• JobaWockeeZ

    I thought this game was over!!!!! Everyone told me we lost already!

    • Little Bill

      A 3 run lead ain’t much for this offense. We’ve got Jorge, Swish or Damon, and Jeter coming up!

  • abc

    At least we have Hughes and Rivera tonight … When the comments add up, does anyone else’s computer get super slower? Or does my computer just suck

    • Dela G

      i thought you said that melky wouldnt deliver…. :p

    • Salty Buggah

      nah it’s for everyone

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      No, the site slows down when there’s a lot of comments on one thread. Hence the need for spillovers.

      • Jose

        Have you ever thought of implementing an AJAX based comment system so people don’t have to reload the page and hence slow down the server?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          We had that once before, when we had way less traffic, and it still slowed the site down considerably.

          We can uninstall the “show unread comments” plugin to speed it up, but everyone seems to love that thing.

  • abc

    that was a good pitch to swing at 1st pitch with the bases loaded

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      He was cheating first pitch fastball. Not a bad strategy.

  • Dela G

    ok guys, time to put the rally caps on and beat the crap outta the angels and give philthy the win

  • j

    draw the walk! draw the walk!

  • Salty Buggah

    no DP Jorge

  • Salty Buggah

    one hit for the tie…Gardy cmon no DP

  • Accent Shallow

    I hate losing to the Angels more than losing to anyone else. This series has inspired me to heights of rage that I wasn’t too sure I was capable of.

    Luckily, there’s plenty of time left, both in this game and the season.

    • For lack of a more creative name.. Alex

      more than the Red Sox, Rays or other division rivals?

      • Accent Shallow

        Far more. At least the Yankees seem to be able to beat those teams, and they have several good players. The Angels really don’t. Maicer Izturis? Brandon Wood? Erick Aybar? Jeff Mathis? Howie Kendrick? Those guys all seem to kill the Yankees, and none of them are particularly good.

        • For lack of a more creative name.. Alex

          Yea I see your point, I wish we didn’t have to play them at all.

  • Cokie

    Maybe the bottom of the order can make up for those 2 overpriced bums in the 3-4 spots.

  • Salty Buggah

    no DP swishah

  • Little Bill

    Swish or Damon needs to be PH here.

  • Dela G

    WOOOOHOOO CANO!!!

  • Accent Shallow

    Swisher, just don’t hit the ball on the ground. Please. Not sure I can deal with two inning-ending DPs.

    Also, the Yankees need to score more than two more runs this inning, I don’t trust a one run lead in this park against this team at all.

    • Dela G

      neither do i

  • Yanks99

    I woulda stayed with gardner here…good slap hitter plus he probably won’t hit into a dp and he’d at least give jeter a shot.

    • Dela G

      i def agree

  • j

    wtf? that is not a strike are you kidding me?!

    • j

      wow. WOW.

  • Accent Shallow

    Are you kidding me?!

    • j

      wow. wtf? old man like oliver has moves still. absolute luck though.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    That’s just straight up bad luck. Swish ripped that ball up the middle, which is exactly what you want him to do.

    • Ivan

      That ball found Oliver if anything else

  • Ivan

    Wow talk about luck.

  • Cokie

    $%^&! This game is just not meant to be.

    • Dela G

      not over yet man

  • Salty Buggah

    I cant help but think that a flyball by Tex or Alex in the past inning and we would have been tied…and that was bullshit.

    I’m telling you guys, its one of those series and we get unlucky a lot

  • Little Bill

    I hate those lucky fuckers. I hate the Angels.

  • abc

    well, we’ve seen everything now…

  • Salty Buggah

    how in the hell did Oliver catch it

  • Dela G

    wow are you serious

    how they hell are they getting all of the breaks

  • y

    angels SUCK. these guys have been getting lucky the entire series: blooper hits, bad call by umps, hard hit balls turned into DPs, you name it. ANGELS SUCK.

  • abc

    If it were Hughes on the mound the ball wouldve deflected off hit shoe and gone into the stands for a ground-rule double

  • Brazilian Yankee

    That was a good AB by Swish, had Arod or Tex had a similar AB we would be playing to protect a lead now.

  • Jose

    Yanks still have a great chance to tie the game up. Jeter, Tex, and Arod? I’ll take that any day of the week, bring on Fuentes.

