up Shelley Duncan and do it NOW!

  1070. vey June 4th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Can you imagine being called a Putz all your life?

  1071. RC 16 June 4th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    No way Hughes would have given up 6 runs in this game

    As usual, The Yankees messed with something when it was going well. There was no need to rush Wang back and they did and this is the end result.

  1072. Joe I June 4th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    “Meanwhile- for those who know their 80s Yankee history. Is there any greater proof than this Dave Winfield Yankeeography that George is no longer in charge?”

    Afterward, there will be a Howie Spira Yankeeography.

  1073. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Good work from Everyday Freddie. Here comes Coke.

  1074. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    This move makes no sense. It is a tied game leave him out there. Girardi manages like he actually has a bullpen. Aceves is pitching well besides the cookie to Kinsler.

  1075. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Oh to answer your question, yes Austin’s ceiling is higher than Nate.

  1076. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    “I am INFURIATED! This team is horrible and they do nothing but let me down.”

    You’re the type of Yankee fan that gives us all a bad name.

  1077. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Don’t be flat Coke

  1078. Buck Nasty June 4th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    The Arod pick off was a bang bang play you take a leadoff then with the pitch you take a second leadoff as the pitch is being delieverd and you are taught to freeze on contact with as hard as that ball was hit Alex getting back would be a phenominal feat. not his fault he was picked off

  1079. Jeff June 4th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    I really disagree with taking out Aceves here, he loses alot of value when you only let him pitch less than two innings. Now you got a bunch of guys who can only go one inning at a time pretty much.

  1080. steven J June 4th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    “Meanwhile- for those who know their 80s Yankee history. Is there any greater proof than this Dave Winfield Yankeeography that George is no longer in charge?”

    HAHA. Too true!!!

  1081. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    I am INFURIATED! This team is horrible and they do nothing but let me down. They overcome a GREAT deficit and they BLOW IT! What a surprise!

    And yeah I wanna say I told you so! I said yesterday “why the heck is wang pitching?” There is POOR Phil Hughes, DEMOTED into the bullpen. If he was starting, this game would NOT be like THIS!

    And is it just me or is Melky cabrera just absolutely AWFUL! What are you swinging hat? He is the second worst hitter on the team, he is not clutch. He was the last pathetic out yesterday. Obviously his shoulder is STILL bothering him! I don’t want Gardener either. He is even WORSE than Melky! The worst batter on the WHOLE TEAM!

    Bring up Shelley Duncan and do it NOW!

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

    Oh calm down :roll:

  1082. 86w183 June 4th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    McLouth is arguably better than Melky… more power, lower BA, worse defense. No way you’d give up Austin Jackson who has the look of a .300 hitter with superior defense and speed. McLouth is a good player, not a special one. Jackson could grow into a special one and he’s 5 1/2 years younger

  1083. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    “I am INFURIATED! This team is horrible and they do nothing but let me down. They overcome a GREAT deficit and they BLOW IT! What a surprise!

    And yeah I wanna say I told you so! I said yesterday “why the heck is wang pitching?” There is POOR Phil Hughes, DEMOTED into the bullpen. If he was starting, this game would NOT be like THIS!

    And is it just me or is Melky cabrera just absolutely AWFUL! What are you swinging hat? He is the second worst hitter on the team, he is not clutch. He was the last pathetic out yesterday. Obviously his shoulder is STILL bothering him! I don’t want Gardener either. He is even WORSE than Melky! The worst batter on the WHOLE TEAM!

    Bring up Shelley Duncan and do it NOW!”

    Holy crap, I don’t even know where to start with this.

    “No way Hughes would have given up 6 runs in this game”

    Can I borrow your crystal ball?

  1084. DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Oh yeah and you horrible fans (not on this blog at the park) embarrass me to be a Yankees fan!

    BOOING A-ROD? ARE YOU KIDDING? He gets no support. He should play horribly and lose us the season because he gets NO support. Next thing you know they will be BOOING MARK Teixeira! You cant win! Who would even want to play for such ingrateful fans? UGH!

  1085. m June 4th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I would bite my tongue before I booed my own team.

    Why, Girardi? Just let Aceves finish the inning.

  1086. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Hopefully we don’t see any usual meatballs from Coke…He has been really off recently.

  1087. steven J June 4th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Will we get Coke Zero or The Real Thing?

  1088. nathan June 4th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Yankee fans are spending a lot.. for the tickets, parking… food @ stadium… it entitles them to believe they should see a better product, we can point out the 16 for 20 streak but how many are at the game everyday… they can only appreciate/boo what they are seeing today… and if a bunch of poor performing millionaires cant take that then too bad… i dont condone but i am not bothered by the booing

  1089. RS June 4th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I don’t know how much I trust Coke in this spot…

  1090. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    When does the marshmallow salesman get his Yankeeography??

  1091. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    ouch !

  1092. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Joe I
    June 4th, 2009 at 3:18 pm
    “Meanwhile- for those who know their 80s Yankee history. Is there any greater proof than this Dave Winfield Yankeeography that George is no longer in charge?”

    Afterward, there will be a Howie Spira Yankeeography.
    ***
    Hahaha. All I can think of when I see that promo is- “I wonder if they will call him Mr. May”

  1093. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Cervelli hurt?

  1094. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Ouch..That has to hurt, hopefully he is ok…

  1095. Joe I June 4th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    “When does the marshmallow salesman get his Yankeeography??”

    After the fans who bought Legends Seats and don’t use them get their Yankeeography.

  1096. Jones June 4th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    atta boy Cervelli stay with it

  1097. Eddy June 4th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Boston is winning today and you know Tampa will beat the hapless Royals

    Losing this game could be costly. Back to 2nd place with Tampa breathing down our neck, who we start a series with.

  1098. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Coke has to get dudes out, no walks!

    Wang wasn’t THAT bad today but he wasn’t that good either. It’s his first start in weeks, it seems like he ran out of steam in the third inning. I expect him to get better and better as he gets more starts. His stuff looked pretty good and he got a lot of ground balls, the strike outs were nice too.

  1099. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Guess he’s okay

  1100. DT June 4th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Deborah was right. Hughes would not have given up 6 runs today.
    Because…CC was scheduled to pitch.

  1101. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Cisco’s ear looks like it met Mike Tyson.

  1102. Steve June 4th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    DEBORAH, please, try decaf.

  1103. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    The booed him last year. Pricing is no excuse. He takes all the heat.

  1104. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Good job by Coke there

  1105. Tex is GOD June 4th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Joekuh – we’re actually all related – our grandpa -OH my God – had 3 sons donisgod, bernieisgod and reggieisgod – we will have thanksgiving dinner under the o’neill banner in november..

    brandon/joekuh – so assuming melky will become melky again and ggbg is not an everyday cf’er would you make that trade for mcclouth? -

  1106. DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I’m having a really bad day and as always, the YANKEES ARE SETTING ME OFF!

  1107. Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) - OPPC member June 4th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    “McLouth is arguably better than Melky”

    ———-

    arguably?

    McLouth is pretty much proven at this point. Melky hasn’t proven anything – except that he has almost no meaningful trade value yet.

    I hope Melk keeps it up and continues to improve, but there is no argument there.

  1108. DT June 4th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    “When does the marshmallow salesman get his Yankeeography??”

    When Nestle buys ad time. I think the bottom of the 10th is available.

  1109. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Alright lets smack around their bullpen like the Yanks are supposed to. The good part of the lineup coming up….

  1110. DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    OH OKAY DT. well excuse me! CC would have done as HORRIBLY as Wang??
    Give me a BREAK!

  1111. Jones June 4th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    “I’m having a really bad day and as always, the YANKEES ARE SETTING ME OFF!”

    Its a tie game, relax. Its not like they’re getting pounded. Have some faith.

  1112. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    DEBORAH
    June 4th, 2009 at 3:25 pm
    I’m having a really bad day and as always, the YANKEES ARE SETTING ME OFF!

    ***
    Deborah- it doesn’t take much, does it? Take a deep breath and don’t take it out on the boys in pinstripes (or this blog)

  1113. Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) - OPPC member June 4th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    “Losing this game could be costly. Back to 2nd place with Tampa breathing down our neck, who we start a series with.”

    ———

    as costly as any other loss.

    If the Yanks don’t continue to lose every game to Boston (I believe there are 14 left), they’ll be fine.

  1114. Boogie Down Bob June 4th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Please DEBORAH, don’t talk anymore. You criticize people for booing A-Rod right after you got done bashing Wang and Melky and demanded Shelly Duncan.

    You’re an idiot and know nothing about the game. I’mn sorry, but I don’t think the Yankees expected Wang to come back today and set the world on fire. They want to see baby steps, a certain degree of progress, which they got.

    He’s going to continue to progress over his next few starts and then we’ll see the CMW of old. So please, shut your mouth.

  1115. Mrs. Kekich June 4th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    “Anyone trying to spin this into a positive start by Wang is full-on delusional.”

    He did lower is ERA, right?

  1116. Ball 4 June 4th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Texas has a good pen this year.

    The only guy we hit is that Madigril guy and he got sent down

  1117. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    “brandon/joekuh – so assuming melky will become melky again and ggbg is not an everyday cf’er would you make that trade for mcclouth? -”

    Pitt would have wanted Austin from us, he’s cost controlled, has more service yrs. left and is young an athletic and our top OF prospect. They would have dreamed Austin in RF McCutchen in CF….we wouldn’t have done it. And no they wouldn’t have wanted Brett or Melky.

  1118. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Someone hand Deborah a couple chill pills.

  1119. Steve June 4th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Possibly the most embarrassing thing about the Yankees is…

    their radio announcers. Seriously, they’re horrible, and I can’t believe such a world-class organization has such horrendous radio announcers.

  1120. sjufan June 4th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    exactly time for # 27. exactly.

  1121. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Swisher is the Count of Full Counts.

  1122. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Swish is heatin up!

  1123. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Swish loving that #2 hole. LOL
    (sorry, I am not tired of saying that yet)

  1124. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I’m having a really bad day and as always, the YANKEES ARE SETTING ME OFF!

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

    relax
    relate
    release

  1125. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Pete, I expect Girardi will use Jeter/Posada next time Cervelli and Pena are up. Probably the 9th or 10th inning? Hopefully the Yanks score right here and we don’t need those guys.

  1126. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Why take him out now ; /

  1127. Mike R. June 4th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I don’t know why people are so shocked that Wang got tired from the 3rd inning on.

    He is not stretched out. He has not started a game in over 2 weeks and has only been used in short stints.

    He will be fine. It will take a couple starts for him to get his stamina back. The Yankees put themselves in this position by calling him up early, now they need to live with it. Not panic and move him back to the pen and let him sit another 10 days with no activity.

  1128. Comeback time. June 4th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Why would you bash your own players? This is your team. I just don’t understand the mentality. So ugly.

  1129. DT June 4th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Interesting… if Gardner steals you probably take the bat out of Tex’s hands.

  1130. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Does anyone have any clue about Jeter’s numbers off the bench? I can’t imagine they are they bad- he IS Derek Jeter

  1131. Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) - OPPC member June 4th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Deborah,

    I’m not sure who is more of a pessimist (judging from your few posts today), you are Rachel.

    Relax.

    a) it’s a game

    b) it’s tied!

    c) the Yanks have one of the top records in the league

  1132. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Maybe they should leave Swisher batting 2nd lol WHy take Swish out in a tied game?!! I don’t like this move.

  1133. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    damn dp

  1134. Tex is GOD June 4th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Brandon – francessa just called – he said he hates you RE: not trading jax for mcclouth…

  1135. RS June 4th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Why doesn’t Gardner ever run early in the count??

  1136. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    DEBORAH turn on Suzyn and John

    NOW THAT PISSED ME OFF ! :x

  1137. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    take swisher out of the game for a pinch runner who will steal 2B

    hit into double play

  1138. Victor June 4th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Don’t steal Gardner. Then Tex is walked and A-Rod grounds into a DP

  1139. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Gardner fails to steal again and AGAIN the Yankees GIDP.

