Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
Wright Away
2006-07-26 14:03
by Alex Belth

Jaret Wright is on the hill tonight as the Yanks go for the sweep in Texas. Since you never know what you are going to get with Wright, it would behoove the Yankee offense to break open a can o whup ass against the Rangers' rookie southpaw, John Rheinecker.

Love to see a big night from Alex Rodriguez. Giambi too, provided that he's in the line-up. Giambi has slumped considerably in July with little to no fanfare. Hopefully, Damon will play and help get the ball a-rollin. And perhaps, a little bit of comic relief from Sal Fasano.

Let's Go Yan-Kees.

Comments (499)
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2006-07-26 14:24:08
1.   Alvaro Espinoza
From end of previous thread:

Here is the lineup:

Johnny Damon CF
Derek Jeter SS
Jason Giambi DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Bernie Williams RF
Andy Phillips 1B
Melky Cabrera LF
Sal Fasano C
Miguel Cairo 2B
Jaret Wright RHP

2006-07-26 14:26:38
2.   rsmith51
Looking for Goldman's latest and found this???

Scott Erickson is getting DFA'd.

At first I thought they were talking about Proctor.

2006-07-26 14:35:25
3.   Shaun P
1 I like that lineup, given that the Yanks are facing a rookie lefty (URP alert!) but I hope Wright can go at least 5 full innings. Then I'd like to see a Beam/Villone combo for ~ 2 innings each, with Myers sprinkled in where appropriate. Give the big 3 a rest, and keep Chacon as far away from things as possible.
2006-07-26 14:39:25
4.   Benjamin Kabak
2 Uh, didn't that happen in May?
2006-07-26 14:41:19
5.   Benjamin Kabak
Melky Cabrera in the 7 hole is a huge waste. I wrote about this the other day: I would love to see Cabrera lead off with Damon and Jeter behind him. I think a lineup like that could offer more protection to Alex.

2006-07-26 15:07:54
6.   seamus
oakland won over boston. we could really use a win tonight or we fall to 3rd in wild card and miss an opportunity to gain on boston!
2006-07-26 15:51:52
7.   randym77
Miguel Cairo is the anti-Cano.

His batting stats aren't that great, but he hits very well with runners on. While Robby hits really well, but not with RISP.

(None on / RISP)

Cano .371 / .227
Cairo .180 / .341

2006-07-26 15:53:59
8.   Ron Burgundy
It would be nice to for once capitalize on the Sawx losing. If we win tonight, we're within 1.5 games of the Sawx and in 1st in the Wild Card.
2006-07-26 16:10:26
9.   Coco Loco
I think Yes Network's site is screwed up at the moment. It's woefully outdated, e.g., "The All-Star Break is a month away."
2006-07-26 16:18:30
10.   seamus
9 huh? I just went there and it said something about Fasano as the headline and ad a sub-story on ARod in Texas.
2006-07-26 16:19:23
11.   randym77
The "top play" from the Yankees video highlights at is "A-Rod on the kiss cam":

Very cute. Nice to see A-Rod so relaxed and playful.

2006-07-26 16:24:32
12.   randym77
Holy guacamole. Fasano looks completely different with a shave and a haircut. I wouldn't have recognized him.
2006-07-26 16:25:25
13.   Alvaro Espinoza
Don't ask me.

Don't ask me why I went ahead and decided to read what I knew was going to be a useless editorial from a notorious Yankee hater/Sawx fan that would only serve to irritate me.

Don't ask me why I am giving it further notoriety by pasting the link here.

Warning: it contains more nonsense about A-rod. If you're smart, you'll skip over it and spend 2 minutes doing something else more productive (really, I mean it). The part that really got under my skin was the Jeter comparison toward the very end. I won't touch that comment except to say that, of the 2 players, A-rod is not the one having the MVP-caliber season.

2006-07-26 16:25:48
14.   C2Coke
Remember we were joking about Giambi's performance swing? Amazing April, Slumping May, Excellent June...well, July fits the pattern, Oy.

11 If only the top 3 of our lineup would join the club today, now, that's gonna be a fun game.

2006-07-26 16:25:51
15.   singledd
5 ABSOLUTELY. I was for Damon/Melky, but Melky's stats certainly point to Melky/Damon. My feeling is get him 1 or 2 so that: (1) we have the heart of our lineup behind his decent OBP and (2) it makes the bottom of our lineup less pathetic.

Unfortunately, Torre is bad at shuffling the lineup. He likes certain guys in certain spots, and doesn't like to deviate.

2006-07-26 16:46:39
16.   randym77
I dunno...don't the stat-heads say batting order doesn't matter that much?

If that's the case, Joe may be right in not messing too much. If players are comfortable where they are, that might be reason enough to leave them there.

2006-07-26 16:46:57
17.   Ron Burgundy
Why doesn't Joe just swap A-Rod and Giambi in the line-up? Giambi's OBP has been falling like a rock lately anyways. Just put A-Rod at #3, where he hit with Texas and see what happens.
2006-07-26 16:48:26
18.   Ron Burgundy
16 True, there was a study that showed that "protection" in the batting order was just a made up thing and that it was completely random, with no patterns. But hell, still might be worth a shot to just switch Giambi and A-Rod.
2006-07-26 16:56:22
19.   seamus
18 can anyone point to what study this is?
2006-07-26 16:58:18
20.   Bob Timmermann
Presently, the Yankees have the checkerboard jersey emblematic of the wild card leader. They need to win to hold on to it.

2006-07-26 17:00:41
21.   Ron Burgundy
2006-07-26 17:02:56
22.   BklynBmr
ESPN or the Texas feed. Ugh.
2006-07-26 17:03:39
23.   seamus
21 thanks!

this is a real bummer. Third night in a row i'm, stuck with texas feed on mlb-tv. These are the worst announcers EVER!

2006-07-26 17:08:42
24.   BklynBmr
Way to get it going, JD!
2006-07-26 17:10:24
25.   BklynBmr
See what happens when you don't bunt, Cap! First and second, 0 out. The Giambeeno's up...
2006-07-26 17:10:26
26.   seamus
apparently mlb-tv has decided to show the michael young show
2006-07-26 17:11:19
27.   seamus
yay! just switched to YES coverage. I'll stop complaining now!
2006-07-26 17:11:34
28.   Marcus
Jeter has been moida-lizing LHP this season.
2006-07-26 17:12:16
29.   randym77
Nice start!

Let's go, A-rod!

2006-07-26 17:12:38
30.   BklynBmr
26 ? Does have a different feed than FSN, etc.?
2006-07-26 17:13:34
31.   fansince77
Table is so set for Arod.
2006-07-26 17:15:18
32.   Ron Burgundy
2006-07-26 17:15:34
33.   mehmattski
27 I've gotten so frustrated with Luckily the game is on ESPN, good for watching on tv, bad for the A-Rod manufactured story. But I am glad that the broadcast is Miller and Morgan-less.
2006-07-26 17:15:44
34.   BklynBmr
Damon went on contact... uffh!
2006-07-26 17:15:58
35.   fansince77
Wow- ARod sucks again...this isn't hate. It's simply true.
2006-07-26 17:16:31
36.   BklynBmr
OK, Bernie! Bags loaded...
2006-07-26 17:16:50
37.   seamus
30 uses either the home or away team's feed, but they strip it down so that many of the replays and stats are not shown. in this case, they only had the camera that was shooting michael young standing there on.
2006-07-26 17:17:30
38.   BklynBmr
C'mon Andy, let's start to blow it open...
2006-07-26 17:17:40
39.   fansince77
No way... Jeter has to score there. Two outs- on contact- take a shot.
2006-07-26 17:18:58
40.   seamus
33 i don't have cable. :( has really gone downhill. You'd think it would get better, but instead they have focused on control and exclusivity.

2006-07-26 17:20:09
41.   randym77
Yeah, Andy! Nice AB!
2006-07-26 17:20:11
42.   BklynBmr
Good AB, Andy!!!
2006-07-26 17:20:15
43.   mehmattski
Andy Phillips MVP!
2006-07-26 17:20:24
44.   Ron Burgundy
That's a Good Lad there Andy.
2006-07-26 17:20:35
45.   Simone
Nice job, Andy.
2006-07-26 17:20:53
46.   fansince77
Way to pick up AROD! Phillips- awesome.
2006-07-26 17:21:52
47.   Ron Burgundy
2006-07-26 17:22:19
48.   BklynBmr
Now, please don't give it Wright back...
2006-07-26 17:22:55
49.   mehmattski
Did I just see that Kazmir will miss his start against the Yankees? That's good news in the pennant race, bad news in that I like watching him pitch...

