Advanced Placement: Sox-Yanks Gamer VIII

This is an experiment. We are writing Tuesday’s game thread in advance of Monday’s opening matchup.  In order to cover our bases, we are going to synopsize two possible results, and will not edit this post in the 24 hours between the time we write the post and the time it goes live. Here goes:

Last night’s game was excruciating.  The Sox’ early lead seemed to evaporate in the blink of an eye: the red hot Jorge Posada depositing a fluttering, flopping knuckleball somewhere near the New York/Connecticut border, squelching all chatter of an 11.5 game lead and the spectacle of Joe Torre being ushered out of the clubhouse with a cardboard box, two David Cone bobblehead dolls, and a souvenir pair of blue stirrups.  Nonetheless, we take heart and are emboldened: the Sox continue to hit (11 of them), the pitchers continue to keep the team in almost every single game.  It’s all good, despite the bad results.   Well, it’s not ALL good.  Tonight Julian Tavarez takes the mound, and though he shut down the Detroit Tigers last week, he’s all that stands between a deflated Yankees team and a momentum-filled juggernaut a mere 8.5 games out of first.  We suppose we could do worse: Matt Clement could be starting.  Chat about the action here.

OR

It’s funny.  That white horse that Roger Clemens was going to ride in on ain’t looking so hot.   Nothing like getting $28M pro-rated to help ease the transition to golf season.  Discuss tonight’s action here. 

287 comments… add one
  • valient effort but I think you underestimated Wang…

    sam YF May 22, 2007, 4:47 pm
  • I am so confused, was this up on the site yesterday?

    LocklandSF May 22, 2007, 5:04 pm
  • Wang was one hit (or Jeter miscue) away from putting Boston right back in it. One clean inning all night. It was excrutiating and frustrating, and as has been the case in almost every Sox loss this season, there was ample opportunity to win it. Most days, if the other starter gives up 7 hits–3 doubles–and 3 walks in 6.1 innings, you’re going to score more then 2 runs, even with 5 K’s.
    I was upset listening to the game (while gambling, so my attention was divided) but looking at the box today…not so much. I mean tonight will probably suck, but yesterday wasn’t the beatdown I thought it was at the time. And as much as I hated that article by Wallace Matthews, there was some legitimacy to a small part of what he had to say…I too wonder whether the Yankee offense has truly awoken or if Wakefield was just that bad. (Looking at the number of pitches he threw for strikes, I’ve a sneaking suspicion he was just a little off his game…)
    Of course, it won’t really matter if the Bad Orc shows up tonight. The Good Orc can shut down even a quality offense, but the Bad One leaves you zero opportunity to win. It’ll be interesting…or infuriating.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 5:06 pm
  • d1, you’re starting to sound like a YF with that first paragraph! ;P

    Lar May 22, 2007, 5:10 pm
  • For the record, Jeter’s defense has been damn good as of late. Yes he is still an avg fielder but he hasnt been making many errors at all. Last nights error was borderline and Lugo’s speed was a big factor in him rushing the play.
    Also, while true that Wang was a hit away from putting the sox back in the game, a simlar statement can be made about 85% of the games played in baseball. Fact is he pitched very well and got the outs when he needed to. He didnt completely dominate the sox offense but how often does that really happen? He should get the credit he is due for a good quality start IMO.

    sam YF May 22, 2007, 5:19 pm
  • No, I wrote the game thread yesterday afternoon, posted it today without any edits. Just an experiment.
    The Sox need to win today or tomorrow, that’s it (if they even need to do that — their worst case scenario is still a 7.5 game lead!). 1 of 3 would be a success, as far as I am concerned, so now it’s one of two. Daunting, considering the Yankees’ pitching is perfectly lined up, but (hopefully) doable. Obviously if the Sox win tonight the Yankees are back to square one and momentum is history, and I can’t imagine only making up one game (a 2-1 series win) in the standings in head-to-head action is what the Bombers are hoping to accomplish, any hypothetical hollow future chatter about how “winning the series is a big step” aside. One of two, that’s all I ask. I do think there’s a reasonable chance the Sox get swept, though, but this would hardly be the end of the world, however frustrating, annoying, troubling, whatever you want to call it. We all know the season ebbs and flows, and we all know the Yankees are much better than their record. Reading the SoSH thread last night you’d think the Sox had just dropped their 33rd of 35 games.

    SF May 22, 2007, 5:22 pm
  • I also would be happy to take 1 of 3 from New York, but for different reasons than SF.
    I would be happy because I refuse to be happy with the season so far. I can’t help just waiting for everythign to implode. I KNOW the Yankees are better than their record. I KNOW they can’t lose THIS many serieses. I’d rather them win one now then 3 later. I know I’m not makign much sdense… much.. I just cant help beign deathly afraid.
    THAT said.. I’d liek to make an awesome point.
    Jon Lester.
    WHat do I mean? Take a look at the Yankees numbers against lefties this season. Terrible. They just can’t beat lefties – and Lester, bless him, is a lefty. A potentially very good Lefty. I fully expect newly healthy and more experienced (with his first season in the bigs under his belt), Lester to be a better pitcher this year, which would make him a pretty good one.
    So.. a pretty darn good lefty would be a nasty thing to toss against the Yankees later in the year and I can’t wait for that. Sure, he doesn’t have the raw talent of Hughes, but that left-handedness of his makes up for it against the Yanks.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 6:12 pm
  • Not to mention that it’d mean Tavaerez was out of the rotation (He’s been better than expected, sure, but I really want that piece of the puzzle back).
    Next year’s rotation excites me in a very real way. It’s so YOUNG. Beckett, Lester, Daisuke. Wake will be the old man, and maybe Schilling (or, in my feverent dreams, a Johan Santana).
    DO you think we trade Gabbard around the deadline or perhaps the offseason? I’m not sure he’s as good as he pitched for us and I don’t really see him filling a spot in the rotation long term (look at the list I posted above – the three younguns aren’t going anywhere, nor is Wake). He’s certainly great to have around as a spot starter but eventually he’ll get past the point when we can keep doing that to him. If he has a few more impressive otuigns this season, he’ll be a very valuable chip indeed.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 6:18 pm
  • One more thing!
    *Pawtucket update!*
    Pawsox won today 7-3.
    JAcoby Ellsbury (yay) went 3 for 4 with a double and a walk today. He scored twice. Thsi raises his BA to .267. It’s certainly not as high as when he was promoted from AA (over .400), but its clear he’s still learnign and I’m sure his average will end up a bit over .300. However, is OBP is an OBSCENE .518, right now. I look forward to seeign him maybe COMPETE for a job in SPring Training next year. I’d like to hear a bit mroe about how his defense is though.
    Bobby Scales – who will probably never be a starter for the Sox, went 4 for 5, raising his average to a delicious .327. I see him as delicious tradebait.
    Daviud Murphy – another promising position player who will only ever serve as a backup on the Sox, I fear, went only 2 for 5 and has a .303 avg.
    Travis Hughes – Liek Scales, not even ONE the top 20 list at Sox Prospects, but he’s a releiver who threw two scoreless innings last today.He has a 0.35 ERA and has only given up 1 Earned RUn in 29 innings. My question: Why is Manny Delcarmen the guy we called up instead of this guy?

