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Game 19: Yankees at Orioles

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Apr 27, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (12-6)
Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher DH
Randy Winn RF

RHP Phil Hughes (2-0, 2.19)
Career vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (3-16)
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Miguel Tejeda 3B
Luke Scott DH
Ty Wigginton 2B
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Nolan Reimold LF
Cesar Izturis SS

RHP Kevin Millwood (0-3, 3.38)
Career vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m./MY9

UMPIRES: HP Wally Bell, 1B Laz Diaz, 2B John Hirschbeck, 3B James Hoye

WEATHER: Light breeze that’s enough to make it feel much colder than 57 degrees. Temperatures are supposed to stay in the 50s through the game, with a very slight chance of rain (20 percent).

WINN’S IN: Randy Winn is a career .611 hitter with two home runs in 18 career at-bats against Orioles starter Kevin Millwood. He’s still looking for his first hit of the season, though he’s had only 10 at-bats. It took Mark Teixeira 18 at-bats to get his first hit, and that came more than two weeks ago.

MILESTONE WATCH: Derek Jeter needs one double to tie Don Mattingly for third place on the Yankees all-time list… Jorge Posada needs three home runs to reach 250 for his career… Mariano Rivera needs two strikeouts to tie Roger Clemens for 10th place on the Yankees all-time strikeouts list… Alex Rodriguez needs two stolen bases to reach 300 and he needs one home run to tie Frank Robinson for seventh place on baseball’s all-time list.

LOOKING TO CHANGE: Only three Orioles have more than five big league at-bats against Phil Hughes, and none has more than 14, so the sample size is small. But Nick Markakis, Adam Jones and Luke Scott — the three Orioles with the most ABs against Hughes — have hit .429, .500 and .571 against him. Markakis has 14 at-bats, Jones has eight and Scott has seven.

UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: The Orioles haven’t been winning, but they’ve been getting pretty solid starting pitching, and Kevin Millwood looks pretty solid through two innings.

UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Bases loaded with one out here in the second. Big test for Hughes.

UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: Hughes might have been squeezed on one of those pitches, but there’s really no reason to even come close to walking the No. 9 hitter in that situation. Hughes walks in a run and Mitre is now getting loose in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: Hughes defense picks him up with a big double play to end the inning. Down 1-0 after two innings, Hughes has plenty of time to get this thing turned around.

UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: There ya go. Randy Winn has a hit. Now everyone can go back to hating Javier Vazquez.

UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Gardner reaches first on an error and drives in the tying run in the process. Now the bases are loaded for Rodriguez with a chance to make this a big inning for the Yankees.

UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Well, Rodriguez crushed the ball, right into the glove of Miguel Tejeda.

UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Robinson Cano flies out of a ball that was clearly knocked down by the moon. The Yankees will settle for a 1-1 tie after two and a half.

UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: I’ll admit it. I was among those who wondering if we might start to see a real age-related decline in Jorge Posada’s production. So far, that hasn’t been the case at all. The guy’s been crushing the ball, and his solo home run has just put the Yankees in front 2-1 here in the fourth.

UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: Had some internet connection issues for a while, but I seem to be back online. Just when the Yankees seemed to get a break on that Nick Swisher infield single, Jorge Posada rounded too far around second — he seemed to be thinking about third if no one went to cover the bag — and the play ended the inning. Still a 2-1 lead with Hughes going back to the mound for the sixth. Boone Logan getting loose in the pen.

Yankees Orioles Baseball

UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: Some wounded soldiers were guests of the Yankees for tonight’s game. Here’s an AP shot of Alex Rodriguez signing for Zach O’Brien.

UPDATE, 9:21 p.m.: Hughes exits after 5.2 innings to the sound of “Hugghhhhesss” from the Yankees fans behind the visiting dugout. It just feels like the start of a huge season for him. Even on a night like this, he got through 5.2 with only one run. Logan is in with Dave Robertson getting loose.

UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: Well, Logan walked a guy and Robertson hit a guy, so things have gotten dicey. Then again, Robertson seems to be at his best when there’s a runner or two in scoring position.

UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Something clearly went wrong there. Not sure what happened to Winn, but that throw was just… weird. We’re now tied at 2.

UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: Man, not a good night for Robertson. The Orioles have already taken a 4-2 lead, and they still have two on with two out. Plus the top of the order is up. Not good at all.

UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Another three-hit game for Cano.

UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: Jorge Posada’s kicking the dirt after that single scored another Baltimore run. If not for his throwing error, the runner might not have been in a position to score. It’s 5-2.

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1,059 Responses to “Game 19: Yankees at Orioles”

  1. Plutonium April 27th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    “chance of rain”

    Oh. What A Surprise. Rain. Of Course.

  2. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Lets go Yankees!!!

  3. xyz April 27th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Wally Bell behind the plate…this s/b interesting.

  4. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Betsy – Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Erin, that’s great news; I can’t wait until my TV Guide comes.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Just think about how excited you’re going to be when the new phone books arrive.

  5. THE TRUTH April 27th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Patrick,

    One thing we can agree on. Aceves is awesome, and his versatility is an incredibly important part of this bullpen.

    I know you just started watching baseball last week so you will not know this name, but Aceves is very much Ramiro Mendoza 2k.

  6. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    UGH. Wally Bell. YUCK!

  7. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Some of the guys in the pen have been erratic because they are not getting a lot of work…Which is a good thing.

  8. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    So I guess you are going to act like a punk to the regulars here? Is that your act?

    Makes it easier to ignore you if that’s your game.

  9. THE TRUTH April 27th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Nope, just Patrick because of some unsavory and stupid things he said about me. I will, however, debate baseball with anyone else.

  10. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Calling you a punk, jerk, idiot, troll or a fool isn’t unsavory. It’s just “The Truth”.

  11. xyz April 27th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Look at all those fans dressed as empty seats.

  12. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    If you are going to run that act here, you will find nobody will debate with you here.

    Especially since you don’t have anything terribly interesting to say.

  13. Jon April 27th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    And the Orioles are playing like their lives are on the line. :(

  14. Jon April 27th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Wow. This site is in a sad state. I bet we won’t have more than 20 comments in this game threading without my help.

  15. Jon April 27th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Let’s

  16. randy l. April 27th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    i think with the familiarity that THE TRUTH has with regulars gives the clue who he is.

    just think of someone like him who’s not posting .

  17. Jon April 27th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    increase

  18. Jon April 27th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    the comment count

  19. Jon April 27th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    #19

  20. Jon April 27th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    #20

  21. Tom in N.J. April 27th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Could it be the same person who posted under your name last night, randy?

  22. Jon April 27th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    We made it above 20. wooooo.

  23. kd April 27th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    let’s talk baseball. i’m watching from my office on gameday, how’s our boy phil look?

  24. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Bottom of the 1st at scranton
    After hirsh walked 1, he got the next 3 in the top of the inning

    Russo walk

    Curtis single

    Nunez grounds into Dp

    Winfree flies out to right

  25. Jon April 27th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    High pitch count for Hughes again :(

  26. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    What a joke this is. William Shatner has decided to put his managing shoes on.

    He’s got Jones in the leadoff, Mark in the 2 spot, and Wieters in the 3 spot.

    Against the Sox, they played Lou Monanez (sp?).

    Nice to see William Shatner came to win tonight!!!!!!

  27. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    hughes is hitting a consistant 92-93 MPH early. Nice start.

  28. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Where was that pitch?

  29. Dan April 27th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Wally Bell’s strikezone sucks.

  30. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Changeup would have been great.

  31. Joe from Long Island April 27th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    My goodness, the ballpark is empty! And with the Yankees playing!

  32. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    This team swung through utter slop by the Red Sox, and the pitch by Hughes there wasnt that bad, and Wieters just spit on it.

  33. Jon April 27th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    This reminds me of the early days of this blog … you know when Pete just started it and only 10 would show up for the games.

  34. hardwired April 27th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Hughes’ fastball?

    : “Giddy-up!”

  35. Paul April 27th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    the wide zoom on my tv screen just made the on deck batter look like that midget I saw on the Amazing Race sunday night. lol

  36. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    That was ball 4

  37. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    The ball was outside.

  38. THE TRUTH April 27th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    GreenBeret7,

    reduced to name calling are you? guess that is an admission that you are wrong.

    so trolling to you guys is raising points that you guys disagree with but are nonetheless right.

    Interesting.

    I never posted under another name, so you can stop inferring that. The only thing I did was raise the point that the whole NJ/Matsui thing was dumb, and a bunch of people got all upset.

    For such a “dead” issue, the response was very telling.

  39. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    randy l. April 27th, 2010 at 7:18 pm
    i think with the familiarity that THE TRUTH has with regulars gives the clue who he is.

    just think of someone like him who’s not posting .

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Hey…that’s BS. I’m still posting.

  40. m April 27th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Phil seems a little amped tonight judging by his stuff. Think he wants to put that last start in Camden behind him?

    Listening to the easy on the ears and easy on the eyes Jim Palmer and not so easy on the ears broadcasting partner.

    Nicky had an outside pitch called a strike, and Palmer made a comment that it’ll be a long night for the Orioles if Hughes gets that call all night.

    Then they bring it up again on that ball 4 to Wieters. Alluding to the fact that they Wieters was a catcher and that could’ve had something to do with it. But to me, the two pitches in questions were completely different. Wieters didn’t even cross the plate.

  41. RS April 27th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Nice catch by Grandy!

  42. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    NICE CATCH!!

  43. Tom in N.J. April 27th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Grandy!

  44. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    nice play curtis!

  45. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    nice grandy

  46. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Nice recovery by Granderson there.

    Joe in LI –

    I wouldn’t have expected too many NYers there mid-week. :(

  47. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Wind blowing in from left at 15 MPH. flies have no chance of going anywhere unless they are low line drives

  48. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    No Lou Montanez for us! Thanks Shatner!

  49. RS April 27th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Jays have a 1-0 lead against Buchholz. And they have Marcum on the mound, who can actually be trusted to possibly hold a lead.

  50. hardwired April 27th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    in lieu of witness protection in Canada, they just buy you a seat at the Rogers Centre.

    No one will see you there.

  51. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    And the hits just keep on coming!

    Jays leading 1-0. Bucholz doesn’t appear to be very sharp. Only the first inning.

    I’m thinking I will watch more of this game than the Yankee game. I don’t want to see the Orioles get slaughtered. (That’s the Mother Theresa in me)

    :)

  52. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    God I hate how they break down Curtis and his jumps.

  53. CB April 27th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I have no idea what the strike zone is going to be tonight.

    That second strike to Markakis was not a strike. But Bell gave hughes the call. At that point, I kinda started thinking that this would be a very long game for the O’s if Bell gives hughes that call.

    Then in the Wieters at bat hughes goes to that same pitch on 3-2 and it’s a ball.

    Then Bell gives Hughes a very high strike to Tejada who takes very few pitches.

    Hughes stuff looks very good. If Bell allows Hughes to expand the zone he is going to cut through the O’s rapidly.

  54. Chuck58 April 27th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I woulda thought about coming up from Virginia Beach, Doreen [except I am working in Portland, Oregon, for the summer].

  55. Dave F April 27th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Phil does look amped up tonight. Gameday has fastball at 93,94. Looks like lots of movement on it.

  56. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    “And the Orioles are playing like their lives are on the line. ”

    Well, kind of they are.

  57. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    CB,

    I think its because he was missing the glove a lot that at bat.

  58. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    That ball was in the other batter’s box!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THEY are trying to steal away Robi’s new found patience!!!!!!!!!

  59. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Robbie is on fiya

  60. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    We didnt get cost the baserunner.

  61. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Chuck 58

    One of the first things I do when the schedule comes out is check when the Yankees are in B’more. This year I don’t think they’re in for a weekend.

  62. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    What a low rocket by Cano.

  63. BD (Boston Dave) - NJ walk tracker = 18 April 27th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    the only chance the O’s have at winning a game in this series is if their starters can give them 7+ innings.

    If the Yanks get into that bullpen for 3+ innings, it’s going to be big trouble for Baltimore.

    That said, get Millwood’s pitch count up.

  64. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Even when Cano was hot in the past his at bats have never been this good.

  65. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Doreen I don’t know if you saw my earlier post but your picture reminds me so much of That Girl! Have you ever been told that you look like her?

  66. Dave F April 27th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Robbie C continues to look locked in at the plate.

  67. hardwired April 27th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Wally Bell is calling the ball in the right-hand hitters batter’s box.

    unfortunately, he’s not calling it consistently.

    is calling balls and strikes really that hard?

  68. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Michael Kay does a pretty good John Sterling. :lol:

  69. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Come on Jorgie, juice one!

  70. CB April 27th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Carl-

    It could be, but if bell’s is varying his zone that much based on control on an at bat to at bat basis then there isn’t going to be much of a zone.

    This inning he gave that same outside pitch to Millwood on Cano for a strike and he didn’t give it to Millwood earlier.

  71. THE TRUTH April 27th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    30 homeruns and over 100 rbis for cano this year, no doubt

  72. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    It seems like the ump can’t decide if the pitch on the outside corner is a strike or not.

  73. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    hardwired

    It’s not hard at all. What they do is intentional.

  74. Chuck58 April 27th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Good point, Doreen. I’d have been happy to catch SWB coming out to Waterfront Park, but not in town for that, either. Got Padres farm out here…

  75. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    And Wheels Posada beats the rap on the DP

  76. SAS April 27th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I cannot believe that I followed that last stupid thread like it was the end of a book. You write well Truth but the content was boring.

    The Mutts are on MLB so I would appreciate an updated score when possible.

    Thanks all

  77. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Trisha -

    I saw it. My response? Maybe before she had her nose job! :lol:

    I love Marlo Thomas. She’s not as in the public eye as she used to be, though.

  78. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Curtis looks caught in between.

  79. Garden Inn April 27th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Curtis Granderson is so useless — almost like Mark Teixeira.

  80. xyz April 27th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Curtis looking a lot like Melky lately…

  81. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    We’re just forced to swing at pitches in the opposing batter’s box.

    Thanks Wally Bell.

  82. Garden Inn April 27th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    I hope Hughes brought his A+ game.

  83. Chuck58 April 27th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Grandy and Tex… can’t wait until they catch fire [and they will].

  84. randy l. April 27th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    “Could it be the same person who posted under your name last night, randy?”

    tomi in nj-

    not sure about that, but i think it will become obvious who it as as he keeps talking.

    i know who i think it is but i’ll wait until he lets more out.

    my guess if people start looking at his writing style and grammatical pattern, knowledge of individual posters ,and as i said who’s not posting, it’ll become apparent who he is.

    of course , he’ll probably fade away as it becomes too obvious who he is.

  85. CB April 27th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    “Grandy and Tex… can’t wait until they catch fire [and they will].”

    And as it is, the yankees still lead the AL in OPS.

    When this offense really starts to click it is going to be phenomenal.

    They’re scoring around 5.2 runs per game and their All Star 1b is pretending to be a sub-replacement level player.

    It’s been a long road trip and only 6 home games in the first 23 games.

    They’ll pick it up when they get home. Just need to close out the road trip strongly.

  86. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    The tall solsier in the middle of the picture just shown on MY9 and in the earlier picture has had a lot of facial reconstruction from burns, the way it looks.

  87. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Maybe had Luke Scott gotten one or two professional hits this weekend against the Sox, maybe the Orioles could have swept the Sox.

  88. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    The tall ***soldier in the middle***

  89. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Doreen, I think you are gorgeous. I would kill for your eyes. Are you 100% Italian? If so I think you definitely have northern Italian relatives! Also, very nice blog.

    :)

    How are things looking in Baltimore? I’m staying in Toronto.

  90. CB April 27th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    GB7-

    I think the soldier pictured on the blog in the photo where Jeter was signing the cap did also.

    Amazing what they must have gone through.

  91. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    a lot of foul balls off of Hughes

  92. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Anybody read Boston Only’s (Buster Olney) insider article on the Howard contract, in which his main focus is on the Red Sox.

    WHERE WAS THAT PITCH????

  93. Pat M. April 27th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Doreen, Very striking photo, I immediately thought of Caroline Kennedy…….Need to turn 2

  94. Trevor April 27th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Bell is all over the place.

  95. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Pitch number 5 was right down the middle.

  96. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Phil looks frustrated with the zone.

  97. Dan April 27th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Paging Wally Bell: Pitch #5 was a strike.

  98. xyz April 27th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Brett Gardner just hit a HR off me in MLB 2K10.

    I feel dirty.

  99. Triple short of a Cycle April 27th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    This is BS. 2 out of 3 starts he gets squeezed

  100. THE TRUTH April 27th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Randy-

    I assure you I did not post under your name last night, or for that matter under any name other then THE TRUTH.

    I raised one point about Nick Johnson/Matsui, and right away people started with JERK TROLL or YOU POSTED UNDER MY NAME LAST NIGHT. Haha. I just made a simple post, and if anything was looking for some meaningful debate when I saw some responses.

  101. Jason22 April 27th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    The ump is squeezing him.

  102. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Cost us a baserunner. The ball may previous may have been low, but it was called a strike for millwood.

  103. CB April 27th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Hughes command is off some. He’s missing spots.

  104. teddy gbu April 27th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    hughes needs to mix it, not just fastball. where that change up

  105. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    That pitch to Wiggington was right down the middle of the plate for strike 3. Bell blows the call and the next pitch is a hit.

    Tough night with this strikezone.

  106. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    ahh the plight of a young pitcher….a twisty road

  107. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    It seems like this is going to be one of those games where Hughes runs up a really high pitch count early. We saw this often last season when he can’t put guys away after 2 strikes.

  108. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    As an aside, Marcum got jobbed on a pitch that would have been strike 3, and then of course, Hermida got a hit. Big fatso scored from 2nd. 1-1. He’s gotten a bit more svelte since he stopped with the milkshakes.

  109. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Oh, well, what the hell, getting cheated by Wally Bell.

  110. blake April 27th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Hughes retires Hughes.

  111. THE TRUTH April 27th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    THE TRUTH: Wally boy’s strike zone sucks.

  112. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    “That pitch to Wiggington was right down the middle of the plate for strike 3. Bell blows the call and the next pitch is a hit.

    Tough night with this strikezone.”

    Same thing just happened in Toronto (obviously not with Wiggington). That’s the really frustrating part of umpire error. It definitely can change the course of the game.

  113. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    trisha

    Such is life!

    How do you think the Red Sox compete with the Yankees every year for the division, since they are a small market team?

    Umpires! Calls here, calls there, runs here, runs there!

    Look at the Orioles taking pitches. SICK!

  114. CB April 27th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Hughes command is off. He’s getting under his pitches.

    That said, it’s very difficult to be efficient with your pitches when there isn’t much of a strike zone.

  115. Dan April 27th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    What the hell!? Pitches 1 and 2 to Reimold. Clearly strikes on Gameday.

  116. RS April 27th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Jorge, leave your glove down for a second or two

  117. Chuck58 April 27th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Like CB says, when the Yanks get firing on all cylinders, it will be an awesome thing to behold. Take pictures. Video, even. Pitchers will be quaking as Bomber Bats be wakin’…

  118. Pat M. April 27th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    GB, It appears that Hughes is going with hard stuff the first time around the lineup….Few breaking balls

  119. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Of course against the loser O’s Hughes isn’t sharp.

  120. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I just got back from dinner so I haven’t seen any of the game, but it sounds like Phil is being squeezed. I said I’d be happy with 3 runs in 6 innings and I meant it. At least his stuff seems good – I guess it’s pretty cool in Baltimore, so I wouldn’t expect his velocity to be greate.

  121. CB April 27th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Hughes is not staying on top of his fastball.

  122. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I JUST CANT BELIEVE THE ORIOLES HAVE COME TO PLAY TODAY. TAKING PITCHES.

    They must have been alerted not to swing by Bell.

    Reimold just went 5 pitches without swining. Didnt do that once versus the Sox.

  123. RS April 27th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Why the heck are the O’s taking so many pitches??

  124. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    CB April 27th, 2010 at 7:42 pm
    GB7-

    I think the soldier pictured on the blog in the photo where Jeter was signing the cap did also.

    Amazing what they must have gone through.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    I’ve seen the work that they do at Walter Reed and Randolph AF Base in San Antonio. Those doctors and the soldiers themselves are amazing. I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to the Jeter picture, but, a stupid comment made on the other page, is what made me respond to this one. Never had severe burns like that, but, burns are the most painful injuries you can get in the foeld.

  125. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    # RS April 27th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Why the heck are the O’s taking so many pitches??

    Hes nowhere close.

  126. Dan April 27th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Are you kidding me?!? Pitch #5 again a strike. Unless gameday is wrong he got squeezed for 3 pitches that at-bat.

  127. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Hughes said get off my mound. :)

  128. CB April 27th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Hughes isn’t even repeating his delivery well right now.

  129. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    The O’s just seem like a tough matchup for him and he clearly doesn’t like this park….Hopefully he can just get around and not blow up.

  130. randy l. April 27th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    “(That’s the Mother Theresa in me)”

    if you’re Mother Theresa

    i’m Mahatma Randhi :)

  131. teddy gbu April 27th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    hughes is imploding

  132. Joe from Long Island April 27th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Is it just me, with this strike zone? Randy, SJ, somebody?

  133. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Terrible

  134. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Aww, poor Phil – seems like this will be a short outing for him.

  135. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    so how we doin?

  136. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    9 straight pitches taken!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cheated on the 2-0 count!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WOOOOHOOO!!

  137. RS April 27th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Izturis?? Really?

  138. CB April 27th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Hughes’ mechanics are an absolute mess out there right now.

  139. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    He can’t throw strikes. Not good.

    These are non-hitters he’s walking.

    Time to get Mitre and Ace up.

    He’s not long for this game.

  140. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I can’t watch the game right now- what happened?

  141. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Pat M – Caroline Kennedy, good call!

  142. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    WOW!!!!

    A STRIKE!!!

  143. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    That was pathetic. To the #9 hitter who isn’t hitting. This could be the game right if he doesn’t limit the damge.

  144. blake April 27th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Hughes is getting under his pitches but there really is nowhere to throw it but down the middle…seriously.

  145. Trevor April 27th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    He needs to limit the damage.

  146. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Sigh – well, I guess this is what we have to expect from young pitchers.

  147. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    big dp

  148. RS April 27th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Sweet!!!

  149. Paul April 27th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    CC had a bad inning too

  150. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Did Eiland come out?

  151. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    His mechanics are a mess because hes GETTING CHEATED, and he’s RATTLED.’

    YEAH. TAKE THAT WALLY BELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  152. 'My heart beats when they win, and it stops beating when they lose.' April 27th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Wow. Wacky 10 pitch stretch there for Hughes.

  153. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    both pitchers were squeezed. hughes was all over the place. and why did alex swing at the first pitch? trust me, get to the o’s pen early.

  154. CB April 27th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Joe-

    The strike zone is bad but that’s not the fundamental problem. Hughes just is throwing the ball very poorly.

    He got the DP to get out of the inning – let’s hope he finds his release point next inning.

    And scoring some runs would be nice.

  155. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Ok!

  156. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    That was a huge play for Hughes. Hopefully he goes back to the dugout now and gets it together with Eiland.

    Something is clearly off when you walk Izturis on 4 pitches with the bases juiced

  157. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Nice job getting out of it. But if he doesn’t improve a ton he will be out of this game very soon.

  158. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    # Paul April 27th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    CC had a bad inning too

    Finished the game around 98 pitches though

  159. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Looks like he’s over adjusted from pitching high to pitching low. At least , he’s trying to make the change instead of pumping fastball after fastball in the same place. He’s learning.

    Nice pitch, nice recovery on the DP.

  160. pat April 27th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Lots of pitches but only 1 run. Could have been worse.

  161. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    how bout the hitters take advantage of the crappy o’s.

  162. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    It will be very impressive if Hughes goes out there and puts up a solid outing after that.

  163. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Joe,

    the strikezone is bad but, the walks to Reimold and Izturis were all on Phil.

    Those pitches weren’t close.

    He has to settledown and relax. If not, he gets pulled.

    It’s the ups and downs of young pitchers.

  164. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    The Orioles, who hammered Red Sox pitching, never took 10 straight pitches versus them.

    Here they are against us, taking 10 straight pitches.

  165. Pat M. April 27th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Hail Mary was answered…….That come backer shook up the lad somewhat…….He is overthrowing, I’m surprised Jorge hasn’t called for more curveballs to get Hughes back in rhythm

  166. cashman's a joke April 27th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    isn’t dave eiland supposed to be a great pitching coach – how do you go from a near no hitter to this? simply pathetic

  167. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Phil has to get some credit for not blowing up – this is the kind of thing a young pitcher has to learn. I wonder why his mechanics are so off?

  168. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    well 1 run and its time to send hughes to the minors…boy, people have NO patience…..obviously hes not on his game today but geez

  169. blake April 27th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Very fortunate there…hopefully Phil can regroup and give them a few more innings. This is what you’d expect from Phil this year, he’s not going to take no hitters into the 8th every time out..

    If the Yanks can push 1 or 2 across here then that would be great.

  170. RS April 27th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    The offense needs to give Hughes a breather.

  171. Trevor April 27th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    He’ll be fine the next inning. But here is a game where he could start throwing that change-up.

  172. m April 27th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Could’ve been worse. He really lost it there. Palmer was pretty gracious there. “Been here, done that”

  173. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    The pitches aren’t close. That’s why they are taking them.

    It’s not a conspiracy.

  174. Dave F April 27th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Remember how young Phil is. Let’s give him time to find his rythym. At least we held them to a single run.

  175. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Um, perhaps because Phil is 23 years old? Fans are just going to have to live with this kid’s growing pains if they want to see him develop into a great pitcher.

  176. Steve T April 27th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Do people here really think the umps are against the Yanks?

  177. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    if winn cant get around on millwood’s fastball, he isnt going to play much here.

  178. RS April 27th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    So far this year Hughes has given up twice as many walks as hits…

  179. Triple short of a Cycle April 27th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    His mechanics are off because I have him starting in my fantasy league :)

  180. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    the zone is small for the o’s too. millwood got squeezed in the first.

  181. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Thats outside. Ball 4

  182. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Palmer likes Phil and also I think Palmer knows that every pitcher, young or old, has problems like that. The Oakland game was in a way a bad thing because now people expect him to pitch like that all the time.

  183. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    take another.

  184. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Winn!

  185. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS. its like a homerun.

  186. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Wally Bell, has that stinky smell, the Red Sox tell.

  187. Triple short of a Cycle April 27th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Millwood got squeezed? thats a laugh

  188. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    win for winn

  189. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Was it just that inning or was he bad earlier?

  190. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Are they going to save the baseball? lol

  191. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    How is it the pitching coach’s fault?

    Sometimes, the children on here are really funny.

  192. CB April 27th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Randy Winn dedicates that stroke to Jerkface…

  193. blake April 27th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    The Yankees should (key word “should”) score several runs off Millwood. If Hughes can settle in and give them some length then he still should have a good chance to win this game..

    Winn with the base hit….boy Girardi is a moron….lol

  194. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    no dp no dp no dp no dp

  195. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    “Umpires! Calls here, calls there, runs here, runs there!”

    I’m with you CR9 and it’s an absolute disgrace. Where’s the joy in watching a game when the home plate umpire is screwing up royally? Legitimate game? No way. When the home plate umpire becomes the 10th player, it’s a travesty to the teams and to the sport.

    I still harken back to the blown call at home plate by McLelland that sent the Padres home (as opposed to a possible trip to the postseason).

    While I love the human element of the game at this point I am ready to have an automatic balls and strikes detector behind home plate. I am totally serious. This pathetic game calling and floating strike zone is absolute BS.

  196. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    a fine start for Heridia inTampa. 3 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts

  197. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Wow.

    You guys are making me blush. Bad pictures of me never see the light of day, they are immediately purged!

    Trisha -

    Half Italian, quarter Hungarian, quarter some kind of anglo-saxon. My father’s family settled in Maine with names like Caleb and Silas (fought in Rev. War). My mom’s dad had blue eyes – he was full Italian, but I’m not sure where in Italy his parents were from. I always called myself a mutt!

    Oops. I missed Baltimore’s run being scored. Well, at least the pressure is off Hughes to be perfect. :)

    And Randy Winn! Good going. Let’s get the run back here!

  198. hardwired April 27th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    wasn’t Wally Bell on Nixon’s ‘enemies list’?

    if not, he should have been.

  199. randy l. April 27th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    THE TRUTH-

    ok if you say so.

    patrick is a solid poster so you didn’t win any fans if you wanted meaningful debate as you say you do.

  200. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    millwood’s pitch count it rising. hello o’s pen!!!

  201. RS April 27th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    If the Yankees don’t score here, at least get Milwood’s pitches up. Getting into the O’s bullpen is key.

  202. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Fair AB to Jeter. Nice job getting the runners over.

  203. blake April 27th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    as good as a bunt…

  204. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    gardner should take 2 strikes. pitch count up.

  205. Triple short of a Cycle April 27th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Thats a strike????????????

  206. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Gardner AB

    Fair Ball
    Fair Ball
    Fair Strike (borderline)

    Nice job Brett!

  207. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    nice enough.

  208. Paul April 27th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Yankees-1 Midgets-1

  209. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Well, that was because of Gardner’s speed, I guess, that he had no play after the error.

  210. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    wooooooooo!

  211. Triple short of a Cycle April 27th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Let me know when Hughes gets a borderline call

  212. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Cheap but, we will take it!

    Time for Tex to get hot.

  213. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    “Fair AB to Jeter. Nice job getting the runners over.”

    Wally Bell has been awful for both teams.

    And unfortunately his terrible floating zone had a very negative impact on Jeter’s at bat. The only reason he swung at the pitch outside before the one he grounded to first was because he was uncertain whether the pitch would be called a strike even though it was outside.

  214. pat April 27th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    They’ll take it.

  215. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    come on tex…. please start hitting.

  216. cashman's a joke April 27th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    because when a 23 year old pitcher walks the 8th and 9th guys in the lineup who are hitting .184 and .235 on 8 pitches (one with the bases loaded) maybe the coach should go out there and tell him to get his head out of his bleep.

    isn’t it past your bedtime – don’t granpa’s go to bed at 7:00

  217. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    As long as he tied the game, I don’t care about the error/hit call.

  218. THE TRUTH April 27th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I speak the truth, Randy. I would never do something like that.

  219. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    still stunned that tex has the lowest avg in the AL. and nick is 2nd.

  220. blake April 27th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    say what you will about Gardner but he puts a ton of pressure on defenses. He causes lots of errors to be made.

  221. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    That’s a great example of why this opposite field slap swing Gardner is using this year fits his game perfectly.

  222. RS April 27th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Tejada couldn’t make that play because he was playing close to the grass with Gardner at the plate. Just another minor thing that Gardner’s speed brings into play.

  223. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Teixeira AB

    Fair Ball
    Swinging Strike
    Fair Ball
    Fair Ball
    Fair Ball

    Nice job Mark!

  224. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    “You guys are making me blush. Bad pictures of me never see the light of day, they are immediately purged!”

    :)

    Been there, do that.

  225. blake April 27th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Hughes needs to look at this as a 0-0 game now and just start over.

  226. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Why do the Yanks forget the count here. Posada did it twice in one game last year. Now Tex lol

  227. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    stop swinging at the first pitch!!!!!!!

  228. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    someone tell him to leave the bat on his shoulder until 2 strikes.

  229. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    if thats posada running on gardners hit…it richochets off the 3rd baseman and he is thrown out by the SS?…posada is still the man though lol

  230. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    “still stunned that tex has the lowest avg in the AL. and nick is 2nd.”

    Tex always gets off to bad starts but this has been the worst he has ever started a season.

  231. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I don’t understand why it is so difficult for an umpire to be consistent. It is difficult for hitters and pitchers when the strike zone is whimsical. It totally colors the game. For both teams, obviously.

  232. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 27th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I’m home!!!!!!!!!

    Doreen-

    I always tried to make it look easy :-)

  233. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    60 pitches.

  234. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    He couldn’t go out there moron because he had already been to the mound that inning. If he went out there again, he would have had to take him out.

    If you are going to be an idtiotic little twerp, at least know the rules.

  235. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    man he crushed that :(

  236. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Rodriguez AB

    Foul Ball
    Foul Ball
    Foul Ball
    Foul Ball
    Fair Ball

    Nice Try Alex! Should have been a hit.

  237. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    ugh

  238. Paul April 27th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    sno cone

  239. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Tough luck for Alex.

    Hopefully RISP machine Cano can come through.

  240. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Can’t do much more than smoke a rocket. good at bat, thoughi

  241. teddy gbu April 27th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    ahh got lucky, come on cano

  242. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    cano is the guy to have up….

  243. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Man – bad break there. ARod smoked that.

  244. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Alex absolutely smoked that ball. If Tejada has to move even a step he probably doesn’t make the play cleanly.

  245. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    worst case the pitch count it really high now.

  246. Paul April 27th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I’m calling a home run here by Robbie

  247. blake April 27th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Can’t do anything but hit it hard…bad luck.

  248. randy l. April 27th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    just saw john daly throw out a pitch before a taped game to the phillies in spring training.

    wow, the guy has a live arm.

  249. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 27th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Erica’s Avengers are in a slump :-(

  250. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    CB/blake/Pat M/SJ/GB, are you puzzled why Phil hasn’t thrown any change ups (apparently)? I hope that he really believes in that pitch and didn’t just pay lip service to it in order to win the #5 spot.

  251. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    yankees dont hit a lot of grand slams.

  252. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Shucks.

  253. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Cano AB

    Foul Ball
    Fair Ball
    Fair Ball

    Just missed it. :(

  254. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    just missed that :(

  255. pat April 27th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Robbie just got under that :sad:

  256. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Just missed it.

  257. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    just missed it. right down the middle.

  258. blake April 27th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Whether the Yankees score anymore or not they have given Hughes a chance to catch his breath and regroup…hopefully it helps him.

  259. Paul April 27th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    close but no cigar

  260. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    at least we are almost guaranteed the oriole pen by the 7th.

  261. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    wow if there was ever a swing that just missed, it was that one….

  262. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 27th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    CR9-

    What on earth are you doing?

  263. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Cano just got under that. He just missed it.

    Tough inning. Alex squared Millwood up and it turned into an at-em ball.

    Cano just misses a grand slam.

    That said – they really ran Millwood’s pitch count up and it looks like they have him figured out the second time through.

    They will break through against him.

    Phil needs to just settle down, relax and pound the zone. This is still his game to command

  264. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Erica, fantasy advice was to pick up Wade Davis. Two starts this week, gonna be an ace. Well it sure was fantasy advice! :(

    The good news for everybody else is that he will probably help Oakland beat the Rays tonight! Meanwhile one of my pitchers was put on the DL today.

    Good thing I have strong shoulders to hold up the rest of the league.

    :)

  265. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Erica -

    That’s why you’re the Queen of GTLU!

  266. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Miranda gives Scranton a 1-0 lead with a homer to right field. Montero grounded out and is 0-1 with a walk. End of 4 innings

    Hirsh, 4 innings, 9 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

  267. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    phil could use a fast inning. throw strikes and make them hit.

  268. teddy gbu April 27th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    cano got a cookie and he missed it

  269. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Hughes still doesn’t have it together. He does not look good out there at all.

  270. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 27th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Trisha-

    I have Sheets going for Oakland tonight. So far, its not very pretty

    And no one is hitting :-(

  271. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    No fastball command so far tonight.

  272. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 27th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Doreen – GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 8:10 pm
    Erica -

    That’s why you’re the Queen of GTLU!
    ************

    Awww, thanks Doreen. But if I am the Queen, you are certainly the Princess!!!

    I am still totally blown away by your website and saviness

  273. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    CB, I couldn’t watch the game, so forgive me if this is a silly question, but: when a pitcher loses command like Phil apparently did (and he’s known for his control), are bad mechanics to blame? If so, then those are fixable (well not necessarily in this game). If it’s not always mechanics, then what would cause a loss of command?

  274. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    the o’s announcers are complaining about wally bell too…

  275. Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    SAS,

    1-1– bottom 3rd.

  276. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Betsy, not confused about Hughes control issues. He just can’t get zeroed in on the strike zone tonight.

  277. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Markakis AB

    Swinging Strike
    Fair Ball
    Fair Ball
    Fair Ball
    Cheap Strike
    Foul Ball
    Foul Ball

    Yes!

  278. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    What could cause this to happen to Phil? Is it just that he’s a young pitcher? I’d rather see him get tatooed than have him lose control like this…

  279. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Betsy, not confused about Hughes control issues. He just can’t get zeroed in on the strike zone tonight.

    __

    well there isnt a strike zone so everyone is confused.

  280. blake April 27th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Thats a pretty good sign there hopefully..he had to throw Markakis 4 straight strikes and did so.

  281. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Wieters AB

    Fair Ball

    Nice quick AB!

  282. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    good stuff. time to settle now.

  283. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    That fastball to Weiters was his best located fastball of the night.

  284. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    I’m telling myself that this is just what happens with young pitchers so that I don’t start worrying, lol

  285. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Betsy-

    Yes it’s often mechanics. Phil’s release point is usually the size of a dot. Tonight his release point has varied significantly. On some pitches he’s opening his front shoulder early. On others it looks like he’s staying closed to long and yanking the pitch.

    Very unlike how Hughes usually throws. He usually repeats his delivery with great precision.

    Most important thing is that he’s escaped so far. Hopefully he can settle down and figure things out.

    His fastball isn’t great tonight in terms of command. He should try throwing more cutters.

  286. blake April 27th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    hes starting to find his release point…if (big if) he comes back and has a descent-good start after that second inning then that would be pretty impressive.

  287. Triple short of a Cycle April 27th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    what a joke

  288. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    uhhh he went.

  289. blake April 27th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Thats a swing.

  290. Triple short of a Cycle April 27th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    now he has to throw all these extra pitches

  291. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    He went. Lax Diaz blew that call.

  292. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    getting 6 max from phil tonight. phil has drawn some real lousy umps this year.

  293. Triple short of a Cycle April 27th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    2 extra pitches and counting

  294. teddy gbu April 27th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    hughes needs to throw his curve

  295. Dan April 27th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Where’s the curveball?

  296. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Hughes was much better this inning, but, still not right. As long as he can “veteran” his way through this game, it’s a good sign. A lot of foul balls and not many swing and misses tonight.

  297. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    nice….

    i think gardner has made the case for no more thames in the field. i think thames will be platooning more with NJ than Brett now.

  298. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Tejada AB

    Fair Strike
    Foul Ball
    Foul Ball
    Foul Ball
    Foul Ball
    Fair Ball (borderline check swing)
    Foul Ball
    Foul Ball I have to go through every one of Tejada’s ABs versus the Sox in his career, because aint fouled off this many balls versus them
    Fair Ball

    Nice Catch Brett! Tejada was probably saying to himself all AB, “This isnt the Red Sox, this isnt the Red Sox! I must get the best AB possible”

  299. blake April 27th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Outfield defense…much better inning from Hughes. After the first 3 balls to Markakis he threw a lot of strikes that inning.

    Now lets score some runs.

  300. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    CB, then that can be fixed – even if it’s not in that game. I know it happens even to veterans, even CC. The question is, why do mechanics go screwy? I guess if we had an answer to that, no one would ever pitch a bad game.

    I would love it if Phil could end up even going 5 and having a decent outing; this is all part of the education of pitcher. I just hope he can settle down…

  301. qiantom April 27th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Hughes cannot blow his fastball by people most of the time. I think he should use his changeups more often.

  302. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Erica, it could be that neither of our pitchers will be the pitcher of record anyway. Wade Davis has 66 pitches already and it’s only the third inning. Acan nd so far he’s earned me -2. :(

    Meanwhile, imagine having the 2nd best closer in the majors and having no points because his team can’t win any games. :( Who knew.

    I too was happy about head-to-head as opposed to rotisserie because of the time constraints. But where rotisserie is superior is that you can pick up players for your DLd players and you change your players (add and drop included) on a daily basis.

