Game 99 Spillover Thread


Robbie Cano hit that homer because he wanted to jog around the bases. Because, you know, he’s so lazy.

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  1. Drew says:

    lol has anyone seen the commercial for the “Fat Bachelor?” Looks like gold.

  2. Nick Swisher only hit that home run so he could jog around the bases and not risk making another boneheaded baserunning play.

  3. Brazilian Yankee says:

    I love that we’ve left 8 men on base by going 1 for 7 with RISP but we are still up by 5.

  4. Riddering says:

    A-Rod didn’t hit a home run because he wants to save his hip durability tonight for Kate.

  5. Dela G says:

    good god these yankees are something else

    what? like 6 losses since that game in atlanta?

    21-6 in their last 27

  6. chriskeo says:

    So we’ll see Melancon, Albaladejo, and Robertson, or use whoever is gonna be send down to Scranton for an outfielder, Burnett is at 94 pitches right now

  7. JGS says:

    come on, AJ–four K inning here

  8. Lanny says:

    I don’t think many people here would admit to wanting Lowe and not wanting Burnett this past winter.

  9. The Artist says:

    That was a GREAT play by Tex keeping that ball from going to RF.

  10. Russell NY says:

    Hey Phil Hughes is coming to a mall near me to sign autographs. You think his autograph will be worth more than $40 ?

  11. Tom Zig says:

    I’ve never seen the dropped strike 3 and still make it to first play until I met AJ Burnett. Can we go for the ever elusive 4-strikeout inning?

  12. Accent Shallow says:

    Freakin’ Posada.

  13. Jordan says:

    Is anyone else not getting any announcing, just game sounds?

    Not going to lie, I am kind of enjoying it.

  14. Russell NY says:

    Oh that made me very sad.

  15. Russell NY says:

    Jorge’s passed ball is compounding here.

  16. Dela G says:

    damn what a great hit and run

  17. Salty Buggah says:

    ah damn, we need to get out of this guys.

    Is it me does JoPo allow a passed ball evertime (even though its classified as WP mostly)?

  18. zs190 says:

    AJ velocity down to 91-92 now. He’s pitched a great game so far but we’ve got to pull him soon.

  19. Russell NY says:


  20. Robbie already met his base running quota with his triple, it’s all walks, outs and HR’s from now until Wednesday.

  21. Dela G says:

    grrrrrreat! Double play

  22. Mikebk says:

    huge DP there.

  23. Salty Buggah says:

    Ok, I’ll take DP and giving up a run.

  24. Accent Shallow says:

    That’s about the best outcome you can hope for from “In play, run(s)”

  25. Johan Iz My Brohan says:


    I’ll take that run for the DP

  26. Russell NY says:

    What a job by Burnett. Major applause.

  27. Dela G says:

    standing O for AJ burnett

  28. Salty Buggah says:

    Great pitching by AJ today

    :Standing Ovation:

  29. Manimal says:

    Robbie has a very realistic chance at a cycle.

  30. Riddering says:


    There’s no other pitcher in our rotation that I feel as confident in when he’s faced with a jam.

  31. Mikebk says:

    melancon or robertson for the 7th

    • Salty Buggah says:

      probably for the 9th. 4 run lead doesnt give off the same sense of security as a 5-run lead so I doubt Joe puts them in.

  32. Dela G says:

    nice walk godzilla

  33. Dela G says:

    wow posada is effing slow

  34. Russell NY says:

    Posada AGAIN with the DP

  35. Riddering says:

    Would that have been a DP for any two but Matsui and Posada?

  36. NYQ says:

    In plays out(s)
    Please no Dp…Please no Dp…Please no Dp
    Damn it

  37. Zach says:

    Cano with 2 4-pitch walks?

  38. Salty Buggah says:

    Robbie with another 4-pitch walk?!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Dela G says:


  40. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    I’m speechless…

  41. Salty Buggah says:

    BTW, check out Robbie’s line. All 2′s except under SO or LOB. in which he has zeros. Awesome!

  42. Accent Shallow says:

    A second walk for Robbie? Woo!

  43. NYQ says:

    OMG Cano walks twice in a game!!!
    How is this possible?
    Now the pirates are going to the World Series.

  44. Mikebk says:

    Chris Walken

  45. Dela G says:

    its will ferrell you idiot

  46. Riddering says:

    Christopher Walken > everyone else

  47. Russell NY says:

    Aceves time? I know Hughes will sit today…

    • Sam says:

      It looked like AJ was coming back out there

    • The Artist says:

      You couldn’t really tell looking at his numbers from yesterday, but if you saw Phil pitch (I was at the game) he looked like he was laboring the entire time. Fell behind hitters, looked a little tired, and just never seemed comfortable out there.

      His results were still great, especially with the assist from Bruney and Mo, but he looked like he needed a few days off to me.

  48. Sam says:

    Jeter has no range

  49. Russell NY says:

    Good positioning by Jeter.

  50. FWIW, for all you guys cooking up harebrained schemes to trade for Roy Halladay on the cheap:

    The three least tradeable players in all of Major League Baseball, according to ESPN’s David Schoenfield (in order, emphasis mine):

    1) Barry Zito
    3) Alex Rodriguez


  51. Dela G says:

    jeter looks like 2001 jeter

  52. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    never expected to see jeter come into the frame on that one.

  53. BklynJT says:

    Dear Kay,

    Jeter was playing him up the middle fool.

    Love Singelton

  54. Riddering says:

    Jeter’s range makes me happy in my swimsuit area.

  55. I love Alex Rodriguez’s arm and Mark Teixiera’s glove.

  56. Dela G says:

    holy shit a-rod with the incredible play

  57. Mikebk says:

    Indians dealt Garko to the Giants for Scott Barnes and a ptbnl.

  58. Sam says:

    Great job by AJ once again

  59. Zach says:

    loev quick 7th innings from your starter

  60. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Heckuva job by AJ.

  61. Salty Buggah says:

    I’ll give even a better standing ovation for AJ now!

  62. Dela G says:

    wow i was shocked burnett went 7

  63. Riddering says:

    I love this team.

    Mo loves this team.

    Jesus looks out for this team from afar.

    There’s no stopping them.

  64. Tony B says:

    Gameday has the rays run as unearned since when does a passed ball make runs unearned?

  65. Russell NY says:

    Isn’t Albaladejo the guy who walks the first hitter he faces every time out?

  66. Dela G says:

    evan almighty…

  67. Drew says:

    good numbers? Dude’s got like a 1.5 whip

  68. Dela G says:

    man balfour made jete his beetch on those first 2 pitches

  69. Dela G says:

    nice job jeter

  70. Mikebk says:

    Jete now number 66 on the all time hits list.

  71. handtius says:

    when jeter hits like that, it still amazes me.

  72. Tony B says:

    infield in always works against us

  73. Drew says:

    “Yeah I thought that was Shouse” So WTF did you say it was Choate.

  74. Dela G says:

    man too bad that play at home wasn’t closer

  75. Sam says:

    Birthday present from A-Rod to the rest of the team…so unclutch

  76. JGS says:

    uch, just padding his stats

  77. Tom Zig says:

    Mark Melancon is begging to pitch today

  78. Dela G says:



  79. Zach says:

    mm i love when alex pads his stats

  80. Salty Buggah says:

    unclutch or not…that double was needed for A-rod…maybe now he breaks out of his mini-slump and maybe now Melancon gets some work

  81. Drew says:

    All of Hideki’s outs have been hit well today, I think.

  82. Tom Zig says:

    8th inning – johnny appleseed?
    9th- mark melancon (please) or robertson

    • Little Bill says:

      8th inning- Alby, Robertson

      9th inning- Melancon, Bruney, Cokey, Acey, Mo for the last out with a 5 run lead and 2 men on base.

  83. Trish says:

    Dear Rays station:

    You can stop showing Kate Hudson now, kthx.

  84. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Someone please send Melancon down to AAA to get work in, he hasn’t pitched in a little more than 2 weeks…

  85. Mikebk says:

    why is melancon even here if albie who just got called up and may go right back to scranton is being put in over him in a 6 run game and melancon hasnt pitched in 2 weeks.