    • Accent Shallow

      But unless they score 8 runs off Fuentes, the Angels will get it back in the bottom of the inning.

  • dkidd

    it’s like a nightmare. i’ll take the red sox any day over the angels

  • j

    ugh, arod hits a laser and its a DP. Swisher hits a laser, and its a DP.

    this season is absolutely maddening.

    • BklynJT

      this season series is absolutely maddening.

      • j

        i meant it referring to our luck this year. we won a game on a crazy dropped ball… the unearned runs… the close clutch games. its been an absolute rollercoaster. we won games we shouldn’t have, and lose game we should’ve have. nahm saying?

  • Salty Buggah

    Anyone find this series to be similar to the Sox series? We been hitting well but our lead gets blown. Today, we gotten unlucky again like against them Sox. Hopefully, we can still win.

    • Brazilian Yankee

      We’ve lost 11 of 13 to those 2 teams and we’re about to lose another one. It has to be more than bad luck.

      • Salty Buggah

        yes, about half we lost..the other half was bad luck in my eyes really

        • j

          absolutely agree.

        • j

          also our BP was taxed before each series.

  • Nick L

    gameday had Hughes fastball at 97 on the Napoli stikeout

  • BklynJT

    Even with the eventual lose, it’s been really nice to see Hughes come in and just own the Angel’s hitters.

  • Riddering

    That’s right, Hughes. Make them feel pain.

    /sadistic

  • Salty Buggah

    damn that sting is there still, we should be leading at least 6-5 now.

    • Salty Buggah

      *6-4

      • j

        so then accounting the bad luck, we should at least be tied.

        • Salty Buggah

          yep

  • abc

    OMG! HUGHES WALKED SOMEBODY! WHAT IS GIRARDI DOING?!?!?!?!

    TAKE HIM OUT AND PUT IN BRUNEY GOD DAMMIT!!!!

  • Accent Shallow

    Another point: while many of the Angels’ hitters don’t seem to draw many walks, they seem to have no problem doing so against the Yankees.

    • bxpd

      They seem to do many things well against the Yanks without a problem.

  • dre

    you just lost 2 games in a row (including 2 in a row in the standings) your facing the opposing teams best pitcher.

    what do you do?
    well if your girardi you fill your lineup with subs, and say
    lets give these guys 5 days rest instead of 4 cause thats a real big difference….

    and apparently alot of you agree that it was a good idea..

    really? really?

    • Salty Buggah

      yea, that is frustrating, especially considering Damon and Posada absolutely own Lackey

    • Little Bill

      I don’t think a lot of people think it was a good idea. I didn’t. Posada and Damon, with good numbers off of Lackey, should have been playing.

  • BklynJT

    No, its a factor of Posada not being able to catch a damn ball not thrown exactly at his mitt. Oh god, have some confidence in your pitchers.

  • charlespoet

    So based on this series and the poor ability of the bullpen to hold a lead, looks like the Aceves start has back fired. Might be a case where winning 1 game and having to lose a series was not worth it.

    not that these losses fall entirely on the bullpen. Joba and Pettitte were mediocre at best.

    • Salty Buggah

      no they were horrible at best

    • Accent Shallow

      I’m not Aceves makes a difference, but maybe he’s able to salvage one of the previous games.

      • charlespoet

        I agree. Aceves doesn’t automatically win one of the first two, but as an option to Robertson who has trouble right now finding the strike zone, you have to wonder.

    • Joseph M

      I expect less and less out of Andy, and Joba, well what can you say. The big bum in all this is CC, his team had lost two straight, this was a big series against a top shelf team and he gives up 5 runs in less than 7 innings. He’s got a 160 million dollar arm and a heart from a 99 cent shop.

  • abc

    enough with this crapppppppppppppppppppp just pitch to em this will probably be a BIG mistake but who cares even if we tie it up in the 9th they’ll just lose in the bottom half

    • e mills

      that’s rediculous

  • y

    COULD IT BE another blooper hit by a sh*t player (willits)

    • Dela G

      nope

    • Dela G

      told you

  • Accent Shallow

    I’m fully expecting Willits to bloop a triple.

  • Ivan

    Hughes does his part.

  • Dela G

    good job phil

  • Riddering

    I’m glad that was popped-up to Cano.

