The LoHud Yankees Blog

A New York Yankees blog by Chad Jennings and the staff of The Journal News


Game 92: Orioles at Yankees (updates with Wang setback, Hal Steinbrenner audio and Girardi audio)

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc, Podcast on Jul 20, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (54-37)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Hinske RF
Cabrera CF
Molina C

Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (8-5, 4.85).

ORIOLES (41-50)
Roberts 2B
Markakis RF
Jones CF
Huff 1B
Mora 3B
Scott DH
Reimold LF
Wieters C
Izturis SS

Pitching: RHP David Hernandez (2-2, 3.94).

TIME/TV: 7:05, YES.

STATE OF THE STRIPES: The Yankees have won three straight since the All-Star Break and are 16-5 in their last 21 games. They trail the Red Sox by one game in the East. The Red Sox open a series in Texas with John Smoltz facing the inexplicably successful Kevin Millwood.

PETTITTE AND THE BIRDS: Andy Pettitte likes facing the Orioles. He’s 25-6, 3.73 in 35 career starts against Baltimore, 10-2, 2.76 in the Bronx. He is facing them for the first time since last Sept. 21. Aided by all that is right and holy, he beat the Orioles in the final game at the Old Yankee Stadium, allowing two earned runs over five innings.

PITCHING POWER: The line for the last three games: 27 innings, 20 hits, 5 earned runs, 12 walks, 24 strikeouts.

YEARS FROM NOW, WE’LL LEARN HE WAS AN ALIEN LIFE FORM. OR MAYBE A ROBOT: Mariano Rivera has converted 38 consecutive save opportunities at home going back to 2007. He has thrown 13.1 scoreless innings in his last 13 appearances, allowing four hits with one walk and 12 strikeouts.

HEADING FOR NEW HEIGHTS: The Yankees are 17 games over .500. They have not been 18 games over .500 since the final day of the 2007 season when they were 94-68.

BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM: A-Rod has five homers in the last six games and one in each of the last two games. He is at 19 for the season (remarkably, only 20 players have more) and 572 for his career. He needs one to tie Harmon Killebrew for ninth place all-time. Of Alex’s 19 homers, 10 have either tied the game or given the Yankees the lead.

OBLIGATORY “PHIL HUGHES IS THE MAN” NOTE OF THE DAY: The Franchise has thrown 16.2 scoreless innings in his last 13 appearances, allowing nine hits with three walks and 21 strikeouts.

HOME COOKING: The Yankees have won 23 of their last 32 games at home.

SLIP SLIDING AWAY: Got these stats from an observant reader:

Melky Cabrera’s first 128 at-bats: .328/.374/.492

Melky Cabrera’s last 128 at-bats: .234/.310/.367

If you recall, this is pretty much what happened last season, although he went in the tank earlier. Given the state of Old Aches and Pains Damon, this is not a good sign. By no means whatsoever am I advocating the arrival of Austin Jackson (.320/.387/.444 in 85 games at AAA), but he could well become a viable option in September if Melky doesn’t figure it out.

A-Jax is whiffing enough (81 times in 322 at-bats) to cause you to wonder how he would fare against big-league pitching. But he hits lefties pretty well. If nothing else, you can use that 40-man spot that is open to get him up here in September.

ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: This Land Is Your Land by Bruce Springsteen. Live on Sept. 30, 1985 from the Los Angeles Coliseum. Bruce and the ESB are in Italy this week. Would love to be there for that. The European crowds are amazing.

Back later with much more.

UPDATE, 4:01 p.m.: Chien-Ming Wang is playing catch right now. … They’re about to announce the Notre Dame-Army game. Hal Steinbrenner and Charlie Weis in the house along with Randy Levine and Lonn Trost.

Game will be Nov. 20, 2010.

UPDATE, 4:17 p.m.: The field will go from center field to home plate. Trost said the team also hopes to host a hockey game.

UPDATE, 4:48 p.m.: Wang felt pain. Shut down until Friday. Girardi mentioned rotator cuff issues. At this point, Girardi admitted, anything they get from him is a bonus.

Girardi said that Aceves would be easier to return to the rotation than Hughes as he is more stretched out. Girardi said he is concerned about their rotation depth.

UPDATE, 6:08 p.m.: Here is Hal Steinbrenner:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

He talks about what he thinks of the team, the “looseness” of the team and what his expectations are.

UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: Here is Joe Girardi’s pre-game interview session. He talks about assorted issues including Chien-Ming Wang, the bullpen, etc.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

UPDATE, 6:28 p.m.: Damaso Marte to AAA tomorrow. … Hal met with Girardi today. … Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal in town as well as part of HOPE week. …

UPDATE, 7:09 p.m.: We’re underway on another beautiful night. … So Markakis homers into the Yankees bullpen. Somebody flips the ball into the crowd and the bozo throws it back on the field. It rolls around, delaying the next pitch until Hinske picks it up and flips it back into the crowd. So of course people start chanting, “Throw it back.”

The “throw the ball back” stuff is played out. It was moderately amusing when they did it at Wrigley Field decades ago. Now it’s just stupid. If you’re such a wonderful fan that you can’t stand to have a ball the other team hit, give it to a kid.

Anyway, 1-0 going to the bottom of the inning.

UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Bad news for bartenders on the East Side. The A’s placed The Big G on the disabled list.

UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: Do you think his Little League coach ever told Cano “A walk is as good as a hit.” I’m guessing no. He has fouled off ball four twice.

UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: And he lines to center. Robbie and RISP never a good combination.

UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Hinske with your best shot! It’s 1-1.

UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: If I had more updates, I’d post them. Pretty nondescript game so far. 1-1 and the teams have combined for five hits. Petitte and Hernandez are pitching well.

UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: Can’t ask for more from Andy. 7 4 1 1 2 7. Hernandez is done and the Yankees will face Mark Hendrickson, who should have stuck with basketball.

UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Dicey spot for Coke, runners on second and third with one out in the 8th with Markakis up.

Girardi might have pushed it a bit with Andy but he was pitching well.

UPDATE, 9:14 p.m.: Good throw and a great tag. Molina is so good. He reached across the plate and slapped his glove in the exact right spot. This would be huge to get out of this jam.

UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: Wow, Jose Molina. Another fantastic play. Roberts never touched the plate. Unreal.

Yankees have to win this game now. Somebody hit a home run and get this over with.

 
 

Advertisement

1,207 Responses to “Game 92: Orioles at Yankees (updates with Wang setback, Hal Steinbrenner audio and Girardi audio)”

  1. carl July 20th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Lets go Yankees!

  2. steve July 20th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Why does A-Rod call him “Mark Texshera”?

  3. m July 20th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    steve,

    That goes back to the Texas days when Alex was young and stupid.

    Huuuughes!

  4. 1st stringer July 20th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    C’mon Andy! Your turn to take the ball and give a very good effort. Keep us in the game while you are throwing vs the o’s today. Let’s keep the streak going.

  5. Vincent July 20th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Can Mo get a day or two off please

  6. BD July 20th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Pete: You need to brush up on your math. If the 2007 Yankees were 94-68, that means they were 26 games over .500.

  7. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Kay’s on drugs. Why the heck would you give up top prospects without signing Halladay to a deal. And if you aren’t willing to sign him because he’s 32 then why make the deal?

    Lets see Halladay for 1 1/2 or keeping Jackson Montero Joba. Gee that’s a tough one. :roll:

  8. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Quick, Quick- Who wants to predict the line up?? You probably have about 5 minutes to get your guesses in!

  9. m July 20th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Trevor,

    That part is whack.

    But the part of giving up Joba and only one other prospect makes sense. Giving up Joba’s a big deal, shouldn’t cost much more than that.

    Philly is running away with the division. They won’t be driving the market.

    The longer JP takes, the more it’ll look like the “haul” it took to get Santana.

    re: Alex. His new song needs to be “Boom, Boom, Pow”. I was trying to explain to my daughter yesterday that Alex is on a tear now, and I think having the steroid revelations out there has freed his mind.

  10. Greg July 20th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Hey, that Bruce show is from the day after I was born!

  11. David July 20th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a little more of Hinske out there. Swisher has been a rally killer, and Melky has been…well Melky. I have no illusions about Hinske being the next Willie Mays, but he’s done well in (very) limited opportunities, while the other guys have not been impressive since May.

  12. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Why would Molina be catching Pettite? Interesting

  13. CountryClub July 20th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    BD:

    Pete is saying that the Yanks havent been 18 games or more over .500 since the last game of the 2007 season. He’s not saying they were exactly 18 games over on that day.

  14. Rick July 20th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Mo and Phil get rested tonight. All others available. It would be good to see Bruney have a good outing for an inning.

  15. m July 20th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Jorge caught the last 3 games, he needs a day off.

    Isn’t Andy more passive? He just throws what they call?

  16. rbj July 20th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Mo as a robot, well there was an old Twilight Zone episode that had a baseball team who’s rotation was robots.

  17. YankeeRay July 20th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I know Jorge has caught 3 straight but tomorrow they face a lefty and Molina would have been better suited to catch Mitre than Posada especially if he caught him during rehab.

  18. Repko July 20th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    What kind of lineup is this?

    Where is Swisher? He has been red hot lately and is very patient.

    Why Molina with Andy? Mitre needs Molina, not Andy.

  19. Mehdi also in SF wishing he was in Iran July 20th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I agree Pete. If you saw the video from Bruce’s show at Glastonbury this year the crowd were great. Even a better comparison is go on you tube and watch old Live Aid footage from the shows here in the US compared to the show at Wembley. It’s not even a question that the Wembley show looked 100 times more fun and that’s a lot to do with the crowd as well.

  20. Ramey July 20th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    So should the Yankees hope for 6 innings out of Andy, then 3 innings out of Aceves and Coke?

    Better yet, 6 innings out of Andy and then split the last 3 innings up between bruney and tomko because we’re up by 8 runs. I like that concept better

  21. 1st stringer July 20th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Yankee Ray has the right recipe.
    With a day game yesterday, easily Jorge can catch again tonight. Especially knowing tomorrow he will have the day off.

  22. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    New Accuscore out. Right now the Yanks have a 68% chance of making the Playoffs and a 35.9% chance of winning the division.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....;type=lgns

  23. 86w183 July 20th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    This is a pretty darn good team considering it does not have a single everyday outfielder who can hit, field and throw.

    They’ll just have to mix and match for the time being.

    Joba’s attitude on the mound was more important to me than the performance itself, though I believe they are linked. That reaction to the strikeout is what he needs. He also pitched inside with his fastball, another must.

    Don’t know what they are thinking on Halladay, but I do not believe a bidding war will occur. Of course if Pettite and itre get it up who knows?????

  24. rconn23 July 20th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Just say no to Austin Jackson, at least at this point. With that strikeout rate, he’s not ready for prime time.

    Melky’s tail off is not surprising though. Melky is what he is, and it’s probably never going to change. Not much ceiling there.

    I think Girardi has done a masterful job of rotating Gardner and Cabrera. Best to just leave it as it is. It’s worked so far.

  25. m July 20th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    A win by Pettitte would greatly alleviate some pressure for Mitre tomorrow.

    Can Damon go 9? I hope he’s not rushing back, sounds like the back was really bothering him.

  26. Ramey July 20th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    “What kind of lineup is this?

    Where is Swisher? He has been red hot lately and is very patient”

    You’re kidding, right? I really hope it was sarcasm and playing on the normal lineup complaints.

    If you were actually being serious, I’ll point out that over the last month swisher is batting .203 with a .291 on base percentage and a .319 slugging percentage.

  27. Mike D July 20th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Rich Hill (tomorrow’s starter) has a 7.22 ERA

    Lefties has a 2.03 WHIP against him
    Righties have a 1.74 WHIP against him

    You don’t need to modify the lineup against him. Put the regular lineup out there and pound him.

  28. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Say No to DOC!) July 20th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Diet Coke is sounding reasonable about us not needing Doc 8O

  29. jpb1973 July 20th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Can Mo get a day or two off please

    —————————————-

    I think the Yankees are going start winning a lot of close games and, as a result, the bullpen is going to have the opportunity to hold/save more games. That means that Mariano, Hughes and Coke could be overused if the Yankees don’t get them some help. Its also why I think its important to trade for a veteran reliever. With Huston Street and Heath Bell being unavailable I hope the Yankees trade for Houston closer Jose Valverde. Valverde will be a free agent in the offseason so it won’t take a lot to rent him. If we get someone like Valverde we will be able to give Hughes, Coke and Rivera an occassional night off while still closing out a lot of close games.

  30. Sevrx July 20th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I wouldn’t mind playing Ransom tomorrow at short or 3rd… we need good defense in the infield for Mitre, he is a grounball machine.

  31. Joba to the Pen July 20th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    This is why I advocated trading Melky back when his value was as high as it would ever be – back in May.

    Melky has been excellent for us this year with his overall batting and clutch hitting. However, I do not see him as an everyday CF for the Yankees with A-Jax being the guy for the future. I like Gardner as a 4th OF because of his speed. I definitely want Gardner on the team for late inning pinch running.

    Melky is going to finish the year close to .250 which is basically what he is. A .250 hitter with little power and below average fielder and strong arm. A 4th OF at best.

    Trade him for a reliever.

  32. Farm Director July 20th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Francessa saying what is the truth – Stop trying to buy everyone and get the biggest and best names. Start assembling a baseball team with some role players. Not just throw $15 million dollars at mercenaries to solve our problems

  33. YankeeRay July 20th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Sevrx
    July 20th, 2009 at 3:58 pm
    I wouldn’t mind playing Ransom tomorrow at short or 3rd… we need good defense in the infield for Mitre, he is a grounball machine.

    ——

    I have the AFLAC duck expression right now AAFFLLAACCKK

  34. DB July 20th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    So, I guess we’ll see that stat until they are 27 games over .500. Oh, boy.

  35. 1st stringer July 20th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    i like seeing Hinske back in the line-up. time for him to get more at bats.
    surprised Molina is catching. there must be something going on that we(the fanatics) are unaware of.
    i trust the manager here.

  36. Mel July 20th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Why isn’t Gardner being used more? Dosn’t seem like Girardi is giving him a fair chance to develop. He’s sticking with Melky even though he’s not hitting and Gardner is hitting to a better average. Yankees seem to be moving away from any running game at all, just swing for the fences as usual. I love to what Gardner play, such intensity!

  37. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 20th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Pete:

    The thing you’re missing about Clutchy McClutchbrera is that he’s still getting hits in clutch situations. He’s the polar opposite of Canó’s .300-with-the-bases-empty average.

  38. joe. July 20th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I think ransom is worse than jeter/arod on defense.

  39. jpb1973 July 20th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Why isn’t Gardner being used more? Dosn’t seem like Girardi is giving him a fair chance to develop. He’s sticking with Melky even though he’s not hitting and Gardner is hitting to a better average. Yankees seem to be moving away from any running game at all, just swing for the fences as usual. I love to what Gardner play, such intensity!

    —————————————————

    Gardner doesn’t play because all he can do at bat is hit popups over the 3rd base dugout. He needs to find a way to hit the ball on a line or on the ground before he can play.

  40. dom July 20th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    springsteen is a bigtime phony

  41. 1st stringer July 20th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    whomever requested that Ransom needs to play because of his defense is a closet red sox fan.

    take a walk!!!

  42. Mel July 20th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Sevrx
    July 20th, 2009 at 3:58 pm
    I wouldn’t mind playing Ransom tomorrow at short or 3rd… we need good defense in the infield for Mitre, he is a grounball machine.
    —————-

    Is that a joke? Otherwise that’s the craziest thing I’ve heard! LOL

  43. Mark in Tampa July 20th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    “I wouldn’t mind playing Ransom tomorrow at short or 3rd… we need good defense in the infield for Mitre, he is a grounball machine.”

    If we need defense, why would Ransom be playing?

  44. Tom B July 20th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    @1st Stringer

    It couldn’t have anything to do with Posada playing the last 3 games and him getting an off day, could it?

    it’s not always so sinister.

  45. DB July 20th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Perhaps we can see if Sterling used one of our HR calls for Hinske tonight.

  46. Casanova Wong July 20th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Ajax has actually cut down on his strikeouts the past month or so. 5 in his last 10 games and hasn’t had a multi-K game since june.

  47. Evan July 20th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I think he meant he wanted to see Ransom at short or 3rd in the minors while Pena comes back to spell A-rod once a week.

    And I agree that its time to give Gardner the everyday job. Trade Melky and call up Shelley Duncan. I love Gardner’s energy. Everytime he gets on base he is a threat to manufacture a run. It’s exciting to watch.

  48. DT - OPPC member July 20th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    “Hal Steinbrenner and Charlie Weis in the house along with Randy Levine and Lonn Trost.”

    known in some circles as The Four Horsemen of Notre Dame. (really really small circles)

  49. YankeeDiva July 20th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    “springsteen is a bigtime phony”

    I’m pretty sure cooments like that can get you banned from this blog lol! ;)

  50. YankeeDiva July 20th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    comments not cooments

  51. JGS July 20th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Mo is for sure out, probably Hughes too–who is the closer tonight, Aceves?

  52. Joe Monte July 20th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    “This kid out of nowhere Montero is hitting .340 in AA”

    Once again, Big Pompous is on top of everything…read a paper once in a while Big Mike.

  53. 1st stringer July 20th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    tom b-i was only going on the blurb i read that Molina caught Mitre will on rehab. that alone makes me think that Molina is the best choice to catch tomorrow, not today. who knows, maybe Posada with DH tomorrow as well???

    evan-no need to send down Melky for Duncan. what will that do to our team? makes us weaker by far!!

  54. Kid Warbucks July 20th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    AWESOME!

    So tonight it’s the team with the $201 million team salary total

    vs

    the team with the 67 million team salary total.

    ….gee I wonder who’s going to sweep who?

    Can we buy anymore players to make us even better????

    because we really need to buy this championship to make everything right again in the Bronx!

    Competition?…we don’t need no stink’in competition!

  55. Tie Sawks Tonight July 20th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Johnny Damon gracing us with an appearance tonight.. Should be a fun game.

    Is Mark Melancon still on the 25 man roster? If he is, then why?? This kid got great stuff and should be pitching somewhere.

  56. Joe I July 20th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    “I wouldn’t mind playing Ransom tomorrow at short or 3rd… we need good defense in the infield for Mitre, he is a grounball machine.”

    Orioles fan?

  57. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    No Swisher…YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSssssssssssssssss!

  58. Uncle Ellsworth July 20th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Where is Joey Francisco when you need him?

  59. Patrick from CT July 20th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Melky and Gardner have been a great tandom in CF all year both in the field and at the plate. If you play either one too much you will not see as much production.
    Swish is on a slide and Posada played 3 in a row. Girardi has the right lineup out there tonight. The only thing that could be questioned is maybe Gardner in there against the righty.
    I think A-Rod gets a 1/2 day tomorrow or a full day on Wednesday; at least he should.
    Come on Andy!
    Go Yankees!

  60. rocman July 20th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    I heard the circus is in town, send Swisher, he’s a clown

  61. gayle July 20th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Repko

    please tell me that was sarcasm otherwise you win the prize for most uneducated lineup post of the day and for watching a completely different game than the yankees.

  62. Ramey July 20th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Gayle,

    I pointed out to Repko that Swisher is at the .200 mark for the past month, but I guess that means he’s just waiting for the right moment to get a hit?

  63. SI July 20th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    is there any word on Ian Kennedy? I read he was going to be throwing off flat ground in Scranton last month. Any details would be great. Wondering how the rehab is going

  64. john July 20th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Melky has been in a slide, but those that remember it came really after crashing in the wall I believe where it looked like he could have had a seperated shoulder. Don’t see how you can give injury excuses to others in a similar way, but not give him some slack this year. He has hit in some big spots this year, but has slagged with RISP lately. Really look at the split stats when he is batting against lefties.
    At least he’s batting .357 against Boston this year, the team he’s faced the most and .421 against the Angels.

  65. Scor July 20th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Yeah Swisher is so hot he is hitting .200 since May!!!!!!

  66. you gotta have faith (aceves, you da man!) July 20th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    hey, look its Hinkse!

  67. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Interesting lineup. I expected Posada to get the day off after 3 straight starts. Swisher deserves to be benched after that abortion in the field yesterday. My only “complaint” is that I think Gardner should get the start, especially with a RHP starting.

    Let’s go for 4 in a row!

  68. Mel July 20th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    jpb1973

    Gardner doesn’t play because all he can do at bat is hit popups over the 3rd base dugout. He needs to find a way to hit the ball on a line or on the ground before he can play.

    ——————–
    Yes, but… my point is he was getting much better, hitting well and starting to steal more, putting pressure on the pitcher. Suddenly he is not being used enough and, of course, his hitting suffers. I don’t understand why some players are allowed to develop and work things out while playing and others are not. Swish is hitting terrible and he is a poor base runner. Why isn’t Melky being used in Right and Gardner in Center, for instance.

  69. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 20th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    “UPDATE, 4:17 p.m.: The field will go from center field to home plate. Trost said the team also hopes to host a hockey game. .

    UPDATE, 4:17 p.m.: The field will go from center field to home plate. Trost said the team also hopes to host a hockey game. ”

    Winter Classic 2011 Rangers/Devils?

  70. john July 20th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Also with Melky, I would like to see his stats when Cano is batting down in the order and next to him. His slide in June seemed to coincide with Cano playing poorly batting fifth. Odd as it sounds the pair of them seem to play well together and struggle together.

  71. JR July 20th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Will there be cheap field goals?

  72. Kevin in Central NJ July 20th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Pete is there a way we can look at the field diagram at all?? I am a big Notre Dame football fan so obviously I have some interest in this.

  73. MGUMPHER July 20th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Hopefully the Yankees can put up a big score so they don’t have to worry about who to bring in to the game tonight.

  74. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 20th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Francesca is right about one thing–that Mets line up will make you cry.

  75. Hokiehill July 20th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    for my unusually mean post of the day…there are very few people more unattractive than one mr. charlie weis…and he’s a terrible college coach to boot! The universe is a better place (IMO) when the Fighting Irish are terrible…

  76. Joe I July 20th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    “Winter Classic 2011 Rangers/Devils?”

    Probably not a chance since the Devils wouldn’t bring ratings to NBC. NBC is a big factor. Originally the game at Fenway was going to be Washington at Boston, but NBC wanted the Philadelphia (and got the Flyers) because their games get better ratings on NBC than the Caps.

  77. Mike D July 20th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    JR
    July 20th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Will there be cheap field goals?

    ————————

    LMAO

  78. DT - OPPC member July 20th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    “Will there be cheap field goals?”

    LOL…

    All high punts will be fair caught in the RF bleachers.

  79. dave July 20th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    hey pete – please ask trost when they are going to fix this joke right field of ours

  80. Hokiehill July 20th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I was actually wondering this morning when we would see Hinske next…I’m hoping (but not expecting) that hinske add to his impressive Yankee HR numbers. I’m also excited that thanks to MASN I get to watch another 3 Yankee games (on top of the free MLB package preview over the weekend)

  81. Mel July 20th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    john July 20th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Also with Melky, I would like to see his stats when Cano is batting down in the order and next to him. His slide in June seemed to coincide with Cano playing poorly batting fifth. Odd as it sounds the pair of them seem to play well together and struggle together.

    ———————-

    Exactly, everybody knows Melky kisses the ground Cano walks on. So maybe Melky’s thinking is that whatever Cano is doing seems good enough for him.

  82. Casanova Wong July 20th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    There’s more to life than batting average folks.

  83. gayle July 20th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Kevin if you are on twitter Bryan Hoch posted a twitpic of the layout looks very good. The Yankees should be ab le to get a boat load of money for the Mohegan sun seats end zone right below

  84. Hokiehill July 20th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    “hey pete – please ask trost when they are going to fix this joke right field of ours”

    I like the way Tex removes all doubt of worthiness (sp?) and hits the 2nd deck in right field…

  85. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I thought for sure the Rangers would get the outdoor classic at YS next year. Surprised they went Bruins/Flyers.

  86. john July 20th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Wow, was on ESPN. Anyone ever see the Yankees “Got rings?” T Shirt. There is a Sox one that says “Got rings lately?” How lame. My favorite is Sox fans who say that stuff. Two rings in those years is like the Marlins stating the same thing. For such a supposed great team, the best thing that ever happened to them was the Wild Card.

  87. Rich July 20th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Good lineup today…Girardi doing what he needs to do to keep Posada fresh and platooning the OF. This kid isn’t anything special and he puts quite a lot of runners on so let’s make him work out there.

    Couple of OT – how awful a season must the Mets be having when they are betting underdogs (+120) to the 26-win Nationals who are throwing out a pitcher making his debut. Also I’m looking forward to seeing Jason Schmidt come back tonight…such a shame that injuries have ruined his career. Good guy and great to watch when he was one of the best power pitchers in baseball for the Giants.

  88. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 20th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    john: I prefer the T-shirt I have that says “got twenty-six?”

  89. dom July 20th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Wow, was on ESPN. Anyone ever see the Yankees “Got rings?” T Shirt. There is a Sox one that says “Got rings lately?” How lame. My favorite is Sox fans who say that stuff. Two rings in those years is like the Marlins stating the same thing. For such a supposed great team, the best thing that ever happened to them was the Wild Card.
    ________________________
    saw that shirt for sale at Olympia sports in western NY. What garbage.

  90. KO July 20th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Quit nitpicking on Melky. It’s uncalled for. 128 at bats is not anything to freak out about, especially considering his start to the season brings his total numbers to more than acceptable. His defense in center field practically won us a game the other day, he’s still contributing. You can’t compare how he looks now to last year. When he got sent down, he was totally lost… even with his recent slump, look at his OBP compared to his average. Last 128 ABs, his average is .234, OBP .310- he’s still taking his walks for the most part. Even at his best last season, he wasn’t doing that. I’m not worried about another huge drop off from Melky, he’s still going to contribute. Gardner needs more playing time though.

  91. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Be logical-

    No one is changing anything about the Yankee Stadium fences until at LEAST 2011. Here is why:

    1) It is the common belief that knocking down the old stadium will change the wind currents within the new Stadium.

    2) The Old Stadium cannot be knocked down until it is fully dismantled and sold for parts (or traded for Roy Halladay). This is expected to be during the 2009 off season (I believe)

    3) They will play at least one full season with the old Stadium removed. It is forbidden to change outfield walls DURING a season.

    4) The Yankees will not be quick to move back fences and lose seat revenue until they are sure that it is truly a problem. Which means that if anything is moved it will be at least one to two years after the removal of the old stadium. 2011 off season at the absolute soonest. If ever.

  92. paul July 20th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    When will we get a break from Michael Kay ? He is terrible. Says Phil UUUUUUSE. I think it’s Hughes. with an H

  93. Vince July 20th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    With Ransom and Tomko, the Yankees are winning games with a 23-man roster.

  94. Terry from NH July 20th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I am heading to see the Fishercats play Trenton tonight. Can’t wait to see AJAX and Montero up close for the first time. Paul Bush makes his first start for Trenton. This should be a fun game. Hour drive to Manchester.

  95. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Terry from NH
    July 20th, 2009 at 4:39 pm
    I am heading to see the Fishercats play Trenton tonight. Can’t wait to see AJAX and Montero up close for the first time. Paul Bush makes his first start for Trenton. This should be a fun game. Hour drive to Manchester.

    ————————————————————

    You’d better take a video tape with you then, because Jackson plays for Scranton.

  96. Casanova Wong July 20th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    You realize Ajax plays for Scranton right?

  97. DT - OPPC member July 20th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    GB – A AA AAA what’s an A among friends?

  98. john July 20th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Just wanted to point out, anyone see Medchills stats so far? He is simply destroying the ball for Staten Island so far. Rookie and shorten season, but at least playing fairly well to start. DeLeon also in the Gulf Coast showing emense tools, but strike out at a torrid pace.

  99. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    DT – OPPC member
    July 20th, 2009 at 4:43 pm
    GB – A AA AAA what’s an A among friends?

    ————————————————————

    That confused me for a second. I thought you were doing your Arthur Fonzarelli impression.

  100. RDM July 20th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I agree Pete about Damon. For what he makes, playing 5 games in a row is a feat for him. He is injured way too much. For a bad defensive player, it is really unexcuseable. I am glad this is his last year in pinstripes. Melky/Gardner need to step it up this second half.

