Game 44: What could have been vs. what is

Pregame Notes: Vazquez, Granderson, Teixeira
Warren continues getting grounders in Tampa win
Photo Credit: Paul Sancya, AP

We never try to make too much of a big deal about one game in these parts of the interweb, but we’re going to make an exception today. Not that tonight’s game means more than yesterday’s or tomorrow’s, but because of the theater involved. It’s Johan Santana vs. CC Sabathia, the ace the Yankees passed on to get the ace they wanted.

Rewind back to the 2007-2008 offseason, when the Twins make a 28-year-old two-time Cy Young Away winning lefthander available on the trade market. It was a natural fit for the Yankees – a star player who could front what was then a patchwork rotation – and they were willing to trade the prospect version of Phil Hughes. The three of us even started a campaign to keep all of the Yanks’ young pitchers in pinstripes.  After a winter of he-said-she-saids, Santana finally landed in New York at the end of January, but with the Mets. Ironically enough, that was less than two months after the lefty declared he would only accept a trade to the Yanks or Red Sox. Funny how that works.

So Johan went off to Queens, and quite simply had a stellar season. He threw 234.1 innings of 3.66 xFIP ball and finished in the top three of the Cy Young voting for the fourth time in the five years. The Yanks, meanwhile, missed the playoffs for the first time in what seemed like an eternity, and the second-guessing of the non-trade started before the season was even half over. Santana’s declining peripheral stats (his BB/9, K/BB, AVG against, and xFIP all dropped for the fourth straight year) be damned, the was the guy the Yanks were supposed to have, and his absence is why they missed the postseason.

But, to be mind-numbingly cliche, GM Brian Cashman had an ace up his sleeve. Granted, it was a gamble of epic proportions, but passing on Johan was all by design. Another 28-year-old, Cy Young Award winning lefthanded ace was soon going to be available, except not in a trade, on the free agent market. CC Sabathia, the long-time Cleveland Indian was unlikely to return to the team given the fortune awaiting him on the open market, so Cashman decided to hold onto one set of assets (players) while using the team’s greatest resource (dollar dollar bills, y’all) to bring in a frontline starter.

Out of the race by mid-season, the Indians sent Sabathia to the Brewers for four prospects, and the fans in Cleveland thanked him for everything he’d done. Milwaukee, also unlikely to retain the big lefty beyond the season, rode CC right into the franchise’s first playoff berth in a quarter-century. He took to the mound 17 times and threw 130.2 innings for the team overall, but that’s not what he’ll be remembered for. Sabathia’s time in Cleveland will be remembered for taking the ball four times in the Brewers’ final eleven games with complete disregard for his health and impending free agency. With the season literally on the line in Game 162, CC threw a four hit complete game shutout against the Cubs, the National League’s best team by six games. The entire city of Milwaukee climbed about Sabathia’s broad shoulders, and he carried them right into the postseason.

After the season, Cashman put on the full court press. He had passed on Santana by choice, but he couldn’t let CC get away, so his opening bid was $140M on the very first day of free agency. It was a message to the rest of the league: don’t even think about it, he’s ours. Cashman dragged Reggie Jackson to dinners, wore his World Series ring(s) to meetings, flew coach to California in the middle of the night, he did everything that needed to be done to get Sabathia in the pinstripes. In the end, it took the largest contract ever given to a pitcher, but we know that was coming regardless of who he signed with.

One year and one World Championship later, Santana and Sabathia meet tonight for the first time as a Met and Yankee, respectively. It’s your guy, the one who wasn’t good enough for us, versus our the guy, the one with the ring and three fan bases in love with him. As far as May baseball goes, this is as good as it gets.

Here’s the starting nine…

Jeter, SS
Gardner, CF
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF
Cervelli, C – seventh game in seven days
Kevin Russo, LF – yay
Sabathia, SP

First pitch is scheduled for 8:05pm ET, and the game can be seen on ESPN. Enjoy.

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Pregame Notes: Vazquez, Granderson, Teixeira
Warren continues getting grounders in Tampa win
  • JM

    I think the Yankees offense is going to finally wake up this series with 5 runs through 6 innings off Johan, which may or may not be assisted by the Mets defense. Oh, an Teixeira will go 1-3 with a walk.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    Mark Teixeira vs RHP .178/.307/.314/.621

    When do we go from slump to legit concern?

    • JM

      Mid-June is my guess.

    • Reggie C.

      Just goes to show you how tough it is to turn it back on just b/c the calendar turns over. I just hope Teixeira doesn’t have any more bad months in him for the season. His May ’09 was sensational, so here’s hoping June ’10 comes close to it. This month’s a wash for sure.

  • 28 this year

    Wait, CC was offered that contract the first day of Spring Training? I thought it was offered the first day of free agency.

    • Tom Zig

      I think he meant first day of winter meetings. CC signed Dec. 18.

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

      It was a free agency, just a typo.

  • Reggie C.

    So does this spell the end to the Randy Winn experiment or is Joe G. simply going with the hotter bat at the moment?

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Randy Winn, right-handed, 2010:

      .000/.000/.000/.000 (11 PAs)

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

        Ooof

      • JM

        Heh, if the Yankees signed me, I’d do the same thing, I couldn’t do worse!

      • mike c

        and you mister winn…. zero point zero zero

  • Salty Buggah

    Heh, check out Bo’s comment in that save the big 3 thread:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2007/.....ment-35690

    Classic.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      the Johan sweepstakes were insane. SO MANY RUMORS!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      Heh he actually spelled correctly and used correct grammar and punctuation.

    • Cecala

      Bo is hilarious, I miss that he does not comment as much as he did during the Hot Stove.

  • Cecala

    As much as I love Cervelli, the kid needs a rest.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      He’ll get one tomorrow.

  • Across the pond

    uggh I hate these 8pm starts, they kill me.

    Jeter’s line versus Johan: .423/.464/.692 .. Yummy

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      With these two pitchers and the slowing down Yankees offense this game *should* be faster than most.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    I got a feeling CC will jack one off Johan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    The Yankees have me for an hour……..then it’s time for FOUND.

    • Across the pond

      No matter how bad we’re playing, the Yanks >>>>>>>> that show.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

        LOST has been winning the World Series for six straight years, holmes.

        • Across the pond

          Only 21 to go so ;)

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          I’ve never watched an episode of that show. Ever.

          • Dela G

            me neither

            and never will

          • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

            Me neither. Thought I was the only one.

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              I’ve also never read a page nor watched five minutes of a Harry Potter book/movie. I know I’m the only one.

              • William

                Why? The book are amazing.

          • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

            You are all missing the (rescue) boat.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Attn: Steve H:

    Look for my 3 PM post tomorrow as it answers your question from my post today.

  • Carlosologist

    Really Miller? The Mets have to be above .500 for them to play in October.

    • Tom Zig

      has there ever been an example of a below .500 team making the playoffs in baseball?

    • Zack

      Technically no: The Mets play the Nationals on Oct 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

      /just saying

  • Cecala

    Look at those 3 studs. Brains and Brawn, what could be better.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Wait…did Orel just say that CC/Johan met for a commercial for the subway system…?

  • FIPster Doofus

    Orel Hershiser just said CC and Johan shot a commercial for the Subway system. These guys can’t get anything right.

    • mike c

      hey cc this big new subway system is rilly big

  • Dela G

    hahahaha orel doesnt know that the commercial was for subway sandwiches, not the MTA

  • Carlosologist

    Joe Morgan’s stupidity just made my mind explode.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I literally have no idea what he just said. All I heard was “consistency.”

      • Carlosologist

        I think he said that even though Wright is striking out a record pace, he’s still going to go over 30/100. I actually have a headache from that.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Well, he is on pace to go over 30/100; he just happens to be striking out a lot. He’s also on pace for a career high walk rate. This should tell us what we already know: lots of K’s =/= bad player.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          Mark Reynolds went 40/100 last year and struck out 223 times

  • Across the pond

    wow robbie’s at 3rd. Who said he’s lazy??!

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      Que?

      • Across the pond

        Morgan said he was playing 3rd in what i assume was just a senior moment from him.

        • Across the pond

          Miller even

          • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

            Oh, my bad. I thought you were being for real.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Runs per game? From a hitter? Did Orel just make up a stat?

