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Scooter Sunday
2007-09-23 08:49
by Alex Belth
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

After yesterday's marathon victory, Mariano Rivera told Pete Abraham, "That would have been a very bad game to lose, but it's a great game to win." Amen to that, especially with Dustin McGowan going today and A.J. Burnett pitching tomorrow. McGowan, coming off a strong start against the Red Sox, has been terrific in the second-half. However, with the Yankees' magic number down to three, even I'm not going to sweat too much today. The important thing is for everyone to remain healthy. It'll be nice to give Jeter, Rodriguez and Posada some rest later this week.

Damon and Melky will man the outfield today, while Godzilla is the DH. Posada and Giambi have the day-off, and so does Shel Dunkinuts. Mike Mussina is on the hill for the Yanks. It is a ridiculously beautiful day in New York. There is a pre-game ceremony honoring the Scooter this afternoon.

Let's hope fer good things all around and Let's Go Yan-Kees!

Comments (222)
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2007-09-23 09:10:19
1.   Mattpat11
Torre blames Farnsworth's outing on lack of work. I blame it on suck.
2007-09-23 09:11:50
2.   Mattpat11
YANKEES
Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abrreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Mientkiewicz 1B
Molina C
Mussina RHP (10-10, 5.01)

From Pete Abe.

2007-09-23 09:12:10
3.   Orly Yarly NoWai
How much does resting players matter now that there are forty thousand off-days during the playoffs?

/not happy about seeing Lackey every other day, or Sabathia + Carmona every day

2007-09-23 09:13:44
4.   Sliced Bread
Beautiful day indeed. Can't make 'em much better than this.

Gonna have to catch this one on the Lumpy & Chuckles Radio Show on the New York Yankees Radio Network.

Beach, boat, ice cream kinda day for the Sliced Bread family.

2007-09-23 09:16:56
5.   Sliced Bread
2 That's the kinda lineup that drives Yankee haters like Chris Russo nuts.

Giambi and Posada as pinch hit options. Almost isn't fair, except it is.

2007-09-23 09:17:05
6.   Mattpat11
There's a man in a Panama hat on the field.
2007-09-23 09:47:47
7.   Chyll Will
Murcer's story was lol funny. I wish we could've seen that.
2007-09-23 09:49:37
8.   Orly Yarly NoWai
A-Rod news:

http://www.nypost.com/seven/09232007/news/nationalnews/a_rod_agent__a_cub_cout.htm

Scott Boras is thinking about a 10-year, $30 million deal, backloaded. Fuck the heck?

2007-09-23 09:51:54
9.   yankeemonkey
8 If true, aren't Cubs and Boras in some serious trouble? Surely this would be a textbook case of tampering?
2007-09-23 09:53:44
10.   Chyll Will
8 setting parameters and start-points, i imagine.

Wow, Phil's buddies are in tears...

2007-09-23 09:59:57
11.   Chyll Will
9 What is the truth will be the arguing point from here to the signing.
2007-09-23 10:06:32
12.   rsmith51
I imagine that Bettimit will get some time this week, but it seems like he should be playing more if he is a going to be PHing.
2007-09-23 10:09:00
13.   yankeemonkey
A wonderful, touching tribute to the Scooter. Hopefully it won't throw a wrench into Moose's "routine."
2007-09-23 10:09:49
14.   rsmith51
Maybe they are seeing if this latest(first?) Minky run is a flash in the pan or something that they can count on.
2007-09-23 10:10:52
15.   rsmith51
Stupid officials in the Packer game!
2007-09-23 10:17:48
16.   rsmith51
Good test for Moose here. Interesting to see how he does.
2007-09-23 10:18:57
17.   Chyll Will
Okay, Moose needs to not be a hero today... >;)
2007-09-23 10:21:56
18.   yankeemonkey
Wonder what the Scooter would say about Reed Johnson's creepy chin-dwelling parasite?
2007-09-23 10:22:08
19.   fansince77
Oh snap...Moose looks pinpoint so far.
2007-09-23 10:22:58
20.   fansince77
Rios has got great balance at the plate
2007-09-23 10:24:41
21.   yankeemonkey
My god, Reed Johnson and McGowan must use the same facial hair stylist. Shudder.
2007-09-23 10:27:33
22.   yankz
Jeter loves this time of the year, I guess.
2007-09-23 10:27:40
23.   Chyll Will
21 Kay apparently agrees with you.
2007-09-23 10:42:28
24.   OldYanksFan
1 21.7% lack of work, 78.3% suck.
2007-09-23 10:43:25
25.   yankz
Fucking Pigpen.
2007-09-23 10:44:15
26.   fansince77
bad moose is back. 3 run spot vs mcgowan is going to be tuff.
2007-09-23 10:47:19
27.   yankz
"Fastball" coming in at <88 MPH
2007-09-23 10:47:29
28.   yankeemonkey
Moosescapades, Part III
2007-09-23 10:48:14
29.   OldYanksFan
I hate to admit it, but NOT worrying about the division and preping for the PS will bode much better for us in October.

