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*RUN SUPPORT*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

Joba Chamberlain (8-4) vs. Roy Halladay (13-8)

   – *SETTING IT OFF*

   Chad Gaudin replaced Sergio Mitre in yesterday’s matchup, and despite allowing 3 earned before departing, his work on the mound was more then enough to get the job done. That’s because the run-support we witnessed has become the ‘norm’ for the Yankees this season. Even the great Aceves allowed 2 runs before getting plucked, but with Jorge having a 4 hit, 4 RBI game at the plate – this one was nearly over before it started…

   Ricky Ramiro was ripped apart early on, allowing 4 runs in the top of the 1st alone. By the time Ramiro called it a day, he walked out of this one with 7 earned on 6 hits. We saw a solid relief job from Toronto’s Brandon League and Shawn Camp, but things again went sour in the 9th, as Jason Frasor let up an additional 3 runs to seal the deal. Those runs were the result of a solo shot from A-Rod, and a 2-run shot from Jorge Posada.

   How about Damaso Marte’s 9th inning appearance? A lot people seem to hold Marte’s past against him, (which is fair, because the numbers never lie…) – But as of late, he’s been perfect on the mound. I don’t know if the DL knocked something loose, but when it comes to filling the gaps and making single inning appearances, the K’s have been there – as well as the outs. His ERA has gone from 10.00+ to 8.00+ in a matter of days… I don’t want to jump the gun, but it really seems like he’s getting it together heading into the post-season. Perfect timing…

MARTE: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K’s

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .330
Damon, LF 3 2 0 0 2 2 1 .291
Teixeira, 1B 4 2 1 0 1 2 1 .281
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 2 2 2 1 2 0 .276
Matsui, H, DH 3 2 1 1 2 0 2 .265
  1-Hairston, J, PR-DH 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .256
Posada, C 5 1 4 4 0 1 1 .288
Cano, 2B 4 0 0 0 1 2 5 .318
Swisher, RF 4 0 0 0 1 1 3 .248
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 0 2 1 0 1 0 .277
Totals 35 10 10 8 8 13 15

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Gaudin 3.2 4 3 3 3 2 0 4.98
Aceves, A (W, 10-1) 2.1 2 2 1 0 3 0 3.88
Robertson, D (H, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.38
Bruney (H, 10) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4.40
Marte, D 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 8.38


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*WAS TODAY REAL?*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

CC Sabathia (14-7) vs. Josh Beckett (14-4)

   – *GETTING STOMPED TO THE FLOOR*

   If you didn’t get a chance to catch today’s game at Fenway, congratulations… It was an ugly sight in Boston, as the Yankees went on to lose the second game of this series 14-1. You read correctly ladies and gentlemen… A day after scoring 20 runs against the Red Sox and putting up football numbers – we fall flat on our faces and lose by 13…

   Burnett was ripped apart for 9 earned over the coarse of 5 innings, while Aceves and Robertson gave up a combined 5 runs to give Boston their grand total. The only players that deserve acknowledgement this time around are as follows:

   1. Swisher went 3 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored

   2. Teixeira went 2 for 4

   3. Cano went 3 for 4 (.750)

   – *NOT SO HOT*

   Here are the players that couldn’t get the bats connecting:

   1. Matsui went 0 for 5

   2. Cabrera went 0 for 4

   3. Jeter went 0 for 3

   *NOTE:
I’m not pointing out the ‘hitless’ today to stab anyone in the back. All three of the players mentioned above are entitled to an off-day, (considering they come through in the clutch on a regular basis. Matsui had 2 homeruns yesterday, while Jeter’s been hitting everything thrown his way for weeks now…)
 
  
– *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .331
  a-Hairston, J, PH-SS 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .259
Swisher, RF 5 1 3 1 0 1 1 .251
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 .288
Rodriguez, A, 3B 3 0 1 0 0 1 3 .264
  b-Molina, J, PH-3B 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 .250
Matsui, H, DH 5 0 0 0 0 0 7 .263
Posada, C 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 .274
Cano, 2B 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 .314
Hinske, LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .257
Cabrera, Me, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 6 .270
Totals 37 1 12 1 3 5 25

