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Game 136: Yankees at Blue Jays

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 05, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (86-49)
Jeter SS
Swisher 1B
Teixeira DH
Rodriguez 3B
Posada C
Cano 2B
Hairston LF
Cabrera CF
Hinske RF

Pitching: LHP Andy Pettitte (12-6, 4.03).

BLUE JAYS (60-74)
Scutaro SS
Hill 2B
Wells CF
Millar 1B
Ruiz DH
Encarnacion 3B
Bautista RF
McDonald LF
Chavez C

Pitching: LHP Brett Cecil (6-3, 5.42).

TIME/TV: 1:07, YES.

STATE OF THE STRIPES: The Yankees have won seven of their last eight and are 4-1 on a road trip that has two games left. They are still 7.5 games ahead of Boston in the AL East but their lead on Los Angeles for home-field advantage was clipped to six games last night.

DEREK’S BACK: Derek Jeter got a day off yesterday and is expected back today. He is in a little 3-for-17 slump. Jeter needs nine hits to break Lou Gehrig’s record for the most hits in franchise history, so that will likely come at home next week.

PETTITTE’S POWER: Andy Pettitte is 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA since the All-Star break. In 59.2 innings, he has allowed 45 hits and struck out 62.

That’s it for now. Back with more later on.

UPDATE, 11:15 a.m.: Just watched Mo throw 16 pitches in the pen. Looked good to me.

UPDATE, 11:19 a.m.: RHP Josh Towers called up.

UPDATE, 11:27 p.m.: Kevin Cash was released to make room on the 40-man roster.

UPDATE, 12:05 p.m.: CC will start Game 1 on Monday and Burnett Game 2.

UPDATE, 1:13 p.m.: We’re underway in Toronto. Another great day, too. This road trip has featured perfect weather. If you hear any planes roaring overhead during the broadcast, they’re part of the air show in Toronto this weekend.

UPDATE, 1:25 p.m.: Robbie Cano flashes some leather there. He has had a terrific year in the field for the most part.

UPDATE, 1;27 p.m.: Millar comes out to Sing For The Moment by Eninem. Pretty good choice. Meanwhile, Andy Pettitte whiffs two in the first inning. He has fanned 64 in his last 60.2 innings. What a career rebirth for him.

UPDATE, 1:14 p.m: Yankees strike first as Melky raps an RBI single into center. Yanks 55-16 when they score first.

UPDATE, 1:54 p.m.: Yankees 1-6 with RISP in two innings. Cecil is lucky it’s only 1-0. Meanwhile, the jets overhead for the air show are pretty cool to watch.

UPDATE, 1:55 p.m.: That is not a home run, I don’t think.

UPDATE, 1:58 p.m.: Yep, foul ball. Now the crowd will really boo when Andy strikes Ruiz out.

UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: Poor Randy Ruiz. From home run to 5-3. Doesn’t Randy Ruiz sound like the name of a wrestling opponent? And taking on George “The Animal” Steele … from the Bronx, New York … Randy Ruiz!

UPDATE, 2:36 p.m.: That one counts for Randy Ruiz. Yankees 2-1.

Yanks are 1 for 7 with RISP. How much longer can Cecil walk the tightrope?

UPDATE, 2:44 p.m.: Quick throw by Cano and a nimble play by Posada save the run. Now it’s 2-2.

UPDATE, 3:08 p.m.: Bad play all around there. Pettitte had an easy out at first but Posada yelled “second” and Jeter wasn’t there. Now the Jays have something cooking with the heart of their order up. Yankees try and hold a 3-2 lead.

UPDATE, 3:29 p.m.: Yankees had been 1 for 10 with RISP before Clutch-Rod delivered an RBI single.

UPDATE, 3:31 p.m.: And Posada makes it 5-2 with an RBI single. 24 RBI in the his last 22 games.

UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: Sloppy play there as Toronto scores two runs. … Gardner would have caught that ball in the first place, by the way.

UPDATE, 4:01 p.m.: More good relief work from Robertson as he shakes off the leadoff walk.

UPDATE, 4:16 p.m.: Slick double-play by the Jays to stay within a run. Yankees are 3-14 with RISP today and have left 12 men on base. Between that and the poor defense, they’ve made this game closer than it should be.

UPDATE, 4:19 p.m.: How is it that Dave Robertson is the 7th inning guy and Brian Bruney is the 8th inning guy? That should be reversed based on their performance this season, no?

UPDATE, 4:27 p.m.: Bruney walks Bautista and Joe Girardi is not going to screw around. Here comes Hughes with two outs.

UPDATE, 4:27 p.m.: The last 10 outings for Hughes: 10 innings, 5 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 14 strikeouts.

UPDATE, 4:31 p.m.: Hughes with high heat (94) to end the inning.

UPDATE, 4:55 p.m.: Yankees have left 14 runners on base and are 5 of 19 with RISP. But they are three outs away from a win.

UPDATE, 4:59 p.m.: A four-out save for Phil Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuughes as the Yankees win an ugly game 6-4.

That’s a 1.11 relief ERA for the young man. Back later with reaction.

 
 

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607 Responses to “Game 136: Yankees at Blue Jays”

  1. Laura - Just call me Snow Leopard! September 5th, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Here’s hoping we shake off last night’s game and get the W for Andy today. Go Yankees!

  2. G September 5th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Yesterday wasnt a big deal, it was expected. The Yankees should win today. The main thing is that nobody gets hurt. If the Yankees play .500 ball from now on theyll be fine.

  3. Ed H. September 5th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Andy’s in a groove. I’m looking forward to a good game from him.

  4. Erica - always OPPC September 5th, 2009 at 10:07 am

    I am heading to the beach for a very long day. Have a great day everyone!!!

  5. Cal September 5th, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Let’s Go Andy

    Clap, Clap, Clap, Clap.

    Make the magic number 20

  6. Fran (the original) and OPPC member September 5th, 2009 at 10:17 am

    I expect a good start from Andy. He and CC have been the most reliable starters.

  7. ANSKY September 5th, 2009 at 10:18 am

    No panic … 7 of 8 is pretty ******* good. Not too worried about the Jobber either. Not expecting a lot out of him with his innings limit coming closer. For me a few outings in Sept which can only be deemed ‘not disastrous’ are OK as long as the team is still in the same place in the standings at the end of the regular season. Sort of like a late-season spring training tune-up, a few good October outings would be nicer than a few good September ones.

    Not expecting a Cy Young season next year, but I will be expecting a lot more of out of him than this year.

    I wonder if they have Hughes in line for the 25+ start / reduced innings 5th pitcher’s slot next year, like they used Joba this year. Hughes seems to have grown a pair while living in the bullpen (And shown no signs of the Pavano-itis people were worried about) so he should be on his way next year. Still a couple years away from his prime, but on his way.

  8. G September 5th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    23 games left in the season. Win half, 11 or 12, get us 95 or 96 wins. That’ll easily get us the divison. Girardi shoud rest Arod, Tex, Damon, all their star names frequently this Toronto series, the Baltimore series, and the Royals series. They’ll probably win 6 or 7 out of 10 games against these teams.

  9. Unknown September 5th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Is it October Yet? Can’t Wait!!!

  10. Richie September 5th, 2009 at 10:32 am

    The extra PT has really exposed how bad Hinske’s defense is.

  11. G September 5th, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Ive been thinking, why dont the Yankees put Joba back in the pen to gain some confidence.I hadnt been here for 1 month an a half and the way I saw Joba pitch, i was weird. he looked different. no emotion out there nothing. He had no confidence in his stuff. Put Joba in the pen, his velocity will go up. hell challenge hitters again. His stuff might reappear. weve all seen hughes this year. its also best for the team. a pen with Joba, hughes, and Mo is lethal.

  12. ANSKY September 5th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Joba being the 4th guy in the rotation is no worry for me. He’d be in line to start 3 games in the post season, maybe 4. Who knows, I wouldn’t be all that surprised if they switch him to the pen (TEMPORARILY) for just the last few games, if the rotation lines up accordingly.

    A bullpen with Ace, Coke, Joba, Hughes & Mo for the last three games of the WS? Killer.

    I’m most concerned about Andy keeping it going through October and AJ bringing his best stuff. Those would make Joba’s role as a starter less of an issue. CC is money a this point.

    With Pettitte it’s not mental (never any doubts about where Andy’s head is, especially when it’s all on the line) so it’s all physical. He’s been hot lately, but will his aging shoulder or elbow hold the same level for 7 more weeks?

    With AJ it’s not physical (he hasn’t been hurt, which was the key red flag for him when he was being pursued in the off-season) so it’s all mental. Will he get rattled like the time he was pitching well, then he walked two before giving up the 3-run difference maker?

  13. ANSKY September 5th, 2009 at 10:36 am

    G …. I was typing the Joba thing exactly while you were !

  14. Rick September 5th, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Joba said:
    “There is a lot of baseball left, enough time to get going,” Chamberlain insisted. “I am not that far off.”

    ““““““`
    With 27 games left, that’s less time than spring training exhibition games and other pitchers are looking for spots on the postseason roster.
    If the playoffs started tomorrow, Joba has no assurances that he’ll be a starter based on his last several starts.
    Girardi’s body language suggests that Joba is on a short leash.

  15. ANSKY September 5th, 2009 at 10:43 am

    For me it’d be only for the tail end of October for a Joba in the pen redux. Before then it’d be a bad idea. In a way he’s sorta starting games as a reliever now, only going a few innings until the next guy can come in. Now, at least he knows what days he’s coming in, what inning (always the 1st) and he can prepare according to routine. You can’t plan to bring him in for 4+ innings if AJ (for example) has a quality start on Joba’s game day, and still build him up to start most of October. Regular frequency of bullpen work, rest, game days is important. Rotation until the last few days of October, then let him him cut loose as a weapon in the pen.

  16. ghc September 5th, 2009 at 10:51 am

    ha

  17. God Save the Yankees September 5th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    August 28th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    I have been preparing for the worst, for fear of unexpected disapointments imminent: Better not get my hopes up, for there is none.

    Once again this year, like all those in the past, pitching is Yankees’ Achilles Heel. No starters (except CC, who always struggles in October), and only two relievers.

    Really, there is no hope in October — that is, even if we could make it there.

    – David D.

  18. Sony September 5th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    I was at Andy’s last start at Camden Yards. What a magnificent performance, and what a great place to watch a ballgame. No wonder Yankee fans totally invade the place every series. It was really like a home crowd rooting Andy on.

  19. SJ44 September 5th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    No hope for October?

    Please, go away and come back when you have functioning brain cells.

    Good lord, children can’t be this dumb.

    If they are, we are doomed.

  20. Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Montero Fanaticus Primus September 5th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    You know, the Yankees are doing quite fine.

    The Thunder, if they wlose tonight, will be eliminated. Puts a little bit different spin on things, doesn’t it?

    I’m sorry, still can’t get over last night’s Thunder game…down 7-0 they came all the way back to tie it only to lose in a walk off. So heartbreaking!

  21. Vince September 5th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Back in the days when “The Boss” was full of fire, he would have called Joba out and said he lacks mental toughness.
    Patience was not his virtue.

  22. mig September 5th, 2009 at 11:15 am

    aj, joba undoubtedly are the worst 3rd, 4th starter combo — looking at all other teams that would make the playoffs.

  23. murphydog September 5th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    SJ:

    “Good lord, children can’t be this dumb.

    If they are, we are doomed.”

    Imagine… the team is leading the division and has the best record and then this? That’s why they say children are to be seen and not heard.

    Be prepared, though. Next you’ll be chastised for not “respecting” the opinion, as though all opinions are equal or somehow incontrovertable.

  24. murphydog September 5th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    “Patience was not his virtue.”

    Nor was a sound understanding of baseball. The Boss was a football guy running a baseball organization. Straightening up a slouching rookie is fine in any sport, IMO. But Joba is being tethered by an innings cap which, while it might save his arm, is retarding his development. Stoicly grinning and bearing it might be the more effective ownership response.

  25. Tarheelyank September 5th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I am getting chills just thinking of the ovation Jeter is going to get(at home) when he passes Gehrig.

    Der ek Jet er

    I wonder if the Yankees have anything planned for the moment. Knowing Derek, he will want to just tip his hat and continue with the game.

  26. Rose September 5th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    AJ is my main concern for the post season. Hopefully the dominant AJ shows up.

  27. mike eff September 5th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    “aj, joba undoubtedly are the worst 3rd, 4th starter combo — looking at all other teams that would make the playoffs.”

    ________________________________

    SJ is right–the nut jobs really do come out… even as a regular lurker i MUST speak–

    have you looked at who boston has after beckett and lester? buccholtz , tawaza, byd and company… and have you looked at beckett of late?

  28. upstate kate September 5th, 2009 at 11:24 am

    why all the gloom and doom? The Yankees are still the only team in the AL to have won more than 80 games. Even w/ yesterday’s loss, we still got a game closer to clinching coutesy of another great RS pitching move.

  29. G-C September 5th, 2009 at 11:24 am

    If Joba were to take the stuff and command he’s displaying right now into the bullpen, he would get absolutely shelled. He’s so messed up right now that its incredible.

    I’m one of the biggest Joba guys on this blog, but if he doesn’t show some progress over his next couple of outings there’s no reason why I would feel any more comfortable with him on the mound instead of Mitre or Gaudin. When a guy hasn’t had an even semi decent outing in a month its tough to really run him out there with much confidence. I keep hoping and praying every start that we’ll some how see Joba cerca July of last year reincarnated, throwing 98 with that slider, but he’s become…mediocre. I hope its simply a byproduct of him needing to get in better shape and not the fact that he just can’t do it anymore.

  30. BBFan September 5th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Mitre will suprise people.
    Now he has two good starts in a row.
    If he pitches well tomorrow, and Joba does not improve, the discussion will start if Mitre should replace Joba as the fourth starter.

    As someone said, with his lack of control Joba is not an option in the bullpen. If he does not improve, he could very well be out of the post season roster.

  31. hey kelvin says September 5th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Mtv 2 has CC sabathia on mtv cribs, pretty old but cool crib.

  32. Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Montero Fanaticus Primus September 5th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    http://www.puristbleedspinstri.....rning.html

    Mitre’s been outpitching Joba for a month.

  33. john_halfz September 5th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Anyone who thinks Sergio Mitre is a credible option for anything besides a meaningless September toss is disqualified from having an opinion on Joba.

