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Game 144: Orioles at Yankees

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YANKEES (91-52)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Cabrera CF

Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (16-7, 3.40).

ORIOLES (58-83)
Roberts 2B
Izturis SS
Markakis RF
Reimold LF
Wigginton 1B
Wieters DH
Turner 3B
Moeller C
Fiorentino CF

Pitching: RHP Jeremy Guthrie (10-13, 4.96).

TIME/TV: 1:05, YES.

STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have lost two straight and are trying to salvage the last game of the series. They lead the Red Sox by 7.5 games in the AL East and the Angels by five games in the race for home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

UGLY DOINGS: The Yankees have been outscored 17-7 in the series by the hapless Orioles so far in the series. The Yankees are 12-5 against the Orioles this season.

THREE TIMES NOT A CHARM: The Yankees have not lost three straight since July 30-Aug. 1 in Chicago. They have not lost three straight at home since the pre-Alex Rodriguez days when they dropped five straight at home from May 2-7 against the Angels, Red Sox and Rays. There was panic in the streets back then.

THAT’S CC AS IN COOL CUSTOMER: Sabathia is 6-0 with a 2.31 ERA in his last eight starts.

NOT YOU AGAIN: Sabathia is 3-1 with a 2.63 ERA in four starts against the Orioles this season. He has not allowed a home run against the Orioles in 27.1 innings.

FINISHING STRONG: The Baltimore starter is 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA in his last four starts. But he is 1-3 with a 4.68 ERA in four starts against the Yankees this season.

MR. SEPTEMBER: A-Rod is 17 of 40 this month with six runs scored, 13 RBI and four extra-base hits over 10 games.

WE WANT RAMIRO: Derek Jeter is 6 of his last 25 (.240).

MIGHTY MO: Mariano Rivera, who has not pitched since Tuesday, has allowed one run in his last 30 appearances. It’s amazing the Rivera has as many RBI (one) as earned runs allowed (one) since June 16. His line since then: 31 14 1 1 7 32. That’s just insane.

ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: Musta Got Lost by the mighty J. Geils Band. The live version.

Back with much more later.

UPDATE, 10:41 a.m.: Not much news this morning. Damon feels better and returns to the lineup after missing two days with a bad back. Beyond that, all is quiet for now.

The guys were all discussing college football. Jeter is thrilled Michigan beat ND. Swisher is bummed about Ohio State. Girardi’s Northwestern Wildcats are 2-0.

UPDATE, 1:08 p.m.: We are underway in the Bronx on a beautiful day. Enjoy the game.

UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: What a great teammate CC Sabathia is. To make A.J. Burnett feel better he’s pitching a terrible second inning against Baltimore after being handed a 1-0 lead, too.

But at least it’s 2-1 and not 6-1.

UPDATE, 2:02 p.m.: A-Rod’s approach with RISP has been very good this season. He’s not trying to do too much. Everything is up the middle and his pitch selection has been great. He seems so much more at ease at the plate.

He’s at .306 with RISP with 18 walks and only 15 strikeouts.

UPDATE, 2:13 p.m.: And there it is, the dumbest play of the year. Damon thought there were two outs and Turner scored from second on a fly ball.

If the Yankees lose this game by a run he’s going to get slammed.

UPDATE, 2:19 p.m.: Don’t you get the feeling that Damon will get up this inning when men on base?

UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: 3-3 in the fourth inning at home with no outs and two on and Jeter wants to bunt. By the way, Derek, YOU HAVE THE MOST HITS IN THE HISTORY OF THE FRANCHISE.

I just don’t get it. I just don’t. It makes no sense.

UPDATE, 2:25 p.m.: Here we are, Damon up with a chance to atone.

UPDATE, 2:28 p.m.: Damon walks, Tex fans with the bases loaded, now it falls to A-Rod to try and give them the lead.

UPDATE, 2:32 p.m.: Alex fans looking. Yankees should have gotten a whole lot more than two runs out of that. They are 3 for 11 with runners in scoring position today. Guthrie is walking a tightrope. He has allowed eight hits and two walks in four innings and only three runs. Yanks have stranded seven.

UPDATE, 2:42 p.m.: Girardi just got tossed before the first pitch of the inning. It has to do with A-Rod.

Alex struck out looking to end the last inning on a close pitch. He was agitated but didn’t seem to get too crazy. Then as Matsui went to the plate, Alex and umpire Marty Foster were jawing and out came Girardi, who got tossed right away.

Alex was tossed too, which led to Girardi getting run.

That was as hot as I have ever seen Girardi. He had to be held back at one point. That could earn him a suspension.

UPDATE, 2:46 p.m.: That’s irresponsible of Alex to get tossed out there. At some point you have to let it go. Now it’s 3-3 and they don’t have their clean-up hitter.

UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: The good news is the Yankees always win when Girardi gets ejected.

UPDATE, 2:48 p.m.: The pitch Alex was called out on was a hair outside but it wasn’t a terrible call.

It was Foster who called Jeter out stealing third base on July 6. Jeter said at the time that Foster told him he was out only because the throw beat him. The crew chief, John Hirschbeck, actually defended Jeter that day.

Clearly the Yankees have issues with Foster and they bubbled up today. The bottom line: Eric Hinske is now playing third base. There’s an error waiting to happen.

UPDATE, 3:08 p.m.: Nice day for Tex, 0 for 3 with a HBP. He has grounded out to the catcher and struck out twice with runners in scoring position.

Now Hinske, not A-Rod, is up.

UPDATE, 3:11 p.m.: Bases loaded for Godzilla as Hinske walks. Guthrie has lived to tell the tale so far. He has out 15 runners on base in 5.2 innings and allowed only three runs so far.

UPDATE, 3:12 p.m.: Godzilla strikes with a two-run single to right. Yankees had been 3 for 15 with RISP before that big hit.

Now Sean Henn — yes, that Sean Henn — is in to pitch for Baltimore.

UPDATE, 3:20 p.m.: Robbie Cano is just not the same hitter with men in scoring position: 35 of 168 (.208). He is hitting .361 otherwise. Obviously it’s in his head.

UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: Nice work by CC as he allows three runs over seven innings, two that were his fault. How it’s Phil Huuuuuuuuuughes for the eighth inning and a well-rested Mo waiting for the save.

UPDATE, 3:44 p.m.: That is the fifth time in 285 career starts CC has gone at least seven innings and struck out only one batter. It last happened in 2004.

UPDATE, 3:48 p.m.: Hughes does the job. Now to Mo.

UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: If ever there was a time for a suicide squeeze, this is it.

UPDATE, 3:56 p.m.: You’re gonna miss Matsui when he’s gone. That’s 24 homers and 81 RBI for the DH this season. Now we’ll get Bruney instead of Mo.

UPDATE, 4:13 p.m.: The Yankees have blown the game open, leading 13-3. Back with a brief recap later on.

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584 Responses to “Game 144: Orioles at Yankees”

  1. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Repost from last thread:

    “What irks me is that AJ just says he threw just one bad pitch. Just “one bad pitch” does not load the bases.”

    AJ is as delusional about his pitching performances as Joba is. He seemed in total denial about that inning. Like if he didn’t throw that one pitch to Roberts, the rest of the inning would have looked great.

    I used to think that our biggest worry about AJ would be his health. Turns out we have to worry most about his head.

  2. Fran (the original) and OPPC member September 13th, 2009 at 9:45 am

    The Yankees should be able to take one game against the O’s especially with our ace on the mound today.

  3. Stephen September 13th, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Also, how many looooog drives were caught on the warning track? Baltimore was smacking everything Burnett threw.

  4. Abdababdaserser September 13th, 2009 at 9:52 am

    The first game was given away by Girardi and the way he managed it. I didn’t watch yesterday’s game (fortunately apparently). The lineup wasn’t one where it looked like he was looking to put out the best possible.

    There are times when Girardi seems to do this for no discernible reason. He did it last season as well. Maybe its a message he is sending to the pitcher, but I just don’t get it.

    Of course poor pitching from the starter is no excuse, but why make it have a potential for being worse?

  5. S.A.--Serenity Now September 13th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Let’s go CC.

    Busy Busy sports day

  6. Pov September 13th, 2009 at 9:59 am

    For all those cruise control fans out there the LAA are now down only 4 games for home field with a makeup game tomm with I think Gaudian pitching and then 3 in LA next week. Perhaps Joe will adopt an attitude that we have to win these games and play a regular lineup with our best SP’s. Playing Boston 3 games after that. I know we aren’t supposed to worry about anything as it’s always in the bag according to many, but at least home field by far is not a done deal.

  7. Rex September 13th, 2009 at 10:00 am

    From last thread:

    “His (Burnett’s)era is skewed by 4 or 5 bad starts.”

    Simply not the case. No more than it’s skewed by 4-5 excellent starts. To wit:

    1)If you take out Burnett’s four worst starts, his ERA over the other 25 starts is 3.20, but….

    2)If you take out his four best starts, his ERA in the remaining 25 starts is 5.13.

    3) If you take out his 4 best and 4 worst, his ERA comes in a little over 3.90.

    He’s pitched to his record and statistics this year.

  8. iwingame September 13th, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Jeter is 6 for his last 25… but 6 for his last 13.

    Way to spin it.

  9. Pov September 13th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Rex I agree, you usually get beat up by the faithful here for relating the facts in making an opinion, but given the uncertainty of AJ and Joba and even CC in the playoffs I’m pretty concerned about an early exit again this year.

  10. Ken September 13th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    All I can say is they better win today. Im going to the game and to be swept by this disgraceful Orioles team would be embarassing. The Yanks look like they have sleptwalked through these 2 games. CC better do what he was paid to – be a stopper today.

  11. murphydog September 13th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    They lose two in a row to Baltimore and Girardi is suddenly an idiot not trying to win and the Yankees are getting bounced out of the playoffs early.

    Since the Yankees are about to play several important games against the LAA, why should Girardi burn out his bullpen or unreasonably risk injuring starters in the rain against friggin’ Baltimore? First, you get to the playoffs, second you stay healthy. C’mon.

  12. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 13th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    There are times when Girardi seems to do this for no discernible reason. He did it last season as well. Maybe its a message he is sending to the pitcher, but I just don’t get it.
    ======

    Double-header on Monday, Friday night game that stretched to Saturday morning,

    Saturday afternoon game, not to mention today’s game, plus our previous “off” day

    Monday is now a makeup with the Angels, whom they will travel to for a series (and one with Seattle as well).

    You can’t expect him to trot out the “A” lineup every night, under the circumstances.

  13. jennifer September 13th, 2009 at 10:17 am

    I guess people never thought the Yankees would lose another game and the red soxs win another.

  14. murphydog September 13th, 2009 at 10:21 am

    By the way, isn’t the J. Geils band from Boston? ;)

    Hey, ain’t nothing but a houseparty…

  15. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 10:23 am

    It looks like we are going to see Doc Halladay again when TOR comes to town. How is it that we never get to skip that guy?

  16. 86w183 September 13th, 2009 at 10:24 am

    When the Yankees were 13-15 everyone here would have made a deal to have the situation that exists this morning.

    This is not a perfect team and nothing that occurs will keep some from “worrying” about an early exit, AJ’s health in 2012, CC’s opt out and heaven knows what else.

    Remember this is still a rather old team and periodic rest must be spread out to have this team energized for the post-season. The “A” lineup will be the exception rather than the rule as long as there is a comfort zone to utilize.

  17. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 13th, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Matusz is a very nice looking lefty. Baltimore should be fun to watch if there are more like him and more Reimold’s in their future.

    While it would make the AL East landscape more challgenging, it would be nice to see those people down in Baltimore actually have a reasonable team playing in that beautiful ballpark.

  18. murphydog September 13th, 2009 at 10:28 am

    “It looks like we are going to see Doc Halladay again when TOR comes to town. How is it that we never get to skip that guy?”

    We are in an endless cycle of life from which we seek liberation. Either that or the Jays line up their rotation so that Roy faces teams like the Yankees. I could go either way.

  19. NYYanksFan September 13th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    The past week has been a Jeter/A-Rod role reversal.

    One was chasing a personal record and struggled getting there and wasn’t said to be pressing, choking or a headcase.

    One had everyone in the clubhouse asked questions about him yet no one in the media called it a distraction.

    One had a actress/girlfriend cheering from the expensive seats and not one sarcastic remark was made.

    One ducked the media in a game he went hitless and it was treated as classy to not take away from Swisher’s moment.

    It’s good to be Derek Jeter.

  20. Joe from Long Island September 13th, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Why should we think that whatever a player says postgame accurately reflects what they really think? Just because AJ, or Joba for that matter, says something about one bad pitch, or whatever, does this accurately reflect what they really think, deep down inside? How many times does Jeter say he “feels fine”?

    That may not be the best analogy, but I hope I’m getting my point across. All we see is the public image of the player. We fans truly have no real idea of what goes on inside, either the clubhouse or inside the player.

  21. Joe from Long Island September 13th, 2009 at 10:35 am

    bodhi – agreed about Baltimore. Their lineup isn’t bad, not by a long shot, even taking that Mora may not be there next year. If their pitching comes around – Tilman, Matusz, Guthrie – they can be a real tough team to face next year.

  22. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 13th, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Surprised how dead the Staten Island ballpark was last night, considering the home team was in a playoff game.

    Nobody to speak of in the seats, but what a gorgeous setting for a ballpark – I could see the Statue of Liberty from my seats behind the plate. The ships silently pass by as you take in the game. Beautiful.

    GB7: Angellini wasn’t forced to move much laterally at short, but he did have to charge two grounders and seamlessly made the play on both occasions. I was also impressed with his apparent knowledge of the strike zone and his patience.

