Showing posts with label Liveblogs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Liveblogs. Show all posts

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Yankees Win

With the Yankees floundering and Cashman in the stands, it was clear they needed a win yesterday. Well, they pulled together and actually managed to pull it off, thank god.

For the first few innings it looked like we were going to be watching a pitcher's duel in which two or three runs might actually be enough. Not exactly though. The Braves pitcher, Kenshin Kawakami, was hit by a line drive by Joba and immeidately left the game. The Braves next pitcher, Kris Medlen, wasn't really any easier to hit though. In the fifth the tie was broken by a Jeff Franceour solo homer. It wasn't until the sixth that the Yankees finally broke up the perfect game with a seemingly unremarkable walk by Brett Gardner.

One problem I've had with Gardner on the basepaths this year is that he has a tendency to take to big of a lead. Pitchers know that he's going and he gets picked off more than he should. This was the case in last night's game. In what became the game defining play, Medlen fired a throw over to first, Gardner dove back, and the ump called him out. Replays showed he was safe and Girardi certainly thought he was safe but that's not how the ump saw it. Girardi went out their and got ejected, in the process firing up his team. I don't know if that really matters or not but the Yankees definitely seemed more animated today. The next batter, Fransisco Cervelli, hit the first home run of his career to tie it up and the rally would only continue. After singles by Jeter and Damon and a walk of Teixeira A-Rod had the chance to prove a point. As he often does in situations like that, he came through with the big hit and gave Joba a lead to work with. The Yankees would go on to tack on more runs with a Nick Swisher, who was almost benched for the game, home run and more by capitalizing on some mistakes by Atlanta in the later innings.

After the A-Rod hit though, the pitching took over. Joba was very strong through his first six innings. The only run he gave up was on a solo home run to Jeff Franceour and had five strikeouts. What was especially ecnouraging was the fact that he walked none. That's been his biggest problem this year. He was still shaking off Fransisco Cervelli but when he pitches like that, who cares? He did seem to tire though in the seventh. He gave up one earned run in that inning and another unearned run before giving way to Phil Coke who got out of the jam. Bruney almost gave it up in the 8th but Mariano came in and restored order.

Another big game today If they can get a win with Pettitte against Derrek Lowe then they may be ready to go on another one of those winning streak things. They won with the liveblog so for now I guess it stays. Hopefully this time comments will actually work.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

LIVE-BLOG 6/24-Yankees at Braves; Game 71


Since the Yankees have hit a snag recent the Knoblog team has decided to resurrect the liveblog. Though we have never won a game that we live-blogged hopefully we will be able to turn this team around with our stupid jokes and announcer bashing.

Happy Birthday to Phil Hughes!

YANKEES (38-32)
YANKEES (38-32)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Gardner CF
Cervelli C
Chamberlain RHP

Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (3-2, 3.89).

BRAVES (34-36)
Lineup TBA
Pitching: RHP Kenshin Kawakami (4-6, 4.42)
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES, ESPN2.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

4/30 Angles at Yankees: Game 21

YANKEES (11-10)
  1. Jeter SS
  2. Damon LF
  3. Teixeira 1B
  4. Matsui DH
  5. Cano 2B
  6. Posada C
  7. Swisher RF
  8. Cabrera CF
  9. Pena 3B
Pitching: RHP A.J. Burnett (2-0, 5.47).

ANGELS (9-11)
  1. Figgins 3B
  2. Izturis DH
  3. Abreu RF
  4. Hunter CF
  5. Morales 1B
  6. Napoli C
  7. Kendrick 2B
  8. River LF
  9. Aybar SS
Pitching: RHP Anthony Ortega (0-1, 7.20).

...............................W-L ..Night Grass. Streak. Last10
LAA - 3rd AL West 9-11 6-8 9-8 W3 5-5
NYY - 3rd AL East 11-10 5-5 9-9 W2 5-5

CANCELED; God says we are bad luck.

UPDATE: 7:25- We just shut down the Live-Blog and the Yankees score one! It looks like Mike is onto something...

Monday, April 27, 2009

Liveblog- 4/27 Yankees at Tigers; Game 18

  1. Jeter SS
  2. Damon LF
  3. Teixeira 1B
  4. Matsui DH
  5. Cano 2B
  6. Swisher RF
  7. Cabrera CF
  8. Molina C
  9. Pena 3B
Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (1-1, 4.81).