Let's not be nuts. How many here REALLY thought at the ASB that we WOULD be playing in October?

Of course, Detroit and Seattle winning less then 90 games helped.

2007-09-23 10:52:28
30.   OldYanksFan
From MLB.com: "The Final Season," coming to a theater near you on October 12, is a film about the real-life magic of one small school's outstanding baseball team.
2007-09-23 10:55:12
31.   fansince77
Wow cano shows impatience...I'm shocked! He's maddeningly good!
2007-09-23 10:57:45
32.   fansince77
The bottom of our lineup is weak today. Be great to get 1 back here.
2007-09-23 10:59:57
33.   fansince77
just dont hit into a double play doug
2007-09-23 11:00:22
34.   fansince77
good job.
2007-09-23 11:01:37
35.   fansince77
Great result from this inning.
2007-09-23 11:09:53
36.   fansince77
WTF - my mlbtv just crapped!

anyone...anyone.

2007-09-23 11:11:00
37.   fansince77
That's Jeter's 197. LOVE IT!
2007-09-23 11:11:15
38.   BatgirlReneeNYC
Jeter just tied it up, Reed Johnson dropped the ball.
2007-09-23 11:16:39
39.   fansince77
Thanks Batgirl...Now all there is left to do is wait for the guys from Belvue to come with the straightjacket...I believe seven posts to yourself constitutes some sort of mental illness!
2007-09-23 11:17:44
40.   Max
36 Mine went AWOL for a while too, but it did come back to get the little jam shot single from Jeter. Johnson had it in his glove, but the ball fell out.

Off to enjoy a nice sunny day...don't think I can deal with another battle of the bullpens.

2007-09-23 11:18:05
41.   fansince77
Abreu's killing us lately!
2007-09-23 11:19:30
42.   monkeypants
Two good starts by Moose, but todays version of batting practice does not inspire confidence for the post season. I still might go with Hughes or even gamble with Kennedy over Mosse as play off starter #4.
2007-09-23 11:20:54
43.   Chyll Will
Jose Gunn!
2007-09-23 11:21:20
44.   rbj
Sweet!
2007-09-23 11:21:45
45.   rbj
So, bring back Molina next year as BUC?
2007-09-23 11:22:13
46.   BatgirlReneeNYC
39 You're welcome and LOL. If I see anyone from Belvue I'll send up a flare signal. Actually, I'm sure they'll take me away as well for being crazy enough to watch the last two marathon games as well as this one. haha
2007-09-23 11:22:25
47.   OldYanksFan
You simply can not make a more perfect throw then that. Excellent tag by the stick.
2007-09-23 11:22:35
48.   Chyll Will
39 It's a good thing.
2007-09-23 11:23:27
49.   OldYanksFan
45 100%
2007-09-23 11:25:40
50.   monkeypants
45 49 He's certainly miles better than the collection of clowns from the last few years.
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2007-09-23 11:29:04
51.   MainLineYankee
McGowan's pitch count is getting really high.
2007-09-23 11:31:12
52.   rbj
Awfully close there.
2007-09-23 11:33:26
53.   Schteeve
Cano singles to set things up for the thunderous part of the lineup!
2007-09-23 11:33:57
54.   fansince77
Umpire too anxious to make the out call...should have seen where the tag was. That's a safe call 8 out of ten times- hands were in first. Yes it was bang/bang.

BTW - Thought safe or out - thout Torre was little impatient there anyway...no reason to send AROD when McGOwan's pitch count is what it is. Let the guy struggle.

2007-09-23 11:35:25
55.   fansince77
Plus that throw out sets up for two probably scoreless innings with the back of the order coming up. Didn't like it at all.
2007-09-23 11:50:53
56.   OldYanksFan
TB up on the Sox 3-0 after 4.5 innings
2007-09-23 11:51:05
57.   yankz
OK Melky, getting a little ridiculous.
2007-09-23 11:51:11
58.   claybeez
Melky! I just don't get tired of seeing that.
2007-09-23 11:51:48
59.   OldYanksFan
Wow. Melkman does it again! His arm has saved a LOT of runs. A LOT!
2007-09-23 11:51:52
60.   Mattpat11
Did he even touch him?
2007-09-23 11:52:09
61.   fansince77
Melk! He was so safe...who cares...makes up for the AROD call at 2nd. Great sell by Molina...Actually makes up for the 1 hop catch by the centerfielder last series! It all evens out!
2007-09-23 11:56:41
62.   fansince77
Again- we just keep helping McGowan stay in the game...let him pitch! Let Molina hit!
2007-09-23 11:56:49
63.   OldYanksFan
ANOTHER 2 out RBI for TB. Now up 4-0!
It's 1/2 way Farnsproof.
2007-09-23 11:59:28
64.   fansince77
Now you can send Meindtidsficcz...Jeter can lead off next inning too.
2007-09-23 12:01:29
65.   rbj
63 Maybe 1/2 Farnsproof, but not TampaBayBullpenproof. Farns would be an upgrade there. IIRC, Yanks would be in first except for the Devil Rays bullpen blowing wins to Bahstan.
2007-09-23 12:02:39
66.   rbj
Gawd those Iggles throwback uniforms are ugly. More like throwup.
2007-09-23 12:03:48
67.   OldYanksFan
It's OK Bobby. We luv ya. Eat as many M&Ms as you like.
2007-09-23 12:03:52
68.   Mattpat11
That was a Kei Igawa curveball.
2007-09-23 12:10:39
69.   Mattpat11
75 through five for Mussina.
2007-09-23 12:14:26
70.   OldYanksFan
Crap. Big rally for Boston. Bases loaded, no out, 1 run in. 4-1., top of the 6th.
2007-09-23 12:18:42
71.   fansince77
That was a shitty at bat for Matsui.
2007-09-23 12:19:14
72.   OldYanksFan
One out, TB walks in a run. 4-2.
2007-09-23 12:19:49
73.   Mattpat11
Nancy walks a run in
2007-09-23 12:21:33
74.   fansince77
That's why Cano is maddeningly good! Gives up an at bat in the 2nd inning...duz that right there!
2007-09-23 12:22:08
75.   MainLineYankee
I guess McGowan is staying in until his arm falls off.
2007-09-23 12:22:27
76.   Mattpat11
coco rbi
2007-09-23 12:23:55
77.   Mattpat11
But no fear, John Switzer is in
2007-09-23 12:24:01
78.   fansince77
Wow the Rays REALLY SUCK!
2007-09-23 12:24:42
79.   fansince77
Great time for a squeeze!
2007-09-23 12:25:39
80.   Mattpat11
Hinske DP
2007-09-23 12:25:40
81.   OldYanksFan
DP in TB. Inning over. 4-3 TB up (by a thread)
2007-09-23 12:27:03
82.   fansince77
This run is big. That was only 1% Melk.
2007-09-23 12:29:48
83.   fansince77
suprised he didn't come home with that.
2007-09-23 12:30:10
84.   fansince77
oh my bad...missed it entirely.
2007-09-23 12:31:06
85.   fansince77
Gotta love Molina's approach- throw it- i'll swing. Nothing to lose.
2007-09-23 12:32:33
86.   OldYanksFan
Unfortunately Wake is out. TB will need 3 more runs to win this one.
2007-09-23 12:33:32
87.   OldYanksFan
I would be nice to score enough runs here to save MoJoViz for tomorrow.
2007-09-23 12:33:34
88.   fansince77
MNCSDFZ is just so charming lately. Midas touch.
2007-09-23 12:35:56
89.   OldYanksFan
TB with 1st and 3rd, 1 out.
2007-09-23 12:36:42
90.   fansince77
Moose hits 90. I love it I love it I love it. Sit down Stairs you thug!
2007-09-23 12:38:35
91.   OldYanksFan
TB bunts to 1st... Tavarez comes home. Safe!Still 1st and 3rd, 1 out. 5-3.
2007-09-23 12:38:58
92.   OldYanksFan
Moose with a quality start.
2007-09-23 12:42:18
93.   cult of basebaal
seriously, could the damn devil fishies just score about 1000 runs today, so even their bullpen can't blow another one to the goddamn sox?!?!?
2007-09-23 12:45:16
94.   RIYank
It's quiet at BB today, huh?
Maybe people are watching the NFL? Or it's just a 'house money' day here.
2007-09-23 12:48:11
95.   cult of basebaal
i'm damn near too hungover to do much more than sit around and watch gameday ... i've already written the giants off this year, anyways
2007-09-23 12:51:48
96.   fansince77
WTF- are we all watching the same game!?! I don't think so...no tag!
2007-09-23 12:52:32
97.   cult of basebaal
hmmm ... now who pitches?
2007-09-23 12:53:34
98.   RIYank
I'm watching the end of the Patriots game.

