Jul
01

Game 78: Salvaging a lost series

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No CC, you're the man. (Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP)

The Yankees have already dropped this series with Seattle thanks in no small part to Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez, but allowing the game’s second worst offense to hang 14 runs on the board in just two games is pretty inexcusable. If anyone can right that ship, it’s CC Sabathia, who hit his stride in June like clockwork. The big guy has completed at least seven innings in his last five starts, during which time he’s held opponents to a .191/.269/.252 batting line against. He’s basically turned everyone into the June 2010 version of Frankie Cervelli. Imagine that.

On the bump for the Mariners is not one of their two aces, but the Australian born lefty Ryan Rowland-Smith and his 6.02 xFIP. Dude has a 3.90 K/9 and a 4.03 BB/9, for goodness sake. This pitching matchup is so lopsided, that I’m tempted to say this game has reverse lock written all over it. Here’s the lineup…

Jeter, SS
Swisher, RF
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, DH
Cano, 2B
Posada, C
Granderson, CF
Gardner, LF – first game since being hit by that pitch in the forearm on Sunday
Pena, 3B

And on the mound, Big Stoppa.

Gorgeous day for baseball here in New York. First pitch is set for 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally or MLB Network nationally. Enjoy, folks.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Ross in Jersey

    This game is the exception to “You can’t predict baseball”.

    No, seriously. If the Yankees win this game by anything less than 5 runs it’s a god damn Greek tragedy.

  • Jorge

    Let’s get this done and leave the Bill Hall All-Stars in our rear-view mirror.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    but allowing the game’s second worst offense to hang 14 runs on the board in just two games is pretty inexcusable.

    I would go so far as to say it’s… UNACCEPTABLE!

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

      Inexcepptable!

  • Jose the Satirist

    Remember last year when everyone said Guerrero was done? Then this year people were laughing at his away splits in a small sample? He now has a 169 home sOPS+ and 140 away sOPS+. So far this season he has showed he still has a little left in the tank.

    • jsbrendog (returns)

      but you can’t look back and say oh well because of how he is doing now we shouldve signed him instead. knowing what i know now would i have signed vlad instead? yeah but im not biff and this isnt back to the future and i dont have a delorean. knowing what i knew then I would still go with NJ.

      • Jose the Satirist

        “but you can’t look back and say oh well because of how he is doing now we shouldve signed him instead.”

        WTF? I never advocated signing Guerrero. I was just commenting on how some people claimed he was dead or could only hit in Arlington. Which in a larger sample seem less true.

        • jsbrendog (returns)

          did i say you specifically did? i was commenting on the many people who have, which is a good amount. confusion cleared up

          • Jose the Satirist

            My bad. I didn’t realize people were advocating that. When you said “but you can’t” I didn’t properly identify that as a general “you” and not me specifically.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

          I thought he was dead, out in Matsui No Knees Land. I, like so many others, was wrong.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Before his 5-for-5 (with two HRs and a double) night last night, his away splits weren’t very impressive. His away OPS somehow went up like 100 points. That said, what he’s doing this year is absolutely freaking amazing.

      • Jose the Satirist

        Agreed. Last night was his regression. He had a substantial gap between road and away that has been lessened after the regression.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          He still has a substantial gap, and will very likely end the year with one (most Texas players do)–now it’s just less absurd than it was.

          • Jose the Satirist

            Ian Kinsler sheds a single tear.

            • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

              Just for the hell of it, how many more OPS points the Rangers are better at home:

              Matt Treanor: 20
              Justin Smoak: 17
              Ian Kinsler: 244
              Elvis Andrus: 67
              Michael Young: 247
              Josh Hamilton: 265
              Julio Borbon: 57
              Nelson Cruz: 419 (!!!)
              Vladimir Guerrero: 181
              The whole team: 149

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    A run would be pretty damn epic.

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    Ooh, 15 minutes before game time RAB ad.

    • Jose the Satirist

      One step away from in-game ads by Michael Kay.

      • Gardnerella

        one step away from taking down the “donate to RAB” ads?

        /one step closer to banned

  • Pat D

    How about some momentum heading into the weekend against the fast-fading Jays, huh? Especially since they’ll be throwing the same guys who befuddled this team last month? Please?

  • Rose

    Ryan Roland Smith has more walks than strike outs…

    Pretty bad.

  • JPK

    LMAO @ Big Unit Gieco ad

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    That brief shot of CC was really cool; it looked like no one was on the field but he. Good stuff.

  • PhillyMatt

    Is it too much to ask the Yanks to bat around in the first inning?

  • Tampa Yankee

    Listening online and Sterling was doing a Volvo ad but I swear he was saying “Vulva”. I laughed.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Mulva?

      • Jose the Satirist

        Delores!

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Not our all the way…their all the way!

  • A.D.

    There is really no positive one can take from Rowland-Smith’s stats.

    • Jose the Satirist

      His slider has been 0.8 runs above average? That’s all I got.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      He has, um, a win?

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

      Positive: reading them serves as good practice for reading comprehension skill building.

      • Jose the Satirist

        With that practice of reading, I may be able to pass a literacy test.

  • chriskeo

    Ichiro the SS? Someone messed up.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I think I may need to murder LeBron.

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

    I’ve lost both feeds of the game on MLB ticket, but I can still watch the CLE-TOR game.

    Kill me now

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

      Are Albert Belle, Paul Sorrento, Kelly Gruber, and Tom Henke playing in that one? That sounds like a dynamite matchup.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I had no idea that R. R-S was from Australia.

  • Tampa Yankee

    Nice start!

  • Jose the Satirist

    I thought Michael Kay was saying Ryan’s sister is Rihanna. It’s Rhiannon.

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

      That Rhiannon rain just won’t let up.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

      For the old RAB regulars, Rhiannon was the name of Tire Girl.

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

        Figures.

      • Accent Shallow

        I always like that name.

        Now you’ve ruined it.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Woo, a run!

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    man RRS throws a very soft fastball

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      and just like that, he K’s a-rod

  • A.D.

