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Game 114: Blue Jays at Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 12, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (70-43)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Matsui DH
Rodriguez 3B
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher 1B
Hinske RF
Cabrera CF

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (10-5, 3.67).

BLUE JAYS (54-58)
Scutaro SS
Hill 2B
Lind LF
Overbay 1B
Wells CF
Ruiz DH
Encarnacion 3B
Chavez C
Inglett RF 

Pitching: LHP Ricky Romero (10-5, 3.66).

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

STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have won eight of nine and and 5-1 on a homestand that ends today. They start the day with a 5.5-game lead on Boston in the division. Tampa has fallen nine games off the pace.

SERIES WATCH: The Yankees need a win today to take their third series in a row. They have lost only one series since the All-Star break, that coming against the White Sox.

A.J. VS. THE JAYS, TAKE THREE: Former Blue Jay A.J. Burnett is 1-1, 4.30 in two starts against Toronto this season.

A TALE OF TWO SEASONS: Burnett, it seems, took a little while to get going this season.

First 12 starts: 4-3, 4.89 ERA, .805 opposing OPS.

Last 10 starts: 6-2, 2.32 ERA, .584 opposing OPS.

BATTERING THE BLUE JAYS: The Yankees are 8-3 against Toronto this season and have won 10 of 14 going back to last season.

CAPTAIN CONSISTENCY: Derek Jeter has hit safely in seven straight, 12 of 13 and 19 of 21. He is 6 for 10 in this series. Jeter has 145 hits. Only Ichiro (167) and Miguel Tejada (148) have more.

BETTER WITH AGE: Jeter has 13 homers and 20 stolen bases. He had 11 homers and 11 steals last season. In 2007 he had 12 homers and 15 steals.

DAMON’S DAMAGE: Johny Damon has seven extra-base hits in the last eight games.

STACKING UP THE HITS: Robinson Cano is 16 of his last 34 (.471). He is up to .316. Seven of those 16 hits have been for extra bases.

POSADA POWER: Jorge Posada is 9 of his last 22 with five extra-base hits and five RBI.

BENCHMARKS: The Yankees, to be charitable, had a lackluster bench to start the season. But Eric Hinske and Jerry Hairston Jr. have proven to be quite helpful:

Hinske: 8 of 27 in eight starts with seven RBI and six extra-base hits.

Hairston: 5 of 12 as a Yankee with five runs scored, three RBI, three walks and a homer.

ALL WE NEED IS A LITTLE PATIENCE: The Yankees have drawn three walks and struck out 16 times in the last two games.

BOOM, BOOM, BOOM: The Yankees have hit 14 homers in the last six games.

ACE ON THE RISE: Alfredo Aceves’ last three appearances: 9 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts.

THAT’S IT, HE’S FINISHED: Mariano Rivera allowed his first run since June 12 last night. No big deal. But he has allowed eight hits and three walks in his last 5.2 innings.

ROBERTSON ON A ROLL: Dave Robertson has thrown 3.2 shutout innings in his last five appearances, striking out six and allowing three hits.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Yankees leave for Seattle after the game and the start of a 10-game, 11-day road trip. They play four in Seattle, three in Oakland and then three in Boston after a day off. They don’t return home until Aug. 25.

Hard to believe, but the Yankees have only three homestands left.

ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: Land of Hope and Dreams by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Live from The Izod Center on May 23, 2009.

PEACE, I’M OUTTA HERE: I’m on a noon flight to Seattle out of JFK. I’ll check in from the West Coast later on.

UPDATE, 10:46 a.m.: Not that this will appease the unreasonable, but Mark Teixeira is just getting a day off. The Yankees are in the middle of a stretch that has them scheduled to play 16 days in a row.

UPDATE, 11:22 a.m.: Updating via wireless from the airport as Josh sends me info via text message. Modern journalism at its finest.

Anyway, Joba was the topic this morning. Joe Girardi confirmed what has been reported here all season long, that Joba will stay in the rotation and will not be sent to the bullpen. He also will be able to pitch in the playoffs. Limitations disappear at that point. They’ll basically will spread out his starts when they can.

Joba was filled in last night with some of the details. Not every start will be on extra rest but some obviously will be. The innings limit is more than people think. They based it on the entirety of his career, not just last year.

Enjoy the game. Josh Thomson will take it from here.

UPDATE, 12:35 p.m.: A couple quick additions from me (Josh): Girardi said Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre are interchangeable over the weekend. It will depend on how much the bullpen is needed the next couple days. Presumably, Gaudin could pitch Saturday if he is not needed before then.

Here is how Girardi explained the idea of limiting Joba’s innings: “This is part of the plan. This is what we have to do because this is not just about the next two months. This is about years and years to come.”

Joba does not anticipate always having additional rest between starts, just some of them. “I don’t think it’s going to be that long in between,” he said. “I think that’s what they said. I know that in the back of my mind I know I’m not going to have eight days between every start.” As for whether Joba will be limited in the playoffs, Girardi said: “All hands on deck.”

Obviously, Teixeira has today off. Girardi, who had pledged he would rest Derek Jeter and A-Rod this week as well, said one of his main guys will likely have the day off tomorrow because of the long trip to Seattle. That should help the lineup guessing game.

I return throughout the day. Enjoy the game.

UPDATE: 1:20 p.m.: It looked like smooth sailing for Burnett after he retired the first two batters, but he needed 26 pitches to get through the first unscathed. Only 12 went for strikes.

For those of you at work looking for something to pass the time, try this. Discuss among yourselves.

UPDATE: 1:27 p.m.: I’d say Jeter looked OK running from first to third on Damon’s double, but he was certainly not himself. For those who missed it, Romero hit Jeter on the inside of his right foot to lead off the game. Jeter was in pain, but remained in the game after a visit from Joe Girardi and head trainer Gene Monahan.

UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: Yes, Ruiz was busted twice for steroids. His minor-league OPS is .908, but you had to figure there was a reason he had played just 22 MLB games by the age of 31.

Also, here’s a link to the column on ESPN.com by Rick Reilly. A terrific story to be sure.

UPDATE, 2:01 p.m.: Jeter (right foot) is out of the game. Ramiro Pena is in. More on this later.

UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: Johnny sure juiced another. That’s 22 HRs for him this season, two shy of the career high he set during his first season with the Yankees.

His tenure with the Yankees has been so vastly underrated. I think the blogger who said he/she hoped to re-sign Damon to a one-year deal for $5-6 million is vastly underestimating his value. He is just shy of a 35-HR, 100-RBI, 40-2B, 120-run pace.

UPDATE, 2:18 p.m.: *** JETER UPDATE *** Jeter was diagnosed with a right foot contusion. He will undergo X-rays here at the Stadium.

UPDATE, 2:49 p.m.: *** NEW JETER UPDATE *** X-rays on Jeter’s right foot were negative.

UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.: As the mist begins to fall here at the Stadium, Burnett bounces a slider on pitch No. 104. The wild pitch scored Encarnacion with the tying run. This has not been pretty for Burnett, who has matched his season high with 10 hits allowed (Aug. 1 vs. Chicago).

UPDATE, 3:42 p.m.: Wow. Pena cannot get picked off in the seventh inning of a tie game with Matsui and A-Rod coming up. That said, excellent snap throw behind the runner by Raul Chavez. The Jays have made a few great plays on defense this series.

UPDATE, 3:47 p.m.: Potentially costly day for the Yanks so far. Chavez just fouled a pitch off Posada’s bare right hand. Girardi and Monahan both came to see him, but Posada will remain in the game for now.

UPDATE, 3:48 p.m.: Five-game suspensions for Rick Porcello and Kevin Youkilis. Both have appealed.

UPDATE, 4:32 p.m.: On second thought, the Globe is reporting Youkilis will serve his suspension immediately. Terry Francona announced the decision during his 4 p.m. news conference.

UPDATE, 4:46 p.m.: The Yankees are literally swinging for the fences on every pitch to finish it. … After Tex pinch hit, here are the changes: Tex to first, Swisher to right, Hairston to short and Hinske to the bench. Hairston will bat in the No. 8 spot.

UPDATE, 5:02 p.m.: An absolutely brutal game for the Yankees. A-Rod was just drilled on the left elbow and appeared to be in serious pain. Shawn Camp drilled him with an 89-m.p.h. fastball. Rodriguez bent over in pain but eventually took his base at first.

Monahan better bring a lot of ice on the plane tonight.

 
 

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1,641 Responses to “Game 114: Blue Jays at Yankees”

  1. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 12th, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Good Yankees = good economy

    http://www.puristbleedspinstri.....onomy.html

    Rivera usually goes through a week or so in August where he’s *gasp* more human than anything else. If this is that week, sign me up.

  2. El duque August 12th, 2009 at 9:50 am

    2nd

  3. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Last Call for “Guess the Line Up”
    (No submissions after 10. Or sooner if the line up gets posted!)

    Here’s who is in so far for “Guess the Line Up”
    Submissions until 10am!!!!

    Ramey
    Upstate Kate
    Henner
    Eric
    Chet
    Andrew
    Miggs
    Brandon W
    C
    Andrew33
    86w183
    Teddy
    David
    Ed H

  4. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I wouldn’t want to be the player who replaces Mariano Rivera.

    That’s going to be like replacing Babe Ruth.

    I don’t think people fully comprehend just how good Mariano has been, and still is, throughout his career.

    Some folks are actually “worried” because he gave up a RUN for the first time in TWO months last night. A run! lol

    With one swing of the bat last night, Papelbon gave up two runs.

    Its simply amazing how good Mariano is.

    39 years old and he’s as good as he was 10 years ago.

  5. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 9:53 am

    bru- I have yours from the last thread

    Still no duplicates

  6. Patrick August 12th, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Oops didn’t see the new thread. Here is my lineup:

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Teixeira 1B
    Rodriguez 3B
    Matsui DH
    Swisher RF
    Cano 2B
    Cabrera CF
    Molina C

  7. Coach6423 August 12th, 2009 at 9:54 am

    SJ,

    I couldnt agree more. He is the best relief pitcher of all time, and it is not even close.

  8. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 12th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    SJ:

    Mariano has been my “favorite” Yankee since 1999, bar none.

    Even I realize that I won’t fully understand how good he is and how good he’s been until long after he’s done.

  9. Jerkface August 12th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    I think A-rod gets a day off today.

  10. Garrius August 12th, 2009 at 9:56 am

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

  11. Greg D August 12th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Erica,

    first time player…my lineup

    SS Jeter
    LF Damon
    1B Tex
    3B Rodriguez
    DH Matsui
    C Posada
    2B Cano
    RF Swish
    CF Melky

  12. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Patrick, you are the former prospect hugger right?

    You are my first duplicate line up today

  13. Abdababdaserser August 12th, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Lidge isn’t all that swift this year. Papelbon has been good, but not as good as he had been. K-Rod isn’t either.

    There is a reason why Mo is considered the greatest, even by Yankee haters.

  14. randy l. August 12th, 2009 at 9:59 am

    “Kevin Youkilis took a first-pitch fastball in the back, hesitated for a split second, then made a bull rush for 20-year-old Tiger pitcher Rick Porcello. The kid righty was backpedaling when a sprinting Youk flung his helmet at him, then wrapped him up and wrestled him to the ground like a baby calf.” dan shaunessy- boston globe

    ha ha ha

    what a joke of a description.

    matter of fact it was youkillis who clearly was the one thrown to the ground like a baby calf.

    this is such a flagrant misrepresentation of what happened that shaunessy should be suspended immediately for flat out misrepresenting the truth.

    or maybe he just wrote badly and ment youkillis was the baby calf.

    whatever.

    suspend him.

    ( and yes sj44. i know he”s a friend of yours and a good guy . he’ll be better reprimanded) :)

  15. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 10:00 am

    For you minor league geeks…..

    With no Yankee game tonight, My nephew’s next 4 games against Lexington are on Minor League Baseball TV on the web(www.minorleaguebaseball.com). Tonight’s gametime is 7 pm.

    It cost $6.95 to watch a month’s worth of minor league games.

    It gives you a chance to see somebody Jim Callis of Baseball America said, “can’t hit”, even though he’s currently at .340, 4 HR, 25 RBI, 1.021 OPS after 25 games.

    This, from the same guy who last week determined Josh Reddick can be the starting LF for the Red Sox after seeing 4 “impressive AB’s” (his actual quote) in his first AB’s against Tampa.

    Gotta love “solid” first impressions.

  16. Tim N. August 12th, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Possibly my favorite Springsteen song… good choice!

  17. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Garrius and Greg D- you are in

    Greg D- welcome to the party. We usually play every weekday at 2pm for 7pm starts.

    I posted the official “Guess the Line Up” rules two threads ago around 8:30am

  18. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Randy,

    He may be a friend but, that’s not what happened. Porcello took down Youk, not the other way around.

    The wonderful thing about the Boston media is they are such homers, even when they don’t try to be, they simply can’t help themselves! lol

  19. ADam August 12th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Wow… pretty good pitching match up… Didn’t realize Romero’s numbers…

    Heres the line up he’ll face, Erica

    SS Jeter
    LF Damon
    1B Tex
    DH AROD
    RF SWISH
    2B Cano
    CF Melk
    3B JH JR
    C Molina

  20. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Btw- the submission window for today’s “Guess the Line Up” is now closed. Do not post any more entries while we wait for a winner

  21. Rayvt August 12th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Tex 1B
    ARod DH
    Swisher RF
    Cano 2B
    Cabrera CF
    Hairston 3B
    Molina C

  22. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 10:04 am

    You are late ADam, but I will allow it since you got in before I posted the window was closed.

  23. Brandon W August 12th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    I think one of the most impressive things about Rivera is the respect he commands of… pretty much everyone. You see it at the All-Star game, you see it after he closes out a game, etc. The players have a ton of respect for that guy and his maddening cutter.

    Some people have tried arguing that K-Rod or Papelbon is better than Mo, but while they have both had seasons that were impressive, they will never do it for as long as, as consistently as, or with as much respect as Rivera. That’s what truly sets him apart, even more than the fact that he routinely goes over a month at a time without allowing a run.

  24. Rayvt August 12th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Did I miss out Erica?

  25. Number 23 August 12th, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Boston’s at it again. Inciting brawls to ignite their team. What a bunch of thugs. Yaklips got taken down by that scrawny pitcher though.

  26. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 10:08 am

    RayVT-

    I will allow it because you are a regular and I allowed it for ADam.

    No further exceptions though!

  27. upstate kate August 12th, 2009 at 10:08 am

    and it is not just respect for him as a pitcher, but also respect for him as a person. Mo is so humble.

  28. Tom in N.J. August 12th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Porcello made all Jersey-boys proud with the take down last night.

  29. Number 23 August 12th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Burnett is a better second half pitcher. I think he’ll be great in the post season too.

  30. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    RayVT & ADam,

    You guys both posted the same line up right after the submission window closed. You don’t know something I don’t do you?

  31. David August 12th, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Should be interesting with Mitre and Gaudin going back to back this weekend.

  32. GET YER DAMN HANDS OFF OF HER. August 12th, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I read that Boston hit Cabreera on Monday night as well? Is that true or is ESPN full of it?

  33. JeterJobaFanForever - but I will notbadmouthPhil August 12th, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I saw the Youk tussle. Youk charged the pitcher’s mouund like a wounded bull, threw his helmet and lunged at Purcello who with a slight step threw You to the ground. He fell with him as Youk had a tight grip. Purcello 1,Youk 0. He better get a long suspension. I can’t even imagine any of the current Yankees doing that.

  34. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Rebecca-

    Where are you with your Twitter. Do you know the line up yet?

  35. Ramey - Traded his Girlfriend to the Pirates for a PTBNL August 12th, 2009 at 10:13 am

    “I read that Boston hit Cabreera on Monday night as well? Is that true or is ESPN full of it?”

    Boston hit Cabrera and Inge on Monday night and Detroit hit Youkilis monday night as well

  36. JeterJobaFanForever - but I will notbadmouthPhil August 12th, 2009 at 10:13 am

    yes, Miguel was hit the day before. Hope he hits 4 HR’s today!

  37. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 10:14 am

    a couple of things on the Youk brawl –

    it’s probable the Youk will appeal – but no one can say for certainty. It depends on the length of the suspension. If he gets off light (3 days) – he would be stupid to appeal.

    Most Yankee fans think Bob Watson gives a harder time (suspensions, fines etc) to Yankees.

    Listening to WEEI yesterday at lunchtime – the talking head (Holley) said Watson is EASIER on Yankees due to his time with the team. He says he has a “soft spot” for the Yanks.

    I guess it’s like the ESPN debate – are they fairer to Boston or NY ? – depends what side of the street you are on.

  38. GET YER DAMN HANDS OFF OF HER. August 12th, 2009 at 10:14 am

    “Cabrera, who like Youkilis was also hit in the series opener on Monday night, later left the game with a bruise on his left hand.”

    They both got hit Monday night an no warnings were issued?!?!?

  39. teddy August 12th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    wow skip bayless saying kevin shouldn’t be suspended what a loser

  40. GET YER DAMN HANDS OFF OF HER. August 12th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Tazawa should have absolutley gotten tossed. Even though after review, Cabrera should have moved and not gotten hit, getting hit on the hands is pretty dumb.

  41. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 12th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Official line up via twitter

    Jeter SS
    Damon LF
    Matsui DH
    Rodriguez 3B
    Posada C
    Canó 2B
    Swisher 1B
    Hinske RF
    Cabrera CF

    Yes, it is correct.

  42. Boogie Down Bob August 12th, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Youk is a clown

  43. Hokiehill August 12th, 2009 at 10:17 am

    RayVT, are morning the loss of Darren Evans for the season like I am today? Assuming you heard, he tore his ACL in practice yesterday and is out for the year.

  44. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 10:17 am

    RayVT & ADam

    Nevermind, you were both wrong. LOL. Sorry, I just thought it was weird. My apologies. I just want to make sure GTLU stays fair to everyone :-)

  45. Ed H. August 12th, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Youkilis. I have to admit that I have an affinity for Jewish ballplayers because I’m Jewish. But, Hank Greenberg he’s not.

  46. JohnC August 12th, 2009 at 10:18 am

    “wow skip bayless saying kevin shouldn’t be suspended what a loser”

    You surprised? If that was a Yankee player charging the mound he’d be screaming for a 10 game suspension.

  47. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Well, Joe Girardi completely eluded everyone today with the awe inspiring move of batting Matsui third. We have no winner.

    Joe Girardi > Guess the Line Up

  48. teddy August 12th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    so close, yet so far awy

  49. teddy August 12th, 2009 at 10:21 am

    no, i won’t watch that show again

  50. Brandon W August 12th, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Wait, so Girardi is playing Hinske against a lefty? Impossible! Not that I have a major problem with it, but it’s a little surprising, given his tendencies to play the match-ups.

  51. JeterJobaFanForever - but I will notbadmouthPhil August 12th, 2009 at 10:21 am

    According to earlier reports Miguel was already in the swing motion when he was hit on the hands. He left the game in the 2nd inning.

  52. Ed H. August 12th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    He’s a cagey one, that Joey G.

  53. Yanks Fan August 12th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    When is Jeter going to get a day off?

  54. randy l. August 12th, 2009 at 10:23 am

    “The wonderful thing about the Boston media is they are such homers, even when they don’t try to be, they simply can’t help themselves! lol”

    sj44-
    the weird thing is shaunessy goes after red sox players so often. i can’t wait to read tony mazzarotti’s description of the events. now there’s a homer to the extreme.

    you could write a book about the reason’s for it, but at the heart of the red sox resurgence since 2004 has been a macho tough guy self image that the players have cultivated and that the fan base identifies with .

    i see it all the time here on the cape. the fan base identifies with the macho-ness. red sox nation simply cannot see youkillis as the guy charged the mound and was taken down with authority by a skinny( though highly athletic 20 year old).

    youkillis is an excellent ball player and nothing impressed me more than seeing him go into left field in yankee stadium on short notice and take one for the team there.
    anyone who’s ever caught mlb flyballs know they aren’t the kind you see in high school.

    that said, youkillis can’t fight his way out of a wet paper bag. he has no street fighter instincts at all. and no football tackling skill either . that’s because he’s been probably working on his baseball game every spare moment of his life.

    it shows, but macho he ain’t. despite the look, he’s a cream puff and it’s time the red sox to give up the macho self image and get one where they just play good baseball because they are no longer the baddest guys on the block.

  55. Jerkface August 12th, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Romero is tough but not as tough on lefties because his changeup that owns righties runs right into the bat for lefties.

  56. MaineYankee August 12th, 2009 at 10:23 am

    SJ44
    August 12th, 2009 at 10:02 am
    Randy,

    He may be a friend but, that’s not what happened. Porcello took down Youk, not the other way around.

    The wonderful thing about the Boston media is they are such homers, even when they don’t try to be, they simply can’t help themselves! lol

    —————————————————–

    It has always amazed me how different the coverage is between NY and Boston.

    The NY writers seem to enjoy hating on the Yankees.

    Just the opposite in Boston.

  57. Garrius August 12th, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Hinske went 2-3 with a HR against Romero on July 6.

  58. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release August 12th, 2009 at 10:24 am

    wow skip bayless saying kevin shouldn’t be suspended what a loser

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

    :roll:
    Shut up Skippy

  59. David August 12th, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Skip Bayless also said the Yankees would miss the playoffs…take what he says for what it’s worth.

  60. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 10:26 am

    ANNOUNCEMENT-

    I have a scheduling conflict tomorrow evening. For a 10pm start “Guess the Line Up” should run from 5pm until 6:40. However, I accidentally made dinner plans at 6:30.

    I will start GTLU at 5pm as scheduled, however after I leave work at 6:15- I will use the power of the LoHud time stamp and allow submissions until 6:40 even though I will not be there. The winner for tomorrow’s round will be awarded whenever I get home tomorrow night. Probably around the start of the game.

    Please try to beat Joe Girardi.

  61. miggs August 12th, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Bayless is more of a joke than Francesa.

    Anytime a player charges the mound there will be a suspension, and the freak threw his helmet!

    For Bayless to say that is just complete nonsense.

    The more I watch the replay the more I laugh at that clown Youkilis.

    The guy charges the mound with a crazed look on his face. Porcello’s like “Wow, this nutcase is coming after me.”

    Porcello wasn’t even completely facing the mound when he started charging.

    Then Porcello backs away and the lunatic throws his helmet? What a sissy. Who throws their helmet at someone?

    Then Porcello must be thinking “Well this numbskull is going to get to me, I may as well throw him to the ground like a ragdoll.”

    Youkilis comes out of this looking like a complete joke, no matter what ridiculous spin ESPN puts on it.

  62. betsy August 12th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    AJ has been great for a long period of time now. He may have been more dominant in his good stretches last year (he’s not striking out as many this year), but he’s a much better pitcher (based on his ability to compete without his best stuff, his coming up big in important games) now. At least, that’s how it seems to me. On another board I post at, someone said AJ is just like Dice-K last year – very lucky because his peripherals are terrible (decrease in strike outs, increase in walks – other stuff like FIP, etc…). I hate to judge a player just based on statistics, then you might as well be playing video game baseball. I admit, however, that I did Dice K overrated last year based on his stats……

    In any case, today’s another big game. Romero’s going to be very tough, so AJ will have to be on the top of his game.

  63. Thank You Michael Lewis August 12th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    The “Better with Age” comment can be attributed to the ballpark

    “Again, there may be some errors due to scaling, but the effects seem pretty obvious. Only three of the 10 homers Jeter has hit at the new stadium would be out without the switch. With this boost in power, Jeter’s ISO has risen 23 points from last year’s mark. Jeter may be in a park that plays to his strengths as an opposite field hitter, but Jeter’s 35, and not much has changed outside of where he’s playing. Despite his increased production, it is still questionable whether or not Jeter’s career can continue after he can’t play SS any more.”

    http://www.beyondtheboxscore.c.....-jeter-and

  64. CB August 12th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    “Well, Joe Girardi completely eluded everyone today with the awe inspiring move of batting Matsui third. We have no winner.”

    I think it was Pat yesterday who mentioned Girardi saying that he wanted to get left handed hitters into the line up today.

    And that’s a very smart move.

    Romero has a fantastic change up. That is the pitch that has made him successful. It has tremendous downwards action and fade to it.

    But he’s a left handed pitcher and his change up has a lot of arm side run to it. That means his change up is going to tend to move down and in to left handed hitters. In other words his change is going to tend to move towards the power spot of most left handed bats.

    As such I’d guess Romero doesn’t throw his change much to lefties. Too dangerous. And this is especially true in a stadium with a short right field porch.

    Essentially, if he isn’t throwing his change up, you’ve forced him to give up his biggest weapon as a pitcher, the tool that has been the foundation for much of his success this year.

    And the numbers bear this out. Romero has a huge reverse platoon split. Right handed hitters have a .713 OPS against Romero. Left handers have an .860 OPS against him.

    It’ll be very interesting to see how romero approaches this line up today at the stadium and how comfortable he feels in throwing his best pitch.

  65. MaineYankee August 12th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    randy

    Your explanation of the mentality of old school guys like Leland and Pinella in regard to throwing at hitters was good. Totally different view depending on where your looking at it.

    I think thie sweep by the Yankees and now last nights incident is starting to change how the RS are looked at.

    The shine is coming off the new car.

  66. Bronx Jeers August 12th, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Youkilis the Weiner ?

    From his Wiki page.

    The Youkilis family name has an unusual history. His Jewish great-great-great-grandfather, a native of 19th-century Romania, moved to Greece at the age of 16 to avoid conscription at the hands of the notoriously anti-Semitic Cossacks. He became homesick, however, and returned to Romania after a couple of years, although he changed his surname from “Weiner” to the Greek name, “Youkilis”, to avoid army and jail.

  67. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 10:36 am

    “the weird thing is shaunessy goes after red sox players so often. i can’t wait to read tony mazzarotti’s description of the events. now there’s a homer to the extreme.”

    Randy – if you want a good laugh – read Dan this morning.

    “Bill Belichick would have loved it.

    Kevin Youkilis took a first-pitch fastball in the back, hesitated for a split second, then made a bull rush for 20-year-old Tiger pitcher Rick Porcello. The kid righty was backpedaling when a sprinting Youk flung his helmet at him, then wrapped him up and wrestled him to the ground like a baby calf.

    Go Time. Now we know who can take the place of Mike Vrabel.”

    http://tinyurl.com/oq28r6

  68. Robbykid August 12th, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Jeter-DH
    Swisher-LF
    Tex-1B
    AROD-3B
    Posada-C
    Cano-2B
    Hinske-DH
    Melky-CF
    Pena-SS

  69. TLVP August 12th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Will Porcello get a suspension? Doesn’t deserve it – no warnings were given even though Cabrera was hit twice in two days and there were two more HBP the day before (one of which was Youk)

    I understand that Youk wasn’t happy about being hit twice in 2 days but you didn’t see Cabrera charge the mound like a clown…

  70. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    No problem with Hinske in there against the lefty. He and Swisher were the only two that hit Romero hard in when he pitched against them in July.

  71. Thank You Michael Lewis August 12th, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I am one of the few Yankees fans that enjoys Youklis’ game. I think he is an incredible hitter and a defensive stud at 1B, while versatile enough to play average 3B. That he was willing to embarrass himself in LF is admirable.

    Who knows who would win in a fight between Youk and Porcello, but last night, Porcello adeptly won the battle of momentum. Anyone could have tossed down Youk with the way he lunged at Porcello.

  72. CountryClub August 12th, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Pete’s comments about the bench are spot on. Cash has completely reworked the pen and bench on the fly and both are now a strength.

    Even with Tex out of the lienup, there isnt one weak batter playing today.

  73. Yankee U August 12th, 2009 at 10:39 am

    “BETTER WITH AGE: Jeter has 13 homers and 20 stolen bases. He had 11 homers and 11 steals last season. In 2007 he had 12 homers and 15 steals.”

    I guess the new ballpark is faster too.

  74. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 10:40 am

    CB-

    Why don’t you play?

    For the record, no one was even close today. Even without knowing about Matsui batting third, no one had all 9 players right. Joe Girardi really shocked everyone

  75. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Robbykid
    August 12th, 2009 at 10:36 am
    Jeter-DH
    Swisher-LF
    Tex-1B
    AROD-3B
    Posada-C
    Cano-2B
    Hinske-DH
    Melky-CF
    Pena-SS

    ***

    No offense meant by this, but how can you be so wrong when the line up has been posted for over 15 minutes? Also, GTLU ended 40 minutes ago

  76. MaineYankee August 12th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I think if the Tigers had a WWE belt there is no question who they would have given it to last night,even having lost the game.

  77. TLVP August 12th, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Yankee U

    leading off i’m sure he’s encouraged to steal more, but yes he’s got a very good year so far and will break the all time hits record for a SS tonight with 4 hits… hmmmm maybe that will be tomorrow instead…

  78. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Erica – always OPPC
    August 12th, 2009 at 10:40 am
    CB-

    Why don’t you play?

    For the record, no one was even close today. Even without knowing about Matsui batting third, no one had all 9 players right. Joe Girardi really shocked everyone

    ————————————————————

    I don’t know why Girardi’s getting the correct lineups should shock everyone. He’s very close to the yankee manager. Probably gets inside tips.

  79. 86w183 August 12th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Baseball has a big problem with discipline because everything is so subjective and the guy in charge is quite frankly an idiot.

    He has given out six game suspensions for pitchers that didn’t hit anyone. Yet Matt Garza gets only a fine for intentionally hitting someone and proudly admitting it.

    Hard and fast punishments for hitting someone shoulder or higher or charging the mound would do wonders. Escalating penalties should be in place for repeat offenders.

    However nothing would help more than changing the CBA so players don’t get paid while under suspension.

    Also, appeals should be heard immediately and Watson or hopefully his competent replacement goes directly to the player and meets with him in whatever city he’s playing in. Verdict is rendered that same day and the PLAYER pays all expenses associated with the appeal. Allow the clubs to reimburse the player, but don’t mandate it.

  80. pat August 12th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Bayless says what he does to be a contrarian. He thinks it makes for good TV.

    If Watson acts quickly on Youk’s suspension:

    If he doesn’t appeal, he misses the Texas series who they are battling for the WC.

    If he does appeal and Watson addresses it before next Thursday, he misses at least part of the Yankee series.

    That’s a pick your poison decision.

  81. MaineYankee August 12th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    GB7

    He needs to be carefull. Remember what happened to Martha Stewart. :lol:

  82. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 10:51 am

    GreenBeret7

    I don’t know why Girardi’s getting the correct lineups should shock everyone. He’s very close to the yankee manager. Probably gets inside tips.

    ****

    GB7- Thats what makes GTLU so much fun. No one knows the inner workings of the mind of Joe Girardi. Sometimes I think he goes with unusual line ups just to elude LoHud lineup guessers

  83. Bronx Jeers August 12th, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Romero’s splits

    Vs. AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HBP SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
    Left 134 0 40 12 0 6 17 8 0 36 0 0 .299 .336 .522 .858
    Right 296 0 74 14 1 7 27 36 4 54 0 .250 .337 .375 .712

  84. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 10:53 am

    MaineYankee
    August 12th, 2009 at 10:50 am
    GB7

    He needs to be carefull. Remember what happened to Martha Stewart.

    ————————————————————

    As long as Girardi doesn’t use the clubhouse phone to place bets on the the lineup, he’s safe.

  85. betsy August 12th, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Does anyone think that Joba might be affected by not knowing when he’s going to pitch? Even Jorge mentioned it last night. I don’t like the Yankees making their plans for Joba known in the media before the tell him…….already, there’s word about Gaudin taking his next start (which, by the way, is a very unpleasant thought. Mitre and Gaudin back to back? The pen is going to be toast). I hope for the Yankees’ sake that their lead has not been cut down substantially by then as I really don’t relish the thought of having those two taking the mound for us…….

    Youk will not be suspended – that’s my prediction based on Bob Watson’s history. Watson clearly hates the Yankees – I mean, seriously – he suspended AJ, but not Matt Garza (who admitted he threw at Tex)? If Youk is suspended, it will be for a game or two – that’s it – and it will be reduced.

  86. m August 12th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Missed the discussion on the launchpad thread. Thanks so much CB for those numbers about how the Yankees do on the road. And the visiting team face the same dimensions as the Yankees do. But don’t let facts get in the way, folks.

    Where’s the person that inferred yesterday that Girardi would sit Matsui because he always rewards Hideki like that after a big game? I don’t understand why people would say such things. They think that Girardi’s trying to lose or something. Girardi does some funny things with the lineups, but he has his reasons and it hasn’t stopped him from winning.

  87. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Adam Lind has been a pain in the neck this series, but, the real surprises have been Lyle Overbay and Joe Inglett. Drill both of them. They deserve it.

  88. BR August 12th, 2009 at 10:58 am

    What did Skip Bayless’ reasoning for Youk not getting suspended?

  89. m August 12th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Does Alex always talk his way into the lineup?

    I hope he gets the first game off in Seattle after a long plane ride.

  90. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 11:00 am

    86w183-

    I was under the impression that players didn’t get paid while suspended. When Manny got suspended for drugs everyone said it would cost him millions of dollars. Are drug suspensions unpaid while diciplinary suspensions aren’t???

  91. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 11:01 am

    I am happy Tex is sitting. That guy hasn’t had a day off in a very long time. One must be coming for Jeter soon

  92. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Saw something in some notes yesterday about Tampa considering moving BJ Upton. A change of scenery may be in his best interests. something isn’t clicking upstairs with him.

  93. rf11 August 12th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    although HOPE week was a while ago and everyone is focused on today’s game, here is a really nice article from ESPN on all the yankees did w/ Camp Sundown ….

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn.....ortCat=mlb

  94. 86w183 August 12th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    That is correct Erica.

  95. MaineYankee August 12th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Betsy

    I think Youk might possibly get a longer suspension in order to get some of this hitting batters under control.

    If it is a minor suspension it won’t be a deterrent which is one of the problems with the fine Garza got.

    Porcello will likely get a suspension instead of just a fine because of the brawl.

  96. Rex August 12th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    “Adam Lind has been a pain in the neck this series”

    He’s been a pain for everyone all year. Good young hitter. Been killing RHPs all year and has even posted a more than respectable .800+ OPS against lefties. Big problem he gives the Jays is that he was born to DH.

  97. BR August 12th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    I don’t think you can sit Jeter right now given he has like 6 hits in the past 2 days

  98. m August 12th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Woot! First to 70! Dodgers were on pace to do that in June, but a funny thing happened. The Yankees starting kicking butt. I can’t believe there’s 30% of the schedule left. Last trimester can sometimes be the most grueling, but a “berth” will bring smiles and hopefully “cigars”!

  99. 86w183 August 12th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Austin Jackson and Melancon/Robertson for BJ Upton?

    I’d do that and move Melky to RF and let Damon/Swisher share LF/DH or Swish LF and Matsui DH depending on who is being more reasonable in their financial demands.

    Why would Tex need a day off? He’s only 29. Jeter I can see getting one in Seattle, definitely.

  100. MaineYankee August 12th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    GreenBeret7
    August 12th, 2009 at 10:57 am
    Adam Lind has been a pain in the neck this series, but, the real surprises have been Lyle Overbay and Joe Inglett. Drill both of them. They deserve it.

    —————————————————–

    Be carefull, you might get suspended for that thought. :lol:

  101. upstate kate August 12th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    What about A-rod? When does he get his day off?

  102. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    rf11
    August 12th, 2009 at 11:03 am
    although HOPE week was a while ago and everyone is focused on today’s game, here is a really nice article from ESPN on all the yankees did w/ Camp Sundown ….

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn…..ortCat=mlb

    —————————————-

    Excellent article, thanks for sharing!

  103. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 11:08 am

    m
    August 12th, 2009 at 11:05 am
    Woot! First to 70! Dodgers were on pace to do that in June, but a funny thing happened. The Yankees starting kicking butt. I can’t believe there’s 30% of the schedule left. Last trimester can sometimes be the most grueling, but a “berth” will bring smiles and hopefully “cigars”!

    ***

    I was thinking that yesterday. I can’t believe its game 116 and a pennant race already. It seems like it was just April.

  104. CountryClub August 12th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    BJ Upton is having a bad year but it would take WAY more than that to get him.

  105. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 12th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Anthony DiComo is reporting via Twitter that Joba will start wednesday in Oakland.

  106. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    MaineYankee
    August 12th, 2009 at 11:06 am
    GreenBeret7
    August 12th, 2009 at 10:57 am
    Adam Lind has been a pain in the neck this series, but, the real surprises have been Lyle Overbay and Joe Inglett. Drill both of them. They deserve it.

    —————————————————–

    Be carefull, you might get suspended for that thought.

    ————————————————————

    I’d have to appeal, but, to who? Can’t appeal to PA. He’d make it longer. Erica? Perhaps. Probably get a lighter sentence if I send her a dozen roses.

  107. CountryClub August 12th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Girardi did his weekly spot on the Fan yesterday and he said that Tex and Arod will both get days off in the next few days. Francessa asked if it would be today and Thursday and Girardi said it might be the 2nd game of the Mariners series (because of matchups). So Arod will get a day during the next series.

  108. betsy August 12th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I guess we knew this was coming – no Tex. The guys do need a day off, so it’s a good move. I figured all along that Alex would sit tomorrow, the first game after a long flight.

  109. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 12th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    rf11:

    “”It’s cool to be part of this,” said Burnett, whom Zillo forced to leave at 3:15. “And it’s kind of mind-boggling. I can’t imagine if I couldn’t take my children outside.”"

    “whom Zillo FORCED to leave”

    I nearly cried. Seriously. That’s freaking amazing.

  110. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    upstate kate
    August 12th, 2009 at 11:06 am
    What about A-rod? When does he get his day off?

    ***
    Seattle I guess.

  111. MaineYankee August 12th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    GB7

    I think Upton has had a bit of an attitude problem from the beginning.

    Looking at it from the outside it seems like he has the attitude he should be a star because of the talent even though the results haven’t always been there.

    A little like Rios, the talent is there but not always the effort.

  112. m August 12th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Youk’s the first in a long time to charge the mound. In some twisted way, I can see his POV. Hitters are always getting. Like hundreds of times and the batters can’t do anything but smile and walk to first base.

    Tazawa didn’t hit Miggy on purpose, he swung into the ball. It still served its purpose, though. I’ve seen the Red Sox do this with the Yankees. Passive-aggressive plunking to leave the Yankees short-handed.

    Youkilis deserves a suspension, but it won’t be long enough to satisfy us. That’s just how we are. I suppose Porcello deserves a suspension for the retaliatory hit, but he was only defending himself on the mound and should get nothing tacked on. 6 day-suspension, knocked down to 5 sounds about right.

    I’m a pacifist for the most part, but I wish someone had really popped Youkilis. Just for fun.

  113. CountryClub August 12th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Rebecca, if that’s true he’ll miss the Sox series. I think AJ and CC are lined up for it though. Hopefully Pettitte will get the other game.

  114. Boogie Down Bob August 12th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I think its reasonable to expect Youk to receive a 6 game suspension if history is any indicator.

    I looked back to when Richie Sexson, who was with the Mariners at the time of the incident, charged the mound not too long ago and threw his helmet at the pitcher.

    He received a 6 game suspension for his actions, so I think we should expect to see Youk get the same thing.

  115. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    GreenBeret7
    August 12th, 2009 at 11:09 am
    MaineYankee
    August 12th, 2009 at 11:06 am
    GreenBeret7
    August 12th, 2009 at 10:57 am
    Adam Lind has been a pain in the neck this series, but, the real surprises have been Lyle Overbay and Joe Inglett. Drill both of them. They deserve it.

    —————————————————–

    Be carefull, you might get suspended for that thought.

    ————————————————————

    I’d have to appeal, but, to who? Can’t appeal to PA. He’d make it longer. Erica? Perhaps. Probably get a lighter sentence if I send her a dozen roses.

    ****

    YES! I love flowers. And I am an excellent enforcer!!! Just ask anyone banned from GTLU. LOL.

    I won’t suspend you unless they actually get hurt. And then it depends on how pretty the flowers are

  116. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 11:14 am

    For those interested, Jim Bouton will be interviewed by Bob Costas on Sunday night. Should be great stuff. Mickey Mantle was Costas’ idol and that was the meat of Bouton’s book.

  117. Tom in N.J. August 12th, 2009 at 11:14 am

    “reliever Alfredo Aceves strolling the yard, strumming his guitar while Cashman sang the Police’s “Message in a Bottle.” ”

    That is Awesome.

  118. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Rebecca–Optimist Prime–Montero Fanaticus Primus
    August 12th, 2009 at 11:11 am
    rf11:

    “”It’s cool to be part of this,” said Burnett, whom Zillo forced to leave at 3:15. “And it’s kind of mind-boggling. I can’t imagine if I couldn’t take my children outside.””

    “whom Zillo FORCED to leave”

    I nearly cried. Seriously. That’s freaking amazing.

    ****
    I agree. But how does the Head of PR for the Yankees have the authority to tell a player when to leave an event?

  119. MaineYankee August 12th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    GB7

    Erica was who I thought of but she’s starting to get pretty tough. :lol:

  120. betsy August 12th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Boy, Evan Roberts: the West Coast is a “dangerous” place…..He makes it sound like the Yankees are assuming they are going to still have a big lead by the time they are done with the trip and is questioning their skipping Joba…….Maybe they won’t have a big lead, or a lead at all – it’s a long, tough trip and it stinks that Boston comes at the tail end of it – but what can you do? The Yankees probably should have skipped Joba earlier in the season – in fact, I don’t know why they didn’t do that. Now they are in the toughest part of their schedule, in a pennant race, and they have to stick Mitre and Gaudin back to back.

  121. Wait till we come to the Sardine Can August 12th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    I’m guessing Joe G won guess the lineup?

  122. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Erica – always OPPC
    August 12th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I’d have to appeal, but, to who? Can’t appeal to PA. He’d make it longer. Erica? Perhaps. Probably get a lighter sentence if I send her a dozen roses.

    ****

    YES! I love flowers. And I am an excellent enforcer!!! Just ask anyone banned from GTLU. LOL.

    I won’t suspend you unless they actually get hurt. And then it depends on how pretty the flowers are

    ————————————————————

    Since they are only Blue Jays, I wonder if the ASPCA will get involved?

    The roses will be gorgeous, naturally. Nothing but the best for “The Enforcer”.

  123. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    MaineYankee
    August 12th, 2009 at 11:16 am
    GB7

    Erica was who I thought of but she’s starting to get pretty tough
    ***

    Awesome.. I am nominating myself the official LoHud enforcer. :grin:

  124. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Wait till we come to the Sardine Can
    August 12th, 2009 at 11:17 am
    I’m guessing Joe G won guess the lineup?

    ***

    No one was even close :-(

    I really hate when Joe Girardi wins

  125. rf11 August 12th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Rebecca–Optimist Prime–Montero Fanaticus Primus
    August 12th, 2009 at 11:11 am
    rf11:

    “”It’s cool to be part of this,” said Burnett, whom Zillo forced to leave at 3:15. “And it’s kind of mind-boggling. I can’t imagine if I couldn’t take my children outside.””

    “whom Zillo FORCED to leave”

    I nearly cried. Seriously. That’s freaking amazing.

    ****

    It is so nice to read things like that, its a great group of guys this team has, knowing that they are genuinely interested in helping out less fortunate individuals and it is something they actually want to do and not being forced to do

    very special group of players

  126. Macho Man August 12th, 2009 at 11:19 am

    “it shows, but macho he ain’t.”

    He’s not, but nobody’s less macho than AL pitchers who intentionally throw at batters.

  127. bru August 12th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Jim Callis is an idiot.

    there is no way to predict the future

    there are nice suprises all the time in baseball

  128. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    MaineYankee
    August 12th, 2009 at 11:16 am
    GB7

    Erica was who I thought of but she’s starting to get pretty tough.

    ————————————————————

    Candy….flowers….a valentine….that should soften her up. She’d then be compelled to go light on me. Just throw her powder puff at me.

  129. Wait till we come to the Sardine Can August 12th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    This lineup was shockingly unexpected.

    Yesterday’s game was fun. :-)

  130. m August 12th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Winning yesterday was huge. Losing 2 games in the standings to the Sox would dramatically shift momentum and give the Sox a chance with X number of HTH games left.

    But in the first month of the season, it looked like there were a few good teams at the top and there would be a lot of parity. That’s played itself out for the most part. There’s the Yankees, and there’s everyone else. The Central can barely get out of its own way. That leaves Angels, Texas, Boston, and Tampa fighting for 2 spots. Either way, I see the Yankees making it, so I can’t worry too much about Gaudin and Mitre pitching back-to-back. And a belly-to-belly….!!!!

  131. Jerkface August 12th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    He’s not, but nobody’s less macho than AL pitchers who intentionally throw at batters.

    You think you’re some kind of expert?

  132. CountryClub August 12th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    I know we all stress about the Red Sox, but the Yanks main goal is making the playoffs. If they lose the division (which they wont) and make the playoffs AND have Joba ready to pitch in the playoffs, then Cash and Girardi did their job.

  133. Tom in N.J. August 12th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Hey SJ. The “Baseball Cube” scouting report has Tony right in line with another catching prospect:

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

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

  134. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 12th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    GI Joe: Joba will pitch on 8 days rest for the rest of the season

    hmmm..

  135. bru August 12th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    CB

    very nice anlogy

  136. Rex August 12th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Assuming Joba’s next start is Wednesday, let’s play this out from today:

    vs. Sea: Burnett, Sabathia, Mitre, Gaudin
    vs. Oak: Pettitte, Burnett, Joba
    off day:
    vs. Bos: Sabathia (on mega rest), Pettitte, Burnett

    Right?

  137. m August 12th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    8 days rest, huh? Expect some funky games from Joba. Add to that, they’ll push back the vets, and we’ll be seeing lots of Gaudin, it should be um, some unpredictable baseball.

    I think I’d prefer that Joba be skipped all together every other start or just rest him for the second half of September.

    Oh well.

  138. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    GreenBeret7
    August 12th, 2009 at 11:20 am
    MaineYankee
    August 12th, 2009 at 11:16 am
    GB7

    Erica was who I thought of but she’s starting to get pretty tough.

    ————————————————————

    Candy….flowers….a valentine….that should soften her up. She’d then be compelled to go light on me. Just throw her powder puff at me.

    ***

    Hey!!! I am tough when I need to be. Last year I made a 40 year old woman at work cry. I admit, I am kind of proud of that

    But I promise to be a fair disciplinarian and enforcer! It’s the independent Auditor in me.

  139. Jerkface August 12th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I think I’d prefer that Joba be skipped all together every other start or just rest him for the second half of September.

    This accomplishes the same thing

  140. Wait till we come to the Sardine Can August 12th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    8 days rest? Well that’s odd.

  141. benfica356 August 12th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    vs Sea: CC, Andy, Mitre, Gaudin
    vs Oak: Burnett, CC, Joba
    vs Bos: Andy, Mitre, Gaudin(will probably change)

  142. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    m
    August 12th, 2009 at 11:27 am
    8 days rest, huh? Expect some funky games from Joba. Add to that, they’ll push back the vets, and we’ll be seeing lots of Gaudin, it should be um, some unpredictable baseball.

    ***

    Actually, remember how amazing Joba was right after the ASB when he had a long break and went to Nebraska. Long rest seems to agree with him

  143. CountryClub August 12th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Rex, Aj is pitching today. So he wont be pitching in Seattle.

  144. Wait till we come to the Sardine Can August 12th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Does it? He had extra days rest before yesterday’s start.

    Granted, yesterday’s start wasn’t AWFUL, but it could have been much better.

  145. Bret the Hitman August 12th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Only cowards need weapons.

  146. bru August 12th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    manny lost about 8 million

    i think you are right erica

  147. m August 12th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    What accomplishes the same thing? Pitching him every 8 days? My point is that pitching him every 8 days is an inconvenience IMO. But if it has minimal effect on the other starters, then it’s all good.

  148. Rex August 12th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    My bad Benfica, I forgot about today’s game. Duh!

    Thanks CC, I caught myself. Liked it better my way though.

  149. David August 12th, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Tierney thinks Joba should be DL’d for 2 weeks so that he’s available on normal rest for the remainder of the season. Did he also consider the fact that Mitre and Gaudin would be back to back during that timespan?

  150. pat August 12th, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Per Pete

    “Not every start will be on extra rest but some obviously will be. The innings limit is more than people think. They based it on the entirety of his career, not just last year.”

  151. m August 12th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    So did we find out what happened yesterday? Things were going fine, and then something about Joba was rushing in the 3rd inning? (thanks, Josh)

  152. Rex August 12th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    “vs Sea: CC, Andy, Mitre, Gaudin
    vs Oak: Burnett, CC, Joba
    vs Bos: Andy, Mitre, Gaudin(will probably change)”

    The off day on Thursday ahead of the Red Sox game would allow Burnett and Sabathia to pitch in Boston on regular rest.

  153. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    MaineYankee
    August 12th, 2009 at 11:12 am
    GB7

    I think Upton has had a bit of an attitude problem from the beginning.

    Looking at it from the outside it seems like he has the attitude he should be a star because of the talent even though the results haven’t always been there.

    A little like Rios, the talent is there but not always the effort.

    ————————————————————

    I’m not really sure what Upton’s problems are. I’m sure that he feels like he’s the star, but, clearly, that’s Crawford and Longoria. Makes you wonder if there is some unhealthy jealously, there. His brother seems to have moved ahead of him in the family, too.

    The only problem that I have with either is that, even with all of the talent they have, and it’s enormous, neither seems to be real baseball smart. They throw to the wrong bases, run at will, and not always at the best times, and both bail and whale on every pitch. They could both be major super stars or both could end up like Alfonso Soriano and just never quite get to the top.

  154. m August 12th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    And I know that they could give the vets an extra day of rest. But it’s my understanding that most pitchers have routines and schedules they like to stick to. Although no one was a stickler like Moose was. :)

  155. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Erica – always OPPC
    August 12th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Candy….flowers….a valentine….that should soften her up. She’d then be compelled to go light on me. Just throw her powder puff at me.

    ***

    Hey!!! I am tough when I need to be. Last year I made a 40 year old woman at work cry. I admit, I am kind of proud of that

    But I promise to be a fair disciplinarian and enforcer! It’s the independent Auditor in me.

    ————————————————————

    Yeah….just my luck. No whips, chains and leather.

  156. Macho Man August 12th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    “Only cowards need weapons.”

    Like baseballs, you mean? I agree.

    Jerkface:

    Not an expert on it, but anyone who throws a ball 90+ MPH at someone without fear of retribution is a coward.

  157. Bret the Hitman August 12th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    It is fashionable to throw baseballs in the game of baseball.

  158. benfica356 August 12th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    so vs boston: Andy, Burnett, CC?

  159. benfica356 August 12th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    so vs boston: Andy, Burnett, CC?

  160. RS August 12th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    It’s kind of amazing that when I see Teixeira’s name out of the lineup I’m just as worried about replacing his glove with Swisher’s than I am about losing his bat.

    Having Tex at 1B has been such a comfort.

  161. Bronx Jeers August 12th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Sexson got a much better throw off than Youk.

  162. pat August 12th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Kangaroo Court is such a good idea.

    Instead of rolling your eyes or holding in what bugs people about each other, you bring it to court, have a laugh over it and let it go.

  163. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Boston pitchers have been throwing at batters for years and their fans, media and players had no issues with it. Suddenly, they’re all calling for something to be done about it.

  164. Rex August 12th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Looks right Benfica

  165. Jerkface August 12th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    What accomplishes the same thing? Pitching him every 8 days? My point is that pitching him every 8 days is an inconvenience IMO. But if it has minimal effect on the other starters, then it’s all good.

    You said ‘pitch him every other start’, thats pretty much 8 days rest :)

    Macho Man: Joke went right over yer head

  166. pat August 12th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Throwing a baseball is required for the game to be played. Throwing a helmet is not.

  167. Tom in N.J. August 12th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    B.J. Upton pre-labrum injury looked as if he was going to be a super star: 22 year old CF’er with an almost .900 ops.

  168. Bret the Hitman August 12th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    If I am a pitcher right now, I am yearning for Youkilis to charge me on the mound. He is not a threat.

  169. Rex August 12th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    “B.J. Upton pre-labrum injury looked as if he was going to be a super star: 22 year old CF’er with an almost .900 ops.”

    Someone mentioned a bad attitude earlier and that sounds about right. His reaction to being moved down in the order showed a “me first” mindset, when a “I’m disappointed in my results but will keep doing all I can to help the team” approach is really what you’d want to see, especially on a team competing for a postseason spot.

  170. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Doubtful now that Youk would charge the mound again this season. (if he was a repeat offender, the suspension could be doubled)

    In theory, he might get hit MORE now.

    All that head, and so little brain.

  171. BR August 12th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    On the radio the other day Rick Peterson was actually throwing some stats out about Joba and I am not 100% about this so don’t hold me to it but he said Joba is actually at his worst on normal rest and his best on 6 or 7+ days rest

  172. Bret the Hitman August 12th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    I’m guessing Youk WILL get plunked more now.

  173. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Tom,

    thanks for that. Interesting stuff.

    Joba pitches better with extra rest. This will allow him to finish strong, be ready for the post-season, and protect him at the same time.

    Accomplishes all their goals.

  174. pat August 12th, 2009 at 11:55 am

    There are certain players that you see that can be made more uncomfotable than others when they are buzzed.

    Pitchers know it and use it to their advantage. Youk and Longoria seem to get off their game from it as much as anyone.

    Not advocating hitting anyone but brushing them back is about exploiting their weaknesses and that’s what good pitchers do.

  175. betsy August 12th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Am I missing something? I don’t see anything about 8 days rest in Pete’s update, just that Joba will be skipped.
    That means that we are going to see Gaudin and Mitre make up 2/3 of the rotation some of the time…….I’m sorry, that’s just ugly. Aceves is now the caddy for Mitre – which is a complete and utter waste of time (and waste of his arm). We’d have a far greater chance of winning games that Aceves starts than those that Mitre does, but somehow the Yankees don’t agree. Unbelievable.

  176. Glover August 12th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Why not just shut Joba down for the rest of the month and insert Gaudin in his place?

  177. BR August 12th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    I know it is beneficial this year that Joba pitches better on extra rest, but is that a cause for concern in the future when he will not be on an innings limit and will be pitching every 5th day?

  178. m August 12th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Jerkface,

    Gotcha.

  179. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    I would hit Youk just because his stance at the plate annoys me so much. His tushie shaking is NOT cute

  180. higher ground August 12th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    what’s better than awesome?

    playing a 4-game series in Seattle where Felix Hernandez is the only starting pitcher the Yanks don’t face, that’s what.

  181. David August 12th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Glover, that’s what Brandon Tierney suggested, but clearly Joba has no issue pitching on extra rest (look what he did post ASB).

  182. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Betsy-

    I was looking for you to resurface. Are you stil considering going to that autograph signing tomorrow?

  183. Robbykid August 12th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Erica – always OPPC

    I was in the middle of doing the lineup, when i had to run into a meeting, came back filled it out…didnt even notice the lineup was posted

  184. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes August 12th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    MaineYankee
    August 12th, 2009 at 10:23 am
    SJ44
    August 12th, 2009 at 10:02 am
    Randy,
    He may be a friend but, that’s not what happened. Porcello took down Youk, not the other way around.
    The wonderful thing about the Boston media is they are such homers, even when they don’t try to be, they simply can’t help themselves! lol
    —————————————————–
    It has always amazed me how different the coverage is between NY and Boston.
    The NY writers seem to enjoy hating on the Yankees.
    Just the opposite in Boston.
    ======

    It isn’t amazing, when you consider that New York is traditionally a National League town.

    Dick Young was the biggest Yankee hater = Dodger lover.

    Those disconnected Dodger – and to some extent, Giant – fans have always been frustrated by the dominance of the New York Yankees.

    No great surprise that it’s been passed down to their sons and daughters. Newspaper editors in this town have always been old National League guys.

    It’s why we’re hated in our own town – not by the fans, but by the media.

    ESPN has both the inherited NL complex against the Yankees, and the younger generation who are Boston fans. They are, after all, based in Connecticut.

  185. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Betsy-

    Ignore me, the signing is August 27th at 6. NOT tomorrow

  186. bruceb August 12th, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Why so many lefties today against a left-handed pitcher? Romero’s pretty useful so we will need another near-perfect performance from AJ. But will it be the Chicago AJ or the Boston Aj? Answers on a postcard to…

  187. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Robbykid
    August 12th, 2009 at 11:57 am
    Erica – always OPPC

    I was in the middle of doing the lineup, when i had to run into a meeting, came back filled it out…didnt even notice the lineup was posted

    ****
    That explains it. I hate when work interferes with GTLU. Don’t people understand I have other priorities?

  188. betsy August 12th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    The link to the HOPE week article is broken… anyone have a new link? If not, I’ll have to go onto ESPN’s site directly – I did, but I didn’t see it in their MLB section. Thanks for any help – I would love to read the article.

  189. higher ground August 12th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Why so many lefties today against a left-handed pitcher?

    ————————-

    if you check Romero’s splits, all will be clear.

  190. JJ August 12th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Andy will start on 1 weeks rest vs. Boston.

  191. higher ground August 12th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    if/when Youkilis is suspended, that trade for Victor Martinez will pay serious dividends.

  192. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 12th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    “Why not just shut Joba down for the rest of the month and insert Gaudin in his place?”

    B/c we want to win too and not have Joba regress.

    “what’s better than awesome?”

    There’s only one awesome, and that’s me.

    “Glover, that’s what Brandon Tierney suggested”

    Even BT has his bad days.

  193. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Besty,

    Nobody is saying Gaudin and Mitre are going to be in the rotation for while. At some point, you have to trust the Yankees know what they are doing. If you don’t believe that, look at the standings. They have to be doing something right.

    You stack the lineup with lefties against a lefty that features a great changeup. Which Romero possesses.

    It neutralizes his best pitch because lefties have a hard time throwing good changeups to lefty hitters.

  194. BR August 12th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    BT also said last week before the 4 game series that not only did the Red Sox have easily the best rotation in baseball, but one of the best rotations of the decade.

    I immediately changed the radio station and lost all respect for BT when I heard this, so I am hoping he was joking but it sure did not seem like it.

  195. disco stu August 12th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    I think the innings limit situation with Joba is so arbitrary. How can just a few innings here and there make such a difference when he approaches what has been his pre-determined “innings limit”?

    Joba throws well over a 100 pitches everytime he pitches … regardless if he goes 6 innings, 7 innings, or 8 innings.

    If they really want to save wear and tear on his arm between now and the playoffs and they have no intention of putting him back in the bullpen to do so, then why not limit his pitch count from start to start? This way he always pitches each turn thru the rotation, stays in the flow of pitching every fifth day, and saves the strain of having to throw 100 pitches everytime out.

    If you limit his pitches, it may force him to be more economical when he is on the mound … which is definitely something he has yet to learn to do.

  196. Jerkface August 12th, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    If you limit his pitches, it may force him to be more economical when he is on the mound … which is definitely something he has yet to learn to do.

    You kill your bullpen every game he pitches if you do that.

  197. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    How is going to pay “serious dividends”?

    You have a guy who can’t play any position on the field well. He’s a good, but not great, hitter. He also clogs the bases, and having DP candidates hitting behind him doesn’t make their offense much better.

    They lost a flexible arm in Masterson. A guy they could use right now.

    Victor has name value. Aside from that, he is a modest upgrade to the overall team at the present time.

  198. Tank August 12th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    So the Boston pitching matchups will be

    Pettitte vs. Penny
    Burnett vs. Tazawa/Wakefield
    Sabathia vs. Beckett

  199. MaineYankee August 12th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    higher ground
    August 12th, 2009 at 12:04 pm
    if/when Youkilis is suspended, that trade for Victor Martinez will pay serious dividends.

    ————————————————-

    The real problem is playing Lowell that many games in a row. His hip has really slowed him down.

  200. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    For those who enjoy gossip, People.com is analyzing the Kate Hudson effect on A-Rod. There is also a picture of Kate at a game with Amber Sabathia and MPB Johnny Damon’s real wife, Michelle

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20297452,00.html

  201. Phil August 12th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Lowell looks like he’s on HGH, his nose has gotten longer and pointy.

  202. IDCWYT August 12th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    “So the Boston pitching matchups will be

    Pettitte vs. Penny
    Burnett vs. Tazawa/Wakefield
    Sabathia vs. Beckett”

    Don’t you think that is looking too far ahead?

  203. disco stu August 12th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    “You kill your bullpen every game he pitches if you do that.”

    The bullpen will be short anyway if they skip him or move back his starts. If Joba did not have innings limits, then Chad Gaudin would be a full time long reliever. Now that he is being taken out of the pen to spot start in place of Joba, the pen is down one man. Either way the pen is impacted.

    Besides, the rosters expand in 3 weeks, so there will be more arms available to supplement the bullpen if you would scale back Joba’s pitch count before the post-season.

  204. MaineYankee August 12th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    August 12th, 2009 at 12:13 pm
    For those who enjoy gossip, People.com is analyzing the Kate Hudson effect on A-Rod. There is also a picture of Kate at a game with Amber Sabathia and MPB Johnny Damon’s real wife, Michelle

    http://www.people.com/people/a…..52,00.html

    —————————————————

    So now you’re going from game show hostess to gossip columnist? :lol:

  205. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 12th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Kate using the peace fingers is “she’s so dope” :lol:

    What’s our winn PCT% since the Twins Melky walkoff game, b/c that’s the first time she showed up at YS.

  206. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    IDCWYT
    August 12th, 2009 at 12:16 pm
    “So the Boston pitching matchups will be

    Pettitte vs. Penny
    Burnett vs. Tazawa/Wakefield
    Sabathia vs. Beckett”

    Don’t you think that is looking too far ahead?

    ***

    Seriously!!! There are 7 games between now and Fenway. Lets worry about the pitching match ups for those first

  207. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    IDCWYT
    August 12th, 2009 at 12:16 pm
    “So the Boston pitching matchups will be

    Pettitte vs. Penny
    Burnett vs. Tazawa/Wakefield
    Sabathia vs. Beckett”

    Don’t you think that is looking too far ahead?

    ***

    Seriously!!! There are 7 games between now and Fenway. Lets worry about the pitching match ups for those first

  208. Tom from Worcester (MA) August 12th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    SJ, I hear this a lot, but why do lefties have such a hard time throwing change-ups to lefties? Doesn’t the change in velocity throw them off like it would to a righty batter?

  209. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    MaineYankee
    August 12th, 2009 at 12:18 pm
    Erica – always OPPC
    August 12th, 2009 at 12:13 pm
    For those who enjoy gossip, People.com is analyzing the Kate Hudson effect on A-Rod. There is also a picture of Kate at a game with Amber Sabathia and MPB Johnny Damon’s real wife, Michelle

    http://www.people.com/people/a…..52,00.html

    —————————————————

    So now you’re going from game show hostess to gossip columnist?
    ****

    Yes, pretty much :-) . I love gossip. LOL.
    I didn’t write the article. I am just passing it on

  210. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Changeups from a lefty tend to go into lefties. If you miss, its right in their happy zone.

    When they throw it to RH hitters, it dives away from them. That makes it a more effective pitch on righties than lefties.

  211. steve August 12th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    “Lowell looks like he’s on HGH, his nose has gotten longer and pointy.”

    lol

  212. Rex August 12th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Wow. Brewers sent JJ Hardy to AAA. One time all star who posted a pretty decent .821 OPS last year and is a pretty darn good defensive SS. He’s had a tough year in ’09 but that’s really sending a message to the rest of the team. Guess we’ll see what Alcides Escobar’s got.

  213. 7 UP August 12th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Never to early to start looking ahead to Red Sox/Yankees!!!

  214. Tom from Worcester (MA) August 12th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks, so it’s more a location issue than a tipping or velocity issue. Wasn’t maddux able to make his change up move in or out, depending on his grip?

  215. Andrew August 12th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Hardy getting sent to AAA is smart from the Brewers’ standpoint, he has been a decent hitter but this year he has performed terribly. ESPN has been really pushing the Hardy-to-Boston rumors heavily, but it makes more sense for Milwaukee to keep him and try and fix him first before trading him now for cents on the dollar.

    Also, did anyone notice that Cody Ransom was 3-for-4 with a homer, 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored last night? I can’t wait until he gets recalled in September so the people on this board will have him to complain about again.

  216. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    That was Greg Maddox. He’s a Hall of Famer! lol

    He’s also RH.

    Its just a tough pitch for a lefty to master against LH hitters.

  217. DMan August 12th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    I only look one series at a time, And our next series matchups are…

    Sabathia vs. Snell (didn’t even realize he was traded there)
    Pettitte vs. Rowlandson-Smith
    Mitre vs. French
    Gaudin vs. Fister

  218. higher ground August 12th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    lol – you could post ‘the sky is blue’ and someone is guaranteed to attempt to refute it.

    air is good.

    “who says air is good? I know people who have been poisoned by bad air. you should really think before you post.”

  219. E-gawa August 12th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    interesting Joba information. I hope it doesn’t affect the other pitchers in any way like extra rest start wise. I also hope we don’t end up having 3 pitchers that can only go 5 innings each. Joba has to pitch like those first 3 after the break, not the last 2 and most of the season.

  220. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    DMan,

    That’s the way I do it.

    The Yankees are in control of their own destiny now. I could care less about the Red Sox until they play the Red Sox again.

    Just keep winning series and the Red Sox games will be rendered meaningless from a standings standpoint.

  221. rf11 August 12th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    betsy
    August 12th, 2009 at 12:00 pm
    The link to the HOPE week article is broken… anyone have a new link? If not, I’ll have to go onto ESPN’s site directly – I did, but I didn’t see it in their MLB section. Thanks for any help – I would love to read the article.

    ************************************************************
    here is the link:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn.....ortCat=mlb

  222. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    higher ground
    August 12th, 2009 at 12:29 pm
    lol – you could post ‘the sky is blue’ and someone is guaranteed to attempt to refute it.

    air is good.

    “who says air is good? I know people who have been poisoned by bad air. you should really think before you post.”

    ***
    Two words- air pollution :grin:

  223. Coach6423 August 12th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    hahahah….

    WFAN caller just said MAriano has been getting lit up lately and it worries him…

    HAHAHAHA

  224. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    I think there is only one statement on this blog just about everyone could agree with:

    Brandon is not awesome :grin:

  225. Tom from Worcester (MA) August 12th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    True, Maddox was pretty good. So when Johan Santana pitches against lefties does he go to the slider or curve more?

  226. Jerkface August 12th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    higher ground
    August 12th, 2009 at 12:29 pm
    lol – you could post ‘the sky is blue’ and someone is guaranteed to attempt to refute it.

    air is good.

    “who says air is good? I know people who have been poisoned by bad air. you should really think before you post.”

    No they don’t, who is refuting anything? I don’t see anyone refuting nothing. Come on, think before you post.

  227. higher ground August 12th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Erica: +1

  228. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Coach6423
    August 12th, 2009 at 12:33 pm
    hahahah….

    WFAN caller just said MAriano has been getting lit up lately and it worries him…

    ***
    I don’t listen to these radio shows. What do the hosts say when some deluded person calls up like that???

  229. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 12th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Erica: The hosts usually pander to them.

  230. Coach6423 August 12th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    He said he has only blown 1 save…what should have been said that it was the 1st run he has given up since June.

  231. bru August 12th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    if you look at the video youk got out from underneath porcello & almost ended up on top of him but porcello still used youks momentum to take him down.

    right down to china town

  232. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Santana used to throw the slider more to lefties. He is one of the few guys who still throws changeups to lefties.

    Is changeup is elite. Its also a pitch that lefties have hurt him with this year.

    Its a tough pitch for lefties to feel comfortable throwing to lefties. If you can, you become a very, very good pitcher.

  233. Y26 August 12th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    “WFAN caller just said MAriano has been getting lit up lately and it worries him…”

    Where do these people come from?

  234. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 12th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    “WFAN caller just said MAriano has been getting lit up lately and it worries him…”

    Caller: “I’m serious, I’m one of the realistic Yankee fans Mariano has been getting away w/ murder..he gives up a HR and puts men on bases”

    ….LMAO…LMAO!

    Erica you wish my awesomeness was within you. :P

  235. Rex August 12th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    “WFAN caller just said MAriano has been getting lit up lately and it worries him…”

    Few more allowed to reach base of late than what we’ve been accustomed to, but he remains as close to prefection as the job of closer has to offer.

  236. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 12th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    “he gives up a HR and puts men on bases”

    LMFAO!!! BIG TIME!!!

  237. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Y26,

    “Where do these people come from”?

    Some, from this blog. Read the game threads every time Mariano gives up a hit.

    You have several WFAN potential callers come out of the woodwork everytime that happens.

  238. IDCWYT August 12th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    “Erica – always OPPC
    August 12th, 2009 at 12:20 pm
    IDCWYT
    August 12th, 2009 at 12:16 pm
    “So the Boston pitching matchups will be

    Pettitte vs. Penny
    Burnett vs. Tazawa/Wakefield
    Sabathia vs. Beckett”

    Don’t you think that is looking too far ahead?

    ***

    Seriously!!! There are 7 games between now and Fenway. Lets worry about the pitching match ups for those first”

    —–

    I was making the same point, I just forgot to include the orignal poster in my quote.

  239. Jerkface August 12th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Erica you wish my awesomeness was within you.

    Dude, this is a family friendly blog and I have reported you to Peter Abraham and he will be very upset that you ruined his vacation.

  240. Tom from Worcester (MA) August 12th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks. Let’s hope Romero hangs his change a few times today for our leties!

  241. m August 12th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Not saying I’m worried. But why are you guys laughing at some guy on the FAN when Pete’s said the same thing, not once, but twice?

  242. Jerkface August 12th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Erica you wish my awesomeness was within you.

    Dude, this is family friendly blog and I am reporting you to pete who will be very unhappy that you ruined his vacation.

  243. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    IDCWYT-

    That was my way of agreeing with you. Btw- missed you during GTLU this morning. You totally knew Matsui would be batting third right?

  244. sharp shooter August 12th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Two things about the brawl with the Tigers.
    ~a 160# pitcher threw meathead(Use~less) to the ground ,ON HIS BACK.
    ~CAN ANYONE SEE Pukeless charging the mound on CC,nuff said?

  245. CB August 12th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    I looked up that game Romero threw against the yankees in July – he pitched 6 1/3 gave up 3 ER and 5K – Jays won 7-6.

    Romero’s pitch selection was very different that game compared to most other games he’s thrown.

    On the season Romero’s throwing his change around 23% of the time.

    In that first game against the yankees he threw his fastball 50% of the time, his slider 38% of the time, and his change up only 5% of the time.

    In that entire game he only threw 5 change ups. He didn’t even use it much against the right handed batters.

    Romero’s had one of the 10 best change ups in the game so far this year.

    Perhaps he didn’t have a good feel for the change that day.

    That game Romero was basically a fastball/ slider pitcher and the yankees had problems hitting his slider.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens today. Hopefully now that they’ve seen him they’ll be able to do more with his slider.

  246. saucY - sticK witH sergiO August 12th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    are we going to play ‘guess the suspensions’?

    if not, we should.

    i’ll say youk-9 games, rick-6 games (keeping in mind, starting pitchers usually get more)

  247. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Jerkface-

    I almost choked on my lunch when I read that. Are you trying to kill me??? LOL

  248. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 12th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    “Dude, this is family friendly blog and I am reporting you to pete who will be very unhappy that you ruined his vacation.”

    Ofcourse you would take that as a dirty reference :?

  249. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Actually Jerkface-

    If you are reading it that way, it would definitely be the other way around

  250. Wait till we come to the Sardine Can August 12th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    It’s amazing that Youkilis does such an incredibly horrible, stupid thing, and somehow it works to the Red Sox adavantage, and now they’re about to sweep Detroit.

    Amazing.

  251. IDCWYT August 12th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Toronto Line Up:
    M. Scutaro ss
    A. Hill 2b
    A. Lind lf
    L. Overbay 1b
    V. Wells cf
    R. Ruiz dh
    E. Encarnacion 3b
    R. Chavez c
    J. Inglett rf

  252. m August 12th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    saucy,

    No way Youk gets 9. I’ll go with 6.

  253. Jerkface August 12th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    About to sweep detroit? 2 games left!

  254. 86w183 August 12th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    One of the things that made Maddux and Pedro so special is they could get their changeup to run in either direction so it was a good weapon against all hitters. I haven’t seen anyone else do that consistently, even Johan.

    That’s why you go against conventional R/L thinking when constructing a lineup against guys who rely heavily on a change.

    By the way, did the Yankees set a team record for swinging at breaking pitches out of the strike zone last night? I counted 17 against Richmond who is terrible if he doesn’t get guys to chase.

  255. Andrew August 12th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    And the BoSox have to face Verlander which is no easy task.

