Game 159: Where are the scrubs?


(AP Photo/Canadian Press/Chris Young)

The day after clinching it’s expected that we’ll see the AAA lineup. After last year’s clincher Girardi penciled these names into the lineup:

1. Brett Gardner, CF
2. Melky Cabrera, LF
3. Robinson Cano, 2B
4. Jorge Posada, DH
5. Eric Hinske, 3B
6. Shelley Duncan, RF
7. Juan Miranda, 1B
8. Francisco Cervelli, C
9. Ramiro Pena, SS

Today’s lineup has far more regulars. I guess there’s good reason for that. Unlike last year, the Yanks aren’t quite done. They’re in the playoffs, yes, but they’re still in a battle of sorts for the AL East crown. Before the game Joe Girardi said that the team is still “playing to win this division,” so he’s not going to rest everyone at once. The off-day, he said, will give him a chance to get guys two days off. Some get today, some get Friday. If they stick to this, Matsuzaka will face quite a scrubby lineup.

Javier Vazquez gets the ball tonight in what could be his final audition for the postseason roster. I think he makes it regardless, but if he bombs there has to be a chance that they leave him off in favor of a more effective pitcher. He did settle down after plunking three straight batters last time out, so maybe he’s onto something. If he pitches well, look for the inevitable article asking whether he pitched his way into the ALDS rotation.

(There is no way this can happen if the Yankees are sane, so I suggest ignoring these.)

Anyway, here’s the lineup. I guess Jeter, Swisher, Tex, A-Rod, and Cano will sit on Friday in Boston.

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Nick Swisher, RF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Marcus Thames, DH
7. Austin Kearns, LF
8. Francisco Cervelli, C
9. Greg Golson, CF

And on the mound, number thirty-one, Javier Vazquez.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. JobaWockeeZ says:

    That looks like a scrub lineup to me…
    Not as bad as 09 but the division is up for grabs this time around.

  2. bexarama says:

    I’m probably not watching any of the game tonight. Woo?

    Also, the matchup in the second game of the Brewers/Mets doubleheader is Bush/Dickey. This makes me laugh so hard, as I am 12.

  3. I really hope Girardi is lying through his teeth and doesn’t plan on sacrificing rest for the division. Getting Swish and Tex healthy, and Robbie a day (who has seriously seemed to play like, every game this year) should supersede trying to win the division, which may be impossible anyway.

    I do want Javy to pitch well tonight because I’d rather see him instead of Gaudin on the postseason roster.

  4. JerseyDutch says:

    Interesting lineup… I guess he’s still shooting for the division.

    And I know we still have a game to play, but I’m throwing out an early congratulations and job well done to Cito Gaston… (But you still have to lose to us tonight.)

  5. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Off day tomorrow and 2 next week. days off? overrated. My biggest worry is Joe will play Kearns against lefties in the playoffs.

    Toronto is not playing scrubs.

  6. Carlosologist says:

    Let’s win this one so we can go back to the top of the standings (Tampa will lose because of LOLNiemann).

  7. Mitch Williams’ pitch to Carter was almost as good as his prediction about the Red Sox knocking the Yankees out of the playoff chase!


  8. Across the pond says:

    Just curious, where the Yankees in the dugout there for the applause?

  9. ThrillHouseMD says:

    Where is the game?

  10. Carlosologist says:

    I feel that I’m the only person who can’t enjoy the Atlanta Braves because of Chip Caray and his horrible style of announcing. Jeez, your grandfather was awesome, why couldn’t it carry over to you?

  11. Pat D says:

    Ah, Cito Gaston. One of a select group of managers who has won 2 World Series titles. And member of an even more select group of those managers who will never see the HOF.

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

    Suzyn “..his lovely wife, Linda”.

    It would be fun to hear “…his homely wife, Linda”.

  13. JerseyDutch says:

    OK Javy, surprise me…

  14. Dela G says:

    hahaha what the hell?

    why was vernon wells sitting with all of the blue jays greats like joe carter??

  15. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    MUSTACHES!?!?! NO WAY. Yanks should participate in that too.

  16. That painting of Cito is so obscenely large it’s a disgrace. And two weeks of golf? Excessive!


  17. First Time Poster says:

    Pardon my ignorance, but why is Cito leaving, anyways? Is it a F.O. decision or does he not wish to manage any longer?

