Aug
01

Game 104: Another one-run affair?

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Heading into the series with the Rays the Yanks had played in just 16 one-run games, easily the fewest in the majors. Then they rolled into St. Pete and played two one-run games in two days. With CC Sabathia and James Shields on the mound we could have another low-scoring, close game this afternoon.

Sabathia and Shields faced off in the game following the All-Star break, which the Yanks won in walk-off style. Shields lasted just six and gave up three runs, while Sabathia lasted seven and gave up four runs, three earned. Shields has since pitched 13 innings against the Orioles and Tigers, allowing six runs on 17 hits. Sabathia has allowed eight runs, five earned, in 131 innings against the Royals and Indians, allowing 20 hits and walking seven. It’s going to be a big start for both.

Remember last night when A-rod said that “it’s probably going to take a while” for him to hit No. 600? It’ll be at least one more day, as he’s out of the lineup. That’s not a terrible idea against a righty with a nasty changeup.

Lineup:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Lance Berkman, 1B
3. Mark Teixeira, DH
4. Robinson Cano, 2B
5. Nick Swisher, RF
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Curtis Granderson, CF
8. Austin Kearns, LF
9. Ramiro Pena, 3B

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

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  1. In which I FJM Mike Lupica.

    Contains the line “That’s like getting a PS3 for your Atari. And don’t play the vintage card, you know I’m right.”

    http://www.puristbleedspinstri.....go-fjming/

    Enjoy.

    [/shameless self promo]

    • Paramecium Jones says:

      I tried, and I liked your responses, but since I swore myself off of Lupica a few years ago, I proved I still can’t stomach reading him even if it’s buffered by writing that makes sense.

    • boogie down says:

      I especially liked when you called Thames “the apocalypse in the field.” That one made me laugh quite hard.

  2. Brooklyn Ed says:

    Anyone caught Kerry Wood’s interview on the pregame? Kerry looked like he was a rookie debut without his goatee.

    http://www.checkoutmycards.com.....78/02b.jpg

  3. Anybody see Kerry in the pregame show?

    I gotta say, I’m excited to see this new freshly shaven Wood in action. He looks lean, smooth, strong, and excited, ready to rear back and deliver the high heat. In a tight situation, his stuff could really be explosive.

    /doubleentendre’d
    /deepandthick’d

  4. Slappy White says:

    I wish he was in there, but it is kinda cool that Joe G is sticking it to the sell out, booing but wanting to see history , cowbell ringing, only 47% Rays fans crowd, by sitting ARod……/run on sentence’d

  5. ecks says:

    Ugh. I wish Gardner and Swish were in the leadoff and No. 2 spots, but what can you do?

    I think CC comes out, and finishes this one strong.

    • Paramecium Jones says:

      Can we get a nickname for you guys?

      Gard-Leadoffers
      Jete-battingninthers
      DJ-oviouslyfelloffthecliffbecausehesolders

      something?

  6. forensicnucchem says:

    hmm, I thought they got Kearns because he was so above average defensively in RF and his below averageness at the other positions didn’t matter…

  7. forensicnucchem says:

    I hope the wind is blowing out again today, watching crushed homers always makes games fun (when there are more for the Yanks).

  8. Vin says:

    So maybe Arod hits number 600 in the ninth as a pinch hitter for Pena.

    P.S. Does anyone know if the fantasy football league is continuing this year?

  9. monty burns says:

    I can see girardi adding guys like Gardner and Arod before the end of this game in big PH spots even for Gardy to PR.
    I think we see Wood today too.

  10. The Goose says:

    So we sit Gardner, keep Granderson in the lineup and we start Pena…

  11. monty burns says:

    Rays wearing the pajama tops today. powder blue should never be a solid color on a baseball uniform.

  12. All-Star Carl says:

    CC Perfect or No hitter today.

  13. Slappy White says:

    Dont you have to WIN big games to get that nickname ?

  14. Poopy Pants says:

    Wow, Derek.

  15. Mike Axisa says:

    Le sigh. At least Jeter waited until the third pitch that time.

  16. JGS says:

    0-5 as a Yankee. Bust

  17. Poopy Pants says:

    Looks like the Yanks are in a hurry to go home today.

  18. Slappy White says:

    Fat Elvis IS hitting the ball incredibly soft

  19. Apollo22237 says:

    This game is over… Big Game James is going to go deep into this game and C.C. is too thick to do anything about it.

  20. bexarama says:

    Is it just my Twitter feed or any time the Yankees go 1-2-3 in the first inning do people overreact about ZOMG PERFECT GAME!!!! ?

  21. Accent Shallow says:

    Holy shit, Robbie.

  22. Poopy Pants says:

    Yay, Cano.

  23. Carlosologist says:

    I said it last night and I’ll say it again: ROBBIE WE LOVE YOU LONG TIME.

  24. monty burns says:

    Cano should be MVP

  25. Will (the other one) says:

    Lazy, Robbie. Lazy.

  26. monty burns says:

    Just imagine if we got rid of Melky sooner. :)

  27. bexarama says:

    God I love Robinson Cano

  28. Poopy Pants says:

    I’d say John Buck (c) and John Buck (ass)

  29. Poopy Pants says:

    Ugh. Good decision lowering the hot hitter in the order.

  30. monty burns says:

    Nick ( I eat the Rays for breakfast ) Swisher.

  31. Ross in Jersey says:

    Do work, Swish. Why is Kay acting like he never bat 6th before? He’ll be fine.

  32. Will (the other one) says:

    I wonder if Kenny Williams has to turn off the TV and throw the remote in disgust-rage every time Swisher makes an appearance on SportsCenter…

  33. monty burns says:

    Hip Hip Jorge chant from the croud lol

  34. Mike Axisa says:

    Hip hip … George.

  35. Accent Shallow says:

    Clearly, the “Hip Hip Jorge” chants work.

  36. monty burns says:

    Poor Granderson needs a full Kevin Long rebuild.

  37. All-Star Carl says:

    Granderson had 2 fastballs to hit.

  38. monty burns says:

    Kearns can be an instant hero here.

  39. Ross in Jersey says:

    Well that was way too easy… can’t leave a runner on 3rd like that :|

  40. esteban says:

    BUST

  41. Mike Axisa says:

    Gardner woulda had it.

  42. Jimmy says:

    There goes that perfect game.

  43. Ross in Jersey says:

    Aybar couldn’t do that again if he was told that pitch was coming… ugh.

  44. monty burns says:

    yup Kearns sucks in the field too. (sarcasm off)

  45. All-Star Carl says:

    My no-hitter prediction is over thanks to that great swing.

  46. jonathan says:

    Dear Eck,

    There is a difference between a good piece of hitting (Gibson), and being so far out in front that you check swing the ball down the line.

    Sincerely,
    Yankee fans forced to watch TBS

  47. Mike Axisa says:

    Gardner woulda had that too.

  48. monty burns says:

    Texiera has that.

  49. jonathan says:

    FUCK YOU BABIP. Wow…was that Giambi out there?

  50. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    I’m not even mad, that was funny.

  51. Ross in Jersey says:

    Unreal. Luckiest fucking run ever.

  52. forensicnucchem says:

    Teixeira woulda had it

    Guess we have a new one now…

  53. All-Star Carl says:

    Fat Elvis

  54. Dalelama says:

    Fat Elvis strikes!!!!!

  55. whozat says:

    Great call getting Tex out of the field, Joe.

  56. Dave says:

    Ugh. I had a bad feeling about throwing Berkman right into it at first.

  57. Poopy Pants says:

    That pose will probably be the back cover of the Post tomorrow morning.

  58. monty burns says:

    1-0 Rays over Girardi.

  59. nathan says:

    Not sure if Tex would hv caught that either.

  60. jonathan says:

    Granderson can’t put the ball in play and they get a run like that???

  61. Ross in Jersey says:

    I understand wanting to keep guys rested up, but the Blue Jays are in town next and there’s an off day too… did Gardner, A-rod and Tex REALLY need a rest at the same time?

  62. bexarama says:

    Mienkaljflsjotw would’ve had it.

    Insert 10006086098 commenters showing up to complain about how bad the Yankees look against the Rays.

  63. JSquared says:

    To think, if anyone here was manager… we’d probably start Gardner and Teixeira today… Amazing how good of a decision that would’ve been.

  64. monty burns says:

    Pitcher is up first.

    That play really did look like Giambino.

  65. Pat D says:

    Of course Linda McMahon didn’t take money from special interests. She’s her own special interest!

    /sorrybutIcan’tstandthewifeofVinceMcMahonbeingintheSenate’d

  66. All-Star Carl says:

    watch Pena hit a double

  67. Pat D says:

    Did anyone see what number Wood is adorning?

  68. ZZ says:

    If people want to watch a manager manage every regular season game like it is must win go become a Dodgers fan.

    It is amazing people still don’t realize that Girardi almost never makes decisions based on just 1 day or 1 game. He is always looking ahead.

    It sure was nice for the first time in years last year to actually have a team headed into the postseason not dead tired.

    How did that work out?

  69. monty burns says:

    Well Cash you swung and missed on getting us a utility infielder who can hit.

    • whozat says:

      Guys who can play SS and hit cost a lot in trade. The fact that they’re carrying 2 DHes means that they CAN’T replace Pena with a 2B/3B UT guy. Getting a righty OF who can defend and hit was probably more important

  70. forensicnucchem says:

    Yes guys, the reason Pena is starting is in case you need him to pinch hit sometime later in the year…

  71. All-Star Carl says:

    He’s on dirt? Oh shut the hell up Michael Kay.

  72. monty burns says:

    Ok Fat Elvis
    Thrill me.

  73. nathan says:

    Listening to Eckersley makes me want Ron Darling back in the booth.

    • esteban says:

      I feel pain. It’s awful

    • bexarama says:

      Ron Darling is awesome :(

    • Pat D says:

      I actually didn’t find Eckersley that terrible when listening to him on NESN last year.

      What’s he doing now that is so bad?

      • nathan says:

        – isnt excited abt Arod’s chase
        – doesnt think he is a HOFer
        – doesnt know why guys like Bonds and Arod used PEDs
        – doesnt think Lance will adjust immediately to AL coz he is not a pitcher
        – is not sure what affect it will have on Swisher who always was hitting second now that Lance is hitting second
        – Willy Aybar hit that double perfectly

        and i am happy to say i missed a few when i went to get some coffee :-)

        • jonathan says:

          Eck just said that was an easy play for Cano…And also, Berkman is 0-2 in the field AND at bat…tough to do.

        • Pat D says:

          I can see the third point. Really, why did those guys do it? They were so good.

          The other stuff? Yea, whatever. Why isn’t ARod a HOFer? Because he used ‘roids? Hey, Eck, does Big Mac deserve it then?

          • nathan says:

            true that

            Now after declaring that Cano will win a Gold glove and correcting to say “No, he needs to win a GG” he said that Cano throws with nonchalance always anyway.

            hehe.

  74. forensicnucchem says:

    Oh good, here we go, most AB’s before his first hit as a new Yankee since July 30th…

  75. monty burns says:

    Big Puma !!

  76. monty burns says:

    Wow Shopack needs some dark glasses and a dog.

  77. Mike Axisa says:

    Tex has swung and missed at no fewer than four changeups so far.

  78. forensicnucchem says:

    Yuck, that looked like April Tex against changeups…

  79. jonathan says:

    hey Tex…the might throw you a few change ups…jesus..

  80. All-Star Carl says:

    Does Tex know how to make adjustments? How many change ups is he gonna swing through?

  81. whozat says:

    nothing makes hitters look stupider than a dynamite change.

  82. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    Oh boy, today’s negativity level seems higher than usual.

  83. Ross in Jersey says:

    Oh good, another runner left on third.

  84. Sammy L says:

    Boy, Tex really has no idea where the ball is going today.

  85. Apollo22237 says:

    Don’t worry Kim, the stingrays will protect you from Kay.

  86. Mike Axisa says:

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Berkman.

  87. forensicnucchem says:

    Tex woulda had that

    Yikes, this might get annoying…

  88. Jose the Satirist says:

    Rabble Berkman rabble rabble

  89. Dalelama says:

    Fat Elvis strikes again!!!!

  90. bexarama says:

    this is not the greatest debut for Berkman. :( (But we’ll all forget when he hits a grand slam later in this game.)

  91. Dave says:

    Oh noes.

  92. Yankee1010 says:

    Probably fair to say that Berkman will not see a bunch more time in the field, especially in games against the Rays or Sox.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Because is Girardi has shown that he makes judgements based on one game…

      • Yankee1010 says:

        So you’re saying that playing Berkman a lot in the field over Tex, the Gold Glover, in games against the Rays and Sox, is a good idea? I understand that guys can take half-days, but that could have easily been done against the Jays, especially with the Thursday off day. Right now, Berkman is puking all over himself in the field.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          So you’re saying that playing Berkman a lot in the field over Tex, the Gold Glover, in games against the Rays and Sox, is a good idea?

          You: 1
          Strawman: 0

          • Yankee1010 says:

            Characterize it however you like, but playing Berkman in the field against the Rays was questionable at best. He’s now got 2 runs on his ledger.

            I understand that you like to think people just whine about the Yanks, but there are rational fans who do actually realize that these are small problems. But that doesn’t mean it was a smart decision.

            • Mike Axisa says:

              Two runs? One was a bloop single and one was a bad scoop. Other stuff happened beyond that allowed runs to score that were not Berkman’s fault, you know. They’re not all on him.

          • Pat D says:

            I object. Darryl hasn’t had a chance to give his view.

  93. monty burns says:

    Berkman having a tough weekend. They should have just sent him to NY.

  94. Ross in Jersey says:

    Berkman hasn’t got off to a fast start in pinstripes, unlike hall-of-famer Kevin Russo.

  95. Sammy L says:

    Also, aparently Elliot Spitzer changed his name to Austin Kearns and got himself traded to the Yankees.

  96. larryf says:

    Is it so tiring to play 1B that our gold glover can’t play it?

  97. Poopy Pants says:

    At least Berkman can’t possibly get any worse. He’s bound to start hitting, fielding or at least walking at some point.

  98. nathan says:

    Eckersley is having a great day. Just a inning or back he said Cano would win a gold glove and follows that up saying Cano throws everything with “nonchalance anyway”.

    To an untrained eye, i thouhgt it was a makeable play that Berkman whiffed on.

    Anyway time to go on mute i guess.

    • jonathan says:

      ya that was great, said it was as easy play too…these guys are like Sutcliffe…whoever made the last good or bad play is his favorite or least favorite player.

  99. bexarama says:

    Andy Pettitte… mounds… groin.

    Also deep and thick.

  100. Yankee1010 says:

    At some point, CC might be a little perturbed by Tanner, Rudy Stein and Toby Whitewood out in the field behind him.

  101. jonathan says:

    damn…CC is up with everything so far…

  102. whozat says:

    CC can’t throw strikes. He’s looked off since the break.

    • Yankee1010 says:

      In fairness to CC, if he had a competent defense behind him today or against the Indians, the numbers look pretty damn good. He’s also being forced to get extra outs a bit too often right now.

  103. monty burns says:

    serious why not walk Crawford here and go after the DP

  104. Dalelama says:

    I guess Girardi went with B line-up today because CC is pitching? If not why not tomorrow night?

  105. Mike Axisa says:

    Tex makes that play. Damn Jeter!

  106. jonathan says:

    omg…this is getting extremely frustrating…

  107. Literal Jim says:

    This could be going better :(

  108. Apollo22237 says:

    Wow, sometimes better to be lucky than good. Unfortunately for us the Rays are both.

  109. All-Star Carl says:

    This is gonna be an ass kicking today. Some great defense has helped CC the past couple days.

  110. j_Yankees says:

    whats funny is TEX hasn’t been scooping a damn thing all year…

  111. Pat D says:

    Sabathia’s command has seemed a bit off since the break. Or is that really just my dad thinking that?

  112. Ray says:

    Back to a 1 game lead.

  113. bonestock94 says:

    THANKS FOR BLOWING THE ALCS PREVIEW JOE!!!

  114. Slappy White says:

    The 3 year old on the PA is a common PR tool…….in A ball

  115. Ross in Jersey says:

    Hey stop with the negativity you guys. Nothing is wrong here. Everything is fine.

  116. monty burns says:

    Were just messing with them before we put up 8 runs on their asses.

  117. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    Is some kid announcing the names on the PA? I rarely want to harm kids, but I want to punt the lil punk in the face.

  118. baby carlos says:

    looks like the all too familiar… Yanks can’t hit with RISP… cheap hits are scoring runs… and defensively, Yankees are already boarding the plane home.

    Hopefully by September they figure out how to score with RISP.

    • Mike Pop says:

      Being a top offense in the league isn’t enough for ya, huh?

      • baby carlos says:

        Top offense is bull shit if you can’t beat an equal team. Top offense is bull shit if you consistently can’t score against .500 pitchers with 4+ ERA’s.

        top offense is bull shit when you pound relievers who should otherwise be in triple AAA.

        The top offense nonsense means as much as saying “Tex has been on base in 10 straight games” – so what, in those game he could be 3-37 with some walks, non turned double plays, fielder choice.

        So again, RAB posters love to wrap their bodies around numbers to make their blanket high level comments without really looking at how those numbers are achieved.

        EX #2 – posted by Mike Axisa – Kerry Woods high ERA is the result of one bad outing in May. So again….. numbers numbers numbers – just story tellers

    • bexarama says:

      I really wonder whether some people are like, actually Royals fans or something that accidentally found this site

      • baby carlos says:

        Yes, I am a Royals fan. I guess a fan is not permitted to bitch about the inefficiencies of player performance. Excuse the fuck out of me.

        I expect these multi millionaires to perform as they are paid, not like some 50 year old couch potato sitting on a game blog.

        • Pat D says:

          I think you’re a bit too sensitive/taking things too seriously.

          • baby carlos says:

            Um, yes, I am the one. Apparently you ignore those that sit and wait for people to make stupid statements out of frustration only to remind them that they are a fucking idiot for expressing frustration. Because only positive emotion is allowed. Fans being fans is not allowed, only to speak in high level baseball knowledge, which aside from about 15 regulars who do nothing more than regurgitate everything they hear and read so they sound like they know what they are talking about, everyone else is just enjoying the game and getting frustrated seeing someone like Jeter swing at a 2-0 pitch and hit an easy ground out.

            • bexarama says:

              No, dude. I’ve said it a million times: You ONLY show up when they’re losing and you ONLY say negative comments about the players/game. It’s incredibly irritating. I’m not alone in my thoughts, either. Stop acting like a victim.

        • conker says:

          you would not survive as a royals fan.

  119. bonestock94 says:

    WHAT KIND OF MORON RESTS THEIR STAR PLAYERS FOR AN ALCS PREVIEW!?

  120. nathan says:

    I know all baseball fans are supposed to kiss Longoria’s rear end because he is the perfect ballplayer and all, but I find this “Beyond baseball watch a 3B HOFer” Longoria MLB commercial a little premature.

  121. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Pudge probably played 1500 games with the Rangers, no?

  122. JGS says:

    Wade Boggs to the trivia question?

  123. bonestock94 says:

    Fact: All 66 Yankee wins this season have come against the Kansas City Royals.

  124. Slappy White says:

    Yankees need to take the change every time….its never a strike….aaaaarrrrgggghhh

  125. Mike Pop says:

    Anyone else notice how James’ last name is spelled wrong on the uniform?

  126. rek4gehrig says:

    The change, the change…memories of the game against Toronto

  127. Marc says:

    Wouldn’t Matsui be considered for the trivia question?

  128. forensicnucchem says:

    Four innings is four innings. But, they have seen before that he throws lots of changeups, right?

  129. Jose the Satirist says:

    Internet high five to JGS.

  130. Alex S says:

    abreu?

  131. Ross in Jersey says:

    I know it’s going to happen anyway, but it would nice if people didn’t judge Berkman off this one series. The Rays pitchers are making everyone look stupid.

  132. Mike Axisa says:

    Wow CC, that’s on you.

  133. JGS says:

    Relax people, he wouldn’t have made it anyway. That one is on CC

  134. All-Star Carl says:

    great D today

  135. cjc says:

    um ya cover 1st CC

  136. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Berkman didn’t play that one well, but CC’s gotta get over there to cover.

  137. pat says:

    Tex turns a double play there.

  138. monty burns says:

    Its all part of the master plan like last year in the first half with the Sox and the Angels. Make them think they can beat you and then destroy them in the playoff run or in the playoffs.

  139. Dalelama says:

    Fat Elvis strikes again!!!

  140. Ross in Jersey says:

    CC must owe BABIP some money or something.

  141. bonestock94 says:

    MATSUI OR DAMON WOULD’VE HAD THAT.

  142. Slappy White says:

    I know CC should have been there, but Pumas gotta be wanting to hide right now

  143. Ari g says:

    Berkman is so bad, i like him but geez this kind can not field

    • whozat says:

      If he didn’t rush it, he wasn’t making the play anyway. So he decided to rush it in case so maybe he’d have a shot. That play is all on CC not getting over to the bag.

  144. Steve O. says:

    Breaking News: James “Medium-sized Game” Shields is good at baseball.

    More to come at 11.

    /TSJC’d

  145. monty burns says:

    CC you Fat Toad pussy you have to cover first base if you want to stay on my team

    -GMS (may he rest in peace)

  146. Adam says:

    Umm…Darling on TBS was just saying that if CC got his “ass” into his delivery that he would really be able to bring it. I kid not. There was much awkward silence afterwards.

  147. All-Star Carl says:

    CC man stop worrying about the damn runner. Get the hitter out.

  148. MikeD says:

    Interesting body language from Joba sitting next to Kerry Wood. The “arms-crossed, defensive position.”

  149. Ross in Jersey says:

    Well at least the Mets are getting housed by the D-backs again, so I won’t have to listen to Joe and Evan shitting on the Yankees tomorrow afternoon…

  150. Cy Farnsworth says:

    I love when Michael Kay tries to remind us of the angst involved with trades.

    Kerry Wood’s being paid more than $3 million dollars to spend 3 months in New York. He’s gonna be alright.

    • Slappy White says:

      THAT

    • forensicnucchem says:

      Totally agree, that drives me nuts.

    • Pasqua says:

      Colin Curtis was the new Orlando “He’s-Not-Afraid-Because-He-Came-Here-On-A-Raft” Hernandez for a while. Kay would keep saying things like, “Curtis doesn’t know fear on a baseball field. He beat cancer. For him, this is just fun.”

      That, I submit, was more annoying.

  151. Pat D says:

    He is definitely laboring.

  152. pat says:

    Wait, why are we walking Kelly Shoppach? Less go CC.

  153. whozat says:

    I’m telling you, spotty command since the break.

  154. Jose the Satirist says:

    Rays keyboard cat?

  155. Adam says:

    Hmm…the PA playing Scott Joplin. Though it does make sense that they would appeal to its fan base of centenarians.

  156. bexarama says:

    CC’s been a little off since the break but I have no doubt his next start, the Ridiculous CC Run Of Dominance begins anew.

  157. Mike Axisa says:

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Berkman.

  158. Apollo22237 says:

    Teix woulda had that.

  159. Marc says:

    Berkman! Retribution?!

  160. Slappy White says:

    Puma like reflexes

  161. rek4gehrig says:

    Nice play Elvis

  162. forensicnucchem says:

    Berkman woulda had it

  163. pat says:

    TEH PUMA STRIKESS

  164. bexarama says:

    Fat Elvis strikes again!!!!!

    /dalelama’d

  165. Ross in Jersey says:

    Big Puma, quick like a….. cat!

  166. smurfy says:

    whew, Berkman did something well

  167. monty burns says:

    Don’t let this fool go deep on you a la AJ last week.

  168. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Wow, CC looks pissed

  169. Ross in Jersey says:

    Phew, that looked like it had cheap-hit potential off the bat. Keepin it close CC… runs please!

  170. j_Yankees says:

    Booooooo. i want to continue to complain and bitch so i can sound like i’m smart and doing something with my lifE!!1111!11!1!!!!

  171. Jose the Satirist says:

    I have a question about the Berkman play where CC didn’t cover. Does that count against his UZR? Or is the failure of CC to cover accounted for?

  172. Reggie C. says:

    Buchholz is dealing. I hope Hughes is as good as when he’s Buchholz’s age.

  173. All-Star Carl says:

    Keep swinging at those change up scrubs.

  174. Slappy White says:

    Grandy seems to lack knowledge of the strike zone

  175. jonathan says:

    Do you Granderson has dyslexia and thinks Shields is throwing left handed?

  176. Mike Pop says:

    Big game James.

  177. Wooderson says:

    maybe this has been answered before, but why is kearns wearing 26? or more specifically, what is NJ wearing? does kearns really have that kinda clout where he could be like GIMME YER NUMBER!!!!!!!!!

  178. forensicnucchem says:

    Somebody please just make contact…

  179. Cy Farnsworth says:

    James Shields is doing work.

  180. Reggie C. says:

    Jamie Shields is supposed to be the FOURTH best pitcher on that staff behind Price, Garza, and Niemann.

    Fuck … this is some pitching staff.

  181. Mike Axisa says:

    Might as well try for the record at this point and try to strikeout 11 times in a row.

  182. All-Star Carl says:

    Tom Seaver better watch out.

  183. bexarama says:

    Ew, this is bad.

    (What is this, a negative opinion that doesn’t somehow tie into how the team sucks and is doomed? Gasp.)

  184. cjc says:

    this is just absurd now

  185. Ross in Jersey says:

    Bright side: this is better than a bunch of first-pitch outs

  186. Pat D says:

    At least Pena didn’t strike out.

  187. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Let’s be honest, contact is as good as we could’ve hoped for from Pena.

  188. B-Rando says:

    James Shields came to play today.

    CC may have tried to, but he’s been completely upstaged by Shields.

  189. Pat D says:

    Wow, the Drews only get 2%? Anti-Red Sox bias, I guess.

  190. The Goose says:

    Just givin’ this game away… I’m going to Jack-in-the-box.

  191. nathan says:

    Wait now Eckersley doesnt hv a problem with discussing “D Ortiz’s heroics against DET”. This is hilarious.

  192. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    BABIP is making CC his bitch today.

  193. ZZ says:

    AJ Burnett who Yankee fans say can’t be trusted has a lower ERA than James Shields.

    Shields is a pretty good pitcher but it is one game.

  194. pat says:

    Fortunate bounce.

  195. bexarama says:

    This game is one of those games, ain’t it

  196. Reggie C. says:

    CC just doesnt have it tonight … been saying that alot lately.

  197. jonathan says:

    I don’t think you can even call that a bad break when they’ve had like 87 lucky hits today…fuck i wish Granderson was hitting cleanup for them right now.

  198. monty burns says:

    Abreu gets to that ball

  199. jonathan says:

    suck on that BABIP

  200. Ross in Jersey says:

    5 innings, 2 hits, 0 line drives, 0 runs, 8 strikeouts. Who needs the A-lineup?

  201. pat says:

    Hahahah SUCKAZZ

  202. Mike Axisa says:

    Now that’s a momentum changer. Score some runs now, pls.

  203. smurfy says:

    goood things happen around Cano. Feel like Lance brought a black hole ith him.

  204. Pat D says:

    Gotta win 2 out of 3 from Toronto.

  205. bonestock94 says:

    We’re gonna win today, just wait.

  206. forensicnucchem says:

    Hey look, a changeup…

  207. Ross in Jersey says:

    Would Tampa throw Benoit and Soriano 3 days in a row?

  208. Steve O. says:

    10 baserunners in 4 innings, and only 3 runs? Yes, please.

  209. monty burns says:

    Puma !!!

  210. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    Rally time.

  211. Accent Shallow says:

    Hell of a “single”

  212. All-Star Carl says:

    Grats Puma

  213. bonestock94 says:

    Big puma!

  214. Ross in Jersey says:

    BUS- oh. Yay!

  215. pat says:

    Open ze floodgates!

  216. claybeez says:

    Good swings there

  217. Cy Farnsworth says:

    There we go Whiskers.

    Let’s put a run on the board.

  218. forensicnucchem says:

    True Yankee.

  219. smurfy says:

    Berkmanis gonna get us going!

  220. j_Yankees says:

    Fat Elvis in the building.

  221. Mike Axisa says:

    Lance Berkman is hitting the ball incredibly soft.

    /Slappy White’d

  222. Apollo22237 says:

    That move by Shields in the stretch is so weird.

  223. smurfy says:

    diddledamn!

  224. Adam says:

    Ugh…scaled that. Good base running by Berkman.

  225. Steve O. says:

    Good job working the count there, Fat Elvis.

  226. pat says:

    Son of bitch.

  227. monty burns says:

    come on don’t waste the Berkman single.

  228. Ross in Jersey says:

    That’s all we needed, another blown call.

  229. All-Star Carl says:

    Umps baby!

  230. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Yet another bad call.

  231. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    Could have been a rally, but the BABIP Gods are not on the Yankees’ side tonight.

  232. V says:

    Foul ball. Bad call. Surprise, surprise, surprise.

    Goddamnit, I hope the umpires are locked out when their contract is up. I wish I could get paid that much to suck that bad at my job.

  233. forensicnucchem says:

    Yeah, that figures…

  234. rek4gehrig says:

    Dont these umps know the rules? Or are they simply blind?

  235. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    le sigh

  236. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Where did that pitch miss?

  237. monty burns says:

    Jason please call us we want your business back

    thanks
    BALCO

  238. All-Star Carl says:

    Michael Kay should be fired. How can the announcer of The New York Yankees be so damn stupid?

  239. pat says:

    Damn, feels like CC is falling behind everyone.

  240. All-Star Carl says:

    This should be ZZ’s last inning.

  241. monty burns says:

    Joba up yet?

    • MikeD says:

      Be interesting to see if Joe pulls CC after this inning considering his pitch counts the last two games. I say he comes back out.

  242. monty burns says:

    Suzyn Waldman is like nails on a chalk board.

  243. baby carlos says:

    man 3 hits, 9 strike outs…at least Berkman got a hit.

  244. nathan says:

    As I listen to Eckersley go on and on abut pitch couns and how in his era pitchers lasted longer, I understand one thing clearly he is intenionally leaving out greenies/amphs — no one is nieve enought to think the pitchers didnt use them — I firmly believe those substances were pivotal for them and we have taken that away from modern day athletes and complain abt them.

    Its like complaining abt Congress when we all know they are no different today than they were years ago except in the twitter worls you cant get away with it.

  245. Slappy White says:

    Nows the time for our big rally…..Come on Yanks , show your deep thickness

  246. Mike Axisa says:

    Alright, now it’s time to do some work.

  247. All-Star Carl says:

    Brett Gardner playing Drums lol

  248. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    That was the funniest thing ever, Gardner just drumming in his own little world…

  249. forensicnucchem says:

    Steal!!!

  250. All-Star Carl says:

    Epic. Can’t wait for the pop up.

  251. Cy Farnsworth says:

    I dunno about this, runner on first, 2 outs, Ramiro Pena on deck?

    I’d save A-Rod for a better spot.

  252. Mike Axisa says:

    I get the sneaking suspicion that Ramiro Pena is going to be allowed to bat for himself.

  253. monty burns says:

    Dammit he had his pitch there!

  254. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Complain all you want, but that was on the corner.

  255. jonathan says:

    that was WAY inside…Eck said it wasn’t a strike but he deserves it anyway….WHOA bias

  256. All-Star Carl says:

    Omg that’s in the fucking batters box.

  257. nathan says:

    that didnt look like a strike to me.

  258. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    Holy shit ump is blind. But then A-Rod did his awkward smile thing and I laughed.

  259. Reggie C. says:

    SUCH FAIL.

    Alex didn’t protect the plate and deserved to be K’d right there.

  260. Cy Farnsworth says:

    I don’t mean to be a jerk, but that kid can’t sing.

    /free Ronan Tynan

  261. rek4gehrig says:

    Yikes….she is really bad

  262. monty burns says:

    CC Wood or Joba Here?

  263. Great, another tone deaf kid singing.

  264. forensicnucchem says:

    Yikes, that was terrible singing.

  265. baby carlos says:

    yankee hitters used like times square whores today.

  266. baby carlos says:

    So first time pitchers and change up throwing pitchers – Yankees kryptonite.

  267. jonathan says:

    it was a strike to Arod blue!

  268. nathan says:

    Well looks like 8 th inning is our real chance now. Gardy, Jeter, Lance and Tex. I like our chances.

  269. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Ha that first Pitch from CC was pretty close to the last one from Sheilds.

  270. monty burns says:

    Wood wearing 39 Somewhere Ron Davis smiles.

  271. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    I’m all for using CC as much as possible, but let’s not forget he’s coming off of three straight seasons of pitching a ridiculously high amount of innings. I’d hate to see him blow up in the playoffs from overuse.

  272. All-Star Carl says:

    Best strikeout ever

  273. Literal Jim says:

    Well at least we get to see what wood has.

  274. Say what you want about Kim Jong-il, but there are things you have to love about the guy as a sports fan.

    http://www.tmz.com/category/tmzsports/

  275. MikeD says:

    Forget about having no father. That kid in the anti-smoking commercial is going to have no shoulder if he keeps throwing the ball like that.

  276. boogie down says:

    The old Longo-Wood match up, eh?

  277. Andy says:

    Why take out CC now? He’s only at 112. I don’t get it.

  278. bonestock94 says:

    K

  279. Adam says:

    Wow, Wood looks like a kid again! Hmm, perhaps I need to shave…

  280. Slappy White says:

    No wonder Woods always hurt , TBS announcer just said hes always had gas

  281. Mike Axisa says:

    Sit the fuck down, Evan.

    • Slappy White says:

      Got him with the big Yacker….Now Pumas gonna blast one, he’s been hitting the ball incredibly hard

  282. All-Star Carl says:

    Omg that was the best K ever sorry.

  283. smurfy says:

    wooo, good Wood!

  284. Ross in Jersey says:

    Ok you guys, THIS is the inning the B-lineup scores a run!

  285. Mike Nitabach says:

    WOOD!

  286. Adam says:

    Wow, nasty hook…

  287. monty burns says:

    wow he still has the hook. Nice I have wood.

  288. Accent Shallow says:

    I wish Kerry Wood still threw that slurve. You know the one.

  289. rek4gehrig says:

    Knee buckling..wow!!!

  290. Literal Jim says:

    IETSO

  291. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    Random fact of the day: A player from the AL Central has won every CY Young award since 2004.

  292. smurfy says:

    a swinging slider miss, then a loopy curveball. Slip ‘n slide.

  293. Slappy White says:

    Looks like Wood really got it up for that AB

  294. Matty Ice says:

    Holy knee-buckler Batman!!

  295. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    Shields still in, let’s crush him please!

  296. All-Star Carl says:

    Pap blows another save. Thought I might just throw that in.

  297. Apollo22237 says:

    Glad I turned on the Boston game, good job Papelblown.

  298. Mike Axisa says:

    Brett Gardner’s hitting .228 since mid-June.

  299. smurfy says:

    Maddon’s gonna stomp out our nascent rally, he figures.

  300. pat says:

    Shields getting a raucous standing O from all 8,000 Rays fans there.

  301. All-Star Carl says:

    I wouldn’t even swing the bat

  302. Slappy White says:

    61 hits in 38 innings?

  303. Alex S says:

    ooff Puma

  304. Slappy White says:

    Dammit . Berkman hit it too hard

  305. pat says:

    That fucking sucked.

  306. monty burns says:

    Puma-ed

  307. bexarama says:

    I turned on the game (I admit I have been flipping around) just in time to see that ;_;

  308. Poopy Pants says:

    I’m glad the second hottest hitter on the team is hitting 6th.

  309. monty burns says:

    Playoff Bullpen can be devastating.
    Mo closer
    Drob-Wood set up
    Hughes-Joba Strikeout matchup
    Logan/Marte Loogy

  310. monty burns says:

    Guadin up as Girardi raises the white flag.

  311. jonathan says:

    it would help if you jumped Cano

  312. All-Star Carl says:

    Slider? Curve?

  313. MikeD says:

    36,000 is a sell out in Tampa? The place looks bigger than that. They must close off sections to get to that number.

  314. monty burns says:

    Throw the heater now
    Bartlett will be bailing

  315. pat says:

    Hah, thanks Bartlett. Small Ball FTW!

  316. Dalelama says:

    Bring in Boone Logan

  317. All-Star Carl says:

    He has a change up also

  318. monty burns says:

    Mo please teach Kerry how to throw the cutter
    thanks
    New York Yankees fans,

  319. Mark says:

    Please don’t get a hit I can’t here the term “Yankee Killer”

  320. pat says:

    Oh bullshit Joyce grew up a Tampa fan and used to sit in the bleachers.

  321. Poopy Pants says:

    Oh no!

  322. Mark says:

    Gaudin coming in really?

  323. pat says:

    Gaudin? Oh shit.

  324. All-Star Carl says:

    Don’t know why Joe G had Kerry Wood come in after CC went 6 2/3, but whatever. I guess he loves his 2 inning guys.

  325. Ross in Jersey says:

    So the guy to bring in here is…. Gaudin? Really? I mean jesus christ Joe, if you don’t want to win the game why even come to the ballpark? Please, anyone, defend this.

  326. Mike Axisa says:

    Yep, up goes the white flag.

  327. j_Yankees says:

    Not even going to let him put out his own fire? Really? Gaudin?

  328. bexarama says:

    Tigers lose on a walk-off thrown-away-bunt. WTB, Detroit.

  329. Poopy Pants says:

    No… you see… it’s GOOD to use your worst pitchers in high leverage situations… because it’s good to rest your best pitchers… it’s good to keep the whole season in mind… think LONG term…

  330. MikeD says:

    Man, that looked really close.

  331. Poopy Pants says:

    Joe Mauer just had a bad flashback.

  332. Andy says:

    I’m sorry but what the fuck is this decision.

  333. boogie down says:

    Close shave Barbasol on that one

  334. Mark says:

    Leyland uses Valverde 60 pitches Friday, then Coke blows the game yesterday, then they blow the game on a pitchers error today.

    1-6 week for the Tigers see you next year.

  335. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    My pants are full of poop right now. That was scary close to being fair.

  336. smurfy says:

    one inch from disaster

  337. MikeD says:

    Come on, Chad. Deal one of those 100 mph fastballs you have. Oh, wait…

  338. All-Star Carl says:

    Strike him out then do the Valverde

  339. rek4gehrig says:

    Chad the Man

  340. forensicnucchem says:

    Wow, I know Gaudin sucks guys, but it’s not like Wood has been good either…

  341. Mark says:

    Gaudin lol, nice job.

  342. Little Bill says:

    Joe knows what he’s doing.

  343. ARX says:

    Gaudin puts out the fire?
    Hell just froze over.

  344. j_Yankees says:

    Well…..it worked. Doesn’t mean i like it.

  345. pat says:

    Girardi = Genius.

  346. Slappy White says:

    Give him credit, Gaudin came in Deep and Thick

  347. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    Good job Gaudin! Now a tired Soriano coming in who didn’t have his best stuff yesterday, YES PLEASE!

  348. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Color me impressed. Gaudin challenging hitters with his fastball.

  349. Carlosologist says:

    Clutch strikeout by Gaudin.

  350. Ross in Jersey says:

    It’s cool Joe, Boston won again, no need to play this game with any urgency.

  351. Hummingbird S. says:

    Remember this day! This will be remembered as the day we won the division with an incredible comeback win against the Rays. It all started with Gaudin coming through big time!

  352. bexarama says:

    Yeah I can understand Girardi giving some guys a day off, I don’t understand him bringing in Gaudin with the bases loaded to face a LHB.

    And of course it works o_O

  353. nathan says:

    Wouldnt be surprised if it came down to Alex again. Come on Alex.

  354. All-Star Carl says:

    Why can’t our guys take a strike? Just 1.

  355. Humdinger says:

    Girardi threw in the towel when he made out the starting lineup. And I’m getting tired of hearing what a great hitting coach K Long is. He’s helped Swisher and Cano, but he’s turned a bunch of career .300 hitters into .260 guys. And he’s helped Tex go from bad Aprils to bad Mays and June’s too.

  356. All-Star Carl says:

    Another ball outside called a strike. Got to love these umps baby.

  357. Poopy Pants says:

    Gaudin is the only player on this team that doesn’t get an F- today.

  358. Jersey Johnny says:

    This team makes me sick. Embarrassing.

  359. mike says:

    another ump-killed rally

  360. V says:

    What’s the point in having a defined strike zone if it’s just going to be ignored?

  361. All-Star Carl says:

    Posada will strike out on a slider down and in.

  362. Ross in Jersey says:

    Can we PLEASE make a little noise here?

  363. Dalelama says:

    Girardi gave this one away……

  364. Ross in Jersey says:

    This just in: it’s hard to win games when you score zero runs.

    Shocking, I know.

  365. MikeD says:

    Well, back home we a come.

  366. forensicnucchem says:

    That sure was a yucky game.

  367. pat says:

    And the season is over. It was a good run. When does winter ball start?

  368. Jersey Johnny says:

    Even Jerry Manuel can “manage” this team to a winning record.

  369. Humdinger says:

    Maybe I should have said .270…Arod, Jeter.

  370. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    I’m not upset, just not our day today. Should be an easy series win back at home against Toronto. Hopefully the Twins can beat the Rays a few times too.

    • Apollo22237 says:

      That’s right, I mean that one inning where Teix hit a line drive right at the 2nd baseman, and then Cano hit the shot foul down the line which was called fair. After that happened, I figured we were definitely in trouble.

    • forensicnucchem says:

      They should be able to beat them, but I don’t see how it’s going to be an ‘easy’ series win. There’s no way to know what to expect from our 3 starters in that series. Amazingly enough, AJ might be the most predictable of the 3.

      • Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

        Yeah, I don’t like the pitching match-ups, but they’re offense is basically Bautista (who can only hit homers) and crap so I think we’ll be okay.

        • forensicnucchem says:

          Well, it’s been like that most of the year (though they’ve slowed a bit lately) and the Yanks are only 3-3 against them mostly because of the Jays pitching, homers, and Bautista. That’s plenty for them to win a series.

          The Yanks offense needs to find a groove soon hopefully.

  371. j-f says:

    Well I’m shocked the the B lineup was not as effective as the A lineup

  372. Zanath says:

    Oh well. At least we are still in first, right? Would have liked to see the team make some more noise, but what can you do.

  373. forensicnucchem says:

    At least they avoided setting Shields’ career high in K’s.

  374. Jersey Johnny says:

    This poor excuse of a team will go 1-3 in the playoffs.

  375. Zanath says:

    Who is pitching for the Jays tomorrow? Anybody know?

  376. Carlosologist says:

    We’re still up one game on the Rays and we’re still in first place. There’s 58 games left in the season. A sweep of the Jays at home should put more distance between us.

    • j-f says:

      You’re right, and coming into this series I thought I’d be happy with taking 1 and keeping first place. But I’m a little ticked that Girardi put that lineup out there in the biggest game of the season so far. It makes this loss a lot harder to swallow

      • Dirty Pena says:

        Look at the lineup Joe Maddon put out. Willy Aybar cleanup and Bartlett in the 6 hole. It’s one game and no fan has any idea why Girardi made the decisions he did. It’s why he’s the manager and you’re not.

    • Dirty Pena says:

      We’re still up one game on the Rays and we’re still in first place. We’re ONLY up one game, which means nothing because one year when the Yankees were good they ended up not winning the World Series. There’s 58 games left in the season. The season is basically over. A sweep of the Jays at home should put more distance between us. The Jays are gonna sweep this pathetic excuse for a “team.”

      /Jersey Johnny’d

    • forensicnucchem says:

      I don’t see a sweep happening. They lost the first series against them, won the second without a sweep, they have their 2 best starters going plus Morrow who has shown he can dominate the Yanks, plus the Yanks have Moseley pitching one game.

      All things considered, it’ll be tough enough to win the series, much less sweep it.

  377. Apollo22237 says:

    We must stop feeding the trolls. Hope the trolls find somewhere else to feed.

    • pat says:

      Hopefully the trolls get smashed with the ban hammer. Seems like an easy fix.

    • Jersey Johnny says:

      It’s just amazing how this series didn’t frustrate you people. CC pitched an average game, The offense only showed up for one game and Girardi managed this game as if it was against Baltimore on a lazy April Sunday. It’s ridiculous, they do want to win the division right? Or should we just aim to get in the playoffs?

      • Brian says:

        I know this may come as a shock to you, but the Yankees can’t win every game. A pitcher who had a great game + some off hitting = a loss.

        Does it suck? Yeah.

        Is it frustrating? Absolutely.

        But it happens and we have to live with it. Sometimes, it’s just not your day and it wasn’t ours.

      • Dirty Pena says:

        It is frustrating. But it’s just one 3-game series. Over 162 games, you can’t expect the team to play lights out every game. Even the 1998 Yankees went through mediocre stretches, it doesn’t mean they suck.

      • Apollo22237 says:

        It did frustrate, but obviously anything we did today wasn’t going to work. Shields was pitching great today.
        Also, now we will have our “A” lineup vs a worse team, which should increase our chances of winning. This was a game we were going to lose one way or the other. Can’t win em all.

        Zen baseball for me today.

        • forensicnucchem says:

          I wouldn’t expect the full ‘A’ lineup until Friday. Girardi said he needs to get Swisher a day (probably tomorrow), I’m sure Granderson will get a day (probably Tuesday), Jeter will probably get a day, and you know Jorge can’t catch more than 2 games in a row.

      • Apollo22237 says:

        I enjoy how all 3 of us said more or less the same thing.

  378. bexarama says:

    The obvious answer why we lost the game: Not enough deepness and thickness.

  379. Pat D says:

    Well, really need to win 5 of the next 7.

    Then at least 4 out of 6 against Texas and KC.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Winning nine of 13 isn’t be easy, regardless of who you face. That’s a 112 win pace.

      • Jersey Johnny says:

        I apologize if my posts annoy people but this team,with all the talent in the world, is so frustrating to root for.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          They lost 2/3 to the Rays. Big deal, it’s not the end of the world. They’re in first place with the best record in baseball and no worse than the second worse offense. They just massively improved the DH spot and bench and added a good arm to the bullpen.

          Every team has frustrating games, it happens over 162 games. Would you rather be in Tampa’s shoes? I wouldn’t.

        • pat says:

          Calling your posts annoying is an insult to annoying posts. Yours are God awful.

      • Pat D says:

        Hmm, true. It’s just that the Rays don’t show signs of slowing down.

  380. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    Don’t you just hate the people who are so called “fans” of the Yankees that like to cry/bitch/moan about every little thing, have zero to little faith in the team and ignore every single grain of reality?

    But when the Yankees are marching down the canyon of heroes, they are there front and center to claim all the glory that is known as the Yankees? Because they saw them through thick and thin? Because they were the ones who were there with their undying optimism cheering the Yankees on?

    I know I do, “fans” like that don’t deserve to bask in the glory of Yankees victory. Its like beating your child to near death when they make one small little mistake but you hug them and love them to bits when they get 100 on an exam. This was a tough game to watch. But there is always tomorrow, its not like the Yankees are 9 games behind the 1st place Rays. I can understand that people can be a bit flustered and frustrated, but for those that are just ignoring everything and shitting all over the Yankees. Go cheer another team on, in fact I think the Mets need fans like you.

    • bexarama says:

      I don’t understand how people are Mets fans O_O

    • Humdinger says:

      Thank God we have you to tell us what a fan should be. So your big thing is to “bask in the glory of Yankees victory”…..How’s your bask working for you today? What did you do when the Yanks dropped four straight in the playoffs to the Red Sox? Did you have some “bask” stored up to get you through the off season. How do you do it, because I want to be a perfect fan just like you.

      • bexarama says:

        I can understand that people can be a bit flustered and frustrated, but for those that are just ignoring everything and shitting all over the Yankees.

      • pat says:

        Lol, I haven’t seen someone that angry with the bask since the last ETA bombing.

      • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

        I was devastated by dropping 4 straight in the postseason to the ever despicable Bossux, in fact I was pissed. ANYONE WOULD BE. But did I go around shitting on the team? Nope.

        Never did I say I was a perfect fan, but I try my best to stick with the team through thick and thin. If they lose, then they lose. I’m not going to bitch at them, because it sure as hell won’t help anything out. If the Yankees season ended now, I would be frustrated. But I sure as hell wouldn’t say stuff like “Jeter/ARod is a choke artist, Joe G should be fired and all our pick ups this season were BUSTS.” I’ll just pat myself and say “There is always next season.”

        What bothers me are the “fans” who only cheer their team when they win. When the team loses, THEY SHIT ALL OVER THE TEAM. They made an error? OFF WITH THEIR HEADS. They lose a game? THEY SUCK! Are people going to cry over little things? Or see the bigger picture?

        Is it possible that these cry babies say all this so that IF AND WHEN THE YANKEES LOSE they’ll look like COMPLETE GENIUSES?

  381. larryf says:

    Speaking of A lineups and B lineups I would like to see Grittner lead off. Find another place for Jeter who swings at too many pitches. He could have so many more walks but he swings at so many pitches up/down/in/out etc. frustrating…. but-the wait for Montero continues to get shorter. He is some kind of 20 year old Pujols-saw him night as I mentioned on the Scranton thread…

  382. V says:

    I’m still trying to get why people are whining that the ‘A lineup’ didn’t play. The ‘A’ lineup that includes an ARod who has been slumping? Gardner who has been slumping? Huh?

    • Jersey Johnny says:

      Don’t forget a deteriorating Jeter who still keeps leading off. Of course, he’ll still want his $75 million for 3 years at the end of this year.

  383. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Who’s this young Berkman fella? Kid’s got a future.

  384. pat says:

    Haha, the Steinbrenner calzone episode is on TBS right now.

  385. Carlosologist says:

    The 1998 Yankees, one of the greatest teams in baseball history, started the season 0-3.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      The Yankees are 66-38 and one game up after today. After 104 games last year, they were 62-42 and 0.5 up.

      • Carlosologist says:

        So you’re saying there’s a chance?

        • Dirty Pena says:

          No. He’s not saying that. Dude, the 2006 Yankees had a good record and you see what happened to them? Does 2005 ring a ball? TWO THOUSAND TWO??!?!?!?1111/!?

      • Jersey Johnny says:

        I know but the division wasn’t as tough as this year is.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          Right, and you should be encouraged that the Yankees have a better record this year in a tougher division than last year.

          • Jersey Johnny says:

            What was their record vs. the division at this time last year? I can’t seem to find a website that has that.

            • Dirty Pena says:

              They were 0-8 vs. Boston at this point last year so I’m not really sure where you’re going with this…

            • bexarama says:

              Someone conveniently forgot the 0-8 vs. Boston

            • forensicnucchem says:

              20-18 vs. AL East entering August last year.
              23-14 vs. AL East entering August this year.

              • forensicnucchem says:

                Sorry, 23-13 this year (that 14 included today).

              • Jersey Johnny says:

                Am I the only who is frustrated by this team? This team is way better than the 2009 version, except for the bullpen, but I just don’t have that feeling expecting to win every game like last year.

                • bexarama says:

                  Am I the only who is frustrated by this team?
                  No. However, if you want to express these sentiments in the manner you have been, which is very irrational and “THIS TEAM SUX!!!!!!”, this probably isn’t the best place to be.

                  This team is way better than the 2009 version, except for the bullpen, but I just don’t have that feeling expecting to win every game like last year.
                  Sense, this makes none. And I’m so sure you had that feeling all last year. Also, newsflash: 2009 Yankees actually lost some games.

        • D says:

          the yankees were .5 games up at this same point last year… that means the division is about equally tough as it was last year…

          how can you truly be this bad of a commenter?

          yeesh

    • bexarama says:

      Um Carlosologist you’re only forgetting that they had the record they did because they went and fired everyone after that 0-3 start obviously.

  386. nathan says:

    1-2 @ Tb is nothing to be ashamed of. The funny thing is that even if we had swept them off the division isnt gonnab locked up. This division — particularly looking at the schedules of teams in September — will be close until the last fortnight.

    I am happy where they are, would have been elated to win this series but this is not a show-me series for the Yanks this was a show-me series for Rays and they showed us that they can hang around with us, but after watching them I have no doubts that if a potential ALCS happens we can come out pretty good.

    I would like to face the Rangers in ALCS however, that would be a lot more fun series with all the additions they have made.

  387. FIPster Doofus says:

    The anger over losing this series is baffling. The Yankees arrived in Tampa in first place and they’ll leave in first. Today was a poor performance, yes, but yesterday’s game was epic and Friday’s was a matter of Hughes making one mistake. This series could’ve gone either way.

    Relax.

  388. forensicnucchem says:

    For the heck of it, looking ahead if pitching schedules hold the Yanks will miss Matsuzaka against Boston (that kind of sucks), but then they’ll miss Lee against Texas and Grienke against KC. That’s cool.

  389. forensicnucchem says:

    Status check: many of us were thinking 30-19 over this 49 game stretch with two days off. That’s a .612 winning %.

    Thus far they are 8-5, which is a .615 winning %. Plus, most of their tougher opponents were near the beginning of the stretch. If they can get through the next 9 at only 5-4 (Toronto, Boston, Texas) and then beat up on the remaining teams at 17-10 they’ll reach that 30-19 record.

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