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Game 121: Yankees at Athletics (with Joba update)

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 19, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (75-45)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Molina C

Pitching: RHP Chad Gaudin (1-0, 5.13).

ATHLETICS (53-66)
Kennedy 3B
Davis CF
Ellis 2B
Suzuki DH
Sweeney LF
Powell C
Cust RF
Everidge 1B
Pennington SS

Pitching: LHP Brett Anderson (7-8, 4.55).

TIME/TV: 10:05 p.m.. YES.

STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees face Oakland in the rubber game of the three-game series. They are 4-2 on a road trip that has four games left. The Yankees have won six of eight.

GAUDIN’S TURN: Chad Gaudin gets a start tonight as the Yankees stretch out their rotation. He last started Aug. 5 when he was in San Diego. He was 4-10 with a 5.23 ERA in 19 starts for the Padres. Over 103.1 innings, Gaudin allowed 104 hits and struck out 102.

Gaudin has appeared in two games for the Yankees out of the bullpen. He threw 30 pitches against Seattle on Sunday. Joe Girardi said Gaudin should be able to go 85-90 pitches tonight.

BACK AGAIN: Gaudin was with Oakland from 2006-08. He was 20-18 with a 4.00 ERA. Gaudin is 12-9 with a 3.71 ERA in 58 career games at the Oakland Coliseum, 20 of them starts.

ANDERSON INFO: Anderson, a 21-year-old rookie, is 4-1 with a 3.12 ERA in his last nine starts. He has faced the Yankees twice, going 12 innings and allowing nine runs on 18 hits and three walks. He last faced the Yankees on July 24 at the Stadium, giving up four runs on 6.2 innings.

LEFTY LUMBER: Derek Jeter is 57 of 133 (.429) against left-handed pitchers this season with 12 extra-base hits.

POWER OUTAGE: The Yankees gave not homered in the last two games. Shocking, I know.

DAMON DYNAMITE: Nine of Johnny Damon’s last 11 hits have been for extra bases.

ALL ABOUT ALEX: The Yankees are 62-30 since Alex Rodriguez came off the disabled list.

HOT RELIEVERS: Brian Bruney has thrown five scoreless innings in his last four appearances, Dave Robertson has seven scoreless innings in his last eight.

SLIGHT SLUMP: Mark Teixeira is 3 of his last 18 in his last five games with one RBI.

TEX’S GOOD COMPANY: Teixeira, Albert Pujols and Adam Dunn are the only players with at least 30 home runs in each of the last six seasons.

NO ANSWER FOR HIM: Oakland catcher Kurt Suzuki owns the Yankees. He has hit .407 (22 of 54) against them in his career with 11 RBI. This season, he is 13 of 29 (.448) with five extra-base hits and nine RBI.

ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: Gimme Some Lovin’ by The Spencer Davis Group. Steve Winwood was only 18 when he wrote and sang lead on that song.

Back with more later on.

UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: Here’s the latest on Joba:

He threw an extended bullpen today and will throw in the ‘pen on Friday and Sunday before starting Tuesday. Joba has been told he’ll get six more starts this season. He did not reveal those days, but some obviously will be on extra rest as there are 41 games left in the season after tonight.

“We sat down and figured out a plan that works for both of us as far as keeping it as regular as possible. It gives my arm the rest that this whole thing is for, so it all worked out great,” he said. “Mentally, for me to know that this is the plan for the rest of the year, it’s definitely calming.”

Joba has thrown 126.2 innings this season. Six more starts will add 36 innings or so, so the innings cap is around 165 innings. That’s pretty much I reported it would be in March.

UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: A few e-mailers asked why Posada wasn’t playing. Well …

• He has caught three days in a row and four of the last five.

• He’s a 38-year-old catcher.

• The team has tomorrow off, so he can get two days off in a row.

• There’s a big series coming up.

• He had major shoulder surgery a year ago.

• The Yankees are up by seven games.

• Jose Molina is a really nice guy.

That about covers it. I really thought that at 75-45, folks would be done with complaining about the lineup. I guess not.

UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: Scoring change from last night. Swisher gets a hit in the fourth inning on the ball that Nomar Garciaparra had to dive for. So Swish was 2 for 5.

UPDATE, 10:08 p.m.: We’re underway and Derek Jeter gets another single. He’s 10 of his last 14.

A little chilly in Oakland but clear. Enjoy the game.

UPDATE, 10:22 p.m.: Gaudin is going to reach his pitch count in a hurry if this keeps up. You get the feeling were going to see plenty of Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves tonight.

UPDATE, 10:31 p.m.: Good job by Gaudin to squirm out of trouble. … Meanwhile. Mr. Matsui seems to have a spring in his step. He drilled that ball to center.

UPDATE, 11:00 p.m.: That’s 31 homers and 89 RBI for Tex. Yankees 3-0 and Gaudin looks surprisingly good.

Every day they can work through one of these games with the fifth or sixth starter is a big plus.

UPDATE, 11:24 p.m.: Nice catch by Davis, the pride of New London, Conn., to save a run.

Yankees 3-0 here in the fifth.

UPDATE, 11:35 p.m.: Cano’s error might have cost Gaudin a win. But he did his job. Now Aceves will try and work out of this mess. Bases loaded, one out.

UPDATE, 11:38 p.m.: The Ace gets the inning-ending 1-2-3 DP.

Gaudin’s odd line: 4.1 1 0 0 5 5.

UPDATE, 11:56 p.m.: This game is flying along. Not that I’m complaining.

UPDATE, 12:06 a.m.: This game is screaming for Coke and Hughes.

UPDATE, 12:08 a.m.: Aceves is not what he once was. His numbers since the spot start in July have been awful. His shoulder is not right, I suspect.

UPDATE, 12:24 a.m.: Hey, it’s Phil Hughes. We know he’s well-rested.

UPDATE, 12:28 a.m.: Strikes, young Hughes, strikes.

UPDATE, 12:31 a.m.: Hmm, this isn’t good. First and second, nobody out. Hughes need a DP and a strikeout. It’s all him at this point.

UPDATE, 12:34 a.m.: DP and a pop-up. I was close. Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuughes.

UPDATE, 12:40 a.m.: Back later with clubhouse reaction.

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1,062 Responses to “Game 121: Yankees at Athletics (with Joba update)”

  1. Ralph K August 19th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Swisher is the most underrated player on the team.

    We would not be where we are today in the standings if he wasn’t here. Not only on the field, but in the clubhouse as well.

    The MVP of the team is Swishe

  2. Christina- Giants Camp and Mike Francesa August 19th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    again Ralph, I hope your being sarcastic.

  3. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Dan21-

    If you are out there, your line up has two catchers

  4. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    I’m not feeling too good about Gaudin, but I would imagine (though I’m not sure Girardi is flexible enough to think this way) that Hughes, Bruney and Coke can be used tonight to keep the game close, even if the Yanks are behind.

  5. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Hopefully Tex will heat up again tonight – just in time for the series in Boston

  6. Yanks Fan August 19th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    I am not sure if I missed the time already

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

  7. Coach6423 August 19th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Betsy,

    You never feel good about anything. You are always worried.

  8. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Yanks Fan- you are good. Line ups until 6:30

    NITRO- If you are out there. No revisions allowed. Your first line ups stands

  9. charlestonchew August 19th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    The MVP of this team is Derek Jeter because of the statistical season he is having at an often under-performing position (SS) and his improvement on defense in the offseason.

    It’s hard to say anyone except Johnny Damon, but if we had signed Abreu or another LF on the market, we’d likely get similar production. Damon is having the best year of his career. And the Yankees would be foolish not to sign him, unless of course they plan to move the RF wall back about 15-25 feet.

  10. ARk $$ August 19th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    The entire pen is available… Girardi should not stay with Gaudin long.

    If he is getting hit around in the 3rd inning, bring in Aceves.

    We have an off-day tomorrow, an off-day after Sunday, no need to protect the pen.

  11. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Some interesting notes and spot reports by Nardi Contreras on Yankee minor league pitching….both health and future use for this year. It’s in the first suject.

    http://thunderbaseball.wordpress.com/

  12. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Keith-

    If you are out there, I am sorry you had a bad day. Good luck and thanks for playing :-)

  13. Wave Your Hat August 19th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Ralphie boy,

    You say the Yanks wouldn’t be where they are without Swisher, I grant you, if our outfield was Damon, Melky and Gardner most of the year the Yanks wouldn’t have been as good.

    But you can do that with most anyone. Here’s a thought experiment:

    Replace Jeter in the lineup with Pena.

    Replace Tex in the lineup with Swisher and go back to your Damon/Melky/Gardner OF.

    Replace Cano in the lineup with Pena.

    Replace ARod in the lineup with Ransom (we tried that, it’s not a thought experiment).

    Replace Damon and have an OF of Swisher/Gardner/Cabrera.

    Replace Posada in the lineup with Molina/Cervelli (easy Trisha, its just a thought experiment – no wait, we tried that too).

    If we did any of that, the Yanks wouldn’t have the same record either. In fact, replacing Swisher would have made less of an impact than any of those changes above.

    I like Swisher but he’s far from the most valuable Yank. Let’s be serious.

  14. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 19th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Reno:

    by the way. Bobby was my favorite player on NYY, from the time we traded for him in July of 2006.

    moron.

  15. Fran (the original) and OPPC member August 19th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Erica,

    Here is my line-up. Glad I am in time :)

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

    Thanks.

  16. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    I knew that Rodriguez was bad news. He’s directly responsible for the Yanks last 30 losses.

  17. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 19th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Swisher’s value to the Yankees hasn’t necessarily been anything he’s done on the field–it’s that he being there meant that the Yankees didn’t have to panic and make any sort of emergency move when they lost Xavier Nady to an injury.

    Yes, Swisher’s better when not playing every day, but he’s also better than starting Jerry Hairston or Cabrera AND Gardner every day.

    I can live with that.

  18. Lou_in_Vermont August 19th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Halladay vs the Sox tonight. Good chance to pick up another game if Gaudin is decent.

  19. Carl August 19th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Coach6423 August 19th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Betsy,

    You never feel good about anything. You are always worried.

    lol

  20. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Nitro, I see why you wanted your revision. You had two catchers. I will accept it

  21. Bad Scooter August 19th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    I hope YES shows more of Anderson in the dugout between innings. This kid has some serious OCD.

  22. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Abreu would have been resigned in January or February by NYY if they didn’t already have Swisher for about the same price. On defense, there isn’t a lot of difference. There is a huge difference on offense.

  23. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Earlier, I asked about AJ being a workhorse this year and whether he was like that in previous years. I think CB or SJ (sorry! I don’t remember which one) had mentioned that previous to this year, AJ was not considered a workhorse…..Then I found this:

    http://www.baseball-reference......a.01.shtml

    career – 6.47 IP/start

    2009 – 6.40

    2008 – 6.48

    2007 – 6.61[/quote]

    **This shocks me. It seems like AJ is throwing a lot of innings this year, but in comparison to the previous 2 years, he’s not. I’m not sure if that means anything – except either he pitched better in 2007/2008 than I thought or that he was more durable than I thought.

  24. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Carl, that’s true…..well, my bad feelings have led to the best record in baseball, so maybe I should keep it up, lol

  25. Wave Your Hat August 19th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    GB7,

    There is an enormous difference on defense between Swisher and Abreu. Swisher’s range is much better. Its obvious on TV, its even more obvious at the park.

  26. Tom in N.J. August 19th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Hey GB, What’s your impression of Daniel Brewer?

  27. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Seattle’s trying to buy a title. They just traded for Bill Hall for a minor league pitcher, Ruben Flores.

  28. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Wave Your Hat
    August 19th, 2009 at 6:20 pm
    GB7,

    There is an enormous difference on defense between Swisher and Abreu. Swisher’s range is much better. Its obvious on TV, its even more obvious at the park.

    ————————————————————

    Rolling around on the ground doesn’t make Swisher better.

  29. Ramey - Traded his Girlfriend to the Pirates for a PTBNL August 19th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Erica-

    Jeter – Ss
    Damon – Lf
    Tex – 1b
    Arod – 3b
    Matsui – dh
    Posada – c
    cano – 2b
    Swisher – rf
    Cabrera – cf

    i can’t be losing my stranglehold on first place!

  30. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Last Call for Guess the Line Up- Submissions end at 6:30.

    Here’s who is in:

    NYY626, IDCWYT, Patrick, J-Dawg, SA, Christina, Upstate Kate, Jim the VT Yankee Fan (same)
    Andrew
    Law & JT
    Mazz, Henner, RAy VT, Y27 (same)
    Stateman52
    66 Stripes
    Rob in VT
    DT
    NITRO
    Benfica356, Yanksfan (same)
    Keith
    ejd
    JJ
    Fran

  31. igotid88 August 19th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

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

  32. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 19th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    “If some of you are actually trying to say that Abreu would be a better option batting third in the Yankees line-up compared to Texeira, you all really need to quit sniffing the glue”

    who inferred this ?

  33. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 19th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    From the previous thread –

    “Astorian
    August 19th, 2009 at 5:48 pm
    “(Best part of his contract? He gets a $100,000 bonus if he wins the Gold Glove. That would be like promising me $100,000 if I win the New York Marathon.)”

    Not quite, Pete. Abreu actually won a Gold Glove in 2005 somehow.”

    Just call me Doubtin DT
    I had to look that up to believe it.

    2005 – it that past the statute of limitations? Can we demand a recount?

  34. SJ44 August 19th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Once the Yankees refused to offer Bobby arbitration, the rules precluded them from signing him until May.

    They couldn’t have signed him in Jan or Feb.

  35. Wave Your Hat August 19th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    “Rolling around on the ground doesn’t make Swisher better.”

    No, but running farther in the same amount of time does.

    Gotta go.

  36. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 19th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Erica: do you keep seperate standings for the entrants you ban for arbitrary reasons?

  37. liz August 19th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    headed to the game again tonight! YEAH! here’s hoping Gaudin feels good in his old stomping grounds!

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

  38. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    CB-

    This idea of yours fascinates me. I have never heard of Google Docs. I need to play with it later and see if this is something that could work

  39. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Nick in SF in Larkspur
    August 19th, 2009 at 6:26 pm
    Erica: do you keep seperate standings for the entrants you ban for arbitrary reasons?

    ****

    Don’t be silly. No.

    And I do not ban people for arbitrary reasons.

  40. andrew33 August 19th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    1. jeter ss
    2. damon lf
    3. tex 1b
    4. arod dh
    5. posada c
    6. cano 2b
    7. swisher rf
    8. melky cf
    9. pena 3b

  41. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 19th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    “Rolling around on the ground doesn’t make Swisher better.”

    True – but it might lead to some Tide detergent endorsements.

  42. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Ugh-

    My imposter jumped the gun

    NOW the submission window is closed. No more line ups please

  43. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Tom in N.J.
    August 19th, 2009 at 6:21 pm
    Hey GB, What’s your impression of Daniel Brewer?

    ————————————————————

    Tom, Brewer is a decent outfielder with an ok arm, but, that young guy can hit….a lot. Not a lot of power, but, he’s a hitter. Solid line driver and gap hitter with very good speed. Hard to say he’s this or that guy, but, I’d say Lou Pinella with speed. In other words, I like him a lot. He’s jumped from Staten Island to Tampa in one year. Not bad, huh?

  44. Zach in Port Jeff August 19th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    The day I get an imposter on LoHud is the day I know that I have truly made it.

    One day.

  45. Rishi August 19th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Erica – at least the imposter is kind enough to identify itself as such with the #2 at the end of their name :)

  46. Zach in Port Jeff August 19th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Hello everybody! Great day for a Yankees win!

    (you have made it now, Zach)

  47. Zach in Port Jeff August 19th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    YES!

    - the real Zach in Port Jeff

  48. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Rishi-

    I must be getting popular. LOL

    I have already asked Pete to ban the semi-imposter.

    And know the funniest part?? GTLU didn’t end until 6:30!!! They were early and stupid!!

  49. Jeff in Port Zach August 19th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    You are half way there. Dream the imposterable dream.

  50. Zachary in Port Jefferson August 19th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    You have made it, Zachary. Congratulations.

  51. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 19th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    If by lucky chance I can just win GTLU –
    I will quit my day job and run the NYS Lottery full time.

  52. Zach in Port Jeff August 19th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    This is awesome. Thank you.

    Seriously.

    I can now die in peace.

  53. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I hate when this happens, but Joe Girardi has won again.

    Once again, Joe Girardi has eluded the fine “Guess the Line Up” players of LoHud. We had three people VERY close, but Joe Girardi switched Swisher and Cano. The master line up maker wins again

    Joe Girardi now has 5 wins

  54. Tom in N.J. August 19th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Thanks, GB. Brewer looks like one to watch.

  55. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Would imposter Erica cut the crap??? I already asked Pete to ban you!

    And now I have been reduced to talking to myself!

  56. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 19th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Now I don’t know who or what to beleive. :(

  57. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 19th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Or to believe. :mad:

  58. L to the 2nd August 19th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    “Gaudin is available for 85-90 pitches….”

    …hopefully not over 4 innings

  59. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 19th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    I knew Swisher was batting ahead of Cano. I think Molina was a last minute switch.

    Girardi’s head is amazing clear and easy to penetrate. I had to make a quick exit when I heard a sneeze coming on.

  60. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    DT-

    My favorite part of the movie is when they go inside the mind of the chimp.

  61. Brian August 19th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Has Swisher always batted ahead of Cano?

  62. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Brian
    August 19th, 2009 at 6:43 pm
    Has Swisher always batted ahead of Cano?

    ***

    Not usually. Joe Girardi was feeling a little creative tonight

  63. Swish Bats August 19th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Why is Molina in there? There is a day off tomorrow. Does Posada really need 2 days off?

  64. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Okay- this is getting out of hand now.

    PLease don’t believe anything coming out of this jerks mouth.

  65. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=nyy

    Check out Melky tumbling over Suzuki after getting hit last night……Swisher, lol

  66. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Tom in N.J.
    August 19th, 2009 at 6:39 pm
    Thanks, GB. Brewer looks like one to watch.

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, probably, if only because of the corner outfield shortages. Not sure if he can get his strikeouts down (it would help), but, he strikes out a liitle more than I like for a line drive hitter…but, then, so has Jeter.

    His power isn’t there, but, he’s not a big guy at 6’0″ and 185 pounds. The power may develop, because he hits to center and right field quite a lot.

  67. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing August 19th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Erica, what are you going to do if Joe Giardi wins GTLU?

    I think CB’s idea of Google Docs could work for you. We use it at work to share things sometimes.

  68. Zach in Port Jeff August 19th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Thats hilarious Betsy. Swisher is losing it on the basepaths.

  69. Noreaster August 19th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Posada has been beat up behind the plate lately. It’s good to have him good and rested for Fenway.

  70. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing August 19th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    My impersonator is usually nasty to me. It hasn’t been seen for a while thankfully.

  71. Zach in Port Jeff August 19th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Vegas has the over/under at 8 for the number of Yankees Avis commercials during tonights game.

    I’m going with the over.

    You guys ready to rent some caaaaaaahs?

  72. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Angel-

    I definitely need to look into that. I never heard of Google Docs before. It may just work!! I will play around with it later and give my report

    I have no clue what I will do if Joe Girardi wins. I guess I will cross that bridge when I get to it. But hopefully I won’t. I really want a LoHudder to win the “Ultimate Line Up Guesser” title

  73. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Betsy
    August 19th, 2009 at 6:46 pm
    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com…..p;c_id=nyy

    Check out Melky tumbling over Suzuki after getting hit last night……Swisher, lol

    ————————————————————

    Cabrera has taken that song by Big And Rich to heart, “Save a Horse, Ride A Catcher”.

  74. Joe from Long Island August 19th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    It’s 6:51 Eastern Time. I’m ready for a ballgame.

    Have I mentioned that I don’t like West Coast trips?

  75. Rick August 19th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    I hate these West Coast games

    It basically feels like a day without baseball. By the time the game starts, you are ready for bed and probably sleep before the game is over and have to check the score the next morning.

  76. Zach in Port Jeff August 19th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    lol. I get jet-lagged on Yankees West Coast trips w/o actually traveling.

  77. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Joe from Long Island
    August 19th, 2009 at 6:52 pm
    It’s 6:51 Eastern Time. I’m ready for a ballgame.

    Have I mentioned that I don’t like West Coast trips?

    ****

    I have been drinking so much coffee the last few days that I am developing the same eye twitch MPB Johnny Damon had

  78. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 19th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Whiners. :evil:

  79. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus August 19th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    I’ve been cleaning all day. That’s how I occupy myself on west coast trips. I clean. Yuck.

  80. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    I am going to make dinner. Accept no imitations while I am gone

  81. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    August 19th, 2009 at 6:55 pm
    Joe from Long Island
    August 19th, 2009 at 6:52 pm
    It’s 6:51 Eastern Time. I’m ready for a ballgame.

    Have I mentioned that I don’t like West Coast trips?

    ****

    I have been drinking so much coffee the last few days that I am developing the same eye twitch MPB Johnny Damon had

    ————————————————————

    I’ll bet all of the guys at work thought you were winking at them. Are they ever going to be disappointed when they find out that it was just coffee.

  82. Fran (the original) and OPPC member August 19th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    And still 1 more west coast trip in September.

  83. Zach in Port Jeff August 19th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Oh c’mon Nick. 4pm start times cant be that bad???

    I mean, do people actually work out there?

  84. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    GB7-

    Every single guy in my office is married. And even so, I would never dip my pen in the company ink.

    Okay, now I am really going to make dinner. :-)

  85. Zach in Port Jeff August 19th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I’d bet a significant amount of cash that Erica is making Shrimp Fra Diavalo for dinner tonight.

    Its just a hunch.

  86. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 19th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I try not to much myself, but someone must be doing some, as things seem to get done.

    For a lot of 4pm starts I have to catch up via dvr. Or just… not watch. No one wants that, though.

  87. Bronx Jeers August 19th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    “ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: Gimme Some Lovin’ by The Spencer Davis Group.”

    Remember when The Blues Brothers tried to open their set at Bob’s Country Bunker with that song ?

