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.

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

    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

      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

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

  • Brooklyn Ed

    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

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

    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

    • Brooklyn Ed

      see above. LOL…

  • Slappy White

    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

    • Jose the Satirist

      You want a real run on sentence? Read Molly Bloom’s soliloquy.

  • ecks

    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

      Can we get a nickname for you guys?

      Gard-Leadoffers
      Jete-battingninthers
      DJ-oviouslyfelloffthecliffbecausehesolders

      something?

  • forensicnucchem

    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…

  • forensicnucchem

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

    • Jose the Satirist

      Wind?

      • forensicnucchem

        Sorry, not enough sarcasm in there I guess (it was like a day game at Wrigley with all the homers). I fail…

        • Jose the Satirist

          My bad. I didn’t pick up on it.

      • Steve O.

        Forget it, he’s on a roll.

    • J Will

      They got Kearns to mainly play LF, so not sure what you’re talking about. They’re playing in a dome, so not sure what you’re talking about.

      • forensicnucchem

        They got Kearns to mainly play LF

        That’s exactly what I’m talking about. Everyone lauded him for his RF defense numbers, conveniently ignoring the other spots like he’s not going to play them at all.

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

          I think we were lauding him for his RF numbers because we expect them to translate to LF just fine.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

          His numbers in LF are adequate, and they come in a sample too small to discern anything. His numbers in RF are very good, and I see no real reason for them to be appreciably different in LF. The two positions are largely considered to be of equal difficulty.

          • Jose the Satirist

            “His numbers in LF are adequate, and they come in a sample too small to discern anything.”

            This doesn’t make sense to me. How can his numbers be both adequate but also too small a sample to mean anything?

            • http://theyankeeu.com Moshe Mandel

              Not sure what the problem is. The numbers themselves are adequate, but its hard to draw conclusions from them. So if I said after a week that, say, Cervelli’s .299 average was adequate but too small a sample to draw conclusions about him from, it would be the same thing.

      • Poopy Pants

        Wow. Lots of people who don’t get very about jokes about wind in a dome. Embarrassing.

        • Jose the Satirist

          I’m committing seppuku now.

  • Vin

    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?

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

      At home against the Jays on Monday.

      • Paramecium Jones

        Since the majority of people on RAB have already made a prediction and it’s been wrong, could we just say everyone’s wrong and wait for it to happen?

        /just askin’

  • monty burns

    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.

  • The Goose

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

    • ZZ

      I have to say, that is a very astute observation.

    • forensicnucchem

      Based on what was said in the pregame, sounds like we’ll have to wait until Friday to see the full new lineup.

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

      Both lineups today are LOLineups

    • The Goose

      I would tend to think Granderson would get less laying time over Kearns. With Gardner moving to center. I guess joe’s trying things out.

      • ZZ

        The lohud pregame notes explain why.

        • The Goose

          Gotcha.

  • monty burns

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

    • Slappy White

      still better than the red pajamas Boston wear

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

      I disagree. The Royals power blues were (and are) beautiful.

  • All-Star Carl

    CC Perfect or No hitter today.

  • Slappy White

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

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

      I personally call him “Medium-sized Game James”.

  • Poopy Pants

    Wow, Derek.

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

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

  • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

    0-5 as a Yankee. Bust

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

      Berkman was a desperation panic move. Yankees should have just resigned Matsui and Damon.

      /Lupica’d

      • Apollo22237

        But Matsui has decent numbers and surrounding him with our lineup would make him great. No mention of the fact that Berkman has similar numbers with an even worse lineup than the Angels.

        Matsui coming here makes him better, but I guess Berkman coming here doesn’t change a thing.

        • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

          Matsui doesn’t have decent numbers–his OBP is lower than Jeter’s

          • Apollo22237

            Well, according to Fruit Lupes, Matsui becomes an all out MVP when in our lineup.

            Maybe a little exaggeration by me, but whatever.

  • Poopy Pants

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

  • Slappy White

    Fat Elvis IS hitting the ball incredibly soft

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

      Based on the four times he’s put the ball in play as a Yankee?

      • Slappy White

        and the .245BA…..but dont get me wrong, I love the pickup. He WILL hit

  • Apollo22237

    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.

    • Carlosologist

      (golf clap)

      • Apollo22237

        Just joining in on the fun.

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

    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!!!! ?

    • Apollo22237

      but… but… BIG GAME JAMES!!??!

      • Jose the Satirist

        Worst. Nickname. Ever.

        (comic book guy voice)

        • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

          I think anything with “worst. XYZ. ever.” is done in Comic Book Guy voice by default

    • Slappy White

      You know how bad Tthe Rays make us look

  • Accent Shallow

    Holy shit, Robbie.

  • Poopy Pants

    Yay, Cano.

  • Carlosologist

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

  • monty burns

    Cano should be MVP

  • Will (the other one)

    Lazy, Robbie. Lazy.

  • monty burns

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

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

    God I love Robinson Cano

  • Poopy Pants

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

  • Poopy Pants

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

    • Ross in Jersey

      Let’s get this runner in…

  • monty burns

    Nick ( I eat the Rays for breakfast ) Swisher.

  • Ross in Jersey

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

  • Will (the other one)

    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…

  • monty burns

    Hip Hip Jorge chant from the croud lol

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

    Hip hip … George.

  • Accent Shallow

    Clearly, the “Hip Hip Jorge” chants work.

    • Ross in Jersey

      4 hopper through the infield… just as planned

  • monty burns

    Poor Granderson needs a full Kevin Long rebuild.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Nevermind the fact that he’s been very good at the plate recently.

      • monty burns

        do you see how fidgety he is at the plate. Look at how quiet Swisher is at the plate now thanks to KL. Granderson needs to learn to control it.

        • Ross in Jersey

          and yet somehow he got to the major leagues like that…

    • forensicnucchem

      He’s 2-23 against Shields. The result there wasn’t too surprising…

  • All-Star Carl

    Granderson had 2 fastballs to hit.

  • monty burns

    Kearns can be an instant hero here.

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

      I don’t think a second inning base hit would make him a hero. Even if it was a homer.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

    Humbug

  • Ross in Jersey

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

  • esteban

    BUST

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

    Gardner woulda had it.

  • Jimmy

    There goes that perfect game.

    • Poopy Pants

      “It’s still just perfect to me!”

      – Game’s mother

  • Ross in Jersey

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

  • monty burns

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

  • All-Star Carl

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

  • jonathan

    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

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

    Gardner woulda had that too.

  • monty burns

    Texiera has that.

  • Jimmy

    Bust.

  • jonathan

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

    • forensicnucchem

      Giambi would’ve just turned around and watched it drop…

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    I’m not even mad, that was funny.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Unreal. Luckiest fucking run ever.

  • forensicnucchem

    Teixeira woulda had it

    Guess we have a new one now…

  • All-Star Carl

    Fat Elvis

  • Dalelama

    Fat Elvis strikes!!!!!