    Why exactly did the Mariners switch Figgins & Lopez defensively?

  • Ross in Jersey

    I like how the Yankees were 16-10 in June despite some awful games. Glad we’re not all Joe Morgans who trust only what we see on the field.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      You seem kinda new so let me give you some background you may or may not know: I read NYYFans too much. If you only read that site, and didn’t know the actual standings, I’m pretty sure you would think the Yankees are like 15 games under .500, and lucky to be just 15 games under.

      • Ross in Jersey

        haha, I know what you mean. I used to post on LoHud a lot before coming here, it was just unbearable over there. Every inning the Yankees failed to score (or allowed the other team to score) it was like God killed a kitten or something.

        • Jose the Satirist
        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          No idea if he saw this or not but Mike Axisa just posted this on Twitter:
          http://i47.tinypic.com/219awk5.jpg

          I can’t read LoHud, especially not the game threads (sometimes I like to go back after big wins and chortle over how dumb they seem). It’s too dumb even for me.

          • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

            There is no way they are worse than NYYFans

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

              They are so much worse than NYYFans.

              • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

                DSIROLoHud?

                • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                  I’ve thought about it but I wouldn’t have the tolerance to do that, nuh-uh.

          • Jose the Satirist

            haha. My 5 second photoshop has spread to twitter.

  • Tampa Yankee

    They better get more than 1 run out of this

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Jack Wilson:

      Disappointing and frustrating Tampa Yankee since July 1, 2010

      • Tampa Yankee

        Josh, it’s Josh Wilson but I still LOL’d.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    well that sucked ass

  • JohnnyC

    They’re still slumping…

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

      They hit .400 that inning, what are you talking about?

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Yeah. And some awesome catch was the only reason we didn’t score two.

      • abbey

        Mike: From your postings I can see that you dont seem to like Francisco Cervelli?
        Great defensive catcher. Loved by the pitching staff. Unfortunately light hitting! Does that mean putting him down every ocassion??
        How many people agree with your assessment??

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Stupid defensive plays robbing Cano. You’re not allowed to do that this year!!

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

      It seems like Robbie gets robbed by great catches at least twice a week.

    • Ross in Jersey

      So apparently the only way to score runs against the Ms is to hit home runs or ground balls, because anything hit in the air to someone not named Figgins get caught.

  • Pat D

    I think John Sterling just referred to Texas’ acquisition of Bengie Molina as a “terrific trade.”

    Oy.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Remember when Texas had too many catchers?

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

      Well, they did get a catcher who’s probably an upgrade over the dreck that they already have, and the Giants are paying his entire salary. They gave up Chris Ray, who’s a nothing, and a prospect. If that prospect is also marginal, I’d say it’s a terrific trade.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

      Meh, gotta say it’s a good trade. He’s better than Treanor, they’re paying nothing and gave up, who? Chris Ray. Yeah, Chris Ray.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

        Freakin’ refresh. What Tommie said ^^.

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

          Me >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> you

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

            Bret >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> you

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

              The Yankees are a dumb team but somehow keep winning dsepite their terminal dumbness, which offends the baseball gods and that’s why I hate them.

              Sincerely,
              Bret

              • Tampa Yankee

                P.S. You are all homers too!

                /beatingadeadhorse’d

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

    FREEZE IT!

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

      Somebody bring me back some money please.

      /SwizzBeats’d

  • ARX

    Aw thats ok, we didn’t need anymore runs…first round knockouts are for pussies anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    milton bradley doing this again??? oh noes :(

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Why did the good Milton Bradley have to show up this series?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

      He’s been seeing Ron Artest’s therapist.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Magical sushi with CC and Cliff.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Why is Michael calling him Josh Wilson?

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

      Because that’s his name.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I totally thought it was Jack Wilson out there.

        • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

          they have a jack and josh wilson on their team

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

          They really should be banned from having them both on their roster. There should be a limit on the number of short white middle aged slap hitting glove-first shortstops named Wilson with a four letter first name that starts with J you’re allowed to have at a time, and that limit should be one.

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

            Word. Not only is it lame, it confuses the shit out of me.

          • A.D.

            Historically Josh isn’t much of a defender, he’s just putting up enough batting avg on a team that can’t hit right now.

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

    Infield in in the second inning for Josh Wilson? Get the fuck out of here.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Well, Girardi knew he was just going to get a short pop up and he knew Cano wouldn’t want to run very far to catch it.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        haha good one.

  • JohnnyC

    Someone should tell Bradley that regardless of how well he hits us, we’re not trading for him. So stop it already. Go back to sleep, Miltie.

  • bonestock94

    Nice, now lets see a K

    • bonestock94

      woooo

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Sure thing, skip

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

        See there, Smithers? I told him to do that.

  • ARX

    dispose of this guy please

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    great job ZZ

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

    I don’t understand how the Mariners didn’t score that inning; grounding out to move the runner from second to third with one out is good hitting!

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

      Old school baseball >>>>>> your crazy communist stathead theories

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    i read this on twitter

    and LOL’d

    http://online.wsj.com/article/.....bs=article

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

      We talked about that; the deal actually saves the Mets money over the long term. They could have taken the original 5M they owed him, put it in a bank account, and just made payments off the interest and junk and had money left over after the end of the payment annuity.

      Of course, they probably lost the entire account in the Madoff meltdown and now their screwed, meaning even the Mets found a way to screw that one up too.

      • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

        financially it makes sense, i just laugh at how they still have to pay him basically till the end of his life, especially since he was such a malcontent

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

          Meh, compared to some of the other guys the Mets have employed, Bobby Bonilla was a friggin ray of sunshine.

          Vince Coleman threw a firecracker into a crowd.

      • A.D.

        It did make sense at the time, but given what interest rates & inflation have done, it probably hurt them.

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

    Nice at-bat by Grandy. 0-2 to 3-2.

    • Tampa Yankee

      Agree, unfortunately the typical NYYFan will just see a 4-3 GO and nothing more. These types of at-bats vs LHP are a true sign of progress to me.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    can we plz beat this guy?

    at least they are working the count

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Fuck you, M’s OF defense. Fuck you in your ears.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Sexual harassment panda? Is that you?

