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Game 148: Yankees at Mariners

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 18, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (94-53)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Molina C

Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (11-9, 4.33).

MARINERS (76-71)
Ichiro RF
Gutierrez CF
Lopez 2B
Griffey Jr. DH
Beltre 3B
Hall LF
Hannahan 1B
Johnson C
Wilson SS

Pitching: RHP Felix Hernandez (15-5, 2.52).

TIME/TV: 10:10, YES.

STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees start a six-game road trip after a solid 7-3 homestand. The Yankees lead the Red Sox by seven games in the AL East with 15 to play. They lead the Angels by 6.5 games in the race for home-field advantage in the playoffs.

FREQUENT FLYERS: The Yankees were just in Seattle, winning three of four games from Aug. 13-16. They are 5-2 against the Mariners this season. Burnett and Hernandez did not pitch in that series.

MO MILESTONES: Mariano Rivera needs two strikeouts for 1,000 in his career.

MO-MENTUM: This boggles the mind. The Great Rivera has allowed one run in his last 33 games, a span of 33 innings. He has given up 15 hits, walked eight and fanned 32. The Yankees are undefeated in those games.

COMEBACK KIDS: The Yankees lead the majors with 48 come-from-behind victories.

LONG-TIME COMING: The Yankees are 41 games over .500. They have not been 42 games over .500 since ending the 2002 season 103-58.

HE’S THE HIDEKI, YOU KNOW: Hideki Matsui hit his 25th home run of the season on Wednesday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he tied Don Baylor (1984) for the most home runs as a Yankees DH in a single season. It also was his 12th homer off a left-handed pitcher this season (in 123 AB), tying for most against a lefty for a lefty hitter in the majors this season.

ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: Surprise, Surprise by Bruce Springsteen.

Back with more later. Lots of newspaper work to do now, however.

UPDATE, 8:12 p.m.: Just talked to Andy Pettitte after he threw his bullpen. He felt fine and is ready to make his start on Monday. There was no discomfort in his shoulder.

“I’ll be satisfied if I get through that start. I’ve been off a few days and obviously it was good to get through my normal long bullpen. I had no problems,” he said. “I’ve had a good period of rest. I didn’t expect to feel anything. I played long toss yesterday and felt great. The big thing for me will be now to get through Monday without having it fatigue-ing out on me and I’ll feel I’m over it.”

UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: Dave Robertson played catch in the outfield and said his elbow felt fine. That’s two such sessions for him. It’ll be one or two of those then back on the mound then in a game. “It’ll be fast,” he said.

UPDATE, 10:13 p:m.: We are underway. Enjoy the game.

UPDATE, 10:28 p.m.: Brian Bruney is wearing No. 99 now. Turns out he never liked 38 for some reason.

UPDATE, 11:29 p.m.: 1-1 through five innings here. Just what you expect with Felix. A.J. is pitching well, too.

UPDATE, 11:35 p.m.: Nice day for Johnny Damon. He’s 3 for 3 with two doubles and a run scored. The Yankees lead 2-1. That’s a big run in this game.

UPDATE, 12:31 a.m.: Yankees up a run and have Mo set up to face the bottom third of the Seattle order. This would be a nice win to start the road trip and a big boost for Burnett.

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1,124 Responses to “Game 148: Yankees at Mariners”

  1. Rishi September 18th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    well – a little bit of normalcy…

  2. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Yankees are AWESOME.

    Mo for Cy Young.

  3. Backbench September 18th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    SI has a ‘first guesstimate” about what the free agent market will do this winter. Both Damon and Matsui get high marks. Seattle for Hideki?

  4. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Repost:

    Question for you trisha, and this is totally unsarcastic and serious. What were these “bitterboy” excerpts?

  5. Rishi September 18th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    “ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: Surprise, Surprise by Bruce Springsteen.”

    Irony

  6. S.A.--Serenity Now September 18th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I’m gonna need some coffee for tonight

  7. Backbench September 18th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Also, NYYs in the market for Figgens?

  8. Mark in Tampa September 18th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Wait till the ALDS,

    As to Joe D vs Williams. We’ll probably have to disagree on this, and it is splitting hairs at best to argue which of these two greats was better.

    But I really liked what Phil Rizzuto said in a piece I saw about Dimaggio a few years ago: “Sometimes, when we were down in a real tough game, I would turn around just to make sure Joe was out there in centerfield. Because, I knew that as long as he was there, we would be all right and win the game.” Nobody ever said or likely even thought that about Williams.

  9. yup September 18th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Does Pete come clean and shock everyone that he has always been a Sox fan? “beat writers don’t root for teams.”

    “I’ve don’t root for the Yankees”

  10. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Joe D was a great leader, but a bitter and selfish man who died with no true friends.

  11. Drive 4-5 September 18th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    I dont think we’ll see much resting of the regular starters over the next 8 or 9 games. If the Yanks take care of business in the next week there will be plenty of time to give rest.

  12. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Ted Williams also didn’t that kind of talent surrounding him, either.

  13. Nick in SF in Eureka September 18th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Ok, B+ lineup, get it done!

  14. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Montero Fanaticus Primus September 18th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    So who’s staying up all night?

  15. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    The fact of the matter is Teddy Ballgame’s numbers, in regards to hitting, are superior to Joe D, and by a surprising amount in certain years.

    However I do concede the point that if Joe had hit in Fenway Park he would have had a higher average but less power.

  16. Rishi September 18th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    how is this the B+ line-up? Because Posada is still suspended?

  17. Nick in SF in Eureka September 18th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Rishi: yes.

  18. Drive 4-5 September 18th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    HBO did a terrific pieces on Ted Williams. If you ever get the chance I recommend you watch it. He was a terrific hitter, but a very complicated man. His father left the family when Ted was very young and his mother was very involved with the Salvation Army. She spent so much time trying to save souls that neglected her own 2 sons terribly.His brother found refuge in the streets and Ted found his on the ballfield. It’s a very interesting story.

  19. Drive 4-5 September 18th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    I really bet Pete is going to miss bouncing losers like this Reich fool.

  20. Mark in Tampa September 18th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    “The fact of the matter is Teddy Ballgame’s numbers, in regards to hitting, are superior to Joe D, and by a surprising amount in certain years.”

    And there is a lot more to the game than just hitting, especially in the pre-DH days. Williams was essentially a hitter only, Dimaggio played the whole game. But, apparently, I am not going to change your mind, you are certainly not going to change mine. We’ll have to agree to disagree on this one.

  21. ben September 18th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    cant believe you would blog for boston, thought u were a yankees fan.

    But anyways all in all, good luck and best wishes to your family and yourself Pete. Please make them promise the blog stays alive,it’s kind of part of my life to read this blog every single day.

  22. Screw-the-Stache September 18th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    My G-Fraud comments get deleted and “Reich” gets away with that?? Geez.

  23. BillyJoBob September 18th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Does trading Pete to Boston free up a spot on the 40 man?

  24. Yeah September 18th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Very happy that Mo’s shaken his inexplicable badness in non-save situations from last year.

  25. Drive 4-5 September 18th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    It was a sore point that Joe D won 9 World Series and Ted won none. It obviously had more to do with the players around him than it did with Williams himself. You wont find a bigger Red Sox hater than me, but Ted Williams was a great baseball player.

  26. Nick in SF in Eureka September 18th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    “I really bet Pete is going to miss bouncing losers like this Reich fool.”

    It could be one of Pete’s new readers!

  27. Smacketh Downeth September 18th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Drive, there’ll be plenty of that where Pete is heading….

  28. Brian (Red Sox Fan) September 18th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Drive 4-5 ….. good “review” of the HBO Ted williams piece. It was very balanced …. didn’t sugarcoat anything.
    Gave the bad with the good.

    If I remember correctly, he flew 39 combat missions in Korea; a flaming crash landing is included.

    As you say, a “complicated” man, and a very full life. He was my first sports hero (I saw Williams, Berra, Mantle, Skowron, etc. play at Fenway in 1958), and the HBO piece was extremely informative, and (for me) poignant.

  29. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Wait – serious question, not at all sarcastic. Do you have a rooting interest other than the Yankees? You don’t have to say who if you do.

  30. Bob(the original) September 18th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Come on everyone, move it over to Feinsand’s blog. He’s posted alot today and has a game thread up.

    Why sit here giving our post counts to a dying blog/paper.

    If the Daily News sees a jump in traffic, it can only help to show them the demand for a high quality Yankee blog.

    Stop crying and move on.

  31. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    “So who’s staying up all night?”

    since the yankees are depending on the big choker burnett who doesn’t appear to be able to handle being a yankee very well , i’m staying up to see if he can give up less than a run an inning .

    if he makes me eat my words , excellent :)

  32. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Link for Feisand’s blog?

  33. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    No, I have no rooting interest other than the Yankees, althogh I did half-jokingly make the Pirates my B-team, although if the Yankees faced the Pirates any time soon it’s Yanks every day and twice on Sundays.

    However while there’s an unaavoidable bias toward the Yankees I try very hard to be objective.

    And you never answered the question ;-)

  34. Drive 4-5 September 18th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Brian (Red Sox Fan),

    I agree. The piece was very well done. It didnt sugarcoat anything. I kinda liked his use of the English language lol.

  35. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Whether or not I go to Feisand’s blog, I do know that I’m not great on goodbyes so will likely not want to be here on Pete’s final day blogging.

  36. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    This blog isn’t dying, it’s just changing blogmasters.

  37. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    What question?

  38. Screw-the-Stache September 18th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Since Reich’s post remains, I’ll assume anti-semitism is accepted by LoHud and Pete; but anti-Giambi posts cross the line. Got it.

  39. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    2nd repost:

    “Question for you trisha, and this is totally unsarcastic and serious. What were these “bitterboy” excerpts?”

  40. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    GO ORIOLES!!!!

    I hope they smash the Sux to hell.

    :)

  41. Rishi September 18th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    here you go, Trisha – I just registered there today, myself:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/yankees/

  42. yankee_diva September 18th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    When asked about who are the best sports writers on the Globe here are some of the comments. Pete doesn’t know what he is getting himself into.

    If they were good writers they probably wouldn’t be writing about sports. Even Mazz sounds far more intelligent on the radio than what comes across on paper.

    Boston sportswriters are mere caricatures of themselves. Ah but for the days of Peter Gammons and a full page of baseball news in the Sunday Globe.

    If you watch the games and know the players and understand the game ( and the economics of the game)…what do we really need sportswriters and sportstalk shows for anyway?

  43. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks Rish! By the way, Mark Feisand is a really nice guy. I remember that when he was the Yankees.com reporter, I emailed him about several things and he always responded.

  44. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    “. He was my first sports hero (I saw Williams, Berra, Mantle, Skowron, etc. play at Fenway in 1958), and the HBO piece was extremely informative, and (for me) poignant.”

    brian (red sox fan)-

    i remember distinctly my father in williams last year at yankee stadium getting my attention making me look at him closely as we stood along the first base railing and remember him as he walked by. i was ten maybe.

    for how much my father disliked the red sox , that was telling of the respect he had for williams as player.

  45. S.A.--Serenity Now September 18th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Lohud yankee blogger candidates need to fight it out under the O’Neill banner. Winner takes over this blog.
    I mean, it would be perfect.

  46. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I am going to be stubborn and stay here.

    Lohud forever! (Patriotic music plays in background)

  47. Rishi September 18th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I think that site needs to work on readablity first – the font is tiny…

  48. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Wait – the comments having to do with how players supposedly felt about Arod, and some really unflattering things about Kevin Brown.

  49. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Wait – the comments having to do with how players supposedly felt about Arod, and some really unflattering things about Kevin Brown.

  50. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Wait – the comments having to do with how players supposedly felt about Arod, and some really unflattering things about Kevin Brown.

  51. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 18th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    # trisha – OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Wait – serious question, not at all sarcastic. Do you have a rooting interest other than the Yankees? You don’t have to say who if you do.
    ——————-

    I do. I am a fan of the Yankees, but also the game of baseball. But I would never find myself rooting for the Red Sox.

  52. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Didn’t mean to post more than once. I guess the baseball gods felt it was worth repeating…

    :)

  53. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    “I do. I am a fan of the Yankees, but also the game of baseball. But I would never find myself rooting for the Red Sox.”

    Christina, I second that. All of it!

  54. Rishi September 18th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    ok – so I posted over there that I thought the font was tiny and actually got an email back…

    not used to stuff like that…

  55. Mark in Tampa September 18th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    If this site takes a turn for the worse, I would be willing to go to Feinsand’s blog. Actually, it was from one of his columns when he was with MLB.com that I found this blog. So it would be fitting. But I would rather see how this one goes first.

  56. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Actually, a lot of the quotes were from Verducci, not Torre. Torre did not hate Kevin Brown (the famous “Brown and Johnson made your life miserable, but Wells meant to” quote). Torre never said that these players were “going away” from the championship years (though it was true) or that they had too oversized egos (though it was true). He made comments that Tom Verducci interpreted to mean such things. He actually was not that bad too Alex. Not at all.

    I have only 1 major issue. I’d rather he left out the part about Damon and how he was going through personal issues in 07′. Other than that, the book was very well researched and written.

  57. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Mark, I will definitely multitask with sites. I have another forum besides this one that I frequent, so what’s one more!

  58. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    It’s so funny that you consider me semi anti-yankeesince tons of people would get really annoyed back when they were struggling and I thought they’d be fine.

  59. Joe from Long Island September 18th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Agreed, the Daily News site needs work. And I don’t say that merely because it is different, the font is small, and the layout not as eye-grabbing as here.

    The Daily News has to realize that just because Pete left and Feinsand is pretty good in his own right that all Pete’s readers are automatically go over there.

    Sam Borden, and RAB, are pretty good also. The Daily News needs to work to get it done.

  60. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    I post on RAB and here.

    It can be done.

  61. Brian (Red Sox Fan) September 18th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Drive 4-5 …. After his career was over, Williams was a fascinating guy to listen to. He didn’t “spin” anything.

    Randy – I was ten in 1958. I knew Williams was REALLY good, but I didn’t have any perspective. I thought that most of the really good players hit .350 with power, and reached base half the time. Silly me.

    P.S. His .388 season (36 HRs)in 1957, at a non-juiced 38 years of age, was as good as anything that’s been achieved in my lifetime.

  62. vote Quimby September 18th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Pete has always said Feinsand is a good guy, and that’s good enough for me.

    It definitely seems like he’s going to try step up his game.

  63. Drive 4-5 September 18th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I just went to the Feinsand blog and began registering. I stopped. They ask too many questions. Besides, I’m staying here till we know for sure that it’s going to collapse.

  64. Joe from Long Island September 18th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I meant to say “Pete is leaving….”

    The world is changing….It always does.

  65. Jeter2007 September 18th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Matsui to Seattle makes sense. I like him, but we have too many players who need to DH once in a while to keep him.

    Mo has a good case for Cy Young but it’ll be tough if Greinke keeps doing well.

    I’ll be up watching the game tonight but then again I’m in CA. W00h00

    Let’s see what AJ’s got. Going against a very good pitcher has to fire you up. 6 inn, 2 er, 4 hits, 2 bb’s, 6 k’s.

  66. Brian (Red Sox Fan) September 18th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    * actually, 38 HRs for TW in 1957.

  67. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 18th, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Ah, change. Hate it. But it happens unfortunately.

  68. Drive 4-5 September 18th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Brian (Red Sox Fan),

    I’m curious. What’s your take on why Williams’ teams never won?

  69. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Wait, the way I see it Verducci was there as Torre’s shill so that Torre could spill the beans and Verducci could take “credit” for the stuff that made Torre look like a bitter turncoat. The fact that he partook in it at all while still in the game of baseball tells me all I need to know about the man. Yes, Phil Jackson did the same thing – but he had left the game of basketball when he did it. Respectable people wait until they are finished with their careers before they write their memoirs. That way, there is a lot of distance between them and situations that may have happened.

    I have no respect left for Torre. I would have to believe that his players are very circumspect around him. They’d be idiots to be otherwise. Well, all except Manny that is.

  70. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Sparky Lyle, one of my all time favorite players, wrote The Bronx Zoo while still playing.

  71. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    But whatever. Neither one of us will change the others’ view on things.

  72. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Wait – I have no desire to change your views or anyone else’s. I don’t need a cheering section behind me to feel confident in my views. And though I don’t remember your take throughout the season, I do remember you being shaken by the Sux and worried about the Yankees playing them.

  73. Brian (Red Sox Fan) September 18th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Drive ….. In the 40′s, the Yankee teams were simply better, though not by much.

    Williams went to Korea around 1950, and when he came back (1953?), the roster had deteriorated. The Sox were an mediocre in the 50′s for the old-fashioned reason …. lack of talent.

    And being slow to sign blacks and latinos certainly didn’t help in the 50′s.

  74. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    “The world is changing….It always does.”

    joe in long island-

    it cracks me up sometimes when some of the young people on the blog act like they understand change better than any other previous generation. i think they have no idea of the the sea change that took pace in the 60′s.

    change is good.

  75. Mark in Tampa September 18th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    randy l.,

    Do you mean 1960′s or 1860′s? Just trying to get a fix on how old you really are. :)

  76. Joe from Long Island September 18th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    I will know the world is really changing when randy compliments Brian Cashman. :)

  77. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    “Do you mean 1960’s or 1860’s? Just trying to get a fix on how old you really are. ”

    mark in tampa-

    you sure you’re not confusing me with gb7?

  78. Mark in Tampa September 18th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    “you sure you’re not confusing me with gb7?”

    Probably. I’m getting confused by all this change!

  79. Smacketh Downeth September 18th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Well, there was a lot of change in the 1860′s, too!

  80. Eights September 18th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    I have a feeling the team goes into another hot streak starting tonight. The past few games have been rough, but I get the feeling the Yanks are about to get back to form.

  81. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Drive 4-5
    September 18th, 2009 at 7:16 pm
    Brian (Red Sox Fan),

    I’m curious. What’s your take on why Williams’ teams never won?

    ————————————————————

    Williams always said the biggest difference in those Yankee/Red sox teams was Phil Rizzuto’s shortstop defense.

  82. Brian (Red Sox Fan) September 18th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    GB – I know that the Red Sox defense was atrocious in the 50′s. Don Buddin made Lugo look like Luis Aparicio.

    I don’t go back to Pesky in the 40′s, but I’m led to believe that he was comparable to Rizzuto.

    Back to my point about signing minority players during that era – it’s hard to play good defense with slow white players.

  83. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    AWWWW. No fat ass Rick Reed to call the elfkin safe at home! What a difference an ump makes…

  84. bru September 18th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    the thing that makes this blog great is the format of the text & the traffic.

    also it is like instant messaging instead of posting

    people are always posting almost 24/7

  85. Drive 4-5 September 18th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Brian (Red Sox Fan),

    I’m looking right now at a 1956 Fenway Park Yankee / Red Sox score card ( cost – 15 cents) that was handed down to me by my dad. Living in MA he was a die hard Yankee fan and raised a family of the same. The lineups were

    Boston:
    Billy Goodman 2b
    Billy Klaus 3B
    Ted Williams LF
    Mickey Vernon 1B
    Jackie Jensen RF
    Jimmy Piersall CF
    Ted Lepcio SS
    Sammy White C
    Frank Sulivan P

    Yankees:
    Hank Bauer RF
    Enos Slaughter LF
    Mickey Mantle CF
    Yogi Berra C
    Moose Skowron 1B
    Gil McDougald 2b
    Billy Martin 3B
    Jerry Coleman SS
    Tom Sturdivant P

    The Yanks won 4-1. Very cool. I love looking at this stuff. And looking at the lineups you can see why the Sox finished 13 games behind the Yanks that year.

  86. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 18th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Despite the playoffs looming, is anyone else sad that baseball season is slowly coming to an end?

  87. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Brian (Red Sox Fan)
    September 18th, 2009 at 7:48 pm
    GB – I know that the Red Sox defense was atrocious in the 50’s. Don Buddin made Lugo look like Luis Aparicio.

    I don’t go back to Pesky in the 40’s, but I’m led to believe that he was comparable to Rizzuto.

    Back to my point about signing minority players during that era – it’s hard to play good defense with slow white players.

    ————————————————————

    Pesky played nearly as much 3rd base as he did shortstop and wasn’t particularly good at either spot, though he wasn’t terrible at third. They had Vern Stephens at short for years. Frank Malzone played 3rd in the 50s-60s and Pete Runnels played 2nd base. Piersall and Goodman split a lot of time at SS.

  88. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 18th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    “change is good.”

    that’s what the out of work guy said to me on the corner today.

  89. bru September 18th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    dont go pete

    pete if you have a blog waiting for you or create one can u send a link?

  90. cashman needs to go September 18th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    hey guys – i haven’t been on feinsands blog in over 4 months as he really didn’t care much to post more than a few lines a day and about only once per day..but i just checked it out and he seems to have gotten that kick in the pants that he needed to match pete’s greatness..he’s posted like 4 times today and about the same amount yesterday..he also must have gotten a few pointers from pete as he seems to have copied some of pete’s technique’s..

    i would recommend checking it out in case this blog starts to lose steam …as it inevitibly may without pete watching over it…

    maybe feinsand was being honest in what he promised yestreday once pete’s leaving made the rounds…

  91. Nick in SF in Eureka September 18th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    “it cracks me up sometimes when some of the young people on the blog act like they understand change better than any other previous generation. i think they have no idea of the the sea change that took pace in the 60’s.”

    Thanks for that, randy. I imagine self-involved 60′s-centric comments like that one crack a few people up too.

    (not sure how many more wild corkers randy will unleash before Pete is gone, had to pounce on that one. ;) )

  92. Drive 4-5 September 18th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Meanwhile, Dennis Eckersley was just raving how unhittable Bucholz’s stuff is when Luke Scott took him deep. Game tied 1 -1 in the 3rd.

  93. Mark in Tampa September 18th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Vern Stephens was a pretty good player for Boston. They talk about about shortstops like Ripken, Arod, Nomar, etc changing the position, but 60 years ago, Stephens averaged 147 RBIs per year while playing short for the sox from’48-50. That includes a 113 run, 39 HR, 159 RBI year in that great 1949 season.

  94. Brian (Red Sox Fan) September 18th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    GB – I forgot about Vern Stephens in the 40′s (i.e. I read about him).

    In the 50s, Malzone played a nice 3d base, Runnels was mediocre at second. Goodman won a batting title, but couldn’t field.

    Jimmy Piersall actually played CF (ex-Yank Jackie Jensen was in right). Piersall was a good centerfielder, as i recall.

  95. Uncle Ellsworth (be nice, until it's not time to be nice) September 18th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    What’s this Feinsand talk?

    Stay the course

    or KJ all the way!

  96. Uncle Ellsworth (be nice, until it's not time to be nice) September 18th, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    What’s this Feinsand talk?

    Stay the course

    or Miss J all the way!

  97. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    “Despite the playoffs looming, is anyone else sad that baseball season is slowly coming to an end?”

    Absolutely.

    :(

    Love that the Sux have a losing record on the road. HFA here we come.

    :)

    GO ORIOLES!!!!!

  98. Nick in SF in Eureka September 18th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    I’ll go to Dianne Feinstein’s blog when I’m good and ready.

    For now, LoHud lives.

  99. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    You know the Yankees are doing well when you can have the Sux game as nothing more than white noise and you can spend your time looking for information on epoxying your garage!

    :D

  100. Marie September 18th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    I saw A-rod and K-hud today in Seattle at lunch. My first ever celeb sighting. Whoee!

  101. Nick in SF in Eureka September 18th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    So that means the Sox are ahead? :(

  102. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    “change is good.”
    that’s what the out of work guy said to me on the corner today.
    ————————————–

    dt-

    what did you thing i meant ? i spent a whole semester break in college at big sur by asking for spare change for a few hours each morning.

    like i said:
    change is good :)

  103. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 18th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    “I saw A-rod and K-hud today in Seattle at lunch. My first ever celeb sighting. Whoee!”

    Congrats!
    Tomorrow, borrow a baby and head to Starbucks.
    Derek Jeter is a sucker for infants and fresh coffee.
    If he’s lucky, you’ll let him pose for a baby picture.

  104. Uncle Ellsworth September 18th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Who wants to hear about the time I met Dr. Stuart Hershon?

  105. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    “So that means the Sox are ahead? ”

    What does that have to do with the Sux being ahead of behind? Nothing is the answer.

  106. Tom in N.J. September 18th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Bon Jovi’s keyboard player is a nice dude…

  107. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Brian (Red Sox Fan)
    September 18th, 2009 at 8:01 pm
    GB – I forgot about Vern Stephens in the 40’s (i.e. I read about him).

    In the 50s, Malzone played a nice 3d base, Runnels was mediocre at second. Goodman won a batting title, but couldn’t field.

    Jimmy Piersall actually played CF (ex-Yank Jackie Jensen was in right). Piersall was a good centerfielder, as i recall.

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, Piersall was mainly a center fielder. I was thinking about the 30 game experiment in 1952, which flopped terribly. Was thinking he had a full year. From the late 40s until the mid 60s, their defense killed their pitchers. Then, the trade of pitcher Earl Wilson in the mid 60s delayed any chances of doing anything befor ’67. With wilson, they would have beaten the Cards that year. A very good pitcher and one of the best hitting pitchers in history. They got virtually nothing in return (Don Demeter). Wilson became a 22 game winner and came close to outhitting Demeter.