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 6:32 pm
  • Ok Ignroe the comment about Ellsburys OBP. I misread the stupid page. That was his OBP in AA. His current OBP is .347.
    Still, he’s awesome.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 6:34 pm
  • I can’t open the link on “ain’t looking so hot” – can anyone else get it to work?

    rootbeerfloat May 22, 2007, 6:46 pm
  • It worked once for me, RBF, but a few other times it didn’t do anything.
    Heh, I was only poking fun of Jeter because of the error–which I admittedly did not see–and because on Ortiz’s RBI double, I’d heard that he dropped the throw and should have tagged him out at second.
    Delcarmen came up because he had 28 strikeouts in 19.2 innings, along with an OK 8 walks. He’d also only given up 1 HR, which may suggest a bit of an issue with bad luck…I mean he’s given up lots of hits, but they may have been of the single / small-sample-ground-ball-basehit variety. If that makes any sense. I’m mostly just guessing here.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 6:53 pm
  • Yes, true d1
    But Hughes has a .35 ERA. I just don’t see a way aroudn that.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 7:02 pm
  • I saw the non-tag on Ortiz in person. He would’ve been out by at least 3 feet had DJ not dropped that throw. So, anyone making fun of his defense is fully justified.

    yankeemonkey May 22, 2007, 7:09 pm
  • Damn it, the game’s on My9. I can’t watch it, and must listen on the radio. Thankfully, here in upstate New York there’s 104.5 FM, so no dealing with sketchy 880 AM from NYC.
    Mussina’s first pitch velocity was apparently 86. I sense bad old Moose tonight.

    Andrew May 22, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • Lugo goes down looking after an 8 pith AB

    Rob May 22, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • Moose’s velocity seems low, as Andrew just said, and everything in this ab (didn’t see the first two pitches…) has been up in the zone. Strike 3 was a pretty good pitch…very close, looked like a strike, not much he could have done with it anyway.
    Yeah doesn’t look too good so far…first one to Youk was a well-located 84 mph fastball.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • Dio: I watched Bobby Scales in game quite a bit when he played with the Portland Beavers (AAA Padres); he’s fun. He had a good season in 2005. Fast! Easy-to-like fan-favorite, likes to swing the bat; and just a fantastic baseball name. I hope he gets a break.

    attackgerbil May 22, 2007, 7:12 pm
  • Youk singles after being 0-2. Mussina doesn’t like to put batters away.

    Andrew May 22, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Oooooh, the 2-2 looked clooose…
    Youk smacks the 3-2 the other way for a LD single. Man he’s good.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 7:14 pm
  • Bobbing for mink-face gets the full count single to right. Nice cut-off/throw by Abreu.

    attackgerbil May 22, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • i just want to say that i love to watch Youk at bat! go youk!

    mike May 22, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • Papi swats a liner the other way for another single. Be a really nice time for Manny to wake up.
    I think this is the 22nd time I’ve said that this season…

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 7:15 pm
  • I guess it’s good that the Red Sox are winning so often with Drew and Manny sucking? May that not continue…right…NOW!

    Devine May 22, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • Sox doing something early tonight

    Rob May 22, 2007, 7:16 pm
  • Not gonna lie…Mussina reminds me of Clippard right now. Lots of offspeed stuff…except his fastball’s even worse and so far he’s not locating anything well.
    Thanks Manny. This could be a slugfest. What a fricken bomb.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • Moose throws a fastball at the belt in the middle of the plate and Manny does his job.

    attackgerbil May 22, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • hoot hoot hoot~ manny man nyyyy!

    mike May 22, 2007, 7:17 pm
  • yay

    rootbeerfloat May 22, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Yah, bad old Moose.
    We’ll be seeing Matt DeSalvo in this game before long.

    Andrew May 22, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • YES!!!! MANNY!!!!!!
    3 run shot!!!

    Rob May 22, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • YAY!

    Devine May 22, 2007, 7:18 pm
  • Yes Moose looks rusty, but the guy just came off the DL. Would have been nice to start him off with the Royals.

    Rob May 22, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Manny’s lucky he doesn’t play on my little league team. During our practice games, when my guys stop and watch their hit, I call them out.

    rootbeerfloat May 22, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • I love Manny. Not as much as I love Youk. Youk is my boy!
    LOWELL!!!!!

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 7:19 pm
  • Sorta interesting stat NESN showed earlier that I just looked up again…
    Tavarez Vs lefties:
    18.2 IP, 15 H, 1 HR, 8 BB, 14 K, .211 BAA
    Could maybe-sorta-kinda be a good omen…
    Also, Manny did watch it go…but I think he actually spent less time watching it then he usually does. Respect!

