Blocking Out the Next Eight Hours, Just in Case: Yanks-Sox Gamer III

The following is a list of things we have not seen in the last two games between the Red Sox and Yankees — and, consequently, what we are likely to see tonight:
  • A batter reaching first on a strikeout.
  • An unassisted triple play. 
  • A batter hitting for the cycle. 
  • A good starting pitching performance. 
  • A plague of midges. 
  • Cthulhu 
So we'll hope it's Jacoby Ellsbury accomplishing the first, Dustin Pedroia doing the second, David Ortiz snapping his slump by achieving the third, and Justin Masterson doing the impossible. The last two will probably be interrelated, and while no one will be able prove that they will have been summoned by Joe Girardi as he takes the ball from Andy Pettitte, that's largely because no one sees Cthulhu and lives.

Comment away on tonight's action — while you can.

Lineups, from the Globe:

1. Brett Gardner, CF — .232/.271/.286
2. Derek Jeter, SS — .301/.363/.521
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B — .235/.403/.451
4. Nick Swisher, LF — .305/.423/.678
5. Robinson Cano, 2B — .366/.410/.634
6. Jorge Posada, C — .298/.388/.544
7. Hideki Matsui, DH — .261/.393/.478
8. Melky Cabrera, RF — .276/.364/.690
9. Angel Berroa, 3B — .250/.250/.250

Red Sox

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF — .288/.325/.370
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B — .314/.395/.443
3. David Ortiz, DH — .217/.278/.319
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B — .444/.551/.794
5. J.D. Drew, RF — .250/.381/.558
6. Jason Bay, LF — .309/.480/.655
7. Mike Lowell, 3B — .328/.368/.625
8. Jason Varitek, C — .229/.327/.542
9. Nick Green, SS — .308/.386/.513

Nick Green with a .900 OPS? Not even Cthulhu could top that.
106 comments… add one
  • If I interpreted a Globe note correctly, Lugo will be activated tomorrow.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 7:29 pm
  • The return of Lugo… that has Cthulu’s tentacle-prints all over it.

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 7:34 pm
  • I’ll be at Chili’s watching the game with a friend — my first game to actually see (as opposed to listen to) this season! They better freaking win… You all have fun without me.

    Paul SF April 26, 2009, 7:36 pm
  • I’ll be checking the water level in my basement between innings. Got a lot of rain in the Chicago area yesterday and this morning.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 7:51 pm
  • Tampa lost again in Oakland, ending a really bad road trip.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 7:53 pm
  • Here’s to some good baseball tonight preferably with the yanks coming out on top. Yesterday’s debacle was nothing for either team (nor the umps) to be proud of. SFs should certainly be happy though…

    sam-YF April 26, 2009, 7:58 pm
  • Crazy stat from ESPN: NYY are 446-446-4 all time in Fenway Park.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 7:59 pm
  • Happy only because the sox won, Sam. It was a crappy game.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 7:59 pm
  • Yes my point exactly Bill. Had the yankees won, id have been happy not proud!

    sam-YF April 26, 2009, 8:05 pm
  • Who is the 3rd person on the broadcast team? I missed the lead in…

    sam-YF April 26, 2009, 8:12 pm
  • Nice piece of hitting by Ellsbury. That was literally one of the first times in his entire time up that it looked to me like he recognized a pitch a bit late and went after it, as opposed to guessing right. If he’s starting to pick up pitches better that would be a huge thing.

    SF April 26, 2009, 8:18 pm
  • Steve Phillips, Sam. Avert the ears. Or clog them. And then start going “lalalalalalalalala”.

    SF April 26, 2009, 8:18 pm
  • Ick. Wide plate, the 1-1- pitch to Pedroia was not close at all but the classy vet who doesn’t violate rules and loves God gets the call.

    SF April 26, 2009, 8:19 pm
  • Pedro solid contact, but to way too big a part of the park. One down, Ells at first.

