Game 113: Patience is not in the game plan

Long, Granderson working to revamp swing
Brackman strong in Trenton win
(AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)

The Yanks have long been known as a patient team. They take pitches and work counts. They’re currently second in the league in walks, to Tampa Bay. They led the league last year. They led the league in walks from 2002 through 2004 and finished in the top three from 2005 through 2007. The only year since 2002 that they fell below third was, unsurprisingly, in 2008. But tonight patience might not pay off.

This year Cliff Lee is dominant as ever. His walks per nine, 0.52, is less than half the rate of the pitcher with the next lowest rate, Roy Halladay. His WHIP is also a league-low 0.92. In other words, the Yanks will have to be a bit more aggressive than normal if they want to get something going off Lee. Working the count isn’t an option, as Lee finishes off batters with an average of 3.42 pitches, which is the second fewest in the AL.

On their end the Yanks will have Javier Vazquez to face the Rangers lineup. Javy wasn’t too hot the last time out, at least partly because his velocity was down in the low- to mid-80s. The Yanks called it a dead arm, so we can only hope that he’s feeling better. Maybe the Texas heat will help him get loose. The Rangers aren’t the most patient team, so maybe he can get them hacking at off-speed stuff. He’ll need it if his fastball isn’t at its best.

It’s another Granderson-less night. He’ll return tomorrow with a new swing, apparently. Mark Teixeira will return tomorrow, too, so this will be Marcus Thames‘s last day as a No. 3 hitter. Probably ever.

Lineup:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Nick Swisher, RF
3. Marcus Thames, DH
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Austin Kearns, LF
8. Lance Berkman, 1B
9. Brett Gardner, CF

And on the mound, number thirty-one, Javier Vazquez.

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  • Brooklyn Ed

    Romine and Montero interview on YES pregame.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      I never watch the pregame shows, maybe it’s time I start!

      • Brooklyn Ed

        Montero’s interview was basically about wanting to stay at catch, improving his defense and not wanting to play other positions. If it were to go down that road, he will accept it and continue to work out. Posada praised him that Montero would be a 300 hitter, and will drive in alot of runs.

        Romine was basically about keep working hard, and just be ready when his time comes to be a major league player.

        • Johan Iz My Brohan

          Same old stuff they always say =(

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

            Both teams played hard, my man.

  • Hi, I’m Jerry, this is my associate Cornelius

    These last two losses are a real bite in my ass. And now I have to watch Cliff Lee do his thing. Please let this be our night.

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

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJG698U2Mvo

    Selective attention test. Loads of parallels with how many of us watch Baseball.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Does next Weds. work for you? Stephen and I have agreed on that day, we just need you and/or Moshe/Rebecca/whoever to join.

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

        It could, but I’ll know more by the end of this week. I’m going to be moving my biz soon, and am waiting for some stuff related to that.

        BTW-I have a pair of tix for Wed, section 110. Do you already have seats?

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      I spotted David Ortiz!

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

        That’s racist, but I laughed a little.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      1. I got 15 passes. I rule.
      2. How could you not notice the gorilla?

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      Are you supposed to see the gorilla? I saw the gorilla. But I also counted 16 passes.

      I don’t get it.

  • Chris0313

    Top 10 Brawls on ESPN was classic. Someone should put it on Youtube.

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

      Someone needs to put the “New York Mets 2009 Not Top Ten” from ESPN on YouTube. It’s like the funniest thing I’ve ever seen.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Playoff Preview Counter: 1

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

      Jinx.

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

    Playoff Preview alert: 1

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Beat you.

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

    Yay, a good start.

    • Mushy Carl

      Very. When Jeter gets on, we are a different team.

    • Justin

      We spoke a bit soon on this, I thinks.

      (Maybe A-Rod will get aboard. I would love to be wrong…)

  • CNight_UP

    How can that be….we got a hit?? I was told that is game is a loss…

    • Kit

      You can’t declare a loss until the 5th inning, because games end in the 5th!! I learned that recently.

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

        Pshaw. We’re ridiculously pessimistic Yankee fans. We can declare a game a loss a full week or two before it’s even begun.

      • CNight_UP

        Judging by the exclamation points, I think Nintendo vs. Sega taught you that…

        • Kit

          I don’t know who it was. I don’t pay attention to trolls. I’m just here to mock.

  • kelly

    think its about time yankees beat cliff lee!!! im tired of watching him dominate us ALL the time

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS
      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        Andy <3333

    • Total Dominication

      Didn’t someone point out yesterday he had a 4.7ish era against the Yankees.

      • forensic

        Last 3 years is 1.89. It’s not many innings, but the stuff before that was before he was the current Cliff Lee.

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

        He does, but a lot of that is probably almost useless because it took place before 2008. He’s a different pitcher now.

  • YankeesJunkie

    At least Javy is not used to getting a ton runs so nothing unexpected for him tonight.

    /Hoping to get jinxed’d

  • CNight_UP

    How long until Nintendo vs. Sega shows up!!!

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

      They have to fall behind first.

      • CNight_UP

        DAMN IT AXISA!!!!!

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

      Good question! I wonder that myself! When will he arrive!

      • CNight_UP

        well played sir!

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

          Thank you! I give because I love! Sega was better!

          • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

            Sega sucks!

  • forensic

    I don’t know why, but it still bugs me a little when I see Carl Pavano on any pitcher leaderboard…

  • YankeesJunkie

    Wow 3 of the 5 top strike throwers are on the Twins. Impressive.

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

      It’s an organizational mandate. They want their pitchers to throw strikes and not give up walks, and if the hitters hit it, they’ll field it with their solid defense.

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

        Then why didn’t they resign Carlos Silva?

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

          The mandate has nothing to do with being able to afford to keep their strike throwers when they become expensive.

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

            Fair enough. How the hell did he get a 4/48 deal?

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

              MLB GM’s aren’t smart?

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

                Hmm…that was Bill Bavasi, wasn’t it

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        They just play the right way.

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

          I know we toss around satirical goofs on the slobber-jobs that the MSM does of certain teams like the Twins and Angels and Red Sox, but the Twins organizational mandate is real, and they do kinda play the game the right way, if “the right way” is throw strikes and play great defense.

          They really have done a great job in their farm of selecting pitchers with good control and teaching pitchers to have good control. It’s impressive. I do wonder if some of the kids that came up through the Twins system would have been as good if they came up through someone else’s farm system.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Lee’s K/BB numbers are RTTS-like.

  • YankeesJunkie

    How can someone be so good at not walking people. Just f–ing incredible.

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

        Mo’s lowest rate was .8 not super close to what Lee is doing right now.

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

          Not sure why my response got eaten by the spam filter, but look up Dennis Eckersley–in 1990, he walked 4 batters (1 intentionally) in 73.1

  • forensic

    haha, Justin Smoak. Couldn’t even stay in the majors on a terrible offense for over a week or so.

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

      My fantasy team weeps.

      It’s a damn good thing Pablo Sandoval has bounced back, or I’d be screwed at first.

      • Total Dominication

        Wnt screwed at first Try trading Votto for Morales a mere 2 weeks before the “incident” at home plate.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Thames is just as bad as Jorge on non-fastballs.

    • V

      I don’t think anyone was hitting that curve.

      Or that change he just threw ARod. Holy shit.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      Think you meant to say, “Thames is just bad”.

      • Total Dominication

        No, I don’t believe he meant to say that at all actually.

        • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

          Ok… I will say it for him, Thames is just bad.

          • Cecala

            at playing defense…

  • V

    Holy crap this guy is sick.

    How much do the Yankees offer? Sabathia contract?

    • Total Dominication

      Too old. I could see CC money in the 1st few years though.

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

        This.

        CC money for 4-5 years. I doubt anyone else will give him 100+ mil, he’ll be 32 next year in 2 1/2 weeks.

  • kelly

    this is frstrating! we need a win really badhere. well not bad bu we jut frean need a goo win against a great pitcher

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

      Hey kelly, do me a favor: slow down a bit with the typing.

      Thanks in advance.

    • V

      Less alcohol please.

      • YankeesJunkie

        That is never an option!!!!

        Unless you have a good reason of course.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Guesses for Lee’s next contract?

    I will go with 6/140

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

      5/110.

      • YankeesJunkie

        Dave Cameron was saying that Lee could easily get a 7 yr. deal which surprised me considering he is on the wrong side of 30. However, if Lee signed for 5/110 I would be pretty ecstatic.

        • forensic

          I’m still not even sure if I’m totally sold on a 4-5 year deal for him. 7 years? No way…

    • mike c

      115/5

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Well, hopefully Javy can keep the Yanks within 2 runs and Lee doesn’t have another CG….Looks like it is going to be a long night.

  • CNight_UP

    Can someone tell Rick Suttcliffe to wipe his chin….

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      he is still cleaning his goatee.

  • CNight_UP

    So much for a non-lohudy game thread…

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

      Season over!!!!!

  • http://dontbringinthelefty.blogspot.com Lucas AA, aka don’t_bring_in_the_lefty

    I’d appreciate seeing Javy drop one of his eephus curves on Vlad this evening.

  • nathan

    Maybe I missed this, did DJ attempt to steal or show any intention.

    • YankeesJunkie

      No.

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

      Nope, none. Not surprising with the lefty on the mound.

  • Total Dominication

    That’s a pretty amazing stat.

  • Eirias

    Stuff and great command! Scylla and Charybdis!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    That hit the fucking pole didn’t it? Goddammit.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Replay?

    • YankeesJunkie

      At least it was the right call, but damn one run could be big if Lee continues to pitch well.

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

    Sheesh, what a cheapie.

  • forensic

    Didn’t take Home Run Javy long to show up. I know it’s kind of a cheapy, but still…

  • Total Dominication

    WTF just happened?

  • Hummingbird S.

    cheapie..

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

    NOW Nintendo vs. Sega and the like will show up.

  • Kit

    That was an annoying HR.

  • Cy Pettitte

    has he thrown a pitch over 85?

    • YankeesJunkie

      Back to normal it looks like to tonight. Had one at 89.

  • nathan

    Watching the game on Fox. They didnt show a good replay, was that close enough to warrant a replay?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Eh; you could see/hear that it hit the pole.

    • forensic

      Nah, clearly off the foul pole

    • Hummingbird S.

      On replay, it clearly hit the foul pole..

  • Total Dominication

    Eephus?

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    I missed it. How is the score 1-0 already?

    • Kit

      Cheap HR by Michael Young. Hit the foul pole in right.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Never mind.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Michael Young homer off the RF foul pole.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Well shit.

  • kelly

    that cheapy might be all cliff lee needs :(

  • YankeesJunkie

    The real question is does any team deserve to win if they have Marcus Thames hitting 3rd.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      No.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        Thames is a beast.

        • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

          but can’t hit well enough and forget about his defense.

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

            He’s hit quite well, albeit in a limited role.

            And as he’s DHing, I don’t see what his defense has to do with this.

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

            A.) Thames hits lefties well.
            B.) Nobody really hits Lee well, including Thames, but Thames does have three homers and two doubles off of him (slugging .567 lifetime) in 30 plate appearances.
            C.) Who gives a crap about his defense; he’s DHing.

            • forensic

              Since Lee became Lee, Thames is 1-13 with 9 strikeouts against him. Good luck with that tonight.

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

                And since Lee became Lee, I’ll bet all 9 members of our lineup have similar lines.

                So, complaining about him hitting 3rd is still pretty academic.

                • forensic

                  Well, Posada is 5-16 with 3 XBH and 5K’s, so that was an option, but eyah, they’re limited without Tex.

                • forensic

                  Even moving Gardner up to 1 or 2 and dropping Swish to 3rd would’ve been better in my eyes.

    • Kit

      Who would you prefer be hitting 3rd? Joe has to make due with what he has. Give Thames a break.

      • YankeesJunkie

        Cano, Posada, and Swisher. I know Thames has a .378 wOBA, but still it is just wreaks of awfulness.

        • Kit

          I just don’t get what the point of getting on Thames is. Swisher, Cano and Posada are slotted in their positions for specific reasons, and the fact that Thames is batting third will not make any difference against a good pitcher.

    • mike c

      only if he’s facing LHP– his .308/.398/.439 line makes him the guy at the moment
      swish

  • Total Dominication

    Damn.

  • forensic

    11 straight? Really need 8-3 in there, or at least 7-4. Hopefully the offense wakes up out of its recent slumber.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      fingers are crossed but that will not happen tonight.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    now lee will make Jorge looks stupid with a k

  • Total Dominication

    No, that’s not a reason he didn’t ph.

  • Hummingbird S.

    this strategy of taking pitches right down the middle is not really working..

  • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

    I’m annoyed by the fact that the crowd is going nuts over every little thing….

  • Guest

    Ball one, Cliff. It’s OK. Just try it. You know, just for the fun of it.

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

    Fun Fact:

    Not counting Jacobs/Progressive Field (where he’s played far more games than anywhere else), Cliff Lee has given up more homers at The Ballpark at Arlington than anywhere else.

  • FachoinaNYY

    Lee is really, really, REALLY good. WOW.

  • Total Dominication

    Shit.

  • Guest

    Cannot WAIT to see him in pinstripes.

    • Evan in NYC

      We better win the AL East otherwise we are going to see him two more times…in October.

    • kelly

      agree!

    • YankeesJunkie

      CC, Lee, Hughes, Burnett, Mystery Pitcher sounds like a fun season to me.

      • Evan in NYC

        Mystery Pitcher = Andy Pettitte

        • Cy Pettitte

          Really hoping Andy comes back, if he’s anywhere near this level next year replacing Javy with Lee would make this rotation ridiculous

          I don’t mind AJ as a #4 or 5 as much as #2

          • YankeesJunkie

            Yankees never signed AJ to be the #2 he was going to be #3 behind CC and Wang, but ever since Wang’s career was flushed he got sorta thrown into that conversation unnecessarily.

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

            Sounds good, but I’m always afraid of Pettitte falling apart at his age :( I have very low expectations for him, frankly.

        • YankeesJunkie

          =)

          That would be great if Andy want to come for another year!!!
          Nova could also be a viable option in the farm, but no one else in the farm strikes me as ready for the rotation in 11′.

      • Total Dominication

        Joba. Please. For the love of Jesus, Mo, and Bryce Harper. Joba.

  • Nintendo vs Sega vs that Guy who Really Hates Granderson A LOT

    that’s it. we’re F*ed.

    • Total Dominication

      Welcome!!!!!!!!

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

        Nintendo v. Sega: check
        Dalelama: _______
        baby carlos: ________
        Bret: ______

        • Total Dominication

          baby carlos isn’t that bad. He’s a semi-troll

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

            He’s not a troll at all, he’s just way too negative and never shows up when we’re winning. He seems like a cool guy outside of Game Thread stuff.

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

              Yeah, that’s an accurate description.

        • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

          that roster looks like names on Xbox live….

  • Mushy Carl

    Do these guys want to swing or just look?

  • Evan in NYC

    Looks like they came to swing the bats tonight!

  • kelly

    can’t javy ever pitch a big game? cheap or not theres always another homerun he gives up or walks a whole bunch…and clifflee is just a sick pitcher, amzaing

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      He’s pitched one inning. Calm down.

      • Evan in NYC

        Javy will do just enough to lose, unfortunately.

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

          There’s not much shame in losing to Cliff Lee.

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

    Cliff Lee will be a Yankee. Cliff Lee will be a Yankee.

    ::Repeat over and over::

    • nathan

      Why? I would rather him goto an NL team. Dont need another 7 year 150 mill contract.

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

        I’d rather he come here and do what he’s doing to us right now to the Rangers, Rays, Red Sox, White Sox, Angels, A’s, Twins, Tigers, etc. next year.

        • nathan

          His history scares me and so does his injury early this year. His profile is in the zipcode of ballplayers who are ridiculously good until that final big payday.

          Given how the Sox rotation is stacked up and the payroll issues of the Rays, Jays and O’s I don’t see Lee coming to the AL east. I dont think the Yanks need to worry too much abt non AL-East rivals. I have no evidence to back this up, but he will be more injury prone going forward. // Just an opinion.

      • mike c

        if we can afford to pay the best available FA pitcher for the next few years, why in the world would you not want to?

      • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

        Why? Because i’m going to have a free spot in the rotation and because he is probably the best LH pitcher in baseball.

      • Guest

        7 year 150 million would be too much and I wouldn’t want him if that was the price. But 5 years 110 million? Yes please.

        He doesn’t rely on power, so is decline is much more likely to come later and be less dramatic than power pitchers. Similar profile to Pettite…just better.

        • Guest

          “his decline” not “is decline”

        • mike c

          he wants CC money, most likely 5/115… might get a discount on additional years, but i’d probably leave it

    • mike c

      let’s trade for hamilton too

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

        No, too expensive.

        • Evan in NYC

          Sigh Lee and Crawford and call it an off-season.

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

            That’s a better option, but I think I’ll still pass on Crawford.

            • Evan in NYC

              In favor of Gardner? I loved Gardy at the beginning of the year with his insane stats but his current 147AB slide of sub .200 hitting is not going to cut it. He put up a great fight for that OF starting spot, and he deserved it. But we can easily flip him to a non-contending team to be a starting CF at very low cost for the next few years. If we have an ability to sign a 29 year old Crawford, I think we jump at it.

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

                If we have an ability to sign a 29 year old Crawford, I think we jump at it.

                Even if the price is 6 or 7 years at 16M plus per? Because I’d be shocked if the Angels weren’t willing to go at least 6/96 or even 7/119.

                • Evan in NYC

                  So who do you see our starting OF being next year? I can’t imagine us staying pat with Gardner, Granderson and Swisher.

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

                    I imagine us staying pat with Gardner, Granderson, and Swisher.

                  • mike c

                    granderson is a work in progress, i’d expect a bounceback year next year. his talent is proven, there’s no sense in wasting what value we have in him. after seeing what the coaching staff has done with gardner, swisher, cano

                  • forensic

                    I’d like those same three, just with Gardner in CF and Grandy as a platoon in LF.

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

                      Grandy still won’t be platooned next year, not with the offseasons swing overhaul he’s going to have.

                      But we will probably try hard to sign a better potential platoon partner than Thames/Winn, though. Better insurance couldn’t hurt.

                    • forensic

                      Eh, I understand Long is good, but he’s not a miracle worker. His work with Swisher is one thing, but it’s not like he had to start with basically a total zero in a category with him like he has in Grandy against lefties.

                    • Evan in NYC

                      I just don’t see Gardner being on this team next year unless he turns it around in the remaining 7 weeks. Gardner is a great option in CF for non-contending team who wants to lock up a decent quality OF with speed for a few season on the cheap. Cashman will flip him for a SP prospect and sign Crawford.

                  • Nintendo vs Sega vs that Guy who Really Hates Granderson A LOT vs Dalelama vs Bret Iron-cage match

                    Gardner will be here longer than Swish, Grand & CC precisely because of the reasons you mentioned they should flip him…

                    His age, low salary, speed, fielding and above-avg batting, etc. are why he’s here and ajax, melky, etc. are gone…

                    FO isn’t panicking, even if the blogs are because of his horrid month, i’d bet

              • forensic

                Some of those numbers are skewed because of his recent complete invisibility. Despite hitting only .221 in July, he still had a .375 OBP. His August so far has just been so bad that you can pick any number of PA numbers to make his numbers look bad.

          • mike c

            can darrelle revis hit a baseball?

            • Evan in NYC

              Well he won’t be playing pass coverage this season.

              /greed’d

          • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

            Would rather trade for Ichiro.

        • mike c

          anybody but jesus and i’m down for a trade
          i would love to see a power hitting lefty CF like this kid in pinstripes… let’s hope klong is working his magic on the grandyman already, sheesh

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

            They wouldn’t do it without Montero. Montero and Hughes and stuff is probably the opening price for Hamilton.

            He’s the face of the franchise.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    If this keeps up, some intern is going to have to clean the microphones in the ESPN booth between pitches… Ewww

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

    Who was Cervelli talking to?

    • Cy Pettitte

      Moseley

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

    http://www.baseball-reference......cl02.shtml

    Lee turns 32 on August 30th. Is anyone (besides the Yanks) going to give a guy who turns 33 next year 100 mil? In this economy? Lee will take the best offer, and 4 years/92 mil with an incentive based option for a 5th may be the best deal out there.

    BTW-If anyone follows the financial news, things are looking worse on multiple fronts right now. The Yanks may have less competition than we think.

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

      Is anyone (besides the Yanks) going to give a guy who turns 33 next year 100 mil? In this economy?

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

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

        And who knows how much the Rangers themselves are willing to spend?

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

          I’m sure Ryan and Greenberg will try to endear themselves to the fans by at least offering a 5/100. They probably can’t afford to go any higher than that, but they’ll at least do that.

          • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

            i wanted Mark Cuban to win the auction (i know he never would have got passed the other owners and baseball) just so i could see him go money crazy without a salary cap.

    • thurdonpaul

      but doesnt financial news flip flop pretty much weekly ?

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

        There’s loads of noise out there, but today’s warnings came from big places. The Fed is printing money again, because the numbers coming in on the economy are bad. The Bank of England lowered it’s growth forecast as well. This comes on the heels of a very discouraging jobs report last week, where the small biz sector (who should be creating jobs) actually lost jobs. To top it all off, the engine of the world economy in China is slowing down as well, so the bulls have nowhere to turn.

        http://www.bloomberg.com/news/.....overy.html

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

          You make good points. My rebuttal:

          The Detroit Tigers already had a metric fuckton of money coming off the books this winter, and that was BEFORE Magglio Ordoñez got hurt and had his option not vest.

          They’ll be in position to spend like drunken sailors, economic downturn be damned. Mike Ilitch is moving to buy the Pistons. He’s in good financial shape.

        • Nintendo vs Sega vs that Guy who Really Hates Granderson A LOT vs Dalelama vs Bret Iron-cage match

          yes, but how does all of this look for jelly donuts?

    • Evan in NYC

      But Lee is a 32 year old who does not rely on a 95mpg fastball to make a living. He is a control and location pitcher. I don’t think he is going to decline for a few more years.

    • YankeesJunkie

      A four or five year deal for Lee at a premium price is a good deal. The thing that stands out about Lee is that his skill set is better for aging. He has impeccable control and three plus pitches.

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

    That was a nasty pitch to end the inning.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Yeah, that ball rotation was sick.

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

        TWSS

  • forensic

    Them constantly freaking out about the heat kind of bugs me. It’s not like Texas is the only hot place in the Country…

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

      It’s hotter than most other places, though.

      • forensic

        Yeah, but they act like they’re going to spontaneously combust or something…

  • Rey22

    Cliff Lee is a machine. Wow.

  • Total Dominication

    Shit, that’s a marketing piece.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    The quest for a hard hit ball begins!

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Dammit.

  • Guest

    Overunder on 3-1 counts for the Yanks against Lee tonight: 2?

    • JM

      About that

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I’ll be a pussy and push.

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

        I’ll be a pussy and push.

        TWSS

  • Total Dominication

    Cliff Lee does not need defensive help. So unfair.

  • Mushy Carl

    Sorry Michael Kay, that play wasn’t as good as you tried to make it sound.

  • nathan

    Gardner with some solid wood.

    • JM

      You would.

      /Kidding

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

    Damn you Nelson Cruz

    Damn you and your awesome commercial.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      This is my boom stick.

      (actual artist rendering)

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

      Nelson Cruz making Army of Darkness references is very nice

    • Kit

      I love that commercial. Not only is Nelson Cruz in it, but total babe Andrew Bailey is in it too. Damn, I didn’t include him in yesterday’s list.

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

        I’ve met him. Jealous? ;P

        • Kit

          You bet your ass I’m fucking jealous. Any pics of him being his hot self? And when? Where?

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

            My best friend went to the same college as he did. I met him at a party visiting her. I didn’t talk to him for that long but he seemed pretty cool.

            (Anticipating the joke: No, we didn’t bang. He’s not really my type and I am hideously unattractive IRL.)

            • Kit

              I hope you weren’t anticipating a joke from me. But that’s awesome. He’s really cute, so that must’ve been nice.

        • thurdonpaul

          Andy is now mad :)

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

            Hah. Like I said, he’s not really my type. (Bailey, not Andy.)

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

    There’s no chance of Jeter getting those 70 hits he needs to get to 200 on the season.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      I wondering if Jeter will get 180 hits this season. What do you think?

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

        That’s possible. There’s 49 games left after this one, figure he plays 40 of them, so that’s basically 1.25 hits per game. That’s doable.

    • thurdonpaul

      never say never, Mike

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Ironic that when the Yanks had a chance to take the lead last night, Jeter hit into his standard DP.

    Tonight, he has the only hit….

    “You just can’t predict baseball”…. John Sterling.

  • nathan

    Any news on Tex rejoining the team.

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

      He’ll be back tomorrow.

    • JM

      He’s meeting them in KC tomorrow I believe.

    • Pasqua

      I believe tommorrow was the ETA. I believe his wife had the baby yesterday.

  • Hummingbird S.

    35 pitches. CG pace, unsurprisingly.

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

      He’s thrown at least eight innings in his last ten starts, and in 13 of his last 14. Yeah…

    • Pasqua

      He’s obliterating his CG pace this year. Seven already. Six was his previous high. He had four when he won twenty-two games.

  • Guest

    35 pitches through three innings. This is likely not going to end well.

    • nathan

      Going out on a limb here, I predict that Yanks will touch him up and have a 20 pitch inning with a couple of runs mixed in.

      Well, if that doesnt come true, this post will get burried in the 900 other comments. :-)

  • Guest

    What was Amaro thinking, trading this guy for the underwhelming package he got from the Mariners? Can you imagine Lee and Halladay pitching games 1,2,4,6, and 7 during a playoff series?

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

      Even if he didn’t extend Halladay and they both walked after the end of this 2010 season and the Phils got nothing but 4 draft picks, Phillies fans would still love Amaro for bringing them the title with the most dominant 1-2 since Schilling and Johnson in ’01.

      The risk was well worth the reward (of keeping Lee).

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

        Fun fact: Schilling and Johnson were maybe even better in 2002 than they were in 2001. The Diamondbacks got swept out of the playoffs.

        The playoffs are a bitch.

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

          by bWAR:

          2001: 15.7
          2002: 15.6

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

          To a team who’s two best pitchers were Woody Williams and Andy Benes, no less.

          Baseball is a game that cannot be predicted, I’ve been told.

          • Evan in NYC

            Predictably unpredictable.

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

      With Hamels starting the other games.

      • Guest

        Right. Wow. Their third best starter would be a young lefty two years removed from being the NLCS and World Series MVP.

  • mike c

    if javy has more K’s than lee has IP, yankees win tonight

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Attn: Steve:

    I do not have tix for the Weds. game, and I’m relatively certain Stephen doesn’t either.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    I read that Teixeira is naming the child Wil Nieves.

    Source: Mike Lupica

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    So as many of you know, I have been living in Cape Cod for the summer. I went to five games during the two weeks I was home beforehand and Phil Hughes, my current favorite Yankee, did not start one of them. The only game I got to go to since then was Old Timers Day and A.J. pitched (and sucked, shocking). Well I’m returning to New York for two weeks next Friday and am going to the game that night and guess who’s pitching? A.J. Freaking Burnett. Guess who was supposed to be pitching before the back spasms? Phil Hughes.

    F.
    M.
    L.

    *cue violins*

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      I saw Hughes pitch the July 4th game this year. That was my first Hughes experience.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I was there, too.

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

      You’re spending the summer in Cape Cod and you’re complaining?

      • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

        Fair enough.

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

        #firstworldproblems (sorry Kiersten, mean no offense)

    • Nintendo vs Sega vs that Guy who Really Hates Granderson A LOT vs Dalelama vs Bret Iron-cage match

      So are we suppposed to feel sorry that you’re living in Cape Cod for the summer — or that you went to 5 games in 2 weeks? I’m confused…

  • JM

    I kinda feel bad for Vazquez. He’s pretty much on pace with Lee without that cheap HR, and to have a chance to win he has to be nearly flawless for the rest of the game.

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

      I know. Lost all the fatalism about how Lee can’t possibly be beat is the fact that Javy’s pitching well at the moment and keeping us in the game (SSS).

  • Total Dominication

    Hits!

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    whats that…oh its the world’s smallest violin. Can you see it? nope.

    • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

      reply FAIL. meant to be reply to JM.

    • JM

      I mean, I mostly feel bad because I know how he feels, to an extent. I’ve pitched in a league and I’ve been in pitchers duels and have been on the losing end of a 1-0 game…

      • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

        well…won’t have to worry about losing 1-0 now.

  • Total Dominication

    Why? He carried your whole fucking team? Why?

  • Kit

    Man, that is some loud booing.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    ‘Cus lining that bitch into center. Sexay.

  • Guest

    Thames can hit him some lefties.

  • nathan

    Why exactly are the Rangers fans booing ARod. Wasnt trading him away a team decision. Didnt that trade in essence save their finances. Dont get that at all.

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

      Why exactly are the Rangers fans booing ARod.

      Because people are dumb.

      • nathan

        True that.

        And that was a great STFU by ARod to the fans.

    • Guest

      I think people were upset with how much A-Rod wanted to get traded from the Rangers.

    • forensic

      It’s the same crap with Mariners fans. They boo A-Rod who the team wouldn’t resign, but cheer Griffey who begged and begged to be traded away…

  • Mushy Carl

    I’m shocked A-Rod doesn’t know hes getting fastballs in.

  • JM

    Wow. Boston is going to win their game, barring a meltdown, which means if the Yankees lose they’re going to be only FOUR out of the AL East.

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

      Who the fuck is Boston?

    • Guest

      We went through this last year late August, early September. When they are hot, they will pick up a couple of games. When they are cold, we will pick up a couple of games.

      Im not saying there is no chance they will catch us. But they have a lot of ground to make up and the Yankees are a really good team.

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

      And the Yankees have four games in KC coming up. What’s your point?

  • Evan in NYC

    They need to change the gameplan on taking pitches. He is coming out throwing strikes, was this a surprise?

  • Mushy Carl

    3-2 count! We win!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Do NOT send Marcus Thames again.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I’ll shut up now.

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

        How good is Alex Rodriguez? Good enough to score Marcus Thames from first base, that’s how good.

    • JM

      Take that back. haha!

  • Mushy Carl

    A-Rod!!!

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

    DEEP AND THICK!!!!!

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      ‘Like’

    • Slappy White

      Hells Yeah

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

    He’s the fucking man.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Great AB.

  • Kit

    Nicely done, boys!

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

    ALEX!!!!

  • Evan in NYC

    Adda boy A-Rod. Way to stick it to em’. Great AB right there.

  • Cy Pettitte

    A-ROD! finally something hit with authority

    • Total Dominication

      Gardy’s was pretty good as well.

      /just sayin’d

  • forensic

    A-ROD!!!!! Boo that!!!

  • Total Dominication

    The best hitter in baseball pawns the best pitcher in baseball.

