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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Rays (85-70) @ Yankees (95-60), Thursday, September 22, 2011, 7:05pm

TBR: Matt Moore (22, LHP, 0-0, 6.23)
NYY: Bartolo Colon (38, RHP, 8-9, 3.81)

The Primer Chimp Posted: September 22, 2011 at 01:00 PM | 130 comment(s)
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   1. Dan Posted: September 22, 2011 at 09:11 PM (#3933379)
Maybe this makes me a bad Red Sox fan, but I'm actually really excited to see Moore pitch.
   2. Dan Posted: September 22, 2011 at 09:21 PM (#3933387)
Yankees mailing this one in big time:

1. Derek Jeter (R) SS
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 2B
3. Mark Teixeira (S) DH
4. Nick Swisher (S) RF
5. Andruw Jones (R) LF
6. Jesus Montero (R) C
7. Jorge Posada (S) 1B
8. Brandon Laird (R) 3B
9. Greg Golson (R) CF
   3. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 22, 2011 at 10:25 PM (#3933441)
Ah, nice to see that they've decided to take a look at Montero behind the plate.
   4. Dan Posted: September 22, 2011 at 10:28 PM (#3933442)
The Rays seem like a spectacularly poor choice of opponent to put Montero behind the plate against. They're going to run wild on his arm.
   5. Dan Posted: September 22, 2011 at 10:30 PM (#3933444)
Not to be too much of a conspiracy theorist, but it seems like Girardi might want to make Montero look bad behind the plate so he can keep playing his preferred defensive guys like Cervelli and Romine.

Plus it potentially reduces the Yankees' chances in this game, thereby increasing the pressure on the Red Sox.
   6. Dan Posted: September 22, 2011 at 10:34 PM (#3933446)
Neither of those things are probably Girardi's actual thought processes, but I thought they were interesting (if slightly insane) angles.
   7. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 10:39 PM (#3933452)
From today's LoHud:


n terms of raw entertainment, it didn’t get much better than Russell Martin’s pregame interview this afternoon. There’s obviously a way we’ve all come to expect athletes to respond when asked about opponents, but Martin pulled no punches when asked about the Red Sox.

“Anything to get the Red Sox out would be awesome for me,” he said. “… They are fun to play against just because they have a quality team, and they’re gritty, and they play hard and stuff, but I’d love to see them lose.”

Why?

“Because I hate the Red Sox,” Martin said.
   8. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 10:41 PM (#3933456)
Not to be too much of a conspiracy theorist, but it seems like Girardi might want to make Montero look bad behind the plate so he can keep playing his preferred defensive guys like Cervelli and Romine.


Cervelli's done for the year.
   9. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:03 PM (#3933480)
TLR's head just exploded.
   10. Dan Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:17 PM (#3933499)
Does Colon even make the playoff rotation at this point?
   11. Dale Sams Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:18 PM (#3933500)
All right Yanks, you're about as convincing as the Black Sox here.
   12. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:20 PM (#3933508)
16 pitches ... 3-0 lead for Tampa???

Time for Fat Bastard to take another trip to the D.R.
   13. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:21 PM (#3933510)
Well, at this rate, I guess I'll finally get to see Brackman or Betances ...
   14. Dale Sams Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:21 PM (#3933511)
Where's Girardi?
   15. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:24 PM (#3933514)
Have to say, really looking forward to seeing Matt Moore in this start, he showed some serious stones in the game he pitched against the Red Sox ...
   16. Dan Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:25 PM (#3933516)
Where did that miss?
   17. Dan Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:27 PM (#3933518)
I guess that pitch was farther inside than I realized.
   18. Dan Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:28 PM (#3933519)
A Price - Shields - Moore - Hellickson - Davis rotation is pretty scary going forward.
   19. Mayor Blomberg Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:32 PM (#3933524)
Does Colon even make the playoff rotation at this point?


How's Phil Hughes' back? Or are you figuring CC, Nova, AJ, Freddy?
   20. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:33 PM (#3933525)

How's Phil Hughes' back? Or are you figuring CC, Nova, AJ, Freddy?


What a nightmare.
   21. Dan Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:34 PM (#3933527)
I figured Hughes' back would be recovered, but honestly I think the Yankees might go with a 3 man rotation at this point. It worked in 2009, and they're in a similar situation. CC, Nova, Garcia seem like the only guys they can trust. And Garcia himself is kinda iffy against decent offenses.
   22. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:36 PM (#3933531)
Juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuust a bit too high ...
   23. Dan Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:36 PM (#3933532)
That throw just went into the stands on the fly? Holy ####, that was amazingly awful.
   24. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:37 PM (#3933533)
And Garcia himself is kinda iffy against decent offenses.


Since he cut his finger a while back, Garcia's been kinda iffy against ALL offenses ...
   25. Dan Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:37 PM (#3933535)
Imagine how cool it would be for the Red Sox to have a fast LF like that who puts pressure on the defense, even on his routine grounders.
   26. Dan Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:39 PM (#3933536)
I was NOT expecting a triple on that.
   27. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:39 PM (#3933537)
Oh, Fat Bastard, where has your re-found "youth" gone???
   28. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:40 PM (#3933539)
WE WANT BRACKMAN!