  88. Remo August 19th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Sutcliff: Halladay has wins over other team’s #1 – Lee, Verlander, Lester, and Burnett

    lol

  89. Noreaster August 19th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Yep, these west coast trips are killers…too many late nights.

  90. Bronx Jeers August 19th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    “I try not to much myself, but someone must be doing some, as things seem to get done. ”

    Interesting?

    You West coasters really have the life.

  91. Zach in Port Jeff August 19th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    I remember football season on the west coast being extremely enjoyable. I could still watch my Giants and have the rest of the day to do things.

    See Nick, its not all that bad.

    Unless you’re a Raiders fan…

    then its bad.

  92. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 19th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    No, a New York Football Giants fan, of course. 10:00 a.m. starts are kind of nice… roll out of bed, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy. The 1:00 p.m. starts are ok too.

    Raiders… ha.

  93. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 19th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    “It basically feels like a day without baseball. By the time the game starts, you are ready for bed and probably sleep before the game is over and have to check the score the next morning”

    yup. By the 2-3rd inning i am sleep walking. And KO’d the rest of the game

  94. Bronx Born August 19th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    For those of you who are interested, Spencer Davis is performing and recording again. You can catch him on Facebook:

    http://www.facebook.com/home.p.....247?ref=ts

  95. S.A.--Serenity Now August 19th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Not a fan of these west coast games. :cry:

  96. Zach in Port Jeff August 19th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    What do you know? The Red Sox are on ESPN tonight.

  97. Rishi August 19th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    i mean – 2 pitch abs are not going rattle young Buchholz

  98. Zach in Port Jeff August 19th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    I wonder if sitting behind homeplate with my MacBook would rattle Buckholz?

    ps. it’s a new MacBook.

  99. A-ROD! A-ROD! August 19th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I understand Joe G. is winning and everything so i can’t complain that much… but, i really think that this morning’s post was a good example of why A-Rod needs more rest.

  100. S.A.--Serenity Now August 19th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Zach in Port Jeff August 19th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    I wonder if sitting behind homeplate with my MacBook would rattle Buckholz?

    ps. it’s a new MacBook.

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

    Temptation! :lol:

  101. bru August 19th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    arod worries me.

    34 yrs old, 8 years left.

    is he hurt or is being off steroids affecting him???

  102. Zach in Port Jeff August 19th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Hey! Where’d my MacBook go?

  103. RhapsodyInBlue August 19th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    The Crossroads concert last summer with Steve Windwood, Eric Clapton and a host of other greats was a classic, the best concert I’ve seen televised in a very very long time. I believe it was carried on PBS from Chicago, if it appears again it’s certainly worth watching.

  104. Zach in Port Jeff August 19th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Wow. Even during a baseball game, ESPN continues its bromance for Brett Favre.

  105. RalphieD (OPPC) August 19th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    “arod worries me.

    34 yrs old, 8 years left.

    is he hurt or is being off steroids affecting him???”

    how bout the hip he needs to have surgery on in the offseason?

  106. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    LOL GB…………

    I like late night games….when I sleep, I can’t worry and that’s always a good thing.

  107. Laura - I like this new Alex! He's a keeper. August 19th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    “Check out Melky tumbling over Suzuki after getting hit last night……Swisher, lol”

    I half way expected Suzuki to get Melky’s number afterwards. :P

  108. Joe from Long Island August 19th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I’ve got the ESPN game on. Rick Sutcliffe is going on how Dave Duncan is going to work wonders with John Smoltz and resurrect his career. Sutcliffe’s broadcast partner (I didn’t catch his name) is being polite in pointing out that Smoltz couldn’t get a lefthanded hitter out in the AL, and was basically killed. Sutcliffe is refusing to acknowledge the reality of Smoltz being 42 and post major shoulder surgery, saying that he knows how to pitch.

    Sounds like an old athlete refusing to acknowledge anyone succombing to Father Time.

  109. Rishi August 19th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    man – Red Sox really making Halladay work!

  110. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Laura!!!!

    No one won last night!!! We get another chance :-)

    Btw- to all concerned, dinner was yummy. It was not shrimp fra diavolo. It was veggie soup, brocolli and a frozen entree. I didn’t really “make” dinner. I just sort of reheated it

  111. Laura - I like this new Alex! He's a keeper. August 19th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    How the hell did Ortiz manage to get 19 jacks?

  112. Laura - I like this new Alex! He's a keeper. August 19th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    “No one won last night!!! We get another chance ”

    And PowerBall is tonight. 250mil. I’ll take it!

  113. Every year is a world series year August 19th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    “How the hell did Ortiz manage to get 19 jacks?”

    Duh…Gatorade.

  114. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Laura-

    You look very pretty.

    Will you share it with me if you win?? LOL

  115. haiku-man August 19th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Boy Halladay doesn’t look like himself.

    Already 2 runs scored and 46 pitches in 2 innings.

    Laptop(aka Clay) pitched a 6 pitch 1st.

  116. blackaccord August 19th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    I have the tv on mute.. Sutcliffe kisses Redsox a$$ more than any other sports caster..

  117. Ramey - Traded his Girlfriend to the Pirates for a PTBNL August 19th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    what’s with all the Erica impostering? Does the jealousy of her running the most hotly contested guessing game on a sports blog really get to people that much?

  118. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Whoever you are, or whatever I did to offend you….

    Can you please leave me alone now?

  119. Rishi August 19th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    that Mets game is UGLY – so far 8 runs in the top of the 2nd

  120. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Rishi-

    I still feel bad for Mets fans. I know I shouldn’t cause they would never feel bad for us, but I do

  121. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Bucholz has been pitching very well……..stinks that the Sox have already knocked around Halladay; I don’t want them coming into the series in Fenway with any momentum.

  122. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 19th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    “Sutcliffe is refusing to acknowledge the reality of Smoltz”

    Sutcliffe is a blubbering idiot, who suffers from diahrea of the mouth

  123. Rishi August 19th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I do too, Erica – but my Met fan cousins still feel the need to trash the Yankees…why? I have no idea, but they still do.

    I think when they are this far back you don’t care if they win or lose, but they shouldn’t look pathetic doing it. I mean, they are still a NY team, right?

  124. SJ44 August 19th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Pete should just put the IP address of the person impersonating Erica on the blog. That will stop it.

  125. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    SJ44-

    I already contacted Pete. He is probably busy doing his job. Hopefully he can put an end to this nonsense soon

    The user agreement clearly says “no vulgarity”. This person is in violation!

  126. Frost August 19th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Gimmie Some Lovin is a great tune… used to open my St. Patrick’s Day dj sets with it when I worked on bars on 2nd Ave.

  127. wow August 19th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    ESPN just did a promo that yanks vs sox is on sunday night baseball…when did that happen???

  128. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Rishi
    August 19th, 2009 at 7:48 pm
    I do too, Erica – but my Met fan cousins still feel the need to trash the Yankees…why? I have no idea, but they still do.

    *****

    Its some sort of underdog, sour grapes, feeling inadequate defense mechanism

  129. Rishi August 19th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    TylerKepner: The scoreboard in Oakland is flashing on and off “Yankees Manager Joe Torre”. Like the Field of Dreams scoreboard at Fenway, freaky!
    2 minutes ago from web

  130. S.A.--Serenity Now August 19th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Who was pitching for the mets tonight? Parnell?

    The Erica bothering troll needs to go away. Go play on the mets blog or something

  131. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 19th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    “I have the tv on mute.. Sutcliffe kisses Redsox a$$ more than any other sports caster”

    am not a yankee fan who ever complains of the ESPN-Redsox bias.

    however, i expect Sutcliffe does unspeakable things with himself in his bedroom at night, while simutaneously uttering praises to the RedSox.

  132. Rishi August 19th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    August 19th, 2009 at 7:50 pm
    Rishi
    August 19th, 2009 at 7:48 pm
    I do too, Erica – but my Met fan cousins still feel the need to trash the Yankees…why? I have no idea, but they still do.

    *****

    Its some sort of underdog, sour grapes, feeling inadequate defense mechanism

    *********

    Yeah, I’m sure – seems a little lame, that’s all

  133. Remo August 19th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Of course, they batter around Beckett but can’t hit Buchholz

    And Halladay looks like Joba against the Sox.. averaging liek 25 pitches an inning.

  134. MaineYankee August 19th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Erica

    Even though I haven’t played GTLU, I think it has really lightened the mood here and has limited the complaints when the lineup is posted.

    I can see though that even though you try to get tough with your rules you really are just a big softy. :lol:

    If you ever have kids you’re in trouble. :lol:

  135. Johnny D. August 19th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    I’m so glad we didn’t give up all of our prospects for Halladay. He has been awful.

  136. Zed August 19th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Sox offense is heating up. They are beating up Toronto’s even pitching. Even Doc is probably going to be at 100 pitches in the 4th inning.

  137. Rattle Snake August 19th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Looks like we have to win tonight to keep pace or risk losing another game. And if the Sox win tomorrow with Lester on the mound, they would have gained 2 games on us this week before a series against them.

  138. tom tresh 15 August 19th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Re: the Melky vid.

    That sounds like kangaroo court material

  139. sevrox August 19th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Red Sox? Worried about momentum from potentially beating Halliday?

    Jeez…

    I think the Yanks’ll be okay.

  140. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I don’t feel sorry for Met fans, the whiners……..I sort of feel sorry for the Mets, but not really. The Yankees have had their own injury problems – no one felt sorry for us when Wang went down.

  141. Laura - I like this new Alex! He's a keeper. August 19th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    “I’m so glad we didn’t give up all of our prospects for Halladay. He has been awful.”

    Not surprisingly when you think about what he went through. If he had been traded, he would have had a fresh start in a new city with a new team. He probably would have been his usual self.

  142. Rishi August 19th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Hey now, Parnell gave up 8 runs and still threw fewer pitches than Halladay :)

  143. TEX Man August 19th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Sox beat up Romero and Halladay in consecutive nights… pretty impressive. Don’t think we’re going to throw 27 scoreless against them this weekend again, their offense is back to normal now.

    We better be prepared to score runs against Penny/Taaawa because Boston’s offense is alive now and we can’t expect the pitchers to throw shutouts and win 2-0 games like we did last weekend.

  144. Christina- Giants Camp and Mike Francesa August 19th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    0-2 on guessing the lineup! All because of Jose Molina

  145. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    When we beat Halladay, it was a big win, but if the Sox beat him, it won’t be? How does that make any sense? I didn’t say the Yankees wouldn’t be ok, but really – assuming that the AL East race is over when (a) there is over a month left in the season and (b) we play the Sox several more times) is silly. It’s not called being negative, it’s being called realistic.

  146. Ez Rep August 19th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Halladay has 68 pitches through 3

    Buchholz has 19 through 2.

    Looks like they’ll get to tee off on Toronto’s awful bullpen for a few innings tonight.

  147. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    MaineYankee-

    Thanks!!! I try to be a fair and equal game runner.

    I also noticed that line up complaints have gone down considerably. I wonder if everyone is disappointed they didn’t win and it prevents them from complaining. I think that aspect of GTLU has been a good thing.

    I love kids. And they love me. I spent an hour on Sunday in the ocean teaching an 8 year old how to body surf. Kids are awesome!

  148. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Chistina-

    The majority had Posada in the line up today. We came very close to 3 winners, but they all had Cano and then Swisher. Girardi flipped them and eluded everyone

  149. Mike August 19th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    I never operated under the assumption that the Sox were dead and we were going to cruise to a division title while the Sox faded into the oblivion and fell 10 back like we did in 06.

    So I am not surprised that the Sox seem to have righted themselves. It was only a matter of time. Still plenty of baseball to be played.

  150. Ramey - Traded his Girlfriend to the Pirates for a PTBNL August 19th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Johnny D.
    August 19th, 2009 at 7:54 pm
    I’m so glad we didn’t give up all of our prospects for Halladay. He has been awful

    ————————————————————

    How has he exactly been awful? Really, do you watch the games?

    This is what he’s done in his last 9 starts:

    6ip and 2 er
    7ip and 5 er
    7ip and 3 er
    9ip and 1 er
    9ip and 2 er
    7ip and 3 er
    9ip and 5 er
    8ip and 3 er
    8ip and 2 er

    ….how has he been awful? His only “poor” starts were both against the Yankees. Just because he’s given up 2 runs against Boston in 3 innings doesn’t mean he’s doing awful

  151. S.A.--Serenity Now August 19th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Maybe Parnell needs a pep talk from Johnny Damon. :P

  152. Rishi August 19th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    heading out to a work dinner – hopefully back online later…’nite all.

  153. VA Patrick August 19th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Our next 9 games are against Boston, Texas, and Chicago.

    But first let’s deal with Gaudin tonight before looking ahead, but a pretty tough stretch upcoming. Though it may not be the worst thing in the world to drop a series to Texas ;)

  154. Bob August 19th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I’m betting Gaudin goes no more than three innings. Aceves, Coke, Bruney, Hughes and Mo all need to pitch in order to be ready for Boston.

  155. Jim the VT Yankeefan August 19th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    # Ramey – Traded his Girlfriend to the Pirates for a PTBNL August 19th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Just because he’s given up 2 runs against Boston in 3 innings doesn’t mean he’s doing awful
    ============================================================

    I think Halladay was so hyped up during the trading deadline period that people expect him to never give up a run.

  156. dan 771 August 19th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    For as awful as Halladay has been… he does have a 2.16 ERA post All-Star break in 50 innings, which is almost a 1\2 run better than his pre-all star numbers.

  157. MaineYankee August 19th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Betsy

    Try this for being a realist.

    The Yankees are in 1st place.

    The pressure is on the RS to catch up.

    All the Yankees need to do is keep playing the way they have since the AS break and all will be well.

    The Yankees just swept the RS so that’s more pressure on them.

    I’m just trying to help you to be positive. :lol:

  158. Jack West Jr August 19th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Sick statistic from LA – at the end of the Angels/Indians game yesterday, EVERYONE in the Angels lineup was hitting .300 or better.

  159. Jack West Jr August 19th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Here’s that boxscore

    http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/.....=290819105

  160. SJ44 August 19th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Some of you need to learn how to read standings.

    The Yankees are in first place. They don’t have to “win to keep pace”, with anybody.

    They control their own destiny and have the biggest divisional lead in baseball.

    Getting fixated over a team trailing the Yankees by 7 games is a waste of time.

    Worry about the Red Sox when the Yankees okay them.

  161. Christina- Giants Camp and Mike Francesa August 19th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Halladay should also have about 3-4 more wins then he currently has. Not only has he gotten very little run support but the bullpen this year has been brutal. It’s a shame cause at one point, it was their strongpoint.

  162. SJ44 August 19th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Maine,

    Exactly. Some folks whip themselves into a frenzy as if every game the Yankees lose will end the season and give the Sox “momentum”.

    That ain’t how baseball works.

  163. Zodiac August 19th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    The worst part of the Sux winning today is listening to Francessa tomorrow gloat about how great they are and how their young pitchers are producing…

  164. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    SJ44-

    I happen to agree with you 100%.

    I think the Boston score watching is a natural Yankee fan instinct though. At my beach club, people come up to me all day long to talk about the Yankees with me. They’ll ask how the Yankees did. The next question is always, “what did Boston do”. This has been going on as far back as I can recall (spanning many seasons). Its just an instinct

  165. pat August 19th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    “Every single guy in my office is married.”

    Does that mean every married guy in your office is single? :wink:

  166. David (In Seattle) August 19th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    If the user agreement clearly says “no vulgarity”, why are people allowed to say “kevin Youkilis” and get away with it?

  167. DJ 2 August 19th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    The loss column is the most important column and the Sox are 6 back as play started tonight… hardly insurmountable.

    We lose tonight and they hang on, it is down to 5. They take 2\3 from us, it is down to 4 etc. That means we lose 3 games from them this week with over 40 to play.

    This isin’t over yet by a long stretch. Boston is heating up.

  168. jake August 19th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    The Red Sox haven’t won today. Not yet, anyway.

    I’m a Yankees’ fan. I don’t care about the Red Sox. I don’t care if they win, who they’ve traded for, whether or not the steroids Ortiz took shrunk his nuts, or anything else.

  169. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    pat
    August 19th, 2009 at 8:10 pm
    “Every single guy in my office is married.”

    Does that mean every married guy in your office is single?
    *****

    Haha. I caught the lack of sense in that statement right as I hit “submit”, I didn’t think anyone noticed until now

  170. Uncle Ellsworth August 19th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Erica you own a Beach Club – Like in Flamingo Kid?
    Great movie.

  171. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Maine, thanks, lol. IMO, though, being negative would mean assuming that the Yanks are going to blow the lead and the Sox will win the WS, lol. All things are possible, that’s how I look at it….

  172. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    August 19th, 2009 at 8:14 pm
    Erica you own a Beach Club – Like in Flamingo Kid?
    Great movie.

    ****

    I don’t own it. That would be awesome. I just have a cabana at one. We have been going there since I was 12. I sort of grew up there

  173. SafeSeach: Off August 19th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    New Ghost Hunters tonight @9:00. That should hold you over.

  174. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 19th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    “EVERYONE in the Angels lineup was hitting .300 or better”

    SJ44′s above points are well taken

    however if it comes to NYY and LAA Anaheim in the playoffs, have alternate plans via standby

  175. Ricky August 19th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    I don’t think anyone is afraid of Boston actually overtaking us… I think it is more than they don’t want Boston to inch closer and breath down our necks (get within 2-3 games).

  176. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 19th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    “Erica you own a Beach Club – Like in Flamingo Kid?
    Great movie”

    yes it was

  177. RalphieD (OPPC) August 19th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    this might be the worst game ive seen halladay pitch…ive seen him get hit hard but ive never seen him throw so many pitches in such a short time..

  178. E-gawa August 19th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    http://www.bostonherald.com/sp.....hell_an_f/

  179. Peter Abraham August 19th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Just a reminder, those of you who are sociopaths:

    No impersonating people, no acting like a fool, etc. Go someplace else, there are plenty of Yankees blogs out there with your kind of idiots to play with. Shoo.

  180. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    When I’m off this blog, I don’t pay any attention to the Red Sox……..but as long as people are going to post updates, it’s sort of impossible to ignore it.

    I just don’t see how being realistic equates to being a worrywart….but then, I’m not an optimist who sees every glass as half full.

  181. SJ44 August 19th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    2 games isn’t “heating up”.

    The Yankees have never blown a lead this large this late in the season in the history of their franchise.

    If you need to create doomsday scenarios to hey yourself in a lather, be my guest.

    The Yankees aren’t going to blow this lead unless they suffer some major injuries.

    They are 62-30 since Arod came back.

    They aren’t crumbling now, regardless of your worry about the Red Sox.

  182. haiku-man August 19th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Halladay must not be well, 88 pitches and another run 1 in the 4th. RS-3 Tor-0

  183. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Ricky, exactly……Why does everyone assume the Yankees are going to continue to play as well as they have? That’s really impossible…….so, if the Yankees slow down and the Sox heat up, the race isn’t over. I don’t see how that is negative at all, sorry – I don’t. Maybe people haven’t noticed, but Bucholz is now pitching very well……so reports of the Sox demise have been greatly exaggerated. People should not be making fun of other people who don’t have such a rosy outlook – I don’t get that.

  184. jennifer August 19th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    On the postgame Swisher was laughing at Melky. Asked yes to replay it. Said something like that is dvr material there.

  185. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 19th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    “there are plenty of Yankees blogs out there with your kind of idiots to play with.”

    Links? :)

  186. m August 19th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Hello, peoples!

    1. Why was there even a debate about Hughes? The Yankees have made their decision. Phil’s a reliever this season.

    2. That Neyer is an ass. He, like many others probably will, took Posnaski’s article as an opportunity for more back-handed compliments. Lucky thing Jeter doesn’t give a bleep about what guys like him think. Is this an extension of his cyber-spat with Kepner?

    3. What’s with Toronto today? News alert, the season’s not done. The game’s not over. Wake up.

    4. Saw the little tussle over Ross & AJ. AJ’s record should be a lot better. He’s had more than a few no-decisions (all the starters have). It’s all that late magic. :)

  187. SafeSeach: Off August 19th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    The MVP of the team is Swisher

    —————-

    still laughing…

  188. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    SJ, I guess we part ways…….doomsday scenario? What the Yankees have done in their history has nothing to do with what will happen now. The Sox came back from 3-0 down in the 2004 ALDS – no team had ever done that before.

    I’m not saying the Sox will come back, but dismissing fans who feel that it is possible is just sort of……well, I don’t want to go there.

  189. MaineYankee August 19th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    SJ44

    It seems as if the Yankees are in the heads of the RS managment.

    They were talking on the local sports radio about Youklis suspension.

    They felt he should have appealed it even though he might miss the Yankees series so he could play against Texas.

    They said that Texas was the team they were fighting for the WC which at that time was more important.

    One of the few times they made much sense. :lol:

  190. Doreen August 19th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    So, the yankees have played at a 30 over 500 clip since early May (when ARod came back)? I would think that’s pretty consistent baseball, and there’s no reason to think they’re going to crumble like a house of cards.

    Anything can happen, of course, and a healthy dose of “take it one game at a time” is definitely in order.

    I don’t care much what their history has been as far as not relinquishing this much of a lead. I don’t like to tempt fate. But I do like what THIS season says about what we can reasonably expect.

  191. jennifer August 19th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    I know it is still a few days away, but I don’t know how promising it is to get these games in this weekend. Currently it doesn’t look like Hurricane Bill will hit the mainland, but they could get rain. What happens if it gets rained out? Than when do you make it up? It will royally stink if we don’t need them and the soxs do.

  192. Uncle Ellsworth August 19th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Nick in SF in Larkspur

    When will you publish the minutes of the West Coast LoHudder meeting. Or are you operating under the “what happens at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum stays at
    Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum” rules?

  193. SJ44 August 19th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Betsy,

    Why do you assume they won’t?

    Moreover, why assume the Red Sox will play better than they are?

    They have been a .500 team for the last 3 months.

    To assume the Yankees will stop playing well, while the Red Sox will play great is great if there is evidence to support it.

    So far, we don’t have any.

    It’s awfully hard to make up this deficit unless the Yankees fall off a cliff and the Red Sox play .667 ball the rest of the way.

    Highly unlikely.

  194. Christina- Giants Camp and Mike Francesa August 19th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    SafeSeach: Off August 19th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    The MVP of the team is Swisher

    —————-

    still laughing…

    ——–

    I’m still trying to figure out if he was eieng serious or not

  195. Jim the VT Yankeefan August 19th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    For those worried about the Sawks, I posted earlier today that if the Yanks play only .500 for the rest of the year then the Sawks would have to go 29-15.

    If the Yanks play .600 ball the Sawks have to go 33-11.

  196. ... August 19th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    If, for some reason, the Yankees cool down to .500 ball and go 21-21 the rest of the way, they’ll end up with 96 wins
    IF that happens, the Red Sox will have to go 29-15 the rest of the season (including tonight’s game) to match that; that’s a .650 pace (for reference, the 62-30 tear since Alex’s return is .674 ball).

    What are the odds of that happening, compared to the odds of the Yankees NOT cooling off and/or the Red Sox heating up to that degree?

  197. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    M, I didn’t bother reading Neyer – I despise that guy. In fact, I don’t like anyone at ESPN.

    The only debate over Phil exists merely amongst the mediots….it will start all over next year the minute he struggles.

    Yep, AJ’s been stuck on 10 wins for awhile. He’s pitched much better than that, but what are you doing to do? I still find it interesting that though it seems he’s pitched deeper into games this year and has been a workhorse, that simply isn’t true compared to the previous years. In any case, it really wasn’t a tussle….just a way to pass the time, lol

  198. MaineYankee August 19th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Ricky
    August 19th, 2009 at 8:16 pm
    I don’t think anyone is afraid of Boston actually overtaking us… I think it is more than they don’t want Boston to inch closer and breath down our necks (get within 2-3 games).

    —————————————————-

    The Yankees won’t let that happen.

    I’ve heard they have bad breath.

  199. SJ44 August 19th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Betsy,

    You worry way too much. I don’t know how you can enjoy the season.

    The chances this team goes into the tank is nil.

    They have too many veterans, too much pitching, and too much talent to go into the tank.

  200. Jim the VT Yankeefan August 19th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Are the Jays going to get to Mac Book this inning? 2 on and 1 out.

  201. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Also, I don’t get why players always vote Jeter as the most overrated player in the game……I kind of thought he was respected around baseball. That always annoys me…..

  202. RS August 19th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Jays on the board. At least we can hope that they keep it close so the Red Sox are forced to use Okajima, Bard, and Papelbon an awful lot before this weekend.

  203. jennifer August 19th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    I heard Rick Peterson on 1050 yesterday, he is a big advocate of innings limits. Sited reasons why the Yankees were correct in having the innings limit. I think the only fault he found with the Yankees was that he didn’t know when his next start would be. the Yankees have now corrected that and put Joba at ease. Also debunked the myth that is now being reported on the radio that Joba doesn’t do well on long rest. Gave proof as to why that is incorrect.

  204. S.A.--Serenity Now August 19th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Come on Clay, fall apart here

  205. Rudy August 19th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    The Blue Jays mailed it in a long time ago… why are people surprised that Boston is killing them?

  206. Carl August 19th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Betsy,

    That would be the ALCS.

    This isn’t the Playoffs.

  207. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    jennifer
    August 19th, 2009 at 8:27 pm
    I know it is still a few days away, but I don’t know how promising it is to get these games in this weekend. Currently it doesn’t look like Hurricane Bill will hit the mainland, but they could get rain. What happens if it gets rained out? Than when do you make it up? It will royally stink if we don’t need them and the soxs do.

    ****

    Call it a strange feeling, but I have a weird feeling Hurricane Bill comes this way. I hope I am wrong, but I have a feeling it’s going to come towards us.

  208. S.A.--Serenity Now August 19th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Also, I don’t get why players always vote Jeter as the most overrated player in the game……I kind of thought he was respected around baseball. That always annoys me…..

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

    I bet those same players that vote Jeter as the most overrated would also love to have Jeter on their team. Wasn’t there some SI.com player poll like that a while back?

    Some players aren’t the sharpest tools in the tool shed

  209. Tom in N.J. August 19th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    2004 was 6 seasons ago. It is irrelevant to this season.

  210. SJ44 August 19th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    10-9 last night and 3-1 in the 4th tonight is “killing them”?

    LOL. Ok, whatever you say.

  211. Uncle Ellsworth August 19th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Betsy
    August 19th, 2009 at 8:32 pm
    Also, I don’t get why players always vote Jeter as the most overrated player in the game……I kind of thought he was respected around baseball. That always annoys me…..

    When was this?
    I remember one poll years ago. They do it every year?
    I recall Alex was right behind him.

  212. Johnny Pinstripes August 19th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    What’s up everyone… I was just curious, does the team travel to Boston after the game tonight or tomorrow morning?

  213. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 19th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth, it was good fun to meet a couple other LoHudders. The game seemed safely in hand (7-2 lead) by the time we met up in the Westside Club during the mid-7th inning.

    The bar staff seemed to have a ‘serve Yankee fans last’ policy and even tried to cut off Buddy Biancalana and the Mad Prince in Pinstripes due the inning ended while we were waiting, but I would have none of it and we all got our beers.

    Amiable chat ensued at a table with a good view of the field. Little action was missed and we adjourned the too-short meeting to catch the final three outs (and other assorted D-Rob adventures) of the game.

    One LoHudder was conspicuously AWOL from the meeting, I hope she or he is ok!

  214. MaineYankee August 19th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Betsy

    I saw that you are a history buff.

    How can you take one year(04) and base everything off that one year?

    Look at the Yankees history, not just one year.

  215. Rob B August 19th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    This was posted over on waswatching.com today. I think it is absolutely hilarious, especially since I was making the same joke to a co-worker today. (Ironic how me and the author were thinking along the same lines, on the same day.)

    “Another Case Where Rules Don’t Apply To Red Sox

    Today is the 58th anniversary of when St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck sent 3-foot-7 Eddie Gaedel, a circus midget, to pinch-hit for Frank Saucier. Right after that, the commissioner’s office effectively barred the player by establishing a minimum height for the start of the strike zone on a hitter.

    So, can someone please explain to me how, today, Dustin Pedroia is allowed to bat for the Boston Red Sox?

  216. jennifer August 19th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Erica me too. I have a bad feeling it could turn towards main land.

  217. SafeSeach: Off August 19th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    jennifer August 19th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    I heard Rick Peterson on 1050 yesterday, he is a big advocate of innings limits. Sited reasons why the Yankees were correct in having the innings limit. I think the only fault he found with the Yankees was that he didn’t know when his next start would be. the Yankees have now corrected that and put Joba at ease. Also debunked the myth that is now being reported on the radio that Joba doesn’t do well on long rest. Gave proof as to why that is incorrect.

    ———————-

    I heard that interview, and that was pretty damn good synopsis.

    It seemed to me that the host (Brandon Tierney?) was trying to lead him down the “Yanks are making a mistake w/Joba” road and Peterson was having none of it.

  218. Uncle Ellsworth August 19th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Nick in SF in Larkspur

    Sounds fun. Thanks for sharing.

  219. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Jennifer-

    If I see the silver lining as “at least work Monday will be cancelled” does that make me a bad person???

  220. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Nick in SF-

    Hope you drank one for me!

  221. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    But SJ, I never said the Yankees were going to go in the tank…….they are too good for that. I don’t think they need to go into the tank for the Sox to make up ground; they just need to slow down a bit and the Sox to get hot (which they are capable of doing). That, to me, is being realistic. Assuming the Yankees will stay red-hot while the Sox continue to play badly is being unrealistic…..

    That said, I’m probably not enjoying the season as much as I could, but that’s nothing new for me…….every season is like this, lol.

  222. jennifer August 19th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    They are traveling tonight. I heard Joe say the team will arrive in Boston at 9am.

  223. Leah August 19th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    “Jose Molina is a really nice guy.”

    For some reason I found that really funny. :)

  224. Doreen August 19th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    The point about 2004 is not that it “proves” the Yankees could collapse now. The point is never to take anything for granted simply because of what has or has not happened in the past.

  225. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 19th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth: because of the mixed nature of the LoHudd readership, I obviously can’t go into any detail about the lapdances.

  226. Tom in N.J. August 19th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Jennifer and Erica:

    This is from the ‘Old Farmers Almanac’

    “one benefit from a late August hurricane would be some much-needed rainfall”

    http://www.almanac.com/weatherforecast/us/2

  227. jennifer August 19th, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    SafeSeach: Off

    No it wasn’t Brandon not sure who it was.

    Erica- Neither rain nor sleet nor snow closes my work. We were only closed 2 days that I can recall. The day after 9/11 and when we had the black out. Otherwise we are always open.

  228. SJ44 August 19th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Rick Peterson is one of the smartest pitching minds in the business. Always enjoy hearing him talk pitching.

  229. benfica356 August 19th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    165 innings + playoffs= around 180-185 for the year for Joba?

  230. S.A.--Serenity Now August 19th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Did you take any pictures Nick?

  231. jennifer August 19th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Tom

    LOL much needed rainfall. Yep better end that drought.

  232. Noreaster August 19th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    The Sox are not the 2004 version and the Yankees have a much better pen…relax and enjoy. We are in the playoffs and the Sox have to fight for their spot.

  233. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Maine, I’m not basing anything off of 2004. I used that as an example to show that history has no bearing on the present. If the Yankees hold onto their lead and win the division, it won’t be because they’ve never blown a lead like that in their history…….it will be simply because they were a better team than everyone else in the AL East.

    Uncle Ellsworth, I think SI does that kind of poll every year or every other year. It always seems as if Jeter is voted most overrated in any sort of poll like this- jealousy? Who knows……I don’t get it.

  234. jennifer August 19th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Tom had to add this.

    Below-normal rainfall will continue through the summer, with the threat of a significant drought. The one benefit from a late August hurricane would be some much-needed rainfall. Temperatures will be below normal, on average, with the hottest periods in June and mid-July.

    *********

    So glad people pay money for those books. LOL

  235. pat August 19th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Betsy

    Are you a worrier in general or just reserve your angst for the Yankees?

  236. Carl August 19th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Doreen August 19th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    The point about 2004 is not that it “proves” the Yankees could collapse now. The point is never to take anything for granted simply because of what has or has not happened in the past.

    Or it proves that you don’t let Joe Torre overuse your relievers.

  237. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 19th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    S.A.: I didn’t take any pictures of the LoHud meetup, but I took a bunch at the game.

    Erica: Well, I did say “Here’s to the lineup Nazi!” and then there was awkward silence and they pretended not to have heard me.

  238. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Johnny, they travel tonight and get into Boston around 9 or 10 am……unless this game goes extra innings, lol. Stupid scheduling – this should have been a day game.

    Jen, how have the Yankees eased Joba’s concerns about not knowing when he’s going to pitch?

  239. MaineYankee August 19th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Doreen
    August 19th, 2009 at 8:43 pm
    The point about 2004 is not that it “proves” the Yankees could collapse now. The point is never to take anything for granted simply because of what has or has not happened in the past.

    —————————————————-

    The point I take from 04 is that history does’t always repeat itself.

    I’m using my POPT(power of positive thinking) to ruin the RS season. :lol:

  240. JFK August 19th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Maybe Posada was benched for another boneheaded base running play last night.

  241. jennifer August 19th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Betsy read Petes update.

    “We sat down and figured out a plan that works for both of us as far as keeping it as regular as possible. It gives my arm the rest that this whole thing is for, so it all worked out great,” he said. “Mentally, for me to know that this is the plan for the rest of the year, it’s definitely calming.”

  242. Doreen August 19th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Carl -

    Of course! :lol: That, too.

  243. Tom in N.J. August 19th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    “So glad people pay money for those books. LOL”

    Oh, I know Jennifer.

    My grandmother swore by the almanac.

  244. jennifer August 19th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Pete so funny. If Jorge were playing people would be complaining how he stinks, he hurts the team, how is he playing so many days in a row. He has the day off and you get the opposite. My god people are bipolar.

  245. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Read the Posnanski article – nice read, but nothing particularly special.

  246. haiku-man August 19th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Wow,103 pitches in only 5 innings,Toy Halladay.

  247. Christina- Giants Camp and Mike Francesa August 19th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    hey guys, I have a question. Has anyone ever been to or lived the Cincinnati/ Louisville area? I am traveling out there tomorrow for the weekend to see the place they make the baseball bats, but I wasn’t sure if anyone else had some suggestions on other places I can go.

    So far I am doing a tour of the Great American Ballpark and the Lousiville bat place… Besides that I am at loss as to where to eat and if there are any other baseball related things out there.

    If you have any ideas, it would be appreciated. :)

  248. Carl August 19th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Joe Torre manages the bullpen like hes poster on lohud.

  249. Bronx Jeers August 19th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    “That about covers it. I really thought that at 75-45, folks would be done with complaining about the lineup. I guess not. ”

    I’m reserving the right to complain if I don’t agree with the lineup they go with as they make their way up Broadway in The Canyon Of Heroes .

  250. Roland August 19th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    On why Molina is starting, I would have also thought that Oakland’s starter being lefthanded contributed to the decision.

  251. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Tom in NJ & Jennifer-

    I was thinking the same things. Dry in May, hot in June & July. Not this year! LOL

    Hopefully they are wrong about the hurricane too, but I just have a weird feeling about this one

  252. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Jen, thanks. I guess people are assuming that Joba’s mediocrity recently has to do with his uncertainty as to when he’s going to start……..I’m not, and I think it’s too easy to make that assumption.

  253. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Nick in SF-

    They weren’t pretending not to hear you!!!! They were saddened into silence over my absense!

  254. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 19th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    It’s also too easy to say that Joba is ‘regressing’ if he has a couple bad starts in a row.

  255. Uncle Ellsworth August 19th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Most Overrated from SI
    2006
    Derek Jeter, Yankees …..9%
    Carlos Beltran, Mets …..7%
    Alex Rodriguez, Yankees …..6%
    J.D. Drew, Dodgers …..5%
    Nomar Garciaparra, Dodgers …..4%
    A.J. Burnett, Blue Jays…..4%
    Jason Kendall, A’s …..3%
    Kerry Wood, Cubs …..3%
    Josh Beckett, Red Sox …..3%
    Johnny Damon, Yankees …..3%

    2008
    In a Sports Illustrated survey of 495 Major League Baseball players in its June 23 issue, Jeter was voted the most overrated with 10% of the vote. Struggling Giants lefthander Barry Zito was second at 9%, while Alex Rodriguez and Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew were tied for third with 7%. Mets third baseman David Wright and Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis tied for fourth at 4%.

    I hold no stock in this at all.

  256. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Pat, I am a born worrier. I analyze everything to death, for one……..and I’m just a pessimist overall. There’s not much I can do about it except just continue to worry and assume the worst, lol

  257. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Doreen, exactly……..

  258. Carl August 19th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Roy Halladay is not an ace. Big game on August 19th and he failed.

  259. Uncle Ellsworth August 19th, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    hey guys, I have a question. Has anyone ever been to or lived the Cincinnati/ Louisville area?

    try the Chilie Five Ways, they put it on spaghetti.

  260. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Nick, good point, lol…..

  261. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Betsy-

    You should try writing all of your worries down on a pad and keep it by you. Whenever a worrysome thought pops into your head you can jot it down. Expressing them all will make you feel better!

    Or you can keep expressing the worries here. Same thing :-)

  262. The Phranchise August 19th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    American League Cy Young – Did CC just re-enter the frame after Beckett and Halladay’s last few games. Grienke has been amazing but has quieted down a bit. If CC has his typical finish and manages to outduel Beckett this weekend you have to think he has a legit shot.

  263. Rudy August 19th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Sox remaining schedule is filled with bad teams… KC, Baltimore, Toronto, Cleveland etc. They are going to win a ton of those games.

    I find it hard to believe that when they are fighting for their playoff lives in late September and the Royals and Orioles are on the schedule, that they are going to go in the tank.

    I know it is fashionable to bury Boston around these parts, but it is not wise to do so….

  264. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Rudy-

    The Yankees last three games are against KC. By your logic, aren’t the Yankees going to automatically win those too???

  265. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 19th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Betsy, get yourself some Worry Dolls.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worry_doll

  266. Steve T August 19th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    What does the guess the lineup winner get?

  267. Noreaster August 19th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    CC is behind the rest of the top pitchers in ERA and K’s. Plus he has lost 7 games. So he will really have to pitch well in September to win the Cy.

  268. Noreaster August 19th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    The Yankees last three games are Vs. the Rays at the Trop.

  269. JJ August 19th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Our last 3 games are against Tampa on the road, aren’t they?

  270. DR August 19th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Rick Sutcliffe “Halladay is in a grove now” next thing you know hes getting smack around. Espn cant get anyone better?

  271. Noreaster August 19th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Texas games in September vs Toronto, Baltimore, CLeveland, Seattle, Oakland and LAA. Pretty easy schedule too.

  272. SafeSeach: Off August 19th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Jorge obviously needs some time off

    yes, he had a double last night, but Jorge has not exactly been on fire lately (4 for his last 24)

    ugh (not meant for comic effect)

  273. Mike A. August 19th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    “Roy Halladay is not an ace. Big game on August 19th and he failed.”

    How in the world is this a big game? His team is 11.5 games out of a playoff spot. This is just another start for him.

  274. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    yumm, chili five ways…never had it, would love to try it. Anything with spaghetti is good…..

  275. Giuseppe Franco August 19th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    If the Yanks continue to get the job done it doesn’t matter what everyone else does.

    The Yanks control their own destiny.

  276. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Noreaster
    August 19th, 2009 at 9:07 pm
    The Yankees last three games are Vs. the Rays at the Trop.

    ***

    Yes, you are right. I forgot there is regular season baseball in October

  277. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Steve T
    August 19th, 2009 at 9:06 pm
    What does the guess the lineup winner get?

    ****

    Bragging rights!

  278. Todd August 19th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    I am nauceous listening to the ESPN crew gush about the Sox…..

  279. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Erica, I need a punching bag to take out my worries…..or a golf club. I have the golf club…..maybe I’ll go to the driving range tomorrow.

  280. Sony August 19th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    >>August 19th, 2009 at 9:06 pm
    Betsy, get yourself some Worry Dolls.<<

    I used to have some of them! I need to find those in time for the playoffs.

  281. Stuckey August 19th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    “Roy Halladay is not an ace. Big game on August 19th and he failed.”

    Why was tonight a big game for Halladay?

    Do you assume he’s rooting for the Yankees or something?

  282. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Nick, I actually have one……or I did. There is Mexican restaurant near me that gives you one when you leave. I hope I haven’t lost mine……if so, I’m going to need to go back to the restaurant, lol

  283. Jim the VT Yankeefan August 19th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Cliff Lee is pitching a gem tonight. 1 hit, 1 unearned run, 0 walks & 8 Ks through 7 innings.

  284. Al from BK August 19th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    “• Jose Molina is a really nice guy.”

    I lold at this. So true Pete. Molina is a nice guy, and don’t we all want Posada fresh for the Boston series?

  285. Backbench August 19th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    “Jorge obviously needs some time off”

    He has taken quite a few really sharp FBs to the face and head recently. Mask or no mask, that has to take a toll.

  286. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Baseball isn’t like football or basketball where physical talent can overwhelm an inferior team. The schedules may or may not look easy, but even bad pitchers can pitch well at times and bad hitters hit well. The Sox’ problem has been that they’ve had a hard time beating mediocre teams, but that might be in the past……who knows? Bucholz has stabilized their rotation somewhat and they are teeing off on Blue Jay pitching. However, it’s true that they just lost 2/3 to the Rangers. Maybe they will continue to be inconsistent…….It sounds like Doc just didn’t have it today at all – probably would have gotten knocked around by any decent offensive club.

  287. Tunnel Man August 19th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    What’s wrong with Doc Halladay?

  288. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Wow, is Lee enjoying the NL or what? Whew……

  289. Steve T August 19th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks for the answer Erica.
    Another elementary question, what is oppc?

  290. Carl August 19th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Mike A.

    It’s a joke.

  291. Stuckey August 19th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    “Maybe they will continue to be inconsistent”

    Let me get this straight… entering Toronto the lost 2 to 3 to the team they’re battling for the wildcard, and should have lost all 3.

    The won 10-9 last night to a sub .500 team and because they happened to score 5 runs off Halladay you’re worried they’re getting “hot”?

  292. Pel August 19th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    YES Innerview with Eric Hinske:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/64368068ab936516/

  293. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Steve T
    August 19th, 2009 at 9:22 pm
    Thanks for the answer Erica.
    Another elementary question, what is oppc?

    ****

    Official Positive Posters Club :-)

  294. Eli August 19th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    It just is disheartening that Doc mailed in the rest of the season after he wasn’t traded. It’s like he isin’t even trying anymore and doesn’t care if he wins or not. How do you last only 5 innings like that in a big game?

    Atleast Burnett last year continued to pitch well and try hard even though it was clear the Jays season was over… he still conjured up enough motivation to beat Tampa, NY, Boston in September. Wish Doc had that same motivation…..

  295. haiku-man August 19th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Roy is an Ace,he’s on a team that the games don’t matter.
    The GM,also messed with his head,pretending he was going to be traded.
    So NOW he’s PROBABLY not MOTIVATED.
    Practically every scout was watching him,before the trade deadline.

    At his age he wants a ring before it’s too late

  296. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I would think it mentally messes up a player a lot when you are expecting to be traded and aren’t. Everyone in baseball was speculating on Halladay’s trade value for a month and nothing came of it. There has to be a huge let down from that.

    Imagine if someone said to you, “You are amazing. We are going to trdae you. Everyone wants you. You will wind up on a contending team and probably win a World Series”. And then they said “Nevermind. You can stay in Canada”.

    I wouldn’t pitch well either

  297. Giuseppe Franco August 19th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Stuckey August 19th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    “Maybe they will continue to be inconsistent”

    Let me get this straight… entering Toronto the lost 2 to 3 to the team they’re battling for the wildcard, and should have lost all 3.

    The won 10-9 last night to a sub .500 team and because they happened to score 5 runs off Halladay you’re worried they’re getting “hot”?

