Jun
30

Game 77: The King is in town

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Photo Credit: Elaine Thompson, AP

No, not that King. His time will come. I’m talking about King Felix, who will face the Yankees tonight as he tries to clinch a series victory for the Mariners. The Yanks have to stick with the same game plan as last night, jumping all over the first hittable pitch Felix gives them. If they get passive in an effort to drive up his pitch count, they’ll be staring at 0-2 counts all night.

Heeeeeeeeere’s the lineup…

Jeter, SS
Swisher, RF
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Cano, 2B
Posada, DH – this really better not be an every day thing
Granderson, CF
Curtis, LF
Cervelli, C

And on the bump, they man they call Javy. Javy Vazquez.

It’s an absolutely gorgeous day for baseball in New York, and there’s no reason this one won’t start on time. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET, and can be seen on good ol’ YES. Enjoy.

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444 Comments»

  1. Pete says:

    this really better not be an every day thing

    who do you suggest we replace cervelli’s bat with, then? I agree he’s not a long term solution at catcher, but for right now, I’d take his bat plus solid D at catcher over having to deal with Chad Huffman or Colin Curtis DHing. Have Posada catch when Alex or Derek need a day at DH. Otherwise, he might as well fill that spot for now.

    • Ross in Jersey says:

      Thames is starting a rehab assignment, you’ll probably see him back in the next week or two. And the gap between Cervelli’s bat and Thames, last I checked, is measured in Astronomical Units.

      Cervelli last 14 games:

      .212/.293/.288

      As others have stated, his D hasn’t been that solid recently either. The dude is a backup catcher, it’s time his role returns to that.

  2. Carcillo says:

    A question I encountered not too long ago was the one about whether the Yankees would be best served going with Cervelli behind the plate and Jorge DH, or if they should acquire a bat to fill in that DH spot and push Jorge back behind the dish.

    My reasoning is very simple; for now, the Cervelli starting/Posada DH thing can work if for no other reason than to rest Jorge from everyday catching duties before the stretch run. BUT, come August 1, I will prefer seeing Jorge catching again, with a bat in the DH spot. Everyone loves Cervelli. But he’s no starter on this team.

  3. King Felix has thrown two consecutive complete games and the game before that went 8 2/3rds.

    He’s given up a total of five runs over that span.

    Javy will have to step it up tonight for us to have any chance.

  4. Marc says:

    Was that religious reference?

    Seperations of church and baseball!!

  5. JGS says:

    Note for the GT which is pretty much already covered here: Cliff Lee Felix Hernandez is a very good pitcher. If we don’t score four runs in the first, do not panic. If Mark Teixeira makes an out, he is not the worstest hitter ever. If Curtis Granderson makes an out, it doesn’t mean Damon/Matsui/Melky would have hit a home run.

    Thanks.

    /Bexy’d

  6. Kevin says:

    Looks like Joe Morgan wrote the scouting report for Javy today.

  7. bexarama says:

    Oh God not the “Ichiro could hit home runs if he really wanted to” meme again.

    • Mike HC says:

      But teh batting practice upper deck shots!?!?!?!

      /not particularly funny but just felt it belonged under this comment

    • Trish says:

      My husband is totally gay for Ichiro and just said “he can hit homers, he just doesn’t want to.” I almost hurt myself with my eyeroll.

    • Ross in Jersey says:

      Didn’t you know? Being a speedy slap hitter is practically the same as hitting a boatload of home runs. It’s all about attitude!

    • Across the pond says:

      He could but he’s afraid it will hurt his RBI skills

      /Karros’d

    • Chris says:

      That’s probably true for Ichiro and for just about every other hitter. If his only goal were to hit home runs, then he’d probably hit quite a few more. Of course, he’d also make a lot more outs and be a less valuable hitter, but he’d have more home runs!

  8. RPimpsner says:

    I am live on GothamBaseball.com with my second live Staten Island Yankees Game Chat. You can listen to the game on MiLB.com while we discuss it.