TIGERS (10-8)
  1. Granderson CF
  2. Polanco 2B
  3. Ordonez RF
  4. Cabrera 1B
  5. Guillen DH
  6. Laird C
  7. Inge 3B
  8. Raburn LF
  9. Everett SS
Pitching: RHP Justin Verlander (0-2, 9.00).

We are Live-Blogging tonight! We are starting at 6:45 and will continue throughout the game. The best place to chat while watching the game.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Liveblog: 4/6 Yankees at Orioles

New York Yankees (0-0)
  1. Derek Jeter SS
  2. Johnny Damon LF
  3. Mark Teixeira 1B
  4. Hideki Matsui DH
  5. Jorge Posada C
  6. Robinson Cano 2B
  7. Xavier Nady RF
  8. Cody Ransom 3B
  9. Brett Gardner CF

CC Sabathia LHP

Time: 4:05 p.m. TV: YES, ESPN Radio: WCBS-AM 880

Baltimore Orioles (0-0)
  1. Brian Roberts 2B
  2. Adam Jones CF
  3. Nick Markakis RF
  4. Melvin Mora 3B
  5. Aubrey Huff 1B
  6. Ty Wigginton DH
  7. Luke Scott LF
  8. Gregg Zaun C
  9. Cesar Izturis SS

Jeremy Guthrie RHP

This is our Year....

Update: 4:14- It's Game Time:

Update (5:07)- Let's get those runners home now

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Yankees at Red Sox

Tonight it will be Phil Hughes, vs. Dice-K

The lineups from Pete Abe:
Johnny Damon CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui LF
Jorge Posada DH
Jason Giambi 1B
Jose Molina C
Alberto Gonzalez SS

Jacoby Ellsbury LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
J.D. Drew RF
Manny Ramirez DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Sean Casey 1B
Jason Varitek C
Coco Crisp CF
Julio Lugo SS

For those of you screaming over the fact that Melky is not playing and Damon is, it is because of these numbers:
Melky vs. Dice-K: .000/.125/.000
Damon vs. Dice-K: .385/.429/.615
Also, everyone needs a rest from time to time. I won't be liveblogging tonight, so unless Charlie steps in there won't be one.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Live Blog: Yankees at Red Sox 4/11

Yankees vs. Sox

I have my "Manny loves Big Papi's little pee-pee" T-shirt on so we can't lose.

Cabrera CF
Cano 2B
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui LF
Posada DH
Giambi 1B
Molina C
Gonzalez SS
Wang RHP (2-0, 1.38)

Red Sox
Crisp CF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Ramirez LF
Youkilis 3B
Drew RF
Varitek C
Casey 1B
Lugo SS
Buchholz RHP (0-1, 5.40)

Notes: Looks like Jeter is going to miss this season. This is the first time the Yankees are playing Buchholz. Papi is 3-36 on the season and Nancy (J.D.) Drew is currently the A.L.s leading hitter going 11-25 and batting .440. Alan Horne's injury last night was a "slight"biceps tear.

1st Inning: Melky grounded to short. Cano realized he has to take more pitches, as he took strike three. Abreu flies to center. WE: 40.9 Wang strikes out David Ortiz to end the inning. 1-2-3. WE: 44.7

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Live Blog: Yankees At Royals 4/10

Heres the lineups

Damon LF
Cabrera CF
Rodriguez 3B
Posada DH
Matsui RF
Molina C
Cano 2B
Ensberg 1B
Gonzalez SS
Pettitte LHP

Notes: Interesting Matsui in right who has only played there four times for the Yankees. Just thought you guys should know that the Yankees are 11-66 with runners in scoring position on the season and are 1-13 this series.

Nate here now. I'll be doing the liveblog tonight. Please if your reading this give us your input in the comments section.

A bit of an odd lineup today. Good to see Jorge back, although not at catcher. He played long toss today, and Derek Jeter should return relatively soon.

