Yanks hope to have their way with the Jays tonight in Toronto and take this series.
Let’s Go Yan-Kees.
blue jay way
ministry of silly walks
I was just watching that sketch last night! Everything they did on Monty Python would be really hard to repeat now (but I bet Girardi's come closest this season) >;)
It's interesting how well Python has aged compared to pretty much anything else. If you watch early SNLs it just seems so lame and dated. MPFC holds up really well though.
 When you play on absurdities, it will cross borders and time periods with little effort. I find it interesting how they define a whole brand of humor (Pythonesque adj. (of humour) surreal or absurd) and Guy Ritchie another, almost equally opposite type of humor, and they are both heralded as the top prototypes for British humour.
Dead center for Curtis. Any other direction, gone.
Come on, Mark. Seven pitches per batter. Get with the program.
Holy mother of...
That's such a typical Hughes inning, and such a typical Hughes at-bat. He comes within millimeters of striking the guy out, three or four times, and then he makes a mistake. Same with Lewis leading off.
TIme for Phil to start trying the "simulated 1st inning" in the bullpen. WTF!!
Oh, and good hands, Jorge.
It looks like the Yankees have found a way to limit Hughes innings.
Hughes is going to be a good pitcher, but he isn't going to be a very good unless he rediscovers his breaking ball. Hitters seem to lock in on his fastball when he keeps throwing one after another.
 Esp. when he throws eight of them in one AB.
 Is the ump screwing Hughes over?
Didn't Phil used to have a killer 12-6 Curve? What happened? Did he give it up for the Cutter?
MP... you getting the BJs broadcast?
 Yep, but he has seemed to abandon it. He knows throws a cutter mor frequently as his second pitch.
What crappy start for Phil...Dag...
I guess we lost HoraceClarkEra?
Did everybody see the bad news about Nick Johnson? Apparently, he reinjured his wrist and will need a second surgery. I wonder if the Yankees will pick up his option :)
What an odd play.
That looked funny!
Great job by Kearns to not interfere.
18) Poor Nicky.
 The good news is his left thumb feels great.
 That should be "now throws a cutter more frequently". I need to slow down.
Damn, Nunez, lay off that second pitch...no way he's putting the ball in play...
 No, I don't think so.
He often has this problem. He gets ahead, it looks like the batter can't touch him, then he can't put the guy away -- three or four foul balls. Then he loses him or makes a mistake over the middle.
I was wrong.
Let's go King Felix!
 Wow, Wakefield. Not Lester. Any idea why? I'll put on the game and maybe find out.
14) yes, i am getting the Jays broadcast. Are you accusing me of jinxing the team by watching? I'm beginning to wonder about that myself.
I'm stunned (not really) that MLB doesn't mandate that new Stadiums have retractable roofs. MLB is making a fortune and teams are spending a fraction of a billion on Stadiums. The losers in bad weather are the fans, that either have to stay through crappy weather, or maybe miss the only game they could make.
Imagine no rainouts, no rain delays and no wet fields. Wouldn't that be nice.
 Dice-K was scratched from Friday's start, so Lester will go then instead. It's against the Rays, so I wonder if Francona was thinking he might as well save Lester for the team he is chasing and sacrifice Wakefield at the altar of the King?
 You think MLB should mandate that teams be required to spend hundreds of millions of dollars extra when they build a new stadium? That would be the fastest way to kill all those publically funded golden geese.
 Nah... just listening to the mouths complimenting Cito for leaving in Pitchers to pitch through trouble. They're in friggin' 4th place. Why not? What's to lose.
 Publicly...BB needs spell check!
Carbon Copy of the Lewis at bat.
Ouch. Braves blow a 10 to 1 lead. Sox in this afternnon. Rays get slaughtered. King Felix up in the nightcap, 3-0.
Reds and Giants: 11 to 11 after 11.
  I think the Reds did the same.
35) to be honest, i have sort of tuned them out the last couple of days. I don't mind the Jays announcers, and they are generally less offensive to my aesthetic sensibilities and intellect than Kay and Sterling and Waldman. However, they are not above saying silly things, and Buck Martinez seems particularly unprepared: he basically repeat truisms about teams or players that may or may not be accurate in the specific case. They tend to be worse when the Yankees are in town.
Of course, right now they are in a tough spot for announcera, I think, the team is playing out the string, so they need to find something positive to focus on instead of wins and losses. Thus, they tend to focus on their young pitching and the Bautista fireworks show, exaggerating the virtues of both. So it doesn't surprise me that they are lauding Cito's handling of the young guns.
 Whom did Buck replace? Last year, I caught a few Jays broadcasts and really liked the play-by-play man.
 Yes, that sounds right. Also, he feels it might be risky to put Lester in under the current weather conditions (which aren't all that bad, as it turns out).
Jesus!!! TWO errors by the SS and a WP, and the Sox are coming back. 3-1, 1st and 3rd, 1 out.