  9. Justin says:

    Off to hang with my dad for a while. Will be back later.

    No bridge jumping people! I told us not to bridge jump Sunday, and then what happened?

    S’all good in the hood.

  10. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Am I the only one who remembers Leiter bashing the Branyan signing last night? Because he sure does like it today.

    Nice first inning from Javy.

  11. FIPster Doofus says:

    Encouraging start. Good job, Javy.

  12. Mike Axisa says:

    No, Michael Kay. Felix Hernandez did not sign a market deal.

  13. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Yikes, that pitch was pretty close.

    • Cy Farnsworth says:

      And it’s not often that you’ll see Angel Hernandez give Derek Jeter a call.

      This really is the worst crew in baseball.

      • Ross in Jersey says:

        For real. Hernandez and C.B. Bucknor are the two umps you can pencil in to blow at least one call a game.

  14. Ross in Jersey says:

    Michael Kay: If you throw a changeup as the first pitch of the game, is it really a change-up? I mean, what is it changing up from?

    /facepalm

  15. Mike Axisa says:

    WTF, a walk? Did someone tell Jeter it was the 9th inning or something?

  16. Mike Axisa says:

    Leiter: “Swisher struggled so much in the playoffs that he went to Arizona over the winter to work with Kevin Long.”

    Kay: “I think the thing that sent him out to Arizona – other than the plane (cackle) – was his struggles in the postseason.”

  17. Cy Farnsworth says:

    No Michael, it is not “unbelievable” to see Tex walking back to the dugout…

  18. bexarama says:

    Oh Felix looks super on. :( (Every time I say this in the first inning, I hope he implodes like Beckett did in that one Hughes/Beckett game at Fenway.)

  19. JGS says:

    HAHAHA. Oh man people would be so pissed if Posada did that

  20. Trish says:

    Uh, Michael? Maybe it’s just that Rob Johnson sucks? A thought?

  21. FIPster Doofus says:

    Felix isn’t missing by much. Geez.

  22. Ross in Jersey says:

    Maybe Hernandez feels bad about the whole Joe West thing and decided to cut the Yankees a break. King Felix had Jeter and A-rod struck out big time.

  23. Across the pond says:

    Haha love hearing that from CC.

  24. Mike Axisa says:

    Nice play by Saunders. That’s two runs right there.

  25. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Oh ****.

    2 inches away from a 2-0 lead.

  26. Vinny the Bull says:

    Guess white men CAN jump. (Kay cackle)

  27. bexarama says:

    Stupid Saunders. ;_;

  28. Ross in Jersey says:

    Oh look, more line drive outs :(

    That looked like a double off the bat, damn.

  29. Kevin says:

    If anyone votes “no” for the text poll, I will never watch baseball again.

  30. Mike Axisa says:

    Quick, everybody boo!

  31. Cy Farnsworth says:

    That’s the Home Run Javy that we all know and hate.

    Austin Jackson would’ve caught that.

  32. Across the pond says:

    Thought Bradley was taking time off to deal with his PMS.

  33. JSquared says:

    Very frustrating when you can’t buy a line drive for a hit… yet Milton Bradley can hit a homerun off Vazquez that he can’t hit in batting practice.

  34. Ross in Jersey says:

    Milton Bradley, newest Yankee killer

  35. Hummingbird S. says:

    just imagine if we were playing the best offense in the league…

  36. Captain Jack says:

    Man…Javy’s getting hit hard…lets hope he settles down in the next innings. Also of note: I hate playing teams with good defensive outfields.

  37. Ross in Jersey says:

    Michael Kay, accurately depicting the core concept of Moneyball. My mind is officially blown.

    • Captain Jack says:

      He’s not stupid, he just enjoys being a dick…at least that’s the impression I get.