  86. Salty Buggah says:

    I can has Melancon in the 9th? PLEASE!

  87. Tony B says:

    Joe Girardi officialy hates Melancon

  88. Dela G says:

    is it pronounced “melanson” or “Mela-kon”

  89. Albie in the 8th Melancon in the 9th?

  90. handtius says:

    Mark M. needs some work. it’s been SEVENTEEN days!!! 17, 17, 17. one more time. 17.

  91. Tony B says:

    Melancon is the new Chris Britton

  92. VO says:

    “Better check he’s not wearing a wire.”

  93. Salty Buggah says:

    Has Albie always thrown 91-92? I though I saw him last April (or this April?) he was 94-96

  94. Stryker says:

    i’m glad people now see my frustrations with girardi over the under usage of melancon. i just don’t get it. you’d think a 7 run lead going into the 8th would be enough for him just get some goddamn work….that’s 14 days he could have thrown/developed for scranton.

    • Zach says:

      thanks for shedding light on the situation, we were all clueless before you graced us with your knowledge of melancon’s lack of use

    • Drew says:

      6 run lead. It’s also “14″ days in which he’s been under the tutelage of the greatest closer of all time. It’s not all bad.

      • Stryker says:

        not all bad? if you consider not throwing the damn baseball while albaladejo walked a guy, and gave up a double and 2 runs when he could have at least warmed up..

        • Drew says:

          So u’d bring Mel into the game now that it’s a HR away from a 1 run game? Look, I don’t understand not ever using him either but I’m just trying to find a positive.

    • handtius says:

      everyone has always said that. I like Joe a lot, but he is showing a slight Torre like bullpen skill this year.

    • Lanny says:

      What has Melancon done to deserve work? He should be in Scranton.

      • V says:

        A 7-1 lead might be a good chance to give him a chance. Short leash, but a chance.

        Agreed he should be in Scranton if he’s just going to rot, though.

  95. Dela G says:

    wow that was a lucky ass hit

  96. cjc says:

    well that sucked

  97. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Albaladejo is sooooooo bad.

  98. Salty Buggah says:

    cmon Albie…no more runs, we need Melancon!

  99. VO says:

    I really wish he would let Melancon pitch.

  100. Mikebk says:

    and now mo has to get up…GIRARDI.

  101. Dela G says:


  102. Brendan says:

    Albaledejo misses Scranton.

  103. Tony B says:

    don’t use mo!

  104. Riddering says:


    Are you kidding me?

  105. VO says:

    Are you kidding me? I’m not a Girardi basher but this is bull. Mariano?

  106. EB says:

    Like Bruney said, Albie is just trying to get Mo the save so he can smash KRods record

  107. JMK says:

    Albada-not-gonna-work-here-anymore if he keeps this up.

  108. Dela G says:


    alby sucks hard

  109. JGS says:

    ok, time to get him out of there

  110. Mikebk says:

    let bruney come in and get 1 out. or D-Rob and Bruney the 9th.

    Dont make mo pitch tonight.

  111. Steve O. says:

    The Yanks have really been hurt this game by Posada’s weak thowing arm. Get Molina and his .200 bat out there, atleast he can throw someone out. Posada can DH and that’ll keep the slumping Matsui on the bench because no one breaks out of slumps. Oh and I just love seeing two blackholes in the lineup when Molina starts.

  112. Johan Iz My Brohan says:


  113. Lanny says:

    Kinda ridiculous that up 5 in the 8th and you need to get Mo up.

  114. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Albie doesnt belong in the majors.

    • Mikebk says:

      which is why he hasnt been, yet girardi trusted him more than D-Rob or Melancon in a 6 run game. at least d-rob pitched a couple times recently but Mark hasnt pitched since before the break. what a joke.

    • Russell NY says:

      agreed. He is very bad. He walks the first batter he faces almost every time. That was ball 3 for the out he got coming into this game. He is just plain bad. You are asking for trouble when you bring him in.

  115. Russell NY says:

    I saw this coming the moment they decided to warm alby up.

