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Units Of Measurement

One of my big fears about A.J. Burnett was that he would be the 2009 version of Randy Johnson. In his two years as a Yankee, Johnson won 34 games, struck out 383 men, and had one key run of dominance, posting a 1.93 ERA over his final eight starts of 2005 as the team went 7-1 in those games and won the AL East via a tie-breaker with the Wild Card Red Sox. Those handsome counting stats and one hot stretch belied the fact that Johnson was maddeningly inconsistent and enigmatic, and used Jorge Posada as his scapegoat for his struggles, forcing his manager to pair him up with weak-hitting backup John Flaherty.

Most significantly, Johnson, who was brought in to be the dominant ace who would make the difference for the Yankees in the postseason as he had for the 2001 Diamondbacks who beat the Yankees in the World Series, was awful in both of his postseason starts as a Yankee. To make matters worse, both of those starts were key Game Three rubber matches in best-of-five ALDS series that were tied 1-1. Johnson’s failures put the Yankees in 1-2 holes against the Angels in 2005 and the Tigers in 2006, a game away from elimination, contributing mightily to the team’s first-round exits both years.

Burnett has proven to be a far better teammate than Johnson, but his regular season performance in 2009 was certainly Unit-esque. However, his role in the postseason has thus far been very different. There are two key reasons. The first is that CC Sabathia, not Burnett, is the man the Yankees are counting on to be that dominant post-season ace, and Sabathia has thus far delivered. The second is that Burnett, though he opened the season in the third spot in the rotation behind Sabathia and Chien-Ming Wang, is not starting those crucial Games Three. Instead he’s following Sabathia, which means that thus far both of his starts have come with the Yankees up 1-0. That’s a much lower risk situation as a Burnett stinker would do no worse than tie the series with plenty of games left to play.

Also, to Burnett’s credit, he pitched well against the Twins in his first career postseason start. It was a typical Burnett outing in which he put more men on base (seven, five via walk plus two hit by pitch) than got there via hits (three), but the end result was just one run alowed in six innings and, ultimately, a Yankee win.

Tonight he looks to put the Yankees up 2-0 against the arch-rival Angels and lefty Joe Saunders, once again pitching to Jose Molina. As for Saunders, he’s been excellent since returning from an August DL stay, going 7-0 in eight starts with a 2.55 ERA, including a strong 8 1/3-inning outing against the Yankees in Anaheim on September 21. The DL stay was due to a tight shoulder, and it seems the two weeks off were exactly what he needed.

Outside of Molina batting ninth, the Yankee order is the same as last night, including Hideki Matsui DHing against the lefty (because he hits them well, and so that Posada can sub in for Molina once Burnett is out of the game).

Despite forecasts of rain, it’s still dry in northern New Jersey a half-hour before first pitch. Still, the bitter cold could negatively effect Burnett’s ability to grip his knuckle-curve, giving sinker/slider pitcher Saunders and edge. If so, perhaps Girardi will get Posada in the game even earlier, as it was Burnett’s doubts about Posada’s ability to block that curve in the dirt that led to his preference for Molina.

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1 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 7:22 pm

I see this one being a high scoring affair. Just can't imagine AJ not walking guys. So our boys will have to score some runs too.

LET'S GO BOOM BOOM

2 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 7:28 pm

[0] cliff did you write that you feared aj would be like rj before his twins start or am i having some weird deja vu?

[1] let's hope he walks the riveras and napolis if he must

i just walked home and even though manhattan keeps on makin' it - no rain here - drizzed very briefly maybe an hour or so ago but that is it

i feel oddly confident in aj tonight so i hope that doesn't cause me too much stress tonight
i would of course like to see the yanks jump on saunders quickly

3 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 7:32 pm

damn. i'm heart broken right now. first got turned down for a second date that i was looking forward to. now, ND literally loses in the final seconds. please, I need a Yankees win!!

4 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 7:36 pm

thelarmis - i'm definitely planning on a state college drinking binge next summer! so, we need to follow through.

and for those who followed my heating drama, I have heat. so all is well in Pittsburgh-land. Even if the cops use sonic weapons against our peoples.

5 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Oct 17, 2009 7:38 pm

[2] I meant to, but I didn't work it in. I'm sure I've mentioned it before, possibly in comments, but this was my first full writeup about it.

6 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Oct 17, 2009 7:39 pm

[4] Glad something went right for you today. Yins stay warm now.

7 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 7:41 pm

[6] thanks Cliff. Let's hope the Yanks complete the day with a nice win!

8 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 7:51 pm

I think that's a little unfair to both Burnett and Johnson. While Burnett has definitely had hot and cold stretches, he does have as many quality starts as Sabathia (21). Similarly, Johnson had 22 QS in 2005. I think the reason they both seem(ed) more inconsistent is because you expect them to dominant with their stuff.

Also, while the Big Unit was pretty bad in the playoffs, he was absolutely essential down the stretch in 2005. Not only was he a major cog in besting Boston for the division (I believe he beat them 5 times), but the Yankees only finished two games better than Cleveland, so without his hot pitching, they might not have even made the playoffs, which I think would have been particuarly damaging after the 2004 ALCS collapse.

In other words, I think Randy Johnson more than pulled his weight in 2005, and feel AJ has done the same this season.

9 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 7:52 pm

[3] Ack. That ND game was a heart breaker, a killer. They're getting closer though.

10 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 7:55 pm

[5] thanks cliff.

mark grace looks weird - i'm having trouble pinpointing it but maybe a to catch a predator look

11 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 17, 2009 7:56 pm

[9] What is this "ND game" of which you speak? Does not compute..

So no rain delay then..DRAT!

Was Randy Johnson really THAT bad a teammate?

12 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 7:57 pm

[9] closer for sure. USC is just so damned good. Anyhow, a Yankees win makes all better!

13 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 7:58 pm

Steeerike one!

14 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 7:58 pm

interesting that mlb would ask the managers if they want to try and play

15 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 7:59 pm

[10]

Mark Grace is a color man on the D'backs TV broadcasts .... I just don't like the sound of his voice.

16 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 7:59 pm

sweet K!!!

17 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 7:59 pm

AJ looking sharp!

18 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 7:59 pm

and choad is still roughing it

19 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 7:59 pm

Attaboy.
Show up that Alex Belth, why doncha!

20 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:00 pm

Damn AJ, pound that Zone. Sit down CHOAD!

21 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:00 pm

We've taken Chone Figgins, and replaced him with Alan Wiggins ... let's see if anyone notices ...

22 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:00 pm

nice movement on that one!

23 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:01 pm

[15] i had forgotten that - there is something odd about him now - i had a slight crush on him when he played for the cubs but now he is creepy

jd interesting as always!!

24 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:02 pm

[3] Just got home from watching with my dad, an ND Alum. He's been rather grumpy for about 20 years running.

25 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:02 pm

[23] seriously? a crush on grace? ew

26 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:02 pm

[25] yeah i know - but i was like 10 or something

27 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:02 pm

[21] It tastes just like Chone!

28 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:02 pm

[24] since 1988? we are serious fans. never satisfied. Feels like being a Yankees fan does!

29 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:03 pm

[26] fair enough.

30 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:03 pm

haha no pc richardon & son music yet

31 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:03 pm

I'm liking good AJ and hoping he stays with us!

[25] Glad to have you back in the land of heat, seamus! Or you could have borrowed Frosty the Cano-man's ski hat. ;)

32 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:04 pm

dammit. lucky hit. AJ's cruising. don't lose it here. i love the 1st pitch strikes!

33 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:04 pm

That sucked. Damn these Angels and their bloopy bleedy garbage, again.

34 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:04 pm

[23] My wife loved Grace when she was younger. She also had an unnatural affinity for Dykstra. Go figure. Screw you Toriiiiiiiiii

35 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:04 pm

ah bullshit dink hit - get vladdy here

36 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:04 pm

[31] hehe. would have had to break out the wool army pants i have! thanks Shaun!

37 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:04 pm

i'm already really sick of Tim-Buck

38 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:05 pm

Some day I'm going to make a joke about Torii having two "eye"s. But the right moment has never come up.

39 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:05 pm

easy going. nice job AJ!

40 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:05 pm

beautiful !!!

LET'S GO YAN-KEES !! !!!

41 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:05 pm

Nice inning.

42 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:05 pm

that'll do it - very nice start aj

43 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:05 pm

Beauty of a first. Word.

44 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:05 pm

[37]

Tim-Buck Two?

45 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:05 pm

[37] God, they are the worst. Somehow Caray had me convinced that they wouldn't be so bad, but they are terrible.

46 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:06 pm
47 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:06 pm

[44] can we tip them over in a canoe?

48 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:06 pm

[44] Hm, impressive.

49 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:06 pm

Sutcliffe busted out a "baseball is funny" bit..thought he was close to saying "Ya just can't.."
Don't rip off John's bits, Sutcliffe!

50 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:07 pm

I think Vlad is almost as slow as Matsui nowadays.

51 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:07 pm

[46] Wow, that's very surprising. Let's just hope he won't be the gateway to the WS for the Angels.

52 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:08 pm

[51]

Scrabble geek to the rescue.

53 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:08 pm

the lohud guys really are doing quite well - sam actually has a pretty good sense of humor (he made a fisted comment) and chad just jumped right in - josh seems good too - only thing is he has a new weird picture hiself that sort of looks nothing like his old pic

54 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:08 pm

I can't get over this eerie calm i feel. If the Yanks were playing Boston I'd be climbing up the fucking walls.

55 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:09 pm

I wonder how Bob Shepard is feeling these days ... would be nice to see him at the Stadium, even if he was just waving "hi" from the pressbox.

56 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:10 pm

[54] That's why I am glad they aren't playing Boston, even though I think they would have been an easier opponent.

57 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:10 pm

[54] very true. and for some reason i felt more uptight in the alds

58 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:10 pm

[53] oh i really liked his old pic. he looked bad ass.

59 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:10 pm

damnit a loud out that the wind just killed

60 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:11 pm

[50] I was thinking that Vlad circa 1999 or so would have come very close to beating that grounder out. Its strange to see him going slow. (And somewhat off topic - how are you feeling?)

DAMO. . .or not. Wind's in again, huh?

61 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:11 pm

Ooof, Damon just missed.

62 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:11 pm

I don't know if Damon hit that one well enough, wind or no wind.

63 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:11 pm

[55] I wonder if there's any possible way he could "throw (roll)" the first pitch for one of these upcoming games.

64 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:12 pm

[53] i hated his old pic. looked like a crazy mug shot. the new one is just weird. but yeah, LoHud is kicking ass. i'm really pleased with that place. will it stay the 3 of them or just eventually go down to Chad? Sam seems like a good ringleader...

Johnny was oh-so-close on that one.

RI - you're very punny today! i caught your last comment on the last thread, too...

65 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:13 pm

[60]

Thanks for asking .... I've still got this virus ... I dragged myself to work all week. Right now I don't feel that bad (knock on wood).

66 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:13 pm

Hmpf. Looks like Molina is gonna have to earn his paycheck today.

67 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:13 pm

[63] Similarly, did you hear that John Wooden turned 99? 99!!

68 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:15 pm

[63] Or better, make just one last announcement ("Ladies and gentlemen, ... ").

69 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:16 pm

[65] knocked on wood for ya.

70 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:16 pm

Burnett is one of the few pitchers that can have a first inning like that and it's not necessarily encouraging.

71 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:17 pm

sweeeettt!!!

72 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:17 pm

NASTY K. WHoo-hooooooo.

73 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:17 pm

[60] amazing he had 40 SB's one season. he shoulda been a 40-40 guy. i remember him hitting his 40th homer late in the season and it was ruled foul or a double, or some shit. it was clearly a homer. i think it was the same season Sori went 40-40.

nice work AJ

74 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:17 pm

nice k pitch

75 Sliced Bread   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:18 pm

hello, Good AJ

76 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:18 pm

Wow, FOX TRAX +. Release velocity and crossing the plate velocity. Never seen that before. /snark

MLB.TV is sniggering at FOX right now.

