Yankees @ Red Sox Live Blog

by Chuck

For some reason, live blogs don’t work well for me here, posting too fast, I don’t know.

Anyway, if at first you don’t succeed, try the outfield.

No ARod.

Had a cortisone shot in his injured left thumb, will miss the entire series.

No Youkilis.

Bad back, starting rehab tonight in Pawtucket.

MLBNetwork is picking up the NESN feed from Boston, it’s Jimmy Fund Auction night.

The Red Sox, through Tom Yawkey’s ownership and the Yawkey Fund, build the Dana-Farber Cancer Center for Children in Boston.

Pretty easily the biggest team associated charity in any sport.

If you have a chance, head over to the Jimmy Fund website, or the NESN site, to check out the auction items.

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124 Responses to “Yankees @ Red Sox Live Blog”

  1. Chuck Says:

    Sabathia vs. Lackey.

    For the season, Sabathia is 17-7 with a 2.98 ERA.

    Against the Sox, he’s 0-4 with an ERA of 7.49.

  2. Chuck Says:

    Top of the first, pop to short for Gardner, ground to short for Jeter, strikeout by Granderson.

    Lackey “hit” Granderson, umpire called him back saying the ball hit the knob of the bat.

    Which is only interesting because Sabathia smoked Ellsbury leading off the first inning.

  3. John Says:

    In other words…Sabathia becomes John Lackey.

  4. Chuck Says:

    Great play by Teixeira on a grounder by Scutaro..Ellsbury takes out Jeter on the turn, wild throw.

    One out for the AL MVP.

  5. John Says:

    I thought MVP’s couldn’t have .275 batting averages?

  6. Chuck Says:

    Holy fuck…Dustin Pedroia is batting cleanup.

  7. John Says:

    O wait, Gonzo?

    My bad, sorry.

  8. John Says:

    Pedey’s actually been doing that for some time now.

  9. John Says:

    Now to start actually watching the game haha.

  10. John Says:

    fucking a…mlb tv is sucking.

    Stupid hurricane.

  11. John Says:

    Ok, here we go…watching Cano and some kid with (I presume) a tragic story.

  12. Chuck Says:

    #5

    Adrian Gonzalez.

    You tool.

  13. John Says:

    Ya, I got it.

    Wasn’t actually watching, now I am.

  14. John Says:

    Gonzalez has a 90ish point OPS difference (21 and 23 OPS+ points) on Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury.

    Pedroia plays 2B, Ellsbury plays CF.

    Do their respective positions matter in the MVP race?

  15. John Says:

    I feel like Scutaro should’ve gotten to that Chavez bouncer or at least knocked it down.

    Pedroia was playing him to pull and had to go a long way, it looked like Scutaro just kinda gave up on it.

  16. John Says:

    Wow Posada.

    You hit the ball like my grandmother…AND get doubled off?

    That’s embarrassing.

  17. Chuck Says:

    “Do their respective positions matter in the MVP race?”

    Not when the difference is that much.

    Tough inning for Lackey..made some good pitches and just got beat on a couple of bloopers.

  18. Chuck Says:

    Wow..Indians sent down Matt LaPorta.

    This is a time when “top” prospects are getting called up, not sent down.

    Rangers called up Leonys Martin.

    He’s the Cuban signee from this year.

    Probably their starting CF next year.

  19. Cameron Says:

    If you got something similar and one guy plays a premium position and the other doesn’t, yeah.

    But that much? Nah.

  20. Chuck Says:

    “The Nationals have recalled lefthander Tom Milone from Triple A Syracuse, he will replace Jordan Zimmermann in the starting rotation for the rest of the season due to Zimmermann reaching his innings limit.”

  21. John Says:

    20 point OPS+ difference between a 2B and a 1B?

    There’s a 20 point OPS+ difference between Roberto Alomar and Norm Cash (in favor of Cash).

    No one in the world thinks Cash was a better player than Robbie Alomar.

  22. John Says:

    The Indians were probably expecting a haul similar to the one they got for Bartolo Colon in 2002 when they traded CC Sabathia to the Brewers in 08.

