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Wake don’t got it tonight. Oh well.
ells is swinging a sweet bat right now.
youk has blistered 2 balls tonite. time he gets right too.
wow. f’n juggernauts right now.
Red Sox to rest of AL: we will score at least a touchdown on you nightly.
Wake could give this lead back in four batters, though.
Bos 0, TB 0, 1st int.
You know, I wonder if the “Tim Wakefield is done” idea is a little premature. He had a terrible record last year, but looking at the graphs on Fangraphs it doesn’t look like any of his stats are or were out of line with previous years. His K/9 took a hit, and has been trending down for years; his BB/9 is similarly trending down. Otherwise, everything else looks pretty reasonable; his LOB% went way down, and maybe he just got unlucky with hits with RISP? I’m not much of a sabermetrician, but I don’t see much in the numbers, other than W/L, that is strongly indicative of the drastic decline that seemed to happen. If, in fact, he’s the same .500 pitcher that he’s been throughout his career, I’d be happy to see him remain the 5th starter for the season.
Yankee mini-gamer to go with SF’s top post:
Michael Pineda from the D.R. is (allegedly) 22 years old, 6 foot 5 or 7 inches depending on who you ask, throws serious regular moving heat and has a triple digit reserve. He also has been hitting his spots because he has chosen to not walk anyone, and rarely lets people make solid contact. He is probably the best pitcher you haven’t seen yet this year. He’s on the mound at Safeco while the Yanks send AJ. Comment away.
Wakes is a win closer to Roger.
12 of 14, 15 of 19, 18 of 25. K-k-k-kickass.
Wild AJ tonight – all Ks and BBs. Well, actually, he has gotten one groundout (Ichiro’s leadoff AB of th enight). Otherwise, 4 BBs, 4 Ks, and 50 pitches after two innings.
Meanwhile, Pineda has walked 5 in 2.0 IP after only walking 3 in his last 4 games.
This game will take 4.5 hours at least.
Excuse me – Pineda has walked 4 so far, not 5.
Pardon me while I interrupt for this hockey moment:
BRUINS!!!! WOOOOOOOO!!!! WALES CONFERENCE CHAMPS!!!!
That is all. Back to baseball.
0 for 5 with RISP so far by my count…
Fuck the Bruins. Go Canucks.
Now Pineda is getting ahead of the Yanks’ hitters. Mainly with serious heat. Horrible BABIP luck for Cano. Blistering line-out instead of the RBI double it looked like off the bat.
1 hit for either team in this game – Teix’s solo HR. Otherwise, tons and tons of pitches.
63 pitches for AJ in 3 innings…but no runs…
AJ finally attacking the K-zone a bit this inning gets 2 outs on 3 pitches, then a single by Cust, and his 5th K of the night vs. Gutierrez.
Our offense is scary bad.
Jorge grows roots watching 3 strikes go by. 2 quick outs for Pineda. And then Swisher robbed of a HR with a superb highlight catch by Gutierrez. That was just an exceptional phenomenal catch. Damn. Poor Swish can’t get a break at the plate.
I don’t know krueg. Teix hit a rope that would have cored Granderson easy – it just went straight into a mitt. And Swisher crushed that ball. It was just a ridiculous athletic catch by Gutierrez.
So when you tattoo your entire arm from wrist to shoulder a la AJ, at what age do you finally think, “I wish I hadn’t done that.”?
0 for 5 IH. .000 w/RISP
Picked off Kennedy! Love it. 2 outs.
AJ and “think”? Not sure he has the proper equipment!
Then the K.
So is it just me or is Derek Jeter suddenly in every freaking commercial? I don’t remember him doing nearly this many in his prime.
Good one krueg – I think you’re probably right there…
Tei and Granderson are both seriously hot right now. Granderson has been all year, Teix was for the first couple weeks and has turned it on again in the past week. Come on A-Rod.
I would have been willing to bet that at least one run scored tonight on a wild pitch. Except I would have expected it to come from AJ. 2-0 good guys. Teix on 2nd and Pineda at 91 pitches.
1 for 6!!!!
A-Rod comes through. He has been on fire for about a week too. It’s really only Swisher who remains ice cold. 3-0 Yanks…
I really want Ichiro in pinstripes.
No, don’t fuck the Bruins, krueg.
Ichiro remains the most entertaining offensive player to watch in this league. No he isn’t the intimidator at the plate that Pujols, Bautista, etc. are. But he is a freaking artist with the bat. Add his speed and fielding ability, including arm, and he’s just awesomely amazing.
Cano made two very nice plays to get the first two outs of that inning. Yanks escape with the lead cut to one – 3-2…
Responding to a much earlier point (sorry to interrupt, YFs)…I don’t think at all it’s that Wakefield is done, I think he’s just going to be hurt more often and longer as he, you know, gets older (the past few years bear that out, I think). Whether he’s league average or somewhat worse than that, he’s probably due for a back injury in late June if he has to pitch in the rotation that long.
With King Felix tomorrow it sure would be nice to get this first one. Pineda out of the game to start the 6th. This kid’s got a 0.95 ERA and 18K:5BB in 17 games. Interesting.
And THERE is a hit for Swish. Seeing-eye worm-killer. After getting robbed on his HR-shot no-less. Maybe he is finally breaking out of it too? Please???
I am speechless. Swisher got a hit.
Maybe Seattle want’s to drop his contract when they fall out??? Maybe he gets traded to the Bronx???
not sure why I put the ” ‘s ” on there…
Boone Logan in. Figured AJ would come out for another inning. Is he hurt?
No. Just not good.
We have a sick DL bullpen…
Marte, Feliciano and Soriano.
Leadoff single. nice boone.
Leadoff single off Boone…big surprise. Later Logan. You suck.
The Rookie is on CMT…like this movie, even if it is cheeseball.
Ayala in. Hmmmm. Trying to reserve judgment.
single. no outs,two on. One run lead. lovely.
My grandparents best friend was the umpire in the final scene of the Natural…which was filmed in Buffalo.
(in the spirit of cheesy baseball movies)
Oh, we’re screwed IH…you can feel it too…
Good connection krueg. And The Natural is a classic!
Ayala 2-0 now. What the F.
Yeah, I guess it isn’t cheesy…
This guy has been taking monster hacks all night. AJ has made him pay with 2 Ks. Ayala is about to walk him on 4 pitches.
Walks. the. bases. loaded.
And there’s the walk. And then an RBI DP that they can’t turn, and there is only one out, tie game.
We’re finished. 3rd place by the end of the weekend. Last place by the middle of June.
Ichiro up. Odds on an XBH here? 50-50. Odds on an RBI? 90%. Odds on a DP? 5%.
Go to bed IH. It’s not worth it.
Mariners up 4-3 on the groundout. Our bats are hot krueg. We’ll get at least one more in three innings. We just need to hold ’em.
Wild pitch. Awesome. Man on 3rd. One more of those Ayala and it’s 5-3.
HBP. Sweet. It’s just great when our team suddenly looks like AAAA hacks.
Past Yankee news: Melky Cabrera just hit a go-ahead homer in the 14th in Texas for the Royals.
Yeah, I saw that game was 7-7 or something like that in the 9th…good for Melky. Isn’t he batting clean-up for KC?? I know he was for at least one game this year.
Gets the K to keep it at 4-3. Horrible inning. Just horrid.
Jeter with the leadoff single but Granderson Ks and Teix grounds into the fielder’s choice. Two hottest hitters on the team. D%*n. A-Rod with 2 outs.
A-Rod grounds out. So leadoff man gets on and our 2-3-4 guys can’t even get a ball out of the infield against Seattle’s middle relief. ouch.
Cano’s OBP is .313. Yeech. Come on Robbie.
Swings at ball four – weak groundout. Russell the Muscle.
Ground out. Yanks look jetlagged. Literally.
Posada. This should be good.
Draws the walk. Nunez pinch runs. Swisher up…climbing out of the slump?????????
Nunez with the SB – he is 6-1 on the year. Gardner should study him.
Nunez picked off of second. Inexcusable. I am being tortured for staying up. The wife is on a delayed flight home so I’m staying up. bah
Man, I think you jinxed Nunez.
It was either that or his 12-foot wandering lead…
Robertson with a quick 1-2-3 8th. Coming up for the Yanks? Swish, Gardner, Jeter.
Considering that Seattle’s closer is League, that’s a better-than-even chance of getting to him.
Swish downon 3 pitches. What a depressing game this has been. At least we have a good shot at rebounding tomorrow. Against King Felix.
I hope you’re right Djt…if Gardner can get on he’s got a good chance of stealing second…
D*&n. Hard hit ball but right at 3B. 2 outs. Jeter the last hope. They’ve dropped the first game of their last 3 series. And Jeter is trying to bunt his way on. Sad. Sad. Sad.
Another game, another lose. The free fall begins.
We have no offense. Period.
I’m -still- trying to recover from the Bruins game, that damned game basically has the adrenalin going. And… egh. League looked brutally bad before, here he just looks like a groundball machine.
Game. That pick-off on Nunez hurt so bad. It nont only cut down the tying run in that inning but also ensured Granderson wouldn’t come up in the 9th without someone getting on. I do want to know why Girardi pulled AJ that early. He had struggled but was certainly a better alternative at only 91 pitches than Boone/Ayala/whoever.
The Mariners blog mentioned something about AJ taking a ball off his leg in the 5th inning.
Look. We suck right now. Period.
Cut Posada, bench Swisher for good and make some moves. That is the only way.
We’ve been treading water all season but we’re getting tired and we’re starting to sink. This team will drown without some help.
Ichiro. A new DH and a starter. Bring it.
Personally, I don’t mind if the Yankees trade for those guys, as a Sox fan, but at some point, don’t you have to stop trading away the young talent, bite the bullet, and just build with youth instead of trading them away to continue to stick fingers in a leaky dam?
No. I would say that the way the Yankees have been doing things have been working pretty well overall, wouldn’t you?
Plus, you don’t have to give away the farm. The Yankees don’t build from within anymore than the Sox do. Some homegrown, some FA’s and some trades…BOTH teams do this.
If you’re in the Washington, D.C., area, or if you know someone in the D.C. area, maybe you can help Daniel Bard. A very close friend of his is missing.
Krueg hit it, that’s the three legged stool of success in the MLB and the teams that can figure out the right balance at the right time usually win.
It’s just picking the RIGHT guys to trade for or grab off the free agent market…that’s the hard part.
Yeah, point – better off trading for, say, Justin Upton than Ichiro, though.
Works for me…either way.
As long as Swisher goes bye bye.
The bet here is that the Red Sox don’t play tonight.
Red Sox postponed.
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