They are scary good. (Even taking into account that the Bills suck.)

2007-09-23 12:55:23
99.   RIYank
97 Moose, because he can get two outs in four pitches. (As opposed to Torre, who can get two outs in four pitchers.)
2007-09-23 12:55:58
100.   cult of basebaal
99 nice one!
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2007-09-23 12:57:37
101.   RIYank
Seven innings for the Moose. Impressive, and much appreciated by the weary bullpen, too.
2007-09-23 12:57:44
102.   fansince77
Moose one more.
2007-09-23 12:58:22
103.   Mattpat11
Do you let him start the 8th?
2007-09-23 12:58:24
104.   cult of basebaal
nice game MOOSE!*

*even if it is the blue jays offense we're talking about ...

2007-09-23 13:02:45
105.   Mattpat11
Going to the 8th in Tampa.
2007-09-23 13:04:02
106.   RIYank
103 I think I'd leave it up to him. If he says he feels good, sure, why not? He's gonna be better than whoever else you throw out there. Obviously.
2007-09-23 13:04:05
107.   Mattpat11
Cora Homers
2007-09-23 13:05:37
108.   Mattpat11
106 3 run lead gives him some leeway too.
2007-09-23 13:06:14
109.   Mattpat11
Fatty grounder 1 out
2007-09-23 13:06:56
110.   Mattpat11
Lowell grounder 2 out
2007-09-23 13:07:47
111.   Mattpat11
Nancy grounder 3 out
2007-09-23 13:08:16
112.   cult of basebaal
it's just not right to beat on really horrible teams, but i'm really starting to feel a strong personal dislike for every useless PoS pitcher in the Ray's bullpen

can you save 1 goddamn game against the sox, maybe????

2007-09-23 13:08:39
113.   Mattpat11
Al Reyes in the 9th
2007-09-23 13:09:13
114.   cult of basebaal
well, nice to see melky consolidating his success today
2007-09-23 13:10:05
115.   cult of basebaal
113 i'm sure that's gonna work out just great ... sigh
2007-09-23 13:10:45
116.   Mattpat11
Molina!
2007-09-23 13:11:20
117.   RIYank
The bottom of our order is producing today.
2007-09-23 13:11:42
118.   fansince77
Molina is officially a HOH-"Hall of Hacker"!
2007-09-23 13:11:49
119.   cult of basebaal
wow ... ryan howard struck out for the 195th time today ... DAMN! he could easily break the 200 mark by the end of the season ... that's pretty damn amazing
2007-09-23 13:12:53
120.   fansince77
What I especially like about Molina is that he hits it where it is pitched. He's a slap happy hacker who doesn't try to do too much.
2007-09-23 13:13:23
121.   cult of basebaal
wow ... remember all of our angst over O-fer Wil Nieves?

i still can't believe cashman pinched molina from the angels for as little as we gave up

2007-09-23 13:13:25
122.   Mattpat11
those shades make shelley less ugly
2007-09-23 13:16:53
123.   fansince77
Molina is a keeper for so many reasons. Even just as a translator for Melk-man.
2007-09-23 13:17:36
124.   RIYank
121 I know. And he's playing so much -- I mean, we see him a lot. Which means, best of all, that Jorgie's getting the rest that he wouldn't have had with Nieves.
2007-09-23 13:20:24
125.   cult of basebaal
123 yeah, he's actually a priority* re-sign in the offseason ... we need a quality backup behind posada and he fits the bill perfectly

*obviously behind arod, mo & jo-po, but maybe next on the list

2007-09-23 13:21:08
126.   fansince77
I think we could have put Moose out there one more...why not?
2007-09-23 13:21:28
127.   Mattpat11
Heading to the ninth
2007-09-23 13:21:50
128.   RIYank
Cripes. D-Rays had two on and nobody out, but didn't score. And they go to the ninth...
2007-09-23 13:23:17
129.   RIYank
We'll really have three reliable bullpen pitchers in the postseason, plus Hughes and/or Kennedy for long relief.
2007-09-23 13:23:28
130.   Mattpat11
ball 1
2007-09-23 13:24:50
131.   Mattpat11
coco grounder 1 out
2007-09-23 13:25:00
132.   RIYank
Sox have Crisp (just made the first out), Hinske, Mirabelli, Lugo.
If the Rays can't hold the lead, then... well, hmm. I can't think of how to finish the sentence.
2007-09-23 13:25:08
133.   cult of basebaal
2 OUTS!!!

c'mon Al, you can DO-EEET!

2007-09-23 13:25:22
134.   OldYanksFan
2 Out in TB. 1 to go. Tek up.
2007-09-23 13:25:25
135.   RIYank
And Hinske went down as I was thinking.
2007-09-23 13:25:26
136.   Mattpat11
hinske grounder 2 out
2007-09-23 13:26:13
137.   RIYank
'Tek bats for 'Belli.
2007-09-23 13:26:34
138.   OldYanksFan
TB WINS!
2007-09-23 13:26:51
139.   Mattpat11
why wont this team roll over? They've done it all year!
2007-09-23 13:26:52
140.   cult of basebaal
YESSSSS!!!!

way to go, AL!

2007-09-23 13:27:00
141.   RIYank
The D-Rays hold!
Wow, how did that happen?
2007-09-23 13:27:38
142.   cult of basebaal
meanwhile, back in another game that matters, WTF Viz???
2007-09-23 13:27:42
143.   fansince77
That 4 pitch walk was shit. Forget the HR that happens...NO MORE WALKS!
2007-09-23 13:27:51
144.   RIYank
Ahem, meanwhile, in the Bronx...
2007-09-23 13:27:52
145.   3rd gen yankee fan
Cool. Ok let's finish ths Viz.
2007-09-23 13:28:44
146.   fansince77
I don't wanna have to use Jaba today...much rather have him win it for us tomorrow.
2007-09-23 13:30:15
147.   fansince77
same fucking pitch.
2007-09-23 13:30:59
148.   RIYank
I withdraw 129 .
2007-09-23 13:31:10
149.   fansince77
GEEZ viz -- that ABSOLUTELY SUCKED!
2007-09-23 13:31:13
150.   3rd gen yankee fan
Wow. This is gonna be INteresting.
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2007-09-23 13:31:35
151.   Mattpat11
146 Pettitte will go nine.
2007-09-23 13:31:37
152.   rbj
Sliders, Joba, sliders.
2007-09-23 13:31:38
153.   RIYank
No Joba Rules???
Or did I lose count?
2007-09-23 13:32:08
154.   cult of basebaal
wow ... mid-inning Joba rules ... and RULEZ!
2007-09-23 13:32:25
155.   OldYanksFan
We have an official breaking of the rules here! Call the Joba police!
2007-09-23 13:33:09
156.   OldYanksFan
Wait.... a DOUBLE-BREAK! Torre's in deep shit now!
2007-09-23 13:33:10
157.   fansince77
Personally - I wonder if Viz' arm is shot. I still think that Torre shoulda sent Mussina out for one more- at least until someone got on. Moose could have had another 8 pitch inning.
2007-09-23 13:34:02
158.   bartap74
119 That ties the major league record held by Adam Dunn (who came into the season with the top two spots).
2007-09-23 13:34:46
159.   cult of basebaal
he's come in mid-inning before ... this is the 1st time he's gotten less than the alloted rest, though
2007-09-23 13:35:05
160.   OldYanksFan
I guess it's one out for Joba and 3 for Mo?
2 each? 22 Pitches for Joba and Mo the rest? So many possibilities... so little time.
2007-09-23 13:35:15
161.   3rd gen yankee fan
...woosh...
2007-09-23 13:35:31
162.   fansince77
the ball was here...and now it's gone!
2007-09-23 13:35:49
163.   3rd gen yankee fan
OW!
2007-09-23 13:35:58
164.   bartap74
Seriously, can't the Yankees get Harlan Chamberlain a better seat?
2007-09-23 13:36:43
165.   cult of basebaal
163 eh?
2007-09-23 13:36:47
166.   bartap74
159 I think it's the first time he's appeared with runners on base.
2007-09-23 13:36:56
167.   fansince77
Melky seems to be playin' a little shallow.
2007-09-23 13:38:12
168.   RIYank
159 But not with men on base.

Ahhhhh. I guess rules were meant to be broken!

2007-09-23 13:38:17
169.   3rd gen yankee fan
165 Oh, whn Molina got hit underneath.
2007-09-23 13:38:40
170.   fansince77
ball...I see it...I swing...where's the ball?
2007-09-23 13:39:36
171.   cult of basebaal
166 nope, he had runners on when he relieved andy mid-innings back on the 19th ... which was the 1st time he'd come in mid-inning, i believe
2007-09-23 13:39:38
172.   OldYanksFan
Mere child's play.
2007-09-23 13:40:02
173.   fansince77
If Yanks hold on here and win tomorrow...I think we got Division. There I said it again.
2007-09-23 13:40:59
174.   RIYank
Okay, I actually like Joba to finish it now. Because that way you have a relatively rested Mo tomorrow. Otherwise, who the hell can pitch out of the bullpen?
2007-09-23 13:42:26
175.   Mattpat11
HENN?
2007-09-23 13:43:30
176.   rbj
175 Bite your tongue. Unless we get 10 runs this half inning.
2007-09-23 13:43:34
177.   bartap74
171 From the AP recap of the game on the 19th:

Pettitte (14-8) got the first two outs of the eighth before giving way to rookie Joba Chamberlain, who had never entered in the middle of an inning. Pettitte trotted off the field to a thunderous ovation from the Yankee Stadium crowd and doffed his cap as he reached the dugout. Chamberlain struck out Mora, pumping his fist as he walked off the mound.

2007-09-23 13:45:04
178.   cult of basebaal
177 ah! i stand corrected 'bout the runners
2007-09-23 13:46:32
179.   RIYank
177 That doesn't actually say that there were no baserunners (it says Andy got the first two outs, not that he got the first two batters).

But in fact, there were no base-runners. You can look at the Gamelog on Joba's BR page.

2007-09-23 13:47:20
180.   RIYank
Speaking of base-runners.

Let's give Mo, Joba, Henn, or whoever, a little cushion here, boys.

2007-09-23 13:47:37
181.   OldYanksFan
That was a shitty AB by Mats.
2007-09-23 13:48:05
182.   fansince77
Mats- been pulling off big time. His whole body is up the first base line while he is swinging.
2007-09-23 13:48:53
183.   monkeypants
179 178 et al.

You can also look up the play-by-play on baseball-reference.com. Indeed, there were no runners on when Joba came in after two outs.

2007-09-23 13:49:06
184.   fansince77
181 did you cut and paste my post on the last Mats at bat?
2007-09-23 13:49:19
185.   fansince77
That's just dumb baseball.
2007-09-23 13:49:23
186.   cult of basebaal
179 actually, i had just done that when you posted 177 ... which is where i should have gone to begin with rather than screwing around trying to find play-by-play off of mlb.com/gameday
2007-09-23 13:49:51
187.   OldYanksFan
Wow... that was fast. Lets hope we've seen the last of that kind of play. Bobby did not have much of a lead off 2nd.
2007-09-23 13:50:57
188.   cult of basebaal
187 gameday lags, but i'm guessing strike-em-out,throw-em-out?

yup ... ugh

2007-09-23 13:51:01
189.   RIYank
This has not been a good day for stealing.
2007-09-23 13:51:38
190.   fansince77
Let's hope little league double steal doesn't come back to get us here.
2007-09-23 13:53:00
191.   cult of basebaal
ooooh! another inning for Joba!

sweetness!

2007-09-23 13:53:08
192.   RIYank
But it's a good day for Winnebagos.
2007-09-23 13:53:31
193.   Mattpat11
THE O!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2007-09-23 13:53:43
194.   RIYank
Mattpat, you gotta feel a lot better with that second batter retired.
2007-09-23 13:54:21
195.   OldYanksFan
Boston has 2 against Oakland and 4 against Minn, all at Fenway. They could be shut down by good pitching. I would anticipate 2 loses. That means we need to go 6-1 (assuming we win today).
2007-09-23 13:55:10
196.   Mattpat11
194 Yep.
2007-09-23 13:55:37
197.   RIYank
(No, I'm not prescient. I'm watching football and following on Gameday, which pre-maturely retired the O.)
2007-09-23 13:55:50
198.   Mike T
To Lyle Overbay:

The great and mighty Joba says to return to your seat.