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 7:20 pm
  • He of the career .100-something BA against Mussina ropes a single. Yeah, he’s not fooling anybody right now.
    That one wasn’t a bad pitch, either, as Remy just said. Curveball down. But I guess it’s not too hard to sit on a breaking pitch when the fastball is consistantly-fat.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • TOAST!
    Moose did not “Just” come off the DL. He’s pitched a few games since.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 7:21 pm
  • d1 – I coach 7-8 year olds so mostly they stand and watch pop-ups or hits that are barely singles. If they would just get moving, they’d be safe.

    rootbeerfloat May 22, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • if i hear moose complain about having an extra day of rest for this start i may lose it. i feel like he always has a reason why he is “off”

    sam YF May 22, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Haha, gotcha. I feel like it’s almost the same thing…Manny having the mind of a 7-8 year old that is.
    Also, you hear about that b*tch in NY who sued her son’s little league coach and the league itself after her kid hurt himself sliding into second base? Blamed him/them for not teaching him how to slide properly. Total horse sh*t, by the sound of it.
    Crisp kinda hit it hard…on the ground. Easy third out. That kinda pisses me off, even if it is 3-0.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Lord knows they’re almost certainly gonna need more. It IS Tavarez, and they ARE the Yankees. Let’s find out.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 7:24 pm
  • Yanks get out of the Inning with, all thigns considered, minimal damage.
    So Bad Moose vs.. which Tavarez? Redsox.com says JT Killer has a bit of a cold. Good or bad for him? Who knows!

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 7:25 pm
  • Me likey.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • What’s Youks hittign streak at now?

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 7:28 pm
  • Getting Jeter out always seems like a minor miracle.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 7:30 pm
  • Glad to see Pedroia getting the start. I feel optimistic that he’s going to contribute tonight.
    Know who Youkilis reminds me of lately at the plate? Jeter. And I mean that in a good way; you can’t feel good as a pitcher when they’re down 0-2, and they’re both spraying liners all over the park. Similar approaches–different swings, but similar approach.
    Youk’s at 15 now, I believe.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 7:31 pm
  • d1 – you have GOT to be kidding me! I hadn’t heard about that. Glad one of my mom’s didn’t sue me last week when her son’s tooth got knocked out. It was a baby tooth but by the amount of gum still attached to it, it hadn’t been loose yet.

    rootbeerfloat May 22, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • Cool. Clean inning.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • I agree Devine. Jeter and Posada are so freakin’ scary.
    1-2-3 inning. I’m not ready to say its the Good JT yet, but.. I hope, I hope.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 7:32 pm
  • I know, Dio. And when you think that Jeter’s is probably sustainable…how did the guy suddenly learn to hit .350? He’s always been a great hitter, but this is ridiculous.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 7:34 pm
  • d1 with some sooth.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Fantastic first inning by Tavarez. This ump’s zone is incredibly tight; that 2-2 to Matsui looked good to me. Moose is getting squeezed, too, though.
    Yeah, rootbeer, apparently he hit a single–his first hit of the season–and was sent to second. Somehow, and I haven’t read the article I just heard this on the radio, he hurt himself badly enough to require surgery and become permanently disabled. To me that just screams, “I WANT MONEY,” but I can’t say for sure.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • d1 is right and Pedroia gets a hit!

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Darn you Lugo. Darn you to heck. I feel bad for Pedroia.
    Yep, 15 games for Youks. This makes me happy.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Can someone please tell me who told Francona that Lugo is a leadoff hitter??

    jp-sf May 22, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • Youk really should have taken a few more pitches.
    Mussina already at 39

    Rob May 22, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Guh, Lugo. At least he and Crisp aren’t both at the top of the order.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Yeah…Lugo’s starting to f*cking piss me off. He’s got a long time to turn it around and he’s already proven to be an incredibly streaky hitter…but this is absurd.
    And even though all his sh*t still looks mediocre, Mussina somehow settles down. Ugh.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • And the Red Sox (priamrily Lugo) hand Mussina a quick inning. Stupid Red Sox. Let’s NOT let him get into a groove, ok?

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • Note to Tito – if you can’t bunt AND you K a lot, you are not a leadoff or #2 hitter…

    jp-sf May 22, 2007, 7:40 pm
  • Alex swings at ball 3. Not even close. Nice play by Lugo for the first out.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 7:41 pm
  • I’m thinking… I’m thinking…
    What if we move Pedroia up? Have Youk lead off, Pedroia bat 2nd, and Lugo into the 9-hole? Pedroia is a contact hitter, so thats better than Ks.
    The down side is it removes all the speed from the top of the lineup and pairs our two weakest hitters, Coco and Lugo, together at the bottom of the order – creatigna bit of a hole.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 7:43 pm
  • How about if we package Lugo in a trade??

    jp-sf May 22, 2007, 7:45 pm
  • Tavarez with 30 pitches now.

    Rob May 22, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • Here’s a UPI thing on that little league lawsuit. It gets worse…the injury happened 3 years ago, and she’s just now filing the suit.
    http://tinyurl.com/2xmpxb
    I think Pedroia’s ultimate destination as he improves and learns some consistancy is the No. 2 hole, if only because I’m convinced he’ll be a .380-.400 OBP guy. But they probably don’t want to throw him there this early.
    Tavarez K’s Posada and gets Abreu on the slow roller. 30 pitches, through 2. Good, good, good.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 7:46 pm
  • All right! Now how ’bout they get another 20+ pitch inning out of Mussina? Or 30+ like the first inning…

    Devine May 22, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Trade Lugo for what?

    Rob May 22, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Who plays short then, jp? Cora is, again, NOT an everyday player. He’s awesoem now and may be awesoem all season so long as he’s NOT a regular starter. Heck, he’s cooled off a little (not too much) started aroudn when Francona started almost platoonign him with Dustin.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • A bucket of baseballs and a hot Vegas hooker.

    jp-sf May 22, 2007, 7:48 pm
  • It’s been less then two months. We should probably try to cut Drew, too, huh? It’s frustrating now but I still think they’ll improve.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • d1 – Did the radio say what kind of injury the kid got? Hard to imagine what a 9 year old could do to himself even if he didn’t know how to slide properly.

    rootbeerfloat May 22, 2007, 7:49 pm
  • Geez, JP- Did Lugo run over your dog with his car or something? How about we wait until the season is 2 months old before we talk about trading the starting shortstop.

