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Game 93: Orioles at Yankees (updates with roster move, Halladay news and minor-league transactions)

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YANKEES (55-37)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez DH
Posada C
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Ransom 3B

Pitching: RHP Sergio Mitre (4-1, 2.32 in minors).

ORIOLES (41-51)
Roberts 2B
Jones CF
Markakis RF
Huff 1B
Scott DH
Mora 3B
Reimold LF
Wieters C
Izturis SS

Pitching: LHP Rich Hill (3-2, 6.92).

TIME/TV: 7:05, MY9.

STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have won four straight and 17 of 22 and are tied for first place in the AL East with Boston. They are undefeated since the All-Star break and have won three straight games by a 2-1 score.

OH, SERGIO: Mitre, 28, will be pitching in the big leagues for the first time since Sept. 15, 2007 when he was with Florida. He is 10-23, 5.36 in parts of five seasons with the Cubs and Marlins. He has appeared in 78 games, 52 of them starts. He’s a sinker, slider pitcher who isn’t afraid of contact.

The Yankees signed Mitre to a minor-league deal on Jan. 14. He had Tommy John surgery last July 15 and then was suspended for 50 games for violating MLB’s drug policy. He reportedly took androstenedione. Mitre went with the “I got it at GNC” defense at the time and was able to prove that he took a product that was not labeled correctly. The MLBPA went to bat for Mitre, but he lost his appeal.

He started nine games in the minors, two for Tampa and the rest with Scranton. He was 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA. Mitre allowed 50 hits and struck out 43 with seven walks over 54.1 innings. Joe Girardi said he could go 100 pitches tonight. His last start in the minors was July 12.

HOME IS WHERE THE WINS ARE: The Yankees are 30-16 at the Stadium, 24-9 in the last 34 games.

A-ROD’S IMPACT: The Yankees are 42-22 since Alex Rodriguez came off the disabled list. That’s the best record in baseball since that time.

PITCHING IN: The Yankees have a 1.50 ERA since the All-Star break.

NEED SOME HITS: The Yankees have scored 11 runs in the four games since the break.

MELKYMAN MISSES HIS DELIVERY: Meky Cabrera is at .230/.308/.365 since June 1 and is 2 of 13 since the break.

RESTED AND READY: Mariano Rivera and Phil Hughes had last night off. They’re available this evening. Rivera is the greatest relief pitcher ever and Hughes is second. Or something like that.

ROAD WOES: The Orioles are 1-13 in division road games this season and 15-30 overall away from Camden Yards.

Back with more later.

UPDATE, 3:43 p.m.: Sergio Mitre has Angel Berroa’s old locker. They tossed out the walker and his Tommy Dorsey records.

UPDATE, 3:49 p.m.: Looks like Brent Tomko is out.

UPDATE, 4:29 p.m.: Tomko DFA’d.

UPDATE, 4:48 p.m.: Yanks taking BP. Game on.

UPDATE, 5:00 p.m.: The Orioles added RHP Cla Meredith to the active roster and optioned RHP Kam Mickolio to Triple-A Norfolk.

It’s also raining again.

UPDATE, 6:05 p.m.: Well, it’s raining in the Boogie Down. No tarp on the field but it’s raining. We’ll keep you posted.

UPDATE, 6:48 p.m.: Tarp is down and we’re not starting on time. But it’s not raining at the moment. Sort of a determined mist. We’ll let you know a start time when it’s announced.

UPDATE, 6:51 p.m.: Tarp being pulled. 7:30 start time announced.

UPDATE, 6:57 p.m.: The latest on Halladay via the AP:

Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi still hasn’t received an appropriate trade offer for Roy Halladay and has set a July 28 deadline to complete a deal for the 2003 Cy Young Award winner.

“At this point, it’s probably unlikely that we’ll trade Doc,” Ricciardi said Tuesday.

Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is July 31. Ricciardi said July 6 he would field offers for Halladay, who is signed through 2010 and has a full no-trade clause.

“No one has really stepped up yet,” Ricciardi said. “We’ve got to be highly motivated to move him. We haven’t been highly motivated yet.”

Ricciardi said the deadline is necessary to get an agreement in place for what is likely to be a complicated deal. He also wants the matter resolved before Halladay makes a scheduled start July 29 in Seattle.

UPDATE, 7:09 p.m.: Two minor-league moves today: RHP Kevin Whelan to Scranton and RHP Humberto Sanchez to Trenton.

UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: The Sergio Mitre Era started with a fastball that Brian Roberts lined into the LF gap for a double.

Hello, J.P.?

UPDATE, 7:33 p.m.: Three pitches and it’s 1-0 Orioles as Markakis singles to center. Not an auspicious start.

UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: That’ll be the only run the Yankees allow. They always win 2-1 after all.

UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Hey, the Yankees scored without a home run. A-Rod walked, stole second, went to third on a fly ball and scored on Swisher’s sacrifice fly. First run scored without a home run since Saturday.

UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: The Yankees, alas, will not win 2-1. I’m thinking 7-6.

UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: Look at that small ball. Fan favorite Cody Ransom walks, goes to third on a hit-and-run single by Jeter and then the Captain steals second. Yankees in business with one out.

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Damon pops to center. Tex walks. Loaded up with two gone for Alex.

UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Two-run single. Small ball, small ball, small ball. Yankees lead 3-2. Posada can add to it.

UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: Finally, a home run. Whew. Yankees got a little too aggressive there as Jeter tried to score on what amounted to a pop-up to Markakis. But, whatever, they lead 6-2. If Mitre can give them two more innings, they’ll be thrilled.

UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Sergio Mitre, ladies and gentlemen. 5 5 2 2 0 3. Nine GB outs. He has thrown only 75 pitches. Girardi said yesterday he could give them 100. Might he go seven innings?

UPDATE, 9:22 p.m.: Forget seven, can he finish the sixth? Mitre has allowed two runs and Aceves is up. 6-4 Yankees. I still like my 7-6 prediction from the 8:11 update.

UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: 5.2 innings for Mitre, four runs. Not great, but acceptable for a No. 5 starter on a team with the best offense in the game.

UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Cody Ransom — 2 walks, 2 runs scored — looming on deck. Will the O’s dare pitch to him this time?

UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: You cant stop Cody Ransom. Well, at least you can’t keep him off the bases. Back off, haters.

On a serious note, this is why you have to live with any manager changing the lineup from time to time. Over the course of the season, players needs days off and the subs play. Just how it is.

UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: Marte’s inning: 2 hits, 1 run, 1 walk. 20 pitches, 11 strikes. Scranton won as AAA Hall of Famer Kei Igawa went seven strong innings.

UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: The Big G makes that play easy. OK, so it probably goes for a double.

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1,190 Responses to “Game 93: Orioles at Yankees (updates with roster move, Halladay news and minor-league transactions)”

  1. James G July 21st, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I look for Mitre to have a big game tonight. He’s been lights out in the minors.

  2. Smythe July 21st, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Please No Rain Delay.

  3. Nat July 21st, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Philly is going to the playoffs… once they get there, it is a crap-shoot. Halladay doesn’t guarantee them anything.

    They don’t need him to get to the playoffs.

    Besides… Hamels is a stud. Happ has a 2.60 ERA. Blanton has really turned it on lately. Moyer has rebounded too.

    They can win with that rotation. It’s probably better than what they trotted out last year, assuming Happ keeps this up.

  4. yanks kiddd July 21st, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Please Girardi don’t sit Damon or Matsui just because there goin up vs a lefty.

  5. Jack July 21st, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Any word on who is being sent down to make room for Mitre?

  6. Erica - always OPPC July 21st, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Last chance to submit your line ups for “Guess the Lineup”

  7. PruBelongs July 21st, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    please no Melky

  8. rconn23 July 21st, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Rich Hill is the tonic for what ails any offense.

  9. GET REAL July 21st, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    I hope someone hits a homerun and they throw the ball back on the field…

  10. Homer July 21st, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Lineup Guess:

    Damon LF
    Jeter SS
    Teixeira 1B
    A-Rod DH
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Swisher RF
    Cabrera CF
    Ransom 3B

  11. Greg July 21st, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    You say “was able to prove” that it was mislabeled… so that means it really was a GNC product he took, and he is innocent (or guilty by accident)?

  12. Laura July 21st, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    “A-ROD’S IMPACT: The Yankees are 42-22 since Alex Rodriguez came off the disabled list. That’s the best record in baseball since that time.”

    Yeah, but you know – we’re still better off w/o him. :P

  13. Andrew July 21st, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Nat, no way is subtracting Brett Myers and adding Rodrigo Lopez/washed-up Pedro Martinez an improvement for the Phillies’ rotation this year.

  14. Banks July 21st, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    i’ll say

    Gardner CF
    Jeter SS
    Teixeria 1B
    Rodriguez DH
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Hinske RF
    Cabrera CF
    Ransom 3

  15. Laura July 21st, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    My lineup prediction is that it will be the same one used last night.

  16. Stephen July 21st, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    PITCHING IN: The Yankees have a 1.50 ERA since the All-Star break.

    I’ll take the OVER on that betting line tonight.

  17. you gotta have faith (aceves, you da man!) July 21st, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    i wish he would give gardner more playing time but i doubt it hapens today against a LHP

  18. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release July 21st, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Just keep us in the game Sergio. That’s all I ask

  19. carl July 21st, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    # Laura July 21st, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    My lineup prediction is that it will be the same one used last night.

    I agree

  20. Greg July 21st, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    @rconn23 — careful what you say, the Yanks have a knack of being outpitched by poor hurlers with gaudy ERAs…

  21. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 21st, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    So what happens if tonight’s game gets rained out?

    Does Mitre skip a start or start tomorrow?

  22. Hokiehill July 21st, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    brandon, you really need to adjust your thoughts on Sanchez…I posted these a day or two ago, but Sanchez is really not that good, and he’s not good enough to be our #5…Snell is bad enough to be demoted to the Pirates AAA team…no thanks there either.

    “BTW…I know he pitched a no hitter, but this season Sanchez is averaging around 4.6 innins per game, has a 3-8 record and a 4.69 ERA…who is he replacing that will be an improvement?

    “I bet Cashman is looking at a Jonathan Sanchez or Ian Snell type pitcher to acquire at the deadline.”

    No move is better then either of those moves…especially if we’d have to give up just one decent prospect to get either of those guys. If Cashman picks up Snell (who’s been demoted to AAA for the Pirates!) then he should be fired.”

  23. Erica - always OPPC July 21st, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Homer, Banks, Laura & Carl

    got your submissions

  24. Erica - always OPPC July 21st, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Rebecca-

    I would skip him

  25. you gotta have faith (aceves, you da man!) July 21st, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    did anyone else LOL when they put swisher in last night for defense? hahaha

  26. Andrew July 21st, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Rebecca the weather is clearing out, a rain out seems unlikely now. Might be a delay like there was on Friday night, but the forecast just calls for passing showers tonight, not the monsoon-like conditions we had this morning.

  27. yanks kiddd July 21st, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Does Mitre skip a start or start tomorrow?

    def gotta skip him.

  28. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    “I bet Cashman is looking at a Jonathan Sanchez or Ian Snell type pitcher to acquire at the deadline.”

    No move is better then either of those moves…especially if we’d have to give up just one decent prospect to get either of those guys. If Cashman picks up Snell (who’s been demoted to AAA for the Pirates!) then he should be fired.”

    Get either one cheap, it’s a plus move.

  29. Frank from Chatham, NJ July 21st, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Lineup Guess:

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Teixeira 1B
    Matsui DH
    Posada C
    Cano 2B
    Cabrera CF
    Hinske RF
    Ransom 3B

  30. m July 21st, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Good luck, Serge.

    How his start goes tonight will probably affect how the Yankees approach the trade deadline.

    I like that he’s 28, and not 22. :)

  31. KO July 21st, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Yankees offense is due to break out tonight. They’ve been doing just enough lately, it’d be nice if they could score like 5 or 6 early and get Mitre a nice cushion. In any case, the Orioles are simply awful on the road, let’s hope that continues tonight.

  32. Erica - always OPPC July 21st, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Got it Frank-

    Good luck to all that participated today :-)

    I have 8 lineups

  33. PruBelongs July 21st, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    anyone remember when Brett Gardner used to play?

  34. Andrew July 21st, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    BloggingBombersJuly 21 vs Orioles: Jeter SS, Damon LF, Teixeira 1B, A-Rod DH, Posada C, Swisher RF, Cano 2B, Cabrera CF, Ransom 3B, Mitre RHP

  35. Nick in SF July 21st, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    “Trust” has some great songs, but I prefer “Imperial Bedroom”.

  36. KO July 21st, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    uhhh the Giants aren’t going to trade Jonathan Sanchez, sorry

  37. Boogie Down Bob July 21st, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Serge will do ok. At least its not John Smoltz pitching for us.

  38. carl July 21st, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Ransom playing when Mitre may need a lot of offense ;(

  39. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 21st, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    If Cabrera’s doing so bad why is Gardner not playing?

  40. Hokiehill July 21st, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    ““I bet Cashman is looking at a Jonathan Sanchez or Ian Snell type pitcher to acquire at the deadline.”

    No move is better then either of those moves…especially if we’d have to give up just one decent prospect to get either of those guys. If Cashman picks up Snell (who’s been demoted to AAA for the Pirates!) then he should be fired.”

    Get either one cheap, it’s a plus move.”

    Saying it over and over doesn’t help your argument. Give me one shred of legit evidence that Snell or Sanchez is better than anyone we have now?

    I’d rather give Igawa a shot than move a second level prospect for either of these guys.

  41. Ruben Sierra July 21st, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    So the two guys that provided our entire offense yesterday sit today. Awesome.

  42. m July 21st, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Ransom? Groundball pitcher? Gulp.

  43. yanks kiddd July 21st, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    ahh why Ransom, I wish they would call up Pena and send him down. And of course Matsui is great vs lefty’s and he sits him.

  44. Boogie Down Bob July 21st, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    I’d like to see the Yankees KO the opposing starting pitcher and get into the bullpen a little early.

    Last night for example, the kid from the Orioles had 35 or so pitches in the first inning. I’d like to see us do a better job of going for the kill when we got a young kid on the ropes like that.

  45. betsy July 21st, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Joel Sherman thinks the Yankees have drawn an absolute line in the sand and are not into the Halladay sweepstakes because of finances. Apparently Cash had to meet with Hal 7 times to get him to budge on Tex….then, there is the fact that they are already restructuring the ticket prices, etc…

    I agree with Kay, who mentioned a comment Alex said (not sure when) – that the Yankees found the $$$ for Tex and if they had not, they’d be 10 games back (or something like that). Penny wise, pound foolish – If the Jays insist on a huge package that would devastate their farm system , then I understand why they would not do the deal. I admit that it’s frustrating to think that $$$ might prevent us from even attempting to trade for Doc. Of course, if JP really refuses to trade within the division, it doesn’t matter……

  46. Erica - always OPPC July 21st, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Congratulations to Ramey, today’s winner of “Guess the Line Up”. Ramey correctly predicted tonight’s lineup at 1:19 this afternoon

    Tune in tomorrow folks as we play another thrilling round of “Guess the Line Up” :-)

  47. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops July 21st, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    “Rivera is the greatest relief pitcher ever and Hughes is second. Or something like that.”

    This line actually made me chuckle. Every once in a while Pete gets off a good one.

  48. Tom B July 21st, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    @Brandon I’M OBLIVIOUS (can i be convinced… no!)

    to quote myself…

    ENOUGH OF THIS SANCHEZ TALK

    2008
    9-12 record
    5.01 ERA
    158 innings pitched
    5.4 innings per start
    1.45 WHIP
    8 H/9
    4.3 BB/9
    2.09 BB/K

    This seasons he is pitching less innings per start, and walking more (5.3/9).

    This is in the NL(easy) West(easier) pitching as their 4th starter.

    Exactly what good could come of us signing this guy? Our AAA team is loaded with guys that could equal or best those numbers… If we wanted a 5 era walkathon we could just call up Igawa…

  49. betsy July 21st, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    It’s pouring on LI – if the game gets called, just push it to the end of the season and only play it if it’s necessary…….

  50. Andrew July 21st, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Haha so many lineup complaints and it’s only been posted for like 4 minutes!

  51. Hokiehill July 21st, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    based on yesterday it would have made more sense to just give ARod the full day off and keep Matsui in as the DH. I never like seeing Ransom, but Girardi has to stick with the plan in resting ARod. I get the lefty matchup thing but it would be nice to get Gardner back out there (maybe he’s potentially going in a trade = they don’t want him to get hurt?).

  52. Trevor July 21st, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Sherman is making it sound like it’s all about money as to them not getting Halladay.
    The fact that they would have to give up big prospects too plays a role. With Teixeira it was just money. So it’s not the same situation.

  53. Boogie Down Bob July 21st, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Ruben,

    You can do that sort of thing when you still have guys named A-Rod and Tex in the lineup.

    Matsui and Hinske not being in the lineup won’t break us bud.

  54. Erica - always OPPC July 21st, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    I have my bright butterfly rain jacket to protect me at Citifield tonight. Bring on the rain!!!!

  55. Nick in SF July 21st, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Hinske is sitting because Sterling needs to go back to the drawing board to review all those home-run-call suggestions and Matsui is being benched for throwing his helmet on the field.

    Do you people not understand baseball?

  56. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops July 21st, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    “Serge will do ok. At least its not John Smoltz pitching for us.”

    or Smoltzazaka, as they say in Boston.

  57. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Sanchez has improved eversince being sent down to the minors, your talking about the #5 SP position, innings eaters, Sanchez has had a CG no hit followed it up w/ a 6 IP performance in ATL, if you can get him on the cheap you do it. For a # 5 SP he’d fit in well.

    Snell you hope to catch lightning in a bottle. He once was a dominant #2 or 3 type, so again. Not bad for a # 5 SP, you look to add high end depth if possible.

  58. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 21st, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    I am convinced that money is of absolutely no importance when you talk about the Yankees.

  59. Laura July 21st, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Matsui’s reward for his walkoff HR is a seat for tonight’s game. Makes sense…NOT!!! Girardi must think that Matsui’s knees were stressed from running around the bases.

    So is Swisher going to do another cartwheel tonight or will we get treated to a backflip? :P

  60. Ruben Sierra July 21st, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Jeter
    Damon
    Tex
    Arod
    Matsui
    Posada
    Cano
    Swisher/Hinske/Cabrera
    Gardner
    Why does it seem so rare that we get this lineup…

  61. Tom B July 21st, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    brandon you are trading for a guy based off of literally one performance. pitchers don’t come to the AL and get better, and he’s already NOT GOOD. You don’t just make a trade for the sake of trading.

    Well, maybe you do, but that’s why you aren’t in charge of anything.

  62. Hokiehill July 21st, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    “Haha so many lineup complaints and it’s only been posted for like 4 minutes!”

    Not complaining, more just thinking out loud. Can’t complain too much because whatever Joe has been doing has been working!

    Tom B, THANK YOU!

  63. Tom B July 21st, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    how many more pitchers do we need that are too good for AAA, not good enough for the majors?

  64. Boogie Down Bob July 21st, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I love Hal being in charge. It sounds like he lets the baseball people do their jobs and make the proper decisions and he stays out of it.

  65. Erica - always OPPC July 21st, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Laura-

    I don’t think it had anythign to do with Matsui. I think it was more a matter of A-Rod being due for a DH night

    Btw- if the game gets called tonight tomorrow will probably a double header. Mitre will probably pitch Game 1

  66. Laura July 21st, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    “I am convinced that money is of absolutely no importance when you talk about the Yankees.”

    I would agree with that if the Legends Seats were selling like hotcakes. I think that they are really trying to reel themselves in from outrageous spending. I also think that they’ve been told that they have to part with either Joba or Hughes to get Doc and like me, they really don’t want to do that.

  67. Laura July 21st, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    “I don’t think it had anythign to do with Matsui. I think it was more a matter of A-Rod being due for a DH night”

    Probably. I was just being obnoxious because, you know – I’m really good at it. :P

  68. Hokiehill July 21st, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    “Sanchez has improved eversince being sent down to the minors, your talking about the #5 SP position, innings eaters, Sanchez has had a CG no hit followed it up w/ a 6 IP performance in ATL, if you can get him on the cheap you do it. For a # 5 SP he’d fit in well.

    Snell you hope to catch lightning in a bottle. He once was a dominant #2 or 3 type, so again. Not bad for a # 5 SP, you look to add high end depth if possible.”

    Even with the complete game no hitter and that solid 6 inning performance he’s averging BELOW 5 innings per game. And your argument for Sanchez works against Snell…the dude has been progressively more terrible this year in Pittsburg. You can try and catch lightning in a bottle for free with the pitchers we have in AAA/AA

  69. Rishi July 21st, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    UPDATE, 3:49 p.m.: Looks like Brent Tomko is out.

  70. m July 21st, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    This is for you, Brandon. From a mlbtr chat. Basically saying that Heyman has a lot of cred, so this whatever it was shouldn’t affect him.:

    3:48 [Comment From K]
    How does Heyman have any credibility posting that kind of garbage he did yesterday with the bogus Mets-Jays package?

    3:49 Doesn’t look good, but he’s scooped tons of signings and trades and usually has good info, so he’s got credibility to spare

  71. Boogie Down Bob July 21st, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I don’t get some people on this blog and their though process.

    If it were up so some people, A-Rod, Posada, and Matsui would play every single day and never get any rest.

    That’d be a great idea! Then we can watch A-Rod’s hip, Matsui’s knees, and Posada’s shoulder go to crap and have no postseason chance at all.

  72. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 21st, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Tom B-What was up with this comment?

    “@Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN”

    “it seems you have an issue with well pitched games. you might find an over 25 mens softball league to be a bit more to your tastes…”

    Please explain…

  73. Bad Scooter July 21st, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Why is the Gritty Gutty one buried on the bench?

  74. E-gawa July 21st, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Brandon, alot of bad pitchers have had no hitters. It’s not a feat only reserved for good pitchers.

  75. you gotta have faith (aceves, you da man!) July 21st, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    im not too worried about the offense bc of the pitching we’ve faced recently (well i guess except for yesterday lol)but they should crush this guy tonight

  76. Laura July 21st, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    “Haha so many lineup complaints and it’s only been posted for like 4 minutes!”

    Andrew, didn’t you know? That’s why we come here. My day is not complete until I’ve gotten in my lineup complaint. :P

  77. Hokiehill July 21st, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    “Why is the Gritty Gutty one buried on the bench?”

    the lefty SP for the O’s…

  78. Tom B July 21st, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    @OUR HOUSE

    you were complaining about the walkoffs up there… somewhere… something about the games sucking because we didn’t win until the alst pitch?

  79. Laura July 21st, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    “UPDATE, 3:49 p.m.: Looks like Brent Tomko is out. ”

    No big loss there.

  80. Pel July 21st, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    >UPDATE, 3:43 p.m.: Sergio Mitre has Angel Berroa’s old locker.
    >They tossed out the walker and his Tommy Dorsey records.

    LOL :razz:

  81. Nick in SF July 21st, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Who is Brent Tomko?

  82. Andrew July 21st, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Options left on D-Rob and Melancon, and they still DFA Tomko? This is shocking, but I love it, and it hopefully means more of Melancon. I hope he gets in tonight once Rich Hill is KO’ed and the Yankees have a nice lead.

  83. Erica - always OPPC July 21st, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    What time does Pete usually post the line up on Afternoon games? 11?????

  84. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    “You can try and catch lightning in a bottle for free with the pitchers we have in AAA/AA”

    Who ? Nova, they aren’t going to push him Igawa-san ?

    I’m not saying Sanchez or Snell makes you world beaters, but they are high end arms put in a #5 SP 5 – 6 IP is all you want from them, if you can get it cheap you do it. If not then forget it.

  85. Ruben Sierra July 21st, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Erica:

    Pete posts the line up as soon as he decides who he wants to play that day. He then e-mails it to Girardi.

  86. MG July 21st, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    it’s really funny how names get thrown out about possible trades when no one has actually seen most of these guys pitch more than once or twice a year. Chances are if you saw them pitch every 5 days they would seem just as ‘bad’ as the current Yankees starters.

    Andy pitched 7 1/3 of great baseball last night and Joba pitched 6 2/3 of equally great baseball the day before. If Mitre can be ordinary (5-6 innings, 3-4 runs) the Yankees will win more than half of his starts, this isn’t rocket science here.

    Joba has the stuff to be dominant at playoff time, we all know that. If he blossoms in the second half it could be a performance similar to Beckett’s in 2003, where he pitched about 150 innings, had a 9-8 record, and was great in the playoffs. He wasn’t all that good the following year (he was still learning how to pitch and the Marlins were awful) but was the difference maker in the World Series.

    There is no timetable for a young pitcher pitching great, whether it’s one game, 10 games, or a career. One thing we can all agree on is if Joba pitches the way he did Sunday, with a fastball in the 96-97 range and challenging hitters, he can be dominant. We’ll just have to see how that plays out over the rest of the season, it’s one thing that makes it so interesting to follow the Yankees.

  87. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 21st, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Tom B-I was joking…someone made a comment earlier how he hated the Mets game until the final pitch.

    Being a smart as…alick I went through walk off weekend and talked about how all those games sucked until they tied it. It was a joke.

  88. Ramey July 21st, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Wahoo, I actually know what I’m talking about sometimes! haha….I’m telling you, it’s because Girardi wants us to all talk about ransom blowing plays at third

  89. cor shep July 21st, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    erica – he usually posts it 3 and a half hours before the game time.

  90. Mr. & Mrs. Alka Seltzer July 21st, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    With Ransom at 3rd base, this could be a scotch and Brioschi night.

  91. Giuseppe Franco July 21st, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    That is surprising they opted to keep both Robertson and Melancon over Tomko.

  92. Boogie Down Bob July 21st, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    It’d be nice to see Bruney step his game up in the second half. If we can get a solid performance from him, and get Marte to come back and be serviceable, it’d give us a lot of flexibility. Specifically, it would allow us to take either Aceves or Hughes and stretch them out in order to join the rotation if needed.

  93. Wangawa July 21st, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Cody Ransom at 3rd base with a ground ball pitcher on the mound! Fantastic! Over/under on the number of Ransom errors tonight?

  94. Boogie Down Bob July 21st, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Wangawa,

    Only about 6 more weeks of Ranson. I can’t wait til Pena comes back up in September. That kid has a fantastic glove and was a joy to watch in the field.

  95. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    “>UPDATE, 3:43 p.m.: Sergio Mitre has Angel Berroa’s old locker.
    >They tossed out the walker and his Tommy Dorsey records.”

    His spirit will return. It always does. LOL

  96. Hokiehill July 21st, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    “He started nine games in the minors, two for Tampa and the rest with Scranton. He was 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA. Mitre allowed 50 hits and struck out 43 with seven walks over 54.1 innings. Joe Girardi said he could go 100 pitches tonight. His last start in the minors was July 12.”

    I’d rather try to catch lightning in a bottle with Mitre OR Igawa. At least Igawa has shown he can pitch in AAA this year. Snell hasn’t even done that. Snell wasn’t good enough to be the #5 starter IN PITTSBURG!!! And Sanchez was about to be sent down before they needed him to start in place of Johnson…he’s at best a #4 in the NL West = at best a #6 in the AL East and that’s being generous. At this point it’s obvious your mind is set and so is mine, so I give up after this…

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I have an after-funeral party to attend.

  97. CountryClub July 21st, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    The Yankees have made the right decision on who to send down or release in almost every instance over the past couple of months. It all started with Edwar and Albie getting sent down. Then they let go Veras and Berroa. And now Tomko.

    One could argue that Pena and Cervelli should still be in the majors, but I disagree.

  98. Erica - always OPPC July 21st, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    I am leaving work in about 15 minutes.

    Due to tomorrow’s 1pm start, I am guessing the line up will be posted around 10:30.

    Put your thinking caps on and start thinking about your line up predictions for tomorrow. I will officially open “Guess the Line up” when I get to work around 9 and will close the window for submissions at 10:30.

    Please note: your guess does not officially count unless it has been acknowledged by me :grin:

  99. Andrew July 21st, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Cody Ransom’s strategy defensively is going to be just jumping across the diamond with the ball in his glove and handing it to Teixeira. That will cut out the risk of the throwing error, and we all know Cody’s godly jumping abilities, so it is the best way for him to maximize his talent.

  100. Ari July 21st, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Berroa – Check
    Tomko – Check
    Ransom – wait for it….

  101. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    “Over/under on the number of Ransom errors tonight?”

    over 4

  102. rconn23 July 21st, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Tommy Dorsey records! HA!

    Priceless Pete. Priceless.

  103. Trevor July 21st, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Someone explain to me if I’m wrong. but since Mitre wasn’t on the 40 man they had to DFA someone to make room for him. And that wasn’t going be Robertson or Melancon.
    So it’s was either Ransom or Tomko being DFA. Since most of the 40 man is legit players. Again maybe I’m wrong. :?

  104. Zach in Port Jeff July 21st, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    UPDATE, 3:43 p.m.: Sergio Mitre has Angel Berroa’s old locker. They tossed out the walker and his Tommy Dorsey records.
    =====================
    Now the only question is how to get of that persistent mothball/Bengay smell.

  105. m July 21st, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Nick,

    You’ve never head of Brent Tomko? He’s an artist that travels with baseball teams when he’s commissioned to paint players. He’s pretty well known around the majors. Surprised you haven’t heard of him.

  106. Andrew July 21st, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Trevor I thought Mitre was on the 40-man all along? Didn’t he sign a major league deal?

  107. m July 21st, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    No!!!!! I’d rather have Rios.

    3:55 [Comment From Dave]
    Next big name free agent to sign with the Yankees in the future is ____________?

    3:55 I can see them getting one of Bay/Holliday/Damon this year

  108. gayle July 21st, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Trevor-

    They probably placed Nady on the 60 day DL to free up a 40 man spot he was on the 15

  109. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    OMFG tell me when Marty’s interview ends.

  110. Shdw July 21st, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    m July 21st, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    No!!!!! I’d rather have Rios.

    3:55 [Comment From Dave]
    Next big name free agent to sign with the Yankees in the future is ____________?

    3:55 I can see them getting one of Bay/Holliday/Damon this year

    I saw that too. I would much rather trade some crap for Rios and take his contract then try to overpay for Holliday or Bay or get Damon’s bad defense back

  111. pat July 21st, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Why all the complaining about Cody at 3B?

    Cashman said he’s better defensively than Alex. :wink:

  112. Tom B July 21st, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    his name is brett

  113. CountryClub July 21st, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    uh oh, it’s not possible that they’re going to stretch Tomko out, is it???

  114. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    “3:55 I can see them getting one of Bay/Holliday/Damon this year”

    None of them. I’d pray for a Carl Crawford opt. out

  115. MG July 21st, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    here’s a question for all of you who are worried about the Rays overtaking the Yankees…

    Through 93 games, the Rays are 8 games over .500 and 4.5 games behind the Yankees for the wild card. In order to catch the Yankees, one of the following has to happen:
    -Rays play much, much better baseball than the Yankees have so far this year
    -the Yankees fall apart.

    It’s doubtful the Yankees will fall apart, after all, they are playing far better since early May. And, if they do fall apart, it doesn’t matter whether the Rays pass them or not because the playoffs will be another 1st round loss. So that means the Rays would have to play nearly .700 baseball to pass them. So what is going to change on the Rays to allow them to play that kind of baseball?

    I’d like some real answers, not just ‘because’ or ‘they will’

  116. Drive 4-5 July 21st, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Just got home from work and before I even saw the lineup I figured this was the day A Rod would get off. It makes perfect sense to sit him out with less than perfect field conditions.

    As far as Brett Tomko being the odd man out, all I can say is “what took so long”?

  117. Rishi July 21st, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    NickSwisher: Taking part in Yankees Hope Week on friday! Awesome event, everybody is getting involved!

    Anyone know what today’s event was?

  118. m July 21st, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Brandon,

    No chance. TB will pick up his ’10 option and then trade him if they can’t or won’t extend him.

    But yes, Crawford will be the next “big” free agent contract.

  119. Ed - almost to my quarter century life July 21st, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    so I’m guessing Girardi doesn’t want to see Hinske out in 3B?

  120. Robbykid July 21st, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    3:55 Would about John Lackey??

  121. Robbykid July 21st, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Excuse me, What about John Lackey as the big free agent…

  122. vin July 21st, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    As long as Girardi can keep Molina and Ransom out of the same lineup then he’ll have done well.

  123. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 21st, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    MG-If they fall apart but make the playoffs that doesn’t necessarily mean they lose in the first round. Remember 2000?

  124. Mel July 21st, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Girardi continues to amaze. Two great(sarcasm) decisions in one game: (1)Melky still in and (2)Ransom at 3rd with groundball pitcher. Thanks again Joe. Just amazingly stupid!!!

  125. Stateman52 July 21st, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Ransom better get his act together or he will be riding the Scranton express shortly.

  126. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release July 21st, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    This guy still on with diet coke, where’s Heyman?

  127. MG July 21st, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:10 pm
    MG-If they fall apart but make the playoffs that doesn’t necessarily mean they lose in the first round. Remember 2000?
    ———————————————————-
    I think they just let up in 2000 because they were comfortable ahead, I don’t see that as a collapse. If they collapse over the next 70 games it’s more of an indication. At the same time, that’s the last thing I anticipate with this team, just too much talent.

  128. Fandom July 21st, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Bring up Edwar. The guy has a killer changeup and is a strikeout machine. He can be a shut down reliever for us like he was last yr (in non-Angles games)

  129. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 21st, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Andrew
    July 21st, 2009 at 3:54 pm
    Options left on D-Rob and Melancon, and they still DFA Tomko? This is shocking, but I love it, and it hopefully means more of Melancon. I hope he gets in tonight once Rich Hill is KO’ed and the Yankees have a nice lead.
    =====

    This has made me extremely happy also – and it tells me we are ready to let these kids contribute.

    Melancon and Robertson are superior options, and we didn’t fall for the “mediocre veteran, but veteran nonetheless” conventional wisdom.

    Love it!

  130. m July 21st, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Robbykid,

    I would think that he re-ups with the Angels. Looks like there’s no more injury concerns.

    But as far as position players? I think Carl Crawford. And I don’t think TB can pay him what he’s worth.

  131. Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN July 21st, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    MG-That’s a fair opinion.

    This team is not collapsing.

  132. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Alex Cora saved the Mets & Jerry’s job :lol:

  133. Sword July 21st, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I’d rather have Ransom today with Mitre on the mound than with AJ on the mound…. AJ deserves the best lineup we have and defense we have (i.e no Swisher)

  134. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 21st, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Drive 4-5
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:08 pm
    Just got home from work and before I even saw the lineup I figured this was the day A Rod would get off. It makes perfect sense to sit him out with less than perfect field conditions.
    As far as Brett Tomko being the odd man out, all I can say is “what took so long”?
    ====

    I think they finally get it that they need to get Melancon into games now if they want his arm to help them down the stretch.

  135. steve July 21st, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    wet field, ransom at 3rd, sinkerball on the mound

    expect 3-4 unearned runs.

  136. m July 21st, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Serge deserves the best IF defense possible.

    AJ should get the best OF defense possible. I bet Li’l G plays tomorrow.

  137. MaineYankee July 21st, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Brandon… I’M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already)
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:06 pm
    OMFG tell me when Marty’s interview ends.

    ——————————————————-

    Instead of complaining you should have listened. Some good Yankee history there.

  138. Yankee Trader July 21st, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Next big name free agent to sign with the Yankees in the future is _Chone Figgins?
    ———————————————————–

    I don’t see the Yankees giving up Hughes Joba, Montero or even Jackson for Halladay.

    Question? The Phils will not give up Kyle Drabek, according to rumors. Whom do we have in our minor league system, if any, that would compare to the potential of Drabek?

  139. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    “Instead of complaining you should have listened. Some good Yankee history there.”

    I was listening, but you get BORED after 30 + minutes!!

  140. Evan July 21st, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Why is Girardi afraid to play Matsui against a lefty? His numbers (and power) vs. lefty pitchers has been very good this year. And I’m not a Matsui fan by any stretch.

    I would have given Cano the night off but we don’t really have a replacement for him.

    If needed late in the game, I hope to see Melky pinch hit for. He stinks. His early season magic has disappeared and he is back to the real Melky – ya know, the one who belongs in AAA.

    Note to Girardi – Brett Gardner is on your roster.

  141. Yankee Trader July 21st, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Looks like we need a blowout, to get Bruney some work.

  142. steve July 21st, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    “I was listening, but you get BORED after 30 + minutes!!”

    Agree. We want to hear Heyman explain his story, not some story from the 1970s……

  143. Mel July 21st, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 21st, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    “… and we didn’t fall for the “mediocre veteran, but veteran nonetheless” conventional wisdom.

    ————

    Yes we did. Ransom is still here!

  144. diddy July 21st, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    when they got hinske didn’t they say he could play some 3rd? Even if he sucks he can’t be much worse than ransom and he brings a much better bat.

  145. Drive 4-5 July 21st, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    bod,

    I agree about Melancon. It would be nice to have the Yanks put up a big number of runs so that they can see how Bruney is progressing and give Melancon some innings. It’s hard to do that in the tight games we’ve had lately.

  146. Clark July 21st, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    A-Rod needs his DH once a week

    Where else would Matsui play? He can only be the DH.

  147. tom tresh 15 July 21st, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    From the last thread. I still say the Yanks have the MONEY and prospects to go after Doc.

    Why give up better prospects just to keep from trading in the division

  148. Ben July 21st, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I haven’t heard Tommy Dorsey and the Yankees mentioned in the same post since 1939!

  149. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 21st, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    No complaints about the line up today. If you can’t rest A-Rod against the O’s…

  150. 77513 July 21st, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:15 pm
    Drive 4-5
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:08 pm
    Just got home from work and before I even saw the lineup I figured this was the day A Rod would get off. It makes perfect sense to sit him out with less than perfect field conditions.
    As far as Brett Tomko being the odd man out, all I can say is “what took so long”?
    ====

    I think they finally get it that they need to get Melancon into games now if they want his arm to help them down the stretch.

    ———————————–

    I agree Girardi said that Melancon can give you up to 45-50 pitches. He can pitch 2 to 3 innings if they need a long man. Tomko was bad everytime Girardi needed him to give him innnings he got lit up and they had to take him out like the game in Florida were CC got hurt and the game against the mets where joba struggled.

  151. Ben July 21st, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    BTW no way Berroa likes Tommy Dorsey, he’s a Gillespie guy.

  152. Brent July 21st, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Streaming Game link:

    http://atdhe.net/5546/watch-orioles-vs-yankees

  153. Erica - always OPPC July 21st, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I am leaving work now. I am hanging out with Sir Paul tonight at Citifield so I will not be on at all until much much later tonight.

    Good luck Sergio and Lets Go Yankees!

  154. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    steve
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:19 pm
    “I was listening, but you get BORED after 30 + minutes!!”

    Agree. We want to hear Heyman explain his story, not some story from the 1970s……

    ————————————————————

    Yeah….what great times, listening to Heyman lie and cover his tracks again. He’s never had a scope in his life that wasn’t Boras connected.

  155. Yankee Trader July 21st, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Evan-
    Matsui is batting .239 against lefties, but has better power numbers, with 8 out of his 15 homers against lefties.

  156. MaineYankee July 21st, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Brandon… I’M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already)
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:18 pm
    “Instead of complaining you should have listened. Some good Yankee history there.”

    I was listening, but you get BORED after 30 + minutes!!

    ————————————————-

    I couldn’t stop listening. The Yankees were the best then since I’d been a fan. He gave some good info from behind the scenes.

  157. 77513 July 21st, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    On the days Pettitte pitches I would have both Gardner and Melky in the outfield. Pettitte pitches more to contact than any other pitcher on the staff he needs the better defensive outfield behind him.

  158. Mel July 21st, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Sword July 21st, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I’d rather have Ransom today with Mitre on the mound than with AJ on the mound…. AJ deserves the best lineup we have and defense we have (i.e no Swisher)

    ——————

    True about AJ, BUT knowing that Mitre was pitching today. Girardi should have DH’d A-Rod yesterday.

  159. Homer July 21st, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Oakland is throwing 3 lefty starters at us (Anderson, Braden, Gonzalez). Matsui won’t rest all those days.

  160. MaineYankee July 21st, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    GB7

    He was listening to them talk about the Munson book. You would’ve enjoyed listening to it. I want to read the book after hearing that interview.

  161. m July 21st, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    77513,

    Let’s give Andy all the marbles. The best IF and OF defense. :)

    Was really glad to see Andy pitch well yesterday. The more of that we see, the better.

  162. Piano Bar July 21st, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Actually, AJ doesn’t need the best lineup because he is a good pitcher.

    Mitre does because you figure you need to score a lot of runs with him on the mound.

  163. Yank1 July 21st, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Heyman on now

  164. Doreen July 21st, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Erica -

    Blow Sir Paul a kiss for me – he’s my PB (or he was for the longest time, until I figured I wanted a younger PB and the position is still unfilled!)

    Have fun and stay dry! And sing your heart out. :)

  165. Yankee Trader July 21st, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    GB-7

    Congrats on your new twin grandchilis!!

    You’ll know the answer to my recent post.

    I don’t see the Yankees giving up Hughes Joba, Montero or even Jackson for Halladay.

    Question? The Phils will not give up Kyle Drabek, according to rumors. Whom do we have in our minor league system, if any, that would compare to the potential of Drabek?

  166. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 21st, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Blah I guessed the lineup YESTERDAY .. only problem is i flipped Cano and Swisher. Damn! So close, and 24 hours before any of you jokers even thought about it!

  167. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 21st, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Drive 4-5
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:19 pm
    bod,
    I agree about Melancon. It would be nice to have the Yanks put up a big number of runs so that they can see how Bruney is progressing and give Melancon some innings. It’s hard to do that in the tight games we’ve had lately.
    ===

    I think Girardi is going to have to resist waiting for “low leverage” game situations that might not present themselves, if he wants to get and keep Melancon’s arm warm.

    These four and five-run leads are rare these days – everyone seems to have decent pitching, even the teams that don’t have heralded starters are much more likely to promote young arms no one has seen.

    Let Melancon come in with a runner on or so, and work from there.

  168. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 21st, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    “He’s a sinker, slider pitcher who isn’t afraid of contact.”

    More like a sinker, change-up pitcher. He also throws a curveball 10% of the time but rarely, if ever, throws a slider.

  169. Anthony July 21st, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I think the Yankees will probably pick up Holliday. I really don’t expect his contract to be that bad and he’s still a very useful player. As a number 5 hitter on a reasonable contract, I think he’d be a good pickup. Damon’s gone, so is Matsui (although if they could get him cheaply for a one year deal I would do it, the guy still hits).

  170. CountryClub July 21st, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    The Yanks dont have any pitchers in the minors that equal Drabek (in terms of talent and actually being ready). But Drabek isnt the equal of Hughes or Joba.

  171. Rishi July 21st, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    UPDATE, 4:29 p.m.: Tomko DFA’d.

  172. Mel July 21st, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Evan July 21st, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Note to Girardi – Brett Gardner is on your roster.

    —————-

    Exactly! I just don’t understand Girardi. Is Gardner hurt? How can he possibly think Melky is better than Gardner? The stats don’t show it. Last night the ball that dropped in front of Melky would have been caught by Gardner easy.

  173. JJ July 21st, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Tomko, Melancon, Bruney, Robertson have not pitched since Friday or Saturday of last week…

  174. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    MaineYankee
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:25 pm
    GB7

    He was listening to them talk about the Munson book. You would’ve enjoyed listening to it. I want to read the book after hearing that interview.

    ————————————————————

    I’d heard that Appel was going to be on, so, I did watch it. I had known about most of the accident scene and that Munson was paralized and died of smoke inhallation and the two survivors. The Tippy Martinez thing was new and interesting. It also shows what Munson meant to other players, especially former team mates.

    Not many people remember that Munson’s son was a catcher in the GCL for the Yanks for a part of a season until he tore up his knee. He actually started out well and had a homer with a .300 average until he got hurt. I’ve got Appel’s first Munson book. Pretty decent reading considering he didn’t get all the info in this book, especially the family stuff.

  175. Eights July 21st, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Goodbye Tomko!

    :)

  176. MAC_1103 July 21st, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    “Even with the complete game no hitter and that solid 6 inning performance he’s averging BELOW 5 innings per game”

    Actually, he’s averaging a bit better than 5.1 per start. He’s thrown 80.2 innings in 15 starts, and 4 innings in 3 relief appearances. Joba Chamberlain is averaging slightly less than 5.1 IP/start. Many of their other numbers are also at least superficially similar.

    Having said that, I don’t see any reason whatsoever to think that Sanchez is on the Yankees radar.

  177. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 21st, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    agree Girardi said that Melancon can give you up to 45-50 pitches. He can pitch 2 to 3 innings if they need a long man. Tomko was bad everytime Girardi needed him to give him innnings he got lit up and they had to take him out like the game in Florida were CC got hurt and the game against the mets where joba struggled.
    ======

    Yeah, Melancon is versatile – can thrive in short or long relief. Just needs to get some consistent work.

  178. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Yankee Trader
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:27 pm
    GB-7

    Congrats on your new twin grandchilis!!

    You’ll know the answer to my recent post.

    I don’t see the Yankees giving up Hughes Joba, Montero or even Jackson for Halladay.

    Question? The Phils will not give up Kyle Drabek, according to rumors. Whom do we have in our minor league system, if any, that would compare to the potential of Drabek?

    ————————————————————

    Thanks for the congrats, Trader. It’s much appreciated.

    Just my feelings, but, I think he’s comparable to McAllister.

  179. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 21st, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Thank goodness Tomko is gone. He never should have been on the roster in the first place.

  180. Valerie July 21st, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Something has been bothering me about all the Halladay to the Yanks discussion and I finally got it thru my thick head what it is. Everyone talks about how the Blue Jays may not be willing to send Big Roy to a division rival. But why does nobody mention the danger of trading prospects within the division?

  181. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 21st, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Mel
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:33 pm
    Evan July 21st, 2009 at 4:18 pm
    Note to Girardi – Brett Gardner is on your roster.
    —————-
    Exactly! I just don’t understand Girardi. Is Gardner hurt? How can he possibly think Melky is better than Gardner? The stats don’t show it. Last night the ball that dropped in front of Melky would have been caught by Gardner easy.
    ====

    Which stats would those be?

  182. 4time July 21st, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Gardner isin’t going to play against a lefty… his numbers would be like .240/.290 OBP if he played against lefties and righties……

  183. betsy July 21st, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    LOL at Keith Law……..he thinks Halladay MAY be better than anyone on the Sox staff (so, he thinks Beckett and Lester are better than Doc) but he’s DEFINITELY better than anyone on the Yankees staff. Um, Doc is the best pitcher in the game…..laughably biased towards the Sox.

    He’s never liked Phil – Phil’s star may have dimmed last year, but I’m certain he’s regained his luster now…….Law makes it sound like Phil wouldn’t be a good trade chip (not that it matters, the Yankees are not trading him)

  184. Yankee Trader July 21st, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    IMO, Holliday, a Boras client, will not be signed by the Yankees, nor will Bay. They have no use for Matsui, as the DH position would be shared by Posada, A-Rod at times, and Swisher. Consider the versatile switch-hitter FA Chone Figgins for LF and fill in at 3rd.

  185. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 21st, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    …??

    Hello…?

    …which stats would those be?

  186. MG July 21st, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Wait till they come to OUR house AGAIN
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:13 pm
    MG-That’s a fair opinion.

    This team is not collapsing.
    —————————————————-

    Exactly, that’s why the Rays are going to have to play at least .667 baseball to catch them. My guess is that unless the Yankees clinch early (always a possibility, the Sox collapsed down the stretch in 2006, didn’t they?) they win 97-98 games making it awfully tough for the Rays to pass them. And that’s without any changes. Andy seemed to rediscover his cutter last night, it’s been lost for the past couple of starts. If he’s consistent with that pitch he will have another good second half, his velocity is fine and curve ball looked OK last night as well.

  187. Nick in SF July 21st, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    MG, I am not “worried” about the Rays, but you analysis still confused me. We just made up 3 games vs. Boston in less than a week. Tampa couldn’t make up 4 games vs us in 9 weeks?

  188. CountryClub July 21st, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    In defensive metrics Gardner blows away Melky.

  189. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 21st, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Latest reports have Drabek’s potential as no better than a 2 or 3 starter in the big leagues.

    Hughes and Chamberlain both project to being better pitchers. I’d say McAllister is at Drabek’s level.

  190. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 21st, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    4time
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:38 pm
    Gardner isin’t going to play against a lefty… his numbers would be like .240/.290 OBP if he played against lefties and righties……
    ====

    Yes.

  191. betsy July 21st, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Um, now who’s our long man?

  192. KWAN July 21st, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Mike and Heyman going back on forth on if Halladay would accept a trade to the Mets. Francessa said he will, Heyman said he probably won’t.

  193. CountryClub July 21st, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Aceves is the long man. They could also use Robertson and Melancon for a total of 4 or 5 innings if they needed to.

  194. CountryClub July 21st, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Drabek has injury and personality concerns too.

  195. 97 Yank July 21st, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Per Heyman – Rios/Wells has not even been discussed as part of a Halladay trade.

  196. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 21st, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    CountryClub
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:38 pm
    In defensive metrics Gardner blows away Melky.
    ===

    Yeah, his range coast to coast is very impressive, and almost seems limitless.

    Now, if only he could track balls hit straight over his head.

  197. MG July 21st, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:31 pm
    Drive 4-5
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:19 pm
    bod,
    I agree about Melancon. It would be nice to have the Yanks put up a big number of runs so that they can see how Bruney is progressing and give Melancon some innings. It’s hard to do that in the tight games we’ve had lately.
    ===

    I think Girardi is going to have to resist waiting for “low leverage” game situations that might not present themselves, if he wants to get and keep Melancon’s arm warm.

    These four and five-run leads are rare these days – everyone seems to have decent pitching, even the teams that don’t have heralded starters are much more likely to promote young arms no one has seen.

    Let Melancon come in with a runner on or so, and work from there.
    ———————————————————-
    the 12th pitcher on a staff gets no priority in game situations, he needs to stay ready for his opportunity. Girardi is going to manage each game (1) win as many games as possible and (2) not burn out the key pitchers in the bullpen. That means that Melancon will pitch when it fits his role, which is mop up in either games where the Yankees are well ahead or well behind early. If he earns more work he will get it but it won’t be just given to him.

  198. PruBelongs July 21st, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    They should send Melky on a conditioning assignment.

  199. Oddessy July 21st, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Tomko wasn’t our long man anyway… he pitched in games in which we had a big lead late. Every time he was called upon to be a long man (Mets game, Marlins game, Angels game etc.) he was awful.

    Aceves was the guy who came in when our starter was struggling. Sometimes Robertson.

  200. DT - OPPC member July 21st, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    So when does Tomko sign with the Mets?

  201. Andrew July 21st, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    betsy, Aceves, Melancon and Hughes can all three throw multiple innings out of the bullpen. If a starter got hurt or got blown out, Melancon could throw 40-50 pitches which is what a long man is capable of throwing. He, for now, would be the guy to step in in that situation–but once he gets a chance to pitch and pitches well, he will graduate from that role.

  202. Yankee Trader July 21st, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    If you feel that McAllister might be the equivalent of Kyle Drabek, do the Yankees have the talent centered around him to interest the Blue Jays, without giving up Hughes, Joba Montero or Jackson- and what trade scenario would you approve, knowing that if you sign Halladay to an extension it will be for Santana/CC yearly money??

  203. BlueshirtBrawler July 21st, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I’m more upset about Ransom getting another start than Melky > Gardner. With a sinkerballer going tonight, you start Ransom? Come on Joe!

  204. Mike July 21st, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    So Keith Law refutes Heyman’s story. Heyman refutes Cuttino’s story. Cuttino refutes Olney’s story.

    Basically, we are right back to where we started– knowing nothing

  205. MG July 21st, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Nick in SF
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:38 pm
    MG, I am not “worried” about the Rays, but you analysis still confused me. We just made up 3 games vs. Boston in less than a week. Tampa couldn’t make up 4 games vs us in 9 weeks?
    ———————————————————–
    Nick, it means that the Rays have to play much better than they have played all year. The reason the Yankees have picked up so much ground on the Sox is that they have the best record in baseball since Arod got back in early May. At the same time (not necessarily connected) Teix started ripping the ball. They fell 3 games behind because of the sweep in Anaheim but they’ve still won 17 out of 22 even with those 3 losses.

    My point is that what is going to change on the Rays in the next 70 games that would allow them to play such good baseball?

    By the way, I lived in the Bay Area from 85-2003 inlcuding 2 years at Brannan and The Embarcadero next to The Slanted Door, it’s still my favorite place on earth.

  206. Nick in SF July 21st, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Everytime someone posts “heyman” on here, I feel like I know less than I did before. :(

  207. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 21st, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    PruBelongs
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:44 pm
    They should send Melky on a conditioning assignment.
    ===

    if he were out of shape, he wouldn’t be able to play all 3 OF positions, or beat out the ball the other night and get a infield RBI hit for the decisive run.

  208. Doreen July 21st, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I saw Drabek pitch! 2 summers ago in Lakewood. He was really, really good.

  209. Pepitone July 21st, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    “Looks like Brent Tomko is out.”
    …………………………………..

    About time!

  210. Giuseppe Franco July 21st, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Nick in SF July 21st, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Everytime someone posts “heyman” on here, I feel like I know less than I did before.

    —————-

    I feel the same way, Nick. Never been a fan of Heyman in any way, shape, or form.

    All you need to know about Heyman is he agrees with Francesa about 95% of the time.

  211. Blog Poster July 21st, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Those that say they won’t miss Tomko will when the Yanks need someone to mop up 3 innings after Andy/Joba/Sergio fail to go 4 innings in the near future.

    Who’s your mop-up man now?

  212. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 21st, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    “PeteAbe So much for ever buying the Post again. My loose change is better off in the sewer than in the hands of Murdoch. EA should sue them, too.”

    Why is that Pete?

  213. PruBelongs July 21st, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    bodhisattva
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    if he were out of shape, he wouldn’t be able to play all 3 OF positions, or beat out the ball the other night and get a infield RBI hit for the decisive run.

    —————

    and no fly balls would drop in front of him right after he lets up?

    I guess he’s just lazy.

  214. DT - OPPC member July 21st, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Nick in SF
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:49 pm
    “Everytime someone posts “heyman” on here, I feel like I know less than I did before.”

    everytime someone posts “Heyman” on here, I have Suffragette City David Bowie flashbacks.

  215. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Ace is not the long man/mop up man.

  216. stuart a July 21st, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    brett tomko should have been dfa’d.. he stinks, is old, and has zero upside.

    they do not like to play gardner against lefties….

    only potential guy to be dfa’d is ransom, see what he does….

    drabek’s attitude issues are old and in the past. why do people just repeat old pablem over and over again?

  217. BlueshirtBrawler July 21st, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Blog Poster
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:52 pm
    Those that say they won’t miss Tomko will when the Yanks need someone to mop up 3 innings after Andy/Joba/Sergio fail to go 4 innings in the near future.

    Who’s your mop-up man now?
    =======================================

    The Yankees have guys who can mop up when needed. Tomko wasn’t pitching much in important spots anyway. If the Yankees need to get innings out of someone in a pinch Aceves is the guy who would rescue Joba or Andy in the 4th inning. A much better solution than Tomko.

  218. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Yankee Trader
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:47 pm
    If you feel that McAllister might be the equivalent of Kyle Drabek, do the Yankees have the talent centered around him to interest the Blue Jays, without giving up Hughes, Joba Montero or Jackson- and what trade scenario would you approve, knowing that if you sign Halladay to an extension it will be for Santana/CC yearly money??

