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Right Man for the Job
2008-07-30 09:07
by Alex Belth
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C'mon, Meat.  Keep your wits about you and John Blaze your way through the O's.

Time for a win.

Let's Go Yan-Kees.

Comments (249)
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2008-07-30 09:19:37
1.   Shaun P
Sarfate - URP? Or exploitable "new" starter? (He's never started a game in the majors before, though he was primarily a starter in the minors until sometime in 2006; he started only 1 games in the minors in 2007.)

Patience today, hitters, please?

2008-07-30 09:20:35
2.   Alex Belth
I want the Yankee Bomb Squad out in full force today.

Beat down.

2008-07-30 09:27:47
3.   Start Spreading the News
Yanks have to win today. Boston has Beckett pitching and Toronto has a rookie going today. So it figures to be a day where both those teams win.
2008-07-30 09:37:11
4.   Just fair
I can't help but wonder if Joba will be effectively wild vs. some of the O's hitters today. If you know what I mean.
2008-07-30 09:39:02
5.   Start Spreading the News
3 By Toronto pitching a rookie, I meant that Tampa will win.
2008-07-30 09:48:20
6.   RIYank
From TampaBay.com:
"With a report of Pittsburgh that the Pirates are "deep into trade talks" with the Rays and unnamed other teams about OF Jason Bay, Rays manager Joe Maddon sounded optimistic this morning and said there now was a "solid 50-50" chance the Rays would be active before Thursday's 4 p.m. deadline for nonwaiver deals."

Whoa. With Bay, the Rays are fo' real.

2008-07-30 09:49:16
7.   RIYank
4 Ugh. Just what we need, Joba suspended and missing a start so that Daniel Cabrera gets a message.
Yuck.
2008-07-30 09:53:39
8.   Alex Belth
I think it's a good test to see what kind of pitcher Joba really is. His job is to go out and shut the O's down. Anything else is extra. If they have a 7-0 lead and he wants to throw at the O's, that's one thing. But first things first.
2008-07-30 09:59:06
9.   Just fair
4 Not necessarily drilling anyone. But batters don't have much to worry about vs. Moose and Rasner. Make Huff or Millar move their feet, that's all I want to see.
2008-07-30 10:04:05
10.   cult of basebaal
9 i think millar is first in line ... no headhunting, just a pitch inside to back him off and get him thinking. no more of this away, away, crappy hanging breaking ball bullshit.
2008-07-30 10:04:14
11.   Sliced Bread
I want the third baseman to brutalize these dirty stinkin' birds!

(no animals were actually harmed during the posting of this comment)

2008-07-30 10:09:58
12.   Just fair
That's gotta be an error.
2008-07-30 10:10:00
13.   Yankee Fan In Boston
settle down, big fella. strikes.
2008-07-30 10:10:17
14.   RIYank
Ugh.
Outs would also be nice.
2008-07-30 10:10:37
15.   RIYank
12 It's an error.
2008-07-30 10:10:50
16.   Yankee Fan In Boston
14 baby steps, RI.
2008-07-30 10:11:40
17.   RIYank
That's more like it.
2008-07-30 10:11:41
18.   cult of basebaal
worth a read:

http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2008/07/comeback_this_season_looks_unl.html

short version, CMW is unlikely to be back this season, JD feels pain in his shoulder whenever he throws and thinks the shoulder will bother him all season.

2008-07-30 10:11:48
19.   Yankee Fan In Boston
there we go. it's on.
2008-07-30 10:14:14
20.   RIYank
The curve!
2008-07-30 10:15:21
21.   RIYank
All on you, Robinson. Dammit.
2008-07-30 10:15:41
22.   Sliced Bread
ugh! cheap run.
dirty stinkin' birds, crappin' in our cage.
2008-07-30 10:16:12
23.   williamnyy23
More lackluster play leads to another deficit. Cano turned a routine play into a baserunner and now not only are the Yankees behind, but Joba has thrown an extra 10 pitches.
2008-07-30 10:16:28
24.   SF Yanks
Question: is Joba considered an ace already or is it too early to tell?
2008-07-30 10:16:36
25.   RIYank
He's getting very good calls (not accurate, I mean favorable) on that pitch inside to righties. Same spot, outside to lefties it's called a ball.
2008-07-30 10:17:21
26.   RIYank
24 Officially, I'd say Too Early to Tell.
But just between you and me, yeah, ace.
2008-07-30 10:18:07
27.   Sliced Bread
great throw by Joba there off the bunt.

Now commence with the stompin', damnit!