  • The Goose

    When Cliff Lee “misses the strike zone for a ball” it’s not that he misses, it’s that the earth’s rotation can’t catch up in time to line up the strike zone with Lee’s pitch.

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

    Alex Rodriguez is good at baseball

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

      CentWAR Centaur™.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Cliff’s ERA just went up to 2.44. What a failure.

    • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

      i don’t want him anymore…

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    So I am guessing there is a delay from the radio to tv, but this ARod guys sounds pretty good.

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

      I think the kid has a bright future. Going out on a limb.

  • JM

    That curve is naaaaaaasty.

  • S.King

    yikes. what a breaking pitch

  • Evan in NYC

    If A-Rod can hit 10-15 more HR this year, he has to be in serious contention for MVP, no?

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

      Nah, there’s too many guys who were better for him to climb over.

      • Evan in NYC

        I guess Cabrera has a strangle hold on this thing.

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

          Josh Hamilton, Robbie Cano, Adrian Beltre, Carl Crawford, Miguel Cabrera, and Evan Longoria all already have at least 4.5 WAR.

          ARod barely has half of that yet (2.3). That’s a gigantic mountain to climb, even for CentWAR Centaur.

        • YanksFan in MA

          Hamilton right now is MVP.

    • S.King

      thats asking him to almost double his HR output to this point. also, BA (still counts a bit?) and OBP (counts a lot) is down.

      • Evan in NYC

        Right but 10-15 HR for A-Rod could be a good 3 weeks. Not that he has had a power stroke all year, but it’s A-Rod. Dude can mash.

    • nathan

      ARod will never be in contention again. The BBWA just needed an excuse to hate on the guy and his PED admission was the last straw. I doubt he wins any awards going fwd.

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

        If he has a 2007-style year again?? He’ll be in contention.

        • nathan

          they will find an excuse to vote for someone else.

  • larryf

    ARod can be Monterian at times…

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Make up call?

  • Accent Shallow

    I’m pretty late to the party, but I’m of the opinion that <1 BB/9 is not sustainable. Lee's good, don't get me wrong, but he's not that good.

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

    Oh where was that bullshit?

    • nathan

      There are two strikezones: one for the lefty pitcher, one for the righty pitcher. // Refer to the Young AB 1-2 pitch.

  • JM

    That ball was punishing Cano for his laziness and lack of effort.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    Thatsa strike? in what league?

  • Michael

    the breaking balls are killing em

  • Mushy Carl

    Come on Jorge you knew that was coming.

  • Evan in NYC

    I wonder how much Posada’s shoulder is bothering him. I mean, has he swung the bat at all tonight? So far that’s two K’s both backwards.

  • larryf

    After those 2 called 3rd strikes on Jorge…

    YO QUIERO MONTERO

    could be my new handle

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      You oughta pitch that to Bald Vinny’s t-shirt website.

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

      /boverreaction’d

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

        I kinda miss Bo

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

          Don’t worry, he’s at Astros games being a douche. He’s in good hands.

    • Guest

      1 for 3 with a walk and a double so far tonight.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Rod Carew’s WAR in 1977: 10.9.

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

      Rod Carew ate the whole wheel of cheese.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        #COTN

        (comment of the night; can we make this a “real” thing?)

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

          #webgem

          You’re welcome.

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

      7.2 and 8.2 in the two years before that too. Rod Carew was good at baseball

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

    Bah. Should have just fucking walked him.

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

    Come on, Javy. You can do this.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    wow…thats was a great play by Cano.

  • Chip

    Intentionally walking Murphey? Really? In the 4th?

  • Mushy Carl

    The new Yankee killer?

  • Pasqua

    Can’t that “terrible ERA in the inning after the Yanks score” be skewed, especially when considering that, if multiple runs have been scored, and a lead is established, you might adjust to a “here it is, hit it” approach? Or am I spinning that too positively?

    Have the Yanks ever scored a lot for Javy?

    • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

      /jack morris’d

      • Pasqua

        Heh.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Ok, not watching the game, but sounds like Javy is holding his own.

    True?

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

      Yes, he’s looked solid.

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

      Yep. Young’s homer was a cheapie, but it still happened.

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

    After speaking with Commissioner Stern and Knicks executives, it has become apparent that my new agreement violates certain NBA bylaws. Because of this, I have decided to rescind my contract with the team. I have nothing but the utmost respect for Jim Dolan, Donnie Walsh, Mike D’Antoni and the entire Knicks organization, and I want to thank them for affording me this opportunity.”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=5456334

    I take back anything bad I ever said about you, David Stern. Thank you for stepping in and saving James Dolan from himself (again).

    • Jose the Satirist

      So does this mean LeBron is a Knick yet?

      /clueless’d

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Come on, Javy. Do NOT walk Molina.

  • Mushy Carl

    Javy must want to get Johnny Damon’d again

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

      That grand slam has to be the most famous GS in baseball history where the pitcher who gave it up wasn’t the pitcher who put the first three batters on.

  • forensic

    Don’t people understand that by fanning yourself you’re actually creating more heat for your body than cooling it?

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    How do you walk Molina? He has a sub 3 OBP.

  • Hummingbird S.

    shitty job by Vazquez this inning

  • Pasqua

    Lookie, lookie who’s behind the Rangers’ on-deck circle.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Please be fake umpires. Please be fake umpires.

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

    Fucking fuck.

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

      thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiisclose to getting out of it unscathed.

      Baseball is a cruel bitch of a game.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    FUCK

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

    Don’t. Walk. Molinas.

  • Mushy Carl

    Javy you are stupid. So stupid.

  • aRX

    :sigh:

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Sigh why wasn’t Vazquez on my bench.

  • forensic

    You deserve that for walking Molina…

    There must be a rule that our pitchers have to give up runs immediately after we score.

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

    I’m glad we pulled an IBB in the 4th. (facepalm)

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

    Ugh. I don’t think we’ll score another 3 off Lee or this bullpen.

  • Pasqua

    Present a weakness and it shall be exposed.

  • Hummingbird S.

    aaaaaaand that’s the ballgame.. stupid IBB and horrible pitching by Javy

  • Humdinger

    Tex should be fined for having a baby during the season.

    • Jose the Satirist

      He’ll be sentenced to giving up his first born son in kangaroo court.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Always with 2 outs.

  • Kit

    Teixiera would’ve had that.

    /joking, but he probably would have had that.

  • nathan

    Hypothetically, if it were Tex

    a) does he make the play
    b) after fielding the ball, could they have thrown out anyone.

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

      My gut reaction is:
      1.) Yes
      2.) No

      So I’ll say we give up one run but not two if Tex was here. JMHO.

      • nathan

        I agree. Just didnt see an opportunity to throw out anyone.

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

      He’s a righty thrower, so his glove is on the other hand. He doesn’t get close to it.

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

        Ah, good point.

      • Cy Farnsworth

        I’m not certain about that, Tex has way better range than Berkman. It would’ve been a tougher play, but Teixeira’s more likely to make that tough play (if that makes any sense.)

    • Cy Farnsworth

      a) probably
      b) probably, if Javy was covering first

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    fucking ridiculous… IBB, stupid move.

    • Mushy Carl

      The dumb move was walking Molina when he was down 0-2.

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

        Well, that’s not really a “dumb move”, just a failure to execute.

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

      When do IBB’s ever work out when there’s not a pitcher batting involed?

      • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

        pretty much anytime Barry Bonds got IBBed

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Walking Molina was the killer. Hits happen, but you can’t walk a dude with a sub .300 OBP. Oh well. Let’s make this like Game 5 and get some runs now.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    These last few games have just been painful to watch (even the ones we’ve won, aside from the Beckett beatdown.)

    It just seems like every bounce is going against us.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    I like Girardi, but as a manager, he is mediocre at best. He thinks himself into fucking stupid decisions.

    Shit…. thought we had a chance, now not so much…

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Well I like his bullpen management.

      • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

        I love sarcasm… that was funny!

        • Chris

          Seriously, Girardi is one of the best managers in the game at managing a bullpen. He doesn’t overuse guys but manages to get the best relievers in the game for the highest leverage situations.

    • Chris

      What stupid decision has he made tonight?

  • bonestock94

    Not getting Molina out is the stupid move

  • Pasqua

    If George was still around do you think he’d be drafting a “No Sex From August – December” policy?

  • The Goose

    That’s trash. If a team is going to beat us, at least have some actual contact. I hate these cheap hits.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      And that homer too.

      • The Goose

        Exactly

    • JohnnyC

      I’d settle for some cheap hits off Lee.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    If Berkman, a left handed fielder, can’t get to that ball. How can Tex?

    • bonestock94

      Tex isn’t fat and old.

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

      You’re right.

    • JohnnyC

      I dunno…maybe Tex has more range?

  • Jose the Satirist

    Random Factoid: Only two teams in MLB haven’t lost 4 games in a row this year. The Yankees and the Padres.

    • Pasqua

      Well, shit, we’re only halway there!

  • Sick Nwisher

    Well, at least Football Season is right around the corner.

    legdejumper’d

    • Kit

      I see it’s the 5th inning already.

      /kidding

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Well thank you Mariners for ripping Cashman off. You have my eternal thanks.

    • Kit

      It was their loss, really.

      • bonestock94

        Hard to say, really. Smoak isn’t chop liver. I’ll be thanking them daily next year when we have Lee and Montero.

        • Kit

          I’m not saying Smoak is chopped liver, I’m saying Montero is a good, solid prospect. They could have had him, especially since the Yankees aren’t willing to trade him for anyone not named Cliff Lee.

    • JM

      I don’t feel like getting into this…

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        Hindsight aside, I really don’t think it was worth it for a few months.

    • nathan

      Well, I donno. Sometimes the deals that you dont make are the ones that you thank yourself later for.

      And it would be cool to hang an L around Lee’s neck in the ALDS or ALCS.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    If Victor Martinez is a big league catcher, then I have no doubt Montero can at least platoon with someone.

    • JM

      But why bring him up not at his best, and potentially hurt his development, when if you can wait till 2011 with him, you can have him as a better and more established hitter?

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        I wasn’t advocating to brining him up. I meant in general that catcher defense shouldn’t be a big deal with a bat like that. Like Victor Martinez.

      • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

        I am not sold that it would hurt his development. His total number of games would be the almost same should he take up Cervelli’s role as it would be if he stays in the minors.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Gardner needs to swing the freaking bat.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Yo, Brett, swing the goddamn bat.

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

    No one looks at strike three quite like Brett Gardner.

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

      /dalelama’d…?

    • S.King

      he looks like he’s saying to himself, “here it comes– yeah, that was a strike, right? yep, sure what. dangit, it looked like one on the way, too. hmm–that’s three again.”

    • Chris

      It’s hard to get mad at him when Gameday has the pitch as being outside.

  • S.King

    thanks for playing, brett.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    jesus christ Gardner… At least look like your trying instead of fucking pouting…

    Ok, feel better….

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Gardner should know that with Lee on the mound, you pretty much have to swing at anything close.

  • JFH

    does gardner even swing the bat anymore?

  • Mushy Carl

    BG is horrible. You guys want to platoon Granderson but start BG everyday? The guy doesn’t swing the bat!

    • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

      Brett Gardner is not horrible. Brett Gardner has been doing horribly of late.

  • Zooboy

    Gardner does not need to revamp his swing. He needs to remember he has one.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Sad thing is, Gardner’s K rate is normal for him.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    What the fuck am i supposed to say about that AB?

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

      It’s baseball.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      Gardner shot his wad.

  • JohnnyC

    Cashman will be stubborn about this. He won’t call up Jesus.

    • JM

      He SHOULDN’T.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Why should he?

      • bonestock94

        Maybe he can learn center or left in a week.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    This does not look promising.

  • JM

    This game is spiraling into unwinnable territory.

  • bonestock94

    Uh oh, way too early for the hook.

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

    Up in the zone and right over the middle of the plate. Yikes

  • Hummingbird S.

    that’s the Javy we all know and hate

    • Kit

      I don’t hate Javy.

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

        I don’t think I’ve ever hated a single Yankee, ever.

        When you play for my team, I love you.

        • Chris

          Although Cody Ransom made it quite difficult…

        • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

          i hated Kevin Brown. Did not like a single thing about him.

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

            I pitied Kevin Brown. I didn’t hate Kevin Brown.

        • bonestock94

          I hated Arod when he opted out sooo much.

        • Kit

          Exactly. You play for my team, I will love you forever, unless you were terrible.

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

        Me neither

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

          Or me.

          I don’t particularly like it when he pitches like this, but I don’t hate him.

          • Kit

            Yeah. There’s no reason to hate him, really. He’s trying. It’s not like he goes out there and intentionally gives up home runs. I don’t get why random people attack him. No pitcher likes to lose the game for his team.

          • Kit

            Damn Derek.

            • Kit

              That was not supposed to be here. Sorry.

      • Hummingbird S.

        Hate may be too much, but I certainly don’t like him because I don’t think he’s good.

        • Kit

          I personally think you’re wrong about him not being a good pitcher and I’m sure you have your reasons (2004 is not a valid one, by the way), but everyone is entitled to their opinion, the hate thing is a bit much though.

  • Total Dominication

    Fuck. The first 4 innings lucked so so good.

  • YanksFan in MA

    Gardner needs at least a whole series off. A slump is a slump, but just not swinging the bat speaks to a larger issue. I’ve been there when I played. I know everyone hates when people play amateur psychologist, but that is a sure sign a player has some mental issues. The simplest thing to do in the game is swing the bat, and when you can’t pull the trigger a couple days off to cool down and get your head right is usually the best medicine.

    • Chris

      He didn’t swing when he was doing well. He’s not swinging when he’s doing poorly. I don’t think that his lack of swinging is related to his struggles at all.

      • theyankeewarrior

        FACT: is Brett Gardner never swings at a pitch, he will never get a hit, and will therefore have a .000 batting average for the rest of the season.

      • YanksFan in MA

        Not swinging often and not swinging at all are two totally different things. He couldn’t pull the trigger on the basepaths Monday either. It’s related.

        • Chris

          He still swings. He hit a long fly to the gap in his first at bat that was unfortunately caught.

          Of course, he’s not going to swing at a pitch that’s outside. Nor should he.

          • YanksFan in MA

            Nope all pitches in the zone according to Brooks.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Maybe we should skip a Javy start and let him catch his breath.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    well…….at least they will still be in first tomorrow. On the other hand, has a home team ever gone into a 5 game playoff series hoping for a split – that would be the Yankees v Rangers opening up at Yankee stadium.

  • S.King

    if javy gets out without a run, we win.

    • theyankeewarrior

      How about 5 runs?

      • S.King

        chances go a bit down

  • Mushy Carl

    I thought cocaine fell under the “demons” category Michael Kay.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    There probably goes my ERA lead.

  • Guest

    Aaaaand….scene.

  • theyankeewarrior

    This series fucking sucks

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

    This is annoying.

    Also, Kay is way too excited about Texas scoring.

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

    Time to check to see what’s in the fridge.

  • Evan in NYC

    That’s all she wrote.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Game, set, match…

    Try and start playing better baseball in KC – thank god it is KC.

    • Chris

      It’s good to know this is little league with 6 inning games.

  • S.King

    oh boy

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    When Pettitte comes back Vazquez could really use some needed rest.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Infield in… makes zero sense at this point….

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Pitch to Cruz.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Oh you have got to be fucking kidding me.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Are you fucking kidding me?

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Yay.

  • Mushy Carl

    Lol Posada

  • S.King

    holy goodness posada

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

    Wow. Didn’t think you could blow that one.

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

    If Posada can be a ML catcher, so can Montero.

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

      If Posada can be a ML catcher, so can Montero my dog’s ass.

      FTFY

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        IETC. Mostly for it’s trueness.

  • Esteban

    Guess who’s gonna be in first place after tonight? The Yankees

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      matters = Zero.

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

        Actually, the fact that we’re gonna be in first place tonight whether we win or lose this game matters a whole shitload more than whether we actually win or lose this one single game.

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

    Oh, for fuck’s sake, Jorge, act like you’ve been in a rundown before.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Unfuckingbelieveable….

    the Yankees are not playing good baseball …. and right now are not a good team.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Oh yeah Montero definitely can be an adequate defender. He just needs common sense.

  • S.King

    sure, a-rod executed poorly, but that is NOT his fault. posada has to get rid of the frickin ball

    • YanksFan in MA

      Everything is A-Rod’s fault. Where have you been?

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

    Thank God for Kansas City

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      Man, I don’t know about that… at the rate this team is going, a split will be a gift.

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

        Optimism!

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

      and we are missing Greinke–again!

    • Sick Nwisher

      The way the Yankees are playing, the Royals are saying the same thing about the Yanks.

  • larryf

    KC guys….KC with Tex back and we are still in first place…. I think it may be an early to bed early to rise game this evening.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Fuck me for not benching Vazquez. Fuck fuck fuck.

    • kunaldo

      same here bro. same here.

  • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

    That play was, dare I say, Mets like. *shudders* AND there are two more runs.

  • Mark

    Chad Gaudin for the rest of the game.

  • bonestock94

    Ok, now I think it’s out of reach. Good night.

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

    Javy Vazquez hasn’t pitched brilliantly, but he in no way, shape, or form deserved to have 6 runs up on the board against him. He was betrayed by luck and defense.

    • theyankeewarrior

      And the Yankees unbelievably strange fear of that Murphy dude

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

    I remember when other teams were scared of the Yankees.

    • Evan in NYC

      But do you remember when other teams were scared of Javy Vazquez?

    • Mushy Carl

      Yeah when we scored runs.

    • Chris

      Sort of like when pitchers feared Jim Rice?

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

      They weren’t scared of us, we were just drastically better than they were. It’s harder to be that much better than your competition in the modern MLB.

    • nathan

      I think the trolls have taken a toll on you.

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

        That.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Sorry about this and I know it’s annoying but this game is likely over. Kudos to Lee more than the Yankees sucking tough.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Think of it this way, boys:

    Now I can watch Hard Knocks live instead of on DVR later tonight.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Game blouses.

    Normally id believe they were still in it. However I’m not going to lose any sleep if the team loses facing Cliff Lee.

  • Accent Shallow

    Now I have a good reason to hate David Murphy. Oy vey.

  • Evan in NYC

    If Pettitte doesn’t come back in tip-top form, this could be a very quick exit this October.

    • Guest

      Best (not most important) but best regular season of the year if we find a way to win this game?

      • Guest

        Sorry, reply fail.

    • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

      I wouldn’t go that far. Teams hit peaks and valleys every year. (even 1998) It is just excruciating, and it blinds rational thought when your team hits those valleys. The Yankees are not going to play like this for the rest of the season.

  • The Goose

    Alright everybody, no surprise there. Wake me up when the Yankees get back to playing some real baseball.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Cervelli, get in for Posada.

    Pena, get in for Alex.

    Granderson get in for Swisher.

    Mitre 2 innings

    Gaudin 3 innings

    Nice try guys. Great game. Solid series. See you in KC.

  • forensic

    Well this one’s over. Nice job Javy and Jorge. (I know I’m late, was dinner time)

  • bonestock94

    I’d love to see a Cashman appearance in the stands one day. They need a fire lit under their asses.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Couldn’t hurt.

  • Mushy Carl

    Damn Swish

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Yikes, gotta question the decision to run by Cruz.

    Not even close. Good throw Swish.

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

    The Yanks will bring the tying run to the plate.

    … just not tonight.

    • aRX

      reverse psychology FTW?

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

    You mean the Yankees aren’t the only teams that do dumb things sometimes?!?!? THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE.

    • bonestock94

      It’s ok if people get mad when their team plays like shit in August. Not unreasonable.

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

        Where did I say that it was unreasonable? I’m just tired of people acting like we suck because of a cold spell.

        • forensic

          To be fair, a cold spell kind of implies that they do kind of suck right now. Not all season, just currently.

      • Kit

        It’s only unreasonable when people essentially give up before the game is over and just have negative comments to make about every little thing ever. Being frustrated is understandable, we all experience it as fans. Hell, I’m pretty bummed when they lose, but I don’t sit around sulking like a child or declaring the season over after the fifth inning of a game.

    • NYY-SWISH

      Dude, c’mon. I don’t care if you’re the Yankees all-time biggest fan. Even with Tex in the lineup it’s become increasingly, and dare I say painfully, obvious that the club is playing brutal baseball at the moment. And yes, while you may stress “the moment”, I, on the other hand, don’t exactly see a team capable of inevitably reaching the world series. The Yankees have yet to look STELLAR all season. They’ve always been a terribly streaky team but it’s finally getting to the point where they look tired, uncommitted, and, at times, untalented. The team needs a catalyst at the moment, someone or something to kick start the mojo and get these guys flying. Whether it’s a visit from Cashman or calling up the second coming of Christ, Jesus Montero, I think that the management needs to finally start putting on the pressure. They look dead and are in dire need of being (re)invigorated. I want New York to be downright embarrassing other clubs, punishing them even. When I look at the team’s performance of late I’m honestly not impressed. Yes, they’re in first place and own the best record in baseball, but can you seriously tell me that they shouldn’t have at least 75 wins right now? Let’s please face the blatantly obvious, can we? The NY Yankees are scaring nobody.

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

        Who is impressed with their performance lately? Did I say I was? No, it’s been awful to watch. But people acting like we inherently suck piss me off. Sorry, that’s just the way I am.

        • NYY-SWISH

          All I’m saying is that this team needs a swift kick in the ass right now. I’ve been waiting all season long to see them tear through a ten game win-streak. Fuck, if the Sox can light up teams with their so-called “B lineup” than damn it, why can’t the highest scoring offense in the game do the same? Inconsistent pitching aside, I’m relying on the bats to carry this team to the valley. I like Kearns and I even believe that Fat Elvis can still get it done, but DAMN IT, WTF is with Granderson? Girardi needs to find a lineup that works and finally stick with it for a change, otherwise I demand that the Cash Man start taking names.

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

            I’ve been waiting all season long to see them tear through a ten game win-streak.

            Best record in baseball, my man.

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

              Fact: Even the 2009 Yankees didn’t have a ten-game winning streak.

            • NYY-SWISH

              Never helped the 2001 Mariners. Excuse me if I like to read between the stats.

      • Kit

        Several things about this:

        1) The club isn’t playing “brutal baseball” you’re supposed to crush bad teams and basically end up 50-50 against good teams, which means that we can’t beat the living pulp out of every team out there. We’d like to see it, but not going to happen, don’t be delusional about it. The Rangers are a decent team. They have Cliff Lee, who is an acceptable pitcher to lose to. It won’t be embarrassing to take a loss in this case.

        2) The team hasn’t looked stellar all season, but considering the fact that there have been injuries to some players, another pitcher has experienced a bad start, and another is battling a bout of inconsistency– first place is pretty damn good. Some other teams don’t have the luxury of holding on to their division lead had they experienced this.

        3) Bring up Montero for what? So he can take a few months to adjust to ML pitching and look a fool? Give the boy some time to grow and develop. He’ll come up eventually. He’s not going to be the catalyst that makes the offense start smashing balls left and right. The team is trying.

        No one goes out there looking to lose, so calm it down. Be level-headed and honest about the situation, don’t make it worse than it actually is. It’s not helping you or anyone else.

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

          (golf clap)

          • Kit

            Is that condescending or did I do good?

            • NYY-SWISH

              Condescend ’til your heart’s content. We’ve all got our opinions, it’s just that some may be more objective than others.

              • Kit

                He was replying to me, and I in turn replied to him. No one is talking about you in that two comment exchange.

                • NYY-SWISH

                  That’s cool, because I WAS replying to you. But hey, it’s cool, just don’t lose any sleep over it.

                  • Kit

                    No one’s going to lose sleep over someone who has no valid, useful or thoughtful opinions, so don’t try to be smart, because you’re not.

        • NYY-SWISH

          The team needs a spark. When you’ve got two former catchers on your coaching staff and Posada behind the plate, I don’t exactly think it’d be such a terrible idea to bring up the Jesus Juice. The kid wants to play and I’m willing to bet he wants to be great. He’ll put in the hours. He’ll do whatever it takes. If he can bring the vital energy that this team is currently lacking, then Fuck, I’ll take a passed ball here and there if everybody else wakes up. I’m as level-headed as they come, but something needs to be done here. I’ve always found that the greatest contribution that the young players bring is their spirit, exuberance and willingness to go all out every time their feet hit the field. I don’t doubt that this team is good, but I, for one, know that they can be better.

          • Kit

            Why do you keep talking about spark? Spark doesn’t make you a winner. Just because they’re in a difficult stretch and our big hitters haven’t been hitting well (and they’ve done pretty well today), the team somehow managed to be number one, overtaking Tampa, who is just incredible this year. It’s not the best idea to bring up Jesus right now. In September, maybe, but right now, I’d say no. I don’t know why people are so damn adamant about it. He’s 20. His defensive skills are questionable, he’s obviously had some difficulty adjusting to pitching at Triple A. He wants to be a catcher, and if he’s not a catcher, his ability to play as often as possible is limited. You can’t just assume he’s going to come up and be incredible and bring the team that much needed first place spot (which we already have, in case you forgot). Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you’ll make your team play better. Yeah, the team could be better, but they’ve been pretty good so far. This level of playing doesn’t require a meeting with Cashman about how terrible they’ve been.

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

          Kit is a badass.

          • Kit

            Haha…I’m not really bad, I just hate stupidity.

            • NYY-SWISH

              But you love being a prick, I see. It’s a message board. Calm down, buddy.

              • Kit

                Don’t call me a prick because I’ve been nothing but polite in responding to you. I could really be a prick if you want me to, though. Trust me.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    Well i’ll be damned. One of Swisher’s lollipop throws actually got someone.

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

      That shit was a bullet.

      • Evan in NYC

        He may been to join the playoff rotation.

    • Meat Loaf

      LEAVE SWISHER ALONE.

      Seriously, it was fucking perfect.

    • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

      it was a good throw…i’m just giving him a hard time.

  • forensic

    That baserunning was Posada-esc.

    • forensic

      and that fielding attempt was nearly Posada-esc.

  • S.King

    dare i say it: rally time!

  • aRX

    Can we get a ‘we’ll bring the tying run to the plate’ for good luck?

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

      We will bring the tying run to the plate.

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

    Long-inning. Maybe he will get wild with the extra rest. Or maybe not. Yeah, I think I’ll go with not.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    That was downright Jeterian

  • Mushy Carl

    God this team needs Pettitte so bad.

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

      If by “this team” you mean…….

      … I mean I’m not going to complete this sentence.

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

    Nice rip, Cap’n.

  • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

    Wow, until they put the score up on the bottom of the screen, I felt that the Rangers were much farther ahead.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Tex,

    I hope your new baby boy is beautiful, healthy, strong, and happy. You have been a model baseball player, citizen for your whole career.

    Now get your fucking ass on a plane to Kansas City.

    Thanks,

    ~theyankeewarrior~

  • Cy Farnsworth

    The way we’ve been hitting with RISP, that was certainly for the best.

    1 down, 4 to go.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cliff Lee wild pitch?

    does not compute

  • JohnnyC

    Cliff Lee? Wild Pitch? Unthinkable.

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

    Chippin’ away. Thanks, Bengie.

  • Esteban

    Let’s go, only 4 more runs with 11 outs is doable. Cliff Lee is not God.

    /trying to be optimistic

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

    According to Kay, Thames is 2-for-15 off Lee with nine strikeouts and … three homers?

    • S.King

      thats actually pretty good for him

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

      It’s actually 6 for 30 with 12 strikeouts and three homers (coming into tonight).

    • forensic

      The 2-15 is since Lee became Lee. The homers and doubles came when he sucked before that.

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

      One of the 3rd strikes was dropped by the Catcher, who threw wildly to first base. Thames was running hard, and the Right Fielder’s throw to 3B went over his head, so Thames jogged home with an inside-the-parker.

      Either that, or Kay just screwed up.

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

      Highest OPS+, 1960-2010, minimum 80 G at 2B

      Rk Player OPS+ RC WAR/pos PA Year Age
      1 Joe Morgan 186 144 10.0 599 1976 32
      2 Joe Morgan 169 145 12.0 639 1975 31
      3 Bobby Grich 164 73 5.9 404 1981 32
      4 Jeff Kent 162 149 7.9 695 2000 32
      5 Joe Morgan 159 125 9.1 641 1974 30
      6 Robinson Cano 158 91 5.6 477 2010 27
      7 Rod Carew 157 118 8.2 617 1975 29
      8 Joe Morgan 154 128 9.9 698 1973 29
      9 Bret Boone 153 133 9.3 690 2001 32
      10 Tim Teufel 153 66 3.6 350 1987 28
      11 Roberto Alomar 150 138 7.8 677 2001 33
      12 Rod Carew 150 118 6.5 690 1974 28
      13 Joe Morgan 149 117 10.0 680 1972 28
      14 Jeff Kent 147 125 6.6 682 2002 34
      15 Edgardo Alfonzo 147 131 6.7 650 2000 26
      16 Ben Zobrist 146 117 7.1 599 2009 28
      17 Chase Utley 146 130 6.6 613 2007 28
      18 Ryne Sandberg 146 117 7.1 687 1992 32
      19 Julio Franco 146 118 6.3 659 1991 32
      20 Bobby Grich 145 103 6.0 609 1979 30

      • FIPster Doofus

        Yet Joe Morgan disregards all these stats that show just how great he was. Ironic.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    How the hell if Lee’s K rate only 7?

  • The Goose

    Earth, once again coming up slow by not rotating fast enough to catch up to Lee’s pitch. Its the earth that is wild, not Lee

  • theyankeewarrior

    Ok, I’m having a really hard time trying to understand how the play Posada made last inning can ever happen in a fucking major league game.

    Can anyone help me?

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

      Jorge’s here for his bat.

      That’s your answer.

      • theyankeewarrior

        Lets just hope that he’s getting all of his “a little leaguer could have made that play” moments out of the way before October.

        Maybe he could mix in a caught stealing once or twice a month too.

        /just sayin’

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

          Nah.

          Jorge Posada is going to fuck something up this postseason defensively. The sooner we all accept that, the easier it will be to eventually tolerate.

    • Esteban

      baseball players are not robots and make small mistakes sometimes?

      • theyankeewarrior

        Thats a start. I’m still baffled though.

    • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

      Haha, I did that three years ago as freshman in my JV high school game, and I got pulled out of the game. It was horrible then, but to see it a major league game… It is like watching the Mets.

    • Mushy Carl

      All he had to do was throw the ball back to Jeter or A-Rod. It was his pick. I know he already thought of his excuse on the bench. Probably something to the effect of when A-Rod put his hands up I thought he was saying don’t throw.

  • Hummingbird S.

    why can’t they look for the fastball inside? Lee is not even throwing to the outside corner anymore..

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

    He hasn’t walked anyone all year, why bother swinging the fucking bat on a pitch close to the zone? That’s sure to work.

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

      Mike’s gettin’ chippy.

      Woooo-sah, buddy. Woooooo-sah. Zen Baseball.

      • bonestock94

        This team is infuriating lately.

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

          Woooooooooooo-sah. Best record in baseball. Still the WS favorites. Not playing at full strength yet.

          Wooooooooooooo-sah.

          • The Goose

            Do you have an ETA as to when they will be “playing at full strength”? I’ve been hearing about that for a good while now. Still waiting.

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

              October.

              To be frank, we don’t need to play at full strength until then anyway, though.

              • forensic

                Sorry, the team against Boston was the ‘full strength’ team and they still only split at home against a team you’ve repeatedly called done already.

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

                  Andy Pettitte, Al Aceves, Damaso Marte, Nick Johnson: all still on the DL

                  • forensic

                    Nick Johnson is basically Berkman. You cant’ get them both in the lineup. Pettitte wouldn’t have done much better than Moseley, who won anyway. Marte and Aceves maybe, but it wasn’t really the pitching that lost those games, it was the offense, which won’t get any other big boosts, until they maybe decide to have more than 2 hot hitters at a time.

                    • poster on a different computer

                      Nick Johnson: Not Berkman.

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

    It’s “Freedom Week” on Fox Business? Really?

    (shakes head)

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

      That was a very long ad

    • Esteban

      eh I don’t think Fox Business exactly equals Fox News, and Andrew Napolitano is definitely NOT a Republican.

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

        Those points are both true, but that doesn’t change the fact that that whole ad and the whole concept of Fox Business running a thing called “Freedom Week” is ridiculously stupid.

        • Esteban

          haha ok yea, I’ll give you that. But who doesn’t love freedom? Are you a terroist?!?!?!

    • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

      I could not believe what I was hearing! O wait, yes I could, it was a Fox ad.

    • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

      Fox Business isn’t really that bad

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I would love to watch you watch that week. I wonder if FOX will cover the first amendment and the mosque construction in NYC.

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

        You mean the 14th Amendment?

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    I was just about to say Lee doesn’t look that sharp this inning after the wild pitch, but then he struck out the side.

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

    Why is that random Rangers fan yelling “STEEEERRRR-ROOOIIDDSSS” at A-Rod? Like, does he realize how dumb that is?

    /not really paying attention to the game anymore’d

    • Mushy Carl

      Someone needs to tell him The Rangers were pretty much supplying the MLB with roids.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      The A’s did the same thing with Giambi.

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

    Mike and Kenny:

    Playoff previews don’t matter. Ever. In any sport.

    Ever.

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

    Sure, the fans will feel better about themselves, but I don’t think the Ranger’s team will make too much of this series. Beating the Yankees D-lineup and weaker pitchers doesn’t prove that much.

    • Meat Loaf

      I would say Lee’s utter dominance does have some validity to it.

    • jacko

      they beat our game 2 starter

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        Meh they beat Mo. Which probably won’t happen again.

        • jacko

          you’re right my bad.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    I like bullpen Mitre.

  • Meat Loaf

    How many backwards K’s was there in that K by K? For Christ’s Sake, he’s got the lowest walk rate in the majors. Swing.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Oh my Mo. Swinging the bat! Woo!

  • Mushy Carl

    I love the way Posada just moves his body when the pitch comes in.

    • theyankeewarrior

      That’s because he is guessing at the pitch and he has guessed wrong every pitch of the game. Literally, I think he is 0 for 15 in the “here’s what I think Cliff is going to throw” game.

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

    I could watch Robinson Cano swing a bat all day.

    (TWSS)

  • aRX

    2 run jack. I know its a lot to ask for but…pretty please?

  • Humdinger

    I think Cliff Lee is on Singleton’s orgy list.

    • Kit

      He should be. Also, gross.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Reason to keep watching game:

    This could potentially be the worst game of Posada’s career. I don’t really see an opportunity for him to have ever played a worse game up to this point.

    Stay tuned.

  • Crian Bashman

    Any suggestions for waking my team up? Waterboarding? No TV for a week? Take all the gum and sunflower seeds out of the dugout?

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

      Just be patient, Brian. The cream rises to the top.

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

    Hey, look! A little mini-rally against Lee!

    Let’s make something happen here.

    • theyankeewarrior

      There you go!!!!

  • Guest

    I have to say, great 3B coach work this season. Very few runners needlessly thrown out at home this year. (I think the send with Swish was good last night with 2 outs).

    • Meat Loaf

      I miss Larry Bowa very little.

  • Guest

    Get the run in from third. No DP.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Jesus it’s been what 30 PA’s? You expect a ‘Yankee moment’ so quickly?

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

    Mark Teixeira: not the best first baseman in the game by any stretch of the imagination

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Shows how deep and thick the position is.

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

    BOOOYAH! FAT ELVIS!

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

      Again with the unlucky bounce, though. We should have had one more run, if the damn ball wouldn’t have caromed out of play.

      • theyankeewarrior

        How about the unlucky 400 foot shot to right center field that wasn’t a HR?

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

          That works too.

  • Kit

    NICE BERKMAN!

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Is that good enough you dick?

  • bonestock94

    OMG yes, I’d like to thank TSJC for this

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

      I give because I love.

  • aRX

    YES…sorta. (damn ground rule doubles)

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

    Too bad that bounced over the wall.

  • Mushy Carl

    Oh my son we still in this thing

  • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

    Hey! The tying run is up!

  • Meat Loaf

    The Yankees have brought the tying run to the plate.

    … Look what happens when you swing the bat!

  • Accent Shallow

    Who doubted that the Yankees would bring the tying run to the plate in this game? You owe me a beer.

  • jacko

    yehooo

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Lee could pitch right down the middle 3 times and Gardner will look at all three.

  • justice

    maybe instead of a post about how bad gardner has been lately you should write about how ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE posada has been lately. I mean in the final game of the red sox series he had two horrendous throws to center field during a stealing attempt and today he cant even do a run down. Also, dont get my started on the fact that he seems to never even get the ball in play when we just need a ground ball.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    Lee just trying to make it interesting.

    /jack morris’d

  • forensic

    Wow, that was more terrible defense by Cruz/Hamilton.

  • JFH

    not.dead.yet.

  • Esteban

    I hate love Lance Berkman he suckkkks is awesome.

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

      Today, we spell redemption: L-A-N-C-E

      /WesMantooth’d

  • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

    Ugh, why swing so defensively at a fastball in a 1-1 count?

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Gardy!

  • Mushy Carl

    Yeah!

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

    OH SHIT IT’S GETTING INTERESTING HOMIE

  • aRX

    TRUUUUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEE GRIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    BG base hit, wow, Cliff Lee meltdown?

    • Cy Pettitte

      He better take 2nd now

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    HEY-O. Life.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    He ain’t dead yet, mother fuckers!

  • Kit

    BRETT! I knew you were holding out for a good one.

  • Meat Loaf

    JIMP.

    Slumpbuster!

  • Jack

    So much grit.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    GAME PLAN: We say the Yankees are done, they shut us up. I like it.

  • Esteban

    Whoever gave up on this game, please apologize.

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

      Whoever gave up on this game, please apologize.

      Repeated for emphasis.

    • JFH

      i wanted to give up. i really did. now i am sucked back in again. damn.

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

        Don’t give up, don’t even give up.

        /EmmittSmith’d

    • theyankeewarrior

      I gave up. I think it was Jorge that made me give up. I think he gave up too. I hope he has a chance to redeem himself.

      DJ, my man, that fucking sucked.

      Swisher, my man, lets go here.

  • nathan

    Is it an indictment of Berkman’s knees that he was held up.

  • bonestock94

    The grit has returned

  • Hummingbird S.

    If Gardner doesn’t steal here, this will be an inning ending DP.

    • nathan

      Now that is not going out on a limb. Sadly.

    • YanksFan in MA

      With a righty reliever in he better be running.

  • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

    Gardner! Take that… predictive validity of a 10 game sample!

  • Rey22

    First time he doesn’t go 7 innings…since May 11!!! Holy crap!

  • aRX

    Now I don’t feel like an idiot for benching Lee on my fantasy team today (though I also benched Berkman just in case…oh well.)

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

      Cliff Lee should never EVER be benched on a fantasy team. Ever.

      • Meat Loaf

        He believes in the Yankees.

        I like his style.

      • aRX

        I know…but I had one of those (sometimes almost always wrong) “the Yankees will rough him up today” hunches this afternoon. Plus I hate starting him against NY; it’s like betting on my team to lose.

      • Rey22

        My thoughts exactly.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    bloody hell…

  • Mushy Carl

    Come on BG RUN

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    For the love of God Brett, just do it.

  • forensic

    Sure do wish Berkman could’ve scored on that, the way the offense has been going with men on 3rd less than 2 out recently. And boy is this bullpen good. Sure hope we get another dose of Frank Francisco to help though.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    If Gardner doesn’t run on the submariner, he’s nuts.

    • Esteban

      Well, he proved he’s sane.

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

    Gardner hasn’t been the same hitter since his thumb injury on June 8th.

    Since June 9th:

    .239/.360/.326/.686

    Though June 8th:

    314/.395/.423/.817

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Atta boy.

  • Cy Pettitte

    BG finally doing everything right

  • Mushy Carl

    Thank you. Stay Aggressive my friend.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    So…nowwwww you can steal?

    /i kid.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Wow, look at that. Ken Singleton realizing that ERA isn’t great for relievers!

  • Total Dominication

    If we can come back from a 5 run deficit off of Cliff Lee, this could be the best game of the season.

    • forensic

      Turn-around game for the offense? Maybe speaking too soon, but that’d sure be nice.

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

    Praise Jesus H. Montero, BRETT DID IT!

    HEY, YOU BROKE YOUR CHERRY!!!

    /Paulie’d

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    See Gardner you have speed. Use it.

  • forensic

    Nice Gardy.

  • bonestock94

    No DP no scare.

  • Mushy Carl

    Jeter why

  • Hummingbird S.

    can’t even make contact… awesome.

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

    ‘s’all good. Swish the Dish is about to come through big time for us.

    • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

      You are an unwavering optimist. It is awesome.

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

        You are an unwavering optimist realist. It is awesome.

        We’re good. I put my faith in good players eventually being good if you keep giving them opportunities to be good.

        • Hummingbird S.

          nice try…

          • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

            He is right though. This team is very good. More often than not, they will prove him right.

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

        Seriously, you’re even more optimistic than I am. That’s impressive.

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

          I mean, I’d be a pessimist, but I root for the Yankees. Pessimism and the best team in baseball don’t go hand in hand.

          I’m not a Pirates fan.

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

            That’s pretty much how I feel but yep, I’d definitely pretty much given up on this game.

            And that’s when they pull me back in!

          • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

            Yea, the only person I seriously talk baseball with in person is a Mets fan. The difference in our outlook of every play is incredible. The Yanks can be down by 2 and I’ll say, “Nice, just two runs. They’re going to win!” while his team can be up by 5 and he’ll say, “Fuck, only 5.. they are going to find a way to lose this.”

            • Kit

              I laughed, because my grandfather is kind of exactly like this.

  • Scarlet Speedster

    What the fuck is Jeter swinging at?

    • FIPster Doofus

      Strikes, if you’re to believe Gameday.

    • Hummingbird S.

      the same pitch, over and over.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    One of those weak ground balls to the SS, that we all curse, would have been nice from jeter there.

  • forensic

    And another missed opportunity to score on an out…

  • C

    What’s the last time we hit a sac fly? I’m pretty sure we’ve struck out in at least our last 5 ABs with a runner on 3rd and fewer than 2 outs.

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

    Finish it off, boys. Let’s go.

  • Esteban

    CONOOO

  • forensic

    Yeah, that was terrible…

  • aRX

    bleh. OK, inching closer.

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

    Damn.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    C’mon Swish… Darrin Oliver… fuck sake.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Oliver’s having a career year. He’s no slouch.

    • aRX

      You say that as if Oliver is a scrub.

  • Mushy Carl

    Swish didn’t even swing at a ball in the zone. Old Swish works a walk.

  • Apollo22237

    Well they said this is a moral victory so we should all be happy.

  • Accent Shallow

    I’m having trouble handling “Darren Oliver as elite reliever”.

    Curses.

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

      167 ERA+ the past 3 years.

      • Accent Shallow

        He’s been awesome since returning from TJ surgery in ’06. It just takes awhile to change one’s perception of a player.

        Which is one reason I’m so bummed about Lance Berkman’s 2010 nosedive with the ‘stros, carrying over to here — he was basically >Teixeira for awhile, and I certainly wouldn’t complain about that at DH.

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

        Is that really that elite for a late-inning reliever though? Bobby Jenks had a three year run of 155 prior to this year’s meltdown, and he wasn’t exactly the best.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    That could have been the most predictable pitch known to mankind. Tragic, Swisher….tragic.

  • Scarlet Speedster

    That’s really depressing.

    At least they cut the lead in half and got Lee out of the game, two runs is much easier to work with than four.

  • JFH

    this is why i did not want to get sucked back into this game. damn.

  • Rose

    August hasn’t been too kind to the Yankees. And Berkman fucking sucks BAD. Good thing is we didn’t have to give much of anything up for him. But he is basically… http://www.vosizneias.com/wp-c.....g-nose.jpg

    • Accent Shallow

      Did you just watch this half inning? Guess not.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Not sure if serious…

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

      Oh hey Rose.

    • Esteban

      Berkman you know, had an RBI ground rule double tonight, right?

    • Meat Loaf

      Can I reuse that picture in reply?

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

        Awesome.

    • Rose

      it was a joke clearly…sheesh.

      Cmon guys…wake up!

      (re-opens one of the harry potter books)

  • V

    BAH – Swisher is K-ing a LOT lately.

    11 Ks in his last 5 games.

  • Guest

    Well, we’re in the game and Cliff is out of it.

  • King of the Troglodytes

    This team is done. No passion this season.

    • FIPster Doofus

      So they have the best record in baseball without giving a shit? Impressive.

      • Apollo22237

        Hey, imagine when we get to games that matter how good they will do. Once they start caring we should crush.

      • King of the Troglodytes

        They don’t play small ball or make regular contact. This will come back to haunt them in the playoffs, assuming they make it there at this point.

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

          We didn’t do those two things last year. How did last year end, again?

          • FIPster Doofus

            At some point in time, there was a trophy and a parade. I know that much.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      I don’t think the team is done, but I’ll agree that this team doesn’t have the magic of last year’s.

    • Meat Loaf

      Can we get shit like this removed?

    • Hummingbird S.

      Passion has nothing to do with it.

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

      This team is done. No passion this season.

      That statement sounds like the insane rantings of a king of the troglodytes.

      • Meat Loaf

        IETCVM

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Makes you appreciate catchers who know the basics of throwing out a runner in a rundown.

  • Mushy Carl

    Why take out Mitre?

    • Meat Loaf

      Because the score got closer.

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

        And because every additional batter he faces is compounding the likelihood that he implodes.

        • Meat Loaf

          TSJC rescues another unclear Meat Loaf reply.

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

            Two out of three ain’t bad, Meat Loaf.

  • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

    The Yankees will win this game.

    • Scarlet Speedster

      Your optimism is very, very refreshing.

  • bonestock94

    Gotta strike before Neftali

  • MikeD

    A month of so back, I saw a stat that said the Yankees were the best team in baseball at getting runners in from third with less than two ours. Have they’ve gotten worse? Did I imagine that stat. I have a sense of defeat lately when all they need it a fly ball to score a run. I know it’s not going to happen!

    • forensic

      Coming into tonight they were 8th of 14 in the AL in getting the run in at 48%. If I remember correctly, they’ve been right around there much of the season.

  • nathan

    well tht was a bummer

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

    Josh Hamilton is good at baseball.

    • JFH

      he is a machine. good for him.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Swisher only has six walks since the ASB. I do not like that.

  • bonestock94

    Hamilton is just ridiculous, makes Cano’s season blah.

  • Carlosologist

    I watched most of this game over at friend’s house. I have learned that having an intelligent Sox fan and two Yanks fan watch an important game is quite awesome.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      You must have been watching the Marlins / Nationals game.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        Whoops.

        *Natinals.

    • MikeD

      So you know the intelligent Sox fan.

    • Kit

      I wish I could talk to my Sox fan best friend about baseball. But it usually leads to near cat fights. We’re both too passionate about baseball to have a civil conversation.

      • Carlosologist

        Ooh, catfight.

        /guy’d

        • Kit

          Yeah, they’re not pretty. Lots of fists and we’re fully clothed. Sorry to disappoint.

    • Apollo22237

      Now that I am in college I don’t see him as much, but I used to watch games with a Sox fan who was very realistic and smart about the game. It was great to be able to talk about the Sox or Yanks and agree on things and have reasonable debates. And also kill the Mets.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Sexy DP.

  • CNight_UP

    WOW!

  • MikeD

    Hmmm…Jeter 1998 just showed up in the field.

  • Mushy Carl

    Jete looked great with the range

  • nathan

    This might be blasphemy but, Jeter scares me both on defense and offense. He seems to aged two years in two months.

    • Meat Loaf

      Why are you insulting him after a good play?

      Don’t shit on a good moment, please.

      Signed,

      My innocence.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      This has been the topic of discussion for a long, long time.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        …dating back to the earlier 1800s.

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

    Hey, look, we actually can play defense! Fancy that.

  • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

    Jeez. I think I JIMP every time Cano turns a double play or swings his bat. Damn that guy is smooth.

  • Esteban

    I love you Cano.

  • JFH

    ok. its now or never. unless, of course, it has to happen in the 9th inning instead.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Thames! Against a righty!

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

      Three of his four home runs this year have been off righties. He doesn’t hit them very often, but when he does it goes a long way.

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

    Man, Frank Francisco is really not good

  • aRX

    one down one to go :D

  • CNight_UP

    Righty splits says what…

  • Mushy Carl

    Hell yeah!

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    I don’t wanna hear any more Thames bashing, the man is a fucking beast.

    A sexy one at that.

    • sangreal

      Besides from the Sox dropped-fly fiasco does anyone really bash him? He has been great this year

      • sangreal

        Batting I should say

      • FIPster Doofus

        Well, there were calls to DFA Thames when Berkman and Kearns were acquired. Thames has filled his role with aplomb this year, period. Great pickup.

      • Kit

        Yep. He was bashed earlier in this very thread.

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Boom.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    MARCUS THAMES BITCH.

  • Kit

    And there goes Thames. AND OH LOOK, HE’S HITTING IN THE THREE SPOT! Why Joe? Why?!

  • Scarlet Speedster

    SMASHED by Thames. Down by one.

  • Guest

    I was just about to write “No Grandy here?” Nevermind.

  • bonestock94

    WOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Ok….

    Thames +10 > iYankee Zero

  • Mushy Carl

    Marcus Thames was signed for like 800k right?

    • forensic

      900K, with 900K in performance bonuses (though I have no idea what those are).

  • Mister Delaware

    Tham-may!

    • CNight_UP

      and the lords of the underworld…

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    Marcus Thames: best off-season signing, or bestest off-season signing?

    • Meat Loaf

      Randy Winn is gonna be so pissed.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Well by default yes.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Marcus Thames, oh my

    A-Rod needs to go back to back

  • Brooklyn Ed

    HEY…I thought the game was over way back in the 5th?

    /bridge jump’d

  • Will (the other one)

    Frank Francisco just made Marcus Thames look like Clew Haywood. That’s just awesome.

  • King of the Troglodytes

    And Jeter’s ineptitude to hit his typical weak grounder looms larger….

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

      Your commenting is way more inept that Jeter’s hitting.

      • Meat Loaf

        +1

      • King of the Troglodytes

        Just saying – this could be the 3rd night in a row that the team’s lack of ability to drive in a run from 3rd with less than 2 outs could cost them in a 1-run game.

        Berkman and Cervelli last night and the embarrassing bases loaded no outs fiasco against Boston.

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

          I blame this more on Posada’s inability to convert a rundown

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

          Maybe they need more passion, amirite?

          • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

            Yanks need Mel Gibson…he’s got passion.

          • King of the Troglodytes

            Now you’re catching on.

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

              You do know I’m not laughing with you, right?

              • King of the Troglodytes

                why don’t you make another outdated movie reference?

    • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

      Meh. Jeter is 2-4 with a triple tonight. That is always a good game.

  • Esteban

    Wait, Thames sucks right, he shouldn’t be batting third right?

    In other news

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooo

  • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

    A-Rod has been “just-missing” so many pitches. At some point, it is just going to click, and he is going to have an April ’07-type stretch.

  • forensic

    haha, it was said before. Francisco is the chance to win this game…

  • Mushy Carl

    A-Rod missed all those hittable fastballs.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    this AB was not cool, A-Rod was trying to swing for the fence.

    • Pasqua

      That was a nasty, nasty change.

  • mike c

    frank francisco, clearly not on steroids

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

    At this point Thames has to play everyday, right? At least while he’s hot. Sorry, Lance.

    • CNight_UP

      That DH spot has been screaming for someone to step up and grab it all season….Thames is trying his best to grab it…

  • Pasqua

    Great at bat.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Cano walking makes me smile.

  • CNight_UP

    What a great fucking at bat…

  • Hummingbird S.

    what an AB by Cano

  • aRX

    Time to make everyone forget that play Jorge.

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

    Those lazy ass walks joy me so much.

    • Jack

      They looked way too happy to take those walks.

  • Scarlet Speedster

    First walk by Texas pitchers all night. Insanity.

  • Carlosologist

    The question is: Do we retain Marcus Thames as designated lefty killer for the 2011 season?

    I think so.

    • Meat Loaf

      Jesus Montero is a lefty killer.

      …and a righty killer.

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

        He can also kill Pat Venditte.

        • Meat Loaf

          I was going to say that, but in my hungover stupor I had no idea how many consonants are in his name.

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

            He’s like Pettitte. Double all the T’s.

        • MikeD

          Is there some story here about Venditte and Montero that I’ve missed?

          • Meat Loaf

            I am inferring that Montero hits the shit out of the ball. Venditte is the only pitcher in baseball who pitches with both arms. Therefore, I am inferring that no matter who is the pitcher, no matter what limb the ball is thrown with, Jesus Montero will hit the shit out of the ball.

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

      How much money does he want?

    • Cy Pettitte

      for how cheap he is, why not, good veteran presence

      i’m cool with it as long as he doesn’t play any outfield (or 3rd base)

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

      I don’t see why not.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      He’s a good bench player. If he’s not demanding much then yes.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Sure, why not. He’s cheap, and has done his job rather well for the most part. I dig Thames.

    • forensic

      Eh, I’d rather not. I want someone who can do something like field or run at least somewhat.

  • Esteban

    Unlikely that Cano has an at bat that good even last year. He’s improved his plate discipline immeasurably this year.

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

    A STRIKE????

    • Esteban

      methinks not

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

      That 1-2 was closer to a strike than the 1-1…

  • bonestock94

    Phew, make up call

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    What is Sterling’s call for Thames by the way?

  • Pasqua

    ’twas high, ’twas high.

  • forensic

    How can you call the outside pitch when you’re set up all the way inside???

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

    Frank Francisco is like the anti-Cliff Lee.

    • Pasqua

      How in the hell could this guy have lost his closer’s job?!

      • forensic

        With the rest of the guys in the bullpen, I have no idea how he hasn’t been reduced to mopup by now.

  • Hummingbird S.

    what an AB by Jorge

  • Pasqua

    Back to back awesome ABs!

  • CNight_UP

    Christ, it took 5 balls to get a walk…..

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

    Look at these fucking guys, trying to make a game out of it.

    • Kit

      But I was told the Yankees had no passion. My head hurts now.

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

      I should have said “We will bring the tying run into scoring position”.

  • Kit

    I like this. I like it a lot. Let’s keep it going Kearns and Berk.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Frank Francisco; he’s pretty accurate with a chair so I wouldn’t say shit about his ability to throw a ball

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

    What the hell, that’s two visits to the mound!

    • Meat Loaf

      Filthy pack of cheaters they are.

  • Pasqua

    Oh dear god, one hit at a time, Austin!

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    C’mon, Kearnzie.

  • YanksFan in MA

    I’ve been exhasuted for days. Was def about to go to bed about an hour ago before they started putting runners on. If they lose now I will want to strangle myself for stupidity.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Well Feliz can’t pitch today…right?

  • bonestock94

    Man, they have an unusual approach to handling pitchers.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Laura Bush is the scariest woman in the world.

    • Meat Loaf

      Laura Bush is the scariest woman cyborg in the world.

      FTFY.

    • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

      I agree. I would piss my pants if I ever caught eyes with her.

    • CNight_UP

      Laura Bush killed a guy..

  • Meat Loaf

    I want to win just to piss off GW.

  • bonestock94

    Shoot me

  • aRX

    …….

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

    Amazing.

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

      We’ve caught like one single break all game long (the Lee wild pitch).

      Combined with the Mo-quasi-meltdown from yesterday, this is our most luckless 2-game set all year.

      • Hummingbird S.

        You’re not going to catch any breaks when you leave your hopes of winning up to the likes of Kearns and Cervelli.

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

          Yeah, because they’ve been at the center of all the unlucky plays tonight.

          (rolls eyes)

        • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

          The hopes of winning are up to Kearns and Cervelli… And A-Rod, Jeter, Swisher, Cano, Mo, etc.

      • forensic

        One break all game long? Cruz’s terrible baserunning. Cruz/Hamilton messing up 2 plays in the OF.

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

    The President and Laura are still here?

    I hope they DVR’d “Freedom Week”.

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    Elvis Andrus is the bane of my existence.

  • Mushy Carl

    Kearns you fail

  • Scarlet Speedster

    For the love of God, why are you swinging?

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    fuck me right where i sit.

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

    Oh Kearns you gotta be kidding me.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    No passion.

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

      THE SEASON IS OVER!!!

      /troglodyte’d

  • MikeD

    Painful. And was that the former president in the front row? Probably’s been mentioned, but I just joined the game.

    • sangreal

      Yep

    • Scarlet Speedster

      Yup, W and Laura.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Fucking A. Can we tell our bench players to take every pitch from now on?

  • Carlosologist

    Sigh. Let’s get Neftali in the ninth.

  • Guest

    Double plays suck.

  • Mister Delaware

    Give me a fucking break. 3-1 pitch.

  • Esteban

    JODERRRRRRRRR

    HIJO DE PUTAAA

  • YanksFan in MA

    Fucking kill me

  • Hummingbird S.

    3-1 count against a guy who has just walked 2 batters in a row. Why the hell is he swinging his fucking bat? What a fucking dumbass.

    • Guest

      People with power hit 3-1 pitches hard. Kearns has power. According to gameday, it was a fastball middle-in. Good pitch to hit. He missed it. It happens.

  • JFH

    how many risp stranded the last 3 games?

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

      (looks it up)

      I don’t care.

  • Brent

    Kearns, 3-1, really, double play? Really?

  • V

    Bah, what a fucking buzz kill.

  • China Joe

    Jeter pulled him aside and inspired him to hit into the DP. Intangibles!

  • forensic

    Yeah, Kearns really sucks…

    I know he sucks too, but you could’ve tried Granderson there…

  • itsATarp

    RISP fail…fun

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

    Sigh

  • Pasqua

    Felt like I was watching that in slow-fuckin’-motion, complete with my inner monologue moaning, “Noooooooooo.”

    Two nights, two crushing GIDP’s.

  • Mushy Carl

    Why does Joe G keep making Kerry wood go 2 innings?

    • Cy Pettitte

      must have done something to Joe when they were teammates, dude’s too old to be throwing 2 innings

    • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

      because he is a crazy man. ::makes crazy man sound::

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

      Because he’s pitching well.

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

      I kinda like it, as long as he’s effective.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    How was that not a strike?

  • Nintendo vs Sega

    Damn Kearns fricking sucks!

    • CNight_UP

      LOUD NOISES!!!!

  • CNight_UP

    Where the fuck are these pitches???

  • Mushy Carl

    Everything’s bigger in Texas, so they zoom in on Molina.

    • Kit

      I always wondered how Bengie Molina felt about being the most unattractive of the Molina brothers, especially when his brothers aren’t that attractive either.

  • bonestock94

    Well, at least we can hope for a worn out out Feliz or no Feliz at all. Fuck it they’ve conquered elite closers before.

    • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

      A tired Broxton comes to mind.

    • forensic

      Not really. Yeah, the 2 innings is more than usual, but he only threw 21 pitches, which he’s been over a bunch of times this season and he had 4 days off before yesterday.

  • mustang

    i know I’m late on this but can someone please tell me why was he swing?

    • CNight_UP

      3-1 fastball right down the pipe..

      • mustang

        He probably would of seen the same on 3-2, but maybe not if he was standing on first base.

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

          But he wouldn’t have been standing on first base, because the ball was a strike right down Broadway. That’s the pitch he’s supposed to hit.

          • mustang

            What happen to the two guys before him on 3-2 counts?

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

              It doesn’t matter, because Kearns is up there to swing at that pitch.

        • CNight_UP

          except it was a 3-1 fastball in a hitters count, you swing the bat…it had a bad outcome, but it was a perfect pitch to zone on 3-1

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

      Because he was in a hitter’s count and the pitch was right over the plate.

    • Nintendo vs Sega

      I got a theory. He fricking sucks!

      • CNight_UP

        IT’S ANCHORMAN, NOT ANCHORLADY!! AND THAT IS A SCIENTIFIC FACT!!!!

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

        Your theory sucks. As do both Nintendo and Sega, and exclamation points.

        And everything you’ve ever written here.

    • SF Yanks

      Because he should have.

    • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

      Everything in his approach was good, but he grounded it to an infielder. Shit happens.

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

      I don’t have any problem with his swinging, he should have turned it loose on that pitch. Just pissed off about the outcome.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    If Kay learns the concept of sample sizes I will die of shock.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Here comes the “Yankees Suck” chant from yet another fan base whose team has never done anything. Classic.

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

      Shouldn’t you have chanted “Yankees Suck” back when you had a 5-run lead and your super-ace on the hill?

      And not when you’ve imploded and given up 4 runs to let the Yankees right back into the game?

      Do they not understand timing in Texas?

      • Kit

        They don’t need to understand timing in Texas– only BBQ. And Walker, Texas Ranger.

    • Kit

      Aren’t they one of two teams to never reach the WS?

      • Evan

        They haven’t even won a playoff series. At least Seattle has.

        • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          They’re more pathetic than the Cubs.

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

          1-9 all time in the postsseason

      • aRX

        Only two?

        • Kit

          Just speaks volumes of how sad they are.

    • charliechoochoo

      Doing it in a Texas twang doesn’t make it original either. Hillbillies.

      • Nintendo vs Sega

        It’s the South they are hillbillies? Your a moron!

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

          Whose a moron? Mine, his or yours?

        • charliechoochoo

          Really? You might want to check the grammar and spelling in your little post.

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

          Your a moron!

          Oh boy.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    And here I thought Rangers fans had class.

    • Carlosologist

      It’s Texas. They have no clue about class or any other social fundamentals.

      /irrational hate’d

      • GL22

        Another rude, stuck up, dumb New Yorker!

        • Poopy Pants

          Seriously, NYers are just as dumb as everyone else.

          • Carlosologist

            Except, you know, I’m not from New York.

            • Kit

              Even if you were, at least you’re a functioning member of society and not, you know, useless like some other people around here. And by some other people I mean the ones who bash New York for no reason.

              • Carlosologist

                Oh yeah, I definitely agree with that. I pride myself in my ability to think and have my own opinions.

        • Kit

          We’re stuck up because we actually know how to do things like read and write, and we learn about Evolution from our fancy textbooks and licensed teachers.

          • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

            Unlike some cities. Not that I’m looking at Boston or anything.

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

      STEEEEE-ROIDS!!! STEEEEE-ROIDS!!!

  • Reggie C.

    Alright Kerry! One more out.

    I’ve got a good feeling about this 9th inning.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Forgive me if the question was answered already:

    Is Feliz available to pitch tonight?

    • forensic

      Sure, why not? 2 innings after having 4 days off. Pitch count wasn’t bad. He’ll be fine.

    • Hummingbird S.

      he only had something like 21 pitches last night. Not sure if he pitched the night before, but if not he should be good to go.

  • Mister Delaware

    Don’t slide, just backhand it. Looks cooler.

  • Hummingbird S.

    comon Wood, one more. Keep it close.

    • Hummingbird S.

      very nice pitch, great job tonight.

  • Scarlet Speedster

    Nice job by Wood.

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Nice.

  • bonestock94

    Berkman, solo shot.

  • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

    I love you Kerry Wood.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I was skeptical but Wood is turning out to be a solid pickup so far

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

    Wood, Berkman, and Kearns are all contributing. (Yes, even with that GIDP.)

    Daddy likes. Solid pickups.

    • CNight_UP

      BUT BUT HE SWANG! AT A 3-1 PITCH!! STANDING ON 1ST BASE!!!

    • GL23

      LMAO! They all suck!

      • Kit

        What are you, three?

    • forensic

      Eh, Kerry Wood has been a bit better than I expected, but Kearns and Berkman haven’t done much. Berkman’s double was a gift, I’m not giving that to him (though it would’ve been a sac fly).

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

        Kearns and Berk have looked much better over the past few days than they did their first week here.

        It’s an adjustment period. They’re settling in.

    • kmarx

      Swish to first?

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Feliz did only throw about 5 pitches in his second inning last night, now that I think about it.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Are you fucking serious? He’s pitching again? Doesn’t he have an innings thing too which is why he didn’t start?

    • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

      That’s Nolan Ryan’s pitching management for you.

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

      Nolan Ryan owns the Rangers.

      That’s all you need to know.

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        Yeah thanks you two. Completely forgot.

      • Kit

        Any mention of Nolan Ryan now triggers your version of what Nolan Ryan sounds like.

    • forensic

      What is the big deal? He only threw 21 pitches, after having 4 days off. Why are people acting like he threw 50?

  • Reggie C.

    Feliz looks incapable of throwing anything slower than 98. Dayum.

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Let’s go Puma.

  • Hummingbird S.

    solid AB by Berkman, regardless of the outcome

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

    I liked how this worked when they did it with Broxton

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Great at bat by Elvis.

  • Mushy Carl

    Nice at bat bro

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Lance “Johnson” Berkman.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Boo! No home run!

  • CNight_UP

    Have to bunt here right?

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

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

      • CNight_UP

        So Gardner who is 3 for his last 60, isnt bunting the tieing run into scoring position, and he can beat it out?….

        If not now, when?

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

          Never. They need all the outs they can get here, can’t just give one away.

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

    This lineup is deep and thick.

    Nice battle, Berk.

    • King of the Troglodytes

      TWSS

    • Apollo22237

      We all need some more deepness and thickness in our lives. We must win and bring it back.

  • Accent Shallow

    Granderson’s gotta be going here, right?

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

      It’d be nice.

  • Scarlet Speedster

    First seven innings, no walks.

    Last inning+, three.

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

    Very nice job by Berkman.

    • Mister Delaware

      Very nice, especially laying off in after a couple up and out over the plate in the high 90s.

  • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

    Texas is 8 games ahead in the west. Why bring in Feliz after throwing two innings against the Yankees, a team which they should care nothing about?

    • charliechoochoo

      they want to scare us if it’s a playoff preview. but we don’t scare.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    Pro AB there folks.

  • aRX

    Tired closer syndrome part II?

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Really Joe? Now you don’t bunt?

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      In a tie game sure. When you’re down and every out is precious then hells no.

  • Poopy Pants

    Why didn’t Granderson run yet?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    • Poopy Pants

      He still hasn’t RUN!!!!!

      • bonestock94

        Are you unaware of the numerous pick off moves?

        • Poopy Pants

          That didn’t stop everyone from hating on Gardner last night.

          • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

            Yeah because the situation was incredibly different. Granderson not stealing does not have the same impact of Garnder not stealing against VICTOR MARTINEZ. Bad comparison.

            • Poopy Pants

              There were also many more pick off moves last night.

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        /extremelydifferentsituation’d

  • charliechoochoo

    Last night John Sterling said that Nolan Ryan threw more pitcheds than anyone in baseball history.

    • Kit

      I thought that was just a result of his extremely high number of no hitters. Didn’t he have 7?

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

        Probably more the fact that he is the all time leader in walks (by quite a bit)

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

          AND strikeouts.

        • Kit

          I was not aware of that. But wow.

    • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

      Interestingly enough, his high in his first four seasons was 152 innings.

    • aRX

      In one game, or for his career? Have they even kept pitch counts since the beginning?

  • Carlosologist

    I’m actually curious to see what Joe might do if this goes to the bottom of the ninth. I think he might go with:

    1B Swisher
    LF Gardner
    CF Granderson
    RF Kearns

    • forensic

      Kearns is better in RF than LF.

  • Reggie C.

    Phew. That was close.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Did someone on the Yankees die in a tragic base stealing accident or something?

    Why do they refuse to run?

    • Kit

      Chien Ming Wangs career? Oh wait, he wasn’t stealing a base.

      • Kit

        *Wang’s

    • charliechoochoo

      Yes. And they see dead people. Clogging the bases.

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

    Why are they booing??

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Just keep making him work.

  • Mushy Carl

    Yeah BG!

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

    Double fucking steal time!!!

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    ::getting excited::

  • Hummingbird S.

    I wonder, this has to be a bunt by Jeter, right?

  • CNight_UP

    Nice job Bret, Now Ill never hear the end of it from Axisa, now you bunt…

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Oh snap.

  • Esteban

    GRIT GRIT HOORAY!

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

    I love this team. Even if we don’t finish it and win this game, I love this team.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Just imagine if they passion.

      • FIPster Doofus

        *had passion

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Anything but a double play, Derek.

    Anything…but a double play.

  • JFH

    amazing what happens when you actually swing.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Mike Maddux’s mustache is concerned

    • Kit

      IETC.

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

        As did I.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Okay…I might actually bunt here.

  • Nintendo vs Sega

    Come on Captain!

  • CTyankee

    No Double Play Please

  • Carlosologist

    Instead of Ron Washington giving the signs to the players, he has Mike Maddux’s mustache give them out.

    /lame’d

  • Guest

    This is the buntiest situation imaginable. (And i generally dislike the bunt).

  • Mushy Carl

    YES!!!!!

  • forensic

    Jeter pops up the bunt to do another new DP.

  • Reggie C.

    HEADS UP PLAY GRANDERSON!!!!

    I CAN’T STOP THE CAPS!

  • Doug

    wow, almost got him there

  • Accent Shallow

    Ah, gorgeous!

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    We can’t possibly blow this…can we?

  • Mister Delaware

    Calm-eyed that ball to the backstop.

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

    Holy fuck. FINISH HIM!!!

  • aRX

    We HAVE to tie the game now. We just gotta.

  • CNight_UP

    Swing away bitches…

  • Cy Farnsworth

    WOW that stopped my heart.

    That’s why you don’t build the backstop out of bricks, assholes.

  • Scarlet Speedster

    Awesome, no need to worry about the bunt now.

  • Meat Loaf

    This is not Boston. Tie the fucking game.

  • Hummingbird S.

    How’s that for a break Tommie?

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

      It’s about fucking time!

  • Esteban

    The anti Grit Gutner article was timely though haha. Didn’t the same thing used to happen with Melky last year?

  • forensic

    Wow, that was scary…

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Line drive, please.

  • Kit

    Nice, nice! Beautiful. Keep it going guys.

  • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

    O shit that bounceback was fucking scary!

  • Mushy Carl

    O!!!!!!!!!!!GDEGSD

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

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

      /Nintendo v. Sega’d

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Lucky break #2!

  • Mister Delaware

    Seeing eye single, noun, …

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Wow…just, wow. Nice.

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

    WE.
    WILL.
    NOT.
    BE.
    STOPPED.

  • Carlosologist

    OH MY GOD JETER WITH A TEN MILLION HOPPER! AAAAhhhhh

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    JETER!

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    YES YES YES

  • Cy Pettitte

    simply Jeterian…

  • Nintendo vs Sega

    Heck yes!

  • forensic

    Wow, what a gift!!!!!!

  • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

    YES HELL FUCKING YES!!!!

  • JFH

    derek effing jeter!

  • Guest

    Tired closer syndrome strikes again.

    /Broxton’d

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    FINISH HIM!!!!

  • China Joe

    DON’T STRIKE OUT!

  • Kit

    Battling!

  • Esteban

    Thank god for the wild pitch, that would have been a DP, but oh well, them’s the breaks.

    Again, WE WILL NOT BE STOPPED

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

    Who gives a shit about the decision?

  • King of the Troglodytes

    Oh, no! I got nothing to bitch about now.

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

      Let that be a lesson to you.

  • mustang

    LMAO

  • Mushy Carl

    Swish swinging at a ball.

  • Doug

    up to 20 pitches

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

    Guzman botched that shit big time.

  • bonestock94

    ugh jerkoff

  • V

    Swisher needs a break. Holy shit he’s slumping.

  • Scarlet Speedster

    Swisher’s been killing me lately.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Not a good time for the strikeout…

  • Brooklyn Ed

    soo…..what happened to the bridge jumpers?

  • JFH

    golden sombrero

  • Guest

    Not the best night of Nick Swisher’s career.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    Swisher……

  • Mushy Carl

    ANOTHER ball. Jesus Christ Swish. What the hell are you doing?

  • Reggie C.

    RAB broke down there for a sec.

    Dammit Swish.

    • aRX

      took me 2 minutes to load the page lol

  • mustang

    SHIT!

  • MikeD

    Swisher is in a very bad slump. (Not to be confused with good slumps.)

  • Hummingbird S.

    another strikeout with a runner on 3rd and less than 2 outs..
    it’s just amazing

  • bonestock94

    Anyone scary left in their pen?

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

      Ogando, who’s in now, and Harrison. Harrison’s basically a starter, he could go long if needed, which I hope he won’t.

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

        I dunno if they’re scary, but they’re all that’s left.

  • forensic

    Uh oh. Another failed opportunity with another huge strikeout risk coming up…

  • Cy Pettitte

    hopefully Thames can just muscle something out of the infield

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

      It’s what he’s good at.

    • Apollo22237

      Thank you.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Tommie…. your boy Guzman actually helped out the Yanks! 1.0 WAR is we pull it out.

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

      Heh.

  • Esteban

    Have y’all read about this Ogondo guy. Pretty crazy profile of him in ESPN the magazine. Long story short: got stuck in the DR because some random dude convinced him to marry some chick he never met for $5000. Spent 6 years waiting for a visa

    • Poopy Pants

      He sounds like a true idiot.

  • Clemson Rob

    This game is eerily similar to the Sunday night game a few weeks back against the Dodgers. Manager brings in the closer after using him too much in the games before, patient hitting. Let’s hope it’s the same result!

  • Apollo22237

    Its ok Swish just wasn’t deep and thick enough. I’m sure Thames can handle that requirement…

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    1. Jeter should go.
    2. Anything to the OF, Marcus.

  • Mister Delaware

    I’ve seen atleast 7 of Thames’ 4 HRs this year.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Jeter steals, Gardner goes home?

  • Cy Farnsworth

    If they double steal, my head would explode.

  • Mushy Carl

    I really hope the Yanks don’t choke this away.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Thames!

  • Doug

    MARCUS

  • aRX

    FUCK YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Thames, player of the game.

  • Mister Delaware

    MARCUS!

  • Carlosologist

    THAMES

  • Cy Pettitte

    Thames earnings his stripes for sure

  • mustang

    YESSSSSSS!!!!

  • Mushy Carl

    YES!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    MARCUS THAMES BITCHES!!!

  • Guest

    Dead sexy.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Marcus Thames has passion!!!!!!

  • sangreal

    Timmy came to win

  • RalphieD

    thank you mr. thames…thank you sir

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

    THAMES!!!!!

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

    MARCUS MUTHAFUCKIN THAMES!!!

    • Carlosologist

      Now imagine that in Michael Kay’s voice.

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

        DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZSE NUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTS!!!

        /Pawlikowski’d

  • Nintendo vs Sega

    TIMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Accent Shallow

    Thames with two big hits off RHP?!!?!

  • Kit

    Thames! And in the three hole! Oh Joe, how could you?!

  • Reggie C.

    THAMES!

    Talk about coming up big in Texas.

  • ThrillHouseMD

    They call me Mr. Thames!

  • Pasqua

    Everything’s bigger in Texas…but your fucking lead! Zing!

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    THAMES WITH THE PASSION!

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Marcus Thames earning his pinstripes.

  • forensic

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ok, I’ll eat my Thames hate for the next couple of nights…

  • theyankeewarrior

    900k

    One of Cashman’s gem signings this off-season

    • sangreal

      +1

  • kmarx

    I love Thames so much.

  • Hummingbird S.

    What a job by Thames filling in for Tex.. very impressive.

  • bonestock94

    Today’s MVP: Marcus Thames

  • CNight_UP

    MARCUS!! FUCKING!! THAMES!!!

    /Nintendo vs. Sega’d

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

    BEST. EMERGENCY. THREE-HOLE HITTER. EVER.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      TWSS?

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

        /orgy’d

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Big Rims, Bigger Thames

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    AND it was on a non-fastball.

  • Scarlet Speedster

    Who said they wanted Thames gone? Let’s dump *that* guy.

  • Doug

    c’mon alex…one time

  • Wooderson

    marcus fucking thames

  • http://fmylife.com Bryan

    Time for A-Rod to shove it to Texas.

  • itsATarp

    not bad for a team without passion

    • Esteban

      imagine when they care!

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

        Too bad the season’s already over.

        • Kit

          This game ended in the 5th inning.

    • Poopy Pants

      Technically, the Rangers gave it away.

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

        Technically, I don’t give a shit.

        (Was that witty enough? Should I go post it on Nomaas first and see if they like it and can give me some humor pointers?)

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

        How?

  • China Joe

    “HAPPY THAMES ARE HERE AGAIN!”
    -JOHN STERLING, YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARD

    • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

      Win.

  • mike c

    marcus thames, clutch hitter

  • nsalem

    and so ends the DFA Marcus Movement

  • MikeD

    Does everyone in the Texas pen throw 96+?

  • Hummingbird S.

    should have crushed that hanger

  • Kit

    We’re not asking for anything big, Alex, but it would be nice!

  • Reggie C.

    Damn. I wish Alex could have that 2-2 pitch back.

  • Apollo22237

    We!!! Are!!! DOOooommmed!!

  • Guest

    What an impressive game. Lee, and three guys who bring absolute gas. And they have sufficient stuff going tonight to strike out 16 people. And we score seven runs. Impressive.

  • Jersey Johnny

    These pitchers are fucking juiced!

  • Hummingbird S.

    comon Cano, help us out

  • Nintendo vs Sega

    Alex strikes out a lot!

    • SF Yanks

      So do your comments. Quit while you’re behind.

    • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

      You contribute nothing but complaints!

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

      Seriously, dude, just try ending a sentence with a period. Give it a shot, see how it feels.

      • Carlosologist

        Maybe he’s having what Ron Washington had.

        /badjoke’d

    • CNight_UP

      I wish your mom had struck out 1 time, then we wouldnt have to deal with your posts!!!

      • Pasqua

        You might have tried a little too hard on that one. But, a noble effort.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    A-Rod gave his clutch to Cano this year in those clutch sessions. He’ll pull through.

    • forensic

      Well, A-Rod’s OPS is .898 with RISP. That’s not too shabby…

  • CNight_UP

    AdamRubinESPN:
    K-Rod involved in incident at stadium. Police involved. [via Twitter]
    Wednesday August 11, 2010 11:38 AdamRubinESPN
    11:38

    Twitter
    AdamRubinESPN:
    Mets statement: “There was an incident between Francisco Rodriguez and his family tonight at the ballpark. He was questioned by police …” [via Twitter]
    Wednesday August 11, 2010 11:38 AdamRubinESPN
    11:38

    Twitter
    AdamRubinESPN:
    “… and all other questions pertaining to this incident will be referred to the police department.” [via Twitter]

    Only the Mets…

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

      Apparently he beat the shit out of his father-in-law.

      Okay.

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

        Tony Bernazard has to be involved with this somehow.

  • Carlosologist

    I love how the Rangers exhausted their entire pen when SuperAce was on the mound. #ycpb

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

      We can’t possibly beat Cliff Lee. We’re going to get swept.

      /yesterdaynight’d

  • theyankeewarrior

    Never saw this coming. The guys who knocked Lee out earlier than expected are the un-sung hero’s tonight.

    I gave up after the Posada play. The team just looked lost.

    Thames getting that run in was huge. It seems like getting the run in from 3rd base has been tough on this team all year. That’s just perception though. I don’t know where to find those numbers.

    MO.

    • forensic

      Entering tonight they were 8th of 14 teams in the AL at getting the runner in from 3rd with less than 2 outs.

  • Andy

    I’m the biggest Alex fan in the world, but he’s just not himself this year. And I don’t care about his power being down. I just can’t believe he’s hitting .263 with an OBP of .334. I don’t get it.

  • Mushy Carl

    17 k’s. Terrible at bat.

  • forensic

    Ok, Mo. Better than last night please. It’s a save situation, so you certainly should be better.

  • Guest

    I wonder how many times a team has scored 7 runs on the same night they struck out 17 times. I guess this must be what its like to be a Rays fan.

    • Andrew

      There are Rays fans?

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

      Going to Play Index this, give me a minute.

    • Esteban

      burnn (?)

    • MikeD

      We struck out 17 times tonight? That is bad.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Hahaha just remembered the great Hoffmann/Thames debate of spring training.

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

      Good times.

  • JFH

    close it out mo.

    • JFH

      oh crap.

  • SF Yanks

    I was hoping to keep Mo’s ERA under 1 for the year but I suppose that was asking a bit too much.

    Go get em, Mo.

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

    You gotta be shitting me, Mo.

  • aRX

    Um….

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

    Summabitch.

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

    Oh fuck

  • Mushy Carl

    wow Mo just wow

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    OH shit…

  • Kit

    Uh oh, Mo. What’s going on, buddy?

  • Esteban

    POOP

  • Jersey Johnny

    Fucking Mo. C’mon!

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Andrus: More annoying than Jose Reyes.

  • Mister Delaware

    Son of a fuck.

  • Cecala

    What the fuck lmao!

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

    Oh ffffff.

  • Carlosologist

    Second actual hit off Mo this season.

  • Accent Shallow

    Leadoff triple was not what I had in mind, but if anyone can strand him, it’s Mariano.

  • Pasqua

    You’ve got to be fucking kidding me.

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Yeah, that just happened.

  • forensic

    Yeah, that sure sucked again. The ‘great’ Rivera not so much in these two games yet…

  • Reggie C.

    Oh Mo … what the hell is wrong with you?

    Elvis Andrus showing off mad skills. … though that was a FAT pitch.

  • Nintendo vs Sega

    Mo is about to blow it again!

  • V

    Wow. Mo slumping.

    • V

      I shall do 5 Mosannas tonight.

  • nathan

    Not the best of starts eh?

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    look at kearns.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Let’s go, Mo. Come on. Do your thing.

  • Jersey Johnny

    Strike this junkie out.

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

    Austin Kearns is an EXCELLENT defensive outfielder.

  • Rose

    Whats going on with Mo??

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Austin Kearns: True Yankee.

  • Esteban

    This has been a great series. Some might say it’s a PLAYOFF PREVIEW!!!!

  • Pasqua

    Put him on. Get Vlad to chase.

    • Pasqua

      And that is why I manage this team.

  • Cecala

    Mo just wants to give the rangers hope and then crush them

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    1 more…

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    That’s right. Fuck off Andrus.

  • Accent Shallow

    God, Mo is so good. Un mas.

  • SF Yanks

    One Mo.

  • theyankeewarrior

    one more

  • aRX

    Stranding a leadoff triple? Showoff :p

  • forensic

    Wow, Mo frustrates then draws you right back in (so far)…

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

    FINISH THEM!!!

  • Reggie C.

    Wow.

    Can Mo make the great escape?

    • Cecala

      /Boyslikegirls’d?

  • Apollo22237

    We actually are doomed??
    No, no God works in mysterious ways, he will get the save.

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

    Mo’s buzzin’ em. I like it.

  • theyankeewarrior

    THEEEEEEEE YANKEEEEEEES WIIIN

  • aRX

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    GAME BITCHES.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Aaaaaaaaand exhale.

  • Carlosologist

    70 WINS!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Mo just fuckin around, makin it interesting

  • Mushy Carl

    God like!!!

  • Reggie C.

    THE GREAT ESCAPE ACCOMPLISHED!

  • Hummingbird S.

    this is more like it! MO magic!

  • Kit

    YES! Good job, Mo. We just need to shake off all that rust. We still love you.

  • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com/ Newbie

    Win of the fucking year!

  • Nintendo vs Sega

    MO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RalphieD

    easy ninth

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

    G.O.A.T. motherfuckers. Don’t fucking forget it.

  • forensic

    Wow!!! Mo just didn’t want it to be easy!!!

  • SF Yanks

    Fucking. Wow.

    Incredible.

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

    WE WILL NOT BE STOPPED

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

    That was a passionate, passionate win.

  • Esteban

    What a game! What a win! Where are the doubters now?

  • Guest

    Sterling put a little extra mustard into that one.

  • nathan

    Mo Saves

  • aRX

    Best Win of the Year candidate #3

  • MikeD

    Nice recovery. That triple was the first hard hit ball off Rivera in the two games.

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

    Fucking awesome game. Just fucking awesome.

    • Kit

      This times a hundred. Great fucking game.

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    The WPA graph is a fucking roller-coaster.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    2010 Atlanta game that turns the season on its heels.

  • Adam

    What a win, what heart, and I hope all the bridge jumpers feel like the petulant children they are. Love this team!

  • Marcus Thames #1 Fan

    …and the name has changed. <3

  • King of the Troglodytes

    If the Yankees had stranded a leadoff triple for the tying run, I would have broken my television!

    What passion! What heart! Dare I say, what grit!

    • Pasqua

      10:36: “This team is done. No passion this season.”

      Repent, lest ‘ye be cast into the borough of Queens, where all non-believers who have come before you are forced to endure eternity!

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Oh, I thought that there was tons of quit in the Yankees.

    Thanks for clearing that up Marcus.

  • Jack

    Oh ye of little faith. Mo’s got this shit.

  • Cecala

    Kim Jones is going to give Thames a little present tonight

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      As long as Kay doesn’t talk about it during the next game!

  • mike c

    only mo, sick game

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Unreal.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Yes Marcus. It’s AUGUST. Stop making this to be a payoff preview.

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

    Moly, Moly, Moly, Lord Mo, you are Moly.
    Mosanna, Mosanna, Mosanna in the highest.

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    These two games had, dare I say it, playoff level intensity.

  • nathan

    Not too many can strand a lead off triple.

  • Mark

    Well the next off day, we have our new Yankees Classic.

  • Pasqua

    Hey, Texas: I want that loss to haunt your fucking dreams. See you soon.

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

    I hope all you Chicken Littles learned your lesson.

    You know who you are.

    • Marcus Thames #1 Fan

      nice.

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

      I was frustrated, still kinda am, but fuckin’ a do I love this team.

      • forensic

        This.

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

          Neither of you are the Chicken Littles I’m talking about.

          Frustration is okay. Fatalism is not.

    • Esteban

      Yea I’m looking at you [redacted]

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

      I admit, I’m about as optimistic as anyone, but I thought this game was pretty much done when it was 6-1 in the fifth with Cliff Lee on the mound, even if I didn’t run around whining about how the team sucks and has no heart.

      I fuckin’ love the Yankees.

      • Kit

        Bex has it all covered. This.

  • aRX

    The WPA graph must look like an EKG

  • Carlosologist

    Maybe these games were actual playoff previews. The game threads went over 1000 comments in both games. Whatever, we’ll kick ass in the postseason.

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

      It’s because both games were packed with drama and intrigue.

      And it’s because gamethreads were packed with doubters, whiners, trolls, and miscellaneous idiots here to crow prematurely about how we were a mortal lock to get swept embarrassingly with Burnett and Vazquez versus Wilson and Lee (with no Tex, to boot).

      To no avail, as it turned out.

    • Kit

      I think half of those were mocking trolls though. It was fun. Fun times.

  • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

    Great fucking win. Marcus Thames bitches. that is all.

  • JFH

    happiness.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Lots of happy F-bombs tonight. I like the passion. What a comeback.

    Props to K-Wood.

  • Guest

    Thames at the center of two of the more enjoyable wins of the season:

    1. Papelbon walk-off

    and

    2. Tonight

  • CNight_UP

    Texas, The Fuck You State…

  • forensic

    Love that snowcone on Kearns’ catch.

  • Jerome S

    dude, these are two of the best games I’ve seen this year.

  • Sean C

    I was finally able to tune to the game at the top of the 8th after work, and I get a glorious comeback win. I kept laughing at the “Yankees cannot manufacture runs” shit they were saying when the Yanks scored their last two runs by grinding out at-bats and getting timely hits against some serious heat from those arms in the Rangers’ pen. WHAT A PLAYOFF PREVIEW!!11!!1!!

  • Reggie C.

    Always good to add another game cushion on the Rays.

  • forensic

    I can’t even remember when Vazquez was still in this game…

    • http://twitter.com/j_yankees j_Yankees

      i don’t really want to remember when Vazquez was in the game…

      • forensic

        Very true.

  • CNight_UP

    And with that, we are off to Kansas City…

    • mike c

      should be a nice little 4 game snack

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

      (passes out bayonets)

      • Esteban

        I’ll just take a shiv if that’s cool

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

          (gets shiv from under mattress)

    • Esteban

      Boy does that make this win even better.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      What’re the odds of missing Greinke in 2 separate 4 game sets?

  • ThrillHouseMD

    How bout that bullpen.

    • Sick Nwisher

      Great job by Mitre and Wood tonight.

    • Esteban

      seriously, after much hand wringing, they’ve been great lately.

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

        And that’s even before we get Marte and Aceves back next month.

        Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman can build a bullpen.

        • forensic

          It’ll be interesting to see who the 2nd guy to go will be. Could they really convince Joe to DFA Mitre? The way Logan is going, you can’t send him down. That’ll be an interesting decision (if they’re even both back before Sept. 1, which is far from a sure thing).

          • Apollo22237

            Well, as long as everything stays how it is, it will be a good problem to have.

          • Kit

            I’m guessing it might be Gaudin. Moseley has shown that he’s reliable so far. I mean that can change with more exposure, but I’d hate to see him go after he’s been so helpful filling in Andy’s spot. I don’t know about Mitre.

            • forensic

              I had Gaudin as the first to go. But I did forget about Moseley. He’s more likely than Mitre, maybe. But again, it’ll depend on if Marte is back before September. I could see them taking it slow with him just to avoid having to make the decision, if Logan is still rolling.

              • Kit

                I don’t know, after seeing Mitre and Moseley, I’d have to say that would be a tough decision. Moseley now seems more reliable than Mitre, but I don’t know if it’s because Mitre came back from the DL and had that first awful start right after it or hasn’t played much (at least not that I’ve noticed, I’ve missed some games). I’m not going by numbers either (too lazy to look), but I’m guessing Moseley trumps Mitre right now.

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

                None of the above.

                Gaudin gets DFA’d for Pettitte. Neither Aceves or Marte return until after rosters expand, though, meaning the only other DFA necessary is one of WDLR/Huffman/Golson to get Aceves back off of the 60-day.

                Moseley and Mitre are safe.

                • Kit

                  Thanks for clearing that up.

                • forensic

                  I disagree. I can see them waiting on Marte, but not Aceves. And in forgetting about Moseley I also forgot about Pettitte, so that still leaves one of Moseley/Mitre to go.

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

                    Aceves is coming back from a back strain. I think they’ll take it nice and slow with him.

        • Esteban

          They have a great approach. Acquire lots of guys with ridiculous upside potential, don’t panic early in the season, and sort it out by the playoffs. Can’t argue with that.

  • Adam
  • thurdonpaul

    awesome game , wow , just awesome

  • Esteban

    How many times can Kay say playoff preview? Is he trying to break a record?

  • forensic

    Wow MLB Network. The good part is the leadoff triple and the bad part is A-Rod making the third out?

    You should be better than that…

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

      I assume that’s from a Texas fan’s perspective

  • Adam

    Wow, stat on Sportscenter. Mo has faced 14 batters in his career with a runner on third base in the ninth and no outs. Those batters…

    0 for 14.

  • Esteban

    Sportcenter stat: Mo vs batters with the tying run on 3rd 0-14 0 RBIs. Holy shit. That’s amazing.

    • Adam

      Woops forgot to add that it was the tying run! Just amazing…

  • t

    Impressive stat on Sportscenter. Rivera has had a man on 3rd, no one out 14 times. Not once has that man scored.

    • Kit

      That. is. awesome. Yet another reason they call him the greatest ever.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Mind = blown

  • Pat D

    I came home early from work. I had a bad headache and didn’t feel like watching the game. I watched a few moments which turned out to be sutff like Jeter and Swisher striking out with men on base. So I didn’t watch anymore, using the irrational belief that I caused the bad stuff to happen.

    Well, call me crazy (and I am), but I’m glad I didn’t watch.

  • Jerome S

    Can we get Thames more PA’s? Or is this a fluke?

  • Total Dominication
  • Apollo22237

    From Evan Roberts:

    I think Marcus Thames is the greatest 3 hitter of all time! And Frankie is the greatest father in law hitter of all time

  • poster on a different computer

    Nothing to add. Just a fucking ridiculously good game. One of the top three games of the year.