    ————————————————————

    I’d guess it depends on how close to being ready they want these players. At shortstop, Pena is ready, but, Eduardo Nunez is the better talent. Cervelli is ready, but, Romine is the better talent. Jackson is the only ready outfield talent. Don’t know if they’d take Miranda or Vazquez (who’s on the DL as is McAllister). Maybe Noesi or Nova (doubtful).

  219. Andrew July 21st, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Patrick the Post simultaneously tried to report with outrage that peeping tom photos of Erin Andrews had been taken–but they also had the common indeceny to print the illegally-acquired photos in the paper. It’s gross, it’s bad enough there is video of it on the Internet but now a hugely-read newspaper is just running invasive photos? Brutal. Typical Post trashiness.

  220. stuart a July 21st, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    if tomko is missed this team does not deserve to make the playoffs…..

    who is worst with RISP swisher or cano??? they both are so bad it is hard to pick between the 2…..

  221. Giuseppe Franco July 21st, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Ace is not the long man/mop up man.

    —————-

    He still is a long man when they need him – just not a mop up man.

  222. Yankee Trader July 21st, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    MG-
    You’re probably too young to remember, but in 1978, the Yankees from 14 games behind the first place Boston Red Sox in mid July that season, they raced back to win the American League East division and went on to win the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    So as Yogi once said” It’s not over till the fat lady sings!”

  223. 77513 July 21st, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Blog Poster
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:52 pm
    Those that say they won’t miss Tomko will when the Yanks need someone to mop up 3 innings after Andy/Joba/Sergio fail to go 4 innings in the near future.

    Who’s your mop-up man now?

    ————————————

    Robertson has great numbers in mop up duty the times he struggles are in high leverage situations he’s still a young pitcher. Melancon can give you multiple innings and so can Aceves and Hughes.

  224. CountryClub July 21st, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Patrick,

    Because the Post had Erin Andrews on the cover today. They had a few pics from the video. Shame on them.

  225. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 21st, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    I don’t know if John from this morning is still around, but if you are, if we take your idea and cap runs scored and runs against to try to eliminate outliers, the Yankees actually have a -42 run differential.

    Which means they’re winning a LOT of shootouts.

  226. rconn23 July 21st, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    “brett tomko should have been dfa’d.. he stinks, is old, and has zero upside.”

    He was DFA’d.

  227. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 21st, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Andrew and CountryClub,

    Thanks for the info.

  228. 77513 July 21st, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Giuseppe Franco
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:57 pm
    Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Ace is not the long man/mop up man.

    —————-

    He still is a long man when they need him – just not a mop up man.

    ————————————–

    Exactly if it is a close game and they need multiple innings Girardi is using Aceves. If it is a blow out he can use Robertson and Melancon.

  229. CountryClub July 21st, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    McAllister is not thought of as highly as Drabek. That’s a fact. It doesnt mean he wont end up being better or as good. But nobody rates them as equals currently.

  230. BlueshirtBrawler July 21st, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Yankee Trader
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:38 pm
    IMO, Holliday, a Boras client, will not be signed by the Yankees, nor will Bay. They have no use for Matsui, as the DH position would be shared by Posada, A-Rod at times, and Swisher. Consider the versatile switch-hitter FA Chone Figgins for LF and fill in at 3rd.
    ——————————————————-

    The Yankees aren’t going to give up the 40-45 HRs that Matsui and Damon will hit this year and replace that with Chone Figgins. I don’t see that happening. Maybe they won’t be in the market for Holliday or Jason Bay, which is very likely after their spending spree this last offseason but they will get a 20HR, 100RBI guy to replace those two. Bobby Abreu is a free agent again next year. Who knows, maybe a repeat engagement is in the cards and you have Swish move over to play LF, some 1B and DH. Abreu would also be a nice option as the every day DH.

  231. Andrew July 21st, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Off to the game, hoping to not get drizzled on for 3 hours straight. Enjoy folks.

  232. Nick in SF July 21st, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    MG, it is also my opinion that we will finish above Tampa, bu the lead we have over them is very slim with 9+ weeks left.

    What could change? An injury to an important pitcher, for one thing, but that possibility could cut against them too.

    Some combination of Joba and Andy pitching more like they did just before the AS break and less like the past couple games could do it.

    The Rays getting results closer to what their run differential suggests could do it.

    The ball beating more Yankee baserunners to the bag could do it. :mad:

    Bad west coast swings could do it.

    Lots of things could account for a good team making up 4 games over 9+ weeks against another good team.

    But I’m not worried. I think we smack them down next week and suddenly the equation is ‘can the Rays make up 6/7 games in 8+ weeks?’

  233. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 21st, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    “McAllister is not thought of as highly as Drabek. That’s a fact. It doesnt mean he wont end up being better or as good. But nobody rates them as equals currently.”

    General opinion of Drabek is higher but recently some scouting reports have come out saying that Drabek will be at best a 2 or 3 starter. That’s about what McAllister is projected to be.

    Someone had asked what yankee prospect profiles the closest to Drabek and McAllister is what we come up with. Totally different pitchers but both guys project to about the same level of effectiveness.

    By the way here is the quote from Keith Law’s chat about Drabek,

    “Speaking of Taylor, had two conversations with scouts about him and Drabek in the last week, and they independently said the same things – Taylor was a solid 50, and Drabek was a 2/3 rather than a potential 1.”

  234. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Giuseppe Franco
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:57 pm
    Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Ace is not the long man/mop up man.

    —————-

    He still is a long man when they need him – just not a mop up man.

    Fair enough
    I don’t see him pitching in too many blowouts

  235. MG July 21st, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Yankee Trader
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:57 pm
    MG-
    You’re probably too young to remember, but in 1978, the Yankees from 14 games behind the first place Boston Red Sox in mid July that season, they raced back to win the American League East division and went on to win the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    So as Yogi once said” It’s not over till the fat lady sings!”
    ——————————————————-

    I’m actually 62 so not only remember that well but lots of other stretch runs. I’m asking for a trigger that drives the Rays to play great baseball, in ’78 it was Gator pitching like a man possessed and a great, veteran team getting straightened out after Billy Martin’s firing. They were 48-20 under Bob Lemon that year after he took over. In order for the Rays to make up ground they need to improve somewhere, like a couple of pitchers becoming dominant or the bullpen suddenly becoming very, very solid. I just don’t think they have the tools or resources to get that done this year unless Kazmir regains about 5 mph on his fastball and David Price matures 3 years in the next month.

  236. Eights July 21st, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Robinson can be the mop-up man.

  237. Yankee Trader July 21st, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    who is worst with RISP swisher or cano??? they both are so bad it is hard to pick between the 2…..
    —————————————————–
    Cano at .204 vs .214 for Swisher is worse.

    However in late inning pressure situations Cano leads Swisher with BA .364 vs .250. Hard to believe!!

  238. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    GB what is the Tippy Martinez story? I missed that part

  239. Ed - almost to my quarter century life July 21st, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    How about acquiring Josh Willingham from the Nats? He’s like the right handed version of Hinskie but instead of 3B, he could catch. Willingham could also fill in the LF gap next season if Damon isnt resigned.

  240. Doreen July 21st, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Maybe it was last summer. I tend to not remember everything

  241. Rishi July 21st, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    BloggingBombers: Brett Tomko designated for assignment to make room for Sergio Mitre on roster. “I never really got a chance to get on a roll,” Tomko said.

  242. Giuseppe Franco July 21st, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Fair enough
    I don’t see him pitching in too many blowouts

    —————

    No, not blowouts. But if somebody like Joba or Mitre doesn’t give them length on a given night – they could ask Aceves to pitch 3-4 innings and keep the game close.

    They’ve done that a number of times this season already.

  243. Doreen July 21st, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    How come I didnt remember that Yogi Berra was on the Astros in 1986?????

  244. raymagnetic July 21st, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Gardner is in the middle of a 7 for 39 (.179) slump since his 5 hit game.

    7 for 39.

    7 FOR 39.

  245. Mike July 21st, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Beating the Rays head to head is key.

    Take 2\3 from them next week.

  246. PruBelongs July 21st, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    raymagnetic

    7 for 39 over how many games?

  247. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    CountryClub
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:59 pm
    McAllister is not thought of as highly as Drabek. That’s a fact. It doesnt mean he wont end up being better or as good. But nobody rates them as equals currently.

    ————————————————————

    They’re the same age and McAllister’s numbers have been equal or better than Drabek’s every year. They are basically the same pitcher.

  248. Zolio July 21st, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    ray,

    Facts have no place here. Gardner is a spark plug for the team and is the emotional table setter. The team can’t function if he’s not in the lineup. Melky brings the team down.

  249. bru July 21st, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    just a curious question not a complaint.

    why is girardi not playing gardner a little more to see if we have something with him?
    gardner makes adjustments after struggling a little at every level.
    melky & gardy are batting the same 277,278 but gardner has a higher obp & melky’s numbers are this way because of his hot start.

    melky did the same thing last year.started hot & dissappeared for the remainder of the year.
    very strange.
    gardner might not be good at all but at least we will know & we might get lucky & he turns out to be real good.you never know.

    his defense & number have been getting better & with his speed other teams take notice.

    i understand we have enough offense but if we have a better cf in house we should find out.

    oh & another thing.

    j/k

  250. rconn23 July 21st, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    “which stats would those be?”

    UZR for one. Gardner is at 8.8, while Cabrera is -0.9.

  251. raymagnetic July 21st, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    “raymagnetic

    7 for 39 over how many games?”

    16 games.

    Also as been mentioned before Gardner almost never plays against lefties and Melky almost always plays against lefties.

  252. Lance July 21st, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Didn’t we trade Drabek in the 80s?

  253. Mel July 21st, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 21st, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Mel
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:33 pm
    Evan July 21st, 2009 at 4:18 pm
    Note to Girardi – Brett Gardner is on your roster.
    —————-
    Exactly! I just don’t understand Girardi. Is Gardner hurt? How can he possibly think Melky is better than Gardner? The stats don’t show it. Last night the ball that dropped in front of Melky would have been caught by Gardner easy.
    ====

    Which stats would those be?

    ——-
    Sorry about no quick reply but had things to do.
    Gardner was hitting great after slow start, better than Melky and starting to get comfortable to steal much more, which Melky can’t do at all. Also he covers the outfield much better in range. Then, suddenly Girardi sits him down for Melky. Gardner’s hitting has improved since beginning so much why not give him a fair shot. I just don’t think Girardi is being as fair to Gardner as to continue to play Melky when he isn’t hitting against anybody, R or L.

  254. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 21st, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    4 Yankees · Trends 4
    Middle relievers are streaky li’l buggers, metronomically efficient one month and prone to meltdowns the next. But damn, Phil Hughes has been unhittable in the bridge-to-Mariano role, putting up 16 2/3 straight scoreless innings and striking out 21 batters during that span. … Whoa! Joba Chamberlain went more than six innings in one of his starts! Take THAT, bullpen boosters. … Don’t the Yankees generally consider themselves above tawdry revenue plays like the just-formed “Yankees Universe” fan club? … Alex Rodriguez remains helplessly, frustratingly un-clutch. Of his 19 dingers, a mere 10 have either tied a game or put the Yankees in the lead. If Derek Jeter were capable of hitting 19 home runs, at least 18 of them would lift the team to new heights of late-game glory.

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/powerrankings

  255. jpb1973 July 21st, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    No!!!!! I’d rather have Rios.

    3:55 [Comment From Dave]
    Next big name free agent to sign with the Yankees in the future is ____________?

    ———————————————–

    Chone Figgins!!! They will sign him thie winter and return him to the outfield.

  256. PC Dan July 21st, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    “I never really got a chance to get on a roll,” Tomko said

    He’s right. Girardi barely used Tomko. He went weeks without being used at times. How could he ever have gone on a roll here?

  257. raymagnetic July 21st, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Melky in more at bats has a higher OPS and OPS+ than Gardner.

    Gardner also doesn’t play against lefties so the offensive numbers will be skewed.

  258. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Yogi said “it ain’t over ’til it’s over”

  259. vtred July 21st, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    What about bringing back Ponson?

    Royals don’t really need him and he was good for us last year.

  260. PruBelongs July 21st, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    ray-
    16 games for BG out of 20 for the team
    5 of which he didn’t see a plate appearance

  261. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    July 21st, 2009 at 5:04 pm
    GB what is the Tippy Martinez story? I missed that part

    ———————————————————–

    Martinez said that he didn’t tell Murcer that he was going to lay a straight fastball in, but, basically, it’s what he did on Murcer’s two run single, feeling that with two strikes, Murcer still had to hit it…and he did. As Murcer and the players were celebrating, Martinez was walking off of the field looking up and said to himself, “That’s for you Thurm.”

  262. PruBelongs July 21st, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    and Cabrera is a defensive liability

  263. rconn23 July 21st, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    The Gardner/Cabrera debate is so tedious.

    They’ve both exceeded expectations somewhat this season, but ulitmately they are both fourth outfielders.

    That’s their ceiling.

    Girardi has done a masterful job shuffling them in and out of the lineup. Give the manager credit for making the best out of a less than optimal situation.

  264. raymagnetic July 21st, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    “ray-
    16 games for BG out of 20 for the team
    5 of which he didn’t see a plate appearance”

    None of this changes the fact that he’s 7 for 39 in those at bats.

    I don’t have any problem with Gardner playing. But he hasn’t been tearing the cover off the ball lately and it’s not as if there’s an all-star CF on the bench to take Melky’s place.

  265. Bad Scooter July 21st, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Since May 25 Melky is 30 for 131.

    30 for 131!

    That’s a .230 clip.

    A .230 clip!

  266. bru July 21st, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    if halladay goes to the phillies they are going to be nasty.

    hammels
    halladay
    happ & whoever else & their offense?

    howard
    utley
    werth
    ibanez
    victorino
    rollins

    they will win the division by 30 games.

    i would not wan’t to play them.
    they are right there with us,the rs,rays,angels now without halladay.

  267. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    GB7
    Chills

  268. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 21st, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    The Phillies would be the one NL team I would not want to face in the playoffs.

  269. rconn23 July 21st, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Sorry we never got to see Tomko “get on a roll” here.

    I’m sure if it was anything like his performances at his other stops, it would have been quite a sight to behold.

  270. Mel July 21st, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    raymagnetic July 21st, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Gardner is in the middle of a 7 for 39 (.179) slump since his 5 hit game.

    7 for 39.

    ———-

    Maybe that’s because he’s not getting enough bats in a row. Just saying, why are others, including Melky, given a lot of at bats even when hitting poorly but not Gardner. Doesn’t seem to me that he is being a fair shot. Also, Gardner adds a spark to the team when he is playing that I don’t sense when Melky is playing. I’d like to see if we have lightning in a bottle with Gardner but Girardi is keeping him corked. Bring back the spark please.

  271. 77513 July 21st, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    It was a dumb decision even putting Tomko on the team you knew it wasn’t going to work out. Didn’t the yanks lose Steven Jackson because they added Tomko.

  272. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    July 21st, 2009 at 5:18 pm
    GB7
    Chills

    ————————————————————

    I’d guess that they’ll show that game on 2 August or there abouts. I’ve seen the replays and never noticed that, but, it’ll be something to look for.

  273. Jerkface July 21st, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Steven Jackson is a nobody

  274. PruBelongs July 21st, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Where’s the stat of opponents’ hits/singles/doubles/triples to CF when Gardner is there vs. Cabrera?

    That I’d like to see.

  275. PruBelongs July 21st, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Gardner will run into the wall to make the catch.

    Cabrera eases up to let popups fall in front of him all the time.

  276. 77513 July 21st, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Melky has been in a slump since June hitting 230 and he is playing everyday. Gardner was hitting over 300 in June and Melky was still playing more than him. That made no sense. I thought the whole point of Melky/Gardner platoon was just to ride the hot hitter at the time.

    The only way Gardner plays back to back games is if there is an injury or if he hits an inside the park homerun or a triple and has a big game. He never really got an extended period of time to prove himself. Melky gets chance after chance.

    And I not saying Melky doesn’t deserve to play he has been very clutch this year. I would play Swisher a little less and have both Melky and Gardner playing in outfield more often.

  277. ADam July 21st, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    they should destroy this guy hill tonight. He’s Terrible and the Bats have been all around cold (Ill Take Walk Offs every night) But for the most part the bats have been cold.

    If Mitre Goes 5 that should be plenty to win.

  278. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Can someone please explain to me why Tomko got DFAed if the yanks could have just moved Nady to the 60 Day DL to open space on the 40 man and send down Melancon or Robertson, guys Girardi isn’t using in important spots anyway?

  279. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 21st, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Dan,

    Mainly because Brett TOmko is terrible.

  280. Jerkface July 21st, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Can someone please explain to me why Tomko got DFAed

    because Tomko is a complete scrub and has no future with the team. Robertson and Melancon can learn in situations Tomko pitched before, as well as provide similiar if not better production in other spots.

    The only impact Tomko DFA’d might have is on the future of Phil Hughes portrait. this may affect his ability to be the 8th inning guy

  281. RS July 21st, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Let’s just hope the Yankees’ offense breaks out today, Mitre pitches solidly, and the issue of mop-up man never comes up.

    Didn’t Rasner pitch 6 innings/1 ER against the O’s at home in his first start last season? A repeat of that would be great.

  282. Dr. Cox July 21st, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    “And I not saying Melky doesn’t deserve to play he has been very clutch this year. I would play Swisher a little less and have both Melky and Gardner playing in outfield more ofte”

    Eh.

  283. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 21st, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Lee (NY)

    What do the Yanks need to do to pull off winning the division… Bullpen help and what do you think they should do about 5th spot in the rotation?
    Rob Neyer
    (12:10 PM)

    I know you’re not going to like this answer, Lee … but the Yankees just need to be luckier than the other teams. Aside from trading for Roy Halladay or something, there’s not really any move they can make that will make them the obvious favorites. At this point everybody’s just throwing dice and hoping for the best.

  284. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 21st, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Seems like a total cop-out answer from Neyer

  285. Matt July 21st, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Any update on the weather? will the game start on time or will there be a delay? the girlfriend wants to go to dinner and i am not going if the yanks are playing on time…any word?

  286. Jerkface July 21st, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Any update on the weather? will the game start on time or will there be a delay? the girlfriend wants to go to dinner and i am not going if the yanks are playing on time…any word?

    Game should start on time. I will take your girlfriend out to dinner so you don’t have to worry about it.

  287. MaineYankee July 21st, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    From NESN.com

    ————————————————-

    Which team is more of a threat to the Red Sox in the AL East – the Yankees or Rays?
    –Maryanne, Clearwater, Fla.

    Yankees. I think the Rays will play better baseball in the second half than they did in the first. Their pitching will dictate how far they go and how much they will challenge for a postseason spot. The Yankees are now doing what I think most people expected them to do, and their questionable bullpen is improving and will get Damaso Marte back any day. I think one of the disturbing things is that the Red Sox are 8-0 against the Yankees and now are tied atop the division.

    ——————————————————

    I thought you might like to see the perception from the other side.

  288. Mel July 21st, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    77513 July 21st, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    And I not saying Melky doesn’t deserve to play he has been very clutch this year. I would play Swisher a little less and have both Melky and Gardner playing in outfield more often.

    ——-

    Agree. Here is my take on Swish playing a lot. Girardi commented yesterday(?) or day before about the loose attitude in the clubhouse and how it is due to winning and a couple of the new guys. Swish would be one of those of course. Swish seems to need to play frequently to keep that enthusiasm going and Girardi doesn’t want that to change.

  289. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 21st, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    funny response from Neyer:

    Tarek (Queens, NY)

    Rob, what is a winning “ballplayer”… Talking heads were saying that Omar didn’t bring in enough winning ballplayers and that’s why the Mets are failing.
    Rob Neyer
    (12:43 PM)

    I’m not sure, exactly. Except I’m pretty sure that Oliver Perez isn’t a winning ballplayer; he’s got only 2 wins!

  290. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Matt
    July 21st, 2009 at 5:46 pm
    Any update on the weather? will the game start on time or will there be a delay? the girlfriend wants to go to dinner and i am not going if the yanks are playing on time…any word?

    ————————————————————

    I’d bet that the first time you start whining at the game, some 6’5″, 250 pounder turns around and belts you in the beezer. My guess is it happens in the first inning.

  291. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Mike F Killing ESPN

  292. Matt July 21st, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Haaa..thanks

    It is pouring here in central Jersey i do not see how they get this game in..but hey lets hope

  293. Rishi July 21st, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    The Red Sox placed veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield on the 15-day disabled list because of a lower back strain on Tuesday, retroactive to Saturday. He will be eligible to be activated on Aug. 2.

    Bucholz recalled.

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

  294. Matt July 21st, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    I’d bet that the first time you start whining at the game, some 6?5?, 250 pounder turns around and belts you in the beezer. My guess is it happens in the first inning.

    what are you responding to?

  295. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 21st, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    “what are you responding to?”

    Are you the same Matt that got into arguments with several people last night (including me)?

    That’s probably what GB7 is referring to.

  296. bru July 21st, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    we might need tomko to start.

  297. Mel July 21st, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Yanks losing 3 in a row to Angels just before the break may prove to be a blessing in disguise. It was a wake up call to the Yanks that they were playing well but not great and they would each need to play great to win. And what they are doing now is showing a lot of heart and desire to WIN.

  298. Matt July 21st, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    No I never post on here, maybe once or twice per month..but i read all the comments and posts, but i dont post of pick fights on the blog…

  299. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 21st, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    “we might need tomko to start.”

    Was this a joke?

  300. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 21st, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Matt,

    There is another poster on here that goes by the name Matt, must be a different guy. Enjoy the game, hopefully it doesn’t rain too much! I don’t know for sure if there will be a delay or not.

  301. Jerkface July 21st, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    You guys are complete doofuses. Regardless of if that Matt is the one you all hate, he said his girlfriend wanted to go to dinner and he didnt want to miss the game. Not that he was going to the game. So unless his beezer is going to be punched at the olive garden, I doubt he’ll be in for fisticuffs.

  302. jpb1973 July 21st, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    The Red Sox placed veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield on the 15-day disabled list because of a lower back strain on Tuesday, retroactive to Saturday. He will be eligible to be activated on Aug. 2.

    Bucholz recalled.

    —————————————————

    Now they won’t be able to use Bucholz in the trade for Halladay. :)

  303. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Jerkface
    July 21st, 2009 at 6:03 pm
    You guys are complete doofuses. Regardless of if that Matt is the one you all hate, he said his girlfriend wanted to go to dinner and he didnt want to miss the game. Not that he was going to the game. So unless his beezer is going to be punched at the olive garden, I doubt he’ll be in for fisticuffs.

    literally guffawed out loud
    Doofuses good
    Olive Garden Gold

  304. 77513 July 21st, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Got to love Bucholtz he went 5.2 ip against the blue jays. He is now the best young pitcher in baseball. You can get anybody for him like Halladay or Victor Martinez.

    Yet if Joba goes 5 innings he gets killed by Gammons and company saying he is a bust and belongs in the bullpen. Joba has been a much better starter than Bucholtz and is 2 years younger.

  305. Jerkface July 21st, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Now they won’t be able to use Bucholz in the trade for Halladay.

    Or they could just trade for Halladay and have him assume the same spot in the rotation and get rid of one of smoltz/penny when wakefield comes back???

  306. Bronx Jeers July 21st, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Both Mitre and Girardi got into scuffles with Scott Olsen in 2006.

  307. RayVT July 21st, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I heard Matsui was benched for throwing his helmet! **GRINS**

  308. cerrellout July 21st, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    TO MATT CERRONE OF METSBLOG:

    Im so sick of these pepsi / verizon / whoever else cerrone is blowing these days / logos plastered all over the place. remember when he partnered with SNY and he was all “uuuhhhh i promise this is still matt cerrones metsblog and it wont turn into a big ad-infested waste site”? matt cerrone is a sellout. you had a good thing going, matt… now we have to look at a pepsi logo every time you put a game preview up? A pepsi logo thats bigger than the mets logo???

    its like watching soccer on ESPN… taco bell logos all over the place, you cant even see the ball. Anywhere but the states, you have a screen with nothing on it but the action… once in a while they show the score, never a useless logo… its tacky, its bad design, and its shows that you could give a frick less about what you’re doing. SURE GUYS, THROW LOGOS ALL OVER, WHERE THEY HAVE NO PURPOSE BUT TO CLUTTER THE PAGE AND BRAINWASH MY READERS.

    pathetic.

  309. jpb1973 July 21st, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Now they won’t be able to use Bucholz in the trade for Halladay.

    Or they could just trade for Halladay and have him assume the same spot in the rotation and get rid of one of smoltz/penny when wakefield comes back???

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

    Can’t do that…Gammons tells us that Smotlz stuff is “electric” and that signing Penny was a “stroke of genius”.

  310. Rick July 21st, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Chone Figgins would be a nice fit for the Yankees as a 3b /OF for 3-4 years.
    The guy makes things happen and is a FA at the end of this season.
    He should be one of Cashman’s offseason priorities.

    http://losangeles.angels.mlb.c....._id=408210

  311. Giuseppe Franco July 21st, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    That’s a no to Chone Figgins.

  312. randy l. July 21st, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    ” leap and the net will appear” – zen saying

    hey , maybe mitre will work out.

    on the other hand , i’ll bet that those old time zen guys didn’t keep stats on those believing leapers :)

  313. jpb1973 July 21st, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Chone Figgins would be a nice fit for the Yankees as a 3b /OF for 3-4 years.
    The guy makes things happen and is a FA at the end of this season.
    He should be one of Cashman’s offseason priorities.

    ——————————————————

    You bet!!! Right now the Yankees have too many home run hitters and not enough table setters. Signing Figgins would allow Jeter bat second in the order.

  314. Jerkface July 21st, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Rick: Chone Figgins is old and a key part of his game is speed. I would not sign him for 3-4 years. Maybe 2 with an option. And not for a lot of money. It’d have to be understood that he would be a super util guy. I do like him as an on-base / see pitches type, but he is really just a beast against the AL East.

  315. Jerkface July 21st, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    You bet!!! Right now the Yankees have too many home run hitters and not enough table setters. Signing Figgins would allow Jeter bat second in the order.

    We have 3 table setters on the roster *right now* and you can’t keep setting the table. Eventually you have to eat the salami

  316. Betsy July 21st, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Why is Mike killing ESPN?

    GB, wow – I never know that about Tippy – next time YES airs the game, that Murcer at bat will take on new meaning. I tried listening to the interview but, as usual, Francesca interrupted with his own thoughts and tried to speak for Appel. I can’t handle when he does that, so I turned it off. If I were an interviewee, I’d be ticked.

  317. Bronx Jeers July 21st, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    “Besides vying for a spot on the Yankees starting rotation, Mitre also hopes to fill the spot of Yankee resident Latin heartthrob that was recently vacated when Francisco Cervelli was sent to Scranton”

  318. jpb1973 July 21st, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    You bet!!! Right now the Yankees have too many home run hitters and not enough table setters. Signing Figgins would allow Jeter bat second in the order.

    We have 3 table setters on the roster *right now* and you can’t keep setting the table. Eventually you have to eat the salami

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

    We are going to lose Damon after this season and Gardner hasn’t developed to the extent we want. The only table setter we have is Jeter and he can move back to #2 in the order if we get Figgins.

    Figgins should be moved to the outfield (left field) where he’ll be an improvement over Damon. By the way, we lose Damon ($13 million) Matsui ($13 million) and Nady ($6 million) so we can afford to lock Figgins up for 4 years. Jeez, his OBP is .390.

  319. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Betsy
    July 21st, 2009 at 6:19 pm
    Why is Mike killing ESPN?

    Use stories without crediting source
    too much promotion of those they “like”
    protecting those they like
    getting things wrong and not caring

    that kind of stuff

  320. Giuseppe Franco July 21st, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Signing a 32 year old Chone Figgins to a multi-year deal is a bad idea.

    They would be better off finding a one year stop gap for 2010 and go hard after Carl Crawford when the 2010 season is over.

    That’s the guy you give a multi-year deal – not Figgins.

  321. Phil July 21st, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Cone Figgins is pretty average against everyone but the Yanks, so some folks tend to wildly overrate him.

  322. Jerkface July 21st, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    There is absolutely no reason why Figgins should get a 4 year deal. His OBP is .390 this year, yes. His career OBP is .360. Slugging of .390. Career OPS of .750. Hits for very little power. Gardner could give us Figgins production and play better defense at LF.

    And once again, he is 31 years old. Not a spring chicken. No need to have 35 year old Chone figgins on our team.

    We’re going to need to replace slugging that Matsui, Damon, and Nady(alternate universe) provided.

  323. jpb1973 July 21st, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Signing a 32 year old Chone Figgins to a multi-year deal is a bad idea.

    They would be better off finding a one year stop gap for 2010 and go hard after Carl Crawford when the 2010 season is over.

    ——————————————————–

    You simply can’t count on Crawford being available in 2010. If we missed out on Figgins and then saw Tampa resign Crawford then we’d be hosed.

  324. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Mitre! Mitre!

    Any other Sergios in baseball???

  325. 77513 July 21st, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    If the yanks are not sure if Jackson will be ready by next year. I would sign Damon to a 1 year deal and have him DH and ocassionaly play the outfield.

    The yanks are locked up in the infield, I would not sign anyone like Bay, Figgins or Holliday to a long term deal. You want to have some flexibility on the team which will be in the outfield.

  326. Giuseppe Franco July 21st, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    jpb1973 July 21st, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    You simply can’t count on Crawford being available in 2010. If we missed out on Figgins and then saw Tampa resign Crawford then we’d be hosed.

    ————–

    Then you find someone else. All I know is Chone Figgins is not the answer one way or another.

  327. RS July 21st, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    I have a feeling Figgins would be extremely mediocre as a Yankee. That’s just the way it goes. Would love to get him off the Angels, though.

  328. Bronx Jeers July 21st, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Mitre….Spanish for miter.

    If he does good shall he be nicknamed “The Bishop”?

  329. Phil July 21st, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    did someone just say if we missed out of Figgins we’d be hosed?

  330. Keith Smooth July 21st, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I know this is not going to happen but I was still motivated to write a story on my blog about my fictional phone call with Brian Cashman regarding a trade for Roy Halladay.

    http://balmer.typepad.com/keit.....shman.html

    Feel free to leave a comment. Go Yanks!

  331. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Betsy
    July 21st, 2009 at 6:19 pm
    Why is Mike killing ESPN?

    GB, wow – I never know that about Tippy – next time YES airs the game, that Murcer at bat will take on new meaning. I tried listening to the interview but, as usual, Francesca interrupted with his own thoughts and tried to speak for Appel. I can’t handle when he does that, so I turned it off. If I were an interviewee, I’d be ticked.

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, Betsy, it had the makings of a great interview. Appel is a fine writer and a great Yankee historian. If they’d just let him talk, say, with Costas, he’d make a great show by himself. I’ve read most of his bios and they are well done. If you’re into Yankee history, he’s a fun listen. Pete Golenbock is another one. Phil Pepe used to be, but, not so much anymore.

  332. Jerkface July 21st, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Cashman forced to resign after losing Figgins bidding war to Kansas City.

    *kansas city goes 60-102 next season*

  333. Boston Dave 2.0 July 21st, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    “Nick in SF
    July 21st, 2009 at 4:49 pm
    “Everytime someone posts “heyman” on here, I feel like I know less than I did before.”

    everytime someone posts “Heyman” on here, I have Suffragette City David Bowie flashbacks.”

    ———

    DT,

    I’m a little late… but I love it!

  334. jpb1973 July 21st, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I have a feeling Figgins would be extremely mediocre as a Yankee. That’s just the way it goes. Would love to get him off the Angels, though.

    —————————————————-

    What makes you so sure that he’d be mediocre as a Yankee? Did you think the same thing when the Yankees got Damon 4 years ago?

  335. RS July 21st, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    If the Rays resign Crawford, they won’t be able to resign Upton. We’ll just take one or the other, lol.

  336. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Bronx Jeers
    July 21st, 2009 at 6:30 pm
    Mitre….Spanish for miter.

    If he does good shall he be nicknamed “The Bishop”?
    Monty Python reference?

    or “the Carpenter”

  337. Doug July 21st, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    They better call the game if it is raining, even a little.

    I don’t want my players possibly getting hurt playing on wet grass.

  338. Pat M.... July 21st, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Figgins will be younger than Damon when he signed with the Bombers…..Trust me, Mr. Figgins has not slowed down, not even by a manu-step…Frankly I’d like to see Alex Rios patroling the outfield with Doc Halliday taking the hill every 5th day….Don’t close the book on that happening….

  339. Giuseppe Franco July 21st, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    RS July 21st, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    If the Rays resign Crawford, they won’t be able to resign Upton. We’ll just take one or the other, lol.

    ———

    I’m all for that.

    Crawford will be available. He will have the freedom to test the FA market and play anywhere he wants for a number of years.

    The Yanks should be a very appealing destination for him.

  340. Jerkface July 21st, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    The Rays have Desmond Jennings in AA, I think they let Crawford walk. And the Yankees should avoid him. Another speed player with no power. Those guys are good to bring up through the system but lousy bets down the line.

  341. jpb1973 July 21st, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    If the Rays resign Crawford, they won’t be able to resign Upton. We’ll just take one or the other, lol.

    —————————————————

    You mean the Upton that plays for the Rays and is batting .244? Or do you mean his brother?

  342. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Monty Python’s “the Bishop”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpX3XdU-V9o

  343. Nick in SF July 21st, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    If Tomko had been allowed to get on a roll we could be in 3rd place. :(

  344. Mel July 21st, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I’m new to the web site, so hello all. I am retired USAF Colonel but was a long time Yankees fan from afar. Too busy and other time zones to follow closely until mid last year and this year. I am just amazed at how well you all know the baseball stats.

    Got to bring this up though, I can stand the heat but yesterday’s posts during the game got very ugly. This is a free country and everybody has a right to their opinion. What defines us is how we respond, or not. Usually it is best just to let things die down when tempers flare. I just stopped reading anything with Matt in it, either from him or to him. The rest was enjoyable. Matt, whoever you are, I hope you have a better day today friend.

    From my military background I’m more of an observer of trends and tendencies. I tend towards cutting people some slack because I have seen just how really difficult (impossible) it is to perform at a high level all of the time. The brain really just cannot do that. Lets all keep that in mind while we watch a baseball game and it will be much more enjoyable for all.

    Hope I didn’t go off the deep end there. Regards and best wishes.

  345. jpb1973 July 21st, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Figgins will be younger than Damon when he signed with the Bombers…..Trust me, Mr. Figgins has not slowed down, not even by a manu-step…Frankly I’d like to see Alex Rios patroling the outfield with Doc Halliday taking the hill every 5th day….Don’t close the book on that happening….

    ————————————————–

    If I were a betting man I would bet that Chone Figgins could be signed for a lot less money that Carl Crawford or Alex Rios. The Yankees should go ahead and get Figgins this year and pursue Crawford, if available, in 2010.

    If the Blue Jays trade Halladay, I don’t think they are going to want to part with Rios to quickly. The fans in Toronto are up in arms over the possible Halladay trade and a Rios trade might drive them oevr the edge. Besides the contract they absolutely must get rid of Wells’ (I don’t know how they do that, though).

  346. RS July 21st, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    “What makes you so sure that he’d be mediocre as a Yankee? Did you think the same thing when the Yankees got Damon 4 years ago?”

    Damon hits for power, which makes up for the fact that his speed has declined and he’s really not much of a stolen base threat anymore. Also, his defense has definitely declined.

    I guess I don’t have a specific reason to think Figgins wouldn’t do well here other than the fact that he’s not as much of a superstar as the Yankees make him look.

  347. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 21st, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Article well worth reading on the Red Sox and integration

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4345309

  348. Bronx Jeers July 21st, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    So I just heard that the stadium Peter Max art gallery is gone and is now a ladies Yankee apparel store.

    Next on the hit-list should be the Steiner memorabilia store.

  349. RayVT July 21st, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    The reason Gardner is not starting is two fold. First he can’t hit lefthanders and a lefthander is pitching. Second he is the last option of all the Yankee outfielders and plays best as a pinch runner or defensive replacement. Face it Melky is better. Swish is better. Damon is better. Even Hinske is better. Get over it. He has no arm and his routes to the ball are not good and he gets a late jump on it too. He is blazing fast and I like his attitude but unfortunately he is probably not even in the mix next year.

  350. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 21st, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    “DT,
    I’m a little late… but I love it!”

    thanks Boston Dave.
    Bowie is classic. He even works the Legend box seats in there..

    “Oh don’t lean on me man, cause you can’t afford the ticket..
    Im back from suffragette city.”

  351. Giuseppe Franco July 21st, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    You mean the Upton that plays for the Rays and is batting .244? Or do you mean his brother?

    ————

    Grady Sizemore is having a terrible year as well (.237/.327/.453) but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t want him on my team tomorrow.

    The guy is a stud, but injuries have really hurt his production.

    Same thing with Upton.

  352. Nick in SF July 21st, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Mel, perceptive and interesting comments. Anything that improves the tenor of the game-thread comment section is welcome. Thanks for your service to our nation.

  353. Mel July 21st, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Great ideas about getting either Crawford or Figgins. I would love to see the Yankees move away from just the home run ball.

  354. VT Yankeefan the Original July 21st, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I got to see Jesus Montero play in Manchester NH last night. He caught a good game and hit a homer in the tenth.

    I was pretty impressed by his willingness to sign a lot of autographs for the many Yankee fans on hand.

    http://i298.photobucket.com/al.....JesusM.jpg

  355. Drive 4-5 July 21st, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Mel,

    Hello and very well said. A voice of reason is always appreciated.

    Now why the he#%$% is Girardi staring Ransom and Swisher had better pull his head out of hi$$$ and why isnt Joba in the bullpen and how come Cabrera is starting and why cant A Rod hit a home run every other time up???… Joking:)

  356. RayVT July 21st, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Giuseppe Franco
    July 21st, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    I totally agree! Upton is a stud & so is Sizemore. What folks don’t understand is that stats don’t tell the whole picture. There are peaks and valleys in months, seasons and careers, but you play the better players thru it.

  357. john July 21st, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    SERGIOOOOOOOOOOOO, SERGIO!!

  358. Fran (the original) and OPPC member July 21st, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Mel, welcome to the blog. Thank you for your service to our country.

  359. Giuseppe Franco July 21st, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    RayVT July 21st, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    The reason Gardner is not starting is two fold. First he can’t hit lefthanders and a lefthander is pitching. Second he is the last option of all the Yankee outfielders and plays best as a pinch runner or defensive replacement. Face it Melky is better. Swish is better. Damon is better. Even Hinske is better. Get over it. He has no arm and his routes to the ball are not good and he gets a late jump on it too. He is blazing fast and I like his attitude but unfortunately he is probably not even in the mix next year.

    —————

    Gardner hit lefties well in the minors. Girardi doesn’t play him against lefties much simply because he’s a little extreme with playing matchups.

    Hell, Wilson Betemit played a lot against lefties last season simply because he has the ability to hit from the right side. It wasn’t because he was any good at it.

    I can understand why Girardi would limit Gardner’s at-bats against tough hard throwing lefties like Lester, Price, and Kazmir but not against soft tossing lefties and junk ballers.

    Gardner would hit them fine if he was given the chance.

    Oh yeah, and Melky is a fourth outfielder. He’s proved that four the last four years.

    Gardner may turn out to be the same – but he deserves that opportunity.

    Gardner will indeed be on the team next season. Girardi and Cashman love him.

  360. Bronx Jeers July 21st, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Mel,

    You sound like a person of reason and restraint.

    Very, very foreign in these parts.

  361. dennis-Costanza July 21st, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Congrats on making a three game lead disappear in a flash.

    Hope all is well.

    -dennis

  362. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Welcome Mel

    You were taught tolerance and civility in the military?

    GB7 must have been absent that day.
    Just kidding GB.

  363. Vince July 21st, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Wakefield to the DL …..

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....tra_bases/

  364. Richie July 21st, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Hinske should play 3B. Ransom should play in a beer league.

  365. ArodMVP217 July 21st, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Totally right, Mel. People get emotional, consequently can and do type whatever they are feeling thanks to your service of course.

    I try to keep my posts positive in hopes that it is contagious.

  366. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Rebecca–Optimist Prime–Montero Fanaticus Primus
    July 21st, 2009 at 6:44 pm
    Article well worth reading on the Red Sox and integration

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4345309

    ————————————————————

    As ugly as the Boston history is in that area, the Yanks aren’t much better. Boston had a chance to sign Jackie Robinson and turned it down because Tom Yawkey and Joe Cronin didn’t want him on the team. Cronin is a HOF player and went one to become the AL president.

    Yanks had a really fine first baseman in the system named Vic Power but traded him because he had a strong liking for white women. George Weiss had a chance to sign Mays, Aaron and Ernie Banks but didn’t because of their color. Imagine that team with Mantle, Maris Berra and Ford.

    Weiss publiclly stated that no black would where pinstripes as long as he was GM. Topping and webb almost fired him over that. They finally signed Ellie Howard and tried to bury him in the minors, but, he just had too much talent.

  367. Betsy July 21st, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Ricciardi “It’s unlikely Halladay will be dealt.”

    http://twitter.com/elliottbase.....2765437258

    Fine with me……….and the Yankees still need a SP

    GB, I love baseball/Yankee history – What else has Appel written? I’ve never read Golenbock either…….

    Uncle Ellsworth, thanks!

  368. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    I didn’t think last night was all that bad though – it has been much worse.
    Where did DEBORAH go?

  369. Richie July 21st, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Oh, and props for finally excising the Tomko thing.

  370. Bronx Born July 21st, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Good to hear from you Mel. I have to agree.

  371. Drive 4-5 July 21st, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    I was at last Friday night’s game when the skies opened up. We thought there was no way the game would continue even if it stopped raining. There was standing water everywhere.

    And then it stopped raining, the ground crew pulled off the tarp and dumped all the water into short left field. The ground crew was sloshing around in water above their ankles. Then at 10:45 the announcement came that the game would reume at 11PM. We thought they were crazy. But lo & behold, the drainage system took over and there wasnt a drop on the grass within 15 minutes. The game resumed at 11:02. It was pretty impressive to watch.

  372. Joe from Long Island July 21st, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I’ve got a serious question. I realize that Pete is referring to the Stadium when he says it’s raining “in the Boogie Down.” Where does that reference come from? Anybody?

  373. Vader July 21st, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Mel,

    Thank you for your service to our country. As for the blog…great place to come if you are a Yankee fan, Pete does an awsome job.

    Some of us are addicted, even though I don’t post all the time, I must check the blog and read the posts all the time.

    Best advise, don’t get caught up in the game post threads, some people really just say things to say things.

  374. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    July 21st, 2009 at 6:54 pm
    Welcome Mel

    You were taught tolerance and civility in the military?

    GB7 must have been absent that day.
    Just kidding GB.

    ————————————————————

    Why you dirty, rotten #$^*@%. I’m the most tolerant #*%@^ in the world and certainly on this board.

  375. Greg D July 21st, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Rain delay, I hate it when that happens

  376. Bret the Hitman July 21st, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    JP is stuck. He can’t pit the Phillies against the Mets in a bidding war because:

    a)Hallady probably would reject a trade to the Mets

    b)The Mets don’t have enough talent in the minors

    c)The Phillies are winning the division easily and therefore are less likely to give up top prospects with so many teams being so far behind

    Furthermore, Buster Olney reported the Dodgers basically told JP he can’t have Kershaw, Billingsly or Kemp.

    The Dodgers, like the Phillies, will comfortably win their division and therefore are less likely to forfeit top prospects.

    This almost forces JP to incite the bidding war between the Yankees and Red Sox .

    It’s still not clear if the Yankees or Red Sox will overpay but if you look at the AL East race, those 2 teams have the most to gain or lose if the other adds. They will fight till the end in the regular season and may even meet in the playoffs.

    Hallady is the next Curt Schilling, a real difference maker in postseason play. The difference is. He may stay dominant far longer than Schilling did for the Sox.

    The Sox or Yankees will fight for Halladay. I’m calling it now. He’s a Sox or Yankee by July 31st, 2009.

    Before you shoot down this notion here me out.

    Nobody expected the Red Sox to swoop in and bid 50 million for Matsuzaka. Both rivals wanted him so he was a double kill.

    Nobody expected the Yankees to grab Tex at the last minute from beneath the Sox nose.

    Contreras is another example.

    The Sox cannot afford to let the Yankees get Halladay. If they do, mark my words, Big Papi already won his last ring.

  377. MaineYankee July 21st, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    dennis-Costanza
    July 21st, 2009 at 6:52 pm
    Congrats on making a three game lead disappear in a flash.

    Hope all is well.

    -dennis

    —————————————————-

    Hello Dennis.

    I hope your’e enjoying the nice summer weather. :lol:

    I see Wake is taking his usual summer break.

    Probably Clay put something in his shoe to mess up his back. :lol:

  378. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Oh, yeah, Ellie. I’m also quite $*^%# civil, too.

  379. RayVT July 21st, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Giuseppe Franco
    July 21st, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Melky has the best arm on the team as an outfielder right now. Gardner is the 4th or 5th OF now.

    Damon
    Melky
    Swish
    Hinske
    Gardner

    Gardner can really only play CF and his arm is very weak. He is the weakest hitter of the lot. If he could drag bunt he’d be a more viable option. It is incredible to me that a lefthanded speed demon punch and judy hitter can’t bunt effectively to get on base.

    I like Gardner as a pinch runner or even a CF option late with Melky moving to RF for Defense. Gardner had some terrible years followed by vastly improved years all the way thru his stint in the minors. He is not an everyday CF on a above average team. Melky really isn’t either, but he is better than Gardner.

  380. Jill July 21st, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Sergio Mitre has never pitched in the Majors on a July 21st. This is a big day!

  381. VT Yankeefan the Original July 21st, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Jeter needs 5 hits to catch Ted Williams on the all-time list and 72 to catch Lou Gehrig for most all-time as a Yankee.

  382. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    GreenBeret7
    July 21st, 2009 at 7:04 pm
    Oh, yeah, Ellie. I’m also quite $*^%# civil, too.

    do you kiss your great grandkids with that mouth?

  383. Mel July 21st, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    About the trade front, as an overall view I get the feeling that the Yankee management is a bit overextended at this point. Why else would they be charging such a ridiculous amount for seats at NYS, and starting Yankee Universe and football games for more revenue. From listening to Hal and Cash yesterday when they made a point of acknowledging their farm system, they seem to be leaning that way this year. With how well the Yankees are doing this year vs last year, I don’t think they are going to be doing any high cost trades at this point in either dollars nor the farm system.

  384. Joe from Long Island July 21st, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Drive 4-5 – glad to see that you were able to get to a game. I remember you got screwed with the relocation plan for partial season ticket holders, and not being able to get to weekday games.

    I went to the game at Scranton that some of us bloggers went to, and despite clear, sunny skies, the game was cancelled due to heavy rain two days before, which, due to non-existent drainage, left the field unplayable two days later. So good drainage is a wonderful thing.

  385. RC 16 July 21st, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Halladay’s value is not going to be higher in the winter, JP.

    Now, a team gets two cracks with Halladay in the playoffs. Next winter, it will be only one.

  386. Tom in N.J. July 21st, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    ESPN is reporting that it’s “unlikely” that the Nats will sign Stephen Strasburg.

  387. 77513 July 21st, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    @ Giuseppe Franco

    You are right Girardi is all about matchups that is his style. That is why Ransom is playing thirdbase today instead of Hinskie who hit a homerun last night because there is a lefty on the mound.

    Enough of people talking about Gardner taking bad routes to ball. Even if he does sometimes take a bad route to the ball he has great speed and will outrun his mistake. He covers a lot of ground in center look and he bailed out Melky on sunday catching two balls in left because Melky couldn’t see the ball. People act like Melky doesn’t take bad routes to ball. For the last four years I have seen Melky take some funny routes to ball and he used to always miss the cutoff man and throw to the wrong base.

  388. dennis-Costanza July 21st, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Hey Maine Yank.

    This summer weather has been absurd. I still prefer it to a Savannah summer though.

    Hope you are well. The Yanks are playing great.

    Cheers.

    -dennis

  389. Giuseppe Franco July 21st, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Bret the Hitman July 21st, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    The Sox or Yankees will fight for Halladay. I’m calling it now. He’s a Sox or Yankee by July 31st, 2009.

    Before you shoot down this notion here me out.

    Nobody expected the Red Sox to swoop in and bid 50 million for Matsuzaka. Both rivals wanted him so he was a double kill.

    Nobody expected the Yankees to grab Tex at the last minute from beneath the Sox nose.

    Contreras is another example.

    ————–

    I don’t buy it.

    What the one thing that all of those guys above had in common?

    They were free agents. They only cost money – not prospects.

    It’s more comparable to the Johan Santana situation than the Teixeira or Dice-K situation.

    Neither GM wants to gut the farm for Halladay and I’d be downright shocked if he ended up in Boston or NYY.

    Highly unlikely that it happens.

  390. Thomas A. Anderson July 21st, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Nats have till Aug 17 to sign him. They aren’t daffy enough to let him walk.

  391. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    July 21st, 2009 at 7:06 pm
    GreenBeret7
    July 21st, 2009 at 7:04 pm
    Oh, yeah, Ellie. I’m also quite $*^%# civil, too.

    do you kiss your great grandkids with that mouth?

    ————————————————————

    Of course I do. Luckily for them, this is typed, so they’ll stay completely holy and clean.

  392. Trevor July 21st, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Doesn’t sound like teams are eager to give up their best prospects AND pay him.

  393. RayVT July 21st, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Bret the Hitman
    July 21st, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I believe you. He probably will be a Yankee or Red Sox come July 31st. The darkhorse in my thoughts is the SF Giants. They need hitters and could use Halladay too. Rios & Halladay could put them over the top. Maybe enough to get the Dodgers back into it. Somehow I believe the Yanks will get him though. (Swoop!)

  394. Shdw July 21st, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    I’ve had enough rain in Maine for the rest of the summer. I think we deserve the rest of July to be rainless and then only 5 days of rain in all of August

  395. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    I don’t know how JP will ever get the kind of talent he is looking for in a trade for Doc. IMO it would be silly for a team to give up a young ready pitcher, a #1 prospect, and a #2/#3 prospect. For one 1 1/2 years without a guarantee of an extension it would be like the Brewers giving up all of that for CC last year. Sure he might help you get to the playoffs, win…. doubtful he will impact that outcome too greatly to win it all. All in all if I were a GM (and in no way am or have I ever been/will be) I would not give up that kind of young talent for a loaner pitcher.

  396. SJ44 July 21st, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    I heard over the weekend that ownership, not JP has put the “no Yankees or Red Sox” tag on Halladay.

    If they don’t change their stance, the offers coming back to Toronto will be on the light side.

    That puts them in an awful situation.

    You trade him for light parts in return, you get CRUSHED by your fan base.

    You keep him, and the market gets even slimmer for him in the off-season.

    The mistake the Jays made here was not announcing they were taking bids for Doc. It was ownership restricting who could bid for him. That reduces ALL the bids.

  397. Rishi July 21st, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    BloggingBombers: Sergio Mitre wearing No. 45 for the Yankees, ending any speculation that they were planning to retire it for Carl Pavano.

  398. Bret the Hitman July 21st, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    As far as we know, there are 5 financially sound teams in the hunt for Halladay.

    Only the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Phillies and Mets can afford to extend him.

    Everyone else would be renting him so he holds the most value for the 5 financially sound teams.

    The Mets don’t have the prospects.

    The Dodgers do not have an urgent need as they sit comfortably atop their division.

    The Phillies are also going to win their division easily.

    Neither the Dodgers nor the Phillies has a huge incentive to part with a top prospect.

    The Yankees and Red Sox stand to gain or lose the most.

    I say one of them gets Halladay.

    If he goes to the Yankees, Big Papi won his last ring in 2007.

    If he goes to the Sox, Derek Jeter won his last ring in 2000.

  399. Drive 4-5 July 21st, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Joe from Long Island,

    Thanks. We did get screwed in the relocation, but I was in town and had bought tickets for a couple of games.

    My family & I are headed back to the city tomorrow and will be attending the game. It will be the very first time I’ve sat the seats the Yankees stuck us with. I had to sell all my weekday seats off. We went from Section 2 behind home plate in the old Stadium to Section 431B next to the left field foul pole in the new place.

  400. dennis-Costanza July 21st, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I do not think JP/Tor will deal in the division. JMHO. I know people will site Clemens etc, that is history. New deal and this a career move for JP.

    -dennis

  401. KO July 21st, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    lol @ Swisher playing again… all he does his walk occasionally or strike out… along w playing singles into triples…. meanwhile all Hinske does it hit homers lately, and all Gardner does is contribute and steal bases and play good D… but Swisher is trotted out there every day… he even comes in for defense LOL when he doesn’t start… ugh

  402. Z Man July 21st, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    “I heard over the weekend that ownership, not JP has put the “no Yankees or Red Sox” tag on Halladay.”

    I had a feeling that was the case when Olney reported that the ownership group was heavily involved in this trade.

  403. Anthony July 21st, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Joe from Long Island:

    Boogie Down is actually a cultural reference to the South Bronx.

    From wikipedia: “The name of the group, Boogie Down, derives from a nickname for The cultural South Bronx, one of the five boroughs of New York City. The group pioneered the fusion of dancehall reggae and hip hop music and their debut LP Criminal Minded contained frank descriptions of life in the South Bronx of the late 1980s thus setting the stage for what would eventually become gangsta rap.Boogie Down Production’s D-Nice also discovered the white rapper and current rocker Kid Rock in 1987 and helped him get a deal with Jive Records in 1988.”

  404. randy l. July 21st, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    “I’m new to the web site, so hello all. I am retired USAF Colonel but was a long time Yankees fan from afar.”

    mel-
    welcome to the blog. did you ever run across brig general kenneth north during your career? he retired in 1996.

  405. Christina- pictures from AAA Yanks game July 21st, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Hopefully Melancon gets into a game one of these days. If you arent going to use the guy, send him back to AAA where he can at least get some work.

  406. Giuseppe Franco July 21st, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Melky has the best arm on the team as an outfielder right now. Gardner is the 4th or 5th OF now.

    Damon
    Melky
    Swish
    Hinske
    Gardner

    Gardner can really only play CF and his arm is very weak. He is the weakest hitter of the lot. If he could drag bunt he’d be a more viable option. It is incredible to me that a lefthanded speed demon punch and judy hitter can’t bunt effectively to get on base.

    I like Gardner as a pinch runner or even a CF option late with Melky moving to RF for Defense. Gardner had some terrible years followed by vastly improved years all the way thru his stint in the minors. He is not an everyday CF on a above average team. Melky really isn’t either, but he is better than Gardner.

    —————

    Melky may have a strong arm but it doesn’t help him much when he tries to show it off and gun down runners he has no chance of getting while simultaneously letting the trail runners move up a base.

    How many times have we seen that this season?

    Dirty Harry may carry around a .44 Magnum – but it’s almost useless if he rarely hits his target and fires wildly letting the bad guys get away.

    Melky makes a ton of bad decisions out there. He just does and that is undeniable.

    Gardner may turn out to be a fourth outfielder as well. But Melky has shown what he is over the last four years.

    Gardner has barely had 3/4 of one season including late 2008. He has also shown much improvement after slow starts at every level he’s played and that includes the majors.

  407. RayVT July 21st, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    The only way Halladay goes to the Yankees or Red Sox is if Rios or Wells are involved. Toronto is not going to get crushed by their fanbase! Their owner died. The team is $5Billion dollars in debt. They have some terrible contracts and they expect to restructure based on some bankers guidance and sell the team. The new owner will get a carte blanche when they take over. JP can say he was following orders. No problem. Besides, Toronto is loaded in the minor leagues with talent. They have an anchor around their necks from contracts to Halladay, Wells, Rios & Rollen. My opinion is all of them will be gone. Perhaps Wells’ contract will be eaten up to 50% as well but shipped. Toronto has a lot of good pitching prospects and a great manager in Cito.

  408. Bret the Hitman July 21st, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I’ll take Hallady + Rios and center a package around Phil Hughes or Jesus Montero. Yes it would be painful but I don’t want to see Big Papi ever win a ring again.

  409. Mel July 21st, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks everybody, I am very appreciative. And you are all really a lot of fun to read. After listening to men talk about women for 27 yrs, I even enjoyed the ladies comments about a guy yesterday, LOL.

  410. sunny615 July 21st, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    ESPN reports Nats and Strasburg not even close.

    The Washington Nationals are not on pace to sign top overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg by the Aug. 17 deadline, a source close to the negotiations told ESPN’s Pedro Gomez on Tuesday.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4346344

  411. 77513 July 21st, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    LET THE SERGIO MITRE ERA BEGIN!!!!

  412. Mike in Boston July 21st, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    There is absolutely no way that Doc gets traded unless they lift that “no negotiating” ban. It makes zero sense for a team to give anything more than 2 decent prospects and maybe an every day player for a year and a half rental. Sure he has to approve the trade and will choose a city he thinks he will enjoy playing in, but after 2010 it will be a bidding war where anything can happen for sure.

  413. Jon July 21st, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Why not put Nady on the 60 day to make room for Nady as opposed to having to dfa tomko?

  414. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus July 21st, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    GB: Interesting stuff.

    I’m not a Dodgers fan–I chose the Yankees and believe in sticking with a team through and through–but there are few people quite like Branch Rickey, Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese.

    I have nothing but respect for ‘dem bums.

  415. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I see no justice in getting rid of Montero or Hughes + lots to get Doc. The team the Yankees have right now is going to compete for a WS. If the pitching can continue to improve (Joba challenges like his last start) then the Yankees will be fine without Doc. What the Yankees should be worried about is 3-4 years from now when they have no shortstop or closer. Save some prospects for then.

  416. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 21st, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    “Why not put Nady on the 60 day to make room for Nady as opposed to having to dfa tomko?”

    Mainly because Tomko is terrible.

  417. MaineYankee July 21st, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Welcme Mel.

    My wifes brother retired from tha Air Force in 04.

    Thanks for your service. And thanks for the positive input here.

  418. carl July 21st, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Lets go Yankees!

  419. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Mel

    How do you like your french fries?
    any interesting toppings?
    It has been a hot topic here, I’m sure I’m not the only one who is curious.

  420. Drive 4-5 July 21st, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Boston is about to eat $13.5mil of Julio Lugo’s salary. Dice K costs them an average of $17mil per year and he’s not pitching, they’re paying John Smoltz $5.5 mil for 1/2 of a season and it’s not looking good. David Ortiz is giving them nothing for his $12 mil and JD Drew is giving them next to nothing for his $17 mil.

    My point is, for all the hype about their genius, Boston is spending a lot of money on players they are getting very little return for their investment. I cant see them taking on any more salary this year.

  421. Vader July 21st, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    “Why not put Nady on the 60 day to make room for Nady as opposed to having to dfa tomko?”

    Mainly because Tomko is terrible…as well as the fact that they need an active roster spot.

  422. Jon July 21st, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    lol thanks patrick. i’m not a big tomko guy but wouldn’t that have made more sense?

  423. carl July 21st, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    lol

  424. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Anyone else like melted cheese and jalapeno on their fries?

  425. carl July 21st, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Throw a wild pitch and get him at the plate Mitre :)

  426. djsunyc July 21st, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    melted cheese + jalepenos are a fries staple!!!

  427. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 21st, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Well that was quick.

    Welcome to the Sergio Mitre show!

  428. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Batting practice?

  429. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    uh oh

  430. Vader July 21st, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    I thought Wang was on the DL?

  431. Maria July 21st, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Come on Mitre.

  432. Abdababdaserser July 21st, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Mel, while the Yankees have a big debt I don’t think they are hurting for money. I think the real issue with developing other revenue streams is to get money flowing in that doesn’t get caught up in the revenue sharing.

    I don’t think that their food business that they started up with the Cowboys is part of the revenue sharing, and being that the NYS is now taking in dollars from that venue where they used to pay it out helps them out quite a bit.

    I think the larger reason for ticket prices was it was set before the economic meltdown. Adjusting during the season is tough to do without repercussions from those who already bought the tickets. Next year will have a different price structure in all likelihood.

    The Jays owners putting a restriction on dealing within the division may be real, or it may be a ploy to get better offers while making it seem otherwise. If its the former its a bad business decision.

  433. Benny Blanco July 21st, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Here we go with the sinker.

  434. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    dj – You’re darn right. Good combo there for the fries.

  435. Patrick the Prospect Hugger July 21st, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    “lol thanks patrick. i’m not a big tomko guy but wouldn’t that have made more sense?”

    Even if you put Nady on the 60 day you still need to free a spot on the 25 man roster. Melancon and Robertson are better than Tomko. Therefore, Tomko is gone.

    Frankly, he shouldn’t have been on the team in the first place.

  436. Swish's Fishes July 21st, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    aw darn there is another Dan, ill be this now

  437. carl July 21st, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    wrong batter

  438. Nick in SF July 21st, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Mitre is killing his trade value :mad:

  439. Wanderer July 21st, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    This is getting ugly fast..

  440. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Other Dan – We might have to make some kind of agreement here

  441. Drive 4-5 July 21st, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    “Humberto Sanchez to Trenton”

    I forgot Sanchez still was in the organization.

  442. S.A.--Serenity Now July 21st, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Serenity Now
    :?

  443. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Haha sorry Dan I was willing to negotiate. But this whole Mitre deal could be Yankee Stadium first Jitters. I know he’s been in the Bigs before but this can’t be a walk in the park.

  444. carl July 21st, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Why does Melvin Mora always make that ugly face?

  445. haiku-man July 21st, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Man I hope he can eat up some innings toninght.

  446. carl July 21st, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Could have been worse GJ Mitre

  447. Doreen July 21st, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Really, all of our pitchers have had shaky beginnings to their starts. Hopefully Mitre will take a few deep breaths and settle down, settle in.

    Why did JP even bother, will someone tell me?

  448. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 21st, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    To put it all in perspective – if Mitre gets out of this inning with just one run, his ERA will be less than the previous #5 starter – CM Wang.

  449. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    did he look THAT bad?

    did sound all that bad.

  450. joe. July 21st, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    alright, now lets beat up on 7+ ERA rich hill

  451. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 21st, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    mitre really didnt look that bad…sat 92-93…not terrible..12 pitches 8 strikes

  452. PruBelongs July 21st, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    enough of this “Cabrera has the best arm in the OF”

    His throws are highly inaccurate. Gardner, weak arm or not, has just as many OF assists with fewer errors. Not to mention Cabrera always lets catchable balls drop in front of him and Gardner’s only error was on a ball that only he could have gotten to as he almost collided with Jeter.

  453. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Uncle – He looked OK. First inning jitters I assume, but he left a few up in the zone. Just 3 pitches 3 balls in play, 2 hit well. Plus a wild pitch.

  454. Betsy July 21st, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    SJ, if that’s true, then they have no one to blame but themselves when JP takes a crappy package. The Jays have put the handcuffs on JP…..wow. I just don’t get it. By trading Doc, the Jays are giving up on the next two years……so why do they care if Doc lands in the East? Shouldn’t they care more about the future of their franchise?

    ** Actually, the Jays have good young pitching and a solid core, so I can see them being competitive in the next couple of years. Still, real contenders without Halladay? I doubt it.

  455. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    move that fence in!

  456. S.A.--Serenity Now July 21st, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Oh that good looking Markakis strikes again

  457. Eights July 21st, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    It’s sad, but the only outfielder on the team who could make a play like that is the guy who’s sitting…Gardner.

  458. Mel July 21st, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    randy l. July 21st, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    …did you ever run across brig general kenneth north during your career? he retired in 1996.

    —–

    Don’t believe so, but maybe. Any idea what bases or duty?

    In one of my jobs, I did some vision research and was Chief, Visual Display Systems for a time. We started the advanced night vision goggle and helmet mounted display programs that are in use today. I traveled frequently to all of the Major Command headquarters in the USAF and coordinated closely with the Army, Navy and Marines as we were tasked with developing the advanced NVGs and HMDs for all the services. It was a terrific and very satisfying job. It was great to work with such a talented group of scientists and engineers in the USAF Research Laboratory and across the country.

  459. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks Dan
    I’m not worried

  460. randy l. July 21st, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    “This summer weather has been absurd. I still prefer it to a Savannah summer though.”

    dennis-

    two weeks every year i spent at my grandparents in jonesport and i don’t think i ever saw the sun unless we drove inland. the fog was always there and we kids turned blue when we went in the ocean.

    maine weather is an acquired taste.

  461. Nick in SF July 21st, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Well struck, Captain, but that’s Death Valley.

  462. YankeeRay July 21st, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Mitre set us up nicely now we just need 2 runs for four in a row.

  463. carl July 21st, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    You can hear A-Rod talking in the background

  464. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 21st, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    “It’s sad, but the only outfielder on the team who could make a play like that is the guy who’s sitting…Gardner.”

    that was not a tough play at all..

  465. Joe from Long Island July 21st, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Drive 4-5 –
    1. I’m going to the game tomorrow, also. Let’s hope we see a win.

    2. I’ve said the same thing about Boston. They’ve got a lot of skeletons, they just don’t get mentioned. Theo’s far from a genius.

    Anthony – thanks.

  466. Eights July 21st, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Hahaha..

    What was that.

  467. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 21st, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    hill has a pretty nice curve…but it seems like if you abuse it you will get abused…

  468. G-C July 21st, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    You just get the feeling that we aren’t going to get much off of Hill. This guy is supremely talented, he shouldn’t be throwing the ball as terribly as he has been, and he’s probably due for a good start.

    Annoying.

  469. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Rich Hill will make a great center fielder someday, and hit blasts.

  470. RS July 21st, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Rich Hill’s curveball looks like Wake’s knuckleball, it’s so slow.

  471. KO July 21st, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Come on guys, u know Hill is going to come with that curveball, that what he “features”…. gotta sit back on it… Don’t know what you’re gonna get out of MItre, it’d be nice to get a few runs early

  472. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 21st, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    “You just get the feeling that we aren’t going to get much off of Hill. This guy is supremely talented, he shouldn’t be throwing the ball as terribly as he has been, and he’s probably due for a good start.

    Annoying.”

    supremely talented? at what?…

  473. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Ralphie D – underwater basket weaving. The guy is amazing look him up on youtube.

  474. Vince July 21st, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Props to Sergio Mitre for having the onions to wear Pavano’s old uniforem No. 45.

  475. MaineYankee July 21st, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    randy l.
    July 21st, 2009 at 7:42 pm
    “This summer weather has been absurd. I still prefer it to a Savannah summer though.”

    dennis-

    two weeks every year i spent at my grandparents in jonesport and i don’t think i ever saw the sun unless we drove inland. the fog was always there and we kids turned blue when we went in the ocean.

    maine weather is an acquired taste.

    ——————————————————–

    Totally different inland. We don’t have to wait till noon to see the sun. :lol:

    I agree about the ocean. I’ve gone swimming in lakes at times that were like bath water. To warm.

  476. carl July 21st, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Yogi Dickey Elston Thurman Posada

  477. Bret the Hitman July 21st, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Props to Sergio Mitre for having the onions to wear Pavano’s old uniforem No. 45.

    Like wearing a dunce hat.

  478. ArodMVP217 July 21st, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    8.5″ break on the sinker at 91-92, not bad

  479. RS July 21st, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Mitre looks away. He’s throwing 92-93 and is down in the zone.

    He’s a lot like Wang. If he locates his pitches he’s got good enough stuff to get guys to ground out and not put a lot of air under the ball. If his pitches are up in the zone, hitters will probably take it to the opposite field.

  480. G-C July 21st, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Hill is a terrifically talented lefty. Its hard for me to believe that the Cubs gave up on him after a bad spring and a couple of rocky starts in April. Now given what he’s done this year maybe they knew what they were talking about, but this guy has a Barry Zito in his prime curve with at least 3-4 more MPH on his fastball than Zito did. He can be a good middle of the rotation starter, no doubt.

  481. randy l. July 21st, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    mel-

    you were talking about keeping some perspective about the game and general north has it as well as anyone i’ve ever met. he’s a local here on cape cod where i live and he’s about the most irreverent and funniest guy i’ve ever met and while liking baseball would never get worked up about it the way many of us( including me) do on the blog .

    6 years as a pow will do that for you.

    http://www.af.mil/information/.....bioID=6618

  482. Greg D July 21st, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Mitre’s ball really moves

  483. Greg D July 21st, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    RS

    Mitre looks away. He’s throwing 92-93 and is down in the zone.

    He’s a lot like Wang. If he locates his pitches he’s got good enough stuff to get guys to ground out and not put a lot of air under the ball. If his pitches are up in the zone, hitters will probably take it to the opposite field.

    _—_________________________________________________________

    He does throw a lot like Wang

  484. Trevor July 21st, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    LOL what’s the helmet tossing?

  485. carl July 21st, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    nice work

  486. Maria July 21st, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    They need to beat up on Hill and give Mitre a nice comfortable lead.

  487. haiku-man July 21st, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    12pitches in the 1st ,18 in the 2nd.

  488. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 21st, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Mitre is working quickly, throwing strikes.

    As an added bonus – he just cut his ERA in half that inning.

  489. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    That is funny that A-Rod had to rip the helmet out of Melky’s hand. It’s like a little boy fighting over some kind of toy. I can hear the argument now. “You’ve had so many walkoffs this year (crying) I just want one (rips helmet out of hand).”

  490. Doreen July 21st, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    That was a nice inning by Mitre. Let’s chalk inning #1 up to jitters.

    Now, the offense needs to get going…

  491. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Hill is down right dangerous. You can’t really blame a wet ball, they get a dry one every pitch.

  492. Christina25 July 21st, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Drive 4-5

    The Red Sox are not paying Dice K 17 million dollars. He is getting about 9 million. JD Drew is not making 17 million either. He is making 14 million. At least they are not paying anybody 32 million a year.

  493. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 21st, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    The O’s announcers are sending me to sleep already. *ack*

  494. carl July 21st, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Christina25

    It’s Jon Henry’s wife lol!!!

  495. Maria July 21st, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Stolen base for Alex! Come on Jorge bring him home!

  496. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 21st, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Alright, own up.. who mentioned the Red Sox?

  497. Greg D July 21st, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I like what I have seen of Mitre. Definitely better than Ponson, Pavano, Geise options of last year.

  498. RS July 21st, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I’m shocked. Can Swisher get the run in?

  499. carl July 21st, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Sac fly please

  500. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Carl – I reviewed the post and everything seems to be spelled correctly…. can’t be John Henry’s wife.

  501. carl July 21st, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    GJ!

  502. RS July 21st, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Now I’m REALLY shocked.

    Way to manufacture a run, Arod!

  503. Maria July 21st, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Sac fly run scores! Good job Swish and Jorge!

  504. Jerkface July 21st, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Swisher owns fundamentals

  505. S.A.--Serenity Now July 21st, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Tied game

  506. Greg D July 21st, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    nice job by Swisher

  507. YankeesLuv July 21st, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    That was beautiful! They built that run. :)

  508. Eights July 21st, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Good baseball right there.

    I would have preferred hits, but that was good baseball none the less. Get the runner in.

  509. Maria July 21st, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    And Alex too!

  510. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 21st, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Christina25
    July 21st, 2009 at 7:58 pm
    Drive 4-5
    “The Red Sox are not paying Dice K 17 million dollars. He is getting about 9 million. JD Drew is not making 17 million either. He is making 14 million. At least they are not paying anybody 32 million a year.”

    but how much are they paying you to troll Yankee blogs?

  511. Shdw July 21st, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Haha. Hey Hill, don’t worry, you still have your no hitter going

  512. carl July 21st, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Carl – I reviewed the post and everything seems to be spelled correctly…. can’t be John Henry’s wife.

    haha

  513. Tom in N.J. July 21st, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    A walk, stolen base, and 2 sac-flies?

    :shock:

  514. Christina25 July 21st, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Angel,
    You can thank drive 4-5 for my appearance.

  515. Doreen July 21st, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    I just want to point something out. Day after day it is lamented how the poorly the Yankees hit with RISP. The Baltimore Orioles, according to what I’ve heard, have several players who hit over .300 with RISP, and YET the Orioles are in last place.

    Could it possibly be that hitting with RISP is a little over-rated? Just a little?

  516. randy l. July 21st, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    nice job on the bases by alex.

  517. Christina25 July 21st, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)
    Didnt you heard? I make a million dollars for trolling your board.

  518. The Ghost July 21st, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    the ability to score a run without a hit – in my opinion – is the most important sign of a team that will go far in the playoffs.

  519. daled July 21st, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    walk stolen base and two count em two sac flies to score a run
    don’t see that here often…
    pretty cool huh?

  520. Greg D July 21st, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Doreen July 21st, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    I just want to point something out. Day after day it is lamented how the poorly the Yankees hit with RISP. The Baltimore Orioles, according to what I’ve heard, have several players who hit over .300 with RISP, and YET the Orioles are in last place.

    Could it possibly be that hitting with RISP is a little over-rated? Just a little?

    ————————————————————–
    I wonder how much it has to do with total opportunities…..you know….

    11 for 33 or 25 for 100

  521. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    I didn’t heard

  522. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 21st, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    A-ROD’S IMPACT: The Yankees are 42-22 since Alex Rodriguez came off the disabled list. That’s the best record in baseball since that time.
    **********************************************

    I think the Yankees might be getting their $32 million worth at the moment.

  523. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Doreen – Hitting with RISP is not an overrated stat at all. Without that you wouldn’t score many runs. The Yankees seem to have more chances with RISP which could cause their stats to be lowered but I don’t know that for fact.

  524. big dog July 21st, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Ransom sucks

  525. Tom in N.J. July 21st, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Ha!

  526. The Ghost July 21st, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Doreen, the problem with the RISP stat is that the same weight is giving to a clutch hit in a 13-3 blowout as opposed to a 1-0 rbi.

  527. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Didn’t you heard????? It is John Henry’s wife!!!

  528. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 21st, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Hmm, hey Drive? I don’t know that thank is the word I’d use. :D

  529. Doreen July 21st, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Greg D -

    Probably does. Some broadcaster, I don’t remember who, pointed out that if you’re leaving guys on, you’re getting guys on, and that’s half the battle. The Yankees are up there in runs scored, so they’re getting the job done.

  530. RS July 21st, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    “The Baltimore Orioles, according to what I’ve heard, have several players who hit over .300 with RISP, and YET the Orioles are in last place.”

    One thing to keep in mind is that the Yankees probably put a lot more runners on base than the Orioles do.

  531. Trevor July 21st, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Might want to pay more attention to Roberts…

  532. carl July 21st, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Bad catch Cano

  533. Pat M.... July 21st, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    E-4

  534. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 21st, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    come on cano..that was a great throw

  535. RS July 21st, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Cano would have had him…

  536. Tom in N.J. July 21st, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    “Didn’t you heard”

    Angel, did you use to wrangle cattle?

  537. haiku-man July 21st, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Come on Sergio!

  538. Maria July 21st, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    That was some nice running by Roberts.

  539. Doreen July 21st, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Dan -

    A misrepresented stat, then? A misunderstood stat? An incomplete stat? It doesn’t tell the whole story.

  540. Christina- pictures from AAA Yanks game July 21st, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    I am glad this number 45 is so far better than the previous owner.

  541. Mike in Boston July 21st, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    was it me or did that throw go off robert’s helmet before hitting cano’s glove?

  542. RS July 21st, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    That darn Roberts.

  543. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    So much for 4 2-1 games in a row. Unless Baltimore wins 2-1.

  544. The Ghost July 21st, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Wow, Cano just missed that. The thing is that if Cano would have waited for that ball to be in his glove he would have been late on the tag. Tough gamble with no outs.

  545. RDM July 21st, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    over 40 pitches….

  546. djsunyc July 21st, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    is kaye drooling at women again?

  547. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 21st, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Yes, Tom. Where I come from, we learn cattle wrangling skills by the first grade. :D

  548. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    That was on Cano. Tried putting down the tag at the same time he was trying to catch it.

  549. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Great, just great, there goes our chance at a 2-1 victory. Also, who would have thought they pick some young teenage girl and her friends to have the McDonalds smile. Those camera men gotta watch them.

  550. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Johnny D.
    July 21st, 2009 at 8:12 pm
    So much for 4 2-1 games in a row. Unless Baltimore wins 2-1.

    Let’s start a streak on winning 10-2

  551. carl July 21st, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    If Mitre could give us 6 solid innings that would be great

  552. TIme Machine July 21st, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    C’mon Sidney, er Sergio, get out of this.

  553. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    He K’d Markakis. That’s a good sign.

  554. Eights July 21st, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    “is kaye drooling at women again?”- djsunyc

    What do you expect him to do? He has no control over the camera, he can only comment on what’s being shown.

    I also wouldn’t call it drooling.

  555. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Does anyone remember the LA Lakers boob cam? I’m telling you those camera men are perverts.

  556. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    And Kay just realized what I realized 3 minutes ago.

  557. RDM July 21st, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    leadoff double for Kinsler…..

  558. RDM July 21st, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Big Poopie is batting 4th…WOW

  559. haiku-man July 21st, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    He’s throwing too many balls22 strikes 30

  560. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Great Scott! He struck him out!

  561. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 21st, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    It appears Mitre throws two pitches – sinker and stinker.

  562. Eights July 21st, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Balls to strike ratio is overrated.

    IF you can get guys to chase balls, then throw balls.

  563. Pat M.... July 21st, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Dan, Of course I do….

  564. carl July 21st, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    haiku-man

    I’m sure hes trying not to throw that many balls. It must be a little tough pitching in Yankee Stadium :)

  565. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 8:19 pm

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

    Halladay may not be traded. Damn it!

  566. haiku-man July 21st, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    OK pitch count after 3 innings,53

  567. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Jackson is 1-2 with a double and a strikeout. Montero is 1-1 so far.

  568. Mo July 21st, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    I’m actually pretty impressed with his stuff. He threw a nice curve to Markakis, gets his FB up to 93, and has a pretty good sinker. I dont expect great results on his first start in two years, but I like what I see.

  569. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 21st, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    mitre is basically doing what we could realistically hope for…2 runs in 3 innings…so 6 innings of 4 run ball…id take that every time from mitre

  570. carl July 21st, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Fake bunting when he could have hit a fastball right down the middle. Melky needs to sit.

  571. randy l. July 21st, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    “I also wouldn’t call it drooling.”

    let’s check with gb7.
    he’s likely a drooling expert.

  572. RS July 21st, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    If Mitre can go 5-6 innings and give up 3 runs or less, that would be a great success in my mind. Just watching him, I think he looks pretty good – definitely good enough to hang around a little as a #5 starter.

    The bigger concern right now is the fact that we have just 4 hits in 11 innings against the Orioles…we can’t expect the pitchers to give up less than 3 runs every night.

  573. GardnerBelongsInCenter July 21st, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Eights July 21st, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    IF you can get guys to chase balls, then throw balls.

    ========

    then they’re strikes

  574. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Haha Pat M the perks of LA.

  575. Mattingly, Shave those Sideburns July 21st, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Living in MD, having to listen to the Orioles announcersand fans talk about building for the future is almost as repetitive as Brett Favre and Manny Ramirez talk on Sportscenter. Theyve been “re-building” for 10+ years

  576. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Ransom almost takes the ball for ransom!

  577. randy l. July 21st, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    “IF you can get guys to chase balls, then throw balls.”

    if they chase them they’re not balls.

  578. Doreen July 21st, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Does anyone else feel like this is a very “soggy” game?

  579. NYY626 July 21st, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Jeter, lets get that BA back in the 320′s….

  580. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 21st, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    ““I also wouldn’t call it drooling.”
    let’s check with gb7.
    he’s likely a drooling expert.”

    not since he got that camouflage pacifier.

  581. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Ransom should never be walked.

  582. Zach in Port Jeff July 21st, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    sorry, but i just had to post this…

    latest tweet from our favorite twit:

    John_W_Henry: Met with Theo today. What’s the definition of a number 1 starter? Is Buchholz going to be one? I think most people in baseball think so.

  583. carl July 21st, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    GJ with the hit and run :)

  584. RS July 21st, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Funny, I was just about to ask for a hit and run.

  585. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Beautifully done.

  586. S.A.--Serenity Now July 21st, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    A base hit by Jeter.

  587. carl July 21st, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    2-0 Texas

  588. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Doreen
    July 21st, 2009 at 8:22 pm
    Does anyone else feel like this is a very “soggy” game?

    Cold and Damp

    Jeter leads all MLB with 440 Avg against lefties.
    true story

  589. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    2-0 Texas!

  590. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    John Henry needs to give up on talking baseball. Just because you are rich enough to buy a baseball team does not mean you instantly know baseball.

  591. carl July 21st, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    GJ Jetah!

  592. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    OMG! We’re playing good baseball!

  593. Pat M.... July 21st, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Good call on the steal

  594. Greg D July 21st, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    gotta at least tie it up here

  595. Jerkface July 21st, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Damon you suck

  596. RS July 21st, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Damon hardly takes the ball the other way anymore. I think that’s sacrificing his BA.

  597. Greg D July 21st, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    bad job by Damon

  598. Shdw July 21st, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Henry is a fool. He really thinks that most people in baseball think that the rookie who was thrown around last year is going to be an ace?

  599. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 21st, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Come on, Tex.

  600. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    With 0 outs I think you send him on a wet day, but good hold.

  601. carl July 21st, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    lol at that guy getting the ball!

  602. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    LOL! Papi out trying to get a double He’s so slow.

  603. Eights July 21st, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    “lol at that guy getting the ball!”- carl

    lol at the guy getting in trouble for getting the ball. Haha.

  604. Pat M.... July 21st, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Hill is going to hang one of those curves and Tex is going to launch it….

  605. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Fighting for a foul ball is some kind of activity. It’s almost an honor thing. Two grown men can wrestle for a baseball and then celebrate together once one claims it.

  606. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Uh-oh. A-Rod up in a high stress sitch. Strike out on a breaking ball? :(

  607. Maria July 21st, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    And it comes down to Alex…as per usual haha.

  608. Pat M.... July 21st, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    R-Rod will drill a hanger

  609. S.A.--Serenity Now July 21st, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    come on Alex

  610. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 21st, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Hill @ 65 pitches… the bullpens better wake up tonight.

  611. carl July 21st, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Alex!!

  612. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Alexander!

  613. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    YES!!!!!!!!!!

  614. Maria July 21st, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Way to go Alex!!

  615. NYY626 July 21st, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Well alex is having a good game tonight

  616. YankeesLuv July 21st, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Yesssssssssssss! Arod! :)

  617. RS July 21st, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Thank god someone finally hit his breaking ball.

  618. Coach6423 July 21st, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    HE IS SO UNCLUTCH!!!!!

  619. big dog July 21st, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    a-rod

  620. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    How about ripping a breaking ball

  621. djsunyc July 21st, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    AROD DOESN’T FEAR THE RISP!!!

    AROD BRINGS MORE COWBELL!!!

  622. Vader July 21st, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Clutch…how many times can you say that??

  623. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    I love you A-Rod!

  624. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 21st, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    32 million dollars this year for that?

    *jk i love arod*

  625. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing July 21st, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Alright, Alex! Just work with what you’re given and don’t try to do too much and good things happen.

  626. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    26 RBI in 22 games… And A-Rod sucks, right guys?

  627. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    If Posada hits a HR, I will join Yankees Universe.

  628. haiku-man July 21st, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    A R O D !!

  629. Betsy July 21st, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I’m not exactly worried about the offense. When you face Verlander and Jackson, just be glad to walk away with wins. If they go into a slump, it happens – they’re human (as long as it’s not the kind of slump that killed them against the Marlins and Nats).

  630. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    “Dj – Arod brings more cowbell”

    A-Rod brings more Irish frying pan.

  631. Pat M.... July 21st, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Man, Hill leaves alot of pitches up in the zone

  632. vtyankeefan-the original!! July 21st, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Look who’s suddenly become pretty clutch?

  633. Betsy July 21st, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Also, so far – Mitre’s been ok. I would take 4 runs in 6 innings anytime……..hopefully he can get through a few more innings.

  634. haiku-man July 21st, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    top of 2nd, Tx 2 RS 0

  635. Eights July 21st, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Hip, Hip, Jor….

    :(

  636. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Irish frying pan.

    Dan what is this, never heard of it

  637. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Who is on the mound for the Red Sox (too lazy to look)

  638. Shdw July 21st, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Who is on the mound for the Red Sox (too lazy to look)

    Beckett. He’s throwing a meh game so far though

  639. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Uncle – There is a man in the top tier of the stadium at times that has a silver frying pan with a 4 leafed clover painted on it in green. He is a really old man with beard and he beats this frying pan with a spoon.

  640. vtyankeefan-the original!! July 21st, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    6 innings from Mitre would be great!

  641. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    thank you Sh a meh game is good

  642. randy l. July 21st, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    good call pat m.

    something tells me you used to like hanging breaking balls .

  643. Maria July 21st, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Texas up by 2. Beckett is pitching.

  644. S.A.--Serenity Now July 21st, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Well done Alex
    Let’s go Mitre

  645. KO July 21st, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Mitre has better stuff than I thought. Good sinker, has shown a capable slider and change also, throws strikes for the most part…. I think he could stick as the 5th starter if he pitches like tonight. If Cano caught that easy throw, he’s only given up a run so far.

  646. Doreen July 21st, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    It’s actually pretty comforting to realize that the cameramen, Kenny, and Michael are just as bored as my husband and myself!

  647. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    *clap clap clap*

    If Mitre can do this with good teams, he should be our 5.

  648. RS July 21st, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Great inning for Mitre.

  649. S.A.--Serenity Now July 21st, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    65 pitches for Sergio. He’s getting it done

  650. Christina- pictures from AAA Yanks game July 21st, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Great trivia question for tonight on YES as it brings back fun memories from when I was at the game in Toronto. AJ Burnett all the way, and from what I can recall he still killed the Yankees in the game. Glad hes with us now so we dont have to deal with him anymore

  651. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Dan

    Oh Freddie Sez of course

  652. Shdw July 21st, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Good job Mitre. Only need him to pitch 2 more like that and if he can get any more after that it’s icing on the cake

  653. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Seeing that man walk with his beers reminds me I need to see if I can get approved for a loan so I can buy a few the next time I go to a game.

  654. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Romobe is 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Sublett is 2-4 (hitting cleanup) with a run scored and an RBI.

    DJ Mitchell: 5 innings, 5 hits, 1 run (earned), 0 walks, 2 strikeouts.

    Montero is 2-2 with a run scored and an RBI.

    Bleich: 3 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout.

    Jackson is 1-3 with a double and 1 strikeout.

  655. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 21st, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Mitre has only given up 1 ER?

    Is that right? Shouldn’t it be 2 ?

  656. Pat M.... July 21st, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    GB, There was some discussion earlier about Tppy Martinez….He was part of that big trade in 76 with Baltimore….Yanks sent off Tippy & Scotty MacGreagor, Rudy May and Crazy Rick Dempsey…….I was in the system with Tippy at the same time, but never played with him….He jumped from A Ball right to AAA Syracuse….He was considered at the time to be projected a batter prospect than Ron Guidry….Great pick off move…He picked off 3 Blue Jays in the same inning……

  657. haiku-man July 21st, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Another 12 pitch inning,lookin good!

  658. Gator49 July 21st, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    What is the YES question?

  659. dr._bill_brasky July 21st, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    jeeze joba would kill for this kind of efficiency

  660. dr._bill_brasky July 21st, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    so would petitte too

  661. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Uncle – You know this man personally? haha

  662. carl July 21st, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive) July 21st, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Mitre has only given up 1 ER?

    Is that right? Shouldn’t it be 2 ?

    Cano error?

  663. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 21st, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    no probs with serg so far…economical and effective..

  664. Laura - I'm ready for the second half. Are the Yankees?? July 21st, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Why is the BAL broadcast on MLB Extra Innings? It’s a good thing that I like Palmer; otherwise, I’d be furious.

  665. carl July 21st, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)

    wait they gave it to Mitre

  666. S.A.--Serenity Now July 21st, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Swishy walks

  667. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Haha speaking of that old man I just heard him in Cano’s AB

  668. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    The only good thing about the BAL coverage is plenty of Markakis!! :)

  669. carl July 21st, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Cano!!

  670. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Robbie!!

  671. djsunyc July 21st, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    technically the runner was not in scoring position :)

  672. MG July 21st, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I missed the first 3 innings for Baltimore but Mitre looks pretty good to me, he should be servicable in the rotation for awhile.

    OK, no more Cano bashing tonight, deal?

  673. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 21st, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    attaboy cano!

  674. RS July 21st, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Cano knew he hit that ball out, lol.

  675. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Robbie gets some RBI nice

  676. Bronx Born July 21st, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Way to go Robbie!

  677. Greg D July 21st, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Sweet Robbie

  678. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Cano is king!

  679. NYY626 July 21st, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    NICE CANO! I for one have no qualms about home runs :)

  680. S.A.--Serenity Now July 21st, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Robbie!

  681. Abdababdaserser July 21st, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Meh, another cheap HR. ;)

  682. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I remember when we used to struggle against Lefties. Not this year!

  683. Doreen July 21st, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I’m not bored anymore. :lol:

  684. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 21st, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Good thing Swisher wasn’t in scoring position when Cano hit that.

  685. MG July 21st, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Jim Palmer is a terrific color guy, a pleasure to listen to. He pretty much said that Hill isn’t a major league pitcher.

  686. Chris July 21st, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Run support for Sergio. Gotta like it.

  687. Christina- pictures from AAA Yanks game July 21st, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Gator: The question was about how A-Rod hit his 450th HR and 2000 hit on this day 3 years ago. They asked who the pitcher was that hit it off of.

  688. MG July 21st, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Cano is hitting .325 against lefties and has only struck out 25 times, he’s a lot better than most of you think…

  689. haiku-man July 21st, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    C A N O!!
    Hill already @ 82pitches era 7.64 .ouch

  690. Gator49 July 21st, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Christina, what was the YES trivia question. I was at the AJ Toronto game also.

  691. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 21st, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    The next time a runner gets on second base with Cano up – they should steal first base. ;-)

    (I know, that sounds like something Jimmy Piersall would do)

  692. Michael T July 21st, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Thats the kind of small ball I roll with- walk and a whump.

  693. Pat M.... July 21st, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Randy I ( The Original Tin Cup )….Hill was lucky that Alex didn’t dial long distance on one of those hangers…You can see Cano just sitting back and then launced it….The most difficult part of hitting hangers is not to over swing, as I’m certain you remember well….

  694. djsunyc July 21st, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    C
    M
    PUNK – LOL

  695. Gator49 July 21st, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Thanks Christina. The game I was at was last year. AJ beat us 2-0, and I knew he would be a Yankee in 2009. I hated the idea at that time, but I am more than OK with it now.

  696. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Doreen
    You will appreciate bit of the 80s

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iCS18XsWDA
    uh oh Sergio!

  697. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Pat M….
    July 21st, 2009 at 8:44 pm
    GB, There was some discussion earlier about Tppy Martinez….He was part of that big trade in 76 with Baltimore….Yanks sent off Tippy & Scotty MacGreagor, Rudy May and Crazy Rick Dempsey…….I was in the system with Tippy at the same time, but never played with him….He jumped from A Ball right to AAA Syracuse….He was considered at the time to be projected a batter prospect than Ron Guidry….Great pick off move…He picked off 3 Blue Jays in the same inning……

    ————————————————————

    I hated that trade. Kenny Holtzman used to be a fine pitcher, but, he was a miserable SOB with NYY, and not just the pitching. Grant Jackson was the best part of that trade. One of the worst of the Yankee trades. Dempsey, Martinez, McGregor, Rudy May. That hurt. The Yanks got Ellie Hendricks (had to be 37 years old) and Doyle Alexander and gave him away.

  698. MG July 21st, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    if Ransom gets a hit here the blog will be shut down until further notice :)

  699. NYYfan22 July 21st, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    DT – no longer allowed… but it once was! (Just got back from my MLB baseball trip with the boys… we played MLB rules trivia while driving those lonely interstates)

    Rrrrrobbbie, Rrrrrobbie, Rrrrobbbie… CANO!

  700. Eights July 21st, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    How can they possibly walk Ransom twice?

  701. GardnerBelongsInCenter July 21st, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    wait, where’s Cabrera? Why isn’t he on base? This just can’t be…

  702. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I wonder why Wieters wasn’t called up earlier……

  703. haiku-man July 21st, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Cody is good with getting a walk.He’s a good at bat,works the count well.

  704. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Eights – That baffles me as well. How can you walk him once let alone twice AND with no one on? Bad baseball

  705. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    In the words of Tevye -

    How much more can we be joyful,
    When there’s really something
    To be joyful for!

    You’d probably have to be a perpetual smiler to understand this sentiment – bodhisattva are you here? – but these past several games equate to total nirvana. If you are someone who doesn’t get thrown by Yankee losses because you know that in the end they are going to end up taking the whole enchilada anyway, well when they are just rolling along and the Suxers are showing their weaknesses at the same time, to the tune that even Beckett has given up the lead, well then your entire being is one big smile.

    Faith and equilibrium are a great combo. I don’t know if they are inextricably linked but they good friends to have.

    GO YANKEES!

    GO RANGERS!!!

    :)

  706. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Hey, I’ll take the walks.

  707. things that go thump in the dead of the night July 21st, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Cano leads all AL second basemen in batting average , 3rd in doubles, SLG and OPS, 2nd in hits…but yeah, he sucks….

  708. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    I asked for the guys to score more than 2 runs and they have delivered. WTG!!

  709. randy l. July 21st, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    “The most difficult part of hitting hangers is not to over swing, as I’m certain you remember well….”

    pat m-

    i don’t think i ever hit against the quality of breaking balls you faced. i caught a lot of good ones as a bullpen catcher, but that’s different than getting good at hitting them.

    it was hard to get a fastball by me though.

  710. S.A.--Serenity Now July 21st, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Damon!

    Erica, your pretend boyfriend did good! :lol:

  711. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    UGH! That 200 is illusive!

  712. NYY626 July 21st, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Stoopid Markakis, you do NOT throw out the captain!

  713. Tom in N.J. July 21st, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Jeter o.k.?

  714. djsunyc July 21st, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    markakis is darn good…

  715. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    “Cano leads all AL second basemen in batting average , 3rd in doubles, SLG and OPS, 2nd in hits…but yeah, he sucks….”

    Cano does not suck. But like all baseball players, he has one weakness. His just happens to be batting w/ men on board.

  716. haiku-man July 21st, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    D A M O N !!

    Rs 0 Tx 2 top of the 4th

  717. tim boat July 21st, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    markakis is a stud. too bad he’ll waste his best years on the Orioles

  718. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    OPPC members – can you ever REALLY get out of the OPPC or is it one of those truly lifetime things. If you know what I mean.

  719. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    He’s the face of the Orioles. Of course he’s good.

  720. Trevor July 21st, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Weiters has a lot on his plate. Has to adjust to ML pitching, learn the AL hitters, learn his pitchers etc…
    I can see the Yankees taking it slowly with Montero when he comes up. That’s a lot for a young catcher.

  721. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I wouldn’t have run on Markakis. First of all, he’s got a gun out there. Second, he’s too cute to challenge. :P

  722. Pat M.... July 21st, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    GB, Martin hated Holtzman & the feeling was mutual…..Paul Blair played well …..Bad Trade, panic trade, as Gabe Paul over reacted with the voided sale of Vida Blue …..

  723. S.A.--Serenity Now July 21st, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I wish Markakis was a NY Yankee

  724. Vin July 21st, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    hey u guys..if u cant watch the game…here is a great link to watch free yanks streams

    http://www.p2p4u.net

    its legit and really consistent with every game

  725. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Jeter landed hard on that knee. Better watch for that.

  726. Christina- pictures from AAA Yanks game July 21st, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Gator, was the game in the summer? I was at the game last year in Toronto when Burnett beat us 4-1. I swear, everytime I would go to a game he was pitching, he would dominate us. The only exception to that though was the game I went to this year when he faced Halladay as a yankee and lost.

  727. tim boat July 21st, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Montero won’t be coming up as a catcher. The Yankees can’t be serious about projecting him and his massive frame as a big league catcher.

  728. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    “I wish Markakis was a NY Yankee”

    Don’t we all. :)

  729. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Laura – I’m ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!!
    July 21st, 2009 at 9:01 pm
    “Cano leads all AL second basemen in batting average , 3rd in doubles, SLG and OPS, 2nd in hits…but yeah, he sucks….”

    Cano does not suck. But like all baseball players, he has one weakness. His just happens to be batting w/ men on board.

    ————————————————————

    For a guy that doesn’t hit with runners on in scoring position, those 48 RBIs aren’t bad, huh?

  730. Doreen July 21st, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Uncle E -

    I never owned a pair! :) That’s was cute, thanks.

  731. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Laura you really love Markakis huh?

  732. RS July 21st, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    “I can see the Yankees taking it slowly with Montero when he comes up. That’s a lot for a young catcher.”

    He’ll have some of the best mentors in the game in Posada, Girardi, and Tony Pena…assuming they’re all here of course.

  733. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    “Montero won’t be coming up as a catcher. The Yankees can’t be serious about projecting him and his massive frame as a big league catcher.”

    What are they going to do with him? Tex has 1B locked up for the next 8 years.

  734. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    tim boat
    July 21st, 2009 at 9:03 pm
    Montero won’t be coming up as a catcher. The Yankees can’t be serious about projecting him and his massive frame as a big league catcher.

    ————————————————————

    You mean they should be small like Wieters and mauer?

  735. GardnerBelongsInCenter July 21st, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    I wish Brett Gardner was a Yankee

    or, at least Girardi remembered that he was.

  736. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    “Laura you really love Markakis huh?”

    I’m afraid so. But not enough to switch to being an O’s fan.

  737. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    “I wish Brett Gardner was a Yankee”

    LOL! He’s a Yankee in spirit.

  738. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    “I’m sure he’s a nice guy and all, and a great jumper, but that doesn’t hit a baseball. Man he sucks!!”

    You apparently missed Ransom two key walks. He’s contributing where he can. :P

  739. Maria July 21st, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Great play! Cano made that look so easy.

  740. carl July 21st, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    wooo Yankees!

  741. randy l. July 21st, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    pat m-
    funny you mention tippy. i caught him for two years in the bullpen. you could hear the spin on his curve ball.

    one funny thing about tippy is that everyone thought he spoke spanish and he didn’t speak a word of it.

  742. Pat M.... July 21st, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Randy I, You had very quick hands I bet….It translated well to your golf game……

  743. S.A.--Serenity Now July 21st, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    75 pitches for Mitre

  744. Greg D July 21st, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    you gotta love what Mitre has done so far

  745. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 21st, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    mitre is doing his thang….quality

  746. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    A 6-4-3 double play started by Jeter… Uh, DUH!

  747. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Robbie should seriously be considered for a Gold Glove. They’ll give it to the Hobbitt of course, but Robbie deserves consideration.

  748. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Mitre = Ace

  749. NYY626 July 21st, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    that was a pretty play

  750. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    oooooooooooh Sergiooooo!

  751. Trevor July 21st, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Be nice to get Bruney Melancon Robertson who haven’t pitched in over a week in a game.

  752. EY July 21st, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Great job!

    Just one more inning from Mitre and we hang up that phone call to Riccardi :D

  753. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    “you gotta love what Mitre has done so far”

    Oh, no doubt. He is doing much more than anyone expected.

  754. john July 21st, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    SER-GI-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, SER-GI-O!

  755. haiku-man July 21st, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    A 10 pitch inning,me thinks Mitre is a keeper,only 75 pitches after 5.

  756. Vince July 21st, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Mitre may have earned another start.

  757. GardnerBelongsInCenter July 21st, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Maria July 21st, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    “Great play! Cano made that look so easy.”
    —–
    Laura July 21st, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Robbie should seriously be considered for a Gold Glove.

    —-
    He threw it into the dirt. Teixeira made it look so easy.

  758. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    LOL! Mitre does not = ace. At least not this early.

  759. john July 21st, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Mitre for Halladay straight up? Ok, lets make it fair and include Ricky Romero

  760. tim boat July 21st, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    You mean they should be small like Wieters and mauer?

    —————————————————-

    Montero is going to blow up at the waist. these Venezuelan players can’t keep their weight down (Miguel Cabrera, King Felix etc)

  761. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Thank God they aren’t doing that stupid Jorge chant.

  762. Dave July 21st, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I hope Jobe is watching this…strike 1, strike 2 and on and on and on…..if Joba was ever as aggressive as Mitre is, he would be awesome again.

  763. Gator49 July 21st, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Christina, the game was in the summer, and I bet it was teh same game. It felt like 2-0 cuz I knew we would never score the way AJ was pitching. It didn’t matter if the Jays has 2, 4 or a million runs. We weren’t winning. I have been taking the kids to see a new stadium every year, Toronto last year.

  764. NYY626 July 21st, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Oh please dont be hurt Jetes!

  765. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    “OPPC members – can you ever REALLY get out of the OPPC or is it one of those truly lifetime things. If you know what I mean.”

    Dan, I think there might be a spectrum of OPPCism. If I am right, then it is possible for someone to perhaps weave in and out. I was born with the gene so I know for sure that for me it is a lifetime thing. (I’m grateful to have been born with that gene. It’s a really nice way to face life!)

  766. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Johnny D – Just making a joke. Don’t worry I don’t reeeaaaallly believe he’s anywhere near the quality of an ace.

  767. Eights July 21st, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Laura,

    I agree completely about Cano and the Gold Glove. Robbie has been a terrific second baseman this year, absolutely terrific.

    Our infield has been outstanding this year. Tex, Cano, Jeter, and A-Rod (A-Rod slacking in comparison to the other three). I am so thankful we have Tex this year, he’s converted so many plays that the Yankees have missed out on over the past few years.

  768. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    “He threw it into the dirt. Teixeira made it look so easy.”

    He couldn’t plant himself and throw because he wouldn’t have gotten the guy. Watch that play again and look at how he turns and throws. Slick.

  769. Christina- pictures from AAA Yanks game July 21st, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Thats awesome Gator, sounds like fun. What other stadiums have you been too? I want to do the same thing. I am actually heading to Cincinnati in August to check out the Great American Ballpark. The Louisville Slugger place is out there too which should be fun to see.

  770. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 21st, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    tommy hunter owning the Sox through 5….2-0 rangers

    hunter= 59 pitches 41! strikes

  771. Trevor July 21st, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    It’s likely just really sore.

  772. EY July 21st, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Sergio’s no ace, but he’s looking like a very serviceable #5. And that’s good enough for us to not do anything with Doc unless Boston jumps into this. The best thing to do at the trade deadline is do nothing.

  773. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 21st, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    I hope Mitre knows about the rotating Championship belt – he’s in line for it.

  774. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Swisher needs to be benched. Seriously, Hinske is 5 for 15. Let the man play!

  775. NYYfan22 July 21st, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I think the Yanks will win every game from now on with a score that is either 2-1 or evenly divisible by 2-1. So 6-2 works. Or 9-3.

    I called it.

  776. Betsy July 21st, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I like (no, love) that Mitre did not give back any of the runs that the Yankees scored – so many times you see a team score, then the other team comes right back – it’s deflating. Mitre’s done a very good job tonight…..

  777. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Trisha can you promise a bosox loss please?

  778. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    I don’t even watch Swisher’s at bats anymore. What’s the point? I do, however, watch him make plays out in RF. I’m on the lookout for another cartwheel. My favorite are his throws home that almost land in the Legend Seats. :P

  779. GardnerBelongsInCenter July 21st, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    I still wish Cano threw with better form. I throw up a little inside with every one of his casual sidearm throws. If we didn’t have Teixeira a lot of those would get away.

  780. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    “I think the Yanks will win every game from now on with a score that is either 2-1 or evenly divisible by 2-1. So 6-2 works. Or 9-3.

    I called it.”

    :D

  781. James July 21st, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    http://www.p2p4u.net

    free yankee and all sports streams

  782. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    haha some of you are taking my Sergio = Ace post a little too seriously. Here I’ll say something else along the same line Ransom = Soon to be Triple Crown Winner

  783. vtyankeefan-the original!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    It was a good DP all around-this Cano hate has to go

  784. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Oh, Markakis! Why aren’t you a Yankee? Okay, straight up – Swisher for Markakis. Think BAL makes that deal? :P

  785. GardnerBelongsInCenter July 21st, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    NYYfan22 July 21st, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I think the Yanks will win every game from now on with a score that is either 2-1 or evenly divisible by 2-1. So 6-2 works. Or 9-3.

    I called it.

    —–
    hate to bring up a math lesson here, but “evenly divisible by 2-1″ would be 6-3 or 9-4.5

  786. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Now Cano is Chuck Knoblauch?

  787. haiku-man July 21st, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Beckett is getting no run support RS 0 TX 2 top of the 6th

  788. EY July 21st, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Ohoh Sergio. Looks like trouble.

  789. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Laura… get help.

  790. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Uncle – I was thinking the same thing

  791. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) July 21st, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Yikes. Mets got shut out again. I think that’s 10 times this month. Yeah, Halladay would go there… lol

  792. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    “Now Cano is Chuck Knoblauch?”

    I’m still waiting for some psychiatrist to write a book about what happened to CK. It would make a fascinating read.

  793. S.A.--Serenity Now July 21st, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Oh, Markakis! Why aren’t you a Yankee? Okay, straight up – Swisher for Markakis. Think BAL makes that deal?

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

    I say we just kidnap Markakis. He can live with me here in New Jersey. :lol:

  794. EY July 21st, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I’d be ok if we give up only one run here.

  795. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    “Laura… get help.”

    No need, Dan. My fascination with him wanes after BAL leaves town.

  796. randy l. July 21st, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    “You had very quick hands I bet….It translated well to your golf game”

    quicker than my feet which why catching was a very good place to end up.

    golf is even better because those feet don’t have to move anywhere.

    i looked fast though. one time i heard a first baseman while i led off first tell a pitcher to watch me because i looked fast. wrong :)

  797. Eights July 21st, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Good catch there by Jorge.

  798. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    “I say we just kidnap Markakis. He can live with me here in New Jersey.”

    I’ll arm wrestle you for him. :)

  799. GardnerBelongsInCenter July 21st, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    what scares me about Boston is that Jason Bay is in the slump of his life right now. I hope Boston’s in too much of a hole when he turns it around.

  800. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    “Beckett is getting no run support RS 0 TX 2 top of the 6th”

    :)

    Sergio Mitre reminds me facially of a combination of CM, Joba, and Phil Hughes. I think that makes a very cute package!

  801. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Haha good good he is like the flavor of the week type deal. Who do you go after on the A’s?

  802. PL July 21st, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Damon tripped on his shoe lace

  803. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Where’s Erica?

  804. tim boat July 21st, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    maybe people should have waited til Mitre was done for the night before projecting him as the next Shawn Chacon

  805. Betsy July 21st, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Wow, Damon sucks…….geezus

  806. sunny615 July 21st, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    why is mitre still in the game?

  807. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    “Who do you go after on the A’s?”

    I don’t think there are any hotties on the A’s. I’ll let ya know after they come to town.

  808. Betsy July 21st, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Please – Mitre’s done a good job – he’s just getting a little tired.

  809. S.A.--Serenity Now July 21st, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    I’ll arm wrestle you for him.

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

    :lol:

    We can arm wrestle under the O’Neill banner

    Come on Sergio

  810. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    “what scares me about Boston is that Jason Bay is in the slump of his life right now. I hope Boston’s in too much of a hole when he turns it around.”

    IMHO it won’t matter. It takes a village to win the world series – or something.

  811. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    “I hope Boston’s in too much of a hole when he turns it around.”

    I’ll do you one better. I hope he never turns it around.

  812. GardnerBelongsInCenter July 21st, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Dan
    Who do you go after on the A’s?

    —–
    if he didn’t have TJ surgery I’d want Dan Giese back. I still can’t believe we went with our garbage pile of relievers out of spring training over him.

  813. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    All right Laura. Make sure you take a good look at Orlando Cabrera.

  814. YankeeRay July 21st, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Great site James thanks now I can watch at work tomorrow

  815. carl July 21st, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    gj mitre!!!

  816. S.A.--Serenity Now July 21st, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    That’s it for him.
    Overall, I say good job Sergio.

  817. NYYfan22 July 21st, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    GardnerBelongsInCenter July 21st, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    hate to bring up a math lesson here, but “evenly divisible by 2-1? would be 6-3 or 9-4.5

    ———–

    Yeah, my math is pretty damn sketchy there. Hey, I’m a musician. Damn, 5.2 IP for the new kid – that’s pretty good!

  818. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    “what scares me about Boston is that Jason Bay is in the slump of his life right now. I hope Boston’s in too much of a hole when he turns it around.”

    The word is the AL has figured him out.

  819. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    “We can arm wrestle under the O’Neill banner”

    There sure is a lot of action under that O’Neill banner. Pretty soon, they will have to charge admission just for that. :)

  820. GardnerBelongsInCenter July 21st, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    I guess I misunderstood the question. I thought you were asking about baseball.

  821. Betsy July 21st, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Really good job by Mitre – he just got tired. Damon stinks in LF – he looks like a little leaguer. He’s already cost this team a game – and I wouldn’t be surprised if he costs us some more. I could field better than butterfingers

  822. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    BTW have you all heard about Erin Andrews? I feel bad for her after she tried very had for her whole career to keep her body out of it. Too bad for her.

  823. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    “All right Laura. Make sure you take a good look at Orlando Cabrera.”

    Oh, I’ve seen Cabrera many times. He does not get my heart pumping. I’m sure there’s at least one hot A’s player. Every baseball team has at least one drop dead gorgeous guy. Some teams get lucky and have a few – like the Yankees. :)

  824. Yankee Trader July 21st, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Tim-

    “Montero is going to blow up at the waist.”

    Like this trailer from Monty Python movie The Meaning of Life!!!!

    http://www.mefeedia.com/entry/a-mint/10931362

  825. Pat M.... July 21st, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Miltre looks very ordinary to me…..I know he’s tight after all this is Yankee Stadium….I do not see him being the answer or the solution to the rotation concerns

  826. Gator49 July 21st, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    My nephew in Wisconsin got married about 5 years ago. We live just south of Boston. On the way home we saw Wrigley Field (the day Ozzie Ozbourne did “Take me out to the ballgame”), then we went to Jacobs field in Cleveland. We also want to Yankee Stadium that year, and Fenway. Definitely go to the Louisville Slugger place. They have one of Babe Ruth’s actual bats that I could barely lift. I also had bats made for my son and nephew with their names burned into them. We have also been to Shea, Camden Yards, Philly’s stadium, and the old Nationals stadium RFK This year our “New” stadium was NYS. We always try to see the Yankees, so next year will either see Tampa or whatever National League team we play in interleague.

  827. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    “BTW have you all heard about Erin Andrews?”

    Yes, I did. I don’t know how she’s handling this.

  828. miggs July 21st, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    We get it… you like Markakis.

