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2008-06-19 09:00
by Cliff Corcoran
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

The Yankees have scored a minimum of eight runs in their last four games and are on a six-game winning streak. Today they send Joba Chamberlain to the mound and will face a far less heralded rookie in Josh Banks.

The Yankees have actually seen Banks before, as his first two major league appearances came in relief for the Blue Jays last year against the Yankees. In his debut in Toronto, Banks retired Robinson Cano, Melky Cabrera, and Johnny Damon in order. A week and a half later in the Bronx, he gave up a run on a walk to Hideki Matsui, a Robinson Cano single, and a Jose Molina double (he also saw Cabrera and Damon a second time, striking out Melky and walking Johnny).

Banks posted a 6.80 ERA in triple-A this year, was claimed off waivers by the Padres in late April, and snuck into the major league roster after both Chris Young and Jake Peavy went down with injuries. The 25-year-old righty started out in the bullpen, but after pitching six shutout innings in the Padres 18-inning win over the Reds on May 25, he was granted a rotation spot, which he nailed down with a complete game victory over the Giants in his first start and a 2-1 win over the Mets in his second.

A command and control pitcher with marginal stuff, Banks hasn't walked a man in 20 innings since entering the rotation, and has been extremely efficient with his pitches, needing just 101 for that complete game and not topping 77 in either of two six-inning outings. That makes him an interesting contrast to Chamberlain, who has filthy stuff, but has struggled with walks since moving into the rotation, and can thus use up a lot of pitches rather quickly. Joba's peripherals went backwards against the Astros in his last start, but despite his four walks, he was cruising along at 89 pitches through six when his turn in the batting order came due, thus ending his outing there. This afternoon, the limits will finally be off . . . mostly. I'm sure the Yankees won't want him to throw more than 100 pitches, but that's a respectable limit for any rookie, and Joe Girardi won't have to pinch-hit for him. For all the hype that has come before, this afternoon should mark Chamberlain's true debut as a full-fledged American League starting pitcher.

Comments (457)
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2008-06-19 09:41:34
1.   monkeypants
I posted this on one of the threads below, but I'm lame, so...

Ok boys and girls...just phoned in that I'm "working from home" today. That means some text on the screen, Banter in the background, and the Yankees on the radio.

Anyone else in the house today?

2008-06-19 09:49:35
2.   JL25and3
I'm here, at least on and off.
2008-06-19 09:49:54
3.   unmoderated
i'm stuck at work, gonna sneak out to the warehouse to "sort books" and listen on el radio.
2008-06-19 09:51:33
4.   Just fair
Kim Jones reported that the children of both Girardi and Farsworth took bp this morning. That always makes be a wee bit jealous.
I am reporting that Kyle was kind enough to throw them a few so they could experience hitting homers. : )
2008-06-19 10:01:36
5.   Yankee Fan In Boston
1 3 i'm at the workplace, on the clock, shamelessly logging into mlb.tv as soon as i hit the "submit" button.
2008-06-19 10:03:05
6.   weeping for brunnhilde
1 :)

Right on, mp, right on!

2008-06-19 10:08:11
7.   ChrisS
I'm at the cube farm and depending on how my mlb.tv stream runs, I'll probably sneak a few innings of Joba-time.
2008-06-19 10:08:45
8.   RIYank
I'm here!
Here and there, in and out, but I'll probably become transfixed by the game.
2008-06-19 10:09:40
9.   Shaun P
I'm here, at work, but its just Gameday for me.
2008-06-19 10:09:43
10.   RIYank
Gerut seemed a little frightened.
2008-06-19 10:09:45
11.   Just fair
UNLEASH THE HOUND!
2008-06-19 10:11:14
12.   RIYank
Yeah, I don't think I'll be going anywhere. I don't want to miss this one.
2008-06-19 10:11:20
13.   OldYanksFan
Home and out of the garden. Is there ANYONE who doubts that this kid is gonna be an Ace?
2008-06-19 10:11:24
14.   monkeypants
10 Waldman, on the other hand, sounds a little, um, excited.
2008-06-19 10:11:53
15.   Just fair
98 mph and the seam of the ball is the only thing that crossed the outside corner for a called 3rd strike. Beautious.
2008-06-19 10:11:55
16.   Yankee Fan In Boston
10 i was thinking the same thing. he feigned a swing at the 2nd pitch.
2008-06-19 10:11:57
17.   ChrisS
he's gonna be a good 'un.
2008-06-19 10:12:20
18.   weeping for brunnhilde
Nice and easy, Joba. Nice and easy.
2008-06-19 10:12:40
19.   monkeypants
13 Well, I do, unless they move him back to the pen where he belongs.
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Sarcasm.
2008-06-19 10:12:43
20.   RIYank
Oh, that's disappointing. My hypothesis was they were using a hologram instead of a real ball.
2008-06-19 10:12:47
21.   Yankee Fan In Boston
wow. nice start by the kid.
2008-06-19 10:14:30
22.   Sliced Bread
Ooh, I like unencumbered Joba.
2008-06-19 10:15:20
23.   mehmattski
I'm a little late, but I still gotta say:

It's Peanut Butter JOBA Time!

2008-06-19 10:15:48
24.   Rob Middletown CT
Stuck @ work. No sneaking streaming video here. I could follow GameCast, but that pretty much sucks. I'd rather listen (read) to you guys.
2008-06-19 10:16:50
25.   rbj
I'm here -- at work, only have gamechannel. Plus at 2:30 I go to the dentist -- just for a cleaning.
2008-06-19 10:17:05
26.   RIYank
24 Joba finished the top with ease. K swinging (half-heartedly); K looking; ground-out to A-Rod.

Now Damon leads off with a single.

2008-06-19 10:17:28
27.   mehmattski
24 Gameday is vastly superior to GameCast in pretty much every way. And you can look at video of highlights very soon after it happens.
2008-06-19 10:18:38
28.   RIYank
27 Seconded.
2008-06-19 10:18:49
29.   ChrisS
Thinking outside the box: Johnny Damon should be traded this off-season.

He's got a weird good season/bad season streak.

2008-06-19 10:19:24
30.   Rob Middletown CT
Does Damon have a NTC?
2008-06-19 10:19:47
31.   Just fair
Jeter yelled at Cano during BP "Don't pull. Don't pull."
Hopefully, Robbie's got a 4 hit day planned.
2008-06-19 10:20:20
32.   Rob Middletown CT
Hmm, Gameday looks decent. 2 on, no out... excellent. NO DP, Bobby!
2008-06-19 10:20:42
33.   C2Coke
5 Hear hear!

Always amazed at the day crowd here on the Banter.

2008-06-19 10:21:15
34.   monkeypants
OK, now I'll shift to critical/cynical mode. I don't get to see many games; for those of you who can, how have Jeter's ABs looked? He has gotten a few hits lately and a couple of walks, and when I listen he seems to be getting deeper into counts. Otherwise, is he hitting the ball hard? Or is everything like this inning (dribbler to third)?

I do so hope that he is (slowly) coming around.

2008-06-19 10:21:32
35.   RIYank
Oh, nice. This is shaping up well.
2008-06-19 10:21:51
36.   Just fair
27 Have you seen the College World Series set-up on-line? It's neat.
2008-06-19 10:22:11
37.   monkeypants
30 Why ask you?
2008-06-19 10:22:54
38.   Rob Middletown CT
37 Because of the suggestion made by 29
2008-06-19 10:23:23
39.   ChrisS
30 A partial one.

Looking at his OPS+ the last few years:

82 109 94 117 110 115 97 141 (this year)

It's nice watching him when he's hitting so well, though.