  • chriskeo

    ESPN just said Gardner is in LF, and Russo is in CF, I assume ESPN is wrong? I’m gonna check gameday now.

    • Across the pond

      They also said Cano at 3B and Swisher at 2B

  • Dela G

    wait i thought russo was in LF?

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Is Russo in CF or was that just a dumb ESPN typo?

  • Frittoman626

    Lets go CC, watch out for Barajas

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Every time Jeter gets a first pitch hit, I do the GRR to YAY face in 2 seconds flat.

  • Dela G

    too easy for jetes

  • Frigidevil

    Jeter drives me insane when he swings at the first pitch of the game, but oh is it pretty when it works

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    fgjds;ofjds

    STOP CALLING FOR BUNTS IN THE FIRST INNING.

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      How do you know it’s not Gardner’s idea?

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Okay:

        stop bunting in the first inning.

        Fixed

  • austin

    look Jeter hit it somewhere other than ss, even if it was still on the first pitch

  • Reggie C.

    Gardner’s lucky that first pitch didnt bounce right into his face.

    • Dela G

      i thought the same thing

  • cjc

    he deserves to K for that bunt attempt dumb

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    That was ugly Gardy.

  • Raf

    i think Gardner has swung and missed more times in this series than all season.

  • Frittoman626

    Gardner is starting to suck

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    That was an awful AB.

  • Dela G

    man gritt is really really slumping

  • cjc

    by curve/slider he means that Santana doesn’t throw a curve Morgan you moron kill me now

  • Reggie C.

    Check swing foul … 2 strikes on Teix now.

    Not good. Changeup coming.

  • Dela G

    didn’t santana used to throw a 97 MPH fastball?

    or was that my imagination

    • cjc

      he threw harder but never that hard

      • Dela G

        oh ok, thx

    • Reggie C.

      Imagination. The man never sat in the mid-90s range. Even in his best years with the Twins, Johan never sat at 95. He had every pitch going for him, so a 93 mph FB was all he ever needed. For sure he’s lost some velocity though.

  • mike c

    there’s a lot riding on this game, apparently the loser is changing their name to “the little chocolatiers”

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I love it when Tex is late on 89 MPH fastballs. It’s so cool.

  • cjc

    Tex needs a break totally lost

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    I don’t even know what to say any more with Teixeira. Eesh.

    • Dela G

      goodness he looks bad

  • Reggie C.

    Teix still having trouble with the 89 mph FB. Wow.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Teix needs a complete day or 2 off.

    • baby carlos

      a week

  • Frittoman626

    Tex needs to sit his next game

  • baby carlos

    Well Tex, don’t feel bad, high school kids can’t hit an 89 mph fastball. So you don’t look any worse than a 16 yr old.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Oof. A-Rod has looked awful on anything low, away, and offspeed this series.

  • mike c

    i really hope arod jacks one and tex gets 3 hits so we don’t have to hear this “analysis” for the entire game

  • Carlosologist

    Miller sounds surprised that the Yanks completely wrecked a pitcher that didn’t bring his best stuff.

    Also, Yankees suck chanters, check the goddamn standings.

  • baby carlos

    seriously sad AB’s after Jeter.

  • Accent Shallow

    Good thing Alex Cora wasn’t playing 2B for the Mets last year.

  • cjc

    it might sound dumb but I feel like the Gardner AB changes the entire tone the rest of that inning bunting in the 1st inning is such a fucking waste

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Love it when guys are chasing 89 mph fastballs up. The whole team seems like it needs a day off to get their heads together.

    • Carlosologist

      Does this mean that the series in Minny will be be better than these last few? (Tomorrow’s the off day)

      • cjc

        I like the way you think

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        I would like this a lot.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    16 minutes in and I’ve muted the game.

  • Dela G

    damn you reyes

  • BigBlueAL

    Man, that replay showed how really bad Jeter was going after that grounder.

    • Dela G

      yeah it was a sad sight

  • Reggie C.

    Impressive win for the RS today. RS hang 7 runs Halladay.

    I guess that should definitively end talk of Halladay winning 30 games.

    • Dela G

      the red sox own halladay throughout his career

      chalk it up to that

    • cjc

      maybe its just me but it seemes like the Sox have always handeled him pretty well

    • Frigidevil

      Yeah, if anyone’s winning 30 it’s Jimenez. 8-1 in May?!

      • baby carlos

        won’t happen, pitches at Coors Field

        • Frigidevil

          I don’t think that matters much when you give up less than half a hit per inning.

  • baby carlos

    Yankees top of the first – Jeter swings at first pitch. Gardner k’s, Tex k’s, ARod – pop up.

    Only surprise is ARod – that has to change.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    soooo tired of “Let’s go Yankees!” “Yankees suck!!!” My head, it hurts.

    • baby carlos

      Look at the bright side, you could be from New York and be a Mets fan. As bad as being from anywhere and being a Red Sox fan.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Ugh. Don’t lose him, CC.

  • Dela G

    aight zz, you can’t let the rookie beat you

  • Dela G

    that curve was filthy

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    I hate these BS hits.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I dislike bloop hits.

    • Carlosologist

      I hate sac flies more.

  • Carlosologist

    The date: May 23rd, not November 4th.

    • Dela G

      yep

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Yeppers. Heh.

  • Frittoman626

    CC looks bad today

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    Ike Davis’ .538 BABIP vs. LHP just went up

    • Accent Shallow

      I would’ve throw him three straight breaking balls.

  • baby carlos

    Remember when our pitchers didn’t struggle.

    • Carlosologist

      You mean Friday night?

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Yep.

      You know, we’ll also go back to that pretty soon. ‘Tis a loooong season.

  • Dela G

    ugh ugh ugh

  • SF Yanks

    Joe Morgan is the dumbest human alive. Everything out of his mouth is complete and utter nonsense. It is truly unbelievable.

    • Across the pond

      Hi, my name is Tim McCarver. Nice to meet you

      • Carlosologist

        Can you imagine Buck, McCarver, and Morgan doing a World Series game?

        • Frigidevil

          Only if Miller is there to mispronounce every hispanic player’s name

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        ::imagines an imaginary broadcast team of Morgan and McCarver::

        ::runs away screaming::

      • SF Yanks

        McCarver is just plain ignorant. I feel like Morgan purposefully TRIES to be ignorant.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    I am already frustrated. I do not enjoy this ;_;

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    This team has been irritating me since the Boston series. No one can do anything right at this moment.

    • baby carlos

      um detroit. Minny was a fluke

    • Frittoman626

      Me since the Tiger series

  • Dela G

    maybe zz can reach back for that 98 mph gas

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    He gone

  • Frittoman626

    Good K CC

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Wright is Wrong!

  • Accent Shallow

    Wow, Wright looked awful there.

  • Reggie C.

    Big time K. Wright is all sorts of messed up … that might’ve been the knockout punch.

  • Dela G

    wow wright was so late on that curve

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Cano!

  • Accent Shallow

    Out of the inning with no damage. I approve.

  • FIPster Doofus

    You get nothing!

    • Frigidevil

      Good DAY sir!

  • Frittoman626

    Thats how an ACE gets out of it

  • Carlosologist

    Robbie!

  • baby carlos

    Only 18 pitches… seemed like 30

    • Dela G

      really only 18? i thought he went through 35

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      Well when you’re on a pessimistic roll…

      I keed, I keed.

  • Dela G

    CANO!!

  • cjc

    alright now lock it down ps Ike Davis is getting on my nerves

  • BigBlueAL

    Good job by CC.

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    The next sequel in the Tron franchise will be Bel-tron. /Joe Morgan’d

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    MVP.

  • Dela G

    attaboy cano

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    oh come on

  • cjc

    this crew makes it damn impossible to watch sooooooooo painful

  • Reggie C.

    Damn. Francouer had to run a looooong way to get to that. Couldnt that fly ball had died alittle earlier…

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    STOP. BUNTING

  • Across the pond

    wtf is with the bunting. Someone needs to stop that shit

  • Frittoman626

    Think about this, would the Yankees have signed CC if they got Santana?

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Probably not because they would have had to extend Santana.