  108. Nick in SF in Eureka September 18th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I walked up to Jeter with my nephew and said “Can I get a picture with the baby?”

    He said “Sure”, snapped a picture of me and the baby, and left.

  109. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 18th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Painful I bet, Uncle.

  110. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 18th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    “dt-
    what did you thing i meant ? i spent a whole semester break in college at big sur by asking for spare change for a few hours each morning.”

    Randy, not sure what you meant really.

    You sort of lost me up at the sea change part. Now that you mention Big Sur, I realize you were talking about the Pacific.

    That’s actually an ocean not a sea, but as Clete Boyer used to tell me, let’s not get technical.

  111. Nick in SF in Eureka September 18th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    “What does that have to do with the Sux being ahead of behind? Nothing is the answer.”

    Was that reply in escrow while the Orioles had men on base?

    Just kidding, Trisha. I’m not a conspiracy theorist. ;)

  112. Drive 4-5 September 18th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Nick in SF in Eureka
    September 18th, 2009 at 8:14 pm
    So that means the Sox are ahead?

    The Orioles let Bucholz out of a 1st & 3rd 1 out jam. Sux ahead 2-1 in the 4th.

    In other action, the Rangers are trying to extend their slide. The Angels lead 1 -0 in the 1st.

  113. Drive 4-5 September 18th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Nick,

    I’m relieved Jeter didnt try to steal the baby. If you ever run into Clay Bucholz I wouldnt advise using the same props.

  114. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 18th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    “I walked up to Jeter with my nephew and said “Can I get a picture with the baby?”
    He said “Sure”, snapped a picture of me and the baby, and left.”

    that’s why he’s a superstar. What other player can hold a Starbucks in one hand and focus a camera with the other?

    We might never see another like him in our generation.

  115. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    “not sure how many more wild corkers randy will unleash before Pete is gone, had to pounce on that one.”

    nick in sf-

    i’m increasing my rate of wild corkers just in case the music stops here before we think, so don’t worry. i have a lot more where that one came from.

    what year was steve jobs born by the way? is he in his twenties? didn’t think so.
    like i said the 60′s were a sea change. surely nick, you aren’t going to say they weren’t.

  116. Doris from Rego Park September 18th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    My ears are burning

  117. Brian (Red Sox Fan) September 18th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Drive – Thanks for posting that old scorecard …. a little talent discrepancy, eh?

    GB – Earl Wilson had tremendous power – of course, he had a few (very hard)swings and misses, too.
    I saw his no hitter for the Sox on TV.

    Soooo, great power, can pitch a little; let’s trade him. Sound familiar?

  118. Ray Clark September 18th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    If you absulutely have to go Pete, please take her with you. SOSH deserves her.

  119. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 18th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Doris from Rego Park
    September 18th, 2009 at 8:30 pm
    “My ears are burning”

    Sue Starbucks. There is a McDonald’s precedent there somewhere…

  120. Doris from Rego Park September 18th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Lighten up, Ray

  121. Doris from Rego Park September 18th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Lighten up, Ray

  122. Drive 4-5 September 18th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Jason Bay just left the game with some sort of injury.

  123. Nick in SF in Eureka September 18th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    So you’re crediting the sea change decade of the sixties with the achievements of people who were born then too? Wow the 1870′s was an important decade… Einstein was born! You’re an easy grader, randy.

    Anyway, I have no interest in having a phony debate based on false premises. I just thought your original comment about how much you laugh at younger people for some reason or another was funny!

  124. Drive 4-5 September 18th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Brian (Red Sox Fan),

    You mean Sammy White was no Yogi Berra? lol

  125. Marie September 18th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive) September 18th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    “I saw A-rod and K-hud today in Seattle at lunch. My first ever celeb sighting. Whoee!”

    Congrats!
    Tomorrow, borrow a baby and head to Starbucks.
    Derek Jeter is a sucker for infants and fresh coffee.
    If he’s lucky, you’ll let him pose for a baby picture.
    ____________________

    We didn’t really realize until after a while it was Kate and the three kids. A-Rod didn’t walk in until later. She negotiated the kids alone very well, especially the baby, who she was singing to. The other two kids were very well behaved–even Ryder with his lightsaber! She was helping A-rod’s older daughter color on her kid’s menu. We left as A-rod arrived so didn’t get to spy on him much. He was coming from the Seattle Athletic Club across the street (crossing the street illegally, which he might want to watch as he is really not very well liked in Seattle and two cops were standing right there!)

  126. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Brian (Red Sox Fan)
    September 18th, 2009 at 8:32 pm
    Drive – Thanks for posting that old scorecard …. a little talent discrepancy, eh?

    GB – Earl Wilson had tremendous power – of course, he had a few (very hard)swings and misses, too.
    I saw his no hitter for the Sox on TV.

    Soooo, great power, can pitch a little; let’s trade him. Sound familiar?

    ————————————————————

    The real reason behind that trade was that they had George Scott, Reggie Smith and Joe Foy and Wilson was one too many.

  127. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Drive 4-5
    September 18th, 2009 at 8:36 pm
    Jason Bay just left the game with some sort of injury.

    ————————————————————

    Foul ball off of his foot.

  128. Tom in N.J. September 18th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Randy, Steve Jobs was born in 1955.

  129. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    “Anyway, I have no interest in having a phony debate based on false premises.”

    nick in sf-

    me neither. i thought we all agreed not to talk about posadagate anymore :)

  130. Drive 4-5 September 18th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    GreenBeret7 ,

    That’s what I thought too and then they just said he left with flu like symptoms. Here’s hoping it spreads lol

  131. Maverick September 18th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Pete, if your out there…

    Congrats big time.

    This is not a complaint about the line up. But given the fact that AJ is pitching tonight it would seem to have been a good time for Cervelli to catch him and get in a starting lineup..

    Any thoughts on why Cervelli isn’t getting to start any games.

  132. Drive 4-5 September 18th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I dont think we’ll be seeing much of Cervelli until the Yanks clinch.

  133. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    “Any thoughts on why Cervelli isn’t getting to start any games.”

    maybe because girardi thinks cervelli is his third string catcher.

  134. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 18th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Do you think we will be seeing Ian Kennedy tomorrow?

  135. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    “Was that reply in escrow while the Orioles had men on base?”

    :)

    You certainly know me better than that I would think. I fear nothing and I hide behind nothing. Read my post again and you will see that I said I am looking for information on epoxying my garage. The Sux game is nothing but white noise. A nice position to be in. It is white noise if they win and it is white noise if they lose.

    Of course, every day of the week and twice on Sundays I love to see those raggedy bahstids lose. But it still is white noise.

    :)

  136. RalphieD (OPPC) September 18th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    “maybe because girardi thinks cervelli is his third string catcher.”

    but he is?

  137. Maverick September 18th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Just thought that with Posada out and with CC pitching tomorrow with Molina his usual catcher, using Cervelli would mean Molina wouldn’t be catching two days in a row.

  138. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    “maybe because girardi thinks cervelli is his third string catcher.”
    but he is?”
    ————————-

    yes

  139. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    maverick-

    in that case, maybe cervelli will start tomorrow.

    i was being flip and didn’t look to see what time the game is tomorrow.

    i’m sure cervelli will get in some games while posada is out.

  140. Drive 4-5 September 18th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Maverick,

    I think Molina would catch back to back games. However, Molina did wince in pain after catching a ball last game. It seems he might have aggravated the same finger Posada did. It may have been nothing, but maybe if it still bothers Molina we’d see Cervelli.

  141. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Drive 4-5
    September 18th, 2009 at 8:47 pm
    GreenBeret7 ,

    That’s what I thought too and then they just said he left with flu like symptoms. Here’s hoping it spreads lol

    ————————————————————

    Yeah…when the ball “flu” into his foot.

    If it’s flu-like symptoms, I’m hoping that they are a very close team.

  142. Nick in SF in Eureka, CA September 18th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Sorry, I didn’t know it was humor-free night. :(

    Next time I’ll put the “just kidding” in all-caps.

  143. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Jim, it isn’t like the Sux are walking all over them. Unfortunately the O’s haven’t gotten the timely hit. They have had the opportunity but haven’t yet come through. But the game isn’t over. These definitely aren’t your green monster boys when they’re on the road!

  144. rb September 18th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    This is day 2 of a 3 game suspension. Tomorrow is a night game, so it’s not a given that Cervelli starts.

  145. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    It didn’t matter whether you were kidding or just saying you were kidding but jabbing! I love posting about the white noise boys and how little they matter right now!

    Let there be no question about my lack of fear. Ever.

    :D

    Note the grin. That means I am having fun with you. I would put the smiley in bold but we can’t bold here anymore!

    Lighten up Nick. Life is good!

  146. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    buchholz is throwing another good game .

    if beckett has straightened out ( his last few outings have been better), beckett , lester, and buchholz is a pretty good starting three for the playoffs.

    all the more reason burnett really needs to step it up tonight. i have no idea what he needs to do mechanically or mentally, but i know he needs to be the guy who the yankees thought they were getting.

    they can’t go into the playoffs with him giving up 7 runs per nine innings like he has this month so far.

  147. Maverick September 18th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Right guys,

    Cervelli is sure be starting either tomorrow night or Sunday afternoon right after Sat night game.

  148. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    It looked like Baltimore caught a break on that play, because it sure seemed like Roberts never touched 2nd base.

  149. Nick in SF in Eureka, CA September 18th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Lighten up?

    Is this Bizarro LoHud?

  150. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    “Did you fear last year when it was going down the stretch and it looked more likely that we were going to miss out?”

    Nah. I was born without the fear gene and in its place got a double dose of the confidence gene!

    :)

  151. rb September 18th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Maverick September 18th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Right guys,

    Cervelli is sure be starting either tomorrow night or Sunday afternoon right after Sat night game.

    ——–

    Not necessarily. Jorge is back from suspension on Sunday.

  152. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    if the yankees go into the playoffs with the best record in baseball for the regular season and the red sox go in with the stronger rotation, did theo out gm cashman again and build a team for the playoffs while cashman built one for the regular season ?

    just asking.

  153. Maverick September 18th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Am I mistaken or is Jim Pir-1/2 the only one that seems to be at all interested (overly, excessively, or at all) in the Sox-Orioles game?

  154. ed September 18th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    GreenBeret7
    September 18th, 2009 at 9:10 pm
    It looked like Baltimore caught a break on that play, because it sure seemed like Roberts never touched 2nd base.

    He didn’t, plays right into Jimbo’s theory that the umps are trying to help the O’s win. Err….

  155. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    trisha, earlier you said that I was worried about the Sox and about playing them.

    That is true (and as it turns out they’re almost certainly going to win the wild card) but I never, ever said that the Yanks would miss the playoffs. Ever. Not once. Back in April when they were struggling I was consistent in that they were a playoff team.

  156. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I was reading that Wakefield had a good BP session (40 pitches) and may start on Monday. Interesting how there are getting their rotation together just in time for the playoffs and can pitch and choose between Becket, Leister, Buckholtz, Dice K, and Wakefield. LAA though should have taken two of three from them and that didn’t include a start by noted Red Sox killer Scott Kazmir and Weaver. It will be an interesting series to see who will advance to hopefully play the Yanks in the ALCS.

  157. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Wait, I do remember you always saying the Yanks would make the playoffs. I think you were’t always sure it would be as division winner but you did always have them in there.

  158. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    trisha, you are correct. I didn’t have them as division winners until about two weeks after they swept the Red Sox.

  159. Ray Clark September 18th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Somebody please epoxy her mouth.

  160. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    “Nah. I was born without the fear gene and in its place got a double dose of the confidence gene!”

    how’d you do on the humility gene?

  161. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Ray Clark September 18th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Somebody please epoxy her mouth.

    Nice idea but it will never happen. She just never gets it. I’ve never seen anyone that always has to interject a personal comment (usually negative) about everyone else

  162. Ray Clark September 18th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    POV

    Not to mention how we have to listen to her having to run errands or go to a party. Who to f’ cares?

  163. Betsy September 18th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Clay Bucholz has pitched mostly against the Jays and the Os………

  164. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    pov-

    i’ve been watching the past few weeks as the red sox rotation is slowly coming together.

    i’m not going to say that theo is some kind of genius because he isn’t , but the red sox are timing things rather well i’d say with their pitching.

  165. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Ray Clark September 18th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    POV

    Not to mention how we have to listen to her having to run errands or go to a party. Who to f’ cares?

    I’m waiting for the eruption :-)

  166. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I have still been very impressed with Clay Buchholz. He also shut down US, no easy feat.

  167. John September 18th, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Was Kim right?

    AJ has given up 5 more runs in an inning 8 times this year?

    Wow

  168. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    You do realize nobody has to listen to anybody, right? It’s a blog. Skip the comments if you really want to.

  169. ed September 18th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Grabs bag of popcorn and waits.

  170. Arizz September 18th, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    O’s have a pretty good lineup, so does Toronto.

    Look what they do to our pitching.

  171. Dead Sox September 18th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Wait,

    Exactly. People forget he only allowed 2 runs in 6 innings against us.

    He has come into his own this year.

  172. Ray Clark September 18th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    POV

    After you find someone to epoxy her garage, maybe you can recommend a spackler to fix the hole she punched in the wall

  173. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    “I’ve never seen anyone that always has to interject a personal comment (usually negative) about everyone else”

    Like you are a frightened crybaby about everything? That kind of personal negative comment?

    :lol:

    Actually I tend to stay away from personal comments but I will make exceptions in cases of real losers. Like you and “Ray C*ck” I mean Clark.

    Now, hows about you run some errands or go to the potty, where you belong?

  174. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Sorry Yankee fans, I think Buchholz is good as long as there aren’t any laptops around for him to get his kleptomaniac hands on.

  175. Sey September 18th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    To be fair… I don’t think Theo thought he could get this much out of Buchholz this year.

    We also had Wang as our #2 starter and Burnett has yet to replace him as that.

  176. Ray Clark September 18th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Was that meant to be coitus interruptus?

  177. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Ray Clark = S. Pincus!

  178. Betsy September 18th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Wait, Bucholz is talented, but the Os are still a terrible team – he’s beating the same teams over and over again. My point isn’t so much to knock him as it is to disagree with the idea that he’s this world beater who is definitely going to be a solid contributor in the playoffs. I do think the Sox rotation is in better shape because I expect Beckett and Lester to be very good……..With the Yankees, it’s CC…..and I guess you could put Andy as being very solid, but even so, I would not be surprised if he bombed in at least one of his starts. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

  179. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Andy Pettite has done an uncredible job this year. He and Nick Swisher have proven me wrong.

  180. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    betsy-

    buchholz has had 8 out of 9 good starts. he’s pitching in the major leagues. he’s doing well even though it’s against the rays, orioles , and blue jays.

    it’s looking like a smart move leaving him in triple a for the first half as he’ s coming on when it’s getting to be playoff time.

    now he’s a young pitcher and may fall apart with playoff pressure, but i wouldn’t mind having a young guy like him pitching like that right now on the yankees.

  181. Outlawz September 18th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    There is a reason Buchholz was the #1 pitching prospect in 2007. He is good. He has stopped trying to pitch backwards like he did last year.

  182. Maverick September 18th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    To those of you fond of using the word “fear”.

    Fear of failure is the worst kind of fear. It affects your ability to perform. For many of our young people, either yesterday’s or today’s, it affects their desire to even try.

    The only healthy fear is that you are going to let someone down unless you do your best…hat which drives you to perform to the best of your ability.

    Have no real fears, only concerns, believe in yourself and in your training and you will have great expectations of success my son. And so he did.

  183. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    # randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    pov-

    i’ve been watching the past few weeks as the red sox rotation is slowly coming together.

    i’m not going to say that theo is some kind of genius because he isn’t , but the red sox are timing things rather well i’d say with their pitching.

    Randy, it’s too bad that they have more options than we do. Leister is virtual money in the bank and no one can dispute Becket’s post season record. A healthy Wakefield can give teams a fit and Buckholtz has been pitching well. Dice K comes back and gives up no runs. Yanks SP was hurt significantly by Wang this year, now we also have Joba, AJ, and even Andy in a somewhat unknown situation. Can CC be that pitcher he hasn’t been in the playoff’s the past couple of years? Buckholtz tonight gave up 1 run in 6 innings on 5 hits then turned it over to their bullpen. I bet Terry was pretty happy with that.

  184. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Andy has given me no reason to believe he’ll bomb. He’s been phenomenal.

  185. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Wait, they’d rather read the comments and then whine like little girls.

    The rest of us know how to skip posts we don’t want to read. But then the rest of us have IQs that have more than one digit.

  186. Ray Clark September 18th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    There she goes again

  187. Benny Blanco September 18th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    AJ can you please bring the heat tonight?? Can you harness you power for once and for all?

  188. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Yanks own Dice-K.

  189. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Maverick – good post!

  190. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

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

    http://bit.ly/2CeKqu

  191. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I don’t get why Andy is an unknown. He’s given us no reason at all to doubt him. None.

  192. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    “There she goes again”

    YAWN!!!

  193. Al September 18th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Tampa is ranked 5th in Runs in MLB
    Toronto 10th
    Baltimore 14th

    Those teams have better offensive stats than playoff teams like St. Louis and Detroit.

    It’s not like he’s pitching against the SF Giants.

  194. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Our bullpen this second half is > than the Sox pen.

    And Mo is > than any pitcher who ever closed out a game ever.

  195. Tower September 18th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Seattle is the worst offensive team in baseball. AJ doing well tonight doesn’t anything.

    He needs to be good teams, or he is invalid… like Buchholz.

  196. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Ray Clark September 18th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    There she goes again

    Don’t answer her, it just makes it worst

  197. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Andy was smashed because he was tipping pitches, but he’s changed to a high set to prevent that.

  198. Vader September 18th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Twins up 2-0 on the Tigers…the central will be interesting to watch with 6 more games lest between them.

  199. Ray Clark September 18th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    POV

    You really think so?

  200. Zach D September 18th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I don’t think Andy will “bomb”, but I can definitely see a mediocre 5.2 inning, 4 run performance in the playoffs.

    His attribute is his ability to grind it out and limit damage, unlike what Burnett has done,…. not to shut teams down like an ace.

  201. Go Yanks September 18th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Don’t have a dog in this fight, but Trisha saying

    “Actually I tend to stay away from personal coments . . .”

    is quite a stretch.

  202. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Seriously, I really don’t get the worry with Andy. I think he’ll do great.

  203. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Tower, he does need a good performance even against Seattle. I think his main problem is confidence and location. If AJ can spot the ball in good locations and stay ahead of the hitters hopefully he gets on a roll.

  204. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I’m home!!!!!
    Who missed me?? :-)

  205. Betsy September 18th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Randy, maybe I’m in denial, I don’t know. I think the Yankees are a better team than the Red Sox, but it does make me nervous that the pitching just isn’t that good right now. We might have had Phil Hughes in the rotation……a whole year of him. By now, he might be very, very good. I’m sure being in the pen will help his confidence, but I really wish now that we had left him in the rotation.

  206. Betsy September 18th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Just to clarify, I’m not saying that Andy WILL get bombed, just that he, IMO, is not an absolute sure thing to pitch great.

  207. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Yes, you just will end up with a night of attacks, but if you don’t mind have at it.

  208. Kool-Aid September 18th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    If AJ can’t beat this team, he should go home for the winter.

  209. Maverick September 18th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks Trish,

    Looks like your the only one that either read or understood it.

  210. Greg D September 18th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Erica

    I missed you. Where have you been? :)

  211. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    I missed GTLU.

  212. matt September 18th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    I’m reading these posts and it looks like two posters have problems with Trisha. She didn’t go after you two. If you don’t like here posts don’t read them. Don’t make stupid comments about her and she won’t make stupid comments about you two. It’s really easy. Skip her posts if you don’t like them!

  213. Ray Clark September 18th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Maybe the Yankee pitching has slipped from being stellar the last few games, but I think that is a product of waiting out the end of the regular season. Adrenaline will kick in when things really count.

  214. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    This is exciting. I am all set for the LoHud Friday night pajama party.

    Meanwhile, I did some online shopping this week. The box came today. Opening it is going to be really exciting. Especially since I don’t remember what I ordered :-)

  215. Pat M. September 18th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Randy I, ( The Original Tin Cup ) The BoSox starting pitching is a major concern come October & they have a good bullpen to go with it…….I rather deal with Anahiem in the ALCS with their weak bullpen……Here’s when the loss of Wang is going to be felt, and here is when Joba Chamberlain turns in a 1996 Andy Pettite performance in the ALCS…..I’ve been saying this, the spotlight is going to find Joba, and will he come thru….I believe his best outings lie ahaed in October……I also think Robbie Cano shines this October as well…..

  216. Carl September 18th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    we might be playing the twins in the alds

  217. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    I won’t be up for the game. Unfortunately I need to get up early tomorrow.

  218. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 18th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Hey Erica :) How was your trip?

  219. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Greg D
    September 18th, 2009 at 9:50 pm
    Erica

    I missed you. Where have you been?
    *****

    Family dinner. I spent the last 4 hours playing with my cousin’s 3 and 6 year olds. I feel like a human jungle gym! I am wiped… LOL

  220. Maverick September 18th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Erica,

    I DID, I DID, I DID, I DID, I ID …Whoops Freudian slip there.

  221. Sal September 18th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Burnett will either make or break us in the postseason. You are so tantalized by him… he can be that co-ace and just shut teams down on cold October nights with his heat.

    Or he could implode and take us out of games and cost us a series.

  222. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter’s Sock
    September 18th, 2009 at 9:53 pm
    Hey Erica How was your trip?
    *****

    I didn’t go anywhere :-). I was away from a computer for 6 hours. I though my return deserved an annoucement LOL

  223. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    ” maybe I’m in denial, I don’t know. I think the Yankees are a better team than the Red Sox, but it does make me nervous that the pitching just isn’t that good right now”

    betsy-
    i know the yankees are a better team than the red sox, but the playoffs are all about timing.

    their starting pitching is coming on while ours isn’t.

    all this could change in a heartbeat. aj could be lights out tonight and i know i’d feel a lot better.

    but yeah, i’m concerned about our starters after cc.

  224. Greg D September 18th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Family dinner. I spent the last 4 hours playing with my cousin’s 3 and 6 year olds. I feel like a human jungle gym! I am wiped… LOL

    _________________________________________

    But ready for some late night baseball……

  225. James September 18th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    PAT M,

    Agree 100%. Sox are set up excellently for October. They are treading upwards as the playoffs draw near. Pitching staff shaping up, bullpen with Wagner now a major strength, offense no longer in a funk.

    Give me the Angels anyday. I’d take my chances with that awful pen of theirs.

  226. Wait till the ALDS September 18th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    One big thing is Dice-K. He doesn’t scare me at all. The Yanks OWN Dice-K.

  227. no.27 September 18th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    hey… i’m trying to find the game streaming on justin.tv, but i’m not seeing it. does anyone have a streaming link to the game?

    thanks

  228. able 21 September 18th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Has there been any more news on Jason Bay leaving the game

  229. matt September 18th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    matt, thanks.

    Ever expoxy your garage?

    :)

  230. Sean Serritella September 18th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Burnett stinks. I don’t like him at all.

  231. Tazzmania September 18th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Really hope we face the Twins.

    Want to face that bum Pavano in game 1

  232. Uncle Ellsworth September 18th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Erica
    Hit the showers.

  233. able 21 September 18th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    That bum Pavano pitched ok against the Yanks. Do you forget?

  234. Tank September 18th, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Matsuzaka vs. Joba in a game 4 might be the worst baseball game of all time.

  235. Maverick September 18th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Ah the regulars are here at last, here at last, good god there here at last. Sanity lives again.

  236. TY Clip September 18th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    able 21,

    Who cares? Would you rather face Verlander?

  237. Sean Serritella September 18th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Hey look! Some one is pretending to be Matt!

    matt September 18th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    matt, thanks.

    Ever expoxy your garage?

  238. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    PAT M,

    Agree 100%. Sox are set up excellently for October. They are treading upwards as the playoffs draw near. Pitching staff shaping up, bullpen with Wagner now a major strength, offense no longer in a funk.

    Give me the Angels anyday. I’d take my chances with that awful pen of theirs.

    Pat I agree, the issue with the Angels is they got Kazmir. He has been very tough on both the Yanks and the Sox. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him be the first pitcher out of the blocks if the Yanks and Angels meet, which means he can come back again in the series.

  239. Mark in Tampa September 18th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I was just watching the end of the Mets game, and David Wright has ditched the Great Gazoo helmet and went back to his normal one.

  240. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    hey pat m-

    grab my email address after clicking on my username just in case this blog goes south after peter leaves. i threw my old mitt on there that stan cliburn gave me to break in for him. what’d you think , is it broken in yet? :)

  241. able 21 September 18th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Obviously Verlander is a problem in a short series, but I was simply reacting to the Pavano comment. Apples and oranges.

  242. Uncle Ellsworth September 18th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Ever expoxy your garage?

    Garage Floor?
    make sure it is spotless and the proper cleaners are used.

    don’t do it unless it is needed.

  243. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    September 18th, 2009 at 9:58 pm
    Erica
    Hit the showers.
    ****

    At the risk of sounding gross, I wasn’t planning on showering tonight. I plan to have some sort of working out in the morning and shower after. That would just be a waste of water.
    However, if the Yankees need me to change the course of this game, I will consider showering

  244. Sey September 18th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    I’d rather face Kazmir than Lester.

    At least we can get Kazmir out of there after 5 or 6 and get to the LAA pen. Lester is a horse.