      • boogie down says:

        Yup, and his radio show is littered with examples of that (obviously). Yesterday he implored people to hate more (in reference to A-Rod letting Torre off the hook by shaking his hand) to make those who have offended you feel terrible about doing so for as long as possible. It began as a semi-valid point about how “taking the high road,” while classy, allows an offender to think what he did was alright, more or less. Then, out of nowhere his rant devolved into a maniacal dissertation on why hate is good and advisable. He even decided (brilliantly, I might add, as the shock value was immeasurable) to directly scream at kids who were listening and told them that holding grudges, no matter what your parents might say, is great because it makes your opponent feel small and insignificant.

  38. Vinny the Bull says:

    Serious question. Does Michael Kay seem so damn unbearable because we listen to him every day, or is he just genuinely terrible?

  39. Captain Jack says:

    Also of note: I hate playing teams with good defensive outfields.

  40. Hummingbird S. says:

    that’s like the 10th lineout in this series

  41. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    wow now Richard Jefferson opted out of his deal this is gonna be a great free agency watch

    http://twitter.com/ksatnews/status/17448519508

  42. Mike Axisa says:

    Colin Curtis is 14 months older than Felix Hernandez.

  43. Cy Farnsworth says:

    I always feel like I need to take a shower after listening to Kay talk to Kim Jones.

  44. JGS says:

    Commence more booing

  45. bexarama says:

    I hate you, Saunders. I hate you.

  46. Ross in Jersey says:

    Jeff Mathis flashbacks for the loss

  47. JGS says:

    Did Branyan try to get out of the way of that at all?

  48. bexarama says:

    Seriously the BABIP luck in this game so far is just annoying me. >:(

  49. I hate this game tonight.

  50. Mike Axisa says:

    This is less than ideal.

  51. JGS says:

    He missed his spot by a mile there

  52. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    Al Leiter is lying his ass off

  53. Accent Shallow says:

    Quite a few hard hit outs. This blows.

  54. jimmy says:

    Team feels dead.

  55. ZZ says:

    If Javy holds it a 3 and goes 6 innings, he will finish the month of June with a 3.23 ERA and 6.5 innings per start.

  56. JPK says:

    micheal kay just nailed it on the head in regards to Angel Hernadez

  57. Mike Axisa says:

    Nice bounceback inning, Javy.

  58. Gwen says:

    Good job, Teix.

  59. VO says:

    There goes the no no.

  60. More of that, please.

  61. Ubu says:

    Rally Begins…..Now!! Good Job Mark!

  62. I hate when good at bats end like that. Goddammit that was ball three!

  63. Ubu says:

    Ah…the tight slider… is there any other ;-)

  64. Mike Axisa says:

    Darin Erstad had 240 hits in 2000? What the hell was his BABIP, .600?

  65. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    Go deep Cano :)

  66. Vinny the Bull says:

    Felix’s changeup is something else.

  67. Ubu says:

    Can someone really be called King when Cliff Lee is in the same rotation? More like the Vice Prez if you ask me…

  68. Hummingbird S. says:

    leadoff double stranded… this is some of the worst baseball the Yankees have played all year

  69. Mike Axisa says:

    Dustin Pedroia is oh so gritty. I remember when he played hurt last month and OPS’d .425. Such a team player.

  70. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    Im hoping we can get lebron and bosh and if the Knicks cant get rid of eddy curry contract to get another top tier free agent ill be happy having ray allen.

  71. Ubu says:

    Ichrio means= Hitman Ninja

  72. Oh my Mo. If I have to hear this “born to be a baseball player” thing about Ichiro again, I am going to Van Goh my goddamn ears.

  73. Mike Axisa says:

    Ichiro just ran across the mound on his way back to first.

  74. BklynJT says:

    LOL Vazq is such a scrub. Cant even throw a strike to a phantom batter.

  75. Drew says:

    Kay, how many games have you watched? You’ve never seen an ump decline to give a player time?

  76. bexarama says:

    Javy, strikes please. (Not the ones they hit out of the park, either.)

  77. jimmy says:

    Jose Lopez is up and I’m scared.

  78. Mike Axisa says:

    There you go Javy. Work that shit.

  79. Drew says:

    Bad inning, no harm no foul though.