2008-07-30 10:19:52
28.   ms october
18 does the long version have any good news? :}

23 i'm not sure that was routine - a play he should have made and nomrally does - but not routine per se

2008-07-30 10:19:54
29.   Sliced Bread
24 I already regard him as our ace, but might be premature to label him that.
2008-07-30 10:21:59
30.   ms october
one good sign - jeter walked
2008-07-30 10:22:22
31.   williamnyy23
6 That Bay rumor would make the Rays a lot stronger.
2008-07-30 10:26:22
32.   RIYank
Ha!!!
2008-07-30 10:26:35
33.   Just fair
Hey, a team heartbeat is shown. : )
2008-07-30 10:26:36
34.   ms october
yes - nice get that run back plus one early
2008-07-30 10:27:30
35.   williamnyy23
O'Neill sounds just like Keith Hernandez in saying he loves to see hitters look to the opposite field with men in scoring position when you need a run. Somewhere weeping isn't weeping.
2008-07-30 10:27:35
36.   cult of basebaal
don't look now, but Lemmiwinks is starting his patented 2nd-half surge.
2008-07-30 10:27:38
37.   Yankee Fan In Boston
that slide was so nice.
2008-07-30 10:27:43
38.   RIYank
We've forgotten all about HA! this year. Maybe we need some HA!
2008-07-30 10:29:36
39.   ms october
38 the big lug does - oyf please give jason a pep talk - he may be pressing a bit chasing that ball
2008-07-30 10:29:41
40.   RIYank
Jason is in a mini-slump.
2008-07-30 10:29:56
41.   Sliced Bread
c'mon, Robbie. Pick up that ribeye.

2-0 count

2008-07-30 10:31:54
42.   RIYank
RBI Cano!
Not exactly how I'd envisioned it.
2008-07-30 10:32:07
43.   Sliced Bread
hardy har har...

3-1.

Tanks, boids.

2008-07-30 10:32:35
44.   cult of basebaal
41 the RIPPER strikes fear into the hearts of lesser men ... and quirozes, too!
2008-07-30 10:32:53
45.   Yankee Fan In Boston
i feel bad for the rookie pitcher there (from queens and making his debut in yankee stadium), but i think i can get over it.
2008-07-30 10:33:53
46.   RIYank
Oh, no RBI for the passed ball. But it would be with a WP, right?
2008-07-30 10:37:48
47.   rbj
Dang work is keeping me from keeping track of the game.
2008-07-30 10:38:42
48.   cult of basebaal
hey, how about that ... pitch millar inside and THEN go away ... whattya know, it worked.
2008-07-30 10:38:44
49.   ms october
sit down millar. thankfully somebody - namely the ace gets millar out
2008-07-30 10:39:46
50.   RIYank
What? Where was that ('ball two')??
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2008-07-30 10:40:24
51.   Just fair
Hey, that X-file tune I have been hearing after k's is actually the P.C. Richard whistle. So there ya' go.
2008-07-30 10:40:48
52.   RIYank
Slider seems to be the Out Pitch today.
2008-07-30 10:43:21
53.   williamnyy23
Small sample size, but Nady hasn't had many good swings.
2008-07-30 10:43:41
54.   Shaun P
I'll be a bit happier when there is a "1" in front of that "3" in the runs column.

But 3 is a nice start, especially for the ace.

2008-07-30 10:44:00
55.   RIYank
53 I'll say.
Is it just the unfamiliar AL pitchers?
2008-07-30 10:45:11
56.   cult of basebaal
yay, the pop out twins! well, at least we'll clear the pitcher's spot this inning ...
2008-07-30 10:45:20
57.   Sliced Bread
Oof, is Nady going all (as Cliff says) Craig Wilson on us?
2008-07-30 10:46:37
58.   cult of basebaal
57 yes, absolutely, 12 at bat sample size be damned ...
2008-07-30 10:47:12
59.   Just fair
Fell into a rhythm or fell into the Yanks 7,8,9 hitters. I'll guess the latter. crap. Xavier should, ah, do better than pop on a 2-0 pitch.
2008-07-30 10:47:46
60.   Shaun P
57 Let's hope not.

