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Game 26: Yankees vs. Orioles

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on May 04, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (17-8)
Derek Jeter DH
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames LF
Brett Gardner CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Ramiro Pena SS

RHP A.J. Burnett (3-0, 2.43)
Career vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (7-19)
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Miguel Tejada 3B
Ty Wigginton 2B
Luke Scott LF
Garrett Atkins DH
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Cesar Izturis SS

LHP Brian Matusz (2-1, 4.40)
Career vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m./YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Bruce Dreckman, 1B Paul Emmel, 2B Gary Darling, 3B Bill Hohn

WEATHER: Pretty amazing day here in the Bronx. Perfect blue sky and temperatures in the 70s. There was some wind blowing out earlier, but that seems to have died down quite a bit.

TEX’s MESSAGE: A pre-game ceremony will recognize Mark Teixeira’s $100,000 donation to Harlem RBI’s Future Fund, supporting college-bound Harlem RBI seniors. Harlem RBI is an organization that works with inner-city youth to provide opportunities to play and learn.

MORE ON TEIXEIRA: Mark Teixeira hit .136 with nine RBI and 11 hits in 22 games in April. Through three games in May he’s hitting .462 with six hits and three RBI.

BEST OF THE BEST: In his career, Derek Jeter has scored 172 runs and collected 277 hits against the Orioles. That’s more hits and runs than any other active Major Leaguer against Baltimore. Alex Rodriguez leads all active players with 50 home runs and 163 RBI against the Orioles.

UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: That was Derek Jeter’s 443rd double, moving him past Don Mattingly for sole possession of third place on the Yankees’ all-time list.

UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: Did anyone else notice the crazy this Tejada did with his bat after that fly ball to right? He spun it around his head like some sort of crazed Jedi. I’m sure it was completely meaningless, but I’m also sure it was weird.

UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Sac bunt by Izturis — who the Yankees simply could not get out in Baltimore — and then the whole thing went ugly for the Yankees. Burnett’s throwing error has given the O’s a 1-0 lead with runners at second and third and no outs.

UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: That looked like the good A.J. After a single, walk and error, Burnett struck out the top of the Orioles order to strand runners at second and third. As an aside, I never get tired to watching Cervelli get fired up behind the plate. That guy gets pumped when his pitcher does something like that.

UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Seriously. Cervelli just tripled and didn’t show nearly as much emotion as he did when Burnett got that final strikeout in the top of the inning. He might even have shown more emotion when Burnett got a strikeout to end the first inning.

UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Cervelli played 313 minor league games in his career and tripled only three times, none since 2007. He just scored on a ground out by Pena to make it 1-1.

UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: Cervelli! Making the catch in the dugout right next to former catchers Joe Girardi and Tony Pena. I’ll say it again: He’s just a ton of fun to watch.

UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: Yankees starter throws one away. Orioles starter throws one away. Let’s call it even. And let’s call it a 2-1 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Is this what everyone is talking about when they mention the good A.J.? I think so.

UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Bunt single? I think the mayor just declared May 4 to be Francisco Cervelli Day in New York City.

UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Now that Thames has his last at-bat, Golson is in to play center field and Gardner has shifted to left.

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Burnett waved to the crowd as he came off the field with one out here in the eighth. He got a much deserved ovation for yet another dominant start. Damaso Marte is in to face Matt Wieters.

UPDATE, 9:49 p.m.: Marte has done his job, now here comes Alfredo Aceves to face Miguel Tejada. It’s odd, but this really doesn’t feel like a two-run game. Burnett has been so dominant, it really feels like the Yankees are winning by at least six runs.

UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: I don’t know if Golson will ever cut down on the strikeouts enough to be a productive big league hitter, but there’s a lot to be said for a guy who can go get the ball in the outfield. His catch at the wall just ended the eighth with the Yankees still ahead 3-1.

UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: It’s Chamberlain getting loose in the bullpen. Looks like Girardi is going to avoid Rivera again tonight.

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623 Responses to “Game 26: Yankees vs. Orioles”

  1. MTU (aka GBURL) May 4th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    HP Bruce Dreckman

    Hope his game-calling isn’t reflected in his name. ;)

    Enjoy the game folks.

    Shields up.

    Phasers locked on target

    Photon torpedoes armed and ready.

    Troll cloaking device on.

    Later.

  2. Erin May 4th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    TEX’s MESSAGE: A pre-game ceremony will recognize Mark Teixeira’s $100,000 donation to Harlem RBI’s Future Fund, supporting college-bound Harlem RBI seniors. Harlem RBI is an organization that works with inner-city youth to provide opportunities to play and learn.

    *****************
    Good for Tex! :)

  3. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Go AJ!

  4. m May 4th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Good on Teixeira! I might purchase some malasadas to eat in his honor. :yum:

  5. LGY May 4th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    stuckey,

    The comparison in which CB is using makes sense.

    You are taking the reasonable assumption that a taser is safer for the police officer and then asserting he can then use it under any circumstance because it is safer for him.

    The taser just like the baton is at the police officer’s disposal and the officer must use discretion when using both of them.

    Beating someone with a baton is considered unreasonable and CB is saying tasering someone in this situation is unreasonable regardless of how much safer it is for the officer.

  6. Roger(National Memorial Day) May 4th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    A teaser is a ridiculous wapen and it shouldn’t be allowed to use on a kid.There are other ways

    He wasn’t a danger to anyone.What he did was wrong but you don’t do that to a kid

  7. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Lets go Yankees!!!

  8. LGY May 4th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    “Is this kid actually being portrayed as someone that did not deserve the taser?
    I don’t buy it.

    He deserved the taser and then some.”

    ———————————

    So people who commit crimes or allegedly commit crimes (because often the police officer is incorrect) should have no rights during an attempted arrest?

  9. lulz May 4th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    “A teaser is a ridiculous wapen”

    I just might make this my handle.

  10. Joe from Long Island May 4th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Some friends of ours live in Hamburg, where stadium hooliganism is rampant, apparently. They beleive that police should do whatever necessary to rein in unruly “fans”.

  11. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Using a taser on him wasn’t good enough. The minute the idiot took off running, they should have shot him in the leg. It’d make him easier to catch the next time that he decides to tresspass.

  12. Nick in SF May 4th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Don’t tease me, bro!

  13. Uncle Ellsworth May 4th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    how often does this happen in Philly?

  14. LGY May 4th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    A police officer’s job is not one of deterrence.

    That is not his/her purpose in our society.

    Encouraging or wanting these people to have the power to put on public displays of physical abuse in order to discourage others from committing similar acts is not only archaic but very disturbing.

  15. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules May 4th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    That was a really cool interview with Derek!

  16. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules May 4th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    More a Q&A, but still, it was cute. Chicken parm and American Idol. The All-American boy! :lol:

  17. Erin May 4th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Loved the Derek interview :)

  18. Uncle Ellsworth May 4th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Doreen do you think that Am Idol girl will get more votes because of that?

  19. Roger(National Memorial Day) May 4th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    He was running while doing it.What if he shot that thing in his head..?I know that hangover guy survived but a 17year old kid…come on

  20. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I just pop in to say something and what do I see right before the comment box? LGY’s post on police deterrence. Needless to say it piques my interest because if makes me want to see what generated the topic…

    What I popped in to say was that I just saw the commercial on YES that shows Jorge and Fat Pappy talking to their dad’s on the dugout phones. What struck me when I saw it was how much fatter F’Ortiz was than he is now. Cut down on milkshakes, you can definitely lose the weight!

  21. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    If AJ is going to pitch like this….its going to get really scary for hitters! yikes!

  22. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules May 4th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Uncle E -

    I don’t think so. I don’t think it’s the same demographic. but I could be wrong.

    I know I haven’t voted yet, and that girl is my favorite and the fact that Jeter likes her won’t make me vote.

  23. MG May 4th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    that fastball for strike 3 on Adam Jones just exploded, he must have missed it by a foot.

  24. Nick in SF May 4th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Roger, happy Dodenherdenking.

    I greatly enjoyed my visit to the Dutch Resistance Museum:

    http://www.verzetsmuseum.org/museum/en/museum

  25. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    did he just say Tony Pena could catch?

  26. MG May 4th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I would really like to see Nick Markakis in right field for the Yankees, he’s a local kid who can really play

  27. Warning Track Power May 4th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I am very curious to know just how often A.J. throws his curve for “a called strike”. Appears to me that when he throws that pitch, it is nowhere near to becoming a strike and very easy to lay off of.
    If anybody comes across this stat and maybe the league average, I would be curious to learn that.

  28. Uncle Ellsworth May 4th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    What kind of Ice Cream did he say?

    I have not had a good chicken parm in a while – mmmm parm

  29. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 4th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    :-)

  30. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Nasty

  31. Nick in SF May 4th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Good AJ.

  32. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    AJ’s fastball command has been sick lately!

  33. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth May 4th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    What kind of Ice Cream did he say?

    I have not had a good chicken parm in a while – mmmm parm

    Gold ribbon I think

  34. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 4th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth May 4th, 2010 at 7:15 pm
    What kind of Ice Cream did he say?

    I have not had a good chicken parm in a while – mmmm parm
    ************

    There is a place in my old neighborhood that is ridiculously expensive but has my favorite chicken parm ever. (they are a mini-”chain” now with two Brooklyn locations)

    I don’t know what they do to those chicken cutlets, but everytime i see my family I need to eat there

  35. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules May 4th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Uncle E -

    I couldn’t understand his ice cream answer. It wasn’t vanilla. :)

    Nice first inning by AJ.

  36. Uncle Ellsworth May 4th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Gold Ribbon
    a brand?

    thanks Carl

  37. Roger(National Memorial Day) May 4th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks Nick.A commented something about this day in a previous post.

    You visited the ‘Anne Frank Museum’as well??

  38. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Jete!

  39. Uncle Ellsworth May 4th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Chicken Parm!

  40. CB May 4th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    That was an extremely impressive inning by AJ. He looked great.

    It’s really remarkable how much more streamlined and compact he is in his delivery this year. He’s much less rushed, his hips and shoulders are much better coordinate, he’s not over rotating like he would last year, his release point is much more consistent and he’s not over throwing.

    And all of that has led to him throwing strikes at a far higher rate.

    It’s a great sign. AJ established his fastball that inning but at the same time used his two seamer and mixed in the curve ball effectively.

  41. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules May 4th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Wow – nothing usually gets past Markakis. Nice hit by Jeter.

  42. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth May 4th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Gold Ribbon
    a brand?

    thanks Carl

    From Baskin Robbins

  43. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules May 4th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    CB -

    And how long has AJ been pitching?

    It sometimes takes time for a guy to figure it all out.

    :)

  44. CB May 4th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    That’s the key pitch for matusz – that change up to right handed hitter. Just threw a good one to nick he swung over.

  45. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules May 4th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Uncle E -

    I think there’s more a chance of people going out and getting Gold Ribbon ice cream than voting for that girl on AI. :)

  46. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules May 4th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    I googled it – “Gold Medal Ribbon ice cream” by Baskin Robbins.

  47. Uncle Ellsworth May 4th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Well I just ate and I’m craving a Chicken Parm from Erica’s hood and a Gold Medal Ribbon ice cream pass on the star bucks capp

  48. Nick in SF May 4th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Roger, yes, I visited the Anne Frank Huis, the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandt Huis… not all on the same visit. The Paradiso is like a museum too, sort of…

  49. CB May 4th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Doreen-

    I know. Pitching is just such a challenge. The best AJ has ever thrown was towards the last 1/3 of the 2008 season. He was fantastic then. He took a step back last year.

    The past couple of years he’s had trouble in the first half.

    But so far this year he reminds me a great deal of how he looked at the end of 2008 when he was arguably the best pitcher in the AL.

  50. Uncle Ellsworth May 4th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    but its there high end brand not a flavor?

  51. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Whats wrong with my boy A-Rod

  52. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    AJ is 33 – it’s very impressive that he’s not satisfied at this point in his career. Remember the quote from ST where he said it’s ridiculous that he’s barely over .500 in his career? He has such a great arm – I wouldn’t be surprised if he had the best years of his career now.

  53. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Okay so it had to do with some kid getting tasered for going out on the field. (got this from your posts; haven’t read it myself because I’ve been focused on some project I’ve been working on).