Thank you for playing.

2007-09-23 13:56:10
199.   fansince77
Wow- Overbay is a prof. hitter and he had no clue...that's the pudding in which is the proof.
2007-09-23 13:56:22
200.   RIYank
I was afraid Overbay would hit a 2-run dinger. The way Papi would. Even with nobody on.
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2007-09-23 13:56:34
201.   Mattpat11
Shout at the devil indeed.
2007-09-23 13:56:40
202.   rbj
Oh YESSSSSS!
2007-09-23 13:57:05
203.   RIYank
Now I feel bad, joking around while Joba is showing his best.
Sorry, Harlan.
2007-09-23 13:57:07
204.   cult of basebaal
say g'night birdies
2007-09-23 13:57:07
205.   Mattpat11
Mussina's 250th win
2007-09-23 13:57:08
206.   bartap74
Mariano who?
2007-09-23 13:57:21
207.   Mike T
So Overbay doesn't get lonely, Joba sent Reed Johnson to join him.
2007-09-23 13:57:55
208.   fansince77
Feels like Jaba is justing toying with them out there! Do I want to strike them out with my gas ball, my squirt your pants slider or my holy shit slow curve? hmmm. so many choices...so many choices...sit down sucker!
2007-09-23 13:58:36
209.   fansince77
I say division champions right around the corner!
2007-09-23 13:58:51
210.   3rd gen yankee fan
Happy birthday Joba, and thanks.
2007-09-23 13:59:32
211.   RIYank
It's definitely time to move Joba up to the next level. What's after MLB again?
2007-09-23 14:00:09
212.   Mike T
I'm glad Joba was able to finish this one off in regulation. When I left for church at about 10 minutes after 11, they were approaching the third inning. I get home at about 1:30, and they're in the 8th. That's long.
2007-09-23 14:00:16
213.   fansince77
Wow...even in his interview- a manchild.
2007-09-23 14:04:18
214.   fansince77
Nice to not have to shave again before the game is over for a change.
2007-09-23 14:10:08
215.   fansince77
It seems like for the playoffs we might be in pretty good shape:

Starters: Wang,Pettitte, Clemens, Hughes
Mid relievers: Kennedy, Moose, Viz
Eighth inning guy; Joba
Closer: Sandman

I like my chances with that staff.

2007-09-23 14:16:25
216.   fansince77
They should let Molina play tomorrow and PH Jorge- another day of rest behind the dish would be great...
2007-09-23 14:21:43
217.   cult of basebaal
215 um, there ain't no way short of moose's arm falling off he isn't starting in the playoffs after his performance today and hughes' disappointment yesterday ...
2007-09-23 14:23:37
218.   cult of basebaal
and quite frankly, i haven't seen anything in hughes' recent starts to warrant starting him above kennedy, let alone any of the veterans ... i don't think he should be on the roster, i'd rather have kennedy in the bullpen ... or Ollie
2007-09-23 14:55:53
219.   JimCobain
I think the Yankees would gain a HUGE advantage if they got to play in the Division series A schedule with all the off days, no matter who the opponent is. Being able to skip Moose and go with Wang, Andy, Clemens (Wang, Andy). And basically being able to use Jaba and Mo every game would be huge. Who cares if you have to face Sabathia and Carmona who have ZERO playoff innings.
2007-09-23 15:00:37
220.   monkeypants
217

Moose today: 7 INN, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 97 pitch, 66 strikes
Hughes yesterday: 5 INN, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 99 pitch, 68 strikes

Considering the keystone cops defense behind Hughes yesterday, I'm sure there is any significant difference between the two starts.

Hughes starts in September:

6 INN, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 97-61
6 INN, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, K, 106-67
5.2 INN, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 97-57
5 INN, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 99-68

Those are perfectly reasonable numbers for a number four starter in the playoffs (who might see one start in a series, depending on the off days).

Now, I do agree with you that Kennedy is worth a shot for the odd start in the playoffs.

2007-09-23 15:22:24
221.   yankz
Man, I missed the end of this one. Joba Rules! is quickly becoming my favorite overused pun.
2007-09-23 15:25:50
222.   yankz
Happy birthday, Joba. Hopefully today was your first and last career save.

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