  80. Way to battle, Javy.

  81. bexarama says:

    That was an awful inning but it totally could have been worse.

  82. JGS says:

    What a break–make them pay for that

  83. Mike Axisa says:

    Good hustle Curtis. HAVE to get this run in.

  84. Vinny the Bull says:

    A little luck!

  85. Pat D says:

    So, stuck at work again as usual. Doesn’t seem like I’m missing anything good, am I?

  86. Pete says:

    Ok I’m late to the party, but re: the whole booing thing:

    Cheering out of elation and anguished cries are not analogous to booing, as they’re pure emotional reactions and booing is a conscious act of derision. But people generally seem to get that.

    The other point people raise is in regards to giving a player a standing ovation or a curtain call – actions devised to “reward” a player for a good performance. The question being that if it is acceptable to do something like that, then why isn’t it cool for people to boo, which is basically the exact opposite, but the same kind of thing?

    What I don’t understand is how the answer to that isn’t extremely obvious to everyone. Standing O’s and curtain calls are good things. Not rationally good despite booing being bad, just good. As in, man this is a feel good moment look at everybody standing up and applauding the guy-good. Booing is taking an already bad and frustrating situation and bitching and moaning and cussing a player out about it. In other words, you’re taking something that’s already bad and making it worse by adding your own irritating and immature soundtrack. Every now and again you might be near a booer who is genuinely hilarious with the things he says, but usually it’s some drunken asshole whose every other word is “fuck”, and who adds nothing to anybody’s enjoyment of the game.

    That’s the point. It’s not just about the player. It’s about the other fans. Nobody enjoys listening to a booer. Sure, he may have paid good money for his seats, but so did everyone else. Acting like a child when everyone around you is acting like adults is not only immature because of the innate immaturity of the act, but even more so because it is done with such a lack of self-awareness that the person doing it doesn’t even realize that he is being a jackass. Booing a player, whether he deserves it or not, is a shitty thing to do. Even if the player you’re booing deserves to hear your boos, none of the people sitting around you do.

    Whether the person realizes it or not, by booing he is embarrassing himself and, more importantly, he is embarrassing the people who have to live with the fact that they are fans of the same team – hell, members of the same goddam species – as him.

    That’s why booing sucks.

  87. Hummingbird S. says:

    I think Figgins is blind… let’s just pop up to him everytime

  88. Ross in Jersey says:

    I honestly don’t remember the last time Cervelli got a hit.

  89. mike c says:

    ah, figgins — that’s money well spent

  90. JGS says:

    BABIP giveth, and BABIP taketh away

  91. Vinny the Bull says:

    Ah, and the BABIP fail is back.

  92. Mike Axisa says:

    Thanks for trying.

    Meanwhile, I’m completely over Cervelli. He go back to Scranton for the rest of his career for all I care.

    • Ross in Jersey says:

      I think we all knew he’d start reverting back to the sub-200-hitting, but he’s completely non-competitive at this point.

  93. deuce bag poster says:

    I hate when good pitchers shut us down.

    http://www.gamer.ru/system/att.....1253362567

  94. Mike Axisa says:

    Cervelli has reached base once in his last 16 plate appearances.

  95. Pat D says:

    I’m just not feeling it with this team right now. Far too many inconsistencies.

    And of course, they still have the best record in the game! I’m not sure if that’s just luck or a comment on the rest of the majors or that it’s still simply too early in the season. I’m going with the last option, actually.

    • Ross in Jersey says:

      I really hope you’re not basing that off games against Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez.

      • Pat D says:

        No. They “should” have been 2-4 last week, Burnett’s been terrible lately, the offense is totally inconsistent…I don’t know, it’s just frustrating. It’s more frustrating that I can only watch like 2 games a week. My schedule last year was different and I hardly ever missed games.

    • deuce bag poster says:

      That, or your feeling is wrong and they’re very good.

    • bexarama says:

      It’s early. Most teams don’t go on a tear all year, unless you’re really, really special (we’re talking 1998 Yankees special). The 2009 Yankees were kinda spotty pre-ASB, too.

