Respect the SatanFish: Yanks-Rays Gamer

Heading into their game against the Angels on June 10th, the Rays sat two games under .500 having just dropped two of three to the Yanks and the first game of their series against the Halos, finding themselves six back of division-leading Boston. They beat Anaheim that night to kick off a six-game win streak and have compiled a 26-15 mark since, which includes last night’s defeat of CC and the Yanks on the back of Scott Kazmir to help them keep close pace at only 6.5 out of first-place held by the rather torrid Yankees.

Tonight, Matt Garza gets the rock while Joba Chamberlain goes for the series win for the Bombers. Joba has been dealing in his last two starts, allowing just two earned runs over just shy of 14 innings. Garza’s Rays have lost both of his starts this year against New York, but he is coming off a stellar outing against the Jays.

Lineups follow, comment away.

NY Yankees
D. Jeter ss .322
J. Damon lf .276
M. Teixeira 1b .282
A. Rodriguez 3b .252
H. Matsui dh .256
J. Posada c .284
R. Cano 2b .309
N. Swisher rf .238
M. Cabrera cf .287
J. Chamberlain 3.86
 
Tampa Bay
B.J. Upton cf .247
C. Crawford lf .311
E. Longoria 3b .276
B. Zobrist 2b .305
C. Pena 1b .214
P. Burrell dh .223
G. Gross rf .269
D. Navarro c .224
J. Bartlett ss .332
M. Garza 3.68
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  • Does it seem like the Yankees get the runner in from third much less often than other teams?

    AndrewYF July 29, 2009, 7:14 pm
  • I meant on sacrifice hits, of course.

    AndrewYF July 29, 2009, 7:15 pm
  • Teix threaded a needle right there to score Jeter. 1-0 Yanks, top 1.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 7:15 pm
  • Garza loves that low0in corner against ARod.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 7:16 pm
  • Solid first inning from Joba.

    AndrewYF July 29, 2009, 7:23 pm
  • Upton grounds out 6-3. Didn’t look like he was running full-on, which would bug me if I were a Rays fan.
    Crawford grounds sharply to ARod for the 5-3.
    Longoria grounds to Cano, who pauses, blows some bubble gum, then throws to Teix to close the first.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 7:23 pm
  • Yanks didn’t do anything in the second inning. But A’s are already up 5-0 off Penny. So let’s win this one to space everybody just a little bit..

    Lar July 29, 2009, 7:31 pm
  • Bottom two: Joba starts Zobrist off with two strikes on the outside edge, both great pitches. Then a pitch away to get him to chase. He was supposed to go again to the corner but it was back over the middle; Zobrist is a laser right at Teix for the first out.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 7:34 pm
  • Quick fly to Damon for two. Now inside to Burrell, then away, then in. All low. The 3-0 is set up away but comes across the inside low corner for strike 1, burrell taking. He takes another to make it full.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 7:36 pm
  • Gas middle outside on the payoff, Burrell swings late and under to retire the side. Heading to three.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 7:36 pm
  • Swisher takes the outside corner for a strike. Then squibs a roller past a diving Zobrist up the middle for a single.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 7:40 pm
  • Melky shows bunt. meh. It’s high away. The 1-0 cuts away to Papa George eating some Carvel or whatever in the owner’s box. Melky pops high to left field. Top of the order. Jeter has a triple and has scored. He lays down a PERFECT bunt in no-man’s land up third to push Swisher to second and take first with no throw.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 7:42 pm
  • Damon takes a ball with one away, runners on first and second. He lines the next pitch to right field. Swisher tags and moves to third as Jeter holds at first. Two down to Teix.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 7:44 pm
  • Teixeira pops out to shallow right, on the first base line, to end the Yankee third.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 7:44 pm
  • Gabe Gross takes a ball to lead off the Rays’ third. Now a pitch at (below?) the knees for strike one. George pictured with his ice cream again. Fouled off for two strikes, then away; it’s two-two. Gross fouls off another pitch. Now a breaking pitch misses way low to make it full, no outs, top one. Gross takes right down the middle. Strike three. Looks back to bitch about it, but it was a total strike. One away.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 7:49 pm
  • Navarro takes a strike, then swings over a breaking pitch low-in to make it 0-2. A pitch away and high, followed by another. A strike at the knees is fouled straight back.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 7:51 pm
  • Boston storming back, 5-3 A’s, still, but that lead is tight.
    We have a pitching duel so far here..

    Lar July 29, 2009, 7:51 pm
  • The two-two is on the high away corner, fouled back. Joba is working quickly. Misses a half-foot outside to make it full. Navarro pulls the next pitch foul.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 7:52 pm
  • Joba looking good so far, though the Rays hitters are making him work, going deep into counts by fouling off some pitches, to no big fault of Joba.
    Teixeira went up and got that one, two away.

    Lar July 29, 2009, 7:52 pm
  • Teixeira makes air time with a leaping grab that will get some air time on the highlight real. Sweet catch.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 7:53 pm
  • Definitely a web gem.
    End of 3, 1-0 Yanks.

    Lar July 29, 2009, 7:54 pm
  • real/reel?
    Anyway, flare single by Bartlett to right over Cano. Upton to the plate. Posada with a BACK DOOR tag to take away the stolen base. Kinda wanna see that again for validity, but sweet for the good guys.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 7:55 pm
  • Cano with the back door tag rather… Posada’s throw was off line towards first but the ump thought it was good. I need to see it again.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 7:56 pm
  • Garza comes in at the chest to make it 1-0 to Alex. ARod quails the next pitch to shallow right. Good piece of hitting there.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 7:57 pm
  • Godzilla goes the other way and ropes a double the LF corner on a pitch at least 6″ high away. Wow. You aren’t supposed to be able to hit that pitch. Runners at 2nd and 3rd, nobody out, Jorge up.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 7:59 pm
  • Matsui with a double, and now the Yanks have a real chance to add on to their lead right here.

    Lar July 29, 2009, 7:59 pm
  • Posada wasted an out, and here’s Cano, merely trying to get a ball on the ground..

    Lar July 29, 2009, 8:00 pm
  • Posada pops out on the first pitch he sees … grumble … to shallow foul territory off third base. One down to Cano.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:00 pm
  • And Cano does what he’s told, picking up an RBI on that groundball. Matsui moves to third.

    Lar July 29, 2009, 8:01 pm
  • Robi hits a two-hop chop up the middle to score ARod, pushing Matsui to third on the 5-3. Two away to Swisher.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:01 pm
  • Got to run outside in the rain. Wish me luck. I’m on a high floor, and I see nothing but fog in the darkness..

    Lar July 29, 2009, 8:02 pm
  • Garza misses way inside, and almost in the dirt. Good block by Navarro. Now a change on the outside corner to make it 1-1. Garza misses misses high, now in the dirt. The 3-1 is on the inside corner, taken.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:03 pm
  • The payoff: Swisher swings (way ahead) of a changeup. Inning over.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:04 pm
  • Good luck Lar, don’t get tagged by the blind traffic.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:05 pm
  • Checking out for a minute myself.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:05 pm
  • Joba has a 123 inning. Now a picture of a blimp floating through the grand canyon on the commercial break makes me wish I were there; looks cooler than here.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:11 pm
  • It’s soooo good to watch Joba finally delivering consistently as a starter. 66% strikes with 49 pitches through 4.
    Next up: Hughes.

    Rob July 29, 2009, 8:13 pm
  • Melky takes letters. The 0-1 is a breaking pitch outside. Now Melky’s out on a play that I missed, but I think it was a weak hit towards third? Maybe a bunt? blech.
    I guess I missed Joba throwing upstairs at Longoria.. sorry I missed that, I would have liked to have seen it. :)

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:14 pm
  • Jeter gets jammed on a 2-1 and grounds out 6-3 for two away to Damon.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:15 pm
  • Garza has lost the handle against Damon is behind 3-0. The next pitch is taken on the outside corner. He looked like he had a green light but took all the way. Now he takes his base. Two away to Teix.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:17 pm
  • Garza misses (badly) high away. The 1-0 is supposed to be low-in but tails over the middle waist high. Teix misses it foul back. The 1-1 hits Teixeira (brushes him, really) on the leading shoulder. Obviously a mistake. ARod up, man on first and second, two away.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:19 pm
  • Arod takes a bit high on the inside line for ball one. Another pitch in the same spot. Garza is struggling and Navarro comes out to calm him down.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:19 pm
  • The 2-0 to Alex: FAT pitch but Alex took all the way. The 2-1 is a fastball fouled straight back. Deuces, deuces on, deuces out:

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:21 pm
  • Outside corner, fouled back. Reset the 2-2. GAS coming high but Alex fouls it back.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:22 pm
  • There’s a fair amount of tension in this at bat. Garza misses 6″ inside.. good looking pitch.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:23 pm
  • The payoff is fouled back. Another conversation at the mound. Another payoff: tailing low-away, ARod fans to end the inning. Great battle at the plate.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:25 pm
  • Ben Zobrist comes up and takes two balls, now hits a line drive to Damon for the first out of the bottom of the fifth.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:27 pm
  • Joba misses inside to Pena for ball one. Now outside for ball two. The 2-0 is fouled back. 2-1: in and tight. The 3-1 misses very high and outside. Not a good look for Joba. Too long between innings? It seems he is slowing down as well.
    Now a strike to Burrell.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:30 pm
  • Burrell suckers on a pitch a foot and low of the plate for 0-2, and virtually the same pitch for a K to make it two outs as Gross comes up with Pena on first and two down.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:31 pm
  • A ball to gross, then a swinging strike under the heat. The 1-1: breaking pitch low. Gross offered, but not quite enough and it’s 2-1. Joba pays minor respect to Pena with a lob to first. The 2-1 is a strike low-in.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:34 pm
  • Joba misses way in and low to make it full. The payoff, with two out and one on: ball four, outside bringing up Navarro.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:35 pm
  • Joba throws his biggest curve of the night for a strike, then comes back with gas low away, which Navarro swings behind to make it 0-2. The next pitch is tipped back.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:37 pm
  • The next 0-2 is popped off the end of the bat to shallow left; Damon settles under it and the inning is over. Heading to six, Yankees 2, Rays 0.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:38 pm
  • Garza facing Godzilla in the Yankees’ sixth. Breaking pitch for a strike, now the same pitch misses in the dirt. Speed coming but Matsui is behind and under it, fouling it back. The 1-2 breaks Matsui’s ankles as he chases golf balls. Jorge up, and I am checking out.
    Good night, all.

    attackgerbil July 29, 2009, 8:42 pm
  • Where’s krueg? A game like this he’s got nothing to say!? Not even one Flusher lament?

    Rob July 29, 2009, 9:05 pm
  • It’s amazing but Joba gets stronger as the game goes on. In the early innings he was at 91-93. Now he’s at 93-95.

    Rob July 29, 2009, 9:14 pm
  • 88 pitches through 7. They won’t but I’d love to see him get a complete game.

    Rob July 29, 2009, 9:17 pm
  • Joba is tight. Ya, complete game is nice, but just saw Melky HR. 5-0 lead, they should let someone young take it..
    Definitely Joba stepping it up.
    Seems like Bruney is warming up. Maybe he’ll actually get some outs without giving up some hrs..

    Lar July 29, 2009, 9:38 pm
  • Yeah, they’re not trading Joba for Halladay, not in a package of other prospects. It was a pretty silly suggestion to begin with.

    AndrewYF July 29, 2009, 9:45 pm
  • Indeed. I mean, Joba will have growing pains, and yes, Halladay is a “known”, but while it’s an upgrade, it definitely does not fill the hole..
    Bruney just gave up a leadoff triple. Ah well, I guess there goes the shutout, but that might be a given once Bruney got up..

    Lar July 29, 2009, 9:46 pm
  • Mo now getting loose. Seriously, Bruney does not give Mo any rest.
    And Longoria jacks one to make the game 6-2. Bringing Bruney in is too stressful for Mo. Bring someone else in.
    But no, Bruney stays in, even though he didn’t get any outs yet.
    Seems like the only strikes he threw were all hits..
    3 hits in 8 innings, 2 hits here already.

    Lar July 29, 2009, 9:49 pm
  • Bruney actually getting an out.

    Lar July 29, 2009, 9:51 pm
  • Pena with a double.
    3 hits in 1 out.
    Mo will now force to come in, in a game that really reads like blowout (or at least not a close game..)

    Lar July 29, 2009, 9:52 pm
  • Let’s say they feel very confident in Joba, especially after the last few games. Is that reason enough to trade Hughes+ for Halladay? I’m as big a Hughes fanboy as anybody, but that would be one sick rotation for at least the next two post-seasons (if they’re smart about Joba down the stretch).
    Hughes and AJax and then guys like Nova and Kroenke is better than any package offered so far.
    I have to say it’s very tempting. But I don’t think Ricciardi is going to make the move this week. We’ll be hearing more in December.

    Rob July 29, 2009, 9:53 pm
  • Mo with the K:BB back up to 12.

    Rob July 29, 2009, 9:55 pm
  • Burrell with a huge swing and strikes out with Mo.
    Gross up now.
    I love Hughes, and Halladay would be huge. I am tempted as well..

    Lar July 29, 2009, 9:56 pm
  • Rob with the jinx, now a 3-0 pitch..

    Lar July 29, 2009, 9:57 pm
  • Mo with his 5th walk of the year. Still tying run not up, but is on deck.

    Lar July 29, 2009, 9:58 pm
  • Mo strikes him out, and the Yanks win. I don’t think it’s a save. Yanks take 2 of 3.

    Lar July 29, 2009, 10:00 pm
  • TB is 8 back in the loss column. When do playoff tix go on sale? (How’s that for a jinx!?)

    Rob July 29, 2009, 10:11 pm
  • I don’t know why it wasn’t a save. Isn’t the rule the tying run has to be on double-deck? If you come into the game with a three-run lead and no one on, it’s a save. Well, this is a four-run lead with one man on. Same thing.

    AndrewYF July 29, 2009, 10:14 pm
  • “Hughes and AJax and then guys like Nova and Kroenke is better than any package offered so far.”
    The problem is that the Jays want a ‘complete package’ offer, with 2 pitchers, a catcher and a shortstop.
    Well, he isn’t going to get top prospects of each. But Hughes, Jackson, Nova, Pena/Cervelli would indeed be a very good package, and I’d do it. It would really hurt to lose Hughes AND Jackson, two Yankees who have garnered ‘top Yankee prospect’ status, but you’re right, what a fantastic playoff rotation, and not just this season but next season as well.

    AndrewYF July 29, 2009, 10:19 pm
  • Yup, that’s getting close, but I don’t give them Cervelli and Pena. Those two are actually useful on the big club.
    Hughes, Nova, Corona, and make them pick Ajax or Romine.
    That’s a very good offer considering what the Tribe got for Lee and especially since Lee isn’t owed $20 million.

    Rob July 29, 2009, 10:27 pm
  • You would hold up a Halladay deal over the upgrade from Corona to Pena? The slash means one of. Everyone has a Reegie Corona in their system. You might as well give them a case of Corona.
    Hughes, Nova, Pena and Ajax or Romine is indeed a good deal, or at least a better deal than any we’ve heard so far. I’m not sure who I’d rather give up, Ajax or Romine, but I’d lean towards giving up Romine since he’s still so far away, although his upside is greater.

    AndrewYF July 29, 2009, 10:49 pm
  • No, I wouldn’t hold up the deal over Pena, but nor would the Jays. I would just try to push in a different direction. Corona is 22 and has an .800 OPS in AA.
    Jeter has been too healthy for too long (touch wood). They need a serviceable backup.
    Then again I guess Angel Berroa could be available if needed.

    Rob July 29, 2009, 11:12 pm
  • Agreed on Romine. He seems good enough but nothing great. That OBP scares me.

    Rob July 29, 2009, 11:13 pm
  • He had a decent enough OBP down in Charleston. But the Yankees have many options at catcher. He’s more expendable than Jackson, even though he might be more valuable on the trade market.

    AndrewYF July 29, 2009, 11:18 pm
  • Yeah, I can’t get too excited about a player more than two or three years away. That’s a long time in development terms. Agreed on the value too.
    The problem with his OBP is it’s held up by his average. The power is coming along nicely though. Tough call but worth it for Halladay, especially if they think Montero can stick behind the plate. Plus, Mauer’s on the market after next year.

    Rob July 30, 2009, 12:31 am
  • Ask yourself this question: in a best of seven series, with this offense, would you be happy with Sabathia, Burnett, Chamberlain, Pettitte as your four?
    I would. Gotsta stand, though it may be on eighteen.

    attackgerbil July 30, 2009, 4:03 am
  • Honestly though, I wouldn’t think twice about dealing Romine, even in addition to Jackson, if that’s what it took to get Halladay.
    But I doubt Cashman feels the same way. I think he’s proud of what he’s building down in the minors, and it’s hard to blame him.

    AndrewYF July 30, 2009, 6:57 am

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