Sciosciaplysix: Yanks-Halos Gamer Redux

Last night was long and ugly for us Yanks fans. Sox win. M’s win. We lose a tough one in the 10th. These rebel Angels could use a fall.* Moose will try to give it to them, but he faces a tough foe in Kelvim Escobar (13-6, 2.68). Giambi’s DHing, but Jorge gets a well-earned rest after last night’s marathon. Comment on the action right here.

Your lineups:

M. Cabrera, CF C. Figgins, 3B
D. Jeter, SS O. Cabrera, SS
B. Abreu, RF V. Guerrero, RF
A. Rodriguez, 3B G. Anderson, LF
H. Matsui, LF G. Matthews Jr., CF
J. Giambi, DH C. Kotchman, 1B
R. Cano, 2B M. Izturis, DH
A. Phillips, 1B H. Kendrick, 2B
J. Molina, C J. Mathis, C

* If you clicked through, you saw Bosch’s Fall of the Rebel Angels. A little art with your hardball tonite. Enjoy.

175 comments… add one
  • Rob August 21, 2007, 9:56 pm
  • Leche!

    YF August 21, 2007, 10:09 pm
  • So much for that. DP for Jeets and Abreu looks at an inside strike 3.

    YF August 21, 2007, 10:13 pm
  • Figgins walks to start things off for the Angels.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 10:17 pm
  • Cabrera also walks.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 10:20 pm
  • Vlad flies out, advances the runners to 2nd and 3rd.

    Rob August 21, 2007, 10:24 pm
  • Anderson doubles to deep right and scores both runs.
    Angels 2-0

    Rob August 21, 2007, 10:26 pm
  • Typical Moose first.
    Thanks to Steve Goldman for his article in the Sun today, arguing that GA can’t carry his weight. He always seems to against the Yanks. Feh.

    YF August 21, 2007, 10:30 pm
  • ALEX!!! 2-1.

    YF August 21, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • ARod continues to have a hot bat, 2-1 Angels.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 10:32 pm
  • Matsui 4-3.

    YF August 21, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • Can’t watch yet thanks to workload – had 3 hourse sleep thanks to last night’s debacle and am still going strong at office…thanks to the blog for keeping me in touch.
    Is Moose pouting at the ump yet for squeezing him? That is usually a great early-warning indicator of another 1-2 runs that he’ll allow…

    IronHorse (yf) August 21, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • Angels wearing there red pajama tops today.
    Giambi Ks.
    Kay just said the Yankee bench is too good. Glad he’s not the GM.

    YF August 21, 2007, 10:34 pm
  • THEIR red pjs.
    Moose his usual self.

    YF August 21, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • Cano walks. Nice.

    YF August 21, 2007, 10:36 pm
  • Gameday has decided not to work and Im not up for more audio.. so I’ll rely on you YFs to let me know what shappening.
    Even the scoreboard on mlb.com isnt updatign right.

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • IronHorse–they did have a shot of Mussina after getting roughed up in the 1st and he seemed to be talking with the home plate ump affably.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 10:37 pm
  • AP ks. Overmatched.

    YF August 21, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • At the moment, Escobar looks filthy.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 10:38 pm
  • izturis slap single past alex.

    YF August 21, 2007, 10:41 pm
  • Kendrick doubles. Runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 10:42 pm
  • Kendrick off the centerfield wall. Just missed the dinger.
    Izturis stops at 3rd.

    YF August 21, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • Matthis doubles. 4-1 Halos.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 10:43 pm
  • Mathis follows with a gapper on the next pitch. 2 runs in. Mathis to 2nd.
    Mathis is killing us?

    YF August 21, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • Abreu in right takes a poor route and the ball gets past him. 4-1 Angels.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • Another double, 4-1 Angels. Wow.

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • Figgins ks on what passes for hi heat.

    YF August 21, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • Yanks are getting killed. Moose got away with just foul.

    Lar August 21, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • Thanks Moose. My love affair with you can continue now.

    IronHorse (yf) August 21, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • Seattle up 7-2, so you would think it’s in the bag.

