Just Win: Yanks-Rays Gamer XII

No pregame speeches.  No big pep talk.  Just take the field today and continue this win streak.  Sidney Ponson toes the rubber today for the Yankees.  He comes into the game with a record of 5-1 and an ERA of 4.19.  On the other side the Rays are going to send Edwin Jackson out to the mound.  He’s sporting a record of 5-6 and an ERA of 4.08.  Call me Captain Obvious, but I don’t see these game being a 1-0 battle.

Once again Hip Hip is penciled in as the DH and Jose Molina gets the call behind the dish.  Giambi is back in the lineup after a day off.  Huge day for Giambi considering the first 20,000 fans will be getting Jason Giambi commemorative mustaches.   Have at it fellas.

YANKEES (48-42)
Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Posada DH
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Molina C
Ponson RHP

196 comments… add one

  • Ugh – Ponson. But if you told me on April 1st that we’d be four back of the wild card on July 9th with Wang done for the year and sixty innings from Hughes and IPK I would have been happy, especially with that lineup.
    Still, ugh Ponson.

    A YF July 9, 2008, 12:47 pm
  • Max Kellerman was off on a huge rant this morning re: Ponson and the Yankees injuries. I agree with you A, that I am not thrilled to see him in the least. But according to Anthony McCarren (spelling?) on last night’s radio broadcast he said the Yankees are looking at Victor Zambrano. I am not trying to speak for you or anyone, but I have more faith in Ponson than a guy with severe arm issues in his not too distant past. At least Ponson is just a little plump.

    John - YF July 9, 2008, 12:50 pm
  • Yup – Zambrano is unbearable.

    A YF July 9, 2008, 1:02 pm
  • Okay, I’m going to say it: I like Giambi’s mustache. It reminds me of baseball in the 90′s, when it was everywhere.
    Feels good to get that off my chest.

    Atheose July 9, 2008, 1:03 pm
  • I want to go to the game today just to pick them up. Hahah.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:09 pm
  • Bob Sheppard will not be announcing the All Star game. That’s sad.
    Crawford grounded into a double play and we’re under way!
    Jackson was either good or bad against the Yanks. Let’s hope for the bad today.
    Gardner tries to bunt his way on, but no go, one out.
    Jeter singles.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:17 pm
  • Abreu walks, Jeter to second, and here’s the lone .300 batter in the lineup – ARod.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:19 pm
  • Only radio + gameday, so I don’t know how deep this “deep right center” is, but it’s not a hit. Jeter does go to third though, so men on corners with 2 outs.
    And yet again, RISP batting.
    Giambi up at the plate, on “his” day, making his case for the All Star final spot..

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:22 pm
  • And he singles Jeter in! 1-0 Yanks. Always good, as you don’t want Jackson to be too comfortable up there. Here’s Posada trying to tap in another.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:23 pm
  • Beckett uses 34 pitches to get through the first inning, but Ponson only needs 10? Lame.

    Atheose July 9, 2008, 1:24 pm
  • A YF – 60 innings.. of crap from Hughes and Ian. Go figure.
    At this point, we’re actually not that much worse than last year, standings-wise. Ah well.
    Posada flies out, so the Yanks have a 1-0 lead after 1.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:25 pm
  • Sox down 3-0 on Moreanu HR. But they had a 3 run lead yesterday, so it might not be enough. Beckett will also probably settle as usual, so it’ll require some pitching on the Twins side.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:29 pm
  • Jackson with 19 pitches through 1 – that’s what’s needed!
    Ponson was at 10 through 1, but now having some trouble as he walks Pena on 5 pitches after an 0-1 count. Evan singles up the middle, and here’s Floyd.
    Looks like the Yanks need a bigger lead.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:31 pm
  • Floyd moves the runner over, which is good enough, perhaps, and here’s Navarro. No easy DP to bail him out this inning though..

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:32 pm
  • Navarro does fly to shallow left, and not definitely not deep enough for Pena to score. 2 outs, and Ponson can escape this, with Hinske up at the plate.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:33 pm
  • Hinske got hit by Ponson to load the bases, but luckily Brignac flies out to end the threat. Ponson rolls his way out of trouble. After 1.5, it’s 1-0 Yanks.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:35 pm
  • Ponson at 25 pitches.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:35 pm
  • 25 pitches, 15 pitches in an inning where he loads the bases. It’s kind of amazing, but probably more lucky. Only 12 for strikes, and it looks like the Rays are helping him out thus far by swinging early and swinging often..

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:36 pm
  • Molina’s hit sandwiches a bunch of out by the Yanks. Jackson got out of that one only needing 12 pitches, and 31 through 2.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:44 pm
  • Iwamura strikes out to lead off the third.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:45 pm
  • Crawford K’s as well, but Upton fought to ground to the LF for a single.
    Here’s Pena.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:48 pm
  • By the way, I don’t know if I’m the only one that thinks this Rays lineup doesn’t make any sense. Of course, they’re first, so go figure, but Upton could be stealing more if he isn’t in front of Pena, probably..

