Game 49: Yankees at Indians

Let’s start it off with tonight’s lineup:

SS Derek Jeter

LF Johnny Damon

1B Mark Teixeira

3B Alex Rodriguez

2B Robinson Cano

C Jorge Posada

DH Hideki Matsui

RF Nick Swisher

CF Brett Gardner

Andon the mound, Carsten Charles Sabathia

CC returns to Cleveland, this time as the Yankee's ace.

CC returns to Cleveland, this time as the Yankee's ace.

“Stop, he’s a starter.”

Those words came straight from Brian Cashman’s mouth when he was asked about Joba Chamberlain and the whole starter-reliever issue. The article comes fromErik Boland of Newsday. When Joba’s velocity and his level of adrenaline in the bullpen vs. his level of adrenaline as a starter was brought up, Cashman had this to say

“That’s all crap,” he said. “Wake up and smell the coffee. If he’s on national television on ESPN and throws 91 on the 22nd pitch, why would you think if he comes in in the eighth inning protecting a 4-3 lead [he’d throw 96]? Stop, he’s a starter.”

I can not agree more, Joba is a starter. Throughout his whole minor league career he was a starter, and if he didn’t switch to the bullpen for a while when he came up we wouldn’t be even having this conversation. Some people make the argument that the 8th inning is very often the most important inning of the game, if that was the case why don’t the Yankees move CC Sabathia into the pen? While theyr’e at it, why not put Burnett and Hughes in the pen as well? If the 8th inning is truly more important, why are starters more valuable than relievers andwhy do they get paid more? I don’t mean to offend anyone, and I am sorry if I did, but, Joba is a starter.

Pettitte thinks he’ll make his next start

Via PeteAbe, Andy Pettitte expects to make his next start. Andy actually hurt his back Monday in Texas, but was loose enough to start last night. However, Andy reaggravated his back a few ttime last night when he slipped on the mound. Pettitte did manage to make it through 5 innings last night though as he toughed it out for the win. “He’s a fighter. He’s going to find a way to get through it,” Jorge Posada said. “I’ve known Andy a long time and he’s not coming out even if he’s messed up. He wouldn’t admit it.” When asked if he thought if he would miss his next start, Pettitte said, “No, no, no, I’ll be there.”

It feels like the first time

The New York Yankees are in first place in the AL East. Woo, that felt good to type. This is the first time the Yankees have been in first all by themseleves since the last game of 2006, as a recent commenter on 161st Street, Riz, pointed out. Boston lost today, so the Yanks are a full game in first now.

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5 thoughts on “Game 49: Yankees at Indians

  1. CC is gonna be AMAZING tonight pitching against his old team. He might get booed but that won’t shake his confidence a bit. They’ve won two in a row and CC is gonna keep the Yankees in first place. Hopefully they don’t give up their spot and just keep staying RED HOT and playing over .500 baseball.

  2. C.C. Sabathia is pitching a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians!! I hope I am not jinxing C.C. Sabathia with the remark or comments!!

  3. I don’t believe you can jinx a no hitter, Steven. However it is now over and he has given up 2 runs, but if he can hold the Tribe for a few more innings were good.

  4. CC pitched great as expected and picked up win number five while gaining a one run lead on the SECOND place Red Sox, boy do I love saying that. 10 – 5 game and CC was relaxed as ever out on the mound pitching 4 scoreless innings and in those same 4 innings only faced 12 hitters. His only base runner in the first four innings was Shin-Soo Choo who was walked but then erased with an inning ending double play. A-Rod played Gold Glove defense over at third and the entire team contributed at the plate. Posada went deep off Carmona in his second game back and called a great game for CC behind the plate.

  5. Rumors are Molina is coming off the DL soon and the Yankees won’t carry three catchers so unfortunately for Francisco Cervelli he is going to be headed back to Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Berre.

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