    —————

    Yep, that pretty much sums it up.

    The Red Sox have essentially been a .500 for about three months and a win against Halladay (who has not quite been himself since his groin injury) is now going to morph that team into the ’27 Yankees over the last 50 games.

    Funny stuff.

    I wouldn’t bury the Red Sox just yet. But they aren’t nearly the threat that some people think they are.

    Even Peter Gammons doesn’t really believe in them right now.

  298. Winfield killed my seagull August 19th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    nice to see that the yanks are sticking to the plan with joba.

  299. Stuckey August 19th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    “It just is disheartening that Doc mailed in the rest of the season after he wasn’t traded. It’s like he isin’t even trying anymore and doesn’t care if he wins or not. How do you last only 5 innings like that in a big game?”

    He gave up 3 ER in 6 innings over his last two starts including 1 run in 8 AT Tampa 5 days ago.

    What drugs are you people on?

  300. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    The Dodgers signed Padilla.

    Manny and Padilla in the same locker room must be charming

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

  301. swingsandmisses August 19th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I’m watching the game on NESN and Doc was just getting hit hard. It happens. Haren got smashed today too, and Greinke didn’t fare much better. Of course Beckett yesterday and even Lincecum pitched way below par. It’s a long season and these guys all get worn down. Except for Cliff Lee apparently, a win today he’ll be 7-0 in his last seven starts with a 1 pt something ERA. He might be outperforming even CC’s freaking amazing stint in the NL last year. Obviously, the NL sucks.

  302. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Doc had a bad game………he definitely did not mail anything in. He’s incapable of doing that……..he’s got too much pride and it would be a poor example to the young pitchers. No way……

  303. And 1 August 19th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Both the Yankees and Sox have pretty tough schedules

    Yankees:

    3 road Boston
    3 home Texas
    3 home Chicago
    4 home Tampa
    3 road Angels
    3 road Seattle
    1 home Angels
    3 home Boston
    3 road Tampa

    Red Sox:

    4 home Chicago
    4 road Chicago
    3 home Yankees
    3 home Angels
    2 road Tampa
    3 road Yankees
    3 home Tampa

    Almost 50% of Boston’s schedule and over 50% of our remaining schedule are against teams over .500.

    One big difference is 12 of our final 15 games are against teams over .500 whereas only 3 of Boston’s final 17 are against teams over .500 (one road series against us). We also have a West Coast trip while Boston plays Baltimore/KC

  304. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Lee would have to pitch on 3 days rest for a long period of time, trying to get his team into the playoffs, before it can be said that he’s matching CC’s performance from last year.

    Joe Torre is the one who said he could handle Albert Belle, so I guess Padilla isn’t a big deal for him. I wouldn’t have touched him with a ten foot pole – he’s a bad guy.

  305. Jellyfish August 19th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Padilla is a great clubhouse guy and an innings eater. Good pick up by Torre’s Dodgers.

  306. bru August 19th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    snell outpitched verlander

  307. Pel August 19th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    YES pre-game Clubhouse Report with Bob Lorenz and Gordon Damer:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/64368502dbcfbd12/

  308. yada yada yada August 19th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    What drugs are you people on?

    ——————-

    I bought some official Yankee Stadium grass from Steiner Sports.

    Was I not supposed to smoke that?

  309. Jim the VT Yankeefan August 19th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Lee ended up with 0 ER, 2 hits, 11 Ks, 0 walks. As a bonus he went 2-4 at the plate.

  310. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    That said, Lee’s numbers are WOW……….no wonder pitchers kill to get away from the AL; is the NL really that much weaker? Holy cow……

  311. Stuckey August 19th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    My wife’s grandmother is 96 years old and a huge Met’s fans. Probably has seen most of every game since forever, but bless her soul, she still really doesn’t know baseball.

    Some of the people here remind me of her.

    If you understand baseball you never try to find explanation for the result of ONE game.

    ANYthing can happen in ONE game because over the course of a season there is 162 of them.

    Series and weeks means something in baseball. Not games and days.

    Roy Halladay might have given up 5 in 5 for no other reason than that’s the way the ball was bouncing tonight.

    To look for “reasons” is ridiculous.

  312. jennifer August 19th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Listening to Eric’s innerview, interview. Yankees holding draft on August 30th in hotel in Baltimore. Anyone going down? LOL

  313. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    What are they holding a draft for, Jen?

  314. jennifer August 19th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    oh sorry, fantasy football.

  315. S.A.--Serenity Now August 19th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Cliff Lee seems to like the NL

  316. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en... let's try '09! August 19th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Not surprised that the ball by Swisher was changed to a hit. Both Singleton and Flaherty were laughing at the scorer for giving Nomar an error.

    That official scorer was a tough cookie. :)

  317. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 19th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Maybe Doc is regressing. ;)

  318. swingsandmisses August 19th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Er, yeah there’s no way Doc would mail anything in. There’s a Cy Young award on the line here. Think he wouldn’t like another one?

    Baseball is upside down today. Contreras beats Greinke, Snell beats Verlander, Bucholtz beating Halladay … I’m going to assume this means good things for Chad Gaudin. :P

  319. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    no problem, lol……A couple of years ago, I did Fantasy Football in my office and took Brian Urlacher (a Bear, so natch I took him) over Peyton Manning. Let’s just say I took some ribbing for that……..and the end results were not so hot.

  320. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    LOL Nick, maybe he needs AJ….Doc hasn’t had a good pie in the face in awhile.

  321. Keith R.A. DeCandido August 19th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    It’s the Internet. People are =never= done complaining……..

  322. Zach in Port Jeff August 19th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Maybe the problem is with Barajas…???

  323. MaineYankee August 19th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Jellyfish
    August 19th, 2009 at 9:38 pm
    Padilla is a great clubhouse guy and an innings eater. Good pick up by Torre’s Dodgers.

    ————————————————-

    Probably we’ll see Manny slapping him upside the head after he gets hit a few times.

  324. Zed August 19th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Pitchers like Lee and Sabathia were elite in the AL, it’s no wonder they are succeeding in the NL as well.

    Also remember, the league is not familiar with them because they are lifetime ALers. CC alluded to that as well when he explains his Milwaukee dominance.

  325. swingsandmisses August 19th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    “Maybe the problem is with Barajas…???”
    lOL, NESN determined Beckett’s bad outing was due to Victor Martinez catching instead of Varitek yesterday. ;)

  326. Mike C. August 19th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: A few e-mailers asked why Posada wasn’t playing. Well …

    • He has caught three days in a row and four of the last five.

    • He’s a 38-year-old catcher.

    • The team has tomorrow off, so he can get two days off in a row.

    • There’s a big series coming up.

    • He had major shoulder surgery a year ago.

    • The Yankees are up by seven games.

    • Jose Molina is a really nice guy.

    That about covers it. I really thought that at 75-45, folks would be done with complaining about the lineup. I guess not.

    Peter,

    I think I speak for everyone when I say this.. Your one funny dude!

  327. joeman August 19th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Padilla has to be a better SP than the two on the end of their now rotation

  328. jennifer August 19th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    swingsandmisses August 19th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    “Maybe the problem is with Barajas…???”
    lOL, NESN determined Beckett’s bad outing was due to Victor Martinez catching instead of Varitek yesterday. ;)

    *****

    Sounds like people on here.

  329. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 19th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    “That official scorer was a tough cookie.”

    You’re telling me! It seemed like another error would show up on the scoreboard everytime Jeter got into the on-deck circle. I was shocked that he didn’t get credited with at least 8 hits last night.

  330. joeman August 19th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Chad Gaudin & Mirte in the New York Yankees rotation…pinch me

  331. pat August 19th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    “Maybe Doc is regressing.”

    Maybe he’s trying to lower his trade value because he heard where he’d like to play needs to pay a premium. :wink:

  332. Scorpio August 19th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Padilla the headhunter has to get up to bat in the NL so he better think before he plunks a fast one at someone.

  333. Zach in Port Jeff August 19th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    re: Jason Bay…I really hope the Yankees dont consider signing this guy. Is he having a good year? Yes…but I think the American League is quickly catching up to him…and he can definitely be pitched to. I really hope the Sox give him big money for at least 4-5 years. It would also be a bonus if C-Money could tweak Theo and Co. by driving the price up a bit.

  334. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Nick in SF-

    I am the official scorer :evil:

  335. Steve August 19th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Boston tacks on another run against the Jays awful pen.

  336. swingsandmisses August 19th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    It’s too bad Youklis was suspended and Padilla released for the recent Boston/Texas series, that could have been epic.

  337. Phil - Not a troll since 2007 August 19th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Mike C doesn’t speak for me. But you’re one funny dude, Pete.

  338. joeman August 19th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    wouldn’t have mind seeing Padilla in a Yankee uniform

  339. haiku-man August 19th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Even with all the pitchers going to the NL,they still don’t win the All Star Game.

  340. vinny-b (thankful to have Girardi in charge) August 19th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....gue-16122/

    one of our correspondents, used to periodically spot Ian Kennedy on the beach, with his dog (chocolate lab)

    I forget this person’s name. Either way, this post his for him.

  341. RalphieD (OPPC) August 19th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    wow…big night so far for Z-Mac down in Trenton…10 k’s through 4 innings…10!…1 hit, 1 run

  342. Joe August 19th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Bay has to get some consideration for AL MVP if Boston gets to the playoffs

    His stats are nearly identical to Teixeria’s except he has a lower average. He is comparable or better in all other areas though.

  343. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I’m watching the Canadian broadcast of the Toronto/Boston game and they were mentioning the hue and cry from Boston fans and media about Martinez game calling skills and not being on the same page with Beckett last night. I thought that I was listening to the audio version of this blog.

    Say what you want about Beckett, but, he said that crap was just stupid, because basically, he was throwing the right pitches in the wrong spots. He figured that if Martinez was good enough to catch the last two AL Cy Youngs, he must know something.

  344. Mike C. August 19th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Good one Phil

  345. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Where is Carl???

    He didn’t say “Lets Go Yankees” at the start of the game.

    How alarming

  346. Carl August 19th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Jete man slow down!

  347. GVR August 19th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Jeter may never make an out again.

  348. NYY626 August 19th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    “whats new” – good one.

  349. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 19th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Don’t score that a hit. I dare you!

  350. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    I think that people can get some Compound W for their worry warts concerning Zach McAllister. 4 innings, 2 hits, 1 run (earned), 0 walks, 10 strikeouts, 1 hit batter.

  351. Carl August 19th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Erica – always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Where is Carl???

    He didn’t say “Lets Go Yankees” at the start of the game.

    How alarming

    :)

  352. grafxkid August 19th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    damon getting jete over with one out now. incredible. i love this team!

  353. Carl August 19th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Lets go Yankees!!

  354. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Carl-

    Its the little pieces of continuity I rely on for comfort in this crazy, everchanging world :-)

  355. RalphieD (OPPC) August 19th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    fundamental baseball!!

  356. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 19th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    A friend of mine in LA just texted that she got a Matt Kemp bobblehead tonight. Should I try to trade a Cano bobblehead for it??? ;)

  357. Tunnel Man August 19th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Manny being Manny

    upon hearing the Dodgers signed Padilla, he said, it was welcomed news, even though he said he didn’t know who Padilla was. :) :) :)

  358. Carl August 19th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Erica – always OPPC

    Gotcha :)

  359. Carl August 19th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Chad Gaudin = Mini workhorse

  360. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    It’ll be interesting to see if anyone claims Billy Wagner off of waivers, along with his $2.7 mil contract remaining.

  361. MaineYankee August 19th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    I thought the Yankees could only score by the HR.

  362. S.A.--Serenity Now August 19th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    You can do this Gaudin. Go Yankees

  363. Laura - I like this new Alex! He's a keeper. August 19th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    This guy is starting to piss me off. Strike out already!

  364. jennifer August 19th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    GreenBeret7

    # complete no-trade clause
    # 06:$10.5M, 07:$10.5M, 08:$10.5M, 09:$10.5M,
    10:$8M club option ($1M buyout)
    # $4M paid in advance (after 1/1/06) to be used toward purchase of home

  365. Tom in N.J. August 19th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Confident body language?

    Really?

  366. Carl August 19th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Tom in N.J. August 19th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Confident body language?

    Really?

    That’s John for you. Terrible man.

  367. beedogs August 19th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    planning on throwing some strikes today gaudin?

  368. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    jennifer
    August 19th, 2009 at 10:17 pm
    GreenBeret7

    # complete no-trade clause
    # 06:$10.5M, 07:$10.5M, 08:$10.5M, 09:$10.5M,
    10:$8M club option ($1M buyout)
    # $4M paid in advance (after 1/1/06) to be used toward purchase of home

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, but, the claiming team is only in for the 2.7
    Not sure the 5 week gamble is worth that much, though.

    So far, in 7 low minor league gams, 7 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks and 10 strikeouts.

  369. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    in 7 low minor league ***games***

  370. jennifer August 19th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    green- but don’t forget the million dollar buy out.

    So it is 3.7 min.

  371. Tunnel Man August 19th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Gaudin may need to grow bck his Amish goatee

  372. pat August 19th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Big K

  373. Carl August 19th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Looks like Joba is pitching with all those sliders

  374. NYY626 August 19th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Hey that was painless!

  375. S.A.--Serenity Now August 19th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    exhale!

  376. RalphieD (OPPC) August 19th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    gaudin looks decent…a lot of pitches but a 8 pitch ab will do that…if he can go 4-5 with limited damage id take that in a heart beat…aceves for a couple innings then you got the back end who need work

  377. elcheesokingo August 19th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    gaudin with a nice economic inning…

    heres a fun game: who will be the first reliever for the yanks and at what point will they be coming into the game?

  378. haiku-man August 19th, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    26 pitches is a bit much I’ll take it with no runs scored.

  379. pat August 19th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    I forgot this was the weird water pitcher.

  380. Zach in Port Jeff August 19th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Can someone explain to me what Brett Anderson was doing in the dugout?

    It reminded me of a cross between The Exorcist and Poltergeist…and Firestarter.

    Scary.

  381. Benny Blanco August 19th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Brett Anderson…lMAOL. What is wrong with that dude??

  382. Donnie - Will Meet Rajai Davis Under the O'Neill Banner August 19th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    I’m about sick of Davis at this point.

  383. Berry August 19th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Question.
    Who is Guadin replacing tonight? who is supposed to pitch tonight?

  384. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Has Wagner just been put on waivers or has he already passed thru waivers? If his velocity is there, would be worth the gamble to reinforce our lefty presence in the bullpen, as I don’t expect much from Marte.

  385. nature boy August 19th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Berry
    August 19th, 2009 at 10:32 pm
    Question.
    Who is Guadin replacing tonight? who is supposed to pitch tonight?

    Andy P

  386. elcheesokingo August 19th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Man, I am glad I’m pink.

  387. Berry August 19th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    is Petitte hurt?

  388. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Trader, they put him on waivers today.

  389. S.A.--Serenity Now August 19th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Hopefully a nice quick inning for Gaudin here

  390. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Nothing wrong with Pettitte. He was pushed back to open in Boston.

  391. Berry August 19th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Sorry, but why would they push him back? They have a regular five pitcher rotation that is working well, why would they switch it now?

  392. Shdw August 19th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    They want Pettite for the Boston series and with the day off tomorrow the 5 man rotation will be fine.

  393. elcheesokingo August 19th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    I like the pitching matchups in the boston series … but I sure hope we can put up some runs against Beckett.

  394. Berry August 19th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    well help me to understand this then. They have Gaudin tonight, off day tomorrow, then Fri vs Boston its Petitte, AJ and CC correct?
    If they kept Petitte on tonight then it would be AJ Fri CC Sat and who on Sun

  395. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 19th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Lt. Dan Go Dan won’t have the legs to go 5 for the win…

  396. Shdw August 19th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    It would have been Mitre, AJ, CC. Not AJ, CC, then somebody.

  397. EY August 19th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    he struck out the side lol..

  398. Berry August 19th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    ok got it, so its either Guadin vs. Oak and petitte vs Bos
    or Petitte vs. Oak and Mitre/Guadin vs Bos.
    tough call
    I
    Might go for the better odds against oak and pitched Petitte tonight. It could rain over the weekend anything can happen. I`d go for the sure W

  399. Blackaccord August 19th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    texas has blown the lead again today.. two days in a row they have done this..

  400. NYY626 August 19th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Derek made an out? :shocked:

  401. The Phranchise August 19th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Anderson could turn into one of the best lefties in the game in a few short years. He has great stuff.

  402. CB August 19th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Brett Anderson is a very impressive young pitcher. Live arm, nice fastball, good slider and good command. That is not a combination you get in a 21 year old lefty too often.

  403. JJ August 19th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Haha Pete you really are a jackass

  404. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 19th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Johnny Damon with the statue of Liberty play !

  405. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    MPB Johnny Damon = Amazing Outfielder :-)

  406. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    CB-

    I investigated Google docs and while I love the idea, I am not sure it would work.

    Thank you anyway for thinking of me

  407. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 19th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Gaudin the anti-Mitre?

  408. RalphieD (OPPC) August 19th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    nice inning…gaudin is impressing me

  409. S.A.--Serenity Now August 19th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    5 K’s so far for Chad. :shock:

  410. CB August 19th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Erica,

    Why don’t you think it will work? Lot’s of offices use the spread sheet doc to do things sort of like GTLU.

  411. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    August 19th, 2009 at 10:53 pm
    CB-

    I investigated Google docs and while I love the idea, I am not sure it would work.

    Thank you anyway for thinking of me

    ————————————————————

    Google docs? Is that a site for doctors to google and oggle the hotties?

  412. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    MPB Johnny Damon = Awesome :grin:

  413. Blackaccord August 19th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    gaudin looks impressive in the first 3 innings.. all we can ask for is 3 more good innings..

  414. Carl August 19th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    TEX!!

  415. S.A.--Serenity Now August 19th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Good job Johnny. :)

  416. Pel August 19th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Holy crap!

    That was crushed!

  417. The Phranchise August 19th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Tex crushed that

  418. RalphieD (OPPC) August 19th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    texxy!

  419. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 19th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    The MVP is alive!

  420. RS August 19th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    That was a pretty swing.

  421. NYY626 August 19th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    I knew we couldnt go an entire series without a bomb! Nice shot Tex

  422. YankeeRay August 19th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Bang

  423. pat August 19th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Nice!

  424. S.A.--Serenity Now August 19th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Texy! :lol:

  425. Donnie - Will Meet Rajai Davis Under the O'Neill Banner August 19th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Well, he certainly killed THAT ball.

  426. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Green Beret, if I could throw tomatoes at you, I would, lol….and yet I laugh at your jokes. I don’t know who’s sadder, you or me….

  427. Eights August 19th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    I am torn between who I will root for in the MVP race…

    The Captain or Tex?

    I don’t know!

  428. Carl August 19th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Jesus that slider is nasty

  429. EY August 19th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    MVP! MVP!

  430. Blackaccord August 19th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    East or west.. Tex is the best…

  431. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 19th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    “Green Beret, if I could throw tomatoes at you, I would, lol….and yet I laugh at your jokes. I don’t know who’s sadder, you or me….”

    throw green tomatoes… they’ll blend in better.
    GB will pass it off to the southern belles as camouflage.

  432. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    CB-

    1) I am not sure how many people can go in at once
    2) If you and I were both typing in it at the same time, how would it appear to us? And for me to monitor could I see everything or would I get a jumbled mess
    3) It may not be user friendly enough for everyone here
    4) It won’t easily enable me to see who is posting the same exact line up without major resorting

    I actually have GTLU down to a pretty good system now. Every line up that is submitted here gets copied directly into an Excel document. I keep a tab on the document for each number #9 hitter in the line ups. For example- everyone who has Molina goes on a tab together and I can quickly scroll through to see who posted the exact line up. Everyone who posts the same one gets pasted next to it.

    I do absolutely no writing other than my master list of names entered. And the only typing I actually do is when I am typing here. And even then is usually copy & paste

  433. Joe from Long Island August 19th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    That guy Davis in CF really uses his speed well in the OF – making nice catches on bombs and cutting off drives in the gap. Really saves them some runs. If he played in the East he would be a lot better known.

  434. CB August 19th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    One of the highlights for me this year watching the offense has been to see how relentless they are in making in game adjustments to pitchers the second and third time through the order.

    That was a very impressive at bat by damon. First at bat Anderson stayed away from Damon.

    Damon got a slider on the low outside corner and wound up pulling it weakly to the right side.

    Second time around the order and Damon was looking outside part of the plate. He got a 95 mph fastball and just put the bat head out and took the pitch the other way.

    First at bat Anderson started Tex with fastball on the inside part of the plate.

    Second at bat Tex was just waiting for that pitch and crushed it. Good to see him hit a HR on the road and do so from the RH side.

  435. Papelboner August 19th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Are the stats on milb.com right about Koby Clemens? Hes having a monster year.

  436. Metal hoops August 19th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Sexy Texy?

  437. JZ August 19th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Can A-Rod hit?
    I don’t know it’s because of his slump, or he’s not 100%.
    If he keeps playing like this, the opposing teams just begin to pitch around Tex.

  438. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    I will throw FRIED Green tomatoes, lol

  439. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 19th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    too bad we didn’t get to see a Gaudin vs. Tomko match up.

    Two Cy Young caliber pitchers going head to head in a duel – matching 0′s on the scoreboard. It doesn’t get any better.

  440. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 19th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    “I am torn between who I will root for in the MVP race…

    The Captain or Tex?

    I don’t know!”

    It’s Teix. This shouldn’t even be hard to realize that it is Teix.

  441. Carl August 19th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    JZ August 19th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Can A-Rod hit?
    I don’t know it’s because of his slump, or he’s not 100%.
    If he keeps playing like this, the opposing teams just begin to pitch around Tex.

    So you pitch to Jete and Damon, pitch around Tex, then pitch to Alex?

  442. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 19th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    And if it’s not him there is a catcher in Minnesota hitting over .380

  443. Bronx Jeers August 19th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    True on Rajal Davis.

    They’ve really given the CFers some work to do on this trip.

    And both have put on a good show.

    Guitierrez is a a few years younger but they’re both a lot of fun to watch.

