Game 105: What the hell happened?

Thirty Years Ago Today
Montero out for remainder of season with fractured finger

After looking so good coming out of the All-Star Break, the Yankees have looked slow and sloppy over the past three games. It does happen, even to the best teams. The Red Sox just got over one such period, when their offense failed and they just couldn’t do anything right. The difference here is that the Yankees offense is working — they did have eight hits yesterday and 12 on Friday — but they’re just not knocking them in while on base. That, and the pitching has completely blown up.

They’ll try to right the ship today by not starting Cody Ransom sending out CC Sabathia. The big lefty could use a big start today after his poor showing on Tuesday in Tampa, and the Yankees could use it after the past two performances.

Having spent most of his career in the AL Central, CC has seen plenty of the White Sox. For his career he’s 14-4 with a 3.65 ERA over 165 innings. However, plenty has changed since Sabathia’s debut in 2002. He’s a different pitcher, and the White Sox are a completely different team (obviously). He didn’t fare too well against them in 2008, allowing 11 runs over 20.1 innings, though that was mostly due to a ridiculous six homers allowed in that span, a rarity for CC. 2007 was more like it, when he allowed just six runs over 21 IP, because he allowed just two homers.

You might have heard a bit about the myth of Mark Buehrle. After all, he did retire 45 straight batters, a major league record, and happen to pitch a full perfect game among them. After the perfecto he sat down the first 17 Twins batters he faced, but faded after that. A walk, single, and ground rule double broke up the perfect game, no hitter, and shutout in a span of three batters. Trouble continued in the seventh, with a HBP, single, single, sacrifice, single, leading to four runs. Octavio Dotel would walk Justin Morneau with the bases loaded to hand Buehrle his fifth earned run of the game.

So yes, Mark Buehrle is good. He survives with great control, walking so few batters that it masks a low strikeout rate. The real key to his success this year is that he’s allowed fewer hits than innings pitched. Retiring 45 straight batters will do that for your stats. He’s never allowed fewer hits than innings pitched since 2002, when he allowed 236 hits in 239 innings.

I hate to put a must-win label on any game, lest the Yankees fall into the trap they did last summer against the Red Sox, or the one Tampa Bay put themselves into last week. Yet they pretty much have to win this one. Getting swept going into an off-day with A Boston on Toronto sandwich coming up? Yeah, might want to win this one.

Lineup:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Johnny Damon, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, DH
5. Nick Swisher, RF
6. Robinson Cano, 2B
7. Melky Cabrera, CF
8. Jerry Hairston, 3B
9. Jose Molina, C

And on the mound, number fifth-two, CC Sabathia.

Thirty Years Ago Today
Montero out for remainder of season with fractured finger
  • Salty Buggah

    This a pretty big game for CC so I hope he can pitch well to get us back to winning ways and save some lives.

    • Salty Buggah

      But Im not sure if saving lives of those type of fans is a god thing.

    • Bryan

      According to Yankees.com Joba is being pushed back to the opener on Thursday against Boston. Has Girardi confirmed this? I would just hate to see Mitre on the mound against the Red Sox.

      • zs190

        It’s been confirmed, yes, we’ll have 4 non-Mitre starters against Sox.

  • V

    Posada off two games in four days – is he hurting?

    • charlespoet

      Think based on his performance in this series, he might be. He has not looked good at all.

    • Salty Buggah

      Well, he is slumping and looks sloppy on the field. Probably just a day off. They are DHing A-rod, which is kinda surprising since we have an off-day tomorrow and PeteAbe said he might get another one in Toronto.

      • Drew

        About Al, just on the pregame Joe said he thought it would be great for Al to have a half day today, full day off tomorrow, then on the turf he’ll probably get a half day too. It’s probably a good idea.

  • charlespoet

    If CC has a bad outing that is good news for Sir Sidney… Cashman must have jumped for joy seeing Ponson DFA’d. How quickly things can change.

    • 27 this year

      I really hope we don’t sign Ponson. Maybe Cash didn’t make a deal because he felt like Ponson was going to be available soon.

      • zs190

        Have you read what Cash said? He said he was in on every starter and reliever in the market but there wasn’t a deal to be made so he stood pat.?Did you want him to trade AJax for 2 months of Jarrod Washburn?

  • Dela G

    aight, this time i refrained from posting first.

    Maybe this will change the luck of the team

    Lets pound these sox today and beat buehrle and his 89mph fastballs

    • VO

      I’m going out on the edge saying the Yankees will score a bunch of runs today.

    • charlespoet

      15-3 score would ease the pain of losing this series.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    In further “life is shit and then you die” news, Montero is out for the rest of the season.