    Ayuh - SF May 22, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Well the hot vegas hooker does sound enticing….Youk can hit leadoff, but he is better for us in the two hole. Coco? Failes experiment last year.

    Rob May 22, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Nice, Papi beats the shift.
    Hey Manny…opposite field double!

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 7:50 pm
  • Well that sucked.
    Nah, the article doesn’t say what he did. Just that he hurt himself 3 years ago and she wants to get paid. …dubious.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • I mean, really, we should give Lugo more time to work it all out.
    We are getting so used to rotating shortstops thats it’s getting almost habitual for some fans to say “get rid of him” when they struggle.
    Curse of the Nomar anyone?

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • QUIT SWINGING AT THE FIRST PITCH!!!!

    Rob May 22, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • Manny pops up. We may be hitting Moose, but we’re not working the count.
    Work the count, people.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 7:52 pm
  • We have hit into two double plays in two innings.

    Rob May 22, 2007, 7:54 pm
  • Dammit, Drew. DAMMIT DAMMIT DAMMIT!

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Drew’s OPS on the season is .689.
    *vomits*

    Devine May 22, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • Why isn’t Drew batting 8th.

    rk May 22, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • …god dammit. They both suck so fricken bad right now. Gah.
    What’s the record for DP’s in a game? 7? 8? We can do it! And it’d actually be kinda funny if they still won…

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 7:55 pm
  • This ump f*cking sucks. What was wrong with ball-4? Inside? Low? What?

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 7:56 pm
  • We walk Giambi to start the inning. Did we learn anything last night?
    At least Giambi is not a risk to run?

    Rob May 22, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • Uh oh.
    I have a very very bad feelign about this.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 7:58 pm
  • Oh no.. that.. was.. ugh. Too damn close.
    The Yanks are takign pitches, unliek the Sox. I expect Moose to actually go deeper than Tavarez.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • I think we just saw out of Giambi what that guy criticizing Abreu a while back called a passive walk…he looked at a 3-1 pitch that was pretty fat and kinda in his wheelhouse, then took a very close pitch for ball 4. No real sign that he wanted to take the bat off his shoulder.
    I dunno…looked odd to me. I know he’s struggling, and that could well be what it was.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • OH god. Not Doug. Oh no.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 8:00 pm
  • It wouldn’t disappoint me too much to see Julian come out early. He makes me very nervous.

    rootbeerfloat May 22, 2007, 8:01 pm
  • Not watching the game, but reading this thread I get the sense that Tavarez doesn’t look anything special, JD Drew is the worst player ever, and the Red Sox could have like 8 runs but only have three, I think. Is that accurate?

    SF May 22, 2007, 8:03 pm
  • Yanks are getting the ball in the air, which is not a good sign if you’re Tavarez. He needs to get that sinker working again…

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • Phew. Got around the leadoff walk.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 8:04 pm
  • …not really, SF…
    Tavarez looked great through two, a little shaky there in the third…Drew looked stupid twice, and they only really threatened in the first inning. Though two DP’s did not help.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • A fell so good about that inning being over

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • I was only able to follow part of last night’s game via the web, and I did some of that via SoSH’s game thread (as well as ours here). Reading SoSH, you’d think the Sox had already blown nine games of a ten game lead (as opposed to losing a single game off it) and lost 48-2. Game threads are pretty damn funny that way – all about the emotional swings.

    SF May 22, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Out of the inning. Whew.
    Fun note: Lesters next start SHOULD be Thursday. Thats an off-day for the big club, so we (well, me) will be able to focus on that game. Yay!

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • SF…yes, that pretty much sums it up.
    I’m still willing to watch and wait on Drew and Lugo and feel essentially no fear on Manny…but I do feel like the Sox could have more and will probably need it.
    How ’bout that Tavarez, though, huh?

    Devine May 22, 2007, 8:06 pm
  • I love Mike Lowell

    rootbeerfloat May 22, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • LOWELL!!!!

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:07 pm
  • We can worry all we want if Drew, Lugo, Crisp, and Manny will all come around (maybe Manny is coming around, who knows, we keep saying that every time he gets a hit), but we’re 31-14 without them having come around yet. That’s amazing, and bodes well, no matter the outcome of tonight and tomorrow.
    Unless, of course, they all spend the entire year in the state of plummeting off a cliff. But I doubt that will be the case.

    SF May 22, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • I swear to you, I typed that before he even hit. I swear.

    rootbeerfloat May 22, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Hee hee! *There’s* more!

    Devine May 22, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • YES! MIKEY LOWELL!!!!

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Check that, 30-14. Don’t want to get ahead of myself here.

    SF May 22, 2007, 8:08 pm
  • Haha Lowell sounds like he got jammed a little and still muscles it around the LF pole! F*cking right!
    Tek pops up a cookie. Ugh. Well, 1/2 against his arch-nemesis ain’t bad.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 8:09 pm
  • Coco down on strikes, but at least he worked the count full, so he doesn’t get punched in the face from me.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • Crisp’s batting stance really irks me. Resting your chin on your shoulder and trying to swing a bat just does not seem right.

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:11 pm
  • 16 pitch inning for Mussina

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Lowell figures it out. The only way to not be part of a double play is to hit it out of the park.

    rk May 22, 2007, 8:13 pm
  • Resting your chin on your shoulder and trying to swing a bat just does not seem right.
    Coco therefore rests both his chin AND his bat on his shoulder during at-bats, typically. I guess it’s all about the symmetry.

    SF May 22, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Mike Lowell has as many homeruns as Papi.
    Just.. let that simmer.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Yes SF…LOL

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • and more than Manny

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Ugh Ugh ugh.. scary part of the lineup now. I think I may vomit.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • So I’m thinking, if Mussina doesn’t add some serious velocity to his fastball over the rest of the season, he can still be an OK starter…but super-prone to giving up the long-ball. Good secondary stuff, but good enough to consistantly get away with having an 85 mph fastball? Not so sure…
    He said earlier this always happens to him early in the season, that he starts throwing harder as the season goes. Could be true, and maybe his time on the DL just set him back further then we might have expected. But ah, yeah, it’s almost June…

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 8:16 pm
  • Jeeter flies out again….YEAH!!