    Brett has to grow some balls, this is getting ridiculous

  1140. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 4th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Gardner why did they bring you in the game?

  1141. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    It’s been addressed.

  1142. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Now there booing tex…. Unbelieveable.

  1143. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Tex hits into a DP…suicide watch for Deborah :)

  1144. leems1104 June 4th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    C’mon A-Rod, we need you produce

  1145. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    These fans at the Stadium today are full of vitriol.

  1146. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    “Brandon – francessa just called – he said he hates you RE: not trading jax for mcclouth…”

    Tell him to have a coke & a smile and STFU :lol:

  1147. DT June 4th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    “It’s been addressed.”

    But has it been signed, sealed and delivered?

  1148. Erik Sec. 309 June 4th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Deborah – The Yanks are tied for 1st…How much have they been letting you down? Would 164-0 please you more?

  1149. DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Freedom of speech Boogie Down. WHO do you think you are. Its a blog, GENIUS. People talk. Don’t you DARE tell me to shut up and dont you DARE call me an idiot!

    I’ll post as often as I want and there is NOTHING you can do about it.

    GET OVER IT.

  1150. trisha June 4th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    I actually thought Deborah was trying to be funny. Wowsa.

    mel, I agree with you about not booing my own team. Here’s at least one reason (there are many, not the least has to do with a little fan loyalty…) If I scream my brains out for player X today and boo him tomorrow, I feel at least a little bit dirty and a little bit hypocritical and more than a little bit of the antithesis of a solid player in the game of life. I also feel more than a little bit like I am some entitled person in life, and that would be the biggest perpetration of a fraud of all!

    If I don’t expect perfection of myself in everything I do, should I expect it in the team I root for? Are they any less human than I?

    I’m thrilled to be able to call myself a fan of the greatest team in the history of organized sports. I consider it an honor to root for the Yankees, not an honor for the Yankees that I root for them!

  1151. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Girardi clearly over managed in that spot. The game is tied no reason to lose Swish in this game. It is not like the Yanks have a good bullpen where you are playing for 1 run there. Gardner should of pinch hit for Melky, what a stupid move.

  1152. RalphieD (OPPC) June 4th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    seriously…what is wrong with some of you…what was the count 0-1 when tex gidp?…is gardner supposed to go on the first pitch, come on

  1153. tampayank June 4th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    “Nick in SF
    June 4th, 2009 at 3:32 pm
    It’s been addressed.


    lol
    now GGBG is stuck in the #2 whole, I guess either Jete or Georgie can PH there if it’s the bottom of the 9th

  1154. kaseya June 4th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    nick –

    i attempted to post three explanations of what happened. none are showing up.

    in short, i apologize if that comment is offensive to anyone. it was not intended as such.

    poking fun at chien-ming wang is no different, no more or less reprehensible, than poking fun at berroa, veras, arod, farnsworth or any of the other players pete has taken shots at for their struggles. to point out a player’s struggles is not tantamount to hoping the struggles continue.

    but to say wang’s back? nope. he’s not. period.

    evidently, pete didn’t ban me. i don’t know or care. i’m not really interested in posting here when there’s such a bizarre double-standard. the blog is great, and it will be just as great, if not better, without my continuing this discussion.

    if anyone wants to talk baseball, i’m at kasey@red-river-records.com

    pete, you’re something else, man. something else.

  1155. Tex is GOD June 4th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    if it were only that easy…

  1156. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Jon Ringland
    June 4th, 2009 at 3:33 pm
    Tex hits into a DP…suicide watch for Deborah
    ****
    Hahahaha. I did also notice that 86w183 has been missing since he threatened to throw his shoe at his TV. And I said that would be a wonderful idea

  1157. Joekuh - Be a man and put your name on it June 4th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    DT June 4th, 2009 at 3:23 pm
    Deborah was right. Hughes would not have given up 6 runs today.
    Because…CC was scheduled to pitch.
    =======
    That made me literally LOL @ work. Good thing no one’s around me @ the moment.
    TexisGOD – We expect video of the after dinner Thanksgiving fight under the banner!
    And to answer your question, IMO, I dont make the trade. We already have AJ coming up and 2 young’uns in GGBG and an improving Melky. I stand pat until the deadline, see who/what shakes out then.
    Deborah – Please continue to type in ALL CAPS so i know to skip right past your posts. THANK YOU.

  1158. DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Ok, I said Melky and Gardner stink but you would NEVER CATCH me booing my own player. EVER. Its disrespectful. Even the Captain who has done SO much for this team gets booed.

    These fans make me so embarrassed. Why would anyone want to play for such hateful and DISRESPECTFUL fans???

  1159. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    The only reason for pulling Swish there that I can buy is the ball that he fouled off his ankle is starting to hurt him and he can’t move much in RF right now. Other than that, just unacceptable.

  1160. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    “Freedom of speech Boogie Down. WHO do you think you are. Its a blog, GENIUS. People talk. Don’t you DARE tell me to shut up and dont you DARE call me an idiot!

    I’ll post as often as I want and there is NOTHING you can do about it.

    GET OVER IT.”

    Capitalizing random WORDS ARE annoying. SEE?

    See HOW annoying IT is? I CAN do THAT too! I can POST ridiculous CLAIMS and COMPLAINTS whenever I WANT, with no REGARDS to OTHER readers of THE blog!

    Damn, that hurt my eyes.

  1161. Trevor June 4th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Brandon that has to be it. Otherwise that move made absolutely 0 sense.

  1162. Z Man June 4th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Such a frustrating team to watch

    We can’t even hit Jason Jennings, who had like 7 ERAs in the NL.

    Now we have to expose our terrible bullpen again in the 8th. UGH.

  1163. Steve June 4th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Deborah, you’re crazy, ALL-CAPS rage is starting to turn me on.

  1164. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    “Capitalizing random WORDS ARE annoying. SEE?

    See HOW annoying IT is? I CAN do THAT too! I can POST ridiculous CLAIMS and COMPLAINTS whenever I WANT, with no REGARDS to OTHER readers of THE blog!

    Damn, that hurt my eyes.”

    :lol:

  1165. MP June 4th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    gardner was as much for defense as offense. swish just doesn’t play a good RF, and in a tie game you want the D too.

  1166. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    nice post trish. I agree.

  1167. DT June 4th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I say let’s pretend it’s the National Anthem playing – everyone remove their Caps.

  1168. Tom June 4th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Why wouldn’t you boo them?

    These last 2 games have been sloppy as heck and not well played. They looked like the 2008 team. Not to mention, they saw on the scoreboard that Boston was winning and we’re going to be out of 1st place if we lose.

    The fans are paying through their nose to watch a good product and the last 2 days, they have not delivered. Cannot get a clutch hit to save their life.

  1169. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Not sure I am agreeing with this. Anyone know why Coke is leaving? Is this a lefty/righty match up type thing? I also believe in the concept of overmanaging?

  1170. Comeback time. June 4th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Go away, Deborah – you’re gross.

  1171. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    “Deborah, you’re crazy, ALL-CAPS rage is starting to turn me on.”

    Steve I was just about to say the same thing about Deborah :lol:

  1172. Tex is GOD June 4th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    do our thanksgiving utensils count as weapons? and do we send the children to the legend seats so they don’t have to be around when we go mano-a-mano?

  1173. Joekuh - Be a man and put your name on it June 4th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    S.A.–Let’s get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 3:30 pm
    DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 3:25 pm
    I’m having a really bad day and as always, the YANKEES ARE SETTING ME OFF!
    ============================
    relax
    relate
    release
    =======
    CLASSIC!

  1174. Jeff June 4th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    As you watch Girardi manage the bullpen the last 2 years you notice he has this idea that guys need to pitch multiple innings out of the pen. But he hasnt gone all in. Now they have 3 guys tomko, hughes, and aceves and maybe coke that can go long in the pen (not just in blowouts). Will Girardi go all in? I hope so? Any thoughts?

  1175. trisha June 4th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Excuse my optimism about Wang, and I admit I didn’ get to watch any of his outing because I didn’t know we had a day game :) but since I didn’t expect him to come and be lights out and since I know that pitchers getting back into the rotation often take a game or two to work their kinks out, if there are positives to take out of today’s game with the way Wang pitched, then trust he is on his way back.

    Be grateful you’re a Yankee fan. Be grateful that you weren’t on the flight from Brazil to Paris and that (hopefully) you didn’t know anyone on the flight. Be grateful that you were able to get up his morning, hopefully under your own power, and that you have the ability and freedom in life to watch or listen to the Yankee games.

    Try celebrating the amazing Yankee team rather than obssessing over the fact that the players are not wind-up machines who do what you want each and every AB, or pitch. They’re not your wind-up dolls, and they are doing their best to be the best they can for the fans who love them. If you can’t deal with less than perfection, maybe you need to find something else in life, like artificial flowers, that will never disappoint you.

    Thanks for listening! This message was brought to you by a very grateful person who is so thankful to be both alive and a Yankee fan. The entire team could strike out every AB and I would love them as well. (Never mistake disappointment for condemnation…)

  1176. Viper 77 June 4th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    What good is Gardner on the roster if

    A. He can’t steal bases in big spots

    B. He can’t beat out DPs with his speed

    ? That roster spot could be going to someone who can actually contribute like Duncan.

  1177. SJ44 June 4th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    It’s not a Freedom of Speech issue, it’s a moron issue Deborah. If you want to post like a moron, you will get get called on it.

    Patrick,

    I have no idea what Gardner is thinking. He has to run early in the count.

    Second time in a week, he’s cost the team.

    It’s why speed is the most overrated part of the game. If you don’t use it properly, it hurts you.

  1178. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Ok, I said Melky and Gardner stink but you would NEVER CATCH me booing my own player. EVER. Its disrespectful. Even the Captain who has done SO much for this team gets booed.

    These fans make me so embarrassed. Why would anyone want to play for such hateful and DISRESPECTFUL fans???

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

    Do you know Joe Francisco? Have you ever met him under the O’Neil banner?

  1179. DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    I use caps to EMPHASIZE points. It isnt like they are RANDOM or something. I will TRY to cut back if it makes you SOOO happy.

    And that is how I type when Im angry.

  1180. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    The sound of that scared the crap out of me.

  1181. Occam's Razor (after five shaves) June 4th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    I’d love to see a vulture win for D-Rob.

  1182. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Swish is 2-3 today, 2 doubles. No reason to take his bat out of the lineup in a tied game. Not even for defense..

  1183. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Did I just read that Deborah’s caps binge is turning some guys on? Wait, what?

  1184. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    “gardner was as much for defense as offense. swish just doesn’t play a good RF, and in a tie game you want the D too.”

    You know what, that makes sense. I don’t want Swish fielding w/ a tie game as much as I like the bat.

  1185. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    wang did enough to have something to build on. 69 pitches are more than he’s thrown in a while.

    his pitch f/x release point on the sinker is as low as its been all year at 6’1″ on a lot of the sinkers.

    this shows he’s making progress getting back in his lower arm slot that made the sinker effective.

    as cb long ago theorized, as wang got healthier his arm slot would lower. it seems to be happening.

    i’d say today is progress.

    now to win the game.

    it would be good for the wang discussion later on the blog for the yankees to win this game.

    it will be a very different discussion if they don’t :)

  1186. Steve June 4th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Brandon, back off buddy, I got dibs! :)

    I’m guessing, though, she’s more than enough woman for the both of us, so you’ll get your turn, too.