42) damn, i don't remember. Jamie Cambell, a red headed Canadian sportscaster, sometimes does the play by play. Maybe you heard one of his games. As for the ex-player, they rotate between Pat Tabler (not as good) and my boy Rance (a little better than Tabler).
 If Boston win this game, I am going to be very concerned about them. I still can't help but feel that the Yankees had a chance to drive the steak through their heart that Monday afternoon.
Jesus Teix... that was ugly.
 That's it...I just googled it. He was replaced by Martinez this year.
This is shaping up to be another annoying, frustrating game.
 Seattle gets out of the inning, but you are correct about your concern. With all their injuries and they're still in it. I admire their fight. They now have FOUR starters out, 3 for the year and maybe Mighty Mouse too.
Good to see Jorge and Phil on the same page with Bautista.
It seems as if the Yankees have been alternating good and bad games all month. August has been like a roller coaster. One day, it seems like this team is going to start rolling, and then the next it feels like they are in free fall.
Get Jorge out of there. He can't even catch a fucking fastball on the outer half. What the deuce!
Seems like the same at bats keep being replayed.
48) i hadn't even notice he was replaced...I guess Campbell is still in the studio, because I know that I hear his voice in the background. Too bad he's gone. He was pretty solid and relatively understated. Martinez grates on my nerves a little, especially when they play the Yanks.
ha, curry's mo story was pretty good.
Deuce, derived from French, refers to the number two.
If Po is #2, is Brains #1?
You have got to be kidding me...that ball was eye high.
Holy tomahawk job. Shit.
Jeez, tomahawked that one...
Maybe they should have skipped Hughes this week? This has been a very discouraging outing.
ugh, hughesy isn't much fun to watch lately.
bunch of fucking bullshit
Can blame Phil. That was literally neck high. Amazing Wells hit that.
Again, if Hughes is showing a change of speeds, I don't think Wells is able to go up and get that fastball.
Can'T blame Phil
More stealing signs evidence? heh. Fuck this game.
 Not sure if it's necessary. Hughes is basically throwing only fastballs.
Free swinging gives and free swinging takes away. Tonight, so far, it gives to the Jays.
It's getting ridiculous now. The Jays can hit the fastball, but Hughes keeps throwing it. At some point, he has to mix in more changeups or curves.
Hughes is going to end this inning around 75 pitches. I would just take him out after the third and save his innings for another day.
Moseley and Nove > than Hughes vs. Toronto. This is nice way to limit Phil's innings. Maybe Phil's 8th inning experiences tricked him into thinking he can pump that fastball whenever. I still suspect he doesn't know where it's going half the time.
Beltre was tosssed in Fenway.
 He's been mixing his pitches, but the breaking stuff is inconsistently being thrown for strikes.
i heart marcus!!
Got 2 of 'em back
Robbie is a GREAT hitter... but shit.... he can't jog out of the box.
Thames is our best hitter!
(How sad is that?)
I like this Thames kid.
Thames really ha been a nice contributor for a guy who wasn't even guaranteed a roster spot in March
Thames, I take back all the jokes I made about you :)
also, in honor of our friendly neighbors to the north I just HOUSED a bowl of "Kraft Dinner"
Looks like the mascot is getting into the mock umpire act.
 Him or his salad (another bad hop)?
I remember the Watertown Indians, but that's about it. They're currently the SI Yankees.
Let's see if Hughes can keep his act together for another inning or two. In any case, he's not going past the fifth.
Sir Phil just doesn't have it tonight.
Vaz`is warming up? Wat?
89) oh my. Well, anything to justify carrying those 13 pitxhers.
If I was at this game and saw JV warming up, I'd put on my glove and go sit up above the restaurant.
 If anything, Gaudin or Mitre. But if Vaz has a "dead arm" I would think rest would be the best thing for him.
I guess the Chessmaster knows something I don't.
Amazing how these guys are hitting pitches that are clearly out of the zone.
[90, 91] I guess it's because the Jays are a fastball hitting team, and JV doesn't have one anymore?
 Flaherty played for the Elmira Pioneers in 88. That must have been the time of his 1st pro. homer.
Sitting inside on this guy is pure anadulterated stubborn fucking stupid bullshit.
 just wait until there is 16 - so the chess master will feel really comfortable.
 i truly don't get why they just can't dl javy. for one thing this is the second time the yanks haven't treated javy worth more than a rented mule. but since he is just a rented mule, at least be concerned with winning - some rest might actually pay off on that front.
This is ugly and getting uglier. Still, if the first option is Javy, I prefer to let Hughes try to get out of here. But this has got to be his last batter.
There was a team in Watertown, NY from 1983-1998; they were the Pirates (1983-88) and the Indians (1989-98)
FOR FUCK'S SAKE
You have got to be kidding me.
Jeter a bit slow covering there, guess he didn't think Cano would field that?
OK, I know I said last batter, but that wasn't really a hit. So because of a possible blown call at second, we have to go to Dead Arm Javy with the bases juiced.