WE WANT BETANCES!!!
   29. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:40 PM (#3933540)
How's Phil Hughes' back?

MLBN crawler says Hughes got an epidural injection, so I guess they might do a C-section.
   30. Dan Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:40 PM (#3933541)
Colon is throwing BP right now.
   31. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:42 PM (#3933545)
Raul Valdes?

I don't wanna see Raul ####### Valdes!

Betances!

Brackman!!!
   32. Dan Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:43 PM (#3933546)
4-9 in the Rays lineup is all lefties and switch-hitters. No way the binder allows Joe to bring in a righty if he goes to the pen next inning. Gotta wait till Jennings is up.
   33. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:46 PM (#3933552)
[32] Well, yes, I've long since learned that what *I* want ... and what the "Binder" demands ... are two VERY different things ...
   34. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:50 PM (#3933557)
Alright, Cletus, keep it going!
   35. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:51 PM (#3933558)
Or not ...
   36. Dan Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:53 PM (#3933560)
The change up might be Moore's best pitch. He's gotten several bad swings on it.
   37. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 22, 2011 at 11:59 PM (#3933567)
####### lovely ...

WE WANT BRACKMAN!

WE WANT BETANCES!!!
   38. Dan Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:00 AM (#3933569)
Colon's pixie dust seems to have run out.
   39. Dan Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:01 AM (#3933570)
Proctor warming rather than Brackman or Betances. Sorry.
   40. Dan Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:01 AM (#3933573)
I have to say that I do not understand why you want to see Brackman. Unless you're a sadist.
   41. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:05 AM (#3933577)
[40] It's 5-0 with a AAA lineup. If Girardi's not going to bother trying to win, we might as well see the youngsters.

Brackman had a tough year, but clearly pitched much, much better once he reverted his mechanics.
   42. Dan Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:05 AM (#3933579)
6 strikeouts out of 7 outs over 9 hitters.
   43. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:06 AM (#3933580)
[41] Oops, 7-0 ...
   44. Dan Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:07 AM (#3933581)
7 K's, 10 hitters.
   45. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:08 AM (#3933582)
Where did THAT miss?
   46. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:08 AM (#3933583)
Nune5!!!
   47. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:09 AM (#3933584)
Oops, out.

I, for one, welcome of Robot Umpire Overlords ...
   48. Dan Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:10 AM (#3933585)
Damn, he allowed a line drive. Send him back to Durham.
   49. Dan Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:12 AM (#3933591)
Wow, Teixeira's down to a 115 OPS+? Didn't realize he had gone so cold. I know he hasn't been hitting for average, but a .339 OBP is lower than I thought.
   50. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:13 AM (#3933593)
Awwww, just what I ALWAYS want to see when I watch a Yankees' game ... Scott ####### Proctor.
   51. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:14 AM (#3933594)
MORE RUNS!!!
   52. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:16 AM (#3933595)
YES!

MORE RUNS!!!

#### YOU GIRARDI!
   53. Dan Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:16 AM (#3933596)
Hm. BJ Upton was up to a 107 OPS+ before having another good day today.
   54. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:17 AM (#3933599)
Black Sox indeed. Really, Jeter?
   55. Dan Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:18 AM (#3933600)
When was the last time Jeter made 2 errors in a game? Hell, in the first 4 innings of a game?
   56. Dr. Vaux Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:18 AM (#3933601)
The AL playoffs are going to be ugly this year. The Yankees and Red Sox had effective pitching this year, but they don't right now. The Tigers have one effective pitcher and won a weak division, and the Rangers have guys with good numbers, but they can't really be trusted.
   57. Dan Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:20 AM (#3933603)
This is getting ridiculous.
   58. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:20 AM (#3933605)
HAHAHAHAHAHA.

#### you Girardi.

We want Brackman!

We want Betances!!!
   59. Dan Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:20 AM (#3933606)
I wonder if Damon could've had a 30 HR season playing in NYS. Not that that homer was a NYS special, but it still makes you wonder.
   60. Dale Sams Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:22 AM (#3933608)
Black Sox indeed. Really, Jeter?


Mr. November Surprise
   61. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:23 AM (#3933609)
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

#### YOU GIRARDI.
   62. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:26 AM (#3933614)
Embarassing to watch a team deliberately lose. They should be ashamed of themselves. I suspect most of them are. Except A-Rod.
   63. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:26 AM (#3933615)
It's ELEVEN TO ####### NOTHING ... WHY ARE YOU WARMING AARON ####### ####### LAFFEY.

WHAT IN THE NAME OF EVERYTHING HOLY IS WRONG WITH YOU GIRARDI?!?!?!?!?!?
   64. rconn23 Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:26 AM (#3933616)
You know before the conspiracy theories continue, the Yankees did beat Tampa three times in a row and probably saved the Red Sox playoff chances.
   65. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:26 AM (#3933617)
Sorry.

