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Reelin’ With The Feelin’, Don’t Stop, Continue . . .

The Yankees have won four in a row, their last five at home, and two of their last three home games three via walk-off hits. Just three teams in the American League have a better record than the Bombers entering this afternoon’s action (of course, two of them, the Red Sox and overachieving Blue Jays, are in the AL East).

Coming off last night’s thrilling comeback, the Yankees send ace CC Sabathia to the mound today to face 30-year-old rookie right-hander Matt Palmer. Palmer, who spent seven years in the Giants’ organization prior to joining the Angels this year, is making just his fifth major league start. He went 0-2 with a 8.53 ERA in three starts for the Giants last year and gave up five runs (four earned) in six innings against the Tigers in his only previous start this season. He walked three in that game against just one strikeout, though he also picked up the win thanks to ten runs of support.

Sabathia was excellent in his last start save for one ugly inning in which he gave up three runs. Still, he needed just 99 pitches to complete eight innings while striking out seven and walking none. Sabathia shook off his early struggles at this point last season. He also dominated the Angels the last time he faced them (two starts in 2007: 1.12 ERA over 16 innings). Here’s hoping the pitching matchup lives up to its apparent lopsidedness.

Nick Swisher gets the day off after having been hit in the elbow with a pitch last night. His x-rays were negative (which is positive) and he is day-to-day. Melky Cabrera moves to right field with Brett Gardner, who singled and walked in three trips last night, taking over in center. Last night’s hero, Jorge Posada, gets the day-game after the night-game off, leaving the catching duties to Jose Molina, who is 5-for-12 with two walks and a grand slam in his last four starts.

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1 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 12:37 pm

The bottom of the lineup is very weak without Posada and Swisher. Until Arod gets back, I think the Yankees need to send Gardner down for a decent bat in the OF (whether it be a quick cup of coffee for AJ, Duncan or whomever).

2 Diane Firstman   ~  May 2, 2009 12:58 pm

Torii Hunter talks about the new Stadium, and the fans

3 PJ   ~  May 2, 2009 1:12 pm

Bleh @ the "FOX blackout!" We here are "reduced" to Waldman and Sterling from the "Lowe's Broadcast Booth" this afternoon... not that there's anything wrong with that!

Go CC!

: )

4 OldYanksFan   ~  May 2, 2009 1:14 pm

I HATE BLACKOUTS! If there at place on the Net where you can HEAR a broadcast???

5 OldYanksFan   ~  May 2, 2009 1:15 pm

IS THERE a place....

6 ms october   ~  May 2, 2009 1:17 pm

damn jetere hit

7 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 1:18 pm

I think it's time to hit some of their hitters.

8 PJ   ~  May 2, 2009 1:19 pm

[4] We subscribe to MLB Gameday Audio, OYF. It's $15 a season, and the reason we have it is for "FOX Saturdays" and "ESRSN Sundays"...


9 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 1:20 pm


10 Just Fair   ~  May 2, 2009 1:23 pm

Hockey players around the world are giggling at you Aybar. Man up, brother.

11 PJ   ~  May 2, 2009 1:28 pm

[10] See also cheerleaders...


12 randym77   ~  May 2, 2009 1:31 pm

"Brimming with people"...but plenty of good seats still available behind home plate.

13 BatgirlReneeNYC   ~  May 2, 2009 1:37 pm

Here is a place to listen for free if anyone needs it-http://www.wlad.com/page.php?page_id=20325#5014

It's the Sterling/Waldman stream

14 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 1:38 pm

This has become a theme with Sabathia...he seems to have good stuff, but all of sudden walks a batter and then starts giving up hits.

15 randym77   ~  May 2, 2009 1:38 pm

Bit of a jam here for CC.

16 PJ   ~  May 2, 2009 1:38 pm

C'mon double play!

: )

17 ms october   ~  May 2, 2009 1:39 pm

that was a nice sequence - now one more time

18 PJ   ~  May 2, 2009 1:42 pm

I hope Derek doesn't have to be removed like Swisher was last night...

: /

19 PJ   ~  May 2, 2009 1:45 pm

I heard over the YS PA in the background that Alex went 0-6 and Wang pitched well... allowing no runs over four innings with two walks...

20 PJ   ~  May 2, 2009 1:46 pm


Alex played five innings @ 3B...