    As a Brewers fan, I’m rather pleased that it worked out so nicely.

  23. John Says:

    The Yankee announcers are talking about how Crawford’s triple totals are gonna fall because of playing in Fenway and how he’s not even in the top 10 this season etc etc.

    There are a bunch of reasons to be concerned with Crawford’s deal.

    His triples going from 13 to 7 doesn’t even crack the top 20.

  24. John Says:

    Looks like CC missed his spot on the Salty strikeout but still got it.

  25. Chuck Says:

    A sabermetric guy would look at Sabathia’s last five hitters and think he’s pitching well.

    Strikeout, strikeout, single, strikeout, walk.

    Someone that knows baseball would look at his last five hitters and know he’s pitching like crap and struggling with his command.

    Five straight three ball counts.

    Just struckout Saltalamachhia on a 1-2 change that bounced two feet in front of the plate.

  26. Chuck Says:

    “No one in the world thinks Cash was a better player than Robbie Alomar.”

    Wait..are we talking MVP for ONE year, or the fucking Hall of goddamn Fame?

  27. John Says:

    “A sabermetric guy would look at Sabathia’s last five hitters and think he’s pitching well.

    Strikeout, strikeout, single, strikeout, walk.”

    That’s a WHIP of 2.000.

    But I get what you’re saying. Even on that strikeout, Cervelli was setting up inside, belt high and he spiked a ball in the dirt low and away.

    Unless they were counting on Lowrie tipping Salty off, he missed bigtime with that one.

    Just walked another guy.

  28. Chuck Says:

    Dude…1-0 count, bases loaded, down a run..pitcher has no command, and you’re fucking swinging?

    Five years from now, Ellsbury’s going to be Mike Trout’s chauffeur.

    By the way, John, I think it was you who asked if any 2011 draft picks would be in the AFL.

    So far, two…Danny Hultzen and the Brewers’ own Jed Bradley.

  29. John Says:

    “Wait..are we talking MVP for ONE year, or the fucking Hall of goddamn Fame?”

    Just using a relative standard of greatness.

    The difference between JoeyBats and Gonzalez (in terms of OPS+) is about the same as the difference between Gonzalez and Nick Swisher.

  30. John Says:

    “So far, two…Danny Hultzen and the Brewers’ own Jed Bradley.”

    Awesome, hopefully his path to the big leagues is a quick one.

  31. John Says:

    So, the Yankee announcers are remarking about how much ground Ellsbury covers.

    And yeah, he he had to go a long way to get that ball (first out of the inning).

    But that’s because he was playing pretty far back.

    Doesn’t that say something about how bad he is at going back on the ball?

  32. Chuck Says:

    Lackey’s throwing well.

    He’s kind of like AJ Burnett..throws well for awhile, loses his command or maybe an error or bloop hit, then can’t control his own emotions.

  33. John Says:

    The Royals and Tigers started an hour ago and are already in the sixth.

    Both pitchers have faced the minimum.

    Doug Fister has a perfect game going.

    So, needless to say, I’m on four screens now.

  34. Chuck Says:

    “Awesome, hopefully his path to the big leagues is a quick one.”

    You want me to have him sign something for you?

  35. Chuck Says:

    “Doesn’t that say something about how bad he is at going back on the ball?”

    Ellsbury has always been considered a below average fielder because of his arm and his jumps.

    Speed is a great thing, moreso in the outfield than on the bases.

    He sucks.

  36. John Says:

    @34, that’d be awesome man.

  37. John Says:

    @35, makes sense.

    Speed can correct a lot of errors.

    To be an elite outfielder, you should be good at going back on the ball so that you can take away shallow singles without worrying about getting burned on balls over your head.

    My sense is that Ellsbury cannot do that, seeing as where he was playing against (I think) Cervelli.

  38. John Says:

    Well that was a stupid gamble by Scutaro.

    Why is he trying to take second when CC can’t hit the strike zone to save his life.

    Made Gonzo look ugly there.

    Cardinals have Berkman batting second, ahead of Pujols.

    That’s interesting. He’s been hitting fifth all year.

  39. Chuck Says:

    Former Red Sox player (and cancer survivor) Jerry Remy owns a restaurant across the street from Fenway Park.