55 I think he might be pressing a bit.

2008-07-30 10:48:59
61.   RIYank
Sliders, please!
2008-07-30 10:49:41
62.   williamnyy23
Did Cano miss his wake up call today?
2008-07-30 10:49:44
63.   Just fair
That too should be an error. But that's just me.
2008-07-30 10:49:54
64.   RIYank
Ugh.
2008-07-30 10:50:36
65.   Yankee Fan In Boston
here's where robbie turns the unassisted triple play.
2008-07-30 10:50:59
66.   RIYank
Yay, sliders!
2008-07-30 10:51:55
67.   RIYank
There it is again.
Joba keeps getting the strike call on inside pitches to righties.
2008-07-30 10:54:19
68.   Just fair
Markakis would make a nice replacement for Abreu.
2008-07-30 10:56:25
69.   williamnyy23
Bad defense has been killing the Yankees all season. Today it's Cano, who usually is a positive contributor, but tomorrow it will be someone else.
2008-07-30 10:57:36
70.   RIYank
Am I right that Joba's slider is unhittable today? I guess he's having a little trouble throwing it for a strike so he's waiting to get ahead in the count.
2008-07-30 10:58:52
71.   cult of basebaal
joba doesn't seem to be climbing the ladder enough on the FB today ... and he's throwing a metric fuckton of pitches ... 52 through 3. ugh.
2008-07-30 10:59:59
72.   RIYank
71 Too many pitches, but not exactly his fault. If not for Cano's fielding, he'd be at about 40.
2008-07-30 11:00:17
73.   williamnyy23
71 You can blame that on Cano. He is responsible for at least 15 of them. 52 pitchers for 3 2/3 is actually not that bad.
2008-07-30 11:00:37
74.   Yankee Fan In Boston
71 the good news is that the O's pitcher has to be nearing that number, too... if this turns into a battle of the bullpens, the yankees would (hopefully) have the advantage.
2008-07-30 11:01:12
75.   weeping for brunnhilde
Hey, Team!

We're going to win today.

Joba's going to grit this one out for us.

Mark my words.

2008-07-30 11:02:21
76.   williamnyy23
74 But, Joba against Sarfaty should not have to be a battle of the bullpens. This offense had better get going or 8 games against Anaheim and Texas could get ugly.
2008-07-30 11:02:40
77.   RIYank
Three BB and a HR would be nice. Preferably in that order.
2008-07-30 11:03:18
78.   williamnyy23
75 Welcome...see 35 .
2008-07-30 11:03:24
79.   Yankee Fan In Boston
76 i'm not saying that was the ideal situation, but it may be what this boils down to.
2008-07-30 11:03:48
80.   RIYank
Right, we should have an advantage with the bullpens, but not as big an advantage as we ought to have with Joba vs. Sarfate. So, it's an okay fall-back, but not what we're looking for.
2008-07-30 11:04:28
81.   williamnyy23
Baltimore did a great job with the Bedard and Tejada deals.
2008-07-30 11:04:38
82.   cult of basebaal
well, at least it wasn't a DP ...
2008-07-30 11:05:04
83.   RIYank
Hm.
Derek hasn't actually made contact with a pitch today.
2008-07-30 11:05:32
84.   williamnyy23
82 Sadly, I've been thinking the same thing after lots of Jeter ABs.
2008-07-30 11:07:08
85.   Just fair
Hey, Bobby. Word.
2008-07-30 11:07:14
86.   RIYank
Sweet as candy!
2008-07-30 11:07:15
87.   Sliced Bread
my impression is that Joba lost faith in the defense early, and is going for ks.
he's gotten squeezed on a couple lower corner pitches to righty hitters.
He's still learning. That's why I think the ace label may be premature. True aces are more efficient. Know when to mow 'em down, know when to induce contact. Joba's not there yet, ya know?

Oh, strong, Bobby! nice!
I fuggin' love when Bobby exhibits power.

2008-07-30 11:07:32
88.   ms october
dhing seems to suit bobby
2008-07-30 11:07:51
89.   RIYank
It's a Three True Outcomes inning for the Yankees!
2008-07-30 11:07:54
90.   Yankee Fan In Boston
77 pretty close.
2008-07-30 11:08:15
91.   alittleblackegg
81 Yep! Especially if they flip George Sherill for something good soon.

Abreu's looking good!

2008-07-30 11:08:17
92.   cult of basebaal
36 like i said, patented 2nd-half surge ...
2008-07-30 11:08:37
93.   RIYank
89 There goes that.
2008-07-30 11:11:58
94.   williamnyy23
87 Joba definitely has to learn efficiency, but if he stays healthy, I am 99.44% confident he will be an ace. Considering all the hype, many people seem to feel that Joba is overrated, but I don't think most people realize how important he is going to be to this team's future.
2008-07-30 11:12:40
95.   RIYank
So, maybe we can combine an early bullpen face-off with a comfortable lead?
2008-07-30 11:15:46
96.   RIYank
Wow. Starting him off with three curves makes that heater awfully strong. And then another curve for the out!
2008-07-30 11:16:17
97.   RIYank
Hey, how often do we manage to get five runs on two hits???
2008-07-30 11:20:39
98.   Sliced Bread
94 yeah, Joba projects to be an ace. There should be no question about that. I'm just not comfortable with the label yet.
He's all raw talent and heart right now. It's easy to imagine him becoming a completely lights out pitcher when he's more experienced.
2008-07-30 11:23:09
99.   williamnyy23
How bout a hard hit groundout, Xavier?
2008-07-30 11:24:30
100.   RIYank
That inning was fast. Looks like the arrival of the relievers was delayed by an inning on both sides.
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2008-07-30 11:26:12
101.   Sliced Bread
honestly, I'm more excited to watch Joba throwing, than I am to watch the Yankees hit.
When was the last time we had a starter like that?
Kid's our pride and joy.
2008-07-30 11:27:36
102.   Schteeve
Can't call Joba the ace yet, but he sure looks good. That Boston game impressed the hell out of me. As does, ya know, the sub 3 ERA.
2008-07-30 11:28:03
103.   Sliced Bread
uch, that PC Richard whistle is intrusive.