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    I hate this awesome defense of theirs.

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

    Playing against a great defensive team is just so frustrating.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    lol kim needs to dump that outfit in the trash

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

      Somewhere there’s a window that only has one curtain.

      • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

        hahaha it’s prolly in an asian buffet

      • Jose the Satirist

        Somewhere there’s a widow whose curtains match the carpet.

  • JohnnyC

    Bad timing for the Yankees. They get to play the M’s when they finally started playing the way they envisioned in the Spring. 9 out the last 12. They’re on fire…rather belatedly.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Narrative! Woo!

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

    Kimberly Jones, where did you get that DRESS, it’s AWFUL, and those SHOES, and that COAT, JEEEEZ?!?!

  • Across the pond

    Anyone think this ‘Eiland is back’ thing will put some more pressure on AJ? He’ll be thinking he has to be better just because he’s back.

    • Mike HC

      I am hoping it will have more of a placebo affect. Even if AJ’s struggles had nothing to do with Eiland, if he thinks it did, it might get some good positive thinking going.

    • Rose
  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    great K

  • Mike HC

    hahaha … this stuff is great. AJ should just carry around a book of cliches with him and he will be all good.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      You have to know your cliches. They are your friends.

      Sincerely,
      Crash Davis

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I linked the clip. I win.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          Damn you and your clips

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno
  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

    Kim Jones is cute and all but who dresses her? Did a 5-year-old go finger painting on a moo moo and KJ said, “Oh, that’s nice. I will wear that today. Michael is going to be so excited!”

    • Mike HC

      hahah

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

      What can I say about that dress… that hasn’t already been said about Afghanistan.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

        The jirga disapproves.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I love watching lefties bail on that slider.

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

      TWSS

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I don’t even want to know…

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

          It’s funnier when it doesn’t make much sense.

          • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS
            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Awesome.

          • Mike HC

            You are right. I’m cracking up and it makes no sense, yet still works.

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

    Leiter just laid a verbal smack down on Kay.

    “[A.J.'s] 33-years-old, why hasn’t he figured it out?”

    “You never figure it out, you always have to work at it.”

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

      It’s like you’re inside my head, man.

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

    Kay: Shouldn’t he have figured it out?
    Leiter: No, Michael, you don’t figure it out. You keep working all the way until the end.

    (golf clap)

    If more people knew this, we’d all be smarter baseball fans. Pitching and hitting is a constant struggle. The ones who can perform at the same level every single time are the exceptions. Most players have days they’re on and days they’re off, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

      Throwing in the “No, Michael…” is great because it sounds so condescending, as it should.

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

        Alternate version:
        Kay: I don’t know why he can’t do his job well by now.
        Leiter: Shut the fuck up, you assclown shill. What we do is hard, what you do is easy, and yet you still manage to screw it up. Choad.

        • Jose the Satirist

          The SAP button should access this type of dialogue.

      • Mike HC

        I have to defend Kay here. Trying to get information out of Leiter is like trying to … you would probably be better at filling in this metaphor than me …

        So Kay has to play the “straight man” a lot with him just to get his to say something interesting. That is how I see it with them two in the booth.

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

          I agree. But Leiter seemed to not be going along with the “you’re just asking me an obvious question to let me flex my analytical expertise”, he seemed a little annoyed at the question.

          JMHO.

          • Mike HC

            Oh yea, definitely. That is the Kay’s plan. I don’t think Leiter is in on the “act.”

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

              He’s breaking kayfabe.

    • Mike HC

      And to turn that into a cliche for AJ to work with:

      If you ain’t getting better, you getting worse.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Can’t wait until the ASB when the Yankees remember how to hit again.

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

      Maybe we should enter all of our slumping hitters into the Home Run Derby and see if the jinx reverses itself.

      /notserious’d

      • Jose the Satirist

        Ramiro Pena in the HR Derby? I’m on board.

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

          They should give him an aluminum bat. That would spice things up.

          • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

            He might hit one out.

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

    Donnie Baseball?

  • JohnnyC

    It’s one of those clever historical re-enactment thingies like those Civil War battlefield productions. The Yankees are re-creating the dead ball era. Cute.

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

      We should have lifted our no facial hair policy first. Crucial mistake.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Bexy just got PUMPED.

    • Jose the Satirist

      /bexy-bated

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Wait, what happened? I was out. Was it an Andy shot that I missed? Noooooo :(

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

        They cutaway to pregame footage of Andy in the shower.

        I’m not gay, but even I was aroused. They said they’re never going to show it again, though.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          Well he is doing the Dove mencare ads. I’m not even kidding.

          http://www.prnewswire.com/news.....88364.html

          I have spent way too much time, and by that I mean, any time at all, thinking about them, when it’s probably gonna be him sitting on the sofa in sweatpants talking about his wife and shit. Booooooo

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

            Full frontal. Book it.

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

              Dove should hire me as a creative consultant for this campaign only. It’d be, um, awesome.

  • Jake H

    I like CC’s line so far. How is his stuff looking? I’m at work and can’t watch.

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

    I love watching CC against a bad lineup.

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

      It’s deliciously cruel.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    man remember when chone figgins was the shit last year?

    good stuff

  • Apollo22237

    I think that umpire is ninja by night. Did you see that strike 3 call, he punched someone behind him, then knocked the crap outta the guy in front.

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

      /IzzyAlcantara’d

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    ma pena looked like he wasnt even trying on that throw to first

    very impressive

  • VO

    I’m calling a Cano bomb.

    • VO

      That’s how it’s done

    • Jose the Satirist

      Nice

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      holy shit

      great call

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

      ZOMG

    • Randy A.

      VO = Nastradamus

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

      Lotto numbers. NOW!

