Game 147: Time to turn this sucker around

Indians claim Chad Huffman
Trenton falls to Altoona in Game Three
Hopefully Millwood finds himself on the bench nice and early tonight. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

Eight of ten. Eight losses in ten games is what the Yankees have in their rearview mirror, but thankfully that’s behind them. The road is wide open in front of them, and they control their own destiny as far as clinching a playoff spot and winning the AL East. Yesterday’s off day gave everyone a chance to regroup, re-gameplay, and wipe that horrible slate clean. Tonight, it’s time to get back on track, and Brian Cashman is there to make sure it happens.

The Orioles are coming in very hot, having just swept the Blue Jays to cap off a stretch in which they’ve won nine of 11 games. Buck Showalter’s got his team playing very well, but they’re not unbeatable. Kevin Millwood, tonight’s starter, has faced the Yankees three times this season, and has a 7.56 ERA and 2.22 WHIP in those starts. How about we make those numbers go up, shall we?

Here’s the lineup…

SS Jeter, Derek
CF Granderson, Curtis
1B Teixeira, Mark
3B Rodriguez, Alex
2B Cano, Robinson
DH Berkman, Lance
RF Kearns, Austin
LF Gardner, Brett – so happy to see him back
C Cervelli, Frankie – oh that silly catcher rotation

And on the mound, it’s Allen Burnett.

First pitch at Yankee Stadium South Camden Yards is set for 7:05pm ET, and this one can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

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Indians claim Chad Huffman
Trenton falls to Altoona in Game Three
  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    Kim Jones basically just said that if and when Cano gets his 100th RBI, it’ll be the first time in Yankee history that 3 infielders will have 100 RBIs in the same season. Useless stat and all that, but still pretty cool.

    • Betty Lizard

      Useless or not, that’s awesome and will be one of the high points of the season for me.

    • Nice

      I love Kim, but like Jeter, she’s reaching replacement level matter.

      This would be a good time to go out in the free agent market and pick up an All-Star — Ines Sainz

      http://media.al.com/wire/photo....._large.jpg

      Talk ’bout a boooooooost to their tee vee ratings.

      • Not Tank the Frank

        Ugh my penis hurts.

        • Esteban

          You might want to get that checked out.

      • Esteban

        Guess what, I do. I know that one day Ines and I are gonna to get married on top of a mountain, and there’s going to be flutes playing and trombones and flowers and garlands of fresh herbs. And we will dance till the sun rises. And then our children will form a family band. And we will tour the countryside and you won’t be invited.

  • Pat D

    Did all the damn Yankees fans go home??

  • DallasGreen

    almost time for “operation enduring austin kearns”

    • SteveD

      I have had enough of Austin Kearns at this point. When is #33 coming back.

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

        At least it’s not Kearns and Curtis/Golson.

  • ZZ

    Tommie,

    Just responding to your earlier statement about Girardi deserving to be the highest paid even though I don’t think it is likely. From what I read after Torre’s departure, what I have read regarding Girardi’s upcoming contract, my general feeling on the issue, and of course what I have heard from people I trust ;), I see the Yankees letting Girardi walk before paying him top dollar.

    The Yankees do not want to create another Torre situation. They don’t want a larger than life manager where it ends up being so difficult to cut ties at the end of the road and Girardi ends up sticking around a few years too long. They don’t want to get to a point where a 1 year contract where he is still the highest paid manager in the league is an “insult.”

    The Yankees know how well stocked the organization is right now with talent. They know they just need someone to guide the ship, because the talent will do the talking. Between the majors and minors it is hard to remember a time when the Yankees had so much talent top to bottom in the organization.

    This is Girardi’s first potential contract renewal also. It took Torre a little time to really start raking it in. Even then, the situation that Torre was dealing with was much different. The job was much harder back then and he really took the club out of a dark period. The Yankee manager job is the best managing job in baseball now, especially without the pressure from George. Almost anyone would jump at the opportunity to manage this team.

    It is not really about what he “deserves,” but how the Yankees want to handle their managing situation. There is no real compelling reason given the state of this ballclub for the Yankees to make Girardi an extremely well paid manager or the top paid manager in baseball. I don’t want to sound harsh, because I like Girardi, but, they don’t need him.

    • Nice

      Girardi doesn’t strike me as a ego maniac, like Torre, who wants to be paid twice the amount of the next highest paid manager. That’s the thing, it was just that Torre was the highest paid manager, but at $7 million he was paid 2 to 4 times the amount of his contemporaries. http://mlbcontracts.blogspot.c.....aries.html

      And to me, Torre didn’t want to share the glory with the front office, especially the Steinbrenners, while Girardi was very humble and differential.

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        negotiations will be tough when he walks in and the congratulate him on his second straight WS…

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

        To be honest, it only seems this way in retrospect, especially after The Yankee Years. It probably was by the end, but that was very different from the beginning of Torre’s Yankee years. If Torre had to negotiate after, say, 1997 or something, I can’t see it being too contentious. That’s probably what the Girardi negotiations will be like.

        On the other hand – and I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before – if the Cubs are offering Girardi a ton of money, and Girardi really wants to go there, I don’t want the Yankees to get involved in some crazy bidding war or something. I think Girardi’s a good manager, but he’s just a manager. There are a few DNW DNW DNW! managers out there, but other than that, they honestly don’t make that much of a difference.

        • Hughesus Christo

          I really don’t get what people see to call him a “good manager.” A lot of managerial discussions don’t really make sense to me… like why are people celebrating Girardi for NOT mismanaging a bullpen stocked with good arms? “Not Torre with the BP” isn’t qualification for “good manager” in my book.

          So if you don’t massively underachieve , don’t get arrested, and don’t run the same middle reliever out 90 times in a season you should be re-hired indefinitely and get huge raises every 3 years? That’s absurd to me. The Yankees should win ~95 games managing themselves using rock, paper, scissors and a Ouija board.

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

    Norris is reporting that Banuelos is headed to the Arizona fall league.

  • ZZ

    Things are shaping up for Cervelli to be starting behind the plate in the postseason when AJ is on the hill. Not good. Not good at all.

    • Carlosologist

      AJ won’t be starting until Game 4 of the ALCS.

      • ZZ

        I know (well really I hope. I also thought I knew Cervelli would not be starting in the playoffs). It is still not good news at all for Cervelli to be starting any game in the playoffs.

        • Carlosologist

          I agree. I am so tired of his .211/.318/.265 performance since June 1st (!!!).

          Fun fact: Cervelli’s season OPS is .666.

          • Chris

            Fun Fact: Bengie Molina’s season OPS is .597

            (full line: .233/.286/.311/.597)

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

      Since I rip on him so often, I have to give Cervelli credit where it’s due. Cervelli hasn’t been the automatic out he was earlier, he seemed to be more willing to take pitches and even managed to get on base in like 8 straight PA.

      I have to say though, I think this is more to keep Posada healthy than the “AJ needs a personal catcher” thing from last year. I’d be surprised if Posada didn’t start every game in the postseason. Don’t forget, there are off-days built into most of the series already.

      • ZZ

        I don’t see how you can just throw Posada behind the plate for AJ in the playoffs when he hasn’t caught him in months.

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

          Why not? He’s caught him before and it’s pretty clear that the guy can throw a gem or stinker regardless of who’s catching him. Cervelli doesn’t block the ball any better than Posada does, so why not make sure Posada’s bat is in the lineup?

          • ZZ

            It is not about how I feel about AJ’s performance. It is about planning as a manager. If you are Girardi and you are planning for Jorge to catch AJ in the playoffs, you have to get that tandem working together a little bit.

            If Girardi does not put Jorge behind the plate for AJ’s starts down the stretch, I don’t see him doing it in the playoffs.

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

              That may be true, but I guess that depends on if you believe Joe or not. Today he said he would have played Jorge but he wanted to give him an extra day since he’s still coming off a concussion. We’ll see, though.

              • ZZ

                He said that? When?

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

                  Said it when addressing the media today, saw it on the pre-game show.

                  • ZZ

                    Oh. I did not know that. Crisis maybe averted.

                  • Hughesus Christo

                    Girardi is just establishing his excuses for Cervelli starts in the playoffs.

  • CBean

    LoHud says Cashman is in Baltimore.

  • U Thant

    These Yankees remind of that really smart kid in class that’s bored until it’s time to take the final exam.

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

      Silly because they had their best April in like, 5 years.

      • U Thant

        Exactly. Started class, realized they’ll get an easy A, so starting skipping school now and again till final exam.

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

      It’s like the kid who comes into class only hoping for an A-, gets A’s on everything, then only needs like a 45 on the final to get his A-. Would you bust your ass studying to get a 45? I wouldn’t.

  • Betty Lizard

    Let us go then, you and I,
    When the Orioles are spread out against the sky
    Like patients etherized upon a table;
    Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
    The muttering retreats
    Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
    And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
    Streets that follow like a tedious argument
    Of insidious intent
    To lead you to an overwhelming question 10
    Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”
    Let us go and make our visit.

    • Nick

      Oh Prufrock.

      • Betty Lizard

        I believe it would be possible to have an entire conversation–or recap an entire game–using only quotes from Prufrock.

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

    Turn around, bright eyes.

    Also, funny in retrospect (from prior to 2009):
    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/bl.....mlb-152184
    Add John Smoltz and Brad Penny to the MLB’s best starting triumvirate (Lester-Beckett-Matsuzaka) and you have the makings of another memorable season at Fenway.

    • Pat D

      We’ll never be able to let this go, will we?

      • Kit

        The FIVE ACES refuse to die.

        • Pat D

          I wish it would, I think it’s run its course.

          • Kit

            Blame the media for constantly bringing it up.

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

            I admit I bring it up a lot, but I mean, the media just says it all the time.

            • Slappy White

              Thats whats been the most frustrating part of this whole cold spell. It gives them a reason to bring it up.

              Let them have thier hope so we can CRUSH it

        • Slappy White

          Are you surprised ? I mean there are 5 of them

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

        Not as long as 99% of the “neutral” national media hypes up the Red Sox as much as humanly possible every chance they get.

  • http://riveraveblues bob

    its time for the yankees to start winning this runners left n base 5inn piching is getting old

  • Slappy White

    Having to listen on the radio and no Suzyn. What will I do ? who is filling in ? Oh good its Tino. This promises to be a very uncomfortable broadcast

    • Kit

      I love Tino, but I wish he wouldn’t speak.

      • Slappy White

        I really cant wait to his responses to Sterlings neverending babble. This is gonna be a blast

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

        He should honestly just stand there and look pretty.

        /shallow girl comment’d

        • Slappy White

          doesnt really work on the radio….well, now that I hear him , maybe it does

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

      Spanish broadcast is a lifesaver

      • Carlosologist

        I love the Spanish broadcasters. When I was in Colombia they were fun to listen to. Whenever Mo came in they said something along the lines of “something is brewing in here!”

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Adam Jones predicts an Oriole sweep. I predict he woke up this morning after wet dreams of Michael Jackson.

    http://twitter.com/THE_ADAM_JO.....4764228447

    • Kit

      He needs a lesson: Jimmy Rollins style.

  • Kit

    Kenny’s scouting report actually made me feel sad for Millwood.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Austin Kearns batting 7th…yesssssssss.

  • Carlosologist

    Are we really still talking about Jeter’s Oscar performance?

    • Kit

      I knew they wouldn’t let it go.

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

    Is it too much to ask to have like, a nice 10-2 win tonight?

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Will you be angry if we win 11-2?

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

        Infuriated. I bet A-rod would have hit the homer that added the extra run, the compiler.

        • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

          Just to enrage you, Ross, he’s gonna bang a three-run shot, making it 13-2.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      I was thinking the same thing. But then, decided that I really would just like a win.

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

    Orioles fans still boo Teixeira? Oh get the eff over it.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Orioles fans couldn’t have possibly thought Teixeira was going to sign. I mean c’mon, ppl.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Teix gets booed by like every AL team

    • Kit

      Seems like it. I find it hilarious.

    • Carlosologist

      Maybe they hate him because of his hilariously awkward bromance with A-Rod.

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

        Hah, the Tex/Alex bromance is so epic.

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

      Not really, just Boston and Baltimore specifically.

      • Kit

        The Angels boo him too. As does Texas.

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

          Yeah, you’re right. Forgot those. It’s beyond stupid that Texas boos him, considering that a. he was traded; b. that trade was a RIDICULOUS heist for Texas.

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

            Tampa probably boos him for almost taking the HR title away from their beloved Carlos Pena last year.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Kerry Wood > Milwood l0lz

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Perfect game through 0.1

    • Cy Pettitte

      0.2 now, awesome start for Burnett

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        If Burnett pitches a perfect first, I’m calling the grandparents.

        • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

          “Yo Pop…Turn on the TV AJ Burnett’s pitching a perfect game!”