What's next? the Afflack quack after every out?

2008-07-30 11:28:46
104.   pistolpete
How does FoxSports.com still not have a mugshot of Joba?
2008-07-30 11:29:27
105.   SF Yanks
101 I'm like that with all the rookies (Joba, Phil, IPK)
2008-07-30 11:29:56
106.   cult of basebaal
101 i'm thinking of this thin fella from louisiana ...
2008-07-30 11:30:41
107.   Schteeve
The only PAs I enjoy regularly are A-Rod's and Giambi's.
2008-07-30 11:31:01
108.   rbj
Damn this work thing is really interfering. I left when it was 3-1, now it's 5-2?!
2008-07-30 11:32:32
109.   pistolpete
I really love that Job's walks have been slowly dissipating from start to start. I remember the first few outings were a little rough in that department; now he's got none through 5.

Sweet.

2008-07-30 11:32:34
110.   JL25and3
101 , 106 You're not counting Scott Kaminiecki?
2008-07-30 11:33:05
111.   williamnyy23
105 I looked forward to Phil's starts too, but IPK's outing inspired a touch of dread.
2008-07-30 11:33:11
112.   JL25and3
*Kamieniecki
2008-07-30 11:34:37
113.   Yankee Fan In Boston
103 wait... my speakers are off here at work, but is YES intentionally adding sound effects to the audio, or is this somebody in the stands? they've sold strikeout rights? jeez...
2008-07-30 11:37:38
114.   Sliced Bread
113 I think it's every out by the away team, not just strikouts.
Pretty sure I heard it on a ground out last inning.
It's just intrusive. Why would the Yanks subject their fans to that noise? I mean how much could they be making on that?
Hopefully it will go away, but things like that don't usually go away, not fast enough.
2008-07-30 11:37:39
115.   unmoderated
103 113 is that what that is? i heard it last night, had no idea what it was.
2008-07-30 11:38:21
116.   williamnyy23
If you boil this game down, the Yankees have had three good swings. Luckily, they produced 3 runs. With Nady not exactly looking like a difference maker, the pressure is going to rest on the shoulders of Damon, Arod, Giambi, Abreu and Cano.
2008-07-30 11:38:28
117.   Sliced Bread
113 and I don't think it's a YES thing. I think it's played throughout the Stadium.
2008-07-30 11:40:45
118.   pistolpete
117 Wow, I'd surely have to wear plugs. Where's the tie-in, by the way, from outs in a ballgame to an electronics store?

At least the Sterling-read 'Geico' spots have the whole '15 out/ 15 minutes' thing happening, as awful as they are.

2008-07-30 11:42:00
119.   ChrisS
116 "With Nady not exactly looking like a difference maker"

It's still way too early, but I'm not surprised.

This team will need a lot of help over the off-season even if the rest of this season plays out better than the first half.

2008-07-30 11:43:49
120.   ChrisS
117 From Kepner in the times: "Since the All-Star break, every time a Yankees pitcher records a strikeout, the P.C. Richard whistle plays over the loudspeakers as part of a sponsorship deal."
2008-07-30 11:45:14
121.   Sliced Bread
wait, has it gone away already?

I miss it!

please! bring back the PC Richard whistle!

2008-07-30 11:46:02
122.   pistolpete
120 Sounds like a Costanza deal.
2008-07-30 11:46:46
123.   Sliced Bread
From Tyler Kepner yesterday:

SPONSORING STRIKEOUTS The Yankees are not selling the naming rights to their new stadium, but they have found a way to sell plays on the field. Since the All-Star break, every time a Yankees pitcher records a strikeout, the P.C. Richard whistle plays over the loudspeakers as part of a sponsorship deal.

2008-07-30 11:46:49
124.   Yankee Fan In Boston
120 [etc.] that is sad.
2008-07-30 11:47:21
125.   Sliced Bread
122 heh. exactly!
2008-07-30 11:48:22
126.   Sliced Bread
120 oops. thanks. I was looking it up as you posted that.
2008-07-30 11:49:55
127.   rbj
It'd be better if instead of PC Richards, it was a bowling ball company sponsoring the strikeouts.
2008-07-30 11:52:22
128.   weeping for brunnhilde
78 Cheers, William!