  444. yada yada yada August 19th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Gaudin giving the A’s the Tomko Treatment: shutting down your former team, leaving the fans to ask, “Where the hell was this when you pitched for us?”

  445. JZ August 19th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    yeah, Carl, in RBI situation, sure I’d like to take my chance on A-Rod, instead of Tex.

  446. The Captain August 19th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Wow..great stuff CB.

    CB
    August 19th, 2009 at 11:04 pm
    One of the highlights for me this year watching the offense has been to see how relentless they are in making in game adjustments to pitchers the second and third time through the order.

    That was a very impressive at bat by damon. First at bat Anderson stayed away from Damon.

    Damon got a slider on the low outside corner and wound up pulling it weakly to the right side.

    Second time around the order and Damon was looking outside part of the plate. He got a 95 mph fastball and just put the bat head out and took the pitch the other way.

    First at bat Anderson started Tex with fastball on the inside part of the plate.

    Second at bat Tex was just waiting for that pitch and crushed it. Good to see him hit a HR on the road and do so from the RH side.

  447. JH August 19th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    blah blah blah rajai davis blah blah blah good lord they have talked about him enough on YES, he’s not on the Yankees, who cares, shut up about the guy he’s not even that good… just OK… that is all… wow…

  448. CB August 19th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Erica,

    If you have a system that’s great. I might be wrong but it seems like you’re getting more submissions each day (maybe it’s the 10pm EST starts?). Just watching all of those line ups pour in today I just can’t imagine how you’d manage all those entries.

    But if you have a system then you are way ahead of the game!

  449. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Betsy
    August 19th, 2009 at 10:59 pm
    Green Beret, if I could throw tomatoes at you, I would, lol….and yet I laugh at your jokes. I don’t know who’s sadder, you or me….

    ————————————————————

    If you’re laughing, you’re as sick as I am.

    Fried Green Tomatoes, and fried Ocra Winfrey doesn’t sound appetizing to me, but, those are southern delicasies down here.

  450. Christina- Giants Camp and Mike Francesa August 19th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    who is Matt Halladay and why cant they pronounce Holliday’s name correctly?

  451. JH August 19th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    btw CB is obviously a genius, man what analysis, does he have a baseball degree or something??? I wish i knew as much as he did about baseball

  452. CB August 19th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    If posada tried blocking a ball in the dirt the way Molina just did it would have been very interesting to see all of the comments that would have blitzed this board…

  453. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Ugh, Molina didn’t do a very good job blocking that ball…….Gaudin is losing it.

  454. Pel August 19th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    whew

  455. rconn23 August 19th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Jeter is the MVP of the team.

    Tex has been great, but Jeter has been incredible.

    If you want to pick a first baseman who has a lot of RBIs for the award – which is what sportswriters tend to do – you could just as easily pick Morneau.

    However, the MVP is Mauer. Everyone else is playing for second place.

  456. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    CB, you’re right……….Molina got very lazy there. Good job by Gaudin…..he’s already done far better than I expected.

  457. RalphieD (OPPC) August 19th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    “Ugh, Molina didn’t do a very good job blocking that ball…….Gaudin is losing it.”

    gaudin is pitching a fine game…breathe in and out slowly :)

  458. Max August 19th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Wow Flaherty is really laying into Jerry Layne.
    let it go.

  459. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 19th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Gaudin @ 71 pitches.

    If his limit is 85, he’s got to be economical in the 5th.

    In the 5th – all the relievers will be raising their hand – pick me pick me, it’s a vulture win.

  460. SJ44 August 19th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    He got out of it. Ye of little faith.

    He’s got nice depth on his slider.

    Fastball command could be better.

    Overall, he’s got a good arm and with some work, could be an asset.

  461. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Ocra Winfrey? That’s dreadful……yes, GB I am as sick as you.

    Here’s a couple of jokes I made up that you would love:

    What do you call someone who steals paper clips?
    What do you call someone who steals rubber bands?

    Let’s see if you can (or anyone) guess the answer……Erica has her GTLU, I have my GTA

  462. Max Power August 19th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    I wish i knew as much as he did about baseball

    —————–

    hell, I’d settle for knowing as much as CB has forgotten about baseball.

    this board is like one-stop-shopping for all of your Yankee knowledge needs.

  463. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    It’s especially dreadful as Okra is spelled with a K……..at least you didn’t say Orca Winfrey….

  464. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    CB-

    Actually sumbissions this week have been down. LOL.

    Last week at one point I got 51. Today was only 26.

    The Excel method has been going well. Today I left work when I opened the submission window. I got home an hour later. I was completely caught up on over 20 line ups within 9 minutes. I think that is a pretty good speed

  465. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    71 pitches, but at least not giving the hitters much to swing at. Looks confident and working fast. I didn’t see Gaudin’s horrible relief appearance when he let in runs on board charged to Aceves.

  466. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 19th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    I think Jose Molina could actually hit into a quadruple play.

  467. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Betsy-

    A thief??

  468. Carl August 19th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Pitch around Melky to pitch to Molina

  469. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 19th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Erica, I’ve made prelimiary inquiries to an office in Bangalore to help you with the lineup game for the rest of the season.

    For just 5000 rupees they can handle the whole thing, including September and the postseason.

    Just a thought. :)

  470. Every year is a world series year August 19th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    “However, the MVP is Mauer. Everyone else is playing for second place.”

    I disagree. No way. His team is not even a .500 team. To me a MVP is someone who carries his team. Take Mauer out of Minnesota–and they’re just even worse then .500. Take Tex or Jeter out of our lineup–we would not be talking playoffs.

  471. CB August 19th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    “Molina got very lazy there. ”

    I don’t think you can really say he got “lazy” there.

    How about another interpretation.

    Gaudin has a crazy slider that has tremendous tilt and action tonight. Unfortunately Gaudin doesn’t always know where the ball is going and tends to overthrow it at times.

    It’s just a terrific breaking pitch being thrown by a guy who doesn’t have great command.

    Like AJ, he really is not an easy guy to catch.

  472. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Christina, why can’t they spell Doc Halladay’s name correctly? During the trade talks, my word – I saw Halliday, Holladay, Holliday, etc……ANYTHING other than Halladay…

  473. Jim the VT Yankeefan August 19th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Do you all realize that Gaudin has given up 1 hit? Yeah he has walked 3 and hit a man but this has been a pretty good audition for the #5 spot so far.

  474. Papelboner August 19th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Just follow baseball close and you will start to understand. You always hear people talking about making adjustments throughout the game. The players that can make adjustments are going to be more successful that the players who do not.

    This is where it gets interesting, because the hitters are making adjustments as are the pitchers.

    And thats the beauty of the game.

  475. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Nick-

    Appreciated. But GTLU definitely needs a break in September. With expanded rosters I have no doubt Girardi would win every night

    I need to consider a special Postseason Guess the Line Up Season. That could be fun. It depends on how work is going though

  476. Max Power August 19th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    He’s laughable out there, yet I’ll bet UZR loves Jack Cust in RF.

  477. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    CB, I guess I haven’t seen enough of Gaudin to realize that he has such a crazy slider…….If that’s the case, I apologize to Jose (who I love, lol……

  478. Carl August 19th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    walk Tex so Alex can hit

  479. Jeff NJ August 19th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    The last few nights I have had my back to the game while here on the computer. Is it me or does it seem like 90% of the time, the Yankees have been batting? Guess when your pitcher is efficient and your lineup is patience and effective, that’s what we get.

    I can’t wait until the games are back on the east coast, this last week has been exhausting.

  480. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Erica, Alex will bat 8th in the post-season. That’s my prediction….

    No, not thief………. GB, care to take a guess?

  481. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 19th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Don’t be lineup wise, rupee foolish.

  482. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 19th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    “Jeter is the MVP of the team.

    Tex has been great, but Jeter has been incredible.”

    The players themselves have given credit to Teixeira for improving the inf range, Al himself said w/o Tex we wouldn’t be in 1st place to Peter Gammons himself. Teix has not only made the offense more stronger, but he improves the range of his other infielders and saves errors, we’ve seen Jetes throws to 1B and how many does another 1B catch, the dive stops to cutoff a run. Teix should win it but he won’t Joe Mauer deserves it this year.

  483. Donnie - Will Meet Rajai Davis Under the O'Neill Banner August 19th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    I CAN’T STAND THAT GUY.

  484. CB August 19th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    This last at bat to Damon Anderson tries to make an adjustment back.

    He moves to the inside part of the plate – which he’s been avoiding all game to LH hitters.

    He shows Damon fastballs in and then some curve balls which I don’t think he’s shown Damon tonight.

    But Damon once again stays inside of him self, and takes the ball inside out.

    Very good at bat.

  485. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    No Betsy!

    The manager now is Joe GIRARDI not Joe TORRE!

  486. Jim the VT Yankeefan August 19th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Band-it and clip-per

  487. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 19th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    “walk Tex so Alex can hit”

    I can’t wait to see this strategy. Put an extra RBI to someone that has the ability to drive it in.

  488. Jim the VT Yankeefan August 19th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Jeter now stands 25 hits away from tying Lou Gehrig for most hits as a Yankee.

  489. Joe from Long Island August 19th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    And Davis does it again. He’s some outfielder.

    I’d read where Dave Eiland was working with Gaudin on his slider. Looks like some good results.

  490. RalphieD (OPPC) August 19th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    hopefully 1 more inning from gaudin then turn it over to the pen

  491. Erica - always OPPC August 19th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Okay folks-

    3 nights of 10pm starts and 3 mornings of being at work before 8 have officially worn me down. I am going to bed and trusting you all with our 3-0 lead.

    Good night Yankee People!!!!

    (Please note: there will be no further postings from Erica tonight)

  492. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    LOL Erica……….wanted to see if you were still up.

    Well, GB may have gone to change diapers or something…..

    The answer is…… a “rubber bandit”.

    To the paper clip one, it’s a “cliptomaniac”.

    What can I say? I still think the cheesy jokes and riddles from the old Batman tv show are hilarious, lol

  493. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Betsy
    August 19th, 2009 at 11:17 pm
    It’s especially dreadful as Okra is spelled with a K……..at least you didn’t say Orca Winfrey….

    ————————————————————

    Betsy, you know better than to mistake typos for spelling errors?

  494. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Betsy
    What do you call someone who steals paper clips?-Clipster
    What do you call someone who steals rubber bands?-Con-dom man or bandito

    Actually I would call them stupid and stupider, for those items aren’t worth stealing!

  495. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 19th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Was Rajah Davis always this good an OF? I mean he has how many robbed hits in his glove?

  496. Bronx Jeers August 19th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Betsy, you have finally confirmed what I have been suspecting for a long time.

    Or shall I call you Sister as in Sister Marguerite Torre. :lol:

  497. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Jim, oh so close…….good job!

  498. CB August 19th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Brandon,

    If you don’t think Jeter has a very strong case as being the yankees MVP this year you are nuts.

    And if you think the yankees MVP should be in the running for league MVP then Jeter absolutely should be in the conversation as AL MVP.

    He’s been fantastic this year.

  499. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    I know no such thing, GB……….

    Yankee Trader, if you work in an office, you would know how common that kind of stuff is……..now I have to figure out an answer to “what do you call someone who steals post-it notes”?

  500. Ed August 19th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Hate to say it, but Gaudin reminds me of Sidney Ponson. He has pretty good stuff, but doesn’t seem to have any idea where the ball is going.

  501. Christina- Giants Camp and Mike Francesa August 19th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    # Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Christina, why can’t they spell Doc Halladay’s name correctly? During the trade talks, my word – I saw Halliday, Holladay, Holliday, etc……ANYTHING other than Halladay…
    ————————-

    It drives me insane, Erica! At least you dont hear it as much as you were during the trade deadline.

  502. Christina- Giants Camp and Mike Francesa August 19th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Whoops, I mean Betsy. Sorry!

  503. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Betsy
    August 19th, 2009 at 11:25 pm
    LOL Erica……….wanted to see if you were still up.

    Well, GB may have gone to change diapers or something…..

    The answer is…… a “rubber bandit”.

    To the paper clip one, it’s a “cliptomaniac”.

    What can I say? I still think the cheesy jokes and riddles from the old Batman tv show are hilarious, lol

    ————————————————————

    Even I wouldn’t have typed those jokes.

    The best bad puns in TV history were from the old Rocky And Bullwinkle Show.

  504. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    I’ve been accused of being Phil or his mom, but now a nun? My parents (Jewish as they are) would be horrified, lol…….

  505. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 19th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Goughdinne is outpitching Dock Hollaway tonight!

  506. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    No problem, Christina!

    GB, I have no shame……Are you saying that this joke isn’t a classic?

    What people are always in a hurry?…………..Russians

    What’s yellow and writes? ………..a ballpoint banana

    Classics of the genre…..

  507. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 19th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    “If you don’t think Jeter has a very strong case as being the yankees MVP this year you are nuts.”

    I never said that, I said he’s not the MVP over Teix.

  508. CB August 19th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    “Goughdinne is outpitching Dock Hollaway tonight!”

    If Joba is the player to be named later for Goughdinne so be it.

  509. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Oops, I mean “these jokes”……..

  510. Pel August 19th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    :roll:

    BE ALERT

  511. The Phranchise August 19th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Bad exchange, need to get an out there.

  512. Carl August 19th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Come on Cano way to fail

  513. Joe from Long Island August 19th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    I might be wrong, but I think Gaudin is throwing better than Sir Sidney. Just my impression.

  514. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Boy, Jeter or Tex – that’s tough. I don’t think Jeter would get very many votes….he got jobbed in 2006. He’s not a power hitter and, as such, gets penalized for it.

    They should have a best player and MVP award because they’re not always the same thing. Joe Mauer may be the best player in the AL this year, but his team is likely not going to make the playoffs. It’s completely not his fault, obviously, but how can you be the most valuable player if your team doesn’t win enough?

  515. CB August 19th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Brandon,

    This is what you said:

    “It’s Teix. This shouldn’t even be hard to realize that it is Teix.”

    That’s pretty definitive black and white – Jeter isn’t even in the conversation by this statement.

    It shouldn’t even be hard to realize that it is tex?

  516. The Phranchise August 19th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Walks and errors. Need to get out of this

  517. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 19th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Get someone up…. Lt. Go Dan is getting tired.

  518. rconn23 August 19th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Brandon,

    No one is saying Tex hasn’t been everything the team could have hoped for and more, but Jeter’s having one of the best defensive seasons of his career. And of course, offsneively he’s been outstanding.

    Tex is great, but you can argue Youkilis and Morneau and Cabrera have been just as valuable. They’ve all put up similar production.

  519. RalphieD (OPPC) August 19th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    i dont put the blame on cano there…jeter tossed it to his bare hand side and cano just couldnt react..

  520. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    wow, Gaudin is coming out………

  521. Pel August 19th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    :/

  522. S.A.--Serenity Now August 19th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Run out there Girardi.
    Gaudin did better than I thought, but time for Alfredo sauce

  523. Benny Blanco August 19th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    he was not happy. Welcome to the yankees.

  524. The Phranchise August 19th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Did Gaudin just give Joe G the old f bomb there? Not towards him just that was the reaction???

  525. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Oh boy, I hope Ace looks better than he did last time…….this could get ugly

  526. PL August 19th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    tommorow…DFA Chad Gaudin…cant show up your manager

  527. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 19th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Godinne can’t lose at least.

  528. RS August 19th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Oh boy…it stinks that Gaudin couldn’t bear down after the error.

    Aceves makes me a little nervous because he’s been so hit or miss lately.

  529. RalphieD (OPPC) August 19th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    gaudin isnt happy about coming out but if he wanted to get through 5 he shouldnt of walked 2 people this inning..

  530. Angel - A tale told by idiots - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. August 19th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Yeah, expressing frustration with yourself at leaving with the bases loaded, is showing up your manager.

  531. baseballfab August 19th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    YUP that was an f bomb…good that he is competitive, but wow, I cannot remember the last time I saw that……

  532. Sean August 19th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    wow, I can’t believe he showed up Girardi like that

  533. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en... let's try '09! August 19th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Can’t really blame Girardi for bringing in Ace. Gaudin was tiring and missing up and in quite a bit. He gave a gutty effort and he exits with a lead.

  534. RalphieD (OPPC) August 19th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    “tommorow…DFA Chad Gaudin…cant show up your manager”

    lol

  535. The Phranchise August 19th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    That was not Cano’s fault. Probably the right play was going to first and getting the out although with Davis’s speed that was no sure fire out either.

    Gaudin can’t be too upset. Two walks in an inning, bases loaded. He did a solid job. They want the win

  536. CB August 19th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Gaudin is absolutely nothing like Ponson.

    Gaudin has a live arm and his slider can be a plus pitch. He can miss a lot of bats. He’s always struck out a ton of guys and this year his k/9 is around 9.

    Ponson was the exacty opposite. His stuff was mediocre at best and he didn’t miss bats at all.

    They aren’t similar at all.

  537. Clare August 19th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Phranchise,

    He sure did. He very clearly said frack me in disgust as he left the mound. That’s an awful lot of attitude for a guy making his first start who just loaded the bases.

  538. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 19th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Gaudin knew going in he was going to be pulled around 85 pitches – he threw 90.

  539. Jeter2007 August 19th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    i noticed gaudin’s reaction too. he did great, but he should understand we need the win. maybe he’ll realize that later. if he didnt like it, he should stop walking people on 4 ptches.

  540. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    True, Ralphie – 5 walks in 5 innings? He wouldn’t have gotten past the 3rd inning against a better team……..

  541. frankie b August 19th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    go take seat,maybe next time throw more strikes

  542. Rachel August 19th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    I don’t like Ace in this spot. He has been terrible recently.

  543. Carl August 19th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Big double play

  544. Pel August 19th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    WOW THAT WAS UNBELIEVABLY QUICK AND PAINLESS!

  545. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 19th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    ““It’s Teix. This shouldn’t even be hard to realize that it is Teix.”

    That’s pretty definitive black and white – Jeter isn’t even in the conversation by this statement.

    It shouldn’t even be hard to realize that it is tex?”

    It really shouldn’t. Offensively/Defensively.

  546. PL August 19th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    # Angel – A tale told by idiots – full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. August 19th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Yeah, expressing frustration with yourself at leaving with the bases loaded, is showing up your manager.

    Actually, he clearly did… he stared at Joe as he walked to get him then he looked at him, then the other way and said F me…and looked back as well..

  547. Jeff NJ August 19th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Sweet. This game is ova

  548. Angel - A tale told by idiots - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. August 19th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Wow, took him all of one pitch to get out of that jam. Alright!

  549. S.A.--Serenity Now August 19th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    :shock:
    Whoa

  550. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Actually, AJ said the F word against the Sox, when he walked Ellsbury in the 8th inning…….

  551. NYY626 August 19th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    wow that was almost too easy :) Go Ace!

  552. RalphieD (OPPC) August 19th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    mitre would of thrown that ball to the backstop

  553. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 19th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Aceves knows a good vulture win when he sees it.

  554. The Phranchise August 19th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Ace just gettin it done. Beauty. Got to love the home to first double play when Molina is back there displaying the gun

  555. Angel - A tale told by idiots - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. August 19th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Can we start showing faith in the players now? lol

  556. RS August 19th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Best case scenario there. Way to go Aceves! And he might just pick up his 8th win.

  557. Bill August 19th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    That should have been an error on Jeter. He made a bad flip behind Cano. Cano shouldn’t get an error for trying to get that and missing. Nice 1-2-3 DP to end the inning though, so that error will only be remembered as costing Gaudin a win, and not the Yankees a game.

  558. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en... let's try '09! August 19th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    That’s exactly why Ace has been such a great find, he got the ground ball that he needed.

    He didn’t rush the throw at all to Molina, he was steady and composed, and Jose gunned down Suzuki by several steps.

  559. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 19th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Maybe the player to be named later will be… Chad Gaudin.

  560. Rachel August 19th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Good thing Suzuki had a Cano at bat…Hopefully the bullpen can hold on.

  561. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Maybe Ace will be kind enough not to return the favor to Gaudin and let all his inherited runners score.

    Double play!

  562. YankeeRay August 19th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    Wow Girardi comes out smellin like a rose. Gaudin can’t be mad now. Mitre should take lessons from Ace on how to be calm when fielding and throwing for a dbl play.

  563. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    The guy is hyped up and upset with himself, I’m sure he was not cursing at Girardi…….can’t blame someone who is upset in the heat of the moment

  564. Angel - A tale told by idiots - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. August 19th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    I dont’ see that as showing up a manager. I see a competitive athlete frustrated with himself.

  565. Bronx Jeers August 19th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    This ain’t the Padres Gaughanne. We’re playing to win these games.

    Not too shabby otherwise.

  566. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Gaudin would still be in line for a win if he hadn’t walked two batters in that inning.

  567. PL August 19th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    # Angel – A tale told by idiots – full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. August 19th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    I dont’ see that as showing up a manager. I see a competitive athlete frustrated with himself.

    and being taken out by his manager…cant it be both

  568. Donnie - Will Meet Rajai Davis Under the O'Neill Banner August 19th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Great play by Ace. It feels a lot better when the 1-2-3 double play happens FOR us, instead of AGAINST us.

  569. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 19th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Cust and Swisher could both have a solid future at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

  570. Frank August 19th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Geez. Some of you guys have no faith in Ace. Without him this year, I dont know where we would be.

  571. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    I’m sure Phil will pitch tonight – Ace for one more inning, then Bruney, then Phil? Nah, too many pitchers…….I wouldn’t mind seeing Phil for two, but he gets tired after one inning…….

  572. The Phranchise August 19th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    It didn’t seem like Gaudin was intending it AT Joe G, but the way he did it and the reaction from Joe was like was that directed towards me???

    Gaudin should be happy the way he pitched. If the Yankees win this game he did a lot to be slotted in to the 5th spot in the rotation. Much better than what Mitre has shown in any start. He simply has more in his arsenal to work with than Mitre as well.

  573. Pel August 19th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Matsui still gets down the line quicker than Molina.

  574. PL August 19th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Look at the exchange between Joe and Gaudin…still think he’s not upset with him…couldnt even look at him

  575. CB August 19th, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    “It really shouldn’t. Offensively/Defensively.”

