Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
Bearing Down
2007-07-28 11:37
by Cliff Corcoran
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The Yankees enter tonight's game in the same situation they were in a week ago. Having lost two straight, they have to sweep the weekend to stay on target. Last weekend they did just that by blowing the Devil Rays out of the water by winning three games by a combined score of 45-12. This weekend, the pitching matchups favor the Yankees, but the offense will have to snap out of their sudden funk to cash in on that advantage.

Robinson Cano broke the team's 0-for-27 slump with runners in scoring position with an RBI single in the sixth inning last night. Here's hoping they can build on that tonight against Brian Burres who has a 7.18 ERA over his last five starts. Roger Clemens, meanwhile, has allowed three runs in his last 13 innings over two starts.

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2007-07-28 11:55:39
1.   unmoderated
i had to think about that for a second... indeed, they have lost two straight.

and speaking of cano:

2007-07-28 13:11:55
2.   SF Yanks
I recall thinking last week about if they happened to lose the last game of the D-Rays series and the first game of the Royals series, but won the next 3, they would be in the same shape as they would had they lost the last game of the Royals instead of the first. I thought about how everyone would call the season off if they were to lose those two games in a row, and that's what happened. Like you said, the Yanks are now in the same position with everyone calling off the division. If they happen to win the next 3 though, people will consider the division still alive.

Did that make sense or just confuse everyone even more?

2007-07-28 13:13:31
3.   SF Yanks
That should read, "I thought about how everyone would call the division off if they..."
2007-07-28 13:27:10
4.   Vandelay Industries

Nope. Makes complete sense to me. I considered the division to be in play most of this season, until now. Unless the Yankees can get the lead down to three or four games, the division is simply not in play, and there is no sense getting anyones' hopes up in that area. If the Red Sox pick Dye up and Schilling gets healthy, the Yankees have absolutely no chance to win the division, barring some miracle.

I am watching the Angels game, and to be frank, I just don't get it. How the hell is this team winning so many games? The pitching is anything but stellar, and well, the lineup isn't anything that should scare anyone. Maybe a manager can actually impact a club more than I thought (see Leyland, Jim, and Scioscia, Mike). I wondered why so many people were surprised by the Mariners, as their lineup is clearly better than any other in the AL West. I actually think the Mariners will wind up winning the West. With Cleveland in a virtual tie with the Tigers, and the Angels and Mariners pretty tight, we have a handfull of teams we are fighting. But we shouldn't begin to believe that the playoffs are in play, much less the division, until we do something over an extended period to truly make that possible. With the Angels likely to make a run at Tex, and Boston likely to make a run at Dye and possible pitching, we are in deep deep doo doo if Hughes does not only come back, but dominates, and Karstens and Chamberlain are able to give a useless bullpen some strength.

2007-07-28 13:46:57
5.   bob34957
Time waits for no one and it won't wait for ..... August draws closer and unless Phil Hughes starts pitching, one of the Astro middle relievers gets picked up, and Giambi comes back and gets productive it doesn't look promising. I know we can sneak into the big show as the wildcard. The core, Jetes, Alex, Jorge, Hideki, Lecheman, and Cano are fine, but the bench is weak and embarrassing. We need to destroy the O's pronto.
2007-07-28 13:58:49
6.   rbj
That's why I'm going to see the Mudhens play tonight, rather than sit home and watch the Yankees.
2007-07-28 15:10:28
7.   Vandelay Industries
The way I see it now, if Giambi can come back, our offense is about as good as it is going to get without haing to give up prospects we shouldn't be trading. What we need is someone to fill the role once occupied by Tom Gordon. If we could aquire Gange, that would be best. It helps us this year in ways no other garbage reliever will, and offers some protection should Mo implode or decide to depart with Joe Torre at season's end. It seems obvious to me.
2007-07-28 16:11:38
8.   BklynBmr
Nice AB, Cap...
2007-07-28 16:18:21
9.   OldYanksFan
Detroit about to lose to the Angels
2007-07-28 16:24:41
10.   SpoonG91
I hope Minnesota finally wins a game
2007-07-28 16:26:44
11.   BklynBmr
No help from Oakland today, losing to Seattle. I don't see their annual second half surge happening this year...
2007-07-28 16:35:20
12.   SpoonG91
That was close down the line, good call.
2007-07-28 16:35:22
13.   Yankees Brasil
Fuck no..
that ball was foul..
another bad call against the yanks
2007-07-28 16:40:44
14.   SpoonG91
We need some runs now.
2007-07-28 16:42:47
15.   Yankees Brasil
Being dominated by a mediocre starter ...again
2007-07-28 16:43:08
16.   SpoonG91
Cano can really hit lefties.
2007-07-28 16:43:24
17.   BklynBmr
12,13 Too close to call. Only a birds-eye camera angle could decide...
2007-07-28 16:44:25
18.   yankz
Looked fair to me. Whatever.
2007-07-28 16:45:02
19.   SpoonG91
15 Word.
2007-07-28 16:45:32
20.   BklynBmr
Great. 1 thru 9 start slumping at the same time...
2007-07-28 16:46:00
21.   SpoonG91
Can't blame Rog, I wouldn't want to be a 44-year old pitching in 97 degrees.
2007-07-28 16:50:22
22.   BklynBmr
21 With Houston-esque run support, no less...
2007-07-28 16:58:05
23.   BklynBmr
Now how about at least a few tough ABs, work a walk or two, maybe even think about scoring a run... anything to give Rocket time to catch his wind...
2007-07-28 16:59:25
24.   BklynBmr
Ouch. That isn't what I had in mind...
2007-07-28 17:00:57
25.   monkeypants
Fucking beautiful. Now if Melky goes down, Damon has to be moved into CF, and teh team loses the DH. Hmmm....why as Basak called up again? Why do they carry 13 pichers?
2007-07-28 17:00:59
26.   yankz
Oh yahoo.
2007-07-28 17:01:23
27.   SpoonG91
That looked a lot more serious than it was
2007-07-28 17:01:29
28.   yankz
What a baller. Let's hope this isn't stupid.
2007-07-28 17:01:29
29.   BklynBmr
Milkman is a stud.
2007-07-28 17:02:21
30.   yankz
My guess is Matsui would've moved to CF, Duncan in at LF.
2007-07-28 17:03:56
31.   BklynBmr
Is the ump calling high strikes or are the Yanks just helping out Burres? They're swinging at everything..
2007-07-28 17:04:02
32.   yankz
Hey, this game rules.
2007-07-28 17:04:47
33.   yankz
2B, BB, #500.
2007-07-28 17:04:48
34.   Yankees Brasil
ugly ugly game
2007-07-28 17:06:05
35.   BklynBmr
WTF happened to Yankee Stadium South?
2007-07-28 17:06:16
36.   yankz
OK, never mind. F.
2007-07-28 17:07:14
37.   yankz
Jeter's what, 0 for his last 12ish?
2007-07-28 17:11:55
38.   BklynBmr
OK. Here comes #500...
2007-07-28 17:17:17
39.   yankz
God damn lefties.
2007-07-28 17:17:29
40.   Cliff Corcoran
For those who missed it, Wigginton went to the Astros for Dan Wheeler. So niether of those guys is coming to the Bronx.
2007-07-28 17:24:07
41.   Alex Belth
Roger, we need a double play like nobodies business here, one on, no out in the fourth...
2007-07-28 17:24:51
42.   Alex Belth
There it is, there it is...tailor made, baby.
2007-07-28 17:25:05
43.   BklynBmr
40 This has been the quietest approach to the trade deadline in recent memory. Lofton heads back to Cleveland (3rd time), but other than that, nada. There's still a few days, and I'd like to see something happen with Farns, preferrably to the NL (just in case...)
2007-07-28 17:25:18
44.   Alex Belth
Thank Yoouuu Mr Hernandez.
2007-07-28 17:26:38
45.   Alex Belth
Dude, f-Jay Payton. Come on Roger. Down 2-0, Clemens pours a fastball over for a stirke, pitch #70. Another fastball, up and in, ball three. Ball four outside, loses him.
2007-07-28 17:26:50
46.   BklynBmr
41 Timely visit and a good call ;-)
2007-07-28 17:28:59
47.   Alex Belth
Yo, the Yanks are burning my ass right now. I know the O's are playing well but f-that, these are games the Yanks need to win.
2007-07-28 17:31:01
48.   Alex Belth
Nice. Now, these guys need to start hitting.
2007-07-28 17:31:03
49.   randym77
Jorge Cantu is going to the Reds in exchange for a couple of relief pitchers (Brian Shackelford and Calvin Medlock). Actually, he's already there. The Louisville Bats were playing the Durham Bulls today, and the three players just switched dugouts. Cantu was in the lineup for the Bulls, but ended up playing for the Bats.
2007-07-28 17:32:10
50.   Yankees Brasil
Seriously who the hell is Burres?? Why can´t we hit mediocre pitchers?? This game sucks..
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2007-07-28 17:33:17
51.   Alex Belth
For what it's worth, I saw the Simpsons movie yesterday. I consider myself a big fan of the show--I own the first eight seasons on dvd. And I definitely say it was worth the price of admission. It wasn't maybe inspired on the level of the South Park movie, but I left feeling very satisfied. I really enjoyed it.
2007-07-28 17:34:55
52.   randym77
49 I should add, the Reds have no current need for Cantu. The trade has led to speculation that they will be trading one or more of their infielders. Conine or Hatteberg, perhaps.
2007-07-28 17:35:44
53.   BklynBmr
If Yanks win tonight and tomorrow, they're on the 3 of 4, 2 of 3 pace needed to get in the mix. But this not the time for a hitting slump.