    The LHRP Gavin Brooks has an interesting arm – really mean looking slider and really pitches to keep the hitters off balance. I was disappointed not to see Jose Ramirez come in, but apparently he’s pitching Game 3 in the next round.

    The Lowell team wasn’t very crisp defensively, but the hometown boys made the plays (except when Murton, at 1B, caught a liner and then failed to step on first for what would have been an automatic inning-ending DP – instead, he started trotting off the field, thinking it was out No. 3).

    There were some great oldtimers there – old baseball guys in their 70s animatedly talking about the game – and the Yankees. It had a real old world feel to it. Difficult to stomach was the usual over-embellishing PA guy – who could not announce a batter simply. That alone could have driven me from the park.

  23. NYY626 September 13th, 2009 at 10:39 am

    A lineup today. Joe must really want this game :)

  24. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 13th, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Joe from LI,

    They could certainly progress and be a disturber.

    It’s hard to explain, but there is something universally out of sync for the Baltimore Orioles to have such a woeful pitching staff. That seems to be correcting itself…

    Off to the farmer’s market for the season’s final tomatoes…

    Go Cranks! (that is affectionately intended…)

  25. xoxo September 13th, 2009 at 10:45 am

    DOC comes and Joba is the pitcher.Cito will throw Doc,and any lefty into the rotation,just to be the spoiler.

  26. zoso September 13th, 2009 at 10:53 am

    There’s nothing more pathetic than the “If you just take away x number of starts his numbers look fantastic” people. Sure, if we all lived in Fantasyland we could wave our magic wands and make the unsightly numbers just disappear.

  27. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 10:53 am

    “That may not be the best analogy, but I hope I’m getting my point across. All we see is the public image of the player. We fans truly have no real idea of what goes on inside, either the clubhouse or inside the player.”

    That may be true, but if the player is carefully crafting his statements in the post game press conference, why would he want to come off as being out of touch with his true performance? Why would AJ want the outside world to believe that he thinks that he only threw one bad pitch in that inning? Doesn’t make sense. Jeter lying about how he feels makes sense; he wants to play and doesn’t want to let on that he’s less than 100%. AJ’s “it was only one bad pitch” sounds crazy and is something I simply don’t understand.

  28. Bryan September 13th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    AJ Burnett is a complete joke

    But hey he should be in the hall of fame if you listen to people in here

    It is the umps fault!!

    Posada doesn’t know how to call a game!!!

    AJ’s fault for pitching like a little leaguer nahhhh

  29. BBFan September 13th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    For all those lineup whiners, Joe has his “A” lineup today as we do not want to get swept. Most likely he will have his “A” lineup with Angels and Sox games. Joe has his priorities right.

  30. Ken September 13th, 2009 at 11:08 am

    At least Girardi has finally woken up. That line up was a disgrace yesterday. The push is on to win 100 games but Joe treated yesterday as a giveaway game. The way this team has performed since they last won in 2000 they have no right to sleep walk through anything. They need to keep their intensity up or they will enter the playoffs flat. Im not going to stomach another one and done in the first round.

  31. Joe from Long Island September 13th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Laura, you’re right, makes no sense. All I know for sure is that some of these guys, like AJ and Joba, need to pick it up over the next month.

  32. murphydog September 13th, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Ken:

    I too wold like to avoid another one and done. But bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes explained it well at 10:16 a.m.

    “Double-header on Monday, Friday night game that stretched to Saturday morning,

    Saturday afternoon game, not to mention today’s game, plus our previous “off” day

    Monday is now a makeup with the Angels, whom they will travel to for a series (and one with Seattle as well).

    You can’t expect him to trot out the “A” lineup every night, under the circumstances.”

    ————————————————————-

    In other words, it’s not time to panic.

  33. RS September 13th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Burnett is probably thinking, why does CC get all the luck?

  34. RS September 13th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    This is kind of random, but did anyone realize that Posada has the second highest SLG% on the team behind Teixeira?

    Tex- .543 SLG
    Posada- .533 SLG
    Arod- .521 SLG

    Arod has a higher OPS because of all the walks, but Posada’s OPS is still a very impressive .892. That might be the second or third highest among catchers in baseball, behind Mauer of course. As a comparison, VMart is only slugging .479 with an .855 OPS this year.

  35. Unknown September 13th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Anyone else notice that the catcher for CC has been Posada. The General Girardi is gearing up for Game 1 of the Postseason. Let’s Go.

  36. Richie September 13th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    The Yankees just don’t seem to play well when it rains. Both of these games should have been rained out.

  37. JK September 13th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Joba & Burnett have the exact same problem. Pitchers throw the highest % of strikes with their fastball. Joba & Burnett both have VERY inconsistent fastball command. They both miss the target by the catcher alot, but get away with it sometimes due to their plus velocity.

    Joba has better off speed stuff than Hughes but Hughes fastball command is the reason why most people thought he would be the better starter long term.

  38. Al September 13th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Today is not going to be easy… Guthrie has given us trouble in the past. He only allowed 2 runs when we saw him last week.

  39. Dave J. September 13th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Burnett is just a very good pitcher. He has yet to learn how to pitch. And at age 32, the safe bet is that he never does.

    It’s a shame. Just another guy with great stuff that doesn’t translate on game day.

  40. Dave J. September 13th, 2009 at 11:48 am

    *not

  41. Rex September 13th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    “but Posada’s OPS is still a very impressive .892.”

    It is, but he owes a lot of that to the House that Steinbrenner Built. .643 slugging percentage and 1.035 OPS at NYS. On the road, those numbers are .425 and .754 respectively.

  42. Rex September 13th, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Al:

    You’re right on Guthrie. He’s a pretty good pitcher. Passable #3 starter. Very good #4. Problem is, for the O’s is that he’s their #1. O’s get a lot more interesting if Matusz and Tillman develop as expected, moving Guthrie down to a 3/4, and they get themselves a bullpen.

  43. murphydog September 13th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Is AJ’s problem mechanics or mentality? IMO it’s both.

    One gets the feeling that AJ aims the ball, that it’s not the product of a ruthlessly identical motion leading to a repeatable release point. (Mo is the ideal when it comes to that). AJ lacks discipline, and a third pitch, but having the discipline to develop and maintain better mechanics would see him gain consistency faster than a third pitch, IMO.

    Do they attempt to monkey around with him in the off-season, get him to develop his changeup and repeat his delivery more consistently?

  44. Wait till the ALDS September 13th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Seriously here, I don’t think A.J has any issues at all with his mentality.

    But that’s just me.

    Anyway…

  45. Wait till the ALDS September 13th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    “Joba has better off speed stuff than Hughes but Hughes fastball command is the reason why most people thought he would be the better starter long term.”

    If you read Torre’s book they thought Joba would be better than Hughes.

  46. Rex September 13th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    “Seriously here, I don’t think A.J has any issues at all with his mentality.”

    Well, he’s not crazy or anything like that. He does seem to struggle a little with adversity at times.

  47. Rex September 13th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    “Joba has better off speed stuff than Hughes”

    I’d take Hughes’ curve over any secondary pitch Joba is throwing these days.

  48. 40 time September 13th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    murphy,

    The coaches in Toronto have tried to get him to implement his change-up for years. He never did.

    At this point, he is what he is. Until HE decides to change and become a “pitcher”, the inconsistency and underachieving will continue to plague him.

  49. randy l. September 13th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    “The Yankees just don’t seem to play well when it rains”

    really bad weather tends to be an equalizer because of all the randomness it creates.

    it’s clear that the yankees over the course of burnett’s contract need to think of him as a #3 pitcher and get someone else for #2. he’s just too inconsistent to count on in big games.

    hughes and joba will be developing , but they might not be ready to be a #2 for a few years.

    there’s no way to sugarcoat it. burnett has been a huge disappointment in 2009.
    he has the playoffs to rewrite the story, but at this point who knows.
    right now he doesn’t inspire confidence looking ahead to the playoffs.

  50. Rex September 13th, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Rays go quietly on 7 pitches in the 1st. Season can’t end soon enough for that lot.

  51. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    “Seriously here, I don’t think A.J has any issues at all with his mentality.”

    What are you basing that on? The guy pitches crappy, gives up 6 runs in one inning and thinks that he only threw one bad pitch. Sounds like he’s off his rocker to me.

  52. Nick September 13th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Burnett’s implosion has shown us just how valuable Wang was.

    A lot of people took him for granted (including the Yankees themselves probably).

  53. Remo September 13th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    “there’s no way to sugarcoat it. burnett has been a huge disappointment in 2009.
    he has the playoffs to rewrite the story, but at this point who knows.
    right now he doesn’t inspire confidence looking ahead to the playoffs.”

    Agree 100%. If we lose that 1st game (which is entirely possible considering how good Verlander is), there will be a lot of anxious moments leading up to game 2.

  54. Joe from Long Island September 13th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    randy I – at the risk of setting you off yet again, I will say that Wang was supposed to be that number 2 starter, and AJ the no. 3. And while he has disappointed some of us, saying he has been hugely disappointing is in the eye of the beholder, I guess.

  55. MG September 13th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    so being ‘off his rocker’ explains AJ’s inability to hit the glove consistently with his fast ball? When he does hit the glove with consistency he’s close to unhittable, has anyone noticed that?

    And for 55 years I’ve thought that pitching was mechanics and command.

    Thanks for the clarification, it’s most appreciated…

  56. Eastport September 13th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Feels like so long ago we were in ST and giddy at the prospect of having 4 #1-type starters in CC, AJ, Wang, and Joba. Plus Andy as the best #5 in the league and a big game pitcher.

    Now we only have 2 reliable starters.

  57. Ryan September 13th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Why does Melky continue to get so much playing time?

    We need to see what Gardner has.

  58. Tom B September 13th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    You are all completely delusional what it means to “pitch well”. Some times guys, who happen to be professional HITTERS, hit good pitches too you know. A base-runner (or 3) is not the end all be all of bad pitching.

  59. murphydog September 13th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    “And for 55 years I’ve thought that pitching was mechanics and command.

    Thanks for the clarification, it’s most appreciated…”

    At his best he’s got great stuff, but when a grown man cannot be more consistent across an entire season and seems to lose his cool frequently and be unable to limit the damage in bad innings, what category do you assign the problem to?

    Is a lack of discipline or the desire to get better and more consistent a mental or physical issue?

    Or do you think being close to unhittable now and then is all anyone should ask for?

  60. murphydog September 13th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    “You are all completely delusional what it means to “pitch well”. Some times guys, who happen to be professional HITTERS, hit good pitches too you know. A base-runner (or 3) is not the end all be all of bad pitching.”

    Nobody is talking about one inning in one game. AJ won’t work on a third pitch, he loses his cool and he could be a lot more consistent. Attitude and discipline are not mechanics or good hitting.

  61. Mike September 13th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    When a guy with such electric stuff (voted best in the league on numerous occasions) is SO inconsistent and has been inconsistent for over 10 years and is 32… how can it NOT be mental?

  62. crawdaddy September 13th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Are we done with the imaginary issue from some posters that AJ’s problem was tied to Posada?

  63. m September 13th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I was really for AJ’s signing, and even though he’s struggled I’m not going to call him a bust.

    I try (it’s difficult sometimes) to support all the players in pinstripes.

    I refuse to believe that AJ forgot how to pitch. I don’t think he’s a lost cause. He’s caused us to lose some games, but he’s kept us in others. And he was definitely valuable in April when we didn’t know what the heck was going on with Wang.

    Anyway, a win today would go a long way. Go Yankees.

  64. randy l. September 13th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Joe from Long Island-

    i’ve calmed down with wang because i figure that it’s over him as a yankee . burnett is the #2 guy now and he ‘s getting 82.5 million for 5 years.

    i’d say by anyone’s figuring that’s a lot of money for a league average pitcher.

  65. Wait till the ALDS September 13th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    A.J. has not pitched awful Neither his season or his postseason are over. Let’s wait and see.

    I know A.J. allowed 6 runs yesterday, but we saw good signs in at least five innings. And in the game that was most like a playoff atmosphere, the 15 inning marathon, A.J. pitched well.

    Just saying.

  66. MG September 13th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    the Hall of Fame version of AJ is Nolan Ryan. He had better stuff (probably the best I’ve ever seen when he was on) but, with a career won-loss percentage of about .525, he was never able to consistently harness his command for an entire year. If you look at his post season stats, at age 32-33, with the Astros, he was awful in one year against the Phils and great the next year against the Dodgers.

    I’m NOT saying AJ is as good as Ryan but he’s the same kind of pitcher-streaky and unhittable when good, way too many walks and hittable when not good.

    If AJ fixes whatever problems he’s having before the end of the season he could be lights out in the postseason, just look back to the way he pitched against the Sox at Yankees Stadium in early August. If he’s still struggling, he will have to figure out a way to minimize the damage (something he’s not good at and a place where Andy shines) and keep the Yankees in the game. We won’t know until the game he pitches, there is no way of telling before that just like every other pitcher in MLB. Even Whitey Ford had some bad games in the World Series, most noticeably game 1 of the 1963 series when Frank Howard hit one of the monuments in the 2nd inning and the Dodgers knocked him out.

  67. nature boy September 13th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    for whatever reason i’m watching the 2004 world series film on mlb network and trot nixon just described that year’s red sox team as “loosy goosy”… interesting choice of words haha

  68. Joe from Long Island September 13th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    MG – good point.

  69. JK September 13th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    “I’d take Hughes’ curve over any secondary pitch Joba is throwing these days”

    Joba’s slider is better than Hughes Curve, and his Curve is about equal with Hughes new cutter. Joba’s problem right now is that he has better command of his slider than his fastball so he’s using it way too much, which makes it less effective.