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    great job texy

  • Jose the Satirist

    A 2001 reference?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      It’s like they just can’t stop that shit after Arizona. KICK THE HABIT!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Alfonso Soriano’s OPS+ numbers with the Cubs:
    122, 119, 84, 130

    Alfonso Soriano’s wOBA numbers with the Cubs:
    .380, .374, .318, .390

    Just terrible with the Cubs. Terrible.

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

      And in 2007 and 2008, his UZR was +32.8 and +15.9.

      How that’s not a misprint, I have no idea.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        6.9 and 4.4 WAR in ’07 and ’08; 2.4 so far.

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

    Damn.

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    Dont Cha know!!

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Cano for MVP.

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

      BUT THE DECLINE IS IMMINENT

      /Bret’d

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    He will not be stopped.

  • Apollo22237

    Even though that ball was over the fence, I was still afraid Ichiro would jump over the wall into the bullpen and catch it.

  • rek4gehrig

    I’m totally diggin Cano

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    that seemed too easy for cano

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    “All those great years he had in New York and Texas”

    Forgetting his 40-40 season in Washington, are we?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      And the fact that he’s had good years in Chicago 3/4 years.

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      i was going to say he had an incredible season in washington

    • Jose the Satirist

      Those SB weren’t that great with his CS taken into account. Factoring in those means he was worth +0.14 runs when trying to steal. Meaning someone with 1 SB and 0 CS was more valuable at stealing than Soriano.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        ::looks again::

        Holy crap he got caught 17 times

        • Jose the Satirist

          Jorge Posada created more than three times the value of Soriano at stealing bases that same year.

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

      Alfonso Soriano, WAR, 2001-2010: 33.5
      Jimmy Rollins, WAR, 2001-2010: 35.4

      • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

        i think jimmy rollins is overrated

        • JohnnyC

          That too.

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

          GREATEST INFIELD EVER

          • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

            the guy can’t take a walk to save his life

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

              I was in PA last weekend and I half-watched some game where he walked like 4 or 5 times, I was completely in shock.

              • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

                he must’ve had a babe ruth mask on

      • JohnnyC

        If Soriano had remained an infielder, he might be ahead of Rollins.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Matt Cain is the luckiest pitcher ever.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Dice-K, 2008.

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

        Dice-K, 2008 life.

        • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          Stupid Cashman for getting Kei Igawa instead.

        • JohnnyC

          Shows you the enormous benefit of being able to throw off-speed stuff for strikes when you’re in hitters’ counts. If not for that, Dice-K would be pitching in Pawtucket like Igawa because Matsuzaka has no fastball command at all. Also, the Red Sox haven’t allowed him to preserve the “savings” he’s compiled on his pitching shoulder through his unique ninja exercise regimen.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        Steve Trachsel, 1996

        3.03 ERA, 4.81 FIP

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

          Barry Zito, 2006:

          Signed a 7 year, 126M contract

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Winner.

          • Ross in Jersey

            Dustin Pedroia: Able to eat at a restaurant without a high-chair

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

              I thought we were doing lucky pitchers only.

          • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

            Bobby Bonilla:

            Getting a wonderful paycheck for the foreseeable future.

  • JohnnyC

    Langerhans playing like an All-Star!

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    cmon ZZ you can get through this

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Attn: Bex

    I made my comment above because there’s going to be an Andy Pettitte Centerstage in July.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Aha. I knew that, but thank you :) Actually half-heartedly tried to get tickets to the taping yesterday. Should I be admitting that?

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I don’t see why not.

  • Rose

    WOW! THAT’S A LOW PRICE!!!

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Ehh borderline.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    oh cmon, that wasnt a strike

  • Jake H

    Good job so far. Keep it up and get a few insurance runs

  • JohnnyC

    I see that the Joe West crew just returned from officiating the World Cup where they did a wonderful job as usual.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Brooks had Pena’s strikeout as legit.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Too close to take.

  • Nick

    Pena needs to be fired into the sun and I’m starting to think it’d be a good idea to let Jeter just F off to LA to play for Mr. Torre after this season. There is no reason to pay the guy $20m+ for the next 5 years to do what Eduardo Nunez could probably do for league minimum.

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS
      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I love you so much.

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

          GET A ROOM YOU PANSY HOMOS

          /IronHorse’d

      • S.King

        now that’s right.

    • Ross in Jersey

      “fired into the sun” made me lol

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I know he’s improving and all, but I doubt Nunez could even come close to putting up a 106 OPS+ and a .338 wOBA.

      • Nick

        Jeter’s going to sink way below that eventually this year. Imagine 3-5 more years of this crap. Why not at least save $19.5M? Or even trade for Yunel Escobar, who has shown that he can produce the same in the majors?

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Something that costs only money > something that costs money + prospects.

          There are no better options than Jeter. He’s going to get overpaid no matter what.

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

      Take it easy, Champ. Why don’t you stop talking for a while, maybe sit the next few plays out.

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

      Watch for those bolts, Nick.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama
    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      There is no reason to pay the guy $20m+ for the next 5 years to do what Eduardo Nunez could probably do for league minimum.

      FWIW, Derek Jeter’s 2010 WAR of +1.9 is already worth 7.6M in WAR Dollars so far.

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      put the pipe down

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Have a taste of your own medicine Ichiro.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Ramiro Pena is unimpressed with Ichiro’s slap hitting bullshit.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Ichiro just wanted to give the Yankees an opportunity to make some amazing plays. It could have been a base hit if he really wanted one.

      • Ross in Jersey

        It could have been a base hit homer if he really wanted one.

        Fixed that for ya.

        • JohnnyC

          They don’t keep official stats on this but Ichiro leads both leagues in most BP home runs this season. All tape measure jobs as well. He’s not about hitting home runs though. Never was, never will be.

          • Ross in Jersey

            Of course they do, last I checked Ichiro leads the league in HRtcHB (home runs that could have been)

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

        “I could hit homers if I wanted to” = “My girlfriend is in Canada, you’ve never met her”

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno
        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

          She’s a model.

        • Not Tank the Frank

          Yeah my girlfriend is totally hot! You don’t know her though she goes to a different high school.