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:48 pm
  • Pena strikes out, so Ponson strikes out the side. He’s up to 44 pitches, however, so maybe it’s a sign that the Rays are taking more pitches.
    Now 25 strikes against 19 balls, a much better ratio..

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:53 pm
  • Here’s Jeter leading off.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:54 pm
  • Goes the other way, but Hinske is there, so one away.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:55 pm
  • It looks like the Yanks are hitting the ball hard, but at people. Still, not getting the job done.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:57 pm
  • “A YF – 60 innings.. of crap from Hughes and Ian.”
    I’m more sad by the 60 innings than the crap. I feel confident they would both have been league average by the end of the season. With only that, Pettitte has 10 wins. And if they don’t start trading young pitching for a crappy reliever (see Gagne – relievers are streaky and unpredictable), we’ll have plenty of time to see if I’m right.

    A YF July 9, 2008, 1:58 pm
  • ARod does get on with two outs, and here’s Mr Stash himself.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:59 pm
  • A YF – I don’t disagree, but just adding to your “and yet we’re still only 4 games behind”.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 1:59 pm
  • Jackson being careful with Giambi, and Giambi patient.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 2:00 pm
  • And Giambi walks, ARod to second, with Posada coming up.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 2:01 pm
  • Posada grounds out on 6 pitches, and Jackson is at 53 pitches after 3, and I’m going for lunch, hoping this lead will hold when I get back!

    Lar July 9, 2008, 2:06 pm
  • Longoria HBP, and 2-0 on Floyd…the wheels may be coming off the Ponson bandwagon!

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 2:09 pm
  • Well Floyd grounds out to 1st…Longoria to second on the play. Man the Rays are up there hacking at the crap and taking the strikes – definitely helping Ponson out a little.

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 2:11 pm
  • Man, I think we have a new Yankee killer…Navarro reportedly hitting .615 vs. NYY this year…Manny who?

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 2:12 pm
  • From 0-2 to BB vs. Hinske. Annoying!

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 2:15 pm
  • Quite the pitchers battle. Who would have thunk it!

    John - YF July 9, 2008, 2:21 pm
  • If only Gardner got on base more. Its a shame.

    Anonymous July 9, 2008, 2:22 pm
  • Having Molina-Melky-Gardner come up consecutively is depressing.

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 2:22 pm
  • Cool Lar. Painful year, but nice that we’re still making a run at it. Can’t see how the current staff would do anything in the post-season though. Hopefully at least Hughes is back. I like watching him pitch.
    Navarro was the most painful piece in Unit trade. And Vazquez would have been decent enough the last few years. I think that trade scared Cashman straight. They haven’t given up anything significant in a trade since. And I have to agree with the seeming current philosophy: 1) Develop your own; 2) If not #1, then pay on the free agent market for youth. If they don’t make a move in the next three weeks, I think we can safely say that’s the path forward.

    A YF July 9, 2008, 2:24 pm
  • “Having Molina-Melky-Gardner come up consecutively is depressing.”
    Not as bad as Varitek-Crisp-Lugo. :)
    Speaking of which – Beckett with 68 pitches through 3 innings.

    A YF July 9, 2008, 2:26 pm
  • “Not as bad as Varitek-Crisp-Lugo”
    You sure about that? I’m not.
    Anyway, Upton caught stealing 2B…Molina is lucky a. he’s so awesome at throwing out runners, and B. Posada can’t throw at all right now – because he’s providing a ton of value behind the dish right now. Prolly not quite enough to offset his hitting woes, but close.

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 2:34 pm
  • Just came back from lunch and seeing the Sox came back again. Ah well.
    Gardner just stole one, which is always good!

    Lar July 9, 2008, 2:42 pm
  • Abreu can’t do much with it though, as yet again, hitting with men in scoring position has been awful.
    That said though, the Gardner steal prevented what could’ve been a double play.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 2:43 pm
  • “You sure about that? I’m not.”
    Well, I was joking, but who would you rather have:
    a) a catcher who can’t hit or field or a catcher who can field but not hit? The one that can field is also three years younger.
    b) of two noodle bats: the CF with great range but an average arm or the CF with average range but a great arm? Call it a tie? How about the one that’s 23 or the one that’s 28?
    c) a SS that can’t hit or field or a LF that can’t hit but can field? MLE suggests Gardner will OPS .720. If it helps the LF is 24 while the SS is 32.

    A YF July 9, 2008, 2:43 pm
  • And here’s ARod trying to try Gardner in.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 2:43 pm
  • Beckett with 87 pitches through 4 IP.