    SF April 26, 2009, 8:20 pm
  • wow the worst broadcast team in baseball got worse.

    sam-YF April 26, 2009, 8:21 pm
  • Miller said that this is Papi’s longest streak to start the season without a dinger since “2000, nine years ago” but it sounded like “two thousand and nine years ago”. Ortiz promptly lines into a double play. I am setting the over/under on Ortiz homers this year right now, at 23.

    SF April 26, 2009, 8:22 pm
  • Not sure how Pedroia even got his bat on that ball – I’m 99% sure it was actually above his head.

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 8:23 pm
  • I’m 99% sure it was actually above his head.
    Which ones aren’t? Badump bump. I’ll be here all ze veek.
    Had to get that one in before our YF cohorts did, too easy.

    SF April 26, 2009, 8:23 pm
  • //but it sounded like “two thousand and nine years ago”.
    it feels like that long since he’s hit a HR, to be frank.

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 8:24 pm
  • Three balls hit hard, three outs. And a single mixed in. If Pettitte gets hit like that all night I like the Sox’ chances at scoring a few.

    SF April 26, 2009, 8:24 pm
  • Cwap. DP.
    So it is usual to have the worst batter on your team in the number three spot in baseball? In cricket that’s where you’d put your best batter!

    am SF April 26, 2009, 8:25 pm
  • The 2-2 pitch to Swish, which looked high, was still better than the 1-1 pitch to Pedroia.

    SF April 26, 2009, 8:26 pm
  • Swisher whiffs. Good pitch from JM.
    By the way, does Masterson have a nickname? Is “Bat” both too easy and also kind of wrong for a pitcher?

    SF April 26, 2009, 8:27 pm
  • Good pitch eats up Cano, Cano fails to actually make any effort at legging it down to first, out on the 3u by about 88.4 feet. Way to hustle, Hollywood.

    SF April 26, 2009, 8:28 pm
  • I smell Posada solid contact…

    SF April 26, 2009, 8:29 pm
  • Or lazy flyball to Ells. More good work from Masterson.

    SF April 26, 2009, 8:30 pm
  • Fourth ball hit hard of four, Youk laces one right to Cano.

    SF April 26, 2009, 8:34 pm
  • Nice at-bat, JD! Yeesh, how about an effort?

    SF April 26, 2009, 8:35 pm
  • Bay legs out a squib to Berroa, swinging bunt.

    SF April 26, 2009, 8:36 pm
  • Lowell goes the other way, hit #3 on the day for the Sox. 1/2, two down.

    SF April 26, 2009, 8:38 pm
  • Jeez, Varitek destroyed that ball, it’s too bad it probably hit someone near TWINS. Next pitch is a medium-solid flyball to Swisher. Inning over.

    SF April 26, 2009, 8:44 pm
  • Mildly shocked that Lowell didn’t get to that, weird bounce or no.

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 8:49 pm
  • And now Jeter reaches on a Lowell error. Ugh.

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 8:54 pm
  • But Tex takes a monster swing on the first pitch and F9s. Oh good.

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 8:55 pm
  • Joe Morgan basically taking credit for Pedroia, noting how he was the one who suggested that if Pedroia didn’t shorten his swing he wouldn’t succeed, and implies it was his swing advice that Pedroia took. Jeez.

    SF April 26, 2009, 9:02 pm
  • Wow, late jump by Ellsbury, still safe stealing.

    SF April 26, 2009, 9:02 pm
  • Pedroia grounds to third, Berroa with a terrible throw that Tex can’t dig out. Two men on.

    SF April 26, 2009, 9:05 pm
  • Looks like a play that Tex should make, though it was a poor throw, but really a garden-variety shorthop for the first baseman. The vortex at the plate…

    SF April 26, 2009, 9:06 pm
  • Jacoby distracting the whole Yankees infield except Jeter, according to Morgan.

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 9:06 pm
  • Ells scores easily on a sac fly to left. Tied up!

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 9:06 pm
  • Vortex lifts a flyball to left, Ellsbury tags up, tie ballgame. Good job by Ortiz not to try to bite off too much, goes with the pitch. It did look like a pitch he might have done better with, but a tie nonetheless.

    SF April 26, 2009, 9:07 pm
  • Yeah, Tex should scoop that one, on the replay.

    SF April 26, 2009, 9:08 pm
  • The sloppiness continues.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 9:09 pm
  • Yeah, they’re blaming it on a bad throw from Berroa, but it was playable.
    Yet more fucking stupid baserunning from Pedroia? Argh.

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 9:09 pm
  • Pedroia picked off. I honestly think Pettitte balks every single time, have for years. There are so many replays where it looks like he clearly breaks the plane, then goes to first. Have never figured out why he has established this as a legal move, but so it goes, people should know by now.

    SF April 26, 2009, 9:10 pm
  • Well, it WAS a bad throw by Berroa, and definitely his error, but I bet Tex makes that scoop 8, probably 9 times out of ten.

    SF April 26, 2009, 9:11 pm
  • Morgan: “Hitting 15-20 home runs does not make you a home run hitter.”

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 9:14 pm
  • I still can’t believe Morgan took credit for Pedroia,

    SF April 26, 2009, 9:15 pm
  • Though he in no way encouraged him to try to steal bases, because after all if you are only 20/21 in that department, you cannot consider yourself a base stealer.

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 9:19 pm
  • So far, gotta say I’m disappointed that this is the one game of the series I chose to watch. Guess there’s still time for the midges to arrive.

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 9:22 pm
  • We also have not seen a Yanks win the last two nights.. ;)

    Lar April 26, 2009, 9:26 pm
  • Drew looking like crap, again. Though I’m not sure how the guys in the booth can say definitively that his mind is unfocused on the at bat.

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 9:28 pm
  • Bay manages to steal – amazing jump there.

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 9:30 pm
  • Whew.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 9:42 pm
  • “Drew looking like crap, again. Though I’m not sure how the guys in the booth can say definitively that his mind is unfocused on the at bat.”
    Joe Morgan says a lot of crap he can’t substantiate.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 9:43 pm
  • Hah. And now they’re going on about bunting…

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 9:50 pm
  • Pettitte running out of gas?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 9:51 pm
  • Another OF double for Papi.
    2-1 Sox.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 9:56 pm
  • IBB to Youks.
    Um, Nancy?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 9:56 pm

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 9:58 pm

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 9:58 pm
  • Ellsbury looking very pleased with himself, as he should. I did not expect that, at all.
    And Drew finally comes alive with a double.

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 10:00 pm
  • Nice play but I disagree that it was a great (strategic) move. 2-1, bases loaded, and your #5 hitter up, cold or not.
    Of course, I don’t know the percentage for successful home steals though, but I imagine it’s not a high percentage move..

    Lar April 26, 2009, 10:05 pm
  • We moved our daughter (2.2 yrs) out of a crib and into the same room as our son, she picked a fine time to wake up with a stuffy nose, disoriented. Just saw the replay, what a play by Ells!

    SF April 26, 2009, 10:06 pm
  • Lar – yeah… I don’t care. It was awesome. :)

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 10:07 pm
  • Lar: Jackie Robinson was, from what I can find, 19/31 stealing home, for a reference. You really need to catch someone sleeping to pull it off – just do the math of distances, pitch speed, etc.!

    SF April 26, 2009, 10:08 pm
  • The best part of that home steal was Pettitte holding his fist up in full pump position as if he caught Ellsbury. Excellent.

    SF April 26, 2009, 10:09 pm
  • No, I don’t disagree it was awesome, raised the energy of the stadium, etc, just that the announcers kept going on about it being a great move. It was a great _play_, but I don’t think it was wise strategy wise, even though it worked out. But it’s just my opinion anyhow, so don’t let me take away your fun!