  303. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Erica

    Im getting my anger out about the umpires in a way not detrimental to others (or at least Im trying!). And documenting the fair and cheap calls for each team.

  304. Bob Ho April 27th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    For a moment there I thought it would take Hughes at least 70 pitches to just get tejada out.

    In his entire career, has Hughes ever gotten a guy out with 1 or 2 pitches after getting ahead 1-2, 0-2?

  305. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    blake-

    He did progressively get better over the course of that inning. He looks like he’s fighting himself out there.

    His fastball has good life but he’s all over the place. Even on outs he’s missing spots. He just has enough life to prevent them from really squaring the ball up.

    But that inning he started looking better at the end of the frame compared to the beginning.

    The strike zone or lack there of isn’t helping. Nor did the bad call on the “check swing.”

    He might be overthrowing it, but his cutter has a lot of bite.

  306. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 27th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Trisha-

    Ben Sheets :cry:
    We are -6 so far for this outing.

    Hopefully Greinke can save the day for me on KC

  307. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    they insist on swinging at the first pitch.

  308. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    GB, I would be very, very happy with Phil if he could gut it out for 5 (I don’t know what his pitch count is). I always remember Roger saying that it’s easy to pitch when you have your great stuff, but that he got more satisfaction from gutting through games when he didn’t have good stuff.

  309. blake April 27th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Jorge is a marvel

  310. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    see. take the first, homer the second.

  311. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Posada!

  312. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Posada AB

    Foul Ball

    YES! HR POSADA!

  313. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 27th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I ♥ Posada

  314. pat April 27th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Hip Hip

  315. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    38 years old and still one of the quickest left handed bats around

  316. Benny Blanco April 27th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Jorge…is hammering the ball this year!

  317. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 27th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    On behalf of the Management of Erica’s Avengers-

    Thank you Jorge Posada for being a solid citizen!!!

  318. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Granderson AB

    Cheap Strike
    Foul Ball
    Fair Ball

    Nice try Grandy!

  319. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    I watch Posada swing a bat and I still just can’t get over it.

    It’s like watching something that doesn’t compute.

    His swing is just unbelievable. He’s almost 38. He’s a catcher. And he has a beautiful swing and tremendous hands.

    Think about what he just did. He was out there squating for a very long inning where Hughes had to work to get through it. He had to coax hughes through several tough at bats – especially the Tejada at bat.

    Then the following inning he is still able to just turn on the ball and almost effortlessly drive it out of the park.

  320. blake April 27th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    “38 years old and still one of the quickest left handed bats around”

    it really is…that ball was just murdered.

  321. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Swisher AB

    Fair Ball
    Foul Ball

    Damn it Nick! Work his pitch count!

  322. qiantom April 27th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Johnson, Granderson and Vazquez have not looked too good so far. Hope they can improve as the season goes on.

  323. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I do not understand the throwing the ball back thing.

    Just give the ball to one of the hundreds of kids in the park dying to bring one home.

  324. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Erica – Jorge De La Rosa out until at least late May. He’s been my bread and butter pitcher other than Andy. :cry:

  325. Chris April 27th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    austin jackson batting average = ?
    curtis granderson batting average = ?

  326. Angel - In an Empire State of Mind April 27th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    *pinches* Erica.

  327. Joe from Long Island April 27th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    I wonder if Phil just got frustrated with the umpire, and let it bother him too much.

  328. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Winn AB

    Foul Ball
    Fair Strike (borderline low)
    Fair Ball
    Fair Ball

    Nice Catch by Tejada.

  329. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 27th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Angel – In an Empire State of Mind April 27th, 2010 at 8:27 pm
    *pinches* Erica.
    ***************

    Ouch! :mad:
    What did I do to deserve a pinch????

  330. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I don’t get why he refuses to use the change – or why Jorge isn’t callling it. I suspect that, despite what he said in ST, he’s not confident in it whatsoever. Eiland said in ST that, previously, it was like pulling teeth to get Phil to throw it. Then again, maybe he just feels he has no feel for any pitches tonight; it sounds like he’s not even throwing his curve.

  331. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 27th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    risha – OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 8:26 pm
    Erica – Jorge De La Rosa out until at least late May. He’s been my bread and butter pitcher other than Andy.
    ***************

    Ouch!!!! Sorry to hear that

    Although, if it makes you feel any better right now your team is beating mine

  332. Angel - In an Empire State of Mind April 27th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Nothing, really. Its a friendly pinch to welcome you home. :-P

  333. SAS April 27th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Thanks Bronx Jeers, I thought that was the score, but I wasn’t certain.

  334. Angel - In an Empire State of Mind April 27th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    It would be easy to think it was O’s 2, Yankees 1 the way some people are posting on here, SAS. :)

  335. RS April 27th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    That was a strike!!

  336. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 27th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Angel – In an Empire State of Mind April 27th, 2010 at 8:29 pm
    Nothing, really. Its a friendly pinch to welcome you home.
    **************

    Oh!!!!!

    My grandma used to pinch. If she pinched you it was not friendly. LOL

  337. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    qiantom, Granderson was really good starting off the season. Sometimes bats go cold.

  338. teddy gbu April 27th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    this home is on crack

  339. blake April 27th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    “Think about what he just did. He was out there squating for a very long inning where Hughes had to work to get through it. He had to coax hughes through several tough at bats – especially the Tejada at bat.

    Then the following inning he is still able to just turn on the ball and almost effortlessly drive it out of the park.”

    It really is remarkable. Ortiz is 4 years younger and doesn’t play a position and still the bat speed has noticeably disappeared. Jorge is a freak of nature.

  340. Trevor April 27th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Wally Bell continues to suck.

  341. teddy gbu April 27th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    meant to say home ump on crack

  342. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Change! Come on!

  343. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Austin Jackson has struck out 39% of all his at bats this season. That is mind boggling.

    His BABIP is .520.

    There is simply no way his batting average is going to be sustainable.

    His .325 batting average is a function of a small sample effect.

    You can’t strike out 40% of the time and hit like his batting average suggests over the long haul.

  344. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Where in the world was that 0-2 pitch?

  345. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    trenton losing 1-0. Phelps through 5 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts.

    Romine with a double

  346. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Carl-

    I was thinking the same thing.

  347. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    I don’t know, Carl……….more ST fluff?

  348. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Wally Bell is just terribly inconsistent.

    You cannot even adjust to him because he is all over the place.

  349. blake April 27th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    if you’re going to break out the change….now is a good time.

  350. Angel - In an Empire State of Mind April 27th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    LOL. I’ll bet. Those kind of pinches are usually on the cheek or something, and they ARE unpleasant.

    Mine was a friendly one, I promise. I have great respect for the SSM.

  351. RS April 27th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    This AB should have been over in 3 pitches, and now it’s dragging on

  352. GC April 27th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    This is the type of game when Phil isn’t going to get by solely with the fastball/curve without getting foul balled to death. He needs to mix in a change or two, he really does.

  353. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I don’t know if Jorge’s not calling it or Phil refuses to throw it, but if it’s the latter, Eiland has to talk to him about it.

  354. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Scott AB

    Fair Strike
    Foul Ball
    Fair Ball (borderline)
    Foul Ball
    Foul Ball This Orioles team is unbelievable. They are just fouling balls off to drive up his pitch count
    Foul Ball
    Fair Ball
    Fair Ball This is unbelievable. Taking pitches and foul balls
    Fair Ball

  355. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    0-2 to 4-2. hughes needs to figure out how to settle down when he doesnt get the call.

  356. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    From a strikeout to a walk. Love this ump!

  357. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Hughes is just fighting himself out there and getting frustrated.

    He didn’t get the call and then overthrew 3 straight pitches.

  358. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Have the guy struck out, gets rattled, and walks him.

    His youth showed on that AB.

  359. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Boy, this is a discouraging outing.

  360. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Erica, it doesn’t make me feel any better. I’m only competitive with myself, if you know what I mean. I’d like to see my teams do well but not at anybody else’s expense. :)

    So what do I do with De La Rosa? I guess I could sit him and have him be a permanent reserve until he’s back in the game.

  361. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Wigginton AB

    Nice quick AB! Puke Scott was running his very hardest.

  362. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    man, that DP would have been huge.

  363. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    yes the ump sucks but hughes needs to keep it together.

  364. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 27th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Angel – In an Empire State of Mind April 27th, 2010 at 8:33 pm
    LOL. I’ll bet. Those kind of pinches are usually on the cheek or something, and they ARE unpleasant.

    Mine was a friendly one, I promise. I have great respect for the SSM
    *************

    :grin:

  365. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    The cutter isn’t their. The curve looks ok. Fastball missing. Try the change up please. 5 lefties including the switch hitters. :(

  366. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Tex needs to make that pick. His pitcher is out there struggling and they get a chance at two.

    Tough play but he’s an elite defensive 1b and that’s the kind of play elite defenders need to make.

  367. RS April 27th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Very uncharacteristic failure at the DP attempt

  368. teddy gbu April 27th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    well cano didn’t with the base juice, now his bad throws cost hughes a double play

  369. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    on a side note, buchholz seems to own the orioles and blue jays. too bad he doesnt own any other team in the AL.

  370. Pat M. April 27th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Phil cannot establish the strikezone on the rightside of the plate ( from the position of the mound )

  371. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Hughes AB

    Cheap Strike
    Foul Ball
    Foul Ball
    Fair Ball
    Fair Strike

    Nice K!

  372. pat April 27th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Nice curve

  373. Trevor April 27th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Finally a call!

  374. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    so we will get 5 from phil.

    do we see ace or mitre after that?

  375. teddy gbu April 27th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    hughes just k by hughes looking

  376. blake April 27th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    “Boy, this is a discouraging outing.”

    not really for me…its expected. Actually to me its encouraging that he’s pitched so poorly and still is up 2-1 in the 4th. The mark of a good pitcher is keeping your team in the ballgame even when you pitch bad.

  377. Rob B (Never a Gardner doubter) April 27th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Do you know what Cano’s problem was on turning that DP?

    He actually touched the bag, unlike most second basemen.

    ;)

  378. randy l. April 27th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    and on top of hitting the homer he’s right down behind first backing up the way a good catcher should on the throw that went by teixeira.

    a lot of catchers, even young ones, wouldn’t have been that far down there.

  379. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Blake, that’s true………and I had said that before. I give Phil credit for that. What I’m discouraged about is the fact that he won’t throw the change…

  380. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    lucky i think he was safe easily.

  381. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Reimold AB

    Fair Ball
    Fair Ball

    Cheap call at 2nd base in our favor to end the inning! No, not a cheap call. He was out.

  382. pat April 27th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Way too close for comfort.

  383. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    He was safe ha

  384. Pat M. April 27th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Banger at 2nd goes to the Yanks ??????

  385. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Betsy,

    this is not a discouraging outing. It’s all part of learning how to be successful at the ML level.

    They aren’t all going to be masterpieces. Sometimes, you have to grind and he’s grinding tonight.

    I would argue, that’s a GREAT thing to see.

  386. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 27th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Hey look-

    A call appears to have gone the Yankee way. Do we still bash the umpire for being horribly unfair??

  387. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    i”Boy, this is a discouraging outing.”

    Bets, I’m not watching because I really don’t want to watch this series. But no matter how he’s pitching tonight, remember his other outings. Every pitcher is going to have a stinker at some point. The important thing is that he learns from any mistakes, and you know he will.

  388. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    It’s seldom that Cano doesn’t make the turn on the double play. nice back up on the play by Posada.

  389. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I dont see anything discouraging about this item.

    He did not/has not imploded. He has struggled a bit, but kept his poise.

  390. Bronx Born April 27th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    You have to give Hughes credit for pushing through and not letting it get him down. Inning over and we are up 2 to 1.

  391. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    A call appears to have gone the Yankee way. Do we still bash the umpire for being horribly unfair??

    __

    no we bash them for sucking period. not just against us, but sucking in general.

  392. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    He talked about how important it was for him to develop that pitch, but did he really mean it? Of course, if he has no confidence in it then he’s not going to throw it, but he seemed very happy with it in ST. He even threw it a few times against the Angels. Maybe he’s just having a bad night..

  393. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    not item, this OUTING!

  394. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    “Boy, this is a discouraging outing”

    actually i see this as somewhat encouraging…hughes has little out there and has held them to 1 run in 4 innings…he (or any pitcher) could have easily crumbled in the 2nd inning but he limited the damage and kept his team in the game..young pitchers need to learn to pitch on days like this

  395. GC April 27th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    If 5 innings, 1 run, 4 walk outings are going to be his “bad” outings this year, we could be in store for a pretty big treat this season.

  396. teddy gbu April 27th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    winnington was out though

  397. RS April 27th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Let’s see if we can get one more inning out of Hughes. 5 ip, 1 ER is a solid outing for not having any stuff tonight. With the off day yesterday and CC going tomorrow, Joe can use his bullpen liberally.

  398. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    get millwood out of the game.

  399. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    “Boy, this is a discouraging outing.

    Betsy-

    That’s not necessarily true. Let the game finish. If they win the game and he gets through the outing giving them at least six innings it won’t be a disaster at all.

    No pitcher is going to have his good stuff every game. Pitchers are going to have to deal with floating strike zones without getting frustrated.

    It’s a learning process and you hope Hughes grows from it rapidly.

    But the only way to do that is to just figure out what tools you can work with on this night and then get through the game.

    The games where you have no hit stuff aren’t the ones that make a pitcher’s career.

    It’s nights like these that make a pitcher.

  400. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Erica

    Actually, the replay showed he was out.

    Jeter AB

    Didnt see 1st pitch Listening to Remy and Orsillo whine about umpires and how the complexion of AB was changed for Pedroia
    Foul Ball
    Fair Ball

    Darn!

  401. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    SJ, I hate to be a hypocrite. I’m the one always preaching patience and that we have to temper our expectations and then, when game time comes, I get all frazzled. I think it’s because I believe people are going to keep judging him on a game by game basis; I’m always concerned (but I’m working on it) with what the media will say, what pundits will say, etc… I know I have to stop that….

  402. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    this isnt discouraging. hughes survives without his A Game? thats good in my book.

  403. blake April 27th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    This start has been a grind from the jump for Hughes. Its these starts where you learn about a guy, not the ones where he’s blowing everyone away. Keeping your team in the game on your bad days is what pitching is all about.

  404. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    That’s a joke. Bell has no idea where the strike zone is.

  405. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Gardner AB

    Fair Strike
    Fair Ball
    Cheap Strike
    Fair Strike

    :(

  406. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 27th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I stand by my opinion that baseball should have an NFL style challenge system-

    Give each manager the ability to Challenge two plays (at bats or whatever) to be used at their discretion per game

    Hold each umpire accountable for overturned calls.

    I bet you things would improve dramatically

  407. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    “and on top of hitting the homer he’s right down behind first backing up the way a good catcher should on the throw that went by teixeira.”

    Great point Randy. Catcher’s don’t back up like that consistently at all.

    And with a defensive first baseman like Tex it’s easy to take that for granted.

  408. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    hughes can keep them in. the o’s are one inning from the disaster that is their pen.

  409. Joe from Long Island April 27th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Part of being an MLB pitcher is pitching and winning when the umpire is bad. In a strange sort of way, I guess this is one of the learning experiences that Phil needs as he builds his career. If he can hang tough and win this one, he can rely on this experience the next time Wally Bell or his ilk are back there, and cope a bit better.

    I know, I’m looking for a silver lining.

  410. RS April 27th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Is it just me or do all of Millwood’s pitches within the strikezone look the same?

  411. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I can’t imagine that it’s easy to “fix” yourself during the game when the strikezone is not consistent, regardless of whether Phil is a little off tonight or not.

    If the umpire gives you something to work with it would be easier to make adjustments.

    In that respect, not knowing how the umpire is going to call pitches, I wouldn’t think this is the game to bring out the change. It’s too close a game, with too great a margin for error with this ump, apparently.

    Does this make sense?

  412. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    The changeup is not a magical pitch Betsy.

    If he doesn’t have fastball command, the changeup isn’t going to save him.

    He’s grinding and he’s hanging in there.

    On a night like tonight, you take that.

  413. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Gardner has to stop waiting for the perfect pitch. Swing the bat!! He has to stop taking fastballs right over the plate.

  414. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    tex, Shaun Marcum is also pitching a beauty. He’s three hitting the Sux going into the bottom of the 6th.

  415. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    That at bat to Gardner was just awful.

    What a horrible call. Bell is just making up his strike zone as he’s going along.

    How can umpires be this subject to unexplained variation?

    It’s as if he’s “judging” the pitcher’s command on a hitter by hitter basis and altering his zone in response.

  416. Pat M. April 27th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Hughes is going to have to gut his way through this outing …..Keep his club in the game…..

  417. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    CB, thanks – as I explained to SJ, I’m not necessarily concerned about a “bad” outing (every pitcher has those) because of the outing, but because I forsee “Phil is an overhyped bust” headlines, lol.

    I appreciate everyones comments, by the way. I believe everything everyone’s been saying up here (in my brain), but my nature is to worry like a mother hen about Phil, lol.

    I would take 5 innings at this point (but I would LOVE 6).

  418. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    The Battle Of Jesus Supremacy in scranton is won by Jesus Montero over Jesus delgado with a single to load the bases with 0 outs.

  419. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    can tex hit opposite field?

  420. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    By the way, this was posted on another board. It was such a good story that I had to repeat it:

    ****Suzyn is telling a great story about Mariano at Walter Reade yesterday. mo was talking to a young man in a wheelchair who was wearing a Sox hat. The guy took his hat off and tried to hide it behind his back and Mo told him “I know you’re doing that out of respect for us but don’t do that. The Sox are you team and should wear that hat”***

    How great is Mo?

  421. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Teixeira AB

    Fair Ball
    Foul Ball
    Fair Ball
    Fair Ball
    Swinging Strike
    Foul Ball Mark cannot buy a break
    Foul Ball
    Foul Ball Nice foul off to keep the AB alive
    Fair Ball

    Nice walk Mark! Hit a HR Alex!

  422. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Dear Alex, Do not swing at the first pitch.

  423. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I have no idea why that first pitch to Alex was called a ball.

    Just as easily could have been called a strike tonight.

  424. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    the orioles will ride millwood as long as possible.

  425. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    “can tex hit opposite field?”

    His entire swing is designed not to do so.

  426. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    12-6 with 4 hr from tex and alez combined and javy with a 9 ERA.

    cant ask for much more.

  427. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Veteran pitchers adjust to a bad strike zone.

    The problem in this game is that it is not only bad but completely inconsistent. There is no way to adjust here because his strike zone is not only changing inning to inning but batter to batter. Any pitcher in this case is basically out of luck.

    This is just a disgraceful game for an umpire. He is completely dictating this game for both pitchers. Bell’s influence is way too large on this one 1 game, but it will largely be lost in the fray of a 162 game season.

  428. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Rodriguez AB

    Fair Ball
    Fair Ball
    Fair Strike
    Foul Ball Looked behind on it
    Fair Ball
    Swinging Strike

    Weak swing at ball 4. :(

  429. blake April 27th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Thats as bad a swing as you’ll ever see Arod take.

  430. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    quick inning phranchise

  431. Joe from Long Island April 27th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Doreen – I think it makes sense. Hard to adjust to anything if the goal line keeps changing.

    Hey, looks like Millwood pitching for Baltimore is having a similar game to Phil – struggling to keep his team in the game, while dealing with the magical, mystical strike zone.

  432. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Millwood was tiring there. Alex bailed him out by swinging at ball four.

    That was a situation where you have to pass the baton to Cano and keep Millwood on the hook.

  433. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Blake, and I need to also remember that this was the site of Phil’s meltdown last year…………He probably wanted to erase that memory tonight.

  434. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Scranton scores a second run on a cleanly turned DP grounder by Golson and he still beat the throw. If Gardner is faster, it’s not by much. He just stole another base.

