Joba The Bullet Dodger: Yanks-Rangers Gamer II

Why do they call him the Bullet-Dodger?
‘Cause he dodges bullets, Avi.

Actually, Joba didn’t quite dodge the bullet, but the Yankees seem to have dodged the worst of the repercussions after he got drilled by Adam Jones in his last start. Joba is on the bump tonight against Texas, who send Kevin Millwood in Arlington.

Lineups follow, comment away.

NY Yankees
D. Jeter ss .284
J. Damon lf .312
M. Teixeira 1b .273
A. Rodriguez 3b .259
R. Cano 2b .315
M. Cabrera cf .323
H. Matsui dh .241
N. Swisher rf .225
F. Cervelli c .306
J. Chamberlain 3.70
I. Kinsler 2b .278
M. Young 3b .337
J. Hamilton dh .260
N. Cruz rf .294
D. Murphy lf .229
M. Byrd cf .282
C. Davis 1b .200
J. Saltalamacchia c .252
O. Vizquel ss .372
K. Millwood 3.12
109 comments… add one
  • +10 points for quoting a Guy Ritchie movie. I applaud you, sir.
    Go Rangers!

    Atheose May 26, 2009, 7:17 pm
  • Let’s go Yankees!!!! YOU SORRY BUNCH OF LOSERS!!!! Yes…I’m back.

    krueg May 26, 2009, 8:02 pm
  • I hate rain delays…this blows. At least an hour.

    krueg May 26, 2009, 8:06 pm
  • Rain Delay. Forecast from Weather Undergrund not too promising:
    “A severe thunderstorm with hail up to golfball size was occurring just west of Fort Worth will continue moving east at 13 mph and should affect much of Tarrant County through 8 PM. This storm will also affect southern Denton County and eventually eastern Dallas County between 8 and 9 PM. Other thunderstorms have occur over Collin County and they have the potential to go severe as well. More thunderstorms are expected to develop during the evening as a cold front nears. These too could be severe overnight.”

    Mark - YF May 26, 2009, 8:12 pm
  • Bummer.

    Rob May 26, 2009, 8:42 pm
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    attackgerbil May 26, 2009, 10:12 pm
  • Melky hurt his shoulder running into the wall. Looks like he dislocated it. Guess we’ll be seeing Gardner in center for a while.
    GREAT PLAY by A-Rod! Take that hip doubters!

    AndrewYF May 26, 2009, 10:42 pm
  • Dammit! The old jinx a kid by talking good about him. Better Melky than Hughes though.

    Rob May 26, 2009, 10:44 pm
  • Joba getting hammered. I think Hamilton could have scored on that one.

    AndrewYF May 26, 2009, 10:45 pm
  • Why is Joba topping out at 90-91?

    Rob May 26, 2009, 10:46 pm
  • This is exactly like his first inning troubles from two and three starts ago.

    AndrewYF May 26, 2009, 10:50 pm
  • Finally a fastball at 92…for his 25th pitch of the inning.
    Still, what gives? No fastball command tonight?

    Rob May 26, 2009, 10:54 pm
  • Joba clearly doesn’t trust the fastball – threw 5 straight sliders to Byrd. Hangs the final one, lined into RF for a 2 RBI single. They really need to get this first inning crap straightened out. He needs to come out throwing harder than 91.

    Mark - YF May 26, 2009, 10:54 pm
  • Thank god for Chris Davis.

    Rob May 26, 2009, 10:55 pm
  • Oh and the Melky thing is a fucking blow. Seems like every time there is a rain delayed game we get a serious injury when they decide to wait it out and get it in.

    Mark - YF May 26, 2009, 10:57 pm
  • Joba belongs in the pen…period. The kid can’t get through 6 innings ever and gives up runs early. Throw sorry-ass Wang in there and take your chances. Either way, we’re finished. Oh and Melky is dead too…f-ing great. This game is over.

    krueg May 26, 2009, 10:57 pm
  • Davis with 67 Ks in 45 games. That leads to a .259 OBP.

    Rob May 26, 2009, 10:57 pm
  • He was having a ridiculous season too…figures. Just our f-ing luck. Probably out for the f-ing season.

    krueg May 26, 2009, 10:58 pm
  • Great hustle Gardner…now enjoy getting stranded.

    krueg May 26, 2009, 10:59 pm
  • krueg – don’t start that nonsense here. I don’t have the patience to explain why 6 innings > 1 inning. And Wang can’t even pitch out one inning of the pen at this point.