    Lar August 21, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • The funky thing about the Halos is that you look at them and think that they shouldn’t be this good but…they are.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • Woah…Cabrera gets a break. That was a K.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 10:47 pm
  • Moose definitely got squeezed on that pitch, DW-sf. Shoulda been strike 3.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 10:49 pm
  • 2 outs for Vlad with a RISP. Moose needs to get this out to keep the Yanks within reach.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • O-Cab (damn you Theo!) flies out. Still want him in Boston (have I mentioned.. DAMN YOU THEO!)

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • Vladdie doubles…5-1 Halos.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • Moose hangs a breaking ball (just as the announcers predicted) and the lead is 4.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 10:51 pm
  • Andersen doubles…Vladdie scores…6-1…good heavens!

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 10:52 pm
  • Oh wow.. I sTorre pulling Moose yet?

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • Moose can really make a ball drop, but when you’re topping out at 85, it’s hard to get Major Leaguers out.

    YF August 21, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • Bah, you know, you can’t really give away games..

    Lar August 21, 2007, 10:53 pm
  • Moose getting squeezed really badly now. First pitch to GMJr was a strike.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • Single scores Andersen…he takes out Molina on the slide.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • Atheose that was my thinking! That pitch at the knees was a strike!

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • 7-1, now. Christ.
    I know I’m not staying up until 2 tonite.

    YF August 21, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • Sweet Zombie Jesus, Gary Matthews Jr with an RBI now

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • Moose is gone after 1.2 innings. Bad night to be a Yankee fan.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • Moose departs for Villone. Woof.

    YF August 21, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • Francesa called this earlier today…

    dknyc August 21, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • YF, I dunno…the Yankees’ offense is unrelenting. I’d stick around until at least the 8th.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 10:58 pm
  • Moose has one more year on his contract, right? Pettite, Wang, Hughes, Chamberlain…does Kennedy have a shot at taking Moose’s slot next year?

    dknyc August 21, 2007, 11:01 pm
  • Moose is about as gritty and tough as Richard Simmons. He simply can not bear down when things are not going well. He is over the hill and done. I want Ian Kennedy to take his place the rest of the way. I am not kidding. We can not afford to a. throw away games and b. burn our entire bullpen whenever this guy pitches.
    I wonder if A-Rod should call Moose out the way Moose did him last year: “We really need the real Moose to show up because this isn’t it”. Of course, the sad truth is that this probably is the real Moose now.

    IronHorse (yf) August 21, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • Quick question from a SF (who is not assuming this game is over, incidentally): who’s in long relief for the Yanks? Is Villone going to pitch 3+ innings or what?

    stuck working August 21, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • I love this blgo so much more than others. At least you gusy have a brain in your head… over at LOHUD it’s just scary. They talk about traded Moose away in the off or DFAing him now and.. really, I mean, with they way he’s pitchign and the money he’s making.. who’s gonna take?
    Thats the drawback to big contracts. Sure you lock up great players for a logn time.. but if they start to suck you can get stuck with ’em. Thats why we didnt give Schill an extension at the begining of the year

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 11:06 pm
  • Moose is definitely in his declining years but he’s a competent #5 guy in a conventional rotation. The Yankees’ rotation is somewhat unconventional, however, so his weaknesses seem to be magnified.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 11:06 pm
  • Stuck, I’d guess that Villone is in for 3, unless he spits the bit.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • I don’t think we are out of this at all – if we get some runs and then put Chamberlain out there for 2 innings and Ramirez for 1 or 2, we have a shot, but we need to strike back fast and then (just imagine this for a moment) HOLD THE ANGELS SCORELESS FOR FEW INNINGS!

    IronHorse (yf) August 21, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • everyoen gettign squeezed tonight. The zone is the size of a thimble.

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 11:07 pm
  • Chamberlain for two does NOT violate the Joba rules and, because we have a day off after this series and before Detroit, it is likely what Torre had in mind anyway if this becomes close.