21 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 1:48 pm

Ham said that Wang is getting physical therapy.

22 ms october   ~  May 2, 2009 1:51 pm

i wonder if alex and/or the yankees are pleased with how he is swinging the bas?
the numbers aren't very encouraging, but they may well be meanigless.

23 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 1:55 pm

He went.

24 ms october   ~  May 2, 2009 1:57 pm

very nice play melky

25 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 1:57 pm

Melky is as good in RF as anyone. If only he could hit like a RFer.

26 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 1:57 pm

No way Swish catches that.

Also, Molina looks awesome with the glasses.

27 PJ   ~  May 2, 2009 1:58 pm

[22] I keep having to remind myself that Alex has "only just begun" baseball activities, and that a mid-May return is more realistic as the earliest.

To the Banterers,

With Glove,


: )

28 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 2:01 pm

How is that fair?

29 Just Fair   ~  May 2, 2009 2:01 pm

These umps are retarded.

30 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 2:02 pm

Abreu doesn't catch that.

31 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 2:02 pm

I dunno, the first angle sure made it look clearly foul.

32 ms october   ~  May 2, 2009 2:03 pm

[26] yeah the glasses are cool. i am always amazed at how quick and agile molina is behind the plate.

[27] i agree with the mid-may return date. i'd rather alex get comfortable at the plate and not come back and press or develop bad habits if he gets off to a slow start.

33 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 2:07 pm

[32] Here's what Cash said today:

On A-Rod’s timetable: “We’re giving him tomorrow off regardless and then we’ll kind of see how this goes. We do have an idea of when we might be having him here. But it’s too easy to say whether that is a realistic idea.”

Cashman would not reveal that date other than to say it would not be on this homestand.

34 PJ   ~  May 2, 2009 2:08 pm

[32] He plays defense like a 30-year-old 200 pounder!

: )

35 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 2:11 pm

Great play.

36 Just Fair   ~  May 2, 2009 2:11 pm

Dear Lighting in a bottle. Thanks for the help.
- Alberto

37 PJ   ~  May 2, 2009 2:12 pm

Lemme guess...

Cody/Berroa don't make that play?


38 randym77   ~  May 2, 2009 2:12 pm

I could really get to like this Pena kid.

39 ms october   ~  May 2, 2009 2:13 pm

[33] thanks.
hopefully pena can continue hitting (even if he cools off a bit, at least be serviceable) and it seems plays like that are the norm from him fielding wise, and the yanks continue their winning ways so arod is not overly rushed.

40 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 2:14 pm

[36] Who's Alberto?
I hate it when I don't get the jokes.

[37] I think we can safely say that, yes. Nor A-Rod, for that matter.

41 ms october   ~  May 2, 2009 2:14 pm

[37] i don't think arod makes that play with ease anymore.

42 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 2:14 pm

[39] Even if he doesn't continue hitting, to my mind it's completely clear that he's our bench infielder when Alex returns. No contest.

43 ms october   ~  May 2, 2009 2:16 pm

[42] i certainly hope so. not only is his glove far far superior to anyone on the bench, much less the starters on a certain side of the infield, he can actually pinch run too!!!

44 Just Fair   ~  May 2, 2009 2:17 pm

[40] Lol. My mistake. I had Alberto Gonzalez on the brain. I meant Ramiro. And lightning for that matter. OY!

45 ms october   ~  May 2, 2009 2:20 pm

this has really turned into a "why the hell is this guy getting so many outs" kind of game.

46 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 2:20 pm

Like Flash mentioned earlier, the 1990s Yankee teams would have blown a mismatch like this out of the water, especially after a great comeback the night before. It's kind of disappointing that the Yankees are allowing the Angels to stay close in this one. These are the kinds of games you need to put in your pocket if you are going to have a sustained winning streak.

47 randym77   ~  May 2, 2009 2:22 pm

[42] They asked Girardi about it, and he said it would come down to whether it would be better for Pena to play every day in Scranton rather than sit on the bench in the Bronx.

48 PJ   ~  May 2, 2009 2:22 pm

[42] I agree, RIY! And just as soon as Alex returns, it will be time to give Jeter and Robbie a day off, too. I'd like to see Girardi give the four starting infielders a day off per week so Pena can continue to get these most valuable reps on a regular basis for his development.