46 Does everyone who grounds out stink?

2006-07-26 17:24:21
50.   randym77
And Andy was batting only .176 against lefties!
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2006-07-26 17:26:43
51.   seamus
i like Fasano's fire back there!
2006-07-26 17:26:57
52.   Peter
Fasano doesn't wear a hockey mask. I like him already.
2006-07-26 17:27:04
53.   Marcus
46 Hear, hear! on the ground out comment. Note that all the base hits in that inning besides Andy's were ground balls. Sometimes they sneak through, sometimes they're outs.
2006-07-26 17:27:14
54.   BklynBmr
Did Fasano get a police escort up the Joisey Toirnpipe?
2006-07-26 17:27:58
55.   mehmattski
54 I hope not, he would have been in the wrong state...
2006-07-26 17:30:28
56.   BklynBmr
55 Good point ;-p
2006-07-26 17:31:26
57.   mehmattski
If ESPN were fair journalists, they'd play some opera music and show all of A-Rod's successful 5-3s in the last week...

OK, I'll wake up now.

I think the Yankees needed to trade for Fasano to keep the mustache quota constant after Donnie shaved. RJ wasn't enough.

2006-07-26 17:32:58
58.   BklynBmr
Oh, yeah, Sal!
2006-07-26 17:33:23
59.   randym77
Nice start, Sal.

Man, the Fasano pics really run the gamut. The one they are showing on YES shows him completely clean-shaven, with very short hair. Must be from his minor league days.

The one on Gameday looks like his Phillies pic, Photoshopped to add a Yankees cap.

In reality, he's somewhere in between. Cut his hair and shaved the beard, but still has a mustache.

2006-07-26 17:34:29
60.   yankeemonkey
Did someone punch him in both eyes? What's with the raccoon look?
2006-07-26 17:34:47
61.   mehmattski
BOO a ground ball, Damon stinks! BOOOOO.


2006-07-26 17:35:45
62.   seamus
hard to realize this, but the 1b should have stepped on first and then thrown to second and get the tag on speedy fasano!
2006-07-26 17:36:46
63.   BklynBmr
Lookout, Mauer — Cap is comin'...
2006-07-26 17:37:10
64.   mehmattski
Man, Jeter really crushes lefties. On ESPN they announced he's batting .419 vs lefties, tied with Vlad for tops in the AL.

Damn, Larry Bowa cost my fantasy team an RBI with that stop sign.

2006-07-26 17:37:54
65.   Simone
Does Fasano mean that Stinnet has been DFA?
2006-07-26 17:38:17
66.   randym77
65 Yes.
2006-07-26 17:38:24
67.   Peter
Gary Matthews cost my fantasy team a pair of RBIs with that catch.
2006-07-26 17:39:53
68.   BklynBmr
64 Bowa was right. Ball was in Mench's glove as Jetes hit third, and Kevin has a gun...
2006-07-26 17:41:02
69.   randym77
The wind seems to be blowing in toward the plate. I thought that one would go further than it did.
2006-07-26 17:41:29
70.   rbj
One last comment on the Harold Reynolds kerfluffle. Michael Irvin got a one day suspension for a crack pipe, HR gets canned for a "hug" (as he claimed in today's statement)

So is this an instance of drugs being better than hugs?

2006-07-26 17:43:55
71.   Simone
66 Thanks.

70 Exactly. Illegal drugs don't sue for large sums of money causing major embarassment.

2006-07-26 17:44:01
72.   randym77
Mench is 5 for 6 with a HR against Wright? Yeek.
2006-07-26 17:44:40
73.   rbj
2006-07-26 17:44:59
74.   mehmattski
72 make that 6 for 7.
2006-07-26 17:45:10
75.   BklynBmr
I was worried about Wright's easy first inning...
2006-07-26 17:46:32
76.   mehmattski
ANOTHER successful 5-3?!? Whither E-Rod...
2006-07-26 17:47:44
77.   randym77
Wright doesn't look so good tonight.

Sigh. For awhile there, I thought Wright had turned the corner.

Looks like we have two holes in the rotation, not just one. :-P

2006-07-26 17:48:18
78.   rabid stan
I think the second run was a Johnny run. I'm grateful he can cover the ground to make a play like that close, but that would've only plated one if he had a good arm.
2006-07-26 17:48:58
79.   BklynBmr
Anyone watching FSN? Numbnutz fan brings a flip over banner to honor the Rangers 50,000th base hit, and the roving reporter has to come over and let him know Mench's double was the 50,000th. Classic...
2006-07-26 17:51:42
80.   BklynBmr
Sigh. New ballgame. Let's get it started, A-Rod...
2006-07-26 17:53:12
81.   randym77
78 Yeah, I was thinking that, too. They're running on his arm. But he is our starting CFer, so we better get used to it.

79 They showed that on YES, too. Pretty funny.

2006-07-26 17:54:00
82.   Marcus
I've seen players suck before, but A-Rod is one of the suckiest sucks who ever sucked.


2006-07-26 17:54:08
83.   BklynBmr
According the Texas announcers, Michael Young's middle name is 'A-Rod's replacement'. Musta said it 8 times already and it's only the third inning...
2006-07-26 17:54:34
84.   mehmattski
81 Predictably, the ESPN cameras managed to only pick up the three guys holding E-Rod signs...
2006-07-26 17:54:57
85.   rbj
That first Ranger run was thanks to Wright's lead off walk. I hate those.
2006-07-26 17:55:33
86.   BklynBmr
You can only hope to contain Andy...
2006-07-26 17:55:35
87.   randym77
84 YES found a fan holding a "We miss you, A-Rod!" sign.
2006-07-26 17:56:05
88.   Ron Burgundy
Now that the Rangers have tied the game, our offense falls into a slumber.
2006-07-26 17:56:52
89.   randym77
Looks like hot and cold Andy is heating up again. Somehow, he always does that, just when I think he's going to be on the next train to Columbus.
2006-07-26 17:57:50
90.   rbj
My god. The Ranger announcers are relating when A-Rod was named Rangers captain, and then was traded a week later. And they defended Alex. They're more objective than ESPN.

Nice way to cover the bag Rheinecker.

2006-07-26 17:57:52
91.   Ron Burgundy
Melkman do good.
2006-07-26 17:58:09
92.   mehmattski
Talk about your lucky bounces. Where's Steve Phillips: "Trade Texiera, he's a liability!"
2006-07-26 17:58:47
93.   Ron Burgundy
Melky just always finds a way on base.
2006-07-26 17:58:49
94.   BklynBmr
89 Andy must have read the Banter last night, too. Lotta tough love, maybe it got him going ;-)
2006-07-26 17:59:19
95.   mehmattski
90 That's the source of my favorite athlete quote ever. Asked about how he felt about being named captain, Alex replied, "I'm probably pretty sure it will work out for the best."


2006-07-26 18:00:56
96.   Marcus
95 LOL! Truly classic.
2006-07-26 18:02:16
97.   BklynBmr
90 Complete morons. The best thing I can say about them is that they don't repeat each Yankees' annual salary every time they're up, like the KC announcers do. I would pay to sit in on their pre-production meetings...
2006-07-26 18:05:10
98.   mehmattski
That was pitch #40, with 25 strikes. Not great, but not terrible.
2006-07-26 18:05:55
99.   seamus
97 really? they did last night and the night before... And I am NOT kidding.
2006-07-26 18:06:31
100.   phee
Hello, fellow Yankee fans. How is everybody tonight?
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2006-07-26 18:08:34
101.   phee
Has anybody noticed tha Fasano looks to be a very good reciever of the ball. He is very smooth and has helped Wright get some calls tonight, IMO. Lol, as I type this he dropped a strike 3.
2006-07-26 18:10:54
102.   BklynBmr
99 I swear I didn't catch that last night. One thing about these guys, they're pretty monotone. I must have dozed off. Night before I had the YES feed. Bottom line, they are horrible...
2006-07-26 18:12:09
103.   rbj
Showalter, Martin, Pinella
(Afflack question. 7 managers before Torre)
2006-07-26 18:14:11
104.   BklynBmr
"Big time" actor? F the media.
2006-07-26 18:14:39
105.   phee
Dallas Green, Bucky Dent
2006-07-26 18:15:23
106.   phee
Stump Merril, I'm getting queasy think about it
2006-07-26 18:15:43
107.   phee
2006-07-26 18:16:55
108.   phee
2006-07-26 18:17:15
109.   rbj
2006-07-26 18:17:32
110.   BklynBmr
Wasn't Lemon in there between one of the Martin's?
2006-07-26 18:17:51
111.   Ron Burgundy
I'm noticing how this stud pitcher and his 5.00 ERA has been shutting us down for ages now since his 1st inning trouble. I am VERY PISSED at this.
2006-07-26 18:18:52
112.   rbj
Stump was the last one I couldn't think of.

Dallas Green. Ugh.

2006-07-26 18:20:03
113.   BklynBmr
That bounced off of Andy's cup...
2006-07-26 18:20:07
114.   phee
God, Cairo is lucky Wright didn't hurt his gullet on that one.
2006-07-26 18:23:15
115.   mehmattski
I'm pretty sure I could have gotten the ball back to the infield faster...
2006-07-26 18:23:20
116.   Ron Burgundy
Ah shit...
2006-07-26 18:23:53
117.   phee
The bats have to win this game because Wright isn't going to.
2006-07-26 18:23:59
118.   rbj
I think I might URP.
2006-07-26 18:24:05
119.   randym77
This inning is getting ugly.

