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The bullpen dominates again

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 16, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I checked this twice to make sure. But it’s true

Yankee relievers have allowed only one run over the last 20.2 innings. April and May sure seem like a long time ago. Of the 11 outs they recorded tonight, eight were by strikeout.

Back in a bit with some reaction.

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91 Responses to “The bullpen dominates again”

  1. Anthony Murillo August 16th, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Special things happen to a special team.

  2. Anthony Murillo August 16th, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Special things happen to a special team.

  3. Stephen August 16th, 2009 at 1:16 am

    No more “WE WANT SWISHER!” chants these days…

  4. Richie August 16th, 2009 at 1:17 am

    The regular season is merely a warm up for the postseason.

  5. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 16th, 2009 at 1:17 am

    This team’s only noticeable weakness, Sergio Mitre, won today.

    This team may very well be unstoppable.

  6. matt August 16th, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Let’s not jinx them

  7. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 16th, 2009 at 1:18 am

    please trade Nancy Newman for Gordon Damer in 2010.

    P.S. damn is that BP shutting the door or what? 8O

  8. Richie August 16th, 2009 at 1:18 am

    I don’t believe in jinxes.

  9. Erica - always OPPC August 16th, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Richie
    August 16th, 2009 at 1:17 am
    The regular season is merely a warm up for the postseason.

    ****

    Unfortunately, the first 162 games are sort of essential to the priviledge of playing in the next 11-19 games

  10. Richie August 16th, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Erica – always OPPC

    The regular season is a necessary but insufficient condition for success.

  11. CB August 16th, 2009 at 1:21 am

    It’s been a wonderful season.

    And one of the nice things to see is how so many of the young players have stepped up to fill voids and needed roles.

    Hughes has obviously been unbelievable. He literally has been one of the single best relief pitchers in baseball this year.

    And what can you say about Dave Robertson?

    The young pitcher who was timid and weary of attacking the zone with his fastball seems like he’s gone.

    Robertson is throwing great.

    The bull pen is a significant strength for this team.

    If Bruney and Robertson continue doing what they are doing this really becomes a dominant pen.

    As dominant as any in baseball.

  12. That Guy August 16th, 2009 at 1:23 am

    1 RUN?!?!? That is unacceptable! Who ever gave up that run needs to get off this team now! That is flat out unacceptable!

  13. Richie August 16th, 2009 at 1:23 am

    CB

    And what can you say about Dave Robertson?
    __

    That any pitcher who can miss bats the way he does can be really good, as long as he can keep the walks in check.

  14. Bo Knows August 16th, 2009 at 1:25 am

    The Yankees played as bad a game as they have all year. Good relief pitching, that’s it. The best example was that Bobbin Fool who struck himself out without input from the pitcher in the ninth, swung at pitches out of the strike zone, falling down in the process. This was a present from Seattle. But hey they all count.

  15. JFK August 16th, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Another great night from the bullpen. Robertson was great getting out of the bases loaded jam is going to be huge for his confidence.

    What happened to Aceves is he still on the team he is kind of MIA?

  16. BJK August 16th, 2009 at 1:26 am

    That Guy
    August 16th, 2009 at 1:23 am
    1 RUN?!?!? That is unacceptable! Who ever gave up that run needs to get off this team now! That is flat out unacceptable!

    —————————————————–

    Yeah… I believe that was a solo shot off of Mo.

  17. E-gawa August 16th, 2009 at 1:27 am

    “How does Seattle have a winning record? This team stinks.”

    I think every team stinks compared to this team. This is our year.

  18. CaptainsCorner August 16th, 2009 at 1:27 am

    Hopefully when Melancon comes back in Sept. he will develop even more and be someone that Girardi can trust. With Bruney looking better every time out and Robertson attacking the strike zone it has really improved the bullpen.

  19. Dustin August 16th, 2009 at 1:28 am

    Surprised you didn’t mention this, Pete, but that one run, ironically, came off Mo, the solo shot by Josh Wilson the other night. Amazing.

  20. BJK August 16th, 2009 at 1:28 am

    Bo Knows
    August 16th, 2009 at 1:25 am
    The Yankees played as bad a game as they have all year. Good relief pitching, that’s it.

    ——————————————————-

    Have to scratch my head at that one. Your team scored 5 runs and gave up 2.

  21. RalphieD (OPPC) August 16th, 2009 at 1:29 am

    “The Yankees played as bad a game as they have all year. Good relief pitching, that’s it. The best example was that Bobbin Fool who struck himself out without input from the pitcher in the ninth, swung at pitches out of the strike zone, falling down in the process. This was a present from Seattle. But hey they all count.”

    do you take drugs?…

  22. JFK August 16th, 2009 at 1:29 am

    Robertson has 50 strikeouts in 34.1 ip that is ridiculous. His K/9 ratio is highest in the american league.

  23. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 16th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Do these Seattle fans know how lucky they are? Yes, their team is a mess, but they got to witness a brutal juggernaut firing on all cylinders for the third night in a row (I’m being generous with the Mitre cylinder).

    They should be saying “Thank you, Yankees, may we have another?”

  24. RalphieD (OPPC) August 16th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    “Surprised you didn’t mention this, Pete, but that one run, ironically, came off Mo, the solo shot by Josh Wilson the other night. Amazing.”

    wilson hit a homer off CC..mariano gave up a homerun to encarnacion on the jays…

  25. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 16th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    “The Yankees played as bad a game as they have all year. Good relief pitching, that’s it. The best example was that Bobbin Fool who struck himself out without input from the pitcher in the ninth, swung at pitches out of the strike zone, falling down in the process. This was a present from Seattle. But hey they all count.”

    Sombody’s high on the wrong Coke.

  26. Pel August 16th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    YES post-game Booth Report with Nancy Newman, Ken Singelton, and John Flaherty:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/6419450556d24b6f/

  27. Ed H. August 16th, 2009 at 1:32 am

    Seven and a half game lead with 46 to play. The Yanks have gone on their dreaded west coast trip, won three in a row and increased their AL East lead by two games. What do you say about this team that is consistently surpassing expectations? They are having fun, winning almost every day and seem to be getting better and better and better. What an extraordinary season this has turned out to be.

  28. Mark August 16th, 2009 at 1:32 am

    We get to face the Mariners again in late September.

  29. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Mitre: "I'm not an ace" August 16th, 2009 at 1:33 am

    “Robertson has 50 strikeouts in 34.1 ip that is ridiculous. His K/9 ratio is highest in the american league.”

    keep throwing strikes kid!

  30. Bo Knows August 16th, 2009 at 1:34 am

    The team scored four unearned runs in the second and then disappeared. The offense was Molina and two chip shots to the corners. How many quality at bats did you see? As I said, say “Thank you Seattle” and leave quitely.

  31. Erica - always OPPC August 16th, 2009 at 1:34 am

    I am off to bed! Good night Yankee people :-)

  32. yada yada yada August 16th, 2009 at 1:35 am

    if Mo can keep his e.r.a. in the sub-2.00 range, it will be his 9th season w/an e.r.a. under 2.

    1997 1.88
    1998 1.91
    1999 1.83
    2003 1.66
    2004 1.95
    2005 1.38
    2006 1.80
    2008 1.40
    2009 1.98

    four other season under 3.00

    it’s all just mind-boggling considering the pressure situations and the juiced-up freaks he’s had to face (not to mention his 0.77 e.ra. in 117 post-season innings).

    There is nothing you can say about him that would be hyperbole.

  33. Pel August 16th, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Girardi’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/641946495fcc58c3/

  34. yada yada yada August 16th, 2009 at 1:38 am

    If Mo can keep his e.r.a under 2, it will be his ninth year with a sub 2.00 e.r.a.

    think that’s amazing?

    he’s pitched 117 innings in the post-season and has a 0.77 e.r.a.

    there is nothing you can say about the man that would be hyperbole.

  35. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing August 16th, 2009 at 1:38 am

    That can’t be the real “Bo Knows” can it?

  36. Bo Knows August 16th, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Hate to interrupt the Pom Pom routine, but if you consider this good baseball, there’s nothing left to say.

  37. Fran (the original) August 16th, 2009 at 1:39 am

    Another great job by the bullpen.

  38. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 16th, 2009 at 1:39 am

    basesloaded tonight D-Rob was wicked.

  39. TurboWei August 16th, 2009 at 1:39 am

    Today is a bad day for baseball. Way too many people get drilled on the head.

  40. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing August 16th, 2009 at 1:39 am

    I mean he’s said one thing before about Melky I disagreed with, but nothing as outrageously out there as his posts after last nights and tonights games.

    It has to be an impersonator.

  41. Ed H. August 16th, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Bo, if you’ve got to think that way, knock yourself out. I’m just glad I don’t have to live inside yous brain.

  42. RalphieD (OPPC) August 16th, 2009 at 1:41 am

    bo knows nothing apparently…if the yanks played bad baseball…the mariners played TERRIBLE baseball..

  43. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 16th, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Yankees Clubhouse sounds like a hiphop night club.

  44. TBM August 16th, 2009 at 1:41 am

    The stock the bullpen with power arms mentality has been spot-on.

    Someone mentioned in the game thread that the Yanks need a ground ball reliever. The problem with that is almost any ground ball can find a hole. A swing and a miss that finds the catcher’s mitt is always a strike.

    I’ll take the power arms.

  45. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 16th, 2009 at 1:42 am

    It is the real, one and only bo knows. He doesn’t like sub-optimal at-bats or swinging for the fences.

    Great teams win ugly.

  46. CB August 16th, 2009 at 1:43 am

    During the 1941 season Red Sox fans would complain about the “quality” of Ted Williams at bats.

    They would, in particular, complain about the quality of his at bats with men on base.

    Baseball is a game of tradition.

    And some traditions never die.

  47. Steve August 16th, 2009 at 1:43 am

    That Tabata trade looks even worse now

    Nady obviously got hurt and didn’t contribute much even when he was healthy

    Marte is missing basically all of this year and when he was healthy, he was awful. The team also seems to not be interested in him. he probably won’t even make the postseason roster

    Instead we could have a stud 5 tool young OF’er who was one of our top prospects patrolling LF next yr instead of 36 yr old Johnny Damon…..

  48. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing August 16th, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Wow the Nats might not sign Strasbourg, even after offering him a record amount of $$. I mean I get all the hype about him, and understand he’s a once in a blue moon talent, but the guy still hasn’t faced a major league lineup yet.

    I guess Boras is after the draft as his next $$$ project. :roll:

  49. BJK August 16th, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Bo Knows
    August 16th, 2009 at 1:34 am
    The team scored four unearned runs in the second and then disappeared. The offense was Molina and two chip shots to the corners. How many quality at bats did you see? As I said, say “Thank you Seattle” and leave quitely.

    ———————————————————

    Clearly it wasn’t one of their best nights offensively, but to call it one of their worst is a bit much.

    They took advantage of an error and made it hurt, which is what good teams do.

    In addition to their 10 hits, they hit some rockets that were right at defenders.

    They’re not going to score 8 runs every night. If this is one of their worst games, I’ll take it most nights.

  50. you gotta have faith (aceves, you da man!) August 16th, 2009 at 1:44 am

    D-Rob is soo cute. MPB!

  51. jint51 August 16th, 2009 at 1:44 am

    yea steve ill take the unproven tabata over johhny damon anyday… are u serious?

  52. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 16th, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Steve, Coke was almost gone in that deal too, if not for a botched pyshical.

  53. Pel August 16th, 2009 at 1:45 am

    Robertson’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/64194841dbfbf754/

  54. Pel August 16th, 2009 at 1:45 am

    Coke’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/64194846810326de/

  55. yada yada yada August 16th, 2009 at 1:46 am

    without input from the pitcher

    ————————

    all your base are belong to us

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wi.....ybabtu.png

  56. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing August 16th, 2009 at 1:46 am

    It is the real, one and only bo knows. He doesn’t like sub-optimal at-bats or swinging for the fences.

    ***********************************************

    Ugh, well I stand corrected then. The comments after the game the last two nights have really had me doubting because they seemed a bit out there, but I can’t say I paid a specific attention to his posts overall.

  57. ZMAN August 16th, 2009 at 1:46 am

    How does a guy like Robertson who throws low-mid 90s with a pretty good curve get like 13 strikeouts per 9, yet a guy like Farnsworth who throws 100 MPH couldn’t even average 1 per inning in his 3 yrs here?

  58. tj August 16th, 2009 at 1:48 am

    are you sure about that stat? was the 2 run bomb Coke served up in the last Boston game already outside that 20 inning window?

  59. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 16th, 2009 at 1:48 am

    ZMAN lets stay w/ happy thoughts.

  60. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 16th, 2009 at 1:49 am

    Geez Nancy it’s Feliz not Neftali Perez. FELIZ!

  61. BJK August 16th, 2009 at 1:50 am

    Steve
    August 16th, 2009 at 1:43 am
    That Tabata trade looks even worse now

    Instead we could have a stud 5 tool young OF’er who was one of our top prospects patrolling LF next yr instead of 36 yr old Johnny Damon…..

    ———————————————————

    You’d rather have Tabata in LF next year than Damon?

    You think Tabata is major league ready? He had 2 HRs in AA this year, 1 HR in 10 games at AAA.

  62. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 16th, 2009 at 1:51 am

    I got your back, bo knows.

    Waaaaaay back. ;)

  63. Rob B August 16th, 2009 at 1:52 am

    ZMAN August 16th, 2009 at 1:46 am

    How does a guy like Robertson who throws low-mid 90s with a pretty good curve get like 13 strikeouts per 9, yet a guy like Farnsworth who throws 100 MPH couldn’t even average 1 per inning in his 3 yrs here?
    ____________________________

    Farnsworth’s pitches are straight; no movement. It’s the movement that makes the hitter miss.

  64. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing August 16th, 2009 at 1:52 am

    What the heck is a sub-optimal at-bat, anyways?

  65. Evan D. August 16th, 2009 at 1:52 am

    This team is soo damn good. I haven’t felt this good about my team since Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS. Hopefully the ending this time around is a little better.

  66. Rob B August 16th, 2009 at 1:53 am

    # Angel – A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing August 16th, 2009 at 1:52 am

    What the heck is a sub-optimal at-bat, anyways?
    ______________________

    Anything less than a 3-run shot.

  67. Dave August 16th, 2009 at 1:54 am

    I hope we’re not peeking too soon.

    I wouldn’t mind going through a slump sometime soon.. just to balance things out. We can’ possibly play this well for the rest of the season AND in the playoffs.

  68. RS August 16th, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Right now, this is truly a team of 25 players. There’s not a single person on the roster who isn’t contributing. The bench is amazingly useful, the bullpen is great, and even Mitre and Gaudin are 3-1.

  69. Pel August 16th, 2009 at 1:57 am

    Molina’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/64195157dd98d7e6/

  70. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 16th, 2009 at 1:58 am

    You gotta peek once in a while or you’ll miss a lot.

  71. GGBG August 16th, 2009 at 2:00 am

    I don’t understand how anyone can have a bad feeling about this team. Seriously. What the heck do they have to do? They are something like 22-6 since the All Star Break.

    As for them winning ugly tonight, I checked the standings page. I only saw the Wins and Losses columns. Try as I might, I could not find the “ugly win” column.

    I guess they all count the same…

  72. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 16th, 2009 at 2:00 am

    “You’d rather have Tabata in LF next year than Damon?

    You think Tabata is major league ready? He had 2 HRs in AA this year, 1 HR in 10 games at AAA.”

    Dude that trade terrible. This isn’t even about Johnny it’s how you we threw away a young OF who was what 19, 20, the finished product is yet to be determined.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....pid=467798

    Don’t look now but those XBHs look to be coming along right now.

  73. GGBG August 16th, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Dave

    We did slump.

    In April and the first two weeks of May.

    And for three games before the break against Anaheim.

    And three more against the White Sox.

    That’s what counts for a slump this year.

  74. Rob B August 16th, 2009 at 2:03 am

    Don’t forget: Tabata was having some behavioral issues at the time of the trade, too. It isn’t just about the potential skills. His attitude wasn’t reflecting too positively on him, if I remember correctly.

  75. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 16th, 2009 at 2:03 am

    Not to mention in AAA his stats currently read

    .360/.407/.440 in his first 50 ABs

  76. gayle August 16th, 2009 at 2:04 am

    I am losing my mind on the argument/discussion going over on twitter between Rob Neyer and Tyler Kepner and many of the NY beatwriters re Tex vs Mauer and MVP race. Look at his latest twitter from Neyer. Is he really saying that he doesnt even think that Tex is GG at 1st because of that sytupid stat?

    “It’s fun to pick on UZR, but you can make Tex a Gold Glover (in your mind) and he still doesn’t win you as many games as Mauer. Just sayin’.”

  77. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 16th, 2009 at 2:05 am

    Rob B, that’s a chance they took, but they better pray he doesn’t find his rythmn, right now it looks like he’s starting to reach his potential.

  78. RS August 16th, 2009 at 2:05 am

    Here’s what’s amazing. If the Yankees win the division, they’ll have homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. The last time they lost a series at home (I believe) was against the Nationals in June. They’ve only lost one home series since May.

    The whole homefield advantage thing might pay huge dividends, especially when you consider most of the other AL teams have been dreadful on the road.

  79. RS August 16th, 2009 at 2:06 am

    “Dude that trade terrible.”

    Tabata’s with the Pirates, right? Don’t worry, we can get him back later.

  80. Whodini August 16th, 2009 at 2:08 am

    “The Yankees played as bad a game as they have all year.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLYC7ltxOrk

  81. tj August 16th, 2009 at 2:08 am

    RS
    August 16th, 2009 at 2:06 am
    “Dude that trade terrible.”
    Tabata’s with the Pirates, right? Don’t worry, we can get him back later.

    LOL TRUE

  82. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 16th, 2009 at 2:10 am

    “Tabata’s with the Pirates, right? Don’t worry, we can get him back later.”

    Dammit I have no comeback for that one. :?

  83. TurboWei August 16th, 2009 at 2:10 am

    I am hoping Mo can blow a save sometime soon. It is better now than in playoff.

  84. Rob B August 16th, 2009 at 2:10 am

    RS August 16th, 2009 at 2:06 am

    “Dude that trade terrible.”

    Tabata’s with the Pirates, right? Don’t worry, we can get him back later.
    _________________

    Haha. I was thinking the same exact thing.

  85. Bronx Jeers August 16th, 2009 at 2:12 am

    So who’s looking forward to Mitre’s next start ?

    The guy doesn’t pitch well enough for anyone to like him and he doesn’t pitch bad enough to get knocked out of the rotation.

    He’s like a day old slice of pizza.

    I just need him to get one more out before giving up a run.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  86. RS August 16th, 2009 at 2:13 am

    If we’re talking about ugly wins, the Castillo popup takes the cake.

    I don’t see how today’s win can be classified as “ugly.” Seattle gave us an extra out that led to 4 unearned runs, but the actual way the runs were scored was legit. Single, sac fly, homerun. There was also clutch pitching (Robertson), solid defense (Tex, Molina), and a nice insurance run by Jeter in the 9th. Sounds like good baseball to me.

  87. haiku-man August 16th, 2009 at 2:16 am

    The blown saves in 2004,is reminder enough for Mo.He won’t let that happen again.He didn’t like giving up the run the other night.

    Yankees/fans are fortunate to have him this effective this long.Tonight was save #35 for an almost 40 yr old in great physical shape.

  88. '98 Revisited August 16th, 2009 at 2:18 am

    As well as the Yanks are playing now I am still not confident that we can beat playoff caliber teams in a big spot (all though the last Red Sox series certainly helped). I think if we can take another series from the Sox with Jason Bay in the lineup, and play the Angels without them kicking the crap out of us, I will feel a lot better.

  89. GGBG August 16th, 2009 at 2:45 am

    The one thing we have not done yet is hit Beckett or Lester. If we can smack them around – or at least put a few runs up against each of them – that’s the last regular season hill we have to climb.

  90. Jeremy August 16th, 2009 at 4:50 am

    Are you serious ? You are still think this team can’t beat quality teams. Come on ! They beat a Red Sox lineup with V-Mart, and Jason Bay played in the last game of the series. I guess the Red Sox aren’t ready since they can’t win a series against the Rangers, Rays, Mariners, A’s, Angels. You know how stupid some of you sound. This team is ready. And also when Beckett and Lester is on no team is going to score much on those two pitchers. The same can be said for Sabathia and Burnett. Good pitching always wins.

  91. JeterJobaFanForever - but I will notbadmouthPhil August 16th, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Agree with Jeremy – this team is ready. The losses were before ASG. Since then this team has come together, everyone contributes. Play offs and WS coming up and the team is ready and willing to win it all.

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