  101. carl July 20th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    BryanHoch Damaso Marte to pitch for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tomorrow

    BryanHoch Wang feels tenderness in right biceps while playing catch. Shut down until Friday. Not the news Yankees wanted.

  102. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 20th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    “Just wanted to point out, anyone see Medchills stats so far? He is simply destroying the ball for Staten Island so far. Rookie and shorten season, but at least playing fairly well to start. DeLeon also in the Gulf Coast showing emense tools, but strike out at a torrid pace.”

    River Ave Blues does a full minor league recap every night–certainly worth a look if you want to keep up on the kids.

  103. TIME FOR #27 July 20th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Hinske is playing tonight? hhmmmm… we are 0-3 when he plays…

  104. Jeff NJ - Yankee Fan in Good Times and Bad July 20th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Glad to see Hinske getting a start. He can play (at least offensively) and it would not surprise me if he works his way into regular at bats the rest of the way.

  105. john July 20th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Thanks Rebecca will do.

  106. Hokiehill July 20th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    “When will we get a break from Michael Kay ? He is terrible. Says Phil UUUUUUSE. I think it’s Hughes. with an H”

    A friend pointed out that he hasn’t been calling the past few games. Noticed it on Friday but didn’t watch Sat or Sunday…was he just on vacation?

  107. jpb1973 July 20th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Gardner doesn’t play because all he can do at bat is hit popups over the 3rd base dugout. He needs to find a way to hit the ball on a line or on the ground before he can play.

    ——————–
    Yes, but… my point is he was getting much better, hitting well and starting to steal more, putting pressure on the pitcher. Suddenly he is not being used enough and, of course, his hitting suffers. I don’t understand why some players are allowed to develop and work things out while playing and others are not. Swish is hitting terrible and he is a poor base runner. Why isn’t Melky being used in Right and Gardner in Center, for instance.

    —————————————————-

    I hate to tell you this but Gardner is the reincarnate of Homer Bush and/or Bubba Crosby. You can use him for pinchrunning and defensive replacements but he simply can’t play on a regular basis. If he did, his batting average would be about .220. He has trouble hitting righthand pitching…can you imagine how bad he’d be if they let him play against all pitching?

  108. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 20th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Uh oh

    RT @BryanHoch Wang feels tenderness in right biceps while playing catch. Shut down until Friday. Not the news Yankees wanted.

  109. Factoid July 20th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Boston needs to win 3 World Championships in succession (three-peat) just to be even with the St. Louis Cardinals and their 10 World Championships.

  110. you gotta have faith (aceves, you da man!) July 20th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    wang :(

  111. Hokiehill July 20th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    “Hinske is playing tonight? hhmmmm… we are 0-3 when he plays…”

    Certainly not because of him, batting .333 with 3 HR in 4 games and a 1.083 SLG and 1.512 OPS plus no errors…

    small sample I know, just pointing out that him playing and us losing are mutually exclusive events…

  112. Andrew July 20th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Sounds like we will see Wang in 2010.

  113. vb03 July 20th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Terrible news on Wang. Might be another lost season – bad news for the Yanks’ starting rotation depth, for sure.

  114. Hokiehill July 20th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    so does this increase our chances of making a move for a SP?

  115. Rich July 20th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    “RT @BryanHoch Wang feels tenderness in right biceps while playing catch. Shut down until Friday. Not the news Yankees wanted.”

    Sad. This underscores the need to go out and get a 4th or 5th starter.

  116. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Dude get him in an MRI and figure out what’s going on with that shoulder. Sounds like he might need shoulder surgery. If so he’s gone for at least a year, if not forever.

  117. betsy July 20th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Bad news on Wang – I always felt the Yankees needed 2 SP and now they do. Mitre, Pettitte and Joba are not going to cut it in this division.

  118. Cash is King July 20th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    “Dude get him in an MRI and figure out what’s going on with that shoulder. Sounds like he might need shoulder surgery. If so he’s gone for at least a year, if not forever.”

    First you tell them to get an MRI and then you suggest he needs surgery and is gone for a year or forever. Let’s not overreact here.

  119. Andrew July 20th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    His foot injuy has really screwed up his entire career and probably cost him a ton of money, based on how much of a loss this season has been and how low the expectations will be whenever he pitches again. A reminder of how fleeting major league success can be and how much can change with injuries.

  120. Cash is King July 20th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    “Bad news on Wang – I always felt the Yankees needed 2 SP and now they do. Mitre, Pettitte and Joba are not going to cut it in this division.”

    The Yankees aren’t trading for two SP now.

  121. DT - OPPC member July 20th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    “That confused me for a second. I thought you were doing your Arthur Fonzarelli impression.”

    I only do the Fonz bit when Pinky Tuscadero stops by, or when Swisher jumps the shark while playing outfield d.

    If your outfield play is awful is it known as offensive defense?

  122. Kid A July 20th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Wang is still arbitration eligible. Trust me, the last thing a father w/a newborn needs is a pay cut.

    Get well soon, CMW.

  123. jpb1973 July 20th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    so does this increase our chances of making a move for a SP?

    —————————————————–

    I think so!!! Joba reaches his inning limit (~140 innings) on about September 1st so he won’t be available for much longer. I was hoping the Yankees would be in a position to go after a reliever at the trade deadline, but it looks like a starting pitcher is more important now.

  124. Rich July 20th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Exactly Patrick they can’t afford to botch this injury again they need to be as cautious as humanly possible with him and get him a proper evaluation. But if he does need shoulder work then that would really destroy his career.

  125. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    They don’t need 2 starters. If this is a big injury for Wang they will go out and get a back end starter. Unless Mitre is great which I wouldn’t count on.

  126. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 20th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    The thing I think some people are getting wrong is saying that we need to get a fifth starter.

    Wang wasn’t the team’s fifth starter, he was the team’s third starter.

    This is what the Yankees have tried to replace all year.

  127. Evan July 20th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Now what do you do with Wang next year and going forwards? He is in a contract year and to continue to say anything about what happened in years past is starting to get old. Who knows if he will ever go back to regular season Wang….

    To me, he has stunk it up in the playoffs both years, was the main reason the Yanks lost to the Indians in 2007, and was utterly brutal this year. I would offer him a very small contract – maybe 3 years at like $2.5 million a year and if he doesn’t want it I let him walk.

    What a shame. So much for the idea that having a baby would bring him good luck.

  128. Linkoln July 20th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I blame interleague play for CMW’s loss!

  129. Andrew July 20th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    2 starters is a completely unrealistic expectation, and it doesn’t match need as, as hard as it may be to believe, Joba and Pettitte cut it for 99% of major league teams. The guy who needs replacing is Mitre and he hasn’t even thrown a pitch yet, but the fact remains that there is a definite need for another starter. One more injury to the rotation and it’s big trouble. Getting another starter and hopefully letting Ivan Nova throw more innings in AAA would make it much easier to survive another injury, but right now another injury = big problems.

  130. john July 20th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Two nice article clips from Joel Sherman over the last two years. My favorite part about the 2007 article was his reference to Hughes’s work ethic. I am a huge Hughes fan and it is the first time I had ever heard something like that written about him before and after the article. Anyway, just like going backwards all the people jumping of the ledge with getting rid of Hughes and now the sudden lovefest, the opposite of Joba. Both are very good. How many 23-25 year old pitchers in the league could you name you would rather have going forward other than both of them? Lincecum, Cain, King Fleix, Lester, maybe a handful of others, but I will take the guys who have proved themselves in NY and in key spots.

    2007
    “How good is this Yankee package? Hughes is the surest thing, and he has a questionable work ethic and more of an injury history at 21 than Santana at 28. There are many baseball people who like Kennedy more than Hughes, but just as many who think he is a fifth starter. ”

    2009
    “Hughes has a tiny bit of Mo Rivera, circa 1996, about him right now. Suddenly, he is a relief revelation.”

  131. Rich July 20th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Rebecca you are absolutely right, however I doubt we’re going to get a 3rd starter in this market very cheaply at all. Therefore I just think we need to do the best we can without giving anything major away and a 4th or 5th starter will help given the inconsistency at the back of our staff.

  132. Cash is King July 20th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Sherman flips all the time and we’ve discussed that here more than once.

  133. john July 20th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Mitre isn’t a push over. He’s got decent stuff so don’t cast him aside like when we had to have guys like Ponson come in and pitch. Let’s see how he does this week. I think he will preform well and be an important piece this year. I also think there is a chance we see McAllister as well. Too bad Kennedy, Horne and some others that seemed close two years ago aren’t in the picture any more.

  134. Evan July 20th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    And someone made a good point earlier about joba’s innings limit – one of the many reasons he should have been sent to the pen instead of Hughes.

    What then? Do they push Joba past his limit and go against the “Joba Rules?” Or do they move him to the bullpen and find another starter?

    If this team does not make the World Series (or at least the ALCS) I have to place majority of the blame on management. Whomever is responsible for Joba starting over Hughes at that critical juncture should be fired.

  135. vb03 July 20th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Joba, Andy and Mitre at the back of the rotation isn’t exactly awe-inspiring. It is looking more and more like we cannot count on Wang at all this season.

    Big problem, IMO. One off CC or AJ goes down, the Yankees are in deep shizzle.

  136. m July 20th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Terrible news. But hardly fatal. The pain wasn’t in his shoulder.

  137. Cash is King July 20th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Hughes has a innings limit too.

  138. vb03 July 20th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Evan July 20th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    And someone made a good point earlier about joba’s innings limit – one of the many reasons he should have been sent to the pen instead of Hughes.

    What then? Do they push Joba past his limit and go against the “Joba Rules?” Or do they move him to the bullpen and find another starter?

    If this team does not make the World Series (or at least the ALCS) I have to place majority of the blame on management. Whomever is responsible for Joba starting over Hughes at that critical juncture should be fired.

    —————-

    Umm, Hughes has an even lower innings limit than Joba….

  139. Scott July 20th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I bet Cashman has a hard enough time finding 1 starter in this barren trade market, let alone 2.

    And I’d venture to say the one starter he does find isin’t any good but we’re trying to catch lightening in a bottle (Ian Snell, Bronson Arroyo, etc.)

  140. ishkabibliophile July 20th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Jeebus, let’s have a little long term memory. Wang did win the two playoff games he started in 2005 and 2006. His loss definitely hurts, especially if the Yanks limit to Chamberlain to 140-150 innings this year. If Mitre doesn’t do a good job, you’d have to assume that they start stretching out either Aceves or Hughes.

  141. Stultus Magnus July 20th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    A friend pointed out that he hasn’t been calling the past few games. Noticed it on Friday but didn’t watch Sat or Sunday…was he just on vacation?

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

    I don’t know, but I don’t miss Kay too much. Singleton is great and I like when he’s the play-by-play guy.

    The best booth right now that the Yanks have is Ken S. and Flaherty.

  142. Cash is King July 20th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    The news about Wang is not good, however, the overreaction to it is quite comical because we haven’t received much out of Wang all season long, but here we are with the third best record in MLB.

  143. john July 20th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Yeah, Hughes could technically flip flop with Joba at the end of the year. Depending on the standings as well you can play with rotations. Hughes has his innings limit or target which is one of the concerns he won’t meet it pitching in the pen this year. And Joba, Andy and Mitre may not be unreal at the backend, but is Wakefield, Penny and a 42 year old Smoltz?

  144. Zach July 20th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    “Big problem, IMO. One off CC or AJ goes down, the Yankees are in deep shizzle.”

    And AJ isin’t the exactly the model of ideal health either based on his track record.

    Cash needs to get someone.

  145. DB July 20th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Mitre is a career minor leaguer with 301 mlb experience and coming off TJ sugery exactly on eyear ago. He is not a savior or can be counted on as a fifth starter. Joba isn’t going to finish the year as a starter. Getting another starter is a necessity at this point.

  146. Stultus Magnus July 20th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Wanger, damn.

  147. 7*7 July 20th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Roberts 2B
    Markakis RF
    Jones CF
    Huff 1B
    Mora 3B
    Scott DH
    Reimold LF
    Wieters C
    Izturis SS

    Mitre and Pettitte vs. this lineup isin’t exactly awe-inspiring.

  148. jpb1973 July 20th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Can we get Darrell Rasner back from Japan? :)

  149. Casanova Wong July 20th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Hughes previous highest inning total was 146. The Verducci Rule states that problems occur when a starter pitches more then 30 innings over his previous high, not previous year. Joba’s previous high was 100. Therefore hughes would have a higher inning limit.

  150. Boogie Down Bob July 20th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Bad news about Wang. Him coming back healthy would have obviously helped the rotation.

    It’s going to be interesting to see which direction Cashman goes with this. My bet is that either Hughes or Aceves gets stretched out and joins the rotation.

    Then, I’d look for Cashman to get another reliever.

  151. Boogie Down Bob July 20th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    This is where it would be nice to have Ian Kennedy healthy.

  152. MG July 20th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    With Wang going down, while it does increase the likelihood of the Yankees trading for a back of the rotation ‘rental’ starter, it also increases the likelihood that Aceves goes back in the rotation. Mitre could easily fill the Aceves’ role in the pen, which is mostly taking up innings after a starter goes out. This would be a no brainer if Bruney was pitching decently. There is no doubt in my mind that Aceves is a better rotation fit than Mitre and could be counted on in a playoff start as well, just as Shawn Chacon pitched well in his first year with the Yankees.

  153. jpb1973 July 20th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Hughes previous highest inning total was 146. The Verducci Rule states that problems occur when a starter pitches more then 30 innings over his previous high, not previous year. Joba’s previous high was 100. Therefore hughes would have a higher inning limit.

    ——————————————————

    I believe that Hughes 146 inning total was 3 years ago. Since then he hasn’t reached 100 innings per year. So, you can forget about his 146 inning total…it was too long ago.

  154. john July 20th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Cashman won’t have an issue landing a starter if they are willing to increase payroll. Not that I want many of them, but guys like Washburn, maybe Millwood if the Rangers fall out, Bedard, amongst others will be out there. They make big money and most teams won’t want to get stuck offering them salary arbitration for picks as the economy still probably will not be in great shape by next year. Remember if they go to arbitration, the chances are there that they accept and get much more money than the open market for a year. So teams would get financial relief and maybe some second tier talent.

  155. Marco July 20th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Cashman’s talk about how the deadline doesn’t mean anything and he can find someone after the deadline was bogus anyway.

    You think Jarrod Washburn gets through waivers in August? Expiring contract, 2.70 ERA? How about Doug Davis and his 3.40 ERA and expiring contract?

    Bannister? Under contract for 3 yrs, and makes like 400K? You think a team like Washington isin’t snagging him?

    The only guys who will get through waivers are Bronson Arroyo-types who nobody wants and have contracts that extend beyond this year.

  156. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Guys, stop with the “one of CC and AJ goes down and we are screwed” stuff. How would that be any different if Wang was healthy?

    You can’t replace a #1 or #2 starter, period. It doesn’t matter if you have 3 #3 type starters after him or all #5′s. As long as we have Sabathia and Burnett, this team is hardly in any kind of trouble if they make the playoffs.

    Wang is not a crippling injury like it is last year, and even then it wasn’t because they still had 3 reliable starters until Joba went down. This team is DOMINATING all of MLB except Boston and Anaheim, but come on, do you think that’s going to continue at that incredibly fluky pace int he next 11 games against Boston? No way.

    As long as you can throw CC and AJ 4 or 5 times in a playoff series, you are in good position to win a series. Now add to that the fact that Joba and Pettitte are actually serviceable and you are more than ok.

    You people are crazy. What team in baseball wouldn’t want their #4/#5 starter to have a 4.05 or so ERA in the AL East (Joba)? As recently as about 2-3 weeks ago, Pettitte’s ERA was sitting around 4.00 too. What more do you guys want? Do you think you can trade for a guy as good as Joba/Pettitte has been on the open market without giving up the moon and the stars?

  157. NYY626 July 20th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Stop knocking on the pronunciation of “youuuse”! :) Apparently, its a New York thing because I can’t pronounce my “h’s” on certain words either. “Human” and “humid” sound like Youman and Youmid when I say them. I never noticed this until a few years ago when my college friends pointed it out. They still mock me endlessly for it. I try to say the H and it comes out so forced. Thankfully, I don’t so as bad as Francesca ( atleast I think I dont… :) )

  158. MG July 20th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    let’s calm down the panic here. Wang is 1-6 and the Yankees are 17 games over .500, they are 53-31 without him. There is plenty of depth in the pitching staff to get to the playoffs with no changes.

    In the playoffs you can count on Andy Pettitte to gut a couple of games out, he’s a veteran who can get up for those games. If the Yankees don’t hit in the playoffs again it doesn’t matter who is pitching anyway…

  159. Clark July 20th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Jerry Manual said Livan could play one of the corner outfield spots or pinch hit, if they needed him to.

  160. john July 20th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    If Hughes stays in the pen the way he has his is on target for only 90 innings pitched this year. It means he either needs more innings at some point or major ones in the Arizona league again. Otherwise he will not be starting next year and the Yankees will have the same problems.

  161. DB July 20th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Cashman is on record saying he doesn’t want to trade his young guys. He will probably look for a deal were he doesn’t have to give up any high end guys to help a team shed some payroll. We’ve seen it time and time again.

  162. Mel July 20th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    jpb1973 July 20th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I hate to tell you this but Gardner is the reincarnate of Homer Bush and/or Bubba Crosby. You can use him for pinchrunning and defensive replacements but he simply can’t play on a regular basis. If he did, his batting average would be about .220. He has trouble hitting righthand pitching…can you imagine how bad he’d be if they let him play against all pitching?
    ————————–

    I think your being a bit quick with the label. I don’t think you can throw a label on him just yet. I just know he is exciting to watch and would like to see him get a fair chance.

    We’ll just have to agree to disagree.

  163. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    You can only take Hughes/Aceves out of the pen if you are sure that Melancon/Marte/Bruney/etc can step up and pitch quality innings. Aceves’ work is not as replaceable as you seem to think, he has pitched both 2-3 inning stints and set up at times. He is the backbone of that pen with his versatility, and you take him out and you’re in trouble. Same with Hughes, who is now the set up man.

    Unless Bruney can step up and take back the 8th inning role, you really have no choice if you want this team to win this year. They are built on pitching, and you need a shut down pen to hold those leads. The top 4 in the rotation is more than fine as constructed now, and think of who the 5th starters are for most teams anyway. As long as he is serviceable and doesn’t keep going 3-4 innings out there, it’s fine IF YOU HAVE ACEVES IN THE PEN to eat up the innings.

    Mitre could not just fill Aceves’ role so easily. Stop being ridiculous. Do you think Mitre could pitch the 8th inning on days that Hughes/Coke are not available? Do you think Mitre could pitch multiple SHUTOUT innings?

    Aceves is not the mop up guy. He’s a 2-3 inning set up man some nights. That’s not something anyone could do.

  164. Sandy July 20th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Glad Hinski is getting a start tonight. Swisher has looked pitiful at the plate and that flip flop over the fly ball he misjudged this weekend was just ridiculous. I would have pulled him out of the game that minute.

    A baseball clown in right field is funny only if some hitting/fielding is actually getting done…

  165. jpb1973 July 20th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    If Hughes stays in the pen the way he has his is on target for only 90 innings pitched this year. It means he either needs more innings at some point or major ones in the Arizona league again. Otherwise he will not be starting next year and the Yankees will have the same problems.

    ——————————————————

    He can get 25 innings in the Arizona Fall League easily. That would bring his total to 115 innings. Thats enough…most experts feel that a pitcher can safely increase his inning total 40 innings from one year to the next. That would mean Hughes would have a 155 inning limit next year. That’ll work.

  166. john July 20th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Marco, you are wrong on that.

    Teams are talking about prospects and not being able to meet the extra salary of Halladay’s very reasonable contract. The Dodgers apparently are willing to move pieces but don’t want the contract which makes no sense to me but it is what it is.
    By the time waiver time rolls around how many playoff teams will need a fourth or fifth starter like Washburn who would make a difference and cost them money??
    Washburn earns $9.375 mill this year
    Bedard $7.75 mill this year

  167. Lance July 20th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Trade candidates (realistic, not Washburn or Halladay):

    Livan Hernandez
    El Duque
    Sidney Ponson
    Jeff Karstens
    Chan Ho Park
    Bruce Chen
    Carl Pavano
    Mark Hendrickson
    Bartolo Colon
    Brian Moehler
    Kris Benson

  168. Tom in N.J. July 20th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    “Terrible news. But hardly fatal. The pain wasn’t in his shoulder.”

    Um, the rotator cuff is in the shoulder

  169. 77513 July 20th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    The yanks got nothing from Wang all year. I dont know why people are complaining about the backend of the rotation now because Wang got hurt. Amazing how little faith people have in Andy Pettitte.

  170. Cash is King July 20th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Regarding Hughes, it’s still possible that he can get another 55 innings out of the bullpen this year. There are 11 weeks left in the season, which means five innings a week. Very doable in my opinion. That gives him 110 ML innings plus the almost 20 innings at SWB for a total of 130 innings. Next year, no problem innings-wise.

  171. MG July 20th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Matt, we just disagree, I place much more importance on the starting rotation than filling a secondary bullpen role. Ace is only the primary option when a starter gets knocked out early and that is usually a game where the Yankees have given up at least 5 runs. He has only pitched one game in the 8th inning with the Yankees holding a lead, it’s something Coke could do as well as he gets out both righties and lefties.

    I want Aceves, if needed, pitching games that start out 0-0. If you want something else that is your right but since neither of us manages the team it doesn’t really matter.

  172. Sandy July 20th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    The pen was a mess at the beginning of the year. I would leave Hughes and Aceves there as they are now the bridge to Mario and have brought the pen back to being fairly decent.

    Bruney, Robertson, Tomko, et al have not been too reliable. Coke better but still not as solid as Hughes and Aceves.

    The million dollar question is — is Hughes more valuable in his current role or as a possible starter? Hughes in his current role is pretty damn valuable.

  173. jpb1973 July 20th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Trade candidates (realistic, not Washburn or Halladay):

    Livan Hernandez
    El Duque
    Sidney Ponson
    Jeff Karstens
    Chan Ho Park
    Bruce Chen
    Carl Pavano
    Mark Hendrickson
    Bartolo Colon
    Brian Moehler
    Kris Benson

    —————————————————-

    Tim Redding of the Mets is available. :)

  174. bru July 20th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    cash will get a starter.anybody

    we need a warm body.

    you take hughes & or kennedy out of the pen & it is weakened & there is no guarantees either will pitch well in the rotation.
    if that happens you still need a starter & the pen is messed up.

    cash has no choice.he has to get a starter.

    when the overly optimistic girardi is saying he is worried about the pitching debth that is like saying help to cashman.

  175. Mel July 20th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Hughes is right where he should be and he should stay there the rest of the season. You don’t mess with success!!!

  176. Lonz July 20th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    “By the time waiver time rolls around how many playoff teams will need a fourth or fifth starter like Washburn who would make a difference and cost them money??
    Washburn earns $9.375 mill this year
    Bedard $7.75 mill this year”

    The money or pro-rated. The team that acquires him doesn’t pay the full portion. And many teams would take on the pro-rated contracts for 1\2 a season.

    Bedard and Washburn have among the lowest ERAs in baseball this year.

    Yankees, Angels, White Sox, Tigers, Rangers, Phillies, Cardinals, Brewers, Dodgers, Rockies, all need rotation help and are currently in playoff races.

    Those guys will absolutely get claimed considering their contracts expire at the end of the year.

  177. Sandy July 20th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Lance
    July 20th, 2009 at 5:25 pm
    Trade candidates (realistic, not Washburn or Halladay):
    Livan Hernandez
    El Duque
    Sidney Ponson
    Jeff Karstens
    Chan Ho Park
    Bruce Chen
    Carl Pavano
    Mark Hendrickson
    Bartolo Colon
    Brian Moehler
    Kris Benson
    __________________

    Not such a great list, Lance! Livan Hernandez sucks and if the Yanks wanted Pavano or Ponson they would have kept them when they had them before. How old is El Duque? Does he come in from the right field in a wheelchair?

  178. 77513 July 20th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    The Melky/Gardner platoon is fine the yankees dont need someone to hit 300 with 25 homers in center. All they need from center is good defense, speed and makes contact at the plate and thats what they are getting from both of them.

  179. MG July 20th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    jpb1973
    July 20th, 2009 at 5:27 pm
    Trade candidates (realistic, not Washburn or Halladay):

    Livan Hernandez
    El Duque
    Sidney Ponson
    Jeff Karstens
    Chan Ho Park
    Bruce Chen
    Carl Pavano
    Mark Hendrickson
    Bartolo Colon
    Brian Moehler
    Kris Benson

    —————————————————-

    Tim Redding of the Mets is available.
    ———————————————————

    So are Tommy John, Whitey Ford, and Ed Figueroa-they all have better lifetime records than any of the pitchers above and have as much chance of helping the Yankees this year…

  180. JJ July 20th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Can’t teams just block others from acquiring a guy through waivers?

    Just because you claim him, doesn’t mean you have to take him. That’s only the 2nd time around right?

  181. Jeter2007 July 20th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    unless we get a washburn-type for cheap — a mid-level prospect, than we should eventually stretch hughes out to become a sp again.
    rp are easier to find and cheaper in the trade market than sp
    aceves should be left as a long reliever, not a setup man
    hopefully bruney will come back to normal again
    maybe marte can help out as well, and hopefully melancon catches on
    in hughes, i trust

  182. m July 20th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Sorry, I’d rather give mitre a long leash rather than go with any of the guys on Lance’s list.

    Best option would probably stretch out Ace. His first start wasn’t pretty, but that’s what you get when a pitcher knows he’s on a pitch count.

  183. Observer283 July 20th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I know people says this makes a Halladay trade more likely, but to get Halladay, we have to give up one of Hughes or Joba. From a pure 2009 standpoint, this will make out team better; but its not a complete “win.”

    We would lose the contributions that Joba or Phil might make to the team for the rest of 2009. If we give up Joba, then Sergio Mitre still pitches every fifth day. If we give up Hughes, we don’t have anyone to fill in if/when Joba hits is innings limit not to mention the HUGE hit to the bullpen (I don’t want Phil in the bullpen, but he is there, and he as been a dominant cog).

    I guess we could blow up the entire farm system and trade Phil + Ajax/Montero + Another good prospect for Halladay and then turn around and trade whatever we have left for Huston Street/Heath Bell, etc. to replace Phil in the Pen.

    Sigh.

    Personally, I would prefer the team to give up a lot less and get someone for the back of the rotation like Doug Davis if it feels like Wang is done for the year.

  184. Mark H July 20th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I would not give up any player for any of those guys on that awful list. I would rather sign Paul Byrd then trade for someone awful.

  185. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Yankees have a few options.

    Either keep Hughes in the pen and trade for a back end starter. Or move Hughes to the rotation and trade for a reliever. Combine that with Marte coming back and Bruney getting it together the pen should be fine.

    Once they moved Hughes and Aceves to the pen their starting depth took a hit.

  186. vb03 July 20th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Everyone’s forgetting that we have the WINNINGEST pitcher in the history of AAA in Scranton! It is time for him to make his re-appearance! The Beaver Shall Return…

  187. Counts July 20th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Washburn and Bedard will be claimed on waivers… no doubt at all. If they were available, they would be the top 2 guys after Halladay on the trade block.

    Good pitchers that expire this year won’t get through waivers.

    Cashman is right that you can always find guys on waivers (i.e Byrd was available last year), but don’t expect to find who can be a sure-fire help to our rotation.

  188. jpb1973 July 20th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Either keep Hughes in the pen and trade for a back end starter. Or move Hughes to the rotation and trade for a reliever. Combine that with Marte coming back and Bruney getting it together the pen should be fine.

    —————————————————-

    Marte’s coming back? Bruney’s getting it together? Who sent to that memo?

  189. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Unless the Yanks trade for a reliever there is absolutely no way they can move Aceves or Hughes into the rotation. They already don’t have enough depth in the bullpen they can’t lose one of those guys. Cash said the other day that if Mitre isn’t good there next option is Igawa sunglasses. That is scary to even think of.. They are not getting Halladay but Cash needs to get another starter. They can’t go down the stretch with only 2 reliable starters.

