Sep
15

Game 146: Momentum

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Last night’s victory was anything but easy, but Jorge Posada‘s late homer and Greg Golson‘s huge, huge outfield assist have the Yankees feeling good about themselves and momentum squarely in their corner. Of course, that and $2.25 will get them on the subway. Or will it not? I can’t keep up with the fare hikes anymore. But I digress.

Tonight’s start is probably the biggest of Phil Hughes‘ young career, a game in which his team needs him to provide not just bulk innings, but high quality innings. The Rays are throwing Jamie Shields, and in the unlikely event that one of the Yankees will see this, HE’S GOING TO THROW A CHANGEUP. I can’t stress that enough.

First place in the line (at least until next week), and it sure would be nice to go into the off day with a little bit of breathing room, no matter how small. Here’s tonight’s lineup…

Jeter, SS
Granderson, CF
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Cano, 2B
Berkman, DH – .491 OBP since August 8th, the best in baseball
Posada, C
Kearns, LF
Curtis, RF – wow, I figured Golson would start tonight just because of that throw

And on the bump, it’s St. Philip of Hughes.

Another 7pm-ish ET start tonight, with the game available on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy.

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  1. PaulF says:

    I bet Ben knows the Subway fare.

  2. Magnus Stultus says:

    Is there any reasons that Noesi shouldn’t on this team as well?

  3. Of course, that and $2.25 will get them on the subway. Or will it not? I can’t keep up with the fare hikes anymore. But I digress.

    Did you see the Post article that said a quarter of unlimited monthly/weekly Metrocard buyers are throwing money down the drain?

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/l.....IHrbiDRYpK

    • RL says:

      Good for the NYC Metro Authority. Maybe that 1/4 can help keep fares down for the rest of you subway dwellers. (Glad I don’t have to pay NYC fares anymore. Disappointed I haven’t been able to get to YSIII)

  4. I almost am beginning to think the Yankees haven’t ended the season at home in half a decade because MLB just assumes they’ll be playing in October, anyway.

    I’m okay with this.

  5. Oh, and apparently BOTH Callis and Piliere (Piliere in his chat) said they’d take Montero over Harper.

    I’m also okay with this.

    • Magnus Stultus says:

      That is saying something about Harper as well, consider the guy hasn’t even play pro ball yet while Montero is already putting up very impressive AAA numbers as 20 year old .

      • Well, Harper’s stock took a big hit once they moved him from C to RF. His bat moved from “ZOMG will he be the best ever at his position?!??!” to “He’ll be a great hitter… at a position full of other great hitters.”

        Jesus might be a shitty catcher and possibly a first baseman, but he’s still a catcher at the moment.

        Oh, and Jesus hasn’t been doing what he’s been doing against high-schoolers and JC pitchers.

        • Magnus Stultus says:

          True. Harper’s numbers in JC is ridiculous and let’s what he can do with better competition.

          I believe his value has dropped due to the position move. That is mainly organization decision due to concern over durability issue. I also think Washington expects OF as easier progression route than catcher, hence, having Harper on a possible quick path to major to use him as franchise drawing card. But you have to give him the credit for having the proper athleticism to do so.

          To be put in the same sentence as one the best hitting prospect (Montero) while not having yet to swing one pro pitch is impressive in it’s own rights.

          p.s. I am still gaga over some of the moon shots this kid hits as a 17 year old regardless of the competition.

  6. HyShai says:

    Cmon Berkman has had very limited AB’s over that span.

  7. bill says:

    yamkees 14 rays 12 tonite

  8. bill says:

    This could be a fun night.

    • Carlosologist says:

      Yeah, Phil’s probably going to give us five or six solid innings and the offense is going to poop on Shields like they did at the Stadium after the ASB.

  9. larryf says:

    Golson’s play in rf plus his speed made me think about him in RF and Swish as DH.

    it would give us a helluva bench and a huge upgrade defensively…

    I guess not…

  10. Ellis says:

    Shields has thrown the changeup 25% of the time this year, he mixes it up really nicely. Similar rate as Cole Hamels, the most deadly change in the game right now.

  11. Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog says:

    I’d like to take a moment to thank the Yankees for almost never making us watch meaningless games in September. Unless of course they’re meaningless in a good way.

  12. Mike HC says:

    Fantasy keeper question: I can only keep one: Konerko, Prado, Victor Martinez or Aramis Ramirez.

    More specifically, is Prado worth keeping because he is the youngest by like five years, or he is not as good as the others to be worth it?

    Any opinions would be appreciated. But considering it is a fantasy question, would not be offended if no answers.

  13. Name the pitcher time:

    Pitcher A:
    34 starts, 238.2 IP ( IP/S), 2.49 ERA, 8.2 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, 0.6 HR/9, 7.5 H/9, 1.135 WHIP, .227/.287/.318 against

    Pitcher B:
    31 starts, 225.2 IP ( IP/S), 2.39 ERA, 8.5 K/9, 2.6 BB/9, 0.6 HR/9, 7.3 H/9, 1.095 WHIP, .220/.280/.319 against

    Who are they?

  14. Magnus Stultus says:

    Matt latos and Felix?

  15. RL says:

    Glad to have the game nationally. Not looking forward to ESPN announcers (Miller and Morgan tonight?)

    (fires up the HDTV & surround sound)

  16. Across the pond says:

    Anyone else like the rays broadcast booth? Always liked them for some reason.

  17. Magnus Stultus says:

    mmm, last guess, Josh Johnson for player A. I don’t think because it will be surely be some no namers thus making the proposition of this trivia interesting to begin with.

  18. bexarama says:

    If the Yankees lose in some awful way tonight I’ll be back to like “sob sob I hate baseball” mode, but watching FREAKING MARIANO RIVERA fist-pump the crap out of last night’s win was just awesome.

  19. Kit says:

    I vote that they revoke James Shield’s “Big Game” nickname now that we know he only got it because his roommate in the minor leagues was a Laker’s face.

  20. Mike HC says:

    That .262 avg is looking good … compared to the 260 avg a couple of days ago. Hot streak, ha.

  21. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Good start, Jeets.

  22. Carlosologist says:

    Jeter is on a roll as of late.

  23. Mike HC says:

    Jeter slowly rounding back into form for the postseason?

  24. Anyone have a scouting report on Ring? What’s he throw, why wasn’t he called up earlier, etc?

  25. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Very nice AB from the captain

  26. Cy Farnsworth says:

    DJ came to play today.

    • Kit says:

      That’s El Capitan to you.

      /unnecessary

      And yes, I agree. He’s looked better at the plate, which is incredibly awesome.

      • Some more line drives combined with some BABIP love (finally, it seemed like none of those grounders were finding holes earlier) has him looking a lot better for sure.

        • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all) says:

          He seems to be “seeing” the pitches much better as of late, he doesn’t seem so desperate swinging at 50 ft. breaking balls anymore.

  27. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    I don’t know how Teixeira can play through a broken toe. When I broke my toe (note: I was like 5 years old) I cried like a like a b**** and couldn’t even walk.

  28. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    NICE!!!!!!

  29. Kit says:

    No, they weren’t, Al! Do your research!

  30. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Solid at-bats, boys.

  31. 27 pitches already for Shields. Me likely.

  32. Kit says:

    I like this inning. C’mon, Robbie.

  33. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Robbie.

  34. rek4gehrig says:

    Dontcha know!!!!

  35. Cy Pettitte says:

    Yea Robbie, good stuff, let’s get some more

  36. Carlosologist says:

    Just keep on rollin’ boys.

  37. ShuutoHeat (Passion>all) says:

    Heh Big Lame James Shields ain’t so hot tonight.

  38. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Ugh, Puma.

  39. Aaaaargh he looked safe.

  40. bexarama says:

    Berkman what the heck.

    At least his pitch count is up?

  41. All Star Carl says:

    Man what a killer.

  42. Mike HC says:

    That ump is out of control. What was with that crazy punch out? I would want to knock an ump out after that overly emphatic out call.

  43. Kit says:

    C’mon, Lance. You can’t be hitting into DP’s like that. Get ‘em next time, boys.

  44. Across the pond says:

    Ahhh fattie

  45. bill says:

    shit his pants lance

  46. Carlosologist says:

    James Shield is a good pitcher… for me to poop on!

    /Triumph’d

  47. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    I’m multitasking between the Yankees game and Drabek’s start. Drabek’s got an awesome curve.

  48. UncleArgyle says:

    Damn you Dead Elvis and the salary dump you rode in on

  49. Kit says:

    Alright, Phil. We need awesomeness from you, so be good, please.