    That being said, even when Joba was 94-98 mph instead of 92-96 this year, a 2006 Hughes 92-95 fastball was still better. Hughes has better command of his fastball, more movement and gets a ton more swing and misses with it.

  70. Chris, UPM September 13th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Yankees team ERA currently ranks 16 out of 30 teams.

    But who cares, right? Offense wins in October.

  71. m September 13th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I guess mentioning that Laptops is no-hitting the Rays thru 3 on a Yankees blog won’t jinx him, huh?

    Anyway, he’s no-hitting the Rays through 3.

    But Garza’s throwing up zeroes as well.

  72. m September 13th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    test

  73. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    MG, my comment about AJ being “off his rocker” is not in reference to his ability to throw strikes. It’s about his ability to evaluate his own performance. I mean really, how could he possibly think that his performance in the 2nd inning can all be traced to the ball to Roberts? How did those other 3 guys get on base? The entire inning was a dud, not just the Grand Slam to Roberts.

  74. Matt September 13th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Chris,

    Yep. Who cares if AJ implodes in October? The offense is there to pick him up.

  75. murphydog September 13th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    “I’m NOT saying AJ is as good as Ryan but he’s the same kind of pitcher-streaky and unhittable when good, way too many walks and hittable when not good.”

    When any pitcher issues too many walks and hits he’s not having a good outing, IMO. The issues are why, how frequently does it happen and how correctable is it.

    To me, limiting damage is a huge issue. After watching him for a nearly full season, it’s not just something AJ has to work on – it’s a major flaw in his game. It separates not just the AJ Burnetts from the Nolan Ryans of the world, it separates most minor league starters from most major league starters.

    Everybody is going to have a bad game or inning. But when it comes down to pitching for the money in the post season, limiting the damage – stopping the bleeding – may be the most important tool every post season pitcher should have. As Michael Kay said about AJ’s last outing, giving up 6 runs in the second inning to the Tigers in the playoffs means losing that game.

  76. Davios September 13th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Less pies, more wins AJ

    If you pitch like this in October, people will be throwing pies at you lol

  77. randy l. September 13th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    leiter talked about it yesterday. burnett has a side to side or rotational delivery. he spins in other words. at the same time he coming over the top with his arm. contrast it with mo. his body unleasehes towards the plate and he comes over the top. he doesn’t have the spinning going on that creates different sideways release points.

    mo can miss up and down with a fastball if he releases early or late , but he doesn’t miss sideways.

    if burnett releases early in his body rotation the ball goes sideways towards a right handed hitter. if he releases late it goes sideways towards a lefty hitter.

    burnett has to have a very precise release point to have command. he’s who he is with the spinning delivery at this point . i don’t see it changing.

  78. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    “Yep. Who cares if AJ implodes in October? The offense is there to pick him up.”

    Really? You do realize that in the playoffs, you are going to be facing the other team’s best pitchers, right? Sometimes, offense is hard to come by. AJ can’t be giving up 6 runs in a playoff game and assume that the Yankees can come back.

  79. Sand Man September 13th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    This guy needs a good October even more than A-Rod does. I’d hate to be in his shoes if he pitches like he did yesterday, in the ALDS. For his sake and the teams, he needs to perform well.

  80. Jinx Jinx Jinx Jinx September 13th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Congrats to Buchholtz! His 2nd no hitter of his career.
    WOW!

  81. Nick in SF in San Mateo September 13th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Not yet a full season into a 5-year deal, it would be silly to call AJ a bust. It would be silly to even call this season a bust for him — he hasn’t lived up to anyone’s (optimistic) expectations thus far but he’s still been an overall positive contributor, at least in my assessment. It’s all going to come down to what he does in October anyway.

    m, I’m not sure what “I refuse to believe that AJ forgot how to pitch” is about in this case, isn’t AJ basically performing to the back of his baseball card? The notion that the 2nd-half-of-2008 AJ was the one we were getting was a nice one, and hopefully that dream will more or less come true. But when a pitcher performs as he’s always performed and he’s 32 years old, it’s not a question of forgetting how to pitch, is it?

  82. JK September 13th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Pitchers in the AL with over 140 innings…

    Burnett has the 28th lowest whip, 24th lowest era & 6th highest K/9 rate.

    He’s pitching like a bad #2 or a good #3. He’s been disappointing, but the alternative was Lowe getting blasted in the AL or Wang killing them when he went down with no AJ.

    The funny think is if Burnett signed with Atlanta he would probably have a low 3 era with a k/9 rate over 9, and everyone would be bashing the Yankees for not signing him for the extra 2.5M

  83. m September 13th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Nick,

    Someone made a comment earlier to that effect. I had no thoughts on it either way until I saw it.

  84. murphydog September 13th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    randy l.

    Good observation about the different styles of Mo and AJ and the consequences of a missed release point to either. But I still think AJ can tighten it up, or at least should try mightily to do so.

    That’s one guy who needs to raise his game and who knows maybe he will.

  85. Jinx Jinx Jinx Jinx September 13th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Dodgers vs. Red Sox / Tigers in World Series. Buy your tickets now.

  86. m September 13th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Meaning, too, that AJ pitched well in April and in that good 10 game stretch. So, he can’t have forgotten how to pitch in such a short time. So yes, he’s inconsistent, but from some of the talk here they think he has no idea of how to pitch.

  87. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    good job on the Jinxing :)

  88. Matt September 13th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Laura,

    I was mocking those who think AJ’s implosions are no big deal and are making excuses for him and think we can pick him up after his “one bad inning” when we’re facing good pitching as well.

  89. Nick in SF in San Mateo September 13th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Ok, then I will say, having not seen the original comment, that no, duh, AJ has not forgotten how to pictch. It does appear, however, that he sometimes forgets how to think.

  90. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Lets go Yankees! Prevent the sweeeeeep!

  91. murphydog September 13th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Nick in SF in San Mateo:

    No, you’re right. AJ certainly hasn’t forgotten how to pitch. His aggregate season numbers are what they are and I’m not crying fraud. But seeing him for a whole season it’s very tempting to say what he’s missing from his game and what things he should improve.

    I’m not saying he forgot how to pitch, just maybe that he’s stopped learning how to improve.

  92. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Range

  93. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Leiter with the Fraudian slip about Markakis being a Yankee. Only in my dreams.

  94. Benny Blanco September 13th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    1-2-3 for cc. Why did cashman sign this guy??

  95. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    “Laura,

    I was mocking those who think AJ’s implosions are no big deal and are making excuses for him and think we can pick him up after his “one bad inning” when we’re facing good pitching as well.”

    Oh, okay.

  96. m September 13th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Poor Nicky, hope his struggles are over after the game.

    He’s usually a Yankee killer, but I guess he’s letting Brian Roberts wear the cape for a while.

  97. MG September 13th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Laura, I have a simple solution for your concerns-don’t pay attention to what the players say after the game, draw your conclusions from their performance. AJ wasn’t good yesterday, what difference does it make what he said?

    murphydog, my point is that Nolan Ryan wasn’t always good at minimizing damage either, just go look at the game logs for him, particularly when he reached 30 years old. Walks will really hurt a pitcher, we all know it, and Ryan would lose the plate sometimes and then have to come in with something less than his best. The result was often a bunch of runs scoring. AJ has very similar problems.

  98. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    9 pitches for CC. Nice and efficient.

  99. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    9 pitches to retire the side.Go CC with your bad self!

  100. m September 13th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    What a charmed life Jeter leads.

  101. NYY626 September 13th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Good start

  102. randy l. September 13th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    murphydog-

    burnett could work on staying closed more. he’d lose some of the tailing action he gets on the fastball, but it might tighten up the release point.

    it’s hard for a 32 year old to do that though. he’s used to spinning open. i’m just not very optimistic about aj learning how to do something new at this point.

    he doesn’t strike me as a guy who learns new stuff easily.

    he’ll still be lights out sometimes . i’m fine with him as a #3, but i’d have liked the yankees to have gotten more for tying up 82.5 million.

  103. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    “AJ wasn’t good yesterday, what difference does it make what he said?”

    Because if I guy doesn’t know when he stinks, how is he going to fix his problems? In all honesty, I think that AJ plays it cool during his interviews. He knows that he stunk up the joint in that inning. Joba, on the other hand, I’m not so sure about. I truly believe that he thinks that he’s pitching well lately. His post game interviews are downright scary.

  104. Nick in SF in San Mateo September 13th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    MG: I don’t discount anything you said about Nolan Ryan, but I would like to add something since you referenced his careen W/L numbers. He played on some decent teams but he also played on a bunch of pretty bad teams as well and, if I recall correctly, he lost a good number of low-scoring games in his time.

    Take Ryan’s exact level of performance in some of those years and put him on a better team and his record would surely improve.

  105. MG September 13th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I can remember in the White Sox series at the end of July CC got pounded early and there were tons of posts about CC ‘not being an Ace’. I wonder what happened to all of them because he is the epitome of an ‘Ace’. He takes the ball all the time, goes deep into games, can dominate the other team when he is at his best, and never gives in.

  106. JK September 13th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    With Matusz & Tillman, plus Guthrie as a #3. If the Birds can sign a Lackey this off season or Lee/Halladay next off season, they could be a contender.

  107. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    A-Rod!!!!!

  108. m September 13th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Nice piece of hitting there by Alex.

  109. NYY626 September 13th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Wow that was a rocket. Good job Alex

  110. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Nice job there, Clutch Rod!

  111. Nick in SF in San Mateo September 13th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Typical Arod, getting the hit when no one even knows if we need it or not. :(

  112. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Matsui killed that rally. Gotta get the ball past the pitcher.

  113. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Terrible at bats by Posada and Sui

  114. Giuseppe Franco September 13th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    People here get too worked up over postgame interviews.

    Burnett has said a few times this season that he flat out stunk and nobody cared that he “manned up.” They only cared that he didn’t pitch well.

    Players usually don’t get bonus points from the fans for being blunt when they don’t perform.

    Some fans really need to get over themselves.

  115. Benny Blanco September 13th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Arod is so unclutch….i’m tired of him!

  116. 86w183 September 13th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Could been better. Matsui trying to yank first pitch sinker was a poor AB, but I’ll take one run an inning and take my chances.

    Why are some of you apoplectic about AJ and his interviews. This isn’t a young guy like Kennedy or Joba in denial. It’s an older guy telling the story he wants to tell. His last five innings were good and if wants to focus on that in the post game who the hell cares? He’s not testifying under oath for cryin’ out loud.

  117. Johnny D. September 13th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Nice of Posada to yell out the f-word for all the kids at home to hear.

  118. Johnny D. September 13th, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    BTW, A-Rod is seriously my pick for team MVP.

  119. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Gutherie 20 pitches 1 run.

  120. RalphieD (OPPC) September 13th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    “With Matusz & Tillman, plus Guthrie as a #3. If the Birds can sign a Lackey this off season or Lee/Halladay next off season, they could be a contender”

    yea but their not going to sign those pitchers…

  121. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    1st and 3rd I see a sacfly coming.

  122. Benny Blanco September 13th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    what in the world is going on? AJ has passed the disease to cc.

  123. Nick in SF in San Mateo September 13th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    SF Chronicle baseball writer muses on what might have been had Jeter been drafted by the Giants and also discusses role of Brian Sabean in the Yanks’ decision to pick our Captain:

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/.....19LMEM.DTL

  124. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    “With Matusz & Tillman, plus Guthrie as a #3. If the Birds can sign a Lackey this off season or Lee/Halladay next off season, they could be a contender”

    Yeah if only it were that easy. No big free agent is going to sign there and their bullpen is still a joke. O’s are screwed as long as that loser Angelos runs the team.

  125. RS September 13th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    How many times have the O’s gotten bloopers, infield hits, and ran out a possible DP in this series? It seems like they’re just finding ways to get on base.

  126. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    At least CC didn’t cave and cough up a grand slam like some other scrubs.

  127. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    uh – 9 pitch inning to this?

  128. MG September 13th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    the last fastball by CC was the first one that popped Jorge’s glove so far, he’ll be fine.

  129. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    This is the exact scenario AJ had loaded bases,no outs and the rus started.2 runs so far.

  130. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    i’m sure now the idiots who were calling CC a bust not long ago will crawl out from whatever rock they’ve been hiding under….

  131. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Could have been worse

  132. Midtown Mike September 13th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    A sweep would really be embarrassing. This team does know this thing isn’t clinched yet, right? The starters better wake up. Chad Moeller, Justin Turner, Jeff Fiorentino??? This is the same Orioles team that got STOMPED by Boston the last two weeks. WAKE UP!

  133. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Midtown Mike
    September 13th, 2009 at 1:36 pm
    A sweep would really be embarrassing. This team does know this thing isn’t clinched yet, right? The starters better wake up. Chad Moeller, Justin Turner, Jeff Fiorentino??? This is the same Orioles team that got STOMPED by Boston the last two weeks. WAKE UP!

    The bridgejumpers are coming out already?

  134. m September 13th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Damon-ator,

    Why be such a hater? Nobody’s calling anybody anything except you. And CC gave up a GS in a playoff game does that make him a scrub?

  135. MG September 13th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    we can only hope some of the bridge jumpers slip and actually take the plunge…

  136. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    19 pitches,2 runs,bad anyway you slice it CC.

    Sawx Rays 0-0 top of 6th

  137. RalphieD (OPPC) September 13th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    “A sweep would really be embarrassing. This team does know this thing isn’t clinched yet, right? The starters better wake up. Chad Moeller, Justin Turner, Jeff Fiorentino??? This is the same Orioles team that got STOMPED by Boston the last two weeks. WAKE UP!”

    maybe you should become a sox fan since they stomp the o’s

  138. MG September 13th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Cano swung at the first pitch again!!!!!

    Oh, base hit…

    Never mind.

  139. Midtown Mike September 13th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    You people are ridiculous. This team is sleep-walking right now. But if a REAL fan dare call out his team for not performing up to their capabilities, he/she is a bridge-jumper. More like a realist and a concerned-fan. Sorry, but I don’t wear rose-colored glasses. Right now, this team is playing like garbage. Plain and simple.

  140. RalphieD (OPPC) September 13th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    “You people are ridiculous. This team is sleep-walking right now. But if a REAL fan dare call out his team for not performing up to their capabilities, he/she is a bridge-jumper. More like a realist and a concerned-fan. Sorry, but I don’t wear rose-colored glasses. Right now, this team is playing like garbage. Plain and simple.”

    in case you dont know..teams usually lose some games…the yankees have lost 2 straight, big deal…..your not a realist, your a moron

  141. Jeremy September 13th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I’m watching the 2003 world series highlights on MLB network and I’m still pissed that the Yankees didn’t win that World Series.

  142. Midtown Mike September 13th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    You’re ace gives up 2 runs after his offense gives him the lead. And then the offense turns around and throws up a 9 pitch inning. Oops, sorry. I’m not allowed to point out when this team isn’t playing well.

  143. MG September 13th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Midtown Mike, you have no clue. They had just swept the Rays and have played two bad games, big deal. If it goes for another week then it’s a potential issue, right now it’s just baseball. The Angels lost yesterday, the Cards have lost 2 in a row, do you think every team wins all of its games?

  144. RS September 13th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    To be fair, the Red Sox were actually fighting for something when they faced the Orioles. The Yankees still haven’t wrapped up the division or HFA, but they’re in a lot better position than what the Red Sox were/are in. For me, I’ll be a lot interested to see how this team looks against the Red Sox and especially the Angels when they play them in Anaheim.

  145. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    1 2 3 and out,no urgency to answer the runs scored on CC.
    Yankees have to be Close to the lead in double plays.

  146. Midtown Mike September 13th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    “in case you dont know..teams usually lose some games…the yankees have lost 2 straight, big deal…..your not a realist, your a moron”

    Good teams don’t get swept at home by a team that quit 3 months ago. Not with your top three starters going. A loss today and Girardi has to hold a closed-door meeting. Torre did it in 98, there’s nothing wrong with re-gaining focus. This team seems to have lost that.

  147. Nick in SF in San Mateo September 13th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    In 1998, the New York Yankees went 16-11 in September.

    Relax.

  148. Midtown Mike September 13th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I don’t mind losing. But not at home to one of the worst teams in baseball. There is no focus these last three days. Horrible pitching, lazy at bats, and no real fight at all.

  149. MG September 13th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I know, Gardner would have not only caught that ball but had time to eat a hot dog while he was waiting for it to come down.

  150. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    lol at closed door meeting. cause those always magically make teams start winning games right?

    get a grip.

  151. Midtown Mike September 13th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    “In 1998, the New York Yankees went 16-11 in September.

    Relax.”

    Perhaps all the 1998 comparisons to this team were premature. Can we calm down with those comparisons? Until this team wins 11 games in October, they don’t belong in the same breath as that team.

  152. Midtown Mike September 13th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Boston winning.

  153. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    who cares about Boston at this point. get a grip. they don’t matter right now.

  154. MG September 13th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    can a blogger post from the top deck of the GW Bridge? I have the feeling Midtown Mike is up there right now…

  155. RS September 13th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Seems like the Yankees are trying to make ROY voting tough on the writers. First they made Beckham look like a superstar in Chicago, then they got shut down by Neimann, and now they’re getting lit up by Reimold.

  156. Midtown Mike September 13th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    “they don’t matter right now.”

    Ummm, yes they do. The division is not over yet. Were you alive in 2004?

  157. Nick in SF in San Mateo September 13th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Can we perhaps calm down with the doom and gloom too?

    Are you in Midtown of Panicsville?

  158. MG September 13th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    someone call 9-1-1, maybe they can save this guy.

  159. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Midtown Mike

    Shut up. In 2004 we made the damn playoffs. No one cares about losing this game. Go complain to your mom about the Yankees.

  160. Johnny Baseball September 13th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Offense should put together better at bats second time through. CC needs to keep it at 2. He doesn’t look very good right now.

  161. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Midtown Mike
    September 13th, 2009 at 1:50 pm
    “they don’t matter right now.”
    Ummm, yes they do. The division is not over yet. Were you alive in 2004?

    yes i was alive in 2004, obviously that’s when you were born since you have a pre-2004 Red Sox fan mentality.

  162. Giuseppe Franco September 13th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Ummm, yes they do. The division is not over yet. Were you alive in 2004?

    ———

    Ummmmm, no they don’t.

    What happened in 2004 had nothing to do with the pennant race.

    The Yanks aren’t giving up this lead and the Red Sox can’t win consistently away from Fenway.

  163. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    -Midtown Mike

    They were the worst team Friday,behind the Nats,as of today because the Yankees gave up 2 they are tied with the Nationals.

    Sawx-1 Rays-0 bot 6th

  164. RS September 13th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    “Ummm, yes they do. The division is not over yet.”

    Stop being so paranoid. If you really think the Red Sox are going to win the division, then I guess we should start printing out playoff tickets for the White Sox, Twins, Rangers, Marlins, Braves, and Rockies since those teams are all closer to first place than the Sox are.

  165. Johnny Baseball September 13th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    “They were the worst team Friday,behind the Nats,as of today because the Yankees gave up 2 they are tied with the Nationals.”

    LOL. Who would’ve thought that this team would lose a series to the Nationals AND perhaps get swept by the only team as bad as Washington? Baseball is…well, baseball.

  166. MG September 13th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    ‘Midtown Mike’ must be RDM or Matt back for another string of doomsday posts…

  167. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    11 pitch inning,but s on base,scary inning.

  168. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    “What happened in 2004 had nothing to do with the pennant race.”

    2004? Did something happen in 2004? I don’t remember. I must have blocked it out. :evil:

  169. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    well, the jets look like the jets today in Houston.

  170. MG September 13th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    this just in, Girardi held an in between innings players only meeting and told them to wake up. When asked why, he said ‘I needed to save Midtown Mike’s life’.

  171. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    9 hits to reach 200 and just 7 hits of Suzuki’s lead.

  172. Johnny Baseball September 13th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    WOW…last I checked the Eagles score, they were down 7-0. Just minutes later it’s 17-7 Eagles. Damn, come on Carolina!

  173. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    How did Jeter not score?

  174. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Tex is an automatic out lately,sacfly Joe.

  175. Johnny Baseball September 13th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Second time today a grounder back to the pitcher with a guy on third. Ugh.

  176. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Come on, Godzilla. Make him pay for pitching around Clutch Rod to get to you!

  177. 86w183 September 13th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Both times on the first pitch! Poor AB for two typically clutch guys.And another crappy one for Matsui.

  178. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Ugh!

  179. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Oh, no…Old North Church Mike is going crazy. Tampa just tied the game.

  180. Johnny Baseball September 13th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    This is frustrating. Time to watch football for a little while and flip back to baseball every now and then. Nothing better then flipping back to the game and seeing a tie game and/or lead! lol…love when that happens!

  181. peted September 13th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    this team has been flat since jeter got record hit friday night

  182. Twenty Seven September 13th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Let’s finish strong and clinch this thing!

  183. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    How do you have a guy on 3rd 1 out,and you don’t even up the score for you pitcher,with a sacfly,?Tex isn’t hitting anyway.

    TB-1 Sawx-1

  184. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    GreenBeret7
    September 13th, 2009 at 2:04 pm
    Oh, no…Old North Church Mike is going crazy. Tampa just tied the game.

    Prolly shouldn’t joke with that GreenBeret – cause I think Mike finally jumped off that bridge, hasn’t posted in awhile and I’m worried.

  185. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I’m sick of these infield singles

  186. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    TD Jets on the bomb by Sanchez. Old Mangini would have just called for a rush in that situation cause he’s got no stones.

  187. RalphieD (OPPC) September 13th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    ok no more infield hits for the O’s…

  188. Nick in SF in San Mateo September 13th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    This reminds me of… a whole bunch of other games in which the Yanks trailed by a run or two early and ended up winning comfortably. Such as… the game I saw CC pitch in Oakland. Can it happen again???????

    Only time will tell.

  189. RS September 13th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    I’ve never seen a team get so many hits on what look like routine groundballs.

  190. RS September 13th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Wow, I thought that was going to be another infield single.

  191. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Orioles get on base and it’s a threat of them scoring.

    Yankees get on bat,and it’s outs,go figure.

  192. Johnny Baseball September 13th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    The Turner, Moeller, Fiorentino bottom 3 has killed us all series. LOL – how do you figure that happens? Amazing.

  193. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    OMG DAMON

  194. RS September 13th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Omg, seriously?

  195. Jeremy September 13th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Man this team is looking flat

  196. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 13th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Stupid mistakes! Ack!

  197. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Jesus, Damon…that was brutal.

  198. Lou_in_Vermont September 13th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Damon takes the cake on that one!

  199. nature boy September 13th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    knoblauch

  200. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Damon pulls a Milton Bradley.

  201. NYY626 September 13th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Damon, you owe us a bomb now.

  202. RalphieD (OPPC) September 13th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    midtown mike is gonna love that one

  203. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 13th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Dear Yankees,

    You haven’t won the division yet.

    Love,
    Angel

  204. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I hope Erica didn’t see her PB cost us a run.

  205. Jeremy September 13th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Well at least they are slumping now instead of the playoffs.
    How many times have we seen this team have a great Sept. and bad Oct. ?

  206. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    That has got to be called an error. NYY has games where they make errors, don’t hit or don’t pitch, but, that’s something you don’t see from the vets.

  207. Johnny Baseball September 13th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Eeek. This is looking absolutely horrible. I need to take my own advice and watch some football already!

  208. Johnny D. September 13th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    OY VEY!!!!

    Matsui and Damon are not making good cases for next season today. :(

  209. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    what’d damon do?

  210. S.A.--Serenity Now September 13th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    They need to wake up out there

  211. 86w183 September 13th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Don’t give Jeter a hall pass either. He caught Damon’s throw and relaxed with no intention of throwing home.

    Definitely heading toward a team meeting after this one

  212. RS September 13th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    How the HECK is that scored an earned run on CC? They better change that scoring decision because we could have been fielding behind Sabathia and he wouldn’t have given up a run that inning.

  213. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    That happens at least four times a year around baseball, but, still inexcusable.

  214. Josh September 13th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Damon should be benched for the rest of the game…send a message to the rest of the team…Charlie Manuel benched Rollins for arriving late to a game…Joe Maddon benches BJ Upton when he doesn’t hustle.

    Sit Damon down Girardi.

  215. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    How many multi-hit games does Robbie have this season?

  216. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    16 pitches 1 sacfly and a run.Small ball is killing the Yankees.

  217. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    what are you showing bunt with Melky up next fool?

  218. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Not sure why Swisher would try bunting, there. silly. That was a Swisher silly.

  219. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Okay, we’ve got to plate some of these guys. Quality at bats, people!!!!

  220. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Sac fly Melky, c’mon I’m setting the bar low here.

  221. RS September 13th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I am still incredibly confused on how Damon didn’t get an error there.

    How is that different from making an erratic throw to third base, allowing the runner to head home?

  222. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    no first pitch hacks either!

  223. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 13th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Right, let’s do something with bases loaded no outs please Yankee players.

    “Matsui and Damon are not making good cases for next season today.”

    Aww, thats a bit harsh, lol. It was one boneheaded play in an otherwise good season for Damon.

  224. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    nice baby

  225. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    I’ll take that! Way to pick Damon up, guys!

  226. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    the melk is fresh!

  227. RalphieD (OPPC) September 13th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    nice on melky!…not pretty but effective

  228. 86w183 September 13th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    It would have been an “error” if he threw it into the stands. Failing to do anything is not an “error” under scoring rules. One of many reasons many of us believe there should be more discretion given to official scorers to penalize mental errors like Damon’s and team errors when three guys let a pop up fall between them.

    Great piece of hitting by Melky

  229. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Melky :)

  230. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 13th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I should write memos to the Yankees more often, lol.

  231. RS September 13th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Nice job, Melky! Last year he would have hit a weak ground ball with that pitch.

  232. Johnny Baseball September 13th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Ok, back in this one. Why are we bunting, Derek? You’ve got a buy on the ropes and you give a free out? Please swing away (and don’t hit into a DP)!

  233. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I heart Melky

  234. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 13th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Melky has an optimal at bat.

    :-)

  235. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    once again, i like bunting but not in that spot with a lefty up next. c’mon use yr brain!

  236. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    dude is 2-2 and he’s bunting??? What is THAT

  237. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Mkay thinks its sooooo easy to hit a homer

  238. Johnny Baseball September 13th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I, gasp, agree with Michael Kay.

  239. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Kay is wrong. Jeter is trying to move the runners over.

  240. Johnny Baseball September 13th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    “Kay is wrong. Jeter is trying to move the runners over.”

    I don’t think he is wrong there. You have an MVP candidate up with a .332 average and a pitcher who has been racked around this inning. You don’t give away an out this early in the game. Just my opinion.

  241. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    “Mkay thinks its sooooo easy to hit a homer”

    It is. Didn’t you hear? The new Yankee stadium is a bandbox. :P

  242. kimoinsd September 13th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Girardi’s game management could cost the Yanks a WS title.

  243. MG September 13th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    how anyone can question any decision made by Derek Jeter in a baseball game is beyond me.