  • whozat

    Great call getting Tex out of the field, Joe.

    • bonestock94

      Yea, imagine resting your first baseman with 60 or so games left!

      • whozat

        How about doing it tomorrow against the Blue Jays, who suck?

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

          Or how about doing on turf to protect their legs?

  • Dave

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

    • pat

      Only 700 games MLB experience at 1b.

  • Poopy Pants

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

  • monty burns

    1-0 Rays over Girardi.

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

      Heh, have you seen Maddon’s lineup today?

      • forensicnucchem

        Well, Pena’s hurt and Joyce doesn’t play vs. lefties. That’s different than just giving days off…

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

      Did Girardi throw the pitch that resulted in the double and single? Hmmmm … no.

      • Jose the Satirist

        He called for it from the bench.

  • nathan

    Not sure if Tex would hv caught that either.

  • jonathan

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

  • Ross in Jersey

    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?

    • Jimmy

      Spot on.

    • All-Star Carl

      I agree

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

      The last time A-Rod played three straight games on turf, his hip acted up. Gardner’s been pretty sucky this month, and Tex is DH’ing. Let’s not act like a run off a bloop single in the 2nd inning is the end of the world.

      • Jose the Satirist

        Sanity thy name is Axisa.

      • Ross in Jersey

        Bad timing, didn’t mean to act like it was because of the run scored. But Joe had a chance to put his best lineup on the field today and drop the hammer, but chose to rest guys instead.

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

      Personal commitment: I never complain about days off. If the manager says Player X needs a breather, he needs a breather. I’m sure Joe Girardi didn’t want to put a weaker lineup against the Rays in an important game, but he did it. Probably because his hands were tied.

      • Jose the Satirist

        How can we possibly know all the circumstances? For all we know Tex said he was a little sore today.

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

        Yep.

        Maddon’s lineup is also quite weak today.

      • Apollo22237

        Run these players into the ground. Back in the day everyone would play 4 games a day and only be payed a hot dog and a nickel.
        These baseball players aren’t human beings or a business investment, run em out there until they can’t move.

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

    Mienkaljflsjotw would’ve had it.

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

  • JSquared

    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.

    • Jose the Satirist

      If everyone here was a manager the Yankees would never lose a game.

      • JSquared

        Impossible.

  • monty burns

    Pitcher is up first.

    That play really did look like Giambino.

  • Pat D

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

    /sorrybutIcan’tstandthewifeofVinceMcMahonbeingintheSenate’d

    • Poopy Pants

      Linda McMahon couldn’t possibly be any more abysmal than Bush, Cheney, Obama, Pelosi, Palin, Clinton or Biden.

      • Pat D

        Yes, yes she could.

        • Poopy Pants

          No she’s couldn’t.

          • Pat D

            I’m curious as to your rationale why.

            • V

              Because she wouldn’t be President or Vice President or Speaker of the House.

              Senators can’t screw up as much.

              • Pat D

                Yes they can. They’re the ones who make the deals and write the bills (supposedly) and vote on them and stuff.

                Being just 1 of 100 is the only excuse for that.

                • V

                  Rookies don’t do much.

                  • Pat D

                    Joe McCarthy says hello.

                    So does Barack Obama.

            • Poopy Pants

              It would be very hard to screw things up more than the idiots I mentioned. I have no idea what Linda’s policies are, but she can’t be as bad as those aforementioned dummies.

              • Pat D

                Well one of her ideas is increased offshore oil drilling.

                Because we all know how well that’s been working lately.

                • Poopy Pants

                  It would be working great, if Clinton (yes Clinton) didn’t bring in a company that was kicked out of Europe (because Europe knew they were idiots) to do the offshore drilling.

              • Zack

                She wants to cut spending and create jobs, somehow.

                Cut spending = cutting services = cut jobs
                Create jobs = increase services = increase spending

    • esteban

      I don’t know, she could find a way to make C-Span more eterntaining.

      Tonight on C-Span: Ways and Mean Commission of Pain vs. Fightin Finance Committee

      • Pat D

        I would watch that.

        But only so long as it’s not PG and there are steel chairs and weapons and blood.

  • All-Star Carl

    watch Pena hit a double

  • Pat D

    Did anyone see what number Wood is adorning?

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

      39

  • ZZ

    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?

    • Pat D

      Pretty bad. They lost 4 games!

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

        At one point we trailed in the World Series. UNACCEPTABLE.

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

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

      Heh. I’m pretty sure we saw that in just that one Dodger series alone.

  • monty burns

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

    • whozat

      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

  • forensicnucchem

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

    • monty burns

      Do you really think Pena is going to be on the post season roster?

      • forensicnucchem

        They don’t exactly have a choice at this point, pending a waiver pickup of an IFer.

      • Pat D

        Probably.

      • whozat

        …yes. I don’t expect him to play, but you need a backup SS/3B. What if Jeter gets hurt mid-game? Will you put Thames at 3B and ARod at SS.

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

        Yeah, probably. Just to pinch-run and stuff.

  • All-Star Carl

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

  • monty burns

    Ok Fat Elvis
    Thrill me.

  • nathan

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

    • esteban

      I feel pain. It’s awful

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

      Ron Darling is awesome :(

    • Pat D

      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

        – 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

          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

          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

            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.

  • forensicnucchem

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

  • monty burns

    Big Puma !!

  • monty burns

    Wow Shopack needs some dark glasses and a dog.

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

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

  • forensicnucchem

    Yuck, that looked like April Tex against changeups…

  • jonathan

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

  • All-Star Carl

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

    • ZZ

      Does Tex know how to make adjustments?

      Only when he plays 1B.

      Another fail by Girardi today.

  • whozat

    nothing makes hitters look stupider than a dynamite change.

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

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

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

      Seriously, the negativity is absurd. It’s the third inning!

    • Jose the Satirist

      I’m changing the terriost threat level to RED.

      • Pat D

        I’m changing it to BLACKWATCH PLAID!!!!

        After that, it goes to the cover of Rush’s seminal album Moving Pictures.

        /Harvey Birdman’d

  • Ross in Jersey

    Oh good, another runner left on third.

  • Sammy L

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

  • Apollo22237

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

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

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Berkman.

  • forensicnucchem

    Tex woulda had that

    Yikes, this might get annoying…

  • Jose the Satirist

    Rabble Berkman rabble rabble

  • Dalelama

    Fat Elvis strikes again!!!!

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

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

  • Dave

    Oh noes.

  • Yankee1010

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

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

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

      • Yankee1010

        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.

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

          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

            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.

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

              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

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

  • monty burns

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

  • Ross in Jersey

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

    • larryf

      Hey Russo hit a few line drives at Scranton last night :-) no hits though

  • Sammy L

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

  • larryf

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

  • Poopy Pants

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

  • nathan

    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

      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.

