Game 157: Down But Not Out


There’s nuttin’ but six Game 7′s left for the Yanks this year; if they win out while the Sox lose out, we’re looking at a one game playoff to decide to Wildcard team. It sounds impossible, but it’s not. Just improbable.

The ghosts seems to be back for last joyride, maybe they’ll bring us a little September magic.

1. Damon, LF Gardner, CF
2. Jeter, SS Damon, LF
3. Abreu, RF
4. A-Rod, 3B
5. Giambi, 1B
6. Nady, DH
7. Cano, 2B
8. Molina, C Ransom, SS
9. Gardner, CF Molina, C

And looking for his third career  19-win season, and first since 1996, Mikey Mussina.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that the Yanks have one more thing on their side tonight. I’ll be stuck at work mad late, and I forgot to set my DVR. That means only one thing: Moose will finally add that perfect game to his already sterling resume.

Update (6:38pm): Lineup change, the Cap’n’s hand is bothering him, presumably from the HBP the other night. Explains Sunday’s 0-for-5er too.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Manimal says:

    New Lineup, Jeter’s hand is bothering him
    Gardner CF
    Damon LF
    Abreu RF
    Rodriguez 3B
    Giambi 1B
    Nady DH
    Cano 2B
    Ransom SS
    Molina C

  2. Ivan says:

    Pretty interesting series in a pitching stand point with Moose today, and Hughes/Burnett match up tomorrow and Halladay for the finale.

  3. Nady Nation says:

    Just was watching the Met pregame and they had one of the Brewers’ beat writers on as a guest. He said that CC is scheduled to pitch on short rest tomorrow, which will line him up to pitch on short rest again Sunday, if needed. They are clearly abusing the shit out of him. I’m getting a little worried about the 7-8 year deal it’ll take to sign him, anyone else with me?

  4. Mike Pop says:

    Lol @ minaya getting a 4 yr deal

  5. Mike Pop says:

    This truly is a must win !

  6. dudeyoyo says:

    I rather get Zach Greinke for prospects than signing Burnett.

    That’s a no brainer, he’s pitching with pain.

  7. Check this dumbass LoHuder of the day (at least he admits it):

  8. dkidd says:

    zach greinke would look good in pinstripes

    sheets and burnett both seem like injury-prone disasters to me

    cc or bust

  9. Ivan says:

    Boy with the way the Brewers are working CC and Sheets “sore forearm”, it just seem more and more likely that Burnett is gonna be a yankee and I think Cashman with his philiosophy with player development and etc, he may just take the cheaper alternative in Burnett.

  10. dkidd says:

    ben sheets has set a career high this year with 13 wins. 13.

  11. Pedro says:

    3 groundouts to the right side. It’s going to be one of those games offensively. Poor Moose, might be lucky to get 1 run from his offense.

  12. Mike, talk to me when we’re in Boston with a chance of winning the wildcard. Until then, I don’t want to hear it…lol


  13. dkidd says:

    i nominate scutaro as “the blue jay most likely to end the yankees’ season in heartbreaking fashion”

  14. Pedro says:

    Great throw by Cano.

  15. pat says:

    moosie gettin that nice wide strikezone booya

  16. Manimal says:

    Did Jeter just dive? OH, its ransom.

  17. Ivan says:

    Nasty curve.

  18. Manimal says:

    I think this is a good time to say I want moose back next year.

  19. mustang says:

    Never give up !!!!

    Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.

    My slogan until this is over.

  20. Manimal says:

    I thought it was a good pitch, but thats just me. Michael Kay is just a bitch.

  21. Joop says:

    Easy killer.

  22. Ivan says:

    Hope moose is okay man.

  23. Pedro says:

    Damn, that sucks. Classy fans celebrating Moose got hurt.

  24. Manimal says:

    Moose took that like a man.

    • So I’m listening to the game on CBS 880 on the way home…

      John Sterling: “And the pitch, lined back… OH, MOOSE GOT HIT! HE GOT HIT ON THE LEG! THE BALL CAROMS OFF, AND THE RUNNER IS SAFE… Moose got hit on the leg, that can’t be good.

      Suzyn Waldman: “Actually, John, he got hit on the elbow.”

      Sterling: “Oh, I saw him limping, I thought he got hit on the leg.

      • Steve says:

        Ugh. When Sterling calls a game, you often have no idea what just happened. Sometimes his calls are impossible to follow, when they’re not just flat out wrong.

  25. Pedro says:

    Killed that ball.

  26. Pedro says:

    Why do you have to make silly mistakes all the time Cano?

  27. Infamous says:

    Cleveland takes the lead!!!! Theres still hope

  28. Kelvz says:

    There is!

  29. Steve says:

    Gardner makes shit happen.

  30. Kelvz says:

    BG Triple!

  31. mustang says:

    GO TRIBE !!!!

  32. UWS says:

    Tie game in Beantown. C’mon Cliff “Cy Young” Lee!

  33. greg says:

    fuck cliff lee

  34. mustang says:

    FUCK !!!!!!

  35. Chip says:

    So why is Mussina coming out after only 73 pitches? I sure hope he isn’t hurt so he can go for 20 against the sox!

  36. Steve says:

    Everyday Phil in the game again .

  37. Mike Pop says:

    Just got here but wtf happend with cliff lee tonight.. john henry bribing his ass

  38. Chip says:

    Wow, back to back benders at the knees, that’s nasty

  39. greg says:

    why is cliff lee still in this game

  40. Mike Pop says:

    Delcarmen gotta go in the game to blow it

  41. Chip says:

    Coke is waay too good to be used an inning at a time. I’d love to see him make the team out of spring training as the number 5 starter (yeah I know it’s not gonna happen but I can dream)

    • Steve says:

      Ummmm no.

    • Mike Pop says:

      dude cmon you dont know if coke is good enough to be a starter hes a solid lefty in the pen he doesnt have joba-esque stuff that deserves to be a starter

    • Manimal says:

      we have so many options for 5th starter its crazy.

      • Steve says:

        We may have to go the long discussed ‘Tournament Baseball’ format.

        No defined starters or relievers, whoever pitches well stays in the game. One day off for every inning you throw. You use 3 pitchers a game most days. Once through the lineup for most guys, where they are most effective. Every game is treated like the 7th game of the World Series.

        One day, some scrub team like the Pirates or Royals will use this and revolutionize the game forever.

        • kunaldo says:

          true that…most teams don’t have the balls though…they’ll get too much flak in the media, so they’re scurred

        • scottnar says:

          I like that idea but starters would run from a team like that. I think that kind of situation would work for the bullpen, forget matchups. if you are pitching well you finish the game for the starter

    • greg says:

      He’s never started a game above AA so you would at least have to keep him in AAA for a few months before putting him in the ML Rotation

      • Chip says:

        He started one game in AAA this season according to baseball reference and I’m obviously not saying we should just hand it to him. I wish he would win the job next season. At least he’s going to be ready for a full season of work as he’s already at about 150IP on the season.

        I agree though, we have a TON of 5th starter options if only we could stay healthy……….

        • Mike Pop says:

          our fifth starteer if things go the way they should will be sheets.. CC Wang Joba Hughes Sheets.. If joba and hughes blossom like they should we’ll be incredible.. (sarcasm)

  42. dkidd says:

    boy, the brewers really do not want to make the playoffs

  43. kunaldo says:

    the one day cliff lee doesn’t pitch well is today…of course

  44. Steve says:

    How DARE the Indians not score in the 7th. How DARE they!

  45. Infamous says:

    our bullpen is pretty dam impressive

  46. Manimal says:

    It really is a shame that Bruney got hurt, He really turned it around, even more so than moose.

  47. Chip says:

    With this sort of pitching, we’d be a dangerous playoff team

  48. mustang says:

    Double play YEESSSSSS

  49. greg says:

    shin-soo choo come onnn

  50. Infamous says:

    When does the Hawaiian league start? Im excited to see what Brackman can do

  51. ROBBIE!

    (we got a break there)

  52. Mike Pop says:

    Cano is sexy as helll.. My friend suggested this today I am in no way pushing for something like this because I want to keep Cano… He said what about cano to the pirates for mcclouth sanchez and one more player of value… Idk i kinda like it if that 3rd player is Tabata lol

  53. Kelvz says:

    bases loaded two outs for the tribe.. c’mon..

  54. mustang says:

    I know this might be a lost cause, but this is the most fun I had watching baseball in weeks.

  55. dan says:

    1100+ comments on sunday and now we can barely break a hundred. Fuckin bandwagon blog commenters ;)

  56. Infamous says:

    cmon victorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  57. Mike Pop says:

    tribe threatening

  58. Kelvz says:


  59. Infamous says:

    i hate waiting for gameday to say what happens on the pitch

  60. Mike Pop says:

    fucken victor martinez popping out to first

  61. Steve says:

    That Mohegan Sun commercial is waaaaay too homo erotic for me.

    • Any commercial where they try and entice straight men to come to their establishment by having a bunch of guys leap around, singing and dancing, broadway-style, is totally counterproductive.

      Thanks, Mohegan Sun… now I’m never going to your crappy casino.

  62. Kelvz says:

    pop out.tsk.. 2 more innings, just 1 run.

  63. Victor Martinez is a fuck!!!

  64. Ivan says:

    Yo that ump was moving the K Zone.

  65. mustang says:

    Yes, please, please, please !!!!!

  66. Ivan says:

    Oh well, at least we get to see Joba get more innings in.

  67. mustang says:

    Martinez asshole !!!!

  68. Mike Pop says:

    damaso ?1?1?

  69. Pedro says:

    Do they have one good ump in the majors? And ump with the same strikezone all game long would be great.

  70. Way to go on your birthday, Joba…

  71. Mike Pop says:

    damn man

  72. Mike Pop says:

    his stuff iss too nasty

  73. Steve says:

    Nice Job by Joba.

  74. Ivan says:

    Joba made Snider his bitch with those sliders.

  75. Steve says:

    Have I mentioned that the Indians suck? I mean REAAAALLLY suck?

  76. Mike Pop says:

    cmon masterson fuck up plz

  77. that 2nd pitch was a strike? really??

  78. Watch the fucking asshole Clevelanders win 3 out of 4 against the Sox, and only lose the game where they trot Cliff Lee out there…

    Where’s Manny Ramirez on the Indians when you need him?

  79. Mike Pop says:

    Gardner knows better than that

  80. Steve says:

    Gardner makes shit happen . . . . . but sometimes it doesn’t work out.

  81. yeah Barfield!! It’s Sizemore time!

  82. Infamous says:

    cmonnnnn grady fucking sizemore

  83. Mike Pop says:

    javier lopez comin in man on 1st and second with grady up uhoh

  84. pat says:

    advance on this BITCH- Lyle overbay

  85. dammit Sizemore–you walk instead of getting a hit. it’s now up to jamey fucking carroll….

  86. greg says:

    ughhh papelbon. come on jamey carroll!!

  87. Mike Pop says:

    shit our season is on jamey carroll

  88. Infamous says:

    this is killin me

  89. greg says:

    pinch hit hafner here?

  90. Infamous says:

    fuck papelblow

  91. Ivan says:

    4 outs away for moose 19 win.

  92. Manimal says:

    its only the 8th guys, chill

  93. greg says:

    3 outs away from playoff elimination

  94. Infamous says:

    u alien lookin jamey carrol faggot. u suck and so do the indians

  95. Mike Pop says:

    cant beleive cliff freaken lee

  96. Steve says:

    There goes the season

  97. At least Choo, Peralta, and Martinez bat next.


  98. Mike Pop says:

    jesus what is goin on tonight

  99. Mike Pop says:

    choo will take him deep

  100. Ivan says:

    Persoanlly I rather face Lind than Overbay.

  101. what the fuck Cody Ransom? Why don’t you fuck Jamey Carroll too–perfect match of AAAA players!!!!

  102. Mike Pop says:

    jesus did we get a call therre?

  103. WOW, Joba… WOW.


  104. Ivan says:

    Nasty Slider by Joba.

  105. Mike Pop says:

    Can we use him in the 8th on offdays while hes in the rotation ??? lol

  106. Mike Pop says:

    here we go our season lies on shoo martinez and peralta .. cross ya fingers everyone

  107. CHOO!!! CHOO!!! CHOOO!!!! CHOO!!

  108. Mike Pop says:

    k for choo

  109. doty says:

    please bring the ghost of manny out against the redsox NOW!!!!!!!!