49 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 2:22 pm

The only reason that Pena wouldn't be the UI is if they think not getting regular ABs in the mLs would limit his ultimate ceiling.

50 Just Fair   ~  May 2, 2009 2:23 pm

The dreaded UCJMP. Unknown Career Journeyman Minor League Pitcher. SHITE.

51 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 2:24 pm

[47] Sorry, missed your post.

52 Just Fair   ~  May 2, 2009 2:27 pm

Seeing CHONE make feeble outs makes me smile.

53 PJ   ~  May 2, 2009 2:29 pm

Yay CC!

54 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 2:29 pm

Can we made get another hit off this guy?

55 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 2:29 pm

[52] Sorry, which CHONE do you mean? Be more specific.

56 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 2:29 pm


57 jimcobain   ~  May 2, 2009 2:30 pm

[47] Yeah, but Pena wasn't getting ABs when Ransom was in the lineup, why would it matter when Arod comes back? Pena should be the UI, he's a great defender, decent runner and can lay down a bunt.

58 randym77   ~  May 2, 2009 2:31 pm

[57] I think they suddenly see his ceiling as maybe being higher than they thought.

59 Just Fair   ~  May 2, 2009 2:34 pm

[55] According to the booth, the one who looks like Chad OchoCinco, Dennis Rodman, and Willie Randolph. : )

60 PJ   ~  May 2, 2009 2:36 pm

Ramiro can be a bona fide ROY candidate if they use him productively, resting the starters regularly, keeping everyone sharp and fresh during the grind of the long season.

I'm just sayin'...

My only question is, "Can Pena play 1B?"

I would imagine so.

61 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 2:36 pm

This team needs to score more before a mistake costs them a win.

I've really seen enough of Gardner now...it's time to get a more usefull player on the roster.

62 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 2:41 pm

Pena knows leather.

63 randym77   ~  May 2, 2009 2:41 pm

[60] I don't think that's going to happen. That never seems to work. Didn't they try that with Melky, supposedly playing him every day by taking turns resting the starting OFers? The starters don't like getting that much time off, and as soon as the kid goes into a slump, he ends up on the bench.

64 Just Fair   ~  May 2, 2009 2:41 pm

Plus, Pena could come in to pitch during the next blow out. He probably throws in the low 90's. : ) Nice play.

65 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 2:43 pm

Dammit. And just when I was going to mention how great it is to have excellent defense for a change.

66 randym77   ~  May 2, 2009 2:43 pm

[61] Todd Linden is playing well for Scranton.

67 Just Fair   ~  May 2, 2009 2:43 pm

[61] You mean like that. ugh

68 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 2:44 pm

Take a seat, Hunter.

69 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 2:44 pm

I love free outs.

70 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 2:45 pm

Oh well. No free out.

71 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 2:45 pm


72 Just Fair   ~  May 2, 2009 2:48 pm

An ace keeps it tied here. Just sayin'.

73 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 2:51 pm

I don't understand how Napoli can steal a base on Molina and LH pitcher.

74 randym77   ~  May 2, 2009 2:51 pm

[72] Ace!

75 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 2:52 pm

Some games are frustrating...this one is angering. I really thought this one was going to be a stroll, but instead it's another bullpen battle. Just when you think this team is ready to go on a roll, they seem poised to take a step back.

76 randym77   ~  May 2, 2009 2:54 pm

[75] If it's a bullpen battle, I'm pretty confident our pen is better than theirs.

77 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 2:56 pm

[76] I agree, but on the other hand, I expected them to be crushing Palmer.

Like that.

78 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 2:59 pm


79 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 2:59 pm


80 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 2:59 pm

Pick him up, Mat.

81 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:00 pm

Teixeira is really hurting the lineup. He needs to snap out of it soon. Meanwhile, the Yankees are on the verge of squandering another opportunity. It's very disconcerting that they seem unable to pull away in this game.

82 randym77   ~  May 2, 2009 3:01 pm

C'mon, Godzilla!

83 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:02 pm

Absolutely awful inning an awful game for this offense.

84 randym77   ~  May 2, 2009 3:02 pm

Cy Palmer escapes.

85 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 3:03 pm


86 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 3:06 pm

I hate when broadcasters overuse the phrase "nice piece of hitting."

