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2008-05-30 12:44
by Cliff Corcoran
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Minnesota Twins

2007 Record: 79-83 (.488)
2008 Pythagorean Record: 80-82 (.495)

2008 Record: 28-25 (.528)
2008 Pythagorean Record: 25-28 (.480)

Manager: Ron Gardenhire
General Manager: Bill Smith

Home Ballpark (multi-year Park Factors): Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (96/96)

Who's Replacing Whom:

Carlos Gomez replaces Torii Hunter
Delman Young replaces Jason Tyner and Lew Ford
Brendan Harris replaces Luis Castillo
Adam Everett replaces Jason Bartlett
Alexi Casilli is filling in for Everett (DL) in the infield, while Howie Clark is filling in for Everett on the roster
Mike Lamb replaces Nick Punto at third base
Matt Macri is filling in for Punto (DL) on the bench
Craig Monroe replaces Jeff Cirillo
Nick Blackburn inherits Johan Santana's starts
Kevin Slowey inherits Matt Garza's starts
Livan Hernandez replaces Carlos Silva
Glen Perkins is taking the place of Scott Baker (DL) in the rotation
Baker inherited Sidney Ponson's starts
Jesse Crain inherits the relief innings of Pat Neshek (DL)
Brian Bass replaces Ramon Ortiz
Craig Breslow replaces the relief innings of Perkins, Blackburn, and Julio DePaula

25-man Roster:

1B - Justin Morneau (L)
2B - Alexi Casilla (S)
SS - Brendan Harris (R)
3B - Mike Lamb (L)
C - Joe Mauer (L)
RF - Michael Cuddyer (R)
CF - Carlos Gomez (R)
LF - Delmon Young (R)

Bench:

R - Craig Monroe (OF)
R - Mike Redmond (C)
L - Howie Clark (IF)
R - Matt Macri (IF)

Rotation:

R - Nick Blackburn
R - Livan Hernandez
R - Kevin Slowey
L - Glen Perkins
R - Boof Bonser

Bullpen:

R - Joe Nathan
R - Matt Guerrier
L - Dennys Reyes
R - Juan Rincon
R - Jesse Crain
R - Brian Bass
L - Craig Breslow

15-day DL: R - Adam Everett (SS), S - Nick Punto (IF), S - Matt Tolbert (IF), R - Scott Baker
60-day DL: R - Pat Neshek

Typical Lineup:

R - Carlos Gomez (CF)
S - Alexi Casilla (2B)
L - Joe Mauer (C)
L - Justin Morneau (1B)
R - Michael Cuddyer (RF)
L - Jason Kubel (DH)
R - Delmon Young (LF)
L - Mike Lamb (3B)
R - Brendan Harris (SS)

The Twins have turned over five spots in their lineup and two spots in their starting rotation from the end of last season. Building around the young core of Justin Morneau (27), Joe Mauer (25), Michael Cuddyer (29), and Jason Kubel (26), the three-through-six hitters in their order, the Twins brought in the top outfield prospects from the Devil Rays and Mets (22-year-olds Delmon Young and Carlos Gomez), but traded their top two pitchers for the privilege.

A year ago, Twins fans were hoping to see Francisco Liriano return from Tommy John surgery this year to join Johan Santana and the team's top pitching prospect Matt Garza in an unbeatable rotation. Instead, Santana was shipped to Queens for Gomez and three pitching prospects, Garza was shipped to Tampa with shortstop Jason Bartlett for Young, middle-infielder Brendan Harris, and minor league outfielder Jason Pridie, and Liriano is in triple-A struggling to rediscover his old magic after posting a 11.32 ERA in three big league starts in April. As Aaron Gleeman reported on Wednesday:

Francisco Liriano served up a grand slam to Brad Eldred while allowing six runs in his latest start at Triple-A, giving him a 4.38 ERA and 23-to-14 strikeout-to-walk ratio in six starts since being sent back to Rochester. The good news is that Liriano has improved his control recently, walking a total of just five batters over his last four outings. The bad news is that he's still throwing 88-91 miles per hour, has yet to strike out more than five batters in any start, and isn't inducing a high percentage of ground balls.

As for the three pitching prospects received from the Mets, Phil Humber and Kevin Mulvey have 5.19 and 4.07 ERAs for triple-A Rochester, and Deolis Guerra has a 4.23 mark for high-A Fort Myers.

Gomez has been more encouraging. Most analysts and scouts believed he needed another year of seasoning at triple-A after being forced up to the majors last year by the injuries to Moises Alou and Endy Chavez, but Gomez has added 61 points to his batting average and shown the power that was absent during his big league debut last year. His walk and strikeout rates are both heading in the wrong direction, but he's shown he can grow at the major league level, and he's posting a 111 OPS+ and using his speed to great effect in the field and on the bases (17 steals in 22 attempts thus far). None of that holds true for Young, who is walking more and striking out less, but otherwise a drain on the offense with an 83 OPS+ and no homers heading into the final days of May.

In the other three spots, the Twins have replaced placeholders with stop-gaps, going from punchless Nick Punto to veteran platoon slugger Mike Lamb at third only to find themselves still waiting for Lamb to hit his second home run of the year. They replaced the good-field, no-hit Bartlett with the similarly skilled Adam Everett only to watch Everett bounce on and off the disabled list. Brendan Harris can neither field, nor hit, but with both Everett and Punto hurt, he's been their one reliably available middle infielder and thus has logged significant time at both second base and shortstop, starting all but nine of the Twins 53 games thus far.

Beyond the financial considerations that went into trading Johan Santana, the Twins felt free to trade two of their three best pitchers because they've had something of a bumper crop of starting prospects in recent years. Indeed, if you look past the innings-eating mass that is Livan Hernandez, you find a young rotation of emerging arms who, while they don't hold the promise of a Liriano or a Garza, could do for the Twins what Shawn Marcum and Jesse Litsch have done for the Blue Jays. That is, make starting pitching the least of their problems.

As the Yankees are discovering, these things work in strange ways. A year ago, the Twins were looking at Garza, Kevin Slowey, and Scott Baker, hoping for a 2008 return from Liriano, and hoping Boof Bonser would shape up. They then traded Garza, Bonser hasn't shaped up, Liriano's return hasn't gone as planned, and Baker is hurt. Still, Nick Blackburn (26) came out of nowhere in April to emerge as the staff's early season ace. Slowey (24) has made good on his command-and-control prospects thus far and is moving to take that underwhelming title from Blackburn, and Baker's injury replacement Glen Perkins (25), who starts tonight against Mike Mussina, has bounced back from a season spent languishing in the bullpen to reclaim his own prospect status by turning in four straight quality starts in Baker's stead with a sharp 4:1 K/BB ratio.

With the Twins still holding out hope for Liriano and expecting Baker to bounce Bonser when he returns next week, the organization's hopes for a strong post-Santana rotation persist. Meanwhile, even with Pat Neshek out for the year, their bullpen remains strong, behind ace closer Joe Nathan (1.66 ERA, 4.4 K/BB). Of course, as with the Blue Jays, this only ads up to a .500 team, but unlike in Toronto, there's some reason for Twins fans to be hopeful. Heck, they're only two games out of first place entering this weekend's four-game series with the Yankees. With Cleveland and Detroit continuing to scuffle, there's no reason the Twins couldn't surprise in the central if their rotation plans pan out and a couple of their struggling young hitters pull a second-half Cano.