  18. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    The Yankees will honor Joe Girardi by wearing fake braces on their teeth in this game.

  19. Carlosologist says:

    Oh this guy again. >_<

  20. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    The only answer to the deadly changeup will be our new small ball stategy.

  21. mbonzo says:

    If the Mustaches were instead retarded looking goatees, I couldn’t distinguish the Blue Jays from the Red Sox.

  22. Cy Pettitte says:

    if (when) Javy ges lit up unleash the Brackman PLEASE

  23. Hummingbird S. says:

    Damn, forgot we were facing Cecil. Can we please do good against him, just for a change?

  24. ZZ says:

    Don’t rest Teix. Just keep playing him if he has got his timing back. No reason to mess with it.

  25. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Mark only needs 48 more hits for 200. I think it’s realistic.

  26. All Star Carl says:

    GL Javy

  27. First Time Poster says:

    so since hammilton and carbera r hurt that means robbie has to get the Mvp right? a true mvp would play through the pain?

  28. first time long time says:

    melky batting second. lol

  29. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    That is one atrocious looking cap that kid is wearing !

  30. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:



    /tonight’s approach

  31. Well, that didn’t take very long.

  32. Erica says:

    And a home run off Javy. Here we go.

  33. first time long time says:

    the BOOSTER JUICE!!!

  34. JerseyDutch says:

    Good lord, that punk again?

    • a plethora of pinatas says:

      We should’ve thrown the AAA line-up in. We’re facing Brett fricken Cecil. No chance to win. Isn’t it obvious when Girardi sends Vazquez out to pitch?

  35. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Javy doin’ his thang!

  36. Cy Pettitte says:

    Ok Joe you can bring in Brackman now

  37. mbonzo says:

    Quick give Javy a mustache!

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

    Another reason it was good to pitch CC yesterday. I can chuckle at this homerun.

  39. Kit says:

    Just got here…and I see we’re starting off on the right foot. (cries for Javy). How’s it going, people?

    • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

      All the Jays are wearing painted moustaches and all the Yanks are wearing painted braces.

      and javy sucks..

  40. Carlosologist says:

    Javy why did poop on my hopes like you did during April? I thought you were going to be league average.

  41. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    I am waiting for Bautista to catch one of Javy’s nothing balls with his hand and throw it back…

  42. first time long time says:

    lol escobar is such a dumbass

  43. Carlosologist says:


  44. Hummingbird S. says:

    Escobar! Way to make Cito proud.

  45. vin says:

    It’s a shame the wheels completely fell off for Javy this season. I hate when good trades go bad.

    • Hummingbird S. says:

      Good trade? I don’t get it.

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog says:

        I guess this would be as good a time as any to discuss the merits of this trade for the first time this yeaer.

      • Cy Pettitte says:

        I think the Melky/Logan trade was a pretty good one

      • Mike Axisa says:

        It was definitely a good trade at the time. They gave up Melky right before he got expensive, a LOOGY prospect with control issues, and a pitching prospect who had yet to pitch in A-ball. No one foresaw Javy’s stuff completely deteriorating like it has.

        • Hummingbird S. says:

          So it was a good gamble at the time. It’s definately not a good trade.

          • Kit says:

            Everything in baseball is essentially a gamble. You don’t know who’s going to stay healthy throughout the year, who will produce, who will be better than they were before, who will be worse. You can’t predict that. But it was a good trade nonetheless. It just honestly did not work out.

            • Hummingbird S. says:

              There’s where I disagree. You can only evaluate a trade way after it happened. And having the whole season to evaluate this one, I can definately say it wasn’t a good trade.

              • Kit says:

                Like I always say, hindsight is always 20/20. At the time, it was a great trade, you got a pitcher who was a cy young candidate, rarely injured and productive, for the cost of an almost expensive CF, and two prospects. It was a good trade at the time. It’s questionable now, but I stand by it. I would’ve done the same thing if I was Cash. He made the right decision, and it just didn’t work out.

          • vin says:

            Yeah, that’s the consensus.

          • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog says:


            It was a trade at the time. If you want to decided good or bad after the fact, fine. If we want to decide if it was a good trade at the time, that’s fine for us.

            Perspective FTW.