87 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:07 pm

That ball has to be caught! Did the Yankees know they had a day game today?

88 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 3:07 pm

How can Damon not catch that?

89 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 3:08 pm

Girardi trusts Alby far more than I do, and doesn't trust Robertson at all.

90 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:09 pm

This is a character game to me...a great team doesn't let a match-up like this end up in the loss column. The effort today has been extremely discouraging, so much so that a loss would completely wipe out any good feelings from the week.

91 randym77   ~  May 2, 2009 3:10 pm

Damon is not the player he used to be.

Gardner or Melky gets that one.

92 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 3:10 pm

Get a K.

93 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:10 pm

CC needs to step up here.

94 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 3:11 pm

One more.

95 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:12 pm

Come CC...be an ACE now! You need to get that last one.

96 Just Fair   ~  May 2, 2009 3:12 pm

Smoke. 1 more, big man.

97 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 3:12 pm

I wonder if Sciosica is thinking, "Damn, I should have put on some stupid-ass small-ball play, I knew it."

98 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 3:13 pm

Dammit. Good try, Rob.

99 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:14 pm

Can't blame CC here...his offense and defense sucked all game.

100 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:14 pm

Don't let down now!

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101 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 3:17 pm

Jesus. Had him 0-2.

102 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 3:17 pm

Could you play that any worse, Damon.

103 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:17 pm

Now you can blame C.C., which is fitting because now the entire team pretty much didn't show up today. Absoultely pathetic.

104 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 3:20 pm

Girardi's bullpen management was very good last years. This year it sucks.

105 randym77   ~  May 2, 2009 3:21 pm

Holy crap. 5-1. This game got out of hand quickly.

106 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:22 pm

Incredible...right now, the Yankees are simply not a very good team. Great, even very good teams rarely if ever put up efforts like this one.

It really seems like the Yankees have given up a lot of big innings so far. I am not sure what that means, but it certainly doesn't bode well for the rest of the season.

This is the type of game where you almost wish it was the NFL and Bill Parcells was the coach. No level of tongue lashing could do justice to the way the team played today.

107 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 3:24 pm

[104] Wait, how was that bad bullpen management?

108 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:25 pm

[107] You can't blame Girardi for this one...his players simply didn't show up.

109 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:27 pm

You have to hit Posada here...now I assign some blame to Girardi.

110 Yankee Mama   ~  May 2, 2009 3:27 pm

As ever, the Yankees have a knack for making obscure minor league pitchers look like Cy Young candidates.

111 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 3:28 pm

[108] Because Alby isn't very good. Last night, he brings Melancon in with the bases loaded even though he has barely pitched in the MLs. He hasn't used Robertson since April 25th, yet he used Veras ahead of him, It goes on and on.

112 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:28 pm

[111] Last night is another story.

113 Just Fair   ~  May 2, 2009 3:29 pm

Cue the comeback kids.

114 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 3:30 pm

[111] Down three runs is exactly the right time to use a bullpen pitcher who isn't very good. That's why those guys are on the roster, guys like Albaladejo.
Now, why Veras is on the roster, that's a mystery.

115 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 3:31 pm

[112] I'm not blaming Girardi for them not hitting or not playing good defense, I just think that the relievers that he chooses to use aren't giving the team the best chance to win. Bringing in Alby when he did instead of a hard thrower (since there were two outs) is yet another example.

116 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 3:31 pm

Speaking of the bullpen, when is Bruney coming back?

117 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:32 pm

Now I put a lot of blame on Girardi...this is the worst spot to use Posada.

118 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 3:32 pm

[114] But my guess is that Girardi thinks Alby is good given how he has used him to date. Better than Robertson, who has been lights out in AAA.

119 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:33 pm

[115] I'd agree with you for most of the season, just not today.

120 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 3:33 pm

Interesting, batting Jorge for Pena instead of for Molina. I would have thought Pena was actually a better hitter than Molina, and furthermore this way you lose Pena's defense.

121 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:33 pm

Using Posada there is borderline incompetent. Girardi now takes his rightful place among the rest of the team for pretty much mailing it in.

122 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:34 pm

[120] And, now Posada's bat is gone. Bonehead decision.

123 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 3:35 pm

[122] No, he can stay in the game for Molina, can't he? Double switch.