    He’s having a Jimmy Fund fundraiser today and tomorrow, $1 cover charge and raffles every hour.

    Today, before the game..Jeter, Rivera, Russell Martin, Gardner, Kevin Long and Freddie Garcia went over and signed autographs for an hour. Martin and Garcia raffled off their player passes for the game as well.

    In one hour, they raised $138,000 for childhood cancer.

    How fucking awesome is that?

  40. John Says:

    Marcum just struck out Berkman and Holliday, sandwiching a walk to Pujols.

    Good start.

  41. John Says:

    Trivia question is asking for the 3 times since 1960 that the Yankees and Red Sox have finished 1-2 in the MVP race (so not counting all the Williams-Dimaggio races.

    Rice-Guidry is one (should’ve gone the other way IMO) – 1978.

    I believe Mattingly finished second to Roger Clemens in 1986.

    And ARod and Ortiz went 1-2 in 2005.

    In an unrelated note…

    Alex Gordon just broke up Fister’s perfect game.

    Royals are now up 1-0 on some small ball.

  42. Chuck Says:

    See what I mean, John?

    Granderson read that ball and knew Ellsbury can’t throw..scores from first on a double off the Monster.

    No one is THAT fast.

  43. John Says:

    Nice use of the monster there by Cano.

    I feel like that gets to the warning track in most parks, am I wrong?

    Regardless, 2-0 Yanks.

  44. John Says:

    Ellsbury’s throw was to the cutoff man like, what 30 feet away?

    You’re right, that’s a pretty glaring weakness.

  45. Chuck Says:

    Cano just scored from second on a routine ground ball single to center with one out.

    Cano’s not fast.

    It’s a 2-0 game in the fourth.

    You don’t go unless you’re spot on serious about making it.

    Cano never hesitated.

    Ellsbury might have the worst throwing arm in baseball history.

  46. Raul Says:

    Fuck you Girardi.

    Posada is benched? He plays every fucking game.

  47. Chuck Says:

    Trivia question asked on the NESN broadcast.

    What active pitcher has the most career losses vs. the Red Sox?

  48. Raul Says:

    Even Leiter says the pitcher shouldn’t win MVP, lol

  49. Raul Says:

    Career losses to the Red Sox?

    Mariano Rivera? LOL He blew a couple to them.

  50. Chuck Says:

    CC just hung a curve to CC.

    3-1 Yanks.

  51. Chuck Says:

    “Mariano Rivera? LOL He blew a couple to them”

    Hint.

    Rivera is tied for tenth with seven.

    His total is less than half of the career leader.

  52. Jim Says:

    Ellsbury is at best a mediocre CF, though he has been better this year than in the past. He does play too deep, but that isn’t the problem, which are the fact he gets poor jumps and takes strange routes. Kirby Puckett also played too deep and didn’t go back on the ball well, but he got tremendous jumps and had the speed to close on balls hit in front of him. And he had a + arm.

    Oh BTW its the anniversary of Teddy Baseballs birth.

  53. Chuck Says:

    Rough start to the fourth inning.

    One out, first and second, for Theo’s boy toy.

  54. John Says:

    Does the post-season count?

    Hard to imagine it not being Wakefield.

    I could’ve sworn it was Posada that grounded into that slow-as-shit double play.

  55. John Says:

    Oh…Raul was kidding.

    Strikeout to Ellsbury has to get you giddy there Chuck.

    Jed Bradley is being interviewed on the Brewers broadcast.

  56. Chuck Says:

    Not Wakefield.

    Hint.

    Now pitches in the National League.

  57. Chuck Says:

    Double to left for Scutaro..scores a run, 3-2 Yanks, two outs, second and third for Gonzalez, who is 0-2 with two whiffs.

    If I’m CC, I have to think the odds are against me.

  58. John Says:

    Lowe?

  59. Chuck Says:

    Strike three.

    All three K’s are on the same pitch, slider down and away.

    Why wouldn’t you move six inches closer to the plate and poke that bitch to left?

  60. Raul Says:

    Career losses

  61. Chuck Says:

    Not Lowe.

    Hint.

    Cy Young winner.

  62. Raul Says:

    career losses TO the Red Sox.
    Can’t be Sox player.

  63. John Says:

    Oh shit.

    My bad, I was thinking to Yankees.

    Let’s see…so I’m gonna go with Roy Halladay.

  64. Chuck Says:

    Holy fack…

    Cervelli just took Lackey deep.

    Third career HR.

    If I’m Lackey, I’m on eBay after the game looking for Irabu’s rope.

  65. Chuck Says:

    Yep.

    Halladay, with fifteen.

    That question gets pitchers at the local happy hour.

  66. Jim Says:

    Tonight ebay reported a spike in searchers for “rope” emanating for IP addresses in the Boston area.

  67. John Says:

    Dude, you have a dark sense of humor.

    Is the wind blowing out? Off the bat, I thought that might get off the wall for a double, but be an out in most parks, and it almost cleared the entire stadium.

  68. John Says:

    It’s heartwarming to see Jim Thome in an Indians uniform.

    That’s cool

  69. Chuck Says:

    Dude..you just gave up a homer to Francisco Cervelli.

    I don’t give a crap if I’m playing in a phone booth in the middle of a Category 5….I just gave up a bomb to the worst player in the major leagues.

    Rope..cyanide, naked pictures of Roseanne, Red Lobster, don’t care.

    I’m taking myself out.

  70. John Says:

    The Brewers are one of the worst fielding teams, maybe ever.

    That’s gonna be our achilles heel.

    Back to back errors by Fielder and Hairston.

  71. Jim Says:

    Crawford still hasn’t figured the Monster out.

    I was glad when Thome was traded back to Cleveland, nice way for him to wrap it up.

  72. John Says:

    2 on, 2 out (with 2 unearned runs scoring)…Albert Pujols up.

    5th inning, but this could be the ballgame right here.

  73. John Says:

    Fielder’s Choice, 6-5.

    Don’t see that every day.

    Good decision for Betancourt.

  74. Chuck Says:

    I’m a big fan of sending someone back to where it all started.

    For example, the cast of Jersey Shore to obscurity.

    American Idol winners to Karaoke night at the bowling alley.

    Ken Rosenthal and Buster Olney to covering junior high school girls cheerleading.

  75. Jim Says:

    Pigs fly John said something nice about Betancourt.

  76. Chuck Says:

    Sabathia just threw his 124th pitch of the game..a Yankee career high.

    There is two outs in the sixth inning.

  77. John Says:

    Hahahaha.

    Thanks Jim.

    I don’t really dislike Ken Rosenthal.

    Most of what he says is just way too by-the-book, talking pointish.

    And I disagree with him a lot of the time.

    But there are plenty of guys who are way way worse.

    Jon Heyman for example.

  78. Chuck Says:

    Cervelli leads off the seventh for the Yankees.

    4-2, Yanks.

    If I’m Lackey, Cervelli’s tasting dirt.

  79. Chuck Says:

    Holy shit.

    First pitch, Lackey drilled him.

    Love it.

  80. Jim Says:

    Ah the Yanks-RS what would the season series be w/o a bench clearing incident.

  81. John Says:

    Did they really take exception to Cervelli clapping his hands on a HR?

    REALLY?!

  82. Chuck Says:

    It’s not what he did, John, it’s who he is.

    After 1.2 trillion games you don’t know that?

    Dude..really?

  83. Chuck Says:

    “The Mariners have announced Michael Pineda will make three more starts this season and then will be shut down due to an innings limit.”

    He has an outside chance still at ROY.

    He’s thrown 153 innings.

    Sigh…

  84. John Says:

    He’s Francisco Cervelli.

    So what?

  85. John Says:

    So…3 more starts, Pineda will be at 170 IP.

    That’s not terribly low for a rookie.

    Jaime Garcia finished third last year in a tough rookie class, and he was at like 165.

  86. Raul Says:

    So nobody caught that Chuck mentioned eating at Red Lobster as 1 way to kill yourself?

    LOL

    I’ve eaten at Red Lobster twice in my life. Both times I was taken there and it was not my idea. Not a bad place, but I haven’t ever had any desire to go there.