2008-06-19 10:23:33
40.   Yankee Fan In Boston
36 i am ashamed to say that i had forgotten all about that. can you stream those games, too?
2008-06-19 10:23:34
41.   Rob Middletown CT
Bah. Come on now, big G. Gotta get those runs in.
2008-06-19 10:23:39
42.   mehmattski
34 His at bats the last few days have looked better. He pulled a double down the line that he ripped pretty well, yesterday.
2008-06-19 10:25:18
43.   Sliced Bread
34 I think he's looking better at the plate. Bat speeds there. Hit into some bad luck. Nice heads up baserunning by Jeets earlier this inning, (noted by the YES guys) tagging up on Bobby's drive to center. Jeter's fine.
2008-06-19 10:26:15
44.   ChrisS
Eight pitches?!
2008-06-19 10:26:18
45.   Just fair
40 I don't know what stream means, to be honest. But I checked it out last week and it was like watching a video game.
2008-06-19 10:26:25
46.   Rob Middletown CT
Annoying.
2008-06-19 10:26:38
47.   RIYank
Kid can pitch. Fastballs over the plate and Jason couldn't do anything with them. Then the nice change to put him away.
2008-06-19 10:27:32
48.   Yankee Fan In Boston
45 i was wondering if they had live video available, but i think your response answered my question. thanks.

that last pitch by banks was money.

2008-06-19 10:27:37
49.   rbj
Yargh! Maybe it's not so bad I don't get to see a waste of the first two men getting on.
2008-06-19 10:27:53
50.   Just fair
The Yes guys say Banks through 15-20 knuckleballs in his last outing. And that he has about 8 pithces with a variety of grips.
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2008-06-19 10:29:31
51.   Rob Middletown CT
Chris, the thing with Damon is that you have to be able to replace him with someone better. Are you assuming Austin Jackson will be ready? I think that's a bit premature. I could see him as a self-half callup next season.
2008-06-19 10:29:44
52.   mehmattski
Pastadiving Giambi
2008-06-19 10:30:24
53.   weeping for brunnhilde
Hey, that was a nice effort by Jason.
2008-06-19 10:30:32
54.   Just fair
I'm no psychiatrist, but if you go to a game with a ventriloquist dummy, well........
2008-06-19 10:31:05
55.   Yankee Fan In Boston
doesn't YES realize that by giving the guy who brings his ventriloquist dummy to the game camera time that they're only encouraging him?
2008-06-19 10:31:08
56.   OldYanksFan
A lot of movement on the pitch that struck out Giambi.
2008-06-19 10:31:28
57.   Rob Middletown CT
Oof. Immediately 2nd & 3rd w/no out.
2008-06-19 10:31:32
58.   Sliced Bread
settle down, Joba.
let's get two here, peeps.
2008-06-19 10:32:05
59.   RIYank
The word 'shit' comes to mind.
2008-06-19 10:32:23
60.   Rob Middletown CT
Come on, Joba. Throw strikes to Tony.
2008-06-19 10:32:32
61.   pistolpete
Jesus, Joba.
2008-06-19 10:33:04
62.   mehmattski
Hmm, none of those pitches was close.

Let's hope he gets out of this with only one, maybe two runs.

2008-06-19 10:33:06
63.   Rob Middletown CT
Ack. Juiced up, still no outs. Own the bottom of the order, Joba. You can. You know you can.
2008-06-19 10:33:17
64.   Yankee Fan In Boston
maybe joba needs a mustache.
2008-06-19 10:33:20
65.   monkeypants
38 Ah yes, I see. An interesting idea. I don't think anyone with Yankees FO really thought they would get 4 productive years out of Damon, so anything next year would be gravy. If he keeps spanking the ball this season, his trade value could be very high. But then again, why would he accept a trade unless it came with a sizable extension? And, what would they Yankees do to fill in for him? The latter is not an impossible problem: move Matsui back to LF, trade for a bat, play around with Gardner, etc.

Interesting to think about.

2008-06-19 10:35:08
66.   mehmattski
Now would be a good time for a slider.
2008-06-19 10:35:29
67.   mehmattski
66 Yessss!
2008-06-19 10:35:32
68.   RIYank
66 Sweet.
2008-06-19 10:35:38
69.   Rob Middletown CT
66 Ask, and ye shall receive. That's one.
2008-06-19 10:35:53
70.   rbj
OK, double play here.
2008-06-19 10:35:54
71.   RIYank
So, were they 'pitching around' Clark??
2008-06-19 10:35:57
72.   Rob Middletown CT
Now would be a good time for a double play. :)
2008-06-19 10:37:26
73.   mehmattski
Ah, just the way they planned it! Way to block the plate, Joba! Didn't he used to be a catcher?
2008-06-19 10:37:29
74.   pistolpete
Anyone else sweating right before that tag?
2008-06-19 10:37:36
75.   Just fair
Yeesh, that was stupid. Don't get hurt, Joba.
2008-06-19 10:37:47
76.   monkeypants
Ah, that sneaky Molina...all year he has let balls get away just so he could ambush a runner.

Now, where is William to complain the risk of letting your pitcher cover home?

2008-06-19 10:37:49
77.   Sliced Bread
onions, Joba! nice coverage and tag at the plate!
2008-06-19 10:38:16
78.   Yankee Fan In Boston
74 i urinated a bit, if that counts. i'm just glad joba didn't get hurt.
2008-06-19 10:38:30
79.   RIYank
Nobody said "Now would be a good time for a passed ball put-out at home."
2008-06-19 10:38:32
80.   pistolpete
WOW.
2008-06-19 10:38:33
81.   mehmattski
Alternatively: covering the plate is an unacceptable risk! Joba should no better not to cover home plate! Fire various coaches!

Another strikeout! Nice!

2008-06-19 10:38:55
82.   weeping for brunnhilde
Joba Chamberlain, ladies and germs!
2008-06-19 10:38:57
83.   Sliced Bread
spin around fist pump... no blood, no foul...

onions

2008-06-19 10:39:05
84.   RIYank
72 I could almost give you credit for that one, Rob!
2008-06-19 10:39:09
85.   Rob Middletown CT
All's well that ends well.
2008-06-19 10:39:14
86.   monkeypants
And I say it here and now: Phil Hughes will be a very good starting pitcher for the Yankees. This is going to be one fun staff in a year.
2008-06-19 10:39:23
87.   Just fair
Well, that was an interesting inning. The 1/2 twirl mini-fist-pump to end it.
2008-06-19 10:39:32
88.   rbj
I'd rather let the Padres score a run than have Joba injured blocking the plate. That's what Ponson is for.
2008-06-19 10:39:37
89.   Yankee Fan In Boston
god, i love baseball.
2008-06-19 10:39:57
90.   Yankee Fan In Boston
88 indeed.
2008-06-19 10:40:36
91.   Just fair
Joba should have been insructed to not cover home on a passed ball.
2008-06-19 10:41:05
92.   RIYank
88 You have to say who should be fired, otherwise it doesn't count.

Where's williamnyy23 when we need him??

2008-06-19 10:41:45
93.   Rob Middletown CT
No, Ponson is there to dispose of the candy Girardi finds in the clubhouse.
2008-06-19 10:41:53
94.   monkeypants
81 Pitchers covering home is so 1800s.
2008-06-19 10:41:57
95.   pistolpete
Ha, he looked like he was going for the full fist pump and scream, but caught himself and just spun around instead.

He probably knows he'd be slaughtered on 'FAN for going nuts in the 2nd inning against the Padres.

2008-06-19 10:43:40
96.   Just fair
Cano makes that play look routine.
2008-06-19 10:43:52
97.   rbj
92 How about Steve Philips? You didn't say it had to be someone in the Yankees organization.
2008-06-19 10:44:16
98.   Sliced Bread
I see nothing wrong with Joba covering the plate there.

he positioned himself perfectly for the throw, and the slide. gave the runner enough of the plate to avoid a collision. I wouldn't advise against him making plays like that.

2008-06-19 10:44:17
99.   Rob Middletown CT
96 Thank goodness for Cano's defense. Otherwise I'd have to hate him.
2008-06-19 10:45:00
100.   Rob Middletown CT
Holy crap, just watched the replay of the play at home. Joba, never ever do that again.
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2008-06-19 10:45:41
101.   OldYanksFan
Even if healthy, Mats is a real liability in the OF. Considering his knees, I think you have to consider him a DH/BUOF. Because he he so limited in the field and is a slow runner, he has to hit really well to earn his keep. At least JD can run run and is probably a slightly above average fielder.

I still think you trade Mats next year. Get Tex and consider taking Giambi's option as the DH.

I think we need a FA impact OFer, unless Bobby will go for a 2 year contract.

I question whether we need CC. I think Wang and Joba make a powerful 1-2. If any of the kids, especially Phil, is strong, I think our SP is good.

2008-06-19 10:46:14
102.   RIYank
97 Well, okay. But that's not really in the spirit of the thing.
2008-06-19 10:46:20
103.   Rob Middletown CT
I want both CC and Tex. I guess I'm greedy.
2008-06-19 10:47:05
104.   ChrisS
51 I'm just kicking things around. Damon is going to have a great season, it looks like. If you have a 35 year old outfielder with no OF arm, when do you replace him? At his peak value or when he's the ghost of Johnny Damon?

It's just a philosophical question.

I don't think Ajax would be ready, but I wonder what the other options would be. Free agents, trades returns, etc.

2008-06-19 10:47:39
105.   pistolpete
Sigh, guess Joba's not getting many breathers today between innings...
2008-06-19 10:48:18
106.   RIYank
If Robinson had worked his count, that could have been an pretty good 1-2-3 inning. Six pitches to Jorge, six to Melky, two for Cano.
2008-06-19 10:49:42
107.   RIYank
Honestly, I think it would be difficult to trade Damon. He'll have just one year left on the contract, not cheap, and all GMs will have the same questions we'll have.
2008-06-19 10:50:24
108.   RIYank
Hey, the curve.
Where'd everyone go?
2008-06-19 10:50:30
109.   Yankee Fan In Boston
104 a quick survey here ( http://tinyurl.com/3g8bjj ) didn't offer up many encouraging free agents, but who knows what they can get in a trade.
2008-06-19 10:50:49
110.   ChrisS
103 Does Cash pick up Giambi's option or is he gone?

CC would be nice, if only because he's a southpaw because I don't think you can count on Andy coming back.

2008-06-19 10:50:51
111.   mehmattski
108 My Highland's Gaelic Ale and I are right here.
2008-06-19 10:52:10
112.   RIYank
111 Whoa. Too early for me.
Too early for Jody Gerut, too.
2008-06-19 10:52:17
113.   mehmattski
I liked that inning a lot better than the previous one.
2008-06-19 10:52:24
114.   Just fair
I covered home plate on a passed ball when I was pitching in High School. Long story short, I was on the front page of the sports section the following morning, parallel to the ground, about 3 feet above home plate, facing the sky. I don't even remember if the guy was out or not. Eesh, I'm getting a headache just thinking about it.
2008-06-19 10:52:40
115.   pistolpete
10 pitches, nice.
2008-06-19 10:53:00
116.   rbj
105 Looks like he doesn't need it.
2008-06-19 10:53:18
117.   Just fair
111 Are you with Ponson?
2008-06-19 10:53:53
118.   monkeypants
104 Or do you let him walk as a FA and take the draft picks? Unless one thinks he would retire after next season.

101 Lack of production in the OF is going to be tough to correct next year. Abreu's numbers are good, but 114 OPS+is not really an impact corner OF. Melky may continue to develop but no one expects him to put up impact numbers; Gardner is probably not going to be much of a power hitter; Damon will not hit 140 OPS+ next year (hell, we'd be very lucky if continues this year). And your correct that Matsui does not look like he handle starting in the OF full time.

2008-06-19 10:54:31
119.   mehmattski
Just a beer with lunch, guys. Life is good as a grad student in the summer....

If it's a one-run game and Farnsworth comes in... then I might have another. Or three.

2008-06-19 10:55:16
120.   RIYank
Maybe Molina can play the OF.
2008-06-19 10:55:42
121.   Yankee Fan In Boston
119 If it's a one-run game and Farnsworth comes in... then I might have another. Or three.

heck, that's when you switch to whiskey.

2008-06-19 10:56:32
122.   Rob Middletown CT
110 Or being all that good if he does come back.

118 If there are impact OF bats to be had, ok. If not, upgrade where you can. Tex & CC = upgrades in run prevention.

2008-06-19 10:56:35
123.   monkeypants
110 That's the more interesting question, especially if Matsui stays, because then you pretty much need to start Giambi at 1B, which makes other move (Tex) more difficult.
2008-06-19 10:57:33
124.   Rob Middletown CT
Wow, an 8-pitch PA from Molina? I almost don't care he struck out.
2008-06-19 10:58:08
125.   OldYanksFan
Actually a 1 year contract at $13m is relatively attractive. I bet this year's Mets would take a JD a $13m.

Problem is Ajax/Tabata are not ready for 2009. Gardner is a nice 4th OFer, but with Melky in the OF, I think our other 2 must be strong with the bat.

If we can find an Abreu type salary dunp, great. But its hard to trade for a Brian Giles type without giving up a bunch of kids.

JD will be 36 entering 2010. Unless he plans on retiring, he will be motivated to have a good contract year in 2009.

2008-06-19 10:58:26
126.   mehmattski
Banks looks pretty legit, at least from what I've seen today. Better than your average URP.
2008-06-19 10:59:23
127.   RIYank
125 The Mets might, but the market will be very limited.

Any international prospects in the outfield? Who's the next Fukudome?

2008-06-19 10:59:33
128.   Yankee Fan In Boston
126 i just checked to see if he was available in my fantasy league. he looks really good today.
2008-06-19 10:59:35
129.   monkeypants
125 If he has a limited NTC, what are the limitations. the Mets might take Johnny, but would he take them?
2008-06-19 11:00:16
130.   Rob Middletown CT
123 Hmm. If they get Tex, I'd let Giambi walk. Matsui is steadier.
2008-06-19 11:00:59
131.   Just fair
That 1st inning is growing more and more annoying with each succesive zero on the board.
2008-06-19 11:01:35
132.   Rob Middletown CT
Well, at least he's up to 50 pitches...
2008-06-19 11:02:15
133.   RIYank
132 Yeah, I'm eager for the bullpen.
2008-06-19 11:02:47
134.   monkeypants
125 Just curious, why is Gardner a "nice 4th OF." I mean that seriously. What position does he play? If it's CF, I am not sure he couldn't replace Melky, depending on how each develop this year.

That said, your main point is a good one--it would be tough to have Melky and Gardner in the same OF.

2008-06-19 11:03:48
135.   dianagramr
Checking in from work here, listening to mlb.com's audio feed (SD's Jerry Coleman .... as I can't deal with Sterling/Waldman).

I haven't come up with any song parodies today (yet).

2008-06-19 11:04:11
136.   Rob Middletown CT
133 Flipside is that Joba's thrown ~50 pitches too...
2008-06-19 11:04:30
137.   monkeypants
130 However, when do the Yankees have to exercise the option? is there any time for them to sign FAs before his last year kicks in?
2008-06-19 11:04:52
138.   Rob Middletown CT
I hate "in play, no out." I really do.
2008-06-19 11:05:21
139.   Rob Middletown CT
137 I've no idea. Good question.
2008-06-19 11:05:28
140.   Yankee Fan In Boston
great play/throw by bobby bag o' donuts to keep him to a single.
2008-06-19 11:07:15
141.   dianagramr
Mariners fired their manager today .... and Sexson and Vidro about to be released.

(I wonder if Ichiro would be willing to come to NY)

2008-06-19 11:07:23
142.   Rob Middletown CT
Everything to Gonzalez is away. I take it they don't think Joba can put 95 mph heat past him inside?
2008-06-19 11:07:32
143.   RIYank
Now that wasn't a pitch-around, but Joba was much too careful with A-Gon. DAMN.
2008-06-19 11:08:34
144.   Rob Middletown CT
I would like to see a few more curveballs.
2008-06-19 11:08:40
145.   RIYank
142 You know, he's been getting calls on questionable pitches on that side of the plate, I wonder if Molina is trying to take advantage of that?
2008-06-19 11:09:19
146.   mehmattski
Please stay away from Richie Sexson. Resist the urge, Cash. Please.
2008-06-19 11:09:46
147.   Rob Middletown CT
145 Ah. I suppose that makes sense. Still, if every single pitch is away, the batter can figure that out...
2008-06-19 11:09:50
148.   mehmattski
Is Joba afraid of Tony Clark or something?
2008-06-19 11:10:15
149.   pistolpete
Um, how about RUNNING for the ball, Johnny?
2008-06-19 11:10:34
150.   Rob Middletown CT
In play, run(s). Fuck.
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2008-06-19 11:10:38
151.   RIYank
Ouch.
2008-06-19 11:11:18
152.   pistolpete
Gonna be one of those games. Joba will give up 2-3 runs but we won't score any.
2008-06-19 11:11:26
153.   RIYank
That's two doubles on loopy flies! I hate that.
2008-06-19 11:12:14
154.   dianagramr
152

We can score when we want to ....

(you know the rest)

2008-06-19 11:12:42
155.   Rob Middletown CT
153 Except, of course, when they're OUR loopy flies (Betemit's double last night, for instance). Then they rock.
2008-06-19 11:13:27
156.   Shaun P
144 All those fastballs in a row . . . I know its his best pitch but sheesh, mix it up a bit.
2008-06-19 11:14:01
157.   RIYank
Oh, nice.
The slider is definitely his out-pitch today.
2008-06-19 11:14:06
158.   pistolpete
Guess Gonzalez doesn't subscribe to the Joe Maddon theory of coming home...
2008-06-19 11:14:21
159.   Rob Middletown CT
I like "in play, out(s)" much better. So much better. Especially when the out is not "productive."
2008-06-19 11:14:36
160.   mehmattski
I'm sure the San Diego radio programs and tabloids will be all over their star player for not plowing over the catcher. Right?
2008-06-19 11:14:47
161.   OldYanksFan
If the Yanks don't take Giambi's option and don't offer arb, then he becomes a FA. I think the date is between Mid Dec to early Jan.
2008-06-19 11:14:54
162.   monkeypants
I guess in addition to bad pitching, defense, and hitting, the Padres also don't run the bases well. This explains their record huh?
2008-06-19 11:15:33
163.   Rob Middletown CT
Yay.
2008-06-19 11:15:34
164.   RIYank
Ah.
Well, that could have been a lot worse.
Odd Innings Good; Even Innings Bad.
2008-06-19 11:15:37
165.   Yankee Fan In Boston
162 the yankee D, damon's stroll in the park aside, has been great today.
2008-06-19 11:15:42
166.   mehmattski
New Theory: Joba has problems with even-number innings. Next inning will be 10 pitches again.

This theory may or may not have any relationship to whether the Padres best hitters are batting....

2008-06-19 11:16:57
167.   Rob Middletown CT
71 pitches through 4. If he's reasonably efficient from here on out, he can go 6. 7 is unlikely.

So, like, score some runs guys.

2008-06-19 11:17:00
168.   Yankee Fan In Boston
166 ...but the 8th inning is even...
2008-06-19 11:19:09
169.   OldYanksFan
Joba so far: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 71 pitches. I think he is being a little too careful and needs to come at the batters more.
2008-06-19 11:22:25
170.   Yankee Fan In Boston
why is it that i find myself hoping that giambi's baseball cards next year feature the mustache?
2008-06-19 11:23:07
171.   mehmattski
170 They still make baseball cards?
2008-06-19 11:23:16
172.   Shaun P
Hmm . . . is Josh Banks an URP? Maybe being an URP is like throwing a no-hitter: if you mention that the pitcher is an URP, he starts giving up runs?
2008-06-19 11:23:26
173.   RIYank
Good job. Giambi works his Magnetic Magic (tm).
2008-06-19 11:23:54
174.   RIYank
172 He's not, though. He's kind of heralded, isn't he? Look at his ERA.
2008-06-19 11:24:03
175.   Just fair
Can these Guys please envsion Wakefield on the mound. Please.
2008-06-19 11:24:12
176.   Rob Middletown CT
Gameday thinks Banks threw a 70mph slider. That sounds unlikely to me...
2008-06-19 11:24:25
177.   Yankee Fan In Boston
171 i know. i don't even buy them, but i imagine some kid opening up his pack to find this random wilford brimley lookalike in there. for some reason, it fills me with hope for the future.
2008-06-19 11:25:13
178.   mehmattski
176 I think it was a knuckleball.
2008-06-19 11:25:23
179.   Rob Middletown CT
Meh.
2008-06-19 11:25:37
180.   mehmattski
177 I think it would be funny enough if his Gameday picture had the stache next year.
2008-06-19 11:25:46
181.   Rob Middletown CT
178 That's what I was thinking.
2008-06-19 11:26:09
182.   RIYank
Grrrrr.
Still a decent chance of getting Banks out of there before the seventh inning.
2008-06-19 11:27:16
183.   monkeypants
I'm just amazed that Sterling hasn't started his "you just can't predict baseball" shtick yet.
2008-06-19 11:27:16
184.   Rob Middletown CT
182 I would much prefer they start pounding Banks, and then pound the bullpen for good measure. Again, I'm greedy.
2008-06-19 11:28:36
185.   Rob Middletown CT
Woah. Missing badly (according to Gameday).
2008-06-19 11:28:42
186.   RIYank
184 Sure. But, given that they can't hit Banks at all, I'm looking forward to his departure.
2008-06-19 11:29:46
187.   RIYank
Uh.
Where was ball one???
2008-06-19 11:29:48
188.   Rob Middletown CT
Yay. Hey, a curveball. Emphasis on ball, unfortuntely.
2008-06-19 11:30:22
189.   RIYank
See what I mean about him getting the calls on the outside part of the plate, or maybe just off?
2008-06-19 11:30:40
190.   Rob Middletown CT
Wierdness going on with the balls & strikes locations on Gameday. Ball two looks better than strikes 1 and 2...
2008-06-19 11:30:45
191.   RIYank
Where the hell was ball two???
Jesus.
2008-06-19 11:30:58
192.   Just fair
I got my secondary education in an Irish Bar.
-David Cone
2008-06-19 11:31:03
193.   mehmattski
Kay and Flaherty are bickering about Fordham.

Cone: Hey guys, we've got a game going on here! I got my education in a Second Avenue Irish Bar!

2008-06-19 11:32:32
194.   rbj
Well I'm off to the dentist. Shouldn't have any cavities I've been brushing and flossing.
2008-06-19 11:32:36
195.   Just fair
Molina was set up inside on the 2-2 pitch. Joba's fastball drifted basically right down the middle fooling the dummy ump. Now he walks him. Crap.
2008-06-19 11:32:36
196.   RIYank
Dammit. He owned Gerut in the first two at-bats.
2008-06-19 11:33:12
197.   Rob Middletown CT
Bah, walked him.

Fordamn again? Wasn't that yesterday's pointless pissing match?

Thumbs up to Coney. He's getting funnier.

2008-06-19 11:34:19
198.   Shaun P
191 Yep.
2008-06-19 11:34:24
199.   Rob Middletown CT
A DP grounder would really rock here.
2008-06-19 11:35:02
200.   Yankee Fan In Boston
199 if this works, you are my hero.
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2008-06-19 11:35:12
201.   Rob Middletown CT
I'll take the K, mind you ;)
2008-06-19 11:35:21
202.   RIYank
199 Though the K is nice, too.
2008-06-19 11:35:26
203.   mehmattski
All right, need a quick third out and then Joba can see the sixth.
2008-06-19 11:36:03
204.   mehmattski
203 Thank you kindly.
2008-06-19 11:36:05
205.   Rob Middletown CT
200 Heh. I suck at calling things. Check that. I suck at calling good things. I'm pretty good at knowing Kyle is about to give up runs...
2008-06-19 11:36:34
206.   Yankee Fan In Boston
205 you were only off by 1 pitch, though.
2008-06-19 11:36:44
207.   Rob Middletown CT
SWEET, a 1-pitch out. Just what he needed there. One more inning for Joba, I figure.

Kudos, mehmattski.

2008-06-19 11:37:10
208.   RIYank
Hmmm.
Rob, I'm sorry, someone has to tell you. We're benching your predictions in favor of Mehmattski. You know, it's just for the good of the team.
2008-06-19 11:37:58
209.   Rob Middletown CT
208 Toughest job a poster at the Banter has, right?
2008-06-19 11:38:24
210.   Just fair
52 strikes. 36 balls. 60%
Joba's gotta do better than that. I'll take 1 run over 5 innings, of course.
2008-06-19 11:38:55
211.   mehmattski
Bah. Warning track power.
2008-06-19 11:39:19
212.   mehmattski
210 7 Ks in 5 innings is pretty sweet too.
2008-06-19 11:40:29
213.   mehmattski
Ah, the old "run your hands up a bunt then pull back and watch a called strike" play from Melky.
2008-06-19 11:41:18
214.   Just fair
212 Indeed. Let's just change his 3 walks to k's and give him an even 10. : )
2008-06-19 11:41:26
215.   Rob Middletown CT
Again, I'd like to see more curveballs (2-3 of them so far, unless I missed some). And theoretically he has a change, but I don't think I've ever seen it.
2008-06-19 11:41:50
216.   Rob Middletown CT
Hmm, another good PA by Melky. He hit some balls hard yesterday. I think he's coming out of it.
2008-06-19 11:42:26
217.   mehmattski
215 He threw the change twice in the sixth inning in his last start. First one was in the dirt, then Posada immediately called for another one, which was a called strike.
2008-06-19 11:43:16
218.   Just fair
Hey, Melky can go feet first.
2008-06-19 11:43:23
219.   Rob Middletown CT
217 Ok. More please :)
2008-06-19 11:43:42
220.   monkeypants
Soooo....when is the PH for Molina time? Is the 5th too early, with a man on base? Or wait for the 7th/8th?
2008-06-19 11:43:50
221.   Yankee Fan In Boston
218 brilliant.
2008-06-19 11:44:21
222.   Rob Middletown CT
220 Is Matsui available to PH? If not, no point in PHing for Molina.
2008-06-19 11:44:30
223.   mehmattski
Melky makes some noise on the bases!
2008-06-19 11:45:02
224.   Rob Middletown CT
Attaboy, Melk.
2008-06-19 11:45:22
225.   monkeypants
222 Yes indeed he is, according to Mats via Pete Abe.
2008-06-19 11:46:21
226.   Rob Middletown CT
Wow, Melky and Molina account for a good % of Banks' pitches.
2008-06-19 11:46:47
227.   Just fair
Padres 1. Melky 1.
2008-06-19 11:47:01
228.   mehmattski
A manufactured run! Say it ain't so!
2008-06-19 11:47:18
229.   Yankee Fan In Boston
molina & melky: getting things done.
2008-06-19 11:47:19
230.   Sliced Bread
Jose "Lord Of The Sac Flies" Molina!
2008-06-19 11:47:40
231.   monkeypants
Well done, bottom-of-the-line-up!

Of course, now Sterling is proclaiming him a "very good situational hitter." That's high praise...almost as good as Cairo (the best .200 hitter...)

2008-06-19 11:47:58
232.   Yankee Fan In Boston
230 spit take. thanks.
2008-06-19 11:48:19
233.   Yankees Brasil
Nice to see them making it happen at the basepaths.
2008-06-19 11:48:26
234.   Rob Middletown CT
Hey, he got the run in from 3rd w/1 out. Given his abilities, I'm happy. I'm happier he's chewed through ~15 pitches from Banks. If I were a Padres fan, I'd be really frustrated by Melky and Molina causing my pitcher so much trouble.
2008-06-19 11:48:58
235.   Rob Middletown CT
231 The best .230 hitter, you mean.
2008-06-19 11:49:09
236.   Yankee Fan In Boston
231 well, not all at bats come in situations. at times you are in a situation when you come up to bat and other times no situation exists. the man knows what he's driveling about.
2008-06-19 11:49:16
237.   Just fair
230 Don't forget Piggy, who might be taking the conch vs. the Mets.
2008-06-19 11:50:11
238.   Yankee Fan In Boston
237 ponson?
2008-06-19 11:51:38
239.   mehmattski
236 If a man strikes out without a situation, did he still hurt the team?
2008-06-19 11:52:41
240.   Just fair
338 yes.
2008-06-19 11:53:00
241.   monkeypants
239 Well strikeouts are always bad, and being indicative of weak moral character, have the potential to infect the whole team. So, yes.
2008-06-19 11:53:13
242.   Yankee Fan In Boston
239 a question that has plagued man since the beginning of time. only sterling knows for sure.
2008-06-19 11:53:37
243.   monkeypants
240 Whoa, that's heavy, man.
2008-06-19 11:54:46
244.   pistolpete
What took you so long, Mariners?
2008-06-19 11:55:15
245.   RIYank
The slider for the K, again.
But this is surely the last inning for the Jobmeister.
2008-06-19 11:56:09
246.   dianagramr
239

If Ponson falls on the mound, and there's no one there (willing to) pick him up, does he still suck?

2008-06-19 11:56:43
247.   RIYank
Hey, a curve for a K!
2008-06-19 11:56:52
248.   Rob Middletown CT
Has he thrown his curve for a strike yet? Hrm.

It woulda been nice if the offense put up 10 runs so he could tinker.

2008-06-19 11:57:10
249.   Rob Middletown CT
LOL! Just as I type it...
2008-06-19 11:57:17
250.   pistolpete
Aw, c'mon Joe. One more out?
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2008-06-19 11:57:54
251.   Yankee Fan In Boston
246 if ponson knocks out an aruban judge and no one is there to hear it, is ponson still a useless signing?
2008-06-19 11:58:02
252.   Rob Middletown CT
100 pitches exactly. Seems a tad dogmatic...
2008-06-19 11:59:31
253.   Just fair
Clap. Clap. Clap.
Well that was fun to watch. I begged and pleaded my sister to try and get tickets for the Pittsburgh series next week. She has searched high and low, but no luck. Any one here going to Pittsburgh?
2008-06-19 11:59:35
254.   Eirias
Good thing Joba is the 8th inning guy, no?
2008-06-19 12:00:27
255.   mehmattski
Aww, he didn't scrape the foul line this time.
2008-06-19 12:01:06
256.   RIYank
254 We'd be down 6-1, though.
2008-06-19 12:01:54
257.   Eirias
252 I'll agree that it is rather dogmatic, and that the slippery slope argument is pretty specious. That said... the slippery slope argument.
2008-06-19 12:03:09
258.   Rob Middletown CT
Ok, offense. Your turn.
2008-06-19 12:03:38
259.   RIYank
I think I won't watch the eighth inning. It's already making me uncomfortable.
2008-06-19 12:04:54
260.   Yankee Fan In Boston
259 but you'll miss joba running in from the bullpen wearing a fake mustache and using the assumed name buster mccannon.
2008-06-19 12:06:44
261.   RIYank
Good.
Now let's chase Banks! I think he's tired.
2008-06-19 12:06:53
262.   Just fair
The ol' tomahawk chop trick. Leading with the knob. : )
2008-06-19 12:08:29
263.   RIYank
Come on, Bobby, time for a 10-pitch at-bat!
2008-06-19 12:09:27
264.   OldYanksFan
IF we score here and...
IF we keep the lead and win...
The official scorer CAN give the win to Joba.
Is that correct?
2008-06-19 12:09:40
265.   Eirias
This series is single-handedly going to boost the Yankees up the team SB ladder.
2008-06-19 12:09:57
266.   Just fair
The go-go-go Yankees. Very nice. Now drive him, Bobby.
2008-06-19 12:10:33
267.   Eirias
Everyone knows that we are doomed if Banks does the triple deke, right?
2008-06-19 12:11:06
268.   Just fair
264 My initial thought is no, because Joba did not finish the 6th.
2008-06-19 12:12:16
269.   pistolpete
Ok, that works. Fly ball or a base hit, Alex.
2008-06-19 12:12:42
270.   Yankee Fan In Boston
will they walk him?
2008-06-19 12:13:02
271.   Sliced Bread
Alex Rodriguez is a very strong hitter.
2008-06-19 12:13:11
272.   Yankee Fan In Boston
oh HECK yes.
2008-06-19 12:13:23
273.   mehmattski
Bank it!
2008-06-19 12:13:46
274.   pistolpete
269 Now steal second. Pour it on.
2008-06-19 12:14:41
275.   RIYank
269 Half credit!
2008-06-19 12:15:28
276.   RIYank
Uh, that wasn't clutch, because...
Hm.
2008-06-19 12:17:05
277.   Just fair
276 It's only the 6th, plus there was 1 out. Just kidding.
2008-06-19 12:17:55
278.   Yankee Fan In Boston
274 word.
2008-06-19 12:18:07
279.   Shaun P
Run! Run like the wind!

Have the Yanks stolen this many bases in a single game all year?

2008-06-19 12:18:19
280.   mehmattski
Steal third!
2008-06-19 12:19:17
281.   RIYank
Hm, the scorer's rule for determining the Winning Pitcher is 10.17.
It looks to me like Veras is in line to be the winning pitcher, though there is that rule that gives the Scorer leeway, intended (I think) for a situation in which the starter doesn't pitch enough innings.
In brief, I'm not sure.
2008-06-19 12:19:30
282.   mehmattski
279 Four SB yesterday and four against the twins on May 31.
2008-06-19 12:20:09
283.   RIYank
282 Gritty teams are a bad influence on us.
2008-06-19 12:20:55
284.   pistolpete
Cripes. Why has the 'stache forsaken us?

BTW, I'm thinking Mo's in for 1+ today

2008-06-19 12:21:39
285.   RIYank
This is a dumb move. I'm calling it.
2008-06-19 12:22:35
286.   pistolpete
How long before security goes down and wakes up the kid telling him to keep his feet off the wall?
2008-06-19 12:23:38
287.   RIYank
285 Shut up, you idiot.
2008-06-19 12:23:45
288.   dianagramr
282

Wow .... the ML record (since 1956) for most consecutive games with the same team stealing at least 4 bases is only 3. (Last done by the Marlins in 2003)

2008-06-19 12:26:02
289.   Travis08
264 281 The leeway is for assigning the win to a different relief pitcher than the one who would ordinarily get credit for the win. Say, if Joba left after 2 up 5-1, Ohlendorf gave up 3 in the 3rd, and Edwar pitched 3 shutout innings, the scorer could gave Edwar the win instead of Ohlendorf.

I'm almost positive that the starter can't be assigned the win unless he both leaves with the lead AND pitches at least 5 innings (4 in the case of a rain-shortened game).

2008-06-19 12:26:14
290.   pistolpete
Wow, who was it that said Veras was the new Proctor?
2008-06-19 12:27:41
291.   RIYank
290 I dunno, but I don't think Girardi had much of a choice. Veras only threw a few pitches in the sixth, after all.
2008-06-19 12:27:58
292.   RIYank
Oh, Christ.
2008-06-19 12:28:59
293.   mehmattski
290 He doesn't pitch nearly often enough to be hit with that title.

He's only thrown 2.2 innings the last week.

2008-06-19 12:29:06
294.   RIYank
Can we open the whiskey an inning early?
2008-06-19 12:29:40
295.   dianagramr
289

http://tinyurl.com/4yq7sa

2008-06-19 12:29:41
296.   Yankees Brasil
If only Veras could throw strikes.
2008-06-19 12:30:01
297.   Shaun P
294 A day without whiskey is like a day without sunshine?

282 288 Thank you!

2008-06-19 12:30:10
298.   Yankee Fan In Boston
294 if i had some handy, i would've cracked it open in the 4th.
2008-06-19 12:32:05
299.   mehmattski
294 1:30 PM is too early, but 3:30 is fine? ;-)

Wait till next inning. You'll be glad you did.

2008-06-19 12:33:07
300.   Yankee Fan In Boston
299 Wait till next inning. You'll be glad you did.

uh oh. that sounds a little too prophetic for my taste.

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2008-06-19 12:33:08
301.   ChrisS
296 Ask an ye shall receive.
2008-06-19 12:33:09
302.   RIYank
Come on, Jose. I don't think Geras has actually made contact today!
2008-06-19 12:35:26
303.   RIYank
Sigh.
2008-06-19 12:35:36
304.   Yankee Fan In Boston
[gulp]
2008-06-19 12:35:42
305.   Rob Middletown CT
Jose does not like contact.
2008-06-19 12:35:51
306.   RIYank
Our Win Expectancy is 75%. I feel a little better knowing that.
2008-06-19 12:36:26
307.   RIYank
305 And Jody Gerut does not like to swing. Interesting combination.
2008-06-19 12:36:42
308.   Eirias
Whiskey at 3:35 in the afternoon, on a Thursday? No comment. (As I sit with an Ayinger in my hand)
2008-06-19 12:36:44
309.   RIYank
Whew.

Good job, Jose!

2008-06-19 12:36:48
310.   Yankee Fan In Boston
easy. no sweat. what were you people worried about?
2008-06-19 12:36:59
311.   Just fair
It's beneficial that the Padres are not very good.
2008-06-19 12:38:23
312.   Eirias
Look at it like this: by walking Gerut to face Gonzalez, Veras has nigh guaranteed that Mo will not have to face anyone named Edgar.
2008-06-19 12:38:37
313.   Yankee Fan In Boston
as someone who once ran a small chain of used cd stores, i am ashamed that it took me until the 7th inning stretch to pick up on this post's title's pun.

well played, cliff.

2008-06-19 12:38:39
314.   Just fair
308 As my Grandma and countless other have said, "It's gotta be 5:00 somewhere."
2008-06-19 12:38:49
315.   RIYank
If we don't score, and then... uh... the inevitable move is made... the bourbon is coming out, for sure.
2008-06-19 12:39:05
316.   cult of basebaal
oh you doubting thomases ... see? there was nothing to worry about all along!

and now nice mr farnsworth will be along shortly to pitch in the eighth and get the ball to mariano.

what could possibly go wrong?

2008-06-19 12:40:17
317.   RIYank
316 You should star in a horror movie.
2008-06-19 12:40:47
318.   Eirias
317 Don't go in there!
2008-06-19 12:40:54
319.   Shaun P
OK, NOW is the time to pinch hit for Molina, right?
2008-06-19 12:41:05
320.   Raf
So, who gets the 8th? Traber to face the lefties? Mo for two? I don't trust Farns to face Giles & Gonzalez

Anyone warming in the pen?

2008-06-19 12:41:47
321.   Yankee Fan In Boston
320 they just showed farnsworth. i wish i was messing with you.
2008-06-19 12:42:18
322.   RIYank
We all knew. Deep down.
2008-06-19 12:43:20
323.   Just fair
As I was going over the far famed Yankee Stadim
I met with captain Farsworth and his homers he was counting.
I first produced my pistol, and then produced my rapier.
Said stand and deliver, for I am a bold banterer,
musha ring dumma do damma da
whack for the daddy 'ol
whack for the daddy 'ol
there's whiskey in the jar
2008-06-19 12:43:24
324.   Rob Middletown CT
I've got, that sinking feeeeeling...
2008-06-19 12:43:27
325.   Yankee Fan In Boston
molina will launch a bomb into the bullpen, through the netting and into farnsworth's skull.
2008-06-19 12:44:05
326.   mehmattski
See, we can hit our own dinky doubles!
2008-06-19 12:44:19
327.   Rob Middletown CT
Holy shit. Pinch run?
2008-06-19 12:44:21
328.   RIYank
I just hate those bloop doubles! Like I said.
2008-06-19 12:44:24
329.   cult of basebaal
319 no, now is the time to pinch RUN for molina!
2008-06-19 12:44:42
330.   Rob Middletown CT
Hmm, according to Gameday, ball 1 was right down the middle.
2008-06-19 12:44:51
331.   RIYank
327 I say yes, Joe says no :-(
2008-06-19 12:45:00
332.   monkeypants
[320[321 Sterling is in the process of justifying the move.

Meanwhile Waldman just gushed that Molina "knows who he is" and that's why he's so good.

2008-06-19 12:45:49
333.   monkeypants
329 You just don't understand this thee catcher thing, do you?
2008-06-19 12:46:24
334.   cult of basebaal
oh fer fuck's sake joey joe joe, molina's slow than the passing of seasons, why the hell isn't AG on 2nd right now? why else are you carrying 3 FUCKING catchers????
2008-06-19 12:46:50
335.   dianagramr
312

ummm ..... Mariano has only faced 2 currently active players named Edgar (Renteria and Gonzalez)

(yes, its slow at work)

2008-06-19 12:47:04
336.   Yankee Fan In Boston
a pinch runner would've been standing on 3rd.
2008-06-19 12:47:12
337.   Just fair
A right fielder with range. Intersting concept.
2008-06-19 12:47:51
338.   RIYank
I have a feeling. Bryan Corey will be told, "You have to get Abreu, we don't want A-Rod up in this situation." And Bobby will get at least one fat pitch.
2008-06-19 12:48:08
339.   dianagramr
337

Abreu has range ... of motion.

2008-06-19 12:48:09
340.   Rob Middletown CT
Jeter, this is Mr. Corey. You are better than him. Much, much better. Treat him accordingly.
2008-06-19 12:48:14
341.   Shaun P
This 3 catcher thing is madness personified, if up a run in the 8th inning with a Molina on second base, there is no pinch runner in for that Molina.

Aren't the Molinas widely recognized as the slowest family in all of baseball history? Cripes.

2008-06-19 12:48:43
342.   RIYank
336 But with two outs, so maybe no big deal.
2008-06-19 12:48:43
343.   monkeypants
334 You see, you can't PR for Molina because then you would have to use Moeller, then you wouldn't have a BUC in case the game to extra innings or there is an injury, unless you use Posada, but then you lose the DH. Got it.
2008-06-19 12:49:22
344.   Eirias
335 Exactly. However, as noted in yesterday's discussion, hitters named Edgar are batting 520/.586/.880 against Mo.
2008-06-19 12:49:33
345.   Yankee Fan In Boston
341 lombardiesque speed.
2008-06-19 12:50:01
346.   RIYank
338 Oh. I forgot about Jeter. Ooops.
2008-06-19 12:50:09
347.   Just fair
339 He might have one in his kitchen as well. : )
2008-06-19 12:50:15
348.   Raf
342 Two outs, but with your best hitters. Don't know why AG isn't in there, ESPECIALLY since this was one of the reasons he was called up.
2008-06-19 12:50:30
349.   Rob Middletown CT
2-0, Jeets. Put the next one in the seats.
2008-06-19 12:51:00
350.   Shaun P
346 Whiskey open early in the 8th? ;)
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2008-06-19 12:51:37
351.   dianagramr
More Mariano fun facts:

Ray Durham is a lifetime 0-for-26 against Mo, but has only struck out 3 times.
The Pods Tony Clark is the next career longest 0-fer amongst active players (0-10)

2008-06-19 12:51:41
352.   Rob Middletown CT
350 Facing a Farnsworthless 8th requires fortification, in advance.
2008-06-19 12:51:46
353.   RIYank
And I wish that we could see
Oh I wish that we could see
How I wish that we could seeeeeee....
Bryan Corey!
2008-06-19 12:52:59
354.   RIYank
Okay, maybe Bryan is thinking now what I was suggesting earlier... But if so, his control is really, really bad.
2008-06-19 12:53:13
355.   Yankee Fan In Boston
here's that talk about getting abreu...
2008-06-19 12:53:40
356.   cult of basebaal
343 well, i assume that's the "logic" that joey joe joe is "using", but frankly, how much do you lose if jorge has to become the DH? it's a pitcher's bat vs the "bats" of molina or moeller.

whereas i'd say a 2 run lead going into next inning is a very big deal

just poor analysis of risk v reward

2008-06-19 12:54:44
357.   dianagramr
Bryan Corey has been secretly replaced by Dr. Irwin Corey.
2008-06-19 12:54:47
358.   Eirias
351 Actually, per Travis08 yesterday, all hitters named Ray are .000/.000/.000 against Mo, in 29 PA. 26 of which are Ray Durham.
2008-06-19 12:54:50
359.   Yankee Fan In Boston
338 there was the meatball.
2008-06-19 12:55:07
360.   Just fair
Cue Kay b/c it's 3 and 2.
Now this gives the Yankees a bit of an advantage.
CRAP;
2008-06-19 12:55:08
361.   mehmattski
Ugh.... pass the highball glass, please.
2008-06-19 12:55:14
362.   RIYank
Well, he did get a pretty fat pitch. But he swung through it. 88 mph fastball waste high...
2008-06-19 12:55:28
363.   Rob Middletown CT
Crap, Bobby. Well, the pinch running thing is moot.
2008-06-19 12:55:50
364.   Yankee Fan In Boston
the ominous shot of farnsworth leaving the bullpen was chilling.
2008-06-19 12:55:59
365.   RIYank
I have the ice right here, if anyone needs some.
2008-06-19 12:56:06
366.   Yankees Brasil
THis is not gonna end up well.
2008-06-19 12:56:21
367.   monkeypants
[356[ I was being sarcastic, of course. I would have PH for Molina in the 5th inning (and if not, then this inning), despite what Sterling says about how great he is.
2008-06-19 12:57:07
368.   Yankee Fan In Boston
361 don't waste a glass or the time it takes to pour. swig it straight from the bottle. this could be a long afternoon.
2008-06-19 12:57:11
369.   Rob Middletown CT
Farns vs. the Padres best hitters. Woohoo.
2008-06-19 12:57:14
370.   monkeypants
367 I'm gonna get that [no.] thing right one of these days.
2008-06-19 12:57:42
371.   Shaun P
Hey, Farnsworth saved a run one read the other night, how badly could this go?
2008-06-19 12:57:59
372.   RIYank
367 Suzyn says this proves either that you don't know who you are, or that you don't know who Molina is, or else that Molina doesn't know who you are. She's not sure which.
2008-06-19 12:58:02
373.   Eirias
And It Begins.
2008-06-19 12:58:44
374.   Sliced Bread
Kyle gets Giles to serve up a can o' corn...
1 away
2008-06-19 12:58:45
375.   Eirias
1 for 1.
2008-06-19 12:58:47
376.   Rob Middletown CT
373 ...well.
2008-06-19 12:59:07
377.   Shaun P
Anyone also "watching" any of the other afternoon games? That's all I'm going to say.
2008-06-19 12:59:33
378.   RIYank
Our Win Expectancy is 76% (without the Farns Factor).
2008-06-19 12:59:55
379.   Raf
364 Oy... What's the point in calling up a lefty if you aren't going to use him?

366
Farnsworth, 2008.

RHB as RH: .296/.333/.521
LHB as RH: .313/.414/.688

2008-06-19 13:00:01
380.   Rob Middletown CT
I'll take a single there.
2008-06-19 13:00:09
381.   RIYank
Bottoms up!
2008-06-19 13:00:26
382.   Sliced Bread
shit. singleberry.
2008-06-19 13:00:32
383.   mehmattski
377 Brewers are batting now, will switch back once Farnsworth gives up a homer in 3.... 2....
2008-06-19 13:00:40
384.   RIYank
Now it's 72%.
For some reason this comforts me. I apologize if it bothers anyone.
2008-06-19 13:00:48
385.   Just fair
Farsny can't suck ALL the time. I'm ready to give him a pat on the back for a job well done. I do wonder if he ever learned to count 1,2,3 as a kid.
2008-06-19 13:00:52
386.   Shaun P
Farnsworth's picture on Gameday makes me think "big goofy dork". Everyone likes big goofy dorks. Something good has got to come out of this.
2008-06-19 13:01:27
387.   cult of basebaal
377 that's about as unlikely as they come, if it happens
2008-06-19 13:02:04
388.   ChrisS
Farnsworth in the 8th has to stop.
2008-06-19 13:02:13
389.   Rob Middletown CT
385 That's dangerous thinking you're doing there. This kind gentleman from Homeland Security would like to speak with you...
2008-06-19 13:02:17
390.   Sliced Bread
nice, F'wacker..
one more
2008-06-19 13:02:21
391.   RIYank
Atta Farns!
Tony Clark worries me, however.
2008-06-19 13:03:02
392.   monkeypants
372 Brilliant!!!
2008-06-19 13:03:03
393.   Raf
385 He doesn't suck all the time, just most...
2008-06-19 13:03:27
394.   RIYank
Damn, he's throwing hard.
My stomach is clenched hard, too.
2008-06-19 13:03:32
395.   Just fair
389 I am not, nor have I ever been a member of the Communist party.
2008-06-19 13:04:02
396.   mehmattski
All right, not bad. Now to randomly watch the Blue Jays....
2008-06-19 13:04:07
397.   RIYank
YAHOOOOO!
2008-06-19 13:04:11
398.   Yankee Fan In Boston
who woulda thunk the drinks in the 8th would be celebratory ?!?
2008-06-19 13:04:16
399.   Sliced Bread
two k's, a hit, and a can o' corn. Well done, F'wacker.
2008-06-19 13:04:27
400.   Raf
Props. Joe G. is a genius :)
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2008-06-19 13:04:35
401.   Rob Middletown CT
Hmm. High leverage situation + Farnsworthless = success. Does not compute...
2008-06-19 13:04:40
402.   ChrisS
388 but after his 2 Ks, he's just cemented his position as the 8th inning guy. If there was any doubt, I mean.
2008-06-19 13:04:42
403.   Just fair
Long live the Farns...
Credit when credit's due and all that nonsense.
2008-06-19 13:05:50
404.   Rob Middletown CT
I think Girardi has thus far shown that he's willing to use Veras and Farnsworth interchangeably.
2008-06-19 13:05:53
405.   mehmattski
396 Damn. I always tune in right as they fail...
2008-06-19 13:06:03
406.   Raf
401 On back to back days, mind you...
2008-06-19 13:06:21
407.   RIYank
This is why Farns in the eighth is such an experience. If he sucked all the time, it would just be pathetic. Instead it's always an adrenaline rush.
2008-06-19 13:07:20
408.   dianagramr
Prince Fielder hit an inside-the-park homer today .... quite an image.
2008-06-19 13:07:42
409.   Rob Middletown CT
408 Was he rehabbing in little league or something?
2008-06-19 13:08:03
410.   RIYank
Lyle Overbay.

I wish Mattpat were here. He must have enjoyed the Farns show, and he's one of Lyle Overbay's biggest fans.

2008-06-19 13:08:36
411.   Shaun P
408 I believe that's his second of the year, as crazy as that sounds.

So much for Bush's no-no in Brewtown.

2008-06-19 13:09:11
412.   Rob Middletown CT
Speaking of other teams... WTF, White Sox?
2008-06-19 13:09:50
413.   Raf
411 Yep, the other was hit in Minnesota
2008-06-19 13:10:59
414.   Rob Middletown CT
The stach is losing its mystique and aura. Giambi needs to hit the strip clubs and reload...
2008-06-19 13:11:30
415.   dianagramr
So Fielder has an many inside-the-park homers this year as Andruw Jones has total homers for the year. Interesting.
2008-06-19 13:11:38
416.   ChrisS
The 'stache needs to be recharged. The magic ain't there today.
2008-06-19 13:13:35
417.   RIYank
From the ridiculous to the sublime...
2008-06-19 13:13:55
418.   Yankee Fan In Boston
414 a-rod was turning the key in his ignition before you finished typing that.
2008-06-19 13:14:08
419.   Just fair
407 That has Mountain Dew commercial written all over it.
FWIW, how come a game with 3 runs and 10 hits is 3+ hours? Oh well.
2008-06-19 13:14:43
420.   Rob Middletown CT
Ok, Mo against the Padres 7-8-9 hitters. Images of hot knives slicing through butter dance in my head.
2008-06-19 13:15:25
421.   mehmattski
419 8 walks?
2008-06-19 13:15:54
422.   RIYank
There's that dubious outside strike call again! Not complaining.
2008-06-19 13:16:12
423.   Rob Middletown CT
421 And 8 pitchers, right?
2008-06-19 13:16:18
424.   Yankee Fan In Boston
419 the melky and molina at bats.
2008-06-19 13:16:53
425.   ChrisS
6 pitches to put away Hairston? Ferchrissakes.

I don't know about this guy.

2008-06-19 13:18:17
426.   Eirias
How does he do this? It is just absurd.
2008-06-19 13:18:21
427.   Rob Middletown CT
3-2 on both Hairston and Greene. Not vintage...

But I'll take the 2 ks.

2008-06-19 13:18:36
428.   RIYank
425 And you can just cut and paste that one again, changing the name.
2008-06-19 13:19:23
429.   ChrisS
427 According to gamecast he hasn't missed the strikezone yet.
2008-06-19 13:20:05
430.   ChrisS
nasty, just nasty.
2008-06-19 13:20:11
431.   Yankee Fan In Boston
it is a privilege to watch this man work.
2008-06-19 13:20:12
432.   nick
Mo looking fresh!
2008-06-19 13:20:35
433.   mehmattski
Seven Straight!

There are still spots left on the bandwagon! Everybody on!

2008-06-19 13:20:39
434.   Yankees Brasil
Give me Mo!
2008-06-19 13:20:40
435.   RIYank
Goddam. He does it again. Too fucking much.
2008-06-19 13:20:52
436.   Rob Middletown CT
Mo's k:bb ratio this season is 13:1.
2008-06-19 13:21:18
437.   Eirias
And the new watermark is FIFTEEN strikeouts.
2008-06-19 13:23:51
438.   RIYank
Too bad Joba couldn't get the W. But thank god Farns got the H.
2008-06-19 13:25:12
439.   Yankee Fan In Boston
438 someday you will tell your grandchildren that you witnessed this event.
2008-06-19 13:26:30
440.   Shaun P
I LOVE the NL!
2008-06-19 13:28:36
441.   Rob Middletown CT
440 So does the entire AL.
2008-06-19 13:33:12
442.   rbj
Dang, looks like I missed an exciting end to the game, I left when it was 1-0. My dentist appointment was for 3 pm, didn't get into the chair until 3:45. Just a cleaning and no cavities.

The air's getting pretty rarefied here at 7 games over .500. Gonna need an oxygen mask soon.

2008-06-19 13:35:43
443.   RIYank
442 Melky walked, stole second and third, scored on Molina's sac fly. The real excitement was Farns for the eighth. (He was strong, actually.) Then we got dessert, Mo striking out the side in order in the ninth.

Glad to hear about the lack of cavities :-)

2008-06-19 13:40:38
444.   dianagramr
Remember how the Blue Jays had been no-hit through 7, losing 8-0. And it was 8-1 in the top of the ninth?

Its now 8-7 with two out in top of 9th.

2008-06-19 13:42:58
445.   RIYank
Whooooaaaaa. Check that out.
2008-06-19 13:43:43
446.   RIYank
A Joe Inglett grand slam! But here's Torres for the save...
2008-06-19 13:44:01
447.   Yankee Fan In Boston
442 muhammad ali would be proud.

http://tinyurl.com/3gmq36

2008-06-19 13:44:20
448.   dianagramr
445

Yeah, "mighty Joe" Inglett (he of 21 HRs in 2,400 career minor league ABs) cracked a GS.

2008-06-19 13:45:30
449.   RIYank
And the tying run is on!!!
2008-06-19 13:45:56
450.   dianagramr
Barajas legs out infield single!
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2008-06-19 13:46:25
451.   RIYank
What, pinch running for the catcher in a close game?? Why would anyone do that?
2008-06-19 13:47:24
452.   Shaun P
444 And all with 2 outs! Mattpat's favorite player, Lyle Overbay, started it with a 2 run HR.
2008-06-19 13:48:24
453.   RIYank
No comeback.
2008-06-19 13:48:33
454.   dianagramr
Torres nails it down.
2008-06-19 13:51:00
455.   RIYank
Well, this has been a good afternoon for baseball fans.

See you all tomorrow!

2008-06-19 15:47:16
456.   OldYanksFan
Oakland loses a squeaker 2-1.
We are in 2nd place in the WC, 3 behind TB.
Maybe we are NOT a .500 team?
2008-06-19 18:08:08
457.   JL25and3
452 I prefer to think of him as a mathematical formula: Lyle/Bay

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