  50. Mike HC says:

    For people watching YES, is that green screen behind the hitter for ad space for ESPN, and YES just does not use it for anything? Or is it something different altogether.

  51. Brooklyn Ed says:

    YES….I by passed the MLB blackout restrication!!! thank you proxy server.

  52. nathan says:

    Naturally, ESPN didnt show a replay of that DP. Was that close or was Puma out clearly.

  53. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Phil throwing the 84/85 change. Good

  54. Carlosologist says:

    Phil, go shave. The face scruff is exclusive to those douches in Boston.

  55. All Star Carl says:

    Not tagging at first? Who cares he stole the base right after that.

  56. Mike HC says:

    Hughes looked extremely good that inning. I hope he keeps it up.

  57. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Jorge with the most heavily pine’ tarred helmet in baseball.

  58. Oh Kearns, you are not helping things lately.

  59. Cy Farnsworth says:

    C’mon Kearns.

  60. Cy Pettitte says:

    Kearns holy shit…so slow

  61. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Kearns. does. nothing. right.

  62. Kit says:

    Aw, Kearns, don’t help them out.

  63. Mike HC says:

    Berkman is out of his mind. He was dead before he even turned first base.

  64. Jake H says:

    Great first inning.

  65. UncleArgyle says:

    C’mon Kearns. You’re not fast buddy

  66. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Eh, Golson’s throw was better. I give it 2 out of 10. Next…

    • ShuutoHeat (No Douche Beards Here) says:

      Golson’s throw was 1000x better, he was flat footed and had no momentum because he was backing up to get the fly ball.

  67. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Kearns finding new ways to annoy.

  68. Across the pond says:

    You just got the feeling once he went for 2 he was out

  69. Wow, I turned to the TV when I thought James was throwing his first pitch, and Curtis was struck out already. What the hell!

  70. All Star Carl says:

    Why do we have to see Colin Curtis starting when hes clearly over matched.

  71. Slappy White says:

    Just got home, did we get an update on Swish and Gardy today ?

  72. Cy Pettitte says:

    oh man, when Kenny said sitting on 99 I was thinking here comes 100, lol.

  73. Ansky says:

    Lets get another win tonight!

  74. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Perfect through two innings. IS TONIGHT THE NIGHT!?!?!?!?

    /WishfulThinking’d

  75. Sorry this is not a reply, I feel it’s important! @Brooklyn Ed:

    As someone who works in IT, proxies are incredibly unsafe. You’re basically routing all your internet traffic, unencrypted, through an unknown person’s server. It’s a great way for someone to steal your passwords and/or your indentity, and get infected with viruses or worms.

  76. Doug says:

    Look at all these pop-ups Phil is getting. That’s great stuff.

  77. Slappy White says:

    ESPN actually putting a fairly good broadcast team on tonights game. o Sutcliffe, Morgan, Miller or Berman….Thanks ESPN

  78. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Phil getting the change and curve over and throwing plenty of them so far. Best part of the game so far…

  79. Carlosologist says:

    … was that really a mob reference? smh Kay

  80. All Star Carl says:

    Besides BG, I don’t think anyone takes as many hittable pitches as A-Rod.

  81. Accent Shallow says:

    And that’s why Longoria has a Gold Glove.

  82. bexarama says:

    Because this is sorta Open Thready and stuff: apparently Meija (that’s right, right? I’m never sure) did something really bad with his shoulder. Oh my gosh, that franchise. It’s just kind of sad at this point. :(

  83. Hawaiian Punch Guy needs to one up Porkchop Guy by throwing Kim in the Rays tank.

  84. Accent Shallow says:

    So is Phil back to throwing the slow, looping curve?

    Not necessarily opposed to that.

  85. Hughesus Christo says:

    Good to hear Girardi reaming out Gardner for being overly aggressive while he shits the bed with his decision-making every night.

  86. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Joe Maddon is a genius.

  87. Jon in CUO says:

    Does Phil throw a slider? Kevin Kennedy on the Rays broadcast seems to think so.

  88. Kit says:

    This may just be one of the more boring conversations the booth has had with Kim.

  89. rek4gehrig says:

    Hey Kim, talk about the Yanksm will ya?

  90. Cy Pettitte says:

    oh Kay, you so funny

  91. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    I wonder how Michael Kay ever found love.

  92. rek4gehrig says:

    Meanwhile, Phil is dealing

  93. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    94 on the inside corner. Nasty.

  94. Hey look, when Hughes locates his fastball, good things happen. It’s almost like freaking out about his secondary pitches is a tad overblown!

    • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

      or when his secondary pitches are on he has more confidence in not having to throw the fastball all the time..and it becomes more effective

  95. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Kay and his usual creepiness

  96. Carlosologist says:

    Damn, I would have liked to see Kim jump in the ray tank on camera.

  97. Hughesus Christo says:

    That’s not the first time Kay has made Kim an offer she could refuse…

  98. mikebk says:

    beast mode

  99. Jon in CUO says:

    Another Kennedy-ism: “The Yankees are going to need 4 starters in the postseason this year, should they get there.”

  100. bill says:

    would like to see yankees put up a 5 spot here lets no hit the rays let go yankees

  101. Slappy White says:

    Just checked the Blood Pressure….120/80….thanks Phil

  102. Klemy says:

    At what point in time is it okay to add “Sir” in front of Phil’s name?

  103. Carlosologist says:

    Answer: 2001 Mariners and A’s

  104. bexarama says:

    Quiz answer: 2001 and 2002 AL West?

  105. JGS says:

    2001 AL West

    116 win Mariners
    102 win WC Athletics

  106. All Star Carl says:

    Would they shut the hell up about that play?

  107. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Crawford’s tag up was stupid, the end.

  108. Slappy White says:

    Fisted

    /ChipCarey’d

  109. rek4gehrig says:

    Time to put this discussion on MUTE

  110. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    RISP!!! let’s go guys

  111. bexarama says:

    My lord, Kay is fired up about this

  112. All Star Carl says:

    Posada turned on the burners folks.

  113. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Jorge can fly baby!!!

  114. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Holy crap. Did Posada just beat a DP?

  115. Crawford’s tag up last night = worth spending 20 minutes on

    Making Granderson bunt two nights ago = not worth mentioning

  116. Carlosologist says:

    Posada beat out the back end of 6-4-3. I’m impressed lol

  117. Guest says:

    Nice slide

  118. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Come on, Kearns. You fuck face.

  119. Zooboy says:

    Austin, we have a problem.

  120. Kearns… wow. Get better soon, Gardy.

  121. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    What an asshole.

  122. cjc says:

    wtf was thst

  123. Slappy White says:

    Kearns cant seem to do anything right tonight

  124. Kit says:

    I would appreciate you not being completely helpless here, Colin.

  125. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Can Golson do any worse than kearns? I do not like the guy with RISP. He seems easy to pitch to.

    Curtis sucks too

  126. Carlosologist says:

    Damn, that moment reminds me of the first time I went to a game when I was 6. I want to be a little kid again lol

    • Kit says:

      That was basically me and my older brothers as a kid, except I’d get the “YOU’RE A GIRL, YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE A BASEBALL,” bit. Good ol’ fashioned childhood sexism.

  127. kunaldo says:

    Kearns really puts the K in…Kearns.

  128. Congratulations, Austin Kearns. Yankees fans must always irrationally hate at least one member of our team to the point of calling for his instant benching/DFA/assault/death, and you’re the flavor of the moment.

  129. Joe West's Music Career says:

    Holy crap. Michael Kay just said something so legitimately witty that I laughed.

    /looking out the window for flying pigs’d

  130. All Star Carl says:

    Kearns and Curtis. This is just pathetic.

  131. rek4gehrig says:

    Kearns-Curtis duo at it again :-(

  132. Mike R says:

    It’s really frustrating watching Kearns the past couple of days, I feel like every at bat he’s taking the worst swings and trying to check himself on pitches clearly out of the zone. I can’t wait to have both Gardner and Swisher back, it shortens our line up so much playing Kearns and Curtis. Hopefully they’ll both be back soon. We really can’t afford to be stranding runners with no outs, Kearns can’t even get a sac fly..

  133. Tom Zig says:

    At least we have Shields’ pitch count up.

  134. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Shields at 80 through 4. Let’s get to that bullpen.

  135. Kearns and Curtis fail to drive in the run.

    This is Joe Girardi’s fault somehow, I’m sure of it. It doesn’t make sense, but just roll with it.