  110. Infamous says:

    i guess theyre done with betemit

  111. fuck you, peralta.
    fuck you, choo.
    who’s next?

  112. doty says:

    down to the final out! damn!!

  113. Manimal says:


  114. Mike Pop says:

    anyone know where i can find a video of the jeter speech

  115. Infamous says:


  116. NO!!!!! IT’S OVER!!!! FUUUUUUCKKK NO!!!!!

  117. Chip says:

    Well, it was still a good season boys

  118. Steve says:

    Sox win. Season is over.

  119. Nady Nation says:

    Well, it’s been a helluva run fellas. Let’s start another 13 year streak next year

  120. Mike Pop says:

    damn man if we didnt play so shitty

  121. Manimal says:

    Molina got owned.

  122. doty says:

    can we shed a tear?!

  123. We can still win this thing, fellas.

    Hillary Clinton

  124. Manimal says:

    Golden sombrero for Zaun

  125. Mike Pop says:

    8 out of 10 times cleveland wins that game with Lee pitching … Epstein probly sucked him off be4 the game

  126. Infamous says:

    we really didnt have a terrible year. if it wasnt for the dam rays coming outta nowhere wed be going to the playoffs

  127. The Honorable Congressman Mondesi says:

    All things considered… The Yankees dealt with some devastating injuries, some rough times for their young players and a generally frustrating season, and still hung around until September 23. Sucks, but things could be worse.

    Go get ‘em in ’09. And fuck Cleveland. Seriously.

    • Steve says:

      A LOT worse. This wasn’t a bad season by anyone’s standards but ours. 15 games over, will wind up winning around 88-90 games. Thats not a disaster.

      Look at it this way.

      Wang is healthy-add 5 wins
      We sign CC-add 5 wins
      Posada stays healthy-add 2 wins
      New 1B/CF- 2-4 wins above Giambi/Melky

      Assume some injuries next year, subtract 5-7 wins total.

      Total it up 95-98 wins next year.

      I know this is all painting with very broad brushes, but don’t let anyone tell you we can’t compete next year, or that Girardi did a bad job this year. I don’t buy it.

  128. Steve says:

    19 for Moose!

    Congrats you grumpy bastard!

  129. Pedro says:

    Too bad the streak ended, specially in the final year of YS. But like Nady Nation said, we’ll start another one next season.

  130. Infamous says:

    Mariano Rivera is a god

  131. scottnar says:

    19 for moose, let’s get him 20 sunday

  132. Mike Pop says:

    god i dont wanna see the champagne tonight

  133. Mike Pop says:

    i blame it all on IPK

  134. Ivan says:

    Yea it feels weird that the yanks are not in the playoffs but hey next season will bring a different tune.

    Besides, it was a great run. I can’t complain.

  135. Manimal says:

    For a transition year, We did pretty damn good. Just look at the NL west standings.

  136. Bonos says:

    Hey in the good news column, Gardner is over the Mendoza Line

  137. Mike Pop says:

    MAnuel burned Johan tonight 125 pitches…. If you look at his k ratio from las year and this year its kinda scary like 40 50 ks difference in a worse league

  138. Mike Pop says:

    48 goin in to tonight but 38 now

  139. Steve says:

    Here’s Busters take on where it all went wrong.

    I would imagine much of this came from the Yankee brass (read that Cashman) since his assessment is basically what Cash has been trying to reverse for the past 3 years.

  140. Congrats to Mikey, though. There’s still some goals to be accomplished here:

    1) Get 20 wins for Moose.
    2) Stay in front of the Jays for third place.
    3) Fuck up the Sox in Fenway to send them into the playoffs on a downer.
    4) Get some good results out of Hughes and Dirty Sanchez.
    5) See if Brett Gardner can get the ball to the warning track on the fly.

    • Chip says:

      6) Hit Ortiz with pitches on the wrist as many times as possible (calling Joba…..)
      7) Destroy Beckett’s confidence
      8) Find a way to piss of Papelbon
      9) Do anything else that to encourage the Red Sox to lose in the first round

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