  1187. The Ghost June 4th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Erica, I think because Wang had such a short stint and he had to waste Aceves he can’t afford to lose Coke tomorrow too in case Sabathia falters. I’m not sure I like the idea of saving guys for the next day when today’s game is tied though. Win this one and deal with tomorrow tomorrow. This is classic Girardi overmanaging.

  1188. Gold Mine June 4th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Taking Swisher’s bat out of the lineup is going to haunt us

  1189. 86w183 June 4th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Count me among those astounded by Gardner as a pinch runner. You don’t pinch run at 1B unless you are going to run. Otherwise wait to see if Swish gets into scoring position. If he was told to go and didn’t again I’d ship him to Scranton immediately. No excuse for that.

  1190. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    “I’m guessing, though, she’s more than enough woman for the both of us, so you’ll get your turn, too.”

    Oh my God. This is nuts, lol.

  1191. Comeback time. June 4th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Don’t be a pig, Steve. That is just as offensive. Go away.

  1192. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    kasey: I didn’t see the original comment, just your comment about the comment. I’m not judging anyone and I don’t assume any malice on your part. But I objected when someone on that board used the same type of comment in post directed at me, so… it’s just best not to use that kind of formulation, light-hearted or not.

  1193. Jeff June 4th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I completely agree about Gardner. Why pinch run him if he wont steal early in the count. He has played better lately but I dont think he’ll ever be a major factor on this team.

  1194. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 4th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    nice swing cano!!

  1195. Lou in SoCal June 4th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Let’s be honest? This Bullpen is not going to get us to the promise land. We have a below average bullpen and if we want to win the World Series we need to improve. I just don’t think the guys that are in there are cut out for it.

  1196. Coach6423 June 4th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    ahhhh CJ Wilson and his creepy rapist picture on gameday…

  1197. vtred June 4th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Can someone just get a run and get to MO?

    Jesus, it’s like if the pitcher doesn’t throw a cookie they can deposit in RF, they don’t score.

  1198. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    The Ghost
    June 4th, 2009 at 3:45 pm
    Erica, I think because Wang had such a short stint and he had to waste Aceves he can’t afford to lose Coke tomorrow too in case Sabathia falters. I’m not sure I like the idea of saving guys for the next day when today’s game is tied though. Win this one and deal with tomorrow tomorrow. This is classic Girardi overmanaging.

    **
    That was my thought too. But I guess with a little luck we can get ahead this inning and get the ball to Mo for the 9th. Does Mo pitch the 9th if it’s still tied????

  1199. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Leadoff walk.

  1200. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Leadoff walks FTW

  1201. The Ghost June 4th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Matsui hits a bomb here – calling it

  1202. pat June 4th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Matsui time?

  1203. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Ok, did giradi threaten cano? He just walked.

  1204. Dave June 4th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    CJ Wilson is lights out. So basically if we win this, it has to be atleast in the 10th. He’s staying in for 2 innings.

    That means our pen has to throw 2 scoreless against this Texas lineup.

  1205. terpbomber June 4th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Can we stay out of another DP, please?

  1206. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 4th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    I completely agree about Gardner. Why pinch run him if he wont steal early in the count. He has played better lately but I dont think he’ll ever be a major factor on this team.
    ___________

    Did you see Swish run to first he was limping

  1207. DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    I regret my comments about Melky Cabrera. Coincidentally, he is actually my FAVORITE player (i know, i know)

    He is just so frstrating and I blame Girardi for rushing him back ok, he is CLEARLY not ready. And I dont want a repeat of last year where he loses his confidence. I almost think its sabotage for him to do bad because we know Joe Girardi loves Brett Gardner (that is his pet player). And if Melky cant get it together we will be stuck with that gardner in center field.

    But I wont retract my comments about gardner who is pure trash.

  1208. ... June 4th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    A clean 8th! Reading the comments at times lead me to believe that the bullpen was incapable of such things!

  1209. Steve June 4th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    If Matsui gets on in a big situation, I sure would like a pinch runner for him. I would have saved Gardner for that. And Comeback Time, lighten up, dude — I was obviously kidding, trying to lighten the mood regarding DEBORAH’S rants.

  1210. Joekuh - Be a man and put your name on it June 4th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    1. Tex is GOD June 4th, 2009 at 3:41 pm
    do our thanksgiving utensils count as weapons? and do we send the children to the legend seats so they don’t have to be around when we go mano-a-mano?
    ========
    1. No utensils unless they have some link with o’neill. But old matsui jerseys are encouraged and appreciated!
    2. If you try to send the women and children to the legend seats, Trost will PERSONALLY send them away. I think he guards that area himself when the stadium’s closed.

    PS Can someone tell me where to go to get the faces/emoticons? Its annoying to see everyone use them but me :( .

  1211. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Here’s hoping Papelblown strikes again in Detroit…

  1212. Mark-Cant Touch This (Milk man Rules) June 4th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Matsui just got under that!

  1213. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Lou in SoCal
    June 4th, 2009 at 3:47 pm
    Let’s be honest? This Bullpen is not going to get us to the promise land. We have a below average bullpen and if we want to win the World Series we need to improve. I just don’t think the guys that are in there are cut out for it.

    ***
    This “below average bullpen” has given up one run in the last two games despite having to be used for more than 9 innings in both games combined

  1214. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Melk man!!

  1215. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    MELKMAN!!!

  1216. pat June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Melky magic!

  1217. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    MEKLY!!! HE LIKE-A DA WOMEN!!!!!!!!

  1218. trisha June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Key kasey, don’t go away. I didn’t see the post in question but I know that you are one of the few people who were able to get me to post in a “certain fashion” if you know what I mean.

    You don’t have to like Wang. Hey you promised to be positive for one straight week and wouldn’t it be a riot if you joined the OPPC for one week???? :)

    Please don’t leave. There are obviously people who agree with you about Wang.

    DA MELK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1219. RalphieD (OPPC) June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    AHHHHHHHH NICEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  1220. Kevin in the 908 June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    The Melkman delivers!!!!! :)

  1221. The Ghost June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I missed my call by one batter. Too bad Melky couldn’t wait one more inning he could have gotten some pie!

  1222. Buck Nasty June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Memo to all the trolls : SUCK IT!

  1223. Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) - OPPC member June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    crow tastes good

    Melky > McClouth

    (at least today! :) )

  1224. YankeesLuv June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Melky!

  1225. DT June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Did Melky just homer?

    Sorry, I don’t trust Sterling anymore.

  1226. Vince June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Melkey sucks, eh?

  1227. Comeback time. June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Yay Melky!

  1228. Coach6423 June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    LECHE!!!!!!

  1229. Tom in N.J. June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    AUTOMATIC OUT!

  1230. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    the melk man’s shoulder must be healing up.

    little by little.

  1231. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    How about that, Melky hit a HR from the RIGHT side. Pretty surprising considering it’s his weak side. Way to go Melk!

  1232. terpbomber June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    What a beaut!

  1233. Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) - OPPC member June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    what did kasey say?

    I didn’t see anything bad.

  1234. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Melky!!!!!!!!!!

  1235. Steve June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    “I regret my comments about Melky Cabrera. Coincidentally, he is actually my FAVORITE player (i know, i know)”

    That is just too funny. I love it.

  1236. Occam's Razor (after five shaves) June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    one pitch and vulture W for Robertson?

    I like it!

    /hope I’m not putting the jinx on Mo.

  1237. The Ghost June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Hey Erica, to answer your question – Yes Mariano WILL pitch the ninth :)

  1238. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I thought he was going to catch that right at the wall. I was going to kill the wind tunnel…That is one time when you like the 318 feet.

  1239. Coach6423 June 4th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Enter Sandman.

  1240. Joe I June 4th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    DEBORAH,
    Still think Melky is not ready? Is it Girardi’s fault that the Yankees have the lead now?

  1241. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    These automatic outs are doing pretty well.

  1242. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    If Deborah learns how to bold, this thing could go thermo-nuclear. ;)

  1243. trisha June 4th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    *HE IS MY DA MELK!!!!!*

    Never left his side!!!

    :)

  1244. MP June 4th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    The House that Melk Built!!

    Man, the dude just goes nuts at home.
    .326 BA
    .939 OPS
    20 RBI

    at home this season

  1245. Hman June 4th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Melkman.

    Shuts up the doom and gloomers.

    You all need to go home.

    This team does not give up.

  1246. DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I LOVE YOU MELKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1247. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Deborah slows backs off the ledge…

  1248. sjufan June 4th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    MELKY MELKY MELKY

  1249. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    LOL at Alex and Tex

  1250. Bryan June 4th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Melky stay with the adult film stars!!

    Next time don’t let her post the video online though!

  1251. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Damn does this team love each other.

  1252. Jeff June 4th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Hopefully this gets Melky going again. I didnt see the hr just heard it on the radio, but boy does he love hitting in this stadium.

  1253. CountryClub June 4th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Melky finally put one in the air!! haha, so much for a day off.

  1254. SJ44 June 4th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Not bad for an “automatic out”.

    Funny thing is, when the lineup is posted tomorrow we will have more “Melky is an automatic out” posts.

  1255. trisha June 4th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Aww Robby and Melky really missed Arod – and vice versa!!!

    It’s so sweet to watch.

    :)

  1256. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    The Ghost
    June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm
    Hey Erica, to answer your question – Yes Mariano WILL pitch the ninth

    ***
    Whew, I am glad Melky took the mystery out of that one

  1257. Dutch Hugo June 4th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    There has been no better clutch hitter in baseball this year than Melky Cabrera.

  1258. kd June 4th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    they’re not going to win every game. but you gotta love this team!

  1259. Rachel June 4th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Top of the lineup up for Texas. Hopefully the cutter is cutting….

  1260. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    If adult porn stars help Melky hit .300+, by all means, carry on!

  1261. DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    no listen guys I really love melky, I named my golden retriever after melky lol

  1262. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    It’s MO TIME!

  1263. leems1104 June 4th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    milky man

  1264. kd June 4th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    the only thing automatic on this team is mariano coming in for the 9th. there are no more automatic outs

  1265. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I LOVE YOU MELKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Is this a love/hate thing you have for Melky?

  1266. Coach6423 June 4th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Kinsler, Young, Blalock….

    Mo is going to earn this one.

  1267. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF)
    June 4th, 2009 at 3:52 pm
    If adult porn stars help Melky hit .300+, by all means, carry on!

    ***
    Clearly, I have missed something. What is this about?

  1268. Dutch Hugo June 4th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Trisha, does that make you a Melk maid?

  1269. m June 4th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Nice knock by Melky!

  1270. R-Tek June 4th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    “Dave June 4th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    CJ Wilson is lights out. So basically if we win this, it has to be atleast in the 10th. He’s staying in for 2 innings.

    That means our pen has to throw 2 scoreless against this Texas lineup.”

    ————————-

    lol

  1271. Stephen June 4th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Geeze, that crowd sounds dead.

    If I didn’t know they were playing at home, I’d assume the Yanks were on the road based on the amount of crowd noise after Melky’s HR.

  1272. Stultus Magnus June 4th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Now shut em down Mo!

  1273. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    “vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF)
    June 4th, 2009 at 3:52 pm
    If adult porn stars help Melky hit .300+, by all means, carry on!

    ***
    Clearly, I have missed something. What is this about?”

    There’s a video out of Melky and some porn star in a hotel room with Melky eating peanuts shirtless or something.

  1274. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Gotta go to MO

  1275. Boogie Down Bob June 4th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Does Melky still suck now Deboarah??????

  1276. Vince June 4th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    DEBORAH:

    “And is it just me or is Melky cabrera just absolutely AWFUL! What are you swinging hat? He is the second worst hitter on the team, he is not clutch. He was the last pathetic out yesterday. Obviously his shoulder is STILL bothering him! I don’t want Gardener either. He is even WORSE than Melky! The worst batter on the WHOLE TEAM!”

