Plenty Of Goats In This One

Where do I begin? With Joba? Dave Robertson? Chan Ho Park? How about all three. They took a beautiful outing by A.J. and turned it into a win for the Blue Jays. That just shouldn’t happen. I mean, the guy finally got Dave Eiland back, fixed whatever was wrong with his delivery, re-gained his confidence and got absolutely no help from his bullpen (excluding Mo, of course). If I were A.J., I throw something in all their faces only it wouldn’t be whipped cream.
That’s right. It would be pizza. And I’d save some to throw at the Yankees hitters. Could they have been any more inept? There were nice plays in the outfield (I’m talking about Gardner and Granderson), but Cervelli had another rough one behind the plate. I guess what I’m saying is that this team looks like the All Star break can’t come soon enough for them.



    As I said…they ruined Joba (like a 6 ERA or so out of the bull pen??). Hughes is soon to follow (maybe). I’m happy for AJ though. Strange sport huh? Just cause Eiland is back AJ pitched like a Cy Young-er? Before he looked like a pitcher they took from the hot dog concession stand? I stopped watching after they left the bases loaded with no outs. Knew it was one of those games. Then Joba came in…so I stopped watching again 😛 Anyway, pizza is too nice, I’d throw the whole goat at them. Horns and all. 😀

  2. James Buxton

    Some days things just don’t quite work, AJ is coming back to the “good” AJ (I have to sneak out of a meeting to hear some innings) and just when I thought “we can win this, even in extras” here comes the bullpen and blew it. A sad lost an sad performance from the bullpen (except Mo) and a forgettable offense. Tomorrow will be another day, hope it’ll be different.

  3. raysfanboy

    Wow, I am REALLY glad I ordered Chili’s tonight instead of pizza. That kid made me almost lose my dinner! Whew! Bullpen meltdown, eh? Those really are the worst, aren’t they? You think you have the game, you are happy with the effort of your starter, and then WAM it falls apart. Sorry to hear it, but, of course, I see an opportunity for my guys to gain another game and tighten up this race even more!!

    And, by the way, congrats on your ranking this month! You must be really happy. Congrats!

  4. Jane Heller

    Throw the whole goat at them, seindsfeld. LOL! And you’re right about the pizza. Too good for them. Well, maybe Mo can have pizza, but he probably doesn’t eat it – not healthy enough. And AJ can have some.

    Meant to ask you, James, if you were affected by the hurricane in Mexico (or the earthquake before that). Doesn’t sound like it if you were at work today, which is a relief. A very frustrating loss today all around. It’ll be up to Andy to turn things around, as usual, but the offense needs to help.

  5. James Buxton

    So nice for you to ask Jane, but no, the Hurricane is only causing us a lot of rain here (I live in Mexico City), and the earthquake, well, I didn’t feel it, we are used to earthquakes, so nobody’s hurt and we are working normally (but I still manage to sneak from time to time on today’s meeting to listen the game). We need offense! I’m sure Andy will be marvelous, as always; and he wanted to retire. If I’d have his talent, well, I’d keep myself in pinstripes until the end of time…

  6. Jane Heller

    Yup, another opportunity for your guys to inch closer, raysfanboy. The Yankees’ loss is your gain! Thanks for the congrats. As I’ve said many times, I’m not big on ranking bloggers, since we’re all so different, but I’m glad if people are stopping by and enjoying.

    Good to hear you weren’t affected by either event, James. I lived in Florida for seven years so I understand hurricane season all too well. Let’s go Andy!

  7. YankeeCase

    Ick! That pic of the pizza face is one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever seen on the internet! And that’s saying a lot! I speedily scrolled down the page. lol…

    Anyway, the $82 million AJ finally showed up again. Let’s not attribute everything to Dave Eiland, but everyone’s gonna say so anyway. I mean he has taken responsibility for his poor pitching, and it’s not like he hasn’t pitched poorly with Eiland there before… And just an appeal to you Jane. Can we get a petition going to legally change Park’s name to Chan Ho Choke? He either seems to blow a lead, tie, or make a bad situation worse just about every time he’s out there. A one run deficit can be somewhat manageable, but once it got to five, it was pretty much game over. Even the Dodger come back was only four runs.

