The Fallacy Of Normalcy: O’s-Yanks Gamer XIII

The high but ultimately non-consequential drama of the weekend series gives way to the sobering reality that there is still a lot of work left to do for New York to make the post season. We’ll keep at least one eye on the action at the Jake as the Tribe hosts Les Tigres. The Orioles come into town with Daniel Cabrera on the bump; both have given the Bombers fits this year, and the orangebirds lead the season series eight games to four. Phil Franchise looks to build off the success he had in his last go against Toronto. Lineups follow, comment away.

B. Roberts 2b .291
T. Redman cf .338
N. Markakis rf .291
M. Tejada ss .300
K. Millar 1b .252
A. Huff dh .285
M. Mora 3b .272
R. Hernandez c .242
J. Payton lf .254

NY Yankees
J. Damon cf .260
D. Jeter ss .315
B. Abreu rf .286
A. Rodriguez 3b .312
H. Matsui lf .289
J. Posada c .335
J. Giambi dh .244
R. Cano 2b .298
D. Mientkiewicz 1b .235

56 comments… add one
  • Come on Phil…it’s only Baltimore, remember?

    Brad September 17, 2007, 7:22 pm
  • Phil’s first inning struggles are irritating, if only because it seems like the Yanks don’t instantly respond.
    I really hate to see and hear how awful Daniel Cabrera is, and then see him shut down the Yankees. Urgh.

    AndrewYF September 17, 2007, 7:38 pm
  • That was a nifty double play. Cano did a little dance on the infield for the unassisted 6-6-3.

    AndrewYF September 17, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Shite. Cano gets hit in a bad spot.
    Cabrera better be fucking warned. If there’s all the shrill talk of Joba being “dangerous” and “not belonging in the game because he could hurt someone”, they better apply the same fucking logic to fucking Daniel Cabrera, who NEVER has ANY idea where his goddamned pitches are going.

    AndrewYF September 17, 2007, 7:57 pm
  • I’ll take that as payback. Dougie just bought himself playing time for probably the rest of the season.
    But one more fucking hit batsman by Cabrera and he’s out.

    AndrewYF September 17, 2007, 7:59 pm
  • I agree, Andrew. Not trolling you guys’ thread, but Cabrera is a real threat on the mound. Combine one of the hardest balls in the game with Wakefield’s movement and uncertainty, and you have the model for a guy that will probably really hurt someone before it’s all said and done.
    The intimidation thing goes to far here – it’s downright scary to get in the box against him not knowing if you could wake up in the emergency room.
    And, he’s a immature piece of shit, so in reality, he’s got nothing going for him!!! ha.

    Brad September 17, 2007, 8:05 pm
  • Looks like The Franchise settled down. 5-2 thru 4.5

    YF September 17, 2007, 8:47 pm
  • Phil did not look happy when he left…

    John - YF (Trisk) September 17, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Big spot for Viz here…

    dknyc September 17, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Cmon, cant walk Millar…or groove one either…

    dknyc September 17, 2007, 9:49 pm
  • Nice…needed that

    dknyc September 17, 2007, 9:53 pm
  • Thanks, for cutting out JUST AS SOON as the last pitch left Vizcaino’s hand.
    It was working good for a while before today, but this is just unacceptable. MLB really needs to improve its service to get a real good base of subscribers. Terrible.

    AndrewYF September 17, 2007, 9:57 pm
  • Seems like Posada has been nailed so many times this year trying to get to second on what initially appear to be clear doubles.

    dknyc September 17, 2007, 9:59 pm
  • Lets go Sizemore…

    dknyc September 17, 2007, 10:01 pm
  • Alright Cleveland, make it a perfect Yankee fan day.

    AndrewYF September 17, 2007, 10:04 pm
  • Cmon Hafner…end this here…

    dknyc September 17, 2007, 10:05 pm
  • Damn…nothing worse than “in play, out(s)”

    dknyc September 17, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • Except maybe “in play, runs” when the bad guys are up…

    dknyc September 17, 2007, 10:06 pm
  • yeah that 2nd one is a lot worse.

    doug YF September 17, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • So are we agreed that Phil had an otherwise good game? If he could get past those jitter innings, he could be a real rock in the rotation.

    J-YF September 17, 2007, 10:11 pm
  • 5-5 in the top of the tenth in Cleveland; Tribe scored 3 in the bottom of eight.

    attackgerbil September 17, 2007, 10:15 pm
  • “So are we agreed that Phil had an otherwise good game? If he could get past those jitter innings, he could be a real rock in the rotation.”
    That’s a big ‘if’.
    Honestly, I see these games as being positive. It’s very obvious Hughes doesn’t have his best stuff, and the command of his fastball is inconsistent. He has also seemingly completely abandoned his two-seamer, which is what brought him to the next level: a strikeout pitcher who induces groundouts is a perfect recipe for success. Fastball/Curveball with inconsistent command is not his calling card at all, and this is not the Phil Hughes who was the top pitching prospect at the beginning of the year. It’s not a Jon Lester situation, where a guy who has pretty good numbers in the minors but mediocre walk totals, comes up to the majors and his flaws are intensified.
    The fact that a (significantly) lesser version of Phil Hughes can still go 5, 6 innings and be effective speaks volumes to his pure ability to simply pitch.
    I will say that his curveball was ON tonight. He was throwing the thing to the corners for strikes all game. If he ever puts everything together, he will compete for Cy Youngs annually. You can really just tell.