    LOL at some baseball “fans”….

  1277. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    ““Dave June 4th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    CJ Wilson is lights out. So basically if we win this, it has to be atleast in the 10th. He’s staying in for 2 innings.

    That means our pen has to throw 2 scoreless against this Texas lineup.””

    Hmm. That prediction didn’t shake out too well.

  1278. DT June 4th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I guess to sum up the mood of some LoHud bloggers –
    Melky stinks, except on at bats when he doesn’t.

  1279. Boston Dave (in Fargo, ND) - OPPC member June 4th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    so far this season, Papelbon has been getting the saves and keeping his ERA down..

    but he is throwing so many more pitches than in the past. His avg inning seems like it’s 20 pitches or more.

    It will be interesting to see if he tires later this season.

  1280. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF)
    June 4th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    There’s a video out of Melky and some porn star in a hotel room with Melky eating peanuts shirtless or something.

    ***
    That might win my “bad mental image” of the day award

  1281. NJ Dave June 4th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Stephen,

    The crowd has been very disappointing early on. They’ve had their moments, but overall it has been very subdued. Not like the old stadium at all.

    We shouldn’t be surprised though. A lot of the stadium reviews over the winter said the crowd noise would diminish somewhat. Though it seems to be worse than what it was supposed to be.

  1282. Hman June 4th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    And is it just me or is Melky cabrera just absolutely AWFUL!

    (then) . . . .

    I LOVE YOU MELKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (typical)

  1283. Steve June 4th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    where’s the video of melky and the porn star?

  1284. vey June 4th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Why all the anger?
    I hope Wang figures out his kink,it may just be arm strength.
    Imagine how awful he felt today.

  1285. The Ghost June 4th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    So happy they never got rid of Melky, he’s always had a knack of coming up big when the team needs it. I’ll always remember his first big series against the Sox and how many big hits/plays he made as a green rookie. You can’t teach clutch.

  1286. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Mo, please bear my children.

  1287. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Kinsler goes down. Crowd sounded plenty loud on that K.

  1288. 86w183 June 4th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Coming into today’s games, McLouth ops .819, Melky .821… and Melky’s is going up, and he’s a better defensive outfielder, and he’s 5 1/2 years younger

    Mr. Francessa…. are you paying attention? Ever?

  1289. trisha June 4th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    “Trisha, does that make you a Melk maid?”

    :D

    Yeah I guess I would even wash his socks I adore him that much. So that would make me a Melk maid!!!

    Burned in my memory is Melky taking that Stadium home run away from the fertility god, Manny, and saving the game!

  1290. X-Mann June 4th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Day time crowds at Yankee stadium have always been bad, except maybe weekends in the mid-summer.

  1291. vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF) June 4th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    “vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF)
    June 4th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    There’s a video out of Melky and some porn star in a hotel room with Melky eating peanuts shirtless or something.

    ***
    That might win my “bad mental image” of the day award”

    Yes, I can see how it *might* be disturbing. Yikes.

  1292. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    hey ian, try pulling that pitch..

  1293. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    “DT
    June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm
    Did Melky just homer?

    Sorry, I don’t trust Sterling anymore.”

    LOL

  1294. Comeback time. June 4th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Deborah, you are pathetic fan and you will forever be my symbol for the others who also have no faith — and no respect for other people.

    You all deserve each other.

  1295. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Pete here’s an honest question, is there ANYTHING you like about the new stadium? It seems like every other post from you is about how bad the new stadium is.

  1296. keith June 4th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Cano walks and Cabrera homers- yeah these guys are done. This team has been on a nice run and all people on this blog can do is pick, pick, pick.

  1297. CountryClub June 4th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Hopefully Mo has a 1, 2, 3 in him. No need to fool with Cruz.

  1298. trisha June 4th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Lousy crummy dirtdogging Sux!

    Grr!!!

    :(

    BUT – we are still in first baby!

  1299. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Damn…

  1300. *vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF)* June 4th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Tying run comes up to the plate.

  1301. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    there are situations when you dive, and that wasnt one of them

  1302. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    superior defender lol jk

  1303. Lou in SoCal June 4th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Erica –
    “This “below average bullpen” has given up one run in the last two games despite having to be used for more than 9 innings in both games combined”

    That’s cute sweetheart, but look at the numbers before those 9 innings. Aceves and Sandman are beautiful, Tomko, Robertson (who almost gave up a homer in the 8th) Veras, Phil Coke (look at his numbers). This bullpen is not gonna do it sweetie! Hope Bruney gets healthy and we need a trade for some bullpen help.

  1304. DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Please listen to me. Melky is my favorite player. I was just bad because Joe Girardi is trying to sabotage Melky. Ok I WAS TRYING TO say he wasnt ready but I guess he is.

    I love Melky and I think him and Robbie Cano and A-Rod are SO cute together. It doesn’t help that Robinson and Melky are total studs. And Like I said, I named my dog after Melky so dont you TELL me that I dont love him. IT was heat of the moment.

    I love Melky Cabrera

  1305. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    How much whining will the media do on “the wind tunnel” effect”? One to right, one to left….the wind doesn’t in both directions at once. The wind has been blowing in from right field all day, between 6-9 MPH.

  1306. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Melky was just picking up his buddy Brett there. All the young star outfielders make bad dives once in a while.

    It’s called teamwork.

  1307. Boogie Down June 4th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    CLOSE IT DOWN MO!!

  1308. Boogie Down June 4th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    CLOSE IT DOWN MO!!

  1309. DT June 4th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    How close did Melky come to catching that? I’m listening on radio…

  1310. Tom in N.J. June 4th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    “DT
    June 4th, 2009 at 3:50 pm
    Did Melky just homer?

    Sorry, I don’t trust Sterling anymore.”

    + ∞

  1311. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    come on Mo!

  1312. kaseya June 4th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    trisha – i’m happy to stay and read. pete’s posts are entertaining and informative and the discussions can be too. but as for posting actively, not thanks.

    dave – what i said is not worth repeating, but it was not meant to be offensive. however, i understand that it could be interpreted as so by some and for that, i apologize. i’m not an intolerant guy, nor do i wish to come off that way.

    if pete just said, “look guys, i really like wang and it bothers me when people mock his struggles, this is my blog and i’m asking you to knock it off,” i could respect that. but he didn’t. he insisted i had a “miserable life” and that he hoped karma would pay me back for the following post:

    “guess who’s back. back again. wang is back. call the ‘pen.” which is an obvious reference to pete’s post after wang through one good inning. i mocked that post and wang’s struggles. not because i hope he continues to struggle but because i think it’s foolish to deem the guy “back” after a couple of good innings. wang then proceeded to get lit up and yanked.

    pete has pointed out, and sometimes made snide remarks about, the struggles of a number of yankees, but even today, wang’s problems were blamed on cervelli, arod and inactivity. to me, that’s just bizarre. i understand the explanation is pete likes wang a great deal, so why not just say so? that explanation, i can accept. but to get on a soapbox about my mocking wang is just absurd. i’ve no desire to continue participating actively in a forum moderated by somebody who can’t just cop to his own personal involvement in a player’s performance. to me, that’s just too much hypocrisy.

  1313. Steve June 4th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I’ve decided to name my next pet after Deborah. She’s awesome.

  1314. The Ghost June 4th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Not close DT but he had already committed to it so he had to dive, considering the angle he was taking the ball was going to get by him anyway

  1315. *vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF)* June 4th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Mo making it interesting.

  1316. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Come on MO. Not today.

  1317. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Uh oh not looking good for Mo. Cruz up as the go-ahead run

  1318. The Ghost June 4th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Mariano is not looking sharp, these aren’t the normal bloop hits that he normally gives up.

  1319. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    GIDP please

  1320. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Come on MO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1321. terpbomber June 4th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Mo is making this an uneasy win…

  1322. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Wow El Nino if he catches that it’s a GG play

  1323. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Lou in SoCal
    June 4th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    That’s cute sweetheart, but look at the numbers before those 9 innings. Aceves and Sandman are beautiful, Tomko, Robertson (who almost gave up a homer in the 8th) Veras, Phil Coke (look at his numbers). This bullpen is not gonna do it sweetie! Hope Bruney gets healthy and we need a trade for some bullpen help.
    **
    Please don’t speak condescendingly to me. I am far too intelligent for that. Every bullpen has their weak spots and guys you use in mop-up situations. I just don’t think this bullpen is as bad as people say. Aside for a bad game here and there, they keep the team in the game

  1324. NYY626 June 4th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    whats the score? im stuck in the office and yankees.com and gameday keeps freezing!

  1325. NYY626 June 4th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    whats the score? im stuck in the office and yankees.com and gameday keeps freezing!

  1326. NYY626 June 4th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    whats the score? im stuck in the office and yankees.com and gameday keeps freezing!

  1327. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    :|

  1328. Tom in N.J. June 4th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Where did my cable go?

  1329. The Ghost June 4th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    anyone’s tv just go dead?

  1330. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    OK Mo, lets get nasty. Do what you do.

  1331. saucy June 4th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    “UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: You would think the Yankees are in last place given the tenor of the crowd here. They booed Wang off the mound. They booed A-Rod’s first two at-bats. They booed Aceves. Not a happy bunch for the day game. ”

    this is embarassing and makes me sad :(

  1332. Buck Nasty June 4th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Sweet just lost my yes feed

  1333. Vince June 4th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Yep, TV just died out :(

  1334. pat June 4th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Did anyone else just lose YES? Talk about bad timing.

  1335. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Mo’s command is a little shaky

  1336. Carl June 4th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    8-6 yankees

  1337. *vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF)* June 4th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Nelson Cruz goes DOWN.

    Mo is God.

  1338. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Mo strikes out Cruz, 2 away. David Murphy at the plate

  1339. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    “Excuse my optimism about Wang, and I admit I didn’ get to watch any of his outing because I didn’t know we had a day game”

    trisha-

    that’s a fine in the blog kangaroo court.

    the only way i can figure to send blog money is to send it to kasey’s itunes account.

    so you need to pay your fine by going to kasey andeson’s itunes songs and purchase a song for .99

    ” wake up ” seems appropriate for missing a game :)

  1340. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    “Dave Robertson in line to get the win. He throws one pitch to the No. 9 hitter, gets him to fly to left and he’s the winning pitcher. Baseball statistics are funny sometimes.”

    Yeah, wins matter.

  1341. YankeesLuv June 4th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Tv went out! What’s going on?

  1342. RS June 4th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Ah, YES is blacked out. WTH? SNY is working fine.

  1343. DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Do you guys wanna see my dog? Im being so serious, I thought Melky was a fitting name because Melky is just a cute name in general. What woman doesnt think Robbie Cano and Melky arent absolutely gorgeous?

    and OMG MY YES network just went out!!! omg!! did this happen to anyone else?

  1344. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    8-6 on the corners, 2 out. murphy up 0-1 count

  1345. DT June 4th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks Ghost.

    Come on Mo. One more out. Make the OPPC proud.

  1346. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    randy, that’s some funny stuff :)

  1347. NYY626 June 4th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    my comp is obvi a lil out of whack..sorry for the triple post :(

  1348. raymagnetic June 4th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    For those of you who just lost your signal, 2 outs now Yanks still up by 2. Murphy at the plate

  1349. Occam's Razor (after five shaves) June 4th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Mo just struck out Cruz

    2 down

    Murphy pops up to end it!

  1350. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    The Yankees win!

  1351. *vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF)* June 4th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Mo is a beast.

  1352. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Murphy pops up to A-rod, game over

  1353. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Murphy pops out, ball game over, Sterling wets himself!