  256. Wait till we come to the Sardine Can August 12th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    2 games left, Jerkface?

    Never mind.

  257. IDCWYT August 12th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    August 12th, 2009 at 12:41 pm
    IDCWYT-

    That was my way of agreeing with you. Btw- missed you during GTLU this morning. You totally knew Matsui would be batting third right?
    —-
    Had some work to do first thing this morning, I checked the blog at around 10:15 so I was too late. I took it like a man instead of groveling to get an exception.

  258. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 12th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Verlander wasn’t very good his last time out.

  259. IDCWYT August 12th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    August 12th, 2009 at 12:41 pm
    IDCWYT-

    That was my way of agreeing with you. Btw- missed you during GTLU this morning. You totally knew Matsui would be batting third right?

    I would have had him 5th as ussual. There is a method to my madness.

  260. Rex August 12th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    “Two things about the brawl with the Tigers.”

    Brawl? Like most baseball “fights”, that was a sewing circle compared to your garden variety town hall meeting on health care.

  261. Cort August 12th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Edwar’s changeup is probably better than Pedro’s. Maybe not better than Santana’s, but better than Pedro’s.

  262. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    IDCWYT-

    Appreciated. I really hate when work interferes

  263. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Update:

    UPDATE, 12:35 p.m.: A couple quick additions from me (Josh): Girardi said Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre are interchangeable over the weekend. It will depend on how much the bullpen is needed the next couple days. Presumably, Gaudin could pitch Saturday if he is not needed before then.

    Here is how Girardi explained the idea of limiting Joba’s innings: “This is part of the plan. This is what we have to do because this is not just about the next two months. This is about years and years to come.”

    Joba does not anticipate always having additional rest between starts, just some of them. “I don’t think it’s going to be that long in between,” he said. “I think that’s what they said. I know that in the back of my mind I know I’m not going to have eight days between every start.” As for whether Joba will be limited in the playoffs, Girardi said: “All hands on deck.”

    Obviously, Teixeira has today off. Girardi, who had pledged he would rest Derek Jeter and A-Rod this week as well, said one of his main guys will likely have the day off tomorrow because of the long trip to Seattle. That should help the lineup guessing game.

    I return throughout the day. Enjoy the game.

  264. saucY - sticK witH sergiO August 12th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    saucy,

    No way Youk gets 9. I’ll go with 6.
    —–

    and for Porcello?

  265. Wait till we come to the Sardine Can August 12th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I say 6 and 6 for both players on the suspension front.

  266. pat August 12th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    IF Watson is being fair:

    Porcello should get the same as Garza. Just a fine because the ball wasn’t near Youk’s head.

    Youk should get 4 for charging the mound and 4 for throwing equipment but he’ll end up with 4 games total.

  267. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Am I supposed to be keeping track of suspension guesses too???

  268. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 12th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I hope they can work it out so that CC gets to pitch in Oakland. Hometown crowd.

  269. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I said it yesterday, I’ll say it again today:

    Any one who instigates a fight during a baseball game should get a minimum of 10 games.

    Yuckylis won’t get that, but he should.

  270. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 12th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    “Saw something in some notes yesterday about Tampa considering moving BJ Upton. A change of scenery may be in his best interests. something isn’t clicking upstairs with him”

    as much as i love Montero…

  271. MaineYankee August 12th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Erica

    I think your GTLU game is getting so much pub that Joe checks here before he fills his own out. :lol:

  272. Andrew August 12th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Verlander is a great pitcher, regardless of his last game. Not saying it is a certainty he will win his start but it is not easy to predict a Red Sox sweep when the AL leader in strikeouts is starting one of the remaining games.

  273. saucY - sticK witH sergiO August 12th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    erica, don’t worry. i just started the spreadsheet.

    if everyone could put ‘saucy’ in their entry, it would make it much easier for me…

  274. Rex August 12th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    “Edwar’s changeup is probably better than Pedro’s.”

    Yeah, not so much.

  275. BR August 12th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    So, I am visiting my parents in Jersey and I go outside to take my dog for a walk and am greeted on the front lawn by a couple of 5ft tall wild turkeys. Luckily, my pit bull was not very pleased with their presence and the turkeys took off the second they saw her. Needless to say I think I will be returning to the city very soon where I am sure I will not have to worry about wild turkeys.

    Has anyone ever encountered these things before? I never have. They are freaking huge!

  276. JJ August 12th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    CC has a 7.12 career ERA at the Oakland Colosseum

  277. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Erica – can we get the standings again?

    You posted them yesterday right before the B2B HRs and guess it got lost in the posts.

    Thanks.

  278. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    saucY – sticK witH sergiO
    August 12th, 2009 at 12:55 pm
    erica, don’t worry. i just started the spreadsheet.

    if everyone could put ’saucy’ in their entry, it would make it much easier for me…

    ****
    Awesome. Way to be on top of things!

    Put me down for Youk 7 and Porcello 6

  279. Rex August 12th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    “Verlander is a great pitcher, regardless of his last game.”

    And he’s pitching against Buchholtz.

  280. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    “Has anyone ever encountered these things before? I never have. They are freaking huge!”

    Yep. See them outside my house all the time. Too bad you can’t shoot them without a permit.

  281. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Evan-

    I actually posted them again at 8:30 this morning, but sure.

  282. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 12th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    “CAN ANYONE SEE Pukeless charging the mound on CC,nuff said?”

    how many fights/brawls have the Yankees been involved in this year?

    :)

  283. Russell NY August 12th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Here are the standings Evan:

    Russell NY – 562
    Everyone Else – negative 50

  284. Wait till we come to the Sardine Can August 12th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Yeah, didn’t realize there were two games left in the series. I thought there was only one. So never mind.

  285. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Here are the current standings for “Guess the Line Up”. After 17 rounds, there have been 50 different winners. Here are the participants with 2 wins or more:
    Ramey – 5 Wins – 7/22, 7/21, 8/6, 8/7, 8/11
    Andrew – 3 wins – 7/27, 8/6, 8/11
    CM – 3 wins – 8/5, 8/6, 8/7
    Miggs – 3 wins – 7/23, 8/6, 8/11
    NYY626 – 3 wins – 8/4, 8/6, 8/7
    Patrick (the Prospect Hugger) – 3 Wins – 7/27,7/17, 8/7
    WTWVTSC- 3 Wins – 7/24, 8/6, 8/11
    YankeeRay – 3 Wins – 8/5, 8/6, 8/7
    Yanksfan – 3 Wins – 7/28, 7/29, 8/6
    Dan the Man – 2 wins – 8/6, 8/7
    Eights – 2 wins – 7/27, 8/6
    Evan D – 2 wins – 8/6, 8/11
    Henner – 2 wins – 7/27, 8/7
    IDCWYT – 2 wins – 7/28, 8/6
    Jon Locke – 2 wins – 8/5, 8/6
    RayVT – 2 wins – 8/5, 8/7SA – 2 wins – 8/6, 8/7
    Upstate Kate – 2 wins – 8/6, 8/7
    William Buckner – 2 wins – 8/6, 8/11

    Joe Girardi (no winner) 7/30, 7/31, 8/10, 8/12

  286. bru August 12th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    cb

    do you think girardi tells his players these numbers

    In that first game against the yankees he threw his fastball 50% of the time, his slider 38% of the time, and his change up only 5% of the time.

    on a day to day basis & can it help?

  287. Wait till we come to the Sardine Can August 12th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    saucy-I say 6 games for each of them, this before their inevitable appeals.

  288. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 12th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    “So, I am visiting my parents in Jersey and I go outside to take my dog for a walk and am greeted on the front lawn by a couple of 5ft tall wild turkeys. Luckily, my pit bull was not very pleased with their presence and the turkeys took off the second they saw her. Needless to say I think I will be returning to the city very soon where I am sure I will not have to worry about wild turkeys”

    good thing you had your pit bull.

    we all know how dangerous wild turkeys can be

    ?

  289. Russell NY August 12th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    After seeing Youkilis fight yesterday, I would welcome a brawl with him.

  290. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Lets go Yankees!

  291. Bill I Am August 12th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Hey now!

  292. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    MaineYankee
    August 12th, 2009 at 12:54 pm
    Erica

    I think your GTLU game is getting so much pub that Joe checks here before he fills his own out.
    ****

    Seriously. This game snowballed quickly and got out of hand. I tried a new system today of tracking entries. I think it worked rather well.

    The mail room guy in my office could not understand why I kept taking so many post it pads. I actually went thru 2 full pads in 3 rounds prior to today. Today was the first time I tracked it all on Excel

  293. saucY - sticK witH sergiO August 12th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    the only issue with this game is that it could be a week before the discipline is handed out…

    i have entries from the following:
    saucY
    m (nothing for rick though)
    Wait till we come to the Sardine Can
    pat (with an “IF Watson is being fair” clause)
    Erica – always OPPC

  294. Rex August 12th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    “I say 6 and 6 for both players on the suspension front.”

    Agree. Think Youkilis will see his dropped to five with an appeal. Something tells me MLB will move at a glacial pace when it comes to hearing the appeal.

  295. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Wind is blowing in today?

  296. m August 12th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    saucY,

    Said it last night (or very early this a.m.), Porcello should be suspended the usual 6 games for non-incidental beanball (not saying it was intentional, but c’mon). Knocked down to 5. No additional penalty for the badass takedown. It was just too badass, and Porcello was on an island by himself. :)

  297. Andrew August 12th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Ramey you can rest assured, I am gunning for you. I will be doing anything I can short of GTLU steroids to get to 1st place in the standings.

  298. Wait till we come to the Sardine Can August 12th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Once I was trying totake a nice picture of a couple of turkey vultures in front of me. I’m sneaking up closer very slowly with my camera so as not to scar them away when some idiot (can you tell this particular idiot is a relative?) comes riding by on his bake and scares them away before I could take the shot.

  299. pat August 12th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    SAUCY

    IF Watson is being fair:

    Porcello should get the same as Garza. Just a fine because the ball wasn’t near Youk’s head.

    Youk should get 4 for charging the mound and 4 for throwing equipment but he’ll end up with 4 games total.

  300. MaineYankee August 12th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    BR
    August 12th, 2009 at 12:55 pm
    So, I am visiting my parents in Jersey and I go outside to take my dog for a walk and am greeted on the front lawn by a couple of 5ft tall wild turkeys. Luckily, my pit bull was not very pleased with their presence and the turkeys took off the second they saw her. Needless to say I think I will be returning to the city very soon where I am sure I will not have to worry about wild turkeys.

    Has anyone ever encountered these things before? I never have. They are freaking huge!

    ————————————————–

    They are everywhere here. I’ve had to get out and shoo them out of the road. Also had one fly in front of me once as well.

    Just part of the norm here. Moose, deer, fox, racoon, you name it. :lol:

    Your post made me laugh. :lol:

  301. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Regardless of how many games Yuckylis gets, wouldn’t it be kind of nice if his suspension covered the series @ Fenway next weekend?

  302. Yanks Fan August 12th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn.....id=4392903

    Jeter article

  303. Rad August 12th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Anyone catch Mitch Williams rip Youk (and V-Mart) on mlbtv last night? Williams was disgusted by the way Youk handled the situation and he wasn’t afraid to let it be known. It was great…

  304. saucY - sticK witH sergiO August 12th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    i guess i should state this is only before any appeals process…. :)

  305. Greg D August 12th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    be nice to get a win today before we go on the road…..AJ needs to pitch a gem :)

  306. Rad August 12th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    They also said that Porcello being ejected was a joke. Good stuff…

  307. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Andrew
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:01 pm
    Ramey you can rest assured, I am gunning for you. I will be doing anything I can short of GTLU steroids to get to 1st place in the standings.

    ****
    I like that spirit!! Did you see my 10:26 post about tomorrow’s GTLU?

  308. big dog August 12th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Game Time

  309. Greg D August 12th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    The way that Matsui and Damon have contributed this year…it is hard to believe the Yanks will be better next year without both of them…..seems like the Yanks need to consider keeping Damon at least…..don’t know if Matsui’s knees will ever allow him to play the OF again

  310. betsy August 12th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    RF, thanks!

  311. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Mariano Rivera? I’d think about it.
    Trevor Hoffman? Hells bells, please not Hoffman.

    what?

  312. BR August 12th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 12th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    “So, I am visiting my parents in Jersey and I go outside to take my dog for a walk and am greeted on the front lawn by a couple of 5ft tall wild turkeys. Luckily, my pit bull was not very pleased with their presence and the turkeys took off the second they saw her. Needless to say I think I will be returning to the city very soon where I am sure I will not have to worry about wild turkeys”

    good thing you had your pit bull.

    we all know how dangerous wild turkeys can be

    ?

    ———————————————————

    I was being a bit sarcastic if you could not decipher from the language in the rest of my post.

  313. saucY - sticK witH sergiO August 12th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    correct me if i’m wrong, but so far:

    Who Youk Suspension Rick Suspension
    saucY 9 6
    m 6 6
    Wait till we come to the Sardine Can 6 6
    pat 4 fine
    Erica – always OPPC 7 6

  314. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks Erica.

  315. Providence August 12th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Is anyone else having trouble getting the game on MLB.tv? It’s telling me there’s a “Media Error” and I should try again in a few minutes (which I’ve already done). Anyone else? Will I actually have to work this afternoon?

  316. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 12th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    “CC has a 7.12 career ERA at the Oakland Colosseum”

    A good outing could lower that!

  317. m August 12th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Greg D,

    Was thinking about that last night. Just thinking that Hideki’s contributed at the plate plenty more than everyone expected. I know he got off to a slow start, but boy Hideki (and Damon) have had some big hits.

  318. MaineYankee August 12th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    saucy

    Porcell-6

    Youk-10(looking through pinstripe glassses) :lol:

  319. pat August 12th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Saucy

    Do what they end up paying/missing. That’s what ultimately counts.

  320. m August 12th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Providence, it’s up now.

  321. Providence August 12th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    MLB.tv problem solved.
    Will not have to work after all.
    Go Yanks!

  322. carnevale August 12th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    My local radio stations aren’t covering the game this afternoon – anyone know of a site streaming live? Radiotime.com isn’t working for me either.

  323. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I think that MPB Johnny Damon has a much better chance of coming back than Matsui. Damon can still play the outfield.

  324. Greg D August 12th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Joe West is umping home plate…yuk

  325. Wait till we visit the Sardine Can August 12th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    I wouldn’t resign either, personally. I’d like to sign Holliday.

  326. Keith August 12th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Brewers make flurry of moves
    Hardy, Hall, Castro dropped; Escobar promoted, Bosio named
    fan comments (29)print this pagee-mail this pagepost on facebook
    By John Schlegel / MLB.com

    08/12/09 12:40 PM ET

    The Brewers shook up their team on Wednesday by optioning J.J. Hardy to the Minors, designating Bill Hall for assignment and dismissing pitching coach Bill Castro.

    Shortstop prospect Alcides Escobar and outfielder Jason Bourgeois were promoted from Triple-A Nashville and Castro was replaced on an interim basis with former Major League pitcher Chris Bosio.

    Hardy, an All-Star shortstop in 2007 who has struggled to a .229 average this season and was the subject of trade rumors before the July 31 non-waiver deadline, was sent to Triple-A Nashville. Escobar, who played in the 2009 All-Star Futures Game and Triple-A All-Star Game, was batting .298 with four homers, 34 RBIs and 42 steals in 109 games with the Sounds.

    Castro served as bullpen coach from 1992-2008 before being named pitching coach on Nov. 7, 2008. The Brewers’ pitching staff ranks 27th in the Major Leagues with a 4.84 ERA, allowing a Major League-leading 151 home runs in 112 games.

    “We appreciate and admire the dedication and tireless work ethic put forth by Bill Castro over the last 18 seasons,” said Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. “A move like this is never easy to make, especially given Bill’s longevity with the organization and considering how hard he worked to reach this position.”

    Bosio has been a Triple-A pitching coach the past two seasons, last year with the Reds organization, and fulfilled that role in the Majors in 2003 for Tampa Bay. Bosio, 46, was 94-93 with a 3.96 ERA in 309 games, pitching for Milwaukee (1986-92) and Seattle (1993-96) during his 11 seasons.

  327. Greg D August 12th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:11 pm
    I think that MPB Johnny Damon has a much better chance of coming back than Matsui. Damon can still play the outfield.

    —————————————-

    I tend to agree…..there is just too much left handed power there to walk away from both him and Matsui….especially the way the NYS plays

  328. m August 12th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Is CC in the dugout? I hope he’s not. I’d rather he be in Seattle or on his way.

    First time I’ve seen an ump wear padding on his throat. Huh.

  329. saucY - sticK witH sergiO August 12th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    pat
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:11 pm
    Saucy

    Do what they end up paying/missing. That’s what ultimately counts.

    the only problem with that, is that i could be weeks before finding out. i guess i could do both, but not allow any more entries once the initial penalties are announced…

  330. Greg D August 12th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Wait till we visit the Sardine Can
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:13 pm
    I wouldn’t resign either, personally. I’d like to sign Holliday.
    —————————————-

    My concern is there lineup becomes more righthanded and they lose their advantage in the NYS

  331. Wait till we visit the Sardine Can August 12th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I’d still take Holliday. We still have Melky, Tex, and Posada switch hitting as well as Jeet, who hits all his balls the other way.

  332. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Joe West took a ball near his throat earlier in the year.

    He also has the patent on the chest protectors mist of the umps wear these days.

  333. m August 12th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I can’t believe there was even a delay on that call. I was ready to flip!

  334. CMNJ August 12th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Listened to the 1st few minutes of Francesa before switching to the game & he’s still beating the “Joba’s a reliever” drum. I don’t know what’s worse, that he continues to argue this point long after it’s been rendered moot, or that he’s doing it when most Yankee fans won’t even be listening.

  335. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    I am probably in the minority, but the PC Richard strike out whistle is growing on me a lot

  336. big dog August 12th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Brunett gots his good stuff. GAME OVER

  337. Wait till we visit the Sardine Can August 12th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    The no hitter, SMASHED.

  338. m August 12th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    SJ,

    Is that so? Then I regret the joke.

    The padding I was referring to was issued by his body, not mlb.

  339. bru August 12th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    lefties are batting 2.99 against porcello

    lets get the game back we lost

    here we go with the joba talk

    francessa has an opinion about joba that is all it is

    he is wrong about joba going to the pen

    only time & pitching will determine were joba belongs not a persons opinion.

    a starting pitcher is more valuable than a reliever.

    when the yankees are winning francessa insists joba belongs in the pen but when they have the best record in baseball he has no ammo

  340. higher ground August 12th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Paul “Scooter” O’Neill should throw a ‘huckleberry’ or two out there (maybe even refer to Kay as “White, you huckleberry!”).

  341. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    I’d take Damon over Holliday. Better player for less money.

    Also fits the lineup better.

    You don’t want to tie up too many positions with long term contracts.

    It hurts your roster flexibility.

  342. bru August 12th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    when the yankees are winning

    when the yankees are (losing)

    correction

  343. RDM August 12th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    AJ over 20 pitches already

  344. Bronx Jeers August 12th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Well he’s a little erratic so far.

    Oy. Overbay BB.

    Ok maybe more than a little erratic.

  345. upstate kate August 12th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    saucY
    6 for each

  346. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    SJ44
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:20 pm
    I’d take Damon over Holliday. Better player for less money.

    Also fits the lineup better.

    You don’t want to tie up too many positions with long term contracts.

    It hurts your roster flexibility.

    ****
    Plus, Damon fits in so well with the team. And I love him

  347. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    2 nasty breaking balls

  348. teddy August 12th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    nasty breaking pitches

  349. Wait till we visit the Sardine Can August 12th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    A.J. has his great stuff tonight.

    If not for that aqeaker single I’d call another 9 walk no hitter.

  350. RDM August 12th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    got out of it…..25 pitches…..

  351. BR August 12th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    The only thing Holliday has on Damon is age. Damon is the better player, is extremely clutch, is great with the NY media, is a leader on this team, wants to be in NY (and not just for the money), and his swing is tailor made for Yankee Stadium.

    Holliday is going to be overpaid in money and years and who knows how he will perform in NY or in a big spot?

  352. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Picked the right time to go to the breaking ball.

    Wells had no chance.

  353. 1st Place Yanks August 12th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    awesome, RDM (lohud’s resident asshat) is back in business.

    thanks for the pitch count update, fool.

  354. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Overbay is 1-15 against AJ – and he walks him on 4 pitches.
    Wells hits AJ well (.358) and he strikes him out.

    Go figure.

  355. RDM August 12th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Good job AJ

  356. RS August 12th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Anyone think the Yankees can resign Damon for a cheap one-year deal similar to what Abreu got?

    I have to think all the NL teams will be wary of offering him multiple years, and Damon clearly favors the Yankees in the AL. He’ll have better numbers here than anywhere else and a better chance to win another WS as well.

  357. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Erica,

    that too! LOL

  358. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Yankee pitcher retires first two easily, then struggles to get the 3rd out.

    Huh. Have I seen that before? ;)

    All good, though. He got the out in the end.

  359. Wait till we visit the Sardine Can August 12th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Yeah well age is a pretty big deal. Damon isn’t Mo. The decline will come.

  360. big dog August 12th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    RDM is a 16 year old kid on summer break living in his parents basement

  361. RDM August 12th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Good aft to you too 1st place

  362. OMW August 12th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    do you guys know where on the net i can find the game, streaming and free?

  363. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    ahh damn

  364. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    RS
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:25 pm
    Anyone think the Yankees can resign Damon for a cheap one-year deal similar to what Abreu got?

    ****

    I think Damon will want 2 years. The Yanks will probably offer one. And the big wild card in the equation is that Scott Boras is his agent. So my guess is that its a 50/50 chance either way

  365. ditmars1929 August 12th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    “He also clogs the bases”
    ______________________________

    Dear Lord, SJ44 has been kidnapped by the pod people and replaced with Tim McCarver.

  366. Tom in N.J. August 12th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    oh dear….

  367. Ramey - Traded his Girlfriend to the Pirates for a PTBNL August 12th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Andrew
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:01 pm
    Ramey you can rest assured, I am gunning for you. I will be doing anything I can short of GTLU steroids to get to 1st place in the standings.

    —————————————

    Bring. It. On. I like a challenge. I’m due for a cold streak, so you can certainly surge up the standings and get me! You’re only 2 games back haha

  368. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    I knew they should have sat Jeter today!! GRRRRR :evil:

  369. RS August 12th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Oh boy.

    Guess which everyday player gets the first game off in Seattle?

  370. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    is Jeter ok? I’m watching on gameday

  371. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Curveball flush on the top of the foot.

    That’s painful.

  372. americanbear August 12th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I’d like to snag the other CC in TB, but I assume TB will pick up his option. Damon is my #1 choice b/c he’s a lefty and has had a great year, but would he come back for one year and a team option (and buyout). Maybe if the Yanks offered him something ridiculous- like $16m for 1 year.

  373. 1st Place Yanks August 12th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    now promptly steal second and then third.

  374. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Any bets on whether Jeter steals 2nd base or not?

  375. Maria August 12th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Ouch Jeet. Hope he’s okay. He’d never say how much pain he actually was in.

  376. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 12th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    pull his you know what the next inning, no reason to play superhero right now.

  377. NYY626 August 12th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:28 pm
    I knew they should have sat Jeter today!! GRRRRR

    What Happened?

  378. John August 12th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    What happened to Jeter?

  379. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    RS
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:28 pm
    Oh boy.

    Guess which everyday player gets the first game off in Seattle?

    ****
    LOL. I hope the GTLU players are taking notes

  380. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    NYY626
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:29 pm
    Erica – always OPPC
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:28 pm
    I knew they should have sat Jeter today!! GRRRRR

    What Happened?

    ****
    Got plunked hard on the toe. Limped to first

  381. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    RDM – shocked to see you! Don’t you know it’s TFW?

  382. Tom in N.J. August 12th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Jeter was hit on the top of his foot with a breaking ball. He’s still in the game though…..

  383. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Damon!

  384. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Hey, this looks familiar. Didn’t we see this yesterday?

  385. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    MPB JOHNNY DAMON = AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :grin:

  386. John August 12th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Okay, thanks. Whenever I see “Injury Delay” on GameDay for Jeter, I think the worst. I was at the game in May last year when Cabrera hit him in the hand.

  387. BR August 12th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    No one is saying to give Damon a 5 or 6 year deal which is what Holliday will command at the least. I would take Damon for 1-2 years over 5-6 years of Holliday any day of the week. Damon has shown no signs of decline this year with the bat whatsoever, has put up better numbers than Holliday and will get paid half has much. And, I think it is going to take more than 5 mill to sign Damon. Prob 7 or 8 million and I for one thinks he definitely deserves that

  388. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    ok, Matty…get at least one in

  389. RS August 12th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    “I think Damon will want 2 years. The Yanks will probably offer one.”

    That’s what I figure as well. I guess my point is that I don’t any NL teams willing to go 2 years with him, so the main competition will be in the AL. The Red Sox will have their hands full with Bay, the Angels have a gluttony of OFers, the White Sox have Rios making a ton of money, etc.

    I guess I’m just hoping that despite his great season, there won’t be a lot of teams lining up to sign him and the Yankees will be able to get him cheaply. With Matsui gone next year, he’ll have a lot more chances to DH, so in that sense he really is a perfect fit.

  390. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    matsui :(

  391. m August 12th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    I guess we know who’s going to be resting tomorrow.

  392. MG August 12th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Jeter is probably really hurting, I hope he didn’t break a toe on that pitch.

  393. xyz August 12th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    What happened to Jeter?

    ———————

    he was hit by a pitch. he then hesitated a few moments before charging the mound. he inexplicably threw his helmet at the pitcher before before being body-slammed to the ground like a complete tool.

    wait, what?

  394. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Blue jays fail

  395. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    nice job jeter lol

  396. RS August 12th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Jeter is so smart.

  397. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Erica – Josh just posted a link to more gossip :)

  398. americanbear August 12th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    I would love to keep the DH spot open next year to give regular rest to ARod, Jeter, Posada and others, however to keep their bats in the mix.

  399. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    RS
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:32 pm
    “I think Damon will want 2 years. The Yanks will probably offer one.”

    That’s what I figure as well. I guess my point is that I don’t any NL teams willing to go 2 years with him, so the main competition will be in the AL. The Red Sox will have their hands full with Bay, the Angels have a gluttony of OFers, the White Sox have Rios making a ton of money, etc.

    I guess I’m just hoping that despite his great season, there won’t be a lot of teams lining up to sign him and the Yankees will be able to get him cheaply. With Matsui gone next year, he’ll have a lot more chances to DH, so in that sense he really is a perfect fit.

    ***
    Exactly, and unlike Matsui. Damon will still be able to play LF or RF when needed(even I am not deluded by love enough to put him at CF)

  400. MG August 12th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    great play by Jetes there, not as good as the Mick diving back into 1st base in the 9th inning of the 7th game of the 1960 WS but still a great play.

  401. CB August 12th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    The Gameday algorithm is making mistakes and classifying some of Romero’s change ups as sliders.

    Romero’s change up has a lot of downward movement on it – and Gameday is calling some of them a slider.

    I’d guess the game day data from Romero’s last game against the yankees was also incorrect, with change ups being called sliders. That’s probably why it said Romero only threw 5 change ups to the yankees in that first game and 40 sliders.

  402. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release August 12th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Let’s get something here

  403. steve August 12th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    what was the great play jeter made?

  404. BR August 12th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Damon coming back as a DH/LF would give this team a ton of flexibilty. When Posada does not catch he can DH and you slot Damon in LF. When you want to give a break to Arod or Jeter or Tex or whoever you again slot Damon in LF.

  405. 1st Place Yanks August 12th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    we’ll take it.

  406. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    caught a break there

  407. MG August 12th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    count me in on the ‘Bring Johnny Damon back next year fan club’, he has just been phenomenal this year except for his less than stellar play in the outfield (which has really improved lately).

  408. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Not pretty but, you take the run.

  409. RS August 12th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    It’s ridiculous how many chances Cano gets to hit w/RISP.

  410. henner August 12th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    in case you havent seen it, rick reilleys espn.com column today was about the camp kids coming to the stadium and playing with the yanks at 3am

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn.....ortCat=mlb

  411. Donnie - Will Meet Lyle Overbay Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Nice to see a break go our way. Let’s see if Robbie can break through.

  412. 1st Place Yanks August 12th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    what was the great play jeter made?

    ———————–

    he broke towards home on A-Rod’s grounder to third. after about 20-30 feet he reversed course and was able to slide into third, beating the tag.

    it led to bases loaded, one out. pure instincts.

  413. CM (Be patient with the prospects) August 12th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Re-signing Damon would be good. 1 year for an option for a second worth 14-16m?

  414. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    If Damon leaves do all his pretend girl friends leave too?
    I’d miss Erica.

  415. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    MG
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:37 pm
    count me in on the ‘Bring Johnny Damon back next year fan club’, he has just been phenomenal this year except for his less than stellar play in the outfield (which has really improved lately).

    ***

    Good. FYI, I consider myself the founder of the “bring back Johnny fan club”. I kicked it up right after the ASG when I started kicking and screaming and the Johnny bashers and predicted the most magical second half ever

  416. BBB August 12th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    “It’s ridiculous how many chances Cano gets to hit w/RISP.”

    errr becuz people in front of him get on base most of the time…isn’t that normal ? lol he’s batting 6th… not 9th

  417. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    ugly 1st inning for both sides lol…im just happy we got the lead..

  418. John August 12th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I’m in canada, and the toronto commentator said, after enumerating cano’s numbers, that he was a dangerous hitter with risp. haha

  419. CB August 12th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    “It’s ridiculous how many chances Cano gets to hit w/RISP.”

    That’s the luxury of hitting in a line up that leads all of baseball in on base percentage.

    That’s how the yankees score runs – brute force.

    Even if they aren’t efficient with RISP (and we know Cano isn’t…) they are still going to score runs because there are just so many opportunities created.

  420. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    “Re-signing Damon would be good. 1 year for an option for a second worth 14-16m?”

    please tell me you mean 14-16 for both years combined..

  421. GGBG August 12th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    We’ve gotten plenty of breaks. I sure hope Posada was not busting it 100% out of the box on that botched DP ball. If he was and he still got thrown out by that much…that’s pretty bad LOL!

  422. GGBG August 12th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    We’ve gotten plenty of breaks. I sure hope Posada was not busting it 100% out of the box on that botched DP ball. If he was and he still got thrown out by that much…that’s pretty bad LOL!

  423. pat August 12th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    How is Alex’s groundball to 3rd scored? Is it a FC?

  424. big dog August 12th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Cano not hitting with RISP is going to be a real big deal in sept & oct

  425. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:39 pm
    If Damon leaves do all his pretend girl friends leave too?
    I’d miss Erica.
    ****

    Awwww- I’d miss you too!!!
    No worries, I am not going anywhere. I was a Yankee fan before MPB Johnny Damon and I will be a Yankee fan long after (although the thought saddens me). Some things are just for life

  426. BR August 12th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    IMO the Yankees should resign Damon and Hinske. Damon is the DH in your A lineup and LF when guys need a rest. Hinske is great to have on the bench and plays a lot when Swish goes through his slumps. Melky shifts over to RF and AJAX and Garnder battle it out for CF.

  427. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    OMG That was crushed

  428. RS August 12th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Who the heck is this Ruiz person and why is he killing us?

  429. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    ruiz…the new yankee killer!

  430. GGBG August 12th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I would not throw that kid Ruiz another fastball. Ever. He can hit it.

  431. GGBG August 12th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I would not throw that kid Ruiz another fastball. Ever. He can hit it.

  432. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Can’t throw Ruiz fastballs. He can’t hit a breaking pitch. Bad pitch selection there.

  433. Donnie - Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    That’s why you have to…HAVE TO score more than 1 run with the bases loaded, 1 out.

  434. GGBG August 12th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    What’s up with these double posts? Sorry bout that all

  435. grafxkid August 12th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Sterling’s homerun call just now was AWFUL. ughhh

  436. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    And that was through the wind jeez

  437. MG August 12th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    he can sure hit fastballs.

    On the Jays telecast yesterday they said he grew up 5 minutes from Yankee Stadium, he’s a home town boy, Monroe HS.

  438. BBB August 12th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Bat Cano 1st then there wouldn’t be anybody on base

  439. RDM August 12th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Its ridiculous how A Rod can’t drive in a run and batting about .200 at home…..maybe he will do better on this road trip…2nd and 3rd w/ 0 outs, you have to get 2 runs in….

  440. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 12th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    this is the only time Michael Kay p*sses me off. He acts like he’s having a big O, whenever the opposing teams hits a HR.

    this is a Yankee broadcast, we don’t want to hear all that.

  441. RISP August 12th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    AJ needs some quick innings here. With Mitre and Gaudin starting this weekend, we need to save the pen for those two starts. Third game in a row that the offense has let a starter off the hook in the first inning…

  442. Greg D August 12th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    if the Yanks could Damon to sign for one year at 5-6 million, they would have to do it

  443. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    What! No somersaults for Swisher?

  444. RDM August 12th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Because the fielder threw to 3rd to try and get Jeter out…but didn’t…so a FC for A Rod

  445. Tom in N.J. August 12th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Carlos Ruiz: Blue Jays Nelson Cruz?

  446. Scared of the Wall August 12th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    I’m pretty sure this Ruiz dude was suspended for using steroids multiple times… sucks that this cheater is crushing the ball against us….

  447. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release August 12th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    grafxkid August 12th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Sterling’s homerun call just now was AWFUL. ughhh

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

    It really was. ick

  448. Andrew August 12th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Sterling having a rough game so far. He had no idea that Jeter had gotten hit by a pitch in the 1st inning, and he just botched the Ruiz HR call terribly…pretty much didn’t call it and seemed like he couldn’t find the ball once it was hit.

  449. CM (Be patient with the prospects) August 12th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    “please tell me you mean 14-16 for both years combined..”

    And this is his walk year,so how do we know what his production will be like when he’s 37, or 38? I would like to bring back Damon,but he is getting up there in age (baseball wise).

  450. MG August 12th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    RDM, I am almost rooting for Arod to not hit with RISP so it can make your pathetic life just a little less miserable. We know you aren’t a Yankees fan because if you were you would know it’s a team game.

  451. RISP August 12th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Joe Inglett is a super star this series.

  452. RS August 12th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    “errr becuz people in front of him get on base most of the time…isn’t that normal ? lol he’s batting 6th… not 9th”

    Well, I think I heard on WFAN once that Cano has come up with more men on base than any other player in baseball. He’s hitting .200 w/RISP and has 58 RBI batting 6th/7th. If he only hit .280 in those situations he could easily have 75 RBI right now.

  453. Tom in N.J. August 12th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    oops make that Randy Ruiz…

  454. Ramey - Traded his Girlfriend to the Pirates for a PTBNL August 12th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Erica-

    Did my magical idea for GTLU work for you today?

  455. MaineYankee August 12th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Erica

    Damon in RF. You have seen him throw have’nt you? :lol:

  456. MG August 12th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    AJ doesn’t have his good stuff today, hopefully he will settle in soon.

  457. henner August 12th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    acevas might be needed for four more today

  458. teddy August 12th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    jeter is hurting

  459. RDM August 12th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    MG, say what you want….he is horrible at home w/RISP. Yesterday, left bases loaded. Runners on 1st and 2nd and 0 outs, and can’t move the runner. He is batting around .200 at home and that is a fact. I’d pitch around Tex or whoever to get to A Rod everytime. AJ up to 40 pitches…could be a 5/6 innings today

  460. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 12th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    didn’t know Chris Sabo was still playing baseball

  461. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    AJ is not sharp so far. Lots of pitches left out in the middle of the plate.

    He’s going to have to grind thru this one.

  462. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Once again, Burnett having trouble finding that elusive 3rd out.

  463. living with balls August 12th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    You just expect the Yankees to pull out every game these days. Yesterday was just another example of that. Hopefully Burnett will keep it going

  464. Tom in N.J. August 12th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Wow, the Brewers just DFA’d Bill Hall and sent J.J. Hardy in the minors.

  465. Donnie - Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Clearly, this is not AJ’s best start ever.

  466. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Stop stalking the guy. You look like a moron the more you do it.

  467. RS August 12th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I still don’t understand how the Yankees are going to pitch Mitre and Gaudin back to back this weekend.

    Unless they send Pena down, carrying 6 starters means they’ll have a short bullpen. Ace can only cover for one of those two, which means Robertson/Coke/Bruney might have to cover more than 1 inning stints.

    I don’t know if the Yankees have any other long reliever options to protect Mitre and Gaudin. And if they did, it would still be an awful waste carrying 3 subpar pitchers as part of a 12 men staff.

  468. BLACKACCORD August 12th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    can someone update the score regularly please..

  469. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Wow, I thought only Yankee batters swung at pitches that hit the dirt in front of the plate. lol.

  470. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release August 12th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    AJ not so sharp today. Darn it.
    Let’s get a few more runs now

  471. betsy August 12th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    I’m sort of listening on and off at work – sounds like AJ is struggling today. How many pitches has he thrown? Too bad about the run in the 2nd – you always like to hold a team down after you score.

  472. 1st Place Yanks August 12th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    “Suzyn, what just happened there?”

    Grandpa John Sterling needs to stick to the Yankeeography shows.

  473. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    aj is just not a big game pitcher

    he cant handle the pressure of wednesday day game between the yanks and blue jays

    ESPECIALLY when the yanks have a 5.5 game lead in the division

    hes not in toronto anymore..

    *sarcasm to the extreme*

  474. BR August 12th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Why are some people guaranteeing Gaudin will not give the Yankees any length? He has had a quality start in half of his games.

  475. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    For someone to continue to stalk one player us a sign of mental illness.

    Really, get yourself some help.

    It’s just freaking baseball.

    To fixate on one person is so sick, it goes beyond trolling.

    It’s a real sign of mental illness.

  476. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Please don’t tell me that people are responding to that nutcake troll RDM. I just saw that he is posting. I can only hope he is talking to himself and nobody is answering. We will never get rid of him if we allow him to do his phony ingratiating bit and anyone falls for it.

    Just joining up. Didn’t see the first but I agree that it appears this may be a game that AJ has to tough out. Ah that every game could ge as gentle as spring rains for the pitcher. But we know that all pitchers have days where they are’t their best. As long as he keep the Yanks in the game he is doing his job.

  477. pat August 12th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    I just thought of the same question Kay asked and now I’m scared.

  478. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Ramey – Traded his Girlfriend to the Pirates for a PTBNL
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:47 pm
    Erica-

    Did my magical idea for GTLU work for you today?
    ***
    Yes. Participation was down, but it did go a lot smoother. I will try this way again.

  479. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release August 12th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    betsy-AJ has thrown 44 pitches so far

  480. CMNJ August 12th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Canceled cable in my art studio and couldn’t listen to Sterling any longer. So, I’m watching “Fight Club” for the 10,000th time and checking the blackberry for updates. I am Jack’s bleeding eardrum.

  481. henner August 12th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    “this is the only time Michael Kay p*sses me off. He acts like he’s having a big O, whenever the opposing teams hits a HR.

    this is a Yankee broadcast, we don’t want to hear all that.”

    hes a journalist, has to be fair

  482. betsy August 12th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Great, Jeter was hit? They should take him out – I really don’t want him aggravating a bruise. I guess he wouldn’t be able to run at all if anything was broken?

  483. betsy August 12th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    What did Kay ask?

    Wow, 44 pitches? Oh brother……

  484. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    BR,

    Because the whining element of Yankee fans just can’t stand prosperity. They need something to complain about and Gaudin is the latest example.

  485. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    SJ44
    August 12th, 2009 at 1:52 pm
    Stop stalking the guy. You look like a moron the more you do it.

    ****

    You are not talking about me and Johnny right???

  486. Patrick August 12th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    I’m at the game right now the crowd size is very impressive for a cloudy Wednesday afternoon vs a mediocre team.

  487. saucY - sticK witH sergiO August 12th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    here’s who i have. i think i’m going to cut this off at 5 PM today, unless there’s a ruling sooner…

    saucY
    m
    Wait till we come to the Sardine Can
    pat
    Erica – always OPPC
    MaineYankee
    upstate kate

  488. Patrick August 12th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Burnett’s outing sofar is really weird. He looks great until he gets two outs then he struggles fir awhile to get the third.

  489. Scared of the Wall August 12th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Agreed, henner. At least Kay is making an effort to appear unbiased, unlike John Sterling who has already botched a few calls today.

  490. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Inglett shows Swisher there is more than one clown in the circus.

  491. RISP August 12th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Completely unnecessary dive by Inglett. I guess he is trying to really play the part of an all-star. lol.

  492. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    “Why are some people guaranteeing Gaudin will not give the Yankees any length? He has had a quality start in half of his games.”

    Because they are insecure people who live in constant fear and can’t deal with any kind of adversity when it comes and therefore need to protect themselves against any negative eventuality and as a result put out nothing but negative vibes in advance?

    I know it can’t be because they know his body of work pitching for the Yankees. Those were probably the same people who wrote off the Yankees when Edgar Renteria went to the Sux, because, you know, they knew Edgar was going to be the key to burying the Yankees and it was all over.

    I, on the other hand, think Gaudin has as much potential to do a fine job as anyone.

    :)

  493. Jake August 12th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Anyone know of a web stream that’s working????

  494. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    check the update for an article about Ruiz and steriods…apparently busted twice

  495. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    heres to hoping aj has a 8-10 pitch inning now

  496. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    my bad – article linked is the Camp sundown article

  497. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Erica,

    LOL. No, your obession is decidedly healthier, and less serious than RDM’s obsession with Arod.

  498. Tom in N.J. August 12th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Jeter out…

  499. Melissa August 12th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Has anyone found a way to listen to the game on the computer?

  500. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    hope this is just precautionary with jeter coming out…lets go pena!

  501. Maria August 12th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Jeter is out of the game. He is probably pissed, but I would rather him get healthy today than have a bad road trip because he is playing injured.

  502. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    SJ44
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:03 pm
    Erica,

    LOL. No, your obession is decidedly healthier, and less serious than RDM’s obsession with Arod.

    ****
    Thank you, I prefer to think my crush on Johnny is cute and loveable. And I am really not very serious about it.

  503. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Jeter is out of the game…better to be cautious.

  504. Donnie - Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Well, this is just wonderful.

  505. RISP August 12th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Welcome to the game, Ramiro.

  506. BR August 12th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Not to mention Gaudin will be facing the Mariners who do not exactly have a powerhouse offense and play in one of the most pitcher friendly parks in the league.

    Oh and then there is this

    June 17th vs Seattle, Gaudin: 6IP 3 ER 8 SO
    June 23rd vs Seattle, Gaudin: 7IP 2ER 11 SO

  507. NYY626 August 12th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Oh no they took out Jetes?? I hate not knowing what’s going on….

  508. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    inauspicious start for pena lol

  509. Andrew August 12th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Smart to pull Jeter now and try to treat him so he can get right before flying. I’m sure he will love having to take an hours-long flight with a banged up foot.

  510. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Smart move to take Jeter out.

    Sit him tomorrow and he is good to go Friday in Seattle.

    They just can’t get Lind out this series.

  511. Andy August 12th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Pena for Jeter

  512. Phil August 12th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Pena with a terrible play. C’mon, Ramiro, your glove is golden!

  513. miggs August 12th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Jeter pulled.

    I almost wish they took him out right away to get x-rays just to be sure.

    Lots of small bones in the foot. He could have easily made it worse by playing the last few innings.

    Hopefully its just a contusion. Well I guess we know who’s getting the day off tomorrow.

  514. RDM August 12th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    leadoff single…UGH

  515. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    i mean sheesh – is AJ tipping pitches or something? how is he getting so roundly hit

  516. 1st Place Yanks August 12th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    This is looking a lot like Romero’s first start @NYS earlier this year. The Yanks had a chance to break it open in the first inning (remember Jeter being called out @3rd on a horrible call?) and once they failed to capitalize Romero really settled in.

  517. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    nice! not this time ruiz!

  518. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Nice smooth turn

  519. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Big DP there….As bad as AJ has been with the hits he has limited the damage to 1 run. I expect him to be much better as the game goes on.

  520. MG August 12th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    that ball that got past Pena changed direction when it bounced, it wasn’t an error. I doubt whether many shortstops would have made that play as he needed to field it on a short hop.

  521. pat August 12th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    I’m guessing “the past a diving Jeter” last inning that he has been getting to this year got Derek the rest of the afternoon off to treat the foot.

  522. miggs August 12th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Terms and Conditions mean nothing when our friend can still post on here.

    You can use a curse word once by accident and get threatened to be banned, but constant ruining of threads is perfectly acceptable.

  523. RDM August 12th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Nice DP AJ..way to come back…need some runs here

  524. MaineYankee August 12th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Josh

    You’re doing a good job and really in tune with whats going on here on the blog.

  525. MG August 12th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    I just hope Jeter didn’t break a bone in his foot or a toe-the pitch hit him directly without a bounce in a spot that is unprotected.

  526. RDM August 12th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    One good thing is Yanks won’t face Seattle’s Hernandez as he is pitching today

  527. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Only a FREAK would take the time to mention a lead-off single and follow it with the word “Ugh”. A Sux troll who needs to be around Yankee fans in order to feel important.

  528. Yanks Fan August 12th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Was it a fastball that hit Jeter or a breaking pitch?

  529. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Damon! Hes my boy

  530. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    damon…can we sign the extension now?

  531. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Tex is the MVP but Damon is a close 2nd.

  532. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Off the Model’s sign.

    Not a cheapie.

  533. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Yanks Fan August 12th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Was it a fastball that hit Jeter or a breaking pitch?

    breaking

  534. MG August 12th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    when Damon is hot (like he is right now) he is money…

  535. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    MPB JOHNNY DAMON = AWESOMELY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :grin:

  536. CM (Be patient with the prospects) August 12th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Erica must be jumping up and down.

  537. Andrew August 12th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Keep running the lefties up there. Swish and Posada should hit from the left side.

  538. teddy August 12th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    i love damon

  539. RDM August 12th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    DAMON!!!

  540. Tom from Worcester (MA) August 12th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    There is the proof, SJ, as to why you don’t throw lefties a change-up

  541. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Damon just crushes the ball in this ballpark.

    He’s Albert Pujols in the NYS.

  542. Benny Blanco August 12th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Hey cito! Replay that!

  543. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release August 12th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Nice Damon. :lol:

  544. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    That was no cheapie. Hit facing of the 2nd deck.

  545. tampayank August 12th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Damon is made for Yankee Stadium…wooooo hoooo

  546. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Yanks Fan:

    breaking pitch. broke down and fell right into the side of his back foot.

  547. upstate kate August 12th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    well I just happened to be going back for coffee in the conference room, where the game just happened to be on, just in time to see the AWESOME Johnny D hit a HR

  548. 1st Place Yanks August 12th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    The Yanks would be nuts not bringing Johnny back next year. If he was to stay in the AL, he’d wear us out hitting at the Stadium.

  549. RDM August 12th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Good morning, good aft, good night to Matsui…3 pitches

  550. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    CM (Be patient with the prospects)
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:12 pm
    Erica must be jumping up and down.

    ***

    Maybe. And the saddest part is I am at a client. LOL

  551. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Miggs – did you email Pete about him? I keep saying that if enough people take the time to do it Pete will off him. I’s not enough to just talk about it here. (I know Pete isn’t necessarily the fastest gun in the west, but he did get rid of this freak once before. He’ll do it again if he gets it from enough posters that the freak disrupts the forum – which it does.)

  552. Andrew August 12th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Left center is going to be tough today. Actually, left center is tough all the time in NYS. I think that part of the old stadium carried over to the new place: not many home runs fly out to left center.

  553. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I don’t understand why Alex hasn’t had a full day off yet. How does Tex get a full day off before Alex?

  554. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Damon has developed a definate Maris, Murcer, Nettles YS stroke.

  555. Yanks Fan August 12th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Damon has almost as many homeruns (22) as he does doubles (26)

  556. MaineYankee August 12th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:12 pm
    MPB JOHNNY DAMON = AWESOMELY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ————————————————–

    Do you put yourself on mute when Damon is up? :lol:

    Or just get funny looks from co-workers.

  557. RS August 12th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    I don’t worry about Gaudin getting lit up. I think he could be a very serviceable #5 starter for us.

    The thing I worry about is that since the Yankees will be carrying 6 starters, they’ll have one less pitcher in the bullpen. And aside from Aceves and Mo, the relievers we have tend to throw a lot of pitches per inning. I just don’t want to see the bullpen get worn out whenever ANY starter has a short outing.

    Also, with Jeter’s foot injury, it’s probably wise to keep Pena on the team just in case. So I don’t see any other way the Yankees can carry the normal 7 relievers.

  558. RISP August 12th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Posada does know that the ball must cross over the plate in the air to be a strike, right?

  559. miggs August 12th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Damon with a shot.

    So funny I was just about to post: offer him a one year deal for $5 million.

    Bottom line, Abreu had his .295/20/100 last year and that’s how much he got. You can’t tell me Damon plays beter defense than Abreu, and while he’ll hit more HRs than Abreu, will probably have a lower ops. and drive in less runs.

    And he’ll be one year older than Abreu when he hims free agency.

    I just can’t see him getting more than that. Perfect for the Yankees, he can DH a lot but rotate into LF easily when anyone else needs a DH day.

    Bottom line, Matsui wasn’t coming back no matter how well he hit. The fact that he could never play the field was his downfall. Makes the roster way too inflexible.

  560. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    So what is it? Damon’s deck or Teixeira Terrace?

  561. RDM August 12th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    According to Sportsline…looks like Posada swung at a ball in the dirt…..

  562. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    MaineYankee
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:16 pm
    Erica – always OPPC
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:12 pm
    MPB JOHNNY DAMON = AWESOMELY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ————————————————–

    Do you put yourself on mute when Damon is up?

    Or just get funny looks from co-workers
    ****

    I get lots of funny looks. But I really don’t care much

  563. CB August 12th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    AJ is having a very strange game.

    He’s throwing both his fastball and curveball for strikes. He’s thrown both for strikes more than 65% of the time.

    Usually when AJ throws strikes like that he’s close to unhittable.

    His fastball command and location in the zone haven’t been great.

    May need to start throwing his two seamer and using his curve ball more.

  564. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Any predictions on who will be the first non-Damon Yankee to get a hit today? I’m gonna go with Hinske.

    Matsui seems to be consistently saving his “good” ABs for late in the game. He looked horrible all day against Richmond yesterday, then hit that homerun against the bullpen. Today, in his first two ABs, he’s looked pretty bad against Romero. Is he saving his bullets for later in the game today, too?

  565. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Randy Johnson or Chris Bosio.

  566. RDM August 12th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Burnett @ 52 pitches won’t last long – two innings max
    Romero looking like he’ll throw a complete game. – UGH

  567. RISP August 12th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    WOW Pena…what a play!

  568. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    WOW…pena what a play

  569. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Pena :)

  570. miggs August 12th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Trish-

    Pete knows what goes on here. I don’t think an email from me is going to change anything. If he wanted our friend gone he wouldn’t be here.

  571. 1st Place Yanks August 12th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    devil’s advocate: shouldn’t really ban someone just because you don’t like him. he’s not spreading false rumors or impersonating other posters, so I would imagine Pete’s hands may be tied on this one.

  572. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Pena.

    Wow. What a play. Amazing dive to rob Encarnacion.

  573. MG August 12th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    that last pitch by AJ was the best fastball he’s thrown so far, it really had life.

  574. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    are we not responding to RDM?

    (S)he realizes that Romero is at 54 pitches, right?

  575. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    “Burnett @ 52 pitches won’t last long – two innings max
    Romero looking like he’ll throw a complete game. – UGH”

    are you stupid or just play dumb on this blog?

    Burnett 3 2/3= 57 pitches
    Romero 3= 54 pitches

  576. 1st Place Yanks August 12th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    here’s ‘Shoeless Joe Inglett’.

  577. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    RDM…uh, you do know that Romero threw 54 pitches in 3 innings to AJ’s 52. Right? You knew that?

  578. Ramey - Traded his Girlfriend to the Pirates for a PTBNL August 12th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    RDM-

    I’m curious, Burnett at 52 pitches as you said, “won’t last long- 2 innings max”…But Romero, who has thrown JUST AS MANY pitches as Burnett is gonna throw a complete game? In what galaxy does that begin to reach levels of comprehension?

  579. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Great inning

  580. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 12th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    El Nino!!! :D

  581. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    “devil’s advocate: shouldn’t really ban someone just because you don’t like him. he’s not spreading false rumors or impersonating other posters, so I would imagine Pete’s hands may be tied on this one.”

    Except that I am going on what Pete has said in the past and that is if someone comes here just to aggravate everyone else, he would be happy to get rid of the person. And he has done it with other posters.

  582. RISP August 12th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Lol @ Shoeless Joe Inglett. Well done there.

    Nice inning from AJ. Needed a quick one.

  583. RS August 12th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    “Matsui seems to be consistently saving his “good” ABs for late in the game.”

    Lol. That’s been Melky’s way all season.

    Also Posada has been having a weird couple of weeks. He has some big hits but when he doesn’t get hits he looks awful at the plate. He’s been having some of the worst AB’s on the team, yet I don’t think he’s technically in a slump.

  584. MaineYankee August 12th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Pena’s been attending the Nick Swisher school of fielding. :lol:

  585. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release August 12th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Good inning for AJ

  586. MG August 12th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    RDM, you have no clue about what you are saying, it’s impossible to make any comment about a baseball game when you read about it online.

    AJ found his stuff on the last two hitters, it was very obvious, that’s why you also can’t draw any conclusion about pitch counts early in the game, he got 3 outs on 7 pitches that inning.

  587. CB August 12th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    For so long we’ve heard about how great the Red Sox farm system is and how poor the yankees system has been.

    The Red Sox sufferred injuries this year and have gotten very little from their minor league position players.

    Nick Green and Chris Woodward are their SS right now.

    Jeter gets hurt and in past years they would have been in trouble.

    This year – they can just put a guy like Pena into the game.

    The contributions of these younger players in providing a big league team with a lot of older veterans depth has been enormous.

  588. RISP August 12th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    61 pitches from AJ. He should definitely go 6. Hopefully he can pick up another economical inning in the fifth and give us 7.

  589. RDM August 12th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Jeter w/ a right foot contusion….

  590. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Burnett, if I’m not mistaken, has pretty much followed a trend recently where he throws a lot of pitches early and makes you think he’s going out early. Then he has a couple of economical innings and suddenly he’s pitching in the 7th.

    Kind of like that 8 pitch inning he just had.

    Joba did much the same thing yesterday, didn’t he? Had a ton of pitches, didn’t look like he’d finish 5, but then went 6?

  591. David August 12th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    According to 1050ESPN, Jeter appears to have a contusion, but x-rays will be done.

  592. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I see that the board idiot isn’t keepining up with Romero’s pitch count and stopped after Burnett had two innings with a total of 15 pitches.

  593. miggs August 12th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I don’t understand Joba being pushed back to next Wednesday.

    If you’re going to push him back that far, why not wait one more game and let him start against the Red Sox?

    I guess they have a plan and I haven’t looked at the schedule yet but it wouldn’t be great to have Gaudin, Mitre, and Pettitte starting that RedSox series.

    I thought CC and AJ were scheduled to start the previous series also.

  594. Andrew August 12th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    RDM shouldn’t your post have read “Jeter with a right foot contusion, probably out for the year, UGH”? You must have gotten cut off, hence your use of the ellipse.

  595. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Robbie!!!

  596. Laura - I like the new and improved Alex! He's a keeper. August 12th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    I have thoughts about bringing Damon back next year, but I don’t want Erica to get mad at me so I will keep them to myself. :)

  597. MG August 12th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    RalphieD (OPPC)
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:22 pm
    “Burnett @ 52 pitches won’t last long – two innings max
    Romero looking like he’ll throw a complete game. – UGH”

    are you stupid or just play dumb on this blog?

    Burnett 3 2/3= 57 pitches
    Romero 3= 54 pitches
    ——————————————–

    R e a l l y
    D u m b
    M o r o n

  598. Tom in N.J. August 12th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Cano, ugh!

  599. RISP August 12th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Robbie!

  600. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    cano-no-no-no!!!!!!!

  601. miggs August 12th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Cano!

    That sweet sweet swing.

  602. CM (Be patient with the prospects) August 12th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    My boy,Cano!

  603. pat August 12th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Everyone needs to bat lefty today. Alex too.

  604. Donnie - Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Why can’t he do that with men on base? haha

  605. RDM August 12th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    CANO!!!

  606. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Classic exple of why you don’t throw a changeup to a lefty.

    You miss with it, it’s crushed.

  607. RDM August 12th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    another bandbox home run UGH

  608. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 12th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Damn Robi, do you know how great you can be, if you couild hit that same ball w/ RISP?

  609. RISP August 12th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Cano has such a sweet swing. Looks so effortless and the ball just jumps off his bat. When focused, he is as good as it gets.

  610. MG August 12th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    there must be RDM and his evil twin, RDM. Sort of like Dumb and Dumber…

  611. MaineYankee August 12th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Anyone wish Soriano was still playing second?

    Not me.

  612. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 12th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    The Yankees have scouted Romero very well.

  613. Pb4ugo012 August 12th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    El Nino!!!!!!!!!!! We love you!!!!!!!

  614. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    MG – The freak is a troll. He used to post here under another name. His MO is that he first says he’s a Yankee fan, then he forgets he said that and tells you he stopped rooting for the Yankees at some point in the past, then he forgets that and admits to being a Sux fan and really jams it to you with his asinine posts. At that point Pete sends him packing.

    Just as he did in the past, when it appears too many people are on to him he starts to pepper his posts with things that are almost palatable, but they always end up being left-handed compliments. (Oh God, AJ at 100 pitches already and Romero only at 10. I’m depressed. :( )

    The guy is a total fraud and a troll. Responding to him directly is exactly what he wants. It gives him continuing entre to make depracating statements about the Yankees.

    I wish Josh could off him for the day and then let Pete deal with it later.

  615. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Laura – I like the new and improved Alex! He’s a keeper.
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:26 pm
    I have thoughts about bringing Damon back next year, but I don’t want Erica to get mad at me so I will keep them to myself
    ****

    Smart move Ms. Missy. I am keeping my eye on you :evil:

  616. MG August 12th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    poor Hinkse, he’s overmatched against Romero. Unless he hits a hanger today it’s going to be an Ofer…

  617. Joe I August 12th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    “The contributions of these younger players in providing a big league team with a lot of older veterans depth has been enormous.”

    CB, The media also forgets that Cano, Joba, Hughes, Coke, Melky and Gardner are also homegrown Yankees. With all of this guys who have been up and down like Cervelli, Robertson and Melancon have contributed to the Yanks success this season. But all we hear is that the Red Sox are building a winner while letting younger players grow into something bigger.

  618. RISP August 12th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Trisha, you are wasting way to much time talking about someone that you “don’t care about.” Just ignore him and move on already.

  619. MG August 12th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    trisha, thanks for the info, but how pathetic is it that someone gets his only kicks in life being an anonymous troll on a Yankees blog?

  620. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    “RDM shouldn’t your post have read “Jeter with a right foot contusion, probably out for the year, UGH”? You must have gotten cut off, hence your use of the ellipse.”

    :lol:

  621. MaineYankee August 12th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    CB

    I don’t get why the RS get so much press about their FS. Like you pointed out it should be obvious. They are scavenging the scrap heap for players.

  622. li'l nubber August 12th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    who cares what the Really Dumb Moron says. If the Yanks were 5 1/2 games out, his inane comments would be maddening.

    Not so much now.

  623. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Yankees really doing well and AJ seems to have settled down.

    UGH.

  624. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 12th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    where did he go, how are you looking at his bat! :x

  625. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    I want to see Swish steal a base and somersault into 2nd.

  626. RISP August 12th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I really can’t stand when home plate umpires make that call…ask for help there!

  627. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    He didn’t go

  628. Laura - I like the new and improved Alex! He's a keeper. August 12th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    “Smart move Ms. Missy. I am keeping my eye on you”

    Did you notice that I didn’t hit Mega last night? I can’t predict the Yankees lineup or the lottery. I guess I’ll stick to my day job. :)

  629. David August 12th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    No Tex and no Jeter and we have a 2 run lead.

  630. MG August 12th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    August 12th, 2009 at 2:32 pm
    “RDM shouldn’t your post have read “Jeter with a right foot contusion, probably out for the year, UGH”? You must have gotten cut off, hence your use of the ellipse.”

    ———————————————
    Actually, the commment was supposed to be, ‘Jeter with a right foot contusion, career over.’

  631. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Bad call, Hinske didn’t swing.

  632. Laura - I like the new and improved Alex! He's a keeper. August 12th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    “I want to see Swish steal a base and somersault into 2nd.”

    I think his cartwheels are only for the outfield.

  633. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    from above:

    UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: Johnny sure juiced another. That’s 22 HRs for him this season, two shy of the career high he set during his first season with the Yankees.

    His tenure with the Yankees has been so vastly underrated. I think the blogger who said he/she hoped to re-sign Damon to a one-year deal for $5-6 million is vastly underestimating his value. He is just shy of a 35-HR, 100-RBI, 40-2B, 120-run pace.

  634. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 12th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Nick NO!

  635. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Best pick off move ever.

  636. RDM August 12th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    No MG, just read right foot contusion..that’s all

  637. 1st Place Yanks August 12th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I definitely would have been thrown out there, likely for making a ‘turkey neck’ comment to Joe West.

  638. miggs August 12th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Trish-

    This is exactly what he wants….people talking about him instead of the game.

    Like I said, Pete would have already banned him if that’s what he wanted. Our friend has been clogging up this board for weeks now.

  639. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    “Trisha, you are wasting way to much time talking about someone that you “don’t care about.” Just ignore him and move on already.”

    Ooo, I was told that you are an iteration of RDM. Figures that you would respond this way.

    Troll2

  640. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Laura – I like the new and improved Alex! He’s a keeper.
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:34 pm
    “Smart move Ms. Missy. I am keeping my eye on you”

    Did you notice that I didn’t hit Mega last night? I can’t predict the Yankees lineup or the lottery. I guess I’ll stick to my day job
    ****

    Isn’t the lack of lottery winning sad? The good news is no one won. So we get to try again Friday. I missed you in GTLU this morning.

  641. Benny Blanco August 12th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I smell rain delay.

  642. MG August 12th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Swish is definitely a free spirit but he’s toned some of it down since the early part of the year, he hasn’t done a ‘Lambeau Leap’ at the start of an inning in a long time. :)

  643. what RDM is thinking August 12th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    the flags are waving in the wind, UGH

  644. saucY - sticK witH sergiO August 12th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    joe west @T%4 4!((#

  645. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Romero has some real bad body language on the mound when things go wrong.

    He stared down his fielders coming off the field in the first inning and really showed up Overbay on that throw.

    That sometimes gets rookies punched in the face by his teammates.

  646. RISP August 12th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    What are you talking about, Trisha? YOU sound obsessed. Just watch the game and ignore RDM already. You act as if you run this board.

  647. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    No new updates for Jeter?

  648. Shdw August 12th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    There better not be a rain delay. At least not until the Yankees get 3 more outs.

  649. Donnie - Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    “Classic exple of why you don’t throw a changeup to a lefty.

    You miss with it, it’s crushed.”

    Look at Romero’s splits. That’s been the trouble with him all year. Coming in to today, lefties were batting .299 off him, while righties were held to .250. His changeup to lefties ends up moving right in to their wheel house, and he gives up a lot of hits.

  650. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Miggs, but he did get rid of him when he was posting as “Mo*ssplatcutter” – couldn’t write the exact screenname because Pete obviously has the censor set up to catch it.

    I emailed Pete. I hope he responds. In the meantime, I think that if people aren’t going to respond to it, then nobody should. It won’t stop it, just as it didn’t stop the freak splatcutter. But eventually Pete offed him. It’ll happen here too we just have to be patient. Meanwhile, I don’t think it hurts to let Pete know. JMO

  651. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release August 12th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Guys just ignore the troll and his troll babies.

    Back to work AJ

  652. John in MD August 12th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Hey CB, I didn’t know if you have seen this article, but it seems right up your alley as it talks all about different pitches and their effectiveness. The one I found interesting is # 10 about Santana, and how it pretty much echos what you were saying about him.

    “10) Johan Santana(notes) is throwing his changeup more than ever to less success than ever.

    As Santana’s fastball velocity declines – he’s down to 90.7 mph on average – he has increased his changeups thrown to nearly 31 percent, which, in years past, would be welcome. The problem? His changeup isn’t even a run above average per 100 thrown this season, whereas his career low is 1.58 per 100.”

    You were talking about how he completely changed his style now and how valuable it was for the Yanks not to make that trade. This is just further evidence.

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

  653. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Ricky Romero only threw 76 pitches in 4 innings. Ugh.

  654. David August 12th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Evan,

    All we know right now is that it’s been diagnosed as a contusion and that he will have x-rays.

  655. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Seriously, I can’t wait to watch the Phils game tonight. I want to see Pedro’s come back.

  656. Uncle Ellsworth August 12th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Marco.

  657. Uncle Ellsworth August 12th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Marco.

  658. 1st Place Yanks August 12th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    fwiw, that storm blew through Rockland Co. after like 20 mins.

  659. Bronx Jeers August 12th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Starve it and it will die.

    I’ll admit I do feel pity for people who only come here to seek out the recognition they don’t recieve in the real world.

  660. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    “Ricky Romero only threw 76 pitches in 4 innings. Ugh.”

    Ugh.

  661. RDM August 12th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    I haven’t heard any updates on Jeter….

  662. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Pena is looking a little shaky in the field, today.

  663. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    pena seems to have trouble on routine plays…i knw his glove is fantastic but does he struggle on these easy plays because of a lack of confidence at the major league level or what?

  664. miggs August 12th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Wait you think RDM is mosplattcutter?

    I think their writing styles are completely different.

    Mosplatcutter didn’t even pretend to like the team from what I remember.

  665. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    You probably won’t Jeter updates until after the game.

  666. RISP August 12th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Trisha, you sound so pathetic and desperate. YOU sound like a baby. You have spent the last hour complaining about this person. Just ignore and move on. Your act is old, stale, and childish.

  667. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    “Guys just ignore the troll and his troll babies.”

    :D

  668. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:40 pm
    Marco.

    ****
    Polo????

  669. MG August 12th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    what RDM is thinking
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:37 pm
    the flags are waving in the wind, UGH
    ————————————-
    :)

  670. m August 12th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    lol @ saucY. You have a cutoff time now?

    Okay, the regular guy who does the espn sports center updates every 20 minutes? Dan Davis? He’s a pretty good guy, I’ve heard him in the studio before.

    So he says, Yukilis will probably be facing a suspension. He rushed the mound after being hit by Porcello, after being hit the night before, and a lot of other times. Although with a trip to Texas he may appeal.

    All this commentary & analysis during a sports center update. :roll:

  671. Laura - I like the new and improved Alex! He's a keeper. August 12th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    “Isn’t the lack of lottery winning sad? The good news is no one won. So we get to try again Friday. I missed you in GTLU this morning.”

    Been busy at work and didn’t get a chance to sign on in time to submit my lineup. I would have been wrong as I wasn’t going to leave Tex out of my lineup.

  672. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    “Trisha, you sound so pathetic and desperate. YOU sound like a baby. You have spent the last hour complaining about this person. Just ignore and move on. Your act is old, stale, and childish.”

    YAWN!!!! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!

    Go to your own sewer, troll. That would be SOSH, right?

  673. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    “Seriously, I can’t wait to watch the Phils game tonight. I want to see Pedro’s come back.”

    What do you all think? Odds on Pedro hitting somebody if they hit a homerun off him?

    Oh, wait…he’s with the Phillies. He has to bat now.

  674. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    “Erica – always OPPC
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:42 pm
    Uncle Ellsworth
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:40 pm
    Marco.
    ****
    Polo????

    good guess Erica. Actually it is Derek Jeter’s Driven.

  675. m August 12th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    omg. a pitch. ugh.

  676. RISP August 12th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Trisha = the Kevin Youkilis of LoHud.

  677. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Laura – I like the new and improved Alex! He’s a keeper.
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:43 pm
    “Isn’t the lack of lottery winning sad? The good news is no one won. So we get to try again Friday. I missed you in GTLU this morning.”

    Been busy at work and didn’t get a chance to sign on in time to submit my lineup. I would have been wrong as I wasn’t going to leave Tex out of my lineup.
    ***

    No one had any hope of winning today. Matsui batting 3rd is totally out of left field. Even the people who submitted line ups after the line up was posted were completely wrong.

  678. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 12th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    El Nino hasn’t played the field in like days, ofcourse he’d be a little shaky and then again he just gets outs.

  679. saucY - sticK witH sergiO August 12th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    “lol @ saucY. You have a cutoff time now?”

    it seems like people have lost interest anyway…

    okay. i’ll keep it at whenever the penalties are announced… just as long as the entries have ‘Saucy’ in them somewhere so I can ctrl-F to find them…

  680. m August 12th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    omg. a swing. ugh.

  681. Miguel August 12th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    What is OPPC????

  682. miggs August 12th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    “Trisha = the Kevin Youkilis of LoHud.”

    That’s not nice.

    And Trish can’t stand Youkilis, she’s not going to be happy with that comment.

  683. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Since Trisha mentioned SOSH.

    I checked that board out for the first time the other night after the sweep, just to see what they were saying. I think my IQ took a serious hit from reading those posts. Never again, man. I don’t have enough brain cells to risk.

  684. Farr and Howe August 12th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    For those who followed the yanks in the early 90′s, didnt Paul Oden narrate WPIX games? Now he is the PA announcer…

  685. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)

    ****
    Polo????

    good guess Erica. Actually it is Derek Jeter’s Driven.
    ****

    I dated a guy in high school on and off for years who wore Polo. To this day when I smell a guy wearing it, I get flashbacks and it drives me crazy. (I am not that old though, I graduated high school 11 years ago)

  686. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    “Mosplatcutter didn’t even pretend to like the team from what I remember.”

    Absolutely he did. He started off telling us he was a Yanks fan who was just really upset with the Yanks and that is why he was constantly trashing them. When we called him on it enough, he switched to saying he was a former Yankee fan who turned on the Yankees when Steinbrenner started spending a lot of money. Then he finally admitted he was a Sux fan. But by then he was on top of his game because people here had “welcomed” the loser.

    This thing is using the same MO but exposing himself all the time, the way the other freak did.

    I went to school to learn how to recognize inconsistent statements…

    ;)

  687. saucY - sticK witH sergiO August 12th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    took me a minute to realize “El Nino” = Pena…. (i still don’t get it though)

  688. Jones August 12th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Eh, once Pena gets settled, he’ll be fine. He hasn’t really played much. Its tough to go out there like that after just sitting on the bench. He’ll be fine. He’s good.

  689. m August 12th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    omg. a miss. ugh.

  690. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    A lot of hits by Burnett, so far. Wild in the strike zone?

  691. RISP August 12th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Miguel, OPPC is an elite club that only true Yankee fans can become a part of. If you aren’t in OPPC, you are a troll and you MUST be an offspring of RDM.

    In other words, it’s similar to a high school clique.

  692. Andrew August 12th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    An inning-ending strikeout UGH

  693. Miguel August 12th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    OPPC = ?????

  694. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Miguel
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:46 pm
    What is OPPC????

    ***
    Official Positive Posters Club

  695. Phil August 12th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    It’s and official game.

  696. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    GJ AJ!

  697. m August 12th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    lol, saucY.

    Was just teasing Erica and her rules.

  698. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    nasty pitch to k overbay there..i dont knw if gameday is off or joe west is but gameday has west having a HUGE zone today

  699. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    “For those who followed the yanks in the early 90’s, didnt Paul Oden narrate WPIX games? Now he is the PA announcer…”

    it’s the same guy – Paul Olden

  700. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    When AJ located that curveball, its an unhittable pitch. Great sequence to Overbay, who was sitting dead red.

  701. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Burnett: 79 pitches through 5. solo shot only damage.
    Romero: 76 pitches through 4. 3 runs given up.

    Man, I wish our #2 guy wasn’t getting out-pitched so badly. Ugh.

  702. ADam August 12th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    I’m very glad John Sterling can’t make baseball decisions…

  703. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    RISP
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:47 pm
    Miguel, OPPC is an elite club that only true Yankee fans can become a part of. If you aren’t in OPPC, you are a troll and you MUST be an offspring of RDM.

    In other words, it’s similar to a high school clique.

    ****

    Actually, its not. And what is your problem? Leave Trisha alone. Follow your own advice. If you don’t like her posts ignore them.

  704. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Miggs, it’s okay. Babies of trolls tend to say things like that. Trolls’ babies get very nervous when other trolls are being outed and seem like they might be offed for good. So they try “pre-emptive strikes” by pretending they are Yankee fans who are offended that you are trying to silence other people.

    Predictable behavior. Last night someone pointed out that RISP is an iteration of RDM and made a very convincing case.

    :)

  705. Farr and Howe August 12th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    by the way, this post is brought to you by W.B. Mason, because 3 years ago nobody know what W.B. Mason was…UGH

  706. BBB August 12th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Ricky Romero
    W-L 10-5 ERA 3.66 K 90 Walks 44 WHIP 1.37

    AJ Burnett
    W-L 10-5 ERA 3.67 K 123 Walks 71 WHIP 1.37

  707. RISP August 12th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Trisha is the Kevin Youkilis because she acts tough and thinks that she is the end all be all. But in reality, she is a coward with self-esteem issues. She MUST be the center of attention and NOBODY must question her authority or challenge her for the spotlight. If so, they will be written off as a troll. Oh and she cries and whines about EVERYTHING that she doesn’t agree with.

  708. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    “Man, I wish our #2 guy wasn’t getting out-pitched so badly. Ugh.”

    Ugh is right.

  709. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    m
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:48 pm
    lol, saucY.

    Was just teasing Erica and her rules.

    ***
    Yeah, make fun of me. If I don’t have a cut off time people will keep making line up guesses until the game is actually over. Seriously. LOL.

    I am proud of my made up GTLU game. My official rules and the strict hand I keep to enforce them! :-)

  710. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Romero found a way to keep Johnny from getting an XB hit off him.

    The walk. :)

  711. Andrew August 12th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Jeter’s x-rays negative UGH probably out for a month UGH how can we compete with Nick Green?!

  712. David August 12th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    AJ really settled in nicely.

  713. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    wow 70% said no inning limits for young pitchers??? wth is wrong with these people…young pitchers cant just throw 200 pitches out of the gate

  714. RISP August 12th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    A very convincing case? If that was a very convincing case, then so is my previous comparison of you to Kevin Youkilis. You are pathetic. And you know NOTHING about baseball. Just keep waving your pom poms, you dolt.

  715. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    it’s not even 3:00 PM, yet. why all this talk (not just here, but on YES also) about it being a complete game. it’s not exactly Hurrican Katrina rolling in…there may be a rain delay, but they will finish this game today.

  716. EricNS August 12th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Jete’s x-rays negative according to Kay

  717. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    “Trisha is the Kevin Youkilis because she acts tough and thinks that she is the end all be all. But in reality, she is a coward with self-esteem issues. She MUST be the center of attention and NOBODY must question her authority or challenge her for the spotlight. If so, they will be written off as a troll. Oh and she cries and whines about EVERYTHING that she doesn’t agree with.”

    :lol:

    waht waht waht waht waht. waht WAHT waht waht waht waht waht waht WAHT waht waht waht waht, etc.

    YAWN!

  718. Ramey - Traded his Girlfriend to the Pirates for a PTBNL August 12th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    “I am proud of my made up GTLU game. My official rules and the strict hand I keep to enforce them!”

    Erica, are you beginning to speak German and start making hand gestures emphatically at your desk? lol

  719. Farr and Howe--this post brought to you by W.B. Mason-- August 12th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Good thing about Jeter…UGH

  720. miggs August 12th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Matsui has to be the only guy to hit into a DP and be out by 25 feet.

    I’m going to miss his bat next year, but not his knees.

    Nice, Jeter’s x-rays negative.

    He’ll probably have tomorrow off and hopefully be back by Friday.

  721. BBB August 12th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Ricky Romero salary $400k
    AJ salary $16.5 mil

  722. saucY - sticK witH sergiO August 12th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    tease all you want m. guess the suspension is looking like a flop! :cry:

    meanwhile, i already have my entry for tomorrow’s guess the line-up ready to cut-n-paste :D

  723. RISP August 12th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks for proving my point, Trishkilis.

  724. David August 12th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    X-rays on Jeter’s right foot were negative.

  725. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    “A very convincing case? If that was a very convincing case, then so is my previous comparison of you to Kevin Youkilis. You are pathetic. And you know NOTHING about baseball. Just keep waving your pom poms, you dolt.”

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  726. m August 12th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Wow. Haven’t seen one like that from Alex in a long time. That’s a Johnny Damon special.

  727. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    wow, a ball Encarnacion didn’t grab. he may not hit, but he does have a sweet glove.

  728. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Ramey – Traded his Girlfriend to the Pirates for a PTBNL
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:54 pm
    “I am proud of my made up GTLU game. My official rules and the strict hand I keep to enforce them!”

    Erica, are you beginning to speak German and start making hand gestures emphatically at your desk? lol

    ****
    Maybe. I am the Enforcer of LoHud. LOL. GB7 nominated me around 10:30 this morning.

  729. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    “Thanks for proving my point, Trishkilis.”

    YAWN!

  730. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Is Posada going to act like a baby because Alex didn’t make it to 3rd?

  731. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I used to have self-esteem issues in high school. I also had bad acne. But now I rule the message board and so I feel better about myself.

  732. Andrew August 12th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Wait Romero is now at 91 pitches…but I thought he was going to throw a complete game, and AJ was coming out by the 5th?

  733. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    RISP
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:55 pm
    Thanks for proving my point, Trishkilis.
    ****

    Is this obsession you have with Trisha, a bitterness thing because she rejected you somewhere along the line???

  734. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    YAWN! That’s not me, it’s a baby troll.

  735. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    John & Suzy are counting people in the stands with umbrellas. LOL. Broadcasting at its finest

    I believe they stopped at 7

  736. CountryClub August 12th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    good news on Jeter.

  737. m August 12th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Ramey,

    Haha. It’s terrible, but I loved that part of Rat Race. The whole sequence was just hilarious.

  738. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I used to be fat and ugly. Now I’m just ugly. Throwing up is fun!

  739. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    It’s actually comical to see RISP go off in these rampages. Reminds me of Elmer Fudd.

    I wonder if RISP has a lisp.
    Twish you wascally wabbitt! ;-)

  740. MG August 12th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    it’s 3PM and the Yankees haven’t won the game yet, UGH

  741. Number 23 August 12th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    So Jete has a bruised foot.

  742. Farr and Howe--this post brought to you by W.B. Mason-- August 12th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    anyone else see Posada’s and Arod’s interaction after Posada’s homerun last nite. Kinda chilly, but I wasn’t there, so I don’t know what really went on

  743. Ramey - Traded his Girlfriend to the Pirates for a PTBNL August 12th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Trishkilis? Really? That was the best insult you could come up with? That’s a little lame if you ask me. If you’re going to spend your time chastizing somebody for their posts, at least be creative with your insults. That’s just a poor show right there

  744. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Anyone else notice that while RISP has been writing his endless discourse, not one post has shown up from RDM???

    GREAT catch, whoever caught last night that they are one and the same.

    Erica – RISP = RDM

  745. MG August 12th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Andrew
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:57 pm
    Wait Romero is now at 91 pitches…but I thought he was going to throw a complete game, and AJ was coming out by the 5th?
    ——————————————–
    only if the game is rained out…

  746. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Waaaah, stop mocking me. I’m going to tell on you now. FART! I’m ugly, but I think I’m hot so I wear tight clothes.

  747. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I’d give Jeter 2 days off. Why not? Give him a chance to really rest it. And if the Yanks take today’s game along with winning the first 2 in Seattle, I’d even give Jeter a 3rd day off.

    No sense in playing around. Yes they will miss his lead-off bat and base hits but its not worth aggravating it in August with a 5+ game lead in the division.

  748. Uncle Ellsworth August 12th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:42 pm
    Uncle Ellsworth
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:40 pm
    Marco.

    ****
    Polo????

    Yes, I knew I could count on you.

  749. Laura - I like the new and improved Alex! He's a keeper. August 12th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I’m late to the thread so maybe I missed it. What’s with all of the UGHs following comments?

  750. Andrew August 12th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    “wow, a ball Encarnacion didn’t grab. he may not hit, but he does have a sweet glove.”

    Just FYI but Encarnacion is an absolute butcher at 3rd base. He was loathed in Cincinnati because he made tons and tons of errors. His bat was the main reason why the Reds stuck with him for as long as they did.

  751. miggs August 12th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    This thread has deteriorated rapidly.

  752. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Well, now you ‘done did it’, buddy. impersonating another poster is an automatic boot.

    you would have been fine w/the back-and-forth bantering. hell, you should have just changed your handle.

    now you’re screwed because their software tracks i.p. addresses.

    frankly, you stepped over the line w/that one.

  753. Ramey - Traded his Girlfriend to the Pirates for a PTBNL August 12th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I never really had a girlfriend. I’ve only had boyfriends and my left hand.

  754. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Farr and Howe–this post brought to you by W.B. Mason– August 12th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    anyone else see Posada’s and Arod’s interaction after Posada’s homerun last nite. Kinda chilly, but I wasn’t there, so I don’t know what really went on

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM9GQm1lKfM

  755. Ramey - Traded his Girlfriend to the Pirates for a PTBNL August 12th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Man, I’m totally obligated that I’m being impersonated now too. I feel like I’ve arrived

  756. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    schools cannot open soon enough. Is there nothing else people can do than impersonate other posters?

  757. hacker August 12th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    GREAT catch, whoever caught last night that they are one and the same.

    ———————

    takes a bow.

    frankly, even if he/she is not the same person, they are just as annoying.

  758. ditmars1929 August 12th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Would you children please knock it off already? You can disagree, that’s fine, but the sniping back and forth is totally unnecessary. It’s a baseball blog and the Yanks are winning. How about we focus on that?

  759. BJK August 12th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    BBB
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:55 pm
    Ricky Romero salary $400k
    AJ salary $16.5 mil

    ——————————————————-

    …and?

  760. Ramey - Traded his Girlfriend to the Pirates for a PTBNL August 12th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Is it just me, or does Ricky Romero have a striking resemblance to Shawn Chacon?

  761. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Ruiz looks like a giant baby

  762. Randy Ruiz does roids August 12th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    This board is a mess. Can we please just talk baseball?

    AJ needs two more outs…great rebound from a shaky start.

  763. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    i thought ruiz couldnt hit a breaking ball ;)

  764. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Trisha-

    How does that equation work? LOL

  765. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Now what is better than that? Pete has said that anyone posting as one of the regulars will be automatically banned.

    Buh-bye now idiot!

    :)

    Off to email Pete.

    Ramey, you might want to do the same. Send him the post in question.

  766. Cindy G August 12th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Thank you, ditmars1929. Back to baseball!!

  767. SCX August 12th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    So a contusion + OK xray = not a major deal? Jeter shouldn’t miss any significant time? (I’m no doctor).

  768. SCX August 12th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    So a contusion + OK xray = not a major deal? Jeter shouldn’t miss any significant time? (I’m no doctor).

  769. CB August 12th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    ““10) Johan Santana(notes) is throwing his changeup more than ever to less success than ever.”

    John,

    Thanks. I did see that article. It was fun. One of the things that made it interesting was that it shows how much sabermetric analysis is making headways into the “maing stream media.” That a guy like Passan is using data like that says a lot for where the future of how people understand the game is going.

    That kind of analysis of individual pitches is based on methods similar to what baseball prospectus has done with their EqA stat and what the hardball times/fangraphs does for their wOBA stats.

    What people have done now is take those methods – methods which have been largely applied to hitting – to individual pitches.

    I think this kind of analysis provides a useful insight. But i do think you have to take it with caution.

    When trying to analyze the quality of pitches on a pitch by pitch basis e.g. best fastball… etc, you’re trading analytic insight for context. What I mean by that is that the efficacy of any one pitch depends on the pitcher’s other pitches. CC Sabathia has a great change up because he has a fantastic fastball. Halladay has a deadly curve ball because of his ridiculous two seam fastball, etc.

    On Santana I think Passan hits on it – the issues isn’t the independent quality of his change up, it’s how his change up is playing in the context of his overall repertoire. And that repertoire is decaying, especially his fastball. His slider took a hit two years ago. And now his fastball is losing it’s bite.

    He’s just not the same guy.

  770. Awww. August 12th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Oh my goodness, what happened to the board…Pete flies across the country and some of you can’t handle life without supervision. So funny!

  771. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    August 12th, 2009 at 3:00 pm
    Erica – always OPPC
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:42 pm
    Uncle Ellsworth
    August 12th, 2009 at 2:40 pm
    Marco.

    ****
    Polo????

    Yes, I knew I could count on you.

    ****
    LOL. I will never disappoint!

  772. miggs August 12th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Carl I didn’t catch that. Thanks for the link.

    Jorge really can be a prickly guy. ARod was just trying to congratulate him.

  773. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    “How does that equation work? LOL”

    :)

    I should have said -

    Erica, RISP = RDM

  774. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Erica – I had to read it twice, too – it wasn’t an equation…she was directing her comment to you like:

    Erica: RISP = RDM (or whatever it was)…

  775. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    exactly, 2 more outs.

    Then it’s Yuuuusssse time! (hopefully)

  776. Randy Ruiz does roids August 12th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Again, enough with the childish antics. We’ve got people fighting, impersonating, and now tattle-tailing? Just grow up and talk baseball.

    AJ in a bit of a pickle here…danger pitcher coming up. DP would be nice!

  777. Farr and Howe--this post brought to you by W.B. Mason-- August 12th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks Carl…strange moment in yesterdays game

  778. Awww. August 12th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    And to this day people confuse intensity with being prickly…same people, too.

  779. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Oh- that makes so much more sense, Trisha and Rishi.

  780. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    OUCH!

  781. saucY - sticK witH sergiO August 12th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    any more guess the suspension entries? :)

    watching on gameday is horrible. i’m better off following by reading the comments. can’t believe i forgot to set the tivo this morning…

  782. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    :/

  783. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    aj :( no more WP’s please

  784. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Come on AJ 1 more strike

  785. pat August 12th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    AJ is wild today!

  786. IDCWYT August 12th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    need a K here

  787. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Cmon AJ – attack these hitters late in the lineup.

    I don’t understand how he constantly walks #7, #8 or #9 batters.

  788. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    No chance for anybody on that pitch.

  789. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    A.J. “Wild Thing” Burnett.

  790. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Terrible base running by the Blue Jays

  791. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    saucY – sticK witH sergiO
    August 12th, 2009 at 3:09 pm
    any more guess the suspension entries?

    watching on gameday is horrible. i’m better off following by reading the comments. can’t believe i forgot to set the tivo this morning…
    ****

    Saucy-

    This thread is so ugly, I would stick with GameDay LOL

  792. Donnie - Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    This is looking less than stellar. This has been a really bad inning for AJ.

  793. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    The WP changed the entire inning and put the Jays back in the game.

  794. Randy Ruiz does roids August 12th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Come on, AJ. Need a strikeout now.

  795. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Scutaro should be his last batter. Hopefully that will be the 3rd out of the inning.

  796. m August 12th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Gameday gave Encarnacion a run.

    Let’s hope not.

  797. RS August 12th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Whatever happens, just don’t give up an 0-2 hit to Joe Inglett.

  798. IDCWYT August 12th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    need a DP now

  799. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Big K

  800. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    There’s a nasty slider.

  801. IDCWYT August 12th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    sure, now he gets a K!

  802. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Man, Burnett’s stuff can be so deadly.

  803. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    big k there…come on aj buckle down and get sctuaro!

  804. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release August 12th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    He struck him out. 1 more

  805. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    balls by A.J., right there (and not the type end up in walks).

    now one more out.

  806. RS August 12th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Nice K. Need one more out.

  807. saucY - sticK witH sergiO August 12th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Erica, i haven’t been in a game thread (during the game) in a while. i thought this was normal?! ;)

  808. IDCWYT August 12th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Assuming he gets Marco, does he come out for the 7th?

  809. Pov August 12th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Just kind of fells like we are going through the motions. I don’t know how serious we are about winning today. Patchwork lineup, Robinson warming in the pen.

  810. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Man….Burnett’s pitches are really moving and moving fast and late. He has to be one of baseball’s toughest pitchers to catch.

  811. RS August 12th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    West has a big strike zone. I like it.

  812. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Scutaro is going to see some sliders…Posada better be on guard.

  813. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Will be interesting if Romero comes back out.
    He’s at 95 now – a high of 118 for the year.

  814. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Joe West has to start taking control of the step outs.

    These guys are stepping out of the box late on almost every pitch.

  815. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Damn lol

  816. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    W T F

    LAME

  817. miggs August 12th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Damn it Posada.

  818. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    To lose the lead on wild pitches. Yuck.

  819. Donnie - Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Lovely. Just lovely.

  820. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    aj really killed himself today..

  821. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    saucY – sticK witH sergiO
    August 12th, 2009 at 3:13 pm
    Erica, i haven’t been in a game thread (during the game) in a while. i thought this was normal?!
    ***

    You are right. They usually are ugly. LOL

  822. GC August 12th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    thankfully pete is on vacation so he can’t spin posada’s ineptitude as catcher.

  823. RS August 12th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    These WP’s are getting way out of hand.

  824. Coach6423 August 12th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Jorgie is so lazy sometimes it drives me nuts.

  825. miggs August 12th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Posada…. catch the fraking ball.

    Good lord.

  826. Huh? August 12th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Did someone just put that on Posada? That was a wild pitch.

  827. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Now is the time AJ needs to pull in his emotions.

  828. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    get out without giving them the lead

  829. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Gotta take him out before he throws 3 more WO’s.

    He just crossed up Posada.

    Horrible job by AJ this inning and they are now staying too long with him. Big risk.

  830. BJK August 12th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Pov
    August 12th, 2009 at 3:13 pm
    Just kind of fells like we are going through the motions. I don’t know how serious we are about winning today. Patchwork lineup, Robinson warming in the pen.

    —————————————————————

    Yes. They showed up at the park today and thought since they won yesterday, today was no biggie.

    Honestly, where do some of you come up with this stuff?

  831. Ramey - Traded his Girlfriend to the Pirates for a PTBNL August 12th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Why is everyone getting so bent out of shape? Last I checked, we aren’t losing and even with Burnett’s struggles today, he put us in a tremendous position to win this game. He did his job, bottom line. The results were ugly, but 3 runs in 6 innings, isn’t the end of the world.

  832. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release August 12th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Let’s get the lead back now

  833. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    bad job by AJ…no other way around it but atleast he didnt give in and hang one to hill there…bats gotta make some more late inning noise

  834. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    major let down. totally avoidable considering Stevie Wonder could have seen it coming.

    (avoid the slider in the dirt when Posada has shown no propensity to stop it today…)

  835. North August 12th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    That was a passed ball… Posada tried to block it with his own shadow… That won’t work.

    It was a ball in the dirt, and he tried to scoop it. Should block the ball instead

  836. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Posada has been digging pitches all day long. He can’t dig them all. Throw enough of them in the dirt and any catcher will miss a few.

    Can’t lay the blame on Jorge there.

  837. tampayank August 12th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    ughhh

  838. RS August 12th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    The Jays never would have scored without the 2 WP’s.

  839. Pov August 12th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Coach, how many 50 foot pitches in a row does he have to block? Yanks are flat right now and not bearing down.

  840. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    I take it back, Posada had stopped some, but you get my point.

  841. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Wild pitch right through the middle of his legs? hmm

  842. Enough Tiant August 12th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    that was not a pretty inning

  843. JT August 12th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    That’s on AJ but Posada is a brutal catcher blocking pitches

  844. BD 2.0 August 12th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Give Damon 2/$25 and pray he doesnt get a 3 year offer from another team! :)

  845. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Third time this year AJ has flushed a 2 run lead down the drain with 2 WP’s in an inning.

    That’s his weakness. Tends to yank pitches in those situations needlessly.

    New game, time to score runs.

  846. Huh? August 12th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Are Carl and Miggs the same person? They sure think alike.

  847. Enough Tiant August 12th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    could cano walk?

  848. Coach6423 August 12th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    POV,

    Unfortunately he is a catcher. He knows what pitch is coming. He knows the situation. You have to expect it in the dirt, which means he has to drop and slide and stay sqaure. That is what being a catcher is all about. In that spot, he has to block that pitch. Jorgie is notoriously lazy at dropping and sliding and blocking that pitch.

  849. Enough Tiant August 12th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    could he walk???no way

  850. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Remember a few yrs back when Posada just couldn’t seem to catch Mo’s cutter?

    That was more frustrating, much more. To his credit, Posada was able to overcome whatever the glitch was.

  851. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release August 12th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Phil Hughes and Ricky Romero:

    They trained together in the offseason at Athletes Performance Institute in L.A. Given the way the two have pitched this season, Hughes laughed when he said, “API has probably gotten some good publicity” out of it. Hughes hopes to go back over the winter. Carl Crawford and a bunch of NFL players also have worked out at API.

    http://kimberlyjones.mlblogs.c....._foot.html

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

    I like that Youuuse wants to go back to API to train in the offseason. Bring Jobber with ya Youuse. :P

  852. Donnie - Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    “Did someone just put that on Posada? That was a wild pitch.”

    You’re correct, and while I’m certainly not blaming this on him, because AJ’s pitch almost drilled it’s way to the oriental, Jorge did a really poor job of blocking it.

  853. NYYROC August 12th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Not watching game. Who is up in NYY pen?

  854. RS August 12th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Some people are putting all the blame on AJ for the WP’s. But you have to admit that Posada is NOT good at blocking pitches.

    It seems like he tries to catch every pitch with his glove, but sometimes he needs to just get his body in front of the pitch.

  855. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Yanks have 4 hits and 2 by Damon.

    WAKE UP PEOPLE!

  856. Enough Tiant August 12th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    i love posada but that last past ball should have been blocked

  857. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    When AJ has these days where he is/has wild, crazy movement Posada is not good enough of a catcher to catch him. Molina really should be his personal catcher. Posada gets way too lazy behind the plate. He very rarely gets his body down in time to block the ball and make sure to keep it in front of him.

  858. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Soon enough, it’ll be the Battle of the Bullpens.

    I like the Yanks’ odds.

  859. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    I thought Posada could have blocked that – but hey I’m not a catcher. Can’t be a fun job.

  860. CB August 12th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    AJ has been brutal to catch today. He mechanics just went out the window last inning.

    That first wild pitch – how badly can you jerk a fastball?

    And he crossed Posada up on that curve ball – it wasn’t even close to where Posada was set up.

    AJ’s been great but his mechanics are inconsistent and when they go he’s brutal because there’s no way to know where the ball is going to wind up.

  861. Stultus Magnus August 12th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    BD 2.0 August 12th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Give Damon 2/$25 and pray he doesnt get a 3 year offer from another team!

    ===========

    No way. Let him go for that kind of money.

  862. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    lol at swish looking into the camera

  863. RS August 12th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Swisher really can’t catch a break in this stadium.

  864. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Here comes Hinske HR.

  865. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    It is not a knock on Posada..I mean he is 37 years old. He was never that good behind the plate and with age it is getting worse. That 2nd ball never should of got past him.

  866. Phil August 12th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Coke coming in to rack up more abuse points.

  867. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Every catcher in baseball has a ton of WP’s and PB’s charged to them in AJ’s starts over the years.

    He’s a tough guy to catch.

    Bottom line though, you can’t give away 2 runs on WP’s in an inning.

    No matter whose fault it is, its unacceptable and it happens too many times to AJ.

    He has Scutaro 0-2, and he hasn’t caught up to his fastball all day. You can’t continue to throw breaking ball after breaking because you are asking for trouble.

    New ballgame and they now need Robertson to shut the door in the 7th because the offense is dead again today.

  868. Chip August 12th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    A couple of things:

    1. I want no part of Matt Holliday – way too much money for a guy who didn’t really perform well this year (Coors Effect)

    2. That said, I only bring back Damon as a DH and that could be problematic too. With the way Jesus Montero performed this year he could be up in the majors around the middle of next season which would allow the team to DH Jorge, use Montero as the catcher and Cervelli as his back-up.

    3. If the report on Bill Hall is true I would grab him up in a heartbeat. Especially if the Brewers have to eat the contract.

    4. Worst case scenario – Jeter’s foot is broken – any interest in Christian Guzman or are we confident enough in Ramiro Pena to hold down the fort in a pennant race?

  869. Bret the Hitman August 12th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    I really hope they DH Posada next season.

  870. RS August 12th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    This offense has a flair for the dramatics with late inning homeruns, but it’s really frustrating that they can’t seem to score runs any other way.

  871. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Interesting that certain posters stopped posting as soon as sweet sassy molassey (love the screenname) mentioned the ban for imitating other posters. That and the ban by IP address.

    This game sure is dragging!

  872. Rose August 12th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Posada haters are out again.

    AJ does not have good control. If he could control his pitches, he would be a stud of a pitcher.

  873. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    How is Coke being abused? He’s used for lefties and throws fewer pitches than most relief pitchers in the same position.

  874. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I wonder how many of the people blaming Posada for the wild pitches are really watching the game and how many are Gamedaying it or just listening to the radio?

    Burnett wasn’t locating in that inning. If the pitch is not even close to where it’s supposed to be, no catcher is going to stop it.

  875. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Coke makes me so nervous. I’m so not a fan of his.

  876. Enough Tiant August 12th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    boy we have seen a lot of phil coke lately

  877. roger(live from amsterdam) August 12th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    for the people who like soccer(I’m talking to you 3)Holland just scored 2-0 against England

  878. Coach6423 August 12th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    SJ,
    I completely agree with you that he throws far to many WP’s. However, you know as much as I that the catcher needs to work twice as hard as everyone else, especially in that situation. I would hate to catch for me, because im much harder on them than I am on anyone else.

  879. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Lind thought he hit it well enough in the kiddie park…

  880. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Ok, righties coming up – GET HIM OUT!

  881. Chip August 12th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I wonder what the reaction would be if Alex screamed at Jorge for letting that pitch go by the same way Jorge lit into Alex for not scoring on Posada’s double the other night?

  882. Andrew August 12th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Hopefully D-Rob can get the job done here.

  883. BLACKACCORD August 12th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I’m surprised nobody has posted this yet.. :)

    DFA posada and bring up Cervelli..

  884. Phil August 12th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Is Hughes hurt and they’re just not telling us, or are we trying to avoid using him in a tie game in the 7th?

  885. CountryClub August 12th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    I like Robertson. But why exactly are they not using Hughes to get 5 outs here? he hasnt pitched in 3 days.

  886. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Didn’t we used to have a guy named Hughes on the roster? Doesn’t he ever get to pitch?

    Or is his only role scooping up home run balls in the pen?

  887. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    You can keep Bill Hall. Hairston is a better utility player.

    Hall’s game has really declined in recent years.

    The Yankees don’t need anymore position players on the roster.

    If they can add pitching, you always look to do that.

    Other than that, the roster is fine as is.

  888. BR August 12th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    No way Montero is ready to catch by next season and Damon is a better offensive player than Jorge. Also Jorge is still good enough offensively to justify his defense behind the plate. He has also been throwing out runners at a pretty good rate.

  889. Chip August 12th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    I wouldn’t label myself a Posada hater – but I think that as a catcher his best tool is his bat. Also he is the first to get infuriated with his teammates for not coming through when he thinks they should but also is prone to some horrific plays himself…

  890. Andrew August 12th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    roger from Amsterdam, today is all about US/Mexico on my end. I am faced with a huge dilemma because the Yankees game might still be going on at 4, but I have to start listening to the US/Mexico game…what’s a fan to do.

  891. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Coke needs to locate his pitches better. It seems like lefties always hit him well unless he really hits the outside corner.

  892. Wangawa August 12th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    man, the blue jays are annoying…. half of their lineup is a bunch of scrubs, yet they’re hitting singles all over the place

  893. Bret the Hitman August 12th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    With the Phillies biggest weakness being Lidge and the back end of their bullpen, I wonder if they would claim Marte off waivers.

  894. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Is Ruiz the Yankee killer? Pitch around him maybe….

  895. Patrick August 12th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Wow posada is really struggling

  896. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Coach,

    AJ is impossible to catch. To me, I have more of a problem with the pitch selection.

    0-2, change his eye level with a fastball. If you want to waste a breaking pitch after that, go for it.

    Back to back breaking balls after a WP earlier? Not good.

    THAT pitch by Robertson is a ball that has to be caught.

    Not good.

  897. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    this one isnt going in the posada highlight reel

  898. roger(live from amsterdam) August 12th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    andrew…I’m sorry to say but I think Mexico will win

  899. CB August 12th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    “Every catcher in baseball has a ton of WP’s and PB’s charged to them in AJ’s starts over the years.”

    AJ Burnett had the 8th most wild pitches thrown in all of baseball last year.

    And last year was one of the better control years in his career. His control this year has been considerably worse.

  900. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    nice job by d-rob…he seems to be getting better every time out…

  901. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Pitch was waaaaaaaay over his head. But I’m sure all the Posada haters expect him to move his glove 7 feet in an instant.

  902. Enough Tiant August 12th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    lets get some baserunners

  903. Bronx Jeers August 12th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    I was hoping for a nice, lazy 6-2 game.

    I’m sort of shot after all these late inning heroics.

    Robertson’s really got my confidence. He’s had a nice season.

  904. Andrew August 12th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    roger, the US has never won at Azteca so I am not expecting big things. I am hoping for a tie, honestly. But with the way we played against the class of the world in the Confederation’s Cup, I have no idea what to think, and it is possible that today could be win #1 in Mexico City.

  905. Shdw August 12th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    For some reason, I’m not feeling this game. Maybe it’s all the WP but something feels off about this one.

  906. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Excellent job by Robertson. He’s been pitching very well. So much for “we need Bruney.” Robertson/Coke is the new 7th inning. Bruney can have the 6th (or when we are behind).

  907. charlestonchew August 12th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Wow, Robertson just hit 94. He’s usually 90-92. Nice job in that spot getting those outs. Good to see him succeed in a higher pressure situation than normal.

    Maybe it will continue.

  908. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Posada always gives the pitcher a negative look when a ball gets away from him. It seems like he never thinks anything is his fault. At his age he can’t catch almost everyday like he used to. It REALLY wears him down.

  909. m August 12th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    All those WP are on A.J.

    However, the last one went through the wickets.

    But if we win this game, it won’t matter at all!

    Let’s go, bats. Time to pick up A.J.

  910. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Why use Hughes in the 7th of a tie game? Robertson is the right call since Bruney pitched last night.

    Now, you have Hughes available for the 8th if you take the lead or if Girardi wants to limit Robertson to 1 inning.

    The more you used guys for 2 innings, the more days they are unavailable after such an outing.

    You look to avoid that if you can.

  911. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    CB
    August 12th, 2009 at 3:23 pm
    AJ has been brutal to catch today. He mechanics just went out the window last inning.

    That first wild pitch – how badly can you jerk a fastball?

    And he crossed Posada up on that curve ball – it wasn’t even close to where Posada was set up.

    AJ’s been great but his mechanics are inconsistent and when they go he’s brutal because there’s no way to know where the ball is going to wind up.

    ————————————————————

    Add to it, is that fast spinning curve ball, and there is absolutely no way of telling how it will bounce when it gets in the dirt.

  912. Bret the Hitman August 12th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I wish Yankees fans would stop using Posada’s offense to excuse his defense.

    The Yankees have an opportunity to DH Posada, keep his bat in the lineup and improve the defense behind the plate.

    They better not blow it.

  913. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    9 outs to score one run to tie…oh, wait. I mean to take the lead. Crazy how similar the past 3 games have been. I kept expecting Toronto to take a 1 run lead in that inning to follow a similar pattern to the previous 2 games.

  914. Chip August 12th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    BR –

    Why don’t you think Montero will be ready by the middle of next season? He cruised through High A and was crushing at AA until he broke his finger. Figure next year he opens the year at AAA and if he progresses at anywhere near the same rate I don’t see what would stop him.

    The issue (in my opinion) is not that Damon and Jorge can’t play their positions – though neither are good fielders at this point – but more that they’re too old to play the field every day and need to be DHs to keep them productive.

    My thinking is that the Yankees should look to sign Rich Harden for the lineup and try to swing a deal for Arizona’s Connor Jackson. Jackson’s been injured most of this year but he was good in the OF last year when the team moved him there and he’s a very good hitter – almost a right handed Paul O’Neill type.

  915. Enough Tiant August 12th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    i think this league guy is tough..his numbers are not that good though

  916. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Posada reminds me of Giambi at 1B.

    With Giambi the errant tosses will be errors on the fielder, but a guy like Tex will save those errors.

    A great defensive catcher will save a lot of wild pitches, but Posada will never be known as an above average defensive catcher.

  917. Andrew August 12th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    John Sterling killing me with the premature home run call

  918. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Sterling just started going nuts before catching himself on the Melky foul ball.

  919. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Baseball question-

    Lately I am hearing of a pitching stat called a “hold”. When did this stat become common? I have never noticed it before. How does a person earn a hold?

  920. m August 12th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Okay, we get it. A.J. is wild. Kay’s already told those watching that he leads the league in WP. Let’s not get crazy with the overreactive comments and how he’s terrible.

  921. Vrsce August 12th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    The Blue Jays have fine pitching and a solid team, even without Rolen and Rios. Perhaps they can give the Red Sox some trouble and the Yankees can pull this game out.

  922. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    pena!

  923. Tom in N.J. August 12th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Pena on the spot…

  924. Chip August 12th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Above that should read – “sign Rich Harden for the rotation”

  925. Enough Tiant August 12th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    not a connor jackson fan..sorry

  926. RS August 12th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Steal a base, Pena.

  927. Bret the Hitman August 12th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Chip,

    I also have an issue with the age and health risks involved with keeping Damon and Posada in the lineup every day.

  928. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    The bats need to wake up for an inning or 2…Very sleepy game. Ofcourse it was ok until the 2 WP’s.

  929. IDCWYT August 12th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Can Johnny do it again?

  930. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    You DH Posada, you take Matsui’s bat out of the lineup.

    Please, AJ Burnett is probably the toughest guy in baseball to catch.

    Those WP’s are in AJ. You can’t blame Posada for everything.

    Geez, look it up, every catcher has troubles with AJ. He’s just a tough guy to catch and the “bad” AJ reared its ugly head that inning.

    Its a tied game and not “over” by any means.

  931. Rose August 12th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Posada is not known for his defense. Posada is not the best nor the worst behind the plate.

  932. IDCWYT August 12th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    i guess not

  933. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    one pitch outs are annoying

  934. Farr and Howe--this post brought to you by W.B. Mason-- August 12th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    you think all those wild pitches are due to the new stadium?

  935. Tom in N.J. August 12th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Erica:

    “1) enters the game in a save situation; (that is, when all of the following three conditions apply: (a) He appears in relief (i.e., is not the starting pitcher); and (b) He is not the winning pitcher; and (c) He qualifies under one of the following conditions: (i) He enters the game with a lead of no more than three runs and pitches for at least one inning; or (ii) He enters the game, regardless of the count, with the potential tying run either on base, or at bat, or on deck; or (iii) He pitches effectively for at least three innings.), AND;

    2) Records at least one out, AND;

    3) Leaves the game before it has ended without his team having relinquished the lead at any point and does not record a save.

    Note that since the hold is not an official Major League Baseball statistic, the definition above can vary…”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hold_(baseball)

  936. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Man what a cannon

  937. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Where’s he going??????

  938. Enough Tiant August 12th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    a “hold” is when a middle reliever comes in with the lead keeps the lead. It like a save except you did not end the game. For example. lets say the yankees up 3-2. Hughes picthes the 8th does not give up a run. Rivera pitches the ninth. Yankees with. Rivera gets save, hughes get the hold

  939. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    i thought molina was on our team?

  940. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Brain dead play by Pena. Can’t get picked off in that situation.

  941. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Well that was great…

  942. Phil August 12th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Gotta hold em.

  943. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    The Yanks have Teixeira on the bench. Not too shabby as far as pinch-hitters go.

  944. RS August 12th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    “Lately I am hearing of a pitching stat called a “hold”. When did this stat become common? I have never noticed it before. How does a person earn a hold?”

    It’s basically the same thing as a save, but for the middle innings after the starting pitcher is out and before the closer comes in.

    If a reliever comes into a game with the lead and doesn’t relinquish it, it’s called a hold. If the reliever blows the lead it goes down as a blown save.

  945. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Rich Harden is on the DL more than Carl Pavano.

    Pass.

  946. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Melky got his pitch, but pulled it foul.

    Johnny got his pitch, but was a little behind and under it.

    And then Pena gets picked off. I’m telling you, Matsui was just about to hit a 2 run shot.

    Maybe the Jays will bring in Carlson for next inning. :)

  947. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Truth is it’s amazing the game is tied at this point between 11 hits and 3 wild pitches Toronto should have scored more than 3 runs.

    Go to Hughes now?

  948. roger(live from amsterdam) August 12th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Andrew,I know you guys played a pretty good Confederation’s Cup but you have to understand that all players were out of shape at that time.It was out of season and nobody really cares about that cup over here.I’m still hoping you guys will get a better team but at the time the usa really can’t compeet with the european teams.But again…I’m hoping the sport will get big over there because it really is the biggest sport in the world

  949. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks for the info on a hold. I have never heard of it before. But I guess it makes sense as teams seem to place more importance on their 8th inning guys

  950. Rose August 12th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    “I also have an issue with the age and health risks involved with keeping Damon and Posada in the lineup every day.”

    Damon is having a great year. You play him as much as possible. Posada, a catcher, has to be rested more often.

  951. saucY - sticK witH sergiO August 12th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    erica, it’s just like a save, except you are not the final pitcher of the game… “Hold” the lead for the closer…

  952. Tom in N.J. August 12th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Yankees are a perfect 11-0 this season when tied entering the 8th innning….

  953. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    When was the last time Phil Hughes pitched?

  954. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    damon has actually been catching baseballs recently

  955. RS August 12th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    If Burnett is so difficult to catch, then shouldn’t Molina be his catcher?

    Burnett has the lowest ERA on the staff, so it actually makes sense to take Posada’s bat out of the lineup on the days he pitches.

  956. saucY - sticK witH sergiO August 12th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    or what Tom in NJ said :D

  957. Farr and Howe--this post brought to you by W.B. Mason-- August 12th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    anyone making pie?

  958. Joe I August 12th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello and Red Sox 1b/3B Kevin Youkilis suspended 5 games and fined after fight Tuesday night, both to appeal.

  959. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    When was the last time Hughes pitched?

  960. charlestonchew August 12th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    If we don’t resign Johnny Damon, we’re crazy.

    If Johnny Damon doesn’t do everything he can to resign and play at the new Yankee Stadium, he’s crazy.

    There’s no reason we can’t give him 16-20 million for two years. He’ll stay productive and he’ll play 140+ games. There is not a more sure thing than Johnny Damon at this point.

  961. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release August 12th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I believe the last time we saw Youuse was Sat?

  962. Rex August 12th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    “Melky got his pitch, but pulled it foul.”

    Hidden in winning so much is that the Melkman is in a bit of a funk. 5 for his last 35. In fairness though, 2 of those 5 were pretty big hits.

  963. Tom in N.J. August 12th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Oh dear…

  964. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    “Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello and Red Sox 1b/3B Kevin Youkilis suspended 5 games and fined after fight Tuesday night, both to appeal.”

    i think the suspension is too weak especially on youk’s side

  965. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    the got the same suspension?????? 5 games? he charged the pitcher? how is that the same thing?

  966. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Sigh.

    So, Jeter probably sits tomorrow. Now Posada? Just drilled in the hand off a foul ball.

  967. RS August 12th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I like Robertson, but it’s kind of concerning that Hughes isn’t in this game. Hopefully he’s not hurt.

  968. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    No matter what happens from here on out – Toronto came to play this series. I figured after losing Rios – they might mail it in.

  969. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    what happened to Robertson?

  970. Enough Tiant August 12th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    to be fair, the yankees lineup is much softer with molina in it. much softer..i think the point it taken lets lay off posada

  971. betsy August 12th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    So how long might Jeter be out? Not good……

  972. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Yankee bullpen has an abnormally large amount of decisions this year (mostly wins). Not all that many blown saves. There’s always the good and the bad about trying to score late, but, NYY has been great about getting to the best of the setup men and closers.

  973. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Posada got hurt? not good

  974. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    That’s right – Saturday.

    Why isn’t Hughes in now? Same thing as using the closer in the 9th. Hughes should be in. Robertson pitched an inning and now time for YOOZ.

  975. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Come on, Dave, break him off something here.

  976. bru August 12th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Aug 10 TOR L 4-5 – 4.0 2 0 0 0 0 1 7 1 1 1 5 57.1 3.14
    Aug 7 BOS W 2-0 – 3.0 1 0 0 0 1 3 7 1 1 1 5 53.1 3.38
    Aug 5 @ TOR W 8-4 W 2.0 1 1 1 1 0 3 7 1 1 1 5 50.1 3.58
    Jul 31 @ CHW L 5-10 – 1.2 3 4 4 0 2 0 6 1 1 1 5 48.1 3.54
    Jul 25 OAK L 4-6 – 0.1 3 2 2 0 0 0 6 1 1 1 5 46.2 2.89
    Jul 21 BAL W 6-4 HLD 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 1 1 5 46.1 2.53
    Jul 20 BAL W 2-1 W 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 1 1 1 4 45.0 2.60
    Jul 18 DET W 2-1 HLD 1.0 1 1 1 1 0 2 5 1 1 1 4 44.1 2.64
    Jul 9 @ MIN W 6-4 – 3.1 4 4 3 1 1 2 5 1 1 1 3 43.1 2.49
    Jul 5 TOR W 10-8 SV 4.0 1 0 0 0 0 5 5 1 1 1 3 40.0 2.02
    Total 57.1 45 22 20 8 12 45 7 1 1 1 5 57.1 3.14

  977. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    the got the same suspension?????? 5 games? he charged the pitcher? how is that the same thing?

    5 games for Youk is way worse though.

  978. betsy August 12th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Sounds like AJ just didn’t have it today….disappointing to cough up a 3-1 lead…..

  979. CB August 12th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    “If Burnett is so difficult to catch, then shouldn’t Molina be his catcher?”

    For all of the discussions of AJ’s wild pitches – the Jays only scored 3 runs.

    The problem is that the yankees have only scored 3 runs.

    People underestimate what an enormous advantage it is for the yankees to have Posada’s bat at the catcher position.

    It’s not a small advantage over most teams – it is enormous.

    In games where Posada sits or DH’s the yankees are significantly more likely to lose.

  980. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    “So how long might Jeter be out? Not good……”

    considering nothing is broken…prbly just day-to-day

  981. RS August 12th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    5 game suspension is actually very fair. If both appeal, Porcello won’t have to miss a start but Youk will still miss a few games.

  982. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    That was a strike!

  983. m August 12th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    saucY,

    Watson won the game! :evil:

  984. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Posada is staying in the game, but he took a foul ball off his throwing hand.

    Jeter, for those who missed it, took a breaking ball off his foot in the 2nd (?) inning. X-Rays were negative.

    Hughes warming up in the bullpen.

  985. Bronx Jeers August 12th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    10 pitch walks burn my soul.

  986. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    doesn’t 5 games fly in the fact of the 6 game precedent discussed earlier?

  987. saucY - sticK witH sergiO August 12th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Joe I, thanks for the heads up on the assenine ruling.

    they should raise the penalty for youk, just for appealing it…

    everyone (except pat) had a 6 game suspension for porcello.

    m, upstate kate, and Wait till we come to the Sardine Can all had 6 game suspensions for Youk.

    but I score like the price is right, and everyone went over!!! sorry

    pat wins by default with a 4 game suspension for youk, and a fine for porcello.

    congratulations pat!

  988. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    That was strike 3 and Joe West blew the call.

    These days, if batters flinch, umpires call pitches balls.

    Terrible call and it gives the Jays a baserunner.

  989. Farr and Howe--this post brought to you by W.B. Mason-- August 12th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    The yankee bullpen has been OUTSTANDING since saturday. Hughes is really good, but there are other guys out there….just saying

  990. Enough Tiant August 12th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    where is hughes??/

  991. Andrew August 12th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    5 games for Youkilis and Porcello each, that’s a joke.

  992. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I think Girardi fell asleep at the wheel again.

    I mean, unless he doesn’t want Hughes to pitch in 5/8 games.

  993. Mulls August 12th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    seems like the only way the Yanks can score any more is via the solo HR.

  994. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    WOW….Posada’s getting tatooed by foul balls, today.

  995. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Nice hook

  996. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    that 10th pitch was just BARELY a ball:

    http://brooksbaseball.net/pfx/.....v_size=500

    incredible call by Joe West.

  997. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    nice curve for the K…good move joe..go bring in phil

  998. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Phil Hughes with the haircut!

  999. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Now go to Hughes to face Scuatro.

    Very nice job by Robertson the last 2 days.

  1000. no.27 August 12th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    I don’t see why the Yankees would bring Montero up next year if he isn’t ready to catch. He is MUCH more valuable as a catcher than a DH, and it’s not like the Yankees can’t afford to sign someone that will be able to produce at least as much as Montero can.

    If they really think he can make it as a catcher, keep him down there until he’s ready to catch or he proves he can’t do it.

  1001. Stultus Magnus August 12th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    I just think something is up with Hughes that they are not talking about. He hasn’t pitched very much at all lately.

    Hope I’m wrong.

  1002. CB August 12th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Earlier in the year a lot of people dismissed Robertson and basically said he was useless and shouldn’t be used in games. Lots of times he was thrown in with Veras and Edwar.

    A number of people kept saying Roberstson deserved a shot because he had good stuff. Guiseppe Franco talked about it a lot.

    A lot of those posts about giving Robertson a chance were dismissed as some verion of “falling in love with prospects.”

    Robertson continues to get better and better with use. He has very good stuff and misses a lot of bats.

    The yankees patience with him is starting to pay off in a big way.

    Just as their patience with Phil Hughes and Joba. Robertson’s not on that level, but for his role, his rate of improvement has been terrific.

    If you don’t want to sign the Kyle Farnsworths and Scott Linebrinks of the world to ridiculous contracts you have to be patient with guys like Robertson.

    He’s going to make mistakes but he is getting better an better.

  1003. Andrew August 12th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Porcello only misses one start. Youkilis misses five games, so it’s not exactly equal. I agree, it should have been more for throwing your helmet at a pitcher though.

  1004. bru August 12th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    if you look close enough you will see hld in the above yahoo standings

    i would not have pasted it if i knew it would be so hard to read

    sorry

  1005. jennifer August 12th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    5 games for a guy who charges the mound, throws a helmet. Yep makes a lot of sense. so he appeals and he’ll miss 3. That is Watson justice for you. If Alex had done that it would be 10 games.

  1006. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    m
    August 12th, 2009 at 3:54 pm
    saucY,

    Watson won the game!
    ****

    My hat off to you. You do a decent Erica. LOL

  1007. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Robertson has very good stuff. His question is always command. It will be very big for this team if he can step up and be a late inning guy that Girardi can trust.

  1008. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    This is what makes me nuts about Girardi. Hughes is in now. Let’s assume he gets the out.

    1 of 2 things will happen in bottom 8th. Yanks score or they don’t. Either way Rivera comes in. Unless they score 4+ runs.

    So now we waste Hughes for 1 batter when there are 2 outs. And then he will pitch an inning tomorrow. And then he’ll be unavailable the next night. If you’re going to bring him in – let him start the inning!

  1009. BR August 12th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I am no expert, but anytime I have heard anyone mention Montero they say he his nowhere close to being an MLB catcher. DH maybe, catcher no and since he has so much talent you have to find out if he can catch.

    Back to the Damon thing. I can not believe so many people are willing to let this guy walk away. He is the second best offensive player on the team this year behind Tex. You want to let Damon walk and put Posada as your DH? Well, go watch a Red Sox game and that will be our offense next year.

    Since Posada is still average as a catcher his bat more than makes up for it. Look around the league at all the catchers. They are absolute dead spots in the lineup. Look at the Red Sox. Tek is a joke. Basically, every team outside of the Twins would gladly sign up for Posada behind the dish for 100 games. And, re-signing Damon as a DH/LF allows you to DH Posada more and slot Damon in LF.

    Finally, I know Damon is not a great LF but if our corner outfield defense is the biggest weakness on a team, well then you have a great team.

  1010. Stultus Magnus August 12th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Guess I am

  1011. m August 12th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Erica,

    I’ve heard Kay say that it’s a useless stats, but looks good for a pitcher when agents are shopping relievers around.

    Yuuuusssseee is in.

  1012. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I can see a 5 gamer for Porcello if he was ejected immediately after the HBP. He wasn’t.

    Error on Bob Watson.

  1013. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Andrew,

    Is that the official word? If so, that’s a joke.

    Youk starts a fight and gets the same time as Porcello. Amazing.

    If that was a Yankee hitter charging the mound, he gets 10 games.

    Bob Watson is a joke. He should just resign because he’s incompetent.

    Youk will appeal it and Watson will reduce it to 3 games.

    A wrist slap for starting a benchclearing brawl.

  1014. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Stultus Magnus
    August 12th, 2009 at 3:56 pm
    I just think something is up with Hughes that they are not talking about. He hasn’t pitched very much at all lately.

    Hope I’m wrong.
    ***

    I think Girardi reads our comments and realized when everyone freaked out about how much Hughes was pitching, that Hughes was coming in too much

    He definitely tries to outsmart during GTLU

  1015. saucY - sticK witH sergiO August 12th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    “Watson won the game!”

    :lol: :lol: :lol:

  1016. RS August 12th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    “People underestimate what an enormous advantage it is for the yankees to have Posada’s bat at the catcher position.”

    I agree. But Posada is going to sit once a week no matter what. And considering AJ has been our best pitcher, don’t we need that advantage less in his starts and more in the other pitchers’ outings?

    I’d rather have Posada’s bat backing up Joba, Pettitte, and Mitre than AJ and CC. The games that AJ pitch generally come down to pitching and defense. Having Posada’s bat is more valuable when a lesser pitcher is on the mound and needs better run support.

  1017. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    m
    August 12th, 2009 at 3:58 pm
    Erica,

    I’ve heard Kay say that it’s a useless stats, but looks good for a pitcher when agents are shopping relievers around.

    ****
    Someone pointed out that the stat is not MLB recognized.

  1018. The Ghost August 12th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Oh no Sampson cut his hair!

  1019. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    What I find odd is this: if Youkilis hadn’t charged the mound, Porcello likely doesn’t get ejected. There had been no warnings issued.

    What was Porcello supposed to do, not defend himself. I agree w/Keith Law, this was on the umpires. very bad job by them.

  1020. charlestonchew August 12th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Jetes would have caught it. He’s much taller.

  1021. Donnie - Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Jeter would’ve had that.

    Then again, Jeter probably doesn’t make the diving stop an inning or two ago.

    Bad pitch by Phil.

  1022. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Some one needs to check Scutaro’s vitamins….

  1023. Tom in N.J. August 12th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Youk has to appeal- the Sox are at Texas this weekend.

  1024. Enough Tiant August 12th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    damon is terrible outfielder, both him and matsui are free agnets next year. Let matsui walk try to bring back damon as a dh/4th outfielder…he is too clutch

  1025. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    GJ Phil

  1026. Joe I August 12th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    You guys will love this. NFL writer and Red Sox fan Peter King’s last 2 tweets on twitter…

    SI_PeterKing 5 games for Youk and Porcello? Stupid non-justice. What is a 5-game suspension for a pitcher who clearly was throwing a beanball?

    SI_PeterKing Gotta go, but if you’re going to suspend the hitter for 5, the pitcher should get 10. That way he misses a start. Now he misses nothing.

  1027. Maria August 12th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Yoooouse got a haircut!

  1028. BR August 12th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Youkilis also won the game for the Red Sox last night by getting Porcello thrown out. Looks like he did pretty well for his team with such a light suspension that will surely get reduced.

  1029. m August 12th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Erica,

    How can that be? Did they ever see a box score on mlb.com?

    They list W, L, BS, H, S for the pitchers that earned them.

    Whew. Hughes back out for the 9th. Unless we score. :)

  1030. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    gj hughes!…i assume they let him pitch the 9th since he hasnt been used much and mo pitched yesterday?

  1031. Bronx Jeers August 12th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Wasn’t it Robertson that got married in FLA during the winter and kept leaving his honeymoon to work out at Tampa?

    Pete said that didn’t he?

    D-Rob had that one bad game in LA. A blowout.

    Not bad for a 17th rounder.

  1032. CB August 12th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Doesn’t matter that Porcello is a pitcher.

    Giving both youk and porcello exactly the same suspension sends a very clear message from major league baseball.

    Both youkilis and porcello are equally to blame.

    Essentially Watson has vidicated youkilis’s hissy fit. Watson is essentially saying that Porcello threw at Youkilis and then engaged him in a fight.

    Porcello had nothing to do with the fight. He didn’t even throw a punch. All he did was protect himself.

    And it doesn’t even appear that Porcello actually threw at Youk.

    Youkilis is going to look at this as a vindication of his childish antics.

    It’s a joke.

    I didn’t think they’d suspend Youkilis for long because the Sox are in a pennant race and can’t hit – especially on the road.

  1033. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Totally agree RS.

    I think Molina should be catching AJ and/or CC and make sure Posada’s bat are in when Andy, Joba and XXX pitch.

  1034. Phil August 12th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Robertson and Melancon are big parts of the pen going forward. Melancon is sort of The Dave Robertson Deluxe Edition. Bigger, throws harder, same filthy curve.

  1035. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Posada is playing today because Molina is catching CC tomorrow. Molina is pretty much CC’s personal catcher these days.

    If AJ had control, its a 3-1 game.

    If the Yankees can’t score anymore runs today, they don’t deserve to win the game.

    You can’t hang everything that goes wrong on Posada.

    The first WP changed the entire inning and no catcher was going to get a glove on that one.

    Stuff happens during a game. You have to let it go and move on.

  1036. Phil August 12th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Can we work some AB’s here in the late innings?

  1037. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 12th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Glad Phil got out of it, but does Girardi not remember that he was a Scutaro specialist on the staff named Sergio Mitre?

  1038. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Matsui needs some patience…This game has had alot of quick lazy at bats.

  1039. Abdababdaserser August 12th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Pitchers around the league should go after hitting Youkilis in every game.

  1040. rconn23 August 12th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Wow. They are trying to jump on League’s fastball, but it’s leading to some quick outs. Not good.

  1041. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    “I think Molina should be catching AJ and/or CC and make sure Posada’s bat are in when Andy, Joba and XXX pitch.”

    We have pornographic pitchers??? Who is XXX????

  1042. Pb4ugo012 August 12th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I wouldn’t worry about Pena. The kid hasn’t got much playing time. He’ll get it together.

  1043. m August 12th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I hear that pen tapping! make it stop!

  1044. RS August 12th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    If the Yankees don’t score in this inning, Hughes has to pitch the 9th.

    If the Yankees go to Rivera and the offense still doesn’t score the only guy left would be Bruney.

  1045. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Arod defintiely needs a day off. It should of came today. It is VERY obvious when he needs a day.

  1046. BR August 12th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    You want Posada catching as much as he possibly can if you are the Yankees. You would think people would learn from last year and watching the Red Sox this year that having dead spots in your lineup like Molina on a consistent basis can really kill an offense.

  1047. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    wow – the Yankee halfs are flying by…

  1048. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Giving both youkilis and Porcello the same suspension should eliminate any reductions. If he reduces one, he has to reduce the other. Reducing Porcello will do nothing.

  1049. Phil August 12th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Calling ball 1 strike 1 really screwed up that AB for Alex.

  1050. The Ghost August 12th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    You’d think with all the late inning success Alex has been having the Jays would be satisfied walking him. The only question is if Alex is satisfied with a walk

  1051. Enough Tiant August 12th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    its solo homerun or nothing here

  1052. CB August 12th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    “Having Posada’s bat is more valuable when a lesser pitcher is on the mound and needs better run support.”

    I agree with that. And I think that’s part of the reason why posada didn’t catch CC as often in the beginning of the year.

    When possible I do think Posada should sit when CC or AJ are starting. I still view CC as the teams best pitcher.

    I was surprised Posada was catching today given that it was a day game.

    But I think that tells you a lot about what Girardi thinks of molina’s hitting.

    Playing Posada today, on a travel day – after a night game – is basically saying that Girardi thought Molina, as a RH hitter, had almost no shot to hit Romero. None.

  1053. m August 12th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    There’s that low and in on the lefty. Kudos to the scouting and pitcers.

  1054. Maria August 12th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I still don’t understand what they expected Porcello to do? Stand there and get hit by the helmet, punched in the face, and tackled to the ground? Youkilis charged the mound and forced Porcello to take action. I can’t even imagine the outrage if a Yankee had the audacity to do something like that for the amount of times we have been hit.

  1055. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Good one Erica.

    XXX = Mitre/Gaudin/Aceves, etc etc.

  1056. Donnie - Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    “We have pornographic pitchers??? Who is XXX????”

    If we had a porno pitcher, I would hope his name would be Randy Balls.

  1057. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    >Who is XXX????

    Vin Diesel/Ice Cube platoon.

  1058. betsy August 12th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    I’m a bit late on this, but there is no way you make Molina AJ’s personal catcher……he’s pitched great to Jorge (and to Molina). In fact, he’s been on a major roll with Jorge…..You take the bad with the good with AJ, like with every player. Even on one of his bad days, he only gave up 3 runs. Of course, he didn’t do a good job at all in that inning, but I’m trying to find the positive. . I never realized how much movement AJ’s pitches have…and how hard they are to control. I hope mechanical issues can be fixed in a few days, lol……

  1059. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Hughes will pitch the 9th. It wouldn’t make sense to waste him after throwing like 6 pitches.

  1060. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    as kay says “If the yankees are gonna win today, it will be in walk-off fashion”

  1061. Phil August 12th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Looks like it’s gonna be a pie day.

  1062. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Peter King is a diehard Red Sox fan. That’s an expected reaction.

  1063. NO HYPE August 12th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Mitre needs to take one for the team and hit Youk the next time they play each other

  1064. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    all depends on who the next Jays pitcher is…

  1065. RS August 12th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    The Yankees need to be able to string together some hits and score without the homerun.

  1066. Bronx Jeers August 12th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    “If the Yankees can’t score anymore runs today, they don’t deserve to win the game.”

    I’ll do ya one better.

    They don’t score anymore runs and they WON’T win this game. :lol:

  1067. m August 12th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Youk should take his punishment like a man. But he won’t, they need him for the Texas series.

  1068. Stultus Magnus August 12th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Hughes will pitch the 9th. It wouldn’t make sense to waste him after throwing like 6 pitches.

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

    Boston series?

  1069. no.27 August 12th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Peter King doesn’t know anything about football, apparently he knows less about baseball.

  1070. BR August 12th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Brandon League has now shut out the Yankees in 7 innings this year.

  1071. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Can we get a thread where I don’t have to refresh every few seconds? Why can’t this be like the old AOL chatroom style.

    LOHUD technical guys – get on it please!

  1072. CB August 12th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    “Youk should take his punishment like a man. But he won’t, they need him for the Texas series.”

    They would be in enormous trouble without youk in that series. Enormous.

    The’ll weasel their way out of Youk missing games against Texas and the yanks.

  1073. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    How often do the Yankees score without the HR? I bet percentage-wise it’s among the lowest in baseball.

    Who has the stats???

  1074. Wangawa August 12th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Since when did Lyle Overbay become God

  1075. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    how many hits do lind and overbay have this series..seems like atleast 1 of them gets a hit every ab

  1076. Joe I August 12th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    “Youk should take his punishment like a man. But he won’t, they need him for the Texas series.”

    Take his punishment like a man? You want the same guy that was smacked around by woManny, and threw a helmet while charging the mound to take it like a man. It’s not in Youk’s personality to take it like a man.

  1077. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Youk should get 20 games for letting a 20 year old kid put him on his back.

  1078. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    its solo homerun or nothing here

    —————

    I vote ‘solo homerun’.

  1079. bru August 12th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Bronx Jeers
    August 12th, 2009 at 4:11 pm
    “If the Yankees can’t score anymore runs today, they don’t deserve to win the game.”

    I’ll do ya one better.

    They don’t score anymore runs and they WON’T win this game.
    ————————————————————

    lol

  1080. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Overbay has been a pain for 3 days. He hasn’t for most of the year, until Monday.

  1081. BR August 12th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Can we get a thread where I don’t have to refresh every few seconds? Why can’t this be like the old AOL chatroom style.

    LOHUD technical guys – get on it please!

    ———————————————————

    +1

  1082. Nick in SF August 12th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    There are only so many run-line-covering walkoffs a fan can reasonably hope for… :(

    So, just win, baby! :)

  1083. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    This steroid user Ruiz scares me. Please K him YOOOOOOZ.

  1084. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    ruiz takes some mighty mighty swings..no more fb here hughes unless it is higher than high

  1085. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Hughes has to get this guy with a breaking ball.

  1086. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Got em

  1087. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Phil is philthy.

    Time for a pie.

  1088. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Maybe Alex Rios was keeping Overbay down

  1089. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    GREAT pitch phil

  1090. Phil August 12th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Philth.

  1091. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I called for the Hinske HR in the 6th…..I meant the 9th.

  1092. NYYROC August 12th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Youuuuuuuse!!!

  1093. RS August 12th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Wow, the Blue Jays have 13 hits and the Yankees only have 5.

    Come on, let’s get Hughes a win.

  1094. upstate kate August 12th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    c,mon guys, its getaway day, no extra innings

  1095. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Hopefully they can win it in the bottom of the 9th…With some small ball. We have seen a lot of big homerun swings today.

  1096. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 12th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Yuuuuuussssse!

    He told Ruiz to take that big swing and shove it.

  1097. bru August 12th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    i dont need stats to tell me that the yankees are in 1st place,best record,biggest lead

  1098. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Some guys just get hot in a series. In this series, Lind and Overbay have been a handful.

    Great work by Hughes and Robertson.

    Would be nice to get a walkoff here and not have to go extra innings.

    Just wish AJ could have contained his inner Nuke LaLoosh for one more pitch. Would have been a nice, 3-2 win.

  1099. BR August 12th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    A lot of people like to think that the game is clean now. But looking at a guy like Ruiz who has failed 2 steroid tests, do you think there is anyway he is not using HGH

  1100. miggs August 12th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Gaudin warming.

    Is Mo unavailable today?

  1101. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    “RS August 12th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Wow, the Blue Jays have 13 hits and the Yankees only have 5. ”

    *************

    Amazing that the game is tied.

  1102. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    I am with you upstate Kate-

    I am so sick of extra innings. LOL

  1103. Shdw August 12th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    How exactly do the Jays only have 3 runs? 16 base runners and 3 WP this game and that’s it?

  1104. Ben August 12th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Oh me oh my, I love pie!

  1105. S.A.--Relax, Relate, Release August 12th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Youuuuuuuse

  1106. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 12th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Robi no one is on base ;)

  1107. JJ August 12th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Isin’t League from Hawaii? He has nasty stuff. Don
    t think we’re going to hit him.

  1108. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Why would Rivera be unavailable?

  1109. CB August 12th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    What a pitch sequence from Phil Hughes.

    That strike three cut fastball hughes threw Ruiz is one of the best cutters he’s thrown all year.

    Just a devastating pitch – especially after the threw the curve ball down and on the outside part of the plate the pitch before.

    We’ve seen in this series that Ruiz can kill fastballs. Hughes starts him with a cutter inside. Jams him with a four seam fastball inside. Then moves to the outside part of the plate with a beautiful curve. And punches him out with nasty cutter with a lot of late movement.

  1110. The Ghost August 12th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Watch Cano swing for the fence 3 times

  1111. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    JJ his ERA is 4.5

    We can hit him.

  1112. The Ghost August 12th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    that’s 2

  1113. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Please let Tex pinch hit for Hinske

  1114. Jacob X August 12th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    “Why would Rivera be unavailable?”

    Could be that he threw a lot of pitches yesterday.

  1115. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 12th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    dammit Robi no one was on :x

  1116. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Can Cano take a walk? When was the last time??

  1117. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    “A lot of people like to think that the game is clean now. But looking at a guy like Ruiz who has failed 2 steroid tests, do you think there is anyway he is not using HGH”

    Good point, BR.

    It was also mentioned earlier in the game by the YES men that there are a lot more relievers in the pen who throw mid to high 90s then there used to be. Hmmmmmm.

  1118. Phil August 12th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Horrible ab’s!

  1119. Kernal August 12th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Wow, great patience. Swisher swings at the 1st pitch!!

  1120. The Ghost August 12th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    and there is 3, so much for cutting down your swing with 2 strikes. This is what is keeping Cano from taking the next step. He doesn’t comprehend situational hitting.

  1121. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Damn so many bad swings today…It seems like they are ready to get on the plane before it is time.

  1122. charlestonchew August 12th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I dont understand what is happening right now.

    League is not throwing any pitches in the zone, at all. They are all balls. All low. Nothing is close.

    Yet we’re swinging at them? Why?

  1123. Donnie - Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Offense going up there and hacking, trying to end the game with a walk off. They’re making it too easy on League.

  1124. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 12th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    It’s not fair that Mall Cop hasn’t had Bronx pie.

  1125. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    the lowest called strike ever

  1126. Homer August 12th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Wow, the ABs in this series have been terrible, 8th inning yesterday aside.

  1127. David August 12th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    You’d think Tex would PH somewhere here… but he hasn’t

  1128. CB August 12th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    “How exactly do the Jays only have 3 runs? 16 base runners and 3 WP this game and that’s it?”

    The yankees have struck out 10 hitters today. That’s how.

    That’s the huge difference between this yankee staff and prior ones.

    They have one power arm after another. And they strike out a ton of hitters.

    Strike outs make up for a lot of mistakes.

  1129. Nick in SF August 12th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Of course it would be more emotionally devestating to the Red Sox and our other foes if the Yankees put someone on base before the walkoff blast. So that would be preferable.

  1130. DominicanYank August 12th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Why can’t they hit this guy League? He struck out the side in one inning during the opener of the series and now he’s shut them down through 3 innings…

  1131. The Ghost August 12th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    These at bats are the result of the “pie effect”

  1132. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Evan D.
    August 12th, 2009 at 4:21 pm
    Can Cano take a walk? When was the last time??
    ****

    August 6th vs Boston. It is possible

  1133. Nick August 12th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    It’s like the team already checked out for Seattle after the 3rd inning

  1134. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 12th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    everyone was swinging for the fence.

  1135. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    why dont you guys just understand that league is nasty good?…dont let his era fool you..

  1136. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    :roll:

  1137. Shdw August 12th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I’m so damn sick of extras. End the damn game

  1138. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Can Hairston play SS?

    I’d like to see Tex pinch hit for Pena next inning.

  1139. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I would of pinch hit Tex for Hinske. No one is doing anything but Hinske is a strikeout artist today.

  1140. Brandon W August 12th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Can Cano take a walk? When was the last time??
    ——–

    Would you rather he have struck out looking on that last pitch? All the pitches he swung at looked like strikes. Cano’s talent hurts him here; other players foul off 3-2 pitches until they walk or get something they like. Cano doesn’t foul them off, he puts them in play and they get turned into outs sometimes.

    Cano actually has seemed to be taking a lot more pithces lately than normal. Maybe it’s just my imagination.

  1141. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Extras. Ugh.
    League just managed to pitch 3 innings for the first time since, like, forever.

  1142. Rick D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Beckett goes against some guy with an ERA of 5 tonight

    it would be wise if they started playing with some urgency and stopped going down 1-2-3 every inning easily.

  1143. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    With only 16 pitches, gotta bring hughes back. 2 hits and only two pitches out of the strike zone makes you wonder if his control isn’t too good.

  1144. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    In some hovel in a nondescript town ‘he who shall not be named’ is frantically typing away, wondering why his posts won’t go through.

    post eaten again? Ugh.

  1145. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    >everyone was swinging for the fence.

    you start swinging at pitches you normally wouldn’t when the plate ump is calling strikes below the knees

  1146. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Cano swings at balls at his feet. So frustrating. If he could learn to be patient he can win a batting title.

    Meanwhile, I don’t quite understand how Gaudin is coming in. Isn’t he the security blanket if the game should go, say 15 innings? What about Bruney?

    WHAT ABOUT MO???

  1147. David August 12th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Gaudin entering, watch out…

  1148. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    alright chad…good luck

  1149. Abdababdaserser August 12th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    OOOOO Go Dan gets a chance.

  1150. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Gaudin time. Good move to get him in a game.

    I’d rather rest Mo if possible today because he threw a lot of stressful pitches last night.

    At 39, no need to take the risk.

  1151. DC 212 August 12th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    This stadium can be their own worst enemy at times. Everyone is trying to hit a HR.

  1152. Bronx Jeers August 12th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Youk’s probably got that dirty Weiner lawyer guy on speed dial.

    I think they use the same stylist.

  1153. NYYROC August 12th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    CB: Thanks for PH pitch sequence! (I am not watching game.)I wondered what he threw.

  1154. Donnie - Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    “why dont you guys just understand that league is nasty good?…dont let his era fool you..”

    League is good, yes, but those first three ABs ended on pitches on which they had no business swinging. They were down around the ankles, and they were all swinging for the fences.

  1155. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    This is alittle weird. His 1st appearance for the team, he has an NL 5 era and he comes into a tied game? Very odd.

  1156. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    This should be interesting….is he aware of the short porch in right? Keep the ball down Chad.

  1157. charlestonchew August 12th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    This Gaudin fellow should be pitching until the game is over, no matter the length. He’s a starter, after all.

  1158. Abdababdaserser August 12th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    “# Pel August 12th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    >everyone was swinging for the fence.

    you start swinging at pitches you normally wouldn’t when the plate ump is calling strikes below the knees”

    Exactly. It changes the whole at bat. The umpires really need to be revamped, they are terrible.

  1159. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Gaudin is probably going the distance. I think this is a bullpen saving move by Girardi.

  1160. m August 12th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I was wondering why a guy that’s less than 10 years younger than myself has less than 100 ML at bats. Now I know why.

    Did you guys see he almost fell over fouling off Phil’s pitches? Twice? Nasty.

    And yes, Brandon League is from Hawaii. And not laid back as most ball players who grew up on islands are, as you can see. Nasty stuff.

  1161. Harris August 12th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    The last thing the team needed was an extra inning game before a long 6 hour flight.

  1162. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    So when will Kay whip out “and Gaudin paints the corner”

  1163. CB August 12th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Cano saw 6 pitches in that at bat.

    3 of those 6 pitches were out of the strike zone.

    Cano did not swing at any of those pitches that were out of the strike zone.

    He laid off every one.

    Every pitch he swung at was in the zone, including that last pitch.

    I guess people would rather he stare at the pitch and strike out looking?

    Too many yankees fans expect the impossible from Cano.

    He should be patient yet not swing at strikes?

  1164. Jerkface August 12th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Too many yankees fans expect the impossible from Cano.

    He should be patient yet not swing at strikes?

    He should get called out and then argue with the umpires. The Red Sox way.

  1165. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    phew..that was big not losing him..btw..gaudin picture on gameday is simply crazy..his beard looks photoshopped

  1166. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    phew..that was big not losing him..btw..gaudin picture on gameday is simply crazy..his beard looks photoshopped

  1167. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    CB those pitches were low. The last one he swung at was a 98 mph fastball below the knees.

  1168. Stultus Magnus August 12th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Yeah, Cano’s last AB was fine.

  1169. Tony August 12th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    How hard is Gaudin throwing?

  1170. Tony August 12th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    How hard is Gaudin throwing?

  1171. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    And we all know he has a habit of getting himself out by swinging at bad pitches anyway.

    I was just saying I wish he were a bit more patient.

  1172. bru August 12th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    i hope we dont get burned by leaving our best pitcher on the bench.

    havn,t we had this discussion before?

  1173. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Exactly CB.

    Cano laid off pitches in that last AB that he used to swing at every time. He is showing signs of improving his plate discipline.

  1174. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    gj, Johnny. that could be huge.

  1175. charlestonchew August 12th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Like I said 20 minutes ago, the Yankees would be crazy not to sign Damon.

    And Damon would be equally crazy not to try to come back to this team, playing in this stadium.

  1176. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    This is Gaudin he has great stuff but is wild and loses command often.

  1177. Donnie - Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Gaudin didn’t fool either of those guys. I’m really hoping this has more to do with rust than ability.

  1178. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Hopefully, Rivera, Eiland and Harky can work with Gaudin, because, from his numbers, he soesn’t usually have many easy innings…..much like Chamberlain and Mitre.

  1179. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    He’s throwing 90 MPH.

  1180. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I’ve been jokingly critical of the ice skater in LF – but that was an excellent play.

  1181. Robbykid August 12th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    how many cheap hits has Toronto gotten today?? Boy they are pesky…

  1182. Phil August 12th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Gotta call that Ump!

  1183. saucY - sticK witH sergiO August 12th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Brandon League is strait out of an Anime cartoon ;)

  1184. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Nice pitch

  1185. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    nice pitch chad..

  1186. CM (Be patient with the prospects) August 12th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Nice strikeout by Gaudin.

  1187. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    The Padres manager said they got rid of him because he loses the plate often, good stuff but his command is very bad. That coming from a terrible team is not good.

  1188. David August 12th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Gaudin is a Joba/Burnett type pitcher who won’t go deep in games, walks a lot, strikes out a lot, but obviously not nearly on the same level as Joba/Burnett.

  1189. Bronx Jeers August 12th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    “Of course it would be more emotionally devestating to the Red Sox and our other foes if the Yankees put someone on base before the walkoff blast. So that would be preferable.”

    Not to mention the benefit of your wallet as well Mr. Run-line.

  1190. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)
    August 12th, 2009 at 4:35 pm
    I’ve been jokingly critical of the ice skater in LF – but that was an excellent play.
    ***

    Thats because he is pretty darn awesome :-)

  1191. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    The Padres manager said they got rid of him because he loses the plate often, good stuff but his command is very bad. That coming from a terrible team is not good.

    Ummm what?

  1192. Jack August 12th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I was just discussing Mussina with a co-worker.

    Imagine how good this team would be is the Moose were still pitching like he did last year.

  1193. CB August 12th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    “Those pitches were low. The last one he swung at was a 98 mph fastball below the knees.”

    No they weren’t. You are 100% wrong.

    Before posting I rechecked all of the pitches on pitch f/x and every pitch Cano swung at was in the strike zone.

    Every pitch that was out of the zone he laid off.

    And to put into perspective how off base your last observation was on where the pitch Cano grounded out was – that pitch was not even close to being below his knees when it crossed the plate. Not even close.

    That pitch was a good 10 inches above his knee and in just off the middle of the plate.

  1194. pat August 12th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    “I’ve been jokingly critical of the ice skater in LF – but that was an excellent play.”

    Geno must have sharpened his skates before todays game. :wink:

  1195. m August 12th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Wow. Caught a break there. That’s as long as a single as you’ll see. Lucky thing it was a catcher. :)

  1196. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Just walked in from running an errand! WOO HOO CHAD GAUDIN!!!!!

    :)

    I heard most of the game in the car but missed Gaudin coming in.

  1197. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Gaudin seems like he would be better in the bullpen if he can get command of his pitches. I don’t know if you want him going out there for 6 innings.

  1198. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    I have to shut down and pack up in 5 minutes. Will be very angry if I miss the walk off while I am packing up and running to my car

  1199. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    CB – I’m not interested in what your looking at on the computer. I’m watching the game on TV about 5 feet away and that pitch was clearly low. But that’s not even the point.

    The point is while Cano has gotten better at it, if he could become more patient he has potential to win a batting crown.

    So relax.

  1200. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    ATTACK CHAD ATTACK!

  1201. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    thank you, Chad Gaudin. thank you for not being Jose Veras.

  1202. pat August 12th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    And the Gaudin era begins to rave reviews.

  1203. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    “pat
    August 12th, 2009 at 4:37 pm
    “I’ve been jokingly critical of the ice skater in LF – but that was an excellent play.”
    Geno must have sharpened his skates before todays game. ”

    well that explains all of Damon’s broken bats. ;-)

  1204. Phil August 12th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    hungry… need… pie.

  1205. Abdababdaserser August 12th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Suckero down by Go Dan.

  1206. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Well, at least he has been consistent. Very consistent.

  1207. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    cool

  1208. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    I’m thinking you’ve already heard the news but Pukey got 5 games. Even more interesting, and I think I heard this right – I switched over to EEI on the half inning – Curt Schilling called in and said he didn’t think Porcello hit Puke on purpose, based on the inning, the count, etc.

    BTW – that’s the Chad Gaudin some of you have been hyperventilating about!!!!

    YES!!!

  1209. Donnie - Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Umpire is STILL allowing batters to take WAY too much time stepping out of the box. It’s ruining Gaudin’s rhythm.

    Thankfully, he looked pretty good against those last two batters.

  1210. Kate August 12th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    PH TEX! we need his bat right now

  1211. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    25 pitches. That was a struggle considering only 1 single and 0 walks.

  1212. David August 12th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    All things considered, a good inning for Gaudin.

  1213. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Nice inning for Gaudin to get his feet wet.

    We now need a Melky leadoff double, Pena bunt him to third, and a SF by Damon to win the game.

    That will make Erica very happy!

  1214. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    I give ANY pitcher who is pitching for the Yanks for the first time a lot of of leeway – especially someone coming in in extra innings in a tie game.

    GOOD ON YA CHAD!

  1215. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Run, Erica, run! Run like you’re being chased by a crazed Kevin Youkilis, but instead of a helmet he’s holding a box of chocolate and wants to ask you out.

  1216. CB August 12th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    “I’m not interested in what your looking at on the computer. I’m watching the game on TV about 5 feet away and that pitch was clearly low.”

    So you’re saying that the technology of a TV – which is based on a centerfield camera that is off line and does not give an accurate perspective of where a pitch is – is better than the technology of a camera that that shoots the position of the ball in flight and recomposes it into a computer?

    Ok. Got it. TV technology > than computer technology.

    The ball wasn’t even close to where you are saying it was. Not even close.

  1217. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Is Tex going to pinch hit?

  1218. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Patience is nice…

  1219. bru August 12th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    That will make Erica very happy!

    that will make me happy

  1220. Gary August 12th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Girardi is mailing in today’s game… no Rivera, no pinch hitting Tex etc.

  1221. CB August 12th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Oh and by the way – I watched the pitch on TV and I had no doubt it was a strike when Cano swung at. No doubt.

    And I watched the same telecast as you.

    I only checked the pitch f/x data to confirm my impression.

  1222. David August 12th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    We need a new thread…pretty badly

  1223. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Wow what a weak hack.

  1224. Vrsce August 12th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    mugly

  1225. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Brett Gardner cannot come back soon enough.

  1226. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    now THAT is terrible ab

  1227. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Melky blew ball 4.

    That was terrible.

  1228. Donnie - Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Jesus, Melky, what was that?

  1229. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I guess the patience ended with ball 4. Just unreal…

  1230. 66 stripes August 12th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    The quality of ABs in this game has to be the worst of the season.

  1231. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I can live with Tex PH

  1232. Scared of the Wall August 12th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Melky looks awful lately… why was he swinging at ball 4?

  1233. Nick in SF August 12th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Question: many of us have been making Gaudin/painter jokes, but the famous post-Impressionist artist was actually Gauguin, right? Is there a famous painter named Gaudin too?

    There is a Gaudin who is the mayor of Marseilles:

    http://static1.purepeople.com/.....15;0-2.jpg

  1234. Repko August 12th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    That was the worst at bat I have ever seen.

  1235. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Five feet out of the zone and they are hacking.

    That’s why since Thursday night, with 5 one inning exceptions, the offense has struggled.

    Too many swings at balls no where near the zone for a week.

    Very frustrating.

  1236. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    “Girardi is mailing in today’s game… no Rivera, no pinch hitting Tex etc.”

    oh really? = =

  1237. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Ugly at bat by Cabrera.

  1238. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    wow

    this ump is ridiculous

  1239. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Camp is pitching like he’s worried about the RF porch….

  1240. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    How about that pitch CB…..was that a strike? The 3-0 to Tex?

  1241. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    omg

  1242. Donnie - Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    THAT’S a strike?

    Good lord. Are you kidding me?

  1243. Tom in N.J. August 12th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    “We have pornographic pitchers??? Who is XXX????”

    http://www.baseball-reference......ru01.shtml

  1244. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks West and Melky…Instead of 2 on, its 2 out…

  1245. BX 44 August 12th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    The team must think they are already on the plane to Seattle

  1246. David August 12th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Could Damon do it again???

  1247. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Ball 4, a foot off the plate, called a strike and he then hangs a cutter to Tex and got away with it.

    Camp is living large so far this inning.

  1248. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Dear MPB Johnny Damon,

    Lets win this here. Do it for me

    Sincerely yours,
    Erica :-)

  1249. Donnie - Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    This home plate umpire is a joke.

    And…uh…does this mean A-Rod moves to short?

  1250. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Did I really just watch that inning?

  1251. vtred August 12th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Man, when they are in a funk, they are in a deep funk. They can’t do anything right now.

  1252. 213 Area Code August 12th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Am only able to follow the game on Gameday/mlb.com-the photo they put up of Gaudin is too Youkilis-like to be believed. Maybe he could wear that rodent pelt on his chin in SD but I’ve gotta believe Girardi wouldn’t let him out of the clubhouse looking like that. He’s different on TV, right?

  1253. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    # Donnie – Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O’Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    This home plate umpire is a joke.

    And…uh…does this mean A-Rod moves to short?

    Jerry

  1254. rconn23 August 12th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    The offense is brutal. Worst it’s been in a while.

    Looks like a Yankee Stadium special might be the only hope to get a run at this point.

  1255. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    could’ve been bases loaded on all walks, but whatever.

  1256. GVR August 12th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Can Hairston play short?

  1257. Jerkface August 12th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Yankees just let shawn camp school them. Ouch! The ever shrinking and expanding strike zone based on ball/strike count is ridiculous.

  1258. CB August 12th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    What an embarrassment major league umpiring has become.

    That’s 4th pitch to tex was a good 6 inches outside. It wasn’t even close.

  1259. Mike August 12th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    That guy had an 8-5 ball-strike ratio and he got us out easily.

  1260. North August 12th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Time for Girardi to get ejectet again… This is ugly

  1261. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    im a bit scared of chad against the heart of the lineup here…hopefully he does well

  1262. pat August 12th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Hairston to SS I presume? Tex to 1st?

  1263. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Not a quality swing in that inning. Hold ‘em this inning, Gaudin and then score at the bottom of the inning.

  1264. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    who’s going to short now?

  1265. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    If A-Rod moves to SS and hits a homerun does he tie the record for most HR by a SS???

  1266. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Check out where pitch 4 was to Tex:

    http://brooksbaseball.net/pfx/.....v_size=500

    for those not inclined to click the link, your guess is dead-on: about a foot outside.

  1267. qiantom August 12th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Looks like the offense is in a slump. Arod is pulling everything, melky is not hitting anything and Jeter got hit…

  1268. Manso August 12th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    They are in a slump like they were in June against the NL teams.

    They are all ice cold at the same time.

  1269. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    That was terrible. What did Camp throw 1 strike in the whole inning? Over anxious at bats and bad ump helped Camp when he couldn’t find the plate.

  1270. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    The negative of extra innings is that guys take too many hero swings, expand the zone, and get themselves out.

    This will be the challenging inning for the Yankees.

  1271. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    that half inning would make a mint in the kangaroo court…

  1272. CB August 12th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    “Ball 4, a foot off the plate, called a strike and he then hangs a cutter to Tex and got away with it.”

    Tex just missed his pitch. Just got under it and he knew it. Just missed ending the game.

  1273. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Away from the TV…computer says inning over, but I only see two outs, Melky and Damon.

    Am I missing something here?

  1274. teddy August 12th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    embarssing

  1275. steve August 12th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    we’ve had like what, 1 baserunner since the 3rd inning?

    embarrassing.

  1276. Enough Tiant August 12th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    that last inning might have been the three worst at-bats in one inning i have seen

  1277. rconn23 August 12th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    If all you can muster is five hits in 10 innings, winning this game would be the equivalent of a heist.

    Tough to ask Gaudin to take out the heart of the order.

  1278. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    you missed the Tex out

  1279. BR August 12th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    What is going on with the umpiring this year? It is awful in probably 75% of the games

  1280. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Gaudin seems like a homerun waiting to happen…

  1281. CB August 12th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    “Tough to ask Gaudin to take out the heart of the order.”

    Gaudin has a lot of problems with LH hitters because his slider isn’t nearly as effective.

    It’s a tough order to pitch in this stadium as a RH pitcher who has trouble with LH hitters.

  1282. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I take it Teixeira didn’t walk, like Yahoo said he did?

  1283. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Yahoo (and the rest of us) think he did, but they ump did not :)

  1284. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    better off just pitching around Overbay

  1285. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    there’s a bad call, and then there’s an egregiously bad call.

    calling a pitch a foot outside is egregiously bad, especially for a veteran ump. hey, maybe nothing comes of that inning, but it shouldn’t be up to the ump to affect the flow of play in that manner.

  1286. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    1 hit in 4 innings vs. their pen. Time to wake up.

  1287. Johnny D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    So far so Gaud!

    eh? eh?

  1288. Enough Tiant August 12th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    did the yes people mention..i gather that mo is getting the day off…

  1289. BR August 12th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    I would not have been opposed to Girardi running out there on that “strike” to Tex to wake these guys up a little.

  1290. Enough Tiant August 12th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    lyle overbay has been a pain in the neck this series, i can’t believe i am saying that

  1291. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Gaudin better keep the ball down to Wells…

  1292. Abdababdaserser August 12th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Why weren’t the pitches to Overbite strikes, they were as close as Camps called strikes were.

  1293. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    in case anyone missed Josh’s update –

    UPDATE, 4:32 p.m.: On second thought, the Globe is reporting Youkilis will serve his suspension immediately. Terry Francona announced the decision during his 4 p.m. news conference.

  1294. Enough Tiant August 12th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    michael kay and leiter say stupid things..for example,

    “41 is a good pitchers number.” -Kay

    “solid” -leiter

    “stupid” – me

  1295. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    UPDATE, 4:32 p.m.: On second thought, the Globe is reporting Youkilis will serve his suspension immediately. Terry Francona announced the decision during his 4 p.m. news conference.

  1296. Bronx Jeers August 12th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Well then there’s also Antoni Gaudi. The architect? Barcelona ?

    And he’s got a direct relation to the Yankees.

    Our future ace Aroldis Chapman is currently in Barcelona smoking a spliff of Amsterdam’s finest and is “Just totally buggin out” in Gaudi’s Park Guell.

  1297. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Man he has some good stuff. He just doesn’t seem to trust it enough!

  1298. Abdababdaserser August 12th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Come on and settle down Go Dan!

  1299. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Gaudin is going to be very hard for Posada or anyone to catch. He is all over the place.

  1300. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Gaudin throwing a ton of pitches here. If this game goes 15 innings he’ll be over 100 pitches.

  1301. Abdababdaserser August 12th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Bye Not so Wells.

  1302. m August 12th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Are we feeling this game yet? Or do we wait until the 15th?

  1303. Donnie - Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    If you take out the 10 pitches to the first batter while he was shaking off the rust, Gaudin has been pretty friggin’ nasty.

  1304. Nick in SF August 12th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Gaudin dealt with Wells like he was an unruly member of the Marseilles City Council! Motion denied!

  1305. David August 12th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    This is pretty impressive from Gaudin, despite the high pitch count.

  1306. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Wells is 1 of there easiest outs. If you locate your off speed pitches to him.. Or high fastballs.

  1307. kill.schill(ing) August 12th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Something is not right with MO.

    He threw 18 pitches last night, didn’t pitch Monday, and pitched only Sunday and Friday in the Red Sox series.

    08/11 18 pitches
    08/10 DNP
    08/09 23 pitches
    08/08 DNP
    08/07 16 pitches

    I can’t believe Girardi is just choosing to REST him today o a game the Yankees need to win before embarking upon a long West Coast road trip.

  1308. Enough Tiant August 12th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    vernon wells is shot…wow…was he a former steriod user..

  1309. CB August 12th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    The yankees would be better off putting Aceves in the rotation and leaving Gaudin in the bull pen while making Mitre some kind of swing guy.

    Gaudin’s stuff in the AL is going to play up much better out of the pen.

    Aceves can get lefties and righties out and throws 4 pitches.

  1310. Demo August 12th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Smart of Youkallis to serve the suspension now. If he waited, he may of had to miss the Yankees series.

    They can beat the Rangers and Tigers without his bat.

  1311. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    “Come on and settle down Go Dan!”

    every time you say that I think of Lt. Dan

  1312. pat August 12th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    The 2nd Act of Waiting for Gaudin as good as the first Act.

  1313. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Wouldn’t shock me if Watson told Youkilis, “I’m giving you a break so, serve the 5 games now”.

    Gaudin danced the tightrope but, put up a zero and that’s all that matters.

  1314. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Now this looks like the Chad Gaudin I remember from the AL. When you have the offense and defense to back you up, effective pitching is usually rewarded. We know he had some funky situations in the AL.

    Anyway, what we care about is the here and now.

    So far so very very good.

    :)

    Optimism rewarded, once again.

  1315. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Please no homerun swings in this inning. Also some patience…Make Camp throw a strike..

  1316. Harris August 12th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Let’s see how many pitches it takes for Camp to set down the heart of our order. I’ll say 12.

  1317. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Joe West, alone in his own universe…

  1318. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    what a crock of shizzle

  1319. MG August 12th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    CB, I agree, Gaudin looks like he’d be a good reliever either long or to get a tough right handed bat. I like his stuff, though

  1320. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    The strike zone got very big the last 2 innings for West..He must have a dinner date?

  1321. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Horrible!

  1322. Mike August 12th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Is this Shawn Camp or Joe Nathan?

    What is with these ABs?

  1323. Jerkface August 12th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    According to Gameday, Matsui just got owned by home plate umpire

  1324. saucY - sticK witH sergiO August 12th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    whoa. 5 oclock. i’m allowed to leave work and actually go watch the game at home on TV :D

  1325. Nick in SF August 12th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Good call, Bronx Jeers… I have never been to Marseilles but I did enjoy a short stay in Barcelona. That Sagrada Familia is some wild, wacky stuff.

  1326. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Hitters just aren’t trained to swing at pitches that far off the plate.

    Just a horrible job by Joe West, who must have buffet reservations at Golden Corral and wants to get the game over with.

  1327. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    The ever present “Joe West Floating Strike Zone”.

  1328. Danny August 12th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Toronto is going to scratch across a run eventually. They have had guys on every inning. We’re also short in the bullpen.

  1329. m August 12th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Poor Hideki. Can’t he just have Roger stand in the on-deck circle to yell at the ump for him?

  1330. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    at least he’s consistent, consistently bad:

    http://brooksbaseball.net/pfx/.....v_size=500

  1331. Donnie - Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    This umpire is pathetic. I don’t like complaining about umpires, but this guy is miserable.

  1332. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    UH oHHHHHHH

  1333. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    damn :( not again :(

  1334. el prez August 12th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    can we hit some of the opposing players. This is redic

  1335. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    uh oh..2 yankees hurt in 1 game

  1336. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    oh for f#%& sake!!!!!!!!!!

  1337. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Oh crap. I hope he didn’t break anything. That did not look good.

  1338. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    how bad was that last pitch to Matsui?

    It would have hit a right handed batter.

  1339. BR August 12th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    The strike zone got very big the last 2 innings for West..He must have a dinner date?

    ——————————————————-

    Wouldn’t the strike zone get smaller if he wanted to get out of here?

  1340. YankeesLuv August 12th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Omg, my heart!:(

  1341. Donnie - Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Oh, for the love of Chirst.

  1342. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    since when is the arm pit part of the strike zone?

  1343. CM (Be patient with the prospects) August 12th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    This has been a bad day for the Yankees.

  1344. Cloud 9 August 12th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    are you freakin kidding me?

  1345. bru August 12th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    cb is right

    throw ace in the rotation.

    it upgrades it.

    gaudin should do well in the pen

  1346. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Jeter hit in the foot. Posada takes a foul ball off the hand. Now A-Rod hit by a pitch. Hard.

    Not good, folks. It hit him right on the pad, but he is still hurting big time.

  1347. Joe August 12th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Im getting sick of all the hit by pitch

  1348. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    That was an ugly, ugly hit. NYY is out of infielders and outfielders.

  1349. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    funny bone…

  1350. Homer August 12th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Ok this is war.

    Gaudin, come out and beat one of their hitters.

  1351. pat August 12th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    They don’t have a 3rd baseman if he’s out

  1352. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Just wondering….do we have another infielder?

  1353. Phil August 12th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    They cannot get away with hitting Alex! Avenge him!

  1354. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 12th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Oh if something is broken someone is gonna have to die! :evil:

  1355. qiantom August 12th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    They have been swinging for the fences this whole series. Not a good way to hit.

  1356. Clay August 12th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Um to all the guys making the ol’ “I guess Joe West has a dinner date” joke, if he wanted to get out of there quickly, then he would contract the strike zone right now so the yanks could score and get this thing over with.

    Joe West has nowhere to go. He’s just a bad ump.

  1357. kill.schill(ing) August 12th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Please someone refute my Mariano theory and assure me I’m just letting anxiety fuel my imagination.

  1358. Jerkface August 12th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Tex to third Posada to 1st Molina to catcher!

  1359. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Nice Job Posada

  1360. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    there we go

  1361. CB August 12th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    “at least he’s consistent, consistently bad:”

    He hasn’t been calling that pitch a strike prior in the game.

    I wonder if he just called that nonsense on Matsui so it looked like he was being “consistent” on his call with Tex and that pitch was in his subjective strike zone.

    Just a travesty.

    You give major league pitchers that pitch and theyll strike out 20 guys.

  1362. qiantom August 12th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Finally a good hit by posada.

  1363. Lance August 12th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    This is why you don’t go crazy with pinch running and burning your bench like fans wanted to do in that Sox game. If Alex has to come out of this game here, we have nobody left. Bruney would have to play the outfield.

  1364. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Just one hit, now. Just one.

    Is that too much to ask?

  1365. Nick in SF August 12th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    The best revenge would be a 3-run bomb.

    And then plunking Overbay at a later date. ;)

  1366. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    If Rodriguez scores here, the elbow will feel much better.

  1367. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Can we please get a single here…Just a single. Damn Cano is up..

  1368. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Cmon RISP Cano. Come through. I want to leave the office already.

  1369. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    ROBBIE WITH RISP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1370. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Ball game!!!

  1371. Lance August 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Ok, pinch run for Jorge with Andy or someone. We need to score a run here

  1372. CM (Be patient with the prospects) August 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    CANO WANTS PIE!!!!

  1373. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    PIE TIME!!!

  1374. YankeesLuv August 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Robbie!

  1375. Trevor August 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    WOOOO!

  1376. RalphieD (OPPC) August 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    CANO!

  1377. pat August 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Robbie can hit with RISP!

  1378. Cindy G August 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Canooooooo

  1379. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Woohoo Cano actually gets a hit with RISP. I hope JEter and Arod are ok.

  1380. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Holy guano, batman!

    Did Cano just get a hit with RISP? For reals? NO WAY!

  1381. Donnie - Will Meet Randy Ruiz Under the O'Neill Banner August 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Cano did that?

    CANO?

    We are truly in Bizzaro world.

  1382. Nick in SF August 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Well, that works too.

  1383. Tom in N.J. August 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    How-about-that!

  1384. Abdababdaserser August 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Hey… I feel cheated… no walk off homer. :lol:

  1385. MG August 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Robbie Cano, SOUP FOR YOU!!!!!!

  1386. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR THE INTERVIEW WITH CHAD GAUDIN!!!

    And who is today’s game winner?

    SA-WEET!!!!!!!!!!!!

    :)

  1387. Johnny D. August 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Pie for Cano!

  1388. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Chad Gaudin deserves the belt, imho.

  1389. Phil August 12th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    CANO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1390. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    That bal was smoked. Just not enoug heighth to carry over the fense, but, a beautiful swing.

  1391. Benny Blanco August 12th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Robbie wants pie

  1392. Jones August 12th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Why’d they take Pena out? Its not like he didn’t get a hit.

  1393. Bret the Hitman August 12th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    CB,

    Precisely. Gaudin is the new Aceves. Aceves profiles as a starter since he has a wide arsenal and veteran-like composure on the mound. He’s also an innings eater. We need that more in the rotation than anywhere else.

  1394. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 12th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    AJ get the pies!!! Al to the X-ray room now, anyone jumps on him DFA him!

  1395. CB August 12th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Cano is such a MORON !!!111!!!223!!!

    How could he swing at the first pitch!!!!!!!

    This is what keeps him from fulfilling his potential!!!!

    Why is he so lazy and dumb ???!!!!?>>>??????

  1396. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    lol — Kim keeps backing away…

  1397. Tom in N.J. August 12th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Pie head!

  1398. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    AND CANO OF ALL PEOPLE!!

  1399. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    lol

  1400. Abdababdaserser August 12th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Best pie-ing yet!

  1401. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Arod was definitely getting the day off tomorrow anyway. Jeter will probably need the day also. But with a win I will take it.

  1402. saucY - sticK witH sergiO August 12th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    i didn’t want to chance missing the end while walking to my car… still here…

    now to speed home for the post game :D

  1403. Coach6423 August 12th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    He is so lazy…and he sucks…trade him for pedroia straight up…

  1404. bru August 12th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    qiantom
    August 12th, 2009 at 5:06 pm
    They have been swinging for the fences this whole series. Not a good way to hit.

    ————————————————————

    im sure you will get over it if we hit a hr to win it

  1405. Trevor August 12th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Boy Burnett really wanted to make sure he didn’t miss. lol

  1406. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    That said, credit to Toronto. They didn’t play us easy for any of those games. In fact, with a little luck they could have swept us.

    Nobody should put them down or call them a “mediocre” team. They obviously are not.

  1407. Rob B August 12th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Robbie got pied! Robbie got pied! Robbie got pied!

  1408. The Ghost August 12th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Why is AJ getting so cheap with the pie these days? Did he only buy so many cans for the season?

  1409. YankeesLuv August 12th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    You knew Robbie was going to win it for his buddy Alex. I hope Alex is okay.

  1410. Abdababdaserser August 12th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    This has been a tough game for the Yankee players. They probably feel like they have been through a war.

  1411. Jerkface August 12th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Cano is such a MORON !!!111!!!223!!!

    How could he swing at the first pitch!!!!!!!

    This is what keeps him from fulfilling his potential!!!!

    Why is he so lazy and dumb ???!!!!?>>>??????

    You have to look at the process not the results, if Cano gets qualitatively good results from a poor process then it is still a poor process going forward.

    /CB

  1412. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    West must be happy now he can go to the buffet…

  1413. 7 UP August 12th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Lance

    August 12th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Ok, pinch run for Jorge with Andy or someone. We need to score a run here

    ———-

    Umm why? Jorge’s run was irrelevant.

  1414. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    GreenBeret7
    August 12th, 2009 at 5:09 pm
    That bal was smoked. Just not enoug heighth to carry over the fense, but, a beautiful swing.

    ————————————————————

    Typos are my friend.

  1415. Phil August 12th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    he lost a double on that game winning hit.

  1416. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Hopefully the Tigers can actually win a game today…

  1417. JasonR August 12th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    This is a special team.

  1418. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    “He is so lazy…and he sucks…trade him for pedroia straight up…”

    Robby Cano, UGH! I’d trade him for Pedroia 7 days a week. Lazy, can’t field, and can’t hit…

  1419. Zach August 12th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I thought they said they re-stocked the whipped cream?

    What was that?

  1420. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Robi’s YES on-field post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/6403015526483111/

  1421. betsy August 12th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    HEy – I just turned into the radio (am at work) – how’d they win?

    Also, did AJ get the hero?

    How is Alex?

    Thanks!

  1422. Abdababdaserser August 12th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Trevor, he might have thought it would have been a wild pitch. ;)

  1423. dtv August 12th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Boy, Kim has a GREAT RACK! :)

  1424. Tom in N.J. August 12th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    GB, one of the twins type that? :lol:

  1425. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    what’s the record now after tied in the 8th? 12-0?

  1426. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    There isn’t anything wrong with Mo.

    If you don’t have to use him, you don’t. He is 39 after all.

    This is a very special team this year. They constantly find ways to win games.

    Nice job by Gaudin to earn his first Yankee win.

  1427. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    >I thought they said they re-stocked the whipped cream?
    >
    >What was that?

    He had a HUUUUUUUUUUGE glob on the towel but it fell off right before he mushed it in Robi’s face.

  1428. Nick in SF August 12th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Go USA futbol!

    It’s 1-1 in the second half in the Stadium Azteca, where we (the USA) have never won.

  1429. Uke August 12th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    15-2 record at home post allstar break… I’d be scared to play the yankees at home in the playoffs

  1430. The Ghost August 12th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    CB, are you arguing that Cano did not swing for the fence on that pitch? Cano is on fire right now so it worked out for him, what concerns me is some time in the future when he’s not so hot and still swinging for the fences when all that is needed is a single. You cannot argue that Cano needs to develop his game to include situational hitting. He needs to talk to his buddy Melky about that.

  1431. Johnny D. August 12th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    BTW, first team to 70! Here’s to 30-35 more! :)

  1432. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Guadin kept the Yanks in it.

  1433. betsy August 12th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    How’d Gaudin look?

    Nice win, but an ugly series…..Yankees were lucky to get 2/3. This could be a pyrrhic victory as their pen is now toast for Seattle.

  1434. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Poor Camp and the loss two days in a row right?

  1435. pat August 12th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    “I thought they said they re-stocked the whipped cream?”

    Rationing for the postseason.

  1436. Cano 42 August 12th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Hopefully the Tigers can actually win a game today…

    With Beckett going against their #5 starter, I wouldn’t bet on it. They had significant advantages in their first 2 games and lost. Hope they can steal one though.

  1437. Jack August 12th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    He is RoBInson Cano.

  1438. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Tom in N.J.
    August 12th, 2009 at 5:12 pm
    GB, one of the twins type that?

    ————————————————————

    Nah….the dog did it. The twins are better than that.

  1439. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 12th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    i remember Boston having a year similar to this (2005?), winning many games with walkoff hits. However, i don’t know if they had this many…

  1440. Forntoso August 12th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    I imagine Gaudin goes Sunday now considering he threw 40 pitches today.

  1441. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    “Toronto is going to scratch across a run eventually. They have had guys on every inning. We’re also short in the bullpen.”

    Perhaps. Just not in this game!

    :)

  1442. Uke August 12th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Carrasco got the loss yesterday, not camp

  1443. MG August 12th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Jerkface
    August 12th, 2009 at 5:11 pm
    Cano is such a MORON !!!111!!!223!!!

    How could he swing at the first pitch!!!!!!!

    This is what keeps him from fulfilling his potential!!!!

    Why is he so lazy and dumb ???!!!!?>>>??????

    You have to look at the process not the results, if Cano gets qualitatively good results from a poor process then it is still a poor process going forward
    ————————-
    Cano hits almost .400 on the first pitch, why do you think he would do any better watching pitches?

  1444. Trevor August 12th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    41-18 @ home :shock:

  1445. no.27 August 12th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    I’m gonna have to buy some cool whip to eat after all these walkoffs. The Yankees have won 33 of their last 44 games. That’s 3 out of every 4 games. Ridiculous.

  1446. betsy August 12th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    David, lumping Joba and AJ together is silly. AJ always goes deep into games – maybe not today, but he’s always giving us 7, if not more, quality innings.

  1447. JJ August 12th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Gaudin has nasty stuff… he just has to trust it.

  1448. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    UPDATE, 4:32 p.m.: On second thought, the Globe is reporting Youkilis will serve his suspension immediately. Terry Francona announced the decision during his 4 p.m. news conference.
    ****

    Can I say I told you so? I knew they would not risk Youk being unavailable for the Yankees

  1449. m August 12th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    If I’m a player talking with Kim after the walkoff, I’m putting my arm around her shoulder so she gets some pie, too. :)

    AJ wild on that pieing, too.

  1450. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    The Ghost
    August 12th, 2009 at 5:13 pm
    CB, are you arguing that Cano did not swing for the fence on that pitch? Cano is on fire right now so it worked out for him, what concerns me is some time in the future when he’s not so hot and still swinging for the fences when all that is needed is a single. You cannot argue that Cano needs to develop his game to include situational hitting. He needs to talk to his buddy Melky about that.

    ————————————————————

    I wish some of you people would learn the difference between swinging to drive the ball hard and swinging for the fences.

  1451. Jerkface August 12th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Cano hits almost .400 on the first pitch, why do you think he would do any better watching pitches?

    I was just reverse lampooning CB. Hence the /CB, though I didnt use as many smarty pants words I wanted to.

    Cano is very welcome to swing at the first pitch if it results in him batting .400 when he puts it in play

  1452. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I was in the car- but I heard the walk-off!!!!

    Can-do!!
    Can-do!!

  1453. Uke August 12th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    AJ has gone 7 innings in 18 of his last 23, or something like that

  1454. Evan D. August 12th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Betsy – the pen is perfectly fine.

    CC will give length tomorrow and Rivera is rested. Hopefully we can win a lopsided game the next 2 games so the pen can be fully rested for Mitre and Gaudin’s starts.

    I forgot who said it before but Gaudin seems much more suited for relief than Mitre and Aceves. I hope Aceves starts soon.

  1455. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 12th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    “Poor Camp and the loss two days in a row right?”

    poor Camp, that poor chump better hope nothing on Alex needs DL’ing or my awesome self will be on the 11 o’clock news :evil:

  1456. The Ghost August 12th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    By my count now that leaves only three starters left without a walkoff. Swisher, Tex* and… Captain Clutch?

    *I give him a half walkoff for his 8th inning blast against the Sox Sunday night.

  1457. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    “UPDATE, 4:32 p.m.: On second thought, the Globe is reporting Youkilis will serve his suspension immediately. Terry Francona announced the decision during his 4 p.m. news conference.”

    I heard them discussing that on WEEI and the thinking was they didn’t want to appeal it and have it happen any time near when they play the Yanks.

    But a caller called in with a very good point. Playing the division isn’t all it’s about. If you drop very far behind, it won’t matter what you do against the Yankees,

    Personally I’m thrilled to see him out of the Texas series.

  1458. Raymagnetic August 12th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I am loving the new mobile site.

  1459. m August 12th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I told my son that Cano’s going to swing at the first pitch. He enjoyed the pie, too. :)

  1460. CB August 12th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    KS,

    On Mo – what month is it?

    He’s just going through his usual August dead arm period. Same one he goes through for so many years.

    Each time people get concerned. Each time he’s fine.

    His cutter hasn’t been as sharp the past few appearances. I was a bit worried about him against washington because you could tell his stuff wasn’t as crisp.

    But this is something that seems to happen with him over and over.

    Huge win today – especially because they didn’t need to use him.

    What a plus Hinske, Hairston and now Gaudin have been.

  1461. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Betsy,

    how is their pen “toast” for Seattle?

    CC is pitching tomorrow and Coke, Aceves, Bruney and Mo are fresh for tomorrow. How many more guys do you want to back up CC?

    Be happy with a series win. There isn’t anything to worry about today.

  1462. vin August 12th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    “41-18 @ home ”

    And that’s after starting 1-2. Not bad.

  1463. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    “GreenBeret7

    Typos are my friend.”

    I’m waiting for you to tell us one day your real username is
    “Great Brett” – you just never got around to fixing the typo.

    ;-)

  1464. stuart a August 12th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    wow.. they are a ver yresilient bunch.

    1 for 8 with RISP today and cano got the hit.. who would have thunk it…

    there pen is not fried; aceves 2nd day off, mo, and burney to start are available thursday at a minimum.

    the scary thing is mitre and gaudan back to back,,, melancon better spend the weekend in seattle…

    just keep on winning however they do it…..toronto did play them tough this series….

  1465. NJ Yanks August 12th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Bullpen isin’t in that bad shape.

    Hughes is probably available tomorrow, only threw 16 pitches.
    MO and Bruney are available
    Ace is probably available

    Coke/Robertson are probably not.

  1466. bru August 12th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    dtv
    August 12th, 2009 at 5:12 pm
    Boy, Kim has a GREAT RACK!

    ——————————————

    lmfAo

  1467. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    “41-18 @ home ”

    And that’s after starting 1-2. Not bad.
    ****

    Actually, according to certain posters, the season was over on April 18th

  1468. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    “Cano is very welcome to swing at the first pitch if it results in him batting .400 when he puts it in play”

    I’m down with that!

  1469. Huh? August 12th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I adore this team. And CB, you’re my crush of the day – thanks for remaining level-headed amongst lunatics.

  1470. betsy August 12th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Lord, I hope the guys are ok today……..a painful win. Alex being hit in the elbow makes me very nervous, lol.

    Despite how I sounded before, the Yankees took 2/3 and that’s just a good job. Sure it wasn’t pretty, but better to win ugly than lose pretty and they got the job done when it counted. It looks like they are all in something of a funk – you could chalk that up to good pitching in the Boston series, but against the Jays? I wonder if the team is just exhausted………They’ll come out of it eventually, but their funks sometimes last for weeks at a time.

  1471. K-Zone August 12th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    The only guy who should be unavailable tomorrow is Robertson.

    Girardi knows how to use his pen.

  1472. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)
    August 12th, 2009 at 5:20 pm
    “GreenBeret7

    Typos are my friend.”

    I’m waiting for you to tell us one day your real username is
    “Great Brett” – you just never got around to fixing the typo.

    ————————————————————

    Thanks a lot, pal. You just blew my secret identity. I feel like Superman exposed as Clark Kent. Now, I have to spend my time protecting my loved ones, instead of fighting the evil Bostonians.

  1473. Yankee Trader August 12th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Late to the party.

    Did AJ have to work out of jams every inning?

    Saw Gaudin’s last inning-would like to see him start.

    At first i thought Cano’s ball hit the top of the fence and bounced back[?homer]. Never saw a replay, but was the call correct?

    A-Rod did not get hit in the ulnar nerve [funny bone]. Hope he’s OK. Who would have played third-Tex to 3rd, Posada to 1st and Molina catching? Glad that didn’t come to fruition.

    Exciting team.

  1474. m August 12th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Betsy,

    How did Gaudin look? He looked like Lt. Dan. And Romero was LL Cool J. Mitre is Fez. Bruney is Brian Roberts. And of course Eric Hinske…

  1475. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Does anyone know what the team walk-off record is???

    11 is pretty amazing

  1476. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    This team reminds me of the ’96 team.

    They find ways to win games any way they can.

  1477. The Ghost August 12th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Greenberet7 wrote:

    I wish some of you people would learn the difference between swinging to drive the ball hard and swinging for the fences.

    ========

    Cano never changes his approach no matter what the situation. Watch players like Melky and Jeter. They will cut down their swing sometimes when the situation calls for it which gives them better odds at achieving their goal. Cano is feast or famine and that’s why he’s a worse hitter with men on base because pitchers will give him less strikes to swing at. A batter must adjust in those situations and take what is given.

  1478. Nick in SF August 12th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    I’m glad Youk will be back for the Yankees series… Bruney would be happy to tango.

  1479. Mark August 12th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Robbie Cano is having a terrific year! Thanks, Robbie for winning the game.

    Guidin wasn’t too bad, let’s hope he brings some relief.

    Go Yanks!!!

  1480. Jake August 12th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Sabathia against Ian Snell tomorrow

    Can we win a 10-0 game please?

  1481. The Fair Pole August 12th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Did Cano get a pie or what??

  1482. betsy August 12th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    SJ, it looked like they used a lot of arms today…I guess Hughes can go tomorrow (how many innings did he pitch today)…Mo, obviously, Bruney, Ace…….I guess they’re ok. You’re right- no worries.

    I’m looking forward to catching the replay tonight – sorry I missed a filthy Phil, Robbie’s game winning it and the pie…..Man, I can’t believe how many walk off wins we have this year. I’ve seen more pies this season than I did when I worked at a bakery.

  1483. Bronx Jeers August 12th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    All these walk-off wins have just got me absolutley jaded and spoiled.

    Earlier in the season I’d be whoopin’ and hollerin’.

    Now I’m like, 11 innings? What took so long?

    I definitely need professional help.

  1484. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Joe Girardi just might be the AL Manager of the Year.

  1485. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Too bad they have to go on the road now. The walk offs are too much fun…They better get used to the big ballparks again on the road trip.

  1486. The Ghost August 12th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Does anyone know what the team walk-off record is???

    11 is pretty amazing

    ======

    I believe they just tied the ’78 and ’42 teams with 6

  1487. CB August 12th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    For the first month of the season there was mass panic about the bull pen.

    There was no way it could be any good unless they made a huge trade for a guy like Huston Street.

    It was going to be their death knell.

    That trade never happenned.

    They jettisoned half the pen they broke spring training with.

    There was anarchy for a while.

    But the organization always had good pitching depth and that’s what’s seen them through.

    How good is this bull pen now?

    And the biggest trade they made – a post waiver deal for Chad Gaudin.

    Look at the series with Boston. Spectucular.

    This series with Toronto – again, just great.

    And they didn’t make one major trade and they are now potentially in a position where they could afford to move Aceves back into the rotation.

  1488. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 12th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    this is the best regular-season yankee team i’ve seen, since 1998

  1489. MG August 12th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    this team isn’t in a funk, they just had a normal letdown after a huge series sweep and still won 2 out of 3-it would have been a sweep if Mitre cuold throw to 2nd base.

    why are so many of you so afriad this team will collapse? As SJ says, this team is very reminiscent of the ’96 team that refused to lose games, we know how that turned out.

  1490. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    YES post-game Booth Report with Nancy Newman, Paul O’Neil, Michael Kay, and Al Leiter:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/6403080529d9bf7f/

  1491. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 12th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    “Joe Girardi just might be the AL Manager of the Year”

    some will say Ron Washington. To this point, my vote goes to Girardi.

  1492. Greg D August 12th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Jake
    August 12th, 2009 at 5:24 pm
    Sabathia against Ian Snell tomorrow

    Can we win a 10-0 game please?

    ————————–

    I second that emotion

  1493. The Ghost August 12th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Forget the numbers I posted above I think they are wrong

  1494. Aardvark August 12th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    “Joe Girardi just might be the AL Manager of the Year.”

    How? He has a $200 million dollar payroll. A money could win with this team.

    I think Soscia or Francona win it.

  1495. bruceb August 12th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    How can anyone possibly complain after a win like that? We were punch-drunk after giving all we have got against Boston and still managed to steal the series 2-1. You should be ecstatic, like me.

  1496. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    The Ghost
    August 12th, 2009 at 5:24 pm
    Greenberet7 wrote:

    I wish some of you people would learn the difference between swinging to drive the ball hard and swinging for the fences.

    ========

    Cano never changes his approach no matter what the situation. Watch players like Melky and Jeter. They will cut down their swing sometimes when the situation calls for it which gives them better odds at achieving their goal. Cano is feast or famine and that’s why he’s a worse hitter with men on base because pitchers will give him less strikes to swing at. A batter must adjust in those situations and take what is given.

    ————————————————————

    Go back and look at his hit charts over the years. He hits the ball every where. He has more homers and doubles from right center to left center than total number of hits pulled. If he wanted to go for homers, he’d hit 30-35 a year and average about .260. Look at the defense. They play him slightly to pull on the infield and straight away in the outfield. cabrera’s the one that gets pull happy after a couple of home runs. that’s his problem this past month.

  1497. bru August 12th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    very nice pieces added in gaudin,hinske,hairston.
    pena is great defensively.

    i think the time is now to move ace to the rotation to put the finishing touces on

    lets go tigers

  1498. kd August 12th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    i just logged onto lohud now, stupid job.

    were any of the hit batters on purpose? arod?

  1499. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    classic Pyrrhic victory for Boston last night. Getting Porcello out of the game probably gave them the win. Now, though, they’ll face Texas in Arlington w/out Youkilis for all three games.

  1500. betsy August 12th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    M, lol – I asked for that.

    A big thank you to SJ, CB and everyone who tries to keep me from worrying my not-so-pretty little head off. I really hate to be so negative…..especially when we have a team that is really performing at a fantastic level.

    I love our new acquisitions. Cash deserves a lot of credit (and he got roasted by fans for trading for Hairston and no one else at the trading deadline) for adding a lot of quality depth to this team. Hinkse has been terrific and Hairston has made an immediate impact. Gaudin? Really good job today – I am not familiar with him at all, but he’s off to a good start.

  1501. Jim the VT Yankeefan August 12th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Yanks now on pace to win 101 games.

  1502. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    The Ghost
    August 12th, 2009 at 5:30 pm
    Forget the numbers I posted above I think they are wrong
    ***

    I thought i heard them say this was the 11th walk off

  1503. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    kd, it was a clean game (except for lousy ball/strike calling by the homeplate ump).

    Jeter was hit on the back foot w/a breaking ball, and Alex was hit on the elbow (though there could be no intent since you don’t want to put anyone on in extras).

  1504. pat August 12th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Alex was off tomorrow anyway. Jeter will depend on how he feels.

    Mo was a litle cranky today. Threw 25 pitches and today was a day game after night game.

  1505. no.27 August 12th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    CB you’re definitely right about the pen. I thought for a while that Bruney, Veras, and Marte would end up being important parts of this team. Well, Bruney has worked his way back into important innings, but Veras and Marte are as good as gone (bad signing, Cashman).

    The big difference is Hughes. No one could have expected him to be as good as he’s been.

  1506. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Waldman radio report – Mo has a sore shoulder. :-(

  1507. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Mo wasn’t available today..Hopefully he really is ok like Girardi always makes you want to believe.

  1508. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Aardvark
    August 12th, 2009 at 5:30 pm
    “Joe Girardi just might be the AL Manager of the Year.”

    How? He has a $200 million dollar payroll. A money could win with this team.

    I think Soscia or Francona win it.

    ————————————————————

    Yeah….there’s two struggling, underfinanced teams for you. Francona should be Manager Of the year for missing the playoffs?

  1509. Greg D August 12th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    its a good year to be a Yankee fan……if we stay healthy, we’ve got a good chance this year

  1510. Nick in SF August 12th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    kd: I don’t think so. Arod was the winning run.

    Why the heck isn’t the fabled ‘family of networks’ broadcasting the USA-Mexico match???

    I have to watch on the Spanish-language channel.

  1511. Yankee Trader August 12th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    CB-
    Our bullpen is better, but I still feel we need one more experienced and reliable arm there. My confidence in the bullpen ends with Mo, Hughes and Aceves. Does anyone really expect anything from Marte this year?

  1512. Bret the Hitman August 12th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Would a team like the Phillies with Lidge as their closer and a horrible pen claim Marte off waivers?

  1513. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Hopefully CC has his good stuff tomorrow. Arod is getting the day off, Jeter and Posada could be also.

  1514. Bronx Jeers August 12th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Whoa,

    Waldman reporting Mariano complaining about a sore shoulder.

    Might stay in NY to get it looked at?

    He usually does experience some discomfort somewhere at this time but the shoulder is a bit worrisome with the surgery.

  1515. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    How in the is Francona a Manager of the Year candidate? LOL. What nonsense.

    The bullpen today: 5 shutout innings, 4 hits, 2 BB, 5K’s.

    Without question, the key to this 6-1 homestand.

  1516. kd August 12th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    thanks sweet sassy molassey. great on-screen moniker btw

  1517. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Listening to Joe, we could be without Jete, Posada, and Arod (potentially for more than one day.)

  1518. CB August 12th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Suzyn’s post game report -

    She talked to AJ. He said he was all over the place.

    What did he say about how bad his command was:

    “I almost killed Jorge back there”

    So I guess AJ doesn’t really see himself as being easy to catch, does he?

  1519. kill.schill(ing) August 12th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Mo wasn’t dressed and wasn’t available in the clubhouse. MRI tube?

  1520. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Girardi’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/640311134ed909cf/

  1521. Greg D August 12th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I saw my first game at the new stadium last night. It was a great night for my family. Twelve of us got to see some great baseball in a gorgeous stadium………

  1522. Tommy H August 12th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    uhh oh, Mo not dressed for the plane ride?

  1523. pat August 12th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    “I think Soscia or Francona win it.”

    If Texas finishes strong, Ron Washington.

  1524. kd August 12th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    nick,

    it’s not on fox soccer channel?

  1525. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    “Yeah….there’s two struggling, underfinanced teams for you. Francona should be Manager Of the year for missing the playoffs?”

    :lol:

  1526. Neil August 12th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    This walk off must be a big thrill for Bahhstin fans that will look out in LF and stare at the posted Yankee score for the night knowing the standings can only change for the worse if Beckett has a clunker.

  1527. Carl August 12th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks Pel!

  1528. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    wow, A.J. getting testy about the wild pitches.

    wonder if he doesn’t want to come out and say, “Hey, why don’t you ask Jorge about that”?

  1529. Zach in Port Jeff August 12th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    What is up with AJ? He clearly is not happy when asked about the “wild pitches”.

  1530. pat August 12th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    “Might stay in NY to get it looked at?”

    Girardi didn’t say that.

    He said he would be shocked if he wasn’t available tomorrow.

  1531. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    It seems that AJ’s “no comment” about the wild pitches is that they should of been blocked. Can’t blame him lol

  1532. The Ghost August 12th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    GreenBeret7 wrote:

    Go back and look at his hit charts over the years. He hits the ball every where. He has more homers and doubles from right center to left center than total number of hits pulled. If he wanted to go for homers, he’d hit 30-35 a year and average about .260. Look at the defense. They play him slightly to pull on the infield and straight away in the outfield. cabrera’s the one that gets pull happy after a couple of home runs. that’s his problem this past month.

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

    Cano is a excellent hitter who uses the entire park when he’s hot. But he’s also a streaky hitter and has to understand that when he’s not on he can still help the team by looking for pitches in certain spots that helps advance runners and stay out of DPs. That’s what can take him from a very good player to a first ballot HOFer. He has shown this year that he can step up his defense to a gold glove level, now he just needs to show that he can step up his offense from a player that can dominate when hot but can also help the team by doing whatever it takes when he’s not. I think that step will make him one of, if not the, most dangerous player in baseball.

  1533. braden August 12th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    I have a gripe about the fill in for Pete,JOSH.

    ~At the 2:10 update,he used the word JUICED,referring to Damon,not kool,in this era of roid usage.

    ~Find another term please!!
    Damon is clean as far as Yankees fans know.He’s never been involved in any dirt.(Ok,rant over)

    ~Glad to see the new pitcher,Gaudin get his 1st win,with such a great homestand, of games.
    He threw 44,will he still be available for Sunday?

  1534. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    A.J.’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/64031284ec0ad23e/

  1535. Tommy H August 12th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Pat, Susan on the post game said that he wasn’t dressed for the game and could be staying back to get the shoulder looked at-

  1536. pat August 12th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Half hearted effort by AJ to not throw Jorge under the bus on the wild pitches.

  1537. CB August 12th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    “The big difference is Hughes. No one could have expected him to be as good as he’s been.”

    Hughes has obviously been huge.

    But the transformation in the pen goes way past that.

    Aceves has been great. Robertson is getting better an better. His command has improved tremendously. Coke while a bit up and down has become a good left handed reliever.

    I think Gaudin will be a nice piece out of the pen. He can get RH hitters out.

    I also think Bruney is close to being back. Marte is hitting the low 90′s and I think he’ll be able to at least be a situational lefty at some point this year.

    It’s shaping up to be a good pen.

    And I should say perhaps the most important thing has been that the startng staff is now giving them length.

  1538. Mike August 12th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    AJ is pissed lol

  1539. Sevrx August 12th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Why was Burnett so defiant? He could have just said “my bad, I need to stop throwing wild pitches”.

  1540. Yankee Trader August 12th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Jim the VT Yankeefan
    August 12th, 2009 at 5:31 pm
    Yanks now on pace to win 101 games.
    ———————————-

    Not to be “Debbie Downer” but our last 15 games are 3 game series in order, Seattle, LAA- away,Boston, KC -home, Rays- away. Boston plays Orioles, KC, NYY, Toronto all away, and end with 4 at home against Cleveland.

    What’s the latest word on Rivera’s shoulder.

  1541. Tommy H August 12th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Hey Braden- I think you should nit-pick more…Sterling says that Jorge juiced one every time he hits a homer, you think that he’s inferring Posada is on steroids as well?

  1542. Brawl August 12th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Burnett wanted to blame those on Posada but didn’t… thats why he was testy.

  1543. Hole in One August 12th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Funny how AJ tried not to throw Posada under the bus, but his delivery of that comment made it obvious that he wanted to.

  1544. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Hmmm. I justed posted something about Kim Jones and it was censored. It wasn’t a complimentary post but it wasn’t vulgar or off-color! If you just heard her asking AJ about setting the record in the majors for the most wild pitches; heard AJ say he wasn’t going to talk about wild pitches; and then heard her come back to remind him that a wild pitch tied the game and asked if he was bothered by them, well I think you too might have accused her of not sounding like the sharpest knife in the drawer…

  1545. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 12th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    “Can I say I told you so? I knew they would not risk Youk being unavailable for the Yankees”

    don’t know why Boston is concerened with NYY. They sure as helll are not catching us.

    Boston better cut-out the games and pay attention to Texas and Tampa

  1546. Nick in SF August 12th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    kd: not sure, I don’t even know waht channel that is on DTV… but Mexico just scored a gooooooooooooool, up 2-1 with about 10 minutes left. 100,00+ people are going nuts in the DF!

  1547. Jerkface August 12th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Manager of the Year candidates:

    Washington if Texas makes it, maybe if they make it CLOSE
    Girardi – If they win a lot
    Maddon – Again, if the Rays make it
    Leyland – If the writers are stupid and reward him for winning a crappy division

    Don’t see how Scosia or Francoma get it

  1548. Nick in SF August 12th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    make that 100,000+. And that’s just inside the Stadium Azteca.

  1549. Cano 42 August 12th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Those wild pitches WERE on Posada

    Why should AJ blame them on himself when it wasn’t his fault? Molina catches those.

  1550. braden August 12th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Love the fact, that Beckett won’t have Pukeless(aka meathead) in the line up tonight.Losing the clean up is huge.

  1551. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks for audio Pel!

    Sounds like two different versions of the Mo story from Waldman and Girardi.

    Good follow-up from someone questioning the “little cranky” reference from Girardi.

    Didn’t Girardi use that term last year in Toronto when Mo got sent back to NY? (leading to a lot of beat writer griping)

  1552. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 12th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    “I justed posted something about Kim Jones and it was censored. It wasn’t a complimentary post but it wasn’t vulgar or off-color! If you just heard her asking AJ about setting the record in the majors for the most wild pitches; heard AJ say he wasn’t going to talk about wild pitches; and then heard her come back to remind him that a wild pitch tied the game and asked if he was bothered by them, well I think you too might have accused her of not sounding like the sharpest knife in the drawer…”

    didn’t hear that. What a ball-buster

  1553. JMAC August 12th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    When prodded by Kim Jones he only said that it was a “curveball in the dirt”

    That pretty much said without saying it, that it should have been blocked. All Posada had to due was put his body in front of it (see Molina for the proper technique).

  1554. Doreen August 12th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Maybe Burnett was just ticked he threw 2 wild pitches, once costing a run. Maybe he’s ticked at himself.

    There’s not always subtext.

  1555. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I would guess the 4 outs saves for Mo recently didn’t help…

  1556. JJ August 12th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Good for Kim for not letting AJ just skate by without commenting on the wild pitches. It was a crucial point of the game and isin’t something that should just be swept under the rug.

    She has really improved her interview skills over the years.

  1557. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    braden, Joe said that he had considered using Gaudin Saturday but because he threw as many pitches as he did he was going to hold him back until Sunday. So I guess he thinks he’ll be fine for Sunday.

  1558. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Great, Galarraga was scratched from his start against the Sox tonight. They are going with bullpen garbage. Too bad they can’t pitch Verlander.

  1559. Trevor August 12th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    I thought the third “wild pitch” that made it 3-3 was a pass ball. but it was scored a wild pitch.
    And the FB Robertson threw high was also scored a wild pitch, thought that was a pass ball too.

  1560. pat August 12th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    If the ump didn’t issue warnings, why should the pitch to Martinez factor in a suspension?

    “The MLB decision by vice president Bob Watson cited Youkilis for charging the mound, throwing his helmet at Porcello and inciting Tuesday night’s hostilities. Watson penalized Porcello for intentionally throwing pitches at Victor Martinez and Youkilis.”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....z0O0YNQdRI

  1561. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Gaudin – great eyelashes

  1562. Yankee Trader August 12th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    I listened to the AJ interview and he also said”I almost killed Jorge out there.” You are reading too much into his interview, and with AJ’s wicked curve ball any catcher would have a tough time.

  1563. Tom k. August 12th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    AJ isin’t normally defiant, that’s why it was so surprising. He has had worse outings where he answered questions afterwards and wasn’t prickly.

  1564. Erica - always OPPC August 12th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    “I expect to play tomorrow”

    Robot Jeter on. Was anyone expecting anything of a different answer. LOL

  1565. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Rays and Angels involved in a dog fight…

  1566. Christina- New Pictures from Yankees Game! August 12th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Coming to the Yankees was the best thing that could have happened to Gaudin… for the fact that ugly beard or whatever you call it is now gone. Yuck.

  1567. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    “I thought the third “wild pitch” that made it 3-3 was a pass ball. but it was scored a wild pitch.”

    Trevor, I think the commentators thought it might have been a pass ball also. While it is possible that it was, AJ was bouncing a lot of balls in the dirt. I guess it’s possible to miss one every once in a while. Unfortunate that it was that one.

  1568. Grey 44 August 12th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Burnett knew it was Posada’s fault but didn’t want to say it publicly.

    What is he supposed to say? “I can’t throw my breaking ball in big spots because my catcher will let it go by him”?

  1569. Christina- New Pictures from Yankees Game! August 12th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Trisha- nice eyes too

  1570. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    that didn’t come out right, s/b:

    Rays and Angels have a great game going on for those interested.

    lol.

  1571. Nick in SF August 12th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Mexico final, 2-1!

    Congrats Alfredo Aceves and other Mexico futbol fans.

  1572. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    “for the fact that ugly beard or whatever you call it is now gone”

    Seriously. It makes you wonder what the heck they are thinking sometimes. That thing was scary! It made him look like something from Deliverance.

  1573. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 12th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    “Watson penalized Porcello for intentionally throwing pitches at Victor Martinez and Youkilis.”

    That ludicrous. If the umpire AT the game deemed the pitches intentional – Porcello would have been tossed. Neither was at or over the batter’s head.

    So now Watson can watch tape and tell if a pitch is intentional, while an umpire on the scene can’t?

  1574. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Gaudin’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/640317846cf12545/

    He looks a little bit like a bald and chubby Tobey Maguire.

  1575. Ranger August 12th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    They both should have been passed balls. AJ has nothing to apologize for, this was on Georgie.

  1576. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    The Captain’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/64031811b4e6eaac/

  1577. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Gaudin’s “beard” always reminded me of that SNL skit, Mark Wahlberg Talks To Animals:

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/3775.....to-animals

    (the goat @the end…)

  1578. Jim Pir-one August 12th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Excellent job by Gaudin to keep working when he could’ve walked Wells and had to face Roid Ruiz.

    Great minimization of damage by AJ.

  1579. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 12th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    “Don’t see how Scosia or Francoma get it”

    as much as i don’t like the Angels, Scosia deserves it more then Leyland/Madden do. They have had a lot of adversity & injuries.

    Francona will get Manager of the Year if the local massachusetts militia choose to dress up like wild indians, and dump supplies of all tea, coffee, and slim-fast into the boston harbor.

  1580. Christina- New Pictures from Yankees Game! August 12th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    hahaha, so true, Trisha. I love the movie Deliverance as we had to watch it as part of my sports lit. class in college. I have to say the book was probably better though.

  1581. Christina- New Pictures from Yankees Game! August 12th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    thanks, Pel!!

  1582. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    The first WP should have been a PB?

    Did you even see it? Nobody would have caught that pitch.

    Geez, have a little bit of a clue.

  1583. roger(live from amsterdam) August 12th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    nick,It’s just not a good sport for americans…

  1584. sweet sassy molassey August 12th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Mexico NEVER loses in Stadium Azteca, and I mean NEVER.

    No shame for the USA today, 2-1 is actually quite respectable.

    The altitude, the horrible air quality, the crazed fans…it’s just no fun at all.

  1585. bru August 12th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    tomorrows lineup

    damon(lf)
    swisher(rf)
    tex(1b)
    matsui(dh)
    cano(2b)
    melky(cf)
    hairston(3b)
    pena(ss)
    molina(c)

  1586. betsy August 12th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Are you kidding me? Mo has a sore shoulder? Unbelievable…..let’s hope it’s just a reaction to the surgery. Ugh.

    I did not hear AJ’s post-game, but I don’t believe he would ever throw his teammate under the bus. I will go under the assumption he’s REALLY annoyed at himself….I think he deserves the benefit of the doubt. AJ gets upset with himself when he doesn’t do the job. Normally you never see him sweat, but today maybe he just had it with himself. AJ has proven himself to be a great teammate – no way, again, is he throwing Jorge under the bus. He was probably defensive because he understands that he might have cost the team the game.

  1587. We Miss Paulie August 12th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    What’s the latest on Mo?

  1588. yanksince57-was last year 1959 or was it 1965? August 12th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    despite spending like a drunken sailor on shore leave, i still think cashman is the best gm in the al! hinske, hairston and gaudin are definite upgrades, and giving joe g a lot of bullpen choices has really paid dividends, as opposed to just confounding joe t :) however, this offseason will really test his 40 man acumen to the limits, as several difficult fish or cut bait choices have to be made on “prospects”.

  1589. NYgiantsyanks August 12th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    A little off topic, but I know people call Pena “El Nino”. What does that mean? Excuse me if I should know that, I slept through spanish class.

  1590. Jim Pir-one August 12th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Oh, and thank you Smoltz!!

    I despised you for going to them,

    and I despised you in advance thinking you would accept the RS scraps and lies and go the minors for them.

    Peter Gammons didnt seem too happy with you Smoltz, that you’d rather go to another minor leagues than roll over and wag your tail for the RS.

    GO SMOLTZ!!!!!!

  1591. Nick in SF August 12th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    This was also a much more important game for Mexico than it was for the USA… it was a World Cup qualifier, for those of you unaware.

    Yes, altitude, pollution, heat, and over a 100,000 hostile fans makes it pretty brutal down there. On the other hand you can get a pretty awesome breakfast at El Cardenal, mmmmmm!

  1592. Yankee Trader August 12th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    hahaha, so true, Trisha. I love the movie Deliverance as we had to watch it as part of my sports lit. class in college. I have to say the book was probably better though.
    ————————————————–

    I don’t know how you got on this subject but the 1st time I went down the Chatuga River I was looking around every corner wary that the albino, banjo player and his friends were going to be waiting for me. “Squeal like a pig!”

  1593. Pel August 12th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    You’re all welcome. ;)

  1594. Jim Pir-one August 12th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    NYgiantsyanks

    Dont know, but it might be the hurricane or the boy.

    Fernando Torres of Liverpool is nicknamed that. And he looks like a boy.

  1595. Yankee Trader August 12th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    El Nino = The Baby

  1596. CB August 12th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I bet AJ was angry at Posada for getting a hit in the 11th that moved Alex into scoring position too.

    Just listened to AJ’s interview. He said he almost killed Posada. He got annoyed at Kim for asking about the wild pitches (which she should as it’s her job). He got annoyed about her asking him about the total number of wild pitches he threw in total for the season. He just as well could have been po’d at himself for that curve ball.

    AJ’s yanking 96 mph fastballs past the catcher. Do people really think that he’s dumb enough to blame posada for this?

    AJ has always thrown a lot of wild pitches. None of this is new to him.

  1597. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Burnett is no stranger to wild pitches. He has 83 in his career. Double figures in every season he’s had 200+ innings. It doesn’t appear that catchers are the main reason for them.

  1598. dtv August 12th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Christina-

    Deliverance was about sports? I thought it was a survival movie.

  1599. Johnny D. August 12th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    The players look bored in the walkoff celebrations these days. They’re like: Yaaaaay… Okay, let’s shower.

  1600. Nick in SF August 12th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I saw Torres score a goal once, but it was for Atletico Madrid.

    As for AJ and Jorge, I bet they will laugh about it all during the parade…

  1601. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    El Nino is the boy. It could also refer to the Christ Child.

    Betsy, let me say this. I do not know what was going on in AJ’s mind when he didn’t want to answer the question. But I do know this. Only an insensitive dolt would continue to ask about something after someone tells them they don’t want to discuss it.

    That’s exactly what Kim did.

  1602. MG August 12th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    CB
    August 12th, 2009 at 5:37 pm
    Suzyn’s post game report -

    She talked to AJ. He said he was all over the place.

    What did he say about how bad his command was:

    “I almost killed Jorge back there”

    So I guess AJ doesn’t really see himself as being easy to catch, does he?
    ————————————
    this puts to rest any thought that AJ and Jorge don’t work well together or that Jorge can’t catch behind the plate. I guess everyone likes to find something to complain about I just prefer to watch the games unfold and learn more about how managers and players react in certain situations. Some of you would know much more about baseball if you tried it yourselves instead of being arm chair managers and players.

  1603. bru August 12th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    posada pulled up on the ball instead of staying down.

    dont know if any catcher makes that catch but i saw it & posada pullud up on it

  1604. roger(live from amsterdam) August 12th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    If more Americans would see how football games are played in Europe this sport would be huge in America

  1605. NYgiantsyanks August 12th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    O really that’s what it means. I can see that. Pena looks much younger than his age.

  1606. Al from BK August 12th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    We win but A-Rod, Jeter and Posada hurt? :( This stinks!

  1607. Bronx Jeers August 12th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    It doesn’t have to be a baby per se.

    It’s used more for “young boy”.

    And Pena looks pretty young.

  1608. Jim Pir-one August 12th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    roger(live from amsterdam)

    Who’s your team?

    I love Football. I watch it on Fox Sports Soccer, GOLTv and Setanta all the time.

  1609. SJ44 August 12th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    The bumps and bruises of a long season. That’s why Girardi looks to give guys rest when he can.

  1610. trisha - OPPC lifetime member and proud co-adopter of the Washington Nats August 12th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    “Gaudin’s “beard” always reminded me of that SNL skit, Mark Wahlberg Talks To Animals:

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/3775…..to-animals

    (the goat @the end…)”

    I laughed so hard I cried! Poor animals. I don’t know how I missed it but I had never seen that skit before. That was hilarious!!!

  1611. roger(live from amsterdam) August 12th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Jim Pir-one

    I’m from Amsterdam…what team do you think?

  1612. Ez Rep August 12th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Kay said on his show that MO was not traveling with the team for “personal reasons” but will be in Seattle tomorrow. Said the Yankees say there are no tests scheduled.

  1613. Phil August 12th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Vic Rasche once went 21-10 for the Yanks in a season where he walked more than he K’d.

  1614. Jim Pir-one August 12th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    roger(live from amsterdam)

    I meant club football, not country

  1615. jennifer August 12th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    I was so happy to find out we won. Now I’m bummed to hear that Alex also came out of the game a little worse for wear. :-(

  1616. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 12th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    “If more Americans would see how football games are played in Europe this sport would be huge in America”

    love you, Roger. But don’t see it.

    I will say, if more Europeans would see how NFL football games are played in America this sport would be huge in Europe.

  1617. Andrew August 12th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Nick in SF the Worldwide Leader in Sports wouldn’t pony up and pay for the rights to air the US/Mexico game–probably because it was on at 4 PM ET and it is always difficult to get advertisers to cover the cost considering they get no commercial breaks.

    US advertising has still not figured out this whole “televised soccer” thing yet. Also, Mexico winning is a bummer but not shocking. US got too passive after their early goal and let Mexico run right at them. I’m sure Aceves is definitely psyched up about it.

  1618. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    roger(live from amsterdam)
    August 12th, 2009 at 6:18 pm
    Jim Pir-one

    I’m from Amsterdam…what team do you think?

    ————————————————————

    I would have guessed Team France.

  1619. roger(live from amsterdam) August 12th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Jim Pir-one

    Amsterdam=…AJAX

  1620. Bronx Jeers August 12th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    “Monahan better bring a lot of ice on the plane tonight.”

    I’ve often wondered about their plane. Is it just a regular commercial jet? Is it retrofitted to accomodate all these big dudes.

    Can’t see a guy CC’s size sitting coach to Seattle.

    Is there booze? Dinner service? Movies?

  1621. bru August 12th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    thank god we have hughes wo can close if needed.

    i dont like the fact that girardi said mos arm/shoulder is cranky

  1622. Jim Pir-one August 12th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Awesome,

    Do you pull for Manchester United in the EPL because Edwin.

    Didnt Edwin win a Champions League with Ajax?

  1623. roger(live from amsterdam) August 12th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    GB

    hahaha.I’m not suprised at all!During the WBC people thought that Amsterdam was a country..!U Americans…pfff lol

  1624. roger(live from amsterdam) August 12th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Jim Pir-one

    Yes indeed!very good.U know you’re stuff

  1625. Rachel August 12th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Tampa losing 10-4 to the Angels..Very nice…

  1626. dan August 12th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    “A little off topic, but I know people call Pena “El Nino”. What does that mean? Excuse me if I should know that, I slept through spanish class.”

    El Nino is spanish for… the Nino

  1627. Betsy August 12th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    CB, I think people like to think the worst of people…….or, they like conspiracy theories. I’m sure AJ wasn’t ticked off at Kim for doing her job – he was undoubtedly pissed off at himself. AJ’s only human – he probably doesn’t understand why he’s so wild, or why he’s thrown so many wild pitches. He’s annoyed and angry with himself and he was in no mood to deal with it. It happens……I wish folks wouldn’t accuse players of throwng their teammates under the bus unless it’s a Greinke-like comment. Besids, AJ saying that he nearly killed Jorge out there indicates to me he knows exactly who to blame.

  1628. Rayvt August 12th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Hokiehill
    August 12th, 2009 at 10:17 am
    RayVT, are morning the loss of Darren Evans for the season like I am today? Assuming you heard, he tore his ACL in practice yesterday and is out for the year.
    ============================================
    That is a terrible thing! He was very valuable. It sounds like they will take the redshirt off RB David Wilson who is a true freshman and use redshirt freshman Ryan Williams probably as a starter. I know the Coaches are very high on both these guys with Ryan Williams being almost leaving them in awe. Still losing Evans hurts!

  1629. jpb1973 August 12th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Tampa losing 10-4 to the Angels..Very nice…

    ———————————————-

    Tampa Bay are the ‘Devil Rays’ again.

  1630. MaineYankee August 12th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    MG

    Very well said. Some don’t seem to want to enjoy the game.

    I’ve never played at this level but having played at all you realize these guys make a tough game look easy at times.

  1631. Jim Pir-one August 12th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    I wonder what Edwin looked like back then. He’s still very good now, but is injured for the beginning of the PL. He must have been a beast then.

    I love Man U because they’re the Yankees of World Club Football, or at least of English club Football.

  1632. GreenBeret7 August 12th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    roger(live from amsterdam)
    August 12th, 2009 at 6:25 pm
    GB

    hahaha.I’m not suprised at all!During the WBC people thought that Amsterdam was a country..!U Americans…pfff lol

    ————————————————————

    Hey, at least we “Americans” don’t have an identity problem. Nobody knows whether you guys are from Holland or the Netherlands….whether you’re Hollanders, The Netherlanders or Dutch.

    Just Kidding, Roger. I just could never get into watching or playing soccer. Never appealed to me.

    serious question, though. Why and when did the name change from Holland to The Netherlands?

    There is a huge Dutch enclave about 40 miles from where I grew up. Holland, Zeeland (Jim Kaat’s hometown). They have a huge tulip festival every spring, and draws people from all over.

  1633. dtv August 12th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    UPDATE, 5:02 p.m.: An absolutely brutal game for the Yankees. A-Rod was just drilled on the left elbow and appeared to be in serious pain. Shawn Camp drilled him with an 89-m.p.h. fastball. Rodriguez bent over in pain but eventually took his base at first.

    Monahan better bring a lot of ice on the plane tonight.
    ——————————————–

    If they run outta ice, they can use Kate Hudson.

  1634. bru August 12th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    that is going to cost you a dollar

  1635. Jerkface August 12th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    The rays are the team to watch. They could rip off a 30 game winning streak at any moment. Just look at their run differential.

  1636. Rishi August 12th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    new post

  1637. Jim Pir-one August 12th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    GG tonight.

  1638. braden August 12th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Jim Pr One

    The real reason Smoltz left Baahstun,is …..

    He didn’t want to ever face the Yankees line up.They got him fired,bwahahahah!!

  1639. roger(live from amsterdam) August 12th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    GB

    serious question??really?haha

    We never changed the name.Holland is still the same country as the netherlands.Is like the USA and America

    Don’t you guys luurn anything at school?!I mean..

    Please don;t take this the wrong way but a lot of Americans seem to only have interest in their own country.You guys know that there are other country’s in the world?This is basic stuff.I would think that people would know that Amsterdam isn’t a country…

    In the Netherlands(or Holland)we have to learn how to speak English,German and/or Frensh at a young age.Just like we learn about other clutures.

  1640. chiggie August 13th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Just thoughts! What do you think??? Yanks should take a chance on Bill Hall, plays many positions and should get fairly cheap. Must get 4th/5th starter or just 5th, not not Arroyo, Harang, ehh! Thought Doug Davis would be “the” guy ,but thinking maybe we missed out. SOOOO, who? lastly, ACQUIRE BRANDON LEAGUE, he’s tough!

  1641. danny day August 13th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    The Yankees need to just it up a bit, don’t you think?


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