OK. Robbie's out and Andy's foul drive are encouraging. C'mon fellas, find those gaps!

2007-07-28 17:36:44
54.   Yankees Brasil
2 hits now!!!
2007-07-28 17:37:52
55.   Alex Belth
Great jump by Melky.
2007-07-28 17:38:28
56.   BklynBmr
51 How about a '' page of Banter regulars? Just for sh*ts and giggles...
2007-07-28 17:39:45
57.   Yankees Brasil
my god Damon, do something..
2007-07-28 17:40:14
58.   Alex Belth
That would be classic.
2007-07-28 17:40:54
59.   Chyll Will
Not thinking. Those at-bats look like they're just hacking. Even if you've never seen the pitcher before, why aren't you trying to find your pitch? Impatience?
2007-07-28 17:41:11
60.   SpoonG91
Rog settling down nicely.
2007-07-28 17:45:06
61.   Alex Belth
I'm pretty positive Roberts will come around to score before it's all said and done this inning...
2007-07-28 17:46:10
62.   Alex Belth
Brian Roberts is a gnat.
2007-07-28 17:47:28
63.   randym77
Pesky little guy, isn't he?
2007-07-28 17:47:28
64.   Alex Belth
A fuggin quick gnat.
2007-07-28 17:47:46
65.   BklynBmr
61 Dude, you are more often than not clairvoyant about these things, and I hate to see you call 'em...

Please say our boys will respond with a 8 run inning...

2007-07-28 17:48:09
66.   Alex Belth
I hate 'im.
2007-07-28 17:48:50
67.   Alex Belth
That's the question. Do you think the Yanks have the comeback in them? I'm wavering myself. They'd better...
2007-07-28 17:50:55
68.   BklynBmr
Whew! "Track", "wall" and "Abreu" is not usually not a good thing...
2007-07-28 17:51:02
69.   randym77
Wow, Abreu touched the wall. And didn't drop the ball. I think he's improving.
2007-07-28 17:52:02
70.   Chyll Will
67 Well, I don't even have the patience for this right now. I hate hi-byes, but that's what it is tonight, sigh.

Nice skip-to-my-lou by Bobby... peace >;)

2007-07-28 17:52:18
71.   randym77
And Alex successfully puts the jinx on Roberts.
2007-07-28 17:52:38
72.   BklynBmr
No way Bernie would have gotten to Out 3. Sorry, I don't know what brought than on ;-)
2007-07-28 17:53:55
73.   Chyll Will
69 And he didn't burst into flames! That mind-meld Farnz has on him must being wearing off... (peace agin')
2007-07-28 17:54:36
74.   BklynBmr
67 It's either 8 or 9 runs tonight or maybe 1. I just dunno...
2007-07-28 17:54:54
75.   Alex Belth
Okay, clean slate, let's get it going. Jete's you are the captain, start it off, baby...
2007-07-28 17:55:33
76.   Alex Belth
3-1 fastball, ball four, Jeter swings and misses. Dag.
2007-07-28 17:55:48
77.   Alex Belth
Swings at ball four again. Hang tough, kid.
2007-07-28 17:56:21
78.   Alex Belth
Finally holds off on the high heater, and Jeter walks.
2007-07-28 17:56:50
79.   BklynBmr
Good as a hit right now, Cap. Good as a hit...