    Broken finger, technically 4-6 weeks, it amounts to the rest of the MiL season.

    • VO

      Comes back for September call-ups? Just trying to think positive.

    • Dela G

      my god, when it rains, it pours.

      Can’t they just play him as a DH for the rest of the season? I know i sound naive, but other players have played with broken fingers before.

      • V

        Too prized of a prospect. Just get him healthy. This season has been great for him so far, and his confidence has to be sky high.

        This guarantees he starts 2010 in AA though.

        • Dela G

          true dat

        • Drew

          Could be a short stint in AA next year if he starts where he left off.

          /crosses fingers

    • SouthernYankeeFan

      NOOOOOOOO. I just put on a serious hurt face.

    • pat

      Eh, a broken finger is certainly the most ideal injury in this situation. Anything involving the wrist would have been very very bad. A broken finger is manageable.

      • V

        True.

      • Salty Buggah

        that’s good I guess

    • V

      Damn it.

      Confidence level has now taken a dip. Shit.

    • Salty Buggah

      WTF? Damn, that sucks. I guess we can all live without seeing his stats on DOTF for the rest of the year but he better recover fully or else we’ll never be happy. This better not hurt his career at all.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        …it’s a broken finger, and he’s not a pitcher.

        • Salty Buggah

          I know but you never know (look at how Wang’s foot injury might have led to something worse). Just hoping the worst doesnt happen.

          • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

            foot injuries are much more serious because they can alter a pitcher’s delivery.

            • Salty Buggah

              yea I know but just being safe by hoping for the best I guess.

    • VO

      Big deal he has 9 others.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        That was the argument someone made me when I told him he couldn’t handle my sword because he was drunk and I was afraid he might chop off one of his fingers.

        Dude was serious, too.

        • ARX

          You lost me at “my sword”

        • TheLastClown

          Rebecca: Optimist Prime, or Pollyanna Warrior Queen?

    • Riddering

      Agh. Joy level in my life suddenly plummets.

      (‘Fess up, who else wants to send Jesus a get well card?)

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        Heh, I kinda do….

      • Salty Buggah

        I was thinking about that.

      • VO

        I think we all do, but where do we mail them to?

        • Riddering

          Jesus Montero
          Right Hand of Mo
          Heaven

          Honestly, I’d think sending a card to Jesus c/o Trenton Thunder would be the best bet.

  • 27 this year
    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      The scary thing is that these guys passed unnoticed by George Mitchell…

      …who is now the US envoy for Mideast Peace.

      • 27 this year

        yea, i don’t see the envoy working out.

      • VO

        +1

    • Salty Buggah

      yea, this BoSox thing getting better and better by day.

      • 27 this year

        first the doctor who taught players how to use steroids safely based on the words of a player Lou something.

        then Manny and Ortiz

        then this.

        • Salty Buggah

          yep, and Im sure there’s more to come. Big Papi has confirmed that he had tested positive after initially saying he was blindsided even though he was informed in 2004 according to the union. Im waiting for him to say what he tested positive for and how he tested positive in his apology

  • Salty Buggah

    So I was reading Hoch’s blog and scrolled down to the comments. Here’s one:

    “I’m so digusted with this 220 million dollar team that drops dead as soon as they could have put some distance between them and their rivals. A-Rod makes me want to throw up with his chokes. Posada is toast defensively, I love em, but! This team is not fundamental and that’s Girardis’ fault. It doesn’t advance runners and they have the kill mentality. Mitre was a terrible choice and Swisher is a hotdog. We’re either long in the tooth or wet behind the ears. What a huge waste of 220 million dollars. They keep playing like this and the fans will be gone, names or no names. If A-Rod blows one more bubble after grounding into a double play or failing miserably some other way I will puke up.”

    WTF? So we blame A-rod even though he is mashing is this series? Some people are idiots.

  • Mark B

    If Girardi is going to play Hairston at 3B, why not DFA Ransom and call up AJax?

    • pat

      Because Austin is in the midst of a bad slump.

    • Drew

      Patience.. Patience. Ransom will be gone the day Grit comes back, maybe earlier. They don’t want to bring up Ajax because he’ll be sitting on the bench. Which, I disagree with, how often do we want to replace Damon and move Melky to left? How often do we want to pinch run? I think he could help us out and Ajax would know it would only be temporary.

  • Dela G

    I find it hilarious how ESPN has swept this whole Ortiz/Manny steroids thing under the rug, but made A-Rod apologize on Nat’l tv, do a press conference, and everything

    what douchebags

    • Drew

      .. When/if Damon’s name comes out, we’ll be looking at a month long fiasco.

    • Salty Buggah

      yea, I mean they had all A-rod everywhere, his pictures and quotes and articles/discusions posted.. They just have a story for this.

    • Dela G

      did you notice how manny said “Its not a big deal?”

      Oh really manny?

      • Drew

        I kind of agree with him.. I mean, anyone who thought Ortiz/ManRam were clean for their entire career must dream of unicorns and glorious rainbows every night. Yeah it’s a bitch for the history of the game but, it’s the time period we live in..

      • Salty Buggah

        If A-rod even hinted at saying that, he would be killed (I mean, maybe even literally). Then Big Papi says a bunch of bullshit (like how he was blinsided) in sunglasses and no one cares.

        FUCK Espn yo

  • NYYBomber
    • Salty Buggah

      look above, there’s a whole conversation going on.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

        It’s quite annoying, but this is not unexpected, considering the source.

        • Salty Buggah

          Damn, he must have done it a lot if you remember. And he linked a blog, not even the original source.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

            It’s not him. It’s Zell’s blog, constantly feeding people information they already found elsewhere.

            • Salty Buggah

              heh I kinda thought so. I have always thought that blog was a joke, even Voice of Yankees Universe.

  • Mike Pop

    Bummer bout Montero.

    Let’s do it CC, I expect dominance.

  • Drew

    See some pitches jete!

    • Drew

      Okay, scratch that.

  • Dela G

    i jose molina has 2 hits today, including a double

  • V

    So, how many in a row does Buehrle set down today?

    • Mike Pop

      3

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    I’m actually emailing my STOP SWINGING AT THE FUCKING FIRST PITCH JETER contact with the Thunder to see if it’s actually possible to get a get well soon card to Montero…

    • Riddering

      This comment is amusing in many ways!

      +2

  • Drew

    This 2 pitch two out shit is wearing thin on me.

  • Mike Pop

    Please, calm down Kay. That wasn’t that nice of a play.

  • V

    Ok, he made the catch, but DAMN Dye is slow in RF. Swisher gets that on the run.

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

    Dye diving catch on a ball a real RF would have camped under.

    • V

      Hehe, yup.

      And some Yankee fans would love if the Yankees had Dye in RF instead of Swisher????!

      • Drew

        Dye’s a beast bro.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          2009 Dye v. Swisher is a wash in all respects except for salary, where we win.

        • Mike Pop

          OPS+ for Dye – 112

          OPS+ for Swish – 113

          But ya, I’m kind of cherry picking. I’ll take a JErmaine Dye on my team any day.

  • handtius

    Dye looked like he was running in slow motion.

  • Dela G

    jeter hit that pretty well

    he gets a hit next time

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Screw you, Jermaine Dye.

  • Salty Buggah

    wait to work the count guys

  • Dela G

    dye is slow as hell

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Wow, that inning was kind of pathetic.

    • V

      This series has been kind of pathetic :-(

  • Accent Shallow

    At least Teixeira made him work a little.

  • Drew

    I know Jetes is having a great offensive season and you want to stick with what works but damn, it’s the lead off hitters job to make the pitcher throw a few pitches.

    • Little Bill

      It’s the lead off hitters job to get on base. Jeter got a good pitch and hit it pretty hard.

      • Mike Pop

        Ya, I got no problem with Jeter swinging at that pitch. He hit it well.

      • Drew

        Yepp. It’s also the leadoff hitters job to see some pitches. Not only for himself, but for the man on deck and in the hole.

        • Little Bill

          Buehrle’s been around a while, no surprises there. Jeter’s been getting on base all season in that lead off spot. He got a good swing on that 1st pitch and just got unlucky.

          • Drew

            Word which is why I said you want to stick with what works, since he’s having a great year.
            I just made a general comment that it’s the leadoff hitters job to make the pitcher work.
            It’s impossible to tell Jeter to change his approach in the midst of one of his best offensive years.

  • Riddering

    Kay is willing to jinx non-Yankee pitchers who already have perfect games.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I don’t mind.

  • Dela G

    the yanks were hitting his pitches hard

    i expect those hits to find gaps the second time through the order

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I’ll take the blame on these last three losses. I didn’t get a chance to see any of the games. I’m watching today, so the Yankees will win.

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

      It’s Joe’s fault. He made me write the game threads. I’m like, 1-250 over the years.

    • Salty Buggah

      You better have been visiting Ganesh or something and asking him for a WS title this year or else it’s not worth three crushing losses!

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        It was actually my birthday Friday, and I have been drunk since Thursday.

        • Mike Pop

          Now that’s awesome.

        • Salty Buggah

          OK, that’s worth it

          • Salty Buggah

            oh and happy b-day

  • Mike Pop

    Woo, Hairston!