  136. Jake H says:

    Wishing for a hit with RISP

  137. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    The only thing good about Kearns being so bad is we will see less of him in the post-season I hope.

    putting a positive spin on our injuries

    • Guest says:

      He’s not a great hitter, but he’s certainly a solid one who could provide some pop off the bench/security in case someone gets hurt.

      He’s in a slump right now. They happen. He’s still a useful part of the team.

    • theyankeewarrior says:

      The best thing about Kearns is that he has a short, compact swing and rarely strikes out…

  138. Tom Zig says:

    and 6 changeups in that AB? Im pretty sure that’s more than PHughes has thrown this year.

  139. bill says:

    yankees are getting going i think 5 runs next inn

  140. PaulF says:

    Since Gardy can play D and run, why don’t we just stick him in there and forbid him to swing. He takes a ton of pitches anyway, so maybe they wouldn’t notice. He could draw a few walks.

    • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

      Nick Johnson with speed! He could crouch down further to shrink the strike zone. The Bill Veeck midget strategy. I like it.

  141. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Is Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love the only thing on Tropicana’s playlist?

  142. theyankeewarrior says:

    Where is Tampa going to pick up the extra game in their schedule so the .5 is gone? Am I reading the schedules wrong? I don’t see where we have an off day and they play someone….

  143. Ben says:

    The Yankees struggle so much with runners at third and less than one out, yet Girardi refuses to force the issue with a squeeze.

  144. bill says:

    balt o,s just keep winning.

  145. Accent Shallow says:

    Phil Hughes has thrown 34 less pitches than Shields.

    Love it.

  146. bill says:

    no hiiter getting into rays head

  147. Mike Axisa says:

    We have visual confirmation, Hughes is officially in Beast Mode.

  148. Jake H says:

    Gbs are great

  149. nathan says:

    I am sry, i know Longoria is a good player and MLB is desperately looking for a young new face who has no *suspicious* power but calling him a shoe-in to the HOF in those ‘beyond baseball’ spots is ridiculous

  150. Magnus Stultus says:

    Kearns is starting to expand the zone a lot and he hadn’t been doing that before.

  151. lol, que the “Hughes should start in game 3 over Burnett” tweets from the same columnists who have been writing how awful he’s been lately.

  152. Mike HC says:

    Is it still crazy of me to envision a time where Hughes and Joba lead us to a championship as our 1 and 2 starters?

  153. Accent Shallow says:

    5 IP? 90 pitches? Should have gotten more than one run.

  154. Eirias says:

    Damn, he is good.

  155. Slappy White says:

    Come on Phil, no disgrace to give up a hit to a future hall of famer

  156. Kit says:

    In case you forgot, Evan, you’re a member of the Rays franchise. You’re supposed to take your strike outs like a man and allow Phil to no-hit your team.

  157. bexarama says:

    Matt Joyce, this facial hair looks awful on you

  158. Where’s the obligatory mention of this being the first time he’s worked out of the stretch in the game?

  159. Dear Michael Kay, Jason Giambi hasn’t played for the New York Yankees since 2008. It’s time to let go.

    (He was actually a pretty good signing in a period of shitty ones, anyway)

  160. Slappy White says:

    Jorge with the Hands Of Stone

  161. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Posada putting on a clinic back there.

  162. Kit says:

    C’mon Phil, continue your awesome, please.

  163. Accent Shallow says:

    What the shit was that fuck.

  164. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Well, that one hurts.

  165. Guest says:

    XBH are better than singles.

  166. Cy Pettitte says:

    5th inning = no good

  167. Kit says:

    Eesh. Not ideal.

  168. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Rays winning the RISP battle so far…

  169. Eirias says:

    Fuckballs? Fuckballs.

  170. I hereby propose that Axisa is not allowed to post positive comments about a pitcher until said pitcher is out of the game.

  171. Mike R says:

    Don’t know why you wouldn’t throw Johnson a curveball in that situation..

  172. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Dan Johnson, you are supposed to do that to the Red Sox you idiot!

  173. Eirias says:

    We’ve got plenty of time.

  174. Carlosologist says:

    The offense is swinging the bat pretty well. Let’s get them next inning.

  175. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Dan Johnson? Really?

  176. Frank says:

    6 base runners left on and now they are losing. Pathetic.

  177. cjc says:

    Dan Johnson Reid Brinigac whats next fucking Navaro

  178. bill says:

    rays have 2hits 2 runs yanks 66 hits 1 run,now we will score 10 runs

  179. Wait I don’t understand, why didn’t Johnson squeeze there?

  180. Magnus Stultus says:

    Beast Mode is downgraded to pitching well.

  181. bill says:

    young yankee pitchers can,t get out of 5inn????????

  182. Slappy White says:

    Don Zimmer annoys me by only dressing in uniform when they play the Yanks or sometimes the Red Sox……Fuckin Troll

  183. All Star Carl says:

    This his how the Yankees have been playing for a week now.

  184. Josh says:

    where’s his changeup?

  185. Carlosologist says:

    HIP HIP

  186. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow, great throw by PoPo

  187. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Jorge putting on a clinic out there!

  188. Cy Farnsworth says:

    I dunno what’s gotten into Jorge recently but I like it.

  189. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Nice one, BJ. Why don’t you go give your more talented, better looking brother a BJ because he’s more talented and better looking than you….idiot…

    …Really mean.

  190. bill says:

    4inns 3hits 2 runs good job phil yankees about to kick ass

  191. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Loved Gardy behind Arod on last night’s game ending play. Very alert and wasn’t stunned and immobilized by the fact that crawford could be as dumb a baserunner as….Gardy!

    Got my tix for Andy vs O’s. $22 upper deck behind the plate but hope to move down…

  192. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Cano decides to rake the week I face him in the playoffs.

  193. Kit says:

    C’mon, Robbie.

  194. jonathan says:

    nothing gets me going quite like guys that don’t get the runner in from 3rd with less than 2 outs in a close game. I don’t know if it’s a Kevin Long philosophy, or they just don’t listen to him or what but when all you need to do is make sure you make contact and hit it to the right side of the field, it’s not that tough to do with MLB talent. But these guys go up there acting like they have to hit a HR to save their lives and get totally exploited. I just wonder what the team and Kevin Long have to say as their philosophy in those situations, especially in close games without a star hitting. I’m guessing it’s the players just trying to do too much but it’s gotten to the point where I almost want Long to talk to a guy right before he goes up to remind him to cut down on his swing and not to try and do too much. You would think that wouldn’t be necessary in the major leagues.

    • If you listen to the Yankees at all you know there is nothing that Kevin Long preaches more than getting in the runner from 3rd with less than 2 outs. Sometimes, it just doesn’t happen.

      • jonathan says:

        well obviously he wants them to get the runners in…what hitting coach doesn’t want his team to score runs? I’m wondering what their philosophy is. What pitches do they look for? What adjustments if any do they make to their swings? Stuff like that.

      • bexarama says:

        I’ve been assured that every time any other team has a runner at third with less than two outs, they get them home. Every. Time.

        • jonathan says:

          this is a totally unnecessary comment. nobody has said anything close to what you’re trying to make fun of. all i wonder is what our philosophy is and people pull this bullshit. you come off as just wanting to argue.

    • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

      good point Jonathan. Shortening the swing for contact is not something you will see from the likes of Austin kearns. The Babe gets his cuts up there.

    • it’s not that tough to do with MLB talent.

      That statement is literally never accurate. It’s ALWAYS tough to execute things in baseball, no matter how much MLB talent you have, because the other team also has MLB talent.

      • jonathan says:

        tommie, it really isn’t. if you have baseball talent, and ALL you’re looking to do is make decent contact the other way, it’s a lot easier than you think. of course the other team has mlb talent. i’m not saying it would happen 100% of the time but if that is your entire approach and you’re willing to sacrifice yourself and cut down on your swing you should be successful very often.

        when you just want to go the other way your front side stays closed, you get to see the pitch longer since you aren’t trying to open up and pull it, and with a cut down swing your bat control increases. obviously line outs and hard groundballs might not get it done, but if your approach is what I said and you are a legit MLB player, you should be able to get this done 80% of the time (total guess on the %) but higher than the average success rate of driving in a runner from 3rd with less than 2 outs.

        • If it were that easy, every team would do it all the time.

          It’s not that easy.

