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Postgame notes: Yankees let one get away

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on May 10, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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The Yankees had some chances tonight in Detroit.

They loaded the bases in the sixth but couldn’t score a run. They loaded the bases with no outs in the eight, but could only score twice to pull within one. They had their second, third and fourth hitters at the plate in the ninth, but all three struck out.

“They pitched well,” Derek Jeter said. “They made some big pitches. They have some guys in their bullpen who throw pretty hard and get out of some jams.”

Of course, it was hard to ignore all of the former Yankees who played a key role for the Tigers. Austin Jackson drove in a run with a ground out in the third, Johnny Damon went deep off Sergio Mitre in the fourth, and Phil Coke made some huge pitches to help limit the damage in that almost-go-ahead eighth.

“Johnny, he likes playing in games like this,” Jeter said. “I’m sure he’s probably feeling pretty good over on the other side. We’ve seen him do against us on the other side. We’ve seen him do it for us. It’s really not surprising.”

We’ll go with the Joe Girardi postgame audio tonight. Truth is, none of the Yankees had much to say.

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• The play of the game was obviously Magglio Ordonez’s sliding catch in the eighth. Girardi said he thought it was a double off the bat, but as the ball got into the outfield and he saw where Ordonez was positioned, he knew it would be caught. “I don’t really look where people are playing when I’m hitting, but he made a good catch,” Jeter said. “He was positioned perfectly.”

• Two offensive bright spots for the Yankees: Two more hits for Alex Rodriguez and another home run for Mark Teixeira who has become his productive self this month. “He’s swinging the bat great,” Girardi said. “He lined out again tonight too. It looks like it’s really starting to turn for him.”

• Two pitching bright spots: An overwhelming inning from Joba Chamberlain and five outs from Dave Robertson, who had to pitch around a botched fly ball — Brett Gardner simply never saw it — to get out of a jam. “Robby did a good job,” Girardi said. “He threw the ball well. Maybe that’s what gets him going.”

• I’m sure people are upset about the Randy Winn at-bat in the eighth. He swung at a 2-0 pitch against a pitcher who had been wild, but Girardi had no problem with the decision. “You’re looking for a ball up and he got a ball up,” Girardi said. “It was maybe just a little too up. You’re looking to hit a sac fly so you’re not looking for a ball down, you’re looking for a ball up in the zone. He just didn’t get on top of it enough.”

• Big-time ninth inning by Jose Valverde, who got Swisher and Teixeira on splitfingers, then went after Rodriguez with high-90s fastballs.

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• Sergio Mitre got a lot of ground balls today, and both Girardi and Mitre seemed fairly happy with his execution of pitches, just not the results. “That’s pretty much what I’m supposed to do,” Mitre said. “Keep the ball down. Sink the ball. Get ground balls. First and second innings, I got my ground balls, they just found holes.” The home run by Damon was a mistake pitch, the only none single he allowed.

• Ivan Nova got to Detroit in time for the game, but Girardi didn’t want to hand him a two-run game in his major league debut. “Because it’s close,” Girardi said. “It’s a close ballgame. Serge gave us some innings and Nova is a guy who can give us 100 pitches, 110 pitches. I felt that the bullpen could keep it close and we’d have a chance to win. It’s not that I’m afraid to use Nova in a tough situation, but he’s not used to coming in in the middle of an inning, so I went to Robby.”

• Girardi said he’ll check with Brian Cashman to determine whether the Yankees need to make yet another player move tomorrow.

• We’ll let Damon have the last word tonight: “I always have fire. Always trying to beat the other team. Old teammates or whatnot. I’m just proud of our guys. Our bullpen is our glue on this team right now. We played solid baseball and against a team that was ready. Even though they got in at 4 in the morning, those guys know how to get ready for a ballgame and they just about pulled this one off tonight.”

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237 Responses to “Postgame notes: Yankees let one get away”

  1. CR9 May 10th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Jeter is so hot!
    Rodriguez is gorgeous too!
    Pedroia is not!

  2. CR9 May 10th, 2010 at 11:57 pm

  3. CR9 May 10th, 2010 at 11:58 pm

  4. Ram May 10th, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Hope the Celtics can beat Cleveland tomorrow. Then go back to the Garden to clinch it.

    Lakers got a very easy road to the finals. I’d be surprised if PHX takes them to 5.

  5. Zach May 11th, 2010 at 12:03 am

    In other news, Tampa Bay has not scored a single run in their past 22 innings.

  6. Zed May 11th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Tampa is about to lose their 3rd in a row?

    I thought people said they were never going to lose another game and we would never catch them?

    Pete Abe even said he thinks we’re playing for the WC.

  7. tampayank May 11th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    The next few Cavs-Celtics games should be interesting, I think the winner loses to Orland regardless who it is. The ‘Summer of Lebron’ could be interesting. My darkhorse pick he goes to Miami to play w Wade, they have the cap space to add him and maybe 1 more guy w Wade

  8. tampayank May 11th, 2010 at 12:09 am

    The Rays also face their old buddy Kazmir tommorow. They have issues w lefties and I’m sure Kaz will be motivated for this start

  9. Jerkface May 11th, 2010 at 12:12 am

    I am now going to say something really stupid: Is jeter swinging more and walking less because he wants to collect hits and get to 3000 faster before his skills diminish?

  10. awaism May 11th, 2010 at 12:12 am

    I don’t think they “let 1 get away.”- they just got outplayed.

    Only thing. They let get away is Austin Jackson

  11. LGY May 11th, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Jerkface,

    I really think you are going overboard with the Jeter thing.

    I posted some stats from 2007 and 2008 for Jeter’s start to the season. It is really not a big difference from the past 2 years and maybe at his age he is just a slow starter now.

  12. Bronx Jeers May 11th, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Jeter?

    Don’t worry. He’s being monitored.

  13. Grey 45 May 11th, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Jerk,

    Something is up with him… he is chasing everything, not hitting for power, and not walking. Very un-Jeter like. I don’t know if its the 3,000 hits thing… he is going to get an extension anyway so he will get it at some point.

    His approach has been awful this year so far.

  14. CanoJOBAJeterFan May 11th, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Repeat – - Joba was great – - his shoulder is healed. Wouldn’t he look great in the rotation. . . .

    This team still has a winning record. Let’s all give them some space, OK?? It was great to see Johnny Damon. Sorry, fans, can’t help it. Have always been a Damon fan.

  15. tampayank May 11th, 2010 at 12:17 am

    I’m not gonna lie, it was painful watching AJAX play w OE D cap. I remember reading about Reggie Jackson mentoring him in the minors and was looking forward to the day when he would occupy the OF for the Yanks

  16. Vic May 11th, 2010 at 12:18 am

    I’m more concerned about A-Rod’s lack of power over Jeter. Jeter will still hit .300 this year even if his OBP is down. We need A-Rod to hit HRs and he only has 3.

  17. pistol pete May 11th, 2010 at 12:19 am

    We gotta get a bat. Can’t go with Winn/Thames in lf. Winn can’t hit, Thames can’t field or hit righthanders. There’s got to be someone out there so we can let Winn go and keep Thames for a right handed bat off the bench. Granderson’s a long ways away and forget Johnson. Anybody out there that’s interesting?

  18. tampayank May 11th, 2010 at 12:21 am

    AROD’s lack of power could be almost as alarming as his contract if he suddenly loses his power

  19. CanoJOBAJeterFan May 11th, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Jeter?? Even the great ones have bad days. Badmouthing Jeter is like badmouthing Mo. Let’s not do it.

    And, by the way, how many CF’s lose a fly ball like Gardner did and not get flack for it. And his bat did not do the job either.

    Today’s loss was disappointing but tomorrow is another day. Let’s go Yankees!