  34. john_halfz September 5th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Man, I went to that Baltimore start after which people were ready to crucify Phil Hughes. So Joba can’t spot his fastball at all. His breaking stuff and change (which he doesn’t use enough) look sharp. Well, you can’t pitch in the AL if you can’t spot a fastball. But I have a hard time trying to worry that Chamberlain will never regain that skill

  35. Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Montero Fanaticus Primus September 5th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    There’s a difference between writing Joba off entirely and being concerned because the Yankees need him to be a lot better than he is for October.

    Big difference.

  36. john_halfz September 5th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    I have a hard time believing that, if the Yankees are fortunate enough to get there, Ervin Santana or Junichi Tazawa will inspire any more confidence in the fans of their respective teams than Joba does.

  37. Ed H. September 5th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    john_halfz
    September 5th, 2009 at 11:38 am
    Anyone who thinks Sergio Mitre is a credible option for anything besides a meaningless September toss is disqualified from having an opinion on Joba.

    ——————–

    Anyone who thinks Joba Camberlain is a credible option for anything besides a meaningless September toss is disqualified from having an opinion on Sergio.

    See? It works both ways.

  38. john_halfz September 5th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    That’s a great point, Ed H. I hadn’t thought of it that way. Well, except in the sense of realizing that Chamberlain is vastly more talented. And yeah, while it’s frustrating that a 23 year old doesn’t attack the strike zone early in the count…and that he doesn’t mix his pitches particularly well, I think you’d have to be Sergio Mitre’s dad to think that Sergio could put together a stretch that remotely approached Joba’s post-ASB streak.

    Don’t get me wrong. I yell at the TV. And I think Joba has regressed. But it’s moronic to give in to the same impulse that had countless people here calling Hughes a “bust.”

  39. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    john_halfz,

    I was at that Baltimore Hughes start, too. Lefties murdered his cutter that day.

    People forget the good starts that followed that unfortunate outing, before he was put in the BP.

    I just watched some tape of Joba’s 3-hit start vs. Tampa post All-Star break. I made the rounds of five forums this morning and chuckled, mostly. It’s not that Joba concern isn’t warranted – it’s the absurd leap to judgment about his character that continues, as every idiot prattles on and on and…

    I am personally getting bored listening to people “tell it like it is”, as if they have a clue.

    Sorry I missed the most recent Baltimore trip. Great, great ballpark – one of the best.

  40. Angel - A tale told by idiots - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. September 5th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    If I didnt know that Yankees were capable of being as ridiculous as “God Save The Yankees” I’d swear black and blue they were Red Sox fans posing as idiot Yankee fans.

    Who has that much time on their hands? I don’t.

  41. john_halfz September 5th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    I mean, seriously. We’re talking about the guy who’d face Clay Buchholz or Junichi Tazawa or Ervin Santana.

    We’re coming with Sabathia, Burnett and Pettitte. And while that’s not necessarily Koufax, Drysdale and Sutton, the scariest matchup is the first one (Verlander, Jackson and Porcello).

    The good news is that the Tigers have scored about 155 runs fewer than the Yankees.

  42. Jim the VT Yankeefan September 5th, 2009 at 11:59 am

    G September 5th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    23 games left in the season. Win half, 11 or 12, get us 95 or 96 wins. That’ll easily get us the divison.

    =================================================
    There are actually 27 games left so only going 14-13 would get the Yanks to 100 wins.

  43. Ed H. September 5th, 2009 at 11:59 am

    John, I think that the problem is that we’re talking about two flawed options here. Each is problematic for different reasons, but still problematic. You can’t really dismiss one outright in favor of the other because it could wind up being a 51-49 decision rather than 90-10 or even 60-40. We’ll just have to see what each does during September. With great performances, either one could step up and claim the post season starts.

  44. john_halfz September 5th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Imagine if Chamberlain hadn’t come up in 2007. Imagine if Wang weren’t hurt. People here would be salivating about the 23-year-old prospect who’d just finished tearing up the International League.

    Remember that he only surpassed Hughes in the fans’ eyes after a 25 IP stretch where he wasn’t exposed because he was in the bullpen facing hitters once.

    But Hughes was always the #1 guy…except here, where the majority of fans derided him as a bust after 18 months of middling results…after an injury…at ages 21 and 22

  45. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    BTW this blog and others are going I’m willing to bet Joba sraightens it out and these ppl disappear again. You know what’s funny is that AJ and Beckett are going through the same although nothing wrong there, lets pick on the 23 yr. old w. restrictions. :?

  46. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    I doubt it. The Joba critics are regulars on this board and others.

    Same group that dissed Hughes as not having the stomach to pitch.

    Any way the wind blows, I guess, and the narratives adjust, finding a new object for derision, lol.

  47. 86w183 September 5th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Obviously Joba pitching at his best is the guy for the # 4 post-season slot. But if he keeps pitching like this I sure as hell wouldn’t give him the ball.

    Last four starts, 15 innings, 26 H, 10 K, 8 W, 9.00 ERA

    Mitre last four, 21 innings, 22 H, 14 K, 6 W, 3.00 ERA

    To suggest it’s not worth even discussing is ridiculous.

  48. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    “I doubt it. The Joba critics are regulars on this board and others.”

    Oh so they’re ~groupies.

  49. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    YES Innerview with Kim Jones and Francisco Cervelli:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/65113187cbdee9e2/

  50. RSM September 5th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    For all you people who think it’s absurd to discuss Mitre and Joba on the same level…Keep in mind that Mitre was a stud prospect also. Because of injury and inconsistency, he has never reached his potential. Sound familiar?

  51. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    “To suggest it’s not worth even discussing is ridiculous.”

    It really isn’t. I bet you tell Mitre “hey your gonna pitch in 8 days, 10 days oh no next week, wait only 3 innings, no 2 innings, 3 innings, then 4 innings” I bet Mitre wouldn’t pitch the same. Leiter put it best, it’s a mindset thing, he was yo yo’d and it’s for his own good setting up how they will use him in the playoffs when he becomes the #4 SP, you also have to keep him in this role b/c god forbid Andy gets hurt or AJ who steps in for gm.2 or 3 MITRE? you nuts if believe that.

    Joba will be fine, he’s adjusting again and will start getting into a groove his next few starts.

  52. yup September 5th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    ESPN Classic right now!!!!

    Relive the Yankees World Series!!!!

  53. Zach September 5th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    What kind of crap lineup is this?

    Where is Damon?

    Where is Matsui?

    We just lost a tough game yesterday and today is a must win and that is the lineup we have out there?

  54. Y26 September 5th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Are the Joba critics the same ones who keep saying Cano is lazy?

  55. Rishi September 5th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    i mean really – this is not a “must win” – the only real “must wins” aren’t for another month or so (provided the Red Sox or Angels don’t do some massive winning soon)

  56. RalphieD (OPPC) September 5th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    “We just lost a tough game yesterday and today is a must win and that is the lineup we have out there?”

    lol…are you looking at the red sox lineup?….today is a must win for them, not the yankees

  57. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Michael Kay and David Cone analyze Derek Jeter:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/651136062191f19d/

  58. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    >Relive the Yankees World Series!!!!

    No thanks. :evil:

  59. Peter Abraham September 5th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Zach:

    Are you paying even a little bit of attention?

    1. It’s a day game after a night game.
    2. They’re playing on turf
    3. They have a doubleheader on Monday.
    4. They don’t have a day off until Thursday.
    5. They have a huge lead.
    6. They have a lot of older players.

    C’mon, be a better fan than that.

  60. raymagnetic September 5th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    “Are the Joba critics the same ones who keep saying Cano is lazy?”

    No. They’re the same ones who said Hughes was soft in May of this year.

    Now Hughes is tougher than tough meat and Joba is softer than baby food unfortunately. :(

  61. yup September 5th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    No thanks. :evil:

    But… that’s when Mo proved he was the best of all time in post season games, no?

  62. Mrs. Kekich September 5th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    I think the Yankees just put more pressure on Joba with these stupid rules. What was his injury in college anyway? and regardless of ewhat it was, wasn’t it like 5 years ago? I mean, don’t send him out to throw 150 pitches, you should be careful with any young pitcher. But this whole thing just puts more pressure on the guy and is turning him into a head case, or could turn him into a head case.

  63. Mark in Tampa September 5th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    I’m sure Zach was only joking to get a rise out of the posters on here. No one in their right mind could possibly say this a must win and be serious about it.

  64. Mrs. Kekich September 5th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    (provided the Red Sox or Angels don’t do some massive winning soon)

    The Red Sox have done massive winning and it got them nowhere. It is over. Even if the Dead Sox make the playoffs, they won’t threaten the Yankees with their sorry rotation. You worry about Joba? I’m sure Boston would love to have his problems right now.

  65. upstate kate September 5th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I am guessing Zach is being sarcastic :)

  66. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Y26
    September 5th, 2009 at 12:22 pm
    Are the Joba critics the same ones who keep saying Cano is lazy?
    ====

    Two sets of critics.

    There are the critics who are just earnestly trying to figure out where he is and where he can conceivably go in the short run here before the playoffs. These posters can also be credited with seeing the big picture – his career.

    The sort of scolding “parental” approach – you know, the people who think Joba is just being capricious and “refuses” to listen, rather than considering that his reluctance to use his FB more often might have some physical or “feel” origin – seem more philosophically in line with those who are on their tippy-toes, waiting for a Cano mis-step so they can jump on him.

    Most of the anti-Cano voices have faded, however. Even they have finally grasped that he is not someone you discard and think you can upgrade by signing an aged Orlando Hudson. Lol.

  67. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    YES pre-game Clubhouse Report with Bob Lorenz and Kim Jones:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/65114237fba78ab4/

  68. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    His current problems, no. His upside, hell yes.

    Gee, Byrd sure struck gold by bringing back Byrd.

    ARod and Jorge off tomorrow. Good deal. I am liking Girardi’s conscious understanding, all season long, that we would have been gassed by October – as we nearly always are – without strategic resting of key veterans.

    Even Melky, at 25, really needed a blow and has been a different hitter after two well-timed days off.

    Torre used to drive me nuts, never giving anyone a rest. Not to dump on Joe T – but that was a critical mistake on his part.

  69. SJ44 September 5th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    No, they are the same fans who view today as a “must win” game. Emotional and knee jerk with no real understanding of the game.

    As far as Joba is concerned, he’s in a tough spot. All this is yo yoing around can’t be helpful to him.

    He also has had trouble all year repeating his delivery.

    Combine the two and I think you have what you have right now.

    On a positive note, it seems they forcing him to get back to establishing his fastball. I like that because the kid has wasted most of this season trying to pitch backward like Mike Mussina.

    I’ll gladly take another 4-5 3 inning starts if they can get him back to an attack mindset.

    The post-season? Personally, I don’t think Joba is going to be much of a featured player in the post-season.

    He can’t really pitch out of the bullpen anymore because it takes him too long to warm up post-shoulder injury.

    As a starter? He will probably get 2 starts if the Yankees advance to the WS. One in the ALCS and one in the WS.

    I would suspect he will be on a short leash in both starts.

    The real work for Joba will have to come in the off-season.

    He has to come to ST in 2010 in much better shape and with a lot better attitude.

    A humbling year like this one should help him in both of those areas.

  70. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I meant Theo struck gold…

  71. Mark in Tampa September 5th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    RE: Joba

    Bad years happen, especially when he is constantly reminded of the Joba rules, innings limits, etc. I am sick of hearing the term Joba rules, imagine how he feels about it. I think also that he may have begun ST with pacing himself in mind. He has conditioned himself mentally and physically tostart slow and build, instead of starting out throwing hard and maintaining it. Also, witness these 3 years from Verlander:
    2007- 18-6, 3.66 ERA, 8.17 K/9, 8.08 H/9
    2008- 11-17 4.84 ERA, 7.3 K/9, 8.73 H/9
    2009- 16-7 3.29 ERA, 10.14 K/9, 7.9 H/9

    Just because a pitcher, or anybody, has a bad year does not mean that they will always be bad. I look for Joba to rededicate himself next year and come out smoking. I just hope he has enough this year to keep the team in the 2 or 3 postseason starts that he should make.

  72. Sicilian! September 5th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Is anyone intrested in a signed Derek Jeter jersey I got from 2003 at Camden Yards? I am in a tough spot and am willing to sell this jersey since I honestly dont get any use from it. If your intrested let me know and I’ll send you pictures to your email and hopefully we can work something out. THANKS!

  73. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    YES pre-game Booth Report with Bob Lorenz, Michael Kay, and David Cone:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/6511449757e3c736/

  74. SJ44 September 5th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Girardi and the staff mapped out the lineups in Baltimore for the rest of the roadtrip. That’s perfect because the players know in advance when they will be getting a day.

    Girardi really has handled the team masterfully this year. He has balanced rest with PT and has kept everyone involved.

    Its paying off with solid play from everybody over the course of the season.

  75. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Maybe they can send Joba to seminary school, part time.

    There’s one on the Upper Westside, not far from the Stadium. I believe it’s on Claremont, very close to Riverside Drive.

    In between working on his delivery, he could ponder the vastness of the Universe and his own personal insignificance, to pound home some humility.

    It’s a shame Riverside Church isn’t Catholic. Then Joba could run over to the confessional and beg the priest to forgive his waywardness this season. Maybe they can even build a breezeway-style bullpen for him to work out in, so he can just go back and forth easily. That should help, considering how out of shape he is.

  76. Jim the VT Yankeefan September 5th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    The people who are defending Joba are correct to say that he is 23 and still learning. That being said, he needs to learn quick. October is not the time for player development. Girardi has to be cut throat and look only at winning. If he thinks the best chances for Yankee success means leaving Joba off the roster for the ALDS then that is what he should do.

    I’m a big fan of Joba. I really believe he has ace stuff when he has it all working. I’m not convinced that he is going to be able get it all working again by October. I sure hope he does though. Even one good outing would make me feel much better.

  77. Joe G. September 5th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    With the struggles and limited pitch count for Joba as well as having Mitre or Gaudin as your 5th starter, why didnt Cashman pick up another arm at the trade deadline???

  78. Sicilian! September 5th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Is anyone intrested in a signed Derek Jeter jersey I got from 2003 at Camden Yards? I am in a tough spot and am willing to sell this jersey since I honestly dont get any use from it. If your intrested let me know and I’ll send you pictures to your email and hopefully we can work something out. THANKS!