          • jonathan says:

            you’re constantly circumventing my point. i’m saying their approach isn’t just trying to cut down and hit the ball the other way. they try and do too much or don’t have the correct approach for that situation. that accounts for AB’s like Kearns had with Robbie at 3rd. Did Kearns look like he was cutting down on his swing to try and go the other way? or did he look like he just opened up and hacked at everything he swung at?

            • What I’m saying is, your contention that shortening his swing and trying to go the other way is “easy” and “effective” is wrong on both counts. It’s not easier to go the other way (because the pitcher knows what you’re trying to do and counteracts you) and not more effective (because the defense knows what you’re trying to do and counteracts you).

              I’m not circumventing your point, I’m rebutting it where it’s flawed.

  195. Jake H says:

    Super frustrating game.

  196. Mike R says:

    We get shields to 80 pitches by the fifth and in the sixth inning Cano and Berkman strike out on 3 pitches… That’s some sort of joke..

  197. Hm, so is Shields going to come out for the 7th? Obviously he’s gotten better as the game has gone on.

  198. cjc says:

    there is just no reason to continue to be shut down by this guy

  199. All Star Carl says:

    You can’t help but laugh at the futility with risp.

  200. Carlosologist says:

    Because I was bored, I decided to look up what Brian Roberts was up to this season. From what I gathered, he’s a doubles machine.

  201. jonathan says:

    I think maybe it’s time to actually hammer that first pitch get me over curveball. He’s gone to it a lot and we just give up on it as soon as they see the spin.

  202. It'sATarp says:

    what the hell is wrong with our offense? we should have like 5 runs off shields right now

  203. Slappy White says:

    Kearns with another chanc. Im betting he gets a big hit here

    /degenerategambler’d

  204. C says:

    Why is Kearns always up with RISP?

  205. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    105 pitches for Shields. Kearnsy has him where he wants him Please get an unlikely 2nd hit of the game Austin…

  206. Wheeler’s warming up. Looking forward to seeing him again.

  207. Frank says:

    YANKEES + RISP = FAIL

  208. Accent Shallow says:

    Well that inning really sucked.

  209. BigBlueAL says:

    They should have pinch-hit Ramiro Pena for Kearns. lol

  210. trueblue says:

    Kearns blows

  211. It'sATarp says:

    /face palm this team with RISP is just pathetic to watch

  212. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    Although he saw a lot of pitches that at-bat, Kearns has just not looked good lately. Gotta wonder if he’s still injured and if he is, it would probably be better to go with Golson…

  213. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Kearns-nothing solid about him. Pretty flabby all the way around.

  214. FOX guy isn’t holding a bat OR a ball. I feel cheated, somehow.

  215. Henry says:

    Austin Kearns kinda sucks.

  216. Pasqua says:

    Maybe it has something to do with the length of his swing, but Kearns’s swings-and-misses are epically bad-looking.

  217. DallasGreen says:

    pretty much have seen enough of austin kearns

  218. It'sATarp says:

    So like where were those people who wanted to kearns to start over Grandy?

  219. Frank says:

    Berkman and Kearns can get the hell off this team! Thanx for nothing Cashman!

  220. Mike R says:

    Hopefully Hughes can get our offense back on the field quickly.

  221. Avi says:

    i’d rather have Zach Macalister than kearns – at bat..

    • Mike R says:

      That being said I’d atleast like to see someone who fouls off a pitch or two. I feel like Kearns has fouled off maybe 2 pitches in the past two days.

  222. Did Kernan really just drop a “rather have Johnny Damon” bomb on Austin Kearns? Holy shit does he hate the Yankees.

  223. bill says:

    Yankees will win this game on a kearns home run u watch

  224. Colin’s eyebrows caught that ball.

  225. Magnus Stultus says:

    This Yankees team are 17th in Avg (260) , 9th in slug (426) where home run and xbhs comes into play, and 8th in OPS with runner in scoring position.

  226. The shortstop with the best fielding percentage?

    /pastadiving

  227. bill says:

    and 11 0 before a day off

  228. Mike R says:

    Hughes did his job, Let’s put some hits together, preferably with RISP!

  229. Magnus Stultus says:

    Here is to hoping some bitch slapping on Qualls.

  230. Big Stein says:

    Yanks better get going before Soriano get up.

  231. Ben says:

    Excellent six innings from Hughes. Real good command of all three pitches (and even the change has been decent). Just victimized by one bad pitch.

  232. bill says:

    get your lucky hats on here we go great job phil

  233. Slappy White says:

    Dont swing Colin, just dont

  234. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    So let’s have Shields throw 125 pitches….

  235. Accent Shallow says:

    Curtis finally does something worthwhile, and there’s a fielder in the way?

    Oy vey.

  236. I’m still so bummed about not being able to get that Snoopy. Someone hook me up.

  237. Mike R says:

    I’m glad Curtis can atleast have some productive at-bats, see some pitches and hit the ball. I really think the Rays kept Shields in too long, sucks we didn’t take advantage.

  238. Carlosologist says:

    CC (the not 6’7″ one) smoked that. I thought it was a double inside the line.

  239. It'sATarp says:

    well if we can;t hit qualls after seeing him for the second time…then we are in trouble

  240. Avi says:

    Hughes is pitching a much better game than shields but shields is up 2-1. that’s what happens when you hit the way the yankees are with RISP

  241. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    MOTHER FUCKER.

  242. Mike R says:

    Holy shit, I really hope the Captains not hurt.

  243. DAMN YOU QUALLS, DAMN YOU TO HELL

  244. Kit says:

    Oh fuck you, Qualls, don’t fucking hit our shortstop.

  245. I thought that hit the bat at first, too. No reason Tampa shouldn’t make the play there.

  246. Jake H says:

    We want runs

  247. HAHAHA that’s hilarious. Great job, Derek.

  248. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    oh thank god. Jeter must have picked up some acting skills shooting all his commercials.

  249. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Haha. Good selljob, DJ.

  250. Accent Shallow says:

    Hell of an acting job by Jeter there.

  251. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Wow, did that not even touch Jeter? Because he acted the hell out of it.

  252. Kit says:

    Oohh…it did hit the bat. (laughing) Oh Derek.

  253. Carlosologist says:

    It hit the bat :p

    Jeter’s an excellent actor.

  254. Cy Pettitte says:

    slick Jetes

  255. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    An the Oscar goes to Derek Jetah…number two.

  256. Slappy White says:

    OK, to all those who spend alot of your time bashing Jeter, tell me you werent worried when he grabbed that hand

  257. Mike R says:

    LMFAO.. I see the Captain got some good acting lessons from “The Other Guys”

  258. Pasqua says:

    Win if you can, lose if yo must, but always cheat? Don’t know how I feel about that.

  259. vin says:

    “There is no way this umpiring crew will overturn this. They are afraid of the Yankees.”

    -Rays radio broadcaster.

  260. Big Stein says:

    throw him out!

  261. UncleArgyle says:

    I didn’t think Jeter had it in him. Imagine if A-Rod pulled that?

  262. Wow, the Rays got fuuuucked on that call.

  263. Steve O. says:

    So, I’ve had a virus on my laptop for the past few days, and was unable to have access to the internet. Just installed it now, and the first thing I do is go to the RAB game thread. Not that I have a 5 page paper due tomorrow, or that I have a psychology test tomorrow, because I don’t. Maddon’s getting tossed.

  264. Kit says:

    Someone get that man an Oscar. And eject Maddon.

  265. Esteban says:

    Nice job DJ that’s why you’re the captain.

  266. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Maddon you piece of SHIT.

  267. Maddon gets thrown out because the umps make a shitty call? Ridiculous.

  268. jonathan says:

    what an EPIC leash they’re giving him unless those are a lot of gosh darns and hecks…ah…mid sentence. he gone.

    hawk’d

  269. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Well, you can’t really blame Maddon for arguing that one.

  270. Esteban says:

    IN-STANT RE-PLAY
    right?

  271. Guest says:

    Now. Can you imagine if A-Rod did this? It would be a huge national calamity fit for a week’s worth of discourse.

  272. Slappy White says:

    Are you calling me a liar?

    /captain’d

  273. Steve O. says:

    Derek Jeter finding any possible way to get on. I like it.

  274. VO says:

    After the ump threw out Maddon the radar gun for Yes said 89 mph. Ump has a gun.

  275. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Wow. Jeter steals second on the first pitch-with a broken arm. What a stud!

    :-)

  276. ShuutoHeat (No Douche Beards Here) says:

    Jeter showing off one of his many intangibles.

  277. looool wow that is a great acting job. Incoming rant from Maddon after the game about how the Yankees get all the calls.

  278. Steve O. says:

    Make them pay, Grandy.

  279. Kit says:

    Haha…the acting job just gets better with that little look.

  280. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Haha, watch Jeter’s eyes on the replay. Awesome.

  281. bexarama says:

    AHAHAHA nevermind my “shitfuck” or whatever I said, epic acting job by Jeets

  282. ShuutoHeat (No Douche Beards Here) says:

    Is that fucking Garza in the dug out all pissy?

  283. Cy Pettitte says:

    the replay is so good, that didn’t come anywhere near his hand, what an acting job

    ump=fucking idiots

  284. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Derek Jeter can sell crappy Fords.

  285. Alan says:

    This is golden, listening to the Rays feed of the game. I live around Tampa and the Sunshine TV announcers are furious.

  286. Mike R says:

    Chad Qualls has a 7+ERA can we please get to this guy the second time around.

  287. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    The academy award for Best Actor in a Drama – Derek Jeter.

  288. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Now Kearns will know what to do next at bat.

  289. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Derek Jeter?

    That guy’s got an edge.

  290. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Honestly the ball looked like it caught the jersey before the bat.

  291. Mike R says:

    HELL YAH GRANDY, ATTA BOY!!

  292. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    GRANDY!

  293. Guest says:

    The Grandy man can

  294. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    FUCK YES SHIT TITS!!!!!!!

  295. Cy Farnsworth says:

    The Grandy Man Does!

  296. Oh, that is not going to make Maddon a happy man! GRANDY MAN!

  297. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Acting pays off…

  298. Kit says:

    FUCK YES!!! Derek you sexy beast. Your acting chops are incredible.

  299. Cy Pettitte says:

    THE GRANDY MAN CAN

    Jeter acting job = genius

  300. And BOOM goes the dynamite!

  301. Alan says:

    Derek Jeter, American Hero.

  302. Magnus Stultus says:

    Yeah , Bitches ! Quall ‘owned’!

  303. jonathan says:

    FUCK YA CURTIS GRANDERSON YOU TWO HAND SWINGING BEAUTIFUL MOTHER FUCKER! SUCK THAT SHIT RAYS DUGOUT.

  304. Jon in CUO says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    I’d like to think that was karma for the Rays’ TV broadcasters. Non-stop whining after DJ getting to first.

  305. L.O.L.

    I do feel guilty about that one, wow.

  306. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    I’m Curtis Blow and I want you to know!

  307. Pasqua says:

    Thank god the Rays’ middle relief sucks.

  308. Bah. Granderson should have squeezed Jeter in from first.

  309. Mike R says:

    I’d like to see Marky Mark smack one now, he’s got 2 singles all with a broken toe.. Props, this guy’s a tough mofo.

  310. Jake H says:

    Your face Joe Maddon

  311. Pasqua says:

    In all seriousness, does anybody think that, if this score holds, the Jeter “HBP” becomes a story? I can almost see the MSM trying to stir the pot with this.

  312. Jose the Satirist says:

    So how is that change of scenery working for Chad Qualls?

  313. Accent Shallow says:

    Chad Qualls on that replay: “that line drive makes me more upset than my choice in facial hair!”

  314. Carlosologist says:

    What a game. This game and last night’s should be Yankee Classics.

    • Guest says:

      Monday’s game was spectacular too.

      These two teams would make for an amazing ALCS.

      • Carlosologist says:

        They will. Tampa Bay has become the new version of the Red Sox to me. There’s going to be a couple of epic series between them, but we’ll come out on top as always.

  315. LGY says:

    I wanna win this game so bad now

  316. Big Stein says:

    TRADE GRANDERSON

    HE SUCKS!

  317. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Baseball. What an amazing game.

    /Derek Cheatah

  318. ShuutoHeat (No Douche Beards Here) says:

    36

    Number of Rays fan referring to the Yankees as cheaters on the internet tomorrow.

  319. Jon in CUO says:

    Phil gave up a two-run shot after a missed strike 3 call, Grandy gets a two-run shot after DJ’s acting job. Sounds even to me.

    Kevin Kennedy is talking about how this play challenges the legitimacy of baseball’s competitiveness.

  320. bill says:

    joba wood mo day off thx

  321. Well, the Yankees didn’t score any runs after the Granderson homer. He effectively killed the rally with that play. Just awful baseball there, Curtis.

  322. Esteban says:

    People better not question the Yankees’ ‘hearts’ after the last two games.

  323. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    I said this right as granderson homered so it got lost…but that ball really could have knicked his jersey before the bat.

  324. jonathan says:

    With the off day tomorrow I say Joe goes all Ron Washington if he needs to. All hands on deck for a batter or two.

  325. JobaWockeeZ says:

    It’s funny that the MSM will say the Yankees cheated and MLB should stop this but they’ll proceed to say how instant replay kills baseball and the human element.

  326. Cy Pettitte says:

    Has anyone ever been like “hey, no, that didn’t hit me” when they were given a base?

  327. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    If we win 3-2 I sign off my rights to this game being officially known as the

    Derek Cheatah Yankee Classic

  328. Big Stein says:

    I’m watching this on ESPN telecast and they’re fucking freaking out.

    they so hate the yankees, they’re unable to contain themselves.

  329. Brooklyn Ed says:

    Chad Qualls doing what he does best for the D-Backs, blowing games!!!

  330. Doug says:

    P. Hughes still drawing hell of weak contact. That’s great hustle.

  331. Accent Shallow says:

    Thought the game was tied right there.

  332. The Flip, The Dive, The HBP.

  333. Magnus Stultus says:

    Granderson has certainly hit some memorable home runs this year. Off the the top of my head , Cleveland , AZ and this.

  334. jonathan says:

    Jeter really “sold it” but when the ball hits the knob it wrings your hand like crazy and the vibration probably made him toss the bat. holding his hand afterward…not sure sure about that.

  335. Betty Lizard says:

    How do I love Curtis Granderson? Let me count the ways.
    I love him to the depth and breadth and height
    His socks can reach . . .
    I love him to the level of every game’s
    Most quiet need, the RBI double and Center Field Save.
    I love him freely, as the Yankees strive for Home Field Advantage;
    I love him purely, as the Yankees turn from the Wild Card.
    I love him with a passion put to use
    Without my old griefs, and with my true fan’s faith.
    I love him with a love I seemed to lose
    In that Texas Series, — I love him with the breath,
    Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, with Mo’s Grace,
    I shall but love him better after clinching the Division.

    (H/T Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

    • It’s poetry night, baby.

      ————-

      I’ve known rivers:
      I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
      flow of human blood in human rivers
      My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

      I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young
      I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
      I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
      I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
      went down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its muddy
      bosom turn all golden in the sunset

      I’ve known rivers:
      Ancient, dusky rivers.

      My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

      • Betty Lizard says:

        Oh yeah! From Langston Hughes to Wallace Stevens:

        I do not know which to prefer,
        The beauty of inflections
        Or the beauty of innuendoes,
        Cano about to swing
        Or just after.

        (Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Yankees)

  336. Accent Shallow says:

    Sit your ass down, pretty boy.

  337. Cy Pettitte says:

    that breaking ball was filthy

  338. Greg says:

    Perfect curve from Hughes

  339. Carlosologist says:

    Nasty CB from Phil.

  340. Oh I love it when Mature Hughes pitches and mixes effectively.

  341. Cy Farnsworth says:

    What a curve by Hughes.

  342. jonathan says:

    logan here….?

  343. Kit says:

    Uno mas, Phillip. Don’t let Grandy and Jeter’s efforts go to waste.

  344. Wow, that was hit far.

  345. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    You have got to be fucking shitting me

  346. Cy Pettitte says:

    oh come on…….

  347. Eirias says:

    That’s regretful.

  348. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Are you fucking kidding me.

  349. Guest says:

    Dan?
    Johnson?
    Really?

  350. Carlosologist says:

    —____—

  351. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    Dan Johnson=Bane of my existence.

  352. bexarama says:

    WTF why does Dan Johnson kill the Red Sox and Yankees, this makes no sense

  353. Doug says:

    DAN JOHNSON? AGAIN? GODDAMNIT.

  354. jonathan says:

    omg what a horrible pitch…why wasn’t ring or logan ready for the lefties? he’s at 100+

  355. kunaldo says:

    DAN JOHNSON?!?

  356. Esteban says:

    You gotta be kidding me. Royce Ring maybe if not Boone Logan?