          • It’s pretty much a wash at this point. Dunn and Melky aren’t going to be missed. If Vizcaino becomes a legit MLB pitcher, then it was a bad trade. If he doesn’t, it’s a wash again.

            • Hummingbird S. says:

              Sure. But by making this trade it stopped us from going after another target. You have to consider whoelse was available and out of those who the Yankees could have gotten but didn’t because they got Javy instead.

        • vin says:

          I’d be surprised if the Braves tender Melky a contract next year. He’d probably be in line to make 4 mill in arbitration. He appears to be the definition of replacement level.

        • Javy was a solid pitcher for a few months in the middle of the year, too. I remember him having like 3 starts in a row where the Yankees just didn’t score for him. He did provide quality innings for them before he started to fall apart completely in late July. He has a -0.1 WAR on the season, but he did have value there for awhile so I don’t think it was a total loss.

      • Kit says:

        It was a good trade at the time. Javy was an NL Cy Young candidate, rarely gets injured and can give you 200 innings. It just did not work out. And the people still clinging to the fact that he sucked because of 2004 are ridiculous.

        • first time long time says:

          i dont get why everyone blames him for 2004. he gave up a grand slam in a game we lost 10-3. he didnt even load the bases himself. he didnt have the 2 blown saves in games 4 and 5 either. he wasnt part of the offense that stopped hitting. uggh just annoying how the media likes to be quick to point fingers at people, you know?

    • bexarama says:

      It’s really sad. I wasn’t expecting 2009, but I wasn’t expecting him to completely fall apart either. He seems like a good guy and it’s too bad to see.

      Hopefully he gets to enjoy #28 just as much as everyone else, though. :>

  46. All Star Carl says:

    Only Javy…

  47. DallasGreen says:

    Think they should have Javy throw a minimum or 165 pitches tonight and then DFA him…

  48. Mike Axisa says:

    Good to see Javy’s still got it.

  49. first time long time says:

    limiting the damge wooOOOooo

  50. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Batting practice looks to be extended tonight for the Jays.

  51. mustang says:

    would it be asking to much for Yanks to start warming up someone up?


  52. All Star Carl says:

    lol @ Joe Carter waving.

  53. first time long time says:

    okay guys, tonights top 5: top 5 favorite stadiums in MLB based on appearance and not bad memories there or anything like that [not includinng YS I II or III]
    1. Camden yards
    2. Dodger’s Stadium
    3. AT & T Park
    4. PNC park
    5. comerica park

    but maybe not in that order.

  54. All Star Carl says:

    Bout to go cook. Guessing the score will be 8-1 when I get back.

  55. a plethora of pinatas says:

    I really hate Brett Cecil. WTF?

  56. mustang says:

    this is just painful

  57. JerseyDutch says:

    Javy’s serving ‘em up with a side of french fries tonight…

  58. Kit says:

    Gotta try to avoid those, Javy.

  59. Cy Pettitte says:

    Javy should try tennis next year, he’s so good at getting his opponent to hit it out of the area of play

  60. JerseyDutch says:

    This is all part of Joe’s plan to humiliate the team into playing better during the playoffs…

  61. first time long time says:

    why do we have cervelli?

  62. mustang says:

    Javy how many ways can you fuck this up?

  63. JerseyDutch says:

    Javy, National League. National League, Javy. Please take some time to get re-acquainted.

  64. a plethora of pinatas says:

    Is this the time when he starts to hit the batters?

  65. Mickey Scheister says:

    So who’s a better pitcher right now, Javy Vasquez or Chad Gaudin? They’re both great at giving up the long ball. Javy looks done in the AL, I’d be surprised to see him pitch a single meaningful inning this postseason.

  66. Erica says:

    I really can’t even watch this.

  67. Sick Nwisher says:

    Javy is totally worthless.


  68. seimiya says:

    Looks like I picked the perfect game to go to work instead of watching.

  69. Mickey Scheister says:

    Its really hard to take this game seriously with all the fake staches!

  70. If this is Javy’s last start as a Yankee, it makes me want to cry. Dude just can’t catch a break.

  71. vin says:

    I really don’t see any advantage to carrying Javy on the postseason roster instead of Nova. I assume they’ll carry 11 pitchers. Which leaves:

    (9) Jorge, Tex, Cano, Jeter, Alex, Gardner, Granderson, Swisher, Berkman

    (4) Cervelli, Pena, Kearns, Thames

    (4) CC, Andy, Hughes, AJ

    (5) Mo, Joba, Wood, Robertson, Logan

    That leaves 3 roster spots. I assume 2 in the pen, and 1 on the bench.