OK AJ - keep those wild ones when no one's on base!

77 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:19 pm

[76] fox's innovation is amzing

78 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:19 pm

Btw Cliff's piece here is really stingy with Burnett. "Yeah he was good but it's only cause of this and this and the other thing, otherwise he would've sucked! And that goes for this game too, if he pitches well." ; )

79 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:19 pm

[73] Vlad has been my favorite hitter to watch during my MLB-fandom, after Mattingly and Frank Thomas.

Nice glove, AJ!

80 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:19 pm

AJ has been watching CC!

81 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:20 pm

nice play!

82 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:20 pm

good stuff aj

83 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:20 pm

Is McCarver nuts?

84 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:20 pm

fuckin' beautiful, man!

85 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:20 pm

I don't understand this, AJ is being efficient. What gives?

86 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:20 pm

Big Game AJ, roll on brother.

87 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:20 pm

Well, it sounds like the ESPN announcers have consumed the Molina kool-aid. Yes, catchers need a day or two off a week...but NOT DURING THE PLAYOFFS!!

This has nothing to do with helping Po, and everything to do with making AJ better. If it works, then it's the right call.

88 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:20 pm

[70] What about now?

89 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:21 pm

[83] very much so - you missed some real insight last night

90 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:21 pm

[89] I watched the replay, unfortunately. Buck was actually solid, but McCarver has passed a point of no return.

91 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:22 pm

[86] haha if james shields got that moniker last year might as well let aj have it this year

92 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:22 pm

[83] Partly nuts, partly just plain old stupid.

93 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:22 pm

[90]

then let's send McCarver to Kansas (ba-dum-bum)

94 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:23 pm

damn i thought arod was a miami boy

95 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:23 pm

[88] Uh, no. I like watching Burnett pitch but you never know when the other shoe is gonna drop. Hopefully it won't at all.

96 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:24 pm

[93] eh eh eh. i get it...

97 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:24 pm

snoop was right there with the nail gun

98 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:24 pm

[83] Pardon me for saying this, but, DUH!

They're both horrible. You missed listening to Buck say last night that CC had "matured as a pitcher" under Eiland's tutelage - because he pitched more to contact. At which point, I looked up CC's K/9 for '09, and found it was near identical to his career K/9 (7.7 vs 7.6).

Then Buck cites CC's pre and post ASB splits - and reads that his K/9 went UP during what Buck called his "dominant second half". Dipshit.

Ah, that was close, A-Rod. Get us runs!

99 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:25 pm

[87] They even dropped the amazing "catching ERA" stats earlier..but from the comments about Timmy Mac we seem to be better off...

100 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:25 pm

I miss that pitch tracker on TBS, god help me.

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101 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:26 pm

The offense isn't as explosive as I would like...I want 10 runs!

102 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:26 pm

phil highes = 8th inning bridge

gotta love it

103 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:27 pm

[101] It's coming..Swish and Matsui are going to go deep today, no doubt about it.

104 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:27 pm

Nicky Baby. OBP

105 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:28 pm

swish with his specialty

106 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:28 pm

[98] There's something ironic about saying a 29 year old guy who's already won a Cy Young and established himself as one of the best pitchers in baseball has matured this year.

107 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:28 pm

Knock a wall down Robbie.

108 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:28 pm

frosty time

109 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:28 pm

Kind of odd...Saunders has had 3 or 4 three-ball counts, and that's who Jimmy and Joe seek out for early praise.

110 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:28 pm

Did swish just tap Morales on the butt?

111 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:29 pm

[110] yup

112 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:29 pm

[109] they had lackey as better than cc in their comments last night as well

113 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:29 pm

[101] The problem is that half the lineup couldn't hit its way out of a paper bag right now.

114 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:30 pm

[106] Ironic, and ridiculously stupid. I've somehow managed to complete ignore their ramblings all night.

RUN SWISHER RUN!!!

115 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:30 pm

ROBBIE !!!!!!!!!!!!

116 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:30 pm

BEAUTIFUL hit by Cano!!

117 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:30 pm

Yeah Rob! Yeah Wheels!
Love Nick Swisher.

118 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:30 pm

dropping the relay throw costs the Halos

119 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:30 pm

Bobby is such a bad fielder

120 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:30 pm

yes - run on the board -way to go frosty

121 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:30 pm

Robbie Cano, don't ya know?

122 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:30 pm

Well, he didn't knock it down but he hit it. YES!!!!!!!!!!

123 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:30 pm

[99] How true. Small blessings....

124 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:30 pm

Robbie Cano...don't you know! Swisher kind of ran out steam there! Gald he made it.

125 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:30 pm

what a gorgeous swing by cano.

please plate him now!!!

126 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:31 pm

Take THAT gritty grimy Angels!

Give us more errors!

127 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:32 pm

[126] yeah, i'll take a wild pitch about now...

128 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:32 pm

I like early score truck.

129 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:32 pm

c'mon melky let's turn over molina's spot at least

130 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:32 pm

It'd be great if they could get the pitcher up this inning

131 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:32 pm

I cant believe that made it to the wall.

132 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:33 pm

damnit melky - nice score truck though

133 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:33 pm

[130] : )

134 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:33 pm

I almost wish Gardner had started in this game, lefty starter or no.

135 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:33 pm

That seems like the tenth time Melky has struck out with a half swing on a ball in the dirt. No?

136 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:33 pm

Great hitting by Cano but a key BB by Swisher.

137 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:33 pm

Those k's piss me off. boooooooooooooo

138 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:33 pm

damn, i wanted molina to make the last out.

139 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:33 pm

[134] But then he couldn't PR. Wake up now!

140 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:34 pm

[135] he is vulnerable to it.

141 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:34 pm

[131] That's the difference between Abreu and Swisher. Abreu just jogs at the ball as it heads up the gap, while Swisher makes a head first dive and sends the ball careening toward the wall.

142 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:35 pm

bit O' hoops anyone? breaking news alert! Marbury to take a year off, then return.."Like Jordan did." Not sure any joke even needed here..

Saunders won't see the 6th at this rate...

143 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:35 pm

Mildred ... come outside ... its raining umbrellas!

144 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:36 pm

This is very old (April 2009) and I don't know if it was discussed, but it really pissed me off.
http://www.mensjournal.com/brian-cashman
Some decent comment though, especially by one guy who claims to be employed in baseball.

145 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:37 pm

[139] Hello, Freddy Guzman!

146 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:37 pm

[142] i feel bad for him in some respects

147 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:37 pm

[142] Article this morning about how he wants to build a center for kids up here in Rochester. So that's pretty cool.

148 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:37 pm

So, assuming that they will not shorten the regular season, what would you do to get the WS to be finished by the second weekend in October?

149 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:37 pm

If Molina can see AJ's back after the delivery, it's a bad sign. Huh.

150 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:38 pm

[148] Nothing...the longer the season, the better (for me, at least).

151 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:39 pm

[144] Is that Taibbi's bullshit article on Cashman?

I (no surprise) very much enjoy his political writing, but I thought his piece was a (pardon me) piece of shit. Then I found out he is a Red Sox fan and I hated it even more. I expect more and better out of Taibbi, but no one's perfect.

152 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:39 pm

[148] would awful weather to start the season be less problematic to you?
also, these are unseasonably cold temps for nyc.

i am fully with you that baseball is not meant to be played in the cold though.

153 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:39 pm

Tex fuckin' RULES!!!

154 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:39 pm

I guess it [149] could mean that Molina was playing CF, which really would be a bad sign.

155 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:39 pm

Wow, was that entire section of the upper deck in RF empty?

156 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:39 pm

Man, Tex is just awesome

157 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:40 pm

I hope Joba is taking some mental notes in regards to 1st pitch strikes.
C'mon Tim. Tell us again that Teix's foot was off the bag ya' douche.

158 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:40 pm

that is what having a real 1b will do for you

159 jimcobain   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:40 pm

155 Auxiliary Press box

160 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:41 pm

[155] It is being used as a temporary press box, I believe.

161 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:41 pm

Tex is so damn good with the glove..

[146] Yeah, I don't think he's a bad guy, and loved his sneaker idea. He just..seems so so troubled..

162 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:41 pm

[148] 5 games series. We play the East 19 times and other guys 10 times. 5 game series will save many travel days, cut down on the number of West Coast trips, and every series will show the full rotation.

163 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:41 pm

[148] More double headers during the season, and the season has to start on APril 1st.

The WBC is cool and all, but November baseball is NOT worth it.

164 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:41 pm

[152] Yes, it would be less problematic, for two reasons. 1) The playoffs should be seen as more important. 2) Postponed early season games can be made up throughout the course of the regular season, while the post-season schedule is much less flexible.

165 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:42 pm

Throw CHOAD the heater.

166 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:42 pm

damnit, lost him. i thought he had him struck out...

stay calm AJ

167 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:42 pm

AJ...don't worry about Figgins...get Abreu.

168 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:42 pm

[161] yeah i think he is - a sort of interesting read is "the last shot" about him and 3 other guys he played hs basketball with and their quest to make it out of coney island

169 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:43 pm

[159][160] Ah, I see.

[162] Hm. That's a really, really good idea.

[163] Players Association would probably never for more DHs, but I would.

170 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:43 pm

[162] I have to admit, that's an intriguing idea. Obviously they can't all be 5 game series - 81 games at home, 81 on the road, and 5 doesn't divide into 81 - but very intriguing.

Well, this is why Molina is catching, right? To stymie the running game. Do your job, Jose.

171 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:43 pm

[164] yeah i agree - certainly right now - i would probably be complaining in march though

172 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:43 pm

[167] Nodding

173 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:44 pm

[167] Say that LOUDER....

174 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:44 pm

[168] Read that! Was very interesting and very very sad..made me hate college athletics even more than already did, the coaches are horrible.

Cmon AJ, just get boBBy here!

175 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:44 pm

[169] Player's Association would have no say if they were one admission double headers. It's the owners who do not want to lose the gate.

Forget Figgins!!

176 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:44 pm

molina just pointed at boBBy, saying 'worry about the hitter, dude'...

177 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:44 pm

FUCK. C'mon AJ.

178 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:45 pm

Time to do that paying attention to the batter thing.

179 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:45 pm

I hate watching Burnett when he gets like this

180 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:45 pm

So Sutcliffe just said that he really liked what Molina just did, when he stood up, took off his mask, gesticulated toward AJ and went through the signs or whatever.

Isn't that the sort of thing that got Posada benched for AJ's starts?

181 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:45 pm

Ok, buckle his knees and end this shit

182 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:46 pm

[174] yes very very sad and really how much these kids are used

183 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:46 pm

[179] Fortunately it only happens when Posada catches.

OK. I promise that's my last one on that topic.

184 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:46 pm

sweet.

185 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:46 pm

Yes! Now I have to do the dishes, very quickly. ;)

186 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:46 pm

Let Figgins run...run Figgins...run.

187 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:46 pm

okay good job aj of just careening there and not falling off

188 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:46 pm

See, that works.

I agree with Hawk that you can never be truly confident, but I like this start better than the alternatives.

189 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:46 pm

See, when you get the batter out, it doesn't matter what the runner does.

190 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:46 pm

[170] Obviously, some would be 4, and interleague could be used to fill in the spaces. But for every 3,3 and 4 series, you would have 5 and 5 and possible save a travel day.

191 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:46 pm

It's going to take a bomb to get one over the fence tonight. Ya hear me Alex! Teix! : D

192 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:47 pm

[187] Okay, that's the second use of "careening" in the thread. What gives???

193 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:47 pm

[180] I think the problem between Posada and AJ has been Jorge either not blocking the breaking pitch, or being reluctant to call for it for that reason.

194 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:48 pm

[182] I grew up in Brooklyn and never knew that part of Coney Island was like that..thought it was just in the movie "The Warriors"..

damn, work time. Get that Score Truck engine revved up boys!!

195 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:48 pm

[190] that really is a good idea oyf - you should write to bud (and i am not being a smart ass)
i would think teams would be happy to cut down on operating expenses now too

196 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:48 pm

[151] Seconded and I didn't even know he was a Red Sox fan.

I just read the first few paragraphs and his lack of understanding kind of shows his political pieces in a different light.

197 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:49 pm

[171] I doubt that...we never complain.

; )

198 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:50 pm

If Ellen Barkin married Barry Larkin ...

199 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:50 pm

thank goodness this isn't the NL, otherwise our inning would start w/ Molina & Burnett. : /

200 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:50 pm

[193] I vowed not to make any more comments on this topic. But if I did, I would use the word illusory.

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201 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:50 pm

working hard not to comment on that ab

202 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:51 pm

yes, hang your head in shame Molina. that was a pathetic at-bat. pathetic.

203 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:51 pm

[180] You sure do want Posada in there, don't you?

204 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:51 pm

[201] don't careen yourself! ; )

205 NYYfan22   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:51 pm

Jeet!

206 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:51 pm

Well who knew? You actually can hit it out on a windy night!

207 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:51 pm

WHOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

208 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:51 pm

WOOHOO!

209 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:51 pm

Fuck yeah, Derek!

210 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:51 pm

score truck to the short porch

211 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:52 pm

Jeter versus the Wind....Jeter wins!

212 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:52 pm

Derek Jeter is stronger than the wind.

213 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:52 pm

CAPTAIN!!!

214 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:52 pm

DEREK JETER!!!!

man oh man, i love my captain. love him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

215 mehmattski   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:52 pm

Came back just in time for a Jeterian blast!

216 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:52 pm

JETERIAN!!!!!!

217 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:52 pm

I was getting worried about Jeter not hitting for power in Setember, but its now clear that he was just saving the doubles and homers for October.

218 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:52 pm

Anyone know what Saunders pitch count is?

219 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:52 pm

Mr. October

220 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:53 pm

[211] Why you $^&(!%... [212]

: )

221 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:53 pm

fox don't start your feed bullshit again tonight

222 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:53 pm

[218] 46

223 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:54 pm

[217] Derek Jeter doesn't make outs...he just takes a break between hits.

224 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:54 pm

Tim, I'm not really sure what Jeter hitting a home run has to do with his fielding 3 years ago. But um ok.

225 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:54 pm

top of the order going oppo. me likey!

226 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:54 pm

watching juan rivera field immediately removes any sentiment i might have about him no longer being a yankee

227 mehmattski   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:54 pm

Amazingly, I get cable from the cave I'm hiding in, Mr. McCarver.

Also, apparently Jeter is a clutch fielder now too? And how is this relevant after a homer? A rally-killing homer!

228 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:54 pm

Back to the farm Colonel Saunders.

229 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:54 pm

I enjoy having the effective Johnny back

230 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:54 pm

[223]

Me likey .... :-)

231 NYYfan22   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:55 pm

Does anyone know if there's a behind the scenes vid about NYS?

232 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:55 pm

CROO-KED NUM-BER *clapclap clapclapclap*

233 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:55 pm

[226] ALTHOUGH, Rivera does rate very, very well according to UZR.

234 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:55 pm

[217] glad you made it! i'm sorry Mr. OK Jazz Tokyo missed the homer.

Tex always hustles.

let's go Alex !!!

235 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:56 pm

I would like to see Jeter in dreds.

236 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:56 pm

If Teixeira was hitting...

237 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:56 pm

[233] but Tex doesn't, for some reason...

238 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:56 pm

Arod let one go there!

239 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:57 pm

damn off the bat i got so excited.

240 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:57 pm

[228] yeah, i HATE that extra "u" in the name. : /

Alex made decent contact, but no dice...

let's go AJ

241 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:57 pm

RATS and BOLLOCKS. Hold em down AJ.

242 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:57 pm

Back later ....

243 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:57 pm

WOW... Jeter DOUBLED!!!!!!!!! the lead.
The man is a God!

244 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:57 pm

[237] I really don't like UZR...if it is accurate, I am one of the worst judges of fielding talent (which might be true).

245 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:58 pm

The inning felt like it could really get away from Saunders, but Tex kind of bailed him out and Arod just missed.

246 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:59 pm

A-Rod is hitting the ball pretty well even when he makes outs. That alone is a huge improvement over past years

247 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 8:59 pm

there are 4 hits in this game and we've reached the cycle !!!

248 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:00 pm

[245] Unfortunately it didn't, but he has thrown a lot of pitches in a very short time

249 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:00 pm

TEX IS AMAZING!!!

250 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:01 pm

I heart Mark Teixeria

251 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:01 pm

Teixeira really is contributing even when he's not hitting.

252 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:01 pm

Did he stay on the bag this time, Tim?

253 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:01 pm

Despite what Sutcliffe says, 1B is not the most important defensive position in the infield. That said, Teix is really putting on a show this series.

254 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:01 pm

Teixeira is really amazing...it seems like he makes one or two great plays every game. It almost makes me doubt the logic behind the defensive spectrum.

255 mehmattski   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:01 pm

Well, that was nifty.

And UZR only considers outs that start on the right side of the infield, so it doesn't include stretches like that

256 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:02 pm

Ouch.

257 NYYfan22   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:02 pm

hehe... my wife just surmised that Tex must have a piece of gum on his shoe.

258 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:02 pm

OMG, Tex is UNREAL!!!

259 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:03 pm

Wow, Vladdy wanted that one... Tex is putting on a show

260 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:03 pm

He was safe

261 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:03 pm

Well goddmann. Each shit Scioscia. I hate his stupid face. Safe though.

262 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:03 pm

It's official: Vlad will swing at anything.

263 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:04 pm

I would say he was safe, but I'd have to agree with McCarver.

264 joe   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:04 pm

Tex is fucking awesome tonight with all the stretching... Nothin' special, just fucking awesome basics

265 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:04 pm

Listening to Buck and McCarver analyze these replays is exactly why I am not in favor of instant replay.

266 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:04 pm

[262] that's been official for a long time.

267 mehmattski   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:04 pm

Weird angle for the Ump, who is used to watching the baserunner and listening to the ball hit the glove, so he couldn't do that there. Vlad looked safe. But he doesn't deserve being on base swinging at that junk.

268 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:04 pm

He might have been safe at the bag...but what is the call if the ball hits the batter-runner on a swinging third strike that is dropped by the catcher? Very odd play.

269 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:05 pm

[255] thanks for that!

Molina shoulda tried to backhand that...

Tex...man...wow!

i thought it hit the dirt before his leg!!!

270 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:05 pm

[253] I don't know if you saw Donnie play, and you're getting an idea watching Teix play, but the idea that 1st base is not an important defensive position is rediculous. I believe Teix's glove has saved a number of games this season.

271 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:05 pm

Damn it

272 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:05 pm

Even good AJ is still AJ, after all.

273 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:06 pm

[268] You would think runner is out, right?

274 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:06 pm

[268] If the contact is incidental, the ball is in play.

275 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:06 pm

[268] Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's dead and the batter is out as soon as it hits him. But I'm in too good a mood to look it up.

276 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:06 pm

[274] Make that accidental.

277 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:06 pm

The reason Teix is so good is b/c he learned in Oakland that if he missed any throws his way the runner would be able to take 2 bases. Oh wait, I'm getting my Kay stories confused. : D Roll on AJ!!!

278 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:06 pm

i'm glad it's not Posada getting beat up back there : )

YEAH AJ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

279 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:07 pm

AJ looks great!

280 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:07 pm

[270] Donnie had more range in the hole to his right...and yes, I saw him growing up--he was my favorite player. As for the relative importance of defense at1B...let's just agree that Teix is flashing some leather out there.

281 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:09 pm

Donnie had a great and very accurate arm. His 3-6-3 DPs were art.

282 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:09 pm

[270] [280] I am somewhere in the middle of the debate. 1B is clearly not as important as most of the others, but I don't think the gap is wide as some would have you believe. I definitely don't agree with the idea that just about anyone can play the position.

283 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:10 pm

Saunders is getting his pitches up...lets make him pay!

284 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:11 pm

[282] i agree with those points william.

285 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:11 pm

2-0 roll over...not good Godzilla.

286 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:11 pm

stfu and show us the game

287 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:11 pm

[285] Seems he and Johnny can't be good concurrently

288 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:12 pm

More annoying: Chip, Buck & Timmeh!, or the inane manager interview?

289 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:12 pm

[286] haha. those coaching interviews drive me crazy but seem to drive you even more so.

290 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:13 pm

[282] True, but certainly more people an play 1B than SS or 2B or CF or C or even 3B. For hundred years teams have put the worst defensive player at 1B for a reason.

291 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:13 pm

i'm digging cano's patience. esp after those 2 quick ab's...

292 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:14 pm

[289] they really do - i hate them and the idea of them - even though i don't like the basketball ones at least they speak to the coaches during the break after the 1st and 3rd quarter and they aren't showing us the interview during the game

293 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:14 pm

Nice play by Toriiiii...

294 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:14 pm

Hm, if a batter makes contact with his own batted ball before it touches a fielder, then he's out. Rule 6.05 (g).
So I imagine it's the same for a dropped third strike, since that ball is also in play.

295 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:14 pm

damn, Robbie's makin' some solid contact...

296 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:14 pm

torii made that look very easy

297 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:15 pm

I'd prefer many more crooked #'s next to our side.

298 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:15 pm

[292] i hear ya. it is a bit ridiculous because it just feels off to me to hear Girardi semi-live (I know it isn't live) talking while his team is playing and he should be making decisions.

299 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:15 pm

[290] I think more people play it, but not play it well, which is why a 1B is still a very important defender. If you assume all SS are pretty good (because other wise they wouldn't be playing there), then the gap between a great and bad 1B can be massive, especially if many teams are using the position to stash no-glove sluggers. Going from Giambi to Teixiera kind of drives that point home.

300 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:16 pm

[294] It's not the same. As long as the contact is not intentional, the ball is in play.

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301 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:17 pm

Aside from charging the bunt (and 1Bman do field some bunts), what does a 3rd baseman have to do that a 1st baseman doesn't? Then add fiedling throws.

302 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:17 pm

[300] does it say that in the rules or is that you opinion?

303 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:17 pm

[302] It's my confident understanding of the rules.

304 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:18 pm

[301] throw the ball to 1b

305 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:18 pm

Bad.

306 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:18 pm

shit - left that ball up

307 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:19 pm

Ignore the runner...go after the hitters.

308 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:19 pm

[303] so it's your opinion.

309 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:19 pm

Atta boy Napoli.

310 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:19 pm

We (in baseball) have also had some big bat, poor fielders at 3rd.

311 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:19 pm

I was going to say, this is where having a strikeout pitcher is quite useful - but a pop fly will work too.

312 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:19 pm

[299] Given how few balls a 1B has to field or throws he has to make, relative to the other IFs, I wonder how many runs separate Teix from Giambi (or whatever two you pick). Surely some numerate person could calculate this objectively?

313 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:20 pm

[308] No...it would be like me saying 2+2=4 based on my confident understanding of how to add.

314 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:21 pm

[308] But it's a confident opinion....

315 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:21 pm

damn

316 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:21 pm

crap

317 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:21 pm

Yeesh. Not the two guys I would have guessed would combine for the first run.

318 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:21 pm

damnit - too bad aj couldn't have fielded that one

319 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:21 pm

OK, how long do you leave AJ in? His pitches seem to be getting elevated

320 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:21 pm

Maicer and Snoop LAME. LAME. LAME.

321 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:21 pm

[313] so it's your [314] confident opinion.

322 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:22 pm

Crud. C'mon, AJ, get out of this.

323 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:22 pm

[312] Why does a 1Bman have fewer balls to field then a 3Bman?

324 NYYfan22   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:22 pm

goddamn that was close

325 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:22 pm

AJ...please focus on the batters here.

326 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:22 pm

snoop almost got caught there

327 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:23 pm

he got a great jump

328 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:23 pm

So much for Molina's arm . . .

329 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:23 pm

[321] Stop that

330 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:23 pm

this is not making my stomach feel any better : /

331 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:23 pm

Nice throw Molina....