1st inning: Yanks go 1-2-3, making John Bale look like the great pitcher that he is. WE: 40.9.
Rough inning for Pettitte, hopefully he'll turn it around. Morgan Ensberg showed us the value of defense at first. WE: 35.4

2nd inning: The Yankees managed to baserunners, but Morgan Ensberg showed off his superior batting eye by taking called strike three. I'm really starting to get annoyed at this offense. WE: 30.6 Tony Pena Jr. is now 0 for his last 21. He would fit right in with the Yankees. Oh, wait, he plays good defense. Nice inning for Pettitte, though. WE: 34.8

3rd inning: Hey, a run! Melky hit a homer to left-center, despite not putting a great swing on the ball. A-Rod followed by not hitting a homerun, and instead grounding to third. WE: 41.8 In the bottom of the inning Pettitte got in trouble again, but got a DP ball to end it. WE: 47.8- It keeps on climbing.

4th inning: Two straight hits to start the inning. Is that allowed? Molina grounds into a DP, but Posada scores from third. 2-1 Yankees. Cano pops up the first pitch. WE: 54.6- damn right. The tarp is now on the field, despite no rain. Ken Singleton mentioned that there is a thunderstorm watch in the area. I guess that means Pettitte is done, which sucks, because the bullpen had to pitch five last night, and will likely pitch more tonight. Can you say Joba for two? WE: 55.1

RAIN DELAY........9:24-9:43
(this is now Charlie)

OK now the tarp is off it seems the game is starting. Horrah.

4th inning part 2: It seems Pettitte will continue pitching since he is on the mound after the deley and he comes back in with a runner on first and one out. Pettitte picks off Alex Gordon who was on first two down. Gload grounds out to Cano to end the inning. WE: 67.6%

Fifth Inning: Morgan Ensberg leads off the fifth with a nice single up the middle. Gonzalez sac bunts to move Ensburg into scoring position and there is now one out. Damon gets an infield single to to the shortstop and their are now runners on first and third one out. If we don't get a run here I will chase Melky all the way back to Santo Domingo. The Melkman delivers (fuck you John Sterling) and the Yanks lead 3-1. In the meantime, Hideo Nomo's ghost is warming in the bulllpen. Yanks get another run on a force at second. By the way this is Nate again. WE: 59.8 Another quick inning for Pettitte. He's cruising. WE: 85.6

Sixth Inning: Some bad news: Alan Horne left today's game in SWB due to a biceps injury. At least we still have Kei Igawa. Yankees strand a runner on third. WE: 83.6 Esteban German leads of the bottom of the sixth with a screaming line drive right at Pettitte, who snags it. Pettitte=Cat. 1-2-3 again- Vintage Andy. WE: 90.2%

Seventh Inning: Remember what you are doing right now, Hideo Nomo has made his triumphant return. He starts by giving up a hit to AG on the first pitch. Johnny Damon tried to completely ruin this inning, but only kind of ruined it, by beating out a DP ball. Hideo Nomo has cool sideburns. There I said it. Melky advances the runner on a crappy grounder. JOBA!! is warming up in the bullpen. Joba and Nomo in the same game, does it get any better? Nomo walks A-Rod. He walks Posada too, and now the entire continent of Asia watches as Nomo faces Matsui. Godzilla vs. The Tornado- coming soon to a theater near you. The Tornado wins. His sideburns were just too much, as Matsui pops out, bringing much dishonor to his household. WE: 83.8 Pettitte comes back out, and gives up a leadoff hit to Billy Butler. I would guess if he gets in trouble Joba will come in. Andy gets a comebacker on a check swing from Alex Gordon, and gets the out at second, but AG's throw pulled Ensberg off the bag. Pettitte gets Gload to fly to center, and then exits. I'm assuming its Joba time. Joba gets John Buck to fly to center to end the inning. WE: 93.8

Eighth Inning: Yanks go fairly quietly, stranding one. WE: 96.2. Tony Pena Jr. leads off with a hard liner that Cano boots. AG gets the force at second on Gathright grounder. Joba K's German, making him look stupid. Teahan singles on a hit and run. First and third, 2 out. Joba whiffs Guillen on a 99 MPH heater. WE: 97.1

Ninth Inning: Two outs, then A-Rod goes A-Gone, tying Bobby Murcer on the Yankees home run list. Jorge follows up with a homer of his own. Finally some offense. Nomo gets Matsui again. WE: 96.5 Not a save situation, but Mo is in anyway. A-Rod makes a nice play to get Butler. He's a good baseball player. Gordon pops up to AG. 1 out away. Gload singles, so now we have to keep hearing about that annoying hitting streak. Miguel Olivo in for John Buck. Damon makes the catch a few feet in front of the track to improve to 5-5.

