Game 99: Another rook


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.


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


  1. Not Tank the Frank says:

    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.

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

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


  4. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

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

    all of that happens

  5. Not Tank the Frank says:

    CC throws a no-hitter tonight.


  6. Jose the Satirist says:

    340 HR after turning 35. Barry Bonds you crazy.

  7. pat says:

    Holy crap, Arod is 35.

  8. Ross in Jersey says:

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

  9. Tex + changeups = probably not good.

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

  11. Guest says:

    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.

  12. bexarama says:

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

    /irrational Sonnanstine hatred’d

  13. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    Andy Sonnanstine eh?

  14. pat says:

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

  15. Dirty Pena says:

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

  16. Mike Axisa says:

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

  17. So… Ochocinco and T.O., huh?

    I’m going to call them the Cincinnati VH1s.

  18. Not Tank the Frank says:

    NOOOOOO!!! Sin Sew Choo!

  19. Pat D says:

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

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

  21. Ross in Jersey says:

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

  22. 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.

  23. pat says:

    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.

  24. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    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?

  25. pat says:


  26. You do NOT run on Brett Gardner!

  27. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:


  28. Carlosologist says:


  29. Mike Axisa says:

    Also, great block by Cervelli.

  30. Across the pond says:

    Johnny Damon could have done that

  31. j_Yankees says:

    ZOMG…Cervelli stinks at catching.

  32. Pat D says:

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

  33. TheLastClown says:

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


    • Jose the Satirist says:

      Holy shit. Pete wrote a novel.

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

      Unfortunately, nobody will ever know it happened.


    • ZZ says:

      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.

      • 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.

      • TheLastClown says:

        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.

        • 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 says:

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

      • Pete says:

        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.

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

  35. Carlosologist says:

    A-Rod doing his best Jeter impression.

  36. Dirty Pena says:

    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!”

  37. Not Tank the Frank says:

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

  38. larryf says:

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

  39. Pete says:

    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.

  40. hogsmog says:

    “Peralta hitting well” ???

  41. All Star Carl says:

    CC throwing 97

  42. pat says:

    Suck on the change, beeyotch.

  43. Carlosologist says:

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

  44. Ross in Jersey says:

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

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

  46. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    Bad luck tonight…

  47. Guest says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

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

      • bexarama says:

        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 says:

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

  48. Across the pond says:

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

  49. whozat says:

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

  50. whozat says:

    Jesus, swing the bat Brett!

  51. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Wait… I’ve seen this game before.

  52. larryf says:

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

  53. Cecala says:

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

  54. All Star Carl says:

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

  55. mike c says:

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

  56. Ross in Jersey says:

    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.

  57. Mike Axisa says:

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

  58. Kenny’s going all Bubba Blue on us.

  59. Carlosologist says:

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

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

    Urge to kill rising.

  61. I’m going to guess Griffey or Sosa.

  62. Carlosologist says:

    Answer to trivia: I think it was Barry Bonds.

  63. /opens floodgates

    …I hope

  64. Ross in Jersey says:

    Who had Jeter breaking up the perfecto?


  65. Lot’s of fly balls today.

  66. larryf says:

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

  67. 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.

  68. Mike Axisa says:

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

  69. pat says:

    That was nice of Jeets to give Arod another AB

  70. larryf says:

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

  71. Choo says “What platoon split?”

  72. Mike Axisa says:

    Ugh, take the double play you moron.

  73. Ross in Jersey says:

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

  74. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

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

  75. 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.

  76. j_Yankees says:

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

  77. UConn reference. Woo!

  78. bexarama says:

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

  79. pat says:

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

  80. pat says:


  81. All Star Carl says:

    Umps again baby

  82. Ross in Jersey says:


  83. bexarama says:

    I hate umpires. #robotumps

  84. All Star Carl says:

    Are you really going to call that? Really?

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

  86. Mike HC says:

    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?

  87. whozat says:

    wow. Hell of an inning, boys.

  88. pat says:

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

  89. Guest says:

    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.

  90. Ross in Jersey says:

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

  91. Nikhil R. says:

    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.

  92. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

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

  93. ZZ says:

    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.

  94. larryf says:

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

  95. pat says:

    Damage minimized. Stay the course.

  96. ZZ says:

    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.

  97. Ross in Jersey says:

    Holy shit, work the fucking count.

  98. cjc says:

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

  99. V says:

    This is utterly absurd right now.

  100. Not Tank the Frank says:

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

  101. baby carlos says:

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

    Sorry CC, bad luck.

  102. Mike Axisa says:

    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 says:

      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.

    • bexarama says:

      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 says:

      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…

  103. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    Damn it, all ground outs to first.

  104. cjc says:

    look at that fucking smirk disgusting

  105. V says:

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

  106. BadaBling says:

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

  107. Mike Axisa says:

    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.

  108. baby carlos says:

    So that is what a base hit looks like…

    Ok just kidding.

  109. BadaBling says:

    This game…(so far)

  110. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

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

  111. pat says:

    Mad bloops off CC tonite.