Come on, Yanks! You swept the Chisox, you can sweep these guys.

2006-07-26 18:24:38
120.   Ron Burgundy
Damn it.
2006-07-26 18:25:36
121.   fansince77
Wright kinda sucks.
2006-07-26 18:25:38
122.   BklynBmr
This one isn't slippin' away, is it?
2006-07-26 18:25:46
123.   randym77
Damon looks a little tentative out there. Probably for good reason, of course, but still...
2006-07-26 18:26:18
124.   phee
Let's hope Wright gets thru 6 w/out giving up more runs. That's a stretch though.
2006-07-26 18:26:47
125.   Alex Belth
This has the makings of a long, stupid night.

I hate J. Wright.

The O needs to pull this one out for them.

2006-07-26 18:27:14
126.   mehmattski
123 Yeah, his range is GOB-esque tonight. On the other hand, Bubba would have dived, missed, and Blaylock would have had an inside the park HR or something
2006-07-26 18:28:07
127.   rabid stan
This game is pretty much the opposite of last night's. 7 runs/4 hits vs. 2 runs/8 hits.
2006-07-26 18:28:46
128.   Yu-Hsing Chen
arrragh........ ah well 5 IP 3 to 4 runs is about what we've come to expect from Wright.
2006-07-26 18:29:46
129.   mehmattski
128 And only 53 pitches! If all stays calm, he might even come out for the sixth inning. I hope he brought some extra Cope.
2006-07-26 18:31:25
130.   mehmattski
Terribly sorry, Yahoo hadn't updated. 75 pitches through 4 innings. Yelch.
2006-07-26 18:31:58
131.   Max
I feel very good about this team being in the thick of the division race and WC and being 18 games over .500 given everything...but it really ticks me off that we have a high probability of losing 2 out of every 5 games (and losing them badly and ungracefully) with Wright and Ponson.
2006-07-26 18:32:45
132.   rabid stan
130 The plus side is he's gone after the next inning.
2006-07-26 18:33:17
133.   phee
Yes, Alex will take that.
2006-07-26 18:33:25
134.   rbj
Boo, Alex. That wasn't a 3 run homer.
2006-07-26 18:33:48
135.   rabid stan
Did the YES guys just call that a "Free Game Birthday Hit"? If so, I like it.
2006-07-26 18:33:48
136.   phee
I hope Wright can make it thru 6.
2006-07-26 18:34:33
137.   Ron Burgundy
131 The thing that REALLY angers me is that: ChiSox lose, Red Sawx lose, we can be within 1.5 of the AL East and take a 0.5 game lead in the AL Wild Card. But instead, as always with a chance to have an impact, we're losing and might stay 2.5 games back in the AL East and be 0.5 games back in the AL Wild Card. We NEED this win to finish the sweep, and to gain ground.
2006-07-26 18:35:46
138.   mehmattski
I've muted ESPN while they go on another A-Rant. What ticks me off the most is that the Yankees haven't played in New York in 10 days... and yet they talk about all the booing in the Bronx? Watching the last game against the White Sox, it sounded like there were a lot more cheers than boos.

What a convienent time for ESPN to construct a controversy. Oh well, I should be used to it as a Duke fan, nothing sells better than Yankees and Duke hating.

2006-07-26 18:36:16
139.   yankaholic
137 we do have torealise the chance to get closer the red sox stems from their sucky 4/5 starters..

they have the same problem..

given the state of the rotation.. we need to be tempered in our hopes when we start our backend of the rotation

that holds true for all AL east teams..

2006-07-26 18:36:34
140.   phee
Wow, that 1-1 pitch looked pretty good to me. Make him pay Bernie.
2006-07-26 18:37:28
141.   rbj
Clutch BB, Bernie.
C'mon, Andy.
2006-07-26 18:37:44
142.   BklynBmr
125 Gettin' that feeling, too, but their heads seem to be already in the suitcases ready to leave town. They know Boston lost, so they better snap out of it. Bottom of the lineup will come through ...
2006-07-26 18:38:16
143.   randym77
Heh. They're scairt of Andy. For good reason. He's been our offense tonight.
2006-07-26 18:38:46
144.   tommyl
Yes, lets please discuss whether or not Derek Jeter should ask the NY Post to print that the fans shouldn't boo A-Rod. Its not like there's a game going on or anything.
2006-07-26 18:39:33
145.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Way to remember how to walk Bernie... now let's hope Phillips is really outta his slump now
2006-07-26 18:39:37
146.   tommyl
Also, ESPN just showed a trade rumors thing an inning ago. On it for the Yankees was Maddux. Please tell me they are joking. He is the very definition of old, washed up veteran.
2006-07-26 18:39:58
147.   marc
can someone let me know when ESPN has the game back on after their A-Rod blabbing show
2006-07-26 18:40:21
148.   rabid stan
138 A Yankee fan and a Duke fan? Do you like the Celtics and the Canadiens, too?

Either way, stay out of Bristol. Unless you have a Larry Bird Jersey you can wear.

2006-07-26 18:41:04
149.   rbj
Muther F*&^@#^*&#@!$@!!
2006-07-26 18:41:09
150.   phee
Jeez, get the piano off your back. That hurts.
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2006-07-26 18:41:22
151.   Ron Burgundy
2006-07-26 18:42:39
152.   yankaholic
145 i think 2 hits is already out of a slump
2006-07-26 18:43:20
153.   rabid stan
2006 Rookies = 2005 D'Rays.

Kryptonite, man.

2006-07-26 18:45:04
154.   tommyl
Still talking about it....
2006-07-26 18:45:38
155.   tommyl
Now they are saying that its not ESPN's fault for the media creating this crap.
2006-07-26 18:46:20
156.   mehmattski
148 Born in NJ, went to Duke, so it was all set up nicely. Everyone assumes it was all bandwagoning. For the record, its the Nets and Chelsea in the EPL (hockey sucks, soccer is better).

147 Nope, they're still babbling. But Karros is calling out ESPN for creating news rather than reporting it, which is awesome.

2006-07-26 18:46:32
157.   phee
Now 50,000 fans are booing him??? STFU already. Make crap up, what the hell, it's not like your credibility could get any lower. Nice 1-2-3 for Mr. Wright.
2006-07-26 18:48:11
158.   rabid stan
I don't know what to make of that half inning. 1-2-3, but probably about a 50/50 chance of more Wright with 84 pitches.

If he were at 90, we'd be in the clear.

2006-07-26 18:48:13
159.   tocho
OK now, this is an extremely winnable game. the rangers sucky bullpen is in their hands for the next 4 innings. C'mon
2006-07-26 18:48:41
160.   BklynBmr
The come-from-behind starts now. Melkman, NewGuy and Miggy will get it going...
2006-07-26 18:49:12
161.   rbj
155 Of course not. A-Rod went to Bristol and twisted the poor widdle ESPN twits into making a big stink. It's all Alex's fault. Who's been doing well defensively lately.
2006-07-26 18:50:11
162.   phee
Wright will be coming out for the 6th. They'll see if he gets into trouble 1st.
2006-07-26 18:51:24
163.   rbj
Crud, Friday's game is on WOR, so I won't get the EI feed. I want to hear all the Yankee fans cheering Alex.
2006-07-26 18:51:47
164.   tocho
159 check that, they have the not-so-sucky bullpen for the next 3 innings...
2006-07-26 18:52:03
165.   tommyl
156 Ugh, Chelsea, talk about bandwagonning ;)
2006-07-26 18:53:15
166.   phee
No Yanks on Fri. or Sat. on the baseball package. They usually cover all the nite games on Sat.'s.
2006-07-26 18:53:17
167.   BklynBmr
160 Scratch that. What a frustrating game...
2006-07-26 18:54:00
168.   mehmattski
165 I would assusme bandwagonning would be any American rooting for Man U, but yeah I guess bad timing with the Champions League win. I liked them before, but with the addition of my favorite player, Andriy Schevchenko, I've gotta go for The Blues.
2006-07-26 18:54:18
169.   yankaholic
156 chelsea?? chelsea?? u knew them b4 roman abromovich?? jus kiddin
2006-07-26 18:54:18
170.   marc
This is looking like the opposite of last game. Now it's us clobbering them on hits but not scoring. And now we're not even hitting anymore
2006-07-26 18:54:48
171.   rabid stan
156 I grew up in central NJ, so my loyalties are split between New York and Philly. I'm pretty indifferent to the Nets, and the Eagles have been tormenting me since I reached the age of reason.
2006-07-26 18:56:17
172.   phee
I'd like to see Wright's splits against lefties and righties. It seems like lefties crush him.
2006-07-26 18:57:06
173.   marc
This is like listening to Oprah. All they talk about is is everything about A-Rod that has little to with baseball
2006-07-26 18:57:24
174.   yankeemonkey
I think YES people said lefties are batting. 341 off him. So yeah.
2006-07-26 19:00:49
175.   phee
Thx ym.
2006-07-26 19:01:32
176.   rabid stan
Tex, Blalock and Mench have murdered Wright tonight. This should be worse.
2006-07-26 19:02:57
177.   singledd
I find rooting for this lineup to score runs is depressing. After seeing an outfield of Melky, Bubba and Guiel, I thought Yankee fans would storm Steinbrenner's house and hold give hostage until we got an impact OF bat.

God knows what's happening with Cano (who while having a good average has not been a run producer) and Damon, who seems to be always on injury-thin ace.

The ChiSox just lost 10 of 12, so we are in the WC race. However, Minn has won 34 of 42 (unbelievable!) and will bury us soon.

So we can
1) get an impact bat
2) hope Boston plays sub .550 ball
3) make other plans for October

2006-07-26 19:02:58
178.   phee
On the other hand, the Yanks have left plenty of men on base.
2006-07-26 19:03:12
179.   rabid stan
...Except that Wright no-hit the rest of the order.
2006-07-26 19:03:59
180.   phee
The play by play guy on ESPN just said Villone is looking for a strikeout. Uh why would that be?
2006-07-26 19:05:09
181.   phee
2 outs and Villone looking to pad his stats, lol.
2006-07-26 19:05:36
182.   mehmattski
177 This just in, the Yankees can get an impact OF bat in the lineup without having to mortgage the future. Godzilla returning is really the only feasible plan right now, since other GMs are asking for Phil Hughes for everything, even when Cashman just wants them to pass the salt.
2006-07-26 19:05:49
183.   tommyl
168 CL win? Ummm...this year knocked out by Barca (eventual champions), last year knocked out by Liverpool (eventual champions).
2006-07-26 19:07:07
184.   Ravenscar
You know, even though this doesn't have anything to do with anything, Sterling was just doing the promo for cap night and I thought at first he said CAT night. You know, like ballparks have one day and section where you can bring your dog, only they decided to do it with cats. I was a little stunned, and thinking that would be chaos worthy of the Disco Riot before I realized - a little bummed - what he was actually talking about.

Now THAT would be a ballgame.

I'm sorry, the recent internet rant I read about Sterling was so depressing and dead on that as my cable's out and I'm forced to listen to the radio, I'm also forced to entertain myself.

The ballgame hasn't helped in that regard. A bit of a yawner.

2006-07-26 19:08:34
185.   Coco Loco
Don't bunt, Derek.
2006-07-26 19:09:02
186.   rabid stan
182 Mats might not be the same guy when he comes back. See D. Lee.
2006-07-26 19:09:06
187.   fansince77
OK - here we go...time for Giambi to do something.
2006-07-26 19:10:02
188.   mehmattski
183 Yeah, you're right. I didn't say I followed it closely, i follow players more than teams, to be honest... just more than I follow hockey, which is not at all. I could say that I meant League Cup and EPL standings, but I even watched the Barca-Chelsea game, as well as the final. Stupid memory, I must be hanging out with Damon too much...
2006-07-26 19:10:11
189.   phee
OH MY. That looked like a strike.
2006-07-26 19:10:20
190.   Jen
Is it me or are the games without Kay announcing a little more relaxing to watch?
2006-07-26 19:10:32
191.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Don't help him if he can't throw strikes...
2006-07-26 19:11:35
192.   tommyl
2006-07-26 19:11:54
193.   Coco Loco
should have bunted
2006-07-26 19:11:55
194.   rabid stan
There are no words.
2006-07-26 19:12:02
195.   phee
That is horse blank.
2006-07-26 19:12:03
196.   seamus
184 imagining taking my 4 cats and laughing my butt off.
2006-07-26 19:12:33
197.   fansince77
Wow Jeter sucked it big time on that one...
2006-07-26 19:14:59
198.   tommyl
188 Its ok, I'm just a Barca fan so I wanted my boys to get their due. Especially after last year when they lost because of a bad call.
2006-07-26 19:16:37
199.   Max
That was about as disgraceful an inning from the top of the order as one could imagine. Pathetic.
2006-07-26 19:17:03
200.   tommyl
Nice play by A-Rod.
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2006-07-26 19:17:07
201.   vockins
182 I think the Yanks can make a significant improvement without screwing around with overpaid OFers by dumping Cairo and Phillips.

I'm struggling to think of a crappier first baseman in the AL than Phillips besides Travis Lee. The sample size is there, and Phillips is bad. Heave ho to the 'Bama Boy.

2006-07-26 19:17:43
202.   phee
The ump sh_t the bed on that call.
2006-07-26 19:18:36
203.   Coco Loco
199. That's A-Rod's fault, of course; he's not doing his job of protecting them.
2006-07-26 19:19:12
204.   tommyl
Villone has been lights out.
2006-07-26 19:20:01
205.   rabid stan
Start Villone.
2006-07-26 19:20:15
206.   mehmattski
201 When did Andy Phillips move from "unplayable rookie" to "favorite of Torre" in the manager's mind? Its not like the guy is a whiz at first base, he's not even left handed. Could Carlos Pena hit .250/.350/.420? I think so.
2006-07-26 19:21:08
207.   Coco Loco
What's Roberto Petagine doing these days?
2006-07-26 19:21:16
208.   rabid stan
206 June, probably.
2006-07-26 19:21:26
209.   mehmattski
A-rod needs to hit a 3 run homer here, or else the Yankees should definitely trade him.
2006-07-26 19:21:46
210.   Benjamin Kabak
172 In case you haven't noticed, everyone crushes Jaret Wright.
2006-07-26 19:22:57
211.   Ron Burgundy
Sugnature if this team: Chance to make a big gain in all the fronts and they drop the ball and lose. Not to say this is over, but this is a rather pathetic outing by our offense against pitchers with very high ERAs.
2006-07-26 19:23:22
212.   phee
Killed it !!!!
2006-07-26 19:23:23
213.   Coco Loco
on the grassy knoll.
2006-07-26 19:23:34
214.   Ron Burgundy
Close and Late!
2006-07-26 19:23:39
215.   tommyl
And A-Rod!!!
2006-07-26 19:23:44
216.   mehmattski
Stat padding! BOOOOOOOOO!
2006-07-26 19:23:45
217.   randym77
Happy birthday, A-Rod!
2006-07-26 19:23:49
218.   rabid stan
Close and late. Does it count if they're behind?
2006-07-26 19:23:56
219.   Simone
Ha! Take that, you Ranger fans. Good job, A-Rod. Now someone else needs to tie up this game.
2006-07-26 19:24:02
220.   phee
Cordero throws hard but straight.
2006-07-26 19:24:10
221.   Coco Loco
somehow steve phillips connects a-rod to the kennedy assassination b/c he hit it on the grassy knoll.
2006-07-26 19:24:29
222.   tommyl
2-3 with a HR and stellar play in the field.
2006-07-26 19:24:44
223.   tommyl
Sorry, 2-4
2006-07-26 19:25:08
224.   rabid stan
Every time a ball goes to the grass over center field in Arlington, two dozen kids dash for it.

It'll end in tears.

2006-07-26 19:25:13
225.   Benjamin Kabak
Glad to see Bernie batting against a righty so late in the game. Genius move here.
2006-07-26 19:25:24
226.   Coco Loco
palmiero was giving a-rod steriods. how long until that rumor is on espn?
2006-07-26 19:25:53
227.   phee
Who closes for Texas? Anyone?
2006-07-26 19:26:02
228.   mehmattski
Eric Karros better be careful. Praise of A-Rod can get a man fired at ESPN. At least he can take his man-crush to Fox to work with Buck and McCarver
2006-07-26 19:26:17
229.   Ravenscar
What in the name of topical historical irreverence is Sterling doing saying the words "A home run OUT to the GRAAASSSSSY KNOLLLLLL....." with such a loving syrupy tone here in Texas?

That was a little gross.

Nice hit, thought.

2006-07-26 19:26:36
230.   Coco Loco
227. the japanese dude
2006-07-26 19:26:38
231.   tommyl
225 Good point, where is Guiel? This is the perfect time to PH hit.

Of course Bernie walks. Where did this come from, that's like '98 Bernie.

2006-07-26 19:27:00
232.   Benjamin Kabak
Can we at least get a pinch runner for Bernie here? PLEASE. Please.
2006-07-26 19:27:00
233.   rabid stan
Bernie goes 1-2 with 2 walks.
2006-07-26 19:27:08
234.   Coco Loco
229. they've called it the grassy knoll forever
2006-07-26 19:27:18
235.   phee
Here we go folks, rally caps on.
2006-07-26 19:28:10
236.   rabid stan
227 Otsuka
2006-07-26 19:28:11
237.   Simone
They better not be telling Melky to bunt.
2006-07-26 19:28:14
238.   mehmattski
227 Anikori Otsuka, pride of my fantasy team:
2-3 1.90 ERA, 30K/7BB 21 SV
2006-07-26 19:28:20
239.   Coco Loco
"decent speed with bernie"

"phillips runs pretty well"

has ken lost it?