    AndrewYF September 17, 2007, 10:28 pm
  • Phil still isn’t 100% back from the time missed due to injury… I don’t think he’ll regain his early season form until next year.

    doug YF September 17, 2007, 10:31 pm
  • AYF, do you think there’s a chance his injuries are still affecting him in any way? The near no-no earlier in the year, combined with the hype had me expecting a bit more from him this year.

    dknyc September 17, 2007, 10:33 pm
  • Doug, you think its the time off affecting him or lingering effects of the injuries themselves?

    dknyc September 17, 2007, 10:35 pm
  • Off to the bottom of the 11th…cant believe I’m forced to root for kenny lofton…

    dknyc September 17, 2007, 10:40 pm
  • Yes!! Casey Blake…my new pal…Indians win…

    dknyc September 17, 2007, 10:44 pm
  • Woohoo Tribe!

    attackgerbil September 17, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • Cano! Wow, what a play. Just amazing.

    attackgerbil September 17, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • Yanks win
    Detroit lose
    Indians win
    Red Sox lose
    Mets lose
    Phils win
    Angels losing
    Can this night get any better? I should ask my wife for some action…that would likely be the only setback tonight :(

    dknyc September 17, 2007, 10:50 pm
  • haha dk.. good one
    Farns gives up a single to right and the Choppers plate another. 8-4 Yanks. Still one out in the ninth. Mo up in the pen.

    attackgerbil September 17, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • I don’t think there’s much of a doubt that his 2-month vacation in the middle of the season derailed him. You can see in his leg extension that he is actually nervous about fully extending his leading leg, it never straightens completely, like it did when he was shutting out the Rangers. That probably leads to a loss of control. Also, he has said himself his arm strength still isn’t back to where he’d like it to be. It probably won’t be until next year, after he has a full spring training under the supervision (hopefully) of Dave Eiland who I think will be the next Yankee pitching coach.

    AndrewYF September 17, 2007, 10:54 pm
  • Farnsworth has just lost Torre’s trust again. Amazing how he can be dominant one day and just completely suck the next. Infuriating. Torre must be absolutely fuming right now.

    AndrewYF September 17, 2007, 10:55 pm
  • I guess I’m just looking to build a valid case why we will see a better pitcher come Spring.

    dknyc September 17, 2007, 10:56 pm
  • C’mon Krazy Kyle…

    yankeemonkey September 17, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • Millar singles Markakis to second. Huff up. Cmon, Farns, end this. Nope it’s going to be Mo.

    attackgerbil September 17, 2007, 10:57 pm
  • Like hoe the Enter Sandman music begins before Farns gets past the foul line…severly limits the window for him to receieve boos…

    dknyc September 17, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • This is absurd. Mo just threw nearly 30 pitches last night, and now he has to bail out Farns. Absolutely inexcusable. Frackin’ Farns…
    Does this spell the end of any possibility of Kyle on the (possible) PS roster?

    yankeemonkey September 17, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • [trying to ignore farnsworthless]
    If LAA loses, Cleveland will have a better record, and we might well avoid playing LAA in the 1st round!

    J-YF September 17, 2007, 10:59 pm
  • I think Kyle HAS to be on the postseason roster. Otherwise, you have to take him off the 25-man, and that can’t really happen.

    AndrewYF September 17, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • F*CK!!!

    yankeemonkey September 17, 2007, 11:00 pm
  • Oof.

    attackgerbil September 17, 2007, 11:01 pm
  • Cant believe the got the tying run to the plate…

    dknyc September 17, 2007, 11:01 pm
  • ugh. Huff doubles in a run. but 2 strikes on Mora….

    J-YF September 17, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • AYF: really? Would anyone really cry if that happened, though? Not that it would…

    yankeemonkey September 17, 2007, 11:02 pm
  • Atta Boy Mo!

    dknyc September 17, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • Mora flails at two pitches, then fouls two off. The next 0-2 is swung on and missed. Ball game. Two runs charged to Kyle in the ninth.

    attackgerbil September 17, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • phewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

    J-YF September 17, 2007, 11:03 pm
  • Thank you, Mo.
    Between last night and tonight, I barely have any fingernails left. Sheesh.
    Mink on the post-game interview: “…I felt really slow…” Haha.

    yankeemonkey September 17, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • Alright, nice work on getting the comments to a respectable level…

    dknyc September 17, 2007, 11:05 pm
  • I caught that too, YM.. that was a great line.

    attackgerbil September 17, 2007, 11:06 pm
  • I must admit, I really like Minky. His defense is usually stellar, and he seems to be a pretty nice dude. Now, I’m not about to fool myself into thinking he deserves to start everyday at 1B, but I like having him on the team.

    yankeemonkey September 17, 2007, 11:09 pm
  • Wow, we should never whine about our ‘pen again…How awful is Philly relief pitching? They led 12-0, then 12-3, and now they’re hanging on by the skin of their teeth, 13-11 in the bottom of the 9th. Yikes.

    yankeemonkey September 17, 2007, 11:21 pm
  • It’ll be ironic, or at least funny, if the Sox does collapse, the Yanks win the East.. but then have to face the Angels in the first round as Cleveland has the better record. Just saying.

    Lar September 17, 2007, 11:24 pm
  • I still think division is a pipe dream at this point, but…stranger things have happened, I guess. 3 games is not all that insurmountable.
    Another pipe dream:
    Battle back from an awful start, hopefully make the playoffs. Take out Angels and Sox en route to the WS, then cream the D-Backs. Wouldn’t that be something…

    yankeemonkey September 17, 2007, 11:28 pm
  • I agree, but it’ll just be amusing that after all the “let’s hope it’s not the Angels” thing with rooting for Cleveland..

    Lar September 18, 2007, 12:32 am

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