The Mets look to cool off the Yanks on a hot summer day in New York. The Bombers have won six straight will try to keep it rollin’ with Bartolo Colon back in action. The game is on Fox.
Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS
Bartolo Colon RHP
Don’t forget the sunscreen, never mind the announcers, and:
Let’s Go Yank-ees!
[Photography by Ondie]
Going to miss out on a week's worth of games due to a trip to the Outer Banks. Leaving in an hour. My only fear is that I am going to miss seeing Jeter's 3,000th hit live. The way Pip Nunez is hitting I hope they give him a few extra days to heal that calf. GO YANKEES!
Radeberger Pilsner 500ml. Check.
Pilsner glass. Check.
Highspeed internet. Check.
MLB.tv subscription. Check.
No blackout in Germany. Check.
Afternoon start EST, reasonable hour CET. Check.
Game thread. Check.
The downside of Gardner bunting more for basehits is that he takes fewer pitches. Of course, if he can get on base doing it, so what.
Man, Bartolo Colon is one weird looking dude.
The Fat Man seems not to have lost any velo from his layoff.
God, I hate Buck and Timmy.
Nuñez flashes more fancy leather.
Nunez seems to have added "missing throws" to his defensive repertoire
 In his defense, he may have been unprepared for a throw from a Yankee catcher hitting him in the glove.
Hmm. After that white-hot start, Russell Martin is starting to look a whole lot like Russell Martin.
The second inning of the national broadcast, and the announcers are talking about the Mets will conduct the fire sale of their best players. Way to sell the game, boys.
 I'm stuck with Indians - Reds. Sigh.
I don't want the thoughts of people who hang out at Tonic East when it comes to ANYTHING in life
Nunez still batting 1.000 in July!
 Yuk. My recommendation is that you double down on the Radeberger Pilsner (or whatever strong drink you may have on hand).
Squeeze, Gritner, squeeze!
Fat Bastard on the other hand = optimal
As long as he doesn't start looking like Frankie Cervelli
Bartolo Colon was not pitching in the majors in 1995, Tim.
 Last 28 days:
Russell "Brains" Martin?
The FOX slobbering is excessive, but the Phillies are awfully good. A YAnkees-Phillies WS rematch could be fun.
 What are his caught stealing numbers?
AAA Montero: .289 .345 .411 .756
Where have all our Catchers gone...
Long time passing...
 Not too bad, but not great (but better than Cervelli): 27%.
All of which is to say: Jesus. Montero.
Colon is rolling, but he is on a short pitch limit. PH here?
I would not.
Somehow, we must create a mighty Frankenstein of offense AND defense ... Eduardo Pena ... or Ramiro Nunez.
 27 percent has to be above average. I can sort of live with mediocre offense if he does everything else well.
 I still say we give him some time at DH
 Montero's two seasons at AAA are interesting:
After a really slow start this year, he has gotten his BA and OBP more or less up to last season. What seems to be missing is a lot of power. Odd.
 AL ave this year is 28%, NL is 27%.
 Hanley Ramirez Part 2
 Alright, so its about average.
Hmmm ... c'mon Fat Bastard, time to bear down.
Can I amend ?
 Take that, MP!!
Now go eat a pizza and pound some budweisers!
Perfect. Great job Big Bad Bart
 I think Chessmaster brings him back out for the 6th, unless the lineup turns over here (not likely).
Nice recovery Alex.
Ok, Robbie, get 'er done!
Every ball hit hard so far this inning.
Every ball hit hard.
Meanwhile. A-rod looked really awkward coming home.
Alright Cornflake, sweep the leg!
That was a morally satisfying inning right there.
 Yes. The selfish and potentially rally killing HR was atoned for by a couple of singles, a virtuous triple (almost always so since the batter-runner must usually hustle), and most importantly a sac fly.
And perfect timing by Colon: strong finish just in time to PH for to start the next inning.
"...a guy who got a lot of work from Joe Torre..."
Quick, somebody drill Jeter in today's game in Trenton ...
OK, so Nuñez is ever going to make an out again?
 Previous time up?
Eduardo 'Pipp' Nunez goes deep!!!!
Wow... Jason Bay has really fallen off the cliff.
I like Nuñez well enough...and I certainly a whole lot more than Peña. But I am still pretty skeptical of a guy whose career MiL stats read .274/.318/.369/.687 (which looks a whole lot like his career ML stats before today: .267/.310/.373/.683).
Meat Tray is back!!!!!
Awwww, yeah ... there's the MEAT TRAY we know so well!
He just had to bring Mitre in. Oh look, some instant Bad Luck™. Now Mo gets to warm up.
What was the reason for not letting Wade close it out?
So let me get this straight, the Yankees actively acquired Mitre. They weren't forced to pick him up because of some arcane MLB rule?
 DO NOT QUESTION THE MACHINATIONS OF THE CHESSMASTER!
One more base runner and Mo gets a save. Come on, Lucky!
Nice recovery by Mitre. Good game overall.
Ah Mitre, making sure there's no case of mistaken identity
nice. 50 wins at the half-way point. good show, fellas