    A YF July 9, 2008, 2:44 pm
  • I hate being at work during games!!! Come on AROD!!!

    krueg July 9, 2008, 2:45 pm
  • …and AROD strikes out. Big surprise.

    krueg July 9, 2008, 2:45 pm
  • How long can Fat Sidney keep the Rays off the board??? Um…offense? Hello?
    Bueller…Ferris Bueller…Bueller…Bueller?

    krueg July 9, 2008, 2:47 pm
  • ARod strikes out. Bah.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 2:47 pm
  • There is my answer…right until I start watching the gamecast.

    krueg July 9, 2008, 2:50 pm
  • Pena ties the game. About time..

    Lar July 9, 2008, 2:51 pm
  • Is this where fat sidney falls apart???

    krueg July 9, 2008, 2:51 pm
  • A YF – all in all, yes, I’d take Molina-Melky-Gardner over Varitek-Lugo-Crisp, but I was just talking about watching them bat.

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 2:51 pm
  • He got out of the inning…one run through 6? not bad at all. Looks like there was a lot of drama thought with baserunners???

    krueg July 9, 2008, 2:54 pm
  • “…and AROD strikes out. Big surprise.”
    Wow, so you’re one of those fans. Too bad he has one of the best RISP AVGs on the team.

    A YF July 9, 2008, 2:54 pm
  • Fatty Ponson 1 R allowed thru 6 – can’t hope for anything better…be a shame to lose this game cuz of our stoopid-head offense.

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 2:55 pm
  • “best RISP AVGs on the team”
    That is far from a ringing endorsement given our team…although I agree w/ your point.

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 2:56 pm
  • A YF: if by pessimistic fan, then yes, yes I am.
    I actually love ARod…

    krueg July 9, 2008, 2:57 pm
  • …hell, I wish he would take me to a stripclub!!!

    krueg July 9, 2008, 3:00 pm
  • Ponson comes out. Veras in as the Yanks can’t hit. Jackson is at 97 pitches, so he might or might not have another inning or so..

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:02 pm
  • Smart move by Girardi – better one inning too early with the Fat Ponson Toad than one too late.

    A YF July 9, 2008, 3:03 pm
  • Mark: absolutely, that’s all we can ask for from portley ponson. But, I also thought Rasner was good so I’m a little more careful now with my affection.

    krueg July 9, 2008, 3:03 pm
  • Sox are killing it…

    krueg July 9, 2008, 3:06 pm
  • Veras retires the first two batter, and here’s Iwamura.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:07 pm
  • and Iwamura K’s. End of 6 and a half, it’s tied at 1.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:09 pm
  • Veras is getting better and better…that’s good to see.

    krueg July 9, 2008, 3:09 pm
  • Nice 1-2-3 inning from Veras, who has really been great. Time to score.

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 3:10 pm
  • Well I wrote time to score, and then I saw “due up next inning: Cabrera-Molina-Gardner. So scratch that…on to the 8th we go!

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 3:11 pm
  • Hahah, you guys are depressing! Remember that it was the bottom of the order that Jeter drove in last night!

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:13 pm
  • Melky singles, and Molina moves him over with a sac. Err, that means Gardner is now up.. is he going to sac bunt as well? Hahaha..

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:14 pm
  • and Jackson has pitched enough. Howell in.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:15 pm
  • I love it when we get down a successful bunt…

    krueg July 9, 2008, 3:15 pm
  • It used to be so fun when the Rays went to their bullpen…not so much anymore! Of course, they knocked around that douche last night…

    krueg July 9, 2008, 3:16 pm
  • Call me Captain Obvious, but I don’t see these game being a 1-0 battle.
    classic stuff john. who woulda figured?
    now come on bombers, lets get some runs right here!

    sf rod July 9, 2008, 3:17 pm
  • Speaking of douche, Beckett just started the sixth with 100 pitches and then gave up a homer to Kubel and a double to Young. 6-4, Devil’s Spawn.

    A YF July 9, 2008, 3:18 pm
  • Jeter K…damn it.

    krueg July 9, 2008, 3:19 pm
  • Pretty terrible AB by Gardner there…up to El Capitano…can he continue his “clutch comeback?”

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 3:20 pm
  • Gardner did not move the runner over, and now it’s up to the Captain again..

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:20 pm
  • check that…gardner.

    krueg July 9, 2008, 3:22 pm
  • “Stayin’ Alive, Stayin’ Alive…AH, AH, AH, AH, STAYIN’ ALIIIIIIIIVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEE!!!”

    krueg July 9, 2008, 3:23 pm
  • Jeter K…i was right after all. Not happy about being right on that one. Farnsy time???
    Go Twinkies!!!

    krueg July 9, 2008, 3:24 pm
  • And Jeets K’s to end the inning, and to preserve or team-wide effort to trail the entire league in BA w/ RISP (we were 12th in the AL coming into play today).

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 3:25 pm
  • Jeter struck out on a questionable call. Bah.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:26 pm
  • yeah, I’m following on Gameday, which seems to indicate strike 3 on Jeets was borderline at best…anybody watching live have an opinion?

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 3:29 pm
  • This game is not Farnsworth-proof. But, err, I have my trust on him?

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:31 pm
  • Wow, that was a quick inning by Farns, perhaps justifying my trust in him.. hah

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:31 pm
  • How close was that Pena flyball to going out the park? The Gameday animation almost gave me a heart attack…

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 3:32 pm
  • Farnsy’s been on it man…gotta give the dude propers. Keep it up and I may stop calling him Farsnworthless!!!

    krueg July 9, 2008, 3:33 pm
  • Wow, this Yankee bullpen is crazy good this year. Crazy in the sense that it’s almost all the same guys from the end of last year.
    Even more reason not to trade for crappy relievers.

    A YF July 9, 2008, 3:33 pm
  • It wasn’t too deep, but Abreu made the catch look good ala Edmonds.
    (It is my opinion that Edmonds sometimes take a really stupid route and make up for it by diving at the last second and making Sportscenter..)

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:36 pm
  • Man, I am so over Abreu…

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 3:38 pm
  • Abreu should’ve beat the crap out of that pitch, but doesn’t. Ah well. ARod doesn’t do much either, so it’s two quick outs.
    Giambi, use your stash power!

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:39 pm
  • Giambi strikes out, and that means Mo is coming in. Let’s roll.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:41 pm
  • “Wow, this Yankee bullpen is crazy good this year. Crazy in the sense that it’s almost all the same guys from the end of last year.”
    While true, there was reason to be hopeful w/r/t the pen coming into the year. Edwar always projected as a very effective short reliever, and now it looks like he has put it together. Girardi said he could fix Farnsworth (and I took him at his word, predicting Krazy Kyle as my “sleeper Yankee contributor” in the Spring Training thread), and it finally looks like he is delivering on that promise. And Mo is Mo. Veras’s emergence is the only real thing that truly surprised me.

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 3:41 pm
  • Mo coming into a tie game makes me irrationally nervous…

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 3:43 pm
  • Mo strikes out Longoria on 3 pitches. Keep it short and concise just in case..

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:44 pm
  • Longoria K’s…yay! Floyd due up, who has very good career numbers off Mo…

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 3:44 pm
  • Mo getting squeezed a bit – if he missed, he didn’t missed by much. 3 straight balls to Floyd.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:45 pm
  • Scratch that last comment…Floyd .250 career v. Mo…good career numbers were for vs. NYY as a team…

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 3:45 pm
  • And he walks on 4 pitches, all of which were very close. Could easily gone the other way..

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:46 pm
  • And the jinx is in…Floyd walks.

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 3:46 pm
  • Jonny Gomes comes in to pinch run, with 1 out.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:46 pm
  • Gomes pinch running…would LOVE to see Molina gun him down.

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 3:47 pm
  • Navarro trying to drop a bunt..

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:48 pm
  • Navarro flies out to Melky…down to Hinske

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 3:49 pm
  • Navarro flies out, so now there are two outs.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:49 pm
  • Gameday says Mo is getting squeezed on the inside (left) corner…true?

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 3:50 pm
  • Hinske K’s and up to the Yanks to win it or play more for free.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:52 pm
  • Moot for now, as Floyd K’s looking…now let’s end this thing!

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 3:52 pm
  • Mark – a little bit, but you can go both ways.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:52 pm
  • Posada, Cano, Melky coming up.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:53 pm
  • The Twins trying for the best impression of the Yanks by loading them up with 1 out but failed to score a run.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:56 pm
  • Posada walks with nobody out.. do you pinchrun him? Too bad Gardner is already in the game..

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:57 pm
  • Joe answers my question by putting Christian up there. So, man on first, nobody out, let’s see if the Yanks can scratch one out.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:57 pm
  • Go…Yankees?

    Devine July 9, 2008, 3:57 pm
  • Jorge walks…have to pich run for him. Can’t bunt with Cano, as the batless wonder boy trio is behind him in the order. Seriously, if Cano tries to bunt, I will scream. I will scream right here at work.

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 3:57 pm
  • Howell at 30+ pitches. Maybe that’ll factor in, or maybe they’ll take him out if someone else gets on..

    Lar July 9, 2008, 3:58 pm
  • I am right there with you, Mark. I think the bunt was silly with a much better hitter doing the bunting than the guys behind him.

    Devine July 9, 2008, 4:00 pm
  • Mark, I hope your workmates won’t mind, because Cano just dropped one down, and Christian will go to second.
    So man on second, 1 out, we have Melky, Molina, and Gardner up.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 4:00 pm
  • *stifles agonizing scream as Cano sacrifices to 3B*

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 4:00 pm
  • Dubious move. Dubious move.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 4:01 pm
  • Howell comes out and Balfour comes in.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 4:01 pm
  • WEll…we can’t let Molina and Gardner hit here right. I say let Molina take his hacks and pinch hit Betemit for Gardner…

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 4:01 pm
  • Oh, Melky’s up first. Melky and Molina, and we HAVE to let them take their hacks, as Posada is out of the game. Man that bunt aggravates me.

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 4:03 pm
  • Ya, I figured the pinch running means the bunt is off, but I guess not.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 4:04 pm
  • COME ON MELKY!!!!

    krueg July 9, 2008, 4:04 pm
  • Wow! Christian proves me an idiot and wrong! I actually have no idea about Christian’s speed, but apparently enough to steal 3rd.
    So the Yanks don’t need a base hit, but will probably get it as the infield comes in on Melky with 1 out.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 4:06 pm
  • Jeezus…where did this Balfour character come from? 0.96 ERA? I know it’s only 18 IP, but still…

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 4:06 pm
  • Melky fought off a few pitches, but not that one, as it foul tips for a strike out. 2 away, and it’ll take a single (or error) from Molina to win the game.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 4:07 pm
  • Sister Christian steals??? Damn slow gametracker…
    Melky is about as clutch as something that absolutely isn’t clutch. All Buffalo sports teams come to mind…

    krueg July 9, 2008, 4:07 pm
  • Well Christian awesomely steals third but Melky proves it moot by K’ing…as I knew he would. Man that bunt aggravates me. he couldn’t steal second anmd take your chances with Cano, your best hitter due up in the inning? Nonsense.

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 4:07 pm
  • gay.

    krueg July 9, 2008, 4:07 pm
  • Gol dern it.

    Devine July 9, 2008, 4:08 pm
  • Molina pops out. Grrr. Grrr. Grrr.
    Free baseball it is. And now even Posada is out of the game..

    Lar July 9, 2008, 4:08 pm
  • Mo at 15 pitches, fyi.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 4:08 pm
  • And Molina pops out to second. That’s some good strategery.

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 4:10 pm
  • Anyone else nervous???

    krueg July 9, 2008, 4:12 pm
  • Brignac strikes out. One away.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 4:12 pm
  • Mo finishes his last inning at 30 pitches. Now the top of the offense up, and let’s hope Gardner can get on.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 4:16 pm
  • Awesome 1-2-3 inning by Mo…Gardner-Jeter-Abreu due up. Really want to score here and end it…

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 4:17 pm
  • Boston bloodbath…

    krueg July 9, 2008, 4:18 pm
  • According to gamecast both the second and third strike were OUTSIDE!!!!

    krueg July 9, 2008, 4:19 pm
  • Gardner did not set the table, and Jeter will have to do something.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 4:21 pm
  • Jeter has to do something…worthless Abreu is up next.

    krueg July 9, 2008, 4:21 pm
  • I couldn’t have been more wrong, what a game.
    How does Melky not even make contact? Crazy. Off to a game, enjoy the rest of the game fellas.

    John - YF July 9, 2008, 4:22 pm
  • Captain Clutch gets on!!! Come on Bobby you fat, worthless donkey!!!

    krueg July 9, 2008, 4:23 pm
  • Jeter works out an 8 pitch walk, with the meat of the lineup coming up. They really got to win this.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 4:23 pm
  • Just don’t hit into a DP dick!!!!

    krueg July 9, 2008, 4:25 pm
  • Down 0-2 quickly.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 4:25 pm
  • Abreu fouling off a lot of pitches.. but still..

    Lar July 9, 2008, 4:26 pm
  • Abreu wins the game. Good game, game over, Yanks win!

    Lar July 9, 2008, 4:28 pm
  • Yeah, boy!

    Devine July 9, 2008, 4:28 pm
  • BOBBY COMES THRU????? WHAT NEXT, PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST???
    Yankees win….theeeeeeeeeee Yankees win!!!!

    krueg July 9, 2008, 4:29 pm
  • Woo-hoo! Abreu for the win…I am still over him, but I’ll take it!

    Mark (YF) July 9, 2008, 4:29 pm
  • Balfour keeps challenging Abreu with the fastball and lost on a changeup hit off the wall. Go Abreu!

    Lar July 9, 2008, 4:30 pm
  • Abreu says “How you like me now!?”
    6.5 back of the division. And the Sox (and their spawn) are happy we won. And Ponson pitched a better game than Beckett and against a better team. Why I love baseball (but still hate the fat shit!)!!!1111!!!

    A YF July 9, 2008, 4:30 pm
  • I still don’t like you Bobby but keep it up so you can still get paid by some other stupid team next year that wants a fat, slow RF’er that occasionally hits the ball!!!

    krueg July 9, 2008, 4:50 pm
  • Hanley Ramirez just hit his 22nd homer. Projects to 38 HR and 39 SB. He’s 24 years old. And he plays shortstop.

    A YF July 9, 2008, 4:58 pm
  • great game. and an excellent series.
    can i take this silly stache off now?

    sf rod July 9, 2008, 4:59 pm
  • NO ROD!!! Love the ‘stache…go vote for thong stache for the all-star game too since you are closet Yankee fan!!! ;)

    krueg July 9, 2008, 5:03 pm
  • heck, not only will i vote for him, i’m starting the official “resign jason to a multi year deal” committee.
    thanks for having me the last couple o’ days guys.

    sf rod July 9, 2008, 5:16 pm
  • Thanks for getting us those two games back guys, much appreciated.
    You can go back to losing now.

    LocklandSF July 9, 2008, 5:33 pm
  • They probably will…GO VOTE FOR THONG ‘STACHE YOU CHOWDAHEADS!!! :)

    krueg July 9, 2008, 5:39 pm
  • “You can go back to losing now.”
    Somebody’s got to beat the Rays if we’re going to win this thing. And it ain’t you guys.

    A YF July 9, 2008, 5:45 pm
  • Ponson gave up 100% of the runs this series.

    Lar July 9, 2008, 5:57 pm
  • “Somebody’s got to beat the Rays if we’re going to win this thing. And it ain’t you guys.”
    You really don’t even bother to check the facts before you post, do you?

    LocklandSF July 9, 2008, 6:40 pm
  • I really wish I had more time to do the gamers. The Yankees have lost just one game when I write the gamers this season. I am starting to think this is a conspiracy. Maybe a Sox fan made my Summer Baseball schedule.
    Side note, Mad Dog was making a big to do about Cano (actually pointed out his .240 something avg) dumping water on Abreu after the game winning hit. Brought up to Girardi and Girardi just said you never know, this could be the turning point so he can’t fault Cano for being excited. (Of course that’s not a direct quote, I was driving after all.)

    John - YF July 9, 2008, 6:49 pm
  • turning point #5 so far this year. that’s still significantly down from last years all time record of 36 turning points.

    sf rod July 9, 2008, 7:01 pm
  • “You really don’t even bother to check the facts before you post, do you?”
    SFs around here don’t seem to care about these things you call “facts”, so why should I? :)
    Besides, who just got swept and who did the sweeping with these them here Rays?
    Meanwhile, what is the Sox starting rotation these days?

    A YF July 9, 2008, 7:23 pm
  • Looks to be Beckett, Dice, Lester, Wake and Buchholz, with that 5th spot interchangeable with Colon and Masterson. How bout dem Yanks, are they still relying on drunks booted out of Texas to win games?
    You still glad Cashman did not have the smarts to pick up Colon instead of said drunk?
    Fool

    Dirty Water July 9, 2008, 7:53 pm
  • Looks to be Beckett, Dice, Lester, Wake and Buchholz, with that 5th spot interchangeable with Colon and Masterson. How bout dem Yanks, are they still relying on drunks booted out of Texas to win games?
    You still glad Cashman did not have the smarts to pick up Colon instead of said drunk?
    Fool

    Dirty Water July 9, 2008, 7:53 pm
  • “How bout dem Yanks, are they still relying on drunks booted out of Texas to win games?”
    Yup! And they’re winning! Hahahahahahahaha!
    “You still glad Cashman did not have the smarts to pick up Colon instead of said drunk?”
    Absolutely – 110% plus another 30% for good luck! You guys are putting a starter with a 117 ERA+ in the bullpen because that fat hairy Colon is on his way back. That’s funny! What next – Buchholz to the pen or more meaningless innings in the minors? Hahahahahahahahaha!
    “Fool”
    You really wanna call names? Cause “Dirty Water” is the stuff that comes out of my a$$ when I eat a Fenway Frank.
    To the Vaunted Moderators -
    Who’s trolling who’s game threads, now?

    A YF July 9, 2008, 8:24 pm
  • boys. do we really live in a world where the merits of sidney ponson and bartolo colon cannot be discussed civilly?
    i could understand if this conversation was happening in 1999 (between an indians fan and an orioles fan). but to hear it today especially after an absolutely delightful sweep by the yanks, really saddens me. for shame.

    sf rod July 9, 2008, 9:46 pm
  • Hal in the Times this morning reaffirming the Yankee plan:
    1) Develop the farm
    2) Pay top dollar for free agents
    3) No big trades
    I can’t say I disagree. They won’t be getting a Sabathia (or Unit) – now. But they also won’t be giving up a LaPorta (or Dioner). Then they’ll sign from among the free agents.
    Sure, the free agent path is risky. But they’ve already shown they can sustain bad contracts (Pavano, Igawa). And it’s not as risky as also giving up prospects.
    I gotta say I love the new leadership. And this whole ‘stache thing shows they have a great sense of humor that their father never had. The future looks very bright.

    A YF July 10, 2008, 10:37 am
  • I agree with you A YF…this offseason is going to be very interesting. Is it even possible that the Yankees won’t have the highest payroll in the league after next year? With all the money coming off the books, it’s possible right?

    krueg July 10, 2008, 11:58 am
  • “Is it even possible that the Yankees won’t have the highest payroll in the league after next year? With all the money coming off the books, it’s possible right?”
    I dunno. It’s possible, but likely? They have a new stadium to fill (even as the first year is a given). Looking at the free agent list, I could see them going hard at CC and Sheets and with Santana-type deals cause that’s what it will take.
    Then I could see them trying three-year deals with RF and 1B. If Abreu shows so life by the end of the season, they could keep him on that type of contract. And Giambi would likely do something similar. With recent deals (Damon, Sheffield, Matsui – Arod is in a different stratosphere) they’ve shown a the tendency to go shorter with more cash. I think they’ll follow something similar and stay out of the Teixeira hunt (cause someone will overpay). But that could also mean some other folks on the market (Dunn, Bradley, Burrell.
    Still, add all that up:
    - 1 or 2 Santana-type deals = 6/120 million
    - RF and 1B at Damon money = 3/39 million
    - Total = 320 million
    - Consider the 80 million cut from the payroll
    - Add back 70 million (2 pitchers/2 hitters)
    - Increases to some younger players
    2009 Payroll = 190 – 200 million
    Actually, that’s pretty darn good. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what it adds up to. They might not sign two of the top-flight pitchers, maybe CC and Burnett, but swap in Manny for a Burrell, or the other direction – Sexson for Giambi, and it’s the same money.
    The big news will be the total package of signings (Press: Yankees – OMG!!!1111!!!) but the payroll will probably be right around the same level. And surely the new stadium gives them more room to spend. I think they will.

    A YF July 10, 2008, 1:08 pm
  • Solid analysis bro…very interesting offseason indeed.

    krueg July 10, 2008, 1:11 pm
  • Indeed – great time for the “Cash and Youth” strategy!
    How about these options:
    1B: Giambi, Teixiera, Sexson (32 yo may just need to get out of SafeCo – perfect righty for a short contract and still has a good glove)
    RF: Vlad!, Crawford, Manny, Dunn, Burrell, Bradley, Baldelli, Abreu
    RHP: Sheets, Burnett, John Lackey!, Derek Lowe, Bartolo Colon!
    LHP: CC, Mulder (injury comeback candidate)
    Relief: Scott Downs, Damaso Marte, Fuentes, Kerry Wood
    It’s a great time to go shopping, especially with 80 million lying around!

    A YF July 10, 2008, 1:27 pm
  • Not that I’m giving up on this season – but I can still cheer them on and be realistic about our chances. It would be 2005-esque if they made a run but even better. What is it I heard – 12 rookies have played for them this year?

    A YF July 10, 2008, 1:34 pm
  • hey sexson just got released according to reports, you can get him right now!

    dw (sf) July 10, 2008, 1:52 pm
  • not trying to take anything away here. i just need to vent for a second….
    And this whole ‘stache thing shows they have a great sense of humor that their father never had.
    isn’t this whole stache thing getting annoying? it was semi funny last year went it went by another name…”sal’s palls”. this year it just feels like a silly retread while giambi acts like he’s the first man to grow a “south beach tickler” in interviews. plus, to a man, jason should come clean and just admit it’s the only way to cover up that tragic herpes gash he sports on his upper lip.
    believe me, i actually like giambi, and facial hair (the “ass kicker” would be so much sweeter). this whole thing just feels incredibly forced and it seems weird seeing actual fans reveling in it.
    *rant over*

    sf rod July 10, 2008, 2:00 pm
  • Huge fan of Sheets, but don’t like the risk associated. Really enjoy watching Burnett pitch, but again too much risk. Of the bunch, I would feel most comfortable signing CC long term.
    I think the Yankees need to get there hands on Tex. He gives you a switch hitter, hits for power and avg, as well as solid D. He is also fairly young. I know we disagree on the importance of a good 1Bman.
    Also, Crawford and Vlad are not true free agents. So I doubt you will see them even hit the market in 09 especially knowing how good both their teams are. If they do, I expect what you do, the Yankees to go hard.
    Just looking over the list of OF’s, true FA’s only, it’s not very impressive.

