Jul
27

Game 99: Another rook

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Sabathia won in his first return to Cleveland (Tony Dejak/AP)

Say hello to Josh Tomlin. He makes his major league debut for the Indians tonight, though it won’t come with much fanfare. While the Indians do have a crop of young pitching prospects, including Hector Rondon and Carlos Carrasco, Tomlin does not rank among them. He didn’t make Baseball America’s top 30 Indians prospects this year, nor did he even get a C grade from John Sickels. So there’s not a ton that we can immediately glean about him.

Thankfully Mike has old BA Prospect Handbooks on file, and he was able to find a bit on Tomlin, who was the Indians’ No. 28 prospect in 2009. Like most fringy guys he sits 89-91 with the fastball and uses a 12-6 curve as his best secondary pitch. He also has a changeup that, apparently, he’ll throw in any count. It has plenty of separation from his fastball, sitting 75-78. And then there’s a slider/cutter combo that I’m betting we won’t see much of tonight.

We’ve seen these guys beat the Yanks before, but I don’t think it’s an epidemic or anything. Tomlin lived on his low hit and walk rates in the minors, and we know guys like that struggle in the majors. Yeah, maybe he can hold AAA hitters to seven hits per nine, but he won’t maintain that in the majors. That doesn’t preclude him from getting lucky in his debut, but the Yanks should have more than enough to power though this one.

On the mound for the good guys, CC Sabathia goes for career win No. 150 against the team for which he recorded win No. 1. He’s been on a roll lately, and looks to continue it against a team that is a bit punchless on offense. It’s always nice to have your lefty on the mound against a team whose best weapons also bat lefty.

And finally, a happy birthday to A-Rod, who turns 35 today. His 600th would be pretty sweet this evening.

Lineup:

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

And on the mound, number fifty-two, CC Sabathia.

Update by Mike: Jorge Posada has been scratched with a sore left knee. Hopefully it’s nothing serious.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Not Tank the Frank

    He’s a rookie AND he throws a changeup in any count? Might as well pack up and go home.

    Or at least take Teixeira out of the lineup.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      But Tex is hot right now :(

    • theyankeewarrior

      We have a winner!

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    I think a change up is the only pitch Derek can get around on these days. :wink:

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      This just made me think of how fast Strasburg’s change up is. Isn’t it like, 90mph?

      • ultimate913

        Last I saw, it averaged at 91mph.

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          That’s ridiculous.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    Got a lot of good responses here and would love it if you all could take a look and add your own

    http://www.puristbleedspinstri.....ball-life/

    • Not Tank the Frank

      Saw the 1998 World Series Game 1 where Tino hits the grand slam. I thought the Stadium was actually going to come DOWN.

      • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

        Heh, Aaron Boone game for me, and I thought the same thing.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    A-Rod -> 2nd AB -> 2/2 count -> runner on 2nd -> #600

    all of that happens

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

      Stop trying to predict baseball, darn it!

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        I’m not predicting baseball, I ran into the Wizard of Oz himself… well, actually I backflipped into him. Anyways, he said that’s exactly what would happen.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      On the mound for the good guys

      Are you channeling your inner Hawk Harrelson?

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        Reply fail

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

          Heh, one time I was watching Quick Pitch on MLBN and they were covering some game where the White Sox hit five or six home runs and it was basically just a montage of “YOU CAN PUT IT ON THE BOARD… YE-ES!!!!!” over and over again.

          I still have nightmares about that.

          • Pat D

            I’m trying to hear it in my mind right now. I just keep looping the word “board” over and over again. Now it’s starting to sound like a soccer announcer saying “Goal!” for a continuous 30 seconds.

      • Pat D

        Yea, the Hawk Harrelson references are…troubling.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    CC throws a no-hitter tonight.

    /yearofthepitcher’d

    • Carlosologist

      Alex gives the Yanks the lead on a grand slam a la Matt Joyce.

      • Jose the Satirist

        Jeter grounds out to short 5 times.

        • Carlosologist

          He’ll see 5 pitches total.

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

            /Peralta’d

  • Jose the Satirist

    340 HR after turning 35. Barry Bonds you crazy.

    • Carlosologist

      Alex only needs 164 for the record. If he can hit 30-35 for the next four years, we’ll have the all time home run leader for the first time since the original record was set.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        Really? Alex counts but Bonds doesn’t? How does that work?

  • pat

    Holy crap, Arod is 35.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Posada scratched with a sore left knee :( doesn’t sound serious, but still.

    • Mike HC

      Cervelli made that look easy.

      And its not

      • Mike HC

        my bad. Wrong sport.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Tex + changeups = probably not good.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    A-Rod is 11 years older than me? Hot damn.

  • Guest

    This pitching matchup is so intensely lopsided, it feels like one of those reverse lock situations. One where the favored team has such a large advantage that they actually must lose…just so Sterling can continue to remind us that you just can’t predict baseball.

    I hope I am wrong.

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

    Is reminding people of Andy Sonnanstine supposed to be a good thing?

    /irrational Sonnanstine hatred’d

    • All Star Carl

      A-Rod hits Sonnanstine well so yeah :)

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    Andy Sonnanstine eh?

  • pat

    If he keeps leaving those fastballs up he’ll get shellacked.

  • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

    I’m in Tennessee (don’t ask) so I can watch Yanks on mlb.tv and Strasburg vs. the Braves. Sweeeet.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      Wait, why is Strasburg not pitching?

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

        HE’S GETTIN TRADED ZOMG

        • GG2010

          Please say for CHoP!!!!

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

        He’s been traded. To the Washington Redskins, for Albert Haynesworth.

        • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

          If Snyder could, he would.

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

            Strasburg will be playing NT. And I hear Albert Haynesworth’s offspeed stuff is excellent.

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

    Wow, Strasburg was a late scratch. Musta been traded.

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

      Strasburg and Adam Dunn to the Phillies for Jayson Werth and JA Happ.

      It makes perfect sense.

      • Not Tank the Frank

        /StevePhillips’d

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

    So… Ochocinco and T.O., huh?

    I’m going to call them the Cincinnati VH1s.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    NOOOOOO!!! Sin Sew Choo!

  • Pat D

    Uh, phone was slow to update. How many pitches did they see in that inning?

    • Jose the Satirist

      9

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Looked like it may’ve hit him in the knee.

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

      Agreed, it looked like it to me. #robotumps

  • Ross in Jersey

    Guess no one talked to Kenny about how to pronounce Choo’s name. Oh well.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Annoying hit.

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

      #600 is obviously in Alex’s head that he didn’t catch that!!!

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

    7. Curtis Granderson, CF Juan Miranada, 1B

    I’m excited to see what Juan Miranada can do. I think him and Jesus Montario could be our new M&M boys.

    • Jose the Satirist

      I just hope someone makes a new nickname. I hate recycled ones.

  • pat

    Wow, My9 must not give a shit about those of us without HDTV because this broadcast quality is terrible. Sounds like I’m listening through a tin can and looks like I’m watching from underwater.

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

      Sounds like I’m listening through a tin can and looks like I’m watching from underwater.

      Sounds like a regular Tuesday for the Pat-man, eh? Damn protection orders.

      • pat

        See could have at least turned the sprinklers off.

        • pat

          *she

    • Kit

      I don’t have an HDTV either, and I agree, the quality is really terrible for both audio and video. I hate watching the games on My9.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Yeah, I just got a new TV (it’s only 720P) and My9 doesn’t look great.

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

        I just got a new TV (it’s only 720P)

        I love you, Matt, you’re my boy… but that’s just dumb.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Yeah, well, I’m a grad student who works fewer than 20 hours a week; I’m allowed to be cheap.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Assuming Sizemore was on the trading block, what do you think his value is now (at the lowest it has been in his career) in terms of Yankee prospects?

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

      My offer for Grady Sizemore:

      Eric Wordekemper and Jon van Benschoten. And maybe Kevin Whelan.

  • pat

    GARDY PWNSSSSS

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    You do NOT run on Brett Gardner!

    • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

      Only Brett Gardner can run on you!

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

    Gunned. Down.

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    GARDNER WITH THE SILVER BULLET!!!!

  • Carlosologist

    Gardner!

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

    Also, great block by Cervelli.

    • hogsmog

      If Posada were catching, the run probably scores (not that I’d blame him for not putting his body on the line).

      • pat

        Doubtful. Choo was out by 5 feet.

  • Across the pond

    Johnny Damon could have done that

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees2213 j_Yankees

    ZOMG…Cervelli stinks at catching.

  • Pat D

    Was it a direct throw? Sounds like it was. Again, I’m at work so if I ask annoying questions like this, I apologize.

    • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

      It was a one hopper.

    • pat

      Yup, took a perfect chest high hop for Cervelli.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Yeah, it was. Rodriguez let the cut go through.

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

        Rodriguez let the cut go through.

        TWSS

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

      Yes, it was a direct throw. It was amazing.

      And then, right after that, those two hot girls from your high school that you had a crush on but never got with totally had a freaky lesbian makeout session in the stands, and My9 showed every graphic minute of it. Full frontal. Multiple O’s. It was AWESOME. I was as hard as a diamond in an ice-storm. They were just as breathtaking as you imagined.

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

        Ha!

        I really can’t think of any hot girls from my high school I’d like to see do that. Mainly because all the hots girls were uppity bitches and I’ve been out of high school for 11 years, so I don’t know if they still look good anymore.

  • TheLastClown

    Just because I took the time to write it all out & I don’t know if people will be retreading the previous thread.

    http://tinyurl.com/3ydby4h

    • Jose the Satirist

      Holy shit. Pete wrote a novel.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        That might be the longest thing I’ve seen written on RAB, besides a post of course.

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

      Well said. You and pete both dropped (lengthy) truthbombs.

      Unfortunately, nobody will ever know it happened.

      /Cleveland’d

    • ZZ

      It is during the game so I am not going to take the time to write a lengthy response, but just one thing.

      Your entire theory is tied to Joba having to learn his mechanics anew or from a different perspective after a minor shoulder injury.

      Joba did not have TJ surgery or blow out his shoulder. He was not out of baseball for an entire year.

      You don’t forget how to repeat your delivery or your mechanics from having what amounted to basically a sore shoulder.

      You do not have to learn anew or from a different perspective with that type of minor injury.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Isn’t it a little presumptuous of you to assume that it was just a minor shoulder injury? Obviously he didn’t blow it out or anything crazy like that, but you’re not in his body nor did you examine him. What may have appeared to be minor to us on the outside could’ve actually been much more serious to the guy, you know, actually throwing the pitches.

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

          How do I know it wasn’t serious? I know people. People I trust.

          /ZZ’d

          • ZZ

            The Yankee team doctors seem to agree with me. Pretty good source on that one ;)

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

              I’m just messin’ with ya, buddy.

              • ZZ

                That’s why I went with the *wink*

        • ZZ

          He had shoulder tendonitis and was cleared to play a month later.

          Tendonitis is general is a minor injury. Add to that that team doctors (who had access to his medicals) cleared him to play a month later, hard to see how that is more than minor.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            Yea, tendinitis is generally minor but like everything else medical, it affects everybody in different ways. Perhaps it’s affected Joba more than it would’ve affected someone else. It’s very easy to infer that he’s afraid of hurting his shoulder again, even if it was a “minor” injury, and has changed his mechanics because of that.

            • ZZ

              That’s true.

              There have been tons of speculation and theories of Joba’s “downfall.”

              Basically the way I see it, at the end of the day it is up to the player to perform.

              I am going with that over the countless posts speculating what went wrong.

              • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                Oh, yeah, it’s definitely on him to pitch well, but we could make the argument–as many have–that the Yankees didn’t put him in the best position/prepare him the best way, etc. to pitch and what not. That didn’t sound right, but you get what I mean.

      • TheLastClown

        The real point was Joba never learned a repeatable delivery from the Yanks in the first place.

        Thus, when the injury happened, he was out in the cold.

        Thanks for replying.

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

          The real point was Joba never learned a repeatable delivery from the Yanks in the first place.

          That. Joba was drafted based on incredible talent and raw stuff. He succeeded based on incredible talent and raw stuff.

          He seems to not have learned how to actually pitch, though, and now it’s catching up to him. That’s shit you learn in the minors.

          • TheLastClown

            I wonder how it feels for Joba, to be the single most polarizing topic in Yankee-dom, for 3 years running.

      • Pete

        pitching is one of the single most violent things a person can do with his body. And I’ve had shoulder tendonitis. The pain is not severe, but it takes forever for it to feel completely right again. I was tentative to get back into pitching after that because even though the injury itself is fairly minor, the area still has some pain and, more importantly, feels weak after you injure it. Ripping the muscles that hold your shoulder together to shreds (which is what pitching is) is not something that you feel capable of doing with tendonitis in the shoulder.

        Also, we seem to be on different wavelengths. It seems like while others, myself included, are trying to figure out WHY Joba has struggled. We want to know what factors have contributed to his struggles, and how to address those. Many of us consider the injury to be a major factor, since it did mark the exact point where Joba went from throwing consistent mid to upper 90s with some command to throwing consistent 89-91 with no command. We also mentioned other factors, like his being underdeveloped in the first place.

        You, on the other hand, seem content to say that he has struggled, and just has to get better. This is a perspective that I don’t understand. Obviously, as nothing more than readers of a blog, we have no control over the situation. But the Yankees do, and as mostly obsessed fans, we have every write to discuss our opinions on what direction they should take. If you think that we shouldn’t talk about it because we have no control over it, that’s silly. You don’t have to, but we have every right to. But if you honestly believe that nothing the Yankees can do, have done, or are doing could have any effect on his development, then I think you’re crazy.

        • TheLastClown

          I like how you mistyped ‘right’ as ‘write,’ because it’s something you certainly do, prolifically.

          Amiwrite?

          • Pete

            zing!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    That was a shot at Jeter. Grounding out to shortstop is Derek’s thing!

  • Carlosologist

    A-Rod doing his best Jeter impression.

  • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

    One benefit of A-Rod potentially hitting the HR here: whenever you see the replays of it, it won’t be Michael Kay screeching “SEE YA!”

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Or going through some stupid speech he’s had written/has been rehearsing all month.

      • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

        Yup.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      And maybe it saves an annoying speech he is preparing…

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Beat ya. ;)

        But any A-Rod related speech would pale in comparison to the one Kay will make when Jeter gets to 3K hits.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Hey another fellow Red Raider! He joins Jeff Karstens and Dallas Braden.

  • larryf

    Seems like everyone has an effective change against the yanks. If only Joba could throw one for strikes…

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

      If only Joba could throw one for strikes…

      If only there was some sort of non-major league set of leagues where he could work on such a thing… if only…

      • larryf

        I’ll be at Scranton friday hoping for a Joba/Jesus battery…..

        but I’ll settle for Nova

  • Pete

    anybody feel like reading this? http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-993221

    the thread’s cold now but i didn’t feel like reposting it here. It’s like, super long, so it’d be really awesome if someone read it.

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

      NOBODY WILL EVER KNOW IT HAPPENED.

      /Cleveland’d

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      I read it. I think that’s longer than the post itself, haha.

    • Mike HC

      Cervelli getting back some of that “defensive luster” after the first couple of innings I would say.

      • Mike HC

        Why are all my replies getting messed up today? I think I putting them in the right place. Sorry

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

          You have shamed us all, Mike.

  • hogsmog

    “Peralta hitting well” ???

    • pat

      I think he said “Peralta hit it well”

  • All Star Carl

    CC throwing 97

  • pat

    Suck on the change, beeyotch.

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

      … nah, too easy.

      • Carlosologist

        You never really know with pat.

  • Carlosologist

    CC has good stuff tonight. He’s already hit 97 on the gun. Changeup looks filthy as well.

  • Ross in Jersey

    If we can get CC 1 run it just might be enough tonight.

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

    MI-RA, NA-DA!
    (clap clap clap-clap-clap)
    MI-RA, NA-DA!
    (clap clap clap-clap-clap)

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    Bad luck tonight…

  • Guest

    I know its confirmation bias. Im sure if I wasn’t lazy and actually looked up the numbers, I would see that what I’m about to state is inacurrate.

    But this sucking against not before seen mediocrity has got to stop.

    Hopefully, it will stop very soon. Like the second time through the lineup.

    • Jose the Satirist

      If I remember correctly this was dispelled in the past. I think JGS used to have a whole set of instances where it isn’t true.

      • Guest

        I imagine it was. Dumb frustration on my part. Like Mike said below:

        Bad start—> complaints—> runs—-> win.

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

        For some reason I vividly remember the Yankees absolutely CRUSHING Lester during his first start against them in like 2006 (granted, when he wasn’t the Lester we know now, but still)

    • JobaWockeeZ

      2009 they were actually good against new pitchers. This year I have no idea.

  • Across the pond

    Someone needs to tell Kenny how to pronounce Choo’s name correctly.

  • whozat

    So, they’re getting perfecto’d so far, huh?

    • Total Dominication

      Reverse jinx, gotcha!

  • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

    Um.

  • whozat

    Jesus, swing the bat Brett!

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Speaking of Jesus, he’s back in Scranton’s line up today :)

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Excellent news.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        Nice!

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Wait… I’ve seen this game before.

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

      Marty McFly?

      • Jose the Satirist

        When the radar gun hits 88 MPH, you’re going to see some serious shit.

        • whozat

          Exemplary

  • larryf

    Wetbrook did the same last night first time through. So Jete swings at everything and Gritsky swings at nothing….

    • Total Dominication

      One of those approaches is working a whole lot better than the other.

  • Cecala

    What is the best website to follow the game with an online box score?

  • All Star Carl

    Gator in relief? The Yankees didn’t ruin him?

  • mike c

    okay so, if posada’s knee is serious, who gets called up? moeller? bueller?

  • Ross in Jersey

    Westbrook last night: 34 pitches through 3
    Tomlin tonight: 35 pitches through 3

    Westbrook, fine. Decent major league starter. But really should work the count more against a AAA guy they’ve never seen.

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

    What’s the blueprint these days? Ugly early, everyone complains, then the Yanks win.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Hasn’t it always been like that?

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

        I think you can cut out the “ugly early” part and yes, that’s the way it always is.

    • Ross in Jersey

      Let’s hope that’s the case again tonight!

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      This entire series is gonna take like 5 hours.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Kenny’s going all Bubba Blue on us.

  • Carlosologist

    At least CC is throwing well. Offense should be able to generate something next inning.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Stop. Talking. About. LeBron. During. Baseball. Games.

    Urge to kill rising.

    • TheLastClown

      Increase my killing power eh?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I’m going to guess Griffey or Sosa.

    • Jose the Satirist

      What was the question?

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Oldest to hit his 600th HR.

  • Carlosologist

    Answer to trivia: I think it was Barry Bonds.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Oh, that could be it. Hm.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      Jim Thome.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    /opens floodgates

    …I hope

  • Ross in Jersey

    Who had Jeter breaking up the perfecto?

    /notme

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Lot’s of fly balls today.

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

      That HR/FB% is unsustainable obviously

      /nerd’d
      /not serious, mostly’d

  • larryf

    88 mph fastball. We should be able to take Tomlin out pretty soon

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    If I was a kid straight out of AAA, I just might lay a fastball right down the middle for Alex, just to get a piece of history.

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

      Nah. It would decrease your chances of staying in the big leagues. I’d rather do that than be known as the poor schmuck that gave up A-Rod’s 600th homer.

    • Mike HC

      No way. As an athlete, you want to be able to say ARod is 0-1 against me, etc …

      Not that he made history off of me.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        These responses remind me why I never made it to AAA.

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

    Sheesh. Jeter needs a Rascal to get down to second.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      Hahahhah!

      This cracked me up.

  • pat

    That was nice of Jeets to give Arod another AB

  • larryf

    Good strategy to get Alex a fresh count and more pitches next inning. That’s why Jeter’s the captain!

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

    Wha why Derek?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Choo says “What platoon split?”

    • First Time Poster

      What platchi split?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Goddammit.

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

    Ugh, take the double play you moron.

    • Ross in Jersey

      Choo was on second.

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

        Yeah I just realized it, my bad.

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

      Choo was on second and it was a perfect throw, plus A-Rod’s instincts in the field are not what I’d call moronic in any way, shape, or form.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Good thing we scored a lot of runs against the AAA pitcher!

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    Dagnamit! ZZ, hold these punks down! You can do it!

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    He lost that when his elbow hit the ground, not from the slide.

    If you bang your elbow like that, whatever you’re holding will fly loose.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees2213 j_Yankees

    bad luck there as the ball got kicked out. ugh.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    UConn reference. Woo!

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

    If that was Posada that dropped the ball, this thread would explode with hate. Just saying.

  • pat

    Bust him inside with the Fb after changes low and away?

  • pat

    CC KEEP THAT GODDAMN HAND DOWN

  • All Star Carl

    Umps again baby

  • Ross in Jersey

    ………..

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

    Such bullshit.

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

    I hate umpires. #robotumps

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Well, with robot umps, that’s not an out. He did make the right call, it’s just that no one usually makes that call.

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

        Agreed. I think the guy at 1B might have been out though. I still hate umpires right now.

  • All Star Carl

    Are you really going to call that? Really?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    The one time Cano uses the neighborhood play, it gets called.

  • Mike HC

    He was off the base, but if Cano was going to keep his leg there, it would have been in a terrible spot where it could be broken or his knee torn.

    Isn’t that the point of the neighborhood rule?

    • SouthernYankeeFan

      what happened??

  • whozat

    wow. Hell of an inning, boys.

  • pat

    These are fucking gifts, Cleveland. Enjoy them while you can.

  • Guest

    Throw beat the runner last night: Granderson out. Not right, but you deal with it. Its how it is.

    Tonight, the neighborhood play, probably the most “rules don’t matter, its just how it is” play in all of baseball…call goes against us.

    Not pleasant.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Gotta love the umpires gifting the Tribe at least one run. Just atrocious.

  • Nikhil R.

    Looking at the replay, Cano was off the bag. But umpires always give the neighborhood call when it’s that close. Unless your name is CB Bucknor.

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    Think the UMP would call that on Pedroia or Utley on the very same play?

  • ZZ

    Regardless of that bullshit call at 2b, the runner was out at first.

    They focused on the play at 2nd in the replay, but there were 2 bad calls made on that play.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      But I’ve been told that umpires get the calls right 99% of the time!

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

    There we go CC.

  • larryf

    Let’s get angry boys. We need a 6 run inning

  • pat

    Damage minimized. Stay the course.

  • ZZ

    I would love to know how Jerry Meals was able to watch the ball go into Cano’s glove and at the same time notice that Cano’s foot was just barely above the bag.

    The camera had to freeze the shot to see his foot was off the bag because it was so slight.

    Meals must have some incredible vision.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      ZZ, in his heart of hearts, he knew that Cano left the bag early.

      /McClelland’d

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

        Oh God that shit was hilarious.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Holy shit, work the fucking count.

  • cjc

    man this guys stuff just doesn’t impress me even a little WTF

    • baby carlos

      put on a Yankees jersey and grab a bat… it will impress you then.

  • V

    This is utterly absurd right now.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    So far, it’s been 12 innings of utter frustration in this series, and two that were kinda cool.

  • baby carlos

    Talk about bad luck, CC pitches on a night when a rookie is pitching.

    Sorry CC, bad luck.

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

    Wait, so everyone was citing the stats for the last five starters to make their ML debut against the Yanks, and the data goes back to Gustavo fucking Chacin? How is that relevant?

    • Pat D

      For me, it’s not necessarily been guys making their debuts, but guys they’ve never seen before that they seem to sometimes struggle with.

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

      But the Yankees always struggle against people they haven’t seen don’t you see!!! Even if it involves data from 5+ years ago and the team is very different now!!!

    • Not Tank the Frank

      How is it not? Wasn’t the graphic showing the last five consecutive starters to make their ML debut against the Yankees have four wins and one ND? That seems pretty relevant right about now. It’s about to be six…

      • Not Tank the Frank

        Oh my B I totally misread the graphic.

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    Damn it, all ground outs to first.

  • cjc

    look at that fucking smirk disgusting

  • V

    Weak fly, weak fly, ground out, weak fly, ground out, weak fly…

    • baby carlos

      Sounds like Wash Rinse repeat.

  • BadaBling

    The grand strike zone for Grandy, first strike was neck high! I hate rookie pitchers!

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

    Sheesh, I’d have to go with the Browns for the text poll just because a football team could go from bad to great in one offseason.

  • baby carlos

    So that is what a base hit looks like…

    Ok just kidding.

  • BadaBling

    This game…(so far)

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    Anyone fucking tired of hearing the name “Giminez” ? Because I fucking am.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      fuck yeah i fucking am tired of it as fuck.

  • pat

    Mad bloops off CC tonite.

    • pat

      Lol, omfg fuck these hits.

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    YEAH FUCK YOU GIMENEZ.

  • pat

    Just how they drew it up.

  • ZZ

    Add one more Yankee 1B to the list of actually being able to throw the ball to 2B.

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

      I saw Giambi try and throw the ball to 2B in a COL/PHI game. Maybe yesterday? It was a bit horrifying.

    • pat

      We should probably just make a list of the ones who couldn’t.

      Giambi

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Fuck! BABIP is being such a little BITCH in this series!

    • Not Tank the Frank

      A shameless, skanky, jezebel little bitch!

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

    BABIP is silly sometimes.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Did someone replace the Tomlin scouting report with a video of the 2010 Mets?

  • Reggie C.

    Gimenez = IPK?

    Who knew fringy prospect, ML rookies can pwn Yankees on a regular basis.

    • pat

      Tomlin, and I don’t think he’s even as good as IPK.

  • baby carlos

    Didn’t realize this in its entirety, but can you imagine how good this team would be if ARod, Tex, and Jeter were hitting their career numbers.

    I’d say flashes of the 98 team.

  • larryf

    Rally caps everyone!!!!

  • ZZ

    It would be interesting to see what would happen on a lot of double plays if they instituted instant replay.

    The point of the neighborhood play is to protect middle infielders.

    If they had instant replay, then you really couldn’t call the neighborhood play.

    Potentially there could be more injuries or a lot less double plays, because infielders would just touch the bag and get out of the way if it was close.

  • All Star Carl

    2-1 Change up every god damn time.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    What’s going to be even more frustrating is watching Tomlin’s numbers balloon in the coming weeks.

  • BadaBling

    Motherflucker!!!

  • pat

    Hahaha, their broken bat bloops drop in for hits, ours are caught. Frustratin.

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    I hate the look/smirk on this kid Tomlin’s face, I just wanna run a belt sander all over it.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    A changeup really is this team’s kryptonite.

  • Ross in Jersey

    6 innings into their careers, Josh Tomlin is outpitching Stephen Strasburg.

  • larryf

    Can we trade Joba for Tomlin?

    • baby carlos

      Tomlin would suck once he came to the Yankees.

  • Mike HC

    Cervelli is acting all surprised and annoyed that was caught like that wasn’t a lazy fly ball to left.

  • baby carlos

    Anyone ever hear a solid answer from the Yankees or some baseball person on why the Yankees suck so bad against rookies, pitchers just called up from AAA, or pitchers they faced for the first time?

    No other team appears to have these issues. Rather interesting.

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

      No other team appears to have these issues.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias

      • baby carlos

        HA! That would mean every statistician has confirmation bias as they all use numbers to make their point… because numbers don’t lie, they can just be manipulated to tell any story.

        So is it confirmation bias to say that ManRam owns the Yankees?

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      I’ve heard an explanation from noted Sabermetrician and philosopher John Sterling-

      “That’s just Baseball, Suzyn”

      • baby carlos

        Now that was funny.

        Well done!

  • All Star Carl

    Mets are hitting Wainwright. We can’t hit this scrub.

  • theyankeewarrior

    I’m attending the game in Cleveland game tomorrow and plan on catching A-Rods 600th. I’m sitting in the LF stands.

    I’m debating how much to ask him for when we sit him down.

    What do you all think?

    /Seriously’d

    • theyankeewarrior

      Attending the game in Cleveland*****

    • Not Tank the Frank

      A night with Cameron Diaz.

      /Seriously’d

  • Reggie C.

    Kevin Long must be really embarrassed right now.

    • pat

      Doubtful.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Seriously, don’t want to hear any excuses after the game about this kid “throwing the ball well” or any other garbage like that. It’s not even about losing a game. I don’t expect them to win every game. But a AAA pitcher facing the minimum number of yankees over 6 innings by throwing a mediocre fastball and change? Give me a break. This is a Met-esque performance.

    • baby carlos

      Shit. Things are bad. I agree with you.

      • Ross in Jersey

        “things” aren’t bad, just this game (which isn’t over yet, but still)

  • Ari g

    IFi were a manger of another team i really would call up someone from single-A to pitch against the yankees every time this is terrifying

  • cjc

    hey maybe Jeter can tell us you have to tip your hat he was great tonight

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

    Drat.

  • nathan

    Well so far this sucks but maybe next inning with the top of the order we get something going.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    What a frustrating game.

  • Mike HC

    Good effort.

  • pat

    Hahah, Indians gettin all the friendly bounces tonite.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Oh my god. This game. Going to need a new TV soon.

  • baby carlos

    Did CC do something to piss off his teammates that is forcing them to play like shit?

    CC is going to exercise his opt out if this keeps up.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    I’d love to cur Curtis some slack on that play, but it bounced off the heel of his glove.

  • EFF

    Christmas has come early for Cleveland.

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

    Wow, I’m pretty sure judging by this thread you’d think we were losing 57-0 and coming off a 45-game losing streak.

    • Kit

      Seriously. I understand it’s frustrating, but it’s not over ’til it’s over.

    • Ross in Jersey

      Granted I’ve posted some negative comments too, but I don’t see many “this team sucks” posts… mostly just frustration that the whole “cant hit rookie” stigma is coming true again!

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

        Yeah, but the tone of the posts, and not just yours, is like we’re on some terrible losing streak. It’s horrendously annoying.

        • Ross in Jersey

          Sorry, just venting a little bit of frustration.

    • SF Yanks

      Agreed.

    • http://baseballalamode.blogspot.com Ram’s Bladder Cup’s

      This would be funny if it weren’t true and sad.

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

    Infield in? Why why why.

    • pat

      Only halfway in, so it should just be Why wh

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

        IETCVM.

    • SF Yanks

      What’s so wrong with this? They don’t seem to be hitting the ball well so wouldn’t you think they’d try to keep the score where it is?

      /seriousquestion’d

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

        They’re more likely to score. You basically need a well hit ball right at someone for it to be worth it.

        • SF Yanks

          Gotcha. Thanks for the reply.

  • nathan

    Well the sucky part is he got there and then lost it.

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

      It happens to everyone, nothing you can do about it.

      • nathan

        true.

  • frank

    Say what you want about the Yanks lack of offense or that they always seem to struggle when facing a pitcher the first time, but the fact remains CC has not pitched well tonight. He’s struggled every inning and just has poor command.

    • pat

      Prior to the LaPorta double, the Other two runs were unearned. Even the run that just scored should have been caught. It was a tough play for Granderson, but it was eminently makeable.

      • pat

        Or was it imminently, either way, he should have made it.

    • Kit

      I’m not sure I understand this especially since the score is 3-0 on at least one questionable call.

  • pat

    Ugh, I know I’m in a bad mood because fucking Jhonny Peralta just pissed me off by dropping his bat like Barry Bonds after an IBB.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      I’m in a bad mood because fucking Jhonny Peralta doesn’t know where to put his ‘h’.

      Bastard.

      • Kit

        That annoys me as well, despite how irrational it is.

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

          It annoys me too! It’s so stupid looking >:(

          • Kit

            I know he’s Dominican (I am too), so I can’t blame him since I understand the borderline insanity of Dominican parents with naming their children, but damn does that irk me.

  • All Star Carl

    Why are you throwing fastball their when you want a double play.

  • larryf

    Ok-I am ready for Gritsky to center. Tonight I feel like an Oriole fan. Torture!!!!

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

      No one was catching that ball LaPorta hit. And even if they did, run still scores.

  • Ross in Jersey

    At least the Tigers just tied it up against Tampa.

  • Brendan

    Yanks look like they’d rather be in Cincinnati tonight. Cervelli making Posada look like Thurman on a tag play. Cano going “I Love Melky Cano” missing the bag and Granderson dropping a ball he should have got. And of course the Yankees making Josh Tomlin look like Don Friggin Drysdale. That is so tired and has been a staple of the Kevin Long Regime. It pisses me off to no end

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

      So go root for another team.

      • Brendan

        Wow Mike. That was harsh. I’m good with my Yanks. Tough crowd tonight

        • Ross in Jersey

          You got straight up Peter Abraham’d

          • Pat D

            I’m pretty sure he’d call this game “embarrassing.”

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

            Mike ain’t that rude

    • SF Yanks

      It’s called baseball. Shit happens. Deal with it.

      This stuff happens many times a year, every single year since the dawn of baseball.

      I’m tired of these comments.

    • pat

      Another staple of the Kevin Long regime has been leading baseball in run scoring.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        Facts will get you nowhere.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      Rookie pitchers have been befuddling the Yanks for as long as I’ve been watching the Yanks, which is over 30 years.

    • Guest

      I understand the frustration. Tough game. But how about the World Series championship from the Kevin Long Regime? The being amongst the league leaders in every meaningful stat? Are you tired of those as well?

    • Pat D

      I love these comments that make the things the Cleveland homers said in defense of Omar for the HOF in KLaw’s article yesterday sound sane by comparison.

      I mean, frustration is one thing, but it’s only one game.

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

      This comment is really bad. Just, like, FYI.

      Another staple of the Kevin Long Regime is scoring the most runs in baseball, by the way.

      • Pat D

        Whaaa? Kinder, gentler bex?

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

          I’m a-tryin’ :/

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

    Changeup? Why?

  • Reggie C.

    Not CC’s night.

    Can our offense pleeeeeeeeeeeease bail CC out.

  • Total Dominication

    Just returned, wtf happened?

    • larryf

      Tomlin is Totally Dominicating us

      • Total Dominication

        Only dominican’s can totally dominicate.

        • Kit

          IETC.

  • V

    Wow. This game is epic fail.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    Uck. This is getting ugly.

    Not Steve Phillips girlfriend ugly, but close.

    • Pat D

      Are there levels of ugly worse than that?

    • Ross in Jersey

      lol, low blow.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Alright. HITTING. SHOES.

  • baby carlos

    Good thing the Indians got those insurance runs…. they may come in handy.

  • Carlosologist

    That whole inning was full of shit SMH.

  • BadaBling

    5 run top of the 7th, let’s go!!

  • nathan

    A GS to tie it up wont be too bad. Lets c what ARod thinks abt it.

  • pat

    OMG I want to punch this PC Richard tool in the face.

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    C’mon Yankees, wipe the ugly smug off that little bitch’s face.

    • Pat D

      Wait, this guy’s been smirking the whole time? I guess you have to admire his attitude in not being intimidated, but I can’t wait to see how he looks the first time he gets pummeled.

      • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

        He isn’t exactly smirking the entire time, but he just has that “I’m fucking better than you” look. People with that look really rub me the wrong way.

        • Pat D

          Yea, me too.

  • V

    “Jeter swings at the first pitch”

    Of course he does. What’s his P/PA at now?

  • baby carlos

    Now there is something you don’t hear everyday….

    Singleton “Jeter swings at the first pitch”.

    Shocked..

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

    “Jeter swings at the first pitch…”

  • Reggie C.

    Just walk Swish.

    Something to disrupt this kid’s rhythm. Its scary how off-balanced Tomlin has got the team.

    • Reggie C.

      Even better!

      Double off the wall. Lets see Tomlin get out of this inning unscathed now!

  • pat

    At this point it seems to me that they should just be sitting changeup.

  • Total Dominication

    Swishalicous!

  • SF Yanks

    Alright, lets get it goin here…

  • mbonzo

    FINALLY! Swisher rocks!

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    http://www.startribune.com/pho.....535347.JPG

    Sounds like a nice family. I can just imagine what Thanksgiving will be like this year.

    • nathan

      hehe, thas funny

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

    Hey look at that, someone waited on the change.

    • Pat D

      Have they seriously been getting dominated by that one pitch again?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Swish gets it started (?)!

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    Reading the comments on this (and other game) thread, I’ve come to the conclusion that many Yankees fans enjoy being pissed off.

    • V

      Who are you?

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        Why are you quoting Pete Townsend?

        • V

          Why are you trolling a Yankees blog?

          • pat

            SDW has been here a long time.

            • Sweet Dick Willie

              Thanks pat. (You sick fucko)

              • pat

                /tips cap

                //roofies fall out.

                • Sweet Dick Willie

                  Heh.

                  If the RABbis ever create a comment HOF, yours about having to clean your GFs hard drive after borrowing her computer would be a first ballot.

  • B-Rando

    lets go yanks, this games far from over…lets buckle down and score some effin’ runs!

  • pat

    Sure, give him that garbage outside strike.

  • ARX

    OMG, a baserunner! Kids, look! A baserunner!!!!!

  • SF Yanks

    Mark’s in jeopardy of losing his streak.

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

    Uh oh, Tex’s reached base safely streak is in jeopardy.

  • Mike HC

    You really can’t marvel at the season Swisher is having enough. I am still in awe of what he has done thus far.

  • larryf

    The Robbie Thompson moustache has to go!

  • Total Dominication

    Come on A-rod!

  • baby carlos

    Tex should try to pull the ball more.

  • Carlosologist

    How the rest of the inning will go: A-Rod homers.

  • baby carlos

    ARod will K here…

    • baby carlos

      Damn… his best swing all night…

      Next time .

  • All Star Carl

    High leg kick. Long swing.

  • ARX

    :sigh:

  • V

    Fuck.

  • mbonzo

    Arod is leaving the dramatics for the 9th inning

  • Reggie C.

    Fucking Kenny. I thought that was gone.

  • Total Dominication

    Fuck you Kenny and camera crew!

  • Carlosologist

    Damn, I thought that was getting out.

    /Kay’d

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

    Stupid tease.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    BAH!

    BAH I TELL YOU!!!

  • larryf

    Tomlin-a game to tell his grandkids…

    • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

      Highlight of his life.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    One of those nights, huh? Oh well; still six outs left.

  • Guest

    Sterling’d. Heart skipped a couple of beats. C’est la vie.

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

    Still CC? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    • Reggie C.

      I’d use Joba.

      We’re already down 4 runs. Pretty low leverage situation if you ask me.

  • BigBlueAL

    This is the best performance by an Indian SP vs the Yankees since Game 3 of the 1998 ALCS.

  • Pat D

    In my view, if the Yankees can’t string a few hits together, they are not likely to score any runs tonight, in this game.

    /McCarver’d

    • Kit

      In my view, as good as the Yankees were in the first half of this game, that’s how as bad they’ve been now.

      /Family Guy’d

      • Pat D

        We have a winner!

    • Ross in Jersey

      That is way too clear and concise to be a McCarverism. Add a few grammatical errors and you’re good to go.

      • Pat D

        I guess I’m just too well spoken to think of bad grammar like that.

  • Carlosologist

    Choo is just showing off now.

  • pat

    Hahah, Choo lays down a bunt. What a bitch.

  • nathan

    I guess it has to be 9th inning heroics now.

  • Ross in Jersey

    If the midges descended on Progressive Field right now, I wouldn’t be surprised. Someone upstairs must have bet the Indians.

  • Total Dominication

    How has a guy this good stayed on the Indians.

  • cjc

    oh goodie Chop what else could make this night better sweet

  • Total Dominication

    Why is CHOP warming in a relatively close game?????????????????????????????????????????? Get me Joba, not CHOP.

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

      Heh, the irony.

      • Pat D

        I guess irony can be pretty ironic sometimes.

    • Reggie C.

      Gotta up CHOP’s trade value with a good outing.

  • Guest

    I really hoped the below wouldn’t come to fruition. At least we still have six more outs.

    Guest says:
    July 27, 2010 at 7:05 pm
    This pitching matchup is so intensely lopsided, it feels like one of those reverse lock situations. One where the favored team has such a large advantage that they actually must lose…just so Sterling can continue to remind us that you just can’t predict baseball.

    I hope I am wrong.

    • Guest

      And as if on que, Sterling just said you can’t predict baseball in reference to the Mets crushing Waingwright tonight.

  • Total Dominication

    Swish is so fucking awesome.

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

    Is it just me or, while the Yankees normally dominate the Indians cuz they’re bad, are the losses, like, really ugly? Not that this game is over.

    (insert link to Wikipedia’s “confirmation bias” article here)

    • Ross in Jersey

      Probably because that Joba meltdown against them is still fresh in your mind.

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

        Yep. But there’s also the 22-4 game, the 22-0 game, and of course the 1997 and 2007 ALDS.

        I’m also still traumatized by Game 3 of the 1998 ALCS (and Game 2 was horrible too, the soundwave of my mom screaming at the TV when Knobby let that ball roll by him may still be echoing somewhere, but I was like in tears for poor poor Pettitte).

        • Kit

          Sounds like you were living with me in ’98. I remember a lot of screaming going down at the time as well.

        • Ross in Jersey

          lol, I’ll never forget him with that stupid expression on his face, chewing gum, pointing at the base while the camera focused on the ball slowly rolling away. Ahhh!

      • Poopy Pants

        The one at Yankee Stadium 2 years ago? May? I was there. Ugh.

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

          I think he meant the one in that four-game series this year which let’s never talk about it again la la la.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Shouldn’t this be the night you tell CC “thanks for 6 innings” and try to save some pitches on his arm for the stretch? Don’t really understand why they’re pushing him to 120 tonight.

    • Pat D

      Because Girardi is performing his best Joe Torre impression.

      Ya know, just for the hell of it.

    • mbonzo

      My guess is that CC wanted to go back out there and maybe Joe thinks there is a chance CC can get the win if Tomlin gets pulled in the 8th.

      • pat

        On ur way to being correct.

  • Total Dominication

    No at bat with CC facing Duncan should ever concern you Paulie.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    At least he ends the night on a good note. Let’s make CC a winner!

  • larryf

    At least Shelly isn’t killin’ us

  • Carlosologist

    And to think Seattle gave Choo away for a bag of balls.

    • mbonzo

      You think the Indians have any bags of balls left for Chan Ho Park?

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    Release the hounds!

  • nathan

    wasting bullets in a July game against the Indians?

  • larryf

    Robbie-total dominication!!!

    • Total Dominication

      Wow, way to just take, wow, just….wow.

  • Carlosologist

    So, rally time?

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Here were go…

    Cano on!!!

  • Ross in Jersey

    horray, the bullpen!

  • pat

    Hey Tomlin, why don’t you drink out of a few more cups? You jerk!

    /buuuuurn.

    • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

      I was JUST about to make a comment concerning the cups, that tree burning son-of-a-bitch…

      • JohnnyC

        We’ll see how long he keeps that stupid smirk on his face…probably until his next start when he gets his ass sanded.

        • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

          C’mon Gardy, get on base and start causing some chaos.

          • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

            /reply failed

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

    Cano advanced on the wild pitch just so he wouldn’t have to run hard to score on a single.

    • nathan

      Or not run at all

      // jk

  • All Star Carl

    Why did Cano hold?

  • ARX

    ………

  • James A

    Things could be worse
    Ryan Rowland-Smith tonight: 5.0 innings, 11 H, 11 R, 11 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

    Oh, and the Mariners haven’t scored yet

    • nathan

      that wud be good only if he were a sux pitcher

    • Not Tank the Frank

      I remember when he breezed through this lineup too…

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

        Heh, then we owned his ass next time around.

        • Not Tank the Frank

          Really? I seriously don’t remember that game. Funny how I only remember the bad outings.

          Tank the Frank <—- Bridge Jumper

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

            Yeah, we faced him in I think that last game in the series in Seattle and crushed him.

  • http://twitter.com/marcos_aguirre Marcos

    Damn Manny Acta!
    Could Posada PH today and get immediately replaced w/Pena or someone else today or not?

    Meh, why get complicated, just let Thames hit this.

  • http://twitter.com/marcos_aguirre Marcos

    And as soon as I post that, Curtis comes in to PH for Thames….

  • mbonzo

    Thames vs. RHP 2010 .263/.388

    Really!?

  • Not Tank the Frank

    The most interesting man in the world. Joe. Smith.

  • All Star Carl

    Cervelli sucks. Sick of him.

    • larryf

      Tomlin laughing and the Yanks high fiving over that ground out rbi is just too much to take!!!!

      • Pat D

        Why was he laughing?

    • http://riveraveblues Rosie

      He has come back down to earth.

  • pat

    At least we cleared the catcher spot.

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

    Chan Ho Park in teh eighth?!?!?!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Chan Blow Park!

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

    CHoP showcasing for his next team…

  • BadaBling

    Why use CHoP in a tight game? Boost trade/DFA value?

    • BadaBling

      Nevermind, he made that look easy!

  • mbonzo

    Time for ARod’s big homeurn

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Omar did you see that?!

  • All Star Carl

    Last 6 starts by pitchers making MLB debut vs. NYY: 4-0 (Tomlin in line), 2.02 ERA, .206 BAA

    • Poopy Pants

      But I thought that whole premise was BS? The Yanks OWN new pitchers!?!?!!

  • Total Dominication

    A-rod go-ahead home run.

  • All Star Carl

    BG Jeter Swish? Game is over.

  • Mike HC

    Alright, lets give this comeback thing a shot.

    Then the only we have to worry about is AJ pulling a Coghlan

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

      Can’t walk-off on the road.

      • Mike HC

        haha, thats right.

        Then there is absolutely nothing to worry about

  • Total Dominication

    Gritty!

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

    Yay Brett.

  • All Star Carl

    Watch BG stand on first as Derek hits into a double play.

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    ALRIGHT!! Time to cause some chaos.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Please don’t kill this rally Jeter. Kthanksbye.

  • ARX

    Ok now Jeter, please take a few pitches here…

  • mbonzo

    Oh Mo! Plz no GIDP

  • Ross in Jersey

    If Jeter bunts here I’m just going to go ahead and kill myself.

    • SF Yanks

      Jeter’s not dumb, but yeah if he did I would rip his face off.

      Nice Jeet. Keep it up fellas.

    • Kit

      You get to live! Live, I tell you!

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

        hahaha. why is this so amusing to me?

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    I fear a DP by Jeter, otherwise this would be an awesome setup for #600.

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    Can the cameras not go back to Tomlin? His face incites anger.

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

    Eek, just fair. I’ll take it.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Wow, that was awesome. I did not think that was gonna stay fair.

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    TYING RUN!? FUCK THAT SHIET WE’RE GOING TO TAKE THIS SHIET!

  • ARX

    3 run homer…3 run homer….

  • All Star Carl

    Swish is gonna pop up on the first pitch.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      wrong!

    • SF Yanks

      Negative Nancy, shut it already.

  • Carlosologist

    Jeter! Swish ties it on a three run blast.

  • BadaBling

    YES!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    In play, no out!!!!

  • Mike HC

    Jeter baby

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

    GODDAMN IT JETER WHY DID YOU – oh wait

  • Ross in Jersey

    Keep it movin Swish!

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

    C’mon Tex, extend that streak!

  • All Star Carl

    You’re terrible Swish. Trying to do to much.

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

      You’re annoying right now, All Star Carl. Complaining too much.

  • SF Yanks

    Nasty pitch.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Well, at least it wasn’t a double play. Keep it moving Tex.

  • Mike HC

    Tex and ARod. Only need one of you guys

    • Mike HC

      Now ARod.

  • Reggie C.

    Damn Swish. Perez has got some good stuff there. Why isn’t he available for trade?

    • V

      Cuz he’s under control for awhile. Awful trade by the Cards.

      • Reggie C.

        Why do the Indians need a good closer?

        Couldn’t they use a Nova, Zmac, and Betances package instead?

        • pat

          Betances? For that guy? We don’t need him that badly, man.

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

    Or not.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Seriously, Tex? Awful.

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    DAMN IT TEX!!! DAMN ITTTT!!!!!!

  • Carlosologist

    Some legit drama with A-Rod here.

  • Reggie C.

    You’re our only hope Alex.

  • ARX

    :sigh:
    OK ARod, perfect setup for ya…

  • BadaBling

    C Mon A-Rod!!!

  • SF Yanks

    An A-Bomb is our only hope.

    /almost’d

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    It is time!

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    C’mon AROD, silent the fucking crowd.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    That fucking sucked.

  • Kit

    Well that sucked.

  • Carlosologist

    This game sucked. -____-

  • All Star Carl

    Bunch of scrubs.

    • SF Yanks

      Please leave this forum. I’m sure many others will gladly accept you.

  • V

    ARod needs a day off. He is pressing so badly.

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

      Fer serious? Did you say that when he was killing it after #599?

  • Mike HC

    Not today. Get em tom.

  • ARX

    fuck.

  • SF Yanks

    Well that wasn’t very climactic.

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

    And the Indians win the World Series.

  • JM

    I don’t get this team… they beat aces, but lose to random guys they’ve never seen before.

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

      That bodes will for the playoffs.

      • JM

        Ha. Yeah this team is the best in baseball, but I just find it funny. We’re still winning the next two though I don’t care.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      And yet they’ve managed to win 63 games. Go figure.

  • Reggie C.

    Ugh. Not the way it should’ve ended.

    Junk-ballers ftw !

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

    Oh how annoying.

    Whatever, it’s one game.

    No wait: DOOOOOOMED!!!!

    • SF Yanks

      No they’re just scrubs.

      /AllStarCarl’d

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    boooooo =(

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

    Oh well. Get ‘em tomorrow.

  • All Star Carl

    So sick of A-Rod grounding out to short.

    • ZZ

      You should send him a letter voicing your concerns.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Guys, this is so not a championship team.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      /Gustavo’d

    • Jose the Satirist

      Cliff Lee should of started this game. Werth hits the go ahead homer and then Soria closes. Cashman needs to work on his roster construction.

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

        No no Soria in teh 8th.

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    Fireworks? Really?
    Fucking Tomlin looks like a serial rapist/killer, yes I hate the kid.

  • Guest

    Hopefully the bats wakeup tomorrow. Night at all.

  • rek4gehrig

    Is this inability to hit rookies just bad (or no) scouting or is it just mental?

    • pat

      Guy was throwing slop, but at least throwing it over the plate. He didn’t make many mistakes, and got a bunch of lucky bounces. Shit happens.

      • rek4gehrig

        Yeah but it seems like we get beaten by rookies most times. I guess its mental

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Lol @ Rowland-Smith’s line

    5 innings / 11 hits / 11 runs / 11 earned / 2 walks / 1 strikeout / 3 homers

  • Pat D

    Just win the next two days, no big deal.

  • YankeesJunkie

    How many runs CC gave up: 4
    How many runs CC should have given up: 0/1

  • Reggie C.

    Soooo.

    How much would it take to acquire Chris Perez via trade? The Indians don’t need this quality a closer.

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

      I wouldn’t call him quality. You see his walk rate?

      • pat

        And the fact tat he hung two pitches that Swish should have killed.

      • Reggie C.

        The kid’s stuff looked terrific. And he’s got command of it. I’m not saying he’s Soria, but Perez is a quality reliever.

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

          Heh, no, he doesn’t have command of it. He hung a slider to Gardner for a hit, hung a slider to Jeter for a hit, and hung two to Swish that he got away with.

          This is his pro career, majors and minors: 145 BB in 251.1 IP (5.2 BB/9)

  • Esteban

    This is the worst loss I’ve seen in years. This team is a disgrace and isn’t going anywhere with this give-up attitude that they have. Embarrassing on all levels.

    Okay we got that out of the way, so the trolls don’t have to say it.

    • Kit

      I thought you were serious for a second. I had the eye roll going.

  • nathan

    I understand Arod’s intention to not hurt the little teams and all but come on he cant just keep hitting HRs against the best teams and in must win games, he needs to hit some when it doesnt count much towards clutchness too. Where has the stat padder gone?

  • Ross in Jersey

    Pretty bad loss any way you look at it, but whatever. Tomorrow’s a new day.

    • Jose the Satirist

      You really think the sun will come up tomorrow? I mean the Yankees lost, I really don’t know. Someone hold me…

      • Kit

        LOL. Would a pat on the back be acceptable?

        • Jose the Satirist

          I don’t want pat anywhere near my back. I would feel very uncomfortable around him with my back turned.

          • Kit

            lol. I’m sorry to hear that. I tried though.

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

            I would give you a hug but I do not trust these men of RAB! I keeeed, I keeeeed.

          • pat

            Hahah, I was thinking the same thing.

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

        Only 25ish hours until Andy Pettitte’s CenterStage!!!

        • Kit

          Aw, man, I thought today was Wednesday. I was getting the popcorn ready. Damn it!

      • Ross in Jersey

        The sun IS due to turn into a Red Giant and eventually collapse in on itself in about 4-5 billion years, but hey you never know!

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Nope. Only counts as one. No penalty for losing to a rook.

      Places call to commissioners office to make sure I’m right.

      • Kit

        It counts as four losses because of the human element!!!1!

      • Ross in Jersey

        Along with the MLB decree that the Yankees will be fined if they score for Javier Vazquez, they have released a statement this loss will immediately drop them to 3rd in the standings.

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

          Losing to the Indians actually disqualifies you from the playoffs. It’s right there in Rule 105805.1058.1059B.

  • larryf

    tigers 1st and 3rd one out in 9th down 3-2 Damon up…

  • Ross in Jersey

    Damon with a chance to tie the game in Tampa…

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

    Johnny Damon is going to will the Tigers to win right now. Or at least tie the game.

  • Ross in Jersey

    10 pitch walk. The old man still has it.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Let’s go, Miggy. Do your awesome-at-baseball-thing.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Or ground into a DP. Damn you, Longoria.

  • larryf

    Damon walks. Cabrera bases loaded double play BUMMER!!!!!!!

  • larryf

    Tigers outhit tampa 12-5 brutal night of baseball Thank god we play tomorrow. Can’t wait!

  • The Goose

    Can’t buy a run, much less a base hit.

  • poster on a different computer who happens to be a deuce bag

    So, this game. It kind of wasn’t fun.

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

      Most losses aren’t

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    Meh, just one of those games. We’ll win tomorrow.

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

      Our pitching matchups the rest of the series are sketchy at best, but I guess this game shows you what you can do with your pitching matchup. Is it asking too much for 7 scoreless from Moseley on thursday?

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

        Is it asking too much for 7 scoreless from Moseley on thursday?

        I think he could manage seven scoreless outs. Innings, on the other hand…

        • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

          =) I’ll actually take outs, that’s scoreless into the 3rd, wouldn’t complain…

  • Total Dominication

    Wow, that was a failure.

  • Jerome S

    Sick of inability to hit rookies. By far the worst game they’ve played all year. Two errors in an inning? Please. CC had a quality outing – only, I believe two earned runs and several K’s – but the offense didn’t support him. If I were in that dugout, I’d be Zambrano-ing right now. Also, I have had it up to here with this offense. When this season started, I thought that this might have been the best offense in the game. Instead, we’ve seen game after game won on only four or five runs. The Yankees only extended win streaks have been won by killer pitching.With Jeter having his worst year ever, Granderson doing nothing short of sucking and Tex and A-Rod both slow to start it’s a wonder that they’ve scored the most runs in the majors. Additionally, it looks like Gardner, who had a pretty stellar first half, is now seeing his numbers fall to the level of a hitter that he is.
    In conclusion, the fan confidence polls that RAB puts out consistently get 8’s and 9’s because of the die-hards that troll the site. But I have not yet voted an eight or higher, and I probably will not with this kind of inconsistency from Yankee bats.
    PS – Don’t doubt it though, I’m a die hard fan too.

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

      By far the worst game they’ve played all year.

      You obviously don’t watch many games. This was far from the worst they’ve played this year. Take a deep breath and get over it.

      • Jerome S

        you’re probably right, that was an immature call on my part, I’m just frustrated with seeing rookies shut them out.

    • Jerome S

      ADDENDUM to my strife: TB Won. woe is life. When I look at it objectively, sometimes I can’t help but think that maybe this is TB’s year. I want the Yanks to win, but maybe TB IS better.

      • pat

        While being behind us in the standings?

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

        teh sky is fallingggggggg

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

      By far the worst game they’ve played all year
      Someone didn’t see… uh… a bunch of other games.

      Also, I have had it up to here with this offense. When this season started, I thought that this might have been the best offense in the game. Instead, we’ve seen game after game won on only four or five runs.
      Fail. Were you complaining about the offense during the Royals series? They’re leading baseball in runs scored IIRC. If they’re not first, they’re second and not by much. Even if this offense was as dire as you say:

      The Yankees only extended win streaks have been won by killer pitching.
      Is this a bad thing?

      With Jeter having his worst year ever, Granderson doing nothing short of sucking and Tex and A-Rod both slow to start it’s a wonder that they’ve scored the most runs in the majors.
      So our offense sucks… even though they’ve scored the most runs in the majors and you know that? That makes no sense at all, man.

      In conclusion, the fan confidence polls that RAB puts out consistently get 8’s and 9’s because of the die-hards that troll the site.
      Orrrr because the team is really good.

      But I have not yet voted an eight or higher, and I probably will not with this kind of inconsistency from Yankee bats.
      Well. Bully for you. Seriously, man, if you think this offense isn’t good, go watch any other team.

      • Jerome S

        Touche. No longer is the sky falling in my world of ignorance.

        But I’ll always be a Yanks fan.

        My apologies for freaking out. It’s been a long day.

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      Annoying game to be sure, but hardly a reason to freak out. I was def frustrated during the game, but sometimes these things happen. I expect the Yankees to bounce back well tomorrow. Burnett looked good last game, so hopefully he can continue that.

      • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

        Fausto has also looked good, hopefully we’ll have Hip Hip back in the lineup and the bats will be looking to get un-frustrated. Otherwise I say f*ck you Jobuu, I do it myself!

    • Total Dominication

      By far the worst game they’ve played all year.

      Another game of which I will not speak against the same team would like to have a word with you.