  • cjc

    15 sec at 3rd and already harriston>>>>>>>>>>>>>>ransom

  • Accent Shallow

    Podsednik is dogshit. Please continue to retire him, unlike everyone pitching yesterday.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Cody Ransom does not make that play.

    And I’m not so sure A-Rod does, either.

    • Accent Shallow

      Pre-2009 A-Rod does, I think.

      • Tony

        Pre-2009 ARod wasn’t exactly a great fielder.

        • Accent Shallow

          He wasn’t Brooks Robinson or even Rolen or Beltre, but he was pretty solid.

        • Drew

          What?

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

    Cody Ransom, eat your heart out.

    Love,
    Jerry Jr.

  • ARX

    Hairston’s stock, +1.

  • Accent Shallow

    Gordon Beckham is apparently pretty good. Hopefully Sabathia makes him look silly.

    • Mike Ox

      Apparently not.

  • Riddering

    Fuck yeah, Hairston!

  • Dela G

    HAIRSTON!!!!

  • cjc

    going out on limb here but beckham likes the ball away

  • Dela G

    alright CC we gotta put em down

  • Salty Buggah

    Hairston dove into the stands yesterday too. So he’s off to a good start defensively.

    • Dela G

      yeah that was cool yesterday

  • Dela G

    cc isnt throwing 96-98 today

    he needs to up that velocity

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      He’s at 94-95. That’s more than adequate.

  • Accent Shallow

    And a nice catch from Leche!

    Hopefully he’s just a little winded from the landing.

  • Dela G

    great out CC

  • Drew

    Heh, A Melky flop.

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

    Nice friggin play Melky. They’ve been blooping them to death all series.

    • Salty Buggah

      Yea, i know theyve been very lucky with the flares and bloops and dinky hits.

  • Mike Pop

    Nice play, Leche.

  • Accent Shallow

    Wow, Thome is 3-21 against Sabathia, but all three of those hits are jacks.

  • Mike Ox

    Nice play !!
    Melky likes to play CF from the third row in the bleachers I see.

    • Accent Shallow

      Dye is a power hitter, at least.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I’ll assume that reply was in regards to the Dye v. Swisher debate.

        My response: So is Nick Swisher.

        • Mike Pop

          Na man, I doubt that was a response to the debate. Melky was playing back because Dye is a power hitter, he was saying. I believe.

        • Accent Shallow

          No, I was actually talking about positioning — Melky was playing someone lousy (Chris Getz?) really deep last night, and a bloop fell in. At least he’s justified in playing Dye deep.

          As for Dye v. Swisher, I’ll take Swisher, since Dye is Abreu-esque in RF, and isn’t that much better of a hitter.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Gotcha, my bad. I thought you just did a reply fail and jumped to conclusions.

            (puts mat away)

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Two sparkling defensive plays already. Daddy likes. Maybe we’re getting out of our mini-funk.

  • Dela G

    I hate when they say Big Healthy Cuts

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

    Why is it so hard for CC to throw strikes?

    • Dela G

      he’s getting squeezed

      ball 3 wasnt a ball

  • Dela G

    wow CC getting squeezed there

    • Accent Shallow

      I thought the first slider to make it 3-0 was in the zone, but he missed the target pretty badly.

  • Mike Pop

    Jim Thome is putting up good numbers.

  • Accent Shallow

    And out of the first with no damage.

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

    Nice comeback from 3-0.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Whoa, we got out of that inning without giving up a run.

    Hope remains!

  • Dela G

    alright, now we were hittin Marky B hard in the first inning

    lets see if we can turn up the heat

  • Riddering

    Now if CC could just get those three strikes ahead of three balls…

    But what a sweet strikeout there. Very nice!

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

    There’s no LOL in HIV. What a disturbing commercial.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
    • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

      Those smokers quitline commercials are disturbing too.

      • Salty Buggah

        those meth commercials are even more

        • TheLastClown

          Go check out “The Montana Meth Project” It was the most heavily funded anti-meth campaign from some billionaire in the MidWest.

          Really disturbing.

          http://www.montanameth.org/

      • Tony

        They’re supposed to be

  • Dela G

    man its a good thing the yanks are hitting the ball

    lets find some damn gaps

  • Accent Shallow

    I support messing with Buerhle’s timing.

  • Drew

    Great friggin AB by the Swishman

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

    Great at-bat by Swish. Stepped out, disrupted Buehrle, took a bunch of pitches.

  • Dela G

    attaboy swisha HOUSE

  • Salty Buggah

    do not GIDP robbie

  • Mike Pop

    Look at that, Cano getting a hit without RISP. Coincidence? I think not!

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

    Nice job, Robbie.

    Melky!!!

  • Mike Pop

    MELKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    LECHE!!!

  • handtius

    leche!!!!!

  • Drew

    There’s my boy!!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Melky!

  • VO

    HELLLLLL YEEAAAA!

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

    That is exactly what we needed. Nice job, Melkman!

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon RISP correction

  • ARX

    Melky!!!

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, and Melky Cabrera: 3
    The Tampa Bay Devil Rays: 0

  • Salty Buggah

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMELKY!

  • charlespoet

    well that is just fantastic.

  • Riddering

    DAYUM, MELKY.

    Every inning is a clutch inning in this game.

  • Dela G

    THE MELKMAN DELIVERS!

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

    Stupid Melky swinging at the first pitch.

    • Little Bill

      Yeah. Doesn’t he know he’s required to work the count? How dare he swing at a bad pitch and get a good swing on it!

    • Drew

      totally just going through the motions…

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Too much Pa La Tumba.

  • Drew

    Man Whitesox D has been ATROCIOUS this series, too bad we haven’t been able to take too much advantage of it.

  • handtius

    no perfect game, no no hitter, no shut out. lets add to that and make it no win for M.B. and the W Sox.

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

    That’s like, the fifth ball Nix has booted this series.

  • Accent Shallow

    Ever wonder what was going through Buerhle’s mind, around the 5th inning against the Twins? Probably something along these lines: “Fuck Johnny Vander Meer. They’re gonna start calling quality starts ‘Marks’ and perfect games ‘Buerhles’. You can’t stop me, you can only hope to contain me . . . “

  • YankeeScribe

    It seems like Melky is most ‘clutchy’ when Cano gets on base ahead of him…

    • Mike Pop

      I despise leadoff doubles.

  • Accent Shallow

    Great, we get Halladay on Tuesday? Why couldn’t JP have traded him?

    • Drew

      Yeah that sucks.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Meh, frankly, I’d rather he keep him. Best to have Halladay on a non-threatening team than on a competitor.

      There’s now no chance that Roy Halladay beats us in a playoff game this year.

      • Accent Shallow

        For the good of baseball, I’d rather he be in Toronto. As a Yankee fan, I’d rather he pitch for the Padres or something.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Well, there was zero chance of that happening. That’s just silly.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Did the Yankees ever skip out on him? It’s ridiculous.

    • V

      Would you rather face him next Friday?

      • Accent Shallow

        I’d rather have a series with Toronto where they miss him. Just once.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Exactly.

        Halladay winning games for the Jays >>>>>> Halladay winning games for the Red Sox, Phillies, Dodgers, Angels, or Rangers

  • Dela G

    I will actually be at the roy halladay game

    we can never ever escape him

    never

  • Accent Shallow

    Buerhle is one of the few pitchers with a better pickoff move than Andy.

  • Accent Shallow

    I was hoping that would make it over the second baseman’s head, but not quite to Dye. This place really is a bandbox.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Silver lining for Mark Buerhle: If you ignore the two hits, homer, error and three runs, he’s still got a perfect game going.

    • handtius

      +9

  • Drew

    Has anyone seen the movie ‘Funny People’ yet? It was really good.

  • cjc

    maybe once after we score in an inning the pitcher could have a nice quick one and get the offense back out there

    • handtius

      that was pretty quick

    • cjc

      thank you

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon CC, stop throwing all high in the zone

  • charlespoet

    CC looks to be laboring today.

  • Accent Shallow

    I heard Quentin’s nickname was “Stacy Q”.

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

    This Hairston kid can play.

    • handtius

      yep. like the pick up.

      • handtius

        I like the way $man works.

    • VO

      Who did we give up for him?

      • handtius

        Weems

      • Drew

        weems

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I could be wrong, but I believe we gave up an old wooden ship that was used during the Civil War era.

      • TheLastClown

        Weems.

      • VO

        Retorical question, but good job TSJC.

    • Riddering

      But how high can he jump?

  • Drew

    bye bye cody.. heh

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Why the hell hasn’t Hairston played at catcher? What a useless scrub of a wasted pickup he was. Loser. I hate that assmunch.

    • Rob H.

      not just catcher….he hasn’t even played 1st base either. And he calls himself a utility man.

      • Keanu Reeves

        If he was worth anything he could replace Swisher as our long-reliever too…I thought we established Cashman needed to get more pitching?

    • Salty Buggah

      Yea, this front office is a HUGE disappoinment. They do not know how to do anything. Respected members of the community like Lanny, Bo, stuart, panic button, and charlie should run this team. We’d sweep every season.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Actually I now respect Bo more because he posted numerous items in a day without being his usual self. I saw him promoting discussion.

        • Salty Buggah

          Yea, he’ll have a few gems once in a while but mostly he’ll be his usual self.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Yes, but Bo and Lanny are the same person.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Cashman doesn’t know how to trade unlike Theo Epstein who should actually be Theo Einstein because of his fucking genius moves. Ever heard of Victor Martinez? What a great player. Forget the fact after his great April and Mays he has sucked greatly since. Another streaky player added to the struggling Boston offense. He is so god damn smart. Cashman is an idiot.

      • Mike Pop

        The front office is embarrassing.

  • Dela G

    lets go yanks!

  • Mike Pop

    Attaboy CC.

  • Cody Ransom

    I need a job….is RAB hiring?

    • Dela G

      HAHAHAHAHA

    • Drew

      Don’t call them, they’ll call you.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      We’ll keep your resume on file.

    • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan

      Call Omar Minaya, he might be able to help you out.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    CC could suck and still be good.

    • Tank the Frank

      That’s more or less what we’ve been seeing recently. He’s been very successful with outings that are sub-par for him.

  • zs190

    Man, 7-0 lead for Sox and it’s the 3rd inning, Orioles sured picked a bad time to suck

    • Accent Shallow

      The Orioles didn’t so much pick a time to suck as they just suck continuously, regardless of opponent, time, or place.

    • Tank the Frank

      Baltimore Orioles: Cure for the common slump.

      It’s amazing how juuuuust when the Red Sox start to fall off, they get two series with the O’s.

  • Dela G

    man this hairston pick is GEICO MONEY!

    • Rob H.

      but he isn’t a 5th starter so therefore Cashman wasted his time in getting Jerry Jr.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        The starter HAS to be Halladay or we suck. The only way the Yankees win is a rotation of Johan, Halladay, CC, Cliff Lee and AJ to win.

        Cashman is awful.

        • Accent Shallow

          Semi-serious reply:

          How many games would a team with that rotation win, assuming league average offense, defense, and bullpen?

          Or with the Yankees offense/defense/pen?

          • Dela G

            i’ll take the league avg bullpen, but with the other factors, we would suck

          • Drew

            75, assuming they stay healthy.

            • Drew

              I was talking about the rotation, not the team.

          • Mike Pop

            In the AL East?

            110 or so!

          • JobaWockeeZ

            Hell with that rotation league average everything would make that team great. Probably gets them a WS title.

            Them on the Yankees is like flawless season. Joking of course but damn that’s easily 100 wins.

            • Mike Pop

              Damn. Well, doubles every inning will get you a run here or there.

              • Mike Pop

                reply fail

        • Dela G

          DFA CASHMAN NOW!!!

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Now’s a great time for cold pizza.

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

    Heh, Swish stepped out before the first pitch of the at bat.

  • Drew

    dang sounded like he mighta broke his bat on that one.

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon more RISP correction

    • Salty Buggah

      never mind, more bad luck for Robbie

  • Dela G

    damn, i thought cano would let that ball pass

    we are making this man work

    lets keep it going yanks

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

      That was good pitch to hit, right over the plate. Cano put a good swing on it.

      • Dela G

        agreed

  • TheLastClown

    I like that Nick Swisher get’s on base 36.6% of the time.

    • TheLastClown

      And if you can figure out what “get’s” is a contraction for, it’s prize day for you.

      • Dela G

        lol

  • Keanu Reeves

    Yanks vs Chisox on the laptop…Wedding Crashers on the TV. Wonderful way to spend a rainy Sunday.

    • Mike Pop

      I’m going to go ice my balls and spit up blood, team player!

      • Keanu Reeves

        Rule number 76: Play like a champion.

        • Mike Pop

          That was my first Asian!

          • Tank the Frank

            Were they built for speed or for comfort?

  • handtius

    I know RISP is mostly luck, but I’m starting to believe Robbie has an issue with it, all mental.

  • Mike Pop

    Melky, you got to make that DeWayne Wise-esque catch there.

  • Tank the Frank

    Is it just me or is a Yankees pitcher getting squeezed AGAIN?

    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      It is not you. This has not been a very well umpired series. It’s not an excuse, just a statement.

    • Dela G

      yes, he has been squeezed a bit this game

  • handtius

    balls. didn’t he get released by the rockies.

  • Drew

    Posednik was going to stop, then he remembered who was in left…

  • Dela G

    damn beckham has been killing the yanks pitching

  • Zack

    7-6, baltimore is coming back

    • Dela G

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA YES!

  • Keanu Reeves

    I don’t know what I’m more angry about…Beckham drives in the Sox first run…or that I benched him on my fantasy team today so I don’t get the 2 for 2 and an RBI…

    • Keanu Reeves

      or that CC is on my team too

  • Russell NY

    Holy hittable pitch batman

  • E-ROC

    Shit.

  • Mike Pop

    Motherfucker

  • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

    Fuddrucker.

  • charlespoet

    Rough series for out starting pitchers.

  • Tank the Frank

    Ace.

  • YankeeScribe

    7-6 Boston now. C’mon Bmore!

  • Salty Buggah

    damn it CC

  • Russell NY

    Well, I see where this game is going…

  • TheLastClown

    Alright CC, get pissed.

    • TheLastClown

      Alright, maybe CC to the 8th…

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?

  • charlespoet

    Sweep coming.

  • Mike Pop

    Damnit CC.

  • cjc

    this is what we got for all that money fuck me

  • J Squared

    Thats what happens when the umpire gives the batter a second ball instead of a second strike down teh middlle.

    • charlespoet

      That happens when a pitcher can’t hit his spots as CC has been doing all game.

  • E-ROC

    Damn. Stick with breaking balls against Thome.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Well, that escalated quickly.

  • Ant

    Does anyone think CC could have a slight injury?

    • Mike Pop

      He could be tired, all those innings…

      • Ant

        Thats what I was thinking, which definitely makes you miss your location like he is.

  • Drew

    not cool

  • John Duci

    Honestly wtf is wrong with CC.

  • Dela G

    wow back to back jacks

  • handtius

    fuck you very much.

  • YankeeScribe

    Way to give up the lead CC

  • Salty Buggah

    WTF CC…cmon offense, you gotta keep scoring!

  • southernyankeefan

    yeah CC isnt getting paid all that money to do bullshit like this.

  • Russell NY

    Discount please, as CC’s ERA jumps above 4. Highest paid pitcher in baseball…

    • TheLastClown

      ?

  • Mike Pop

    Ugh

  • BigBlueAL

    CC must think this is a playoff game….

  • John Duci

    Atleast Josh Beckett is on the list of players that tested positive for steriods in 2003.

    • Russell NY

      I would take a roided up Beckett right now…

    • Nady Nation

      Link?

  • acb

    our ace has a 4 era nice

  • Dela G

    nice comeback K there CC

  • trueblue

    Chunky Chump, way to hold a 3-0 lead.

    His showing versus good teams has been nothing short of crap.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Oh how clever. CC must suck because he struggles because never in the history of baseball does an ace struggle. Unbelievable.

      • trueblue

        He is 1-7 vs teams over 500 this year…For that kind of coin he should be 7-1. Indeed, unbelievable.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          And again we’re basing his career on one “bad” season.
          *golf clap*

          • trueblue

            This season is the only one that matters boss…. Just to clear thinbgs up for you, CC won’t be facing sub 500 teams in the playoffs, so he needs to get his shit straight. NOW

          • Zack

            no he NEVER wins the big games. like 0-120 against good teams

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Actually, we’re basing it on less than half of one season.

          • Mike Pop

            I defend CC/AJ as much as anyone, and while I am on your side of things. I really hope CC turns it around, I know he won’t do what he did in Milwaukee cause that was just ridiculous. Right now, we need both of them to carry our rotation or else the yanks can be in big trouble.

            But for the most part, I’m not worried about our playoff chances.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Is it calling CC a bust time yet?

    • Mike Ox

      Pretty close.

  • Zack

    you got thrown out by johnny damon. you suck.

  • acb

    OMG JOHNNY DAMON HAS AN ASSIST

  • E-ROC

    lol, Damon threw someone out second.

  • J Squared

    Although CC is the highest paid, he hasn’t thrown his slider as much as years past, gotta think he just has to get in rhythm with jorge or Molina a couple starts in a row and he’ll be off.

  • Salty Buggah

    we need CC to give us at least 6…at the very least

  • Drew

    There you go JD.

  • Dela G

    thank god CC gets out of it

  • James Auchincloss

    cc hasnt had command or his sharp slider for most of this season
    when your walk rate is up and your k rate is down, you just arent going to pitch as well

    he better figure it out for the stretch run / postseason

  • Riddering

    +1 for boneheaded baserunning on the Sox part.

    -3 for CC’s HR pitches

  • John Duci

    The yanks are like 10-15 in games cc has pitched

    • Zack

      11-11

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Well, he did say “like”.

  • southernyankeefan

    this really does fucking suck he better turn this shit around. I think he will and he can have a 4 era as long as he doesnt pull this shit if they go to the playoffs.

    • V

      The sun isn’t yellow. It’s chicken.

  • Mike Ox

    Wow, Quinten will owe some big money when the Sox hold there kangaroo court. How the fuck do you get thrown out by Damon is beyond me.

  • Billy

    i think cc may be injured

  • Mike Pop

    Paging Lanny, paging Lanny. Where are you to say – “would be nice for CC to beat a good team”.

  • http://www.conservationvaluenotes.com Jon G

    Dear Mr. Sabathia —
    If you feel guilty that you’re clearly not earning your massive salary, I have a wonderful non-profit to donate to.

    Our organization works to show citizens and businesses alike how to save money via green living and business solutions. By donating your pay from just one of your recent bad game-losing innings (including today’s), you will make a huge difference for our organization.

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  • Tank the Frank

    I’m not worried. CC has historically been better in the second half. Oh wait…….shit.

  • Salty Buggah

    cmon offense! We MUST win this game

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

    Melky came to play.

  • Riddering

    I love seeing production from the bottom of the order.

  • V

    I’m not allowed to call people idiots, because it’s against the guidelines, but damn, this place becomes ridiculous after a bad inning.

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

    WTF? What purpose does that bunt serve? He was already in scoring position.

  • Little Bill

    Great bunt. Manufacture those runs in the 4th inning with Molina on deck.

  • charlespoet

    I am looking for all the cliches from folks explaining the Yankees meltdown this series.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      You know, something being a cliche and something being true is not mutually exclusive. I’m just saying.

      • TheLastClown

        In fact the opposite could be said. Memes don’t get spontaneously cliched.

      • charlespoet

        Exactly. Which is why the cliches would be entertaining to hear.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I’m looking forward to you leaving when to take the lead and you coming back if they lose it.

  • John Duci

    0-0 CC

  • Billy

    yes! nice hitting by bottom the of the order

  • Mike Ox

    Buerlie is a good pitcher but a shitty goalie.

  • Dela G

    my god dye is like a turtle

  • cjc

    alright “ace” now fucking shut it down the lineup is hitterish today

  • BigBlueAL

    Oh God now Kay is praising the bunt by Hairston.

  • Billy

    i like this hairston guy

  • Dela G

    by the way, who called JOSE MOLINA!

  • Mike Pop

    mark buehrle isn’t earning his money

    • Drew

      word i think he’s hurt

  • Drew

    haha bucholz gave up 6 in 3.

  • John Duci

    Thank you JD

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

    Hava Molina! Scoring from second on a single.

  • TheLastClown

    I’m watching online so I just saw CC finally get out of that inning.

    I’m still in the “not worried about CC” camp. It ends approximately end of October, beginning of November. There’s a discounted rate if any of you want to come & sign up, tons of fun. You can pan for gold, do archery, and make some great friends. Don’t worry if you haven’t been here the whole season, the best activities are saved for last!

    Ok, sorry…

    But seriously, isn’t the greatest part of having a rotation of CC, AJ, & Joba right now (not to mention that Andy’s been pitching with excellence) that when one of them goes through a rough patch, the other one(s) can step up? So we don’t need an “ace” that is THE guy, perhaps the ONLY guy. Halladay struggles sometimes, King Felix struggles sometimes.

    We’re seeing ugly Yankees baseball right now. Starters will scuffle sometimes, but the immediate run post-ASB gave me all I needed to see to keep my confidence in this team.

    So, I’m not worried about CC. Unless he’s hurt.

    And…..right on back, here we go!

    Time for an august tear for Melky to go on.

    *Go Johnny Damon&

  • Little Bill

    YES! A string of hits and hustle by Molina and the Yanks have the lead again! This could be a big inning.

  • Dela G

    JOHNNY DAMON!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    OMG DAMON. STOP BEING GOOD WHEN I FUCKING BENCH YOU.

  • charlespoet

    Molina runs like a Defensive lineman picking up a fumble. Funny!

    On the other hand, it is nice to see the baseball gods humor in that the top tier pitchers today are being lit up.

    • SouthernYankeeFan

      seems to be a running joke with CC these days.

  • Russell NY

    Can Mariano pitch the next 6 innings?

    • TheLastClown

      Yes. But we would all go blind, deaf, & dumb from the prolonged exposure to His radioactive glory.

  • Tom Zig

    Its the apocalypse!

    CC and Buerhle are giving up hits like its going out of style
    Johnny Damon had an outfield assist
    Jose Molina scored from second on a single

  • Zack

    getting paid 160m for a rally killing DP? wtf tex must be hurt

  • V

    Ok, that was a perfect chance to avenge the AJ Pierzinski ‘slide’ into Cano the other day.

    Fuck.

    Dumb bunt by Hairston, too.

  • JMK

    It seems like a fair amount of our losses are because of “the big inning”. Is there anything to this?