    GREAT WIN WOOOOOOOO

  1354. Boogie Down June 4th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    What a comeback!!! YANKS BABY!!!

  1355. Bryan June 4th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    I wouldn’t advise clicking on that at work

    http://boston.barstoolsports.c.....ey-carey/#

  1356. Lou in SoCal June 4th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Erica- I have still have visions of 1998 in my head and want this bullpen to duplicate. I know this is not realistic. Good game Yanks!

  1357. JoeT 28 in 10!! OPPC Click Here!! MELKY FOR MVP!!!! June 4th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Melky for MVP!!!!

  1358. Hman June 4th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Nice win.

    This team has a lot of fight.

  1359. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Thank You, Mo, TexRod ! autom outs, ..Melky…etc…

  1360. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Yankees win! Theeeeee Yankees win!

  1361. Occam's Razor (after five shaves) June 4th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Mo being Mo.

    “What, me worry?”

  1362. YankeesLuv June 4th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    I wish I could have watched it! Darn cable!

  1363. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    yankees won 7 of their last 8 series. They stink!

  1364. Steve June 4th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    DEBORAH, yes, I want to see your dog.

  1365. Buck Nasty June 4th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    To all those who said the game was over please denounce your yankee fandom we dont want you

  1366. The Ghost June 4th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Whooooo!

  1367. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I had to watch the last two outs on the Texas feed. :(

    That aside, great win! Great run-line cover!

    Not so great run total, but you take what you can get.

  1368. trisha June 4th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    :)

    The team that never sweats and still comes out on top – 1

    The team that sweats all the time – 0

    Life is so sweet!

  1369. Stultus Magnus June 4th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Mo, did what he does.

  1370. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Melky has a super thick accent and he sounds like he’s 40, weird.

  1371. *vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF)* June 4th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    The fans booing at the Stadium were made to look stupid.

    Yanks have the best record in the AL.

  1372. sjufan June 4th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    great win by the offense picking us up, and a very good job by the bullpen picking us up. pitching picks O up sometimes, O picks pitching up sometimes. love it.

    haven’t lost two in a row since one month ago today. really impressive.

  1373. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    That got me through half the work day $_$

  1374. *vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF)* June 4th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    “Melky has a super thick accent and he sounds like he’s 40, weird.”

    Porn stars dig that.

  1375. Fistpump Filbert June 4th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    There goes that “terrible” Yankee Pen again.

    4.1 IP 4H 1ER 2BB 6K and picks up the win and save.

  1376. DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    omg I am so mad right now, I love seeing the players get pied. My mood just did a 180 because this STINK! I wanted to see my favorite player get pied!

    MY DAY IS GOING HORRIBLE!

  1377. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Lou in SoCal
    June 4th, 2009 at 4:07 pm
    Erica- I have still have visions of 1998 in my head and want this bullpen to duplicate. I know this is not realistic. Good game Yanks!

    ****
    Thats okay. I would be like a pig in poop if the Yanks win the division by 22 games like they did that season. But sadly, you can’t always just replicate that type of magic

  1378. Vince June 4th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    “DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Do you guys wanna see my dog? Im being so serious, I thought Melky was a fitting name because Melky is just a cute name in general. What woman doesnt think Robbie Cano and Melky arent absolutely gorgeous?

    and OMG MY YES network just went out!!! omg!! did this happen to anyone else?”

    Please, just migrate elsewhere.

  1379. Yankee Fan in Boston June 4th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    u
    nable to catch the game today, but what did Wang look like, aside from the numbers? Was he up in the zone? No sink? No movement? Just curious. He’s been given a lot of chances to “be good” again. Has he just lost it? It’s a fair question, if a sad one.

  1380. pat June 4th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Switched to radio. Melky did the interview with Suzyn in English. :smile:

  1381. Frank June 4th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    This from Bob Watson, Vice President of On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball: A.J. Burnett has been suspended an additional six games for intentionally throwing a whipped cream pie at Melky Cabrera’s head.

  1382. Jon Ringland June 4th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    “omg I am so mad right now, I love seeing the players get pied. My mood just did a 180 because this STINK! I wanted to see my favorite player get pied!

    MY DAY IS GOING HORRIBLE!”

    I admire your attempts to rile people up! Most amusing.

  1383. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) June 4th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Tex and Melky = co-MVP’s today

  1384. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    There is no way deborah is actually a young girl. “she” is probably a 60 year old man just playing with you all

  1385. trisha June 4th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    “and OMG MY YES network just went out!!! omg!! did this happen to anyone else?”

    You know what they say about karma!

    ;)

  1386. trisha June 4th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    “and OMG MY YES network just went out!!! omg!! did this happen to anyone else?”

    You know what they say about karma!

    ;)

  1387. DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    OMG WHY AM I WATCHING CENTERSTAGE!?!??!!?

  1388. YankeesLuv June 4th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    And for the fans booing the Yanks, shame on you! Go back to Citifield where you belong! Goooooo Yankees!

  1389. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    awesome! CENTERSTAGE!

  1390. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Deborah I think I love you.

  1391. vey June 4th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    *This was one wild ride,man never been so happy to see Mo* come out!!

  1392. RalphieD (OPPC) June 4th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    why do i have centerstage on

  1393. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    randy l.
    June 4th, 2009 at 4:05 pm
    “Excuse my optimism about Wang, and I admit I didn’ get to watch any of his outing because I didn’t know we had a day game”

    trisha-

    that’s a fine in the blog kangaroo court.

    the only way i can figure to send blog money is to send it to kasey’s itunes account.

    so you need to pay your fine by going to kasey andeson’s itunes songs and purchase a song for .99

    ” wake up ” seems appropriate for missing a game

    ————————————————————

    Randy, were you as impressed with Swisher’s at bats as I was? Except for one at bat….Same approach all day. That’s much more like his April at bats.

  1394. stuart a June 4th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I am not sure who is better melky or mclouth but i know this melky is younger , cheaper, and a switch hitter…

  1395. Vince June 4th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    “Fistpump Filbert June 4th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    There goes that “terrible” Yankee Pen again.

    4.1 IP 4H 1ER 2BB 6K and picks up the win and save.”

    If you trust anyone in the pen, besides Rivera, in a pressure packed playoff game, then god bless you.

  1396. DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I am a woman. I am having a bad day. I wanted to see my favorite player get pied and I didnt get to see it. I listened to the radio. Melky spoke english but he isn’t very good but I found it quite endearing.

    And don’t you say anything about karma, I did nothing to deserve missing my favorite player

  1397. Stultus Magnus June 4th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    “That got me through half the work day $_$”

    Yeah, that sucked me in. With Wang starting for the first time in a while, it was inevitable that I would be looking at gameday every 30 seconds…

    I hope Eiland and Wang can build from today. He went two perfect innings and struck out 3 in that span, got some groundballs too. Just can’t wait until Wang is back to his old self.

    Bye, bye Texas.

  1398. ... June 4th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Forsooth, does not a helping of Mo cure many ailments?

  1399. Deborah's Father June 4th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Deborah, are you off your meds again, honey?

    Remember what the doctors told you. It’s important that you stick with your regimen.

  1400. Fistpump Filbert June 4th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Vince,

    The point of the post was to express how volatile anybodys bullpen is from game to game, year to year. Who is to say DRob doesnt step up as the season progresses? Melancon comes up? If not even those 2, Bruney comes back throwing like he did pre-injury. Hughes and Joba in the pen in the playoffs? Do you think Cashman wont make at least some kind of move to bolster the pen. If you dont think any of THESE things can happen, god bless you.

    Lucky for Yankee fans, the “pressure packed playoffs” arent played on June 4.

  1401. jennifer June 4th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Looks like someone left the door to the computer room unlocked again at the loony bin. ;D

  1402. JohnC June 4th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Hey Ralph:

    So Melky, Cervelli and Pena are ‘automatic outs’ eh? LMAO!!!!!!!!!!! Hope you like the taste of your feet today.

  1403. Joekuh - All hail Manny, FERTILITY GOD! June 4th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    There’s a reason we play these regular season games, Vince . To get people ready FOR the playoffs. Remember way back when that Rivera was a rookie in the playoffs too. Gotta start from somewhere. Good win. Mo is GOD : he giveth them hits, then he taketh the game away.

  1404. chambliss June 4th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Good win and another good series for the Yanks. Say what you want about Texas, but they are a good hitting team.

    So who starts Tuesday? Wang who is still shaky? or Hughes who has shown moments of brilliance but who is inconsistent?

    I would go with Hughes. The Yankees don’t need to be taking chances with Wang in Fenway if a healthy Hughes is ready to go.

  1405. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    I am so STEAMED right now! MELKY had the GAME-WINNING hit! I HATE that guy because he’s fat and NEEDS to lose weight. He *also* MUST learn *english*. Why *am* I forced to WATCH this guy. It gives *me* a HUGE heada*che*!

  1406. Erica - newly OPPC June 4th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    I am signing off now. This was entertaining folks. I am still in quarantine tomorrow, so I will see you all then

  1407. DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    You guys are so mean. I am not crazy :(. And please stop making fun of my father :(

  1408. m June 4th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Series win, best record in the AL, more importantly didn’t lose ground to the Sox.

  1409. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Wang still has endurance issues and location issues to work on, but, he had a great strikeout pitch going. Not IMPRESSED, but, not ready to cut my wrists and wanting to join Kasey and the other idiots to whereever clowns go.

  1410. *vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF)* June 4th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    LOL Deborah’s dad is here.

  1411. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    We are tied with boston for the record.

  1412. Eastport June 4th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    No way you can start Wang against Boston, not a chance.

    And his next start after that is against Santana and the Mets.

    You are setting him up to fail

  1413. DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Melky doesn’t need to lose weight. Alex Rodriguez said he is in the best shape of his life and Melky and A-Rod work out together every day. Be nice.

  1414. Rishi June 4th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Craziness:

    Torrealba’s kidnapped son rescued
    Child of Rockies catcher had been abducted in Venezuela

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  1415. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    gb7-

    swisher seems to be using that shorter stroke with the cut off follow through as a lefty that we saw the other night on the home run to center .

  1416. stuart a June 4th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    give wang one more start at least. you cannot move him to the pen after his past results. he pitched bad today but not in the stratosphere to how bad he pitched his first 3 starts. his era went down today.

    give him some time.. phil is 22, he can chill a little while..

  1417. Joekuh - All hail Manny, FERTILITY GOD! June 4th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Deb, you’re ok. At least u can admit things didn’t go the way you wanted them to. Its ok. Just chill out a little on the caps and you’ll be fine.
    As far as the bullpen is concerned, hopefully when Marte comes back, he’ll be able to give us quality work. Just gotta mix n match till we get a full and healthy bullpen back.

  1418. Ace June 4th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    The Wang bashing is about to begin by Francesa.

  1419. Betsy June 4th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    LOL Sterling said that AJ was chasing Melky around with a pie…….I guess YES didn’t pick that up? Ugh – I would kill to see that!

    Nice win for the Yanks, though I’m concerned about Wang. The pen did well and Mo worked out of his jam – seems like old Mo to me. 2/3 again from the best in the West? I’ll take it.

    I give a ton of credit to Melky, who just keeps coming up with one big hit after another. I heard him speak on CBS’ post game show – it was nice to hear his voice instead of an interpreters.

    One question: Can AJ give a roundhouse pie punch in the face to Bob Watson?

  1420. The Ghost June 4th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I am super pumped up for this Red Sox series. REDEMPTION!

  1421. Benny Blanco June 4th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Eastport
    June 4th, 2009 at 4:19 pm
    No way you can start Wang against Boston, not a chance.

    And his next start after that is against Santana and the Mets.

    You are setting him up to fail
    ===========================

    That is the risk that the yankees are willing to take.

    I love phil hughes, but there’s no guarrantee that he mows down boston and the mets.