    IronHorse (yf) August 21, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • Gary Matthews Jr makes a horribly play at the wall which plates 2 runs. Abreu with a great double, and Soscia argues that one of the runners overran the other one.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • Game over in Seattle. 7-2 Ms.

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 11:08 pm
  • This is gonan turn intoa slugfest of biblical proportions, I think. Even Escobar cant make a pitch worth a damn.

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 11:10 pm
  • Dionysus, I don’t know about that. Escobar was missing badly when he walked those first two batters. I wonder if the extended time waiting screwed him up.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • This is just a terrible night for me. Yankees lose, Seattle continues its play even though they are a horrible, horrible baseball team, Red Sox don’t quite choke, and Escobar is going to give up 5 runs in the process. I just can’t win.

    AndrewYF August 21, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • Yankees doing what needs to be done–putting the ball in play. Two runs score on two groundouts. 7-5 Angels.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • I always hear that whole extended-wait thing and it just sounds liek BS to me.

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 11:11 pm
  • Now for the blindingly obvious: giving any runs right back in the bottom of the third would be a KILLER. As Kenny Rogers used to say, you gotta know when to hold ’em…and now is the time Villone!

    IronHorse (yf) August 21, 2007, 11:12 pm
  • And IronHorse, Chamberlain for two DOES violate the “Joba Rules”, because he has had one day off. The rules are, one day off before AND after each inning of work. It’s horribly confusing.

    AndrewYF August 21, 2007, 11:13 pm
  • This could end up goign EXACTLY has my wildest dreams. Huge slugfest that the Yankees lose. Escobar’s ERA gets driven way up to help Beckett’s Cy Young contention.
    i’d rather Escobar have pitched a perfect game though if itd garuntee a Yankee loss.

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • 7-5. What the hell.
    And that’s why when it’s 5-1 or 6-1, it’s not unreasonable to take Moose out!

    Lar August 21, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • I know that your arm can get “cold” and you can lose your “feel” for the ball if you don’t work at a regular pace so it seems logical (though I’m not speaking from any type of personal experience so it’s all based upon my days in little league).

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 11:14 pm
  • Is tehre a site where these Joba Rules are listed?

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 11:16 pm
  • There are sites which, through various Cashman and Torre interviews, they are spliced together. From what I can tell:
    1.) Never comes in during the middle of an inning, even if no men are on base (basically, must always start the inning)
    2.) Absolutely no 30-pitch ‘grind it out’ innings.
    3.) For every inning Joba pitches, there must be a corresponding day of rest before AND after. That means no 1-inning, 1 day of rest, 2-inning outings.
    4.) If any of these rules are broken, Joe Torre gets fired.

    AndrewYF August 21, 2007, 11:19 pm
  • Villone not doing a good job, but hmm..

    Lar August 21, 2007, 11:20 pm
  • 5.) Or he doesn’t get to hold Jeter’s bat anymore. There is some debate about these last two.

    AndrewYF August 21, 2007, 11:20 pm
  • Its almsot.. awesome. Like soemthing out of myth. Actually it soudns like a novel or a movie in the mysterish vein of Dan Brown
    “The Joba Rules”
    Or
    “The Chamberlain Rules”
    hmm which is better..

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 11:21 pm
  • Too bad there were no Proctor Rules…

    dknyc August 21, 2007, 11:21 pm
  • This is going to be a late game even if the Yanks do make it more interesting. Grrr.

    Lar August 21, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • Jah Rulz

    AndrewYF August 21, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • Andrew, thanks for the correction re: Joba Rules, though I am now even more despondent. I though it was days of rest AFTER (not before) 2 innings that were required. Excuse me for saying this (and I don’t have a huge problem with having restrictive rules for the kid) but this last bit seems idiotic. If he pitches an effortless inning on a Monday, you can’t use him for 2 on Wednesday, even if you intend to keep him down again until Saturday???? Idiotic.

    IronHorse (yf) August 21, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • Joba Rules is better…

    dknyc August 21, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • Everyone gets on and bases loaded nobody out. Yuck.

    Lar August 21, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • Holy crap. A Jon Stewart break and now it’s 7-5, though Villone looks like he’s about to give it all right back.

    YF August 21, 2007, 11:22 pm
  • Yeah….Villone is in trouble. He hasn’t looked good in a while.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 11:23 pm
  • 3-0 with bases loaded. Yay!

    Lar August 21, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • Joba Rules sounds cooler, dknyc, by Chamberlain Rules sound sliek it’d fit with the ancient mystery vein a bit more. Sound sliek that kind of name

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • Home plate ump is odd. He calls one pitch a ball and the same location a strike.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 11:25 pm
  • To be fair, Villone gets no respect today. He’s wild.

    Lar August 21, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • Ron: Strikes good. Balls bad.

    IronHorse (yf) August 21, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • Villone is now in Moose-like trouble. Bases loaded, no outs, full count to Mathis.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 11:26 pm
  • For the record, “Joba anything” sounds better than “Chamberlain anything”

    IronHorse (yf) August 21, 2007, 11:27 pm
  • Errr, Chone*

    Anonymous August 21, 2007, 11:27 pm
  • Gameday has stopped updatin. Fill me in guys.

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 11:28 pm
  • Chone hits a GREAT ground-rule double… errr, foul ball. Inches away from two more runs scoring. Yankees got lucky there.

    Anonymous August 21, 2007, 11:28 pm
  • Bases-loaded walk to Figgins. 8-5 Angels, bases still loaded with 0 outs.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • 8-5 Halos. Villone just walked a guy in. Bases loaded, no one out. In comes Edwar Ramirez.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • “The Book of Joba”

    FenSheaParkway August 21, 2007, 11:29 pm
  • what is up with gameday? i’ve never seen it this sluggish/wacky/dead.

    z118 August 21, 2007, 11:30 pm
  • If the Yankees re-close the gap, Roger Clemens will be out there after Ramirez. It is his throw day and he will volunteer.

    IronHorse (yf) August 21, 2007, 11:31 pm
  • Great play by Matsui to steal a base hit away from O-Cab. One run scores on the fly out. 9-5 Halos.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 11:33 pm
  • Man oh man what a night.
    The Angels are to the Yankees as Tim Wakefield is to the:
    A. Devil Rays
    B. Career of Doug Mirabelli
    C. Success of the Sox
    Please use only a #2 pencil and fill in the circle clearly.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 21, 2007, 11:33 pm
  • Matsui makes a sportscenter play, barely stretching to nab a fly-out. 1 run scores, but it would have been one or two more than that.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 11:33 pm
  • Yahoo’s GameChannel is stuck too. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this either. Is there a reason why the various competitor’s virtual Baseball systems get stuck simultaneously? Shouldn’t they be independent of one another?

    FenSheaParkway August 21, 2007, 11:35 pm
  • The body of Edwar Ramirez could fit into the body of Vlad at least three times and still leave wiggle room

    IronHorse (yf) August 21, 2007, 11:35 pm
  • How does this kid get away with a changeup off a changeup off a slider? Then he throws the changeup dead center…Wow, ballsy.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 21, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • Good night

    IronHorse (yf) August 21, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • Ramirez gives up a 3 run dinger. 12-5 Angels.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 11:37 pm
  • 3-run homer by Anderson, 12-5 Angels. I can’t believe it’s still only the 3rd inning.

    Atheose August 21, 2007, 11:38 pm
  • oddly enough the gameview on msnbc seems to be functioning normally…

    z118 August 21, 2007, 11:38 pm
  • Well there’s my answer…

    John - YF (Trisk) August 21, 2007, 11:38 pm
  • The kid needs another pitch. He threw too many change ups.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 11:38 pm
  • For the record, Flaherty has it exactly right. You don’t throw the same pitch 5 times in a row – especially a change. Throw the freaking fastball – even head hi if you have to, but throw it. OK, now, really, good night…

    IronHorse (yf) August 21, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • So.. how cold is Escobars arm gonna be NOW?

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • I think Clemens has to be an option because the bullpen will be burnt by the 7th.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 11:40 pm
  • GOLDMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YF August 21, 2007, 11:40 pm
  • Yeah…I’d be surprised if Kelvim doesn’t cough up a few when he goes out.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 11:41 pm
  • Wow, MSNBC could really use some help on their GameView design. Or did I just fall into 1991 somehow?

    FenSheaParkway August 21, 2007, 11:41 pm
  • You don’t throw ANY pitch 5 times in a row, but you NEVER EVER EVER throw a changup 5 times in a row. A changeup feeds off a fastball, without that change of pace it’s simply just batting practice. I guess Ramirez and Molina thought they were going to fool the veteran Anderson. Guess they were wrong.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 21, 2007, 11:41 pm
  • A. Devil Rays

    sf rod August 21, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • That change up is nasty.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 11:42 pm
  • Well gentlemen I am off to play a little Madden before bed. Hopefully I will turn the TV back on and see a 13-12 victory.

    John - YF (Trisk) August 21, 2007, 11:43 pm
  • Back to sleep I go.

    Lar August 21, 2007, 11:47 pm
  • I just thought of a great name: Gilchrist.

    AndrewYF August 21, 2007, 11:50 pm
  • And leadoff single for the Angels. I need to use Wiki real quick..I have a theory ona SECOND season Im glad the Ynakees scored 5 runs (besides messing with Escobars ERA)

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 11:51 pm
  • Wow…the Halos waved the runner home from second on a base hit. That’s balsy. 13-5.

    DW-sf August 21, 2007, 11:52 pm
  • WIld Pitch moves Izturis to second, no outs.

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 11:53 pm
  • Damn delays. 13-5 then. Woot.

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 11:54 pm
  • YF, that was a great link to include, and the last thing I’d expect to see on YFSF. A pleasant surprise, and very apt. However, the painting is by Pieter Bruegel, not Bosch
    http://www.rainfall.com/posters/classicart/6205.htm

    Andrew F (Sox Fan) August 21, 2007, 11:55 pm
  • Now I cant access any mlb site at all. Not redsox.com not nothin

    Dionysus August 21, 2007, 11:59 pm
  • Now the msnbc site has stopped updating. The Yankees broke teh interwebs.

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 12:02 am
  • Ok.. stuff is comign back now.

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 12:03 am
  • But no posters are :-)

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 12:10 am
  • Still here….Yanks get out of the inning with a double play.

    DW-sf August 22, 2007, 12:15 am
  • Escobar is still in for the 6th inning.

    DW-sf August 22, 2007, 12:17 am
  • Matsui seriously battling with a 2-2 count. He Ks after fouling off 4 or 5.

    DW-sf August 22, 2007, 12:20 am
  • Giambi Ks for out #2.

    DW-sf August 22, 2007, 12:28 am
  • Angels still hitting Yankees’ pitching…still stretching for that extra base. No one out and runners at the corners. Henn is pitching.

    DW-sf August 22, 2007, 12:29 am
  • I’m still around because you just don’t get to witness the Yankees getting plastered any old time… Angels now have 1/3, no outs vs. Henn.

    Paul SF August 22, 2007, 12:31 am
  • Paul, as a fellow SF, I’m also enjoying the game, but as a baseball viewer, last night’s game was waaaay more fun to watch.

    stuck working August 22, 2007, 12:34 am
  • Wow…Henn gives up a grand slam. 18-5.

    DW-sf August 22, 2007, 12:38 am
  • Garrett Anderson has 10 RBI. By himself. In the sixth inning. Holy f*ck.

    Josh SF (D1) August 22, 2007, 12:39 am
  • Is this mauling now only being witnessed and commented on by SFs??

    IronHorse (yf) August 22, 2007, 12:42 am
  • I think so IronHorse, buty one less as I go to bed.
    Wonder if Henn goes back out there until his arm falls off.

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 12:44 am
  • Okay, please don’t taunt the YFs. The baseball gods are vengeful.

    DW-sf August 22, 2007, 12:45 am
  • I’m not tauntign Im serious. If Im the Yankees I send Henn out until he literally cant pitch anymore the knock him off the roster. Why waste the arms of a Joba or even a Farnsworth?

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 12:49 am
  • I was just curious as I stepped away to work for the last 45 min or so – though all the while the baseball equivalent of snarls, ripping flesh, and general feeding-frenzy beat-downs play on in the background.
    Garrett Anderson just got A-Rod back for the 10-RBI game he had when he hit 3 home runs off of the Halos’ Bartolo Colon in 2005. Can GA add more? Can the Halos score 25? Can the Yankees have a week off to recover from the last 2 months of playoff baseball?
    I fear the answers may be yes, yes, and emphatically no.
    Biggest curiousity is whether this team, having played with its back to the wall for so long, is finally hiting that wall here in LA/Anaheim/the real OC or whether they still have it in them to dig even deeper, salvage tomorrow’s game, and win the series in Detroit (and vs. Boston…fingers crossed)

    IronHorse (yf) August 22, 2007, 12:51 am
  • Really the only reason I havent gone to bed is because I DO want to see who the Yanks send out in the bottom. Despite my invliantion, I really doubt it’ll be Henn.

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 12:54 am
  • Henn back out it appears. Oh yeah.. the are sending him away after the game.

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 12:56 am
  • Or, perhaps the Yankees — unsustainably hot for the last two months — are starting to cool down at precisely the worst time, and not coincidentally as they begin playing playoff-caliber teams on a consistent basis.
    This is the version I like anyway.

    Paul SF August 22, 2007, 12:56 am
  • Henn is not someone in whom the Yankees had big designs for the next 6 weeks. he is serviceable and that’s it. if he has to kick the ball across the plate, he will have to do it. There is no way they send Joba, F-worth (who never pitches two days in a row also by the way), or, of course, Mo, so there is no one else. He pitches batting practice here until the carnival is over.
    Meanwhile, Mussina is huddled in a dark corner of the visitors locker room whispering, “the horror…..the horror……..the..horror” Someone put him out of my misery.

    IronHorse (yf) August 22, 2007, 12:58 am
  • Paul, as ugly as this is, I don’t think the Yankees are just beginning to play these teams now and losing. We’ve been playing them for almost two weeks – sweeping Cleveland and taking 3 of 4 from Detroit (both playoff teams) counts for something.
    Tonight’s loss would be a disappointing but forgettable throw-away if it weren’t for us having lost (by a milimeter by the way) last night. It’s knowing that you practically can’t afford to lose any series for 3 months – no matter who you are playing – that I think may (MAY) bt going on. But we’ll certainly know after the next 8 Yankee games, won’t we.

    IronHorse (yf) August 22, 2007, 1:05 am
  • Even though Joba has been very tough I still see this loss as an indication of what can be expected out of the bullpen.

    DW-sf August 22, 2007, 1:11 am
  • Indeed. But the Yanks lost three straight, didn’t they, before rallying to take three against Detroit? I’m not sure on that because that was during my self-imposed exile. I know the Sox and Yanks had identical 4-3 records during my seven-game absence, at any rate. Coupled with losing two to Anaheim, that seems to suggest to me a general cooldown…
    I’m just glad the Sox, and to a lesser extent the Mariners, were able to take advantage by winning the last two games…

    Paul SF August 22, 2007, 1:11 am
  • You are correct – re: the losing streak – Daniel Cabrera and Erik Bedard combined to give the O’s a series-win against us. I have to say though that it was not until last night that I felt like the Yankees looked and played tired. YM and I were blogging re: that during the game last night, and it is something I would really like them to shake off if they have it in them to do so.

    IronHorse (yf) August 22, 2007, 1:17 am
  • I can’t believe Anderson flubbed that opportunity to get another 3 RBI. Piker.

    Hudson August 22, 2007, 1:17 am
  • Sox magic number inching down to 31, with 36 games to play.

    Hudson August 22, 2007, 1:19 am
  • Amazingly, Kotchman has managed to go 0-for-5 — very difficult to accomplish when your team scores 18 runs.