How 'bout that Joba, eh?

What'd I say!

2008-07-30 11:52:35
129.   Just fair
Hey check out 51
2008-07-30 11:54:21
130.   ChrisS
The Alex and Abreu show.

If Abreu has a second half like he did last season, the Yankees are going to have a hard time not picking up his option, regardless of the cost.

2008-07-30 11:55:29
131.   JL25and3
The PC Richard isn't a good harbinger of what it'll be like in the new Stadium.

That's why the payroll that's coming off the books is, in part, a red herring. Their gross receipts are going to go through the roof next year.

2008-07-30 11:55:31
132.   standuptriple
130 Hey, Bobby likes the DH. Who wouldn't (besides Giambi)?
2008-07-30 11:57:22
133.   cult of basebaal
Lemmiwinks and the Grand Adventure of the Contract Push ...coming soon to a television near you!
2008-07-30 11:57:29
134.   Schteeve
The Yankees are awesome at stranding leadoff XBHs.
2008-07-30 11:57:43
135.   Just fair
Ah, baseball.
2008-07-30 11:57:55
136.   Yankee Fan In Boston
alex's reaction was hilarious there.
2008-07-30 11:58:06
137.   pistolpete
131 Yeah, I shudder at what else is to come.
2008-07-30 11:58:42
138.   Schteeve
Hey look! Giambi went the other way. That's two days in a row! Someone call Weeping.
2008-07-30 12:00:14
139.   Schteeve
Holy crap, Giambi just went first to third on a single?? But, but, I thought he was a baseclogger?
2008-07-30 12:00:35
140.   rbj
Does Gamechannel have it correct, Giambi went first to third on a single?
2008-07-30 12:00:55
141.   rbj
139 Jinx
2008-07-30 12:01:11
142.   Just fair
Runs on the board will put everyone in a better mood. So says master of the obvious.
2008-07-30 12:01:14
143.   williamnyy23
The X-man lives!
2008-07-30 12:01:19
144.   cult of basebaal
what'd i tell ya, 12 at bats and i knows he's teh suck. i don't need to sees no more ...
2008-07-30 12:01:25
145.   Yankee Fan In Boston
nady for MVP.
2008-07-30 12:01:43
146.   Schteeve
This is turning into a feel good game.
2008-07-30 12:03:14
147.   ChrisS
119 See? Too soon.
2008-07-30 12:05:26
148.   pistolpete
First IBB ever for Melky? Quick, someone look it up.
2008-07-30 12:05:43
149.   ChrisS
146 I have that feeling with all Joba games. One more K and he hits 100 on the season.

Wow, Melky didn't hack away at the first pitch he saw.

2008-07-30 12:06:12
150.   rbj
Via Peter:
JORGE POSADA UPDATE, 2:53 p.p.

Posada had his surgery this afternoon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Dr. David Alcheck performed the procedure, which repaired his labrum and capsule damage. It will be 4-6 weeks before he can begin light exercises. The usual recovery time for these surgeries is a minimum of six months.

Get well ASAP, Jorge.