  • cjc

    jesus christ the next guy to bunt gets fucking kneecapped

    • Zack

      Looked like he was bunting for a hit

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Still not smart in this situation.

        • Zack

          How far back was the corners playing? Cervelli has some speed, still dont consider him a good hitter, and he’s going up against Johan. So if he’s bunting for a hit then I’m not going to complain.

      • cjc

        yeah worked out well for him

      • Across the pond

        He’s not gardner. It’d need to be the mother of all bunts for him to leg it out.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    If I see one more bunt attempt–don’t care if it’s from the bench or the players themselves–my eyes are going to bleed. Stop wasting pitches.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Unless you’re bunting for a hit stop bunting. :(

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Still not a good idea.

  • Frigidevil

    Cmon dark helmet, USE THE SCHWARTZ!

  • Raf

    good change from Santana tonight.

  • Frittoman626

    That was a nasty change-up

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Johan’s got the goods tonight. Stay sharp, CC.

  • baby carlos

    different day, same results. ugh. This is as tired as old girlfriend.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Yo, we’re all frustrated but it’s the second inning.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Bex, don’t you know that pitchers never have good games against the Yankees and that it’s just the hitters being shitty? Come on, now. You should know better.

      • baby carlos

        Of this game.. And it is not that they are not getting hits, but that they look like high schoolers. Defense is shotty, base running is non existent, pitching is in a funk, and the line up….forget it.

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          Where were you when the Yankees were winning every series? Obviously they can’t keep it up. I mean wait a bit before complaining like they’ve sucked forever.

    • Zack

      You’re annoyed? Imagine how we feel having to see your posts every 4 seconds

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno
        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          Damn you beat me to it. You suck.

      • baby carlos

        ooh that was a good one. did you come up with that all on your own?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Too bad they couldn’t clear the pitcher. Oh well.

    • Across the pond

      But it’s CC. He’s prob a better hitter than Cerv/Russo.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Our hitters are swinging through a 89 mph heater. Pathetic.

    • cjc

      I would agree if it weren’t for the 70mph change they are all kinds of fucked up right now

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      When he has a 73 change working, it isn’t that pathetic

  • YankeesJunkie

    I think the Mets tried their hardest with this stadium to make the ball die as quickly possible. It is just awful to watch games here, no fun at all.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Could A-Rod at least make an attempt and dive?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      What would that have done? He didn’t have a shot at it. No need to pull a Pedroia and dive for diving’s sake.

  • Dela G

    give frenchy 3 FBs

    he wont get em

    • Dela G

      just like i said

  • Frittoman626

    Barajas agaist CC in his career .450 (9-20) 3HR 5RBI, thats pretty good

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    Sit down Frenchy

  • FIPster Doofus

    Francoeur is comically bad

  • Across the pond

    Ok time for some meaningless in-game trivia for the Foreigner.

    What is pepper?

  • Lily-BK

    santana looks like he has good stuff tonight… it would helo though if our hitters had a bit better at-bats… and this bunting shit in the early innings has got to stop

  • Carlosologist

    This whole series has reminded me of the 2000 World Series.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Can I ask how? Because the Mets are playing the Yankees? =P

      • Carlosologist

        1)Every game thus far has been decided by two or less runs.
        2)The middle game is interrupted by a Mets victory.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Ageless Andy Pettitte? He ain’t in Moyer territory.

  • Frittoman626

    I know this is out of subject, but who would you rather see win, Rays or Red Sox, because either one winning is bad

    • Dela G

      red sox

    • YankeesJunkie

      If the Yankees sweep, the Yankees will win no matter what happens, but if I had to choose I would say the Rays winning just to put the Sox deeper in a hole.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Rays, because I think them making the playoffs is a foregone conclusion. In case the Yankees don’t win the division, I’d like to keep Boston at a distance for the wild card.

  • Dela G

    lol CC give him the 98

    • Dela G

      too easy for ZZ

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Santana still looks better up there compared to Frenchy.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Seriously, Cisco? Come on.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    love this depth the Yankees have.

  • Raf

    gotta either hit the cutoff man or knock that ball down at the plate.

    • Raf

      bit of a bad hop on that replay.

  • baby carlos

    :-)

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      The Yankees mess up and you smile. I think that pretty much says it all.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Bex, O:S this dude. No reason to keep feeding him.

      • baby carlos

        what are you talking about, he struck out Santana.. Jesus Christ, get bitched at for complaining, get bitched at for cheering, WTF is with you.

        Now I see the bad throw. Sorry your royalty my feed is on delay… god forbid

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          Didn’t know that’s what you were happy for. How am I supposed to know you’re watching a delayed feed? In that case, I apologize. I don’t think I’m royalty.

          • baby carlos

            typical of this blog…..everyone is god damn know it all against anyone who says anything negative against the Yankees. should have known better.

            • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

              Nope. The Yankees are terribly stinky right now. And I’m not a “god damn know it all” or I would have known that you weren’t on the same feed as all of us.

              Just I saw the Yankees mess up and then I saw you make a smiley face. You haven’t exactly been the most positive person. What was I supposed to assume?

    • Across the pond

      are you a Mets fan?

  • Frittoman626

    Bad defense, but at least Barajas didnt score, fuck Reyes, never liked him

  • FIPster Doofus

    Santana not getting the bunt down proved huge there.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Got him in anyway. Dammit.

  • Reggie C.

    At least CC doesn’t have to worry about Reyes stealing 2B. Now get this guy!

  • Dela G

    phew, that was ALLLLLLmost a costly play

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    WOW where did that miss?

    • cjc

      watching on gameday and it didn’t

  • Frittoman626

    That was a strike, FUCK!!!!

  • Dela G

    where did that miss????

  • Raf

    ball boy eying that woman standing there lol

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    ugh

  • Raf

    fucking alex cora.

  • Dela G

    FINISH HIM!!

  • YankeesJunkie

    :(

  • poster

    Fucking fuck fuck.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    That might all they they need.

    • Across the pond

      Nah, we’ll score.. we will.. promise :)

  • Reggie C.

    Another run producing 2-out hit …

    A 2-run hole feels deeper than it did a week ago.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Wow, this is bullshit…

  • Dela G

    man that sucked

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Yankee pitchers can’t put anyone away with 2 strikes. I have lost all faith in this team.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Oh dear God.

  • Frittoman626

    Looks like it will be a long day for CC and the Yankees, HOW THE HELL DO YOU GIVE UP A HIT TO CORA!!!!!!!!!

  • FIPster Doofus

    Did Joe Morgan just say “rine drive”? Are the rines crossed?

    /Seinfeld’d

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Did you just say “ridicurous?”

  • mike c

    it’s ok– we give them a glimmer of hope now, and then pull the rug out from under them and remind them they are still the mets

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Blaaargh

    (jumps off a cliff) Did I do that right?

  • Patrick

    That hurt–runs will be hard to come by tonight…..

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno
  • Michael

    have they had a single hard hit ball? what a joke.

    • Michael

      sorry

  • Hummingbird S.

    Alex Cora, really? Get it together CC.. this lineup is garbage.

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS
  • Reggie C.

    SHIT. I thought Cerv had him right there.

  • Frittoman626

    DAMNIT ITS LIKE SANTANA GIVING UP A HIT TO WINN IN THAT SITUATION >XO

  • FIPster Doofus

    The Yankees have allowed Alex Cora to resemble a competent baseball player these past three nights. That saddens me.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Was that Mike Harkey coming out to talk to Sabathia.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Yep, Eiland’s at his daughter’s confirmation.

  • Dela G

    what the hell is going on here!!

    this is the effing mets we’re playing

  • baby carlos

    well there are 2 runs… bad throw cost the second

  • poster

    We’re getting fucking killed in the second fucking inning.

    Don’t be rational, I’m in a bad mood.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    I’m getting so much shit when I thought the Yankees would sweep form th Met fan friends.

  • Across the pond

    That’s been coming from Bay in fairness.

  • Carlosologist

    Goddamnit. —______—

  • Frittoman626

    GAME OVER, this is what happens when you cant get a horrible batter out

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Goddamn it.

  • Reggie C.

    Are in Fenway???

    Yankees-suck chants, Jay Bay going deep … ARGH.

    • Reggie C.

      I’m so upset i apparently can’t write a 4 word sentence.

      Bay crushed it.

  • Raf

    and that really might be all Johan needs. shit. lineup will have to step up now.

  • Dela G

    wow what the eff

  • Hummingbird S.

    Can we win a sunday night game?

    • FIPster Doofus

      Or at least be competitive?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Holy hell that was a perfect power swing by Bay.

    • Across the pond

      It’s an uppercut swing I’m hearing.

      He has a nice uppercut movement.

      /Morgan’d

  • bonestock94

    Tex is having an extended April and CC delayed it till May.

  • baby carlos

    Ahh shit… Bay again. Seriously, Yankees – Jason Bay?????? REALLY?

  • Dela G

    man zz is at 44 pitches

  • Dr Van Nostrand

    3rd pitch to Cora should and would have ended the inning

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Yessir. Like JGS and I said: robot umps, please!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Alright, time to chip away.

  • cjc

    this team is frustrating as fuck right now shocking that Bay wkes up against us just shocking (massive eye roll)

  • Frittoman626

    To little to late like i always say

  • YankeesJunkie

    Finally, this horrible inning is over, time for the Yankees offense to step up and knock Santana around.

    • The Drake

      They can’t knock around Pelfrey for the scrub the Mets were throwing at the Yanks on Friday, you really think they are going to get to Johan?

  • mike c

    if sabathia gets that 3rd strike called then its still 0-0

  • Dela G

    FINALLY!

  • The Drake

    Wow, the Yankees are playing like crap right now. Even the Mets are smacking them up.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Glad Lost is on so I can watch something good.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Breaking Bad for me.

      • mike c

        here @ 10

  • slappy white

    if we dont score this inning im going out and find me a “slumpbuster”

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Blue and Orange on the Empire State Building?

    *shudders*

  • Carlosologist

    Does CC go deep? I think so.

    • Carlosologist

      A single’s fine.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    CC just put the best swing on a Johan fastball all night.

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    CC!!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    That starts the rally!

  • mike c

    CC sabathia = babe ruth

    • Carlosologist

      he no bay rufe

      /Ozzie Guillen’d

  • Across the pond

    3 innings. 3 lead off hits.

  • Dela G

    man cc is having the best non jeter/cano at-bat today

  • Reggie C.

    Hah. CC helps his own cause!

    Now if DJ can hit a 2 run homer, we dont have to worry about CC running the bases.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    STEAL CC!

  • Hummingbird S.

    another inning, another leadoff single… we’ll get to Johan eventually

  • Raf

    3rd straight leadoff batter on. make something happen

  • Dela G

    CC with teh hit!

  • FIPster Doofus

    I’m sensing a GIDP here. Hope not.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Dead wrong. Excellent.

      Good job, Jeter

      • Across the pond

        Fair to say, Jete’s owns Johan.

  • baby carlos

    :-) And just in case, that was for CC’s hit

  • The Drake

    If the Yankees lose this game ,do they get knocked to third place?

    • Carlosologist

      No.

  • Hummingbird S.

    comon CC, gotta go to 3rd there lol

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Oh snap!

    If Gardner squares here, I’m going to go apeshit.

  • Carlosologist

    How is Miller confusing CC and Johan?

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    Morgan just called Sabathia “Santana” — twice.

    • Across the pond

      He’s like the lovable grandparent who just can’t get anything right

      • Pat D

        When was Joe Morgan ever lovable?

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Yeah, except he’s not your grandpa so you can hate him.

        • Across the pond

          Correct.

      • poster

        And isn’t loveable.

  • Patrick

    need at least 2 of these runs back

  • Dela G

    it’s sabathia, not santana…

    • baby carlos

      who said santana instead of sabathia

      • Dela G

        john miller said it like 5 times this games

  • baby carlos

    Wow 2-2…. Jeter and not on the first pitch. Nice.

  • slappy white

    come on grit

  • Randy Lose

    after what happened to Wang a while back, I get real nervous with the pitchers running the bases…especially if they’re not quite in shape like CC

    • slappy white

      round is a shape

    • Raf

      him being a big guy does not mean hes not in shape

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      If CC wasn’t in shape he couldn’t pitch. He is probably more in shape than you or I.

      But I know what you mean.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Wooo Jeter lives! If CC wasn’t on, that might have been a double? Maybe not with Frenchy’s arm but he hit it hard and that makes me happy.

  • Across the pond

    Nooooooo

  • Patrick

    shit

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I hate Gardner’s regression so much.

  • Raf

    ughhhhhh

  • Frittoman626

    Like i said, Gardner sucks

  • Hummingbird S.

    Pathetic AB by Gardner… can we have Swisher batting 2nd, please?

  • slappy white

    double play and a Tex K ?

  • Lily-BK

    is it time to drop gardner down??

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      May Nick Swisher please stand up.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    One more and Gardy is below .300?

  • Carlosologist

    Grit GIDP’d? Noooooooooooo

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    So when was the last time Tex hit a fly ball?

  • poster

    You could see that coming from a mile away.

  • Frittoman626

    Tex is even worse, EVERY FUCKEN TIME AHHHH!!!!

  • Raf

    this is ridiculous at this point. holes at the top of the lineup

  • baby carlos

    wow… Tex continues to amaze ….

  • Across the pond

    OK, that’s tough to take. Not over yet, but that does not help.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    argity bargity.

  • Accent Shallow

    DFA Tex, please.

    /kidding. Chan Ho Park, though.

    • Carlosologist

      If Tex was DFA’d, every team in baseball would jump on that shit.

      • Pat D

        Not really. Anyone who claimed him on waivers would also be on the hook for the rest of his salary. Anyone other than Boston who might do that right now?

        • Across the pond

          Mets?

          • Pat D

            I thought they’ve been pleading poverty lately, too. And I thought they just love Ike Davis.

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          Seattle, maybe?

      • Accent Shallow

        I don’t know, that’s a big contract.

        (Not that he would or should be)

  • FIPster Doofus

    The Gardner regression is in full swing. Swisher’s gonna have to hit second.

  • Frittoman626

    I dont think even Pujols can help the Yanks offence ut this series

    • Frittoman626

      Offense out, my bad

  • BigBlueAL

    The Yankees are nice guys saving Jerry Manuel’s job for now. lol

  • The Drake

    Gardner is suited for the 4th outfielder job and pinch runner.

    • Harold Moskowitz

      profound…

  • slappy white

    Seriously WTF is up with Tex ? Maybe a night at Scores with ARod would help,,,,Ill buy the shots

    • Evan in NYC

      The stat they flashed his first AB almost made me cry. Worst start of his career in basically all categories.

      • slappy white

        its not like hes getting robbed of hits. his swing is horrible right now

  • Evan in NYC

    That was painful to watch.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    As for Tex, the karma for that Jolly Green Giant haircut is definitely catching up with him.

  • Ballam

    this offense is horrendous they have not hit at all with runners in scoring position or in anytime for that matter major changes need to be made because the team sucks right now

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      this offense is horrendous they have not hit at all with runners in scoring position or in anytime for that matter

      they suck right now (as in over the last three games) but they lead the league in RS, dude.

    • Evan in NYC

      I feel like anytime there is a RISP it’s up to Gardner, Cervelli, Winn, Thames and Tex to knock them in. Tex will come around (eventually, right?) and Cervelli has been playing out of his mind. But now they are coming back to their norms and not getting the job done. Granderson and Posada can’t get back soon enough.

    • mbonzo

      9 games over .500 without their starting catcher, centerfielder, and DH as well as countless injuries in the bullpen and others dispersed to Thames and Swisher. They are doing really good if you ask me.

  • Frittoman626

    We need CC batting 8th, Tex batting 9th, and Swish batting 2nd

    • Lily-BK

      lol that prob would work out fine

  • markInCA

    Its amazing how one minute the boys are on fire, the next we look like the pirates.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      baseball is a fun sport.

  • Lily-BK

    whats even more frustrating about this team is they dont seem to show life and mount comebacks. look at what boston did agianst us 2nights were down but managhed to take the lead… look at the rays they never give up! but the yanks, ofcourse keeo swingin at the first pitch and shit like that will happen

  • Alex S

    Oh man Joe Morgan.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Come on Jeter, gotta make that play

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    Ooh, a Jon Miller UZR reference

    …and Joe Morgan disparaging it

  • rek4gehrig

    Capn looking old out there

  • Pat D

    This team is just in a horrible slump on all fronts right now. Injuries, lack of timely hitting, some bad starts and extremely inconsistent bullpen work. The problem is that Tampa is still playing lights out, Toronto has yet to fall apart (they will), and Boston appears to be straightening themselves out. They can’t afford to keep playing like this for much longer.

    • rek4gehrig

      I totally agree…this is getting silly now.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      .260, .251, .244, .258, .352

      That’s the BABIP numbers for Garza, Price, Niemann, Davis, and Shields

      all of those are due for some major regression, four of them in the good direction. Damn, Shields has been good this year

      • Pat D

        Yea, I’m waiting for them to all come down. Price pitched pretty horribly today, but still won! (meaningless, I know)

        Wow, I can’t wait until the Yankees play the Astros.

        • rek4gehrig

          If they continue to play this badly, they will lose to the ‘stros

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          Price pitched pretty horribly today, but the Rays still won!

          that is very important.

          • Pat D

            Yea, I said that Price winning was meaningless. Obviously by saying Price won, it means the Rays won. Calm down.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    UZR Reference!

  • Across the pond

    His range is definitely back down this year

    • Pat D

      But his UZR/150 is still like +4 or something.

      • Reggie C.

        Is that adjusted weekly?

      • Across the pond

        Range runs is -0.2 according to fangraphs.

        • Pat D

          I saw that number today on No Maas. I do think they mentioned that his range is down, but I didn’t click on the link.

          • Across the pond

            His fielding of the simple plays is keeping his overall rating up it seems

            • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

              Probably the lack of errors.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Now he calls that location a strike? Beautiful.

  • Frittoman626

    out of subject, bet you that Halladay would be a Burnett type pitcher with the Yanks

    • Dela G

      seeing that the red sox own him, it wouldnt shock me, but he would easily be a sub 3.0 ERA pitcher with the yanks

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I bet he’d be a Roy Halladay type pitcher with the Yanks.

      • poster

        This.

    • Raf

      based on what? he’d suddenly stop being one of the top 5 pitchers in the game?

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Yeah….. no

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    That could have been a HR at YS3.

    • mbonzo

      I don’t think so. Its more likely Swisher’s fly out would have been a HR in YS3 though.

  • Evan in NYC

    If we can’t put up at least one run here, game over.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    I terribly miss tsjc, he would be very entertaining right about now.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Stupid baby taking up all his time…

  • slappy white

    my idiot metfan friend is texting me every batter…..WE MUST SCORE

  • Dela G

    the offday cant come soon enough

  • Frittoman626

    Its going to be a bad day for me at school tomorrow if the Yankees lose this game today, losing the series to the Mets is worse than that Rays sweep

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Grandy can’t come back fast enough.

  • Hummingbird S.

    31 strikes out of 40 pitches is just amazing.

  • Dela G

    this is depressing

  • slappy white

    apparently we cant get out fast enough

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Johan has the hitters so off balance tonight. He’s pitching absolutely wonderfully. It doesn’t help that the hitters are slumping, but Johan’s been just filthy tonight.

    And of course Swish rips one right to Bay. Goddammit.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      This. It’s a combination of the offense being really stinky right now and Johan being extremely good.

    • poster

      I don’t think he’s been healthy. Swish just ripped a ball and they got runners on, IIRC, every inning. Not that he’s pitching terrible, but we should’ve gotten a run by now.

      • poster

        Why did I write the word healthy? I meant great. Not healthy. Great.

        Weird.

  • Hummingbird S.

    4-5-6 hitters go down in 7 pitches. This one might be over already.

  • Raf

    7 pitch inning. Johan is gonna eat them up at the rate hes going.

  • Frittoman626

    How come its easy for teams to come back against the Yankees, but other teams need just 3 runs for a win against them

    • Hummingbird S.

      If the other team only score 3 runs, we’ll win about 95% of the time.

    • Lily-BK

      seriously!! other than the bostin comeback ( which shouldve been an easy win) yanks cant come back and win against anyone

      • poster

        O:S

        (Join me here, people. It’s a good strategy.)

  • baby carlos

    wow 7 pitch inning. They are looking like they did last year to start the season. Whole lotta suck, with a glimmer here and there.

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      And gee whiz I wonder how last season ended up.

      • baby carlos

        ha… living in the past. But using last year is a small sample size. Previous years not so much. But nice jab, your cool.

        • poster

          I have no idea what this comment means.

  • slappy white

    Joe G, otherwise engaged= taking a nap

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    So how long will the Empire State Building be orange and blue?

    • rek4gehrig

      It’ll be blue and white..the game isnt over yet

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        BOOM.

  • Hummingbird S.

    How’s Granderson’s rehab? How many games does he have to play in Scranton before he comes back?

  • JimmieFoxx

    Could someone please enlighten me as to why lefties are slower to the plate than righties?

    • Across the pond

      Cause Joe said so.

      There may be no actual explanation.

    • slappy white

      cause they are using the wrong hand. I tried it and I was slow as hell

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Really?

      sincerely,
      Mark Buehrle

  • Frittoman626

    The Yankees are the best team against lefty pitchers MY ASS

    • FIPster Doofus

      Johan’s no ordinary lefty

  • Across the pond

    Cora and Davis are getting on my tits this series

  • phughesisgod

    I hate ESPN games. I never get dead tired watching baseball games. Even when the game is on Fox, I at least can yell at them through the TV. The ESPN crew just puts me to sleep, I really cant take them. Morgan and Miller are horrible, and Orel Hersheiser is making it even worse.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    This commercial annoys me but Pedroia was adorable. =/

    • slappy white

      yuck

  • Carlosologist

    Some hot stove stuff I read: Andy Pettitte projects to be a Type A after the season. He’s only four points above the cutoff of 74.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Therefore, if Cashman offers him arbitration and he declines and then signs somewhere else, the Yankees would get two draft picks.

      Somehow, I don’t see that situation happening

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        Can Cashman offer him arbitration and then he retires, and the same thing happens? Or does it not work that way?

        Also, how do Type A/B FAs work?

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          No, they only get the picks if he signs somewhere else. If they offer him arb and he retires, nothing happens.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          Type A/B only matters if the guy signs elsewhere. If he retires, then it doesn’t matter.

          If another team signs your Type A after he declines arbitration from you, you get that team’s first round pick as well as a sandwich round pick.

          If another team signs your Type B after he declines arbitration from you, you get a sandwich pick

        • Carlosologist

          Type A: If team A signs a type A free agent that has been offered arbitration but declines, the FA’s original team gets team A’s first round draft pick and a compensation pick in a supplementary round.

          Type B: The FA’s original team only gets a compensation pick.

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          when I asked how type A/B worked… I know how it works if they went to FA. I meant how do they decide the difference between A and B?

          • Carlosologist

            The Elias Sports Bureau decides how this happens by a point system they have.

          • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

            An archaic and byzantine algorithm that makes no logical sense but is based on performance in the previous couple of years

      • Carlosologist

        I know Andy isn’t going to sign elsewhere, I just wanted to point out that if every member of the rotation was a FA to be, they’d all be Type A.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Thanks for all your answers, guys.

      If Andy doesn’t retire and he’s a type A and we re-sign him, do we lose draft picks?

      • Tom Zig

        Nope. Can’t lose picks from re-signing your own players.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    I’ve said this before but you can get that “little” guy out by playing on a real baseball field. Then you’ll see those too weak or too slow comments again. Seriously if he was traded to another team I’d love to see the results.

    • slappy white

      agreed

  • Frittoman626

    While i do think Granderson wont make an immediate impact, he cant be worse than Winn, does anybody have any news Aceves and when he will be back

  • phughesisgod

    What is going on tonight with the managers? They normally get both for alittle Q&A for a whole half inning. Girardi wasnt available, and Manuel wasnt there at first then came for like 1 question.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      They’re wising up and not talking to the creatures that inhabit the booth.

      • Across the pond

        always thought there was some contractual thing that made them do it – could never see why they would otherwise.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I guarantee Russo hasn’t seen any changeups like that before.

  • Dela G

    this

    is

    sucking

    ass

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I saw that movie being shot in NYC last summer.

  • Frittoman626

    Im calling a Santana shut-out with 10 K’s, oh yeah and RIP Jose Lima

    • Kevin G.

      Way to have confidence…

  • Raf

    its like 2009 all over again with Bay

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Sonofa…

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Bay kills the Yankees.

    • baby carlos

      No the yankees kill the yankees and pitches in his zone.

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        Well you can root for the Mutts if you want.

      • poster

        Bay still needs to hit the pitches. And he’s still playing awesome vs. the Yankees. Thus, Bay kills the Yankees.

  • Across the pond

    Mike did call this on his twitter before the series.

  • blackdragon905

    Why do we continue to pitch Bay on the outside corner?!?!?! That’s the only place that he really gets hits off of!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hummingbird S.

    I hate to see our starters sucking like this. CC has no command whatsoever. His pitches are mostly up but when he gets them down it’s in the middle of the strikezone.

  • Carlosologist

    Bay is known to go into prolonged slumps in streaks. A prolonged streak was bound to come. I would have hoped he would have broken out against the Phils.

  • Poopy Pants

    Can we trade CC or Hughes for a clutch hitter?

    • WIlliam

      sarcasm?

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    I know the Red Sox would have paid too much for Bay’s decline but I’m pretty damn glad they didn’t re-sign him because he murders us.

    • bonestock94

      Every top tier free agent slugger gets overpaid, it all washes out.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    When things are going bad, they’re going bad, huh?

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Count that at 2 for bullshit Ike Davis hits.

  • Across the pond

    It’s time for Joe to bring the guys bowling, pool, strip club. Something, Anything.

    • slappy white

      i vote strip club. Hell. I always vote strip club

  • Frittoman626

    Can a Yankees pitcher hit Bay in the head

    • Hummingbird S.

      stay classy!

  • Hummingbird S.

    All around fail from the Yankees tonight. Offense, defense and pitching are all sucking. Let’s hope this is rock bottom and thigns go up from here on out.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I believe it is.

      • Joe West’s Music Career

        Would this mean losing this series to the Mets makes the Mets, this years Nationals?

        Hey. Before you dismiss this idea, check the NL East standings…

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          I’m actually writing about that for my 11 AM post as we speak.

  • WIlliam

    Wow.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    What happened there, Kevin? That was kind of ugly.

    • Hummingbird S.

      Not his fault CC is pitching like Igawa and giving up rockets.

  • bonestock94

    Not interested in this game anymore, I’ll keep gamecast on and if it’s a tie game I’ll turn the TV back on…

  • Carlosologist

    The defense has been looking pretty sloppy tonight.

  • Raf

    yea…just have Santana not make you guys look like minor leaguers for the rest of the game.

    day off will be needed tomorrow.

  • baby carlos

    KC may sweep us. Ok just kidding, but seriously, Scranton is better right now.

    • WIlliam

      not quite.

    • poster

      I would take the ML Yanks over the Scranton Yanks every time, without question.

  • slappy white

    Triple A infielder playing leftfield for the Yankees ? Really ? we need depth

  • Harold Moskowitz

    question: how do you know the difference btw a slump and a regression — and what formula are you determining that with?

    • Accent Shallow

      If a good player is performing poorly, it’s a slump. If a bad player is performing poorly, is a regression.

      /half serious

      • Harold Moskowitz

        thanks. that’s funny sh*t. actually, i meant to post my comment as a reply to one of the “Gardner’s imminent regression / he’s a 4th OF” posters.

  • Patrick

    less than a week ago we were 1 game out–now it will be 6. ugh

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      And in less than a week we can be 1 game out. Baseball is funny like that.

      • Pat D

        Gotta admire your unending optimism.

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          it’s not so much optimism because I feel like crap right now about this game as truth. There are 120ish games left. That’s a looootta baseball.

          • Pat D

            I know. 5-10 (assuming no comeback tonight) over the last 15 days just feels like the absolute worst.

            I’m also listening to my dad railing against them in every which way. Right now he’s bitching endlessly about Sabathia and I basically just told him to shut up because he said this same stuff at the same time last year.

  • Across the pond

    Geno – Right on cue to remind us it’s only a game

  • Bob Stone

    I know it’s just a slump, but this is really embarrasing.

  • baby carlos

    Yankees have single handedly saved Jerry Manual’s job, for now.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Mets fans are not thanking the Yankees for this

  • The Drake

    This has been a real bad week. Losing to the Rays is understandable but losing to the Mets in this fashion is a joke.

    • Patrick

      hopefully this is the low point of the year. I feel pretty low–can’t take anything worse than this crap.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Stretching Joba out mid-season didn’t work? He was mowing through guys in ’08 before getting hurt. I love revisionist history. Maybe it’s because I’m young–maybe some more experienced fans can help me out here–but I can’t remember anything like this in terms of narratives w/any other player but Joba. Anyone got anything?

    • Accent Shallow

      Joba succeeding in the rotation doesn’t fit the media narrative, so that’s something we can expect to hear go unacknowledged.

      • Harold Moskowitz

        I’m not so sure about that … his first start a few yrs back was like a media EVENT … I think a lotta people were pulling for him as a starter

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          I can’t think of anyone in the MSM–maybe Pete Abe–who said Chamberlain should start from the outset.

  • Across the pond

    Has Jeter seen more than 5 pitches in his 3AB?

  • Raf

    two pitches, two weak GB to 3rd for Teix

    • Raf

      6 pitch inning, 63 so far for Santana. this is not the Yankees lineup from earlier in the year.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    SIX PITCHES?! SIX FUCKING PITCHES?!

    My word.

  • bonestock94

    If the Yankees don’t improve they’ll have to go to the secret weapon.

  • Across the pond

    uugh can’t do anymore. Work in 4 hours. I’ll have to finish this game in my dreams.

    Something tells me it’ll end better that way.

  • slappy white

    seriously. how many total minutes have the Yankees batted tonight ? Tex 1 for 26 ? aaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrggggghhhhh

  • baby carlos

    Wow… Tex’s offense is painful to watch. His defense on the other hand, well worth the money he is making.

    • slappy white

      then maybe he needs to move down in order if they are now paying for defense…….sorry, but hes breakin my heart

      • baby carlos

        or just needs a couple days off.

        • slappy white

          i know i do

  • baby carlos

    Yankees have 4 hits, 2 by Jeter, 1 by Cano, and the other by the pitcher formerly in the game named CC.

    potent!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Oh fucking please. That was unintentional.

  • Zooboy

    Joe’s gonna get himself tossed here…(umps an idiot!)

  • Randy Lose

    i wish it was a fastball

  • Frittoman626

    It should have hit him in the head, yeah im that fucked up

  • slappy white

    ARod predictions anyone ?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Well, the game is mostly out of reach and A-Rod is the king of unclutch. He’ll definitely homer here.

    • Frigidevil

      single to right

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Gatorade’s new money making scheme sure looks clever.

  • baby carlos

    Best pitch a Yankee pitcher threw all night, just should have been a fast ball instead of a weak curve.

  • Frittoman626

    • poster

      ?

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      ?

  • baby carlos

    Best thing for the Yankees, no more appearances on ESPN. Think they have only won once on ESPN this year.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    I cheered a baserunner.

    • baby carlos

      can I also?

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        I ain’t the boss of ya.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Better review that shit.

  • Frittoman626

    To make this night even worse, they have to talk about the Rays, lets see if they are like this during the second half

  • Frittoman626

    Sorry to say it isnt a Home Run

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    It hit the orange line. That’s a homer, right?

    • Raf

      they just said that. what the hell kinda rule is that? so odd

    • Hummingbird S.

      according to Orel, if it hits the orange line, it’s a HR

  • Raf

    man cant even catch some luck with a couple extra inches for that HR

  • Randy Lose

    orel says it’s a homer

    • Adam

      All the more reason to think it wasn’t…

  • Frittoman626

    Citi field has the worst dimesions ever , no wonder no Home Runs are hit here

  • Adam

    Seriously when building this park they didn’t think to make the line color different from the foul pole?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-895398

    Can anyone else help me with this one?