    I mean I don’t like picking on the guy (really, I don’t!), but the Yankees have cut their losses a lot quicker for other guys. The AL just doesn’t seem to be his league…

  8. Jane Heller

    If the pizza pic is the most disgusting thing you’ve ever seen on the internet, YankeeCase, you lead a very sheltered life. LOL. Sorry it grossed you out – that certainly wasn’t my intention. I don’t think we can give Dave Eiland 100% of the credit for A.J.’s outing today, but his presence and whatever he said to A.J. during his bullpen session must have helped. I don’t see Cashman cutting Park loose, I really don’t, but I agree he’s been awful – as has the bullpen in general (minus Mo). Something needs to be done. The hitting is going through a bad patch, but we know it’ll come around. I’m not as sure about the pen.

  9. YankeeCase

    Ha! Yes, Spaceballs ftw, always! Pizza the Hut definitely takes the…pie!! Only a Chan Ho Park appearance has a higher upchuck reflex percentage from me…

  10. lenn23

    Where did all the offense go? Collective slumps are really weird. It’s not going to get any easier with Romero on the mound. Never thought I’d miss Thames so much. Aceves, please come back soon…

  11. beckers46

    I’m happy A.J. had a nice game. Too bad the bullpen and offense weren’t there to back him up. Maybe Eiland needs to work with Joba. His innings have been poor. On the YES broadcast the other day, Michael Kay was talking about A.J. being with his family to mourn the loss of his grandfather. A.J.’s dad told him he looked like a deer in the headlights on the mound. A.J. was shocked by his honesty, but needed to hear this from his father. I hope his dad’s words and support motivate A.J. to have a better July.

  12. Jane Heller

    Thanks, dbacksfan27. You’d be surprised how many women love baseball and write about it. We’re a force to be reckoned with!

    Ordinarily I’d agree on Park, Paul. If past history is a judge, he’d be sent packing a la LaTroy Hawkins. But I think Cashman paid some bucks for him and I just don’t think they’ll let him go so fast. Robertson straightened out for awhile and had a good June. And Joba? What can I say that hasn’t been said?

    The lack of offense is the other, less publicized story, Len. It’s been struggling for awhile, even during the wins. Tex had a hitting streak snapped yesterday, but the truth is he hasn’t gotten hot, not really. And the others look flat now. I’m sure they’ll revive though. You miss Thames? Aceves, I get, but Thames?

    It was great to watch A.J. yesterday, beckers46. Even when he got in a little trouble and was helped out by the defense, he never looked on the verge of unraveling. I think he’s got his confidence back. Maybe it was a combo of his father’s words, Eiland’s instruction and time.

  13. raysrenegade

    I was kind of expecting Joba to have one of those defining moments this season….so the Yankee faithful could annoint him the closer-in-training.
    But you never know if good Joba or evil Joba is going to take themound each outing. Consistency has to be his goal in the second half before people begin to whisper about him and his future with the Yankees.
    He has great raw talent when he first arrived, but for some reason, it has been twisted a bit now with the talent still there, but hidden from view….Hopefully he is allowed to regain the old Joba mystic.

    Rays Renegade

  14. Jane Heller

    I was too, Renegade. I was on the road following the Yanks in ’07 when he burst onto the scene and dominated from the pen. I thought he was a sure-fire closer-in-training. But he just hasn’t been effective with any consistency. I hope they can “fix” him because you’re right – he does have raw talent.

  15. Jane Heller

    That’s how it happened, Emma. AJ was great. Nobody else was. Will check out your blog for the Yankee….Mickey Mouse?

    You didn’t think it was possible for me to gross you out, Jeff? I do it every time I mention A-Rod. But since you and others have found Mr. Pizza Face so appalling, I promise never to post his pic again.

  16. lenn23

    Jane, I miss Thames mostly for DH purposes. He’s not great but he has some power. It looks like he’s coming back soon so I might regret wishing him back!

  17. Jane Heller

    Thames does have some power, Len. Agreed. I just don’t want to see him in the outfield. I think we’re best served if he pinch hits late in games rather than clog up the DH spot. I’m getting kind of used to Girardi rotating the DH among the regulars who need rest.

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