  357. Err… I guess those strikes that were called balls make up for Jeter? Nah.

  358. Accent Shallow says:

    That should have been a three pitch strikeout.

  359. C says:

    Unbelievable.

  360. Greg says:

    The question: Would you have taken him out

  361. Pasqua says:

    Bad karma, or bad bad pitch…either way, that was fucking deflating.

  362. Bryan says:

    I just don’t know what to say…

  363. LGY says:

    GOD FUCKING DAMMIT

  364. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Damn phil pitched excellent tonight. except to one damn batter. Sone of bitch is that frustrating.

  365. Can we just skip right to the ALCS?

  366. bill says:

    that one on joe you have to use bullpen

    • Jose the Satirist says:

      In hindsight I should’ve purchased a NY state lottery ticket yesterday with 6, 14, 50, 55, 56 and 1 for the Megaball.

  367. King of the Troglodytes says:

    Yankees kryptonite – pitchers with 5.00+ ERAs and hitters hovering around .200

  368. Jake H says:

    Why didn’t you go to the BP after that single Joe? Phil had lost command.

  369. LGY says:

    We just have to win this game.

  370. Mike R says:

    For the second time, why in gods name are we throwing Johnson fastballs. Clearly his a strictly fastball hitter, throw the god damn curve ball.. I dont know whos making these pitch selections but they’re absolutely awful.

  371. It'sATarp says:

    should have taken hughes out after joyce…we brought up another lefty for a reason

  372. There’s no way that Maddon can use Benoit and Soriano for like the 5th time in 6 days… right?

  373. Donny says:

    Another Hughes start where “Oh he pitched great… just made a couple mistakes”.

    NO, No, no… He has sucked pretty much since the beginning of the year. This team has 1 starter that exceeds even remotely average.

  374. Brooklyn Ed says:

    Giradi should had took out Hughes here.

  375. jonathan says:

    well isn’t this the exact situation we brought ring up for? he could have thrown to joyce/johnson/pena and then we go joba/drob/mo game over. Hughes was over 100 pitches…i

    • Accent Shallow says:

      You’re really going to Royce Ring in that situation? Really?

      • jonathan says:

        uh ya. why do you bring up a lefty unless it’s to face 3 lefties when your SP is over 100 pitches and has a problem with the HR. He gave up a game losing hr to Joyce earlier in the year and the go ahead to Johnson today. Or Logan, I don’t care. It was 3 lefties in a row.

        • Accent Shallow says:

          I’m not bringing in a guy who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2008 to face the lead run in that situation.

          No freaking way.

  376. Patrick says:

    I really don’t get it. I feel like Girardi has started doing the opposite of what he has been doing all year. The other day, it was leaving in Nova way too long after he hasn’t been afraid to pull him before trouble even starts. Now with Hughes, we’re SCREAMING for him to take him out in this situation. Who didn’t see the 2 run bomb coming? The announcers on ESPN foreshadowed it and you could just feel it coming. Hughes didn’t do anything wrong and there is nothing with pulling him after a good night and with the lead.

  377. Thanks, B.J.. Time to get the run back now.

  378. Kit says:

    Nice, one pitch out, Joba. Now help them out, offense. It’s not often I get to see Jeter act, and I would like to see it again on an off-day sometime soon.

  379. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Darn it. They have made the most of their hits. Dan Johnson is this year’s Shelly Duncan.

  380. Assuming Logan is unavailable, I would not have taken out Hughes in favor of Ring.

  381. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    If Girardi pulls Hughes there, the same people in this thread who said he should have taken him out would be saying he is overmanaging.

    Ah, the power of hindsight bias.

  382. Ace says:

    Really Phil? Really? (Seth Meyer’d)

  383. bill says:

    we will win this game so sit back and watch its fun

  384. BigBlueAL says:

    I dunno honestly if Hughes shouldve faced Johnson or not. If Logan was available I would say definitely not although Im sure it wouldve wound up being Logan vs a RH pinch-hitter.

    Hughes was just approaching 100 pitches and Im not sure if I wouldve loved to see Ring make his season debut for the Yankees in that spot. Although Joba couldve been brought in to face Johnson.

    Pretty tough choice I admit so cant really get on Girardi.

  385. Mike R says:

    Randy Choate? Ex-Yankee if I remember correctly?

  386. Little Bill says:

    Phil should have been left in there, Girardi made the right move but why would you throw Johnson the same exact pitch he hit the 1st HR on? The ump squeezed him but they had the right idea pitching him outside.

  387. Accent Shallow says:

    Randy Choate?

    Willing to bet Cano reaches here.

  388. Big Stein says:

    This is all Girardi’s fault!

    /inevitable.

  389. LGY says:

    If there was a way to lose this game, I would have prefered to lose 2-1

  390. Logan's Heroes says:

    Cheater’s Never Win

    /espnheadline’d

  391. Don’t swing at ball 4, Robbie.

  392. bexarama says:

    So am I the only one who’s not freaking out about leaving Hughes in there? It’s Dan Johnson. Especially the people crying for Royce Ring.

  393. Mike R says:

    I’m expecting to see something good here from “Big Puma” lets get it done Lance.

  394. Kit says:

    Nice fielding, Choate.

  395. Lady BABIP to the rescue.

  396. Doug says:

    lol Keystone Kops out there.

  397. Guest says:

    If the game stays as is, Chad Qualls gets the win.

    Reason #1,324,789,857 why “Wins” are the most useless stat in all of baseball. By far.

    While RBIs, aren’t a very good stat, at least you have to do something productive to get one.

    • You mean like hitting a slow dribbler with a runner on third? RBIs are next to completely useless.

      • Guest says:

        Oh, I agree that they aren’t a very good stat and you can get an RBI on an out. And outs, are of course, bad.

        But hitting a dribbler to third with less than two outs is way more productive than giving up a two run homerun with a one run lead.

  398. Mike R says:

    Ok.. or something big from Thames :P

  399. frank says:

    More disturbing than the HR was the inability, once again, of giving up runs after getting the first 2 outs. This has happened all too often this season.

  400. Andy says:

    why pinch hit for berkman ?

  401. All Star Carl says:

    This is all on Hughes. Can’t let Dan Johnson, a .220 hitter, beat you on a fastball twice.

    Lazy and embarrassing.

  402. It'sATarp says:

    remember when the Rays had an implosive pen?

  403. Jose the Satirist says:

    Guys, we have to get serious here. We should probably fire Girardi after this game. He just doesn’t know how to manage. We need somebody with heart and somebody who knows when to get fired up over a game. I’m suggesting we bring in Bobby Knight. He can’t be much worse than the worst manager in the game. He will bring the spark this team needs.

  404. Chris says:

    From the start of the season through June 4 (55 totals games) the Yankees played in 7 games that were decided by 1 run. If today’s result stands, then 7 of the last 9 games played by the Yankees will have been decided by 1 run.

  405. Posada’s gonna be the hero again.

  406. jonathan says:

    i don’t have the numbers or the answer to this question, but are we in better shape with Berkman RH against Choate or Thames vs Balfour?

  407. Magnus Stultus says:

    Would rather have Berkman Vs Choate or Thames Vs Balfour in that spot?

  408. Accent Shallow says:

    Balfour living up to his (almost) name

  409. Reggie C. says:

    Thames put in good work right there.

  410. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Now would be a good time, Austin.

  411. I really really wish Swish was available to pinch-hit :(

  412. Kearns, it would be really great if you didn’t something good right here.

  413. Guest says:

    Let’s go Austin.

  414. Zooboy says:

    Oh no. Not Kearns again.

  415. Dave G says:

    Austin Kearns has become Pedro Cerrano

  416. All Star Carl says:

    Kearns gets another at bat nice.

  417. jonathan says:

    I feel like Raiders of the Lost Ark. “Snakes…Why’d it have to be Snakes?” Snakes=Kearns.

  418. JGS says:

    pinch hit Miranda for Lil CC?

  419. Mike R says:

    WHAT IS KEARNS LOOKING AT? I can’t stand this guy I’m sorry

  420. At least he didn’t swing through it…?

  421. At least he didn’t ground into a DP. But oh look, Colin Curtis!

    /sigh

  422. Esteban says:

    I gotta say, Kearns has not performed well offensively lately.

  423. Totally non-competitive. Have to be better than that, man.

  424. Accent Shallow says:

    And it all comes down to . . . Colin Curtis.

    I sure wish that the guy who thought Curtis had 30 MLB bombs in him is right, at least tonight.

  425. C says:

    Wow, who didn’t see that one coming?