  • Jose the Satirist

    I’m a little surprised the Yanks only have 2 runs through 5.

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

      We’re scoring again this inning. Book it.

      • Jose the Satirist

        Nobody take lotto numbers from this guy. ↑

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Silver lining: The Yankees worked him up to 100 pitches in 6 innings.

      Tough I think every offense in the league may be able to do that with this guy on the mound.

      • Not Tank the Frank

        Still it’s great to see them do something they’re supposed to do. Lee and Felix have been on an absolute tear so it is what it is…but having Ryan Rowland Jacob Finklehymer-Schmidt get through 8 innings of one or two run ball would have been…

        INEXCEPPTABLE!!

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    that ball boy has the body of a football player

  • Mike HC

    Does anybody know the word on Nick Johnson? Timetable for a return?

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      i would think august

      he was in the dugout on friday

  • Stryker

    the 7/10 game will be broadcast in 3D…

    you want 3D baseball? go to the freakin’ games.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

      I believe that’s 5D.

      • Jose the Satirist

        Depending on who you ask.

  • Rose

    2 runs in 6 innings against Ryan Roland Smith is kinda…

    http://www.fotosearch.com/bthu...../p4570.jpg (SAFE)

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    He’s back bitches.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Holy fuck he crushed that. I’m impressed Saunders got to where he did.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

      Dude takes really good routes to balls. Plus, his speed seem pretty good.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Yeah, for real. At least it wasn’t Gutierrez, though. I wouldn’t have been surprised if Gutierrez caught it.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

          True, true. Maybe the most underrated player in baseball?

    • Ross in Jersey

      I’m so tired of people calling YSIII a bandbox. That’s the second ball in 3 days that Alex absolutely crushed and didn’t make it out. Left-center field is where shit goes to die.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    great job by alex

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    wow IBB cano?

    incredible

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Cano took Fear Inspiring lessons from Bernie.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

      Somewhere, Larry Bowa is smiling.

  • VO

    It worked last time, I’m calling a Granderslam.

    • VO

      Heh, the luck is gone.

      • Ross in Jersey

        If Granderson was Ichrio he could have literally willed a homer.

      • Not Tank the Frank

        Hey, you fail seven out of ten times and you’re an All-Star.

        • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

          Six out of ten

          .300 OBP is pretty lousy

          • Jose the Satirist

            He was referring to batting average and how .300 looks sexy to voters.

            • Not Tank the Frank

              And making it analagous to his predictions so far today. :-)

              Don’t sell me short son!

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS
  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    and that really really sucked ass

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Cecil v. Burnett: Battle of the Struggling Starters

    • baby carlos

      and offenses…although for Toronto it may be nothing more than coming back to the mean since no team can last all season on the home run.

  • baby carlos

    Ross in Jersey says:
    July 1, 2010 at 12:35 pm
    This game is the exception to “You can’t predict baseball”.
    No, seriously. If the Yankees win this game by anything less than 5 runs it’s a god damn Greek tragedy.

    I love Greek tragedies…. looks like you can write another one since it is only 2-0

    • Ross in Jersey

      Game ain’t over yet!

      • Jose the Satirist

        That’s the spirit.

      • baby carlos

        you would be correct…but the Yankees are still in the post Halladay funk.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Jesus, dude. Do you ever have anything positive to say?

          • Jose the Satirist

            The Yankees may have a team that can compete in 2027.

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

            He loves Pulp Fiction, that’s good enough for me. Kinda.

            • Not Tank the Frank

              Would you give your mother a foot massage?

              • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                Don’t be telling me about foot massages. I’m the foot fuckin’ master.

              • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

                Is this an Al Gore joke?

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              That’s like saying he likes breathing. Who doesn’t like that movie?

              • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                Lots of ~edgy~ people who are like “I’m so over it.” These people suck.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  I’ll admit it’s a touch overrated (not a lush and I don’t hate it…scene points for that reference!), but it’s still a good flick.

              • baby carlos

                It is a classic movie.. Tarantino does some of the best writing in hollywood. In fact, I would say Inglorious Bastards is his best writing yet.

                Christoph Waltz (Hans Landa in the movie) did an excellent job…

                • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                  I’d agree with this, LOVED Waltz in IB. I still think Pulp Fiction is the best thing he’s done, though.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    No one makes anything of that outing EXCEPT Kay. I’ve never heard anyone say anything about it except Kay.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    can cc can’t find the zone

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      man*

  • DJH

    CC’s lost it.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Damn…he’s missing out on the CG opportunity.

  • DJH

    Nice comeback from 3-0.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    How come every time I go to games, the awesome promotion is only for kids 14 and younger? Goddammit, I WANT THAT BOWL!

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

      Promotions? At a Yankee game? Who cares?

      GO ROOT FOR THE MARLINS!

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        “It was the most horrible noise ever”

        Josh Johnson, on vuvuzela night

    • Not Tank the Frank

      Just take it from those little bastards!

      I tell you what, if I want a limited edition chip clip there’s not a 14-year-old on the planet who can stop me.

  • Rose

    Gutierrez – 4 for 9 with a bomb against CC

    Good.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    great job cc

  • DJH

    Nice job battling through that inning by CC.

  • Mike HC

    hahhaah … really. Kay passes on soup because he can’t take the slurping. Is this guy for real?

    haha, He’ll pass …

    • Jose the Satirist

      Doesn’t he have some issue with condiments?

      • Rose

        I think that was condoms…

      • JohnnyC

        Apparently not. He doesn’t have any kids.

        • Rose

          They showed his wife (girlfriend?) on tv one time…she’s pretty awesome. Don’t quite understand…

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Michael Kay is due for a regression to the mean in the GF department.

            • JohnnyC

              He’s dating Jodi Applegate. Supposedly they met at last year’s local Emmy Awards dinner. Been together ever since.

              • Rose

                Well that about does it…

                [grabs toaster and heads upstairs to the bathroom]

          • Not Tank the Frank

            It’s those greenbacks son! Gotta get that money.

          • baby carlos

            money money money… any woman will always default for financial security and social connections…. check the resume.

