Aug
15

Game 117: Wait, he’s still in baseball?

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(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Eight years ago, the Pirates made one of many poor early draft selections when they held the first overall pick in 2002. Instead of taking a premium up-the-middle talent like say, B.J. Upton, or a super-high upside arm like Zack Greinke or Cole Hamels or Matt Cain, the Bucs went safe and took a college pitcher, admitting soon after the draft that they projected him as a “solid mid-rotation starter.” Not exactly first overall pick material. That pitcher’s name? Bryan Bullington. Today’s starter for the Royals? Bryan Bullington.

The righthander from Ball State has obviously flamed out, failing to meet even Pittsburgh’s modest expectations following a litany of injuries and ineffectiveness. He’s bounced around a bit in the last several seasons and now finds himself in the Kansas City rotation and starting against the defending World Champs. Bullington has never faced the Yankees before, so we’re going to have to deal with the whole “ZOMG a pitcher they’ve never seen before” phenomenon. Don’t ask me why, but I feel confident about this one (that means they’re doomed).

Here’s the lineup…

Jeter, SS
Swisher, RF
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Cano, 2B
Berkman, DH
Granderson, CF
Gardner, LF
Cervelli, C

And on the bump, it’s A.J. Burnett. Hopefully he repeats the outing he had in Texas, that would be fantastic.

It’s a get-away day for the Yanks, so this one starts a little after 2pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

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747 Comments»

  1. Jack says:

    So, last night was my first ever live, in-person Major League game.

    I love you, A-Rod.

  2. Carlosologist says:

    I did not know the game was this early. I also did not know Bryan Bullington was still in baseball.

  3. Jake H says:

    I’m at the game. If anyone else is I’m in sec 215, row cc seat 12

  4. Bullington’s doppelganger:

    http://www.insidesocal.com/tom.....ser-95.jpg

    Tell me that shit doesn’t look eerily similar. They’re both even wearing royal blue hats.

  5. I’d like those powder blues more if they were just powder blue and white without the stupid Royal blue on the chest.

    This looks good.

    This does not.

  6. Carlosologist says:

    The warning track power from the early going last night has carried over to today. Does that mean HR derby in the middle?

  7. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Honestly, when they just went through that lineup, I laughed. That’s so bad.

  8. Carlosologist says:

    For some reason I get pissed when I see someone choke up on the bat.

  9. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Orel says if the Yankees win today they’ll finish the season at 67-95.

  10. I can has DP, please?

  11. Frankie Cervelli is on a mission to make us all hate him.

  12. Way to be, Frankie. Way to be.

  13. C says:

    It feels like our catchers throw the ball into the outfield more often than they throw out base stealers.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

      that is why they have had an increase is not throwing out runners. easier to let them steal.

  14. Carlosologist says:

    Yo Cervelli, you suck.

  15. Mike Axisa says:

    Good thing the Yanks have a defensive specialist to backup Posada.

  16. And, seriously, why the hell was the IF pulled in there? It’s a) the first inning and b) the Royals.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

      Girardi managing to his notebook…..

      The notebook knows all.

      • whozat says:

        Neither sabremetric nor common wisdom indicate bringing in the IF in this early. Your comment makes no sense.

        • iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

          Seriously dude, relax. That was the whole point of the comment. Joe always references matchups, numbers, looks at his notebook. Christ, it is fucking early to deal with this shit already.

  17. JGS says:

    Man, that sounded better than that

  18. Carlosologist says:

    First move of the offseason: Waive Cervelli and give his roster spot to protect an actual prospect from the Rule 5 Draft.

  19. Jersey Johnny says:

    God, I miss Jose Molina.

  20. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Wait…Dustin Pedroia must have been working with Robbie on his fielding since he’s been on the DL.

  21. I like the NYT, but the people in that commercial make me wish I didn’t.

    • Wooderson says:

      why? the best journalists in the world work for the times. AND GOD FUCKING DAMMIT THERES NO DEBATING THAT!!!!!!!

  22. craggy (formerly crapula) says:

    I remember when we all loved Cervelli.

  23. Mushy Carl says:

    Man he just missed one!

  24. whozat says:

    Dammit.

  25. JGS says:

    Any other day, that’s four straight

  26. Carlosologist says:

    This is 2009 postseason A-Rod.

  27. Cy Farnsworth says:

    I can only assume that Sterling noted that It Was High, and It Was Far

  28. Pat D says:

    That sucked. Looks like gonna have to manufacture the runs today.

  29. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Alex is like, “How the fuck did that not get out?”

  30. That’s one pitch outs. Not good.

  31. Jersey Johnny says:

    Great plate discipline.

  32. Esteban says:

    Is he back? Or maybe the slefish stat padder wants to get 30 HR to keep his streak alive.

  33. whozat says:

    Cool, let’s see how early we can get this game over with, guys. Joe West would be proud.

  34. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Jesus.

  35. Jersey Johnny says:

    I hate this fucking wind.

  36. Goddammit. Rodriguez and Berkman crush it w/nothing to show.

  37. Reggie C. says:

    Bullington won’t make it to the 5th.

  38. pastadivingarod says:

    Where are we playing Wrigley field? What is the deal with the wind knocking down 2 hrs.

  39. wow says:

    another warning track game.

  40. JGS says:

    Anyone else think “can’t judge a book by looking at the cover” is the worst possible slogan for Empire City?

    They are basically saying “we look like crap, but don’t let that fool you”

  41. Pat D says:

    OMG, RBI’s matter again!!!!

    (Actually, I have not been able to fully disassociate myself from them for some odd reason.)

  42. whozat says:

    If they could stop citing RBI numbers to argue that he’s been productive, that’d be awesome. The guy’s having a down year, and it’s sticking your head in the sand to say otherwise.

  43. whozat says:

    Gonna be a long day.

  44. Jersey Johnny says:

    Hello, Bad AJ.

  45. Hitting guys on 1-2 sucks.

  46. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Good, AJ. Get 2 strikes then plunk him. You’re a modern day Greg Maddux.

  47. pastadivingarod says:

    Aj all over the place

  48. Reggie C. says:

    AJ Burnett needs to start striking out some hitters. WHat happened to his swing and miss curve?

  49. Pat D says:

    Two interesting stat nuggets I just saw on B-Ref.

    The Yankees Pythag. record is their actual record. Last time I checked they were 3-4 games ahead of the Pythag.

    Also Cano has been IBB’ed 12 times! The next highest total on the team is 3. Is Cano now…dare I say it…feared?

  50. whozat says:

    Interesting to see them quoting SB numbers for pitchers. I don’t know that I’ve seen that before. I like it.

  51. YankeesJunkie says:

    Who would you rather have as the Yankees 4th starter in the playoff?

    AJ or Javy

  52. Not Tank the Frank says:

    AJ Burnett struggling mechanically. In other news; it’s Sunday.

  53. Jersey Johnny says:

    Bullshit. He was out.

  54. Reggie C. says:

    FUCK. I thought AJ nailed Aviled right there.

  55. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Cool. He was out.

  56. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Yup. Robot umps.

  57. Pat D says:

    Dammit, I knew he was out.

  58. YankeesJunkie says:

    He was out, but it was close.

  59. I’m glad umpires make the right call 99% of the time. That’s what the announcers tell me at least.

  60. pastadivingarod says:

    Out nice miss call there

  61. Mushy Carl says:

    Does AJ throw a 4 seamer anymore?

  62. Jersey Johnny says:

    Get the fuck out there Eiland.

  63. pastadivingarod says:

    AJ ruining my birthday sunday.

  64. Cy Farnsworth says:

    No part of AJ Burnett’s career suggests that he should “trust his stuff.”

  65. What the hell is that repetitive whistling sound in the background? It’s been there all four games.

    Very annoying.

  66. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Oy. Nice DP.

  67. Pat D says:

    Slightly OT, but I just saw that the Sox put Ellsbury back on the DL and they recalled Michael Bowden so that more teams can have a go at destroying any future he might have had.

  68. Jersey Johnny says:

    Jesus, I thought Cano got injured.

  69. Carlosologist says:

    Cano can mess up and still turn a DP.

  70. wow says:

    Wait, have the Yankees ever seen this pitcher before? Oh no, not another O’Sullivan performance…

    Here we go Orioles, Here we go…

  71. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Wow. OK AJ.

  72. j_Yankees says:

    nice easy inning there, AJ.

    /sacrasm’d
    /no harm done’d

  73. pastadivingarod says:

    Granderson 2.0

  74. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    2.1 innings of no hit ball. Should I be nervous yet?

  75. Carlosologist says:

    If Detroit beats us tomorrow, I don’t even want to think of all the trolls clamoring for Jackson and Damon.

  76. MikeD says:

    Drafted by the Orioles? Thought it was the Bucs.

  77. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    I hate Cervelli’s batting stance.

  78. pastadivingarod says:

    Why do we always make guys we haven’t seen look like Cy Young?

  79. Pat D says:

    Oh, the other problem with the Royals unis today is that the hats are powder blue and the brims are royal blue.

    I mean, even in the days of the all powder blue unis, the hats were always all royal blue.

  80. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Frankie put a charge into that one.

  81. larryf says:

    Brett’s 2 strike recognition failed. It is a given that most Ab’s he will take 2 strikes down the middle. This game very similar to yesterday minus the changup factor…

  82. pastadivingarod says:

    Cervelli hasn’t gone deep since last year in Atlanta?

  83. YankeesJunkie says:

    Second time through the order is going to great for the Yankees.

  84. pastadivingarod says:

    AJ back for more (fills glass with scotch)

  85. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    “AJ has been shaky through two innings…”

    More like, AJ has been shaky since 1999.

  86. pastadivingarod says:

    Well looks like he found his hook.

  87. Carlosologist says:

    Damn that curve was placed perfectly on the corner.

  88. j_Yankees says:

    where the hell did that inning come from, AJ?

  89. Pat D says:

    Reggie and Gossage.

    Didn’t even have to look for that one.

  90. pastadivingarod says:

    Did Kerry Wood teach AJ how to throw a hook between innings?

  91. Answer is Jackson and Gossage.

    I’ll say this again, I don’t think Reggie should have his number retired by the Yankees.

  92. Ooooh, good trivia:

    George Brett won the 1980 AL MVP. What Yankees finished second and third in the voting?

    I’ll say Reggie and Tommy John.

  93. That 3-1 swing was Gardner-like.

  94. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    George Brett, Tommy John and Reggie Jackson all have two first names l0lz.

  95. Let that one go, Tex.

  96. larryf says:

    Tex with the post-partum power outage…

  97. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Eventually the Yankees will have something to show for all these hard hit balls.

  98. Pat D says:

    Take that, Geico!

  99. Hummingbird S. says:

    4 no-hit innings.. that’s unexpected.

  100. Pat D says:

    Here’s the great thing about that 1980 MVP vote. Brett hit .390/.454/.664 with 24 HR, 118 RBI, 87 R, 15 SB in only 117 games and only got 17 out of 28 first place votes.

    Jackson got 5, Goose had 4, Willie Wilson (finished 4th) got 1 and Rick Cerone (!, finished 7th) got 1.

    • Brett’s WAR of 9.6 was tops among vote-getters.

      Who had the second highest WAR, you ask? Rickey Henderson, who excelled at getting on base (third highest OBP among vote-getters) and getting over into scoring position (100 stolen bases) to score runs (4th highest run scored total).

      He came in 10th, naturally.

      • Pat D says:

        Well, yea. WAR didn’t exist then either. I’m just still pointing out the silliness of the voters.

        I mean, Brett damn near hit .400! Yea, Reggie had 40 homers, but the other guys didn’t deserve it. I know Wilson had 7.8 WAR, but he wasn’t as good as Brett, obviously.

        Rick Cerone getting a first place vote was beyond ridiculous. It must have been a New York writer who was impressed with how he take Thurman’s place so admirably or some bullshit like that.

  101. I wish Cervelli had saved that block for a time when a runner was on base.

  102. j_Yankees says:

    Bullington has never faced the Yankees before, so we’re going to have to deal with the whole “ZOMG a pitcher they’ve never seen before” phenomenon.

    Wahooooooooo

  103. Where did the first pitch miss? Even though Frankie moved his glove it was right over the middle.

  104. Pat D says:

    Keith Hernandez was great defensively, but he’s not worthy of the HOF, Brian Kenny!

  105. Cy Farnsworth says:

    I like this AJ Burnett way better. Eiland must have slapped him around after the 2nd inning.

  106. Carlosologist says:

    AJ has apparently rediscovered his strikeouts.

  107. I would have the slowest trot ever on homers if I played MLB.

  108. Sheepmeister says:

    So, someone reminded AJ this was the royals, now who will remind the offense

  109. larryf says:

    Baserunner time!