  112. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:


  113. pat says:

    Just how they drew it up.

  114. ZZ says:

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

  115. Not Tank the Frank says:

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

  116. bexarama says:

    BABIP is silly sometimes.

  117. Ross in Jersey says:

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

  118. Reggie C. says:

    Gimenez = IPK?

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

  119. baby carlos says:

    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.

  120. larryf says:

    Rally caps everyone!!!!

  121. ZZ says:

    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.

  122. All Star Carl says:

    2-1 Change up every god damn time.

  123. Not Tank the Frank says:

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

  124. BadaBling says:


  125. pat says:

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

  126. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

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

  127. Not Tank the Frank says:

    A changeup really is this team’s kryptonite.

  128. Ross in Jersey says:

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

  129. larryf says:

    Can we trade Joba for Tomlin?

  130. Mike HC says:

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

  131. baby carlos says:

    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.

  132. All Star Carl says:

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

  133. theyankeewarrior says:

    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?


  134. Reggie C. says:

    Kevin Long must be really embarrassed right now.

  135. Ross in Jersey says:

    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.

  136. Ari g says:

    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

  137. cjc says:

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

  138. nathan says:

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

  139. Not Tank the Frank says:

    What a frustrating game.

  140. Mike HC says:

    Good effort.

  141. pat says:

    Hahah, Indians gettin all the friendly bounces tonite.

  142. Ross in Jersey says:

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

  143. baby carlos says:

    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.

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

  145. EFF says:

    Christmas has come early for Cleveland.

  146. bexarama says:

    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.

  147. Mike Axisa says:

    Infield in? Why why why.

  148. nathan says:

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

  149. frank says:

    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 says:

      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.

    • Kit says:

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

  150. pat says:

    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.

  151. All Star Carl says:

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

  152. larryf says:

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

  153. Ross in Jersey says:

    At least the Tigers just tied it up against Tampa.

  154. Brendan says:

    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

  155. Reggie C. says:

    Not CC’s night.

    Can our offense pleeeeeeeeeeeease bail CC out.

  156. Total Dominication says:

    Just returned, wtf happened?

  157. V says:

    Wow. This game is epic fail.

  158. Uck. This is getting ugly.

    Not Steve Phillips girlfriend ugly, but close.

  159. Alright. HITTING. SHOES.

  160. baby carlos says:

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

  161. Carlosologist says:

    That whole inning was full of shit SMH.

  162. BadaBling says:

    5 run top of the 7th, let’s go!!

  163. nathan says:

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

  164. pat says:

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

  165. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

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

    • Pat D says:

      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.

  166. V says:

    “Jeter swings at the first pitch”

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

  167. baby carlos says:

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

    Singleton “Jeter swings at the first pitch”.


  168. Mike Axisa says:

    “Jeter swings at the first pitch…”

  169. Reggie C. says:

    Just walk Swish.

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

  170. pat says:

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

  171. Total Dominication says:


  172. SF Yanks says:

    Alright, lets get it goin here…

  173. mbonzo says:

    FINALLY! Swisher rocks!

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

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

  175. Mike Axisa says:

    Hey look at that, someone waited on the change.

  176. Swish gets it started (?)!

  177. Sweet Dick Willie says:

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

  178. B-Rando says:

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

  179. pat says:

    Sure, give him that garbage outside strike.

  180. ARX says:

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

  181. SF Yanks says:

    Mark’s in jeopardy of losing his streak.

  182. Mike Axisa says:

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

  183. Mike HC says:

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

  184. larryf says:

    The Robbie Thompson moustache has to go!

  185. Total Dominication says:

    Come on A-rod!

  186. baby carlos says:

    Tex should try to pull the ball more.

  187. Carlosologist says:

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

  188. baby carlos says:

    ARod will K here…

  189. All Star Carl says:

    High leg kick. Long swing.

  190. mbonzo says:

    Arod is leaving the dramatics for the 9th inning

  191. Reggie C. says:

    Fucking Kenny. I thought that was gone.

  192. Total Dominication says:

    Fuck you Kenny and camera crew!

  193. Carlosologist says:

    Damn, I thought that was getting out.


  194. BAH!


  195. larryf says:

    Tomlin-a game to tell his grandkids…

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

  197. Guest says:

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

  198. Mike Axisa says:

    Still CC? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  199. BigBlueAL says:

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

  200. Pat D says:

    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.


  201. Carlosologist says:

    Choo is just showing off now.

  202. pat says:

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

  203. nathan says:

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

  204. Ross in Jersey says:

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

  205. Total Dominication says:

    How has a guy this good stayed on the Indians.

  206. cjc says:

    oh goodie Chop what else could make this night better sweet

  207. Total Dominication says:

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

  208. Guest says:

    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 says:

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

  209. Total Dominication says:

    Swish is so fucking awesome.

  210. bexarama says:

    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 says:

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

      • bexarama says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

          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 says:

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

  211. Ross in Jersey says:

    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.

  212. Total Dominication says:

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

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

  214. larryf says:

    At least Shelly isn’t killin’ us

  215. Carlosologist says:

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

  216. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    Release the hounds!