    Hudson August 22, 2007, 1:21 am
  • Well, there’s the problem with a killer offense: good pitching still shuts it down. The Os play the Yanks hard because they can run out at least two guys who can pitch (Cabrera is the wild-card; one day an ace, one day a disaster). Both teams don’t have very good bullpens so it becomes a case of who gets into the soft underbelly of the other team sooner.

    DW-sf August 22, 2007, 1:22 am
  • Yankees mounting a 9th-inning rally! 1st and 2nd, no out.
    Okay, yeah, I’m gloating over here.

    Hudson August 22, 2007, 1:24 am
  • Betemit hits a three-run homer. I swear to GOD Hudson, if the Yansk win.. I’ll find you

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 1:26 am
  • Seriously, now, Betemit homers, 18-8. New York at least is getting some dignity back here.

    Hudson August 22, 2007, 1:26 am
  • Heh, Dion.

    Hudson August 22, 2007, 1:27 am
  • I wonder how many runs Gwynn would have to allow before they pull him.

    Hudson August 22, 2007, 1:27 am
  • A-Rod homers again, 18-9.
    Dionysus, I’m really looking forward to meeting you.

    Hudson August 22, 2007, 1:30 am
  • *eyes Hudson, sharpening his knife*

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 1:32 am
  • I love it A-Rod. I don’t know if having your score doubled still counts as regaining dignity, but I’ll take a couple HRs over wimpering into the night.

    IronHorse (yf) August 22, 2007, 1:32 am
  • Matsui singles (Gameday has it wrong). Pitching coach visiting the mound with two outs and a 9-run lead.
    (Who *is* this Gwynn? He’s looking like a true buffoon and stomping all over the Angels’ fans’ glee.)

    Hudson August 22, 2007, 1:33 am
  • Heh, Betemit and A-Rod padding their stats against the Angels’ bullpen fodder. Poor guy.
    I feel bad for Gwyn. 30-year-old minor-leaguer, does his job admirably for two innings. But he’s clearly gassed, and the Angels rightly have no desire to pull him. At least, not until Giambi’s 2-run bomb.

    Josh SF (D1) August 22, 2007, 1:33 am
  • Enjoy it while you can SFs. Down by 6 with 2 3-game series to go. Some symmetry there…

    IronHorse (yf) August 22, 2007, 1:34 am
  • Good job with the Reverse Jinx, Josh!

    Dionysus August 22, 2007, 1:34 am
  • I’m genuinely surprised he got Jason out. According to Gameday, it was actually pretty close to leaving the yard…
    Rocket vs Lackey tomorrow. That should be a good game. Lackey is Boston’s personal whipping boy, and he’s barely been any better against New York: 4-6 in 12 starts, with a 4.90 ERA. Good pitcher, but not so much against our ballclubs…

    Josh SF (D1) August 22, 2007, 1:35 am
  • Anderson catches the final out.
    Darn it, I was looking forward to re-enacting this scene with Dion:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4vQx2PLYAk

    Hudson August 22, 2007, 1:35 am
  • Pettitte goes tomorrow, noot Rocket.

    IronHorse (yf) August 22, 2007, 1:47 am
  • Yeah you’re right. Whoops. Well, what I said about Lackey stands…

    Josh SF (D1) August 22, 2007, 1:57 am
  • Pettitte tomorrow, who is the exact opposite of Mussina in every way: lefty, old Texan boy, actually picks up the team after losses (Moose is 0-6 in pitching after a Yankee loss, Pettitte is…something better.)
    I don’t think this is ‘what you’ll see’ from the Yankee bullpen at all: they pitched Sean Henn and Ron Villone, by far the dregs of the bullpen, for the majority of the game. They’re probably not even going to be on the team in the near future. Viz, albeit with his tired arm, pitched a scoreless inning, and Joba and Rivera never even started warming up. They have Joba for 2 and Mo for 1 tomorrow if need be. If Pettitte can go 6 strong (please, please go 7) then the Yanks can avoid the sweep, I feel, which isn’t too terrible considering this was the toughest series of the season. Damn Angels.

    AndrewYF August 22, 2007, 7:59 am

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