2006-07-26 19:28:22
240.   fansince77
Need crosby at second right now. No?
2006-07-26 19:28:28
241.   phee
Melky better get this bunt down.
2006-07-26 19:28:30
242.   Simone
Too freaking late. Don't do it, Melky, don't bunt.
2006-07-26 19:28:35
243.   tommyl
No, no no no no no no no no no no no no
2006-07-26 19:28:37
244.   C2Coke
190 It's not just you. So much more calming without Kay. But on the other hand, it's the YES feed, I'll take it any day.
2006-07-26 19:28:38
245.   Benjamin Kabak
238 Not only that, but he was a waiver pick up for my team!
2006-07-26 19:29:11
246.   fansince77
Don't bunt...Melk has good speed tough to double up. Get Posada on deck. Don't give an out away here!
2006-07-26 19:29:25
247.   Ron Burgundy
Ah shit...
2006-07-26 19:29:29
248.   Benjamin Kabak
240 See 232. What is Joe doing here? bunting, not pinch running. Earth to Joe. How about we manage to win this game.
2006-07-26 19:29:36
249.   tommyl
Memo to Joe: Melky cannot bunt. He usually gets on base anyways. Let him hit.
2006-07-26 19:29:39
250.   Simone
That was the 2nd ball that Melky bunted. That could have been the 3rd ball right there.
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2006-07-26 19:29:49
251.   phee
Cmon Yanks !!!
2006-07-26 19:29:57
252.   mehmattski
237 There was a really good article over at Baseball Analysts recently, that analyzed various bunt situations based on the place in the lineup. If you're playing for one run, and its 1st/2nd with 0 outs, its actually not a bad idea. Assuming you like your chances with the next guy. And assuming your hitter doesn't foul off two bunt attempts...
2006-07-26 19:30:15
253.   Simone
4th ball. Melky would have been on base.
2006-07-26 19:30:18
254.   Ron Burgundy
Instead, Melky might just walk...
2006-07-26 19:30:20
255.   rabid stan
Melky would've walked...
2006-07-26 19:30:56
256.   phee
2006-07-26 19:30:57
257.   Benjamin Kabak
Nice bunt.
2006-07-26 19:31:00
258.   rabid stan
2006-07-26 19:31:03
259.   tommyl
Or Melky hits a 2R double.
2006-07-26 19:31:05
260.   Simone
Yeah, Melky! Listen to me, Joe. I'm very wise.
2006-07-26 19:31:07
261.   mehmattski
How about a bases clearing double instead!


2006-07-26 19:31:16
262.   Ron Burgundy
YOU DA MAN!!!!!!!!!
2006-07-26 19:31:33
263.   seamus
woo hoo! Melky does it good!
2006-07-26 19:31:38
264.   C2Coke
Who's got Melky? We proudly do.
2006-07-26 19:31:41
265.   Coco Loco
someone buy torre a copy of weaver on strategy. exactly why you dont bunt there
2006-07-26 19:31:54
266.   phee
Big Sal to bunt?
2006-07-26 19:32:00
267.   fansince77
Got Melk...yup.
2006-07-26 19:32:09
268.   tommyl
Too bad Melky has crappy power. Trade him.
2006-07-26 19:32:13
269.   randym77
Melky baby!

That's why no one's stormed Steinbrenner's house demanding a big bat. We got plenty of offense.

2006-07-26 19:32:17
270.   Coco Loco
where's jorge??????
2006-07-26 19:32:32
271.   Benjamin Kabak
I miss Sal's mullet.
2006-07-26 19:32:33
272.   BklynBmr
The Melkman delivers!!!
2006-07-26 19:32:34
273.   Simone
Fasano can bunt. I'm okay with that.
2006-07-26 19:32:46
274.   pistolpete
Didn't we do this to Cordero last time as well?

Ha- just as Melky hit that ball, AC/DC's "Send for the Man" came on iTunes. How appropriate...

2006-07-26 19:32:54
275.   fansince77
Did anyone see Bowa freaking out- love this guy as 3b coach (hated him as manager, though-hmmm)
2006-07-26 19:33:06
276.   phee
Wow, I think they could've had Melk there. Nice job Sal!!
2006-07-26 19:33:13
277.   marc
the melk is never sour
2006-07-26 19:33:25
278.   Coco Loco
why guiel? wont buck just bring in the lefty for guiel, then damon?
2006-07-26 19:33:47
279.   Simone
It is on you, Guiel. Just get a sac fly.
2006-07-26 19:33:53
280.   tommyl
Hmmm...Green plays second? I like this move.
2006-07-26 19:34:12
281.   phee
Yeah, Bowa and Pena's enthusiasm is awesome.
2006-07-26 19:34:12
282.   C2Coke
231 tommyl, Guiel is in.
2006-07-26 19:34:16
283.   seamus
277 that was AWFUL!
2006-07-26 19:34:54
284.   mehmattski
Buck Showalter, with his second managing mistake of the night. Is there a Rangers site similar to NoMass for Buck Losses?
2006-07-26 19:34:55
285.   phee
Woo Hoo.
2006-07-26 19:34:58
286.   tommyl
There we go. I'm smelling the WC lead.
2006-07-26 19:35:00
287.   Simone
Yay, wild pitch to the other team for once.
2006-07-26 19:35:18
288.   pistolpete
Nice- well, no need for Guiel to do anything... :D
2006-07-26 19:35:49
289.   singledd
177 Only kidding.... my bad.
2006-07-26 19:36:20
290.   C2Coke
Melky, u da man!
2006-07-26 19:36:35
291.   Ron Burgundy
Thanks Franky Cordero.
2006-07-26 19:37:15
292.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Melky on fire today....
2006-07-26 19:37:19
293.   mehmattski
TJ Beam, eh? Another guy going from Untested Rookie to Torre Favorite in the blink of an eye.
2006-07-26 19:37:33
294.   Ravenscar
234 - Really? My bad. I had no idea. Seems a little strange.
2006-07-26 19:37:50
295.   rabid stan
That was fun.
2006-07-26 19:37:52
296.   tommyl
287 I was at the Phillies game last night. I never saw so many wild pitches.
2006-07-26 19:38:00
297.   Ron Burgundy
A-Rod started this with a HR. Not that ESPN will mention it.
2006-07-26 19:38:26
298.   tommyl
Melky July OPS: .892
2006-07-26 19:38:43
299.   Ron Burgundy
Good Night My Friends. I hope our beloved Yankees will triumph tonight.
2006-07-26 19:38:52
300.   tommyl
whoops, I meant .879
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2006-07-26 19:39:20
301.   fansince77
Way to get us going AROD
2006-07-26 19:39:31
302.   tommyl
297 No no no, the lead will be: Despite A-Rod striking out, Yankees pull through a victory.
2006-07-26 19:39:33
303.   rabid stan
299 Stay Classy.
2006-07-26 19:40:17
304.   tommyl
Woah, Beam. Wow, that's throwing him right back into the fire. C'mon TJ.

BTW, we need a nickname for him.

2006-07-26 19:40:37
305.   C2Coke
2006-07-26 19:41:33
306.   BklynBmr
286 F that, brah. I'm smellin' the AL East lead.
2006-07-26 19:41:34
307.   Ravenscar
Sterling seems to be implying that Beam may be the closer of the future - I mean, a possibility. Has anyohe else heard similar noise?
2006-07-26 19:41:36
308.   Peter
Nick the Stick will bat cleanup next inning.
2006-07-26 19:41:52
309.   rabid stan
I really don't like Beam here. I don't like Farnsworth either, but I'm a little queasy right now.
2006-07-26 19:42:02
310.   seamus
I'm pulling for Beam but I cannot believe that he is in there right now.
2006-07-26 19:42:04
311.   C2Coke
Did I hear something about Wang or was I just imagining things now?
2006-07-26 19:42:11
312.   tommyl
Also, I'd like to point out:

July OPS

A-Rod: .943
Giambi: .673

If anyone is failing right now its Giambi for sure. He needs to pull out of this HR or out nosedive.

2006-07-26 19:42:23
313.   phee
Big spot here for TJ.
2006-07-26 19:42:40
314.   fansince77
Beam still scares me...hope we get away with it.
2006-07-26 19:42:59
315.   randym77
304 Beam is "Bat Boy," courtesy of Peter Abraham. :)

Interesting choice. I guess he needs work, but I thought Joe would go straight to Farnsy here.

2006-07-26 19:43:16
316.   tommyl
C'mon TJ
2006-07-26 19:43:42
317.   BklynBmr
304 "String". OK, that was bad...
2006-07-26 19:43:49
318.   tommyl
No no no no, Proctor is up? Why Joe? Let him relax for once.
2006-07-26 19:43:55
319.   C2Coke
311's everyday Proctor warming up. I was imagining things because I smell the same thing in 286.
2006-07-26 19:44:01
320.   Peter
Why bother with Proctor? Bring in Mo if Beam gets into trouble.
2006-07-26 19:44:06
321.   rabid stan
It's really distressing that he can't seem to get a pitch past Matthews... and as I type that...
2006-07-26 19:44:11
322.   Coco Loco
307 sterling must be on crack.
2006-07-26 19:44:15
323.   mehmattski
304 Is Beamer too easy? Beam me up, T.J?
2006-07-26 19:44:28
324.   BklynBmr
315 The leash better be short...
2006-07-26 19:44:36
325.   phee
Leadoff walk, ugh. Always seems to hury ya.
2006-07-26 19:44:42
326.   tommyl
Oh dear lord.
2006-07-26 19:45:02
327.   rabid stan
320 Mo's had his share of work too. He's worked two days straight now. It's not the time for a five-out save.
2006-07-26 19:45:26
328.   fansince77
Not good Beam- you just don't even go 3 balls on a guy after getting the lead. CHALLENGE THEM!
2006-07-26 19:45:26
329.   C2Coke
The YES guys saw the trainer right beside Torre, worrying about 1 inning wonder because he was warming up for this inning, supposedly.
2006-07-26 19:46:30
330.   phee
2006-07-26 19:46:35
331.   rabid stan
327 Er, six out save.
2006-07-26 19:46:41
332.   seamus
i think we need Mo out there. Beam is making me nervous.
2006-07-26 19:46:43
333.   tommyl
I wish Jorge was calling the game here. Don't trust Fasano to know these pitchers yet and Beam is really young.
2006-07-26 19:50:54
334.   phee
2006-07-26 19:51:29
335.   Coco Loco
yes is suggesting farnsy's injured
2006-07-26 19:51:30
336.   Coco Loco
yes is suggesting farnsy's injured
2006-07-26 19:51:46
337.   BklynBmr
Get Beam out now
2006-07-26 19:52:06
338.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Is something wrong with Farnsworth? wtf
2006-07-26 19:52:35
339.   C2Coke
Is the toaster burning some toasts?
2006-07-26 19:52:44
340.   randym77
Does seem odd that Beam in there and not Farnsy. Did he throw his back out again?
2006-07-26 19:52:58
341.   tommyl
ugh. Now you have the worst, runs given up and Proctor being used.
2006-07-26 19:53:10
342.   C2Coke
Holy crap, what's Chacon warming up for????
2006-07-26 19:53:30
343.   fansince77
Good job Beam - you did wonderfully- getting behind hitters right away


2006-07-26 19:53:33
344.   Simone
Proctor = Official nightmare.
2006-07-26 19:53:43
345.   Benjamin Kabak
Is Joe Torre managing to lose this game? Brilliant decision going with Beam for this MUST WIN GAME. Is it that hard to understand?

This isn't Proctor's fault. He's given up a lucky ground ball and a broken bat bloop. Sometimes I can't stand Torre's "laid back" approach to managing.

Way to hand Texas the game here.

2006-07-26 19:53:59
346.   tommyl
We're losing this game.

Memo to Joe and Cash: Matt Smith has a 0.00 ERA. Yes he is left handed but he can also get righties out.

2006-07-26 19:54:28
347.   Benjamin Kabak
344 Why are you blaming Proctor for this? They haven't exactly hit him hard.

He never should have been in this mess in the first place. Joe Torre should get the blown save.

2006-07-26 19:54:46
348.   rabid stan
Farnworth better be dead. I want to see an obituary tomorrow.
2006-07-26 19:54:49
349.   Simone
Guess that wasn't Proctor's fault either. All that luck.
2006-07-26 19:55:11
350.   Benjamin Kabak
This game is really pissing me off.
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2006-07-26 19:55:11
351.   phee
This is horrible. They better get out of this only down 1.
2006-07-26 19:55:14
352.   Coco Loco
why was myers warming if torre's not going to have him pitch to blalock?
2006-07-26 19:55:25
353.   tommyl
Awful, awful managing here. I know you want to use Beam in important situations but the kid just got called up. Proctor is exhausted, we knew that from last night. He shouldn't even be out there.
2006-07-26 19:55:35
354.   Ron Burgundy
I leave for a minute and they blow the lead and game.

Damn. And now they're blowing it out.

2006-07-26 19:55:37
355.   seamus
344 proctor isn't pitching bad, but clearly not his best stuff either. overuse of proctor has to stop.
2006-07-26 19:55:40
356.   Benjamin Kabak
349 with the infield back, that's a DP.
2006-07-26 19:56:02
357.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Grrrr put Wang in or something....
2006-07-26 19:56:20
358.   Benjamin Kabak
Joe's "look of disappointment" should be directed toward himself for being an idiot especially after Beam walked the leadoff hitter.
2006-07-26 19:56:23
359.   C2Coke
340 I don't care if he was tying his shoelaces while getting into a car, 10 or so pitches in one inning is NOT asking a lot.
2006-07-26 19:57:25
360.   Max
I'm completely scratching my head at why TJ Beam was starting the 8th. I can't put it any more obviously than that.
2006-07-26 19:57:30
361.   phee
UH, Proctor is done or something, get him out!!!
2006-07-26 19:58:14
362.   tommyl
This is overuse of Proctor. He pitched two innings last night and the night before. He was lights out while rested, when will Joe learn that?
2006-07-26 19:58:56
363.   C2Coke
345 You are right on. Chacon is in. Torre is definitley managing to lose this game.
2006-07-26 19:59:14
364.   AbbyNormal821
OK - so I guess Torre decided to hand the win to Texas tonight? What the !@#$%
2006-07-26 19:59:30
365.   tommyl
This goes back to having Ponson and Chacon on the roster. Its a spot that a useful reliever could be in. I still don't understand this bias against Smith. Can anyone explain it to me?
2006-07-26 19:59:43
366.   singledd
Man.... that game got blown really fast.
2006-07-26 19:59:52
367.   randym77
The wind must be really funky in this ballpark. It seems the outfielders are always jumping in the wrong direction.

And Proctor cannot be used every day. Joe, you have to resist the temptation.

2006-07-26 19:59:54
368.   seamus
359 pitch 10 innings an dpossibly miss 10 weeks? no way. If you've got injury issues, especially back injuries, best thing to do is tell the boss and let someone else step up. It isn't October yet.
2006-07-26 20:00:16
369.   Benjamin Kabak
362 Never. When will Joe ever learn anything? When will Joe learn that Bernie can't hit against righties? This is a disaster. Are they just throwing in the towel?

Don't they know that Jeter, Giambi and A-Rod are due up in the 9th? Its not over yet. Why bring in the 7th starter?

2006-07-26 20:00:46
370.   phee
Let's get a K or pop up or force at home. The BP is dead, that's why Beam was in. Same reason Chacon is in now.
2006-07-26 20:01:19
371.   AbbyNormal821
If Chacon gets through this with no more damage, I think my head will explode!
2006-07-26 20:01:19
372.   C2Coke
360 NoWorth is living up to his nickname.
2006-07-26 20:02:02
373.   tommyl
Are there still really no outs?!
2006-07-26 20:02:31
374.   Benjamin Kabak
Where was that pitch exactly?
2006-07-26 20:03:03
375.   tommyl
Nice pitch. 2 more Shawn
2006-07-26 20:03:05
376.   Coco Loco
an out. hooray!!!!
2006-07-26 20:03:14
377.   randym77
365 The only thing I can figure is that he walks too many.

369 Maybe they figure Chacon's the one with most experience pitching with men on. :-P

2006-07-26 20:03:33
378.   Benjamin Kabak
I see Mike Myers is just throwing in the bullpen for exercise HELLO JOE TORRE. SOMEONE WANTS YOU TO MANAGE THIS GAME.
2006-07-26 20:03:45
379.   rabid stan
370 True. Myers was his only other option. That's why Kyle Farnsworth better be dead. It's his fault. I don't want to hear about a balky back tomorrow.
2006-07-26 20:04:02
380.   tommyl
Shawn Chacon!
2006-07-26 20:04:02
381.   Benjamin Kabak

Now rally.

2006-07-26 20:04:14
382.   Peter
2006-07-26 20:04:15
383.   rabid stan
Oh thank GOD!
2006-07-26 20:04:18
384.   phee
Beautiful!!! Let's get a run boys!
2006-07-26 20:05:47
385.   randym77
Chac! Obi-Shawn comes through in the clutch.

Keep it up, kid, and you could get your job back.

2006-07-26 20:07:24
386.   Simone
Incredible! Chacon did it.
2006-07-26 20:07:37
387.   tommyl
377 And Chacon and Ponson don't? I don't understand, I mean I'm not being a fan here, being objective. Smith has a 0.00 ERA. Its small sample but the kid is worth a shot.
2006-07-26 20:08:19
388.   C2Coke
368 What I meant was that I don't know why NoWorth's hurt so much unless it's a chronic thing. I'm with you, if he has a chronic problem he should just go on the DL and clear the roaster spot.
2006-07-26 20:08:25
389.   Benjamin Kabak
The Cap'n comes through. Let's not run out of this inning.