    (2) of Javy, Nova, Gaudin, Mitre, Ring
    (1) of Nunez or Golson

    My guesses are Nova and Ring if they face Minnesota (most likely) or Nova and Gaudin if its Texas.

    I’m really not sure who gets the final bench spot however. I think Pena is a lock because he’s been with the team for so long. Nunez can be a solid pinch runner, but Golson has elite speed. My money is on Golson, just because he’s been playing so much.

    • mbonzo says:

      Whats wrong with Mitre? He’s a groundball pitcher which I think would work well against Texas. Don’t have the stats in front me though.

      • vin says:

        He’s been used so infrequently though. I think a guy like Mitre needs to get the ball consistently just to be close to league average. Generally speaking, sinkerballers don’t want to be too strong and need action to get a feel for the pitch.

        He’s fine as a fill-in starter for a few turns, but he’s gotten minimal action out of the pen since coming off the DL two months ago. That oblique injury really screwed him up. He was starting to get more appearances out of the pen too.

    • Jon G says:

      If they give the final roster spot to Javy, I’ll cry. The guy is just not effective in NY for whatever reason. He’s had 2 years here and two stretches of effectiveness.

      Then he goes places like Atlanta and pitches well.

      Go figure. But Vasquez just ain’t cut to be a Yankee.

      Nor to be on our postseason roster. Gaudin, sadly, is a more favorable option. That will hopefully be different next year when our options are perhaps better…

  72. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Golson baby!!!

  73. Hummingbird S. says:

    cool play by Golson..

  74. Bob Stone says:

    Great base running.

  75. a plethora of pinatas says:

    c’mon let’s get at least 1 run against this fool.

  76. Mickey Scheister says:

    Cervelli with 2 hits?!? The Cervelli rule, if he gets 2 or more hits the Yanks are bound to win…but that might be offset because Javy’s pitching..

  77. Donna L says:

    If this year’s AJ and this year’s Javy pitched a seven game series against each other, who would win it?

  78. first time long time says:

    laaameeeee lol

  79. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    A classic Sept. RISP inning for the Yanks.

  80. Donna L says:

    Let’s assume they each had the same team behind them, whether good or bad.

  81. David Ortiz just tried to bunt for a hit.

    I am not kidding.

  82. Dela G says:

    ugh this sucks ass

  83. Kit says:

    The hell, Rangers? Don’t you dare break Cliff!

  84. JerseyDutch says:

    They didn’t score this inning!

  85. first time long time says:

    javy pitching a scoreless inning wooOOOOoooo

  86. a plethora of pinatas says:

    So if we sign Lee and Pettitte retires who will be the 5th starter next season?


    Do we sign an innings eater or will we seriously give Nova a shot?

  87. It'sATarp says:

    javy has now surpassed AJ, although that’s not saying much.

  88. Dela G says:

    how is bautista an MVP candidate???

  89. first time long time says:

    just missed it: what was michael saying about cano? like what did cano say for people to vote for him or something?

  90. first time long time says:

    someone please explain this to me: why is cecil great at home, but terrible on the road? its not like roger’s centre is that much of a pitcher’s ball park ya know?

  91. Sick Nwisher says:

    Did YES really just soil my TV with a Nets add?

  92. Dela G says:

    Hell of an AB for marcus thames

  93. Mike Axisa says:

    Boy the Yankees really dropped the ball with the rookie hazing this year. Usually they would have taken advantage of the trip to Toronto and forced the guys to go through customs all dressed up. I blame Jeter, he’s the captain, he should be on top of such things.

  94. It'sATarp says:

    boy i hope there not lefty with a good change up in the postseason…those guys are like auto win vs the yankees

  95. DallasGreen says:

    O’s just took a 2-0 lead.

  96. first time long time says:

    being shut out by brett cecil: pathetic and embarassing. losing to a canadian team: even more pathetic and embarassing. uggh i know its a meaningless game but lord do i hate losting to the blue jays

  97. Dela G says:

    hmm thats a pretty cool fact to learn about girardi’s kid

  98. Dela G says:

    javy lose sight of the K zone?