    Lar April 26, 2009, 10:10 pm
  • I like Masterson a lot, and I wonder what happens to the rotation once (if?) Dice comes back, Smoltz is healthy, etc.

    SF April 26, 2009, 10:15 pm
  • Oh, well I haven’t agreed with these announcers on anything tonight. :) I’m kind of curious about whose decision that play was – it doesn’t seem like it’s the team’s ‘style’, but they were oddly active on the basepaths tonight, so who knows.
    I agree with SF that Masterson has been great. Any way we can bump Penny to the pen if we end up with too many SP? Not that I’m counting on that happening.

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 10:18 pm
  • I give up. Uncle.

    Nick-YF April 26, 2009, 10:26 pm
  • Okay, guys, we’re not the Angels.

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 10:30 pm
  • when I turned on the radio (late because of my son’s soccer game), I thought Varitek was on base and couldn’t figure out why in hell he was trying to steal. Now I am wondering the same thing about Nick Green.

    rootbeerfloat April 26, 2009, 10:31 pm
  • Nice 1-2-3 from Bowden. One thing I will agree with the announcers on – these things always end up a war of attrition. Glad we have some good spare parts!

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 10:39 pm
  • Even quicker 1-2-3 for Melancon.

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 10:45 pm
  • wtf? who is in right field?

    rootbeerfloat April 26, 2009, 10:47 pm
  • Bowden is from near here, Aurora, Ill., which also is the home of Wayne Campbell.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 10:49 pm
  • Jesus Christ we suck…
    It really feels like the 80’s again.

    krueg April 26, 2009, 10:50 pm
  • Hughes to pitch Tuesday in Detroit, eh?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 10:51 pm
  • Van Every moves into RF.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 10:52 pm
  • YES!!!

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 10:54 pm
  • I’m sorry but who is Van Every? why have I never heard of this guy?

    rootbeerfloat April 26, 2009, 10:55 pm
  • Sounds like it…I won’t be watching. This team is infuriating. I didn’t watch the game tonight, wanted to have a nice night. Just checked in a few minutes ago to see the carnage. I couldn’t stay away.
    The Sox look fantastic…everything the Yankees aren’t. It’s going to be a long season again. No playoffs. I’m taking a week off from this sorry excuse for a team. They aren’t worth watching.

    krueg April 26, 2009, 10:56 pm
  • I don’t know that I’ve ever heard John Sterling sounding more deflated than he did after Ellsbury stole home.
    Anyone who doesn’t think that was awesome probably would shrug at a triple play. C’mon, that is just about one of the coolest things you can ever see in baseball, wise move or not.

    Hudson April 26, 2009, 10:56 pm
  • How pathetic do you have to be to have home stolen on you? Twice in the last two seasons? This team is an absolute joke.

    krueg April 26, 2009, 10:57 pm
  • Desperately trying not to make a joke about Jeter’s range right now…

    SF April 26, 2009, 10:59 pm
  • Melancon … didn’t he used to be a goalie with the Quebec Nordiques?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 10:59 pm
  • Jonathan Van Every was with the Sox last year, he’s 29, originally a product of the Indians, played a few games in Boston in 08, started the year on the DL.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 11:00 pm
  • You’re thinking Mario Gosselin…

    krueg April 26, 2009, 11:01 pm
  • Krueg, the only thing anyone can say right now is that it’s early.
    But there’s not much about your club to like. Nothing on the farm. The pitching basically stinks, especially the pen.
    So … it’s early.
    Not that you want comfort from a Sox fan.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 11:03 pm
  • The Yankees aren’t as bad as the Bulls-Celtics series.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 11:04 pm
  • Or Rollie Melanson. (however it’s spelled)

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 11:04 pm
  • (NOTE: One of the more mind-bending comments I’ve heard yet from Sterling/Waldman came earlier in the game, when they suggested that the Sox must be regretting not getting Texeira as “protection” for Ortiz. Uhhhhmm, earth to the Yankees Radio Network: The guy behind Big Papi in the Boston lineup is hitting .439.)