  435. NYY626 - Go Andy! April 27th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Betsy – Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 8:46 pm
    By the way, this was posted on another board. It was such a good story that I had to repeat it:

    ****Suzyn is telling a great story about Mariano at Walter Reade yesterday. mo was talking to a young man in a wheelchair who was wearing a Sox hat. The guy took his hat off and tried to hide it behind his back and Mo told him “I know you’re doing that out of respect for us but don’t do that. The Sox are you team and should wear that hat”***

    How great is Mo?
    _________________________________________________________________________
    Personally I just think Mo was showing off his awesomeness so that the sox fan will convert ;)

  436. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    SJ, that’s fair.

    The umps are very frustrating; I would prefer an overall bad strike zone to one that’s inconsistent.

  437. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Betsy -

    So far, his team is winning, so that’s a good thing. :)

  438. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Izturis AB

    Fair Ball
    Fair Strike
    Swinging Strike

    Little squibbaroo out

  439. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    yanks offense is off the last few games besides cano and po.

  440. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    That was a nice cutter. Also a perfect example of why that pitch is so valuable for a starter. It can be near impossible to square up. Any contact generated stays off the sweet spot and it gets quick outs.

  441. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    and of course, tampa is at it again. lots of scoring.

  442. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Jones AB

    Cheap Ball
    Swinging Strike
    Fair Ball
    Foul Ball
    Fair Ball

    Hard hit right at us! :)

  443. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    one more quick out and phil should get into the 6th.

  444. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Doreen, that’s right!

    Hey, he’s given his team a chance to win; if he gets out of this inning, I would not send him out for the 6th. I really want him to leave with a good feeling and he’s thrown a lot of high stress pitches.

    He’s very proud of his cutter.

  445. Joe from Long Island April 27th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Phil seems to be having better success with the curve, and I guess his cutter. I guesss he and Jorge are figuring out a way to get it done.

  446. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    ok 100 pitches. my guess is joe pulls him after this inning.

  447. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Hughes should just ride his cut fastball tonight. His four seamer just isn’t there.

  448. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    omg poor Javy. nothing is going right for him lol

  449. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    I would, Tex…….Phil still has to build up stamina. Of course, he may have done it in this outing; he’s had to work incredibly hard, lol.

  450. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    that says it all right there. javy nearly gets his head knocked off by the foul.

  451. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Markakis AB

    Fair Strike
    Fair Ball Michael Kay is talking about the same garbage he does every year. Get a team like the O’s down, and they will quit. BS!
    Fair Ball
    Foul Ball
    Foul Ball Javier Vazquez cant get any breaks either. Maybe that will loosen him and turn him around

    Nice Battling Hughesey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  452. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    haha. of course that ball finds Javy.

  453. Dark Dante April 27th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Javy was continuing his lazy streak taking a siesta on the bench – then the ball got fouled off into the dugout and it woke him up right quick.

  454. CB April 27th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    “nothing is going right for him lol”

    Loser gene trumps all.

  455. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Trisha

    Watch the Suxers! The Jays need your help!

  456. Bronx Born April 27th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Hughes has guts!

  457. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    javy has to be wondering who he ticked off above.

  458. blake April 27th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    all the foul balls have driven up Phil’s pitch count. If thats it for him then you have to like the way he bounced back and battled on a day when he clearly didn’t have consistent command of anything.

  459. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Bronx Born

    Hughes has guts, as opposed to Javier who is gutless!

  460. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Javy didn’t get hurt, did he? I had switched the channel for a sec.

  461. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I hope that’s it for him – Phil had to dig deep and find a way to get around this game. Let him leave with a feeling like he kept the team in the game – that’s a good feeling to have.

  462. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    ok the pen is up. good news for us.

  463. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Tell ya what, this is a bigtime growth outing for Hughes.

    Scuffled all night but, only 1 run on 2 hits and held his composure despite awful work by Wally Bell.

    These are the kind of starts that show his growth and maturity.

    I go batter to batter with him to start the 6th.

  464. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Cano AB

    Fair Ball

    Nice hitting!

  465. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Now, why didn’t that happen with the bases loaded???

  466. stuart April 27th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    hughes has pitched poorly but still given up only 1 run. cannot put batters away today but the bottom line is 1 run….

  467. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Why. Why steal. Why?

  468. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    well thats a kick in the gonads.

  469. CB April 27th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    “Hughes has guts!”

    Ironic isn’t it? At this time last year as Hughes was getting racked around at Camden yards throngs of people were convinced that he had no guts at all.

    I’m thinking the overlap between the Hughes is “soft” and has no “guts” crowd last year and the Vazquez has no “guts” this year is pretty high.

  470. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Scranton into the bottom of the 7th inning. scranton leads 2-0. jason Hirsh through 7 innings 0 hits,0 runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts

  471. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Aw, man. took a perfect throw. ANd it was a perfect throw and tag.

  472. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Someone really has to tell Robi to stop trying to steal

  473. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    It tells you that Phil has really, really good stuff when, on a night that he’s got nothing, he doesn’t give up hits.

  474. THE TRUTH April 27th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    In many aspects, tonight will have more to do with Hughes’ development then the near no hitter. Learning to pitch when you don’t have your best “stuff” and a crappy strike zone separate the good from the great.

  475. kd April 27th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    you gotta make a lot of deposits to the pain bank before you can make some withdrawals. phil made some deposits tonight

  476. Matt NJ April 27th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Enough with the name dropping and bs stories. The good guys are the ones who go to visit hospitals when there is no cameras between sterling and waldmen I wanna puke. If there is a bad part of winning a WS it the visit to D.C. How much longer are we going to have to hear about this bologna?

  477. RS April 27th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    When will Cano realize that he is not a base stealer?

  478. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Posada AB

    Fair Strike Dont know why Robi is stealing. He’s out. Perfect throw and tag. Umpire could have given us a cheap call.
    Fair Ball
    Foul Ball Why is Millwood still in this game
    Fair Ball He definitely didnt go
    Fair Ball They are leaving Millwood in as long as they can, so their shoddy bullpen cant come in versus us like Shatner put them in versus the Sox.
    Fair Ball

    Nice AB Jorgie

  479. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    man cano would have walked to second.

  480. Bronx Born April 27th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I agree SJ, Hughes has really shown his mettle in this game.

  481. Joe from Long Island April 27th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I think Jorge will learn from Robbie’s experience, and not steal here.

  482. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Hughes had the loser gene last year in Baltimore; Damon yelled it out of him and the gene passed on to the Sox. That gene is flying out there, somewhere, but it’s not sure who to land on next.

  483. GC April 27th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Don’t bring out Hughes for the sixth. I guarantee if they push him he gives up that second run and loses the win.

    Of course Girardi is going to keep him out there.

    If I had a paypal account I would bet good money on Hughes losing the win next inning.

  484. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    oh yeah here it comes.

  485. CB April 27th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    In order to make a stolen base attempt worth the chance when you have a guy like Posada up at the plate you probably need around an 80% success rate.

    Cano isn’t even close to 80% success on stolen bases. He’s a terrible base stealer as Victor Martinez can attest to.

    Not the situation to play small ball in. They just gave the O’s a huge out.

  486. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    No reason not to bring hughes out for the 6th inning and let him go batter to batter. Let him gut his outs. he deserves that chance tonight.

  487. qiantom April 27th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Somebody tells Cano that he should never try to steal. He can do everything well on the field except stealing a base.

  488. blake April 27th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    “I think Jorge will learn from Robbie’s experience, and not steal here.”

    lol, yea I think you can feel pretty confident in that assumption.

  489. Bronx Born April 27th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Yeah CB you got that right. It is all about guts. Doing the right thing. Fighting when you are tired. Never giving up. Lots of folks have talent. But it is the persistence and guts that separate them out.

  490. pistol pete April 27th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Tired of Michael Kay’s vocabulary with his trepidation and manifistation remarks. Michael we know you’re smart, now make us like you. Talk like a baseball announcer for God’s sake.

  491. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Granderson AB

    Fair Strike
    Fair Strike (Borderline call) Where were these strikes versus the Sox
    Fair Ball He was throwing balls in the opposing dugout over the weekend
    Fair Ball Yes. Thats the kind of pitch he threw.
    Cheap Ball (Borderline) They have up Cla Meredith, the only guy who pitched well against the Sox. No Matt Albers, Cam Mickolio.
    Foul Ball
    Swinging Strike

    Terrible strikeout :(

  492. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    It’s just time to go home, you know?

  493. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    grandy needs to learn how to just take the slider to the opposite field instead of pulling it and striking out.

  494. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    CR9, I am absolutely there and Shaun Marcum just pitched himself out of a jam in the 7th, runners on 1st and 2nd, by getting Hermida to K and that phenom McDonald to pop out.

    He’s pitched one hell of a game. Unfortunately Bucholz the Chucky Doll is still in the game. 93 pitches, bottom of the 7th. But he definitely looks like he’s tiring. Here’s hoping!

  495. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    what the hell posada?

  496. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    awful base running decisions this inning.

  497. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Horrible baserunning that inning.

  498. Doreen - GTLU Standings & Rules April 27th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Not good, Jorge, not good at all. :(

  499. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Just a terrible inning on the basepaths for the Yankeess that inning.

  500. pat April 27th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    No hip hip there. :sad:

  501. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Nice hit by Swishy. Terrible baserunning by Jorgie :(

    He’s out. You cant give free outs to this crap bullpen.

  502. CB April 27th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Wow. That’s just awful. The yanks ran themselves out of an inning. Terrible base running by Posada.

  503. RS April 27th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    That was a sloppy inning of baserunning. If Cano could have stayed put, Granderson might have been able to bunt over the runners and Swisher could have driven Posada in.

  504. Jim April 27th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    That inning is going to coke back to bite us….

  505. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    I forgot to say tie score 1-1

  506. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Looks like the yankees picked a bad night to quit running the bases

  507. Sargent April 27th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Wow that sucks

    Have a feeling that inning will haunt us. We’re doing nothing offensively and mosst of the team is ice cold. We can’t let opportunities like that slip

  508. Lou from CU April 27th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    There at least is no age-related decline in Jorge’s base running ability, it’s always been terrible. (Thank god he can still hit.)

  509. Chris S. April 27th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Two things you can always count on in life:

    (1) boston beating baltimore
    (2) baltimore beating new york

    Once again, Yankees hitters making baltimore pitching look like All-World Team.

  510. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Aaron Hill swinging at the first pitch, like the Orioles this past weekend.

  511. blake April 27th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    mental mistakes that half inning for the Yanks.. Getting caught stealing with a guy that already launched one 400 feet at the plate and a baserunning error. Hope that doesn’t come back to bite them.. Phil has pitched his tail off tonight, he deserves a few more runs.

  512. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Love this move by Girardi. Go batter to batter.

  513. RS April 27th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Wow, Girardi is really pushing the envelope with Hughes. I never thought he’d be back out for this inning.

  514. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Last time I checked, the Yankees were still leading.

    Ok, the team is not swinging the bats well, but Kay did say they were exhausted and to maybe expect them to be flat. Even without that excuse, they’re still leading.

  515. MG April 27th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I think that Hughes has pitched well considering he doesn’t have his good stuff and is all over the place with his fastball. No one is pulling his fastball, have you noticed that?

  516. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Wieters AB

    Foul Ball
    Cheap Strike
    Foul Ball
    Fair Ball

    Nice catch by Mark.

  517. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    If the first guy gets on, Phil has to come out…I don’t want to see him get the loss (obviously not the Yankees either).

  518. CB April 27th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Sending Hughes out there again is the right decision.

  519. pistol pete April 27th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I love Posada but his base running is abominable, he’s the worst base runner I have ever seen and I watch a lot of baseball. Almost impossible to imagine a guy in the league 15 years as a catcher with instincts as poor as Jorge’s. Every year he does things on the bases that just amaze me, and I’m not even mentioning that he is most likely the slowest runner in the league.

  520. blake April 27th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    “Love this move by Girardi. Go batter to batter.”

    Me too, trusting your starters can help keep the bullpen fresh

  521. djsunyc April 27th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    i like how their building up hughes to the 110 range…

  522. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Tejada AB

    Fair Strike
    Fair Ball

    Good job Phil!! Had a GREAT NIGHT!!!!!

  523. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    NYy hasn’t exactly torn the cover off of the ball with Millwood pitching. They haven’t deserved the two runs they have. They deserve the Posada homer.

  524. xyz April 27th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Jorge Posada is a terrible base runner.

    Bernie Williams was also a terible base runner.

    The fact that they played on teams that won 4 WS rings is truly amazing. Those teams were so damn good that they could overcome two historically bad base runners.

    Of course, those guys were also driving in boat loads of runs…

  525. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    i like that joe is rising the pitch counts early.

  526. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Great job by Phil.

  527. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    atta boy Hughes.

  528. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Plus, it helps Phil build stamina……..he’s not a fragile doll. I would have taken him out so that he left with a good feeling, but I can understand leaving him in batter to batter.

  529. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Plus, it helps Phil build stamina……..he’s not a fragile doll. I would have taken him out so that he left with a good feeling, but I can understand leaving him in batter to batter.

  530. MG April 27th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Hughes goes 5 2/3 with 2 hits and 1 run, that’s pretty good in my book for tonight…

  531. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Great job by Hughes. Now you go to Logan to pitch to Scott.

    Very solid effort tonight from Phil.

  532. whatever April 27th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    The yankees offense stinks.. Brett Gardner is a back up outfielder… Curtis Granderson stinks offensively and reminds me more and more of Gary Matthews JR.. the Yankees should have brought back both Matsui and Damon because right now.. the RAYS ARE CLEARLY THE BEST AL EAST TEAM.. and it’s not even close… Cashman better do something to upgrade this offense.

  533. pat April 27th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    110 pitches is the new 100 pitches this year.

  534. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    that’s about as an “Andy Pettitte Like” performance as you can get. The maturity is starting to rise to the top for Hughes.

  535. RS April 27th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Strange stats for Hughes…in 18 innings this season he has allowed just 6 hits :) but 11 walks :(

  536. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Phil should be very satisfied that he found a way to get around this game when he had nothing, in a place that’s give him nightmares. I’m sure Joe and Eiland are pleased. Ugh – I hate that there wont’t be a post-game show.

  537. Joe from Long Island April 27th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I wish I could read lips and see what Phil is saying to Eiland on the bench.

  538. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    # whatever April 27th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    The yankees offense stinks.. Brett Gardner is a back up outfielder… Curtis Granderson stinks offensively and reminds me more and more of Gary Matthews JR.. the Yankees should have brought back both Matsui and Damon because right now.. the RAYS ARE CLEARLY THE BEST AL EAST TEAM.. and it’s not even close… Cashman better do something to upgrade this offense.

    Whatever

  539. blake April 27th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    hmm..thought he’d let him finish it.

    Anyway I must say that this outing from Phil was just as impressive to me as the one against Oakland in a different way. Phil could have easily blew up in that second inning and caused the Yankees to burn through their pen and therefore affect several games down the road..

    but he didn’t he grinded out a good start and leaves with his team on top.. pretty impressive for a 23 year old…thats Andy Pettite type moxy there.

  540. Nick in SF April 27th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Friends, Romans, countrymen, and unsolicited anonymous email correspondents, I come with your best interests at heart — if you beg to differ, let me have it.

    I’m with those of you saying this has been a great effort from Phil, gutting through his own problems and problems not of his own making. I really hope Boone Logan can get his out and then the Yankee bats can give Phil some more support.

    Regarding some earlier blog controversy, I have seen “The Truth” post here before and there is no reason to think he or she is the same scoundrel that impersonated randy l. last evening. Such skullduggery is unfortunate, but what can you do…

  541. CB April 27th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Hughes had nothing out there tonight in terms of fastball command. And that fastball command is everthing in his style of pitching.

    And despite that he gutted out a tremendous start. Games where he has the kind of stuff he had in Oakland are the easy ones.

    Tonight are the ones where number one starters are made.

    He walked way too many hitters but in the end he only gave up 2 hits.

    So despite the high walk total he only gave up 6 base runners. That’s it.

    Tremendous job by Hughes.

    I’m much more impressed by this game than the Oakland game in many ways.

  542. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    whatever is back :(

  543. djsunyc April 27th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    every time i watch phil…i am thankful we don’t have johan…

  544. Tom in N.J. April 27th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    “that’s about as an “Andy Pettitte Like” performance as you can get. ”

    Gb, I was just thinking that. A real grind-it-out type of game for Hughes.

  545. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    In Scranton, Yanks lead 2-1. Hirsh lost his no hitter and shutout on a 2 out homer in the 8th.

  546. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    GB, that’s a huge compliment; good for Phil. He’s becoming a man, lol.

    RS, the walks will come down. He wasn’t wild, just a bit off, against the Angels (understandable) and tonight he had nothing. As the year progress, his command will get better. I assume he had mechanical difficulties tonight as well…. The thing is, no one is hitting him, so his stuff is so good.

  547. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Boone can’t walk Scott in that situation. That’s a bad job. Scott can’t hit lefties.

  548. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    please dont walk the guy you are in to face. ugh.

  549. RS April 27th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Can we get a lefty who throws strikes? :(

  550. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Scott AB

    Fair Ball
    Fair Ball
    Foul Ball Poor Jorgie. Youre wasting time Jorgie. Thats disgraceful and pathetic
    Fair Ball Disco Dan Ford? Are you Moron Mike Kay?!
    Swinging Strike
    Fair Ball Puke Scott takes a pretty darn good pitch from Logan

    Walk :(

  551. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Nice D-Rob the righty specialist.

  552. whatever April 27th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Logan Stinks… WHY DID WE GIVE UP PHIL COKE.. WHY?? for Granderson who cant hit? DAMON IS knocking Texas around and granderson is struggling to hit 230.. NICE JOB YOU BUM CASHMAN!

  553. blake April 27th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    3-2 curveball with nobody on base…ugh.

  554. GC April 27th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    That’s really just unacceptable by Logan. 3-2 after overthrowing 3 fastballs you decide to try to bury a breaking ball instead of coming right at the guy.

  555. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Hughes with his stuff and Pettite’s bulldog type demeanor would make for a new ace in the rotation.

  556. CB April 27th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Logan just can’t walk scott there. Luke Scott is not such a dangerous home run that you can’t just go after him with your fastball if you’re a left hander.

  557. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Nick

    Why no LOST tonight? Is it coming back next week?

  558. m April 27th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Yeah, a cowardly appearance by ‘whatever’.

  559. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    CB, by style of pitching, do you mean that Phil needs FB command because he doesn’t throw 97 MPH?

    I guess tonight he had really zero control as opposed to just being slightly off. Well, the ump didn’t get to him – that’s a positive. I’m sure Eiland and Joe gave him a well-deserved pat on the rump.

  560. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    It’s why the less you have to go to your bullpen the better.

    Guys are just too unreliable in pens all over baseball.

    That’s why I like when Girardi pushes the envelope with his starters.

  561. Pat M. April 27th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Big heart tonight for The Young Master

  562. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    The twerp is just looking for attention. Ignore him.

  563. Nick in SF April 27th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Yes L :shock: ST will return next Tuesday.

    The week off is probably to build suspense and then have all of the final episodes during the May sweeps period.

  564. CB April 27th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Betsy-

    No. It’s because he’s a power pitcher. Power pitchers throw fastballs and dominate with them.

    It’s the weapon they can use most aggressively to shut down the opposition.

  565. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Wigginton AB

    Swinging Strike Beautiful Pitch
    Foul Ball
    Foul Ball Poor Jorgie again. Take your time Jorgie. They should give u all day

    I dont understand. 0-2 and you hit a guy?

  566. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Any veteran like Sabathia, Pettitte, Haren, etc, will tell you that it’s easy to pitch and win when you have great stuff that night. The trick is winning when you have next to nothing that night.

  567. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Ugh. Get Robertson out of there. That’s just awful on an 0-2 pitch.

  568. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Pat M, you can’t teach heart…..

  569. CB April 27th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Dave Robertson has hardly pitched this entire season. Tough to maintain command when you’re not throwing

  570. RS April 27th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Ugghhh

  571. GC April 27th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Un****cking believable.

  572. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    WTH was that? :shock:

  573. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    lol

  574. Angel - In an Empire State of Mind April 27th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    What the hell was that throw? :shock:

  575. Dan April 27th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    What the hell Girardi

  576. Trevor April 27th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    This game is way too tight if you’re the Yankees.