  • Salty Buggah

    Tex: You’ve stunk this series, time to do something good for us

  • Accent Shallow

    Good scouting by the Angels, or the lead run would be on base now.

  • Jose

    Time for redemption Tex and Arod.

    Also, the Futures Game has started back up.

  • charlespoet

    Sometimes it is hard to figure out if Girardi is managing to the long season or from day to day. Maybe it is just the answers or justification he gives to some of the line ups that are used.

    Either way, this series loss to the Angels sucks ass, but there is still 70+ games left. This won’t determine the seasons. All the Yankees have to do is make the playoffs, then it is a crap shoot.

  • BklynJT

    Why don’t I ever see a righty throw that sweeping slider that all those lefties use so efficiently. ie. Fuentues just now, Lester, Randy Johnson, etc

    • For lack of a more creative name.. Alex

      lefty’s tend to throw across their body more, maybe that allows them to get the sweep.

    • Ivans

      Didn’t Jeff Nelson throw that?

  • Dela G

    fuentes has that hitch in his movement like cc

    very odd

  • Salty Buggah

    Angels pussy walk A-rod?

  • Accent Shallow

    I hope that causes Mathis pain.

  • Accent Shallow

    Well, that was thoroughly frustrating. Are the Yankees going to win a series out here ever again?

    • Salty Buggah

      later this summer baby

  • e mills

    next 4 days are gonna seem alot longer now :_(

  • BklynJT

    Good ole 2 out Chone FU Figgons triple and rbi single turn out to be the game winning runs. Oh do I hate Figgons. Let me count the ways…

    • Accent Shallow

      He’s an FA after this year. Hopefully he’s playing somewhere else. I wouldn’t mind if the Yankees were to take a look at him for the bench.

      • Ivans

        I agree. I hate him as an Angel but would love him on my team. However, he’s not a bench player and he would not come here to sit. I don’t know where else to put him though. Maybe he can be what he was for Anaheim at the start of his career. A super utility man that plays lots of games at 7 positions. I suppose I could live with him replacing Damon in LF. My biggest nightmare is him going to Boston. I’d be seeing him in my sleep.

  • Dela G

    fuck that sucked

  • y

    3-3 to end the first half.

  • Luis Polonia

    The parallels from this series to the Boston series from early June are startling.

  • Ivan

    Guys it was a tough series, but the Yanks will win this division.

    • Salty Buggah

      I agree

    • Riddering

      Your comment has made the world a better place.

      Thank you.

  • Brazilian Yankee

    Let’s hope the Yankees come back strong after this 7-day break they are taking right now.

  • Ivans

    I can’t believe they are 3 games out once again. Every time they get close or take over first, they go on a tailspin and they become the “fading yankees” in the media.

    Plenty of blame to go around here. Sabathia not being able to stop the bleeding in that 4-run fourth really hurt. Aces are supposed to limit the damage and either K people or keep the ball down so that bloopers don’t fall in for rbi singles. How many big innings did Anaheim have this weekend? Too many. Lots of ineffective AB’s with men in scoring position again, especially Tex’s K and Rodriguez’s DP in the 7th. Yes, and I know that we were one lucky snag by Oliver from winning this game, so see the Sabathia comment above.

    • Joseph M

      One job an ace has is to right the ship after a couple of bad ones. An ace has to be able to beat big teams, shut down the other teams when his club isn’t hitting and struggle through starts when he doesn’t have his best stuff. CC tanked big time today and he has shown little to justify his big salary. Right now the hype doesn’t come close to matching the results, I hope we don’t have another version of Randy Johnson here.

      • Zach

        Randy Johnson, what are you talking about? oh i forgot CC is 41 years old all of the sudden with a herniated back.

  • Mac

    CC and Tex did not distinguish themselves today.

    Yanks are a good team – but not good enough to get past the Sox or Angels in October. Don’t know if there is anything they can do about it – when they play the Angels they look like an old, slow, poor defensive team with a bunch of overrated sluggers.

    CC is a #2 starter, he’s not gonna scare anyone in October with his 7.92 post season era. Tex is streaky and looked pretty crappy this weekend.

    • Zach

      “CC is a #2 starter”

      what a joke

      • Mac

        Glad you think its funny. He’s laughing all the way to the bank as well.

        • Zach

          it is funny that you decide to talk today. hope i see you bad mouthing him at all of his next starts too

          • Mac

            The Yanks were desperate for starting pitching so they had to get CC, he’s a good pitcher but he’s not on the short list of guys you want pitching a big game for you.