            • Mike HC

              default, ha … You make it seem like some stepford wife stuff.

              • baby carlos

                all contestants on the bachelor and bachelorette would not disagree, as an example.

        • Not Tank the Frank

          Kim Jones is infertile.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

    I may actually hate Kate Smith more than Michael Saunders at this point.

    • Joe

      Yeah but ya gotta admit, she’s pretty consistent

  • Jake H

    Great job CC. exactly what they needed.

  • Ross in Jersey

    So the Mariners do have a bullpen!

    • Jose the Satirist

      The Diamondbacks however…

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    That was the hardest Pena has ever swung. Ever.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Over/under on when “The Real Curtis Granderson” will stand up?

    • Mike HC

      You could be looking at “The Real Curtis Granderson” right now

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

        Even so, he’s still a 3.5-4.0 win player.

        • Mike HC

          Yea, I’m happy with him. Power hitting centerfielder.

    • JohnnyC

      I’ve seen his driver’s license. This is the real Granderson. And his middle name is “So? You were expecting maybe Ken Griffey, Jr.?”

  • whozat

    What’s the on-field delay?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      fixing the mound for CC.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    c’mon CC. Get through this.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    man CC isnt getting the borderline calls anymore

  • JohnnyC

    Time for the bullpen, Joe.

  • Jose the Satirist

    Jeter padding his UZR.

    • Mike HC

      haha

  • JohnnyC

    Eh, Nunez woulda caught that blindfolded…and for the minimum.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK’s Mystique and Aura

      WHY DON’T WE CALL UP CARMEN ANGENLINI???!!11

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        CJ Henry

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Ichiro is just setting him up!!!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    That was frustrating.

    Rivera should be warming up, not Joba. Stupid inning number.

    • Mike HC

      Is Joba really warming? I’m with you. Only 4 outs left in the game. Mo could finish that in like 14 pitches.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        They showed him warming, yeah.

    • BklynJT

      We cant keep going to Rivera everytime there is a jam in the 8th. By the end of the season, his arm will be on the floor.

  • Mike HC

    I assume Mo is coming out for the ninth no matter what happens here.

  • Pete

    why is branyan batting right now. I don’t like that.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Wow

  • Vinny the Bull

    Hip hip! Oh wait.

  • Mike HC

    Montero can’t do that?

  • baby carlos

    I love Posada… but is it me or has there been a decrease in his defensive skills.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      That’s hilarious.

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

    How was that not a strike.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Only because of Posada’s mishandling of the ball. It’s total bullshit.

      • Mike HC

        Posada has had that rap for years. He can turn strikes into balls and rarely gets the calls from umps.

        As we all know, just not a good defender

  • Tampa Yankee

    Where did that miss?

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Oh motherfucker. It’s okay, we walk off.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      And I still hate Branyan.

  • VO

    How does Posada not come up with that?

    • BklynJT

      He’s been doing that for the past couple years. You should not be surprised

    • Mike HC

      For the same reason he can’t come up with all the other ones as well. They all go off the end of his glove.

  • Mike HC

    WOW – – Thank you Sada.

  • jimmy

    :(

  • Across the pond

    For $%&# sake

  • baby carlos

    Ross in Jersey…. there you go.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      the Yankees messed up, baby carlos is excited.

      • baby carlos

        You know, I want the Yankees to win as much as everyone else, never exited – much to yours an everyone elses dismay – when they mess up or fail… just very tired of seeing the same movie all the time. I realize it is only june and the all star break could not come fast enough but again, when you face a lesser opponent there is no excuse for playing down to their level.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          You talk of being tired of seeing the same movie over and over, without the slightest sense of irony or self-awareness. Every time something doesn’t go perfectly as planned, you show up and make some sarcastic comment and never show even a bit of positivity. It’s predictable and boring.

          How is anyone supposed to think anything else than what Bex just put forth when you almost gleefully point out that you were right about the Yankees not doing enough?

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

            And this, frankly.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          just very tired of seeing the same movie all the time.

          The… being really good movie? The best record in baseball movie? You honestly do seem like a good guy but I just don’t get it. Are there frustrating games? Of course. But they’re a good, good team, and you seem to really delight when they fail.

          You say they’ve lost games before they have, like in that last game in Arizona. And the Tex thing. No, I don’t want to see him be Rays!PatBurrell either. But I don’t crow “.229!” when he makes an out.

          Just trying to explain my frustrations, and I don’t think I’m really alone here. Not trying to be a bitch.

          • baby carlos

            don’t think you are being a bitch. Just honest.. good policy.

            But, the “best record” is not as pronounced when your 10-2 against Baltimore, 1-3 against Detroit, 3-3 against Anahiem…people here get caught up in the best record or most runs etc. Those are misleading just like RBI’s and don’t tell the whole story.

            And the movie, the movie is a collection of talent underperforming like the offense. Not taking good swings, watching strikes, chasing balls, poor situational hitting, all the things they were more consistent at last year.

            Everything is a risk/reward rate of return in baseball. For someone like Tex hitting .232(current) but basically doing the same thing with every pitch and pitcher is not a good return. Is he so talented he cannot figure out how to go the other way when batting left handed? If he was more consistent doing so, wouldn’t that eliminate the shift and increase the results of his balls in play? Things like that.

            • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

              Detroit and Anaheim are pretty good teams, and Anaheim has always played the Yankees tough. RBIs and runs scored are misleading for individuals, but for teams, they are all important (runs and runs/game is, anyway)

              The Yankees’ collection of talent is the best in the game. Therefore they will be underperforming whenever they lose, and often when they win. And they weren’t more consistent at anything last year until they took off in the second half.

              As for Tex, he has a pretty long swing. It is not that easy to change your swing at this level and expect instant success.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      How pumped are you dude?

      • baby carlos

        Right now, very pumped. I love watching ARod continue to excel and give the “fuck you” finger to all those yankee idiots who booed him.

        • baby carlos

          including those douche bags at ESPN, Sherman, Lupica, and the other hacks at the NY/NJ papers

  • theyankeewarrior

    I’d like to see them walk Branyon there. Why give a guy a 3-1 meatball when you can start fresh?

    • Mike HC

      winning run on base. Its CC. Its a lefty lefty matchup.

  • Mason

    That half inning was all sorts of fail.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    that really sucked :(

  • baby carlos

    kind of could see something happening. CC laboring… oh nevermind.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      No… I’m with you. That had all the makings of a bad inning, and Posada did what he could to make sure of it.

  • DJH

    Please don’t get swept by Seattle.

    These types of games are so much more frustrating then being dominated by a pitcher like yeaterday if you ask me.

    • JohnnyC

      But they have been dominated. So far.

  • bonestock94

    Nick just lost my vote there, not clutch enough

  • Vinny the Bull

    Michael Kay says fans are stupid and shouldn’t be allowed to vote for the starters in the All-Star Game. Some time later, Michael Kay implores fans to vote for Nick Swisher to start in the All-Star Game. Love it.

  • jimmy

    Now Swish tries to go Yard and strikes out. This team can be so frustrating.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Awesome series for the Yankees all around. Offense has really stepped it up today against a chump.

  • DJH

    It’s A-Bomb time!

    • Mason

      Gotta Love It!!!!

  • ZZ

    Lost in that terribly frustrating inning from CC being obviously completely gassed, Jorge dropping the ball, that pitch actually clearly being a strike even though Jorge dropped the ball, losing the lead, etc. is that this game is on the offense.

    The bigger issue in this game is not CC, Jorge, or Girardi making mistakes in that inning. The issue is that the game was only 2-0 in the top of the 8th in a game when Ryan Rowland Smith was starting.

    The offense shows up for the first 7 innings today and there is no reason to push CC in the 8th.

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

    Unclutch motherfucker. Bow before him.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Can’t defend that, Ichiro.

  • Across the pond

    Oh you BEAUTY!

  • Ross in Jersey

    Tied game at home, clearly we are doomed. Time to blow up the team.

  • Vinny the Bull

    Boom.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    A BOMB!!!!

  • BklynJT

    Way to save Posada’s ass!

  • DJH

    Called it!!!

  • Not Tank the Frank

    See now A-Rod’s gotta pick up the fuckin pieces!

  • JohnnyC

    Wow. That was in his eyes.

  • VO

    Whoever asked for A-Rod’s right field homeruns back, that one was for you.

  • bonestock94

    Oh god clutchtastic, going into shock

  • jimmy

    Clutch Rod

  • Cy Farnsworth

    True Yankee ™

  • Randy A.

    Alex Rodriguez is not a home run hitter.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      Hahahaha!! IETCVM

  • Mike HC

    YEA – – The Yanks just wanted to entertain. This series was too boring until today

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    as baby carlos, theyankeewarrior, jimmy, etc., all flee the site once again…

    • Tampa Yankee

      Like cockroaches do when you turn on the lights?

    • baby carlos

      Ha… yes, I point out all the negative about the Yankees so I would flee when they do something right. completely untrue.

    • theyankeewarrior

      That’s right… I’m gone! A-Rod hits a huge HR and I should duck my head because I wanted Branyon to be walked and said the offense was nowhere to be found against a terrible pitcher.

      There’s a difference between overreacting and criticizin poor performance.

      • baby carlos

        well said but you know the rules here, criticizing poor performance = negativity = not permitted unless you are part of the “board of directors”.

        So you get the dubious honor of having all your points classified as negative over reacting and foolish and grouped with the likes of me. Sorry about that, my condolences.

        But your point is spot on.

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

          Criticism of poor performance is totally okay.

          Fatalism and thinking that the team is somehow doomed due to temporary poor performance is frowned upon as being irrational. We’re all saddened/upset with Tex’s struggles.

          The commenters who get taken to task are the ones who act like we’re going to crash and burn and miss the playoffs by 10 games because Tex isn’t hitting .350/.480/.600.

  • mike c

    a-bomb, a-rod

  • Pete

    bah, he fought that off

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    Hey look, the Mariners are bringing in their closer in a tie game on the road to pitch to the middle of the lineup in the 8th.

    It didn’t work (yay A-rod), but nice to see them break idiotic conventions.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      +1

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    baby carlos is SO bummed right now.

  • Mason

    Love the bandbox!!

  • Mike HC

    CC and Tex connect for the win.

    That has got to feel good for the bridge jumpers out there.

    • Mike HC

      I meant A-Rod and Tex. But CC too.

  • Apollo22237

    Selfish A-Rod, not wanting to wait to hit a homerun until its a walkoff. He doesn’t want to get his face dirty…

  • mike c

    M’s are lucky they have 2 starters who throw CG’s with ease

    • Cy Farnsworth

      At 33-44, they aren’t that lucky…

      • mike c

        well yeah, but my point is they could be even worse off than they are

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          I don’t think they’re AS bad as their record shows, honestly. Especially now that they’re not relying on (the corpse of) KGJ and Kotchman.

  • Adam

    Was proctoring my final and watching the game online. Turned it off they were winning, turned it back on losing…and four seconds later, ARod. Excellent.

  • Mo

    I got this.

  • Rose

    Somebody call my mama because I’m about to whoop somebody…

  • Ross in Jersey

    I can’t wait for A-rod to be stuck at 599 home runs for a couple weeks so we can read all the articles about how he is unclutch again.

    • Mike HC

      Oh yea. Those milestones give the media free leeway to completely psychoanalyze these athletes. God forbid it takes them a week to surpass the record and you would think they go to sleep in the fetal position, crying themselves to sleep.

      • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

        And then bash them for focusing too much on individual records.

      • Ross in Jersey

        Remember when he was at 499? And didn’t hit one for like 3 weeks? Every baseball writer on the planet was saying “how heavy his bat is” and “he looks scared, just like in the playoffs!”.

        Seeing those articles dissected on FJM brought many smiles to my face.

    • baby carlos

      Will flood the NY papers, ESPN, and all NY sports radio….