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

    Andy Pettitte… mounds… groin.

    Also deep and thick.

    • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

      LOL Bexy, I’m totally speechless.

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

        That’s what they said! On the broadcast!

        • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

          I totally missed it.
          But when you make a comment like that, it takes it to a WHOLE new level. LOL.

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

            Haha I’d imagine. But seriously, they were talking about how Andy Pettitte was throwing off a mound, and his groin felt better. Of course, in my brain it was like, ANDY PETTITTE! MOUNDS! GROIN! HIS PANTS LOOK REALLY TIGHT!

  • Yankee1010

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

  • jonathan

    damn…CC is up with everything so far…

  • whozat

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

    • Yankee1010

      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.

  • monty burns

    serious why not walk Crawford here and go after the DP

    • Ross in Jersey

      Walk the lefty to load the bases for their best hitter in the 3rd inning? Brilliant

    • monty burns

      Like I said.

      • monty burns

        If that is Longo its an out he is not as fast as Crawford.

        • Pat D

          /fallacy of predetermined outcome’d

        • Dalelama

          But if he had walked Crawford then Crawford wouldn’t have hit a chopper. What you are saying doesn’t make sense.

    • forensicnucchem

      Because Longoria is MUCH more dangerous than Crawford.

  • Dalelama

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

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

    Tex makes that play. Damn Jeter!

  • jonathan

    omg…this is getting extremely frustrating…

  • Literal Jim

    This could be going better :(

  • Apollo22237

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

  • All-Star Carl

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

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees2213 j_Yankees

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

    • All-Star Carl

      Yep. Cano made a stupid throw.

  • Pat D

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

    • All-Star Carl

      He’s pitching out of the stretch a lot with the team having extra outs.

  • Ray

    Back to a 1 game lead.

  • bonestock94

    THANKS FOR BLOWING THE ALCS PREVIEW JOE!!!

  • Slappy White

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

  • Ross in Jersey

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

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

      Because the Yankees have never come back from three down.

      • Mike Pop

        Not with big game James on the mound.

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

      Yay strawman arguments. This game, so far, is stinky. It’s also the fourth inning. People need to stop acting like the world is falling, Girardi is a total moron, Berkman is embarrassing, etc.

      • Ross in Jersey

        I was serious, everything is fine!

      • Apollo22237

        But this is a big game, and if Girardi actually wanted to win, he wouldn’t have rested the entire starting lineup, and he would have brought Rivera in to stop the bleeding by now.

  • monty burns

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

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    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.

  • baby carlos

    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

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

      • baby carlos

        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

        • pat

          Top offense = Top offense.

        • Pat D

          Feel free to, ya know, not post then if everyone hurts your feelings.

        • forensicnucchem

          non turned double plays, fielder choice.

          Those don’t count for reaching base streaks.

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

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

      • baby carlos

        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

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

          • baby carlos

            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.

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

              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

          you would not survive as a royals fan.

          • baby carlos

            no kidding, which is why I am and have always been a Yankees fan…. even when they really sucked ass.

  • bonestock94

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

    • nathan

      One who is knowledgable that he walks out of this game in first place regardless of result and wants those star players in full fitness for said ALCS games.

      • V

        I’m hoping bonestock was being sarcastic.

        • nathan

          Aah, “bad sarcasm” was never a huge fan of that :-)

      • bonestock94

        THAT MAKES NO SENSE. LOUD NOISES.

      • Ross in Jersey

        You’re telling me there’s a huge difference between resting them today and resting them tomorrow against a much inferior team? I’m sorry, anyone who tries to defend sitting regulars in a big series like this because of the “bigger picture” is missing.. well.. the bigger picture.

        • Zack

          And if Tex was DH tomorrow and we lost people would say: We need to beat up on the crappy teams and extend our lead, how could you rest Tex!!

          • Zack

            Point: People complain no matter what

        • nathan

          Yes, if those guys have a nick that may go away by resting today and avoiding risk playing on turf.

          Its not like he put Andy Phillips in.

          And Arod and turfs dont go real well at all. When you have a new servicable backup 1B, not a bad idea to try and see what he can do (albeit no one can predict his misplay).

        • ZZ

          They are playing on turf and their ace is on the mound today.

          I think the problem is that you are not looking at the right picture.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Sometimes it’s tough to tell who’s being sarcastic and who’s not.

      By the way, the caps lock key is on the left.

      • bonestock94

        THE GO FUCK YOURSELF BUTTON IS ON THE RIGHT

        • Steve O.

          THE GO FUCK YOURSELF BUTTON IS ON THE RIGHT

          That’s strange, I thought it was on the left.

          /IgnoringThePersonalAttack’d

        • Apollo22237

          I gotta admit, that made me laugh.

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

          This is hilarious.

  • nathan

    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.

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

      Did it really say HOFer?

      • nathan

        absolutely, it said “do you want to watch a future HOF 3B in play, i swear i saw that and heard that”

      • jonathan

        ya on ESPN, you can vote for the top 10 catchers of all time, and Mauer is on there and Posada isn’t…

    • Poopy Pants

      I’ve seen him play a bunch of times (on TV). I still wouldn’t be able to pick him out of a lineup.

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

        You are obviously not a girl. Evan Longoria <333

        • Poopy Pants

          I’ve also seen those ‘he’s got my cap!’ commericals (which look WAY too similar to a Kids In the Hall sketch ‘he’s got my pen!’ with Bruce McCullough) and all I know is that he’s a white male.

    • monty burns

      yup miss the days when the crowd used to call him “Eva”

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Pudge probably played 1500 games with the Rangers, no?

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

      1479. I think I’m right

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

      Maybe, that’s basically 13 full, healthy years for a catcher. Maaaaaaaaaybe 12.

    • Mike Pop

      Very close to it.

    • Pat D

      Was the question with one team or just overall 1500 games? Because it’s only Rodriguez if it was 1500 total games.

    • monty burns

      Most of it with a syringe hanging out of his ass when not playing.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

    Wade Boggs to the trivia question?

    • Pat D

      It is Boggs.

  • bonestock94

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

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

      You’re wrong. It was the Orioles.

      • bonestock94

        Facts are never wrong.

        • Will (the other one)

          Bonestock’s right. It’s science.

  • Slappy White

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

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

      It’s not that easy. It looks last a fastball until after your brain says “swing!”

      • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

        THIS.

      • Slappy White

        I know, but its frustrating to watch because it ends up a foot outside

  • Mike Pop

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

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

      ?

      • Mike Pop

        I really think it’s missing the i in Shields.

        • Mike Pop

          Never mind.

          • Ross in Jersey

            Nothing beats the “Natinals” anyway.

            • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

              or San Francicso

  • rek4gehrig

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

  • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

    Wouldn’t Matsui be considered for the trivia question?

  • forensicnucchem

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

    • BigBlueAL

      The Yankees actually usually kill Sheilds.