    Rob May 26, 2009, 10:59 pm
  • kreug, Joba’s problem is not his stuff late in the game, it’s his stuff early on. How would that translate to the bullpen?

    AndrewYF May 26, 2009, 11:00 pm
  • He never pitches 6 innings Rob!
    We have no bridge to Mo…Joba provides that. His worth as a starter on a season long leash, coupled with the fact that we blow out the bullpen with every start seems to me to be a no-brainer??? Glad you are open to debate though Rob…what is this, Russia circa 1952???

    krueg May 26, 2009, 11:02 pm
  • Can Gardner steal home too???

    krueg May 26, 2009, 11:03 pm
  • Wow, Gardner turns 1st into 3rd. When do we start the who’s better – Ellsbury or Gardner – thread?

    Rob May 26, 2009, 11:04 pm
  • Typical Matsui…he is f-cking horrible.

    krueg May 26, 2009, 11:05 pm
  • Joba never pitches 6 innings? He’s pitched at least 6 four times this year!
    Of course Matsui strikes out…when he’s cold, he might as well be Cody Ransom.

    AndrewYF May 26, 2009, 11:05 pm
  • Never…who cares about Sox players.

    krueg May 26, 2009, 11:05 pm
  • I was just being me…negative reinforcement. Christ, you guys are f-cking touchy.

    krueg May 26, 2009, 11:07 pm
  • Lol kreug, Yankee fans are quite touchy about the Joba argument. We’re just scared that he might actually be put in the bullpen…which would be one of the more horrible things to happen to this ballclub.

    AndrewYF May 26, 2009, 11:08 pm
  • Big surprise…no runs with guys in scoring position. Game.

    krueg May 26, 2009, 11:08 pm
  • Not as horrible as Kevin Cash…

    krueg May 26, 2009, 11:08 pm
  • Well Singleton thought Monahan may have been popping Melky’s shoulder back in – if that’s true and it was dislocated, it’s 4-12 weeks depending on the severity. Ugh.

    Mark - YF May 26, 2009, 11:09 pm
  • Keep talking and I’ll have your tongue cut out (or your fingers off).
    Seriously, there’s no debate. A bridge is useless is the road is in ruins. So far this year, Joba is their second-best starter.

    Rob May 26, 2009, 11:09 pm
  • P.S. as if I’m not a YF????

    krueg May 26, 2009, 11:09 pm
  • You are obviously not familiar with my deal…nor the fact that I am the sole reason we have turned it around!!!

    krueg May 26, 2009, 11:10 pm
  • Sucks about Melky, but great news in that Posada is coming back a lot sooner than I or anyone else expected him to…that will more than balance out the difference between what Melky would have given and what Gardner gives.

    AndrewYF May 26, 2009, 11:11 pm
  • 91 MPH fastball???? What the hell is wrong with him??? Having to go to secondary pitches in the first inning??? He is going to get ROCKED tonight…

    krueg May 26, 2009, 11:11 pm
  • Hopefully…if Melky is out long-term, that is going to massively suck balls.

    krueg May 26, 2009, 11:12 pm
  • No life on Joba’s fastball still…can’t put Salty away

    Mark - YF May 26, 2009, 11:13 pm
  • Eh, Melky could have declined to bad production. The only peripheral that’s better this year really is his LD%.

    AndrewYF May 26, 2009, 11:14 pm
  • Well he gets the K…12 pitches to get it not good though.

    Mark - YF May 26, 2009, 11:15 pm
  • Isn’t that the most important factor in BABIP though?

    Mark - YF May 26, 2009, 11:16 pm
  • WEll the curve and slier look at least. WOuld be even more effective if he was at 94 though…

    Mark - YF May 26, 2009, 11:17 pm
  • I’m sorry…flame away.

    Rob May 26, 2009, 11:17 pm
  • So what, 70 pitches through 1.3?????

    krueg May 26, 2009, 11:18 pm
  • Dude…i’m just messing around!!! We’re all YF’s here!!! Unless Ath is lurking…

    krueg May 26, 2009, 11:20 pm
  • And I in return!