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Wow, Moose is awful thus far. But the Yanks should still make this a shootout, I mean, it is Julian, he of the 5+ ERA!

    Lar May 22, 2007, 8:17 pm
  • Pitch caught a bit more of the plate then it was supposed to…
    And here’s A-Rod; if he doesn’t tie this game in one swing, the Stadium is going to be very upset with him.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Matsui singles, damn.
    I sat here privately praying that Tavarez would no-no the Yanks.
    That would have been the final straw for the Boss.

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • YEEEOUCH! That was a laser.
    Ok.. I’m really scared.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Shoot, there goes the no-hitter.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • Tavarez seems rattled from that line drive almost taking him out.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 8:20 pm
  • Looks like that was scary.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • Just got in. Wow, looks like Moose was also helped by 2 DP’s. The Yanks need to put up some runs, the way Moose is pitching, especially with the bullpen coming in early.
    As of right now though, Moose isn’t so bad pitch-count wise – 66 after 4. Could be better, could be worse. The results aren’t good thus far though.
    Julian is up to 65 pitches as of this posting. Too bad the Yanks can’t put them on the board.. but at least they’re making him work.
    With Okijma (sp?) and Papelbon though, I hate to see this short game.
    And ARod flies out very deeply. Such is the story of the Yanks, so close, yet so far..

    Lar May 22, 2007, 8:22 pm
  • “Tavarez seems rattled from that line drive almost taking him out.”
    I think A-Rod might be partially responsible for that, too. I’m told he’s a pretty good hitter.
    Haha everyone at the game thought that one had enough. I’m surprised it even carried that far. Good pitch…christ he’s got a lot of pop.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • God… Gameday Audio made that sound SO scary.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • Posada with a single. I would normally be happy with the Yanks right now, except for the big 0 on the scoreboard. They’re working him well though. But that doesn’t count in the standings..

    Lar May 22, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • Had Posada 0-2, ran the count full, and threw a very sh*tty pitch. Dammit.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 8:26 pm
  • OH god.. I’m gonna vomit now.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Where are the Yanks fans?

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:27 pm
  • Just get Abreu, just get Abreu, just get Abreu, please please please.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Eff.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Damn…meltdown starting

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • I’m here. Though I’m usually here when I’m struck at work, so I’m always a bit angsty.
    But ya, I haven’t said much lately because it feels like talking to myself. Though sometimes I have an ag to talk to, which is kind of nice. But still.
    Nice, Matsui just scored.

    Anonymous May 22, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • I’m here. Though I’m usually here when I’m struck at work, so I’m always a bit angsty.
    But ya, I haven’t said much lately because it feels like talking to myself. Though sometimes I have an ag to talk to, which is kind of nice. But still.
    Nice, Matsui just scored.

    Lar May 22, 2007, 8:28 pm
  • Tavarez, you suck.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Whoops, sorry for the double post.
    C’mon Abreu, all we need is love! Or a single!

    Lar May 22, 2007, 8:29 pm
  • Much thanks to Abreau the rally killer.

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Too bad Abreu can’t deliver. He’s streaking.. day by day. Grumbles.

    Lar May 22, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Okay, that’s fine. He had a more scary 5th inning against the Tigers and that turned out nice.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • Abreu looks like a guy who just does not want to swing the bat. He jumped back from a pitch that was in the middle of the plate, then lifts a lazy fly to center to end the inning

    Ayuh - SF May 22, 2007, 8:30 pm
  • They worked Tavarez to 78 pitches through 4. Yanks scored on a wild pitch…
    End of 4, it’s 4-1.
    On most days, 78 pitches through 4 is great for the Yanks, but too bad Moose isn’t doing well. Hopefully we’ll beat up Julian a bit the next inning.
    Okay, got to go home, where my internet’s crappy (thus haven’t post recently), goooo Yanks!

    Lar May 22, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • Abreu for them = Drew for us

    rk May 22, 2007, 8:32 pm
  • QUIT SWINGING AT THE 1ST PITCH!!

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • DONT
    SWING
    AT
    FIRST
    PITCHES!!!!!!

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • See? Abreu’s an easy out right now! No need to throw a wild f*cking pitch. God damn…they need to plate another run or two to get back some momentum.
    Meanwhile, Lugo pops out on the first pitch. He’s making it very, very hard for me to continue rooting for him…

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 8:33 pm
  • LFRS.

    Anonymous May 22, 2007, 8:34 pm
  • That “LFRS” post was me, of course.

    SF May 22, 2007, 8:35 pm
  • That ok, Youk. You were 0-2, you had to swing unlike that putz Lugo. I still love you.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • Papi and Lowell have the same number of HRs and RBIs.

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:36 pm
  • OK not gonna lie…I’m not feeling good about this game anymore. Boston’s flailing wildly at someone who’s basically a junk-baller with no fastball…
    Over 30 pitches thrown in the first, and he’s almost done the fifth now, and under 80. No excuse for that, at all; it’s not like he’s overpowering them or anything…

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 8:37 pm
  • Better have a life line up in the pen. Tavarez should be able to get through the bottom of the order….should……

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:38 pm
  • Just got here. Been reading that Wallace Matthews article about Wake. Awful writing. Bleah.
    I see we’re in the lead. Nice. But anything can happen when Tavarez pitches.

    Rain SF May 22, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Need a good inning from Tavarez as he faces the bottom of the order.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • Yeah, 31 pitches in the first, 46 through the following 4. So he’s averaged under 12 pitches per inning since the second. Ridiculous.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • I dont want to watch this inning. I’m gonna go take a shower. Have to drive to the train staton soon to pick up afriend in from Philly

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 8:39 pm
  • I agree D1..it is like they smelled blood and get over anxious swinging the bats instead of acting like seasoned hunters and waiting for him to throw the mistake pitch.