    I’ve also never been to Sizzler, Dennys, Olive Garden or Outback Steakhouse.
    Although I do walk by an Outback on the way home every day. I’m kinda tempted to stop by. But I’ve lived here 9 months now and still haven’t done it, so whatever. Actually, that reminds me, El Pollo Loco is 3 blocks away and I’ve never been there either.

  87. Raul Says:

    Giving up a home run to Francisco Cervelli reminds me of something Al Bundy once said.

    It was something to the effect of:

    “Not now, boy! The Bears are playing the Rams and if you lose to the Rams, they throw you out of the League!”

    LOL

  88. Cameron Says:

    Denny’s…. Yeah, that’s a good way to kill yourself.

  89. John Says:

    Outback is awesome dude.

    Olive Garden is fine if you’re in the mood for that. They had a really good ravioli special a few months back.

  90. Raul Says:

    I don’t think this is a NY or Eastcoast thing, but I’m really not big on chain restaurants.

    You see a lot of them out here in Southern California.
    I wish I could find more Mom & Pop restaurants.

  91. John Says:

    Red Sox have 2 runs on 12 hits.

    That’s not gonna get the job done.

  92. Chuck Says:

    Sorry, but I can’t picture myself eating at The Crazy Chicken.

    Did you know Red Lobster and Olive Garden are owned by the same company.

    I actually like Olive Garden.

    Probably because you have to be a complete idiot to screw up pasta.

    A $25 lobster is something else entirely.

    Mike Stanton apparently just hit a homer that altered LaGuardia flight patterns.

    No video yet.

    Might have to wait til tomorrow and get it from air traffic control.

    Strasburg makes his first ML start next Tuesday, thirteen months after Tommy John.

    Pretty impressive.

    Got to give him credit for doing the rehab.

  93. Cameron Says:

    Five months ahead of schedule, I believe. Seeing the way the guy works, I think this was him working ahead of schedule and not a fast-track. I just hope he doesn’t hurt himself again. The kid’s got one of the brightest futures I’ve ever seen.

  94. Chuck Says:

    In the Marlins’ game tonight, Javier Vazquez became the 30th pitcher in ML history to record 2500 career strikeouts.

  95. Cameron Says:

    Shit, I forgot he had that many.

  96. Jim Says:

    @90- It’s a suburban thing. When a new strip mall goes up the chains can afford to pay a higher rent than the Mom & Pops can. Eventually the market levels the rents and the owner operators can move in. In established areas its the chains that often struggle to attract business. Near me TGI Fridays opened a store and it didn’t last a year in an area that has dozens of Mom and Pop places.

  97. Chuck Says:

    The White Sox have told Adam Dunn he will play sporadically the rest of the season.

    He needs 67 PA’s to qualify for the batting title and the official record books, the Sox don’t want that to happen.

  98. Cameron Says:

    He’ll get plenty of PA… At the batting cages.

  99. John Says:

    Fuck Yuniesky Betancourt.

    Fuck him.

    He’s so fucking worthless.

  100. Jim Says:

    Ah, that’s John we know.

  101. Chuck Says:

    Mike Trout has two homers and five RBI tonight..in the fifth inning.

    He’s the youngest player in franchise history with a multi-homer game, and with another homer would be the youngest in ML history with a three homer game.

    I saw Stanton’s homer.

    Upper deck in CitiField.

    That would be upper deck to RIGHTfield.

  102. Raul Says:

    LOL Mike Stanton is not lefthanded.

  103. Raul Says:

    I know Vin Scully is a broadcasting legend and all that but I just can’t listen to him.

    I got this Dodgers/Padres game on mute.

  104. Lefty33 Says:

    “Did you know Red Lobster and Olive Garden are owned by the same company.”

    No matter if it’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, or Bahama Breeze everything in Darden’s portfolio sucks.

  105. Cameron Says:

    Magic Johnson just had a grandkid.

  106. Chuck Says:

    “No matter if it’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, or Bahama Breeze everything in Darden’s portfolio sucks.”

    Yeah, pretty much.