It would be cool if Giambi could get a hit. He's down to .249.

2006-07-26 20:08:36
390.   Simone
Okay, why is it so hard to post? People lurking?

Nice job getting on Derek. Let's go, slumping Jason.

2006-07-26 20:09:16
391.   Benjamin Kabak
377 For some reason, Torre seems to like Beam better. Ironically, it's something about BB issued. I'm going to write about that on Off the Façade tonight once this game is done.
2006-07-26 20:09:37
392.   randym77
Chacon looked pretty darn good there.

And Jeter gets on. Let's go, Yan-kees...

2006-07-26 20:09:39
393.   Coco Loco
390. dunno this site is really bad today about reloading
2006-07-26 20:09:47
394.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Chacon just earned him self a start... now plz beat the crap out of Otsuka
2006-07-26 20:09:54
395.   Benjamin Kabak
2006-07-26 20:09:57
396.   Simone
Slumpy Jason is gone! Yeah!!!!
2006-07-26 20:09:59
397.   tommyl
2006-07-26 20:10:08
398.   randym77
2006-07-26 20:10:15
399.   Peter
2006-07-26 20:10:15
400.   phee
YESSSSSSSSS, Giambi comes up HUGE !!!!!!
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2006-07-26 20:10:16
401.   C2Coke
2006-07-26 20:10:25
402.   rabid stan
I don't believe it. This hasn't happened. It just ain't so.
2006-07-26 20:10:29
403.   Simone
Buck looks shocked. LOL!
2006-07-26 20:10:33
404.   seamus
holy cow! that was so awesome!
2006-07-26 20:10:34
405.   tommyl
Time for stat padding A-Rod
2006-07-26 20:10:34
406.   domvjr
The Bomb!
2006-07-26 20:11:13
407.   Benjamin Kabak
Bad for my fantasy team. F***ing great for the Yankees!!

Real life trumps fantasy every time. I know too many people who believe the opposite.

2006-07-26 20:11:30
408.   Coco Loco
405. an insurance run isnt stat padding here (no matter what steve phillips says)
2006-07-26 20:11:34
409.   AbbyNormal821
2006-07-26 20:11:54
410.   tommyl
I love the shot of Jeter jumping up like a little leaguer.
2006-07-26 20:12:03
411.   Ken Arneson
Sorry about the site troubles. The servers needed a kick in the pants with a little bigger boot than normal today.
2006-07-26 20:12:29
412.   Benjamin Kabak
That was some "reaction" from the Yankee dugout. That must be the most subdued bunch of baseball players ever.
2006-07-26 20:12:43
413.   C2Coke
To be honest, I was much more surprised at Chacon's performance than Giambi's HR.
2006-07-26 20:12:45
414.   tommyl
409 If you can Abby, try to refrain from cursing. Several people read this at school/work and will get blocked.
2006-07-26 20:12:49
415.   JVarghese81
As frustrating as the last half inning was, man, was that sweet...and to think, I was annoyed at how bad Giambi was slumping.

Way to shut me up Jason...

Has there been any word on Farnsworth? Is he hurt?

2006-07-26 20:12:57
416.   pistolpete
407 I have Otsuka, but I also have Giambi.
2006-07-26 20:13:06
417.   Yu-Hsing Chen

Chacon is definately player of the game ... that and Giambi / A-rod

2006-07-26 20:13:13
418.   tommyl
408 That was sarcasm. Sorry.
2006-07-26 20:13:20
419.   AbbyNormal821
Eh, my bad...
2006-07-26 20:13:29
420.   militello
I don't see how you you guys can bash Torre for the bullpen blowing the lead. Obviously Farnsworth couldn't go. Proctor was dead tired. Villone had already pitched. Myers is a loogy and I think all the hitters were righties or switch hitters before the rangers took the lead. And how many times can you pitch Rivera two innings. He didn't have much choise but to go to Beam. The problem is Wright. He can never get out of the 6th and it's killing the bullpen.
2006-07-26 20:13:38
421.   pistolpete
407 And did I mention I have Rivera, too? :-D
2006-07-26 20:13:53
422.   Bob Timmermann
Unfortunately, the Yankees game is ending the same time as the Dodgers "brain trust" was on the radio trying to explain their master plan to salvage the 2006 season.

You don't want to know....

2006-07-26 20:13:58
423.   Jen
Giambi hit that out because I'm eating the lucky Louie-Bloo Raspberry Otter Pop.
2006-07-26 20:14:29
424.   tommyl
419 No biggie, done it myself in a moment of excitement :).
2006-07-26 20:14:38
425.   Simone
411 Thanks for the explanation.

Let's go, Mo! It is on you!

2006-07-26 20:14:38
426.   tommyl
Its Mo time.
2006-07-26 20:14:52
427.   C2Coke
Mo time!!!
2006-07-26 20:15:18
428.   Coco Loco
420. why not villone for another inning? tomorrow's an off day and there's less of a chance of needing him friday w/ wang on the hill.
2006-07-26 20:15:45
429.   pistolpete
423 Hmm - a woman eating a popsicle - always lucky, even when there's no game on! ;-)
2006-07-26 20:16:38
430.   C2Coke
411 Thank you, Ken. I greatly appreciate your hard work always at such a timely fashion. One of the reasons why I love to come to this site on a daily basis (I am sure I am speaking for many here).
2006-07-26 20:17:54
431.   tommyl
429 Better, this blog I read about a bartenderess in Manhattan says that every time she has a sex dream about Giambi, the Yankees win. I think she had one last night or the night before.
2006-07-26 20:17:59
432.   Bob Timmermann
Three outs to go to claim the checkered jersey.
2006-07-26 20:18:48
433.   C2Coke
Hey! Posada out because Mo's on. Most of the time, I like Torre a lot.
2006-07-26 20:19:59
434.   rabid stan
MO's cutter seems to have a little more life today than yesterday. 93-95 is much better than the 90-92 he seemed to have the last few days.
2006-07-26 20:20:20
435.   Benjamin Kabak
420 How about having Beam in the bullpen in the first place? Torre didn't like Smith because he walked too many guys. Torre told Beam, "you'll be back soon" when Beam was sent down to Columbus.

While both pitchers have thrown very few innings, the splits are ridiculous. Smith has been devastatingly more effective than Beam. It's not even close. And Smith has been great against righties too.

I question why Joe Torre has Beam on the team and not Smith.

I question why Proctor stays in to pitch to a lefty instead of Mike Myers. Why was Myers throwing? For work?

That's why I question Torre's use of the bullpen. Even under subpar conditions, that was bad managing.

2006-07-26 20:21:13
436.   pistolpete
Had to turn the game off - every time I keep it on, bad things have seemed to happen tonight. Turned it off at 7-6 Rangers, and when I came back it was 8-7 Yanks.

Soooo, it stays off for now. Keep me updated people.

2006-07-26 20:21:26
437.   tommyl
411 Thanks Ken!
2006-07-26 20:21:38
438.   tommyl
I heart Mo
2006-07-26 20:21:45
439.   Bob Timmermann
The checkered jersey beckons.
2006-07-26 20:21:50
440.   Alex Belth
Wow, Mo gets a call. Maybe he didn't. That was a nasty, nasty pitch to Matthews, Jr.
2006-07-26 20:22:21
441.   Alex Belth
Shit, a two out single.
2006-07-26 20:22:36
442.   Alex Belth
Two righties due up...
2006-07-26 20:23:04
443.   Ron Burgundy
Hmm, I take a shower, come back and it's 8-7 Yanks. Whatever. I'll take it.
2006-07-26 20:23:57
444.   tommyl
440 Welcome to the party Alex. Gotta keep the Riverdale representing :)
2006-07-26 20:24:00
445.   domvjr
I have issues with the Yes broadcast team, but listening to the Ranger announcing is like watching paint dry!
2006-07-26 20:24:10
446.   rabid stan
443 Don't leave again. When you leave, the game changes. We like it as is.
2006-07-26 20:24:13
447.   AbbyNormal821
436 - ME TOO!!!
2006-07-26 20:24:19
448.   Benjamin Kabak
I am not enamored with moving the OFers back with Mo on the mound. When do hits he gives up ever go over the outfielders' heads?
2006-07-26 20:25:26
449.   Bob Timmermann

Ask Vernon Wells.

2006-07-26 20:25:36
450.   pistolpete
448 You'd always rather have a ball fall in front of an OF - that stadium seems to be tailor made for balls going "all the way to the wall", as Sterling would say...
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2006-07-26 20:25:54
451.   tommyl
Please Mo, you can do it. We all love you.
2006-07-26 20:26:09
452.   seamus
448 i agree. (knock on wood) Mo tends to get hurt the most with those shallow bloopers.
2006-07-26 20:26:14
453.   Benjamin Kabak
Fantastic win. Great win. Too bad it had to be that hard.
2006-07-26 20:26:17
454.   tommyl
2006-07-26 20:26:30
455.   Alex Belth
Michael Young.

This one is a nail-biter.