      • forensicnucchem

        I know, so do many other teams, which makes their flailing so far today even more frustrating.

  • Jose the Satirist

    Internet high five to JGS.

    • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

      Nicely done JGS

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS
    • Steve O.

      /The Todd’d
      /ScrubsReferenced’d

      • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

        beat you to it

        • Steve O.

          Damn you JGS, Damn you!

          /WeddingCrashers’d

  • Alex S

    abreu?

  • Ross in Jersey

    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.

    • Poopy Pants

      I know! The Rays pitchers keep hitting the ball to Berkman at 1B!

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

    Wow CC, that’s on you.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

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

  • All-Star Carl

    great D today

  • cjc

    um ya cover 1st CC

  • Cy Farnsworth

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

  • pat

    Tex turns a double play there.

  • monty burns

    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.

    • Zack

      Except they are 5-5 against TB.

  • Dalelama

    Fat Elvis strikes again!!!

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

      Oh come on. Even you know that’s on CC for not covering.

      • pat

        You overestimate.

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

        It’s dalelama, no he doesn’t

  • Ross in Jersey

    CC must owe BABIP some money or something.

  • bonestock94

    MATSUI OR DAMON WOULD’VE HAD THAT.

    • Ross in Jersey

      AJAX WOULD HAVE TURNED 2 ON THAT

      • bonestock94

        MELKY CABRERA WOULD’VE HAD THAT, HE’S CLUTCH AND PROVEN ON THE BIG STAGE

  • Slappy White

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

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

    De-fense (clap)

    • Ross in Jersey

      Bex… could this be a slightly sarcastic negative post? Ahhhh~~~

      explodes

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

        I can deal with negativity and lord knows I have propagated some of it myself. I can’t deal with dumb, excessive negativity.

        • Pat D

          They are so hopeless!! They can’t hit!! They can’t pitch!! They can’t field!!!!

          They are an embarrassment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          /did that help?’d

  • Ari g

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

    • whozat

      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.

  • Steve O.

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

    More to come at 11.

    /TSJC’d

    • Slappy White

      Good at Pitching….but he cant hit worth a shit

  • monty burns

    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)

  • Adam

    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.

    • forensicnucchem

      haha

  • All-Star Carl

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

  • MikeD

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

    • monty burns

      the Wood signing is Cashman breaking a chair over Joba’s head and saying straiten out or bye bye.

  • Ross in Jersey

    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…

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

      Bro, Rod Barajas is a revelation, bro!

    • Pat D

      Why is Francesa still going to be off?

      • Ross in Jersey

        Nah, he’s back but he’s gonna be at Giants training camp so probably won’t be talking much baseball. And I usually hear the midday show the most at work..

        • Pat D

          Oh. Joe and Evan are so funny talking about the Mets. Because the one guy is going apoplectic about the Mets and the other guy laughs at him.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    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

      THAT

    • forensicnucchem

      Totally agree, that drives me nuts.

    • Pasqua

      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.

  • Pat D

    He is definitely laboring.

  • pat

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

  • whozat

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

    • Ross in Jersey

      Thank you, captain obvious!

      • whozat

        I’ve been saying it for weeks…At first, well, maybe it was the brutal weather in NY. But now…what’s going on? Are his mechanics off? Midseason lull?

        • Pasqua

          Baseball.

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

      But he didn’t get any extra rest during the break. He stayed on his normal five day schedule.

      • whozat

        I know. I didn’t blame it on extra rest, just that his first start after the break was when I remember it starting.

  • Jose the Satirist

    Rays keyboard cat?

    • Poopy Pants

      It’s much better than the Cotton Eye Joe shit at YS.

  • Adam

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

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

    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.

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

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Berkman.

  • Apollo22237

    Teix woulda had that.

  • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

    Berkman! Retribution?!

  • Slappy White

    Puma like reflexes

  • rek4gehrig

    Nice play Elvis

  • forensicnucchem

    Berkman woulda had it

  • pat

    TEH PUMA STRIKESS

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

    Fat Elvis strikes again!!!!!

    /dalelama’d

    • Dalelama

      Tex wouldn’t even had to dive….right handed

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

        You are completely ridiculous when you decide you don’t like a player. Just completely.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Big Puma, quick like a….. cat!

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Thank you. From now on I’m calling Berkman “whiskers.”

  • smurfy

    whew, Berkman did something well

  • monty burns

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

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Wow, CC looks pissed

    • Pat D

      Maybe he should Zambrano the offense?

  • Ross in Jersey

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

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees2213 j_Yankees

    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!!!!

    • bonestock94

      I NO RITE

      • Jose the Satirist

        hai guise wats goin on her? i herd the yankeez wear loosing.

        • bonestock94

          JOE GIRARDI SUX, BRING BACK BUCK SHOWALTER

  • Jose the Satirist

    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?

  • Reggie C.

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

  • All-Star Carl

    Keep swinging at those change up scrubs.

  • Slappy White

    Grandy seems to lack knowledge of the strike zone

    • whozat

      Grandy seems to lack knowledge of the strike zonebe having trouble with the same change that’s fooling every Yankee hitter today

      Fixed that for you.

      • Slappy White

        not just today….but thanks for your help

  • jonathan

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

    • jonathan

      think*

    • MikeD

      He has problems against good change-ups. (Then again, virtually all major league hitters, non-Pujols class, have problems against good change-ups.) If Joe wanted to sit one of his OFers today, I’d have sat Grandy and played Gardner.

      • forensicnucchem

        Actually, according to fangraphs Granderson’s best pitch is the changeup. He just sucks against Shields, 2-25 now in his career.

        • MikeD

          Interesting. I wouldn’t have guess that. The 2-25 is reason enough not to play Granderson, then again Gardner is only 1-8.

    • Jose the Satirist

      ˙os ʞuıɥʇ ʇ,uop I

  • Mike Pop

    Big game James.

    • Poopy Pants

      I don’t hear as many people mocking him now.

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

        it’s still hilarious that they call him that, especially because they gave him the nickname in the minors.

      • MikeD

        Any one given the name “Big Game” better have a zero failure rate in big games. His failure rate is pretty high. Not that he gave himself the name.

      • Slappy White

        I will mock him always cause he stole his nickname from a 1980s basketball player…..we dont call CC “the Mailman”

  • Wooderson

    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!!!!!!!!!

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

      NJ changed to 36 back in May, before he got hurt.

    • whozat

      Johnson changed his number to 36 back before he went on the DL.

    • Slappy White

      NJ is wearing a batting practice top and is always hurt

    • monty burns

      What is NJ wearing

      A Cast
      B johnny coat
      C wife beater and sweatpants.

      • Wooderson

        i figured as much but checked baseballreference and he still only had 26. oh well, lets hope we don’t see the back of his jersey for a while

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

          You hope Nick Johnson does not come back? That makes sense!

  • forensicnucchem

    Somebody please just make contact…

  • Cy Farnsworth

    James Shields is doing work.

  • Reggie C.

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

    Fuck … this is some pitching staff.

    • Poopy Pants

      Imagine how good they’d be if they spend a couple hundred million on some REAL pitchers!

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Just wait until Wade Davis puts it all together.

      I pity the fools that have to play Tampa in a 5 game series.

      • Apollo22237

        Who knows how good Jeremy Hellickson will be too.

      • ZZ

        I don’t.

        They will probably play Texas and facing Cliff Lee in a 5 game series is much more of a challenge than the Rays have a good 1-5.

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

      The Rays staff is really scary because when they’re on, any one of them is basically capable of doing this.

      They’re also pretty capable of imploding though.

      • ZZ

        The Rays staff is really scary because when they’re on, any one of them is basically capable of doing this.

        Sounds like the Yankees rotation.

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

          No, dude. CC is fat, AJ is crazy, Andy is old, Javy is unclutch, and Hughes can’t handle pressure. And Cliff Lee/Dan Haren/whoever was complete overkill.

          • Apollo22237

            So you are saying the Rays rotation is deeper and thicker than ours???

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

              That would be impossible so no. Just that they’re young and exciting and athletic and we’re all old and terrible

      • Dalelama

        Scary part is we didn’t even face their best pitcher Price.

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

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

  • All-Star Carl

    Tom Seaver better watch out.

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

    Ew, this is bad.

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

    • Pasqua

      Good thing you said, “Ew.” If you had said “Yuck,” people would have been all over you.

  • cjc

    this is just absurd now

  • Ross in Jersey

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

    • Ross in Jersey

      Bad side: I hear you can win a lot of games scoring 0 runs

  • Pat D

    At least Pena didn’t strike out.

  • Cy Farnsworth

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

  • B-Rando

    James Shields came to play today.

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

    • Mike Pop

      Lupica was right.

      • Pat D

        When, 10 years ago?

        • MikeD

          No. Has to be at least 20.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      At least they’re making Shields throw pitches. As long as the Yankees can stay within striking distance, they’ve still got a decent chance.

      • forensicnucchem

        Eh, at his pace he’ll reach 105 after 7 innings. That’s not a big deal for him. It’s not like he’s on the verge of being out of the game.

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

      And yet the Yankees will still wake up tomorrow with the best record in baseball.

  • Pat D

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

    • Pat D

      Never mind, just looked at Stephen Drew’s numbers.

    • MikeD

      A Molina’s pick is a quantity pick. I’d have selected the Uptons or the Drews.

  • The Goose

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

    • bonestock94

      ID RATHER JACK IT IN A BOX THEN WATCH JOE BLOW DA ALCS PREVEIW

      • Jose the Satirist

        On you on PCP? You keep yelling.

  • nathan

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

    • Pat D

      His NESN contract prohibits him from saying anything negative about Boston.

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    BABIP is making CC his bitch today.

    • bonestock94

      MY SOURCES TOLD ME THA 6 FOOT SUB HE ATE TODAY IS GIVING HIM BAD GASS

  • ZZ

    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.

  • pat

    Fortunate bounce.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Very fortunate.

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

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

  • Reggie C.

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

  • jonathan

    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.

  • monty burns

    Abreu gets to that ball

  • jonathan

    suck on that BABIP

  • Ross in Jersey

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

  • pat

    Hahahah SUCKAZZ

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    Lucky inning.

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

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

  • smurfy

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

  • Pat D

    Gotta win 2 out of 3 from Toronto.

  • bonestock94

    We’re gonna win today, just wait.

  • forensicnucchem

    Hey look, a changeup…

  • Ross in Jersey

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

    • Pat D

      We may see.

  • Steve O.

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

  • monty burns

    Puma !!!

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    Rally time.

  • Accent Shallow

    Hell of a “single”

  • All-Star Carl

    Grats Puma

  • bonestock94

    Big puma!

  • Ross in Jersey

    BUS- oh. Yay!

  • pat

    Open ze floodgates!

  • claybeez

    Good swings there

  • Cy Farnsworth

    There we go Whiskers.

    Let’s put a run on the board.

  • forensicnucchem

    True Yankee.

  • smurfy

    Berkmanis gonna get us going!

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees2213 j_Yankees

    Fat Elvis in the building.

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

    Lance Berkman is hitting the ball incredibly soft.

    /Slappy White’d

    • Slappy White

      touche’

  • Apollo22237

    That move by Shields in the stretch is so weird.

    • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

      That move by Shields in the stretch is so weird annoyingly ugly.

  • smurfy

    diddledamn!

  • Adam

    Ugh…scaled that. Good base running by Berkman.

    • Adam

      Umm scalded.

  • Steve O.

    Good job working the count there, Fat Elvis.

  • pat

    Son of bitch.

    • Apollo22237

      game of inches

  • monty burns

    come on don’t waste the Berkman single.

  • Ross in Jersey

    That’s all we needed, another blown call.

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

    WTF umpires

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

    Such bullshit.

  • All-Star Carl

    Umps baby!

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Yet another bad call.

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

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

    • Pat D

      It’s a day game.

  • V

    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.

    • bonestock94

      I said the same thing with the NBA and the replacement refs were even worse.

      • V

        Eh, the NBA is a worthless sport, lol.

        • Apollo22237

          Absolutely true

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Baseball is a game of inches with extremely small margins of error.

      I don’t know why baseball expects out of shape old men to be able to stand in the heat for 3 hours and still be sharp enough to make a close call.

  • forensicnucchem

    Yeah, that figures…

  • rek4gehrig

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

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    le sigh

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Where did that pitch miss?

  • monty burns

    Jason please call us we want your business back

    thanks
    BALCO

  • All-Star Carl

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

    • monty burns

      I would give anything to hear Kay and the YES team. You should watch this and have to listen to Dwayne Stats and Kevin Kennedy! Worse than the Hawk.

      • Slappy White

        Ive been forced to do that before and I feel your pain. You would think last year never happened with all the ’08 references

      • All-Star Carl

        Michael Kay asked Joe G, “How can A-Rod pinch hit without taking BP!”

    • V

      Ask John Sterling and Susan Waldman.

  • pat

    Damn, feels like CC is falling behind everyone.

  • All-Star Carl

    This should be ZZ’s last inning.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Definitely. I’d like to see Wood in the 7th, Joba in the 8th.

      • pat

        I’d like to see Gaudin pitch the 7th-9th after we drop a 10 spot this inning.

        • nathan

          +1

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

      Agreed. Time for some Kerry Wood.

    • ZZ

      Wait.

      Weren’t you one of the people complaining about the lineup and giving people rest?

      CC has only thrown 103 pitches and is more than capable of throwing another inning.

      Wouldn’t you want to have CC go as long as he can?

  • monty burns

    Joba up yet?

    • MikeD

      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.

  • monty burns

    Suzyn Waldman is like nails on a chalk board.

    • nathan

      I will trade my tbs tv for your wcbs radio right now.

    • MikeD

      The attorney representing Nails on a Chalk Board will be contacting you shortly regarding defamation of character.

  • baby carlos

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

  • nathan

    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.

    • monty burns

      Sure did bunch of junkies

      _Barry Bonds

    • MikeD

      Funny, I wonder how he feels about Goose Gossage talking about how in his era closers used to pitch more than a single inning, and would come in with runners already on base, as opposed to Eck, who was one of the first single-inning, nobody-on-base relievers.

      • nathan

        Lol, very true.

    • monty burns

      Remember Kids just say No

      -1986 New York Mets

  • Slappy White

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

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

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

  • All-Star Carl

    Brett Gardner playing Drums lol

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

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

  • forensicnucchem

    Steal!!!

  • All-Star Carl

    Epic. Can’t wait for the pop up.

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

      Cute.

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

      When you predict negative outcomes in baseball, you’re gonna be right most of the time. Congrats, you are a genius.

  • Cy Farnsworth

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

    I’d save A-Rod for a better spot.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Seriously, why would you give A-Rod a pitch to hit here?

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

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

  • monty burns

    Dammit he had his pitch there!

    • monty burns

      the first pitch was his best swing.

  • Cy Farnsworth

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

  • jonathan

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

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

      Wow, that’s pretty unacceptable.

    • jonathan

      AND CC hasn’t been getting that pitch all day.

    • SouthernYankeeFan

      I know i thought the same thing. How he is pitching has no bearing on whether its a ball or a strike. The strike zone should not change for the pitcher…..Unless its Mo.

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

        Torre bitching about Mo’s strike zone during the Dodger series was so amazing.

  • All-Star Carl

    Omg that’s in the fucking batters box.

  • nathan

    that didnt look like a strike to me.

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

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

  • Reggie C.

    SUCH FAIL.

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

    • ZZ

      Yes, he deserved to strikeout on a ball.

      Logic at its finest.

    • jddzip

      So you want him to swing at a pitch inside that he would have grounded to the 3rd basemen because it was a ball?

      lol.

    • pat
    • Brian

      I see FAIL alright, but it wasn’t from A-Rod.

  • Cy Farnsworth

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

    /free Ronan Tynan

    • MikeD

      Yeah, I’m wondering what contest she won and, more so, who the hell was the competition.

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

      Where’s Matthew Clemmens when you need him?

  • rek4gehrig

    Yikes….she is really bad

    • monty burns

      That was worse than Suzyn Waldman talking with someone running their fingers down a chalk board.

    • smurfy

      well, she could get half the notes

  • monty burns

    CC Wood or Joba Here?

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

    Great, another tone deaf kid singing.

    • rek4gehrig

      LOL

  • forensicnucchem

    Yikes, that was terrible singing.

  • baby carlos

    yankee hitters used like times square whores today.

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

      That’s actually funny.

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

        ..and my Matthew Clemmens line wasn’t? Harumpf.

    • Slappy White

      there are whores in times square ?

      • baby carlos

        Rudy says no more… he confiscated all of them and resold them to Elliot Spitzer and half the GOP.

        • SouthernYankeeFan

          Yeah Democrats are classier than that they just get “massages”

          See Gore, Al

    • pat

      The 80’s called, they want their reference back.

    • Poopy Pants

      Must be a David Letterman fan – telling jokes that haven’t been relevant in over a decade.

  • baby carlos

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

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

      And good pitchers. And bad pitchers.

      /you’d

      • Slappy White

        /you’d……lol

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

      Don’t forget good teams.

  • jonathan

    it was a strike to Arod blue!

  • nathan

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

    • baby carlos

      rally not happening today. hitters are off … unless the pitcher hangs something, Yanks haven’t hit much hard today, more like they are hitting infield practice.

      • nathan

        Until the last out i dont give up. FTW

  • SouthernYankeeFan

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

  • monty burns

    Wood wearing 39 Somewhere Ron Davis smiles.

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    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.

  • All-Star Carl

    Best strikeout ever

  • Literal Jim

    Well at least we get to see what wood has.

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

    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/

  • MikeD

    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.

  • boogie down

    The old Longo-Wood match up, eh?

  • Andy

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

    • MikeD

      He was over 120 pitches in his two previous starts, so I guess Joe had him limited today to around 110.

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

      Because they are losing 3-0, Longoria is a righty, and they have a mostly rested bullpen? What’s the point of leaving him in?

      • Andy

        No one on base, CC has looked sharped that past two innings. Let him face one more batter. I trust CC after 112 more than anyone in the pen. Glad Wood got it done.

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

          Yeah, it’s fine either way- I’d just rather save bullets for a more important time.

    • Carlosologist

      He’s thrown 120+ in his previous two starts. The big man’s arm is more valuble down the stretch (which we are sadly getting to).

  • bonestock94

    K

  • Adam

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

  • Slappy White

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

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

    Sit the fuck down, Evan.

    • Slappy White

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

  • All-Star Carl

    Omg that was the best K ever sorry.

  • smurfy

    wooo, good Wood!

  • Ross in Jersey

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

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

      It’s not the B-lineup anymore…

  • Mike Nitabach

    WOOD!

  • Adam

    Wow, nasty hook…

  • monty burns

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

  • Accent Shallow

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

  • rek4gehrig

    Knee buckling..wow!!!

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

      He hung that pitch. Had he thrown it earlier in the count, it would have landed in the seats.

      • Slappy White

        but he didnt, and it didnt

  • Literal Jim

    IETSO

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

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

    • Riddle

      Didn’t Bartolo Colon win it in 2005 with the Angels?

      • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

        I’m an idiot, you’re right.

    • forensicnucchem

      Bartolo Colon (AL West) won in 2005.

      • Wooderson

        even the NL cy youngs? wacky

  • smurfy

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

  • Slappy White

    Looks like Wood really got it up for that AB

  • Matty Ice

    Holy knee-buckler Batman!!

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    Shields still in, let’s crush him please!

  • All-Star Carl

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

    • rek4gehrig

      No kidding…

    • rek4gehrig

      He gave up three runs…all i can say is thank god for Mo

  • Apollo22237

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

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

      Without seeing it, awesome.

      • Apollo22237

        Papelbon came in with Boston up 3 no outs, Cabrera up. First pitch hit the wall in dead center, 2 feet away from being a home run. Then Jhonny Peralta hit a single to tie the game.

        Only took 5 pitches to ruin the game.

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

          Heh, Jhonny Peralta’s been killing the Red Sox this series. Two HRs off Lester too. Awesome.

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

      Wasn’t the game 3-0 going into the top of the ninth too?

      • rek4gehrig

        Yes it was…awesome

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

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

    • ZZ

      .387 OBP in July.

    • forensicnucchem

      Still had a .472 OBP in June and .375 in July.