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Burnett, A (L, 10-7) 5.0 9 9 9 2 6 3 4.08
Aceves, A 2.0 3 3 3 0 2 1 4.12
Robertson, D 1.0 3 2 2 0 1 0 3.47


*GAUDIN’S BIG DAY*

   – *WHAT’S NEXT TO COME?*  

Andy Pettitte (9-6)  vs. Brad Penny (7-7)

   – *PLUCKED, BUT PROVIDED!*

  Chad Gaudin took the mound last night, and despite being pulled by Girardi in the 5th – Yankee fans witnessed a job well done. Although he headed to the bench with the bases juiced, this last minute slide was hardly enough reason to knock the solid day that Gaudin provided.

   – *ACE TO THE RESCUE*  

   With the bases loaded, Girardi made the decision to bring in Aceves as Gaudin’s pitch count climbed. He couldn’t of made the swap at a better time, because in the blink of an eye – Aceves created a ground-out double play that retired the sides before disaster struck.

   – *TEX GOES DEEP*

   Suggesting that one player is responsible for a win never sounds very fair… but consdering Teixeira had all 3 runs batted in to give us our final score – I think it’s safe to say that we “couldn’t of done it without ’em.” The ball he clobbered yesterday was his 31st of the season – and trust me, it was a SHOT to left that Yankee fans will remember.

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .331
Damon, LF 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 .285
Teixeira, 1B 4 1 1 3 0 1 2 .283
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .254
Matsui, H, DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .265
Swisher, RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .245
Cano, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 .313
Cabrera, Me, CF 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .267
Molina, J, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .244
Totals 32 3 6 3 1 9 5

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Gaudin 4.1 1 0 0 5 5 0 4.94
Aceves, A (W, 8-1) 2.1 4 2 2 0 2 1 3.82
Coke (H, 15) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.68
Hughes, P (H, 13) 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3.39
Rivera, Ma (S, 36) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.90

*7.5 AHEAD DESPITE LOSS*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*  

A.J. Burnett (10-5) vs. Brett Tomko (1-2)

   – *LOST AT SEA*

   It seems as though we’re taking a loss every series now, but considering a series is more than one game – 3 out 4 isn’t too shabby New Yorkers…

   It’s been a couple days since my last update, but don’t be fooled – I never miss a game. We came into Seattle as hot as we left Toronto, winning the first three games consecutively – followed by a single loss to blow the sweep. (Similar to the previous Jays matchup.) Sabathia, Hughes, and Mitre all posted wins – but Joba wasn’t as fortunate. Chamberlain allowed 4 runs in 5 innings, walking 3 and striking out a subtle 2. Appearantly Seattle was fed-up with losing, because Aceves and newly-aquired Gaudin also allowed a combined 6 runs on 8 hits.

   How about some positive news? Jeter went 3 for 4 and set the mark for all-time shortstop hits! I personally think that batting an impressive .323 would contribute to an MVP nomination – but as long as Teixeira’s in contention, I’ll keep my cool.

   – *ON PAPER*

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 3 1 0 0 0 .323
Damon, LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .283
Teixeira, DH 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .285
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 1 1 0 0 2 1 .258
Posada, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .273
Swisher, 1B 4 1 1 2 0 1 0 .242
Hinske, RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .250
Hairston, J, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .258
Pena, R, 2B 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 .272
  a-Cano, PH-2B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .321
Totals 35 3 8 3 0 7 10

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Chamberlain (L, 8-3) 5.0 7 4 4 3 2 0 3.98
Aceves, A 1.2 4 4 4 0 2 0 3.66
Gaudin 1.1 4 2 2 0 1 1 5.13

   – *COOL LAST NAME OF THE DAY*

   Chris Jakubauskas… Pronounced JAK-UH-BAWZ-KIS

*THE JOBA DEBATE* – 7/19

   – *THE STARTER*

   Since his first start on the mound, the “Joba debate” has been swirling around the league like a 3rd grade rumor.

   “Should he start?” asks Guy Number 1.

   “No way! He was electric in the pen!” shouts Guy Number 2.

   “But what if he can carry that fire through 9 innings?” asks Guy Number 3.

   “Doesn’t matter! Keep ’em where he got the job done!” snaps Guy Number 4.

   In the end, we can write a 20 minute song about Joba’s current role in the rotation – but Girardi’s decision to let Chamberlain ‘go the distance’ is out of our hands. We can judge the man by every little run he allows – or we can go with our gut and see what he has to offer on a larger scale.

   – *KEEP IN MIND*

   1. Wang fell off, big time. The debate would be just if Joba was the worst in the rotation, but with Chien-Ming Wang taking half a season to catch fire – we needed Joba to stay put.

   2. He’s honestly not doing that awful. Here’s how he matches up against pitchers that ‘should be superior‘ by fan standards:

CHAMBERLAIN:  (4-2)   4.25 ERA   78 K’s   89 IP

   *All jokes aside, he has 6 decisions in 17 games. I’m not going leave out the gossip that can stir up… but let’s point out the finer things he brings to the table. With 78 strikeouts in 89 IP, he’s nearly whiffing batters once an inning. His 4.25 ERA right now is lower than Tim Wakefield’s, Gil Meche’s, and even Barry Zito’s to name a few.

   Now I know that Tim Wakefield has 11 wins this season, but think about it: if your ERA is high, than what’s the source of the wins at hand? RUN SUPPORT. I won’t go as far as saying that Joba has none, but sometimes we confuse ‘awful starts’ with ‘awful luck.’ I’ve seen the games where he’s been plucked in the 2nd, 3rd, etc… but he’s NOT the first starter to do so.

   – *SO WHAT NOW?*

   Luckily for Joba, we have a void in the rotation with Wang on the DL right now – and it seems as though his spot is sealed for the time being. Quit jumping the gun people. Joba has what it takes to perform as well as anybody – and he’s more trustworthy at the moment than anyone else we can turn to.

   Even if we scoop Halladay, (which I’m dieing to see,) – we still need Chamberlain to complete the 5 man rotation. Everyone’s insisting that ‘Joba to Hughes’ would be the perfect solution… but the perfect solution to what!? We have Sabathia, Burnett, Pettitte…

   And then blanks. Are we forgetting that Aceves is amazing in the pen? Are we forgetting that Bruney’s excellent in the pen as well? If we can give Wang 800 chances to get his act together… Why can’t Joba gain his experience when he’s allowing far less runs?

   *That’s all I’m saying.

*CC CONQUERS VERLANDER*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*

   Joba Chamberlain (4-2) vs. Edwin Jackson (7-4)

   – *TIGERS LOSE 2ND STRAIGHT*

   As assumed, today’s 2nd victory over the Tigers was a low scoring game. (Big surprise.) With a match-up as great as Sabathia and Verlander, I didn’t even expect to see a homerun in this one – but each side had one, and the real question became: who would actually score again?

   A-Rod parked one in the 7th off of Verlander, giving him 18 thus far – and helping the Yanks pull ahead late in the game. Keep in mind folks – Alex Rodriguez missed weeks after his hip surgery… and as cliche as it sounds – where would he be, had he been the healthy the entire season? Grumble all you want, but the question is intriguing. I think A-Rod would be sitting somewhere between 25-30 homers right now, and the All-Star appearance would of been set in stone yet again. It’s a shame that he missed the game due to lack of votes, while Josh Hamilton made the cut missing more time than anybody…

   With the Yanks leading 2-0 heading into the 8th, Aceves was brought in for relief duty by Girardi. Although he allowed a single run, he managed to move us through the inning with the lead in-tact, setting up Rivera for what he does best.

        + SIDENOTE: I thought Ace would make a great starter. I’m just throwing in my 2 cents here, but why would we give this guy one single opportunity to make a starting appearance? Some might argue that we “need him in the pen,” – but he was a proven pitcher who kept his ERA at a minimum… When the chance was given, his appearance wasn’t even that bad! Let me get this straight… Wang kicks things off with a 30.00+ ERA and gets 7 chances. Ace relieves like a monster, keeps his ERA through numerous innings below 3.00 – and gets plucked from the rotation after one single start? It upsets me because I watched Ace like a hawk, and always took note of how well he was performing. When the idea was mustered-up to make him the 5th starter, I felt like the organization was using their heads for a change. Now look at us: we’re on to Sergio Mitre…

   The game ended in tipical form, with ‘Mo being brought in to close – and closing like a pro. That gave Rivera his 25th save of the season, and yet another reason to crown him the “best closer of all time.” Trevor who? Oh… Trevor Hoffman – the all-time saves leader who pitches in the under-achieving National League. (Notice: I didn’t say the NL sucked lol… I simply said they under-achieve. Plenty of great players, but the AL is where it’s at.) Don’t kid yourself.

   Here’s a wrap-up for those who missed it:

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 4 0 2 0 0 1 2 .325
Damon, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .278
  Gardner, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .282
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 0 0 1 3 1 .277
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 1 1 1 0 1 2 .250
Matsui, H, DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .266
Posada, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .281
Cano, 2B 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 .310
Swisher, RF 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .236
Cabrera, Me, CF-LF 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 .285
Totals 30 2 7 2 1 8 8

NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sabathia (W, 9-6) 7.0 5 0 0 3 4 0 3.66
Aceves, A (H, 4) 1.0 1 1 1 0 2 1 2.64
Rivera, Ma (S, 25) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.31

*That’s right: it’s right from the source from now on.

  

  

*YANKS DEFEAT TWINS (7/8)*

   – *WHAT’S GOING ON TOMARROW?*  

   Alfredo Aceves (5-1) vs. Francisco Liriano (4-8)

   *You read correctly, Ace is in the place tomarrow folks. (It’s about time this guy gets a shot at starting…) His ERA has been microscopic the entire season, and ‘reliable’ is an understatement. I personally think he should of been penciled-in over Wang a while ago – we’ll see if my ‘foot’s in my mouth’ when tomarrow’s game ends… Doubt it.


   – *MAN… BOSTON WON’T LOSE!*

   The Yankees inched past the Twins 4-3 today, but despite our 6 game win streak… the Red Sox can’t seem to lose! We’ve been “1 game behind” for days now, and it’s painful to see us play so well – but maintain second in the AL east…

   A.J. Burnett “earned his money” tonight, going 6.1 innings – and allowing only 2 earned runs. This means that Burnett, Sabathia, and Pettitte have breached the 8 win mark – and are showing no signs of ‘winding down’ any time soon. I don’t care what anybody says – I’d rather have our rotation begin the season shakey, picking up the slack when it’s neccessary – as opposed to beginning the season on fire, and fizzling out down the stretch. (*Cough* – Greinke…) Losses are losses, but sitting a single game behind Boston leaves no room for error. Beckett’s an excellent pitcher… Wakefield has 11 wins at this point… They’re an incredible team. You’re either on the same level, or you’re not… I know we have what it takes to shut ’em down, and when the next series rolls around – we’re out for blood. You’ll see…

   Brett Gardner had a 2 run single last night. I’m 99% sure he’ll be crowned rookie of the year this season – and that’s all that needs to be written regarding the matter. Look at the man’s stats… he’s leading rookies in every catagory at this point.

   Here’s a look at what else went down:

JETER:
2 for 5, 1 run

POSADA: 2 for 3, 1 run

CANO: 1 for 3, 1 run

GARDNER: 1 for 4, 2 RBI

BURNETT: 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 2 K’s