The decision making is obviously above my pay grade.
So Javy's coming in to relieve with the bases loaded. barf.
104) it looks like they were playing Bautista to pull the ball...hence Robbie made the play up the middle, but Jeter was a step or two farther away from the bag.
well at least po can catch javy in relief.
"DRILLED to Right field!"
Buck Martinez has a bit of the Michael Kay in him.
Is Jeter up there calling his 6-4-3?
110) apparently not.
Wowzers on that throw.
damn that was a nice throw, good thing nunez stopped.
And on that note, i have some work to do...
Teix used up all his good mojo yesterday. : (
 No, but Teix is claiming the 4-6-3
What? Hughes out already?
Javey Vazquez, the cure for a hitting slump.
jesus chrust - why is javy pitching - put the man on the god damn dl and see if he can actually be useful again.
Damn. Not quite above the Restaurant. Could not have gotten that one.
What's that? You're o for 20. Take one Vazquez and call me in the morning.
 Yes, he was very inefficient
Yankees Sacre Bleu.
 Wow. Over a hundred pitches in 3.2 innings.
Ok, i'm back. The Jays announcers just opined that Girardi's hands are tied, needing Javy to go a few innings tonight because he doesn't want to use his closer, set up guy, etc.
There is an offday on Thursday and the BP, all eight men strong, is relatively well rested since they got a couple of innings out of Gaudin yesterday. If anything, this is precisely the sort of game where Girardi could manage aggressively with his BP by going straight to his more trusted releivers.
Sometimes I am perplexed.
Is it just me, or has this game been particularly excruciating?
I think I'd prefer to jam my head in the toilet and flush for thirty straight minutes than watch this garbage.
I am so sick of this freaking team, their stupid freaking stadium, and their twenty thousand fans chanting "Yankees suck."
You know who sucks? Blue Jays fans. That's why you draw twenty thousand when you play the freaking Yankees.
Tex clearly wants me to have an aneurysm tonight.
Calm down, Buck Martinez.
I just came across this site. It tracks home run trot times. Ah, the intertubes.
Bautista's didn't even crack the top #10. Big Sloppy shows up often.
124) I should have written:
"because they got two innings out of Gaudin yesterday, who should have been promptly DFAed after the game."
127) does it have the times of older players? I would love to get the time on Mel Hall's s l o w trot.
 Yup.... Big Sloppy has 8 of the top 10 slowest times. It should be noted however, that he was running 3/4 speed on all of them.
C'mon, Brett. Give 'em the Albert Bell forearm shiver.
Jeter swings at the first pitch, even when it's shitty.
Tonight's outing by JV is sponsored by the warning track.
132) middle of the zone (height), outside corner (width) according to gameday.
i t would have been nice if he worked the count more. Then again, the whole lineup has been hacking away, as Cecil only has 90 pitches in seven innings. Only two Yankees have worked walks. Of course, one of them was Jeter.
Lately, it seems like when the Yankees fall behind, they start swinging early in the count. I am not sure what happened to the discipline that used to be the Yankee trademark.
 It was let go this past off-season for cheaper options...
 Either that or it is out for the season with a wrist injury.
What a waste of time. Bring on Chicago!
Great...Brandon League is on to blow the save at Fenway. All of a sudden Hernandez can't pitch a complete game?
 If anything, I would've thought Mitre would be the first guy out of the pen.
 Maybe Girardi saw the quality of the at bats and figured the writing was on the wall?
Who doubted Brandon League?
I am ashamed to say it, but I don't have much confidence in Jeter right now.
No matter how this ends, I’m going to be too wound up to sleep.
 Maybe, but that's even more of a reason to burn Mitre with a day off looming, no? Of course, this is assuming that Vazquez needs time off for his "dead arm"
 Me too.
, 36 is the new 50?
We could've used these type of AB's earlier in the game...
Those two weak hacks early in the count really cost him the AB. The month of mediocrity continues.
How deep was it? Gamecast says "deep center." I was hoping that would be Granderson's moment.
 Not deep enough... Front of the warning track, no drama involved.
At least Tampa got killed.
Is it my imagination, or does this team have many games a year, where they sleepwalk through the first 8 innings, and then have great ABs in the 9th, score some runs, and come juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuust one hit short of winning.
I don't think it's a stat you can look up, but I swear this shit is getting commonplace.
there's nothing wrong with swinging at the first pitch
IF you guessed correctly or
IF it's a fat one.
But why swing at a borderline pitch?
And if Jeter's first pitch was middle-outside, a pitch easy to drive the other way, to a player who's famous for going the other way, WHY is Jeter pounding it into the ground to the left side?
I stopped paying attention when Jome Run Javy iced the game. I see he pitched fairly well after that though
 And if Jeter’s first pitch was middle-outside, a pitch easy to drive the other way, to a player who’s famous for going the other way, WHY is Jeter pounding it into the ground to the left side?
I suspect the answer has something to do with weak moral fiber.
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