  79. Woj September 5th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I think Joba is deffinatly pitching for a postseason spot right now.
    First thing he needs to regain is his swagger.
    I say send him away for a few days without any baseball so he can realize what hes pitching for

  80. SJ44 September 5th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    How many arms do you want? How has it hurt the team? Look at the standings. It hasn’t hurt them one bit and it won’t hurt them in the post-season because CC, AJ and Pettitte are going to be the 3 main guys.

    I understand the need for the children to find something to complain about.

    However, on a scale of 1-10 of Yankee problems, the Yankees are sitting at 2 right now.

    I’ll take it and get ready for the post-season.

  81. m September 5th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Rebecca,

    Are you around? I was watching espnews, and they went to a live look-in of the Syracuse game. Greg Paulus looked good on that touchdown drive.

  82. Jeremy September 5th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I can’t believe that some on this blog are counting on sergio mitre in the playoffs. LOL

    The guy will get lit up, and then some of you will blame girardi.

  83. upstate kate September 5th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Even our poorer starters can generally keep us in the game. The Yankees have a great bull pen and offense, that overcomes a lot of poor starting pitching.

  84. Mike September 5th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Remember a couple days ago when people called Paul Byrd a “great signing” by the Sux? lol

  85. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Lets go Yankees!

  86. RS September 5th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    For all those complaining about the lineup, just remember that Ramiro Pena, a nobody replacing Derek Jeter yesterday, saved the Yankees from getting no-hit by Halladay.

  87. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    That nobody would start for alot of teams at SS RS, just saying.

  88. Lyon September 5th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    “That nobody would start for alot of teams at SS RS, just saying.”

    He may even be starting for us in the near future

  89. Jeremy September 5th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I hope the Ranger beat out the Sox for that Wild Card spot. Who would you rather face? Kevin Millwood and Holland or Verlander and Jackson ?

    Though the Tiger bullpen sucks and their hitters are up and down at times.

  90. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    “He may even be starting for us in the near future”

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....pid=456488

  91. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Brandon Awesome “BECAUSE I’M AWESOME!”

    Nunez is my boy

  92. RS September 5th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    “That nobody would start for alot of teams at SS RS, just saying.”

    I like Pena and think he has a good future. I just meant that right now he doesn’t exactly have any major league credentials and is a far cry from Jeter offensively. And yet he was the only one who managed a hit off Halladay, not any of the 5 or 6 all-stars in the lineup yesterday.

  93. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Brandon Awesome “BECAUSE I’M AWESOME!”
    September 5th, 2009 at 1:07 pm
    “He may even be starting for us in the near future”
    http://web.minorleaguebaseball…..pid=456488
    ====

    Kid was raking before an 0-for-5 in his last game. You hate to see the AA season end.

  94. rconn23 September 5th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    “That nobody would start for alot of teams at SS RS, just saying”

    Name them.

  95. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Should be strike 3. Terrible ump.

  96. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    “Nunez is my boy”

    Someone, I can’t remember who exactly made the perfect comparison for Nunez.

    Extremely talented & eager and too fast at times but right now he’s a wild horse let out of a barn.

  97. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    What a stop. Bad play by Millar.

  98. Sicilian! September 5th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Is anyone intrested in a signed Derek Jeter jersey?

  99. RS September 5th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    “I hope the Ranger beat out the Sox for that Wild Card spot. Who would you rather face? Kevin Millwood and Holland or Verlander and Jackson?”

    Tough choice because I think the Tigers have better starting pitching, but the Rangers have a better offense and bullpen. Neither team has had much success at Yankee Stadium in the past, but the Rangers would have a lot more confidence and swagger going into the postseason if they do actually win the WC. I don’t want to face the ‘Cinderella’ team that’s feeding off of pure adrenaline and youthful energy like the Rays were last year.

  100. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    “Kid was raking before an 0-for-5 in his last game. You hate to see the AA season end.”

    in his last 105 ABs in August the kid was just DISGUSTING

    .400 BA
    .443 OBP %
    .590 SLG %

    he was hitting .500 in his last 10 before Sept.

    look at the improvement he made

    in 08′ his

    .305 OBP %
    .383 SLG %

    This season

    .347 OBP %
    .429 SLG %

  101. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Brandon Awesome “BECAUSE I’M AWESOME!”

    Should be in AAA next year. May be the end of Cody Ransom :(

  102. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    “Should be in AAA next year. May be the end of Cody Ransom”
    He’s going to have to have an amazing ST to get to AAA, the Yankees now are more strict w/ player promotions.

  103. S.A.--Serenity Now September 5th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Time to get to work Andy

  104. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Brandon Awesome “BECAUSE I’M AWESOME!”

    Where do you think Montero will end up?

  105. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    :/

  106. NYY626- Go Andy September 5th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Go Andy! Lets get a DP.

  107. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Nice play Cano!

  108. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    what a snag by cano

  109. RalphieD (OPPC) September 5th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    fantastic play by robbie

  110. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    “Where do you think Montero will end up?”

    Anywhere from AAA to ML in 2010

    There’s our lazy 2B.

  111. m September 5th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....nt-1020241

    Read this if you can. We had a nice discussion about Joba last night, and Doreen finally rolled out of bed and posted this.

    She put it in words well, and it reflects what a lot of us feel. Just because we’re frustrated doesn’t mean we don’t believe in Joba. And doesn’t mean we can stomach the development of a young pitcher. In fact Joba got a longer pass than anyone else would. Imagine if Mitre had a whole year to develop, and he regressed as Joba has? People would’ve called for his demotion the first bad outing.

  112. m September 5th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    *can’t stomach

  113. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    “And doesn’t mean we can stomach the development of a young pitcher. In fact Joba got a longer pass than anyone else would.”

    LOL, he’s 23, he’s pitching for NYY, it his firt go around as a big league SP, this further illustrates the non-PATIENCE that Yankees fans have.

  114. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Brandon Awesome “BECAUSE I’M AWESOME!”
    September 5th, 2009 at 1:11 pm
    “Nunez is my boy”
    Someone, I can’t remember who exactly made the perfect comparison for Nunez.
    Extremely talented & eager and too fast at times but right now he’s a wild horse let out of a barn.
    ===

    That was me, Knicks. I was trying to be “Rude” ;) .

  115. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    first*

  116. m September 5th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Brandon,

    Are you dismissing my opinion?

  117. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    “That was me, Knicks. I was trying to be “Rude””

    BTW you were right about Melky, I was an enemy of everything I accused this blog of w/ non-patience. He can be one heck of a COF or PT CF w/ Gardenhoser atleast until AJax arrives. :lol: BTW IL ROY Austin Jackson to you. ;)

  118. m September 5th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    randy l,

    Are you around?

  119. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    “Are you dismissing my opinion?”

    No it’s that you went overboard comparing him if Mitre were to stuggle, Joba’s 23, has top ceiling talent ACE talent, Mitre was never that.

  120. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    BTW IL ROY Austin Jackson to you.
    ====

    Awesome – err, Austin – isn’t it?

    Yeh, Leche maturing before our eyes. BTW, there is great prospects action somewhere else. Not the old place, but a newer one, with some of the smarter pple from old place. WIsh I could give you link, but I tried to put one up for Five Iron, and it got bounced.

    You should find us, you’ll get great info in one place and also be a great contributor.

  121. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Melky!

  122. Benny Blanco September 5th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    The melky way.

  123. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Nice hitting.

  124. RalphieD (OPPC) September 5th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    good one melky!

  125. m September 5th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Brandon,

    Let’s just say, “Pitcher X” instead of Mitre. Can you see the picture?

    Yankee fans are NOT patient. And honestly, neither are the Yankees.

    If Joba didn’t show us last year that he can be a lights out starter (before he got hurt), the Yankees wouldn’t have given him the leash he got this season. And all the fans would’ve turned on Joba a long time ago.

    That’s the point I was trying to make. I pulled Mitre’s name out of a hat. Which is what the Yankees were doing because they refused to go get another or transition back Ace when Wang went down.

  126. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    First word is daily….think very generic after that….lot of the posters in there who hung in prospects thread in old place.

  127. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    To think Heathcott and Mack will hit A ball in 2010, And Abraham Almonte has finally found the on switch. And then there are some guys called Sosa and Deleon somewhere.

    Melky is hitting like Trot Nixon only he’s more the athlete that Nixon wasn’t.

  128. Rishi September 5th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    SJ44
    September 5th, 2009 at 12:46 pm
    Girardi and the staff mapped out the lineups in Baltimore for the rest of the roadtrip. That’s perfect because the players know in advance when they will be getting a day.

    Girardi really has handled the team masterfully this year. He has balanced rest with PT and has kept everyone involved.

    Its paying off with solid play from everybody over the course of the season.
    ——————————————–

    Facinating! I had no idea – but that is a smart way to get everyone rest and still be productive

  129. Nick in SF September 5th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    So the point is that the Yankees and fans would’ve lost patience with Joba if he wasn’t Joba? OK.

    Maybe the real point is that the LoHud ladies don’t like being told that they’re not tough enough to watch a young pitcher being developed. ;)

  130. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    45 pitches for cecil

  131. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Lets go Swish!

  132. m September 5th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Swishy-Swish loves to hit homeruns on the road. Just saying.

  133. BB September 5th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    OVER/UNDER 5 pitches Swish sees before make an out

  134. Benny Blanco September 5th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Not sure if anyone else knew that currently austin jackson leads the league in hitss 148, and triples with 9.

  135. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    All those pitches and only 1 run

  136. m September 5th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Well, at least they made him work. And we got one of it thanks to Melky (and Jerry).

  137. RalphieD (OPPC) September 5th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    that was great pitching to swish…tied him up like a loin of pork…

    he might have won the battle but is unlikely to win the war with 52 pitches after 2 innings

  138. Benny Blanco September 5th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    OMG that was a strike.

  139. teddy September 5th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    tie game

  140. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    This Bronx kid is starting to piss me off. And that looked foul.

  141. Jones September 5th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    “I like Pena and think he has a good future. I just meant that right now he doesn’t exactly have any major league credentials and is a far cry from Jeter offensively. And yet he was the only one who managed a hit off Halladay, not any of the 5 or 6 all-stars in the lineup yesterday.”
    ———————–
    I agree with you on that point.

  142. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Foul!

  143. Benny Blanco September 5th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    foul ball

  144. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    “52 pitches after 2 innings”

    Is this true?

  145. RalphieD (OPPC) September 5th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    is that foul?

  146. mkj September 5th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Cecil took 17 pitches to get out of the 1st scoreless.

    It took 35,and 1 run to get out of the second,he’s 52 pitches in 2 innings.

  147. antisocial scrooge September 5th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Pitches-strikes – A Pettitte 19-11; B Cecil 52-27.

  148. RalphieD (OPPC) September 5th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    that looks like its foul to me..

  149. Buddy Biancalana September 5th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    SJ44-

    Just read your nephew is coming to the show. Congrats!

  150. Benny Blanco September 5th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    thats a foul ball. Please return to the batters box.

  151. m September 5th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Ouch! If this is upheld, it’ll hurt the Yankees more than that fan.

  152. Rishi September 5th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    foul ball

  153. RalphieD (OPPC) September 5th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    lol! foul ball!

  154. Benny Blanco September 5th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    YES!!!!!

  155. NYY626- Go Andy September 5th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Hehe. Foul!! Get back at the plate Ruiz.

  156. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Waldman: I think it’s a foul ball John
    Sterling: IDK Suzyn it looked fair to me

    LMAO

  157. Gigi September 5th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Another life!

  158. S.A.--Serenity Now September 5th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Foul!

  159. Ishkabibliophile September 5th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    So is the first time in major league history that a team’s outfielders are batting 7th, 8th, and 9th in a game? At any rate, it’s an indicator of just how good the team’s infield hits.

  160. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    SJ, your nephew is promoted w/ the quickness 8O

  161. m September 5th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Andy!

  162. Rishi September 5th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    2. Heard this: The Yankees will wait until after the season to have the conversation about whether they might change the dimensions of new Yankee Stadium. Keep in mind that with the makeup of the current team — a group of power hitters and power pitchers — the Yankees are well-suited to exploit their home park. So if the Yankees ever seriously considered moving the fences back, it might not be for a couple of years, at least.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn.....ney_buster

  163. Jones September 5th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Is anyone on here that lives in Florida having trouble getting the Yankee game? We have the MLB package, but it says its not available on yes, & the alternate programs are also blacked out.

  164. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Noooooo not Tyree, take Sinorice atleast David can do ST coverage :(

  165. NYY626- Go Andy September 5th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    that inning turned out nicely

  166. m September 5th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Rishi,

    I also saw that the Mets are NOT going to change their dimensions.

  167. RS September 5th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Pettitte’s ERA is now under 4.00.

  168. Rishi September 5th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    m – I saw that too…EPSN.com is making it out like David Wright must think “what did I do wrong” since he’s having such a hard time adjusting and you would think they would do something to help him out…

  169. Jim rices' bad role model September 5th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Tyree is a legend. He will live on forever.

  170. teddy September 5th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    well cecil rebounded nicely oh well

  171. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    And EVER and EVER and EVER and EVER…. that’s goes for the whole NFL, not just the Giants.

  172. Rishi September 5th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    not sure if you all saw this before — interview with SJ’s nephew, Tony:

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

  173. Tarheelyank September 5th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Jones

    Blame Fox and Selig. Because Fox has the 4pm game all the other MLB games on the package are blacked out.

    There is some good tennis on. Sharapova vs Oudin in HD. :D

  174. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Srsly can’t we just deal Sinorice, he’s gonna get hurt we know this, he always does, atleast Tyree can play ST and be a veteran leader. Take Sinorice not TYREE :(

  175. SJ44 September 5th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    He didn’t get promoted to Pittsburgh. He got promoted to Lynchburg, along with OF Starling Marte (a kid to watch, IMO) to be eligible for the Carolina League playoffs, which begins next week.

    He may be in the Lynchburg lineup tonight against Salem.

  176. RalphieD (OPPC) September 5th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    nice play JHJ…hope the yanks hold on..too bad i have to leave my new hd tv…see ya guys later

  177. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Cano baby!!

  178. pat September 5th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    SJ

    Congratulations to Tony and your family.

    It’s been fun “eavesdropping” on the start of his career. He sounds like a young man with the work ethic and skill to go a long way.

  179. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Gato mio!

  180. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    LAZY!..IMEAN..ROBI!

  181. teddy September 5th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CANO

  182. NYY626- Go Andy September 5th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Cano looks so proud of himself lol

  183. pat September 5th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Cano can smirk with the best of them when he does something good. :smile:

  184. yanksince57-was last year 1959 or was it 1965? September 5th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    russ ortiz’ career appears over – released by rockies.

  185. Benny Blanco September 5th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Cano is a beast..23 hrs.

  186. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Lefty Lefty homer I love it~ C A N O!

  187. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    LOL at Melky screaming!

  188. Rob B (Officialy on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 5th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Question:

    Is there any non-pitcher that any of you do NOT want to see on the team next year? It seems most years, there are one or two guys (i.e. Betemit and, uh, Betemit) that you hope are not brought back. Right now, however, I can’t think of one position player that I wouldn’t mind seeing back with the team.

  189. SJ44 September 5th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks Pat.

    He has done a great job in the last year remaking his body and elevating his game.

    He has a chance to skip full season A Ball altogether next year and start at Altoona (AA).

    A year ago at this time, we were assessing his summer in the Cape Cod League and discussing options.

    What a difference a year makes!

  190. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Now the hitting starts~

  191. Rob B (Officialy on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 5th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    It is really tough to say for sure (since I can’t read Cecil’s mind), but my impression is that Cecil hit Melky intentionally. I dunno, the ball hit him too square for me to think it was just the ball getting away.

  192. Rob B (Officialy on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 5th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    7 to tie!

  193. Buddy Biancalana September 5th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Sorry SJ, the Rototimes blurb makes it sound like he’s going all the way up to the Pirates. I’ll sure he will be there soon enough.

  194. Jones September 5th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    “Tarheelyank

    Blame Fox and Selig. Because Fox has the 4pm game all the other MLB games on the package are blacked out.

    There is some good tennis on. Sharapova vs Oudin in HD. ”

    ————————
    ahh I can’t wait to watch the tennis match.
    Thanks though, I wasn’t aware of the Fox/Selig dilemma. Guess I’ll just watch some college football. Tennessee is looking good.

  195. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    That’s 5 people Swish has lob.

  196. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    IDK about you guys but today is a sad day for me as a Giants fan, to think that 1/2 of the greatest moment in SuperBowl history has been released. :cry:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sub4YQhjeaM

    God speed David, God speed.

  197. Greg D September 5th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    does anyone have a link, I’m blacked out

  198. Rishi September 5th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    well that one was gone for sure

  199. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Tennis: Djokovic won 4 sets Federer won

  200. PL September 5th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    randy ruiz is ridiculous…obviously on roids still

  201. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    The “science” is a sophisticated one. Ruiz, I believe, is in his late twenties. Couldn’t hit breaking pitches.

  202. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Hinske sucks

  203. PL September 5th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    murderous D by Hinske…. there are 2 outs if your not diving you keep it in front>>>>

  204. Stevie September 5th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I guess AJ is the one who loses his focus.

  205. Joe G. September 5th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Why does Giradi play Hinske in the field? Hes horrible

  206. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    remind me again why mall cop didn’t dive w/ 2 outs?

  207. RS September 5th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Can’t wait until Gardner comes back. I like Hinske, but he’s brutal in the OF.

  208. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    TEX!!!

  209. pat September 5th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Nice Tex.

  210. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    retaliation!

  211. MG September 5th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    the next time one of you decides Cano doesn’t hustle watch the replay of that pop up that got by Hinkse-if Robbie isn’t hustling that’s another run for the Jays.

  212. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Amazing how motivated they are when playing the Yankees.
    Those 5 lob that Swisher didn’t bring in really come into play now.

  213. Rob B (Officialy on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 5th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    In Tex’s last AB, Cecil threw a similar pitch, but Tex turned on it too soon and hit it foul.

    He was looking for that, I think; and Cecil made the mistake of throwing the same thing again.

  214. MG September 5th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Hinske is showing why he’s a good pinch hitter and not an outfielder.

  215. SJ44 September 5th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    2 outs, nobody on, can’t give up a HR, throw 8 straight balls, and give up an 0-2 hit to a non-hitter in McDonald.

    That inning is on Andy and not Hinske.

    The walks to non-hitters killed him.

  216. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Waldman & Sterling blaming Robi for the ball getting away from mall cop. :lol:

  217. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Alex is hitting the ball very hard these days

  218. Seven September 5th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Hinksie is a brutal outfielder he has no range. This is the second game in a row he cost the team a run. Gardner can not come back soon enough. Great throw by Cano though

  219. MG September 5th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Brandon Awesome “BECAUSE I’M AWESOME!”
    September 5th, 2009 at 2:47 pm
    Waldman & Sterling blaming Robi for the ball getting away from mall cop.
    ——————————————-
    they must be watching a different game than I am, Hinske just has no range so couldn’t reach it and Robbie had no chance either.

  220. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Nuh VAD uh

  221. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    The old Pettitte is back

  222. pat September 5th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Very Teixeirian for Swisher on that throw.

  223. RS September 5th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Hey, look…we have TWO first basemen who can throw to 2B.

  224. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Jete’s lazy?

  225. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Great defense

  226. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    >The old Pettitte is back

    Nope. http://bit.ly/169wsE

  227. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    # Pel September 5th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    >The old Pettitte is back

    Nope. http://bit.ly/169wsE

    Horrible ump clouding my judgment.

  228. pat September 5th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Wells hits .300 on the road and gets booed at home. Think boos help?

  229. m September 5th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Whew! Nice wigglin’, Andy.

  230. Jinx Jinx Jinx Jinx September 5th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Game over.

    Jays too good.

    :(

  231. NYY626- Go Andy September 5th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Well at least no one scored after that. Andy looks stressed out

  232. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    True Geit=Andy,word!

  233. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    >Horrible ump clouding my judgment.

    Between some defensive miscues and some poor calls by the plate ump, Andy has his work cut out for him.

  234. Nick in SF September 5th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Of course Andy is stressed out… it’s a must-win game!

  235. Pov September 5th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Could we please play our lineup, whatever it is these days. Guys playing all over the place. Lets win something first and then throw the bench out there.

  236. MG September 5th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    How could Teix swing at that pitch? DFA him now, call up Duncan, he would never do that.

  237. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Hitting it hard again

  238. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Good job, Al.

  239. Pov September 5th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Wat to go ARod

  240. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    shortening his swing has done very good for Al.

  241. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    stride* not swing

  242. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Yea Arod!

  243. MG September 5th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    time for Posada to make up for all bad pitch calling today and being responsible for Jeter and Cano not covering second.

  244. Nick in SF September 5th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    What is Arod doing, he needed to get 3 RBIs out of that, not one…

  245. MG September 5th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    plus Posada was responsible for Hinske being slower than s**t in right field.

  246. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    GJ Posada

  247. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    JORGE!

  248. RS September 5th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Nice 2-out hitting.

  249. Dr. Cox September 5th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    “I have been preparing for the worst, for fear of unexpected disapointments imminent: Better not get my hopes up, for there is none.
    Once again this year, like all those in the past, pitching is Yankees’ Achilles Heel. No starters (except CC, who always struggles in October), and only two relievers.
    Really, there is no hope in October — that is, even if we could make it there.”

    Ok I know this post was made hours ago, but you have to be f’n kidding me.

    The Yankees could win 90 games THIS monday and you are freaking out?? This is the most relaxed i have been in September as a Yankee fan in years.

    Posts like this make me sick and embarrassed to be a Yankees fan.

  250. antisocial scrooge September 5th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    ARod is driving in a lot of runs singling to center these past few games.

  251. Jon (yankfan212) September 5th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Don’t be embarrassed. Just be glad you were born with some common sense.

  252. MG September 5th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    and let’s not forget that Cano never busts it out of the batter’s box, he was out by at least 3 steps on that play.

  253. Rob B (Officialy on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 5th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Jon (yankfan212) September 5th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Don’t be embarrassed. Just be glad you were born with some common sense.
    —————-

    Why do they call it “common” if so many people are without it?

  254. Dr. Cox September 5th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    “Don’t be embarrassed. Just be glad you were born with some common sense.”

    Exactly.

    On top of that, I guess I am in the minority because I actually ENJOY watching my team play day in and day out. Yup, thats right I said it. I actually enjoy watching this team play Baseball.

    Some people need to take a step back and realize that this team is much, much different and start appreciating what is happening here.

  255. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Best defense ever

  256. YankeesLuv September 5th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    sloppy :(

  257. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Defense, where you at?

  258. Jon (yankfan212) September 5th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Why do they call it “common” if so many people are without it?

    —————-

    Good point my friend. Just goes to show you that people WANT to complain. The Yankees have done nothing but win yet some fans still can’t enjoy it.

  259. Rob B (Officialy on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 5th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Gardner would have caught it.

    Andy should have been backing up 3rd.

  260. Pov September 5th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Just real sloppy out there again

  261. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    wow.. lazy everyone there, Melky running to the ball, Jete’s toss into the carpet, Andy not backing up.

  262. ... September 5th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Deaflympics kicked off in Taiwan today; surely it portends Yankees victory.

  263. Pov September 5th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Yanks are getting lax, too many non daily players playing and they have I think we have got it won already attitude.

  264. Pov September 5th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    The Yanks have been lazy for the last few

  265. Bedard? Really? September 5th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I know it’s a blog so it’s informal and the rush to get the posts up supercedes complete grammatical accuracy but, still, you’re a journalist. Can’t you or somebody take a quick look at stuff like this before it goes up? Or does it not bother you? I’m no journalist so I have no idea whether it’s embarrassing or no big deal within the confines of a blog. Typos happen. I just figured they’re worth pointing out.

    “24 RBI in the his last 22 games.”

    “So the 26-year-old reliever from Mexico like disco…”

  266. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    that’s the one day I watch Yankees baseball w/ the mute button, PC Richard’s whistle giveaway night?…NO YANKEES, NO :x

  267. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    MG
    September 5th, 2009 at 3:28 pm
    time for Posada to make up for all bad pitch calling today and being responsible for Jeter and Cano not covering second.
    ===

    I would like to see even these jokes end.

    Even though they are meant to expose how silly these tirades against Posada are, they perpetuate a ridiculous premise and even more than this, why isn’t there more of a focus on the exceptional comeback season Jorge Posada, at 38, has had – coming off shoulder surgery?

    The guy is nothing short of remarkable. Just persoally speaking, I’m not even going to dignify this BS about Posada’s game calling skills. Look at what this guy is doing for the Yankees – he is a consummate offensive force, and his arm is so much stronger than anyone had a right to expect, after what he went through.

    Hip hip, Jorge!

  268. MG September 5th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    these will be the toughest games the Yankees play all year. They have the division all but wrapped up, players are tired and getting scheduled days off, and have another 5 games in 4 days this week.

    Anything better than .500 in these 8 games against the Jays and Rays is perfectly acceptable. They’ll most likely win today in a close game-had they played everyone they’d be winning by a large margin but that’s part of the long season.

  269. Rob B (Officialy on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 5th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Not to over-analyze, or anything:

    Looking at the replay of that throw to third that got away, what struck me is that Alex’s position forced Jeter to pretty much throw the ball through the runner. If Alex stepped toward the outfield a bit more, or moved to the infield side it would have given Jeter a better angle. It’s not like it was a force play where Alex just needed to have his foot on the bag to get the out.

  270. Frank September 5th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    I’m not so sure Brett Gardner would’ve made that play either, fro all of those Melky haters. (including you PETE)

  271. Nick in SF September 5th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Orange Puke boy plays well yet ends up as the goat. Sometimes you can’t go home again. :(

  272. Rob B (Officialy on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 5th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    # Bedard? Really? September 5th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I know it’s a blog so it’s informal and the rush to get the posts up supercedes complete grammatical accuracy but, still, you’re a journalist. Can’t you or somebody take a quick look at stuff like this before it goes up? Or does it not bother you? I’m no journalist so I have no idea whether it’s embarrassing or no big deal within the confines of a blog. Typos happen. I just figured they’re worth pointing out.

    “24 RBI in the his last 22 games.”

    “So the 26-year-old reliever from Mexico like disco…”
    ————-

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Pete updating using his I-Phone now? I’ve noticed that there are many more typos in his posts now than when he was using his laptop. Much easier to make mistakes when using a smaller keyboard/screen.

  273. MG September 5th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Frank
    September 5th, 2009 at 3:45 pm
    I’m not so sure Brett Gardner would’ve made that play either, fro all of those Melky haters. (including you PETE)
    ——————————————–
    Willie Mays would have made that play, I hear he’s available, maybe we can pick him up off waivers.

  274. Kyle Litke September 5th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    I like all the people who want a guy throwing 94 with poor control in the bullpen.

    Did you even watch the Yankees last year? Joba threw 99 with control as a starter. Then he hurt his shoulder. He came back throwing 94 out of the bullpen with mediocre control but got away with it. Now he still throws 94 with mediocre control. Acting like it’s because he’s a starter is naive and foolish, when he THREW 99 AS A STARTER. I’d blame the shoulder injury first. Joba has shown NOTHING to indicate he’d suddenly throw 99 with control out of the bullpen again. I really don’t think some of you even watched the 2008 season.

  275. NYY626- Go Andy September 5th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    bodhisattva – you nailed it.

  276. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Rob B (Officialy on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon)
    September 5th, 2009 at 3:39 pm
    Gardner would have caught it.
    Andy should have been backing up 3rd.
    ===

    Not necessarily. Gardner’s issue as an OF has been his troubles running back on the ball. He’s good on backflight at an angle, but straight back, he isn’t that strong. Melky is better on backflight on balls hit directly over his head. Gardner gets his jumps on balls he has to get to at an angle.

    They minimized this somewhat by making him play less shallow, but he still seems to stutter step if it’s a ball to the wall, straight over his head. Much better east-west outfielder.

    Hinske is what he is – a power lefty bat off the bench whom you try to hide out there. He’s not going to be a playmaker in RF.

  277. Lyon September 5th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    This team is acting like they already clinched. Do they realize they are almost 30 games to go?

    I understand giving some guys rest, put no excuse for the lackadaisical, sloppy play. It looks like a Spring Training game

    And as usual, we leave small villages on base that usually come back to haunt us.

  278. MG September 5th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    September 5th, 2009 at 3:43 pm
    MG
    September 5th, 2009 at 3:28 pm
    time for Posada to make up for all bad pitch calling today and being responsible for Jeter and Cano not covering second.
    ===

    I would like to see even these jokes end.

    Hip hip, Jorge!
    ————————————
    I’m a huge Jorge supporter and he IS having a great comeback year at 38, but do you really think that stopping the sarcasm about the idiots who complain about him all the time will keep them from the ridiculous complaints?

  279. Rob B (Officialy on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 5th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Just noticed that the Jays have scored 4 runs on just 4 hits. Now, I love it when the Yankees do that, but the truth is it really is inexcusable. The only time that should happen if if they are all runs scored off home runs. The walks have killed Pettitte today. Just like they kill Burnett all the time.

    Not to mention the defensive miscues.

  280. Jinx Jinx Jinx Jinx September 5th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Toronto takes the lead this inning.

  281. Bedard? Really? September 5th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Rob B:

    I have no idea what Pete is using to update the site. If it’s his iPhone then yes, that would explain many of the typos.

    Like I said, it wasn’t a dig. I’m just curious because I assume, as a journalist, that kind of thing is embarrassing but I don’t know if the rules are different when it’s a journalist’s blog as opposed to a published piece.

  282. Pov September 5th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Lyon, exactly my point, pretty sloppy play and some questionable hustle. Robinson comes in in a 1 run game and walks the first guy, now Coke (OMG) is warming up. They could blow this one, lets hope not.

  283. MG September 5th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Lyon
    September 5th, 2009 at 3:51 pm
    This team is acting like they already clinched. Do they realize they are almost 30 games to go?

    I understand giving some guys rest, put no excuse for the lackadaisical, sloppy play. It looks like a Spring Training game

    And as usual, we leave small villages on base that usually come back to haunt us.
    ———————————————-
    Lyon, you are right on the mark, call Girardi on his private line and let him know. I’m sure he’ll take your call and appreciate the insight.

  284. GreenBeret7 September 5th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Rob B (Officialy on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon)
    September 5th, 2009 at 3:44 pm
    Not to over-analyze, or anything:

    Looking at the replay of that throw to third that got away, what struck me is that Alex’s position forced Jeter to pretty much throw the ball through the runner. If Alex stepped toward the outfield a bit more, or moved to the infield side it would have given Jeter a better angle. It’s not like it was a force play where Alex just needed to have his foot on the bag to get the out.

    ————————————————————

    Jeter is a great player, but, don’t start blaming other players for his errors. Jesus….he does screw up occassionally.

  285. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Cone breaking out the real speed of the pitch.

  286. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    MG

    I’m a huge Jorge supporter and he IS having a great comeback year at 38, but do you really think that stopping the sarcasm about the idiots who complain about him all the time will keep them from the ridiculous complaints?
    ===

    I know you are, MG. I wrote a few days ago how much I enjoy your posts/pitching observations, etc.

    I am just so worn out with this Posada stuff. And you’re right – that seems to be an insatiable rant, so it’s necessary to present the counter argument.

    I just am resentful that this debate has displaced the love Posada should be getting for a remarkable season; we are so consumed with defending Jorge against a phantom charge, we’re not expending enough energy lauding his great season.

    Sorry, didn’t mean to single you out – keep killin’ ‘em!

  287. Rob B (Officialy on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 5th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    “Jeter is a great player, but, don’t start blaming other players for his errors. Jesus….he does screw up occassionally.”

    I really didn’t mean to blame anybody for Jeter’s error. He bounced the ball. Absolutely nobody else’s fault. I was just making an observation is all. It was not intended to shift blame at all. Sorry if it came across that way.

  288. 2-0 September 5th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    2-0 on every ficking hitter. sure, put this guy on the postseason roster.

  289. pat September 5th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Come one bats. Yanks need a few runs please.

  290. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    >Cone breaking out the real speed of the pitch.

    He even mentioned fangraphs.com earlier.

  291. MG September 5th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    2-0
    September 5th, 2009 at 4:03 pm
    2-0 on every ficking hitter. sure, put this guy on the postseason roster.
    —————————————–
    also no runs and not a single hard hit ball, there are no style points in baseball, find something else to complain about under a different alias.

  292. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks, NYY626.

    Just want Jorge to get what he deserves, as opposed to what he doesn’t.

  293. rconn23 September 5th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    You mean you want to leave the guy who has a better strikeout rate that Daniel Bard off the postseason roster?

    Makes perfect sense.

    And by the way, no one scored.

  294. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Jeets!

  295. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Single 6 mo

  296. Dr. Cox September 5th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    “2-0 on every ficking hitter. sure, put this guy on the postseason roster.”

    Argh?

  297. MG September 5th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I’m sure there will be at least 5 posts in the next few minutes about Bruney pitching the 8th when phenoms like Dunn and Melancon are avaiable.

  298. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    2-0 September 5th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    2-0 on every ficking hitter. sure, put this guy on the postseason roster.

    Bruney sux

  299. Mike September 5th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    “Not necessarily. Gardner’s issue as an OF has been his troubles running back on the ball. He’s good on backflight at an angle, but straight back, he isn’t that strong. Melky is better on backflight on balls hit directly over his head. Gardner gets his jumps on balls he has to get to at an angle.”

    In the cradle of pathetic Gardner fanboyism, your facts and reasoning are a breath of fresh air.

  300. Jim the VT Yankeefan September 5th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Jeter’s got his hitting shoes back on.

  301. MG September 5th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Yankees could break it open this inning, Downs isn’t very sharp and the heart of the order awaits.

  302. James September 5th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    “I’m sure there will be at least 5 posts in the next few minutes about Bruney pitching the 8th when phenoms like Dunn and Melancon are avaiable.”

    lol so true

  303. bleep September 5th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    who?

  304. Nick in SF September 5th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    bodhi, you should settle this faux Posada debate with the chief Posada critic.

  305. Candle September 5th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    um… why is Bruney warming up?

    I understand there are 3 righties due up, but why not give Dunn another shot? How about Melancon, who pitches about once a month?

  306. MG September 5th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    that’s 2, I’m sure there will be many more.

    Yeah, Dunn is really ready to pitch late in a tight game. How many strikes did he throw last night, 3? And Melancon, instead of walking the bases loaded, is more likely to hit the base loaded the way he misses inside all the time.

  307. yup September 5th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Gritty Gutty Brett Gardner….

    Time to add another G.

    GOD.

    Gritty Gutty Brett the GOD Gardner.

    All for a .257 hitter….

  308. RS September 5th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Need to get at least 1 run here.

  309. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Man I wanted to see Rod hit. Oh well take what they give ya.

  310. YankeesLuv September 5th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    They want no part of Arod, but Jorge will make them pay!

  311. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    :roll:

  312. MG September 5th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    didn’t a bunch of posters want the Yankees to pick up Downs as an important piece of the bullpen?

  313. YankeesLuv September 5th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    oh man. :(

  314. Mark in Tampa September 5th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Anybody watching this game on YES? Is the HP umpire having a really bad day? Gameday has him calling balls on at least 20 pitces that are within the Gameday strike zone. For both teams.

  315. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Jorge fail

  316. RS September 5th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Damn.

  317. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Had a heck of a shouting match Friday with some Cardinals fans.In case you don’t know it Cardinals fans hate Yankees,because how much money they spend.The Midwest want a salary cap of 60mm like football.

    I opened a can of you know what on the bigot.Pointing out that Selig has bent over backwards to accomodate the NL,luxury tax,revenue sharing,interleaque,and the Wildcard,that helps under performing teams back into postseason and make it to the WS.

  318. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Mark in Tampa

    He sucks

  319. MG September 5th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    that was quite a play by Scutaro, Jorge ripped the ball.

  320. Mark-Cant Touch This September 5th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    sterling pissing in his pants about that DP i bet it was a good play but not the amazing play he is making it out to be

  321. scott September 5th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Wow, what an epic fail.

    That is going to come back to haunt us. right it down.

  322. Jeremy September 5th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Posada shouldn’t have swung at that pitch. You have a pitcher not throwing strikes and you swing.

  323. MG September 5th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Jorge fail? He ripped the ball up the middle, Scutaro not only made a great play catching it he flipped it to 2nd without taking it out of his glove. Nice commentary, shows how much you know about baseball.

  324. RS September 5th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Bruney is due for an outing where he doesn’t walk anybody, right?

  325. chris September 5th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    We all saw that double play coming.

  326. MG September 5th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    what a bunch of no nothing fans…

  327. JZ September 5th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Bruney gonna give up runs. He’s useless.

  328. Stevie September 5th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Oh, no.

    NOT Bruney!

  329. GreenBeret7 September 5th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Now we’re into blaming the hitters for hitting bullets at people? Idiocy isn’t dead, yet.

  330. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Meanwhile, back in Chicago, Wakefield looks like he packed on a few pounds and he’s in trouble already in the first.

    :)

    GO WHITE SOX!!!

    Sux definitely play their best ball at the fenway crapbox.

  331. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    8O

  332. pat September 5th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I knew we could count of Ozzie to bunt on Wakefield. :wink:

  333. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    2-0 White Sox

  334. JZ September 5th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    2-0, WhiteSox

  335. RS September 5th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    White Soxx take a 2-0 lead off Wakefield in the first inning.

  336. chris September 5th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    This feels like a game we lose.

    Also with a sure loss tomorrow, too. Angels could pick up 2 games easily.

  337. MG September 5th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    GB, idiocy isn’t dead, it’s all over the LoHud Yankees blog daily…

  338. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    And it appear that the White Sox just plated two runs!

    Girardi is an awesome manager. He knows how to plug in his relief and at one time in order to show him their confidence and also to see if they get can their stuff straight.

    I heart Girardi very much.

    And oh well. I guess his job is safe!!!

    :)

  339. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Bruney has a pretty bad slider.

  340. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    They’re running on Wakefield like crazy because they know he can’t field well right now.

  341. RS September 5th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I hope Wakefield pitches in one of the games against the Yankees later this month. If the Yankees still have a good lead they should play Melky, Gardner, Pena, and Hairston and try to bunt and run wild on him.

  342. RS September 5th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Rangers also leading 3-0.

  343. NYY626- Go Andy September 5th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    I want the sox to lose of course, but I actually feel a little bad for Wakefield. He’s one of the only guys on the team I actually like…

  344. MG September 5th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    well, Chris knows the Yankees lose tomorrow, I guess he just finished playing the game on his computer ahead of time. And Brian Tallet, tomorrow’s Jays starter, is lights out in spite of his 5-9 and ERA over 5.

  345. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    3-0

  346. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Texas up 3-0 also

  347. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    “Also with a sure loss tomorrow, too. Angels could pick up 2 games easily.”

    Chris, try this. Mitre threw a one-hitter the last time he pitched. The Angels are facing Greinke. You know the IBM slogan”? THINK!

    Ellsbury looking like a fool in the outfield. 3-0 White Sox.

  348. RS September 5th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Bruney is terrible at throwing low strikes. Everything is either up high or almost in the dirt.

  349. MG September 5th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Hughes time…

  350. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Melancon is an important arm in the BP’s future.

    Can throw 95, change speeds well, has a very good sinker, and is smart.

    The notion on here that his success is a product of clueless minor league hitters’ overzealous swinging is ludicrous.

    He knows how to pitch, and the more opportunities he gets, the more that will sink in.

  351. Stevie September 5th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    watching BRuney pitch is like watching the bomb squad trying School house defuse the bomb in Die Hard 3

  352. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    “Texas up 3-0 also”

    :D :D :D :D :D

    Me happy.

  353. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    CWS-2 Bos-0 bot 1st

  354. MG September 5th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    the only way for the Yankees to lose today is for Hughes to pitch poorly, if that happens, it happens althought he’ll most likely get 4 outs.

  355. m September 5th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Okay, just saw the replay on that DP. Best double play I’ve seen.

  356. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    “I want the sox to lose of course, but I actually feel a little bad for Wakefield. He’s one of the only guys on the team I actually like…”

    While I don’t feel bad for him, he’s also one of the only guys on the team I actually like. In fact, he could be the only one. I know that I put Ellsbury in the same punkish category that I put Elfkin and Pukeface – and Crapelbomb.

  357. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Phil pushing 96

  358. stuart September 5th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    bruney is not capable of having a 1 2 3 inning.. he is not capapble but they have this clown pitching the 8th.. he stinks…….

  359. Rob B (Officialy on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 5th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    yup September 5th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Gritty Gutty Brett Gardner….

    Time to add another G.

    GOD.

    Gritty Gutty Brett the GOD Gardner.

    All for a .257 hitter….
    ——————

    Gardner was hitting .275 when he was injured, about the same as Melky. Yes, he is a .257 career hitter. But for a guy that has historically taken time to adjust when moving up a level, what he did this season is much more important than what he did last season.

    But, I’m sorry if some of us offended you for stating that, in our opinion, Gardner would have caught the ball Melky missed. Instead of responding like you did, next time how about taking a page out of bodhisattva’s book and giving a thoughtful analysis of why Gardner wouldn’t necessarily have caught that ball?

  360. GreenBeret7 September 5th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    MG
    September 5th, 2009 at 4:22 pm
    GB, idiocy isn’t dead, it’s all over the LoHud Yankees blog daily…

    ————————————————————

    I’m not sure whether it’s pathetic or hilarious, but, they don’t even try to hide the idiocy.

  361. chris September 5th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    I hope he doesn’t blow the save.

  362. Seven September 5th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    What’s up with all these 3-2 breaking balls. Joba does that all the time, Melancon did it last night. And now Bruney who was throwing gas the hitters couldn’t catch up to his fastball.

  363. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Got em!

  364. Stevie September 5th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Wake had to throw 28 1st inning pitches and he’s hobbling off the mound

  365. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Nick in SF
    September 5th, 2009 at 4:09 pm
    bodhi, you should settle this faux Posada debate with the chief Posada critic.
    ====

    It’s the song, not the singer.

    Besides, there are many Jorge critics, though I have no idea why.

  366. MG September 5th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Hughes is going to be dynamite next year in the rotation, he’s learned how to challenge hitters since going to the ‘pen.

  367. Patrick Bateman September 5th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Hughes is kinda like a pair of training wheels for Bruney.

    Every time Bruney screws up a game, Hughes has to come in.

  368. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks Rob, I enjoy your posts, also.

  369. m September 5th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    They cannot resist swinging at that high fastball by Hughes! Is something wrong with the YES gun graphic? It seems slower than Gameday & what the booth is reporting.

  370. Todd September 5th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    If Wakefield was a horse, someone would have shot him by now & put him out of his misery…

  371. Nick in SF September 5th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Anything you say, bodhi, anything you say. Everyone is entitled to their blind spots.

  372. MG September 5th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Bruney was throwing well but why not bring in Hughes, who hasn’t pitched in an few days, if he’s available and Mo will be able to pitch tomorrow?

  373. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Cano is my man

  374. NYY626- Go Andy September 5th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    While I don’t feel bad for him, he’s also one of the only guys on the team I actually like. In fact, he could be the only one. I know that I put Ellsbury in the same punkish category that I put Elfkin and Pukeface – and Crapelbomb.
    ________________________________________________________________
    Lowell’s not too bad either. And I like Francona. But thats it! There aren’t too many guys on that team I can stomach. (P.S. I can’t stand Pedroia, but he did earn some bonus points with me because he refused to slide hard into his lover boy Jeter :) )

    Wow Cano is on Fiya!!

  375. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    GO GO ROBI CANO!

  376. MG September 5th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Cano is such a good hitter…

  377. Seven September 5th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Gardner would of caught that ball he has much better speed than Melky. He made a smilar catch on a ball Giambi hit at the stadium.

    I always felt Melky was average in center but great playing the corner outfield.

  378. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Gavin Flyod and Mark T high school teammates. Good friends.

  379. RS September 5th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Floyd looks good.

  380. Ed - campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 5th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    don’t be surpised if the Jays could be a contender next season. With Marcum and McGowan returning, their rotation is going to be good.

  381. pat September 5th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Floyd’s looking sharp. His pitches are moving.

  382. Betsy September 5th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Unlike Phil Coke, I don’t think Phil Hughes is hyperventilating at the thought of closing out a game. We’re probably going to have to deal with a lot of “we have seen the future closer, and he is Phil” articles in the not too distant future, but all they are is a waste of ink because Phil is a starter next year and for the rest of his career.

  383. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Last Year Cito threw Halladay,AJ at the Yankees.This series a lot of lefties are pitching.Somebody studied the scouting reports.

  384. Jerkface September 5th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I always felt Melky was average in center but great playing the corner outfield.

    Melky is above average in centerfield because he generally takes good routes so his lack of speed doesn’t hurt him and he has a plus arm. Gardner is great in centerfield because his speed covers up most mistakes and he has an ACCURATE arm in center.

    Melky in LF, Gardner in CF, Swisher in RF is a great defensive outfield. It might be better if we put Jerhair in there

  385. m September 5th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Hideki Matsui knew he missed that one.

  386. Todd September 5th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    come on

  387. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Sui!

  388. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    noyce

  389. Frank September 5th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    That game Floyd pitched against us last month was one of the best games anyone has thrown against us this year. His stuff was sick.

  390. Rob B (Officialy on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 5th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Are we in for another 9th inning explosion?

    One can always hope!

  391. Jerkface September 5th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Last Year Cito threw Halladay,AJ at the Yankees.This series a lot of lefties are pitching.Somebody studied the scouting reports.

    Is this sarcasm? As the yankees lead the league vs lefties

  392. MG September 5th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Cervelli pinch running, he should be able to score on an infield grounder.

  393. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    and now for some jazz

  394. m September 5th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    As for Wakefield. I’m all for Boston losses, but you hate to see a good guy like him suffer like that. Too bad, Boston made some panic moves. Well, they weren’t really panic moves. Smoltz, Penny, and Tazawa failed to prove they could pitch in the AL East.

  395. Repko September 5th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    And wouldn’t Cito have been better served throwing that kid with the impossible to pronounce last name at us rather than Cecil who has an ERA over 6? He decided not to.

  396. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    CWS-3 Bos-0 after 2

  397. Ed - campaigning for Josh Willingham (it worked for Gaudin) September 5th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    maybe its time for Girardi to try out Pena in LF?

  398. m September 5th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Gardner. Now, THERE’s and exciting player!

    ;)

  399. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Melky!!!

  400. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    oh yeah

  401. RS September 5th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Melky is money.

  402. NYY626- Go Andy September 5th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    It is bad that I always expect a 9th inning hit fest? Me = Spoiled.

  403. m September 5th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Nice hit from Melky! Wicked hop. Baseball gods are rooting for us today.

  404. MG September 5th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Melky is so clutch in these situations, he’s hitting over .370 in late inning pressure situations.

    Ed, Pena isn’t playing left field in a close game, Swish will move to right and Teix will play 1st in the 9th. The idea is to strengthen the defense, not make is suspect.

  405. James September 5th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Of course Hughes is a starter next year

    But Brian Cashman better have an option for the 8th inning that doesn’t include Bruney or Phil Coke next year. Now Hughes can bail out the other middling arms when they are in trouble, next year, they’ll be forced to try and get out of jams themselves.

  406. m September 5th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Maybe the kid with no vowels in his name has reached his limit?

  407. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Bod will always be my main man and go-to guy. The best of the best.

    It’s the song, not the singer. You are awesome.

    :)

  408. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    that pitch was worse than the last one he called a ball

  409. Phil - Not a troll since 2007 September 5th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    “Melky is above average in centerfield because he generally takes good routes so his lack of speed doesn’t hurt him and he has a plus arm. Gardner is great in centerfield because his speed covers up most mistakes and he has an ACCURATE arm in center.

    Melky in LF, Gardner in CF, Swisher in RF is a great defensive outfield.”

    So many things wrong with this. Melky does not take good routes to the ball…that is what frustrates the coaching staff. He does have a plus arm…all-around average CF.

    Gardner has the coverage and decent arm, but sometimes has lapses.

    Swisher could NEVER be considered to be in a great defensive OF…have you even seen him play RF?

    Research before you type.

  410. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    way outside

  411. m September 5th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    James,

    If there’s one good thing that can be taken from Coke/Bruney whateverness, is that it’s obvious to Cashman (if it wasn’t before) that he needs to sign/trade for a good setup guy. I don’t think Melancon will be read in ’09 and Coke’s to HR prone and Bruney? Who knows which one will show up next season.

  412. JK September 5th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Well, if Cashman leaves the position unaddressed and we have to suffer through meltdowns in the late innings like we did this year with Coke, Veras, etc. early on, then obviously people will be calling for Hughes or Joba to return to the pen.

    Cash needs to find a solution that doesn’t involve using a highly touted starter.

  413. RS September 5th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    That call was a joke.

  414. Sicilian! September 5th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    SIGNED JETER JERSEY – IM IN A BAD SPOT AND AM SELLING EVERYTHING SIGNED I GOT!

    http://my.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAP.....#038;gbh=1

  415. Sicilian! September 5th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    SIGNED JETER JERSEY – IM IN A BAD SPOT AND AM SELLING EVERYTHING SIGNED I GOT!

    http://my.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAP…..&gbh=1

  416. m September 5th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    That ump yelling, “He does it all the time. He does it all the time” is just the weirdest thing I’ve seen from an ump.

  417. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Ban Sicilian

  418. Lee23 September 5th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Gavin Floyd is kicking some Red Sock ASSSSS!

  419. Nick in SF September 5th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Not trying to stir up trouble, but there was a hope Mr. bodhi could talk some sense… alas, no.

  420. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Stab him Jetes!, I’ll get you the knife.

  421. teddy September 5th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    jeter got hosed

  422. Jerkface September 5th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    So many things wrong with this. Melky does not take good routes to the ball…that is what frustrates the coaching staff.

    Show me where the coaching staff is frustrated with him. I have read that the coaching staff loves Melky in centerfield. Like any outfielder, Melky can make mistakes, but he gets good jumps and generally takes a straight route.

    Swisher is average in RF, which combined with Melky and Gardner makes for an above average outfield.

    One or two bad plays by Swisher doesn’t make him a bad outfielder, he makes a lot of plays even if he looks like he is goofing up.

  423. Rishi September 5th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    the Ump is a Jays fan? or, is he just ready to end this game.

  424. Vrsce September 5th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Marginal call, the more interesting aspect is Jeter getting upset. Perhaps he is feeling a tad pressured.

  425. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    suddenly the right side of the plate is an extra 5 inches wider

  426. m September 5th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Both strikes were outside the zone for Swish

  427. Nick in SF September 5th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Furthermore, in some cases the singer matters too:

    http://tinyurl.com/m6zn7r

  428. RS September 5th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I’d love for Cashman to get one of those Braves relievers (Soriano or Gonzalez). I forget which one is a FA, or maybe they both are?

    Anyway, the Yankees will not only need a set-up man next year, but they could use a veteran reliever with experience closing games. You never know what will happen with Rivera as he gets older, and even if he’s still dominant, the Yankees are going to shy away from using him 3 days in a row or to pitch more than 3 out saves. DRob, Bruney, Coke, etc. are not ready to be interim closers and Marte is too valuable as a lefty to be the backup closer.

  429. JoeMama September 5th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Did one of those annoying fake umpires pull a frank drebin and found their way into the game

  430. vtred September 5th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Soriano is a free agent this winter– he is the guy Cash should target.

    But he may want to be a closer somewhere.

  431. Seven September 5th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    This game feels like it should of been a blowout for the yankees.

  432. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Watching fox of all the games to see it’s CWS vs Bos.
    Lowell seems a little gimpy with his hip.Floyd is smokin the Sawx,in order.

    Wskefield has put on some weight around the middle,and looks stiff,just gave up 3rd walk of the game.

  433. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    ump is crilled out

  434. Yankee Trader September 5th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I certainly hope that Hughes gets the benefit of the same generous strike zone while he closes out the game!

  435. Kevin September 5th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Hope Floyd brought his “A” game… looks like Wakefield is settling in and getting quick outs. He probably won’t be scored upon for the rest of the afternoon.

  436. Matt September 5th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    What an embarrassing strike zone.

    Calls ball 3 on Damon on a pitch just off the plate. A pitch 3 inches further outside, in the other batter’s box, and it’s a 3-2 called 3rd strike. Wow.

    Jeter, that pitch was way high, called strike 3.

    Swisher, 2 called strikes almost in the other batter’s box.

    You can’t make this stuff up. These umpires whine and complain that we are trying to take away their jobs, and then they continue to not do them to begin with.

  437. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Yusssse: God I’m bored..just ground out dammit, ground out
    Yusssse: I’m so bored
    GI Joe: Yusssie you talking to yourself again
    Yusssse: Like you’d notice or even care
    GI Joe: What was that that?
    Yusssse: Nothin’.. YES he grounded out!

  438. CUZ September 5th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Our number 2 hitter! 8 men LOB

  439. JZ September 5th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Will Mo be available tomorrow?

  440. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I want to say this in behalf of the Iron Horse. It almost pains me that his record is going to be broken. Obviously if anyone has to break it, it will hurt the least to have it broken by Jete. But when those old records fall, I kind of think of them was still in tack in away because when the guys made those records, they were playing 152 game seasons. So just think of that. Lou Gerhig got his 2,720th hit in his 2,129th consecutive game. He was 35 years old and had played many fewer games than Derek Jeter, including many fewer postseason games each season since in those days in was AL v NL with none of the extended series to get there!

    To set those records in “those days” when the travel was tough and there wasn’t the benefit of trainers, coaches, whirlpools, gyms, and all the modern conveniences, was truly remarkable.

    I think I feel the same way about the Babe’s home run record. In my mind it was never broken.

    I love those old Yanks…

    :(

  441. Matt September 5th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    All game he had squeezed Pettitte on pitches right over the plate, and continues to do so on Hughes. Toronto pitchers? See above.

  442. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    This ump is just bad

  443. Yankee Trader September 5th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    “Wakefield has put on some weight around the middle,and looks stiff,just gave up 3rd walk of the game.”

    Probably accounts for his bad back. Doesn’t he have a yearly renewable option at 4M?

  444. m September 5th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    haiku,

    At least you have the Sox game. I had SF/MIL. I mean really?

    But I did find the Oudin/Sharapova match. Where is this Oudin girl from?

  445. Rob B (Officialy on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 5th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    vtred September 5th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Soriano is a free agent this winter– he is the guy Cash should target.
    —————-

    I read this part and asked myself, “Why would the Yankees bring back Alfonso? Where would he play? Left? No thanks.”

    I guess it’s always good to read the full post, right? :P

  446. Rishi September 5th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    CUZ
    September 5th, 2009 at 4:55 pm
    Our number 2 hitter! 8 men LOB
    —————————————–

    You do realize he is not the everyday #2, right? this is not the playoff game 1 lineup.

  447. Bronx Jeers September 5th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    True because if you’re hearing Liza and not Frank, bad things have happened.

  448. Rishi September 5th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    m – Oudin is from Georgia…

  449. m September 5th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Coney sounding like a proud papa talking about Hughes.

  450. Vrsce September 5th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Trisha

    Does your revisionist philosophy take the quality of the pitching back in Gerhig’s day? They were certainly not up today’s standards and each pitcher pitched far deeper into games with a resulting drop in pitching quality.

    Jeter will fully earn and deserve his rank as all time Yankee hit leader.

  451. Seven September 5th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Man the yes gun is horrible that Hughes pitch to Scutaro was 94 not 98.

  452. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    trisha – OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :)
    September 5th, 2009 at 4:28 pm
    “Texas up 3-0 also”

    Me happy.
    ====

    White Sox have Danks and then Buerhle going next two days. That’s nothing to sneeze at. It’s a shame Young is out – what a blow that was for Texas. But it’s not in the bag for Boston, is it? They have to fight and claw, no rest for the desperate :D .

    Meanwhile, the Hughes Kid dealing and on the verge of locking today down.

  453. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Game over! Yankees win!!!

  454. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    YUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSE!!!

  455. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    At least the Jays played the Yanks tough so that should hopefully make them feel pretty good about themselves.

    HUGHES IS PHENOMENAL. I continue to say that Hughes will be the future face of the Yankee franchise. Stick with me, you can’t go wrong.

    :)

  456. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    96 MPH TO END THE GAME

  457. NYY626- Go Andy September 5th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I am developing a major crush on Phil Hughes. Good game!

  458. Todd September 5th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    man, Hughes still with ERA > 3, despite all he has done in bullpen.

    He must have been absolutely horrendous earlier the year before the bullpen conversion.

  459. m September 5th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Rishi,

    That’s right. Georgia one of the former soviet republics? Or Georgia in the south?

    Brandon,

    Did you see Yuse and Posada at the mound after the game? Almost Mo-like. :(

  460. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Frasor Vs. Damon: http://bit.ly/owsY3

  461. Rishi September 5th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    m – Marietta, GA (like in the south) – I thought that might be confusing after I typed it :)

  462. pat September 5th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Hughes on being the closer- “Sometimes the old guy needs a break” :wink:

  463. Betsy September 5th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Man, Phil just dominated. Coney’s right – it’s not just that top level starter stuff translates to the pen, it’s more than that. Phil has sooooo much confidence. I love how he just calmly walks off the mound, no histrionics, no nothing – like he expected to do this.

  464. Lee23 September 5th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Kevin
    September 5th, 2009 at 4:54 pm
    Hope Floyd brought his “A” game… looks like Wakefield is settling in and getting quick outs. He probably won’t be scored upon for the rest of the afternoon.
    =================================================

    Are you serious?
    Floyd is perfect through 4.
    Wakefield is…. Wakefield! It’s WAKEFIELD!

  465. m September 5th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    That’s the most comfortable I’ve EVER seen Hughes talking on camera. Almost gregarious. And still giving Kim the “it’s just one inning later” answers lol.

    Brandon,

    The accent is back. :(

  466. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    trisha – OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :)
    September 5th, 2009 at 4:56 pm
    I want to say this in behalf of the Iron Horse. It almost pains me that his record is going to be broken. Obviously if anyone has to break it, it will hurt the least to have it broken by Jete.
    ====

    Trish,

    I was saying earlier on another board that when this thing occurs, the Yankees need to also pay tribute to Gehrig. Jeter is all about Yankee tradition, and I’m sure Gehrig will be there to cheer him on.

  467. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Philthy’s YES on-field post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/6512428529b8151d/

  468. Bronx Jeers September 5th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Magic number?

    http://www.fansedge.com/Images.....4755-F.jpg

  469. Betsy September 5th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    M, you’re not really thinking Phil is going to be the future closer, are you?

  470. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 5th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    “Brandon,

    Did you see Yuse and Posada at the mound after the game? Almost Mo-like. :(

    :cry:

  471. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Bod, I am so hoping that the Sux swoon and Rangers flight continues. Of course I want that for every rational Yankee reason in the world, but I also want it because I love See’s chocolate! If the Sux don’t make it to the postseason Pat M said he would send me 2 lbs. of either Godiva or See’s chocolate. I can get Godiva out here. But I can’t get See’s and boy is it yummy!

    Meanwhile, I will have to give him something if the Sux do it. Pat M, you better hurry up and name it. You don’t have the luxury of waiting forever. Fair is fair!

    ;)

  472. Phil - Not a troll since 2007 September 5th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Jerk – I’m not doing your research for you. Nor am I paying for the baseball package so you can watch the games and see Swisher and Melky in the OF. Nor am I linking to all of the Fangraphs and defensive metrics / analysis on this. You’ll have to learn about baseball on your own and not just spout uninformed analysis as (inaccurate) facts.

  473. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    No Mo must be serious,thank you Phil.

    Gavin Floyd handling the Sawx.

    Through 4 Floyd has a PERFECT GAME going.

  474. Trevor September 5th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Please no ‘he’s the future closer talk’. Wouldn’t surprise to see that in the papers tomorrow. :roll:

  475. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    “What is so sickening about these loser commentators on Fox is that valueless Tim MCcarver keeps saying how nobody mentions when a pitcher is perfect.

    So loser Tim continues mentioning it and then at the end of the inning, Kenny the deuce albert says Gavin is perfect through 4 and says to Tim “There we said it” and Tim responds with “Alright!!!!!!!”

    Come on guys, so you are so transparent. Why doesnt Kenny and Tim just say they are Red Sox fans.”

    I’m with you on that one. Losers.

  476. Rishi September 5th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Oh my lord – turning on Ousin/Sharapova just in time…can she get this done?

  477. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 5th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    trisha – OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :)
    September 5th, 2009 at 4:45 pm
    Bod will always be my main man and go-to guy. The best of the best.
    It’s the song, not the singer. You are awesome.
    ====

    Trisha,

    I love you!

    But you know that ;) .

    Off to Montclair to pick up some awesome organic wholegrain muffins. Have a good night and somewhere…….:)

  478. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    “Through 4 Floyd has a PERFECT GAME going.”

    Why would you do that?

  479. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Yuk just singled ,perfect n/t

  480. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks Pel

  481. Nick in SF September 5th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Thank goodness Phil has phinally phound a role on this team. ;)

    Trisha, postseason hits aren’t part of the record. And Jeter is facing pitchers who are also able to take advantage of modern conditioning and training advances.

    Jeter is not supplanting Gehrig as one of the Four Horsemen of Yankee greatness, and his hit record should definitely been taken in context.

  482. m September 5th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Betsy,

    Well, if he keeps pitching like this the Yankees might have to consider it. They’ll just yank Phil from the rotation when the time comes for Mo to hang ‘em up. Just kidding.

    It’s an inside joke between me & Brandon. The sad face is because we want Phil to start and he’s giving the Yankees a lot to think about.

    Basically, Hughes is doing an excellent job of emulating Mo. It’s uncanny, really.

  483. Seven September 5th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Hughes has been a machine out of the bullpen. The guy had a plus 5 era this year as a starter. I dont think it is ridiculous to think he is the future closer.

  484. Betsy September 5th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    LOL the old guy needs a break………someone is going to be heavily fined at Kangaroo Court

  485. Jerkface September 5th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Jerk – I’m not doing your research for you. Nor am I paying for the baseball package so you can watch the games and see Swisher and Melky in the OF. Nor am I linking to all of the Fangraphs and defensive metrics / analysis on this. You’ll have to learn about baseball on your own and not just spout uninformed analysis as (inaccurate) facts.

    I have the baseball package. I watch all the games. I have seen, I’d say, 90% of Melky’s outfield defensive innings since he came to the big leagues. I’ve also watched Swisher this entire season.

    He has a positive UZR/150 in RF for the yankees.

    You are trying to use made up facts to act superior. Unless you personally know the yankees coaching staff, and would like to prove it, or show documented evidence that they are dissatisfied with Melky in center, then I suggest you mosey along.

  486. Betsy September 5th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Seven, it is ridiculous…….and it’s not happening.

  487. Nick in SF September 5th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    And I thought the bet was about Texas not making it — you kids should straigten that out.

  488. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    “Off to Montclair to pick up some awesome organic wholegrain muffins. Have a good night and somewhere…….:)”

    Oh there is nothing like minds in synch. It will be finished at the appropriate time and dedicated to you. The only unknown will be the subject and pronoun of the last sentence of the stanza.

    :)

  489. Lee23 September 5th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    haiku-man
    September 5th, 2009 at 5:07 pm
    Yuk just singled ,perfect n/t
    ==========================================

    Are you psychic?
    It’s the middle of the inning.

  490. Rishi September 5th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Oudin is just adorable…great job!

  491. Betsy September 5th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    M, that’s the thing – he’s not giving the Yankees anything to think about. They believe he is a top flight starter…..and so he will be given every opportunity in the world to be one.

  492. S.A.--Serenity Now September 5th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Phil Yoouuuse just makes me smile. :)
    Keep on winning

  493. Jim the VT Yankeefan September 5th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Millwood is looking pretty shaky for the Rangers.

  494. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    “And I thought the bet was about Texas not making it — you kids should straigten that out.”

    Nick, you may very well be right. It might just be a Texas v. Suxers thing. In life, I tend to look at the very big picture and in the process sometimes overlook the details.

    :)

  495. Jim the VT Yankeefan September 5th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Floyd is dominating the sawks though.

  496. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Betsy, don’t be surprised if we see our guy go the Smoltz route and have a very successful career as a starter and finish out as a closer.

  497. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Boy did he make Ortiz look silly!

  498. m September 5th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Oh, come on Betsy. The Yankees consider everything. That’s there jobs. It’d be foolish to dismiss something that could come to pass 2-3 years in the future.

    One thing we do know, is that Phil Hughes will NOT be the setup guy next season. Yippee! (even though he’s sooo good at it).

  499. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Tim McCarver is a walking D-bag. And for anyone who doesn’t think that teams respect the superstition, just listen to the Chicago coach.

  500. Echo . Romeo . September 5th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    What a disapointment: 2/4 against Jays

  501. m September 5th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Rangers are only 2 back in TAILC. Would love to see the Rangers pick up another game in the standings today.

  502. Seven September 5th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    David Cone just said Hughes belongs in the bullpen he has the same demeanor as Mariano.

  503. Trevor September 5th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Oh god Cone he’s a STARTER.

    Folks this is Joba all over again. Reliever vs Set up/Closer. sigh

  504. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    8 ks already Jesus Gavin is dominating.

  505. Jim the VT Yankeefan September 5th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Millwood blew the lead. He’s given up a run in all four innings.

  506. Rob B (Officialy on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 5th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Can you believe it? The Yankees are two wins away from matching last season’s win total. 89 games is nothing to frown at, and the Yankees are going to get much more than that. Good times.

  507. Echo . Romeo . September 5th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Ha. J # son, B # y

  508. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I just made a new baseball rule. When broadcasters mention the magic words on purpose to try to hurt the opposing pitcher, the baseball gods will ignore it and the magic words will still be in effect.

    So when Kay says it, unfortunately it doesn’t play into the above situation since he’s just an idiot since he does it to Yankee pitchers.

  509. Benny Blanco September 5th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Pettite is on a roll.

  510. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    “Millwood blew the lead. He’s given up a run in all four innings.”

    Drat!

    :(

    Well hopefully they will get it back. Or maybe at least it will be no harm no foul if the Suxers lose this game.

  511. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    YES post-game Booth Report with Bob Lorenz, Michael Kay, and David Cone:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/6512481555e6c4b5/

  512. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Floyd is smacking the Sawx booty!He made Ortiz look stupid at the plate.The guy is on a zone.

    -Wonderful win by Yankees today!

    CWS swing is going to be off after the knuckle baller tomorrow.

  513. crawdaddy September 5th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    “David Cone just said Hughes belongs in the bullpen he has the same demeanor as Mariano.”

    I don’t agree with Cone there, but he did say something very interesting to me which illustrates a difference between Joba and Hughes when it comes to pitching. Cone stated that Hughes is proud of his fastball and that he likes to use it often. I agree with that and if you look at Joba, he’s proud of his slider and likes to use that pitch often which in my opinion is a detriment to his pitching success.

    IMO, Joba needs to fall in love with his fastball and he needs to use it more often. If he does that then perhaps his fastball command will improve with the frequency of using that pitch.

  514. Phil - Not a troll since 2007 September 5th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Jerk – I don’t have time to explain defensive metrics to you. Nor do I have time to teach you how to use Google. What this board doesn’t need are more trolls like you. From this point forward, your inaccurate spoutings will be ignored. Post on, jerk.

  515. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    I think haiku-man is a Sux fan! You guessed 62 wins for the Yankees this year! What is your problem?

  516. Jerkface September 5th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Do you have time to teach me how to use Bing?

  517. vtyankeefan-the original!! September 5th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    I realize Hughes is projected to be a starter and could be a good one, but he taken to this closers role like a duck to water. Just goes to show you the guy can just flat out pitch!

  518. Cando September 5th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Well, Cash better have a solution for the 8th inning next year.

    Not sure who he can get… Don’t think a guy like Chad Qualls is the answer.

    Fernando Rodney is another Farndworth. Soriano probably wants to be a closer.

  519. m September 5th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    I don’t think haiku-man is a xos fan. But could someone be trolling his name, talking about Yuk fake breaking up the perfecto?

  520. Echo . Romeo . September 5th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    I bet either “Nick Gr # #n” or “J # son B # y” or “M # ke L # well” breaks it up.

  521. Jim the VT Yankeefan September 5th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Green breaks up the no-no

  522. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    “Jeter is not supplanting Gehrig as one of the Four Horsemen of Yankee greatness, and his hit record should definitely been taken in context.”

    Thanks Nick.

    :)

  523. 7*7 September 5th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Of course Nick Green breaks it up, OF COURSE!!!!

  524. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Girardi’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/65125119e77ab7e3/

  525. Jerkface September 5th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    The 8th inning can be handled by any number of players next season:

    Robertson, Marte, Bruney, Aceves

  526. m September 5th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Is Soriano young enough to consider being Mo’s understudy with the understanding that he’d take over?

  527. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    “But could someone be trolling his name, talking about Yuk fake breaking up the perfecto?”

    Betcha that’s it. Idiot trolls.

  528. 7*7 September 5th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    “The 8th inning can be handled by any number of players next season:

    Robertson, Marte, Bruney, Aceves”

    We already tried that this year. And it forced us to move Hughes to the pen.

  529. m September 5th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Robertson could do it, but he walks too many batters.

  530. scott September 5th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    “The 8th inning can be handled by any number of players next season:

    Robertson, Marte, Bruney, Aceves”

    please god no. we saw that story this year and it wasn’t pretty.

  531. Echo . Romeo . September 5th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Like I said.

    “Nick Gr # # n” for AL MVP.

  532. Insert September 5th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    A Robertson/Martre R/L combo in the 8th inning next year sounds fine.

  533. m September 5th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Um, the only person I’ve seen say Nick Green for MVP was *ER*.

    :lol:

  534. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    4-0 cws

  535. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Cool beans. Maybe Floyd will get a win today.

  536. m September 5th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    But Marte’s issue is staying healthy.

  537. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Andy’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/6512535822eb1cdc/

  538. m September 5th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    And of course, Kotsay does the damage.

  539. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    wake is slow lol

  540. Aardvark September 5th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Even if the Sox lsoe the game today, they are in fine shape. They have Lester/Beckett the next 2 games to ensure they get the split. And really, that’s all they need. Would be a nice to win the series but they don’t need to.

  541. Nick in SF September 5th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks for highlighting my verb/tense error. :(

  542. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Wakefield shouldn’t even be out there. Nice of the Sux to sacrifice him.

  543. Phil - Not a troll since 2007 September 5th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Jerk – I’m feeling charitable waiting for my fiancee to get ready so we can make our dinner reservation…here’s a link to Swish’s defensive metrics (which are dubious to begin with):

    http://www.fangraphs.com/stats.....F#fielding

    Look at his arm, UZR, everything!!! There is absolutely nothing in there that suggests he is a solid RF, much less a great one. They have a glossary which explains each stat, so you’ll know what you are looking at.

    You’ll have to do the rest of the research yourself, jerk. But when you spout things as fact, when they are not… well, let’s just say that you live up to your handle.

  544. Jerkface September 5th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    please god no. we saw that story this year and it wasn’t pretty.

    You’re assuming there is no room for growth. The whole thing with bullpens is that players who are awesome 1 year might not repeat the next year, and players who are average might break out.

    SG over at replacement level did a look up of players with Robertson’s stats (ERA+ over 120, 4 BB/9) and sorted by K/9 and almost all the players at the top were closers.

    Robertson is pitching like a closer for a mid market to below team and he is our 7th inning guy.

    If he maintains his current ability level or, eiland willing, improves, then he will be the perfect kind of guy for the 8th inning.

    Marte is a proven reliever, who has been troubled by injury in his tenor with the yankees but he has good stuff and is good vs righties and lefties. A bounce back year would make him very valuable.

    Additionally, you don’t know what Melancon will do next season.

    I look at Robertson as the new 8th inning guy. He strikes out way too many guys to sit around in the 6th inning.

  545. m September 5th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Aardvark,

    No offense, but no one here cares.

  546. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Wakefield looks bad,couldn’t cover 1st, coaches on the mound,he’s staying in.

  547. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    “Even if the Sox lsoe the game today, they are in fine shape. They have Lester/Beckett the next 2 games to ensure they get the split. And really, that’s all they need. Would be a nice to win the series but they don’t need to.”

    Aardvark, you seem to forget that Texas is breathing down their necks.

  548. Clint September 5th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    And Chicago is throwing out Danks/Burhlee the next 2 days.

  549. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    >We already tried that this year.
    >And it forced us to move Hughes to the pen.

    Wang coming back and Phil asking to pitch in relief instead of being sent back down to AAA is why Hughes is in the pen.

  550. Jerkface September 5th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    You’ll have to do the rest of the research yourself, jerk. But when you spout things as fact, when they are not… well, let’s just say that you live up to your handle.

    I’m feeling even MORE charitable than you, so let me do some research for you.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/leade.....38;month=0

    This is fangraphs.com, you might have heard of it? Swisher is the 5th best RF in the AL by UZR. Shocking, I know. And even scouts I’ve talked to have said that he can make plays. Even more shocking. I never said that Swisher was great also, I said that an outfield of Gardner, Melky, and Swisher is great. Which it is. Given our options.

    If you want me to help you plan dinner too, I’d be more than willing.

  551. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    The Captain’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/65125619d7738252/

  552. Jim the VT Yankeefan September 5th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Wakefield is done.

  553. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Nick Green #9 player is the only hit for Sawx,hehehe!

  554. Pel September 5th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    My mistake.

    THIS is The Captain’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://www.zshare.net/audio/6512568214176e2e/

  555. Matt September 5th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    “Wang coming back and Phil asking to pitch in relief instead of being sent back down to AAA is why Hughes is in the pen.”

    And if they had other guys step up in the pen, he would have been back in the rotation after Wang went down rather than Mitre.

    Wang went down on July 4th… there was plenty of time to stretch him out.

  556. Dave M September 5th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    There was a quote from Cashman saying he couldn’t look Mariano in the eye and tell him he is taking Hughes out his bullpen this year.

    It’s not like Hughes is in the pen just because they want his arm up here. There is a need in the pen for him this year. We’ve been trotting out below average starters in the 5 spot for 2 months.

  557. Jerkface September 5th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    And if they had other guys step up in the pen, he would have been back in the rotation after Wang went down rather than Mitre.

    Wang went down on July 4th… there was plenty of time to stretch him out.

    They didn’t want to mess with him like Joba last year. And at that point Hughes had been in the pen for a month.

  558. Gates September 5th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Hughes didn’t even really start pitching high leverage innings until Wang went down the 2nd time. He was used as Wang’s caddy initially.

  559. Seven September 5th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Bruney was doing a great job in the 8th inning but then he got hurt and hasn’t been the same. I like Bruney but he has been injury prone Cashman cant really count on him as the 8th inning guy next year.

  560. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    lol @ the white sox mascot

  561. Brandon W September 5th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Shouldn’t be surprised about the Nick Green hit. Besides the fact that he has seemed to be pesky all year, yesterday Pena was the only one with a hit against Doc. Crazy things like that seem to happen in baseball.

  562. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Floyd struck out Ortiz again 3rd time,that’s hard to do!

  563. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Jim, that’s what I meant about Kay. He certainly isn’t doing it to jinx the Yanks, he’s doing it for the reasons you noted.

  564. Freddy September 5th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Jim and Trisha are going to be reincarnated as Red Sox fans in their next lifetime.

  565. Betsy September 5th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Seven, that is not what David Cone said….

  566. Seven September 5th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    “This is fangraphs.com, you might have heard of it? Swisher is the 5th best RF in the AL by UZR. Shocking, I know. And even scouts I’ve talked to have said that he can make plays. Even more shocking. I never said that Swisher was great also, I said that an outfield of Gardner, Melky, and Swisher is great. Which it is. Given our options.”

    ———————

    I agree Swisher gets a bad rep for a couple of bad plays. He has really improved his defense lately even his throws are better. Gardner is a plus defender and Melky is too. That is good outfield. I wouldn’t mind that being the outfield next year with Damon as the DH. Melky is a good hitter him batting 8th and Gardner in the double lead off spot hitting 9th is fine. The yanks would still have the best offense in the lead because they get so much production from the infield.

  567. S.A.--Serenity Now September 5th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    This is an old article on Youuuuse, but what Jorge said back then made me laugh(considering what Youuuse is doing now)

    From June 26, 2006

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06......html?_r=1

    After the near no-hitter, Masse talked more about Hughes’s needing to develop his off-speed pitches to improve. It sounded ridiculous, after the way Hughes had just overwhelmed hitters, and Masse finally relented. Get better?

    “I don’t know how,” he said, laughing. “Is he going to give up negative hits? But when he does eventually get his breaking ball and changeup where he needs them to be, he’ll be dominating. If he has a couple more starts like that, it’s going to be pretty hard to hold him down.”

    None of this is surprising to the Yankees’ players. Hughes was so impressive in spring training that veterans gushed about him without being asked. Catcher Jorge Posada compared him to Rivera at the same age.

    “I think the guy’s going to be an All-Star,” Posada said last week, his memory still fresh four months later. “Hopefully we can keep him here. He’ll be here soon.”

  568. Scotch September 5th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    I feel bad for Andy

    If he faces Wakefield in game 3 of the ALDS, Wake is going to get such a generous strike zone compared to him. Andy is going to basically have to throw it down the middle while Wake gets called strikes in the dirt….

  569. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    “Jim and Trisha are going to be reincarnated as Red Sox fans in their next lifetime.”

    I am hoping that my good deeds otherwise will save me from that fate…

    :D

  570. Betsy September 5th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Trevor, all Coney said was that Phil is almost Mo-like in his demeanor – being as unflappable as he is. He never said that Phil was a reliever. He did refer to Cash’s comment that top notch starting talent would always basically do well in the pen. Coney agreed, but said that that is only up to a certain point – that Phil has utterly dominated. He really never said one thing about Phil being a reliever permanently – I definitely don’t think he has any illusions that he will or should be.

  571. Tim September 5th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    I’m glad the White Sox realized how little integrity they showed in Fenway last week and have decided to make up for it (so far).

    Wish Toronto, Baltimore, etc. would change their ways, but they just seem to like not showing integrity agaisnt Boston.

  572. Jerkface September 5th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Betsy – Coney, after saying that Hughes has transcended the ‘good starter = good reliever’ bit, said that it smells like the bullpen might be the best place for him. I don’t think he would ever vehemently argue for it, like some sportswriters will soon and in the offseason, but he did seem like he is leaning that way now that Hughes has never stopped dominating.

    From another board:

    As a reliever:
    3 XBH allowed, giving up a line of .156/.212/.199 for a .411 OPS

    1.11 RA, 11.29 SO/9, 1.99 BB/9, 0.22 HR/9, 5.67 SO/BB, 0.762 WHIP

  573. Seven September 5th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Cone said in the postgame that Hughes as Mariano’s demeanor which tells him that he should be in the bullpen.

  574. Jerkface September 5th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I cannot wait to see Hughes unleashed next year, he worked in his change up in a little bit an outing or two ago as well. I’d like to see him go to it more.

  575. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Jim – I do not fear them.

    I loved a fast-paced game, and this one is.

  576. JoeyA September 5th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Texas needs to win today if the Sox lose. You can’t play a team like the O’s and not gain ground when the Sox lose.

  577. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Even nesn.com live game thread is slamming Mccarver for talking fantasy football picks,during the broadcast.

  578. Rocco September 5th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    That’s why when NESPN and all the other media outlets talk about the Red Sox “Aura and Mystique” and “ability to win”, they are really referring to the umpires.

    The Minnesota Twins can have aura and mystique too if they get the corrupt umps on their side….

  579. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Even nesn.com live game thread is slamming Mccarver for talking fantasy football picks,during the broadcast.

    Yeah because they’re losing

  580. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Tim, you never know. They might do everything in their power to play the role of spoiler. That would be nice!

  581. GreenBeret7 September 5th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Texas and the White sox can’t win their games. Everybody knows that they are laying down for the Red Sox and Selig is paying the umpires extra to help the Red Sox win. It sure has helped them over the last two months.

  582. bru September 5th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    scott
    September 5th, 2009 at 4:17 pm
    Wow, what an epic fail.

    That is going to come back to haunt us. right it down.

    ————————————————————

    i wrote it down & just wiped my butt with it.

    why do people insist on trying to predict the future or micromanage the team ?

    this team is winning this division with zero stress & people continue to find things wrong

  583. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    5-1 CWS

  584. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who fears no team except the Yankees :) September 5th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Weren’t they just raving about Okajema’s sneaky move? What a riot!

    :lol:

  585. Jerkface September 5th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Everyone calm down, there are still 3 outs left. Okajima looks like he is settling down now and the Red Sox can score like 7 runs in a blink… the division isn’t safe yet…

    /reactionaryfans

  586. Matt September 5th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Ozzie.. do not take out Floyd.

    Bobby Junks has no integrity and will blow it.

  587. Jeremy September 5th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Jerkface
    The Division is over. The Red Sox don’t have what it takes to win the division. You need to stop acting like a pre 2004 red sox fan.

  588. Jerkface September 5th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Jeremy
    Sarcasm is completely lost on you.

  589. Betsy September 5th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Jerkface, then I’m disappointed in Cone…………but it doesn’t matter what he says or anyone else says. The Yankees know this kid can be a top starter …….It just boggles the mind that people want to limit him to being a closer…….and of all people, Cone. I guess they have no faith in Phil as a starter………..

  590. Betsy September 5th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Jerkface, then I’m disappointed in Cone…………but it doesn’t matter what he says or anyone else says. The Yankees know this kid can be a top starter …….It just boggles the mind that people want to limit him to being a closer…….and of all people, Cone. I guess they have no faith in Phil as a starter………..

  591. Jeremy September 5th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Jerkface

    Oh, LOL ! Sorry !

  592. Jerkface September 5th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Betsy: I think Cone has a lot of faith that Hughes experience this year will translate to the rotation. I think any yankee fan could say that. What i think, is that some people are being so blown away by Hughes dominating out of the pen that it is starting to overshadow the desire for him to take what he learned and bring it to the rotation.

    Its not a loss of faith, it is just such a building of confidence in him out of the pen.

    If Hughes comes out next year and impresses in spring training, and in the beginning of the season, I think no one will care.

  593. pat September 5th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Random thought-

    Would Jeter try to bunt for a base hit to tie or pass Gehrig?

  594. Matt September 5th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    And Jenks walks the guy on 4 pitches. Just 2 mroe runners to bring the tying run to the plate.

    It can never be easy, can it?

  595. Betsy September 5th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Jerkface, I understand – and yet I don’t, especially coming from someone like Coney. Maybe this sounds rough, but so be it. It doesn’t matter what Coney or anyone else thinks – let them be blown away. The Yankees think Phil is going to be a top starter for a long time – ST is not a tryout for him. He will not be shunted to the bullpen if he doesn’t do well in ST – long term, he’s a starter. This is Joba all over again, but the Yankees ignored everyone and did what they felt was the right thing and now they will do that with Phil again.

  596. Carl September 5th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    8.5 up

  597. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Bobby Jenks(closer) on da mound Ellsbury gone,Pedroia daws 1 out walk,Martinez,gone,Yuk gone 5-1 booya!

    Fox announcer just said Andy P is on the mound tonight,and the Sawx are 8 games out.2 min later he apologized and said Yankees won that game 6-4.Stupid people them fox guys!

  598. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Awh Jermaine Dye just Pied Floyd while being interviewed.

  599. Vince September 5th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Sox win 5-1 !!!!

    C’mon Texas !

  600. MikeJaret September 5th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Man texas needs to pull this one out in the 9th now…..dang!

  601. GreenBeret7 September 5th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    pat
    September 5th, 2009 at 6:20 pm
    Random thought-

    Would Jeter try to bunt for a base hit to tie or pass Gehrig?

    ————————————————————

    I would doubt it, unless it meant a run or moving a runner up in a close game. I’m figuring it will be his normal single to right or maybe a double down the right field line. He’s one of the few that won’t change his swing or approach unless it means the game.

  602. randy l. September 5th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    “Everybody knows that they are laying down for the Red Sox and Selig is paying the umpires extra to help the Red Sox win. It sure has helped them over the last two months.”

    gb7-

    remember the good old days on the blog when you and i thought the each other defined crazy.

    jim pir-one takes crazy to new heights.

    he’s almost funny.

    almost is the operative word.

  603. Peter Abraham September 5th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I’m going to say this once.

    If people persist on this foolish “teams are laying down for the Red Sox, the establishment wants them to win” nonsense” you will be out of here. I understand that some people are stupid. I can’t control that. But I can control you coming on this blog and bothering intelligent people with your nonsense.

    Just go away. You are not wanted here.

  604. Tarheelyank September 5th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Randy

    Thats funny just a couple of weeks ago I remember you calling Jim first class. :D

  605. haiku-man September 5th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    tex loses 5-4

  606. Jim Pir-one September 5th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Darn, Texas could have picked up a game.

  607. Jim Pir-one September 5th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    GG tonight.


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