C'mon, Bobby. Drive one!

2007-07-28 17:56:50
80.   Alex Belth
That's what I'm talking about. Get runners on for A Rod so he doesn't think about the homer, just the Ribbies.
2007-07-28 17:57:43
81.   Alex Belth
Abreu robbed. Nice catch by Markakis. Tip your cap. Shit.
2007-07-28 17:58:51
82.   BklynBmr
A-Rod seems focused. This should be a positive AB...
2007-07-28 18:00:42
83.   BklynBmr
Wow, those flashbulbs are a trip...
2007-07-28 18:02:33
84.   Alex Belth
That couldn't have possibly been any worse.
2007-07-28 18:03:38
85.   pistolpete
Seems like every time we go into Baltimore, we play the exact opposite type of game we've been playing the week prior - whether it be worse or better.
2007-07-28 18:04:39
86.   BklynBmr
^&!#@~! Time to switch over* to The Food Network. Stud cake makers are in a 'best Simpson's themed cake' contest. Should be more competitive than this game...

* Pacific time, right now...

2007-07-28 18:07:23
87.   BklynBmr
F. Can't blame Rocket tonight. He's holding it down. Yanks need to get back the bats KC's stadium personnel switched out after game three...
2007-07-28 18:11:14
88.   OldYanksFan
Wow... feast or famine to the max. Jetes has looked ery bad in the last 3 games, as has ARod.
2007-07-28 18:11:42
89.   BklynBmr
Two hits. Two!!!!!
2007-07-28 18:13:11
90.   Alex Belth
2007-07-28 18:13:14
91.   BklynBmr
89 Ahem. Make that three...
2007-07-28 18:14:45
92.   BklynBmr
88 It's amazing how either hitting or pitching, good or bad, seems to contagious on a baseball team...
2007-07-28 18:15:43
93.   randym77
Or maybe their pitcher just ran out of gas.
2007-07-28 18:17:21
94.   Alex Belth
Come on, Robby.
2007-07-28 18:19:18
95.   BklynBmr
Parrish gives up a hit and a walk every inning, plus records a K. This should be interesting...
2007-07-28 18:19:55
96.   Alex Belth
John Parrish vs Cano. Will he swing at the first pitch? No, he takes a slider or a fastball outside, ball one. Fastball outside corner--nope, just misses, 2-0. Fastball in on the hands, Cano swings and fouls it back. Good pitch, 2-1. Curve ball grounded slowly to second. They get the force at second and Cano beats the relay.
2007-07-28 18:20:29
97.   BklynBmr
Hit and run here? Send Robby?
2007-07-28 18:21:31
98.   BklynBmr
97 0-2. Scratch that...
2007-07-28 18:22:52
99.   Alex Belth
Phillips. Throw to first. Fastball down, Phillips fouls it back. Bet he'd like that one back. Damn. Change up, Phillips swings through it, 0-2. Fastball, further outside, ball. Slider in the dirt, Andy lays off, 2-2. Breaking ball, away, Andy waves at it, strike three. Terrible, man.
2007-07-28 18:23:59
100.   BklynBmr
Can we swing at something in the strike zone for once. Is that too much to ask?
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2007-07-28 18:24:33
101.   randym77
Andy still struggling against lefties. Funny, his left-right splits weren't like that in the minors.
2007-07-28 18:27:11
102.   Alex Belth
That was amazing, Melky turning a crappy ab into a great one.
2007-07-28 18:27:25
103.   BklynBmr
Damon is due. Due, I tell ya...
2007-07-28 18:29:46
104.   Alex Belth
Damon. Ball one, upstairs. Damon is 0-7 vs. Parrish, career. Leo comes out to talk with Parrish and Hernandez. Fastball, outside corner, strike, 1-1. Weak ground out to second.
2007-07-28 18:29:50
105.   BklynBmr
2007-07-28 18:30:06
106.   Alex Belth
2007-07-28 18:30:12
107.   Knuckles
Damon is toast, I tell ya.
2007-07-28 18:32:08
108.   JeremyM
I liked the way things were going with Duncan in the lineup, but whatever, weak groundouts to second are nice too.
2007-07-28 18:32:10
109.   OldYanksFan
MLB just shit the bed for me.
2007-07-28 18:32:22
110.   OldYanksFan
MLB.TV that is...
2007-07-28 18:32:46
111.   Alex Belth
Wow, that's a play Jeter rarely makes anymore. Maybe it's a good sign...
2007-07-28 18:33:23
112.   Alex Belth
Again with this fuggin gnat.
2007-07-28 18:33:50
113.   Alex Belth
C'mon Godziller, dive for that, babe.
2007-07-28 18:35:37
114.   OldYanksFan
Matsui will not dive for the ball. That was a tough play, but how many hits do we lose because an OFer caught the ball on a dive. One this game at least.