    • MikeD

      …and somewhere in Tampa, Carl Crawford smiles.

  • smurfy

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

  • pat

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

    • rek4gehrig

      Hip Hip Jorge

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

      I think you mean “fans.”

  • All-Star Carl

    I wouldn’t even swing the bat

  • Slappy White

    61 hits in 38 innings?

  • Alex S

    ooff Puma

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

    So predictable.

    • All-Star Carl

      I wouldn’t have swung at all. Oh well.

  • Slappy White

    Dammit . Berkman hit it too hard

  • pat

    That fucking sucked.

  • monty burns

    Puma-ed

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

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

  • Poopy Pants

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

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Cano-Berkman-Granderson is just begging the other manager to bring in a lefty specialist.

      Personally, I’m quite happy with Nick Swisher getting more RBI opportunities.

      • Poopy Pants

        You forgot Posada.

  • monty burns

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

  • monty burns

    Guadin up as Girardi raises the white flag.

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

      I think he’s just getting work in since he hasn’t pitched in a while.

  • jonathan

    it would help if you jumped Cano

  • All-Star Carl

    Slider? Curve?

  • MikeD

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

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

      They do. I saw tarps over some seats in the upper deck, like way up there.

  • monty burns

    Throw the heater now
    Bartlett will be bailing

  • pat

    Hah, thanks Bartlett. Small Ball FTW!

  • Dalelama

    Bring in Boone Logan

  • All-Star Carl

    He has a change up also

  • monty burns

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

  • Mark

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

  • pat

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

  • Poopy Pants

    Oh no!

  • Mark

    Gaudin coming in really?

    • Wooderson

      ummmm…why?

  • pat

    Gaudin? Oh shit.

  • All-Star Carl

    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.

  • Ross in Jersey

    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.

    • pat

      Umm, all of our better relievers have been used the past couple days?

      • pat

        Aka I have no idea.

      • Ross in Jersey

        Boone Logan threw like 5 pitches 2 days ago.

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

    Yep, up goes the white flag.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees2213 j_Yankees

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

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

      Against LHB too.

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

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

    • rek4gehrig

      Yuck

  • Poopy Pants

    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…

  • MikeD

    Man, that looked really close.

  • Poopy Pants

    Joe Mauer just had a bad flashback.

  • Andy

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

  • boogie down

    Close shave Barbasol on that one

  • Mark

    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.

    • All-Star Carl

      They done son!

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

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

    • Poopy Pants

      Hey! Welcome!

  • smurfy

    one inch from disaster

  • MikeD

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

    • MikeD

      Okay, I’ll take 93!

  • All-Star Carl

    Strike him out then do the Valverde

  • rek4gehrig

    Chad the Man

  • forensicnucchem

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

  • Mark

    Gaudin lol, nice job.

  • Little Bill

    Joe knows what he’s doing.

  • ARX

    Gaudin puts out the fire?
    Hell just froze over.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees2213 j_Yankees

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

  • pat

    Girardi = Genius.

  • Slappy White

    Give him credit, Gaudin came in Deep and Thick

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

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

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Color me impressed. Gaudin challenging hitters with his fastball.

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

    I need new pants.

  • Carlosologist

    Clutch strikeout by Gaudin.

  • Ross in Jersey

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

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

      Who cares about Boston?

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

        Mariano should’ve relieved CC! Boston is about to cut the deficit to 6.5!!!!!11!!

      • forensicnucchem

        Well, they are the team the Yanks need to finish ahead of to make the playoffs.

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

          Right, but they’re nowhere close the Yanks right now.

          • forensicnucchem

            No argument there (though they’re not going away), just saying why someone would care about them.

        • Slappy White

          The Yanks are gonna win the division

    • nathan

      per the last update the O’s are winning too.

    • Slappy White

      We dont worry about Third place teams

  • Hummingbird S.

    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!

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

    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

    • nathan

      If Joe maddon does its strategy, hehe.

    • Dalelama

      I would have given them tomorrow night off. One day isn’t going to matter.

  • nathan

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

  • All-Star Carl

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

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

      There ya go.

  • Humdinger

    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.

    • pat

      Hahaha lol.

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

      I would’ve gone with “Cashman threw in the towel on this season when he didn’t bring back Matsui and Damon.”

    • forensicnucchem

      That sure was a humdinger of a comment…

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

      but he’s turned a bunch of career .300 hitters into .260 guys

      I’ll bite. Who?

    • nathan

      i think u can intern for Sherman and Lupica

    • monty burns

      Long is one of the best in the league.
      Gardner,Swisher,Cano,Hell he even made Melky serviceable last year.
      Give me a F-in break.

      • Humdinger

        How’s he doing with Granderson this year…and Jeter and Arod and Tex and Posada? Melky was probably good last year due to osmosis from Cano.

  • All-Star Carl

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

  • Poopy Pants

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

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

      CC gave up 3 runs in 6.2 IP. Hardly an “F-“

      • Poopy Pants

        He also didn’t cover 1B. F MINUS in m’ book!!!

  • Jersey Johnny

    This team makes me sick. Embarrassing.

    • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

      Yeah this team sucks. Having the best record doesn’t mean anything.

      • Jersey Johnny

        Yeah they also had the best record in 2006, how did that one turn out? This team pounces on bad teams but can’t beat good teams.

        • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

          You’re totally right! They had the best record in 2009 too! How did that turn out!?! Oh wait…

        • V

          Just like every other team that has ever won the World Series (1998 Yankees exempted).

          • V

            http://www.baseball-reference......ores.shtml

            Opponent
            Split W L RS RA WP
            ARI 2 1 19 18 .667
            BAL 10 2 68 33 .833
            BOS 5 3 60 45 .625
            CHW 2 1 24 14 .667
            CLE 6 2 60 30 .750
            DET 1 3 12 13 .250
            HOU 3 0 22 11 1.000
            KCR 3 1 33 18 .750
            LAA 4 4 43 43 .500
            LAD 2 1 14 16 .667
            MIN 4 2 24 21 .667
            NYM 3 3 18 19 .500
            OAK 5 1 27 12 .833
            PHI 1 2 12 16 .333
            SEA 4 3 26 24 .571
            TBR 5 5 58 56 .500
            TEX 3 0 17 6 1.000
            TOR 3 3 26 27 .500

            • forensicnucchem

              I hate seeing that Detroit record…

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

                Detroit is good at home, pretty terrible on the road.

                • forensicnucchem

                  I know, I just remember being on vacation during that series and only getting to watch the terrible games.

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

          They are 5-6 vs. the Rays. Which means the Rays are a whopping 6-5 vs. the Yankees. 3-0 vs. Texas, 4-2 vs. Minnesota, 2-1 vs. the White Sox, and 5-3 vs. the Red Sox. You, sir, are an idiot.

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

          No, they didn’t. The Mets did (!!!).

          And I see we’re back to the “can’t beat good teams” meme. 3-0 against Texas, 4-2 against Minnesota, 5-3 against Boston, 4-5 against the Rays.

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

          You’re right, being in third would be soooooooo much better.

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

      Then go root for someone else.

    • V

      Please feel free to start rooting for the Rays.

      • Poopy Pants

        At least that would be admirable (re: payroll).

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

      I really hope you’re kidding.

      If not: People, these are the kind of comments that annoy the hell out of me.

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

      Really?!?!? THEY HAVE THE BEST RECORD IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES.

      Fans like you make me sick and embarrassed.

  • mike

    another ump-killed rally

  • V

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

  • All-Star Carl

    Posada will strike out on a slider down and in.

    • ZZ

      Nice call

  • Ross in Jersey

    Can we PLEASE make a little noise here?

  • Dalelama

    Girardi gave this one away……

    • V

      Can this doofus be banned already?

      • Jersey Johnny

        Banned for what? Oh was I supposed to kiss The Almighty Yankees’ ass all the time?

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

          Blah blah blah. Where were you last year?

        • pat

          Nobody was talking to you.

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

        He’s here for comic relief.

  • Ross in Jersey

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

    Shocking, I know.

  • MikeD

    Well, back home we a come.

  • forensicnucchem

    That sure was a yucky game.

    • smurfy

      last night was so much fun, we musta been hungover.

  • pat

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

  • Jersey Johnny

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

    • Brian

      So go “root” for his team.

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

      Uh, yeah he probably could. Fortunately, we are 28 games over .500.

  • Humdinger

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

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

      Are you giving Long any credit for Jeter’s season last year?

      • Humdinger

        Not much, Jeter has been putting up those kind of numbers without K Long.

        • pat

          So then why does he get the blame when Jeter hits poorly?

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

            thank you for beating me to what I wanted to say.

          • Humdinger

            Probably all those hot tips he gives him about how to hit.

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

      Yeah, Jeter hitting like he is has nothing to him being a dinosaur aged shortstop.

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    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

      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

      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

        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

          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.

  • j-f

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

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    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.

  • forensicnucchem

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

  • Jersey Johnny

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

    • pat

      Who gets the win? Javy probably. That would be funny.

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

        More like who gets the loss for the other team? Yanks aren’t “winning” shit. Pathetic losers.

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

      Oh my Lord just shut up you moron.

      • Jersey Johnny

        So anybody who doesn’t follow the Yankees blindly is moron.

        • Captain Bawls

          No, it’s more the fact that you ARE following them without any sort of clue what the fuck you’re talking about

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

          Can you provide one piece of evidence that supports your claim that the Yankees will go 1-3?

        • pat

          troll hardr.

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

          No. But you are.

        • Alex S

          They see me trollin’…..

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

      They are 10-7 against the three teams that would currently be in the playoffs. 5-1 against the two teams they can possibly play. You are completely talking out of your ass.

    • Captain Bawls

      Since you relish in defeat and aren’t really interested in facts or anything, there’s a team in Pittsburgh that would love your support.

    • Brian

      You are such a damn crybaby. And the funny thing is, you’ll probably be the first one back on the bandwagon if they win another title.

      Go away and root for the Mets.

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    Who is pitching for the Jays tomorrow? Anybody know?

    • Ross in Jersey

      Morrow

      • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

        Ah ok. He can be tough but I’m confident we can get to him. Just have to hope Burnett continues his good run of pitching.

    • forensicnucchem

      Brandon Morrow.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Roy Halladay.

  • Carlosologist

    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

      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

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

        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.

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

      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

      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.

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

        I don’t usually agree with pessimism, but I do agree here. It is going to be a tough series to win.

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

        BONER KILLER

        I do actually agree. Just remember if you’re going to play the “well Morrow’s not that good but he’s been good against the Yankees” card you should play the “Romero’s awesome but the Yankees beat him up” card too.

        • forensicnucchem

          BONER KILLER

          um, wow, I had no idea Bexy…

  • Apollo22237

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

    • pat

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

    • Jersey Johnny

      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?

      • pat

        lolwut?

      • Brian

        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.

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

        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

        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

          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

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

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

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

    • Apollo22237

      We need to be deeper and thicker??? How much farther does it have to go?

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

        The obvious answer to this question: We need Andy Pettitte back. IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

        • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

          Bexy will now regale us with stories of Andy’s legendary depth and girth.

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

            Please Mo no. My Andy Pettitte innocence has already been stolen time and time again.

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

              “I have my plans, but I’m trying to be submissive and listening to what they have to say.”

              “I’ve been down here getting after it in the mornings, and this heat is good.”

              – actual Andy Pettitte quotes from today

  • Pat D

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

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

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

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

      • Jersey Johnny

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

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

          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.

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

            Not to mention they just gave up only 10 runs in 3 games to a great offense.

          • Jersey Johnny

            No I’d rather not but the lack of fight in this team bothers me.

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

              Really? Did they night fight back yesterday?

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

              Lack of fight? Or inability to hit really good pitchers pitching as well as they can? I mean they were one Matt Joyce HR away from winning the series, and that can hardly be the difference between having “fight” and not having “fight.”

              • forensicnucchem

                Well, if you want to go that way you could then say they were one Mark Teixeira HR away from getting swept.

            • pat

              Lack of fight? Didn’t we come back from like 4 deficits last night? Didn’t we win on a 9th inning homerun last night? Didn’t we have like 25 walk offs last year? WTF are you talking about?

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

              They just don’t have that passionate intensity.

              /Friday night’d
              /but they do have deepness and thickness!’d

        • pat

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

      • Pat D

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

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    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.

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

      I don’t understand how people are Mets fans O_O

      • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

        They’re probably self inflicting masochist.

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

          Or possibly people who got on the bandwagon/started paying attention to baseball in like 2006 and now they just… can’t… stay… away…

    • Humdinger

      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.

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

        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.

        • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

          Thank you Bexy for pointing that out.

      • pat

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

      • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

        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?

  • larryf

    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…

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

      With Berkman in the fold, barring injury, the wait for Montero is almost definitely going to be another 8 months.

  • V

    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

      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.

      • V

        Jeter won’t be demoted in the lineup, even though even I would agree he should be batting 8th or 9th.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

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

    • larryf

      Did I miss Jay Leno at first for the Yanks? Plays 1B about the same…

  • pat

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

  • Carlosologist

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

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

      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

        So you’re saying there’s a chance?

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

          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

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

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

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

          • Jersey Johnny

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

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

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

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

              Someone conveniently forgot the 0-8 vs. Boston

            • forensicnucchem

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

              • forensicnucchem

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

              • Jersey Johnny

                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.

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

                  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

          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

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

      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.

  • nathan

    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.

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

      Exactly. +1 for the use of “fortnight.”

  • FIPster Doofus

    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.

  • forensicnucchem

    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.

  • forensicnucchem

    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.