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With More Kicks than a Baby in a Mother’s Stomach

Yanks end the first half of the season with ol’ CC on the hill.

Go, git ‘em, boys.

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53 comments

1 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:14 pm

What'd they put a banana peel next to first base?

2 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:15 pm

Red Sox won, Rays tied with the Tribe in the 8th...

3 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:15 pm

Nice rip, Tex. He's almost at .250.

4 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:17 pm

Alex, what are you waiting for?

5 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:17 pm

Bad ab for A Rod, worse break for the M's. Bases juiced.

6 monkeypants   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:17 pm

Jeter hit the ball fairly hard too, and he really spanked a ball to third base last night. But damn, he's got to stop hitting everything on the ground.

7 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:18 pm

C'mon, Robbie!

8 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:18 pm

jesus, what a catch. Damn, that fucker.

9 monkeypants   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:19 pm

Like i said last night...big ballpark.

10 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:19 pm

Make it hurt, Jorge...

11 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:20 pm

Atta boy. It's a start...

12 thelarmis   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:20 pm

i'll take an early lead.

13 thelarmis   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:21 pm

Sado!

14 monkeypants   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:31 pm

Waiting for the wife to get back from the store with a big hunk of on-sale beef tenderloin. Sunday afternoon grilling and a ballgame...it doesn't get any better.

15 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:36 pm

...that was scary. Good they got the call right.

16 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:37 pm

It's funny, you can't always tell that a guy will catch a ball but I think more times than not you can tell when he's going to catch up to it. Guit looked like he had that all the way. Impressive.

17 NYYfan22   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:40 pm

yeah, you better touch that bag, Chone.

18 monkeypants   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:42 pm

That's a big ballpark. Jeter can win for trying.

19 monkeypants   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:43 pm

18) or rather, he can't win...

20 NYYfan22   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:43 pm

"smoke on the water".. someone on the Banter called that a few days ago. Ahhh fucker.

21 NYYfan22   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:46 pm

[20] It was Diane Firstman.

No damage. Nice one CC.

22 NYYfan22   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:49 pm

oooh that's embarrassing.

23 Just Fair   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:52 pm

It's bizarre listening to these dudes in the booth.

24 NYYfan22   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:53 pm

good heads up baserunning by Tex. Nice. and WHERE THE FUCK WAS THAT PITCH?

25 Just Fair   ~  Jul 11, 2010 4:56 pm

Every one in Spain is getting laid tonight.

26 thelarmis   ~  Jul 11, 2010 5:10 pm

nice! let's cash these in...

27 thelarmis   ~  Jul 11, 2010 5:11 pm

CAPTAIN!!!

28 Diane Firstman   ~  Jul 11, 2010 5:12 pm

Hi folks .... mercy rule after 5 innings, right?

29 Just Fair   ~  Jul 11, 2010 5:13 pm

Knock a wall down, Teix. Nice.

30 Diane Firstman   ~  Jul 11, 2010 5:13 pm

[21]

Mariners are playing like "Perfect Strangers" today.

31 thelarmis   ~  Jul 11, 2010 5:14 pm

that's 2 doubles for Tex! he's up to .253

the "hyphenator" ain't no king!

32 thelarmis   ~  Jul 11, 2010 5:15 pm

[30] i've been listening to a lot of old deep purple lately. "perfect strangers" was the Mk II comeback record!

33 thelarmis   ~  Jul 11, 2010 5:22 pm

shit, kerry wood blew it. rays win in 10.

34 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 11, 2010 5:24 pm

Robinson Cano...He can hit.

35 Just Fair   ~  Jul 11, 2010 5:24 pm

Robbie rules!

36 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 11, 2010 5:28 pm

Thames likes RIGHTIES too!

37 Diane Firstman   ~  Jul 11, 2010 5:28 pm

I wonder how soon before a Yankee gets drilled by a Mariner pitcher ...

38 thelarmis   ~  Jul 11, 2010 5:29 pm

this is FUN!!!

[though i really wish i could actually see the damn game...]

39 Diane Firstman   ~  Jul 11, 2010 5:31 pm

So guess who is in first in the AL Central ... the fightin' White Sox.

40 seamus   ~  Jul 11, 2010 5:32 pm

i think i've never seen alex post more in a thread. just got back from watching world cup finals with friends. That was quite the game.

41 seamus   ~  Jul 11, 2010 5:37 pm

cc being very efficient too! I like it!

42 thelarmis   ~  Jul 11, 2010 5:38 pm

quick work, very large man!

43 thelarmis   ~  Jul 11, 2010 5:48 pm

i liked the last inning better...

44 thelarmis   ~  Jul 11, 2010 5:57 pm

good work, cc! pitching a great game. only 1 k though...

45 monkeypants   ~  Jul 11, 2010 5:57 pm

Damn big ball park.

46 thelarmis   ~  Jul 11, 2010 6:15 pm

atta boy, cc!

47 monkeypants   ~  Jul 11, 2010 6:26 pm

Wow, it sure got quiet around here.

48 seamus   ~  Jul 11, 2010 6:29 pm

[47] yeah, hmm.

49 thelarmis   ~  Jul 11, 2010 6:51 pm

great 1st half, folks!

50 jjmerlock   ~  Jul 11, 2010 7:43 pm

I pronounce myself satisfied. And that was a nice way to send Bob Sheppard off. Bob, you've still got the best seat in the house.

Back to the Yanks - is the following irrational: over the ASB, trade for a guy with reasonable potential as your eighth inning bridge. I know folks around here hate that term, but I think it's only hateful when it's forced on something that's not working.

Otherwise, the bridge method, when you have a hammer like Mo, is the best, imo.

So you get that guy - which allows you to send Joba down immediately without second thoughts.

If Joba gets it together by some miracle at SWB and you decide that you still think he's that bridge, the worst thing that's happened is that you've found another valuable piece for the 6th and 7th in the new guy.

Now, I guess it's a double-edged sword - on the one hand, it's great to have a limited set of problems to address, because addressing one or two spots is far from impossible, and when you have that situation, it means that the difference between a very good team and a monster team is only one, or at most, two, good trades away. Otoh, I'm guessing the "guys with 8th inning potential" isn't exactly glutted. If a little money gets it done, this is the spot they can't afford not to fix. This team is too good to let it be undone by something so identifiable. Obviously, adding a bench bat is my other move in the "must" category.

51 Raf   ~  Jul 11, 2010 9:59 pm

[50] FWIW, Marte used to be an "8th inning guy." Yanks can make another trade with the Pirates for Dotel, he's another one who used to be an "8th inning guy."

52 Raf   ~  Jul 11, 2010 10:02 pm

[50,51] Setup men should be relatively easy to find.

53 seamus   ~  Jul 12, 2010 6:07 am

[50] I have no problem with the 8th inning guy concept. It makes sense. But what you basically want is an almost closer. I'm sure there is one out there that could be had...

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