    Wish I could have gotten in on the discussion, or wish I knew more about it, but here’s the one thing I will say. I absolutely and unequivocally believe in deterrence. If whatever happened keeps one more idiot from running on the field – and trust me it will, especially wherever it happened – then good enough.

    I really like the posters who made it relatively simple – don’t break the law, you won’t have to worry about being tasered or being anything else that might cause you discomfort!

    LGY if you want to debate, er, discuss this later, I will be happy to do so.

    :)

    Matusz is going to be the ace of the O’s rotation in the not to distant future. The kid is really good.

    See y’all later.

    GO YANKEES!

    GO ANGELS!!

    GO JAYS!!

    GO NATS!!!

    GO KC!!!

    GO MARINERS!!!

    GO PIRATES!!!

    my shout out to the teams playing our competitors and also to the perennial have-nots, who always have my support!

    :)

  54. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules May 4th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Gold Medal Ribbon®
    A real winner since 1979, we combine Vanilla-flavored and Chocolate ice creams with a caramel ribbon.

    I know I’m going to buy it.

  55. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    “But so far this year he reminds me a great deal of how he looked at the end of 2008 when he was arguably the best pitcher in the AL.”
    ==========================

    I totally agree.

  56. Uncle Ellsworth May 4th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Their not there

  57. Bronx Jeers May 4th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    A teaser is a ridiculous wapen and it shouldn’t be allowed to use on a kid.There are other ways

    He wasn’t a danger to anyone.What he did was wrong but you don’t do that to a kid

    ——————————————————————————————————————————————————

    It’s okay Roger because they actually had the taser set to “dumb kid” level. As opposed “fat-drunk moron” level which delivers a much stronger shock.

    Seriously though I think they can give you a year in jail for that here in NYC.

  58. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules May 4th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Uncle E – It’s a flavor.

  59. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Also, it seems like a long time ago that AJ’s maturity was being questioned. He still has a lot of friends on the Jays and he is on good terms with that team, so he ended up a lot better than he started. People were wondering when he first came to NY if he could handle it, but he’s handled it remarkably well – and he’s been a fantastic teammate.

  60. just wondering May 4th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Is the director going to show 800 shots of his kids again tonight?

  61. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Isn’t Gold Medal Ribbon a flavor at Baskin Robbins?

  62. Roger(National Memorial Day) May 4th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Wow you did it all.I used to live just around the corner of the Anne Frank museam and I am ashamed to say I’ve never been there…

  63. Tom in N.J May 4th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Is gold medal ribbon the Pabst blue ribbon of ice cream?

  64. How Low Can You Go May 4th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Nic: 000.134
    Tex: 000.179

  65. Tom in N.J May 4th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCca1pourVM

  66. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Burnett’s fb has retarted movement today.

  67. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    It’s a flavor.

    A real winner since 1979, we combine Vanilla-flavored and Chocolate ice creams with a caramel ribbon.

  68. z May 4th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    This is the A.J. that used to mow down the Yanks.

    No fun to face at all, I’m sure.

  69. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Also a shout out to the mental part of the game. I think we all know that AJ might be a bit of a headcase (for lack of a better word and because I am trying to fly through this since I shouldn’t have even taken the forum break), or emotional in the nature of Mussina. Since I like to concentrate on the human nature aspect of the game, I believe that AJ and Posada getting on the same page has gone a long way in increasing his comfort level and we are seeing it in his pitching.

    I always thought that “AJ’s always been inconsistent” was a little too easy an answer.

    Now, I go.

  70. iou May 4th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    The red sxo have turned the corner.

    1-0 already, red sxo

  71. blake May 4th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    AJ looks really good, if he’s going to pitch like this all year then the Yanks are going to be tough to beat, both in the reg and postseasons.

  72. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Carl, are you shilling for BR or something :)

  73. Nick in SF May 4th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Roger, I would recommend it, but it’s a pretty ‘heavy’ place to go — not the kind of thing you do right before you step into a coffee shop or see a show.

    That said, I’m on the way out to a show, so, er, happy thoughts!

  74. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Betsy – Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Carl, are you shilling for BR or something

    Naw just google lol

  75. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    It’s not cool to lead off the game with a double and then strand the runner, though…

  76. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Can you look up their comment for chocolate chip? I LOVE their CC because they are more like shavings than chips……….currently I adore their rocky road.

  77. CB May 4th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    “I am very curious to know just how often A.J. throws his curve for “a called strike”.”

    Last year AJ threw his curve ball for strikes 56% of the time he threw the pitch.

    18% of the time his curve was a strike it was a “called strike.”

    This year he’s thrown his curve ball for a strike 45% of the time. Of those strikes 8% have been “called strikes.”

    Now all this said, those two curve ball strike rates (2009 vs. 2010) a bit misleading.

    In 2009 AJ threw his curve ball 30% of the time. This year he’s thrown his curve ball 23% of the time.

    The massive difference in AJ so far this season and last is that he’s throwing many more fastballs this year than last year.

    Last year AJ only threw his fastball 66% of the time.

    This year he’s throwing fastballs (4 seam and two seam) 75% of the time.

    So even though AJ is throwing his curve ball for strikes at a lower rate it hasn’t hurt him too much because he’s just not throwing his curve ball as often. He’s throwing his fastball much more often and he’s throwing the fastball for strikes at a higher rate than he was last year.

  78. gtfo May 4th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    are we going to get an update every time score a run???

    seriously, who gives a flying f?

  79. gtfo May 4th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    *every time the Red Sox score a run*

  80. iou May 4th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Jon Jester also has a no hitter going. :(

  81. LGY May 4th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    “LGY if you want to debate, er, discuss this later, I will be happy to do so.”

    Sounds good :lol:

    Stay away from police officers wielding tasers while you are gone!

  82. Warning Track Power May 4th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    cb-nice reporting. your new name is peter parker

  83. CB May 4th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I wonder if Alex’s knee is bothering him at the plate. He doesn’t look right up there.

  84. Peepee Hands May 4th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Cano is trying to pull everything now. They are pitching him outside. Easy out.

  85. gtfo May 4th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    iou, or RDM, or whatever you want to call yourself

    gtfo

  86. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    How did Alex hurt his knee again?

  87. gtfo May 4th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    the 4th place Red Sox just may catch the Blue Jays one of these days

    good luck with that

  88. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Betsy

    Chocolate Chip

    This sweet classic combination of Vanilla-flavored ice cream loaded with semi-sweet chocolate chips has been a favorite since its introduction in 1945.

  89. iou May 4th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    austin jackson leading the league at 0.377.

    The truth hurts.

  90. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Betsy – Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    How did Alex hurt his knee again?

    He didn’t. He’s just sucking right now.

  91. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    there goes AJ’s no hitter. lol

  92. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    LOL Carl, I was just kidding – but thanks! Right now my favorite ice cream is Purple Cow – black raspberry ice cream with white chocolate (which I normally hate) and black chocolate chips. Yum!

  93. LGY May 4th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Pettitte already getting ahead of the game and recruiting Matusz to the Yankees :)

  94. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Carl, I’m so surprised that Alex has gotten off to such a slow start. He had a great spring – or so it seemed, anyway. What’s happened to his power? Yes, I know it’s early, but Tex and Alex really need to step up.

  95. Peepee Hands May 4th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    To be fair, Alex missed that pitch by a centimeter. A centimeter up on the ball and it is gone. He is close.

  96. Pel May 4th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    =/

  97. RS May 4th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    ugh, that’s the first bad play a pitcher has made all year

  98. Pel May 4th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    lol @ every AJ throw trailing up and away this inning

  99. RS May 4th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Actually, looks like Cano should have made that catch

  100. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules May 4th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Well, this inning isn’t going quite so well. :?

  101. 27x May 4th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    meltdown mode engaged

  102. terpbomber May 4th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I hate it when a routine play becomes a rally for the other team.

  103. CB May 4th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Alex has just missed a bunch of pitches. He’s getting just under the ball however – it’s just a bit but he’s getting under.

    That’s partly why I wonder if his knee is bothering him. It’s his right knee that been giving him some trouble and that’s his back leg. If it’s bothering him that might cause him to get under the ball.

    It could just be him being in a bit of a slump but he mostly looks good but is then just missing on pitches that he otherwise would crush.

  104. Nick in SF May 4th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    TEH EYES activate.

  105. randy l. May 4th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    that bunt moved runners up 6 bases.

    they should keep track of that.

  106. CB May 4th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    AJ’s lost his release point. He needs to slow things down and get it back.

  107. RS May 4th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    AJ needs to get out of this with 2 runs allowed.

  108. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Maybe AJ is having trouble with his curve because of changes he made to make his delivery more consistent?

  109. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Big K, AJ

  110. LGY May 4th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    “Actually, looks like Cano should have made that catch”

    I think having Cano’s arm intact is just a tad more important than that out.

  111. CB May 4th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    AJ curse ball strike rate is a very small sample of pitches. I wouldn’t make too much of it.

    Also he hasn’t thrown his change up much at all so that’s not the reason.

    I could just as easily argue that AJ’s throwing his fastball more therefore his curve ball is rusty, etc.

  112. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    aw, Frankie

  113. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    “I think having Cano’s arm intact is just a tad more important than that out.”

    Agreed! Everyone remembers what happened to Brian Roberts a couple years ago.

  114. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    AJ!!!

    One more, baby – AJ looks very calm.

  115. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    curse ball? I like that, lol

  116. CB May 4th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    What a great two seam fastball aj threw wieters for strike two. Unbelievable.

  117. randy l. May 4th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    textbook block by cervelli that saved a run.

    a lot of catchers( bad ones) would have just turned the glove down and backhanded it.

  118. SAS May 4th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    CB…

    I think I may have told you this before, but I love the way you describe baseball situations and baseball in general. You always make things seem so simple because you write well.

  119. RS May 4th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Come on ump!

  120. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Ugh, he looked like he went to me

  121. LGY May 4th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    :shock:

  122. CB May 4th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    randy-

    once the guy got to third i was thinking about how it was very nice for cervelli to be behind the plate tonight!

  123. Pel May 4th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    What? They thought Hohn would be better at calling balls and strikes from 3B?

  124. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    He may have held up

  125. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Burnett really looks hard to catch tonight. Cervelli’s doing well to stop some of those pitches.

  126. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    AJ!

  127. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    BIG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Damage Control!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  128. ducking for cover May 4th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    A.J.’s evidently a big Crystal Gayle fan:

    “Blue Bayou”

  129. RalphieD (OPPC) May 4th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    TERRIFIC job by AJ…3 k’s when you need them!

  130. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    AJ all pumped up!!

  131. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules May 4th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Great job!

    Anyone who saw Yankees on Deck on Sunday: What do you think Cervelli said he’d do this time? :)

    Last season, this becomes a 5-run inning!

  132. blake May 4th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    What a comeback from AJ there. He has been doing a very good job at limiting damage thus far this season.

  133. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    AJ probably can’t go deep tonight as he’s already over 50 pitches, but what a GREAT job by him…

  134. Rob NY May 4th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Hey CB did you notice any similarities between the % of pitches for strikes in ’08 and this year? I’d be interested in how many ways the two years could be related.

    That inning shows you who AJ is in a nutshell if you ask me.

  135. SJ44 May 4th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Big difference from AJ of last year so far….no meltowns.

    Could have been a 3+ run inning. Instead, he limits it to one run while facing the heart of their order.

    That’s great work.

  136. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Willie Mays

  137. Uncle Ellsworth May 4th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Linda Ronstadt too

    Gayle was “Don’t it makr my brown eyes Blue”

    Cisco!!!!!!!!!

  138. blake May 4th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Nice job of hitting by Cervy….Jones played it into a triple.

  139. RalphieD (OPPC) May 4th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    nice hit cervelli but thank you adam jones…boy if gardner hit that, easy itphr lol

  140. Pel May 4th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    YES-MO on the stallion rounding 2B, please.

  141. CB May 4th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    As that inning was unfolding I found myself thinking back to so many of AJ’s starts last year.

    Last year I would have been fully expecting multiple runs to score.

    Tonight I was thinking back to last year wondering how remarkably different AJ looked standing out on the mound after the error.

    Last year he would have fallen apart. And it wouldn’t have been a surprise.

    But this year AJ has done a great job of limiting damage in those kinds of situations. He’s done it now on several occassions.

    And the way he’s able to do it is to keep his mechanics in check, focus and throw strikes.

    I wasn’t surprised at all tonight that he contained the damage to only 1 run. He’s been that good.

  142. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules May 4th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Cervelli triple??!!!! Wow.

  143. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Not at all a smart defensive play by Jones.

  144. Steve May 4th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Everything to like about Frankie Cervelli. He’s pure energy and hustle.

  145. randy l. May 4th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    “once the guy got to third i was thinking about how it was very nice for cervelli to be behind the plate tonight!”

    cb-

    my brain didn’t go that far , but that was a very nice play how cervelli had the right tilt to his chest and controlled the ball in front of him.

  146. blake May 4th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    SJ.

    I totally agree. AJ has done such a better job of keeping his composure and limiting big innings this year.

  147. Joe from Long Island May 4th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Cisco doesn’t have catcher’s legs, yet.

  148. 27x May 4th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    I’m eating humble pie

    meltdown my a..

  149. Bronx Jeers May 4th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Ahhh… the kids.

  150. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    ducking for cover May 4th, 2010 at 7:58 pm
    A.J.’s evidently a big Crystal Gayle fan:

    “Blue Bayou”

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

    Linda Ronstadt

  151. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    He could use an easy inning in the 4th -maybe throw some 2-seamers

  152. Joe from Long Island May 4th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Cisco on the bench after scoring – looks like a great bunch of guys.

  153. CB May 4th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    randy-

    I was only thinking generically about AJ being able to bury that knuckle curve aggressively down in the zone with the man on third.

    Cervelli really does have great feet for a catcher – as was evidenced by that triple.

    He was thinking 3 right out of the box. (Although I didn’t like him knocking the helmet off his head – they can’t lose him to another concussion – and as you’ve said – he really should be wearing a better helmet behind the plate… )

    He’s been such a huge upgrade from Molina last year – both offensively and defensively (molina wasn’t great last year, especially blocking balls in the dirt).

  154. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    All you have to do with this team is keep them in it and give them a chance. They’re not hitting on all cylinders, but they will usually go down fighting.

  155. CB May 4th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    SAS-

    Thanks so much. I appreciate the thoughts.

    How are you this evening. What a great season it’s been so far.

    The starting pitching has been unbelievable (outside of vazquez of course – but hopefully that too changes).

  156. djsunyc May 4th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    # SJ44 May 4th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Big difference from AJ of last year so far….no meltowns.

    Could have been a 3+ run inning. Instead, he limits it to one run while facing the heart of their order.

    That’s great work.

    —————

    he and CC have now won a world series. they have both survived the ny pressure cooker.

    now they can just relax and trust their stuff. they are becoming better pitchers.

  157. MG May 4th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    AJ threw a few vintage breaking balls with the runners on in the 3rd. AJ is pitching pretty well tonight but it’s tough to beat a team, even a bad team, on consecutive starts-CC mentioned that after last night’s game. If he goes 7 with 2 or 3 runs, though, it’s most likely a win, the Yankees have hit some hard outs so far and will score more runs.

  158. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I can’t believe the Rays SP – they’ve been even better than the Yankees; I think their SP ERA is 3.01. That’s freaky – the Yankees don’t even have the 2nd best ERA – at least as of last night.

  159. Al Rivera May 4th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    CB

    I remember u kept on saying losing godzilla has been great for cano hitting 5th so far. Maybe the same can be said about AJ pitching behind CC because most people believe he’s not a number 2 due to his unpredictablity.

  160. SAS May 4th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Why bring the infield in in the 4th inning?

  161. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    RIP Ernie Harwell

  162. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Ernie passed away? :(

    Classy guy, great man, great role model for all.

  163. randy l. May 4th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    “Everything to like about Frankie Cervelli. He’s pure energy and hustle.”

    steve-

    i actually don’t like a lot of pure energy and hustle in baseball. it’s college rah rah to me.
    i think it’s easy to beat that kind of team in baseball because the pro game is played to a slow beat where relaxation is more often than not the key to success under pressure.

    jeter plays hard but i wouldn’t call it pure energy and hustle. a topic for another day but it’s the reason why i don’t go crazy for cervelli like a lot of other fans do.

    i want to see more than just pure energy and hustle. it’s good for a short time, but i think there needs to be more than that.

  164. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Aww, he died?

    RIP – I don’t know much about him, but it sounds like he was one of the true gentleman of the game.

  165. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    gentlemen…..

  166. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Cervelli!

  167. MG May 4th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Betsy, the Rays pitching has been very good but Vazquez throws the starters stats out of whack. If you give me a 5 game series with each pitcher matching up once I give the Yankees the edge in 4 games.

    what a play by Cervelli, this kid has something…

  168. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    ENERGY AND HUSTLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    CERVELLI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  169. blake May 4th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Cervelli is just doin it all tonight….great block then great catch.

  170. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    If you didn’t already love Cervelli… you have to like the guy now :)

  171. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 4th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Joe Girardi looked like he wanted to kill Cervelli as he fell into the dugout

  172. RS May 4th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Good thing Cervelli bumped into some of the coaches and not any of the idle players. Lol

  173. CD May 4th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Gold Glover

  174. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Joe Girardi and Pena were holding him up….the 2 catchers! :lol:

  175. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    MG, lol – I forgot about Javy to be honest!

  176. randy l. May 4th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    haha.

    real nice catch by cervelli

    but i don’t think that’s pure energy and hustle

    it’s just plain a really nice catch

    not an easy play.

  177. MG May 4th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Ernie Harwell was a legend and a class act-I saw the video of his last appearance in Detroit, here he was, over 90 years old with terminal cancer, and he still walked and spoke with energy and exuded class.

  178. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 4th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Boston Dave

    Quit avoiding me!! I have been looking for you

  179. CB May 4th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Al-

    I do think having a kind of “mentor” figure on a staff is good for AJ. AJ’s fortunate the yankees made him such a great offer. Going to atlanta where he was expected to be an “ace” wouldn’t have been the best situation for him.

    I thought AJ’s discussions about using his change up more may have been an influence of CC and watching CC use that change to such devastating effect.

    I’d also guess it’s helpful for AJ to watch CC work so efficiently, throw strikes and work deep in games. He’s made comments to that effect about both CC and Doc in 2008.

    Just for clarification – I never said that losing godzilla has been great for Cano. I personally wanted Matsui back. I was saying that the loss of Matsui may have opened up an opportunity that has had a positive, though perhaps unplanned for, effect on Robi.

  180. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    RIP, Mr. Harwell. One of the great voices of baseball. Definately the greatest voice of Midwest baseball.

    At least the suffering is over. More than LuLu will miss that voice and the stories.

  181. CB May 4th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Very sad news on Harwell. He was a legend. Condolences to his family.

  182. Uncle Ellsworth May 4th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    yep Kay they obviously hate each other – wind bag

  183. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Hey Erica…. what’s up?

  184. MG May 4th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Matusz reminds me of Dave McNally, good change of speed and control. He’s going to be a solid big leaguer for a long time.

  185. Al Rivera May 4th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Just for clarification – I never said that losing godzilla has been great for Cano. I personally wanted Matsui back. I was saying that the loss of Matsui may have opened up an opportunity that has had a positive, though perhaps unplanned for, effect on Robi.

    My bad CB.

  186. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    AJ has said that he regretted that the young Marlins pitchers didn’t have a leader they could look up to. I remember the Yankees were thinking of going after him when he left Florida, but for him, Toronto was the best landing place. He ended up befriending Doc, who he obviously looks up to almost in awe, and that turned his career around. I do think he enjoys sort of being mentored; he didn’t pitch really until he was in high school and even then he mostly played 3rd base (I think). He and CC are pretty tight – I think he sort of worships CC.

  187. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    agree on Harwell.. one of the all time greats

  188. blake May 4th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Just a great piece of hitting by Cano there.

  189. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    randy

    I was only joking out of excitement for the catch.

    I agree, though. Only energy and hustle dont get you anywhere. You need some skill. At this point, Frankie has shown an ability to get a bat on the ball, and pick up some key hits. He has shown the ability and spryness to block balls behind in the dirt, and throw runners out stealing. His energy and hustle, IMO, are just an added bonus.

    Do you think he provided more to this team than Jose Molina did last year?

    I do.

  190. champ809 May 4th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I said it the first time I saw him behind the plate for the Yanks and every time I see him it comes to mind but ‘Velli’s got a lotta Munson in him his game reminds me of Thurman

  191. RS May 4th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I was just thinking that I really hope Cano has an opposite hit sometime soon. Way to go Cano! I was starting to worry that he might become too pull-happy.

  192. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Uncle, who hates who?

    Jim Palmer was on with Joe /Evan on WFAN and I only caught a part of it. He was good, except he ran with the old chestnut that Jorge and AJ obviously don’t like each other……

  193. CB May 4th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    MG-

    Matusz is real good. He’s the kind of guy you can build a rotation around. Doesn’t throw hard but he commands 5 pitches well and is able to show lefty and righty hitters different looks with his stuff.

    Breaking ball could use some tightening up but his fastball command is very good and his change up is terrific.

  194. blake May 4th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Harwell was def. one of the great ones. He will be missed.

  195. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Correction: Provides more to this team than…

  196. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 4th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Boston Dave-

    I wanted to wish you luck this week (but not too much luck!!!) in our intense fantasy battle.

    Please try not to crush Erica’s Avengers too much :-)

  197. CB May 4th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Matusz made a mistake there. Hung a slider. Thames just missed squaring it up and hitting it out. He knew he’d gotten his pitch to hit and missed it.

  198. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    How long had Harwell been calling Tiger games?

  199. blake May 4th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    “Matusz is real good. He’s the kind of guy you can build a rotation around.”

    Yea, I hadn’t seen him much before these two games with the Yankees but he’s really impressive for a 23 year old. He’s very polished.

  200. CB May 4th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Al-

    No problem at all. I only mentioned it because I was and am a big matsui fan. I like NJ a great deal as well but matsui was just a great yankee.

  201. Pel May 4th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Nice D.

  202. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Cano is just sick defensively

  203. randy l. May 4th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    “Do you think he provided more to this team than Jose Molina did last year?”

    molina seemed out of shape last year, but over his time with the yankees was a really good back up

    cervelli is doing the job so far.

    he’s certainly not hurting the team.

  204. blake May 4th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Nobody goes to their right better than Robbie. He makes that play look routine and its anything but.

  205. Uncle Ellsworth May 4th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Betsy It was a Kay thing.
    don’t want to bring it up again and make a non issue into an issue.

    ————–
    Ernie Harwell was awesome.

  206. Bronx Jeers May 4th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Eric Byrnes is one of those hustle & energy guys.

    He’s got no team but he’s got energy!

    Cervelli’s got intensity.

  207. Yankee Trader May 4th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Is there another 2nd baseman who can make that play, and make it look so effortlesly?

  208. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Wow, AJ – nice inning!

  209. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Erica,

    Thanks you too.

    I struck gold with that Rich Harden start last night… but there’s a long way to go this week.

    I’ll be crossing my fingers with your Garza and Pavano starts. I’m also glad I’m not playing you next week – your pitchers look like they have some good matchups!

  210. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    AJ going 8 tonight!

  211. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Uncle, no problem!

  212. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    “molina seemed out of shape last year, but over his time with the yankees was a really good back up”

    That’s fair. I do think he definitely provides more offensively than Molina. One prime example is, I believe (dont know for sure) that Frankie can get down a bunt if needed.

  213. RS May 4th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    74 pitches through 5 innings. Unless he runs into trouble in the sixth, Burnett could easily go 7 innings tonight.

  214. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Benny, I don’t think so – AJ would have to have another inning or two with low pitch counts. His 3rd inning killed him tonight in that regard.

  215. CB May 4th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    blake-

    Matusz breaking stuff isn’t great. If he ever sharpened up his slider or curve he’d really be something.

    But even then the slider and curve are useful tools for him given his fastball command. The hitters are tentative up there because you know he’s going to throw strikes but it’s unclear what he’s going to throw.

    His change up is very good.

  216. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I JUST had to stop by to say -

    FRANCISCO CERVELLI!!!!!

    I know a little late, but I do the best I can.

    &earts;

    I, of course, discovered him – if you know what I mean!

    :D

    8)

  217. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    “matsui was just a great yankee.”

    —————

    he really was. Matsui is just a class act and was one heck of a professional hitter.

    For a couple years there, Boston fans would tell me the one guy they feared the most was Matsui. He just ate their pitchers alive.

    I’m wishing him well in Anaheim, but I’m also happy to have NJ. I truly believe he will be a solid contributor this season.

  218. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Decent play, because singles dont score all runners from 2nd base in Fenway, but Napoli just stole 3rd with 2 outs.

  219. RS May 4th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    For the Angels, Napoli just stole 3B with 2 outs :)

  220. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 4th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 8:28 pm
    Erica,

    Thanks you too.

    I struck gold with that Rich Harden start last night… but there’s a long way to go this week.

    I’ll be crossing my fingers with your Garza and Pavano starts. I’m also glad I’m not playing you next week – your pitchers look like they have some good matchups!
    **************

    You have no idea the cursing I was doing in the name of Rich Harden last night. I saw he was struggling in his last few starts so I thought I might get lucky. That didn’t quite work out.

    I had to drop Edwin Jackson & Ben Sheets cause they both got bombed twice last week and cost me the game. I wasn’t thrilled about starting Buccholz this week

  221. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    One more time

    FRANCISCO CERVELLI!!!

    (I think I got it)

  222. Bad Scooter May 4th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Stuck listening to O’s announcers on DIRECTV baseball package. Ben McDonald (remember him?) is doing some analysis. He’s actually pretty good and giving the Yanks much props, too.

  223. blake May 4th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    “His change up is very good.”

    I agree, and from what I’ve seen he commands his fastball well. You have those two things and you’re on your way.

  224. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    impressive ab by gardner!

  225. RS May 4th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Great AB to work a walk. I wonder how good Matusz is at holding on runners.

  226. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks for discovering the Dreamy Eyed Delicious Appetizer Cervelli, Trisha!!!

    Great AtBat for Brett!!!

  227. RalphieD (OPPC) May 4th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    very nice ab for gardy…down 0-2 real quick then draws a tough walk..

  228. CB May 4th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    That was a great at bat for gardner. To work that walk off of a command pitcher down in the count and 2 strikes is a great job.

  229. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    For trenton, DJ Mitchell got knocked around in the first couple of innings, but kept the score at 3-0 until David Adams hit a 2 run homer and Daniel Brewer hit a 2 run double (he’s 3-3 with 2 doubles). 4-3 Trenton, going into the bottom of the 5th inning.

  230. blake May 4th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Gardner…another good bat off a tough lefty.

  231. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Cervelli….just hits and hits and hits!

  232. RS May 4th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Pena absolutely needs to bunt here.

  233. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Thanks for the update, GB!

  234. RalphieD (OPPC) May 4th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    lay that bunt pena!

  235. blake May 4th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Pena has to get one down here.

  236. Pel May 4th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Lincecum: 5.0 2 0 0 0 12

  237. CB May 4th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Double steal! Make it happen girardi!

  238. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    If Pena gets the bunt down, maybe they will throw the ball away.

  239. blake May 4th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Pena dropped his bat head….got lucky there.

  240. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Same thing AJ did haha

  241. RS May 4th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    OMG de ja vu, lol.

  242. blake May 4th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Wow, same thing AJ did.

  243. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 4th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Wow- that was some really bad defense :shock:

  244. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!

    I got what I wanted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  245. Pel May 4th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Stranger than fiction.

  246. Bad Scooter May 4th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Ha, ha CR9

  247. xyz May 4th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    In almost 130 MLB ABs, Cervelli is hitting roughly .295.

    Not too shabby.

  248. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    An instant replay of Burnett’s throwing error.

  249. Joe from Long Island May 4th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    How symmetrical. Baltimore has an E-1.

  250. Rishi May 4th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    turnabout being fairplay and all that :)

  251. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    LOL nice..

  252. antisocial scrooge May 4th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Lincecum: 5.0 2 0 0 0 12

    and all that on 69 pitches too.

  253. CB May 4th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    The orioles are a really bad defensive ball club.

    The yankees need to make this hurt now.

  254. Bronx Jeers May 4th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Sterling talking about Cervelli “He’s no out!”

    Saying he hits enough line drives to possibly stick as a starter somewhere eventually. Won’t hit .350 or wherever he’s at now but possibly .260- – .270.

    Sure!

  255. CB May 4th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Who are the giants playing tonight? A little league team? Lincecum is ridiculous and he seems to be getting better.

  256. randy l. May 4th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    cb-

    that’s 6 more bases on a sac bunt attempt

    i’m telling you they need to measure all the extra bases that happen on bunting.

    if they can come up with complicated defensive metrics, i think they should come up with metrics for how many extra bases are gotten with sac bunts.

  257. Rishi May 4th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    JackCurryYES Defense-first Cervelli hit .273 in 221 minor lg games. After 2 for 2 tonight, he’s hitting .302 in 56 major lg gms. Go figure.
    less than 20 seconds ago via web

  258. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Ouch – awful, Jetes.

  259. BBYanks May 4th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Rockks May 4th, 2010 at 3:58 pm
    Marcus Thames LF
    Brett Gardner CF
    Francisco Cervelli C
    Ramiro Pena SS

    Ouch…AJ can’t be happy that Joe is basically forcing him to pitch a shutout with that lineup. And nice job to put the butcher Thames out in left.

    I’m annoyed at Joe and I’m sue AJ is as well…

    —————————————————

    Oops, got that one wrong!

  260. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Man, gotta get a ground ball there…

  261. blake May 4th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    “if they can come up with complicated defensive metrics, i think they should come up with metrics for how many extra bases are gotten with sac bunts.”

    A lot of it seems to be because so many pitchers can’t field their positions.

  262. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Thats NOT A STRIKE!

  263. randy l. May 4th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    lousy bunt by pena though.

    he’s lucky he didn’t pop it up twice.

    he needs to find the ground quicker with the bunt.

  264. LGY May 4th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    That was in the batter’s box!

  265. Rob B (Never a Gardner doubter) May 4th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Wow. What kind of call was that on “strike two?”

  266. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Awful…….

  267. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    That pitch was in the batters box

  268. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Thats in the batters box!

    Why didnt he go? Markakis wasnt in defensive position, and that throw was nowhere near.

    The umpire just cheated us.

    2 cheap strikes in the AtBat.

  269. RS May 4th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    It really is devaju :(

  270. blake May 4th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Really need to get one of those runs in with 2nd and 3rd with nobody out.

  271. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I am not liking this inning, sigh

  272. CB May 4th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Tex needs to pick up Jeter and Swisher because this was a great opportunity. Can’t just settle for 1 here.

  273. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    A-Rod is going grand. I called it first.

  274. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    It seems like the Yankees often make the least of these situations this year – sort of like last year until they got hot.

  275. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    We’ve got 2 of the best hitters in baseball coming up, one with a 2-0 count, and our idiots are talking about them getting out of the woods. Go figure…

  276. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    That ball 4 to Mark was the same strike 2 pitch to Swisher.

  277. RS May 4th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I thought that pitch was just called a strike

  278. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    This would be a good time for Alex to get going……….

  279. HenryfromDC May 4th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Come on Alex, #19 here.

  280. CB May 4th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Matusz just pitched around Tex to face Alex.

  281. qiantom May 4th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Why do we need umpires to call balls and strikes? Some calls are just stupid.

  282. blake May 4th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    “lousy bunt by pena though.

    he’s lucky he didn’t pop it up twice.”

    I agree, terrible technique. Pretty much throughout baseball there are too many guys that lock their knees and just stab at the ball when bunting. Pena dropped his bat head twice instead of flexing his knees to adjust the level of the bat…he got it down but could have easily popped it up both times.

  283. xyz May 4th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    shoddy umpiring

    what a surprise

  284. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    That’s pretty sad – tells you how bad Alex is going

  285. blake May 4th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Now would be a good time for Alex to break out a bit.

  286. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    If arod gets a pitch to hit, he will not miss!

  287. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    He doesn’t look right….

  288. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Alex had to swing at that to foul it off, because of the previous cheap strike calls in prior AtBats.

  289. blake May 4th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    bet a 3-2 change is coming.

  290. Rob B (Never a Gardner doubter) May 4th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Cervelli just ought to be glad that’s not Sheffield batting. :lol:

  291. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Betsy – Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:47 pm
    He doesn’t look right….
    ===========================

    arod making him work!

  292. CB May 4th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Matusz just threw Alex a 3-2 change up bases loaded.

  293. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    great at bat. Great

  294. Rob B (Never a Gardner doubter) May 4th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Not a granny, but I think we’ll all take it.

  295. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    YEAH!!!!!!

    Great AtBat Alex!!!

  296. RS May 4th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    That looks like the exact same pitch that Cole Hamels threw in that commercial, lol.

  297. CB May 4th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Good call blake! You could tell Matusz wasn’t going to give in there.

  298. blake May 4th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    what a big league AB by Arod…many many guys would have K’d on that good 3-2 change on the outer half but Arod spoiled it and then drew the walk.

  299. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    But a great AB – my predicting abilities suck.

  300. Joe from Long Island May 4th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Change up?

    How many of you would have gone FB there?

  301. Pel May 4th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Cano 2010 + RISP = I DON’T CARE, LOST IS ON IN 10 MINUTES!

  302. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Really, not a good inning for the Yankees offensively – they were very lucky.

  303. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Cano was clearly thinking homerun. Arod absolutely wore out the pitcher. Why swing at the first pitch.

  304. blake May 4th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    “Matusz just threw Alex a 3-2 change up bases loaded.”

    he made a good pitch, Arod just beat him on that one. I really like that kid…maybe we can trade Winn a few bats for him ;)

  305. randy l. May 4th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    “Matusz just threw Alex a 3-2 change up bases loaded.”

    the kid has a lot of composure.

  306. HenryfromDC May 4th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    WHAT HAPPENS ON LOST TONIGHT = I DON’T CARE, YANKEES WINNING 3-1 in 6TH :)

  307. Bronx Jeers May 4th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    It’s bizarre but at this point of this season you see 2nd and 3rd with no outs and you kind of say “Oh crap, top of the order coming up” :lol:

  308. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    What does FIP mean?

  309. SJ44 May 4th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Old Robbie surfaced on that AB. No reason to swing at the first pitch in that situation.

  310. RalphieD (OPPC) May 4th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    wieters likes them dp’s!

  311. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Can someone tell me how his name is pronounced.

    I hear our guys call him Mattice, but I thought it was Muh-toosh?

  312. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Sux-Angels, 1-1, bottom of the 6th

    (my)Nats – Braves, 3-2, bottom of the 5th

  313. CB May 4th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    “the kid has a lot of composure.”

    Think about the sequence. He pitches around Tex because he made Alex look so bad that first time at bat.

    Men on second and third – two outs. And Matusz orchestrates his approach to both Tex and Alex to set up a situation where he’d be able to get two strikes on Alex and throw him a change.

    And that’s exactly what Matusz did – but he thought out that pitch before he even faced Tex.

    Alex wore him down but that’s impressive pitching by a 23 year old.

    2 runs scored is not a bad outcome for the O’s at all given the situation.

  314. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    If Cano is cooling off, then some of his teammates are going to have to pick him up

  315. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Where was that pitch???

  316. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    CR9, the Baltimore broadcasters pronounce it Mad-itz

  317. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Dont tell anyone, but I believe AJ has the least walks in our rotation. He has 1BB tonight.

  318. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Mad-itz…

    That’s weird…

  319. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    And AJ just rolls merrily along, lol

  320. MG May 4th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    CB May 4th, 2010 at 8:23 pm
    MG-

    Matusz is real good. He’s the kind of guy you can build a rotation around. Doesn’t throw hard but he commands 5 pitches well and is able to show lefty and righty hitters different looks with his stuff.

    Breaking ball could use some tightening up but his fastball command is very good and his change up is terrific.
    ——————————————-
    CB, Matusz really impressed me with his willingness to jam Jeter and Swish with a runner on 3rd and none out. You can’t teach a young pitcher how to challenge hitters like that, only the good ones have that ability.

  321. MG May 4th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    CB May 4th, 2010 at 8:23 pm
    MG-

    Matusz is real good. He’s the kind of guy you can build a rotation around. Doesn’t throw hard but he commands 5 pitches well and is able to show lefty and righty hitters different looks with his stuff.

    Breaking ball could use some tightening up but his fastball command is very good and his change up is terrific.
    ——————————————-
    CB, Matusz really impressed me with his willingness to jam Jeter and Swish with a runner on 3rd and none out. You can’t teach a young pitcher how to challenge hitters like that, only the good ones have that ability.

  322. CB May 4th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    In that at bat Cano swung at the pitcher’s pitch. That’s what he’s been good about not doing this year.

    It’s a good example of how he needs to continue to shift from asking whether it’s a pitch I can hit to whether this is a pitch I should try to inflict damage on.

    He’s been great his year but he’s evolving as a hitter and will hopefully keep getting better.

  323. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Anyone know what FIP is for pitchers? Thanks

  324. Dave May 4th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Did Anyone see Cano getting in the Orioles baserunner’s path right there?

  325. Psyluk May 4th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I haven’t seen the Yankees this locked in on the mound to begin the season since they started 17-3 in 2003. This team can easily be better, considering the stuff that each pitcher has.

  326. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    look at my boy Marcus :)

  327. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Thames has had a couple good AB’s… glad he finally got a hit.

  328. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I didnt know marcus can hit lefties. :)

  329. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    that’s a really solid and efficient 6 innings by Burnett. He will get 7 and maybe into the 8th inning. Even with Vazquez’ issues this year, there are few if any better rotations in baseball right now.

  330. MG May 4th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Betsy, repeat after me: ‘I will not make forecasts about how long a pitcher can go in the first few innings, I will not make forecasts about how long a pitcher can go in the first few inning,…….’ :)

    If a starter is throwing strikes and getting outs, throwing extra pitches early is more a random event than a trend, it usually averages out during the course of a game. Remember Hughes’ last start? Same thing as tonight with AJ, who is still under 90 pitches for 6 and can go at least 7, maybe a couple of more outs.

  331. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Betsy

    Field ing Independent Pitching

  332. Psyluk May 4th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I don’t know what’s gotten into AJ, but all of a sudden he’s got tremendous control on the mound. Could it have been something that he picked up from Dave Eiland during the offseason?

  333. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Maybe AJ can go 8 – I hope so; I don’t trust the pen.

  334. CB May 4th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    “Matusz really impressed me with his willingness to jam Jeter and Swish with a runner on 3rd and none out.”

    I took note of the same thing. Very impressive. Most young lefties would nibble away from Jeter and Swisher with men on base.

    Instead Matusz attacked both of them, knowing that he needed to make them respect his fastball to set up his off speed stuff.

    And in the process he located his fastball well enough to neutralize both RH hitters.

  335. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Leiter is good.

    And why can’t michael kay not understand the concept??

  336. LGY May 4th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Is Gardner being booed?

  337. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules May 4th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Matusz is excellent; but he was definitely helped by a the ball call to Swisher, which forced him to swing at the next pitch – also inside, but he couldn’t take the pitch.

  338. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    CR, what does that mean?

    I was googling and found this article:

    http://www.i-yankees.com/?p=20498

    I have no idea what it means; do you?

  339. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    is there anything cervelli can’t do???

  340. RalphieD (OPPC) May 4th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    cervelli does it all!

  341. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Well, as I said, he can help us via the BUNT!!!!!!!

  342. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Cervelli’s best game as a Yankee tonight??

  343. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    No way – Eiland has the loser gene. I wonder if anyone will give the man credit now. When the SP struggles, it’s “fire Eiland”. When it does well, not one peep.

  344. RS May 4th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    When is the last time a Yankee catcher got a triple and a bunt hit in the same game?

  345. Uncle Ellsworth May 4th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    this is MY game.
    Francisco Cervelli

  346. CB May 4th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Randy-

    That one was a gift in homage from Cervelli to you!

  347. MG May 4th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    CB, the things Matusz can already do early in his career are very impressive. The Yankees announcers were saying he was a big fan of Andy Pettitte’s growing up and uses him as a role model-he couldn’t have picked someone any better, could he?

  348. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I like Al Leiter a lot…..

  349. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Great bunt. smart play? Not so sure, but, it could a big play.

  350. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 9:02 pm
    Leiter is good.

    And why can’t michael kay not understand the concept??

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

    Yea, mike looked lost.

  351. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    pitcher’s duel in Boston

    1-1 at the 7th inning stretch

    Ervin Santana settled down after some shaky early innings

  352. Mike May 4th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    FIP

    http://razzball.com/fiping-crazy/

  353. vinny-b (Granderson is my fave NYY position player - no rite of passage necessary) May 4th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    to everyone penciling in Austin Romine and Montero as the next NYY catchers, Frankie Cervelli has something to say about it.

  354. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Betsy

    Im not into statistics as hardcore as some….

    I think it is to calculate things that the pitcher are directly responsible for, eliminating the fielding behind a pitcher.

  355. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Lester has found his groove again, not that anyone would be surprised.

  356. randy l. May 4th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    what leiter is explaining to kay about lateral movement is when the pitcher rotates.

    it’s possible to [ nice bunt by cervelli by the way] be a rotational pitcher like burnett and just spin too early without having enough of a lateral slide first.

    in other words , burnett is going to rotate because that’s what he does, but when he’s going to rotate is the issue.

    by staying closed, he just rotates a millisecond later.

  357. LGY May 4th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    “to everyone penciling in Austin Romine and Montero as the next NYY catchers, Frankie Cervelli has something to say about it.”

    I am not sure Cervelli has that kind of pull in the organization to tell Cash who he prefers to back up.

    He is BFF with Alex so maybe he can relay the message along.

  358. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    The umpires have found Lester’s groove again! Kidding… I havent seen any of the game :P

  359. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Brian Matusz is good

  360. CB May 4th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    The offense just hasn’t been able to get that key hit to open the game up.

    Nights like tonight really speak to how important starting pitching is.

    If the staff keeps pitching like this, once the bats come around this team is going to be very hard to beat.

  361. JZ May 4th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Will MO close tonight?

  362. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Mike, thanks. LOL I’m still confused. I like the analogy of not wanting to wash your hair after a new haircut, but I’ve no idea how that applies to pitchers.

    CR, now you know why I avoid alphabet stats, lol – I try to, anyway. Unfortunately, I’m not always successful.

  363. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    “is there anything cervelli can?t do???”

    :)

    He’s perfect.

    Doreen – I keep thinking of how high you were on Thames and the fight so many people gave you, every time I see him smack that ball.

    ;)

    Sux game 1-1, bottom of the 7th. I think I have to switch to that game and attempt to send bad vibes to the peagreen peashooter field the Sux call home. Please feel free to send bad vibrations to fenway field from the privacy of your homes!

  364. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    If Aj wins tonight he will be 4-0. Last year he did not get his fourth win until June 11th!

  365. Rishi May 4th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    YankeesWFAN Werid stat: Yanks are 0 for 9 with RISP and lead 3-1 after 6 inn.
    less than 10 seconds ago via web

  366. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    DeLaRosa just got hammered for 5 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning for Trenton. He’s much too good to have innings like that in back to back games.

  367. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Nobody is texting Kay about what candy Leiter has…

    That’s the excuse the idiot uses to talk about what he likes to talk about…GARBAGE

  368. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Burnett’s ERA is down to 2.06

    Between CC, AJ, Andy, and Phil… the starters’ have been just amazing.

    Once Javy figures things out, wow.

  369. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Rishi, it seems like it’s been that way all year. They’ve had a few blowouts, but many of these games they’ve made the least out of the most; they’ve been pretty bad with RISP this year – or so it seems.

  370. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS…

    They are talking about candy and food during the 7th inning of a close ball game.

  371. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Wow, 2.06? I hope Javy figures it out, but even Cash thinks it’s going to take awhile.

  372. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    I really dont like this Atkins.

    8 LOB in 3 AtBats against the Sox, and hit after hit against us…

  373. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Joe on WFAN talked about that this morning. He said when CC was having his issue with the ump last night, Kay and Leiter missed it because they were talking about candy…….

  374. Mike May 4th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Wow, 2.06? I hope Javy figures it out, but even Cash thinks it’s going to take awhile.

    _____

    now 2.04!

  375. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    AJ at 92 pitches.

    How about a DP here so he can pitch the 8th??

  376. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    randy l. May 4th, 2010 at 9:09 pm
    what leiter is explaining to kay about lateral movement is when the pitcher rotates.

    it’s possible to [ nice bunt by cervelli by the way] be a rotational pitcher like burnett and just spin too early without having enough of a lateral slide first.

    in other words , burnett is going to rotate because that’s what he does, but when he’s going to rotate is the issue.

    by staying closed, he just rotates a millisecond later.

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

    Very good explaination, Randy. Very informative.

    And, yes, this really is me.

    Where did you find this explaination on the internet? LMAO

  377. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    He buckled his knees.

  378. CB May 4th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    AJ tonight has thrown around 77-78% fastballs. That’s basically what he did last game as well.

    AJ is basically dominating a team he just beat by throwing the same pitch 3 out of every 4 pitches.

    This is the second time in a week they’ve faced him. And all he’s doing is throwing fastball after fastball and they still can’t hit him.

  379. RS May 4th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Burnett has a lot of games like this where he builds up his pitch count early by racking up strikeouts and then has shorter innings by inducing more groundballs later in the game.

  380. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    This game doesnt have a non close game feel to it.

    Why does Kay repeat the same nonsensical garbage.

    Just because he’s an idiot talking about candy.

  381. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Howie Kendrick lead off base hit to start the 8th.

    :)

  382. randy l. May 4th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    “That one was a gift in homage from Cervelli to you!”

    cb-

    how many bases have runners moved up on bunts tonight?

    a grand slam move up runners 10 bases.

    those bunts with runners on 1st and 2nd each moved up runners 6 bases.

    i know i’m making up stats here, but that’s a lot of bases.

    i know you have said that in the big scheme of things you don’t think the extra bases would be significant, but i wonder about that.

    i do think that bunting in non pressure situations is kind of a dull way to play, but under pressure all kinds of crazy things happen when pitchers infielders and catchers are thinking of all the possible things they have to do and then have to execute one of those myriad of things they were anticipating.

    as yogi said, it’s hard to think and perform at the same time.

  383. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Gotta let Burnett start the 8th inning. He’s right at 100 pitches, and still bull strong and on target with everything.

  384. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    AJ – he’s flying under the radar, I think.

  385. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I agree, GB -I don’t want this game going into the hands of the pen.

  386. CB May 4th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    “in other words , burnett is going to rotate because that’s what he does, but when he’s going to rotate is the issue.”

    This is what AJ was really having trouble controlling and repeating last season. The complex set of rotational movements would vary significantly from game to game.

    Too often his front shoulder was opening too early while his hips and legs hadn’t come through their rotation to the plate and that left his fastball running back out over the plate, out of the zone or missing his spot.

  387. Sevrx May 4th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    I don’t push AJ… he is at 100 pitches and worked hard tonight… lots of Ks.

    Let him face Jones, then bring in Marte to face Markakis and Weiters.

  388. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Lester at 108 pitches, Santana at 115. I would think Santana is done for the night but not sure.

  389. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    No way I want Marte in this game…. which is sad, if you think about it.

  390. MG May 4th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    the Yankees starters are showing what great starting pitching really is-throw your best stuff with conviction with good location and command and you will have success. Matusz is essentially doing the same thing as AJ but in a completely different way, by pounding his 90 mph fastball inside and keeping the Yankees off balance.

  391. Mike May 4th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    You keep pushing the starters 8 innings every time, they are going to wear out. They can’t een get the extra day because we had to skip Vazquez.

    If we can’t trust the pen at home against the Orioles to protect a close lead, when can we trust them? We can’t keep riding the starters through 7-8 innings every turn through the rotation…

  392. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    can Brandon Wood bunt??

    we may see

  393. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules May 4th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I was away from the game and the board, and the last few posts led me to believe they were losing. C’mon people.

    They’re not going to blow away the competition every night. There are some good pitchers on other teams that actually know how to pitch. ;)

  394. RS May 4th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Burnett should absolutely start the 8th inning when you consider the fact that Mo is unavailable and Joba just pitched yesterday.

    Hopefully the Yankees can score 2 runs before the ninth so Joba doesn’t have to go for back to back saves, although it would be pretty cool if he did it.

  395. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Hit by Napoli. 1st and 2nd, no outs.

  396. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    So Mo is definitely unavailable?

  397. CB May 4th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    “i know you have said that in the big scheme of things you don’t think the extra bases would be significant, but i wonder about that.”

    How many runs did those extra bases translate into?

    With a grand slam those aren’t just extra bases they are definitively extra runs.

  398. O*Line May 4th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Remember – Joba tonight in the 9th, not MO. So it’s not ‘game over’ after 8 tonight.

    It would be nice of the offense woke up for a change and added a few runs.

  399. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    “You keep pushing the starters 8 innings every time, they are going to wear out.”

    —————-

    it has little to do with the innings.

    these guys can throw 110-115 pitches no problem.

    I don’t think AJ has had any long innings and hasn’t really had to throw big pressure pitches.

  400. HenryfromDC May 4th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Yankees vs Tampa starting pitchers ERAs

    CC 2.74, Shields 3.38
    AJ 2.01, Garza 2.06
    AP 2.12, Niemann 2.76
    JV xxx, Price 2.34
    PH 1.44, Davis 2.79

    Tampa gets the edge bc of Javy. But man, two unbelievable rotations.

  401. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    BD, early in the game he did, but it seems like AJ has had several relatively easy innings…….I would let him go out there

  402. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    BD, early in the game he did, but it seems like AJ has had several relatively easy innings…….I would let him go out there

  403. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    sac bunt, 2nd and 3rd, 1 out. Top of the lineup up. Lester still in.

    “They?re not going to blow away the competition every night. There are some good pitchers on other teams that actually know how to pitch. ;)

    Good call Doreen.

    :)

  404. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Lester threw 119 pitches last game out, now he’s at 111. Do the Sox even value his arm? He’s still a young kid.

  405. JZ May 4th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Will Aybar be a Candy bar this time?

  406. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Aybar just swung at complete slop, that nearly hit his foot.

  407. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    HenryFromDC,

    and it’s why I just can’t see anybody challenging either team.

    Minnesota has a shot but they really need the middle of their rotation to pick it up and their bullpen seems a little susceptible too.

    Perhaps Detroit can make a push but I don’t see that rotation holding up all season. They may be more of a concern in a short playoff series.

  408. RS May 4th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Marte is usually lights out every other appearence, so maybe it would be safe to use him tonight.

    I do think the Yankees need to use their bullpen more, but they’re short tonight without Rivera. This isn’t a must-win game by any means, but you’d like to seal up a series victory before heading into Fenway. Burnett can be stretched out to 105-110 pitches. The tricky part is that you don’t want him to put the first couple runners on base and then have to go to Marte in a jam.

  409. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Doreen, the offense is just a little frustrating; I’m not sure I understand the problem with venting?

  410. Mike May 4th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    would bring in Logan instead of Marte.

  411. PA Joe May 4th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Albers is only a candy bar when he faces Boston

    When he faces us, he is an ice cream sunday.

  412. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Heyman just reported that another player ran onto the field again….lol

  413. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Are we sure that Mo is unavailable?

  414. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Betsy,

    I agree. Have somebody ready in the pen just in case.

    But AJ hasn’t showed any signs of concern.

  415. MG May 4th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    AJ will pitch the 8th for several reasons, one of which is you’d have to put him in restraints to keep him in the dugout. He’s only thrown 100 pitches and has breezed the last couple of innings, what’s the big deal? He’s not a kid, he’s 33 years old, would you take Halladay out of this game in the same situation?

  416. Y26 May 4th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    “The tricky part is that you don’t want him to put the first couple runners on base and then have to go to Marte in a jam.”

    Bingo. If AJ goes out, he has to be able to finish it himself or he’s probably not going to get a win (and maybe the team won’t either if bad Marte/Robertson show up).

  417. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    It’s always frustrating when there’s a runner on 3rd and less than 2 out and the team doesn’t deliver the runner home.

    Not saying it’s going to happen that way this time…

  418. HenryfromDC May 4th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    BD,

    Agreed. I don’t mind the competition from Tampa. It’s nice to see them do well instead of that loser team from up north. Gonna be a really fun summer to follow the Yanks.

  419. Jay May 4th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Aceves is available as well.

    Though it sucks that we’re so nervous about our pen in a meaningless May game against Baltimore.

  420. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Aybar did the next best thing!

    Our boy Bobby is up next.

  421. JZ May 4th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    all right, Bobby Abreu DP?

  422. LGY May 4th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    “Heyman just reported that another player ran onto the field again….lol”

    —————————————

    I guess the taser is not enough of a deterrent for the Philly faithful.

    Maybe the cops need to just shoot the next guy to run onto the field. That will send a message.

  423. Tom in N.J May 4th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    That was the most epic montage ever.

  424. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    If anyone should be able to deliver that runner from 3rd, it’s Bobby…

  425. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    He never tagged Aybar.

  426. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Wow JZ. Not pretty.

    :(

  427. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Henry,

    I also give lots of credit to the Rays. They have a great team… and if in 5 1/2 months that ends up as the ALCS matchup, that would be one heck of a series.

    I just can’t see the Sox making the playoffs because of the division they are in… but I wouldn’t necessarily want to face them in a short series (not that I think they’re close to as good as the Yanks, but still).

  428. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks a lot JZ…

  429. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    That’s Angels baseball.

  430. JZ May 4th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    yeah, that’s our Bobby does, double play

  431. randy l. May 4th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    “Where did you find this explaination on the internet? LMAO”

    believe it or not GeezerBoy7 , it’s exactly what i’ve been working on in golf each night after work .

    golf is a rotational sport because you don’t have to keep your eyes on the target( flag) .

    so you can generate huge power by just rotating away from the target and back like in a barrel, but add a lateral slide or weight shift and kaboom, the ball really goes a long way.

    but timing a lateral slide is difficult. that’s why there is a popular new way to play called stack and tilt which de-emphasizes a lateral slide. 30 -40 tour pros use it.

    any way, burnett spins like in a barrel and strides which is in effect the lateral slide. when he’s really on he times the barrel spin and the lateral slide really well and is pretty much unhittable .

    when his timing is off on these two things, he gets the same results you get in golf- the ball goes everywhere but where he’s aiming :)

  432. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Cano makes it look too easy.

  433. JZ May 4th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    jinx doesn’t work tonight. :(

  434. Matt May 4th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Typical Angels.

    They sold their soul to the devil to beat them last year, but now they are right back to their old tricks of imploding against Bolston

  435. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    In a game that appears lost for Trenton, Romine extends his hitting streak to 15 games with a solo homer. Score is 8-5 Trenton lost.

  436. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Seems like AJ is getting an awful lot of groundballs lately – I like that because it saves wear and tear on the arm. He got his K’s earlier, when he needed them – that’s good pitching.

  437. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Wow, go Romine – he’s red-hot.

  438. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Im surprised Kay isnt trying to inject himself into the words about Harwell…

    Perhaps, the aforementioned Ernie Harwell.

  439. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    How did the guy get on in the Sox game?

    Did he just take Jepsen’s wild pitches and draw a walk?

  440. Al May 4th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I would consider it an accomplishment if the Angels took 1 of these 4 games at Fenway. They are totally inept against Boston. But of course, they won a series against us.

    I give the Sox credit – Fenway Field is a huge homefield advantage. Nobody except us and Tampa know how to win there.

  441. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    BD, I’d take a short series with those bums. It’s not enough to pitch – you’ve got to hit. They about stink.

    Who would have thought that Ellsbury and Cameron would be so critical to their success?

    :)

  442. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Can AJ get the complete game? I would love to see him pied ….even though it wouldn’t be a walk off

  443. HenryfromDC May 4th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    BD,

    Tampa vs Yanks in ALCS would be a great series. And a new competitor instead of the usual Minn or Angels or Boston. Since there’s so many Yankee fans in Tampa, I wonder how those home games for them would be.

  444. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    The Angels will split the series, I think :)

    Kazmir vs Daisuke on Thurs – adv Angels

  445. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I cant believe that Aybar didnt avoid that tag…

  446. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Brandon must be smiling :)

  447. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    trisha,

    me too…

    but unless Selig sees the writing on the wall for the Sox and decides to implement a second wildcard team, I doubt we’ll see it.

  448. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    randy l. May 4th, 2010 at 9:32 pm
    “Where did you find this explaination on the internet? LMAO”

    believe it or not GeezerBoy7 , it’s exactly what i’ve been working on in golf each night after work .

    golf is a rotational sport because you don’t have to keep your eyes on the target( flag) .

    so you can generate huge power by just rotating away from the target and back like in a barrel, but add a lateral slide or weight shift and kaboom, the ball really goes a long way.

    but timing a lateral slide is difficult. that’s why there is a popular new way to play called stack and tilt which de-emphasizes a lateral slide. 30 -40 tour pros use it.

    any way, burnett spins like in a barrel and strides which is in effect the lateral slide. when he’s really on he times the barrel spin and the lateral slide really well and is pretty much unhittable .

    when his timing is off on these two things, he gets the same results you get in golf- the ball goes everywhere but where he’s aiming

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

    You could have saved a lot of typing and bandwidth by just saying, “I don’t know. I’ve been working on my golf game, but, I still have a long way to go be as good as you, GB7.”

  449. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Unfortunately yes CR9. Jepsen isn’t looking so awesome, but wildly effective can work!

    :)

  450. randy l. May 4th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    How many runs did those extra bases translate into?

    With a grand slam those aren’t just extra bases they are definitively extra runs.

    cb-

    well off the top of my head at least two. the lead runners both scored on the misplayed bunts.

    the grand slam created four so point well taken, but i still think if anyone ever bothers to track it that more runs are created than one would think from sacrifices where the ball is thrown away or mishandled under pressure.

  451. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Of course wildly ineffective is never a good thing!

    Two walks in a row.

  452. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    do they let JD Drew bunt with Ortiz on deck?

  453. JZ May 4th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    damn, Sux will sweep LAA?

  454. Jeremy May 4th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    The Angels are always inept against Boston especially at Fenway. Heck the main reason why they won game 3 in the ALDS last year was because of Papelbon choking.

  455. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Did Youkilis walk? I guess their team is smart enough to take the slop thrown by Jepsen.

  456. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Come on Joe are you serious? Marte?

  457. RalphieD (OPPC) May 4th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    cross your fingers..here comes marte

  458. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    AJ’s ERA is down to 1.99

    let’s keep it that way!

  459. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Come on, Jeppy. Walk another batter!

  460. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Now don’t get me wrong, I would love to see Marte do good.

  461. Psyluk May 4th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Markakis needs a fastball in the hip, he’s been giving the Yankees trouble all year.

  462. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    This is what we could have done to his minor league Jeppy. Take his pitches, get on base.

    He just walked Drew, but got a CHEAP strike 2 call.

  463. RS May 4th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    The Angels are an epic failure.

  464. PL May 4th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Marte is going to be clutch

  465. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    “but unless Selig sees the writing on the wall for the Sox and decides to implement a second wildcard team, I doubt we?ll see it.”

    :)

    BD, when did yout get Jamie Garcia? Every time I go to look for some promising young pitcher, he’s already on your team!

  466. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules May 4th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Betsy -

    I mentioned it because if you’re not glued here, but come back and are looking for a quick take on the game, and you run across several posts in a row that are full of lamentations, you easily get the idea that the Yankees are losing the game.

    I just don’t see any reason to be upset with this team.

    But my main thing is that if they’re winning, it would be nice to come here and know it right away. It’s bad enough that when they’re losing it’s negative in here. I don’t think that’s too much to ask or expect – a positive thread when they’re winning.

  467. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    I have a good idea Mike Scoscia. Leave Jepsen in!

    Grrr!

  468. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    And Drew gets a hit anyway. At least Jeppy didnt walk him.

    Great job Jeppy! Playing Angels and Scioscia ball!

  469. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 4th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Girardi’s challenge:

    Are you as brave with Marte?

    We shall see, Wieters

  470. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Marte has him ahead 1-2, now it’s 2-2. You gotta throw a strike.

  471. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Simply amazing.

    The guy can’t find the zone and Scoscia leaves him out there to dry – and potentially give it all up!

  472. RalphieD (OPPC) May 4th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    thanks wheaties

  473. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    atta boy Marte.

  474. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Marte? Ugh……..

    I can’t watch the game right now – is it the top of the 8th?

    If so, now I’m ticked off ….

  475. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Oh well, didnt throw a strike, or a good pitch at all for that matter, but got away with it. I’ll take it.

  476. RS May 4th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Not surprisingly, Ortiz managed to make an out with the bases loaded.

  477. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    What happened?

  478. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    that a boy Big Papi!!

  479. THE TRUTH May 4th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Aceves is the man.

    Don’t worry about the Sawx or Angels, we will rock both of those teams.

  480. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    He was behind Ortiz 2-0, and got a lucky break.

    Now he’s right back at 2-0 against Beltre.

    Now 3-0.

    I guess Jeppy dont learn.

  481. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Ortiz was up with the bases loaded, nobody out, 1-1 game in the bottom of the 8th

    grounder to 2nd. they get the force at home and still have time to double Ortiz off at 1st.

  482. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Basically, Jepsen has walked 4 batters in the inning, and got a break from Ortiz behind 2-0 in the count.

    How come the pitching coach has not come out to talk to him??????????????????????????????

  483. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    “BD, when did yout get Jamie Garcia? Every time I go to look for some promising young pitcher, he’s already on your team!”

    ————–

    :)

    I have a couple older promising pitchers too… I don’t discriminate!

  484. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Do you THINK Scoscia would come and get this guy with Hermida up?

    I have to believe Scoscia bet on this game and bet against his own team!!!

  485. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    PITCHING COACH????????????

  486. randy l. May 4th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    You could have saved a lot of typing and bandwidth by just saying, “I don’t know. I’ve been working on my golf game, but, I still have a long way to go be as good as you, GB7.”

    are you kidding? i could beat you left handed , right handed, righthanded crosshanded , lefthanded crosshanded, one arm righty, or one arm lefty unless i looked in your golf bag and saw a blunderbuss and then you might win because i’d have to keep one eye on the ball and one eye on you.

    i wouldn’t be too crazy about seeing a taser in there either :)

  487. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    In the trenton game, Romine had his first error of the season, but it was on catcher’s interference. That’s been a problem for him for the last two years. according to the broadcast it was for hitting the hitter’s bat with his glove.

  488. Jeremy May 4th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Ortiz is pathetic ! LOL !

  489. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Thanks, lol – I meant with Marte. I’m taping something and I can’t put it on the Yankee game – this blog is how I’m keeping up to date (well, I was able to watch the game until 9 pm)

  490. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Jepsen is walking them on 4 pitches.

    It’s unreal that Scioscia is leaving him in.

    He simply cannot throw a strike.

  491. JZ May 4th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Hermida? who is this guy?

  492. CB May 4th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Let’s hope Ace keeps the ball down. When he’s up in the zone he becomes very home run prone.

  493. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Rivera, that fat toad, just misplayed the ball. The ball didnt even hit the wall, and Rivera looked like what he is, a purified bum.

  494. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    THAT wasn’t predictable.

    What a total idiot Scoscia is. UNBELIEVABLE.

  495. Jeremy May 4th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Don orsillo is so annoying. The guy acts ike they just won the World Series. Calm down !

  496. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    I think it’s fairly obvious.

    Scioscia did not care about winning this game against them.

    Nor did Juan Rivera care about catching that ball.

  497. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    scary

  498. Rich in NJ May 4th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Golson moves really well in the OF.

  499. JZ May 4th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    I hope this season finally is the year Angles drop dead.

  500. THE TRUTH May 4th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Aceves… still the man

  501. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid. stupid, stupid. I am in disbelief with the way Scoscia left Jepsen in there. Absolute disbelief.

  502. RalphieD (OPPC) May 4th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    nice catch golson

  503. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 4th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Captain’s Log: 5/4

    We were not brave with Marte

    And then we got Aced!

  504. Terry from NH May 4th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    3 walks and Rivera gift.. what can you say? LUCKY!

  505. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    HAHA

    He took him out. After the damage was done.

    Jeppy walked 6 batters in the inning, essentially. Good Job Scio!

  506. Fire Bud Selig May 4th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Juan Rivera is a horrible, horrible baseball player.

  507. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    “Don orsillo is so annoying. The guy acts ike they just won the World Series. Calm down !”

    :lol:

    The guy is an absolute tool. EVERY call he makes is just like that.

  508. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Trisha

    Dont be in disbelief.

    Maybe nobody else was available to Scio.

    But the more reasonable thought is that Scioscia was not facing the Yankees, and was facing the Red Sox, and therefore, just did not care!!!!!!!

  509. Bronx Jeers May 4th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Not too shabby for Golson’s first play.

    The thing I remember abut him from Spring is that he usually arrives at the spot with some time to spare.

  510. stuckey May 4th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    “I think it’s fairly obvious.

    Scioscia did not care about winning this game against them.

    Nor did Juan Rivera care about catching that ball.”

    I don’t even blame you for this ridiculousness anymore CR9. I blame a good portion of the community for not only tolerating it, but fostering it.

  511. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Not much offense for the Tampa Yankees tonight. 1 run was enough on a combined 1-0 6 hit shutout for Noesi and others.

    here’s the final box.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....a_dunafa_1

  512. RS May 4th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    It’s pretty amazing that Sabathia and Burnett both managed to look better in their second start against the Orioles.

  513. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Juan Rivera did get a key 2 run hit last year in the 8th inning of Game 3 off Pap to pull the team within striking distance, 1 run.

    That took some effort.

  514. Seymore May 4th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Do the Angels suck or what? Wow. How did we lose 2 of 3 to these losers?

  515. RalphieD (OPPC) May 4th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    why did tejada throw that..he had no chance atttt alllll

  516. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Seriously, Scoscia should be canned for the way he just managed that inning. I’m not one to second guess managing, but that was so blatantly ridiculous that you absolutely have to question whether or not he was managing to lose.

  517. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    How could I forget, Scioscia has Scot Shields.

  518. champ809 May 4th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Hey GB

    I think DeLaRosa just is not comfortable being back in the ‘pen just yet!

    I personally would have continued developing him as a starter for at least this season.

  519. Arizz May 4th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Red Sox are a good team. They play outstanding baseball at home. They are not dead and are not a bad offensive team like everyone foolishly thinks.

    Stop complaining about a good team winning games against an average team at home.

    We played well against LA too. If we had another pitcher instead of the human punching bag Vazquez, we would have spanked them too rather than going 3-3 against them.

  520. HenryfromDC May 4th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Ralphie,

    Haha, I was thinking the same thing. I think Gardner was already past first when he first touched the ball.

  521. champ809 May 4th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Noesi I think is the real deal….that kid deals!

  522. the gay Yankee fan May 4th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    GGBG has got to steal here.

  523. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Trisha

    Exactly.

    I dont think, though, that he was managing to lose intentionallly.

    I just know that he didnt care.

    And I also know that he would care against us.

    No big deal, we’re the evil empire, the big bad Yankees, the Underdogs, we always take everyone’s best shot.

  524. stuckey May 4th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Just week a popular theory around here was Baltimore was laying down for the Red Sox and would play the Yankees tougher.

    So what happened their exactly?

    Of course, that’s forgotten and the NEXT team that is playing Boston is laying down for the Sox.

    A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

  525. Oddessy May 4th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Scoscia is the most overrated manager in sports. The guy has one title, like 9 first round exits, and can never beat the Sox in a big spot.

    Just because he beats the Yankees all the time (except last year), he is hailed as some great manager. The guy has no clue how to manage a bullpen.

  526. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    And Shatner is bringing in his best reliever again, Meredith.

  527. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    CR9, he had guys warming in the pen. You saw the same thing I did. If your pitcher cannot find the zone and has walked guys all over the place and allowed hits and purely lucked into a DP and you have the bases loaded, you bring in someone else. Odds are that he isn’t going to get out of it.

  528. RS May 4th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I’m not going to stress about the Red Sox right now. As much as we love to watch them lose, who really wanted to face the Sox coming off a 7 game losing streak this weekend?

    Let them rack up some wins against the Angels, who I love to watch lose almost as much as the Sox. Boston was due for some home wins, and hopefully they’ll get those out of the way before the Yankees come to town.

  529. RalphieD (OPPC) May 4th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    nice gardy

  530. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    stuckey,

    hyperbole from some aside, it was pretty clear that Jepsen was struggling to throw strikes.

    He threw 32 pitches, 13 for strikes… and those few strikes were generally when the batters were sitting fastball, ahead in the count.

    It wouldn’t have been a bad idea to pull him after his 3rd walk (2 of them on 4 pitches) of the inning.

  531. stuckey May 4th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    “but that was so blatantly ridiculous that you absolutely have to question whether or not he was managing to lose.”

    Perhaps… if one is a moron.

  532. Jeremy May 4th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    trisha
    I grew up in C.T. so I would sometimes watch NESN to check on the Sox games and Don Orsillo is really bad. He always has the cry in his voice when the Sox do something. The guy is a joke !

  533. CB May 4th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Terrific job by Gardner there to get on base and get into scoring position.

    Meredith is so slow to the plate gardner could steal 3rd.

  534. Al May 4th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Remember, Mike Sosciscia is the same guy who pitched to A-Rod with Freddy Guzman and Gardner on deck.

    He isn’t the sharpest tool in the drawer despite what the John Heyman’s and Buster Olney’s think.

    The guy forgets how to manage when he faces the Sox, but that is just his biggest shortcoming, but not the only one. He wins a weak division every year and is depicted as some genius.

  535. Aldo May 4th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    I’m ready to give Kevin Long a plaque in monument park for what he’s done to Gardner’s approach at the plate.

  536. RalphieD (OPPC) May 4th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    lol…cervelli actually took his helmet off on that triple…i remember manny ramirez doing that..i didnt like it but with cervelli im cool with it

  537. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Gardy is a problem!

  538. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    The WORST PART is that Scioscia did not send out a pitching coach to try and settle Jeppy down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    BLATANT! OBVIOUS!

  539. RalphieD (OPPC) May 4th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    only gardner scores on that

  540. HenryfromDC May 4th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Great manufactured run!

  541. chan ho's runs May 4th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Joe Castiglione on the radio is even worse. Every time the Sux are losing he sounds ready to kill himself.

  542. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Oh no, the HP umpire didnt signal safe.

  543. THE TRUTH May 4th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Sweet insurance run. Joba to close it out.

  544. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    can’t ask for more from Cervelli tonight

    I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that pretty much every other team in baseball would love to have a backup catcher like him.

  545. blake May 4th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    nice job Pena.

  546. stuckey May 4th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    BD, all fair, I’m simply responding to the notion that Scoscia managed differently because it was the Red Sox. Whether he managed well is beside the point.

  547. CB May 4th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Great to put across that extra run. Terrific job by gardner to manufacture that run.

  548. RalphieD (OPPC) May 4th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    LOL at jeters face…lmao

  549. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Look at Derek’s face :lol:

  550. the gay Yankee fan May 4th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    That folks is why Gardner is a deadly weapon.

  551. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    That was a huge 4th run for NYYs.

  552. Aldo May 4th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    That’s how you turn a cheap roller down third into a home run

  553. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Al

    Great point. He did pitch to Alex in that situation. Great point.

  554. Peter Pan May 4th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    I have never seen such hysteria over a 3rd place team on my life.

    After the game, can I expect some commentary about how the media depicts them in comparison to the Yankees, or independently?

    Luckily the Celtics and Bruins don’t play tonight or we’d have to deal with more conspiracy, anti-Boston, nonsense.

  555. pistol pete May 4th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Let Ace finish, he’ll be fine, save Joba for tomorrow and be fresh for the Sox.

  556. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    stuckey,

    can’t argue with that.

  557. RS May 4th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    “lol…cervelli actually took his helmet off on that triple…i remember manny ramirez doing that..i didnt like it but with cervelli im cool with it”

    Manny didn’t have the gazoo helmet, did he? I’d say Cervelli had a good excuse to toss it aside, lol

  558. Jeremy May 4th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Arizz
    The Sox are not that good. It’s easy yo beat weak teams in a bandbox but they can’t beat the Yankees, Tampa, and the Twins. The fact is they are alright not good.

  559. Joe from Long Island May 4th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    The Yanks “manufactured” that insurance run, out of an infield single. When it works (giving up the out on the sac bunt) it’s a beautiful thing.

  560. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    though I wouldn’t mind seeing a repeat of the Papelbon ALDS Game 3 meltdown

    just for kicks….

  561. HenryfromDC May 4th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    I love these new scrappy and enthusiastic Yanks in GGBG and GGFC. Adds such a new excitement to the team.

  562. Aldo May 4th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that pretty much every other team in baseball would love to have a backup catcher like him.

    _____

    I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that pretty much 80% of the teams in baseball would love to have a starting catcher like him

  563. BBYanks May 4th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Single, stolen base, SAC bunt, SAC fly

    insurance run

    good job bottom of the order

  564. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 4th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Jeremy, the Sox have very good pitching…..and their offense has been very good.

  565. THE TRUTH May 4th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Pete-

    I’d let Joba close it out tonight and use Aceves for the save tomorrow. I don’t think you can go wrong either way

  566. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules May 4th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    I wasn’t going to say anything but I have to.

    As I said, I’m back and forth tonight. I just turned on the game again and I see a 4-1 score, so I came here, and what do I see? Play by play of the Red Sox game. And no hint as to how the Yankees scored the 4th run.

    Anyone?

  567. Bronx Jeers May 4th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Joba needs his own intro music.

  568. Ike May 4th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    The only people who are freaking out about Boston winning are probably the same ones who danced on their grave this past weekend.

    The Sox are a good team. No reason to fret about winning games, they are probably going to win 80 more of those this year. As long as the Yanks take care of their business, they will be fine. But it was pretty foolish for some to bury the Sox so soon. Just their extraordinary home winning percentage will be enough to keep them in the race.

  569. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Peter Pan,

    Who is concerned about the Blue Jays??

  570. Aldo May 4th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    The sac bunt works more often than it’s wasted.

  571. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Doreen

    Gardner with a squibby infield hit.
    Stolen base.
    Franke bunt him over to 3rd.
    Pena fly ball to centerfield to drive Gardy in.

    Great manufacturing of an important insurance run.

  572. blake May 4th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    The Yankee starters have allowed 2 runs in their last 22+ innings.

  573. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Bets, about what Doreen said. I picked up her post and agreed with her premise. I didn’t see the posts that preceded it so didn’t know who had said what, just that there had to have been complaints about our offense.

    If people were complaining about tonight’s offense, all I have to say (besides the fact that we’re winning) is that there are going to be games where the pitching from the other team is SO good that the Yankees willl be lucky to get one or two runs across. That’s no aspersion on the Yankee offense, it’s a realization that there are some very good pitchers in baseball and we’re going to face them from time to time. When your team is 17-8 and 3rd in the AL in hitting, it’s tough to take exception with the offense!

  574. RS May 4th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    That Lincecum gem has turned into a 6-6 game in the 10th inning. Lincecum allowed 3 ER in 7 ip and ended with 13 Ks.

  575. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    89mph slider yuck

  576. randy l. May 4th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    ” I’m not one to second guess managing, but that was so blatantly ridiculous that you absolutely have to question whether or not he was managing to lose.”

    i’m leaning to that he wasn’t :)

  577. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules May 4th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    BBYanks

    Our posts crossed in cyberspace. Thanks for the play by play of how that run scored. I appreciate it. :)

    Two outs to go!

  578. CB May 4th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    ‘Manny didn’t have the gazoo helmet, did he? I’d say Cervelli had a good excuse to toss it aside, lol”

    Cervelli should not toss aside his helmet that way. He’s wearing that helmet in the first place because he’s had recurrent concussions.

    He’s the last guy who should be tossing his helmet running the bases.

    He could get a knee to the head from the third baseman. If someone misplays the ball he might try to score on that play and there could be a collision at the plate.

    Cervelli needs to protect his head as much as possible.

    That helmet may feel awkward but it’s not significantly weighing him down or making him less aerodynamic or something.

  579. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    “probably the same ones who danced on their grave this past weekend.”

    ————–

    I wouldn’t bury any team in April.

    But for the Sox to surpass either the Yankees or the Rays would be a major upset, IMO.

    Even should they end up as the 3rd best team in baseball, I still don’t see them making the playoffs.

    Such is life in the AL East…

  580. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Charleston lost on bad pitching, bad defense and very little offense. shaefer Hall pitched the worst game of his career.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....x_lwdafx_1

  581. RS May 4th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    The AL East has some tough lefties. Sabathia, Lester, Matusz, and Price will be around for a long time and Pettitte is still very solid.

  582. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    where was that??

  583. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    wow

    where was that pitch?

    maybe he should ask Swisher if that’s a strike

  584. Jeremy May 4th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    The Sox are not that good. Yeah their pitching is good but please don’t tell me that their offense is that good. Just because they beat the inept Angels that always lose to the Red Sox doesn’t make them a great team. Tampa is the team to beat. The two best teams in the AL are the Yankees and Rays.

  585. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules May 4th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks CR9.

    Actually, I thought you were watching the Boston game. :lol: Do you have two media going??

  586. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    That pitch was a rule book ball, but called against Swishy earlier as a strike.

  587. Bronx Born May 4th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I agree Doreen. I really am not interested in what is happening in chowdahville. The Yanks did good tonight. Brett stole some of the show with a great dash around bases including a steal and a couple of sacrifices.

  588. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! May 4th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Nasty!!!!!

  589. Aldo May 4th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Those tack on runs late in games tend to drive the spirit out of last place teams – good job by Girardi to recognize probably comes from his experience with the Cubs ;)

  590. Fire Bud Selig May 4th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Die Angels.

  591. Benny Blanco May 4th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    96 joba!

  592. blake May 4th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Jobber looks darn good tonight.

  593. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules May 4th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    I hate when they show pitchers in slow motion. It hurts just to watch!

  594. stuckey May 4th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    I’ll take all the wins in which the Yankees score 4 runs as you’ll give me.

    To me, it’s like money in the bank. The offense will be cashing the bonus checks eventually and the bullpen too. Perhaps when the starters need some help.

  595. CR9 May 4th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    I turned on the Sox game in the 8th. Hadnt really seen any prior to that.
    ___

    Atkins again, I really dont like this guy.

  596. Jeremy May 4th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    I predict a Yankees Rays ALCS this year.

  597. Fran (the original) May 4th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    The Yankees win another series.Nice pitching performance by AJ and the bullpen.

  598. Carl May 4th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Man golson is fast. Ballgame!

  599. CB May 4th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    His slider has been very tight tonight and he’s not overthrowing it.

    Joba’s slider is more effective when he tries to throw the pitch for a strike rather than trying to throw it out of the zone all the time.

  600. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    “Arizz
    The Sox are not that good. It?s easy yo beat weak teams in a bandbox but they can?t beat the Yankees, Tampa, and the Twins. The fact is they are alright not good.”

    Absolutely correct.

    Betsy, if the Sux have “very good pitching” and “very good offense”, and their record is 12-14, is it because all of the opponents have had very very very good pitching and very very very good offense? :)

    Jeremy has it right. They are alright, they are not good.

    If you want to say they’re good if they ever out of 4th place in the AL East, maybe then it will have more of a ring of truth.

    Those of us who are saying they are not all that – at least not at this point – have beenm watching their games. That’s the difference.

  601. HenryfromDC May 4th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Great win tonite. Day game tomorrow!

  602. SAS May 4th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Way to go Yankees!!!!!

  603. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Honestly,

    who would have guessed the Yanks starters, minus Javy, would have been this incredible to start the season?

    It’s almost not fair. An elite offense that doesn’t need to score many runs to win…

    because the staff is just shutting teams down.

    Bravo!

  604. Jeremy May 4th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Good game

  605. j9h May 4th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I can’t stand watching the stuffy over dressed business guys in the legends seats. We need to get some real fans who get involved in the game back there.

    Is there anyone with more grit than Cervelli and Gardner? So much for no home grown talent :)

  606. RalphieD (OPPC) May 4th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    nice save joba…great game today

  607. Bronx Jeers May 4th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    With Gardner & Golson out there they can run towards each other and then flip a coin to see who should catch it.

  608. Doreen - GTLU Standings, Updates, Calendar & Rules May 4th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I kinda like this kind of win better than the 12-0 type wins. I like them both, but these feel better.

  609. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 4th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    If I wanted to watch a Boston game. I would watch a Boston game.

    If I wanted a running commentary of Boston baseball on a blog. I would go to a Boston blog.

    This is neither of those things

  610. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Another solid win, won by the great pitching (again) and a bench that the whiners on here said didn’t exist.

  611. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    I’ve said that Joba is the heir apparent to Mariano. As much as I would love to see him in the rotation, I am mighty impressed with his ability to close out games. He’s got the personality to do it.

    ***************

    Francisco Cervelli. JUST AWESOME. (see my posts from last season) :)

    He’s so funny. Every time they ask him something he always says “yah yah yah” before he answers the question.

    JUST LOVING CERVELLI.

  612. CB May 4th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    AJ Burnett threw a great game again. He basically pounded the zone with his four seam and two seam fastballs and then sprinkled in his curve.

    What I liked about the game he threw today was how it was his fastball that was truly his “out” pitch rather than the curve.

    He pulled the curve out in situations where he needed it. But in the past at times he would try to set up at bats so he could throw his curve ball.

    Tonight he was very aggressive inside the zone and let the life on his fastball do the rest.

    And most importantly – in that moment when the game could have gotten out of hand he buckled down and made one big pitch after another.

  613. Brandon's Awesome (B/c my AWESOMENESS believes in tasing fans that jump fences) May 4th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Dreamy Eyes, Gardenhoser aka *I RUN NY* and CandyMan made thier presence known.

  614. BD (Boston Dave) May 4th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    wow, Seattle is looking like Boston right now.

    Team “pitching and defense” with 2 errors to start the game (one on Figgins, one on defensive whiz Jack Wilson)

  615. BBYanks May 4th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Great job Cervelli and AJ.

    Gardner continues to be a PITA to the other teams – scored 2 of our 4 runs

  616. GreenBeret7 May 4th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Gotta split “Star Of The Game” between Burnett and Cervelli.

  617. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 4th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    New thread :arrow:

  618. m May 4th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Just got in. Looks like I missed a nice game. Cervelli got a lot of ink in the updates. Nice.

  619. JZ May 4th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    MATSUI made the last out, 0 for 4 tonight.

  620. champ809 May 4th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Betsy

    the RedSux offense has not been very good….their overall #’s are skewed because they’ve been beating up on the O’s bullpen and horrible pitching and the likes of the Royals….when they’ve faced good pitching they’ve been overmatched and shut down.

    We on the other hand have faced tougher staffs like Seattle, The Angels, The White Sox and Red Sox not to mention the Rays….when we get to face the underbelly of the league we’re going to absolutely crush them and when the Sox see some of the tougher staffs they will continue to be overmatched.

  621. Jeremy May 4th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    champ809
    He is right ! The Yankees will face weaker teams later on in the season. This is the hard part of the season for the Yanks and they are cleaning up. The Red Sox have a much harder road to travel this season. I can’t see them making the playoffs this year because they are not in the same league as the Yankees and Rays period !

  622. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! May 4th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    “I kinda like this kind of win better than the 12-0 type wins. I like them both, but these feel better.”

    I have problems with lopsided wins (and losses) but I find that the closer the game is, the more I enjoy it. I find it exciting when the Yankees take a one-run lead into the 9th. It’s funny because I wasn’t always this way. When we posted on the NY Times, one of the guys always said he loved going into late innings with a very small lead, and I seriously always thought he was nuts. Now I feel the same way. In the postseason, I will admit that I like larger leads in the 9th.

    :)

  623. RS May 4th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Pena is batting .063 but has 4 RBI. Today he didn’t reach base once and picked up 2 RBI. Talk about making the most of opportunities. He and Cervelli do it best.

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