Sep
25

Game 155: You know, a win would be nice

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Seriously, knock them on their ass. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

The Yankees failed to move any closer to securing a playoff berth last night, and they haven’t made any progress on that front in the last few days either. It’s time for that nonsense to stop. Yes, resting players is important, but it would be nice to win a damn game and actually clinch something first. Cut the crap and come to play. For my sanity.

Here’s the starting nine…

El Capitan, SS
Swishalicious, RF
Texual Healing, 1B
A-God, 3B
RBInson, 2B
Mr. Thames, DH
Austin Powers, LF
Grandyman, CF
You Got Cerv’d, C

And on the bump, it’s Ivan Manuel Nova.

First pitch is scheduled for a little after 4pm ET, and this gem will be on FOX. I don’t think the Yankees have won a FOX Saturday game against the Red Sox since Bump Hadley outdueled Rube Walberg a few days before the Hindenberg burst into flames. Yeah, it’s been a while. Try to enjoy the game.

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  1. bexarama says:

    I don’t think the Yankees have won a FOX Saturday game against the Red Sox since Bump Hadley outdueled Rube Walberg a few days before the Hindenberg burst into flames.

    Haha. Didn’t we win the last one though?

    A win would like, really be nice, and junk.

  2. I’m thinking of watching this game on mute while watching a DVD with the DVD volume playing.

    This can’t possibly go wrong.

    • Andrew518 says:

      Fox en espanol baby!

      unless you speak spanish, then they might be just as annoying,

      but in my opinion they just seem to make the game sound cooler.

  3. Slappy White says:

    Im going 1940 style Radio only sound (although I might watch Picture in Picture). I dont think I wanna hear Buck-McCarver talk about 2004 and how if we collapse this would be worse. I know thats ridiculous but I bet its brought up

  4. Bryan W says:

    I recall a FOX Saturday game in May the Yankees won against Boston. Yeah the Yankeees won the last one as well in August but this game was awesome.
    http://www.baseball-reference......5080.shtml

  5. bonestock94 says:

    A+ for the starting line-up, I will laugh to myself all day thinking about “Texual Healing.”

  6. vin says:

    Attendance for that day was 3,381 at YS1. Wow.

  7. I’d like to get a couple of wins to clinch the playoffs and win the division, just to shut all these pessimistic idiots up already.

    /BizarroJerseyJohnny’d

  8. Pat D says:

    Yea, they won the game were John Lackey was simply too le-grit to quit, according to BuckCarver.

  9. Kiersten says:

    So who’s gonna be in charge of the 2004 references count?

  10. Stephen R. says:

    Love the photo and the caption, Axisa. Very nice.

  11. cano is the bro says:

    texual heaaaaaaling

  12. seimiya says:

    My night is going to be pretty crappy, so if we could seriously win this so I could be thinking about it during my crappy night, that would be cool.

  13. Sunil says:

    I really like Ivan Nova’s composure. I know it doesnt mean everything, but he seems comfortable and not intimidated by the majors, which is always a good sign. I think hes got a future as a starter, maybe even some potential for a #2 starter type guy. now although composure and comfort isn’t everything, doesnt it kind of seem like nova has had something that AJ has been lacking in terms of composure and confidence?

  14. Brooklyn Ed says:

    I’m not going to lie, I seriously hope the Yanks go after V-Mart as their DH/1B/C this offseason. Yeah I know his catching defense sucks, but I always been a fan of his bat. Hopefully CC would be able to persude him to come.

  15. Memo to the University of Arkansas Athletic Department:

    Putting “Razorbacks” on your thigs in lieu of an actual stripe doesn’t make you look cool and edgy, it makes you look like coeds wearing Victoria’s Secret tights or Abercrombie and Fitch leggings.

  16. bexarama says:

    Did they just say “the Rangers have run away with the AL East”?

  17. Sunil says:

    vmart at DH would effectively decrease posada’s playing time significantly. theres no way jorge is going to catch more than 70-80 games next year. also, if they tried to platoon cerv/posada/vmart, we would have two catcher on whom teams could freely run the bases. considering the yanks’ stress on defense, youth and athleticism, i think they would pass on victor. the bat is good, but i dont know if it causs too much of a fluctuation in other areas

  18. Anthony Murillo says:

    That A-Rod guy can still hit homeruns. Who knew?

  19. James A says:

    Gonna throw this out there
    Tim McCarver fucking sucks

  20. Chip says:

    I just turned over to Fox to see something about Reds and Padres right away, I just about threw my remote through the TV thinking I wasn’t going to be able to catch the game.

  21. Cy Pettitte says:

    This fox broadcast is going to be unbearable…

  22. James A says:

    Hey look, the owner of the Nets is kissing a tiny giraffe
    lets see if he can get Melo

  23. Mike Axisa says:

    There’s like 186 years worth of old man in the booth today. Great.

  24. Looking at that playoffs retrospective commercial brings a question to mind:

    Are the San Diego Padres the ugliest team in North American sports history? I don’t think they’ve ever had an attractive (or even classy-looking) uniform in their entire history.

  25. bexarama says:

    At least there is no Joe Buck

  26. cbean says:

    Hopefully the Yankees can continue their power hitting from yesterday.

  27. Sunil says:

    Anyone weary of cliff lee? am i the only one? guy will be 32 next year i think. i know they are different pitchers with different styles but we dont want another AJ. to get lee, the contract will have to be huge. we dont want two guys who burn out after their first or second years. everything i have insinuated about AJ will of course be overturned if he pitches well in the playoffs, so a lot is yet to be determined in the AJ burnett saga. i do feel like if it hasnt already, that contract is going to bite us in the ass though

  28. cbean says:

    The creatures seem extra loud today. I like it.

  29. Mike Axisa says:

    Is it just me or is the camera slightly off line? The pitcher and home plate seem way over to the left.

  30. James A says:

    Putting the shift on for Nancy

  31. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    Don’t screw around with me Lester. You’re a hell of an instinctive pitcher. Maybe too good. I’d like to bust your butt but I can’t. I got another problem here. I gotta send somebody from this rotation to winter league. I gotta do something here, I still can’t believe it. I gotta give you your dream shot! I’m gonna send you up against the best. You and Bucholz are going to Puerto Rico!

  32. whozat says:

    The reason I hate John and Suzyn is because they fixate on a narrative and never deviate from it.

    To them, Nova has GREAT poise. They mention it all the time. He “just throws strikes,” they say.

    Apparently, the patten of blowing up in the 5th/6th innings and walking a truckload of guys all of a sudden does nothing to divert them. He has GREAT POISE! I don’t care that he walked the bases loaded last time, and has a hard time getting through the lineup three times! He has great poise and great stuff and just throws strikes because I formed that opinion the first time I saw him and I can’t be wrong!

  33. Chip says:

    Watching a young guy with a good change-up is just fun

  34. Carcillo says:

    It’s time for that nonsense to stop. Yes, resting players is important, but it would be nice to win a damn game and actually clinch something first. Cut the crap and come to play. For my sanity.

    Mike gets it.

  35. Jose the Satirist says:

    Fox lineup fail.

  36. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    LESTAHHHHHHH!!!!

  37. ND Mike says:

    I miss having a fast guy batting first and Jeter batting second. He seemed to do better.

  38. Mike Axisa says:

    Swish gave that one a good ride.

  39. ND Mike says:

    Swisher didn’t eat a good breakfast today.

  40. Pat D says:

    Does the audio and video seem to be out of sync for anyone? When they showed the replay of Teix’s HR’s from last night, the sound of bat hitting ball was a good two seconds after the swing.

    And the sound of the ball hitting the catcher’s mitt also seems off.

  41. JobaWockeeZ says:

    What do you think the Yanks can get out of Nova should they trade him?

  42. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I’m sure Ken is JIHP about Pujols to the Sox.

  43. All Star Carl says:

    Sterling on the Radio. Sterling on Yankeeography. I’m all Sterlinged up haters.

  44. Stockton: “And the Sox wouldn’t even be alive if not for Ortiz.”

    Question: If it was the Yankees who had an elimination number of 3 with 8 games left to play (i.e. 16 opportunities to knock off those 3 eliminating wins/losses) and had 5 of those 8 games against the team who would eliminate us (i.e. we had to be virtually perfect in those 5 games), would Dick Stockton and the rest of the MSM say we were still “alive”? Or would that fact never be mentioned and would the narrative be that we were “almost assuredly dead”?

  45. icebird753 says:

    Mike must have slept with Pam Anderson, he seems on cloud 9

  46. All Star Carl says:

    Sterling just said A-Rod hit 2 bomberoo’s last night haha

  47. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Nova is pitching AND playing outfield?!?!?!?!

  48. bexarama says:

    A-Rod, September (before today’s game):
    74 PA, .333/.405/.651

    Momma like.

  49. Cy Pettitte says:

    EVERY broadcaster calls Daniel Nava Daniel Nava, it continues to drive me crazy

  50. Mike Axisa says:

    It’s only a matter of time before Lance Berkman gets hot, says Tim McCarver. A matter of time is apparently negative five weeks to him.

  51. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    That call was pure shit.

  52. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Eh, Gameday shows he was out on the previous pitch regardless.

    • Bryan W says:

      Seems the Yanks are getting hosed a lot lately on strike calls. The strike Pap got on Cano last night was incredibly ridiculous. CC’s pitch against TB that walked in a run was borderline. I’ve seen that get called a strike 100000 times.

  53. Mike Axisa says:

    Damn Ivan, if you’re going to hit a guy at least get your money’s worth.

    • lower case j says:

      Man, easily the most BS rule in baseball. A guy on my college team refused to go to first after being hit on the uni….true story.

  54. ND Mike says:

    OK, new rule change. I doesn’t count as a HBP unless it leaves a bruise. Screw the jersey HBP, such BS.

  55. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    I hope Hawk Harreson coup d’etats the FOX announcers booth.

  56. First Time Poster says:

    How is it that Crawford has a higher UZR than Gardner but a lower UZR/150? Does it have to do with Innings played?

  57. bexarama says:

    Remember when Gammons wrote that article about Yaz’s … grandson? in one of the minor leagues or something like that, and he threw Nova’s name in with Utley, Youk, and some other really really good established player whose name is not occurring to me right now?

  58. ND Mike says:

    I don’t think Nova can pitch out of the stretch.

  59. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    I want AL Bundy instead of McCarver ! He might be equally irrelevant but prolly funnier.

    • Bryan W says:

      So he can regale us with his tales of scoring 4 touchdowns in a single high school game and fat chick jokes? I’m down for that.

  60. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Nova, stop being a little bitch.

  61. Mike Axisa says:

    Is Nova’s new plan to get the meltdown inning out of the way early? I hope not.

  62. whozat says:

    Suzyn: “You know, of course, that we don’t have stats on the minor leagues…”

    Why not?? _I_ have stats from the minor leagues!

  63. ArchStanton says:

    Come on Nova. From the way Lester looks, he’s going to have to be close to flawless today.

  64. whozat says:

    Also…John just wondered if Francona would have Lars Anderson bunt here.

    o_O

  65. Intimidator says:

    I hope the Yanks realize that if they get swept here, take 2/3 from the bluejays, and get swept at Fenway they miss the playoffs. That situation is very possible.

  66. Mike R says:

    Nova really gets very nervous when theres runners on base.. You can tell his whole demeanor on the mound seems different..

  67. bexarama says:

    I hate that this happens and I just go “oh noooo not again.” Freakin’ Yankees. Sob sob.

  68. Slappy White says:

    Sterling: “lined right to Jeter….but over his head”

    If it was lined right to him , it wouldnt have went over his head John

  69. Mike Axisa says:

    Ugh, just get this fucking guy out of here before it’s 5-0. I’m tired of these bullshit innings every start.

    • Mike R says:

      I agree. Not even just from Nova but it’s demoralizing enough for me to see the team look at 5-0 deficit before the fifth inning. I can only imagine how deflating it must be for the team.

  70. cbean says:

    Who’s our long man today?

  71. All Star Carl says:

    This one over already?

  72. whozat says:

    John Sterling: “Remember this…the more runs Nova gives up, the tougher it is to come back”

    I am blinded by his insight.

  73. Kiersten says:

    The no RBI on a double play rule has to be the dumbest rule ever. If you knock the run in, you knock the run in.

  74. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    Nova, enough of those 2-0 counts…

  75. Mike R says:

    How does Nova have so much trouble getting the ball even remotely near the plate with runners on. Holy shit, this is why this guys a MINOR LEAGUE PLAYER

    • whozat says:

      Ok. Nova is frustrating me now, yes.

      He’s also 22. He’s having trouble with his mechanics pitching from the stretch. Most 22 year old players have at least SOMETHING to work on.

  76. Mike R says:

    And here comes a jack from Papi..

  77. Slappy White says:

    Do they not throw from the stretch in AAA ?

  78. Kiersten says:

    No, Dick, that’s not the question, because it’s not happening.

    (Dick works perfectly there btw)

  79. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Fuck of McCarver. Buchholz is auto win? Shut the fuck up.

    THE RED SOX ARE DEAD.

    Get it in your fucking head before you get a heart attack due to shock.

  80. cbean says:

    Dear God Yankees, you need to win this just so they can stop talking about “can the Red Sox hang in there?”

  81. Slappy White says:

    This fuckin sucks the fat ass

  82. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Lester probably only needs 3.

  83. Mike Axisa says:

    Take him out. Not after one more batter, not next inning, fucking now.

  84. Bryan says:

    This is just not good. Just not good…

  85. bexarama says:

    One of these days the Yankees will have a lead that they will keep after 9 innings. One of these days.

  86. Little Bill says:

    Forget about the division now, can we hang on to the wild card? Here come the Red Sox… Please win so we don’t have to hear this anymore.

  87. Mike R says:

    Well.. At least it’s not 7-1 right?

  88. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    “Boston has had baserunners throughout this inning.”

    No shit. Can he be any more obvious?

  89. Mike R says:

    I just can’t even stand the Red Sox still having a chance to make the playoffs. We should have DEADED them before September 1st even. I understand the Red Sox are pretty much out of it with the magic number at 3, but come on! Why the fuck can’t we win a baseball game anymore?

  90. Matty says:

    Why do all Yankee fans assume that they have wrapped up the wild card?
    This game is almost over and the Yanks have Deputy Dog going tomorrow night. They have tons of trouble in Toronto, this year anyway, then back to Boston. Far from over imo.

  91. Kiersten says:

    I don’t care if Gardner’s a lefty. He’s the best guy on the team at getting on base, he should be in there everyday. I really hope Joe doesn’t sit him in favor of Kearns against Lee/Liriano/Price.

  92. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Kearns is a really good contact hitter.

  93. lower case j says:

    Watching this game on mute, and FOX still bugs me.

  94. It'sATarp says:

    i kinda wished Girardi tried harder to win those winnable games instead of resting the pen and thinking we’ll be fine down the stretch because the way this team is playing right now does not bode well.

  95. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Yanks really giving Lester a hard time.

  96. cbean says:

    It’d be nice if we actually, you know, made Lester work a little.

  97. Mike R says:

    Please tell me Nova is out of the game. At this point I’d rather see if Vazquez can manage to plunk all the Sox line up with his 88 MPH heater..

  98. James A says:

    file this one under: tough to watch because Lester is much better than Nova and FOX is sucking the Red Sox dick every second even though they arent the team thats going to the playoffs

    • Mike R says:

      I feel like Fox was hesitant to even give the Yankees the World Series win in game 6 with two outs in the ninth. It’s ridiculous how they just completely avoid facts and just keep making excuses for the Sox. Granted they have been plagued by injuries but it will happen to every team in the league one year or the other..

  99. Bryan W says:

    Lester is pitching a no hitter ***JINX***

  100. Slappy White says:

    Lester perfect through 3, Notre Dame losing and even Alabama getting smacked….WTF?…even when I dont wanna drink, im forced

  101. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    OMG Jed Lowrie…Wow what a great story. Somebody call ESPN 30 for 30.

  102. dkidd in sunny los angeles says:

    the next week is going to suck and there will be frustration with girardi, but the team will end up better off in the playoffs for having rested the veterans

  103. Cy Pettitte says:

    good bounce back inning

  104. Mike R says:

    Can we please make Lester work a little, just a little bit? I really still can’t stand Kearn’s I’d much rather see Gholston or Curtis go 0-400 before having Kearns play another game.

  105. whozat says:

    Also, SUZYN IT’S NOT FUNNY THAT NOVA AND NAVA SOUND MILDLY SIMILAR.

  106. Joe says:

    Hey just out of curiosity, where, if anywhere, can I find the total number of scoreless innings against a club this season?

  107. bexarama says:

    MLB used this Joe Mauer commercial last year. Get some freakin’ originality!!!

    • Carcillo says:

      They did? I can’t remember that one at all.

      They used a Tigers commercial since for the longest time it looked like a cinch for them to win that division. Remember, the Twins were never in playoff positioning, literally, until the conclusion of game 163.

      And then they only were in the playoffs for five days.

  108. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Fox Sports hat or cash? I’ll take the hat!

  109. Intimidator says:

    ’10 Yanks=’07 Mets

  110. Carcillo says:

    These Beyond Baseball commercials do nothing but state the obvious.

    Joe Mauer’s going to do everything it takes for the Twins to reach the World Series?

    Really?

    What a fucking concept.

  111. Mike R says:

    “I think derek thought it was a low” — No shit that pitch was at his fucking Ankles.. Another 10 pitch inning for Lester incoming.. awesome.

  112. whozat says:

    John: “I can’t recall a Yankee who’s hit the ball hard yet”.

    Really? Remember the SECOND BATTER?

  113. Pat D says:

    OMG! Did a major baseball analyst just say that a pitcher has NO CONTROL over his W-L record???

  114. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Fox understands Felix for CY Young despite 12 wins?

    RUN! THE SKY IS FALLING! 2012 IS EARLY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Mike R says:

      What was that a 9 pitch inning for Lester? Some of these strike calls are absolutely horrendous. I wish Fox would show us an above the plate angle shot so we can see if the balls actually over the plate. Sorry that I have no trust in Tim McCarvers eye for balls and strikes.

    • Matty says:

      How can a sports writer vote for anyone other then King Felix?
      The idea of voting for anyone else is laughable.

  115. Carcillo says:

    Fucking A.

    9/25/10 is going nothing like 9/25/09 did for Lester.

  116. Pat D says:

    He’s got a perfect game!!!!!

    /yes I’m hoping for the jinx’d

  117. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    It’s cool, Mark. Trying is overrated.

  118. Mike Axisa says:

    Maybe the White Sox will do the Yankees’ job for them next week since they apparently have no fucking interest in doing it themselves.

    • Slappy White says:

      I really dont trust Ozzie at all. That crazy fuck might throw a game just for the giggles

    • Carcillo says:

      I knowing blaming Giradi is low hanging fruit and whatnot, but I have to think his overly-lax style of managing has impacted this team in some way.

      When the manager isn’t trying, why the hell should the players?

    • ND Mike says:

      Ok, I can’t watch this shit anymore, I’m taking the kids outside to play. Check back later.

    • bexarama says:

      Implying that the team isn’t trying is below you, IMO.

      • Carcillo says:

        It’s frustration.

        None of us are below falling subject to that. And when frustration sets in, we invariably say things we wouldn’t normally say.

        It’s not an excuse, it’s a matter of how things go.

        • Carcillo says:

          Hell, just read the first paragraph of the post.

          The Yankees failed to move any closer to securing a playoff berth last night, and they haven’t made any progress on that front in the last few days either. It’s time for that nonsense to stop. Yes, resting players is important, but it would be nice to win a damn game and actually clinch something first. Cut the crap and come to play. For my sanity.

          It’s pretty clear Mike’s had enough of this shit, as I’m sure most of us have.

      • Slappy White says:

        We’re all frustrated. We want the Yanks to fuckin go out and take our frustration out on these fucks so bad. Its not that we dont think theyre trying

    • Pat D says:

      Fatalism much?

      Obviously it’s frustrating but you sound like my dad watching a NY Giants game where they’re being destroyed and then assuming that’s how the rest of the season will be.