      Actually, if he was clutch he would have hit that HR out of the stadium instead of just a few rows over the fence… so he fails.

  • Mike HC

    What an attention hog A-Rod is. He had to hit a Jeterian game winning homer. Couldn’t even stick to his patented bullpen blasts.

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    Mo doesn’t reinvent himself, he hasn’t changed a thing in years.

    • Ross in Jersey

      Mo doesn’t pitch, he puts his hand over your mouth and says “Shhhhhh.”

  • Not Tank the Frank

    No, no, he don’t need no help! He’s already been served. I served him. He’s taken care of. He’s a little slow, but he got it! See, what he thought was Russell Branyan can come up here and make the rules. But now, he know that A-Rod make the rules at Smart Tech, that A-Rod run this bitch, and now he ’bout to bounce!!!

    • The Raging Platypus

      40-year old virgin references ftw

  • DJH

    It’s amazing how it seems like 90% of A-Rod’s HR’s happen in tight games.

  • Vinny the Bull

    Mo the Head-Hunter.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    wow that was a scary fly ball

    • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

      Eh–Bradley could have hit one to the moon and Seattle would still be losing.

  • Apollo22237

    Anyone see Sweeney’s tweets?

    30 seconds before the home-run
    “The 2009 version of A-Rod hits a HR here and gets CC the win. What does the 2010 version do?”

    One minute later
    “That answers that.”

    • camilo gerardo

      _______ Sweeney?

      • Randy A.

        Sweeney Murti, yankees beat writer for wfan

  • camilo gerardo

    Get out of here, bradley

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Impressive AB by Bradley; he’s really had a fantastic series. His periphs (IsoD, IsoP) are just about where they should be but his K% is way up while his BB% is down and his BABIP is in the tank (but that could be due to much weaker overall contact this year). Maybe a buy low candidate?

    /not really’d

    • Not Tank the Frank

      No he’s a very talented player. That’s why he keeps getting chances. If he’s indeed turned his life around and gotten the help he needed I wouldn’t be opposed.

  • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

    Mo >> everyone

  • bonestock94

    Yankees comeback, followed by a Mo save. Ahh, classic. As american as apple pie or something.

  • Mike HC

    CC – still the best pitcher in baseball

    Mo – Still the best closer in baseball

    7 game series, you see that combo three times.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Psh, in a seven game series, you should see that combo eight times.

      /Old Hoss’d

    • Ross in Jersey

      @BloggingBombers

      “The three games were 2:30, 2:46 and 2:33. That Joe West knows how to get things done!”

      lol

      • Ross in Jersey

        Er, meant to post that lower but whatever.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      CC – still the best pitcher in baseball

      I LOVE CC, and I’m about as big of a Yankee fan as you can be, but whoah, that’s a bold-ass statement. He’s ONE of them, though.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    How does he do it? He’s really, really, really good at baseball and really, really, really strong.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Fleeing the site! Fleeing the site!

  • BigBlueAL

    Did Kim Jones just tell Arod “Alex you know Im easy!!” lol

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    And we end the afternoon with some bexybait. Thank you, YES broadcast!!!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    And now it’s time to drive up 95 for work and there was a goddamn CAR FIRE near the exit I need to use. Goddammit.

    • Pete

      man that car fire’s really gonna put a dent in your day, huh. You poor thing

      :/

  • theyankeewarrior

    AJ figures it out…

    Andy gets some help from the O…

    Phil bounces back strong…

    /Jaysgetsweep’d

    • bonestock94

      Hope so, Jays fans pissed me the hell off last time around. It’s nice to see them in their rightful place, completely out of playoff contention. Big surprise there.

      • Ross in Jersey

        To be fair they’re not completely out of it… but they’ve fallen off a cliff not dissimilar to last year. Who knew that they weren’t going to score 1200 runs? Or that Jose Bautista isn’t a 40 HR hitter?

        Anyway, it would be nice to take all 3. I’ll be there Saturday, first time seeing Andy this year in person :)

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Good job. Woo. (to be fair from before, I just looked up, saw comments I thought were all overreact-y, and named people. Even when the Yankees were leading 2-0, I saw a lot of dumb comments on Twitter from people who know better, so I’m irritated. Sorry to offend.)

      • Rose

        where are we going to dinner tonight?

      • theyankeewarrior

        We all make stupid comments. I am very prone to getting overly down on the Yanks when they’re playing like the O’s. I just didn’t think my comments today were over-reactionary.

        No offense taken, bex

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

          Step 1: admit you have a problem (check)
          Step 2: take steps to rectify that problem __________

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    great effing win. my mind and overall baseball sanity needed that

  • Mike HC

    Girardi if f’n jacked. He should really be our backup catcher.

    • Ross in Jersey

      He couldn’t be any worse than Cervelli!

  • Jake H

    Good win today. I think A-Rod might be heating up. CC looks to be settling in.

    • Total Dominication

      I think that’s his 4th homer in 8 games, I’d say he’s heating up!

  • rek4gehrig

    Much needed win today. Now we get ready to take on the Jays (who have lost 4?5? in a row)

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > DP)

    Just got back from the game, really wanted to curse out the lady behind us…but reconsidered due to the presence of her children. She was one of those “fans” that expect the Yankees to play a perfect game EVERY game. She screamed at the players every time they couldn’t get to a ball put in play (even if it was obviously a good hit). When Bradley (was it Bradley?) fouled a few off MO, she started to scream and hiss at MO. I mean get the fuck out of here, are you here to cheer or just be a bitch? Regardless, I enjoyed the game.

  • Mike Nitabach

    She was one of those “fans” that expect the Yankees to play a perfect game EVERY game.

    Which is worse, one of those, or the fans who know they are much better managers/hitting coaches/batting coaches/third-base coaches/pitch callers than the guys on the field and in the dugout, and LOUDLY second-guess EVERY SINGLE GAME DECISION of the ENTIRE GAME?

  • Total Dominication

    A-rod Cano, CC’n Mo
    hehe, it rhymes!