    That was the exact point of my first post to you.

    Taking into account offense and defense, it is neck and neck between Jeter and Tex over who is the MVP. And you are nuts if you think that it’s easily Tex and Jeter doesn’t have a huge case.

    Right now, to me, Jeter has been the MVP of the yankees taking into consideration offense and defense.

    So in no way is this an open and shut issue.

  576. The Phranchise August 19th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Amazing how Aceves actually didn’t make the team to start and was down in the minors. Never quite understood that.

  577. Clare August 19th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    I can’t stand Flaherty. I’m not sure what the word is – pompous, pedantic, didactic, arrogant, superior, – anyone know the exact right word I’m searching for here?

  578. Angel - A tale told by idiots - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. August 19th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    No PL. I don’t. But if you need to feel that there was drama or angst there, knock yourself out.

  579. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Lack of control is the one thing that’s kept Gaudin from being a solid pitcher. He’s got a very good fastball and slider.

  580. RS August 19th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Some of our hitters are unbelievably slow. I miss GGBG, where even a routine ground ball would beat him by just a hair.

  581. Frank August 19th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    I like the fire Gaudin showed coming off the mound. Nothing wrong with a little competative emotions.

  582. YankeeRay August 19th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Gaudin stays in 5 spot and Mitre goes down for Marte

  583. Joe from Long Island August 19th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Re: Gaudin being upset about being taken out –

    Remember Reuben Sierra? After his first go round with the Yanks, he said something to the effect that “I don’t understand the Yankees. All their interested in is winning.”

  584. The Phranchise August 19th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Yeah Gaudin fastball was a lot better than I thought. Decent movement. I always thought of him as a junk ball type of guy, but he has some zip

  585. Rachel August 19th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Ace, Bruney, Hughes, Mo..If anyone gets into trouble, Robertson

  586. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    I’m sure Chad meant to direct it to himself – let’s hope Joe sees it the same way.

  587. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 19th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    It’s easily Teix. He’s the swing in power of the AL East. If he were to go down for an extended period of time the offense isn’t the same. There’s even statistical info I think he accounts for 24 or 27% of the Yankees offense this season only Joe Mauer is better than him somewhere around 30%

  588. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    The teams that gaudin has been on never had to be concerned with winning late season games. The managers usually left him in there to tryto get out of it. If the lead had been 5-6 runs, Gaudin would have finished the inning.

  589. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Robertson pitched yesterday and threw a lot of pitches (or so it seemed)…….I don’t think he’d pitch tonight unless it was absolutely necessary.

  590. Carl August 19th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Rachel August 19th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Ace, Bruney, Hughes, Mo..If anyone gets into trouble, Robertson

    Mo gets in trouble, bring in Robertson

  591. SJ44 August 19th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Throw more strikes, you stay in the game.

    Girardi pulled him at the right time.

    He’s got tools. However, command needs a lot of work.

    5 walks and 1 HBP in 4+ innings ain’t gonna get it done against good teams.

    More work with Eiland and perhaps he can iron out some of his weaknesses.

  592. CB August 19th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    “Lack of control is the one thing that’s kept Gaudin from being a solid pitcher. He’s got a very good fastball and slider.”

    Story of his career. He just walks too many guys.

    The other issue for him has been he doesn’t have an out pitch against lefties. That slider can get hit hard by lefty hitters if it’s not located right.

    But he’s got a good arm and his slider can be very nasty. I was surprised they were able to get him.

  593. timo August 19th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    “SJ44
    August 19th, 2009 at 6:26 pm
    Once the Yankees refused to offer Bobby arbitration, the rules precluded them from signing him until May.

    They couldn’t have signed him in Jan or Feb.”

    Late catching up with this but, since I didn’t see a comment, my understanding, SJ, is that this is no longer true under the new bargaining agreement. Yanks could have approached Bobby same way they did Andy. And I seem to recall Pete posting that Bobby was disappointed that they didn’t.

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=nyy

  594. PL August 19th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    $1 dollar hot dogs…that is amazing

  595. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 19th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    you can shave the billy goat beard off the man, but that won’t stop his billy goat bleats and bleeps.

  596. Pel August 19th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    dang

  597. PL August 19th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    wow that kept drifting

  598. Zach in Port Jeff August 19th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Who says the ball doesn’t carry in Oakland?

  599. pat August 19th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    That looked too high to be gone. Jet stream?

  600. Rachel August 19th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Damn…Stupid Crusty the clown… Ace gives up a ton of home runs..

  601. Joe B August 19th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Pop fly

  602. The Phranchise August 19th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Ian Kennedy comparable stuff to Aceves????? I would love to see Ian come back and have a similar approach as Aceves.

    Man I thought that was a lazy high fly, no where close to a homer jeez.

  603. Angel - A tale told by idiots - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. August 19th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Singleton kind of misjudged the carry on that.

    Did it catch a windstorm? Sheesh.

  604. SJ44 August 19th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    First RBI for Cust in month.

  605. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Was Gaudin looking at Joe at all? I’m listening to the game while on the computer, so I didn’t see it? Now if he didn’t give his manager the courtesy of looking at him, then I’d have to wonder about Gaudin. I find that hard to believe that he’d be that…….brazen, I guess.

  606. Jeff NJ August 19th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Cashman has got to be feeling good tonight. His latest acquisition Gaudin seems to be a good addition. Add to that the Hinske, Hairston and Swisher acquisitions. Not to mention the check book opening for CC, Tex and AJ. Seems like every move is working so far this year.

  607. RS August 19th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    I would pitch Coke and Bruney for the 7th and Hughes for the 8th. I think all 3 need to get a little bit of work in before the Red Sox series.

  608. Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Ok, good night all!

  609. tex's friend August 19th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    for some reason, i find myself hoping ian kennedy comes back and becomes a big part of the team. no idea why!

  610. Angel - A tale told by idiots - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. August 19th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Excellent. Lets start in on how *useless* Aceves is.

  611. Noreaster August 19th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    I think you have to start looking at Cashman as the GM of the year. While he has a ton of money to play with, he did a great job signing AJ. Swish was a key pickup that cost the Yanks nothing. He has a ton of arm coming from the minors. Not to mention a great backup catcher helping out for over a month.

  612. CB August 19th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    “Ian Kennedy comparable stuff to Aceves????? I would love to see Ian come back and have a similar approach as Aceves.”

    Couldn’t agree more. Kennedy should focus on watching Aceves and model himself that way to a T. I’ve thought the same thing watching Ace work.

  613. Frank August 19th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    A’s get one back. Time to answer that.

  614. RalphieD (OPPC) August 19th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    im still shocked that ball got out over that huge wall…maybe it was just the camera angle but when i saw contact i thought it was inning over..

  615. The Phranchise August 19th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Every move so far except giving Marte all that money. That deal turned sour pretty quick.

  616. PL August 19th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    # Betsy August 19th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Was Gaudin looking at Joe at all? I’m listening to the game while on the computer, so I didn’t see it? Now if he didn’t give his manager the courtesy of looking at him, then I’d have to wonder about Gaudin. I find that hard to believe that he’d be that…….brazen, I guess.

    In the dugout…Joe stopped Gaudin before he headed into the clubhouse and Gaudin kind of just leaned into him to listen with his head down..and then kind of grinned a bit after they were done talking…no eye contact

  617. Bronx Jeers August 19th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    “Amazing how Aceves actually didn’t make the team to start and was down in the minors. Never quite understood that.”

    Exactly what word in “Edwar Ramirez/Jose Veras Diabolic Duo of Death” did you not understand. :wink:

  618. Rachel August 19th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    How many times during a broadcast does Flaherty say “good job”?

  619. SJ44 August 19th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Betsy,

    it’s just heat of the moment stuff. No big deal.

    I’d rather the guy be a competitor than be happy to be taken out of games.

    There are guys like that around the game.

  620. Angel - A tale told by idiots - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. August 19th, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    They looked fine to me, Betsy. But I am not into psychoanalyzing facial expressions anymore and body positions of athletes, lol.

  621. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 19th, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    “Noreaster
    August 19th, 2009 at 11:51 pm
    I think you have to start looking at Cashman as the GM of the year.”

    Randy L – is that really you?

  622. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    The Phranchise
    August 19th, 2009 at 11:46 pm
    Yeah Gaudin fastball was a lot better than I thought. Decent movement. I always thought of him as a junk ball type of guy, but he has some zip

    ————————————————————

    He throws a little harder than he did tonight, but, other than control, he really needs an off-speed pitch that he can trust. He’s got two fastballs, a slider, a curve and a changeup, but, doesn’t control then all that well.

  623. RalphieD (OPPC) August 19th, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    “for some reason, i find myself hoping ian kennedy comes back and becomes a big part of the team. no idea why!”

    maybe because he is young and talented and was drafted in the 1st round by the yankees and has had some success in the big leagues but needs to refine his choice of post-game words

  624. PL August 19th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Cano looks a bit lost on this road trip

  625. tex's friend August 19th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    cano is in a little funk no?

  626. Todd August 19th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    what’s up with Cano?????????????/

  627. Rachel August 19th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Cano has no chance today against the lefty. Another run would be nice….

  628. Shdw August 19th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Wow. Bad series for Cano

  629. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 19th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    hard to believe Cano was 3-6 off Anderson before tonight.
    he’s made Cano look silly.

  630. Frank August 19th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    This kid Anderson is a future ace. He is THAT good.

  631. tex's friend August 19th, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    cano will turn it back on in boston.

    i say yankees score at least 25 runs in the 3 games.

  632. Noreaster August 19th, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Yes, its me…still up at 11:57 in Hopkinton, MA

  633. The Phranchise August 19th, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    As long as Cano rebounds in Boston I am ok with that .

  634. Angel - A tale told by idiots - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. August 19th, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    I’ll be so glad when this round of west coast games are over.

  635. tex's friend August 19th, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    dont have to face lester this weekend so that’s good. and beckett comes up vs. cc.

  636. Zach in Port Jeff August 19th, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Don’t worry Texas…We’ll help you out over the weekend.

  637. Clare August 19th, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Betsy,

    I don’t think it’s a big deal, but it started when Joe headed out of the bullpen – Gaudin had a look of total disbelief on his face, like he just couldn’t conceive that Joe would take him out. Jeter came over and tried to jolly him a bit, then Joe came up clapping, saying good job, and Gaudin walked right by him very clearly saying ___ me. Sure, he could have been mad mostly at himself, but it really didn’t look good.

    I don’t think Joe takes that stuff too seriously – he had no problem when Phil didn’t want to shake his hand when he didn’t let him complete his shut-out, so I’m sure it’s not a big deal. But if I were Joe I would not be happy.

  638. rconn23 August 19th, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Cano strikes out three times – then Cabrera and Molina see two pitches between them.

    Anderson is nasty but they’ve got to put up better at bats than that.

  639. RalphieD (OPPC) August 19th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    is it just me or does Ace have a higher leg kick today

  640. Rachel August 19th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    I am surprised he is trying to get Ace threw another inning.

  641. Quikksand August 19th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Sit down Pennington!

  642. tex's friend August 19th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    ok so next year move ace into the rotation and replace him with kennedy in the pen.

  643. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en... let's try '09! August 19th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    I just saw Pennington mutter “wow” to himself. He should have, that slider was nasty. Changeup before it was pretty good, too.

  644. GreenBeret7 August 19th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Girardi will say in the post game that he was happy with the 4.2 innings and he’d be more unhappy if Gaudin was looking for somebody to bail him out. NYY doesn’t need “5 and fly pitchers” this late in the year.

  645. Drive 4-5 August 19th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    I’m wondering who will be sent down if Marte is activated this weekend. With Gaudin pitching ok will it be Mitre?

  646. Rachel August 19th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Kennedy has such a weird swing

  647. Zach in Port Jeff August 20th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    I remember the days when Adam Kennedy used to own the Yankees.

    I guess it was just the Angel uniform.

  648. Rachel August 20th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    What is Davis the new Babe Ruth of offense and defense? I am so tired of him already…

  649. Rachel August 20th, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Flaherty was right. A pitch out would of worked there…

  650. Russel August 20th, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Kennedy will be back in the minors next year. Ace should stay in the pen. He is amazing back there. U wouldn’t mind seeing Hughes staying back there, but that would be a waste of talent since he finally knows how to get people out.

  651. The Phranchise August 20th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    One game feeds into another. CC gave them a fresh pen for tonight. A nice luxury

  652. Adam August 20th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    If this were a Yankee-Sox game, we would only be in the 3rd inning

  653. PL August 20th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Whats with all the 2 out drama…it seems to always happen on the weat coast trips

  654. RalphieD (OPPC) August 20th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    the davis of this year is what we want gardner to be

  655. Joe from Long Island August 20th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Tex’s friend – that’s not such a bad thought. Just like Phil served time in the pen this year, advocated by David Cone, maybe some of that medicine for IPK. But what do I know.

    One thing I do know is that I have to get up at O-dark-30 tomorrow. So good night all, and Let’s Go Yankees. I’ll catch up on the blog in the AM to read “the happy recap” to quote the late Bob Murphy.

  656. Bronx Jeers August 20th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Seeing the words “Marte” and ” this weekend” used in the same sentence just made me cringe.

  657. Noreaster August 20th, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Mitre is the number 5 starter (for now). My guess is that he is not going anywhere…

  658. JZ August 20th, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Cano just buy a hit with base is loaded.

  659. Tunnel Man August 20th, 2009 at 12:04 am

    who said Marte is coming up?

  660. Drive 4-5 August 20th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Bronx Jeers
    August 20th, 2009 at 12:02 am
    Seeing the words “Marte” and ” this weekend” used in the same sentence just made me cringe.

    Ditto. But it most likely will happen.

  661. JeterJobaFanForever - but I will notbadmouthPhil August 20th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Betsy is not only Worrier #1, she can’t resist taking a poke at Joba because she feels he is a threat to Phil’s future. Are we going to have fun next year when they are both in the rotation. Mediocore – remember that word for next year. And lets hope that Phil doesn’t have the audacity to “shake off” the catcher.

    IMO, Both Joba and Phil have great futures as Yankee pitchers. As as my name attests – I will not badmouth Phil.

  662. The Phranchise August 20th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Coke prone to the long ball. The right move if Aceves needs to come out? You have to let Hughes get the key out no? And then let him go in the eight. He hasn’t pitched lately

  663. PL August 20th, 2009 at 12:06 am

    again with 2 outs unbelievable

  664. Rachel August 20th, 2009 at 12:06 am

    Well that stinks. Time to get Ace out of the game

  665. RS August 20th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Why did Girardi leave Ace out there for so long? He already gave up the homerun and the hit to Davis, and now this is turning into yet another 30 pitch outing where he’ll have to be shut down for a few days.

    Coke and Bruney need work. Get one of them in!

  666. Zach in Port Jeff August 20th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    I can guarantee that Phil Hughes will get into this game tonight.

  667. The Phranchise August 20th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    It’s Ellis, I mean the situtation calls for Hughes??? Where the heck is he. They even have the off day tomorrow. Now Suzuki. Aceves should be out of this game

  668. Donnie - Will Meet Rajai Davis Under the O'Neill Banner August 20th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    If we don’t lose the lead, and go on to win, Aceves is going to get the W, and I think that’s awful. He has not pitched particularly well.

  669. Rachel August 20th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    I am surprised Girardi isn’t using Hughes to get the 3rd out. He hasn’t pitched in a while I am sure he can get 4 outs.

  670. YankeeRay August 20th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Thought he should hae thrown another curve there, where is Hughes right now

  671. The Phranchise August 20th, 2009 at 12:08 am

    And yes I realize he got him with the bases loaded dp. But why risk him putting the tying runner in scoring position with a hit?

  672. Bronx Jeers August 20th, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Ace gets Suzuki here and it’ll probably be Hughes-Mo no?

  673. Zach in Port Jeff August 20th, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Pitching change…

  674. Todd August 20th, 2009 at 12:08 am

    The A’s have some good fans………..The team stinks, they trade away anyone who is halfway decent, but fans continue to bang the drums & wave the flags…..

  675. PL August 20th, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Hughes will start the 8th…Girardi is so stubborn about that stuff

  676. Dr. Cox August 20th, 2009 at 12:09 am

    How many more 2-out hits are we going to give up???

    Change it up Joe!

  677. Drive 4-5 August 20th, 2009 at 12:09 am

    What would be the harm in letting Hughes get 4 outs?

  678. The Phranchise August 20th, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Come on Joe, get him. Jesus, giving this game away. And now Coke? Sorry if this is to be careful with Hughes they are way over babying his arm.

  679. Todd August 20th, 2009 at 12:09 am

    This game has loss written all over it…hope I’m wrong

  680. Coach6423 August 20th, 2009 at 12:10 am

    With a rested Robertson, Bruney, Coke, and Hughes, why even bring Aceves out for the 7th and over extend him….

  681. RalphieD (OPPC) August 20th, 2009 at 12:10 am

    not the best from aceves but he was a davis bloop away from having an easyyy inning…the dp he induced might of saved the game though…cant complain too much..hopefully coke just gets sweeney then we have hughes and mo

  682. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en... let's try '09! August 20th, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Ace REALLY got away with one there. That breaking ball hung right out over the plate. Luckily it’s only a single to left for Suzuki.

    I’m glad that tonight is the last time that the Yankees see the A’s until 2010. ;)

  683. Rachel August 20th, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Girardi REALLY mismanaged this inning. In the late innings you need a pitcher who throws hard not soft tossing Ace. Girardi tries to get too many innings out of Ace all the time. He hasn’t been good recently. He got you 2 outs, move on. Terrible job by Girardi in this innning.

  684. SJ44 August 20th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Another bad peformance by Ace tonight.

    He also has stayed way too long with him.

    Should have been out for Bruney after the Davis AB.

    You have to move Ace out of the trust circle for now.

    He gets knocked around in every appearance now.

  685. RS August 20th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Girardi stayed too long with Aceves. When you’re bullpen is fresh, and you’re nursing a 3 run lead, you don’t let one reliever give up 4 hits.

  686. RalphieD (OPPC) August 20th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    lefties have a .202 avg against coke…how can you disagree with this move

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

    McAllister’s line tonight (still on pitch count).

    4.2 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 11 strikeouts, 0 HRA, 1 HB, 2.13 ERA

  688. Betsy August 20th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    I’m back, couldn’t help it. Dreadful job by Aceves – why isn’t Phil Hughes in?

  689. Ed August 20th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    They’re banging the drums and waving the flags because they are drunk. Show up at the park that way. I live in SF and no longer go to the Coliseum because it is a cesspool

  690. Girty August 20th, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Pete – why warm up Bruney if you’re not going to use him for the suzuki AB? From home it looked like Aceves’ fastball was flat and he got away with a couple hanging curvres….not second guessing but curious why he was up?

  691. Donnie - Will Meet Rajai Davis Under the O'Neill Banner August 20th, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Consider my trust in Aceves officially shaken. He’s an innings eater at this point.

  692. Dr. Cox August 20th, 2009 at 12:12 am

    “What would be the harm in letting Hughes get 4 outs?”

    There would be no harm in it. Its all about Girardis ego.

  693. CB August 20th, 2009 at 12:12 am

    People often talk about the value of the closer and the set up man as being very high because they pitch in key late inning situations where the game is on the line.

    But that’s just not the case.

    Managers in baseball, for the most part, do not use their best relief pitchers in the most critical points in the game.

    They just don’t. So most top relief arms actually don’t pitch in the highest leverage situations.

    Instead, the best arms are used in very rigidly defined “roles.” And if those roles conflict with the flow of the game it’s usually the role that is protected and a lesser arm comes into the most important moments of the game.

  694. The Phranchise August 20th, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Not sure if I can label bad performance by Aceves. The dp ball may have been a game changing play. Just obvious that he is worn down and you can’t leave him out there for ever when he starts leaving his pitches up.

  695. RalphieD (OPPC) August 20th, 2009 at 12:13 am

    i dont see any physical evidence to think that aceves shoulder is hurting him…he had good velocity today, he threw strikes and seemed to have a very good curve ball..he gave up a couple hits…people overanalysis EVERYTHING

  696. SJ44 August 20th, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Ace hasn’t been the same since the start in Minnesota.

    Only way you can use him now is for mo more than one inning per appearance.

  697. Rachel August 20th, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Girardi is in love with Ace giving him 2-3 innings whenever he can. With a rested good bullpen why was he asking so much out of him? Didn’t make any sense…

  698. Bronx Jeers August 20th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    I’m not so sure bringing in Coke to get the lefty was all about Girardi stroking his ego?

  699. Angel - A tale told by idiots - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. August 20th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Stubborn about playing matchups, lol.

  700. The Phranchise August 20th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Rested pen and day off. And the deep game from CC yesterday. USe as many guys as you want.

  701. RS August 20th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Now it’s time for the offense to score more runs. The A’s bullpen has been shutting them down since even the last series at the stadium. No excuses not to be able to scratch out just 1 run.

  702. JFK August 20th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Aceves is just coming back down to earth. He is not a reliever who was going to have an under 3 ERA all season long, he isn’t that good.

  703. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) August 20th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Well I learned something in that inning – even after midnight it’s never too late for panic and gloom and doom.

    Insurance runs here …. Capt is up

  704. Betsy August 20th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Yep, no question – Aceves doesn’t really have my trust any more. That’s a rough blow for the Yanks because he was a huge cog in that pen……I hope his shoulder is ok.

    Phil Hughes is much better than Phil Coke. If we get beat with Coke in, ugh…….Actually, the Yankees haven’t done much of anything offensively tonight. If they lose, it’s partially on the offense.

  705. CB August 20th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    “4.2 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 11 strikeouts, 0 HRA, 1 HB, 2.13 ERA”

    McCallister threw 81 pitches tonight due to that pitch count and struck out 11 guys.

    That is really hard to believe.

  706. Max Power August 20th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Wuertz has a NASTY slider.

  707. BBFan August 20th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    If you have to rate the bullpen arms, based on the performance in the last few outings, Ace will be the last in the order. He did well in the 6th inning today though.

  708. Angel - A tale told by idiots - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. August 20th, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Reggie looks pretty trim for his age.