    Like I said, the joke got old a long time ago. Its like a poster that keeps typing the same thought using different words to get the same point across.

    Its just not funny anymore.

  829. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Haha yeah Gardner. But it was too bad about Dan Geise, he was a strong reliever at times. I personally would like for the Yankees too look into Holladay again.

  830. Uncle Ellsworth July 21st, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Ace

  831. RDM July 21st, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    avg job at best….5.2IP 4R, 3ER, nothing spectacular….Damon needs a day off, what is this his 2nd or 3rd game in a row?? Damon is horrid in the outfield….

  832. GardnerBelongsInCenter July 21st, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Laura

    “I hope Boston’s in too much of a hole when he turns it around.”

    I’ll do you one better. I hope he never turns it around.


    then who should I try to trade him for in fantasy?
    and I would rather have ortiz never get a hit again than have Bay not turn it around.

  833. PL July 21st, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    That ball almost hit Damon in the face…nice catch tho…

  834. bru July 21st, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    i love erin andrews

  835. RDM July 21st, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Good job ACE….

  836. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Mitre had a Chacon like start. Atleast it was better than Wang.

  837. big dog July 21st, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Really good job by Mitre – he just got tired. Damon stinks in LF – he looks like a little leaguer. He’s already cost this team a game – and I wouldn’t be surprised if he costs us some more. I could field better than butterfingers

    HAHAHAHAHAH

  838. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    “I don’t think there are any hotties on the A’s. I’ll let ya know after they come to town.”

    If you like little boy looks (I do) Bobby Crosby and Andrew Bailey are it.

  839. RDM July 21st, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Yes, Ms. Andrews is good looking LOL

  840. SJ44 July 21st, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Mitre pitched well tonight. You take that from your fifth starter every time.

    The D cost him 2 runs tonight.

    Johnny Damon? Can’t keep running him out there everyday in LF much longer.

    He costs the team a steady 3-4 runs a week with his D.

    It’s sad to watch. He’s physically incapable at this point in his career to play everyday in the OF.

    That’s why it’s his last year in NY.

  841. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    “Miltre looks very ordinary to me…..I know he’s tight after all this is Yankee Stadium….I do not see him being the answer or the solution to the rotation concerns”

    Pat, you didn’t give the guy much of an audition. This was his first start at Yankees Stadium. I think he deserves credit for not throwing up on the mound. LOL!

    He did what we needed him to do; he kept us in the game. Let’s see what he does the next time out before we decide that he’s not the answer.

  842. Trevor July 21st, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    You get Jason Bay out on off-speed/breaking stuff. In the NL you get a lot FBs to hit.

  843. miggs July 21st, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Laura you’re ruining the blog with this nonsense.

    I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks this, I’m just not hesitant to voice it.

  844. ArodMVP217 July 21st, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    “” “I say we just kidnap Markakis. He can live with me here in New Jersey.”

    I’ll arm wrestle you for him. :) “”

    we should get him a Mission Impossible II mask in the form of Eric Duncan when it is time to come out of hiding. I’m sure he’d be alright with it after all

  845. Scorpio July 21st, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Maybe Damon’s eyes are fluttering again. He’s scary out on LF.

  846. KO July 21st, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Solid outing by Mitre. I liked what I saw from him tonight. He got screwed by Cano on that pickoff, so he really only should have given up 3 runs. The worst pitch of his outing was that hanger to Mora… but overall he attacked the zone and showed a good sinker…. he should be able to hold down the fort at #5.

  847. big dog July 21st, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Mitre keeps the ball low that will keep him in many games

  848. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    “BTW have you all heard about Erin Andrews?”

    “Yes, I did. I don’t know how she’s handling this.”

    Well she is not taking it lightly. If they catch the perv he is going to get maximum punishment by law. She also stated that she would do her best to make sure this doesn’t happen again to any women which could be hard. But none the less it’s too bad someone had to get into her private life like that just to see a pair.

  849. Betsy July 21st, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Pat M, I think the Yankees definitely need another pitcher – they can’t go with a CC, AJ, Joba, Andy and Mitre rotation. I still have severe doubts about Joba and Andy…..

    That said, Mitre did a fine job and perhaps he can be useful to us.

    One more thing – Damon can not play the field anymore – that was pathetic.

  850. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 21st, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    trisha

    You’d probably have to be a perpetual smiler to understand this sentiment – bodhisattva are you here? – but these past several games equate to total nirvana. If you are someone who doesn’t get thrown by Yankee losses because you know that in the end they are going to end up taking the whole enchilada anyway, well when they are just rolling along and the Suxers are showing their weaknesses at the same time, to the tune that even Beckett has given up the lead, well then your entire being is one big smile.

    =====

    ….somewhere, Peter Gammons is quietly sobbing…

  851. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Mitre did pretty well for the first time out since ’07. One thing to watch out for is that 7 of the 8 hitters were from left handed bats.

  852. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    “It’s sad to watch. He’s physically incapable at this point in his career to play everyday in the OF.”

    Something happened to him this year. He wasn’t this bad last year. It’s like he fell off of a cliff. I’m starting to think Matsui would do a better job out there than Damon.

  853. PL July 21st, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I do not think this score will hold up…The Yankees need to score at tleast 3 more to be comfortable..its only the 6th

  854. Pel July 21st, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Cano works a walk.

    He didn’t go for the down and away.

    I like.

  855. bru July 21st, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    mitre at the very minimum earned himself another start

  856. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    “then who should I try to trade him for in fantasy?
    and I would rather have ortiz never get a hit again than have Bay not turn it around.”

    IF you’re being serious, the ESPN raters would think you were deaf, dumb, and blind to trade Bay. I wish you were in my fantasy league. I’d take him in a NYC minute.

    The guy is rated #21 out of 250…

  857. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    “Yikes. Mets got shut out again. I think that’s 10 times this month. Yeah, Halladay would go there… lol”

    John Lannon ought to walk on that mound to the tune of “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly” when he faces the Mets.

  858. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    If we can get that from Mitre 3 out of 4 starts that would be great. He looks like a solid #5 if he continues to pitch consistently down in the zone. Some of the hits he allowed today were on some great pitches. All in all great first start at Yankee stadium all things considered.

  859. Bad Scoter July 21st, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Mitre pitched decent for his first MLB start since TJ surgery. All these people knocking him are clueless. I liked what I saw.

  860. bru July 21st, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    they will take it 1 game at a time with him.

    if he got bombed tonight the yankees go out & get a pitcher.

  861. Betsy July 21st, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    The worst part is that the Yankees have no choice but to run Damon out there. The DH spot is for Matsui, Alex, sometimes Po – even if you slot Damon there, how often would that be? 1 game a week, if that? How is it possible that someone could deteriorate that badly ?

  862. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Papi looks pathetic. Maybe he needs some more juice.

  863. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    “John Lannon ought to walk on that mound to the tune of “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly” when he faces the Mets.”

    Before it’s said and done, the Mets might be 15 back.

  864. SJ44 July 21st, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    You take “average” starts from a #5 starter.

    In fact, he pitched above average for a #5 starter.

    With this team, if he just gives them this kind of work, and the D is better, you take it.

  865. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    “….somewhere, Peter Gammons is quietly sobbing…”

    :)

    I am SO happy you are here bod! I know that of everyone here, you definitely get me.

    Hey Miggs!

  866. big dog July 21st, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    what the hell is going on with melky

  867. Maria July 21st, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Lucky break there for Melky.

  868. S.A.--Serenity Now July 21st, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    If Mitre can duplicate this performance again, I will be happy with him as our number 5. Just keep us in the game. That’s all I ask.

  869. Christina- pictures from AAA Yanks game July 21st, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    You have been to quite a few stadiums, Gator- thats great. One stadium I have heard is beautiful is Citizens Bank Park. Would you say that is true? I think they built their new stadium in Clearwater around the same time, and I have to tell you that park in absolutely gorgeous. The tikibar in the outfield is great and it’s just a fun atmosphere to be around.

  870. big dog July 21st, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    what is going on with melky

  871. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! July 21st, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Sergio started it…

    “Sin Miedo” takes the reigns now…

    Rain won’t stop our win…

  872. sunny615 July 21st, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: 5.2 innings for Mitre, four runs. Not great, but acceptable for a No. 5 starter on a team with the best offense in the game.

    ++++++++++++++

    Maybe, but it’s also against one of the worst teams in the league.

  873. sunny615 July 21st, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    melky needs the team to be behind by a run and be in the bottom of the ninth.

  874. KO July 21st, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    In the playoffs, assuming the Yankees get there, I think the Yanks should give some serious thought to not playing Damon in the outfield. They have a good enough lineup as it is, and when the playoffs come pitching and defense are at a premium, the games are lower scoring in general. Having Gardner and Melky in the OF at all times would probably be more beneficial. Damon’s defense is literally about as bad as you can get when you consider that his throwing arm is worthless also.

  875. YankeeRay July 21st, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I think the yanks would be better off with Matsui in LF as he has a better arm and the routine fly balls wouldn’t cause heartache everytime they were launched that way.

  876. Doreen July 21st, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I thought MItre did fine. He certainly deserves another start. Whether he’s the “answer” has more to do with what Joba and Andy do going forward.

  877. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    It’s going to be interesting to follow Kevin Whelan in AAA. Could be a David Aardasma like arm for the 2nd half (could be) so D-Rob pressure is on ya. :)

  878. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    I think Damon has to play the field. I’m aware that he looks awful, but the Yankees can hardly DH him until the playoffs. With Matsui hitting the way he is and A-Rod needing days off, he won’t be able to DH often enough to get any value out of his bat. Matsui won’t play outfield ever again, Gardner won’t play everyday, and Girardi won’t take Damon out of the lineup for any extended period of time.

  879. Pat M.... July 21st, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Miltre certainly pitched well enough to get another start….I just don’t see his stuff being that significant….Of course I want him to do well, but time will tell…..He was better than what I expected though…..

  880. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    “Mitre pitched well tonight. You take that from your fifth starter every time.”

    Yep.

  881. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    “Maybe, but it’s also against one of the worst teams in the league.”

    They stink because of their pitching, not their hitting. The O’s have a fairly decent offense.

  882. GardnerBelongsInCenter July 21st, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    trisha

    IF you’re being serious, the ESPN raters would think you were deaf, dumb, and blind to trade Bay. I wish you were in my fantasy league. I’d take him in a NYC minute.

    —-

    not being serious. But I’m afraid Laura might have just put a curse on him.

  883. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    “UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: 5.2 innings for Mitre, four runs. Not great, but acceptable for a No. 5 starter on a team with the best offense in the game.

    ++++++++++++++

    Maybe, but it’s also against one of the worst teams in the league.”

    Dude that’s actually a good start.

  884. Pel July 21st, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    RANSOM 8O

  885. NYY626 July 21st, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    markakis’ hotness level just rose a few notches :wink: Nice job cody!

  886. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Markakis!!!?

  887. kd July 21st, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    cody ransom with a hof at bat!

  888. SJ44 July 21st, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Folks talk about getting a pitcher, I think they need to get another OF.

    Sounds crazy but, Damon, Swisher and Hinske are awful defensively.

    If they can find a RH hitting OF, who is solid defensively, it would balance the roster.

  889. EY July 21st, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Wow is that really Ransom?

  890. bru July 21st, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    you have to be concerned with the cf production.

    if gardner,melky keep struggling we are going to hear ajax’s name more than we already are now.

    we can live with ok cf production but if it get’s much worse something will have to be done imo.

    we still have a good offense without cf but how much more can we wait with little production??

  891. KO July 21st, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Ransom CRUSHES a double….. now how about some insurance runs guys…

  892. haiku-man July 21st, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Cody has been on base all 3 at bats,s walks ans now a Dbl.

  893. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Christina – The Clearwater facility that the Phillies have is IMO the nicest down here in the area. Citizen Bank park is also very nice. The have a great area for all of their sporting areas. It is far enough out of the city to be safe, and easily accessed. Inside the stadium it is very spacey, but can be a little hard to get where you want to go at times. They have a Hall of Fame section that spans across quite bit of rows and it’s limited access to many parts of the middle tier.

  894. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 21st, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    trisha – OPPC lifetime member
    July 21st, 2009 at 9:35 pm
    “….somewhere, Peter Gammons is quietly sobbing…”

    I am SO happy you are here bod! I know that of everyone here, you definitely get me.
    Hey Miggs!
    ====

    You know you are my favorite.

  895. PL July 21st, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    just hit a flyball

  896. YankeeRay July 21st, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I love Damon but there is no way he is back next year

  897. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes July 21st, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    big dog
    July 21st, 2009 at 9:36 pm
    what is going on with melky

    ============
    Melky, slumping, is getting bizarre base hits just to tick off the haters.

  898. carl July 21st, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Cy lannan with a complete game shutout against the Mets

  899. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    bod – and it is SO mutual.

    :)

  900. SJ44 July 21st, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    2 of the 4 runs came from errors.

    He’s not Cy Young. He’s also not a stiff.

    A sinkerball pitcher in this ballpark is a plus.

    A poormans Wang, when Wang was Wang.

    This would be a nice time for Damon to make up for the defensive mishap.

  901. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    YankeeRay – I disagree I think they keep Damon and rid of Matsui

  902. EY July 21st, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Argh captain :(

  903. bru July 21st, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    2-1 texas.

  904. sunny615 July 21st, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    According the ESPN

    The O’s offense ranks as follows:
    Batting Avg: .268 (6th)
    Runs: 430 (9th)
    OBP: .332 (9th)
    SLG: .418 (10th)
    OPS: .750 (10th)
    SB: 47 (12th)
    ERA: 4.97 (13th)
    BAA: .278 (13th)
    OPS: .803 (13th)
    SV: 21 (9th)
    WHIP: 1.47 (13th)
    QS: 34 (14th)

    The Yanks are:
    Batting Avg: .274 (2nd)
    Runs: 506 (1st)
    OBP: .332 (1st)
    SLG: .418 (1st)
    OPS: .750 (1st)
    SB: 61 (7th)
    ERA: 4.40 (10th)
    BAA: .253 (2nd)
    OPS: .757 (10th)
    SV: 28 (3rd)
    WHIP: 1.37 (5th)
    QS: 42 (9th)

  905. Tom in N.J. July 21st, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    What kind of wood are Damon’s bats made of?

  906. PL July 21st, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    i think Damon uses Maple

  907. miggs July 21st, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Hey Trisha whats going on?

    You’re probably pleased with the way the Sox game is going right now. Jennings needs to hold this lead.

  908. KO July 21st, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    blown opportunity…. let’s hope our bullpen can do the job once again…

  909. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    The kind that breaks a lot.

    But seriously Ash

  910. EY July 21st, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Man that’s brutal. Really could have used some insurance runs.
    Ace-Youse-Mo for the rest of the night looks like.

  911. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    “If they can find a RH hitting OF, who is solid defensively, it would balance the roster.”

    I told you they should have gotten Lastings, he’s hitting .400 in AAA right now. I don’t believe he can keep it up but he’d be a better route runner in each corner spot, but Hinske hasn’t been that bad in RF SJ, Swish and Damon are another story.

    My guess Sept. A-Jax and Colin Curtis might make a cameo out there.

  912. S.A.--Serenity Now July 21st, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Darn. Wish we got something from that

  913. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    “not being serious. But I’m afraid Laura might have just put a curse on him.”

    Gardner, you need more than talk to stop Bay. I am not a fan of the Suxers nor do I think they are a formidible team, but I believe in Bay – unfortunately. Just a matter of time.

  914. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 21st, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    bad job by jeter that inning…hopefully it doesnt come back and bite them

  915. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    “YankeeRay – I disagree I think they keep Damon and rid of Matsui”

    That’s what I used to think, but after watching Damon collapse right before our eyes, I’m not so sure. If they do keep Damon, he’ll be the full time DH.

  916. Todd July 21st, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    I hope I’m wrong, but not scoring there may come back to bite us!

  917. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    I’m pretty sure Maple shatters and splinters all over when it breaks

  918. SJ44 July 21st, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Now, you take Damon out for defense, move Melky to LF and Gardner to CF.

    Holding the 2 run lead is more important than keeping his bat in the rest of the night.

    Can’t risk another mishap in LF the rest of the night.

  919. YankeeRay July 21st, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Dan
    July 21st, 2009 at 9:46 pm
    YankeeRay – I disagree I think they keep Damon and rid of Matsui

    ——

    Dan, they are both toast. Thats 26mm off of payroll. Ajax,Gardner,Melky,Hinske and a FA pickup will be in our of next year.

  920. sunny615 July 21st, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    If anyone is curious:

    Boston is:
    The Yanks are:
    Batting Avg: .263 (8th)
    Runs: 475 (4th)
    OBP: .348 (3rd)
    SLG: .442 (4th)
    OPS: .790 (3rd)
    SB: 77 (4th)
    ERA: 4.08 (3rd)
    BAA: .260 (7th)
    OPS: .730 (2nd)
    SV: 27 (4th)
    WHIP: 1.36 (4th)
    QS: 47 (4th)

  921. Ari July 21st, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Does anyone care about Damaso Marte? Is he even going to break into the bullpen?

  922. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 9:50 pm

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

    :lol:

    I don’t mean to laugh but you can never get back the time and “angst” you put into the Halliday discussion!

  923. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    “Scranton won as AAA Hall of Famer Kei Igawa went seven strong innings.”

    Does Igawa come up with they expand the rosters?

  924. bru July 21st, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    i see damon,matsui both gone with us getting better defensively,younger,pitching,pitching,pitching.

  925. GreenBeret7 July 21st, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    SJ44
    July 21st, 2009 at 9:46 pm
    2 of the 4 runs came from errors.

    He’s not Cy Young. He’s also not a stiff.

    A sinkerball pitcher in this ballpark is a plus.

    A poormans Wang, when Wang was Wang.

    This would be a nice time for Damon to make up for the defensive mishap.

    ————————————————————

    I owe you a correction from the other night when I said that Montero’s homer came on a curve/breaking ball. That’s what was called by the announcers. In his interview, Montero said he was looking for a fastball and got it. My apologies.

  926. Todd July 21st, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    I would have liked to have seen Jeter lay down a bunt with the infield back…

  927. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    YankeesRays – That is what I believe they will do. Unless they get rid of both of them and sign a big bat FA along with bringing up AJax.

  928. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Whose shorter, the Hobbitt or Roberts?

  929. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    SJ I bet they start subing for defense in the 8th or 9th.

  930. miggs July 21st, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    I don’t think you make defensive replacements in the top of the 7th.

    This isn’t Game 7.

  931. Pel July 21st, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Cano. Across the body.

    Wow.

  932. Maria July 21st, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Again, Robi makes it looks easy.

  933. carl July 21st, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Cano is soooo smooth

  934. Greg D July 21st, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Cano awesome

  935. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    now that was nice.

  936. miggs July 21st, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Robbie you should be smiling!

    Kid’s got all the tools.

  937. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    YankeeRay – Haha we agree without even realizing it

  938. RS July 21st, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Cano makes that throw look so easy.

  939. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Robbie is slick, slick, slick!

  940. SJ44 July 21st, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Damon and Matsui will be back next year.

    Too old, too expensive, and too limited as players.

  941. The Radar Gun Mafia July 21st, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Web Gem!!

  942. Kid A July 21st, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Cano is just on another level w/the glove. I’d love to see that range from the front row — almost preternatural.

  943. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    The O’s announcer just said that Tex was playing RF. LOL!

  944. Trevor July 21st, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    What are the chances that Teixeira Jeter Cano all win Gold Gloves? I think someone gets hosed.

  945. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Miggs, yeah 2-1 isn’t a score that inspires total confidence – unless of course it’s the Yanks!

    What I’m most pleased about is not to be part of the lohud drama and trauma that takes place a lot of the time.

    I would think you’re happy that the Halliday nonstory will soon be put to bed.

  946. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    SJ you mean they wont?

  947. S.A.--Serenity Now July 21st, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Nice inning. Let’s get some insurance runs

  948. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    The Mexcellence of Mexicution :)

  949. miggs July 21st, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Jennings with 2 walks already this inning…

    Is anybody watching that game? Is he really wild?

  950. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    “Damon and Matsui will be back next year.

    Too old, too expensive, and too limited as players.”

    Huh? I think you meant to say that they WON’T be back, SJ44. LOL!

  951. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    “Damon and Matsui will be back next year.”

    I believe they will be also. But as with most things, I’m good to go no matter what happens.

  952. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! July 21st, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Winning six to four…

    Ace making it look easy…

    Seventh inning stretch…

  953. EY July 21st, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Man, our bullpen has been just phenomenal since Ace and Hughes moved in

  954. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    I also believe they are gone next year, but if they keep one it’s Damon.

  955. Gator49 July 21st, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Citizens Bank is very nice. The kids got a kick out of ordering “chocolate waterice”, which is shaved ice flavored with chocolate. Lemonades are basically italian ices. Hate to say it, but the worst stadium, not even close is NYS. Beautiful, new, and huge, but we sat in the right field bleachers (8 of us go with my brother and his kids so we don’t want to spend thousands on a ball game). We could not see left field at all, and half of center. Jeter caught a short pop up in LF, and we couldn’t even see that. I was actually embarrased.

  956. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Lowrie popped out to end the threat.

  957. RS July 21st, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Sox and Rays both losing 2-1.

  958. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Just curious does anyone have a small list of OF on their last year?

  959. Pat M.... July 21st, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Jason Bay suffers from the Fenway Park swing….He now tries to lift every pitch he sees, and it’s costing him……JD Drew is just a matter of weeks from going on the DL…..BoSox have issues

  960. sunny615 July 21st, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Igawa is not on the 40 man roster so he will not be able to come up when rosters expand.

  961. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    “I also believe they are gone next year, but if they keep one it’s Damon.”

    I don’t know. If it were me, I’d keep Matsui. He’s still a very dangerous hitter. You need a DH regardless of how many days you give Posada off. A-Rod should be fully healed by then so you don’t have to rest him as often.

  962. carl July 21st, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Man so close to a homer

  963. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Wow Andruw Jones is coming on strong. I’d almost like to take a chance on him on my fantasy team.

    OT – John Cougar Mellancamp, Dylan, and Willy Nelson are at McCoy Stadium tonight. My sister, who is a Mellancamp freak, went to see them. Lousy night for an outdoor concert.

  964. tim boat July 21st, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Wow. Marte sucks even in the minors.

  965. Kid A July 21st, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    “Jennings with 2 walks already this inning…

    Is anybody watching that game? Is he really wild?”

    not especially wild. both Bay and Lowell worked the count, as the Sox usually do. they both had two strikes, then Jennings started nibbling.

    luckily no harm, no foul.

  966. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Gator – I agree, I’ve been to most stadiums on the east coast and NYS did no help to have limited view.

  967. MATC July 21st, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    arg….the games recently have been too tight for anyone not name Coke or Ace or Hughes to come out of the bullpen. This could become a problem very soon……

  968. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    “Wow. Marte sucks even in the minors.”

    he’s rehabbing dumbass. And Rafy Chaves will fix him.

  969. Sweet_Lou_in_Vermont July 21st, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Texas rallying in 7th: 1st and 3rd, 1 out

  970. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    “Igawa is not on the 40 man roster so he will not be able to come up when rosters expand.”

    I forgot about that.

  971. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Trish – The problem is Matsui is a liability. The man looks and runs like he is a member of AARP. It is only a matter of time before he blows out some ligaments and the Yankees pay for nothing.

  972. SJ44 July 21st, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Correct, neither will be back. Sorry for the typo.

    I’m guessing Girardi goes to Coke for Markakis and Huff.

  973. carl July 21st, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I mean we could put Montero behind Alex in a year or 2 but noooo left right left right

  974. NYY626 July 21st, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    The Posada’s are on HBO real sports at some point during the hour if anyone wants to check it out….

  975. carl July 21st, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    3-1 texas sac fly

  976. Trevor July 21st, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Jesus will make teams pay next year. ;)

  977. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    “The problem is Matsui is a liability. The man looks and runs like he is a member of AARP. It is only a matter of time before he blows out some ligaments and the Yankees pay for nothing.”

    He didn’t have trouble rounding the bases on that walkoff HR last night. :)

  978. Tom in N.J. July 21st, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    “Igawa is not on the 40 man roster so he will not be able to come up when rosters expand.”

    They could move Nady to the 60 day D.L. It would open up a 40 man spot.

  979. Pel July 21st, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    that was ewwwwwwww :razz:

  980. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Alex looked like he slowed up before he got to 2nd.

  981. igotid88 July 21st, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Man Alex would’ve made it if it was a straight steal.

  982. Christina- pictures from AAA Yanks game July 21st, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Christina – The Clearwater facility that the Phillies have is IMO the nicest down here in the area. Citizen Bank park is also very nice. The have a great area for all of their sporting areas. It is far enough out of the city to be safe, and easily accessed. Inside the stadium it is very spacey, but can be a little hard to get where you want to go at times. They have a Hall of Fame section that spans across quite bit of rows and it’s limited access to many parts of the middle tier.

    —————————————-
    That’s awesome, I hope to visit that stadium at some point, possibly next year. The Phillies really did a great job in putting together two really nice parks. I actually like the fact they have a berm section out in the outfield in Clearwater. The tickets are cheap and there are so many things to do out there it is great for families. Like I said though, the Tikibar tops it off and those high bar stools in left field are nice.

  983. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    What opinions do y’all have on what kind of deal Jeter will get. I was thinking 3 years but what does anyone else think?

  984. miggs July 21st, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Trish I just don’t think that move is necessary. Yeah it sounds like its losing steam here (thank god).

  985. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Dan, despite that I don’t believe the Yankees will let Matsui go.

    Actually IMO it’s kind of meaningless to even be talking about it now because you know that all it takes is for a player to come on real strong the final few months of a season and that player all of a sudden becomes valuable again.

  986. SJ44 July 21st, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    DH will be a fluid spot for the Yankees next year.

    No one player will man it. It will give the roster greater flexibility and not tie up big money on a limited player.

  987. tim boat July 21st, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Of course you don’t resign Matsui – but nobody here seems to understand it makes no sense to pay these guys for what they’ve done, not what they can do. Bid Matsui adieu and that’s that. Maybe bring Damon back for a year, maybe two. Matsui is only going to break down even more in the next year or two.

    Plus the Yankees need to keep the DH slot open for Posada and A-Rod and also Montero when/if he makes it to the majors in 2011 since he’ll be incapable of being a major league catcher (he’s too big – both tall and weight wise)

  988. Richie July 21st, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Ransom played well tonight. Props to him.

  989. igotid88 July 21st, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Have Hughes close out the game.

  990. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    “What opinions do y’all have on what kind of deal Jeter will get. I was thinking 3 years but what does anyone else think?”

    I’ve been ignoring the whole Jeter debate because I think that it’s going to get more complicated than we’re going to want it to be. I think they should do a deal before his current contract expires. If he has to play with that hanging over his head, I think it’s going to add stress…..to the fans. :P

  991. carl July 21st, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    he hit the target

  992. haiku-man July 21st, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Rs 1 Tx 3 top of the 8th

  993. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Yeah Christina they did things right. If you’ve never been to PNC you should try and get down there. Pittsburgh really knows how to make a sporting event fun for all. The view from there is outstanding and the park is beautiful. Easy access to the stadium and lots of good little Pittsburgh bars around the area. Gotta like coleslaw and french fries though…. on everything.

  994. vtyankeefan-the original!! July 21st, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I thought Hughes was available and is the 8th inning guy?

  995. YankeeRay July 21st, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    SJ44
    July 21st, 2009 at 10:05 pm
    DH will be a fluid spot for the Yankees next year.

    No one player will man it. It will give the roster greater flexibility and not tie up big money on a limited player.

    ——

    Posada, Arod, Manny will be DHing next year :)

  996. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    “No one player will man it. It will give the roster greater flexibility and not tie up big money on a limited player.”

