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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Rays (85-68) @ Yankees (93-60), Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 7:05pm

TBR: Jeremy Hellickson (24, RHP, 13-10, 2.91)
NYY: CC Sabathia (30, LHP, 19-8, 3.01)

The Primer Chimp Posted: September 21, 2011 at 01:00 PM | 36 comment(s)
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   1. Fat Al Posted: September 21, 2011 at 04:26 PM (#3931938)
Looks like only one chatter for both games. In Game 1, Hughes is scratched, Noesi is starting. Romine is catching.
   2. Fat Al Posted: September 21, 2011 at 04:46 PM (#3931953)
Maddon explaining starting Shields in Game 1 as trying to get momentum in the first game, save the bullpen, and that Hellickson is very capable of throwing good game tonight. Seems as good an explanation as any.
   3. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 21, 2011 at 05:15 PM (#3931981)
Jeter continues his push for .300, if he stays hot like this, he might just make it.
   4. Fat Al Posted: September 21, 2011 at 05:21 PM (#3931985)
Sounds like Alex crushed that ball. Maybe starting Big Game James backfiring.
   5. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 21, 2011 at 05:22 PM (#3931986)
[4] One hop off the wall. Smoked it.
   6. Greg K Posted: September 21, 2011 at 05:39 PM (#3932003)
The Rays radio guys don't seem impressed with A-Rod's defence. They said he looked like an old man at a fantasy camp on Damon's pop up. And then went on at some length about how he plain missed the catcher's pop up.
   7. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 21, 2011 at 05:44 PM (#3932011)
[6] Alex has trouble with pop-ups, he's clearly uncomfortable taking them and will often look to defer to another fielder.

That said, I think he played Lobatobuto's (or whatever his name is) pop-up properly, the ball kept drifting on a diagonal away from him, it just carried past where he could catch it once he got to the wall.

He made a couple of fantastic plays on Monday against the Twins, one to his left and one to his right to take away sure base hits, so he's not completely cooked at 3rd (and actually his metrics this year look good and have him average +).
   8. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 21, 2011 at 05:51 PM (#3932019)
44 pitches for Noesi already.

Looks like a long afternoon for the bullpen.
   9. Greg K Posted: September 21, 2011 at 05:58 PM (#3932026)
Man they are bagging on A-Rod AGAIN. Saying it looks like he's playing in slow-motion on Longoria's groundball. One gets the sense that these announcers actively dislike the Yankees. One of them specifically mentioned that he's not a fan of Posada earlier as well. They were also pretty bitter about Girardi not declaring publicly who was going to start. Maybe I'm just used to less biased crews (they keep referring to the Rays as "us"), but this just sounds weird to me.
   10. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 21, 2011 at 05:59 PM (#3932027)
If it wasn't Cletus playing 1st today ... Longoria would have been out with a real stretch.
   11. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 21, 2011 at 06:02 PM (#3932028)
One of them specifically mentioned that he's not a fan of Posada earlier as well.


Longoria was probably out at 1st anyway, but Posada really didn't stretch for the throw at all. Teixeira would have gotten the call easily, I think. Posada isn't a very good 1st baseman by any measure.

I've never listened to the Rays' radio guys, but I've listened to their TV guys a few times and they don't strike me as egregious homers.
   12. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 21, 2011 at 06:09 PM (#3932035)
Heh.

What did the Rays' radio announcers have to say about that play to 3rd???
   13. Greg K Posted: September 21, 2011 at 06:40 PM (#3932069)
It was pretty funny. They had mentioned a few times how Evan would have made those A-Rod plays. They hemmed and hawed over that one.
   14. Greg Maddux School of Reflexive Profanity Posted: September 21, 2011 at 06:52 PM (#3932078)
R-R-R-L-L-L

Way to make Girardi think about his bullpen management, Maddon.
   15. Fat Al Posted: September 21, 2011 at 07:26 PM (#3932107)
Alex is just a bad fielder at this stage. A statuesque left side of the infield.

Apparently Zobrist has arrived.
   16. Fat Al Posted: September 21, 2011 at 07:26 PM (#3932108)
A statuesque left side of the infield.


As it were, of course.
   17. boteman Posted: September 21, 2011 at 07:27 PM (#3932110)
The Rays radio guys do not impress me. They both sound like twin brothers, don't hit the mic hard enough to hear what they're saying half the time, and don't make sense some of the time.

So I'm torn between their milquetoast broadcast or John and Suzyn. Oh joy.

The Rays TV guys aren't too bad, if you ignore Dewayne's rug.
   18. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 21, 2011 at 07:28 PM (#3932113)
Alex is just a bad fielder at this stage. A statuesque left side of the infield.

ARod's not bad the 1.5 months of the season he's not hurt.

How is TB not crushing this team? Talk about the soft underbelly of a bullpen.
   19. Dan Posted: September 21, 2011 at 07:31 PM (#3932118)
Other than when they face Red Sox pitching, the Rays offense is really not that great.
   20. Fat Al Posted: September 21, 2011 at 07:35 PM (#3932120)
So I'm torn between their milquetoast broadcast or John and Suzyn. Oh joy.


There is no broadcaster on earth -- with the possible exception of Hawk Harrelson -- that would drive me to listen to Waldling unless I had no other choice.
   21. Fat Al Posted: September 21, 2011 at 07:51 PM (#3932136)
7th Yanks pitcher on the way in.
   22. Joel W Posted: September 21, 2011 at 07:59 PM (#3932142)
Kind of disgusted w/ myself how much I'm rooting for the Yankees here.
   23. Fat Al Posted: September 21, 2011 at 08:01 PM (#3932147)
How is it possible that Reid Brignac has gotten 245 plate appearances this year, and that he's playing in games that matter, at moments that matter?

A 29 OPS+
   24. Fat Al Posted: September 21, 2011 at 08:01 PM (#3932149)
Tie game
   25. Fat Al Posted: September 21, 2011 at 08:17 PM (#3932171)
Untied
   26. boteman Posted: September 21, 2011 at 08:17 PM (#3932173)
The soft underbelly of WHOSE bullpen?
   27. Dan Posted: September 21, 2011 at 08:17 PM (#3932175)
Going to JP Howell there instead of Matt Moore or Jake McGee seems really dumb.
   28. Baldrick Posted: September 21, 2011 at 08:18 PM (#3932178)
Yay. Go Yankees.

[I need to go take a shower]
   29. Joel W Posted: September 21, 2011 at 08:18 PM (#3932179)
Is this the part where I get excited for Enter Sandman? Kill me.
   30. boteman Posted: September 21, 2011 at 08:29 PM (#3932209)
Does this mean I can't taunt Red Sox fans any more? The Rays really needed this game, so...oh dear gawwwd, Suzyn is interviewing somebody on the field. I have to go barf.
   31. Fat Al Posted: September 21, 2011 at 08:31 PM (#3932217)
That Reid Brignac karma is a #####.
   32. Gamingboy Posted: September 22, 2011 at 02:53 AM (#3932776)
The Orioles are competent. Red Sox fans are rooting for the Yankees. Cats and dogs. Living together. Mass hysteria.
   33. Daryn Posted: September 22, 2011 at 02:55 AM (#3932778)
Posada? Isn't Arod on the bench?
   34. Gamingboy Posted: September 22, 2011 at 02:56 AM (#3932782)
Posada competent. Again, Mass Hysteria.
   35. Daryn Posted: September 22, 2011 at 02:57 AM (#3932783)
I knew Posada was a good choice!
   36. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: September 22, 2011 at 03:23 AM (#3932809)
Posada competent. Again, Mass Hysteria.

Not really. It's just the Earth being restored to its proper axis.

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