      • JGS says:

        51-37

        This year’s team would have to really mail it in over the next couple of weeks to not be ahead of last year’s pace.

        • Captain Jack says:

          If Alex, Teixeira, Jeter, and Granderson start hitting back to their career norms and capabilities they may have that type of run in them. (2009 second half that is)

    • Mike HC says:

      The team has not clicked on all cylinders yet and there has been consistent injuries on our offense. It is all about clicking at the right time. You don’t want to peak in June. You want to peak in August and September. The Yanks are right on track. Come back later if you can’t handle the journey.

  96. bexarama says:

    The last two games haven’t been very surprising but they are stinky.

    • Hummingbird S. says:

      it’s one thing to be outpitched by Lee and Felix but it’s another to be outhit by the Mariners’offense.. last two games have been surprising in that sense

      • deuce bag poster says:

        Meh, not really. Vasquex wasn’t exactly killed and Hughes had a rare off night. Happens.

      • JGS says:

        it’s one thing to be outpitched by Lee and Felix but it’s another to be outhit by the Mariners’offense

        Not when you are in the process of being outpitched by Lee and Felix.

  97. Kevin G. says:

    Am I the only one who voted “No” just to spite Kay?

  98. If Javy gets out of this inning with ~110 pitches, does he start the seventh?

  99. I can’t wait for some fucking morons to not vote for Maddux.

    • bexarama says:

      but teh loozing record in teh postseason!!!

    • JGS says:

      If Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron weren’t unanimous, then why does this guy deserve to be?

      /moron with a HOF vote’d

      • Captain Jack says:

        More Ruth than Aaron, and Ruth wasn’t unanimous because the first hall class was supposed to be for a certain generation of ball players and he came after them. Some writers didn’t want Ruth inducted with Cobb, Williams, Matthewson, and Johnson because he was from the next generation.

        • deuce bag poster says:

          Cobb got more HOF votes than Ruth. Jackasses.

        • JGS says:

          So it wasn’t that they didn’t like him, they just didn’t vote for him precisely because they wanted him in the next year so he would be associated with more players from his own time?

          That makes the argument for not voting for someone because why should they be elected unanimously even more idiotic.

          • Captain Jack says:

            No, not so he wouldn’t be associated with more players with his own time, so he WOULDN’T be associated with players of Cobb/Wagners/Johnson/Matthewson’s time. Perhaps a distinction without a difference, but nonetheless a very small thing to do.

            • JGS says:

              Still makes an asshole of anyone saying “Ruth didn’t get in unanimously, therefore Maddux (or Randy Johnson, or some other slam-dunk Hall of Famer) shouldn’t either, therefore I’m not voting for him.”

    • JPK says:

      the voting sportswriters should have to fully explain thier votes, in the newspaper that they work for. Both the votes that they cast for the hall and the guys they snub.
      Failure to explain yourself would = loss off HOF voting rights

      you would see a lot less of playes that are obvious HOFers getting low % of the vote, also less of guys that shouldn’t be cosidered getting charity votes cause they where good guys

  100. Once and Future Lurker says:

    Did Kay just pull out the categorical imperative?

  101. Mike Axisa says:

    The Yanks have scored 26 runs in Javy’s last eight starts.

  102. That was a lot closer than I’d’ve liked it to be.

  103. Drew says:

    Why the hell do so many people watch movies about people turning into animals and vampires and shit? Humanity has failed me again.

  104. ZZ says:

    And Javier Vazquez finishes the month of June with a 3.23 ERA and 6.5 innings per start.

    Over his last 9 starts he has a 3.30 ERA.

  105. Rose says:

    The Yankees are making King Felix look like he’s the star of the next Terminator movie

  106. If King Felix would have went free agent, what kind of a deal do you think he would have got?

    At 26 years old, it would have to have been longer than CC or Santana. Since he’s every bit as good as those two were when they signed, the AAV would have to be the same.