  116. Little Bill says:

    lol, i knew he’d warm up Mo. Girardi will use 7 relievers to get out of this game.

  117. Drew says:

    D-Rob, don’t walk the bases loaded plz

  118. Hova says:

    This is why I want to see Phil stay in the bullpen. If you take him out of there, drastically weakens the pen. Don’t trust anyone after Mo and Ace. Coke even makes me uneasy in a big spot.

  119. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    I hate Girardi at the moment…

  120. wtf says:

    enough of albejabldieo!

  121. EB says:

    Oh Oh, DROB is Baaaaaaad when coming in with Runners on

  122. Salty Buggah says:

    Thanks a lot Albie! If Melancon isnt going to get work with a 6 run lead, then why have him here?

  123. Jersey says:

    Are you a good David Robertson, or a bad David Robertson?

  124. Todd says:

    All of you Hughes to the rotation guys:

    Remember the days when the bullpen sucked? I really do understand your point(s) about wanting Hughes as a starter. But all I am saying is that without Hughes in the pen, the Bullpen SUCKS. Is that really what we want? The end of this game is a glimpse back into the first third of the season…

    • BklynJT says:

      Unfortunately, it is soooo true that the bullpen sucks without Hughes in it. Maybe they would be better if the back end guys would get more pitching opportunities than once every 10 games.

    • Jon G says:

      That’s why they have to get Melancon some friggin work, so he can get comfortable at the MLB level and start to live up to his potential role…

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Ehh, Albaladejo is the last-second to last pitcher in the pen. The fire was put out by Robertson, who’s below Mo, Hughes, Aceves, Bruney, and Coke in the pecking order.

      While putting Hughes in the rotation would weaken the pen, it’d hardly destroy it, especially if either Melancon or Robertson can step up.

      It also wouldn’t surprise me to see Cashman add another RP.

    • But all I am saying is that without Hughes in the pen, the Bullpen SUCKS. Is that really what we want?

      No, nobody wants that. If you’re giving me the choice between a crappy bullpen or a crappy 5th starter, though, I’ll take a crappy bullpen. Because having 5 great starters is worth having a weakened, less rock-solid bullpen.

      Life is full of hard choices.

  125. brad says:

    anyone see minaya’s press conference? he cant even form intelligible thought processes

  126. BklynJT says:

    Eh… I smell a home run.

  127. Russell NY says:

    Pena acting like a jackarse. He should be tossed.

  128. Dela G says:

    oh wow what a sucky first strike call

  129. Tony B says:

    throw him out!

  130. VO says:

    Ha, Maddon “That’s bullshit”

  131. Jon G says:

    I came on here to bitch about Girardi bringing in Albalasucko instead of Melancon, who NEEDS WORK.

    And I found the same bitching — right there with ya’all.

    Hope to see Melancon in the ninth…

    But Melancon should have gotten work the other day in the blowout, and today at 7-1. That’s how Joba started.

    Because when Melancon gets rolling, he has the potential to be huge for this pen…

  132. The Mets have a pinch-hit grand slam.

  133. Russell NY says:

    If we strike out Pena here on a blown call I bet he has a roid attack and punches the umpire.

  134. cjc says:

    boy pena makes me nervous

  135. VO says:

    wtf Kay “Heeeee fouls it back”

  136. Chili Davis says:

    Attaboy, Robertson!

  137. I can has Melancon for the 9th?

  138. JGS says:

    yeah DRob!

  139. Dela G says:


  140. Salty Buggah says:

    Nice D-rob! With a 4 run lead, I hope Melancon can work the 9th with their bottom of order coming up. Too bad Mo had to get warmed up.

  141. Accent Shallow says:

    D-Rob is nastay.

  142. Mikebk says:

    i love how Girardi throwing a dude who should still be in AAA is proof that the pen sucks if Hughes wasnt in it. Did i miss Coke, Bruney and Ace all pitching tonight?

    • V says:

      Agreed. And Marte is getting close.

    • JGS says:

      well, how good are most teams’ mop-up guys? if they were better, they wouldn’t be mopping up

    • Drew says:

      Your crystal ball is great. First people complain that Mel didn’t come in who, we all admit should be rusty, now we complain that Brune Ace and Coke got a day off? I don’t get it.

    • Todd says:

      Well Bruney hasn’t been pitching well for a while. And the point is after Coke and Mo, the scrubs and mop-up guys would be pitching in important late inning situations.

  143. LiveFromNewYork says:

    This might sound like a naive question. Okay it is a naive question but can’t Melancon ask to be sent back to Scranton if he’s not going to be used. Not in a nasty way but in an “I need the work and Scranton needs me” way.

    • V says:

      He’s making $400k a year while he’s in the majors. I imagine he’ll sit on the bench for the rest of the year if they want him to.

      • LiveFromNewYork says:

        At this stage of his career, is it really about money or is it about wilting on the vine? I’m just wondering if there is anyone he can talk to about either getting work here or going back to Scranton. He does need to keep developing.

        • V says:

          If I were in his position, I’d take the money, and be happy. Presumably, he’s also throwing on the side, under Eiland (and Mariano’s?) tutelage.

    • Drew says:

      Didn’t you see him Phil and Mo chillin talking in the BP yesterday? I’m sure he’s happy sitting next to those guys.

    • Stryker says:

      now maybe Mo can sit down?

  144. Jon G says:

    We want Melancon, we want Melancon….

  145. FL Yank says:

    That was huge for Robertson. 37 K’s in 25 and 2/3 innings. Hopefully he can use that outing as a stepping stone. People forget how young he is and expect him to come in and be shut down. That takes time. Maybe that’ll shut up the haters for a little while.

  146. Ken Singleton just reminded us all that people in Florida are old.

    • LiveFromNewYork says:

      In Tampa, yeah. In Miami not so much.

      I know so many New Yorkers in Florida and I hate the place. I don’t get it.

  147. Steve H: tonight we celebrate.

    • Steve H says:

      We always celebrate Swish’s greatness. He simply refuses to hit at home as he does not want to enhance YS III’s reputation as a bandbox. If he chose to, he’d have about 60 HR’s by now, just at home.

  148. Dela G says:


  149. JGS says:

    nice catch by that fan

    • Scooter says:

      A dive and a sno-cone

      Swish heating up… and Melky with the double. Tack on another, and we might get to rest Mo for sure

  150. Zach says:

    best 4th OF in the game

    • JMK says:

      thanks for shedding light on the situation, we were all clueless before you graced us with your knowledge of Swisher’s status as the best 4th OF in the game

      /(sort of different)

  151. RollingWave says:

    looks like Cano’s back to his 2nd half MVP form again.

  152. VO says:

    The Swish!

  153. Salty Buggah says:

    Swisha! Again! Why cant he hit like this at home? It is TEH BANDBOX

  154. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Swisher is so amazing on the road.

  155. Jersey says:

    John Sterling just said “Swish-a-licious.” Horrible.

  156. Dela G says:

    that was an amazing catch by the fan

  157. Riddering says:

    Good Melky is good.

  158. cjc says:

    tack ons are fun for everyone yay more please

  159. Mikebk says:

    let D-Rob finish it or Melancon work…dont really care. nice for d-rob to get a save.

  160. “Not at all…”

    That’s because no one wants you there, Michael.

  161. Russell NY says:

    3 more please.

  162. VO says:


  163. JGS says:

    sucky parts of Yankee bullpen >>>>>>> sucky parts of Tampa’s pen

  164. Dela G says:



  165. Accent Shallow says:

    Nice intentional walk there.

  166. Tom Zig says:

    0 excuse for melancon to not pitch today…shit swisher could even pitch today

  167. Scooter says:

    #200 for Damon!

    Yeah I think Mo can relax

  168. V says:

    Well, that should do it.

  169. Moshe Mandel says:

    Melk against lefties (SSS):

    104 AB’s, .295/.380/.489. Wow.

    Probably an anomaly (against his career split), but wow.

  170. Zach says:

    johnny boy

  171. Little Bill says:

    Can Melancon protect an 8 run lead?

  172. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Finally Damon hits a HR

  173. handtius says:

    If Marky Mark don’t come in now….

  174. Steve H says:

    Picking up Willingham for my fantasy team, yesterday, is kinda paying off.

  175. Smart move walking Jeter.

  176. BigBlueAL says:

    I guess Girardi wants Robertson to get his 1st career save.

  177. JGS says:

    just send Melancon down already

  178. Tony B says:

    What did Melancon do to Girardi?

  179. So did Mark Melancon kick Joe Girardi’s dog or something?

  180. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    I feel empty inside without Melancon pitching

  181. Russell NY says:

    Well at least he didn’t walk the leadoff hitter.

  182. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    well DROB should be out now.

  183. Dela G says:

    let robertson stay there and take the runs

  184. VO says:

    Alright, can I please see Melancon. It’s a sign!

  185. Pat Burrell is quite unimpressed by David Robertson.

  186. JeffG says:


  187. Jon G says:

    OK, enough Robertson – give us Melancon!

    • YankeeJosh says:

      I don’t get it. Melancon needs work and it’s a blowout. Robertson has now pitched threee times in four games. It was the perfect situation to get Melancon an inning.

      Girardi leaves me baffled sometimes.

  188. BigBlueAL says:

    Girardi will soon get Mo warming up again.

  189. Steve H says:

    Maybe, since Melancon is so damn pasty white, Girardi literally can’t see him and doesn’t know to put him in the game.

  190. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Pete Abraham better ask Girardi where the hell Melancon is after the game.

  191. V says:

    So, they brought Albaladejo up because they needed a reliever.

    And Melancon is still riding the pine.

    I REALLY hope they have a good reason for this. The roster spot is too important to waste a guy.

    • Steve H says:

      Not only wasting the roster spot, but it’s not like Melancon is some 35 year old. Just like it’s pointless to bring up A-Jax to ride the pine, it’s pointless to not use Melancon, though to a lesser extent. Still effing frustrating.

    • Drew says:

      Someone has to be the 25th man. Ask Tomko.

      • V says:

        Melancon might have a future in the organization. Tomko didn’t.

        Are you just playing devil’s advocate? You’re not good at it.

        • Zach says:

          right now he’s the last guy in teh bullpen. since the break and before tonight there has been exactly 1 game that wasnt decided by 3 runs or less, and of that 1 game it was 1 inning, and DRob got that inning

          thats playing devil advocate

        • Drew says:

          Are you ever happy? You come on this site all the time and complain about someone.
          I’m well aware that Tomko didn’t have a future with us, my point is that someone has to be the last option. When you get good starting pitching it is hard to get every single pen guy innings. IF you’re in a close game, which it has been as of late, are you going to pitch Melancon over Ace Hughes Coke or Bruney, if they’re all available? I wouldn’t.

      • Tomko’s the perfect 25th man, because he’s 36 and we literally don’t give a shit if he rusts away and deteriorates into ash.

        Melancon has a future with the team, or at least we’d like him to.

        • Drew says:

          So should we resign Tomko or have Joe go out of his way in close games to get a rookie innings? Look it’s not you, but so many people complained that Tomko was on the team and he sucked when he came in once every two weeks. We released Tomko and now we have a young guy in that role, people complain. I thought I was used to the incessant complaining but I guess I’m not.

          • No, we shouldn’t resign Tomko. But, if the last man in the pen is going to pitch this infrequently, we should either:

            A) move Melancon back to Scranton so he can get work and put someone we care about less in this spot, like Edwar, or
            B) reorder the pecking chart so that Melancon isn’t the last man in the pen and Albaladejo is, or
            C) roll with a smaller bullpen and a larger bench.

            • Drew says:

              I agree with A.
              B is moot because either Mel or Albie will be sent down, maybe both when Marte is back and we have someone to fill in for Grit.
              C would be excellent, especially with the starting pitching that we’ve been getting.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan says:

      The worst part is that his service time clock is ticking…

    • The Artist says:

      Winning 22 of the past 28 just doesn’t do it for you, huh?

  192. Russell NY says:

    I like the Tampa Bay approach to hitting in the 9th. Obviously aside from Burrell they just look to stick the bat slowly into the zone and slap the ball all over the place. Do we ever do that?

  193. Drew says:

    Look, all of us want to get Melancon innings here or in Scranton. Joe’s concern is winning. As long as he’s doing so, stop whining.

    If it’s not the bullpen it’s the lineup. If it’s not the lineup it’s Ransom. If it wasn’t Ransom it was Tomko. Jeez We’re about to be 23 games over.

    • V says:

      You can’t use Melancon in an 11-3 ballgame because you’re afraid of losing?

      • Moshe Mandel says:

        The argument was to go to him at 7-1. Once Robertson was in the game in that spot, you need to give him more than one batter.

      • Jackson says:

        Perhaps the thinking is that you just had a pitcher throw 4 pitches, he’s already up and loose, why take him out of the game now. Why use three relievers when you only need two? You never know what’s going to happen tomorrow.

      • YankeeJosh says:

        And Robertson is pitching his third game in four days. Perfect opportunity to give an inning to Melancon, not over-work Robertson and get out with a win.

      • Drew says:

        It was 7-1.

        If Joe took D-Rob out after one batter (11-3) and Mel struggled, we would have had to use another arm.

    • Our concern is winning too. That’s why we’re clamoring for Melancon to get work: because he needs the innings to get sharp and improve so he can start contributing to the club.

      • Steve H says:

        Exactly. Melancon isn’t a mop-up man long term, so to not use him now in mop-up situations is crazy if you’re not ready to trust him in tight spots.

      • Drew says:

        I see your concern but I see a guy with 5 major league innings, his contribution is not essential to us winning, imo. Would it be nice? Yes obviously. Would I rather see him over Albie? Yes. Am I going to consistently complain about Joe not putting him in? No.

        • Mikebk says:

          then dont fucking waste him on the bench. let him pitch in AAA and waste the Albies of the world who arent going to get better and hopefully help us in the future.

        • His contribution isn’t essential to us now… but it will be in the future.

          We have a business model that requires us to win both now AND later. That means we need to take advantage of pretty much every single opportunity to develop players.

          Every non-essential inning should be used to make young pitchers better.

          • Drew says:

            I agree with that.

            We all wanted and hoped Mel would be lights out since he came up. When he first got here, he wasn’t himself. He was walking people and couldn’t hit the glove like he did in the minors.

            I want him to get regular innings. I think he’ll be a solid pitcher no matter where he is, in time.

            My whole beef is that people complain about something else every night..

    • Jackson says:

      Amen. Thank you.

    • thurdonpaul says:


    • JMK says:

      I don’t think anyone is upset that we’re about to be 23 games over. This doesn’t mean that criticisms can’t be had. Wasting a spot and potentially hindering development is certainly a valid issue to bring up.

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  196. VO says:

    You know I really feel this team is something special.

    • The Artist says:

      This is the best Yankee team I’ve seen since the championship run. Other teams would go on good runs, even in Torre’s last year they were something like 51-24 in the second half when Hughes and Joba showed up. But this team has played .500 ball at times or went on stretches where they are just amazing and almost unbeatable. They’ve done both of those at least twice already, and you feel like there’s still a lot more good baseball coming. Especially since AJ and CC are typically 2nd half pitchers.

  197. Tony B says:

    Save #1 for d-rob!

  198. Scooter says:

    With Waldman, Swish just gave credit to Kevin Long for fixing some kind of flaw in his swing. (Also said that AJ was the star of the game)

  199. The Artist says:

    “Our chemistry is just amazing,it’s the best since I’ve been here and the best since I’ve been playing Baseball.”

    -Johnny Damon

    “Joe Girardi is really having problems with the veterans.”

    -Mike Francesa

  200. Evan says:

    Good win, Yankees. :D

  201. Little Bill says:

    Split the next 2 with the Rays and the Yanks will be 8 games ahead with about 60 games left. Getting the division crown is pretty big though as it means avoiding the Angels in the 1st round.

  202. Drew says:

    Man Swishers first HR was absolutely smashed.

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