    • Ben says:

      They’ve looked bad for awhile, but with the way Lester has looked lately, I didn’t expect much offensively.

  119. Carcillo says:

    Breaking news: Jon Lester has a no-hitter going.

    I don’t think Tim has insinuated or stated that at all yet.

    • Andrew518 says:

      Tim doesn’t believe in jinxing no-hitters which he will go at great lengths to say…except when was the last time he announced a no-hitter? Hmmmm.

  120. Slappy White says:

    This really is getting kind of embarrasing

  121. Pat D says:

    Wow, that very skinny model is able to hold and move a plate of six gold bars pretty easily in that DirecTV commercial.

    Oh, no! Do you think they may not actually be real gold bars?!?

  122. whozat says:

    John Sterling is clearly of the opinion that this game is over and we should stop listening. I’m tempted to agree with him, but continue watching on gameday just so I don’t have to hear him parrot empty sports platitudes for the rest of the afternoon.

  123. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Girardi needs to get in Guccione’s face and have a meltdown. Pump this team up.

  124. Hughesus Christo says:

    Ivan Nova just isn’t that good. Jawn Lestah is the actual Ace of the Five Aces. This isn’t surprising in any way. They’ll have to put a rally together in the 7th/8th, assuming Nova/whatever nonsensical BP members Girardi chooses don’t get smacked before then.

  125. Greg says:

    Well, it looks like we’re gonna have to put our faith in Dustin Moseley.

  126. Mrgfeeny says:

    on a scale of 1-10 is there anyone out there legitly paranoid now that our PO spot is in question…?

  127. Joe says:

    “Top Hand Spinner”. McCarver’s expert analysis of J.D.’s excuse-me swing.. Coin the term

  128. Oooh, it’s the Ringer!

    WE’RE BRINGING IN THE RINGER!!!

  129. Hughesus Christo says:

    So, Cashman has to be involved with this failing “coast into the playoffs by splitting the difference” thing, right? This is leaving a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths, and is the kind of thing that could get Girardi booted/”scapegoated” is they don’t win the WS. Because you do realize that’s the position they’re in now, right?

    • FACT: Whether we clinch a playoff spot on Game #141 or Game #162 doesn’t matter for how well we do in the playoffs. How rested and ready we are for the playoffs does.

    • Hughesus Christo says:

      Ok, that didn’t make a lot of sense. Try again:

      Before this late-season run, I (despite disliking him) would have had to agree it would be hard to let Girardi go after the playoffs, regardless of result. People understand that things happen. Whatever.

      HOWEVA (/SAS)

      With this botch-job down the stretch, they’re putting themselves in a situation where they will either have to win the WS or watch Girardi/Cashman get killed over what went down in September and not having the team prepared for October. Cashman has a contract, Girardi doesn’t. Do the math.

      • Hughesus Christo says:

        I was responding to myself, because the initial post was poorly written. It’s frickin hot and I refuse to use an air conditioner in September.

    • Greg says:

      I f we dont win the Series, the turning point of the season IMO
      was the failed acquisition of Cliff Lee. If we had Cliff Lee, we wouldn’t be in this position, most likely.

      Now, in hindsight, we should have made the deal irresistable to the M’s, so they didn’t even consider Texas.

      Of course, if we get him next year, well, we’ll see.

  130. Cy Pettitte says:

    Eiland rings the bullpen for Royce

  131. whozat says:

    Ok, so Ivan Nova clearly needs to work on pitching from the stretch.

  132. Mike R says:

    TAKE NOVA OUT HOLY SHIT

  133. Steve H says:

    So much for the O’Neill theory.

    • Mike R says:

      Yah, I mean I like the idea behind it. The thing is you actually have to see more than five pitches an inning to possibly get runners on base and get a hit with RISP which is going almost impossible for us these days.

    • All Star Carl says:

      Every time someone brings that up it never works.

    • Ben says:

      Tough to expect any momentum to carry over when they have to face Lester, especially considering the roll Lester has been on lately.

  134. waka flocka says:

    I am not worried about the playoff spot but I think everyone can agree that the Yankees aren’t playing good baseball lately. That is definitely a cause for concern this late in the season. The competition isn’t getting any easier.

    • Bryan W says:

      Go take a look at how piss poor the Yankees were in Sept. 2000 and tell me this is worse. That team only rebounded to win the World Series. Big picture man.

  135. Steve H says:

    So would anyone seriously trade spots with the Sox right now in both record and momentum?

  136. Joe says:

    Here’s a thought Nova.. Why not try pitch from the windup w/ men on base…??? I mean even if the guy on base scores b/c of defensive indifference it wouldn’t be a meltdown inning.

  137. Matty says:

    So much for Ivan “Super” Nova.
    Later dude, to the pen, next year in Scranton.

  138. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    JERRY MANUEL FOR YANKEES MANAGER IN 2011!!!

  139. Cy Pettitte says:

    Ring v Ortiz should be interesting

  140. Carcillo says:

    Fucking tremendous.

  141. Mike R says:

    Yup, I’ll give up on this game right here too. Our team looks flat out old, unmotivated and pathetic this whole month. We can’t get any momentum going.

  142. Intimidator says:

    Time to get ready for next year. If the Yankees do make the playoffs, they proved they can’t beat the Rangers or the Rays. And what makes me thank that the Yankees can beat the Phillies??

  143. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Just fuck it, let’s forfeit every game until the last Boston series. Since these games don’t matter just end the season and hope resting works.

  144. Brooklyn Ed says:

    FREEEEEEEEEEE BRACKMANNNNNNN!!!!!!!!

  145. All Star Carl says:

    Chad Gaudin. Yep. It’s over.

  146. Matty says:

    Yankees playoff possibility: 99.6%
    Red Sox playoff possibility: 0.4%

    So, this would be the biggest collapse in history.

    /joking’d sortof’d

  147. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Maybe the overuse of Guadin means that he’s not worth rested meaning hes not on the playoff roster…yeah who am I kidding.

  148. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Clearly Gaudin should have started.

  149. Jon in CUO says:

    I definitely understand the need to rest players down the stretch, and the Yankees are a near-lock to make the postseason, so we shouldn’t get too upset about these games. But it sure is frustrating watching this team lately and trying to figure out some of Joe’s moves. They’re worse off than the 2009 Yankees w/r/t the rest of the division, yet they’re playing like they’re way ahead.

    Maybe I’ll feel better after they clinch.

  150. JohnathanCold says:

    Sucks to crawl into the postseason, but I’d actually rather face the Twins than the Rangers in the first round (not that winning the division isn’t still a possibility).

    Hopefully they tee off on Boston’s jap ace tomorrow and get some Yankee fans of the ledge.

    • bonestock94 says:

      lol jap, seriously..