  110. Pat D says:

    Hey, Joe Montana, if you want to make a comeback, tell your son not to be stupid enough and get caught underage drinking at Notre Dame!

    • Eirias says:

      You have to be remarkably dumb to the son of Joe Montana, a member of the Irish, and still manage to get arrested.

      • Pat D says:

        No, they’re really serious with the underage drinking. They won’t let students of drinking age bring more than 2 cases in at a time either for that reason.

        You have to be really stupid to be caught doing it. I was never over 21 when I was at Notre Dame and I drank, not a lot, but enough times. I was never stupid enough to go to a place where I could get caught.

  111. Esteban says:

    damage pitch time

  112. Mushy Carl says:

    Shocking he threw a slider 3-2

  113. Mike Axisa says:

    YES’ camera work really sucks this year.

  114. theyankeewarrior says:

    The Yankees will score 5+ runs today

  115. Carlosologist says:

    Let the slaughter begin!

  116. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    5 innings for a 1st hit… progress being made.

  117. Esteban says:

    Huzzah!!! Cano for President!

  118. whozat says:

    Is there a cricket next to one of the crowd mics?

  119. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    Yeah, we knew he wasn’t actually going to throw a perfect game.

    Now, to destroy the shutout and the lead. Fat Elvis: oblige.

  120. Jack says:

    OH SHIT THERE GOES THE PERFECT GAME!!!!!

  121. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Wonderful.

  122. Esteban says:

    Oh no Oh No.

  123. whozat says:

    Geez, are they both ok?

    That looked bad on both sides

  124. Oh, fuck. That looked like it could have hurt both Bullington and Berkman. I hope they’re okay.

  125. theyankeewarrior says:

    That play was depressing to watch in so many ways

  126. Newbie says:

    Ugh if Berk is injured, I will hate Bryan Bullington forever.

  127. Hummingbird S. says:

    not good Lance, not good.

  128. Apollo22237 says:

    He had his foot covering the whole base, Berkman should have trucked him.

  129. MikeD says:

    I keep hearing a cricket. I hope that’s on TV and not in my living room.

  130. I feel like I’m the only one not hearing the cricket.

  131. That fastball is still flying all over the place.

  132. Glad Robbie stayed on his feet for that one.

  133. Mushy Carl says:

    Another 3-2 slider!

  134. Mushy Carl says:

    Gardner sucks

  135. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Ugh, Brett Gardner is the most frustrating baserunner. Lightning speed, no instincts.

  136. Literally noting is going right for Gardner this month.

  137. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Just go in. Are the Yankees going through an unlucky break or is it some scrub owning them again?

  138. Hummingbird S. says:

    nothing is going right today.

  139. Pat D says:

    Wow, this is getting annoying.

  140. Ross in Jersey says:

    Back from vacation! Looks like I didn’t miss much. Tried to follow RAB on my phone, but apparently this site doesn’t play nice with Android web browsers, because my phone kept locking up when I tried to visit.

    Anyway, looks like another no-name we can’t hit. Someone remind me why Cervelli is still on the team? So far he’s given us negative one run!

  141. wow says:

    r u kidding me?

  142. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    Nice….plane to catch.

  143. Pat D says:

    Wait a second. Where’s bex? I think this is why the Yankees are losing. Stupid woman not showing up and talking all through the game like she’s supposed to do.

    /RonDibble’d

  144. RalphieD says:

    cervelli is one crazy cat…

  145. Mushy Carl says:

    What the hell was Cervelli doing? So sick of this guy.

  146. That was the most fail play ever.

  147. Dirty Pena says:

    Yeahhhhhhhhhh Cervelli! Fuckin love this guy!

  148. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Mike will be happy.

  149. Pat D says:

    Holy fucking shit! What the fuck was that!!!!!!!!

  150. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Someone take Cervelli off this damn team.

  151. j_Yankees says:

    oh my good fucking god have mercy.

  152. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    That kids are the fundamentals of a champion.

  153. MikeD says:

    I’m sorry. I’m confused. Why are the Royals wearing Yankee road grays today?

  154. Pete says:

    /little league’d

  155. Esteban says:

    Well then. That happened.

  156. Carlosologist says:

    I hate Cervelli. Blanco wouldn’t have advanced to third had Cervelli not thrown wildly to short.

  157. Pat D says:

    Cano 35%, Cervelli 60%, Jeter 5%.

  158. nathan says:

    You wont be saying that play many times this year

  159. Reggie C. says:

    Montero wouldnt have bounced that throw !

  160. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Cano’s had his worst defensive game in a while this afternoon.

    Cervelli’s been this bad for a while, unfortunately.

  161. Ross in Jersey says:

    Way to back up, Cervelli. Seriously, I’m going to start a Chad Moeller revolution. I’ve had enough of this clown behind the plate.

  162. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    I lost brain cells watching that sequence of play.

  163. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Great clap to yourself Cervelli. Somehow you’re convincing people to stay on this team.

  164. pastadivingarod says:

    somebody cue the Benny Hill music.

  165. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I want Jose Molina back. Please.

  166. pastadivingarod says:

    He tried to freeze him with his beautiful blue eyes. LOL

  167. Carlosologist says:

    AJ with the pump.

  168. j_Yankees says:

    Thanks You, AJ for restoring order after that suckfest.

  169. Cy Farnsworth says:

    I am so impressed with AJ Burnett today. This looked like it was going to be a disaster through 2.

  170. Pat D says:

    I can has hits and runs, pleasae?

  171. smurfy says:

    Man, Burnett’s found him a sweet pitch’ Third strikeout down and in on lefties, at least.

  172. Pat D says:

    I hate those Sweet Millions commercials. They’re all cute and cuddly and then they go and ruin them.

  173. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    LOL @ AJ for being the one to restore order.

  174. smurfy says:

    Cervelli was trying to dare him, and it did not work out too wll.

  175. Pat D says:

    More errors than hits. Always a good sign.

  176. A weak grounder to the left side off the bat of DJ? I’m shocked, I tell you. Shocked.

  177. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I missed it. What was Cevelli’s first error? Dropped a routine pop up? Botched a simple throw to first?

  178. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    3 errors is greater than 2 hits…. Wow.

  179. j_Yankees says:

    Good AJ shows up and the Yankee hitters get nothing for him. I don’t want to hear any shit the next time the Yankees score 6 runs and AJ gives it all back.

  180. Pena picked that ball like a hockey goalie.

    /doesn’t watch hockey

  181. nathan says:

    Well I donno if its the unfamiliar pitcher syndrome or the get-away game syndrome but this is a poorly played game.

    Still minimum batters through 7? thats amazing.

  182. JohnnyC says:

    You never forget your first major league win even if it takes 8 years and a bunch of sleep-walking Yankees to achieve it.

  183. Reggie C. says:

    I can’t believe the degree of pwnage Bullington has flexed today. The man thinks he’s back in college.

  184. Pat D says:

    Apparently I can’t has hits and runs.

  185. theyankeewarrior says:

    Yankees making this kid look like a #1 pick

  186. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Heh this is now funny. People like Beckett and Lackey gets owned. People like Bullington own us.

    Well in the playoffs we’ll see more aces than scrubs so thats good.

  187. Cy Farnsworth says:

    How dare the Royals try to ice AJ Burnett with God Bless America! That’s our trick!

  188. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    Wow, three errors, two hits versus Brian Bullington, and no runs.

    Where the fuck are the New York Yankees?

  189. j_Yankees says:

    You know what games the Yankees need to win? the games that good AJ shows up.

  190. Ross in Jersey says:

    When does the Yankee coaching staff/scouts/whatever start taking some flack for how bad this offense is against pitchers they’ve never seen? You simply cannot sell me that this team of all-stars coincidentally has terrible at-bat after terrible at-bat against these bad pitchers.

  191. pastadivingarod says:

    Either I am really drunk or that rendition of God bless America was shitty.

  192. theyankeewarrior says:

    Never thought I’d wish for Jose Molina to come back

  193. Carlosologist says:

    The O’s can shoot into contention a la Tampa Bay in 2008. I really believe if one or two of the young guys breakout next season, the AL East will have a +.500 team in the cellar.

  194. wow says:

    when are we going to get back to actual baseball. You know, where the good guys hit singles and an occasional double, maybe even a home run.

  195. Esteban says:

    This is a boring game. but at least it’s going by quickly.

  196. larryf says:

    Tex actually realized that AJ would never be covering…

  197. Peace, kid. Great location, A.J.

  198. MikeD says:

    Okay, be right back. I’ve booked a flight to KC, heading to the park, and I’m going to find the cricket and kill it.

  199. JGS says:

    #competedamnit

  200. Sheepmeister says:

    Looks like AJ will get a complete game unless the offense decides to score.

  201. JohnnyC says:

    This is the kind of game really good teams steal in the late innings. Really good teams, that is.

  202. Carlosologist says:

    I hope A-Rod ties it with another fountain shot.

  203. theyankeewarrior says:

    Dear Yankees,

    Please don’t get shut out by the Kansas City Royals. K?

    Thanks,

    theyankeewarrior

  204. JobaWockeeZ says:

    If the scouts called Cervelli a great defensive catcher when he’s not, then Montero has to be the best defensive catcher ever when being dubbed th worst.

  205. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    This keeps up, Yanks are a easy favorite for #28.

  206. JohnnyC says:

    Loved the non-hustle from Robby.

  207. Esteban says:

    Yankees you got some ‘splainin to do

  208. Pat D says:

    Shouldn’t Kearnes be pinch-hitting since he’s actually faced Bullington?

  209. Sheepmeister says:

    So, does girardi pinch hit for cervelli in the ninth?

  210. JobaWockeeZ says:

    If Berkman misses any amount of time I might join the call up Montero movement.

  211. aRX says:

    We can’t get complete game’d by this scrub…we just can’t.

  212. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    The beauty of Bullington is that in his next start he will get lit up for 5 runs and be out by the 6th.

  213. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    90 pitches through 8 innings? Is this real life?

  214. pastadivingarod says:

    Puma hurt?

  215. How about this idea, Kenny/John: Bullington stays in then comes out if/when he gets into trouble.

  216. Mushy Carl says:

    Man it would have been nice if we won the Moseley game. Can’t believe we might split with this team.

  217. Ross in Jersey says:

    Oh good, we’re one out away from Soria. Super!

  218. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Marcus Thames is my hero.

  219. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    the threat – Thames

  220. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Thames with the first walk of the game.

    My mind, it is blown.

  221. Rosco says:

    So if the Twins want any chance to beat the Yankees in the post season I guess they should find 3 pitchers the Yankees have never faced and it will be a clean sweep.

  222. Sheepmeister says:

    Wait, Thames walks, why cant swisher, tex, or someone all star in our line up do that.

  223. Pat D says:

    I think MikeD just killed the cricket.

  224. theyankeewarrior says:

    Most depressing game of the season thus far

  225. wow says:

    so much for the subs.

  226. I’m not all that mad about losing/not hitting–that happens. I’m mad about the fact that just about everyone has put together horrible at bats.

  227. JobaWockeeZ says:

    If they bring in Soria we win. Yankees beat top tiered pitchers. Yankees get owned by scrubs. We got this.

  228. BadaBling says:

    Cmon Yanks! Score some runs for Mr. Burnett!

  229. aRX says:

    I totally blame Axisa for this.

  230. pastadivingarod says:

    so on my birthday the yanks decided to tank one. thanks guys

  231. C says:

    Look on the bright side, they’ve found the solution to their problems hitting with RISP. Can’t strand any runners if you don’t get any on.

  232. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Split with KC is…just as bad as it sounds.

  233. Cy Farnsworth says:

    This has been my favorite game of the season.

    P.S. Buy my album

    Sincerely,
    Joe West

  234. pastadivingarod says:

    Bullington for Montero. Do it Cash!

  235. Pat D says:

    Chone Figgins made an error with two outs and no one on in the bottom of the 7th inning. King Felix than allowed single, single, double, intentional walk, grand slam. So fortunately for my fantasy team, they were all unearned runs.

    Question: Should King Felix be allowed to kill Figgins, or should the rest of the Mariners smack Felix upside the head for letting Figgins’ error affect him so much?

  236. Pat D says:

    Kevin Slowey with a no-no through 7.

  237. Carlosologist says:

    MikeD killed the cricket… I think.

  238. JohnnyC says:

    With O’Sullivan and Bullington in the rotation, it’ll make it easier for Dayton Moore to trade Greinke.

  239. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Time to give AJ the hook. Great outing, but we need to keep this at 1.

  240. Dirty Pena says:

    Cervelli now has a .468 OPS since May 25th.

    Seriously.

  241. Pat D says:

    My god! That’s the Warrior’s music!!!!!!

  242. JohnnyC says:

    It’s really important to get AJ a win.

  243. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    AJ’s reward for pitching well – 2 hits, 3 errors, and a comedy of effort.

    AJ is going to be mad now, someone is getting more than a pie in the face.

    Sincerely,

    Locker room door.

  244. Hummingbird S. says:

    what a game by AJ

  245. Sheepmeister says:

    please put posada in, please put posada in, please put posada in

  246. BadaBling says:

    Here it is! Comeback! Grit Grutner walks and Jorge hits a go ahead 2 run shot!

  247. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    You cannot be serious, Gardner.

  248. Pat D says:

    Good idea, terrible result.

  249. That bunt pissed me off more than anything else today.

    Even more than Cervelli.

  250. Crime Dog says:

    Sweet bunt

  251. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Good use of an AB, Brett

    /banghead

  252. Mike Axisa says:

    He couldn’t have rolled that Soria any more perfectly.

  253. JohnnyC says:

    Nice bunt.

  254. Mushy Carl says:

    BG is so bad

  255. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    Brett, as my grandfather would say:

    If you’re going to do something stupid, do it right.

  256. Carlosologist says:

    Well that sucked.

  257. Am I the only one who thinks that WASN’T a good idea?

  258. pastadivingarod says:

    Yankees suck in short games.

    -Joe West

  259. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Brett there is another way to get on base. It is called walking.

  260. pastadivingarod says:

    Gardy you dumb ass

  261. V says:

    :fast guys who can’t bunt:

  262. Mushy Carl says:

    The ball was way outside

  263. nathan says:

    Royals’ only other shutout was against the Nats according to FoxSports.

  264. Hummingbird S. says:

    let’s hope the offense enjoyed the day off and comes back strong next game.

  265. Pat D says:

    Well it’s all up to Cap’n Clutch.

  266. Mike Axisa says:

    First pitch ground out?

  267. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Derek Jeter?

    That guy’s got an edge.

  268. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    Well, congrats to Bullington on his first win against the Yankees.

  269. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Well predicting the ground out now.

  270. Angelo says:

    Jeter singles to right, 1-2 count.

    Book it.

  271. aRX says:

    I know a lot of folks are thinking “ground ball to SS” right now…wouldn’t it be hilarious if he blasted one?

  272. cjc says:

    embarassing

  273. MikeD says:

    Yuck. A split with KC is a fail. Being shut out be KC is a major FAIL. The one positive is AJ pitched a great game. If he keeps that up we’ll be in good shape down the stretch. I’m going to go make some cricket soup.

    • JohnnyC says:

      But, then again, he was pitching against a punchless Royals line-up. I find little comfort in his performance considering.

      • MikeD says:

        I understand the point, but don’t agree. As we’ve seen with AJ, he’s either on or he’s off. When he’s off, poor teams hit him. When he’s on, he’ll shut anyone down. He’d have pitched well against other teams today. The loss still sucks, but I feel better about AJ after today. Let’s hope that part continues.

  274. pastadivingarod says:

    hip hip JOrge!

  275. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Now let’s never speak of it again.

  276. C says:

    That was one of the worst games I’ve ever seen.

  277. Mushy Carl says:

    Embarrassing. Another scrub shutting down the Yankees.

  278. Mike Axisa says:

    Hopefully the offense enjoyed their fucking day off.

  279. aRX says:

    *sigh* well…it was quick and relatively painless.

    I hope you’re happy Axisa :P

  280. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    2 hours and 9 minutes.

    Oh well, good for Bullington.

  281. Pat D says:

    Bullington will get knocked out of his next start by the 4th inning. Guaranteed.

  282. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    It’s kind of unacceptable to split here, but I expect them to make up for it by sweeping Detroit.

  283. larryf says:

    Quick and painful

  284. V says:

    Worst loss of the year. Holy shit.

  285. nathan says:

    Splitting against the Royals is depressing.

  286. Carlosologist says:

    —___— <— That's my irritated face. AJ pitched another hell of a game and the offense came up short again. Oh well, we'll get them tomorrow.

  287. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Scrubs >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> aces.

  288. I did not enjoy this game. None of it was enjoyable.

  289. BadaBling says:

    At least good AJ showed up.

    /silverlining

  290. wow says:

    holy crap. embarrassing.this has been a terrible month for this team.

  291. pastadivingarod says:

    I would like the to thank the yankees for shitting all over my special day.

  292. Nintendo vs Sega says:

    Fucking pathetic!

  293. Mosh says:

    You can only tip your cap to Bullington. He was brilliant.

  294. wow says:

    it’s good to watch the Braves actually get some hits. what a novelty.

  295. nathan says:

    The only solid hit was ARod’s flyout in the second. No one else bothered to even try.

  296. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    so since Tampa – lost 2/3, lost 2/3 Toronto, split Boston, split Texas, split KC…

    And yet, remarkably still in first place. Either a sign that better things are coming or other teams really really suck.

  297. JFH says:

    is the Axisa victory prediction almost on par with the madden curse. does anyone have the data on this?

    • Pat D says:

      Yea, I’d like to know this.

    • MikeD says:

      Has it approached the SI jinx level? Speaking of which, what the numbers on the Core 4 since they appeared on the cover? Mariano remains solid, but Pettitte’s injured and Jeter and Posada have really sunk on the hitting front.

      Not that I believe in such things, but they collectively haven’t done well.

  298. Pat D says:

    I am upset about them splitting with KC. This stretch of games with them, Detroit and Seattle screamed, “You must win 8 out of 11.”

    So that means they need to go 6-1 to do that. And they’ll see both Verlander and Hernandez.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Oh they’ll light up one of those two. They aren’t replacement level pitchers.

      • Pat D says:

        Oh, duh, how stupid of me.

        • JohnnyC says:

          Unfortunately, the proposition that scrubs always befuddle the Yankees does not invoke the corollary that the Yankees will then beat up on good pitchers. I would be very wary of this upcoming homestand. Not stomping on teams hopelessly out of playoff contention is by no means a good sign.

          • Sweet Dick Willie says:

            Although you would never know it by reading this game thread, the Yanks have the best record in MLB.

            Evidently, they’re beating someone.

    • Dirty Pena says:

      I don’t think it’s fair to say a team “must” win 73% of their games during any stretch. Winning 3 out of 4 in any series by itself isn’t easy.

  299. BadaBling says:

    On to the next one…

    /jayz’d

  300. Scarlet Speedster says:

    I just realized that the Yankees haven’t won a series in August.

    It figures that Good AJ (who was great today) shows up when our offense decides to sleep in against Bryan freaking Bullington.

    • Dirty Pena says:

      Yes. Why, oh why, doesn’t AJ choose to pitch well when the offense scores runs?

      • Scarlet Speedster says:

        Don’t mistake me for King of the Troglodytes.

        I was just making a note of bad luck. He’s had a bad run of it as of late, and when he gets it going, the offense runs into Bryan Bullington.

        That wasn’t a rip on AJ, who I actually really like.

  301. theyankeewarrior says:

    All things considered, this was the worst offensive day that I’ve ever seen from the Yanks.

    What a fucking terrible effort.

  302. Pat D says:

    Wow, Gardenhire took Slowey out of the game. He had thrown 106 pitches, and was just sitting through a long inning, so I guess, but way to rob me of a good story!

  303. MikeD says:

    So Kevin Slowy had a no-hitter for seven innings and Minnesota took him out.

    It’s still a no-hitter if Minnesota’s pen completes the next two innings without giving up a hit, but it’s a bullshit no hitter. MLB should pass a rule that an official no-hitter has to have the same starting pitcher from beginning to end.

  304. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    No passion today. NO PASSION WHATSOEVER.

  305. j_Yankees says:

    That game sucked. Losing to a scrub on a day that good AJ shows up SUCKS!!!!!!

    /multiple exclamation points added for emphasis.

  306. Ross in Jersey says:

    It’s cool guys, tip your hat to a scrub pitcher who’s never won a game. Nothing wrong with the offense or coaching staff for that joke of an effort. We have an easy 2 months left and we have a huge lead in the division, so we don’t need to beat up on the bad teams anymore!

    • Nothing wrong with the offense or coaching staff for that joke of an effort.

      You cannot be serious.

      The Yankees tried hard to win today. You have nothing, not a single scrap of any shadow of any evidence to show that they did not.

      • Ross in Jersey says:

        Really? No evidence? Him throwing 90 pitches in 8 innings isn’t enough evidence for you? What happened to working the count? He stopped getting ahead in the count in the 4th inning or so, and yet they constantly swung early and often. Against the Royals, who have no one good in their bullpen except for the closer, how do you not work the count?

        Lack of discipline and poor effort, plain and simple.

        Oh, but right. The creators of the site are the only ones who are allowed to complain, everyone else must be part of the cheerleader brigade.

        • Steve O. says:

          You can complain. Just don’t go bridge jumping after a loss. Come on Ross, we all saw the game, and it is nearly impossible to gauge how hard a player is playing.

          • Ross in Jersey says:

            Who’s bridge jumping? Just stating what should be obvious, this team cannot afford to drop games during the brief easy parts of their schedule.

            And you say that we can’t gauge how hard a player or team is playing, I say having 3 base runners in 8 innings against a career winless journeyman is a pretty good indicator.

            • Dirty Pena says:

              Does it make any sense at all that the Yankees wouldn’t try their hardest to win, knowing that they need to win games. Why do you think you know winning is important, but the players don’t?

            • Just stating what should be obvious, this team cannot afford to drop games during the brief easy parts of their schedule.

              Yes, we actually can. Why? Because the other teams in the league who are chasing us, they also lose to teams like the Royals down the stretch. The Rays get to play the Orioles and Blue Jays more than we do, but they’re not going to go 25-0 against them. As is evidenced by the fact that the Rays have already lost multiple games to both of those teams earlier this week.

              Why? Because it’s baseball. Shit happens in baseball. It may piss you off, but it’s a fact of life. It doesn’t mean these players aren’t playing hard.

              • Steve O. says:

                This.

              • Ross in Jersey says:

                As Axisa just tweeted, Jeter and Swisher saw 17 pitches today. Total.

                It makes me feel better that they were trying really hard, though.

                I’d like to know at what point does “shit happens” become a cop-out? What would it take? Lack of hustle? Mental errors? Throwing the ball around like it’s little league? First pitch swinging after a guy just made an out on two pitches? Because all those things happened today, and none of them scream “Shit happens!” to me.

              • Mr. Sparkle says:

                Yes, good teams will lose to scrub teams down the stretch. It’s how many you lose to them that matters. The Yankees cannot come out of this stretch of “scrub” teams having played them at a .500 clip. I can almost guarantee neither the Rays nor Boston (well, maybe Boston) will play that poorly. Remember, if the Yankees go 23-22 down the stretch, the Rays only have to go 26-19 to pass them…not impossible. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking for a division title…you can’t settle for the wild card.

                • AndrewYF says:

                  “The Yankees cannot come out of this stretch of “scrub” teams having played them at a .500 clip.”

                  Sure they can. Is there some rule in MLB that if you have a stretch where you play .500 against a certain number of mediocre/bad teams that you can’t win the World Series?

                  People need to stop with this ‘can’t afford’ bullshit. The Yankees are the team that can MOST afford to play below-average down the stretch, simply because they have the best record in the league.

        • Dirty Pena says:

          Maybe they had a scouting report that told them to swing early? You literally have no idea what was going through the heads of the Yankees players, hence you have no evidence to say they put forth a “poor effort.”

      • Humdinger says:

        I wouldn’t call Cervelli’s play with Blanco on first a great effort. I would consider that a single scrap of any shadow of evidence that this wasn’t a great effort.

        • That’s a failure to execute and be successful. Not a failure to try or give effort.

          • Humdinger says:

            That’s crap and you know it.

            • No, it’s not.

              Frankie Cervelli did not play well today. That does not mean Frankie Cervelli is not trying to play well.

              • Humdinger says:

                Watch the replay. Frankie did not hustle after the ball. That is a lack of effort.

                • Dirty Pena says:

                  I have to agree here. He lollygagged after the ball, which, at best, was a big mental mistake.

                • (cues up DVR and goes back to watch the replay)

                  The overthrow of first base caromed off the back wall and fell near Frankie’s feet. He looked at the ball and then back at Blanco to see if he was running or not (he wasn’t) and while looking at Blanco, the ball spun away from him and Blanco took off.

                  Frankie wasn’t “not efforting”, he simply misjudged the speed of the ball spinning back towards the infield and thought he had time to take a peek at Blanco.

                  It was a mistake, not a failure to try to play hard or hustle after the ball.

                  • Dirty Pena says:

                    Hah, you are the biggest Cervelli apologist ever.

                    • I’m not an apologist of anyone or anything.

                      I’m just a man who recognizes that baseball is a really hard sport to play well, and thus players often fail to produce positive results despite trying very, very hard to do so.

                      Therefore, I’m not going to ever accuse someone of not trying unless there’s clear and incontrovertible evidence. I looked at the play people are citing, and he didn’t lollygag or not hustle. He just tried something and failed. That’s all.

                  • Humdinger says:

                    Absolutely ridiculous, but I wish you were my boss.

                    • Ross in Jersey says:

                      For real. If Tommie was my boss I don’t think I’d get fired unless I actually murdered my cubicle-neighbor.

                    • What’s funny is, I’ve actually been a boss of multiple people and had to fire several of them for not trying hard and not showing proper effort to complete their job duties.

                      Being placed in that position has taught me that you have to actually prove with tangible evidence that they weren’t trying hard. And you have to document it with enough tangible, provable evidence that you can win a potential court case for wrongful termination. The amount of evidence necessary is significant (at least in New York State).

                      Perhaps that’s why I hate seeing people accused of not working hard when there’s no actual evidence that they’re not working hard.

                      I don’t care for your slander, I want facts.

                    • Humdinger says:

                      Why is it funny that you’ve had to fire people? It sounds like these people you’ve fired made the mistake of not trying hard enough, or misjudged how much effort it would take to accomplish their tasks, therefore you’ve fired them for making a mistake. I guess I’m glad you’re not my boss.

                    • Dirty Pena says:

                      I think he’s saying what’s funny is the irony of you claiming he gives everyone in life a free pass, when in fact, he does not.

                    • Humdinger says:

                      Also, you better have fired these people for not achieving desired results, not a lack of effort. There are any number of reasons for not achieving desired results among them lack of effort. Really all you have to prove is that the desired results were not achieved.

                      In the end, not achieving desired results is what will doom Frankie.

    • Steve O. says:

      Dude, this is baseball. A pitcher can suddenly shut down a lineup at any time. If you think this is a problem of effort, I challenge your baseball knowledge. All things considered, it’s a two team reace.

      Lay off the pipe.

      • If you think this is a problem of effort, I challenge your baseball knowledge.

        That.

      • Ross in Jersey says:

        You can’t predict baseball, but the Yankees should never, ever, be shut out by a pitcher of that caliber. Invoking the “cant predict baseball” excuse to justify a poor performance is such a huge cop-out and is used here far too often. Call a spade a spade and say they fucking sucked today.

        • … the Yankees should never, ever, be shut out by a pitcher of that caliber.

          And yet, it happens. Why? Because it’s baseball. Shit happens in baseball. Teams full of good superstars with worlds of talent try their ass off to succeed and sometimes don’t.

          If you really think “shit happens” is a huge cop-out, baseball probably isn’t the game for you.

        • Dirty Pena says:

          Yes, they did suck today. No one is denying this. That doesn’t mean they didn’t try. Do you think you have a firmer grasp on the importance of winning games than the Yankees do? That’s where your argument goes haywire.

        • MikeD says:

          “You can’t predict baseball, but the Yankees should never, ever, be shut out by a pitcher of that caliber.”

          Just strolling, as opposed to trolling, through here after leaving when the game ended. I really haven’t paid attention to your past postings, so hopefully this statement does not illustrate your understanding of the game.

          • Ross in Jersey says:

            So by your measure, if I, who have not played baseball since high school, went out and shutout the Yankees with my 70mph heat, that would be okay? You would just chalk it up to “Can’t predict baseball!”? That’s good to know.

            I’m sorry I’m frustrated by the game and wasn’t willing to chalk it to “You can’t predict baseball” and let that be the end of it. It has nothing to do with my understanding of the game, thank you very much.

            In fact, by questioning my statement, you seem to think it’s perfectly normal for the Yankees get shut out by journeymen pitchers who have never won a game. That really calls your baseball IQ into question more than it does mine.

    • Dirty Pena says:

      Phew. For a second there, I thought you were being sarcastic.

    • Mr. Sparkle says:

      An easy two months left? After a rough stretch of 12 games against tough opponents, I think most people were thinking, “Finally, an easy stretch starting with 4 games vs. KC and no Greinke.” That turned out real well, didn’t it? Hey, if they go .500 the rest of the way, that’s about 94-95 wins. In this division, if Boston and Tampa actually beat up the scrub teams on their schedule, that might not be enough to win.

      I’m not tipping my hat to anyone. Let him beat Cleveland for his first win. The Yanks do this every time they face a guy for the first time. It ain’t the pitcher…it’s the Yankees.

      Oh yeah…since when is a 2-game lead in mid-August a “huge lead?” Ask the 2007-08 Mets how huge a lead that is. I say, let’s beat the crap out of some of these bad teams and NOW!

  307. bonestock94 says:

    lol, the “pitcher they’ve never seen” thing is so true.

  308. wow says:

    c’mon Baltimore…

  309. bonestock94 says:

    It would be so nice if Soriano didn’t shit all over the Orioles. I’m getting sick of these really good closers today.

  310. Frankie, April and May: .320/.388/.400 (.364 BABIP)
    Frankie, June/July/August: .190/.260/.233 (.227 BABIP)

    Now, I’m not attempting to say that Frankie’s success or failure isn’t 100% tied to BABIP luck (it is) or that that doesn’t make him far too streaky of a hitter to be counted on for a long-term role going forward (it does), but can we expect Frankie to bounce back to at least above replacement level sometime soon?

    I mean, a .227 BABIP is low, even for a bad hitter. It’s like the inverse Austin Jackson: you expect Frankie to have a subpar BABIP (because he’s not a good hitter), but you don’t expect it to be as bad as it’s actually been.

    Of course part of his poor results with BABIP is due to an inability to hit the ball hard, but some of that has to be bad luck. Bad luck that hopefully will improve a bit.

    He’s not as good as he’s looked before, not at all, but he’s probably not as bad as he’s looked recently either. Just a thought.

    • Dirty Pena says:

      He also blows defensively, that’s my biggest problem. We’re always told “It’s OK if a backup catcher can’t hit, he’s there for the glove.” Francisco Cervelli isn’t there for the glove.

      • Steve O. says:

        He’s had numerous scouts drooling at his defense. This year is probably just an aberration, and not the rule.

        • Dirty Pena says:

          Hopefully. I can accept that theory, but wouldn’t the Yankees be better served letting him get straightened out in the minors?

          • Steve O. says:

            Meh, the alternative stinks. If the alternative wasn’t so terrible then I’d be in favor.

            • Dirty Pena says:

              The alternative is horrible. I will fully admit that. However, Cervelli would need to rebound from where he’s been the past three months to hit as well as the horrible alternative. Cervelli would also need to rebound to last year’s defense. The way Cervelli is playing right now, the alternative is better. Will Moeller be better than Cervelli in 2011? No, probably not. Is Moeller better than Cervelli on August 15th, 2010? I think so.

    • JohnnyC says:

      It’s the careless defense not the impotent offense that’s really disturbing. The other hitters in the line-up can make up for his offensive failures but pitchers will find it hard to countenance his horrendous throws and miscues.

    • Steve O. says:

      Way to put things into perspective.

    • nsalem says:

      If he was a good defensive catcher his offensive deficiencies could be acceptable. His lack of effort on error number 2 today was very disturbing and may effect his future with this team.

    • He’s definitely not this bad–I don’t think any Major League hitter would put up a sub .500 OPS in full time playing. But, he has had a drop in BB% of just over three percent to go along with making poor contact.

      • And, like Ben said in his post ~a week ago, if he wasn’t playing so much, it wouldn’t be as frustrating. The same would be true if his defense was where it should be. Cervelli’s just really, really frustrating at this point.

  311. Gonzo says:

    I’m waiting for the call up Chad Moeller chants.
    LOL

  312. Jersey Johnny says:

    This team is pathetic. They should be embarrassed. You would think that bum who pitched for KC wasn’t fucking scouted.

    • Steve O. says:

      You wouldn’t be related to Ross in Jersey, would you?

      • Ross in Jersey says:

        You do realize that you and Tommy are like, the only ones not pissed about this loss, right? Even Girardi was clearly pissed off in the post-game. If you don’t get mad at baseball games, fine, but don’t act like getting a little pissed off over games like this is somehow wrong.

        • Steve O. says:

          I don’t get pissed about them because shit like this happens to every team. Some teams more than others, but it’s unavoidable. I get frustrated at times when some things happen, like everyone else, but I’d much rather take a grounded approach to things.

          The Yankees are a good team. Possibly the best team. Good teams get shut out by pitchers who aren’t ace-worthy. It’s baseball, accept it.

        • I’m fine with you being pissed that we lost to Bryan Bullington.

          I’m actually pissed that we lost to Bryan Bullington.

          Where we disagree is that you think this loss somehow is evidence that we’re not putting forth a good effort, and that’s pure bullshit.

        • I’m definitely not pissed, either. It’s annoying and frustrating, and I think the Yankees didn’t do a great job of putting at bats together today, but it happens. There was some jackassery in the field, but, again, that happens. Fortunately, it doesn’t happen too often with the Yankees.

  313. King of the Troglodytes says:

    Another effort with no passion. This team will get smoked in the playoffs by good pitching.

    No small ball, gutless base runners (Gardner), guys failing with runners on 3rd with less than 2 outs (Swisher/Granderson). Just not feeling it this year.

    • Steve O. says:

      You wouldn’t be related to Ross in Jersey and Jersey Johnny, would you?

    • Mr. Sparkle says:

      I wouldn’t go as far to say “no passion.” It’s always going to look like that when you don’t hit (and this team just doesn’t hit.) I will agree with your other assessments about no small ball and failure to manufacture runs. That’s really what’s been killing them. 8 runs last night…great. Except for the fact that all but one came on home runs. They will probably still make the postseason, but I can’t imagine they’ll do too much when they get there if they’re going to almost exclusively rely on the home run.

  314. Gonzo says:

    Hey guys, remember when Lannan beat the Yanks last year with 2 runs in 8.1 at the stadium? The very next day, Craig Stammen and Company shut the Yanks out for 9 innings.

    Good times, good times.

    • Mr. Sparkle says:

      Par for the course for the Yankees against guys they’ve never seen. I wasn’t surprised then, I wasn’t surprised today. I don’t know why opposing teams don’t take note and always start unknowns against the Yankees.

      Perfect example was Saturday. Sean O’Sullivan looked like Cy Young himself in that first start when he was with the Angels. Then, a couple days later, he’s traded to KC, faces the Yankees again and that time they smack him around. He pitched well for a while last night, got tired and they smacked him around again. When they hadn’t seen him, they couldn’t touch him. After having seen him, they all of a sudden could hit him. O’Sullivan didn’t get that much worse…it’s just what the Yankees do when facing an unfamiliar pitcher. It’s really frustrating and annoying.

    • nsalem says:

      and after that game the Yankees were 66-30 for the rest of the year which is .688 baseball. People have a right to be upset over the today’s performance. Keep in mind though it was the last game of a very exhausting road trip (not long but hot) and probably a game that may have been taken for granted considering the opponent. We will only be able to evaluate this game (just like the National series last year) in it’s proper context until November.

  315. I just think it’s hilarious that just four days ago, we were facing a 1-6 deficit to the best pitcher in all of baseball, in their ballpark, and came back to win dramsatically 7-6… and then four days later we’ve apparently decided to not try and we have no passion, according to some of the commenters here.

    Were we passionate then and not passionate now? Did we want to give effort then and decide not to today? Is that how it works? Am I doing it right?

  316. nsalem says:

    Also to consider with the exception of ’08, for the last 5 years we have been an exceptional second half team and a large part of the fan base had expectations (with very good reason) of a repeat performance this year. The second half magic has not happened yet and many of us thought that this 11 game stretch against sub .500 teams would be the springboard. If we take care of business on the upcoming home stand,
    the disappointment of this series will rapidly fade. We played .500 ball on the road for a week, it’s not the end of the world.

  317. Jonathan says:

    I was at the game in KC, and i don’t know if it was due to all the heat, or the travel or just the dog days of August, but that was the least inspired baseball I’ve ever seen our team play in person. 1-9 they seemed to already be on the plane home. I think we may be seeing the effects of our age and a long playoff run a little bit. Those guys just had nothing today. I think they’re beyond exhausted. Oh, and by the way…after Cervelli loafed after Cano’s errant throw, I would have pulled his ass right there, Billy Martin/Reggie Jackson style. He is clearly not even close to a MLB player.

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