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2008-07-30 12:06:17
151.   JL25and3
139 He's only a baseclogger when he gets those damn walks.
2008-07-30 12:06:43
152.   ChrisS
148 7th career and 4th this year(!)
2008-07-30 12:07:22
153.   JL25and3
152 That's what happens when you bat in front of Jose Molina or Brett Gardner.
2008-07-30 12:07:33
154.   pistolpete
152 Whou'da thunk?
2008-07-30 12:09:40
155.   doslobo38
Regarding Abreu's second half push if my numbers are right he is hitting around .395 with a .500 OBP since the all-star break. I hope he can keep it up!
2008-07-30 12:09:59
156.   pistolpete
Start the carousel!
2008-07-30 12:14:18
157.   seattleyank
So Joba's probably done, right? No need to drive up his pitch count now that the lead is this big.
2008-07-30 12:15:05
158.   pistolpete
157 Hard to say. BP's looked a little shaky this past week.
2008-07-30 12:17:19
159.   seattleyank
Yeah, but if they can't hold a seven run lead with three to play then they've got serious problems.
2008-07-30 12:17:44
160.   Sliced Bread
whoa! Edwar Scissorhands!
2008-07-30 12:17:52
161.   monkeypants
Great. Let's see how long the inevitable suspension lasts.
2008-07-30 12:18:03
162.   williamnyy23
MLB needs to pass a rule requiring the umpires to huddle before throwing out a pitcher for throwing at hitters.
2008-07-30 12:18:25
163.   Yankee Fan In Boston
dang. i missed it.
2008-07-30 12:19:08
164.   monkeypants
By the way, I believe that Edwar gets credited with a "hold." If so, that is some consolation...
2008-07-30 12:19:35
165.   cult of basebaal
wha? what? what happened with edwar?
2008-07-30 12:19:42
166.   Sliced Bread
for those who missed it, Edwar's first pitch sailed over Millar's head, and he was ejected.
2008-07-30 12:19:45
167.   ChrisS
Retarded. The Yankees must lead the league in having pitchers ejected for not actually hitting batters.
2008-07-30 12:19:45
168.   seattleyank
What the hell just happened?
2008-07-30 12:20:12
169.   pistolpete
Ok, someone want to describe the ejection for us internet folk...?
2008-07-30 12:20:46
170.   pistolpete
166 Was there something earlier in the game that I missed? Warnings?
2008-07-30 12:21:20
171.   cult of basebaal
on field delay? now what???
2008-07-30 12:21:39
172.   Yankee Fan In Boston
170 arod got plunked last night.
2008-07-30 12:21:49
173.   Travis08
153 FWIW, all 5 of Melky's intentional walks this year have come when batting before Jose Molina. The 3 in 2006 preceded at-bats by Randy Johnson, Miguel Cairo, and Craig Wilson.
2008-07-30 12:22:42
174.   monkeypants
167 They certainly lead the league in pitchers suspended for missing batters.
2008-07-30 12:23:18
175.   pistolpete
Did Girardi argue at all?
2008-07-30 12:24:16
176.   Yankee Fan In Boston
175 he came out and talked to the umps.
2008-07-30 12:25:54
177.   Sliced Bread
this umpiring crew isn't down with the warning thing.
If they see something they don't like (intent) they give you the thumb.
As O'Neill noted on the umpteenth replay, Edwar didn't flinch after he got the boot.

Not much noise out of Millar either. He looked toward Edwar, but didn't challenge.

Girardi did a lot of barking. Nothing more to see here.

2008-07-30 12:27:24
178.   ChrisS
Despite the walk, if there's one thing about Robertson, it's that when he's on, he can pound pitches into the same spot repeatedly. His precision is top notch.
2008-07-30 12:35:29
179.   ChrisS
177 Of course he didn't challenge, Edwar is a beanpole, but Richie Sexson was inching towards the mound.

http://wwwimage.cbsnews.com/images/2008/05/09/image4085202.jpg

2008-07-30 12:36:23
180.   Sliced Bread
After Millar advanced to 2nd on the wild pitch, he and Jeter appeared to be discussing the incident. It didn't get hot, but they seemed to have more to say to each other than they usually might.
Wouldn't read too much into it. Jeter might have just been selling Millar an Edge or something.
2008-07-30 12:36:30
181.   pistolpete
Heh, who's the unlucky fellow on the bottom?
2008-07-30 12:38:02
182.   cult of basebaal
179 heh, that girardi's one sharp tactical cookie!
2008-07-30 12:38:34
183.   cult of basebaal
LEMMIWINKS!!!
2008-07-30 12:38:53
184.   Yankee Fan In Boston
somebody ate their wheaties.
2008-07-30 12:39:13
185.   Sliced Bread
Flex it Bobby!

Smooth easy swing, a no-doubter off the bat, just over the fence in right center.

2008-07-30 12:40:16
186.   Just fair
Belly to Belly. : )
2008-07-30 12:40:36
187.   Sliced Bread
Alex is also very strong.
Just planted one near Bobby's.
2008-07-30 12:40:49
188.   Yankee Fan In Boston
183 part of me wants to know why bobby abreu is being likened to the gerbil in a south park episode, but the rest of me enjoys the mystery.
2008-07-30 12:41:10
189.   cult of basebaal
BACK-TO-BACK!!!
2008-07-30 12:41:11
190.   pistolpete
Wow, judging by ESPN's GameCast, that ball landed at the top the black.
2008-07-30 12:41:48
191.   monkeypants
How many pitches did Marte throw yesterday? This might be a good game to get him back out there, build confidence, etc.
2008-07-30 12:42:10
192.   Sliced Bread
190 didn't make the black.
2008-07-30 12:42:38
193.   ChrisS
181 Kason Gabbard, formerly of the Boston Beaneaters, and traded to Texas for Gagne.

Could have used some of this offense the last three games.

2008-07-30 12:42:54
194.   rbj
191 27.
2008-07-30 12:43:51
195.   pistolpete
192 Well, I didn't think Sexson's single turned blue when it landed in the outfield either, but thanks. ;-)
2008-07-30 12:45:35
196.   Just fair
Ha. You guys gotta see this one. Real or no?
http://tinyurl.com/6344tc
2008-07-30 12:47:08
197.   Shaun P
You know, I forgot about this until a couple of days ago, but part of BP's "secret sauce" for determining who rocks in the playoffs is the normalized strikeout rate for the team's pitching staff.

