Aug
28

Game 129: At least it’s CC

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Pitching has not been pretty lately. Save for CC Sabathia, of course. He’s been a rock in the rotation all year, despite a somewhat rough patch earlier. The other guys in the rotation picked him up then, and now he’s returned the favor tenfold. The Yanks need him to keep it up tonight, in need of a win after a rough series against the Jays and then last night’s loss to the White Sox.

Offense would help, too, but unfortunately the Yanks have to contend with John Danks. They made him work last time, so there’s hope that they can get something going tonight. Granderson takes the night off, which is probably a good idea considering the tough lefty. He’s been better, and he did hit a couple of lefties in Toronto, but no need to push it.

Lineup:

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

And on the mound, number fifty-two, CC Sabathia.

Categories : Game Threads
  • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

    C.C. Sabathia: Perfect game.

    Book it.

    • andrew

      Great work…

    • VO

      /jinx’d

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

    So to start the thread off in a cheery mood. What’s everyone’s single favorite Yankee game of all time? Regular season, postseason, whatever.

    • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

      Is this really a question? Aaron Boone game, duh.

      If you want my favorite regular season game of all time (tiebreakers don’t count even though they’re technically regular season) it would have to be the July 2004 Jeter-fly-into-the-stands game.

    • Slappy White

      Good idea to start tonight off positive. I gotta say the Aaron Boone game. I woke my asshat neighbor up with all my happy screaming and we had a huge argument in front of our apartments while I laughed the whole time.

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

      Game 5 2001 World Series.

      That the Yankees could do the bottom of the ninth comeback thing once was incredible enough…but to do it twice?! Are you insane?

      Also, Game 7 2003 ALDS, Game 6 1996 World Series, Game 2 2009 ALDS, Game 4 2009 World Series (I haven’t been alive that long!)

      • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

        That game is a blur to me…I was, almost literally, deliriously happy. I have this mental image of the ball going into the left field stands and then my mind goes blank.

        • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

          Fuck, meant to repond to Slappy about the Boone game.

          My reaction during game 5 of 01′ was delirious screaming and hugging the people closest to me.

      • Slappy White

        those games were great but I cant count them as favorites because of the outcome of the series. I think we all wanted that one especially bad

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

      For the record, for me, it has to be Game 5 of the 1996 World Series.

    • bryan w

      There are too many awesome postseason games to pick just one so I will go with this:
      http://www.baseball-almanac.co.....1999.shtml

      • Crack Ho Phan

        1978-Game 163-1st Monday in October-2 PM start time. Was in 6th grade-got home at 3 PM to catch last six innings.

        Bucky Dent HR and subsquent huge victory makes a young boy ecstatic. Even though if was a game for the AL EAST crown, it felt at time like Game 7 of the WS. Could cut the tension with a knive.

        Lasting impact-drove yet another stake in Red Sux fans hearts, although this one was extra special since they lost on their home field to the Yankees. Deep psychological scars still evident and worthy of a mention to Sux fans to which they have no come back. Made Bucky Dent a household name since.

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

    So, uh, apparently Kei Igawa is pitching some sort of perfect game or something

    • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

      Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

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

      Pitching issues: solved

      • Slappy White

        noooooooooooo

    • Total Dominication

      Not a perfecto, Laird made an error.

    • TERPSandYANKSfan

      I thought is was a rule that you do not talk about a PG/NH until the pitcher has finished six innings.

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

        7 inning game

        • Chris

          Look what you did!!!!!

    • Slappy White

      Who ? Ive erased that name from my memory bank

    • bryan w

      A no hitter through 4 innings is nice and all but come on, it’s Kei Igawa. I don’t expect him to complete the no-no but I’m rooting for the Ghost.

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

        the no-hitter is over. Noooo :(

        • Slappy White

          That would have probably put Kei over the top to make it into the AAA Hall of Fame….wait, is he still in AAA ?

  • Total Dominication

    Curtis with another xbase hit, He’s 2-2.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Man Mike, Ben, and Joe must have been busy today with the game thread being the first post authored by one of them.

    Really made me realize how much i enjoy the site. Study breaks just were not as satisfying without something to read from here. You guys really do a good job.

  • Slappy White

    one note from last nights postgame on YES. Cervelli used the “we expect to score alot of runs with this lineup” line………Not when youre in it Frankie

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

    Yay Swish.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Swisher showing Ozzie whats up

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

    Jeter has a really awesome leadoff at-bat. Nothing?

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

      Yay Swish!

    • DallasGreen

      yes. like to see more of that

    • Kit

      I meant to comment but the moment had passed. Walked in to my room late. Since you brought it up, awesome AB by Derek. More of those please.

  • DallasGreen

    not the dreaded first inning two run homer. NOOO.

    • Slappy White

      this ones gonna be different……I hope

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Could this be the curse of the first inning 2-run homer again?

    Just kidding… Go Tex!

  • Ross in Jersey

    2 run home in the first inning? DOOOOOOOOOMED!

    Seriously, good start. Needed that, give CC some breathing room so he doesn’t feel like he has to do too much.

  • DallasGreen

    nice to see denks working

  • cano is the bro

    uh oh 2 run homer in the first. we all know what that means….lol

  • Fred Lemond

    Clay gon’ get rocked.

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

      It’d be nice to see. I figure that game could be either a really nicely-pitched game, or a disastuh all-around/for one team.

      • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

        I hope its a disastuh for both teams, in fact I hope it turns out to be a 17 innings disastuh.

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

          I would not mind that either. Especially if there are like 3 bench-clearing brawls (and the suspensions that go along with them) to go along with those 17 innings.

          • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

            I forgot about the bench clearing brawls, that would be the cherry on top.

  • Slappy White

    infield hits ….errrrrrrr

  • Slappy White

    gotta love Swisha

  • Fred Lemond

    Great throw Kearns!

  • Cy Pettitte

    ugly throw by Kearns

  • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

    I peed a bit on that shallow left field pop up.

    • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

      right field….

      /correction

  • cano is the bro

    stupid konerko…

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Let’s get that run back. A good throw gets Juan thou.

  • Andrew

    Not the best way to start an inning, after they did a nice job working Danks in the 1st.

  • Slappy White

    whole lotta swingin and missing all of a sudden

  • Chris

    Would someone please explain how Brian Cashman could waste $46 million on Kei Igawa, $40 million on Carl Pavano, $80 million on AJ Burnett, $11 million and a top pitching prospect on Javy Vasquez and is likely preparing to pay Cliff Lee well over $100 million and hope he stays great until age 37 or 38 yet he passed on Aroldis Chapman, a 22 year old lefty who has been throwing 105 mph and would have only costed $30 million?? Kevin Towers would be a better GM than Cashman.

    • Pat D

      How many major league hitters has Aroldis Chapman faced?

    • Slappy White

      105 ? Really ?

      • Cy Pettitte

        I have to believe the gun was juiced, reports say in the relief inning he pitched he hit 105 and was sitting around 102-103

        • It’sATarp

          remember that other hyped up prospect that threw 100? what happened to his elbow?

          • Cy Pettitte

            I’m amazed he can generate that much speed, he’s 6’4″ 185, he like a stick, I have to believe something’s gonna go on him

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

        ~supposedly~!

    • JohnnyC

      The money was burning a hole in is pocket. No, seriously, Cash does seem to be a little over-matched in evaluating pitching talent at the major league level (some of that blame has to be spread to Billy Eppler, head of ML scouting). And, yes, Towers probably has a better eye for pitching but to say that Cash is a lousy GM is way too hyperbolic. He’s at least in the top third…which is Top 10.

  • wow

    the worst sportscasters in soirts history reside in Chicago.

    Exhibit A: “Strike 3. He Goun!”

    Exhibit B: “You can put in on the boooooooooard…. Yeeeeea!”

    ugh. Almost as annoying as the Toronto Bautistas.

    • wow

      read that, Sports history.

    • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

      I would say more annoying. I hate Hawk more than anything. I also think he should have gotten suspended for saying that the Sox should cross up to hit Joe West with a pitch.

    • Mike

      But they are so clearly upset when the yankees score so it makes it worth it. Their yankee homerun call is “hit hard………………………………………………………..”

      • wow

        that absolutely made it worth the irritation. he had more enthusiasm for Gardner’s walk.

    • Slappy White

      I had to listen to that ass last night….sickening

  • RalphieD

    nunie!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Nunie! oh baby, what a shot

  • wow

    Hello there.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Wow. Wonder if Mike will say anything about Nunez.

  • Kit

    Holy hell, Nunez! Nicely done. Was not expecting that out of you.

  • Pat D

    You can put it on the boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooard……Yesssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    /fuck you Harrelson’d

    • Slappy White

      +infinity

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

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    (catches breath)

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA.

    Eduardo Nunez?!? Really? You suck John Danks.

    • ZZ

      Except that was a good pitch from Danks and Nunez simply beat him.

      Don’t let your feelings towards Nunez cloud your judgment.

      • Joe

        mike u are so bias against nunez its not even funny that you are rooting against him and he is a player on the team you root for. it is starting to get annoying. the kid beat danks. he used his hands and turned on a pitch into the seats. Accept it…

  • Slappy White

    Nunez > Pena (based on that one swing)

  • Ross in Jersey

    LOL HR Nunez!

    Poor Axisa gonna get on us so much when he stops hitting.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Eduardo!!

  • Andrew

    Quick stroke from Eduardo, very nicely done.

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

    I don’t believe… what I just saw

  • ZZ

    That was a really impressive swing by Nunez. That was actually a good pitch and a line drive HR. He has very quick hands.

  • Hummingbird S.

    13 pitches in 2 ABs for Derek.. nice.

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

      cuz tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 19-99

  • Slappy White

    Slappy: “Nunez just homered, can you believe that shit?”
    Wife: “Who the fuck is that ?”

    /anotherlongnightforslappy’d

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Jones extra 30 lbs he is carrying is the reason he isn’t that good anymore.

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

      Wasn’t there some article that said there was a pretty good case to be made that his 2008 was the worst season ever?

  • ZZ

    I don’t know why people are so shocked Nunez hit a HR. The kid does have a little power.

    He hit 9 HRs in the Eastern League just a year ago.

    • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

      9 HR’s is nothing over 450 plate appearances.

      • ZZ

        It is something from a 22 year old in AA playing in predominately pitchers parks, especially his home park.

        Notice how I said a little.

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

    Um. Guys. This can’t be good…

  • Ross in Jersey

    Great… Tex hurt now too?

  • Cy Pettitte

    shit, what happened to Teix?

  • Pat D

    Uh, Granderson hitting for Teix?

    Crisis!!!

  • Kit

    Uh oh. Please don’t be hurt, Tex.

  • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

    This seems to happen to the Yankeees every other game now.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Please be ok. Please be ok. Please be ok.

  • Slappy White

    WTF ? Teix hurt ? I cant be happy, I just cant

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

    Oh lord, Tex, please be okay bb.

  • Mark

    Swish going to play first?

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Bigger Rims

    Bigger Thames

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Crushed.

  • Pat D

    You can put in on the booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooard!!!!!!

    Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!

    /yes again’d

  • Kit

    Nice!

  • http://leegrantphotography.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/madmax.jpg gxpanos

    I cannot believe how well he’s hit this year. Incredible job by Thames.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Marcus Thames, Lefty Masher ™

  • rek4gehrig

    These Yanks :-))

  • Little Bill

    Steve Stone- “You can throw a high fast ball right past Marcus Thames…” Thames hits a high fast ball for a HR… dead silence. God I hate living in the midwest and listening to these two clowns.

    • JohnnyC

      Hope they have that call in the highlights maybe on MLB Network. Wouldn’t expect ESPN to replay it.

      • SouthernYankeeFan

        They kind of called it.

        “Thames can hit a mistake now…silence……and he hit that mistake”

  • ThrillHouseMD

    YCPIOTB….

    Yes

  • ZZ

    It is just not John Danks’ night. Two times Dank made his pitch and got beat both times by Nunez and Thames.

    • rek4gehrig

      Good for us.

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

      For giving up 6 R in 2.2 IP, you know, he hasn’t been that bad.

      /statements that make no sense’d

  • Ross in Jersey

    Thames = amazing.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Ha the chicago announcers were just silent for that homer.

  • Custer Olney

    @heard this: Mark Teixeira has been murdered by AJ Burnett after teammates overheard Tex telling Burnett “You see that? That’s what we like to call a scoreless inning” Details forthcoming.

    • Kit

      I laughed.

    • Pat D

      I definitely laughed.

    • Slappy White

      I laughed, then I continued my crying

  • Little Bill

    I feel confident CC can close this out. The only concern now is the health of Teixera.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    The Grandersons just seem like friendly people.

    • Kit

      Seriously. They seem really sweet.

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

      They seem really awesome.

  • Jersey Johnny

    I’m digging the chubby chick in front of the Grandersons.

    • Slappy White

      Chubby Chaser

  • wow

    funny hop. oh well.

  • Jonathan

    Damn my parents for making me be from KS. The only announcers for Yankee games that I hear are the Royals, White Sox, ESPN, TBS, Fox…My Dad hung around with the Hawk when he played and said he was pretty much what you’d expect from the announcing.

  • rek4gehrig

    Any word on Tex?

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Any radio listeners care to share John Sterling’s Nunez homer call?

  • Kit

    I think that picture of CC makes him look like a yawning bear. Not the most flattering.

  • Cy Pettitte

    shit, that sucks

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Damn

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Has anyone had any beers bottled by buzzards bay brewing co? My wife got me this beef of the month club. I had their Pale Ale and it was really good. Wanted to see if it was popular around there since it’s bottled in MA.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    I think you could hear Hawk yelling “YEAH!!!!” when Konerko made contact.

    • Jonathan

      well i certainly had to fucking hear it on WGN. MUTE it is.

  • Jonathan

    God damn what an awful pitch to one of 2 guys that can do damage…

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

    Konerko is a pain in the butt

  • Hummingbird S.

    Comon CC, seriously?

  • Pat D

    Did Harrelson still JIHP? I couldn’t flip over in time to find out.

    • Jonathan

      ya he did. and the worst part was he called it at the start of the AB.

      • Pat D

        I guess you can put it on the board, but you can’t read the board, huh?

  • Ross in Jersey

    Hey look, the one good hitter on the other team hit a homer against us. Shocking.

    • Jonathan

      all good Ross’s think alike

    • JohnnyC

      Yeah, but the annoying thing is the pitch location. Thames hit a neck high fastball in the mid-90s for his tater. Danks just got beat on it. CC threw Konerko a pitch in his wheelhouse where all he had to do was drop the bat head on it. A mistake pitch. It happens but the timing was…unfortunate.

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

        Agreed.

        Plus honestly, CC… I trust CC to get guys out. It did annoy me momentarily but yeah.

  • Kit

    Ugh. I really dislike you, Konerko. Get the runs back, offense.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Well, there goes CC’s chance of dropping his ERA into the 2’s tonight.

  • Slappy White

    Stop pitching to Konerko Please

  • Ross in Jersey

    Clearly, we were at risk of knocking Danks out of the game too early, so now we have to start bunt-popping up first pitches to make up for it.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Red Sox look like they’re going to pounce this inning.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jamie Moyer and…?

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

    Trivia: Moyer, Vizquel

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

      I’m awesome sometimes.

      • Slappy White

        youre always awesome

        /random act of ego boosting’d

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

          Thanks. :) But not really…

          • SouthernYankeeFan

            60% of the time she is awesome all the time.

  • FachoinaNYY

    Did he just say sit and spin?

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

      Yes, yes he did. And I had that same reaction.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    ALEXEI!!!!!!!!!

  • Pat D

    Glad to see we know what’s going on with Teix.

    • JohnnyC

      Don’t worry, Kim Jones is on it.

      • Pat D

        Well she referred to the trade for Eduardo Nunez’s home run ball as “breaking news,” so…

  • Pat D

    Jesus fucking Christ.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Damn come on CC buckle down.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    That change up isn’t working at all CC.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    What the fuck.

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

    Why is Kay so fucking excited for this?

    • Pat D

      It’s his way of trying to convince people he’s not a homer like everyone else by giving the same home run call.

  • Kit

    Well that sucked. Have we switched places now?

  • JohnnyC

    Good game for CC to suck.

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

    Well that was unfortunate.

  • Ross in Jersey

    This is pathetic. You know what? If we can’t win with CC on the mound after we’ve given him 6 runs we don’t deserve to go to the fucking playoffs.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      Lucky for the Yankees, most teams are worse than they are right now….. but your point is on the mark.

    • PaulF

      The Yankees are winning

      • Chris

        Stop it with your damn facts!

    • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

      Bullshit. If we win enough games to go to the playoffs we deserve to go to the fucking playoffs, regardless of what happens tonight.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        Give him a break, guys. He lives in Jersey.

        • Kit

          Yeah. And we all know what that water does to you.

          • Chris

            That’s water?

            I assumed it was just free gas.

            • Ross in Jersey

              I’m glad you all are so confident. The team can’t afford to lose these games, no matter how optimistic you are.

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

      you say … stuff when you’re in a mood sometimes.

  • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

    You know things aren’t going well for the Yankees when you take a 6-1 lead with CC on the mound and by the 4th inning you’re only up by 1.

  • Jonathan

    this game is literally disgusting…After that dogshit brand of baseball we’ve been playing, we finally come out swinging and with CC on the mound…and now this…DISGUSTING.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    3.02 to 3.21 in 3 innings. Grr.

  • bonestock94

    Shut the hell up Hawk

  • http://riveraveblues bob

    now cc going to shit the bed

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    The ball is flying. They still have the lead thou. Let’s get some more runs

  • RalphieD

    theres too many two run innings in this game..

  • Hummingbird S.

    and this is our only good starter. This is going to be a rough stretch run.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      already is.

      • Chris

        Not really. After the games on August 2, the Yankees were tied for first in the AL East and 6.5 games up in the wild card. Today, they are tied for first in the AL east and 4.5 games up in the wild card. So, in 25 days (23 games) the Yankees have lost 2 games in the Wild Card standings. That’s not a rough stretch, that’s normal.

        • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

          Normal when the team is playing above average competition. Not normal when they split with KC, lose 4 of 6 to Toronto, and splitting 2 with Boston when they should have won 3, if not 4.

          Add to that where they have games they hammer teams and then are no hit for 5-6 inning scoring maybe 1 run.

          That is a tough stretch by any measurement, unless you are Cleveland, KC, Seattle, Baltimore.

          • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

            And I should add, when your two closest competitors in the division are having similar stretches, the Yankees should be up by 4 games on Tampa and 7 on Boston.

            • Chris

              Since August 2, they’ve played at a 91 win pace. To be 4 games up on Tampa, they’d have to have played at a 117 win pace. That is a completely unrealistic expectation.

              This isn’t football where a team can go 14-2 in a season. Even great baseball teams lose a lot of games.

  • Pat D

    CC is blowing his Cy Young chances with bad pitching like this, even if he still gets a win tonight.

    • Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

      What “bad pitching like this”? This has been the one really poor outing he’s had in August. (Or, at least, the only one I can remember.)

      • Pat D

        This as in “this start” where he’s given up 5 runs in 4 innings including two home runs. Jumps in ERA like that are going to hurt his ERA overall, and that would hurt his chances.

        • Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

          That is a problem, but I have faith that CC can right himself and still give us something respectable tonight.

          Though it would be really awesome to see the big man get a Cy Young (I think the last Yankee to win was was Clemens in ’01), I’d much rather see him get more playoff honors.

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

    OMG teh bandbox!!!

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    That slider/cutter tonight has been really good. I would like to see more of that and less of the change up.

  • 28 this year

    Every Yankee fan should chip in a penny to get Cashman on a plane to Chicago to whip this team into shape. They are playing terrible across the board. The pitching and defense have been pretty bad and the offense has been inconsistent.

    • Slappy White

      I think he can afford his own ticket

    • Chris

      What is Cashman going to say/do that would change the way they’re playing? I’m sure that everyone wants to play better and is trying to improve, but it’s not as easy as just wishing it would happen.

      • Jonathan

        whatever he said in ATL last year

        • Chris

          Do you really think there was any connection between what he said and the Yankees turning it around?

          • Pat D

            Are you telling me you don’t see the connection between government and laughing at people?

    • Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

      If Brian Cashman needs handouts, the rest of us are in deep shit.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    No more change up’s. It appears that they are sitting on it.

  • Jonathan

    omg CC how about not throwing everything right down the middle. Fastballs, curves, change ups (it’s not a change up if you throw it 5 mph slower than your fastball) all splitting the plate.

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

      I’ll give him your advice.

      • Jonathan

        thank you, ask for an autograph on the sweet spot too for me haha

  • Jonathan

    and another fastball down the middle

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Juan you suck.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    ALEXEI!!!!!!!!

  • Kit

    One more out, CC.

  • Fred Lemond

    CC has been picking us up all year. We need to pick him up.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      Exactly, but this is not the line up or the moment when this line up will do it. Too many dependable members mired in bad seasons.

      Swish can’t do everything.

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

        They’re hitting the ball fine tonight, looks like.

        • Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

          It’s really amazing how quickly people forget three 2-Run home runs.

          • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

            quickly enough to see that they only mean a 1 run lead when they should mean a coasting game.

            But I apologize. I know it is a felony to comment on the obvious negatives of the Yankees.

            By the way, Posada looks awesome at the plate.

            • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

              And foot in mouth. Thank you Jorge. I will now make a $100 contribution to your charity.

              Money well spent.

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

              quickly enough to see that they only mean a 1 run lead when they should mean a coasting game.
              That’s not due to the offense.

              But I apologize. I know it is a felony to comment on the obvious negatives of the Yankees.
              No, it’s not a felony. However, when they have 6 runs against an excellent pitcher through 4 innings, don’t say things that don’t make sense. That’s all people ask for, I think.

              By the way, Posada looks awesome at the plate.
              Hip hip.

              • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

                Danks is not an excellent player imo, just having a good year…

                • Chris

                  Over the last 3 years, his worst ERA was 3.77 last year.

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

                  Fine. Point still stands.

              • Chris

                This is (tied for) the most runs that Danks has given up in his career. If the offense were really clicking, they wouldn’t have been satisfied with a tie.

      • ZZ

        I know ,right? The 6 runs they have scored so far clearly show this is not the moment.

      • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

        Appearances aren’t what they seem. Thames has 1 hit an HR. Swish has 1 hit, this inning. Cano has 3 hits or half of their total.

        So I seriously fail to see how THAT equates to hitting the ball just fine.

        But, what do I know. one person with half the total usually means blistering the shit out of the ball.

        • Chris

          They have 7 hits in 20 AB – or a .350 BA. That’s pretty damn good. And 3 of those hits are HR.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Look at the bright side, at least ARod can’t get blamed for how shitty and inconsistent this team has been playing.

    Then there is always September to look forward to.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    The WB Mason Marketing Department is almost as bad as the Yankees.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      They both suck for deploying Michael Kay as a secret weapon.

      WHO BUT???

    • Chris

      The WB Mason Marketing Department is the best marketing department in the world? (because the Yankees are the best baseball team in the world)

  • Slappy White

    Seriously, why cant we get a report on Teix ? I mean, they can find out from the fuckin security guy that they got a homerun ball but its impossible to get a prelim report on an injury

    • Slappy White

      and now Kay with the damn red sox talk

      /infuriated’d

    • JohnnyC

      The security guys don’t treat injuries and they’re probably cuter than Geno or Steve.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Why does Kay almost bash JD Drew?

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      always*

  • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

    I am very proud of this post.

    http://riveraveblues.com/off-t.....nt-1068339

    Check it out, guys.

    • Pat D

      Hunter has always been regarded as a borderline HOF’er. He may have a good ERA, but he has, I believe the lowest ERA+ of any HOF pitcher, so in context his ERA is not that impressive.

      I don’t agree with arguing that Player A should be in the HOF because Player B is in the HOF and Player A was better than Player B. Player A needs to be better than a lot of the current HOF players at his position, and you can’t say that about Guidry.

      • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

        Well, I don’t think either Guidry or Catfish should be HOFers.

        I’m also glad I found this comparison just to refute nsalem’s rather ridiculous claims of Catfish’s “dominant” career.

        • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

          I’m sorry, the word was not dominant. I was just not aware of “just how great” Catfish was, especially since he was “a key part of winning 5 World Championships”.

  • JohnnyC

    I can see trying to screw up Konerko’s timing with a changeup but why try to be cute with the desiccated corpse of Andruw Jones. You think he can still touch 97 mph heat up in the zone?

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Ozzie gets points for honesty I guess.

    • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

      That’s all he gets points for. On the other hand, he earns a loooot of points with his brand of honesty.

      • Cy Farnsworth

        I’d say that WS ring earned him a little bit as well…

        • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

          True, but I’m not completely sure he deserved those points…maybe.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    HR coming now!

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Tony could hit ‘em far.

  • Kit

    Damn.

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

    What is wrong with Michael Kay?

    In italics for emphasis.

    • Kit

      So, so, so many things.

    • Slappy White

      I wish I knew how to italics

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

        (i) text you want to be italics in here (/i)

        Only use the ><-type open/closer thingees.

        • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

          You sure it’s lowercase i? I use (em) but in ><.

    • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

      Not enough. Try this.

      WHAT IS WRONG WITH MICHAEL KAY!!!

      I’d underline it too but dammit if I forgot how to do that.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    damn almost.

  • Jonathan

    The best news I can think of is Putz and Thornton aren’t available. great play by that cocksucker Rios.

  • Carlosologist

    So, um what the hell happened to CC?

    • Cy Farnsworth

      He’s been getting some bad advice from his new pitching coach, Jack Morris.

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

        AJ coughed on him

        • Kit

          I laughed a little, and then felt bad because I really do wish AJ was better.

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

            yeah that was my reaction when I said that. :/

    • Chris

      He had a bad night. Just like every other pitcher that has ever played baseball.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    John Skanks.

  • Cy Pettitte

    lets see whats left in that sox bullpen

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan
    • Pat D

      Dad gummit!!

  • JohnnyC

    Very important at bat in the game for Posada.

    • Pat D

      Well said.

  • Kit

    Yeah, Jorge!

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    nice.

  • Carlosologist

    Jorge: Still getting it done.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Whoo yeah ‘Sado.

  • Cy Pettitte

    HIP HIP!

  • bonestock94

    wooo, chisox announcers sounds like their first born just died

    • Pat D

      They did. I killed them.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        +1

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    They should have pitch-hit Cervelli.

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

    Jorge Posada is good at baseball <3

  • Hummingbird S.

    Jorge!

  • Ross in Jersey

    Attaboy, Sado.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Can’t blame the offense today.

  • pat

    At least the Giants starters aren’t getting their asses kicked by the Ravens tonite..

    • Pat D

      Last score I saw was 10-0. Is it now worse?

      • Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

        17-0 Ravens.

      • pat

        17-0 and eli was just sacked at his own 3.

        • Pat D

          Gotta love those OL injuries.

        • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

          Preseason is preseason. I refuse to worry about the Giants until the season starts. Shit ahppens, but they still have a chance to be good and I’m not going to kill myself worrying about the ways they’re *not* good.

  • rek4gehrig

    Jones giveth and Jones taketh away :-)

  • Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    A two-run double? B…b..but, we don’t have heart…

  • Greg

    This could (hopefully not) be a repeat of the Cleveland game earlier in the season.

  • rek4gehrig

    Can Kay please tell us something about Tex?

    • Greg

      What if they dont know anything?

      • Chris

        Bruised right thumb (per radio)

    • Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

      Well, there you go. Bruised thumb.

  • ZZ

    This is not the lineup or the moment for CC to have a bad game.

    Swisher or I mean Nunez wait Cano no Thames oh yeah Posada can’t do everything.

  • Greg

    Bruised right thumb for Tex

    • Cy Pettitte

      worse than diarrhea but better than something broken

  • Jersey Johnny

    Thank God it’s only a bruised thumb.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Can Nunez get a hit here?

  • Pat D

    He came out for a bruised thumb?

    This team has no heart!

    • Kit

      I bet Pedroia would play baseball without hands because he has the heart the Yankees lack. He’d catch the ball with the glove in his teeth.

      • Cy Farnsworth

        While kneeling on a stool.

        • Kit

          Nah, man. He takes grounders from the knees. From the knees. TEAM SPIRIT!

  • Kit

    *exhales* Hopefully this doesn’t mean more than 2 days off for Tex. Feel better, Tex!

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Too many Penas in the park. I don’t feel comfortable.

    • Kit

      That’s racist?

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        Not a fan of racial humor? Don’t worry, I’m not REALLY in the park.

        • Kit

          I have a sense of humor, so I was playing along.

          • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

            Damn, my bad. We’ll have to wait until the next racist comment…

  • wow

    1st career Grand Slam?

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Seriously, what are the odds that the fan screaming at Pena to throw strikes is actually Hawk Harrelson?

    • Pat D

      4-1.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Nunie >>>> Pena

  • Jonathan

    Great piece Nunez!!!

  • Ivan

    NICE!!!

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Hell yes Nunez. I see a championship belt in his future.

  • Carlosologist

    Nunez is the man. Should be a great bench guy for the next few seasons.

  • Kit

    Nicely done, Nunez. I’m…kind of proud of you?

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Now can the captain do something here to add more?

  • Ross in Jersey

    Every time I want to get excited about Nunez, I remember Fransisco Cervelli’s April.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Than, Nunez killing them!

  • Cy Farnsworth

    So does this mean that every time Nunez faces Chicago he’ll be known as a White Sox Killer ™ ?

    Or does that just happen against us?

  • Cy Pettitte

    at least Jeter got it out of the infield, progress people

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Ed-war-doh Noon-yez.

  • MattG

    Q: has Jeter had a game this season better than the game Nunez is having tonight? I don’t remember any.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      You don’t remember that game where he hit 3 grand slams in one inning?

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

      He basically single-handedly won a game against the White Sox in April? That’s all I got.

      And I feel like he had a ridiculously good game the day A-Rod hit #600?

    • Chris
      • MattG

        That’s a good game. At least he has that.

        What a lost season…unless he gets the ring, right?

        • Chris

          What do you mean by a “lost season”?

          It’s a down season by Jeter’s standards, but this is what just about every other team in baseball has to look forward to as a typical season (or even a good season) for their SS.

  • ZZ

    Great job by Nunez. Really good at bat. He refused to expand the zone for Pena, got his pitch, and then just kept it simple. Great piece of hitting.

    He looked a little anxious (understandably) at the plate his first few games up here, but looks to be settling in.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    seriously don’t know which is worse, listening to someone like Hawk be a homer or listening to someone like Kay and his casino style routine.

    What happened to the standards of decent broadcasting?

    • JohnnyC

      TV destroyed baseball play-by-play standards. Seriously, it’s been bad since the advent of color tv at least.

  • Jonathan

    CC looks tired in the legs.

  • Jonathan

    Hawk just said Konerko is an A+ defender….

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

      I think he is a pretty good defensive 1B, no? Maybe not A+ but good.

      • Jonathan

        -8.9 UZR on the year..

        • Pat D

          Does any 1B have a positive UZR?

          • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

            Why do 1B and LF always have negative UZRs?

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

              Carl Crawford always has a like 800000000 UZR every year. I think he’s good but not that good.

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

            Many, actually. Holy Ike Davis.

            http://www.fangraphs.com/leade.....38;month=0

            Poor Tex.

            • Kit

              Ike Davis? Was not expecting that.

            • Pat D

              Wow. I just can’t grasp UZR when it says Teix is so bad.

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

                I think you have to approach it with a healthy skepticism. Useful but certainly not the be-all end-all.

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

          Ouch, did not know that. TotalZone thinks he’s okay though…

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    98 mph? Really? Wow.

  • Pat D

    Promo for This Week in Football comes on.

    My dad: “Kim Jones is going to be pulling double duty again.”

    Me: “Bow-chicka-bow-wow.”

    My dad: (disgusted glare)

    • Carlosologist

      IETCVM.

      • Pat D

        You’re too young!

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      That’s what I like to hear, kiddo.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Michael Kay: (muffled sobbing)

  • Cy Pettitte

    Nunez made the top performers for tonight

    http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/scoreboard

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Suzyn is definitely in the top 10 ugliest people in the world.

    • Pat D

      Napoleon, like anyone can even know that!

  • Pasqua

    Suzyn Waldman is dressed like she’s going to Studio 54 after the game.

    • rek4gehrig

      She probably is :-)

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Funny, because every time I see her I want to snort a line…

      • Slappy White

        I laughed…alot

    • Carlosologist

      “Charlie Murphy!”
      (Rick James punches Charlie Murphy in the head)
      “That was cold-blooded!”

  • Kit

    Nice, CC.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Nice play by Rios.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Damnit, Rios.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    LMAO Kenny Singleton: “NO!…NO!…”

  • Jonathan

    They just said Rios should win the Gold Glove because he only has 2 errors

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Little do they know he’s only played two games this season…

      (blatant lie)

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Better than Blue Jays fans who swear that Bautista is great defensive outfielder because he has a bunch of assists.

      • Pat D

        Looking at Dave Winfield’s fielding stats, it seems that’s the only reason he ever won his.

        As the biggest Dave Winfield fan ever, I get very dismayed seeing such things.

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

          I was in a Chinese food place in NYC a few nights ago and Dave Winfield had eaten there and signed something on the wall. Thought of you, actually!

          • Pat D

            Well that’s very kind of you.

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

            I met Dave Winfield once. The guy is huge

            • Pat D

              If I ever met Dave Winfield, I’d probably cry.

              And then make sure he signs my rookie card.

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

                Fun fact: I met Andy Pettitte once.

                • Pat D

                  How’d that go for you?

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

                    Fine, I was 12. I told him he was my favorite Yankee and he said thank you or rather think yew.

                    • Pat D

                      Wow, the Texas was that thick?

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

                      … heh heh heh.

                      Yes it was, sir. Yes it was.

                    • Pat D

                      It wasn’t Nolan Ryan thick, though, was it?

                • Carlosologist

                  Did JIYP?

  • Cy Pettitte

    oh come on

  • Jonathan

    Nice bat toss Manny I mean…Robbie

    • Pat D

      Griffey. He tries to be Griffey.

  • wow

    why is it so friggin hard to leave the park

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Did you just tune in or something?

      • Custer Olney

        three bullets to the same spot.

        • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

          There’s been a total of 5 HRs in 5.5 innings of play.

  • Jonathan

    Great inning. 2 rockets to the wall and a pickoff.

  • Custer Olney

    @heard this: John Denks is actually a mongoose.

  • leo

    was just checking fangraphs: gardner is now the second most valuable player on the yankees with a war of 4.0 and it’s not even close. totally didn’t see that coming (who did)?

    having said that and expecting gardner to be 3, maybe 4 win player, which i do, would’t it be rather foolish to sign crawford and thus probably trading gardner? what do you guys think?

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

      There’s a point to be made for trading high on Gardner… but I don’t really know what you’d want to get. A SP, sure. But I dunno who’s available. And I honestly dunno if I want Crawford.

      I certainly didn’t see this season coming from him. But thank goodness it happened.

    • Pat D

      It would be foolish to think that Gardner will be better than Crawford until Gardner actually outperforms Gardner.

      • Pat D

        outperforms Crawford*

      • leo

        it’s also about cost.

      • ZZ

        Gardner doesn’t have to be better than Crawford considering the Yankees would have him at a fraction of the cost.

        • Cy Pettitte

          agreed, at less than $1m a year its hard to arge getting rid of Brett for Crawford unless you think this year was a huge fluke or they can get a ridiculous, massive haul for him

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

          This

        • Pat D

          I wasn’t actually commenting on them signing Crawford. I think they’d be fine with Gardner next year.

          I guess what I should have said is that Brett Gardner needs to have another year like this next year in order for me to believe he truly can cut it as an everyday player.

          • ZZ

            Why is that?

            Is there something about Gardner’s performance this year that suggest he can’t be an everyday player going forward or this year he has been lucky?

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

              He has a .344 BABIP, but a guy like him should have a high BABIP

              • ZZ

                Right. It wouldn’t be surprising if is BABIP was actually higher than .344

            • Pat D

              His .225 BA since the ASB for one thing.

              • ZZ

                So baseball players don’t slump?

                Citing samples that small is always misleading, especially in Gardners case where he was dreadful for about a 10 day period which really skewed his numbers.

                • Pat D

                  Well, that’s about a 40 game sample. Yea, it’s small, but it’s not tiny.

                  It suggests that maybe he’s wearing down, that he can’t hold up over a full season.

                  I’m not saying he definitely can’t, but he has to prove it. That’s what I’m saying. If I’m a skeptic, then I have to be convinced. Putting up these numbers next year will convince me.

                  • ZZ

                    Saying you are a skeptic doesn’t answer the question. That just repeats your original statement that I questioned.

                    Why are you skeptical is the question?

                    • Pat D

                      Because he’s never proven that he can be a full time player offensively. He had a .256/.325/.352 line coming into this year. This year is step 1 in the process of establishing himself. Step 2 is proving that having one big year is not a fluke, that’s next year for him.

                    • ZZ

                      How could he prove that when this is his first full year starting?

                      Most young players when they have a season like this fans say wow this guy can play.

                      With Gardner for many Yankee fans it is, it could be a fluke or you need to keep proving it to me.

                      It is as if unless Baseball American tells you someone is a prospect some fans can’t evaluate the player fairly. If he was a BA guy, there would be not even close to this level of skepticism.

                    • Pat D

                      Well, I’ve never seen BA regard him as a legit prospect. But then again I’ve never seen anyone regard him as a legit prosect.

                      Now, of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Robinson Cano is Exhibit A in that discussion. But I didn’t know what to think of him, until he proved he could be an everyday player. He had that good first year, and then a great second year. Skepticism over.

                      Don’t make the mistake of falling in love with your own young players and prospects too much to the point where you overvalue them. Will Gardner be more valuable than Crawford next year relative to salary? Hard to say. We won’t know until it happens. But if Gardner returns to his offensive levels of last year, then the question is easily answered.

                    • ZZ

                      I am not overvaluing him.

                      I have evaluated him this year based on the improvements he has made in his game. Particularly his swing. As long as he maintains that swing he is an everyday player.

          • leo

            his defense alone is enough for him to be a 2 win player. combine that with his on base(which are for real i think and much higher than crawford’s) and sb’s you have a legimitate 3-4 win player.

            4 four years for 15 mil (just guessing the years and numbers) of gardner vs 4-5 for 50 plus of crawford? gardner for sure.

    • larryf

      Gardner 27 years old, 476K salary

      Crawford-ah forget about him….

      even though he just K’ed flat footed

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Was Andruw Jones more successful with the Braves or the Dodgers. Tough to decide.

    • Pat D

      Dodgers, easy.

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

      IETCVVVVM

    • Carlosologist

      He was great in racist country.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        I don’t know which city is more racist…Atlanta or Los Angeles.

        • Kit

          I was also confused.

        • Pat D

          Always lean to the city in the Confederacy.

      • BadaBling

        Really? Worst comment of the day award. Just amazing.

        • Carlosologist

          Calm down. It was just a joke. I’m sure the South is a great place.

          • Pat D

            It’s nice in some areas. My family vacationed in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina for many years. It’s a total beach town, but it’s very small, quiet and clean.

            However, there are places not too far away from that slice of heaven that are dirty as shit and not pleasant at all.

          • BadaBling

            I’m calm. Not a funny joke, very tasteless.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    This game reminds me of the game CC pitched in Detroit (??) last year when he gave up a few runs and proclaimed, “thats all they get”. Good to see him recover from a shakey start and go on to dominate.

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

      I remember that game. It was actually in… Chicago!!!

      (dramatic music)

  • Carlosologist

    Posada has legs!

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

    I love Posada but he’s such a herpderp sometimes.

  • BadaBling

    Jorge looked alittle shaken up after that slide. Hope he’s all good.

  • Pat D

    Every Sox fan is wanting to kill Drew right now, I’m sure.

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

      They always want to kill Drew

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      I am not a Sox fan but would join in on that. Can’t stand that guy.

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

        I too would like to kill Drew (because he is a really, really good player and healthy).

  • leo

    why is cc still pitching?

    • Pat D

      Because he’s a horse.

      • leo

        99 mph fastball and 91 mph slider..nice

  • Carlosologist

    Now that I think of it, it’s impossible for Juan Pierre to get away from Manny.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      He’s Manny’s love child.

  • larryf

    Victor Martinez HR 2-1 sox

    • Carlosologist

      YES!

      (goes to shower out of complete and total disgust from rooting for the Red Sox)

      • Kit

        I also cheered and then felt disgusting for it. I hate both those teams *shudders*.

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

          The awkward cheering for Drew at the 2008 ASG was awesome

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

          I can’t hate the Rays. Like, last year solidified it. If the Red Sox had a season like that, I’d be gloating all over the place. I was just like “Poor guys :(” to an extent last year.

          But of course, it’d be nice if they lost.

          • Kit

            I dislike all our division rivals with the exception of the Orioles, for obvious reasons. That might change if they become a serious threat. I feel no sympathy for the Rays. I might feel for them if they had better attitudes, but players like Upton and Crawford make me cringe.

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

              Upton, sure. I don’t like Upton at all. Not a very big Garza, Shields, or Sonnanstine fan, either. But what’s your issue with Crawford? Plus I love Longoria, Pena, etc.

              Not trying to be confrontational, just genuinely curious.

              • Kit

                I can’t really include Crawford in with Upton or Garza, but Crawford seems to have a generally bad attitude when things don’t go his way, which is expected, of course. A lot of players do it, but he seems to think it is an insult to his pride and manhood if he lets something slide, so he has to be confrontational about most things. I can’t say this applies for him all the time, but he seems to have a short fuse/temper. We have Jorge on our team, but at least Jorge is settled down by Joe’s hand over his mouth.

                I like Longoria and Pena, and I do like Shields, but a good bulk of the Rays players don’t sit well with me.

          • BadaBling

            I can only hope they beat the snot outta each other in an 18 inning slobberknocker.

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

              slobberknocker.

              That sounds dirty.

              • Pat D

                You don’t watch wrestling much, do you?

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

                  Not at all, heh.

  • larryf

    Eddie Eddie Eddie!!!

    For you old time Ed Giacomin fans….

  • larryf

    Singy just called him No-nez?

  • Cy Pettitte

    what a night for Nunez

  • larryf

    Jeets 2-road trip?

  • rek4gehrig

    C’mon Boston (first and last time I’ll ever say this)

  • larryf

    Robbie HR time

    • larryf

      not

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

    Go R…

    Go Re…

    GO NOT TAMPA!!!

    • Kit

      I feel so wrong. So, so wrong. *gets mouthwash ready* But yeah, GO NOT TAMPA.

  • larryf

    Tampa ties it 2-2 BJ Upton HR

    • larryf

      as Bucholz gives it up on pitch 108 or 9 to start the 8th inning

    • Carlosologist

      I read the other day that BJ Upton hit 24 bombs in 07. I was like lolwut.

      (Note: Didn’t become fanatic level Yanks fan until this season.)

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

        He was awesome in 2007, no?

        • Carlosologist

          Yup. 4.2 fWAR that season and 4.6 in 08. I don’t know how a player as good as he was fell off a cliff like that.

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

          BJ Upton wOBA by season:

          2007: .387
          2008: .354
          2009: .310
          2010: .337

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

    The exciting non-gritty team ties it up

  • Cy Pettitte

    Poon time, bow chicka wah ow

  • leo

    99 mph fastball and a 91 mph slider, stuff’s there location is not

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

      Isn’t that always the case with him :(

      • leo

        always? your memory is more fucked up than mine. i don’t worry though, i have given up on him this season but expect much out of him the next.

  • Pat D

    Overmanaging 101.

    Instructor: Joe Girardi.

    Synopsis: Understand the concept of how to overuse your bullpen by playing match up with even mediocre hitters, if you have an available left-hander to neutralize them.

    • ZZ

      Or he trusts Boone Logan more than Joba and doesn’t want to let this game get close again. Especially since Logan is now facing a RH.

    • SouthernYankeeFan

      Does this mean LaRussa teaches the graduate level course?

      • Pat D

        Of course. He has the tenure.

    • Chris

      The bullpen hasn’t pitched in a few days. At the least, they need some work.

      • Pat D

        Right, because they don’t have 11 straight days of games after this or anything.

        • Chris

          The last time Boone or Joba or Robertson pitched was Monday, so they’ve all had four days off. If they don’t pitch, they’ll get rusty. Perhaps that’s why Boone and Joba looked rusty.

        • ZZ

          Girardi has watched Joba implode too many times this season to leave Joba out there to clean up his messes. Especially with a team in a little slump Girardi is making sure he wins this game.

          This is a non-issue. This is who Joba is and it is too late in the season for him to have any sort of leash.

          The rosters are expanding in a few days anyway.

          • Chris

            This wasn’t even a Joba implosion. He gave up an infield single and a ground rule double around a strike out (although it seems that Joba is the king of the infield hit).

            I think Girardi was just trying to get his relievers work but not overuse them so they aren’t available tomorrow.

            • ZZ

              I didn’t mean it was an implosion. My point was that Girardi wasn’t going to watch him implode. Joba has lost the leash for it to even get to that point anymore.

    • Poopy Pants

      You’re right. It’s a terrible idea to give these guys some work (after long layoffs) with a nice lead.

  • Pat D

    Pena woulda had it.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Marcus Thames is some kind of awesome. Hope he keeps it up into October!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Thames, such a pimp

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

    That’s Mr. Thames to you.

  • Carlosologist

    Thames! Remember when we all hated him? Yeah good times.

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

    His name is MARCUS! THAMES!!

    /Florida guys’d

    • The Infamous Irondequoit

      His name is Robert Paulsen.

  • leo

    i have a feeling thames is gonna have some great pinch hit ab’s in the postseason.

    • ZZ

      He is going to have a lot of great abs when he is starting in the postseason.

  • Ivan

    Did Onley compare Kallish to Jim Edmonds?!?!?!

    • Pat D

      I heard someone do that earlier this week, don’t remember if it was Edmonds.

      • Pat D

        Sorry, don’t remember if it was Olney.

  • larryf

    Ain’t we lucky we got ‘em?

    Good Thames!

  • Jersey Johnny

    Hawk Harrelson’s ready to blow his head off.

    • Pat D

      He wouldn’t be that nice to us.

  • Cy Pettitte

    nice hitting by BG

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

    “CAN POSADA SCORE no they’re not even gonna try.” -Michael Kay

    • Pat D

      The question did not need to be asked.

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    You know, Kay might have a point about Torres…but would it kill him to just drop it? He always seems to find these minuscule issues in a game and just cling on them.

  • Pat D

    Wow, he’s really questioning Ozzie’s decision to not try and mount a comeback in this game by making another pitching change?

    And I thought Kay hated Joe Torre.

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      Seriously. Kay just gets on my nerves sometimes. He’s probably right about how long Ozzie kept Torres in there, but he just needs to let it go.

      • larryf

        probably why kay is possibly getting married for the first time at 50. Who would want to live with him?

        • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

          Holy shit, he’s getting married?

          • larryf

            engaged to Jodi Applegate I think…

            poor woman

            • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

              That can’t last very long…can it?

  • Cy Pettitte

    more good AB’s from Nunez

  • Carlosologist

    Nunez’s first BB in the bigs.

    • BadaBling

      Now his batting average won’t match his OBP.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Incoming GIDP?

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      That’s what I thought too. But nope, just a K.

  • BadaBling

    Cmon Jete! Join the party, I’d love to see the capt come thru with some RBIs right here!

    • BadaBling

      Or a 3 pitch strikeout…let’s go Swish!!

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

    I figured Jeter would either GIDP or hit his second career grand slam. I am always wrong. ;_;

    • Kit

      Why is he so awful with the bases loaded? It breaks my heart.

      • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

        He has good numbers in his career, I think. Just the one grand slam, but he’s usually fine. It’s just this year..he’s kinda sucky.

        • Kit

          Yeah, I meant this year. Should have elaborated.

          • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

            Ah ok. It’s cool.

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

        He’s actually just awful this year, no? I feel like over his career he’s got some crazy BA with the bases loaded, just only the one grand slam.

        • The Infamous Irondequoit

          B-Ref says he’s a career .335 batter with the bases loaded.

          • The Infamous Irondequoit

            To add to that, this year he is batting .071!?!? with the bases loaded.

  • Jonathan

    Hawk just called Swish’s lineout a soft little line drive….

  • Ross in Jersey

    Randy Choate to face Ortiz.. this will not end well.

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

      Oh lawd

      Still, as long as we win, I honestly don’t care.

  • Kit

    Woot! David is rocking the high socks. Unless I missed them in Toronto, I approve.

  • Pat D

    Did Harrelson still JIHP?

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

    Bandbox!!!

    (Also, fireworks? Really?)

    • Ross in Jersey

      GMTA, etc

  • Ross in Jersey

    Robertson not looking so well lately… a HR to Bautista is one thing, but Alexei Ramirez?

    Also, fireworks to make a 12-7 game 12-8? Really?

    • ZZ

      Lately?

      The HR to Bautista was the first run he gave up since July 2nd.

      Not serious right?

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

    What the hell was that?

    • Cy Pettitte

      I can’t believe Mo is up on night when we score 12

      • Cy Pettitte

        woops, wasn’t supposed to be a reply

  • Pat D

    Well, that was……..not good.

  • Kit

    What the hell was that? *laughing*

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

    Uhh, Kearns. You gotta make that play.

  • Jonathan

    Nice hustle Kearns….my respect for him just plummeted….who is he? Hanley Ramirez?

  • BadaBling

    WTF Kearns?

    • JohnnyC

      Thames woulda had that.

  • Fred Lemond

    Kearnzie is having a great day

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Good pitching and good fundamentals.

    Traits of champions

  • JohnnyC

    Just bring Mo in already.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Looks like we’re going to see Mo after all. What a joke. This team just flat out does not look good right now. Need to get their heads out of their asses and start picking it up.

    • Meat Loaf

      Yeah 12 runs is a show of how bad they suck.

      • Ross in Jersey

        Scoring 12 runs and still having to use your fucking closer is pretty bad, dude. Take off the rose colored glasses.

    • Pat D

      Because scoring 12 runs is not enough, right?

      • Ross in Jersey

        Looks like they’re going to need every one of them, too. Like I said, what a joke!

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

      Like I said, sometimes you say… things

      • Ross in Jersey

        I’m sorry, you think this team is playing well right now? lol… I don’t care how many runs they score. Pitching is what wins and ours is awful right now. I don’t see how anyone could possibly try to spin that any other way.

        • Kit

          Occasionally, you will have these kinds of hiccups with your pitching. It’s a long ass season. Expecting perfection every time out will only lead to heartbreak. Be realistic about it. Yeah CC didn’t pitch that well, neither did the bullpen, but you have to take these things in stride.

          • Ross in Jersey

            I don’t expect perfection. I expect to not need Mariano in games where we have 2 separate 5+ run leads.

            • Kit

              Right, and I am also mad/frustrated that he’s out there, but you can’t beat up on the team because you see they’re struggling in a few games. Tough stretches happen, sometimes teams play ugly. I’m just saying be realistic about it.

              • Ross in Jersey

                It’s been a pretty ugly month, so I think I’m being perfectly realistic when I say they need to pick it up. They can’t just play .500 ball and hope to get into the playoffs.

                • Chris

                  They are 14-11 in their last 25 games. That’s a 91 win pace for a full season.

                • Kit

                  Yeah. It’s been an ugly month, but you know what, it’s only one month. And on top of that, we’re still tied for first. On top of that, we’ve been one of the better teams, so whining and complaining and being generally negative about losing for a stretch of time is useless, especially when there’s a huge chance that we will make it to the playoffs. You have to have confidence that at the end of the day, the Yankees have the stronger all around team.

                  • Ross in Jersey

                    When did I ever say I wasn’t confident? Please, break down what I said, and point what isn’t true:

                    “Mariano coming into the game was a joke” – True

                    “They really haven’t looked good” – True

                    “They need to pick it up” – True

                    I’m sorry if you don’t like that it has a negative connotation, but some of us don’t have the benefit of being eternal optimists. As annoyed as you are over negative comments, that’s how annoyed I am when it’s blasphemy to post anything even REMOTELY negative.

                    • Kit

                      First of all, I wasn’t speaking down to you, so don’t address me like that. I don’t need bullet points or for you to point anything out to me. I have eyes and a degree that indicates I can somehow read, write, and comprehend, so why don’t you do me a favor and calm it down.

                      You never said you weren’t confident, but with your wording and the constant ranting and raving (and not just from you) about how the team has been performing as of late, you would think that we were behind Tampa instead of tied for first place. I don’t give a fuck whether you have something negative to say about the team, I was trying to help you be realistic about the fact that these hiccups will happen. It’s a long season and expecting the pitchers to be amazing during a month where most of them begin to wear down and tire out will only upset you. You can dislike it all you want, but it’s the reality of the game. You can belly ache all you want and I won’t say a word about it, but when you say things like they need to pick it up and get their head out of their asses, you’re saying it as though they’re playing badly on purpose. Maybe that wasn’t what you meant to say, but it’s what it sounds like. What I was asking you to do was be realistic about the situation in regards to how the team is performing as a whole throughout the season, not based on one month. That being said, it’s not blasphemous for you to post something negative, it’s just tiring to hear the same thing over and over.

        • Pat D

          Then say the pitching looks awful.

        • NYY-SWISH

          Agreed.

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

          No, I don’t think they’re playing well right now. I’d rather not see Mo, but these things happen.

          Also, 2009 Yankees: 120 OPS+, 100 ERA+

          • Ross in Jersey

            Agreed, but I said our pitching is awful “right now” not “all season”.

  • larryf

    Nice get up and hustle by Kearns after the ball landed…..

    • Pasqua

      I thought the same thing. I’ve seen a few players do this recently. The “Fuck it. I’m done” play is infuriating.

  • Meat Loaf

    It was a nice slide…. if he was trying to be safe at the plate.

  • tut

    Pitching’s been great lately

  • Kit

    C’mon David.

  • BadaBling

    Ugly game. Heres to an uneventful rest of the 9th!

  • Poopy Pants

    I know this falls under ‘negativity’, but Buchholz looks very inbred. It’s the mullet and face.

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

      I laughed. He looks a bit like a methhead to me, honestly?

  • Jonathan

    hawk keeps calling robertson’s curve a “get me over curve”.

    • Pat D

      Which means what exactly, Hawk?

    • JohnnyC

      Give him a break. He can’t watch that many other baseball games between sleeping and playing golf.

      • Poopy Pants

        And hunting mice from the air.

      • Pat D

        Does he ever bust out the Nehru jackets?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Rays win on walk off HR

  • tut

    fucking joke

  • ZZ

    People didn’t honestly expect Robertson to never give up runs again right?

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

      Yes.

  • wow

    unbeleivable.

  • JohnnyC

    Dan Johnson?

  • Jonathan

    that infield just looked weird when they went to the mound….pena/nunez/swisher…

    • Jonathan

      almost as bad as the swisher/pena/ransom infield last year in KC.

  • Kit

    C’mon Yanks, win this noise. Tampa just walked off.

  • Fred Lemond

    Why didn’t they just start the inning with Mo? He hasn’t pitched in 6 days.

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

      That’s what I was wondering. I understand wanting to take it easy on the guy, but don’t leave him to rust out there.

      • Pat D

        Just because he’s not human doesn’t mean he will rust.

  • Carlosologist

    Konerko has the exact same goatee as my dad.

    • Pat D

      I guess his goatee is underrated too.

  • BadaBling

    “Pitching has not been pretty lately.” – Joe P

    I cannot believe Mo is pitching in this game.

    • Chris

      I can. He hasn’t pitched in a long time. He needs the work.

  • Kit

    I’m kind of mad Mo is in this game.

  • Custer Olney

    @ Heard this: via Hawk — Mariano Rivera will be throwing cutters.

  • Cy Pettitte

    classic Mo ™

  • Pat D

    Mo to RAB posters:

    Just calm the fuck down, I got this shit.

  • Poopy Pants

    Did Kenny just say ‘Pena has sweet hands?’ or have I had waaaaay too much cabernet tonight?

  • BadaBling

    Mo is good at baseball, he recorded more outs in 3 pitches than Robertson in 10+….and a base hit. Won’t this game end already!

  • Ross in Jersey

    In the words of Mike Francessa, letting the White Sox get the tying run the plate is an UTTAH DISGRACE

    /half-serious

    • Pat D

      I half agree with you.

  • Pat D

    Some things never change.

    Such as my hate for Andruw Jones, whom I have hated since Game 1, 1996 World Series.

  • BadaBling

    Amazing. Strike this fool out already!

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

    C’mon, Mo.

  • ZZ

    Looks like the gun is juiced. Kay is going to have to take back his excitement for Joba hitting 99.

  • Kit

    “Somehow”, Kay? His name is Mariano. Remember it.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Finally! Here’s hoping we have a nice stress-free win tomorrow.

    • Chris

      Stress free wins are boring. Don’t you want some tension in the games?

      • Pat D

        I have high blood pressure, and I’m convinced I’ll die while watching a Yankees game or Giants game. So, no, I’d prefer no tension.

        Can’t decide which one, though. I’m more passionate for the Yankees, since baseball is the only sport I was ever any good at, but football is a much more emotional sport due to its nature, so it could happen then, too.

  • Pat D

    Like Mo said, he’s got this shit.

  • The Infamous Irondequoit

    Hey, at least we gained a game on a playoff spot, right?

    CC now leads the majors in wins too if I’m not mistaken even though it is a useless stat. It’s always nice when a Yankee is on top though.

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

    Can we all band together to stab Michael Kay in the face?

    • ThrillHouseMD

      He was uber obnoxious tonight. Quite can’t put my finger on why.

    • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

      Can we dunk him in a vat full of mixed condiments right after stabbing him?

  • Cy Pettitte

    can’t wait to see what Ivanova has for us tomorrow

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

    My God. Reading this thread during the ninth inning, you’d think the sun would never shine again or something.

    • Kit

      Seriously. The flailing arms and negativity is starting to wear on my nerves something awful.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      NPR is reporting that the sun won’t ever shine again.

  • BadaBling

    Total Domination!

  • Wicked Red Sox Fan

    You guys in Yankee Smelliverse get a preview of the two teams for the 2010 ALCS

    Cannot believe Yanks are struggling against second rate teams

    Enjoy Burnett for another three years

    • Kit

      Seriously dude, let us know if we need to rent some cahhhs.

    • Pat D

      Troll.

      But, if not, that was an awesome loss by your team tonight. Another day off the calendar, another lost game in the standings. Yankees and Rays could both go 17-16 rest of the way, Red Sox would have to go 22-10 just to tie.