    Longhorn’s a rip-off, never heard of Bahama Breeze, and Red Lobster sucks ass.

    Olive Garden is OK, again, hard to screw up pasta, and it’s a good fall back in an emergency.

    We were in San Diego last summer and our first hotel was in a less than desirable area with not much in the line of eats. Thankfully, there was an Olive Garden across from the hotel.

    We had dinner the first night and lunch the second day before (thankfully) changing hotels.

    Beats starving.

  107. Bob Says:

    Raul, speaking of Al Bundy, did you see where he is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? It will be placed in front of a shoe store.

  108. Raul Says:

    lol

  109. Bob Says:

    Yeah, what the hell is Seattle doing limiting Pineda to 3 more starts? If he is injured,rest him, otherwise let him pitch the whole month of September. The Mariners will have plenty of time off come Sept. 28th.

  110. Raul Says:

    Michael Pineda is a fragile 6′7, 260lbs. You can’t push that sort of thing. God forbid he develop strength and endurance. Then the Mariners would really be fucked.

  111. John Says:

    Felix Hernandez made it to 190 in his first full season.

    That would be Pineda going 6ish for another 5 starts.

    Doesn’t seem unreasonable.

    And Felix turned out okay.

  112. Chuck Says:

    Baseball Reference determined after his appearance last night that Mariano Rivera has tied Whitey Ford for the all time Yankee franchise lead in WAR among pitchers.

    ROLFLMAO

  113. Raul Says:

    Whitey Ford technically should have more “Wins Above Replacement”.

    He was responsible for getting a completely incoherent, wasted Mickey Mantle to the Stadium every morning. Without Whitey Ford, Mantle plays fewer games, meaning the Yankees lose more, ergo…Whitey Ford was quite valuable.

    LOL

  114. Bob Says:

    That is right. Aug 31st. Matt Diaz was traded to the Braves. Wonder what other moves happen today.

  115. Raul Says:

    I thought he was on the Braves last year.

  116. Chuck Says:

    Per Joel Sherman in the Post, Jesus Montero will be called up tomorrow.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/hardball/up_montero_getting_yanks_call_El3F6jSzWOqBGhXZFEPinO

  117. Bob Says:

    The Giants designated Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand for assignment.

  118. Jim Says:

    “…Jesus Montero will be called up tomorrow.” He and dozens of other minor leaguers.

  119. Chuck Says:

    Way to stay on top of things, Jim.

  120. Bob Says:

    The Rangers acquired Matt Traynor from the Royals. Just a cash deal.

  121. Raul Says:

    Two Hall of Famers born today in Frank Robinson and Eddie Plank. Robinson is 76. Plank would be 136 today.

    Happy 42nd birthday to Hideo Nomo. Nomo threw 2 No Hitters in his career and was an absolute sensation when he arrived in Los Angeles in 1995.

    Happy 54th birthday to Tom Candiotti. Knuckleball pitchers are dying out, I suppose. With Candiotti and Hough retiring a decade or so ago, that leaves Tim Wakefield and RA Dickey, I think. Candiotti had 68 complete games. I’m sure that’s not a record for knuckleballers, but it’s not bad. Charlie Hough had 107. Crap. Nevermind. Phil Niekro had 245 complete games.

  122. Bob Says:

    The Red Sox have Charlie Haeger in the minors.

  123. Chuck Says:

    The thing about this thread is I believe everyone is actually serious.

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/08/sherman-montero-will-be-promoted-tomorrow-banuelos-betances-will-not-55256/#comments

  124. Raul Says:

    Some of the posts:

    “He will start against Lester and hit one ovah the monstah in his first AB.”

    and in response to that post, someone wrote:

    It will be on his second pitch seen.

    “On his first pitch seen, he will foul one into the Sox dugout, hitting John Lackey square in the face and fracturing his nose and orbital bone, turning him from the ugliest man in baseball into the ugliest man on the planet.

    Frankie Cervelli will clap in approval.”

    And then there’s this one:

    “On September 1st God gave his only son to help the Yankees win their 28th World Championship… Yeah!!!”

    I’m ashamed to be a Yankees fan.

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