  1422. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    URGH I also have a MAJOR MAJOR problem with Derek Jeter. *What* was *he* doing TODAY sitting on the bench? I *bet* HE was partying too *MUCH* with Minka Kelly last night. What a LAZY *bum*. I also *don’t* like HIM because he had premarital *sex* with Mariah Carey. *PUKE*

  1423. Yankee Trader June 4th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    What to do with Wang?

    Good hitters, if they can lay off the low sinker, force him to bring the ball up. Lefties, punching the ball to left field, on what looked like good pitches.

    Have teams that have seen him before, got him figured out?Does he have enough of a repertoire to stay in the rotation? Phillies need starters. Do you explore trading him and rely on Hughes with Aceves as your 6th starter in a pinch?

  1424. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    “Torrealba’s kidnapped son rescued
    Child of Rockies catcher had been abducted in Venezuela ”

    Did Denzel Washington save him?

  1425. *vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF)* June 4th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    One step at a time. Tampa Bay first, then Boston.

    These games against the Rays are also important, these guys are the biggest threat for the WC, IMO.

  1426. Vince June 4th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    To both Fistpump Filbert and Joekuh:

    I absolutely agree that great things may happen. Robertson looks like he can be solid, Hughes may be valuable, they may make a move, etc.

    But, all I meant to point out was that the pen HAS been very weak this year. So, in essence, I was calling you out for calling out people who were not entirely wrong…

    With that said, go Yanks! I want them to do great just as you guys do.

  1427. Tom in N.J. June 4th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Swisher does seem like he’s trying to keep his front shoulder “in”.

  1428. The Ghost June 4th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    That’s some hot streak for Texiera to go from .200 to .284 in 3 weeks.

  1429. Betsy June 4th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Wang wasn’t ready and now look at the hole the Yanks are in. They can’t start him in Fenway, but they also can’t sit him without looking like fools….. I was all for Wang in the rotation as that is where he belongs, but not yet. This is not an anti-Wang comment – I’m worried about him.

  1430. *vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF)* June 4th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    “Did Denzel Washington save him?”

    No, it was Jack Bauer infiltrating a drug cartel and rescuing the boy in the process.

  1431. vey June 4th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    And…. people wonder why Jeter doesn’t marry,read the thread’s post,unbelievable stuff.

  1432. Yanks 99 June 4th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Boston swept Detroit on the road… very impressive.

    I really thought they would struggle, especially looking at the pitching matchups. Great series for them

  1433. Victor the Predictor June 4th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Wang will be better in his next start. Coke and Robertson should have a little more confidence under their belts.

  1434. *vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF)* June 4th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Wang’s next start Tuesday at Fenway.

    Can’t say I’m pleased he’s starting there, as much faith as I have in him turning it around.

    It’s a very tough place to pitch, not to mention a very big game.

  1435. vey June 4th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Wang could start with Phil coming in on long relief.It’s possible!

  1436. DT June 4th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    “Not IMPRESSED, but, not ready to cut my wrists and wanting to join Kasey and the other idiots to where ever clowns go.”

    LOL… GB – clowns never know where they are headed. It’s a vagabond existence. Town to town, take the tent down. Why do you think they ride those silly unicycles that spin around in circles?

  1437. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    YES Booth Report audio with Bob Lorenz, Michael Kay, and Paul O’Neil:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/60946723177e67fe/

  1438. Victor June 4th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Francessa is 100% right

    Why would they purposely line him up to face Beckett in Fenway and Santana against the Mets? They had their choice of where to lineup him up and that’s where they chose to do it?

  1439. Joekuh - All hail Manny, FERTILITY GOD! June 4th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Rishi, that’s great news.

    GB7, I’m with you. I want to see Wang start in Boston. There were good points in his start today. Gotta build on that. And build on arm strength. Once that comes in, he should be fine. No “easing into” the rotation. He’s a grown man.

    Also great to see SwishaHOUSE!!!! get his stroke back. If he hits to all fields like this, it makes him, or any other hitter for that matter, a more effective player.

  1440. DT June 4th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    LOL… GB – clowns never know where they are headed. It’s a vagabond existence. Town to town, take the tent down. Why do you think they ride those silly unicycles that spin around in circles?

  1441. stuart a June 4th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    betsy how old are you? you worry about everything.

    Worse case scenario the yanks lose the game wang pitches at fenway, is that the end of the world???????

    wang improved from earlier this season even if all the pitching coach’s on this site think differently.

    give it some time…again he is 28 or 29 not 37… his velocity sounded good, is that correct??

  1442. pat June 4th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    “Torrealba’s kidnapped son rescued
    Child of Rockies catcher had been abducted in Venezuela ”

    Wasn’t another baseball players family member kidnapped in Venezuela a few years ago? How scary for them.

  1443. trisha June 4th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    “And don’t you say anything about karma, I did nothing to deserve missing my favorite player”

    See that’s the thing about karma that people don’t seem to understand. It gets you in the ways that hurt the most! That’s why it pays to speak kindly about the team you supposedly love, or at least try to sound “rational but disappointed” instead of hateful and ready to attack with an axe!

    Nothing on this earth is free. You should know that by now. You reap as you sow.

    All of that said, it is absolutely your choice to express yourself whatever way you want, but don’t be surprised if you get a less-than-positive reaction or at least a reaction that is proportional to the amount that you may be over the top. I see that as fair.

  1444. 7*7 June 4th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Tomorrow’s game looks like it probably won’t get played. Heavy rain all day (Of course, yesterday’s game was supposed to be unplayable too).

    If tomorrow’s game gets rained out, then it pushes Pettitte to the Beckett game, Wang vs. Wakefield, and CC vs. Penny. Then Joba/AJ/Andy vs. the Mets.

  1445. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    randy l.
    June 4th, 2009 at 4:20 pm
    gb7-

    swisher seems to be using that shorter stroke with the cut off follow through as a lefty that we saw the other night on the home run to center .

    ————————————————————

    You have to wonder if he wasn’t starting to fall in love with the new-found home run streak he had going. The seduction of the closer fences at Yankee stadium got to him like it did with Giambi. Those two guys can reach ANY fence in ANY park. It just screws up their swings like Fenway screws up right handed bats of the visiting teams.

  1446. trisha June 4th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I know that Urbina’s mother (I believe it was his mother) was kidnapped and held hostage for quite a while.

  1447. vin June 4th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    “These games against the Rays are also important, these guys are the biggest threat for the WC, IMO.”

    Exactly. As NYY fans, we need to hope that Tampa and Toronto struggle. I have no problem settling for a WC.

  1448. Tom from NJ June 4th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Girardi making excuses for Wang… really spinning this.

    I really hope the don’t feel this way in reality and are just trying to publicly support him.

  1449. stuart a June 4th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    fatcessa is a moron. there are many factors to think about with wang and when to pitch him…

    1 he cannot rest to many days..

    2. how it affects the rest of the rotation.

    so be the usual know it all but there are more issues they fatcessa is aware of..

  1450. stuart a June 4th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    again clowns look at wang today compared to the first 3 starts……..

    the guy had a 30 + ERA… give it some time knuckleheads….

  1451. DB - (officially panicked 5/13/09) June 4th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    So Wang was sharp for two then gave up some ropes then the bomb in the fifth. Not terrible but still needs some work. I’m going to chalk this one up to his arm strength and look for a good outing next time.

  1452. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I laugh every time people talk seriously about karma, what a joke.

    vey – I was joking about Jeter, I was attempting a Deborah-like post.

  1453. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Wang wasn’t ready? If not, whose fault was that?

    How about this: in order for Wang to have the best chance to regain his form this season, which would be a huge boon to this team, it is necessary for him to start. He is on the roster. So he has to start.

    For a pitcher who was ‘not ready’, he didn’t let the game get out of reach. Saying “it’s a process” is a joke, but it’s also not, unless it was expected that Wang would return to the rotation as a finished product.

    If Wang was ‘not ready’ today, that means he’ll be more ready next time, no?

    Wang in the rotation, if they can get him right, gives the team the best chance to win the most games both this season and beyond. That’s the bottom line, no?

  1454. DT June 4th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    GB – you crack me up. My response won’t get past the filter. (who knows why?) –
    Just laugh anyways.

  1455. Tankus June 4th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    You have to lose the battle to win the war.

    You just have to keep throwing Wang out there until he regains his stamina.

  1456. m June 4th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    The Yankee wives will be very happy knowing their husbands will be available to carry their shopping bags in Boston now that Wang’s start has already been forfeited.

  1457. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    It’s a process.

  1458. you gotta have faith (right porch giveth and the right porch taketh away) June 4th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    what was that, our 19th comeback?

    awesome :)

  1459. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Joekuh – All hail Manny, FERTILITY GOD!
    June 4th, 2009 at 4:28 pm
    Rishi, that’s great news.

    GB7, I’m with you. I want to see Wang start in Boston. There were good points in his start today. Gotta build on that. And build on arm strength. Once that comes in, he should be fine. No “easing into” the rotation. He’s a grown man.

    Also great to see SwishaHOUSE!!!! get his stroke back. If he hits to all fields like this, it makes him, or any other hitter for that matter, a more effective player.

    ————————————————————

    Not sure that I’m crazy about him starting in Boston, but, I’m never crazy about Yankee pitcher pitching in there, which is silly, because most of them have pretty decent numbers there. I’d be more happy if the offense would just do what they do best…work counts, hit the balls hard everywhere and run the bases. They also need to get another errorless streak going, although, the last three errors are two from the catchers and one from the pitcher.

  1460. Zach in Port Jeff June 4th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    You have to lose the battle to win the war.

    You just have to keep throwing Wang out there until he regains his stamina.
    =============================
    Couldnt have said it any better. Keep throwing him out there!

  1461. DB - (officially panicked 5/13/09) June 4th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Karma is a funny thing..I’ll admit I don’t like to post during the game and I have a certain spot I go to when the Yanks need to score some runs. Truth be told, I was in it while home at lunch during the Yankees 6th.

  1462. Comeback time. June 4th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    So many Deborahs here. Just sad.

  1463. Tom in N.J. June 4th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    “The Yankee wives will be very happy knowing their husbands will be available to carry their shopping bags in Boston now that Wang’s start has already been forfeited”

    M-

    Everybodies wife but Teixeira’s. She likes shopping in NY…

  1464. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    “The Yankee wives will be very happy knowing their husbands will be available to carry their shopping bags in Boston now that Wang’s start has already been forfeited. ”

    Haha seriously, the game hasn’t been played and people are acting like we already lost.

    I see today’s start as a step forward for Wang. He needed to begin starting ballgames to get back on track as the ace we know and love.

    At least today he could get outs. Earlier in the season he was getting bombed and getting NOBODY out. Today he had one unlucky inning (the third) and one inning were he got killed but he did get outs.

    I fully expect Wang to pitch better in each start as he gets stronger.

  1465. DC 212 June 4th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    We have NO shot to beat Boston with Wang on the mound

    Have to hope that Joba/CC can win their games.

    Kind of ridiculous that we are forfeiting a head to head game against our rival by pitching Wang against Beckett who has like a 1.70 ERA in his last 5 starts.

  1466. DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    THANK YOU PATRICK!

    Karma is BS! I’ve seen absolutely horrible, vile people coast through life with no “bad karma”.

    So apparently karma was after the other 10 posters who lost the YES feed? I wonder what they did to deserve that!

  1467. ... June 4th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Karma’s a multiple lifetimes sort of thing. You screw someone else over now, you get screwed over a few reincarnations later. I have no idea where people get the idea of instantaneous repercussions (in the grand scheme of things, yes, within one’s lifetime is relatively instantaneous).

    Sound’s like Wang’s making progress with the sinker and endurance. That combined with a Yankees win makes me happy.