            Maybe it changes, we’ll see.

    • Dela G

      hey mac

      when you are ready, i’ll be ready to give you your crazy meds

      • Mac

        I’m not the one who is crazy – 8-6 3.86 era – not a #1.

        Never mind the stats, he got out pitched today and he looked crappy against a team without its 3 & 4 hitters.

        2-5 lifetime 4+ era against Boston, 5-7 4.50 + era against the Angels – basically in a big game he’s a loser.

        • Zach

          record means nothing. are Wakefield and Marquis the top 2 pitchers in the game?

          • Mac

            Who you beat means everything. Plus his 3.86 era puts him 1/2 run below league average (good, not great)- then factor in his post season stats and how he’s fared against the Angels and Red Sox and you should conclude that so far in his career, CC is not a true #1 – he’s not going to scare anyone in October.

            Wake and Marquis didn’t get $161 mil from the Yanks either.

    • Zach

      “bunch of overrated sluggers”

      18 runs in 3 games is so overrated

      • Mac

        How many games did those sluggers win?

        Look at the dreck the Angels put out there as well – and the Yanks still couldn’t beat them.

        • Zach

          score 6 runs a game and its the sluggers fault that they lost?

          • Mac

            My point is, when the Yanks play a really fundamentally sound team, their pitching shows its warts and their primary strength – their offense – isn’t enough to beat the other team.

            Plus those same sluggers, for the most part, look pretty crummy in the other aspects of the game.

            • YankeeScribe

              True but it doesn’t matter if the Angels can steal against us, our catcher can’t catch nasty pitches, and our outfielders make routine plays look tough because we match up better offensively versus the Angels. The law of averages and OPS says eventually, we’ll reverse the trend against them…

            • Zach

              “Plus those same sluggers, for the most part, look pretty crummy in the other aspects of the game.”

              How many ‘sluggers’ does this team have? ARod, Tex, and maybe Swisher, thats three.
              What aspects of the game does Alex look crummy in?
              Tex is a gold glove on defense and obp machine. Swish has a high OBP and regardless of what you think his past has showed he’s acceptable in RF.

              • Mac

                How bout Damon and Matsui?

                Posada isn’t a slugger? His defense hasn’t been in decline and brought into question since forever?

                How bout offense being the best part of Jeter’s game?

                How bout Hinske playing b\c he hit HR’s?

                This team still tries to make up for its shortcomings by bludgeoning bad teams and getting out played by the few better constructed teams in the game.

                Its not that the Yanks are a bad team, they are a good team that consistently shows the same flaws and gaps in construction.

                They’ve gotten better, but they aren’t good enough.

                BTW, Swisher needs to go somewhere else – he’s a defensive liability – he’s getting less playing time in RF b\c the Yanks see how bad he is – he’s only acceptable if he’s tearing the cover off the ball – now his ops isn’t much better than Melky’s.

                He’s too streaky to get as much playing time as he has – look at his monthly stats great, awful, great and this month, awful.

  • bxpd

    Considering how the Yanks began and CMW’s tough start the team put together a great latter part of the first half excluding the last three games. You don’t want the last three games to discredit that great stretch of games, but it’s so difficult to not be frustrated. Oddly, the 0-8 record against the Sox does not bother me. Are the Sox a better team? You can’t be delusional and say no just because you’re a Yankees fan. They’re ahead and have beaten the Yanks head to head so you take your lumps and say yes. But, are they 0-8 better? No, the record is an anomaly.

    However, the last three games are concerning because when it comes to the Angels it’s the same thing. For the most part, they play solid D. They hit in the clutch. They take the extra base. And, they just beat us. It doesn’t matter who we add or who they lose as far as players are concerned. Their style of play really magnifies our weaknesses and to date we have not found an answer.

    A lot can change during the course of the 2nd half but at the end of the season it’s probable that the standings could look the same way they do this moment, which means the Yanks will be flying to Anaheim for the Divisional Playoffs. Yes, we’ll take our chances then, and the playoffs are a crapshoot. But, when it comes to these two teams, the more things change the more they stay the same. It frustrates the crap out of me.

    • YankeeScribe

      I agree but unfortunately, all we’re going to hear from NY fans this week is how the Yanks still can’t beat the Red Sox and the Angels.