  99. Guest says:

    What would Cecil’s year look like if you took away his starts against the Yanks? He has solid/mediocre numbers with his starts against the Yanks. Without the Yanks, his season would look pretty non-awesome.

  100. Kit says:

    Did Joe give a specific limit for Javy? I don’t remember him saying anything.

  101. first time long time says:

    javyu cant find strike zone wooOOOOooo!!!

    just trying to have fun the situation people lol.

  102. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Does javy make it to the 5th inning?

  103. FachoinaNYY says:

    God dammit the rays are going to lose and we get this performance…

    I’ve been pulling for Javy all year, but no more. This is ridiculous, I can’t stand watching him pitch, he is just terrible.

  104. Big Stein says:

    oh just efffing great!

    just effing great!

    Orioles go up 2-0 and Javy is blowing any chance we have to win the division.

    …..playing himself off the roster…. hell, I wouldn’t even let him on the plane from toronto to Boston.

  105. mustang says:

    And O’s up 2-0

  106. vin says:

    Just learned that the Knicks signed this guy in the offseason…

    Timofey. LOL. Crazy Russians.

  107. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    And the Yanks breathe a sigh of relief as their perennial gold glove competing pitcher continues on.

  108. JerseyDutch says:

    Gee, a run scored. Shocker.

  109. FachoinaNYY says:

    Comeon Javy, 4 is do-able, just get out of it now please.

  110. It'sATarp says:

    Javy would make a good defensive replacement for someone in the infield

  111. first time long time says:

    limiting the damage woooOOOOOO! MOMENTUM SHIFT!!

  112. Dela G says:

    lol can javy play outfield for the yanks?

  113. stuart says:

    so the newest gospel from girardi and the stupid media is kearns is an asset against lefties over gardner. MY response is bull. Gardner if he can get on base can be an asset. Kearns stinks. Also regardless of the bonehead play by escobar tonight gardner is a significant upgrade of kearns the hack in the field…

    imagine they play minny and kearns starts against liriano and duensing, horrible…

    btw aj burnett should not start a game in the alds unless old reputation and paycheck matter.

    vazquez is bad, just not as bad as burnett.

    imagine the yanks have won 94 games with disasters for 4th and 5th starters…yep aj is a 5th starter at best.

    • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

      this is a big worry. Kearns has no other lefty starters to face in Boston so hopefully Joe will forget about him as a starter. gardy has to play.

  114. It'sATarp says:

    at least he’s not imploding on us like good old reliable AJ.

  115. stuart says:

    if the yanks wanted to come in first pettitte would be pitching tonight. anyone buying they want to win the division drivel is delusional…..

  116. mustang says:

    very impressive.

  117. Andy in NYC says:

    Wow, look at that Bitch Tail on the back of Cecil’s neck.

    What is he, part donkey?

  118. Dela G says:

    cervelli is killing it tonight!

  119. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Ray’s vaunted offense shut out through 7 by Millwood

  120. Reggie C. says:

    I heard Swisher caught some heat from espn radio for calling reporters “stupid” if they didnt vote for CC for the CY.

    Did he really say that or was he misheard?

  121. mustang says:

    Now if they can only do this thing were the batters go around the bases and touch home.

  122. Big Stein says:

    This the last we’ll ever see of Javy in an American League uniform.

    He single handedly killed our shot at HFA.

  123. Dela G says:

    thank you kevin millwood!!!

    thank you!!!

    • Pasqua says:

      Sure, it’s good that they’re losing, but we have to pick up two games in the loss column in five days. Right now, our losing trumps the O’s winning.

  124. It'sATarp says:

    our offense really can’t hit lefties or something….this is pretty god awful

  125. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    RISPY September guys and gals. lots of torture innings these last 3 weeks.

  126. All Star Carl says:

    Team is so pathetic against lefties. Who cares if the Rays lose if we can’t win.

  127. a plethora of pinatas says:

    wtf tex!

  128. stuart says:

    nice patient ab by tex. way to pop out to first.

    he could not do that on the 4th pitch.

    the 1 day situational hitting nirvana is over…

  129. first time long time says:

    ATTENTION NYY: cecil is not a good pitcher. the jays are not even a real team. they are just a bunch of ugly guys juiced out of their minds. canada is not a real country. YOU SHOULD NOT BE LOSING! lol

  130. stuart says:

    no worries against lefties, the great kearns is here to be a difference maker over gardner…….

  131. Dan the Man says:

    based on the photo of jeff niemann on the front page of, it looks as though the rays are donning caps with plaid brims. classic.

  132. Stratman9652 says:

    If Javy give up less hits than the number on his back I’ll be happy.

  133. It'sATarp says:

    i guess Canadians can’t spell P-E-D

  134. Cy Pettitte says:

    Are they chanting MVP or Jose’s batting average, TWO SIX-TY?

  135. Dela G says:

    hahahahahhahaha where did that curveball miss

  136. bexarama says:

    I wish I could be surprised that people are freaking out, but I’m so not.

  137. Anderson says:

    For some reason i am not even mad or frustrated with Javy. if we loses this game we need so much for the home field stuff im blaming this crap on girardi. they say they want to win the game and the best he could come up with is Javy ? to hell with this crap. i cant take this anymore, i have to stop watching games like this ones or im gonna end up having a stroke due to extremely doses of stress during games. sorry for releasing my anger on this website guys, i Just needed to let it out or something.

  138. Stratman9652 says:

    Anyone know whats the deal with the CD’s glued to the dugout walls?

  139. It'sATarp says:

    well at least he lasted longer than AJ.

  140. JerseyDutch says:

    Oh good lord…

  141. Mike Axisa says:

    Oh Javy, I can’t wait to never see you again.

  142. Bob Stone says:

    This is really fun.

  143. Mickey Scheister says:

    So I didn’t know AJ was pitching tonight…

  144. zzzz says:

    brackman time??

  145. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    How did Aaron Hill get around on a 71 mph hanging curveball?

    Guy’s got an edge

  146. UncleArgyle says:

    This is actually good. I was afraid Javy would pitch like a legitimate major league pitcher and Girardi might be fooled into giving him a roster spot.

    • Jon G says:

      That’s one way to view this game positively.

      Let’s see how Nova and Gaudin pitch this weekend.

      The only reason I’m watching is in case they give Brackman an inning…

  147. first time long time says:

    7-0? please. they’re only pitching like this to set up for back-to-back grandslams for the win. one by pena. the other by moeller

  148. a plethora of pinatas says:

    All 100 tampa fans are now thanking Javy for a stellar outing.

  149. Evan says:

    It was nice knowing you as a Yankee, Javy. Too bad it didn’t work out the second time either. :(

  150. mustang says:

    Michael Kay “that knocks him out of the game lets see if it knock him out of the playoff pictures as well”


  151. Jerome S says:

    They really didn’t care to win this one, it would seem.

  152. Naved says:


  153. It'sATarp says:

    so picking between AJ and Javy is like asking for a quick death or a slow one.

  154. Wes says:

    Ridiculous outing by Javy and just to think…Tampa is losing 2-0 right now. Oh, man.

  155. Carlosologist says:

    Two days ago, trolls would be everywhere spewing incomprehensible drivel everywhere. The regulars would be downcast. Today, nobody really cares.

    That, my friends, is the security of a postseason berth.

    • bexarama says:

      The amount of hate for Javy on Twitter is really kind of disturbing. I live and die with the Yankees, pretty much. But how do people have this insane hatred for someone they’ve never met, who doesn’t really affect their life in any way?

      Sorry it didn’t work out better, Javy.

      • first time long time says:

        i cant stand the things people say about javy. especially because he seems like a nice guy. i mean when hes struggling he never lashes out at the interviewers or anything like that either.

      • It'sATarp says:

        heh i liked the javy trade, it looked good too uptil mid august. too bad something just went wrong down the stretch. It’s just unlikely as hell that the two times we had him he had arm problems.

      • Stratman9652 says:

        I take it you’ve missed the 3 million “I hate Cervelli” comments on twitter and this site and pretty much anywhere else.

        But yea, it really does suck for Javy, I really rooted for both him and AJ to pull it together, unfortunately it will probably really damage Javy’s career as a Yankee and beyond. As far as AJ, well I’ll just have to keep hoping.

  156. Zanath says:

    Good thing I don’t care about this game.

  157. Anderson says:

    30 !!!!!

  158. All Star Carl says:


  159. Evan says:

    #30! He did it!

  160. JerseyDutch says:

    30, baby…

  161. Carlosologist says:


  162. It'sATarp says:

    well someone is consistent

  163. Cy Pettitte says:


    that is all

  164. Dela G says:


  165. Kit says:

    YEAH! NUMBER 30. Good job, Alex. And congrats.

  166. Naved says:

    ABOMB. #30 ^_^

  167. mustang says:


  168. first time long time says:

    too bad noone was on base. lol whatever i dont really care. still good it happened

  169. UncleArgyle says:


  170. Bob Stone says:

    Stat padder

  171. bexarama says:


    Stat-padder! (I kid.)

  172. Cy Pettitte says:

    oh no you didn’t Brett Cecil

  173. Bob Stone says:

    That was poor.

  174. JerseyDutch says:

    Up 7-1 and they plunk Cano? Bush league…

  175. tom says:

    Too bad 30 couldn’t mean just a little more — but congratulations to Alex, anyway

  176. Kit says:

    I really hope that wasn’t on purpose, Cecil.

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

    Thir-Tee, Thir-Tee

  178. Jose the Satirist says:

    Will Brackman make an appearance tonight?

  179. nathan says:

    Remember that day, the day when we all thought we traded for an ace, when RAB almost broke down, when twitter was ablaze with rumors that the Yanks were getting an ace pitcher? So sad. The actual excitement of that day was something, i was convinced it was Josh Johnson afterall we gave up Arodys !! Frustrating.

    • bexarama says:

      Arodys was not gonna get us Josh Johnson. Hughes/Joba (maybe both) and Montero might have gotten us JJ but why would the Yankees do that?

      • nathan says:

        oh i know

        i know it wasnt JJ for Arodys straight up, m just sayin rumors were so crazy. Just compared the craziness of that day with the reality of Javy’s season.

    • Carlosologist says:

      When people talk about the Javy deal, they always seem to bring up Aroyds. Vizcaino was in A-ball at the time of the deal. A-ball prospects, more likely than not, don’t pan out to be Felix Hernandez (Bret reference!). If Viz becomes a big time pitcher, then the deal was bad for us. If he flops, then it continues to be a wash.

    • It'sATarp says:

      Javy was an Ace, from mid june- mid august he was the guy we expected. his arm crapped out and his stuff just died. You can’t exactly blame him for something he had no control over.

  180. Naved says:

    LMFAO I dare a Blue Jay to go after Brackman. He is a monster. 6’10. Big dude.

  181. ND Mike says:

    Is it free Molson beer night? Those canucks are having a grand ole time.

  182. Kit says:

    Make him regret hitting Robbie, you guys. For the sake of not plunking anyone else and starting a fight. Pay him back with runs.

  183. Mike Axisa says:

    That’s the best way to get him back for the HBP. Score the run.

  184. ZZ says:


    Why was Vazquez left out there to give up 7 runs with the benefit of September rosters?

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

      I’m not going to accuse you of anything because that would be a dick move, but completely seriously, why are you not as pissed off at Javy as you were at A.J.?

      • ZZ says:

        Vazquez has nothing this season except for the middle of the year when he emptied the tank. I actually commend him this season. Every out he gets is a battle. He never gave up on this team.

  185. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    cervelli hitting .310 against lefties?


  186. Jerome S says:

    Wow, Cisco’s been swinging the bat much better as of late. That’s my anecdotal analysis. Stats, anyone?

  187. Mickey Scheister says:

    Cervelli is hitting leftys at a good clip, close to .300

  188. Evan says:

    What in the world are they chanting in the crowd?

  189. Dela G says:

    hmmmm a rally begins…

  190. Carlosologist says:

    We have a ballgame!

  191. ZZ says:

    Would have been nice to not be down 7 runs here.

  192. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Uehara says Sayonara!!!

    2-0 O’s final

  193. All Star Carl says:

    Don’t hit Cano again. We are going to ruin Cito’s night.

  194. Totally confirmation bias but the Yankees only seem to score after the game has been broken open, lol.

    And seriously, we get it trolls. You don’t like Javy Vazquez. Move on.

  195. Jerome S says:

    Rally caps, everyone.

  196. bexarama says:

    The Rays got shut out TWICE in a series with the Orioles. Once by Brian Matusz – fine. Once by KEVIN MILLWOOD.

    But only the Yankees have issues.