    9 years/205 mil sound about right? I’d say 10/235 mil but the economy still sucks and very few think it will get any better anytime soon.

  107. Russell Branyan <3's YSIII.

  108. bexarama says:

    Stupid Branyan ;_;

  109. Mike Axisa says:

    Time to put the subs in. First hit by a lefty off Marte in like, a month.

  110. deuce bag poster says:

    Yeah, thaaaat’s about game over.

    BOOOOOOOOO!!!!111!!!!!

    /Obligatory’d

  111. I just got offered Paps for Gregg. I should take this, right?

  112. Ross in Jersey says:

    So over/under 3 on the number of runs the Yankees score in the 9th inning? I say over.

  113. Holy shit. That 0-1 changeup to Posada was incredible.

  114. S.King says:

    i know it’s cliff lee and king felix…i guess i was just hoping we could make a statement in at least one of the games. have our guy pitch great and scratch some runs off their aces and come out with a 4-3 or 3-2 win. i really don’t think the team is playing with a true identity right now. i know we’re in first place, but i feel like we’re playing lousy ball.

  115. Mike Axisa says:

    Felix has retired 19 of the last 21 batters he’s faced.

    • jimmy says:

      BloggingBombers

      King Felix has retired 8 in a row, 12 of 13, 19 of 21 and 21 out of 25 for the entire game.

  116. The Yanks, meanwhile, have told Zduriencik to keep them posted on Lee, though they do not want to expend prospects and dollars to fix a rotation they do not believe is broken. They prefer to wait and just buy Lee in free agency, and not trade any prospects.

    But the Yanks were willing to include Jesus Montero in trade offers last offseason for both Lee and Roy Halladay, who both would have been entering their walk years. They should offer him again for a half season of Lee, as well. Having Lee and CC Sabathia turns the Yanks from World Series favorites into Secretariat. In this scenario, they would not lose a first-round pick if/when they re-sign Lee. They could either put Phil Hughes into the bullpen or try trading Javier Vazquez for a righty-hitting outfielder — though having Lee would remove one of the lefty studs to worry about.
    Would it be painful to deal Montero and someone such as Double-A second baseman David Adams, currently on the DL, but a player Seattle does like? You bet. Again, this trade does not happen without pain. But the Yankee farm system is particularly deep in catching talent.

    And the Yankees’ mandate — always — is to go for championships. Obtaining Lee — as painful as that would be — makes the potential pleasure of a 28th title more probable.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....7QfXC8nA0O

    Where to begin.. where to begin… . .

    There are two Joel Shermans. The good, thoughtful reporter and the one who makes batshit crazy trade proposals.

  117. Drew says:

    Ugh.. 1 o clock game. What.. Friday too!??? What the f

  118. Ross in Jersey says:

    Saw this on LoHud:

    “you say Montero is not ready. I say he is.
    We will just have to agree to disagree.
    I’ve dissected each Montero at bat in detail for the last two weeks.
    He has turned the corner.

    I respect your opinion as I’m sure you do mine.
    Between CB, you and myself – we have the most respected baseball minds on this blog.”

    Yup.

  119. Jake H says:

    Is this offense ever going to click? I’m so tired of watching this offense suck it up and not be able to scratch a run across when they lead off the inning with a double.

    • Total Dominication says:

      Perhaps back to back aces going against them isn’t the time to analyze the Yankee offense. They are, after all, second in the majors in wOBA.

        • Jake H says:

          Make excuses for these guys if you want. I’m sorry that I expect them to do a little better. I’m not saying they should be able to beat Hernandez and destroy him. He is a legit top 5 pitcher. What I want is some life and it appears that they have none. Would it kill them to work the count a little?

          Why can’t they do what they did to Pedro when he was in his prime and is better than Hernandez is now. They would get him out after 6 innings. Now a good starting pitcher either goes 8 or throws a complete game.

          • deuce bag poster says:

            Sometimes really good pitchers ahve really good games. You can hope they do a little better than they have, but it’s unfair to expect it.