  245. Joe I September 18th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    “Matsuzaka vs. Joba in a game 4 might be the worst baseball game of all time.”

    I don’t know about the worst, but the first 5 innings would take about 4 hours.

  246. Uncle Ellsworth September 18th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    At the risk of sounding gross, I wasn’t planning on showering tonight. I plan to have some sort of working out in the morning and shower after. That would just be a waste of water.
    However, if the Yankees need me to change the course of this game, I will consider showering

    OK but no “oh, I’m so stinky comments”

    Miss Jones sounds good so far.

  247. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 18th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Erica – always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter’s Sock
    September 18th, 2009 at 9:53 pm
    Hey Erica How was your trip?
    *****

    I didn’t go anywhere :-) . I was away from a computer for 6 hours. I though my return deserved an annoucement LOL
    ————-

    hahahahahah, my bad. I thought you were going away or something! Well, welcome back. You were missed, even if it was only for a few hours!

  248. Uncle Ellsworth September 18th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    randy l.
    September 18th, 2009 at 10:01 pm
    hey pat m-

    grab my email address after clicking on my username just in case this blog goes south after peter leaves.

    Last one left please turn off the lights.

  249. Pat M. September 18th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Randy I, Got it…..I was thinking the same thing about key people bolting after the season is over…..I wonder if there was a way of having a few people in charge of keeping things in place, or having a sign up list of some sort….I love the old pancake Wilson mitt….Man that baby is well cooked…..Do you still have the relic ???

  250. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Go Yanks, thanks for your input but I think you’d be hard pressed to back up what you just said. I tend to stay away from the personal unless someone decides to get in my face.

    Anyway, I think posters here want to enjoy the rest of the season without little baby squabbles so anyone with a quarter of a brain will skip posts they don’t care to read. I learned to do that early on.

  251. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Uncle E-

    Fine. I will not complain…………
    (in my defense last time I came from the beach. I was REALLY stinky)

  252. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    able 21 September 18th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Obviously Verlander is a problem in a short series, but I was simply reacting to the Pavano comment. Apples and oranges.

    I was curious what he had done against us this year as I wasn’t sure. I found this on the web.

    The Yankees, presuming they finish with the best record in the A.L., can opt for a division series schedule featuring an extra day off, allowing them to use only three fully rested starters. Sabathia would be in line to pitch in Games 1 and 4, but, then again, so would Verlander. In two starts against the Yankees this season — both opposite Sabathia — Verlander has held them to two runs in 14 innings. In his July 18 start at Yankee Stadium, Verlander did not allow any of the Yankees’ seven left-handed hitters to pull a fly ball until the sixth inning.

  253. Benny Blanco September 18th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    while i do respect king felix, i hope we pound him tonight.

  254. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! September 18th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Sage, the scribe sets sail…

    The Globe’s gain, LoHud’s lament…

    Peter Abraham…

  255. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    GO YANKEES!!!

  256. Carl September 18th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Jete baby!

  257. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    auto

    matic

  258. Benny Blanco September 18th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    king who?

  259. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    “However, if the Yankees need me to change the course of this game, I will consider showering”

    it’s tough waiting in the bullpen for the call that may or may not come.

    but you have to be ready to go in when the call comes to take one for the team.

  260. Carl September 18th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    DAMON!

  261. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    awesome

  262. able 21 September 18th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Very good start

  263. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    MPB Johnny Damon = Awesome :grin:

  264. Benny Blanco September 18th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Lets get these runs early.

  265. S.A.--Serenity Now September 18th, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Nice start so far

  266. Jim the VT Yankeefan September 18th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Jeter needs 5 more hits to be #50 all time.

  267. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    “Anyway, I think posters here want to enjoy the rest of the season without little baby squabbles so anyone with a quarter of a brain will skip posts they don’t care to read. I learned to do that early on.”

    if you skip those posts how are you so quick respond to them ?

  268. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    nice

  269. Benny Blanco September 18th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    thats was a gift. Thanks arod.

  270. Carl September 18th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Small ball baby

  271. Ray Clark September 18th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    How true.

  272. rb September 18th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Good job, Alex.

  273. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Nice AB by ARod, drive the ball somewhere and get the run good execution

  274. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Yanks using the Beckett strategy it appears going after the first or second pitch.

  275. m/2 September 18th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Tuned in about 5 minutes ago, and only just heard Kim’s voice. It was weird, Sterling yammering about football, boom! Kim’s voice. Well, not boom. But different. Hopefully, Sterling will let her say something.

  276. Benny Blanco September 18th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    The ball comes out of his hand so effortlessly. He just throws 96 like its nothing.

  277. able 21 September 18th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    I thought Matsui was a for sure goner after this season, but some thought is going to have to be given to his value to this team. Same thing with Damon.

  278. m/2 September 18th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    They’re going after Hernandez early 5 hitters saw 13 pitches.

  279. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! September 18th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Sage, the scribe sets sail…

    The Globe’s gain, LoHud’s lament…

    One they call Pete Abe…

  280. Benny Blanco September 18th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Where was that last pitch?

  281. rb September 18th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Strikes AJ, strikes.

  282. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Ray Clark September 18th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    How true.

    Ditto, but what do I know I have less than half a brain

  283. S.A.--Serenity Now September 18th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Oh yay, AJ time :?

  284. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    hey does anyone else have roku on the blog ?

    i just got it this week for netflix to watch instant movies and surprise surprise, it has mlb.com too.

    the nice thing compared to extra innings is that it has the same home and away line up that mlb.com has.

    i don’t think i’m going to need extra innings next year so that’s pretty cool.

  285. RS September 18th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Jeter and Ichiro have to be the two peskiest leadoff hitters in the game.

  286. rb September 18th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Thank you!

  287. Carl September 18th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Someone tell Franklin they are not paying him to bunt.

  288. rb September 18th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    *for the easy out…that is

  289. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    I can remember the Scooter saying don’t bunt them high pitches

  290. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    CC

    Andy

    Joba

    AJ

  291. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    14 seasons after 1995….

    I still despise Ken Griffey Jr

  292. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Going to be a lot of 1st and 2nd pitch hitting from both teams tonight.

  293. Uncle Ellsworth September 18th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    doesn’t Pete know – you can’t go home again.

  294. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    AJ has good pop tonight, you can hear that mitt cracking.

  295. Jim the VT Yankeefan September 18th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Griffey is the only active player with more hits than Jeter.

  296. rb September 18th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Erica,

    For me it was Edgar. He always seemed to get the big hit.

  297. nature boy September 18th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    aj pitching to 90s griffey

  298. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Ugh…. did they need to show it again?

  299. Maverick September 18th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    September 18th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    hey… i’m trying to find the game streaming on justin.tv, but i’m not seeing it. does anyone have a streaming link to the game?

    ————
    Go to p2p4u.net, the select Other Sports.

  300. vince September 18th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Unreal. Griffey hitting .217, and AJ walks him.

  301. jsbrendog September 18th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Aj has to stop the walks

  302. able 21 September 18th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Edgar Martinez defined the phrase Yankee Killer

  303. Rishi September 18th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    didn’t see this above:

    Update, 7:14: PR man Jason Zillo just informed us that Brian Bruney has changed his uniform number from 38 to 99. Wild Thing seems appropriate.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/blo.....z0RW1S3lMi

  304. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Pov – here’s the difference. Your posts don’t bother me. So why would I skip them?

    :)

  305. rb September 18th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Good job, AJ. Keep it up.

  306. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    whew

  307. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Erica I thought the same thing, there are a few of those clips around we don’t want to see.

  308. random reader September 18th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    “I thought you were brilliant, you brought a tear to my eye…”

    John Sterling, in response to Kim Jones successfully reading the on-air disclaimer.

    Sterling also joked about how Suzyn was a “heavyweight” because it took two people (Kim Jones and Sweeny Murti) to fill in for her this weekend.

  309. rb September 18th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    able,

    e really did. As a Yankee fan, he was the guy that I least wanted up at the plate in a big moment.

  310. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    I would vote for #2-

    Cashman visiting the Yankees in Atlanta and that famous “sometimes you need a visit from the Principal” quote, was definitely the Yankee turning point for 2009

  311. rb September 18th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    *He

  312. MG September 18th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    September 18th, 2009 at 10:23 pm
    14 seasons after 1995….

    I still despise Ken Griffey Jr
    ———————————
    Erica, the only problem is that Jr. is a really, really good guy. He’s a friend of a friend and we’ve played golf together at my club. Just a nice guy, very soft spoken and dedicated to his family.

  313. rb September 18th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    “Sterling also joked about how Suzyn was a “heavyweight” because it took two people (Kim Jones and Sweeny Murti) to fill in for her this weekend.”

    I had wondered about that until I saw Kim doing the YES pregame, then it made sense.

  314. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    That was a beautiful hit by Cano. When he is on, he makes it seem so easy

  315. Benny Blanco September 18th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Cano could hit anyone.

  316. Stultus Magnus September 18th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Erica, I haven’t been on in a while (ok, three hours), so I apologize if it’s been discussed:

    Any word from Pete regarding a NYC going away party?

    Thanks.

  317. Sweh61 September 18th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    I love Kenny and Cone. By far the best on the YES team

  318. jennifer September 18th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Anyone seriously paying attention to the game on the radio? How many times has John called Kim Suzy?

    I set the over/under at 15 for the game.

  319. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    I always wonder why Cano doesn’t get the steal sign more?

  320. Nick in SF in Eureka September 18th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Why did matt thank matt and ask matt if matt ever epoxy’d his garage?

    A matt divided against himself cannot stand.

  321. Art September 18th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    F. Hernandez and Melkman — separated at birth?

  322. Betsy September 18th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Erica, I don’t have warm feelings about Griffey, either. His hate for the Yankees based on treatment he supposedly got as a kid is way over the top. I adore his dad, though.

  323. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    MG-

    He might stand on street corners and help little old ladies cross street on a daily basis, and I would still despise him.

    I have no doubts that he may genuinely be a very nice guy. I was 14 in during the 1995 ALDS. That was the first time I was really into baseball and watched every minute of that series. I wanted to Yankees to go the distance so badly for Don Mattingly and for me- because I had never seen it before.

    When Griffey crossed the plate during those extra innings and all his teammates piled on top of him the moment sort of froze in time for me. And my heart kind of broke a little. I will always despise Griffey for that reason

  324. OKI/DAVE September 18th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Don’t know why Giradi is playing so conservative. That was a perfect hit and run situation. Melky always seems to make contact.

  325. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    trisha – OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene -

    actually the ability to imagine different scenarios and be concerned about unpleasant ones is a sign of intelligence.

    http://www.amazon.com/Art-Long.....y_b_text_b

  326. Stultus Magnus September 18th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    I guess “any word on his availability” is more appropriate.

    KJ is sounding good. Nice job, Kim!

  327. nature boy September 18th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    cano doesn’t get the steal sign because he isn’t very fast as his size and build would leave you to believe

  328. Sean Serritella September 18th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    It will be interesting to see if Pete can gain a following in Boston land like he has here. The secret of every website is to be one of the first. Pete will be going to Red Sox nation where a lot of Red Sox fans are set in their blogging ways and where they like to go.

    You know Pete is going to be great. This is going to prove to me if quality can actually win people over or if people won’t accept change.

  329. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Stultus Magnus
    September 18th, 2009 at 10:33 pm
    Erica, I haven’t been on in a while (ok, three hours), so I apologize if it’s been discussed:

    Any word from Pete regarding a NYC going away party?

    Thanks.
    ****

    Nope. My guess is it will probably be at least a few days before Pete can figure out how available he will be. I swear, I will keep everyone posted :-)

  330. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Nick, I assumed that was a goof on me about epoxying my garage.

    :)

  331. MG September 18th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    AJ has good stuff tonight and also has good location, he’s been missing the target by a mile lately and there was none of that in the 1st inning. An interesting stat is that his ERA is wins is about 1.70, if he can straighten himself out before the post season it should be another drive down lower Manhattan after the World Series.

  332. Sean Serritella September 18th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Nick, maybe because Matt wasn’t really Matt but some one pretending to be Matt?

  333. Ray Clark September 18th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    POV

    Your posts do bother her

  334. Benny Blanco September 18th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    finally, he paints the corner.

  335. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    “F. Hernandez and Melkman — separated at birth?”

    if that’s the case , i hope we get melky’s long lost brother reunited with him on the yankees.

    he’s going to be a very young free agent unless they’ve already signed him.

  336. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    “POV

    Your posts do bother her”

    :D

  337. Tom in N.J. September 18th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Anybody else hope that the “Sam I am” dude takes over.

    The abuse he took last year was epic…

  338. able 21 September 18th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Please no wildness tonight

  339. Benny Blanco September 18th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    HBP

  340. nature boy September 18th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    the aj burnett post 2 outs of doom

  341. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Lots of Wilsons in Seattle.

    Aren’t the Wilson sisters of Heart, Ann & Nancy out of Seattle as well in the 70s??

  342. MG September 18th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Erica – always OPPC
    September 18th, 2009 at 10:35 pm
    MG-

    He might stand on street corners and help little old ladies cross street on a daily basis, and I would still despise him.

    I have no doubts that he may genuinely be a very nice guy. I was 14 in during the 1995 ALDS. That was the first time I was really into baseball and watched every minute of that series. I wanted to Yankees to go the distance so badly for Don Mattingly and for me- because I had never seen it before.

    When Griffey crossed the plate during those extra innings and all his teammates piled on top of him the moment sort of froze in time for me. And my heart kind of broke a little. I will always despise Griffey for that reason
    —————————————————–
    Erica, I can understand that but my comparable moment (athough the Yankees had won a bunch of World Series in my lifetime before it) was the 1960 World Series. I was 13 and the Mazeroski home run to win game 7 was a real crusher. But the Yankees came back and won the series in ’61 and ’62 to take the sting out. I would have thought that the 4 Series triumphs right after 1995 would have erased 1995 from everyone’s memory (it has in mine).

  343. Nick in SF in Eureka September 18th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Sounds like a mattspiracy.

    I’m in Humboldt County, so I’m not discounting the possibility that I have a contact high.

  344. Stultus Magnus (no. 38) September 18th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    That’s fine, I’ll take it.

    Thanks, Bruney.

  345. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    The postseason rotation I’d like to see:

    CC

    Andy

    Joba

    AJ

    The postseason rotation I think we’ll see:

    CC

    Andy

    AJ

    Joba

  346. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    MG-

    The only thing that always bothered me about 1996 was that Don Mattingly didn’t get a chance to be with the team. The fact that they finally won the series the year after he retired always made 1996 rather bittersweet for me.

    1998-2000 were pretty awesome though.

  347. Art September 18th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Texas showing signs of life in their game w/ the halos.

  348. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    randy l.
    September 18th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    actually the ability to imagine different scenarios and be concerned about unpleasant ones is a sign of intelligence.

    ————————————————————

    I just can’t imagine that being true, Randy. But, I’m not concerned about it.

  349. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    “Texas showing signs of life in their game w/ the halos.”

    Talk about too much too little too late…

    :(

  350. able 21 September 18th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Being a catcher is no easy job.

  351. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 18th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    So Dreamy Eyes played catch w/ King Felix since he was 7? Thank You Kim Jones, SHUT JOHN!

  352. Uncle Ellsworth September 18th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    John and Miss Jones are getting along swimmingly.
    And he has not called her Suzy or Suzyn for that matter

  353. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Trisha,

    I asked you nicely quite a few times to just stop attacking me in your posts. I think your posts are great and thoughtful. I just want to talk baseball and enjoy the other posts. It seems so petty and I’m sure you are a very good person so I don’t understand the night after night attacks. Please just give me some credit for being a good person also that perhaps knows something about baseball. Life can be wonderful if people let it be.

  354. rb September 18th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Donnie Baseball was my favorite player (unusual, I know). The fact that he missed the Series by one year will always bother me. It still brings tears to my eyes when I watch the Mattingly Yankeeography.

  355. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    pat m-

    i would much rather face the angels too, and i share your hunch with joba.

    cutting back on his innings and then building him back may have been annoying to him, but it also may have helped get him ready to peak at the right time.

  356. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    MPB Johnny Damon = Really Awesome :grin:

  357. Benny Blanco September 18th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Does anyone have the website where i can listen online?

  358. MG September 18th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Erica, the year that probably would have been a championship for Donnie was 1994, they Yankees were way in front and had the best team but the strike stole the season from them. Seattle was really good in 1995, it was no disgrace to lose to them although .

  359. no.27 September 18th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Thanks Maverick, that site works great.

  360. S.A.--Serenity Now September 18th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Sterling and Kim-so far so good

  361. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 18th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Am I the only person who read “mattspiracy” as Matts-piracy?

    I went looking for Matt post full of Arrrrs and Avast me hearties.

    Possibly I am. I just got home from a wedding so that misreading may be alcohol induced, lol.

  362. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful time to tell my infamous Don Mattingly story.

    I went to Don Mattingly’s last regular season game at Yankee Stadium. At that time, no one was sure if Donnie Baseball would be retiring or not. 14 Year Old Erica thought bringing a sign would be a great idea. I went on my computer and printed the words “DON’T GO DON” in giant letters, one letter at a time, my plan was to scotch tape them onto a poster board. I didn’t have much tape so I had to work very carefully and be stingy with the tape.

    So my dad and I get to the game and I am thrilled with my sign. I raised my sign every time Mattingly came to bat. Halfway through the game, I noticed I was getting some funny looks.

    The “T” in “Don’t” blew away. I was sitting at Yankee Stadium at Don Mattingly’s last regular season home game holding a sign that said “DON GO DON”.

    I never made a sign again :cry:

  363. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    cone giving some good analysis on the hp and shoulder rotation with hernandez and with burnett and making a distinction between shoulder rotation and hip rotation.

    i hope he continues with it because he’s just touched on it.

    it’s similar to what leiter was saying about burnett’s spinning and differing side to side release points in his last start.

  364. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Pov – If I have attacked you in my posts then I sincerely apologize. And if you did ask me to stop attacking you, I honestly did not see those posts. Sometimes I leave right after games and don’t see all of the posts and other times I miss some of the game posts when things go quickly. I can tell you that if I did attack you I didn’t mean to do so. I will try to be more sensitive.

    I am sure you are a good person and that is why I was puzzled when you took off on me tonight. Anyway, it is all good so let’s start a new chapter.

  365. no.27 September 18th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Benny Blanco,

    Maverick posted this link that has the video of the game and its real clear. http://www.p2p4u.net click other sports and theirs 2 links. the first 1 is woring great for me.

  366. able 21 September 18th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Nice move AJ

  367. Carl September 18th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    nice pickoff

  368. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    how awesome was that!?!?

    very awesome.

  369. Uncle Ellsworth September 18th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    The “T” in “Don’t” blew away. I was sitting at Yankee Stadium at Don Mattingly’s last regular season home game holding a sign that said “DON GO DON”.

    I never made a sign again

    You need your own sitcom

  370. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    What a beautiful pickoff.

  371. Benny Blanco September 18th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Nice play. thats using your noodle.

  372. able 21 September 18th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    A beautiful and timely pickoff

  373. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    what kind of fielding was that?!?!

    confused fielding.

  374. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Wow that pickoff now was a key play.

  375. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Followed by a bad play from Cabrera. Big, big pickoff now.

  376. Carl September 18th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Come on Melky that was just sloppy

  377. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh

  378. Alias September 18th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Gardner would have had that fly ball in his back pocket.

  379. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Lopez has been a Yankee Killer for the last couple of years.

  380. Benny Blanco September 18th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    No. 27, I was trying to listen to John and Kim. I’m watching the game on yes.

  381. Carl September 18th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    GIDP and a bad play in the field.

  382. lets go twins September 18th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    3 games back

  383. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    “I just can’t imagine that being true, Randy. But, I’m not concerned about it.”

    gb7-

    anyone ever tell you that you have a real gift for being a smart ass?

  384. Joe I September 18th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Let’s hope this isn’t one of those “AJ” innings.

  385. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Doesn’t look like AJ want’s to challenge Griffey. I don’t think he can get around on his fastball.

  386. Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter's Sock September 18th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    lol Erica… That must have sucked at the time, however is a funny story now when you look at it.

  387. nature boy September 18th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    aj must play griffeys video game a lot on super nintendo

  388. Greg September 18th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    As a Yankee fan in Illinois since 1955 I’ve gone from a couple Yankee games a year on black and white TV to nearly every game on DIRECTV in HD. This included many nights listening to stations from Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Minnesota on the old transistor radio during summer nights when the atmosphere was just right. I just found out about your blog this spring when getting to know my new iPhone and since have checked it out many times a day before and during games. With the instant information available with today’s technology you would think it would be impossible to find a source to add the interesting information that you supply on this blog. Pete, your blog will probably be replaced but never equaled.

  389. Stultus Magnus (no. 38) September 18th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Burnett pissed about the run, angry at Posada.

    Molina needs to calm him down…

  390. Benny Blanco September 18th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    he walks griffrey twice??

  391. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    here we go

    lets see how this pans out

    some pressure right here

  392. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    i thought that throw was going into the upper deck

  393. able 21 September 18th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Texiera could play RF

  394. Stultus Magnus (no. 38) September 18th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Wow, nice throw by Tex.

    Giambi sends that somewhere near the camera well.

  395. john_halfz September 18th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    big out, good sequence

  396. Joe I September 18th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    “Giambi sends that somewhere near the camera well.”

    Or Vancouver.

  397. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 18th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    “Uncle Ellsworth
    September 18th, 2009 at 10:45 pm
    John and Miss Jones are getting along swimmingly.
    And he has not called her Suzy or Suzyn for that matter”

    “Hello, my name is…” name tags work wonders.

  398. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Angels won in a shutout over Texas, Kazmir went 6 innings no runs. So both Boston and LAA won tonight.

  399. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    wow that was WAY TOO CLOSE right there

  400. Pat M. September 18th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Randy I, I’m with you as I want no part of Boston in October…..Don’t want to see Fenway until 2010….The other critical concern is that they know Rivera and his dominance is still impressive, but it’s not a locktight situation…..Angels have an underachieving rotation and a very weak pen….Make no mistake, the Halos rotation could get on a roll, but the pen will be their demise……

  401. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    DA MELK!

  402. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    randy l.
    September 18th, 2009 at 10:57 pm
    “I just can’t imagine that being true, Randy. But, I’m not concerned about it.”

    gb7-

    anyone ever tell you that you have a real gift for being a smart ass?

    ————————————————————

    I’m shocked….SHOCKED, I tell you. Nobody has ever said that to me before.

  403. m September 18th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Melky wanted that one, but looked like Swisher beat him to the spot. :)

  404. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    September 18th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    You need your own sitcom
    *****

    LOL. I wouldn’t turn that down.

    I have an ex-boyfriend that once told me he could sit and just watch me run around in circles for hours and be very entertained.

  405. rb September 18th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Hopefully, that bodes well going forward.

  406. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Christina- Pictures of the Girardi and A-Rod ejection + Leiter’s Sock
    September 18th, 2009 at 10:57 pm
    lol Erica… That must have sucked at the time, however is a funny story now when you look at it.
    ****

    I still feel like of bad about it. But I like to think someone knew what I meant. LOL.

    Thankfully, I was a really young girl at the time so no one would yell at me

  407. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Joe I
    September 18th, 2009 at 11:01 pm
    “Giambi sends that somewhere near the camera well.”

    Or Vancouver.

    ————————————————————

    The camera well behind first, maybe. That’s as far as it would go.

  408. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Who were the 4 players with 25+ home runs in 1938????

    They didn’t have the YES network then ARGH!

  409. m September 18th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Longest single in history? What a throw. Thank goodness for Matsui’s bum wheels.

  410. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 18th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Magic # 3

  411. Benny Blanco September 18th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    nice catch!

  412. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    The ball has never carried well here

  413. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Guitierrez is putting that catch on his resume.. ouch!

  414. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 18th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    They’re hitting Felix pretty decently…

  415. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    :/

    he would’ve caught that without the jump but whatever.

  416. CB September 18th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Watching Felix’s development from a thrower to a true pitcher has been remarkable.

    He’s a legitimate five pitch pitcher now.

    I think the most interesting pitch he throws is his change up. Don’t think he needed to use it so far this game. He’ll probably save it for this time through the line up or may be the third time through.

    Hernandez’s change up has progressively increased in velocity each year over the past 4 years. This year his average change up is over 89 mph.

    His change up is close to 90 mph.

    Usually a change up’s effectiveness depends on the velocity differential between it and the fastball. You generally like to have a 10mph differential. That’s when a change up really starts to become a huge weapon.

    But despite the narrowing gap between his fastball and change up velocity Felix’s change up has become a better and better pitch. The harder he’s thrown in the more effective his change up has become.

    It’s very odd. Can’t recall another pitcher who done that with his change.

  417. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Wow, if only Matsui could run. he is on 3rd right now

    That is why Johnny Damon is infinitely more valuable to bring back if you need to choose between the two

  418. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    # Benny Blanco September 18th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    nice catch!

    Yes it was, just a little too much airtime there by Nick otherwise it’s a gapper.

  419. Benny Blanco September 18th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    dammit.

  420. nature boy September 18th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    these yes camera shots are too much on these warning track balls

  421. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 18th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    That’s exactly what my husband said, Pel.

  422. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    If NYY could go out and get a center fielder, Gutierrez would be the one I’d like to see. He can run ‘em done, great arm, steals bases, hits with power and good average.

  423. m September 18th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    (and a 22+ UZR)

  424. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 18th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Was Melky channeling his inner Juan Rivera on that double last inning? It looked catchable.

  425. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    pat m-

    i wonder if the yankees are going to take the four starter series or the three starter series.

    i’m kind of hoping they take the four so joba starts.

    i wish our favorite analyst CB would weigh in on that subject.

    i’m sure he’d have some interesting insights on the two choices.

  426. Pat M. September 18th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    I’ve always liked Gutteriez……..GB 7 a smart ass ??? That cannot be possible, as he’s such a meek and mild mannered soul……

  427. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    That changeup was really nice. Love to see that pitch about 10 times a game.

  428. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Just to cheer us up (and keep me awake, I am struggling!!!!)…. from a Red Sox blog about why Varitek really sucks

    http://www.survivinggrady.com/.....-suck.html

  429. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    If NYY could go out and get a center fielder, Gutierrez would be the one I’d like to see. He can run ‘em done, great arm, steals bases, hits with power and good average.

    Depending on how the Carl Crawford situation plays out, he could be avaliable and could play CF

  430. Joe I September 18th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    “Angels won in a shutout over Texas, Kazmir went 6 innings no runs.”

    It’s not shocking the Angels shutout Texas. The Rangers have scored only 1 run in their last 46 innings.

  431. rb September 18th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Somebody tell Singleton & Cone that it’s cheaper to by the Yankee jersey with a name on it than without.

  432. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    .”GB 7 a smart ass ??? That cannot be possible, as he’s such a meek and mild mannered soul…”

    pat m-

    you know, i’m kind of feeling sorry i said that. i might have hurt his feelings.

  433. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Pat M.
    September 18th, 2009 at 11:11 pm
    I’ve always liked Gutteriez……..GB 7 a smart ass ??? That cannot be possible, as he’s such a meek and mild mannered soul……

    ————————————————————

    It’s just a cover, PAT.

  434. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    walked this burger?

  435. Benny Blanco September 18th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    3 walks. aj, walks are your enemny.

  436. Rishi September 18th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    so I just turned the TV on, but why does Burnett look so confused?

  437. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    randy l.
    September 18th, 2009 at 11:15 pm
    .”GB 7 a smart ass ??? That cannot be possible, as he’s such a meek and mild mannered soul…”

    pat m-

    you know, i’m kind of feeling sorry i said that. i might have hurt his feelings.

    ————————————————————

    Heart? Feelings? I ain’t got no feelings, you #&*%#*%^&.

  438. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    # randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    pat m-

    i wonder if the yankees are going to take the four starter series or the three starter series.

    i’m kind of hoping they take the four so joba starts.

    i wish our favorite analyst CB would weigh in on that subject.

    i’m sure he’d have some interesting insights on the two choices.

    I think you will see the 4 starter option. I’d not like to see Verlander in game 1 and game 4 or 5 option.

  439. m September 18th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Rishi,

    Because he struck out Johnson?

  440. Rishi September 18th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    what do you think??? :

    TylerKepner…Hey, now that @peteabe is bound for the Boston Globe, should I drill him in the Media Game next year for ditching the Yankees beat? Hmmmm…
    23 minutes ago from web

  441. jennifer September 18th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Ichiro is ab again? seems like he has been up 5 times already.

  442. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    ooooooh doggy

  443. Rishi September 18th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    m – ok…that might have been it :)

  444. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    “so I just turned the TV on, but why does Burnett look so confused?”

    maybe he has a double gene for facial expression of confusion.

  445. Bronx Born September 18th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    MG

    I will never forget that 60 series I was 12 and watching that ball go over the wall was a heartbreak. It still brings tears to my eyes.

  446. m September 18th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Rishi,

    I think Kepner was reading my mind. I was thinking he was going to drill Pete in his piehole at the media game. ;)

  447. Stultus Magnus (no. 38) September 18th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Rishi September 18th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    so I just turned the TV on, but why does Burnett look so confused?

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

    He doesn’t know who to blame for something he didn’t do.

  448. Joe September 18th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    So I guess Pete is taking it easy on us tonight with not so many postings

  449. CB September 18th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Sometimes you watch AJ pitch and you just want to cry. It breaks your heart. How much talent can a man have.

    That strike out of Hannahan was just sick. That pitch he got him to wave it was one of the best pitches AJ has thrown all season. Just phenomenal.

    And what was it? A change up.

    And it was just ridiculous. Just beautiful. The amount of movement on that pitch was just phenomenal – both vertical movement and horizontal. That change up had almost 7 inches of arm side run to it and dove 3-4 inches downwards compared to his fastball.

    And he just never throws that change up. It’s close to an unhittable pitch and he never throws it. It’s almost inexplicable.

  450. Carl September 18th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    2 pitches 2 outs is what we needed

  451. Rishi September 18th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Stultus Magnus (no. 38)
    September 18th, 2009 at 11:21 pm
    Rishi September 18th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    so I just turned the TV on, but why does Burnett look so confused?

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

    He doesn’t know who to blame for something he didn’t do.
    ——————–

    oh, so esoteric…

    I am also not feeling all these freaking one-pitch outs.

  452. Shdw September 18th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Are the Yankees trying to lose this game?

  453. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    YAY!! HE WONT GET A 3 PITCH INNING!! :roll:

  454. jennifer September 18th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    AJ hasn’t gotten that pitch all night (strike one to Jeter)

  455. Rishi September 18th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Joe – a little senioritis?

  456. Benny Blanco September 18th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    We have to score.

  457. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 18th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    “what do you think??? :
    TylerKepner…Hey, now that @peteabe is bound for the Boston Globe, should I drill him in the Media Game next year for ditching the Yankees beat? Hmmmm…
    23 minutes ago from web”

    I’m going to send Tyler a bill.

  458. Pov September 18th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Shdw September 18th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Are the Yankees trying to lose this game?

    Don’t think so, their defense is very good tonight and Yanks have LOB 7 tonight

  459. rconn23 September 18th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    So far, not terrible.

    That’s all you can say about Burnett so far tonight.

    Three walks through four innings to a team that’s fielding four or five players with sub .300 OBP.

    This is the B-team lineup of an already bad team.

    It’s just maddening how a guy with this type of power stuff can’t just mow through a subpar lineup like this.

  460. rb September 18th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Can he avoid the walk to Griffey?

  461. Rishi September 18th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice inning

  462. Carl September 18th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Nice quick inning for AJ

  463. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    great bounce back inning.

  464. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Nice, quick solid inning for Burnett.

  465. Nick in SF in Eureka September 18th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    It’s not the worst thing in the world for AJ to have to pitch in a tight, low-scoring game.

  466. m September 18th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    It’ll take a perfect game by AJ to please some of you…

  467. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    >Three walks through four innings

    Don’t forget, he hit a guy, too.

  468. CB September 18th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    randy,

    It’s still early to say which series the yankees will pitch. Honestly, I think it all depends on how Joba is throwing.

    It would be an enormous advantage to the yankees’s if Joba is throwing well and they can select the B series (the 4 starter series).

    The biggest marginal advantage the yankees can generate compared to the opposing team’s staff is “good Joba” throwing the 4th game vs. the other team’s 4th starter. I don’t care who the opposition is. If Joba is on he’s a huge net plus.

    Whether it’s the Tigers or twins joba would be a huge weapon if he’s on. Washburn has really crashed back to earth and has been awful for the tigers. I’d avoid giving the tigers especially any chance to throw their best pitchers an extra game.

    Just a gut feeling – I think Joba is going to throw well. I think he’s going to finish strong and will be a weapon in the post season.

    Again, we have to see how the next 3 starts go for Joba, but I think they’ll take the B series and throw Joba game 4.

  469. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    pov-

    what the four starter option seems to do is make the #2 starters go once and make the fourth starters start a game.

    i guess there’s still some time to decide . if aj pitches like tonight and he’s the #2 then the yankees might want him pitching twice.

    or girardi might decide pettitte is the #2 and that’s a different decision.

    it seems like there’s a lot of variables at this point.

  470. Stultus Magnus (no. 38) September 18th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Wow, Ken “Base on Balls” Griffey doesn’t walk.

  471. Nick in SF in Eureka September 18th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    The ultimate perfect game from AJ would be 27 walks, 27 K’s, and no hits. :lol:

  472. m September 18th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Felix is @ 53 pitches thru 5. :shock:

  473. Rishi September 18th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    yay, Damon – bring…him…home…

  474. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    MPB Johnny Damon = Incredibly Awesome :grin:

  475. S.A.--Serenity Now September 18th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Gotta get Damon home

  476. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    veddy veddy gooood, johnny.

  477. Rishi September 18th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    oh, c’mon now – bring him home

  478. m September 18th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Whoot Hoot!

  479. Carl September 18th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Mo Small ball baby :)

  480. Rishi September 18th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    2-1…thank you

  481. rb September 18th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    In an interview with Francessa, Girardi made it sound like they are leaning toward putting Joba in the ‘pen in the ALDS. Of course, he wasn’t going to say anything definitively.

  482. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    awesome.

  483. Rishi September 18th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    literally still booing Arod in Seattle – is there anything more pathetic. Get…over…it…

  484. rb September 18th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Small ball – good job, Mark.

  485. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    “Just a gut feeling – I think Joba is going to throw well. I think he’s going to finish strong and will be a weapon in the post season.”

    CB-

    pat m were saying we had a similar gut feeling about joba earlier tonight.

    i know that this won’t come into why the yankees decide to pick the 4 starter series, but if they do , that would mean the red sox/ angel series would be a three starter series.
    the red sox would seem to like that. what about the angels?

  486. m September 18th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    I would pitch Joba in the DS. Cuz we have an Ace up our sleeve. ;)

  487. Carl September 18th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Nice at bat

  488. Alias September 18th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    I am really impressed with Hernandez.

  489. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 18th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    listening to Kim and Sterling on the radio… I never realized all the in-game ad spots they do.

    I guess when Suzyn reads that promo and ad stuff it just goes in one ear and out the other.

  490. m September 18th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    That arm is ridiculous.

  491. Rishi September 18th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    how many more inning for AJ – 1 or 2?

  492. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    “pat m were saying we had a similar gut feeling about joba earlier tonight.”

    rather:
    pat m and i were saying earlier tonight that we had a similar gut feeling about joba.

  493. rb September 18th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive) September 18th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    listening to Kim and Sterling on the radio… I never realized all the in-game ad spots they do.

    I guess when Suzyn reads that promo and ad stuff it just goes in one ear and out the other.

    ————–

    It’s pretty much been that way since the started broadcasting on CBS (same time as YES began, I believe). Drives me nuts.

  494. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)
    September 18th, 2009 at 11:37 pm
    listening to Kim and Sterling on the radio… I never realized all the in-game ad spots they do.

    I guess when Suzyn reads that promo and ad stuff it just goes in one ear and out the other.
    ****

    One night I heard them say “this Verizon Wireless call to the bullpen is brought to you by blah blah blah (insert random company)”. That was a new low. Cause I guess making it the Verizon Wireless call to the bullpen wasn’t enough

  495. rb September 18th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    *they* started broadcasting on CBS

  496. Prime September 18th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    All this talk about MVP and Cy-Young has got me thinking, who are the Yankees MVP, Cy Young and ROTY.

    My lists are:

    MVP: Cy Young ROTY

    1. Tex CC Aceves
    2. Jeter Mo Gardner
    3. CC Hughes Robertson

  497. Rishi September 18th, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    ok – just get outs…

  498. CB September 18th, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    That pitch to Bill Hall is why AJ has had trouble with RH batters this year.

    His fastball command has been extremely erratic. He fastball has so much arm side run to it that, often when he tries to hit the outside part of the plate the fastball just runs back into a RH hitter and stays out over the plate.

    That’s a major reason why his fastball gets hit so hard at times.

  499. JPugsly77 September 18th, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Do the Yanks clinch a playoff spot with a victory tonight plus the Rangers loss?? Does anyone have a website for that information…MLB.com only has the elmination #’s

  500. Shdw September 18th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    No low strikes tonight I see

  501. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    erica-
    you might be thinking about that shower right about now.

  502. CB September 18th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    “the red sox would seem to like that. what about the angels?”

    randy,

    The short series very much favors the Red Sox. Their 4th starter is uncertain.

    And the short series puts more stress on the bull pen. It’s an advantage to the team with the deeper pen.

    And the Sox have a much, much better and deeper pen than the Angels.

  503. Pat M. September 18th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    CB, Randy I, Pov, I hope they opt for the 4 starter option….I think Washburn is a concern for Detroit as his knee is causing all sorts of problems for him……

  504. CB September 18th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    “Do the Yanks clinch a playoff spot with a victory tonight plus the Rangers loss??”

    No. The yankees effective magic number to make the playoffs going into tonight is 3.

    Win tonight and a texas loss leaves the magic number at 1.

  505. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    That strike two pitch to Johnson ate him up.

  506. Carl September 18th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    GJ AJ

  507. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    he pulled through.

    good job, sir.

  508. Jim the VT Yankeefan September 18th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    JPugsly77 September 18th, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Do the Yanks clinch a playoff spot with a victory tonight plus the Rangers loss?? Does anyone have a website for that information…MLB.com only has the elmination #’s

    ===================================================
    No, if the Yanks win the WC magic number would be 2.

  509. rb September 18th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    That;s what we like to see! :)

  510. Alias September 18th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Where have you been AJ?? We have missed you :-)

  511. Erica - always OPPC September 18th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    randy l.
    September 18th, 2009 at 11:44 pm
    erica-
    you might be thinking about that shower right about now.
    ****

    I changed my mind after I remembered my aunt’s cat and showered at the top of the 3rd. But I think its okay

  512. JPugsly77 September 18th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Thanks CB…really appreciate that…I think that Minnesota def has a chance to make some noise these final two weeks, Detroit is imploding!

  513. thisguy September 18th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    realgm.com

    not sure if anyone has seen this yet, but…

    “Yankees Detect Flaw In Joba’s Delivery
    18th September, 2009 – 5:15 pm
    Sports Illustrated – The Yankees believe they have found the reason for Joba Chamberlain’s struggles over the last month or so.

    They say that a flaw has been detected in the right-hander’s delivery, which they claim is the reason for his mediocrity.

    Pitching coach Dave Eiland is rumored to have noticed the issue.”

  514. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 18th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    “One night I heard them say “this Verizon Wireless call to the bullpen is brought to you by blah blah blah (insert random company)”. That was a new low.”

    LOL… that is bad Erica.

    I missed the start of the game.
    Did they plug and promo Suzyn’s absence?

    Suzyn is off today celebrating Rosh Hashanah 2009, which is brought to you by Vlasic Kosher pickles.

  515. pat September 18th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    A run or 2 from the Yanks this inning, please.

  516. GreenBeret7 September 18th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    PAT and Randy, is there any reason that Burnett stands to the far left of the pitching rubber to right handers? I would think that to the far right would give them no chance on pitches to the left side of the plate.

  517. Carl September 18th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Swish!

  518. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    that was some hittin.

  519. JPugsly77 September 18th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Is it just me or does this have to be the last season for Molina…the guy truly cannot hit a lick, a good defensive guy, but Cervelli seems like a guy who can add a little something off our bench…

  520. Nick in SF in Eureka September 18th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    “Suzyn is off today celebrating Rosh Hashanah 2009″

    Funny.

  521. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    “His fastball has so much arm side run to it that, often when he tries to hit the outside part of the plate the fastball just runs back into a RH hitter and stays out over the plate.”

    CB-

    leiter was talking about aj’s rotational delivery and how his timing has to be so precise because he’s releasing as he’s spinning.

    the spinning of the hips and opening up so much so fast is what creates that run back towards a righty . i see the run too . the movement would be great if he could control it, but with his spinning delivery his timing has to be so good for him to have command of the running fastball.

    if he kept his left shoulder closed longer (like mariano does) you’d think that his fastball wouldn’t run back as much.

    getting hip and shoulder rotation in sync isn’t easier with aj’s delivery.

  522. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 18th, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    If the postseason is all about pitching, would Girardi consider having Molina catch AJ? How much would we miss Posada’s bat in one game when we have such a potent lineup?

    Or are people thinking that AJ is having a great game because the Mariners don’t have a potent offense?

  523. CB September 18th, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    “I hope they opt for the 4 starter option….I think Washburn is a concern for Detroit as his knee is causing all sorts of problems for him……”

    Agreed if we see progress from Joba.

    The advantage of the shorter series is that the Detroit pen is horrible.

    But overall making them throw Washburn would be a big plus.

    On the whole, however, I’ve rooting very hard for the Twins to make a comeback in that race.

    I’d much rather the yanks face the twins. Avoiding Verlander would be a huge plus.

  524. JPugsly77 September 18th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Joe seriously no bunt there, this guy is hitting like .90 with guys in scoring position…

  525. m September 18th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    C’mon. Swishy wants to high five everyone in the dugout.

  526. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    I love that Coney’s getting his sabermetrics on.

  527. MG September 18th, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    GreenBeret7
    September 18th, 2009 at 11:51 pm
    PAT and Randy, is there any reason that Burnett stands to the far left of the pitching rubber to right handers? I would think that to the far right would give them no chance on pitches to the left side of the plate.
    ——————————————–
    Cone said it gives AJ a better angle to left handed batters. Righties are hitting at a much higher BA against him that lefties but it wasn’t like that last year, it’s probably a one year thing for him.

    I like the way AJ has pitched tonight, he has been hitting the target far more often than in previous starts and has been better than Hernandez tonight.

  528. m September 18th, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    JPugsly,

    It’s just you.

  529. Prime September 18th, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    If the Yankees win, isn’t the Magic Number 2 rather than 1? Best Texas can go is 96-66, but the Angles can still go 97-65.

    Either way, magic number of 1 would mean Yankees and Texas can still tie, requiring a 1 game playoff.

  530. Joe September 18th, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    I would hit and run here with Molina

  531. randy l. September 18th, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    “PAT and Randy, is there any reason that Burnett stands to the far left of the pitching rubber to right handers?”

    listen you nitwit. i’m a catcher, not a damn pitching coach.

    ask me something i know the answer to. :)

    actually gb, i’m not sure, have to think about it.

  532. JPugsly77 September 18th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    and why no PH for Molina…booo

  533. m September 18th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Pel,

    I noticed that he’s been doing that in the second half of the season.

    The only thing is he has an “accent”. Sounds like a foreigner speaking Engrish. :)

  534. Carl September 18th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Why not ph for molina jeez man

  535. pat September 18th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Yuck

  536. CB September 18th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    “getting hip and shoulder rotation in sync isn’t easier with aj’s delivery.”

    No it’s really not. He has so many moving parts in his delivery. It’s very complex and hard to coordinate. Not sure why a guy with such a good arm has such a complex delivery but it is what it is.

    One of the things that’s really remarkable about AJ is how he is able to be effective without repeating his mechanics that well.

    Usually that’s the kiss of death. But AJ can sort of get away with it.

    Even in games like tonight when he’s throwing relatively well he’s doesn’t repeat his mechanics consistently e.g. how fast his front shoulder opens up, “J shaped wrist curl,” etc.

    It’s just strange to watch. Things keep changing pitch to pitch.

    Most pitcher who do that would still be in the minors.

  537. terpbomber September 18th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    So much for his situational hitting.

  538. JPugsly77 September 18th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    saw that coming…

  539. Shdw September 18th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Dammit Molina! What the heck is wrong with this team tonight? Stop swinging at the first damn pitch

  540. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 18th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Pathetic.

    Molina is old and busted.

    Cervelli– new hotness.

  541. JZ September 18th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    can molina buy a non-dp out?

  542. GreenBeret7 September 19th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    MG
    September 18th, 2009 at 11:56 pm
    GreenBeret7
    September 18th, 2009 at 11:51 pm
    PAT and Randy, is there any reason that Burnett stands to the far left of the pitching rubber to right handers? I would think that to the far right would give them no chance on pitches to the left side of the plate.
    ——————————————–
    Cone said it gives AJ a better angle to left handed batters. Righties are hitting at a much higher BA against him that lefties but it wasn’t like that last year, it’s probably a one year thing for him.

    I like the way AJ has pitched tonight, he has been hitting the target far more often than in previous starts and has been better than Hernandez tonight.

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, I understand him standing to the left for left handers. I was wondering why he didn’t stand to the right for right handed batters and shoot for the left side of the plate. No right handed batter with any sense of survival is going to dig in or dive across the plate.

  543. JPugsly77 September 19th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Why Hinske wasn’t up there is beyond me…

  544. Wow. September 19th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Jim Pir-one – don’t be disgusting. I think that’s enough from you tonight. You’re starting to go down hill and from what I recall, it’s a precipitous fall.

  545. Stultus Magnus (no. 38) September 19th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    I miss Hip Hip, is that twice Molina’s swung at the first pitch and made an out?

    He’s gotta stop fraternizing with Cano…

  546. MG September 19th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    this thing about not facing Verlander twice in the ALDS by taking the shorter series is incorrect, in that series he would still pitch twice, it’s Jackson that would only pitch once.

    Why do so many of you think that the Yankees are at a disadvantage with a CC-Verlander matchup? Don’t you realize that CC against the Tigers lineup and Verlander against the Yankees lineup is a advantage Yankees?

  547. Joe September 19th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    it seems when girardi needs to play national league baseball he doesn’t. You know for a fact my grandma can outrun Molina, why boy send nelly or play hit and run

  548. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 19th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    It’s just an optical illusion that molasses comes before molina in the dictionary, they really are inseparable.

  549. YankeeKid September 19th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    That’s a horrible job by Molina….without that run, this game is swaying towards Seattle

  550. OKI/DAVE September 19th, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Giradi is flat arsed stupid….

  551. Trevor September 19th, 2009 at 12:01 am

    I thought the story with Hernandez was the Yankees did offer the most money but he just chose the Mariners?

  552. Pat M. September 19th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    GB, I’m not certain as to why AJ would want that angle….I know that him favoring the right side of the rubber to a right hand hitter and him throwing his hook would be almost impossible to hit……Very well could be an in game adjustment to compensate for whatever slightly uncontrolable movement on a certain pitch…..For a guy who’s basically a 2 pitch pitcher, he’s so damn complicated

  553. GreenBeret7 September 19th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    randy l.
    September 18th, 2009 at 11:57 pm
    “PAT and Randy, is there any reason that Burnett stands to the far left of the pitching rubber to right handers?”

    listen you nitwit. i’m a catcher, not a damn pitching coach.

    ask me something i know the answer to.

    actually gb, i’m not sure, have to think about it.

    ————————————————————

    OK….Why are some of these message boxes blue and others are white?

  554. Stultus Magnus (no. 38) September 19th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Gramps called a check swing out.

  555. MG September 19th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Batters are hitting over .300 for the season against Felix, it is the chink in his armor, that’s why they are attacking the first pitch. Some of you need to learn that being successful in baseball requires flexibility in approach sometimes.

  556. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 19th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    “without that run, this game is swaying towards Seattle”

    ???

  557. Carl September 19th, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Molina always finds a way to strike out with no one one, then gidp with men on base.

  558. randy l. September 19th, 2009 at 12:03 am

    man does felix create some crazy bounces with his pitches in the dirt.

    that bounced so high the catcher had no chance blocking it.

    there was also that funny bounce earlier when it knocked the catcher’s mask off.

  559. CB September 19th, 2009 at 12:03 am

    “any reason that Burnett stands to the far left of the pitching rubber to right handers?”

    I think it’s because he has so much arm side run. If he didn’t stand towards the left side of the rubber against righties he’d have even more trouble throwing strikes on the inside part of the plate and would hit even more batters.

    Just a guess but I think that might be why.

  560. Alias September 19th, 2009 at 12:03 am

    where does cone come up with these stats?

  561. GreenBeret7 September 19th, 2009 at 12:04 am

    OK, guys. Thanks for your answers.

  562. Carl September 19th, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Alias September 19th, 2009 at 12:03 am

    where does cone come up with these stats?

    Fangraphs baseballreference mlb.com

  563. Pamb September 19th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Hi there from a West coast 3 Generation Yankee fan watching on Tivo about 15 minutes behind! AJ looks more focused tonight. 90 % of baseball is more than half mental with him

  564. JPugsly77 September 19th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Mo for more than a three-outer tonight…also does anyone else think that they should give Ivan Nova a start at the end of the year…I mean they would have to clear a roster spot, but this kid looked nasty in the minors…

  565. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 19th, 2009 at 12:05 am

    “OK….Why are some of these message boxes blue and others are white?”

    intelligent comments go in the blue.

    stupid comments go in the white.

    of course this comment is….

  566. Carl September 19th, 2009 at 12:06 am

    Got em again!

  567. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 19th, 2009 at 12:06 am

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OH MY FRIGGIN GAWDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!

  568. GreenBeret7 September 19th, 2009 at 12:06 am

    You will never see that again.

  569. MG September 19th, 2009 at 12:06 am

    maybe they should just let Ichiro automatically go to 1st to save pitches and then pick him off, it seems to work pretty well…

  570. Stultus Magnus (no. 38) September 19th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Safe.

    Nice call, Gramps. I’ll take it.

  571. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 19th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Okay if I’m alone in this so be it. I love Molina and Burnett working together.

  572. rb September 19th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    OMG! Wow :shock: Twice. in one game.

  573. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 19th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    ichi-no-no

  574. GreenBeret7 September 19th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive)
    September 19th, 2009 at 12:05 am
    “OK….Why are some of these message boxes blue and others are white?”

    intelligent comments go in the blue.

    stupid comments go in the white.

    of course this comment is….

    ————————————————————

    That’s what I thought, but needed confirmation.

  575. CB September 19th, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Give AJ a lot of credit tonight. He’s been terrible all year holding runners. It’s been a problem.

    But tonight he’s been much more vigilant.

    Ichiro has made some terrible base running mistakes against the yanks the past two series with the Yanks (that caught stealing at third with two outs was awful last series at safeco…)

  576. Erica - always OPPC September 19th, 2009 at 12:08 am

    I promised Uncle E I would not complain I was stinky

    Am I allowed to complain I am really tired???

  577. Joe I September 19th, 2009 at 12:08 am

    When was the last time a righty had two pick-offs in the same game, let alone the same guy?

  578. rb September 19th, 2009 at 12:09 am

    MG September 19th, 2009 at 12:06 am

    maybe they should just let Ichiro automatically go to 1st to save pitches and then pick him off, it seems to work pretty well…

    ————-

    :lol:

  579. nature boy September 19th, 2009 at 12:09 am

    molina threw ichiro out trying to steal home during the last seattle trip as well

  580. nature boy September 19th, 2009 at 12:09 am

    trying to steal third i mean

  581. MG September 19th, 2009 at 12:09 am

    last batter for AJ right here…

  582. Pat M. September 19th, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Tricia ?????

  583. timo September 19th, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Expected Ichiro to get up and argue. Seen him get indignant before. Maybe he was embarrassed he was caught going the wrong way.

  584. Carl September 19th, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Great outing AJ

  585. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 19th, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Good work all around in that inning.

  586. Coach5423 September 19th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    That is a great, great start for AJ.

  587. rb September 19th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    These West Coast games are brutal. It took me two weeks to recover from the last one. It was worse than usual because it followed those epic games against the Sox.

  588. m September 19th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Ichiro looked just safe on that one. Maybe he won’t stray so far the next time Burnett-san is on the mound. :)

  589. GreenBeret7 September 19th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Really nice outing for Burnett. Now score a run or two, bring in Coke and hughes, Close it with Rivera.

  590. The Captain September 19th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Gotta love getting 7 out of AJ.

  591. MG September 19th, 2009 at 12:12 am

    nice job by AJ tonight, I liked the way he hit the target and was pretty locked in with the fastball away from right handed batters, he’s pretty close to unhittable if he can keep it there. He gave up 7 hits but 4 of them were pretty cheap and pitched his way out of trouble a couple of times.

  592. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 19th, 2009 at 12:13 am

    weak hack

  593. Coach5423 September 19th, 2009 at 12:13 am

    When you have to watch a call in slow mo 4 or 5 times to see if he got him, the umpire can’t be wrong, bang bang like that you can’t fault them.

  594. Shawn September 19th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Good game by A.J tonight. I guess he proved me wrong :-P
    But seriously, this has been a really good pitching match-up, with King Felix bending more than A.J. Really couldn’t have asked for more (of course King Felix is the Ace of my fantasy baseball team, but hey, can’t win all the time).

  595. m September 19th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Coach,

    That’s a 50/50 call. Except at Fenway. ;)

  596. The Ghost September 19th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    watching AJ’s pickoffs of Ichiro in slow motion – how exactly is his move not a balk? He moves his front leg before he moves his back leg. Can someone explain that to me? On the first pickoff he actually lifted his left leg, while his right was still on the mound.

  597. Nick in SF in Eureka September 19th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Just leave it alone.

  598. nature boy September 19th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    yusse?

  599. GreenBeret7 September 19th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Not sure where Burnett suddenly got that pick-off move, but, they were two of the best right handed pick-off moves I’ve seen since Stottlemyre.

  600. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 19th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Talk about doing everything in your power to keep the opposing pitcher IN THE GAME.

  601. MG September 19th, 2009 at 12:16 am

    this is kind of a preview of an ALDS game with Hernandez instead of Verlander on the mound. If this game was at Yankee Stadium they would have scored a bunch of runs, both Swisher and Cano would have hit HRs earlier. Seattle as a team isn’t much worse than the Tigers, both are offensively-challenged.

  602. m September 19th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Okay, need two lock down innings. Let Felix have his complete game.

  603. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 19th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Hernandez is dealing.

    Has this kid ever had arm problems?
    His innings went from 84 to 191,190, 200 and 200+ this year.
    No Felix rules in Seattle?

  604. Coach5423 September 19th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Ghost,

    A righthander has 2 options….to step off then throw, or the jump throw combo that he is using. The step off is more of a show move.

  605. GreenBeret7 September 19th, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Really surprised that Coke didn’t pitch to Griffey.

  606. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 19th, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Pat M -

    ????? – ?????

  607. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion September 19th, 2009 at 12:18 am

    HUUUUUUGGGHHHEEESSS!!!!

  608. MG September 19th, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Jr. is going to have a really tough time catching up with Hughes, that’s why he’s in there…

  609. Nick in SF in Eureka September 19th, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Please just leave it alone.

  610. CB September 19th, 2009 at 12:19 am

    GB7,

    Griffey really doesn’t have a lot of bat speed anymore. He shouldn’t be able to get around on Hughes’ fastball

  611. randy l. September 19th, 2009 at 12:20 am

    “He has so many moving parts in his delivery. It’s very complex and hard to coordinate. Not sure why a guy with such a good arm has such a complex delivery but it is what it is.”

    in golf, if a pro wanted to hit a power fade he could do it by opening up his hips fast like that, but changing how fast you rotate your hips is a difficult way to create the fade.

    it’s a lot easier and more predictable by using the same swing and just change your body angle and club path across the ball.

    pitching is different than golf in some ways , but basically in both when you open up your hips too fast you create a slice action where the ball goes back towards righty hitters or a left to right action.

    aj’s stuff is created in part by this opening up so fast. he might lose some movement if he didn’t open up so fast. the command he’d gain might be worth it though.

    it would be interesting if they did some drills to have him keep his left shoulder closed longer next spring training. i don’t know if it’s too late in his career to teach him some new tricks, but they should at least try to get some tweaks that he can use as adjustments next year.

  612. nature boy September 19th, 2009 at 12:20 am

    i think tony pena deserves a lot of credit for picking off base-runners this year. on one of the yes broadcasts they mentioned that he has been working real hard on analyzing the baserunners mannerisms. in the last week they’ve picked off carl crawford and ichiro twice.

  613. Erica - always OPPC September 19th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Question-

    I may have been asleep at the wheel, but is Aceves officially hurt? I know he hasn’t really been himself the last few weeks, but when did Coke become the official 7th inning guy?

  614. Benny Blanco September 19th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Someone finally challenged the “kid.”

  615. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 19th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    I wish I could hear Kim Jones on the radio. I’d be interested to hear how she does.

  616. m September 19th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    The “Coda”

  617. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion September 19th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Hughes is throwing gas.

  618. no.27 September 19th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    How many games could this team have won if Wang pitched like he has in the past?

  619. Benny Blanco September 19th, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Phil is just filthy!

  620. Erica - always OPPC September 19th, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Angel – A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
    September 19th, 2009 at 12:21 am
    I wish I could hear Kim Jones on the radio. I’d be interested to hear how she does.
    ****

    Angel, would you like to borrow my mlb gameday audio password?

  621. nature boy September 19th, 2009 at 12:22 am

    i would think they are saving aceves for joba’s start on sunday being cc is starting tomorrow

  622. The Ghost September 19th, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Coach, it’s my understanding that even on the jump move the feet have to move simultaneously. If I were Dave Eiland I’d work with AJ to make sure he fixes that by the playoffs because Francona and Scioscia aren’t going to be sleepwalking through games like Wakamatsu is tonight.

  623. MG September 19th, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Hughes has Beltre set up for high heat after those two cutters…

  624. Benny Blanco September 19th, 2009 at 12:23 am

    no.27
    September 19th, 2009 at 12:21 am
    How many games could this team have won if Wang pitched like he has in the past?
    ===================
    if wang had been healthy, the yankees would have been steam rolling.

  625. MG September 19th, 2009 at 12:23 am

    or a real good curve ball :)

  626. m September 19th, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Erica,

    Doesn’t it make sense that Aceves is Joba’s caddy?

  627. Jim the VT Yankeefan September 19th, 2009 at 12:24 am

    DT – OPPC member (blood type – Positive) September 19th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Hernandez is dealing.

    Has this kid ever had arm problems?
    His innings went from 84 to 191,190, 200 and 200+ this year.
    No Felix rules in Seattle?

    ======================================
    He had a bit of minor league experience too.
    69 innings in ss A his first year. Then 149 in his first full professional season. Then 88 innings in the minors before throwing 84 more in Seattle in 2005.

    So he went
    69 (after his season of amateur ball)
    149
    172
    191
    190
    200.

    They let him build up his arm.

  628. Pat M. September 19th, 2009 at 12:24 am

    Randy I, With the dough that the Yanks are paying him, I would think he’d be slightly receptive to at least listening……

  629. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 19th, 2009 at 12:24 am

    big batter for Hughes. Keep 7-8-9 for Mo, possibly avoid Ichiro.

  630. Carl September 19th, 2009 at 12:24 am

    PHILLY!

  631. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 19th, 2009 at 12:24 am

    PHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILHTYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

  632. m September 19th, 2009 at 12:24 am

    Hey, did you guys know that Phil loves his fastball? Never heard that before. :)

  633. Erica - always OPPC September 19th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    m
    September 19th, 2009 at 12:23 am
    Erica,

    Doesn’t it make sense that Aceves is Joba’s caddy?
    ****

    Yes. I forgot about the Joba rules. It’s 12:30. Forgive me. I am not sure of my name right now

  634. randy l. September 19th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    hughes delivery feels so nice on my eyes after watching aj though aj threw a nice game tonight.

    hughes looks like he gets some nice run back towards righties too.

    but he creates in in a very different way.

  635. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion September 19th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Hughes just made Bill Hall look absolutely silly.

  636. CB September 19th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    “it would be interesting if they did some drills to have him keep his left shoulder closed longer next spring training. i don’t know if it’s too late in his career to teach him some new tricks,”

    randy,

    Agreed. But you know what one of the real ironies about AJ’s battles this season with keeping his shoulder closed has been this – there are many instances when you can see that is consciously trying to keep that left shoulder closed and he over compensates and stays closed for too long.

    He then has to speed up his arm and that’s when he throws those bizarre wild pitches on fastballs when he just jerks the ball to an extreme degree towards the LH batters box.

    That’s been a major cause of his wild pitches this year – overcompensating and staying closed too long forcing him to jerk his pitches.

    And I would tend to think that AJ has so much movement that any tradeoff he’d make between less movement and more command would be worth it.

  637. GreenBeret7 September 19th, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Would love to see Hughes get 11 more strikeouts this year to get to 100. Rivera has a couple of likely candidates in the 9th inning to get his 1,000th.

  638. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 19th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    That hammer to Beltre was just not fair.

    YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSSSE! :)

  639. S.A.--Serenity Now September 19th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Yoooooouuuuuuussseeee!!!!!

  640. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 19th, 2009 at 12:27 am

    thanks VT Jim – I totally missed the minor league innings his first ML year. Good catch.

  641. randy l. September 19th, 2009 at 12:27 am

    “With the dough that the Yanks are paying him, I would think he’d be slightly receptive to at least listening……”

    pat m-

    i think the less they make the more they are receptive to listening .

  642. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 19th, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Guzman the latin cheetah is stretching.

  643. m September 19th, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Was that a yell from Phil?

    Bill Hall must be thinking, “They don’t have kids like this in the NL”. :)

  644. MG September 19th, 2009 at 12:27 am

    you had the feeling that Hughes could have thrown that same fastball away to Hall 25 times and he never would have touched it…

  645. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 19th, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Dear Seattle Mariners fans.

    Its’ been almost 10 years since Alex Rodriguez played for you and left the Mariners.

    Get. Over. It.

    Love,
    Angel

  646. rb September 19th, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Angel – A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
    September 19th, 2009 at 12:21 am
    I wish I could hear Kim Jones on the radio. I’d be interested to hear how she does.

    ————

    I’m listening to radio, watching on tv. You could tell she was nervous at the beginning, but she’s doing well. She has relevant stats available and hasn’t been “stepping on” the play by play.

  647. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 19th, 2009 at 12:28 am

    GO AL!

  648. GreenBeret7 September 19th, 2009 at 12:28 am

    CB
    September 19th, 2009 at 12:19 am
    GB7,

    Griffey really doesn’t have a lot of bat speed anymore. He shouldn’t be able to get around on Hughes’ fastball

    ————————————————————

    Oh, yeah, I know that he’s really slowed, but, he’s still Griffey and I just don’t trust him to not find it for one at bat.

  649. Rishi September 19th, 2009 at 12:29 am

    honestly – I am so tired, just end it already

  650. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 19th, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Oh thanks for that, rb. Maybe i’ll get to hear her tomorrow. I might use my MLB At Bat program to listen to the away coverage to hear her.

  651. Rishi September 19th, 2009 at 12:30 am

    I’m at my limit with this Guitterez kid – enough already

  652. CB September 19th, 2009 at 12:30 am

    There was a lot of discussion over how Hughes’ shift to the pen would impact the development of his secondary stuff. It was a real concern.

    Hughes did scrap his change up. But one of the best parts of Hughes’ year has been the tremendous gains he’s made on his cut fastball. It’s now become a significant weapon. It’s a pitch hitters have trouble squaring up and that’s a huge addition to his arsenal.

    More and more Hughes reminds me of a right handed Jon Lester.

  653. Sey September 19th, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Is Guzman faster than Gardner?

  654. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 19th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Insurance anyone? Insurance? Seattle has an ace showing…

  655. Rishi September 19th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    what the heck – is that the LIRR going by or something!

  656. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion September 19th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Its been a quick game you can’t complain.

  657. Benny Blanco September 19th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    felix at 98 pitches. very “halladay-ish”

  658. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 19th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    I can’t believe how often trains go past that stadium, lol.

  659. AZ Dave September 19th, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Seattle got the best of that Putz trade— Guitterz and Endy Chavez.

  660. Benny Blanco September 19th, 2009 at 12:32 am

    LMAOL…swisher’s reaction.

  661. Pat M. September 19th, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Randy I, Young Master Hughes has such a fluid and repetitive windup it’s almost as if he lulls a hitter into a trance……Sneeky fast with late moving pop, very tough to gauge and square up……

  662. Erica - always OPPC September 19th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Rishi
    September 19th, 2009 at 12:31 am
    what the heck – is that the LIRR going by or something!
    *****

    I live across the street from LIRR tracks. Its not any different to me. LOL

  663. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 19th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    The thing that really impressed me about Hughes’ inning in this game: Molina’s glove never moved. Hughes’ control is just plain sick. If he can continue to have control like that down the road, he will be a very good starter.

  664. rb September 19th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    No problem, Angel. I was really curious when I heard she was pairing up with John tonight. John is actually tolerable tonight.

  665. Benny Blanco September 19th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Come on MO!

  666. Yank1 September 19th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    King Felix is so nasty

  667. MG September 19th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    I haven’t seen Felix pitch in a couple of years but, in all honesty, both Hughes and Joba have equivalent stuff, it’s just a matter of them learning how to bring it to the mound each time they start. Felix’ ERA has dropped each year he’s been a starter, we’ll just have to wait and see how Phil and Joba develop.

  668. Rishi September 19th, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Erica – always OPPC
    September 19th, 2009 at 12:33 am
    Rishi
    September 19th, 2009 at 12:31 am
    what the heck – is that the LIRR going by or something!
    *****

    I live across the street from LIRR tracks. Its not any different to me. LOL

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

    I’m not that far from the LIRR either – but you don’t expect the train to go by mid-pitch!

  669. GreenBeret7 September 19th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Gotta love singleton’s line about Swisher when he makes outs. “He looks like somebody just stole his dog.”

  670. Joe September 19th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Hope this ump isin’t a Bostonian….

  671. randy l. September 19th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    “But you know what one of the real ironies about AJ’s battles this season with keeping his shoulder closed has been this – there are many instances when you can see that is consciously trying to keep that left shoulder closed and he over compensates and stays closed for too long”

    CB-

    i didn’t know that he was working on keeping the shoulder closed. it makes sense that they’d have him try it. it’s hard to change a lifetime habit though.

    i think at this point in his career it’s got to be an approach where rather than try to really change him the pitching coach just tries to create some dials where he can go to them and make some in game corrections. in other words dial it right and dial it left.

    maybe that’s what they’re doing on the differing placements on the rubber.

  672. Erica - always OPPC September 19th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Rishi-

    One night, I was in that spot where you are just about asleep but still awake. A train went by my window and blew the horn right as it passed. It jumped out of bed (with my blanket) and yelled “the train is going to hit me”. When I realized what I did, I was laughing so hard it took me about 15 minutes to fall asleep

  673. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 19th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    I thought trains were frequent here. Not as frequent as there, thats for sure, lol.

    I’m definitely going to check it out tomorrow.

    I know she gets a lot of criticism, but reading her blog has kind of “humanized” her to me a bit, if that makes sense, lol.

  674. rb September 19th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Love it when the LIRR comes through at 3 am… :neutral:

  675. CB September 19th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    “Young Master Hughes has such a fluid and repetitive windup it’s almost as if he lulls a hitter into a trance……”

    It’s remarkable how Hughes is able to repeat his mechanics over and over. He’s like a machine. He’s got the same feel in that respect to Mariano and CC.

    Hughes has one of the single smallest release points of any pitcher in baseball. It’s freakishly consistent.

  676. MG September 19th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Hanahan is about to get the golden sombrero tonight…

  677. Carl September 19th, 2009 at 12:38 am

    paint

  678. trisha - OPPC lifetime member who is missing the worry gene September 19th, 2009 at 12:38 am

    He is godlike

  679. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 19th, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Mo was all like, “Here. Wear this.”

  680. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 19th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    home plate ump thought about ringing him up on the 1-2 pitch, no doubt he was going to raise the right hand that time.

  681. Coach5423 September 19th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    1000

  682. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 19th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    There is a McDonald’s right near the train tracks. I went to do a Drive Thru order. Unfortunately I timed sticking my head out to order just as a passing train blew it’s horn. I swore loud enough for the McDonald’s girl to hear it over the train and laugh at me as I came around to pay.

  683. MG September 19th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Mo is really throwing hard the last couple of games, the rest he got obviously helped.

  684. rb September 19th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    IIRC the trains don’t HAVE to blow the whistle when they are passing Safeco. They just do because, well, because.

  685. Rishi September 19th, 2009 at 12:40 am

    I’m between a train station and the fire station – that can be some crazy fun times!

    At least it’s a line that is very infrequent – I wake up with every sound (even the sprinklers wake me up) – it suckis!

  686. CB September 19th, 2009 at 12:40 am

    “i didn’t know that he was working on keeping the shoulder closed. it makes sense that they’d have him try it. it’s hard to change a lifetime habit though.”

    randy,

    Eiland has been working with AJ on staying closed all season. It’s been an ongoing issue.

    But when AJ was bad to open the season Eiland diagnosed his primary problem being that this front shoulder was opening way too early and his right arm was dragging.

    That’s why the club thought AJ’s control was so bad to open the season.

    Easier to say than do however…

  687. GreenBeret7 September 19th, 2009 at 12:40 am

    1,000 career strikeouts and 2,000 broken bats. Congratulations to Mariano Rivera.

  688. Carl September 19th, 2009 at 12:40 am

    Paint again lol

  689. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 19th, 2009 at 12:41 am

    congrats Mo !

  690. MG September 19th, 2009 at 12:41 am

    give the Yankees a 1 run lead after 7 in the post season and the game is essentially over…

  691. tyler September 19th, 2009 at 12:41 am

    1000!!!

  692. m September 19th, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Damon should be the player of the game. But AJ did good, too. :)

  693. Erica - always OPPC September 19th, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Rishi
    September 19th, 2009 at 12:40 am
    I’m between a train station and the fire station – that can be some crazy fun times!

    At least it’s a line that is very infrequent – I wake up with every sound (even the sprinklers wake me up) – it suckis!
    ****

    LOL. The sprinklers outside my window annoy me too. I am usually fine once I fall asleep, but sometimes those trains scare me

  694. rb September 19th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Oooo, that was scary.

  695. Rishi September 19th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    wow – congrats to mo – an amazing man with an amazing career…

    whoa – Mo looks pissed now

    Mo-v-Ichiro…

  696. Erica - always OPPC September 19th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    m
    September 19th, 2009 at 12:41 am
    Damon should be the player of the game. But AJ did good, too
    ****

    I would give it to Damon…. :grin:

  697. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 19th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    crap. Now it’s Ichiro.

  698. m September 19th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    kewl. Gameday updates career stats after each out.

  699. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 19th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    The Mariners coverage never mentioned that Mariano Rivera stat.

    I wonder why. :evil:

  700. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 19th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Gardenhoser almost got to that

  701. CB September 19th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Walk Ichiro.

  702. Carl September 19th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Come on mo

  703. GreenBeret7 September 19th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Ouch. Could have been caught, but, it was smoked pretty well.

  704. tk September 19th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    “More and more Hughes reminds me of a right handed Jon Lester.”

    Fascinating comparison, I hadn’t thought of that. It does make sense though, about 75% of Lester’s pitches are either fastballs or cut fastballs. Despite reliance the fastball/cutter combo, both are still able to use good velocity and control to regularly overpower hitters. Seeing Hughes develop into a reliable, dominant young RH version of Lester would be a major, major event for the Yankees.

  705. Erica - always OPPC September 19th, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Ichiro is going down here-

    Come on Mo!!!!!!

  706. chris September 19th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Cmon Mo…..

  707. Carl September 19th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    NOOOOOOOOOO!

  708. Rishi September 19th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    whoa – did that just happen

  709. Erica - always OPPC September 19th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  710. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 19th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    OH MY GOD SUCH FAIL

  711. Serf September 19th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    WOW! We just got owned.

  712. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 19th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    :shock:

  713. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 19th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Damn. Poor AJ. :(

  714. Trevor September 19th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Speechless…..

  715. pat September 19th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Yuck!

  716. S.A.--Serenity Now September 19th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    :shock:

  717. CB September 19th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Please walk ichiro…

  718. JRod September 19th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Mo’s face said it all

  719. Erica - always OPPC September 19th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Crap

    Well, I guess Ichiro has atoned himself

  720. rb September 19th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    No words. I have no words.

  721. Rishi September 19th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    how quickly that spun right out of control – yuck

  722. 100 pitches of fun... September 19th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Damn. I was just going to say I would walk Ichiro. I am shocked that Girardi didnt come out to discuss that at bat. You do not let their best hitter beat you.

  723. 100 pitches of fun... September 19th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Damn. I was just going to say I would walk Ichiro. I am shocked that Girardi didnt come out to discuss that at bat. You do not let their best hitter beat you.

  724. Abdababdaserser September 19th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    well crap

  725. chris September 19th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Oh no…

  726. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 19th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    NOW Ichiro decides to hit a home run.

    Enjoy your World Series tonight, Seattle.

  727. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 19th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    I can’t even blame anybody there, that was just hey it happens.

  728. m September 19th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    :(

  729. rb September 19th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Well, it’s bedtime. Goodnight all.

  730. GreenBeret7 September 19th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    WOW. That was a blast. Suzuki would help his team a lot more if he’d take a swing like that once a game. He could easily hit 25 a year.

  731. Serf September 19th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Biggest upset of the year for us. Burnett dominates. Mo gets 2 K’s and Ichiro…Ichiro! with a home run!?

  732. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 19th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    should have walked Ichiro and picked him off first again. :-(

  733. Rishi September 19th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    well – no reason to watch the post game…’nite all

  734. lswaha September 19th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Wow…Alright need to win 3 games on this road trip to be safe. No worries!

  735. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 19th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    i’m so disgusted right now

  736. Rob B (Officially on the Jeter for MVP bandwagon) September 19th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Mo was just so dominant vs the first two batters. What the hell happened for the last two? It was like a completely different pitcher.

  737. JZ September 19th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    all right, choke now, don’t choke in postseason

  738. Erica - always OPPC September 19th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    yuck
    yuck
    yuck
    yuck
    yuck

  739. 100 pitches of fun... September 19th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    How do you pitch to Ichiro with 1st base open?!! Just shocking that they would pitch to him.. 2outs and 1st base open?!!

  740. Chris September 19th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Seriously?!?!?

  741. terpbomber September 19th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    I knew Ichiro was trouble even for the fourth batter. Sterling sounded uneasy, too.

  742. Coach5423 September 19th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    that pitch wasnt even a strike

  743. rconn23 September 19th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    You’ve got to walk Ichiro. Just a maddening decision by Girardi.

  744. Big Pete September 19th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Pete’s favorite non-Sawx player just beat Mariano and the Yanks.

    Pete will be celebrating tonight….

  745. chris September 19th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    This goes back to when Rivera intent. walked Longoria earlier in the season. Girardi didn’t want to go there again. Should have.

