Yankees vs. Brewers: Sweep City


Brett Gardner CF
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Andruw Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Francisco Cervelli C
Ramiro Pena 3B

LHP CC Sabathia



Rickie Weeks 2B
Carlos Gomez CF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder DH
Corey Hart RF
Casey McGehee 3B
Mat Gamel 1B
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
George Kottaras C

LHP Randy Wolf

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Despite the usual, afternoon game without Jeter lineup, the Yankees are looking to sweep the Brewers today to improve to 48-31. The Yankees are currently 2.5 games ahead of the Red Sox. Meanwhile, the Brewers, baffled by the existence of Francisco Cervelli, look to salvage the last game of the set and stay a game ahead of the Cardinals in the NL Central. Enjoy.

75 thoughts on “Yankees vs. Brewers: Sweep City

  1. smurfy

    hmmm.. six man rotation. Interesting…

    • Professor Longnose

      That would be silly. Also, taking Colon out of the rotation rather than Garcia strikes me as ludicrous.

      • Professor Longnose

        Maybe silly and ludicrous aren’t the words. In any case, let’s see if Hughes can actually come back first.

      • smurfy

        Silly? What’s silly about giving some “old men” a little extras rest? I think Garcia is definitely a candidate for good breathers, tho not soo long. And Phil. And Colon, hell maybe Nova. But AJ, we gotta send him and CC regularly.

        • Professor Longnose

          Maybe once around. But probably better to leave everyone in their regular routine. Plus, why have fewer starts from Sabathia?

          • smurfy

            No, no, mais, non, Professor: send CC and AJ out regularly. Work with the other guys.

          • Professor Longnose

            Hmmm…..OK. But that’s not really a ‘rotation.’ Have to call it something else.

          • smurfy

            mix-and-match? Rotation by committee?

  2. smurfy

    gotta fix and eat something. May be technical interference ahead.

  3. Professor Longnose

    How do the Yankees have such a good day-game record when they keep playing Cervelli, Jones, and Pena?

  4. Duh, Innings!

    Is anyone else besides me sick of John Flaherty’s bullshit when it comes to Yankees getting hit by pitches? I can’t think of one time where this guy said a Yankee getting hit by a pitch was intentional. He’s always saying it isn’t, or it seems like it. Really? Teixiera launches a solo shot, the next batter Cano who slammed a two-run double before that shot gets hit, and that’s not intentional? Please. Get a clue or a pair of balls, Flaherty. Fuck Randy Wolf. Too bad Wolf’s not batting today.

    Enough of this nonsense about Hughes starting thus bumping Colon, Garcia, or Nova out of the rotation. EVERYONE in the rotation is pitching well to varying degrees. Don’t fix what isn’t broke as the Yankees could be as many as 3.5 games ahead of the Red Sox after today if the Yankees sweep the Brewers and the Phillies sweep the Red Sox.

    Hughes’ 2010 was deceptive. He is not an ace or a #2 starter, he is a #3 at best, a #5 at worst, and most likely a solid #4 with #3 potential at this point, and I highly doubt I’m insulting Hughes by calling him that. Until he shows me he can be a solid #3 for more than one season, I don’t wanna hear he’s a future ace or #2.

    • smurfy

      have I ever seen the Professor and Duh argue such stuff?

    • smurfy

      Duh, Phil Hughes may be any of the above, 3,4,5,2, dare I say it, #1. You’re right: time will tell.

      • smurfy

        all this judgementalization on rotation order, sounds like to chris. I’d ajudge Phil will be #3 or above, or in the bullpen. Not a mediocre some/some innings-eater, at least after his “prospect” status is resolved by a third pitch or overwhelming us with two..

    • smurfy

      Re Flaherty, and the hit-by-pitch controversy: I missed it. But John has been informing me quite nicely esp on pitching and catching recently. Excellent job!

  5. Professor Longnose

    Double steal with Gardner and Swisher! That was fun to see.

  6. Professor Longnose

    And Cano drives ’em in. Coooooooool.

  7. smurfy

    Hey, Professor. I just joined with one out, Jorge up in the bottom of the first. I see double steal, then cool ol’ Cano. Whaddydo? Ah, end of inning recap, a double to left center. Going with the pitch, I presume?

    And do you, or does Sean, Sean, Seee-annn, have a clue as to why the Brewers would be “baffled by the existence” of rootin’, tootin’ Frankie Cervelli?

    • Professor Longnose

      Yeah, left center. Nice hit.

  8. smurfy

    I heard Pena was involved in a slick dbl play, but was searching for key success in my above comment, er, question, and missed it. {My keyboard suffers from sticky drinks.}

  9. smurfy

    Give this to Ramiro: when nobody expects him to hit, at least he can lay down a practical sacrifice. Humility, see? Or did you just wanna take him out and shoot him?

    • Professor Longnose

      Cervelli got a hit. This must be Anything Can Happen Thursday.

      • smurfy

        oh, you hardbitten skeptics, you stat-informed, loaded for bear…fans.

        • Professor Longnose

          That’s me.

          • smurfy

            I thunk you were really smarter (and kinder) than that.

          • Professor Longnose

            Nah. Off with their heads!

  10. smurfy

    Nunnez ranges wide to go a step beyond…

  11. Professor Longnose

    Evidently, a good throw by Nunez is too much for even Anything Can Happen Thursday.

    That was a rotten throw. Should have been an error.

    • smurfy

      I’d say it definitely falls into ACHThoirsday.

  12. smurfy

    Don’t wanna send any of them to the bullpen. Colon? Ludicrous, indeed.

    • Professor Longnose

      I agree. I think the TYA article was pretty good. You decide what the best way to continue to develop Nova is,and then you choose between him and Garcia based on the development issue. Just my opinion.

      • smurfy

        I missed that. I’ll hve to catch up on my homework.

  13. Professor Longnose

    C.C. Ks Fielder. I wonder what the record for most weight total from batter and pitcher during a strikeout is.

    • smurfy

      Haa! That’s one I feel obliged to look up. -oh, Texy baby! – but incompetence interferes.

      • smurfy

        got a name for that tho.. the Matchup of Thunnnder!

        • Professor Longnose

          On baseball-reference.com, Sabathia is listed as 290 and Fielder as 275. Jonathon Broxton is listed as 300, though, so if Broxton ever struck out Fielder, that would be more than Sabathis striking out Fielder.

  14. Professor Longnose

    Two hits and an RBI for Cervelli! A great day!

  15. smurfy

    On Cerveli’s massive blow,Cano skips merrily home!

    • Professor Longnose


  16. smurfy

    What did Tex hit there? I thought it was a liner. Was it an end of bat spinner?

    • Professor Longnose

      Didn’t see it.

  17. smurfy

    Great pick by Tex, even if he was really safe!

    • Professor Longnose

      Yup, it was.

  18. Professor Longnose

    Yanks got a break on Cervelli’s throw to get Gomez on the missed third strike.

    • smurfy

      umpire was dazzled by the glovework, the ballet.

  19. smurfy

    ah, Braun was a one-man outbreak. Dominance continues…

  20. Professor Longnose

    Wasn’t there a game earlier this year where Sabathia had a 4-0 lead in the 5th or 6th and collapsed?

    • smurfy

      about two weeks ago, allowing the Red Sox to sweep, in the 7th. I missed that one, thankfully.

      • Professor Longnose

        The Brewers aren’t the Red Sox, so not a great chance of that happening today. They have some great hitters, but the back end of their lineup is terrible.

  21. smurfy

    Nice slider for now! 10, 12 K’s?

    ooh, Yuniesky Betancourt figured him out. Ouch!

  22. smurfy

    -hey – re 6 man rotation-by-committee, what is Nova’s innings limit? It’s a way to manage that, too.

    • Professor Longnose

      Hmm, could be.

  23. smurfy

    Cano always knows where he is. Marked confidence snaring those easy over the shoulder pops.

  24. smurfy

    Skeptic alert: Ramiro thedamned Pena is a rock defensively, and I mean that in a good way. Some tutelage and close concern to mentoring or practice of his hitting could pay huge dividends!

  25. smurfy

    oh, CC had the Prince in his back pocket! Logan? Boooooone.

    • Professor Longnose

      I’d have left him in. Even if he gives up a HR, it’s not a catastrophe. But I bet Girardi wants Logan to get the work and show something.

      • smurfy

        honorable experiment, but Boooone just squeaked by.

  26. smurfy

    Fielder is determined to knock the cover off. But not able to keep it fair. Whooo! Strike three!

    • Professor Longnose

      Credit to Logan. He’s sucking a lot less lately.

      • smurfy

        he was a foulline away from sucking today!

  27. Professor Longnose

    Posada’s cooling off.

    • smurfy

      I missed that. His bat looked large and dangerous just last night, tho.

      • Professor Longnose

        I’m just being obnoxious. He wasn’t great today, but he did have a hit.

  28. smurfy

    Nice to see Axford, and hear his story. This interleague stuff is not all bad, at least not at home.

    • Professor Longnose

      I agree. I don’t hate interleague play.

  29. smurfy

    come on Francisco! pad those stats.

  30. Professor Longnose

    Three hits for Cervelli?!??!?!!?!??!?!!?!?!?!??!?!!!?!?!??!?!!?!?!?!?!!?!??!?!?!??!!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?

    • smurfy

      does this fall under You Can’t Predict Basball, or Anything Goes Thoisday?

      or just Babip regression, oh great statistical source?

      • Professor Longnose

        How about Backup Catchers Are People, Too afternoon?

        • smurfy

          haaaaaa! Rightio!

          Seeeeeeee-annnnnn! (or Chone, if you prefer.)

  31. smurfy

    No sweat, Bennie, beautiful.

  32. Professor Longnose

    Jenks gave up a two-run homer to Ryan Howard in the bottom of the 9th: Red Sox 5, Phillies 2 with one out.

  33. smurfy

    wow. Adrian Gonzales shot Hamel’s glove clean off! What do you say, kid? Do you feel LUCKY?

  34. smurfy

    Touching interview with Francisco (Backup Catchers are People, too) Cervelli. Great ESL communication, or is that Basaball as a second language? – him and CC!!!!

    • Professor Longnose

      Didn’t catch it. But he deserves his moment.

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