  709. Bronx Jeers August 20th, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Reggie’s starting to resemble Dave Letterman.

  710. CB August 20th, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Wuertz’s slider has been the single hardest pitch in baseball to hit this year.

    When hitters swing they make contact only around 50% of the time.

  711. SJ44 August 20th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Going to Coke to get the lefty was the proper move.

    Not taking Ace out after the Davis hit is what hurt.

    Hughes is now ready for the 8th.

  712. PL August 20th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    With how famous Reggie is you would think they could give him a seat with a chair

  713. Angel - A tale told by idiots - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. August 20th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    I still trust Aceves. Just for limited outings though – thats the difference.

  714. Drive 4-5 August 20th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    CB,

    “And if those roles conflict with the flow of the game it’s usually the role that is protected and a lesser arm comes into the most important moments of the game.”

    Girardi has pitched Mo for 4 outs. The same circumstance presented itself here to use Hughes for 4 outs. Hughes’ role has become getting the last outs before Mo is handed the ball. IMO, it should have happened tonight.

  715. Betsy August 20th, 2009 at 12:18 am

    I don’t know if Aceves can handle the routine of the pen, pitching every couple of days, back to back, that kind of thing. Of course, it could be possible he’s just not that good and the league is catching up to him.

  716. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 20th, 2009 at 12:19 am

    I agree, no unlimited outings for Ace!

  717. RalphieD (OPPC) August 20th, 2009 at 12:20 am

    “SJ44
    August 20th, 2009 at 12:17 am
    Going to Coke to get the lefty was the proper move.”

    thank you..after getting sweeney out, coke LHB BAA is exactly .200…i dont understand why people cant understand why it was the right move

  718. GreenBeret7 August 20th, 2009 at 12:20 am

    CB
    August 20th, 2009 at 12:15 am
    “4.2 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 11 strikeouts, 0 HRA, 1 HB, 2.13 ERA”

    McCallister threw 81 pitches tonight due to that pitch count and struck out 11 guys.

    That is really hard to believe.

    ————————————————————

    21 years old and big. He’s been impressive for the last two years.

  719. Zach in Port Jeff August 20th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    That ball was high.

  720. Carl August 20th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    BS strike call

  721. David August 20th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    It’s Cokey’s job to get the lefty

    Why is this so hard to understand?

  722. RalphieD (OPPC) August 20th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    “Of course, it could be possible he’s just not that good and the league is catching up to him.”

    i guess we should DFA him then…

  723. SJ44 August 20th, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Or, he’s in a slump. Every player has them and you deal with it.

    There is enough depth in the pen to handle things when one of the guys slump.

  724. RS August 20th, 2009 at 12:22 am

    “Instead, the best arms are used in very rigidly defined “roles.” And if those roles conflict with the flow of the game it’s usually the role that is protected and a lesser arm comes into the most important moments of the game.”

    In one of those walk-off games against the Twins earlier in the season, Girardi brought in Coke in the 8th inning to face Mauer, Morneau, and (I believe) Kubel. Surprise, surprise, Morneau hit a game-tying HR in that inning and Mo got to face the bottom of the order in a tie game.

    It makes no sense why any manager would leave a rookie in to face the best 3-4 hitters in the game when the greatest relief pitcher ever is sitting in the bullpen, waiting to face the likes of Nick Punto.

  725. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en... let's try '09! August 20th, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Reggie’s reaction says it all, that 3rd strike to Tex was high. Can’t ever leave a fairly close one up to the ump, though. Tough break.

  726. Betsy August 20th, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Geez Ralphie – you can’t critize anyone without you getting defensive. If that’s what you took from my comment, then that’s your problem……

  727. Rachel August 20th, 2009 at 12:22 am

    It looks like Hughes and Mo are going to have to get the job done with only a 1 run lead. Too bad the Yanks can’t tack on another run.

  728. Max Power August 20th, 2009 at 12:23 am

    believe it or not, not high:

    http://brooksbaseball.net/pfx/.....v_size=500

  729. Betsy August 20th, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Speaking of slumps, SJ (or anyone), do you think Alex’ elbow is bothering him? He’s not looked good in awhile – even the two days rest in Seattle hasn’t helped.

  730. Pepitone August 20th, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Instead, the best arms are used in very rigidly defined “roles.” And if those roles conflict with the flow of the game it’s usually the role that is protected and a lesser arm comes into the most important moments of the game.
    =========================

    I agree, now why is that? Seems to me one of these managers would try to break the mold occasionally to see if it works. I realize they are notorious worriers, and despise having to change anything, but to try once in a while would not upset their precious “rigidly defined roles.”

  731. Rachel August 20th, 2009 at 12:24 am

    Let’s go Hughes….

  732. Angel - A tale told by idiots - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. August 20th, 2009 at 12:24 am

    I meant go batter to batter with him, Nick – not using him as the “he’s good for a couple innings” guy like they have been.

    But what do I know. I still don’t know what a sub-optimal at-bat is. :-P I imagine considering that they’ve only scored 3 runs there have been quite a few though.

  733. Carl August 20th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Its like the umps just randomly call high strikes

  734. CB August 20th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    “It makes no sense why any manager would leave a rookie in to face the best 3-4 hitters in the game when the greatest relief pitcher ever is sitting in the bullpen, waiting to face the likes of Nick Punto.”

    No. No it does not. It’s just an amazing misutilization of talent resources.

    But it’s by the book thinking in baseball and that just doesn’t seem to change.

    Tony LaRussa did it this way so everyone now does it this way.

  735. RalphieD (OPPC) August 20th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    “Geez Ralphie – you can’t critize anyone without you getting defensive. If that’s what you took from my comment, then that’s your problem……”

    obviously i was kidding but to say that he might not be good is kinda silly…the guy has done nothing but be effective and all of sudden hes not that good?..seemed to extreme

  736. Rachel August 20th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Please don’t walk this guy…

  737. RS August 20th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    No curveball?

  738. Clare August 20th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Betsy,

    There was an article on MLB.com about Alex playing all banged up – elbow, neck, back, hip. He’s clearly not himself.

  739. The Phranchise August 20th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    No walks to these guys come on. Especially not for Cust.

  740. Carl August 20th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Waiting for a curve ball any day now

  741. Drive 4-5 August 20th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Of course it’s Coke’s job to get the lefty Sweeney out after the 2 hits. But if Ace was lifted after Ellis’ single 2 batters prior, Sweeney could have been facing Hughes with 1 out and nobody on in the 8th. That’s a far beter option.

  742. Rachel August 20th, 2009 at 12:27 am

    It looks like if the Yanks win his game, it won’t be easy..

  743. CB August 20th, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Hughes hasn’t thrown in 6 days.

  744. SJ44 August 20th, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Sooner or later all these walks are going to cost them.

    Can’t keep walking these guys and expect to win this game.

  745. pat August 20th, 2009 at 12:27 am

    “do you think Alex’ elbow is bothering him?”

    Elbow and back according to mlb.com but he said he can play with it.

  746. rconn23 August 20th, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Wow. This game has really trended the wrong way since the double play with the bases loaded.

  747. Zach in Port Jeff August 20th, 2009 at 12:28 am

    What is Cust rolling his eyes at? It was a strike.

  748. CB August 20th, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Sorry – hughes hasn’t thrown in 5 days.

  749. Betsy August 20th, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Ralphie, I guess it came out wrong. I don’t mean that Ace isn’t that good in the sense that he’s just junk…I meant more like maybe he’s not as good as he looked earlier in the season. I’m probably reaching – when a reliever goes in a slump, it can often cost a game so it’s frustrating.

  750. Angel - A tale told by idiots - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. August 20th, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Its interesting that they follow the Tony LaRussa model of team management. Has he really been that massively successful with the model he’s used overall, to have leaguewide adherency to his model?

  751. GreenBeret7 August 20th, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Since nobody else has said it, I will. “Ugh”!!! Everything is high and Hughes has no control. They need to pitch him all the time.

    Not really, but, he does need more work.

  752. RS August 20th, 2009 at 12:29 am

    That was a strike to Teixeira!

  753. The Captain August 20th, 2009 at 12:29 am

    These 10pm games are killing me. Good baseball but come on. We all know the action is on the east coast. :)

  754. Rachel August 20th, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Why no curve ball to Crusty? The ump is soo inconsistent with the outside corner.

  755. Betsy August 20th, 2009 at 12:29 am

    And that’s a bad job by Joe – even if they were behind, just get Phil in the game, any game. Asking the kid to be sharp when he hasn’t pitched in 5 days is asking a lot……..

  756. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 20th, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Yes, the number of sub-optimal at-bats has been troubling. :mad:

  757. RS August 20th, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Didn’t Pettitte and Tino use to make that play all the time?

  758. Zach in Port Jeff August 20th, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Maybe Hughes needs the mop back…?

  759. Pepitone August 20th, 2009 at 12:30 am

    “Sooner or later all these walks are going to cost them.
    Can’t keep walking these guys and expect to win this game.”
    =================

    Joe Garagiola used to say, “It’s like checking your gas tank with a lighted match.”

  760. RS August 20th, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Uh oh…

  761. RalphieD (OPPC) August 20th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    “Ralphie, I guess it came out wrong. I don’t mean that Ace isn’t that good in the sense that he’s just junk…I meant more like maybe he’s not as good as he looked earlier in the season. I’m probably reaching – when a reliever goes in a slump, it can often cost a game so it’s frustrating.”

    thats understandable…i apologize then…i just tend to get defensive when people criticize a player over what might just be a slump

  762. Carl August 20th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    8 pitches too late Molina

  763. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 20th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    That’s BS he should have been K’d…Yuuusssssse looks human right now. :(

  764. The Phranchise August 20th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Uggh. I get switching the pitches up, but a tad bit dangerous with a potential hanger inside on a homer run hitter.

  765. Pel August 20th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    ok, so phil knows how to throw a fastball away and a curve over the middle

    can he get some outs and not blow the lead?

  766. Rachel August 20th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    I guess that is the reason why..because he tends to hang it. Hughes hasn’t been as lights out recently, which was to be expected.

  767. Zach in Port Jeff August 20th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    I cant believe the A’s are even considering a bunt.

  768. The Phranchise August 20th, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Do not come in and low to this kid

  769. SJ44 August 20th, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Horrible pitch selection. No need to speed up his bat with a breaking ball.

    Bad job of pitching to the first two hitters in the inning.

    This lead is going soon at this rate.

  770. JFK August 20th, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Hughes had 4 days off that isn’t bad, Coke just had 3 days off and he looked sharp. Just a week or two ago people were complaining Hughes was being overworked.

  771. Zach in Port Jeff August 20th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Nice.

  772. rconn23 August 20th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    This has loss written all over it. Don’t get away with back to back walks in the late innings in a 1 run game too often.

    This would be a real tough one to swallow headed into Fenway.

  773. Carl August 20th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Big double play again

  774. PL August 20th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    lol did Arod hit that ball

  775. RalphieD (OPPC) August 20th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    THANK You tex for that scoop!

  776. Pel August 20th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    phil got so lucky on that one

    thankfully

  777. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 20th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    The MVP w/ a save, Al heads up play.

  778. Bronx Jeers August 20th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Big time !

  779. The Phranchise August 20th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Tex nice play. Good job !!!!!! Big G??? No way

  780. RS August 20th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Sweet DP! I didn’t know Hughes had it in him! (I knew he had the K’s in him, lol).

  781. CB August 20th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    “Horrible pitch selection. No need to speed up his bat with a breaking ball.”

    No. There really wasn’t.

  782. Rachel August 20th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    How can you not love Tex??!! Hughes please get this guy out..

  783. Pepitone August 20th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Mark Teixeira saved another run right there.

    Wow, what a difference having that glove at first.

  784. SJ44 August 20th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    What a dig by Tex! Great play.

  785. RS August 20th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    I don’t think Arod was lazy on that play. He just trusts Teixeira.

  786. Zach in Port Jeff August 20th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Everidge definitely spends some quality time at In and Out Burger.

  787. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 20th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    YUUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSE!

  788. RalphieD (OPPC) August 20th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    disaster averted!

  789. Carl August 20th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Way to get out of it

  790. The Phranchise August 20th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Nice way to get out of it Phil. Beauty

  791. RS August 20th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    HUUUUUGHES! Way to work out of a jam there.

  792. Pel August 20th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    sheesh

  793. CB August 20th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Hughes was just rusty those first two hitters.

    Once he got his legs under him he was fine.

  794. Joe I August 20th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    I’m just glad Joe didn’t panic and have Mo come in for a 4-out save. See, Hughes can get out of his own jams.

  795. Rachel August 20th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Great job by Hughes. Hopefully this isn’t one of those nights where Mo is human. It seems like it is being set up for that.

  796. GreenBeret7 August 20th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Great game saving catch by Damon. GG calibre.

  797. Angel - A tale told by idiots - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. August 20th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Heh, Zach. Although.. if I lived near an In N Out Burger, I’d spend quality time there too, lol.

  798. JH August 20th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    It’s not Miguel Cabrera. It’s not Joe Mauer. It’s Mark Teixeira. That’s the MVP of the league right there. That’s the most important player on the best team in baseball. That’s the most valuable player in the American League.

  799. Max Power August 20th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Just your average ho-hum bottom of the 8th.

    If the 9th is anything like that, I’ll need a handful of sleeping pills to get to sleep tonight.

  800. SJ44 August 20th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Great job working out of self created trouble by Hughes.

    An insurance run or two would be nice.

    The Yankees have been walking the tightrope all night. The A’s should have 5-6 runs in this game.

  801. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en... let's try '09! August 20th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    A-Rod must have been concerned about Everidge’s speed on that throw to first. Great dig by Tex and now the Yankees are in that great position.

    They take a lead to the 9th. The great Mo awaits, after a tack-on run, hopefully.

  802. Pepitone August 20th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Great job of working hard to get out of a jam by Hughes even though he was struggling. That’s the sign of a good pitcher.

  803. David August 20th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    “Great job by Hughes. Hopefully this isn’t one of those nights where Mo is human. It seems like it is being set up for that”

    I was just thinking that myself. That has all the makings of an A’s walkoff. We keep avoiding disasters and stopped scoring like 6 innings ago. How much longer can we keep this up?

  804. Bronx Jeers August 20th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Say what you will but that 8th inning role was a big factor in this game.

  805. Drive 4-5 August 20th, 2009 at 12:38 am

    I have to get up for work in 4 hours. How can you go to bed during a game like this? lol Man, what a fun season. I’ve got all winter to sleep.

  806. David (In Seattle) August 20th, 2009 at 12:38 am

    That’s one example of why a pitcher’s era isn’t allways an acurate indicator of how well he’s pitching

  807. The Phranchise August 20th, 2009 at 12:38 am

    As long as Mo doesn’t need to face Ellis all is good. That guy is annoying

  808. Drive 4-5 August 20th, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Bronx Jeers
    August 20th, 2009 at 12:37 am
    Say what you will but that 8th inning role was a big factor in this game.

    Jeer Jeer

  809. Rafael August 20th, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Maybe Aceves has been figured out.

  810. Pel August 20th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    tomorrow is a welcome day off

  811. Pepitone August 20th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    “The Yankees have been walking the tightrope all night. The A’s should have 5-6 runs in this game.”
    ===========

    And that’s what all good teams do, win games when they shouldn’t.

  812. GreenBeret7 August 20th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Rodriguez is kind of stuck with a slider speed bat, right now.

  813. CB August 20th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    “Say what you will but that 8th inning role was a big factor in this game.”

    Yes. Primarily because the starter gave them no length.

    And in this situation it was the 8th inning set up man himself who created the mess that he had to dig himself out of.

    The set up man turned the inning into a high leverage situation that he then had to work out of. It’s paradoxical to credit the 8th inning guy with doing that.

  814. Rachel August 20th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Arod has to be honest with the Yanks after the Boston series. Is he hurt (elbow, back or hip) slumping or just tired and needs 2-3 days off? He really looks bad.

  815. Shdw August 20th, 2009 at 12:40 am

    Mo time. Let’s put this game to bed

  816. Rachel August 20th, 2009 at 12:40 am

    Top of the lineup coming up…Hopefully Mo can close it out.

  817. SJ44 August 20th, 2009 at 12:40 am

    Up to Mo to get the top of the order to win this series.

  818. Bronx Jeers August 20th, 2009 at 12:41 am

    That’s the spirit Drive!

    Me? I’ve been working a little later so I’ve been loving these games.

    Mo time. The curse of Scutaro will be exorcised tonight!

  819. Noreaster August 20th, 2009 at 12:41 am

    My take on the 8th and 9th inning is that it does mean more than 6th and 7th. The team has less outs to make up for mistakes which puts more pressure on the pitcher. Some people can take the pressure and some cannot…

  820. Blog Poster August 20th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Arod is starting to suck again.

  821. Drive 4-5 August 20th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    A Rod has opened his stance. He’s struggling and trying to find it like a golfer who’s lost his swing. He’s obviously trying to compensate for something. My guess is his hip.

  822. CB August 20th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Alex looks very bad at the plate. He is just not right at all. His bat speed just isn’t there.

    For a lefty like Craig Breslow to be able to bury a fastball inside on Alex that he can’t catch up to really says a lot.

    It also tells you about what the A’s scouting report on Alex probably says right now.

    Teams try to tie up Alex inside but in a 3-2 game in the 9th with a lefty on the mound that is a risky pitch if he’s got his normal bat speed.

  823. Rachel August 20th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Let’s go Mo!!!!

  824. Pepitone August 20th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    The Sandman comes in to put the baby blue A’s to sleep.

    They need to go, it’s way past their bedtime.

  825. Casual August 20th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Looks like the hitters are already on the bus to the airport

  826. RS August 20th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Kennedy, Davis, and Ellis = very pesky hitters.

  827. vtyankeefan-the original!! August 20th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Quck inning- Rivera time to close this game out

  828. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en... let's try '09! August 20th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    And it’s caught by A-Rod at the 10-yard line!

  829. Max Power August 20th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Captain Obvious here: keep Davis off the bases!

  830. Rachel August 20th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    At least he actually caught the pop up

  831. Jam On August 20th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    This offense is in a funk. It has been masked with some good pitching over the past couple weeks.

    Can’t expect to win if we hit like this in Boston. The chances of us holding BOS for 27 scoreless again is slim.

  832. Zach in Port Jeff August 20th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    The A’s need a new ballpark really bad.

  833. Dr. Cox August 20th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Who said A-Rod cant do pop ups?

    Thats 2 tonight.

  834. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 20th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Kate Hudson powers activate

    *pop up catch power*

  835. Carl August 20th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    1 Mo

  836. Rachel August 20th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    1 more to go…

  837. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 20th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Now, the best versus the best to end the game!

  838. Max Power August 20th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    In Mo We Trust.

  839. Carl August 20th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Yankees win!

  840. Zach in Port Jeff August 20th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Another series win.

  841. RS August 20th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Quick and painless, as usual.

  842. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 20th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Damn Mo was in a rush tonight.

  843. RalphieD (OPPC) August 20th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    NICE win…wasnt the prettiest but it counts the same

  844. Jerkface August 20th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    give that man the Cy Young

    Dominating performance against those Oakland A’s bottom of the order

  845. Mark H August 20th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Yanks now 7-3 since the Boston series, and Boston 6-3 with one more with Toronto tomorrow before the series in Fenway. It sure is nice to knock 10 games off the schedule, and they gain nothing.

  846. GreenBeret7 August 20th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    I’m concerned about Rivera. No strikeouts.

  847. Pepitone August 20th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Mariano Rivera, the MVP of the 2009 New York Yankees, puts the A’s to sleep … nighty night.

  848. SJ44 August 20th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Very nice win to make the cross country flight enjoyable.

  849. Noreaster August 20th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Mo! Thats a 7 game lead heading into Boston.

  850. Rachel August 20th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Woohoo!!! Good thing Mo didn’t make that interesting. Very good win to hang on after getting attacked every inning from the 5th on.

  851. Rishi August 20th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    niiiiiiiiiiice win :) and with that crazy Gaudin pitching no less ;)

  852. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en... let's try '09! August 20th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Top of the A’s order, makes no difference. Weak pop-up, weak grounder, and harmless fly ball and this baby is over.

    It’s stress free efforts like that one that show why Mo is still the best.

  853. Drive 4-5 August 20th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    I now can go nap a happy man. That is, unless I wake my wife up when I sneak back into bed lol. Good night good people. Let’s take 2 in Beantown!

  854. vtyankeefan-the original!! August 20th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Quick work by Mo 2 out of 3 ain’t bad

  855. GreenBeret7 August 20th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Rodriguez has had zero issues on popups this year. He’s looked very comfortable with them.

  856. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 20th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Yankee MVP Swisher ends the game with the catch. :)

  857. Jim Pir-one August 20th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Boy, everyone on here complaining about Joe G. Maybe some of you could manage the team to 162-0 ;)

    CB -

    You are dead on about everything you write. I’ve been saying the years about the roles in the bullpen.

    Suppose the Red Sox were not as deep as they usually are, and their middle of the order was Ortiz, Manny, Youkilis, and it’s the 8th inning, (oh and suppose Mo does not struggle vs the Red Sox), why not use Mo for the 8th. That’s the most important part of the game with their best hitters.

  858. CB August 20th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    What a win. The offense is slumping but once again the pitching saw the team through, though this was a very tough one.

    Mo looked great – better than he has since he sat out that game due to his shoulder.

    That’s a very good sign going into Boston.

    People have been talking about this West Coast trip with for a long time and kept pointing to it as an area where they could stumble. The team has had so many problems in Seattle and on west coast trips the past few years.

    5-2 on the much feared West coast trip. And that’s 5-2 with the offense not exactly tearing it up.

    The best teams can win in a multitude of ways.

    That’s what we’re seeing now.

  859. Pel August 20th, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Teixeira’s YES on-field post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/64374877add18dfe/

  860. Noreaster August 20th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Drive 4-5, I’m with ya…

  861. Ed August 20th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Right on, CB. Great pitching means you go 5-2 on a West Coast swing when your hitting is scuffling. Awesome.

  862. Carl August 20th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Thanks Pel!

  863. RS August 20th, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Aceves is 8-1.

  864. CB August 20th, 2009 at 12:52 am

    “give that man the Cy Young

    Dominating performance against those Oakland A’s bottom of the order”

    That was the top of the A’s order.

    But why let facts get in the way of snark?

  865. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 20th, 2009 at 12:54 am

    This is where the rules for assigning a win get a little silly. Aceves was shaky after that one crucial pitch.

    The official scorer should be able to award the win to AJ or Pettitte. :)

  866. R-Tek August 20th, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Even if Boston wins tomorrow, that means they did not gain a single game on us in the loss column since we swept them 2 weeks ago.

    Just keep clicking games off the schedule.

  867. haiku-man August 20th, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Nov 29th 1969 Mo turns 40,and HE still has it going on!
    7 pitches is all it took,to show his bull pen,how to close the deal!!Mooooooooobetter

  868. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en... let's try '09! August 20th, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Hughes’ ability to escape that 8th inning jam really impressed me. Who knows what would have happened in previous years with the Proctors and Farnsworths of the world?

    Phil has really been a breath of fresh air. In this day and age to win it all as far as bullpens go, you need a dependable set-up man, a reliever who can get lefties out, and a great closer. With that formula, this team has all three.

  869. Pepitone August 20th, 2009 at 12:55 am

    “That was the top of the A’s order.
    But why let facts get in the way of snark?”
    ===================

    CB – Well, his name is “JerkFace” so whadda gonna do?

  870. Bronx Jeers August 20th, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Easy like Sunday morning.

    No I hear you CB. Even if someone were to produce numbers saying the BP ERA dived dramatically after Hughes assumed the set up role I would say it was coincidental and/or just a result of AJ,CC and Andy all putting it together at the same time. Throw in some good starts from Joba as well.

    But I just think the situation was pretty big even before the Hughes drama. 1 run game, A’s offense getting a bit pesky, our offense a bit sluggish. Long flight home, big series on the horizon.

    Certainly not one of those over-mentioned “must wins” but a nice win for sure. Just adding another nail to the coffin.

  871. Betsy August 20th, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Whew……….that was a good win. 5-2 on the West Coast? I’ll take that anytime.

    Phil was rusty – and understandably so. However, it’s awfully good to see that he can dig himself out of trouble. It’s easy when you have great stuff and can dominate – but Phil showed some guts, always a good quality to have.

    Enjoy the flight to Boston, guys……..good job!

  872. Jerkface August 20th, 2009 at 12:56 am

    That was the top of the A’s order.

    But why let facts get in the way of snark?

    Oh, it looked like the bottom of a normal lineup.

  873. RS August 20th, 2009 at 12:58 am

    5-2 in Seattle and Oakland is a heck of a lot better than what Boston did on their west coast trip.

    All in all, the Yankees are 5-5 on the west coast, 8-6 if you include Texas. That’s not bad at all, considering that’s about the toughest part of the schedule.

  874. Rachel August 20th, 2009 at 12:58 am

    It is great that Hughes and Mo will be totally rested and ready to go for the Boston series.

  875. Pepitone August 20th, 2009 at 12:59 am

    “Hughes’ ability to escape that 8th inning jam really impressed me. Who knows what would have happened in previous years with the Proctors and Farnsworths of the world?”
    ===============

    Totally agree. That’s why this team is special, there are no “Proctors” or “Farnsworths” on this years team.

    Aceves is going through a little bit of a struggle right now, just like Bruney did earlier, but they come out of it. The “Proctors” and “Farnsworths” of the past never would.

  876. CB August 20th, 2009 at 12:59 am

    “Oh, it looked like the bottom of a normal lineup.”

    Adding snark on top of snark to make up for an error in fact doesn’t work.

  877. steve August 20th, 2009 at 12:59 am

    “Oh, it looked like the bottom of a normal lineup.”

    lol

  878. Betsy August 20th, 2009 at 12:59 am

    I’m glad Phil had to work a little…….he has hardly pitched. Of course, I can say this now that the game is over, lol. I’m sure he’ll be better in Boston

  879. RS August 20th, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Ok, be honest. Who here thought Gaudin would give up just 1 hit tonight?

  880. Carl August 20th, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Jerkface August 20th, 2009 at 12:56 am

    That was the top of the A’s order.

    But why let facts get in the way of snark?

    Oh, it looked like the bottom of a normal lineup.

    You failed already. Just stop.

  881. PL August 20th, 2009 at 1:00 am

    RS August 20th, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Ok, be honest. Who here thought Gaudin would give up just 1 hit tonight?

    Brett Tomko did

  882. AZ Dan August 20th, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Boston has not won a series on the West Coast this year

    lost a series in Oakland
    lost a series in Seattle
    lost 2 series in Anaheim

  883. Pel August 20th, 2009 at 1:03 am

    YES post-game Booth Report with Bob Lorenz, Ken Singleton, and John Flaherty:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/64375327c5787b76/

  884. Scott August 20th, 2009 at 1:04 am

    A-Rod looked AWFUL

    If he plays like this in Fenway, we might get swept (unless CC or AJ can win us another 2-1 game).

  885. Jim Pir-one August 20th, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Did anyone hear this sick ESPN guys all night long licking the Red Sox clean. 2.) Making up cheap calls against the RS 3.) Bashing Dice-K and JD Drew with the intent of following the company lines of the RS.

    Some on here say that it’s stupid to be obsessed with the Red Sox. However, this is the issue that I have with ESPN and the way they help the Red Sox. I’m not sure how this can be disputed:

    JD Drew supposedly “asked his way out of a game” recently because of some injury. ESPN continued all night long with this and saying how “JD can carry a team for a month or two, but only if he decides he wants to come to work.” It’s a matter of whether Drew wants to play or not.

    I couldn’t believe the insults I was hearing about a guy who helped them win the World Series and helped them last year. So I looked at JD Drews contract because I thought ESPN had some motive and found that if he is on the DL at the end of the 2009 or 2010 season and is deemed not to be able to play the OF the following season, his contract can be canceled.

    Basically, Terry Francona lied or told the truth, most likely lied.

    ESPN is putting this story out there, insulting JD Drew, so when the time comes and the RS want to rid themselves of Drew, they already had ESPN doing their dirty work in the media.

  886. Betsy August 20th, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Phil is an unflappable kid – that was his MO coming out of HS. I think it serves him very well….It’s a good thing (though not on the heart, lol) that he can escape jams, whether of his own making or not).

    This was really a great win. Whatever negativity I have is just because of me, it has nothing to do with this team – I have great faith in this team. They win every conceivable way…….Eventually they will come out of the hitting funk, though I’m concerned about Alex. I love days off off of wins…..

  887. Pepitone August 20th, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Well, the Yankees still have to go back to the West Coast to play Seattle and the Angels for six, Sept. 18 – 23. Then they come home to play Boston for three.

    Whoever wrote up that schedule sure did them no favors this year.

  888. Bronx Jeers August 20th, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Wow, Brett Anderson is only 21?

    If he ends up keeps his head out of the oven he could be something.

    I guess it’s a good thing to be able to learn these skills in a relative vacuum.

  889. Jerkface August 20th, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Adding snark on top of snark to make up for an error in fact doesn’t work.

    I think it does, I looked over and saw 3 slap hitters, what ya gonna do? Not every lineup can feature at least 1 hitter with an .800 OPS in the top 3. Some teams send out those .700 OPS players to set the table for their 1 .800 OPS hitter. Oh wait they traded him.

    OOPS

  890. Jim Pir-one August 20th, 2009 at 1:06 am

    OMG, John Flaherty being pleased at Jerry Lane getting hit in the elbow.

    Although getting thrown out of the game probably helped his team, Flash has shown a great new side of him.

    And he said if the umpire had a busted elbow, he still would not feel bad.

    :)

  891. Giuseppe Franco August 20th, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Scott August 20th, 2009 at 1:04 am

    A-Rod looked AWFUL

    If he plays like this in Fenway, we might get swept (unless CC or AJ can win us another 2-1 game).

    ————-

    LOL.

    Do you even watch baseball?

  892. PL August 20th, 2009 at 1:09 am

    Jim Pir-one August 20th, 2009 at 1:06 am

    OMG, John Flaherty being pleased at Jerry Lane getting hit in the elbow.

    Although getting thrown out of the game probably helped his team, Flash has shown a great new side of him.

    And he said if the umpire had a busted elbow, he still would not feel bad.

    :)

    i know I think Flaherty is so awesome..he is so dry and funny….its not him being arrogant but thats just the way he is…He was very timid when he started and seemed he didnt want to say something wrong..He is more comfortable and being his hilarious self.

  893. Giuseppe Franco August 20th, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Jim Pir-one,

    You DO obsess way too much about the Red Sox. Who cares what they do?

    Not everything is a conspiracy.

  894. Pel August 20th, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Girardi’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/64375602913cbc3a/

  895. Jim Pir-one August 20th, 2009 at 1:11 am

    PL -

    I know. Im finally warming up to Flash. I just dont like jokes or his sense of humor during important parts of games, especially when we are losing.

    But who doesn’t love it when umpires get drilled!!! Go Flash!

  896. Betsy August 20th, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Pepitone, the Yanks just may be schedule proof, lol

  897. Brad August 20th, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Gaudin > Mitre

    Shows more fire, gives up less hits, and misses bats.

  898. Angel - A tale told by idiots - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. August 20th, 2009 at 1:13 am

    I like Flaherty. But I think he’s an either or guy. Either you like him or you don’t.

  899. Jim Pir-one August 20th, 2009 at 1:13 am

    Giuseppe Franco -

    You’re probably right about the obsessing.

    But it’s not a conspiracy. The only reason that ESPN or NESN bash a Red Sox player is if they have a motive, and they are towing the RS company line.

    I was stunned by the bashing of Drew, so I looked up his contract, and sure enough, I found my answer.

  900. Giuseppe Franco August 20th, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Flaherty’s favorite words are “nice job.”

    Never been a fan of him in the booth. He and Kay are the only guys I don’t like.

    Everyone else does a really good job.

  901. Jerkface August 20th, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Gaudin ~= Mitre

    Shows more fire, gives up less hits, and misses bats.

    Gives up more walks. They are both potential disasters. Can’t expect him to give up 1 run every outing, and then the walks will hurt.

    I like all the strike outs though.

  902. Ack August 20th, 2009 at 1:14 am

    What kind of postgame was that? They asked Gaudin 3 questions and one was about going to Fenway where he won’t even pitch!

    They didn’t even ask about his reaction.

  903. BJK August 20th, 2009 at 1:14 am

    rconn23 August 20th, 2009 at 12:33 am
    This has loss written all over it. Don?t get away with back to back walks in the late innings in a 1 run game too often.
    This would be a real tough one to swallow headed into Fenway.

    ———————————-

    Haven’t we learned to have a little faith in our team yet?

    Or is this an “expect doom, avoid disappointment” thing?

  904. Pel August 20th, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Gaudin’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/64375724dd8fd64d/

  905. Angel - A tale told by idiots - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. August 20th, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Expect doom, avoid disappointment has become the mantra for a lot of Yankee fans.

    Funny, it how pre-2004 Red Sox fans used to approach rooting for their team.

    Something about shoes being on other foots…

  906. pat August 20th, 2009 at 1:17 am

    “If he plays like this in Fenway, we might get swept”

    That’s a difference between this years team and past years teams.

    Everyone has had there slumps but someone else has stepped up.

  907. PL August 20th, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Giuseppe Franco August 20th, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Flaherty’s favorite words are “nice job.”

    Never been a fan of him in the booth. He and Kay are the only guys I don’t like.

    Everyone else does a really good job.

    Oh come on, when you put Flaherty, Kay, and Cone in a booth…It is so funny to listen too…never boring

  908. Jim Pir-one August 20th, 2009 at 1:18 am

    I generally dont like any of the commentators, because none understand important parts in games and the need to be serious.

    When Paul Oneill is around, he is the complete opposite of his playing days, everything is a joke and everybody just laughs.

    Oh, and Ken and his “fill that column” like baseball is about filling columns.

    Oh well, they’re not that bad except Kay, just a few annoying habits.

  909. Giuseppe Franco August 20th, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Jim Pir-one,

    Why do you care so much about everything they do?

    As far as I’m concerned, they’ll be lucky to make the postseason the way they’ve fallen apart the last few months.

    I don’t pay much attention to the Red Sox at all until they play the Yanks.

    And even then I can’t wait until the series is over because it drives people insane when the Yanks have the gall to lose a game.

  910. Ack August 20th, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Kay still thinks Mitre is starting on Friday. He spent a whole segment of his show talking about how the Sox have to win that game and have the mindset of pounding Mitre because if they lose that they might get swept.

    How does the broadcaster of the team not know the pitching matchups?

  911. Brandon...I'M AWESOME!... Getting ready to buy the Marky Mark MVP MIXTAPE Vol.1 August 20th, 2009 at 1:19 am

    “A-Rod looked AWFUL

    If he plays like this in Fenway, we might get swept”

    Oh pipe down that just means he’s due.

  912. Eric August 20th, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Minnesota takes 2\3 in Texas

    Tampa is a threat to Boston’s WC chances, not Texas.

  913. Bronx Jeers August 20th, 2009 at 1:21 am

    For a fiery guy, Gaudin is sort of soft spoken.

    Everybody knew the Sox were rolling the dice when they signed Drew. He’s good when healthy but is seldom healthy for any significant length of time.

    Barring some unforeseen catastrophic surgery-requiring injury, he’s on their payroll for 2010.

    They’re not sitting him to show him up and it does absolutely nothing to help them with his contract. They just need him healthy especially for their next series which could be the biggest series of their season.

  914. Giuseppe Franco August 20th, 2009 at 1:21 am

    PL August 20th, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Oh come on, when you put Flaherty, Kay, and Cone in a booth…It is so funny to listen too…never boring

    ————–

    Leiter and Cone are their two best color men. Those guys are hilarious going back and forth.

    Flaherty is way too bland and Kay is annoying as hell.

    Singleton and O’Neill do a good job as well.

  915. Max Power August 20th, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Kay still thinks Mitre is starting on Friday

    ——————-

    by the end of his show he had corrected himself. It was odd that he was so out of the loop about that…

  916. Pepitone August 20th, 2009 at 1:22 am

    “Wow, Brett Anderson is only 21?
    If he ends up keeps his head out of the oven he could be something.
    I guess it’s a good thing to be able to learn these skills in a relative vacuum.”
    ====================

    Yep, he’s going to be a good one. Nevertheless, some other team will get the benefits of his talents since the A’s like to trade away all their good young players before their 24th birthday.

    Glad I am not an A’s fan.

  917. RC 16 August 20th, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Al is a Red Sox killer.

    He is going to own Fenway this weekend. Put Kate Hudson in the front row with a couple of security guards to keep the Sox fans away, and away we go.

  918. L to the 2nd August 20th, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Really only need to take 1 of 3 this weekend.

    Friday will be key – get to Penny & you greatly increase the chances of taking the series (no Lester or laptop boy)

    Let’s put the RS away for good this weekend – let Tampa & Texas have at them…

  919. Nick August 20th, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Game 1 – Andy hasn’t pitched well in Fenway in years. The Sox hitters will double him to death. Penny is a hard thrower who could give us a lot of trouble. He really isin’t a bad pitcher. He did shut us down last time.

    Game 2 – Must win. AJ facing a rookie. No excuses.

    Game 3 – Beckett is a true ace so this game will be tough. Probably a 2-1 game either way.

    While the matchups are in our favor, we could just as easily win all 3 as we can lose all 3.

  920. AZ Four August 20th, 2009 at 1:27 am

    Where has Cone been? He he done a series in the past month?

  921. Pel August 20th, 2009 at 1:28 am

    Molina’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/64376167cbb887ec/

  922. Giuseppe Franco August 20th, 2009 at 1:28 am

    The goal for this weekend is to win the series. All the pressure is on the Red Sox.

    Really, one win is all they need to essentially bury them for the division title.

  923. Jim Pir-one August 20th, 2009 at 1:29 am

    Because the RS have luck, umpires, commissioner, media, other GMs and everyone on their side. and of course US Senators.

    nothing is out of the question for them.

  924. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 20th, 2009 at 1:29 am

    The Sox can worry about getting swept. :evil:

  925. Jim Pir-one August 20th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Does anyone think Jon “Mo” will pitch for the RS tomorrow?

  926. Giuseppe Franco August 20th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Brad Penny stinks.

    He’s had an ERA over 5 all season and he rarely gives them any length.

  927. Bronx Jeers August 20th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Kay thinking Mitre was starting is just hilarious. I wonder how many hours he filled up lamenting on that one.

    I used to think Flaherty was too milquetoast but he’s been coming into his own this season.

    Kay annoys me. He gets stuck in “radio mode” too often. Filling time with gibberish and stating the painfully obvious.

  928. GGBG August 20th, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Get one vs. the Sox and this was a very good road trip. Get 2 and it’s great.

    Get 3 and the division is O.V.A.

  929. Ed - campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) August 20th, 2009 at 1:31 am

    “The goal for this weekend is to win the series. All the pressure is on the Red Sox.

    Really, one win is all they need to essentially bury them for the division title.”

    at least the Sox’s bullpen won’t be well rested after tomorrow.

  930. RS August 20th, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Isn’t Cano like a .360 hitter in Fenway?

    Hopefully our bats will break out against Tazawa and Penny. I’m glad Tazawa won’t be just another rookie they’ve never faced before.

  931. RalphieD (OPPC) August 20th, 2009 at 1:34 am

    “Does anyone think Jon “Mo” will pitch for the RS tomorrow?”

    what do you mean

  932. Jim Pir-one August 20th, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Jon Lester’s nickname is Mo

    Not like Mariano of course!

  933. Giuseppe Franco August 20th, 2009 at 1:37 am

    RalphieD (OPPC) August 20th, 2009 at 1:34 am

    “Does anyone think Jon “Mo” will pitch for the RS tomorrow?”

    what do you mean

    —————

    Probably another conspiracy theory.

    He likely thinks that the Red Sox are actually going to switch Lester and Penny but still has Lester scheduled for tomorrow’s start.

    Does that sound about right, Jim Pir-one?

    Watch out for the other gunman in the grassy knoll.

  934. RS August 20th, 2009 at 1:38 am

    I just want to see the Rays keep within 3 games of the Sox so that their September series will be filled with a lot of juice.

  935. Tank August 20th, 2009 at 1:39 am

    “Because the RS have luck, umpires, commissioner, media, other GMs and everyone on their side. and of course US Senators.

    nothing is out of the question for them.”

    Agree 100%. That’s why this series makes me nervous

  936. JFK August 20th, 2009 at 1:39 am

    What happened to Cone? He hasn’t done a game in a long time.

  937. Jim Pir-one August 20th, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Giuseppe -

    How is that a conspiracy?

    Although it makes sense to Pitch “Mo” versus the Blue Jays to take a close to sure win. They’d rather pitch him against us, the same way Yuckilis took his suspension and mised the Rangers series so he could face us.

  938. Wilson August 20th, 2009 at 1:42 am

    Russ Ortiz is 1-5 with a double off Penny. Should we re-sign him just for tomorrow?

  939. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 20th, 2009 at 1:42 am

    Lester tomorrow night gives them a better chance for a win, not a sure win. They’re still not a strong road team.

    Hey, what if the Sox win their next 10 games and we only win 3 of our next 10??? Oh no!

  940. Bronx Jeers August 20th, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Even if the Yanks go 20-21 the Sox need to go 28-15 to tie them.

    And they’ve been playing .500 for the last 2 months.

  941. Blake August 20th, 2009 at 1:45 am

    The Sox are 7 games back of us and are only 1 ahead of Texas. Even if we bury them this weekend, they are still right there for the WC. Why tinker with the rotation when wins against us are not premium for them? They need wins period, regardless of the opponent.

  942. Giuseppe Franco August 20th, 2009 at 1:46 am

    Jim Pir-one August 20th, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Giuseppe -

    How is that a conspiracy?

    Although it makes sense to Pitch “Mo” versus the Blue Jays to take a close to sure win. They’d rather pitch him against us, the same way Yuckilis took his suspension and mised the Rangers series so he could face us.

    ———-

    I’ve met schizophrenics who are less paranoid than you.

    Lester is scheduled to start tomorrow and Penny is scheduled to start Friday.

    Why do they have to go into stealth mode announcing their rotation over the next few days?

    If they were going to make the change, they probably would have done it already.

    The Red Sox don’t have to play that game. The Yanks finagled their rotation so their best would matchup against the Red Sox at Fenway. Why would Francona try to hide it?

    It doesn’t make any sense.

  943. JJ August 20th, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Penny in 2 games at the Rogers Centre this year has a 6.55 ERA.

    Lester in 2 games at the Rogers Centre has a 2.77 ERA

  944. Al August 20th, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Our offense is ice cold anyway… I doubt we’ll even hit Tazawa. One of the big 3 need to pitch a good game so we can get out of Fenway with 1 win.

  945. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 20th, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Burnley just beat Machester United. Why can’t the Blue Jays beat Lester?

    And even if the Sox win… so what?

  946. Dazz August 20th, 2009 at 1:53 am

    Lester actually lost his last start against Toronto. He pitched well, but still lost.

  947. Bronx Jeers August 20th, 2009 at 1:54 am

    “Hey, what if the Sox win their next 10 games and we only win 3 of our next 10??? Oh no!”

    Well then we just put Bucky in the Monstaah seats.

    Unfortunately we may have to scratch our plans of putting you next to Reggie for the next Oakland game.

  948. Giuseppe Franco August 20th, 2009 at 1:55 am

    Nick in SF in Larkspur August 20th, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Burnley just beat Machester United. Why can’t the Blue Jays beat Lester?

    And even if the Sox win… so what?

    ————-

    No kidding. Who cares what the Red Sox do at this point. The Yanks are in the driver’s seat and control their own destiny.

    Too many people fear the team that has played .500 ball for two months and remain 7 games back.

  949. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 20th, 2009 at 1:55 am

    Our offense is ice cold? What better place to heat up again than Fenway?

    The sky is not falling.

  950. 7*7 August 20th, 2009 at 1:56 am

    “The sky is not falling.”

    Is this fact?

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