Comments (331)
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2008-05-30 15:44:41
1.   OldYanksFan
First!
"Joba Chamberlain received his long-awaited promotion, and the rookie right-hander will make his first start for the Yankees at home in the Bronx. Manager Joe Girardi said the 22-year-old will take the mound at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night against Toronto and be limited to 65 or 70 pitches."
2008-05-30 15:55:33
2.   Cliff Corcoran
1 First of all, no "firsties" allowed. Second, if you're quoting someone, it's polite to credit them.

Otherwise, congratulations.

2008-05-30 16:21:48
3.   Jeb
What's wrong with this picture?

Player A = .252 .356 .386 .742
Player B = .164 .242 .255 .497

Player A has been demoted to AAA. Player B is still occupying space (albeit on the bench) in the major leagues.

Player A is Chris Duncan. Player B is our own Forrest McSlump. I realize they player different positions for different teams (and each team has it's own problems), but SHEESH!

2008-05-30 16:22:43
4.   Eirias
I am more excited about Tuesday night than I have been about any ball-game since Hughes' debut.
2008-05-30 16:30:57
5.   RIYank
The quotation in 1 is from the AP wire. Written by one Dave Campbell.
2008-05-30 16:44:23
6.   Jeb
5 why point that out?
2008-05-30 16:45:22
7.   rilkefan
3

Player A = 127 AB
Player B =   55 AB

2008-05-30 16:45:46
8.   rilkefan
6 , see 2
2008-05-30 16:50:31
9.   OldYanksFan
2 Even an AP article on ESPN?
2008-05-30 16:51:15
10.   mehmattski
I'd like to comment on baseball, but I've been completely engrossed in Nate Silver's election polling analysis site the last few hours.

There's a game tonight? Joba's starting? These things are not they colored blue or red in cool graphics? There's no statistical significance!

2008-05-30 16:53:06
11.   OldYanksFan
10 Does Nate reach a conclusion?
2008-05-30 16:57:23
12.   rilkefan
10 On the one hand the site is really interesting, on the other I doubt the usefulness of the polls at this point (e.g. I don't think Obama-McCain is really 50-50) - sabermetrics is much more predictive. The relative Obama/Clinton numbers vs McCain are fascinating - dunno if he has a theory for them.
2008-05-30 17:00:42
13.   OldYanksFan
12 Seems like more Dems should have been supporting Hilary.
2008-05-30 17:01:16
14.   Jeb
7 and they STILL Sent player A down. I truly wish they'd give Forrest 700 at-bats so people would quit talking sample size. Of course, we'd have an automatic out in our lineup 76% of the time but he'd finally get those precious AB's.

If you gave him 75 more at bats he still wouldn't be close to his big brother.

2008-05-30 17:06:52
15.   mehmattski
11 Well, he's not really looking for conclusions so much as looking for the predictive ability of polling sources. He does have statistical evidence for one thing I noticed early on in the primary season: SurveyUSA is pretty dead-on in its polling, wheras Zogby is pretty terrible.

He also does some sophisticated election math, based on his regression analyses of polling data.

12 What I'm gathering from Silvers' posts and some of the more informed comments is that many Clinton-McCain/Obama-McCain polls is that the presence of both Democratic candidates can cloud the results. The hypothesis is that having both questions can cause the poll-taker to make an implicit choice between them (might bias the result of which ever comparison is made second).

As a result, I don't expect the general election polls to be elucidated until the Dem nomination is decided: so, by the end of next week, hopefully.

2008-05-30 17:12:44
16.   rilkefan
13 Baseball is very different in that there's no weighting of a regular-season game. Because of caucuses, the winner-take-all electoral system of some states (many of which the Dems have no chance of winning), the intentionally antidemocratic superdelegate system, and the likely partial disenfranchisement of 10% of the voters, the nomination system doesn't need to reflect the will of the members of the party. And of course doing slightly better than average in a winner-take-all presidential system is much more like a postseason series than a regular season.
2008-05-30 17:14:40
17.   cult of basebaal
2 thank you cliff, no "firsties" here at BB is a very welcome respite from the rest of the intertubes
2008-05-30 17:15:52
18.   51cq24
is michael kay on crack or is his microphone just very sensitive?
2008-05-30 17:16:48
19.   mehmattski
14 Sorry, I'm going to have to agree with Shaun from last week: your nicknames for Shelley Duncan are dumb, and I'd appreciate it if you refrained from using them. Unlike Shaun, I'm not going to argue with you about it.

Now, on to your misinterpretation of sample size:

126 AB > 55 AB. That means that over 55 AB, Shelley Duncan's slashstats (which you cited) have very little significance, relevant to what he's actually capable of at the major league level. See, for example: Jason Giambi's April. Of course, the reason for hanging on to Giambi was that he has MLB success.

As for the Duncan brothers, they have nearly identical minor league stats, except for slugging percentage:

Shelley: .258/.339/.474 in 8 seasons
Chris: .262/.337/.415 in 8 seasons

So there's every reason to believe based on this, and based on Shelley's 2007, that he can hit for power in the majors better than his brother.

2008-05-30 17:16:56
20.   51cq24
oh i love that dead centerfield camera. why cant we watch the game from it?
2008-05-30 17:17:30
21.   rilkefan
15 Hmm, surely they randomize the order of those questions, and Obama obviously being the D nominee ought to give him a boost. Looks to me like FL really hurts Obama now - maybe that will recede when HRC's not around arguing for its primary votes to count. Anyway, this is OT, shutting up.
2008-05-30 17:17:40
22.   cult of basebaal
nice! bobby!
2008-05-30 17:18:49
23.   Jeb
19 Respectfully, you can pound the sand. The Sandy Duncan that is.

He isn't capable of anything but playing in AAA. Josh Phelps was DFA'd last year with far better numbers than peter pan.

2008-05-30 17:20:07
24.   rilkefan
19 Thanks, that was my curt point in 7 .

Also note that Giambi's BABIP was unreasonable on that early small sample, and even then his LD% was statistically compatible with his career line.

2008-05-30 17:21:28
25.   rilkefan
23 ... and I can do without the misogyny/homophobia/what-have-you stuff.
2008-05-30 17:21:31
26.   cult of basebaal
better to be lucky than good ... sometimes, at least!
2008-05-30 17:23:47
27.   mehmattski
24 Duncan's BABIP is .227, also pretty low, and also has a pretty respectable LD% (24%).
2008-05-30 17:24:11
28.   Jeb
19 24 yeah his line last year of .257 .329 .554 was really phenomenal. Of course, sample size cuts both ways doesn't it? He put up those MVP numbers in 74 at bats.

I just want him gone because he's useless and we don't have enough bench players as it is.

2008-05-30 17:24:45
29.   Jeb
25 they're neither.
2008-05-30 17:25:16
30.   RIYank
Gulp.
Moose is on fire? (Or Gomez is not the ideal lead-off batter?)
2008-05-30 17:25:56
31.   mehmattski
27 I apologize, those stats are his career ML stats. This year, Duncan's BABIP is .195 and his LD% is still 24%.
2008-05-30 17:26:12
32.   Jeb
25 seriously, that's really a dumb thing to write.
2008-05-30 17:26:37
33.   51cq24
28 i agree with you again. shelley is not good. and he seems like he's on a permanent roid rage.
2008-05-30 17:26:53
34.   Jeb
31 whatever. He's still terrible.
2008-05-30 17:28:15
35.   Jeb
33 thank you.

By the way, turning the page, if we win tonight we have a good shot at 3 out of 4 in this series. Let's hope this is good Moose tonight (and I apologize for insulting any Mooses by calling him "moose").

2008-05-30 17:28:49
36.   RIYank
No esta en fuego.
2008-05-30 17:29:12
37.   rilkefan
32 Sorry to strike a nerve. Try writing like an adult, not an insecure 10th grader.

31 Hmm, have to mull that.

2008-05-30 17:31:26
38.   nick
here's a question: can anybody think of an example where a male professional athlete is given a "female" nickname for laudatory purposes?

here's a second question: anybody think of a reason why there are no examples to question #1?

this isn't difficult stuff, Jeb. no one is saying you're a monster or you hate all women. we're sayin--better, I'm say that it's offensive to some and (I suspect) tedious as fuck to many...

2008-05-30 17:32:03
39.   mehmattski
34 Respectfully, would anything convince you otherwise? Because if not, then there is no point in debating something with someone unwilling to be swayed by evidence.

He's a power hitting right handed first-baseman/backup-outfielder, whose batting average is depressed due to chance, based on his high line-drive percentage. If he walked a little more, he'd be a very respectable bench player.

As we've already established, the Yankees don't have a viable immediate replacement for Duncan.

2008-05-30 17:32:16
40.   51cq24
23 37 honestly, what are you talking about? what misogyny/homophobia?
2008-05-30 17:32:17
41.   rilkefan
31 Right, so that argues for the fundamentals being ok but bad luck on the stuff a batter can't control.
2008-05-30 17:32:26
42.   Jeb
37 no problem. Try to not act like the PC Police and you have a deal.

By the way, Sandy REALLY makes up for his horrible offensive stats by his fine defense. That was a helluva throw to Derrick. I'm really seeing your points about him.

2008-05-30 17:33:27
43.   cult of basebaal
well, that'll make for interesting discourse here on banter, i'm sure ...
2008-05-30 17:34:37
44.   Jeb
43 I'm starting to wonder if people are related to him or something and I'm talking to the Duncan family. I don't ever recall anyone defending Josh Phelps like this.
2008-05-30 17:34:54
45.   rilkefan
42 Don't fret, I'm never going to address you again, seeing as you're still in 10th grade.
2008-05-30 17:35:46
46.   Zack
19 I think that was me, not sean, although maybe him too, as it seems to be a theme...

Well this is an annoying inning...

2008-05-30 17:35:48
47.   cult of basebaal
38 jim rome and "chris" everett come to mind ... and if people start comparing your wit to jim rome, that's not a compliment
2008-05-30 17:36:03
48.   51cq24
i really don't understand why if in this stadium they have a superior angle from centerfield we only get to see it on replays and not every pitch.
2008-05-30 17:36:17
49.   JimCobain
Great. Another start where Mussina doesn't finish the first?
2008-05-30 17:38:28
50.   nick
On the other hand, I propose that we now call Mussina "Mousse"...
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2008-05-30 17:39:58
51.   3rd gen yankee fan
Ai yi yi yi yi. Not even out of the first yet?
2008-05-30 17:41:00
52.   mehmattski
48 I think ESPN had a vote once on the dead-center versus askew camera angles, after showing one game from dead center... and the askew angle won by a landslide.

I agree with you, but there's evidence of popular sentiment the other way.

2008-05-30 17:42:57
53.   OldYanksFan
Well... that's a web gem. Something to look forward to later tonight.
2008-05-30 17:43:09
54.   Jeb
47 people certainly disagreed on whether what Rome said was funny or not, and people are split on him anyway. I don't recall people calling him a woman-hater or a homophobe though.

In my opinion, the people who immediately cling to PC stuff, are the ones who tell gay jokes and pass around porn at work.

I'm sure if I referred to rilkefan as a member of a certain former political party in Germany (due to his obvious hatred for free speech and the American way) I'd really get some PC heat. But at the end of the day getting this upset over a fucking nickname is idiotic. Lord knows I've read enough derisive nicknames on this blog ("the big useless", "Carol Pavano", "Farnsworthless", etc. etc.) to be able to call bullshit when I see it.

2008-05-30 17:43:41
55.   Jeb
50 that's fucking outstanding.
2008-05-30 17:43:54
56.   Just fair
I kind of want to see Mussina light into Duncan. You know, make things intersting because I wait 48 hours for a game and it is 4-1 after the first. Selfish reasons, I am aware.
2008-05-30 17:44:38
57.   51cq24
52 well it does take a little getting used to. i'm glad they gave it a whole game before asking people's opinions. the most annoying thing is that yes and other broadcasters seem so desperate for a new angle sometimes that they show a pitch from behind the catcher. if they want a new angle, i wish they'd use the one that lets us see the strike zone.
2008-05-30 17:46:08
58.   OldYanksFan
2 seeing eye grounders and an error are a bad combination. Maybe I'm looking for it, but more and more it seems like our defense is a big contributor to our undoing.

Is Duncan really a better option at 1st then Jason? It's rock/hardplace material, but I feel better with Jason there.

2008-05-30 17:46:31
59.   JimCobain
Nice work guys, they score 4 on you and you go hacking away into the night.
2008-05-30 17:47:45
60.   Jeb
58 I'd like to see Teixera there. But that will have to wait until 2009.
2008-05-30 17:48:15
61.   mehmattski
58 In an ideal world, no. But older players like Damon and Matsui need some off days at some point, and every day you can DH Giambi probably extends his period of usefulness.
2008-05-30 17:48:59
62.   JimCobain
59 I meant that with all sincerity, especially after the two hits ;)
2008-05-30 17:49:29
63.   rilkefan
47 It's instructive to google "Jim Rome" and "misogyny" or "homophobia".
2008-05-30 17:50:06
64.   51cq24
michael kay has definitely had too much coffee today, and combined with the sound level it's driving me nuts. i'd mute it but i like flaherty.
2008-05-30 17:51:19
65.   weeping for brunnhilde
Hey, Team!

Long time no see.

How we doing?

2008-05-30 17:52:39
66.   Jeb
63 funny thing, I don't remember there being a google when Rome made that comment. Seems to me -- yes I'm almost sure -- that the commentary was in newspapers and TV and there weren't any "Jim Rome apologizes for his homophoic misgynistic comments ..." articles.

I really really hope that I never read you using any negative nicknames to describe any of our players.

2008-05-30 17:52:52
67.   cult of basebaal
63 i'm not sure i should follow your advice there, according to 54 you're some sorta porn freak, and since you're into german things, it's probably creepy shit like schiesse videos and stuff

;)

2008-05-30 17:53:13
68.   OldYanksFan
Anybody else remember way back when, when with Jeter up there was the possibility of an extrabase hit?
2008-05-30 17:53:43
69.   mehmattski
This is not our best defensive lineup.
2008-05-30 17:54:01
70.   Jeb
65 not too good. A future Hall of Fame first baseman and gold glover made a surprisingly poor though that led to a few runs.
2008-05-30 17:54:03
71.   Just fair
I wonder if Matsui and Duncan room together on road trips and talk about their gold gloves.
2008-05-30 17:54:06
72.   51cq24
i guess i missed the original misogyny/homophobia debate re duncan nicknames. what a shame! it's really interesting to me, especially when there's a game on.
2008-05-30 17:54:15
73.   OldYanksFan
Can we get AGon back for 3 days and introduce Jeter's ass to pine?
2008-05-30 17:54:31
74.   weeping for brunnhilde
Eek.

4-1.

Yeah, and what's up with the sound?

2008-05-30 17:54:46
75.   randym77
I guess it's "bad Moose" tonight, eh?
2008-05-30 17:55:25
76.   Jeb
67 I don't know if he's into german things, just that he despises free thought, free expression and free speech. Censor censor censor!
2008-05-30 17:55:54
77.   tommyl
Moose looks, um, less than crisp. Can we send it back for some more cooking time?
2008-05-30 17:56:24
78.   tommyl
77 Oh damn, I just thought of:

I ordered my Moose medium well, this is well, done.

2008-05-30 17:56:30
79.   Jeb
72 Yeah, I know, I'm a terrible person for comparing him to a woman with the same last name. I bet she could outhit him though and she's over 60.
2008-05-30 17:56:36
80.   51cq24
74 it's giving me a headache. why does it seem to only be michael kay's microphone? maybe he's kissing it like elton john does.
2008-05-30 17:57:06
81.   weeping for brunnhilde
70 What the hell is up with him?

I'm not amused.

2008-05-30 17:57:49
82.   51cq24
79 oh i thought it was a beach theme
2008-05-30 17:58:24
83.   Just fair
80 Do you think Eminem could play 1st base?
2008-05-30 17:58:57
84.   Jeb
70 I think what's up is that he should be down (on the farm that is).
2008-05-30 17:59:15
85.   mehmattski
79 Then I hope you will not be offended that, in the future, I will refer to you only as "Mildred," because my dead grandmother could write better posts than you.
2008-05-30 18:00:06
86.   weeping for brunnhilde
Nice job, Mike.

Hey, btw, anyone know the latest on Jorgie?

2008-05-30 18:01:04
87.   weeping for brunnhilde
85 Cool, there's the internets in the hereafter!
2008-05-30 18:01:46
88.   Jeb
80 two things: (1) Eminem has DEFINITELY been accused of being a homophobe (I know I read that on "The Google", so I think you can get in trouble mentioning him in here; and (2) his last name is "mathers" I think you have to find a famous duncan to make the comparison.
2008-05-30 18:02:17
89.   randym77
85 Can I be president of your fan club? :-D
2008-05-30 18:02:29
90.   cult of basebaal
86 i think petey said next thursday if things continue to go well
2008-05-30 18:02:40
91.   mehmattski
86 http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2008/05/30/thrill-packed-posada-update/

Cliff Notes: Posada looks good in, and says he feels good after, 18 extended spring training at bats.

Side Note: How long does extended spring training go? Spring's almost over!

2008-05-30 18:03:15
92.   Jeb
85 87 they have web access in Hell?
2008-05-30 18:04:15
93.   Chyll Will
Nice hustle, ... um, what do we call Bobby with candy being banned from the clubhouse?
2008-05-30 18:04:38
94.   mehmattski
92 I think she finds it very accommodating compared to the time she spent at Buchenwald...
2008-05-30 18:05:25
95.   OldYanksFan
Jason current has 109 ABs as a 1Bman. I'm guessing 24 games. That's less then half our games. I know we think he is made of glass, but Giambi at 1st, JD in LF amd Mats DHing is really a much better lineup.

And JD is 34. I know he's alays a bit banged up, but 34 isn't that old. Swap him with Mats if you must.

Bobby! Go for the cycle.

2008-05-30 18:05:34
96.   weeping for brunnhilde
Oh, baby!

Right on, Alex!

2008-05-30 18:05:35
97.   51cq24
i'm glad arod stopped to admire his line drive
2008-05-30 18:05:39
98.   Jeb
94 and I'm sure if that's true, which I absolutely know it's not, then she knows what happens when you allow people to censor free thought.
2008-05-30 18:06:20
99.   tommyl
Why the hell wasn't Alex running out of the box there? That could have been a double.
2008-05-30 18:06:56
100.   tommyl
And that could have been runner on 3rd, 1 out.
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2008-05-30 18:07:07
101.   Jeb
99 quad?
2008-05-30 18:07:38
102.   weeping for brunnhilde
Oh, Jason.
2008-05-30 18:07:55
103.   tommyl
Well, there was some good fundamental baseball there. We should have a man on first, 1 out and another run in.
2008-05-30 18:07:58
104.   mehmattski
95 It's 35 games at 1B, 8 as a DH.

I think the mustache hurt his aerodynamics there, though. Poor choice, Jason...

2008-05-30 18:08:26
105.   tommyl
101 He wasn't jogging, he was standing there holding his bat. When it dropped in he started sprinting.
2008-05-30 18:08:26
106.   51cq24
101 no, 97
2008-05-30 18:09:10
107.   3rd gen yankee fan
It's almost like these guys pee their pants whenever someone gets on. Then they blow it.
2008-05-30 18:09:22
108.   Jeb
106 I didn't see it. Thanks.
2008-05-30 18:09:50
109.   Yankees Brasil
Just got home, is Moose as bad as the numbers look, or just bad luck?
2008-05-30 18:09:53
110.   claybeez
97 A-Rod slow out of the box was oft-mentioned by Kay last week. Like 101 said, most likely a leg thing.
2008-05-30 18:10:15
111.   cult of basebaal
99 not sure, but he watched his liner in the first as well
2008-05-30 18:10:16
112.   Jeb
I don't know why I feel this way, but I just have this odd feeling we're going to win this game.
2008-05-30 18:12:59
113.   51cq24
110 no he seriously stood there watching the line drive for a good 2 seconds before running.
2008-05-30 18:13:50
114.   Chyll Will
112 Yeah, but I hate it when we win by default...
2008-05-30 18:14:17
115.   cult of basebaal
nice pitch from mike. i love that maddux-like 2 seam runner
2008-05-30 18:16:05
116.   Chyll Will
104 I like the look. Maybe he should do like El Tigre and give his mustache a name...
2008-05-30 18:16:33
117.   51cq24
i guess i can mute it now that flaherty's microphone is broken
2008-05-30 18:16:39
118.   mehmattski
113 It's true, the replay is up on MLB Gameday. He must have thought it was an out.
2008-05-30 18:16:44
119.   OldYanksFan
Heavy debate here. Is there something wrong with passing around porn at work?
2008-05-30 18:17:17
120.   Jeb
114 I know. I have no basis at all for that statement. Sometimes I have the feeling in the other direction.
2008-05-30 18:18:02
121.   51cq24
119 not if it's your job
2008-05-30 18:18:02
122.   mehmattski
Mike Lamb is having a rough game, defensively.
2008-05-30 18:18:24
123.   Jeb
119 actually I don't think so. But you certainly have to be discreet.
2008-05-30 18:18:25
124.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
119 I work for a regional DVD distribution company so a big part of the job is passing porn DVDs around..
2008-05-30 18:18:32
125.   Chyll Will
"chopped over a leaping Lamb"...

I'm sleepy

2008-05-30 18:18:47
126.   Jeb
121 fun job!
2008-05-30 18:18:59
127.   mehmattski
It's a little early for the bunt, but it's better than a DP. So long as Shelley is heads-up on the basepaths...
2008-05-30 18:19:03
128.   3rd gen yankee fan
119 It would be really uncool where I work.
2008-05-30 18:19:15
129.   OldYanksFan
Actually I liked post 112 . Possibly a walk-off by Sandy?
2008-05-30 18:19:36
130.   51cq24
123 big surprise!
2008-05-30 18:19:46
131.   Jeb
125 Was Lamb ever property of the Yanks or did I "dream" that?
2008-05-30 18:20:48
132.   Just fair
There is something definitely wrong with Michael Kay promoting Flavor Flav while at work. Yo, Kim Jones. Don't believe the hype. Oy.
2008-05-30 18:21:29
133.   mehmattski
131 Mike Lamb, Transactions:

February 5, 2004: Traded by the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees for Jose Garcia (minors).

March 25, 2004: Traded by the New York Yankees to the Houston Astros for Juan DeLeon (minors).

The first trade was after Aaron Boone's injury. The second trade was after the A-Rod trade.

2008-05-30 18:21:48
134.   JimCobain
131 He sure was, they got him after Boone busted his knee, but then they got this other guy who usurped him at 3rd.
2008-05-30 18:21:58
135.   mehmattski
Shelley tried to pick up Melky's bat, and then tripped, almost fell, then gave up on the bat and scored....
2008-05-30 18:22:08
136.   weeping for brunnhilde
Wow!

Clockwork!

Two clockwork runs!

God, how I love clockwork.

109 I didn't see it, but Derek evidently is up to his old tricks with the throwing arm.

2008-05-30 18:22:41
137.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
132 WHAT???

Let's hear it for the MelkMan!

2008-05-30 18:22:45
138.   Jeb
129 If he does that I'll post something like "I've always liked him, he just needed some at bats!" Oh, and I'll refer to him as King Duncan.
2008-05-30 18:23:15
139.   cult of basebaal
well, seems like the melky streak pendulum has swung back towards HOT again
2008-05-30 18:23:16
140.   51cq24
god that wasn't even close
2008-05-30 18:23:23
141.   OldYanksFan
And Shelly does NOT trip over the bat. Good news!
2008-05-30 18:23:35
142.   Jeb
133 did he ever play for the Yanks?

dammit Melky!

2008-05-30 18:23:49
143.   Chyll Will
131 The whole worlds was property of the Yanks at some point. But yes, he was and like Juan Rivera, every once in a while you wish he was still here.
2008-05-30 18:23:58
144.   mehmattski
129 It's gonna be tough for any Yankee to hit a walk-off anything on the road...
2008-05-30 18:24:23
145.   51cq24
136 it was duncan, not jeter. the future hall of famer thing was sarcastic.
2008-05-30 18:24:30
146.   randym77
135 That was bizarre. Score first, then worry about the housekeeping, kid.
2008-05-30 18:25:52
147.   mehmattski
146 cf. Dusty Baker's son.
2008-05-30 18:26:01
148.   weeping for brunnhilde
145 Ahhh!

I see, I see!

2008-05-30 18:27:31
149.   OldYanksFan
144 Please don't get technical when I am being infantile.
2008-05-30 18:27:49
150.   Chyll Will
147 eh?
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2008-05-30 18:28:40
151.   Chyll Will
Like I said, "every once in a while"... which is not now...
2008-05-30 18:31:22
152.   mehmattski
150 http://partmule.com/blog16/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/dusty-bakers-son.jpg

Although I guess it was my latin notation which confused you: an abbreviation for "confer," which translates to english as "compare to."

Man, I'm glad I took Latin in college instead of a useful language...

2008-05-30 18:31:29
153.   Chyll Will
Nice catch by "Alex Rodriggus"...
2008-05-30 18:32:13
154.   Jeb
ok the Twins announcers just showed stats that reveal Mike Mussina has declined as he's aged.. Later their going to prove that the longer you drive on tires the more the tread disappears.
2008-05-30 18:32:37
155.   OldYanksFan
Banter wrapup: Yes, Mary Lamb did play for the Yankees. Mousse has settled down. Sandy Duncan got an important walk, Glass Carl is throwing off the mound and Michelle Kaye seems to be frenching the mic. Did I miss anything?
2008-05-30 18:33:04
156.   Jeb
152 you got that out of the bluebook.
2008-05-30 18:34:08
157.   Jeb
155 you nailed it. Except, just like my T-ball team (the Yankees) we need to work on our baserunning.
2008-05-30 18:34:17
158.   Chyll Will
152 see 148 (your lucky, my Mom forbid me to take Latin >;)
2008-05-30 18:34:30
159.   weeping for brunnhilde
152 Hey! Bite your tongue!

If the ability to read more than 2 millennia worth of literature isn't useful, I don't know what is.

Latin rocks!

2008-05-30 18:36:36
160.   Chyll Will
158 That should be, "I was forbidden from taking Latin by my Mom" for very compelling reasons >;)
2008-05-30 18:37:16
161.   weeping for brunnhilde
Nice hitting, Bobby, nice hitting.
2008-05-30 18:38:46
162.   OldYanksFan
If we could only teach Mats how to do that.
2008-05-30 18:40:04
163.   Just fair
bo teneo vestri mom
: )
2008-05-30 18:41:04
164.   randym77
Arrgh. I like fishing as much as anyone, but come on, this a baseball game. Enough with the ice fishing discussion.
2008-05-30 18:43:50
165.   Yankees Brasil
Damn.. nice hit.
2008-05-30 18:44:02
166.   51cq24
he watched that one too, but at least he got to 2nd
2008-05-30 18:44:03
167.   weeping for brunnhilde
Beautiful ab by Alex.

Flash totally called it.

I saw it that time!--Alex admired his drive again!

2008-05-30 18:44:37
168.   Jeb
ok, off topic. I have a sweatshirt like Joba and Pettitte are wearing (the one with the NY on the collar). Does anyone own one of these? I have a horrific lint problem and the dry cleaners said they couldn't help me. Does anyone have a suggestion?
2008-05-30 18:45:00
169.   Just fair
Perkins : A-Rod as Igawa : A.L. lineups
2008-05-30 18:45:23
170.   Jeb
112 I still have that feeling.
2008-05-30 18:45:53
171.   OldYanksFan
Man! I've seen line drives to SS that took more time to get there then that ball to the CF wall. Jeez... that was hit hard!
2008-05-30 18:47:42
172.   OldYanksFan
Wow... no outs. How come Meecham didn't send him?
2008-05-30 18:48:26
173.   mehmattski
Ummmmm, what just happened?
2008-05-30 18:49:08
174.   Jeb
173 curious baserunning.
2008-05-30 18:49:11
175.   Yankees Brasil
Lucky.
2008-05-30 18:49:58
176.   Jeb
you go Woodrow Wilson Betemit!
2008-05-30 18:50:05
177.   Chyll Will
173 Freak play...
2008-05-30 18:50:26
178.   OldYanksFan
WTF! Between his legs? Tell me Giambi is not unlucky...
2008-05-30 18:51:13
179.   Jeb
176 that's why he wears #14 and always "points"....get it?
2008-05-30 18:52:30
180.   OldYanksFan
Is Girardi saving JD for something special?
2008-05-30 18:52:39
181.   Yankees Brasil
Why did he get the glasses? He obviously couldn't see the ball.
2008-05-30 18:53:21
182.   Jeb
1st and 3rd, nobody out, we don't score. Story of the season.
2008-05-30 18:53:31
183.   OldYanksFan
Oh fuck!
2008-05-30 18:53:37
184.   Chyll Will
179 Nope.

Joe, you wouldn't hit a guy with glasses, would you?

2008-05-30 18:53:57
185.   Yankees Brasil
Should have gotten more. Tough break on that between the legs catch.
2008-05-30 18:54:34
186.   Jeb
180 I think he used wilson because there was a lefty on the hill and he can go in and play first base. Maybe JD will pinch hit later for Molina (and sub in Moeller)
2008-05-30 18:54:47
187.   Chyll Will
180 The surprise party after the game, perhaps. They needed someone for the cake...
2008-05-30 18:56:45
188.   Chyll Will
Do the Hustle!
2008-05-30 18:56:57
189.   51cq24
i don't get why anyone would be upset even if the used car he or she bought did turn out to actually be new
2008-05-30 18:57:22
190.   OldYanksFan
187 No... that goes to 'He of the Golden Thong'....
2008-05-30 18:58:27
191.   OldYanksFan
Moose on track for another quality start.
2008-05-30 18:59:18
192.   Chyll Will
190 Thanks, I'm vegan now...
2008-05-30 19:00:33
193.   Jeb
192 seriously?
2008-05-30 19:00:46
194.   Yankees Brasil
191 I thought quality was 6IP 3ER, not 5IP 4ER.
2008-05-30 19:02:57
195.   Chyll Will
189 Because now you can't drive like a complete moron with impunity until after the first ding is made? >;)
2008-05-30 19:05:18
196.   Jeb
191 actually only 2 earned runs (not 4. Remember the error?)
2008-05-30 19:05:39
197.   Chyll Will
193 Noooo, it was just the image that was put forward that would prompt drastic reaction... for the record, I just had Griot for supper >;)
2008-05-30 19:05:53
198.   ny2ca2dc
hey, Phil Hughes on the MLB.TV promo
2008-05-30 19:07:15
199.   51cq24
195 good point
2008-05-30 19:07:38
200.   OldYanksFan
194 TWO earned runs.
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2008-05-30 19:08:47
201.   Yankees Brasil
Another baserunning mistake. When they hit, they can't run. This is pathetic.
2008-05-30 19:09:24
202.   Just fair
Jeb, you may this funny. It's one of my favorite Mad Tv characters.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=4yxWhEpirF8
Shelley, C'mon.
2008-05-30 19:11:32
203.   Yankees Brasil
200 My bad, didn't see the error. When I turned on, it was the 3rd inning already. Still, doesn't look like he's going out for the 6th.
2008-05-30 19:12:16
204.   Chyll Will
I half expected to see frost emanating from Moose as he was stepping out...
2008-05-30 19:12:46
205.   randym77
WTF? Didn't anyone tell Girardi that Moose turns into a pumpkin after 100 pitches?
2008-05-30 19:13:32
206.   Just fair
Girardi has much much faith in Moose or little faith in the pen.
2008-05-30 19:13:45
207.   Yankees Brasil
203 Spoke too soon. Girardi is obviously out of his mind. Crazy enough that it might work.
2008-05-30 19:14:54
208.   JimCobain
Love it. Girardi is stealing out, they way he should.
2008-05-30 19:15:15
209.   Yankees Brasil
Who's that warming up? Veras?
2008-05-30 19:16:00
210.   JimCobain
Bring him out for the 7th! ;)
2008-05-30 19:16:11
211.   mehmattski
Edwar-Farns-Mo, please.

Also, lots of Tums, please.

2008-05-30 19:16:23
212.   Chyll Will
If I didn't know any better, I would say Melky looked like his feelings were hurt that Matsui caught it instead of him...
2008-05-30 19:16:54
213.   Just fair
Moose for 7. Let it ride, Joe. Just kidding.
2008-05-30 19:17:20
214.   Yankees Brasil
191 Good call.
2008-05-30 19:17:47
215.   Chyll Will
Colonial Williamsburg: Rise of the Machines
2008-05-30 19:18:09
216.   OldYanksFan
Moose...
Quality start.
And pigs fly again.
2008-05-30 19:18:57
217.   51cq24
isn't it misleading to show the beautiful old beetle in commercials for new vws?
2008-05-30 19:20:41
218.   OldYanksFan
The man is a machine!
2008-05-30 19:20:48
219.   tommyl
A-Rod ok?
2008-05-30 19:21:21
220.   3rd gen yankee fan
Wow two triples n one night!
2008-05-30 19:21:36
221.   mehmattski
Instant Random Stat: Last time a Yankee hit two triples in a game.... Enrique Wilson, 7-3-2002.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYA/NYA200207030.shtml

2008-05-30 19:22:26
222.   Yankees Brasil
13 hits already for the Yankees. Crazy.
2008-05-30 19:22:49
223.   OldYanksFan
Moose with 13 GS and a 4.26 ERA. It's not fair to discount certain games, but take away the 2 games he got slaughtered and the guy has been outstanding.

I think he is pitching for the HOF.

2008-05-30 19:22:53
224.   Chyll Will
217 My father hated those cars; he used to call them "Stupicars", so as a child when I played punchbuggy with my niece, I would always say, "Stupicar!" -punch-
2008-05-30 19:23:48
225.   ny2ca2dc
224 Dude, it's called "slug-bug"
2008-05-30 19:24:33
226.   randym77
219 If you mean the HBP, it barely grazed his jersey.
2008-05-30 19:24:42
227.   ny2ca2dc
Attaboy 'Sui. What is that man's ave up to; damn! Lets make this Farns-proof boys!
2008-05-30 19:24:54
228.   Chyll Will
221 Well, that kinda takes the shine off the feat, huh...
2008-05-30 19:25:27
229.   OldYanksFan
Is there a reason that while I watch MLB.TV, I have to see a commercial for MLB.TV between every inning?
2008-05-30 19:25:45
230.   51cq24
224 my dad used to drive me and my brother to jones beach in his and sometimes he'd drive on the grass median to amuse us. i loved that car.
2008-05-30 19:26:57
231.   Chyll Will
225 Punch buggy, slug-bug, as long as someone got hurt in the process >;)
2008-05-30 19:27:28
232.   Yankees Brasil
This is beyond pathetic.
2008-05-30 19:27:37
233.   mehmattski
That's a lot of bad baserunning, fellas. 14 hits and 6 runs is not a great ratio.
2008-05-30 19:28:05
234.   51cq24
221 did you just search through every box score going back to 2002, or is there an easy way to find such a thing?
2008-05-30 19:28:41
235.   OldYanksFan
My fucking God! How is this shit possible?
2008-05-30 19:29:46
236.   3rd gen yankee fan
Like I said... 107
2008-05-30 19:29:58
237.   Chyll Will
230 A friend of mine had one, and I noticed under the floor mat that the passenger-side floor had partially rotted out. Fortunately she had good brakes, so I didn't have to do the Flintstone thing...
2008-05-30 19:30:14
238.   mehmattski
234 Baseball-reference.com has a play-index, available for $29 a year. I consider my obsession with random stats worth 55 cents per week, and it allows me to search for all kinds of crazy things.
2008-05-30 19:31:57
239.   Yankees Brasil
I don't feel safe with Veras on the mound. He has no idea where the ball is going.
2008-05-30 19:32:25
240.   mehmattski
This one doesn't need the play index:

Earned runs, 2008:
Jose Veras- 5 (10 IP)
Edwar Ramirez- 0 (14.7 IP)

2008-05-30 19:33:17
241.   3rd gen yankee fan
If these bitches blow this game for Moose, I'm going to be really pissed.
2008-05-30 19:34:29
242.   Just fair
Ah, the lead off walk. Wonderful. The the only time I was ever in a a bug I got ride home with my girlfriend's friend after a long night of imbiding. When I woke I asked "Where am I ?" I was told Mexico.
Luckily it was Mexico, NY. That still cracks me up.
Why Cano did not get the runner in front of him I have no idea.
2008-05-30 19:34:39
243.   ny2ca2dc
238 What will Elias have left to do then?!
2008-05-30 19:34:47
244.   Yankees Brasil
Why not get the lead runner?
2008-05-30 19:35:22
245.   Eirias
243 Get an "R" and an extra "I."
2008-05-30 19:36:01
246.   ny2ca2dc
Why the hell was Betemit shuffling toward second; he should've just throw back to Jeter. Damnit.

Surprised to see Edwar come right in... Joe looking for strikeouts?

2008-05-30 19:36:03
247.   OldYanksFan
Terrible play by Cano. How can you not get the lead runner?
2008-05-30 19:36:36
248.   Yankees Brasil
Another mistake. Cano has to get that lead runner. Now there's a guy in scoring position and no possible DP.
2008-05-30 19:36:47
249.   Chyll Will
If I was trapped in a used car with a complete nut-job, the last thing I'd be trying to do is sell it to him...
2008-05-30 19:37:38
250.   mehmattski
I don't understand the pitching change sequence. Was Ramirez in the bathroom during the stat of the 7th?
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2008-05-30 19:38:03
251.   Jeb
202 funny stuff just fair.
2008-05-30 19:38:46
252.   mehmattski
The Twins announcers just said Edwar has "a good fastball, a split-finger, and a slider." Umm... some fact checker needs to be fired...
2008-05-30 19:39:01
253.   Yankees Brasil
I think Twins' announcers got the wrong scouting report on Edwar. They said he has a good FB, slider and splitter. No mention of the changeup, his best pitch by far.
2008-05-30 19:39:04
254.   ny2ca2dc
Melky may not be the best player, may never be a great or even good one (though I hope he will), but I love that cheeky bastard.
2008-05-30 19:39:50
255.   ny2ca2dc
Now the question is if the Twins announcers even notice the sick change.
2008-05-30 19:40:02
256.   mehmattski
253 sixteen seconds too slow. I shall add a root beer to my tab.
2008-05-30 19:40:02
257.   Jeb
man Edward must weigh 98 pounds. He looks like he's wearing PJ's
2008-05-30 19:40:15
258.   Chyll Will
Brilliant observation: Holla atcha boy, Robbie!
2008-05-30 19:40:49
259.   Jeb
2 for edwar or farns?
2008-05-30 19:40:54
260.   ny2ca2dc
Boy am I digging Edwar.
2008-05-30 19:41:46
261.   ny2ca2dc
259 Score 5 runs, then let Britton finish it.
2008-05-30 19:42:08
262.   OldYanksFan
My first 'bug' experience' was in a 1971 KARMANN GHIA. On a very cold January day, as I sat in the passenger seat, my testes were slowly freezing together. My friend did explain to me that the car DID indeed have heat, but it was an air cooled engine, and the heater was 'not really that good'.

Those Germans are tough people.

2008-05-30 19:43:25
263.   OldYanksFan
253 And Pamela Anderson is known for her teeth.
2008-05-30 19:43:35
264.   ny2ca2dc
Reyes has the square-est face I've ever seen.
2008-05-30 19:44:57
265.   Jeb
262 yeah, Peugeots don't heat well either. Of course, the French just surrender to the car.
2008-05-30 19:45:42
266.   mehmattski
259 Farns warming.
2008-05-30 19:46:29
267.   mehmattski
Ugh. I really hope someone makes Melky watch the Olympics this summer, and makes sure he notes how many sprinters dive across the finish line...
2008-05-30 19:47:09
268.   ny2ca2dc
Damnit Melky, just run thru the bag. Doesn't he watch Mythbusters?!?!
2008-05-30 19:47:37
269.   Chyll Will
264 Shelly and Edwar both have squarer faces, depending on what you mean of course. In fact, you can literally say Shelly is a blockhead...
2008-05-30 19:47:40
270.   51cq24
264 it's oblate
2008-05-30 19:48:05
271.   Jeb
267 first time I can recall him getting a hit when he slides though.
2008-05-30 19:48:10
272.   Yankees Brasil
256 Too fast for me. I'm sending my post from Brasil. Takes longer.
2008-05-30 19:48:29
273.   Chyll Will
266 Bad moon rising.
2008-05-30 19:49:17
274.   Jeb
265 funny how NO one rushes to defend the french.

269 so true.

2008-05-30 19:49:22
275.   ny2ca2dc
269 I mean in the sense that the height equals the width.
2008-05-30 19:49:43
276.   mehmattski
I think Jeter wants to see me get my daily dose of Calcium.

(By not working the count he ensures Farnsworth comes in with just a two run lead, causing me to chow down on Tums.)

2008-05-30 19:50:18
277.   Yankees Brasil
Jeter needs a couple of days off.
2008-05-30 19:51:26
278.   ny2ca2dc
I really hope Mo is stood up to shadow Farns. I think Joba's replacement is a bit of Farns and a bit of Mo. Forget all about Mo for 1 inning only except in dire situations - Mo is immortal, use him.
2008-05-30 19:52:48
279.   mehmattski
The man in the hat does not like that at all.
2008-05-30 19:53:34
280.   Yankees Brasil
I hate Farnsworth. Why can't he throw that damn slider, on 0-2 pitch. What a moron. I hate Farnsworth.
2008-05-30 19:53:53
281.   Chyll Will
274 French fries, french kissing, french new wave (don't like french dressing)...

273 ...

2008-05-30 19:54:13
282.   ny2ca2dc
OH NOES. Does Farns have the highest HR/9 of any major leaguer?
2008-05-30 19:54:37
283.   Just fair
I hope they plan on using Farnsy to throw HR derby during the All Star festivities. I wouldn't mind seeing some absolute moonshots when it does not matter.
2008-05-30 19:55:11
284.   Mr OK Jazz TOKYO
Twins radio guys talking about Farns being just a "thrower" with no game plan or clue of how to "pitch"...yep....
2008-05-30 19:55:31
285.   ny2ca2dc
Christ, Mo's ass still glued to bench.
2008-05-30 19:56:24
286.   mehmattski
282 Among relievers with at least 20 IP:

http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=rel&lg=all&qual=20&type=1&season=2008

He's second.

2008-05-30 19:56:32
287.   ny2ca2dc
OK, 2 outs, Delom Young who sucks this year up. we might get out of this. I wish Mo were warm and ready to pitch should Young get on.
2008-05-30 19:57:04
288.   Yankees Brasil
285 No chance he's coming in on the 8th. This game is all Kyle's to lose.
2008-05-30 19:58:00
289.   Yankees Brasil
286 Who's first?
2008-05-30 19:58:33
290.   ny2ca2dc
286 Good stuff, thanks. Funny to see Scott Proctor third. eeks.

And we make it! Who said the Yanks can't win without Joba as set up?!

2008-05-30 19:59:54
291.   mehmattski
289 All pitchers with 20 IP:

Oscar Villareal- 3.74
Pat Misch- 2.84
Chuck James- 2.74
Kyle Farnsworth- 2.70
Jason Jennings- 2.68

2008-05-30 20:00:09
292.   ny2ca2dc
289 Oscar Villareal. Ohlendorf is ninth, sadly.
2008-05-30 20:02:57
293.   3rd gen yankee fan
Let's GO Giambino
2008-05-30 20:03:03
294.   ny2ca2dc
Doesn't look like Arod was Cadillacing on that pop. Nice to have a man on second for Giambi coming up.
2008-05-30 20:05:19
295.   Jeb
19 baserunners for the Yanks and only 6 runs.
2008-05-30 20:06:53
296.   Yankees Brasil
295 Horrible.
2008-05-30 20:07:35
297.   mehmattski
On the other hand for Farns, check out this chart:

http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=rel&lg=all&qual=20&type=1&season=2008

Left On Base Percentage... Farnsy is 7th in the ML with 95.4%. Hideki Okajima is #1 with 100%... Rivera is 13th with 91.7%

2008-05-30 20:08:06
298.   ny2ca2dc
Man, Betemit does know how to drive the ball. Imagine what kind of number he could put up in a real hitters ballpark. Texas should trade for this guy.
2008-05-30 20:08:38
299.   ny2ca2dc
297 To me, that means Farns has been lucky. Shudder.
2008-05-30 20:10:52
300.   51cq24
what the fuck
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2008-05-30 20:11:09
301.   mehmattski
Second walk of the season for Mo. Looks inside on Gameday.
2008-05-30 20:11:10
302.   ny2ca2dc
Someone tell these Twins announcers that Mo's cutter is not "little". It's Mo-riffic.
2008-05-30 20:11:12
303.   Chyll Will
Where was that??
2008-05-30 20:11:45
304.   Yankees Brasil
That's BS. That's a strike. Terrible ump.
2008-05-30 20:12:02
305.   Just fair
Missed it by....that much.
2008-05-30 20:12:10
306.   ny2ca2dc
Damn. Strike 3.
2008-05-30 20:12:25
307.   Chyll Will
301 It cut in over the back of the plate inside, a call he normally gets and most others would get as well.
2008-05-30 20:13:38
308.   51cq24
you see the face gomez made as he swung at that?
2008-05-30 20:13:43
309.   Chyll Will
Wow, that has nasty...
2008-05-30 20:15:52
310.   51cq24
the dead cf camera really shows the movement of that cutter.
2008-05-30 20:16:04
311.   mehmattski
That's better! .500! Again!
2008-05-30 20:16:09
312.   Just fair
I am legend. So says Mo's inner id.
2008-05-30 20:16:14
313.   weeping for brunnhilde
What is there left to say about Mo?

I want to rave, but I have no words.

My God.

2008-05-30 20:16:27
314.   3rd gen yankee fan
Yay.
2008-05-30 20:16:29
315.   Mattpat11
Mike Mussina leads the AL in wins.
2008-05-30 20:16:30
316.   Chyll Will
Ouch.
2008-05-30 20:16:54
317.   Mattpat11
313 I hear he's good at the baseball.
2008-05-30 20:17:35
318.   Yankees Brasil
Beautiful pitch, nice ending. Too many mistakes, but nice win.
2008-05-30 20:18:31
319.   OldYanksFan
OOps... forgot to swing.
8th W for Moose.
2-2 in Baltimore, bottom of the 12th
1st and 2nd, one out, Timlin on the mound.
2008-05-30 20:18:41
320.   Jeb
that last pitch was FILTHY
2008-05-30 20:18:55
321.   mehmattski
315 It's a three way tie with Saunders and Lee, but, yes he does.
2008-05-30 20:18:59
322.   51cq24
on wednesday he pitched around arod's error, today the ump's
2008-05-30 20:20:11
323.   Mattpat11
321 And Matsuzaka.

But still, he does, and I feel good for him.

2008-05-30 20:21:19
324.   Chyll Will
Did Shelly get hurt or did Joe just say "enough"? We may well have seen the last of him for a while...
2008-05-30 20:21:54
325.   Jeb
meanwhile the facking sawx are in trouble
2008-05-30 20:21:57
326.   OldYanksFan
I have a feeling the Yankees resign Moose for 1 year at $2 - 5m.
2008-05-30 20:22:38
327.   OldYanksFan
325 Millar blew the game.
2008-05-30 20:22:46
328.   Jeb
324 they relieved the lefty with a righty.
2008-05-30 20:22:49
329.   Mattpat11
326 I wouldn't be against that.
2008-05-30 20:24:16
330.   Jeb
the box score says coco got caught trying to steal home....
2008-05-30 21:07:52
331.   OldYanksFan
330 No... was out on a missed suicide squeeze.

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