Yanks at Minny: ALDS Gamer II

Looks like this Halladay guy might be kinda good. I looked into it because I had not heard of him before last night. Soon I must crawl into one of those awful beasts called an “airport”, which gave me insomnia last night, which in turn gave me the time to watch this unknown “Doc’s” performance on the DVR at 3am. He_was_so_choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one of him up for yourself.

Speaking of A Day 4 years off, the rejuvenated Carl Pavano can angle for all sorts of rejuvenated motivation to shut up morons like me that have been mad at him for the last half-decade, give or take a WTF. Morons that, given choice between seeing the Yankees lose a playoff game to Pavano, or, having jumper cables clamped to their man-boobs with the other ends hooked to a deep cycle marine battery, would choose electricity. Maybe you can’t afford a deep cycle marine battery. Soaking your baby-maker parts in sugar water and sitting naked on a fire ant mound should suffice. Another option? Rub Sterno into your scalp, light your hair on fire, and put it out with a roofing hammer.

Andy Pettitte hopes to send the Bombers back to the Bronx up 2-0. QUESTION: if, after tonight, New York holds a two-game lead and Hughes can’t close it out in game three, should they start CC short-rested or let AJ start on a short leash considering that one-game buffer? ANSWER: FALSE. Trade AJ for a bag of Golden beets and an interest in a suck-ass Premiere League Club to teach players learn how to whine to the officials.

It’s fascinating to me that Cliff Lee, such an important part of the Phillies machine last year and part of the three-way trade that sent him to Seattle (and eventually to Texas that landed Doc in Philly) dominated the Rays last night. James Shields (semi-infamous for engaging a brawl wherein he did not hit Coco Crisp, who did not hit Shields either) provides intrigue in St. Pete.

That’s right, you’re not from Texas.

Lineups to follow, comment away.

136 comments… add one
  • The Rays are getting POUNDED again…hehehe.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 4:12 pm
  • 1-2-3 first for dickhead Pavano…and he celebrates after 1 inning.
    Rock this asshole.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 6:13 pm
  • I do hate Pavano.

    Lar October 7, 2010, 6:15 pm
  • Die in a fire, Rays. I hope the Rangers can seal the deal at home.

    Devine October 7, 2010, 6:18 pm
  • I hope they’re at least driven to burn their ace for ALCS.. if the Yanks even make it anyways..

    Lar October 7, 2010, 6:20 pm
  • We’re in trouble…Pettitte throws about 20 pitches and it ends up in a leadoff single anyway…this could be a long game.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 6:21 pm
  • Pitcher’s best friend!

    Lar October 7, 2010, 6:22 pm
  • HUGE DOUBLE PLAY!!!! WHAT A PLAY BY JETER!!!! Beautiful.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 6:22 pm
  • K’s Mauer…nice.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 6:25 pm
  • Cano gave it a ride, but this is the stadium that doesn’t give up HRs..

    Lar October 7, 2010, 6:29 pm
  • Hitting every ball right at them…I guess it’s good we’re hitting the ball hard but it would be nice to get off to a good start for once?

    krueg October 7, 2010, 6:29 pm
  • DOUBLE FOR SWISH!!!! OK…let’s DO THIS!!!!
    Except to Tex Lar… :)

    krueg October 7, 2010, 6:30 pm
  • Hip Hip…fail.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 6:32 pm
  • Tough beginning to the inning.

    Lar October 7, 2010, 6:37 pm
  • I looked away, looked back and they showed a replay, and I was like, wtf, before realizing it was a replay.

    Lar October 7, 2010, 6:38 pm
  • Even their crappy outs are productive. One out, dangerous spot here.

    Lar October 7, 2010, 6:40 pm
  • The wheels are coming off in the 2nd inning…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 6:40 pm
  • 4 pitch walk to load the bases..

    Lar October 7, 2010, 6:41 pm
  • Walks the bases loaded…with 1 out…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 6:41 pm
  • 0-1. SAC fly. 2 outs.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 6:42 pm
  • Sac fly, not the worst thing in the world, but let’s get out of it, and take our swings at Pavano.

    Lar October 7, 2010, 6:42 pm
  • Limited the damage…time for Pavano to pay. Now.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 6:44 pm
  • Gets out of it, but now Yanks down a run.

    Lar October 7, 2010, 6:44 pm
  • The ump does have an erratic strike zone, though maybe that’s just me.. is there an online resource for that?

    Lar October 7, 2010, 6:45 pm
  • This asshole has a liberal strikezone…it’s wider than Paris HIlton’s vagina.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 6:47 pm
  • RIDICULOUS!!! SHOULD BE 3-0 COUNT!!!!

    krueg October 7, 2010, 6:48 pm
  • But only for Pavano, as AP didn’t get some calls last inning..

    Lar October 7, 2010, 6:50 pm
  • I mean, Pavano has thrown like ONE FUCKING STRIKE so far!!!!!

    krueg October 7, 2010, 6:50 pm
  • Exactly Lar…exactly.
    And as we’ve seen, when the ump fucks us with a ridiculous strikezone, it kills us because we take so many pitches.
    I hate umpires. We need robots.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 6:51 pm
  • Pavano’s mustache offends me.

    Lar October 7, 2010, 6:53 pm
  • It would be fantastic is we could just ONE FUCKING TIME get off to a good start instead of always letting these no-name, loser pitchers mow us down for 6 innings…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 6:54 pm
  • SLIDING GRAB BY SWISH!!!! Nice. 2 quick outs.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 6:57 pm
  • Ya, nice play by Swish. Let’s get them.

    Lar October 7, 2010, 6:58 pm
  • I mean, wow…seriously ump???? How is this moron in the postseason??? 2 strikes to Mauer are called balls….

    krueg October 7, 2010, 6:58 pm
  • Quick 1-2-3 inning for Pettitte….COME ON OFFENSE!!!! BRING THE NOISE, BRING THE FUNK!!!!

    krueg October 7, 2010, 6:59 pm
  • LEADOFF DOUBLE FOR GRANDERSON!!!!! We’re in business…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:02 pm
  • Granderson didn’t miss a HR by much, so a second double by the Yanks, this time with no outs, let’se e if they take advantage of it..

    Lar October 7, 2010, 7:02 pm
  • SINGLE FOR TEX!!!! 1st and 3rd, no outs…COME ON AROD!!!!

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:03 pm
  • Tex with a fast single to the left field, one hops the leftfielder and Granderson can’t score as a result, though maybe a better read he could’ve score. Still, first and third, no outs and heart of the lineup coming right up.

    Lar October 7, 2010, 7:03 pm
  • SAC FOR AROD!!!!! 1-1!!!

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:04 pm
  • ARod with a deep flyball that makes for an easy sac fly. Tex stays at first.

    Lar October 7, 2010, 7:04 pm
  • I’ll do the color Lar, you got the play-by-play…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:04 pm
  • AROD hit that one to RF…they always say that’s when he is on his game when he hits it the opposite field. Good sign!

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:05 pm
  • Cano smacks out to the base of the wall on right field. It was such a rocket that he can only get a single out of it, as it takes a lucky (for Minny) bounce right to the right fielder. Tex does go to third on the play.

    Lar October 7, 2010, 7:06 pm
  • Robi Cano has a god damn gorgeous stroke. Beautiful.

    attackgerbil October 7, 2010, 7:06 pm
  • Cano is heating up…which bodes well for us.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:06 pm
  • Swisher now up with a chance to get an RBI or two or three. Pavano is a little flustered, but there’s still only one run on the board..

    Lar October 7, 2010, 7:06 pm
  • That fucking outside pitch for a strike…I am getting angry.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:07 pm
  • Swisher did basically the one thing he can’t do to score the run, a tailor made double play up the middle, and Pavano got out of that one with just one run.

    Lar October 7, 2010, 7:07 pm
  • Swisher killed that rally. Fuck.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:07 pm
  • Nice job Andy…he settled down like crazy.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:13 pm
  • LANCE! Too bad there’s no one on base..

    Lar October 7, 2010, 7:17 pm
  • BERKMAN GOES DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPPPPPPP!!!!!! 2-1!!!!!

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:18 pm
  • Berkman comes through.
    You read that right.

    DustyDrB - YF October 7, 2010, 7:18 pm
  • Well, we got the lead…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:21 pm
  • AP is on some kind of roll now, knock on wood..

    Lar October 7, 2010, 7:25 pm
  • (Knock, Knock, Knock)

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:31 pm
  • Granderson is HOT, HOT, HOT!!!! Like Dexter Poindexter!!!

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:32 pm
  • There is that stupid outside ball, I mean strike…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:33 pm
  • Come on ARod…do something awesome!

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:37 pm
  • AROD SINGLE!!!! We’re in business again…LET’S DO THIS CANO!!!

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:38 pm
  • Don’t throw a wild pitch Carl…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:39 pm
  • Cano = fail
    That really, really, really sucked.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:40 pm
  • Some non clutch non-productive outs for the Yanks. With some productive outs they might’ve tack on at least a run..

    Lar October 7, 2010, 7:40 pm
  • This could be a turning point…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:40 pm
  • Let’s see if Swisher can make it moot and redeem himself a little bit.

    Lar October 7, 2010, 7:41 pm
  • And again the Yanks let Pavano off the hook easy. Let’s hope it does not come back to bite them..

    Lar October 7, 2010, 7:42 pm
  • Swisher chokes again.
    That could really fuck us.
    Way to show up Swisher…just like last year.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:43 pm
  • 2-2. Thanks Swish.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:49 pm
  • They really need to pick up Pettitte…he has pitched a great game and the stupid bats are blowing it.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:50 pm
  • Pettitte doesn’t get the EXACT SAME FUCKING PITCH that Carl’s been getting all game long…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:51 pm
  • It’s all falling apart…we blew it.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:51 pm
  • They better not let Pettitte’s great game go to waste…not to mention allowing CARL FUCKING PAVANO to beat us…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:56 pm
  • I am beside myself with this umpire.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:56 pm
  • This would be a great time to get a hit Brett…for the first time in recent memory…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:58 pm
  • Whoops. Berkman is up. Forgot about him somehow…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:58 pm
  • Are you fucking KIDDING ME WITH THESE CALLS???? THAT WAS IN THE OTHER BATTERS BOX!!!!! COME ON YOU FUCKING ASSHOLE!!!! OR AT LEAST GIVE PETTITTE THE SAME STRIKEZONE???

    krueg October 7, 2010, 7:59 pm
  • Well, he missed that one in our favor…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:00 pm
  • BERKMAN RBI DOUBLE!!!!! 3-2!!!!
    AND Gardenhire gets tossed. Fuck off loser. You have gotten SO MANY CALLS in this game it’s ridiculous. Hit the showers asshole.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:02 pm
  • GARDNER BUNT SINGLE!!!! 1st and 3rd with NO OUTS!!!!!
    BURY THESE FOOLS!!!! DO IT NOW!!!!

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:04 pm
  • CAPTAIN CLUTCH!!!!! RBI SINGLE!!!!! 4-2!!!!! 1st and 2nd with NO OUTS!!!! COME ON GRANDERSON!!!!
    FINISH THEM!

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:09 pm
  • GREAT bunt by Granderson…2nd and 3rd with 1 out…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:13 pm
  • WOW…IBB to Tex to bring up…ARod…bases loaded.
    It’s time.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:14 pm
  • ARod has responded to this situation well throughout the year. Let’s see what happens…

    DustyDrB - YF October 7, 2010, 8:17 pm
  • ARod missed that one…right…down…the…middle.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:17 pm
  • 0-2 right off the bat…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:18 pm
  • K’s meekly…Cano?
    Between Swish and ARod…we could be up 10. How about not adding to the choking again Cano?

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:19 pm
  • Why are they just swinging away??????

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:20 pm
  • 0-2 on 2 fucking pitches…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:20 pm
  • All we need is a single…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:21 pm
  • Should have let that one hit him…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:22 pm
  • Bases fucking loaded…1 out…ZERO FUCKING RUNS.
    Just like the regular season. If they come back and win this fucking game…we left so many men on base with our meat at the plate.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:23 pm
  • Cano couldn’t lay off several high ones. Rauch throws soft for a 9 foot tall gorilla.

    DustyDrB - YF October 7, 2010, 8:25 pm
  • 2 quick outs…get ’em Andy.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:28 pm
  • Pettitte is nails. What a great pitcher.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:30 pm
  • Outstanding 7th for Andy. He could come back for the 8th. Would it be better to save our bullpen or give them some work?

    DustyDrB - YF October 7, 2010, 8:31 pm
  • Good question…depends on if we can get some insurance this inning I think?

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:33 pm
  • Swish…not a great postseason player so far.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:34 pm
  • Did anyone else hear the crowd shouting “We want Gardy” for Gardenhire when Gardner was up to bat? Just making sure that irony didn’t go unnoticed.

    DustyDrB - YF October 7, 2010, 8:34 pm
  • I try and ignore the fans crying over the strikezone when their pitcher benefited from it the entire game while ours didn’t…screw them. Bunch of hicks!!! ;)

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:35 pm
  • 2 quick outs…not good.
    Got another on in ya Berkman???
    Looks like Andy is done.
    Wood?

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:36 pm
  • 1-2-3 8th…we need ONE GOOD INNING from the bullpen to get to Mo…ONE.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:38 pm
  • K for Wood!!!! SICK curveball…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:42 pm
  • 2 outs…comebacker to Wood.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:43 pm
  • KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!! We’re going to the 9th…AWESOME job Kerry Wood!!!!

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:45 pm
  • Gardner got a hit!!!! Hopefully that is the first of many…we need him on base…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:50 pm
  • Swinging bunt for Jeter…Brett to 2nd…1 out…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:52 pm
  • GARDNER STEALS 3RD!!!!!! NICE!!!! 3-0 to Granderson too!!!

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:53 pm
  • Granderson…fucking awesome….3rd hit…RBI…5-2.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:56 pm
  • Gardner actually had an infield hit earlier in the game. I have to defend him since he and I are from the same town and he was in the same class of like 30 with my sister.

    DustyDrB - YF October 7, 2010, 8:57 pm
  • Tex JUST misses hitting it out…Delmon Young is a knob in LF. 2 outs.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:58 pm
  • You are from Charleston too??? My grandparents owned a house on Edisto Island for years, then built one of of 17 by the mall…awesome town!!!
    I like Gardner dude, just using some good old negative reinforcement on him!!!

    krueg October 7, 2010, 8:59 pm
  • Goose Creek, right? I went to college with a girl from there too…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 9:00 pm
  • ENTER SANDMAN!!!

    krueg October 7, 2010, 9:01 pm
  • I’m from Holly Hill, Brett’s house is less than a mile from the house I grew up in. I live in Charleston, though.

    DustyDrB - YF October 7, 2010, 9:02 pm
  • Oh yeah, Holly Hill…my bad. I had many a fun night in Charleston.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 9:04 pm
  • Single…

    krueg October 7, 2010, 9:06 pm
  • DP. Awesome.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 9:08 pm
  • I loathe this umpire.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 9:09 pm
  • Same exact pitch…strike this time.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 9:09 pm
  • YANKEES WIN…THAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA YANKEES WIN!!!!!
    Silence in Minny. Again.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 9:10 pm
  • IH was right…Berkman + playoffs = awesomeness

    krueg October 7, 2010, 9:12 pm
  • Gotta love all those disappointed faces in the crowd. Also gotta love the possibility of clinching at home. This whole team is playing well exce…and I just lost my train of thought hearing Lance Berkman speak for the first time. Wow. Ok…
    Everyone but Swisher and Jeter are on so far. Jeter looks waaaaay too aggressive right now.

    DustyDrB - YF October 7, 2010, 9:12 pm
  • Can’t do much better than up 2-0 at this point…going back to the Bronx to finish these fools!!!

    krueg October 7, 2010, 9:25 pm
  • One last thought for the night:
    Fuck Kid Rock

    DustyDrB - YF October 7, 2010, 9:33 pm
  • …and Pavano.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 9:41 pm
  • in your face porn-stache-guy…i mean, wtf, wouldn’t you think old friend alyssa milano would clue him in on how stupid he looks…

    dc October 7, 2010, 10:05 pm
  • I am watching the sports shows and everyone is making a big deal about that one pitch…not even mentioning ALL THE FUCKING PITCHES HE DID GET THAT WEREN’T STRIKES THROUGHOUT THE GAME!!!!
    Gotta love our all-around worthless media.

    krueg October 7, 2010, 11:02 pm
  • If you watch the MLB Network review show, they break down Pavano throwing 1st pitch strikes the first time through our order…like 2 of the pitches were actually strikes. It’s laughable.

    krueg October 8, 2010, 12:32 am
  • lol.
    Umps 2, Twins 0.
    Has there ever been a poorer excuse for a freaking baseball team than the twins. In order of importance to the success of the Yankees the past five years:
    Mo
    Jeter
    Twins.

    Brad October 8, 2010, 9:50 am
  • yeah, espn is all over the “story” about a missed ball/strike call…funny…love the way they cherry-pick a play to make a moot point…they did offer some “perspective” by having tino martinez explain that the ump did set a pattern, which berkman confirmed he was looking for: pitches that were 6 inches outside would be strikes [sometimes], and pitches on the inside corner would be balls [frequently]…pavano’s first 3 pitches to berkman in that at bat were well outside the tbs strike box [one was even low]…he got one of them for a strike…maybe they were bitching that all 3 should have been strikes if the ump was more consistent with that pattern…not sure…the focus seems to be only on that one cherry-picked pitch, not the dozen or so others that pavano did get to go his way…seemed like pettitte had a similar strike zone, but he didn’t come unraveled…they talked a lot before the game too about certain twins changing their routine to help change their luck…maybe somebody should’ve talked the american “idle” into shaving off that nasty porn stache….haha

    dc October 8, 2010, 9:59 am
  • Umps 2, Twins 0.
    Come on Brad…did you even watch the game? If you did there is no way you can say this.

    krueg October 8, 2010, 11:09 am
  • The fact that James Shields still has the nickname “Big Game James” is a cruel joke. I’m sure hedoens’t even want the moniker anymore. Andy Pettitte on the other hand is all about the big games. What a performance. And Lance Berkman is only the latest exhibit proving the impressive worth of Kevin Long. Guys credit this guy more than any hitting coach in the league. He significantly improved Nick Johnson, Curtis Granderson, Lance Berkman, and Derek Jeter’s swings this year to get them out of slumps that were – for three of them anyway – the worst slumps of their careers.
    And Kerry Wood looked absolutely phenomenal. His pitches move as much as AJ’s except they actually seem to go more or less where he wants (his control is cleraly not perfect but it is certainly around the plate). If he continues pitching as he has, the Yankees can shorten games to 7 innings.
    I am not at all discounting the possibility that the Twins could come back – strangeer things have happened – but it would be great for Phil to finish these guys off so CC is rested for the ALCS. I’ve got tix to Game 5 so that result would mean no game for me, but I’ll take the series!!

    IronHorse (YF) October 8, 2010, 5:46 pm
  • I got tix for game 4, and I rather not go! ;)

    Lar October 8, 2010, 7:02 pm
  • Wow. Anyone watching the Reds implode against the Phillies in the 7th? Aroldis Chapman looks like he wants to wring his teammate’s necks. Can’t blame him.

    DustyDrB - YF October 8, 2010, 9:03 pm
  • 1-2-3 first for PHRANCHISE!!! Great start…

    krueg October 9, 2010, 8:43 pm

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