  1468. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert texpert choking smokers don't you think the joker laughs at you?) June 4th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Melkmaids = priceless

  1469. *vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF)* June 4th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    “The Yankee wives will be very happy knowing their husbands will be available to carry their shopping bags in Boston now that Wang’s start has already been forfeited.”

    Yes, just like today’s start was forfeited. *roll*

  1470. zepfan69 June 4th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    If Vicente Padilla doesn’t catch on with another team, he can always go back to doing Geico commercials.

    “So simple, even a caveman can do it.”

  1471. DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    PS If anyone has video of Melky being chased around by Burnett with a pie, I would love to see it!!!

  1472. RalphieD (OPPC) June 4th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    “We have NO shot to beat Boston with Wang on the mound

    Have to hope that Joba/CC can win their games.

    Kind of ridiculous that we are forfeiting a head to head game against our rival by pitching Wang against Beckett who has like a 1.70 ERA in his last 5 starts.”

    dude your a joke..get out of here…

  1473. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    “You have to lose the battle to win the war.”

    Exactly, and if they can win the game while losing the battle, that’s a lot more silver lining than clowd.

    As for Young Master Philip, I have never felt more strongly that his future as an important piece of the rotation is secure. But as of June 4, his contract says “baseball player”, not “starter” so wake up and smell the coffee. ;)

  1474. Stultus Magnus June 4th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    “again clowns look at wang today compared to the first 3 starts……..

    the guy had a 30 + ERA… give it some time knuckleheads….”

    Agreed.

    “not ready to cut my wrists and wanting to join Kasey and the other idiots to whereever clowns go.”

    GB, for some reason that really cracked me up. Yes, where do the clowns go when they are done clowning around?

  1475. Joekuh - All hail Manny, FERTILITY GOD! June 4th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    So the opinion of the board is that Wang’s “battle” today will help win the season’s “war”. Good stuff.

    Vince, I get what you mean. We’re all fans, in the end (or so I hope). Go Yanks.

  1476. vey June 4th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    This was a good game for the Yankees.Down 4 runs,tie it up and win by 2,with Wang not at his best,no Jeter or Jorge.Great win

  1477. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Girardi’s YES post-game reaction audio:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/6094726200871083/

  1478. Patrick June 4th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Never thought I’d agree with you Deborah but yeah, karma is nonsense. I wonder what starving people in Africa think of karma. What did they ever do to deserve their fate?

  1479. Paolo June 4th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I would say the outcome turned out satisfying actually. Yanks got the series win without having a losing streak in a while and is sitting at the top of AL East. In the mean time, CMW is now back in the rotation even though he is far from 100%. It can only get better from this point on IMO.

  1480. Erik Sec. 309 June 4th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Girardi is sucha politician. He said that he though Wang threw well today. Does 2 good innings count as pitching well?

  1481. Nick in SF June 4th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    “We have NO shot to beat Boston with Wang on the mound”

    That reminds me, who was the guy who said the Mets had 0% chance to win a single game at Fenway?

  1482. DT June 4th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    “GB, for some reason that really cracked me up. Yes, where do the clowns go when they are done clowning around?”

    Town to town when the tent comes down.

  1483. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    DT
    June 4th, 2009 at 4:33 pm
    GB – you crack me up. My response won’t get past the filter. (who knows why?) –
    Just laugh anyways.

    ————————————————————

    I would blame that on you, because somebody in charge doesn’t like you. However, that doesn’t explain how mine gets through, does it?

    I think the DT initials are code for something dirty.

  1484. Joekuh - All hail Manny, FERTILITY GOD! June 4th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Nick to be honest, a lot of people said it was gonna be tough for the mets to win in Fenway after Santana, LOL.

  1485. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Phil Coke interviews always :lol:

  1486. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    DC 212 June 4th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    We have NO shot to beat Boston with Wang on the mound

    Have to hope that Joba/CC can win their games.

    Kind of ridiculous that we are forfeiting a head to head game against our rival by pitching Wang against Beckett who has like a 1.70 ERA in his last 5 starts.

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

    Yes we have a shot. Good lord.
    Let them play the game and see what happens

  1487. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    wang had what 8 base runners in almost 5 innings. not terrible and an improvement. he was very good the first two innings. when he was facing kinsler in the third i thought he was showing fatigue a bit.

    his sinker was sinking. he mixed in some nice sliders. he threw 69 pitches. it’s progress and something to build on.

    he looked like the veteran wang the first two innings. he had confidence and poise. i think he just threw too many pitches in that third inning and from then on wasn’t quite the same.

    next time he’ll go a little deeper before that wall hits him. in three to four starts he should have his length back.

  1488. Vinny June 4th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I wouldn’t mind starting Tomko in Fenway

    He is a veteran who can stretch himself out. He’s gone from relieving to starting in his career before without getting stretched out.

    Tomko right now is a better option than Wang. Hughes shouldn’t be jerked around between starting and releiving

  1489. DT June 4th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    “I would blame that on you, because somebody in charge doesn’t like you. However, that doesn’t explain how mine gets through, does it?”

    Actually the clown thing cracked me up too. I don’t what I said that was verbotten,
    I mentioned a unicycle, and spinning around in circles. Maybe vagabond isn’t allowed, idk.

  1490. ... June 4th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Oh, I get it now. People were referring to the westernized version of karma.

  1491. DT June 4th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    “I would blame that on you, because somebody in charge doesn’t like you. However, that doesn’t explain how mine gets through, does it?”

    Actually the clown thing cracked me up too. I don’t what I said that was verbotten,
    I mentioned a unicycle, and spinning around in circles.

  1492. Giuseppe Franco June 4th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Erik Sec. 309 June 4th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Girardi is sucha politician. He said that he though Wang threw well today. Does 2 good innings count as pitching well?

    ————————

    You can’t always asses Wang the same way you assess the other pitchers.

    What I care about is Wang getting ground balls and how often was he hit hard.

    The truth of the matter is that he wasn’t hit all that hard for the exception of the double by Davis and the dinger by Cruz.

    Several were seeing eye singles that were hit softly.

    Wang really wasn’t as bad as his final line.

  1493. Dazz June 4th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Wang always gives up a lot of baserunners. I don’t think the 7 hits is particularly alarming.

  1494. Joekuh - All hail Manny, FERTILITY GOD! June 4th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Patrick, good point.

    I wish work would just end already so I can go home and see the highlights :( This is KILLING ME!!!!
    PS I apologize for the caps.

  1495. Giuseppe Franco June 4th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Tomko right now is a better option than Wang. Hughes shouldn’t be jerked around between starting and releiving

    —————-

    He’s not. He’s a starter. Case closed.

  1496. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Coke’s YES post-game reaction audio:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/60947570d239cccb/

  1497. Ferris June 4th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Great game to win today, it will be interesting to see what happens with Wang for next week and the Mets series, that is for sure.

    Personally, I’d rather use Hughes, I don’t want to argue why with anyone, it’s my opinion and I have every right to it :)

    Wang in his prime is over. The sooner you guys realize this the better off you’ll be.

  1498. *vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF)* June 4th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    “I wouldn’t mind starting Tomko in Fenway

    He is a veteran who can stretch himself out. He’s gone from relieving to starting in his career before without getting stretched out.”

    So start a journeyman pitcher in a big game against a division rival instead of Wang.

    I’d sooner start Aaron Small in Fenway Park than Brett freaking Tomko.

    1-2 with a 7.71 ERA against the Red Sox in his career, and 0-2 with a 15.30 ERA in Fenway. By all means, let’s start him there.

    Do research before posting this stuff.

  1499. DT June 4th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Ahhh GB – I found the verbotten word.

    take the initials for Virginia, the initials for Georgia and add the HR king. (no not Aaron, the other guy).

    I think Hobos and Rogues are ok though.

  1500. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    DT
    June 4th, 2009 at 4:49 pm
    “I would blame that on you, because somebody in charge doesn’t like you. However, that doesn’t explain how mine gets through, does it?”

    Actually the clown thing cracked me up too. I don’t what I said that was verbotten,
    I mentioned a unicycle, and spinning around in circles.

    ————————————————————

    Maybe the wizards thought you were referring to them. Many similarities.

  1501. vin June 4th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    “I wouldn’t mind starting Tomko in Fenway”

    I think my head just exploded. :lol:

  1502. DB - (officially panicked 5/13/09) June 4th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Patrick, It’s as only as real as you make it. AJ has a four headed buddha in his locker, every gameday he would turn it so the angry face was facing out, until last week. Before his start against texas, he put the smiling buddha face out. Was it karma? Who knows, but it sure was real to him.

  1503. Ferris June 4th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I believe Wang allowed fly ball(s) in the first inning if I remember correctly. Obviously that is not the end of the world.

    I think he’s physically ok, it’s the mental part where he’s breaking down and once that happens it’s hard to recover from.

  1504. trisha June 4th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    “I laugh every time people talk seriously about karma, what a joke.”

    Well patrick, actually miserable people are likely miserable for a reason!

    I think you and Deborah would make a real sweet couple.

    Deborah, you are a very young person, either chronologically or maturity-wise, if you haven’t figure out that people who are lousy human beings get their in a variety of ways – or have you done a study on individuals who are lousy and you just KNOW that their lives are ducky and they are happy happy happy!

    I think you need to grow up girl. But in the meantime, have a ball flipping out – and then missing your favorite player getting pied or missing the last two outs of the game. I’m sure your misery (amazing that the Yankees having a bad inning can ruin your day!) isn’t at all self imposed.

    By the way, did you ever hear the saying “what you put out you get back”? How about “what goes around comes around”? How about “As ye sow so shall ye reap”? Do you ever wonder how sayings get to be sayings?

    I actually don’t care whether you or patrick believe in karma or don’t.

    And for those of you who believe in reincarnation, supposedly the bigger a louse you are in life, the lousier your lot in the next! So maybe all those starving people were real schmucks last time around.

    I know one thing – I believe in the golden rule, so it doesn’t really matter whether or not I call it karma, or my come upins. I actually believe in treating people the way I want to be treated and make exceptions only for those who go out of their way to try to make my life miserable (very few and far between in my life.)

    And finally, GO YANKEES!!!!!

    :)

  1505. 86w183 June 4th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Lotta good things about today and the way this team is performing. I think they are a healthy Bruney and Wang at his best away from being the best team in baseball.

    Don’t know if they’ll get either, but they will be something if they do.

  1506. m June 4th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    WTH are you guys talking about karma? Is it worth going back and reading through the thread?

  1507. vin June 4th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Pel,
    Thanks, as always, for the audio.

  1508. JoeT 28 in 10!! OPPC Click Here!! MELKY FOR MVP!!!! June 4th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    “I wouldn’t mind starting Tomko in Fenway”

    Who let Diet Coke in here??

  1509. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    ” He said that he though Wang threw well today. Does 2 good innings count as pitching well?”

    pitching badly for wang today would have been going two innings and getting knocked all over the place . he threw strikes mostly and the first two innings were excellent. 69 pitches for 4 and 2/3 innings was good.

    his arm slot lowered which it needed to do. his velocity was up.

    yeah ,it was progress.

  1510. Joekuh - All hail Manny, FERTILITY GOD! June 4th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Since when does a pitcher who misses half a season come back 100% off injury immediately?

  1511. S.A.--Let's get ready to rumble! June 4th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    One of the weirder game threads we have had. :P

  1512. *vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF)* June 4th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Wang was better today than at any point in the season as a starter, and the Yankees won.

    Not much to be complaining about.

  1513. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    m
    June 4th, 2009 at 4:54 pm
    WTH are you guys talking about karma? Is it worth going back and reading through the thread?

    ————————————————————

    It would be about as useful as going back to our discussion from last night….whatever that was.

