Sep
08

Game 140: Don’t get swept

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(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

This isn’t how it was supposed to play out. CC was supposed to play the stopper and end the skid at two games. That would take the pressure off the rookie in the series finale. But CC was off from the start last night and the offense couldn’t pick him up. That leaves the streak ending to rookie Ivan Nova.

Through his first three starts Nova has proved useful. He has yet to complete six innings, but he has done a good job through the first five or so. His worst start came last time out, his second time facing Toronto within 11 days. I like his chances better against an Orioles team he hasn’t yet faced. If he can give the Yanks five innings and change while allowing two or fewer runs they should be able to end the skid.

The Orioles send out Brad Bergesen, who is having a rough sophomore season. This will be his second time facing the Yankees this season. Last time they met the Yankees’ offense put a beating on Bergesen, scoring six runs before the end of the third inning. He’s been a bit better since Buck Showalter took over, a 2.81 ERA in his last six starts. Yet he’s still allowed five home runs in that span, leaving him with a 4.33 FIP. The Yanks can help start that statistical correction this afternoon.

We still don’t have the A-lineup, and since the Yanks face the lefty C.J. Wilson on Friday we might not see it then, either. But one of these days, right?

Lineup:

1. Brett Gardner, LF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Mark Teixeira, DH
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Lance Berkman, 1B
8. Curtis Granderson, CF
9. Francisco Cervelli, C

And on the mound, number forty-seven, Ivan Nova.

Categories : Game Threads
  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    Seriously, what is Joe’s deal with never playing the A-lineup? Hell, when’s the last time he used the same lineup on back-to-back days? We get trying to keep guys rested and healthy. But it’s fucking September already. Are we going for the division title or aren’t we? If not, shut down Hughes, give the older guys a few days off a week. If we’re going for it, then stop half-assing these lineups! I really have to question Joe’s feel for the game sometimes.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      All that’s missing is Posada and it’s a day game after a night game.

      • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

        And there’s an off day tomorrow. He’d get a full 2 days break. Somehow, I think Jorge is tough enough to handle that.

    • Chris

      The next time that it matters if it’s the A lineup is in October. Rest up now, so everyone’s ready for the playoffs.

      • A.D.

        Resting guys makes sense, personally I’d like A, and the C/D line-up vs continually running out the B. I.e. I’d rather A-Rod & Posada played yesterday, and both had off today.

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

    That’s about as close to the A lineup as we can hope for these days.

  • Guest

    I think Joe is trying to accomplish a middle ground— kind of go for it, while all the while having getting some rest for the stars as a main priority. Also, shift from taking a cautious approach with bruises and owwies to a super cautious approach with bruises and owwies. At some point in the last couple of months, A-Rod has been turned into a fabrege egg. Seriously, I think if he sneezes awkwardly that’s grounds for taking home out of the lineup.

    Its annoying now, but I don’t think any off us will complain if everyone is healthy and clicking on all cylinders in October.

    What I WILL complain about is if Joe continues with his ridiculous substitutions for A-Rod late in the game. If its health related, fine.
    But stop taking him out of the game in the late innings to pinch run for him. First of all, A-rod has lost a step or two, but its not like he’s a Molina brother. He can still score from first on most doubles and score from second on most singles. The marginal speed upgrade is not worth the huge ginormous mega drop off at the plate. (Not to mention Tex will be intentionally walked any big spot with Nunez/Pena “protecting him).

    If Eduardo Nunez/Ramiro Peno have any meaningful at-bats in the late innings/extra-innings of a playoff game…well…I’m too angry at the thought to think about what I might do.

    Stop it. Don’t do it anymore.

    • vin

      “If Eduardo Nunez/Ramiro Peno have any meaningful at-bats in the late innings/extra-innings of a playoff game…well…I’m too angry at the thought to think about what I might do.”

      I think he’s sacrificing a few A-Rod ABs now so that we don’t see Nunez/Pena get meaningful ABs in the postseason.

      Joe knows his players and the game of professional baseball better than me. I trust him (except for when it comes to his bunting strategy).

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    This is about as must win as it gets, right? Definitely don’t want to be on a 4 game losing streak heading into Texas, as badly as Texas is playing right now.

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

      I wouldn’t call it a must win, not when they’ll be in first place tomorrow no matter what happens. It’s a “would be really awesome to win,” but not a must.

      • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

        That’s true. I guess some perspective helps. Zen baseball, zen baseball.

        • Magnus Stultus

          I think having prospective is important, but, fuck Zen Baseball. The hell with Zen sports anything period. Sport is a fantasy escape from the venue of daily banality. Fucking be emotional !

          • Jose the Satirist

            How do you really feel?

            • Magnus Stultus

              I feel awake!

              • Not Tank the Frank

                I’ve had three Red Bulls I feel FUCKING great!!

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

            shouldn’t you get emotional about stuff that… you know… matters?

            • Magnus Stultus

              Yeah sure, that’s why prospective is important in life.
              But I cast that out of window because it’s baseball. I can be a bloviator in any manners of my choosing. I can be irrational ,irascible and irritated and to be driven by bouts of whimsical emotions. It’s cathartic and fun. I will leave the rational analysis to thing that truly matters.

    • A.D.

      This is about as must win as it gets, right?

      Is it an elimination game in the playoffs? Then it’s not a must win. It definitely is a should win

  • Ellis

    How do you calculate advanced stats (like FIP) over a period of games? I know how to select a range of games/seasons on B-R.com, but FanGraphs doesn’t seem to have that option…

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

      I just select the games on B-Ref and calculate it myself. FIP is easy enough.

      [(13*HR)+(3*BB)-(2*K)]/IP then add the lg factor, basically 3.2

  • Cy Pettitte

    Supernova will be back with a vengeance today, you know he wasn’t happy after getting the early hook

  • Jose the Satirist

    Is Hoffman going to retire soon? He established the 600 save club last night, but he hasn’t exactly been dominant this year.

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

      I think he’s done after this year.

      he hasn’t exactly been dominant this year.
      Uuuuunderstatement.

      • Jose the Satirist

        Let me rephrase it. He has sucked this year and is costing his team wins as he ends his career with a whimper instead of a bang.

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

          I figured you were making a purposeful understatement.

        • Thomas

          Ends with a whimper instead of a bang.

          Sounds like my average Friday night dates.

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      “Hasn’t exactly been dominant” is being awfully generous!

      Trevor Hoffman, 2010: 5.89 k/9, 3.86 bb/9, 1.62 hr/9, 5.43 FIP, -0.6 WAR.

      He’s been downright terrible. But hey, if someone is dumb enough to keep paying him money, why retire?

      • Jose the Satirist

        His K/BB is 1.53. I was being nice.

    • vin

      He was really good last year too. But he completely fell off the map this year.

  • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

    Man I miss that damn stadium, and the bleacher creatures. Screw living in Arizona!

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

    All I want are eight shutout innings, Ivan. You can do it.

    • Magnus Stultus

      That and some serious ass beating on this Os team by the offense.

    • Yank the Frank

      He’s on his way.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      And go ahead and teach Phil that changeup mmmkay thanks.

  • Cy Pettitte

    ivan brought his A curve today

  • Jose the Satirist

    I love that kind of first inning.

  • vin

    I still haven’t been able to catch a Nova start. Every time he pitches I’m either at work or on vacation.

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    It’s a shame that attendance figures are based on tickets sold and that teams don’t release the actual headcount. I’ve gone to 3 games this homestand and I have to say it’s been by far the emptiest I’ve seen it. There’s obviously a bunch of factors contributing, but sheesh, the stadium just looks bad with so many empty seats.

    (Bright side? A lot easier to heckle the right fielders from the bleachers)

    • seimiya

      Well, the Yankees don’t care if you actually come to the game, as long as you buy the tickets.

  • seimiya

    What a beautiful inning by Nova.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Changeup to the righty? I like it.

    Wait, I thought 23 year-olds don’t have changeups yet in the Yankee farm system?

    /Hughes’d
    /Joba’d

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      Just fastballs that run back over the middle of the plate. “But I thought I threw the ball well”.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      It’s amazing what you can learn in 575.1 IP

      • theyankeewarrior

        Hughes will have a nasty changeup by August 2013. Just 3 spring trainings away!

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Despite Betances’ limited season due to injury, in his playoff start he will have thrown more innings this season than Joba threw in his career in the minors.

        /Stunted development’d

        • theyankeewarrior

          2008: A year of wasted player development. But I can’t say I would have done it any differently if I was the one in charge.

          Hughes/IPK/Joba were most certainly rushed into the big leagues. And in the nastiest division in MLB, to make matters worse.

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

            Hughes was rushed to the big leagues in 2007, but I thought his progress in 2005 and 2006 was perfectly fine. He was simply too good for those levels.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Ivan Nova the stopper. Wow, how times have changed.

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

    What the hell, Brett?

  • theyankeewarrior

    Laughing my ass off at Gardner on Gameday. He, ManRam, and Jorge are the only three guys who would take 3 fastballs for a K.

  • Greg

    Well gentlemen, we need a stop today. Going into Texas on a losing skid doesn’t help matters

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

      I know you’re crying in joy at the thought of this happening, but as someone said last night, sorry the Red Sox are dead but you really need to go back to SOSH.

      • Greg

        I’m not a Red SOx fan, I just think home field is imparitive.
        And it seems that that’s where we differ.

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

          imperative. And why do you think so?

          • Greg

            Sorry about the spelling. It’s imperative becuase it seems that we hit alot better at home than on the road. Look at Jeter’s splits and it tells the whole story.
            Plus, until last night, CC had been undefeated at home since last year.

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

              That’s nice but it’s not imperative. It’s not like Jeter’s hitting particularly well on this homestand. Also, a majority of our pitchers pitch worse at home. We’ll beat whoever we get.

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

      Meh, Texas has been pretty awful of late, and their two best players are hurt.

  • Yank the Frank

    Oh captain, my captain…

  • Cy Pettitte

    Can Wiggy give us a break already?

  • Not Tank the Frank

    THE FUCKIGN ORIOLES!!!

    Had to get that out.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Productive first inning. Now they have seen what he is throwing.

  • theyankeewarrior

    BherHeheSsoNN says TAKE THAT IVAN!

  • Greg

    Now as I said at the beginning of the series, this team is now full of confidence that they can sweep the Yankees, especially since they knocked the ace over last night. Buck’s got them believing in themselves, either through motivation or fear. And it seems to be working.

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      33 games out of first place and they have a 0.00% chance of making the playoffs. I’m so scared of the Fightin’ Bucks!

      • Greg

        It’s the underdog and spoiler mentality. As I said, they dont have anything to lose and so far they’ve come into our house and have outplayed us in every sense of the word.

        • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

          They did? They were an inch away from blowing the game yesterday. Piss-poor defense but lucked out from some lucky force-outs. The day before they won by 1 run. You’re taking it a bit too far.

          • Greg

            When their bullpen, one the worst statisically in the league, no-hits us in two games virtually?

            I call that being out played

            • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

              Virtually? You’re hopeless.

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

              Oooh, the virutal no-hitter. Where is that listed on ESPN? Or is that an advanced stat I can only find on B-Ref or Fangraphs?

              • Jose the Satirist

                You have to enter a password on ESPN.

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

                The same place where it says Granderson is a switch-hitter.

        • Andrew

          But do they have guts? What about grit? If only the Yankees had a little bit of these spunky O’s in them…

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          As I said, they dont have anything to lose

          When is the last time the Orioles have had anything to lose?

          • Jose the Satirist

            I think Mussina was still on the team.

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

              I think all of Baltimore wasn’t angry at Jeffrey Maier yet.

              • Jose the Satirist

                He was 12 when that happened. Maier is almost 26 now. Everyone on here should start feeling old now.

                • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

                  I do not count things by year or age.

                  Only eras.

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

      Do you want a fucking cookie? Seriously.

      • Jose the Satirist

        I do. Double chocolate chip please.

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

          You can get cookies as you are awesome. Greg cannot, as he sucks.

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    Jeter shouldn’t have ducked. If that ball hit him he’s safe!

  • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

    Have you tried honey bunches of oats?!?!

  • Cy Pettitte

    No Aceves and most likely no Marte – oy….

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      Why oy? The bullpen is fine as is. They have, what, a 1.50 ERA since July?

      • Cy Pettitte

        I’d prefer Aceves as the long man over Mitre, Moseley or Gaudin. And having only one lefty limits match up options

    • It’sATarp

      not too big since the bullpen is not the problem right now and is actually a strength

  • STEVIS

    wow.. what a way to start Gardner 3 called strikes!
    Somebody has to tell him that the Bat is used to hit the damn ball

    • PaulF

      Gardner is one of the best players on the team, no need to take your frustrations out on him.

    • STEVIS

      GARDNER.. one of the best players on the team??? what team are you talking about…. his M.O. lately has been to take 2 strikes .. check it out

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Gardner’s M.O. lately has been to get on base at an awesome clip.

        Unless you consider lately to be his most recent at bat only.

  • Henry the Horse

    I don’t know what angers me more, the three game losing streak, or the redundancy of the Liberty Medical commercials! I can’t keep the “mute” button close enough.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I completely agree. Nothing against diabetes or old women with diabetes, but it’s gotten to the point of ridiculousness with how often that commercial is played; it seems to lead off every break.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Oops. I didn’t mean the “nothing against diabetes” part. Obviously diabetes sucks.

      • Henry the Horse

        I agree completely. The commercial promotes something that is essential, which makes you feel guilty for thinking, “I wish you would just shut down!”

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

    At leave Nova’s getting the inside corner to lefties as well.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    That’s a lot of fly balls, Mr. Nova. But an out’s an out.

    • theyankeewarrior

      Not that he’s doing this on purpose, but it’s always good to make guys drive the ball to LCF/CF with Grandy and Gardy out there.

  • seimiya

    Andy getting scouting reports on the AA hitters?

    Seriously, I love him so much.

    /Bexy’d.

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

      I… am going to the Trenton game tomorrow. If anyone else is there and a short blonde girl with glasses runs on the field and yells “I LOVE YOU ANDY!!!” and gets arrested that is… not me. O_O

      • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

        Get my tweet, Bex? Watch out for trucks.

      • seimiya

        If you run onto the field and tackle him screaming, “I LOVE YOU ANDY!!” then you BETTER have someone record it.

        I will paypal you bail, however.

  • theyankeewarrior

    More luck for A-Rod

  • Bryan

    Hey so I am at work and am going to listen on the radio. What in the world is this other station via mlb tv that I can listen to the game from? Not John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman??

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

      Do you like your baseball en espanol?

      • Bryan

        Oh…it’s the Spanish broadcast? Lame…

    • Jose the Satirist

      WADO. You have to learn Spanish.

    • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

      The only thing worse than listening to Sterling and Waldman…is having to listen to any of the other 29 teams announcers.

      • Nate

        Um. Vin Scully. ’nuff said.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Time for Lance’s first HR in pinstripes?

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Good sign, Yankees strike first – in getting a hit.

  • Bryan

    Bergesen is actually hitting 90 on the gun? Watch out Yanks…this guy is throwing heat.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Javy, AJ and Moseley = playoff preview?

  • Magnus Stultus

    Damn it , offense ! It’s Bergesen… Berg…who?

  • PaulF

    Nothing gets Cliff Lee healthy faster than facing the Yankees.

    • Greg

      Cliff Lee has struggled of late. I would’ve liked to face him

    • Jose the Satirist

      Yeah, Cliff Lee has really killed the Yanks this year and throughout his career. A real World burner.

      • Not Tank the Frank

        One World Series game vs the Yankees is all it takes. Just ask Josh Beckett.

      • http://www.twitter.com/TomZig Tom Zig

        Are you forgetting the meme? Every struggling/slumping star player has a break out game against the Yankees. Every one.

        • Jose the Satirist

          Thanks for CCing that memo to me guys. We’re putting new coversheets on all the TPS reports before they go out now.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Except Cliff Lee, who already considers himself a Yankee and will do everything in his power to help the Yankees succeed, including throwing the game.

          /Cowherd’d

          (side note, good to see you’re back on twitter)

    • Thomas

      In his career Cliff Lee has faced the Yankees 11 times and has a 4.81 ERA with a 1.44 WHIP and 7 K/9.

      This season his ERA is 4.11 in 2 games against the Yankees with a 1.11 WHIP and 7.6 K/9.

      Last season WS, he has a 2.81 ERA with a WHIP of 1 and 7.3 K/9. Though in his 2nd start gave up 5 runs and 10 baserunners in 7 IP.

      Cliff Lee is great and I would if prefer the Yankees never faced him again, but he isn’t exactly the Yankee killer everyone makes him out to be.

      • Not Tank the Frank

        John Kruk calls bullshit.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        but he isn’t exactly the Yankee killer everyone makes him out to be.

        Josh Beckett says hello.

        It’s funny, I’ve never heard of an “insert team here” Killer other than a Yankee Killer.

        • Jose the Satirist

          I’ve heard of a giant killer.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            I’ve heard of the Silent Killer.

  • Greg

    Holy crap Nova’s going fast

    • seimiya

      Joe West would be pleased.

  • Magnus Stultus

    I really blame the Yankees three games losing streak on Mike Axisa. Ever since those morbid pictures of dead birds were put on the game thread, we haven’t really done well! I think the ornithological Gods are none too please about it.

    • Greg

      BINGO!

    • CBean

      I thought it was A-Rod?

  • Jose Canseco the Truth

    Novagold!

  • theyankeewarrior

    Brian Roberts got out twice in a row? Nova must have his A-game on today for that to occur!!!!

  • Guest

    I-VAN No-VA clapclap…clapclapclap.

  • Guest

    All of my general anti-small ball tendencies go out the window with Cervelli at the plate.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Heh, same with me.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Haha I feel the exact same way. Bunt all you want with Frankie at the dish.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Damn that was a GREAT jump.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Not a great jump, but whatever gets the job done.

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

      Heh, funny seeing this comment and Not Tank The Frank’s before it.

      • Cy Farnsworth

        Haha, that made me chuckle as well.

        I think I’m right, but like I said, all that really matters is that Granderson got to second.

        • Not Tank the Frank

          That’s crazy I thought he took off real quick on the very first move. Thought it was a great jump and a strong throw…

      • Not Tank the Frank

        Perception is reality.

  • Bryan

    Granderson with a steal? What in the world? This isn’t 2009!

  • It’sATarp

    well cervelli did his job by not making contact with the ball…

  • http://twitter.com/SteeeeveO Steve O.

    Use your BABIP magic, Frankie.

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

    Oh yeah, great job Cervelli, not getting the run in from scoring position. Shut up, Kay.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Honestly, my expectations are so low with Cervelli that the outcome of his at bat pleased me.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        As long as he didn’t cause injury to another Yankee, I consider it a win.

        • Thomas

          IETC

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

          /Beltre’d (yeah yeah yeah, Beltre’s been great, it’s a joke.)

      • Guest

        This.

  • Hummingbird S.

    good job Cervelli..

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

    Dammit Brett. Dammit to hell.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      1) I’m OK with Garnder trying to get to 3rd with one out. Baltimore needed 2 completely perfect throws to get him, but most of the time he’s safe there.

      2) Actually, looking at the replay, he probably was safe.

  • Cy Pettitte

    BG stretching for three not the best idea, but I’ll take the run

  • Hummingbird S.

    that was not cool

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Gardner had no chance at 3rd, perfect relay by Baltimore.

    Hell, I’ll take an RBI double though.

  • Bryan

    Michael Kay has one thing going for him…he is not Joe Buck.

  • Guest

    First out at third, less than awesome. Run scoring double is nice and it must have been fun to watch.

    • YanksFan in MA

      2nd out

    • FIPster Doofus

      That was the second out.

    • Greg

      It wasn’t the first out. Cervelli grounded out.

      I’m ok with it. Baltimore had to play perfect defense and they did.

    • Magnus Stultus

      Second out, it’s not a bad play.

    • Andrew

      It was the 2nd out. Which in baseball cliches I believe is not as bad as making the first or last out at 3rd. Although outs on the bases are never fun.

  • Magnus Stultus

    Nice try Gardner !

  • pat

    Safe.

    • BadaBling

      Yes he was. Gardner is a fast dude.

      • Not Tank the Frank

        Nonsense. The ball beat him, hence he is out. It’s just the rules.

  • YanksFan in MA

    Sterling is falling all over himself applauding Cervelli there. Said, well you can’t get a hit that way, but you can move the runner over. Gee, I thought the point of baseball was to score runs, not move one base at a time.

    • Greg

      Moving runners over is part of the game.

      • YanksFan in MA

        Yes it is, but when you have a runner in scoring position and the swing you take can at best move a runner over I have a problem with that.

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

        Unfortunately.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        So are errors, outs, bad calls, rainouts, injuries and expensive beers.

        None of these things are a good part of the game.

  • RalphieD

    most perfect cut-off execution you could have…and it looks like he might of still been safe

    • RalphieD

      he was out

  • BadaBling

    That was close, it woulda been a single for a Molina.

  • http://twitter.com/SteeeeveO Steve O.

    Brett Gardner’s getting a little more aggresive. While being selective at the same time.

    .:Head Explodes:.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Man, love Jeter but he is just horrible at the plate this year.

    • NYY-SWISH

      I’m just going to come out and say it: I FUCKING hate Jeter right now. Either he needs to be bitch-slapped or Minka’s got to withhold her Friday Night Headlights until November rolls on by.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Minka’s got to withhold her Friday Night Headlights

        That’s gold.

  • It’sATarp

    Jeter is such a good magician..making himself disappear like that

    • Guest

      I chuckled.

  • Jose the Satirist

    Good thing we scored. I didn’t want the Orioles to start to gain confidence as the underdogs.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      They have nothing to lose afterall.

      • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

        I heard if you sweep the division leaders then you bounce that team to the back of the division.

    • Greg

      They already have confidence by knocking around CC yesterday.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        They knocked around CC in Game 1 last year.

        How’d that work out for them?

        • Jose the Satirist

          It sent their confidence through the roof. They are still hungover from it.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            Maybe they were hungover, but Buck showed up and brewed them a big fresh pot of coffee to help them snap out of it a year and half later.

      • Chip

        Yeah, they won yesterday, so they’ll win today. Look it up, it’s a fact, A FACT

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

        I have confidence in springtime
        I have confidence in rain

    • http://twitter.com/SteeeeveO Steve O.

      If you don’t kill them early, they’ll come back. There will be more of them too. Much, much more.

  • Bryan

    Well at least we got the runner in. Hopefully Nova can continue to pitch well because we sure do need it. But I could really go for a Derek Jeter cheapie right about now…

  • MattG

    Exhibit #1,945,722 why IR, by itself, would lead to more longer games. No one even argued that call.

    • Guest

      I think that instant replays on tag plays would change the game immensely.

      Anecodatally, it feels like there are a lot of plays where the ball beats the runner, the fielder catches it and makes a quick tag, the hitter FEELS out…and then you see the instant replay and realize he’s safe. Happens all the time.

      It would be a huge change and there would be many more runs scored.

      • http://twitter.com/SteeeeveO Steve O.

        Anecodatally, it feels like there are a lot of plays where the ball beats the runner, the fielder catches it and makes a quick tag, the hitter FEELS out…and then you see the instant replay and realize he’s safe. Happens all the time.

        Heh.

        It would be a huge change and there would be many more runs scored.

        Meh, not really. The umps are actually pretty accurate. It’s not like they’re right only 80% of the time.

        • Guest

          I probably should not have been so absolute in my statement. And I do feel like the umps are right a lot on plays at first and the vast majority of strike/ball calls.

          But I don’t think they’re that great at the tag plays at the bases (they seem to be more on the money on tag plays at home plate). Moreover, they seem to be wrong in one direction way more than the other (safe, rather than out).

          • http://twitter.com/SteeeeveO Steve O.

            Really? I think it’s closer to 50-50.

          • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

            Especially tag plays. They require an umpire to be in the right position to make the call. He has to try to predict what spot that will be before the play is made and actually be able to get into that position without interfering with the play. It’s not easy and a second set of eyes (instant replay) would only benefit them, the teams and the fans. Everyone wins.

        • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

          “It’s not like they’re right only 80% of the time.”

          “Study reveals MLB umpires missed 20 percent of close calls over 184-game span”
          http://www.sportingnews.com/ml.....z0yxkKVyGt

          • http://twitter.com/SteeeeveO Steve O.

            On ‘close calls,’ that’s the key phrase. Also, a ‘close call’ is vague, what makes it a close call? 230 ‘close calls’ isn’t a big enough sample to represent all umpires.

            When I said 80% I was referring to all calls, not ‘close calls.’

            • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

              I hope it’s above 80% for all calls, it should be 95%.

              In that ~180 game stretch they blew 20% of close calls, which was 1.3 a game. That shouldn’t happen, and if they can’t make the call then replay should.

      • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

        I don’t think it would make a huge difference in the amount of runs scored. It’s not often they blow more than one, maybe two calls a game…if any. I’m strongly in favor of instant replay being expanded, but I wouldn’t expect it to impact the game much beyond getting some badly blown calls reversed…and there’s been plenty of them this year. Still, when taken as a percentage, it’s minuscule, and not enough to drastically impact leaguewide scoring numbers.

    • FIPster Doofus

      If games have to be longer in order for calls to be correct, then so be it.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Kay noticing the gum on BG’s shoe….so random

  • Doug

    With one more out, Jeter’s OPS will amazingly drop below .700

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Would that be the Montreal Expos?

    • Fred Lemondtero

      Yap!

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

    Easiest trivia answer ever, Expos. (Unless I’m wrong in which case I will look dumb. :X)

    • Thomas

      What was the question?

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

        best record in the NL at the time of the ’94 strike

        • Jose the Satirist

          My guess is the Worcester Ruby Legs.

          • Thomas

            Toledo Mudhens.

    • Greg

      what’s the question

    • Jose the Satirist

      What was teh question?

    • Cy Farnsworth

      It’s only easy because Canadians will never stop whining about how the ’94 strike (and not their terrible teams, dilapidated stadium, and awful attendance) killed the franchise.

      • Greg

        Let me guess

        WHo had the NL’s best record in 1994, like the Yanks had the AL’s best record that year.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Cy Farnsworth’s Point

          ———————

          Your head

  • Guest

    Seriously, everyone gets dropped in the lineup. It happens to everyone. Im not saying that Jeter’s sustained level of mediocre play this season necessitates a drop in the lineup (we’d be better if we did it, but I could leave with the fact that we won’t this year).

    But if we are looking at a sub .700 OPS in June of 2011 in a lineup with a bunch of guys who can hit, Jeter can’t be the one or two hitter anymore, right?

    • Guest

      live* not leave*

    • Magnus Stultus

      Would the Yankees be better off with Jeter not hitting first or second ? If the answer is yes, I would be incline to move his ass to lower parts of the lineup.

      • Guest

        Given that you want your best hitters near the top of your lineup and given that Jeter is closer to Cervelli in OPS than anyone else in the lineup today (fascinating stuff), then it would seem they would be better of dropping him in the lineup.

        • Magnus Stultus

          It’s a very sound assertion or suggestion. I think it will come down to the human elements part of it. I don’t know how it will effect the clubhouse dynamics and Jeter’s ‘leadership’ role on this team. Realistically, I just don’t see Joe G pulling the trigger on it this season.

  • Cy Pettitte

    too close for comfort Ivan

  • Yank the Frank

    Thanks God balls to right do not seem to be carrying.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Ok, yeah, I’m ready for the deep fly balls to stop now.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    For a guy who gets a lot of GB Nova sure leaves his fastball up in the zone a lot.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Beautiful pitch.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Not actually a strike, but I’m not complaining.

  • Erica

    Hey guys… joining you for some of the game. I really hope we don’t get swept by the Orioles. Honestly, it’s embarrassing. Also, I’m sure someone else has said what I’ve said but I am wa-a-a-a-ay too lazy to scroll up and read.

    • Jose the Satirist

      I’d read what you said but I’m too lazy.

      • Erica

        I’m too lazy to even think of a witty comeback.

    • http://twitter.com/SteeeeveO Steve O.

      Honestly, it’s embarrassing.

      Meh, shit happens.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    I honestly had no idea that Nova had such a good curveball.

    I was unconvinced of his big league potential, but in his short MLB stint he’s shown that he’s got the stuff to stick in a good rotation. It’s just a question of consistency.

    • Erica

      Nova is made of Teh_Awesome.

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

      I honestly had no idea that Nova had such a good curveball.

      Someone doesn’t read their prospect profiles.

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      Also a question of the league/hitters adjusting to his stuff and how he handles it, too. I don’t think he’s gone through a lineup more than twice yet.

      • pat

        Toronto has seen him twice. He did alright the second time around. Girardi yanked him early, he prob could have finished 5.

  • shawnhunter

    Watching the MASN feed, only one replay of the Gardner play, yet countless references to it. So annoying when it was that close, but I can’t say that I blame them.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    Still a lot of fly balls, Mr. Nova. Still outs. But eventually he’s gonna get burned if he doesn’t get that fastball lower in the zone.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Nova’s picking up his teammates in a big way so far. Time for them to return the favor and score some runs off this scrub.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      In their defense, Bergesen looks very sharp so far.

      • Not Tank the Frank

        I don’t think so at all. He’s benefiting from calls outside the zone (as is Nova) and has shown an average fastball and an average at best change. Yankee offense is slumping a bit these last few games.

        But then again we sure do love to disagree.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    This NY Quits commercial bothers me every time I see it. Poor little kid.

    • Erica

      At least it’s not that woman who lost parts of her fingers… eeeesh.

      • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

        That’s better than the dude with a hole in his throat!

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

      If it makes you feel any better, the kid will probably die early from second-hand smoke.

      /heartless

      • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

        From a production standpoint, I want to know what they did to make the kid cry when they were filming. Maybe they chopped up his favorite teddy bear, or something.

        • PaulF

          I saw a news report about those ads. They actually had his mom hide and made the kid think he was lost.

  • Erica

    That quit smoking commercial makes me cry on the inside, a little.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      Makes me crave creamed corn.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Ok…let’s please remind Brad Bergesen why he’s put up such stellar numbers this season.

  • Hummingbird S.

    that was just awful Tex..

  • Guest

    He is locked in.

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

    Kay is pessimistic about things that would have hypothetically happened in 1994.

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

      Kay has been pessimistic all season. Which leads me to believe that he won’t be here for much longer. Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking.

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

        Nah, he’s gonna be here forever. I still think he’s pretty good, but his pessimism this year is really unbelievably irritating.

        • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

          Will they live with a lead play-by-play guy that has to take that many road trips off? Or do they look at it as a reprieve when Kenny/Flash/Lorenz does play-by-play?

  • Bryan

    The first pitch to Cano. On gamecast it looked a good distance out of the zone. How in the world was that a strike?

    • Not Tank the Frank

      There is no such thing as a “strike zone” per se. It’s all up to the umpire and how he feels that particular day or that particular batter.

    • seimiya

      Strikezone has been huge all day for both pitchers.

  • 28 this year

    the ump is giving the outside corner. Gameday has some called strikes in the other batter’s box.

  • http://www.getweirdforfree.com Damix

    Nova profiles best as a reliever, looks to easy to spot 2nd/3rd time through

  • Magnus Stultus

    Let’s say everyone is healthy, can anyone see Nova getting a start in the playoff ? Or, is he even assure of a playoff roster ?

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      Probably not. They’re going to live or die with CC/AJ/Andy/Hughes assuming they’re all healthy.

    • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

      The only way I could see it would be if he pitched well enough down the stretch and A.J. and Javy completely blow up…much more than usual. Even then, I’d give it pretty long odds.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Nick’s knee is not feeling well at all.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Is Bergesen a strikeout pitcher? What is with all the swings and misses?

    • FIPster Doofus

      He’s only averaging 4.28 K/9 this year. The Yankees are just bad offensively right now.

      • theyankeewarrior

        He’s averaging 4.28 K/4 today!

        I think they will start knocking him around… the next time, well, around.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    Nick pulled a Rodman. Teh flop!

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Heh. I thought you meant the Rodman “hidden microphone” story. I can see Swish doing that.

  • CBean

    what happened to working the count, guys.

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      They aren’t as patient this year as in years past. That said, they lead the league in runs and OBP, so you can’t say it isn’t working.

  • Erica

    Jeter – you KNOW he’s got an edge!

    • theyankeewarrior

      Definitely!

  • Bryan

    47 pitches through 4. 0 walks and only 2 hits. Can’t help but be happy with that type of performance. While I am not saying Nova pitches like him…that is Cliff Lee like numbers. Just don’t throw balls/

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      Surely you’re not talking about the offense of the Fightin’ Bucks! I was told they’re a gritty and gutty bunch that has too much confidence to lose to the Yankees. They have nothing to lose!

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

    Wow, what a scoop.

    • http://www.twitter.com/brandonholley B-Rando

      close play…nice try on both ends by arod and big puma

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

    Wow, he was ridiculously out

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    Props to Puma.

  • Hummingbird S.

    another bad call against the Yankees..

    • Erica

      It’s a conspiracy.

    • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

      Where’s instant replay?

  • aj

    I know everybody loves football except me but is it necessary to talk football during a Yankee game??

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

    Oh come on Frankie.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Yup…this is how it starts.

  • pat

    Thanks Frankie.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Good thing that we have a defensive ace to backup Jorge.

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    Yup, Moeller can’t be any better than this whiz.

  • Erica

    Ugh.

  • pat

    Wow, what a douche. Who swings 3-0?

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

      the Yankees actually do… quite a bit…

      • pat

        THEY’RE DOOSHES!

      • Hummingbird S.

        I think he was being sarcastic

  • PaulF

    That should’ve been a solo shot.

  • NYY-SWISH

    I think this has been glossed upon previously, if only briefly, but is something up with Cano? Is it me or does he not seem himself of late? Knowing his tendencies to streak and chase pitches outside the zone every now and then, I’m hoping that he’ll be back to shooting lasers before the playoffs make their rounds in the Bronx. Maybe he’s just tired?

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    Oof. Teh fly ballz.

  • CBean

    Dammit!

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

    It was only a matter of time before one of those deep fly balls left the yard.

    • http://www.twitter.com/TomZig Tom Zig

      Not when A-Rod is here. Damn it! He single-handedly makes the wind blow the other way!

  • Hummingbird S.

    that’s impressive opposite field power. And with the help from the umps they get the lead.

  • aj

    I thought a “cookie” was a Sterling term

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Nova didn’t leave any pitches up the zone when A-Rod was out.

    Just sayin’.

    • Greg

      Also the offense seemed to be scoring runs when Arod was out.

      I still think it’s ridiculous, but now I’m starting to wonder

  • Not Tank the Frank

    That’s pretty amazing he hit that out.

  • Bryan

    Is that an ER?

    • Bryan

      Edit: Home run. That settles that.

    • pat

      Yup. It was ruled a hit, no?

      • Bryan

        Yeah. I was banking on it not being a HR since my gamecast just told me run scored. If he had scored from second via a single that would be an unearned run right?

  • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

    Jake Taylor: [Vaughn is lamenting the long home run he gave up] That ball wouldn’t have been out of a lot of parks.
    Rick Vaughn: Name one.
    Jake Taylor: Yellowstone?

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    Ten bucks says Swish is out of the game next inning.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    I’m getting really sick of Brian Roberts.

    • theyankeewarrior

      According to the Yankees, it’s okay that Brian Roberts hits like he’s Pete Rose on steroids when they play vs. him because he is a first ballot HOFer who you can only hope to contain.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Girardi: Well, Markakis was 1-2 lifetime against Ivy and Wigginton was 0-2 so the numbers were really in our favor there.

    • Jose the Satirist

      IETC

    • Hummingbird S.

      I know Girardi likes to overmanage sometimes, but this is the right decision here.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Strike out.

      Girardi’s a genius!

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

      Nova strikes out Wigginton, and nobody asks during the postgame why they decided to intentionally walk Markakis in the 5th inning of a one-run game.

      • Not Tank the Frank

        If it works, it’s the right decision. Every time.

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

          Sarcasm?

          But yeah, no one asks if the move works out.

        • Cy Pettitte

          60% of the time Girardi is correct every time

  • Chip

    The Orioles announcers are talking about how they put Markakis on for the double play……oy

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    Joe Girardi is truly lost.

    • http://twitter.com/SteeeeveO Steve O.

      I don’t have a problem with that. Markakis mashes righties, and Wiggington is terrible.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Nice strikeout, Ivan. Now, show up offense.

  • Cy Pettitte

    He made Wiggy look stupid, I enjoyed that very much

  • aj

    Ty wigginton looks like private pyle from full metal jacket.

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

      Lawrence! Is that royalty?

    • Not Tank the Frank

      Are you allowed to eat jelly donuts Private Pyle?!?!

      SIR NO SIR

      And why not Private Pyle?!?!

      SIR! Because I’m too heavy sir!

      Because you are a DISGUSTING FAT BODY!!!!

      • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

        Do you think I’m funny Private Pyle, do you think I’m cute?

      • Jose the Satirist

        I bet you’re the kind of guy that would fuck a person in the ass and not even have the goddamn common courtesy to give him a reach-around. I’ll be watching you.

        • Not Tank the Frank

          Hehehe we could go on and on….

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

      Nick Johnson does even more.

      • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

        One of the columns on the main level at the Stadium has Nick Johnson wrapped around it, as it’s decoration. I died a bit inside when I saw it the other day.

  • It’sATarp

    the offense has been pissing me off in the last few game

    • http://twitter.com/SteeeeveO Steve O.

      It’s frustrating, but it happens. Remember when the yankees were reeling off 9-run games like there was no tomorrow?

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

        Against (way) better starters than this. They’ll bounce back.

        Still terribly frustrating.

  • Hummingbird S.

    can we get the best offense in the majors back, please?

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Cervelli meant to ground out weakly to first? Really, Michael?

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    T-Rock!

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    I love pitchers with 5+ ERA’s. They are an enigma.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      So do the Orioles. They have three of them.

      • Not Tank the Frank

        Starters I mean.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cervelli making himself useful

  • Magnus Stultus

    Darth Helmet is all grit !

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

      No sir, we call it… Mister Coffee! Care for some?

      • Greg

        /spaceballs’d

        • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

          “Dark” not “Darth”, but I figured it was close enough for the movie line.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    What, no “LOOK OUT!”?

    You’re slipping, Kenny…

  • Hummingbird S.

    If I were Bergesen I’d walk Bret so I could face Mr. GIDP.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Unfuckingbelievable

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Oh come on.

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Who needs runs?

  • RalphieD

    dont hit so hard gardner..

  • theyankeewarrior

    OK, enough with the offensive struggles. Time to wake the fuck up.

    • Magnus Stultus

      I got my rally monkey with modified NY logo ready ! Time to kick some asses! Just say no to GIDP !

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

    Oh lord.

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      Cy Bergesen?

  • Greg

    This losing streak has gotten to their heads

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      lol at this

      • Greg

        Then explain it please, why they are sucking right now.

        • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

          Bad luck, with a hat tip to Joe Girardi.

        • Jose the Satirist

          They haven’t lost 4 games in a row all season. So far this year they haven’t gotten in a losing streak rut. Don’t give up hope yet.

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

          They’re in a funk. They’ve been in a funk before. They’ve been on a tear before too, and I have no doubt they’ll go back to that.

          The Yankees might average X RPG but that doesn’t mean they’re gonna go out and score exactly that every game, that’s not how any team works.

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

      Why didn’t the winning streak get to their heads then, hmm?

      • Greg

        I believe it did. That’s why Monday’s game was so important. Keep the one Sunday loss isolated

        • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

          Greg’s logic:

          If they win too much, it gets to their heads. On the other hand, if they lose too much, it also gets to their heads.

          Clearly, he wants a .500 baseball team that just alternates winning and losing every day.

          • Greg

            No, I want to win 8 in a row, lose one and then win 4-5 in row, lose one or two, win 4 in a row etc.

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

              Dude if you’re going to say your perfect ideal world thing, just have them going 162-0.

            • Donny

              so… you want the best team ever to play this game…

              • seimiya

                I’d like my team to be the best team ever. I don’t see anything wrong with that, if we’re talking ideal worlds.

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

          percentage of stuff you say that makes sense: about 14%

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      /Kernan’d

  • Jose the Satirist

    And that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    Who needs the A-lineup? They’re just the Orioles!

    • Hummingbird S.

      We get it, you don’t like Girardi and his decisions.
      Just remember, he’s the manager of the current MLB champs and… well, you’re a nobody. So let it go.

      • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

        This comment coming from you is hilarious. You’ve yet to post anything positive about the Yankees, ever.

  • Guest

    BABIP not our friend the last couple of games.

    • Guest

      Well, I guess it was there.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    The Fightin’ Bucks will NOT be the first team to sweep the Yanks at the new stadium. Just keep repeating that, and it will come true.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Looking over the Yankees season, 3 Runs scored seems to be the magic number.

    While there are some games that this does not hold true, when the Yankee score 3 or less, they lose; 4 runs plus, they win.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      That’s a reasonable result for most teams.

    • http://www.twitter.com/TomZig Tom Zig

      Isn’t that the case with most teams

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

      So when the Yankees score fewer runs, they tend to lose?

  • http://riveraveblues bob

    hard to watch this team

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

      that’s generally the case with most teams in a bit of a funk.

      • http://www.twitter.com/TomZig Tom Zig

        it’s weird that they go from so hot to so cold in a drop of a hat.

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

          Meh, most teams do. Unless a. you get a team that’s historically good or b. your team is just bad.

        • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

          You weren’t expecting them to score 8 runs a game forever, were you?

    • Donny

      try watching a team that isn’t the number 1 team in all the majors.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Hey so it’d be pretty cool if some runs could be scored by the home team.

    • http://www.twitter.com/TomZig Tom Zig

      when Brett Gardner GIDPs, all is lost.

      /kidding

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    So Nova “threw at” Bautista. Will he “throw at” Adam Jones?

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

      And by “Adam Jones” I of course mean “Wieters”.

      #fail.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    CH-AD MOEL-LER

    *clap**clap**clap**clap**clap*

  • Cy Pettitte

    oh my god Cervelli, please go

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Where did Cervelli NOT learn to block balls in the dirt with his pads?

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

    Just go away, Frankie. Go back to Trenton.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      Your just jealous you can’t look like a bobble head while typing on your computer.

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

      Let’s say, theoretically, that they benched Frankie in favor of Moeller. Let’s say they gave the exact same offensive value, and the exact same defensive value. Would you rather have the guy that’s caught the staff all year, or the veteran back-up?

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

        The guy I don’t want to punch in the face.

        • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

          That is quality statistical analysis. ;-)

        • Magnus Stultus

          Applauded ! Emotional baseball is a wonderful thing ! let it out Mike!

      • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

        If an apple tasted the same as an orange, I wouldn’t need any oranges!

        Moeller would be hard pressed to be as bad as Cervelli is defensively.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      No. I’m going to watch Trenton Saturday and the absolute last thing I want to see is Cervelli. I’ll be too close to him and don’t want to get arrested.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    I don’t care what Baseball Tonight says, the 2010 Yankees are the most fundamentally sound team in baseball.

  • pat

    How about fuckin blocking it Frankie?

  • http://riveraveblues bob

    here comes the big two out hit

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    MEANWHILE…

    Moeller twiddles thumbs in the Yankee bullpen.

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

      Since when did the bullpen become the headquarters of the Legion of Doom?

  • BadaBling

    Cmon Nova!!! Strike this fool out!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Did I just hear a sneeze in the YES booth?

  • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

    Nice rack behind the ondeck guy

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Derek Jeter?

    That guy’s got an edge.

    • swisher’s fauxhawk

      He’s so got an edge.

      • Cy Pettitte

        and he got it with that cool panoramic vista roof

  • Cy Pettitte

    Ok now get Nova the win

  • Hummingbird S.

    Captain being useful! Yay!

  • Jose the Satirist

    Anyone who knows how to use B-ref: Have the Yankees(or any other team) ever come back down 1 run with 4 innings to go?

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      IETC lol

    • Not Tank the Frank

      Only the gritty Red Sox have ever accomplished such a thing.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Not since 1997.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        And that was a different era.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Too bad Brad Bergesen and the Oriole bullpen are UNHITTABLE!

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    If we can get Nova the win today, maybe he’ll donate it to CC Sabathia?

  • theyankeewarrior

    I’d like to knock Bergesen out of this game, but I’m not sure if I want to feel the wrath of the BALTIMORE ORIOLES BULLPEN!!!!!!

  • Chip

    Well, at least the Captain put a decent charge into that one

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    The fact that Bergesen has made it through five is frustrating enough.

  • BadaBling

    Will the real Derek Jeter please stand up!!? Nice drive Jete but your edge didn’t help you this time!

  • Hummingbird S.

    Pretty play by Markakis, unfortunately.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    Kevin Long needs to put together a slideshow called “The Changeup, and How to Hit It.”

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      I’d settle for “The Changeup, and How to Lay Off It”

    • Cy Pettitte

      followed by a performance from LT about how to hit the hole and avoid GIDP

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkmyNzJQN0I

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Shear offensive dominance.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    A-Rod wants that 0-1 pitch back.

  • Andrew

    Seriously fuck John Sterling

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

      “That ball is high, it is far it iiiiiiissssss, CAUGHT in foul territory behind home plate.”

      • Andrew

        He immediately got into the “swung on and HIT DEEP TO RF…” on that last play. Then of course Markakis is catching it at the wall/warning track. Never fails to drive me crazy when I have to listen at work.

      • Magnus Stultus

        At least Suzyn is extremely attractive, I don’t understand why she is on radio.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Wow, A-Rod looks frustrated.

  • Chip

    Damn, I thought that was out off the bat

  • BadaBling

    I love watching the best team in baseball get mowed down by the 5th starter on the worst team.

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

      Well, you know Suzyn..

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      Your in luck more to come.

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

        You’re really enjoying this, aren’t you?

  • theyankeewarrior

    FUCK JOHN STERLING. And fuck Alex’s BABIP lately.

  • esteban

    AHHHH C’mon it’s Brad Bergesen. I’m not panicking in the slightest, but this is very annoying.

    • theyankeewarrior

      You shouldn’t have to announce that you’re not panicking while posting about how the fucking Yankees can’t get anything going vs. the worst pitching staff you can face in MLB.

      It’s fucking annoying as all hell.

  • Adam

    All I want for Rosh Hashana is back-to-back Yankee extra base hits…

    • vin

      Someone will get thrown out at the plate.

  • Jose Canseco the Truth

    What’s worse than getting swept by the Oriols in September while playing for the division title? What happened to the offense? Is it A-rod effect? will Robbie hit again in 2010?

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      Losing 2 out of 3 to the Nationals last year was pretty bad!

    • esteban

      a) Nothing
      b) They showed their true colors (inept)
      c) Yes. The Yankees can’t win with A-Rod
      d) Cano will likely hit under .100 the rest of the way

      • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

        There you have it folks. The first 139 games are irrelevant, only now do they show their true colors.

        • esteban

          haha, sorry for the lack of /sarcasm tag.

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

      What’s worse than getting swept by the Oriols in September while playing for the division title?
      being in Boston’s position

      What happened to the offense?
      They’re in a funk. Remember when they were ridiculously dominating? They’ll be back.

      Is it A-rod effect?
      Wahuh?

      will Robbie hit again in 2010?
      No. He has used up all his hits for this year. DOOOOOMED.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      What’s worse than getting swept by the Oriols in September while playing for the division title?

      Not playing for the division title.

      • esteban

        NO THERES NOTHING WORSE!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      They got swept? I was unaware we were playing T-ball rules.

  • http://www.twitter.com/brandonholley B-Rando

    This game is starting to get annoying.

  • Ken M

    I can’t stand to whatch this. Truly frustrating.

  • Adam

    Another good outing by the kid…any chance he gets the last post season roster spot as a reliever(over Gaudin or Moseley)?

  • Jon

    This kind of reminds me of the game aganist Jake Westbrook, when Grandy hit that go ahead 2run hr in the 8th…only…Jake Westbrook is better than bergensensen…

  • Donny

    when was the last time the yanks fielded a team (post all-star break) where none of the 2, 3 or 4 hitters bat at least .270?

  • http://riveraveblues bob

    maybe we need to lose 8 in a row to change this line up

    • esteban

      Hopefully they win again.

  • King of the Troglodytes

    Remember when the Yanks use to crush pitchers with 5.00+ ERAs?

    Yeah, me neither.

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

      too busy crushing Trevor Cahill, I guess.

      • King of the Troglodytes

        Distant memory.

  • Magnus Stultus

    WTF, G, give the homerun sign ! give it ! i want it now!

  • http://riveraveblues bob

    maybe we can go to texas and help them get out of losing 8 in row

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

      maybe you can go away because you’re really annoying

  • pat

    D-Robb is a resident of domination.

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    *Dies under the sudden avalanche of trolls*

    I would have liked… to have seen.. Montana….

  • BadaBling

    Can the Yanks come back? Who will play the Hero..? Only 6 outs for them to score…pie perhaps? Stay tuned for some Yankee Magic!

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      *buzzer*

      Oh I’m sorry, the correct phrase we were looking for was “Do the Yankees have a rally in their bones?”

      Thanks for playing everyone’s favorite game, Guess the Kay Cliche!

      • Not Tank the Frank

        Haha IETC

        And the Montana one but I didn’t want to post it twice.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Nine outs.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      9 more outs.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        He was including Cervelli’s ab’s.

    • BadaBling

      Oh yeah, 9 outs. My bad. Hopefully less if they score!

  • nathan

    Well, about time we have some correction in the walk-offs department.

  • voices

    do not re-sign jeter!

  • Yank the Frank

    Let the comeback begin !!!

  • King of the Troglodytes

    3 hits against a guy with a 1.50 WHIP. Dare I say – UNACCEPTABLE!

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      Cy Albers is about to come in and throw a perfect game like he always does against the Yankees!!!

      /you’d

      • King of the Troglodytes

        Check the stats – 19+ innings and an ERA less than 3.00. This is a guy with a lifetime ERA of 5.00 – the Yanks can’t hit him!

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      Look at the bright side, it is not like they are seeing him for just the first time. That would really make it bad.

  • PhillyMatt

    “Be careful, things in here don’t react well to bullets, Ryan”

  • seimiya

    David Robertson is a beautiful human being.

  • Donny

    obviously, the yanks, padres & rangers should give up any playoff spots they may earn. a losing streak by a division leader in september means you suck and deserve nothing.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      And confident teams like the Orioles should get said vacated spots.

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

        And the Red Sox. Just because. They are gritty and had injuries.

      • Donny

        exactly… losing to the orioles means the 2 teams must exchange records.

  • Magnus Stultus

    Is anyone concern about Cliff’s back and his subpar Texas stint as far as pursuing him as free agent goes.

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

      It has to be a concern, back problems don’t just disappear. They have to do his homework, buckle down hard on the medicals and his physical.

    • nathan
  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    Robbie is now 1 for his last 1. And this is the part where Swish unloads.

    /optimism

  • BadaBling

    Yea, a basehit! Cmon Swish, 2 run shot please!

    • theyankeewarrior

      You’re clearly asking for wayyyyy to much vs. a guy with (what’s his name again’s?) track record.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Let me see Thames here

    • theyankeewarrior

      This series is a total fail

  • Andrew

    GameDay agrees with Nick Swisher on that one.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Very nice pitch. Looked outside, but that’s too close to take.

    At least it was Bergesen’s last.

    • theyankeewarrior

      Yeah, but it was !!90mph!! so by the time he has a chance to recognize the location, it’s already in the catcher’s glove.

  • Greg

    I hate umps

  • Jose Canseco the Truth

    I am not sure how many runs the Yankees scored in Nova’s previous starts, but I dont think it was many. Anyone have that stat?

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

      2, 2, 7?, and now 1. That doesn’t really have any sort of predictability, but you’re right.

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      2, 2, 7 in his 3 starts before today.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    Too close to take, Swish.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    I’ll be honest. I agree with leaving in Berkman. Girardi doing his “faith in his players” thing. Elvis will leave the building.

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

      Sigh.

      #zenbaseball

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

    Where the hell is Thames?

    • Greg

      What are the numbers for Thames against Hendrikson

    • Cy Pettitte

      Berkman is playing 1st so they didn’t want to lose the DH or move Swish to 1st?

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

        That’s a dumb reason not to pinch hit.

        • Cy Farnsworth

          Especially when you’re playing with expanded rosters. There’s no reason that you can’t put Golson in the game if you don’t want Thames in right.

    • esteban

      There he is

  • theyankeewarrior

    Honest question: Is Marcus Thames hurt?

  • Hummingbird S.

    what an awful swing

  • Cy Farnsworth

    And that’s why you don’t leave Berkman in to face the lefty.

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    I guess Girardi is slumping too.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Come on Lance, become a True Yankee.

  • Cy Pettitte

    time for Mr. Thames to take a leisurely stroll around the park

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

    Oh, so now you put Thames in. And of course Showalter brings a righty in. If only we could have seen this coming.

    • Greg

      Was Hendrikson the only one in pen?

    • Not Tank the Frank

      Girardi and managing. The disconnect is becoming more apparant.

  • Bryan

    Berkman or Grandy vs lefty. Neither good.

  • UncleArgyle

    Berkman is so F’ing bad it drives me crazy.

    • http://twitter.com/SteeeeveO Steve O.

      He’s actually, you know, good.

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      Yeah, god, that 3 for 4 yesterday was AWFUL.

      • UncleArgyle

        My bad, I forgot how clutch those 3 hits were in that blow out loss last night. .240 is the new .340 I guess

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      What did you say about him yesterday?

      • UncleArgyle

        I said “Holy Shit! Dead Elvis made solid contact!”

    • voices

      berkman is ok, jeter is terrible

      • J.R.

        I echo Mike’s sentiment on you getting hit by a bus.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Seems to me like they should’ve pinch hit Thames for Berkman, because then Buck would’ve gone to Johnson one batter earlier and we could’ve kept Grandy in the game.

    /fallacyofthepredeterminedoutcome’d

    • Hummingbird S.

      he wouldnt have been able to go to Johnson since Hendrickson had just gotten in the game and had not faced a batter.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Buck kinda schooled JoeG. there.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      To be fair, when you’re big move is bringing in Jim Johnson you aren’t really schooling anyone.

      • Not Tank the Frank

        Hahaha very true.

      • Hummingbird S.

        good point.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    Doesn’t Thames actually have more home runs against righties this year than lefties?

  • Greg

    He would have gone to Johnson immediately if Thames pinchhit for Berkaman. THere was nothing Joe could do.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Left Grandy in.

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    I know Joe is better than this, but he’s had an awful series.

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

      I was gonna say “it’s more the offense” then that whole thing with Cervelli happened. So… no argument now, that was awful.

  • Cy Pettitte

    simply Thamesian

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Thames with a single.

    Girardi’s a genius!

  • Bryan

    And now it falls upon the Cisco kid.

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

    Cervelli absolutely can not bat here.

    • Greg

      I agree. Posada has to hit

    • Cy Pettitte

      how can you send Cervelli up there with Posada available and Moeller on the bench….this is a joke

  • BadaBling

    Pinch hit asshole!

  • voices

    here comes the slugger cervelli!

  • esteban

    On field delay, que paso?

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Is Frankie Cervelli’s batting music actually “Take Me Out”?

    Because that’s just awesome on so many levels.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Between his choice of music and his choice to dribble the first pitch down to 3rd, I really think that Frankie’s trying to tell Girardi something…

    • Not Tank the Frank

      That is seriously unbelievable. I didn’t notice that but I haven’t stopped laughing! Sweet, sweet irony!

  • Magnus Stultus

    Where the fuck is Po ? Or, anyone who can hit better than Cervelli!

  • Andrew

    Epic epic epic Girardi fail

  • pat

    Haha, thanks Frankie!

  • FIPster Doofus

    What the fuck, Girardi?

  • Bryan

    Where in the world is Jorge?

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Hahahah

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

    Girardi, I like you a lot, but I have no idea what you were doing there.

  • BadaBling

    Are you fucken kidding me right now?

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Come over to the dark side Girardi lovers!

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Keep taunting and I’ll drown your ass in the Mianus River!

      • Not Tank the Frank

        Hahaha! My old boyhood fishing grounds!?!? That’s my turf son! I die there and I come back only this time twice as powerful and with a white cape.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Haha, holy shit. We probably live even closer than we think.

  • Jose Canseco the Truth

    well, that sucked..

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

    Jorge better fucking be hurt.

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

      I’d rather not score a run in the 7th inning than have Jorge hurt.

      • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

        Who said he was hurt. There was no indication he was hurt.

        • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

          He’s not. I’m just being the annoying voice of reason.

        • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

          Although I am just as frustrated.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I have two whys on that:

    1. Why the fuck was Cervelli hitting?
    2. Why the fuck was Cervelli swinging at the first pitch?

  • Will (the other one)

    Wow. Just…wow.

  • pat

    Girardi intentionally trying to not score so we can walk off? Little morale booster?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Anytime you want to go back to Chicago that’s fine with me Joe

    • Ace

      +1

  • voices

    hahahahahaha! the slugger cervelli pulls through again – amazing!

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    Why in the world was Cervelli allowed to hit there. My God. Do we want to lose this game?

  • Andrew

    I would make a joke about clearing the pitcher’s spot but Jeter isn’t due up until next inning.

  • It’sATarp

    What the fuck Girardi…after the last few days i’m done defending you..that was just stupid as FUCK

    • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

      Welcome to the club.

  • CBean

    No seriously, where is Jorgie?

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Seriously, I just have to reiterate that the chorus of Cervelli’s batting music is “I want you…to take me out.”

    Please, please get the message Joe.

  • Jerome S

    I swear I vomited pinstripes watching that garbage inning.

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    loooooooooooooooool if George were still around Girardi would be fired for that inning alone. What an absolute joke. I could manage better than this guy.

  • kosmo

    Girardi is a monkey´s ass for letting Cervelli hit.God awful baseball.

    • STEVIS

      F. Cervelli without a doubt is the worst catcher in the bigs, Joe Gerardi is the Monkees ass for letting him hit

  • Bryan

    Only thing I can think of is that Jorge is hurting from the night game last night and that Kearns is not fully healed.

  • BadaBling

    I’m still shocked, Joey G…WTF?

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Sorry Ken, we can’t bring in Moeller as a defensive replacement. He’s Joba’s personal bullpen catcher.

    /wouldbefunnierifitwasn’tmaybetrue

  • theyankeewarrior

    Everything I’m hearing on the radio just makes me want to scream more and more.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    They should have had CC pinch hit.

  • Jose Canseco the Truth

    Cervelli the beast with risp. remember that guy? neh

  • pat

    Cervelli putting on a Montero-esque show back there.

  • Greg

    I agree. Joe droppped the ball on that one.
    But of course we wouldn’t know if Posada got a hit
    cue Michale Kay

    • Cy Farnsworth

      I feel pretty confident that Posada would’ve taken a fucking pitch.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      The odds are that Jorge wouldn’t have gotten a hit, but there is a 97.5% chance Cervelli wasn’t going to.

  • CBean

    We have 3 catchers. Even if Jorgie couldn’t catch today, he could have pinch hit and we could have brought Moeller in. Now I’m worried something is wrong with Jorgie.

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    Please, someone, anyone, defend Girardi’s absolutely fucking retarded loyalty to Cervelli. Please, try.

    • STEVIS

      no rhyme no reason .. Cervelli stinks

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

      Same as his loyalty to Mitre?

    • Greg

      The only that makes sense is that Posada was dinged up

      • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

        Even if I conceed that, pinch hit Curtis. You have a 3rd catcher on the roster for a fucking reason.

        • Greg

          Good point. Joe fucked that up.

    • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

      He has compromising pictures…I’ve heard.

    • CBean

      I never get on Joe but this totally made no sense at all.

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

      He’s a no hit backup catcher, just like Girardi.

  • Bryan

    I still can’t understand all this vitriolic hate for Girardi. We don’t know if therte are extraneous circumstances that are effecting his decisions nor do we know what would have happened had things been different. That said, we are still waaaaaaaaaaaaaay ahead in record wise that are almost all but guaranteed a playoff spot.

    In short, quit your bitching and watch baseball. Chances are very high that Joe Girardi is a hell of a lot smarter than you or me in regards to managing. Winning the World Series in MLB The Show 2010 does not mean shit.

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

      It was a really awful move, but that said some of the overreactions are just… yeah.

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      No, he’s not. You can have blind loyalty if you want. He does a good job resting the bullpen, but that’s pretty much it. He is simply not a good in-game manager.

      • Bryan

        Says what? His record? His in game decisions? How many games have they cost us? Of the 50 or however many losses this team has how many losses have actually been incurred by the wrath of Girardi?

        • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

          And how many games have they won because of his managing? It swings both way buddy.

        • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

          http://www.baseball-reference......5010.shtml

          Check out the top of the seventh. Note the two out intentional walk to Carlos Quentin, hitting .182 on the day. Quentin was the GO AHEAD run. The Yankees lead by one. Pierzynski follows with a two-run double. Yankees lose. Thank you, Joe for trying to re-invent baseball. Chalk one up in the “How many games has he cost us” column.

          • Chris

            You mean having your struggling righty walk the slugging righty to have your lefty (who’s death to lefites) pitch to a lefty? Nothing wrong with that, as far as I can tell. Unfortunately it didn’t work out, but you would have been bitching just as much if Robertson had given up a home run.

          • Chris

            And you neglect to mention that Pierzynski was hitting .208 with far fewer walks and far less power. He had two XBH before that game. Two. In the whole month of April. Carlos Quentin had 3 in the previous 2 games. So why would you want to pitch to the better hitter that is more likely to hit a HR than AJ is to hit a double?

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

        And some anonymous commentor in Jersey could do a better job? Stop fooling yourself. You are good at one thing, making an ass of yourself on a baseball blog.

        • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

          Oh no, heaven forbid I criticize the manager on a baseball blog! You can go fuck yourself.

          • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

            “I could manage better than this guy”

            Ross in Jersey 3:23 PM.

            Anonymity is fun isn’t it..

            • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

              Yes, that was completely serious. I’m currently negotiating with several teams for my first baseball management job.

              Are you stupid or just plain retarded?

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

                Easy.

              • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

                Doesn’t matter if it’s serious or not, it’s an inane statement.

                You’re just a fan. No need to froth at the mouth.

                • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

                  Your powers of perception are simply astounding.

            • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

              Because no one has EVER said the same thing?

          • Not Tank the Frank

            Relax folks we’re all on the same team.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      I don’t make any claims to being smarter than Girardi, and I don’t even think that Joe is a particularly bad manager.

      But with expanded rosters, a 3rd catcher, and Posada on the bench there is just no explanation for letting Cervelli hit there. None. It was a horrible, indefensible call.

    • Jose Canseco the Truth

      You maybe taking it a little personal. This is what fans do. JG makes a bonehead move by not pinching Posada and we get to analyze it. We dont know, but Jorgie should have pinch hit. How can you watch baseball and not bitch?

    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

      Amen..

      Anyone that says they can do x better than y in regards to anything MLB baseball related cannot be taken seriously..

      • It’sATarp

        pretty sure 99% of people can see posada is a better hitter than cervelli. It’s not rocket science…but apparently for girardi it is.

        • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

          This was reply to 2 comments. Ross was explaing that he could do better than Girardi at managing a baseball team.

          • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

            So is this what your day consists of? Picking out posts on baseball blogs that are clearly sarcastic reaction to a frustrating situation? Keep it up, Ace!

      • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

        Why do you even post here then? Half the posts of the authors on this blog are critical of Yankees management or suggesting things they cannot do. What kind of communist state do you live in where people shouldn’t be allowed to express their opinions?

        • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

          Because when people say Yankee fans are ______, They are talking about people like you.

          I hope to educate.

          • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

            ‘are the most knowledable fans in baseball?’

            Thanks!

            Seriously, you need to relax. If you go after everyone who questions the manager like this, you’re going to be in for some long nights.

        • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

          Everybody off the ledge.

    • A.D.

      When the yanks lose, people get irrationally angry, when they potentially lose 3 straight to a terrible team, this gets worse.

      However these types of series likely happen every year, shit happens in 162 games.

  • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

    Cervelli was 1-1 vs. Jim Johnson. Perfectly good reason to keep him in.

    • bonestock94

      1.000 batting averages don’t grow on trees.

    • voices

      it was probably a blooper! LOL!!!

      • It’sATarp

        defenders decided to take a play off

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    Teh flag!

  • BadaBling

    I convinced Joe wants to lose this game, does he owe Showater some money? That’s the only excuse I can think of.

  • voices

    please get jeter out of the top of the lineup! he is terrible HIGH STRIKEOUTS and really low obp around .330 !! Man up cashman and do not re-sign this old bum. HE IS DONE! TIME TO TURN THE PAGE

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

      he shouldn’t be batting first but WTF this is awful

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Wow, don’t know which is worse, Cervelli’s hitting or Girardi’s managing.

    Luckily, the radio booth is sponsored by Lowe’s and they sell brooms.

    Let’s sorry build something together.

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

      You mean… too-geth-ahhh.

  • pat

    I remember when i wanted Boone Logan dead.

    • http://dontbringinthelefty.blogspot.com Lucas AA, aka don’t_bring_in_the_lefty

      Everyone did, except me. BOONE 4EVAH

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Haha, the irony.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Boone Logan is synonymous with utter domination

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    Vote: which WB Mason series of commercials do you like better? Stanley, or the Bean Brains?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I choose: blindness.

  • Greg

    Let’s see if the Yanks bail GIrardi out

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Hey, so, I feel really bad about all that shit I said about Boone Logan back in April/May.

    • A.D.

      Eh, he legit sucked then, since then he did what everyone wanted to see back them, him pitch at AAA, perform well, and earn a promotion

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Every time I see that “Pixels” commercial, it just reminds me of Rob Dibble.

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    We seem to have made out in the Melky for Logan trade. If you try to tell me there were other players in that deal I will plead ignorance. We are at war with Eurasia!

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    Swing, Brett!

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Ok ok ok. Top of the order needs to score some runs. This team needs a win after the way this game has gone.

  • Adam

    So wait…you mean people overreact to a handful of pitching performances in April in figuring out how effective a player can be?

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    Jeter hits a homerun and gets a curtain call. Ready? Set? Go.

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

      Or grounds out to short. Again.

      • Magnus Stultus

        Honestly, I rather be seeing Nunez than Jeter right now.

    • esteban

      I do enjoy your optimism though (no shots)

      • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

        It’s the Arrogant Bastard Ale, talking. Sober? I’d be very angry.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    6 for 54? Holy crap.

  • Guest

    What effect will it have on Jeter’s contract if he OPS sub .700 and hits sub .260?

    Id much rather see him hit .350/.450/.520 the rest of the way and the Yankees have to pay him a lot of money because its not my money; but I wonder how much (if anything) Jeter’s performance is saving them.

    • Magnus Stultus

      I don’t think it will have a lot effect on his contract negotiation at all. He is going to get paid around what he is getting paid now.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    I sense a Tex message.

    • Greg

      Service blocked

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Jeter grounds out.

    He should just stand there instead of swinging at this point.

  • Yank the Frank

    I’m feeling nauseous

  • FIPster Doofus

    Pathetic.

  • pat

    Awesome inning.

    • theyankeewarrior

      awesome series

  • theyankeewarrior

    GOD FUCKING DAMNIIT

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Tex with 3 k’s.

    I think there is a bet between Tex, ARod and Jeter on who can have the highest average without going over .270

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

      The price is wrong, bitch.

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

    I hate everyone.

    • esteban

      On the Yankees, or here, or both?

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

        Mostly here.

        (I’m joking, but wow. There are a lot of asshats around today.)

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

      Except Andy Pettitte.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Am I the only one who thinks “The Town” will be “The Departed” Lite?

    • esteban

      more silly accents, less compelling story? Yes

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Haha, awesome.

  • BadaBling

    I liked the O’s alot better under Trembley. This game…

  • Bryan

    Well this game was a team effort. And it took everyone to suck (aside from Nova) to help bring about this loss.

  • It’sATarp

    can we please stop making excuses for jeter and bat him lower. Move swisher or grandy up depending on the pitcher. i seriously can;t watch anymore of jeter’s at bats uz it’s just getting painful

  • Jose Canseco the Truth

    I would like to know how many balls Jeter actually got out of the infield during his current slump. I remember him flying out a few times over the weekend and i know he jacked one a few weeks ago maybe. But it seems like his every out is to short or second. Does anyone have a stat on how many balls he hit into the outfield in the past 6-8 weeks? I would like to know the infield/outfield splits.
    Its almost torturous to watch him right now.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      didn’t see the bounce on the throw but did it ricochet into the outfield. If so does that count?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Not including today, Jeter has hit 10 balls out of the IF since the beginning of the homestand (8/30-9/7).

      • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

        Awesome!

  • Greg

    THe Yankees Took the Orioles lightly and they are about to be swept by them.

    Half of theat 8 game winning streak is now in the drain.

    • esteban

      What does that mean? Did they unwin those games?

      • Greg

        Basically yes, statistics wise.

    • A.D.

      potentially losing 3 games wipes out half a winning streak?

      • Greg

        4 games

  • Roy Munson’s Rent

    I think we all need to calm down and pop in the 2009 World Series DVD…Hey look! Damon’s stealing 2 bases! Oh, happier times…

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      Nope, don’t need to do that. I’ll just head over to espn.com, find the “MLB” tab, find the “standings” tab, and voila. I’m feeling fine.

  • voices

    jeter made an out? so shocked. DO NOT RE-SIGN HIM CASHMAN! The team is already crippled by OLD-ROD’s ridiculous contract!

  • Magnus Stultus

    I need to talk to my good friend Cannabis if the Yankees lose this game.

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Oh for God sake’s Derek.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    That would be some boos.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Great throw, sir.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Damn, it must be clinic day at the Turn2 Foundation.

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    You guys, stop complaining. Baseball is too complicated for poor peons like us to understand. We must accept that everyone on the Yankees are simply smarter than us, and unquestionably agree with everything they do.

    Thank you, Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog, for opening my eyes to my prior mistakes.

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

      I’m not dead!

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

      I didn’t really agree with what SNAITB said, or rather his tone, but strawman arguments never help.

      • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

        Yeah, just needed to get that in. I’m done!

        • esteban

          Who is this SNAITB?

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

            Sir Not Appearing In This Blog.

            • esteban

              Well yes, but I feel like I’ve missed some going ons lately. Who it be?

    • esteban

      Who you talking about Willis?

  • Cy Pettitte

    I’d love to see Jeter sitting down at the negotiating table with a straight face asking for 15-20m a season for the next 4-5 years

    • Cy Farnsworth

      And he’d like his new contract to come with a cool panoramic vista roof.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      How sad is it that I just scrolled up to the lineup to confirm that there was no way for Cervelli to bat this inning without the Yankees at least tying?

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    I doubt that there were 44,000 people in the stadium.

  • Slappy White

    I just got in from work. I guess I havent missed much. Especially offense

  • Roy Munson’s Rent

    Hi, I’d like an order of pie, please.

  • Guest

    Has anyone noticed anything materially different with Jeter’s swing? Approach? I know he is swinging a lot more at pitches out of the zone leading to weaker contact, but is there something else going on other than approach?

    Is the bat-speed any different? Pitch recognition issues? Anything that scouts would look at as age related skills drop-off?

    • DJH

      I think his bat speed is going. I have noticed him foul off a ton of pitches towards RF that he would normally hit fair and I also notice him roll over towards 3rd and SS which would indicate to me he is trying to cheat and speed up his swing.

      So I think it’s mostly a bat speed/timeing thing.

    • It’sATarp

      Thank fucken God for nick swisher

    • It’sATarp

      Thank you swisher. I seriously thought the game was done after the 8th, where the team showed no signs of life

  • Tubby

    Pours a glass of ice cold milk and polishes my sterling silver pie server to a mirror finish.

    It’s go time.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    I’m ready for Clutch-Rod. Or the MVP. Or for something Swishalicious. One run, guys. One run ain’t so hard.

  • http://dontbringinthelefty.blogspot.com Lucas AA, aka don’t_bring_in_the_lefty

    The bullpen dominance is nice to see.
    I want some pie …

  • Yank the Frank

    Alright, I’m all in. Let the comeback begin!!!

  • bonestock94

    VOMIT ON MY SWEATA ALREADY

  • http://riveraveblues bob

    1 2 3 9inn coming up

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      You must be so disappointed.

    • esteban

      wrong already.

  • theyankeewarrior

    This closer is electric. I don’t see how anyone could ever get to him.

  • pat

    Arod won’t let us puss out like this.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    Pinch runner?

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

      Oh hell yes.

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

    Time to bunt!

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      It’s the right way!

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

      Small ball? Pschaw.

  • Magnus Stultus

    AJ, stop punching the clubhouse door for a sec, ready the fucking pie!

  • Tubby

    It’s time to musk up.

  • Jose Canseco the Truth

    Who the Hero?

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

      Berkman becomes a True Yankee today.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    This is a good team this is a good team this is a good team this is a good team…

  • Cy Pettitte

    If they can’t get a run in maybe we should start giving the bullpen guys so AB’s, they been pretty hot lately

  • Greg

    remember wieters has a great arm

  • Andy

    Why the fuck are you pinch running for Alex? Is he hurt or not? If he’s not hurt, then he’s plenty fast. If he is hurt, then dont play him until he’s 100%. We need him in October.

    • Adam

      Simple. Nunez is faster and can steal a base.

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    Somebody, save us!

  • Guest

    Stop it, Joe. Stop it. I seriously fear for my remote. Girardi has done this so consistently with A-Rod this year, that Im starting to think he will do it in the playoffs.

    And if he does, and Tex gets IBB before Nunez/Pena in extra-innings.

    Me = not happy.

    • Andy

      He did it last year in game 5 against the Angles. I was furious. Alex isn’t that slow.

  • Adam

    Two hard hit balls…good sign.

  • voices

    wish jeter gets to bat and gets plunked in the head (like really hard) with the bases loaded. career over, game over, yanks win!

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

      Wow. You’re awful.

      • voices

        so is jeter!

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

          Dick.

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

      You’re a piece of shit. I hope you get hit by a bus.

      • Slappy White

        Didnt know if I could go that far, but I think you summed up my feelings for this fuck

      • Scooter

        1,000 internets to you, Mike! Thanks for saying what a lot of us were feeling

    • andrae

      i think this is a dumb ass comment. defend it. or say your kidding.

    • Slappy White

      Thats fucking disgusting

    • voices

      I wasn’t in the right state of mind when I made this post! I’m sorry!!!

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

        Think about what you say before you fucking say it. He’s having a bad year, we’re all really frustrated. But there’s a difference between expressing frustration and being an asshole. Here, you were a total goddamn asshole.

      • He Who Shall Not Be Named

        Still doesn’t make you any less of an asshole.

    • DallasGreen

      id like to hit u in the head punk

      • voices

        is this the part where we exchange addresses?

  • Cy Farnsworth

    PIE!!!

  • Guest

    SWISH!!!!!!

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

    Thank fucking God.

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    SWISH!

  • RalphieD

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • FIPster Doofus

    OH MY FUCKING GOD

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    BOOM.

  • bonestock94

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Cy Pettitte

    Swisher sweets, oh my fucking god, so good!

  • Yank the Frank

    Swishalicious!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    SWISHER I LOVE YOU

  • Chip

    DAAAAAAAAAAAA SWWWWWWWWIIIIIIIISSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHH

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

    Thank you friggin’ Jesus.

  • theyankeewarrior

    MY OPTIMISM PAYS OFFFFFF!!!!!

  • kunaldo

    PIE!!!

  • Jack

    Fuck. Yes.

  • Zooboy

    Had it all the way.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Boom.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Thank God. That is UUUUUUGE!

  • esteban

    In play run(s) is such a pleasant sight.

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      Ohhhh yeah. I had to contain myself, being at work and all.

  • Bryan

    OK…stop yourwhining.

  • Frigidevil

    Swishtastic!

  • BadaBling

    I love you Joe, SWISHER SWEET!

  • Jose Canseco the Truth

    Yes, Swish loves pie!

  • Greg

    Our savior

    • Chip

      You are so not allowed to celebrate, you have to be pissed that we beat those gritty underdogs and their confidence

  • Tubby

    Finally…Burnett gets to do something he’s good at.

    • Zooboy

      And he still missed!

  • DJH

    A-Rod + Swish!

  • A.D.

    and don’t have to jump

  • bonestock94

    SHOW ME IN THE PIE MASN, DONT BE SORE LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • S.King

    berkman just said, “you jerk”

  • Adam

    Suck it haters!

  • Thomas

    Thank you Swisher for reminding me just how awesome you are; I had forgotten.

    I hope the pie is rocky road ice cream.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Pie! Fuck yeah

  • RalphieD

    OH SNAP…KIM JONES GOT IT GOOOOOOOOOOOD

    • FIPster Doofus

      hahaha, she’s doing the interview w/ pie on her face

      • Chris

        TWSS

  • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

    Woo!

    If you were here Ross from Jersey, I would give you a hug.

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      *extends hand*

  • Magnus Stultus

    Pardon me, Ladies and Gentlemen for a sec. But ,Effffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffing Yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    Dear Nick Swisher,

    Thank you for saving me a night of despair.

    Love,

    Zanath

  • Not Tank the Frank

    We can all be friends again :-)

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno
  • Cy Pettitte

    Swisher walkoffs are just that much better

  • esteban

    Thank Mo for Swisher to stop save the season (and more importantly, stop the complaining.

  • Andrew

    Wait was Nunez the pinch runner the whole time in that inning? John Sterling said it was Greg Golson literally all inning long.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      It was Nunez.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Haha, in spite of myself I have to love Sterling.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Swisher saved, Swisher saved, Swisher saved my life tonight

    /Elton John’d

  • China Joe

    Nicky Nails. Who needs two healthy knees anyway?

  • Greg

    Dare I say, a confidence boost from Nick the Stick

  • UncleArgyle

    A 2 run Swish for Nick Smasher! About time someone stepped up today!

  • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

    Everybody can step back from the ledge now.

  • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

    Cue the “playoff preview”

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Over/under: 7.5 “playoff preview” comments (or variations thereof) during the series.

      • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

        Haha really? WAY over.

  • http://riveraveblues bob

    great win

  • Tubby

    We are all Bucky Gunts tonight.

  • Jerome S

    8.5 Innings of complete hell, 1/2 inning of complete swishalicious.

    Questions: Swish gets the RBIs, Who gets the run? Nunez or Arod?

    • seimiya

      A-Rod, I believe.

  • Greg

    And if Boston can somehow beat Tampa Bay tonight. This whole ordeal becomes obsolete

    • esteban

      They’ve already almost undid their 8 game winning streak though. They unwon those games right? http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....nt-1102737

      • Greg

        If they lost today half of the streak would have been by your words “unwon”
        I didn’t say the whole winning streak was gone

        • esteban

          That still doesn’t make sense. They won those games no matter what.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          If they won 8 in a row, then lost 4 in a row all season long they’d win 108 games. I’m cool with that.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Ha. They lost 2 of 3 to Baltimore. In a 162 game season. Even if they had been swept, while frustrating, it would mean nothing.

      Calling it an ordeal is just going too far.

    • Bryan

      Lucky numbMagic number down to 15!

  • Leo

    Walk offs have been so rare this year I had almost forgotten how awesome they felt and how funny pies to the face are. Thanks Swish!

  • tom

    Watched it on Game Cast, and, of course, you don’t know what it looked like coming off the bat. But it just kept carrying.

    I may have needed this as much as the team did. Having a rough week, and I really needed a lift. Thanks, Swish.

  • BadaBling

    Swisher is sweet with the 2 run smash. Way to bail out Giardi there swish!

  • Total Dominication

    I really love Nick Swisher.

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    Nick Swisher, Troll Conqueror, at your service.

    • esteban

      haha win.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      ::golf clap::

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

      A+ sir

  • cano is the bro

    walk off homeruns are so refreshing

    fuck yea swish

  • seimiya

    You know, every time he does this, I just feel so, so, SO bad for everything terrible I said in his direction during the ’09 postseason.

    <3 swish forever.

  • Captain Jack

    A-Rod exits the game, the Yankees win…coincidence? I think not. It’s time to bring back Peter Abraham and extra wide press chairs.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    Concussion symptoms for Posada?

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

    Posada had concussion symptoms. He probably could have pinch-hit anyone but Cervelli, but that explains that.

    Feel better Jorge :( :( :(

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      Eek. Well that certainly explains it. Concussions are a bitch. Just ask Joe Mauer. I hope this doesn’t linger nearly as long.

      • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

        Justin Morneau*

        /fail

        • seimiya

          I was gonna say….

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      Not to harp on it but.. with a 3rd catcher, it didn’t have to be Posada. Anyone could have pinch-hit in that spot (Kearns? Curtis?)

      • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

        Well Kearns is pretty banged up as well. Curtis would have been a fine option, though. At least he usually puts on good at bats (or he did when he was up here before). But I guess it’s moot now.

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

        One run game in the seventh, maybe he figured they could score at least 1 run in the next couple innings?

        • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

          lol, you are a great troll.

          • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

            I’d disagree. I’d say you are someone who quickly overreacts to things.

            But you are free to call me a troll, and I am free to respond without taking the bait.

            Have a great day Ross.

            • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

              No, I can identify a troll quite easily. A troll attacks the person, not the argument. If you want to stalk my comments, fine. It’s quite clear that you are, because you somehow picked my comment out of a myriad of much more outrageous ones and harped on it endlessly. Joe’s moves in the 7th, even with Posada’s injury, were head-scratching and questioned by every single commenter here. You haven’t defended any of Joe’s decisions in the slightest, just dropped in like you know better than all of us. How dare I question the manager and think a mere fan could do a better job!

              That, combined with the way you referred to Yankee fans, just makes it clear to me that you’re a fan of some other team who wants to troll RAB. Good for you.

              Or maybe you’re just Cervelli’s brother.

              • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

                Actually I did get in late to the game. When I starte going through comments I saw your “I can manage better than Girardi” comment. It rubbed me the wrong way no matter how you meant it.

                And I still think you are wrong. Curtis or Kearns have a slightly better chance of getting on base than Cervelli, but then you have no backup catcher if the Yankees tie it which is a distinct possibility in a one run game.

                Would you have been happy if Moller came up later and could not have been pinch hit for?

                • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

                  If it rubbed you the wrong way, fine. You still responded to it like an arrogant prick. You say I overreacted, fine. I’m not the type of person to let someone drop in and talk to me like like I was some doomsday fan acting like the season was ending. It was legitimate criticism echoed by everyone and their mothers.

                  I still don’t understand your logic. Are you saying they shouldn’t have played for the tie and hope for the best? I thought that was baseball 101. When you’re losing at home, get the game tied first and worry about winning the game later. If Kearns/Curtis came in and got that run in, I would have been perfectly fine with Moeller batting in extra innings. At that point the Yankees would have had a much higher WPA than they ended up having.

                  • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

                    Depnds of the time of the game. If Girardi had enough confidence that Cervelli plus 2 more innings was enough time to score 1 more run and still have some flexibility in case the game went long then he made a fine decision.

                    You all were really ripping the hell out of Girardi without forethought, that’s arrogance.

                    You can continue to call me names, I called you an ass once, if that helps you to compensate, that’s cool.

                    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

                      I don’t see how you can think that makes any logical sense. Why hold on to a flexibility for a hypothetical situation that may never (and didn’t) happen?

                      Also, it’s not arrogance, it’s ignorance. There was plenty of forethought involved. Believing one should never be questioned is arrogance.

                      Don’t try to turn it around and play the victim, either. I didn’t say anything to you, you chose to drop in and both insult and stereotype me based on one comment. If you’re surprised at the reaction I don’t know what to tell you.

                    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

                      You hold on because with two outs the upgrade from Cervelli to whoever could have picnh hit wasn’t big enough to outweigh using up a catcher.

                      And really questioning the call at the time was totally warranted, it was the utter skewering of Girardi that was over the top.

                      arrogance: “an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions”

                      I think we’re both guilty of arrogance.

                    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

                      And for the record, a few posts up I said “I know Joe is better than this, but he’s had an awful series” I have a feeling if you read that first you wouldn’t have said anything ;)

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

        Like I said, he could have pinch-hit others. But – whatever. Let’s just hope Posada’s okay.

        • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

          For sure…. when I hear concussion, that makes me worry. With how long Morneau and Bay have been out due to concussion and post-concussion symptoms, losing Posada for the same amount of time would be devastating.

      • Moshe Mandel

        But its no longer a slam dunk. Its Curtis (Kearns is hurt) or Cervelli, and using Curtis means you need to put your last catcher in the game. The gap between Curtis and Cervelli is not THAT huge statistically, and Cervelli has hit well for the last week. I woulda gone Curtis, but thats not an awful move at all to stay with Frankie.

        • Chris

          It also means you lose your last outfielder – unless you want to put Pena out there if someone gets hurt. Considering that Swisher just missed a game or two with a bad knee, I wouldn’t be confident in not having a backup for him.

          • Chris

            Oops… forgot about Golson, or did he come in to pinch run? I was listening on the radio and Sterling was confused.

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

      … Montero now?

    • Chris

      Wait?!?!?!?!? Are you saying Girardi isn’t the dumbest manager ever in the history of sports? That’s unpossible.

  • Roy Munson’s Rent

    That was, in the words of Jerry Manuel, “Gangsta”.

  • Chip

    Can we send the people who think the sky is falling back to LoHud now?

  • China Joe

    Great that Nova got off the hook there. With the way the non-CC starters have been throwing recently, 6 innings and 2 runs feels like an 11-inning shutout.

  • viasistina

    When will the Yankees figure out that their boutique seats are sorely overpriced? Sitting here looking at entire sections that are almost totally empty.

  • Bryan

    Said it once and I’ll say it again…

    extraneous circumstances that are effecting his decisions nor do we know what would have happened had things been different. That said, we are still waaaaaaaaaaaaaay ahead in record wise that are almost all but guaranteed a playoff spot.

    In short, quit your bitching and watch baseball. Chances are very high that Joe Girardi is a hell of a lot smarter than you or me in regards to managing. Winning the World Series in MLB The Show 2010 does not mean shit.

    Quit your bitching acting like a know it all. Apparently you knew jack shit.

    • esteban

      there is some good and some bad in this statement. People should not criticize people for some decisions Girardi makes because, yes it’s true that it’s impossible to know all the circumstances and what players are actually available. On the other hand, calling people out like this is not productive.

      • Chris

        Every single time that Girardi has decided not to bring someone in who was an obvious choice to come in (like Posada pinch hitting today), it turns out there is an injury that’s preventing them from playing. It’s happened over a dozen times in the last 3 years, so people should have learned by now. Wait until you hear the details before ripping him.

        • esteban

          I certainly haven’t ripped Girardi. I really trust him. A lot of his moves either end up working out in the short term or the long term, especially his bullpen moves. I think Girardi realizes that the Yankees have room to breathe, and gives guys opportunities to see who he can trust for the playoffs.

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

        That. I have no problem with criticizing Girardi’s management or team players. But there’s a way of doing it without being a jackass. But, on the other hand, there’s no point in being a jackass in response to other jackasses.

        • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

          Critizes the call, not the man. If, at the end of the season it turns out that a bunch of bad calls(if they do end up being bad calls) cost the team, then critize the man.

          • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

            I dont knw how to spell criticize apparently.

            • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

              Now I’m curious to see if you ripped Joe Torre after the way he managed the 2004 ALCS ;)

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      Oh my god, get off your high horse. Just because a move ended up working out doesn’t justify it. If Swisher doesn’t hit that home run and we lose would you still have made this post?

  • Guest

    Thurman Munson time for the magic number counter.

  • Klemy

    You know what really sucks? My Sporting News app said we lost 2 to 1 when I checked it, only to read this and see it was a walk-off. Then I refresh and they fixed the score to say 3-2. It’s a text roller coaster!

  • voices

    This should be the playoffs lineup:

    LF Gardner
    RF Swisher
    1B Teix
    2B Cano
    3B OLD-ROD
    C Posada
    DH Montero
    CF Granderson
    SS Jeter

    • Klemy

      You will be highly disappointed.

    • Slappy White

      OLD-ROD is not funny or true…Jackass

      • voices

        is jeter old?

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      Sounds reasonable. I was thinking Pena/Nunez for Jeter though.

      • Tubby

        and I’d probably put Pujols at DH and move OLD-ROD down to 8th, but whateves…

    • It’sATarp

      OLD-Rod got one base to set us up for the win

      • voices

        old isn’t an insult.

    • Jerome S

      This is idiotic, ARod with all of his RBI’s and you bat him fifth?

      • voices

        you’re right, how could I miss that :(

  • Adam

    So…anybody feel bad about killing Girardi? Anyone? Any takers?

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      Colin Curtis could’ve pinch hit…

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        Colin Curtis, in 48 ML PAs: 250/313/386. Cervelli, in 384 ML PAs:263/319/330. Is the little extra power that big of differnce to get excited about?

        On top of that, you would have to bring in your only healthy catcher, which managers are wont to do.

        • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

          Well, Curtis would also be a RHB facing a LHP. It’s a small upgrade, but still an upgrade.

    • Scooter

      At work, I was tracknig via Gameday, and wondered WTF when I saw Cervelli hit. Someone here pointed out that MAYBE Posada was unavailable.

      If not, I just figured there was some screwed up “let’s show confidence in Cervelli” moment. Hope Jorge is OK.. and yeah, don’t mess with concussions

    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

      If they did, they wouldn’t admit it here. It might make them second guess themselves before doing it tomorrow night.

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

        If they did, they wouldn’t admit it here. It might make them second guess themselves think twice before doing it tomorrow night.

        FTFM

        • It’sATarp

          Okay so i was wrong when i didn’t have perfect info? It was a rational complaint given the circumstances. I wouldn;t have been mad at girardi had i knew posada was injured. You can’t really fault someone to be pissed that posada was not hitting when they didn’t know he was injured until after the game

          • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

            Depends on what you said. If you ripped Girardi and said he should go to Chicago then you should apologize. If you said something like, “Crap why is Cervelli hitting , I wonder why he’s not being pinch hit for”, then no apology neccessary.

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      Are people’s memories really this short? There was more than one questionable move in this game. The Cervelli at-bat was the most glaring, but I guess with a win all is forgiven.

  • BadaBling

    Jesus on the mainline, tell em whatcha want, Jesus on the mainline…tell em whatcha want! Call em up, call em up!

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    Lost in the excitement was how great Nova pitched. Made one mistake to Wieters and that was it. And it’s good to see he was actually allowed to finish the 6th inning!