          • bexarama says:

            Why can’t they do what they did to Pedro when he was in his prime and is better than Hernandez is now. They would get him out after 6 innings.

            It’s not like they did that every time. Really good pitchers have really good games sometimes. Sometimes they’re a little off and you can take advantage of that.

      • Jake H says:

        I would have no problem if they looked to try to work the out. People swinging at the 1st pitch. Guys not being able to get guys over to get a run against a legit pitcher.

        • Ross in Jersey says:

          Read the original post of this thread, you can’t hope to work the count against guys like Felix, especially when he’s on. If you do, you’re going to be down 0-2 and have to deal with his nasty change and slider. If you see a fastball, you have to hack it and hope to string a few hits together. The Yankees approach tonight has been fine.

          • Jake H says:

            Pedro in his prime was better than Hernandez is right now. They could do that yet this team doesn’t seem to want to grind at bats anymore. Without Gardner in there you don’t see guys fouling pitches off.

            • Ross in Jersey says:

              Did you not watch the game 3 days ago where they grinded out 10 pitch at-bats against one of the best closers in baseball? I mean, really.

              • Jake H says:

                Wow yes I should give them a ton of credit for 1 game. They won that game because Torre was a moron and used his closer the night before when they were up by 5 runs.

                • bexarama says:

                  Dude. When you get stuff like that, you have to take advantage. They did. If they didn’t, you’d be slandering them for not doing that. There is nothing wrong with being critical, but you are so constantly negative and you’re not around much when they’re on winning streaks.

                  • Jake H says:

                    I’m on this site every time I watch a game. I work late and I’m in the midwest so most of the time I don’t get caught up until later in the game. Also when I’m off it’s in the morning when there aren’t that many posts to comment on.

                    There are a ton of positive about this team. Cano is killing the ball, Brett Gardner is shutting people up about Carl Crawford, Swisher’s new stance has made him more consistent and the pitching staff as a whole has been pretty good. Offensively they need to be more consistent. Are you saying that they shouldn’t be?

                    • deuce bag poster says:

                      What she’s saying is that you’re overreacting to some bad offensive games. They’ve scored the most runs in baseball.

                    • bexarama says:

                      Gotcha.

                      And no, I am not saying they don’t need to be more consistent. It’s hard to get irritated at games when you’re facing two of the best pitchers in the game who are on, but getting mostly shut down by Moyer and Kendrick was a pain in the ass. Tex needs to step it up, A-Rod’s not quite A-Rod, Jeter makes me want to throw things way too frequently, etc.

                      You just don’t say the positive things much. That’s all.

                    • Jake H says:

                      There are a ton of good things this team is doing. This team just does some maddening things. While I would have loved them to beat Lee and Hernandez I thought it would take amazing pitching performance by Javy and Hughes.

                • deuce bag poster says:

                  So, we shouldn’t give them a ton of credit for one game but TWO games against ace pitches, that’s enough.

                  • Jake H says:

                    I’m talking about the offense for the whole season. They have been terrible at being consistent offensively. They have been beat by some terrible pitchers who had no right going 7 plus innings against them.

                    • deuce bag poster says:

                      Number one offense in the league. Repeat that to yourself, and you’ll feel better. That, and best record in baseball.

                    • Jake H says:

                      If that makes you feel good great. I’m waiting for this team to go on a roll.

                    • deuce bag poster says:

                      Yes, being in first place with the best offense in the league and on a better wins pace than last year does in fact make me feel good.

                      I’m such an optimist. I should get my head out of the clouds.

            • deuce bag poster says:

              Oh please. Hernandez is really, really good. On one of his better days, he could shut down everybody. This is one of his better days. Ditto with Lee.

              You could hope they hit better against them, but you can’t expect it.

      • S.King says:

        i would like the mariner fans to have to say, “well, give them a break, they’re facing some of the best hitters in baseball” instead of…..

        • Mike HC says:

          I’m just happy we won’t have to face these guys back to back in the playoffs. You can thank the terrible Mariners offense for that.

