Jun
06

Game 57: Avoiding the sweep

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For the first time this season the Yankees head into the final game of a three-game set with a sweep looming. Normally they’re on the other end of this, but after Burnett’s rough outing on Friday and the offense’s complete inability to hit the Jays’ lefties both days, they now face the threat.

Emotionally, there’s not much to say before the game. Win. That’s it. No one wants to see a sweep. We’ve seen a few teams drop the first two to the Yanks only to come back and avoid the sweep in the third. It would be nice to see the Yanks pull off that.

This game has you can’t predict baseball written all over it. Brandon Morrow walks the farm. Normally the Yankees eat those guys for breakfast and still have leftovers. Yet he leads the league in strikeout rate, so he certainly has the ability to set down the Yanks. If he does that today don’t be surprised.

Javy Vazquez allows tons of home runs. He’s second worst in the AL in home run rate. The Blue Jays lead the league in home runs by a long shot. That seems like a terrible formula, and if Javy doesn’t have his control he’ll be toast by the second. But if he has command like he did against Baltimore, then he can carve up the Jays with his five-pitch repertoire.

Two pitchers who play to their opponents’ strengths. I think we’re going to see a whacky game this afternoon.

Lineup:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Nick Swisher, RF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Jorge Posada, DH
7. Curtis Granderson, CF
8. Francisco Cervelli, C
9. Brett Gardner, LF

And on the mound, number thirty-one, Javier Vazquez.

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  1. Carlosologist says:

    At least the pen isn’t as shot as we thought it would be. CHoP is the only one unavailable.

    I do hope Javy provides six or seven quality innings however.

  2. JM says:

    When is Tex finally gonna heat up?

    • V says:

      According to Girardi, he was ‘hot’ in May. Funny, all I saw was a few good games and a bunch of mediocre ones.

      “He’s our 3 hitter,” Girardi said. “We haven’t talked about changing anything. And when he was on fire in the month of May, no one was saying anything. He’ll get hot again.”

  3. Andy_C_23 says:

    How about that Dez fellow from last night

  4. JGS says:

    “We have a 40-year-old closer. I don’t have a 22-year-old closer. I have a 40-year-old closer that has logged a lot of innings. He’s been down for 10 days already. Closers are used for when you’re winning games or are tied at home. That’s how you do it. If Mo extends the game, then someone else is going to have to close. If that guy gives up a run, then you say, why didn’t you wait to use Mo as the closer?”

    From LoHud, emphasis mine. Ugh

    • Little Bill says:

      He’s an idiot. If Mo extends the game and Gaudin gives up a run then at least we had no other option but to use Gaudin. It would have given the offense another chance to score a run or maybe 5 runs as both teams were going through their best bullpen pitchers, but we’ll never know now because the game wasn’t extended.

    • sangreal says:

      Ok so lets say Gaudin threw 3 pitches in the 16th and got 3 outs. The Yanks score in the 17th so you pull Gaudin and put Mo in right? Save situation now!

      Ok so what if Mo blows the save and ties the game. Now who do you pitch for the rest of the game? Nick Swisher?

  5. Batman says:

    Why doesnt Joe just switch Robbie and Tex, let Tex heat up in the 5 spot rather than kill potential rallies. Maybe he’ll see more fastballs as a result of having more men on base in front of him.

  6. Javy Vazquez allows tons of home runs. He’s second worst in the AL in home run rate. The Blue Jays lead the league in home runs by a long shot. That seems like a terrible formula, and if Javy doesn’t have his control he’ll be toast by the second. But if he has command like he did against Baltimore, then he can carve up the Jays with his five-pitch repertoire.

    Bingo, well said. This BJ lineup is loaded with guys who swing from their heels, a smart veteran pitcher who’s on top of his game really should be able to carve them up. Andy did yesterday, as did most of our relievers for 7 innings. The Yanks lost yesterday because they couldn’t get anything going offensively.

  7. Carlosologist says:

    Jose Bautista vs Javy in five PA:

    .600/.600/1.800 with 2 HR

    This won’t end well.

    • JGS says:

      Brett Gardner against Jonathan Papelbon:

      1.000/1.000/1.250/2.250 in 6 PAs

      It doesn’t mean much. If Javy has his stuff working, he wont go deep. If he doesn’t, look out

      • Carlosologist says:

        That line is hilarious. I realized that line was total SSS, but as you said, if Javy has it all going for him, this is a victory.

      • Captain Jack says:

        Bit different, Jose Bautista leads the majors in home runs…Javzquez’s problem has always been the long ball, Papelbon’s problems are a straight fastball and his parents are related by blood.

  8. BTW-If any of the RABBIs are around, do you guys have anything in the works on the Imperfect Game/Selig decision? It was the biggest story of the week, and I was looking forward to getting your take on this but didn’t a post.

  9. JGS says:

    And we have an “it is high, it is far, it is…caught”. That was quick

  10. pat says:

    Fucking zombie Wells.

  11. cjc says:

    ah fuck guess he hasn’t lost a step shit

  12. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/.....6x3aqwqF2M

    Best Baseball-related thing I read this week. Loved the market parallels.

  13. Michael says:

    Damn swish hit that a mile. BABIP…

  14. The Three Amigos says:

    Is anyone else concerned about cervelli being completely useless at the end of the year from overwork. I understand he is young, however this is getting ridiculous. He catches day games after night games and now catches multiple days in a row after catching a game and a half yesterday.

    I know we have a day off tomorrow, but this kid needs a break. One reason I am excited for Posada to catch again just so cervelli can get three days in a row off to rejuvenate.

    • Jersey says:

      I agree, seems like the workload is heavy, but Cervelli will end up catching fewer games than Posada from this point forward.

    • Not at all. The Yanks plan on catching Posada, they’re just waiting for the Docs to give the go ahead. He’s OK to hit, but squatting for 9 innings will take some more time. I’ll be surprised if Jorge isn’t catching at least 2 days a week from July forward, esp facing tough Righties.

  15. Reggie C. says:

    At least Teix wont go down in 3 pitches. Things are looking up indeed!

  16. Tank the Frank says:

    When this kid throws strikes, he’s what we all wish Joba could be.

  17. Dela G says:

    that was a sick pitch

  18. JGS says:

    Nice–Javy throwing 92

  19. Dela G says:

    man that foul ball hill hit had me scared to death

  20. Lorenz with the child-mutilation joke!

    Who does he think he is, David Cone?

  21. Jersey says:

    As much as we get on Tex, just imagine if we had Toronto’s situation with Lind and Hill, a COMBINED sub-700 OPS at the 2 and 3 holes. Oof.

  22. I just wanted to say that I absolutely hate plastic grass.

  23. So last night I went to the Stadium slugfest, and ended up sitting next to a fellow RABber.

    Small world or the blog reaching meta levels?

  24. Lily-BK says:

    wtf was alex thinking!!!!!!

  25. Reggie C. says:

    It was probably an error on the SS anyway …

    /trying not to kill Alex right there.

  26. JGS says:

    Man–don’t see Alex drop the ball like that very often

  27. rek4gehrig says:

    This is precisely what happens when the team is not hitting…

  28. Carlosologist says:

    The fuck was that Alex?

  29. pat says:

    If he ran straight to 2nd he would have been in easily.

  30. JGS says:

    Ballboy fail

  31. cjc says:

    um didn’t the ump call that fair

  32. Dela G says:

    hahahahahaha ball boy

  33. Accent Shallow says:

    PitchFX has Morrow throwing a 91 mph curveball to Cano. Slider classified as curve, or just a bad fastball?

  34. Lily-BK says:

    nice alex very nice…..coulda been 2nd and 3rd no outs!!

  35. Someone just lost their job.

  36. Carlosologist says:

    Wow, this game is already pretty strange.

  37. Tom Zig says:

    I hope Lackey realllly gets lit up today. I get such enjoyment out of him getting lit up. I don’t know why him over others.

  38. JGS says:

    No Jawn, 28 year old Dustin McGowan is not Toronto’s answer to Phil Hughes.

  39. Carlosologist says:

    I just thought of this: When Manny goes to the HOF, does he go in as a member of the Sox? (I feel as if I know the answer to this)

  40. Dela G says:

    man how is it that the rays made the jays look like the astros as we make them look like the 92 jays?

    baseball is crazy, i tell you

  41. dkidd says:

    toronto has some impressive young starters

  42. James A says:

    I like Lorenz in the booth, but im starting to irrationally blame him and Flaherty for the Yankees offensive struggles

    • Tom Zig says:

      It’s A-Rod’s fault. He also caused the oil spill in the gulf. What a jerk!

      • Carlosologist says:

        No, no, A-Rod is immune to criticism because of teh awesome postseason. Yesterday’s loss was obviously Javy’s. In fact, all of our losses are Javy’s fault!

  43. baby carlos says:

    Good luck Yanks…. hope you don’t get swept. But below .500 teams are on the horizon so you can make up for this abysmal performance and no so consistent performance since losing 3 of 4 from Detroit….

  44. cjc says:

    I’m sorry I know the guy has been on fire but the fact he leads baseball in HR is a total joke don’t buy it for a second and of course again an ump can’t fucking call the guy out on a check

  45. Dela G says:

    lol that umpire is hilarious

  46. Eirias says:

    Did he just say cripple shooters?

  47. Best part of road games with the Blue Jays is listening to Sterling, and the one loud-mouth drunk who’s sitting right below the booth that drives him nuts.

  48. cjc says:

    maybe its just because there are only like 4000 or 5000 BlueJay fans left and you can hear them better in an empty Rogers center but they are very douchey

  49. Dela G says:

    aight one more out

  50. dkidd says:

    canadians are supposed to be so polite, but blue jay fans rival phillie fans for drunken profanity

  51. Accent Shallow says:

    Lyle Overbay’s Gameday picture is completely absurd.

  52. cjc says:

    ok if Reed hits a HR I’m calling shanigans

  53. rek4gehrig says:

    Gatson moved Overbay down, Francona moved Ortiz down…both moves paid off..why not Tex? I dont get it..why is G so reluctant to move him down? surely it cant hurt?

  54. Pete says:

    I’d like Jose Bautista to hit -14 home runs so that his stats more accurately reflect his talent level

  55. Dela G says:

    great job javy

  56. Jersey says:

    Nice K. Javy looking solid thus far.

  57. Dela G says:

    ha i went on that glass floor at the CN tower last year, and man is it kinda scary to walk on

  58. Gardner vs. Molina.

    Let’s hope it happens today.

  59. Mike says:

    Bob Lorenz sucks. Put in a robot, save money and get the same performance. I miss Michael Kay.

  60. bonestock94 says:

    gritttttttttttttttt

  61. Carlosologist says:

    Gritty triple right there.

  62. JGS says:

    Arite Jetes, get it done

  63. Jersey says:

    Steal home!

  64. Carlosologist says:

    lol Jeter.

  65. Michael says:

    God this gets old

  66. Captain Jack says:

    Morrow’s got a great fastball…and for all the hate Michael Kay gets, I like him. I really think he just does it for the LULZ. He’s a characterize of a bad announcer with his bad nicknames, annoying sayings, bad anecdotes,

    And the second pitch was clearly a ball.

    • bonestock94 says:

      I love kay for all the reasons everyone hates him. I don’t mind lorenz.

    • Captain Jack says:

      Didn’t finish the Michael Kay thing…accidentally hit the “submit” button.

      But any ways the bad nicknames, annoying sayings, bad anecdotes, how he interacts with the color guy with comments like “I’ve never been to the O’Neill basement” or whether it be the weird sexual tension between him and Kim Jones, or it be his old timely (that’s been demonstrated wrong) analysis. I love Michael Kay.

  67. Ivan says:

    Wow I thought that ball was inside there…

  68. bonestock94 says:

    I can confidently say none of those pitches were strikes.

  69. Dela G says:

    that was bullshit

  70. cjc says:

    this fucking offense come on

    • cjc says:

      just to clarify its the runners on 3rd with less than 2 out that is frustrating the hell out of me the Swish calls were horrid

  71. Generous strike zone. EricGreggian sized, even.

  72. dkidd says:

    not a single strike in that entire at-bat

    robots, please

  73. V says:

    Gotta love when the umpire gives three inches off EACH side of the plate.

    Robots = Robots + 1.

  74. Jose the Satirist says:

    Highest team ISO (since 1974):
    .226 2010 Blue Jays
    .204 1997 Mariners
    .202 2003 Red Sox
    .201 2005 Rangers
    .199 2000 Astros

    Definitely an unsustainable level of power by the Blue Jays offense so far. The big question is how much will their power drop by? It will be interesting to see in the remaining 65% of the season.

  75. That one’s on Jetes. A slow ground ball scores Gardner.

  76. Reggie C. says:

    Aside from the hot Asian chick in the background, this was a disappointing inning . Hopefully Morrow doesnt junk the 2 seamer for the rest of the game. If Gardner can hit it almost 400 feet, then Cano or Posada should put it in the stands.

  77. Jersey says:

    Shoulda stole home.

  78. Mike Axisa says:

    Jose Molina really opened up his stance, no?

  79. bonestock94 says:

    Don’t walk jose molina

  80. Reggie C. says:

    Damn Javy! This is JOSE MOLINA. Wtf!

  81. Dela G says:

    a walk to jose molina????

    wtf?

  82. V says:

    So. The zone just shrunk a bit.

  83. bexarama says:

    I just got home in time to see a one-out triple get wasted (albeit with an awful strike zone) and Javy walk Jose Molina. Ummm maybe I should go back out?

  84. China Joe says:

    Not usually a fan of the bunt, but maybe next time they get an XBH with less than 2 outs they should start bunting to avoid the embarrassment of striking out.

  85. cjc says:

    you can’t walking Molina come on Javy keep walking guys and you are going to get burned bad

  86. dkidd says:

    javy has a good change today

  87. pat says:

    So Morrow is going to get that 1b side 2 seamer called for strikes but Javy can’t?.

  88. Captain Jack says:

    Didn’t know Hill was that fast.

  89. cjc says:

    how did they not turn that strange

  90. Dela G says:

    aight, lets get the last out

  91. dkidd says:

    i’m suspicious of the blue jays “new philosophy”

  92. Keaton says:

    He’s lookin’ pretty good but you just know a fastball is going to end up catapulting over the stands… the control is too iffy

  93. Ivan says:

    Hey guys what you think of this article hear in concern of which pitcher you would want for the next 10 years:

    Im surprised Lester is ranked that low, and Personally (yeah im being a bias) I would put Hughes over Price…

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....ings100604

  94. Dela G says:

    man i love how javy is pitching so far. the pitch count is up, but that’s ok, i can live with that.

    when the offense starts clicking, and we have 5 competent starters pitching quality starts like they pretty much are right now, this will be a scary team

  95. dkidd says:

    good trivia question

    manny
    ortiz
    tejada
    thome

  96. Dela G says:

    wait so that 0-1 pitch to tex is now a ball after swisher’s at-bat?

    nuts

  97. Captain Jack says:

    Hmmm…Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, are two to the trivia question. I can’t think of the other two, Carlos Pena and Vladimir Guererro? Maybe Garrett Anderson?

  98. Alex S says:

    Ortiz
    Manny
    Vlad G
    jim Thome

  99. Captain Jack says:

    Teixeira needs to take more pitches…give him a day off or something…shit.

  100. FIPster Doofus says:

    Teix should go back to his old hair. The new look ain’t working.

  101. Dela G says:

    i want a yes-mo on that tex ground ball

  102. V says:

    Man, I had this fucking umpire.

    I hope Girardi loses it.

  103. Carlosologist says:

    This fucking ump. That was clearly a ball.

  104. V says:

    Now our guys are going to start swinging at shit, knowing it’s going to be called strikes.

  105. Captain Jack says:

    Throwing 98 and getting whatever call he wants…yeah, they’re not getting to Morrow today.

  106. China Joe says:

    If Morrow’s not walking anybody they are screwed.

  107. Alex S says:

    wow would have never guessed Arod

  108. Dela G says:

    man how come javy doesnt get that fastball on the outside corner like brandon morrow

  109. Accent Shallow says:

    Jose Bautista: just not that good.

  110. Angelo says:

    sit down Bautista

  111. Javy with the no-hitter heading into the 5th.

    Somebody call Bud and get those 3 Walks erased. The strike zone has been awful.

  112. Dela G says:

    javy is dealin

  113. Orlando says:

    who is this Javy Vasquez?

  114. FIPster Doofus says:

    Javy is in the midst of his fourth great start in his last five outings. Get the guy some runs.

  115. bexarama says:

    Javy looks awesome, get him runs you assponies.

  116. Jersey says:

    I know complaining about the umps is a tradition as old as balls-scratching, but this really doesn’t look like a plot that skewed in Morrow’s favor. If anything, he’s getting squeezed low.

    http://tinyurl.com/25m55gd

  117. cjc says:

    some runs would be nice just sayin

  118. Dela G says:

    way off the plate strike calls are ridiculous

  119. V says:

    Dumb trade by Seattle.

  120. Orlando says:

    Curtis!!!!

  121. Dela G says:

    i thought grandy mashed that one…

  122. pat says:

    Ugh. I totally just /sterling’d myself.

  123. JGS says:

    This guy leads the majors in BB/9

    I know he is on his game today, but stop swinging at the first pitch

  124. Nice working the count cerve.

  125. Dela G says:

    cervelli, plz stop swinging at the first pitch…

    thx

  126. bonestock94 says:

    The bats need to wake up today. I’m sure they’ll hit against the Orioles but damn, who doesn’t? I want them to perform against this team before they inevitably begin to suck again.

  127. Hummingbird S. says:

    That’s 14 consecutive scoreless innings, right? Pretty weak

  128. bonestock94 says:

    I didn’t know Randy Winn signed with the cards yesterday, good for him.

    Gotta love Javy today.

  129. pat says:

    How many times would Kay have mentioned the Jay’s hit total so far? 10? 20?

  130. CS Yankee says:

    They need to get Javy some runs!

    Heck even the O’s have some runs today…2-2 in B3 against Lackey…we all like that, eh?

  131. Klemy says:

    Our lineup has been just painful to watch hit the last couple days.

  132. Javier with the no-hitter through 5

  133. Teh Gritster reheating up.

  134. It’s pretty cool how Gardy’s offensive game is so tied up in his batting eye.

  135. Ivan says:

    Just watching Morrow perform, is quite amazing. Dude has nasty stuff. And the AL EAST are gonna have some nasty arms in the next year or 2…

  136. The Phillies have scored 5 runs!

  137. Angelo says:

    Nice sight Bexy. Referring to dumbshitireadonnyyfans.tumblr.com

  138. cjc says:

    arg ball 4 come on gardy

  139. Ivan says:

    Ugh Gardner…

  140. Hummingbird S. says:

    Now I know why Morrow is doing good, he’s pitching to Molina! If Posada was the catcher Morrow would be terrible..

  141. Carlosologist says:

    That was Gardner’s 100th career strikeout.

  142. Angelo says:

    Anyday now the Yankees will score a run.

  143. Carlosologist says:

    Jeterian groundout to short! It was bound to happen at some point.

  144. pat says:

    Is this a fucking joke?

  145. Come on, Swish. That’s not your game.

  146. pat says:

    ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS?

    Terrible terrible inning. Two 3-0 counts 2 outs.

  147. cjc says:

    frustration is just not nearly strong enough a word

  148. Hummingbird S. says:

    3-0 popup… and people want to complain about the ump! This offense is terrible right now.

  149. Alex trying to take 2nd. . .

    Swish swinging 3-0. . .

    Nah, nothing to see here.

  150. JGS says:

    There hasn’t been a baserunner from either team since Molina walked to lead off the bottom of the third

  151. bonestock94 says:

    Off day can”t come soon enough

  152. bexarama says:

    Good God, Yankees. Come on.

  153. Hummingbird S. says:

    We need a Cashman visit to wake the team up

  154. Captain Jack says:

    Mike Stanton not in the line up today.

  155. Prediction-this game will be won with a HR by somebody.

  156. The Giants DFAing Lewis was an odd move.

    • Carlosologist says:

      That move made me wonder why Brian Sabean hasn’t been fired. Well, so did plenty of other moves, but that was a real headscratcher.

  157. Damn. That breaks up the no-hitter.

  158. Hummingbird S. says:

    that one scared me a little

  159. Angelo says:

    I remember when the Yankees used score runs, remember those days guys?

  160. Captain Jack says:

    The “pitcher” chants…fucking Canadians.

  161. FIPster Doofus says:

    Are they chanting “Pitcher”? Lame.

  162. Alex S says:

    are they yelling “Swisher”?

  163. Hummingbird S. says:

    Javy is tiring, losing location

  164. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    what are these tools chanting?

  165. His pc seems too high to go 9.

  166. FIPster Doofus says:

    Oh, come the fuck on.

  167. Carlosologist says:

    Wow. No-hitter and shutout over.

  168. Alex S says:

    Javvy is getting tired, threw up a rock to Wells

  169. V says:

    Gawd I hate the Blue Jays.

  170. Hummingbird S. says:

    game over, it was fun while it lasted

  171. bexarama says:

    Can I yell FML? On 0-2, really?

  172. Now THAT breaks up the no-hitter.

  173. pat says:

    Zombie Wells.

  174. JGS says:

    BOOOOOOO!!!! Javy sucks!!! 2004!!!

  175. V says:

    So, do the Yankees get to pitch with juiced balls and the Blue Jays get to throw rocks? Everything the Yankees hit hard the past couple of days goes to the warning track. Everything the Jays hit goes out.

  176. Captain Jack says:

    Oh fuck you Toronto.

  177. pat says:

    Hahaha a “Yankees Suck” chant! Awesome.

  178. bonestock94 says:

    Saw that coming with those hard hit outs. 2 runs shouldn’t be shit for the Yankees though, c’mon, don’t Greinke Javy.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Speaking of which, if Greinke’s 1-7 record doesn’t make it obvious to everyone (notably the media) that sabermetrics is worlds better than traditional stats, nothing will.

  179. V says:

    Hopefully the Yankees don’t go back to Toronto until their (Blue Jays = they) inevitable collapse down the stretch.

  180. It seems like Javy gets shit on run support every time out.

  181. Pat D says:

    I’m glad that only Pettitte and Vazquez have shown up this series.

    And I guess everyone in the bullpen not named Gaudin, too, but I’m not mad at Gaudin, really.

    • Angelo says:

      You have to be more upset with the line up. Gaudin shouldn’t even have pitched in that game.

      • Pat D says:

        Yea, that’s pretty much how I feel. This team is 2nd in runs scored, and yet there have been so many games where it doesn’t feel like it.

        • V says:

          They really were on fire for awhile in April, then when the injuries came, they’ve, outside of a few games here and there, all taken a collective nosedive.

  182. V says:

    Ah, I love having a black hole at #3 in the lineup.

    • Donny says:

      Tex has GOT to be the worst #3 hitter in the majors by a pretty good distance.

      • V says:

        On at least 25 teams he would have been bounced down to #7 to find his stroke already.

        But no, Girardi’s going to keep sticking with him. Cause, you know, he was on ‘fire’ in May.

        • pat says:

          Or because he has an 8 year career of being one of the best hitters in the game.

          • V says:

            Yeah. Too bad he can’t carry over some of those HRs from last year.

            The guy playing today is absolutely lost at the plate. Batting him 3rd is losing ball games. Moving him to #7 in the lineup isn’t ‘giving up on him’, it’s just removing him from high leverage plate appearances that he is absolutely looking awful in.

        • Angelo says:

          If you erase that 3 home run game against Boston, his May does not look too good. Seriously, when was he on fire? Girardi needs to face reality.

    • He scorched the ball, what else is he supposed to do?

  183. CapitalT says:

    how about working the count and getting to their bullpen

  184. Captain Jack says:

    “If you’re Mark Teixeira, even when you hit the ball hard you don’t get rewarded with a base hit”

  185. Carlosologist says:

    Tex got cheated there. At least he hasn’t struck out today.

  186. pat says:

    Is this what it’s like to be a Royals/Orioles/Pirates fan? This shit sucks.

  187. I’m not too mad about getting shut down a bit by Cecil and Romero–they’re legit–but they should seriously pound Morrow.

    Hey, look! A hit!

    • V says:

      Eh, Morrow’s talented, but I just wish they showed some semblance of a plan of attack. Some of the hitters (cough Teixeira cough) don’t seem to have a clue as to what they’re doing right now.

  188. bonestock94 says:

    Hey look. a hit!

  189. Robbie with a hit, what else is new?

  190. China Joe says:

    I can see it now: Yankees still down in the bottom of the 8th, and Girardi brings in Mo just to get some work in.

  191. rek4gehrig says:

    So I went out and just got back…I see Javy has a one hitter going but is still losing? I also see our bats are still slumping :-((((

  192. But teh catching defense!

  193. bonestock94 says:

    In my brain Posada has just hit a 2 run bomb

  194. Carlosologist says:

    Hey look a walk!

  195. I feel something good coming from Curtis. Let’s go, Grandy.

  196. Donny says:

    I call BS on this guy walking 6 guys per 9.

    I simply don’t believe that statistic ;-)

  197. V says:

    Ah, and the outside pitch called a strike. Weeeeeeee.

  198. FIPster Doofus says:

    This sucks.

  199. bexarama says:

    Aaaargh whyyyyy

  200. rek4gehrig says:

    When Yanks stink, they really really stink

  201. Michael says:

    This is getting really fucking old

  202. dkidd says:

    could we have some cool panoramic vista runs?

  203. bonestock94 says:

    At least there should be one entertaining sports event tonight. Hopefully Boston getting shat on in LA again.

  204. rek4gehrig says:

    Javy 1-hitter? WOW!!!!!!!

  205. cjc says:

    this team hates Javy they refuse to score for this guy its ridiculous

  206. dkidd says:

    even if we get swept, javy’s turnaround is huge

    5 above-average starters = fun summer

  207. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Great pitching, Javy.

  208. FIPster Doofus says:

    Yay Javy. Great outing. Aside from the Twins game, he’s been excellent the past month or so.

  209. rek4gehrig says:

    Good Javy, very very good Javy

  210. pat says:

    We can talk shit about the lineup allw e want but Morrow is really dealing today. High 90′s on the corners and all his offspeed stuff is dropping in for strikes. Morrow is just on today.

    • WAAHHHHH. Stop making excuses, pat. The Yankees just plain suck. The Yankees don’t try. The Yankees hate Vazquez. The Yankees can’t hit. Joe Giardi can’t manage.

      Did I cover everything? God forbid that a pitcher does well.

      • JGS says:

        You forgot fire Cashman

      • Angelo says:

        Worse team to ever hit the planet! Actually they should put an asterik next to all 27 championships because these Yankees are such an embarrassment. This truly a disastrous year.

        Teixeira will go down as the worst contract signing ever because he can no longer hit…

        ….Oh would you look at that the Yankees just scored a run.

  211. dkidd says:

    morrow breaks cerv

    /post headline’d

  212. bexarama says:

    Ugh stop hitting Cervelli like that, everyone.

  213. JGS says:

    What exactly does “he lacks tRA+” mean?–maybe it’s just that I don’t really know what tRA+ is

    • Carlosologist says:

      alex gonzalez made that one up last year. It means team rallying ability.

    • bexarama says:

      When Jose used to troll here as alex gonzalez (I think that was the name, right?) he made up this stat tRA+, which was Team Rallying Ability. alex gonzalez would have said something like “Greinke lacks tRA+” to explain his 1-7 record. The offense not scoring runs for Javy would obviously indicate a lack of tRA+.

  214. Pat D says:

    Sweet. We’re finally into the Jays’ horrid bullpen.

    Oh, wait…

  215. Carlosologist says:

    Cervelli was plunked again right? At least the Yanks can get into the pen now.

  216. At least we have a 0-out base runner.

  217. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Hi, stop plunking our freaking hitters.

  218. pat says:

    HBP PARADE WOOOOO

  219. rek4gehrig says:

    Oh good, another baserunner

  220. Carlosologist says:

    Another HBP? Holy crap, this might be the rally starter!

  221. Definitely thought that hit his bat knob.

  222. dkidd says:

    stop pointing your gun at my dad!!!!!!!!!!!!

  223. A sac bunt, Flash? Down two? No thanks.

  224. If Jeter walks, I want a triple steal.

  225. rek4gehrig says:

    Yeah baby…here we come

  226. Alex S says:

    finally, Go Cap’n!

  227. dkidd says:

    let’s get javy a win!

  228. Yay! Why doesn’t Gardy score on that?

  229. Mike Axisa says:

    What is this crap, a rally?

  230. Pat D says:

    Gotta walk Swisher, methinks.

  231. bexarama says:

    Jeter!!!! That was a very good piece of hitting.

  232. Carlosologist says:

    Yay Jeterian double.

  233. Ivan says:

    LETS GO!!!!!

  234. What is this, is this….a run? God, can you imagine how Phillies fans felit, 16 runs in 11 games until yesterday.

  235. Will they intentionally walk Swish?

  236. rek4gehrig says:

    Let’s blow this thing WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDDDDDDDDDDDDDEEEEEEEEEEEEE open…

  237. Goddammit. That 1-1 pitch was it.

  238. Mike Axisa says:

    Anything but a strikeout Swish.

  239. That…was not a swing.

  240. Carlosologist says:

    What the fuck? Swisher did not go around on that shit.

  241. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Bullcrap that he didn’t check his swing.

    Go get em Joe.

  242. China Joe says:

    I say we tied this baby up right now, then we bring in Gaudin for as long as it takes!!! Who’s with me?

  243. bexarama says:

    No way he swung. Good for you, Girardi.

  244. Pat D says:

    Wow, this umpire FUCKING SUCKS!!

  245. JGS says:

    Ok, Girardi has been tossed–now hit a home run Cervelli!

  246. dkidd says:

    bull crap

  247. Ivan says:

    Get G on em Joe!!!

  248. rek4gehrig says:

    WOW!!!!!!!!

  249. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    wow this is insane…did you just see that replay????

  250. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    seriously walking tex

  251. OH SHIT THEY’RE DOING THAT THING THAT YOU SHOULDN’T DO.

  252. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Why the hell would you walk a black hole?

  253. Carlosologist says:

    Alex hits a grand slam now?

  254. Wild guess, Girardi measuring about 8 inches with his two fingers had something to do with Dreckman’s strike zone.

  255. JGS says:

    Are they seriously loading the bases for A-rod????

  256. rek4gehrig says:

    Uh uh…IBB to Tex..Arid is going deep

  257. Pat D says:

    Well hopefully this will be like the last 2 times…

    Really, even with the double play possibility, why would you walk Teix right now?

  258. dkidd says:

    are you kidding me? i could get tex out right now

    /rubs hands in anticipation

  259. Accent Shallow says:

    So they’re choosing to pitch around the guy who can’t hit anything right now to get to the guy who’s overall a better hitter, both now and in general?

  260. pat says:

    hOLY SHIT WALKING TEX?

  261. Mike Axisa says:

    Have the Jays learning ANYTHING?!?!

  262. bexarama says:

    What in the world are they doing this for????

  263. BigBlueAL says:

    THANK YOU Cito Gaston.

  264. Ivan says:

    Ok this is beyond retarded. Tex has been struggling and can’t hurt a breaking ball, and u IBB to get to A-Rod?….ok.

  265. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    something has to be done about umpiring in mlb…it gets worse by the day

  266. Just drive the ball somewhere, Alex.

  267. Kevin Bacon says:

    Haven’t they learned what happens when you intentionally walk Tex?

  268. Alex S says:

    Here comes an Arod granny

  269. phughesisgod says:

    What the hell?!?!?!?!?!? This is at least the 3rd time this year the home plate ump has taken it upon himself to judge a check swing and all times the call has gone against the Yankees and the calls were clearly wrong. This is freakin BS!!!!!!!!!

  270. If they don’t score, I’m going to fucking cry.

  271. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Gardy!

  272. rek4gehrig says:

    2-2 game

  273. Angelo says:

    YEESSSSSSSSSS

  274. Alex S says:

    yea muthafucka!

  275. JGS says:

    That’ll do

  276. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    I will take it

  277. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    fuck you jays!!!!! even your homer ump cannot give you a free win

  278. YAYAYAYAYAYYAYAYYAYAYAYY!!!!!!!

  279. BigBlueAL says:

    Only way Yanks wouldve probably tied the game. lol

  280. bexarama says:

    So it’s official. IBBing Tex to get to A-Rod NEVER WORKS.

  281. Carlosologist says:

    Suck on that Blue Jays! Game tied on a wild pitch. Who do you think you are, the Mets?

  282. rek4gehrig says:

    Molina helping out the Yanks :-)

  283. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    I’ll take it!

  284. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Right down the pipe A-Rod, christ.

  285. Really, Alex? What the hell are you looking for? Ugh.

  286. BigBlueAL says:

    Cito Gaston is a genius.

  287. Ivan says:

    Iight the game is tied…

  288. shrek says:

    hit the fcking ball

  289. T-Dubs says:

    How do you not take a hack at a 1-2 fastball down the middle??

  290. claybeez says:

    I understand he’s a guess hitter. Does that mean he can’t protect the plate?

  291. phughesisgod says:

    Swish has been getting screwed all game. I think Swish might have taken this umps girl or something, lol.

  292. Angelo says:

    C’mon Robbie

  293. pat says:

    Arod lookin offspeed. Not supposed to get beat by fastballs. Oh well.

  294. Drew says:

    Thought I’d drop by to say, WP ftw.

  295. Carlosologist says:

    I would have laughed if they IBB’d Alex to get to Cano and Cano hits a grand slam.

  296. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    teh clutch!!!!!!!

  297. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Woo!

  298. Alex S says:

    Ribbie!

  299. Carlosologist says:

    ROBBIE!!!!!!

  300. DON’T CHA KNOW!!!!!!!!

  301. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Canoooooooooooooo!!

  302. BigBlueAL says:

    Cito Gaston is an idiot.

  303. Accent Shallow says:

    Cano cleaning up.

  304. rek4gehrig says:

    Dontcha know

  305. He can not be stopped!

  306. Ivan says:

    CANO!!!!!!!!

  307. Javy clearly improved his tRA during this inning.

  308. ShuutoHeat (Igawa > Logan) says:

    ROBBIE!!! Take that Jays!

  309. Drew says:

    Cito ftl! haha

  310. claybeez says:

    Way to pick him up, Robbie

  311. bexarama says:

    YAAAAYYY!!!!! Oh that was exciting!!!

  312. pat says:

    THIS TEAM SUCKS CASHMAN NEEDS TO VISIT

  313. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Javy in line for the W too….Hell Yes!

  314. BigBlueAL says:

    Must say if Posada wasnt hitting behind Cano no way they pitch to Cano. Posada’s presence in the lineup still makes a big difference.

  315. I’d like another run or two for good measure.

  316. Pat D says:

    Now who pitches the 8th? Joba?

  317. rek4gehrig says:

    Thanks to Girardi for getting thrown out…that’s the spark they needed

  318. Zooboy says:

    I’m a bit surprised Tex didn’t strike out while they tried to intentionally walk him. Caught a brake there.

  319. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Cano>Pedroia>Hill

  320. Carlosologist says:

    Suddenly, I’m not worried about the offense as I was seven innings ago.

  321. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Jays loooove the IBB

  322. China Joe says:

    Robinson Cano, 2010 MVLD…most valuable lazy dominican

  323. shrek says:

    cmon grandy

  324. BigBlueAL says:

    So now they bring in a LHP. Is Girardi managing the Blue Jays this inning???? lol

    • Uhhh no, this makes complete sense.

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Yeah made complete sense not to bring in the LHP to face Cano, pure genius.

        • bexarama says:

          Cano has good numbers against lefties. Grandy does not.

          • BigBlueAL says:

            LHB’s KILL Frasor this season, no sense in letting him face Cano if you still had a LHP in the pen.

            • BigBlueAL says:

              Not. Like I said if you actually look up the stats Frasor gets murdered by LH. Made no sense whatsoever to let him face Cano. Downs had been used already but if there still was a LHP left in the pen you either walk Cano or bring in the LHP to face Cano, letting Frasor face Cano made no sense in any way.

              • bexarama says:

                Aha. I didn’t look up the stats, can’t say I’m too familiar with the splits of non-Yankee relievers. :X Agreed, that inning didn’t make a lot of sense on the Blue Jays’ part.

                • BigBlueAL says:

                  Yeah for some reason I was sure I heard in the past that Frasor sucks vs LH and then I actually looked it up and it is true at least this season and somewhat for his career. I knew Downs had been used so I didnt think they had another LHP left but when I saw him come in I was like WTF they still had a LHP in the pen??

                  Obviously right now Cano hits everybody but still no way in hell you let Frasor face Cano there regardless.

  325. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Who’s this guy?

    GranderSMASH!

  326. Seeing Tino and D-Rob backstage at a Taylor Swift show is just…odd. It just doesn’t compute.

  327. Accent Shallow says:

    Wait, Rommie is his given name?

    /head explodes

    • Pat D says:

      That guy is un-American. And I can prove it! You see, if you change the “R” in his first name to a “C,” what do you get? Well, you get a “Commie,” of course! The conspiracy against America is on!

      /Glenn Beck’d

  328. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    man 2 HBP and 3 BB…Hell of an inning

  329. Carlosologist says:

    Look at Granderson with the BB against a lefty.

  330. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    time for Cervelli to end the slump with a granny

  331. bonestock94 says:

    Wheres the Yankees suck chant now, scumbags!?!

  332. Went away for a bit, how hard did cerve line it.

  333. bexarama says:

    Hit that super hard but right at someone, boo.

  334. Where in the FUCK did that miss?

  335. JGS says:

    Jose Molina? Seriously?

  336. pat says:

    Hahaha Molina.

  337. bexarama says:

    Lol Molina? really?

  338. I’m pretty impressed that Curtis even got his glove on that. He had to run for a LONG time.

  339. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Well, since it’s Jose Molina, a double counts as an inside-the-park HR.

  340. Pat D says:

    Get Mo up now!

    Seriously, if he can’t get more than 3 outs today after not being used for so long and w ith an off day tomorrow, what good is he?

  341. NYHighlander says:

    Javy’s reason we’re still in this! Way to go!!

  342. Accent Shallow says:

    That’s an out if this horseshit turf isn’t here.

  343. bexarama says:

    Oh my God guys come on.

  344. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    of course Joba would do this

  345. pat says:

    Haha Yankeez.

  346. dygg says:

    Is the dome open or closed today?

  347. C says:

    Not bad Joba…

  348. rek4gehrig says:

    Bad Joba today

  349. Beamish says:

    Oh, how I hate Joba Fucking Chamberlain.

  350. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    thank you Joba

  351. dkidd says:

    yes!!!

  352. Carlosologist says:

    Rally over.

  353. rek4gehrig says:

    Good Joba

  354. gxpanos says:

    That makes it better, nice way to rebound for Joba.

    Plus, here comes Mo!

  355. What, more than 4 outs?

  356. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    you can tell Girardi is not managing haha

  357. Will says:

    Grandy went after that hit like Hanley Ramirez to let Molina score there.

  358. rek4gehrig says:

    No more M.r Nice guy…here comes Mo

  359. Pat D says:

    About time!

  360. Angelo says:

    It’s a close one. Better use Mo for 4 outs today, after refusing to use him yesterday.

  361. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    WTF was that

  362. Will says:

    Heh, exit sandman?

  363. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    i do not agree with this decision, but i sure hope it works out

  364. Do your job, Damaso.

  365. Wansowitz? What an awesome last name.

  366. bexarama says:

    That thing with Mo was weird.

  367. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    thats what happens when you have the backup bullpen coach playing…he gets exposed

  368. The ump makes the call to the bp? Didn’t know that.

  369. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Tony Pena is a genious..OMG lol

  370. JGS says:

    What happened there? Is Mo still available?

  371. dygg says:

    I am confused. Gameday said Mo was coming in. But Damaso came in instead?

  372. Pat D says:

    I’m pretty sure the 2-1 pitch to Gardner was a strike earlier in the game…

  373. dkidd says:

    cevelli: so i should bust it down the line as fast as i can?
    cano: no. never run hard. remember your heritage.

  374. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    look how shocked Gardner was the ump didnt call a strike..thats when you know the zone is a piece of shit

    • SouthernYankeeFan says:

      Yeah. Like a year or two ago when Cliff Lee was on the mound and the batter was walking to the dugout because he was sure it was strike 3 and had to turn around when it was a ball.

  375. JGS says:

    Wow. Those were….not balls

  376. V says:

    Man, I finally caught up. WTF was that Swisher striking out swinging call?

    This is getting absolutely ridiculous. These umpires should be locked out. Throw all the bums out.

  377. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Mike Harkey explaining to Joba that if he had been in the bullpen, none of this confusing shit would have happened.

  378. Tampa up 2-1. Jaso got a 2-run homer.

  379. BigBlueAL says:

    This ump hates Swisher. lol

  380. bexarama says:

    This umpire’s insanely bad.

  381. Accent Shallow says:

    Gameday buys that backwards K. I don’t.

  382. Will says:

    Holy hell that was terrible. Can Girardi still come out of the clubhouse to argue?

  383. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Swisher should just hit the ump with the bat…just get in his stance and swing for the fences…Swisher has to hate this guy

  384. Will says:

    “Seattle Mariners RHP Doug Fister to DL with shoulder fatigue”

    Nice.

  385. Carlosologist says:

    Two outs to go.

  386. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    one out a way from a very nice Win

  387. Off of Mo to Cano? Just how they drew it up.

  388. Will says:

    Is Mo actually throwing sinkers, or are the TBS guys just morons?

  389. Carlosologist says:

    Vintage Mo.

  390. rek4gehrig says:

    Mo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  391. Angelo says:

    The Yankees win!

  392. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    despite the umpires best attempts to cost the Yankees a W, they pull it off

  393. Game now officially over, though it was really over after the 8th.

  394. dkidd says:

    good win

    psyched for javy

  395. BigBlueAL says:

    I wanna say that I picked up Vazquez for my fantasy team before this week and it surely paid off!! I think he knew he was on my team now so it gave him extra motivation to pitch great this week….

  396. bexarama says:

    We’re mildly less doomed!

  397. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Javy is now 5-5…good for him

  398. claybeez says:

    Great start from Javy. Robbie comes through. Now, go bludgeon the O’s.

  399. Hey guys, if you’re near a computer check me out on NYBD Radio show tonight around 9:30. Talking Yanks, Tex’s slump, Bud Selig, etc.

    http://nybaseballdigest.com/

    You can also listen to 1240 WGGB if you’re out on Long Island.

  400. Pat D says:

    They really, really need to go 6-0 next week.

  401. JGS says:

    How are the Javy haters going to spin this one?

    • Remember when Javier had an ERA of 9.78 a few weeks ago?

      http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/.....yerId=3786

      Javier Vazquez evens up his record at 5-5 and lowers his ERA to 5.63. He’s given up 10 ER in his last 33 IP (2.72 ERA). Good times ahead for Javy.

    • bexarama says:

      He gave up more runs than hits therefore he sucks

    • Captain Jack says:

      I don’t think people here or on blogs like RLYW hate Javy. I was one of those who thought something was clearly wrong with him in the beginning of the season, one or two bad starts is excusable…but after the Oakland one I thought something needed to change. At first, since he’s on my fantasy team, I wanted him DLed and to work on this in Scranton build his command and velocity back up. However, he had a couple starts with extended rest mixed in with long bullpen sessions…and that seemed to help. Then he faced an AL team with quite a few good left handed power hitters and he got hammered.

      After that his next four starts were Baltimore, Toronto, Houston, and they can schedule it so he gets the Mets again instead of the Phillies, and after that the Diamondbacks, Dodgers, and Mariners…probably advisable. I’m not a huge believer in things like “confidence” and “clutch” or the mental side of the game in general (if you make it to the major leagues, you’ve been under enough pressure and gone through plenty of hardships in life and you’ve succeeded in overcoming every obstacle you have faced in life, this “cracks under pressure” nonsense is just silly), but it couldn’t hurt to let him get some success he can build off…and he can see what works and what doesn’t works and what he’s capable of and what he isn’t capable of stuff and location wise against teams with shittier offenses.

      So far he’s gotten off to a good start, on that stretch of four games I listed…as he should. Right now he’s a better pitcher than he was on opening day, is he good enough to face a good AL team that’s heavy on left handed powerhitters? I doubt it. Is he good enough to help the Yankees get into the playoffs? Probably. The walks need to decrease, but the Ks are there and the HRs are probably just something you’ll have to live with from him, but over all he should contribute to the team’s success from here on out, provided of course he gets at least average run support from the offense.

      • bexarama says:

        This is a pretty darn good comment. The Twins have always destroyed him, though, so I wasn’t expecting good things from that start.

        And there are DEFINITELY people that genuinely hate Javy (as much as they can hate someone they’ve never met). Just not here. Well, the non-trolls here.

        • Captain Jack says:

          Yeah I really hope they even out the rotation so he faces the weaker hitting teams in sequence…I feel it gives the Yankees a better chance to win…and it helps me with fantasy baseball.

  402. Dela G says:

    great win

    i wouldve had to chop cats had that idiotic strike zone force the yanks to swing at everything and lose this game (of course, morrow was dominant)

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