    • Bryan W says:

      The Twins honestly don’t scare me much. After Liriano, it’s a bunch of pitch to contact starters. The Yankees have CC and Pettitte to counteract their lefties. Thome probably doesn’t start when those two are on the mound but will be up against Logan when he does get in. And if the Yankees can get to Joe Nathan in a big spot, does Capps/Rauch/Fuentes really stand much of a chance?

  151. dkidd in sunny los angeles says:

    buster olney describing the twins awesome organizational philosophy:

    The Twins’ pitchers are taught to throw strikes; their position players are given rigorous lessons in defense.

    no wonder they won their division!!!

    • Jon in CUO says:

      Well, it makes sense as far as I know. They tend to favor low-walk/low-strikeout pitchers that pitch to contact, and even though their defensive range has been less than ideal this year, they don’t make many errors. Seems to have worked for them.

      • dkidd in sunny los angeles says:

        other organizations encourage their pitchers to throw balls?

        • Jon in CUO says:

          Not directly, but a team’s strategy may lead to that result. A typical team may be willing to accept higher walk totals from their pitchers in exchange for more strikeouts; the Twins apparently draft/develop with a different strategy in mind.

  152. Mike R says:

    Thank god for Alex Rodriguez. I think this is the first guy to see more than four pitches in the past three innings. Those sunglasses are also borderline hilarious.

  153. All Star Carl says:

    Perfect game folks.

  154. Carcillo says:

    A fucking baserunner!!

  155. Carcillo says:

    …so much for that.

    Fucking hacks.

  156. Kiersten says:

    Who else has heard that commercial from the Vermont Tourism people or something on WCBS? The whole commercial is “Did you know that when the Red Sox defeated the Yankees 10-3 in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS, it was the first time a team came back down 3-0?”

    end commercial.

    What the hell.

  157. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    LOL

  158. Jake H says:

    Can the Yankees stop mailing it in?

  159. Joe says:

    It’s funny that what we have been reduced to is hoping to not get no-hit by Lester…

  160. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Well I’m down on letting Pena, Nunez, Russo and Miranda be our infield. Where Colin Curtis, Kearns and Thames be out outfield until the playoffs. Nova, Moesely, Javy, Guadina and Mitre can all start too.

    If they’re going to lose, let the regulars rest.

  161. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    Sooo, is McCarver going to call everything a cutter?

  162. Adam says:

    Well, on the bright side…no runners stranded on base so far!

  163. Lee says:

    Comment about Red Sox pitcher inappropriate.

  164. icanttakeitanymore says:

    For all those who can see a bright side

    I like to hear it now

  165. bonestock94 says:

    If practice makes perfect Gaudin should be our #1 starter in 2011.

  166. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Fashionably late, as usual.

    So what’s the scoop today? The usual doom and gloom?

  167. Jake H says:

    hey Nava, try to get out of the way.

    • Bryan W says:

      Those two flyballs would have gone out last night. The tide is turning. Momentum has gone to the Yankees side. Victory shall be ours!!!

  168. cbean says:

    I feel this way about a lot of the Red Sox, but Lars Anderson is not attractive. At all.

  169. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    lmaoooooooooo dat has to stop can he call him by sumtin else instead of dick lol ma nephew watching da game and all hes doin is cracking up

  170. Carcillo says:

    Girardi’s going to make even the rare Gaudin fan such as myself come to loathe the guy.

  171. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    Heh, looks like Swish lost count of the outs.

  172. Brian in NH says:

    late here myself, was at an octoberfest thing…nice to see them getting no-hit through 5

  173. Guest says:

    Why is Cervelli still in? Is he coming out soon? Please?

  174. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    I want to hear McCarver when he’s high.

  175. Brett Gardner says:

    Pls, I’d like to steal a base here, like Mr. Dave Roberts.

  176. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    RISP!!!

  177. Mike R says:

    Remember when Cervelli had about 30 Rbis in June? I think he’s got about five Rbi’s the past three months.

  178. All Star Carl says:

    Cervelli breaks it up lol

  179. cbean says:

    Cisco! thank you!

  180. Matty says:

    Any chance of seeing Lester self destruct like ZZ the other night?

    /wishfulthinking’d

  181. Mike R says:

    Is there anyway to just mute Tim McCarver only.. He’s blatantly losing it, I don’t know how much more Fox can run him out there. He literally repeats himself at least fifteen times a game.

  182. Bryan says:

    We need a bomb right now.

  183. Adam says:

    Well…that was interesting base running.

  184. Cy Pettitte says:

    lmao at Cervelli getting the first hit of the game

  185. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Cervelli.

    Always liked him.

  186. bexarama says:

    Cervelli breaking up the no-hitter = HILARITY

  187. seimiya says:

    Now that we’ve got that no-hitter nonsense out of the way, time to some good ol’ fashioned Sox mashing.

  188. Jake H says:

    Kearns isn’t a good baserunner at all. Must have gone to the Posada school of base running.

  189. Mike R says:

    OMFG KEARNS IS SLOW AS FUCKING SHIT

  190. cbean says:

    Ugh. He was out by a lot.

  191. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Out by about a mile.

  192. Cy Pettitte says:

    WHY THE FUCK DID THEY WAVE KEARNS IN

    /killme

  193. Kiersten says:

    When it rains, it pours.

  194. Ben says:

    Wow, what a horrendous send.

  195. All Star Carl says:

    GJ Yankees

  196. Hughesus Christo says:

    And you wondered why Thomson isn’t up for the BJs job.

  197. Jon in CUO says:

    What the fuck.

  198. Bryan W says:

    Crap Austin should have been at 3rd!!!! Now he doesn’t even score WTF

  199. Adam says:

    No way he gets sent there…

  200. Oh, Austin… for shame.

    (Good send, though. Force the issue.)

  201. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    A lesson in sliding might be in order.

  202. Bryan says:

    Can’t do that down 4 runs…

  203. Mike Axisa says:

    What an awful fucking sent with 2-3-4-5 coming up.

    • Bryan W says:

      That was a bigger buzzkill then Buzz Killington

    • AndrewYF says:

      You’re wrong. It was the correct call. Even the 2-3-4-5 are capable of double-plays and popups.

      If he had scored, it would be 2nd and 3rd with 1 out and a runner in, which is much better than bases loaded with 1 out, because it eliminates the likely outcome of a double play.

      • ZZ says:

        Really astute observation.

        2nd and 3rd, 1 out, and a run in is better than bases loaded 1 out. I don’t think anyone here could have thought of that.

        Too bad you actually have to try to figure out if the run is going to score as the 3rd base coach, which of course it didn’t. Therefore we were left with the worst possible situation. No run and 1 more out.

        Other than that, perfect analysis.

    • Ben says:

      The throw was offline, and he still got him. I can understand, somewhat, if it would take a perfect throw to get the runner, but that wasn’t the case in this situation.

  204. SteveD says:

    fu#$ this fu%^ all the bull shit . im tired of the smoke and mirrors yes i

    have been drinking.

  205. bexarama says:

    Why would you send him? Ljlsdgjlagjlsg.

  206. Mike R says:

    This isn’t a one run game. It’s not gonna matter if we lose 4-0 or 4-1 we need base runners. Not sending a slow fucking scrub who shouldn’t even be playing to score when we have Swisher, Tex, and A-Rod coming up.

  207. Carcillo says:

    Wow.

    2-3 with RISP, 0 runs.

    Fucking tards.

  208. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Best chance blown, I didn’t look but there’s probably little chance their BP outside of Bard and Papelbon comes in.

  209. Mike Axisa says:

    Ran themselves right out of the inning. Just awful. You’re down four, you need baserunners, not to risk it for one stupid fucking run.

    Christ.

  210. Matty says:

    That was horrible.

  211. Jon in CUO says:

    Austin Kearns reminds me of Frank Sobotka from The Wire. Runs like him too.

  212. ZZ says:

    That was really an awful send. I can’t believe that just happened down 4-0 against Lester.

  213. Steve H says:

    I can has Brackman?

  214. Kiersten says:

    Does Joe really think Gaudin is a decent pitcher or is he just giving up on a 4-0 game in the 7th inning?

  215. bexarama says:

    I’m not even sure what to say any more. Other than that I hope we’re all laughing about this in two months. Sob, sob.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

      Meh. I absolutely think the Yanks will make the playoffs. However, I don’t seem them getting very far. Hopefully I’m wrong.

    • bonestock94 says:

      I so cannot imagine winning the WS this year. I know they’re not playing 100% right now to rest players, but even so I will be truly shocked if we go back to back.

  216. Andrew518 says:

    Day feels complete now

  217. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Gaudin in the clutch.

  218. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    Great, just great. If Gaudin makes the postseason roster…

  219. Mike Axisa says:

    What is that 6 HR in Gaudin’s last 7 IP?

  220. tom says:

    This team is killing me

  221. Bryan W says:

    After this game I’m gonna go watch Groundhog’s Day

  222. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Jesus fucking christ. Give EVERY regular a vacation from now until the playoffs. The White Sox can do the job for us. As long as I don’t have to see Chad Guadin again.

  223. cbean says:

    I hate everything.

  224. Slappy White says:

    I Seriously NEVER want to see Chad gaudin again

    • AndrewYF says:

      Remember when everyone called Cashman the dumbest GM ever for keeping Mitre over Gaudin?

      I know this is a game thread, but if this doesn’t prove that perspective is the most important part of Zen Baseball, I don’t know what to tell you.

  225. ZZ says:

    I remember last year when Yankee fans loved Thompson because of how much better a job he did than Meacham. Tides have turned. Thompson has been awful this season.

  226. Kiersten says:

    Can Cashman DFA Gaudin already and take away Girardi’s favorite toy? This is absurd.

  227. Matty says:

    The Yanks ( hopefully ) will miss Lester next weekend, right? Right???

  228. DallasGreen says:

    Gaudin is to pitching as McCarver is to announcing

  229. Cy Pettitte says:

    dunanunanunanunanuna BRACKMAN!

  230. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Unleash ROMULO!!!

  231. Carcillo says:

    This fucking ridiculous.

  232. Chip says:

    Alright, well let’s see some Sanchez and Brackman now

  233. waka flocka says:

    The sad thing is that Gaudin is probably going to make the post season roster.

  234. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Chances Guadin makes the postseason roster? I say 50 percent.

    • Pasqua says:

      I’m thinking even better than that. The sheer number of times Girardi’s gone to him – in tight spots, no less – suggests (to me, at least) that he’s actually got…you know…confidence in him. God help us.

  235. Mark L. says:

    The Choke 2.0

    I was lucky enough to be out of the country during October 2004 — I can’t imagine how terrible it would be to be around for the Red Sox miraculous run to the 2010 AL WildCard

  236. Matty says:

    Truth be told, if the freaking starters would do their jobs, we would not have to be subjected to this joke of a man named Gaudin.

    • AndrewYF says:

      Mmhmm.

      Example of why people blaming Girardi and ‘The Resting Plan’ are not very smart. He could have exhausted the bullpen and caused injuries Joe Torre style and they still wouldn’t be any better off, because the offense is struggling and the starters are struggling.

  237. bexarama says:

    Well at least Fox is still hilariously dumb.

  238. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    So is like Buccholz pitching or what? I’m pretty sure it’s Daisuke?

  239. DallasGreen says:

    c’mon joe.. gimme some brackman!!!

  240. Hughesus Christo says:

    Did I just hear Los Campesinos in a fucking Budweiser commercial?

    Most disturbing part of my day thus far.

  241. AndrewYF says:

    “The Red Sox can exhaust the Yankees”

    Er, nope. They’ll just eventually run into a couple wins, and the Sox will run into a loss or two.

    Sorry, Rosenthal. The genius plan to Exhaust The Yankees was thwarted before it even began.

  242. mustang says:

    well how is everyones day so far?

  243. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    This is so frustrating. This is not a team playing well and thinking they will turn it on once the playlets start is a bit foolish. This is not today they will exit early, because anything can happen. But clearly there isan issue that the manager has failed to fix.

    • Steve H says:

      How can Girardi fix CC and Pettitte pitching like crap their last starts? Last night they hit 6 HR’s and lost. That’s on Pettitte.

    • cbean says:

      I don’t think anyone is saying that the Yankees can expect to get very far in the postseason playing like this. However, the Yankees will get to the postseason.

  244. Andrew518 says:

    Yes players need to be rested
    Yes playoff spot more than likely
    Yes playoffs things start over
    but this is not good.

    Mosely tomorrow?
    not confidence inspiring for a team that is not playing all that confident right now.

  245. YankeesJunkieinMadrid says:

    Any chance of seeing Brackmonster in the 8th or 9th. That seems to be the best reason to watch the rest of the game at this point.

  246. AndrewYF says:

    “It’s just not the way you want to go into it.”

    You know what’s a worse way? With the starters not lined up, and the starting lineup exhausted and hobbling.

    I’ll take it this way, thanks.

  247. All Star Carl says:

    Yankees called up Rumolo Sanchez on the 17.

    Why can’t he throw strikes now!

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

    WE’RE ALL DOOOOOOMED!!!!

  249. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Walk, walk, walkin’ on Heaven’s door.

  250. bonestock94 says:

    It’s funny to see 721 comments already on a game that has been pitched by Nova, Ring, Gaudin, and Sanchez.

  251. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Scranton handled pawtucket this year. What is the problem fellas?

    What bothered me more was Kearns not going to third on the hit by Cervelli. Should have been halfway and made it to third.

  252. Mike Nitabach says:

    This is painful to watch.

  253. tom says:

    Call me a bad fan, but I’m skipping watching tomorrow’s game in favor of Mad Men. I’ve had years of experience at this, and, when the team gets into a trough like this, the only way I can get them back on track is to skip a game. (Yes; I believe in fan voodoo)

    They’ll make the playoffs. But, man, they’re making it hard to watch.

  254. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Pena doesn’t think Girardi should be manager of the year? Heresy!

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

    My way of thinking:

    We’re basically guaranteed into the playoffs (I’m not going to fear boogeymen here.

    Once we’re there, we have a 1 in 8 chance to win like every other fucking team.

    The 2000 Yankees went 3 and 15 in their final 18. The 2000 WS Champions? Those same Yankees.

    Grow a fucking pair and deal with the losing, you’re all driving me nuts. These games really don’t matter, and nobody will remember them if we win. Which, hey, we can do.

  256. Steve H says:

    Romulo is a poor man’s A.J.

  257. Bryan W says:

    Rally time!!

  258. Mike Nitabach says:

    I’m not a doomsayer by any stretch, but it is still painful to watch the Yanks play shitty ball.

  259. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Romulo has a nice changeup. He throws 96 regularly. He needs experience which sometimes comes at the expense of a few shaky outings. I like a guy who can throw a changeup in pressure situations. Except maybe javy.

  260. Mike Nitabach says:

    Down 6-0 in Yankee Stadium is totally a tie game!

  261. All Star Carl says:

    Tex is swinging at everything.

  262. SteveD says:

    rally my ass this is bullshit

  263. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Ryczypsinski and Drabek (0-2) and TBD for Toronto. Normally I would say that looks good for us but with our pitching now, all bets are off.

  264. Bob Stone says:

    I am happy with this season no matter what happens. I’ve been doing Zen baseball for a few decades before we even knew what to call it.

    To me, having seen so many more championships than anyone deserves to see in a lifetime (antithesis – Cub Fans) I decided a long time ago that a great season was one where the Yankees kept my interest going down to the last three to four weeks of the season.

    Based on that criteria, this has been a great season. Everything else after this point is gravy.

    I should add, however, that the Yankees have been a very average team over the last two months. On July 28 they were 64 and 36. Today, before this game started, they are 92 and 62. The record for the last two months has been 28 and 26. That’s extremely average for TWO MONTHS.

    This team is probably going to make the play offs, but, unless lightning strikes, they aren’t going deep into the play offs.

      • Bob Stone says:

        The question is not why not. The question is WHY! You expect a .500 team to go deep in the play offs? I should ask you why!!!

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

          Bcause it’s happened before, and because they’re not a 500 team.

          • Bob Stone says:

            They are 28 and 26 for two months and probably 28 and 27 after this game. Tell me how that is not a .500 ball club. Are you just going to throw out the last two months, pretend that Pettitte has been healthy for the last two months, pretend that the rest of the starters have been great and that all the bull pen pitchers have been lights out.

            Are you going to pretend that Tex, A-Rod, Jeter and Posada have not had below career average years.

            Give me one reason to say this is not a .500 ball club right now.

            • JobaWockeeZ says:

              Posada is having a good year. Don’t know what to tell you about that.

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

              I have an excellent reason. Their record is 92-62. That’s 30 games above 500. Thus, the premise of your argument is obviously false.

              So, an excellent reason to say thy’re not a 500 ballclub right now: They’re not a 500 ballclub right now.

            • Ray the Anti-Handle says:

              You talk about the last two months of the season, but then you go and cite yearly numbers. How about A-Rod’s great month? And Jeter’s improvement this month?

              If you’re going to call the Yankees a .500 team based on the last two months of the season, then I’m just going to throw out A-Rod and Jeter’s entire season except for September. Is that fair?

        • Mike Nitabach says:

          .500 team? Wut?

          • Bob Stone says:

            Look at the numbers. It is not difficult mathematics.

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

              And yet you keep getting it wrong. They’re not 500. Two months does not equal the season. They are a 30 games above 500 playoff team.

              That’s a THIRTY GAME DIFFERENCE.

              • Mike Axisa says:

                They’re 30 games over .500 but have been playing like a .500 team for close to two months now (and far worse than than in the last 2.5 weeks or so).

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

                  So?

                  They’re clearly better than a 500 team. With that stretch you mentioned, they’re still 30 games over 500.

                  I see no reason to believe that in the playoffs, with the caliber players we have, the Yankees will play like the Yanks of the last 2 months and not the Yanks of the rest of the season.

                  I ESPECIALLY see no reason to believe that in light of such WS champs as the 200 Yanks and 06′ Tigers.

        • ZZ says:

          The playoffs are nothing like the regular season.

        • seimiya says:

          First off, we’re not a .500 team. Maybe we’ve been .500 over the past two months, but two months does not a season make. The A’s are a .500 team, or close to it.

          And why wouldn’t we go deep in the playoffs? If we’re playing specifically to the numbers, we’ve got some of the best players in this generation of baseball. Mariano Rivera’s postseason era is 0.73. Yeah. Andy Pettitte has the most postseason wins (wins are a useless stat etc) ever. We’ve got gold gloves and MVPs and silver sluggers flying all over the damn place. Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Jorge Posada – these guys hit. They really, really hit.

          Of course, YCPB.

          • Bob Stone says:

            I understand all the super stars on our favorite team. They are not playing like superstars now or over the last two months.

            God bless you if you have the lever to pull that instantly changes what we are all watching for two months.

            • seimiya says:

              They’ll have great days and they’ll have bad days, and they sometimes string these days together. I believe they are called slumps and streaks. They will happen, unfortunately. All we can do is wait for them to come out of them.

              I’ll be patient.

        • tom says:

          Hasn’t Tampa played at about the same rate for about as long? By your standard, only the Twins stand a chance.

          As everyone’s saying, there are plenty of World Champions (’00 Yanks and ’06 Cards, most notably) who stumbled horribly going to the playoffs. You just never know.

          • Bob Stone says:

            I hope I am wrong, but I see a lot of question marks for the Yankees at this point in the season, with no clear answers.

          • Bob Stone says:

            I did the math and home work on the Yanks. If you want to make that argument go do the math on the Rays. Don’t ask me to research the data against my argument.

        • Pasqua says:

          “Why” followed by an exclamation point is not a question. So, you’re technically not asking anybody anything. You’ve been diqualified. Hrumph.

          • Bob Stone says:

            Lacking a good counter argument you resort to BS technicalities and declare victory. Incredibly erudite and astute.

            /not!!!

            • Pasqua says:

              Bah! Pish-posh! I’ve had enough of this ballyhoo, Mr. Stone. And, to wit: You failed to point out that I misspelled “disqualified”! You had such an easy opportunity to discredit me and you did not. Get in the game, sir!

              • Bob Stone says:

                Still all bs and no counter argument. You can mispell all you want. I was looking for some well thought out and cogent reasons why I am wrong in my assessment, that at this point, the Yankees are a .500 ball club.

                I guess you decline to respond with any logical or meaningful.

                • Pasqua says:

                  Are you actually trying to be serious? Did the tone of my last two posts not give you a fucking HINT that I was just fucking around?

                  For the record: I defended you to others, not too long ago, who were tired of your pessimism. That you would respond to me with a “scolding” about adding sometthing to the conversation (and completely fail to see that it was in jest) is infuriating and obnoxious.

                  Oh, had I ONLY KNOWN that you demanded only thoughtful discourse in response to your insightful critiques, I would have left you alone. Apologies, your majesty.

          • Bryan W says:

            By the same logic, does that guarantee the Twins will cruise to a World Series title based on going 46-19 since the All star break? No, records mean nothing once the playoffs begin. Like Jeter always says, it’s not necessarily the best team who wins it’s the hottest team. Are the twins hot right now, yes but so are the Phillies. And they have the superior starting pitching than the Twins.

            • Bob Stone says:

              I would feel much more confident if the Yankees played .500 ball for the first few months and were 30 games over .500 over the last few months.

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

                But why?

                • Bob Stone says:

                  You have to be kidding me. Oh . . . . you were kidding.

                  /so I don’t have to explain the obvious.

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

                    No, I’m honestly not kidding. Please explain your argument.

                    Why should we assume, in light of teams like the 2000 Yanks and the 06′ Tigers, that the Yankees who “show up” in the playoffs will be the Tankees who have “showed up” for the past two months and not the Yankees of the majority of the year?

                    Please explain this line of thinking. I’m not kidding.

  265. All Star Carl says:

    A-Rod goes deep.

  266. bonestock94 says:

    When I get that feelin, I want, Texual healing, Texual….

  267. Steve H says:

    A-Rod just missed two very hittable pitches.

  268. Jack says:

    Tim McCarver likes Gloria Estefan? Did not see that one coming.

  269. Andrew518 says:

    CC’s look just about summed things up.

  270. smurfy says:

    Scott Atchison warming in the bullpen, time to tuck in.

  271. It'sATarp says:

    the yanks just want to see how it feels to be the mets

  272. Andrew518 says:

    For someone who has ranted and raved for the last several hours that they shouldn’t just give up on these games I’ll nonetheless say I’m a bit puzzled as to why at this point you wouldn’t just give Brett the whole day off.

  273. Steve H says:

    Uggh. Hearing Dick talk about Beltre just reminded me that tomorrow night we have to hear Bel-tray from Miller.

  274. Cy Pettitte says:

    the GRANDYMAN is on FIRE

  275. All Star Carl says:

    Damn my boy Grandy yezzir

  276. Andrew518 says:

    standing ovation!

  277. Tom Zig says:

    I bet we can get 4 runs off papelboner

  278. Jack says:

    Curtis Granderson: Very bust-y.

  279. Mickey Scheister says:

    Curtis is GRAND! We have a pulse!

  280. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    Wow, when did Bard’s hair get so crazy?

  281. Sean C says:

    Thank you, Grandy. Thank you.

  282. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Gardner leadoff, Grandy second = A lineup

  283. smurfy says:

    grandy candy. Let’s have some berkie jerkie, too.

  284. Tom Zig says:

    Imagine if Grandy finishes the year with 25 HRs. That’d be neat!

  285. dkidd in sunny los angeles says:

    aroldis in for the reds, throwing 100 mph

  286. nsalem says:

    Hopefully Bard is throwing pitches now he can’t throw tomorrow

  287. All Star Carl says:

    Tex is going deep son I called it first.

  288. Bryan W says:

    The pitch to Swisher that was called a strike was higher than the next one that wasn’t. This umpiring crew is on my last nerve.

  289. Greg says:

    2 runs isn’t enough.

  290. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Updated strategy to make the playoffs: Do not throw Jose Bautista a fastball in Toronto. I’ll take my chances with someone else.

  291. Bob Stone says:

    Looks like a lot of RAB regular commenters have given up and left. I’m still pulling for a win here.

  292. All Star Carl says:

    Going to Gaudin may have killed a come back. Thanks Joe G.

  293. All Star Carl says:

    Way to go Joba. Fat ass.

  294. Cy Pettitte says:

    what the fuck Joba?

  295. It'sATarp says:

    i really wish we shipped joba for dan haren…in hindsight

  296. Nice says:

    remember when Jabba used to be good?

  297. All Star Carl says:

    Franklin Gutierrez

  298. smurfy says:

    yeah, sugarplum fairies?

  299. ZZ says:

    I really hope Joba did not think Kalish was on 1B.

  300. Mike says:

    Seriously Yanks. WAKE THE FUCK UP

  301. ND Mike says:

    Em-fucking-barrasing. Boston/Yanks game is so bad they preempt it for the Rangers win…

  302. ND Mike says:

    Dear Joba, its time to have someone put some curve in the bill of your hat. And stop sucking Joba. Signed, ND Mike.

  303. first time long time says:

    153 games into the season:
    Team A:92-61
    Team B: 91-62
    Team C: 91-62
    Team D: 97-56

  304. King of the Troglodytes says:

    6-13 after today since their 8 game winning streak. Good to see the Yanks peak at the right time of year. Twins will sweep this shit team in the first round.

  305. Bryan W says:

    Chris Denorfia hitting a walk off rbi double off Aroldis Chapman? The myth has been shattered.

  306. smurfy says:

    Dick Stockton referred to Robinson Canoe. Just no respect.

  307. Carcillo says:

    I think LOL’ing is something that should be against everyone’s religion, but I must LOL at the fact that the Rays are already up 4-0 on the M’s.

    Yes, I know, the Rays are good, and the M’s suck. You know what else? The Rays are being managed like these games matter. Take a cue, Girardi.

  308. All Star Carl says:

    I told you A-Rod was going deep.

  309. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    CENTAUR!

    Heh, so what are A-Rod’s chances for 30 now?

  310. Cy Pettitte says:

    #28

  311. Rey22 says:

    So…A-Rod might actually hit the 30 HR 100 RBI thing again this year. Wow.

  312. Kiersten says:

    A-Rod is so keeping his 30+ home run streak alive.

  313. Mickey Scheister says:

    Arod is good at baseball!

  314. All Star Carl says:

    Yanks have 1 good player.

    A-Rod.

    Lawd help us.

  315. bexarama says:

    I went for dinner and a walk and this shit is still going on?

  316. smurfy says:

    oh well, win many, lose a few

  317. Bob Stone says:

    Very discouraging couple of weeks. I remember how we were all saying in June that this team would win well over a hundred games if they start hitting on all cylinders. That seems so long ago.

  318. brett gardner says:

    still wishing Witless Joe had pinch run me for Kearns in the sixth. Game might have different. Who knows?

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