Don't look now, but the bullpen is (outside of Giese) filled with guys who have ridiculous K/9 rates.

2 more runs and I'll be happy 54 . Err, 1 more run!

2008-07-30 12:47:34
198.   Yankee Fan In Boston
196 that's funny. i think he might be smiling at him in the video as well.
2008-07-30 12:47:41
199.   monkeypants
194 Well, maybe my idea is not so good. Is this Chuck Wagon's throw day? Is the lead Ponson-proof yet?
2008-07-30 12:48:12
200.   cult of basebaal
i for one welcome our new Nady overlords ...
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2008-07-30 12:51:19
201.   rbj
Gamechannel says Molina got hit. Was that pitcher ejected.
2008-07-30 12:51:24
202.   pistolpete
Good job, Castillo. Easiest out in our lineup and you hit him.
2008-07-30 12:51:57
203.   Yankee Fan In Boston
does justin christian kiss his bat every time he walks up to the plate?
2008-07-30 12:52:42
204.   YankeeInMichigan
199 My thoughts exactly. Farnsworth in the 8th, then send out Ponson for the 9th and DFA him afterwards.
2008-07-30 12:52:50
205.   Shaun P
201 No, and the crowd was very disappointed.
2008-07-30 12:52:51
206.   Yankee Fan In Boston
201 it looked like the pitch got away from him. it hit molina on the foot. he's still in the game.
2008-07-30 12:53:22
207.   Sliced Bread
201 with 1b open ,Molina got hit on his back foot. slider? no intent.
a groan from the crowd, but the umps just gave him the base. no warning, nothing more.
2008-07-30 12:55:02
208.   cult of basebaal
does anyone know if JC has played CF down in SWB? i can't really find any details on his MiL fielding except for OF.

If he can play a respectable CF, it's past time that he starts playing there, at the very least against LHP.

2008-07-30 12:55:33
209.   rbj
Thanks all. Gamechannel only say Molina HBP.
2008-07-30 12:58:09
210.   williamnyy23
Damn...all this time I thought the Jays were winning 3-2. It kind of sucks to come out of an Oriole series losing ground to the Rays.
2008-07-30 12:58:58
211.   YankeeInMichigan
208 I think Gardner was the center fielder.
2008-07-30 13:01:55
212.   YankeeInMichigan
I like the idea of 2 innings for Robertson. Then if Farnsworth gets through the 9th quickly, all except Robertson will be available tomorrow.
2008-07-30 13:02:59
213.   cult of basebaal
man ... welcome to the bigs, rook. that's now 2 homeruns given up in robertson's professional career ...
2008-07-30 13:03:35
214.   pistolpete
Wow, Castro?

Really?

2008-07-30 13:03:51
215.   Shaun P
Now that is the very definition of fluke: Juan Castro hitting a homer off David "only the 2nd HR I've given up in my professional career" Robertson.

208 No, but I have an idea on how to find out; I'll let you know.

2008-07-30 13:04:36
216.   cult of basebaal
c'mon fat hamster, time to go 4-for-4!
2008-07-30 13:05:45
217.   YankeeInMichigan
213 It was on his 38th pitch. I'll give him a pass there. He was taking one for the team.

Good to see him recover and get Mora. He wasn't going to go much above 40 pitches (he maxed at 45 against Texas on July 1).

2008-07-30 13:07:19
218.   cult of basebaal
216 you're dead to me now, lemmiwinks!
2008-07-30 13:08:31
219.   Shaun P
208 Christian has started in CF at least 14 times this year at AAA. At least, Chad Jennings has 14 different posts since the start of the AAA season in which the words "Justin Christian, CF" appear.

So there you go.

2008-07-30 13:10:12
220.   monkeypants
208 215 According to BB-reference (minor), Christian has played about one fourth to one-third of his OF games in CF. Whether he is any good out there I have no idea.

http://minors.baseball-reference.com/players.cgi?pid=2723

2008-07-30 13:10:15
221.   RIYank
I left for about 90 minutes. Obviously the results are very, very good. Was Joba outstanding from the fourth inning on?
2008-07-30 13:10:51
222.   cult of basebaal
219 cool, thanks. now we just gotta get joey joe joe to go along ...
2008-07-30 13:13:49
223.   cult of basebaal
weird ... i don't use gameday much, so i didn't notice it until now ... but in his gameday photo, dan giese looks eerily like the white mariano rivera ... same facial structure, same thin smile, same biggish ears ...
2008-07-30 13:16:54
224.   RIYank
I nominate 54 , by Shaun P, for Comment of the Game, to wit:

I'll be a bit happier when there is a "1" in front of that "3" in the runs column.