Fastball, high. Young nearly jumps out of his shoes, fouls it back. 0-1.

Throw to first (pinch runner, Freddie Guzman get back). Pitch-out. Not running. 1-1.

Big lead...Throw to first. Back in time.

Mo taking forever. Runner goes. Young hits a slow grounder to Jeter. Throws to first, in time.


Awwwww, Bacon.

2006-07-26 20:26:34
456.   randym77
Yeah! Bronx broomers!!! :-D
2006-07-26 20:26:45
457.   Ron Burgundy
2006-07-26 20:26:47
458.   AbbyNormal821
2006-07-26 20:27:00
459.   C2Coke

Man, Wasn't that hard work.

2006-07-26 20:27:07
460.   Benjamin Kabak
450 Of course we always want the ball in front of the OF. But when Mo pitches, the ball always falls in front of the OFers anyway.

Not that it mattered tonight.

2006-07-26 20:27:21
461.   pistolpete
YES - TV GOES BACK ON - and of course, over to ESPN for the A-Rod highlight show...
2006-07-26 20:27:25
462.   Simone
Yay, Mo! Theee Yankees win!

In the words our esteemed principle owner, "never give up!"

2006-07-26 20:27:44
463.   seamus
450 i generally agree, but with Mo I wonder if you shouldn't play to the most likely scenarios. Hits off of Mo are almost always shallow bloopers or ground balls.
2006-07-26 20:28:10
464.   rsmith51
Ok here's the plan for the rest of season,

pistolpete-No more game watching for you.

Ron Burgandy-Showers whenever the Yanks are trailing.

Just kidding!

Nice win, Yanks!

2006-07-26 20:28:16
465.   rabid stan
It's over. The burning questions are settled, Mo > Otsuka. Yanks > Rangers.

Nobody asked those questions, but still, they're settled.

2006-07-26 20:28:21
466.   Ron Burgundy
Suck it ESPN!

Good Night Everybody!

2006-07-26 20:28:28
467.   pistolpete
Thanks, tommyl - yours was the first post I saw when I refreshed the page. Great feeling to see those words...
2006-07-26 20:29:07
468.   tommyl
463 The Mo shift? :)
2006-07-26 20:29:32
469.   tommyl
467 My pleasure Pete. I was so excited.
2006-07-26 20:30:51
470.   pistolpete
464 Believe me, I'd rather have the season play out like it would in some sort of Micro-League Baseball game, where I could just simulate the entire season and save myself a lot of grey hairs & stomach churning... ;-)

I know, I know - "but what fun would that be...?"

That's the thing about following this team - the lows are devastating, but the highs are unlike any other feeling in the world...

2006-07-26 20:30:56
471.   Benjamin Kabak
The updated standings they're showing on YES are beautiful.

Also of note, the Yanks have a better winning percentage than the Mets.

2006-07-26 20:31:19
472.   C2Coke
465 Bet you can't figure the ones out with Wright v. Ponson v. Chacon (who admittedly is the hero today) and Beam v.Smith AND Farns.
2006-07-26 20:32:06
473.   tommyl
470 May I suggest reading Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch? Its about soccer and is love for Arsenal but you might identify with a lot, especially his thoughts on how being a true fan is about pain, not fun.
2006-07-26 20:33:05
474.   singledd
Man... that kind of back and forth game with a big hit for the win reminds me of the 2000 team. Never say die.

When Giambi homers, our chances are always good. Jetes lead off single was very big... got the blood flowing.

When was the last game where both ARod and Giambi homered? It seems like quite a while.

Great win. GREAT win.
Good night all.

2006-07-26 20:34:39
475.   randym77
And Chac is POTG.
2006-07-26 20:35:14
476.   rabid stan
I forgive you Kyle Farnsworth. I am no longer looking for your obituary.
2006-07-26 20:35:16
477.   pistolpete
473 I'll make a note of it - definitely sounds like my life.

Luckily, I've got my wife trained where if she sees me scowling during the time where there's a game on, she knows not to ask, "Is there something wrong?" or the ever-maddening, "Are you mad at me?"

She has about a 2 month window from the beginning of February to the end of March where she has a normal husband. Unless the NY Rangers are in it (ha).

2006-07-26 20:37:27
478.   seamus
i don't want to see proctor for at least 3 days.
2006-07-26 20:37:28
479.   C2Coke
I didn't realize Chacon turned out to be the winning pitcher. So is Torre gonna flip the coin to decide whether to start Ponson or Chacon next time?
2006-07-26 20:37:40
480.   yankz
I just got back, and to quote the Black Howard Dean, BYAAH!!! Damm, I'm mad I missed that game, I had to stop watching silent ESPN when the boys were still down 4-2. Rats.
2006-07-26 20:39:17
481.   seamus
468 yeah, the Mo shift. Mo seems to be one of those pitchers who dictates where the ball goes more than the batter. Kind of like how Wang throws ground balls. err. or should i say sinkers that result in ground balls.
2006-07-26 20:39:31
482.   marc
Our relief pitchers look like dogshit/vomit on rye until Mo comes in.
2006-07-26 20:40:31
483.   C2Coke
480 You a fan of roller coaster rides?
2006-07-26 20:42:15
484.   tommyl
477 Ha, what did you do to convince her to put up with you?
2006-07-26 20:42:19
485.   C2Coke
482 Hey! Chacon was for once named POTG, please give him some credit.
2006-07-26 20:44:56
486.   C2Coke
Looks like Burnett used up all his fuel against the Yanks the other day.
2006-07-26 20:47:49
487.   Peter
482 Villone pitched well too.
2006-07-26 20:53:39
488.   randym77
Yup. It's Farnsy's back.
2006-07-26 20:53:39
489.   seamus
how long do y'all think it will take espn to change their headlines to acknowledge that the Twins are NOT tied for the wild card and the Yankees lead?
2006-07-26 21:20:02
490.   fansince77
OK - let me get this straight-

Yankees come back three times- and sweep!
ChiSox lose, Boston loses, Toronto is losing...Giambi breaks out, ARod may very well be back...are all the freakin' planets aligned tonight or what...I better call in for new car insurance or something!

2006-07-26 21:25:14
491.   seamus
so Yankees play Tampa, while Boston plays the Angels and Toronto plays Oakland. Detroit meets the red hot Twins.

If the Yankees can manage a sweep behind our top 3 pitchers, we'll likely be within 1/2 game of Boston (in front or behind) and a 1.5 game lead on the Twins in the wild card. This could be important because next week we have to play Toronto who had our number pretty good last week.

2006-07-26 21:30:01
492.   fansince77
To see the lack of professionalism and general annoyance of Rangers radio announcers go to MLB.COM and contrast their reactions to Giambi's shot and Young's two- run single

Giambi's- "Giambi (three second pause) gone...(silence for the next ten seconds)

Young's- and a ground ball up the MIDDLE HE DID IT AGAIN- THIS GAME IS TIED!!!!!

2006-07-26 21:52:40
493.   tommyl
Some good news via Tyler Kepner at the Times:

Second baseman Robinson Cano, who has missed more than a month with a strained hamstring, will resume base-running drills on Friday in Tampa, Fla., with the hope of starting a minor-league assignment next week.

Sheff also had is cast removed today.

2006-07-26 21:54:21
494.   SF Yanks
492 Yeah, that's straight ridiculous. That really bothers me.
2006-07-27 00:10:34
495.   joejoejoe
468481 Re: Mo shift

Are there publicly available hit charts against Rivera? I wonder if there is some kind of funky outfield deployment (extremely shallow CF, RF/LF deep in the alleys) that might pay yield a bit better results on average.

I could definitely see playing a very shallow CF with runners in scoring position. Mo gives up a lot of flares. Managers are getting more adventurous with the Giambi/Ortiz shifts, maybe Torre will invent the Rivera rover.

2006-07-27 00:30:58
496.   rabid stan
All this Mo shift stuff... he's pretty good on his own. How could we tell if the shift is working? He doesn't give up an ER for a few weeks? He could do that anyway.
2006-07-27 05:52:27
497.   tommyl
496 Well, the aformentioned hit charts would show a decrease. Stats wise, his WHIP would go down as would is BABIP, BA against and SLG against.
2006-07-27 05:52:43
498.   tommyl
And apparently I refuse to type h for his. Sorry.
2006-07-27 08:18:09
499.   Yankee Fan in Chicago
Re the "Mo shift":

I was thinking along the same lines -- but for Wang rather than Mo.

I haven't looked it up, but the frustrating thing following along on Gamecenter when he pitches is seeing that "infield hit" pop up. Wang's gotta give up a bunch of those. Perhaps they can be cut down.

My thought was, since he gives up so many gbs,to play 5 infielders when he pitches. Have 1b and 3b guard the lines to prevent doubles, then 2b and ss shaded towards 1b and 3b, with someone behind the 2b bag. Have two oufielders positioned in left center and right center -- tho those positions could be changed depending upon what a hit chart would show regarding the flyballs and liners he gives up.

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