Aug
11

Game 113: Patience is not in the game plan

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(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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1,435 Comments»

  1. Brooklyn Ed says:

    Romine and Montero interview on YES pregame.

  2. Hi, I'm Jerry, this is my associate Cornelius says:

    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.

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

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

  4. Chris0313 says:

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

  5. Playoff Preview Counter: 1

  6. bexarama says:

    Playoff Preview alert: 1

  7. Mike Axisa says:

    Yay, a good start.

  8. CNight_UP says:

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

  9. kelly says:

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

  10. YankeesJunkie says:

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

    /Hoping to get jinxed’d

  11. CNight_UP says:

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

  12. forensic says:

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

  13. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  14. Lee’s K/BB numbers are RTTS-like.

  15. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  16. forensic says:

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

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

  18. V says:

    Holy crap this guy is sick.

    How much do the Yankees offer? Sabathia contract?

  19. kelly says:

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

  20. YankeesJunkie says:

    Guesses for Lee’s next contract?

    I will go with 6/140

  21. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    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.

  22. CNight_UP says:

    Can someone tell Rick Suttcliffe to wipe his chin….

  23. CNight_UP says:

    So much for a non-lohudy game thread…

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

  25. nathan says:

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

  26. Total Dominication says:

    That’s a pretty amazing stat.

  27. Eirias says:

    Stuff and great command! Scylla and Charybdis!

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

  29. YankeesJunkie says:

    Replay?

  30. Mike Axisa says:

    Sheesh, what a cheapie.

  31. forensic says:

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

  32. Total Dominication says:

    WTF just happened?

  33. Hummingbird S. says:

    cheapie..

  34. bexarama says:

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

  35. Kit says:

    That was an annoying HR.

  36. Cy Pettitte says:

    has he thrown a pitch over 85?

  37. nathan says:

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

  38. Total Dominication says:

    Eephus?

  39. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  40. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    Well shit.

  41. kelly says:

    that cheapy might be all cliff lee needs :(

  42. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  43. Total Dominication says:

    Damn.

  44. forensic says:

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

  45. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    now lee will make Jorge looks stupid with a k

  46. Total Dominication says:

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

  47. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  48. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

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

  49. Guest says:

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

  50. 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.

  51. FachoinaNYY says:

    Lee is really, really, REALLY good. WOW.

  52. Total Dominication says:

    Shit.

  53. Guest says:

    Cannot WAIT to see him in pinstripes.

  54. Nintendo vs Sega vs that Guy who Really Hates Granderson A LOT says:

    that’s it. we’re F*ed.

  55. Mushy Carl says:

    Do these guys want to swing or just look?

  56. Evan in NYC says:

    Looks like they came to swing the bats tonight!

  57. kelly says:

    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

  58. j_Yankees says:

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

    ::Repeat over and over::

  59. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

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

  60. JGS says:

    Who was Cervelli talking to?

  61. 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.

  62. Mike Axisa says:

    That was a nasty pitch to end the inning.

  63. forensic says:

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

  64. Rey22 says:

    Cliff Lee is a machine. Wow.

  65. Total Dominication says:

    Shit, that’s a marketing piece.

  66. The quest for a hard hit ball begins!

  67. Guest says:

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

  68. Total Dominication says:

    Cliff Lee does not need defensive help. So unfair.

  69. Mushy Carl says:

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

  70. nathan says:

    Gardner with some solid wood.

  71. bexarama says:

    Damn you Nelson Cruz

    Damn you and your awesome commercial.

  72. Mike Axisa says:

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

  73. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    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.

  74. nathan says:

    Any news on Tex rejoining the team.

  75. Hummingbird S. says:

    35 pitches. CG pace, unsurprisingly.

  76. Guest says:

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

    • nathan says:

      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. :-)

  77. Guest says:

    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?

  78. mike c says:

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

  79. Attn: Steve:

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

  80. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    I read that Teixeira is naming the child Wil Nieves.

    Source: Mike Lupica

  81. Kiersten says:

    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*

  82. JM says:

    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.

  83. Total Dominication says:

    Hits!

  84. j_Yankees says:

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

  85. Total Dominication says:

    Why? He carried your whole fucking team? Why?

  86. Kit says:

    Man, that is some loud booing.

  87. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    ‘Cus lining that bitch into center. Sexay.

  88. Guest says:

    Thames can hit him some lefties.

  89. nathan says:

    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.

  90. Mushy Carl says:

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

  91. JM says:

    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.

  92. Evan in NYC says:

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

  93. Mushy Carl says:

    3-2 count! We win!

  94. Do NOT send Marcus Thames again.

  95. Mushy Carl says:

    A-Rod!!!

  96. Mike Axisa says:

    He’s the fucking man.

  97. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Great AB.

  98. Kit says:

    Nicely done, boys!

  99. Evan in NYC says:

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

  100. Cy Pettitte says:

    A-ROD! finally something hit with authority

  101. forensic says:

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

  102. Total Dominication says:

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

  103. The Goose says:

    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.

  104. bexarama says:

    Alex Rodriguez is good at baseball

  105. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

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

  106. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

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

  107. JM says:

    That curve is naaaaaaasty.

  108. S.King says:

    yikes. what a breaking pitch

  109. Evan in NYC says:

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

  110. larryf says:

    ARod can be Monterian at times…

  111. Accent Shallow says:

    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.

  112. Mike Axisa says:

    Oh where was that bullshit?

    • nathan says:

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

  113. JM says:

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

  114. j_Yankees says:

    Thatsa strike? in what league?

  115. Michael says:

    the breaking balls are killing em

  116. Mushy Carl says:

    Come on Jorge you knew that was coming.

  117. Evan in NYC says:

    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.

  118. larryf says:

    After those 2 called 3rd strikes on Jorge…

    YO QUIERO MONTERO

    could be my new handle

  119. Rod Carew’s WAR in 1977: 10.9.

  120. Mike Axisa says:

    Bah. Should have just fucking walked him.

  121. j_Yankees says:

    wow…thats was a great play by Cano.

  122. Chip says:

    Intentionally walking Murphey? Really? In the 4th?

  123. Mushy Carl says:

    The new Yankee killer?

  124. Pasqua says:

    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?

  125. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

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

    True?

  126. 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).

  127. Come on, Javy. Do NOT walk Molina.

  128. Mushy Carl says:

    Javy must want to get Johnny Damon’d again

  129. forensic says:

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

  130. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  131. Hummingbird S. says:

    shitty job by Vazquez this inning

  132. Pasqua says:

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

  133. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    FUCK

  134. JGS says:

    Don’t. Walk. Molinas.

  135. Mushy Carl says:

    Javy you are stupid. So stupid.

  136. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Sigh why wasn’t Vazquez on my bench.

  137. forensic says:

    You deserve that for walking Molina…

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

  138. bexarama says:

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

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

  140. Pasqua says:

    Present a weakness and it shall be exposed.

  141. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  142. Humdinger says:

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

  143. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Always with 2 outs.

  144. Kit says:

    Teixiera would’ve had that.

    /joking, but he probably would have had that.

  145. nathan says:

    Hypothetically, if it were Tex

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

  146. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    fucking ridiculous… IBB, stupid move.

  147. 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.

  148. Cy Farnsworth says:

    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.

  149. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    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…

  150. bonestock94 says:

    Not getting Molina out is the stupid move

  151. Pasqua says:

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

  152. The Goose says:

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

  153. j_Yankees says:

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

  154. Jose the Satirist says:

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

  155. Sick Nwisher says:

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

    legdejumper’d

  156. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  157. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

    • JM says:

      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?

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        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.

      • Newbie says:

        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.

  158. Hummingbird S. says:

    Gardner needs to swing the freaking bat.

  159. Yo, Brett, swing the goddamn bat.

  160. Mike Axisa says:

    No one looks at strike three quite like Brett Gardner.

  161. S.King says:

    thanks for playing, brett.

  162. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

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

    Ok, feel better….

  163. Cy Farnsworth says:

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

  164. JFH says:

    does gardner even swing the bat anymore?

  165. Mushy Carl says:

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

  166. Zooboy says:

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

  167. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  168. j_Yankees says:

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

  169. JohnnyC says:

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

  170. Cy Farnsworth says:

    This does not look promising.

  171. JM says:

    This game is spiraling into unwinnable territory.

  172. bonestock94 says:

    Uh oh, way too early for the hook.

  173. JGS says:

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

  174. Hummingbird S. says:

    that’s the Javy we all know and hate

  175. Total Dominication says:

    Fuck. The first 4 innings lucked so so good.

  176. YanksFan in MA says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

        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 says:

          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.

  177. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  178. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    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.

  179. S.King says:

    if javy gets out without a run, we win.

  180. Mushy Carl says:

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

  181. JobaWockeeZ says:

    There probably goes my ERA lead.

  182. Guest says:

    Aaaaand….scene.

  183. theyankeewarrior says:

    This series fucking sucks

  184. bexarama says:

    This is annoying.

    Also, Kay is way too excited about Texas scoring.

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

  186. Evan in NYC says:

    That’s all she wrote.

  187. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    Game, set, match…

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

  188. S.King says:

    oh boy

  189. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  190. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    Infield in… makes zero sense at this point….

  191. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Pitch to Cruz.

  192. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Oh you have got to be fucking kidding me.

  193. Are you fucking kidding me?

  194. Mushy Carl says:

    Lol Posada

  195. S.King says:

    holy goodness posada

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

  197. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  198. Esteban says:

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

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

  200. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    Unfuckingbelieveable….

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

  201. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  202. S.King says:

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

  203. bexarama says:

    Thank God for Kansas City

  204. larryf says:

    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.

  205. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Fuck me for not benching Vazquez. Fuck fuck fuck.

  206. Newbie says:

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

  207. Mark says:

    Chad Gaudin for the rest of the game.

  208. bonestock94 says:

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

  209. 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.

  210. Mike Axisa says:

    I remember when other teams were scared of the Yankees.

  211. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  212. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Think of it this way, boys:

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

  213. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    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.

  214. Accent Shallow says:

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

  215. Evan in NYC says:

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

  216. The Goose says:

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

  217. theyankeewarrior says:

    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.

  218. forensic says:

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

  219. bonestock94 says:

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

  220. Mushy Carl says:

    Damn Swish

  221. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Yikes, gotta question the decision to run by Cruz.

    Not even close. Good throw Swish.

  222. The Yanks will bring the tying run to the plate.

    … just not tonight.

  223. bexarama says:

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

    • bonestock94 says:

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

      • bexarama says:

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

      • Kit says:

        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 says:

      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.

      • bexarama says:

        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 says:

          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.

      • Kit says:

        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.

        • NYY-SWISH says:

          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 says:

            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.

  224. j_Yankees says:

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

  225. forensic says:

    That baserunning was Posada-esc.

  226. S.King says:

    dare i say it: rally time!

  227. aRX says:

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

  228. Guest says:

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

  229. Cy Farnsworth says:

    That was downright Jeterian

  230. Mushy Carl says:

    God this team needs Pettitte so bad.

  231. Newbie says:

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

  232. theyankeewarrior says:

    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~

  233. Cy Farnsworth says:

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

    1 down, 4 to go.

  234. Cy Pettitte says:

    Cliff Lee wild pitch?

    does not compute

  235. JohnnyC says:

    Cliff Lee? Wild Pitch? Unthinkable.

  236. Esteban says:

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

    /trying to be optimistic

  237. Mike Axisa says:

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

    • S.King says:

      thats actually pretty good for him

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

    • forensic says:

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

    • 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.

    • 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

  238. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  239. The Goose says:

    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

  240. theyankeewarrior says:

    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?

  241. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  242. Mike Axisa says:

    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.

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

    (shakes head)

  244. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    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.

  245. bexarama says:

    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

  246. Mike and Kenny:

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

    Ever.

  247. JGS says:

    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.

  248. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I like bullpen Mitre.

  249. Meat Loaf says:

    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.

  250. Oh my Mo. Swinging the bat! Woo!

  251. Mushy Carl says:

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

    • theyankeewarrior says:

      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.

  252. I could watch Robinson Cano swing a bat all day.

    (TWSS)

  253. aRX says:

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

  254. Humdinger says:

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

  255. theyankeewarrior says:

    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.

  256. Crian Bashman says:

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

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

    Let’s make something happen here.

  258. Guest says:

    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).

  259. Guest says:

    Get the run in from third. No DP.

  260. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  261. JGS says:

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

  262. Kit says:

    NICE BERKMAN!

  263. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Is that good enough you dick?

  264. bonestock94 says:

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

  265. aRX says:

    YES…sorta. (damn ground rule doubles)

  266. Mike Axisa says:

    Too bad that bounced over the wall.

  267. Mushy Carl says:

    Oh my son we still in this thing

  268. Newbie says:

    Hey! The tying run is up!

  269. Meat Loaf says:

    The Yankees have brought the tying run to the plate.

    … Look what happens when you swing the bat!

  270. Accent Shallow says:

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

  271. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  272. justice says:

    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.

  273. j_Yankees says:

    Lee just trying to make it interesting.

    /jack morris’d

  274. forensic says:

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

  275. JFH says:

    not.dead.yet.

  276. Esteban says:

    I hate love Lance Berkman he suckkkks is awesome.

  277. Newbie says:

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

  278. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Gardy!

  279. Mushy Carl says:

    Yeah!

  280. aRX says:

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

  281. Cy Pettitte says:

    BG base hit, wow, Cliff Lee meltdown?

  282. He ain’t dead yet, mother fuckers!

  283. Kit says:

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

  284. Meat Loaf says:

    JIMP.

    Slumpbuster!

  285. Jack says:

    So much grit.

  286. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  287. Esteban says:

    Whoever gave up on this game, please apologize.

  288. nathan says:

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

  289. bonestock94 says:

    The grit has returned

  290. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  291. Newbie says:

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

  292. Rey22 says:

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

  293. aRX says:

    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.)

  294. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    bloody hell…

  295. Mushy Carl says:

    Come on BG RUN

  296. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    For the love of God Brett, just do it.

  297. forensic says:

    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.

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

  299. 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

  300. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Atta boy.

  301. Cy Pettitte says:

    BG finally doing everything right

  302. Mushy Carl says:

    Thank you. Stay Aggressive my friend.

  303. j_Yankees says:

    So…nowwwww you can steal?

    /i kid.

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

  305. Total Dominication says:

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

  306. Praise Jesus H. Montero, BRETT DID IT!

    HEY, YOU BROKE YOUR CHERRY!!!

    /Paulie’d

  307. JobaWockeeZ says:

    See Gardner you have speed. Use it.

  308. forensic says:

    Nice Gardy.

  309. bonestock94 says:

    No DP no scare.

  310. Mushy Carl says:

    Jeter why

  311. Hummingbird S. says:

    can’t even make contact… awesome.

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

  313. Scarlet Speedster says:

    What the fuck is Jeter swinging at?

  314. j_Yankees says:

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

  315. forensic says:

    And another missed opportunity to score on an out…

  316. C says:

    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.

  317. Esteban says:

    CONOOO

  318. forensic says:

    Yeah, that was terrible…

  319. aRX says:

    bleh. OK, inching closer.

  320. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    C’mon Swish… Darrin Oliver… fuck sake.

  321. Mushy Carl says:

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

  322. Apollo22237 says:

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

  323. Accent Shallow says:

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

    Curses.

  324. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

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

  325. Scarlet Speedster says:

    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.

  326. JFH says:

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

  327. Rose says:

    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

  328. V says:

    BAH – Swisher is K-ing a LOT lately.

    11 Ks in his last 5 games.

  329. Guest says:

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

  330. King of the Troglodytes says:

    This team is done. No passion this season.

  331. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

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

  332. Mushy Carl says:

    Why take out Mitre?

  333. Newbie says:

    The Yankees will win this game.

  334. bonestock94 says:

    Gotta strike before Neftali

  335. MikeD says:

    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 says:

      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.

  336. nathan says:

    well tht was a bummer

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

  338. bonestock94 says:

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

  339. Carlosologist says:

    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.

  340. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Sexy DP.

  341. CNight_UP says:

    WOW!

  342. MikeD says:

    Hmmm…Jeter 1998 just showed up in the field.

  343. Mushy Carl says:

    Jete looked great with the range

  344. nathan says:

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

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

  346. Newbie says:

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

  347. Esteban says:

    I love you Cano.

  348. JFH says:

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

  349. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Thames! Against a righty!

  350. JGS says:

    Man, Frank Francisco is really not good

  351. aRX says:

    one down one to go :D

  352. CNight_UP says:

    Righty splits says what…

  353. Mushy Carl says:

    Hell yeah!

  354. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

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

    A sexy one at that.

  355. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Boom.

  356. j_Yankees says:

    MARCUS THAMES BITCH.

  357. Kit says:

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

  358. Scarlet Speedster says:

    SMASHED by Thames. Down by one.

  359. Guest says:

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

  360. bonestock94 says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOOO

  361. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    Ok….

    Thames +10 > iYankee Zero

  362. Mushy Carl says:

    Marcus Thames was signed for like 800k right?

  363. Mister Delaware says:

    Tham-may!

  364. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

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

  365. Cy Pettitte says:

    Marcus Thames, oh my

    A-Rod needs to go back to back

  366. Brooklyn Ed says:

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

    /bridge jump’d

  367. Will (the other one) says:

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

  368. King of the Troglodytes says:

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

  369. Esteban says:

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

    In other news

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooo

  370. Newbie says:

    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.

  371. forensic says:

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

  372. Mushy Carl says:

    A-Rod missed all those hittable fastballs.

  373. Brooklyn Ed says:

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

  374. mike c says:

    frank francisco, clearly not on steroids

  375. Mike Axisa says:

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

    • CNight_UP says:

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

  376. Pasqua says:

    Great at bat.

  377. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Cano walking makes me smile.

  378. CNight_UP says:

    What a great fucking at bat…

  379. Hummingbird S. says:

    what an AB by Cano

  380. aRX says:

    Time to make everyone forget that play Jorge.

  381. Scarlet Speedster says:

    First walk by Texas pitchers all night. Insanity.

  382. Carlosologist says:

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

    I think so.

  383. Esteban says:

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

  384. bonestock94 says:

    Phew, make up call

  385. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  386. Pasqua says:

    ’twas high, ’twas high.

  387. forensic says:

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

  388. Hummingbird S. says:

    what an AB by Jorge

  389. Pasqua says:

    Back to back awesome ABs!

  390. CNight_UP says:

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

  391. Mike Axisa says:

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

  392. Kit says:

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

  393. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  394. Mike Axisa says:

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

  395. Pasqua says:

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

  396. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    C’mon, Kearnzie.

  397. YanksFan in MA says:

    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.

  398. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Well Feliz can’t pitch today…right?

  399. bonestock94 says:

    Man, they have an unusual approach to handling pitchers.

  400. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Laura Bush is the scariest woman in the world.

  401. Meat Loaf says:

    I want to win just to piss off GW.

  402. bonestock94 says:

    Shoot me

  403. The President and Laura are still here?

    I hope they DVR’d “Freedom Week”.

  404. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    Elvis Andrus is the bane of my existence.

  405. Mushy Carl says:

    Kearns you fail

  406. Scarlet Speedster says:

    For the love of God, why are you swinging?

  407. j_Yankees says:

    fuck me right where i sit.

  408. bexarama says:

    Oh Kearns you gotta be kidding me.

  409. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    No passion.

  410. MikeD says:

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

  411. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  412. Carlosologist says:

    Sigh. Let’s get Neftali in the ninth.

  413. Guest says:

    Double plays suck.

  414. Mister Delaware says:

    Give me a fucking break. 3-1 pitch.

  415. Esteban says:

    JODERRRRRRRRR

    HIJO DE PUTAAA

  416. YanksFan in MA says:

    Fucking kill me

  417. Hummingbird S. says:

    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 says:

      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.

  418. JFH says:

    how many risp stranded the last 3 games?

  419. Brent says:

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

  420. V says:

    Bah, what a fucking buzz kill.

  421. China Joe says:

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

  422. forensic says:

    Yeah, Kearns really sucks…

    I know he sucks too, but you could’ve tried Granderson there…

  423. itsATarp says:

    RISP fail…fun

  424. Pasqua says:

    Felt like I was watching that in slow-fuckin’-motion, complete with my inner monologue moaning, “Noooooooooo.”

    Two nights, two crushing GIDP’s.

  425. Mushy Carl says:

    Why does Joe G keep making Kerry wood go 2 innings?

  426. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    How was that not a strike?

  427. Nintendo vs Sega says:

    Damn Kearns fricking sucks!

  428. CNight_UP says:

    Where the fuck are these pitches???

  429. Mushy Carl says:

    Everything’s bigger in Texas, so they zoom in on Molina.

    • Kit says:

      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.

  430. bonestock94 says:

    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.

  431. mustang says:

    i know I’m late on this but can someone please tell me why was he swing?

  432. JobaWockeeZ says:

    If Kay learns the concept of sample sizes I will die of shock.

  433. FIPster Doofus says:

    Here comes the “Yankees Suck” chant from yet another fan base whose team has never done anything. Classic.

  434. JobaWockeeZ says:

    And here I thought Rangers fans had class.

  435. Reggie C. says:

    Alright Kerry! One more out.

    I’ve got a good feeling about this 9th inning.

  436. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Forgive me if the question was answered already:

    Is Feliz available to pitch tonight?

  437. Mister Delaware says:

    Don’t slide, just backhand it. Looks cooler.

  438. Hummingbird S. says:

    comon Wood, one more. Keep it close.

  439. Scarlet Speedster says:

    Nice job by Wood.

  440. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Nice.

  441. bonestock94 says:

    Berkman, solo shot.

  442. Newbie says:

    I love you Kerry Wood.

  443. Cy Pettitte says:

    I was skeptical but Wood is turning out to be a solid pickup so far

  444. Wood, Berkman, and Kearns are all contributing. (Yes, even with that GIDP.)

    Daddy likes. Solid pickups.

  445. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Feliz did only throw about 5 pitches in his second inning last night, now that I think about it.

  446. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Are you fucking serious? He’s pitching again? Doesn’t he have an innings thing too which is why he didn’t start?

  447. Reggie C. says:

    Feliz looks incapable of throwing anything slower than 98. Dayum.

  448. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Let’s go Puma.

  449. Hummingbird S. says:

    solid AB by Berkman, regardless of the outcome

  450. JGS says:

    I liked how this worked when they did it with Broxton

  451. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Great at bat by Elvis.

  452. Mushy Carl says:

    Nice at bat bro

  453. Lance “Johnson” Berkman.

  454. CNight_UP says:

    Have to bunt here right?

  455. This lineup is deep and thick.

    Nice battle, Berk.

  456. Accent Shallow says:

    Granderson’s gotta be going here, right?

  457. Scarlet Speedster says:

    First seven innings, no walks.

    Last inning+, three.

  458. Mike Axisa says:

    Very nice job by Berkman.

  459. Newbie says:

    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?

  460. j_Yankees says:

    Pro AB there folks.

  461. aRX says:

    Tired closer syndrome part II?

  462. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Really Joe? Now you don’t bunt?

  463. Poopy Pants says:

    Why didn’t Granderson run yet?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  464. charliechoochoo says:

    Last night John Sterling said that Nolan Ryan threw more pitcheds than anyone in baseball history.

  465. Carlosologist says:

    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

  466. Reggie C. says:

    Phew. That was close.

  467. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Did someone on the Yankees die in a tragic base stealing accident or something?

    Why do they refuse to run?

  468. JGS says:

    Why are they booing??

  469. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Just keep making him work.

  470. Mushy Carl says:

    Yeah BG!

  471. Mike Axisa says:

    Double fucking steal time!!!

  472. j_Yankees says:

    ::getting excited::

  473. Hummingbird S. says:

    I wonder, this has to be a bunt by Jeter, right?

  474. CNight_UP says:

    Nice job Bret, Now Ill never hear the end of it from Axisa, now you bunt…

  475. Esteban says:

    GRIT GRIT HOORAY!

  476. I love this team. Even if we don’t finish it and win this game, I love this team.

  477. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Anything but a double play, Derek.

    Anything…but a double play.

  478. JFH says:

    amazing what happens when you actually swing.

  479. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Mike Maddux’s mustache is concerned

  480. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Okay…I might actually bunt here.

  481. Nintendo vs Sega says:

    Come on Captain!

  482. CTyankee says:

    No Double Play Please

  483. Carlosologist says:

    Instead of Ron Washington giving the signs to the players, he has Mike Maddux’s mustache give them out.

    /lame’d

  484. Guest says:

    This is the buntiest situation imaginable. (And i generally dislike the bunt).

  485. Mushy Carl says:

    YES!!!!!

  486. forensic says:

    Jeter pops up the bunt to do another new DP.

  487. Reggie C. says:

    HEADS UP PLAY GRANDERSON!!!!

    I CAN’T STOP THE CAPS!

  488. Doug says:

    wow, almost got him there

  489. Accent Shallow says:

    Ah, gorgeous!

  490. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    We can’t possibly blow this…can we?

  491. Mister Delaware says:

    Calm-eyed that ball to the backstop.

  492. Mike Axisa says:

    Holy fuck. FINISH HIM!!!

  493. aRX says:

    We HAVE to tie the game now. We just gotta.

  494. CNight_UP says:

    Swing away bitches…

  495. Cy Farnsworth says:

    WOW that stopped my heart.

    That’s why you don’t build the backstop out of bricks, assholes.

  496. Scarlet Speedster says:

    Awesome, no need to worry about the bunt now.

  497. Meat Loaf says:

    This is not Boston. Tie the fucking game.

  498. Hummingbird S. says:

    How’s that for a break Tommie?

  499. Esteban says:

    The anti Grit Gutner article was timely though haha. Didn’t the same thing used to happen with Melky last year?

  500. forensic says:

    Wow, that was scary…

  501. Kit says:

    Nice, nice! Beautiful. Keep it going guys.

  502. Newbie says:

    O shit that bounceback was fucking scary!

  503. Mushy Carl says:

    O!!!!!!!!!!!GDEGSD

  504. Mike Axisa says:

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  505. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Lucky break #2!

  506. Mister Delaware says:

    Seeing eye single, noun, …

  507. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Wow…just, wow. Nice.

  508. Carlosologist says:

    OH MY GOD JETER WITH A TEN MILLION HOPPER! AAAAhhhhh

  509. Cy Pettitte says:

    simply Jeterian…

  510. Nintendo vs Sega says:

    Heck yes!

  511. forensic says:

    Wow, what a gift!!!!!!

  512. Newbie says:

    YES HELL FUCKING YES!!!!

  513. JFH says:

    derek effing jeter!

  514. Guest says:

    Tired closer syndrome strikes again.

    /Broxton’d

  515. China Joe says:

    DON’T STRIKE OUT!

  516. Kit says:

    Battling!

  517. Esteban says:

    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

  518. JGS says:

    Who gives a shit about the decision?

  519. King of the Troglodytes says:

    Oh, no! I got nothing to bitch about now.

  520. Mushy Carl says:

    Swish swinging at a ball.

  521. Doug says:

    up to 20 pitches

  522. Mike Axisa says:

    Guzman botched that shit big time.

  523. bonestock94 says:

    ugh jerkoff

  524. V says:

    Swisher needs a break. Holy shit he’s slumping.

  525. Scarlet Speedster says:

    Swisher’s been killing me lately.

  526. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Not a good time for the strikeout…

  527. Brooklyn Ed says:

    soo…..what happened to the bridge jumpers?

  528. JFH says:

    golden sombrero

  529. Guest says:

    Not the best night of Nick Swisher’s career.

  530. Mushy Carl says:

    ANOTHER ball. Jesus Christ Swish. What the hell are you doing?

  531. Reggie C. says:

    RAB broke down there for a sec.

    Dammit Swish.

  532. mustang says:

    SHIT!

  533. MikeD says:

    Swisher is in a very bad slump. (Not to be confused with good slumps.)

  534. Hummingbird S. says:

    another strikeout with a runner on 3rd and less than 2 outs..
    it’s just amazing

  535. bonestock94 says:

    Anyone scary left in their pen?

  536. forensic says:

    Uh oh. Another failed opportunity with another huge strikeout risk coming up…

  537. Cy Pettitte says:

    hopefully Thames can just muscle something out of the infield

  538. theyankeewarrior says:

    Tommie…. your boy Guzman actually helped out the Yanks! 1.0 WAR is we pull it out.

  539. Esteban says:

    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

  540. Clemson Rob says:

    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!

  541. Apollo22237 says:

    Its ok Swish just wasn’t deep and thick enough. I’m sure Thames can handle that requirement…

  542. 1. Jeter should go.
    2. Anything to the OF, Marcus.

  543. Mister Delaware says:

    I’ve seen atleast 7 of Thames’ 4 HRs this year.

  544. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Jeter steals, Gardner goes home?

  545. Cy Farnsworth says:

    If they double steal, my head would explode.

  546. Mushy Carl says:

    I really hope the Yanks don’t choke this away.

  547. aRX says:

    FUCK YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  548. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Thames, player of the game.

  549. Mister Delaware says:

    MARCUS!

  550. Carlosologist says:

    THAMES

  551. Cy Pettitte says: