Aug
17

Game 119: Ace vs. Ace

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No CC, you're the man. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

With a struggling offense, it would stand to reason that the last thing the Yankees want to see tonight is a pitcher as great as Justin Verlander. Guys like that, guys who throw absurdly hard all game long with a breaking ball that starts at your head and ends up at the knees in the zone are never fun to face, but if nothing else, at least take solace in the fact that the Yanks have faced him before. They’ve run into a few pitchers they had never seen before in the last few games, so it’ll be nice to break up that monotony.

It’s a good thing the Yanks are countering with CC Sabathia, because they really need someone to go out and put an end to this losing streak. There’s few better at that than Sabathia. Here’s tonight’s starting nine, which is missing a few key players due to nagging injuries …

Brett Gardner, LF
Derek Jeter, SS
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robbie Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Jorge Posada, C – happy 39th birthday to Georgie
Marcus Thames, DH
Curtis Granderson, CF
Ramiro Pena, 3B

And on the bump, CC Sabathia.

First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET tonight and the game can be seen on My9. Try and enjoy it.

Categories : Game Threads

825 Comments»

  1. Remember when “ace” for the Yankees meant CMW? (Not so) Good times.

    • Alan says:

      CMW was pretty good during the ’06 and ’07 seasons, mang. Two straight years of 200ish innings pitched and 19 wins with a sub 4.00 era? I’m ok with this.

  2. Poopy Pants says:

    Fora sec I thought Aceves was pitching. What a range of emotions I felt.
    Surprise, confusion, denial, acceptance, anger, humor, anger, humor, ambivalence.

  3. bexarama says:

    Try and enjoy it.

    (cries)

  4. Carlosologist says:

    RAB is moving up in the world. They’re advertising for Ford!

    Anyway, I hope Verlander gets shellacked because the Yanks have seen him before.

  5. Brad Toughy says:

    In light of Posnanski’s Jeter vs. Mo debate, having a productive and healthy Jorge Posada has also been invaluable to the Yankees for the past 15 years.

    It’s insane that he spent zero days on the disabled list from the time he debuted in 1995 until 2008.

  6. kelly says:

    so we’ve faced verlander before but he’s still a tough pitcher and with that fastball an offspeed to get us to chase will be frustrating

  7. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    I’ve never realized this but…
    Flash looks like a serial killer, something about his face…

  8. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    FIRE CASHMAN NAO!!!!!!

    /irrational “fan”

  9. This is gettin’ ri-god-damn-diculous.

    /FrankVitchard’d

  10. Mike Axisa says:

    Well that didn’t take long.

  11. Hummingbird S. says:

    not a good start..

  12. Cy Farnsworth says:

    So…what’s up guys?

  13. Mushy Carl says:

    right when I turned the game on the ball was flying over the wall.

  14. bexarama says:

    Am I allowed to just… laugh at that? As I cry?

  15. Accent Shallow says:

    Austin Jackson?

    Oy.

  16. Kit says:

    (laughing a little) Was not expecting that.

  17. YankeesJunkie says:

    I know the Yankees will get out of this rut, but it is still fucking annoying and maddening as hell.

  18. Pat D says:

    That wasn’t his first HR, was it?

  19. Mushy Carl says:

    omg Granderson

  20. Cy Pettitte says:

    Granderson is seriously carrying this team right now

  21. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    Grandy flashing that leather.

  22. Pffffft…showboat.

    Johnny Damon makes that play look easy.

  23. Kevin says:

    Did Kay just speak alien?

  24. Carlosologist says:

    Granderson with a spectacular play. First thing I see when I turn on the game.

  25. Kit says:

    Granderson! I’m so glad he’s been hitting better and he’s still his usual defensively studly self. He’s been shutting a lot of people up.

  26. Hummingbird S. says:

    Where’s CC’s velocity? He’s throwing 91-92mph according to gameday.

  27. Nintendo vs Sega says:

    CC isn’t fooling anyone!

  28. 1-0 in the first.

    I guess it would be wrong of me to declare the game over, as tempting as it is.

  29. Mushy Carl says:

    CC knows what hes doing. Gonna make sure the bats are ready early.

  30. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    I hate these stinking “Mister Opportunity” Honda commercials…

  31. YankeesJunkie says:

    To the Yankees Offense:

    Please score runs

    Sincerely,
    Yankees Junkie

  32. Esteban says:

    How should I feel about Cashman after that inning? Ajax hit a homerun (so Cashman’s terrible) but Granderson made two great plays (so Cashman’s awesome). I’m so conflicted!!

  33. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    Would be funny if the Yankees stomp on Verlander…

  34. Mike Axisa says:

    Run, hit and run, do something to avoid the GIDP.

  35. Anyone else lose sound on YES for a moment?

  36. Slappy White says:

    Jeter wouldnt dare ground into a 6-4-3 would he ?

  37. Cy Farnsworth says:

    The replay of that double play makes me feel physically ill.

  38. Hey Mike, Kim Jones said something that really grabbed my attention today doing a fill-in show on WFAN. A caller called up and suggested calling up Montero to get the offense going. She responded with something like this-

    “Well, every time you hear his name among the Yankee brass, they say he has an issue with his work ethic. And that’s the kind of tag that gets stuck to you forever”

    Woah! I heard Girardi and Long say he was “a little soft” in Spring Training, and I remember he had a run-in with his AAA manager that resulted in a short suspension. But the way she said it, it wasn’t just a one-time thing.

    Have you heard anything similar?

  39. Sheepmeister says:

    Never looked at the numbers, but did Jeter always have a high GIDP rate.

  40. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Some early runs could be huge tonight. The offense has gotta get turned around, and it might not happen if Verlander gets a chance to settle down.

  41. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    Verlander isn’t hitting the zone, some more free passes would be good.

  42. Mike Axisa says:

    Verlander’s got AJ Disease tonight, fastball’s running all over the place.

  43. Mushy Carl says:

    Who the hell is the guy screaming? Someone in the dugout?

    • Slappy White says:

      I hate that guy already. He reminds me of that fat ass that used to sit behind home plate at the Trop. Anyone remember that guy ?

  44. Kit says:

    Is it wrong to secretly hope the Tiger’s bullpen pitchers hanging near the wall get hit in the face?

  45. Mushy Carl says:

    Smart play by Jackson? That’s what you’re suppose to do Michael Kay.

  46. No grounders, Robbie.

  47. CS Yankee says:

    Gamecast has NY 62% PW on 3-1 Teix count & 58% after.

    Let’s go Cano!

  48. Guest says:

    Please get the run in Robinson. Please.

  49. Kay loves to spit that stat out, but never gives it any context. What’s the league average for getting the guy home w/less than two outs?

  50. Mushy Carl says:

    Why is he swinging at that :(

  51. j_Yankees says:

    What was RAB powered by before Ford?

  52. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Send Jeter?

  53. Mike Axisa says:

    Send Jeter on 3-2.

  54. Mike Axisa says:

    Nice job by Robbie. 0-2 to a walk.

  55. Esteban says:

    Something has to give.

  56. Cy Pettitte says:

    nice AB from Cano battling back from 0-2, Swish will come through

  57. YankeesJunkie says:

    Awesome at bat by Cano!

  58. Carlosologist says:

    Look, offense!

  59. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    Nice, make him throw some more.

  60. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    No GIDP, no pop ups.

  61. YankeesJunkie says:

    WTF ump!!!

  62. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    ….C’MON!

  63. bexarama says:

    That was so not a strike. Dumb.

  64. Hummingbird S. says:

    ridiculous called strike

  65. Guest says:

    Runs are way more important, obviously, but I am paying close attention to pitch count here. Let’s get him out of here early.

  66. Mushy Carl says:

    Swish!!!

  67. Kit says:

    Alright, Swish!

  68. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Man did we all need that.

  69. Guest says:

    Thank you Nick. Thank you very much.

  70. RalphieD says:

    as clutch a 2 rbi single in the first inning could be

  71. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Eeeeyyyyyyyy. Nice hittin’.

  72. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    SWISH!!!!

  73. Esteban says:

    Swisher doesn’t slump.

  74. j_Yankees says:

    2 runs? in 1 game? in 1 inning? What is this madness?

  75. Hummingbird S. says:

    Runs!!! Yay Swish!

  76. Drew says:

    Swish is ridonk this year.

  77. YankeesJunkie says:

    Yankees in 1/3 IP v Verlander: 2
    Yankees versus Crap and Scherzer the last two games:1

  78. bexarama says:

    What happens when there are guys on base and you hit the ball and the guys cross the base??? What does that mean???

  79. Cy Farnsworth says:

    How sad is it that during Swisher’s entire at bat, I was thinking of how many runs we could score before Cervelli comes to bat?

    He’s not even in the lineup and he’s pissing me off!

  80. Esteban says:

    I would like for them to show some shots of Mrs. Posada.

  81. Guest says:

    32 pitches.

  82. Mike Axisa says:

    Verlander’s got the Javy pitch count working.

  83. Cy Pettitte says:

    Thames needs a HR to make up for the Ajax HR

  84. j_Yankees says:

    Cap this fucker, Thames

  85. Mushy Carl says:

    Why not the Grandy man behind Posada :(

  86. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    Keep this up, run his count to 50 at least!!!

  87. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Thamezzzzz.

  88. Cy Pettitte says:

    worst GIDP ever

  89. Mike Axisa says:

    Dammit Marcus, you’re off the team.

  90. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Damnit.

    Whatever, I’ll take what I can get at this point.

  91. Mushy Carl says:

    Thanks Joe G!

  92. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    /facepalm

  93. Slappy White says:

    Well That sucked

  94. Guest says:

    Just got our first “You can’t predict baseball” Sterling/Waldman.

  95. Not a good AB, Marcus. Make him throw you a strike, dude!

  96. hogsmog says:

    I think Jeter and Gardner should just switch spots… I don’t understand why Cap’n GIDP is behind the best obp on the team. Batting last reduces the times he’ll bat with runners on first, and we could run with that whole ‘second leadoff hitter’ thing.

  97. I should be pissed/disheartened by that DP, but I’m not going to be.

    We scored runs. Multiple ones. In the first inning.

    (breathes deeply)

  98. j_Yankees says:

    Damn…well 2 runs is a start, Maybe tomorrow we can go for 3 runs.

  99. Nintendo vs Sega says:

    That’s why you don’t play vs right handers Timmy!

  100. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    At least they got Verlander’s pitch count up to 34 at the bottom of the 1st inning, now to work a 1-2-3 inning and bring him back out for some more work.

  101. Guest says:

    35 pitches. 2 runs. Wish we had more, but that’s prett-ay, prett-ay, prett-ay good.

  102. Hummingbird S. says:

    They kinda let him off the hook. But I’ll take the runs they scored.

  103. Mike Axisa says:

    Alright, need a shutdown inning out of CC. Three quick outs, back in the dugout so Verlander gets as little a breather as possible.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

      Why don’t you want Verlander to get a breather? Isn’t that kind of mean spirited, Mike?

      • ItsaTarp says:

        if verlander can;t breathe he’ll be taken out of the game and we might be forced to face a pitcher we never seen before…which would mean we’re doomed.

  104. Melvin FTW! says:

    I’m going to be going to the game Thursday afternoon. What should I say on my sign about Michael Kay?

  105. YankeesJunkie says:

    Yankees just need to keep working Verlander. No need to give him an easy 8 pitch inning.

  106. Not Tank the Frank says:

    I’d like to see CC take a little more off his change. I mean, it’s working fine for him as is but I think it could potentially be even more affective with more variance in velocity.

  107. Guest says:

    SHUT. DOWN. INNING.

  108. j_Yankees says:

    Good inning, Big man.

  109. Cy Pettitte says:

    Granderson payback baby

  110. Esteban says:

    Take that AJax

  111. Mushy Carl says:

    Grandy man!!!!

  112. Mike Axisa says:

    Curtis Granderson is a straight pimp.

  113. Carlosologist says:

    GRANDERSON IS THE FUCKING MAN

  114. Cy Farnsworth says:

    I’m liking this version of Curtis Granderson.

    The Grandy Man Does.

  115. Nintendo vs Sega says:

    Welcome back Grandy!

  116. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Somebody’s looking sort of GRANDISH!!!

  117. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    GRANDY MAN CAN!!!

  118. CS Yankee says:

    Garza and Tampa are cruising tonight.

  119. Guest says:

    I like Curtis 2.0.

  120. Kit says:

    Grandy man!

  121. Hummingbird S. says:

    Kevin Long is a genius..

  122. Perfect. The AJax/Curtis matchup is going swimmingly for the Yankees thus far this series.

  123. YankeesJunkie says:

    Did not know we were watching a Yankee Classic tonight

  124. Crime Dog says:

    Somewhere, Brian Cashman smiles

  125. Zooboy says:

    Now both A.Jackson and Grandy need to catch fly balls in their hat.

  126. hogsmog says:

    TY KEVIN LONG LOLOL

  127. Pat D says:

    The Grandy Man can!!

  128. Boom goes the Granderson.

  129. YankeesJunkie says:

    I love stats that don’t have any relevance, but still make me feel better.

  130. Cy Farnsworth says:

    A Pena base hit?

    OK, now the offense is cured.

  131. Even Pena gets a hit, wow.

  132. Slappy White says:

    Who should be K Longs next project ?

  133. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    Pena!

  134. larryf says:

    Ramiro “Mendoza-line” Pena…

    not

  135. Sign that we’re snapping out of the funk: Even Niño is hitting the ball.

  136. CS Yankee says:

    Grandy has it all working…

    the glove and the power.

  137. YankeesJunkie says:

    Pena gets hit=Yankees have to win

  138. Esteban says:

    It’s the Paul O’Neill theory, in effect. Their one run in the 9th was a huge rally that carried into today.

  139. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Why is it that whenever Gardner or Jeter bunts it back to the pitcher, the YES commentators can’t wait to tell us what an awesome idea it was?

  140. Terrible idea to bunt there. Just awful.

  141. Yes, let’s give an out to a pitcher who can’t buy one at the moment.

    Motherfucker.

  142. James A says:

    It seems like the better the starter, the better the Yanks play
    They’d probably knock Sandy Koufax out in the second

  143. larryf says:

    Very nice Brett. That will build the bunt confidence.

  144. Pat D says:

    Here’s a random trivia question based upon earlier HOF discussion.

    Can anyone name the first team to win a World Series that had 0 future Hall of Fame members?

  145. Guest says:

    51 pitches.

  146. larryf says:

    Jeter-our new pitch count machine.

  147. Carlosologist says:

    Jeter with another 0-2 to BB PA.

  148. This Justin Verlander reminds me of yesterday’s Javier Vazquez.

  149. Hummingbird S. says:

    I’m surprised, that was a great AB by Derek.

  150. larryf says:

    Jetes-best 2 hitter we have. Keep him there.

  151. Guest says:

    Two walks for Jeter. Verlander must really not have it tonight. We caught a break.

  152. #JohnsonandSwisherSchoolofHitting

  153. Cy Farnsworth says:

    So if Verlander’s morphed into Javy Vazquez out there, does that mean that Vazquez will start pitching like Verlander?

  154. Mushy Carl says:

    I wish Tex would go the other way

  155. MikeD says:

    Verlander with 59 pitches in the second inning. Positively Vazquez-ian.

  156. forensic says:

    Way late and obviously doesn’t apply anymore, but I wanted to use this anyway:

    The last time the Yankees were shutout in 3 straight games was July 27-28 of 1975. The 27th was a doubleheader against the Red Sox where they lost 1-0 and 6-0 then lost 3-0 to the Tigers on the 28th, all at home.

    The last time they were shutout on three straight days was August 27-29 of 1968. They lost at home 2-0 to the Angels and 3-0 and 1-0 on the road to the White Sox.

    There, I feel better having used that now… Thanks for indulging me.

  157. I’m still mad about that bunt.

  158. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    Paul’s lil slip up “feel her eyes”.

  159. nsalem says:

    2 Innings Yankees up to 2 Runs
    Verlander 63 pitches
    Tiger’s no closer tonight
    Sabathia pitching
    Rested Mo
    Win probability?

  160. MikeD says:

    Paul just said “to see her eyes” when talking about a blind woman.

  161. Esteban says:

    You sound surprised Michael.

  162. CS Yankee says:

    Hey, if Ajax only has 2 dingers and 26 RBI’s then both stats do matter. .351 OBP & the .301 BA are great for a rookie but I still think we heisted the Tiger’s on the trade.

    /alwaysinsupportofthegrandytrade’d

    • bexarama says:

      I don’t think it was a heist, didn’t at the time. Heist trades are super rare because generally, you wouldn’t do bad trades like that unless you’re a bad GM. I thought it was a fair trade. I’m still very, very happy to have Curtis, even for what we gave up, which wasn’t a ridiculous amount.

      • Yeah, the Swisher trade was a heist. Both the Granderson and Javy trades this winter were solid deals that made sense for both sides, not heists or steals at all.

      • CS Yankee says:

        Perhaps your right but Ajax & Grit meant two young, mostly unproven players with no upside on power.

        We needed more power, and we kept above average defense while not giving up major coin (like Crawford). Time will tell but it seemed like the best possible trade available for a proven (but slumping) all-star.

        I can’t imagine the Yankees only having to give up IPK, Coke and a top prospect (who never batted at the MLB level), is there a better LF/CF that could of been had for that?

  163. Henry says:

    A little bit off topic, but I’m assuming this is the open thread, anyway, Axisa, have a question, D’backs first round pick, Loux, is going to become a F.A., do you thunk the yanks should go after him?

  164. Mushy Carl says:

    Cliff Lee pitched a great game. Did anyone see how the defense played behind him? Did anyone watch the game?

  165. Slappy White says:

    Stop talking about the Fucking Red Sox

  166. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    Inge tried to pull a Jeter but chickened out the last second…

  167. Grandy’s legs are a little closer now, right?

  168. Cy Pettitte says:

    Posada with the wheels

  169. bexarama says:

    Posada is feelin’ feisty on his birthday!

  170. Kit says:

    The fact that Posada steals bases makes me feel sad for the opposing team.

  171. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    Pena hits and now Posada steals.

    2 more horsemen, LOL.

  172. Drew says:

    I love how Kay says they shouldn’t be able to void K-Rods deal. What if he’s never the same? So Kay says “if he pitches good next year why should they be able to void the entire contract?” So, the Mets should sit around and wait until next June before they say, hey, this is isn’t the same pitcher because of this injury.

    To me, it is either he violated his contract or he didn’t. There is no gray area saying, well maybe he’ll still be good.

  173. Another banner broadcast from My9.

  174. Cy Pettitte says:

    Granderson ground out? what a joke, DFA him please and stake Cashman

  175. Carlosologist says:

    Jorge has a new career high in SB. This will provide great value to my fantasy team.

  176. bexarama says:

    Three stolen bases in nine days for Jorge. lols

  177. bexarama says:

    Heh. Thanks for that, Johnny.

  178. Carlosologist says:

    What’s sad is that Posada is sixth on the team in SB.

  179. WHAT THE SHIT, MY9?

    Fix your damn audio. This is bush league, Audrey.

  180. How the hell did he hit that out? Jesus.

  181. Esteban says:

    My9 FTL

  182. Just lost the HD feed of My9.

  183. Drew says:

    Is everyone else’s My9 blowing up too?

  184. Mike Axisa says:

    OMG the standard definition, my eyes!!!

  185. Mushy Carl says:

    Willie Mays

  186. nsalem says:

    willie mays

  187. The answer is Willie Mays.

  188. YankeesJunkie says:

    Willie Mays?

  189. Crime Dog says:

    My9 turnin into SNY before our own eyes

  190. I feel like I’m watching the game in fucking Cleveland here.

    Get it together, My9.

  191. bexarama says:

    WTF, My9.

    (I MISS YOU ANDY)

  192. I love my family and all, but if I’m stuck in that foxhole, I want Patton or someone like that in there w/me.

  193. j_Yankees says:

    My9 putting up a winner tonight. Emmy worthy? I. think. so

  194. Mushy Carl says:

    Come on CC

  195. Mike Axisa says:

    Get your shit straight, CC.

  196. YankeesJunkie says:

    I wonder how the Tigers feel about being the only people employed in the city?

  197. Kevin says:

    Jeez, does everyone have HD?

  198. Kit says:

    Get it together, CC. One more out.

  199. One more pitch, CC. Do it.

  200. Mushy Carl says:

    CC YEAH!

  201. YankeesJunkie says:

    Nice job, CC!!!

  202. Carlosologist says:

    That strikeout was just power.

  203. forensic says:

    Did they fire Kay mid-inning? I can’t stand listening to Flaherty.

  204. CS Yankee says:

    …and Pena has a reality check.

    nogoing2for2againstverlander’d

  205. Slappy White says:

    Is Kay’s fiancee an Ogress

  206. Mike Axisa says:

    Wow, I think he was out.

  207. bexarama says:

    Paul O’Neill: People don’t usually steal on Brandon Laird……..
    My mom: Posada stole on him, honey.

  208. Hummingbird S. says:

    maybe Kevin Long can work his magic with Jeter this offseason

  209. Cy Farnsworth says:

    I wish that Paul O’Neill would become a full time color guy. Listening to him announce is almost as fun as watching him play.

  210. larryf says:

    Strike out better than dp. Better strategy Girardi!

  211. Bad chases by Jeter and Tex.

  212. Mushy Carl says:

    Pettitte MRI reveals “small persistent strain” of left groin. Will continue on flat ground, but won’t throw off mound for approx 1 week.

  213. Wooderson says:

    i just smoked my last cigarette for the next few months. hopefully the yankees wont make me buy another pack anytime soon.

  214. Kit says:

    Great job, CC.

  215. Carlosologist says:

    CC is mowing these fuckers down. Best stopper in the biz, no?

  216. Guest says:

    I didn’t realize ACE was spelled with two “C”s. You learn something new everyday…

  217. LOL at the guy ducking and covering .

  218. Mushy Carl says:

    Man we look so bad offensively.

  219. Mike Axisa says:

    Steal again Jorge!

  220. bexarama says:

    Posada tying Thurman Munson on his birthday makes me really happy.

  221. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    LOL Leiter got into Stanford. No way, Jose.

  222. Slappy White says:

    Looks like no help tonight from the Gutty , Gritty Angels or the Power Rangers tonight

    • Kit says:

      I’m sure the Rangers will get in it.

      /stupidly optimistic about a team I dislike

      • bexarama says:

        I actually really like the Rangers.

        The Angels? Baaaarf

        • Kit says:

          I can’t stand the Angels or the Rangers. Though I dislike the Angels more than I dislike any other team, and that includes Boston.

          • bexarama says:

            Yep, that’s how I feel. My level of dislike for teams:

            1. Red Sox
            (large gap)
            2. Angels
            3. Diamondbacks

            And every other team I’m like meh about.

            • Kit says:

              Mine is Angels (tiny gap), Red Sox, (huge gap), Rays, Rangers, and then Toronto. From the National league, I dislike the Mets and the Dodgers, but not as much as the previously mentioned teams.

              • bexarama says:

                Huh, I just can’t imagine hating any team more than I dislike the Red Sox. I do really dislike the Angels though, barf.

                I kinda like the Dodgers in an I-am-fascinated-by-how-much-of-a-trainwreck-they-are-while-still-being-a-decent-team manner and I pity the Mets.

                • Kit says:

                  The Angels make me hate them. Between Torii Hunter being Torii Hunter, talking a lot of garbage and being an annoying baby about everything, and Mike Scioscia being praised incessantly for something that most AL teams don’t have to do, they make me despise them. Their fans complain about a bias, which I agree does exist, but blame us for it, like their team’s performance has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the East has superior teams. Be better as a team, and maybe you won’t suck that much.

                  /end rant

                  • bexarama says:

                    Gotcha. I definitely think their fans are dumbasses.

                    … that seems totally unfair to say but the only Angels fans I’ve ever met are from Halos Heaven. Which… (horrified screaming)

                    • Kit says:

                      I know Torii Hunter and Scioscia aren’t the only ones working for the team, so maybe it’s unfair to generalize, but there are very few Angels players I actually like.

                      And yeah, massively pig headed fans. Given the trolls who show up here, I know it’s also unfair to them, but they’re more obnoxious than anyone.

                  • Slappy White says:

                    Powerful and all true

        • Slappy White says:

          let me guess, its because of CJ Wilson ?

  223. Mushy Carl says:

    I really don’t understand why Joe G would put Thames over Granderson in the lineup with Verlander on the mound.

  224. Cy Farnsworth says:

    The Twins are the franchise embodiment of a short white player.

    “The play the game the right way.”

  225. Kay rather premature on that. It’d be a great play if they got Johnny. They didn’t.

  226. It’s nothing personal, Johnny. Only Business.

  227. larryf says:

    Grandy turns his back to the infield. Nicely done.

  228. bexarama says:

    That gave me a goddamn heart attack.

  229. Slappy White says:

    Thank God for Cabreras Warning Track Power

  230. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Miggy Cabrera has one of those Junior Griffey/Manny Ramirez swings, where every cut looks like it could leave the park.

  231. larryf says:

    I may have missed this but is ARod on the bench tonight? Pinch hitter if needed?

  232. Am I the only one who was totally unimpressed with Burn Notice? I’ve watched a few episodes and really didn’t like it.

  233. forensic says:

    Even the guys in the truck thought it was the third out. Geez…

  234. Another hustle double for Gardner!

  235. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    Doink.

  236. Carlosologist says:

    Another hustle double for Gardner.

  237. forensic says:

    Now that’s speed.

  238. Kit says:

    Brett! Nicely done.

  239. Chris says:

    It’s nice to see Gardner breaking out of his slump.

  240. Reggie C. says:

    Nice job BG.

  241. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Jeter will find a way to ground into a double play.

  242. Reggie C. says:

    Are the Mets really losing a game in which Nelson Figuerora is pitching for the OTHER team?

    Wow. Its frigging Johan Santana! Santana isn’t sharp tonight, but even that Met offense should be able to knock Figuerora out the game.

  243. larryf says:

    The Great Brettsky-the best 476K in baseball Agreed?

  244. Cy Pettitte says:

    the Captain delivers

  245. Esteban says:

    Where was that yesterday you jerk Jeter.

  246. Ah, runs. We’ve missed you. Let’s never fight again.

  247. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    More insurance pl0x.

  248. Reggie C. says:

    That run was ALL BG generated. Good job BG.

    /stillpissedatDJ’d

  249. Zooboy says:

    Grit + Jete = nice!

  250. bexarama says:

    Wow, based on some of his earlier swings I thought Jeter had no chance at all getting a hit off Schlereth. Well done, Jeets.

  251. Reggie C. says:

    Mark Schlereth’s wife looks hot.

  252. Cy Pettitte says:

    where the fuck what that?

  253. Reggie C. says:

    Miggy won’t be 30 years old yet when he’s catching long tosses from Castellanos.

  254. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    WTF WAS THAT!?

  255. Um, that didn’t look like astrike.

  256. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Had no idea Joe West was behind the plate.

  257. j_Yankees says:

    Ump ready to get back to the hotel…

  258. Laird didn’t hang onto the ball.

  259. Carlosologist says:

    That was strike three?

  260. bexarama says:

    That’s an embarrassing strike call good lord.

  261. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Angels look really good tonight this year.

  262. leo says:

    wow jose veras is pitching pretty well in florida..era of 3.6 with (x)fip actually 20 points lower. too many walks but he has 33 k’s in 27ip. who would’ve thought?

  263. pat says:

    Meh, Inge. Whatever.

  264. Reggie C. says:

    SHIT.

    Good thing BG doesn’t take a single play off.

  265. Apollo22237 says:

    Mike Francesa must have JIHP when Inge hit that homer.

  266. W.W.J.M.D. says:

    Can someone please clarify who is in the booth? I’ve been confused for a couple innings because it seems like its Kay/Kenny/Paul/Flash and at 1 point I thought Leiter was in there.

  267. Guest says:

    Brennan Boesch:

    “Dear Mom, they’ve started throwing me breaking balls. I’ll be home soon.”

  268. larryf says:

    Andy scanning the stands-I know Bexy is here somewhere…

  269. Esteban says:

    Last inning for CC right?

  270. Follow up on the “Montero’s lazy” stuff, from Donnie Collins @ the SWB blog:

    @Steve S.
    I’ve hear they aren’t thrilled with some of what he does. But every time I ask about Montero’s offense, I’m told he’s working everyday with Butch Wynegar in the batting cage. And every time I ask about his defense, they say he works with Wynegar and Julio Mosquera and has made strides.

    He’s 20. And 20 year olds who have extraordinary talent aren’t often the hardest workers. But I’ve heard both sides on him. I’ve heard rumors that he doesn’t work hard, and I’ve been told first hand that he’s trying his best. I take it all with a grain of salt.

    For his part, Montero says he works very hard. He talks about it all the time. All. The. Time.

    http://blogs.thetimes-tribune......mment-2504

    Hmmmmmm..he doth protest too much, it seems. That was posted publicly, so I have no issue linking to it. But after shooting around some e-mails, I’ll just say that I’ve heard the brass read him the riot act around mid-season, and he’s been hitting ever since. Toss that in with their willingness to trade him and and it adds up to something worth following. Plenty of smoke here.

    • larryf says:

      we went to an autograph signing at Scranton and Wynegar sat next to Montero the whole time. I think he will do a great job with Jesus and we won’t see him catch for the yanks until he is ready. Next summer!

      • The Yanks have an obvious interest in telling a reporter “everything’s great”, since he’s a potential trade chip. The fact that other whispers are out there make you wonder why anyone connected to the team would say that if it wasn’t at least somewhat true.

  271. Mushy Carl says:

    Yeah big CC!!!!

  272. Kit says:

    LOL at CC’s “FUCK YEAH!” Good job though, CC. Beautifully done.

  273. Cy Farnsworth says:

    A fist pump and a “FUCK YEAH”

    My thoughts exactly, CC.

  274. CC: “PUNK MUTHAFUCKAS!!!”

    That was awesome. If loving CC Sabathia is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

  275. Carlosologist says:

    Nine strikeouts through seven. Really good outing by the big man.

  276. bexarama says:

    Austin Jackson 127 K
    Phil Hughes 110 K

    GOD CASHMAN YOU’RE SUCH AN IDIOT.

  277. j_Yankees says:

    CC..you are a gangsta muthafucker!!

  278. Mike Axisa says:

    That was gorgeous.

  279. Mushy Carl says:

    best swing ever

  280. Cy Pettitte says:

    Cano payback for bullshit Tex strikeout

  281. Kit says:

    Robinson Cano, you make me happy.

  282. Carlosologist says:

    /shortporch’d

  283. Reggie C. says:

    DA BAND BOX GIVETH !!

  284. Esteban says:

    Cano is my favorite player now.

  285. j_Yankees says:

    What a joke this stadium is.

    /Petter Gammons’d

  286. Kit says:

    Please be okay, Swish.

  287. Carlosologist says:

    Why is the eighth inning so important?

  288. bexarama says:

    Kay needs to calm the fuck down about Schlereth.

  289. Pat D says:

    Did Schlereth intentionally hit Swisher? I could buy into that considering the bloodline.

  290. Esteban says:

    Posada has been pretty meh for awhile now.

  291. Crime Dog says:

    Kay needs to cool it with Schlereth. He keeps saying he had a good outing, he’s said it a few times. I get the fact that he K’d 4 dudes with four outs, but he still gave up 2 runs and a homer to Cano

  292. Chris says:

    He crushed that!

  293. Cy Pettitte says:

    Thames crushed that, damn

  294. Kit says:

    Marcus Thames is laughing at you, Inge. He’s laughing at you despite the fact that he once played 3rd and it wasn’t that pretty. This is the saddest moment of your life.

  295. Kay: “Derek Jeter likes those little cheapies, that’s how it all evens out.”

    Are we still talking about baseball?

    • Carlosologist says:

      No, we’re talking about Jeter’s legendary sexual conquests compared to Kay’s nonexistent sexual conquests.

  296. Steve H says:

    No player in MLB history has struck out 150 times while hitting single digit HR’s. A-Jax is on pace for 172 K’s and 3 Hr’s.

  297. Mike Axisa says:

    Why not pinch hit Kearns? Short bench, though.

  298. bexarama says:

    Granderson was down 0-2 to a lefty and walked. Noice.

  299. The New Curtis Granderson >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The New Austin Jackson

  300. Guest says:

    Strong at bat, Curtis 2.0.

  301. Accent Shallow says:

    Ramiro Pena suuuucks

  302. Cy Pettitte says:

    Pena did something!

  303. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    Pena with a productive night by Pena standards.

  304. Kit says:

    Good job, Ramiro. We still need you to actually hit every once in a while.

  305. OH SHIT A SAC FLY WITH A RUNNER ON THIRD AND LESS THAN TWO OUTS!!!!!

    ALERT THAT ONE GUY!!!!

  306. Esteban says:

    Pena getting it done. Me gusta

  307. bexarama says:

    D-Rob said he was bringing the high socks back on the homestand >:( >:( >:(

  308. leo says:

    question: which team do you fear the most in a potential world series? for me it’s the padres..they just seem to rarely give up more than 3 runs in a game. plus that bullpen is sick.

    • larryf says:

      We get there, we win.

    • bexarama says:

      Phillies if they get there. Nasty front-end pitching (Halladay/Oswalt/Hamels is just mean for the playoffs) and the offense to go along with it, unlike the Padres. I want to say their bullpen is a weakness though, and their offense has been extremely streaky.

      • Kit says:

        Agreed. I think we can take them down though. Their offense has suffered more than ours has. With good pitching, I think we can win. The Braves worry me as well, but it’s because the team had no games against them this season and I can’t gauge how well they would do.

        • bexarama says:

          Yeah, I think whatever AL team makes it to the WS slaughters the NL team this year.

          The Braves front-end pitching makes me go “meh” though they were my pre-season pick for the WS so I might as well stick with them. :X Plus, Chipper’s not having a very Chipper year, but they’re clearly a much, much weaker team without him.

        • Steve O. says:

          Braves? That lineup has no power and Hanson can’t pitch all the games. I’d be happy to play them.

          • Kit says:

            It’s not about the offense, I was thinking more of the rotation, mostly Hanson and Minor, but because Minor is a rookie. I realize they’ve probably seen the other pitchers seeing as they’ve played in AL teams, but we haven’t seen them this year, which concerns me. Especially if the team keeps getting completely confused by pitchers they haven’t seen before. I don’t fear the line up, I worry about rotations. I do think our team has a superior pitching staff (granted if Andy comes back, Javy gets over his dead arm/lack of movement and AJ learns how to keep himself together more consistently), so pitching is not a problem against the Braves.

            • bexarama says:

              The only two Braves pitchers that really scare me are Hudson and Hanson. Hudson’s having a fantastic year but we must’ve seen him a bunch when he was with the As. That doesn’t necessarily guarantee a win or anything, just because he’s been so good. We saw Hanson last year (and he dominated but that was during the period in June when no one was hitting). I’m guessing their third pitcher would be Lowe and we’ve seen him a gazillion times with the Sox and he’s not that good.

              That said, our offense >>>>> their offense

      • Steve O. says:

        Outside of Utley/Howard/Werth, their lineup is rather weak. Halladay is the balls though.

    • Steve O. says:

      That lineup isn’t scary, but Latos is really good.

      I’d rather not face the Cardinals. Wainwright/Carpenter/Lohse/Garcia is a great rotation with a decent lineup. Reds/Braves/Padres/Phillies have more holes.

    • Carlosologist says:

      Padres bullpen is starting to slow down a bit. We could take them.

    • nsalem says:

      i do not fear the padres however i respect them

      /bronxtale’d

  309. pat says:

    Miggy wishes he had oppo power like teh Jesus.

  310. larryf says:

    Montero will own RF in YS

  311. nsalem says:

    Cabrera was D-nied

  312. Brendan says:

    Guys watching every game this organization has played for years I am now convinced that the Yanks based on there talent and pedigree don’t read the scouting reports on bad teams KC, Cleveland, Tigers, Sea etc. I live in Detroit and have covered Tiger games and Brandon Inge couldn’t hit my fastball or any breaking stuff away. To throw the guy a change is stupid. The Cano homer and the Pena SF were huge but that pitch could’ve changed the game especially with Miggy on the other side

  313. Carlosologist says:

    If Miguel Cabrera were a Yankee, nine of his Comerica doubles would be homers in the Bronx.

  314. Kit says:

    C’mon Rangers, you’re still in it!

    /totally kidding

  315. Mushy Carl says:

    You mean “The Message” Michael Kay?

  316. Esteban says:

    Better to just stay out of that one Paulie.

  317. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Michael Kay’s never eaten a banana?

    Who is he, Charlie Kelly?

  318. rek4gehrig says:

    Paternity leave didnt do Tex any good :-(

  319. Poopy Pants says:

    Michael Kay is nuttier than squirrel shit.

  320. Kit says:

    Did I hear that A-Rod has a low grade strain? Kay kept me in suspense for more than 2 seconds and I zoned out.

  321. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    Oh GEEZ, please be okay.

  322. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    LOL @ the police

  323. pat says:

    No bruised knees plz.

  324. Kit says:

    Good try, Teix, but don’t get hurt, dude.

  325. Carlosologist says:

    That play would have been sex if Tex had made it.

  326. Hold onto that Tex.

    #competedammit

  327. Esteban says:

    Represent Bronx Science. Wattuppp. Kay was the speaker at my HS graduation.

  328. larryf says:

    I am proud to be a Bronx Science alum too. Even played on the baseball team. We were like the Royals.

  329. Carlosologist says:

    Had those nice plays been completed, the game would be over.

  330. CNight_UP says:

    ZOMG!111 TEH DECLINE!!!111

  331. larryf says:

    Anyone ever tried the 42 oz steak at Mo’s restaurant? Must be pricey.

  332. Apollo22237 says:

    YAY!

  333. rek4gehrig says:

    Order restored

  334. Mushy Carl says:

    Sterling is crying

  335. Kit says:

    I like HOPE week. It makes me appreciate the team that much more.

  336. King of the Troglodytes says:

    Yankee Wins = Trolls Kryptonite

  337. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:

    Brings a tear to my eyes watching Joe G walk Jane Lang around the bases.

  338. That was the best part of the game.

  339. bexarama says:

    The Yankees winning is a lot better than the Yankees losing.

    Also, HOPE Week is just wonderful.

  340. larryf says:

    ‘Cause I’m K(C)urtis Blow and I want you to know that these are the breaks….

    /Grandy’d

  341. JFH says:

    i see that the yankees tried harder tonight. this was clearly a case of trying harder tonight compared to the last couple of games. if this was not evident to you, the sac fly from pena should have made it clear as day.

  342. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Never bring an ace to pitch against the Yankees. However bring as many org guys as you want.

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