Boston tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Live Blog: Yankees At Royals 4/9

Heres the lineup 

Damon DH
Cano 2B
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui LF
Giambi 1B
Molina C
Cabrera CF
Gonzalez SS
Kennedy RHP Brian Bruney RHP
Notes: Jorge has been diagnosed with a shoulder strain and should only be out for a few days. Morgan Ensberg injured his left ankle on Monday, and he most likely will be placed on the 15 day DL. The Captain might also be heading to the DL. Thanks to Pete Abe for all the news. Also Shelley Duncan was optioned to Triple-A Scranton.  


First Inning: Damon leads off the game with a walk. Cano then grounds into a 6-4-3 double play now the red hot Abreu steps up to the plate. Abreu grounds out to short to end the inning. WE: 54%

Bottom One. Bruney bare hands a ground ball hit back to him (like a true man) and throws out the speedy Gathright. Mark Grudzielanek, (only gonna spell that once from now on he is Mike G.) hit a long foul ball off the Bru crew (he is a one man crew). UPDATE: I.P.K. did not start because the rain is coming and did not want to waste him. Those tricky Yankees. Mark G. hits a broken bat ground ball to Gonzalez. The rain starts coming down and it looks like the Yankees were right. Teahen walks. Bruney strikes out Guillen to end the inning. The Bru crew is looking pretty good so far. WE: 53.3%   

Second Inning: It is really pouring now in Kauffman stadium as A-Rod grounds out to third. Matsui and Giambi both ground out to end the inning. By the looks of this rain this game is going to get called. WE: 53.3% 

Bottom Two. Leading off the second for the Royals is Billy Butler who hits a nice double to left field. The third baseman Alex Gorden, former teammate of Joba at Nebraska, and strikes out swinging. Everyone know Brain Bruney is strengthened by the rain which is really coming down now. The Bru crew strikes out Gload for his third strikeout of them game. Billy Traber is warming in the bullpen. Bruney strikes out Buck to strike out the side. 36 pitches in two innings, it is really not pretty. WE: 53.3%

Third Inning: Molina leads off for the Yankees in the top of the third with a nice double. Melky pops out to the second baseman and does not move the runner over, one out. Gonzalez files out to right to make two outs. Damon strikes out to end the inning and leaves a runner at second. WE: 53.3%

Bottom Three. Coming in for the Yanks to pitch is the lefty Billy Traber. Tony Pena Jr. grounds out to third. The speed demon Gathright steps up and stikes out. Whew I love relievers who can get outs maybe you can learn from Billy, Farnsworth. Mark G. gets a broken bat single to right. Teahen walks after working the count to 3-2. Trabers tripped into trouble but alliteration aside lets see what happens. Gullien lines out to left to end the inning. WHEW. WE:52.3%

Fourth Inning: I really hope the Yankees don't bring in the Farns. I would rather watch  eight straight hours of the Jerry Springer Show (which the Frans appeared on with his wife/cousin). OK that's a little too far, just because he has a red neck does not mean he is a hick. Anyway Cano grounds out to Tony Pena Jr. to start off the inning. DAMN IT THE FARNS (in all his studlyness) IS WARMING UP. Why does this happen to me, meanwhile Abreu flies out to left for the second out. A-God lines one into the gap and stretches it into a two out double. Matusi walks to make it first and second two outs. Giambi pops it out to third in foul grounds. According to Ken Singleton "It is not raining runs here" and I have to say.....I have nothing to say. WE: 51%  

Bottom Four. Billy Butler grounds it to A-God who makes a sick play to get the out. Oh yea FARNSWORTHLESS IS IN (SHIT). Gorden hits a loop single to right where Abreu slides and gets the ball on a hop. MOLINA nails Gorden on a attempted steal. GRAB SOME PINE MEAT. The Farns then strikes out Gload. Good inning for the Farns. WE: 52.9

Fifth Inning: Molina pops out to left to kick this fifth inning off. Melky pops out to second for the second out. A-Gon hits a deep ball to left field for a double and his second major league hit. Damon strikes out to end the inning. WE: 51.5%

Bottom Five. I.P.K. is warming up. The Farns gives up a HUGE home run to John Buck that went all the way to the centerfield waterfall. Tony Pena Jr. tries to bunt but A-Rod makes a nice play to get him out. T.P.J. is now 0 for his last 20 at bats. Gathright now tries to lay down a bunt and he succeeds. Gathright steals second and that is his 6th stolen base, Molina almost got him. Gathright now tries to steal third but Jose puts him back in place and guns him down. Two down and on that pitch Mark G. walked. Now the Farns walks Teahen. Damn Farnswoth gives up an RBI single to Gullien and now the score is 2-0 KC and runners are on first and third. Butler grounds out to Cano and he flips it to second to end the inning. To summarize that inning in two words: FARNSWORTH SUCKS. WE: 23.2%

Sixth Inning: Cano leads off the sixth and lines a single over the head of the shortstop. Lets get some runs now boys. Abreu now grounds into a double play. A-Rod ends the inning by grounding out to third. WE: 27.7 

Bottom Six. I.P.K. comes in now in the bottom of the 6th inning, crazy huh? I.P.K. walks Alex Gorden. Gload hits a deep ball to left out to the reach of Matsui and Gorden scores. Gload gets a RBI double. Now John Buck gets a single but the runners hold. Runners on first and third no outs. The young Irishman Ian is in trouble. T.P.J. hits a slow roller to A-Gon who flips to second and they can only get one. T.P.J. is now 0-21. Another run scores Royals lead 4-0. Gathright lines out to center for the second out. Mike G. grounds out to A-Rod to end the inning. I have just realized it is hard for the Yankees to win if they don't SCORE RUNS. WE: 5.3%

Seventh Inning: Godzilla leads off by hitting a hard deep liner to right which is caught on the backpedal. The Giambiano lifts a high ball to center caught by Gathright. Molina grounds out to second to end the inning. WE: 6.3%

Bottom Seven. Why am I still doing this. No one is reading but I have commitment thats right America I will not start something I can not finish, expect for a sandwich then I will save the rest for later. OK I.P.K. comes out for his second inning of work and Ks Teahen with a 3-2 change-up. Gullien lifts a high ball to Godzilla who gets it. Two down and the mighty Billy Butler at the plate who walks. Now Alex Gorden steps in who strikes out. If the Yankees want to win they need to score runs..I know thats a bold statement but thats how I feel. WE: 3.4%

Eighth Inning: The Melk Man leads off with a single. A-Gon grounds into a double play to kill all of my hope of a comeback. Right after I say that Damon hits a two out double to right...shesh. Cano grounds out to second to end the inning. WE: Small.

Bottom Eight. Gload grounds out to second. John Buck grounds out to short. Now T.P.J. is up at the plate and he strikes out and it is now 0-22. WE: Smaller

Ninth Inning. This is the Yankees last chance to score some runs. Abreu digs in and get a broken bat ground out to second and goes 0-4 tonight which is not good for my fantasy team. A-Rod hits a line drive off the glove of Pena and is ruled a base hit. Gozilla walks. One out first and second and Trey Hillman is bringing in Jimmy Gobble. When we come back it will be Giambi vs. Gobble. Giambi pops out to the third basemen Gordon and he too goes 0-4 on the night. WHY CAN WE NOT HIT WITH RUNNERS IN SCORING POSITION? Molina strikes out swinging to end the game.


Well thats all folks. There is my live blog chock full of poor analysis, numerous spelling and grammatical errors, and vulgar language. My liveblog record this year is 1-1 put that in your pipe and smoke it Nate.  

Monday, April 7, 2008

Live Blog: Yankees vs. Rays 4/7

Tonight I am going to take a crack at live blogging the game. The Yanks are trying take two of four from the Rays and in the process win their second straight. On the mound for the Yankees is Mike Mussina, coming off his first shaky start. Whether we like it or not Moose is an important key to the Yankees success this season. It is strange that both games that the Moose is starting Molina is catching. The game will be shown on ESPN 2 and YES. Here are the lineups from Pete Abe.

Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Cano 2B
Betemit 1B
Cabrera CF
Molina C
Mussina RHP

Iwamura 2B
Crawford LF
Pena 1B
Upton CF
Floyd DH
Hinske RF
Aybar 3B
DiFelice C
Bartlett SS

First Inning: After a dominant first inning setting the Rays down one-two three in a impressive first inning Moose only hurled 8 pitches. WE: 59.1%

The second half of the first inning starts off with a Damon single. Then Jeter grounds into a would be double play but beats it out. "EL COMEDULCE" hits a 2 run shot. A-Rod and Godzilla both ground out to end the inning. Yankees 2. Rays 0. WE: 73.1%

Second Inning: Again the Moose sets em down one two three again throwing only 19 pitches total in the game. Not much else to say. WE: 77.1%

Cano grounded out, Betemit struck out and Melky flied out to make it a 1-2-3 inning for the Rays WE: 73.1%


Third Inning: The inning starts off with Jonny Gomes hitting a solo home run to make the game 2-1 Yankees. Mussina left the pitch up over the plate and the ruffian crushed it. Next there was a ground out and then a walk. Finally Iwamura and Crawford ground out to end the inning leaving a runner stranded at third. WE: 70.2%

This half inning begins with a double by the sneaky Jose Molina. Damon grounds out. EL COMEDULCE hits a ball "lined like a bullet" into center moving the slugglish Molina over to third bringing A-Rod up with two outs. He grounds out to third ending the inning with two runners stranded. The Yankees are looking pretty good right now and as long Moose can hold up the bombers will be fine. WE: 65.4%

Fourth Inning: Moose gets three quick ground outs only throwing six pitches to end the inning and bring the Bombers up to the plates. WE: 72.5%

Starting the inning Matsui grounds out. Then Cano gets "robbed" by the majestic fairy in right Eric Hinske. Finally Betemit grounds out to end the inning. Yankees 2 Rays 1 WE: 67.6%

Fifth Inning: Moose Ks Aybar to start the 5th giving him an impressive total of 2 strike outs. Next batter Moose Ks the Ruffian Jonny Gomes to tie David Cone on the all time strikeout list and giving him his third strikeout of the game. DiFelice hits a two out double to keep the inning alive getting his first career hit off of Mussina. Bartlett flies out to end the inning. Moose has a total of 64 pitches and unlike the last game he is not locating his fastball well. WE: 74.4%

The Melk Man grounds out to short to start the bottom of the fifth. The Yankees should be hitting Hammel harder and it seems their bats are still alseep as they have been all season. Molina hits a slow roller back to the pitcher for the second out. Damon hits a blooper over the head of the shortstop for his second hit of the night bringing up Morgan "Clutch" Ensberg. A nice play by Ayebar ends the inning. CAN WE GET SOME RUNS. Yankees 2. Rays 1 WE:69%

Sixth Inning- This is a big inning for Moose if he can get threw this inning with a good pitch count he can pitch the 7th too and then hand the 8th to Joba. Aki grounded into a soft grounder to the Moose one out. Crawford grounds out to Ensberg. Now lets hope Carlos does not bring the Pena. Michael Kay just called the Pena shift the "Martini glass defense " does he have to make everything gay? After that Flaherty shut him down saying "Not one person in baseball calls that defense that" Kay however disagreed. Cano makes a throwing error on an easy ground ball and Morgan, who is not a cat like Giambi, could not handle that throw. Runner on first B.J. Upton digs in and grounds out to A-Rod. Now can we please produce some runs. WE: 77.1%

Bottom Six. "Bobby Abreu is as sweet as candy" (sorry hits a triple off of the right-center wall past the glove of the fairy Hinske and is now a double away with a cycle. If we don't get this run in I might cry. A-Rod hits a bloop single over Aki's head to drive in the run and make the game a 3-1 contest. Godzilla hits an RBI double driving in A-Rod making this game 4-1 in the Yankees favor. Cano grounds out and moves the Matsui to third with one out. Betemit stuck out swinging. Melky is walked intensionally. Molina ends the inning with a ground out. Finally some runs. Yankees 4. Rays 1. WE: 91.6%

Seventh Inning: Big Boy Bruney comes into the game mullet and all. Is it just me or do all pitches have some sort of chain around thier neck...their leader? Jeff Weaver of course. Oh yea live blogging the leadoff hitter hits a long fly ball to right that is caught. Bruney releases his anger on Aybar plunking him in the arm with a 94mph fastball. That was the first base runner Bruney has allowed on all year. The Ruffian Johnny Gomes flies out to center now two outs. The inning is ended by a groundout to Betemit. WE: 95.7% (I like)


(Sorry about the grey text blogger is a little screwy)

Around the Leauge Scores:

Bottom Seven. Dohmann comes in for the Rays and Damon leads off the inning. UPDATE JETER HAS A STRAINED LEFT QUAD......SHIT. Damon flies out to Crawford. Ensberg gets his fisrt hit as a Yankee with a ground ball up the middle for a single. Bobby walks. Runners on first and second one out. A-Rod strikes out looking on a pitch he thought to be a ball. The replay shows that indeed it was a ball but it was close to the zone. Two down. Godzilla hits an RBI single by Aki driving in Ensberg. 5-1 Yankees. Crap, Farnsworth is warming up. RBI single for Robbie Cano don't ya know...God I need to stop.....6-1 Yankees. Runners on 1st and 3rd now 2 outs. To end the rally Betemit strikes out going 0-4 so far in the game. Their is only one man who can blow this lead and his name.......Kyle. WE: 98.8%

Eighth Inning: Fucking Farnsworth is and and starts off the inning by getting a quick fly out for one out. The Farns strikes out Aki two down. So far in game their have only been two baserunners. The Farns gets a weak ground ball back to him to end the inning. WE: 99.7%

Bottom 8th. Cabrera steps up to the plate against the new Rays pitcher Glover and he grounds out to Pena. Molina strikes out swinging to record the second out of the inning. Damon then grounds out to second and it seems LaTroy is going to come in and work the 9th. WE: 99.7

LaTroy is coming in bearing a 31.50 era and he will get to face the heart of the order of the Rays. Pena squares to bunt which befuddles me. Pena knocks a lead off single and the crowd assaults Hawkins with a cloud of boos. He has not had the best welcome here in New York. He was booed even before throwing a pitch just for wearing #21. Hawkins throws a wild pitch and Pena advances to second. Hawkins makes a jumping play to stop a ground ball and gets the out at first. One out man on second the Majestic Hinske at the plate who walks. Aybar grounds out and moves the runners over. Two outs second and third the Ruffian Jonny Gomes steps up to take a crack at LaTroy he strikes out swinging and LaTroy manages to get out of it.

Thats all for me folks. Time for some NCAA Mens Basketball. Word to your mother.....


Here is the new Joba addias commercial that is airing on Yes

Friday, April 4, 2008

Liveblog: Yankees vs. Rays

The Yankees took two of three from the Blue Jays, hopefully they can handle the Rays now, in what is sure to be a cage fight. It'll be IPK vs. Andy Sonnanstine.

Here's the Yankees lineups courtesy of Pete Abraham:
Damon CF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Cano 2B
Posada C
Matsui LF
Betemit DH

Just Kidding, New Lineup:
Damon CF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Cano 2B
Posada DH
Matsui LF
Molina C
Jorge's shoulder is still sore, but he can hit, so he'll DH today.

I'll be back with updates and win expectancies later.