  426. kunaldo says:

    awesome, no PH

  427. Slugger27 says:

    sigh……………..

  428. Mike Axisa says:

    Why is Curtis batting?

  429. Guest says:

    I’ll put it this way. I can’t remember the last time I saw a game where the two fill-ins had so many important at-bats over the course of a game.

    Amazing.

  430. Kit says:

    Colin, you’re a good kid, you are, but I just really can’t bring myself to enjoy you being up.

  431. Dave G says:

    I would have gone with Juan Miranda

  432. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Remember that time Colin Curtis hit a pinch hit homer?

    That was awesome.

  433. So, Juan Miranda, the lefty on the bench with at least a little bit of power…why is he not hitting?

  434. ShuutoHeat (No Douche Beards Here) says:

    Why is it so hard to see that Kearns’ swing is way too long for his own good? Kevin should go speak to him about it…

  435. Jake says:

    The Rays have pitched Kearns the way the Yanks should’ve pitched Johnson. Nothing but off-speed stuff.

  436. Hall and Nokes says:

    Boy the Yankees just don’t give a crap about these games do they?

  437. Jon says:

    Does anyone know, including the rangers series and this one, what the average with RISP is? What’s frustrating about this clip is the fact that it’s not that they look bad, it’s luck w/ RISP

  438. jonathan says:

    I might of just pinch hit Gardner for Kearns and just had him drag bunt.

  439. All Star Carl says:

    Why are these 2 scrubs batting? Why!

  440. I do not like that Colin Curtis has been allowed to hit as much as he has recently.

  441. Cy Pettitte says:

    Swisher should have pinch hit

  442. It'sATarp says:

    man the bottom of the order has killed us in the past few games

  443. Guest says:

    10 men left on base for Kearns and Curtis.

    Get well soon Gardyswish

  444. If I had to guess, Kearns’ WPA is hovering at about -.900 right about now.

  445. Mike R says:

    Yah man, our lineup is so short (as I said earlier) I honestly might as well turn off the tv when I know Kearns and Curtis are coming up.

  446. Esteban says:

    Johnnie Walker I like your commercial.

  447. forensic says:

    Dear Yankees,

    We just had to put our dog down. Please come back and win somehow.

    Thank you.

    P.S. Austin Kearns and Colin Curtis? Is that really the best you can come up with?

  448. dalelama says:

    Again the brilliance of Girardi shines through—pinch hitting for Berkman instead of Kearns or Curtis. Joe sure is a shaky game manager.

  449. PaulF says:

    Derek will lead off the ninth

  450. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    This game has found our 2 weakest hitters in the most critical situations not coming through. Can’t wait to get healthy…

  451. Steve O. says:

    I haven’t been on the internet in 2 days. What did I miss? I’m sure something massive happened.

  452. Frank says:

    Just too many wasted opportunities this game, this series, this road trip. How many has Kearns alone left on base this game, this road trip?

  453. Ben says:

    Yup, Kearns and Curtis definitely give them a good shot at a big inning.

  454. Greg says:

    Repeat: Gardner was not availible. Swisher was not availible.

    Anyway if we lose the division, we play the Twins

  455. Brooklyn Ed says:

    soo….. why was Huffman DFA again?

  456. Little Bill says:

    Why was Berkman not allowed to hit Choate? Then we at least have Thames to pinch hit for our weakest hitter. Girardi overmanaging yet again.

  457. bexarama says:

    I’m just glad this isn’t gonna be our #8 and #9 hitters in the playoffs

  458. Avi says:

    MUCH better off with berkman vs choate. there’s no way they were going to leave choate in to pitch to berkman anyway. it would’ve been balfour against berkman. Even if girardi liked thames against choate over berkman what was the point of announcing thames as the hitter? Announce berkman and if they stay with Choate THEN bring in Thames. Am i missing something here?

    • Greg says:

      Once you announce a hitter that’s it. No change.

    • JGS says:

      Am i missing something here?

      Yes. Choate would have been left in to pitch to Berkman. Because Berkman is hitting .179/.273/.269 against lefties this year.

      • Avi says:

        I still can’t understand going with thames vs balfour over berkman vs choate. Just saying that Berkman is batting .174 vs lefties doesn’t show the whole picture. Here’s why:
        1) Right handed hitters are batting a WHOPPING .421 against Choate. That takes a .174 hitter to about a .325 hitter.
        2) Balfour is holding right handed hitters to a .194 average. although thames is hitting for a better BA than the average hitter, the adjustment would only take him to about .230

        I realize this equation isn’t perfect but the point is that the difference between choate and Balfour (as effective pitchers to right-handed batters) is greater than the difference between Berkman and thames!
        This combined with the fact that you had kearns and curtis coming up in either the 8th or the 9th in a one run game makes this move truly exacerbating! You had to save thames for one of those two hitters (or should i say non-hitters).
        Also for what it’s worth, Berkman is 1-1 vs Choate with a double.
        I still think balfour comes in even if Berkman is the hitter. There’s NO WAY Joe maddon goes down in one of the biggest games of the year with randy choate pitching to a righty!

  459. Cecala says:

    I saw this ad and was just wondering if it was Girardi.

    http://d13.zedo.com/OzoDB/l/p/.....00x250.jpg

  460. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    Kearns is a disaster right now at the plate.

    If they lose, this concludes a shit week of missed opportunities.

  461. craggy (formerly crapula) says:

    I don’t get why anyone wants to risk Swish or Gardy for this game. We need them for the playoffs

    • Slappy White says:

      Playoffs ? Playoffs ?

      /jimmora’d

    • Little Bill says:

      I don’t know why anyone would want to risk them either. Why risk getting them more injured? We’ll need them for the Rays series next week and for the playoffs. Unless you want Kearns and Curtis striking out 8 times a game. If we do lose this we can at least come away with knowing we could have won all 3 games on their field without our full lineup.

  462. jonathan says:

    So….is it possible Chad Huffman could be as bad as Curtis?

  463. Wasn’t that pitch a strike anyway?

  464. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Wow Kay didn’t mention bones.

  465. Oh my god, he’s going to Soriano again?

  466. Kit says:

    Nolan Ryan, you are too old to be on TV. It does not please me to see your face.

  467. Greg says:

    Girardi has done nothing blatantly wrong in this game.

  468. Soriano’s arm is going to fall off. Hopefully as he serves up a 3-run meatball to Big Teix.

  469. Again, Joba with the curveball there ahead in the count. I wonder if that’s a scouting thing about the Rays, or if he’s actually starting to use that instead of the slider more.

  470. Magnus Stultus says:

    Let’s not go down with a fight here.

  471. Guest says:

    Nice job Joba. He’s actually been really good for a long time now, outside of a couple of hiccups.

  472. Brendan says:

    Wild Card lead at 6 if this holds. With Toronto, who has packed it in completely heading to Boston while the Yanks lead by General Custer head to Baltimore where Showalter has the O’s playing like their lives depended on it. This is going to get dicey I am telling you

  473. Not sure if I get playing deep on Jeter. But, I guess if he gaps one they can cut it off.

  474. Steve O. says:

    What the hell was that?

  475. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Soriano the rare reliever who pitches from the windup albeit a strange one.

  476. I really hate it when the opposing team and their fans get the last laugh :|

  477. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Ugh, two high ones in a row.

  478. Kit says:

    C’mon, Derek, you have to do better than that.

  479. cjc says:

    ball 3 way to go capn

  480. Derek, please don’t swing at Ball 3 and Ball 4 and then strike out. K? Thanks.

  481. Steve O. says:

    Dammit, Jeter loves the Fastball high.

  482. JobaWockeeZ says:

    WANTED POSTER: Jeter’s plate discipline.

  483. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    Shitty AB by jeter…

    Why do MLB’ers think that they can catch up to that pitch? Very few can and even less do something productive with it.

    Damnit

  484. C says:

    When you manage like you clinched already, as Girardi has the last week or so, you are asking for it coming down to the wire. With six of the last nine games against boston, this is not in the bag yet.

    Soriano doesnt look tired.

  485. Big Stein says:

    FIRE GIRARDI

    /lohud crazy

  486. Cy Pettitte says:

    everyone at the Trop is 40+ years old

  487. This has to come down to A-rod, right?

  488. Damn; well, that was at least a decent at bat.

    Come on, Tex, start it with two!

  489. Total Dominication says:

    Come on Tex.

  490. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Come on Tex tie it up

  491. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    Well fuck…. This is definitely a game that they should have won handily. Blown opportunities again, especially in the first inning.