  190. RC 16 July 20th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I know I’ll get killed…

    But what about trying to get Curt Schilling out of retirement to pitch for us? He is still a big game pitcher (look what he did in the 07 playoffs for Boston), knows how to pitch, and can provide a spark to the rotation.

  191. Scholar July 20th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    We could probably get Andy through waivers. Maybe Torre and the Dodgers might claim him, but I don’t think anyone else would. Certainly not an AL team.

  192. vb03 July 20th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I know I’ll get killed…

    But what about trying to get Curt Schilling out of retirement to pitch for us? He is still a big game pitcher (look what he did in the 07 playoffs for Boston), knows how to pitch, and can provide a spark to the rotation.

    —————————

    I’d sooner try to lure Mike Mussina out of retirement than Mr. Bloody Sock.

  193. Betsy July 20th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Gee, I hope Cash is listening to his manager. IMO, there’s no way this can be solved internally. Removing Aceves is not an option for me – the ramifications on the pen are just too great. Again, the Yankees need to get 2 SP – and if Cash doesn’t do it, then it’s on HIM if they fail to make the playoffs (and I love Cash).

  194. jpb1973 July 20th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I know I’ll get killed…

    But what about trying to get Curt Schilling out of retirement to pitch for us? He is still a big game pitcher (look what he did in the 07 playoffs for Boston), knows how to pitch, and can provide a spark to the rotation.

    ————————————————–

    It would take Schilling about 3 months to get into shape…by then the season will be over.

  195. E-gawa July 20th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Oh wow it’s dejavu all over again.

    We need someone to give us innings. Aceves in the rotation doesn’t accomplish that. Leave him where he is, he’s great at what he does in the pen.

    They have to trade for someone.

  196. Betsy July 20th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Trevor, I disagree. We’d have a rotation of CC, AJ, Joba, Andy and a back end starter – that’s just not good enough. Andy himself is at best a #5 starter. You want to send that rotation out to try and make the playoffs in this division? I sure don’t. A backend starter, IMO, is not good enough ……

  197. 7 UP July 20th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Trade candidates (realistic, not Washburn or Halladay):

    Livan Hernandez
    El Duque
    Sidney Ponson
    Jeff Karstens
    Chan Ho Park
    Bruce Chen
    Carl Pavano
    Mark Hendrickson
    Bartolo Colon
    Brian Moehler
    Kris Benson

    ————————-

    If those are my options, I’d rather go with Igawa.

  198. Al July 20th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Kei Igawa.

  199. stuart a July 20th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    moving hughes or acevesfrom the pen will just make the problem larger. they need to trade for a 5th starter or find lightning in the bottle in mitre…..

    aceves is good in the pen a 5 inning guy in the rotation at best and that makes the pen that much more important….

  200. Giuseppe Franco July 20th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Betsy,

    They aren’t going to get two starters. Joba stays in the rotation and so does Pettitte.

    Cashman will likely go out and find one starter – but it’s not going to be two.

  201. Lets go Get him July 20th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    I say we trade for Josh Johnson Now!!!!

  202. m July 20th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Um, don’t we kind of need Andy? Now more than ever?

  203. TIME FOR #27 July 20th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Don’t take aceves out of the pen!!!

  204. miggs July 20th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I love how some of you people hit the panic button at every piece of negative news on the team.

    Wang was probably not coming back until September at the earliest and what were you realistically going to expect out of him for the rest of the year? He’s been really bad for the most part so far in 2009.

    Most of you are completely missing the issue here. I’m of the opinion that Andy and Joba are fully capable of filling the 3rd and 4th starter roles right now. They aren’t going to be shut-down guys every game, but with this offense you don’t need those types of performances lots of nights.

    The question is Mitre. All you guys are trashing himwithout even seeing what he can do. You all look at statistics but don’t look beyond them. Mitre was pitching WELL, had an under 3.00 ERA before he first hurt his arm. He didn’t have the TJ surgery right after he got hurt, he pitched injuured for awhile, which skews his stats.

    He’s healthy now and has progressed each start at Scranton. He wouldn’t be starting tomorrow if the team didn’t think he was capable. Give this guy a chance before you call him trash and shortsightedly dismiss his chances at being a servicible 5th starter. He doesn’t need to be shutdown and frankly doesn’t have much to live up to in order to surpass Wang’s production.

    With Joba’s innings limit Mitre could easily be the 4th starter in the playoffs. Go ahead, laugh. But it makes complete sense. With Aceves, Joba, Hughes and Mo in the pen they only need 4 innings from the 3rd and 4th playoff statrters if that.

    Calm down. This isn’t a huge setback. Also, the tenderness was in his biceps, so its a little early to be predicting shoulder surgery for the guy. The tendeness could simply be him overcompensating for the shoulder, and may be nothing serious at all.

  205. Scor July 20th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Cashman can’t turn water into wine.

    If there are not starters out there that are able to be had, then what can he do? Outside of Halladay, it is slim pickings. Washburn/Bedard are not available.

    People clamoring for Cashman to get 1-2 starters are not being fair. This market is bone dry for starters. Cashman can’t acquire something that isin’t there.

  206. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Betsy, as of 4:35 aM this morning, I’m the great grandfather of twins. 3 pound 6 ounce girl (Sidney Lynn) and a 5 pound 2 ounce boy (Anthony Michael). She threatened to name him Boston John if I didn’t promise to babysit every weekend. (I think she was kidding)

  207. Peter Rabiit July 20th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    It’s painful when I think about how our rotation would have been if Wang never reached base last year during that Astros game.

    Damnit all to hell!

    Anyway, I would hate to mess with the bullpen to plug Wang’s rotation spot. Definitely call someone up or trade for an innings eater. Aceves looks like a killer whenever he takes the mound, same for Hughesy.

  208. charlestonchew July 20th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    It is poor judgment to start Mitre and not start Hughes or Aceves, imo. Stretching Hughes out immediately is the right thing to do. It’s a stupid argument to say that he’s more valuable in the pen. It’s the same stupidity we’ve been dealing with with Joba for so long.

    Hughes needs to be in the rotation because we need a starter for the rest of the season, likely. And no, he doesn’t need to go down to get stretched out. Stretch him out in the majors with Mitre covering his innings he couldn’t get through until he’s stretched. But for the love of god, with Aceves and Hughes as options, don’t be stupid and put Mitre out there in the 5th starter role.

    Absolutely ridiculous.

    And if we trade for someone, they had better be a lot better than Hughes or Aceves. Otherwise, we’re really acting stupid.

  209. vb03 July 20th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Give Kei Igawa ONE start at the 5th spot and see if he can give you anything at all. At this point, if you have Hughes and Aceves as caddies for his ONE start, how bad could it be? At best, you may have a serviceable 5th starter.

    I emphasize “ONE” because I’m not advocating giving a spot. Just a chance at one.

  210. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    If they get 2 starters where is Joba or Pettitte going? Lets see Joba isn’t going to pen anytime soon and Pettitte because he’s a veteran isn’t going to the pen either.

  211. jpb1973 July 20th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I love how some of you people hit the panic button at every piece of negative news on the team.

    Wang was probably not coming back until September at the earliest and what were you realistically going to expect out of him for the rest of the year? He’s been really bad for the most part so far in 2009.

    ————————————————–

    What I was hoping was that wang could fill in for Joba when he reached his inning limit in early September. Now, I don’t know who is going to do that.

  212. JJ July 20th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Well outside of Halladay, whatever few starters available are ALL back end guys.

    Despite Washburn’s ERA, he is a back end guy. Especially in this division/ballpark.

  213. miggs July 20th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    “We’d have a rotation of CC, AJ, Joba, Andy and a back end starter – that’s just not good enough. Andy himself is at best a #5 starter. You want to send that rotation out to try and make the playoffs in this division? I sure don’t. A backend starter, IMO, is not good enough ……”

    Sorry, but 100% disagree. Look at Pettitte’s and Joba’s numbers vs. other “3th and 4th” starters in the league. Most teams get huge upgrades replacing their 3 and 4 with Joba and Pettitte.

    Spolied Yankee fans at their best.

  214. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    :mad:

  215. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    At 6 innings (average for the remainder of the year, Chamberlain can still make 9 starts during the remainder of the year and stay at 150 innings. with off days they will be able to skip him in three starts.

  216. teddy July 20th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    go get washburn or a guy like that

  217. m July 20th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Congrats, GB7.

    Nice to hear some Good News.

  218. Pat M.... July 20th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Nick in SF….I want the unders on Wang’s wins 3.5…..

  219. MG July 20th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    vb, they did that last year against the Tigers, I believe the outcome was not pretty, even the outs were ropes and you don’t want to take the chance of losing Arod and Teix from line drives…

  220. Rambo July 20th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Why would Washburn waive his no-trade to come pitch in this ballpark?

    He is a free agent after the year, why does he want to damage his numbers pitching in the AL East and NYS?

  221. m July 20th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Nick,

    I hope you didn’t put $$ on your over/under. :(

  222. Joker Ball July 20th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    “Girardi said that Aceves would be easier to return to the rotation than Hughes as he is more stretched out. Girardi said he is concerned about their rotation depth.”

    Cashman, your manager is asking for help. Answer him.

  223. TYank182 July 20th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Now Girardi is becoming like Jerry Manual… begging his GM to make some moves

    LOL!!

  224. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 20th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Heh…we think the Yankees have issues:

    mikeaxisa The Mets might have Livan Hernandez play the corner infield spots to get his bat in the lineup. [...]

  225. vb03 July 20th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    MG July 20th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    vb, they did that last year against the Tigers, I believe the outcome was not pretty, even the outs were ropes and you don’t want to take the chance of losing Arod and Teix from line drives…

    ———————-

    You need a starter, you might want to see all your in-house options, instead of losing a good prospect for a rental which may not even be worse.

    Alternatively try Mitre and Igawa at the 5th spots and see if you can catch lightning in a bottle. That’s all.

  226. Uncle Ellsworth July 20th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    GB7 Congrats!

  227. 77513 July 20th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    If Mitre does struggle and does not pitch well. Then you trade for a bullpen arm and put Aceves back in the rotation. If you can get Bruney to pitch like he before he went on the DL than you really dont need Aveces in the bullpen. Bruney velocity is fine he is just having command issues which I think can be fixed.

    All you need from Mitre is 6 quality innings with this bullpen you will win more games than lose in the regular season if Mitre gives you that. Mayebe you catch lightning in a bottle like you did with Aaron Small.

  228. Gates July 20th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Joba isin’t leaving the rotation.

    Andy isin’t leaving the rotation.

    Despite what the fans want, the only spot up for grabs is Mitre’s.

  229. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Pat M: you should have locked in your wager yesterday, I would have taken the action… The line is closed now pending new information.

  230. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    m
    July 20th, 2009 at 5:50 pm
    Congrats, GB7.

    Nice to hear some Good News.

    ————————————————————

    Thank you, Mel. It’s a big relief that the kids are doing well. They’re a month early. My next goal is to told her that the name “Boston” is poison for Yankee fans. Really cruel to blackmail me.

  231. Clare July 20th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Congrats GB7! Hope you can confine your babysitting to the off-season. :)

  232. Uncle Ellsworth July 20th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Wed. Jun 24, 2009 Source: RotoWire Subscribe
    News: Kennedy (shoulder) began a throwing program on Tuesday, the Scranton Times Tribune reports. [-]
    Impact: Kennedy made 25 throws from 40 feet while rehabbing with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The timetable for his return is still unclear.

    This from a month ago: does anyone have an update?

  233. 34 Score July 20th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    I know I’ll get killed…

    But what about trying to get Curt Schilling out of retirement to pitch for us? He is still a big game pitcher (look what he did in the 07 playoffs for Boston), knows how to pitch, and can provide a spark to the rotation

    —————————-

    If he was in shape, it would be worth a shot.

  234. m July 20th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Girardi said that before Wang’s setback. Nothing new.

    And Trevor’s right, the team shot themselves in the foot by removing both Ace and Hughes from the rotation. And compounded it by not putting one of them back after Ian Kennedy went down.

  235. RS July 20th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Hopefully the Wang setback forces Cashman to make a move for a starting pitcher. I think taking Hughes or Aceves out of the bullpen would be a terrible mistake.

    Cashman said that it might be easier to convert Aceves or Hughes to a starter and then trade for a reliever, but IMO, it’s easier to trade for a starter who’s only replacing Wang (1-6) than to trade for a reliever who would have to replace Hughes or Aceves (aka, having the ability to pitch multiple shutout innings a night).

  236. vb03 July 20th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Gates July 20th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Joba isin’t leaving the rotation.

    Andy isin’t leaving the rotation.

    Despite what the fans want, the only spot up for grabs is Mitre’s.

    ———————-

    Joba leaves the rotation when he hits his innings limit. That’s a definite.

  237. Y 27 July 20th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    # Rebecca–Optimist Prime–Montero Fanaticus Primus
    July 20th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Heh…we think the Yankees have issues:

    mikeaxisa The Mets might have Livan Hernandez play the corner infield spots to get his bat in the lineup. [...]

    —————————-

    Wow, the Mets have become a joke.

  238. 77513 July 20th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I believe Girardi concern about rotation depth is if Sabathia, Burnett, Chamberlain or Pettitte get hurt then they are screwed because they really dont have a good option at triple a anymore. All those options at triple a in the beginning of the season are now in the bullpen and Kennedy had surgeory.

  239. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    July 20th, 2009 at 5:54 pm
    GB7 Congrats!

    ————————————————————

    Thanks for the congrats, Ellie. Much appreciated. It was a tough time going through labor. I wasn’t sure that I’d survive the pain.

  240. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 20th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    “Betsy, as of 4:35 aM this morning, I’m the great grandfather of twins. 3 pound 6 ounce girl (Sidney Lynn) and a 5 pound 2 ounce boy (Anthony Michael). She threatened to name him Boston John if I didn’t promise to babysit every weekend. (I think she was kidding)”

    Aww man, congratulations! So nice to hear of good news!

  241. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Clare
    July 20th, 2009 at 5:55 pm
    Congrats GB7! Hope you can confine your babysitting to the off-season.

    ————————————————————

    Thank you very much, Clare. She said she only had the kids to keep me off the streets at night….and during the day….and as a bonus….free babysitting.

  242. Road Trek July 20th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    They might just have to say screw innings limits with Joba and let him pitch this year.

    He is our 4th best pitcher. If he hits his stride now and starts pitching like he did last year… how can you yank him from the rotation in a middle of a pennant race? How do you explain that to the fans and players on the team who are busting their behinds to get to October… that we’re taking out our effective starter from the rotation and replacing him with Igawa?

    And our September schedule is brutal.

  243. Mark July 20th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Wang shouldn’t be counted on for the rest of this year and it’s not known what Mitre brings to the table …. yet.
    The best value for Hughes and Aceves is where they are.
    It could be Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee to deal for. Both have similar contracts with option years in 2010 and close to the same money. Lee would require less in a package and is close to a year younger than Halladay.
    Pettitte not likely to be back in 2010 so Lee is another LHSP.

  244. G. Love July 20th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I think you have to beat the bushes to bring back a starter before you start stretching out the 2 guys in the pen.

    The team needs a fallback starter otherwise it’s Igawa.

    If Cashman just has to take money on to get Snell from Pitt, he should take a flier on him and hope we catch a little Chacon lightning in the bottle w/him.

    I’m confident he’ll find someone.

  245. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Thank you, Rebecca. I’m practicing babysitting right now. I have cotton in my ears.

  246. Mad Max July 20th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    We could have used Aceves on Friday or Saturday against the Angels when the starter couldn’t get out of the 5th inning.

    We scored 8 runs in Saturday. The game was 4-3 when Andy left… does Aceves give up 5 runs while he is in there like the rest of our pen did?

  247. Guidas July 20th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    YEARS FROM NOW, WE’LL LEARN HE WAS AN ALIEN LIFE FORM. OR MAYBE A ROBOT: Or maybe we’ll just learn that he was beating the drug tests like all the other “amazing” and “superhuman” ballplayers of this era who defied rational explanation (ARod, Manny, Bonds, etc.) Anabolic steroids benefits pitchers as much as hitters if not more because it allows the athlete to recover incredibly quickly. As much as it pains me to say it, there is only one explanation for an athlete to remain at such an elite level for so long in a way that has never before been seen and that defines comparison or explanation: PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS. And trust me, he wouldn’t be the first or only elite athlete to beat the tests. That has been happening for decades (hello East German Olympic team).

  248. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Many Congrats GB7! Great news. :D

    Wang. :(

  249. charlestonchew July 20th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    We have two people in our bullpen that are very serviceable starters and would start on just about every team in baseball.

    How hard is it to see this? Are you guys serious? Trade for a starter? If that starter is not Halladay, then we’re going to look pretty stupid trading for someone that’s not as good, or just as good, as Aceves or Hughes.

    Hughes needs to be in the rotation. This is absolutely insane. Stretch him out the way we did with Joba and pair him with Aceves or Mitre until he’s back to throwing 80 pitches. Problem solved. Phil is a big deal and it would help to have him stretched out and starting when we get to the playoffs. He’s better than most of our trade options and his innings as a starter are far more valuable than the 1 or 2 innings he can pitch out of the bullpen.

    And if that move is not acceptable to you, the next is to put Aceves in the rotation. He’s in house and he can give us quality starts. If he’s anything like Mussina during 06 or 07, we’ve got a great #5. And I can’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be like that or better. Aceves is a darn good pitcher, all things considered.

    Mitre is not a solution. Not at all.

    Now please, let’s stop the nonsense.

  250. Jake July 20th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Jerry is writing his ticket out of town

    He said Livan might play in the field to provide some offensive punch? LOL

  251. vb03 July 20th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Congrats on the twins GB7!

  252. Tex MVP July 20th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Road Trek
    July 20th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    They might just have to say screw innings limits with Joba and let him pitch this year.

    He is our 4th best pitcher. If he hits his stride now and starts pitching like he did last year… how can you yank him from the rotation in a middle of a pennant race? How do you explain that to the fans and players on the team who are busting their behinds to get to October… that we’re taking out our effective starter from the rotation and replacing him with Igawa?

    And our September schedule is brutal.

    —————————

    If they yank him from the rotation, they might as well kiss the postseason/WS hopes goodbye. That means Andy is our 3rd starter and Mitre is our #4 in the playoffs? Or Aceves weakens our pen when he moves to the rotation?

    The last thing they need to do is worry about Joba’s innings if he starts pitching well.

  253. vb03 July 20th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Road Trek July 20th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    They might just have to say screw innings limits with Joba and let him pitch this year.

    ——————————-

    And turn him into Dustin McGowan or Jesse Litsch? No thanks.

  254. The Fair Pole July 20th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    i feel terrible for Wang. his body is not giving him the chance to compete at the high level he has in previous seasons. perhaps the foot injury is to blame for the latest setback??
    if Wang is lost for an extended period of time, no need to rush Hughes back into the rotation. he has settled into his role out of the pen, so leave him alone.
    depending on how Mitre performs, that will dictate whether or not he can remain the 5th starter for an extended period of time or not. if he fails, then i think the 1st choice is Aceves. i would rather have him start than anybody else currently on the team, if necessary.

  255. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    S.A.–Serenity Now
    July 20th, 2009 at 6:04 pm
    Many Congrats GB7! Great news.

    Wang.

    ————————————————————

    Thank you S.A. I’ll let you know if it’s great news in about 21 years. Sidney better not be as much trouble as her mother was. Shotgun shells got expensive with all of these girls.

  256. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    vb03
    July 20th, 2009 at 6:05 pm
    Congrats on the twins GB7!

    ————————————————————

    Thanks for the congrats, VB. All I could think of while the grandaughters were growing up was, “Now I know why some animals eat their young.”

  257. 4 x 4 July 20th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    They have to get creative with Joba’s innings… not outright shut him down.

    Give him a 10 day break sometime now, do something to balance his innings out.

    You have to protect his innings, but you can’t sacrifice a postseason birth to do it. It all hinges on what Cash does at the deadline. The least he needs to do is get one good, solid starter.

  258. Betsy July 20th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    GF, you’re probably right – and it will be hard enough to acquire one. So, the rotation would be CC, AJ, new guy( but it can’t be a back end – we have enough of those), Joba and Andy. Eh – I guess it’s doable IF the new guy is good/solid and Joba is halfway decent. I’m sorry, I have no faith in Andy – it has nothing to do with him personally, but I think he’s mostly done.

    The issue is, Halladay aside, who are the Yankees going to get that they can trust? They really need a good #3 – not just some mediocre innings-eater.

  259. Pat M.... July 20th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Oh Boy,,,,GB is a Great Grand Daddy…..Wow….Here comes all those Babe Ruth stories….GB, Congrats and great health & recovery for Mom…..

  260. RayVT July 20th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    From SWB – Mitre may do well!
    http://community.thetimes-trib.....notes.aspx

    Through seven Triple-A starts, Mitre has been terrific. His last start was one of the best Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starts of the season with eight scoreless innings, during which he clearly got better as the game progressed. When Joe Girardi was asked two days ago what he remembered about Mitre from his time with the Florida Marlins, Girardi said he remembered him as 88-91 with his sinker. With Scranton/Wilkes-Barre he’s been 90-93 and he’s had good life down in the zone. Like pitching coach Scott Aldred said, he only threw a handful of pitches above the knees in his last start.

    “Physically I felt good, I felt pretty much the same when I got here,” Mitre said. “Pitching-wise, I’ve gotten better. When I first got here, I was on a pitch count and I was getting kind of built up. My last three starts, they kind of let me go a little bit. I was trying to build arm strength. Those last three outings they let me go and I bounced back. The main thing has always been, how would I respond after throwing 90 pitches and then 100 pitches, and everything went well.”

  261. G-C July 20th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    If Mitre fails, Aceves needs to be in the rotation. He was a very quality starter in his brief September stint last year and has the stuff to be a respectable three and an excellent number four starter in this league for a while. How many pitchers out there can you name with four pitches that are either average or plus? Couple that with plus command and there’s no reason why Ace can’t be a good starter.

    He’s not a soft-tosser. He’s consistently 90-93, and we’ve seen that even in his longer relief stints, so there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to hold that velocity as a starter. I could easily see Aceves making some big postseason starts for us, and it wouldn’t be a bad thing. We were one inning away from winning a pennant in 2004, and that was when Jon Lieber (4.33 ERA and 199 hits in 179 innings) was our number two starter. The fact that people don’t think we can win with Joba and Andy as our three and four starters is just laughable.

  262. The Fair Pole July 20th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    if the Yanks executives decide that Wang is “lost for the remainder of ’09″, does this mean they will be much more active in the halladay situation????

  263. Joe July 20th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    In September, we play 7 with the Rays, 3 with Boston, 4 with the Angels.

    You want Igawa starting potentially 4 of those games instead of an effective Joba?

  264. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    LMAO. Thanks PAT M. I don’t think that Babe Ruth stories will work on them anymore than it did their mother. She thought it was a candy bar.

  265. vb03 July 20th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    G-C July 20th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    The fact that people don’t think we can win with Joba and Andy as our three and four starters is just laughable.

    ———————

    Joba is a maybe, and he has an innings limit. On the other hand, Andy is about as done as a cooked $50 steak at the NYY Steakhouse.

  266. Pat M.... July 20th, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Nick in SF….Speaking of overs / unders….BoSox-Texas is only 9.5….Smoltz vs. Millwood…..They have to score at least 12 tonight…..

  267. vb03 July 20th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Joe July 20th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    In September, we play 7 with the Rays, 3 with Boston, 4 with the Angels.

    You want Igawa starting potentially 4 of those games instead of an effective Joba?

    ————————

    Yes, if the alternative is ruining Joba’s arm for the next 10 years, like Toronto did with its pitching staff.

  268. Bronx Born July 20th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Congrats GB that is great news! Glad all are well.

  269. RayVT July 20th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    How crazy an idea is this? I wonder what it would cost to get Wilson & Sanchez?

    Make a 3-way trade with the Pirates for SS Jack Wilson & 2B Freddy Sanchez, then parlay that and prospects for Toronto’s Halladay. Toronto could move Hill to 3B freeing up a possible trade of Rolen for more salary protection.

  270. Z Man July 20th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Remember, we play in the AL East and our home stadium is a bandbox. The new guy is also coming to a heated pennant race in NY.

    Don’t just look at guys ERAs and assume it will translate from their current team to this team.

    For example, Doug Davis has a 3.4 ERA in the NL West. That doesn’t mean 3.4 in the AL East.

  271. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Thank you S.A. I’ll let you know if it’s great news in about 21 years. Sidney better not be as much trouble as her mother was. Shotgun shells got expensive with all of these girls.

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

    21 years? Make that 18 or sooner GB7. Kids these days and all. Hopefully her brother will help you in keeping her out of trouble! :)

  272. Betsy July 20th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    GB, awwww, congratulations! Hope mommy and babies are doing well…..That’s just wonderful news.

  273. Kernal July 20th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Good luck finding a #3 starter.

    We’ll be lucky if we can find someone better than Mitre, let alone better than Joba.

  274. G-C July 20th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    I’m not so sure Joba is a maybe. I look at his 12 starts last year and consider that over that period he was one of the best two or three starting pitchers in baseball, and then look at outings like the ones he spun yesterday, and realize that the talent for him to do what he did over those 12 starts still is right there. I happen to think there’s a much greater chance that everything clicks for him and he starts rolling over the next two months than that he continues to languish in mediocrity before hitting an innings limit. I’m also sure Cashman has some plan in place for this supposed innings limit, whatever it may be- I don’t think there’s any chance in hell that he is just going to pull Joba in the middle of September if he starts throwing like he should and like I believe he will.

    I’m not so sure Andy is done yet. Let’s see how he gets out of the break before we deem him croaked.

    Again, the Yankees have won 101 games and would have cruised to a World Series win had it not been for Dave frigging Roberts with Jon Lieber as their number two starter. The Cardinals won a World Series with Anthony Reyes on the hill for game one. And I’m don’t see anything quite so redeeming about Boston’s “terrific” back three- I doubt I would take those three over what we have going for us now.

  275. Uncle Ellsworth July 20th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Where in the world is Ian Patrick Kennedy?

  276. Vrsce July 20th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    think back to all the fuss on this blog when Andy was holding out. Now that he appears ineffective; it seems that thee Yankees would have been smart to sign another pitcher and not the sentimental fave.

  277. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Bronx Born, thank you for the congrats. Much appreciated.

  278. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    hal sounds like he really knows what hes talking about

  279. Betsy July 20th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I don’t think I’m spoiled, Miggs, but I can easily say you are unrealistic. Let’s just leave it there since we part ways on how good Andy and Joba will be. Joba I expect to have his ups and downs (but he has got to be better than he was the past few weeks), but Andy? I’ve seen enough to know what to expect from him.

  280. Burns July 20th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Joba will be shut down when he reaches his limits… probably in mid-late August.

    Cashman is not sacrificing Joba’s health just for a playoff birth. The offense is just going to have to step up down the stretch and in the playoffs.

    CC and AJ are going have to carry us like Beckett/Schilling did for Boston in 07 in the playoffs.

  281. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    S.A.–Serenity Now
    July 20th, 2009 at 6:20 pm
    GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Thank you S.A. I’ll let you know if it’s great news in about 21 years. Sidney better not be as much trouble as her mother was. Shotgun shells got expensive with all of these girls.

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

    21 years? Make that 18 or sooner GB7. Kids these days and all. Hopefully her brother will help you in keeping her out of trouble!

    ————————————————————

    I don’t know how this all happened. I grounded the granddaughters until they were 45 years old. They must have snuck out one night.

  282. 7*7 July 20th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    From Heyman’s Twitter –

    minaya, manuel have been told by mets boss jeff wilpon they wont be fired over this painful season. #mets

    18 minutes ago from web

  283. vb03 July 20th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Andy is done with a capital D. I wouldn’t expect much out of him at all this 2nd half, he’s a borderline 5th starter now.

  284. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Betsy
    July 20th, 2009 at 6:21 pm
    GB, awwww, congratulations! Hope mommy and babies are doing well…..That’s just wonderful news.

    ————————————————————

    Thank you, Betsy. I really wish she had waited a few more decades, though. All I know is that I can’t ground her anymore.

  285. m July 20th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Wow. That was a crazy question by Feinsand about Girardi’s job next season. Has the theme ever changed? The answer certainly hasn’t.

    Hal’s going to make a move. Going to get Halladay & Rios.