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:40 pm
  • Dumb question – what is LFRS?

    rootbeerfloat May 22, 2007, 8:41 pm
  • Least Favorite Red Sox. It’s SF’s pet name for Lugo.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Least favorite Red Sox. Not a dumb question.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • my “Least Favorite Red Sox”.
    That would be Lugo. Dislike intensely. Wasn’t a big fan of the signing.

    Anonymous May 22, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Cano doubles off Tavarez. Hmm.
    Don’t clobber me — but I like this kid Cano. Very level headed, doesn’t strike out a lot.

    Rain SF May 22, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • “least favorite Red Sox”, ya, I’m still at work. Hopefully leaving soon.
    Moose with a 1-2-3. Needed that.
    Giambi not very slick with the first pitch out. Does roids screw up your eyes too?
    Cano with a double though. RISP with less than 2 outs. Let’s see if Doug Mient can take advantage of it..

    Lar May 22, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • Lets not throw balls to Dougie M…he’s arguably the worst “every-day” batter in the AL East…there’s really no need to pitch around him. Or hit him. This is f*cking infuriating.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 8:43 pm
  • How do you walk Minky?

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • This is where Damon breaks his bat but sneaks one through the infield anyway. Because he’s lucky, and that’s what he does. All the time. Why is nobody in the bullpen???

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 8:44 pm
  • I’ll take a walk, of course. Unless Damon GIDP on the first pitch, the way these Yanks’ been going..
    But gooooo Damon!

    Lar May 22, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Walking Mientkiewicz is a crime against humanity.
    Especially to bring the tying run to the plate.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 8:45 pm
  • Lets not throw balls to Dougie M…he’s arguably the worst “every-day” batter in the AL East…there’s really no need to pitch around him.
    You’re assuming that JT has a clue where the pitches are going. Which, at this point, he may not. Sounds like he should be sitting on the bench right now, Tito getting greedy?!

    SF May 22, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Question: why was Theo so high on Lugo in the offseason, anyway? I hear he’s been trying to sign him for a looong time.
    I would have preferred Alex Gonzalez, but that’s just me.
    Lugo bats leadoff — but I think its Youk who has the mentality of the leadoff guy.

    Rain SF May 22, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Oh no.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Is anyone warming? If not, Tito needs to be slapped.

    SF May 22, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Man this is starting to get real sh*tty

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Well that’s it. I’m absolutely convinced Jeter’s going to clear the bases.
    Or walk/get hit by a pitch. In fact, those two scenarios actually seem more likely…

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Damon works a 6 pitch walk. That’s what I’m tlaking about!
    Will Captain Clutch live up to his name?
    JT at 92 pitches.

    Lar May 22, 2007, 8:48 pm
  • Wait, so after last inning, Tavarez has been allowed to hit nearly 100 pitches, with a double and then two walks? What the f*ck is Tito on right now? BAD TITO.
    This appears to be really shit managing.

    SF May 22, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • of course Jeter knocks in a run.
    Side note: Celtics to have 5th pick in NBA draft

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • Well, at least a productive out. I’ll take anything at this point.
    Goooooo Matsui!

    Lar May 22, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • Jeter gets lucky…doesn’t hit it hard enough for them to turn two. F*CKING SH*T.
    4-2, Matsui’s up. I’d be genuinely shocked if Tavarez can get out of this.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 8:50 pm
  • I was envisioning much, much worse when I saw “In play, run(s)”. Please God, pull Tavarez.
    FASTER!

    Devine May 22, 2007, 8:51 pm
  • SF – is Tito the anti-Torre? I think in this situation, Myers or Bruney would’ve came in about an inning ago. I wish I was just kidding..

    Lar May 22, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Damon walks. Bases loaded.
    Oooooh boy.

    Rain SF May 22, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Thank goodness. Please let it be over.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Wow, the Celtics took it hard. That’s horrible luck right there.

    SF May 22, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Okay, end of 5, it’s 4-2 Sox. Really got to run this time, goooo Yankees!

    Lar May 22, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Tito…if you bring Tavarez back out again next inning I will hunt you.

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:53 pm
  • Tavarez gets out of that one. *wipes forehead*
    Someone better be in that pen. I don’t want Tavarez facing A-Rod. Come on, Tito.

    Rain SF May 22, 2007, 8:54 pm
  • I don’t even like basketball and I’m pissed off. Second-best chance at getting the first pick, and they end up fifth? FIFTH? Ugh…
    Oh good. Another 2-pitch ab. Maybe Mussina can go the distance. This is not going to end well.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 8:55 pm
  • Many swings at the 2nd pitch and Drew swings at the 1st.
    Did we see this Papa Jack?

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:56 pm
  • Back form shower and I just as Tavarez gets Matsui. Thank GOD, I thoguht it’d be alot worse.
    Of course, i wish our starter could have gone a little deeper – its been a looooong past few days for this team with Hansack and doubleheaders – but I think we got more than we should be able to expect from JT vs the Ynaks.
    Now if we can only score a few more runs.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Yes D1, Portland got the top pick.

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Man, the Sox were really serious about letting Mussina back in this game.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • What the HELL was that inning?
    That was freakign MESS, thats what that was.
    Screw you, Red Sox. Screw you, hittign coach.
    GOD!

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Please tell me someone is coming out of the bullpen

    Rob May 22, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • Tavarez walks ARod, over 100 pitches, what are we doing??

    Rob May 22, 2007, 9:01 pm
  • …why is Tavarez back in the game? What the hell? The hell is going on?
    I’m not even kidding here…I’d be surprised if Mussina doesn’t go 8 or 9. And Tito’s a f*cking idiot. Leaves Tavarez in to walk the leadoff and then forces Lopez to try and get them out of it. This is just unf*ckingbelievable.
    Why am I watching this? I’m not enjoying it, I’m just really pissed off at pretty much everything that’s happening. And Tavarez is pitching to Posada. Here comes the game-tying homerun.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 9:02 pm
  • Double play notwithstanding, this is a terrible idea.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • Oh sweet jesus..a DP.

    Rob May 22, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • OK well that wasn’t exactly the game-tying homer I expected. Umm…good decision there, Tito…I guess…

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 9:03 pm
  • I still say Tavarez was a bad call.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 9:04 pm
  • DP. Nice.
    Wow, d1, and I thought I was pessimistic. :P

    Rain SF May 22, 2007, 9:05 pm
  • Leaving Tavarez out and having him walk A-Rod and get a double play isn’t good managing. Just because it has worked out (so far) doesn’t make it intelligent. It’s terrible risk management, frankly, and if it works out Tito got an improbable result.
    Is Tito gonna tear off his head Mission Impossible style to reveal Grady Little under the skin?

    SF May 22, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • So I think Tavarez is good for the team because of his attitude, even if his pitching is ulcer-inducing.

    rootbeerfloat May 22, 2007, 9:06 pm
  • missed.. bunt.. gameday says (I turned off Audio when Tavarez came back in)
    How the hell does that work?

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • My guess is that Francona was thinking “It’s only May, we’re up 9.5 games, I’m not going to pull a guy after 5 with the lead.”
    It’s a gamble, but in a way Tito is playing with house money. He also saves a right-handed reliever.

    Ayuh - SF May 22, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • Lopez rings him up…out of the inning.
    Score some runs boys.

    Rob May 22, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • I agree completely. I dunno, though…this seems like a gamble he’s been making a lot this season, and usually it’s been paying off more often then not. I’ll say this…the way it lined up, Lopez gets 5 straight LH’s, with a possible PH appearance by Phillips. That should count for something.
    And another bunt attempt by Abreu. This is too funny.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 9:07 pm
  • d1 and Dio set the limits for SF pessimism on most days, I think.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • “missed.. bunt.. gameday says (I turned off Audio when Tavarez came back in) How the hell does that work?”
    Abreu’s really, really, REALLY bad right now. And he missed with a bunt attempt. I look at him whenever Drew’s scuffles make me sad…they’re both almost certain to improve, and it kinda puts things in perspective.
    See also: Pujols, Albert; Young, Michael; Lugo, Julio

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 9:09 pm
  • SF- it’s bad risk management if it’s August/September and you’ve got a 2 game lead. At this point, the Sox don’t have to manage each game like it’s a game 7.

    Ayuh - SF May 22, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Wow, Lugo is in some good company there, d1.

    SF May 22, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Javier Lopez strikes out Abreu. A good job, considering Abreu has a good eye.

    Rain SF May 22, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • 6-pitch walk. Very good.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • D1, Don’t forget: Howard, Ryan

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 9:12 pm
  • Coco’s trying to bunt Tek over after Tek walks.

    Rain SF May 22, 2007, 9:13 pm
  • Yeah, no argument here. Superstitions are stupid, but I still feel weird towing the positivity line. Makes me uncomfortable…
    I think I’m with Ayuh on this one. I mean they have the lead, and there’s something to be said for not burning your bullpen with micromanagement (Torre).
    Someone needs to teach Coco how to bunt..terrible.
    Please let Pedroia hit…and don’t make him sac-bunt…

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 9:14 pm
  • Someone should tell Crisp that he can pretty much run on anything and if his jump is OK, he’s going to be safe.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 9:15 pm
  • what??

    Rob May 22, 2007, 9:16 pm
  • Awww, he’s back. How sweet.
    You don’t know how to spell “cojones”.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Ignore the troll…he’s just a ghost, not really tyrel or Paul.
    Lugo redeems himself somewhat…nicely done. He should be able to run on Mussina, too.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 9:18 pm
  • Rock on. The SB is followed by a single and it’s 5-2.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 9:19 pm
  • Did I miss something here?

    Rob May 22, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • YES! Now we’re talking.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • FINALLY!! Moose is lucky that stayed in…
    Very big two runs there…

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • gotcha D1

    Rob May 22, 2007, 9:23 pm
  • And here comes Mike Myers, David Ortiz’s personal pitcher.
    Mwehehehe.

    Rain SF May 22, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Excuse me?
    I was just lurking to follow the game and I saw my name mentioned by you D1?

    Tyrel SF May 22, 2007, 9:24 pm
  • Hell yes.
    HELL YES!

    Devine May 22, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • Also Crisp was clearly safe on the SB, right? Tag came down late, his hand was on the bag well beforehand…that was not a missed call.
    The Bronx-banterites are fuming on it, though.
    Great micro-management there, Torre, great job.
    Tyrel, jim showed up using your name. I was just explaining that it wasn’t really you.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 9:25 pm
  • …aaand Papi singles off Myers.

    Rain SF May 22, 2007, 9:26 pm
  • Some YFs have really got to show up and represent their brethren well…
    …though I wouldn’t blame them if tonight was not the night they chose to do so.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 9:27 pm
  • And Manny swings at the 1st damn pitch again!!

    Rob May 22, 2007, 9:28 pm
  • Okay D1, that’s what I thought. I haven’t been checking in much for a while – busy busy – apparently I’ve missed some recent developments. Thank God.

    Tyrel SF May 22, 2007, 9:29 pm
  • Yeah I think it’s fair to say Javier Lopez won’t be back in Pawtucket again anytime soon. Theo got him for David Riske last season…that looks like an absolute steal right now.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Lopez has been rally good with the exception of the game Saturday.

    Rob May 22, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • Good. Cool. Sweet.
    And other generally positive, lazy, short-hand terms for “I like the way things are going.”

    Devine May 22, 2007, 9:38 pm
  • You forgot “nice.” :P

    Rain SF May 22, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Six outs to get 5 runs. I like those odds, but I’d like them to get even shorter here.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Riske pitched pretty well for us (in very limited appearances), and for Chicago last year. He’s pitching fine for Kansas City as well. I’m not sure I’d call the trade a steal. A steal would have been Rudy “Ultimate Fighter” Seanez for Lopez.