  1514. Y26 June 4th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Tomko’s career ERA in Fenway Park is 15.10

    10 IP, 22 H, 17 ER, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K

    in 2 games started and 1 relief appearance

  1515. vin June 4th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    “One of the weirder game threads we have had. ”

    Notice how the weirdness of the thread correlates to the weirdness of the game? Life imitating art, I guess.

  1516. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert texpert choking smokers don't you think the joker laughs at you?) June 4th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new.....ation.html

    Ah Latvia What a country!

  1517. Brandon.. Hughes to Mo (teach me that cutter) DAS IT ! June 4th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Carlos Beltran gets the DailyNews HL today

    “I FEEL EMBARRASSED”

  1518. Pat M June 4th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    The Wang-Man was alright today considering what he’s been through……I must say this, I understand why more and more people are refraining from posting here during the games….It does provide some humor, but only to an extent…..This is a very good Yankee ballclub this season,,,it’s going to be a special year…2009….

  1519. zepfan69 June 4th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Maybe they should have Hughes warming up in the bullpen before Wang even throws a pitch…w/Aceves stretching.

  1520. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    i predict a night of clashing between wang trashers and wang defenders , but everyone has to agree wang started a game and the yankees won .

    that’s progress.

  1521. vin June 4th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    To me, this seemed like a “normal” bad start from CMW, instead of the massacres we saw earlier in the year. Every pitcher throws clunkers, even guys like Wang.

    He was great in the first 2 innings. Almost got out of trouble in the 3rd. Lost it a bit in the 4th, but rallied to get out of the inning. Then threw a bad pitch to Cruz in the 5th.

    Girardi has to hope that CMW can turn those two good innings into 4, and those two bad innings into 1 for his next start. That’s how it needs to be approached while he builds his strength back up against hitters in mid-season form.

  1522. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    >Thanks, as always, for the audio.

    Anytime.

  1523. Boogie Down Bob June 4th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    haha hey where is the guy who always was posting last week that he thought the road trip to Texas and Cleveland “was the season?” hahahahahahaha

  1524. vin June 4th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    “I must say this, I understand why more and more people are refraining from posting here during the games….It does provide some humor, but only to an extent…..”

    You need to think about it like a neighborhood watch. If the sensible posters all go away, then we run the risk of losing this place for good.

  1525. trisha June 4th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    mel, nah. Not worth the read and only mentioned after the game was over. I actually mentioned it tongue-in-cheek to “Deborah” (don’t really know the poster) who obviously had been spinning out of control throughout the game and then lost the feed at the end of the game and wondered what she did not to be able to see her favorite player get pied. So I suggested that it was karma. It took on a mini life of its own from there!

    :)

  1526. DT June 4th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    “Ah Latvia What a country!”

    that’s it. I’m gonna convert to Latvian Orthodox.
    I like the hats too.

  1527. TIME FOR #27 June 4th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Boogie Down Bob
    June 4th, 2009 at 5:07 pm
    haha hey where is the guy who always was posting last week that he thought the road trip to Texas and Cleveland “was the season?” hahahahahahaha

    Hey its me, we went 5-2 on the trip and everything is fine.

  1528. randy l. June 4th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    trisha-
    did you pay your fine yet?

    if not, that could be another fine :)

  1529. *vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF)* June 4th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Giants @ Nats on MLB Network

    Nats Stadium is pretty much empty. Damn.

  1530. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I wonder what the Mets have in the system worth bringing into the Yankee system. It won’t be a front line prospect, but, neither is Shelley Duncan, who has no future with the Yankees.

  1531. JoeT 28 in 10!! OPPC Click Here!! MELKY FOR MVP!!!! June 4th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Instead of fighting Good Wang/Bad Wang can we agree that maybe he wasn’t ready to throw the 80 pitches he thought he could…. he’s been sitting in the bullpen rotting then throwing 2-3 innings. His first two innings were great. Next start I think he’ll be great for 4-5 innings and stretch that out…. I was really happy with what I saw

  1532. DT June 4th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Randy – do you call that a Clangaroo court?

  1533. DEBORAH June 4th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Its not worth reading. Trisha has some crazy views on karma and took offense to the fact that we laughed at her for the views.

    See how far Karma gets you Trisha.

  1534. sunny615 June 4th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    They should work AJ’s suspension into Wang’s rotation return. Wang or Hughes could fill in for AJ when he serves his time. (if he can’t get out of it that is).

  1535. Woooot June 4th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Wang was cruising until Arod made that awkward play in the 3rd inning:

    2 outs, runner at first, and Michael Young grounds weakly to the shortstop. But Arod cuts off the grounder and nabs it awkwardly, and then weakly backhands it to second. So now it’s 2 on, 2 outs, and the next batter singles in a run to put Texas up 2 to 1.

    If Arod had just let the shortstop handle that weak ball which was hit right at him, then the runner is out at second, and Wang is out of the inning with the score tied, instead of being down by 1.

    And then Wang wouldn’t have to go into the fourth inning down by one and feeling nervous.

    However, the bats picked up Wang later on so it’s all good.

  1536. Comeback time. June 4th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Deborah. You’re horrible.

  1537. JoeT 28 in 10!! OPPC Click Here!! MELKY FOR MVP!!!! June 4th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Pretty sad that the Nats don’t have many people in attendance. I know if the Giants were playing the Marlins today (approx. an hour away from my house) I would be down in Miami tonight watching the Unit.

  1538. Tom in N.J. June 4th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Wang looked like his old self for two innings or so-he will be back to his old form very shortly. Plus, the ‘pen held ‘em and the Yankees won.

  1539. Pat M June 4th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Vin…The negative vibes & bs just wears me down after a while……

  1540. *vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF)* June 4th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    The Unit wasn’t always the nicest person around, but he always pitches his tail off.

  1541. vin June 4th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    DT,

    Father-priest 2: Is there one aspect of the faith that you find particularly attractive?

    George: (he thinks) I think the hats. The hat convey that solemn religious look you want in a faith. Very pious.

    HAHA, great episode.

  1542. yankee_diva June 4th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    DEBORAH
    June 4th, 2009 at 3:18 pm
    I am INFURIATED! This team is horrible and they do nothing but let me down. They overcome a GREAT deficit and they BLOW IT! What a surprise!

    And yeah I wanna say I told you so! I said yesterday “why the heck is wang pitching?” There is POOR Phil Hughes, DEMOTED into the bullpen. If he was starting, this game would NOT be like THIS!

    And is it just me or is Melky cabrera just absolutely AWFUL! What are you swinging hat? He is the second worst hitter on the team, he is not clutch. He was the last pathetic out yesterday. Obviously his shoulder is STILL bothering him! I don’t want Gardener either. He is even WORSE than Melky! The worst batter on the WHOLE TEAM!

    Bring up Shelley Duncan and do it NOW!

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

    This came back to bite you in the azz didn’t it?

  1543. JoeT 28 in 10!! OPPC Click Here!! MELKY FOR MVP!!!! June 4th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Pat…. I got pissed the other day and made a blog hoping after a loss some of the more level headed people will talk over there and we can still have some intelligent baseball talk.

    The good news is since I made it we only lost once (last night) and I wasn’t home to add a new post…. Whoops lol

  1544. trisha June 4th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    “Its not worth reading. Trisha has some crazy views on karma and took offense to the fact that we laughed at her for the views.

    See how far Karma gets you Trisha.”

    Awwwww. Didn’t to see the end of the game Deborah, nor your favorite player get pied. I’d say you got real quick payback for being a real biotch to your “favorite” team throughout the game and making everyone else’s life hell in the process!!!

    :)

    How far will karma get me? Hmmm. Well so far I’ve had a pretty charmed existence, and I enjoy every Yankee game I watch and am not prone to nervous breakdowns. I’d say so far it’s done nicely by me! Thanks for wondering.

    I’m guessing you will continue to exist nicely in your obvious misery and berate those poor Yankees every chance you get – and continue to exist nicely in your obvious misery.

    See how it ends up being real circular?

    Oh well.

    (mel, if you want to check out the thread however, do a search on the word “deborah” and see how much love she put out and all the love she got back! :lol: )

    Randy – why am I being fined? Don’t I have money in the bank from staying up through thick and thin and never abandoning any game? Well let me ask it this way. Can I be fined 45 cents instead of 99 since I did pick up just about half of the game?

  1545. yankeesrule2413 June 4th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    I’m sorry if someone has already mentioned this in this thread… (I didn’t read all the comments today)… but this is the second time in Robertson’s career that he’s thrown one pitch and received the win. Last year, he relieved Darrell Rasner on July 22 in the 6th inning by getting Delmon Young to ground out…

  1546. Stultus Magnus June 4th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    “Town to town when the tent comes down.”

    Nice DT! Nice.

  1547. Tom in N.J. June 4th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    I hear ya, pat m. This place, at it’s best, is a great place to talk baseball. Reading the posts from guys like you, Randy, GB, and SJ is great. Plus, the humor of Nick, DT, Uncle E, et al. is fun too.

    However, around game-time it becomes Amateur Hour and the over-all tenor of the place is junk.

    It’s like a favorite bar on St. Patricks day.

  1548. Wave Your Hat June 4th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    I thought the ground ball to ARod’s left in the third should have been turned into an out. Then Wang’s out of the inning and his outing may have been a lot different.

    That said, Wang was very uneven today. He looked mostly great early, although he did uncork three pretty wild pitches. Then he didn’t look so great. Whether that was because he was tired, or didn’t have his slider working, or some other reason, I can’t say.

    I think the jury’s still out on him. I’d vote to continue starting him, but I can’t say I feel really confident yet.

  1549. Doreen June 4th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Pat M
    June 4th, 2009 at 5:18 pm
    Vin…The negative vibes & bs just wears me down after a while……

    Me, too.

  1550. *vb03 (Gehrig to Gardner: Memoirs of a Utility IF)* June 4th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    <– new post by Pete

  1551. stuart June 4th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    to say tomko is a better option at present just showss how stupid some posters are.

    look up tomko’s #’2 sme time… he is a career bum, he is a bum look at his results. he is mid 30′s or older and has never ever been any good.

    the astute fans that blog here saw him pitch 3 good innings once and want to erase 13 years of results and wangs history..

    pathetic morons……

  1552. GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    For those that missed the numbers from the Trenton game, 7-0 Yrenton. Snyder had his 3rd homer, Corona was demoted from Scranton and was 3-5 with a Run scored, double and RBI. Montero was 1-3 with a run scored and a walk as a DH.

    Garcia’s pitching line: (W, 2-0) 7.0 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts, 0 HRA, 0.41 ERA, 1 Balks, 1 Hit batter. 11 ground balls, 4 fly balls.

  1553. vey June 4th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    *Pel* thanks for the important after game audio man!!

  1554. Zach in Port Jeff June 4th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    This is a very strange game thread.

    What happened to all the Berroa jokes?

    I miss those days.

    Oh wait, that was just two days ago.

  1555. Pel June 4th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    >Pel thanks for the important after game audio man!!

    You’re welcome. ;)

  1556. Jase June 4th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Ferris June 4th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Great game to win today, it will be interesting to see what happens with Wang for next week and the Mets series, that is for sure.

    Personally, I’d rather use Hughes, I don’t want to argue why with anyone, it’s my opinion and I have every right to it :)

    Wang in his prime is over. The sooner you guys realize this the better off you’ll be.

    ——————————————————————-

    Wow! His prime is over? It’s bit premature, don’t you think?

  1557. Jones June 4th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    “but even today, wang’s problems were blamed on cervelli, arod and inactivity. to me, that’s just bizarre.”

    Whos blaming Cervelli? Wangs problems aren’t Cervelli’s problems.

  1558. saucy June 5th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    speaking of ‘enter sandman’, whatever happened to billy wagner and does he still plan on entering games with this song playing?

    i suggest he switches to this version
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC65ufGUvKM

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