      Of course the odds are still in favor of the Yanks making the post season this year but the road to the WS will most likely be through Anaheim or Boston or both…

      • toad

        Well, you’re going to hear it because it seems to be true. And what bxpd says about the Angels is exactly right. There’s no reason they should have our number, but they do. Gee, could we be doing something wrong?

    • Mac

      Your last two paragraphs were the best thing I’ve read in a long time – IMHO, this Yanks team is the best since 2003 – but I don’t think its good enough and I don’t know how that can be fixed.

      Halladay and Street? Still leaves you with so much age in the field and possibly the worst defensive of in MLB. When you play Gardy and Melky together the D is slightly above average and you are taking a hit in the lineup.

      Barring injuries to other teams, I don’t know how the Yanks go far in October – if they get there.

      • Zach

        Hallady and Street, yeah those two players have great post season numbers and meaningful games….. oh wait.

        CC isnt an ace because his postseason and boston numbers- how has Halladay done against boston and angels? 4.46 and 4.43 eras. and had a 4.11 era against the AL champs last year. And how many playoff games has Doc pitched in? 0

        • Mac

          We’ve seen CC in big games, I’ll take my chances with Doc.

          Look at what he’s done to Boston and LAA the last two seasons 3-0 2.60 vs. the Angels 3-2 (12-12 overall) vs. The Sox 2.56.

          He’s a much better pitcher than CC.

          Also, the Yanks are at a crossroads, yet again – they can either try and get the best available players (if they are available), go for a back end guy, like Washburn or stand pat.

          I’m not a huge Street fan, but he gives the Yanks an option to wither switch out Hughes in the pen or maybe leave him there if they get a Washburn.

          Leave the sarcasm out of your posts, it doesn’t do well for you

  • AP28

    2-12 vs red sox and angels. At least one of which we will have to beat in the playoffs. Fucking pathetic.Fire Girardi

    • YankeeScribe

      Chill out. We’re leading the AL in OPS and homers. We might not beat the Angels and Boston but we’re going to keep crushing teams like Minnesota and Kansas City…

      • toad

        That’s nice. So we’ll go out in the Division Series.

    • Little Bill

      The Yankees record vs. the Sox and Angels is irrelevant. All that matters is that they are good enough to make the playoffs. From there, it’s anybody’s game. The Orlando Magic won the regular season series vs. the L.A. Lakers. A lot good that did them in the finals. The regular season is irrelevant in the playoffs. The Yankees could lose every single game vs. the Sox and Angels during the regular season, but if they made the playoffs that wouldn’t mean a damn thing.

      • BklynJT

        If we don’t start beating the Sox, we may not make it to the playoffs. It’s amazing as it is that the Yankees were able to tie the Sox for first place after losing 8 to them. I will settle for splitting the rest of the games this year with the Sox, then we can better even out the season+playoff record by sweeping them in the playoffs.

      • Joseph M

        Good Point, I don’t know what makes anyone think the Angels or the Red Sox will be playing in the post season. We’re set we’ll play Texas and the Twins in the AL and we’ll take on the Mets in the World Series, you going to the parade?

  • dkidd

    i wonder what the rotation is going to look like in 2 months?

    cc, aj, fully recovered cwm, figured-it-out joba, andy?

    cc.aj, andy, washburn, aceves?

    should be interesting

    • Accent Shallow

      If it’s CC/AJ/Andy/Washburn/Aceves, something several things have gone horribly wrong.

    • Tank the Frank

      It might be time to consider Washburn. You’d have to think the Ms will be looking to trade him and his numbers this year can’t be ignored. Of course, at 34-years-old and a free agent next year, you really don’t want to give up much for him. The problem is, with the year he is having, the Ms can get away with a much bigger asking price.

      Personally I hope the rotation is:

      CC, AJ, fully-recovered CMW, Andy, and Hughes. Aceves back to the pen. If Joba continues to struggle in the 2nd half I’d like to see him optioned to Triple-A and gives Hughes the starts he deserves. To me, those two are interchangeable, and I don’t want to see either of them in the pen.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD
      • dkidd

        i threw out washburn as an example. i hope his doesn’t come to this, but picturing a scenario where cmw and joba are both struggling and/or not healthy & mitre is not ready. does cashman look for outside help?