124 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:37 pm

It's very sad to hear O'neill and Flaherty talk about what the great Yankee teams would have done in a game like this because it makes you realize that this is not a great team.

125 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 3:37 pm


126 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:37 pm

[123] They can, but by not hitting Molina I assume that means he didn't want to replace him.

127 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 3:37 pm

I feel like that was our last real chance.

128 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:39 pm

In the pre-game and during the broadcast, Jones and Kay kept talking about how happy the Yankees were in the clubhouse. Perhaps they should have been a little more focused because they certainly played like a team without a care in the world.

129 OldYanksFan   ~  May 2, 2009 3:40 pm

Cap'n Clutch bails out. I blame Girardi.
It is supposed to rain here tomorrow. I blame Girardi. Cashman probably has a hand in it too.

130 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 3:41 pm

I thought it was obvious to everyone that Veras sucks.

131 Yankee Mama   ~  May 2, 2009 3:41 pm

[124} I was just listening to that. Very disheartening.

I have completely lost faith in Veras. Why is he still paraded out there?

132 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 3:41 pm

[126] Nope.
There were two good reasons to use Posada to pinch for Pena instead.
First, if you think Molina is a better hitter (which I don't, but maybe Joe does).
Second, you're waiting for a higher-leverage situation, with two men on; that part I agree with.

133 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:41 pm

[123] Posada came into the game, which really makes you wonder why Molina was allowed to hit. Now, Posada is batting one slot lower, and instead of Pena, you have Berroa.

Then again, by using Veras, Girardi is waiving the white flag.

If I was the Steinbrenners, I would refund the tickets for this game because the team didn't bother to show up.

134 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 3:42 pm

[129] Accountability means nothing to you. Sweet.

135 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 3:42 pm

Veras should be off the roster, seriously. We don't need 13 pitchers, esp. if the 13th is Jose Veras.

136 randym77   ~  May 2, 2009 3:42 pm

I geuss they did do a double switch. It's Berroa at 3B.

137 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:44 pm

[132] The leverage argument is plausible, but it (1) assumes Molina will reach base, which is very risky and (2) it ignores that the deficit is 4 runs and the likliehood of Berroa having a big AB in a potential comeback is likely.

It seems to me as if Girardi just had a knee jerk response to Molina reaching...if so, that could be why Posada seemed ill prepared for that AB.

138 Just Fair   ~  May 2, 2009 3:46 pm

Three teams in the AL have more wins than the Yanks. I blame Girardi and Cashman. Happy Sat. all.

139 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:47 pm

[138] And three more teams have one fewer win...so what's the point? I didn't realize the Yankees mission statement was to hover around .500 and in earshot of the wild card. If so, then you make a great point.

140 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 3:47 pm

[137] I didn't put it explicitly enough. It's not just that when Molina reaches the leverage is higher. It's that if he doesn't reach, then the leverage is very low, and you can just keep Posada on the bench. By waiting for Molina's turn, you delay the decision until you have more information.
I think on balance it made more sense to bat Posada for Molina (I like Pena's glove and I believe he hits better than Molina), but there was a legitimate logistical consideration.

But as a matter of fact, you're probably right that Girardi didn't actually consider it.

141 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 3:48 pm

I guess some people prefer pom poms...whatever.

142 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 3:50 pm

Paul O'Neill is becoming inane.

143 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:50 pm

[141] I don't mind looking on the bright side, but there are only two explanations for losing a game like this: (1) being ill prepared and putting up a subpar effort as a result; or (2) not being that good.

If it's the former, Yankee fans should be very angry about this game. If it's the latter, they should be very discouraged.

144 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:52 pm

Quick prediction...Teixeira hits a HR this inning.

145 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 3:53 pm

[143] That's a rational way to look at it.

I don't mind if people want to only look at the bright side. What I mind is when they insist on telling other people the proper way to be a fan. It's the height of arrogance.

146 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 3:53 pm

No, there is another explanation:
Baseball is hard, and even very good players often do it quite badly.
I think that is almost invariably the correct explanation of why a team loses, myself.

147 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 3:56 pm

[144] Close!

148 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:56 pm

[146] That's a great explanation for most games, but not when you have such an overwhelming advantage in the matchup. I am not going to alibi their failure to score runs...get hits...or even work the count on a career minor leaguer with little success at that level. If baseball comes that hard to this team, they aren't that good.