  20. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2010 at 12:23 am

    It’s time to stop pretending that Winn is still a ML hitter and DFA him, just like it’s time to stop pretending that Thames is a ML OF.

    Cashman needs to recognize that he made a mistake and rectify it.

  21. RS May 11th, 2010 at 12:23 am

    I hope Rivera gets into the game tomorrow, even if it’s not a save opportunity. He hasn’t pitched in over a week.

  22. Vic May 11th, 2010 at 12:24 am

    11 days since MO last pitched

  23. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Jeter’s problem is that his LD% is only 12.1% (career 20.5%). I hope it’s not the beginning of a decline, but it could be.

  24. Jhn May 11th, 2010 at 12:25 am

    I personally hate that Jeter has become an automatic out his 1st at bat, it never fails.

  25. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2010 at 12:25 am

    CR9 is really a guy? NTTAWWT

  26. CanoJOBAJeterFan May 11th, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Is anyone else wondering if Mo’s health is worse than management is letting on?? I want to see him back in the game also.

  27. RS May 11th, 2010 at 12:26 am

    The Mets just designated Frank Catalanotto (veteran major leaguer) and called up Chris Carter (career minor leaguer who hits for power). I’m not saying the Yankees should DFA Thames or Winn, but maybe it’s time to try out a guy like Miranda for DH. Maybe we could catch lightening in a bottle for 2 weeks like we did with Shane Spencer and Shelly Duncan.

  28. Danny May 11th, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Rich,

    You were one of the few that pointed it out this off-season while everyone else drank the kool-aid that it was a down year (hmm… a ‘down’ year at age 36. suspicious)

    Winn is 36, he is cooked. He has no bat speed anymore. His approach at the plate is awful.

    Thames isin’t much better but at least he can hit lefties and has some power.

  29. REZ May 11th, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Miranda should have been up here today after Cano was cleared to play.

    Russo serves no purpose here, unless they make him the everyday LF’er (and really, can he be worse than Thames/Winn?)

    Miranda needs to be given a shot. If he can’t get a call up during a time like this, why is he in the organization?

  30. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Danny

    I did, but I don’t fault Cahman for signing him, only for keeping him.

  31. Bingo May 11th, 2010 at 12:29 am

    We’ve not had a save opportunity since MO has come back. All blowouts in Boston and we were trailing tonight.

    Pretty dangerous though, for Joe to wait till a save situation arises. He is obviously going to be rusty, so why have his first appearance be in a situation where he has no margin for error?

  32. Jhn May 11th, 2010 at 12:30 am

    I figured this being a contract year, Jeter would not act old and in decline. He was lousy today. 5 at bats, no hits, not even a walk. Yankees need a true lead off, that doesn’t routinely hit into DP.

  33. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2010 at 12:30 am

    “Russo serves no purpose here, unless they make him the everyday LF’er (and really, can he be worse than Thames/Winn?)”

    That’s what I would do.

  34. Mike May 11th, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Jeter wasn’t going to be elite forever. Maybe father time is catching up to him. Same with Rodriguez – but shouldn’t A-Rod be able to hit for power even in his 40s? His lack of power is probably the most alarming thing.

  35. Jhn May 11th, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Looks like bosox gain a game on all before them today.

  36. G. Love May 11th, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I totally agree with Miranda needing to be on this roster in place of Russo.

    Here’s the opportunity to find out what you have in Juan Miranda once and for all.

    Giving Russo per diem and having someone else carry his luggage for him isn’t exactly the best move at the moment for a team that could us a legit bat more than a 2nd backup IF.

  37. UnKnown May 11th, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Rays are really struggling offensively. Plus for the bombers. I hope Javy is all tucked away in bed already. He needs to come up big tomorrow for once.

  38. Nick in SF May 11th, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Tucked in bed?

    Rip Van Javy needs to wake up!

  39. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Alex’s LD% is right where it should be, 18.9 % for the season, 18.2 % for his career, so I would expect a correction with his SLG.

  40. UnKnown May 11th, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Haha, I like that one Nick in SF. Great quote.

  41. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2010 at 12:41 am

    The Yankees currently have 13 pitchers on the roster. That’s too many, so they could actually keep Russo and bring up Miranda once Pettitte is a go.

  42. Jerkface May 11th, 2010 at 12:43 am

    A-rod’s HR/FB rate is far below normal.

  43. Jhn May 11th, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Alex is a fraud, don’t buy his stats they were juiced! He should make between 5-7 million at best.

  44. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2010 at 12:44 am

    So that could also support the idea that is a correction is coming.

  45. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2010 at 12:46 am

    My last post was in reference to Jerkface’s comment, not the fraud nonsense.

  46. pat May 11th, 2010 at 12:47 am

    People used to complain the Yankees didn’t need Alex hitting HRs in April and May, they needed him to hit them in October.

    Maybe he took your advice this year. :wink:

  47. Jerkface May 11th, 2010 at 12:47 am

    LGY,

    I know you posted Jeter’s April Stats, but his May stats are even worse a third of the way into the season and his 2009 May was great.

    Limited sample so far but his May 2010 is atrocious. 10% LD in may.

  48. JK May 11th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    SS Jeter
    CF Gardner
    1B Teix
    3B Arod
    2B Cano
    C Posada
    RF Swisher
    DH Miranda/Thames
    LF Winn

  49. pistol pete May 11th, 2010 at 12:50 am

    KC has Guillen, bad guy but in the last yr of a cheap $6.5m contract, hitting 268 slugging 550, could dh/of. Manny makes stupid money $20m and LA might dump and pay part. Give them Johnson and it’s 14.5m net with 80%left, $11m much of it deferred. How’d you like Manny batting 6th dhing or outfield instead of Thames or Winn. Could let both Thames and Winn go with Manny. How bout a lineup of Jeter/Gardner/Tex/Arod/Cano/Manny/Posada/Swisher/Granderson, wow.

  50. Nick in SF May 11th, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Thank you, UnKnown.

  51. LGY May 11th, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Jerkface,

    I didn’t go into the May stats because like you said the sample is limited.

    I understand the concerns over Jeter, but I think we need at least until the end of May.

  52. Jhn May 11th, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Cashman better get the ratio of old players to young down. The team was rolling until Posada came back, just like last year. The chemistry changes, it’s a fact.
    Yankees need youth, these old players are an accident waiting to happen.

  53. tampayank May 11th, 2010 at 12:53 am

    E60 Special on MO tomorow at 7pm ESPN, set the DVRs

    And ‘father time’ concerns me about several current players on the roster. At least we got Montero ready offensively

  54. Zolio May 11th, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Once Grandy comes back, Winn can go back to his rightful place – the bench except once every 2 weeks and Swisher’s D replacement.

    Though we need a real DH. One that has power.

  55. Dark Dante May 11th, 2010 at 12:56 am

    I wonder if Brian Cashman was watching this game?

  56. Al May 11th, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Jeter having a down year can only help in our negotiations this winter.

    Though A-Rod having a down year is disastrous.

  57. m May 11th, 2010 at 12:56 am

    How can something be atrocious 10 days into May?

  58. CR9 May 11th, 2010 at 12:57 am

    ¡

  59. CR9 May 11th, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Utah making a late push here.

  60. Jhn May 11th, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Now look at that at bat by Matsui, that’s how you keep your team in the game, make them throw pitches!

  61. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2010 at 1:00 am

    m

    “How can something be atrocious 10 days into May?”

    I assume you’re making a SS reference. Jeter’s LD% was 12.6 % in April. That’s worrisome as well. When you factor in that it has declined in May, it could suggest a decline. The emphasis on could.

  62. m May 11th, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Wheeler has the saddest Gamecast photo. :(

  63. CR9 May 11th, 2010 at 1:01 am

    LOL @ the Angels. Now they are showing some effort. No longer playing the Red Sox, a reasonable could gather.

  64. Mark May 11th, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Matsui is hitting .230 with a .311 OBP.

    Damon is the one that got away, not Matsui.

  65. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Matsui is not having a good season: .237 .311 .390

    But his BABIP is only .267, so he may have been unlucky.

  66. CR9 May 11th, 2010 at 1:02 am

    GOOOOOD!! Shot clock winding down, broken play, and a dagger 3 from Shannon Brown!

  67. Superman May 11th, 2010 at 1:02 am

    The core 4 will never decline. They will decline when they choose to.

  68. Nick in SF May 11th, 2010 at 1:04 am

    “Now they are showing some effort. No longer playing the Red Sox, a reasonable [sic] could gather.

    No, that is actually unreasonable.

  69. tampayank May 11th, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Or the Angels are playing in the comforts of their home ballpark

  70. EC May 11th, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Can’t forget that A-Rod used steroids as well…. and we’ve seen how the bodies and skills of steroid users deteriorate and quickly. Now, A-Rod is in much better shape than most of them (cough Giambi), but that cannot be discounted.

    We’ll see if his HR/FB rate normalizes. I do tend to agree that his problems are more worrisome than Jeter’s.

  71. CR9 May 11th, 2010 at 1:05 am

    mel

    I saw you put earlier today or yesterday that “you made your mind up on having the Celtics beat the Cavs” and could not go along with me in “going against the Celtics”

    I thought you had agreed with me a week ago about the Cavs moving on? I guess I was wrong?

    What are your reasons, as a Lakers fan, for wanting the Cavs to lose?

  72. CR9 May 11th, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Nick

    LOL

    A reasonable person could gather from the fact that the Angels are now winning, that they are no longer facing the Red Sox!

  73. Jhn May 11th, 2010 at 1:07 am

    What really bothers me about this game is Austin Jackson right under Cashman’s beak nose, and NOT given a chance be on this team. His replacement is on the DL instead!!

  74. Zed May 11th, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Or Tampa is in a hitting slump (like we will inevitable go through or might even be going through right now).

  75. CR9 May 11th, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Stick a fork in Utah. THEY ARE DONE! WOW! I didnt think the Lakers would be able to win 2 games in Utah. That’s been a pretty difficult home arena to play in over the years.

  76. Nick in SF May 11th, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Am I supposed to be looking for some L :shock: ST email?

    Because I am going to be shutting down my reasonableness for the night sometime soon.

  77. m May 11th, 2010 at 1:08 am

    I don’t know if it’s officiating or bad luck, but it’s not going Jazz’s way.

  78. pat May 11th, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Matsui- .233/.311/.390 4 HRs and 14 RBI

  79. tampayank May 11th, 2010 at 1:09 am

    I think the Cavs will pull it out against Boston, will probably take 7 though

  80. Carl C. May 11th, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Cavs are a much more dangerous team than Boston.

    LeBron can singlehandedly explode for 50. Celtics are too old to put it together for 4 straight series. Not to mention, the joke that is the NBA will give LeBron all the calls so he gets his ring.

    Celtics will come into the finals bruised and beat up and they are old (and I doubt they get past Orlando anyway). Lakers’ toughest test was OKC and now they will have an easy road to the finals with plenty of rest.

    If I’m a Lakers fan, I want LeBron out as soon as possible. As does every Knicks fan LOL (unless your Boston hatred overrides your desire to potentially get LeBron, which is understandable).

  81. CR9 May 11th, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Expect it tomorrow! You can go ahead and shut down your reasonableness for the night.

    I will shut down my reasonableness as well, and while being unreasonable, say “The Angels actually desire to beat the Red Sox”

    HAHA It’s funny to utter those words, and to type them. They sound ridiculous!! :)

  82. Nick in SF May 11th, 2010 at 1:13 am

    The Angels put their reasonableness to bed first. :(

  83. m May 11th, 2010 at 1:13 am

    lol. Fuentes sucks. Actually that’s not too funny. You think it was too difficult to ask him for 3 itty-bitty outs.

  84. Kelvin May 11th, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Something about LeBron really rubs me the wrong way. I can’t root for him. Kobe has actually become likeable in comparison.

    I like the Celtics… an easy team to root for. Lots of tradition, Heinsone, Bill Rusell, etc. Plus classy guys like Rivers, Rondo, Allan, etc.

  85. Haiku-man May 11th, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Rays tied it up in top of 9th 4-4 Fuentes stinks with his 7.36 ERA

  86. jim May 11th, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Rays tied it in 9th, fuentes meltdown.

  87. tampayank May 11th, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Yeah it will be tough for Boston to go all the way w their age. I think we’ll see a LA-Orlando rematch. Longoria ties the game

  88. CR9 May 11th, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Carl

    The difference between losing in the EC Finals and EC semifinals is so small, it probably wont have any effect on whether Lebron stays or leaves.

    As someone poignantly mentioned yesterday, it appears as if Lebron is content to not win the NBA title. Or else he would just take over games and coach the team himself, since his “Celtic coach” Mike Brown obviously does not know anything about the game of basketball.

    The fact that Mike Brown owns a spot in which only 29 other people in the world own, is just DISTURBING to me.

    The guy could not coach a team that had Kobe, Lebron, and Dwight Howard.

  89. Nick in SF May 11th, 2010 at 1:16 am

    I am renouncing my Angels bet. I’m done with them!

    Not like they didn’t already renounce me first.

    :mad:

  90. Yanks 21 May 11th, 2010 at 1:16 am

    The Rays realized they were losing to a team with no integrity and immediately turned it on in the 9th inning before it was too late ;)

  91. CR9 May 11th, 2010 at 1:17 am

    There are the Angels we’ve come to know and love!! I love those Angels!! SCIO SCIA! SCIO SCIA!

    SKY-O SKY-A! SKY-O SKY-A! :lol:

  92. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 11th, 2010 at 1:18 am

    Fuentes is one scary dude, so unreliable, thank goodness Yankees have Mariano

  93. t-rock May 11th, 2010 at 1:19 am

    How about

    Cavs beat the Celtics
    Magic beat the Cavs

    Now, both goals are accomplished.

    Celtics go home for the winter and ensures another Boston team doesn’t win a championship
    and Lebron doesn’t get his ring.

    Winn-Winn for everyone.

  94. Zolio May 11th, 2010 at 1:20 am

    I don’t know how this guy got 3 outs in Fenway last year in the ALDS.

  95. Nick in SF May 11th, 2010 at 1:20 am

    I reserve the right to un-renounce the Angels once it occurs to me that they still have a lot of games to play against the Mariners and A’s….

    But I doubt it.

    To he11 with them! :devil:

  96. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Why can’t the Yankees hit Rodney?

    LeBron, like Kobe, will mature as he ages, and is exposed to life in the big city everyday, in his case, NYC.

  97. CR9 May 11th, 2010 at 1:20 am

    I could bash Mike Scio Scia from now until the end of time. I truly despise the guy, more than any Bostonian!

  98. Nick in SF May 11th, 2010 at 1:21 am

    :twisted: Evil Angels make me fail at emoticons. :twisted:

  99. m May 11th, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Too bad Garza went 7.2. They’ve only used 2 pitchers :mad:

  100. Jhn May 11th, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Yank 21

    What do you mean a team with no integrity?

  101. tampayank May 11th, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Yeah Lebron just seems so entitled when he hasn’t won anything yet. I don’t think he ends up in NY this summer though. Miami and Chicago are my two guesses if he leaves Cleveland.

    Wade is probably favorite individual player to watch. The Magic are a fun team to watch also

  102. Mark May 11th, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Rich,

    He had awful numbers against us before he became an Angel (what a shock)

    Our hitters have not been in a groove. When we faced the Angels, if you pitched around Cano, it was pretty easy to navigate.

  103. m May 11th, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Why doesn’t Wade want to play in Chicago?

    And did you guys hear about Wade’s estranged wife? She’s losing it. Judge issued a warrant for her arrest. Said all kinds of nasty things about Wade/Gabreille Union.

  104. H-Town May 11th, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Lebron is a diva.

    His team loses a heartbreaking game in the Boston Garden and an hour later, he is in Fenway Park wearing Red Sox headsets with Dr.Dre and going in front of the cameras. The rest of the team flew back on the team charter.

    I remember Cowherd screaming at him for it saying Kobe would never do that after a loss.

  105. CR9 May 11th, 2010 at 1:24 am

    t-rock

    In order for the Cavs to beat the Celtics, Lebron is going to have to actually value possessions unlike Sunday. He cant be throwing ball away for no reason.

    He also has to coach his teammates (since Mike Brown cannot coach) such as Superman Delonte and Batman Anthony Parker that they are losers and that they cannot take the ball to the rack and score. Why? Because they are losers. They will get their azzes swatted like they did on Sunday.

    Lebron basically has all the talent to destroy the Celtics, and showed 20% of what he has on Sunday, and they were in it until the final 7 minutes.

    Every time the Cavs cut it close, or took a 1 point lead, the Cavaliers went away from what was working: Valuing possessions, dribble penetration, and kick outs to open shots.

    Whenever they pulled close, they started turning the ball over (without any help from the Celtics defense) for no reason, with the main culprit Delonte West thinking he is Superman.

  106. Rich in NJ May 11th, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Fair point, Mark.

  107. Jhn May 11th, 2010 at 1:27 am

    H-Rown

    Lebron is a DIVO, Diva refers to female.

  108. MO 42 May 11th, 2010 at 1:27 am

    Lebron will stay with the Cavs.

    He enjoys losing in the 2nd round or semi-finals every year and enjoys being coached by a nobody like Mike Green and enjoys playing on a team with washed up Antwan Jaimison and Delonte West. And how about that MO Williams? Guy can’t buy a bucket during a playoff game.

    LeBron likes that situation too much to look anywhere else. i mean, who would’t?

  109. m May 11th, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Someone wrote an article about LeBron being loyal. From his AAU days to his high school sweetheart to his mother to his sponsors to the Cavs. He’s a creature of habit.

  110. CR9 May 11th, 2010 at 1:29 am

    If I had one wish in this world, it would be to inhabit the body of an athlete/manager opposing a Boston team.

    For example, Mike Scioscia, during their 3 playoff exits to the Red Sox.

    I really want to experience the euphoria that they feel when they help the Red Sox. It must be such an invigorating experience.

  111. CR9 May 11th, 2010 at 1:30 am

    That explains it! His loyalty! Lebron is loyal to losing to the Celtics! I applaud your loyalty, Lebron!

  112. Sea Net May 11th, 2010 at 1:31 am

    It was funny watching Delonte West thinking he is Kobe, driving in the lane.

    But he didn’t make any baskets, he predictably got rejected every possession. Meanwhile, LeBron is on the perimeter shooting jump shots with a bad elbow.

    I mean, why even have a coach?

  113. tampayank May 11th, 2010 at 1:31 am

    M

    Wade unlike Lebron has stated several times that he loves living in Miami and wants to stay as long as Riley gives him help.Riley will clear up space to get help and even hinted to returning to coaching…from local fl papers, espn articles w Wade quotes, I think he is most likely to be the one free agent that stays put

  114. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 11th, 2010 at 1:32 am

    No way Angels letting Lackey, Figgins, and Vlad go didn’t impact their team. Wood performed to get Figgins roster spot, and hasn’t delivered.

  115. CR9 May 11th, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Sea Net

    Whew! I thought I was the only person seeing it. At one point, I pinched myself to see if it was just a bad nightmare.

    Maybe Delonte ought to be more interested in getting that stain removed off his face than in getting swatted like a fly.

    They dont have a coach. I think it’s pretty obvious! The guy just sits there on the bench stuttering like the loser he is.

  116. vtred May 11th, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Wait, so the coach’s name is “Mike Green” because he is in the Celtics’ pockets?

    I like that ;)

    If he loses to the Magic, can we call him Mike Blue? Or if he loses to the Lakers, Mike Purple and Gold?

  117. CR9 May 11th, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Mike Brown was talking about why they lost yesterday. And all the idiot could come up with was they lost the “50-50″ ball, which means they lost the hustle plays and did not get to loose balls.

    :lol:

    They didnt lose the game because of that. They lost because they turned the ball over repeatedly, not even due to the Celtics’ defense. They did not value possessions. Even when they did get shots, they got bad ones. And the most important key, Lebron was not taking the majority of the shots or driving the lane.

  118. CR9 May 11th, 2010 at 1:38 am

    vtred

    No. He can only be called Mike Green, because he would only be intentionally throwing games against the Celtics.

    He would not throw games against the Lakers, because he would not want the Lakers to pull within 1 of the Celtics’ 17 titles (of which many were not earned!)

  119. Tom May 11th, 2010 at 1:38 am

    The Angels with Soscia will always be a contender. Watch, they will come back and win their division going away.

    Can’t underestimate good managing.

  120. JJ May 11th, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Why is Fuentes still the closer? Hasn’t Rodney earned it?

    What a mess they are. Sadly, they are in the worst division in baseball. They might win it with 82 wins.

  121. gfd May 11th, 2010 at 1:41 am

    You got the 2 Aybar brothers playing against each other here!

  122. Thich Nhat Hahn May 11th, 2010 at 1:42 am

    choate in= game over

  123. m May 11th, 2010 at 1:43 am

    lol, Willy’s the better looking of the two. Well, at least he looks human.

  124. Zolio May 11th, 2010 at 1:43 am

    How about those Nationals? 4 games over .500 now.

  125. m May 11th, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Better record than the Sox.

  126. Pat M. May 11th, 2010 at 1:45 am

    If memory serves me well, I do beleive the only series the defending World Champs lost was to these same Angels that you say are so hump…….

  127. Nick in SF May 11th, 2010 at 1:46 am

    The Nationals have been good to me this season.

    Stay under the radar, Nats. Don’t ruin a good thing.

  128. Jay May 11th, 2010 at 1:47 am

    “Well, obviously I wanted to be back in New York and I kept the lines of communication open for as long as I could,” he said. “They wanted me back, too, I think, but they wanted to get me on the cheap, and that’s the bottom line. I understand it, it’s a business. It just seems that whenever a team I’m on wins a championship, the next year they go on a budget.”

    “Well, I was trying to catch the look on A-Rod’s face when I went by him,” Damon admitted. “I know more than anyone there, he wanted me back. We’ve been friends for a very long time, and when they didn’t sign me back it definitely hurt him. That’s the unfortunate thing. All the players, the coaches, the GM, they all wanted me back. But only at their price.”

    “I didn’t sign with Detroit until February 20, so the Yankees definitely had plenty of time to decide,” he said. “I just waited until I couldn’t wait any more. And you know what? I think things have gone pretty smoothly for me over here so far.”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=5179398

  129. gfd May 11th, 2010 at 1:49 am

    To the 11th they go!!

  130. Carl May 11th, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Hitting a solo home run off of Mitre in the first game of the series is revenge?

  131. Jhn May 11th, 2010 at 1:59 am

    This game is a nightmare, Fuentes is a joke.

  132. Nick in SF May 11th, 2010 at 2:01 am

    A couple weekends ago I was driving home listening to the local sports talk station. The host has been a writer for mlb.com and he was talking about how Johnny Damon is considered one of the best interviews in baseball, particularly when a writer wants to quote to support a pre-conceived slant.

    He said Damon is a great guy and a great teammate, but will almost always oblige to answer a question in a certain way if a reporter asks the question properly.

    “Johnny, was that the greatest baseball game ever played in the history of the game?”

    “Yeah… I think that was the greatest baseball game ever played.”

    Maybe Phil Hughes actually has a sympathetic reporter to thank for the inspirational words that saved his career and not Johnny after all. ;)

  133. m May 11th, 2010 at 2:04 am

    Longoria just threw his helmet. He has a Maddon-hawk. :shock: Ugly!

  134. Jhn May 11th, 2010 at 2:06 am

    At least the Rays are fighting for the win, unlike our easy 1,2,3 out crew!

  135. m May 11th, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Balfour rubs his thumb on the brim of his cap before each pitch.

  136. Carl May 11th, 2010 at 2:09 am

    # m May 11th, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Balfour rubs his thumb on the brim of his cap before each pitch.

    Aceves does the same thing. Pedro was doing it in the world series. Buncha Cheats!

  137. Nick in SF May 11th, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Come on, Evil Angels, end this now.

  138. Carl May 11th, 2010 at 2:14 am

    Former Yankee Juan Rivera does it :)

  139. m May 11th, 2010 at 2:14 am

    Still tied in the all important loss column. :)

  140. Pat M. May 11th, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Nick in SF…WHAT GAME ARE THEY REFERRING TOO !!! & THE HUGHES REFERENCE ???

  141. Nick in SF May 11th, 2010 at 2:32 am

    He wasn’t referring to any actual game, he just made that up as an exaggerated example.

    The Hughes reference… after a series of poor starts, Johnny Damon delivered some stirring and inspirational remarks which almost certainly helped Hughes focus and turn his season around. Thank you, Johnny — or thanks to the reported who guided those remarks?

  142. Pat M. May 11th, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Nick in SF…..We should start a 13 run pool here………Everyone pulls a team and everyone will toss in a few bucks and the first team to score 13 runs in a final score wins the pool…..each week when there’s no winner, another 2 bucks goes into the pull ……This 2 dollar stake continues until we have a winner……..

  143. gfd May 11th, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Flying under the radar of the Yankees great start is the fact that Derek Jeter has been significantly under par. After going 0-5 Monday, Jeter’s line .286/.324.436.

    The most startling aspect of Jeter’s game this season, is that he’s going up to the plate and hacking at everything. His BB% is a microscopic 4.2%. Entering Monday’s game he was swinging at 53.5% of total pitches, compared to his recorded career avg of 48.1%

    What really jumps off the page is that he’s swinging at 33.9% OF PITCHES OUTSIDE THE STRIKE ZONE, which is a huge jump over his recorded career avg of 19.7%, and also 11.7% higher than last season.
    Perhaps this is the reason his line drive rate is down 8% and his ground balls are up 13% from 2009– he’s not waiting for a good pitch to hit.

    Data source:fangraghs

  144. vey May 11th, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Jeter might need lasik, or he’s at the beginning of decline, Stats don’t lie.
    I knew he was an instant out his first at bat, more often than not, but whoa his stats are in decline. I hope he can turn it around fast.

  145. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 11th, 2010 at 5:16 am

    I forgot Mark Buehrle CWS (another lefty) pitched a perfect game against the Rays last year.

    They face an ex Rays lefty Kazmir tonight, should be good.

  146. Mike RI May 11th, 2010 at 6:40 am

    are some of us .. really going to pick on Jeter ?? gfd and vey in particular !!.

    Jeter should have won the game on that line drive to right . .But Ordonez made a great play.

    Look we lost . . it was ugly …. we’ll get them tonight .

  147. blake May 11th, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Jeter is jumping at the ball. He’s done this periodically throughout his career and it usually results in a slump. This time last week he was having a great start.

    He’s just not seeing the bqll well right now and its causing him to get out in front and chase. He will come out of it..jeter should be the least of our worries. He hit two rockets last nigjt right at guys that easily could have been doubles

  148. DVAB May 11th, 2010 at 7:18 am

    I smell a 10+ game winning streak for the 2010 ( that’s right ) World Series Champion New York Yankees starting tonight !!!! :-)

  149. upstate kate May 11th, 2010 at 7:21 am

    well, that was certainly a win-able game, no need to blame any one player.
    On the bright side, Zumaya will be out of the picture for at least today, and Joba was great!

  150. blake May 11th, 2010 at 7:24 am

    That’s the most dominant Joba has been in quite awhile.

    Big game for Javy tonight. Doesn’t have to throw a shutout, just needs to give the Yankees a chance to win the game.

  151. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 11th, 2010 at 7:37 am

    My mom came in from Florida last evening, and my sister’s family came over so we could celebrate a late Mother’s Day (my mom’s flight was cancelled on Sunday), so the game was on in the background, but I wasn’t paying close attention.

    I DID see the play that ARod did not make. Was that not a fielding error as well as a throwing error? That’s a play he usually makes. Anyway, that play didn’t give me a good feeling for the rest of the night.

    Was happy to look up and see they’d closed the gap to 3-2.

    Got to see Damon’s HR. I have to admit I hate seeing him play for another team now, hated seeing him hit his patented HR to right. It’s just wrong. The feeling will pass once they’re out of Detroit. :lol:

    I was happy Austin didn’t do anything last night. (Even though I’m rooting for him as a player overall.)

    Totally missed Joba and didn’t even know he pitched.

    Robertson got some good work in, I thought. I thought Logan would be more effective than he has been, and though it was a team loss (as they almost always are), the run he gave up proved to be the difference.

    My husband had remote fever last night, so in the eighth, he switched channels and then switched back to hear Michael Kay screeching, and by the pure sound of it, we thought the Yankees had scored, thought that Gardner was sliding into home or something, only to finally see Ordonez catching that ball. Sure double most nights. Sometimes it’s just not your night.

    I did hear Ken Singleton talk about the fact that the team that has to travel after doing a late night ESPN Sunday game is usually sluggish the next day, and should have an off day the next day. I totally agree, and would agree even if it wasn’t almost always the Yankees (or Red Sox) who have to suffer this after-effect. The Red Sox and Yankees play an inordinate amount of those games, and late afternoon Fox games, as well. You’d think they could have the perk of a day off after for bring ESPN their best ratings.

    Skimmed the game thread. Two thoughts. A lot of people whose names I’d never seen before were here. And, let’s just say, it wasn’t worth more than a skim.

  152. upstate kate May 11th, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Doreen
    the guys didn’t even get in until 4 or 5 am, so its no wonder they might be a bit off.

    I really really hope Javy pitches like the pitcher we know he can be tonight :)

  153. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 11th, 2010 at 7:47 am

    upstate kate -

    Me too. He just has to pitch a solid game, nothing special.

  154. SJ44 May 11th, 2010 at 8:08 am

    “New” people always come on here after Yankee losses. Its as predictable as anything else on here.

    Blake is right, big game for Javy this evening.

    He has to step up and give the team a chance to win. Be a stopper.

    He is certainly capable of doing it. Tonight would be as good a time as any to get going.

  155. Billy D May 11th, 2010 at 8:12 am

    “Jeter should have won the game on that line drive to right . .But Ordonez made a great play.”

    Credit Los Tigres for a little scouting/coaching. They were playing Jeter to hit that way. Magglio didn’t have a long way to go to make that play. Good play, but I believe he benefited from being well positioned.

  156. upstate kate May 11th, 2010 at 8:15 am

    wow, just saw that Clippard is 6-0. I love seeing “our” former guys do well…Coke, IPK, Ajax…speaks well for the farm system.

  157. MTU (aka GBURL) May 11th, 2010 at 8:18 am

    After last night’s game you needed a pair of rubber boots to wade thru all the sh-t on this blog.

    It was awful.

    Somebody left the door of the Asylum wide open.

    That was almost the old Joba we saw last night. Put a smile on my face. :)

  158. MTU (aka GBURL) May 11th, 2010 at 8:20 am

    I’m pulling for Javy to pitch a competitive game tonite.

    I don’t want to think about what might be coming if he doesn’t.

  159. SJ44 May 11th, 2010 at 8:21 am

    MTU,

    Wait until school is out for the summer. It will be worse. Just the way it is.

    Pat M said it best last night. Forget registration, they should administer an IQ test before having people post here.

    Its amazing how one loss, or even the Yankees being behind in a game, can make some folks become so emotionally unglued.

  160. blake May 11th, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Its pretty amazing how the Yankees lose a road game in which Serge Mitre starts and suddenly Jeter and Arod are washed up and the world is ending…

    The rays lost yesterday also…neither was going to play .700 baseball the whole season.

  161. MTU (aka GBURL) May 11th, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Sj-

    It was hard to get a normal word in edgewise, and there was so much crap it was impossible to ignore.

    It was sorry.

  162. upstate kate May 11th, 2010 at 8:25 am

    MTU, I much prefer the blog this time of day, its much nicer.
    Joba looked great, and D-rob pitched well too.

  163. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 11th, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I had read something here about Ty Clippard so just went to check it out myself. He may have a good W/L record, and his personal ERA is good, but he has allowed 50% of inherited runners to score. Of 18 IRs, 9 have scored. He gets the wins because he’s blown the save or hold. And the runs don’t count towards his own ERA. It’s more a reflection of his team’s ability to come back than it is of his effectiveness.

    I am certainly not bashing Clippard, but, just as an example, Dave Robertson has also allowed 50% of his IRs to score and we don’t find too much praise for him here, do we? :)

  164. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 11th, 2010 at 8:26 am

    From skimming, it looked like a lot of regulars skipped out last night after a while?

  165. MTU (aka GBURL) May 11th, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Kate-

    I agree with you 100%.

    Game threads are becoming a minefield.

  166. Alvaro Fernandez Ravelo May 11th, 2010 at 8:27 am

    No mention of Damon’s ring … was he given one or until the Tigers play at Yankee stadium or Damon gets traded back to the Yankees? LOL!

  167. Billy D May 11th, 2010 at 8:27 am

    “wow, just saw that Clippard is 6-0. I love seeing “our” former guys do well”

    Nats play some tight games. Team has 18 wins and in 14 of them a save was recorded. Clippard has been great. Also has 7 Holds to go with those 6 wins. He’s on pace to toss about 125 relief innnings which means he’s probably being “Proctored” a bit. Be interesting to see if he can maintain such a pace.

  168. upstate kate May 11th, 2010 at 8:28 am

    ah, thanks for the info Doreen, I was just looking at the W/L record.

  169. Erin May 11th, 2010 at 8:28 am

    MTU (aka GBURL) May 11th, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Game threads are becoming a minefield.

    ******************************
    I very rarely post in a game thread. They’re scary. ;)

  170. blake May 11th, 2010 at 8:29 am

    good things from last night.

    Joba threw as well as he has in a long time, Drob looked better, tex is heating up, nobody got hurt.

    If the Yanks can manage a win tonight I like their chances at at least a split. Javy just needs to keep them in the ballgame and that would be something to build on.

  171. Erin May 11th, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Alvaro Fernandez Ravelo May 11th, 2010 at 8:27 am
    No mention of Damon?s ring ? was he given one or until the Tigers play at Yankee stadium or Damon gets traded back to the Yankees? LOL!

    *************************
    Kay mentioned last night he does have his ring-I guess he asked Cashman to just mail it to him.

  172. MTU (aka GBURL) May 11th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Blake-

    The fact of the matter is that the Yankees are a great team but there are times when you would think they are in last place and couldn’t win a game to save their souls.

    Some people just don’t have a clue. Absolutely none.

  173. blake May 11th, 2010 at 8:32 am

    I like the game threads because I enjoy discussing the things I see during the games with some of the regulars on here…alas these days that’s really only possible if the Yanks are winning the game.

  174. SJ44 May 11th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Damon already got his ring. He asked Cashman to ship it to him a few weeks ago because the Tigers aren’t in NY until August and Damon wasn’t sure he would be a Tiger in August.

    I think folks who live for stats sometimes get a tad too caught up in them. All the new “Jeter is fading” talk is a reflection of that.

    The guy is slumping right now. However, the last two nights, he’s hit the ball on the nose but at people. That’s the way it goes in baseball sometimes.

    You ride out slumps just as you ride out hot streaks.

    If Jeter was 25 and slumping, nobody would mention “decline”. You have a slump at his age, its a “sign of decline”, according to some.

    The last guy on this team I’m concerned about is Derek Jeter.

    I wasn’t going to post in the game thread last night until I saw an impersonator posting as me. That’s when I decided to post.

    I think from now on, I’ll just avoid the game threads altogether. Too much nonsense and too much idiocy and its only going to get worse as the season goes on.

  175. blake May 11th, 2010 at 8:37 am

    MTU,
    I agree. To some folks anything less than 162-0 is unacceptable. The Yankees are tied for first in the loss column and have played nearly .700 baseball with a ton of injuries. The lineup is nowhere near full strength yet and they have probably their toughest stretch of the schedule nearly behind them. They are in a great position right now.

  176. MTU (aka GBURL) May 11th, 2010 at 8:39 am

    We need to see definite improvement from Vasquez tonite.

    He has been given a chance to clear his head and work on his mechanics.

    He is away from the pressure of YS, and he has a big park to work with.

    Just do it Javy.

  177. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 11th, 2010 at 8:40 am

    So, I went back and was looking at Clippard’s other stats – boy, I didn’t realize how many stats they kept on relief pitchers!!! Hi leverage, low leverage, medium leverage, tie score, team ahead, team behind, etc., etc., etc.

    The take away I got from looking at everything is that Clip is doing a decent job, but the 6-0 and low ERA is slightly misleading.

  178. MTU (aka GBURL) May 11th, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Blake-

    They are in great shape and can only get better.

    Vasquez turns it around.

    Miranda replaces NJ against righties.

    The BP starts to solidify and Park back soon.

    Joba looks more like Joba.

    Tex is starting to bring it.

    A-Rod will turn it on at some point.

    Jorge is back.

    GGBG is a revelation.

    What else do people want ?

  179. upstate kate May 11th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    I know it is early in the season, but the Nats are in 2nd place! and they don’t even have Strassburg yet. It must be such a thrill for them.

  180. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 11th, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Nitpicking everything that doesn’t go perfectly in a game, whether they end up winning or losing, is getting very tedious. (Or rather, I should say reading the nitpicking is getting tedious.)

    Baseball is a game of failure. Hitters make outs twice as many times as they get a hit and that’s considered good. Pitchers miss their spots by hundredths of a fraction of an inch and give up HRs. There will never be a game that is played perfectly from start to finish. And it’s a looooooong season. Getting caught up in each individual game to the extent that happens on here on a nightly basis seems a surefire way to drive yourself loony. Not to say losses aren’t disappointing and mistakes aren’t sometimes heartbreaking, but the extrapolation and hyperbole that go on is mind-numbing at times.

    Anyway, as I understand it Nick in SF got some pretty strong negative vibes before last night’s game, so obviously it wasn’t going to be a good, good night. ;) :lol:

  181. Billy D May 11th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    “The take away I got from looking at everything is that Clip is doing a decent job, but the 6-0 and low ERA is slightly misleading.”

    It is, but at the same time, he’s striking out better than a batter per inning and has allowed only 12 hits in 24 IP. As I said earlier, he’s on a pace that dictates about 85 appearances and 125 innings. That’s a ridiculous amount. Half of his inherited runners scored were allowed over his last three appearances. In a bullpen of Bruneys and Batistas, Clippard is being leaned on pretty heavily. Might be wearing on him a little already.

  182. z May 11th, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I had a dream last night that the Yanks were knocked out of the 2010 playoffs.

    That’s not the worst part: the Red Sox were still in it, and one win away from the ALCS.

    Did I say dream? I meant nightmare.

    (why can’t I dream about supermodels w/insatiable desires???)

  183. Steve May 11th, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Ivan Nova will be ready if needed tonight. The ideal situation is to get 6 good innings from Javy, 2 clean innings from Nova, and finally, 1 inning from Mo.
    Detroit emptied their bullpen last night like it was a 1-game series.

  184. Joe from Long Island May 11th, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Good morning, guys.

    I blame the schools and sports talk for the stupidity. The schools for fostering the attitude that everybody is special and everybody’s opinion is important. (Wasn’t there an animated movie along that theme; can’t remember the name right now.) Sports talk is to blame for shortenting attention spans, and fosterting in your face loud mouthed opinions, without any data to back it up.

    That’s the kind of in-game commenting we’ve got.

    Maybe I’m just cranky. Maybe GB7 is rubbing off on me. Time to get some coffee and get to work.

    Later.

  185. Billy D May 11th, 2010 at 8:57 am

    “I know it is early in the season, but the Nats are in 2nd place! and they don’t even have Strassburg yet. It must be such a thrill for them.”

    They’re going to flame out at some point. Not enough innings out of their starters and not enough trustworthy guys in their bullpen. Strasburg will help some for sure, but then at some point 113 year old Livan Hernandez (4-1, 1.04 ERA, .992 WHIP) will catch the shuttle back to Earth. Nats fans have a lot to look forward to, but I’d be stunned if they loss less than 90 when all is said and done.

  186. Joe from Long Island May 11th, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Oh yeah, baseball – Leyland seemed to manage that game as if the season depended on it. It leaves him without Bonine, and more importantly, Zumaya for tonight and maybe longer.

    I think Nova’s got to be ready to pitch tonight if Vazquez shows more of the same, and if I were Joe I’d have Vazquez on a short leash. Who knows, maybe Nova will shine brightly ( :) ).

  187. Billy D May 11th, 2010 at 9:02 am

    *LOSE less than 90

  188. upstate kate May 11th, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Billy D
    yeah, I agree the Nats will flame out, and I don’t really follow them much at all, just was happy to see one of our own doing well.

  189. MaineYankee May 11th, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I learned almost from the time I found this blog that I can enjoy the game more if I stay away from the blog. To much to wade through and it causes to much angst which takes away the enjoyement of the game.

  190. ac1 May 11th, 2010 at 9:21 am

    for me the story last night was joba chamberlain. WOW. Back to 98 with the nasty breaking ball. I know it wont be like that everytime, but the fact he CAN do it again is great news.

  191. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 11th, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Rays have lost 3 in a row, one of those loses, like last year was to a lefty pitching a perfect game (Buehrle.) Tonight they face a former friend and ex Devil Ray, Kazmir who is a lefty. Maybe Kazmir will post a W for his new team.

  192. blake May 11th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I also thought it was a bit strange Leyland let Zumaya throw that many pitches.

  193. comet May 11th, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Good morning USKate!

    The state of the Yankees is just fine. It is a long season, No?

  194. upstate kate May 11th, 2010 at 9:49 am

    good morning Comet!

    I am quite happy with the state of the Yankees:
    starting pitchers doing well
    Robbie :)
    Tex starting to heat up
    Joba
    4 of 6 at Fenway
    west coast trip over
    just for a start!

  195. LGY May 11th, 2010 at 9:51 am

    The only reason the Jeter thing is being brought up is because it is the beginning of the season. If it was in July, it would just be a slump.

    Especially in May it is far too early to be going to his BB%, K%, LD%.

    Before yesterday’s game his LD% in May was 10%. After last night’s game it is up to 12.1%.

    He jumped up 2% in a single night. There is plenty of May left to go for it to keep rising.

  196. Nick C May 11th, 2010 at 9:57 am

    CERVELLI TO THE ALL STAR GAME!!!

    Vote Cervelli into the all star game. Cast him in as a write in dont select a catcher on your ballot so the vote will count. He needs to get in.

  197. Haiku-man May 11th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Sure I wanted a win last night, who didn’t. When I seen the closer for the Angels (Fuentes) get his 2nd blown save, with a 7.04 ERA, and hasn’t saved a game yet, for the season. Thank goodness for Mo, and his great cutter!!

    What does anger me, is the papers suggesting the Yankees miss Damon, because he hit a home run.What is the Yankees record, and what is the Tigers, if postseason were decided today, the Tigers wouldn’t make postseason? puhleez!!

  198. ac1 May 11th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    i have to say even with the loss, i was fist pumpin with each joba strike out. I was so happy to see that 98 on the gun.

  199. Mark in Tampa May 11th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Joba was throwing very nicely last night, but I would not be surprised in the least to see that the gun is a couple miles per hour faster in Detroit to make Zumaya look like he is hitting 100, even if he isn’t.

  200. NYYROC May 11th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    My guess is that they’ll keep Nova through tonight, since they do not know how Javy will do. After that, maybe they send Nova down and bring up Miranda. He can platoon DH with Thames. When CHoP comes back (maybe by early next week) they could send down Russo or Logan, depending upon what the team needs.
    Nice to see Joba dominate!!

  201. ac1 May 11th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    that may be true, but even without that, the pace and the intensity was back too…

  202. Bronx Jeers May 11th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I’m thinking Javy’s got nothing to lose tonight and puts up a good performance. I feel he’s hit the proverbial “bottom of the barrel”. What else can happen to him?

    Booed off the mound by hostile crowd with history of contempt for him? – Check.

    Failed miserably with nemesis-manager in opposing dugout? – Check

    Healthy scratch from “big game” with hated rival? – Check

    And now that the Yanks have lost a couple he gets to play the role of “stopper” . Yeah it’s early May and his team isn’t exactly struggling for wins but it’s more about perception in cases like this.

    And it’s not like the Tigers were tearin the cover off the ball last night. 4 ER’s off Mitre, Robertson and Logan?

  203. Haiku-man May 11th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Some friends/family that are Cards fans tried to tease me about the Tiger game.
    I simply said, “This coming from a team swept by the Phillies, a team you still can’t find a way to beat, with a pitcher (Halladay) who owns Pujols,” they had to suddenly go, Bwahahah!

  204. JohnC May 11th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Flyers beat Boston again. Now its 3-2 going to Philly for game 6. Wouldn’t it be somethingif Flyers pulled this out. Then it would be a BOSTON team havin one of the worst chokes in sports history!

  205. upstate kate May 11th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Mark
    I thought the gun might be a little fast as well, but still Joba was impressive.

    Johnny D was/is one of my fav players, but he has moved on, so why can’t we.

  206. Billy D May 11th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    “Joba was throwing very nicely last night, but I would not be surprised in the least to see that the gun is a couple miles per hour faster in Detroit to make Zumaya look like he is hitting 100, even if he isn’t.”

    Agreed. That gun was high. His stuff was pretty filthy though.

  207. tk May 11th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    The website linked below has analysis of the Gameday data. It shows that Joba averaged 96.76 MPH on his fastball and maxed out at 98.3 MPH. Which is supported by the fact that he threw 11 fastballs and got 5 swinging strikes.

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....evDate=510

  208. Bronx Jeers May 11th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    The gun on TV was matching the one on MLB gameday.

    Zumaya throws hard. So does Joba.

  209. Mark in Tampa May 11th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Vazquez has as good a chance for success tonight as any night. Big ballpark, hard to hit HRs, and the Tiger’s best hitters are predominantly right-handed. The only monkey wrench would be his nemesis, Damon.

  210. Patrick May 11th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    The gun was accurate. According to PitchFX, Joba averaged 96.76 mph on his fastball and had a max velo of 98.3. Looks like he had 3 fastballs right around 98 last night.

  211. Mark in Tampa May 11th, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I guess there could be second monkey wrench-it could be that he just sucks this year and couldn’t get out a high school team with 500 foot fences, but I am betting against that.

    For now.

  212. ac1 May 11th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I was thinking about the gun. i think mlb would have their own gun, and not depend on the tigers gun. mlb had the speeds.

  213. tk May 11th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    “Joba was throwing very nicely last night, but I would not be surprised in the least to see that the gun is a couple miles per hour faster in Detroit to make Zumaya look like he is hitting 100, even if he isn?t.”

    That certainly wouldn’t be unheard of, but Zumaya legitimately sits at 99-100. Last night his average fastball was 99.88 MPH and he topped out at 101.7. Even with that velocity, there were no swinging strikes on any of his 29 fastballs.

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....evDate=510

  214. randy l. May 11th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    i’d say that tonight is a pretty big game for vazquez.

    if he implodes again, they’re going to have to stop and really look at everything before proceeding with him for another start.

    if he’s just a bit bad, say 4 runs in five innings then they can keep running him out there to let the problem fix itself over time.

    as far as the silly talk about jeter suddenly losing it, maybe some of you should take up a hobby or something . go do something else so you’re not over thinking and fixating on things that aren’t there.

  215. Erin May 11th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    YankeesWFAN Rainy and windy outside my window in Detroit. And I THINK I saw snow flurries. On May 11th.

  216. Wave Your Hat May 11th, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Patrick-

    Still like Winn playing against lefties?

  217. randy l. May 11th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    really good news on joba velocity

  218. Wave Your Hat May 11th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    You don’t need the gun to see Joba had it last night.

  219. Patrick May 11th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Wave,

    To be honest, I never liked it but I think it’s been too small a sample and I dread Marcus Thames playing the outfield. Thames has hurt us several times already this season in the field. I love his bat vs lefties but I can’t stomach that fielding. I’d rather give away a little bit at the plate with Winn and get back better fielding.

    The alternative is DHing a guy like Miranda vs a lefty (which he doesn’t really hit that well) and putting Thames in the field. I don’t think you gain enough offense to justify Thames’ fielding.

  220. Jerkface May 11th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Juan Miranda

    LHP Career: 0.246 0.320 0.411 0.731
    LHP 09: 0.291 0.367 0.507 0.874
    LHP 10: 0.313 0.389 0.563 0.952

    Give him a chance.

  221. Steve May 11th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Up-to-date with Juan Miranda ………..

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....pid=506673

  222. Patrick May 11th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Jerkface,

    So vs a lefty starter you’d rather have Thames LF / Miranda DH than Winn LF / Thames DH?

  223. Jerkface May 11th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    I’d rather not have Thames on the team.

    Just make Miranda the DH. Winn might suck but atleast he won’t kill the defense.

  224. Joe from Long Island May 11th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    1. Axccording to NOAA – chance of rain and/or thundestorms, and cool, each of the next three nights in Detroit. And no scheduled return trip this season.

    2. randy – I think Hughes’ performance to date makes it easier for the Yankees to have some patience with Vazquez, as Hughes steps up into the “No. 4″ spot in the rotation. But, I think it also makes it easier for them to cut ties with him if, say, come the trade deadline he’s still struggling.

    If Phil continues to give 6-7 good innings per start, then it would make it easier for them to go to a Jason Hirsh, Ivan Nova, or Zach McAllister for the “No. 5″ spot. And, since those guys would be making the minimum salary, they could then eat a chunk of Vazquez’ remaining salary without disrupting their payroll. Who knows, maybe an NL team would take him on.

  225. Jerkface May 11th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Thames brings so little to the table. He isn’t worth a roster spot.

  226. Wave Your Hat May 11th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    In my totally unsabermetric opinion Winn cost us the game last night. He didn’t catch anything Thames wouldn’t have caught, and the lefties completely neutralized him.

    We need a fourth outfielder who can play the field and hit lefties both. We needed him before the season started, IMO, and Cashman acquired two outfielders neither of whom could hit lefties, and a third outfielder who can hit lefties but who can’t play the field.

    In the meantime I’d prefer Thames in LF vs LHP, Posada DH’ing and Cervelli catching. I don’t have great hopes for Miranda’s usefulness.

    Argh.

  227. RayVT May 11th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Wave & Patrick

    Thames is not a killer in LF. He hits lefties great and deserves to play. I think of him in the Lou Pinela mold. I also think later innings a defensive replacement is needed for him. I like him as a DH against lefties.

    Winn doesn’t appear to be ready yet.

  228. Wave Your Hat May 11th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    jerkface-

    If a lefty in AAA were good enough to serve as a useful test for whether Miranda could hit major league lefties, that AAA lefty would be in the majors.

  229. CountryClub May 11th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    “That dropped Jeter’s numbers to .286/.324/.436, a .336 wOBA, which is certainly disappointing for the Captain after his stellar 2009 season. His performance last night prompted many comments regarding his production and his age. Jeter has still produced above average numbers, but we’ve come to expect more from him. We might get more, too. Apparently, many forget that just last season Jeter got off to a slow start, only to pick up the pace once the weather got warmer.

    That line-out was Jeter’s 142nd plate appearance of the season, or about 20 percent of his season if he stays healthy. At this point last year he actually produced similar numbers. Through 30 games in 2009 he had 142 PA, same as this year. In that span he hit .266/.338/.406, a wOBA of around .350. That’s a bit better than this year, mainly because of his higher OBP. This year he’s walked a bit less, but has also hit for more power, which somewhat offset each other.”

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....009-28205/

  230. NYYROC May 11th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Vs a LHP I’d play Winn in LF, or while he’s here, give Russo a shot. Thames would be the DH vs a LHP. I wouldn’t let him near a baseball glove. Vs RHP Winn in LF and Miranda DH.

  231. Wave Your Hat May 11th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I’m with you, RayVT.

  232. Erin May 11th, 2010 at 10:53 am

    New Post-Damon: ?I know what kind of player I am?

  233. comet May 11th, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Erin you live in Detroit? Snow Flurries?

    Good morning Erin, even though I’m Number 2 to Mr Cano.

    As for your PBF he is having a monster year. Here’s looking at him (and you)!

  234. Jerkface May 11th, 2010 at 10:53 am

    If a lefty in AAA were good enough to serve as a useful test for whether Miranda could hit major league lefties, that AAA lefty would be in the majors.

    Ok, great, discount all stats for everyone in the minor leagues ever. How will we ever know to bring them up? Miranda was told to hit lefties , and he has done that now going on 2 years. And there are plenty of lefties in the majors that are AAA quality. And there are going to be MLB quality lefties in the minors for one reason or another.

  235. Joe from Long Island May 11th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    The current OF situation has a limited time period to run. I would expect Curtis Granderson back by end of the month, at which time both Thames and Winn will go back to doing what they were originally signed to do – be backups.

  236. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 11th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    :arrow:

  237. livia May 12th, 2010 at 7:55 am

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