2008-07-30 13:17:09
225.   YankeeInMichigan
I'm surprised to see Giese. Just 2 days rest after throwning 65 pitches seems kind of brutal. I was expecting Farnsworth (1 day rest after 22 pitches). With Pettitte throwing tomorrow and Edwar, Veras and Mo all rested, I don't see keeping Farnsworth fresh as a priority.
2008-07-30 13:18:06
226.   YankeeInMichigan
225 ... especially against the low-PPPA Angels.
2008-07-30 13:19:10
227.   Shaun P
224 Thank you!

I am a bit happy right now.

2008-07-30 13:24:55
228.   RIYank
227 You have to follow it up next game, though, to be anointed Prophet.
2008-07-30 13:29:49
229.   trainwreck
You guys just traded for Pudge.
2008-07-30 13:31:30
230.   cult of basebaal
229 that's gonna require a source, sonny.
2008-07-30 13:32:05
231.   cult of basebaal
229 IROD for FARNSWORTH!!!!!!!!!!!!
2008-07-30 13:32:20
232.   trainwreck
On ESPNews, don't have any details up.
2008-07-30 13:32:45
233.   ny2ca2dc
231 no frigin way
2008-07-30 13:32:46
234.   cult of basebaal
231

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3511535

cue the theme to ALSO SPRACHT!!!

2008-07-30 13:33:12
235.   ny2ca2dc
OMG It's true!!!!!!!!!! HAHA: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3511535

Pudge for Farns!

2008-07-30 13:34:12
236.   ny2ca2dc
234 drat, I owe you a fanta.

Man, with Pudge as the starter and Molina as the backup, that's some death to opposing baserunners.

2008-07-30 13:34:34
237.   Yankee Fan In Boston
he's going to look good in the 'stripes.

wow.

for farnsworth?!?

wow.

2008-07-30 13:34:36
238.   williamnyy23
Kyle for Pudge...wow!
2008-07-30 13:35:41
239.   cult of basebaal
236 grape please!
2008-07-30 13:36:12
240.   Yankee Fan In Boston
his contract is up at the end of the season, too... draft picks, y'all.
2008-07-30 13:37:33
241.   bartap74
I think the Yankees just took the major league lead in future hall-of-famers.
2008-07-30 13:37:45
242.   ny2ca2dc
Wait a sec, shouldn't Pudge also be a Type-A FA at the end of the year? so let him leave, get some sweet picks. You've got to be kidding me with this deal. Boo Ya! Hell, if Pudge accepts arb, that's some nice JoPo insurance and/or a sweet BUC.

For Farnsworth! HA!

2008-07-30 13:38:41
243.   cult of basebaal
wow ... IROD ... he's like a jose molina who hits for average! not that i'm complaining, it improves the black hole at catcher ...
2008-07-30 13:38:43
244.   RIYank
Yoips.

How the hell did Cashman pull this one off???

Alex has a new thread just for this.

2008-07-30 13:39:17
245.   monkeypants
237 Wow. Wow again. I guess Farnsworth pitched himself into being worth something.

What is Pudge's contract status? Surely this is some sort of salary dump? Can you imaging a Pudge-Posada tag team next season?

Marte replaced Hawkins, so who replaces the Whacker? IPK and Ponson/Rasner to the pen? Melancon?

2008-07-30 13:40:00
246.   williamnyy23
Farnsworth's Yankees career is ironic. For the first seasons he was maddeningly inconsistent and generally below average at time when the Yankees desperately needed him. In fact, many pleaded for the Yankees to either dump him or give him his release. Then, Girardi comes on board and straightens him, but the bullpen as a whole strengthens around him, essentially making him a luxury, which ultimately allows the Yankees to trade for a catcher who is a huge upgrade over what they have!
2008-07-30 13:40:23
247.   JL25and3
Holy crap, what a coup. League-average offense this year, great defense, and can afford to lose Farnsworth. Pudge walks at the end of the year.

He might not be a type A free agent - he had a terrible year at the plate last year. But I'd think he'd be a type B, anyway.

2008-07-30 13:41:24
248.   yankster
I'm still sort of confused. This is amazing. The old Farnswacker for Pudge? He's been starting all the games for the Tigers, right?

So Molina is basically back to BUC and Moeller is what, a backup for third still? Or is he gone too?

Seriously - this is out of left field.

2008-07-30 20:17:23
249.   weeping for brunnhilde
248 WAIT, WHAT??????

I go away for a few hours and we're finally rid of Farns?

Is this true?

And for Pudge?

Really??????

Oh my God, amazing! We're finally rid of Farns and Pudge goes the other way!!!!

Two fucking birds, man, two birds!

Yayy!!!!!!!!

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