    Unbelievable.

  492. Brooklyn Ed says:

    Jeter swung at ball 3 and 4…where’s the patience?

  493. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    OK, one more irritation. Either swing the fucking bat or don’t … this oops shit is fucking annoying.

  494. bill says:

    here come,s the red sox

  495. Carlosologist says:

    This is intense.

  496. Wait ’til they’re in OUR house.

  497. Hughesus Christo says:

    Why do people keep talking about Soriano pitching so often? His blood is pure steroid right now. King Kong ain’t got nothing on him.

  498. Kit says:

    Take the walk, Tex.

  499. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    HEEEEEEEEE- foul tipped it…

  500. Carlosologist says:

    Tex is dragging this out. Get the bat to A-Rod!

  501. Well, hello gorgeous cutaway girl. And hello, Alex Rodriguez.

  502. Accent Shallow says:

    If Gardner is thrown out or picked off, I may light something on fire.

  503. Got to A-Rod. Anything can happen now. Do it, Alex.

  504. Total Dominication says:

    Come on Alex!!!

  505. Esteban says:

    Let’s see how his at speed is here

  506. Ray says:

    Maybe they’ll give Soriano the Broxton treatment. His pitch count is getting up there and he’s pitched for five days straight.

  507. Kit says:

    I love you, Alex. Please don’t disappoint me.

  508. That’s. Not. A Strike.

  509. seimiya says:

    Dear A-Rod,

    We are paying you obscene amounts of money to do something.

    Please do it.

    Sincerely,

    Sei.

  510. Lucci says:

    We now rejoin our regularly scheduled Yankee collapse in progress…

  511. Mike R says:

    Demoralizing loss, first place gone. Good stuff.

  512. Accent Shallow says:

    This game was brutal.

    Goodnight.

  513. Well, that at-bat royally sucked. Tough, tough loss.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

      Actually with exception to Tex’s AB, the rest of the hitters that inning took horrible approaches to Soriano.

      Fuck, I want the real Yankees back, not this make shift bullshit of Kearns and inconsistent pitchers and assholes bunting on 2-0 and 3-0 counts……

  514. Esteban says:

    I gotta say, that wasn’t a great AB right there.

  515. It'sATarp says:

    RISP fail screws us again…no surprise…

  516. Total Dominication says:

    We’ll get ‘em next time.

  517. Intimidator3 says:

    I blame the healthcare bill.

  518. Kit says:

    Ah well, it’s only a .5 game lead. Just beat them shitless during that 4 game set.

    • Little Bill says:

      Exactly. And hopefully it’s Gardner/Swish and not Kearns/Curtis. We might be able to pick up that game vs. Baltimore. Andy’s back and we very well could have won all 3 of these games on their field without two of our best hitters. The only weakness we have is our manager.

    • Zanath says:

      I’m more worried about making the playoffs at this point. A 6 game lead is not that much. We have to beat the Orioles this weekend. We have to. We are in serious trouble if we lose that series.

      • Kit says:

        Meh. It’s really not that serious. Our chances of making the playoffs are still damn good. Even if we get WC, once we’re in the playoffs, anything goes. Tampa’s shown some major weaknesses in their pitching and hitting and have lucked out. We can take them.

        • Zanath says:

          I’m probably overreacting. I probably shouldn’t post after tough losses, I apologize! But I am very concerned. We’ve gotta pick it up. Hopefully we get Swisher and Gardner back. The bottom of the order is brutal right now.

          • Kit says:

            We’ll get our boys back and healthy pretty soon. The most important thing is them being okay, and you’ll see that the line up will round out.

  519. King of the Troglodytes says:

    And yet again, another failure to bring in a run with a man on 3rd with less than 2 outs has cost the Yanks. Thanks Lance Berkman.

  520. Nintendo vs Sega says:

    Wow! Nice at bat A-Roid went up and struck out on three damn pitches!

  521. Magnus Stultus says:

    What a fucking trip !

  522. bill says:

    i think that was a great game red sox won 5in arow o,s on fire 1,5 road trip this could get ugly

    • Kit says:

      Can you learn how to form proper sentences and punctuate things properly, please. It’s really annoying to read your incoherent babble.

  523. Zanath says:

    Every single game on this road trip has been brutal. Even the game we won was brutal. I have to say, we HAVE to win the series in Baltimore. If we don’t, I’m not sure if the playoffs are all that guaranteed anymore. I know people don’t want to hear that, but that’s the reality.

    • Little Bill says:

      This is stupid. The Sox are 6 games behind. They’d have to sweep us in all 6 games to have a shot. Even if they go 4-2 they only gain 2 games. There’s not many games left btw.

      • C says:

        It most definitely is not stupid to question whether a team that has lost 8 of 10 – albeit in very close, could go either way fashion – is guaranteed to make the playoffs with a 6 game lead with 17 to play. Girardi is managing soft to give offensive people rest, and yet paradoxically, leaves his young pitchers who supposedly have innings limits in too long just to, what, give them experience? To see if they can get out of the jam, when you have more capable and fresher options in the pen? I quote Mr. Edwards: ‘You play. To win. The game. You dont play just to play it.’ He’s managing right now like its all sewn up, and its frustrating to watch. The odds are in their favor, but I dont think its unreasonable to ask such questions at this point, regardless of what shape the third place team is in.

      • Lucci says:

        You are assuming they do not gain any ground while the teams are playing their other 10 remaining games. Of course, the Yankees will not lose any of those games.

    • JGS says:

      no, it’s not

      Wanna put money on the Yankees going to the playoffs?

  524. Nintendo vs Sega says:

    The Yankees have been playing some really, really, really bad baseball since the All-Star break. The Playoffs are right around the corner and they need to get it the hell together!

  525. tom says:

    Goddamn. Yankees put 15 men on base, 3 score; Tampa puts 6 on, 4 score.

    And 5 1-run losses in a little over a week. It’s like Groundhog Day.

    Our luck will turn. But it better be soon.

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

    I’m speechless.

    Can the real Yankees, not these imposters who leave runners on base by the metric fuckton, please stand up?

    They’re just playing SO bad.

    Annd this game…

    It’s like God wanted the Yankees to win…and they wanted to lose.

  527. And just when you think they might build some momentum, you realize they just lost 8 out of their last 10.

  528. So if the Yankees win 3 out of 4 next week, they’ll be tied with the Rays for the season series. And if they finish with the same record…

  529. PaulF says:

    I think the Yankees outplayed the Rays in this series. It doesn’t always work out. Gardner and Swisher will be in there next time they play.

  530. King of the Troglodytes says:

    No passion!

  531. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Gardy not swinging at all>>>>>Kearns

    /2 walks for sure and a stolen base or two

  532. theyankeewarrior says:

    Frustrating loss. No way TB gets out of this one alive if Kearns and Curtis are on the bench where they belong and Swisher and Gardner are in the lineup. Get well soon.

    Can’t wait till October 5th when we will see the A-lineup for the first time evah…

  533. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    I’m not one of those guys from Jersey to make those overly dramatic annoying posts after a loss, but I don’t know how anybody could not be PO’ed after this loss. Only scoring one run off James Shields is the most embarrassing part, and giving up two home runs to John Johnson…I mean Don Johnson…I mean Billy Johnson…whatever that guys name is comes as a close second. The Bible says that if you have 9 runners in scoring position, you should score more than 3 runs. The Bible also says (Old Testament) that if a pitcher throws 30 pitches in the first inning, he shouldn’t go more than 5 — 6 at the most….I mean SERIOUSLY, DAN JOHNSON???

    On a side note — totally separate from my comments above — if you think it’s okay to give Austin Kearns a free pass for this week, then fuck you. That’s more of a personal fuck you rather than a complaining fuck you. Please ask me if you’re having trouble differentiating the two.

  534. Big Daddy says:

    I blame Dave Island. He needs to teach phil hughes how to pitch good and not give up runs. He is a deadbeat and needs to be fired.

    Sencondly i blame curtis granderson. he needs to better than .245

    Lastly i blame kevin long. i dont want to hear about this “new and improved swing” because it obviously isnt working.

  535. Jon says:

    If there is one thing we can look forward too, its how much the Rays have over used Soriano..I mean, shit, the guy has pitched in like 6 consecutive games.

  536. theyankeewarrior says:

    Austin Kearns on his two-strike approach:

    “swing hard as fuck at anything close because pitchers HATE to give up 2-strike homeruns”

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

    Anybody know the record for most men left on base over ten games?

    • It'sATarp says: