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.

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  1. poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

    C.C. Sabathia: Perfect game.

    Book it.

  2. bexarama says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

      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.

    • 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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

        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

    • bexarama says:

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

    • bryan w says:

      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 says:

        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.

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

  4. Total Dominication says:

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

  5. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    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.

  6. Slappy White says:

    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

  7. Cy Pettitte says:

    Swisher showing Ozzie whats up

  8. bexarama says:

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

  9. DallasGreen says:

    not the dreaded first inning two run homer. NOOO.

  10. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

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

    Just kidding… Go Tex!

  11. Ross in Jersey says:

    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.

  12. DallasGreen says:

    nice to see denks working

  13. cano is the bro says:

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

  14. Fred Lemond says:

    Clay gon’ get rocked.

  15. Slappy White says:

    infield hits ….errrrrrrr

  16. Slappy White says:

    gotta love Swisha

  17. Fred Lemond says:

    Great throw Kearns!

  18. Cy Pettitte says:

    ugly throw by Kearns

  19. ShuutoHeat (Passion>all) says:

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

  20. cano is the bro says:

    stupid konerko…

  21. Jake H says:

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

  22. Andrew says:

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

  23. Slappy White says:

    whole lotta swingin and missing all of a sudden

  24. Chris says:

    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 says:

      How many major league hitters has Aroldis Chapman faced?

    • Slappy White says:

      105 ? Really ?

    • JohnnyC says:

      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.

  25. wow says:

    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.

  26. RalphieD says:

    nunie!!!

  27. Cy Pettitte says:

    Nunie! oh baby, what a shot

  28. wow says:

    Hello there.

  29. Jake H says:

    Wow. Wonder if Mike will say anything about Nunez.

  30. Kit says:

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

  31. Pat D says:

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

    /fuck you Harrelson’d

  32. Mike Axisa says:

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    (catches breath)

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA.

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

    • ZZ says:

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

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

      • Joe says:

        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…

  33. Slappy White says:

    Nunez > Pena (based on that one swing)

  34. Ross in Jersey says:

    LOL HR Nunez!

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

  35. Hummingbird S. says:

    Eduardo!!

  36. Andrew says:

    Quick stroke from Eduardo, very nicely done.

  37. bexarama says:

    I don’t believe… what I just saw

  38. ZZ says:

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

  39. Hummingbird S. says:

    13 pitches in 2 ABs for Derek.. nice.

  40. Slappy White says:

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

    /anotherlongnightforslappy’d

  41. Jake H says:

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

  42. ZZ says:

    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.

  43. Ross in Jersey says:

    Great… Tex hurt now too?

  44. Cy Pettitte says:

    shit, what happened to Teix?

  45. Pat D says:

    Uh, Granderson hitting for Teix?

    Crisis!!!

  46. Kit says:

    Uh oh. Please don’t be hurt, Tex.

  47. poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

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

  48. SouthernYankeeFan says:

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

  49. Slappy White says:

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

  50. bexarama says:

    Oh lord, Tex, please be okay bb.

  51. Mark says:

    Swish going to play first?

  52. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Bigger Rims

    Bigger Thames

  53. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Crushed.

  54. Pat D says:

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

    Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!

    /yes again’d

  55. gxpanos says:

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

  56. Cy Pettitte says:

    Marcus Thames, Lefty Masher ™

  57. rek4gehrig says:

    These Yanks :-))

  58. Little Bill says:

    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.

  59. ThrillHouseMD says:

    YCPIOTB….

    Yes

  60. ZZ says:

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

  61. Ross in Jersey says:

    Thames = amazing.

  62. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Ha the chicago announcers were just silent for that homer.

  63. Custer Olney says:

    @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.

  64. Little Bill says:

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

  65. Cy Farnsworth says:

    The Grandersons just seem like friendly people.

  66. Jersey Johnny says:

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

  67. wow says:

    funny hop. oh well.

  68. Jonathan says:

    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.

  69. rek4gehrig says:

    Any word on Tex?

  70. Cy Farnsworth says:

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

  71. Kit says:

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

  72. Cy Pettitte says:

    shit, that sucks

  73. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Damn

  74. Jake H says:

    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.

  75. Cy Farnsworth says:

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

  76. Jonathan says:

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

  77. bexarama says:

    Konerko is a pain in the butt

  78. Hummingbird S. says:

    Comon CC, seriously?

  79. Pat D says:

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

  80. Ross in Jersey says:

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

    • Jonathan says:

      all good Ross’s think alike

    • JohnnyC says:

      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.

  81. Kit says:

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

  82. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

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

  83. Slappy White says:

    Stop pitching to Konerko Please

  84. Ross in Jersey says:

    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.

  85. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

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

  86. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jamie Moyer and…?

  87. bexarama says:

    Trivia: Moyer, Vizquel

  88. FachoinaNYY says:

    Did he just say sit and spin?

  89. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    ALEXEI!!!!!!!!!

  90. Pat D says:

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

  91. Pat D says:

    Jesus fucking Christ.

  92. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Damn come on CC buckle down.

  93. Jake H says:

    That change up isn’t working at all CC.

  94. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    What the fuck.

  95. bexarama says:

    Why is Kay so fucking excited for this?

    • Pat D says:

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

  96. Kit says:

    Well that sucked. Have we switched places now?

  97. JohnnyC says:

    Good game for CC to suck.

  98. Mike Axisa says:

    Well that was unfortunate.

  99. Ross in Jersey says:

    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.

  100. poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

    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.

  101. Jonathan says:

    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.

  102. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    3.02 to 3.21 in 3 innings. Grr.

  103. bonestock94 says:

    Shut the hell up Hawk

  104. bob says:

    now cc going to shit the bed

  105. Jake H says:

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

  106. RalphieD says:

    theres too many two run innings in this game..

  107. Hummingbird S. says:

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

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

      already is.

      • Chris says:

        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) says:

          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) says:

            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 says:

              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.

  108. Pat D says:

    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. says:

      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 says:

        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. says:

          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.

  109. bexarama says:

    OMG teh bandbox!!!

  110. Jake H says:

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

  111. 28 this year says:

    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.

  112. Jake H says:

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

  113. Jonathan says:

    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.

  114. Jonathan says:

    and another fastball down the middle

  115. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    ALEXEI!!!!!!!!

  116. Kit says:

    One more out, CC.

  117. Fred Lemond says:

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

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

      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.

      • bexarama says:

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

        • Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. says:

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

          • iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

            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) says:

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

              Money well spent.

            • bexarama says:

              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.

      • ZZ says:

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

      • iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

        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.

  118. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    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.

  119. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

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

  120. Slappy White says:

    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

  121. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Why does Kay almost bash JD Drew?

  122. poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

    I am very proud of this post.

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

    Check it out, guys.

    • Pat D says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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”.

  123. JohnnyC says:

    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?

  124. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Ozzie gets points for honesty I guess.

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

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

  125. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Tony could hit ‘em far.

  126. bexarama says:

    What is wrong with Michael Kay?

    In italics for emphasis.

  127. Jonathan says:

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

  128. Carlosologist says:

    So, um what the hell happened to CC?

  129. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    John Skanks.

  130. Cy Pettitte says:

    lets see whats left in that sox bullpen

  131. JohnnyC says:

    Very important at bat in the game for Posada.

  132. Kit says:

    Yeah, Jorge!

  133. Carlosologist says:

    Jorge: Still getting it done.

  134. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Whoo yeah ‘Sado.

  135. Cy Pettitte says:

    HIP HIP!

  136. bonestock94 says:

    wooo, chisox announcers sounds like their first born just died

  137. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    They should have pitch-hit Cervelli.

  138. bexarama says:

    Jorge Posada is good at baseball <3

  139. Hummingbird S. says:

    Jorge!

  140. Ross in Jersey says:

    Attaboy, Sado.

  141. Jake H says:

    Can’t blame the offense today.

  142. pat says:

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

  143. rek4gehrig says:

    Jones giveth and Jones taketh away :-)

  144. Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. says:

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

  145. Greg says:

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

  146. rek4gehrig says:

    Can Kay please tell us something about Tex?

  147. ZZ says:

    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.

  148. Greg says:

    Bruised right thumb for Tex

  149. Jersey Johnny says:

    Thank God it’s only a bruised thumb.

  150. Jake H says:

    Can Nunez get a hit here?

  151. Pat D says:

    He came out for a bruised thumb?

    This team has no heart!

  152. Kit says:

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

  153. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

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

  154. wow says:

    1st career Grand Slam?

  155. Cy Farnsworth says:

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

  156. Cy Pettitte says:

    Nunie >>>> Pena

  157. Jonathan says:

    Great piece Nunez!!!

  158. SouthernYankeeFan says:

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

  159. Carlosologist says:

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

  160. Kit says:

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

  161. Jake H says:

    Now can the captain do something here to add more?

  162. Ross in Jersey says:

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

  163. Hummingbird S. says:

    Than, Nunez killing them!

  164. Cy Farnsworth says:

    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?

  165. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  166. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Ed-war-doh Noon-yez.

  167. MattG says:

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

  168. ZZ says:

    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.

  169. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    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 says:

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

  170. Jonathan says:

    CC looks tired in the legs.

  171. Jonathan says:

    Hawk just said Konerko is an A+ defender….

  172. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    98 mph? Really? Wow.

  173. Pat D says:

    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)

  174. Cy Pettitte says:

    Nunez made the top performers for tonight

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

  175. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

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

  176. Pasqua says:

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

  177. Kit says:

    Nice, CC.

  178. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Nice play by Rios.

  179. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Damnit, Rios.

  180. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    LMAO Kenny Singleton: “NO!…NO!…”

  181. Jonathan says:

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

  182. Cy Pettitte says:

    oh come on

  183. Jonathan says:

    Nice bat toss Manny I mean…Robbie

  184. wow says:

    why is it so friggin hard to leave the park

  185. Jonathan says:

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

  186. Custer Olney says:

    @heard this: John Denks is actually a mongoose.

  187. leo says:

    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?

    • bexarama says:

      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 says:

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

      • Pat D says:

        outperforms Crawford*

      • leo says:

        it’s also about cost.

      • ZZ says:

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

        • Cy Pettitte says:

          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

        • Pat D says:

          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 says:

            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?

            • JGS says:

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

            • Pat D says:

              His .225 BA since the ASB for one thing.

              • ZZ says:

                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 says:

                  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 says:

                    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 says:

                      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 says:

                      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 says:

                      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 says:

                      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 says:

            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 says:

      Gardner 27 years old, 476K salary

      Crawford-ah forget about him….

      even though he just K’ed flat footed

  188. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

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

  189. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    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.

  190. Carlosologist says:

    Posada has legs!

  191. bexarama says:

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

  192. BadaBling says:

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

  193. Pat D says:

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

  194. leo says:

    why is cc still pitching?

  195. Carlosologist says:

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

  196. larryf says:

    Victor Martinez HR 2-1 sox

    • Carlosologist says:

      YES!

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

      • Kit says:

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

        • JGS says:

          The awkward cheering for Drew at the 2008 ASG was awesome

        • bexarama says:

          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 says:

            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.

            • bexarama says:

              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 says:

                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 says:

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

  197. larryf says:

    Eddie Eddie Eddie!!!

    For you old time Ed Giacomin fans….

  198. larryf says:

    Singy just called him No-nez?

  199. Cy Pettitte says:

    what a night for Nunez

  200. larryf says:

    Jeets 2-road trip?

  201. rek4gehrig says:

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

  202. larryf says:

    Robbie HR time

  203. bexarama says:

    Go R…

    Go Re…

    GO NOT TAMPA!!!

  204. larryf says:

    Tampa ties it 2-2 BJ Upton HR

  205. bexarama says:

    The exciting non-gritty team ties it up

  206. Cy Pettitte says:

    Poon time, bow chicka wah ow

  207. leo says:

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

  208. Pat D says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

      Does this mean LaRussa teaches the graduate level course?

    • Chris says:

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

      • Pat D says:

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

        • Chris says:

          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 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

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

  209. Pat D says:

    Pena woulda had it.

  210. Ross in Jersey says:

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

  211. Cy Pettitte says:

    Thames, such a pimp

  212. Mike Axisa says:

    That’s Mr. Thames to you.

  213. Carlosologist says:

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

  214. JGS says:

    His name is MARCUS! THAMES!!

    /Florida guys’d

  215. leo says:

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

  216. Ivan says:

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

  217. larryf says:

    Ain’t we lucky we got ‘em?

    Good Thames!

  218. Jersey Johnny says:

    Hawk Harrelson’s ready to blow his head off.

  219. Cy Pettitte says:

    nice hitting by BG

  220. bexarama says:

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

  221. Zanath says:

    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.

  222. Pat D says:

    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.

  223. Cy Pettitte says:

    more good AB’s from Nunez

  224. Carlosologist says:

    Nunez’s first BB in the bigs.

  225. Ross in Jersey says:

    Incoming GIDP?

  226. BadaBling says:

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

  227. bexarama says:

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

  228. Jonathan says:

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

  229. Ross in Jersey says:

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

  230. Kit says:

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

  231. Pat D says:

    Did Harrelson still JIHP?

  232. bexarama says:

    Bandbox!!!

    (Also, fireworks? Really?)

  233. Ross in Jersey says:

    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?

  234. Mike Axisa says:

    What the hell was that?

  235. Pat D says:

    Well, that was……..not good.

  236. Kit says:

    What the hell was that? *laughing*

  237. bexarama says:

    Uhh, Kearns. You gotta make that play.

  238. Jonathan says:

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

  239. BadaBling says:

    WTF Kearns?

  240. Fred Lemond says:

    Kearnzie is having a great day

  241. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    Good pitching and good fundamentals.

    Traits of champions

  242. JohnnyC says:

    Just bring Mo in already.

  243. Ross in Jersey says:

    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 says:

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

      • Ross in Jersey says:

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

    • Pat D says:

      Because scoring 12 runs is not enough, right?

    • bexarama says:

      Like I said, sometimes you say… things

      • Ross in Jersey says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

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

            • Kit says:

              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 says:

                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 says:

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

                • Kit says:

                  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 says:

                    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 says:

                      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 says:

          Then say the pitching looks awful.

        • NYY-SWISH says:

          Agreed.

        • bexarama says:

          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+

  244. larryf says:

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

    • Pasqua says:

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

  245. Meat Loaf says:

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

  246. tut says:

    Pitching’s been great lately

  247. Kit says:

    C’mon David.

  248. BadaBling says:

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

  249. Poopy Pants says:

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

  250. Jonathan says:

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

  251. Cy Pettitte says:

    Rays win on walk off HR

  252. tut says:

    fucking joke

  253. ZZ says:

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

  254. wow says:

    unbeleivable.

  255. JohnnyC says:

    Dan Johnson?

  256. Jonathan says:

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

  257. Kit says:

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

  258. Fred Lemond says:

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

  259. Carlosologist says:

    Konerko has the exact same goatee as my dad.

  260. BadaBling says:

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

    I cannot believe Mo is pitching in this game.

  261. Kit says:

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

  262. Custer Olney says:

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

  263. Cy Pettitte says:

    classic Mo ™

  264. Pat D says:

    Mo to RAB posters:

    Just calm the fuck down, I got this shit.

  265. Poopy Pants says:

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

  266. BadaBling says:

    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!

  267. Ross in Jersey says:

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

    /half-serious

  268. Pat D says:

    Some things never change.

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

  269. BadaBling says:

    Amazing. Strike this fool out already!

  270. ZZ says:

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

  271. Kit says:

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

  272. Ross in Jersey says:

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

    • Chris says:

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

      • Pat D says:

        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.

  273. Pat D says:

    Like Mo said, he’s got this shit.

  274. The Infamous Irondequoit says:

    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.

  275. bexarama says:

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

  276. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  277. bexarama says:

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

  278. BadaBling says:

    Total Domination!

  279. Wicked Red Sox Fan says:

    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 says:

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

    • Pat D says:

      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.

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