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

            I’ll buy you a steak if that happens.

  • Carlosologist

    Painted on the outside edge. Good inning by AJ.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      ….Yeah it’ll go to waist next inning.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        waste***

        That was sad.

  • Cy Pettitte

    more obnoxious: Cervelli’s bat throw or Burnett’s hand flip/fist pump thingy after he finishes an inning?

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Burnett’s hand flip.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Important series… didn’t realize the gap in the WC shrank to 6.

    • Jon

      …with 16 left to play…

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Looking ^, C ya.

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

    Oh Alex, I like you and stuff.

  • Esteban

    Arod wants to keep his streak alive that selfish SOB

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      Has to be the first to score a run… He is NOT a Yankee

      • Esteban

        Just trying to grab all the headlines.

  • Carlosologist

    I love you A-Rod! More than Tex does!

  • Cy Pettitte

    an A-BOMB for A-Rod!!!!!!!!!!

    30 or bust

  • All Star Carl

    6 more home runs

  • zzzz

    somebody realized he needs to get to 30 home runs…

  • Slappy White

    After the homerun call by Sterling, Tino spoke volumes with his silence

    • Kit

      I’m laughing.

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

    Open the floodgates, fellas.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Cano needs 18 more hits to reach 200 for the season. Can Cano get 18 hits in the X amount of games he plays in the remaining of the season?

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

      18 hits in 15+ games? I think that’s pretty realistic. Assuming 5 ABs a game, he’d only need to hit .240 to get there.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        He’ll probably get a couple days of rest.

  • Esteban

    Cmon Big Puma

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

    This could be the statistical correction game we’ve been waiting for where the Yankees go 7/10 with RISP or something stupid like that.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Kearns is up. Yeah, baby. Damage…damage…

  • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

    In the last two seasons, Cano’s average against the O’s is .461. Ha. <3

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

      He’s hitting, what’d YES say, over .600 against them this year? That’s not even a joke.

  • Cy Pettitte

    maybe Kearns should just bunt them over….

    • Mickey Schesiter

      A bunt is better than a perpetual K’er. I’d rather see one of the Sept call-ups than Kearns. Just awful the last two plus weeks. He needs a rest, get his head off his slump.

  • Greg

    0-1 RISP

    • Esteban

      Typical Yankees being Terrible.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Crash and Kearns.

  • Kit

    Oh Austin. I like you and all, but it’s hard to continue liking you.

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

      He’s just in a totally ridiculous slump, I don’t get it.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        The Rays must have kidnapped his wife and family.

      • Kit

        Yeah, and I get that. It’s just sucks to see him up there looking helpless like that.

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

          Agreed. :/

          (You know I wasn’t trying to be snippy.)

          • Kit

            I know, and I wasn’t trying to be snippy either (I think it may have sounded like that, sorry).

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

    Kearns must feel like he gets out of bed with an 0-2 count. Dude’s in some kind of slump.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      What games are you watching? Dude’s on fire!!!!

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    I am still trying to figure out why Kearns is still in the line up. I can’t believe his defense is far better than the other options on the team. His hitting is horrible.

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

      Because Swisher is hurt and he’s far superior to Curtis or Golson. That simple.

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

      Because he’s in a horrendous slump but is actually a major leaguer, unlike Greg Golson or Colin Curtis (at this point).

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      So his defense is superior? Hmm Ok.

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

    LOL Kay just called Millwood’s fastest pitch of the game a changeup

  • cano is the bro

    kearns has looked awful at the plate for a little while now

  • Mickey Schesiter

    Why does it feel like Cervelli is always up in key spots, or is he.

    • Jon

      probably because the yankees line-up above him does a really good job of getting on base. He, however, does not. Jesus, please.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      because lately, every spot is a key spot

  • Carlosologist

    For A-Rod to get his 30 HR, he needs to hit a HR every 9 AB (assuming two days off in the next 16 games). I think it can be done.

    • Mickey Schesiter

      He will do it!

  • Greg

    0-2 RISP

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

      Why do I get the feeling that you’ll disappear once they get a hit with RISP. Go away.

    • Kit

      The game just started and you’re already being obnoxious with the RISP counts.

      • Slappy White

        First name only rule ?

        • Kit

          Yep. I think he’s one of the reasons why Bex applied the rule.

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

            He most certainly is.

  • All Star Carl

    RISP

  • Cy Pettitte

    Captain needs to come through here, can’t leave the bases loaded again….

  • Carlosologist

    Swing and a miss he strikes out Cervelli.

    But then again who hasn’t?

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

    This inning is far too similar to what felt like every one against the Rays. Save us, Captain.

  • It’sATarp

    dear god we’re never going to hit with RISP

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    since being acquired Kearns has 30 strikeouts.

    And, Texas Tampa repeat…..

    RISP the great fear factor for the Yankees

  • Mickey Schesiter

    Let’s go Jeter, Let’s go!

  • All Star Carl

    Can we recall a dead Yankee to bat. I would recall Lou Gehrig right now.

  • U Thant

    seriously. A hit. With RISP. Would be nice. I hate beating this dead horse.

  • All Star Carl

    Happy Birthday Golson you’re not playing today.

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

    A walk is fine too, Jete.

  • LGY

    Goddammit

  • Cy Pettitte

    oh come on……

  • Esteban

    SHITT, oh well, can’t be mad at Jetes

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

    Figures. Thought that was a sure single off the bat.

  • Greg

    0-3 RISP with bad luck involved

    • cano is the bro

      this is going to get annoying.

      • Kit

        It’s already annoying.

  • It’sATarp

    got to say it’s fucken amazing how a team can fail with RISP so hard, and so often

  • Nintendo vs Sega

    This team is PATHETIC!

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

      So… go root for another one?

    • cano is the bro

      the pirates are looking for fans, go root for them

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

    Ew, that sucked.

  • Sick Nwisher

    This is funny but not so funny.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Let’s Go AJ, Let’s Go!

  • PaulF

    Couple of real good at bats for Jetes, but seriously, why couldn’t they run that inning backwards so that the bases were loaded for arod’s home run?

  • Jon

    Dan Johnson just homered.

    • Sick Nwisher

      So did V. Martinez a few moments ago.

    • Greg

      That’s the first homer against a non AL East team

  • Jerome S

    Why is it that no one’s on base for A-Rod, but the bases are always loaded for the guys who aren’t swinging the bat well? This order needs some major reconstructing.

    • Greg

      That’s what I’m thinking

    • It’sATarp

      because our hottest hitters are all behind arod

      • Jerome S

        which is meaningless when they get on base for Kearns and Cervelli. They need to be on base for someone with a shot to hit a damn home run.

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

      Yeah, let’s bat A-rod 8th and Cano 9th, this way when they get hits they’ll be on base for… Kearns and Cervelli.

  • Greg

    I blame Kearns for that whol inning. put more pressure on Cervelli

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Seriously this is a fucking comedy right now. Yanks couldn’t get a run in on an empty field.

    Man, completely frustrating.

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

    Everybody PANIC! We’re winning 1-0!

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

      In the second, with Millwood at 50 pitches.

  • http://riveraveblues bob

    we don,t have a fucking left handed batter to play outfield

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

      Errr… we have two??? and then a switch-hitter???

    • Kit

      …WTF are you talking about? Granderson and Gardener are left handed.

      • Kit

        I misspelled Gardner. Fail.

        • Slappy White

          don,t worry

          (see above)

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

          But not quite as fail as bob, or Greg, or Ninatendo vs Sega.

  • LGY

    Fuck this I want a no hitter

  • http://riveraveblues bob

    red soxx winning this team is in trouble

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

      Tied now. Keep your panties on.

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

      Tie game there broseph

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

      I know the Red Sox are in trouble, they’re six back with 17 to play. I know I wouldn’t want to be in that situation.

  • All Star Carl

    Lead off walk thanks AJ.

  • Slappy White

    Not ideal to walk the leadoff man

  • Cy Pettitte

    Aj really trying his hardest to give it right back

  • Greg

    Lets see if the O’s do what the Yanks can’t

  • cano is the bro

    dear AJ, please don’t implode

    thanks

  • http://riveraveblues bob

    game over season over

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

      And so it begins… or continues.

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

      First Name Male Handle Only Rule is blazin’ tonight.

      • Kit

        I laughed because you are so right.

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

      Take http://riveraveblues out of the URL field of your handle. One warning, that’s it. You’re not associated with the site and and we don’t want people thinking you are.

  • All Star Carl

    Jeter stepped on the bag when he was walking away.

  • Carlosologist

    Burnett needs to pick up a strikeout here.

    • Carlosologist

      Thank you! Now get out of this inning.

  • Sheepmeister

    Not one to normally swear or argue, but I don’t know why there is so much doom and gloom over a losing streak, yea it sucks, but we are the Fuckin’ Yankees, we don’t fail.

    • Carlosologist

      +28

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

    Nice hook, AJ.

  • http://riveraveblues bob

    nice 5 hr game

  • Slappy White

    Tino stumbles through his analysis of strikeout and Sterling responds “You just said a mouthful”….hilarious

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

      Being in the booth with John is like 3 jobs in one. You have to not get in his way, cover for him when he messes up or fails to notice stuff, and agree with everything he says.

  • Kit

    Good job, AJ.

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

    Attaboy, AJ. Way to grind it out. 5 nasty hooks in a row.

  • Cy Pettitte

    big game Allen James

  • Greg

    So the O’s also go 0-3 RISP

  • Mrgfeeny

    Question: If there is a runner on 3rd with two outs, and there is a swinging strike in the dirt for strike 3…the batter then runs to first. If the runner on third reaches home plate before the batter gets called out at first, does this count as a run?

    • Slappy White

      no, its a force out

    • Carlosologist

      I would think that this would be up to the discretion of the 1B ump or the HP ump. Which means they would mess it up and everybody would be safe.

      • Carlosologist

        whoops I’m an idiot. It’s a force play.

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

    Good curveball and lots of fastball velo today. It’s nice to see.

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

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......-happy.php

    Well I know what I thought of, but I am a goddamn pervert, so.

    • Carlosologist

      The happiest a man can be in the morning is after a great night or a really great morning present.

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

    Are we really scared of a Red Sox team that is throwing out a lineup of:

    Scutaro
    McDonald
    V-Mart
    Beltre
    Ortiz
    Lowell
    Lowrie
    Hall
    Kalish

    ? You think our 7/8/9 is bad some nights… sheesh.

    • Greg

      It’s their starting pitching

      • Mickey Scheister

        6 Aces!

  • All Star Carl

    Everyone sucks but A-Rod.

    • Carlosologist

      /irony’d

    • Cy Pettitte

      everyone is rubbing off on A-rod

      • Sick Nwisher

        everyone is rubbing off on A-rod

        Eww, I hope he showers after.

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

    Did AJ even get a chance to sit down?

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    6 pitches? Ouch

    • Greg

      Actually 7

  • Kit

    Haha…let it go, Kenny. It actually hit him.

  • All Star Carl

    Way to go AJ.

  • Pat D

    Wow my phone stopped refreshing for a minute or two. Went from Granderson’s AB to Izturis’. That sucks.

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

    That curveball has some bite.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Michael Kays makes Gilbert Godfrey sound like Frank Sinatra. Get over yourself dude, this isn’t about you. No one would bring a sign of his pic if they didn’t get some face time on YES.

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

    “Roberts gets the job done”

    I dunno, wouldn’t have getting the job done being… drawing a walk? Getting a hit? I’ll take the out there, thanks.

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

    Infield in isn’t terribly necessary here. :/

  • kunaldo

    a sac fly. what a novel idea.

    /venting

  • Greg

    Basic NL baseball which the Yankees dont seem to get

    • Carlosologist

      Because this is the AL, the big boy league. NL baseball cannot be played with the powerhouse New York Yankees.

      • Greg

        If they played that way in the second inning, they would have gotten at least one run.

        Kearns bunted the runners over. putting less pressure on Cervelli to get a hit

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

          what the what

          No

          • Greg

            Considering the Yankees aren’t hitting with risp, manufacturing a run seems like a good idea.

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

              but… Cervelli struck out. Fallacy of the predetermined outcome and all that but it’s also fallacy of the predetermined outcome to say “derp he would’ve gotten a hit”

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

      This is the big boy league. We’d rather hit lots of majestic dingerz.

      • Greg

        THe Rays play small ball and look where they’re at.

        • Kit

          The Rays don’t play “small ball” that often. They hit home runs just like we do. And the reason why they’re a “small ball” team is because they have speed and a weaker offense.

          • Greg

            Yes they use their speed to steal bases.

            That’s small ball.

            And look where they’re at

            • Kit

              Ahead of us by half a game and losing to the Angels. Not that great of a place to be.

              • Greg

                A playoff team with one of the best records in baseball

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

                  So kinda like the Yankees, then

                • Kit

                  So…they’re the same as us.

                  • Greg

                    Not fundamentally

                    • Kit

                      Want to know why? Because our offense can hit. End of story.

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

          Yeah, they really small-balled the Yankees to death in Tampa with all those homers…

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

            This.

            I mean… the one time the Rays tried to be all smallball-y and take the extra base, it backfired on them for a pretty spectacular game-ender.

          • Greg

            I’m not saying they dont hit homers. The Rays like to use their speed to steal bases and get into good situations.

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

    Infield-in in the 3rd inning just screams of a panic move. Silly.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      First pitch swinging. This team has let the bad play get n their heads it appears.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    How come Posada is not playing again?

    • Mickey Scheister

      Joey G figures he needs 7-10 business days off between starts.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Stolen bases really hurt, so do walks and HBPs. With such a power arm like Cervelli’s I’m surprised anyone can steal a base against any Yankee hurler.

    • Kit

      AJ’s pitches have a lot of movement. Not all on Cervelli.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Wigginton going to run…that says a lot

  • baby carlos

    So maybe we’ll see some bunting. They are great for breaking up no-nos.

    • Kit

      Are you confused? Tell me you’re confused.

    • Carlosologist

      Where have you been for the past couple of months?

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

      a. huh?
      b. Where’ve you been? (this question is genuine.)

  • Carlosologist

    The answer: Davey Johnson, no?

  • Kit

    Come on, Robbie, you can’t be swinging at first pitches, babe.

  • All Star Carl

    CY Millwood.

  • Mrgfeeny

    ok honest question: anybody else maybe just even a LITTLE worried about the Sox being 6 games back…? Or am I just diffusing my anger against of the yankees not killing milwood and austin kearns sucking…

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

      No, not at all. Six games with 17 to play? The Yanks could start the Triple-A Scranton rotation from here on out and still make the playoffs.

      • Mrgfeeny

        still 6 games head-to-head left though, so it’s not like they need an absolute miracle. Technically they control the Sox DO control their own destiny.

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

          Yeah I don’t get this. You know who controls their own destiny more than the Red Sox do? The Yankees. And they don’t even need to play really great baseball to control said destiny. (Not to say I wouldn’t like to see them play a lot better than they have over the past two weeks or so and etc.)

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

          They absolutely do not control their own destiny. The Red Sox can win all six of those games and still miss the playoffs.

          • Mrgfeeny

            Well yes, if they lose the one game play-off…

            I’m not saying it’s realistic, or even something that will happen. But I feel as though it should be of SOME concern considering the power the sox DO have in making things interesting.

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

              No, they can win all six games and still not even qualify for a one game playoff. They need the Yankees to lose as well, and when you need that to happen, you don’t control your own destiny.

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

      Mathematically it’s a long shot. If the Yankees can manage .500 (8-8), the Red Sox will have to go 14-2 to tie the Yankees. They do have a small advantage in that their GB equals the amount of games they have left against the Yankees. That gives them a little more control over their fate…but there are still 10 other games they have to play and basically win.

  • Mickey Scheister

    He wanted to swing so bad. Cmon Kearns, extra base hit please! Or just don’t strike out!

  • Kit

    Yay, Kearns! Righting the ship?

  • Carlosologist

    Kearns did something other than strike out?

    (Trolls recede to mother’s basement)

  • Mickey Scheister

    I’d prefer to see him with a shake weight, I’m sure Kay has that poster in his bedroom.

  • Sal

    Kearns singled to left rolling my eyes , Baltimore is stupid. all they needed to to is walk the guy before Kerns and Kerns would have strike out.

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

    All these line drive outs are going to find some grass before this game is over.

  • It’sATarp

    the offense looks pretty bad right now…it’s kevin friggin millwood..not cliff lee or david price.

    • Sick Nwisher

      Do forget Bryan Bullington.

      • Sick Nwisher

        Don’t

        /whatever’d

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

    (Dies under the avalanche of trolls)

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

    • Carlosologist

      Nothing extravagant?

    • Kit

      We hardly knew ye, Ross in Jersey. Also, are you sure it wasn’t that Jersey water that killed you? ’cause I swear it tastes like something that can give you cancer.

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

        My town actually gets it’s water from a well, so nyah!

        • Kit

          That’s good. I visited my aunt in Dumont and made the stupid mistake of drinking tap water. It was disgusting.

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

        Jersey’s great. I only have two or three radioactive mutations.

      • Carlosologist

        It’s what caused my alien fingers! (I have double jointed fingers and it scares people lol)

    • Henry the Horse

      I’m live in Montana. Would you like me to describe it to you?

      • Carlosologist

        Do you know Alex the Centaur?

        • Henry the Horse

          Sure don’t. There are only five people who live in Montana. I know three of them. Alex the Centaur must be the fourth.

      • Henry the Horse

        Just to clarify, Montanans have the ability to correctly write the sentence “I live in Montana.”

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

          Do you really call yourself a Montanan? Because that’s awesome.

          • Henry the Horse

            Yep. We all do.

            Another clarification; “Henry the Horse” is a Beatles reference, not a play on the horrible stereotype that all Montanans ride horses (I have never.)

  • Henry the Horse

    What’s with Burnett’s eye? (Apologizes if it’s written someplace and I’ve missed it.)

    • Kit

      What about it? Is he rubbing it often or something?

      • Henry the Horse

        It’s either bruised, or there is a curious spot on my TV that keeps following his right eye.

        • Kit

          I can’t see anything…it just looks like he hasn’t slept for a few days. The shadow of his hat is covering it.

          • Henry the Horse

            Look just under the bill of his hat. There is an obvious yellow spot. Pause your DVR.

            • Kit

              I don’t feel like going through the trouble, so I’ll take your word for it.

            • Kit

              There we go. They just showed it.

              • Henry the Horse

                Crazy, huh?

                • Kit

                  Yeah. I wonder what the hell happened.

              • Henry the Horse

                I’ll be interested to hear how he got it.

              • http://www.ps3tf2.co.nr/ Double-J

                I had missed the start of the game and just got home, was hoping there was some sort of explanation.

  • Greg

    Mike

    Why would ANYBODY want to hear Joe Buck and Tim McCarver?

    • Lucci

      I would take them over Michael Kay. I can’t stand him.

  • Cy Pettitte

    if my TV had a KAY button along with SAP I would be so happy

  • Cy Pettitte

    fucking Adam Jones

  • Greg

    Small ball and power a deadly combination

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

    Mike called that one. Damn you, Ben!

  • Carlosologist

    noooooooooooo

    Let’s just hope the offense can poop on Millwood.

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

    I guess he was pumped up after his Twitter war

  • Jon in CUO

    If only Adam Jones could tweet from the dugout, this wouldn’t be so bad.

  • Kit

    Oh, Cervelli.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Fuck you Cervelli!

  • Sheepmeister

    I feel lied to, I thought bunts, SBs, and sacrifices scored runs not outs.

    • Greg

      Not when the wrong guy bunts

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

        Who’s the “right guy” to bunt on this team? Gardner is way too good at working counts, driving the pitch count up, etc. When Jeter’s right, he’s a really good hitter and it’s not worth sacrificing his bat for a bunt hit. Other than that… Tex? Cano? A-Rod?

        • Kit

          Alex bunting will probably disgust even the strongest “small-ball” advocates.

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

      I feel like that at-bat was an example of “what happens when the Yankees try to play smallball.” It just… it rarely works. They’re simply not that kind of team. And there isn’t anything wrong with that.

      • Greg

        I know. But when they are not hitting with RISP, what are you gonna do?

        • Sheepmeister

          Hit a double to get a runner in scoring position and then hit another double instead of giving 2 outs for one run.

          • Greg

            That’s hitting with RISP which are The Yankees aren’t doing.
            And right now, that small ball run by the O’s is the difference in the game

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

              Or the home run is

              • Kit

                Yeah, I’m pretty sure it was the HR.

        • Kit

          Not bunt. You have to see the line up, see the numbers and trust that your offense is going to get a hit.

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

    Uhh Cervelli, what the heck

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

    Wait I thought bunting would give us like 5 runs automatically? You mean it’s actually a dumb play 98% of the time? IMPOSSIBLE

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      It’s a dumb play to have Cervelli in the lineup period. Posada is hurting again I assume.

      • Kit

        Nah. He just needs a day, and Cervelli is used to catching AJ at this point.

        • Dream of Electric Sheep

          They just had a day off with a struggling offense sans Swisher.

          • Kit

            Posada had a concussion, which requires giving him time to make sure we don’t get stuck in a Justin Morneu/Jason Bay dilemma. You don’t want to overwork him because he’s old. And like I said, Cervelli is used to catching AJ. He might as well catch him today.

  • Stratman9652

    Waiting for the trolls who suggested bunting and small ball to turn aroung and bash Cervelli….

    • Carlosologist

      Greg has been here the whole time.

    • Greg

      And I’m not a troll. I’ve seen trolls on ESPN.com and they are just insane.

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

        You’re a concern troll.

        • Pat D

          So long as he’s not a courtesy/concern/timely resolution/knowledge troll.

          /don’t ask me to explain’d

  • Greg

    Not when it’s Cervelli

    • Stratman9652

      Actually Cervelli can lay down a damn good bunt most of the time and runs pretty well for a catcher. Its the situations in which he attempts it that leave me scratching my head.

      • Greg

        Good point

  • Mickey Scheister

    That strike 1 call was awful.

  • C

    I tee my golf ball higher than that 2-0 pitch…

    • Cy Pettitte

      the umps gave Millwood the 2-0 call because they are scared of the Orioles

  • tom

    Is that three outs on three pitches for Teix?

    I’m moving from “Millwood out in four” to “complete game”

    • PaulF

      No, he struck out on 3 pitches in the first.

      • tom

        thanks; my memory blurs over the course of a game.

    • Sick Nwisher

      Unbelievable.

  • Greg

    What do you know?

    Bunt hit.

    • Sheepmeister

      what do you know, its still 2-1 not 7-1

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

      Yeah, now all we need is a team of 9 Izturis’s.

  • Jerome S

    The last time a Yankees Starting pitcher picked up a win was September 2 (Sabathia). Should my head explode, or does that kind of thing happen a lot?

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

      Factor of playing a ton of close games.

    • Betty Lizard

      Should my head explode, or does that kind of thing happen a lot?

      Well, recently the incidence of exploding heads has been considerably higher than the incidence of wins by Yankees starting pitchers.

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

    Hell of a turn, Tex.

  • Greg

    Needed that

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

    Hopefully the Yankees come back and win this but – and I’m sorry about being negative – right now, baseball is just no fun at all. I know the team isn’t this bad and it’ll get better but just LSJGDLJGLDJGDGSG.

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

      Yeah, it’s tough watching a struggling team. It’s supposed to be entertainment…and a struggling team is far from “entertaining.” I love baseball, but right now it’s a tough sell.

    • tom

      I know just where you are. I can tell myself over and over that one-run losses are largely a matter of luck; that such a run can’t go on. But seeing things like Jeter’s bases-loaded liner in the 2nd, after the week we’ve all endured, makes me feel like someone put a gris-gris on the team.

    • Kit

      It’s never fun when your team is losing (to the Orioles, no less), but I know they’ll get it together eventually. It’s a tough stretch and they’re playing damn well for a team that’s had pitching issues/injured players. The best part is that Andy comes back on Sunday.

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

    Lackey’s given up 6 runs in 4+ over at Fenway. Meanwhile, only the Yankees have pitching problems. BUT TEH BULLDOG!

    • Jerome S

      Five aces, man…

  • Cy Pettitte

    Lackey goes 5.1 and gives up 6 to the Jays in another gritty outing

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

      As a famous man once said:

      “At least he has his boyish good looks to fall back on”

      • Kit

        I actually “Eww-ed”.

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

        Best Fangraphs comment ever.

    • Cy Pettitte

      4.1*

    • Cy Pettitte

      make it 7 runs, Buck just knocked in the last inherited runner

  • Greg

    on the first pitch again

  • It’sATarp

    this is pretty pathetic

  • Reggie C.

    Can i has a offensive explosion now??

  • claybeez

    Where did the patience go?

  • C

    Let’s see if we can set the record for most first pitch popups in 1 game.

  • Reggie C.

    Cano … ugh.

  • JoeNY07

    Yankees are making Milwood look like Cy Young (3-15) OMG

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    I realize that the manager does not play the game but at some point the manager of a team with this much talent cannot sit by and spew cliche after cliche to justify the horrible performances on a nightly basis. When a team of the Yankees caliber continuously finds ways to lose close games, fails to produce RBI’s, and consistently displays second rate players bunting for no fucking reason, that is all on the manager. That is the manager’s job to find the solution.

    Instead, we get, “i believe in our guys’. Joe, don’t look now but your belief is carrying you towards failure.

    Now, that said, for the players, this is beginning to get ridiculous. At what point do they take it upon themselves to pull the fucking heads out of their asses. Millwood throws 50 plus pitches in two innings and only 32 in the last 3 innings. Are you serious?

    Ok, now that is off my chest, perhaps this rant will provide a reverse success where the Yankees will produce. I don’t think I have been this frustrated since watching them tank it against the Marlins in 2003.

    • Mrgfeeny

      really? did you not watch baseball in 04?

      • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

        2004 was an aberration.

        • C

          So is this.

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

        Or the first half of 2005 or 2007 or large chunks of 2008.

        • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

          Those years didn’t bother me as much. Most of the frustration was early on. 2008, there was just bad karma on the team and there was no way they were making the playoffs. Too much bitter energy between Torre and the Tampa mafia.

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

            Not to state the obvious here but Torre was gone in 2008, and if you think the reason we didn’t make the playoffs was because we, I dunno, treated him without class and it came back to haunt us, I’m not really sure what to say.

            But I guess I get what you’re saying. It’s definitely been a really frustrating stretch.

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

              By “we” I obviously mean “the Yankees,” I know some people really have issues with fans using that term

    • JoeNY07

      Sure is frustrating to watch but not much Girardi can do. If Pettitte pitches well Sunday it will be a big lift.

  • Sal

    Kearns strikes out

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    C’mon Austin fucking do something now.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Burnett got punched in the face by Cashman, that’s why he came to Baltimore

  • kunaldo

    this is getting to be ri-goddamn-diculous. yo quiero offense.

  • DallasGreen

    really gettin tired of kearns

    • Jerome S

      He’s a good fourth outfielder… operative word being fourth…
      shit happens.

  • Carlosologist

    Damn, Burnett looks like he got into a street fight in St. Pete.

    • Jerome S

      Nah, the door just hits back.

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

        +1

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

    Oh whoah, AJ Burnett does have quite the shiner. O_O

  • It’sATarp

    imma stop holding back our frustration and seriously say we suck right now…

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

    So…. this is what it’s like to watch the Mets, huh?

    • Jerome S

      They wish.

    • Greg

      Bingo!

      • Carlosologist

        But I thought you were a fan of NL baseball

        (le gasp)

        You’re a Mets fan! It all makes sense now!

  • All Star Carl

    I don’t remember a Yankee team being this boring.

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

      if you’re “bored” by this instead of like, annoyed, not sure what to say.

      • Jerome S

        He’s got a point… going down quick, 1,2,3… mediocre pitching…

        Nothing about their loss is fantastic.

        But if that happened, THEN we could say that we were watching the Mets.

  • Zooboy

    Puma should have stayed on first–moving into scoring position for Kearns was the death knoll.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Someone punched AJ in the face, nice. Maybe they should get Kearns next!

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

      Heh.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Anybody know how Aj got the black eye?

    • JoeNY07

      he punched himself

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      Austin kearns decided he could throw his bat further than he can hit and AJ got in the way.

    • Jerome S

      Hit by vengeful door.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      He has a long convo with the clubhouse door ; They had irreconcilable differences.

  • rek4gehrig

    this is like a bad dream

  • C

    Is it just me or is the camera man really bad at tracking fly balls today?

    • Greg

      No I’ve noticed it

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Haven’t been able to watch the game until now. Has AJ looked good, better, slightly better?

    • Kit

      He’s looked better. He’s been improving slowly.

      • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

        thank you.

  • U Thant

    Frustrating that AJ is keeping them in a game they can’t score runs in.

  • kunaldo

    it’s sad that burnett’s actually pitching well, yet we still can’t score off kevin. freaking. millwood.

    i’m gonna go drink.

    • Kit

      There’s some Belvedere in the freezer if you want it.

      • Slappy White

        I figured you finished that bottle Wednesday night

        • Kit

          Nah. I’m not actually big on drinking. Still a good 75% left.

          • Slappy White

            Keeps up like this youll get big on drinking

            • Kit

              …maybe.

      • Greg

        What’s Christopher Hewitt doing in your freezer?

        /rimshot’d

        • Kit

          I would laugh if I found this even remotely funny.

          • Greg

            I know. It’s a bad joke

      • kunaldo

        sweet, now all i need is club and a lime to get the party started.

  • charliechoochoo

    The Dolans are thinking “Hey we should buy this team. They fit right in.”

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Some timely hitting by the Rays again . 3-3 tie.

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

      I was told every hit the Rays get was a bunt or something

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

    Bobby Abreu, you son of a bitch.

    • U Thant

      did he shy away from the wall?

  • Slappy White

    I NEVER thought Id miss little Suzyn Waldman

    • Kit

      What’s Tino doing? Talking too much or too little?

      • Slappy White

        Strangely enough….Both

        • Kit

          I don’t know how that works with Tino, but it must be pretty bad if you miss Suzyn.

  • U Thant

    This site is so much more fun when the Yankees are winning.

  • Jerome S

    We lost to Cliff Lee. Fine. David Price? He’s an ace. The perennial Felix Hernandez Shutout? Accepted. Even getting shut down by Brandon Morrow is ok – he’s a talented young arm.

    But Kevin Millwood is a steaming pile of shit.

    I could hit him with a rubber bat, that’s all I’m saying.

    • JFH

      agreed.

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

      Brandon Morrow somehow had a 4.84 ERA against the Yankees this year and that’s before his last start, which was pretty much a disaster start. I have no idea how that happened, my only memory of him was utter domination of the Yankees. /confirmation bias’d

      • Jerome S

        He actually only has one win against the Yanks this year

        Head explodes.

        /MAxisa’d

  • DallasGreen

    lucky # 7th

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

    Stop. With. The. Bunting.

    • Greg

      No with Gardner, it’s fine.
      He just doesn’t know how to bunt

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

        Agreed, it’d be fine with Gardner. Just Gardner is a terrible bunter who normally has excellent at-bats. I’d rather he just go up there and hit.

  • Cy Pettitte

    stupid Bobby Abreu lets the Rays tie it

    • Pat D

      How, exactly?

      • Kit

        I’m assuming his wall-o-phobia.

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

        Some really bad defense.

  • Pat D

    I’m at work, things got slow, I was hopefully going to get some time off the phones, and then it suddenly got busy again.

    Oh, and they can’t score runs off Kevin fucking Millwood.

    I’m mad.

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

    Brett. Come on now. If you’re gonna bunt, we could have used you in the lineup the last few days to just do that.

  • charliechoochoo

    My belief in the post season is beginning to wane.

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

    If you’re going to bring Jorge in now, why not just freaking start him?

    • Pat D

      The Fatal Curse of the Personal Catcher.

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

        Somewhere, Flash is burning pictures of Randy Johnson.

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

    About 6 innings too late, Jorge.

  • Jerome S

    We can tie this with one swing…

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

    That’s respect, right there.

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

    Boston losing 10-2 to the Jays, boy they really look like world beaters right now, don’t they?

    • charliechoochoo

      they’re saying the same thing about us

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

        The difference? We’re 6 games up on them.

  • Slappy White

    A Rizzuto magic number pic will be nice but a Nettles pic would be better

    • DallasGreen

      if we lose this one, it should be a cerone

  • Greg

    Burnett got a pitch like that earlier called in his favor

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Hopefully my boy Godzilla will come through tonight and help his old team.

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

    Big Tex, time to gitter done.

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

    Do your thing, Tex.

  • DallasGreen

    come on Texx

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Come on Tex, wake up and smack one !

  • Slappy White

    Time for Teix to break outta this shit….Bexy do whatever you do when you bring Andy good luck

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

      But but, I only do that for Andy :(

      (My sweet Andrew Eugene. It has been too long. Sunday!!!! /weirdo)

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Pitch hit Kearns.

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

    He makes the most ridiculous faces.

  • Greg

    That’s 0-5

    • Kit

      Can you just do us all a favor and stop with the RISP numbers? We know they’re not doing well. If we wanted the actual numbers, we’d look them up.

      • Greg

        ok fine

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        Or he could just kill himself?

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

        What she said. It sucks and it’s not enjoyable, seriously, go away.

  • Kit

    Ugh. That sucked. C’mon, offense.

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

    (Bangs head on desk)

  • All Star Carl

    This team is pathetic. This shit is just embarrassing now. Don’t care how improved the O’s are. It’s Kevin Millwood on the mound.

  • tom

    unbelievable. How low can RISP go in one week?

    • a plethora of pinatas

      one week???? Try 2 weeks of totally shitty hitting with RISP.

  • DallasGreen

    once again

  • Nintendo vs Sega

    Nothing short of PATHETIC!

  • It’sATarp

    fuck the offense…can;t do shit right now

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    6 more outs…

  • Cy Pettitte

    Abreu is such a retard, I hope you all saw that replay…

    • a plethora of pinatas

      Abreu could probably hit with RISP though.

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

        Laughing, in spite of myself.

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

    Headdesk

    Baseball, why do you do this to me? I am very nice to you. I watch all kinds of games and get very into it. This is mean.

    • Kit

      Seriously. C’mon, baseball Gods. This shit is not cool.

  • Zooboy

    At least we knocked Cervelli out of the game.

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

    If the entire team goes out and gets piss drunk tonight, they’ll be so hungover all day tomorrow that they won’t have time to think about how crappily they’re playing.

    By the same theory, if I go out and get piss drunk tonight, I’ll be so hungover all day tomorrow that I won’t have time to think about how crappily they’re playing.

  • Sunil

    The yanks aren’t playing with the same confidence and swagger they had earlier this year and last year. You sort of get the feeling that this slump might be getting into their heads or its indicative of some problem these guys are having.

    On the bright side, AJ doesn’t seem to be too bad tonight, but hes so inconsistent that you can’t guage him based on one start, or even a string of 2 or 3 starts.

    /epic struggle (a bit of an overstatement from an emotional fan)

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      I don’t believe all that swagger and confidences shit. It’s starting pitching and scoring some fucking runs.

      Again, G plays half way with Posada. I hate this shit. Just fucking play him already.

      • Sunil

        I dont know man, i feel like confidence plays a part in it. he might play it cool on the outside, but in his head derek jeter must be somewhat perplexed about his season long suckage. its not like hes not having an above average year, or hes not living up the high standards, but he is still doing relatively well. he has looked flat out lost at the plate many times this year. hes 36. he’s not stupid enough to think he will defy nature. it has to be on his mind at least a little

    • tom

      AJ pitching well on a night the Yanks don’t score — as he also did in KC a few weeks ago — is of absolutely zero value, as it tells us nothing about how well he’ll pitch next time out. Squandering a good AJ source is a waste of precious resource.

  • U Thant

    I barely remember when watching baseball was fun.

    • Slappy White

      Turn on the Toronto – Boston game. Sounds like loads of fun

  • Lucci

    What will A.J. do without his personal concierge in the game?

    • Kit

      Pitch this inning and then hand it to the bullpen.

    • a plethora of pinatas

      Does anyone know how much run support Burnett averages per quality start?

  • DallasGreen

    i wonder what this thread would have looked like at the end of the 2000 season( 3-15 to close )

    • Slappy White

      I thought that same thing earlier

    • U Thant

      ietc

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

      a. terrible
      b. fun fact: we could never win another game and we’d have a better record than the 2000 Yankees.

      • DallasGreen

        true that

    • tom

      In a way, that was worse, because they were out of games after about six outs — the starting pitchers all went to hell at once.

      On the other hand, because of that, alot of us didn’t stick around all night every game, so we weren’t tantalized with the possibility of victory only to be dashed each time.

    • Lucci

      Boston was only 9-9 to finish the season, and the lead was 9 games on 9/13. So, the concern was whether the team could flip the switch in October. Of course, they won, but the team was pushed to the limit by Oakland in Round 1. Fortunately, they faced the less than legendary Gil Heredia in Game 5, or it could have been a different story.

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

    Come on AJ, make a better throw over. He’s leaning.

  • Kit

    I’m going to go eat a super late dinner, AJ. Please get out of this inning promptly without another run. Offense, do better, please.

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

    I love you, Mark Teixeira.

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

      /shamelessmancrush

  • DallasGreen

    nice dp tex

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

    Tex is good at this defense thing.

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

    Oh what the crap. That’s not even fair.

  • DallasGreen

    fuuuuuckkkkk

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

    Oh good. His first home run of the season.

    Rock bottom.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      don’t kid yourself, they can still get swept by the O’s.

  • Cy Pettitte

    are you fucking kidding me? who the fuck is that guy?

  • Mickey Scheister

    Amazing. Just fucken amazing.

  • rek4gehrig

    lol..1st hr of the season. when it rains, it pours

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Clutch.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Boom! another mortal blow for this wounded team.

  • All Star Carl

    No reason to think we will come back.

  • Yankee Doodle

    AJ + $1.00 = 50 cents

  • It’sATarp

    can this team even score 3 runs right now?

  • Jerome S

    you got to be shitting me.

    Two runs, guys, can’t be that hard…

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      It’s all on Posada. AJ lost his Venezuelan security blanket.

  • Carlosologist

    Still have two innings left. A two run deficit is nothing.

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

    Well I guess the good thing is there’s nowhere to go but up.

    (Honestly, you can tell it’s bad when I’m making these comments.)

  • Bob Stone

    This is not your 2009 Yankees team. They just don’t have that attitude that they could catch up or break a game open at any time.

    Damon and Matsui were a big part of that and I wanted both back at the beginning of the season. I still wish we had them. Matsui has 20 homers and Damon has 8. Increase those figures by 50% if they were playing in Yankee Stadium.

    They also helped create a “we-can-do-it” “we can always win” atmosphere in the clubhouse.

    This club’s lack of spark gets laid at Cashman’s feet, in my opinion. Swapping out Austin Jasckson, Matsui and Damon for Nick Johnson and Granderson just isn’t going to work. I said it here on RAB over the winter and I’ve just said it again.

    Cashman out-smarted himself. I respect him but this was not a good year for him.

    • It’sATarp

      once again Ajax vs. Grandy is pretty much moot since their value right now is the same and Damon and matsui hasn’t done much this year.

      • Bob Stone

        They’ve done more than Grandy and NJ.

        • It’sATarp

          Grandy : 3.3 WAr
          Ajax: 3.4 WAR
          Matsui: 1.8 WAR
          Damon: 1.9 WAR

          Gardner has well repalced Damon with a 4.9 WAR and thames (not counting Berkman at DH) has accumulated .9 WAr. we didn’t lose much

      • Greg

        The stats aren’t the point. It’s the attitude and confidence

        • Pasqua

          Nope. It’s the stats.

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

          You know, it’s not like he dumped the whole team. Are Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher, CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson, and everyone else on the 2010 squad that was also on the 2009 team incapable of spurring their team to have confidence?

    • Greg

      Thank you. I agree

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

      Oh good. The first Damon and Matsui comment of the evening.

      • Bob Stone

        I have not commented much recently but I have said that it was a mistake to lose Matsui and Damon many times since last winter. I think it has cost the Yankees big time.

        That’s my opnion. If you are going to ridicule it, back it up with some facts.

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

          It’s been backed up a billion times on this thread and others. They weren’t worth it. Did you think the same thing when they were winning 8 games in a row? The fact you waited until the lowest point in the season to bring it up shows you’re just trolling for a reaction.

          • Bob Stone

            Yes – I;ve felt this way since last winter. It’s be reinforced several times: NJ getting hurt again and out for the season. Grandy coming back to earth and being who he is. Austin Jackson playing well. I could go on but I won’t.

            And – by the way – I’ve been on this site a long time and I am far from a troll.

            • It’sATarp

              did you not look at the numbers i gave you? Grnady has made up with his “sub-par” avg with power and good defense. Ajax is not much better. It’s not that we lost guys and it’s hurting us this year. it;s that the guys we have aren’t playing as good as they were last year.

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

              Talking about mystique and aura instead of actual facts is a silly argument. Further acting like they could have been had at the same money as the other plays is equally rediculous. Damon turned down 2/14 and Matsui would not have taken a pay cut or small contract just to be nice. You would have had to overpay for players who are very clearly past their prime and cost yourself not only for this year but next as well.

          • Pasqua

            To be fair, he’s not trolling. Mr. Stone is a good contributor.

            • Bob Stone

              Thanks Pasqua. I appreciate it.

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

              You can be a good contributor and still troll. I’ve done it. If he posted that in any other thread at any other time it wouldn’t have irked me. But right then, when the team was looking absolutely terrible? Seems awfully trollish to me. Sorry if it was a mis-characterization, regardless.

    • Pasqua

      Look, I respect your frustration, but when you say, “They just don’t have that attitude that they could catch up or break a game open at any time,” what the fuck does that actually mean?

      Did you say this during the 8-game winning streak?

      To maintain sanity, we have to stop projecting our own emotional reactions onto the team. They’re playing a game. Right now, they’re playing it poorly. End of story.

      • Klemy

        This, 28 times this.

      • Bob Stone

        I have felt this way since last winter . . during winning streaks and losing streaks and mediocre baseball in between.

        I vote 9 in the poll every week and keep expecting several players to break out offensively all at the same time. But after a prolonged period of walk off losses instead of walk off wins, it’s hard to keep waiting.

        • Pasqua

          Totally fine, but do you see how that has nothing to do with “attitude”? It’s about luck, it’s about pitching, it’s about hitting, managerial decisions…lots of stuff. But “attitude” is not one of them. It’s a subjective thing that we throw out there to try and boil down bad baseball to a singular answer despite the littany of factors invovled.

          • Bob Stone

            So I guess all these sports psychologists get paid the big bucks for nothing. Attitude means nothing? You ahve to be kidding.

            Hey – A-Rod just put the Yankees up! Go Yanks!

        • hogsmog

          The fact that ‘walk off losses instead of walk off wins’ annoy you shows that you really don’t understand; those wins indicate the least about a team’s performance. A win or loss in those situations are usually separated by a single strikeout or hit and could easily go either way. If the Yankees had been 2-8 out of last ten and every one was a blowout, I could understand. But since 2-8 and 7-3 are separated by a handful of at bats than honestly could have resulted in anything, I don’t mind.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      Godzilla is a money player. He probably would have 25 dingerz by now in YS.

    • Jerome S

      ehh I respect your opinion,
      but disagree.

      /JonStewart’d.

      Seriously, I would love Matsui and Damon because I loved them both but increasing HR’s by 50%? That’s a bit generous. This isn’ Cashman’s fault. longtime parts of the team have faltered (Jeter, A-Rod), and Nick Johnson was a gamble and Granderson’s done better lately – as in, since the losing started kind of.

      I understand what you’re saying by the non-2009nes, but may I remind you, the ’09 Yanks were in a league with teams underachieving compared to this year’s.

      • Dream of Electric Sheep

        Godz has 21 dingerz .I am saying he prolly would have 25 by now if he was on this team and playing in YS.

    • Sheepmeister

      Even so, hindsight is 20/20, if those moves were made and they were making 15-20M combined while tying up the DH spot so Posada can’t even play some days and poor defense in LF, you can’t say the yankees would be better off. Its all speculation and you definitely can’t say they would up their HRs by 50% due to YSIII. This is a piss poor argument and I used to enjoy following threads since these arguments were never made because the fans were smarter than that.

      • Bob Stone

        I was being conservative in saying HR’s would be 50% higher in YSIII. I actually think it would be higher. And a couple ould be walk offs. I’ll go further out on this dangerous limb and say that Damon and matsui would have gotten them five more wins.

        It’s not hindsight. I’ve said the same thing since last winter.

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

          Here’s Matsui’s spray chart at Anaheim overlayed onto NYS. He would have picked up two extra homers.

          http://riveraveblues.com/wp-co.....canvas.png

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

            Actually, it looks like he’d have lost five as well.

          • Dream of Electric Sheep

            Mike , pitcher might pitch him differently in this Yankees lineup and he might have pull more in YS. There are simply more variables than just a simple spray chart. NJ over Godz was a mistake.

            • It’sATarp

              it was a mistake, but the yankees has made up his production with Thames + berkman + rotational DH

              • Dream of Electric Sheep

                Thames has nothing to do with it though Tarp. Berkman is product of NJ abject failure. In any case you spent 10 mil over little production at DH as oppose to God.
                You can’t tell me that’s a success story in any biz.

                • Dream of Electric Sheep

                  Also, it’s almost sacrilegious to mention Godzilla in this town or on this site.

                  What the fuck , the guy was class and money. He shows he can still produce this year.

                  • Bob Stone

                    Exactly!!

                • It’sATarp

                  nope i would love to have godzilla over NJ, but that said we have made up for him missing…but year overall i’ll take matsui over NJ any day

          • Bob Stone

            Interesting but there is no legend. Is the green Yankee Stadium and the other color Angels field or all other stadia?

      • Dream of Electric Sheep

        For the same money, I take Godz over NJ. A known quantity with Yankees than a oft injured 1b. Cashman made a mistake to picking NJ over Godz. That is a fact. He made a mistake period.

        • Bob Stone

          At least some one else here tonight has an open and informed mind.

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

          If you think you could have gotten Godzilla back at 5 million dollars for one year you are batshit insane.

          • Dream of Electric Sheep

            he got 6.5 mil from the Angels. a whooping 600k more than what NJ got. What is so bat shit about it?

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

              The Yankees had no chance of getting him at that rate. None. Zero. Come on, you have to be silly to think otherwise.

              • Dream of Electric Sheep

                I have no idea what went on behind the scenes. There is a chance CMoney was hedging his bet with Damon. Whatever, I am not saying this shit is set and stone but it’s not bat shit to think Godz’s value would be somewhere in that neighborhood given the depressed market last year.

              • Bob Stone

                And your inside source of knowing that is . . . . .

              • Bob Stone

                By the way, you picked the wrong player. If you said the Yankees had no chance to resign Damon I would be inclined to agree because of Boras. I think Scott the avenging agent miscalculated severely and screwed up a good deal. He turned down $14MM for two years to take $8M for one. And don’t tell me you think that Damon preferred to go to Detroit over NY.

            • Bob Stone

              Matsui made a move quickly to guarantee employment as Cshman twiddled his thumbs. He didn’t want to risk being unemployed. I don’t blame him.

          • Bob Stone

            I am sure he would have preferred to sign with the Yankees for the same money instead of going to LA or Anaheim or whatever they are calling that team today.

  • Pasqua

    Even with the homerun, if you told me AJ’s line would be 3 runs over 7 innings, I’d bet the house that game would be ours.

    Good effort, AJ. You did your damn job.

    • a plethora of pinatas

      second that. where’s the damn offense?

  • Jon in CUO

    Andino? Really? He could be the worst player AJ’s ever given up a homer to.

  • Henry

    When is Cashman gunna go do what he did in Atlanta last season?

    • rek4gehrig

      He wont. Yanks are resting their players for the postseason

  • yungsta

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS TEAM???

    • Pasqua

      [Runs screaming into the dark.]

      Annnd, scene.

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

    Tonight, Girardi will push the right pinch-hitting button.

    • a plethora of pinatas

      Its Arod’s fault, ever since he came back we’ve sucked……kidding

  • Reggie C.

    I’ve got that “we’re screwed” feeling tonight. (again).

    Poor AJ. Our bats are simply dead tonight.

  • Henry

    It’s crazy to even imagine the Yankees were on a 8 game winning streak not too long ago.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      That was against easy teams. Since then, Rangers, Rays, now Orioles.

      • Pasqua

        Yeah, I can’t believe they put Chico’s Bail Bonds Bears on the schedule this year. Total gimme.

      • Henry

        Well, those easy teams won’t be in the playoffs and these guys will.

        • charliechoochoo

          for a minute

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

        Eh, it was Chicago, Oakland, and Toronto. Not playoff teams, but not cupcakes.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Well that run just might do it. Man, who would have thought the Yankees would become so beatable.

  • DallasGreen

    (rundance)

  • Mickey Scheister

    AJ Burnett makes Dontrelle Willis look like Cy Young.

    /onlywhenPosadacatches’d

  • Henry

    Even the YES camera man sucks.

  • Carlosologist

    Cano is so lucky :p

  • DallasGreen

    COME ON PUMA!!!!

  • Mickey Scheister

    Yeah!! Good luck coming, Berkmans first Yankee HR coming right now…

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

    Can Puma earn his stripes now? He’s pretty much due. And he’s swinging a hot bat.

  • Cy Pettitte

    that first pitch to Puma was a strike?

  • ZZ

    Be prepared to see an absurd amount of offspeed pitches thrown to Yankee hitters in October. This is the time of year when playoff team’s advanced scouts do their heavy lifting and the weaknesses of the Yankees offensive players are glaring. Throw strikes and lean on your offspeed pitches.

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

      They’ve still gotten on base at a pretty decent clip during this terrible stretch. Off-speed stuff only goes so far, you need fastball command to establish it.

      • ZZ

        That is why I said throw strikes and lean on offspeed. This offense is way to dependent on walking and the type of pitchers you are going to see in the playoffs generally have good command. This offense is a legitimate concern in the playoffs this season.

        People can try to diminish BA all they want, but the team BA is a huge weakness with this team.

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

          They’re 7th in the league in batting average, .001 percentage points away from being tied for 5th. So uhhh…. don’t see it. They’re just in a really bad stretch.

          • ZZ

            Their team BA is down 15 points from last year. It is not just this stretch. This has been a season long concern.

            Why do you think they have performed so poorly against pitchers with good command?

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

              Offense is down this year as a whole. I dunno – if our offense is a serious concern (and they’re obviously sucking right now), what’s every other offense in the game?

              • ZZ

                I am not concerned about the offense in general. Over the course of the season they have the best relative offense.

                The thing that is concerning is that the weaknesses in this offense can and generally are very easily exploited in playoffs baseball.

    • Sheepmeister

      BA means nothing since walks, HBP, and errors don’t count and the Yankees lead all of MLB in not making an out during a PA with a .350 OBP.

      • ZZ

        This statement is so incredibly incorrect it is laughable.

        A major, if not the major reason, for this team’s offensive inconsistencies this season is their lowered BA from 2009. You can walk or get on base all you want, but at some point those hitters have to be driven in and against pitchers with good command you are not going to walk that much even if you lead the league in general.

  • Cy Pettitte

    PUMA!!!

    Swish get it done now

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

    Puma’d. Get it done, Swish. GET. IT. DONE.

  • Klemy

    Christ. Come on Swisher! Bring it home.

  • Mickey Scheister

    No DP, No DP, No DP! Swisher show us why your sweet, compete!

  • Klemy

    What the hell was THAT?

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

    Can’t really get mad at him for that. Hasn’t played.

  • Pasqua

    Swisher is hurtin’ real, real bad, ladies and gents.

  • DallasGreen

    better than kearns would have done

  • siamtwin

    Bunt, Swish, Bunt!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mickey Scheister

    GRIT GRUTNER!

  • Carlosologist

    Gardner comes up big here.

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

    Well, that would have been the pitch to swing at..

  • U Thant
  • Pasqua

    Wowzers.

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

    Definitely rock bottom. It really can’t be any worse.

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      no hit tomorrow, sweep would be bottom

    • a plethora of pinatas

      Oh yes it can. Rock bottom is not far away though.

    • Pasqua

      Who knows where rock bottom is…what we need is the law of averages to kick in.

  • Greg

    Hmmm

  • Total Dominication

    Shit.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Fucking joke.

  • Cy Pettitte

    so fucking ridiculous

  • Esteban

    Okay I’m pretty pissed now. Zen baseball is tough to maintain with a performance like this.

    • Betty Lizard

      Hee. I’ve been chanting “Nothing external can harm me. Nothing external can harm me. Nothing external can harm me . . .”

  • kunaldo

    another 10 LOB tonight. oh joy.

  • Klemy

    I’m watching these games, waiting for them to wake up. Unfortunately, I’m just becoming frustrated to all hell.

  • Sick Nwisher

    Wow, pathetic.

  • tom

    I’m telling you: someone put a gris-gris on them. How many times can we watch the same game?

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

    I honestly don’t remember a stretch this bad since 2000.

    • Jerome S

      We won the WS in 2000…

  • Dalelama

    Carl Crawford will look great in left next season.

    • a plethora of pinatas

      Is it me or does Carl Crawford look old….he won’t age well.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Fuck me in the goat ass! I’m pretty sure Showater sold his soul to the devil to have good performance.

    • Betty Lizard

      I actually tried that at the beginning of the game (selling my soul to the Devil, that is, not that, uh, other thing) but I just don’t have Showalter’s clout. Satan rejected me! Said he had enough minions! Pissed me off.

      • Esteban

        You don’t like goats?

        • Betty Lizard

          Satan?

    • a plethora of pinatas

      I’m pretty sure Jose Bautista did the same.

  • U Thant

    Anybody remember this game?
    http://www.retrosheet.org/boxe.....OR1999.htm

    we need one of those games.

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

    Let’s spike a pot of Green Mountain Coffee and have a W.B. Mason presents a Fucking-Score-a-Run Party.

  • Jerome S

    Wins/losses are definitely a useless stat

    /it’s relevant.

    • Esteban

      Team wins and losses, yea.

      • Jerome S

        I meant for pitchers, my bad.

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

      Um, for pitchers…pretty much.

      Not sure what you’re saying here.

  • toad

    So against two pitchers with ERA’s north of five this is the best we can do?

  • Esteban

    The positive is that AJ Burnett was pretty good.

    • Pat D

      And that the bullpen isn’t being used to death.

    • Chris

      The positive is that the Yankees are handing a lead to Mo.

  • Vinrae

    Well, better that the shit games happen now than in the post season.

    /silverlining’d

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Perhaps Girardi needs to get himself ejected to fire the team up. But not this game, this one’s already gone.

  • Pasqua

    When the O’s fans chant, it always sounds like, “Let’s go home!” which seems mor appropos of the franchise in the last ten years.

    • Klemy

      Hahaha! I thought the same exact thing!

  • a plethora of pinatas

    I wonder if Andy can break the spell?

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Yo mama can break da spell. pwn3d.

      • a plethora of pinatas

        oyama-yama-yama-yama-yama-yaaama.

      • Esteban

        uberpwnge of that n00b

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

      If he comes back and we go on a tear I am giving him credit for this entire season. It will be a dumb narrative but YOU CANNOT STOP ME.

      • Esteban

        If Wallace Matthews can do it, why can’t you?

  • Vinrae

    Posada and Jeter gets on base, Curtis hits a double, but Jeter stops at third. Tex is IBB’d, and ARod goes Kaboom!

    • Klemy

      The way things have been going, Jeter would stop at third, Tex is IBB’d and Arod hits in to a DP, leaving 2 more men on base. :(

      I pray you’re right.

    • Vinrae

      close enough. :D

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

    Solid, Robo. Solid.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Please no more stupid play-by-play predictions. You all suck at it.

    Thanks,
    Wil

    • Pasqua

      Rizzuto bunts for a base hit and Mantle puts one over the warehouse. Book it.

  • Jerome S

    I believe we are now entering the denial stage of grief. A loss tomorrow should guarantee some genuine anger, followed by bargaining, followed by depression, followed by acceptance.

    /hopefulitdoesn’tcometothis’d

    • DallasGreen

      i’m def at the bargaining stage

  • Kit

    I’m back. And I see I must have missed nothing good.

  • Pasqua

    Please, sit change-up, Jorge.

    • Pasqua

      I see you are. Good man. Now do something with it.

  • Carlosologist

    Posada just needs to keep that ball fair next time.

  • Klemy

    Of course it was foul! Nothing good can happen for us.

    /emotionallydrained

  • Sunil

    /FATHER TIME’D

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

    Fight him, Jorge.

  • Klemy

    Wow…that was really close.

  • Lucci

    That was strike 3.

    • Greg

      No it was low

  • Cy Pettitte

    DAn Wheeler gave up a HR in the top of the 9th, 4-3 Angels

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

    Angels scored, Rays are down by 1.

  • Total Dominication

    Nice at bat so far.

    • Total Dominication

      and a nice finish as well. Excellent at bat.

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

    Well, if all the scores hold, we’ll wake up tomorrow still a .5 game back of Tampa, and our magic number would have gone down.

    /silverlining

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

    QUALITY Jorge. Dear God, I’m going to miss you so much when you’re gone.

    • Esteban

      for all the annoying things, he’s been great

    • Sheepmeister

      There is a catcher in scranton to help ease that pain.

  • Kit

    Nice one, Jorge. Keep fighting him, guys.

  • Esteban

    Oh Leh do it

  • Pasqua

    Great fuckin’ AB! He was fighting off the fastball and waiting for the change.

  • Jerome S

    11 pitches motherfucker. Hip hip.

  • kunaldo

    reelin’ me back in…

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Terrible AB by Posada… Catchers are suppose to bunt not swing the bat

    • Greg

      I didn’t want Cervelli to bunt, dummy

    • Carlosologist

      Please tell me you’re not serious. If you are I will have lost all hope in people.

  • Klemy

    Great at bat Jorge!

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

    The Rays gave up a HR to Brandon Wood, I’m pretty sure you anger the baseball gods when you do that.

    Hell of an AB, Jorge.

  • Sick Nwisher

    Thank you B. Wood!
    Home Run Angels. 4-3 top of the ninth.

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

    Not near a TV, still need 2 runs?

  • Total Dominication

    Please please please don’t dp.

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

      You know, for the first time in weeks, that thought didn’t even cross my mind.

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

    Come on, boys. We got this.

  • Carlosologist

    Derek, now it’s up to you to keep the good times rolling.

  • ZZ

    Great at bat by Jorge. Good thing Francisco Cervelli started this game. The Yankees couldn’t have used that kind of at bat at all earlier in this game.

    • Margaux

      AJ:

      with Jorge: .336/.414/.599 = 1.012

      with Cervelli: .272/.354/.381 = .735

      so, if Jorge stated behind the plate tonight pretty good chance he could have had an A-Rod game and because of his inept defense, game calling, framing etc he would have put the Yankees in an insurmountable hole.

  • Pasqua

    Okay….nobody try and be a fuckin’ hero, okay?!

  • Esteban

    Uehara’s sideburns are disgusting.

  • Total Dominication

    Shitting me?

  • cjc

    yay captain

  • Pasqua

    Well, those fastballs over the heart of the plate with 2 strikes CAN be deceptive.

  • Lucci

    At least it wasn’t a double play.

  • Yankee Doodle

    It’s a sad thing to see

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

    Normally I’d say you have to swing at that pitch. But I’m pretty glad you didn’t, Jeets.

  • It’sATarp

    jeter is fucken lucky his name is derek jeter…

    • Sick Nwisher

      Does he still have an Edge?

  • Klemy

    Derek, pretend it hit you!

    /MSM’d

  • kunaldo

    stop w/ the fucking lean over and protect the plate!!!

  • Esteban

    C’mon Jetes, you’re better than that (I’m not sure if he actually is anymore)

  • ShuutoHeat (No Douche Beards Here)

    Arod looks like he is rather to kill someone.

    • ShuutoHeat (No Douche Beards Here)

      uh grammar fail… “READY” to kill

  • Jerome S

    Jeter’s fouling off more pitches – which is good – but they tend to be out of the zone – which is bad.

  • Mark

    Nice no dp, at least they should get Tex up.

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

    Get it to A-rod and good things will happen.

  • Total Dominication

    Grandy Man!

  • Kit

    Oooh…that ball scalded.

  • Reggie C.

    god … i hate a fucking tease.

    Score dammit! SCORE!

  • Pasqua

    That should have been caught. Let’s hope that means something positive (finally).

  • Carlosologist

    Granderson! Now it’s up to the big guns.

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

    Tex, your glove has kept us in the game. Thy bat shall deliver us to the promised land.

  • Stratman9652

    What is this strange tingling feeling… could it be hope?

  • Kit

    C’mon, offense. You can do this.

  • Esteban

    Ok, they’ll score at least 1 here right? Right? Right?

  • ZZ

    This is a huge at bat for Teixiera. He needs to step up here. When he is slumping he kills this offense as their 3 hitter. This offense desperately needs their 3 hitter and MVP candidate from last year to step up.

    • Esteban

      Was that a good enough at bat?

      *shoots self in head*

    • Kit

      He’s injured. Give the guy a break. He could do better, but the fact that he’s even playing right now is a blessing.

      • ZZ

        That is not an excuse in anyway. A broken toe should not affect his batting especially the way Teix swings the bat. He himself admitted it only bothers him in the field.

        If Yankee fans are giving him a pass because of his toe, they are sorely mistaken.

        • Kit

          No one is giving him a pass, but the fact that he’s out there every day playing is a blessing. It could be worse, is what I’m saying. And even if he admits it only bothers him on the field, he’s still out there.

        • It’sATarp

          yes it would actually. his back foot is his plant foot unlike most hitters. if you watch him hit last year you would know he tends to stay back on that foot when he swings.

          • ZZ

            He is a switch hitter. It does not affect his LH swing in anyway and even his RH swing would have a negligible impact.

            Staying on his back foot does not hurt your toe when you are swinging a bat. You are wrong.

            • Kit

              And you would know this because you’ve personally had conversations with him/have switch hit in the major leagues and have experienced that pain.

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

      Most ridiculously obvious post ever is ridiculously obvious?

      • ZZ

        It is not ridiculous. Teixiera has had an extremely disappointing season. When his team needs him most, he is nowhere to be found.

        And there you go. Alex Rodriguez carrying this team once again.

        • Kit

          You’re stating the obvious though, so it’s ridiculous.

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

          It’s not ridiculous, it’s ridiculously obvious. But whatever, go back to bitching about the team after one of the better wins in weeks.

  • Esteban

    Fantastic job Mark

  • Klemy

    Tex SOB. :(

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

    Why am I still highly pessimistic?

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

    I’ve seen this movie before.

  • Total Dominication

    Let’s get an A-Bomb!

  • ZZ

    What an an absolutely awful job by Teixiera.

  • cjc

    this lineup has become laughably bad with risp its sick just sick it reall does not matter who it is

  • Dave G

    Damn, that was a good pitch to hit.

  • toad

    Be nice if some unnnamed guys earned their money here.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    wow… Tex and jeter are just brutal at the plate.

  • Total Dominication

    What?

  • Hall and Nokes

    At least that wasn’t right down the middle or something.

  • Mike R

    I can’t even tell over this past two weeks if I’m watching the Yankees or the Mets… A change in uniform and I might believe i’ve been a Mets fan the past two weeks…

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

    They seriously have to be close to the record for men left on base over eleven games or so.

  • Esteban

    89 MPH right down the middle, cmon AROD

  • Pasqua

    Not digging that swing. There are other options than a HR.

    • Chip

      Incorrect

    • Pasqua

      …though the HR is a totally, totally fine opton.

      /I’ll show myself out.

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

      Not for A-Rod there aren’t.

      • Pasqua

        Doubt you’ll read this now, but my thought at the moment was that he was swinging out of his shoes and that driving a pitch to the gap could potentially tie the game, so why press? But, it’s moot now.

  • Klemy

    Certainly a healthy cut there.

  • Dave G

    Tampa down a run in the 9th

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

    HOLY crap. That looked like a strike.

  • Pasqua

    Holyshitwherewasthat?!

  • Kit

    Is it me or does Buck look bored with life?

  • Jerome S

    I look like an idiot leaning over gameday in silence.

  • Mike R

    FUCK YES

  • Carlosologist

    AN A-BOMB! FROM A-ROD!

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

    FUCKING A-ROD I LOVE YOU

  • Reggie C.

    NO FUCKING WAY!!!!

    AROD IS GOD!

  • Pasqua

    YESSSSSSSS!!!!!

  • Kit

    YES!!!!!!! ALEX!! LOVE OF MY LIFE.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Selfish GW HR… pathetic…

  • Total Dominication

    io ;awwcrip’jq’cnr’cnr

  • kunaldo

    cen-fucking-taur.

  • Esteban

    HE DID IT HE DID IT HE DID IT

  • Dave G

    A-ROD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    HOLY FUCKING SHIT.

  • Hall and Nokes

    There are options other than a HR, but HR is the most fun option.

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

    Ho.
    ly.
    shit.

  • Klemy

    Oh my fucking God. That’s like Tino’s HR in ’98…

    • Lucci

      Comparing a regular season HR to a World Series HR?

      • Pasqua

        Not in importance, but in sequence. Strike called ball, followed by booming homerun.

        • Lucci

          Got it, the pitch sequence registered a little late.

  • Jerome S

    O MY GOD!!

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    A-Rod in beast mode. :’)

  • Chip

    I miss Cody Ransom, I wish we would have kept him

  • mike c

    A GOD

  • DallasGreen

    YESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • claybeez

    Big Time.

  • ShuutoHeat (No Douche Beards Here)

    ABOMB!!! Arod had the eyes of a killer sitting in the dug out.

  • Esteban

    Arod on his quest for 30 HRs

  • tom

    As Spielberg said when he at last won his Oscar for Schindler’s List: That was the best drink of water after the longest drought of my life.

  • smurfy

    well, how ’bout that? hoped it, but you can’t predict baseball sweetness.

  • Henry

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    AFTER TONIGHT THIS LOSING BULLSHIT WILL ENDDDDDDDDDD

  • Greg

    I think that was a slump buster

    • Reggie C.

      /STEVEPHILIPS’D

  • Pasqua

    GOOD. FOR. YOU. AROD.

  • a plethora of pinatas

    You can own this NOOB as long as Arod owns Uehara.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    March for 30

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

    Shades of Tino there, eh?

  • Handsome B. Wonderful

    HE GOT IT!!!!

  • Klemy

    Axisa, are you going to stand by your statement that Arod doesn’t reach 30? Because, I think he heard you.

  • rek4gehrig

    Yeah…Time to turn this sucker around.

  • Yankee Doodle

    Thank you ump!!

    • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

      1999 WS on the Tino AB. close pitch, next one HR

      • kunaldo

        uh, 98

    • Mickey Scheister

      They were not strikes, the first called strike wasn’t a strike.

      • Pasqua

        Are you seeing that online? Gotta say, the pitch before the HR was a strike to the naked eye. Looked better than any pitch before it.

  • Mickey Scheister

    I think A-Rod just got a curtain call on the road! FUCK YES!!!

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Dingerz rule!

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Ok, first the FUCK YOU toss of the bat WAS great.

    Second, the FUCK YOU smile rounding third was PRICELESS.

  • Esteban

    ARod has been insane since he came back from the DL. He tried carrying the team against the rangers and now this game.

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

    Faints for the second time in three days

  • ShuutoHeat (No Douche Beards Here)

    So who else is doubting Arod won’t hit the 30 HR mark and continue his 30HR/100RBI streak?

  • Jerome S

    I just cried. Out of joy.

  • smurfy

    so many frustrations: did that really happen?

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    A-Rod’s WPA for the game is .716. That’s pretty high…

    • It’sATarp

      doing his dan johnson impression

  • rek4gehrig

    Dance with me, someone, please dance with me

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

    Biggest hit of the year!

  • ZZ

    A-Rod and to a lesser extent Cano are likely going to have to carry this offense in the playoffs.

    Teixiera once again is nowhere to be found. With the type of pitches Teix is going to get in the postseason and his just awful mechanics he is likely going to disappoint again in October.

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

      Save it for the postgame, ZZ. Now is happy time, for once!

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

      The man has a broken toe.

      • Henry

        You need no fucking little toe for baseball.

        • Carlosologist

          You need it for balance and walking…

        • Kit

          Breaking any sort of bone in your foot throws off your balance. Even if its heavily taped/bound.

          • ZZ

            He is simply not the type of hitter where it would affect him and they have said multiple times it only affects his fielding.

            He looks the same exact way he did with his swing the first 2 months of the season when his toe was not broken. This is the type of hitter he is. He is very streaky because of his mechanics.

            • Kit

              Okay then, write him a letter and tell him to fix it. I’m not claiming to know anything about him or the way he hits, but all you’re doing is complaining about one player when baseball is a team effort. You should learn to take the good with the bad and stop whining about one specific player. If he’s off mechanically, he’ll correct it eventually. That’s why they pay Kevin Long, right?

              • ZZ

                Kevin Long can’t correct Teixiera’s mechanics. He has been like this his whole career.

                Literally everything in his kinetic chain needs to be perfectly in sync for him to hit a baseball.

                I love how people can criticize every player on the Yankees, but when it comes to Teix it is forbidden. I have never seen a player get such a pass when he is a major culprit as their 3 hitter.

                He was literally one of the worst players in baseball for the first 2 months of the season and he looks exactly the same from a swing standpoint now.

                • Kit

                  It’s not forbidden to criticize anyone on the team. It’s just stupid unless they’ve done something blatantly boneheaded that needs to be criticized. I’m not defending Tex from criticism, I just honestly think that shitting on a player for something that can be fixed/will probably change is being childish. And I know you love to have the last word because you can’t be wrong ever, but you can talk about physics and mechanics all you want and I honestly won’t care.

                  He’s having issues with his foot, which will throw anyone off balance, and I don’t care if he’s an upper body hitter, a lower body hitter, a sideways hitter–I don’t care. Balance is an important part of mechanics.

                • mike c

                  “he’s been like this his whole career”

                  .287/.377/.538
                  guess we’ll just have to deal with it then

    • Kit

      You sure do like complaining about Tex. What did he do to you?

      • Carlosologist

        He ran over his dog and is holding his family hostage.

        /kidding

    • Pasqua

      He’s got two weeks to find something. Why quit on him now?

    • Chip

      Seriously, you can’t even be happy when they win can you?

      • ZZ

        I’m very happy.

    • It’sATarp

      once again, broken toe screws with balance. makes it harder for him to drive the ball.

      • ZZ

        Teixiera is not a balance hitter.

        He is an extreme upper body hitter.

        • It’sATarp

          if you watch him hit, he plants on his back foot. Yes he is a upper torso hitter, but he also needs to plant his foot sometime. Tex is not a floating torso out there. They pretty much drilled it into our heads last year whenever that analyze his swing.

          • ZZ

            Only on his RH swing and when he plants he puts extreme pressure on his heel.

          • ZZ

            His back knee collapses which puts pressure on the back of your foot (heel) not toe.

            • It’sATarp

              not all of the pressure is on his heel, he;ll fall down if all of the pressure of his body on his heel, there is still pressure spread across his back foot… Try it your self and find out…seriously go break a toe and try swinging a bat in a real baseball game first then tell me it doesn’t affect you at all.

        • http://twitter.com/Brad_Toughy Brad Toughy

          That doesn’t mean he never uses his feet during an at-bat. A broken toe will affect a hitter regardless of how much he uses his upper body.

          • ZZ

            If it had as much of an impact as people on here think it does, then he would not be playing. If the reason he was hitting so poorly was his toe then there is no way they would keep him in the lineup.

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

      We got the biggest hit in what seems like weeks and you have to come here and shit on a player? I’d say what I want to say but I’d get banned/warned. Is all you do concern troll nowadays?

      • ZZ

        You are very sensitive when it comes to Teixiera. I can’t imagine the wrath I would get if I criticized Andy ;)

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

          Super delayed post but I had to say it:

          Hah. Actually, I think I’m sometimes too critical of Andy just so I don’t get accused of being a homer.

          I just don’t get the point of bitching and whining after a tremendous win that we all really needed and saying really obvious things like “we need our #3 hitter.”

          (Also, if you’re accusing me of being overly sensitive because I think he’s attractive or whatever, stop it with that shit. I know I bring part of it on myself, but just because I’m a non-blind straight female doesn’t mean I can’t be objective. And Tex isn’t really one of the guys I drool like crazy over anyway.)

  • Dave G

    All started with a great at bat from Jorge. And a blown strike call that would have ended the game.

    • Chip

      Go look at the gameday, no way was it a strike

  • Total Dominication

    Stupid A-rod, stopping Cano from getting the gw hit, wanting it all for himself.

    • Esteban

      he wants all the glory.

  • Klemy

    I’d like to say that it took long enough to wake up this team, but I’m too happy at the moment.

  • Pasqua

    Wieters not even being able to watch makes that HR all the more fun.

  • Dalelama

    Nice Arod…..

  • Carlosologist

    I had to go upstairs and change my pants. That HR was kind of big.

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

      +28

  • Total Dominication

    et me remind you people A-rod acheived his 30/100 season exactly by getting a 3runhr and gs in his last reg season inning of 2009. This is easily attainable.

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

      That’s not exactly something easily repeated, though. In fact I’m pretty sure it had never happened in baseball history, ever. Still, I get your point. He can go on a tear as well as anyone.

  • Bob Stone

    Hopefully this is the turn around we have all been wainting for.

    • Greg

      I have a feeling it will be

      • Slappy White

        Optimism ? From you Greg ?

  • Sunil

    A-ROD CHOPPED THEIR HEADS OFF!!! SHING SHING!!!

    in all seriousness though, if this many takes the team on his back, i will never utter another word about him not being a team player in his early days

    • Sunil

      man*

  • smurfy

    yeah, no such thing as clutch or heart. Definitely.

    • Esteban

      and Arod definitely doesnt have them

  • phughesisgod

    Havent been around in a while thanks to college, but since I am home for the jewish holidays, I decided to pop in. A-Rod killed that ball and he knew it when he hit it. Just flat killed that ball. What makes that home run even better is that 5 more and that 30 HR/100RBI streak is continued.

  • Klemy

    That pic of Uheharhara is AWESOME. lol

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Aight MO , let’s shut these fuckers down in a respectful and peaceful manner.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Uehara looks ready to perform seppuku

    • Esteban

      he disgraced himself and all his ancestors.

    • Mike Nitabach

      Poor fucker does look very grim. Hopefully, he’ll just drink a lot tonight.

  • DallasGreen

    startin’ to think he can get to 30

  • Esteban

    I’d say Arod has a decent chance at 30 hrs given the way hes swinging

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

    If we had Damon and Matsui we clearly would have won by 20, or something.

    • DallasGreen

      by 25 if we still had melky the great

    • Esteban

      why does everyone forget Melky?

    • Mike Nitabach

      HAHAH! Good one!

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      Ross, I am a big fan of Godz. I for one don’t think Damon and Matsui would have made that big of differences in this lineup given how this team is constructed.

      But can we stop making such over the top comments about Godz.

      the assertion here is simple Godz over NJ, it’s a fact.

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

        Yeah, wow. Picking Matsui over the guy who went on the DL in May. Your hindsight is simply outstanding.

        • Dream of Electric Sheep

          I will say this again. Perhaps we never had this convo before.
          I would pick a known quantity over an oft 1b any day Ross.

          It has nothing to do with hindsight at this point, it’s the first sight. But that aside, these comments are just as silly as those who claim with those two the team would have won another 20 more games. It’s hyperbole and old.

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

            Sorry for being snappy with you dude, it’s just that I’ve been through this same argument 100 times with other posters. It’s too tiring and repetitive for me to go back and forth all over again. You wanted Matsui back. He didn’t come back. That’s it. It doesn’t mean anything and any narratives you make about it just stink of sour grapes at this point.

            • Dream of Electric Sheep

              Nah it’s all good. I was only compel to point out the obvious. It’s done and done. But I have to defend my boy Godz. He was money and class.

              It’s onward and forward , if you read what i posted tonight. I wasn’t arguing that Yankees would have done a great deal better than they already have with him. I was simply defending him.

            • Bob Stone

              I could say . . . . naw . . . forget it.

  • Greg

    Let’s go Mo! Let’s go Mo!

  • Kit

    Oh that scared me a little.

  • Sunil

    Does anybody remember a rod last year? i think he went into the final game of the season with 93 rbis, he ended with 100. this man is about to get into beast mode

    • Chip

      You know what was better? The way he played in the playoffs

  • Jerome S

    One more homer and A-Rod is tied for sixth all-time. Jus’ Sayin’.

    • Jerome S

      or is it two more?

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

    I’m exhausted. Mentally, physically, spiritually. Exhausted. What a friggin’ week.

  • Mickey Scheister

    We all deserve that 3 run blast, over and over again, after the past two weeks. Listen to the chant, “Let’s go Mo!”. This is a road game played in front of New Yorkers craving a win! One out left!

    • Poopy Pants

      They were yelling ‘Let’s go O’s’.
      WE don’t deserve anything.

      • Esteban

        We’re entitled, we’re Yankees fans, cmon Poopy

      • Mickey Scheister

        I heard Mo!

        /shoves head in sand

    • Greg

      I think they were chanting “Let’s go O’s” but I made fun of that

  • Klemy

    Rays lose, so that swing was soooo big.

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

    Yankees win! Theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Yankees win!

  • DallasGreen

    (puts noose away)

  • Pasqua

    And all is right with the world.

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

    Yankees win, Rays lose, back in first, THANK YOU GOD!!!!

  • Yankee Doodle

    thuhhhhhh

  • Kit

    Yankees win! Tampa loses! Back in first.

  • Dave G

    Yankees in first place. Tampa lost to 4-3.

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

    So I feel a lot better about baseball now

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

      I always had total confidence in this team. Total.

      Great fucking team.

      Note: This may or may not be true.

    • Kit

      I was getting ready to go to bed angry. Change of plans.

      • Slappy White

        And the plans now are ?

        • Kit

          Go to bed not angry. How’s the wooing the wife going? Any death threats yet?

          • Slappy White

            Just a growl and a rolling of the eyes

            • Kit

              Sorry about that, buddy.

  • Slappy White

    Im so happy , I might try to go romance the wifey

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

      Well, good luck with that.

    • Mike Nitabach

      TMI, holmes.

    • Zooboy

      Slappy happy!

  • Greg

    One of the biggest wins of the year

  • Esteban

    Great win. This team shows its tremendous heart and desire. Not only that, back in 1st, and with the Sox losing, magic number down to 9.

    • Poopy Pants

      Everyone will mock this person for bringing up heart and desire, right? Or does that only apply when it’s said about other teams?

      • Esteban

        Or I was making it a point to mock that storyline? Your move Poopy.

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

          BOOM, roasted.

          (Sorry Mr. Pants.)

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

          That’s what I figured it was.

      • smurfy

        grandy says it shows “character,” but me and posada go with “heart.” Boogers to groupthink.

  • Jerome S

    Guys,
    I think that the Yanks are in first place.

  • Mickey Scheister

    A-Rod – 4, O’s – 3. A-Rod WILL get 30 bombs this year!

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Mo looked great tonight. The cutter cut and his command was superb. Love it.

  • RL

    Gritty, I say … Gritty!!! This team has guts! A-Rod’s gonna hit 30!

  • Mike Nitabach

    WOW! That was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pasqua

    I had been told that the Yankees didn’t have the “attitude” or “confidence” to win games like these in 2010. I would submit this game as Exhibit A to the contrary.

    Rebuttal?

    Hello?

    • Greg

      That was the first time I’ve seen it. Especially that at bat by Posada.

      Could be a sign of things to come.

    • Sheepmeister

      I have also been told that small ball wins games and not OBP and an XBH. Again, Exhibit A.

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

      I know someone said that the Bob Stone guy was a good poster, but his posting that when we’re playing like absolute crap and disappearing after the homer…. yeah.

      • Bob Stone

        I didn’t disappear. I cheered the homer. I still stand by everyting else I posted tonight and for the last few years for that matter.

    • Bob Stone

      It’s one instance . . . one game. I love it. But I am not sold on the fact that his team can do it like the ’09 Yanks did. I just haven’t seen enough proof.

      • Esteban

        how bout that Dodgers game, and there was one other game when I remember saying it was my favorite game of the year, but I can’t remember it.

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

          Coming back against Broxton, the walkoff against Papelbon, etc etc…

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

          Vs. Texas, down by five to Cliff Lee.

          And the Farewell to the Boss game. And the game where we were down by two in the ninth to Papelfuck and won. And as was mentioned, the Dodgers game. And that one game against the Rays where Robbie hit one in the ninth vs. Soriano to win it. And two games ago, of course. And the Orioles game where Swisher saved us with the walkoff HR.

          Did I miss any?

          • Esteban

            This was the only one though right?

        • smurfy

          Sunday, Memorial Day weekend: Tex sent it to Texas.

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

    Oh man, Alex showing up Baltimore big time in the postgame lol

  • ZZ

    A-Rod’s DL stint may have been the greatest development this season to date for the Yankees as absurd as that may sound. He was having trouble all season get his timing down and generating power through his lower body. I said early in the season it looks like his hip is bothering him, because of how little power he was driving through his hips.

    He is locked in now. His timing is perfect and is lower body torque is perfect. Everything has fallen into place for A-Rod.

    He is poised to go on another epic tear in the playoffs, because his swing and body is the best it has looked in 12 months.

    • Esteban

      Co-sign. He looks great

    • Bob Stone

      From your lips to Mo’s ears!

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

    super win.

  • Jerome S

    I know that there’s really no such thing as “clutch,”
    but today an idiot on my bus told me that A-Rod didn’t have clutch ability. I told him to watch the game tonight and see what happened.

    • RL

      So you were the one that gave the team this win??? Keep it up!

      • Jerome S

        You know what… I think that Cervelli might have a PH HR in his bones….

        • Klemy

          Now you’re just crazy talking!

  • Vinrae

    Finally! That felt great!

    /TWSS

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

    OK. So one win doesn’t completely erase a week of futility and frustration. But holy crap, did that feel good. Now, we drink.

    • RL

      Combined with the Rays’ loss, it sure feels like it erased it all.

    • Bob Stone

      Cheers! Salut!

  • Mark

    OK Blue Jays 3 more outs, and get this magic number to 9.

  • ZZ

    Burnett had the best fastball he has had since May tonight.

    That is very promising. If he can maintain his fastball he can be much more like 2009 AJ instead of 2010 AJ. He is much more reliable and much less inconsistent with that heavy fastball of his. It has been much flatter and weaker for most of this season.

    • Esteban

      As annoyed as I was before A-Rod hit his homerun, I took Burnett’s performance as a positive. Given that even with their poor play, the Yankees are a near lock to make the playoffs and they will need Burnett to be at least decent. Two good starts in a row is very promising.

  • steve (different one)

    A-Rod is almost as good as Dan Johnson!

  • Slappy White

    Love the Chambless Pic but hopefully it wont last ten minutes

  • Carlosologist

    A-Rod in Baltimore = Cervelli in Atlanta

  • All Star Carl

    A-Rod is the only good player we have :)

    • Jerome S

      kidding, right?

  • Mark

    Girardi declined comment on AJ’S black eye.

    • Kit

      He punched him then.

    • Zooboy

      Well, someone needs to slug him before his next start, too.

    • steve (different one)

      Smart money is on Po

  • All Star Carl

    A-Rod is batting .500 with runners on base in the 9th this year. wow.

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

    I’m making a still-standing 7 man-made wonders of the world list right now. I’ve got six. They are:

    1. The Pyramids of Egypt
    2. The Great Wall of China
    3. The Coliseum of Rome
    4. Schloss Neuschwanstein (Neuschwanstein Castle)
    5. The Taj Mahal
    6. The Parthenon

    You think St. Basil’s Cathedral would work as a seventh? I’m leaning towards it.

    I think I’ve got a pretty diverse group here. I’m trying not to do two from the same country.

    • Esteban

      Machu Picchu. Been there, it’s amazing.

      • Esteban

        And the Christ the Redeemer in Rio is pretty amazing too.

        • Dream of Electric Sheep

          The people are pretty easy on the eyes as well.

          • Esteban

            Brazilian women >

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      the great barrier reefs in Australia, nature made .

    • Jerome S

      Neuschwanstein is pushing it. Why not take something from the New World? We got shit.

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

        I disagree. Neuschwanstein is the shit.

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      No love for St Peter’s?

  • bonestock94

    All that drama the past two weeks and we’re back in first. Badass.

  • Slappy White

    Fuckin Blue Jays tryin to fuck up my perfect night

    • Kit

      But they won, Slappy.

      • Slappy White

        Thank MO Almighty

    • Slappy White

      only NOT…….Magic number 9

  • Mickey Scheister

    Red Sox lose! Could it get any better?

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

    Magic number = 9! DOOOOOMED

  • Mark

    Number 9 Roger Maris Number 9

  • Sunil

    As sweet as this victory is, it doesnt dispell all fears. this was a rod’s game, the frustrations of the restof the team are not quite gone yet. MAN UP Jeter, cano, and tex

    • Esteban

      debbie downer over here

    • Chris

      Cano went 2-5 today, with 0 LOB. I don’t think he was a problem.

  • DallasGreen

    its over in boston – bring on nettles~~

    • DallasGreen

      ok, i’ll settle for roger. never saw him play though

  • Copperhead65

    Does anyone know why Aj got a blackeye

    • Kit

      They refuse to say. Which is annoying because I really want to know now.

      • Carlosologist

        I want to know too.

      • yungsta

        Someone has to know something. The Yankees have better secretiveness than the freaking CIA.

      • Copperhead65

        Maybe it was eiland or Joe finally knocking some sense into him

    • steve (different one)

      I’m telling you, Posada slugged him. That’s my guess.

  • yungsta

    Now the big mystery is AJ’s eye. WTF happened?

  • Mark

    Thing is nasty, really ballooned up on his face.

  • Rob

    Probably lost in EyeGate, but should the Yanks be DHing Teixeira and putting Berkman at first? Berkman was supposed to be a plus glove, his early pinstriped miscues aside. And Tex looks like he needs to lay off his feet. His bat has died.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Once again, Arod’s heroics aside, Posada showed just how valuable he is to this team. How much of downgrade Cervelli is to him offensively. The man needs to fucking play G. Let PoPo fly , let him fly…

    • Chris

      They need to make sure that Posada stays healthy through the playoffs. If that means he doesn’t play a bunch of games in the next two weeks, then fine. He’s not exactly a spring chicken, and every inning catching is a potential injury.

      • Dream of Electric Sheep

        True enough. my blood pressure goes up a little when I see Cervelli play , but I understand.

      • Rob

        Not including tonight, guess how Meathead does with Po behind the dish?

        Opponents batting .336/.414/.599 = 1.012

        With the Frisco Kid?

        .272/.354/.381 = .735

        We’ll be seeing this show in the post-season for a reason.

        • Dream of Electric Sheep

          That’s a big ass split there. There might be some small sample issue here. But I can’t just overlook that, G might have a point about having Cerv catching him. What was Molina’s number catching AJ last year?

    • steve (different one)

      Agree, but Posada is 47 years old.

      He needs rest. It would be irresponsible of Joe to ride Posada down the stretch.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Another game of somewhat importance has just started. The Gintober movement has kicked into high gear. The time is now for Buster and co. to stake their claim in this wild wild west.

    • Carlosologist

      They kicked the tar out of the Dodgers last night. They can probably kick Randy Wolf all the way back to LA.

      • Dream of Electric Sheep

        Bumga toes the mound tonight. He is quietly having a pretty good season for them. Gintober will not be stopped ! well, I am hoping so.

        • Carlosologist

          Bumgarner is suffering from lack of run support. He’s got a 3.28 ERA as 20 year old and should improve his strikeout ability as he gets older (8.0 K/9 in 355 MiLB IP)