332 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:23 pm

[329] sorry

333 mehmattski   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:24 pm

[312] Unfortunately, I think UZR is not a great stat for first basemen, for the reason I mentioned earlier. It just doesn't measure the ability of a 1B to stretch out and get throws.

But put it more abstractly... if the difference between A-Rod and Cody Ransom is X, and the difference between Tex and Giambi is also X... then replacing G with Tex is going to be more important to the team, defensively. The first baseman has just so many many more chances (putouts and assists) than does a third baseman.

334 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:24 pm

[319] soon as you pinch hit molina

335 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:25 pm

This is the 5th inning Tim, you've sounded exactly like yourself. A complete a-hole.

336 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:25 pm

GOD DAMNIT.

337 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:25 pm

Oh geez

338 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:25 pm

shit

339 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:25 pm

for fuck's sake c'mon aj

340 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:25 pm

Christ AJ - this is EXACTLY when not to hit a batter!

Sheesh.

Anyone else worried about the double steal?

341 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:25 pm

Christ... AJ's ball really breaks.

342 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:26 pm

It's amazing how he has the same kind of inning every game.

343 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:26 pm

Come on AJ, bear down.

344 mehmattski   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:26 pm

Sets up the double play?

345 NYYfan22   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:26 pm

Please please please keep the ball down, AJ. The double play cometh...

346 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:26 pm

glad I came back to this ...

347 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:27 pm

Stay aggressive...if you get hit, you get hit.

348 joe   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:27 pm

I hope this isn't an AJ Blowup Inning

349 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:27 pm

Is anybody warming? This could get to melt down very quick

350 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:28 pm

[349] isn't this typical? he could be lights out next inning.

351 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:28 pm

[349] i'm not warming, but i am plotzing...

352 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:28 pm

[350] True, but he can also be lights out after giving up 5 runs in an inning- we've seen that!

353 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:28 pm

[350] This is the ALCS and you have a lead

354 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:28 pm

[349] I don't believe so - or at least I haven't seen anything on the teevee.

OK AJ, get us an out or two. Don't be afraid.

355 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:29 pm

Pick up the phone, Joe.

356 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:29 pm

Isn't a sequence like this supposedly why Molina was catching AJ?

And I'll gladly take that. Get 'em, AJ!

357 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:29 pm

This is all the result of a lack of focus...why they don't just tell him to forget the runners is beyond me. Stop yelling "Hey" and just let him pitch.

358 joe   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:29 pm

So you PH for Molina no matter what, right?

359 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:29 pm

[352] and [353] yep yep. both true.

360 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:29 pm

[349] You see what I was saying now?

361 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:30 pm

My eerie calm has shit the bed.

362 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:31 pm

[361] I remain calm. I think Abreu is a great player, but I'll go with AJ here.

363 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:31 pm

[323] More RHB.

364 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:31 pm

Great at bat.

365 joe   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:31 pm

This is agonizing

366 mehmattski   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:31 pm

Abreu is channeling his inner Chone.

367 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:32 pm

Awesome.

368 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:32 pm

ah phew!

369 NYYfan22   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:32 pm

that was so sweet!

370 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:32 pm

That a WAY, AJ!

371 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:32 pm

holy crap. that was whack!

372 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:32 pm

Well hell's bells. That was crazy. Atta boy JD.

373 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:32 pm

When Abreu is up, I propose switching him with Melky.

374 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:32 pm

Great catch Johnny, I think that was harder than it looked.

375 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:32 pm

very nice play jd

and way to actually win a battle aj

376 mehmattski   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:32 pm

Wow I thought that ball was well fair.

377 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:32 pm

JD adds another dimension of entertainment in the field.

378 joe   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:32 pm

WOW that carried!

379 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:32 pm

Yikes! That was scary.

380 mehmattski   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:33 pm

[376] And by fair I mean foul. Just like MacBeth.

381 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:33 pm

Pop it up toriiiiiiiiiiii

382 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:34 pm

god damnit throw strikes aj

383 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:34 pm

He's trying to spot the ball...why!

384 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:34 pm

Stay way from Bad Vlad please.

385 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:34 pm

Bases loaded with Vlad up does not sound good.

386 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:35 pm

I'd say AJ is pitching a hell of a lot better than Unit ever did.

387 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:35 pm

Runners advance on ball in the dirt here?

388 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:35 pm

It's 2-2...why even fake.

389 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:35 pm

Whatever TBS's problem was, on FOX YS2.0 is ROCKIN'. I'm loving the noise!

390 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:36 pm

Catcher goes out to the mound.

391 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:36 pm

Or ... the ball spins so much it bores miles into the earth and lava erupts onto the field? No one is bothered because now it is warm at Yankee Stadium

392 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:36 pm

That was a stike.

393 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:36 pm

THISclose. I thought he had him.

394 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:36 pm

Is Buck reading off a really slow teleprompter or something? What is....the deal....with this.....guy.

395 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:36 pm

Uhhhhh .... scary

396 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:36 pm

Jesus Christ.

397 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:36 pm

Yoiks! Good thing it went into the seats!

398 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:37 pm

horeshit

that was lucky to go into the stands

399 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:37 pm

ugly

400 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:37 pm

Right, so bases loaded for Vlad. Quick hook?

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401 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:37 pm

Crap, I just agreed with McCarver.

402 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:37 pm

Yeah, it's Posda's fault he can't block AJ's breaking pitches. Those are unblockable.

403 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:37 pm

in old Yankee Stadium ... does that ball go in stands?

404 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:37 pm

[394] he's watching college football

405 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:37 pm

My lord AJ is an adventure. Can we please end the inning with no more runs scored?

406 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:37 pm

Aye aye aye. OK AJ, get Vlad. Don't throw a wild pitch or walk him!

407 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:37 pm

IS ANYBODY WARMING? JOE?

408 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:38 pm

vlad will flail and fail here...

409 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:38 pm

Pitcher crossed up the catcher.

410 joe   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:38 pm

Maybe AJ can get Vladdy to swing at some more dirtballs

411 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:38 pm

[407] Yes, Dave R is warming.

412 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:38 pm

dave robertson up

413 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:38 pm

I still don't know exactly what happened here. AJ got unnerved. It's almost worse when he starts off so dominant, because when something goes a little wrong, the wheels come off. He doesn't "deal with adversity" well.

414 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:38 pm

[394] Its like . . . Timmeh . . . is trying to channel . . . William Shatner.

And Robertson's up in the pen.

415 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:38 pm

No breaking ball here AJ...have to stay hard, but up.

416 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:39 pm

You don't realize just how little control AJ Burnett has until you see him pitch every day.

417 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:39 pm

Catcher goes out to the mound again.

418 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:39 pm

Throw a high fastball at his eyes

419 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:39 pm

[413] Reminds me of Pettitte in some ways - how many times have we seen Pettitte get rattled by an error behind him, for example.

420 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:39 pm

aj loves mound conferences

421 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:39 pm

Jesus.

422 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:39 pm

fucking brutal.

423 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:39 pm

Argh ...

424 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:39 pm

[417] If only it was Posada!

425 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:39 pm

fuck me

426 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:39 pm

Pitcher bounced the pitch, allowing a run to score.

427 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:39 pm

this is infuriating

428 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:39 pm

damn. the aj run

429 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:40 pm

Oh come on. Why didn't they throw a fastball up?

430 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:40 pm

GET MOLINA'S LAME ASS BAT OUT OF THIS GAME!

No reason to ever start Molina with AJ again. Eff this.

431 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:40 pm

Ugh, g-d damnit.

432 joe   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:40 pm

[416] Yep...

433 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:40 pm

Yeah I'd call this an unravelling. Might have to pull him, Joe.

434 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:40 pm

This is brutal.

435 mehmattski   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:40 pm

Did AJ warm up this afternoon on a Little League mound?

436 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:40 pm

The worst part is there is nothing surprising about this at all .

437 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:40 pm

why is he so volatile : /

beer run time...

438 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:40 pm

There was a lot of activity that inning involving the pitcher and the catcher.

439 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:40 pm

Is AJ throwing that thing too hard ... or gripping it too tightly, too long?

440 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:40 pm

pinch hit for molina and end this bullshit

441 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:40 pm

Bump in the road. Now let's get some M$%^Hf#$%ing runs. Colonel Saunders is real Cold after this inning.

442 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:41 pm

Well, that's the end of the evening for that battery.

443 mehmattski   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:41 pm

Also I'm pretty sure Vlad would have swung (and missed/popped up) at a fastball at the eyes.

Burnett circa 2005 would have done it.

444 BuckFoston   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:41 pm

AJ will now be unhittable for the rest of the game again.

445 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:41 pm

Well that was more painful than it was damaging, if you know what I mean. Two runs is more than acceptable if that's all he gives up and gets another inning in. It's now on the Yankee hitters to get something going.

446 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:41 pm

The bats need to score here, in case the rains come.

447 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:41 pm

[438] Esp. if you count conversation as 'activity'.

448 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:41 pm

AJ Burnett has absolutely zero idea where the ball is going when he lets go of it, and its going to bite us in the ass big time.

449 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:41 pm

really, AJ is amazing at having these terrible innings but where he still only allows a run or two. I'm oddly impressed.

450 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:42 pm

[1] Alex, if you had said "can't imagine AJ not walking and hitting" then you woul dhvae been a prophet. Sigh.

OK, Molina is up second - time to pull his ass. I don't care if AJ pitches the next inning. Get Molina's bat out. NOW.

451 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:42 pm

On the plus side, the game is still tied. But I would have a quick hook next inning...

452 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:42 pm

[443] That's what I was thinking, not sure why they went there.

453 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:42 pm

Wow, I was just assuming Burnett was done. No? I think Robertson for an inning here and then Joba, Phil, Mo. This seems obvious to me.

454 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:43 pm

[443] i agree - vladdy has a hardrer time catching up to that pitch, whereas he does golf a decent amount of pitches , would have certainly reduced the chance for a passed ball
damn that po and his pitch selection

455 NYYfan22   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:43 pm

holy shite... there were over 50 comments in 2 batters.

456 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:43 pm

Why AJ tries to throw harder and break off sharper curves when he gets in trouble is puzzling...does he not have the confidence in the same stuff that go him through the other innings?

457 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:43 pm

[449] Yeah now that it's over, I feel the same way.

Crikey how many balls in the dirt/batters' legs were there in just a half an inning?

458 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:44 pm

[451] If AJ is really wild again, I agree.

But outside of Morales - and Napoli, inexplicably hitting 8th - this is very much the soft, chewy underbelly of the Angels' lineup. If he's not wild, I say stick with him.

WHY THE EFF IS MOLINA ON DECK! WAKE UP JOE!

459 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:44 pm

[453] i would send AJ out and see how things go. It isn't like they were blasting balls off him. if he walks a better or two, bring in robertson.

460 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:44 pm

I can't believe they wouldn't pinch hit for Molina here.

461 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:44 pm

i don't want to see either molina on deck or rudy behind him right now

462 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:44 pm

BUNT!!!!!!!!

463 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:44 pm

[456] Was that AJ's choice, or Molina's?

Nice job Melky! NOW PLEASE SEND UP POSADA!

464 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:44 pm

[443] That was clearly the right call...it's incredible that they didn't go with it. That's almost a spot where Pena has to take control and call the pitches.

465 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:44 pm

Now might be time for a bunt, sadly enough

466 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:44 pm

Nice job Melky. And I suppose Molina will probably just waste an out and sac bunt.

467 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:45 pm

The catcher is batting.

468 mehmattski   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:45 pm

Pastadivingaybar

469 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:45 pm

good start Leche.

why is Molina still in?!?!?!?!?! : /

470 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:45 pm

This should be a pinch hitter...no reason to give away an out for 1 more inning with AJ.

471 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:45 pm

These stupid interviews- SHOW THE GAME!

472 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:45 pm

[456] It really is the difference between a pitcher and a thrower.

473 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:45 pm

Why the hell is Molina batting?!

474 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:45 pm

[468] that is punilicious.

475 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:46 pm

Still bunt.

476 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:46 pm

The team carries three catchers for the post-season.

477 mehmattski   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:46 pm

Jose Molina is an epic fail tonight.

478 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:47 pm

[472] But he pitches for most of the game, but then starts throwing when he gets in trouble.

479 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:47 pm

Saunders is just terrified of Jose.

480 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:47 pm

I am not joking...I would give Molina the RED light here.

481 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:47 pm

[476] Girardi is not making me very happy right now.

Where's weeping with a good "why can't anyone bunt well" rant?

If Saunders walks Molina . . . I say pinch run with Guzman!

482 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:47 pm

Send Melky. PLEASE.

483 mehmattski   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:47 pm

Saunders is pulling a Burnett here.

484 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:47 pm

start Melky?

485 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:47 pm

It would be funny if Molina gets on and they PR for him

486 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:47 pm

Now, if the catcher manages a walk, will one of the innumerable pinch runners appear?

487 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:47 pm

molina is a strikeout machine timmy

488 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:48 pm

You just can't predict baseball.

489 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:48 pm

Jose would like Bronx Banter to SHUT THE FUCK UP NOW please.

490 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:48 pm

Well, that worked.

491 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:48 pm

professional hitter!

492 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:48 pm

You just can't predict baseball

493 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:48 pm

Girardi = Genius. Clearly :)

494 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:48 pm

Un-effing-real. Jose Molina, I take it back!

495 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:48 pm

[477] How about now?

496 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:48 pm

nice hit molina - wasn't sure you had it in you but nice job

497 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:48 pm

wow, color me impressed. i guess we're not pinch running him...

498 joe   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:48 pm

Hahah, ridiculous...

499 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:48 pm

Molina says take THAT

500 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:48 pm

Like I said...green light.

Now, you pinch run here and don't bunt Jeter!

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501 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:48 pm

[489] haha

502 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:48 pm

Jeter's gonna bunt

503 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:48 pm

Sit on it Banterers- J. Molina. : D

504 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:48 pm

[489] He told us!

505 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:48 pm

[488] ARRRGH [492]

506 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:48 pm

Odds that Jeter bunts?

507 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:49 pm

DO NOT BUNT DEREK

508 mehmattski   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:49 pm

See, the ends justify the terrible inbetween times.

Jeter, please do not bunt.

509 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:49 pm

Please don't bunt Jeter. And don't GIDP either....

510 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:49 pm

[489] And clearly we should.

If Jeter bunts - you damn asshole Timmeh STFU - I will scream. And then my wife will kill me because I will have undoubtedly woken up the kids.

511 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:49 pm

No pinch runner?... c'mon Joe, wake up

512 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:49 pm

[500] I didn't realize you were color blind!

513 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:49 pm

nice hook. don't bunt, derek. hit another one out!

514 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:49 pm

[506] Methinks you are seeing the game slightly before I am, cause you said that before I saw it.

515 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:50 pm

The Angels are looking for a bunt because that's what their useless brand of smallball bullshit would call for right now.

516 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:50 pm

Sigh.

517 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:50 pm

FUDGE!

518 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:50 pm

Well, that was a disaster

519 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:50 pm

fuck a goat in the ass

520 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:50 pm

SAFE!!!!!!!!!

521 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:50 pm

Damn, nice play. Crap.

522 mehmattski   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:50 pm

Should have bunted.

523 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:50 pm

oh no. dammit, derek.

real close at 1st...

524 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:50 pm

GAH!

That's why Guzman should have pinch ran for Molina!

Worst. Possible. Outcome.

525 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:50 pm

Not very clutch there, sigh.

526 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:51 pm

That was ugly. The series has turned ... Angels in five. Jeter retires.

527 joe   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:51 pm

Fuck you, Aybar

528 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:51 pm

need a hit here jd

529 Paul   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:51 pm

Banterers 0-fer-2 this inning.

530 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:51 pm

Oh, man, he was safe. GODDAM it. That one hurts.

531 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:51 pm

he definitely beat it

532 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:51 pm

damn he was mega safe

533 mehmattski   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:51 pm

[524] Runner out at third? Triple Play?

534 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:51 pm

[524] Girardi wouldn't have sent the runners anyway

535 BuckFoston   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:51 pm

Ump sucks for both teams.

536 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:51 pm

waaaaay fuking safe!!! : /

537 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:51 pm

[519] Thanks for the laugh, ms october. You can curse anytime in these tense situations.

[522] Bah.

538 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:51 pm

how about a WP, Saunders?

539 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:52 pm

You cannot waste a base hit by Molina, guys. Come on.

540 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:52 pm

You have to expect more from Jeter there...obviously, if know he is going to have a bad AB, you would bunt.

541 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:52 pm

[519] Well... at least it wasn't a fisting comment.

542 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:52 pm

fucking bullshit.

543 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:52 pm

Ewwww. Terrible by Damon

544 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:52 pm

Just awful. Ugh.

545 BuckFoston   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:53 pm

Fuck YOU SAUNDERS!!!!!!111111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

546 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:53 pm

[537] thanks :}

damnit what a frustrating inning

547 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:53 pm

The momentum has shifted in the wrong way. The only thing that could make this shittier is a Damaso Marte appearance.

548 mehmattski   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:53 pm

[537] I was just joking. In a "well, I didn't win with pocket aces, so I'll just fold them" kind of way.

549 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:53 pm

I hate it when the score truck gets hijacked like that.

Okay, well, AJ better give us a very good inning, then back to business.

550 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:53 pm

Brutally disappointing inning. DAMN !!!!!

551 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:53 pm

The offense has been doing this quite a bit lately...hopefully, AJ and the pen can close the door.

552 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:54 pm

I have never complained about bunting..............fwiw. G$%fu#$^ing Damnit.

553 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:54 pm

[547] please matt let sleeping goats lie

554 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:54 pm

[549] I'm extremely confident that AJ will be lights out next inning, because of his catcher.

555 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:55 pm

[551] Yeah, some guys are scuffling and, unfortunately, there aren't really any alternatives on the bench. Maybe start Gardy?

556 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:55 pm

The pitching has really held the line for the first 4 games, is it too much to ask that the offense outright wins a game?

557 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:55 pm

Sometimes the bunt is the way to go?

558 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:56 pm

Home run, right here...

559 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:56 pm

[554] I know that Posada would have doubled to prevent Jeter from GIDP, by the way.

560 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:57 pm

[556] Game one of the ALDS was over early.

561 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:57 pm

[557] Say you bunt Jeter and Damon strikes out...then you need a 2-out hit anyway. In the 5th inning, I think you have to play for the big inning.

562 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:57 pm

WAY to go, AJ! Glad I don't know shit.

563 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:57 pm

OK, AJ, way to put it back on track

564 Paul   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:57 pm

Ballsy to leave Burnett out there. But I think Girardi is trying to build him up. He's had a good game. Give him a chance to go deep. Last inning was a bunch of cheapies.

565 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:57 pm

[558] ???? Shame on you

566 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:57 pm

Man, that last half inning left me red face bitter! LOL

567 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:57 pm

Now, if there was a man on third, he would have abandoned the inside fastball and bounced that last curve...for some reason, AJ loses faith in his stuff when he needs it the most.

568 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:58 pm

If Posada started it would be 10-2 Angels. Posada would have had a 2 run homer and Marte would be now pitching. : D

569 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:58 pm

[559] We can dream, can't we? ; )

570 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:59 pm

Nice.

571 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:59 pm

[559] I'm pretty sure he would have struck out looking on pitch that he took in the same spot three times in a row

572 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:59 pm

Molina has 3 PA and a single to show for it. This sounds pretty good, but if you think about it, Posada averages a lot better than that! (It's only a .667 OPS, after all.)

573 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 9:59 pm

[566] It frustrated the hell out of me too, but would it really be better if he gave up clean hits to plate the runs?

574 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:00 pm

No no no if Posada started, it would be 10-2 Yankees, and Jorge would have 10 RBI and also cured cancer by the end of the game.

575 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:00 pm

C'mon, get this little Flee.

576 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:00 pm

I got your back AJ. One shite inning does not tarnish a damn good start. Screw you Maicer.

577 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:00 pm

[573] It would have been quicker.

578 Paul   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:00 pm

This hick really pisses me off sometimes.

579 BuckFoston   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:01 pm

Typical AJ, leave him in or the 7th.

580 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:01 pm

VERY Well done. Teix TIME

581 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:01 pm

nice inning there aj - you frustrating fellow

582 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:01 pm

People act like Burnett gave up six runs. He's given up two in six innings. That's very good. Sure it was painful to watch, but come on. This has been a quality performance.

583 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:01 pm

Exhale... Scoretruck, please?

584 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:01 pm

Well, I was totally wrong. Giving AJ another inning worked out perfect, and now we have a stronger pen in case this goes to extras.

585 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:02 pm

I wish AJ would never have "that inning", but that would make him Roger Clemens, which is probably too much to ask.

586 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:02 pm

Any bold predictions for this coming inning?

587 Paul   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:02 pm

How can he have failed to learn a straight change? Hell, throw a palmball!

588 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:02 pm

Yeah, I would've signed up for 2 runs in 6 anyday- that said, the 5th inning was painful. But the 6th is our inning. We need Teix to start it off.

589 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:02 pm

I got to think AJ's finished. But what the hell do I know?

590 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:02 pm

[572] I'm just being snarky out of frustration, but more seriously it comes down to whether one thinks that AJ has been more good (or less bad) tonight because of Molina. Would the meltdown have been worse with Posada? Would it have come earlier?

Obviously, I think that the catcher makes no difference...but at least tonight Molina has not been a total offensive waste.

==

Moving forward, I wonder if we get a chance in this close game to see some PRs employed. Maybe if Matsui (e.g.) leads of an inning with a hit or walk?

591 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:03 pm

582, good point and really only one painful inning and as far as painful innings go it wasn't THAT bad.

592 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:03 pm

[586] There's a homer somewhere lurking in the heart of the order. That's the best I can do.

593 Paul   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:03 pm

[586] A-Bomb for A-Rod.

594 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:03 pm

[582] 2 runs is outstanding. The rest is not.

[586] Back to back taters - I won't say who tho.

595 joe   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:03 pm

I bet he could go another inning, but at 105 pitches, why wear him out
...But I'm a little worried about a bullpen that hasnt pitched in 5 days

596 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:04 pm

i had faith in AJ there. which proves nothing.

597 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:04 pm

[585] Instead, AJ Burnett is a less durable Nolan Ryan.

598 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:05 pm

[586]

(cue Clubber Lang)

PAIIIIINNNNNN ...

599 mehmattski   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:05 pm

[595] AJ should be done because in the world of the 3-man rotaiton, AJ has to pitch again in a theoretical Game 5.

600 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:05 pm

Teix!!

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601 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:05 pm

EAT SHIT CHOAD!!!!

602 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:05 pm

Ha!
Chone does the job, but Morales is no Teixeira.

603 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:05 pm

Wow, great grab by Figgins and then a lucky break.

604 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:05 pm

Wowsers.

605 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:05 pm

wow crazy play! nice snag by chone. then the crazy throw and tag and flying ball!

606 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:05 pm

what's frustrating is in a close game in the playoffs against a team that is not a cupcake little things do matter - so hitting batters and throwing terrible wild pitches is problematic

607 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:05 pm

Opening up our 1B discussion...if you assume Tex makes that play, that's a pretty big out saved.

608 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:05 pm

[591] I'd much rather take a single and a homer. 30-something pitch, walk filled, bases loaded wild pitch-tastic innings are harder to watch and shorten the outing for the starter.

609 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:06 pm

[599] Yeah, but he won't be on 3 days rest, right? Only CC had to go on three days I think. But I think he's likely done.

610 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:06 pm

[607] I think he makes that play 5 out of 6 times, yep.

611 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:06 pm

i'm back...

do it A-Rod. 2 run job right here

612 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:06 pm

[606] maybe. but baseball would be kind of boring if everyone played perfect baseball. eveni n the playoffs.

613 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:06 pm

[594] RIght, which equals out to "very good", I'd say!

614 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:06 pm

[809] Exactly. It's on full rest, so no need to be tender with Burnett.

615 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:07 pm

shitpissfuck

616 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:07 pm

No DP Matsui.

617 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:07 pm

[614] i'm looking forward to that post.

618 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:07 pm

F'in Groundzilla.

619 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:07 pm

Oh, fer godsake.

620 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:07 pm

Yankees hitting is looking putrid right about now.

621 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:07 pm

goddamn motherfuck

622 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:07 pm

Ugh, not good.

623 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:07 pm

I've heard this song before...

624 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:08 pm

well that SUCKEd

625 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:08 pm

[607] Sure...there is no doubt that better 1B will make occasional plays that save outs (and runs). The question is HOW many over the course of the season.

And as we see, that play didn't matter after all (I know, predetermined outcome, yadayada).

626 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:08 pm

Oh Joe Saunders. Your're my hero. cack-bleh.

627 Paul   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:08 pm

Are we going to have the first cricket-style baseball game? Two days later we have a winner?

628 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:08 pm

[612] well i am not asking for a perfect game :} just not hitting people and throwing wild pitches

that inning ended mighty quickly

629 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:08 pm

Joe Saunders should not be holding this lineup to only 2 runs...if they lose this game, any discussion of AJ's bad inning would be a waste of breath.

630 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:08 pm

We're getting really close to the point where Girardi is going to try to be clever.

631 BuckFoston   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:09 pm

Too early in the game, Yankees saving it for last 3 innings.

632 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:09 pm

Fuentes is going to allow a walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth, first batter (name of that batter TBD)

633 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:09 pm

[630] Yep, I shudder with the vibes of a Girardi loss...

634 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:10 pm

[606] It's hard to watch but if it equals two runs over six innings, he can hit every other batter for all I care.

This game is on the bats if they don't score.

Teixeira has been bad in the PS thus far. I called it! But I also called AJ being bad, and ... well, I was wrong, folks.

635 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:10 pm

[629] I agree, but we don't write for the fish rags.

[630] The opportunity passed when he didn't pinch run Guzman for Molina.

And so much for my grand bold prediction!

636 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:10 pm

wow, more AJ

637 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:11 pm

Man, Napoli doesn't get cheated on that swing, huh?

638 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:11 pm

[628] yeah i get that. i guess what i'm thinking is that you can only take the entire package for any one player. ANd typically this includes some negatives that go with the positives. And we still need those players, good or bad. Which isn't what i said at all. hehe

639 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:11 pm

hmmm cokey

640 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:11 pm

I'm kind of surprised AJ's out there again. Is there a lefty coming up?

641 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:11 pm

[635] Oh no. There's still plenty of time to start mixing and matching relievers.

642 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:11 pm

One out. YES.

643 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:11 pm

whew...

644 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:11 pm

Oh, goody, Ken Rosenthal, just the man I wanted to hear.

645 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:12 pm

[640] SHUT UP.

646 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:12 pm

[645] Nothing can stop it, you may as well get ready

647 Paul   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:12 pm

[636] If this gets rained out until 4pm tomorrow, better to have ridden AJ as long as possible.

648 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:12 pm

nice pitch.

a lotta bit of indecision on aybar, per bunting.

649 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:13 pm

[638] you're right - i just find his particular negatives very frustrating

650 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:13 pm

Do. Not. Walk. This. Batter.

(get him out)

651 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:14 pm

Uh oh.

652 NYYfan22   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:14 pm

dang

653 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:14 pm

fuck what happened there frosty?

654 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:14 pm

oh no. wtf, robbie?!?! : /

655 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:14 pm

Wow. I called that as soon as the ball was hit.

656 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:14 pm

[649] me too.

robbie? please!

657 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:14 pm

GAH Cano! Dammit.

658 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:14 pm

Maybe it's time for Cano to take that ninja mask off

659 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:14 pm

Wait, when did we just become the Angels?

660 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:14 pm

oh. my. god.

661 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:14 pm

[655] You son of a gun you

662 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:14 pm

Not good...exactly what AJ doesn't need.

663 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:15 pm

And out of the BP here comes...?

664 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:15 pm

nice hand for AJ. very nice hand.

his wildness drives me to drink. what say you, i drink regardless? aaahhh...

665 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:15 pm

The Figgins/Morales error was costless, so by the Law of Balance, Cano has to get away with this one, too.

666 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:15 pm

ooh, i want # 666 !!!!!

667 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:15 pm

so, turning choad around - need to get this out cokey

668 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:15 pm

Its better than Marte, I guess.

669 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:15 pm

Now, I would go right to Mr. Hughes. I have a feeling it's Cokey.

670 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:15 pm

Okay this is a genius move by Girardi, seriously. An error puts a runner on base, AJ is going to come apart at the seams.

Get eem out

671 NYYfan22   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:16 pm

AJ you did good, man, but you don't have to deliver a pie in every game you pitch. You make us squirm!

672 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:16 pm

haha, Devil Boy struttin' his stuff!!!

the Yanks will now WIN !!! : )

673 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:16 pm

I think I wouldn't screw around with the matchups, and just bring Joba in.

674 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:16 pm

[665] You have a good mind.

675 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:16 pm

[666] you are the number of the beast!

676 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:16 pm

[665] [667] howdy, neighbors! : )

677 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:16 pm

Nolan Ryan had an ERA+ of 111, K/9IN of 9.5 and BB/9IN of 4.5. He also average 7 HBPs and 12 wild pitches.

AJ Burnett has an ERA+ of 111, K/9IN of 8.4 and BB/9IN of 3.8. He also average 10 HBPs and 11 wild pitches.

678 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:17 pm

I don't have any confidence in Coke in this spot.

679 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:17 pm

It's Coke, by the way.

680 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:17 pm

[675] i am not a number. i'm a free man! muwuhahahahaha

i'm also incredibly silly and really easily amused. no wonder i'm single... : ~

681 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:17 pm

[678] Me neither

682 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:18 pm

I wont be happy losing a game with Coke on the mound, but this move can be justified.

Of course, if Coke is preoccupied by the runner, he will get hammered.

683 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:18 pm

Coke's move to first is pretty sad

684 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:18 pm

But...can he throw a strike?

685 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:18 pm

Hes gonna throw it away

686 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:19 pm

[678] me neither, definitely definitely BEER!!! ; )

687 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:19 pm

throw strikes cokey

688 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:19 pm

[684] Not if he keeps uing a slide step.

689 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:19 pm

Frankly, if Posada was catching during AJ's meltdown inning, I think his head would have exploded. Then Girardi would have to set himself on fire.

690 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:19 pm

[679] no. i just went to the store. it's beer. i swear. don't fuck with the devil!!!

691 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:19 pm

Apparently not.

692 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:19 pm

Throw a fucking strike.

693 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:19 pm

[687] Yes please!

I can no longer ignore Timmeh. This is not good.

694 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:20 pm

Hey, a STRIKE.

695 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:20 pm

[690] I could use a beer right now, but sadly, we are all but out.

696 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:20 pm

[689] I can picture that

697 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:20 pm

Has anyone mentioned how stupid Aybar's hairdo looks?

698 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:21 pm

So, in addition to the WPS and HBPs and meetings at the mound and cross-ups, it would have been messy as well!

699 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:21 pm

that robbie error is not doing my stomach any good.

i really need a DP.

throw strikes Cokey!!!

700 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:21 pm

Coke is freaking pitching TIGHT

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701 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:21 pm

Coke is picking up the target late...why would he able to throw strikes?

702 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:21 pm

Ah Coke. Coke - get it together, buddy

703 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:21 pm

Well done Coke. ASSHOLE.

704 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:21 pm

Yeah, that wasn't too surprising.

705 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:21 pm

Seems like the rain should be here ...
http://tinyurl.com/zklk6

706 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:21 pm

god damnit cokey

707 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:21 pm

Dreadful.

708 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:21 pm

Abreu will come through with a big hit here.

709 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:21 pm

[697] it's a hair-don't !!!

goddamn motherfuk!

710 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:21 pm

[680] me too! and i love it! (iron maiden playing in the back of my head)

711 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:21 pm

Oh for the love of G-d. Throw strikes damnit.

712 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:22 pm

7th inning, Rested BP. Close game. Play-offs. Please use your best relievers.

713 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:22 pm

Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad bad BAD job. Awful. They ought to take him out, he's as bad as AJ right now, losing it. He's losing it I tell ya!!!

714 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:22 pm

Double play. Please.

715 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:22 pm

I hate when we he decides he wants to be cute. Why are we putzing around with the B relievers because of handedness?

716 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:22 pm

How do you bring Coke in the game and then sit by and watch him completely disregard the batter in favor of the runner?

717 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:22 pm

Biggest batter of the night, bigger than AJ vs. Vlad.

718 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:23 pm

least we know cokey will be out after abreu - let's just hope it is 2-2

719 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:23 pm

Bring in 1998 Mike Stanton

720 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:23 pm

It's time for an unclutch GIDP by Abreu. Come on now

721 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:23 pm

Again! Everytime he picks up the target late, he doesn't come close.

722 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:23 pm

[712] Do either Figgins or Abreu have significant platoon splits? I want to say no, but I am not sure. If not, no reason to use Coke here.

And I am bloody well tired of hearing Timmeh and Buck being able to talk about nothing more than Abreu's patience. SO glad to know you guys know NOTHING ELSE ABOUT HIM!

723 randym77   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:23 pm

Coke looks stoned in his Gameday pic.

724 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:23 pm

Nice called strike. I wouldn't go back outside though.

725 NYYfan22   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:23 pm

that was a good pitch. Now DP, please!

726 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:23 pm

[716] Yep.

[717] Yep.

727 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:23 pm

DP, please please please.

728 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:23 pm

Do you trust Joba more?

729 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:23 pm

[710] Maiden plays in the back of my head about every other day.

c'mon kid, get 'em!!!

730 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:24 pm

[722] Yes...Figgins is awful as a RHB.

731 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:24 pm

Got lucky wtih that one.

732 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:24 pm

If nothing else, we know Posada pinch hits in the bottom of the 7th.

733 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:24 pm

[722] they both do and figgins is very extreme

734 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:24 pm

[716] Coke's a lefty. It all makes sense.

735 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:25 pm

2-2, now he'll go away again and Abreu will beat him.

736 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:25 pm

[730] Then Joba or Robertson ought to be in now, unless Abreu has a significant platoon split.

737 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:25 pm

Go 3-2 Coke. Make it interesting.

738 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:25 pm

Wow. Coke and onions!
That was a scary match-up.

739 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:25 pm

YES

740 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:25 pm

I'll shut the fuck up now.

741 NYYfan22   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:25 pm

THANK YOU BOBBY FOR GIVING US AN OUT!

742 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:25 pm

awesomeness !!!

743 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:25 pm

Cokey!

Why no Hughes?

744 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:25 pm

[745] Belth with another successful reverse jinx!

745 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:25 pm

We love you Coke!

We are not exactly on a roll here, folks. I think we need some more optimism!

746 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:25 pm

Joba Joba Joba

747 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:26 pm

And me with another unintentional forward reference!

748 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:26 pm

I don't think Abreu was picking up Coke's pitches too well there. I'm not trying to take credit away from Coke, but Abreu looked a bit out of it.

749 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:26 pm

Jezus, JOBA, gotta git Torii. BRING IT.

750 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:26 pm

I dont have a good feeling about this matchup either.

751 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:26 pm

[745] good point

752 NYYfan22   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:26 pm

...now I chug my corona

753 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:26 pm

[744] are you trying to become a psychic?

754 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:26 pm

[744] I'm honored, but I think you meant [735].

755 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:27 pm

Olive Garden ~= good meal?

756 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:27 pm

bobby's splits:

lhp 267/348/386
rhp 305/408/457

757 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:27 pm

[750] Me neither!!! I got the fear!

758 randym77   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:27 pm

I don't trust Joba. I hope he proves me wrong, but midges or midges, I don't trust him.

759 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:27 pm

reason # 45203,0y3o#!96Gswp%3 that i'm single:

35 yr old man and i just put a Joba baseball card on top of my tv and took out my Joba Rules t-shirt for...good luck, i suppose.

i'm hopeless... : ~

760 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:27 pm

[736] Abreu does too.

There was very sound reason for going to Coke here...my only problem is he used two slide steps to Figgins and never picked up the target until he was already heading toward the plate. He gave away an AB he should have and could have dominated. Girardi, Eiland, Molina, etc. have to tell him before he takes the mound that holding the runner is not a priority. Getting batters out is.

761 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:28 pm

I love this match-up. I'm not supremely confident, but this is one of those moments.

762 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:28 pm

[751] i'm having a "good pint"! : )

763 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:28 pm

[756] Then Coke was the right move.

[755] Somewhat tasty, for generic Italian-American food. Not sure about the nutritional content though - most of their dishes are heavy on cheese, or Alfredo sauce, or both, so I shudder to think about the calorie and fat content.

Breadsticks are pretty good though!

764 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:28 pm

[759]

some women would find that endearing ...

765 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:28 pm

NUKE LA LOOSH.

766 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:28 pm

Wow, Joba looks wild. Unless that was for effect.

767 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:28 pm

[759] haha. no fears. there is some womyn doing exactly the same thing right now. i swear it.

768 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:29 pm

[759] Superstitious...yes. Hopeless...???

769 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:29 pm

[765]

he needs to breathe through his eyelids ....

770 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:29 pm

Actually I'm kind of enjoying this ... I decided not to get too crazy about these games till it's elimination time for someone.

771 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:29 pm

I just remembered there are two men on base. Ahhhhhhhh

772 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:29 pm

[755] used to be pretty good, back in the day...

get 'em Joba!

773 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:29 pm

Put. Him. Away!

774 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:29 pm

[770] So true!

775 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:30 pm

Don't nibble Joba.

776 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:30 pm

I go back to the heater here. Screw the slider.

777 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:30 pm

[769] Rose goes in the front.

778 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:30 pm

too in love with the damn slider.

779 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:31 pm

[764] send 'em south!

and, yes, the breadsticks at olive garden are "teh" awesome : )

780 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:31 pm

So far, this is Joba's season in a nutshell.

781 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:31 pm

[759] Ah, I've done worse, and I've been married for almost 7 years now. Patience!

Joba, Joba - give us the out!

782 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:31 pm

Joba needs his slider, and it's not there right now.

783 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:31 pm

FUCK.

784 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:31 pm

Is there a stat that keeps track of the number of times a pitcher goes from 0-2 to 3-2?

785 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:31 pm

Oh God.

786 randym77   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:31 pm

They should tell Joba he can't shake off the catcher.

787 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:31 pm

Oh, man.
Okay, no problem, Joba, no problem, not your fault.

788 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:31 pm

Oh boy.

789 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:31 pm

damnit - man

790 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:32 pm

Oh good, bases loaded for Vlad again. This should be fun.

791 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:32 pm

Don't throw Vlad ANY SLIDERS

792 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:32 pm

Frustration. Mounting.

HEAT!

Again I ask - Molina is supposed to be GOOD at calling these games. WTF!?!?!

793 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:32 pm

stay with the heat, kid.

794 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:32 pm

We didn't think the Angels were gonna go quietly this series, did we?

795 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:32 pm

bases juiced twice for Vladi = playing w/ fire.

i still think he flails and fails. just no wild pitches, please.

fuck you, joe buck. fuck you right in pooper.

796 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:32 pm

Have to elevate the fastball...put the slider on ice.

797 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:32 pm

really, how can you complain about the slider when he clearly couldn't hit it square. just a bad break that he hit it so badly we couldnt get him

798 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:32 pm

throw high heat joba

799 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:32 pm

Now this is a matchup!

Too bad - Joba got the job done with Hunter, really.

800 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:32 pm

Don't go soft on us know. Stay with the HEAT

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801 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:32 pm

Joba got away with one there....that ball should have been destroyed.

802 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:32 pm

Don't throw a wild pitch.

803 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:32 pm

HIGH HEAT at the eyes

804 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:33 pm

This is awesome.

805 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:33 pm

[792] And I recognize that I may be unfairly blaming Molina. But I want Posada's bat in there, two innings ago.

806 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:33 pm

Upstairs NOT outside.

807 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:33 pm

He'll swing at anything

808 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:33 pm

My laptop battery is almost run out!

I'm melting ... I'm melting ...

809 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:33 pm

It's nice that Molina is getting his exercise.

810 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:33 pm

[807} And he could likely hit it. He's a freak.

811 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:33 pm

Meetings at mound...are...insufferable.

812 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:34 pm

[809] He can use it.

813 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:34 pm

Molina should get frequent walker miles.

814 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:34 pm

I wonder what Girardi just said. At any rate, I'm glad he went out there.

815 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:34 pm

If he throws anything other than a high fastball it's malpractice

816 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:34 pm

mound conference time - anyone who had over 100 mound conferences should be happy

817 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:34 pm

In his career, Joba, after an 0-2 count (103 batters), has walked 3 guys and struck out 48.

818 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:34 pm

[811] Worse than Buck and Timmeh?

819 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:34 pm

Piece o' cake. : O

820 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:34 pm

Oh yeah. Punch 'em, Joba.

821 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:34 pm

YES!!!

822 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:34 pm

Okay, they have to win now.

823 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:34 pm

Oh thank God. Whew.

824 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:34 pm

I'll take it

825 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:34 pm

Best slider he's thrown yet.

826 Sliced Bread   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:34 pm

BUG SPRAY! He got Vlad!

827 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:34 pm

There's the Joba fist pump! That's why you watch 162+ baseball games.

828 NYYfan22   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:34 pm

i just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

829 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:34 pm

[815] Are you going to sue???

830 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:34 pm

fuck it way to go joba

everyone who doubted mr chamberlain should go drink the rest of their half empty drink :}

831 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:35 pm

I pumped my fist there too, and let out a very quiet gutteral roar (the kids and now the wife are sleeping).

832 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:35 pm

There's the slider.

Damn, Joba is bugnuts.

Good job though.

833 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:35 pm

i think i just air-"fisted" harder than joba and aj put together.

i might be outta work for a week... : ~

834 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:35 pm

One GOOD thing about Fox or TBS broadcast, no God Bless America ...

835 JeremyM   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:35 pm

[817] Awesome stats, it's funny how things seem so different. Of course, if we were announcers' we'd just say he loses a ton of batters to walks after starting 0-2 and never verify.

836 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:35 pm

Anyone's blood pumping yet?

837 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:35 pm

[814] Not every manager would have done that, and it was an excellent move. Sometimes, having the manager tell yourself carries more weight than the catcher.

Girardi has done an excellent job so far...please don't change.

838 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:35 pm

[768] definitely superstitious! it worked... : )

839 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:36 pm

[829] Think we can get a class action?

840 NYYfan22   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:36 pm

It'll be Hughes in the 8th, no?

841 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:36 pm

828, LOL

842 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:37 pm

[805] It's not unfair at all. The very same things that Molina is doing this game (getting cross up, coming out to talk to the pitchers, not being on the "same page") were invoked as evidence that Posada couldn't work well with some pitchers and thus had to be benched. Sutcliffe just said that Molina "communicates more with his pitchers than any other catcher," yet the exact same behavior gets Posada labeled as "not on the same page."

So yeah, if it's the same no matter who is catching, I too want to see Po taking his hacks sooner rather later.

843 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:37 pm

[841]

Hey Alex, where is Em and the cats amidst all this

(and we're overdue for a Moe Green pic) :-)

844 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:37 pm

Time to talk about the o's inability to score runs. D'oh. : ( Let's go already!!!

845 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:38 pm

Hey, I'm glad my forward reference at [614] turned out to be to myself.

846 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:38 pm

it's probably still saUnders. can't wait for their pen. is that jose arrendondo guy still with them? is he injured, or something?

847 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:38 pm

[836] neh, i'm as cool as a cucumber! ; )

848 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:38 pm

i think the score truck has been waiting for those dogs to be grilled

849 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:38 pm

[815] [829] [839] I'm pretty sure he/they/we doesn't have standing. /lawyer

[836] Yes, though its calmed down now.

850 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:38 pm

Some runs here would be nice boys

851 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:38 pm

[842] After tonight, I don't think Girardi has to keep Molina as AJ's caddy, but, if Burnett has one of his stinkers, it will lead to a huge second guess.

852 NYYfan22   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:39 pm

[847] yer drunk AND a drummer. doublethreat...

853 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:39 pm

[842] those are arguments we make. But I think we all know that he is in there principally because for some reason Burnett pitches better with him in there.

854 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:39 pm

The only thing surprising about this game is that Saunders has pitched so well.

855 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:39 pm

Cook the Colonel. I'm tired of this mouth breather.

856 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:39 pm

[836] Most definitely, Alex, most definitely!

This game ends right here.

857 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:40 pm

[849] nor have they exhausted their administrative remedies.

858 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:40 pm

So, if you were an Angel fan, you'd be cursing Vlad right now, huh? Twice had the sacks juiced, twice failed.

Swish!

859 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:40 pm

po's been had his bat ready timmy

860 NYYfan22   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:40 pm

nice hit Swish!

861 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:40 pm

OK, NO DP, Dammit!

862 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:40 pm

Oh boy. Gritner time.

863 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:40 pm

Gardy!!!

864 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:40 pm

Nice. Run, Forrest, Run.

865 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:40 pm

WHAT?! No no NO - you do NOT pinch run for Swisher! He can crank it out! WTF??!?!?!

866 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:41 pm

Gardner for...Swisher?

867 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:41 pm

i'm not sure i want swish's bat out of the game

868 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:41 pm

[845] that takes talent.

good job, Swish. he'll be our biggest cheerleader now.

run, gritner, run

Cano - time to atone for wrecking my stomach further...

869 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:41 pm

Scioscia is scared of his bullpen

870 randym77   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:41 pm

It's Gritner.

Torre would never do this. He'd leave Swisher in unless the Yanks had a lead.

871 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:41 pm

[853] Maybe he does, maybe he doesn't. For his best stretch this year that wasn't the case--you can look at the numbers.

In any case, water under the bridge. Yay Swish...send Gardy!!

872 Sliced Bread   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:41 pm

Scioscia looking at that phone like a kid who just crashed his father's car and doesn't know who to call.

873 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:41 pm

Too early to be playing for 1 run. Wayyyyy too early.

874 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:42 pm

[867] Or, strangely, his defense.

875 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:42 pm

Must make Napoli throw Gardner out....did you hear that!!!

876 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:42 pm

[871] i would judge by overall stats, not hot stretches.

877 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:42 pm

guess gardy is not scared of the cold

878 NYYfan22   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:42 pm

did McCarver just say he doesn't think Cano knows how to bunt? WTF?

879 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:42 pm

i don't agree w/ taking Swish out either, but check out Gritner rockin' the short sleeves!

880 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:42 pm

If Lil' G is not on 2nd in 3 minutes I'll lose my mind.

881 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:42 pm

Kelleher said you are going to steal off the catcher because that fucking guy can't throw.

882 joe   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:43 pm

Eh, yeah, they might get a better chance to use Gardner later in the game, but if he does something aggressive and it pays out, go team

883 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:43 pm

breathing...difficult...nerves...shot...

884 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:43 pm

[878] He said Cano may not know the bunt sign.

885 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:43 pm

[880] try attaching a gps tracking chip.

886 BuckFoston   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:43 pm

1 run could be enough for the Yanks to win. Hughes and
o coming.

887 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:43 pm

[878] probably the most accurate thing he has said so far

888 joe   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:43 pm

[884] I heard that too and I don't think I've seen Cano bunt before

889 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:44 pm

I'm worried about a Cano line out and a double up on Gardner...

890 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:44 pm

[876] He's been flaky and streaky his whole career. I trust that more than anything. The correlation between his streaks and who catches him is pretty weak.

891 NYYfan22   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:44 pm

dammit!

892 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:44 pm

Hm.
Girardi is losing this chess match.

893 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:44 pm

Or that

894 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:44 pm

HORSESHIT

895 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:44 pm

absolutely fucking BRUTAL!!!

896 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:44 pm

FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

897 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:44 pm

Man, the Yankees are going to be upset about the mic picking that sound up...and Kelleher was right...normally, I'd be killing Giardi here, but that's on Gardy.

898 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:44 pm

Mattpat - I'll save you the effort -

WHY THE FUCK DO YOU PUT IN GARDNER TO PINCH RUN AND NOT SEND HIM!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!!!!

899 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:44 pm

So you PR, don't send him and then there's a DP. What the FUCK was that?

900 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:45 pm

fucking christ.

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901 BuckFoston   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:45 pm

Fuck!~~~~~~~

902 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:45 pm

Why in the fuckityfuck do you send in Gardner and not once send him?

903 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:45 pm

Aw, Cano. Momentum wasted

904 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:45 pm

and now Swish's bat is gone. plus, i actually trust him in the field more than Damon.

Damon's bat at YS is better though...at least for homers...

905 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:46 pm

if gardner was scared to run again that is fucked on him and if girradi didn't send him then that is fucked on him

906 joe   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:46 pm

FUCKING POINTLESS

907 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:46 pm

Why the fuck are you in there, Brett? If you're just going to adjust your cup? Bollocks!

908 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:46 pm

[899] That's all Gardner...am I the only one who heard Kelleher? He told Gardner don't worry about your jump...you are going to steal on the catcher because that fucking guy can't throw".

909 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:46 pm

i hate the halos

910 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:46 pm

[904] Yes, but Swish gets on more.

No point arguing it now . . . Melky plays RF now, yes?

911 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:46 pm

to top it all off joe fucking saunders has made it through 7

912 BuckFoston   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:46 pm

Seriously Joe Fucking Saunders?!?!?? Can somebody tell the Yankees who's pitching.

913 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:47 pm

After that, Guzman has to become the first pinch runner. Gardner not running is unacceptable.

914 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:47 pm

dammit.

915 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:47 pm

[908] I have the volume low so I can't hear Timmeh and Buck, so perhaps.

916 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:47 pm

Somewhere Dave Roberts is smiling. : /

917 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:47 pm

gardner can't run on every pitch. he seemed to be having trouble reading saunders on the release ( my opinion). in which case i'm glad he didn't try to run. the DP is a bad break. We've been killed on DPs tonight.

918 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:47 pm

[915] It was plain as day...that's exactly what he said.

919 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:48 pm

My next bit of bad feelings go to Morales hitting a homer...

920 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:48 pm

[917] But that's not what Kelleher ordered him to do.

921 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:48 pm

[908] yeah i heard him say that - i am guessing it was up to gardner when to run - but am not totally sure

922 BuckFoston   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:48 pm

Gardner is going to get shit for not running there.

923 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:48 pm

[919] Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

924 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:49 pm

[919] You already called a Morales homer the last time he came up!

925 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:49 pm

THREE DPs in the last 3 innings. I feel like I've been fisted.
(and that is my porn post for tonight. Ms O, thelarmis... hope you enjoyed)

926 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:49 pm

The O is depressing.

927 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:49 pm

[921] It sounded like it was a command to me...Gardner was sent in not to get a great jump, but to make Napoli make a good throw. He becomes the goat of this game now because his mistake is not a physical one.

928 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:50 pm

[910] oh yeah, i'm NOT happy about Swish being out. just trying to rationalize anyway i can...

oh, and lest all of you people forget, i'm getting text messages from Cult of Basebaal - he's mega pissed...at AJ (wild pitch), Joey Joe Joe (pulling Swish), Gritner (not running).

i can't be sure, but i imagine he's getting sloshed at a bar in LA !!!

yeah Hughes - pump strikes. make this quick.

929 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:50 pm

Joe Girardi and his FUCKING PINCH STAND THERE. This man is going to cost us a championship.

930 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:50 pm

Dumb as shit again, thank you...

931 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:50 pm

pop-up for morales - alex no more bad vibes man :}

932 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:50 pm

I would have kept Joba in the game, but Hughes has been the man. Girardi is shooting his bullets faster than Scoscia tonight...hopefully the YAnks can scratch out that extra run sooner.

933 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:51 pm

[929] It wasn't Joe!! Gardner was ordered to run by Kelleher and he didn't.

934 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:51 pm

Now how about a DP for us?

935 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:51 pm

[919] keep it up!

[925] ; )

936 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:51 pm

Networks have mishandled you Tim. Because you still have a fucking voice on national TV.

937 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:51 pm

[927] i am guessing so too - i don't even know what to say though if he was told to go and refused to run again

938 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:52 pm

Hopefully Willets is as brain dead as Gardner.

939 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:52 pm

Here comes bizzaro-Gardner... see if he goes...

940 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:52 pm

Dear FOX and Travelers,

Don't you think it might be appropriate to wait until the game is over to declare the "game changing play"?

Just a thought, dipshits.

Frustratingly yours,

etc etc

941 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:52 pm

[936]

touche ...

942 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:52 pm

And now the Angels will show how to use a pinch runner.

943 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:52 pm

well, according to RI in [665], willits now has to stay at 1st and there'll be a DP!

944 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:53 pm

[925] much appreciated

945 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:53 pm

this is too much drama. i'm exhausted.

946 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:54 pm

What the fuck.

947 NYYfan22   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:54 pm

damn cold weather! AGGGGGGGGGGGGGH

948 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:54 pm

OK, this is not happening.

949 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:54 pm

[936] I've now lowered the volume to 1, because I can't take Timmeh anymore.

Want to scream? Go find the interview Ken Funck of BaseballProspectus did with one of the FOX baseball producers. They base the stats they show and discuss entirely around Timmeh. It made me want to throw up when I was done. Idiots.

GOD FUCKING DAMMIT! WHAT IS GOING HERE?!?!?!?!?!?!? THAT WAS THE INNING!?!?!?!?!

950 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:54 pm

the sky is falling...

951 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:54 pm

holy fuck you have to be kidding me - derek?>?

952 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:54 pm

Un fucking believable.

953 randym77   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:54 pm

Christ on a crutch.

954 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:54 pm

Saw that one coming too.

955 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:54 pm

Incredible...really fucking incredible....unfucking believable.

956 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:54 pm

something is wrong when jeter boots a ground ball.

957 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:54 pm

Ho Lee Shit.

958 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:54 pm

OH COME THE FUCK ON!!!

959 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:54 pm

OMG. that was it. there it was. RI's thinking was right. this is re-cock-u-lous.

brutal.

960 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:55 pm

[954] no you didn't. you're just an eternal pessimist.

961 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:55 pm

The boys are choking a little in this game.

962 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:55 pm

bad fielding is killing us tonight. plain and simple.

963 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:55 pm

Yanks are just GIVING this fucking game away.

964 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:55 pm

ladies and gents, the $50 million pinch-hitter ...

965 BuckFoston   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:55 pm

954 Always with the negative vibes, eh Moriarty?

966 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:55 pm

All this game needs is a Marte appearance.

967 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:56 pm

Hughes will get outta this. unscathed. (i hope.)

968 Sliced Bread   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:56 pm

get us the fuck out of this, Hughes!

969 NYYfan22   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:56 pm

c'mon HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGHS

970 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:56 pm

C'MON Hughes, pick em UP!

971 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:56 pm

good job hughes to come back with 2 quick strikes

972 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:56 pm

[964] ...whose catch wasn't nearly as good as Ichiro's wall climbing backhanded homer saving thing of undying beauty!

973 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:57 pm

wow nice!

974 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:57 pm

thatta boy hughesy!!!

975 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:57 pm

Fuck Yeah. 1 More.

976 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:57 pm

siddown Lil' Sarge!

977 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:57 pm

1 more out Phil.

978 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:57 pm

Nasty, nasty, curve.

979 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:57 pm

mo time

980 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:57 pm

no no no. don't take him out. why? why? why? leave him in. please. wtf?!

981 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:57 pm

This does not feel good.

982 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:57 pm

Lame. Wasting Pitchers.

983 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:57 pm

too early Joe .... too early ...

984 Sliced Bread   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:57 pm

Big Shoes Hughes

985 joe   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:57 pm

Girardi's really shooting his wad early tonight

986 BuckFoston   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:57 pm

Over-managing don't like it.

987 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:58 pm

[962] Oddly, bad fielding hasn't led directly to any damage yet...or were there bad fielding plays in AJ's speed bump inning? I guess the balls getting past Molina, but those looked to be on the pitcher.

988 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:58 pm

Wait, but its a tie game, don't we have to wait for a lead? I think Jeff Weaver is available still.

989 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:58 pm

I think Mo is due for a clean outing.

990 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:58 pm

Doesn't this just feel bad...?

991 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:58 pm

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

[966] Here is where you will see Marte, Joe going to Mo waaaaay to early.

Then no runs in the bottom of the eighth, Mo pitches the 9th, no runs and you get the game on Marte's shoulders.

Fuck you Joe.

992 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:58 pm

I think this is the right move, but what a waste of Hughes and Joba...three outs between them.

993 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:58 pm

those stems are waaaay too hot to be in a freaking taco hell commercial.

994 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:58 pm

OK, I love Mo too - as much as anyone outside of his family - but why, exactly, is Girardi going to him here?

995 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:58 pm

I don't like the move to Mariano here.

996 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:59 pm

I hate when Joe does that. This game could go 13 innings

997 joe   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:59 pm

[991] Aceves, Robertson

998 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:59 pm

Joba 1 out. Check. Hughes 2 outs. Check. Mo and pray my lifeless offense can scratch a run. We'll see.

999 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:59 pm

Either way, Mo would only go through the 9th anyway, so if the Yankees don't score, you have Aceves for two inning and then all hell breaks lose.

1000 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:59 pm

On the record with you guys, I'd have left Phil in to get the final out. He was dealing.

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1001 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:59 pm

[992] That's what I was thinking, exactly. These guys can go multiple batters, multiple innings even - and while Mo is Mo, they aren't half bad. Why use them as essentially ROOGYs?

1002 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:59 pm

[994] My theory has always been that Girardi periodically gets bored and needs to make a MOVE, which would explain his love of the pinch stand there.

1003 ms october   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:59 pm

don't worry, po is going to crush a hr in the bottom of the 8th

1004 rob_smith_51   ~  Oct 17, 2009 10:59 pm

I don't like using Joba for one batter. Mo better pitch until the Yanks take the lead.

1005 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 11:00 pm

didn't GI Joe say joba hughes mo would all be available for 4-5 outs. even Timmay can do this math...

1006 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 11:00 pm

[982] Yep. The longer this goes, the worse for the Yanks. But for some reason, despite my generally critical banter, I am strangely confident.

1007 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 17, 2009 11:00 pm

[997] What about in the 12th?

1008 RIYank   ~  Oct 17, 2009 11:00 pm

Girardi is a genius.

1009 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 17, 2009 11:00 pm

Free and easy.

1010 The Hawk   ~  Oct 17, 2009 11:00 pm

Hughes was pitching well. I am nervous about this. I don't sweat losing a game, but I ... Oh okay, ground out. Never mind

1011 joe   ~  Oct 17, 2009 11:00 pm

[1000] TOTALLY leave Phil in. This is a four out HOLD. FUCK THAT. I don't even understand four out saves, especially with Hughes on the mound

1012 thelarmis   ~  Oct 17, 2009 11:00 pm

[1003] i love that.

and...i LOVE Mo!!!! : )

1013 seamus   ~  Oct 17, 2009 11:00 pm

easy!

1014 tommyl   ~  Oct 17, 2009 11:00 pm

Ok, that worked.

1015 mehmattski   ~  Oct 17, 2009 11:00 pm

Praise be to Mo.

1016 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 17, 2009 11:00 pm

Incredibly, I am with Girardi again...I think this is bizaro world.

1017 monkeypants   ~  Oct 17, 2009 11:00 pm

Mo with almost infinite efficiency!!!

1018 Just Fair   ~  Oct 17, 2009 11:00 pm

Well that was good. Let's go ferchrissakes. RUNS!!!!!!!!

1019 seamus