  746. Abdababdaserser September 19th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    The Yankees have to beat the living crap out of this team the rest of this series.

  747. Joe September 19th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    was that real?

  748. MG September 19th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    wow, who could see that coming after the first two batters. I was thinking they should walk Ichiro intentionally but Mo doesn’t like doing that (remember Longoria earlier in the year). It just shows you how difficult it is to predict everything about baseball.

  749. Josh September 19th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    I can’t even blame anybody there, that was just hey it happens.
    ============================
    Yeah exactly…I guess you could question Girardi there but then again its Mariano and he eats batters for lunch 99.9% of the time.

    They just need to get back on the horse tomorrow, kinda stinks that the self proclaimed “King Of Baseball” gets a win when AJ Burnett actually did outpitch him.

  750. Betsy September 19th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Wow, what a killer loss.

  751. wanger September 19th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    walk that hit machine!

  752. Buck Nasty September 19th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    I guess he is human

  753. Nigel September 19th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    And the curse of Pete Abe begins……

  754. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 19th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Man.. just one more out, he needed. :(

    Oh well. That really sucks for AJ though, but he looked good tonight, which is important.

  755. m September 19th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    GB7,

    We do NOT want Ichiro to hit more homeruns. :evil:

  756. Trevor September 19th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Time to second guess now. First and third with 1 out when Molina hit into a DP in the 7th inning. Perhaps there should have been a pinch hitter? Just saying.

  757. Erica - always OPPC September 19th, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Good night Yankee People!!!

  758. tk September 19th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    What a foolish decision to pitch to him there. There was a great chance he was to going to at least get a hit of some kind to score the runner from second…didn’t really consider this outcome though.

  759. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes September 19th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Allow me to anticipate the talk radio mentality: Hughes should be the closer.

    That is what we are now in for.

  760. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 19th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    “How do you pitch to Ichiro with 1st base open?!!”

    IT’S MARIANO RIVERA!, Mo doesn’t walk ppl. He is the walk.

  761. Rob September 19th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    It’s a bad sign when a lefty takes rivera deep. That means the cutter didn’t cut. Well you knew he had to blow a save sooner or later. It’s probably better to get that over with now rather than during the playoffs.

  762. chris September 19th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    The good news: AJ looked great.

  763. Joe I September 19th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    That’s what happens when you don’t get those insurance runs. They had multiple chances tonight, and it hurts them in the end. Still no excuses for Mo. Plus, the Yankees broke the one rule in sports that you should never break, especially against bad teams. That team has 1 guy who can beat you, and they let him beat them.

  764. 100 pitches of fun... September 19th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Too bad Melky or Gardner weren’t playing RF they definitely would of caught the double.

  765. Richie September 19th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    OUCH!

  766. john_halfz September 19th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Uh, because Mariano Rivera is the all-time leader in ERA+ and in the top 20 all time in overall ERA. So he just allowed his first run in 33 innings? I think he’s kind of on his own when it comes to pitching to or around hitters.

    100 pitches of fun: How do you put the winning run on first base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth? Is this your first year following baseball?

  767. Pel (a/k/a Bart Simpson) September 19th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    i’m seething right now.

    i gotta go outside and cool off.

  768. CB September 19th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Mariano doesn’t like to intentionally walk anyone but they really should have walked ichiro there.

    It wasn’t even for the home run threat obviously but if anyone could make contact against Mo and get a hit to dunk in it’s Ichiro.

    Tough to be on the other side of a walk off but it happens. Mo is human.

    And Ichiro once again rope-a-doped the opposition. He cheated so badly on that pitch and was just sitting on something inside to drive… and he got it.

    It happens. Good news is that CC takes the mound tomorrow.

  769. Big Pete September 19th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Pete Abe set a new personal vertical jump record (4″) after that HR.

  770. nature boy September 19th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    the difference between longoria and ichiro is ichiro is hitting .360 and when they did it to longoria he was injured and hadn’t swung a bat in a week

  771. enough September 19th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    I thought Mo didn’t blow saves until postseason,he’a a little early isn’t he?

  772. S.A.--Serenity Now September 19th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    I think I’m just gonna go to sleep and pretend that never happened.

  773. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 19th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Sweeney was the key guy there… you don’t want to face Ichiro.

  774. Matt September 19th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    The Yankees are letting Boston still have life in the division race by not taking care of their own business.

    Losing 2/3 at home to Baltimore, and now this. You have to win these games. 6 games is not an impossible lead to overcome, especially when you play them 3 more times this season. You have to win these and make there be no doubt.

  775. terpbomber September 19th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    I hate these rallies that always happen after two easy outs.

    And you knew Ichiro was ready to feast on something BIG after being picked off twice earlier in the game.

  776. JZ September 19th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    this series is nothing;
    will they be swept again by LAA?

  777. MG September 19th, 2009 at 12:49 am

    the pitch to Ichiro was a cutter down and in, it wasn’t straight. Ichiro just hit it, there is nothing else you can say.

  778. Serf September 19th, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Mo has been a bit shaky lately.

  779. Pepitone September 19th, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Well, I guess that means Mariano is human after all.

    Hope that got it out of his system, we don’t need him getting shakey on us with the playoffs right around the corner.

  780. tex's friend September 19th, 2009 at 12:49 am

    you dont intentionally walk the game winning run onto base.

  781. The Ghost September 19th, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Not for nothing, but did Girardi pull a McNamara and forget to replace Swisher with Gardner in the ninth? Funny how the ball always finds the weakest player left in field huh?

  782. Benny Blanco September 19th, 2009 at 12:49 am

    5.5 games

  783. Shirley September 19th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Ichiro hit a homerun and Yankees lost a game that they could have won. I can’t believe what I just saw.

  784. Joe September 19th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    “this series is nothing;
    will they be swept again by LAA?”

    We might get swept by SEA before LAA.

  785. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 19th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Oh well. AJ and Hughes looked good. Tomorrows another game.

    Time for bed.

  786. m September 19th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    I hate losing ground to the Angels and the Sox.

  787. BobS September 19th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    FOLKS
    You don’t intentionally walk the winning run….esp w/ Mo.

  788. David Cone's Camera Face September 19th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    chill out you nervous nellies. the yanks will be ok. this was a fluke win by the mariners. i was dissapointed by cano not getting a important hit again though.

  789. rconn23 September 19th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    It doesn’t matter that Rivera is pitching to Suzuki. You put a guy hitting .360 on first base, when it’s open, to face a mediocre hitter like Lopez.

    This isn’t up for debate. It really isn’t. It’s an indefensible decision by Girardi.

  790. DT - OPPC member (blood type - Positive) September 19th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    “this series is nothing;
    will they be swept again by LAA?”

    good night everyone.
    It’s too late to deal with trolls.

  791. Mark September 19th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Worst loss of the season (next to the Bay game)

  792. 100 pitches of fun... September 19th, 2009 at 12:51 am

    “Mo doesn’t walk ppl. He is the walk.”

    I don’t care how good Mo is. They have 1 great hitter who was also 3-4 coming into that at bat. Besides Gutierrez everyone else stinks let someone else beat you.

  793. Coach5423 September 19th, 2009 at 12:51 am

    This place is hillarious….absolutely hillarious….take a valium people…he hadnt given up a run since june 6th…it happens…the pitch to ichiro wasnt even a strike.

  794. MikeBoston September 19th, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Classic jinx job with Singleton, he had just said before the HR that the NYY were like 140-2 leading after 8 innings since 07…Maybe not walk Ichiro but you have to pitch around him at least there with 2 outs. Get these things out of the way now I guess.

  795. Bronx Jeers September 19th, 2009 at 12:51 am

    The Pete curse in full effect ?

  796. The Ghost September 19th, 2009 at 12:51 am

    My bad, I see Gardner replaced Damon. Boy, it’s tough when you have two weak outfielders…

  797. Joe September 19th, 2009 at 12:51 am

    I’m sure Girardi is wondering why not play that hit and run with Molina

  798. john_halfz September 19th, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Hey, Pir-one, go to bed.

  799. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 19th, 2009 at 12:52 am

    “It’s a bad sign when a lefty takes rivera deep. That means the cutter didn’t cut.”

    You apparently didn’t watch the game, the pitch wasn’t even a strike, it was 1/2 a foot inside LHB’s batters box. Ichiro cheated and just hit it out. He’s a great player, he’s gonna be a HOF.

  800. rathipon September 19th, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Difficult to second-guess Girardi on that. Not many managers would intentionally put the winning run on base.

  801. umbrelladoc September 19th, 2009 at 12:52 am

    The second guess may have been a defensive replacement for Swisher. Looked like he took the wrong angle on Sweeney’s ball and a better outfielder catches it.

  802. igotid88 September 19th, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Odd that it happened while AJ was starting.

  803. Big Pete September 19th, 2009 at 12:52 am

    worst loss of the season? haha, yeah right.

    Some people are almost as paranoid as Pete Abe is ecstatic right now that his Red Sox picked up a game in the standings.

  804. Wow. September 19th, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Jim Pir-one – i find you so abusive – I can’t say it enough. You should be banned. You don’t call people bottom feeders or garbage. It’s not right.

  805. bobber September 19th, 2009 at 12:52 am

    It’s no big deal even if Boston miraculously catches up. (Which ain’t happening!)No matter what, we’ll end up facing them in the playoffs, and homefield advantage doesn’t make a difference with these two teams. It’s all about who has the hot hand, and nothing really matters ’till the playoffs start.

  806. m September 19th, 2009 at 12:52 am

    IBB. Now that’s a move I hate. I can live with the bunt, but not the IBB.

  807. Pat M. September 19th, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Ichiro nearly stepped out of the box ( much like a slow pitch softball hitter ) to catch that pitch….Hell the pitch was off the plate inside……..Not getting Sweeney obviously set the stage…..Ouch…..Matt, take your b.s. and stick it

  808. Pat M. September 19th, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Ichiro nearly stepped out of the box ( much like a slow pitch softball hitter ) to catch that pitch….Hell the pitch was off the plate inside……..Not getting Sweeney obviously set the stage…..Ouch…..Matt, take your b.s. and stick it

  809. Mark September 19th, 2009 at 12:53 am

    But I thought we were so much better with Molina in the lineup!?!?!?

    Ha. His ABs cost us this game.

  810. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 19th, 2009 at 12:53 am

    There isn’t enough valium for this place.

  811. CB September 19th, 2009 at 12:53 am

    That home run had very little to do with Mo not throwing a good pitch.

    Ichiro cheated something awful on that pitch and guessed right. He had a plan to try to jerk one to right field and was guessing inside.

    Ichiro has an amazing ability to make contact – even on pitches with movement. He guessed location and opened up to jerk to the ball to right field.

    He dead pulled that ball. He has the ability to do pretty much anything with a bat.

  812. randy l. September 19th, 2009 at 12:53 am

    ” Good news is that CC takes the mound tomorrow.”

    the other good news is that burnett pitched well tonight.

    i’d rather the yankees lose and burnett pitch well than the yankees win and burnett pitch badly again.

    not a bad night on the blog either once it got rolling. nice to see.

  813. MATC September 19th, 2009 at 12:53 am

    the taste of our own medicine is absolutely disgusting………

  814. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 19th, 2009 at 12:53 am

    “I don’t care how good Mo is. They have 1 great hitter who was also 3-4 coming into that at bat. Besides Gutierrez everyone else stinks let someone else beat you.”

    MO DOESN’T WALK PPL, HE IS THE WALK! :x

  815. Twister September 19th, 2009 at 12:53 am

    “Some people are almost as paranoid as Pete Abe is ecstatic right now that his Red Sox picked up a game in the standings.”

    LOL

  816. Joe I September 19th, 2009 at 12:54 am

    “Not for nothing, but did Girardi pull a McNamara and forget to replace Swisher with Gardner in the ninth? Funny how the ball always finds the weakest player left in field huh?”

    He took Damon out. Gardner was in CF, Melky in LF and Swish in RF.

  817. 100 pitches of fun... September 19th, 2009 at 12:54 am

    I was also shocked that Girardi let Molina hit with 1st and 3rd. That was absolutly a joke. What he didn’t trust Cervelli to catch in a 2-1 game?!! They needed to tack on another run and Molina was NEVER going to get that run in and everyone knew it.

  818. GreenBeret7 September 19th, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Suzuki was 2 for 10 against Rivera before that at bat. Both singles.

  819. Trevor September 19th, 2009 at 12:54 am

    The chance for tack on runs was missed when Molina was sent up to hit in the 7th instead of a pinch hitter. Not a good decision by Joe imo.

  820. JZ September 19th, 2009 at 12:54 am


    this series is nothing;
    will they be swept again by LAA?”

    good night everyone.
    It’s too late to deal with trolls.

    good night to you too, troll

  821. Wow. September 19th, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Randy l you are the voice of reason. I appreciate that.

  822. Wow. September 19th, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Randy l you are the voice of reason. I appreciate that.

  823. john_halfz September 19th, 2009 at 12:54 am

    I can’t believe people seriously think Rivera should have pitched around Ichiro. Then again, it explains why there are always at least 30,000 mouth breathers every time I go to the Stadium.

    Calm down.

  824. Wow. September 19th, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Guess i appreciated it twice.

  825. #44 September 19th, 2009 at 12:54 am

    You have to walk Ichiro there because he is the ONLY guy on that team that can hurt you.

  826. The Ghost September 19th, 2009 at 12:55 am

    CB, have you ever read the stories of Ichiro’s father? He makes Tiger Woods dad seem like a coach potato.

  827. Joe September 19th, 2009 at 12:55 am

    These are the kind of loses that it’s so tough to get over it

  828. nature boy September 19th, 2009 at 12:55 am

    there is nobody to blame but… the west coast. i really hate that place.

  829. Maverick September 19th, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Jim Pir-one September 19th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Jon Papelbon loads the bases against teams all the time, and gets away with it.

    Mariano gives up a double and a home run on 2 PITCHES

    Papelbon gets a save on 40 pitches leaving the bases loaded.

    I’d love to see the styling classless Ichiro’s numbers versus the Red Sox.

    Every time I watch him against them, it’s the impotent powerless popups.

    ——————-

    CLASSLESS POST OF THE NIGHT!!!

    ICHIRO’S IS A GREAT HITTER, PERIOD. OVER 200 HITS IN HOW MANY (9″) CONSECUTIVE SEASONS. MO IS THE GREATEST CLOSER OF ALL TIME. IT HAPPENS.

    BUT ONCE AGAIN YOU HAVE TO SHOW JUST HOW CLASSLESS YOU ARE BY YOUR CONSTANT BADMOUTHING. GROW UP!!!!!!!!!

  830. Drive 4-5 September 19th, 2009 at 12:55 am

    With 1st base open why pitch to the best hitter in baseball? I know it’s against the book to walk to go ahead run,but so wasnt pinch running for Tex the other night. Tough way to start a difficult 9 game stretch.

  831. MikeBoston September 19th, 2009 at 12:55 am

    How can you say these words? “Mo has been a bit shaky lately.”

    He was scoreless the last 32 innings!!

  832. timo September 19th, 2009 at 12:56 am

    A 36 man roster and only two good defensive outfielders. Something that has to be addressed for 2010.

  833. JZ September 19th, 2009 at 12:56 am

    5 games in loss column?
    Since sox just doesn’t lose games (almost), I guess LAA series is the key.

  834. Jack September 19th, 2009 at 12:56 am

    MO needs to stop being so arrogant.

    He is the GOAT, we all know that, but there is no excuse to not follow basic strategy like walking Ichiro to face a mediocre Jose Lopez.

    He better not be this cocky when the playoffs start or he could cost us a key game.

  835. XLJ September 19th, 2009 at 12:56 am

    umbrelladoc
    September 19th, 2009 at 12:52 am
    The second guess may have been a defensive replacement for Swisher. Looked like he took the wrong angle on Sweeney’s ball and a better outfielder catches it.

    ————————–

    Yep I bet Girardi is kicking himself he took Damon out instead of Swisher. Gardner & Melky would of easily caught that ball.

  836. MG September 19th, 2009 at 12:57 am

    here is how much this team will be hurt by tonight:

    NOT AT ALL, PERIOD.

  837. Matt September 19th, 2009 at 12:57 am

    Seattle and Baltimore, 2 teams with nothing to play for, and the Yankees did not step on their throats when they had chances and got beaten.

    5 games in the loss even with just 14 to go is not a lock, especially when you play the team behind you 3 more times and they have a far easier schedule as well.

    If not for the comeback on Wednesday night, Boston would be just 5 games back. Even now, they have already lost 3.5 games off their lead in the last week, and while at home to boot. Even tonight they had 8 hits and chances to drive in additional runs with some ABC ball and couldn’t do it. If the Yankees go into Anaheim and lose the series, with Boston playing weaker teams we might see the lead down to only 4 or 5 games, maybe even lower if they don’t wake up soon.

    It’s not over, they need to show some urgency and take care of their own business.

  838. 100 pitches of fun... September 19th, 2009 at 12:57 am

    Swish absolutely should of caught that ball in RF. Gardner was almost over there and he plays in CF. What happened to Swish on that ball!???!!!

  839. Jack September 19th, 2009 at 12:57 am

    From now on, Girardi needs to take out Swisher every time we have a lead. His defense is a joke.

  840. The Ghost September 19th, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Joe I, yeah I noticed that, that means that Giradi thinks that Damon is a bigger liability in the field than Swisher. Swisher definitely has a better arm but I don’t think Gardner’s arm is all that much of an upgrade over Damon’s.

  841. XLJ September 19th, 2009 at 12:58 am

    The good news was Burnett was very good despite getting a no decision this was another very good start that he didn’t get much run support like a lot of his starts in august.

  842. Wow. September 19th, 2009 at 12:58 am

    No, Jim Pir-one, I’m a Yankee fan. I’m just not your fan. I want you banned.

  843. john_halfz September 19th, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Oh, and Pir-one, man. You’re the absolute best, baby. Just the bee’s knees. You obviously cherry picked that Ichiro stat (2006-08) and I could smell it a mile away.

    Of course, he’s .321/.387/.536 this year and well over .300 for his career. Go suck an egg, man.

  844. Truth September 19th, 2009 at 12:58 am

    I’ve been reading the blog for almost 3 years and jim pirone is the worst poster ever. He’s worse than trolls, worse than met fans and worse than the most negative peeps alive. It amazes me that this guy calls himself a Yankee fan. Grow up dude, you are most definitely annoying. You are more annoying than the Ichiro homerun. Just stop coming to this site, you ruin it for the true fans. Peace

  845. m September 19th, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Swisher’s not exactly a burner. Nothing could be done. To me the one that I’d like to have back was the “double” to Melky.

  846. Serf September 19th, 2009 at 12:58 am

    September 19th, 2009 at 12:55 am

    How can you say these words? “Mo has been a bit shaky lately.”

    He was scoreless the last 32 innings!!
    ————-

    Well if my “Mo-mory” right, he’s been walking people more than he usually does. I consider that shaky. And a closer should be scoreless all the time. Closers are overrated. You go out there for one inning.

  847. Yanks 823 September 19th, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Can’t give away wins like this this late in the year. It’s going to come back bite us.

  848. Buck Nasty September 19th, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Wow………. this is why this is the first time i have been back to this blog in like a month it is like yankee blog for bi polars

  849. Betsy September 19th, 2009 at 12:59 am

    I would normally agree, Randy, but this is a really tough loss…….The Yankees still have the rest of this trip to deal with plus 3 with the Sox – the division is not put away yet. Plus, as big an AJ fan as I am, I want to see him put a few more together.

    This is hardly the worst loss of the season (as someone had mentioned), but it’s brutal…… Why not pinch hit for Molina in, what was it, the 7th?

    Oh well, nothing to do but move on.

  850. Richie September 19th, 2009 at 12:59 am

    I thought Freddy Guzman is good defensively?

  851. GreenBeret7 September 19th, 2009 at 12:59 am

    The only left handed batter in the last 10 years that could have hit that pitch like Suzuki did was Griffey, 10 years ago.

  852. lets go twins September 19th, 2009 at 12:59 am

    When will people get it through their head that the Red Sox are of no concern whatsoever. Take a look at the standings and stop making idiotic comments everytime the Yankees lose that oh no losing ground.

    If the Yankees go 7-7 to end the season the Red Sox would have to go 15-1 to win the division. Does anyone here honestly think the Yankees will play less than .500 baseball? Along with the Red Sox going 15 and 1! No, it is not going to happen.

    It is just plain stupidity to think the Red Sox are “gaining ground” and the Yankees need to worry.

  853. MG September 19th, 2009 at 12:59 am

    I wouldn’t want to be Jim Pir-one for even 1 hour of my life, can you imagine how many meds he is on for schizophrenia, paranoia, and borderline personality disorder?

  854. The Ghost September 19th, 2009 at 1:00 am

    100 pitches of fun, if Swisher make’s that catch, it’s one of the most amazing plays of his career. If Melky or Gardner doesn’t make that catch you are surprised. Melky should have been in right field in the ninth and Damon in left.

  855. Brandon Awesome "BECAUSE I'M AWESOME!" September 19th, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Ok so we win tomorrow, goodnight everybody, bridge jumpers PM Pete which bridge you’ll be on this week so I can push you off tomorrow. :)

  856. CB September 19th, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Ghost,

    I have. Really amazing stuff the way he was driven to be a ball player.

    But his tools are really amazing. He can do anything he wants with a bat.

    He guessed Mo would try to saw him off inside to try to induce a ground ball and he guessed correctly.

    He almost fell over to hit that ball out. He was almost out of the box.

    He’s a great ball player.

    I would have walked him given how bad the Mariners line up is after him but I didn’t expect Mo to do that either. I knew he’d pitch to him, especially after the ruckus that was raised when Girardi had him walk Longoria earlier in the season.

    Really not a big deal. AJ pitched well and that’s the big part of the game for the yanks.

  857. terpbomber September 19th, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Well, this at least loss doesn’t suck as much as game 7 of the 2001 World Series — even if Mo lost that one as well. But I don’t understand why other teams have no trouble walloping first pitches while the Yankees cause outs for that same effort.

    It might have been a worthwhile gamble to walk Ichiro just to work around him. What’s the worst that could have happened? Tie game? Same result?

    It’s not how I would’ve wanted this west coast road trip to begin. I just hope this puts some fire in the Yankees to rip the Mariners and (hopefully!) Angels in the days ahead. Can’t afford to be free-falling at this point of the season!

  858. Yanks_Fan September 19th, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Wow that was a bummer after such a great game from AJ. Terrible time to be human, Mo. AJ needed this win. Oh well, it wasn’t your fault, AJ…

  859. JeterJobaCanoFanForever, enough said September 19th, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Agreed that ball should have been caught. Melky called off Swish several times previously and made the catches so why he was not in the game is beyond me. BG’s forte is not going back to make catches over his head.

  860. Jeter 2 September 19th, 2009 at 1:01 am

    I honestly trust Papelbon more than MO.

    How many saves as he blown? 1?

    He gets into trouble but has the power FB to overpower guys. MO is losing velocity and much more hittable than in the past.

  861. MikeBoston September 19th, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Totally agree that Hinske should have been hitting for Molina against King Felix in the 7th. Mariners had no pen, they just played 14 innings the night before.

  862. Mac Daddy September 19th, 2009 at 1:01 am

    yeah it was shocking to see mo give up a jack there but that game was lost cause of our anything but stellar OF defense…No reason Swisher shouldnt be playing no dbls D there…thats on Joe G

    Also, that OF may lose us a big game come playoff time…Not sure what you do but it is a big problem

  863. john_halfz September 19th, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Yeah, I considered that, actually. Someone with a full-blown conspiracy complex about baseball probably does have series mental issues. And, yeah, Jim, that’s coming from an actual yankee fan who really loves baseball.

  864. Jay September 19th, 2009 at 1:02 am

    They didn’t even put up a fight against King Felix in the final 3 innings.

  865. Carl September 19th, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Jeter 2 September 19th, 2009 at 1:01 am

    I honestly trust Papelbon more than MO.

    How many saves as he blown? 1?

    He gets into trouble but has the power FB to overpower guys. MO is losing velocity and much more hittable than in the past.

    HAHAHHAHAHAHA

  866. Big Pete September 19th, 2009 at 1:02 am

    i’m not sure what left faster…

    Ichiro’s HR

    or

    Pete from the Journal News when he found out he could report for his beloved Red Sox

  867. The Ghost September 19th, 2009 at 1:02 am

    I think everyone is missing the real story for this night since all these games are just tune-ups for the playoffs. Here’s the big story – if AJ’s next start with Posada goes badly, is Molina going to have to start a game in the division series?

  868. XLJ September 19th, 2009 at 1:02 am

    100 pitches of fun…
    September 19th, 2009 at 12:57 am
    Swish absolutely should of caught that ball in RF. Gardner was almost over there and he plays in CF. What happened to Swish on that ball!???!!!

    ————————————

    Yeah I was thinking maybe Swisher should of got out of the way and maybe Gardner could caught up to it. Swisher defense at yankee stadium is pretty good because of the short porch. But once you put him in a bigger ballpark he will get exposed.

  869. Pepitone September 19th, 2009 at 1:03 am

    Well, I will say this, this is how losing streaks get started, and the Yankees can’t afford losing steaks now.