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      I think because you’re right and there wasn’t really anyone else.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        That’s what I thought.

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      Michael Kay maybe? On his radio show he talks about Joba belonging as a starter.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Really? I haven’t heard him say that.

        • Adam

          Steve Goldman on the YES site has from the get go pretty much, right?

  • dkidd

    tough week

    yanks will get healthy and tampa is about to start playing actual major league teams. things will turn around soon

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Said it before, will say it again: this week is the dramatic sad part on the 2010 Yankees’ World Series DVD.

      • Adam

        Wait…that isn’t the part when they talk about releasing Edwar and Bruney?

      • dkidd

        last spring was much worse:

        the rain
        the empty seats behind home
        the bandbox hysteria

        this year is frustrating, but nowhere near as grim

        • Adam

          Sure the last few weeks have been frustrating (dangit since I went to see them in Detroit!), but we’ve been throwing out our B team for a while now thanks to odd injuries and such. All things considered we’re still in good shape. Our starters carried us for a while, sometimes pitchers have bad starts. it will all even out and the offense and pitching will both key in at the same time.

          • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

            Yeah, I agree with you. It looks real grim right now. It won’t for very much longer.

            • Adam

              Not to mention the fact that if they hold on in the game against Boston and complete the rally against Tampa,I bet people feel a lot different.

              • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

                Well… eh. We could play the what if game all day.

                • Adam

                  Sure, am just sayin…if someone had given me the laundry list of injuries before the season started and told me the Yanks’ record right now, I would take it in a heartbeat.

  • Frittoman626

    Ok lets look at possible trade tergets for the Yankees. Who should the Yankees think about this trade deadline

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, Evan Longoria, Hanley Ramirez, and Matt Kemp to start.

      • Adam

        Don’t forget trading Girardi for Torre, plus a pitching coach to be named later.

        • Adam

          Dangit! I meant to write “a binder to be named later” but somehow brainfarted.

        • dkidd

          john sterling and rob thompson for vin scully and larry bowa?

      • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

        You forgot Halladay, Cliff Lee and Ubaldo Jiminez, among others.

        • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

          reply fail

      • Hummingbird S.

        Melky and IPK for Pujols!!! oh wait..

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      Who do they need?

      • Tom Zig

        the puma that is big.

        • Tom Zig

          well not need. but want

          • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

            He’d be nice but not really at that price.

    • dkidd

      trade logan for delcarmen, then flip him for a smoak-type bat

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        Golf clap.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          +1

          Well done.

      • Frittoman626

        Come on guy’s, for real

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          For real? Probably something just like last trade deadline–an extra OF/IF. Maybe.

          I think we’ll see guys like Huffman, Winfree, and Curtis get shots in the OF first, though.

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          Who do they honestly need? Infield is set. Catcher too when Jorge comes back. Outfielders maybe, depends on how Grandy performs after the injury and how Gardy does. But a trade replacement probably wouldn’t be necessary.

          DH possibly but who’s available that isn’t slumping and not terribly expensive to warrant the need? Maybe at the deadline they get a starter if someone goes down Mo forbid.

    • Drew

      Assuming Nick Johnson comes back healthy mid July, only to then stub his toe and sit the rest of the season, I’m hoping the Yanks target a DH. Unfortunately, I don’t see a trade happening, guys like D-Lee and Berkman will just cost too much. So I’m just praying Thames and Miranda hold down the DH fort, I’m confident they can.

      Other than that, we don’t really need anything. Who knows what relievers will be available in a month.

      • Frittoman626

        Is Dye an option, seriously

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          I’d welcome that tough he’s a FA and said trade.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          I’d rather sign Dye to DH for half a year than trade something valuable for a partial season of someone like Lee or Berkman.

        • Drew

          Is Sheff an option? Dukes? Sure, they’re options, not likely ones though. A guy like Dye will need a minimum of 3 weeks to get ready, and at this point in his career, he’s essentially Marcus Thames.

      • Frittoman626

        Maybe Bobby Jenks

  • Hummingbird S.

    Here comes the rally

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Is that the rally starter?!

    /endlessly optimistic’d

  • Frittoman626

    WTF is Thames doing

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

      Exactly what he was supposed to do. Stay out of the double play.

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      Avoiding the double play

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    I won’t be surprised if 75 of Jeter’s outs have been groundballs.

  • Hummingbird S.

    I’ve had enough of Gardner in the 2-hole.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      That’s what Brett’s wife said?

      • Adam

        Yeah, because he’s too gritty.

    • dkidd

      but you were fine with a johnson in the 2-hole?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    TEX TOOK A PITCH!

    Progress!

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      And now a single! Small steps!

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    A Teix hit!

  • Frittoman626

    You are to late Tex, DAMNIT

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Tex lives?

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    PC for teh Johanz?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Blaaaaaaaah when he’s going right, Al takes that over the fence in right.

  • Hummingbird S.

    That was the perfect pitch for A-Rod to hit, up and away… don’t know why he stared at it

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Johan goes back to the changeup again. Might as well, right?

  • Drew

    Sick AB by Al.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    YESS JOHAN IS OUT!

    Let’s go CLUTCH CANO!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I can has bloop and blast then tie game?!

  • Frittoman626

    Is Bobby Jenks an option for the pen, the White Sox want to get rid of him, wont cost them any high leveled prospects, and would be a great set-up for Mo, or closer if he gets injured for some reason

    • TheLastClown

      Joba > Jenks.

  • Frigidevil

    So if Cano knocs a few runs in here, I think it could be a slump-buster. If not, Tuesday’s not that far away

  • dkidd

    come on ribbie

  • Frittoman626

    Lets Go Cano!!!!

  • Hummingbird S.

    Swing at that shit Cano.. comon

  • baby carlos

    Bloody Hell… step away and Tex gets a hit.

    Nice. now try and keep it going there, Tex.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Well that was anti-climactic.

  • Frittoman626

    Not surprised, this was the Yankees of this week

  • Hummingbird S.

    yeah, that sums up the Yankees right now..

  • Frittoman626

    Again, Is Bobby Jenks an option for the pen, the White Sox want to get rid of him, wont cost them any high leveled prospects, and would be a great set-up for Mo, or closer if he gets injured for some reason

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      The bullpen will improve. They do this every year. Now I’d give a definite answer if I knew if he was a Type A or B and how much his contract is.

    • Adam

      Remember the whole “having a budget” thing? They aren’t going to take on a 7 mill/year player as a setup man when they already have one.

      • Frittoman626

        Since when did the Yankees care about a budget, this is why we dont have Damon and Matsui,their lineup doesnt put fear into anybody anymore

        • WIlliam

          It did in April. Injuries have derailed it, not the players.

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          The Yankees’ original lineup is quite awesome and if you didn’t fear it as an opposing team member, you were silly. Yes, WITHOUT Matsui and Damon.

        • Carlosologist

          Because of this dumbass comment, you are now being O:S.

  • rek4gehrig

    Boone is in…time for me to go to bed

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Could this night get any worse?! Boone Logan had a great inning so now he’s not going to get sent down!!!!

    (I am mostly exaggerating for effect but the sentiment is at least 2% there.)

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      It could be a reverse thing, though. He’s done poorly and has stayed so maybe if he does well, they’ll send him down.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Joe just said something that actually made sense. Oswalt could make sense for the Mets.

    • bonestock94

      I hope he goes to the Nats, maybe he’d give them a chance at the WC.

  • WIlliam

    Who pinch hits in the 9 spot?

    • Frittoman626

      Miranda

  • Frittoman626

    Lets play who’s more anoying, K-Rod or Valverde

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Valverde. Hands down.

      • Carlosologist

        After a save, he apparently takes an epic shit on the mound.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      I dislike K-Rod more because I feel like the Yankees have played against him more but Valverde’s antics are ridiculous. He was kissing the ground when he threw a strike! Not even strikeouts but strikes!

      • Adam

        Valverde’s nickname is “El Papa Grande.” Enough said.

    • Frigidevil

      I have to go with K-rod, because he should know better, yet he’s gotten worse and worse over his career

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Ugh neighborhood rule.

  • WIlliam

    yay!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Derek get the bat down!

  • Zooboy

    I thought both teams were warned not to accidently throw errant curve balls. No ejection?

  • Tom Zig

    shouldn’t K-rod get tossed for that?

  • WIlliam

    Uhg, Gardner is on deck, in an abysmal slump.

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      Or regression to the mean.

      • WIlliam

        That 2.

  • Frigidevil

    Seriously john miller? Meer-AHND-uh for Miranda? no. just no.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Well, if I’m saying his name properly, that is with an accent, that’s how I say it.

  • WIlliam

    Yaaaaaaay!!!!!!

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    JETES!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Oh shit! Let’s go, Brett. Keep the line moving.

  • WIlliam

    And now G can’t dp.

  • poster

    Not watching. How much we down by?

    • FIPster Doofus

      3

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      Three. Men on second and third. Garner up. 1 out.

      • poster

        Ooooh. Dram. Keep posting guys, you’re my updates.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      6-3 now. 2nd and 3rd with one out. Gardner up.

  • Joe West’s Music Career

    I say. The old boy has some life in him yet.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    That was an excellent at-bat by Jeter with a pretty much optimal result. Hooray!!!!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Gardner looked safe…

  • Pat D

    Are they just teasing us again?

  • Alex S

    Fuck! looked like Gardy was safe

  • Frigidevil

    Bull

  • WIlliam

    Soooooooo close.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Bullshit call.

  • Adam

    What crap!

  • WIlliam

    Listening to Sterling, safe or out?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Could’ve gone either way.

  • poster

    Glad I’m not wtaching.

    Tex needs to blast one here.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Wow. I’ll take it. Wow Tex. Wow.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    LET’S GO AROD!!!

  • FIPster Doofus

    Up to A-Rod

  • Frigidevil

    WOW talk about an ugly single

  • Carlosologist

    Damn Tex. Nice hustle right there.

  • Drew

    Come on Al. Just try and hit it hard my man.

  • WIlliam

    Walk of 3-run home run?

    • WIlliam

      *go-ahead

    • Tom Zig

      Germans?

  • Tom Zig

    Battle within in a battle…up steps the other Rodriguez.

  • Alex S

    COME ON A-ROD!

  • JobaTheHeat62

    joe morgan takes retarded to new levels

  • Pat D

    Teix gets lucky swinging on first pitch.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    So if it goes to the bottom, Miranda plays 1B and the pitcher goes to Pena’s spot>

  • Alex S

    here comes the dropped pop up with Tex running REALLy hard

    • JobaTheHeat62

      no castillo tho :(

      • Alex S

        D’Oh!

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    But one of those times was a dropped ball Miller.

  • Drew

    OOFA. That was his pitch. Hopefully he gets another.

  • Frigidevil

    Green light here?

  • WIlliam

    Please don’t k A-rod.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Ugh that’s THE pitch.

  • JobaTheHeat62

    that is a bummer….arod just missed that shit with that swing

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Gaaaaaaah! Alex that was ball four!

  • WIlliam

    Don’t swing at that A-rod!

  • Brent

    God damn. My heart is going to explode.

  • WIlliam

    8th pitch of this ab coming up.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Shitty.

  • Alex S

    Damn good pitch by K-rod…….

  • Tom Zig

    Damn. Buzz kill.

  • WIlliam

    Fuck! Soooo close.

  • Pat D

    Tease over. They better get their act in order soon…

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Aaargh. Great at-bats.

    I should be happy they’re fighting back almost all the time, right?

    • poster

      Honestly, and I’m one of the guys who thinks they’re perfectly fine and merely slumping…not really.

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        Yeah, I know the feeling. (I’m in the same boat.)

    • Drew

      Sure why not? Unfortunately, imo it’s not like we’re just getting beat, we’re playing some bad ball at times. For me, that’s what kind of kills the positives of almost coming back. Plus, the past couple weeks the Paul O’Neill theory hasn’t really been working.

  • Drew

    Eh. At least someone on the team is putting good AB’s together. Got em with the change, can’t really complain.

    • poster

      I think that was a pretty bad AB by A-Rod. He missed two mistake pitches. The really grievous one was that 91 MPH fastball right down the middle of the plate. It practically screamed, “Crush me!”

      • Drew

        Anytime you make a good pitcher throw 8 pitches in an AB you’re doing something right.

        • poster

          Just because he’s a good pitcher doesn’t mean he was pitching well during this particular game. Sorry, but when you get not one, but two mistake pitches in an at-bat and you’re a hitter of A-Rod’s caliber not to capitalize on that is a bad AB.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Damn

  • Hummingbird S.

    A-Rod choked big time there. He had two 90mph meatballs right down the middle and couldn’t even put it in play. Pretty pathetic AB, especially the swing-and-miss on a hanging slider in the middle of the zone.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      that at-bat =/= choking

      You’re getting back to your old ways :(

      • Tom Zig

        he did miss on some fat pitches though

      • poster

        I don’t believe in choking. But like Tom Zig pointed out, he DID miss some pitches he should’ve crushed there.

      • Hummingbird S.

        to me, that was. I’m sorry if you don’t agree. He had great pressure on him to come through there and he didn’t. He missed pitches he normally handles easily and swung through a pretty bad pitch. That to me is choking.

        I’m not saying he can’t come through in the clutch and all that other non-sense that people write about him, but this time he really did choke.

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          Okay, that’s a decent explanation. I still don’t think “not coming through” necessarily equals choking.

        • Drew

          No one hits 1.000 in “clutch” situations. Just because they make an out doesn’t make it choking. Even if a guy hits 400 in that situation, he’s failed the majority of the time.

          • Tom Zig

            this.

          • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

            Yep.

            Plus, he’s had two recent, HUUUUUUGE game-tying hits against Boston and Minnesota.

        • FIPster Doofus

          At this point, A-Rod is the last person I would ever accuse of choking. The guy’s earned lifetime immunity with me after everything he did last season and the enormous hits he’s already amassed this year. He didn’t get a hit in the ninth tonight. So what? Not everyone can get a hit in every must situation; it’s part of the game to fail more than you succeed as a hitter.

  • poster

    That was a fucking great pitch by K-Rod. Damn.

    How the fuck did A-Rod miss that 91 MPH pitch right down the fucking middle?

  • Frigidevil

    OH COME ON!
    at least GOB can make it feel better
    http://www.dailymotion.com/vid.....ome-on_fun

  • Carlosologist

    I hear Target Field is a pretty nice park to hit in.

  • cjc

    only one way to sum up this week too little too late

  • Dela G

    man that was heartbreaking, but hey, at least the team finally gets a day off. It seems as if they havent had a day off in 2 weeks

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      I’m pretty sure they literally haven’t

      • Frigidevil

        May 6th, so 2 1/2

        • Dela G

          holy crap that’s ridiculous

          i had no idea

  • http://richardiurilli.wordpress.com/ Richard Iurilli

    I’m beginning to think that Paul O’Neill’s career as a philosopher was over before it really began.

  • mike

    It’s a small complaint, but it still drives me crazy how Girardi continually pinch runs when the guy at first is the tying run.

    • Drew

      Well, there is no bottom of the ninth if that tying run doesn’t score. Pena gives us a better chance to score that run there. Teix isn’t exactly fleet at foot.

      • mike

        It’s not as pointless doing it with Tex as it is when he does it with Arod, but it’s still bad. There are just so few plays that the difference in speed between Pena and Tex will be the determining factor between scoring and not.

        It has basically no effect on the teams chance of winning, but it’s just annoying that he insists on doing something that has a negative impact, however slight.

        • Tom Zig

          I don’t think it has a negative impact. Pena is a lot faster than Tex. And really, when is the next time Tex will get up to bat?

        • Drew

          That has nothing to do with this game though. Pinch running for Teix there gives you a better chance of scoring on a double or a misplayed single. That run is rather important.

  • Carlosologist

    Something annoying: The Empire State Building will be blue and orange until presumably the next meeting.

  • Frittoman626

    To little to late

  • poster

    BTW, anybody look at Girardi in the dugout? He looked REALLY pissed this entire game.

  • http://newyorkstateofsports.com Matty V

    welp, looks like we all could use the night off from the Yanks on Monday.