149 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 3:56 pm

[146] The caveat is whether or not the players are being put in the best chance to win. No one explanation usually explains all of the variance, but each usually explains at least part of it.

150 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 3:58 pm

[147] Baseball games really follow patterns and certain events seem to repeat themselves. After only a few innings, you could just tell by the Yankees effort that they were going to sleepwalk through this game. That's why I don't think it's an issue of baseball being "hard". The telltale signs were there early...one you rarely see with a great team.

151 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 3:58 pm

[148] I disagree. Remember Aaron Small? He got a lot of guys out, a lot of guys who "should have been able to hit a career minor leaguer". It's just not that simple.

152 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 3:59 pm

So Robertson is alive.

153 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:00 pm

If there's a bright side to this game, which I doubt, then giving David Robertson a shot under no pressure is probably it.

154 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:01 pm

Who knew there was a Yankee dentist?

155 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:01 pm

There must be some good jokes to be made about the Yankee dentist. Did Kay say the guy's name?

156 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 4:02 pm

[154] I wonder if there is an interlocking NY on his dental outfit.

157 Yankee Mama   ~  May 2, 2009 4:02 pm

Dr. Levy

158 Yankee Mama   ~  May 2, 2009 4:03 pm

Dr. Scott Levy

159 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:03 pm

[157] Thank you. I'll be working on my Dr. Levy jokes for tomorrow.

160 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 4:03 pm

[151] And, if you look at his game log, he beat a lot of mediocre teams, or had some help fromt he offense in games against better teams. I am not saying the Yankees are awful because they lost this matchup (it's more than who started against them)...just that great teams don't lose them.

161 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:05 pm

Wait, you're saying that great teams do not lose to mediocre pitchers? That sounds extremely unlikely to me.

162 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:05 pm

Mr. Robertson is not acquitting himself impressively.

163 randym77   ~  May 2, 2009 4:06 pm

Oh, Melky.

164 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:06 pm

Nor is Mr. Cabrera.

165 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 4:06 pm

[162] That's tough to do when you haven't pitched since April 25th.

166 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 4:08 pm

[161] No, I am saying great teams don't lose when they have a Cy Young pitcher facing a journeyman minor leaguer with a 4.21 ERA in three AAA seasons (which is far from a mediocre MLB pitcher), especially because their offense had one run and three hits.

167 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:09 pm

So, when is Bruney supposed to return? I feel like a regular diet of Coke, Bruney, Melancon, Mo, with an occasional appearance by maybe Albaladejo or Marte, would be a lot better than what we've been seeing.

168 randym77   ~  May 2, 2009 4:09 pm

Melky got an error for that? I thought you had to touch the ball to get an error.

169 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 4:10 pm

[167 About two weeks.

Robertson deserves a legitimate chance, and he's not getting it.

170 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 4:11 pm

[167] The key to that is getting innings from the rotation, and that hasn't been happening.

171 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:13 pm

[166] I don't buy it. Even a great line-up can be held to a single run by a journeyman pitcher. It happens.

172 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:13 pm

Wait, two weeks from when? From now? I thought it was supposed to be much shorter.

173 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 4:14 pm

Teixeira is probably the day's prime goat, but Jeter, Damon and Sabathia probably earned a share. When your lineup includes Molina, Gardner and Pena, you can't have those prime names show up on the wrong side of the ledger.

174 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:14 pm

Never mind, I see he's been on the 15 day DL a week ago. So he should be back in another week.

175 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:15 pm

[173] Jeter slugged .667 today. OPS 1.000.

176 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 4:15 pm

[171] I am not trying to sell it to you...it's just my opinion, which is also shared by Flaherty and O'Neill, both of whom have pretty much said the 1990s Yankees would never lose a game like this. I obviously agree, but I guess we could all be wrong.

177 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 4:16 pm

[175] His error was very important.

178 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 4:17 pm

I think Damon is the goat.

179 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 4:17 pm

Lucky for Girardi his bullpen decisions produced a blowout because an AB like that in a big spot would have really made him look bad.

180 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 4:18 pm

[178] That ball was very catchable, so he can share the blame for sure.

181 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:18 pm

[176] Uh, no, O'Neill definitely did not say that his team "would never lose a game like this."
In any case, I'll believe it if someone comes up with evidence. I don't believe things just because someone (even Paul O'Neill) asserts it.

182 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:20 pm

What a bandbox.

183 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 4:20 pm

WTG, Po.

184 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 4:20 pm

[181] They didn't explicity say that, but it's easy to read between the lines. Flaherty, for what's it worth, said when he faced those 90s teams, it would be game over by the second inning.

My opinion isn't based on their observations; it is supported by it.

185 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:21 pm

[179] I think we can agree that it wasn't Girardi's bullpen decisions, but rather his bullpen, that produced the blowout!

186 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:22 pm

[184] If Flaherty really said that (and I don't remember him saying it), then he's full of shit, frankly.

187 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 4:22 pm

[182] Be careful The thought police will accuse you of blaming the Stadium.

188 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 4:23 pm

[185] I think it's both.

189 randym77   ~  May 2, 2009 4:23 pm

What a battle by Gardner.

190 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:24 pm

[187] Every home run must be attributed to the Stadium.

191 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:24 pm

The Constant Gardner! Chauncy!

192 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 4:24 pm

[186] He said it in the 2nd or 3rd inning...check it out on MLB.com after the game is archived. I think he was spot on.

193 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 4:25 pm

[190] My bad. I often miss subtlety. ;)

194 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:25 pm

Good, warm up all of your goddam relief pitchers. We want Fuentes.

195 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 4:26 pm

Matthews pulls an Abreu.

196 randym77   ~  May 2, 2009 4:26 pm

Holy crap! Matthews dropped it!

197 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:26 pm

[193] You get a pass, but if this happens again you must be re-educated.

198 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:27 pm

Nothing is easy. Even Gary Matthews drops balls. Every bullpen stinks.

I'm working on slogans.

199 randym77   ~  May 2, 2009 4:27 pm

The sun must be really bad. Gardner was fighting off the sun on his last couple of catches in CF. And maybe that's why Damon missed that one?

200 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 4:27 pm

The way the Angels have been playing, they need a lot of help to get some wins. Unfortunately, they got that today.

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201 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 4:28 pm

[199] I don't think the sun was a factor at that point in the game.

202 williamnyy23   ~  May 2, 2009 4:30 pm

Fitting end...feeble hack after a feeble game.

203 Rich   ~  May 2, 2009 4:30 pm

Yup, Damon is the goat.

204 RIYank   ~  May 2, 2009 4:31 pm

No, I don't think Damon's problem was the sun. He was positioned very deep for some reason, and he didn't start in immediately. And even then he was only about a step shy.

Well, that's that. Let's beat the crap out of them tomorrow.

205 randym77   ~  May 2, 2009 4:33 pm

[204] He kind of pulled up, though. That's why I wondered if he couldn't see the ball.

206 PJ   ~  May 2, 2009 4:50 pm

Thank God the kids are going in the next two! Win or lose, they make games worth watching... unlike a certain FA diva who required that the Yankees bid against themselves for his "services!"

Have some more NYS cake, CC! You obviously didn't get enough of that last night from the "Team Baker" inside your new "Club Med House!"

And I would argue that both the .275 "hitting" Captain and the .276 "hitting" Damon need a day off, or three...

Sticking Tex in RF (with Melky/Gardner playing CF and LF) and bringing up Miranda to play 1B and actually hit doesn't seem so far fetched now, does it?

FYI fellow Banterers, friggen Gardner is out hitting Tex, by .040 pernts!!!


207 randym77   ~  May 2, 2009 4:55 pm

Miranda is not getting a callup. He was pulled yesterday and was out of today's lineup because he's sick. Flu-like symptoms.

With our luck, it's the swine flu.

208 PJ   ~  May 2, 2009 4:58 pm

[207] I'd bring him up anyway! Maybe he'd still hit better than Tex, and thin out the weak, old, and feeble on this roster!


209 Mattpat11   ~  May 2, 2009 9:25 pm

The Yankees signed Casey Fossum?

210 Mattpat11   ~  May 2, 2009 9:31 pm

Also, If I was an opposing manager and I had to win one game against the Yankees, and I had my choice of Walter Johnson and some 30 year old career minor leaguer, I might pick Matt Palmer.

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