  286. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I don’t know how this all happened. I grounded the granddaughters until they were 45 years old. They must have snuck out one night.

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

    Aw lol :lol:

  287. Pat M.... July 20th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    RayVT….That’s thinking outside the box…..I think the $$$ may scare the Jays away….

  288. ArodMVP217 July 20th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Betsy, look within, stretch Phil once Marte comes back and Bruney finds command. If one of above doesn’t happen and Melancon doesn’t pick up slack, we are going to have to make a trade

  289. Doreen July 20th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I’m liking Hal Steinbrenner more and more. Each time he speaks, he seems more and more comfortable. Like him.

    Too bad about CMW. Sigh. It’s going to be almost a lost season for him. Starting to look like, we hope for next season. At least we know they’re not going to be rushing him back.

  290. Kid A July 20th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Hal sounds like the kind of guy who wouldn’t give a rat’s ass what John Henry tweets.

    I like that.

  291. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    From Heyman’s Twitter –

    minaya, manuel have been told by mets boss jeff wilpon they wont be fired over this painful season. #mets

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

    I know the injuries have played a key role in the disaster that is the 2009 NY Mets, but I know a lot of mets fans that will not be happy to hear this.

  292. 7*7 July 20th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    “Hal’s going to make a move. Going to get Halladay & Rios.”

    I got the same sense from that interview

  293. Sal July 20th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Hal talks a big game

    Let’s see him put his mouth where his money is at the trade deadline. We NEED 1 or 2 starters and Halladay is available too.

    Go out and get us some help and not ask CC/AJ to carry the rotation. It’s not fair to them.

  294. Doreen July 20th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    m -

    What makes you say that you think Hal is going to get Halladay and Rios, specifically?

  295. Uncle Ellsworth July 20th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    where was Hal interviewed?

  296. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    I like Hal

  297. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Maybe it’s time to stop thinking about CM Wang and start getting JJ Wang ready… :(

  298. Doreen July 20th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    SA -

    It wouldn’t be fair to fire Manuel over this season; Minaya, maybe, but that’s even debatable. Just an awful season for them. Sad.

  299. Giuseppe Franco July 20th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Meh, I don’t buy that at all.

    They aren’t trading for Halladay. Nothing has changed on that front over the past two weeks.

  300. m July 20th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    7*7,

    If you think of it, this is a “break glass only in case of emergency” kind of emergency.

    The top of our rotation was projected to be CC/Wang/AJ.

    Well, now there’s just CC/AJ.

    And now there’s no Hughes to plug into the rotation, as he is not longer the 6th starter. Or a starter at all for that matter.

  301. Wilson July 20th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Why do people keep asking Hal/Cashman about Girardi’s job?

    We are 17 games over .500!!!!

    If he doesn’t make the playoffs, he’s gone
    If we make the playoffs, he comes back

    Not rocket science. The only gray area is if we win like 94 games and miss the playoffs because Tampa won 95. Then it’s tough to decide.

  302. m July 20th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Doreen,

    Because it’s Big and Bold. And right in front of our faces.

    To tip the tide in our direction at all, a bloated OF contract needs to be involved.

    We need a starter and a real outfielder as well.

  303. Dave July 20th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Per Kim – Mitre is “in the rotation”, not a start0by-start basis, they are counting on him.

    Not a surprise to hear

  304. jpb1973 July 20th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    In September, we play 7 with the Rays, 3 with Boston, 4 with the Angels.

    You want Igawa starting potentially 4 of those games instead of an effective Joba?

    ————————

    Yes, if the alternative is ruining Joba’s arm for the next 10 years, like Toronto did with its pitching staff.

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

    I agree!!! There’s no sense in risking Joba’s career. By September we may be able to use Ian Kennedy. I’d rather he start before we go to Igawa or ruin Joba’s career.

  305. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I didn’t that “Hal is going to trade for Halladay/Rios” sense. He said he wasn’t big on trading prospects and that he will leave all possibility open.
    He’s really not the type of owner that will tell Cashman/baseball people in the org what to do. Unlike Hank/George he lets them do their job.

  306. Betsy July 20th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Aceves in the rotation would be a mistake…..I wouldn’t do that at all.

  307. Zed July 20th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    For an organization that states missing the playoffs this year as not an option, they had better upgrade the rotation to ensure that doesn’t happen. Way too risky to go into the stretch run with this rotation. Even if Joba starts pitching well, he’ll hit his innings limits sometime next month.

    We are Edwar-thin in the rotation.

  308. Drive 4-5 July 20th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Very sad news about Wang. You have to feel for him. He has to be concerned about his career.

    There is no doubt the Yankees will be active in the trade market. Get set to pay the price. A Rod, Jeter, Mo & Posada arent getting any younger. The time to win is now. Melky, Gardner, Montero, Romine,A Jax, Cervelli,Betances, Melancon, Hughes, Joba, Swisher and even Cano will be subject to discussion.

  309. Betsy July 20th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    GB, can we ground some of the trolls around here?

  310. Doreen July 20th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I wasn’t here all day – GB7 – is there news on the twins front???????

  311. Andrew July 20th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    SI_JonHeyman #mets rejected request of package of f-mart, niese, parnell and ruben tejada for halladay. #jays

  312. Franklin July 20th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Andy is DONE, with a capital D.

    Tonight, the Os will batter him all around the yard.

    Mitre might do OK because he is a groundball guy, but he is nothing great

    Must get another starter at all costs.

  313. Betsy July 20th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    The Yankees will make a move or two – Hal isn’t just going to sit back and let a very good team possibly miss the playoffs because of an unfortunate pitching situation., I have no idea what they will do, but it will be something

  314. Y 27 July 20th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    “SI_JonHeyman #mets rejected request of package of f-mart, niese, parnell and ruben tejada for halladay. #jays”

    …..

    And that’s why, they are the Mets.

  315. Hank July 20th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    The sad part is that Andy might be the weakest link on the team (even with Mitre), and yet he will keep his rotation spot because he is Andy.

  316. vinny-b (keep Montero) July 20th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    as if Halladay would waive his no trade, to go to the Mets.

    a complete waste of resources, if the 2 clubs even talked.

  317. Betsy July 20th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Wow, is that ALL the Jays asked from the Mets? Crazy – the Yanks are not getting Doc. Hughes and/or Joba would be the price demanded (just one of them makes the Yankee package, even without knowing who else was in it, better)

  318. Doreen July 20th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    There is a danger in messing with the “chemistry” of a team too much. The ONLY way I think a splashy deal (Halladay) is made is with the minimum of disruption to the team as it is running right now. I think IF the Yankees do such a deal, they will take on the MONEY of a Wells or a Rios, giving up as little in TALENT as possible.

    I got the sense from Hal that he likes the make-up of this team. I don’t think he’s going to mess with it too much. BUT I think Jackson and Montero or Cervelli may be pieces that are approachable in trade.

    However, I realize that my opinion is a reflection of my feelings and I don’t want them to lose Hughes or, really, even Joba. Not even for Halladay.

    Also, however, now that it is fairly certain that there is no #3 starter here, I know that something is going to be done (unless Mitre overwhelms).

    My mom took pictures of her television set this morning when ARod, Tex and CC were on Regis. I thought I was bad. :lol:

  319. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Betsy
    July 20th, 2009 at 6:41 pm
    GB, can we ground some of the trolls around here?

    ————————————————————

    I was thinking about sprinkling a little arsenic in their ratfood.

  320. Andrew July 20th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    That is every useful young player left in the Mets’ organization, for Halladay. It would pretty much guts their farm system to make that trade. I don’t see that as a light asking price–it’s just that the Yankees have more of an abundance of prospects than the Mets, and they also happen to have an abundance of better prospects.

  321. m July 20th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Oops, in all the hullabaloo, I forgot. Good news on Damaso.

  322. Uncle Ellsworth July 20th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Doreen why were they on Regis

  323. Betsy July 20th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I can’t believe the Jays want that deal from the Mets. Has JP been drinking from the same water Bill Smith did?

  324. Phil July 20th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Hal is well educated. We’re not trading for Halladay.

  325. Doreen July 20th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Wow – that seems like a good deal for the Mets. They’d be getting a pitcher even better than Johan – proven in the AL East – it’s surprising they didn’t go for it. They could write in 2 wins a weeks instead of 1. And none of those players are really impact players. When they’re wounded return, with a Halladay in the rotation, they might have been able to make up a lot of ground.

    Usually when I don’t check in during the day, I’ll go back and read or skim the thread, but I haven’t done that, and boy do I feel totall LOST! :lol:

  326. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    That is nothing package for Halladay. Other then Fernando Martinez, there is not 1 big prospect in that deal. It’s garbage. I would do that deal in a heart beat if I’m the Mets.

    Yankees equivalent would be: Jackson Kennedy Robertson Nunez

  327. Gary July 20th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    The Yankees, Tigers, Angels, White Sox, Rangers, Phillies, Cardinals, Brewers, Rockies, Dodgers all need starters and are all legitimately in pennant races.

    The only good pitcher that is legitimately available is Halladay. Guys like Washburn are probably not.

    If Cashman does acquire a guy, it will probably be someone who isin’t great but hoping we could catch lightening in a bottle, like Chacon in 05.

  328. m July 20th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Doreen,

    I sensed something will happen because Hal said, we always do something around the deadline.

    Even Cash tried to toss out the red herring b/y saying last week that the trade deadline wasn’t even a firm one, deals can get done after July 31st.

    The only way we can get Halladay is Rios or Wells. Wells is a forget it.

    So if we can convince JP to bite on a Halladay/Rios. Which is a good thing. Because no way is Hughes or Joba involved in a salary dump.

  329. Betsy July 20th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Andrew, just because it would gut the Mets’ farm system doesn’t mean those are top prospects. I mean, the fact that those are the best the Mets have to offer is pretty sad…………then again, JP obviously liked them and that is all that matters.

  330. vinny-b (keep Montero) July 20th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    “Hughes and/or Joba would be the price demanded (just one of them makes the Yankee package, even without knowing who else was in it, better)”

    yup.

    the other day on WFAN one of the hosts (i forget which one) attempted to praise Minaya and give him +++ credit for making the Santana trade.

    I had to laugh. That trade was all on Bill Smith and had nothing to do with Minaya having “skills”

  331. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Doreen
    July 20th, 2009 at 6:43 pm
    I wasn’t here all day – GB7 – is there news on the twins front???????

    ————————————————————

    Why, yes there is, Doreen. Do you want just the details or would you like the short version (4 hours of everything)? They were born at 4:35 AM today. Sidney Lynn tipped the scales at 3 pounds and 6 ounces. Anthony Michael weighed in at 5 pounds and 2 ounces. Thank God they don’t look like me. Well, except for the hair. They both have flesh colored hair.

  332. Doreen July 20th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Uncle E -

    They were promoting HOPE Week. They were really good – cute, too, although I’m sure you don’t care if they were cute. Sparkly eyes and all. ARod looked small compared to Tex and CC. Tex and ARod looked tiny next to CC. I don’t think they did, but it would have been funny to see Regis & Kelly standing next to them! :lol:

  333. Betsy July 20th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Trevor, what does that tell you that JP actually broached the Mets (they didn’t go to him) about the deal? I can’t decide if JP is pathetic for actually wanting that package or frustrated that Halladay came thisclose to going to the Mets.

  334. TD213 July 20th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Cashman isin’t a guy who makes moves for the sake of making moves to “appease the fans/players”. Some GMs operate like that, Cashman doesn’t.

    Cashman will make a move if it makes sense and improves the ballclub. He’s not just going to acquire a pitcher who is not better than Andy/Joba/Mitre, just to quiet the fans down. He is a meticulous guy. If he can’t find someone that he feels will translate well to the AL East and outperform what we have, he won’t acquire him.

  335. Kid A July 20th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Why not investigate what Mark Mulder has in the tank? It won’t cost prospects or draft choices, and it certainly would be wise to start another lefty @the new Stadium if possible.

  336. NYY626 July 20th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    I found some behind the scenes stuff of the guys on Regis and Kelly this morning. I still can’t find the actual link of the live segment though….

    Check it out:

    http://bventertainment.go.com/.....index.html

  337. vinny-b (keep Montero) July 20th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    “Andrew, just because it would gut the Mets’ farm system doesn’t mean those are top prospects. I mean, the fact that those are the best the Mets have to offer is pretty sad”

    I tend to believe the combination of above said prospects, is equivelent to scraping the bottom of a mayonaise jar

  338. Al from BK July 20th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Now we need a starter, no more praying for rain with Wanger.

  339. 97 Yank July 20th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    As SJ44 said repeatedly, GMs value players differently than fans do.

    And the price for an AL East team would always be substantially more than another team.

  340. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    If Heyman is right with that “offer” then it is crazy what the Jays would take to get Halladay out of the AL. Just like the Twins GM did. Niese, F.Mart and Parnell are ok but not 1 real deal can’t miss prospect. How do people even bring up Hughes, Joba or Montero when those prospects aren’t even close to that level. Too bad there isn’t a good pitcher available in the NL that the Yanks can go after. Maybe then a GM would ask for a fair offer from the Yanks to get them out of the league.

  341. Doreen July 20th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    GB7 ==

    Are mom & babies doing okay?

    Congratulations on being a Great Grandpa. So happy for you. Sorry to hear about the hair color. :lol:

    Nice names, by the way. :)

  342. MG July 20th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Franklin
    July 20th, 2009 at 6:44 pm
    Andy is DONE, with a capital D.

    Tonight, the Os will batter him all around the yard.

    Mitre might do OK because he is a groundball guy, but he is nothing great

    Must get another starter at all costs.
    ——————————————————-

    if Andy pitches a good game tonight you better get a new screen name, troll.

  343. Andrew July 20th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    No guarantee that deal would have happened even if the Mets had accepted the package, Ricciardi could have been giving Minaya a chance knowing Halladay would say no to going to Flushing. After all, winning is priority #1 on his supposed “list of preferences” for a trade destination–and he isn’t dumb enough to think going to the Mets would equal winning this year.

  344. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Tells me that contrary to what some have said, Toronto isn’t all that interested in trading him in the division. UNLESS you give up your system.
    Which is what some have suspected for awhile.

  345. Yanks 82 July 20th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    How is saying that Andy is done constitute someone as being a “troll”?

    Would saying “Andy is finished” or “Andy doesn’t have anything left in the tank” make him less of a troll?

  346. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Andy against the Orioles lineup and in this ballpark is really scary. The only teams that play the Yanks tougher than the Orioles is Boston and the Angels.

  347. vtred July 20th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    “Tells me that contrary to what some have said, Toronto isn’t all that interested in trading him in the division. UNLESS you give up your system.”

    Bingo, Trevor. Unless we were going to sell the farm, JP wasn’t interested in trading him here. It may be even more validity to the story that JP didn’t return Cashman’s call.

  348. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Doreen July 20th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    SA -

    It wouldn’t be fair to fire Manuel over this season; Minaya, maybe, but that’s even debatable. Just an awful season for them. Sad.

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

    I just don’t think Manuel is all that good of a manager even. I dunno, maybe it’s all that cackling he does in the post-game that bothers me so much :P
    Plus, I’m still bitter over they way they fired Willie. I really do think they should just clean house and start fresh.

    But, I agree it is sad. It is an awful awful season for them.

  349. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Doreen
    July 20th, 2009 at 7:01 pm
    GB7 ==

    Are mom & babies doing okay?

    Congratulations on being a Great Grandpa. So happy for you. Sorry to hear about the hair color.

    Nice names, by the way.

    ————————————————————

    doreen, thanks for asking about Mom and kids. I suppose they have a little importance in this. They’re doing great. Kids are about a month early, but, doing fine. First report was that they were having a little trouble feeding Sidney because of her size, but, she’s doing fine, now. She’s talking already, and says her dream is to play center field for the Yankees.

  350. carl July 20th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    The Giambino on the DL

  351. mosandman July 20th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    What about Ian Snell as a candidate to trade for for the 5th starter spot? He can’t cost too much to get, and is probably as good a shot to help as Mitre?

  352. Buddy Biancalana July 20th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Mets reject Halladay offer.

    http://twitter.com/SI_JonHeyman/status/2747001347

  353. Doreen July 20th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    NYY626 –

    Thanks for that. Hmm, a lot different behind the scenes, isn’t it. I sent the link to my mom, she’ll get a kick out of it. I’d have like to see Kelly next to CC without her heels! :lol:

  354. Vince July 20th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Hal Steinbrenner. John Henry he’s not.

  355. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Doreen, it wasn’t my choice of names, but, she refused to name them Bronx and Bomber.

  356. MG July 20th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Yanks 82
    July 20th, 2009 at 7:03 pm
    How is saying that Andy is done constitute someone as being a “troll”?

    Would saying “Andy is finished” or “Andy doesn’t have anything left in the tank” make him less of a troll?
    ——————————————————-

    saying Andy will get battered all over the ballpark by the Oriole’s tonight before the game even starts doesn’t exactly make him a Yankees FAN, does it? For crying out loud, this guy has an 8-5 record, has won almost 200 games in his career plus tons of postseason games. He has earned respect through performance, period. Is he the pitcher he was a few years ago? No. Is he capable of contributing down the stretch? Absolutely. The ones who complain about his pitching now are probably the same ones who thought Moose was done in 2007. It’s a long season, Andy will pitch some good games before the year is over, you can count on it.

  357. U-Turn July 20th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    If Cashman, at any time, said he wasn’t giving up Hughes or Joba, then it is no wonder why JP is showing no interest in dealing with him. Especially if Boston indicated they would be willing to part with Buchholz and some NL teams have stepped up with good offers.

  358. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    pena just homered in AAA

  359. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Damon is a vacuum cleaner in left. :)

  360. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    ajax with a single..

  361. Doreen July 20th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    GB7 -

    Glad to hear that. Best wishes for all. My babies (single born) were less than 6 pounds full term. So your great grandson is an impressive size for an early twin. Extra prayers for Sidney! And maybe by the time she’s old enough they’ll actually have a professional BASEBALL league for women!!!!

    :)

  362. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    If Markakis wasn’t so hot, I’d be mad at him for that HR. Instead, I’ll be pissed at Andy.

  363. New blog reader July 20th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Where can I listen to this game online? Can someone post a link?

  364. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Markakis is so hot. But damn it
    HR from the hottie

  365. Maria July 20th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Ehhh sort of saw that coming after the long fly ball before. Come on Andy continue the pitching trend!

  366. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Oops. Now Andy will bear down, just like Joba did after he gave up the solo shot!

  367. Rick July 20th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Yep. Markakis is no surprise. He thrives on Yankee pitching.

  368. NYY626 July 20th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    No problem Doreen! I thought that clip was really cute. It was nice to see Alex acting “normally”. He is really starting to grow on me…

  369. neo July 20th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    http://www.channelsurfing.net/watch-mlb.php?w=2 link

  370. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    http://atdhe.net/watch-baseball.php?i=2

    Link for the game

  371. Doreen July 20th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    That was funny. No one was going to touch that ball in the bullpen. :) Not a good start for Andy, though.

    Well, who knows? How many times has he had a great first inning only to ultimately do poorly the rest of the way. Maybe this is good. A shaky first, and then settle down. Wishful thinking?

    Everyone else in the rotation has had shaky first innings. I’ll give Andy the benefit of the doubt. He’s on extra rest, too, after all.

  372. New blog reader July 20th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Thank you!

  373. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Are there kids on the blog tonight? I’m probably going to want to say some stuff about Markakis and it’s gonna be X-Rated. :P

  374. NYY626 July 20th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Laura, I’m with you on the Markakis thing :)

  375. Maria July 20th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    I hope they hit some balls to right field so we can get some close ups on Markakis.

  376. carl July 20th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    I like Nick Markakis

  377. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Damon caught the ball and didn’t bang into the wall. That’s a good sign…..

  378. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    as of 4:35 aM this morning, I’m the great grandfather of twins. 3 pound 6 ounce girl (Sidney Lynn) and a 5 pound 2 ounce boy (Anthony Michael). She threatened to name him Boston John if I didn’t promise to babysit every weekend. (I think she was kidding)
    ****

    GB7-

    Do not test her!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I hope you enjoy your new great grandbabies :grin:

  379. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    http://i44.photobucket.com/alb.....rkakis.jpg

    Why can’t he be a NY Yankee? The things I would do to him while under the O’Neill banner. ;)

  380. Doreen July 20th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    SA -

    I wanted to add, but forgot – I don’t like Manuel either. And I hated the way they got rid of Willy, regardless of whether or not they were happy with his work, they certainly disrespected him. But Manuel gets a pass because this is plague of injuries with no depth in the system to cover the losses, and no money in the bank, either.

  381. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    You gals who like Markakis better not look at the screen if Charlie Weiss is interviewed in the booth…

  382. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    I figured Andy could at least last 1 inning without a meatball. His stuff is just not good enough to get a good lineup out especially at this ballpark. If the Yanks don’t think Andy is a problem in the rotation than they are nuts.

  383. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    vb03
    July 20th, 2009 at 5:49 pm
    Give Kei Igawa ONE start at the 5th spot and see if he can give you anything at all. At this point, if you have Hughes and Aceves as caddies for his ONE start, how bad could it be? At best, you may have a serviceable 5th starter.

    I emphasize “ONE” because I’m not advocating giving a spot. Just a chance at one.

    ***
    I agree with this completely. But I think we are in a minority

  384. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you very much, Erica. It’s much apppreciated. I don’t have any intentions of testing her. She’s just mean enough to do it.

  385. Ramey July 20th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    So, did anybody else realize that Joba Chamberlain has 1 less quality start this season than CC Sabathia? Joba has 9 and CC has 10. I think that really just points out the fact that “quality starts” are an overrated statistic, because I think Sabathia has been much better than Joba lol

  386. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    I told you guys MPB Johnny Damon is awesome now

  387. Benny Blanco July 20th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    if that were swisher, he might of gone for second.

  388. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Hope I’m wrong but you can almost predict what Pettitte would do tonight: 5 innings tons of base runners laboring through innings….

  389. Ramey July 20th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Erica,

    I’ve been advocating giving Igawa a shot for almost 6 weeks now, but nobody really even gives it any weight. It’s like the Yankees don’t even think Igawa exists anymore

  390. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    “I told you guys MPB Johnny Damon is awesome now”

    Erica, MPB is more awesome than yours. Did you see Markakis throw that ball into 2B? Damon’s throw would have bounced all the way in. :P

  391. Zooboy July 20th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Igawa who?

  392. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Markakis getting plenty of action tonight. I’d like to give him some action. :lol:

  393. Al from BK July 20th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    If the Jays were gonna take that package, we could get Doc easily.

  394. Doreen July 20th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I’m not averse to giving Igawa another shot, But he’s not on the 40-man, so that would present a problem, no?

  395. Brent July 20th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Not sure if this is allowed on the blog…but if anyone wants to stream the game, check out atdhe.net

    Scroll down to where you see “Orioles VS Yankees” and click on it. As long as your browser is set up with the correct codecs, it should load and play in its own window.

    Let me know how it goes! This site usually has most Yankee games, btw.

  396. RS July 20th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I think life against the Angels would be much easier if we had Markakis in RF.

  397. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I agree with giving Igawa a shot.

    We might mean different things by “a shot” though.

  398. NYY626 July 20th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Laura, Markakis still plays for the other team. In my opinion, he becomes hotter when he strikes out/makes an error.

  399. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Laura-

    I don’t like your attitude. LOL. You are rooting for the wrong side.

    It’s not his fault MPB Johnny Damon throws like a girl (okay, it sort of is, but there has to be someone else to blame)

  400. Ramey July 20th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    “I’m not averse to giving Igawa another shot, But he’s not on the 40-man, so that would present a problem, no?”

    That’s why we’ve got Ransom and Tomko! lol I knew they served a purpose

  401. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    “Laura, Markakis still plays for the other team. In my opinion, he becomes hotter when he strikes out/makes an error.”

    I know, I know. It’s a struggle for me. The guy really should be a Yankee. He’s too good to be on the Orioles.

  402. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Ramey
    July 20th, 2009 at 7:20 pm
    Erica,

    I’ve been advocating giving Igawa a shot for almost 6 weeks now, but nobody really even gives it any weight. It’s like the Yankees don’t even think Igawa exists anymore

    ***
    I have been saying this since Wang went down. Maybe if we say it together people will pay attention and not throw things at us. :-)

  403. RS July 20th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    That was a really good pitch.

  404. carl July 20th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    niiice breaking ball

  405. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Doreen July 20th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    SA -

    I wanted to add, but forgot – I don’t like Manuel either. And I hated the way they got rid of Willy, regardless of whether or not they were happy with his work, they certainly disrespected him. But Manuel gets a pass because this is plague of injuries with no depth in the system to cover the losses, and no money in the bank, either.

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

    Yeah, he will get a pass. Still can’t believe how much of a mess that team is!

  406. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Laura – I’m ready for the second half. Are the Yankees??
    July 20th, 2009 at 7:24 pm
    “Laura, Markakis still plays for the other team. In my opinion, he becomes hotter when he strikes out/makes an error.”

    I know, I know. It’s a struggle for me. The guy really should be a Yankee. He’s too good to be on the Orioles.

    ****

    Almost my exact words in 2003 speaking about MPB Johnny Damon. But it came true for me :-)

  407. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Is there any doubt that Swish the athlete would of attempted to get to 2nd base on that? lol

  408. Benny Blanco July 20th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Anyone booing arod in that stadium should be banned from attending anymore games.

  409. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    “I don’t like your attitude. LOL. You are rooting for the wrong side.”

    No I’m not. I’m just complimenting my pretend man on his strong throwing arm. I didn’t say that I wanted BAL to win. In fact, I want the Yankees to get all of their base hits to RF. :P

  410. carl July 20th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Sounds like Michael Kay can’t wait for the inning to end lol

  411. RS July 20th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Robbie Cano? Oh boy.

  412. carl July 20th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Cano has to be nervous

  413. NYY626 July 20th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    # Benny Blanco July 20th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Anyone booing arod in that stadium should be banned from attending anymore games.
    _______________________________________________________________
    Agreed. Boo-ing your own team is ridiculous.

    Ugg im nervous for robbie!

  414. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Can-do!!!
    Can-do!!!

  415. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    “Robbie Cano? Oh boy.”

    Isn’t that Robbie Cano? Oh No!!

  416. RS July 20th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I usually don’t say stuff like this, but Cano must be hitting a soft .350 because I really don’t remember him getting a ton of hits this month.

  417. miggs July 20th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Can we keep the oogling over the players to a minimum?

    It was amusing for the first few posts but now its just growing more and more annoying.

  418. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    At least they’ve got the guy throwing pitches.

  419. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Nice way to swing at ball 4.

  420. Benny Blanco July 20th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Cano, that was ball four.

  421. RS July 20th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Do we have a grandslam this season?

  422. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Nice take, Robi! Tie game!

    oops

  423. Uncle Ellsworth July 20th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    How bout a hit?

  424. Kid A July 20th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Michael Kay: “…that’s going to start the merry-go-round.”

    took a shot.

  425. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    He’s over 30 pitches now.

  426. Ramey July 20th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    “I have been saying this since Wang went down. Maybe if we say it together people will pay attention and not throw things at us.”

    Don’t lie, you just want me to get hit first so you can get a head start in ducking

  427. Angel (OPPC) - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 20th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    *throws things at Erica and Ramey*

    Just cause. :D

  428. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    this is still a nice ab for cano…this guys pitch count is insanely high

  429. djsunyc July 20th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    cano FIGHTING…come on robbie…DON’T FEAR THE RISP!!!

  430. NYY626 July 20th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    miggs July 20th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Can we keep the oogling over the players to a minimum?

    It was amusing for the first few posts but now its just growing more and more annoying.
    _______________________________________________________________
    Lol I was waiting for the 1st complaint to roll in. I understand. I remember thinking it was annoying when people were talking about some hot blonde chick in the 1st row for an entire game once….

  431. RS July 20th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Stop making this so difficult Cano. These aren’t young guys on the basepaths, you know.

  432. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Cano is going to slash a double and laugh at our ‘ball 4′ comments. Please.

  433. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    That looked like a ball as well.

  434. carl July 20th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    should have took the walk

  435. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Or… :(

  436. montyd July 20th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    J Sanchez Ks the side for SF. 1 BB. No perfect game tonight.