I think Mats should be tried at first.

2007-07-28 18:36:29
115.   randym77
I don't think Godzilla's going to do much diving after what happened last year.
2007-07-28 18:41:44
116.   monkeypants
114 I disagree with your assessment of Matsui's defense (the stats suggest that he's basically average to below average, and certainly no worse this year). But if Torre is going to pathologically start Damon, then maybe it would be better to put Damon in LF and DH Matsui.

"Trying" Matsui at 1B is a deadend, in my opinion. The team already has too many DH/1B types who can't play in the OF at all; if Matsui's bat must stay in the lineup, he's better utilized in the OF.

2007-07-28 18:43:09
117.   SF Yanks

Sorry, I know that's not contributing much to the convo, but geez loueez it's frustrating.

2007-07-28 18:43:34
118.   Alex Belth
That's absolutely inexcusable Patterson stealing that base there. HEY JETER, CAPTAIN SMARTPANTS, WHERE WERE YOU ON THAT ONE? At least Myers struck the sombitches ass out at least.
2007-07-28 18:44:45
119.   BklynBmr
116 I can't even imagine 'Zilla at first base. He does not have the limber torso. Period.
2007-07-28 18:45:41
120.   Alex Belth
Okay, maybe that's my bad, maybe they let Patterson take the bag.
2007-07-28 18:46:02
121.   BklynBmr
118 Hard to cover with the 'infield in' directive...
2007-07-28 18:46:08
122.   randym77
118 Yeah, I don't get that, either. All those pickoff attempts, then they just give him 2B.
2007-07-28 18:48:47
123.   Alex Belth
Viz throws a slider for a strike to Millar. Men on second and third, two out...Slider way outside, 1-1. Millar steps out after waiting too long. Slider, just low, Millar takes it, 2-1. Another slide, low and away, 3-1. Slider, off the plate, ball four.

Here comes Miggy with the bases juiced. Hope you can get a ground ball here, and pray that it doesn't have eyes...

2007-07-28 18:49:57
124.   BklynBmr
So... about that Wild Card race...
2007-07-28 18:50:13
125.   Alex Belth
Tejada. Big spot. This could be the game for the Yanks. Fastball outside, fouled away. It was a borderline pitch, Miggy is aggresive as usual. Fists a bastball, bloop into right field. Two runs scored.

Game over.

2007-07-28 18:50:16
126.   yankz
God, this blows. Baltimore? Really?
2007-07-28 18:50:46
127.   yankz
Yeah. Game over is right. Season, too?
2007-07-28 18:51:26
128.   pistolpete
Twins up 3-2 in the 9th over Cleveland.
2007-07-28 18:51:43
129.   JeremyM
127 Season's toast. What a lousy effort against a lousy team. Pathetic. Shame on me for thinking they'd turned a corner.
2007-07-28 18:52:00
130.   BklynBmr
127 Whoa! Step off that ledge...
2007-07-28 18:52:26
131.   Alex Belth
It would be one of the great games of the year if they could come back and take this one but I don't see 'em doing it, do you?
2007-07-28 18:52:46
132.   randym77
And this time, Roberts does score before the inning ends.

Ugh. Could have been worse, but still...ugh.