    Rob May 26, 2009, 11:21 pm
  • 52 pitches through 2. Rain delay. Potentially major injury. Joba (slow start or lingering effects of the bruised knee?) looks like crap. The likelihood of seeing Brett Tomko at some point. This is looking like a brutal one.

    Mark - YF May 26, 2009, 11:22 pm
  • Nice job Teixeria…ass.

    krueg May 26, 2009, 11:28 pm
  • Big time clutch hitting…cocks.

    krueg May 26, 2009, 11:32 pm
  • Joba’s not gona get through 4 at this rate

    Mark - YF May 26, 2009, 11:40 pm
  • Eland’s on the phone after the walk.

    nettles May 26, 2009, 11:41 pm
  • Joba looks like dog-shit…HUGE DP!!!!

    krueg May 26, 2009, 11:41 pm
  • Saved by the DP!

    nettles May 26, 2009, 11:41 pm
  • Well hr gets a HUGE DP ball…man Cano is smooth on that turn

    Mark - YF May 26, 2009, 11:41 pm
  • He does indeed. But he’s battling and finding ways to minimize the damage. Hope he can find a way to get through five innings.

    nettles May 26, 2009, 11:43 pm
  • Hideki caught a break there. He needs all the help he can get.

    nettles May 26, 2009, 11:45 pm
  • Come on Cervelli!

    nettles May 26, 2009, 11:47 pm
  • GIDP… dammit!

    nettles May 26, 2009, 11:51 pm
  • That should do it…game.

    krueg May 26, 2009, 11:54 pm
  • HR… dammit, dammit.
    Do they dare bring in Wang? This game is still winnable.

    nettles May 26, 2009, 11:54 pm
  • OK, Jeter starts this inning. Need some runs, guys…NOW!

    nettles May 26, 2009, 11:59 pm
  • We hope he can get through 5 innings…brutal.

    krueg May 27, 2009, 12:01 am
  • F-CKING PATHETIC!!!!! Here come the rally killers..

    krueg May 27, 2009, 12:02 am

    krueg May 27, 2009, 12:03 am
  • Whew…Tex sent that one into orbit!

    nettles May 27, 2009, 12:03 am
  • A-Rod with a 75′ single!

    nettles May 27, 2009, 12:04 am
  • Mill-douche is trying to lose a finger…

    krueg May 27, 2009, 12:04 am
  • OK, cross your fingers. Bottom of five coming up.

    nettles May 27, 2009, 12:06 am
  • Yeah, twice in one game. Stupid.

    nettles May 27, 2009, 12:06 am
  • I have the volume down on the broadcast…any word on Melky yet?

    Mark - YF May 27, 2009, 12:07 am
  • God, I love watching Tex play first base!

    nettles May 27, 2009, 12:09 am
  • Shoulder sprain…day to day.

    nettles May 27, 2009, 12:09 am
  • Well Joba doesn’t come for the fifth…probably for the best, given how he looked tonight. Altough his secondary pitches looked good, never got the fastball going, which was his undoing. Oh and as I type this Ace gets 2 outs quicker than you can blink. NIce change of pace to this game.

    Mark - YF May 27, 2009, 12:10 am
  • That’s awesome news if that’s all it is. Best case scenario.

    Mark - YF May 27, 2009, 12:11 am
  • Ace is the only one I trust in our bullpen…besides Mo.

    krueg May 27, 2009, 12:11 am
  • ACE IS A BEAST!!!!

    krueg May 27, 2009, 12:11 am
  • Alfredo with a nice inning there.

    nettles May 27, 2009, 12:11 am
  • Ace DOMINATES! How long before he goes from long man to 8th inning guy? Not long by the lok of it…

    Mark - YF May 27, 2009, 12:12 am
  • Gardner with a single! This thing is about to urn, I can feel it!

    Mark - YF May 27, 2009, 12:14 am
  • I can’t be too hard on Joba. He didn’t have great stuff tonight, but he battled and we’re still in this game.
    Now Gardner gets on again. Let’s see him steal his way around again!

    nettles May 27, 2009, 12:14 am
  • Crawling in to bed to watch the rest of this…WE SUCK AND HAVE NO CHANCE OF WINNING!!!! That is all…enjoy gentlemen.

    krueg May 27, 2009, 12:15 am
  • There we go!

    nettles May 27, 2009, 12:16 am
  • Swipe of second – Gardner 3/3 on the night. I still don’t feel like he reads the pitcher well or gets good jumps, but Millwood is like molasses to the plate.

    Mark - YF May 27, 2009, 12:17 am
  • GODZILLA!!!! Nice job!

    nettles May 27, 2009, 12:18 am
  • Agreed. As I mentioned, his fastball was crap tonight, but h did try and battle. DEfinitely concerned about the velo drop, but gain maybe the knee was still a bit tender. He gets a pass tonight, but I’ll be concerned until his start.

    Mark - YF May 27, 2009, 12:19 am
  • Matsui! Thought that was gonna be gone…I’ll take it though

    Mark - YF May 27, 2009, 12:20 am
  • Swish is just brutal.

    nettles May 27, 2009, 12:21 am
  • Swisher K’s working on a no contact night. He is our Three True Outcomes poster boy.

    Mark - YF May 27, 2009, 12:21 am
  • Cervelli picks up the RBI single! Man watching that unfold I thought no way would Matsui score. Byrd just lobbed it back to the mound though. Oh and I totally called this thing turning!

    Mark - YF May 27, 2009, 12:22 am
  • TIED.

    Jimmy May 27, 2009, 12:23 am
  • Can’t believe they didn’t try to throw out Hideki at the plate, given his lack of speed. Tie game…I’ll take that.
    Way to break up the DP, Cervelli!

    nettles May 27, 2009, 12:23 am
  • Prediction…Damon goes yard here.

    nettles May 27, 2009, 12:24 am
  • jeet steals second!

    Jimmy May 27, 2009, 12:25 am
  • In fairness, nasty front dooer comebacker from Millwood. Andespite his scorching start – we knew this is what Swish was – a very streaky hitter with high K and BB totals. It’ll be nice if Nady can come back and spell him during his cold streaks though. Buton balance, despite the slump he’s still OPSing at .855

    Mark - YF May 27, 2009, 12:26 am
  • Millwood out. Tex up with first and second, 2 outs…

    Mark - YF May 27, 2009, 12:28 am
  • Well, that was wishful thinking. But the walk ends Millwood’s evening.

    nettles May 27, 2009, 12:28 am
  • That’s a good analysis of Swish. I wasn’t too excited about his signing, particularly after Tex was signed.
    Speaking of Tex…let’s do some damage here!

    nettles May 27, 2009, 12:30 am
  • dammit. wasted opportunity here.

    Jimmy May 27, 2009, 12:33 am
  • aceves cruising.

    Jimmy May 27, 2009, 12:39 am
  • ouch, as i said that, gives up a double to marlon byrd. v.v

    Jimmy May 27, 2009, 12:39 am
  • and we almost lose the backup CF to the Wall as well. With our RF thrown into the mix for good measure. Still, Gardner showed some range by even being close to making the play – I though he might’ve had it if Swish wasn’t right there too. Ace trikes out Young, but a cheap Salty bloop to right scores the run

    Mark - YF May 27, 2009, 12:41 am
  • If we win ths game, we take over first, by the way…COME ONE!!!

    Mark - YF May 27, 2009, 12:42 am
  • Make that pull into a tie for first…still: COME ON!

    Mark - YF May 27, 2009, 12:42 am
  • Gardner! His third hit moves Cano to third with one out. NEED to get this run home. COME ON MATSUI!

    Mark - YF May 27, 2009, 12:53 am
  • Wilson almost throws the ball away then plunks Matsui on the arm…looks like it hurt, too. MAKE HIM PAY, SWISH!

    Mark - YF May 27, 2009, 12:56 am
  • Ans Swisher GIDPs…OK that was brutal.

    Mark - YF May 27, 2009, 12:58 am
  • Well Ace in his third inning of work is clearly gassed…singe and a double to lead off the inning, and this one is slipping away. Can’t stay up to watch it…hopefully I will wake up tomorrow and be pleasanty surprised.

    Mark - YF May 27, 2009, 1:03 am
  • Nope. They blew it. Our bullpen is atrocious. Let’s see if AJ can actually win a game tonight??? Probably not.

    krueg May 27, 2009, 10:33 am

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