Game 85: Hello, Seattle. We meet again


A seafaring Moose. Credit: AP Photo, Ted S. Warren

When last the Yankees met the Mariners, it was a different time. The World was more innocent and care-free. We knew nothing of LeBrons and All Star Votes. We had only an inkling of the days and wins to come against Oakland and Toronto. Ah, last week, how I miss you.

Due to the idiosyncrasies of the schedule, the Yankees and Mariners are squaring off for a four-game set this week to rush headlong into the All Star Break. The two teams met each other in a three-game set in the Bronx that wrapped up one week ago today. Unfortunately, Cliff Lee is still a Mariner, and he’s set to pitch tomorrow.

Before we get to Lee, though, All Star Andy Pettitte and the Yanks’ starting nine have to get through Jason Vargas. On the surface, Vargas has some good numbers. He’s 6-4 with a 3.22 ERA, but those mask a low strike out rate and a .263 BABIP that’s a good .030 lower than league average. He’s found success by limiting the walks (2.3/9 IP) and home runs (0.7 HR/9 IP), and the one-time member of the New York Metropolitans relies on a good change to keep hitters off balance.

The Yankees, off a sweep of the A’s, will look to keep their winning streak alive. Number 46 takes the mound, and he’s 10-2 with a 2.82 ERA. Lately, Pettitte hasn’t limited the long ball, giving up 6 HR over his last 40 innings, but most haven’t caused much damage. He’ll have the spacious Safeco outfield — and the Yanks’ steller outfield defense — behind him.

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
Ramiro Pena 3B – His 2-for-4 last night raised the OPS+ all the way to 32.

Andy Pettitte P

First pitch is at 10:10 p.m. ET, and this one’s on the YES Network.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. forensicnucchem says:

    Finally, almost baseball time. No more of this Lebron crap.

  2. Breaking news: The Nets will still suck

    • ARX says:

      Breaking news: The Nets Knicks will still suck
      At some point, you just run out of words to describe how awful being a Knicks fan has been for the last decade. Even the Jets give ya a thrill every once in a while.

      • I’m a Knicks fan, and I didn’t truly believe LeBron would come to New York. The honorable move was to stay in Cleveland. The business move was New York. The coward move is to go to Miami where he plays second fiddle to Dwyane Wade, and the Heat have the worst bench in the history of the NBA.

        My only fear though is that the Knicks blew this because of Eddie Curry. If they could have had the cap space to lure Wade and Bosh but didn’t because of Curry’s $12 million mess, they truly blew it.

        • JobaWockeeZ says:

          Meh if their bench is somewhere near league average they’ll win it. Look at the Celtics, they managed fine and their big 4 wasn’t even that spectacular. Their bench sucked too.

        • ARX says:

          Oh don’t get me wrong, I didn’t really believe it either, oher than that tiny “there’s always hope” corner of my brain. It’s just breathtaking to step back and realize that for all intents and purposes, after taking a chainsaw to the roster and clearing so much cap space, the Knicks are about to come away with next to nothing. Unless they really think they’re doing anything significant with Amar’e…

          Bleh, screw it, bring on the Yankees.

        • billbybob says:

          I don’t think he’s a coward at all. He is going to take LESS cash to sign with the Heat. Tell me when that has ever happened? It says to me that the guy just wants to win, and I can’t blame him for that.

        • Captain Jack says:


          Ian O’Connor agrees with you, I’d suggest somehow rectifying that.

      • At least the Knicks play at MSG.

        The best thing the Nets have is a crazy Russian billionaire owner…

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      At least they have a lot of picks and a good core. But they’ll still suck.

      • Pat D says:

        The Knicks are still doomed for quite some time. Are we just going to go through this crap with Melo next year?

        The Knicks will not be good until Dolan sells the team, which will be never. I remember the April Fool’s joke where RAB posted Dolan buying the Yankees. If that should actually happen, I would contemplate suicide.

    • Sam says:

      (The guy who sat next to you at Foreman V. Cotto)

      God Willing.
      The only. Only way that I would hate him more is if he signed with New Jersey,
      Then again, the NBA would still be watchable…

  3. Salty Buggah says:

    Twitter error: The server understood the request, but is refusing to fulfill it.

    I blame LeBron

    • Pat D says:

      As my best friend who lives in the general Cleveland area will tell you, the people out there are not the smartest in the world.

    • Captain Jack says:

      Everytime I watch Cleveland/Boston games at the Jake there’s always a ton of Red Sox fans, it’s good to know that they at least live in Cleveland and didn’t make the trip down from New England.

  4. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Well, at least Joe Mauer will be a free agent at the end of the season. With all these expiring contracts maybe the Yankees can pry his heart away from Minnesota….

  5. Mike HC says:

    Thank God for the Yanks.

    I’m sick over the LeBron news. I should have known better.

  6. Kiersten says:

    So what’s worse – LeBron or Favre?

  7. Ivan says:


    /Disgruntled Knick/basketball fan’d

  8. Has anyone considered the possibility A-Rod hits #600 in Seattle and how utterly epic that would be?

  9. Reggie C. says:

    David Lee sign-and-trade to Golden State will land the Knicks Anthony Randolph. Never watched a GS game. Maybe once long ago, but I honestly cant remember.

    Solid pick-up at the C/PF spot for the Knicks?

    • billbybob says:

      Meh, seems like a project to me. I guess they didn’t want to spend their cap space on both Amare and Lee, as having both of them is redundant.

      • Lee and Stoudamire are the same player. In fact, a study done by many “sabermetric” basketball sites show that Lee is the better player.

        Knicks just wasted money. lots of it. Randolph also plays the same position as both Amare and Gallanari. SF/PF. Amare is the worst defensive center ever lol.

        Im done with watching basketball. Like RAB said, 3 players makes not an unstoppable baseball team, but with only 5 players on the court, 3 of the best will be unfair.

    • Mike HC says:

      He is 20 and just an extremely raw athlete. Think Ty Thomas.

  10. Bob Stone says:

    Stephen A. Smith said on Francesa’s show that Lebron will sign a five year deal with the Heat with an out at three years. Then he will sign with the Brooklyn Nets or the Knicks. I think there is something to that idea.

    That course of action gets Lebron a few Championships (good possibility) and then he REALLY cashes in big time in New York.

  11. Anyone else sick and fucking tired of this Linda McMahon ad?

    • Pat D says:

      As a longtime wrestling fan who has grown tired of WWE in general and thinks it’s pathetic that she’s running for office…ABSO-FUCKING-LUTLEY!!

    • Johan Iz My Brohan says:

      I have Caller ID hooked up to the TV (I don’t know if everyone’s does that). I was watching TV one day and the phone rings, and all I see on the TV screen was “LINDA MCMAHON calling – 555-5555″ etc…

      I agree, it’s annoying.

  12. Kiersten says:

    You know what Seattle, you’re right, making everyone on the East Coast wait til 10:05 p.m. for the game isn’t bad enough, why don’t you go ahead and make it 10:10.

  13. Jimmy says:

    way to go Jete! Keep it going Yanks!

  14. Dela G says:

    man i still can’t believe that lebron chose the heat

    oh well

    on to the yanks

  15. Reggie C. says:

    Are the Yankees seriously going to pass on this year’s international class? I don’t think the team has made one signing.

    Are we waiting on Roughned Odor’s price to drop? Not sure who else was in play.

  16. Kiersten says:

    When do they announce the starters for the ASG?

  17. I Voted for Kodos says:

    Celebrating the all star birth with a single.

  18. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    Ichiro has game.

  19. Kiersten says:

    Omg that girl Ichiro ran into was just holding a brush. At a baseball game.

  20. Dela G says:

    oh well, cmon a-rod

  21. Jimmy says:

    Way to fail Tex.

  22. Kiersten says:

    A-Rod definitely just FISTED that ball.

  23. Jimmy says:

    God Tex just killed what could have been a big inning.

  24. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > DP) says:

    Stupid moose…

  25. Bob Stone says:

    C’mon Andy – Keep it going.

  26. I Voted for Kodos says:

    Looking at Seattle’s lineup amuses me. It’s Ichiro and a bunch of meh this year.

  27. Kevin G. says:

    LeBron didn’t go to Miami to win a championship. He went because he wanted to be on the next season of Jersey Shore.

  28. Dela G says:


  29. Bob Stone says:

    Great play Brett

  30. You do NOT run on Brett Gardner!

  31. bexarama says:

    Brett Gardner rules.

  32. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    The Cannon!

  33. I Voted for Kodos says:

    Gardner is good.

    • Total Dominication says:

      Alex Rodriguez is payed a lot of money.
      George Bush was not a good president.
      Arnold Schwartzenager is strong.
      Bill Gates is smart.

  34. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > DP) says:

    Ichiro thought it was Damon in LF.

  35. I Voted for Kodos says:

    Pettitte gives up two hits, and still gets through the inning with 10 pitches.

    That can’t be common.

  36. rek4gehrig says:

    Mariners dead LAST in the league wrt runs scored? Yanks must take this one

  37. Jimmy says:

    Curtis should steal. Guy has a big leg kick.

  38. bexarama says:

    D’awww Pettitte family :3

  39. Kiersten says:

    22 pitches through 2 innings? I like.

  40. Total Dominication says:

    2 innings, 22 pitches.

  41. Drew says:

    Broussard is my new best friend. He’s saying the same thing as me. To crucify a guy for taking less money is contradictory to every negative report we’ve heard over the past ten years.

  42. Dela G says:

    andy is dealin

  43. Jimmy says:

    Stop with the damn first pitch swinging.

  44. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    Lets go A-Rod.

  45. Jeter and Rodriguez need to not do what they just did.

  46. Dela G says:

    andy p is cruizin

  47. bexarama says:

    So Pettitte’s “excited.” BEXYBAIT.

  48. Jimmy says:

    Really want Cano to win the batting title this year. I don’t want the guy from Detroit to get it.

  49. Total Dominication says:

    Grandy heating up!

    /likely overreaction

  50. Dela G says:

    what the heck is up with that train

  51. Total Dominication says:


  52. Jimmy says:

    Wow this is just pathetic. Leaving men on every inning.

  53. Dela G says:

    man i would’ve pinch hit joe girardi for pena there

    ugh that guy is terrible

  54. Total Dominication says:


  55. bexarama says:

    Guys, score with RISP for Andy please? Thanks

  56. Hummingbird S. says:

    major fail with RISP, as usual.

  57. Tom Zig says:

    6 hits and no runs? Who is pitching? Dice-K?

  58. Jimmy says:

    wanted to see the highlight of him sleeping in the clubhouse.

  59. Total Dominication says:


  60. Bort says:

    Why isn’t Thames DHing?

  61. Will (the other one) says:

    Dandy’s dealin’.

  62. Swisher will not be stopped.

  63. bexarama says:

    Swish, you already got voted in, man ;)

  64. Getting a little annoyed w/the first pitch swinging…

  65. Ross in Jersey says:

    Meh, end result wasn’t there but that was a great at-bat by A-rod. Wasn’t fooling him. Figure they gotta get to this guy eventually.

  66. Total Dominication says:

    Good ab.

  67. Dela G says:

    holy shit swisher

  68. Dela G says:

    great job cano

  69. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    I hate Franklin Gutierrez.

  70. bexarama says:

    Oh eff you Gutierrez

  71. Tom Zig says:

    8 hits and no runs. Houdini!

  72. Hummingbird S. says:

    Vargas pitching the ugliest shutout ever.. amazing that we still haven’t scored.

  73. Jimmy says:

    This would be a terrible loss

  74. bexarama says:

    Aaagh come on Andy

  75. Dela G says:

    can pettitte not throw to any base??

    i find it fucking incredible

  76. Ivan says:


  77. Ross in Jersey says:

    Wow, 2 lucky hits and again Andy fucking fails to throw to 1st on a bunt. Unrela.

  78. Jack says:

    The pull-back-the-bunt-and-swing-away was my move in little league.

    There’s a reason no one’s paying me to play baseball.

  79. baby carlos says:

    Offense owes Andy big time… Fucking hate teams like Seattle. They only show up to play the Yankees other wise they suck like the suck ass team they are.

  80. Tom Zig says:

    intentional walk to get to mr. 2 true outcome?

  81. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Strange, I remember Andy being good at fielding his position…

  82. bexarama says:

    This move terrifies me ;_;

  83. baby carlos says:

    strike this fucker out.

  84. Dela G says:

    holy shit what a strikeout!

  85. Cy Farnsworth says:

    I love this ump’s strikeout move.

    Reminds me of Leslie Nielsen in the Naked Gun.

  86. baby carlos says:

    Fuck you Branyan,,, Dont’ ever step out on Andrew again.

  87. Dela G says:

    andy pettitte FTW!!!!

  88. claybeez says:

    Huge! Andy’s got ‘em.

  89. Tom Zig says:

    epic turnaround

  90. bexarama says:

    Andy Pettitte I love you, offense get your heads out of your ass.

  91. Jack says:

    Way to be Andy.

  92. Yanks99 says:

    Why was that an earned run? Wasn’t it scored on an error?

  93. Jimmy says:

    really 1 damn pitch again?

  94. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > DP) says:

    LOL, my neighbors pounded on their walls because I screamed “YEA!!!!” too loud when Andy got out of it.

  95. Esteban says:

    Well look at that, another groundball by Jeter. I’m shocked I tell you, shocked!!

  96. baby carlos says:

    I can’t believe they are getting shut out. WTF!!!!!

    A run please, anyone….Can’t be that hard your the freakin Yankees.

  97. Dela G says:

    great eye swish!

    bring em home texy

  98. baby carlos says:

    Title of this thread should have been, Seattle We Meet Again… Same game, same results….

    C’mon Yankees.

  99. Ivan says:

    Lets Go offense!!!

  100. Dela G says:

    this is unreal

    i sat vargas thinking the yankees would destroy him


  101. baby carlos says:

    Cy Vargas…. Staten Island run production.

  102. Tom Zig says:


  103. Total Dominication says:

    8 hits and no runs makes Andy a sad boy.

  104. Dela G says:

    cmon andy, dont come unglued

  105. Tom Zig says:

    walking Casey Kotchman is unacceptable.

  106. Total Dominication says:

    8 k’s, wow. Pretty low pc as well.

  107. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Something about Ichiro using DJ Khaled as his batting music just cracks me up.

  108. Tom Zig says:

    I find Ichiro to be quite overrated.

  109. Total Dominication says:

    Was going home for 3 years really worth having to be second to Ford all your life Andy? Was it really?

  110. Tom Zig says:

    I hope whatsamattau keeps vargas out there for another inning

  111. rek4gehrig says:

    Can we score some runs, please? We only need 2….Mariners cant hit to save their lives

  112. Total Dominication says:

    Lead off 4 pitch walks, mmmmmmmm, delicious!

  113. Ivan says:

    Come on Offense.

  114. Total Dominication says:

    Did Cano just get a hit? Is teh slump over? Return of the MVP?

  115. The Intangibles says:

    Flash might be the worst announcer in Major League baseball.

  116. Total Dominication says:

    Does A-rod steal?

  117. Total Dominication says:

    Good job by Cano not attempting any sort of base running manuever.

  118. Esteban says:

    Of course that lazy Dominican Cano didn’t move up behind A-Rod. Wait A-Rod’s Dominican too? Then I don’t know what to think.

  119. Esteban says:

    Huzzzah a run!

  120. Jimmy says:

    way to go Cano.

  121. Total Dominication says:

    Damn, at least we scored, but way to kill the potential rally.

  122. Ross in Jersey says:

    If you thought Posada wasn’t going to ground into a DP there, please raise your hand.

  123. Ivan says:

    Should of gotten more than 1 run.

  124. rek4gehrig says:

    DP looms large

  125. damn yanks says:

    Im just glad he didnt k…. he did not have a feel for that curve

  126. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Ichiro has an absolute cannon. Look at that throw back in, Grandy would’ve been out by a mile.

  127. Total Dominication says:

    Russo up next.

  128. Esteban says:

    Granderson be leaning

  129. Jimmy says:

    Why swing? Why?

  130. Total Dominication says:

    Most depressing game tying inning ever.

  131. Esteban says:

    I think lots of people here want Jerry Hairston, but you know, he has a .286 OBP. That’s turrrrible.

  132. damn yanks says:

    Oh come on… that was a strike

  133. Jimmy says:

    wow great strike zone.

  134. Total Dominication says:

    4 walks? Eesh.

  135. Ivan says:

    Gotta challenge Figgins there.

  136. damn yanks says:

    How much money did Figgins pull down?

  137. damn yanks says:

    They better not pull Andy for Joba this inning… Keep figgins at first..

  138. Ivan says:

    One more to go.

  139. Total Dominication says:

    Andy for the CG?

  140. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Hells yeah Andy.

    Let’s win this thing.

  141. damn yanks says:

    BAM! nice job andy

  142. Ivan says:

    Terrific job Pettitte. Terrific.

  143. Esteban says:

    Andy Pettitte: Good at baseball

  144. Jimmy says:

    wow Andy was fired up.

  145. Hummingbird S. says:

    what a gem from Andy tonight… we better score and give him a win.

  146. Jimmy says:

    ball 4

  147. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Aardsma’s a good pitcher so he deserves some credit…but Russo is completely worthless at the dish.

  148. Esteban says:

    Yea, as bad as Jerry Hairston’s been, he’d def. be an improvement over Pena and Russo

  149. Pat D says:

    Yay, for the Yankees to win tonight, it’s going to hurt my fantasy team…

  150. Jimmy says:


  151. Cy Farnsworth says:

    I’m so glad we Sent Swish ™

  152. Esteban says:


  153. Ivan says:

    Macho Man Voice: Oh YEAH!!!

  154. Dela G says:

    i love swisher

  155. Jack says:

    I love you Swish.

  156. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Time for A-Rod to clutch it.

  157. Jimmy says:

    Tex you should be ashamed of yourself. ASHAMED.

  158. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Goddamnit Tex.

    Not the time for a popup.

  159. baby carlos says:

    Jesus Christ…. the one I can depend on…Tex

  160. Ivan says:

    Wow Tex, that was just pathetic.

  161. Esteban says:

    Yay Teix!

  162. damn yanks says:

    damn it tiex….

  163. Jimmy says:


  164. damn yanks says:


  165. Jack says:

    I love you Al.

  166. baby carlos says:


  167. Dela G says:

    and a-rod delivers

  168. Esteban says:

    A-Rod >>>>>

  169. Ivan says:


  170. Cy Farnsworth says:

    A-Rod looked downright Jeterian ™ there!

  171. Mike Axisa says:

    Pad those fucking stats, baby.

  172. Dela G says:

    that swing was jeterian

  173. JobaJr says:

    This is why you watch baseball folks.

  174. baby carlos says:

    Since last year, ARod has become a machine in critical situations. Well done ARod…

  175. CNight_UP says:


  176. Total Dominication says:

    Remember when the Yankees were like 0-5 in 1-run games?

  177. Total Dominication says:

    Fear doesn’t slump.

  178. PaulF says:

    This is an unbelievable game. Even before they went ahead this was one of the best games of the year. Andy and swisher have been a joy to watch.

  179. Total Dominication says:

    Posada needs a day off….oh wait?

  180. Total Dominication says:

    What was with the stadium announcer voice?

  181. Ivan says:

    Lol at the last swing Kotchman took on that cutter.

  182. Dela G says:

    this at-bat never ends

  183. bexarama says:

    C’mon Mariano.

  184. Dela G says:

    just hit kotchman and move on… haha

  185. Total Dominication says:

    Against anyone else, Kotchman would’ve already homered.

  186. Apollo22237 says:

    C’mon, submit to God.

  187. Ivan says:

    Good Dammit Kotchman just retire already.

  188. bexarama says:

    OMG Kotchman make an out dude.

  189. Ivan says:


  190. Cy Farnsworth says:

    That’s why he’s Mariano Rivera, and you’re Casey Kotchman.

  191. Dela G says:

    mariano added an extra bit of juice on that one, 93 MPH

  192. Total Dominication says:

    Did you really have to ask who would win? Really?

  193. Apollo22237 says:

    Mo is greater than the hatred of 1000 Lebrons.

  194. Apollo22237 says:

    That is how an at-bat should go.

  195. Total Dominication says:

    When Damon faces Rivera, bat companies must be really happy.

  196. Apollo22237 says:

    Yes, good idea, bunt against the one pitcher who can actually field his position and throw to 1st base.

  197. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Ballgame over! Yankees Win!

  198. Jimmy says:

    this win was ok. Should of had more runs.

  199. baby carlos says:

    Cyborg Mo 1, Rainier the Moose not shot dead by Sarah Palin 0

  200. Ivan says:

    Good win.

  201. bexarama says:

    But I thought this was a terrible loss????

    Andy Pettitte, Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera <3

  202. claybeez says:

    Important W with Felix and Lee coming up

  203. PaulF says:

    That game was awesome. I love Pettitte, Swisher, and A-rod

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