  437. djsunyc July 20th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    dang…DON’T FEAR THE RISP…WE NEED MORE COWBELL!!!

  438. RS July 20th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Ughh, why does Cano have to swing at everything? He swing at ball 4 three times in that AB.

  439. Angel (OPPC) - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 20th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Damn, could have potentially walked a few times that AB.

  440. Al from BK July 20th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Yankees with a runner on 3rd less than 2 outs= little league club.

  441. Mark-Cant Touch This July 20th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    The guy cant get a break!

  442. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    35 pitches for Hernandez

  443. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    he hit it hard…he swung at ball 4 twice but he saw 9 pitches

    35 pitches

  444. YankeesLuv July 20th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    That wasn’t a bad swing actually.

  445. David Cone's Camera Face July 20th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    they thought he would be the hit man, but cano is just the swing man, numbers that mean nothing.

  446. Dan July 20th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    RS – no he didn’t. Look on Gameday. He swung at ball 4 the first time and even that was a relatively close pitch. Every other pitch touched the strikezone.

  447. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Ramey-

    You are on to me.

    Angel-

    You totally just hit Ramey. I ducked ;-)

    hahahahaha

  448. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    “Damn, could have potentially walked a few times that AB.”

    I have come to accept the fact that Robbie can’t change who he is. That’s the only thing that explains his approach at the plate. He just can’t help himself.

  449. Evan July 20th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Unreal….did anyone have any confidence that he would come through there?

    Cano needs to be moved down to 7 or 8 in the lineup. He finds himself at the end of those rallys all the time and just kills them. Swinging at ball 4 several times before popping out. Just pathetic. You don’t have to hit .310 on the year Cano – I’d rather you hit .275 and get a damn hit with RISP once in a blue moon.

  450. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Wait, so in that commercial Francesa is saying “it’s not like you can import new ARMS”???

    I thought he was saying ‘New Orleans’. No wonder it didn’t make sense.

  451. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    “RS – no he didn’t. Look on Gameday. He swung at ball 4 the first time and even that was a relatively close pitch. Every other pitch touched the strikezone.”

    Even the last one? I don’t think so. That ball was low.

  452. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Not bad the idiot only swung at ball 4 twice…Maybe if he got fined every time he swung at a pitch 10 feet off the plate he wouldn’t do it anymore. You really have to wonder how often the Yanks address certain things with him.

  453. Angel (OPPC) - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 20th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Protesting about women ogling players used to seem ironic to me when the Stiletto and Lace ad used to be so prominent on this website, to nary a protest. :D

  454. miggs July 20th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    NYY626 I’ve made the occasional comment about a female reporter or woman in the stands so I’m not completely innocent in that regard.

    But now it just felt like I left a yankees blog and somehow entered a Cosmo message board or something.

    :)

  455. RS July 20th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Yeah, the dude threw 35 pitches but it could have been 40 or more if Cano had taken a walk.

  456. kenny powers July 20th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    until cano can take a walk i will never think of him as an elite player

  457. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Angel-

    You are also forgetting that no guys ever say anything about the looks of Kim Jones, Erin Andrews or that lovely idea that Alyssa Milano bats instead of pitchers in the NL

  458. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    the pitches were too close for Cano to take

  459. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    miggs-

    A Cosmo message board would be way too girly for me too. LOL

  460. Ramey July 20th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    “Ramey-

    You are on to me.

    Angel-

    You totally just hit Ramey. I ducked

    hahahahaha”

    It’s always the damon lover’s!

  461. teddy July 20th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    cano had a great at bat, but cost the team a run

  462. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    LOL Derek shaking Snoopy’s hand. :lol:

  463. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    well, that was an interesting play

  464. carl July 20th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    lol shaking snoopys hand. Great play cano!

  465. RS July 20th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Nice play

  466. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    “the pitches were too close for Cano to take”

    Even the one that was up at his eyes? LOL!

  467. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    great play by Cano and Andy

  468. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    great job of covering there by andy..

  469. djsunyc July 20th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    lazy play by cano there…sigh…

  470. Doreen July 20th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    I like that play! Way to pick each other up!

  471. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Okay, time to get this kid to throw 50 pitches in one inning.

  472. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 20th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    I’ll wait until YPB Damon comes up to bad and you’re distracted to make my next move. :-P

  473. Al from BK July 20th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    In fairness to Cano, that ball looked like it was headed for the gap, it was struck.

  474. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    25 pitches for Andy

  475. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    S.A.–Serenity Now
    July 20th, 2009 at 7:38 pm
    LOL Derek shaking Snoopy’s hand.
    ****
    I would have done the same thing had I been Snoopy. :grin:

  476. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 20th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    bad = bat

  477. RS July 20th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    At least Pettitte is pounding the strike zone. I’m fine with a couple solo HRs here or there, as long as he doesn’t walk people and last just 5 innings.

  478. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Did that just happen? Previous inning, the opposing pithcer throws 30+ pitches and then the Yankee pitcher gets 3 FAST outs to run the guy right back out? We can do that???

  479. miggs July 20th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Cano battled up there, saw 8 pitches, and stayed on an outside pitch and hit it hard.

    Yeah he swung at a pitch outside the zone. It happens to everyone.

    There are 3 major league players with more hits than Cano this year. And his defense is superb.

    The trashing of Cano is so stupid its almost not worth a response. Get a clue.

  480. carl July 20th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Big Hinske!

  481. RS July 20th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Hinske is amazing.

  482. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Hmm, I wonder if we should start Hinske or Swisher right now?

    Is it even a question?

  483. Al from BK July 20th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Hinske FTW!

  484. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Did Sterling make a call????????????????

  485. NYY626 July 20th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    and we are tied :) Wow he’s kind of unreal right now

  486. djsunyc July 20th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    ok…there needs to be some serious thinking on girardi’s part to give hinske some of swisher’s at bats…

  487. carl July 20th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    wow crushed

  488. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Gee, Officer Hinske, you’ve done it again!!!

  489. Uncle Ellsworth July 20th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    ” a hinski homer”

    wow real creative John

  490. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    hinke is a man beast!

  491. Evan July 20th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Guess Hinske should be playing more? And batting ahead of Cano???

  492. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Hinske. :)

    1-1

  493. carl July 20th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Melky needs to sit

  494. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    You know Girardi can’t wait to get Swish back in there…………

  495. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Hey, Hinske where has he been hiding??? Girardi better leave him in the lineup while he is hot, especially dont take him out for Swisher Berroa.

  496. Rob NY July 20th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    I thought we all agreed on the Hinske call? Did Sterling not get the memo?

    HINSKE WITH YOUR BEST SHOT!

  497. Evan July 20th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Anyone know Sterling’s home run call for Hinske?

  498. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    “miggs
    July 20th, 2009 at 7:41 pm
    Cano battled up there, saw 8 pitches, and stayed on an outside pitch and hit it hard.

    Yeah he swung at a pitch outside the zone. It happens to everyone.

    There are 3 major league players with more hits than Cano this year. And his defense is superb.

    The trashing of Cano is so stupid its almost not worth a response. Get a clue.”

    100% agree

  499. Uncle Ellsworth July 20th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    What
    is
    a
    Swisher?

  500. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    “The trashing of Cano is so stupid its almost not worth a response. Get a clue.”

    No, you get a clue. How about get a stat sheet and look at how he performs with RISP. Even he knows it as he mentioned it in an interview recently. I’m the first one to complain when people get on him for being lazy, etc. But his failure to hit with RISP is unacceptable. People want to slam Alex for his *supposed* problem in this area yet Robbie should dodge the bullet? Don’t think so.

  501. carl July 20th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Cano is batting 1 something with risp. He will get trashed until he comes through.

  502. Uncle Ellsworth July 20th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Evan

    ” a hinski homer”

  503. Al from BK July 20th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    “HINSKE WITH YOUR BEST SHOT!”

    :D

  504. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Has anyone noticed that Melky kind of slaps at the ball instead of actually driving it?

  505. RS July 20th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    How many runs on this homestand have been scored without the HR? Not many I can recall.

  506. Evan July 20th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    We’ve said it earlier – Melky is a slap hitter – a .250 one who had great value earlier this year. That was the time for him to be traded.

    I love watching Gardner, I think we have enough outfielders and I would use Melky in a trade for a pitcher. He has been clutch but he has no future with the team. A-Jax is our future CF and I’d much rather have Gardner as my 4th OF because of his speed.

  507. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    I agree that Cano has got to come through with RISP but that wasn’t bad at bat

  508. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    That’s what he gets for that fist pump crap he did to Joba.

  509. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    He dropped the ball!!!

    Thinking about the fist pump too soon?

  510. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Nice catch! NOT!

  511. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Melky hasn’t been quite the same since he injured his shoulder running into the wall.

  512. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    that wasnt strike 3…oh well

  513. miggs July 20th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Laura you take one stat and try and use it as the basis for your entire argument, which is not only absurd but also completely shortsighted. It also illustartes your limited knowledge of the game.

    Yeah he’s not great with RISP. That’s all you got? If you had any substantial baseball knowledge you would understand what a huge asset he is to the team. He’s among the league leaders in hit and runs scored while batting 5th or lower in the lineup. Do you understand what a huge plus that is?

    That’s not even mentioning he plays 2nd base while putting up those numbers, and is superb defensively.

    He’s got 25 doubles 13 hrs and 46 rbis.

    Can’t get 46 rbis unless you hit with RISP sometimes.

  514. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Terrible call there. That was not only almost in the other batter’s box but he hadn’t called a pitch anywhere near there all night.

  515. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    “I agree that Cano has got to come through with RISP but that wasn’t bad at bat”

    Yes, he’s had worse at bats with men on base. But at some point, they all just start to run together. At this point, when he eventually comes through, no one will remember because we’ve seen nothing but failure from him in that regard.

  516. jennifer July 20th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I heard on the radio that Hal was asked if Joe would be fired if his team didn’t make the playoffs. Unbelievable. The Yankees are one game back from the AL East, have the third best record in all of baseball and that is what someone asks.

  517. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I don’t think the Yanks can trade Melky right now, they need him until Jackson is ready. They have successful giving Gardner playing time in situations where he can contribute. They dont’ want to give him the ball everyday and have no one behind him

  518. things that go thump in the dead of the night July 20th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    “No, you get a clue. How about get a stat sheet and look at how he performs with RISP.”

    you know if cano would have had 3 more hits per months with RISP he would be batting 300 with RISP…so what again, its stupid that people trash cano

  519. Matt K. July 20th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    How did they manage to fit Charlie Weis in the press box?

  520. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Well guys, keep in mind that this is the first statement that any Steinbrenner has made in a while. They’re going to ask him those kinds of questions since they don’t often get the chance.

  521. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    “I agree that Cano has got to come through with RISP but that wasn’t bad at bat”

    Yes, he’s had worse at bats with men on base. But at some point, they all just start to run together. At this point, when he eventually comes through, no one will remember because we’ve seen nothing but failure from him in that regard.

    ——————————————
    I know, I feel the same way but at least he pounded the ball. It could have went in the gap but unfortunately it did not……

  522. carl July 20th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Charlie is soft spoken

  523. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    where was that pitch?

  524. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Uh, 3 hits in a month with RISP is a LOT. If he had 3 more hits every month with RISP he’d probably be near the league lead in RBI, that’s a HUGE difference.

  525. Hokiehill July 20th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    just curious, what was John’s Hinske HR call if anyone heard it?

  526. Shdw July 20th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    What! This umpire needs to start getting constistent. The hitters and the pitchers have no clue what is going to be a strike. Weiters should have been called out but wasn’t based on how he was calling earlier in the same at bat

  527. Shdw July 20th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    What! This umpire needs to start getting constistent. The hitters and the pitchers have no clue what is going to be a strike. Weiters should have been called out but wasn’t based on how he was calling earlier in the same at bat

  528. Mark-Cant Touch This July 20th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    walks kill

  529. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    “I don’t think the Yanks can trade Melky right now, they need him until Jackson is ready. They have successful giving Gardner playing time in situations where he can contribute.”

    Greg, I don’t know that I understand Girardi’s plan where CF is concerned. It seems that Gardy will play well, but then he’ll put Melky in there. Melky hasn’t done much since coming back from his injury (he did drive in the winning run the other day) and he’s been playing everyday. I’m not sure what determines who plays CF.

  530. carl July 20th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Boring :(

  531. randy l. July 20th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    “Hinske is amazing.”

    he’s a nice bench player on a championship team.

  532. Rob NY July 20th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    The call was mentioned above but I’ll post it again, since I heard it. “It’s a Hinske Homer.” Considering everything else he has in his arsenal I’d think he could come up with something better.

  533. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Greg, I don’t know that I understand Girardi’s plan where CF is concerned. It seems that Gardy will play well, but then he’ll put Melky in there. Melky hasn’t done much since coming back from his injury (he did drive in the winning run the other day) and he’s been playing everyday. I’m not sure what determines who plays CF.

    ———————————————-
    Yes, it is strange. You would think that Gardner would get a little more playing time and they would split all three outfield positions a little more with Melky playing more right field.

  534. carl July 20th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    10th pitch

  535. Ramey July 20th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    “he’s a nice bench player on a championship team.”

    which i’m sure he’s more than okay with as well. he seems much happier being here than he did being a bench player on a terrible team 3 weeks ago lol

  536. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    I hate it when they have people in the booth, especially when it’s someone I’m not particularly interested in listening to. :P

  537. NYY626 July 20th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    finally!

  538. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    This is making me sleepy

  539. Al from BK July 20th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Weiss is a class guy, too bad ND is nothing like it used to be.

  540. Hokiehill July 20th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I offered up badabinksi! a homer from hinske!…

    Pete, did you ever get to John with a few of those calls we all came up with?

  541. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    “Yes, it is strange. You would think that Gardner would get a little more playing time and they would split all three outfield positions a little more with Melky playing more right field.”

    You would think, especially since Melky has the strongest arm out of all of them.

  542. Hokiehill July 20th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    weis is a great NFL coordinator…too bad for him it doesn’t translate to good college head coach. but with him around ND loses so I’m happy

  543. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Eww Parcells is a Sox fan.

  544. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    The Mets finally catch a break. They are playing the Nats, a team they most certain will beat….I think. :)

  545. Rob NY July 20th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Tuna is a Sox fan? Get out of here. That’s some of the worst sports related news I’ve heard in a long time.

  546. Hokiehill July 20th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    attah boy Pettitte!

  547. Rob NY July 20th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    A Swisher-esque adventure for Hinske there.

  548. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Well I wouldn’t know if Weiss wasn’t in the booth.

  549. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Pettitte’s location is so good tonight that all the hitters can do is foul off most of these pitches, which is causing his pitch count to rise.

    This is a prime example of why you can’t scoff at a guy when he says he had good stuff but the results weren’t there. If his pitch count ends up high because of all the foul balls, he’s more apt to make a mistake on fatigue or just chance than if he throws it over and gets lucky as they hit it down on a rope right at a guy over and over again.

    One line is much better than the other, but you have to have some luck on your side as well to get the results.

  550. SJ44 July 20th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Cano is a very good player who is a poor hitter with RISP and with the bases loaded.

    That’s not “trashing” him, that’s a fact. It’s who he is as a player.

    Still a very good player. However, he won’t become a great player until he improves in that area.

    It’s a hole in his game that he needs to fill.

  551. pat July 20th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    This umpire likes the outside corner.

    Good battling by Andy.

  552. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Laura
    You would think, especially since Melky has the strongest arm out of all of them.

    —————————————————

    And especially as bad as Swisher looks out there.

  553. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    51 pitches for Andy

  554. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Yes, Weiss ‘the genius’, Mr. “we’ll never be out-schemed”, is all class. Give him another extension!

  555. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Girardi needs to treat RF and CF the same…play the hot hand. Right now that would be Gardner and Hinske. He goes too much with righty, lefty. Its stupid. Besides the couple of hits that Melky has had in the late innings he has done almost nothing recently. I can’t figure out why Girardi always plays him over Gardner. We have seen what Melky is, time to give Gardner a longer chance.

  556. Hokiehill July 20th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    “The Mets finally catch a break. They are playing the Nats, a team they most certain will beat….I think. :)

    I actually think the betting line favored the Nats today…just sad for Mets fans

  557. miggs July 20th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    There goes Pettitte, grinding through 3 innings of one-run one-hit ball.

    Apparently he’s not quite ready for the scrap heap just yet.

    I think Joba and Andy will be pleasant surprises the 2nd half.

  558. Betsy July 20th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Not that this is really relevant because things can change:

    Shaharier (Queens, NY)

    Buster, Do you think the jays may consider a Joba, Melky, Swisher and a top prospect for Rios and halladay from the yanks?

    Buster Olney (1:51 PM)

    Shaharier: As of last night, the Yankees were not involved in any Halladay discussions, and didn’t expect to be.

  559. carl July 20th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Michael Kay what was that.

  560. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    62 pitches through 2.1 IP and the Orioles have a bad bullpen. What is our approach?

    SWING AT THE FIRST PITCH! Brilliant!

  561. carl July 20th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Way to go Alex

  562. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    This might be the first Toyota text poll where I think the answer should be “none of the above”

  563. Vince July 20th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Hit deeeeeep to right field…

    *ball caught 40 feet in front of the warning track*

    Good job Michael Kay, good job.

  564. Hokiehill July 20th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    SJ (if that’s even the real you) would you say Cano has improved (just a little bit) in that area from last year to this year? i thought his at bat was a sign of improvement as he did work the count full…after he took the first 2 pitches I figured he’d be swinging away…

  565. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    “I can’t figure out why Girardi always plays him over Gardner.”

    It’s a head scratcher since Gardner is the kind of player that Girardi likes.

  566. Anthony A July 20th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Yea Michael Kay is a toolbag!! “DEEEEEEEP to RIGHT FIELD!!!!!” too bad it fell like 15 feet short of the warning track, forget the wall!

  567. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    the Mets turned down a deal for Halladay today, 4 players from the Mets including Martinez, Parnell and 2 others

  568. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Kay is almost as bad as Sterling. It’s always saying that something is DEEP when in fact, it’s very catchable.

  569. SJ44 July 20th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Kay with another DEEP to CF call on Tex’s routine flyball.

    One would think he could track flyballs better at this stage of his career.

    Best franchise in sports and they have the worst broadcasters doing their games. A shame.

  570. carl July 20th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Laura

    Cashman likes Melky right? I’m sure it has something to do with it.

  571. jennifer July 20th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Pete

    Can you ask Michael Kay what his problem is? He is so bad tonight judging fly balls. Not that it is anything new. But the two that he was about to call HR’s were no where near!

  572. Hokiehill July 20th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Laura, it’s his obsession with the lefty v righty thing…it’s worked out well so far this season.

  573. jennifer July 20th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    the Mets turned down a deal for Halladay today, 4 players from the Mets including Martinez, Parnell and 2 others
    *******

    Where did you hear this? #1 they are absolutely insane. I’d do that in a NY minute. #2 who is to say Doc would accept a trade to the mets anyway. #3 Martinez is on the dl, can’t trade him.

  574. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Is it just me or do the Yankees hitters disappear in every game for the middle 4 innings? The first two and the last 3 innings are when they have their heads in the game. Those middle 4, it’s like they have lost interest.

  575. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    70 pitches for Hernandez

  576. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Bill Mombouquette

  577. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    It will only take the Yanks another 5 innings to figure out the rookie….

  578. miggs July 20th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Maybe Kay and Sterling have the same optometrist. That would explain a lot.

  579. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Jennifer,

    Where did you hear this? #1 they are absolutely insane. I’d do that in a NY minute. #2 who is to say Doc would accept a trade to the mets anyway. #3 Martinez is on the dl, can’t trade him.

    ——————————————–

    It was reported on the MLB channel right before the game tonight

  580. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    “Cashman likes Melky right? I’m sure it has something to do with it.”

    I don’t know, but IMO, it’s the manager’s job to make up the lineup card. Cashman should stick to trying to find us players; not tell Girardi when and where to play them.

  581. Pat M.... July 20th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    SJ, Get last weeks ESPN The Magazine….Tony is the lead in on a story about the changes in how clus are building from within…..Nice picture of him as well….I mentioned this last week, so I’m not certain if you knew this or not……

  582. Anthony A July 20th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Not all of the broadcasters are bad. i’d keep singleton, cone, o’neil and leiter. That’s it!! Oh and Suzanne waldman should never speak EVER……… EVER!!!!!!

  583. Shdw July 20th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    This strike zone is frustratingly ridiculous. How are these pitches not strikes after the first 3 innings?

  584. carl July 20th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Laura,

    I think I remember him saying that the best team is with Damon in left, Melky in center, Swish in right.

  585. jennifer July 20th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks Greg.

    Kay is insufferable. Crying that he wasn’t been asked on Live with Regis and Kelly. Um what is wrong with him? I can’t stand listening to him now, why would I want to see him elsewhere.

  586. carl July 20th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    GJ Jeter/Tex

  587. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    nice defense good pitching

  588. carl July 20th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    jennifer July 20th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks Greg.

    Kay is insufferable. Crying that he wasn’t been asked on Live with Regis and Kelly. Um what is wrong with him? I can’t stand listening to him now, why would I want to see him elsewhere.

    It was a joke lol

  589. NYY626 July 20th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I’m liking Andy tonight ( and just to clarify, I ALWAYS like him, unlike some ungrateful people on this board :) )

  590. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Can the real Yankee offense please stand up

  591. jennifer July 20th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Carl- I don’t think so. I think Kay was serious.

  592. SJ44 July 20th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I don’t know Hokie. He still swung at Ball 4 twice in that AB. That part of his game just hasn’t been there so far this year.

    It’s why I like him lower in the order because you limit his RISP exposure in that area.

    The lineup really suffers when they have Swisher and Cano hitting back to back.

    You have to think Girardi is going to go more with the hot hand in the OF.

    Gardner and Hinske need to see more time because Swisher and Melky are scuffling right now.

  593. Rob NY July 20th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Anthony A — While Leiter can fall in love with the sound of his own voice sometimes I like him too. I’d dump Kay, O’neil (great guy but he has no clue up there) and pick up a play by play man that can actually call the game.

    Though after being forced to tolerate ‘The Hawk’ during Yanks CHISox games I’ll take what we have.

  594. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Can’t we have “a laugher” just once this week

  595. carl July 20th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Cano :(

  596. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    “I think I remember him saying that the best team is with Damon in left, Melky in center, Swish in right.”

    Really? Well, he obviously hasn’t been watching the games because Swisher is pretty bad in RF. That cartwheel play yesterday was hysterical.

  597. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    62 pitches for Andy

    Heyman was reporting earlier that the mets rejected request of package of f-mart, niese, parnell and ruben tejada for halladay.

    Also, more good news for Mets fans is that Omar isn’t going anywhere.

  598. randy l. July 20th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    “He said Livan might play in the field to provide some offensive punch?”

    there is nothing the mighty muncher can’t do.

    the guy can hit.

  599. Betsy July 20th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Jen, it was from Heyman’s twitter. It makes me sick to think the Mets could have had Hallday for such a mediocre package. I don’t get what JP sees in those guys – and Martinez is on the DL. I also thought he’d be waiting around for offers instead of making offers himself…….he’s like Bill Smith’s twin if he accepts/agrees to something like this from another team

  600. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Just got back from the range…

    You can’t criticize Robbie for his first at-bat. He worked the count and put his best swing on it.

    The at-bat just now … not so good. This dude is at 70 pitches, look at a couple before you swing away bro

  601. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Hinske needs to hit another one

  602. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Oh my god we can knock a guy out of a game and get to the weak middle relief! I guess that means we should swing at the first pitch!

  603. bru July 20th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    i think girardi plays melky because melky has more of a chance to hit a hr.

    i agree gardner should play more than he is.

    jmo

    if we aren’t getting much production from cf we might see ajax up.

    melky is doing his usual disappearing act.

  604. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    “Though after being forced to tolerate ‘The Hawk’ during Yanks CHISox games I’ll take what we have.”

    Tell me about it. The Yanks are in Chicago next weekend. I’m going to Friday’s game, but will watch Saturday and Sunday with the mute button on.

  605. carl July 20th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Sandy Hernandez

  606. jennifer July 20th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Betsy- To me that is a garbage package. Meanwhile JP would be asking the Yankees for Joba, Hughes, AJAX, and Jesus.

  607. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    hernandez seems like a nice pitcher for the O’s…considering their weak rotation he should have a future there

  608. Ramey July 20th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Didn’t Monbouquette throw a no hitter in his career and have a bunch of 1 hitters as well?

  609. Ramey July 20th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Didn’t Monbouquette throw a no hitter in his career and have a bunch of 1 hitters as well?

  610. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    I don’t think there is any way the Jays would say yes to the Mets deal without first making sure they can’t get anything better or Drabek from the Phillies. I am sure the Jays have had talks with every interested team and told them what names it would take. Just mentioned players that would interest them, I doubt it was anything more than that.

  611. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Are you serious?

    This guy has retired 7 in a row?

    What a joke. But that’s what happens when you let him get in a groove by giving him free one pitch outs. He should be out of this game after 4 innings, but the Yankees offense stopped working the count.

    Why don’t these guys show up for all 9? They show up for 1, maybe 2, then go into a slumber until the 7th inning, EVERY GAME. It can’t possibly be a coincidence anymore, it’s every day.

  612. SJ44 July 20th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Cashman has never told Girardi who to play. Find another conspiracy theory.

    Pat M,

    I did not know that. Thanks, I’ll check it out.

    I’ve been in the City for the Tigers series and just got home tonight. I will go to the newstand tomorrow.

  613. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    hernandez has AT MOST 2 innings left…and that would take a miracle…chances are hes out after 5 and the yanks get to the pen

  614. stuart July 20th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    sleepwalking this game.. they think baltimore will roll over they may be dissapointed.

    cano down to 202 with RISp.. he really worked the pitcher in his next AB.. he is pathetic..

    arod 2 on 1 out k’d, he is hitting barely 200 at home…

  615. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    “Also, more good news for Mets fans is that Omar isn’t going anywhere.”

    That’s the thing that should burn Met fans the most. Injuries happen. But the GM is supposed to build the team and the farm system such that they can absorb some of those injuries. They haven’t been able to absorb any of them. That’s on Omar. He either has incriminating pictures of the Wilpons or he’s made a deal with the devil to keep his job.

  616. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    does anyone else think matt is gonna have some serious heart/blood pressure problems?

  617. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    This is what happens when your entire lineup decides to swing for the fences. You don’t need to hit a HR to score a run, even in this ballpark. When you try to hit HR, what happens? YOU DON’T.

  618. Betsy July 20th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Jen, it is a garbage package – I have to think the Jays could get better than that even without involving the Yankees/Sox.

  619. jennifer July 20th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Did anyone hear that Manuel said that he would use Livan as a ph’er, at first or at third. The guy is a total wacko. Could you imagine if Joe said something like that. Bellview would be called stat.

  620. Ramey July 20th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    “does anyone else think matt is gonna have some serious heart/blood pressure problems?”

    I think he’s watching the game with a bottle of scotch and some anti-depression medications, because he seems like he’s ready to go off the deep end.

  621. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    He called the Mets but I’m sure he’ll be calling other teams about Halladay too.
    There are a lot of teams that either can’t afford him or don’t have or want to give up the prospects to get him. So far it sounds as if 2 of those teams (Yanks Sox) have been eliminated.
    Doesn’t leave many teams left. Phillies Dodgers Giants…

  622. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    “arod 2 on 1 out k’d, he is hitting barely 200 at home…”

    Here’s a newsflash from Pete: “Of Alex’s 19 homers, 10 have either tied the game or given the Yankees the lead.”

    A-Rod may not have tons of hits, but when he gets them, he makes them count.

  623. carl July 20th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Walk the 239 hitter yay

  624. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Yawn. 1-2? Nibble, nibble, nibble… And you guys thought Joba was bad!

  625. carl July 20th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    268**

  626. Pat M.... July 20th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    SJ, Great looking kid…..I thought it was Oscar Del Hoya

  627. SJ44 July 20th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Exhale Matt. It’s not going to be an offensive rout every night.

    You probably weren’t born in 1996. That year, every game was tight and that season ended pretty well. Could be the same this year.

    Laura,

    I’ll also be in Chicago next week for the Sox series. My favorite big city. Looking forward to the trip.

