August 21, 2009

G121: Yankees 20, Red Sox 11

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George A. King III, Post:
What happened in the 2004 ALCS will never be deleted from every mainframe in the Yankees' universe. Not even a World Series title this season completely will erase those painful Red Sox memories that will haunt multiple generations.

Yet starting tonight in New England's living room, the Yankees can extract a wee bit of revenge by burying their blood rivals in the AL East race. Or they can allow the Red Sox to climb off the canvas and turn the final six weeks of the season into a two-way scoreboard-watching orgy.

"We have a chance to do something special against them," manager Joe Girardi said of his club, which leads the Red Sox by 6½ games after Boston blew out the Blue Jays 8-1 last night.
Something "special"? Is the possibility of extending a division lead in the middle of August "special"? Should it happen, is it "special" enough to warrant an ice cream reward?

The Red Sox will emerge from this three-game weekend battle 3.5, 5.5, 7.5 or 9.5 GB the Yankees -- with 38 games remaining in the regular season.

A Boston series sweep -- as the Red Sox have done to the Yankees thrice this season, on April 24-25-26 and May 4-5 and June 9-10-11 -- would make things very interesting once again in the AL East, especially since the two teams will meet again, in New York, on September 25-26-27.

Tonight's game begins a 10-game homestand at Fenway Park. Twenty of the Red Sox's next 25 games are against the Yankees, White Sox, Rays and Angels. It is essential that they continue the strong pitching and hitting performances they showed in Toronto. The Yankees -- 25-9 since the All-Star break, including a four-game sweep of the Sox on August 6-7-8-9 -- have not won a game at Fenway Park since September 28, 2008.

Horseface started against the Red Sox on August 9 in New York, pitching seven scoreless innings and allowing only five hits; he took the loss back on April 26. Penny turned in a 6-6-0-1-5 line against New York on June 11.

Weekend pitching match-ups:
Sat 4 PM: A.J. Burnett / Junichi Tazawa
Sun 8 PM: CC Sabathia / Josh Beckett
In other news, Michael Kay is an asshole. (Do not miss the twitter link!)
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L-girl said...

IT. IS. ON.

redsock said...

Michael Bowden is UP!

Not sure what the corresponding move will be -- Cactus to the DL, F-Cab down, ...

andy said...

Penny will decide how many millions he will make next year from a competitive team, tonight. By 6pm Boston time we will know his fate.

redsock said...

Cactus is now in the Glossary.

9casey said...

redsock said...
Michael Bowden is UP!



I looke up his stats at Paw. and it says he hasn't pitched since the 16th...is that right?

redsock said...

Bowden and Baldelli to Sox

Anderson to Paw
Cabrera DFA (out of options?)

redsock said...

Red Sox also released Chris Duncan (who we got for Lugo). He hit .188 in 85 at-bats with Pawtucket.

redsock said...

Yep, Cabrera DFA'd. Be nice if he cleared waivers.

tim said...

Fuck them.

Win.

tim said...

I don't get it, andy...

Zenslinger said...

Oats from Extra Bases:

Red Sox
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Victor Martinez, C
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. David Ortiz, DH
7. Mike Lowell, 3B
8. J.D. Drew, RF
9. Alex Gonzalez, SS
-- Brad Penny, RHP

Yankees
1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Johnny Damon, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Hideki Matsui, DH
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Robinson Cano, 2B
8. Nick Swisher, RF
9. Melky Cabrera, CF
-- Andy Pettitte, LHP

Zenslinger said...

After a hot start and a couple of nice patches, I see Milk Dud is back down to a .752 OPS.

tim said...

Finally, some solid lineups from us yesterday and today.

Also - yay to people reading my morning-after comments.

L, the humidity was much worse yesterday than normal. It felt like I bathed in olive oil before I went there. Ugh.

And yeah - wicked storms, I read a few articles after I got home as to the damage caused. Insanity for Ontario.

redsock said...

No one likes cactus in their oatmeal.

L-girl said...

Ah, the old olive oil bath. And there I was relaxing in the A/C, not knowing what I was missing.

Ick!

redsock said...

Globe:
Pedroia made it just in the nick of time - try by 20 minutes - to see the birth of his first child, Dylan, on Tuesday.
And by yesterday, Pedroia was already boasting that his son was a "badass," according to Francona. ...
After being put on a 40-person plane to Boston - where he found Sox fans surprised at his presence and eager to talk baseball - Pedroia jumped in a cab to get to the hospital.
"The cab driver wanted to talk about baseball and I’m like, 'Dude, I will give you $100 to get me to Mass. General as fast as possible,'" Pedroia said. "So we probably were driving a little bit past the speed limit, but I think everyone understands."

Zenslinger said...

Cocoran at SI.com on the Top 10 Setup Men:

5) Hideki Okajima, Red Sox

History shows that Japanese pitchers tend to offer diminishing returns as the league becomes familiar with their stuff and their often-funky deliveries. Indeed, Hideki Okajima's ERA has shot up over his three seasons in Boston's 'pen from 2.22 in 2007 to 2.82 this year. That is to say that the lefty changeup artist is one of the most reliable eighth-inning setup men in the game. His rate stats over his first three seasons have shown very little variation and he ranks third among non-closers in WXRL this year. Since May 1, he's posted a 2.18 ERA with 19 holds.

redsock said...

Yes, Bowden started on August 16. So today would be four days rest.

redsock said...

Something got lost in the editing, I think:

That is to say that the lefty changeup artist is one of the most reliable eighth-inning setup men in the game [as long as his team has at least a 6-run lead]."

L-girl said...

And by yesterday, Pedroia was already boasting that his son was a "badass,"

For Dylan's sake, I hope he doesn't grow up to be a ballet dancer!

L-girl said...

That is to say that the lefty changeup artist is one of the most reliable eighth-inning setup men in the game [as long as his team has at least a 6-run lead]."

Does anybody (besides me) remember what this refers to?

s1c said...

Yes it is on, but the fact is the Sox have an uphill battle for the division:

Over the last few years, (different team yada yada but a lot of the same players) in August and September the MFY's own the Sox.

MFY's have never blown a 6 game lead this late in the season.

Penny and Tazawa start this series off with a Beckett vs Sabithia on Sunday waiting.

Sox will face both Burnett and Sabithia (1 & 2) while MFY's will face the (4, 5, 1).

So on Paper the Sox will probably lose ground.

That of course is why THEY PLAY THE GAMES
Would love a sweep but will settle for 2 wins.

Zenslinger said...

Um...summer of last year, he had a horrific meltdown? I was in Boston and saw them beat the Rays there a couple of days later.

This game?

Ish said...

Wasn't that the same dude who said facts have nothing to do with watching baseball? And he wouldn't feel comfortable with Jeemer unless we had a 6-run lead?

redsock said...

Ish wins!

Ish said...

YESSSSSSS.

Bow to the Master. Master Ish.

mattymatty said...

Damn I love this blog. GO SOX!!!

L-girl said...

Ish, you young folks have such good memories.

****

Of COURSE it's an uphill battle for the division, because we're in 2nd place. But Red Sox fans of all people should know that "X has never happened before" is merely a statement of fact, not an accurate prediction of the future. Something Yankees fans should know, too, eh?

L-girl said...

Ok, folding laundry now so I can thread at game time. See you later.

redsock said...

I have those quotes in a text file at home. Can't remember which game it was though.

redsock said...

Bowden is now the youngest player on the roster (born September 9, 1986). Tazawa is the other player born in 1986 (June 6).

redsock said...

Body of 22-year-old dead man found on Chipper Jones's ranch.

Zenslinger said...

It sounds like Billy Wagner could be back & effective, and that we might pick him up.

$3m+ for this year...and either a $1m buyout or pay him $8m next year.

Beats ol' Dimmer. I mean, it's got to.

9casey said...

redsock said...
Yes, Bowden started on August 16. So today would be four days rest.



It may have seemed odd to you that I was questioning that , I thought today was Aug . 28, no shit .....

9casey said...

Zenslinger said...
It sounds like Billy Wagner could be back & effective, and that we might pick him up.



Someone claimed him ,was it us?

Patrick said...

That lineup of ours is insane! 3-5 caliber hitters 2-8. It's like the infinite universe, every point in the order is the middle.

Pop, goes the light switch. It's fucking on.

Patrick said...

BOSOX claim Wagner!! 4 days to make a deal link

Patrick said...

I assume a deal gets done quickly. The Mets have nothing to gain by keeping him.

9casey said...

"We have a chance to do something special against them," manager Joe Girardi said of his club









Does Joe realize they don't give out rings in August? and there is also a 100% chance we still hold the season lead on Monday........idiot

9casey said...

The Mets are going to ask for to much, I just know they are..

L-girl said...

I better get NESN tonight. Won't know til game time.

L-girl said...

WTF does he even mean "something special"? We swept the first 2 series, they swept the 3rd. How "special" could any outcome of this series be for them? Sheesh.

tim said...

You guys probably will get NESN if you get the east feed of Sportsnet.

That's what happened last Friday, one showed YES (Snet) and I'm assuming you guys got NESN (EI)...

Zenslinger said...

The Mets are going to ask for to much, I just know they are.

Why should they?

From your linked article:

"ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reported Thursday the Mets would likely have to eat some of Wagner's salary in order to recieve [sic] a viable prospect in return for the reliever."

We're taking the payroll off their hands when they have no chance of making the post season. By taking some of it back, they can get a decent prospect off us, but not a high-level one. We have more than enough decent prospects without having to give up anyone we'd later regret.

'Course you never know who might break out. But we're not going to cause ourselves any real pain in this deal.

Patrick said...

I doubt they get a top 20 prospect. Why would the sox care about another 3.5 million on the payroll?

tim said...

Oh YEAH, remy's return on NESN too.

Shit, I gotta head out for dinner now with friends. Ugh, poorly planned on my part. I should be back in by 9:30 - so just in time for the 3rd, if this goes according to typical sox/yanks (and penny) fashion...

L-girl said...

Tim, there's no telling. We've gotten YES with East too. At least I'll have more than one shot, between EI and Rogers. Allan's at work w/ MLB.

If it's YES, I can use the radio for audio, but I want to see Remy.

L-girl said...

NESN!!!!!!!

Zenslinger said...

Ooh, and Texas is playing Tampa.

Hopefully they beat the shit out of each other.

redsock said...

People with YES should try this.
Might be NESN.

L-girl said...

Yay! Enjoy the game, buenos noches amigos!

redsock said...

I have work, but I'm going to try to avoid it.

Ish said...

Remy looked good in the booth. Just like old times!

Ish said...

We've had a Tornado Watch here all afternoon... Picking up your sloppy seconds...

redsock said...

Fucking Visio isn't on my computer. I have to go to someone else's desk.

L-girl said...

So can't you get MLB TV on anyone's computer?

redsock said...

It's the desk next to mine. I think you sat it one time you were here. But I can't have the sound on.

I did one chart. Will try to put off the other one.

redsock said...

WTF is this with the "dancers"?

L-girl said...

Put the sound on and use an earphone.

L-girl said...

It looked like Red Sox jr high aerobics class.

Ish said...

NESN does some strange shit for Red Sox Yankee games.

redsock said...

I am very excited!

Ish said...

Remy: Buenos Notches, Amigos!


LOVE IT!

redsock said...

"Yankee Joe" West behind the plate.

L-girl said...

Me too, I'm really psyched.

L-girl said...

I just texted my currently-NYY-loving sister, who is pretending to be a diehard fan.

Iridescence said...

Come on Sox Fuck up these mother fuckers!

redsock said...

lost my sound on mlbtv - just a puttering noise

noope -- now it is radio!!!! castig

redsock said...

i have castig/ob with nesn video

Kevin said...

Oh, THAT'S a PERFECT way to start the game

K please

redsock said...

"that's a shame"

L-girl said...

Oh what a shame. Poor Noodle.

Patrick said...

That sucks.

Ish said...

Well if he's noodle then fouling the ball off his leg shouldn't do much harm.

L-girl said...

Heh, I know he's a Noodle Arm, might not be a Noodle Leg.

L-girl said...

Johnny, Kevin will tell you what to do.

Iridescence said...

Sit Judas.

redsock said...

west with the wide zone

Kevin said...

Hey...there's the K

Ish said...

I don't mind a wide zone.

Kevin said...

His velocity is up, that's encouraging

Iridescence said...

Me neither as long as it's consistent.

redsock said...

you look up "douchenozzle" in the dictionary, you'll see a pic of teixeira's face in his batting stance, waggling his bat

Iridescence said...

RS, My dictionary has Joba fist pumping to illustrate that word. :)

L-girl said...

Come on Penny...

redsock said...

dp pls

L-girl said...

dp pls

redsock said...

shemp-idp

Patrick said...

Dear god,

Double play, please

Pat

Kevin said...

Shit, loaded

DP would be great now

Iridescence said...

*sigh* good partial play by Seabass at least.

L-girl said...

shemp sasahe

redsock said...

serious sasahe there

andy said...

NESN sounds just right again. I miss Eck still a little bit.

Penny is going to have to prove himself early.

Patrick said...

Sit!

L-girl said...

No DP but the K works too! One more like that pls.

Kevin said...

Sit, Shemp

Iridescence said...

SIT. Matsui

redsock said...

hankee must have missed the payment drop to west. he's being fair.

L-girl said...

Penny get yourself together.

Iridescence said...

damn

L-girl said...

crap crap crap

Patrick said...

Fuck me sideways. It has to be Posada.

andy said...

DFA.

Kevin said...

Shit

redsock said...

is someone stirring the cement for penny's new set of loafers?

andy said...

It's me it's me!!!

redsock said...

GDGD has ALL fastballs except a slider on the first pitch to dumbo.

redsock said...

long wait for pettitte?

Iridescence said...

Maybe Penny can go to St. Louis with the other Sox castoffs?

L-girl said...

Much better than the 1st inning A & I saw Penny throw at Fenway.

Now to score 4 runs of our own.

Kevin said...

Alright, that shit-show of an inning is over

Let's hope he takes a page out of Lester's book and shuts them down the rest of the game

Patrick said...

Rain just broke through here in Kingston, Jamacia, I mean New Hampshire.

Iridescence said...

Judas hurt....Awwww....

redsock said...

1 to tie
2 to set a new SB mark

Patrick said...

I want records broke!

L-girl said...

LBJ says See, Allan???

Kevin said...

Start 0-2, and still draw a walk

I like it

L-girl said...

Everyone acts like Pettitte still has the move he used to - he doesn't.

redsock said...

he's been walking more since i pointed it out, btw

Patrick said...

FIFTY FOUR!!!

L-girl said...

TIES IT

Iridescence said...

wish you could combine Ells' speed and Youk's OBP in one player. (Nice steal!)

Kevin said...

LANDSLIDE LYNDON!

L-girl said...

he's been walking more since i pointed it out, btw

so he reads jos, cool!

crowd giving lyndon a big standing o

Patrick said...

Now he's on Pettite's back side.

redsock said...

come on, daddy badass

SoSock said...

What the hell just happened. GDGD is behind. But I like the sound of it!

Patrick said...

Iri, you must be referring to Rickey Henderson.

L-girl said...

SoSock, still no MLB Audio?

Allan has a link to the game too - scroll up.

redsock said...

i missed the top of the 1st, but remy sounds like he hasn't missed a game

SoSock said...

damn, now I get it.
LBJ tied the record. Petey didn't tie the game :(

Iridescence said...

Patrick, Yeah add good power as well and that'd be pretty much Rickey. Such an amazing player.

L-girl said...

i missed the top of the 1st, but remy sounds like he hasn't missed a game

Top 1 was the same way. Not even the tiniest hint of nerves. Exactly as he always was.

Clearly he and Don agreed not to make a big deal of it, just to say, here we are, welcome back, and move on.

redsock said...

if they stay true to form, they might chat about it in the 4th or so.

L-girl said...

Ack, SoSock, I didn't even think of that. No, we would have been more excited if a run scored.

Iridescence said...

Good jobe getting PEDShit's pitch count up.

L-girl said...

YES

SoSock, there's the run!

Kevin said...

Alright, that works

L-girl said...

pedshit? oy. that's reaching a bit!

SoSock said...

OK, there's 1.
Off to services. Chat tomorrow. Shaolom y'all

Zenslinger said...

Speed gets us a run back. That's nice.

Iridescence said...

Well I personally don't believe he ever stopped taking them.

L-girl said...

since we're between innings, anyone ever see this weird site? i'm getting a lot of traffic from it.

Kevin said...

"Speed gets us a run back. That's nice."

Yeah, and without even needing a hit

L-girl said...

Oh I don't care what he took, I'm not defending him. I just thought the name was a bit ridiculous. But hey, that's just me. :)

L-girl said...

Hey NESN: SHOW THE GAME

L-girl said...

A, do you have NESN sound now? They've mentioned Remy's absence a few times - the different lineups, how long he's been away, etc.

redsock said...

yeah, it came back in the middle of the first.

Kevin said...

Dammit Penny, get your shit together

DP NOW

L-girl said...

Joe West warning the NYY dugout!

L-girl said...

Crap Hinske

PENNY GET IT TOGETHER

Iridescence said...

damn

Zenslinger said...

Penny.

You're stinkin' up the joint.

Get over it.

Kevin said...

Penny is making it really fucking hard for me to not demand DFAing him

redsock said...

is that guy with the "Penny, You're Worthless" sign there tonight?

Zenslinger said...

I don't suppose Damon's badly hurt, is he?

Iridescence said...

ugh

L-girl said...

ugh

Zenslinger said...

Help.

Kevin said...

Alright, that does it

DFA this piece of shit

L-girl said...

I'll go down there with one of those signs myself.

L-girl said...

PENNY YOU SUCK GO TAKE A SHOWER

redsock said...

pen getting up?

Lord Lynch said...

I am saying nothing other than Brad Penny. On a great day, you have done your best to ruin it with this insipid drivel of a pitching display.