    Anonymous May 22, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • Whoa. Tito not effing around, brings in Okajima.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 9:50 pm
  • You gotta love how this bullpen is shaping up. Lopez/Snyder for the lefty/righty matchups, Oki in the 8th, and Paps in the 9th. If this team gets through 6 innings with a lead, it’s very tough to beat them.

    Ayuh - SF May 22, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Meh. Riske was solid for Chicago last year, sure…but despite the 3.66 ERA this year, I don’t think he’s really been that good. Opponents are hitting .284 and he’s got a 1.54 WHIP; 12/9 K/BB in 19.2 innings. Mediocre.
    Falls behind Damon, but 3-0, but battles back and gets him on the easy fly to left.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Heh, don’t forget Delcarmen, Ayuh. He was solid yesterday and again…28 K’s in 19.2 AAA innings. High ERA and H/9 but who knows…he’s got the stuff, his problem last season was always inconsistancy/wildness.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 9:55 pm
  • Sheesh, D1, I totally forgot about Delcarmen. Thanks for reminding me.

    Ayuh - SF May 22, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Jeter does not go gentle into that good night.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • OK little nervous…5 runs is a nice cushion, but Okajima really hasn’t been sharp. Kinda scary now…

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Oh christ on a cracker.
    A-Rod?
    Oh bloody hell. This is bad.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • Yanks threaten to make it interesting (and break up Okajima’s scoreless streak).

    Devine May 22, 2007, 10:00 pm
  • OK he doesn’t have his good stuff. It’s not there. 4-pitch walk to A-Rod with a 5-run lead. Not good. Time to pull him please.
    Oh f*ck.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Uh oh.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 10:02 pm
  • Please, please pull Oky. This sucks hard.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 10:03 pm
  • There goes the streak…but still possible to escape with minimal trouble.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • ANd Oky’s scoreless streak ends.
    Thats ok, Oky. Against the Yankees, its ok.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Sorry, not to stir anything up, but that was Arod cheating, again, and you all know it.

    LocklandSF May 22, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • 2-1.
    Come on Oky.
    Come on.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • That’s perfectly fine under the circumstances. Still cool. Or “fine” if you prefer, Rain. :)

    Devine May 22, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • Alright, if we don’t get anymore runs, do you bring in Paps?

    KR May 22, 2007, 10:08 pm
  • Whatever…the scoreless streak had to end at some point. Better now then a really tight game, I guess. Also interesting that on a day when he clearly didn’t have anything close to his best stuff–I don’t think he threw a single curve for a strike–the only hit was a groundball, and there was nothing well-struck.
    At least you can always count on Abreu to make the last out of an inning…
    Yeah, that looked like a dirty slide. He was within reach but that was a somewhat blatant push.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • Absolutely, bring in Paps. He has 2 days rest, he’s not over-worked. Get him an inning now, keep him sharp.
    Some guys do well with a lot of work. If anything, Oki looked rusty tonight. I think he’d prefer pitching more than he has.

    Ayuh - SF May 22, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • Not Papelbon too…

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 10:18 pm
  • Incorrect, Jonathan.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 10:19 pm
  • Papelbon doesn’t look so good…velocity seems normal but he’s missing his spots again. Everything is running inside on lefties. I remain unconvinced that he’s totally himself.
    That 2-2 was a f*cking strike. Just saying…
    This is NOT GOOD

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • We have walked a lot of batter the last two nights

    Rob May 22, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Crappity crap crap

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 10:22 pm
  • Papelbon’s fastball is looking very straight, and he seems to be having trouble controlling it. This is not good.

    Andrew F May 22, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • Get someone ready. Pull Paps. He just doesnt have his stuff.

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • Cano saved Papelbon a walk on the first 3-2. So what does Jon do? He throws another one nowhere close and walks the second guy in the row.
    This is very bad. This ump is not helping, but this is bad.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 10:23 pm
  • Hoo boy. Wake up, kid. You’ve made it into a save situation, so wake the eff up.
    PS I know he wouldn’t earn a save if he closes out the game, but the tying run is on deck…

    Devine May 22, 2007, 10:25 pm
  • finally 1 down

    Rob May 22, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • Okay, that’s one.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 10:27 pm
  • two down

    Rob May 22, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Okay, that’s two.

    Devine May 22, 2007, 10:29 pm
  • Jeets down looking
    Game

    Rob May 22, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • And captain clutch with the K…phwew.

    KR May 22, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • How rare. A 3-pitch, no-swing K from Jeter to end a game.
    This game had no right to be that tense in the 8th and 9th.
    I can officially live with either outcome of the game tomorrow. (C’mon…win one more.)

    Devine May 22, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • Was that really three straight called strikes on Jetes? Heh.

    Tyrel SF May 22, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • And…
    Momentum, gone. As Michael Kay would say, “SEE YA”.
    Big, somewhat unexpected win for the Sox tonight, at least in my book. If Schill can do it tomorrow, I think the Yankees fall back into full-fledged crisis mode, something they seemed poised to escape after last night’s win. What a fun time it will be here in New York if that happens.

    SF May 22, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • Still fairly concerned about Papelbon’s recent control problems…but on the plus side, like Okajima, his stuff’s so good that even when he misses nobody’s making solid contact. I guess he’s healthy…
    Heh, Julian Tavarez beat Mike Mussina. That makes me smile. Also, I fully expect a story to come out about how Manny promised Tavarez that homer for his birthday.
    Like Boston yesterday, NY was often in a position to make a game of it, and like Boston yesterday, couldn’t get the clutch hit.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • SF May 22, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • SF May 22, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • Sox Win!

    Dionysus May 22, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • Meh. Any time a slugger is available via trade or free agency, the Angels are frontrunners. I’ll believe it when it happens.

    desturbd1 May 22, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • Wow, total crickets from the YFs in these threads recently.

    LocklandSF May 22, 2007, 10:47 pm
  • Yankee fans don’t show up unless there’s something to brag about.

    crabby May 22, 2007, 11:34 pm
  • HOW IS MIKE MYERS NOT RELEASED?

    Kazz May 23, 2007, 1:25 am

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