  628. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    SJ44,

    I agree with your analysis on Cano.

    Right now he’s a very good player. He has yet to become “great”.

    His hitting with RISP is poor but I’d like to add on, he’ll never be great unless he learns better plate discipline. Cano’s pure hitting ability is among the tops in the league but he’ll never be great unless he can learn the strike zone.

    It’s not just working walks, it’s laying off the pitches out of the zone. He hits into way too many outs by swinging at balls out of the strikezone.

    This isn’t a rip on Robbie, I love that guy, but he definitely needs to work on his game.

    miggs,

    You having a bad day dude?

  629. jennifer July 20th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Another thing that ticks me off. I keep hearing Met fans calling the radio and saying how do you think the Yankees would be doing if they lost, tex, Jeter, and Johnny, and a AJ.

    I mean where were they last year when the Yankees lost, Alex, Jeter, Johnny, Wang, Jorge. The Yankees with a scotch taped rotation still managed to win 89 games!

    I am so tired of hearing their whining. You gm didn’t do his job. They went into the season with Gary Sheffield, and Ryan Church as their of’ers. Castilo as their second baseman. That is his problem he had an old decrepit team. And people say the Yankees are old.

  630. Mark-Cant Touch This July 20th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Ummmmm Andy is it that time yet?

  631. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    “I’ll also be in Chicago next week for the Sox series. My favorite big city. Looking forward to the trip.”

    You lost me there. I like Chicago (hell, I’ve been here for 15 years), but it is not my favorite big city. No city compares to New York.

  632. miggs July 20th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    SJ44 regarding what Pat M. said….

    I read the article too and the part about Tony really painted him in a good light.

    Talked about his first meeting with the Pirates before the draft and how he was clear he wanted to sign quickly for a reasonable deal. Apparently he even offered to split the check with the Pitt execs (great move).

    You’ll be proud when you read it.

  633. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    That hit is the sole result of falling behind 3-1 on a guy who has hit .200 against LHP this year. What is he afraid of, Wieters is hitting .239 this year?

    Gotta go after these guys at the bottom of the order. Pettitte is so frustrating to watch.

  634. pat July 20th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Catching up on what I missed today….

    LOL at the woman in Regis/Kelly audience who doesn’t take a Hope button and tells Alex she’s a Red Sox fan and he says “there’s hope for you” and he gives her a button anyhow. :smile:

  635. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    This is usually the inning that hurts the nibbler. I guess there is only a certain amount of times that Andy’s “stuff” can go threw a lineup. Andy is now a 4 innings and get the bullpen ready kind of guy…

  636. NYY626 July 20th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Big K for Andy there. One more!

  637. Ramey July 20th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Has Matt turned into every bridge jumping yankee fan rolled into one?

  638. carl July 20th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Huge strikeout

  639. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    “LOL at the woman in Regis/Kelly audience who doesn’t take a Hope button and tells Alex she’s a Red Sox fan and he says “there’s hope for you” and he gives her a button anyhow.”

    I wish I had known that they were going to be on. I would have taped it.

  640. SJ44 July 20th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Pat M,

    A few other people I know have also said he looks like Oscar.

  641. carl July 20th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    GJ Andy

  642. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    good job andy!

  643. Rob NY July 20th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    HE GONE!

    Pettite working the strikeout tonight. So last year I thought we should bring Andy back, and we needed him. This year I’m not so positive we couldn’t find a better option. Shoot Hughes and Chamberlain in the rotation would probably be just as good for 12m less.

  644. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Great job by Pettitte.

    1st and 3rd 1 out? No problem. He made the 9 hitter look foolish and got a quick out from Roberts.

  645. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Andy is doing what he’s done throughout his entire career. He’s battling. What more can you ask for?

  646. Pel July 20th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Andy with his veteran wiles.

  647. NYY626 July 20th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    ANDY :) LOL did alex really say that to the sox fan? That’s great.

  648. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    “HE GONE!”

    Rob, don’t make me hurt you. :)

  649. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    82 pitches for Andy

  650. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    what’s happened to the Mets is why the Yanks can’t deal for Halladay, trading away their depth to get him might work but probably would backfire the way injuries seem to be these days

  651. MT July 20th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Matt – once again, we’re watching a different game! Relax!

  652. Anthony A July 20th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    How bout that cc, johan subway commercial. That really cant help sell sandwiches can it?

  653. Pat M.... July 20th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Looks like the break was the needed rest for Andy….Pitching out of trouble…….Who’s available in the pen tonight ??? Coke, Bruney, Aceves to close…..

  654. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Glad to see CC & Johan pick up a few bucks for their Subway commercial………they can really use the extra dough LOL

  655. Mark-Cant Touch This July 20th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Bruney and Marte pitching well would be great for the Yanks we cant hughes, coke and Mo all the time

  656. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Bridge jumping? Wow. Apparently it’s a crime around here to be honest, and especially if it means not praising a Yankee.

    So it’s alright for your starter to get ahead 1-2 on the 7 hitter and walk him, then fall behind 3-1 on the 8 hitter who is hitting .200 against LHP? He got out of it, but he was lucky he was facing the Orioles there or he could have set up a big inning by nibbling.

    Sometimes guys have to be accountable for their performance, like Cano with his pitiful .200 batting average with RISP and the fact that Girardi bat him in the 5 hole despite his 0 for 22 with RISP, where he was continuing to kill the team. Sometimes you have to hold them accountable for their performance and stop chalking it up to “bad luck.”

  657. miggs July 20th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    “This is usually the inning that hurts the nibbler. I guess there is only a certain amount of times that Andy’s “stuff” can go threw a lineup. Andy is now a 4 innings and get the bullpen ready kind of guy…”

    Really? You can’t truly think that.

  658. Rob NY July 20th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Anthony A — They sold me. If I didn’t know that the turkey hero was ‘pitching in NY big’ I probably wouldn’t go to Subway.

  659. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Subway went from Jared to CC…. LOL

  660. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Matt, dude, you have to get medicated bro. You are borderline suicidal every time something goes wrong for the Yanks. Grab some prozac or something, or maybe some xanax to knock you out before the game.

    Seriously, just relax and enjoy. The Yanks aren’t going to pitch a perfect game every time. They aren’t going to score 10 runs every game.

    The fact of the matter is, Pettitte has gone 5 strong inning so far. Hernandez has locked it down after the second inning and now it’s a pitcher’s duel. It’s going to come down to the bullpens and bats. There is still a very high chance the Yankees win this game. CHILL!

  661. Joe d ( old York) July 20th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    MLB iPhone app update allows ALL games live video for premium subscribers!
    Nirvana!

  662. KO July 20th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Great start by Andy so far… If he and Joba pitch like this in the 2nd half, those trade rumors for another SP might go by the wayside

  663. carl July 20th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    http://jaycut.com/mix/75458/preview

    CC Johan Subway Commercial

  664. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Molina really can’t hit a lick, can he? :)

  665. Paul July 20th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    sorry if someone already posted a link, but does anyone have a link to the cc, alex, and mark interview on live with regis and kelly. wish i knew about it so i could have watched.

  666. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Hire Swish to be the team manicurist..

  667. carl July 20th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    This is a sad game :(

  668. SJ44 July 20th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Miggs,

    We coached him up bigtime for that meeting.

    Basically, the goal was to have the Pirates leave that meeting saying, “we found our guy@.

    I told him that if that happened. we would get a fair deal done and we did.

    He took a bat off his hand 3 days ago and is out until they X-Ray it tomorrow.

    Hopefully nothing is broken.

  669. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Matt, Accountability Czar of the LoHud comments section. ;)

    I think Eiland is discussing your comments with Andy in the dugout right now, expect improvement next inning.

  670. pat July 20th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Laura

    Here’s the behind the scenes stuff of Regis/Kelly I just watched

    http://bventertainment.go.com/.....index.html

  671. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    “Bridge jumping? Wow. Apparently it’s a crime around here to be honest, and especially if it means not praising a Yankee. ”

    Matt, I get on the Yankees every now and then too. I was ripping Cano earlier in this thread for his horrible RISP numbers and was told by miggs that I didn’t know baseball. I’ve been a baseball fan for 40 years yet I don’t understand the game. Shocking.

    At any rate, the difference between you and me is that while I will occasionally complain about the team, I do manage to say some good things about them as well. Honestly dude, I can’t remember you EVER saying something positive when you post in here. And I’m not the only one who thinks that. Others have said this to you as well. You are soooooo negative. I understand your frustration when they don’t perform up to their capabilities, but man – try and be upbeat about at least one game every once in a while.

  672. Ramey July 20th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    So I guess if Andy Pettitte pitched a 3 hit shutout and walked 2 other guys, that’d be a terrible start, because he put on too many base runners?

  673. Pat M.... July 20th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Matt you need some prozac dude…..Have you been watching baseball long ??? Relax

  674. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Man do you guys believe the Mets turned down F-Mart, Parnell, Niese, and Tejada for Halladay? That’s a great deal for the Mets, I guess they really are strapped for cash.

  675. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Borderline suicidal? Wow.

    Get over it. Boo hoo, I didn’t praise Pettitte when he nibbled on the 7 and 8 hitters. If he’s facing a real hitter there and not Cesar Izturis, that probably becomes a huge inning.

    I guess you are only a “real fan” if you are a rah rah cheerleader who never says anything bad about the team, and any other opinion makes you a “bridge jumper” or “borderline suicidal.”

    You have the right to say whatever you want, just as I have the right to say whatever I want as long as it doesn’t break the terms of service, but you need to stop with the ridiculous statements. You don’t like what I say? Calling me “borderline suicidal” sure makes you look that much more intelligent! If you can’t debate my point with a real conversation rather than an insult, then don’t bother criticizing my viewpoint for those reasons.

  676. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Thanks for the link, pat.

  677. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    How many pitches for Hernandez?

  678. carl July 20th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    96 pitches

  679. sunny615 July 20th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    96

  680. miggs July 20th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Reading Matt’s posts an anti-anxiety like Xanax or Valium would work much better than something like Prozac IMO.

  681. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    I know it is still some what early in the game but how many times have we seen this so far this season? They face a rookie pitcher and the only run is on a solo homerun? It gets old…

  682. SJ44 July 20th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    If you read Matt’s posts enough, you would think these guys are losing every night.

    It’s 1-1 in the 6th. Hardly cause to be suicidal.

  683. Anthony A July 20th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    who is SJ44?

  684. jennifer July 20th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Chris Shearn from yesnetwork.com said they are working on getting them posted on yesnetwork.

  685. Mark-Cant Touch This July 20th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Ummmm offense interesting

  686. Ramey July 20th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Matt,

    The mets are looking for fans like you. Maybe that would get them to fire Minaya. Start complaining about Mike Pelfrey nibbling too much or K-Rod putting too many runners on. You’re the perfect Mets fan

  687. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Has anyone seen Mitre pitch before?

  688. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Matt if you think everyone but yourself is a rah rah cheerleader, perhaps you need something stronger than prozac.

    It’s not an insult bro, I’m just worried about you. Keep it up and you’ll have blood pressure problems later in life.

    If you don’t want to medicate, do what I do and self-medicate! Grab a few beers and enjoy the game dude

  689. sunny615 July 20th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    my kingdom for a hit by a Yankee

  690. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    See, this is my point exactly.

    I make a comment about how he can’t nibble on the bottom of the order hitters, and you completely exaggerate it to the point of utter ridiculousness and make up completely inane, false scenarios to try to slander my opinion.

    Where did I say he was terrible or pitching poorly for walking a guy or two? Nowhere. Yet, that is the entire foundation of your “argument,” an attack on my character rather than my opinion.

    Until I say something that ridiculous, stop making up scenarios like that that just are flat out lying.

    A pitcher nibbling on the 8 hitter is not smart pitching, period. Whether it’s in a 1-1 game or in a 5-1 game, it’s a bad move to give away free passes. Nowhere do I say that makes him horrible and he should be released, like the entire foundation of your “come back,” but I make a realistic, honest statement about his bad approach in that spot.

    If a guy goes 0-4 with 2 GIDP, I guess he had a good day if he didn’t hit into a triple play? That’s the attitude that this blog seems to have sometimes. You guys were defending Cano for “hitting the ball hard” when he swung at pitches 4 inches off the plate to ground into double plays in his 0/22 stretch a while back in 2-0 counts.

  691. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Andy got the message that he would be accountable for the Markakis at-bat.

  692. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Matt-do you have any enjoyment from watching the Yankees play? Do you crack a smile? A few fist pumps? It’s okay to do so every once in a while.

  693. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    andy just made markaksis look silly =o

    then jones makes arod look silly

  694. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    How dare Pettitte throw a ball to Markakis. He couldn’t strike him out on 3 pitches? What a hack! This guy is done, Cash should DFA him immediately.

  695. Uncle Ellsworth July 20th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    turn 2!

  696. Rob NY July 20th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Anthony A
    July 20th, 2009 at 8:43 pm
    who is SJ44?

    ===

    A poster on the LoHud Yankee Blog.

  697. carl July 20th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Great double play

  698. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Nobody throws over a runner’s head as well as Tex does.

  699. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    nice play tex!

  700. Pel July 20th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Nice. That was slick.

  701. RS July 20th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I’m still in awe that we have a first baseman that can throw to 2B.

  702. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    88 pitches for Andy

  703. Rob NY July 20th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    OH and yeah so the IPhone is pretty much the greatest thing ever. I can watch all (read those not blacked out) baseball games, anytime? I can finally be an Astros fan!

  704. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Making statements like “you need to be medicated” is sure not an insult!

    Do you people really believe the things you say?

  705. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    “Andy got the message that he would be accountable for the Markakis at-bat.”

    Hey, at least he allowed him to look sexy while he was striking out. :)

  706. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Hey SJ44, what do you think of the deal the Jays proposed to the Mets? F-Mart, Parnell, Niese, and Tejada for Halladay.

    Isn’t that a bit light on the return? If that package gets Halladay you’d think the Yanks could easily match it without giving up their top guys. Not that I want them to :) but it’s fun to talk about.

  707. sunny615 July 20th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    woo quick inning – yay!

  708. miggs July 20th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    This Pettitte start will hopefully help to alleviate some of the anxiety on this blog regarding the rotation.

    Unless he gets in trouble, he should go 7 innings. He’s pitching really well tonight.

  709. SJ44 July 20th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    You can say whatever you want Matt.

    However, your constant whining basically makes you the butt of every bridgejumper joke imaginable.

    Pettitte has given up ONE run in 6 innings if work.

    If that’s not good enough for you, it’s time to find another hobby.

  710. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    “I’m still in awe that we have a first baseman that can throw to 2B.”

    It had been a long time.

  711. Sweet_Lou_in_Vermont July 20th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    you have to be impressed with what Tex has brought to the infield defense

  712. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    See Matt, this is how you know you have a problem. You are lashing out at the people trying to help you!

    I’m no doctor but you are a bit unstable dude

  713. RS July 20th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    It’s so frustrating that in Pettitte’s last start we scored 6 runs but he gave up 5 and ended up taking the loss, and tonight he’s pitching great and the offense can’t score.

    Such is the way of baseball.

  714. Mark-Cant Touch This July 20th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    take some pitches please.

  715. Ramey July 20th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    “Hey, at least he allowed him to look sexy while he was striking out.”

    Laura, I’m starting to worry that you’re going to end up kidnapping Markakis soon. Actually, I’m not worried about that. Frankly, I encourage it. Just make sure he’s back in time to play the Red Sox

  716. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Alex is a tad bit frustrated tonight judging from that scream he let out after that at bat.

  717. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Who is contributing more to the baseball blog? The guy who makes a brutally honest comment about a poor approach that you don’t like, or someone who tells another poster that they are “suicidal” and “need to be medicated.” Think about the hypocrisy before you criticize my comments.

    It’s not bridge jumping or insanity. The guy makes a bad play, he made a bad play. It doesn’t matter whether the score is 1-1 or 10-1, if he makes a bad play he makes a bad play. It’s not my problem whether you can accept that or not, but don’t launch a personal attack, debate the point.

  718. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Ok, Matt, I will play along. How would you suggest holding Pettitte accountable for ‘nibbling’ as you say he did in this 1-1 game?

  719. randy l. July 20th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    “who is SJ44?”

    he’s the protagonist for the new lost ayn rand book.

    it’s about a new baseball world that is formed based on lassez -faire capitalism.

    teams can move anywhere at will.

    there are no sacrifice bunts.

  720. carl July 20th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Laura I think the whole team is :(

  721. RS July 20th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I would love to get George Sherrill. Lefty reliever who can be a set-up man or emergency closer. Won’t happen this year, though.

  722. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    miggs,

    No doubt, I’m encouraged. I’ll be put more at ease if Joba and Andy can repeat their performances next time out.

  723. MG July 20th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Franklin
    July 20th, 2009 at 6:44 pm
    Andy is DONE, with a capital D.

    Tonight, the Os will batter him all around the yard.
    ——————————————————–

    he’s really gotten battered tonight, maybe you should learn something about baseball. It’s all about location for pitchers, that comes and goes during the year. Andy has thrown 89-90 tonight as he has all year, it’s just in better places.

  724. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    “Laura, I’m starting to worry that you’re going to end up kidnapping Markakis soon. Actually, I’m not worried about that. Frankly, I encourage it. Just make sure he’s back in time to play the Red Sox”

    Not too worry. I’m no psycho stalker although I will admit that if I met him in person, I would be tempted to cop a feel. :P

  725. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    In a totally baseball unrelated topic-

    I just had whole wheat gnocchi and meatballs for dinner and it was so yummy I needed to tell all of you

  726. Pel July 20th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Another simple inning for Mariano Hernandez.

  727. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    103 pitches for Hernandez

  728. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Honestly I doubt the Mets want to or can afford to give Halladay a $100m+ extension. Especially since they just gave Santana one. If they did get Halladay they would never spend money to sign another player for a long time.

  729. RS July 20th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    How do the Yankees make this guy throw 35 pitches in the first inning and end up with just 3 hits and 1 run through 6 innings?

    Hopefully the O’s go to their bullpen next inning. I’d like to see Pettitte get a win though.

  730. sunny615 July 20th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    7 pitches… so much for grinding it out eh?

  731. Uncle Ellsworth July 20th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    randy l.
    July 20th, 2009 at 8:49 pm
    “who is SJ44?”

    he’s the protagonist for the new lost ayn rand book.

    it’s about a new baseball world that is formed based on lassez -faire capitalism.

    teams can move anywhere at will.

    there are no sacrifice bunts.

    Nice.

  732. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Laura – I’m ready for the second half. Are the Yankees??
    July 20th, 2009 at 8:47 pm
    “I’m still in awe that we have a first baseman that can throw to 2B.”

    It had been a long time.

    ————————————————————

    I’m just as impressed that the Yankees have a first baseman that can catch the ball AND hit over .250

  733. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    terrible offensive game on both sides tonight….maybe the yanks still think they are facing verlander and jackson?

  734. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Matt,

    Ask anyone on the blog who contributes more, you or I. I’ve had more than my fair share of disagreements with the people here but I am confident that I bring more to the conversation than you.

    On a somewhat related note, while I won’t get on Pettitte for his outing I will criticize the offense. They had Hernandez on the ropes in the 2nd inning. He was over 50 pitches and they just let up on him. Stopped taking pitches, bad at-bats, etc. He should have been out after 4, instead he’s pitched 6 strong innings.

  735. NYY626 July 20th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    This game is kinda boring, but I wouldn’t mind if it stays 1-1 until the 9th and ends with a pie in Jeter’s face :)

  736. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    “Who is contributing more to the baseball blog? The guy who makes a brutally honest comment about a poor approach that you don’t like, or someone who tells another poster that they are “suicidal” and “need to be medicated.” Think about the hypocrisy before you criticize my comments.”

    Matt, you totally ignored my post. Perhaps that’s because it was a bit too close to the truth. No one is saying that you can’t mention crappy plays that the team makes. By the same token, how come you can’t contribute positive comments as well? You seem so proud that you are the one to point out when the players suck. I just don’t get that. You’ll probably ignore this post as well so I guess I’ll be left to wonder…..

  737. Ramey July 20th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    “I just had whole wheat gnocchi and meatballs for dinner and it was so yummy I needed to tell all of you”

    They make whole wheat gnocchi??????

  738. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Unstable? Suicidal? Medicated?

    Yeah, that sure is not an insult or a personal attack. You don’t like what I say, that’s nice. That doesn’t mean you have to insult the person. Say what you think, and contribute to the discussion.

    And again, what a bad job by the offense there. He threw over 50 pitches in the first two innings, and this guy lasted through 6 innings on only 103 pitches. You can’t go up there hacking at the first pitch when the guy has not thrown strikes consistently and is on the ropes in terms of pitch count.

    But I guess they did a good job since the score is still tied, even though they scored only 1 run after making him throw 55 pitches in the first 2 innings? The score doesn’t change the results. Whether they trail 5-1 or are tied 1-1, they still did a bad job at the plate.

  739. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I am still very impressed that Patrick the Prospect Hugger correctly predicted the line up on Friday afternoon

  740. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Ramey
    July 20th, 2009 at 8:53 pm
    “I just had whole wheat gnocchi and meatballs for dinner and it was so yummy I needed to tell all of you”

    They make whole wheat gnocchi??????

    ***
    Yup. I got this one at Fairway in the fresh pasta aisle. It was a definite good find

  741. randy l. July 20th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Patrick the Prospect Hugger
    July 20th, 2009 at 8:52 pm
    “Matt,
    Ask anyone on the blog who contributes more, you or I.”

    ———————————————-

    ooh,tempting fastball right down the middle :)

  742. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Double play ball please

  743. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    You hold him accountable by going over to him in the dugout and telling him he needs to start challenging these guys because he’s frustrating his coaching staff. It’s not a matter of punishing the guy or doing something extreme like you seem to assume I mean, it’s about making the guy realize that you aren’t happy with what he does.

    If you enable, you are just as big a part of the problem. When Girardi hit Cano in the 5 spot when he was struggling with RISP, he was just as accountable as Cano for not hitting, because he knew that it was a bad spot for the guy and kept putting him in it.

    Joba had the same problem and guys started to call him out, and he took it to heart. Sometimes you have to get in a guy’s face a bit.

  744. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Whole wheat gnocchi……..I’m hungry

  745. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Will Snoopy be the one to pie Jeter????

    Laura, I’m picking up signals that you like Nick Markakis. Do you like him as much as Jorge Garcia???

    Matt, still waiting to read how you propose holding Andy accountable for his insidious nibbling.

  746. carl July 20th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    wooo big double play

  747. PL July 20th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    beautifully pitched game

  748. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Let me have it randy, but be honest.

    Wait I don’t have to tell you to be honest, you are always BRUTALLY honest.

  749. Vrsce July 20th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    a critical fan is our Matt
    he delights in starting a spat
    though his feelings are hurt
    when SJ is curt
    telling Matt he talks thru his hat

  750. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Greg D
    July 20th, 2009 at 8:55 pm
    Double play ball please

    ****

    Excellent job Greg D. You win the prophet of the night award!

  751. Pat M.... July 20th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Randy I, a 3-0 fastball, with a green light…

  752. Pel July 20th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Vintage Andy!

    And now, the soft underbelly of the Orioles.

  753. randy l. July 20th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    “I’m just as impressed that the Yankees have a first baseman that can catch the ball AND hit over .250″

    … and it doesn’t take three guys on the roster to do it like when mientkiewiz and phelps and whoever else played there that year.

  754. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Erica,

    Thanks Erica, tell randy that I was right for once. He doesn’t believe me.

  755. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    99 pitches for Andy

  756. RS July 20th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    It’s so nice to see Joba and Andy have two of their best starts of the season back to back at NYS.

    This has to be the first time we’ve had four straight quality starts at home, no?

  757. pat July 20th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Isn’t the goal to get a pitch they think they can drive and put a good swing on it? Sometime the 1st one may look too good to take and it may be the best one they get.

    Nice DP.

    Think about how much you like Yankees turning a double play next time they hit into one. :wink:

  758. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Matt, thanks for your response, which wasn’t up yet when I submmitted my comment.

    Do you think Andy is not being properly coached? Do you think he and Eiland and the catchers never discuss these things?

  759. Sweet_Lou_in_Vermont July 20th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    OK, let’s set up a win for Andy with a couple of runs…..or is he coming out for the 8th?

  760. SJ44 July 20th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Patrick,

    I think the 500+ million the Wilpon’s lost in the Madoff scam is impacting their franchise.

    I don’t think they can take on the money.

    Good thing Andy got that DP or he would have felt the Wrath of Matt, a serious infliction.

  761. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Excellent job Greg D. You win the prophet of the night award!

    ————————————

    Glad I could contribute>>.:)

  762. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Pettitte still looks fresh and effective. I’d bring him out for the 8th inning.

  763. sunny615 July 20th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    good call Greg D

  764. carl July 20th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Put up an eight spot Yanks. We usually rally after God Bless America :)

  765. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    sadly 7 innings of 1 run ball against a very good offense isnt enough to buy andy some slack…next time he gives up 4 runs in 6 innings hell be “cooked as a $50 steak at NYY steak” as someone put it earlier…

  766. miggs July 20th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I wonder what Matt would say if he woke up to a bag filled with 10 million dollars next to his bed one day.

    a) Ah crap, they gave it to me in all small bills!

    b) the taxes on this money are going to kill me

    c) now I’m going to have to open a bank account

    d) all of the above

    JK Matt you were actually making great posts today before the game started.

    I think he just gets really into the game and frustrated when the team doesn’t perform like he thinks they should. He’s passionate, you gotta give him that.

  767. tim boat July 20th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Yankees got shut down by a nobody-pitcher. Pretty routine game.

  768. Giuseppe Franco July 20th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Yup, Pettitte is finished. Can’t count on him to pitch well the rest of the season.

  769. Pat M.... July 20th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Didn’t Cashamn grab Phelps over Josh Hamilton ???

  770. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Matt is on the ledge
    Our Yanks are doomed he says
    Pettitte throws a gem

  771. Ramey July 20th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    I have said for a long time that I thought Pettitte had a lot left in his tank and talk of him being “done” were well overstated. But, I am ridiculously impressed with him tonight. I didn’t think he had many of these games left in him, specifically at Yankee Stadium.

  772. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    RS

    It’s so nice to see Joba and Andy have two of their best starts of the season back to back at NYS.

    This has to be the first time we’ve had four straight quality starts at home, no?

    —————————————–

    You are right I believe

  773. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Laura,

    Just because I don’t sit here and post EVERYTHING in my mind, it doesn’t mean I don’t respect a guy when he does a good job. I’m not going to sit here and state the obvious, I’m coming here to post about something that’s frustrating or out of the ordinary. That’s the point, I’m not posting a stock comment over and over again, that’s BORING. I’d rather just watch the game at that point.

    Pettitte had a good start today, and I’m not going to make up excuses for guys when they are good or bad. The Orioles are not a terrible lineup either. However, you still don’t want to see a guy nibbling around some of the weakest hitters in the league with the Orioles having such a strong top of the lineup. It’s been a tendency for Pettitte to nibble this year, and deeper lineups have made him pay for it.

    Bravo to Pettitte for his good performance, but at the same time that doesn’t mean he is going to earn a pass if he gets bombed his next start. He earns his praise or criticism by his pitching performance, he doesn’t just get it by being a Yankee.

  774. tim boat July 20th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Melk dud up for the ground out. Get ready for his annual disappearing act folks!

  775. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    the break helped Andy, he needed the rest.

  776. Kirk July 20th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    You have to think Mariano isn’t available tonight. If they can get a lead going into the 9th, who do they go to? Coke? Would he bring back Hughes again?

  777. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    SJ44,

    The money is probably the right answer wrt the mets.

    But consider the offer that Ricciardi put out there. How do you think that reflects on Halladay’s market? It seems like an awfully light offer to get Halladay.

  778. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Randy-

    At 3:50 on Friday, Patrick the Prospect Hugger correctly predicted Friday’s line up before it was posted. I was very impressed with this and awarded him winner of “Guess the Line up”. I told him his prize was me telling people he was right :-)

    Tune in tomorrow folks at 3:30 when we play another round of “Guess the Yankee Line up” (while Erica pretends to be working :-) )

  779. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    lets get a run for Andy

  780. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Patrick,

    Where did I even say anything close to “The Yankees are doomed?”

    I make a comment about how it’s very bad for a guy to nibble around some of those hitters with who the Orioles have at the top of their lineup. Sorry if that’s too much for you to handle.

    You are flat out making things up. That’s some ego you have.

  781. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Greg D
    July 20th, 2009 at 8:57 pm
    Whole wheat gnocchi……..I’m hungry

    ***

    Sorry Greg D, I would share but the leftovers are lunch at work tomorrow

  782. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    “Laura, I’m picking up signals that you like Nick Markakis. Do you like him as much as Jorge Garcia???”

    Really? You figured that out by yourself, Nick? What’s your next trick? Telling me that Jorge is overweight? :P

  783. tim boat July 20th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    seriously. Melky needs to go. they should try to move him now before he’s hitting .240

  784. PL July 20th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    who cares if they dont score runs Goose and Mo have beautiful signatures!

  785. MG July 20th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    I’m a basically positive supporter of the Yankees but also know baseball and understand that it’s a relative, not absolute game. Golf is an absolute game, you get a score on each hole and you can compare it to the standard. Baseball is relative because you just have to beat the other team, nothing else really matters. What bothers me about this blog at times (it’s a great place to talk baseball most of the time) is all the complaints about every little nitpicking detail like the player is expected to be perfect. In a sport where .300 hitters go to the HOF and pitchers with under 3.00 are also highly valued, you can’t expect perfection, it doesn’t exist. Cano takes all this heat on the blog yet when he hit in the 1st with the bases loaded it was a terrific at bat that ended with a line drive to left field that was caught. So that’s a failure for many of you like the batter can actually remote control exactly where the ball is going to land. In the top of the 2nd Robbie made a great play on the ball that bounced off Teix and turned it into an out. He’s been great all year in the field, playing the best 2nd base seen on the Yankees since probably Bobby Richardson but he’s held up as a symbol of a low IQ player who doesn’t care.

    Everyone is entitled to provide an opinion but I often wonder if some of you actually enjoy watching a game or just want to point out everything you consider not up to perfection. Maybe if you just sat back and enjoyed the game a little and appreciated how difficult it is to play at that level you would get it.

  786. carl July 20th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    We have 3 hits they have 4 hits

  787. SJ44 July 20th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    You win games all different ways. Sometimes, they are low scoring games.

    That’s baseball.

    If it’s too tough for some to handle, watch another sport.

  788. Ramey July 20th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    “Tune in tomorrow folks at 3:30 when we play another round of “Guess the Yankee Line up” (while Erica pretends to be working)”

    You’ll also have to bring out another “Yankee game countdown while praying for no rain delay”….Because we’re going to be buried in rain

  789. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Matt it was a POEM

    relax FFS

  790. randy l. July 20th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    pat m-

    can you remember the farthest ball you ever hit on a 3-0 green light?

  791. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Erica,

    next time save some for us hungry bloggers :)

  792. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    “I’m not going to sit here and state the obvious, I’m coming here to post about something that’s frustrating or out of the ordinary.”

    Well, at least now I understand your mindset and your view of how you want to participate on this blog. It’s not the approach I’d take, but to each his own.

  793. sunny615 July 20th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    woo 10 pitches… c’mon guys – work these pitchers!

  794. PL July 20th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Gatta go wit Mo

  795. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Nick,

    I think Andy gets too much of a pass because of his time with the club and his veteran status. Everyone needs to be held to the same standards, and if you are going to call out Joba to the media for not throwing strikes, you need to call out Pettite when he walks 5 or 6 guys in a start at the New Stadium because he’s afraid of giving up HR.

    It’s a self fulfilling prophecy. You don’t challenge guys because you are afraid of the long ball, and then you give up a 3-run HR instead because you have to come in with a strike eventually, except now there are extra guys on base from the walks. Solo HR are not so bad, it’s the walks that kill, and tonight is a prime example of that.

  796. Pel July 20th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    When was the last time Andy went into the 8th?

  797. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Erica, here is my lineup prediction for tomorrow, a day early.

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Teixeira 1B
    Rodriguez DH
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Swisher RF
    Cabrera CF
    Ransom 3B

  798. Pel July 20th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    ANDY 8O

  799. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Ramey
    July 20th, 2009 at 9:06 pm
    “Tune in tomorrow folks at 3:30 when we play another round of “Guess the Yankee Line up” (while Erica pretends to be working)”

    You’ll also have to bring out another “Yankee game countdown while praying for no rain delay”….Because we’re going to be buried in rain

    *****

    In all seriousness, there will be NO rain tomorrow. It is not allowed. I am going to see Sir Paul at Citifield. Rain is not okay. To stop the rain from falling, I am bringing my famous butterfly rain jacket. It controls the weather. If I bring the bright raincoat with butterflies all over it, it will not rain.

  800. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Greg D-

    You got it. I should not have been so selfish ;-)

  801. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Andy has to be on a short lease here…….

  802. BJK July 20th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Perhaps Andy should have nibbled a bit more there against the #9 hitter.

  803. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Patrick,

    It’s not a comment about your poem, it’s a comment about your general exaggerations of everything I say. You act like I’m awaiting the end of the world when I say something as simple as that the guy had a bad approach at the plate for swinging at the first pitch against a guy who hasn’t thrown strikes.

    You can’t have it both ways. You can’t criticize me for saying something harsh while at the same time exaggerating my remarks to make say something just as extreme yourself.

  804. Ramey July 20th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    “In all seriousness, there will be NO rain tomorrow. It is not allowed. I am going to see Sir Paul at Citifield. Rain is not okay. To stop the rain from falling, I am bringing my famous butterfly rain jacket. It controls the weather. If I bring the bright raincoat with butterflies all over it, it will not rain.”

    I’m not sure why, but that just made me burst out laughing

  805. carl July 20th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Got to give Andy some love. The pitching staff better take notes.

  806. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Patrick the Propsect Hugger-

    You guess has been duly noted and will be entered into the contest

  807. Andrew July 20th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    “seriously. Melky needs to go. they should try to move him now before he’s hitting .240″

    Your stupidity really knows no bounds.

  808. MG July 20th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Matt
    July 20th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Bravo to Pettitte for his good performance, but at the same time that doesn’t mean he is going to earn a pass if he gets bombed his next start. He earns his praise or criticism by his pitching performance, he doesn’t just get it by being a Yankee.
    ——————————————————-

    Matt, you just don’t get it. Andy is going to give the Yankees about 15 wins with an ERA between 4.00-4.50 at this point in his career. He will have good games and bad games. That’s what the Yankees expect and understand. He’s not Johan Santana or CC at age 37, no one is. I would expect, though, that he is capable of games like tonight in the playoffs because he knows how to pitch and can gut it out. There is no point in harping on his bad games and wanting more than he can give you, it’s just a waste of energy.

  809. PL July 20th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    wow bad baserunning

  810. carl July 20th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    What a terrible base runner

  811. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Yo why the hell was Hinske jogging after that? He is a TERRIBLE fielder

  812. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    That’s some awful baserunning by Izturis. A huge break for the Yankees.

  813. Pepitone July 20th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I told you guys Andy Pettitte is a warrior.

    He’s given them the kind of game he’s capable of giving every night out, the offense is the headscratcher tonight. I thought they were starting to come out of their hitting slump.

  814. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    “Everyone is entitled to provide an opinion but I often wonder if some of you actually enjoy watching a game or just want to point out everything you consider not up to perfection. Maybe if you just sat back and enjoyed the game a little and appreciated how difficult it is to play at that level you would get it.”

    MG, you make some interesting points. It is very easy for us to sit on our rear ends watching our 56″ inch TVs and criticize that which we couldn’t do ourselves in a million years. I don’t know if that’s human nature, but it would seem to be American nature.

    That being said, I’m not being paid millions of dollars to entertain the masses. If a guy is in the Major Leagues, it’s because someone much smarter than I said that he was ready for the job at hand. If he can’t do that job successfully, someone is going to complain about it. That’s just the way it is.

  815. djsunyc July 20th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    at bat of the game coming up…

    good job by andy tho…that was vintage pettitte…

  816. PL July 20th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    he’s jogging because Swisher was teachin him how to play right field

  817. tim boat July 20th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    figures. i knew girardi would cost us the game by pushing the starter. guy never knows when enough is enough

  818. Mark-Cant Touch This July 20th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Huge batter it will hurt if we waste Andy’s great outing :(

  819. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    This would really stink if we lost this game after getting the pitching we got tonight

  820. carl July 20th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Yo why the hell was Hinske jogging after that? He is a TERRIBLE fielder

    Oh you want the ball to hit the wall and roll to Melky right? He played that off the wall perfect.

  821. SJ44 July 20th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Patrick,

    I’ve always felt JP’s offers are going to be light if he continues to insist on not being open to trading him inside the division.

    He’s also painted himself in a corner and has to trade him now or the offers will be even lighter in the off-season.

    Cano has deked 2 runners tonight and it’s kept this game tied so far. Nice job.

  822. miggs July 20th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Phil Coke ladies and gentlemen.

    Let’s hope he can help preserve Andy’s good outing.

  823. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Ramey-

    It was probably the mental image of the rain jacket with the bright butterflies all over it that did the trick. :-)

  824. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Um, no MG.

    Pettitte is what he is, but at the same time a start like 3.2 IP 6 ER and 5-6 BB is not acceptable even from him. 5-6 IP 3-4 ER is what I expect from Pettitte, so if he is better that’s a bonus. However, walking the park and beating himself is not really going to cut it either. I’d rather him give up runs by challenging guys than giving up runs by walking the bases loaded and giving up a grand slam.

  825. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    just goes to show how baseball is played on just a small spectrum…a foot to the right and its foul…now its 2nd and 3rd 1 out and chances are your gonna give up atleast 1 run…can coke pull a houdini?

  826. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Matt you take yourself way too seriously. You should be honored that I spent time writing a haiku about you!

    What do you think Nick in SF would say if I called him suicidal (he is), on the ledge, needs medication (he does), etc? He’d make a joke.

    You get way too worked up when even the smallest thing goes wrong. For what feels like the 20th time, CHILL OUT BRO

  827. Johnny D. July 20th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Has Hinske hit a home run in every game he’s played in so far?

  828. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Let’s see if Coke can’t step up and get the job done. They will win if he does.

  829. PL July 20th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    o nice play awesome

  830. carl July 20th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    TEX BABY!

  831. djsunyc July 20th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    HOLY MOLY – TEX!!!!!!!!

  832. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    TEX! MOLINA!

  833. Mark-Cant Touch This July 20th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Tex is el MAN!!!

  834. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Molina just showed some serious value right there

  835. NYY626 July 20th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    TEX is a amazing. Great play

  836. Pel July 20th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    good play

  837. Ramey July 20th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    No way Giambi ever makes that play

  838. Kirk July 20th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Big G throws that into the O’s dugout!

  839. Maria July 20th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Great play Tex! Good tag Molina!

  840. miggs July 20th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Tex earning that 180 million!

    Think the Big G makes that throw?

  841. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Tex is worth his weight in gold…..wow!!

  842. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    “he’s jogging because Swisher was teachin him how to play right field”

    Swisher is not a great fielder but he never dogs it out there. He is always giving 100% effort… sometimes TOO MUCH effort

    Sick play by Tex, great tag by Molina. If Giambi is playing that ball is in the stands.

  843. djsunyc July 20th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    TEX has saved us COUNTLESS runs. that’s like another solo homerun for tex. wow…what a play…

  844. Sweet_Lou_in_Vermont July 20th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    with 1st base open, they could have walked Markakis and brought in a right-hander for Jones, BUT Tex makes another great play!

  845. RS July 20th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Excellent play from both sides.

  846. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    a lot of catchers would have panicked on a bad throw like that

  847. Johnny D. July 20th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Wow. BEAUTIFUL PLAY!

  848. tim boat July 20th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I was at a game last year, Yankees vs Orioles the starter went an effective 5 innings, game tied, Girardi can’t leave well enough alone and sent the starter out again for the 6th, Yankees got out unscathed. Yet it STILL wasn’t enough, Girardi sent the starter out for the 7th, where he got shelled and the pen put the game out of reach. The starter was Darrell Rasner.

    Tonight he does the exact same thing with Pettite.

    This guy kills me.

  849. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Why will they even bother with gold glove voting and stuff. Just give it to tex. Right now.

  850. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Not to state the obvious, but that was a really good play by Teixeira, especially because of the awkward hop he got and the fact that he had to shuffle his feet ahead of that throw.

    If Jason Giambi is at first base that probably is a 2-run single, or at least 1 of those runs scores on the groundout. People thought they didn’t need Teixeira in the offseason, but with their offensive struggles with RISP and their atrocious 1B defense, he really was a huge pickup.

  851. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    WOW…What a play by Tex and even better by Molina to tag the runner…Most 1st baseman would just let the run score and go to 1st base. If they score after that it was would really stink..Come on Coke!!!

  852. SJ44 July 20th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Another play made by Tex Giambi never makes.

    Great play by Molina to hold onto the ball.

  853. carl July 20th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    WOW!!!

  854. PL July 20th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    OMG WHAT!!!!!!!!!

  855. djsunyc July 20th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    WTH!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!

  856. Pel July 20th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    8O

  857. RS July 20th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Two in a row?? WHAT A PLAY!!

  858. Johnny D. July 20th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!

  859. Mark-Cant Touch This July 20th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Horrible base running by the O’s

  860. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    TOSS THEM ALL FROM THE GAME!

  861. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    I’m not criticizing Tex on that play because it was a bang bang play but Molina totally kept his cool

  862. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    YEAAAAHHHH MOLINA

    Terrible slide by Roberts, thanks for the gift big guy

  863. NYY626 July 20th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    WOW way to fire up the crowd boys!

  864. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Kirk

    Big G throws that into the O’s dugout!

    —————————

    I was thinking the same thing

  865. terpbomber July 20th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Wow. Great plays to stop the rally.

  866. Sweet_Lou_in_Vermont July 20th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Roberts missed the plate. Whew that was luck…..

  867. Maria July 20th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    YES!!!!! They got him!!!! Wild pitch turned into a great play!!! He missed the plate completely.

  868. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    OH MY GOD!!!! i cant believe what my eyes have just seen!

  869. m July 20th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Wow. What an inning!

    Let’s go, Bats!

  870. Jeff NJ - Yankee Fan in Good Times and Bad July 20th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    wow! 2 consecutive plays at the plate! Outstanding defense again for this team. They are much improved this year in that area.

  871. Boston Dave 2.0 July 20th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    wow

    that’s all

    wow

    go Yanks!

  872. djsunyc July 20th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    that’s something we will never see again…holy moly…

  873. pat July 20th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Unbelievable plays. They need to win this one now.

  874. Pepitone July 20th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Mark Teixeira: 2009 New York Yankee MVP!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No doubt about it.

  875. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Holy cow :shock:

  876. Johnny D. July 20th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    WOWZERS!!! Two of the best plays of the season come back to back!

  877. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Ha never touched home.

  878. miggs July 20th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    hell yea!

    Molina makes a great play.

    The runner never touched the plate.

    Let’s get some runs! Man am I pumped up after those 2 plays.

  879. PL July 20th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Patrick the Prospect Hugger

    Swisher is not a great fielder but he never dogs it out there. He is always giving 100% effort… sometimes TOO MUCH effort

    Your right I do appreciate the hustle he shows. bad choice of words on my part

  880. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    We criticize them when they get it wrong, lets give them props when they get it right. Good job by the ump, he was right there for two close plays and he got it right both times.

  881. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 20th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    That was like deja vu.. two stellar plays at home in a row.

    Awesome.

  882. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    What was that?!! Molina is just unreal behind the plate. I hate to think what the score would be if someone else was behind the plate tonight…

  883. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Matt, Andy sure doesn’t get much of a pass on this board.

    You think Girardi/Eiland and vets like Damon should be calling out Andy publically? And that a veteran like Andy should be coached the same as a rookie like Joba?

    Nice plays at the plate!

  884. Giuseppe Franco July 20th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Yanks will win this game. That inning just sealed it.

  885. Boston Dave 2.0 July 20th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    if that isn’t a sign that the Yanks pull this one out and win, I don’t know what is.

    those are the types of plays that almost always kill the Yanks.

    not this time.

  886. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    This inning has really shown you what situational awareness can do for your team in a tough spot.

    Teixeira has the wherewithal to come home on that ball despite the awkward hop, and Coke and Molina bust it to get the ball to the plate and Coke blocks Roberts off the plate a bit.

    People really underrate how important these fundamental plays are, and that’s why a guy like Swisher gets it as much as he does when he doesn’t show fundamentals out there. These kinds of plays make all the difference in tight games, and his awful play in right might have cost them dearly yesterday if not for Joba pitching out of it.

  887. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Two runs please

  888. SJ44 July 20th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Phil Coke has thrown 3 pitches in the last 2 games and has gotten 3 outs.

  889. djsunyc July 20th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    that’s a wrap…no way the yanks aren’t scoring here…

    are you kidding me? this team with it’s defense and late game heroics is NOT your 2008 yankees….

  890. Sweet_Lou_in_Vermont July 20th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Molina earned his pay that inning….

  891. tim boat July 20th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    I wonder if Tex will get hosed by the Gold Glove voters like Tino always was.

  892. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Coke just barely got Roberts before his foot hit the bag. Nice defense!

  893. Rose July 20th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    2 runners cut down at the plate. Outstanding plays by the Yankees.

  894. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Come on Yanks, lets score some runs!!! They have to win this games after those plays in that inning!!!

  895. RS July 20th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    I love Jorge, but I don’t think he gets that out. Tex and Molina definitely came up BIG there.

  896. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 20th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Yeah, the umpire did have good position both times on those plays.

    Thank goodness.

  897. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Wow, another great call by Singleton noticing the snow cone by Molina and Molina using the ground to make the tag and force the ball back into his glove. That was an amazing play that won’t even make Sportcenter. As I type this Coke’s play will get Tex and Molina’s play noticed now – especially if the Yankees win this game. Is Melky up this inning?

  898. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Speaking of the Big G- The A’s placed him on the DL. I was kind of looking forward to him coming back to the Stadium. Too bad :-(

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....;type=lgns

  899. Boston Dave 2.0 July 20th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    that stat is impressive

    Yanks 9-0 when tied after 7 innings.

  900. Boston Dave 2.0 July 20th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    “I love Jorge, but I don’t think he gets that out. Tex and Molina definitely came up BIG there.”

    ——

    I disagree. what would Jorge have done? dropped the ball?

  901. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Yes, we have to give credit to the Ump. But that doesn’t make up for the waste of space that is Marty Foster.

  902. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 20th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Sheesh. Can’t give Molina props without having to mention Jorge.

    The Yankees are a better team for having both players on the team.

  903. A-rod will never get it July 20th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Damon is one funny character

  904. PL July 20th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Tex first pitch fastball

  905. Mark-Cant Touch This July 20th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    offense is in a funk COME ON!!

  906. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Wow, Coke just got him, kudos to the ump there on making the right call

  907. djsunyc July 20th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    jim johnson coming up huge here…good job by him so far…

  908. MG July 20th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Matt
    July 20th, 2009 at 9:13 pm
    Um, no MG.

    Pettitte is what he is, but at the same time a start like 3.2 IP 6 ER and 5-6 BB is not acceptable even from him. 5-6 IP 3-4 ER is what I expect from Pettitte, so if he is better that’s a bonus. However, walking the park and beating himself is not really going to cut it either. I’d rather him give up runs by challenging guys than giving up runs by walking the bases loaded and giving up a grand slam.
    ———————————————————

    Matt, you are the one that doesn’t get it. Haven’t you ever read or heard that pitchers don’t have their best stuff every time out? When they don’t, they nibble and try to get by. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Andy had really good stuff tonight and pitched 7 1/3 innings of great ball; if he did that every start he’d have an ERA of way under 2.00 and win the Cy Young Award. The bad starts are just that, either the other team just hitting the good stuff (like his last start in Anaheim where they just hit him) or nights where he can’t locate his less than top stuff in the right place. I won’t argue with you anymore, I know it’s a waste of time, but you probably need to find another sport.

  909. terpbomber July 20th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    After those stellar plays to prevent the O’s from the scoring, the bottom of the inning was rather uninspiring.

  910. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    So who pitches the 9th? Coke? Bruney? Ace?

  911. tim boat July 20th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Frankie Cervelli makes that play look routine. Posada and Molina are both chumps

  912. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    So I guess we are eating pie tonight….

  913. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Nick,

    Not necessarily, but at the same time Joba seems to get it a lot harder than a guy like Andy. He’s a rookie, so he’s going to be coached a lot more, but it seems somewhat hypocritical, the way they treat those two.

    While Joba is frustrating as a rookie and has been stubborn, Pettitte is also a veteran who should know better than to pitch with the kind of approach he has been using sometime out there. I’d be mad at both of them, but for different reasons- Joba because he has the stuff to not do that, but Andy also because he should know better.

    You don’t need to call the guy out to the media like with Joba, which I personally thought was wrong for Damon to do, but at the same time you go over to him and let him know how frustrating it is to play behind him.

  914. joe. July 20th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    yes mikes are good. tex just said damnit?

  915. carl July 20th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    lol Tex Cursing. A-Rod walk off please!

  916. miggs July 20th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    who pitches the 9th?

  917. Johnny D. July 20th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    LOL! I love when Tex yells “DAMN IT!”

  918. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    “I disagree. what would Jorge have done? dropped the ball?”

    We don’t know what Jorge would have done. But let’s remember Jorge caught a ball a few weeks ago without a glove…so he’s no bum.

    Did everyone else hear Tex say Dammit? LOL!

  919. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Offense continues to be asleep.

  920. Pepitone July 20th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Is the Oriole pitching this good?

  921. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    I guess Coke and or Aceves for the 9th. No Hughes and Mo…

  922. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    “But that doesn’t make up for the waste of space that is Marty Foster.”

    Haha agree 100%

  923. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    To the 9th we go.

  924. EY July 20th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    A&$(*@&($@

    Man.

    Hughes time?

  925. Giuseppe Franco July 20th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    A walkoff dinger for A-Rod.

    This game just has that vibe.

  926. PL July 20th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    in the 9th its A Rod , Matsui, cano

  927. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    “I hate to think what the score would be if someone else was behind the plate tonight…”

    5-2 Yankees? 3-1 Yankees? Who knows.

  928. YankeeRay July 20th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Thats ok it’s a team game, Arod with walk off HR

  929. pat July 20th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Tex with the “dammit” scream. Offense sounds frustrated tonight.

  930. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    just one of those weird offensive games…lots of popups and weak flyballs…hopefully the pitching can hold them down but its hard to ask for more…if they lose this game it wont be the pitchings fault…they might be the cause of the loss but 1 run through 8 is bad against the O’s…

  931. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Yanks trying to get under a lot of high fast balls in this game.

  932. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    guys, easy on knocking Jorge on plays at the plate, the guy is probably the best in the business on making bang bang plays. Anyone remember the flip play? How many Hall of Fame catchers make that play? Maybe 3.

  933. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Hey, I was right. The Mets can beat the Nats. Good for the Mutts.

    Here’s hoping they lose the next 2. :P

  934. PL July 20th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Swisher in for Defense…LMAO

  935. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    wow haven’t gotten a hit since the second inning.

  936. carl July 20th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Coke is wild. and lol Nick swisher on for defense.

  937. djsunyc July 20th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    come on coke…buckle down here…

    wth, that didn’t hit him!!!

  938. Mark-Cant Touch This July 20th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Blind umps make me mad!

  939. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    That did not hit him

  940. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    that pitch did not hit him

  941. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Exactly what you did not want…Coke no more wildness…

  942. RDM July 20th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Phil Choke

  943. U-Turn July 20th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    The offense has done nothing for the last 3 days… thankfully they got good pitching so it goes unnoticed, but they are in a funk again.

    If CC/Joba/Andy had given up 3 runs and pitched well still, they would have all gotten losses.

  944. Johnny D. July 20th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Bounced in front of him.

  945. tim boat July 20th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    a team from NY FINALLY beat the Nats?

  946. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    PL
    July 20th, 2009 at 9:24 pm
    Swisher in for Defense…LMAO

    ***
    Not a phrase that gets used everyday, huh? LOL

  947. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    they got that wrong…

  948. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    That ball didn’t hit him.

  949. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    LMAO………….Nick Swisher in for defensive purposes!!!!! Now I’ve seen everything!!

  950. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Umps stink

  951. PL July 20th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    it may not have hit him..but in what way can Giriardi see that?

  952. RS July 20th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    “I disagree. what would Jorge have done? dropped the ball?”

    I was talking about the play on the wild pitch, where Molina retrieved the ball quickly and then made an off balance throw that was pretty accurate.

  953. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    MG,

    There is a difference between having bad stuff and nibbling, and just nibbling all the time. You’re missing the point as well.

    Nobody is expecting him to be perfect, and in fact if you read my post, I said I expect of him 5-6 IP 3-4 ER on an average day (5 IP 4 ER is an ERA of 7.2 BTW, which is not even close to spectacular). However, a start like that keeps his team in the game, which is what you expect from him.

    It’s bad if he gives up runs because he walked the guys in front of those hits. I don’t mind seeing him give up runs on a bunch of hits, but if he puts the guys on with walks and then gives up the hits anyway, he’s in just as bad a position, except he has a much tougher time avoiding it now because of the additional runners on base.

    There’s a difference between getting beaten, and beating yourself. With bad stuff, he can still get by if he gets ahead in counts and gets guys to put it in play. Even with bad stuff, if you work ahead in the count guys will chase a bit more and not be able to sit on pitches as readily. If you walk those guys, the solo HR turn into 3-R HR which is what takes your team out of a game.

  954. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Matt: it was Mr. Softie Phil Hughes that Damon gave wise public encouragement to in public, not Joba.

    Aside from that, how do you know what the coaches and teammates say to either Joba or Andy in private?

  955. Pel July 20th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    What’s with the dirt balls?

  956. SJ44 July 20th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Ball didn’t hit him. Bad break there.

  957. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    That ball hit the dirt. Not even close to hitting him.

  958. YankeeRay July 20th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    That didn’t hit him. Need a DP out of Huff

  959. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Another BS call…Coke scares me in the 9th. He seems to get too nervous in this spot late in the game.

  960. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    The Melk man coming up big in late innings

  961. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    phew…that was scary

  962. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Fist pump Melky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  963. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    They put Swisher in RF for defense; meanwhile, Girardi is quietly praying that no balls get hit in his direction. LOL!

  964. Betsy July 20th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    SJ, aren’t you surprised that (a) the Jays would make an offer and (b) that it was so light? Is that the type of package JP can expect to get from teams not in the AL East? If so, how can any Jays fan be happy? If he wouldn’t ask for the world from the Yankees or Sox, he could get much better young talent.

  965. Boston Dave 2.0 July 20th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    “I was talking about the play on the wild pitch, where Molina retrieved the ball quickly and then made an off balance throw that was pretty accurate.”

    —-

    RS,

    oh, ok. I can’t argue with that one then. Jorge might have made it but I get what you’re saying…

  966. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 20th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    lol, phil coke gets a dubious HBP call and some person decides that qualifies a “Phil Choke” comment.

    Gotta love this place, sometimes.

  967. RS July 20th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Phew…that looked like a line drive off the bat.

  968. carl July 20th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Ace!

  969. miggs July 20th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Ace!

  970. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    nice catch Melky

    Double play ball please

  971. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Alfredo sauce coming in

  972. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Angel-

    Have you started the book yet??

  973. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    RS, for the record, Cervelli would have block the pitch for no advancement ;)

  974. randy l. July 20th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    “At 3:50 on Friday, Patrick the Prospect Hugger correctly predicted Friday’s line up before it was posted. I was very impressed with this and awarded him winner of “Guess the Line up”. I told him his prize was me telling people he was right ”

    erica-

    i’m trying to think of that other time patrick was right.

    ….no, that was nick in sf that time.

    wait, i got it. no that was what’s his name.

    getting old sucks. i know there was another time patrick was right, but i just can’t remember it.

  975. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    “it may not have hit him..but in what way can Giriardi see that?”

    Jones is a leftie and Girardi is on the top step of the dugout, that is facing the batter.

  976. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Say No to DOC!) July 20th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Yankees need to get Jonathan Sanchez before that value raises anymore.

  977. Dr. Cox July 20th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Lets go ACE!

    GREAT PLAYS by both Molina and Coke.

    Yankees have to win this game now, they just HAVE TO!

  978. RDM July 20th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Nah, Angel. Yanks have a good defensive inning, then the lead off batter gets HBP, in your world, maybe that is good. “Gotta love this place sometimes”…your right….

  979. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 20th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Erica – Yes, I actually finished it..I’m a fast reader.

    I have to run out to the store and get some groceries before the deli closes at 9, but I’ll give you my thoughts on it when I get back in a bit, if you like.

  980. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Poor Andy. When the Yankees get him runs, he struggles. When he pitches well, the Yankee bats go quiet. The guy can’t catch a break.

  981. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Patrick the Prospect Hugger-

    That Randy is a tough nut to crack. Sorry buddy!!!! I tried to help

  982. PL July 20th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Laura – I’m ready for the second half. Are the Yankees??

    Jones is a leftie and Girardi is on the top step of the dugout, that is facing the batter

    thats true. thanks

  983. carl July 20th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Pain in his bicep…

  984. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Man what an acting job by Jones, that ball hit 6 inches in front of his foot.

  985. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Say No to DOC!) July 20th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    “They put Swisher in RF for defense”

    Even after 20 shots of tequilla I wouldn’t believe that.

  986. SJ44 July 20th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Matt,

    you work the corners when your stuff is no longer dynamic.

    That’s what Andy has to do now to survive because the cutter hasn’t been there all year against righties.

    If he doesn’t pitch that way, he has no chance.

    That’s what happens when you get older. You find new ways to get outs.

  987. Maria July 20th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Let’s go Ace!

  988. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Angel-

    Sure. I will probably be around. I’d like to know your thoughts

  989. PL July 20th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    nice pick that wud of went into center field with most 2b man

  990. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    If CMW is out for the season, we definitely need another starter. Do they move Hughes into the rotation or go out and get somebody?

  991. carl July 20th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    If he doesn’t bounce that he has him easy.

  992. Andrew July 20th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    “Gotta love this place, sometimes.”

    It’s great for comedy, that’s for sure.

  993. Johnny D. July 20th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.....id=5026043

    HE DROPPED THE BALL! HE DROPPED THE BALL!

    I love that clip!

  994. Mark-Cant Touch This July 20th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Come on Ace! wow Molina made it close!

  995. RDM July 20th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    That wasn’t Coke’s batter that just stole second, was it?

  996. RS July 20th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    If that ball doesn’t bounce in the dirt, Jones is out.

  997. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Ace really is the man

  998. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Say No to DOC!) July 20th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Ace we need you here.

  999. Johnny D. July 20th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    ACEACEACEACEACE!

  1000. sunny615 July 20th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    paging the yankee offense… paging the yankee offense… you’re wanted on the field immediately…

  1001. Betsy July 20th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Oops, never mind SJ – I just saw your response.

    GF, I’m actually surprised Andy pitched this well – he doesn’t have to pitch like this all the time, but I want to see more than one start before I start saying he’s back….

  1002. Maria July 20th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Molina made that play so close it’s unbelievable. I thought it was no chance since he seemed to get a good jump but damn Molina is good at throwing out runners.

  1003. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Remmold had a walk off against BOS this year, didn’t he?

  1004. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Luke Scott is clueless at the plate tonight, this is a mistake

  1005. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Laura – I’m ready for the second half. Are the Yankees??
    July 20th, 2009 at 9:31 pm
    If CMW is out for the season, we definitely need another starter. Do they move Hughes into the rotation or go out and get somebody?

    ***
    I was under the impression the general feeling was that stretching Hughes out might put him at risk for injury like what happened to Joba last season

    Plus, I am not sure how I feel about him leaving the bullpen right now

  1006. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    jones is testing fate….first he was lucky to even get on first then realllly close play at second lol

  1007. Johnny D. July 20th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Why do pitch-outs count in the pitch count?

  1008. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 20th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Run along, RDM.

    Funny how the website in your name is one that its often used by an impersonator.

    Just sayin’.

    And its YOU’RE not your.

  1009. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    I wonder if they got the term ‘defensive indifference’ from watching Swisher ??

  1010. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Laura

    If CMW is out for the season, we definitely need another starter. Do they move Hughes into the rotation or go out and get somebody?

    —————————–

    I think you have to see how Mitre does tomorrow

  1011. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Remmold is the rookie of the year. What more do you need to know about this guy that he’s a rookie and has a HR off Mariano

  1012. SJ44 July 20th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Betsy,

    it’s why I said all along if JP doesn’t open up the bidding, he will not get a good return.

    Just look at how small a return Smith got for Santana.

  1013. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    lets not second guess this here…reimold is a rookie and righty…scott is a lefty vet with 18 bombs…

  1014. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    “Remmold is the rookie of the year”

    definitly not..ricky romero says hi

  1015. PL July 20th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    dont pitch this guy outside Ace

  1016. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    This dude hit his 1st major league homerun off Mo…Come on Ace!!

  1017. RS July 20th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Counting the ASG and the last game against the Angels, this is the 6th straight game that has come down to the wire. I don’t know how much more of this I can take.

  1018. Dr. Cox July 20th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    My roommate is a Braves fan. The HD 32′ Plasma TV with the MLB Package is his so he gets to watch the Bravos on the big scree while I am stuck to my little 19 incher.

    We just flipped a coin to see who would switch team loyalties and I lost.

    So it was a pleasure, all of you, guess I will be doing to TOMAHAWK from now on, haha.

    JK I LOVE THESE YANKS!!! I will never stray!!!

  1019. PL July 20th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Hinske is still wondering why he was taken out for defense

  1020. djsunyc July 20th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    let’s go ace…

  1021. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Who goes next for the Yankees Melancon or Tomko?. I assume the Yankees have to keep Tomko rested for Mitre mop up tomorrow.

  1022. djsunyc July 20th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    YEAH BABY!!!!!!!!!!

  1023. sunny615 July 20th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Coke is responsible for Jones… not that it matters now.

  1024. carl July 20th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    GJ ACE

  1025. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    So far Cano’s bases loaded at bat looms large. Offense hasn’t done much.

  1026. PL July 20th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    that looked way further off the bat

  1027. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Damon makes the catch!

    no sweat ;-)

  1028. Mark-Cant Touch This July 20th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Come on offense time for some Pie!

  1029. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I guess Girardi was highly impressed by Swisher’s acrobatics yesterday………

  1030. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Say No to DOC!) July 20th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    DID HE CATCH IT?, I CAN’T LOOK !

  1031. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    “I was under the impression the general feeling was that stretching Hughes out might put him at risk for injury like what happened to Joba last season”

    That’s what I thought. Plus, like you, I think he is more valuable in the pen.

  1032. Johnny D. July 20th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    That hit was scary off the bat. Yikes.

  1033. djsunyc July 20th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    our bullpen is NO JOKE!!!

  1034. RS July 20th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I’m not going to lie. I thought that ball had a chance to go out right off the bat.

  1035. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Ace really is the coolest cat on the team. I’ve never seen him frazzled.

  1036. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    scary hitting the ball to Damon :)

  1037. terpbomber July 20th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Dodged another bullet. Time to awaken the sleeping giant…

  1038. igotid88 July 20th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Come on Alex walk-off

  1039. Pepitone July 20th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Yankee fans standing and cheering on the kid, and the kid delievers!

    New York fans are the best!

  1040. Shdw July 20th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Enough about Cano. If anything it’s not Cano’s fault, it’s A-Rod’s. He had runner on 3rd 1 out and struck out.

  1041. Betsy July 20th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Whew – let’s win it here, lol. My heart can’t take an extra inning game.

    SJ, now that Wang is basically out for the year, what pitcher would you go after? I think the Yankees need a good,solid #3 starter – not another back-end guy.

  1042. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Brandon… I’M AWESOME ! (Say No to DOC!)
    July 20th, 2009 at 9:37 pm
    DID HE CATCH IT?, I CAN’T LOOK !

    ****
    You don’t know this, but I totally just stuck my tongue out at you :razz:

  1043. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    score
    a
    run

    Thank you Alfredo

  1044. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Aceves pitches have so much life on the way to the plate by the time they hit the bat they are dead.

  1045. RS July 20th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    The Yankees have to score now, because Ace is the king of picking up wins in extra innings.

  1046. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    “Hinske is still wondering why he was taken out for defense”

    Girardi wants to see another Swisher cartwheel. :)

  1047. Uncle Ellsworth July 20th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    an a – bomb?

  1048. NYY626 July 20th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Before I called for a Jeter pie. But I’d gladly allow for anyone else to be pied in the bottom of the 9th. END THIS NOW PLEASE!

  1049. Wangawa July 20th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    lucky lucky lucky lucky

    *whew*

  1050. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    ARod hits second pitch for a homer

  1051. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Swisher definately has pictures of Girardi that Joe wants no one to ever see!

  1052. RS July 20th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Sorry, I meant Ace is the king of picking up wins in walkoffs, not extra innings.

  1053. m1kew July 20th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Melky … Melky … Melky

  1054. carl July 20th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Lets go ALex!!

  1055. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Why is it taking so long to get to Melky?

  1056. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    I’d be happy if Alex just got on base.

  1057. U-Turn July 20th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Win it now… don’t let this game go long where we have to burn the pen out with Mitre going tomorrow.

  1058. carl July 20th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    :( Matsui needs one!

  1059. PL July 20th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    wow was roberts playin up the middle he was there quick?

  1060. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Say No to DOC!) July 20th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    this one is going into extras

  1061. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    The 2nd baseman is playing up the middle???!!

  1062. Johnny D. July 20th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Not a bad hit, but Roberts was in the right spot.

  1063. sunny615 July 20th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Godzilla will roar?

  1064. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 20th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Alex didn’t want to be known just for hitting walkoffs. :P

  1065. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    SJ44
    July 20th, 2009 at 9:31 pm
    Matt,

    you work the corners when your stuff is no longer dynamic.

    That’s what Andy has to do now to survive because the cutter hasn’t been there all year against righties.

    If he doesn’t pitch that way, he has no chance.

    That’s what happens when you get older. You find new ways to get outs.

    ————————————————————

    I look at Pettitte learning to do what Mussina did in his last year and a half. Learning a new way to pitch and inventing as he goes along.

  1066. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    I still think Molina’s walkoff hit by pitch is one of the most classic walkoffs ever

  1067. carl July 20th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Has Matsui ever hit a walkoff?

  1068. Homer July 20th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Cano will walk. Matsui will then GIDP

  1069. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Say No to DOC!) July 20th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    please walk him so Gardenhoser can cause trouble

  1070. randy l. July 20th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    “I think you have to see how Mitre does tomorrow”

    sometimes putting on the pinstripes brings out the best in a player.

    i’m looking forward to seeing him pitch.

  1071. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    If it’s Matsui do we get an on field interview?

  1072. carl July 20th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    LOL at that broken bat

  1073. Dan July 20th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    I am calling it now Hinske with the walkoff

  1074. jennifer July 20th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Swisha is going to hit one out to rf.

  1075. RS July 20th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Cano is due for a big hit. How about Matsui gets on base and Cano hits a double in the gap?

  1076. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Don’t worry the defensive replacement will hack one out…

  1077. Lonz July 20th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Have we had a baserunner since the 4th inning?

  1078. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Dan
    July 20th, 2009 at 9:42 pm
    I am calling it now Hinske with the walkoff

    ***
    Keep calling it. Hinske was taken out for defense

  1079. PL July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Dan July 20th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    I am calling it now Hinske with the walkoff

    Sadly he was taken out for Defense and replaced with Nick “Willy Mays” Swisher

  1080. Betsy July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    You’re right, SJ – and it looks like Philly is not budging on Drabek. They’ve got the division in hand it appears, so maybe they aren’t so desperate. I’m still gobsmacked that JP would actually think that Met package is a good deal…. could he not get anything better from even the Dodgers? Is it pride that makes these GMs not want to deal within their division? I mean, trading Halladay is going to kill the team for the next couple of years anyway, so what’s the difference if he goes to a rival? Of course, that brings the Sox into play as well – still, I hope the Mets don’t change their mind. It was bad enough that Santana went to the Mets – for them to add Doc would be brutal

  1081. Johnny D. July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    “sometimes putting on the pinstripes brings out the best in a player.”

    And the worst.

  1082. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    History shows again and again
    How nature points out the folly of men

    Godzilla!

  1083. carl July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    SUI!!!!

  1084. Maria July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Matsui!!!!

  1085. djsunyc July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!1

  1086. Pel July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    GODZILLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1087. Mark-Cant Touch This July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    PIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1088. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Called it!

  1089. terpbomber July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Bada-bing!

  1090. NYY626 July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    OMG MATSUIIIIII!!!!

  1091. bru July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    sweey

  1092. Johnny D. July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    MATSUIIIIIIIIIIII!

  1093. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    homer

  1094. Dan July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Yeah i ment Matsui

  1095. Ken July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Regarding Halliday to the Mets, he isnt helping them this year anyway and thats a lot to give up if he walks away as a free agent after next year… Im not sure Wilpon has the bucks it will take to guarantee Halliday sticks around long term because of the Madoff thing so why risk it? If Halliday isnt dealt maybe they can investigate it after trying to move some money out in the offseason.

  1096. Matt July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Wow, another walk off. This is really something.

  1097. Pepitone July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    A THILLA FROM GODZILLLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1098. RS July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    SWEET!! Game Over! Yankees WINNN!!

  1099. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Man, Matsui is like a viper, he put us all to sleep they he STRIKES!

  1100. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Say No to DOC!) July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    AJ GET THE PIES!

  1101. Lenny July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Godzilla hasn’t veen clutch in 4 years. This one is up to Cano or we’re going to extras

  1102. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    YES!!! Where is the pie?!

  1103. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    A THRILLA FROM GODZILLA!!!!!!!!!

    Ballgame over. The Yankees win.
    Theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Yankees win!!!!!!!!!

  1104. carl July 20th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Japan stand up!

  1105. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    This is going to be a fun pie in the face

  1106. Boston Dave 2.0 July 20th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    GODZILLA!!!!

    say what you will, but this has been an EXCITING season so far.

    27 in 09′

  1107. RS July 20th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Three straight 2-1 victories at NYS is pretty darn impressive.

  1108. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Does Matsui’s tranlator get the pie in HIS face?????

  1109. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I have never seen Matsui ever show that much emotion.

  1110. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Was Anyone expecting that?

  1111. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I need a beer :)

  1112. Bronx Jeers July 20th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    That pie’s gonna have to be extra large!

  1113. Nick in SF July 20th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    That’s a nice walk-off for Matsui, but the situation still called for trying to stroke a single the other way.

    Too much swinging for the fences!

    No wasabi in the pie, please!

  1114. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 20th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    MATSUI……and ace snags another win

  1115. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    On field interview in english please.

  1116. m1kew July 20th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Like I said – Matsui, Matsui, Matsui :-)

  1117. Betsy July 20th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Matsui!!!!!!!! Pie time!

  1118. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    his translator better not tip him off

  1119. PL July 20th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    i cant believe he threw off his helmet…in Japan he would never dream of that

  1120. EY July 20th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Wow.

    Someone called that one.

    Great win.

  1121. randy l. July 20th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    “sometimes putting on the pinstripes brings out the best in a player.”

    And the worst.”

    good point.

  1122. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Matusi cant get pied because he doesnt speak english? Tex has to get interviewed LOL

  1123. Tom in N.J. July 20th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Pick me out a winner, Bobby.

  1124. Maria July 20th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Show us the pie!!

  1125. Johnny D. July 20th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    “AN A-BOMB!!!…. Well it would have been if A-Rod had hit it.”

    -John Sterling

  1126. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Can Yes EVER actually catch a pieing live?

  1127. Betsy July 20th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Look at AJ…..lol

  1128. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Say No to DOC!) July 20th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    AJ: BOOM !

  1129. Vader July 20th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    AJ was lurking…good work by YES camera crew

  1130. carl July 20th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Pie!

  1131. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    That pie to the face just re-enacted a scene from one of Matsui’s favorite movies.. actually a scene from several of his favorite movies.

  1132. Greg D July 20th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Matsui gets a pie, how sweet it is!!!

  1133. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Matsui’s paper wife wouldn’t like that…

  1134. NYY626 July 20th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    AJ is having so much fun in NY :)

  1135. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Matsui seems actually more perturbed than Posada

  1136. S.A.--Serenity Now July 20th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    :D

  1137. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I love that in this inning it was never, “Can the Yanks get the walk off shot”, instead it was “WHO will get the walk off shot”

    This team has come a LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG way

  1138. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Matsui’s Three Stooges ‘Moe haircut’ fits perfectly with the whole pie in the face fun!!!

  1139. Uncle Ellsworth July 20th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Bronx Jeers
    July 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm
    History shows again and again
    How nature points out the folly of men

    Godzilla!

    OoooH No THere goes Baltimo’
    Gdzilla!

  1140. zatchmo July 20th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    When was the last time you remember the Yankees winning three 2-1 games in a row?

  1141. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I think the best move is not to fight it. Jorge fought it and really got nailed.

  1142. Kevin Page July 20th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    A Thrilla from Godzilla

  1143. jennifer July 20th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I love this Yankee team! You always think they have a chance to win it.

    3 straight 2-1 wins. Amazing!

  1144. 81 Yankee July 20th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Very impressed with Smoltz shutting down a good Texas lineup

    I thought he’d get shelled

  1145. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    It’s great to win this game especially since they don’t know what they are going to get from Mitre tomorrow.

  1146. Trevor July 20th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Well that sucks no on field interview.

  1147. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    “i’m trying to think of that other time patrick was right.

    ….no, that was nick in sf that time.

    wait, i got it. no that was what’s his name.

    getting old sucks. i know there was another time patrick was right, but i just can’t remember it. ”

    Maybe some day I’ll be right again. I can only hope it won’t take me another 24 years for it to happen a second time.

  1148. jpb1973 July 20th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Another win for Ace…what’s that his 6th…more than some starters.

  1149. GreenBeret7 July 20th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Perhaps Burnett should have pied the interpretor so he could explain it to Matsui. 3 games, 3 wins, 6 runs, 5 homers. you can’t win games with solo homers.

  1150. A-rod will never get it July 20th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Texiera sounds like a grizzlied vet that has been here before. i really enjoy watching his progessionalism

  1151. Uncle Ellsworth July 20th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Johnny D.
    July 20th, 2009 at 9:45 pm
    “AN A-BOMB!!!…. Well it would have been if A-Rod had hit it.”

    -John Sterling

    Oh come now, THIS call was dead on.

  1152. Jerkface July 20th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Very impressed with Smoltz shutting down a good Texas lineup

    I thought he’d get shelled

    Rangers havent been good for a while. Their offense has totally imploded

  1153. EY July 20th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    That pie to the face just re-enacted a scene from one of Matsui’s favorite movies.. actually a scene from several of his favorite movies.

    LOL! I actually got that. Tsk tsk.

  1154. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Nice game………2 runners thrown out at home & a walk off HR too!!!

  1155. djsunyc July 20th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    what’s up with the throw of the hat thing? arod & co. were telling mats to throw the hat up and then they went to catch it…this team is having FUN!!!

  1156. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    After the way this season began, can anyone have predicted this? When was the last time a Yankee team – in 2nd place no less – has had this much fun? I don’t remember them having this much fun up by 15 games. This is going to be a special season.

  1157. Pepitone July 20th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Hey, A-Rod took Matsui’s helmet away from the Melkman, and Melky had it first …. fight! fight!

  1158. haiku-man July 20th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Great game Andy of old!!

  1159. PL July 20th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    anyone ever wonder why Aj has to shove the pie so violently in there face? You could really hurt someone like that…how terrible would that be?… The old DL stint for a pie in the face….Girardi would kill Burnett with his python forearms

  1160. NYY626 July 20th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    its really enjoyable to watch grown men act like little boys

  1161. A-rod will never get it July 20th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    How about them Yankees.

    I think we gotta give a little credit to Cano who duped Izturis twice in the game. He saved def a run!!

  1162. Benny Blanco July 20th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    I missed it….damn. Thank god for dvr.

  1163. Erica - always OPPC July 20th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    new thread already :arrow:

  1164. islesfan July 20th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    I don’t think Godzilla appreciated the pie. Someone better hide his Samurai swords or else there’s going to be an international incident in the Yankee lockerroom.

    Can’t wait for Jeter to hit a walkoff. Burnett better be pitching lights out when that happens.

  1165. bru July 20th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    fantastic games pitched by pettitte,joba,matsui is hot.
    his bat can be huge down the stretch & we will need it.

    cf is becoming a concern.

    i am hearing a lot about ajax now????

    as a yankee fan you can’t ask for anything more.
    this is a fun team.
    our farm system is also finally being noticed.

    francessa finally said good things about it today.

    said we our seing the fruits of our labor among many others noticing.

    nice job cash.

  1166. sora55 July 20th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    MATSUI RULES ALL!!!

  1167. carl July 20th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Did Tex call Molina Marley?

  1168. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Yeah, Cano is like Copperfield on those plays, he’s really making it an art.

  1169. CaptainsCorner July 20th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Young with a homerun. Texas and Sox tied at 2-2.

  1170. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Smoltz just gave up a bomb to Michael Young 2-2

  1171. NYY626 July 20th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    texas tied it up!

  1172. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 20th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    “LOL! I actually got that. Tsk tsk.”

    Hahaha nice. I figured it was a bit too obscure for me to get in TOO much trouble.

  1173. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Michael Young is a clutch hitter

  1174. PL July 20th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    And Hamiton doubles none out

  1175. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Teixera was another silent hero in tonight’s game. He made a couple of clutch plays. One was the play at the plate but another was a 3-6-3 double play that would have been a double and run scored with the big G manning the bag. The guy really is invaluable and showed it early in the season by flashing the glove when his bat was dormant early in the season.

  1176. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    3-2 rangers……Smoltz melting down

  1177. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Anybody know how many errors Tex has this season??? the guy is just outstanding..

  1178. PL July 20th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    1 E for Tex

  1179. Pepitone July 20th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    That so called “pie” is really a towel with shaving cream, isn’t it? I mean, if Burnett is going to throw a pie at me, at least get my favorite, banana cream.

    Matsui is going to throw a tomahawk chop on Burnett’s noggin!

  1180. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Todd, I think he has 1 error

  1181. PL July 20th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    yea thats a .999 %

  1182. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    david Murphy 2 run jack……..5-2 Rangers

  1183. RS July 20th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Reason #1 why Aceves should stay in the bullpen: He can’t possibly win any more games as a starter than he does as a reliever.

  1184. islesfan July 20th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    djsunyc July 20th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    what’s up with the throw of the hat thing? arod & co. were telling mats to throw the hat up and then they went to catch it…this team is having FUN!!!

    ___________________________________-

    What’s up DJ?

    They take the helmet off because if they go into the mosh pit with it, it’s license for everybody to beat the hell out of him on the head. The beating isn’t as bad when you come in helmetless.

  1185. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Pepitone, a lot was made of the fact that he uses real whipped cream for the pies because it doesn’t sting the eyes.

  1186. PL July 20th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    WOOOOW Texas 5 Boston 2 Smoltz realized he has to be in bed by 10

  1187. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Thanks for the info everybody… 1 error, that’s awesome!

  1188. haiku-man July 20th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Bottom of the 6th RS 2 TX 5 2 outs,it’s showtime folks!

    SMOLTLZ is getting lit up now,hehe.

  1189. Pepitone July 20th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Smoltz falls into a burnin ring of fire!!

    Another home run, die, die, die, Red Stockings!!!!!!!

  1190. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    I’m seeing 6-2

  1191. pat July 20th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    6-2 Rangers

  1192. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    LMAO…………After David Murphy’s jack off of Smoltz, the PA system is playing Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire!!!

  1193. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    saltalamachia with a jack!!!!!! LUV IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1194. Mark-Cant Touch This July 20th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    smoltz getting hit hard :)

  1195. RS July 20th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Smoltz getting absolutely crushed now.

    But of course, Theo Epstein is still a genius and the Sox have such a deep rotation. I mean, the Yankees can’t possibly match the deadly 3/4/5 combo of Wakefield, Smoltz, and Penny.

  1196. m July 20th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Eh, good win.

    But check it out! Batting practice in Tejas. Somebody called it, but then gave up too soon. :)

  1197. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    gammons must be crying in his whiskey!!! ‘Smoltz will be a huge factor down the stretch’ Ha Ha Ha!!!

  1198. haiku-man July 20th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Smoltz gives up another Rs 2 Tx 6 SMOLTZ is out after 6.2 innings

  1199. The Ghost July 20th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    I just sent this out on my Twitter: The curse of John Smoltz

  1200. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Smoltz forgot to take his Geritol….

  1201. RS July 20th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    For anyone who heard Girardi mention the time Tex threw a runner out at home earlier this season, I just laughed out loud picturing Giambi making a strong throw from his knees.

  1202. RS July 20th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    For anyone who heard Girardi mention the time Tex threw a runner out at home earlier this season, I just laughed out loud picturing Giambi making a strong throw from his knees.

  1203. Todd July 20th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    The only thing Giambi does on his knees is barf in the toilet after a rough night!!!

  1204. jpb1973 July 20th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Smoltz getting absolutely crushed now.

    ——————————————–

    Didn’t Peter Gammons tell us his stuff was ELECTRIC?

    :)

  1205. haiku-man July 20th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Tied for 1st What a good feeling!

  1206. Peter Lacock July 20th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    The “throw the ball back” stuff is played out. It was moderately amusing when they did it at Wrigley Field decades ago. Now it’s just stupid.

    Quite curmudgeonly of you Pete. I’m pushing 60 and see many things young people do that I think is kind of dumb but I don’t go around calling it (and them) stupid. I know 30 or 50 years ago I did many of the same things. I think it’s fun and they pay enough, if they want to throw back enemy HR’s, let them. It’s good for unity and camaraderie. Of course, only people that actually pay their way and actually sit out there would understand that and I promise you that they don’t care what the snobs in their ivory tower think about it.
    You know what I do think is really very stupid though? The constant harping and relentless questions about what to do with the stadium. Some obsessed media member just asked Hal about it recently. For heavens sake, they obviously aren’t going to change anything during the season and the old stadium isn’t down yet. One could tell that Hal was annoyed and who could blame him? I believe the smart approach with this is to understand that no changes will be made soon, if ever, and let management and the engineers do their jobs. I doubt any media members are even remotely qualified to make any decision, especially not right now. It might not matter but what if the old stadium removal makes a difference? Some people won’t be able to look at themselves in the mirror and honestly not think they were being simple minded. You know, we just had 3 straight 2-1 wins. Seems like the stadium was perfect to me.

  1207. Peter Lacock July 21st, 2009 at 7:56 am

    The “throw the ball back” stuff is played out. It was moderately amusing when they did it at Wrigley Field decades ago. Now it’s just stupid.

    Quite curmudgeonly of you Pete. I’m pushing 60 and see many things young people do that I think is kind of dumb but I don’t go around calling it (and them) stupid. I know 30 or 50 years ago I did many of the same things. I think it’s fun and they pay enough, if they want to throw back enemy HR’s, let them. It’s good for unity and camaraderie. Of course, only people that actually pay their way and actually sit out there would understand that and I promise you that they don’t care what the snobs in their ivory tower think about it.
    You know what I do think is really very stupid though? The constant harping and relentless questions about what to do with the stadium. Some obsessed media member just asked Hal about it recently. For heavens sake, they obviously aren’t going to change anything during the season and the old stadium isn’t down yet. One could tell that Hal was annoyed and who could blame him? I believe the smart approach with this is to understand that no changes will be made soon, if ever, and let management and the engineers do their jobs. I doubt any media members are even remotely qualified to make any decision, especially not right now. It might not matter but what if the old stadium removal makes a difference? Some people won’t be able to look at themselves in the mirror and honestly not think they were being simple minded. You know, we just had 3 straight 2-1 wins. Seems like the stadium was perfect to me.
    Sorry, forgot to add great post! Can’t wait to see your next post!


Sponsored by:
 

Search

    Advertisement

    Follow

    Mobile

    Read The LoHud Yankees Blog on the go by navigating to the blog on your smartphone or mobile device's browser. No apps or downloads are required.

Advertisement

Place an ad

Call (914) 694-3581