  217. nathan says:

    wasting bullets in a July game against the Indians?

  218. larryf says:

    Robbie-total dominication!!!

  219. Carlosologist says:

    So, rally time?

  220. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Here were go…

    Cano on!!!

  221. Ross in Jersey says:

    horray, the bullpen!

  222. pat says:

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


  223. Mike Axisa says:

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

  224. All Star Carl says:

    Why did Cano hold?

  225. ARX says:


  226. James A says:

    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

  227. Marcos says:

    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.

  228. Marcos says:

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

  229. mbonzo says:

    Thames vs. RHP 2010 .263/.388


  230. Not Tank the Frank says:

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

  231. All Star Carl says:

    Cervelli sucks. Sick of him.

  232. pat says:

    At least we cleared the catcher spot.

  233. bexarama says:

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

  234. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Chan Blow Park!

  235. Mike Axisa says:

    CHoP showcasing for his next team…

  236. BadaBling says:

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

  237. mbonzo says:

    Time for ARod’s big homeurn

  238. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Omar did you see that?!

  239. All Star Carl says:

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

  240. Total Dominication says:

    A-rod go-ahead home run.

  241. All Star Carl says:

    BG Jeter Swish? Game is over.

  242. Mike HC says:

    Alright, lets give this comeback thing a shot.

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

  243. Total Dominication says:


  244. All Star Carl says:

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

  245. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    ALRIGHT!! Time to cause some chaos.

  246. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Please don’t kill this rally Jeter. Kthanksbye.

  247. ARX says:

    Ok now Jeter, please take a few pitches here…

  248. mbonzo says:

    Oh Mo! Plz no GIDP

  249. Ross in Jersey says:

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

  250. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

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

  251. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

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

  252. Mike Axisa says:

    Eek, just fair. I’ll take it.

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

  254. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:


  255. ARX says:

    3 run homer…3 run homer….

  256. All Star Carl says:

    Swish is gonna pop up on the first pitch.

  257. Carlosologist says:

    Jeter! Swish ties it on a three run blast.

  258. BadaBling says:


  259. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    In play, no out!!!!

  260. Mike HC says:

    Jeter baby

  261. bexarama says:


  262. Ross in Jersey says:

    Keep it movin Swish!

  263. Mike Axisa says:

    C’mon Tex, extend that streak!

  264. All Star Carl says:

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

  265. SF Yanks says:

    Nasty pitch.

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

  267. Mike HC says:

    Tex and ARod. Only need one of you guys

  268. Reggie C. says:

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

  269. Seriously, Tex? Awful.

  270. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:


  271. Carlosologist says:

    Some legit drama with A-Rod here.

  272. Reggie C. says:

    You’re our only hope Alex.

  273. ARX says:

    OK ARod, perfect setup for ya…

  274. BadaBling says:

    C Mon A-Rod!!!

  275. SF Yanks says:

    An A-Bomb is our only hope.


  276. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    It is time!

  277. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    C’mon AROD, silent the fucking crowd.

  278. That fucking sucked.

  279. Kit says:

    Well that sucked.

  280. Carlosologist says:

    This game sucked. -____-

  281. All Star Carl says:

    Bunch of scrubs.

  282. V says:

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

  283. Mike HC says:

    Not today. Get em tom.

  284. SF Yanks says:

    Well that wasn’t very climactic.

  285. Mike Axisa says:

    And the Indians win the World Series.

  286. JM says:

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

  287. Reggie C. says:

    Ugh. Not the way it should’ve ended.

    Junk-ballers ftw !

  288. bexarama says:

    Oh how annoying.

    Whatever, it’s one game.

    No wait: DOOOOOOMED!!!!

  289. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    boooooo =(

  290. Mike Axisa says:

    Oh well. Get ‘em tomorrow.

  291. All Star Carl says:

    So sick of A-Rod grounding out to short.

  292. Guys, this is so not a championship team.

  293. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

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

  294. Guest says:

    Hopefully the bats wakeup tomorrow. Night at all.

  295. rek4gehrig says:

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

    • pat says:

      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.

  296. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Lol @ Rowland-Smith’s line

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

  297. Pat D says:

    Just win the next two days, no big deal.

  298. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  299. Reggie C. says:


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

  300. Esteban says:

    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.

  301. nathan says:

    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?

  302. Ross in Jersey says:

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

  303. larryf says:

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

  304. Ross in Jersey says:

    Damon with a chance to tie the game in Tampa…

  305. Mike Axisa says:

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

  306. Ross in Jersey says:

    10 pitch walk. The old man still has it.

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

  308. larryf says:

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

  309. larryf says:

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

  310. The Goose says:

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

  311. poster on a different computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

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

  312. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

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

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

      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?

  313. Total Dominication says:

    Wow, that was a failure.

  314. Jerome S says:

    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.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      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 says:

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

    • Jerome S says:

      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.

    • bexarama says:

      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 says:

        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.

    • Zanath says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

      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.

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