2007-07-28 18:53:35
133.   pistolpete
If we go over 10 games in the division race again, it's safe to say that race is over, but IMO there's no way we don't catch Seattle and Cleveland if we play decently the rest of the way...
2007-07-28 18:54:10
134.   monkeypants
131 Well, I have a vision of the team working some baserunners on, maybe scoring a few runs. Then with the bases full, two outs and a lefty on the mound, Torre PHs Duncan for Damon, and...

Um, yeah, the games over.

2007-07-28 18:55:03
135.   Alex Belth
Good ab there, Jetes. That was great.
2007-07-28 18:55:53
136.   BklynBmr
131 I did until Cap swings at the first pitch. This is maddening. They can still do it, though...
2007-07-28 18:56:02
137.   monkeypants
I think with a strike machine like Baez, you have be aggressive early in the count.
2007-07-28 18:56:26
138.   Alex Belth
I think Alex might hit one though...
2007-07-28 18:57:40
139.   BklynBmr
So, it's like a SF game. Seeing if the slugger can hit the big one. Nice...
2007-07-28 18:59:35
140.   OldYanksFan
ARod is pressing
2007-07-28 18:59:43
141.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Unfucking believable, they need Giambi back in the worset way, and sitting Damon.
2007-07-28 18:59:53
142.   Alex Belth
They didn't give him shit to hit, and he went fishing. Sucker.
2007-07-28 19:00:23
143.   monkeypants
This has to be among the least entertaining games of the year. Not the worst played, or biggest blowout, or slowest paced. But not all that satisfying to watch.

I'm off.

2007-07-28 19:03:04
144.   nick
damn, what a complete stinker of a ballgame...
2007-07-28 19:03:58
145.   pistolpete
Icing on the cake right there, I presume.
2007-07-28 19:04:48
146.   Alex Belth
Did anyone have any doubt that A Rod would botch that ball once you saw that it was going to take an in-between hop?
2007-07-28 19:05:18
147.   Yankees Brasil
Can´t hit, can´t pitch, can´t field.. what can they do?
2007-07-28 19:05:37
148.   Alex Belth
Here goes the merry go round. Bases loaded, nobody out.

Duck Alert.

2007-07-28 19:06:54
149.   pistolpete
Shame we couldn't have had a game like this about a week ago - maybe Cash could have pulled off a trade in enough time.

Bruney's useless. Trade Proctor for some decent bench help, bring up Joba & Britton

2007-07-28 19:07:13
150.   Yankees Brasil
at least he didnt give any walks
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2007-07-28 19:08:09
151.   monkeypants
149 Bruney's useless because he can't both pitch and play 3B and SS at the same time?
2007-07-28 19:09:14
152.   randym77
What, Roberts up again already? And he gets the RBI.

He was roommates with Bubba Crosby for awhile in his college days. Amazing that one room could hold so much spirited, hustling scrappiness...

2007-07-28 19:09:25
153.   Alex Belth
They are loaded again.

Duck Alert.

2007-07-28 19:12:57
154.   monkeypants
I'm not quite sure why Mordechai Six Pitchers Torre doesn't just let Bruney close it out, regardless of score.
2007-07-28 19:13:55
155.   pistolpete
151 They're smacking the sh*t out of him - the A-Rod play was an aberration.
2007-07-28 19:14:47
156.   rconn23
And we're done folks. It's over. Just hope that Cash can strike a deal or two to remove some of the stench that is the 2007 Yankees. No reason to bring Joba up now and run the chance of ruining his arm to try to help a team that can't play the game the right way.

Sorry to be so negative but damn this team!

2007-07-28 19:17:00
157.   randym77
Finally, the penultimate inning is over. Coulda been a lot worse.
2007-07-28 19:18:24
158.   pistolpete
156 Just stop it. The season wasn't over when we were 14 games out, and we looked a LOT worse back then.

5 games out of the WC. Keep hope alive.