1st inning: IPK seems to be struggling with with his control, walking two batters, and allowing Carl Crawford to score on a Cliff Floyd single. He threw 29 pitches, never a good sign. Hopefully he'll improve as the game goes on. WE: 48.9%
Bobby Abreu doubled with two outs, but A-Rod couldn't do anything with him. WE: 42%
2 inning: IPK rebounded nicely, striking out two batters and throwing 15 pitches. WE: 46%
Sonnanstine made quick work of the Yanks again. It looks like this game may turn out like last night's, assuming IPK can keep it close. WE: 40.3%
3rd inning: Fuck Fuck Fuck. Walks got IPK in trouble again, loading the bases, which were then cleared by a double off the bat of the mighty Shawn Riggans. IPK out Jon Albaladejo in. WE: 15.1% Ugh. Albaladejo allowed a double to Eric Hinske, scoring IPK's sixth run. He then got the next two guys out. Hopefully he can throw a few more good innings. WE: 8.1% Shit.
Lower-Deki! Sorry, I had a John Sterling moment there. Matsui hit a very shallow homer, which Jose Molina followed with a double. We're clawing back. One batter later The Captain scores Molina on a triple. That triple was an increase of about 8% in win expectancy, bringing it from 22 to 30.8. Bobby Abreu scored Jeter on a groundout to second, here comes A-Rod. A-Rod singled up the middle on a double to left (!) by Giambi. Cano fouled out to end the inning. WE: 27.8%
4th inning: Alby pitched well in the fourth ending with a strike-em-out throw-em-out double play of Carlos Pena and Aki Iwamura. WE: 31.8%. Yanks went down 1-2-3.
5th inning: That's probably it for Jon Albaladejo, who pitched very well: 2.2IP 1 H 0 BB 0 R 4 K. WE: 29.3%. Yankees go 1-2-3. WE: 23.2%
6th inning: Big O in to pitch the 6th. The Big O goes 1-2-3. Yanks go 1-2-3 as well. WE: 18.5%
7th inning: Billy Traber in to pitch to lefties Iwamura, Crawford and Pena. Iwamura singled and Crawford grounded into a 4-6-3 DP. Traber then got Pena looking to end the inning. Dan Wheeler in for the Rays as Jorge grounds to 2nd for the first out. Matsui flies to Upton in left center for the second. Molina fouls out to Pena to end the inning. WE: 13%
8th inning: LaTroy in for the eighth. LaTroy gets Upton to ground to Jeter and then gives up a homer to Cliff Floyd. Shawn Riggans grounds out and Eric Hinske hits a Matsui Double. Nathan Haynes then hit a grounder in the hole, and Jeter did his cool jumpy thingy, but couldn't get Haynes at first. Haynes stole second, and then Bartlett dinked a hit over Jeter's head. 9-4. Not lookin so good. It could get worse- Farns is up in the pen. Bartlett to third on an Iwamura single, then scored on a blooper by Crawford. LaTroy exits, Farnsworth enters. Here we go. The Farns started right where left off. Pena just hit a three run homer deep to right into the upper deck. On the next pitch BJ Upton singled. This is all but over. WE: less than 1%. Damon to lead off against Trever Miller in the bottom of the eighth. This game seems out of reach, but maybe its just me. Damon walked, then the Yanks made three straight outs. They seem to have given up, putting Shelley Duncan in for Abreu and Betemit for A-Rod. WE: .1%

That's it. Yankees lose 13-4 in game that got really ugly at the end. IPK did not pitch well at all, and neither did LaTroy of Farnsworth. Albaladejo and Ohlendorf did pitch well though, so I guess that's a positive.

I probably won't liveblog tomorrow, and I definitely won't on Sunday, as I will be attending the game.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Liveblog: Blue Jays vs. Yankees

The pitching matchup is a good one; Phil Hughes vs. Dustin McGowan- should be exciting.

Here's the Yanks lineup from Pete Abe:
Johnny Damon DH
Derek Jeter SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jason Giambi 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Hideki Matsui LF
Jose Molina C
Melky Cabrera CF

1st Inning: Hughes looked nasty, making quick work of the Jays' hitters, striking out two and inducing a grounder. McGowan looked equally nasty, posting a similar line.
Win Expectancy after 1: 53.3% in favor of the Yankees. This is imply due to home field advantage.

2nd Inning: Hughes and McGowan continued to pitch well, win expectancy is the same.

3rd Inning: Hughes is at 29 pitches through three while McGowan is at 46. That is really the only advantage the Yankees have over the Jays at this point. Jeter grounded into an inning ending DP to let D-Mac off the hook.
WE: 52.5% in favor of the Yanks.

4th Inning: Hughes first hit came off the bat of Scrappy Eckstein falling in front of Matsui, then bouncing past him for a double. Really not well hit, just well placed. Eck scored on a Rios single, who then advanced to third on what should have been a caught stealing, but Cano missed the ball. Hughes then recovered to make Vernon Wells and Frank Thomas look silly, buckling their knees with curveballs and painting with fastballs. On his third strike to Frank Thomas, Frank and home plate ump Bill Miller disagreed, and Thomas was tossed. McGowan prevented the Yankees from scoring again. He has now thrown 59 pitches through five to Hughes' 55.
WE: 37.1%

5th: Hughes allowed another run on a couple of dinky hits, one by Mr. Scrappy himself. He is pitching very well, just does not have great luck or a great defense behind him. The Yankees better start hitting though.
This is probably it for the liveblog.

First Liveblog Tonight

Tonight will be the Chuck Knoblog's inaugural liveblog. Basically I will post the lineups and chime in at various points in the game. Feel free to discuss what is going on in the comments. I will also be using a win expectancy calculator during most liveblogs. A win expectancy calculator uses thirty years worth of data to determine the odds of a team winning the game given the current situation. So yeah, that's my little innovation for the liveblog. I'll be back with the lineups soon.