  577. Nick in SF April 27th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    :mad:

    No Double-Double tonight.

  578. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Hughes AB

    Fair Ball

    What a F****NG JOKE!

    SICK!

    We could have had him out at home! Sorry to get angry at him, but Winn is a moron.

  579. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    CB, ok, thanks. See, lol, he is a power pitcher. I had asked that once before and we couldn’t get a consensus going as to whether he was one or not.

    This doesn’t sound good, lol

  580. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    WOW. That’s as bad a throw as Winn will ever make.

  581. blake April 27th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Man, this is just so frustrating. Walk, HBP, base hit. If I’m Hughes I’m pretty ticked right now.

  582. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Posada and Cano ran us out of a big inning.

  583. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    that would of been something it somehow that throw resulted in an out at first

  584. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Awful job by Robertson and an awful job by Winn.

    Hard to trust Robertson in these situations. Girardi is staying too long with him.

  585. terpbomber April 27th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Totally unacceptable.

  586. CB April 27th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    This is another game the shows how limited the benefits of match up baseball can be.

  587. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    aww, no win for Phil………and this game IS way too close for comfort for the whole team. 2 outs, none on and the O’s are still batting? Oy.

  588. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    That’s the phony SJ. Ignore….Ignore…ignore

  589. Bryan April 27th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Girardi loves to over manage

    LEAVE HUGHES IN!!!!

  590. terpbomber April 27th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Sheesh! Why do the Yankees seem to have a harder time beating last place teams?

  591. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    (Toronto update)

    Top of thhe 8th, bases loaded, 2 out for the Sux. Gregg in and has a 3-0 count.

    Think bad thoughts.

  592. pat April 27th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Walks hurt again

  593. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Wow, 3-2 now? I guess that’s Logan’s run correct?

  594. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Oh, well. Michael Kay is a piece of worthless carcillo.

    Michael Kay: With RISP and 2 outs, they have 6 BASE HITS ON THE YEAR, 6 BASE HITS ON THE YEAR

    Make that 8, you A HOLE

  595. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Robertson really is dreadful when he comes into an inning with guys on base. I feel like he always lets inherited runners score. Absolutely pathetic against this minor league team.

  596. RS April 27th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    This is so dumb. It doesn’t get any easier than coming into a game with 2 outs and no one on base, and the bullpen manages to allow 4 straight batters to reach base.

  597. m April 27th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    wow. from a win to a no-decision to a possible loss. :(

  598. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Look at Shatner

    Pinch running for people.

    Really Trying hard.

    Orioles showing the effort tonight

  599. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    (Toronto update)

    I should have done it sooner. Gregg walked in a run. 2-1 Sux.

  600. Dark Dante April 27th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Robertson is pathetic. Period.

  601. blake April 27th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    “This is another game the shows how limited the benefits of match up baseball can be.”

    You send your starter back out to start the inning, he get 2 quick outs, then you pull him because a lefty is coming up….like he hasn’t faced lefties the whole game and given up 2 hits. I’m sorry but as has been said many times before on this blog, the more times you go to the pen the greater the chance you’re going to pull a dud that day. 2 runs with 2 outs and nobody on. Unbelievable.

  602. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Wait, how can Phil get the loss?

  603. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Walk to a lefty who can’t hit lefties. HBP to a guy on an 0-2 pitch, single to a AAA hitter, go ahead hit to a non-hitter.

    Staying too long with a guy who can’t get anybody out.

    Bad job here by Joe. Should have been out after he hit Wiggington.

    Now, he could give up 4 more if he leaves him in there.

  604. CB April 27th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    “Robertson really is dreadful when he comes into an inning with guys on base. I feel like he always lets inherited runners score.”

    I guess you missed that playoff game last year against the Twins when he came in with the bases loaded and not outs and allowed no runs to score.

  605. RS April 27th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Please get Robertson out of there.

  606. Jason22 April 27th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    This is not on drob, you don’t pitch a guy for 12 days you are not going to be sharp.

    Next time you sit him for 8 days, and you finally let him pitch, don’t take him out after 6 pitches, or don’t expect him to have any control Joe.

  607. GC April 27th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    This is a pretty pathetic display by Robertson.

    Melancon and Grant Duff won’t be long for the minors at this rate.

  608. Trevor April 27th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    :shock:

  609. m April 27th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Yankees loss, not a Hughes loss.

  610. Billy D April 27th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Middle relief can be so fleeting. Very unfortunate for Hughes who despite laboring, found it when he needed to. Can’t blame Joe G for pulling him. He was at a 110, and it wasn’t an easy 110.

  611. Bryan April 27th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Girardi strikes again!!!!!!

  612. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    LETS SEE THE ORIOLES BULLPEN IN THE FINAL 3 INNINGS

    SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Make that 9, Michael Kay!!!

    Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  613. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    If you want me to stop with the Toronto updates, just say so and I will.

    But if I get a mixed response I’ll have to go with the majority.

  614. 4 train April 27th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    this is such a bummer.

  615. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I guess Joe wants him to get his work in.

    Why stay with a guy who can’t get outs? Makes no sense.

  616. Rob B (Never a Gardner doubter) April 27th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Hello minor leagues?

    This Oriole team sucks, and Robertson can’t get anybody out? Ridiculous.

    Hughes couldn’t have done any worse. Why not leave him in for one more?

  617. GreenBeret7 April 27th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Later, guys. I’ll be around once somebody decides to remove the garbage that blew in through the door.

  618. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Would you guys have left Phil in?

  619. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    It figures that the Orioles will get there 1st win at home against the Yanks. Just pathetic from Robertson. Get him out of there. It will be 6-2 soon.

  620. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks William Shatner. Thanks Orioles for hitting with RISP 2 outs. Thanks Michael Kay for performing your jinx as usual.

  621. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 27th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Dearest David Robertson-

    Please stop screwing around. Lets get the 3rd out already. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

    Sincerely Yours,
    Erica

  622. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    need to get this out here…2 run deficit you can get over…one swing by jones and your lookin at 5

  623. ugh April 27th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    sometimes I really can’t stand this team

  624. pat April 27th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    “Wait, how can Phil get the loss?”

    Less focus on Phil more focus on the team.

  625. CB April 27th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    “You send your starter back out to start the inning, he get 2 quick outs, then you pull him because a lefty is coming up….”

    Really perplexing. There was no need to take hughes out of this game.

    If he can go out there having thrown 100 pitches he can try to get that third out having thrown 109.

  626. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Trisha

    Continue with the updates!

  627. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    M, that’s what I thought. Either way, the Yankees are playing some pretty bad baseball.

  628. JMK aka The Overshare April 27th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    This bullpen stinks

  629. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    This scumbag Jones just slammed his bat! and his helmet!

    Where was this effort versus the Red Sox?

  630. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 27th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    The polite letter works everytime.

    Sadly it was like, two batters too late. ARGH!

  631. franmerrf April 27th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    So the Orioles waited for the Yankees to come to town to turn it on this season??!!

  632. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    ok 2 runs down against this O’s pen is plenty doable with 3 innings to go….gonna need some shutdown relief work and a little magic from the bats

  633. Mark-Cant Touch This April 27th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Another great job by G.I Joe, Hughes get 2 straight outs but he gets taken out.

  634. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Pat, I’m focusing plenty on the team; I’m hardly happy that they are now losing. I just wanted clarification from M on her comment.

  635. 4 train April 27th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Maybe Joe’s braces are pulled a little tight tonight. Cant think straight.

  636. JMK aka The Overshare April 27th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Have fun in Scranton Robertson

  637. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 27th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    And Edwin Jackson is getting bombed too

    Erica’s Avengers needs a new pitching coach!!!!!!!

  638. Moti-Mo April 27th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    i don’t get why Joe micromanges in the 6th inning. That totally backfired.

    “I liked the matchup”

  639. Sargent April 27th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    What did you expect? The Os roll over for Boston yet they play us like it is their WS.

    Happens every freakin time. I’m sick of it.

  640. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 27th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Exponentially

    Trembley giving us tribbles

    Er…I meant troubles

  641. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    oh yeah..i miss chan ho park lol

  642. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    So wait – Joe leaves his starters in other times, but not Phil? He hasn’t gotten lefties out? I don’t get it…….

  643. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Bottom of the 8th, Bucholz still in. 2-1, not the Jays.

    Bucholz at something like 106 pitches, which tells you that Tito doesn’t want to go near his pen.

    1 out

  644. Ed April 27th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Im always wary of playing a team that is “overdue” for a win. Being winless at home had to end sometime. I often would rather play a team thats hot than a cold one.

  645. Yankee Trader April 27th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Hard to trust Robertson, and Marte, and Aceves, not to mention Joba and Logan. There’s always Mo!

    Of the last 5 games, haven’t we had an early lead in all of them?

    Time for a comeback!

  646. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    If Girardi wants to pull Hughes fine but don’t pull him for a AAA guy who has been on the team for a week. Girardi’s use of the bullpen is very odd. From not knowing if he should walk Morales or not, and then that inning.

  647. Trevor April 27th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Time for the offense to wake up.

  648. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Why doesnt Michael Kay go stuff his big head with a FRAPPE and shut UP!

  649. GC April 27th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    I would have pulled Phil after five and brought in Robertson to start the inning. Given the way he’s thrown Phil probably wouldn’t have gotten the win any way. But there would be no way that after 2 easy outs I’d bring in a simply bad pitcher in Boone Logan (look at this guy’s career numbers) just for the sake of “matchup baseball.”

    Girardi’s obsession with this thing is costing this team and individual players like Phil wins.

  650. RS April 27th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Can we get a rally going from the offense? I missed the 7-1 win against the Angels so it’s been a long time since I saw a decent showing from the hitters.

    The Orioles are a team that our all-star lineup is supposed to be padding stats against!

  651. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Well, the pen hasn’t been the only problem. The team is completely scuffling right now – they’re not playing good baseball.

  652. m April 27th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    let’s go, bats.

  653. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Can’t keep Robertson out there to get you beat.

    Once he hits a guy with an 0-2 pitch he misses by 3 feet, he have to pull him.

    Instead, you leave him out there to give up 3 runs and put you in a hole.

    It makes no sense and it may cost them the game.

    At this point, David Robertson can only pitch when you are up or down 5. Any other situation is failure.

    Bad night on the bench for the second game in a row by Joe. Just not the way to run a bullpen.

  654. CB April 27th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Coming into this game Robertson has thrown 4 2/3 innings this entire season.

    That’s it – 4 2/3 innings.

    There is no way a pitcher is going to be sharp when he’s thrown 4 2/3 innings over 20 games especially when he’s 25 and relies heavily on a curve ball to get outs.

    This is also why there is a real cost to giving Robertson 6 pitch appearances and taking him out even when he looks good.

  655. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Nice Swing, Randy. Up there to take your hacks?

    Was that a strike?

  656. Y26 April 27th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    The more alarming thing is that this offense has done nothing for over a week, save for the Piniero game.

    2 runs seems like 7 with this offense

  657. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    In what world is that a strike?

  658. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    # CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Nice Swing, Randy. Up there to take your hacks?

    Was that a strike?

    It was outside.

  659. kevin April 27th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    someone get randy winn off this team please

  660. Todd April 27th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    That pitch to Randy was a foot outside

  661. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Carl

    Thanks, I thought so.

    I was on the phone with a friend, and said the umpire had treated us fairly for the last 4 innings.

    And then I said, “that’s due to change, now that we are behind”

    And so it did.

  662. TC 223 April 27th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Randy Winn sucks. He is this year’s Cody Ransom/Josh Phelps…

  663. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    We can’t say for sure that Phil would have gotten the win; it was a close game and the pen has been iffy. That said, I agree – you don’t take a Phil who was settled down for Boone Logan (who has shown good promise, but still….)

  664. Nate April 27th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Is it just me or do the Yankees all of a sudden stink?

  665. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I feel like the only people who are hitting in the lineup are Posada, Cano and Arod.

  666. Mike April 27th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    So much for the ‘easy’ part of the schedule. Os are playing us tougher than Tampa or Boston did.

  667. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    You have a fully rested bullpen. Why leave Robertson out there to get you beat? Makes no sense.

    The kid hasn’t gotten too many people out this year. He’s allowed a bunch of inherited runners to score. He hasn’t pitched much. All recipes for disaster.

    The idea is to maximize, not minimize your chances to win.

    Can’t stay too long with a guy who can’t get outs.

    Especially with the offense scuffling.

    Hard to understand what Joe was thinking in that inning.

  668. RS April 27th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Since when did the O’s bullpen become strike throwing machines?

  669. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Wow, 4 and 2/3 innings? That’s unbelievable. That said, the offense looks dead.

  670. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    (Toronto update)

    Wells on 2nd, 2 down, Gonzalez up. Still 2-1. bottom of the 8th

    Think good thoughts. Quick!

    :)

  671. Ben q April 27th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Game is lost due to over managing.

  672. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Looks the Orioles bullpen is out there actually trying!!

    Come on Brett. If you were to strike out here, just fling your bat right at the pitchers mound and drill the guy.

    CHEAP STRIKE 3!!!!

  673. blake April 27th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    if they can only muster 2 runs off the pitching they have seen tonight then they probably don’t deserve the win tonight anyway.

  674. stuart April 27th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    nice effort from the whole team. way to give away a game.

    posada does not know how to run the bases. as Kay said where was he going. Then Boone Logan with the nice appearance. Could not even get a lefty out. Then RObertson with masterpiece.

    then to top it off OLD MAN Winn with the gun in right.
    \

    the yanks are sleepwalking and a disgrace tonight..disgraceful performance………

  675. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    CB,

    Yep. You want to line up your relievers to face 1 or 2 batters only, you cannot expect them to be sharp everytime out.

    Yet another downfall of matchup baseball.

  676. 66 stripes April 27th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Cold lineup combined with a shaky bullpen = bad results.

    They can’t score when there is a deficit, and can’t score enough to put the other team away.

  677. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    If Robertson can’t pitch in close games (I’m not ready to say that yet), then what kind of pen do we have?

  678. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Gardner needs to swing the bat!!!! His at bats are pathetic. He gets fastball after fastball right over the plate. Pitchers know to go right after him. SWING THE BAT!!

  679. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Oh well, and THAT, LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, IS HOW THE ORIOLES BULLPEN WILL SUCCEED, IF THEY DO, AGAINST US.

    CHEAP HP UMPIRE CALLS!!!!!!!!!!

  680. CB April 27th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    There was no reason to take Hughes out of the game in the first place. I don’t care what the split statistics say.

    And I know how bad Luke Scott’s numbers are against left handers.

    And using Logan tonight was particularly risky because there was no strike zone to speak of.

    Logan doesn’t have great command to begin with. Bell’s strike zone is floating around. That’s not a great mix.

    There was no reason for hughes to come out of the game other than the fact that Tony LaRussa says that’s the right thing to do…

    The misunderstanding of statistics in baseball is mind boggling. They are misused so badly it is just hard to believe.

  681. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    (Toronto update)

    Chucky gets out of the inning.

    Going to the 9th

  682. 87 Yank April 27th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Of course, the Os bullpen blows 3 leads in Fenway Park, yet looks like the 96 Yankees pen against us.

    Is our lineup dead or what

  683. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    CB,

    All that is true. Which is why you don’t put him in a position to get you beat.

    Joe did and it bit him.

    Now, you can’t use him at all in close games unless you like losing them.

    He moves down the list and you bury him. You can’t afford to risk it.

  684. Yankee Trader April 27th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Gardner in the 2 hole can’t hack it. Missing Damon tonight!

  685. bob April 27th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    the red sox keep getting breaks. they should have 5-6 wins MAX.

    the yankees keep having blow ups and shooting themselves in the foot.

    we’re about to lose to the WORST TEAM IN BASEBALL. they have won 3 f-ing games this season. THREE.

    giving them #4 makes me want to throw up.

  686. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    the offense has been the main problem…middle of the order next inning needs to bring it

  687. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Girardi’s bullpen management this year has almost been a sick combination of Joe Torre and Joe Girardi.

    He has leaned on Mo and Joba at any sign of trouble and he has been death by matchup with everyone else.

  688. KWAN April 27th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Looks like it will be up to CC and AJ to help us win the series.

    Then again, Guthrie and Matsuz are both much better pitchers than Millwood, so they have to be nearly perfect. And hey have to go 7+ so they don’t hand off leads to the shaky middle relief.

  689. stuart April 27th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    o and 2 to wigginton and robertson hits him..

    this team is sleepwalking. tex has no clue at the plate and similar for arod..

    btw granderson is hitting about 225 and looked like a little boy against the lefty swinging at ball 4.. a real impressive hard charging effort tonight…. 2.5 behind the rays…

    losing does not bother me but giving away games by bad playing does. hughes struggled and gave up 1 run in 5 and 2/3.

    itzurus has 2 of his 3 rbi’s this year tonight………….

  690. nature boy April 27th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    what manager plays matchups with nobody on with 2 outs in the 6th?

  691. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    “the red sox keep getting breaks. they should have 5-6 wins MAX.

    the yankees keep having blow ups and shooting themselves in the foot.

    we’re about to lose to the WORST TEAM IN BASEBALL. they have won 3 f-ing games this season. THREE.

    giving them #4 makes me want to throw up.”

    red sox lost to the orioles…

  692. bob April 27th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    I really hope they don’t give girardi an extension. He has shown time and time again that he really doesn’t know what he’s doing when it comes to managing the pen.

  693. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    They are still taking pitches. This Orioles team is disgusting

  694. JMK aka The Overshare April 27th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Girardi over manages again

  695. blake April 27th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    “There was no reason to take Hughes out of the game in the first place. I don’t care what the split statistics say.”

    I think in that situation you make Scott Phil’s last hitter regardless and let him try to finish the inning. 4 or 5 more pitches isn’t going to make a difference.

    That said, Logan can’t come in and walk a guy with 2 outs and nobody on base….especially with a 3-2 curveball.

  696. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    I guess you do have to play the hot hand, but who in the pen is the hot hand? Park’s injury really hurts…….Robertson was counted on. SJ, I know you’re not giving up on him, but Dave was expected to be a key component to the pen. Who is going to take his place and when does he return to the 7th/8th inning spots? I realize it’s tough because a slump from a reliever can cost games and you can’t necessarily give him tons of chances to work himself out of it.

  697. Pat M. April 27th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    I thought Phil had a shot at his 3rd win for the season and closing in the 13-7 I had hoped for him this season……….Not a very good outing to say the least by the pen…….One thing to remember, The Yanks haven’t been exactly tearing the cover off the ball as of late…….

  698. CB April 27th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    “if they can only muster 2 runs off the pitching they have seen tonight then they probably don’t deserve the win tonight anyway.”

    Lots of focus is going to be placed on the pitching but the bigger story of this game is the offense or lack there of.

    They’ve been awful at the plate and awful against a team that has been bleeding runs all season.

    Right now the yankees offense is too dependent on Cano, Posada, Alex and Jeter. If they aren’t hitting the team is struggling to score.

  699. bob April 27th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    ralphie, the only game they lost to the o’s was the last, which their bullpen blew. we already are going to lose 1 of 1.

  700. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Bullpen managment has been poor this year. No question about that.

    Cost him in the CC start in Boston. Cost him Sunday and cost him tonight.

    He has to do a better job with it over the course of the season.

    When guys can’t find the zone, you can’t leave them out there to get you beat.

    No offense tonight or not, if they get beat, they did by guys hitting under .200 and walking non-hitters.

    That’s inexcusable.

  701. pistol pete April 27th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I said it all winter and I’ll say it again, nothing’s changed and nothing will, we are extremely vunerable late in games vs leftys, Granderson can’t hit leftys, Winn is a joke, and Gardner is not a tough at bat vs leftys. This lineup in constructly poorly and misses Matsui and Damon’s experience late in games especially vs leftys. Did you see Winn’s swing right handed, pathetic, didn’t Cashman check his stats last yr when he hit 154 vs leftys before giving him $2m, pathetic. He’ll be released before June. And why didn’t Thames ph for him, we’re down 2 runs late and we’re not using Thames, what gives.

  702. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    The Yankees bullpen is really shaky. Losing Park hurt them because he was somewhat decent. Aceves hasn’t been good since the middle of last season, Marte who knows when he has arm issues or not. They don’t really have anyone they can trust in the late innings.

  703. Nick in SF April 27th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Win Vulture did his part; time for bats to do theirs.

  704. jz166 April 27th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    disgraceful game so far to Yankees.

  705. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Pat M, I know – it stinks. However, if Young Master Phil keeps this up, he will have plenty more wins.

    This team looks tired, really tired…

  706. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Can we stop blaming the Yankees, Girardi, and Robertson.

    The Robertson inning was not even the umpire’s fault.

    It was the fault of the Orioles, and the Orioles alone.

    They had 6 hits with 2 out RISP all year, and got 3 in one inning versus us. That takes a different approach at the plate. They tried their hardest against us, bottom line.

  707. CB April 27th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    “All that is true. Which is why you don’t put him in a position to get you beat.

    Joe did and it bit him.”

    Girardi is too wedded to match up baseball. He puts too much stock in split statistics.

    The ridiculous thing is that even if one wanted to take a purely quantitative approach, Girardi is thinking about the problem the wrong way.

    It is really hard to believe. It’s a great example of how people can become enchanted by numbers and then use the numbers the wrong way and support the wrong actions.

    Unforunately, this is standard managerial practice in the game now.

  708. RS April 27th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Didn’t we give the Nationals their first series win on the road last year…in June? It’s not the end of the world to lose to the Orioles, but it certainly doesn’t feel good to give away games against bottom barrel teams when you have the lead in the 6th inning. There’s no guarentee that we’re going to keep winning games in TB and Boston, so these wins are kind of necessary.

    However, I don’t think this team has had a come from behind win yet (a true one, I mean…not coming back from a 2 run deficit in the third inning), so we are due for one of those.

  709. jz166 April 27th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Girardi?

  710. GC April 27th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    The reason Aceves is the second best pitcher in this bullpen right now is that he’s the only one other than Mo who can be trusted to come in and pound the zone with strikes. Robertson has the stuff to be an elite late inning reliever but too often just loses complete control of the baseball. I don’t get the sense that its a mindset thing with him at all- I think he tries to attack – and for the little I do know about pitching his mechanics do look really clean. Maybe its consistency in terms of repeating them? I don’t really know how else to explain his horrendous lapses in command both in the majors and minors.

  711. blake April 27th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    “Right now the yankees offense is too dependent on Cano, Posada, Alex and Jeter. If they aren’t hitting the team is struggling to score.”

    Teixera really needs to get going soon. They need his production. I really thought the Yankees would light Millwood up but they just never strung anything together..lets hope the last 2 innings are different.

  712. Mike April 27th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Michael Kay said this team would look tired tonight. He knew what he was talking about – too much travel in the last 48 hours.

  713. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    (Toronto update)

    Gregg gets two out (could have used it in the bottom of the 8th…) and allows a hit. Runner on first, one out, Pedroia looks silly making the last out.

    Ramon Ramirez to pitch the bottom of the 9th for the Sux. Still 2-1. Bautista, Buck, Snider due up. Maybe he’ll pinch hit for Buck.

  714. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    The media made Girardi look like a bullpen genius. But he has been terrible in that department. It seems like he is never sure what move to make. Should he leave a guy in, or when is it time to take him out.

  715. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    You have six guys in the bullpen in front of Mo. When a guy can’t get anybody out, you go to somebody else. Its not rocket science.

    You don’t leave him out there to get you beat. Its that simple.

    Now, you can’t use him in close games for awhile. Unless, you like losing games.

    Pull him after Wiggington, perhaps you squeeze out of that inning. Keeping in there was a dumb move, bad offense or not.

  716. jz166 April 27th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Tex will break out from May 01? no sign.

  717. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    tex smacks one right at jones :(

  718. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Another out from Tex…is anyone surprised?

  719. Oddessy April 27th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Boston and Tampa fatten up on teams like the Os. We have let downs against them.

    Every single year it happens. We have not won our opening series vs. Baltimore since 2006….

  720. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Ramirez ERA 7.56, fwiw

  721. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Ramon Ramirez in to close the game out against the Jays.

    I’ll steal Jim Kaat’s line.

    The last 3 outs is a whole different ballgame.

  722. jz166 April 27th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    no one is hitting in this team.

  723. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    CB,

    I agree. Hard to understand it sometimes and tonight is one of those times.

  724. ITC 99 April 27th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Just put Tex on the DL until May. The guy is killing us now… might as well let Miranda get some ABs in April. He can’t be worse than Tex.

  725. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Bautista pop up. Buck up. Fly ball out.

  726. Angel - In an Empire State of Mind April 27th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Another out from Tex…is anyone surprised?
    ****************************************

    Well if you expect bad things…

    It was a hard hit out, he’s going to break through soon. :)

  727. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    2 quick outs from Ramirez. Game over.

    The Yanks are just up there swinging. We’re not even taking pitches against this heinous bullpen that cant throw strikes.

  728. bob April 27th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    when boston and tb are getting 18 wins via this PATHETIC o’s team, we’ll be getting 8.

    honestly, it’s nothing but embarassing.

  729. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    All of a sudden Tejada can field?! Kay just said Arod is 1 for his last 15. Now 16. It seems like Cano is the only one hitting.

  730. RF 56 April 27th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Forget sweep… let’s just hope we can win the series. Going to take some miraculous pitching from CC and Burnett with the way the offense is performing.

  731. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    cano is just insane…just insane

  732. jz166 April 27th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    no excuse for early season slump.
    You got paid tens of millions a year, your job is to hit, and you fail so far.

    no surprise Cano hit a single with no one on.

  733. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    CR, they’re making Ramirez look like Cy.

  734. Trevor April 27th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I never really felt comfortable with that 2-1 lead.

  735. Arno April 27th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Are we seriously going to lose to the Orioles? Pathetic… start hitting Tex! Stop sucking bullpen! Stop playing Winn and Thymes.

  736. RS April 27th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Could it be time for our 2-out rally? Well, it better happen with a Posada HR because he and Cano are the only ones hitting right now.

  737. teddy gbu April 27th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    too bad cano fail to get a hit with the base loaded. this offense is a joke

  738. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Tomorrow night, I don’t care what happens, CC goes 8 and Mo pitches the 9th.

    You don’t put anybody else out there unless you have a double digit lead.

    If you can’t get outs out of your bullpen, lean on the starters to get to Mo.

  739. Jake April 27th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    And Boston wins it’s 3rd series in a row,. While we are about to drop 4 out of 5.

    When the lineup goes cold, they all go cold.

  740. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    “when boston and tb are getting 18 wins via this PATHETIC o’s team, we’ll be getting 8.

    honestly, it’s nothing but embarassing.”

    boston lost to the orioles, bob.

  741. CB April 27th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    “Teixera really needs to get going soon. They need his production. ”

    He really does. It’s great for Mark to confidently assert that by the end of the season he knows where his numbers will be.

    But at some level, the distribution of your production matters.

    Teixeira has essentially left them playing 8 men against 9. He cannot hit .100 for an entire month.

    You just cannot do nothing for 15% of the season and not expect it is going to hurt the team.

  742. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Snider grounds out.

  743. RS April 27th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    3 hard hit balls this inning became outs.

  744. Keith--FL April 27th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Hate to beat a dead horse but I wanted both Matsui and Damon back and Cashman didn’t or whatever happened…..I mean we won the World Series with those guys and you can tell out offense misses them….Nick Johnson hurt and Winn a joke…Gardner having to play everyday…..each year is a new year Cashman and right now your moves don’t look too good, especially how Matsui, Damon, Jackson, and Coke are playing all with great #’s so far this year………not sure why you had to mess up a great thing and break up our Championship team…….and I hope you didn’t get fleeced again by Dombrowski the Tigers GM, ala Sheffield trade and the Mike Lowell trade when hew as the GM of the Marlins……

  745. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    That was pretty simple for Ramirez.

  746. 87 Yank April 27th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    SJ -

    No doubt, CC has to hand it off to MO or we are just asking for loss.

    Same with AJ, though he hardly ever pitches into the 8th inning.

    The pen is a liability now. When Joe wants to go to his pen, he is entering the Lion’s den.

  747. RS April 27th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    The Rays also lost once to the Orioles already.

  748. Nick in SF April 27th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Blue Jays cover the run line. There’s some silver lining.

  749. Pat M. April 27th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    I see the diehard Yankee fans have arrived to cheer on the club !!!!! Maybe GB was right, time to cut out of here

  750. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    We mailed this game in. Maybe we can come back in the 9th inning, if we “turn on the switch”
    but 1 loss isnt the end of the world. Let’s try to take the series.

  751. bob April 27th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    ralphie, here’s what you don’t understand. boston has lost to the o’s i think 4 times in over 2 years.

    while we’re about to get beat game 1 of the series against them.

  752. Nome April 27th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Damon and Matsui are both hitting well over .300 now

    We could sure use them. Games in April are just as important as games in July.

  753. Angel - In an Empire State of Mind April 27th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Hate to beat a dead horse but…

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

    There is no quicker way to lose me on a post. :-P

    Is it a mental thing that Tex takes a while to get going being as its such a consistent thing year in and year out? Maybe he needs to mix up his off season work outs?

  754. blake April 27th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    “You just cannot do nothing for 15% of the season and not expect it is going to hurt the team.”

    I agree, the games in April count too.

  755. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Damon and Matsui slumped too. They are gone. Whining about it won’t change it.

    If Girardi manages the pen better tonight, they win, despite the O not producing.

    At some point, the offense will carry the team.

    Right now, they needed help from the manager and using the bullpen correctly and that didn’t happen tonight.

  756. Jason April 27th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    And Boston brings in a journeyman reliever to close out a 1-run game on the road, and he gets them down 1-2-3 easily.

    We bring in our best reliever next to MO and he gives up 3 runs with 2 outs to the 3-16 Orioles.

    So much for the dreadful Boston bullpen, eh? Ours is just as bad.

  757. Arno April 27th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Captain Fail.

  758. jz166 April 27th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Baltimore will break through and win this series

  759. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    terrible scoring…thats an error

  760. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    wow. our offense making the worst bullpen in the history of mlb look like cy youngs.

  761. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Im sorry. I made a mistake.

    We didnt mail this game in.

    We Fedexed it in. Overnight delivery!

    It’s only sickening because it happened to the Orioles.

    The Red Sox tried Fedexing their games against the Orioles, but in 2 of them, the Orioles refused delivery!

  762. RS April 27th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    This whole team is just asleep right now. Jeter with this error, Arod was slow to turn a DP, Tex couldn’t pick a ball out of the dirt like he usually does, Cano and Posada with the baserunning blunders, and Winn with the awful throw.

  763. Angel - In an Empire State of Mind April 27th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    The sky is falling crowd have arrived.

    Excellent.

  764. nature boy April 27th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    hey at least they went to the white house yesterday.

  765. blake April 27th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Thats an error, not even close.

  766. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    We can always get back Damon and Matsui next year.

    Cashman likes to acquire the “Cashman All Stars”. I think they’re both on 1year deals.

    :lol:

  767. Dave F April 27th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    This game is not over yet. Yankees have come from behind before! And there are still 2 more games left in a 3 game series. Let’s not go to crazy.

  768. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    how did joe mismanage the pen? by bringing in one of our best relievers to give up 3 hits and 2 runs? i dont see how joe mismanaged. the lefty lefty walked and roberton couldnt get an out.

  769. Yankee Trader April 27th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    SJ-
    Hopefully CC will have better control than his last game. Again he’s going on 5 days rest.

  770. NYYROC April 27th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Hughes didn’t have his best stuff or command but he battled like Andy often does. 5.2 IP 1 run and 2 hits is good. Minimizing the damage when the bases were loaded shows how much he has matured over the last year or two. Good things ahead for Phil Hughes!

  771. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    “ralphie, here’s what you don’t understand. boston has lost to the o’s i think 4 times in over 2 years.

    while we’re about to get beat game 1 of the series against them.”

    bob, here’s what you don’t understand. this is a yankee blog, if your such a big red sox fan why don’t you go over to some boston site and have a laugh with your buddies.

    we don’t need to hear about how great boston is against the orioles.

  772. bob April 27th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    by leaving robertson in after he hit tejada, tex.

  773. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    An 0-2 count to Wigginton and Robertson had to hit him, turning point in game….

  774. RS April 27th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I think our bullpen will figure things out eventually. It’s hard not to think so with the talent they have, past experience, and the fact that they won’t be overworked. It’s just that in April, no one really knows their roles yet, including the manager.

  775. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    “Hate to beat a dead horse but I wanted both Matsui and Damon back and Cashman didn?t or whatever happened?..”

    Keith, there is no way to tell how either Matsui or Damon would be playing if they were still with the Yankees. Damon was offered the opportunity and turned it down, from what I understand. If you remember Matsui had problems with his knees throughout the year last season. The Yankees would have had to commit a starting lineup position to him, and they weren’t going to put him in the field. So he would have had to come back as DH. There were games when he DHd last season and had problems with his knees. It was okay because they had a tandem DHing. They couldn’t have done it this year and kept Matsui.

    It is always easy to look at what someone is doing for another team, but the absolute truth is that nobody can know that the player would be doing the same thing were he still with the Yankees.

  776. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    was someone ready in the pen after the HBP?

  777. Keith--FL April 27th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    We’re fans and we’re allowed to act like the sky is falling….some losses are fine with me, like the west coast trip losses where its tough to play and we went 3-3….but playing like this against a terrible O’s team just doesn’t sit well with me…..

  778. Melkman is in Hotlanta April 27th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    “”Hard to understand what Joe was thinking in that inning.”””

    Maybe you can call your imaginary friend Aroid and ask him what’s up?

  779. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Come on, Trip Randy!!

    How could I forget, we have Winn for his defense, and he tripped while throwing a ball that could have been the end of the inning.

    If ever a guy didnt deserve his surname, it’s Winn!! ;)

  780. 4 train April 27th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    So if Girardi overmanages this, what does Eiland do? Does he say anything?

  781. bob April 27th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    ralphie, i read this blog by the hour. i’m a diehard yankees fan, and am just venting my frustration in the fact that boston (and other teams who i believe are less talented than the yankees) beats the crap out of horrendous teams like the o’s. while the yankees just play horrible baseball and give these free wins away.

  782. jz166 April 27th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Robertson is not trusted. I don’t know, I got bad feeling about pen.

  783. Ed April 27th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Im sick of fans jumping off the bandwagon only to jump back on. I swear I sometimes miss the old days when the Yanks stunk in the 80s. At least you knew you had true fans following the team. I think 1/4 of our “fans” are now bandwagoners who only root when things are going well.

  784. jz166 April 27th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    lol, what a throw by one of core 4?

  785. Arno April 27th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Posada giveth and Posada taketh away… taketh more than giveth in this particular case…

  786. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    yikes. not the best game on D or on the bases.

  787. 57' Yank April 27th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    This was totally predictable, Balt. has to win sometime and I KNEW it would be in this series.

    They have some good young hitters that haven’t hit much yet.

  788. Melkman is in Hotlanta April 27th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Maybe Vasquez and NJ should have played after all.

  789. Pepitone April 27th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    As long as the Yankees keep playing .500 baseball, or around that percentage, for the next couple of months, I have no problem with them. Then, when July comes around, and August peeks around the corner, they can get hot and get 20 games over .500 and be on their way.

    This early in the season is extended Spring Training anyway.

    People getting upset this early in the season are either new baseball fans, or borderline hysterics.

    Either way, it ain’t good.

  790. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Ed

    The Yankees had the most wins of any team in the 80s. There just happened to be no wild card.

  791. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Posada has looked every bit his age this season behind the plate. People talk about Boston’s catchers Posada hasn’t been much better.

  792. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    some of us are just discussing what is wrong and not ship jumping.

    can we discuss what is going wrong, or is that wrong too?

  793. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    And I can turn this off now. I need sleep.

  794. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    “ralphie, i read this blog by the hour. i’m a diehard yankees fan, and am just venting my frustration in the fact that boston (and other teams who i believe are less talented than the yankees) beats the crap out of horrendous teams like the o’s. while the yankees just play horrible baseball and give these free wins away.”

    so how did the yankees win a world series last year if they just GIVE AWAY all these free games like flyers on the street in Manhattan..its like the yankees are a chinese food resturant and are JUST HANDING OUT these menus to everyone walking by

  795. Yankee Trader April 27th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Goodnight. Tomorrow another day.

  796. CB April 27th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Any mismanaging of the bull pen tonight is secondary.

    The mismanagement was of the starting pitcher. Logan never should have pitched to Scott in the first place.

    Hughes gutted out the entire night. He game up 2 hits. He should have had the chance to get Scott.

  797. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    The Orioles must love when they play the Yanks. At least they know its an automatic win or 2. They must be excited for win #4.

  798. 4 train April 27th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Ed, Id say that most of us are real fans, but tonight, very frustrated and just venting.

  799. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    but i dont care what the ‘hardcore’ fans say… this is embarrassing. their pen has shut us down so far, when they have been otherwise incapable of getting outs and ours took a gutsy game by phil and blew it.

    i still think we can win the game, but that doesnt change that the baserunning, the D, and the offense has looked awful TODAY.

  800. bob April 27th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    agreed, tex. just because you vent about how the team you love shouldn’t have lost a game to a pathetic group of scrubs who are 3-16 DOESN’T mean that you have given up or are a fair-weather fan.

    I know they’re going to be fine and will bounce back, but as with anything you’re passionate about, you get a bit upset. And that’s what people do on here sometimes, they vent. Sorry.

  801. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    # CB April 27th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Any mismanaging of the bull pen tonight is secondary.

    The mismanagement was of the starting pitcher. Logan never should have pitched to Scott in the first place.

    Hughes gutted out the entire night. He game up 2 hits. He should have had the chance to get Scott.

    I’m sorry Logan didn’t do his job. D-Rob didn’t do his job. Bad defense. Bad base running. It happens.

  802. 4 train April 27th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    This is just ugly now.

  803. ugh April 27th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    this is so pathetic that it’s almost comical at this point. they are truly awful.

  804. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    This is really embarrassing. Aceves hasn’t been good at about a year now but he is one of Girardi’s guys. So I guess he is ok with giving this game away.

  805. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Bad offense also.

  806. bob April 27th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    ralphie, I give up. you’re way too stupid to hold a conversation with. I don’t even understand what your last sentence meant.

  807. Joe from Long Island April 27th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    SJ, I don’t know. I know tonight isn’t pretty – Jorge just throws the ball into CF – but you can’t have your starters give you 8 every time out and then Mo for the 9th. At some point, you have to get your players into real games, all the side sessions and throwing in the pen won’t suffice to prepare them for game time use.

    And it’s not like Robertson is a stiff. He proved that last year. His problem may just be lack of work, as side product of the starters going deep the last run thru the rotation.

    Some nights are real stinkers. Tonight looks like one. What’s the saying, you win a third of the games, lose a third, and contest the last third. Let’s hope tonight is one of the third they’re destined to lose. And come back out tomorrow.

  808. jz166 April 27th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I guess they can blame on the whitehouse trip,

    hr?

  809. CB April 27th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    This team is really asleep tonight. I guess the reports of them being exhausted were on the mark because they have been systematically bad tonight in multiple phases of the game.

    They’ve played excellent defense all night and now they are just whiffing on balls that plays need to be made on.

    This is one of those games you just chalk up and forget. It’s part of why it’s difficult to play on the road.

  810. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    agreed bob. now some people here are ridiculous, but most are just talking about the issues we see and venting about what has been a pathetic showing from the time hughes left the game.

  811. RS April 27th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Think NJ will pinch hit for Winn?

  812. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    “ralphie, I give up. you’re way too stupid to hold a conversation with. I don’t even understand what your last sentence meant.”

    thanks bob, that means a lot coming from you. I look forward to seeing how many more games the yankees give away this year. Everytime they do I will think of you.

  813. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    “This was totally predictable, Balt. has to win sometime and I KNEW it would be in this series.

    They have some good young hitters that haven?t hit much yet.”

    We have to remember that the Orioles have been scoring scads of runs. They hadn’t been able to close it out because of their relief pitching. We saw it happen in beantown all weekend. Baltimore would have swept the Sux if it weren’t for their late inning relief pitching.

    Baltimore has no trouble scoring runs. Kevin Millwood is a good pitcher.

    (That’s why it’s never wise to call a team terrible based on the bottom line alone. Anyone who’s watched their games knows that their losses have basically come with their relief. They haven’t had much of a problem with starting pitching or offense.)

    That’s my opinion. I respect that others may see it differently.

  814. CB April 27th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    To clarify – in no way did Girardi lose this game. Not even close.

    He made tactical mistakes but those were just mistakes. That’s not why the team lost this game.

    The players were systematically terrible in multiple phases of the game.

  815. bob April 27th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    well, if they lose any besides tonight in the series, they will have. so think of me in the next couple days if that happens.

  816. Pepitone April 27th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Oh, by the way.

    Last year I wanted the Yankees to resign Matsu, and let Damon walk. Well they let them both walk and signed Nick Johnson. Although Johnson is a very nice hitter, and can spell Mark over at first, I think Matsu is one of the best clutch hitters in all of baseball.

    Mark my words, the Yanks will wish they still had Godzilla when August and September roll around.

  817. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    agreed about the o’s offense, but that doesnt explain how their horrible pen is shutting the yankees down like they are the best pen in the league.

  818. 4 train April 27th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    We always seem to have trouble with Baltimore. Achilles heel, I guess.

  819. Joe from Long Island April 27th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Joe has won a Manager of the Year award and a WS ring in his three full seasons of managing. He must know something about his job.

    Someone once said all you hope to do in April is stay close, while your team rounds into shape for the long season. Looking at the standings it looks like that they’re staying close.

  820. Jason April 27th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    I guess they want the Sox to catch them and the Rays to put a few games distance between them. That’s what this lackadasical play is doing.

    Remember that poster who said that this season wouldn’t be “fun” because of all the winning? that sure turned around in a hurry. We’re going to be in a dogfight.

  821. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Orioles are using a AAA pitcher who was just called up from the minors to close this out. Embarrassing…

  822. blake April 27th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Seems like Granderson has been in 0-2 counts a lot lately.

  823. jz166 April 27th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    whitesox will invade. tough games ahead.

  824. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    well a bit outside, but whatever………

  825. Lance April 27th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Joe put his BEST MIDDLE RELIEVER in the game with 2 outs and a runner on base… and he proceeds to give up 3 runs.

    Don’t blame Joe. Who did you want him to bring in? Marte? Joba?

    The pen does not have 1 reliable arm at the moment outside MO. That is the issue. Whoever he brings in is bound to blow it;

  826. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    another ball outside called strike 3

  827. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    “That’s why it’s never wise to call a team terrible based on the bottom line alone.”

    But it is wise to say a team is good based on the bottom line alone?

  828. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    LOL

    That’s how the Orioles bullpen succeeds against us.

    CHEAP STRIKE 3!

  829. Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    It seems every time Girardi goes to the well these days he’s pulling up a drowned skunk.

    It’s good they built themselves a nice little cushion early. Let’s hope this sudden appearance of the “April Yankees” leaves as quickly as they came.

  830. SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Right now, they only have one guy in the bullpen capable of getting outs and that’s Mo.

    So, you have two options:

    1. The starters go 8 and you hand it off to Mo.

    2. The offense scores enough runs that even this bullpen can’t blow the game.

    You have periods like this over the course of the season and this is one of them.

    They need to find guys who can pitch out of the pen. Right now, they don’t have anybody.

    Yes, they are tired and yes, they are sleepwalking. However, if you don’t have anybody capable of getting bad hitters out, its hard to think they are going to get good hitters out.

    Its why bullpens are so up and down. You never know what you are going to get from year to year.

    Looks like they will need to find 5 arms somehow over the next month, as they have had to do the last two years to remake the pen.

    Seems to be an annual thing for the Yankees these days.

  831. Joe from Long Island April 27th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Curtis gets called out on a pitch in the opposite batter’s box. Not much you can do.

  832. jz166 April 27th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    If we have trouble with BAL, we will be No.3 in AL east

  833. PC Dan April 27th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Shows how little faith Trembley has in our offense – he uses some guy who they JUST CALLED UP today from AAA to close this game. They are not even using their closer.

  834. Hobbs April 27th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Getting swept by the Orioles,

    what a low this is going to be.

  835. RS April 27th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    The good news is that maybe the Orioles used up all their good relievers tonight.

  836. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    why are they burned out already?

  837. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Michael Kay:

    “He is throwing gas, which is also coming out of my mouth”

  838. Joe from Long Island April 27th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Sj -you’re ready to remake the bullpen in April, after only three weeks?

  839. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    “Getting swept by the Orioles,

    what a low this is going to be.”

    i hear the mega-millions is up near $200 million…can i get some numbers to play?

  840. Nick in SF April 27th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Here we go!

    Let’s see Simon moan!

    Sorry.

  841. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    i dont think we will get swept so relax there.

  842. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    “# Joe from Long Island April 27th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Curtis gets called out on a pitch in the opposite batter’s box. Not much you can do.”

    There is something that can be done.

    Like that high school pitcher/catcher, in which the catcher ducked down and let the pitcher drill the ump with a fastball.

    Just like drilling an opposing batter. Stand up for your team.

  843. tim April 27th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    The red sox just have better hitters and pitchers than we do.

  844. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    It’s not like a guy hitting .135 scares the other team.

  845. 7*7 April 27th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Face it, this bullpen sucks. There is no Hughes. Heck, there is not even a Phil Coke.

    Our pen is like any middle of the road pen – 60% inconsistency, 40% reliability. and most of that 40% is in the form of MO.

  846. CB April 27th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    The Yankees bull pen was no worse tonight than the offense was.

    They’ve scored two runs against a team that has gotten beat up night after night.

    The pen is going to be fine.

  847. Trevor April 27th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Thinks are so bad that even jock sniffing SJ is raking Girardi

  848. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    how do you know what is a strike and not? that was better than curtis granderson’s strike 3

  849. jz166 April 27th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I guess NJ is patiently waiting for that 85mph fast ball right down the middle.

  850. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    # Joe from Long Island April 27th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Sj -you’re ready to remake the bullpen in April, after only three weeks?

    Its a fake SJ lol

  851. Hobbs April 27th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    the way things are going. don’t be so sure.

    Who wants to bet? And how much?

  852. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    the sox are not better than we are.

    this is a bad game thats all. but it has been BAD so far.

  853. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    “The red sox just have better hitters and pitchers than we do.”

    Why do they have a losing record? its all on there defense aint it…

  854. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Maybe there is a strict pitch count with Phil? That could explain why Joe didn’t let Phil face Scott. I know it’s not because he lacks faith – so what could it be? Seriously? Just the fact that Logan is a lefty? Phil is a better pitcher on a horrible day than Logan on his very best day. That said, Logan and co. HAVE to get the job done; even if the manager makes a mistake, they have a job to do and they didn’t do it. The offense is scuffling and has been for a few days. I buy that the team is tired; they’ve been on the road for almost a month; they’ve had exactly 6 home games.

    They are a much better team than the O’s and the O’s caught them on the right night. I sense a lot of anger towards the Yankees, which is ridiculous. They are not playing well – it happens. Unfortunately, the Rays and Sox are – but this is a LONG season.

  855. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Why is he jock-sniffing SJ?

    Because he doesn’t jump all over people after 18 games in a season?

    Because he doesnt insult a World Series reigning winning manager?

  856. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Johnson just took a fastball right down the middle?? He has the same problem right now like Gardner. They are being too patient.

  857. jetsjetsjets April 27th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Embarrassing game for the Yankees. Did they expect to just show up a beat a 3-15 team?

  858. Nick in SF April 27th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Ha, you just know this CHump was itching to ring up NJ. :mad:

  859. RS April 27th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Tying run at the plate…would be nice to only be down by 1 or 2 runs at this point.

  860. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    ha.. lucky. does jeter have the 3 run hr in him?

  861. jz166 April 27th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    “The red sox just have better hitters and pitchers than we do”

    LOL, I would not go that far. Better pitchers? maybe

  862. Bones McCoy April 27th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    I’m a Doctor, not an arm chair manager – Damn it!

  863. Jack April 27th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    The fatigue excuse is garbage.

    Kay said they were back in their hotels by 6 PM yesterday – plenty of time to rest.

    Tonight, they will arrive back at their hotels around midnight. So if they were tired yesterday, what does that say about their fatigue level with even less sleep tomorow?

    No off-day until next Thursday.

  864. CB April 27th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Johnson did his job here. He got the tying run to the plate.

  865. ugh April 27th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Two runs against the worst team in baseball. Unreal.

  866. jz166 April 27th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    quickly 0-2 by core 4 captain

  867. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Hopefully its not a usual Jeter DP.

  868. THE TRUTH April 27th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    TRUTH: the red sox do NOT have better pitchers OR hitters then we do.

  869. RMS April 27th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Stop crying about Damon and Matsui. They were great but they are gone. Get over it.

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

    Gutsy performance by Hughes.

  870. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    too close to take with this ump today

  871. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    William Shatner: “Im a doctor, not a manager, unless it’s versus the Yankees”

  872. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Marcus Thames?

  873. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    well not likely to get a 3 run hr from gardner.

  874. Todd April 27th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Cy Simon

  875. baseballfab April 27th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Tex is going deep here for the 3 run HR

  876. jz166 April 27th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    that’s a ball

  877. JMK aka The Overshare April 27th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    This game is on clueless Joe

  878. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    I am not a huge fan of the pen myself, but they don’t have to remake it; 5 arms? I hope that’s a fake SJ………

    It’s a fine line we walk criticizing Tex. He’s a terrific player, but he is hurting the team badly; he gives up a whole month of the season every year.. That said, Alex hasn’t hit that great (no power), Granderson is in a slump, Swisher hasn’t been great. I mean, that’s a huge chunk of the lineup not doing squat. Eventually they’re going to be fine…..but hopefully eventually will come soon.

    At least we can take one positive from the game and it’s a huge one: Phil.

  879. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    If BG draws a walk, maybe Teixeira gets one huge hit.

  880. jz166 April 27th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    in field hit, or BAL error

  881. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Bad at bat by Jeter. That pitch was not close.

  882. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    this game is on the offense and robertson.

    SWING THE BAT

  883. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    The Orioles pitchers are actually trying to throw strikes versus us.

  884. jz166 April 27th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I told you! error

  885. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Come on Tex!!!

  886. RS April 27th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    “Kay said they were back in their hotels by 6 PM yesterday – plenty of time to rest.”

    There was also the jet lag from the West Coast trip. I’m sure that the ride through Oakland and LA was more tiring than just the White House trip itself.

  887. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    wow.

  888. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Gotta love the pressure Brett puts on the D.

  889. Nick in SF April 27th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Oh boy.

    :oops:

    Keep hope alive.

  890. blake April 27th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Again Gardner causes a fielder to rush.

  891. Todd April 27th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Shatner stressing out LOL

  892. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    MARK TEIXEIRA IS UP!!!!

    BRETT has to steal immediately!

  893. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Sheesh, Jeter has only been a huge contributor to 5 WS teams and is one of the only players hitting and what do we get? Snide comments even before he makes an out. He’s human for pete’s sake;

  894. baseballfab April 27th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Like I sid Tex is going deep three run HR

  895. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    They are even trying to help the Yanks….

  896. CB April 27th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Gardner is in the heads of infielders around the AL. They are over reacting.

  897. Bones McCoy April 27th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I’m a Doctor, not a stathead – Damn it!

  898. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    TEx!!!!

  899. Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Oh Tex. Make them pay for their transgressions!

  900. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    a hit? from tex?

  901. Joe from Long Island April 27th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Carl – It’s still a stupid statement!

    And Alex can win it!

  902. RS April 27th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    That insurance run Ace gave up is a real kicker now.

  903. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Come on Alex!

  904. NYY626 - Go Andy! April 27th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Um so this game finally got a bit interesting…

  905. blake April 27th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Thats a good sign from Tex whether they win or not. come on Arod.

  906. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    ALEX IS UP!!!!

  907. jz166 April 27th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    now A-Rod

  908. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Nice hit, now it would stink to lose because of that last run that they allowed to score.

  909. Nick in SF April 27th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    It was a common refrain last season… win or lose, they almost always make it interesting before it’s said and done.

    This is entertainment!

  910. CB April 27th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Alex just needs to keep it simple here and take the ball back up the box.

  911. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    walk arod for cano? no chance.

  912. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    first pitch again!?!?!?!

  913. JMK aka The Overshare April 27th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Terrible loss. Terrible

  914. terpbomber April 27th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Bleh.

  915. Todd April 27th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    CR@P

  916. Angel - In an Empire State of Mind April 27th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Awww.. so close. That was almost a base hit there for Alex. *sigh*

  917. Trevor April 27th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    “Alex just needs to keep it simple here and take the ball back up the box.”

    That’s what he did. :(

  918. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    We just got screwed.

    A base hit up the middle, and the infield takes it away.

  919. blake April 27th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    So that extra run the Yankees gave them that last inning ended up costing them the game

  920. Patrick April 27th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Alex just needs to keep it simple here and take the ball back up the box.

    He did just that, unfortunately the orioles had him played well. Tough loss but at least the Yanks didn’t give up, they kept fighting hard.

  921. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    arod had 5 ABs tonight and i would be stunned if he saw 10 pitches.

  922. Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    The horror…..the horror….

  923. Patrick April 27th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    So that extra run the Yankees gave them that last inning ended up costing them the game

    fallacy of the predetermined outcome

  924. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Wow. I thought that was definitely a hit right off the bat.

  925. Arno April 27th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Unbelievable… bull****!

  926. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Does anyone else utterly despise Michael Kay?

  927. RS April 27th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    That was a tough loss…4 of the Orioles 5 runs were scored w/2 outs.

  928. tex's friend April 27th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    if tex wasnt on first, that would have been a single.

  929. blake April 27th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    “Alex just needs to keep it simple here and take the ball back up the box.”

    unfortunately Lugo was thinking the same thing :(

  930. JMK aka The Overshare April 27th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    The bullpen is a disaster. Robertson have fun in scranton

  931. CB April 27th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Alex did exactly what he needed to do. The orioles infield was playing in the right place. That ball was close to getting through the infield.

    That was a situation where having the runner on at first worked against the yanks. Gave the fielder a short play.

  932. Todd April 27th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    keep things in perspective…………19 games in the books, just SIX at home so far

  933. Michelle April 27th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Of course Lugo is playing up the middle. Sloppy play cost them in the end. Jeter on a ball right to him and Posada throwing the ball into CF. Hopefully they wake up for tomorrow’s game.

  934. terpbomber April 27th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    The bullpen management aside, it seemed like the game was lost early on with some great scoring opportunities and only one run to show for it.

  935. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    that had the feel of a big hit from arod…is he not clutch again btw?

  936. Angel - In an Empire State of Mind April 27th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    We just got screwed.

    A base hit up the middle, and the infield takes it away.
    *************************************************

    Um thats how the game of baseball is played, I thought, lol.

    The opposing teams infield isn’t actually out there to LET the Yankees score at will, the previous two AB’s notwithstanding, lol.

  937. jz166 April 27th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    damn.
    I guess they will be back to sleep mode after a brief wake up call.

  938. baseballfab April 27th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Julio Lugo???
    :((

  939. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Don Orsillo grows a goatee after the Rays series to try and get some luck for the Red Sox.

    Michael Kay has to bring up stats to try and jinx things. He refuses to go along with baseball’s oldest tradition of not mentioning a no hitter.

  940. pat April 27th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    That play at 2nd was close. Someone other than Tex or Posada running and he might have been safe.

  941. XJ April 27th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Damn Jeter error in the 8th really hurt. They played a sloppy game.

  942. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Sigh….I’m glad they didn’t give up, even though they lost. They really didn’t deserve to win, though – they did too many things wrong.

  943. CD April 27th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    kate hudson where are you?

  944. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Angel

    lol

  945. CB April 27th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    It was good to see the offense at least pick it up in the 9th. They didn’t go down easy and that’s good to see.

    This was just one of those games where things were broken all around.

    Fortunately tomorrow they have their ace going.

  946. Carl April 27th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    # RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    that had the feel of a big hit from arod…is he not clutch again btw?

    Um what? Is this a joke.

    Lohud is a joke compared to River Ave now. Lohud I bow out from this place until the trolls or banished!

  947. Pepitone April 27th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    RMS –

    If that was directed at me you don’t have any idea what you’re talking about:

    1. I’m not “crying” about it.

    2. They are gone? Wow, who knew?

    3. We shall see if the Yanks get over it when they need a clutch hit come later in the season.

    Nighty nite!

  948. RS April 27th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    At least this was a loss that can be blamed on about 10 different players.

  949. Nick in SF April 27th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    So close. CC the stopper will right this ship. Yanks made it extra fun at the end.

  950. educator April 27th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Don Orsillo is growing a goatee for Bruins playoff hockey – no to try and get luck for the Red Sox.

  951. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    I refuse to blame this game on Joe. For whatever reason, he took Phil out, but the other guys didn’t have to screw up; they did, though. They didn’t get the job done and that’s on them. The Yanks played badly in every aspect of the game – it’s hard to win when that happens.

  952. Patrick April 27th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    So is that 4 losses out of the last 5 then?

    It’s ok, the Yanks started hot they were bound to go into a funk at some point. If they win the next two and come out with a series win I’ll be happy. Sabathia vs Guthrie should be in our favor but Burnett vs Matusz will be a tough one.

  953. Jerkface April 27th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    I will pop in to say, atleast Hughes gutted out his 5.2 IP and boy he doesnt like to give up hits does he?

  954. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    I would kill for a post-game show now; I hate My 9.

  955. CR9 April 27th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    educator

    even worse. he is looking for luck for a team he doesnt cover. only because they are in the same city.

    Michael Kay couldnt care about anybody but Michael Kay and his own arrogant fat head.

  956. Moti-Mo April 27th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Girardi will use the pitch-count excuse for pulling Phil.

    Sloppy play on the field. Sloppy managing.

    Phil hung in there with sub par stuff.

  957. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Jerkface, imagine what it will be like when he has his good control on a more consistent basis? Kid has stuff….

  958. CB April 27th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    “keep things in perspective…………19 games in the books, just SIX at home so far”

    I really agree. The opening to their schedule has been brutal. Not only have over 2/3 of their games been on the road but that road trip has included a west coast swing.

    This is one of the more difficult stretches they are going to play all year.

    They faced the Rays and Sox on the road. Had to make a west coast trip.

    Tonight they looked sluggish. The bull pen, the offense, and the defense.

    Turn the page – if they take 2 of the next 3 it’ll be a good way to end the road trip.

    Hopefully the bats pick up tomorrow and give the pitchers some cushion.

  959. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I ‘ll bet there is a pitch count, though. The problem with that is if it’s a strict PC, that leaves the manager no wriggle room.. I think Phil could have thrown a few more pitches – it wouldn’t have killed him.

  960. Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    1st win at home for the O’s.

    Prepare to met your maker Orioles!

    CC is angry. And he doesn’t like you very much.

  961. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    I’m not worried at all about the team overall; the pen? A little.

  962. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    You cannot pin this loss on anyone. This was the definition of a team loss with the manager included.

  963. Rob B (Never a Gardner doubter) April 27th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Yeah, talk about putting things into perspective.

    Compare this season to last:
    2010: 12-7, 100 runs scored, 72 allowed.

    2009: 9-10, 102 runs scored, 126 allowed.

  964. pat April 27th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    The O’s pen have looked worst to me in the past than they have tonight.

  965. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Does My 9 really have to interview Nolan Reimold? I don’t care -I want to hear from Yankees, not Os.

  966. Fran (the original) and OPPC member April 27th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    This was just one of those games where things were broken all around.
    *****************
    CB,

    I agree with that. This was a frustrating game because the Yankees had so many chances to score and to get out of innings unscathed. There are so many plays and decisions to point to.

  967. Nick in SF April 27th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    The O’s draw first blood
    but Trembley is still trembling
    CC spells O’s doom!

  968. Pepitone April 27th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Hey CB, how’s Gusieppe Franco doing?

  969. JMK aka The Overshare April 27th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Logan and winn need to be dfa’d

  970. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes April 27th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Nick in SF April 27th, 2010 at 10:47 pm
    The O’s draw first blood
    but Trembley is still trembling
    CC spells O’s doom!
    ====

    Nice.

  971. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Nick, I can always count on you to make me :mrgreen:

  972. RalphieD (OPPC) April 27th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    “Um what? Is this a joke.

    Lohud is a joke compared to River Ave now. Lohud I bow out from this place until the trolls or banished!”

    obviously its a joke, but unfortunately im sure some people feel that way.

  973. CB April 27th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Pepi-

    Fortunately GF is doing considerably better. He is starting to pop in more often and it’s good to both hear he’s getting better and to have him back.

    I was chatting with him a few times over the past few days.

    I believe he’s upping his rehab and continuing to improve at a steady pace.

    It’s really tough all that he went through.

  974. Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Well there is some good news tonight.

    Ed Randall is not wearing his plaid jacket. Nice job there.

  975. RMS April 27th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Pepitone

    “SJ44 April 27th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Damon and Matsui slumped too. They are gone. Whining about it won’t change it.”

    Understand?

  976. Pepitone April 27th, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    CB -

    Thanks for the update, that’s great news!

  977. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Randall sounded like he was asleep. He didn’t exactly say anything new….too bad we won’t get any quotes from Phil, but I guess I’ll have to read the papers for that.

    I can’t wait for this team to get home.

  978. CB April 27th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    “This was a frustrating game because the Yankees had so many chances to score and to get out of innings unscathed.”

    I know people are going to focus on the pen and clearly they weren’t good.

    But most non-Mo pitchers are in the bull pen for a reason – they have some kind of limitation or defect to their game. That’s why they aren’t starters. A bull pen only gets so good.

    Part of the way the yankees are built is that they’re offense is supposed to carry a lot of the load. They are supposed to build leads and given the team a cushion.

    It is much easier to pitch out of the pen with a relatively safe lead than it is when there is no margin for error.

    The offense is going to get going – I have a feeling it may take them getting back home before they break out but it’ll happen.

    And they will get back to being the brutal line up they were over the first 8 games or so only Tex and Johnson will also be hitting.

  979. pat April 27th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Twitter postgame

    Ledger_Yankees Hughes: “I felt pretty bad out there” Hughes #NYY

    Ledger_Yankees Robertson: “We let it snowball.” #NYY

  980. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Aww, poor Phil………well, he did pretty good for feeling pretty bad.

    That’s putting it mildly, Dave, lol

  981. Pat M. April 27th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    I’ve been the 1st to 2nd guess Giradi for leaving his starters in too long, and yanking his relievers too soon……However tonight I give Joe a pass on pulling Hughes when he did….Scoot is the one guy in the O’s lineup that can hurt you with one swing…..The matchup was the right call……Robertson ( who some called for this winter to be the setup man ) also gave it up tonight…..Guys do their job and this discussion is a non factor……Pulling Hughes in my opinion was the right call…….

  982. JK April 27th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Robertson should have pitched the 8th instead of Joba… LOL

  983. rusty April 27th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    I hate to say it but Sox might’ve turned the corner this past week. They went 6 of 8 while we’ve gone 3 of 7. They’re no longer toast.

  984. Jerkface April 27th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Hughes was at 109 pitches. Logan should have got his man and no way should Robertson have allowed that many hits.

  985. pistol pete April 27th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    We have too many outs in this lineup. This game should have been a blowout early but we are not hitting now. With Tex slumping and Arod really struggling the others can’t carry a team. Gardner, Winn, Granderson vs leftys, too many outs. We will be trading for a bat well before the deadline. I’ll bet Winn’s gone by May 15th, why is he on this team, he’s done.

  986. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Pat M, I could take or leave Joe’s decision to yank Phil; that is, I can see both sides to the argument. Basically I agree with you – these guys didn’t do their jobs, none of them.

  987. pat April 27th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Girardi:

    Hughes was at 110 and had worked hard the first 5 innings so he was coming out.

  988. MTU(aka GBURL) April 27th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Gritty performance by PH tonite.

    He is exceeding even the most positive expectations for him so far.

    How good is it when a young pitcher clearly doesn’t have his best stuff and he holds a good hitting team to 1 run and a few hits.

    Great job. :)

  989. Pepitone April 27th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    RMS -

    Keith–FL April 27th, 2010 at 9:58 pm
    Hate to beat a dead horse but I wanted both Matsui and Damon back and Cashman didn’t or whatever happened…..I mean we won the World Series with those guys and you can tell out offense misses them….Nick Johnson hurt and Winn a joke…Gardner having to play everyday…..each year is a new year Cashman and right now your moves don’t look too good

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

    1. He’s not whining.
    2. He has a point. We shall know more as the season wears on.
    3. SJ was responding to his comment, not mine. You decided to come late to the party there, champ.
    4. “Understand”?

    But, thanks for playing. You may go now.

  990. pat April 27th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Girardi

    When you walk a guy and hit a guy you aren’t helping yourself.

  991. Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Mets = Bad

    Mets + Ike Davis = Good!

    Pre-Ike record = 4-8

    Post-Ike arrival = 8-1!

  992. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Pat, that’s what I thought. It’s not like those were 109 fairly easy pitches – he’d worked his butt off to even get that far (thought he might be out earlier). I assume he didn’t want to push a tired Phil to the point where he might injure himself.

  993. Nick in SF April 27th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Good Citi info
    Manuel’s cackles return
    is Ike the savior?

  994. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Pat, was Joe on My 9? I turned it off…

  995. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    ERA W-L SO WHIP
    2.00 2-0 18 0.94

    Thse are Phil’s stats….

  996. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes April 27th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I sure hope the Mets keep it going.

    I never attend Mets-Yanks because of the relevance of the games being completely out of balance with the so-called “Subway Series” hype and preambles.

    I protest by scalping my tickets. If the Mets keep winning, I’ll fetch an even better price for this superfluous exchange of at bats.

  997. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I didn’t watch the game so can’t know what things looked like at any point, but I do know that any time the Yankees lose, it seems the popular thing to do is blame Girardi and his bullpen management.

    I tried to skim through the posts as the games were going on, and I seriously only got to see bits and pieces but it seems that posters were upset that Joe left Robertson in too long. If that’s not accurate please tell me. But if it is the thing that strikes me as strange is that some people have been absolutely ballistic any time Joe takes Robertson out; tonight he leaves him in and people are absolutely ballistic – or so it seemed.

    At some point isn’t it really a matter of the guys just getting the job done?

    Sure sometimes in retrospect Girardi may feel there are things he should have done differently, but for the most part wouldn’t you think he knows how to manage a game and knows the bullpen moves to make?

    If I mischaracterized the comments, I apologize.

  998. m April 27th, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I can’t get on Girardi for pulling Phil @ 109 pitches. (although it would’ve been 11/31 starts with 6 IP <4hits)

    The bullpen failed, plain & simple.

    And the offense woke up too late.

    Good job by Phil gutting his way through a good start.

    Back on the bump tomorrow.

  999. Pat M. April 27th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Scott isn’t some rummy lefthand hitter, he’s a homerun hitter…..So Giradi just didn’t go to his over zealous matchup instincts, this was a warranted call for the lefty, who by the way has looked good as of late…….It was a meltdown, and many melted

  1000. 57' Yank April 27th, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    # trisha – OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    “This was totally predictable, Balt. has to win sometime and I KNEW it would be in this series.

    They have some good young hitters that haven?t hit much yet.”

    We have to remember that the Orioles have been scoring scads of runs. They hadn’t been able to close it out because of their relief pitching. We saw it happen in beantown all weekend. Baltimore would have swept the Sux if it weren’t for their late inning relief pitching.

    Baltimore has no trouble scoring runs. Kevin Millwood is a good pitcher.

    (That’s why it’s never wise to call a team terrible based on the bottom line alone. Anyone who’s watched their games knows that their losses have basically come with their relief. They haven’t had much of a problem with starting pitching or offense.)

    That’s my opinion. I respect that others may see it differently.

    Nothing wrong in what you say, but I was just pointing out that Markakis, Scott, and Jones aren’t hitting yet and were probably due sooner rather than later. There pitching is still most atrocious, especially relief, but they have given Yanks some trouble for a while.

  1001. MTU(aka GBURL) April 27th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Get the next 2 and tonite’s game will fade to black.

  1002. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    I would have pulled Phil after the 5th, but as it turns out, I’m glad he went out for the 6th…..

  1003. Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Ike’s no gentile
    He’s Chosen. but then again
    Jesus was as well

  1004. G. Love April 27th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Can I ask a question?

    Why, when a team wins the World Series do they not visit the White House until the following season when parts of the team have changed?

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to visit the White House in the winter right after winning the title with the whole team intact?

    The guys looked tired tonight.

    Why distract them during the season for this?

    I’m not saying that’s the sole reason they lost, but it sure looked like some of them could have used their off day to be an actual off day.

  1005. Fran (the original) and OPPC member April 27th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    The bullpen failed, plain & simple.
    ***************
    And it was frustrating to watch them give it up with runs after two outs. A walk and a HBP.

  1006. 57' Yank April 27th, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Don’t forget Yanks will make changes when necessary, and get some help when needed.

    Winn, as I said a few days ago, is not long to be a Yank. Golson would make a nice replacement. ( the sooner the better ) If not soon, they will go after a major leaguer probably.

    It’s a long tough season ! A few hitters not on board yet !

  1007. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 27th, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Sorry Lohudders-

    Tonight I chose the lighthearted whimsy of Glee over this depressing game thread.

    Tomorrow will be a better game. I feel it in my bones!

  1008. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Good point, GLove – I don’t know. I can’t blame these guys for being tired; they aren’t robots.

  1009. RMS April 27th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Pepitone

    How about discussing the 2010 Yankees? What is the point of lamenting the fact that Matsui and Damon are not Yankees?

  1010. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes April 27th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Ike is no Gentile…

  1011. Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    # bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes April 27th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I sure hope the Mets keep it going.

    I never attend Mets-Yanks because of the relevance of the games being completely out of balance with the so-called “Subway Series” hype and preambles.

    I protest by scalping my tickets. If the Mets keep winning, I’ll fetch an even better price for this superfluous exchange of at bats.
    ——————————————————————————————-

    Bingo!

    I do exactly the same. And with the secondary market being as bad as it’s been? Go Mets!

    1 Met-Yankee ticket can pay for 3 games if all goes well.

  1012. igotid88 April 27th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Good game by Hughes today. Too bad the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead.

  1013. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    57 Yank, I’m not disagreeing with you. They were definitely due. I was really talking more to people who think the team is atrocious. They’re not really. They had a major component that was dreadful – and maybe it will continue to be – but they’ve had some nice starting pitching and some good offense that will even be better, as you say, when they start hitting.

    I was also pointing out that Millwood is a good pitcher. So tonight may have been a potential recipe for disaster, though I understand that the Yankees hurt themselves in several innings.

  1014. m April 27th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Fran,

    Wasn’t it? And 4 straight singles? p-o-o-p

  1015. MTU(aka GBURL) April 27th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    It wasn’t just the BP that failed tonite.

    Jeter’s error, and Jorge’s Sailfish allowed the deciding run.

    It was just a bad game without enough luck.

    It happens.

    Just let it go.

    And hit the reset button for Weds.

  1016. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes April 27th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    1 Met-Yankee ticket can pay for 3 games if all goes well.
    ====

    Exactly. Let them win! Go Mets! Ya Gotta Believe! Ka-ching! :D.

  1017. igotid88 April 27th, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    looks like Hughes won’t get to 20 wins. darn. i was hoping

  1018. Nick in SF April 27th, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Ike floats down the Nile
    or is that the East River?
    Let my people go!

  1019. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 27th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Good night Yankee people

  1020. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    MTU, that’s all they can do….

  1021. Fran (the original) and OPPC member April 27th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    mel,

    That hurt and the extra run in the 8th off the error. Frustrating and the team really looked flat to me until the 9th when they started to show some life.

    Well glad CC is pitching tomorrow and hopefully the bats will wake up too.

  1022. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    He’s 2-0, Igotid with a 2.00 ERA and a WHIP of .94; don’t worry – he’s off to a terrfic start.

  1023. pat April 27th, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Jorge:
    Phil battled. Showed alot of maturity. Balls were coming back over the middle of the plate.

    Granderson
    We had an opportunity with the best hitters coming up to the plate. That’s what you want.

  1024. 57' Yank April 27th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Some new young blood would be nice to replace Winn at this point. Golson, Winfree, or Curtis would be nice.

  1025. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    If at any point in the next 24 hours you are feeling mad about this game just go back and watch Winn’s “throw.” It will automatically make you laugh.

  1026. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Pat, is this still the My 9 post game? By the way, thanks for posting this!

    Good stuff – Phil is growing up before our eyes.

    Grandy is right – and soon, the hits will come.

  1027. m April 27th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Before that Walton brick, the Lakers FG% was triple that of OKC. m is very happy. :)

    But feeling bad for Baby Hughes. :(

  1028. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    M, hugs for Baby Phil….

  1029. pat April 27th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    “is this still the My 9 post game?”

    Yup. Over now.

  1030. m April 27th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    LGY,

    Just watch BBT or espn, they keep pointing out Winn’s throw.

  1031. Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Ike helps my wallet
    But jeers tix fall on Sabbath!
    Ike Shomer Shabbat?

  1032. 57' Yank April 27th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    # trisha – OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    57 Yank, I’m not disagreeing with you. They were definitely due. I was really talking more to people who think the team is atrocious. They’re not really. They had a major component that was dreadful – and maybe it will continue to be – but they’ve had some nice starting pitching and some good offense that will even be better, as you say, when they start hitting.

    I was also pointing out that Millwood is a good pitcher. So tonight may have been a potential recipe for disaster, though I understand that the Yankees hurt themselves in several innings.

    Good observation, I agree. Yanks just don’t the pitching sometimes to stop the young agressive hitters of O’s. They do hit our pitching, so we have to out score them. You’re right, they do have a few good young pitchers, and you know how we do against some we haven’t faced much before.

  1033. Jerkface April 27th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    What inning was this winn throw in?

  1034. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    http://www.myyesnetwork.com/16.....he_yankees

    Good stuff from Jack. The Yankees played great up until recently and the Rays were right with them, even ahead of them. Of course, the Yanks had a brutal schedule. This won’t be a runaway for either team (or the Sox)….

  1035. MTU(aka GBURL) April 27th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    I know GGBG is exceeding expectations so far but can anyone tell me why he doesn’t try to bunt more ????

    It’s a mystery to me.

  1036. 57' Yank April 27th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    And yes, Millwood is a good established pitcher. Veterans of his caliber can beat the good teams often.

  1037. m April 27th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    lol, Betsy.

    If Phil makes it through the season intact, it’ll be because of all the protective “parent” fans. :)

  1038. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Ugh, thanks Pat. I had turned it off – oh well. I appreciate your posting the recap for dummies like me, lol.

  1039. LGY April 27th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Jerkface,

    Bottom of the 6th

  1040. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    LOL M, he’s being mothered to death.

    I felt bad when I read the tweet that said he felt really bad out there; that must have been so frustrating. I’m glad he overcame that tonight, but I hope they can fix what went wrong (unless it was just one of those nights).

  1041. m April 27th, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Betsy,

    Felt bad how? I figured he’d take some of it on himself. The 4 walks cost him an inning easily.

  1042. Pat M. April 27th, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Hey don’t forget Baltimore helped the Yanks cause as well……Sloppy game 4 errors, spotty pen, poor situational hitting……When I saw this series on the schedule I cringed

  1043. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    M, I think he meant that he just felt bad as far as not having anything….. that has to be frustrating. However, he and Jorge found a way to deal with that…

  1044. MTU(aka GBURL) April 27th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Betsy-

    So far Phil has been nothing short of phenomenal.

    There’s not much to fix.;)

  1045. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Pat M the fortune teller, lol. The Yankees were not playing great coming in and I always respect the other team. Plus, baseball is not football where sheer talent overcomes everything else. The Yanks didn’t deserve to win, but they deserve a good night’s sleep, lol.

  1046. Bo knows April 27th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I?ve been the 1st to 2nd guess Giradi for leaving his starters in too long, and yanking his relievers too soon??However tonight I give Joe a pass on pulling Hughes when he did?.Scoot is the one guy in the O?s lineup that can hurt you with one swing?..The matchup was the right call??Robertson ( who some called for this winter to be the setup man ) also gave it up tonight?..Guys do their job and this discussion is a non factor??Pulling Hughes in my opinion was the right call??.

    —————————————————————————————-
    Totally agree, Hughes had a high stress 110+ pitches. He was working hard. Better to protect the kid. With that floating strike zone, the kid had it tough. The second problem is that the BP isn’t getting much work, Robertson 5 innings in 20 games, not good. It’s the old can’t win – your starters go deep, tough to keep the BP working. This will all work out over time. But all the comments – no one mentioned Cano still on fire. Alex got robbed twice, Teix got a hit, Gardner scaring IFs. A lot of good stuff as well. These games happen some times. On to the next game.

  1047. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    MTU, it’s hard to argue with an ERA of 2 and 6 hits in 18 innings, lol. The walks will come down, naturally. I just meant that there might be mechanical issues to fix….

  1048. 57' Yank April 27th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Hughes, as I’ve stated many times. has the make-up and head firmly on his shoulders to make a very good starter, he’s still quite young. Certainly has the “stuff.”

    Wish ( and hope ) to say the same for Joba in future. ( as a closer or set-up guy)

  1049. m April 27th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    mechanizing balls and strikes might work. :)

  1050. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    You mean the umps, M? Bad strike zones are one thing (unacceptable), but inconsistent ones are worse (disgraceful). How can any pitcher or hitter even have a plan of attack when the ump just makes these calls on a whim?

  1051. Bronx Jeers April 27th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Pat M,

    Your prediction was in my head during the 6th inning.

    Were your ears ringing? Can’t really say I was thinking pleasantries. :)

  1052. stuart April 27th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    nice all around effort tonight.

    great baserunning by jorge. great D by jorge, jeter, and nice throw from winn. arod could and should have had the 5 run hit in the 8th..

    great bullpen tonight overall and really nice effort. they were asleep and reading there headlines and asleep as they lost to a team they should have killed…

  1053. Pat M. April 27th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Betsy remember this was the place ( Camden Yards ) where Phil had the worst outing in his life, including all the way back to Little League……And the difficulty and adversity that he overcame tonight was a leap in years of maturity

  1054. MTU(aka GBURL) April 27th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Betsy-

    I don’t think there is really anything to fix. His command was just a little off tonite. It happens to the best of them. Even that android named Halladay.

    Sweet dreams.

    μ τ υ signing off

  1055. m April 27th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    So many cowardly appearances today. :?

  1056. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! April 27th, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    “And yes, Millwood is a good established pitcher. Veterans of his caliber can beat the good teams often.”

    Absolutely!

    Again, if their relief held up over the weekend, they would have swept the Suxers.

  1057. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 28th, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Pat M, I was sort of worried about that tonight even though Phil is not the same pitcher he was even last year. You have to like the guts he showed – you can’t teach that.

  1058. igotid88 April 28th, 2010 at 12:09 am

    i’m sure it’s been posted here. But there was this stat on Phil last week. Mentioned by Ryan Ruocco. That in his last 30 starts. At least 10 of them he went 6+ ip and 4 hits or less.

  1059. igotid88 April 28th, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Betsy – Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) April 27th, 2010 at 11:48 pm
    MTU, it’s hard to argue with an ERA of 2 and 6 hits in 18 innings, lol. The walks will come down, naturally. I just meant that there might be mechanical issues to fix….
    _____———————-

    And how many of those walks were umpire caused. at least half

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