12-0

DIE IN A ####### FIRE GIRARDI.
   66. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:28 AM (#3933619)
the Yankees did beat Tampa three times in a row and probably saved the Red Sox playoff chances.


To win the division. Now that they've won it, they're pulling their pants down and bending over.
   67. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:28 AM (#3933620)
If I'm a fan, I ask for my money back.
   68. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:29 AM (#3933622)
WHAT IN THE NAME OF EVERYTHING HOLY IS WRONG WITH YOU GIRARDI?!?!?!?!?!?


He's throwing the game. It's obvious.
   69. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:31 AM (#3933625)
He's throwing the game. It's obvious.


Well, it's long past obvious that he doesn't give a #### about winning, what I'm mostly irritated about is the fact that he doesn't seem to give a #### about trying to make his *OWN* team better.

*That's* what's inexcusable.
   70. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:34 AM (#3933627)
If I'm a fan, I ask for my money back.


Let's see here, Long Island City, you're on the Larry King show, hello.
   71. rconn23 Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:35 AM (#3933629)
"To win the division. Now that they've won it, they're pulling their pants down and bending over."

Are you a Sox fan? You can't be serious. You really think Colon would intentionally watch his ERA balloon up to non-respectable numbers just to stick it to the Red Sox. He had nothing tonight and hasn't his last handful of starts.

So after winning the division the Yankees should play their A-lineup, and their hearts out, because the Red Sox can't win a series at HOME against the ####### Orioles with their playoff lives supposedly on the line. Please.
   72. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:38 AM (#3933633)
#### Aaron Laffey.
   73. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:39 AM (#3933634)
Great.

Andrew Brackman could have done that ...
   74. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:41 AM (#3933637)
Hits.

I want MORE hits.
   75. Dan Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:41 AM (#3933638)
But he couldn't have done it while throwing with his left hand, so Girardi would prefer Laffey.
   76. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:44 AM (#3933641)
But he couldn't have done it while throwing with his left hand, so Girardi would prefer Laffey.


"The Binder" would make for some GREAT kindling ... just saying ...
   77. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:48 AM (#3933644)
#### YOU GIRARDI!!!!!!!
   78. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:48 AM (#3933646)
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
   79. Dan Posted: September 23, 2011 at 12:54 AM (#3933654)
Brackman sighting.
   80. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:01 AM (#3933657)
BRACKMAN!!!!!!
   81. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:03 AM (#3933658)
Well, I hope all of the batters are wearing their Great Gazoo helmets ... it's BRACKMAN TIME!!!
   82. Dale Sams Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:04 AM (#3933660)
Is this the most posts in a Yankee game all year?
   83. Dan Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:04 AM (#3933661)
90 MPH cutter down the middle, belt high. Upton got under it, but that was not a good pitch.
   84. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:10 AM (#3933672)
Can't sneak cheese past a rat ... can't throw a fastball past Andruw Jones ...
   85. Dale Sams Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:10 AM (#3933673)
Who is the Toronto announcer? I remember that Red Sox hating voice from the 2008 ALDS. "Got him!! Awwwwwwwwwww" (In reference to Aybar nearly getting Crisp on the pick-off)
   86. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:14 AM (#3933677)
WHAT IN THE NAME OF EVERYTHING HOLY IS WRONG WITH YOU GIRARDI?!?!?!?!?!?


He's throwing the game. It's obvious.

Er, um, isn't that exactly what the Red Sox have been doing for the past month?
   87. Dan Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:14 AM (#3933678)
This Dane de la Rosa fellow is not quite as impressive as Matt Moore.
   88. Dan Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:16 AM (#3933679)
Who is the Toronto announcer? I remember that Red Sox hating voice from the 2008 ALDS. "Got him!! Awwwwwwwwwww" (In reference to Aybar nearly getting Crisp on the pick-off)


I assume you're referring to Buck Martinez.
   89. Dale Sams Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:17 AM (#3933682)
I assume you're referring to Buck Martinez.


That's it.
   90. Dan Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:21 AM (#3933687)
I can't stand his voice. It's truly grating.
   91. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:24 AM (#3933688)
Boy, brackman's release point flutters around like a moth. It all makes sense.
   92. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:30 AM (#3933693)
Well ... that was Brackman.

WE WANT BETANCES!!!
   93. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:35 AM (#3933697)
Nune5!!!
   94. Dan Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:46 AM (#3933705)
85 MPH pitch down the middle, belt high from a lefty. Set it on a tee for Montero, why don't you?
   95. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:47 AM (#3933706)
Nobody ##### with the Jesus.
   96. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:51 AM (#3933710)
BETANCES!!!

Alright, tonight has been awesome!
   97. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:52 AM (#3933713)
Darth Vader unleashes the full power of this Deathstar!
   98. Dan Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:55 AM (#3933715)
Did he just walk the corpse of Dan Johnson?
   99. Dan Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:57 AM (#3933716)
Inauspicious debut here.
   100. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 23, 2011 at 01:57 AM (#3933717)
Did he just walk the corpse of Dan Johnson?


It's 13-6 and it's his MLB debut ... shrug.
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