    John - YF July 10, 2008, 2:08 pm
  • Bobby Abreu NYY
    Moises Alou NYM
    Garret Anderson * LAA
    Rocco Baldelli TB
    Willie Bloomquist SEA
    Emil Brown OAK
    Pat Burrell PHI
    Endy Chavez NYM
    Carl Crawford * TB
    Adam Dunn CIN
    Jim Edmonds CHC
    Juan Encarnacion STL
    Cliff Floyd TB
    Brian Giles * SD
    Ken Griffey Jr. * CIN
    Vladimir Guerrero * LAA
    Raul Ibanez SEA
    Jacque Jones DET
    Mark Kotsay ATL
    Rob Mackowiak WAS
    Kevin Mench TEX
    Jason Michaels * CLE
    Craig Monroe MIN
    Jay Payton BAL
    Scott Podsednik COL
    Manny Ramirez * BOS
    Juan Rivera LAA
    Rondell White MIN
    We might very well see Abreu back next season.

    John - YF July 10, 2008, 2:08 pm
  • Glancing at that list Dunn looks to be the most impressive. I wouldn’t want to see the Sox facing him.

    Atheose July 10, 2008, 2:13 pm
  • Rod: Nope. I can see why it might annoy you…cough, cough, soxfan, cough cough…but from this YF’s perspective it’s nice to see some personality from the Yankees. They were so stuffy the last few years until Cano and Melky injected some youth.(now if they could only hit???) Add Joba into the mix and it’s great to see guys like Jeter, Posada and ARod laughing their asses off in the dugout. Did you see Hip Hip and Jeter giving Joba a hard time in his first at bat in Pittsburgh? (doubt you did) Hilarious! Even the Gatorade bath of fat, douche Bobby yesterday was great!I think the whole “stache” thing just adds to it. I love it! The fans in the Stadium love it! Women and children love it! Even, dare I day, some chowdaheads like it??? (probably not)
    Obviously you are entitled to your opininon…cough, cough, soxfan, cough cough…but it’s not really for you. Now, the whole “Sox Nation” thing…that’s another story. :)
    (I had a little tickle in my throat man, sorry about that!)

    krueg July 10, 2008, 2:28 pm
  • A YF: I’ll take C.C. and Burnett please???

    krueg July 10, 2008, 2:29 pm
  • “hey sexson just got released according to reports, you can get him right now!”
    Great! That’s an upgrade at 1B from Betemit and he’s a been a bit better against LHP – small sample this year:
    2008: .344 .423 .623 1.045 – 61 ABs
    It can’t hurt – he’s a good glove too.
    “isn’t this whole stache thing getting annoying?”
    No, not at all. But for me the best part is the team giving them out and the player’s messing with them on the bench. That’s relatively new for the Yankee organization – stupid fun.
    “facial hair (the “ass kicker” would be so much sweeter)”
    You do realize that this is as good as it gets for a Yankee, right?
    John – Burrell and Bradley are both younger and better than Abreu. I also can’t see how Manny gets his option picked up, especially if Papi is healthy. But yeah, if none of those (or Vlad) then Abreu hopefully wouldn’t be awful for two or three years. Dunn is tough to watch.

    A YF July 10, 2008, 2:37 pm
  • krueg -
    How about CC and Lackey?

    A YF July 10, 2008, 2:37 pm
  • I started an open thread up top, I realize it’s kind of a pain to click through to the end of 200+ comments in an old gamer. Feel free to move discussion there.

    SF July 10, 2008, 2:38 pm
  • Shit, Angels have a $9 million option they’ll surely pick up.

    A YF July 10, 2008, 2:44 pm
  • Go for Sexson! his range stinks, yeah, he’s 8 feet tall, but that’s about it. Small sample size of lefties. his current year OPS: .696 he’s hitting for a higher average right now, but has sacrificed power in his new open stance

    dw (sf) July 10, 2008, 2:49 pm
  • krueg- i hear ya. and yes i did see joba’s AB. posada telling him to keep his shoulder back. i also remember last year when melky and cano thought a-rod not knowing he hit a homerun was the funniest thing in the world (and then we had to see them reenact it for weeks on end). you guy’s got a wacky bunch. just hope jason is writing a check to mr. fasano if he gets an AS appearance bonus.

    sf rod July 10, 2008, 3:09 pm
  • “his range stinks, yeah, he’s 8 feet tall, but that’s about it.
    FRAA says he’s a few runs above average. Rate is about average.
    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/dt/sexsori01.php
    Not so different from Youkilis, actually:
    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/dt/youki________ke01.php

    A YF July 10, 2008, 3:24 pm
  • Bring it in guys…we’re on the new thread now. It IS annoying getting to the end of this monster…
    ROD: I knew you were a closet Yankee fan!!!

    krueg July 10, 2008, 3:27 pm

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