  120. Total Dominication says:

    I’m not annoyed to have missed this game.

  121. Mike Axisa says:

    A-Rod donated $250,000 to have a wing of a children’s hospital built and they named it after him? What a selfish jerk.

    • Ross in Jersey says:

      Jeter would have donated $500,000… donated a kidney, and saved a puppy.

    • Mike HC says:

      So he paid $250,000 to have a children’s hospital wing named after him? Sounds like a good deal.

      /Gregg Easterbrook’d
      /TMQ’d

    • Drew says:

      The construction was performed at a discount and the medical equipment is all used. $220K of the $250K was used for hand painted Centaurs above each bed in the wing.

    • JGS says:

      There were already 6 other hospitals with children’s wings in the area. He was just padding his stats.

  122. theyankeewarrior says:

    Robinson Cano is not a lazy player. But Robinson Cano just made a very lazy play. These two games have been awful to watch.

  123. Drew says:

    lol.. Way to pick up Robbie, Chad.

  124. S.King says:

    oh boy

  125. bexarama says:

    This game is blah.

  126. Ross in Jersey says:

    lol, 2 HR game for Saunders. By the time the Mariners leave Yankee Stadium they’re going to have moved up a few places in the offensive standings.

  127. Vinny the Bull says:

    Never thought I’d miss Mitre.

  128. theyankeewarrior says:

    The Mariners are a solid offensive team. Top to bottom. They have two aces. They play team ball. They are on the rise. They might see the Yankees in the playoffs…

    /IftheseweretheonlytwogamesIwatchedthisseason’d

  129. Mike Axisa says:

    I know there’s no shame in getting shut down by Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez, but giving up 14 runs to the Mariners in two games is pretty inexcusable.

    • Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia says:

      These last two games have sucked. Hopefully tomorrow they crush whatever scrub the Mariners´are sending out.

    • S.King says:

      agreed. i thought scratching out a split of these two would be nice, though. beating a tough pitcher shouldn’t be impossible for us.

      didn’t cashman just say the other day “we’ve been tipping our hat to the pitcher too much” ?

    • PhillyMatt says:

      And we get to face the two aces again next week in Seattle.

      • ARX says:

        Amazing, given all the random variations of the schedule. Not as ridiculous as getting Halladay over and over, but yeesh. By definition, the last team Seattle faced got the back end of their rotation. Why couldn’t that have been us? :p

      • Reggie C. says:

        If we can beat up on Halladay and Haren, I think there’s a shot at taking one of those two games next week.

  130. Mike HC says:

    I know its easy to make excuses, but here are my excuses for this poor series so far:

    1) Good pitching beats good hitting. Lee and King were great.

    2) They faced our number 4 and 5 starters (I’m keeping the faith in AJ), and we faced their 1 and 2 (and maybe one and two in the league).

    3) Trap series. Coming off the emotional Joe Torre reunion, this was an obvious let down series.

    • bexarama says:

      4. YCPB!!!!!

      Like others have said, I’m not really mad about the offense. Lee and Felix = really, really good. It’s very annoying to give up this many runs to the goddamn Mariners, though.

  131. Ross in Jersey says:

    Pena in the cleanup spot, finally breaking out the big guns. Incoming 450 foot bomb to right.

  132. Reggie C. says:

    Boston is an inning away from losing tonight against the Rays.

    We will all wake up tomorrow and still be in 1st place. A beat-down style victory is way overdue.

  133. ARX says:

    Well…at least it was relatively quick :/

  134. Ross in Jersey says:

    Oh well. Get em tomorrow with CC on the mound playing stopper. Night folks.

  135. 7-0 loss, and it really wasn’t even that close. It felt like 14-0 the way Felix was dealing.

  136. Reggie C. says:

    Felix has pitched better games, but damn, was he just overpowering tonight.

  137. Carlosologoist in Humid Ass Colombia says:

    Blowout of epic proportions tomorrow?

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