    Aren’t we assuming that Matsui and Damon are going to be looking for big money? They saw what happened this off season. Those deals just aren’t going to be there anymore. Maybe they go to the negotiating table with that in mind and agree to a 1 or 2 year deal for a reasonable price.

  997. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Manny!? Manny?! you would really want Manny as a Yankee? Brutal.

  998. jennifer July 21st, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Just a reminder Jorge is on Bryant Gumbels show right now.

  999. Christina- pictures from AAA Yanks game July 21st, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Gator- I hear you. Ive only been to the Roger’s Centre so I cant really say much about how other stadiums views are, but I can’t see spending all the money to travel there, pay for parking and all that jazz, and to have seats that have obstructed views. I am not sure what Trost was thinking when he designed the stadium. As for the restaurant at the NYS, I have sat next to the restaurant in Toronto and I can tell you my view wasn’t limited at all. So it is possible to put something like that in their and allow the fans to see the field.

  1000. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    “I thought Hughes was available and is the 8th inning guy?”

    Well I would just to rest Mo, but I’m guesiing that’s not gonna happen tonight.

  1001. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    According to the O’s announcer, TB is playing BOS. Funny, I thought BOS was playing Texas. :P

  1002. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    “Trish I just don’t think that move is necessary. Yeah it sounds like its losing steam here (thank god).”

    Miggs, it’s like Cashman never said anything or lots of people here were believing they had the inside scoop despite what Cashman was saying!

    :D

    And Miggs, I agree with you and did not think it was necessary either. However, armchair GM is something that has always really bored me since nobody ever gets it right anyway for the most part. So I entirely skipped over the entire discussion.

    The day the Yankees contact me and ask me what they should do is the day I will take a lot of interest in the innerworkings of the team. Until then I really think they do a fine job without me. So I’m content to wait for official announcements.

    ;)

  1003. Gator49 July 21st, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    My Dad lives in SC. We visited him 3 years ago, and went to Greenville to see the red sox AA team and stadium. The playing field is an exact replica of Fenway, including the wall – very cool. We were all wearing our Yankees shirts like we always do. They put us on the big screen with an arrow pointing to me and my son saying “I’m with stupid”. The whole crowd booed us, and it was all in good fun. The best part was it was during the weekend that the Yankees swept the 5 game series from the Sox. We definitely had the last laugh.

  1004. Pat M.... July 21st, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Cashman has to find another lefty to accompany Coke before his arm falls off……

  1005. Eights July 21st, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    I love you Tex.

  1006. Pel July 21st, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    O M G 8O

  1007. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 21st, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    coke..tex!!!

  1008. carl July 21st, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Tex baby!!

  1009. RS July 21st, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Sweet play by Tex.

  1010. Maria July 21st, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Tex!!! Unreal! He is amazing.

  1011. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Give that man a Gold Glove!

  1012. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    I would be very surprised if Matsui is not on another team this winter. I know the Giants were interested this off season but he can’t play everyday. Nice play Tex.

  1013. DaveO July 21st, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    God I love Tex.

  1014. Kirk July 21st, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    great play Tex!

  1015. YankeeRay July 21st, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Dan, it will never happen but I would love him here. Not many better options out there as Bay stays in beantown and Holiday is not the answer. My guess is tha tthey will trade for an OF in the off season.

  1016. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    The Marky Mark And1 Mix Tape, breaking ankles everywhere :lol:

  1017. NYY626 July 21st, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    I love our defense the past few days( not counting Damon :) )

  1018. Greg D July 21st, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Markakis looked really cute on that play :)

  1019. SJ44 July 21st, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Three straight lefties in the order helps Girardi matchup Coke here and not overuse Hughes.

    Tex does it again! Every night, he makes at least one defensive play that helps the team.

  1020. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Pretty soon, I’m going to have to start drooling over Tex. Not for his looks, but his fielding.

  1021. Christina- pictures from AAA Yanks game July 21st, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Dan- I wanted to go to PNC park last year when the Yankees were there. Instead, I ended up going back to Toronto. I really have to get rich fast in order to afford all these things!

  1022. Kid A July 21st, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    damn it, I really didn’t want to drink any more tonight.

    then Michael Kay had to go with his patented, “He hit it right on the screws.”

    that’s a shot.

  1023. The Ghost July 21st, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Man Tex makes you remember how valuable Tino was – and Tex is a lot better than Tino.

  1024. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    “Markakis looked really cute on that play”

    Good one, Greg!!

  1025. RS July 21st, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    “Cashman has to find another lefty to accompany Coke before his arm falls off……”

    Marte has made it up to AAA in his rehab, so he should be up soon. If he’s healthy, he’ll be a good addition. He has had success in the AL before.

  1026. vtyankeefan-the original!! July 21st, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Tiexeira= Gold Glove

  1027. carl July 21st, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Boston and Tampa looking at the standings…here’s the reaction

    http://www.gifbin.com/15784

  1028. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    “Cashman has to find another lefty to accompany Coke before his arm falls off……”

    Dude relax he will. And no Yankee BP arm is in the top 10 in IP. He ain’t Mr. Bigalow Tea

  1029. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    “Cashman has to find another lefty to accompany Coke before his arm falls off……”

    According to Suzyn and John they have one. His name is Damaso Marte.

  1030. NYY626 July 21st, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    The Ghost July 21st, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Man Tex makes you remember how valuable Tino was – and Tex is a lot better than Tino.
    ______________________________________________________________
    True, but Tino’s hotter :)

  1031. randy l. July 21st, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    “JD Drew is just a matter of weeks from going on the DL…..BoSox have issues”

    pat m-

    read this to see depth of their problems:
    http://www.weei.com/sports/bos.....ed-red-sox

  1032. Pat M.... July 21st, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    RS, If he’s healthy has been the storyline all season….It’s July 21st…….Can’t be waiting much longer

  1033. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    It does my heart good to see the vaunted BOS offense struggling.

  1034. SJ44 July 21st, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Pat M,

    the other lefty will be Marte. Probably by the start of the next road trip.

  1035. KO July 21st, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Matsui almost certainly won’t be back, but he can still help out bigtime for a team that wants an everyday DH for the next couple of years. He’s not anywhere near done as far as hitting goes. I’ll miss him though, he was one of my favorite players since he came on board. Since he arrived, he has been one of the most consistent and CLUTCH hitters for the Yanks. RBI’s when you need them, professional at bats all the time. The roster will be more flexible for sure, but they will miss his clutch hits and his consistently solid at bats. He’s been a class act and aside from some bad luck with injuries Matsui has had a huge impact on this team.

  1036. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    “Marte has made it up to AAA in his rehab, so he should be up soon. If he’s healthy, he’ll be a good addition. He has had success in the AL before.”

    I’d leave him in AAA for atleast 20 appearances before he comes up. He’s a guy that needs his fire lit again. Kroenke could be an interesting option, then again there is Dunn if he puts it together.

  1037. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    “No one player will man it. It will give the roster greater flexibility and not tie up big money on a limited player.”

    That would be a great thing, but then who do you think is the Yankees utility man next year? They could really benefit for a solid utility infielder. That would give them the ability to do that and still put together a solid 1-9.

  1038. Greg D July 21st, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Kay just said the Yankee bullpen was a man short because Tomko was DFAd, isn’t Melancon still on the roster?

  1039. KO July 21st, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Dan- it’s Ramiro Pena

  1040. #9 July 21st, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Ken Singleton’s questions get more philosophical everyday…

  1041. SJ44 July 21st, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Mo time.

  1042. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    “Since he arrived, he has been one of the most consistent and CLUTCH hitters for the Yanks.”

    I’ve always been a fan of Matsui and I’d keep him next year as DH if the decision were mine to make.

  1043. rconn23 July 21st, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Hopefully the White Sox hold their lead against Tampa.

    Pete was right about run differential eventually catching up.

    However, if the Yankees build a wide enough margin and keep tacking onto their lead, the so-called market correction won’t be enough to help Tampa.

  1044. carl July 21st, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Lets go Mo

  1045. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Looks like the Chucky doll is going back into the Sux rotation.

    Texas making Boston look mighty ordinary.

  1046. Flibbity Jibbit July 21st, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    they’re having fun over on SoSH:

    http://sonsofsamhorn.net/index.....038;st=740

    good times. good times.

  1047. Trevor July 21st, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    They have 7 relievers. The pen is not short.

  1048. Mel July 21st, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Hi, just back back from dinner (I’m from N.Calif), had the game on DVR and just got caught up. Great game, lots of action.

    I think Mitre pitched a commendable game. He obviously was under tremendous presssure and was a little rocky at first, but compared to some of Joba’s starts he looked pretty solid.

    The 4 runs don’t tell the story, there should really have been only 2 runs. That pickoff attempt at second was dead on, perfect throw by Mitre. It didn’t hit the dirt and Cano just missed it, the guy would have been out and doesn’t score. The extra run that scored was against Damon’s arm and misplay(?) If you accept that thats really on 2 runs against Mitre.

    Looking at his overall performance, it was solid. He looked in control of his emotions. I’d have to give him 3 stars out of 5.

  1049. RDM July 21st, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    3-1 Rangers

  1050. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    KO – So they aren’t set on working him into the OF?

  1051. Robinson C. (through a translator) July 21st, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    I did that so my friend Melky doesn’t look bad for going 0-4 and doesn’t lost his spot to that baseball player Gardner.

  1052. Christina- pictures from AAA Yanks game July 21st, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    yea Greg, he is. But you would never know that since the Yankees never pitch him. Just send him back to AA if you arent going to use him. The kid needs to develop his stuff and rotting on the bench isnt going to help him, or the team.

  1053. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Did anyone else see the promo for the O’s/KC matchup? You’d think they were playing the 7th game of the World Series. LOL!

  1054. carl July 21st, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    The NL Central will have a good pennant race this year

  1055. vtyankeefan-the original!! July 21st, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Mariano gets paid to be the closer, enter the sandman!

  1056. Flibbity Jibbit July 21st, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Bobby Jenks slowly melting down against the Rays in the top of the 9th.

  1057. RDM July 21st, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Mo isn’t being overworked, is he????

  1058. sunny615 July 21st, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    I’m watching via MASN so yeah, saw the Greinke vs Huff BS add. Talk about hyping hot air…

  1059. RS July 21st, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Wow I’m such an idiot. I thought it was only the 8th inning and was expecting Hughes.

  1060. SJ44 July 21st, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Brandon,

    they can’t leave him in AAA for 20 appearances. He’s only got 30 days on a rehab clock and that started last week.

  1061. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    “The NL Central will have a good pennant race this year”

    It’s the only NL race that will go down to the wire. The West has been over for awhile now and the East will be over in a matter of weeks.

  1062. carl July 21st, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    2 mo

  1063. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 21st, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    bobby jenks= fail

  1064. Christina- pictures from AAA Yanks game July 21st, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Jays lost tonight, as Cliff Lee pitched a complete game. Their offense is just terrible as of late. Halladay is probably ready to pay someone to get him off that team.

  1065. RDM July 21st, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Two more MO!!

  1066. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    “They have 7 relievers. The pen is not short.”

    And they DFA’d Tomko, that’s not exactly a loss.

  1067. Trevor July 21st, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Jenks threw 30 + pitches last night. Wouldn’t surprise me if he blows it.

  1068. KO July 21st, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Dan, I guess we’ll have to wait and see on who the Yankees let walk from the OF, and if they sign anyone. I don’t think Pena is slotted to get a majority of his playing time in any one spot. I think they just wanted to have him learn the OF to make him even more versatile cuz he’s athletic enough. They want to make him a super sub or super utility guy like Chone Figgins. But he’s already proven he’s a very good defensive infielder, so assuming he doesn’t spend more time in AAA next year, he would be their best option as infield utility guy

  1069. carl July 21st, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    1 mo nice range Jete

  1070. Evan July 21st, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Mo’s a robot. His brilliance doesn’t make any sense.

    Also helps that Jeter has GREAT range!

  1071. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    So who is the bean town bomber?

  1072. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    “Bobby Jenks slowly melting down against the Rays in the top of the 9th.”

    Jenks is like Papelsmear. He likes to make his saves interesting.

  1073. carl July 21st, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    4-1 Texas

  1074. RDM July 21st, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Love to have Cliff Lee over Halladay….1 more MO

  1075. tim boat July 21st, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    I’m enjoying seeing Mo pitch more than ever this year. Very rarely can you really understand how great and special a player is when he’s still playing :)

  1076. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    “Brandon,

    they can’t leave him in AAA for 20 appearances. He’s only got 30 days on a rehab clock and that started last week.”

    I’m hoping they use it all. Marte needs the work.

  1077. Laura - I'm ready for the 2nd half. Are the Yankees?? Why, yes they are!! July 21st, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Isn’t Mo leading the AL in saves?

  1078. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    4-1 Rangers. But Beckett is still in there, duh.

  1079. KO July 21st, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    All this good news lately, Yanks winning, Boston losing, etc… but I think the thing I am happiest about, is that Tomko was finally sent packing. That was only like a month too late.

  1080. rjnyc July 21st, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Hey Flibbity – thanks for posting that SoSH link, it’s hilarious, they are crying a river over there!

  1081. Evan July 21st, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Despite Girardi, Joba starting, no bullpen for 2 months, and a weak outfield the Yankees are in 1st place!!!

    AJ and CC coming up….keep it up Yankees.

  1082. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    BALLGAME OVER! YANKEES WIN! THEEEEEEEEEEEEEE YANKEES WIN!

  1083. Eights July 21st, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Good game.

    Nice catch Jeter!

  1084. carl July 21st, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Ballgame!!! Yankees win!!

  1085. Maria July 21st, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Jeter!!! Game over!

  1086. The Ghost July 21st, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Hughes must be in Girardi’s doghouse – hasn’t used him in 2 days ;o

  1087. RS July 21st, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Nice catch by Jeter!

  1088. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 21st, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    jenks prbly shouldnt even be pitching but this is an epic blown save…4 pitches to load the bases and then a walk…ouch…

    but GG yanks!

  1089. rjnyc July 21st, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    1/2 game up!

  1090. Flibbity Jibbit July 21st, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    In Mo We Trust.

  1091. NYY626 July 21st, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    welcome to the jete and mo show :) Sole possession of 1st place is so close…

  1092. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Jetes tired of bloops LOL.

  1093. Trevor July 21st, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Touch down!

  1094. SJ44 July 21st, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Mo’s cutter the last month has all of it’s movement back, post-surgery.

    Very nice win tonight. Defensive clinic by Jeter in the 9th.

  1095. EY July 21st, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    First place, can you smell it?

  1096. RDM July 21st, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    The Yankees Win….THE YANKEES WIN!!!

  1097. igotid88 July 21st, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    3 more outs for sole possession of 1st

  1098. Betsy July 21st, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    How come Phil didn’t pitch in the 8th? Sorry, lol – getting ready for Philly and wasn’t paying any attention.

    SJ, I think the Yankees still need a good SP. Mitre did a good job tonight and can very possibly be useful as a spot starter/long reliever, but beyond CC and AJ, our SP is unreliable (to say the least). Who would you go after? The problem is, Hal has tightened the purse strings. The Tex signing was the last hurrah for this year at least – and that concerns me because the Yanks need just a couple of tweak here and there. I have some concerns that we’re going to be penny wise and pound foolish……

    I also agree about Damon – what a shame he’s gotten so old, so quickly, because he’s the definition of a gamer and a terrific hitter.

  1099. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    KO – I agree Pena is their best option for utility infield, but I don’t see them using him as a utility player next year in the bigs. He’s too young to sit the majority of the time. They really need to hit the FA market and grab a utility infielder not named Angel Barroa or Wilson Betimit. But I haven’t looked lately on who is in a contract year, and don’t feel like it at the moment.

  1100. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    That sign is priceless

    1ST PLACE YANKS

  1101. The Ghost July 21st, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Wow, I’ll bet Jeter hasn’t been this healthy in 3 years. He is playing like he’s 10 years younger.

  1102. igotid88 July 21st, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    I haven’t seen Mo get this many saves so fast in awhile.

  1103. RS July 21st, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    The Red Sox offense just dies on the road.

  1104. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    So who is the bean town bomber??? Don’t make me watch Salzburg!!

  1105. haiku-man July 21st, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Mo in the h o u s e,Sergio welcome 91 pitches 5..2 innings

    Top of the 9th Tx 4 Rs 1

  1106. tim boat July 21st, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Evan
    July 21st, 2009 at 10:25 pm
    Despite Girardi, Joba starting, no bullpen for 2 months, and a weak outfield the Yankees are in 1st place!!!

    —–

    forgot the 0-8 versus Boston bit. 8 games lost in the standings to Boston straight up and the yankees are in first place. that’s what’s most impressive imho

  1107. EY July 21st, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    2 more outs. Let’s go Texas!

  1108. rconn23 July 21st, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Great win. Another superb job by the bullpen. Hopefully the Rangers will do their part.

    Jenks just melted down. Tough for Ozzie to bring him out after throwing 30 pitches the night before.

    Tampa’s offense is just plain tough.

  1109. bru July 21st, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    girardi doing a great job with the team.
    he turned the corner.

  1110. Greg D July 21st, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Christina

    yea Greg, he is. But you would never know that since the Yankees never pitch him. Just send him back to AA if you arent going to use him. The kid needs to develop his stuff and rotting on the bench isnt going to help him, or the team.

    ——————————————

    The Yankees pitching has been so good since the All Star break, there has been no opps…..that’s why I am surprised about hte Tomko move…..Melancon should have been sent down

  1111. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Dan, El Nino is the UTY guy of the future for the Yankees, baring a trade.

    El Nino can play SS, 3B, 2B, CF, LF, RF, RP, 1B, commentate, waterboy, batboy, ticketmaster, field scaper…you name it he’ll do it. :p

  1112. Joba to the Pen July 21st, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Betsy – Damon is a terrific hitter? Don’t go that far. And he is a brutal OF.

    SJ is right – we could use another outfielder – at least a defensive replacement. At least use Gardner in CF and move Melky to LF at the end of games.

    I do agree with you that we need a SP. Joba will reach his innings limit by Sept 1. Not to mention he usually sucks as a starter and cannot be counted on.

  1113. Todd July 21st, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Bobby Jenks coughed up the lead….Big fat Choker..

  1114. Betsy July 21st, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Nice win…….and I’m very happy for Mitre – he deserved the win. I will be in Philly as the game starts tomorrow, but I will be thinking of AJ going for the sweep………….

    Go Texas!

  1115. igotid88 July 21st, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Johnny D.
    July 21st, 2009 at 10:28 pm
    So who is the bean town bomber??? Don’t make me watch Salzburg!!
    ——————————————

    Hughes I believe

  1116. E-gawa July 21st, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    “Despite Girardi, Joba starting, no bullpen for 2 months, and a weak outfield the Yankees are in 1st place!!!

    AJ and CC coming up….keep it up Yankees.”

    It’s pretty amazing isn’t it?

    It’s a great team though.

  1117. bru July 21st, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    can i say 1st place by a game or is it to early.

    any guesses on player of the game?

    cano???

  1118. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Sweet game in the Bronx, sweet game in the top of the 9th in Texas.

    See you soon Bod. :) We’re a happy duo boy oh boy!

    I’D LIKE TO HANG AROUND SPORTSFANS BUT I HAVE TO GO TO FIRST PLACE!!!

    WOO HOO!!!

  1119. Christina- pictures from AAA Yanks game July 21st, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Does anyone know what today was for HOPE week?

  1120. CB July 21st, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    “It does my heart good to see the vaunted BOS offense struggling.”

    The boston offense is not the same on the road as it is at home. Been that way for much of the season.

    Their right handed bats just aren’t as good on the road.

    The yankees have had the best road offense in the AL this season – they’ve created 47 runs more than a league average offense does on the road.

    The Sox are middle of the pack – only 18 runs crated above average.

    Nice win tonight. Any game they win with Mitre starting is money in the bank so to speak.

  1121. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    This is an odd stretch. Melencon will get his time him as the days go by. I would love for the starters to go deep to the best of the pen every night, but they wont.

  1122. vtyankeefan-the original!! July 21st, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Solid win- bullpen 3.1 innings 1 hit

  1123. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    igotid88 July 21st, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Johnny D.
    July 21st, 2009 at 10:28 pm
    So who is the bean town bomber??? Don’t make me watch Salzburg!!
    ——————————————

    Hughes I believe

    :O!!! NOOOO!!! Yuuuuuuse?!

  1124. Maria July 21st, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Come on Texas, end it.

  1125. Betsy July 21st, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Joba, you don’t think Damon is a very good hitter?

    Eh, I’m happy as long as the Sox lose…………..

  1126. Todd July 21st, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Sox down to their last out….4-1 ,man on 2nd..

  1127. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    I would say BECAUSE OF Girardi the Yanks are where they are.

    Fearless manager.

  1128. SJ44 July 21st, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Jenks almost blew it last night. If Tampa holds on, that’s 3 wins on this roadtrip for them after trailing into the 7th inning.

    These comebacks are keeping them in this race.

  1129. bru July 21st, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    we have more options with the of than pitching imo even though we have mitre & igawa.

  1130. Todd July 21st, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Damn, tying run coming to the plate after RBI single by lowell….

  1131. carl July 21st, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Texas wins!

  1132. EY July 21st, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Come on Texas. Fairy-tek is at the plate. Should be easy.

  1133. RalphieD (OPPC) YES Radar Gun=Terrible July 21st, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    sole possession!

  1134. Mel July 21st, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    WHAT A TERRIFIC GAME!!! Mitre gets the win and he earned it. Tex is The Man once again, what a glove! Pen does it again!

    As the Aussies would say “No worries mate.”

  1135. Todd July 21st, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    SOX LOSE, 1st PLACE BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1136. Todd July 21st, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    SOX LOSE, 1st PLACE BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1137. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    FIRST PLACE NEW YORK YANKEES!!!

    Never doubted it for a moment.

    :)

  1138. Evan July 21st, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Over in Texas….Rays came back and are up 3-2 in 9th. Watch out for Rays. They aren’t going anywhere. Safe to say that Yanks, Sox, and Rays will all win at least 93 games.

  1139. Betsy July 21st, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Woo hoo – first place!!

  1140. EY July 21st, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    There we go. FIRST PLACE all by ourselves.

  1141. Johnny D. July 21st, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Sux LOSE!! FIRST IS OURS!!!!!!

  1142. Christina- pictures from AAA Yanks game July 21st, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    True Dan, I just hope he gets into a game soon though. The last game he pitched in was July 10th. I guess possibly tomorrow depending on the game and how much length the starter gives you. Its a great problem to have (starters going deep, and the team having the lead), dont get me wrong, but I question if hes better off being in AAA right now.

  1143. igotid88 July 21st, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    whoohoo

  1144. Betsy July 21st, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Hmm, The Sox don’t have such a hot record against the Rangers……and the Yankees do.

  1145. Todd July 21st, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    We need a strong showing by AJ tomorrow……..Keep winning & don’t look back!!!

  1146. bru July 21st, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    we are going to bed & waking up in 1st place.

    sweet

  1147. maharba retep July 21st, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    1st place!

  1148. E-gawa July 21st, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    “I would say BECAUSE OF Girardi the Yanks are where they are.

    Fearless manager.”

    I would say you are high.

    This team was built well this offseason. Our offense has been clicking and our injuries have been minimal.

  1149. Todd July 21st, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Peter Gammons on suicide watch!!

  1150. rjnyc July 21st, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Pardon if this has been mentioned already, but I just read that the sux put Wakefield on the DL today – won’t be back until at least August. It just keeps getting better.

  1151. MG July 21st, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    all of a sudden, after a lost weekend in Anaheim and the feeling of impending doom throughout this blog the Yankees have sole possession of 1st place in the East.

    Baseball sure is a funny game, isn’t it?

  1152. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Who else is ready for some inter division play?

  1153. Dan July 21st, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    I’m talkin real interdivision play

  1154. JasonR July 21st, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Not sure if anyone is interested in a Red Sox message board, but Sons of Sam Horn is hilarious right now.

    http://sonsofsamhorn.net/index.....038;st=900

  1155. Betsy July 21st, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    The 3 best teams in baseball reside in one division …..I’m not surprised Tampa is coming back against these teams – they’re just better than they are (like the Yankees and the Sox)

  1156. GardnerBelongsInCenter July 21st, 2009 at 10:40 pm

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  1157. MG July 21st, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    I agree with SJ144 about Mitre, unless this was his best tonight he will be OK as the 5th starter for now, the Yankees score enough runs so that it shouldn’t matter that much. Winning 6 out of 10 wins the division, you can’t lose sight of that.

    I didn’t see any Ransom errors tonight and bet the ‘under’, who is paying me?

  1158. Scorpio July 21st, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    That SoSH board is filled with profanity. As much as I love to see RS fans crying, it’s just disgusting that site.

  1159. maharba retep July 21st, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    maybe the chisox can come back on the rays

  1160. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    you know what Jason Zillo this week has made the Yankees come off great to the community, I hear Washington Heights is still buzzing about them. Hats off to that man for HOPE week.

  1161. patrick July 21st, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Trish I have to say you have never doubted that the Yankees would get their act together. You’re a good Yankee fan girl. It’s nice to see someone whose cheerful no matter what.

  1162. Vader July 21st, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    I know this is a little bit of spilt milk…but I’m tired of all the so-called experts saying that the Sox are the better team.

    The Sox are one game behind the Yankees and they are 8-0 against them, they should be leading by 5 games or more…so how are they the better team???

  1163. The Ghost July 21st, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    MG you know what’s funny – if the Yankees don’t have the get the best record in the AL come playoff time they are going to have to go through Anaheim and Boston to get to the WS where they will probably face the Phillies. As excited as I am about their current run that possibly reality keeps me grounded.

  1164. Betsy July 21st, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    MG, I know you disagree, but the Yankees need a #3 starter, not a #5……….Even if Andy and Joba settle down somewhat, neither is going to be reliable enough in my book. At best, they will be good #4 and 5 starters….at best.

  1165. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Phil Yussssse little Q/A was cool.

  1166. trisha - OPPC lifetime member July 21st, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    “I would say you are high.”

    I am. On life and on the Yankees.

    “This team was built well this offseason. Our offense has been clicking and our injuries have been minimal.”

    Our offense was NOT always clicking. I guess it’s easy to forget the extended slump the Yankees were in. (Thanks Patrick, you’re right. The slump didn’t bother me either!) :)

    And injuries have been MINIMAL?

    Just wow to that.

    Anyway, thanks for what you said, Patrick. By the way, Bodhisattva has always also been totally up with the Yankees and cheerful as well! It is nice, isn’t it.

    :)

  1167. vtyankeefan-the original!! July 21st, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Ramsom filled in very well tonight

    Sweet Dreams…Sweet First place dreams!!

  1168. MG July 21st, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Betsy
    July 21st, 2009 at 10:46 pm
    MG, I know you disagree, but the Yankees need a #3 starter, not a #5……….Even if Andy and Joba settle down somewhat, neither is going to be reliable enough in my book. At best, they will be good #4 and 5 starters….at best.
    ——————————————————-

    Betsy, we do disagree on this. Unless the Yankees gut their farm system they will not get a better starter than either Andy or Joba. Answer one question for me-which team has a #3 and #4 starter that gives them an advantage over the Yankees in a playoff series?

  1169. Brandon... I'M AWESOME ! (Can we steal Jonathan Sanchez already) July 21st, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    So Yusssse favorite song is Metallica – “Sad But True” not bad 8th inning music. (YUSSSSSSSE SHUT UP !)

  1170. haiku-man July 21st, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    1st in division,Texas swept RS S W E E T !

  1171. Pat M.... July 21st, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    MG, The valid point that Betsy is trying to convey, is when the palyoffs begin, you’re counting on Joba Chamberlain….I agree with her, they need another good starter come October

  1172. Benny Blanco July 21st, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Yes, first place finally. AJ needs to shut them out tomorrow. He’s back on his normal rest so i expect a shutout..:)

  1173. JeterJobafan July 22nd, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Betsy – your bias is showing. I’m a Joba Fan Forever and I can recognize the symptoms!

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