L-girl said...

Bowden up, none too soon

redsock said...

slappy feels bad for us, gives us a free out

bowden up

Lord Lynch said...

And for some reason, Espn in the UK has the Michael Kay feed. For the love of God.

Kevin said...

Jesus H Tapdancing Christ Penny

Thank god A-Hole got greedy there

Kevin said...

Fuck, we should have just let Bowden start

andy said...

If Bowden ducks ball too then it will be just like last first game of the series. Then they can DFA them both. I sure hope Bowden is really something.

Iridescence said...

Penny, thank your outfielders for saving your sorry ass from even more embarrassment.

L-girl said...

fuck fuck fuck

ok, we know the drill. shut them down in the next inning and start clawing our way back. we've done it before, let's do it again tonight.

redsock said...

for some odd reason, penny's game plan of throwing fat fastballs right over the heart of the plate did not translate into outs. huh.

Kevin said...

11th outfield assist of the season for Bay

andy said...

Sucks balls. so what it's raining here too like in jamaica.

L-girl said...

Oh no Lord, you can't listen to that! At least put on MLB Audio for the radio.

mattymatty said...

Penny is like David Aardsma last year. "Maybe if I throw harder they won't hit it."

Lord Lynch said...

for some odd reason, Brad Penny's recent form has repeated itself today. How odd.

Kevin said...

There's no way he's staying in this rotation after this start

The least he could do is eat some innings, and he's incapable of even doing that

Lord Lynch said...

8 hits = Penny sits.

Or not.

Patrick said...

So...what did I miss...oh shit.

Kyle said...

So is this Penny's final start for the Sox? Kind of like Smoltz was when he was smashed by the Yanks a few weeks ago?

L-girl said...

You know what's funny, Don is back to his old self too - reading the press notes in a monotone. What's up with that. Old habits die hard I guess.

Patrick said...

If so, who replaces Penny in the rotation? Wake?

Iridescence said...

"So is this Penny's final start for the Sox? Kind of like Smoltz was when he was smashed by the Yanks a few weeks ago?"

Let's hope.

Iridescence said...

Bowden or Wake if he's ready I would assume.

Patrick said...

It's funny, we entered the year thinking we had insane pitching depth. Not it's obvious that "depth" was a bunch of old men, and little kids.

redsock said...

give bowden a few starts until (gulp) dice returns around sept 8?

Lord Lynch said...

Has this cocktrumpet lost his marbles and forgotten that his beloved Yankees were 0-8 against this team, before they swept the inept?

Don't answer that.

You don't need to be North American to loathe, with a passion, Michael Kay. His sheer odiousness transcends continents.

mattymatty said...

I'm all for DFAing Penny if you have a better option, but I don't see who that is right now. We've already got Tazawa in the rotation and he's not ready for prime time yet. Wakefield doesn't seem like he's going to be ready to rejoin the rotation anytime soon, and God knows when Matsuzaka will be back. In short, I don't see any other option besides throwing Penny back out there again in five days.

Kevin said...

Penny is like David Aardsma last year.

"Maybe if I throw harder they won't hit it."


I'm going to do the unthinkable and actually defend Aardsma here.

Aardsma only sucked at the end of last season, and that's because he never fully recovered from whatever injury he had right after the ASB. Through July 18th of last year he had a 2.75 ERA in 39 and a third IP, with only one homer allowed.

After that, he had a 17.36 ERA in 9 and a third innings with three home runs allowed.

redsock said...

the term "cocktrumpet" should not fall into disuse.

redsock said...

pitch around OF and deal with 'bass.

Iridescence said...

mattymatty,

You don't think Bowden could do better than Penny and his 6 ERA?

L-girl said...

Lord, do yourself and all of us a favour, turn on MLB Audio, or use the link Allan supplied above.

Lord Lynch said...

In 2008, with the highest payroll in baseball, whoever it is in the box with Kay, your bunch of weasels, wasters and muppets fell out of contention in June, I believe. So what if you have the best record now.

In the words of Derrick Coleman "woop-te-do-da-day".

And the commentators are still moaning at Joe West's strike zone.

Kevin said...

Great, the bats decide to go back into shit mode.

mattymatty said...

Kevin - you're right, but for some reason Aardsma is who sprang to mind. I probably should have come up with a better example.

And there's Petttitttttte barking at the ump. Hey asshole, you've got a 6-1 lead. SHUT THE F UP!

Lord Lynch said...

L, it is on my big screen TV. And I am too hot and sunburned from a wonderful day at the cricket to turn it down! The remote is on the other side of the room.

In any case, I'm off to bed soon.

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