    Hudson April 26, 2009, 11:05 pm
  • Thanks for trying bro…
    I don’t think I’m going to watch anymore games until ARod gets back, he’s so clutch and great that we should be fine when he gets back!!! (sarcasm)

    krueg April 26, 2009, 11:08 pm
  • 4 months or so until football season…

    krueg April 26, 2009, 11:09 pm
  • Has anyone ever tried to steal home on Posada before?

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 11:15 pm
  • Hud, I was listening to them last Saturday on XM during that, um, one game.
    It was dreadful.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 11:16 pm
  • 9-0 on the homestand. How sweep it is!

    I'mBillMcNeal April 26, 2009, 11:19 pm
  • Krueg – not that this will be any comfort either, but just over a week ago the Sox were 2-7 (…ish, I’m too lazy to check) and I was ready to give up on the season. Now they look like world-beaters. Oh, and I recall about six recent seasons where the Sox killed the Yankees in April and lost the season series anyway. Baseball is funny like that.

    Jackie (SF) April 26, 2009, 11:22 pm
  • Kreug- Step off the ledge buddy. The yanks could have easily taken 2 of these 3 games. The sox did their thing and won. They own the yankees in april over the last 15 years. The Yanks havent won a series in Fenway in april since 1995! They will hit their stride yet….

    sam-YF April 27, 2009, 12:36 am
  • In hindsight, I wish PaulSF had ‘stealing home’ on his list.

    Digit April 27, 2009, 1:49 am
  • We did get good starting pitching, at least…

    Jackie (SF) April 27, 2009, 2:00 am
  • I hear you Jackie…but you guys have heart, that and defense, pitching, clutch hitting etc. The Sox are superior in everyway.
    Shoulda, coulda, woulda Sam, you know? It only makes it worse that they couldn’t close out the first two games in my opinion, not a positive. We always start out slow and it’s f-ing annoying. I realize we usually don’t start trying for whatever reason until June but this season feels a lot like last season already. Injuries are starting to pile up, no hitting with RISP, and horrendous pitching…I hope you are right my friend and I’m just overreacting.

    krueg April 27, 2009, 9:24 am
  • In hindsight, I wish PaulSF had ‘stealing home’ on his list.
    Me, too. If I had thought about it, I totally would have put it on there. Drat.

    Paul SF April 27, 2009, 12:03 pm
  • “The Sox are superior in everyway.”
    I too am disappointed in the results of the past 3 games, but that’s a little extreme. I am on record as saying you never blame a season’s outcome on injuries, but let me say you blame a start or a series on injuries. Missing Nady and A-Rod are big, whether that’s easy to admit or not. A lineup that includes Berroa, Gardner AND Cabrera leaves you six viable offensive options, not the way you want to attack a good team like the Sox. Let A-Rod get back, let’s see if they make a move for another OF bat and let’s see what happens with Wang before we throw in the towel. The Yankees are a very good team, just give them some time. On paper excluding injuries they still match up very well with the Sox, let things play out first and see where we stand.
    (Yes, I know the Sox are missing Lowrie/Lugo, but even with Varitek that lineup is very good and very healthy. One Nick Green does not outweigh a Cabrera/Gardner/Berroa issue.)

    John - YF April 27, 2009, 1:17 pm
  • Yeah…but even with that being said, they have had their chances to win games and they don’t. Whether that’s because of horrible hitting with RISP or horrendous innings that blow leads or give away games early, they can’t get it together. Why can teams like the Sox get it together early but we never can?
    Obviously it’s early, I know, but it feels like same old, same old.

    krueg April 27, 2009, 2:01 pm

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