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It’s King Felix vs. Phil Hughes this afternoon and the smart money has the M’s ending their losing streak.

But, stranger things have happened.

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Jorge Posada 1B
Eduardo Nunez 3B

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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1 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:00 pm

First big trade of the mad season has been made:

Edwin Jackson -> Cardinals -> Colby Rasmus -> Blue Jays -> Jason Frasor -> White Sox ->

(plus assorted odds and sods)

Solid, solid trade by A.A.

2 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:09 pm

Let's hope we see Hughes today and not BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOghes.

3 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:13 pm

That was a nice fastball to Megan's Law.

4 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:14 pm

Nice 1st inning for Hughes.

5 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:18 pm

Paul O'Neill with the fustigation!

6 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:21 pm


Straight steal, please.

3rd, 3rd, 3rd!!!

7 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:22 pm


8 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:25 pm


Paulie with the Naked Gun reference!

9 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:27 pm

C'mon Robbie, gotta capitalize on these chances.

10 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:27 pm

Or not.


11 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:33 pm

This is the second straight game in which our pitcher does not throw a perfect game! And I'm getting sick of it.

12 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:34 pm

Oh, gosh. Sorry. I didn't realize it was your private room today, cult. I should have knocked.

13 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:34 pm

[12] =)

14 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:35 pm

Phil looking better so far today ... though that might just be the "Mariner Effect" in action.

15 Marek   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:39 pm

Jeez, a ten-pitch walk to that guy?

16 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:40 pm

[15] It's always been Phil's problem. His pitches are too good for them to put into play, but not quite good enough to make them miss.

17 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:43 pm

Nice to see that Cornflake has figured out his LH swing.

18 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:44 pm

Swish has been a lot better recently, no?
I'm going to check that.

19 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:45 pm

Well that threat ended quickly.

And yes, Swisher has been hot in the last week.

20 RagingTartabull   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:46 pm

[18] he's been on a tear since June, and no one is talking about it. I think he started to turn it around on Memorial Day weekend when they were in Seattle and Guttierez robbed him of 2 homers

21 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:48 pm

Do you hear that Phil???

You're pitching for the hearts of kids from Haiti ... don't fuck it up!

22 RagingTartabull   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:49 pm

yeah, since June 1 Swish is .308/.412/.541 with 9 home runs and 36 RBI's. That's 46 games...April and May REALLY screwed his numbers up.

23 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:50 pm

Looks like June was a scorcher for Cornflake 1.017 OPS, July has been down .780, but he's picked it back up the last week or so ...

24 monkeypants   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:51 pm

So, I wonder if Mariners fans have complained about Ichiro (82 OPS+ in RF) this season as much as (many) Yankees fans have about Jeter.

Oh, and what's with the Kimberly Jones disco queen/Buck Rogers look today?

25 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:52 pm

[21] Which isn't to make a joke out of it ... HOPE Week is a thousand kinds of awesome and GREAT on the Yankees for doing it.

26 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:53 pm

[24] Bidi, bidi, bidi???

27 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:54 pm


28 monkeypants   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:54 pm

[26] Awesome.

29 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:54 pm

[24] I'm thinking Mariners fans (assuming there are such things) have had other things to complain about.

Martin and Jeter combined to screw up what should have been an easy CS, by the way. Bad throw, bad tag.

30 RagingTartabull   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:54 pm

not gonna lie, it got a little dusty in here during that story about Mo and the kid from yesterday

31 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:56 pm

Phil. Hughes. Does. Not. Work. Quickly.

32 monkeypants   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:57 pm

[29] And he still might have been out, according to the super-duper replay.

33 RagingTartabull   ~  Jul 27, 2011 1:59 pm

oh great, a "CC was better than Felix last year" conversation

34 monkeypants   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:02 pm

I still can't believe that the Mariners have wasted Felix Herandez by having him throw almost 200 innings as a 20 y.o. and not saving him for the seventh or eighth inning.

35 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:02 pm

[33] oh great, a "pitching to the score" conversation

36 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:09 pm

[34] I'm glad they're saving their closer for save situations, though.

37 Mattpat11   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:10 pm

Kay talks about the Mariners "all star closer" like he's Rollie Fingers.

38 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:12 pm

Ah, sweet Rob.

39 monkeypants   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:17 pm

Driven deep...yawn.

40 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:18 pm

Brett would have scored on that.

41 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:23 pm

Uh oh.

42 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:25 pm

[40] You know what's scary? Desmond Jennings, who the Rays just called up, might just be faster than Gritner. He's stoopid fast.

43 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:26 pm

red sox pounded felix the way the mariners are clobbering hughes.

44 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:27 pm

I know it makes me a bad person and a "WHY IS MY BURRITO TAKING SO LONG" kind of fan, but I'm sort of done with the Phil Hughes Experiment.


45 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:27 pm

[42] "Desmond Jennings" sounds like a fast guy.

Hey, Brett! Nice. Big play!

46 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:27 pm

i would change hughes name and send him to a safe house before giving him the ball versus the red sox this year.

47 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:31 pm

[45] I can't find video of it, but in his *1st* game up, he scored all the way from 1st on what was, essentially, a ground ball past the 2nd baseman into the outfield.

The throw home wasn't even close, he could have come in standing up and it wasn't like he was running on the pitch.

It was silly.

48 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:31 pm

Hey, Russell, I've never seen anyone slide out of first base before!

49 Mattpat11   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:34 pm

I find it silly that they changed all those rules to make a no hitter mean something but you can still give up a run

50 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:36 pm

Why do Paul and Michael think they can see that play, when the ump is right there?

51 monkeypants   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:36 pm

[44] I know I am being a reactionary fan, but I am increasingly convinced that the Phil Hughes experiment was fouled up when the team made him the EIGHTH INNING GUY in 2009 and basically stunted his development.

52 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:36 pm

Okay, Michael admits that the ump probably had a better view.

53 monkeypants   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:37 pm

[49] ?

54 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:37 pm

Ooooh, that's the kind of break we might just need today.

55 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:39 pm

Yeah, I stayed up to watch that Pirates/Braves game last night and wow! that was quite a call to end it.

56 Marek   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:39 pm

C'mon Jeter, prove my gut wrong.

57 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:39 pm

I feel bad about this, but: I'm slightly disappointed that Brett walked and it's now up to Jeter.

Also, three out of those four pitches were in the strike zone. Jeez.

58 Marek   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:40 pm

[55] Just an awful call.

59 Mattpat11   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:40 pm

That'll do

60 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:41 pm

Okay, acceptable!

Now Brett can swipe second and Teix can single, and we take the lead...

61 monkeypants   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:41 pm


62 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:42 pm

Oh, Granderson, not Teix. I got confused.

63 Marek   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:42 pm

I'll take it. Plus, much more satisfying than a home run, don't you think?

64 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:45 pm

Goddam it!
I was expecting more. I was drooling inside. (Much less messy that way.)

65 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:56 pm

[51] You know? I just don't know. I think that hammy injury in Texas is a bigger factor, since, by his own admission, Hughes changed his curveball grip.

Putting Hughes in the bully may have pushed back development on his secondary stuff, but he did seem to recover the velocity he hadn't shown since the injury AND it seemed to give him confidence he hadn't shown since either.

Maybe the question is about his innings. Maybe the bullpen stint cost him innings and the jump he had as a starter last year is what is causing his struggles this year, but Hell, they moved him to the bullpen because the stuff wasn't showing up in starts.

But now? I mean, he doesn't have a plus pitch, doesn't have plus command, can't keep his velocity past a couple of innings ...

I'm not sure what the answer is, but I'm getting to the point that I don't think the ML rotation is the place to find it. I see no signs he's anything more than a number 4/5 right now, at the most, and frankly, if he's struggling like this, we've got better options for his spot.

66 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 2:57 pm


67 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:04 pm

did i mention that the red sox just obliterated felix last week?

68 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:08 pm

Looks like the Mets are sending Beltran to the Giants.

69 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:09 pm

[68] Good fit.

70 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:11 pm

[68] Supposedly they're getting Wheeler (Giants #2 prospect) in return, which is a good snag for them.

71 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:14 pm

Oh, come on. Let's get serious here.
Joe, that was not exactly Wade's fault!

72 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:15 pm

Oh, silly me. Boone in to walk face the lefty.

73 monkeypants   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:15 pm

[65] I think the inning are a big part of the problem. He's been in the bigs for parts of five seasons and he still has yet to pitch unfettered---no limits on innings, pitches, etc. I also imagine that throwing ball to the walls in the BP interfered with any development of secondary pitches. Anyway, that's my unscientific gut feeling.

74 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:17 pm

Oh for fuck's sake.

75 monkeypants   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:18 pm

[71][72] Mysterious are his ways.

76 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:18 pm

Which team looks like an 0-fer-17 team today?

77 monkeypants   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:18 pm

WTF was that.

78 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:19 pm

Heh. Buster Olney tweets the Cubs are "trying to nudge the Yankees into taking Carlos Zambrano, offering up money to offset his salary"

79 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:19 pm

[75] ... aber boshaft ist er nicht.

80 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:21 pm

Oh, Boone decided to walk a righty instead. Interesting approach.

81 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:23 pm

Adam Kennedy ... even MORE pathetic than Boone Logan!


82 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:24 pm


And that's all she wrote, folks.

But, honestly, not Boone's fault.

83 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:24 pm

Go crazy, Seattle!!!!!

84 RagingTartabull   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:25 pm

I mean, if ever a team was due for a break...

85 SteveF   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:29 pm

Yankees could score 6 runs in 3 innings.

It's not likely, but it wouldn't exactly constitute a miracle.

86 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:30 pm

Well, this game is fucked.

87 Marek   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:44 pm

Wow, I do work for an inning and it gets out of hand.

88 Marek   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:45 pm

Too bad we can't get a solid MR/spot starter like that guy the Sox have... Aceves?

89 Mattpat11   ~  Jul 27, 2011 3:46 pm

Can we cut Boone Logan? I don't even care if its his fault.

90 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jul 27, 2011 4:07 pm

two games back just seems so much closer than three games back.

i'm not buying this "the streak" had to end talk either. it could have ended in boston, but it didn't, did it?

91 Kered Retej   ~  Jul 27, 2011 4:12 pm

[55] [58] Not a good call, but not as terrible as it is being made out to be either. The catcher needs to make sure he gets the tag down in that situation.

In any case, the best part of the replays for me is watching Scott Proctor (and his arm) doing a superman into a face plant right out of the box.

92 Mattpat11   ~  Jul 27, 2011 4:13 pm

You just knew the Yankees were going to find a way to fuck this up.

93 Mattpat11   ~  Jul 27, 2011 4:14 pm

[91] He called him safe before he touched the plate.

94 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 27, 2011 4:15 pm

[93] This.

95 Marek   ~  Jul 27, 2011 4:15 pm

Bad job by just about everyone. Seventeen hits by the Mariners? Really?

Usually taking two out of three is good enough, but not the way Boston's playing.

96 Mattpat11   ~  Jul 27, 2011 4:25 pm

[95] And not the way Seattle is playing.

97 Sliced Bread   ~  Jul 27, 2011 4:29 pm

something tells me Hank Steinbrenner has just urgently advised Brian Cashman to upgrade his offer for Jimenez. 'Give them Scranton, Trenton, and Tampa for all I give a shit!'

98 Sliced Bread   ~  Jul 27, 2011 4:38 pm

[97] 'Meah, but whatever you do, don't trade Igawa. Remember? Meah.'

99 Sliced Bread   ~  Jul 27, 2011 4:45 pm

[98] 'Cash, it's Hank again. If something comes back right away, I'm having a steak at the bar - so you know where to find me. Meah.'

100 Sliced Bread   ~  Jul 27, 2011 5:22 pm

[99] 'Cash, Hear anything about Jimenez yet? I'm having a smoke out at the Monuments if you're looking for me... meah, keep me posted. Meah, It's Hank. Meah.'

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101 Sliced Bread   ~  Jul 27, 2011 5:46 pm

[100] 'Cashman, it's Hank. Something's up, and I don't appreciate being taken for a fool. They should be jumping at our entire farm system for Jimenez - excluding, Igawa, of course. Meah. That fucker Epstein must be in on this. I know it. Well, let's think, man, what else can we give them? The third baseman? Jesus Christ, I don't know. I'll be at that other number I gave you. Keep me appraised, meah, apprised, just let me know what the fuck is going on.'

102 Kered Retej   ~  Jul 27, 2011 5:46 pm

[93] [94] There may have been any number of things wrong with the call, but in my opinion that isn't one of them. I think Lugo pretty clearly steps on the plate before the safe call comes (Lugo then goes back to make sure he touched the plate).

You can see it reasonably clearly at about 1:51 in this video:

103 Sliced Bread   ~  Jul 27, 2011 5:54 pm

[101] 'Meah, one more thing, Cashman. Gammons was just on the radio, and he says the guy's name as Hee-men-ez, and Gammons knows his shit, so that must me how you pronounce it. Not the way I've been saying it. Just making sure you know so we don't look like a bunch of fucking amateurs offering our entire farm for a guy whose name we can't fucking pronounce. Meah. Call me.'

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