2007-07-28 19:18:32
159.   Alex Belth
143, that was very well said. One of the more frustrating evenings of the season.
2007-07-28 19:18:56
160.   Alex Belth
Go D Rays! C'Mon!
2007-07-28 19:19:05
161.   pistolpete
And look at that - TB just tied it up too.
2007-07-28 19:19:08
162.   Alex Belth
Coryn Doyne? Nice name.
2007-07-28 19:19:21
163.   monkeypants
155 If by smacking you mean two rollers pastadivingJeter that most ML shortstops field, then I guess I agree.
2007-07-28 19:19:45
164.   yankz
Doesn't it seem like this always happens? An offensive explosion, then everybody sucking? I know it's not completely true, but it seems like it.
2007-07-28 19:21:33
165.   OldYanksFan
I'm surprised Baltimore hasn't tried to get Farnsworth. Leo has a good history with Farns, and he is pretty cheap now.
2007-07-28 19:21:52
166.   pistolpete
163 There's a reason Bruney's only been in meaningless situations lately.
2007-07-28 19:23:13
167.   pistolpete
Ok, now no one had better change their seating position or adjust their hats...
2007-07-28 19:23:31
168.   randym77
Posada has been solid gold this season.
2007-07-28 19:24:47
169.   monkeypants
166 No doubt, but his past failure doesn't mean he was to blame for three consecutive non-plays by the IF.
2007-07-28 19:25:00
170.   OldYanksFan
Christ... those 2 runs look big now
2007-07-28 19:25:27
171.   Alex Belth
They're teasin us, bastards!
2007-07-28 19:26:14
172.   monkeypants
Now, Coryn Doyne is getting smacked around.
2007-07-28 19:26:35
173.   OldYanksFan
The 3rd baseman looked afraid to get in front of that one.
2007-07-28 19:27:24
174.   pistolpete
169 All the same, the guy should be missing bats.
2007-07-28 19:27:49
175.   Alex Belth
Cory Doyne, I love you. But I hate you for getting my heart racing.

LETS GO YAN-KEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2007-07-28 19:28:12
176.   Yu-Hsing Chen
I hate this team.... plz just lay down and die
2007-07-28 19:28:22
177.   OldYanksFan
Why do they have to do this to me. Should we have hope?
2007-07-28 19:28:32
178.   pistolpete
As they say, all you can ask is to have the tying or go-ahead run at the plate in the 9th.
2007-07-28 19:28:33
179.   monkeypants
PH for Damon, esp. if LHP comes out of the BP?

Hey, quest. had a lot of abbrev.

2007-07-28 19:28:56
180.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Cory Doyne's lesson: never put a guy with guffy nerdy glasses game day pic on a major league mound
2007-07-28 19:29:37
181.   monkeypants
174 With defense like that, I guess he has to.
2007-07-28 19:30:05
182.   pistolpete
181 Aberration.
2007-07-28 19:30:54
183.   OldYanksFan
Damon stinks. I say sac bunt so there's no DP.
2007-07-28 19:32:19
184.   pistolpete
183 Damn you.
2007-07-28 19:32:42
185.   SF Yanks
Damon has had a HORRIBLE day. HORRIBLE!!
2007-07-28 19:32:52
186.   OldYanksFan
2007-07-28 19:32:54
187.   Yu-Hsing Chen
2007-07-28 19:33:46
188.   Yu-Hsing Chen
god we would be one run away from tieing if Damon bunted...
2007-07-28 19:33:52
189.   monkeypants
182 Whatever. Basically, the standard you establish is that a pitcher must never allow contact. Bruney is stinky, I agree. But the guy comes in and gives up three ground balls that all should have been fielded, then a sac fly, then a hard hit. One hard hit ball and four shouldabeen outs out of five batters. I can't fault the pitcher in this particular case, aberration or not.

Now, Damon hitting weakly to second into a rally killing DP--that is NOT an aberration. See 134.

2007-07-28 19:34:20
190.   OldYanksFan
When does JD see the bench. Shit. He killed thi game.
2007-07-28 19:34:29
191.   yankz
Could you plan a better 500?
2007-07-28 19:35:52
192.   pistolpete
189 I'm saying that A-Rod normally doesn't boot that ball in 2007. That's the aberration, not Bruney giving up all those runs. I'm less surprised at that than anything else.
2007-07-28 19:36:03
193.   monkeypants
190 Bench? He's your starting LF when you move Matsui to 1B.
2007-07-28 19:36:55
194.   yankz
That girl was fine.
2007-07-28 19:37:07
195.   pistolpete
If we lose it's because my mom got up from her position on the couch, guys. Sorry.
2007-07-28 19:37:12
196.   monkeypants
192 Fair enough. I was originally objecting to the characterization of Bruney getting "smacked" around. Him giving up runs is, sadly, unsurprising.
2007-07-28 19:38:01
197.   yankz
I believe the O's announcer just wet himself.
2007-07-28 19:38:08
198.   OldYanksFan
Where are my matches?
2007-07-28 19:38:11
199.   Yu-Hsing Chen
2007-07-28 19:38:16
200.   pistolpete
'Smacking' doesn't mean every ball has to put a dent in the outfield wall. Just a figure of speech, I 'spose.
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2007-07-28 19:38:38
201.   yankz
199 What? For Abreu? Are you kidding?
2007-07-28 19:38:47
202.   monkeypants
...but Duncan is the first one off the bench to console Damon and Abreu for creating all three outs against a tough lefty.
2007-07-28 19:38:58
203.   pistolpete
TB has a man on 2nd with no outs, meat of order coming up.
2007-07-28 19:39:34
204.   Alex Belth
This one hurts. This is one of the worst loses of the year. Abreu swinging at ball four. Man. Awww, man.
2007-07-28 19:39:38
205.   rconn23
abreu and damon continue to kill this team. W
2007-07-28 19:39:40
206.   monkeypants
201 For Damon, two innings out of three.
2007-07-28 19:39:45
207.   Marcus
Bunt. Pinch hit with Duncan. Anything but let Damon swing away there. They were lucky to even have a chance there. Anyone with half a brain saw the weak groundball before it even happened.
2007-07-28 19:40:56
208.   Yankees Brasil
Player of the game, Johnny Damon!!
0 for 4, 2 GIDP, 6 men left on base
Great game Johnny!!!
2007-07-28 19:41:17
209.   yankz
206 That I understand. But it won't ever happen.
2007-07-28 19:41:26
210.   C2Coke
So I gathered people are pretty angry here tonight?
2007-07-28 19:41:47
211.   yankz
At least don't fucking bat him leadoff.
2007-07-28 19:42:07
212.   randym77
Pinch hit for the DH? I dunno...

Gawd, this game was a knife through the heart. It would have been easier to watch if they hadn't had that too little, too late rally.

2007-07-28 19:42:41
213.   pistolpete
Hopefully the 9th will carry into tomorrow - if the players are half as pissed as we are, we might see a barnburner tomorrow...
2007-07-28 19:42:48
214.   OldYanksFan
2007-07-28 19:44:50
215.   Rich
DFA Damon.
2007-07-28 19:45:16
216.   Marcus
This game accentuated all the team's weaknesses. Poor bullpen. Weak offense against LHPs. Poor in-game decision making by Torre. Why was Damon the DH today at all? I mean it's pretty ridiculous.

The comeback only makes the loss harder to take.

2007-07-28 19:46:52
217.   monkeypants
212 Why not PH for the Dh? Do you mean because traditionally the DH is an offensive machine, possibly the best hitter on the team, who is likely to be a slugger who can tie the game with one swing of the bat and has relatively small platoon splits?

Or because the Yankees deployment of the DH, as a spot to rehab injured, light hitting players who are anemic against LHP?

Seriously, though, there is absolutely nothing wrong with PH for the DH, and since the move requires no parallel change to the defense, it is the position for which platooning and situational PH is most applicable.

2007-07-28 19:49:23
218.   rconn23
The Sox are still going to find a way to win this game. Could this night get any worse.
2007-07-28 19:50:47
219.   Marcus
217 Amen.

Shoot, I'd PH for Damon there even if the righty was still pitching. Or at least have him bunt.

Wasn't that the textbook case of a bunt actually being advantageous using run expectancy? Torre's use (and lack of use) of the bunt is confounding.

2007-07-28 19:55:48
220.   Marcus
The Trenton Thunder are going against a pitcher named Josh Outman tonight. What a magnificent baseball name.
2007-07-28 20:01:39
221.   yankz
Threads seem to stay more focused when we're all livid. I guess that's something.
2007-07-28 20:07:36
222.   Rich
220 Outman is to pitchers as Assman is to proctologists.

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