  244. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    “I don’t think he is wrong there. You have an MVP candidate up with a .332 average and a pitcher who has been racked around this inning. You don’t give away an out this early in the game. Just my opinion.”

    No, that’s not what I meant. Kay said that Jeter was bunting for a base hit. I think that Jeter was bunting in an attempt to move the runners over. I don’t mind him bunting there because Jeter has been known to hit into a DP every now and then. Not that he’s Captain DP or anything. :P

  245. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Damon walks, kinda anticlimatic there.

  246. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    man, Tex…

  247. Johnny Baseball September 13th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    LOLOLOL What was that Guthrie???

  248. RS September 13th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    We are incredibly due for a grandslam. 200 something homeruns and only 1 grandslam all season, which was back in April. None have been hit at Yankee Stadium this year (correct me if I’m wrong).

  249. MG September 13th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Teix is getting really bad hacks at Guthrie, I wonder if he has problems with him all the time.

  250. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 13th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    We just got a new TV yesterday. Who knew standard def would look so bad on a really good high def tv. It’s disconcerting.

  251. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Guthrie walked Damon who isn’t hitting to get to another non hitter so far, in this game.

  252. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Tex getting booed

  253. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    and small ball gives the Sox the lead

  254. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    What the hell is wrong with Tex this game? Good grief!

  255. Johnny Baseball September 13th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Damn. We have been really bad at getting that runner in this series.

  256. 86w183 September 13th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Sorry to agree with the man with the head, but I don’t like giving up outs in the fourth inning. Especially with a .332 hitter. It’s passing the buck.

    Boy has Tex had three horrible at bats

  257. RS September 13th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    We could easily be winning this game 6-2.

  258. Lou_in_Vermont September 13th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Tex needs a day of rest

  259. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 13th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Haha, was that an intimidation charge at Swisher by Guthrie?

  260. MG September 13th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Arod is probably kicking himself, that last pitch was a hanging slider away that he knows he should have crushed.

  261. Johnny Baseball September 13th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Sorry, Laura. I misinterpreted your post. I understand now and I agree with you.

    Time for CC to go into lock down mode for 3-4 more innings.

  262. RS September 13th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    How bad is TB? Garza started the 8th inning having thrown over 100 pitches, and Madden left him in long enough to give up 3 extra base hits because their bullpen is so bad.

  263. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Outside. Terrible.

  264. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Sawx-3 TB-1 Bottom 8TH

  265. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    “Sorry to agree with the man with the head, but I don’t like giving up outs in the fourth inning. Especially with a .332 hitter. It’s passing the buck.”

    I call it the dog and cat scenario. Some people like cats; some people like dogs. Some people think sacrifices are appropriate early in a game (even with a good hitter at the plate). Some think that it’s a cardinal sin to give away an out early in the game. It’s a matter of personal preference.

  266. RalphieD (OPPC) September 13th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    that definitly wasnt strike 3 to arod…

  267. Joe from Long Island September 13th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    In what reality was that last pitch to Alex in the strike zone?

  268. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    that was a strike?

  269. Lou_in_Vermont September 13th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    squandered opportunities usually come back to haunt you.

  270. MG September 13th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    that pitch looked 6″ outside to me.

  271. Abdababdaserser September 13th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    ARod had a legitimate beef with that last pitch.

  272. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    “UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: 3-3 in the fourth inning at home with no outs and two on and Jeter wants to bunt. By the way, Derek, YOU HAVE THE MOST HITS IN THE HISTORY OF THE FRANCHISE.

    I just don’t get it. I just don’t. It makes no sense. ”

    It made sense to Derek, Pete. I guess in the end, that’s all that matters.

  273. 86w183 September 13th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I hate cats

  274. Umz September 13th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    http://brooksbaseball.net/pfx/.....v_size=500

    Dont know how to link but thats no strike

  275. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    “In what reality was that last pitch to Alex in the strike zone?”

    In the alternate reality that exists on the TV show Fringe, which returns this Thursday on FOX by the way. :)

  276. Johnny D. September 13th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Horrible call.

  277. MG September 13th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    this has been a strange game but if CC can get some quick outs the Yankees will probably be in the lead soon, it just has that feeling. Guthrie has really struggled but eventually the Yankees will score some runs in bunches.

  278. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    “I hate cats”

    How can you hate cats? They are so cuddly and cute. Well, some of them are. There are some nasty cats out there. But you can say that about dogs as well.

  279. 86w183 September 13th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Yeah but you can train a dog. Cats train their owners. Not the way it’s supposed to be.

  280. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Rishi
    September 13th, 2009 at 2:29 pm
    and small ball gives the Sox the lead

    ————————————————————

    It was only small ball because Pedroia hit it.

  281. Johnny Baseball September 13th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    “this has been a strange game ”

    It really has, MG. I actually had to look up at the scoreboard to see what inning it was…it felt like it was middle to late innings. We’ve got a long way to go here…

  282. RS September 13th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    CC has no strikeouts today…weird.

  283. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    This is one of the very few times that I have seen the Yankees be able to keep Markakis in check over a three game series. Maybe they’re learning how to pitch to him. 2-13 with two RBI.

  284. Johnny Baseball September 13th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    “CC has no strikeouts today…weird.”

    It almost feels like one of CC’s April-May starts, doesn’t it? He isn’t quite there today, but he still seems somewhat in control. Hopefully he battles into the 7th or 8th.

  285. NYY626 September 13th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Wow. Go Girardi go!

  286. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    This is a ploy to get the team fired up. He did this once before and they went on a tear afterwards.

  287. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    lol what was that about?

  288. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Gonna rewind so I can watch again

  289. MG September 13th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Girardi really lost it there. It must be an interesting conversation because he doesn’t curse. ‘Ump, what do you mean, that was a strike, that pitch was at least 6″ outside, how can you miss it, you visually impaired person.”

  290. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 13th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Yikes.. action all around.

    He had a legitimate argument with that last pitch. It was close, but it was still off the plate.

  291. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    GreenBeret7
    September 13th, 2009 at 2:37 pm
    Rishi
    September 13th, 2009 at 2:29 pm
    and small ball gives the Sox the lead

    ————————————————————

    It was only small ball because Pedroia hit it.
    ——————–

    :)

  292. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Now Matsui gets a hit? A little late there, Godzilla. :P

  293. S.A.--Serenity Now September 13th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    :shock:

  294. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    If Rodriguez didn’t get tossed out, Foster knows that he screwed up…AGAIN.

  295. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    That ball was off the plate.

  296. MG September 13th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Girardi didn’t plan it, he was pissed because Arod got run…

  297. 86w183 September 13th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    When you have no command you can’t set hitters up. This is one of those guts and guile games for the big fella

  298. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 13th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    I’m sure A-Rod made up for Girardi’s lack of cursing, MG. In fact, it looked pretty certain that he did, if my lipreading skills were accurate, lol.

  299. Abdababdaserser September 13th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    The umpiring has been horrendous this whole year. MLB had better do something about this crap. It is wrong when poor calls can lead to changing the results of the game.

    I think everyone should begin a writing campaign about this to the commissioner.

  300. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Foster has to be in the Top 5 of worst Umps in the majors.

  301. Patrick September 13th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    That was a ball but it was too close to not swing.

  302. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Foster was the one that made the call at third on Jeter’s stolen base attempt this year.

  303. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    whoa – a-rod ejected, too?

  304. Patrick September 13th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Was foster the guy that screwed us earlier this year?

  305. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    “Girardi didn’t plan it, he was pissed because Arod got run…’

    I wrote that before I saw the A-Rod stuff. Still, I think it will help the team get fired up.

  306. 86w183 September 13th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    The pitch wasn’t a strike, but it wasn’t that bad either. I’m sure Alex went off in part because the guy has not been calling pitches off the outside corner the whole game and all of a sudden he expands the zone wiht bases loaded and two out.

  307. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 13th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Yeah, he got ejected first I think, Rishi.

  308. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Joe G dropped the A word. A-Rod dropped a couple F bombs.

  309. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    “Was foster the guy that screwed us earlier this year?”

    Yeah, he’s the guy that thinks that the guy manning the base doesn’t actually have to tag you for you to be out. As long as the ball beats you to the bag, that’s all that matters.

  310. Abdababdaserser September 13th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Leiter and Flash always defend the umpires. I’m sorry but we all see the calls this year, and it isn’t good. Little League umpires do a better job than these smucks do.

  311. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    thanks, Angel – trying to work so I don’t have the TV on and am following by gameday/you all…

    might be time to actually watch the game, instead :)

  312. MG September 13th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Laura, I’m not picking on you, I hadn’t read your post about the ejection possibly being on purpose. Without Arod being tossed I would probably think that also.

  313. Johnny Baseball September 13th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Two more horrible at bats with a RISP. Offense needs an explosion to get off this terrible streak.

  314. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    “The pitch wasn’t a strike, but it wasn’t that bad either. I’m sure Alex went off in part because the guy has not been calling pitches off the outside corner the whole game and all of a sudden he expands the zone wiht bases loaded and two out.”

    He hasn’t been giving that pitch to CC all day.

  315. Donnie - Will Meet Melvin Mora Under the O'Neill Banner September 13th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    How does Marty Foster still have a job?

  316. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Now batting clean up for the Yankees – JERRY HAIRSTON

  317. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    foster’s been waiting a long time for his chance

  318. Rex September 13th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    “He hasn’t been giving that pitch to CC all day.”

    Think that was Arod’s beef. He hadn’t been giving that pitch to anybody all day.

  319. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    “Laura, I’m not picking on you, I hadn’t read your post about the ejection possibly being on purpose.”

    Thanks. I enjoy this place much more when people don’t pick on me. :)

  320. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    nevermind Hairston – HINKSE AT THIRD? OH BOY!

  321. jennifer September 13th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    there is something more here. I’ve never seen Joe go that nuts, and that wasn’t calculated. (unlike Atlanta).

  322. 86w183 September 13th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I think Pena wrote Hinske on the lineup card.

    Laura — exactly on the strike zone. CC hasn’t gotten a call on the outside corner to a RH hitter all day.

    Strange doings.. but tied at home entering the sixth with a well rested bullpen should be a win

  323. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Oh, they put Hinske in.

  324. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Hinske should replace Tex who isn’t hitting,Arod is needed.

  325. jason September 13th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    The Orioles broadcast had it knee high on the corner. Jim Palmer the HOF apologist said the pitch cam doesn’t lie

  326. Orlando Crhis September 13th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    I flipped around during the commercial, and when I got back they were dragging A-Rod into the dugout. YES didn’t replay much of the argument, but did I see Girardi toss the umpire after he got run? :)

  327. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    “Hinske should replace Tex who isn’t hitting,Arod is needed.”

    That may be true, but since Tex didn’t get thrown out of the game, there’s not much we can do about that.

  328. MG September 13th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Laura
    September 13th, 2009 at 2:50 pm
    “Laura, I’m not picking on you, I hadn’t read your post about the ejection possibly being on purpose.”

    Thanks. I enjoy this place much more when people don’t pick on me.
    ——————————————
    I would never pick on a real fan…

  329. MG September 13th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    all of a sudden CC is throwing 95 with some command, that’s why he’s an Ace.

  330. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Atlanta’s dropping the hammer on Carpenter (no pun intended). 6 earned runs in 3 innings.

  331. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Can we please see Chris Ray pitch in this game? PRETTY PLEASE?!

  332. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Justin Turner?

  333. Abdababdaserser September 13th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    I wonder if the Tampon Bay Rays are tanking it now in order to improve their draft picks.

  334. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    CC at 92 pitches. We need some runs!

  335. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Well I see the 2 out runs are contagious.
    Chris Carpenter(Ace of the Cards,) just allowed 6 runs to score on 2 outs.
    The Braves are 7 back,and came into STL,and took the first 2 games from the Cards.The Cards are trying,like the Yankees to avoid the sweep. 6-0 Braves.

  336. Rex September 13th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    “Atlanta’s dropping the hammer on Carpenter (no pun intended). 6 earned runs in 3 innings.”

    Was just watching that. Sort of odd. Carpenter retired 8 of the 1st 9 he faced, then with 2 outs in the 3rd, allowed the next 7 guys to reach.

  337. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Nice.

  338. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 13th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Donnie – Will Meet Melvin Mora Under the O’Neill Banner
    September 13th, 2009 at 2:49 pm
    How does Marty Foster still have a job?
    =====

    Aren’t you the idiot who tried to demean the baseball knowledge of the women who regularly post here?

    The erudite ladies here, my mother, my grandmother, and my girlfriend, not to mention my aunt, who was one of the first women admitted to NYU Law, could run circles around your sorry, baseball-clueless butt.

    You’re a disgrace and a bigot.

    Go somewhere else – doubt you’ll get any good ‘ole boy back slaps from this enlightened crew. Certainly not from me, jackass.

  339. m September 13th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Um, does Jeter know that he’s already broken the record? :)

  340. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Odd game for Sabathia. 6 innings, 3 walks, 0 strikeouts.

  341. NYY626 September 13th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    aside from the 0-12 “mental” skid, is Jete picking up right where he left off in August?

  342. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    ATONE DAMON!

  343. MG September 13th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    I’m guessing Damon would like to make up for that play in the 4th.

  344. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    so now Tex is going to have to actually do something

  345. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    i like

  346. MG September 13th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    good time to use Duncan to pinch hit for Teix, he hasn’t hit today.

    :)

  347. 86w183 September 13th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    OK Tex… third straight AB with a runner on 3rd and less than two outs!

  348. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    “Um, does Jeter know that he’s already broken the record?”

    That’s what I was thinking. He’s acting like he’s still chasing the record. Good for him. Keep the hits coming, I say!

  349. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    that change up has been owning Tex all day, c’mon

  350. Johnny Baseball September 13th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Oh good god

  351. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    The boos are getting louder

  352. NYY626 September 13th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    # Laura September 13th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    “Um, does Jeter know that he’s already broken the record?”

    That’s what I was thinking. He’s acting like he’s still chasing the record. Good for him. Keep the hits coming, I say!
    ________________________________________________________________
    Actually, hes acting like he was before chasing the record, which is good for us!

    Man, whats up with Tex today?

  353. RS September 13th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Tex has been awful today. And now there’s no Arod behind him.

  354. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    It’s official – Tex has trouble hitting the change-up.

  355. Lou_in_Vermont September 13th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    what the heck is going on with Tex?

  356. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    that’s twice too many times, mark.

  357. MG September 13th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Teix just had bad swings against Guthrie all day, it happens sometimes.

  358. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    they’re booing Foster not Tex lamebrain

  359. 86w183 September 13th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    and you brought the bat with you why?

  360. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Sigh,Tex!

  361. m September 13th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Did we ever figure out why the genius they call Maddon stayed with Garza so long? I mean, yeah he gives the best chance to win. But maybe he was on fumes as he approached 120 pitches?

  362. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    6 stranded runners…

  363. Bo Knows September 13th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    That’s at bad of series of at bats as I’ve ever seen. Going into the playoffs eh Teix. Pitiful. Struck out on a series of changeups two at bats in a row.

  364. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Matsui :/

  365. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    ahem – Eric Hinkse with a walk…

  366. Michael T September 13th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    LOVE MICHAEL K TALKING ABOUT THE MAD SKILLZ OF JEREMY GUTHRIE, WH’S NOW GIVIN UP 14 BASERUNNERS IN 5-2/3 INNINGS.

  367. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    that’s how you do it.

  368. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    SUI :)

  369. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 13th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    the pitch that Al was salled out on was grand larceny, the fact Marty Foster tossed Al and GI Joe after that should earn him a suspension not the other way around, Do your thing Matsui-san! :x

  370. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Matsui picks Tex up like a good teammate.

  371. m September 13th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    What does this mean? :/

  372. NYY626 September 13th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Nice matsui!

  373. Abdababdaserser September 13th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Despite Fosters best efforts the Yankees pull ahead.

  374. RalphieD (OPPC) September 13th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    godzilla the japanese killa!

  375. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 13th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    called*

  376. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    :)

  377. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    one more inning then HuMo

  378. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Marty Foster is crestfallen at not getting a chance to ring up Matsui

  379. Johnny Baseball September 13th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    NICE…ok CC, give us at least one more. Then Hughes and Mo!

  380. scott September 13th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    baltimore is a 1st place team, it really should not be this difficult to beat them at home

    and why hasn’t cc striked out anyone yet?

  381. Abdababdaserser September 13th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Sometimes batters just can’t pick up the ball well from certain pitchers. It seems that is Teixeira’s problem with Arlo Guthrie.

  382. MG September 13th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    that’s what makes the Yankees so tough, there are just no easy outs. Matsui got hammered for a ‘bad at bat’ in the first, meanwhile he just knocked in two runs with two out.

    These guys aren’t perfect but they make adjustments, you have to trust them to do so and the Yankees, as a team, do it better than anyone else. Guthrie’s been living off the change and Matsui was looking for it there and ripped it.

  383. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Thank you Matsui,Now Sean show your old team some love.

  384. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    heyyyyyy it’s our old friend Sean Henn.

    How about Chris Ray next?

  385. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Sean Henn? I remember him.

  386. Abdababdaserser September 13th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Come on Henn, give up 4 back to back to back to back jacks.

  387. MG September 13th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Posada’s been hitting the ball well, there might be another hit here.

  388. m September 13th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Did Henn lose weight? :)

  389. Jeremy September 13th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Former Yankee great Sean Henn lol !

  390. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    If anybody’s interested, I can update the Tampa Yankees playoff game that starts at 7:00 PM tonight. I can update batter to batter or inning to inning, depending on what you guys want. It’s the only playoff game among the three yankee teams tonight.

  391. MG September 13th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    is ‘Midtown Mike’ down off the bridge yet?

  392. Laura September 13th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    This game feels like we should be leading 10-3.

  393. m September 13th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    GB7,

    All the dirty details, please. :)

  394. Joe September 13th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    What is this, Game 7 of the World Series. Yeah, it’s really irresponsible to get thrown out of a game in September with a 7.5 game lead. Oh that monster A-Rod, he’s just not a team player. Give me a break.

  395. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    unrelated question:

    I have tickets for tomorrow’s make up game (tickets to the original game) – do I need to do anything, or can I just bring the original May 3rd tickets and get in…never had to deal with a make up game before.

    Thanks!

  396. Tracy Yu September 13th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    kennedy is back!? since when..

    http://zellspinstripeblog.com/.....y-returns/

  397. m September 13th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    And good for Alex & Joe G. to take a stand. The zone has not been Yankee-friendly all series. Except for Jose stealing that strikeout for AJ yesterday, but that’s just a testament to how good he is. :)

  398. Lou_in_Vermont September 13th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I think we should simply not put the two words, “Cano” and “RISP” in the same sentence. Just fugetaboudit.

  399. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Abdababdaserser
    September 13th, 2009 at 3:15 pm
    Come on Henn, give up 4 back to back to back to back jacks.

    That was Chase Wright.

  400. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Joe September 13th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    What is this, Game 7 of the World Series. Yeah, it’s really irresponsible to get thrown out of a game in September with a 7.5 game lead. Oh that monster A-Rod, he’s just not a team player. Give me a break.

    lol

  401. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    speaking of Chase Wright – where is he? I think he’d be better in the pen than Homer Coke

  402. Johnny D. September 13th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Why does this game and the series in general feel like such a struggle?

  403. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    m
    September 13th, 2009 at 3:18 pm
    GB7,

    All the dirty details, please.

    ————————————————————

    Will do, Mel. I’ll draw the line at the pitch by pitch. Although on the Yankee homers, I may toss in a “THWACK”. A “SWOOSH” for Yankee pitchers’ strikeouts.

  404. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 13th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    LOL @ the sock explanation on YES.

    Leiter is really going above and beyond.

    Nice argyle socks there, Al.

  405. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    so there’s a K for you all

  406. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 13th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    I was never taught the baseball in a sock drill :?

  407. jennifer September 13th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Al’s wife is going to kill him for stretching out his sock.

  408. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Joe September 13th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    What is this, Game 7 of the World Series. Yeah, it’s really irresponsible to get thrown out of a game in September with a 7.5 game lead. Oh that monster A-Rod, he’s just not a team player. Give me a break.
    ——————————–

    hysterical

  409. m September 13th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Kay is such a dumby. Why does he try to make Al look like a fool? It was a teaching moment and the student was too stupid to understand. lol.

  410. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Lou_in_Vermont
    September 13th, 2009 at 3:22 pm
    I think we should simply not put the two words, “Cano” and “RISP” in the same sentence. Just fugetaboudit.

    ————————————————————

    Yeah….What a slug that Cano is. Imagine a #7 hitter that is closing in on 80 RBI and 25 homers, while batting behind 5 other hitters doing the same thing.

  411. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Rishi
    September 13th, 2009 at 3:28 pm
    so there’s a K for you all

    they were just all butt hurt because it was hurting their fantasy baseball stats

  412. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 13th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Did he just yank his sock off from his feet? I tuned in a bit later.

  413. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE DP

  414. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Brandon Awesome “BECAUSE I’M AWESOME!”
    September 13th, 2009 at 3:30 pm
    Did he just yank his sock off from his feet? I tuned in a bit later.
    ———–

    sure did

  415. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Al Leiter may talk with a monotonous tone in his voice, but, he knows pitching and baseball. He’s also not above poking fun at himself. He’s the perfect foil for Kay. Flaherty is much the same way. Leiter isn’t as dum as some people think. He’s just not “exciting”, but, he’s perfect for TV because of his visual demos.

  416. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    How did I know it was going to be another lefty pitcher?

  417. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 13th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks Rishi, Al Leiter = AWESOME

  418. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Though, I might be.

    Leiter isn’t as dum as some people think

    Correction: Leiter isn’t as ***dumb*** as some people think

  419. Pat M. September 13th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Nick in SF…..Eagles 38-10….

  420. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 13th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Yes, he did Brandon. It was rather amusing.

    I think his explanation went over MKay’s head, but I appreciated his sacrifice, lol.

  421. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    So, does sabathia come out for a batter to batter, or is it Coke or Marte against Markakis?

  422. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Or Hughes?

  423. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 13th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Though, I might be.
    Leiter isn’t as dum as some people think
    Correction: Leiter isn’t as ***dumb*** as some people think

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

    LOLOL GB, that irony made my day. *still giggling*

    I agree with you though. I actually learn things when Leiter is in the booth.

  424. BBFan September 13th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    HOw come they did not charge an error to Damon for that mistake? Instead, it is a ER for Sabathia.

  425. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Angel – A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
    September 13th, 2009 at 3:40 pm
    Though, I might be.
    Leiter isn’t as dum as some people think
    Correction: Leiter isn’t as ***dumb*** as some people think

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

    LOLOL GB, that irony made my day. *still giggling*

    I agree with you though. I actually learn things when Leiter is in the booth.

    ————————————————————

    Hey….I call ‘em like I see ‘em.

    Leiter is really good in his explainations on his weekend shows. He tailors it more to the kids, but, doesn’t really talk beneath the adults. I like his stints on MLB, too.

  426. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 13th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I’m scared for my Giants today, young WRs that aren’t ready to go up against 1 CBs and defensive jams, this is gonna be a tough season, I’ve been saying that, And no I do not, nor have I have for the last 4 yrs. believed in that guy that’s related to Santana Moss.

  427. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 13th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSE!

  428. m September 13th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Phil is so casual. I love it.

  429. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Master Phil

  430. NYY626 September 13th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Nice Hughes! Wow Kay just called it a “comeback inning” because last time out he gave up a run. Oh my God, a run? How dare you Phil…

  431. m September 13th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    lol. They had the sock drill spliced into the Al video at the stadium. A whole new generation learning something new. :)

  432. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    a hit is a hit and i’ll take it

  433. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Will wonders never cease,Tex go on base!

  434. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    NO squeeze. You can’t bunt with your cleanup hitter.

  435. Wait till the ALDS September 13th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I think our (the Giants) offense could struggle because we have no recievers, but our defense and running game is going to be good enoguh to largely make up for it.

    We’re going to the playoffs, from there it’s a crapshoot.

    I’m also a big Hakeem Nicks fan, just not this year since rookie WR’s normally need an adjustment year.

  436. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    This just in…Brad lidge sucks

  437. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    that’s clutch

  438. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    SUi!!!!!!!!!

  439. Wait till the ALDS September 13th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Nice day for the Sayonara kid.

  440. m September 13th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Not very humble, Hideki. Only needed a sac fly there. :?

  441. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Few if anyone would have given Matsui a chance for 25 homers, 90 RBI and a .285 batting average, this year.

  442. Lou_in_Vermont September 13th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Is Kay correct in his pronunciation: “Mott Sui” or should it be “Matt Sui”?

  443. m September 13th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    What a play in Cincy!

  444. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Braves routing the Cards.Looks like they will sweep their division leader,so far 8-0 Braves

  445. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Cano is just 17 hits short of 200 and 6 runs short of 100. Both would be firsts for him. Still has a crack at 90+ RBI, too. Impressive for a lazy, non-clutch slug of a 2nd baseman.

  446. Wait till the ALDS September 13th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I actually was part of the faithful few that thought Godzilla would have a good year. I was thinking 250-60, 20 HR’s, 85 RBI. He’s surpassed my expectations.

    Holy crap, what just happened in Cincy?

  447. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Grats CC on the win :)

  448. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    it’s the Matsui and Melky show :)

  449. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    lay it on thick

    get that run differential back to normal (completely for aesthetic purposes)

  450. BBFan September 13th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Alex was a genius to get tossed out :)
    The team woke up….

  451. Lou_in_Vermont September 13th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    save some of these hits/runs for tomorrow night.

  452. MG September 13th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    MG
    September 13th, 2009 at 2:36 pm
    this has been a strange game but if CC can get some quick outs the Yankees will probably be in the lead soon, it just has that feeling. Guthrie has really struggled but eventually the Yankees will score some runs in bunches.
    ———————————————-

    drum roll for good forecast, please…

  453. BBFan September 13th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    How many more starts CC will get?
    I really hope he gets to win 20 games.

  454. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    gardner gets a hit

    :/

  455. m September 13th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    So no one is watching the end of the Broncos/Bengals game? Watch sports center. Awesome ending.

  456. Lou_in_Vermont September 13th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I think Damon’s mental miscue actually woke up the team.

  457. Wait till the ALDS September 13th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    I saw it m. Oh my God, what an unbelievable play.

  458. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 13th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    You get the Lohud Miss Cleo trophy today, MG. :D

    Nice forecast.

  459. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    awesome

    get those kinks out guys

  460. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    that BA with runners in scoring position and 2 outs looking good right about now

  461. MG September 13th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    it’s funny, Teix looked awful against Guthrie but his line for the game will be 2 for 4, 1 run scored, 2 rbi’s…

  462. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Pena is the only Yankee batter with an official at bat without a hit.

  463. MG September 13th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    check that, 2 for 5, sorry…

  464. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    m
    September 13th, 2009 at 4:08 pm
    So no one is watching the end of the Broncos/Bengals game? Watch sports center. Awesome ending.

    frkn bengals picking up right where they left off last year. can’t believe they blew that!

  465. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    holy cow

  466. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    There goes the Pena base hit

  467. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    MG
    September 13th, 2009 at 4:10 pm
    it’s funny, Teix looked awful against Guthrie but his line for the game will be 2 for 4, 1 run scored, 2 rbi’s…

    ————————————————————

    On the last Guthrie at bat, not many people would look for 5 straight change-ups from a pitcher that throws 95 MPH. It took guts by Guthrie to pull that one off.

  468. MG September 13th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    GreenBeret7
    September 13th, 2009 at 4:14 pm
    MG
    September 13th, 2009 at 4:10 pm
    it’s funny, Teix looked awful against Guthrie but his line for the game will be 2 for 4, 1 run scored, 2 rbi’s…

    ————————————————————

    On the last Guthrie at bat, not many people would look for 5 straight change-ups from a pitcher that throws 95 MPH. It took guts by Guthrie to pull that one off.
    ————————————–
    I agree, GB, Teix just wasn’t seeing the ball out of Guthrie’s hand, it would be interesting to see if he always has that problem with him.

  469. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    geez

  470. NYY626 September 13th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    JoPo, take mercy on the pitcher. This is sorta sad.

  471. Rishi September 13th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Posada made the 2nd out in this inning and is back up…amazing

  472. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    8O

  473. antisocial scrooge September 13th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    too bad po couldn’t make the 1st out too.

  474. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Posada is a bum. Makes two out in one inning. They should have used Cervelli to pinch hit for him in the first at bat.

  475. MG September 13th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    oh, no, Bruney pitching the 9th inning, the Yankees don’t want to win this game!!!!!!

  476. Abdababdaserser September 13th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Come Bruney, shut this out without giving up runs.

  477. kav September 13th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Did I just hear them call Duncan Damon?

  478. Lou_in_Vermont September 13th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    can we trust Bruney with 10 runs?

  479. mick September 13th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Funny how Damon’s boner woke the team up. They scored the tying runs in the botton half of that inning. Thanks for the wake-up call Johnny.

  480. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    MG
    September 13th, 2009 at 4:15 pm
    GreenBeret7
    September 13th, 2009 at 4:14 pm
    MG
    September 13th, 2009 at 4:10 pm
    it’s funny, Teix looked awful against Guthrie but his line for the game will be 2 for 4, 1 run scored, 2 rbi’s…

    ————————————————————

    On the last Guthrie at bat, not many people would look for 5 straight change-ups from a pitcher that throws 95 MPH. It took guts by Guthrie to pull that one off.
    ————————————–
    I agree, GB, Teix just wasn’t seeing the ball out of Guthrie’s hand, it would be interesting to see if he always has that problem with him.

    ————————————————————

    It appears to be, MG. A career .125 off of Guthrie with 2 strikeouts before today. 1-8 with a double and 1 RBI.

  481. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    This is why hes terrible

  482. MG September 13th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Manning to Manningham, 25 yards for a 1st down!!!

    oops, wrong sport.

  483. Bo Knows September 13th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    On the last Guthrie at bat, not many people would look for 5 straight change-ups from a pitcher that throws 95 MPH. It took guts by Guthrie to pull that one off.

    Not really, Guthrie struck him out on 3 straight CUs the at bat before. That’s the thing, last year Teix was 40 points higher on his batting average and was hitting the ball to all fields, same power. This year he’s swinging out of control and trying to pull everything. I just don’t understand what happened to him.

  484. ADam September 13th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    “UPDATE, 3:56 p.m.: You’re gonna miss Matsui when he’s gone. That’s 24 homers and 81 RBI for the DH this season. Now we’ll get Bruney instead of Mo.”

    Ehhhh…. Lot of those rbis… including today are meaningless… Hideki is too hot too cold, and very good at padding stats.. Im looking forward to having flexibility at dh next year… with Damon, Posada, Arod, Jeter, Swisher, Gardy… will all get time at DH Makes the team better, IMO

  485. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Lou_in_Vermont
    September 13th, 2009 at 4:21 pm
    can we trust Bruney with 10 runs?

    ————————————————————

    I’d trust him more than you making a post that didn’t include a complaint about something.

  486. Blue Bleeding September 13th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    GO BIG BLUE !!!!!!!

  487. Giuseppe Franco September 13th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    UPDATE, 3:56 p.m.: You’re gonna miss Matsui when he’s gone. That’s 24 homers and 81 RBI for the DH this season.

    ————-

    I’ve said the same thing a number of times this season. Matsui is a huge part of this offense.

    The offense as a whole can’t help but take a step back next season because there are no many guys who have stepped up this season and played better than we could have expected.

    Several guys are having career years at the plate or damn close to it.

    The Yanks need to compensate for that inevitable step back next season and improve their pitching and defense over the offseason.

    They really have to hope that Joba and Hughes both take a step forward in their developmental process in the rotation and they find someone reliable to replace Hughes in the pen.

  488. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Bruney – still not as bad as Lidge.

  489. Giuseppe Franco September 13th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Adam,

    You don’t have any idea what you’re talking about regarding Matsui.

    He is a huge part of this offense. He’s also the ideal guy to protect A-Rod.

  490. mick September 13th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Kay had the line of the day when he told Leiter he felt like he was working with Shari Lewis. She had a sock puppet named Lamb Chop back in the day.

  491. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    ADam
    September 13th, 2009 at 4:23 pm
    “UPDATE, 3:56 p.m.: You’re gonna miss Matsui when he’s gone. That’s 24 homers and 81 RBI for the DH this season. Now we’ll get Bruney instead of Mo.”

    Ehhhh…. Lot of those rbis… including today are meaningless… Hideki is too hot too cold, and very good at padding stats.. Im looking forward to having flexibility at dh next year… with Damon, Posada, Arod, Jeter, Swisher, Gardy… will all get time at DH Makes the team better, IMO

    ————————————————————

    Ehhhhhh! You realize that it was only a 2 run lead, right? and, you realize that most players RBIs are tack on runs or in losses, right?

  492. MG September 13th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    almost everyone on this blog complains about Bruney but he’s holding the first batter against him to a .129 batting average this season with either 4 or 5 walks. I don’t see how this is all that bad but the ‘Bruney truthers’ know best.

  493. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    way to fail bruney

  494. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    MG September 13th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    almost everyone on this blog complains about Bruney but he’s holding the first batter against him to a .129 batting average this season with either 4 or 5 walks. I don’t see how this is all that bad but the ‘Bruney truthers’ know best.

    Tony Pena does not agree with you lol

  495. Abdababdaserser September 13th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Killer having to bring out Bruney, but its the right move. Its to send a message to him.

  496. mick September 13th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Amazing! Pena pulls Bruney. No way to win friends and influence people. Maybe Bruney wakes up, good move Tony.

  497. MG September 13th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I want Matsui back next year, he’s only played part time this year and has 24 HR’s and over 80 RBI’s, many of them in clutch situations.

  498. Lou_in_Vermont September 13th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Lou_in_Vermont
    September 13th, 2009 at 4:21 pm
    can we trust Bruney with 10 runs?

    ————————————————————

    I’d trust him more than you making a post that didn’t include a complaint about something.
    ==================
    The system edited out my “just kidding” comments, so your irascibility was wasted because I wasn’t complaining.

  499. SJ44 September 13th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Yeah, today’s runs were “meaningless”. They were only the difference in the game. Brilliant.

    Matsui is one of the keys to the post-season. In case you haven’t noticed, when he’s hot, the entire lineup becomes circular, and Arod gets great pitches to hit.

    He’s had a terrific year for the Yankees.

    I like what Pena is doing here.

    10 run lead he still can’t throw strikes.

    Pull him and send a message this is unacceptable.

    The guy just can’t pitch in any situation. At some point, you have to put him and the team out of their misery.

    Can’t throw strikes, can’t stay in the game.

    Well done Tony.

  500. Pat M. September 13th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Tony Pena with the quick hook…..Brian, what in the hell is going on with you ?????

  501. Joe from Long Island September 13th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Tony Pena taking out Bruney here is very telling, and not just for the obvious.

    If Bruney was simply working on things, like in ST, that’s one thing. But Pena taking him out may signify that they have been unhappy with his approach, and not just in this game. I recall Eiland and Joe getting in his face several games ago, after which he worked more effectively.

    Why there is still an issue with Bruney I don’t know, obviously. But it appears that it is, hence Tony’s feeling he has to embarass Bruney in front of his peers.

  502. Abdababdaserser September 13th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Bruney may not be as bad as Lidge, but that is only because Bruney isn’t a closer. You wouldn’t have Bruney racking up saves.

  503. JZ September 13th, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Do you have guts let Bruney pitch in postseason?
    No, I don’t!

  504. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Congratulation CC on # 17.
    Thank you for averting the sweep Ace!

    While everybody was celebrating Jeter’s feta compli,they took their eyes off the game(too much partying perhaps),and gave 2 games away.

    Sure feels good to even up the rout.
    When Joe get’s thrown out the Yankees respond,with their bats.

    Braves pitcher Javier Vazquez started the 9tH inning with 81 pitches,2 scored with only 94 pitches HE WON.See why the DH is so important in the AL?

  505. mick September 13th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Did Leiter just say, “Pitchers when they are bright, can throw a strike”? Because , if anything, Bruney does not appear to be the brightest bulb in the socket.

  506. kav September 13th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Okay mlbtv.com just made me miss the last outs!!!!!!!

  507. randy l. September 13th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    i’m not sure if people are understanding what leiter means by release.

    it’s not a muscle action moving your hand. it’s letting go and relaxing the hand so the hand snaps down on it’s own.

    some pitchers tend to hold their release and it just doesn’t happen freely.

    it’s the same in hitting. it actually takes strength to hold the release. if a hitter isn’t strong enough his hands release too early on their own.

    if a hitter can hold his release long enough, he can actually break the bat handle. if a hitter can approach doing that he’ll have a very high bat speed.

  508. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Ramirez missed that pitch by the width of the plate. Cervelli is somewhat predictable in that he almost always sets up outside. You can’t do that with guys like Bruney and Burnett. Set up in the middle and let the ball move on it’s own.

  509. kav September 13th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    and then i missed the post game interview stupid!!

  510. Bo Knows September 13th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Well Pena just gave Bruney a wake up call the hard way. He embarassed him. They need Bruney for the playoffs, if tough love is what it takes, more power to Pena. It’s a ten run lead, throw strikes, don’t mess around, get this thing over with.

  511. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    kav September 13th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Okay mlbtv.com just made me miss the last outs!!!!!!!

    And the post game interview. I hate MLBTV.

  512. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    mick
    September 13th, 2009 at 4:31 pm
    Did Leiter just say, “Pitchers when they are bright, can throw a strike”? Because , if anything, Bruney does not appear to be the brightest bulb in the socket.

    ————————————————————

    The word was “right”.

  513. Betsy September 13th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Bruney just isn’t very good – there are no issues with him, he’s just not good.

  514. randy l. September 13th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    “Can’t throw strikes, can’t stay in the game.
    Well done Tony.”

    amen to that.

  515. V September 13th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Gardners fine. U people r nuts

  516. Johnny D. September 13th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    CC up to 17 wins. Awesome.

  517. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    The Captain’s YES on-field post-game reaction:

    http://bit.ly/X9ozZ

  518. mick September 13th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks Gb.

    Pena made the right move.

    If Joe did it, it might have caused a stir. Pena has nothing to lose, and if it effects Bruney positively, everything to gain.

  519. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Betsy
    September 13th, 2009 at 4:32 pm
    Bruney just isn’t very good – there are no issues with him, he’s just not good.

    Amen. That’s been the knock on him since day 1. It should hardly be a surprise. Bruney is what he is.

  520. randy l. September 13th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    ” Cervelli is somewhat predictable in that he almost always sets up outside. You can’t do that with guys like Bruney and Burnett. Set up in the middle and let the ball move on it’s own.”

    gb7-

    now think about this . you just criticized cervelli. are you prepared to defend yourself against his fan club for the next month ?

    just trying to help you out here :)

  521. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Bruney has the same problems as Burnett and as a relief pitcher, the same problems as Jeff Nelson had. Nearly unhittable at times, but, the ball either moves out of the strike zone or he loses his mechanics. How many times did people see Nelson get the first two outs, then walk the next three and throw a wild pitch?

  522. The Damon-ator September 13th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Giants in the redzone, need more than just a FG here.

  523. mick September 13th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Matsui should return for a one year deal. You just don’t replace his production that easily and at what cost.

    Wouldn’t worry about spreading the DH abs around.

    It has worked well this season.

    He is a bonafide clutch hitter.

  524. SJ44 September 13th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Its a big pet peeve of mine and I know it is with this staff.

    Throwing strikes in blowout games. Especially to non-hitters.

    I can’t recall the exact stat but, the Yankees actually kept track of how many times Mariano warmed up in blowout games the last few years of the Torre Era. IIRC, it amounted to him working another 8-10 innings in the bullpen.

    That’s a lot and if you recall, Joe would always get Mariano up once Bruney or someone else would pul this nonsense.

    Girardi has tried to avoid overusing the “A” guys in these type of games. Not like in 2007 when Torre used Vizcaino 13 times in the second half of the year with leads of 4 or more runs. He blew the guy out and when he needed him in the ALDS, his tank was empty.

    They are giving Brian Bruney every chance to get straightened out. Unfortunately, he’s not cooperating and I think the staff has reached its breaking point with him.

    Tony Pena sent a clear message that this nonsense has to stop. If it doesn’t, he won’t be in the post-season roster because they are not going to waste a spot on the post-season staff on a guy who can’t throw the ball over the plate.

    Once October begins, all the excuses end. Either step or step off. Its not about feelings, excuses or anything.

    Its about doing what you have to do to win 11 games and a WS.

  525. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 13th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    All the bridge jumpers and trolls can take a holiday.

    Yanks win again.
    Stat of the day: Yanks move to 92-52 on days that end in Y.

  526. JZ September 13th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    They need Bruney in playoff?!

    LOL
    yeah, unless they are up or down 10 runs. Oh wait, 10+ runs.

    LOL

  527. Pat M. September 13th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Randy I, I remember the T drill that you were explaing yesterday…….I think it’s a lost drill now a days…I used to teach it to Little Leaguers, as well as the break, set & throw drills…..

  528. MG September 13th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Bruney isn’t exactly a key pitcher in the post season, he’s about the 5th option behind both Aceves and Joba (ALDS).

    That’s a good bounce back win on a day where CC wasn’t very good but gave them 7 innings and what should have been 2 runs.

  529. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 13th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    “” Cervelli is somewhat predictable in that he almost always sets up outside. You can’t do that with guys like Bruney and Burnett. Set up in the middle and let the ball move on it’s own.”

    man GB, don’t be dum.
    Pitchers don’t throw to Cervelli’s mitt. They just throw in the direction of his dreamy eyes. ;-)

  530. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    randy l.
    September 13th, 2009 at 4:37 pm
    ” Cervelli is somewhat predictable in that he almost always sets up outside. You can’t do that with guys like Bruney and Burnett. Set up in the middle and let the ball move on it’s own.”

    gb7-

    now think about this . you just criticized cervelli. are you prepared to defend yourself against his fan club for the next month ?

    just trying to help you out here

    ————————————————————

    Just the way I’ve seen it, especially with Burnett and Bruney. I’m hoping they can correct this and soon. Maybe what worked when Norm Sherry told Koufax to back off on his fastball works for them. Worked for Ryan and Randy Johnson, too. It kept their mechanics more under control and there was still plenty of smoke and movement on their pitches.

  531. joeysdadjoe September 13th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    This team needs to re-sign Damon AND Matsui.Its not gonna be great to rotate DHs next year is ARod walks 150 times and drives in 80 runs.

  532. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)
    September 13th, 2009 at 4:42 pm
    “” Cervelli is somewhat predictable in that he almost always sets up outside. You can’t do that with guys like Bruney and Burnett. Set up in the middle and let the ball move on it’s own.”

    man GB, don’t be dum.
    Pitchers don’t throw to Cervelli’s mitt. They just throw in the direction of his dreamy eyes.

    ————————————————————

    LMAO. They’d better start making him catch with sun glasses on, then. He’s screwing up the pitchers.

  533. Jeremy September 13th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Bruney sucks ! He shouldn’t pitch in any situation in the playoffs. Do you trust Bruney in the playoffs ? I don’t.

  534. Giuseppe Franco September 13th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    We’ve been through this about a dozen times in recent weeks.

    Bruney will be on the postseason roster. You can bank on it.

    Girardi doesn’t trust anyone else in that bullpen enough to replace Bruney.

  535. Bo Knows September 13th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Bruney has shown that he can be a top flight pitcher throwing mid nineties. With Robertson on hold you don’t know if he’ll be effective and he already has shaky command. If Bruney and Marte are on, the BP becomes lights out. Coke and Roberson are basically rookies so you want to ease them into the pressure cooker of the playoffs.

  536. mick September 13th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Any coincidence that Joe and Arod both go off on the same ump that called Jeter out on that play at 3rd earlier in the season? He’s the ump that told him the ball beat him there so he’s out.

  537. Nick in SF in San Mateo September 13th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Last night’s line: GB -4

    Current line: GB -5

    Nick in SF moves markets?

  538. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I’m listening to La Russa,say that Carpenter had Good Stuff today,in the press conference,but,he says the balls weren’t locating.duh!
    Cards lost 9-2,went 8 scoreless innings,and the Braves never used it’s pen.

    Who does that remind you of,after a really bad loss,one guess?

  539. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 13th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    IRC, I thought Bruney was pretty good last season, until he got injured.

    But perhaps thats my memory mistaking me and going into “what have you done for me lately?” yankee fan mode.

  540. Pat M. September 13th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Nick in SF….I’m locked in at 4….Dennis and his overs ( Eagles ) were indeed a lock…..

  541. mick September 13th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Never have seen Girardi that nuts.

    Was waiting for him to turn his hat backwards a la Earl Weaver or Billy. Joe accused the ump of touching him.

  542. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    YES post-game Booth Report with Nancy Newman, Michael Kay, and Al Leiter:

    http://bit.ly/2t18t

  543. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    haiku-man

    Again, no point in throwing a player under the bus. You can do that in the clubhouse.

  544. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    -Mick
    He also said he didn’t need to tag Jeter,when he caught the ball.

  545. randy l. September 13th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    another visual for the idea of release is when a golf club or a bat are hitting a ball with a good late release, the bat is bent like a banana with the bat head leading the way.

    here’s a good example:

    http://www.beabetterhitter.com.....nzalez.jpg

  546. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 13th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Nick in SF in San Mateo
    September 13th, 2009 at 4:50 pm
    Last night’s line: GB -4
    Current line: GB -5
    Nick in SF moves markets?

    Take the over.
    GreenBeret7 will have more than 5 spelling errors.

  547. mick September 13th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Pete asking about Joe getting suspended.

  548. Jeremy September 13th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Bruney has never been a solid pitcher. He was only good for part of last year and a few weeks this year. The guy just doesn’t have the goods to be a solid pitcher. He will be on the postseason roster but he won’t be used in big situations.

  549. Nick in SF in San Mateo September 13th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Pat M: the Eagles were very good to me… I had the over as well as the spread. When I get home later I will go back and try to find my comment of last evening. I am uncomfortable being on the other side from you and dennis — I am hoping that the GMEN prevail and my day will be guaranteed positive well before the kickoff in Green Bay.

  550. Bo Knows September 13th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I don’t see Joba as a force in the playoffs. I don’t see the extension or the finish on his pitches. No leg drive, so I agree that he’s out of shape. Compare that to Hughes pitching, just awesome. I think that the Joba of the high nineties cheese won’t be back till next year.

  551. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks Pel!!!

  552. mick September 13th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Joe denies that he wasn’t mad at ump Foster because he was the ump in that Jeter call at 3rd.

    Nice question Pete.

    Don’t believe Joe though.

  553. GreenBeret7 September 13th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)
    September 13th, 2009 at 4:56 pm
    Nick in SF in San Mateo
    September 13th, 2009 at 4:50 pm
    Last night’s line: GB -4
    Current line: GB -5
    Nick in SF moves markets?

    Take the over.
    GreenBeret7 will have more than 5 spelling errors.

    ————————————————————

    If you’re setting the line at +5 errors, then you have no guts. You could show your real mettle by putting the line at -4. What a coward.

  554. mick September 13th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Defending Johnny on his bonehead play.

    I think it woke the Yanks up.

    They immediately tied the game up that inning.

    Even Jeter was shocked to see the runner heading for home.

  555. Nick in SF in San Mateo September 13th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    That line wasn’t about spelling errors… it was diaper changes. See you later. :)

  556. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Girardi’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://bit.ly/10Xyxn

  557. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    >Thanks Pel!!!

    ;)

  558. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    -Carl

    You don’t know LaRussa,If you’re his favorite,he’ll protect you.If you aren’t you never heard a mgr slash players,he’ll throw mama under the bus.
    Just ask Suppan,Marquee,Rolen,Edmonds,and David Eckstein.

  559. Bo Knows September 13th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    randy l.

    Thanks a lot. That’s a great site, some of those drills brought back some good memories.

  560. randy l. September 13th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    “I think it’s a lost drill now a days…I used to teach it to Little Leaguers,”

    pat m-

    i must have missed that drill in little league because i really did put tony cloninger on his butt twice in about ten minutes with my side ways missing.

    with proper motivation (like getting fired), i learned to throw straight using the “T” drill really fast.

    the reason i had trouble throwing when tony was up close with the pitcher was that i knew he was up close and with my mechanics so bad it was easy to choke which made the release erratic which was why i threw the ball at him .

    when you get your mechanics right it makes it immensely easier to release properly and not choke.

    when people are debating if it’s in aj’s head or his mechanics, i’d say it starts with bad mechanics and snowballs to choking when under pressure into a head thing

    when aj is not under pressure, i think it’s easier for him to time his release. for the playoffs someone should hypnotize him that it’s a spring training .

  561. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    -Carl

    You don’t know LaRussa,If you’re his favorite,he’ll protect you.If you aren’t you never heard a mgr slash players,he’ll throw mama under the bus.
    Just ask Suppan,Marquee,Rolen,Edmonds,and David Eckstein.

    Ah ok. Hes probably stickin’ his favorites with needles.

  562. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    CC’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://bit.ly/3ml1j

  563. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Al’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://bit.ly/TQIua

  564. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Damon’s YES post-game reaction:

    http://bit.ly/rXwWs

  565. Blue Bleeding September 13th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    G-Men 17-0

  566. Abdababdaserser September 13th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I am glad that A-Rod said that Foster was unprofessional a couple of times in his post game interview. I agree.

    He mentioned the Jeter incident and his own. Something needs to be done to correct this stuff from the umpires making the game about themselves. Its been getting worse over the last few years.

    Of course, under Selig nothing will change.

  567. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    The Joe Girardi Show (09/13/09) – Segment #1:

    http://bit.ly/doVYc

  568. Andrew GTLU Bronze Medalist September 13th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Joe Buck is an absolute disgrace as a football announcer.

  569. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    The Joe Girardi Show (09/13/09) – Segment #2:

    http://bit.ly/Wt9rG

  570. haiku-man September 13th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    -Carl

    Even though he was the mgr of the A’S best known roiders,.Both Giambi’s,Conseco,and Ma rkMacguire,who later did follow him to,the show me state.
    I don’t think he personally used needles,he just prtended,not to notice the juicers,who did.

    St Louis,tolerates him and his lousy attitude with the press.

  571. Erica - always OPPC September 13th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    At 10:52 last night, I predicted today’s score would be 15-2. I was not terribly far off

  572. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 13th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Alex postgame a riot.

    I love his lack of sentimentality. He tells it like it is: “It was a ball.” – instead of trying to anticipate/control responses to what he then filters.

    I have no doubt his praise of Girardi for backing him up is also a commentary on how Torre did not do that for him, because he really didn’t.

  573. Carl September 13th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 13th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Alex postgame a riot.

    I love his lack of sentimentality. He tells it like it is: “It was a ball.” – instead of trying to anticipate/control responses to what he then filters.

    I laughed when he said that. It was a ball. lol

  574. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    The Joe Girardi Show (09/13/09) – Segment #3:

    http://bit.ly/16hiri

  575. Joe from Long Island September 13th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    1. Tony LaRussa would be an absolute disaster in NYC. A while back, some were clammering for him to replace Girardi. That would be awful. LaRussa has had problems in St. Louis, where the Cardinals are idolized, and the media reportedly goes along. Can you imagine how his act would play in NY, with the media throng here? How could that not affect the team?

    2. Unfortunately, my power went out just as the postgame was starting (having a lot of work done on my house, and the circuit breaker kept blowing). So, I missed Alex’ comments. Would have loved to have heard it. Hoping Pete has an audio file posted.

  576. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 13th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I don’t think the whole Torre approach did the Yankees any favors.

    He was so kiss butt about Boston, for starters, and tried to be the game’s ambassador rather than the Yankee manager in his later years.

    I still bristle thinking about how he failed to back Alex up on the “Mine!” thing, and how he humiliated him by batting him eighth.

    Girardi may be polite, but he does not mince words when he thinks we’re getting the raw end of something. And he will always back his guys.

  577. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 13th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Joe from LI,

    Pel has provided links here to the postgame and to Alex’s comments.

  578. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 13th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson)
    September 13th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Al’s YES post-game reaction:
    http://bit.ly/TQIua

  579. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 13th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    The Joe Girardi Show (09/13/09) – Segment #4:

    http://bit.ly/3otZVd

  580. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 13th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks Pel. You rock :D

  581. Giuseppe Franco September 13th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    There’s no question Torre didn’t back ALL of his guys the way Girardi does.

    Torre would defend guys like Jeter, Mo, and Pettitte to the death. But he didn’t do the same for guys like Damon or A-Rod.

    I liked Torre as much as any Yankee fan but he really did need to go when he did.

    I’m sure the bullpen arms are happy about it.

  582. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 13th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Joe deserved his grace period because of his excellent tenure and his contribution.

    The unfortunate thing was the Yankee grandstanding/kangaroo court manner in which they dispatched him. He really earned his ticket out of town based on the way he managed – or failed to manage – the 2004 ALCS. The result is secondary – he simply did not manage. One of the most puzzling things I’ve ever seen.

    But the Yankees’ oily ways in getting him to quit were hard to swallow. He deserved a more graceful exit, and that will always reflect badly on them, no matter what people think of Joe’s sense of entitlement.

    As for Girardi, other than some literal letter-of-the-law managing compulsions, he was the right man for the job and I think the Yankees, knowing they had one shot at him, could not pass it up.

    Smart move.

  583. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 13th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    The book was a disappointment, but your hyperbole makes me roll my eyes.

    Joe will always be an important part of Yankee history. He earned that. I hope he comes back to the Stadium in the future, and everyone kisses and makes up. That’s the high road that needs to be taken by both sides, and I don’t think they will disappoint.

  584. Yeah September 14th, 2009 at 1:29 am

    Couldn’t they have charged JD with a throwing error?

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