    If Sabathia takes care of business tomorrow, then this game doesn’t hurt us, but if he doesn’t, and they get swept here going into Anaheim … well, they just can’t let it happen it’s just that simple.

    As it is with any sport, do not give the other guy life. This is the kind of thing that could give the Red Sox, and Angels, a little bit of hope. One game won’t do it, but if they beat Sabathia, well …

    So, come on C.C. this is why you make the big bucks, for situations like tomorrow.

  870. Tim September 19th, 2009 at 1:03 am

    I’ve never cried after losses, but I am crying now. Terrible, terrible loss.

  871. randy l. September 19th, 2009 at 1:03 am

    “Randy l you are the voice of reason. I appreciate that.”

    me? voice of reason?

    you must be mixing me up with someone else.

    i was looking for a good game from aj and we got it so i’m happy about that.

    i’m not worried about mo.

    he’ll shake tonight right off.

  872. ZMAN September 19th, 2009 at 1:04 am

    SWISHer is going to cost us a game in October with his defense. Mark it down.

  873. john_halfz September 19th, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Who are these people?

    Rivera WHIP: 0.888
    Papelbon WHIP: 1.238

    Seriously, grow up

  874. 100 pitches of fun... September 19th, 2009 at 1:04 am

    The outfield defense actually cost them 2 runs in this game. Melky absolutely should of had that ball earlier in the game and the next batter got a hit. Then Swish…Maybe Guzman should come in for defense also in the 9th inning. So you get Damon and Swish out of the game.

  875. Trevor September 19th, 2009 at 1:05 am

    I’m not trying to be a debbie downer here but the RS are all of a sudden only 5 back in the lost column. That’s not impossible to over come. and they’re hot right now. At the very least with the shrinking Yankee lead it makes the 3 games a YS interesting.

  876. john_halfz September 19th, 2009 at 1:05 am

    I should come here after every loss. This is awesome and hilarious. People are CRYING about this loss? Are they 13?

  877. JeterJobaCanoFanForever, enough said September 19th, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Altho the game was lost, I am glad that AJ pitched well. There has been so MUCH worry that he will not be able to pitch in the post season. AJ will be fine. Now on to CC tomorrow. Get a lot of sleep east coasters!!

  878. Maverick September 19th, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Jim Pir-one September 19th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    There’s nobody to blame or this loss except the effort of a bottomfeeding team and of course, that fat bum Jose Molina for not bothering to try and get the run home.

    Jose’s mission in that AB was to ground into a double play and he succeeded with ease on the first pitch.

    —————–

    CAN’T BELEIVE IT, BUT THERE AS AN EVEN WORST CLASSLESS POST OF THE NIGHT !!!!! WAIT, IT IS BY THE SAME PERSON JIM PIR-ONE. THAT MAKES IT UNANIMOUS. JIM PRO-ONE WINS THE CLASSLESS OF THE CLASSLESS AWARD!!! WAY TO GO JIM. BET YOU WERE NOT EVEN TRYIN’.

  879. Betsy September 19th, 2009 at 1:06 am

    LOL Jeter 2………it’s a bit late for April Fool’s day

  880. m September 19th, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Seriously, how many of you suggested that they IBB Ichiro BEFORE the homerun?

  881. Matt September 19th, 2009 at 1:06 am

    The game was lost when the Yankees continued to fritter away chance after chance at the plate. Don’t go on about Hernandez is a great pitcher and what not. 2nd and 3rd, no outs in the first, and they only got 1 of those in. Runners at the corners, 1 out, first pitch DP. 0 for 4 with RISP today, and something like 4 for 15 on Tuesday night, and similar numbers across the board for the last week.

    The Yankees have been a total joke with RISP for the last week or so, which is definitely a concern because it shows you how quickly this team can stop hitting. They have lost in the playoffs because of bad hitting, not bad pitching in recent years. If the Yankees all of a sudden go into an offensive slump, Boston might gain enough ground to make the series next weekend meaningful.

    9 games up, and that series might be meaningful if the Yankees lose the series in Anaheim.

    Girardi may think it’s over, but it’s not. You have to still win your games, and that entails starting your regular lineup rather than half your bench, and beating mediocre teams.

    3 games at home against Baltimore in September is a gift, and they lost 2/3. Now there’s a west coast trip swinging through Anaheim, where they are typically awful. You have to win those other games to hedge against a bad series there, but now you are forced to win a few or Boston will be within striking distance most likely, playing Baltimore and co which should be easy series for them to win.

  882. GreenBeret7 September 19th, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Hinske is 1-9 in his career against Hernandez. Molina was 2-7.

  883. pat September 19th, 2009 at 1:06 am

    I’m so bummed I’m eating a double stuff oreo at 1 am and still feel disappointed. :sad:

  884. Matthew September 19th, 2009 at 1:07 am

    Trevor,

    We should absolutely be concerned about them. We gave away a totally winnable game tonight and lost a key game.

    We have 5 more out West… they play Baltimore and KC, who they always own.

    Either way, barring us taking the next 2 and winning a series in Anaheim for the first time in 6 years, the division lead is going to tighten considerably by the time they come to the Bronx.

  885. Buck Nasty September 19th, 2009 at 1:07 am

    September 19th, 2009 at 1:01 am
    I honestly trust Papelbon more than MO.

    How many saves as he blown? 1?

    He gets into trouble but has the power FB to overpower guys. MO is losing velocity and much more hittable than in the past.

    Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul

  886. Big Pete September 19th, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Ichiro is one of the greatest.

    and one of the most selfish players in the history of the game.

    he probably doesnt know whether the team is even in the playoff hunt, but he can tell you all of his stats.

  887. MG September 19th, 2009 at 1:08 am

    the Sox have 19 consecutive games left to finish the season without a day off, they are still 6 behind even though it’s 5 in the loss column. If the Yankees play even .500 baseball and win 7 games the Sox have to go 14-2 to tie, that’s not going to happen with the Sox playing the next 9 in a row on the road, including 3 at Yankee Stadium. Do you actually have so little confidence in the Yankees to believe they could get swept by the Sox AT HOME?

  888. pat September 19th, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Good things:

    AJs pitching

    Johnny seems back on track offensively

  889. Big Pete September 19th, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Seriously, how many of you suggested that they IBB Ichiro BEFORE the homerun?

    ——————

    B-I-N-G-O

    and bingo was his name-o

  890. RA September 19th, 2009 at 1:09 am

    When you compare the schedules, we have almost no margin for error.

    We play SEA/LAA, they play BAL/KC. We’re almost guaranteed to lose 2-3 games in the standings to them.

    The division is not going to be the cakewalk we thought. That series at home vs. them almost becomes a must win.

  891. Kazinski September 19th, 2009 at 1:09 am

    An IBB for Ichiro is an incredibly stupid idea. You don’t put the winning run on first base intentionally, ever. It would even be stupid move in the NL with the pitcher coming up next.

  892. Mac Daddy September 19th, 2009 at 1:09 am

    you win tmrw and sunday and things are fine…lets keep this loss in perspective people…if they go on to lose 4 in a row, then we can worry

  893. JeterJobaCanoFanForever, enough said September 19th, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Jeter 2 – you must be kidding! P.bum over Mo? Nowayjose.

  894. m September 19th, 2009 at 1:10 am

    They did not give the game away. You didn’t see any sloppy throws, bad baserunning, or errors.

    We’re talking Felix Hernandez, who may be the front runner for the Cy Young after tonight.

    TISH happens, get over it. Jeezus.

  895. Wow. September 19th, 2009 at 1:10 am

    I am just grateful that the Yankee players are far more resilient than many of you. We have a lot of bad losers here — why am I always surprised?

  896. 100 pitches of fun... September 19th, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Folks don’t forget the Yanks still have 3 games against the Angels in Anaheim and they NEVER win in that ballpark and then 3 against Boston. 6 tough games in a row. Also Boston is going to sweep the series against the Orioles. There is no question about that. It would be really nice for the Yanks to win the next 2 games.

  897. paulee September 19th, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Get a grip, people! We’re in the playoffs.

  898. Roid Sox September 19th, 2009 at 1:10 am

    That molina double play killed us. 37 guys on the bench and we send up Molina?

  899. Big Pete September 19th, 2009 at 1:10 am

    at this rate, which will happen first?

    a) The Yankees clinch the division

    b) Pete writes his first anti-Arod column for his Red Sox paper

  900. AZ Dave September 19th, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Yanks went 2-3 on a homestand against Baltimore and Toronto.

    You just cannot give away games against dead teams like that late in the season, especially on the heels of a tough West Coast trip.

    Boston is facing a cupcake schedule and is capitalizing like a great team does. We slept walk through it and paying for it now by watching this lead shrink.

    We’ll still probably clinch but suddenly, these games are back to being gut wrenchers and must wins. Especially that home series vs. Boston.

  901. GreenBeret7 September 19th, 2009 at 1:12 am

    I’ll let the idiots have the board. Nobody has ever bothered to throw out the garbage and if the board stays, that won’t change.

  902. Russell NY September 19th, 2009 at 1:12 am

    With Mo coming back to earth, Hughes possibly in the rotation next season. Where do we go from there?

  903. Mac Daddy September 19th, 2009 at 1:13 am

    you all forget that posada is our king of hitting into the dp…look at what molina brings defensively and stop focusing on his offense…this team has PLENTY of offense to offset his…the job he does with burnett and joba and even sabathia CANNOT go on being dismissed as most of you do

  904. m September 19th, 2009 at 1:13 am

    pat,

    I’m trying, but it’s not easy. Um, AJ with the nice pickoff move?

  905. RalphieD (OPPC) September 19th, 2009 at 1:13 am

    wow…i cant believe my eyes reading some of these comments…people are seriously out of their minds

    6 game lead with 14 to play…

    so the red sox have to go 10-4 and the yankees have to go 4-10 to have a tie…can anyone honestly see the yankees going 4-10 or worse?

  906. Matt September 19th, 2009 at 1:13 am

    They’re definitely going to be in the playoffs, but if you don’t take care of your own business, you’re going to really pay the price come playoff time.

    Not taking care of business now means they can’t rest key players and line up their pitching. If you go into the last week of the season with just a 2 or 3 game lead, all of a sudden you have to be careful about resting guys or you might lose your homefield advantage, even if you finish with close to 100 wins.

    With the way the Yankees play at home, having homefield advantage could be a huge advantage, especially if they end up making it past the first round and playing Boston or Anaheim, teams who tend to be tough to play on the road. Girardi rested his guys way too much earlier, and he’s paying the price now since they are not as sharp anymore.

    Resting Damon the other night with a lefty on the mound when he’s not hurt and there was a day off the next day is just pointless, and they almost ended up losing that game because they didn’t score runs. The division WAS pretty much wrapped up, but not taking care of business means you blew your chance to cruise into the playoffs.

  907. Yanks 86 September 19th, 2009 at 1:13 am

    It’s not panicking or being a debbie downer.

    We have 2 more games here, off a heartbreaking loss.
    Then we go to LA where we are 6-17 since 04, with Mitre starting one of those games.

    Boston plays Baltimore, who they own, and KC, who they also own.

    You have to be a pretty optimistic person to think that our lead won’t shrink by a few more games by the time we come home.

  908. Buck Nasty September 19th, 2009 at 1:14 am

    September 19th, 2009 at 1:10 am
    at this rate, which will happen first?

    a) The Yankees clinch the division

    b) Pete writes his first anti-Arod column for his Red Sox paper

    C.) everyone on thsi site kills themselves cuz we lost a game

  909. Trevor September 19th, 2009 at 1:14 am

    “We have 5 more out West… they play Baltimore and KC, who they always own.”

    All of sudden the upcoming series vs RS looks important as say 2 weeks ago it looked like it wouldn’t matter.
    The Yankees will be their toughest opponent for them. They have Cleveland too at home to finish out the season.

  910. m September 19th, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Damon had back issues. He wasn’t getting his nails done.

  911. lets go twins September 19th, 2009 at 1:15 am

    I will post this again since people do not seem to understand it

    ——————————————–

    When will people get it through their head that the Red Sox are of no concern whatsoever. Take a look at the standings and stop making idiotic comments everytime the Yankees lose that oh no losing ground.

    If the Yankees go 7-7 to end the season the Red Sox would have to go 15-1 to win the division. Does anyone here honestly think the Yankees will play less than .500 baseball? Along with the Red Sox going 15 and 1! No, it is not going to happen.

    It is just plain stupidity to think the Red Sox are “gaining ground” and the Yankees need to worry.

  912. MG September 19th, 2009 at 1:15 am

    talk about bs statistics- the Yankees were 7-3 on the homestand, including a nice win over the Angels.

    Talk about bridge jumpers, this blog must be the world’s largest congregation of the insecure and uninformed.

  913. nature boy September 19th, 2009 at 1:15 am

    tonight’s game just happens sometimes. mo is human. it is just upsetting to watch a game until 1 am and have that happen. blaming jose molina is stupid too. jorge needed to fight jesse carlson remember? they probably didn’t want to pinch hit for him because he was working well with the recently struggling aj at the time. aj pitching well is the story of the game and should make everyone feel a little bit better moving on with him on the mound.

  914. The Ghost September 19th, 2009 at 1:15 am

    If the Yankees can’t go .500 in the Boston/Angel series they really don’t deserve to go past the first round do they?

  915. Pat M. September 19th, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Matt, Why are you here ??? You seem to crawl out of the woodwork only when the Yank lose…..Isn’t it past your bedtime ????

  916. Joe I September 19th, 2009 at 1:17 am

    For those blaming Molina or blaming Girardi for leaving Molina in the game, you’re directing your blame in the wrong direction. Blame Jorge Posada too, because if he doesn’t get suspended, Molina doesn’t come close to an at bat in this game.

  917. ZMAN September 19th, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Who the hell schedules a West Coast trip in the 2nd to last week of September?

  918. The Ghost September 19th, 2009 at 1:18 am

    You just have to be hella impressed with Ichiro’s approach to that final at-bat tonight. He came up there with a plan, knew exactly where Mo was going and lauched one. I don’t see how anyone can be upset with that, he made an educated guess and executed it to perfection. Once you get over the initial shock that Mo blew a save you have to be impressed that you just witness baseball at it’s finest, no?

  919. Giuseppe Franco September 19th, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Jeter 2 September 19th, 2009 at 1:01 am

    I honestly trust Papelbon more than MO.

    How many saves as he blown? 1?

    He gets into trouble but has the power FB to overpower guys. MO is losing velocity and much more hittable than in the past.

    ————–

    This was probably the stupidest comment of the week until Jim Pir-one added another one to the hundred or so he’s had the past two days:

    —————-

    Jim Pir-one September 19th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    There’s nobody to blame or this loss except the effort of a bottomfeeding team and of course, that fat bum Jose Molina for not bothering to try and get the run home.

    Jose’s mission in that AB was to ground into a double play and he succeeded with ease on the first pitch.

  920. Pepitone September 19th, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Don’t blame Mariano Rivera for this loss!

    He had the first two batters walking back to the dugout before they could wipe the spit from their chins.

    The double by Sweeney really hurt, but he hit a rocket out there, I don’t think Gardner or Melky would have made that play.

    And the ball to Suzuki was a good pitch, I agree with CB and Pat M., he jumped out of his shoes to hit that ball, and he got it. He’s a great player no question about it, that’s baseball.

    Give the ball to the Sandman tomorrow with the exact same scenario, and who wants to bet against him? He probably strikes out the side. He’s the best in the business, period!

    Papelbon couldn’t make a pimple on Mo’s ass. Stop putting him in the same sentence with Mo, it’s moronic.

  921. Big Pete September 19th, 2009 at 1:18 am

    who will win the crown as the “First One Banned” from Pete’s new Boston Red Sox blog?

    any contenders?

  922. Sean Serritella September 19th, 2009 at 1:19 am

    lets go twins, the Yankees have to worry because they won’t have good pitching in the playoffs. You win with “great” pitching, not good and the Yankees are far from great.

    I don’t see the Yankees going to the world series.

  923. Jack September 19th, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Posada’s selfish act on Wednesday looms large.

  924. Joe I September 19th, 2009 at 1:19 am

    “If the Yankees can’t go .500 in the Boston/Angel series they really don’t deserve to go past the first round do they?”

    Not really. They will most likely play Minn or Det in the first round. The Yankees are a combined 12-1 against those teams, so, what they do against Boston and LA doesn’t matter in that case.

  925. m September 19th, 2009 at 1:20 am

    I just took issue with him saying they “rested” Damon. As if the back magically heals itself overnight. The rest of it? I don’t even know what he said, I’ll go back and read it now.

  926. MG September 19th, 2009 at 1:20 am

    first of all, Mitre isn’t pitching against the Angels, it’s Pettitte, Gaudin, and AJ. Then CC will open then Sox series followed by Joba and Andy.

    secondly, just because the Sox are playing the O’s and Royals doesn’t mean the games are a lock, didn’t the O’s just take a series from the Yankees at Yankee Stadium after the Yankees had beaten them 10 STRAIGHT TIMES? And I believe Grienke pitches one of the games against the Sox at home.

    but believe anything you want, it doesn’t matter to me. I won’t lose a minute of sleep about tonight’s game, it’s part of what makes baseball such a great sport even though it went against my team.

  927. terpbomber September 19th, 2009 at 1:20 am

    While the loss stings and is one of the most crushing ones of the year, Mo will no doubt return to form in the next game(s) and do his thing and close it out properly (as is his wont in these situations).

    At least AJ pitched very well; this version of AJ is the one that Yankees signed for and the one I want to see in October.

  928. Sevrx September 19th, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Big Pete,

    I’m going to say some dumb Sox fan who tells Pete to “go back to NY to cover your beloved Yankees”.

  929. JZ September 19th, 2009 at 1:20 am

    LAA apparently will try their best to sweep Yanks, this is their only shot to get the HFA.

  930. Matt September 19th, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Making backhanded insults clearly reflects on your intelligence.

    I know you think the Yankees can do no wrong and never screw up, but they are definitely in the process of doing so right now. 2/3 they lost to Baltimore at home, and they didn’t lose because of Mo, they lost because the offense, once again, spit the bit.

    The offense is slumping, which is quite a concern whether you want to admit it or not.

    Boston plays 5 joke games coming up, while we play 5 more hard ones on the west coast. If Boston goes 4-1 in the next 5 games, a very realistic number considering who they play, and we go 2-3, the lead is down to 4 games.

    Do you realize this? If we split the next 2 games, lose 2/3 in Anaheim, and Boston takes all 3 in Baltimore and 2/3 in KC, the lead is just 4 games with them coming in. They take 2/3 in YS, even just winning the series, and the lead is 3 games with 6 to play. In that case, the Yankees have to go probably 2-4 to wrap it up, but you just don’t know what’s going to happen, and that’s the fear. The 3 in Tampa the last weekend of the season, a team that could play spoiler if the Yankees don’t take care of business, is not a comforting proposition.

    Take care of business, and there is no problem. If you do what they are doing now, you risk it. Boston had a huge lead over us in 2007 and the Yankees pulled to within 2 games with 4 or 5 left and very easily could have won the division that year because of them messing around with Gagne in close games. Notice that they only won that year because of the fact that they had games 6 and 7 at home in the ALCS? It really did matter.

  931. Giuseppe Franco September 19th, 2009 at 1:21 am

    I’ll say one thing, there are going to be quite a few regulars who are going to leave LoHud for good if the idiots continue to ruin this place for the rest of us and turn it into a sewer.

    The comments on this blog are as stupid and as brain dead as any comment section on any blog or site that I’ve ever seen.

    It’s embarrassing but some people just don’t have any shame at all.

    LoHud is going right down the toilet if they continue to let the idiots control this place.

  932. Sean Serritella September 19th, 2009 at 1:21 am

    I thought after today that people found out and now know that Matt is Trish. That’s what it seemed like after that blog mistake today that I took a picture of with the web camera.

  933. Sevrx September 19th, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Yankee.com has Mitre as the starter on Tuesday vs. LAA.

    Did Girardi announce it was Gaudin?

  934. Mac Daddy September 19th, 2009 at 1:21 am

    ugh…the posada people, please stop

    if Joe G has swisher back where he should be, you are all in bed dreaming bout how great aj was with molina tonight…

  935. Maverick September 19th, 2009 at 1:22 am

    Did any of you read my two posts about just how classless some of the stuff posted here truly is? When, if ever, are some of you going to grow up? Man up, not baby up.

  936. 100 pitches of fun... September 19th, 2009 at 1:22 am

    The Yanks have a very good chance of winning the division, but the lead would be nice so they can rest guys. The more games they lose and Boston catches up than you can’t give guys as many days off. Damon, Arod and the back of the bullpen can use time off. A small lead doesn’t let you do any of that.

  937. The Ghost September 19th, 2009 at 1:22 am

    Hey Jim, I’m a die hard Yankee fan but at the end of the day I love the game of baseball more.

  938. m September 19th, 2009 at 1:22 am

    The Royals have given the Red Sox fits the last two seasons. But I’m not concerned about the Sox, if we can’t get through Anaheim in the postseason then we weren’t all that were we?

  939. John E September 19th, 2009 at 1:22 am

    Franco – You’re more than welcome to join Pete on the Globe blogs.

  940. EY September 19th, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Meh, too bad. Tonight game sucks. Mo is human – it happens. Pretty inconsequential in terms of the big picture – better for him to get this out of his system…better now than playoffs.

    What’s more important is that AJ had a great game – hope that continues come October.

  941. pat September 19th, 2009 at 1:24 am

    These are the kind of low scoring games they are going to get in the postseason and 99% of the time, Mo has closed it out.

    Unfortunately/Fortunately, we remember the ones he blows because they come so infrequently.

  942. m September 19th, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Oops. Post-traumatic post there. Whether or not the Sox win the division, we need to beat the Angels in the postseason to meet our goals. Unless the Sox kindly knock them out for us. :)

  943. Matt September 19th, 2009 at 1:25 am

    You do realize that if they win the wild card instead of the division, they will face the Angels in the first round instead of Minnesota/Detroit.

    Not only is homefield at stake, but playing the Angels in the first round could be costly.

    I know you all think this is the best team in the history of the universe, but let’s be realistic. Playing the Angels in the first round instead of say the Twins could be a real problem if they don’t take care of business.

  944. The Ghost September 19th, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Giuseppe Franco all you do is complain about the trolls. Did you ever think that maybe they keep posting here just to get under your skin? Because you sure never stop letting them know how well they are doing.

  945. lets go twins September 19th, 2009 at 1:26 am

    I was not talking about the playoffs at all. I was talking about the division race. How could you possibly confuse that with my post strictly talking about the division?

    Also I do not know how you could say the Yankees will not have good pitching in the playoffs. I’ll take CC over Verlander esp. considering the Tigers absolutely can not hit left handed pitching. Edwin Jackson has been awful lately. Porcello is above average but we def have the advantage there with Pettite. Thats round 1.

    Round 2 who will probably be the Red Sox. CC, AJ, and Pettite all dominated the Red Sox the last time we faced them, so I think our pitchers will step up.

    Not to mention Hughes-Mo is the best 8-9 in baseball.

  946. Coach5423 September 19th, 2009 at 1:26 am

    ralphie, dont use math on them, they dont get it

  947. Nick in SF in Eureka, CA September 19th, 2009 at 1:26 am

    If you’d like to consider a dark horse for goat (not G.O.A.T.), consider Jorge Posada.

    He would have started this game and there is a decent chance more Yankee runs would have been scored.

    Let’s hope that isn’t the case tomorrow night.

  948. JJ September 19th, 2009 at 1:27 am

    I don’t think anyone anticipated Boston getting THIS hot. They are playing like .750 ball since we swept them 4 games and like .900 since we played them at Fenway.

    We’re not playing that badly, Boston is just playing out of their minds and not losing anymore.

  949. Nat September 19th, 2009 at 1:28 am

    Posada was 3-5 off Hernandez too.

    A dumb selfish move by him. Let’s hope it doesn’t cost us in the end.

  950. Sean Serritella September 19th, 2009 at 1:29 am

    You know how Pete will make a two line post and then there will be over 300 comments on it? People didn’t even care what the topic was about, they just wanted to talk baseball and Yankees. I wonder if every one here will go to his Boston blog and do the same thing. Like Pete will post the Red Sox lineup and then every one from here will go there and chatter about all things Yankees.

  951. E-Rod September 19th, 2009 at 1:29 am

    Why couldn’t he wait until after we clinch to blow a game?

  952. Matt September 19th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    All the people who keep saying Boston has to go say 14-2 and what not, well guess what? Boston is playing at a ridiculous clip right now, and if the Yankees don’t beat them 2/3 in the next series, they don’t have to play 14-2 ball. The Yankees are 3-4 in their last 7 games, anything can happen.

    You play 3-4 ball while Boston goes say 7-1 like they did during that stretch, and you are going to lose ground. It’s not over until you clinch, and any slump can make it a race again. Boston had to play out of their minds, but look at their schedule. Baltimore, KC, etc. We didn’t beat Baltimore and it’s going to burn a bit.

  953. Olan September 19th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    hmm where Pete??? usually he’ll comment on the walk-off win

  954. Angel Fish September 19th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Wouldn’t it be funny if Pete arrives at the Boston Globe at the same time that Boston is within a game of us and the collar is tightening while we’re trying to hold on?

    Pete would start his Globe career with a bang lol

  955. Giuseppe Franco September 19th, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Jim Pir-one September 19th, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Yes, of course, my comment was deemed stupid by the guy who claims that the Yankees sign Pete’s paychecks.

    Jose made no attempt to get that run home. He went up there swinging selfishly like John Flaherty says he did in his playing days as the backup catcher.

    He wanted to get some hacks in and put the ball in play. SELFISH.

    Papelbon over Mo? If you put Mo on the Red Sox, I am certain he would never have a blown save to his resume, unless he came in the game in a siutation of a runner on 3rd and 0 out.

    ———–

    You really are brain dead. And psychotic, too – which has to be a first in this country.

    Never said anything about Pete having his paychecks signed by the Yanks.

    But they are signed by the Journal News, which if you hadn’t noticed, pays him to be their primary Yankee beat writer.

    Is this concept really that complicated?

    Obviously it is for some people.

  956. Maverick September 19th, 2009 at 1:33 am

    Doesn’t everybody understand here that:

    MATT = CLOSET TROLL

    A closet troll is the worst kind of troll there is. He seeks to deceive with occasional trivial compliments lasting one or two lines. Then comes along with his 15 lines and 4 paragraphs of bashing BS. Climb back in your closet where you belong and I hope somebody locks the door behind you.

    At least Pir-one is consistently classless as opposed to you Matt who is pathetically classless. How you people think that you are contributing to society is beyond me.

  957. Giuseppe Franco September 19th, 2009 at 1:34 am

    The Ghost September 19th, 2009 at 1:26 am

    Giuseppe Franco all you do is complain about the trolls. Did you ever think that maybe they keep posting here just to get under your skin? Because you sure never stop letting them know how well they are doing.

    ———–

    You’re one of those people who offers little to this discussion.

    Keep in mind that the smart regulars who flee this place is not because of me. It’s because of people like you and the rest of your brood.

  958. V Torch September 19th, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Is it out of the realm of possibility that we go 2-4 on this trip while Boston goes 5-1 in their next 6?

    Then the lead is down to 3 in the loss entering the series, with 9 games to go. The pressure on us to win that series would be exorbitant.

    Again, if we don’t get ourselves together, this thing is going to get very interesting.

  959. Pat M. September 19th, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Matt, You remind of a person that thinks someone is always following you…..Paronoia runs deep in your psyche…..Mr. Franco, don’t give up the ship….By the way, The Royals will take 2 of 3 from Boston…..

  960. Matt September 19th, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Win 2/3 against Baltimore and tonight’s game, and the division lead is sitting at 8 along with the magic number. Sweep Baltimore, which was a reasonable expectation considering Pettitte, Burnett, and Sabathia were going at home, and it’s 9. The Yankees have nobody to blame but themselves.

    Boston goes .500 during that stretch and it doesn’t matter, but they are a good team that’s getting healthy. I just don’t see them tailing off at the end. Maybe not 7-1, but winning at a .750 clip doesn’t seem so unreasonable with who they are playing. All that stuff about the Yankees going .500 and Boston playing .800 ball, well the Yankees are playing under .500 in their last 7 games and Boston is playing .800 ball.

    Only way you blow it is by not taking care of your own business, and so far the Yankees aren’t.

  961. Sey September 19th, 2009 at 1:36 am

    I love how people are so confident we’re going to stroll into Angels Stadium, a place we haven’t won a series in since 2003 and are 6-17 there in that time span, and win a series next week.

    What are the chances Boston loses more than a game in KC?

  962. Wow. September 19th, 2009 at 1:37 am

    Calling me a Red Sox fan, Jim Pir-one? Now I really want you banned. Go to bed.

  963. m September 19th, 2009 at 1:37 am

    So, if the Red Sox win the division the Yankees don’t make the playoffs? I didn’t realize that. Maybe it is time to panic.

  964. lets go twins September 19th, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Matt if you think the Red Sox can go 14-2 or 15-1 the rest of the way you are out of your mind. That would mean that they would have ended the season 22-4 or 23-3. No team is that good and certainly not Boston is that good.

    With Paul Byrd going every 5th day and the Red Sox being below .500 on the road, you are honestly going to sit there and make the argument that the Red Sox will lose only 1 or 2 more games the rest of the season?

  965. Matt September 19th, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Such ridiculous comments by the so called “smart regulars.”

    Yes, you are so smart, proclaiming yourself to be smart and then whining about how smart people are leaving the blog. Anyone whose opinion you like, plus yourself, is “smart,” and everyone else is a “troll.”

    The blog police is out in full force. Nobody is allowed to voice an opinion that is entirely non-critical and completely positive in nature, or the blog police will hunt you down and drive you away from the blog. Who said you were even one of the “smart” posters yourself?

  966. Zach September 19th, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Boston doesn’t even care about the division. They conceded it a long time ago.

    However, if we give them an opening to take it, they will gladly do so.

    Tons and tons of pressure on us next week when we play them. A house money series for them. Texas is dead, they are in the playoffs. We are desperately trying to hold on.

  967. Giuseppe Franco September 19th, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Jim Pir-one September 19th, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Franco -

    You’ve said Pete works for the yankees, like Hughes pitches for the Yankees.

    That is comparing apples and oranges.

    Go get your attention somewhere else.

    —————-

    Unreal.

    No, I said that “alliances change depending on who signs your paychecks.”

    Tell me exactly what part of that statement says that Pete is being paid by the Yankees.

    It doesn’t.

    He’s paid by the Journal News, which pays him to cover the Yankees on a day by day basis. It’s similar to broadcasters without the rah-rah and air time.

    It’s not really that complicated.

  968. RustyJohn September 19th, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Poor Mo, I guess Sweeney and Ichiro didn’t want to get to a 2 strike count where Mo could rely on the ump to call pitches 9 inches off the plate as strike three ala’ Hanahan and Carp.

  969. m September 19th, 2009 at 1:41 am

    GF,

    Please. Just stop.

    Thank you.

  970. NY Tech September 19th, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Matt,

    Considering the schedule that is in front of us, you are not wrong at all for your concerns.

    Again, it all comes back to going 2-3 against BAL and TOR on the homestand. Boston gets those teams at home, they annihilate them. That’s why they have sliced into our lead.

    Now we’re faced with the task of winning the next 2, and winning a series in LA. We’ve left ourselves very little breathing room for that Boston series NOT to matter.

    We have no one to blame but ourselves.

  971. 100 pitches of fun... September 19th, 2009 at 1:42 am

    Does anyone know the pitching matchups for the Angels or even Sox series? I am sure Boston will change there pitching so the Yanks get their 2 best.

  972. m September 19th, 2009 at 1:42 am

    Jim,

    Good one.

  973. The Ghost September 19th, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Giuseppe Franco, It’s funny, the only posts that have ever annoyed me on this blog are yours. All you ever do is whine about how stupid someone is. A wise man once said that the ones who spend the most time worrying about other people’s behavior are the one’s most guilty of that behavior.

  974. Ralph September 19th, 2009 at 1:43 am

    This month was supposed to be FUN and stress free. These games were supposed to be glorified exhibitions while prepping for the playoffs, resting guys, giving young guys playing time etc. and just coast into the playoffs.

    What the heck happened? How did we put ourselves in a position where we have to turn the engine back on?

  975. Matt September 19th, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Boston doesn’t have to go 14-2, what don’t you get?

    If the Yankees don’t take care of business, much less than 14-2 gets it done. Look.

    Say this happens:

    Yankees-

    1-1 Seattle
    1-2 Anaheim

    Boston-

    2-0 Baltimore
    3-1 KC

    The lead is now down to 3.5 games.

    Boston wins 2/3 at Yankee Stadium.

    The lead is now down to 2.5 games.

    Now say this scenario unfolds:

    Yankees:

    1-2 against KC
    1-2 against TB

    Boston:

    2-1 vs Toronto
    3-1 vs Cleveland

    They finish the season tied.

    To do this, Boston has to go:

    12-4

    While the Yankees go:

    5-9

    Obviously that’s not likely, but I’m showing you it definitely COULD happen if the Yankees mess around and don’t take care of business. Yankees lost 2/3 at home to Baltimore, beating KC is not a given either.

    I’m not saying it WILL happen, I’m saying it CAN happen if the Yankees don’t take care of business. You don’t have to get insulted and scream and yell, I’m merely pointing out that it’s not impossible. If the Yankees get on a bit of a losing streak, they could lose a lot of momentum all at once and with Girardi resting so many guys, they could end up in a bit of a slide.

    That’s why you play these games like they still matter until you clinch, and assuming they don’t get swept in Anaheim, the series against Boston could determine whether they wrap up the division or have to sweat it out.

  976. NYYanksFan September 19th, 2009 at 1:45 am

    M’s fans boo A-Rod because he didn’t take $100 million for 10 years to stay in Seattle.

    How many of the boo’ers would pay $152 million for the “privilege” of playing for the Mariners?

  977. lets go twins September 19th, 2009 at 1:46 am

    The Yankees DO NOT HAVE TO WIN THIS SERIES, OR THE ANGELS SERIES, OR THE SOX SERIES.

    In fact if they only win won game in each of those series (which is hard to believe considering the Yankees are the best team in baseball), they would have to win the Royals series and the Rays series.

    And all that is conditional on the Red Sox finishing the season 15-1.

  978. Yank1 September 19th, 2009 at 1:46 am

    100 pitches,

    Pettitte vs. Saunders
    Mitre vs. Santana
    Burnett vs. Kazmir
    Sabathia vs. Matsuzaka
    Chamberlain vs. Byrd
    Pettitte vs. Beckett

    Boston has no off-days, so they can’t really maneuver anything. Only thing that might change is Gaudin starting in Mitre’s spot.

  979. Giuseppe Franco September 19th, 2009 at 1:47 am

    I’m glad I annoy you, Ghost.

    Then don’t bother to respond to anything I say.

  980. RalphieD (OPPC) September 19th, 2009 at 1:47 am

    “This month was supposed to be FUN and stress free. These games were supposed to be glorified exhibitions while prepping for the playoffs, resting guys, giving young guys playing time etc. and just coast into the playoffs.

    What the heck happened? How did we put ourselves in a position where we have to turn the engine back on?”

    this would be appropriate if we had a 2 game lead

  981. NYYanksFan September 19th, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Matt

    Why not just watch how it plays out instead of trying to figure out how it might play out?

  982. m September 19th, 2009 at 1:47 am

    See, Matt. This is where you lose me. You think because they lose, they’re not trying. That’s bull-total-crap and you know it. I respect your right to give your opinion, but you will never convince me that this team and their manager are not trying.

    And how come you only watch the games they lose?

  983. Pat M. September 19th, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Matt, once again you just keep on saying the same thing over and over again…..It’s been like this ever since you popped in here a few months ago….You rag on those here who are the rah rah types, yet you are the complete opposite to those Yankee fans who choose to be confident and optimistic……You just come off so negative, and for someone who I doubt ever played the game you pontificate such knowledge for the game of baseball…..If you’re looking to find fault in every aspect of life, start when you look into the mirror….

  984. Darrin September 19th, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Can you imagine if the Yankee lead was right now only 1 game instead of 6? Holy Cow.

    This actually reminds me of a mirror image of 2007. Boston pretty much had the division sown up but played a little sloppily down the stretch and the Yankees surged to within 1 in the loss column. The SoSH maniacs were going berserk.

    Matt, we all hear you. Yes, it’s true that if the Yankees have a tough week out West it could get tight. Heck, maybe the Yanks will go winless all week and the Sox will go undefeated. That would put both teams tied in the loss column going into next weekend’s series. That would be exciting wouldn’t it?

    But either way, you won’t be around to enjoy the stretch run if you allow your head to explode.

  985. Dan September 19th, 2009 at 1:49 am

    We’re still going to win this thing.

    We just might have to play meaningful games that last weekend in Tampa.

  986. Matt September 19th, 2009 at 1:49 am

    m,

    Where did I ever say they weren’t trying? I said the manager is resting too many guys with the big lead in mind. I never said he wasn’t trying to win, way to put words in my mouth once again.

    If you are going to try to throw around backhand insults while attempting to make yourself look good by pretending to be in a discussion, at least get the facts right.

    Only watch games when they lose? What a ridiculous statement. How would you know whether I watched games when they won or lost? Because I posted or didn’t post on a blog full of people who refuse to talk baseball in lieu of insulting people whose opinions they don’t like?

  987. RA September 19th, 2009 at 1:50 am

    Darrin,

    Exactly. It is part of being a fan. Boston fans were just as nervous on SOSH when we were surging in 2007 even though they had a comfortable lead for the division, they thought they could blow it.

  988. tennore September 19th, 2009 at 1:50 am

    It’s just that we get so spoiled with Mr. Automatic in the ninth. Stuff happens, sometimes a good hitter beats a good pitcher. It just happens. By the way, Ichiro can hit a lot of homeruns, he just chooses to play a different style that befits a leadoff hitter. Living in Oregon, I get Mariners broadcast and can really appreciate Ichiro.

  989. lets go twins September 19th, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Yes Matt. It is entirely realistic that the Yankees will play .350 baseball the rest of the way. The team with a .750 WP since the All Star Break, the best team in baseball, the team with 94 wins will play .350 baseball to end the season. That sounds realistic.

    Do you realize the ONLY team in baseball with a .350 WP is the Washington Nationals!

    It seems entirely realistic the Yankees will suddenly become the absolute worst team in baseball. Worse than the Pirates.

    Seems like a logical argument. Please stop. The division is over.

  990. Antones September 19th, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Does Girardi survive if we blow the division?

  991. Soul September 19th, 2009 at 1:52 am

    If Joe starts Mitre instead of Gaudin in Anaheim, then it is fair to question whether or not he wants to win.

    Resting players does not constitute not trying. Starting a clearly inferior pitcher, does.

  992. m September 19th, 2009 at 1:52 am

    “That’s why you play these games like they still matter until you clinch”

    They ARE playing these games like the still matter.

    You make it sound like they’re sitting starters wholesale so they can get a look-see at the prospects.

    Damon? Back spasms.
    Posada? Suspended.
    Pettitte? Shoulder fatigue.
    Robertson? Forearm issues.

    Otherwise, the regulars are playing.

  993. Matt September 19th, 2009 at 1:53 am

    Exactly Darrin, that’s what I’m saying.

    It was “sown up” in 2007 as well, and the Yankees won 2/3 in Boston, stealing a game in which they were down 7-2 going into the 8th inning, and Boston messed around by using Gagne in tight games and the lead was down to 2 with 4 or 5 to play, easily a lead that could have been overcome if not for Boston picking it up at the end.

    I’m not saying the sky is falling, I’m pointing out to you that because of their recent poor play, they are putting themselves in a position where they CAN blow the lead, as opposed to before where the chance was so tiny as to be ridiculous to even consider. If you get insulted because I point this out, then you are in the wrong place. The Yankees are not immune to having a bad stretch, and in fact, they are well overdue. Hopefully it is just 2 or 3 rather than 5 or 6 and it doesn’t hurt them.

    It’s not over until they clinch, so stop celebrating and make sure they win the games first.

  994. Maverick September 19th, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Matt, Pir-one, and the rest of you trolls. Oh what trivial existences you must lead. You wait and wait and wait each and every day until the next Yankees game so you can come on this blog and comment on something you have finally found wrong. Oh the glory in that.

    The wait must be truly excruciating. Waiting all day long in such pain, pain that the Yankees are the best team in baseball.

    Oh the pain you must endure all day long, the pain, pain, pain…you are in each and every day.

  995. Pepitone September 19th, 2009 at 1:55 am

    Matt
    September 19th, 2009 at 1:38 am
    Such ridiculous comments by the so called “smart regulars.”
    Yes, you are so smart, proclaiming yourself to be smart and then whining about how smart people are leaving the blog. Anyone whose opinion you like, plus yourself, is “smart,” and everyone else is a “troll.”
    The blog police is out in full force. Nobody is allowed to voice an opinion that is entirely non-critical and completely positive in nature, or the blog police will hunt you down and drive you away from the blog. Who said you were even one of the “smart” posters yourself?
    ====================

    Matt, nobody is telling you you cannot voice an opinion, at least I never have. My problem with you is you rarely comment when the Yanks are playing well. You consistently comment when they have had one of their rare losses. That is what is annoying. You have some very good opinions, but you also go into panic mode at the drop of a hat, that’s not good.

    Look, I don’t give a rats left ear lobe whether the Yankees win the division or not, they’re in the playoffs, and that’s all that matters. Winning the division is nice, so is winning home field. Those are worthy goals, but they guarantee nothing when the games start. My concern is that the Yankees don’t let something like what happened tonight get in their heads, and effect their play on the field going into the playoffs. I’ve watched, played, and coached enough sports to know all it takes is one little crazy misque to cause the whole thing to start to unravel. That’s my only concern. The rest is just window dressing.

  996. Scott September 19th, 2009 at 1:55 am

    Stop looking at the big picture.

    Look at the immediate future.

    We have 2 games left in Seattle coming off a heartbreaking loss. They have 2 games with the punching bag Orioles.

    We have 3 games in Anaheim, where the Angels own us. They have 4 games in KC, and the Royals are awful. Worst offense and pen in baseball.

    Then the Sox play us 3 straight.

    The immediate future doesn’t look promising at all, unless you think we’re winning a series in LA while Boston loses one to KC.

  997. Darrin September 19th, 2009 at 1:55 am

    I completely disavow all the ledge jumping rhetoric tonight, however I will say this: Sergio Mitre starting on Tuesday is definitely a waving of the white flag. He truly stinks. Put in Gaudin!

    Wow Mariano tonight. The thing that bothers me is how badly he missed location on Sweeney. Very bad. As for Ichiro, Mariano just got owned. Ichiro REALLY cheated on that swing.

  998. JZ September 19th, 2009 at 1:55 am

    now their 0-8 start with Sox looks pretty dumb. I am tired of hearing those ‘it’s still early in the season, they will get better’ comments.

    Can they at least figure out they will have a decent start in 2010? I mean, they play poorly in early season almost every year.

  999. Giuseppe Franco September 19th, 2009 at 1:56 am

    let’s go twins,

    Thank you for some common sense on this board.

    I guess we should praise such comments since they are so rare these days.

    There is nothing to worry about. I actually wouldn’t mind to see them sweat a little bit to keep their foot on the gas pedal.

    They did everything they could tonight to win this game and it just didn’t happen.

    Nobody else in the league would have done what Ichiro did tonight to Mo.

    It happens. No big deal. The Yanks will come back and win the next two games.

  1000. 100 pitches of fun... September 19th, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Yank1,

    Thanks. Wakefield is scheduled to pitch on Monday so if he comes out of that ok he would line up for Saturday. Lester pitches tomorrow so they could hold him back a day if they wanted to for Friday night. Also Gaudin is taking Mitre’s start on Tuesday they said on the pre game.

  1001. JZ September 19th, 2009 at 1:57 am

    They MUST win the remaining 2 games vs. Seattle.
    enough said.

  1002. lets go twins September 19th, 2009 at 1:57 am

    Matt I would like to know what you think the odds are the Red Sox win the division. Give a percentage please

  1003. Aaron - Long Island September 19th, 2009 at 1:57 am

    Considering the West Coast trip, the Sox series, and the final series against the Rays (unevenly good team this year), would it really be a horrendous thing if the Yanks finished the season on a .500 run in their last 20 or so games?

    Further, if the Red Sox rumble through the weak parts of their schedule and manage to overtake them with some kind of ridiculous 14-2 or 15-1 finish and overtake them for the division, is it really that terrible a happening if the Yankees still make the playoffs (almost assured with a magic number of 3, unless I miscounted)?

    I only ask because I’m a huge pessimist, but it is mostly because I fear the sensationalism that accompanies negative events. The Yankees are still well in control with regards to the division, but if that sequence of events comes to pass, I feel like it won’t be safe for me to scan any websites, blogs, newspapers, or whatever else because of the outpouring of negativity.

    Losing the division wouldn’t be analogous to worst regular season collapses of all time (see ’78 Red Sox and ’07 Mets among others), because the AL East division runner up is almost certainly the Wild Card winner. However it seems like a lot of people are making it out to be that way.

    The playoffs can be a crap shoot. Just be happy to get there until they start, then worry about what is going to happen IMO. Anything else will give you ulcers.

    Que Sera, Sera.

  1004. Frank September 19th, 2009 at 1:58 am

    I never want to see Molina again. He can get out of here. His DP cost us the game.

    Cervelli for back up catcher.

  1005. Wow. September 19th, 2009 at 2:00 am

    Where is SJ44… you are needed here. Stat!

  1006. Dan September 19th, 2009 at 2:00 am

    Good teams figure out how to steal games like Boston did on Wednesday.

    Time for us to do the same. Find a game we’re not supposed to win and win it.

  1007. Matt September 19th, 2009 at 2:00 am

    What ridiculous comments you make. I don’t sit on the computer and post here every night when they lose just because they lost, or only come here when they lost just to bother you.

    The lead was 6.5 games on Tuesday after they really spit the bit against Toronto and I was also starting to sweat a little, but I didn’t come here and post it because, what a shock, the blog isn’t my entire life.

    Posting it on the blog is not the only way for something to be true. Just because I don’t post on the blog doesn’t mean I’m waiting for them to lose so I can pounce. Maybe there is no point in posting about a game they easily win, or a game they easily lost? Maybe there’s nothing very interesting to discuss?

    What a thrilling posting experience. The Yankees won 13-3, their pitcher was great, their offense was great. So much to discuss!

  1008. 100 pitches of fun... September 19th, 2009 at 2:01 am

    They said on the pre game that Gaudin is starting on Tuesday not meatballs meat tray. So don’t worry Girardi does want to win.

  1009. Cal September 19th, 2009 at 2:01 am

    MO’s HR tendencies have to concern you. That’s 7 now right? Heading into Phil Coke territory.

    He gave away a game in the standings today. May very well come back to haunt us. He cannot do that at this stage of the season. He has to be better than that.

  1010. Darrin September 19th, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Matt, I’m not the least bit insulted by your opinions. In fact, I run the same permutations through my head constantly. The only difference is that I don’t bother to air my insecurities for public consumption ;)

    Seriously though, I can’t compare this team to the ’07 Mets. They have too many strengths to have such a monumental collapse. Like I mentioned before, I see this team more like the ’07 Sox. Things will probably get a little tight before it’s all over, but I have faith in this team. And I’d take the same result the ’07 Sox eventually had :)

  1011. lets go twins September 19th, 2009 at 2:02 am

    http://www.baseballprospectus......s_odds.php

    The Red Sox have a 1.2% chance of winning the division. Enough said.

  1012. Matt September 19th, 2009 at 2:03 am

    According to coolstanding the odds are 4.7%. In case you didn’t notice:

    4.7 > 0.

    So it’s not over, and there are scenarios in which it could happen. Those scenarios are ONLY ones in which the Yankees keep doing what they’ve been doing lately, which is not beating the bad teams they are facing. They do that, and it’s over.

    Do you seriously think I’m just sitting here smirking waiting for it to happen so I can say I told you so? I don’t want them to lose the division, but I’m not going to live in la-la land and think it can never happen, because it can.

    When the Mets blew their lead to the Phillies in 07, their chance to win the division was 98.5%. Guess what? 1.5% > 0%, it did happen. And guess what? 4.7% > 1.5%, so it definitely can happen. You have to make it not happen by winning games like these.

  1013. Gonzo September 19th, 2009 at 2:03 am

    Girardi had a big lead and he used that to rest some guys and experiment a little.

    Now that the lead has tightened, I suspect his managing will as well. No more resting multiple guys or using Bruney in big spots, or starting Mitre and such.

  1014. Pat M. September 19th, 2009 at 2:05 am

    New Thread

  1015. Giuseppe Franco September 19th, 2009 at 2:05 am

    Let’s see…..

    The Yanks have 44 comeback wins this season and 14 walk off wins and there are fans that believe this team hasn’t won enough games they weren’t supposed to win?

    Sigh.

  1016. Ralph September 19th, 2009 at 2:06 am

    No one is saying we’re going to blow the division.

    However, when we had such a big lead, it would really suck to see Boston slice into it and give themselves a chance to win it if we trip up against KC or Tampa. We should never even have entertained thoughts about going into Tampa playing for something, but we just might.

    We’re giving away these easy games.

  1017. Matt September 19th, 2009 at 2:09 am

    GF,

    They were 6 outs away from being 2-4 in their last 6 games and the lead being down to 4 in the loss. Stealing that game is what has prevented them from being in an even worse position right now. Imagine if they “only” won 3/4 against Tampa and didn’t steal the last game. They’d be only up by 4 in the division race instead of 6.

    They are teetering on the edge right now if it still being a race. They can end that by winning a few, such as taking the series in Seattle and somehow winning in Anaheim. However, if they don’t and Boston takes care of business, it’s a race again hinging on that important series.

    Until you have clinched, it’s not over.

  1018. lil' m September 19th, 2009 at 2:09 am

    The blog’s beginning to get scary again. Papelbon more trustworthy than Mo . . . Jose Molina is the villain . . . the division is slipping away . . . make it stop, please . . .

  1019. m September 19th, 2009 at 2:09 am

    I’m not denying anything can happen. We saw it with the Mets. Twice.

    But it’s ridiculous to fret about it. We can’t do anything about it.

    But to question the mind of Girardi and the heart of the players, like some did of Molina tonight will get you a response.

  1020. Matt September 19th, 2009 at 2:10 am

    *2-5 in their last 7 games as well

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