  197. Big Stein says:

    Rally caps!

  198. Mickey Scheister says:

    7-4 or 7-3?

  199. Jon G says:

    Is anyone else here only watching the rest of the game in case Brackman gets in?

  200. Pete says:

    A-Rod is hilariously awesome

  201. Pasqua says:

    Comeback? Don’t mind if I do.

  202. ZZ says:

    Vazquez is only half the problem in this game for the people that are complaining about him.

    He had nothing (as usual), but it is Girardi’s job to recognize that and not leave him out there to give up 7.

  203. Scooter says:

    In September, Cervelli has stopped sucking:

    Add in a 3-3 tonight

    On Javy – I like the guy. It’s just sad to see him lose his stuff so completely

    • It'sATarp says:

      maybe this offseason he goes through a mussina revamp and signs with some random nl team.

      • bexarama says:

        He reminds me of Moose in 2007 a lot.

      • Scooter says:

        It’s not a bad comp – Javy’s shown the great curve and change. What killed him this year – he seemed to lose fastball command. After the terrible start this year, Javy was getting by with an 89 mph fb mainly b/c of his command. All of sudden, he lost it the last 6 or 7 starts

        I’ve got to think there’s some kind of injury – but add in all those innings on his arm.

    • Stratman9652 says:

      Cervy may never be a Posada or Mauer but for a kid who got thrown into the fire straight out of AA he could be much much worse.

  204. a plethora of pinatas says:

    I like this rally against Cecil…..hopefully this leads to success against him next season. It’s all in the head.

  205. kunaldo says:

    all i have to say is: just get it to arod.

  206. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Yanks down a touchdown but are driving.

  207. Cy Pettitte says:

    down goes Frasor

  208. FachoinaNYY says:

    Come on boys, lets get this done.

  209. Jerome S says:

    Holy * Swisher’s the tying run.

  210. Kit says:

    Swish, I’m not greedy, but hit something that gets us a couple of runs.

  211. FachoinaNYY says:


  212. Mickey Scheister says:

    The turf giveth and turf’ll take it away!

  213. Mike Axisa says:

    Dang it, Swish. Just dang it.

  214. Evan says:

    Ack, first pitch?

  215. All Star Carl says:

    What a joke

  216. Erica says:

    Not the 4-6-3 DP! Siiiiiiiigh.


  218. Jerome S says:

    there is no other word…


  219. It'sATarp says:

    amazing jeter battles and takes pitches and get a hit, while swisher swings early into a DP…

  220. All Star Carl says:

    Can we take Swish out of the 2 spot and put the Grandy man behind Jete?

    • Jon says:

      Swisher was raking in the first half in the two hole, but the way granderson is swinging the bat, I wont be surprised if hes sittin their in the playoffs.

  221. There isn’t no reason David Robertson should be pitching; there are NEGATIVE reasons as to why he should be pitching. This is fucking stupid, Joe.

    • Mitre was warming up just incase they tied it, I guess.

    • a plethora of pinatas says:

      he’s trying to prove that we are still attempting to win the division.

      • Scooter says:

        Coming off the back spasms, maybe Robertson wanted to go an inning to test it out. If the back issue is purely muscular, there’s no way the Yankees would risk sending him out there unless he was over it.

        I suspect all the relievers will get at least a day off between appearances over the weekend.

  222. Robertson throws the ball 91 MPH and guys swing and miss.

    Joba and AJ have ‘teh electric stuff’, throw the ball 96-98 and get crushed.

    How is that possible?

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

    The game over? I stopped watching because I decided I didn’t want to watch anymore.

    The beauty of meaningless baseball.

  224. Jerome S says:

    Twelve pitches for a fly out?

  225. bexarama says:

    So, kind of OT, but dudes: who’s your biggest Yankee man-crush?

  226. Evan says:

    Just saw this note during the Twins-Royals game: Three players have three grand slams this year: A-Rod, Adrian Gonzalez…

    and this guy:

  227. ZZ says:

    I feel like Girardi pulls a Torre lately and goes to sleep for part of the game.

    Before the game, he said to himself, hey I want to win this game so I won’t throw out the Scranton Yankees. Then he fell asleep for a few innings and let Vazquez give up 7 runs. He woke up and said shit, I wanted to win this game. Get D-Rob up!

  228. first time long time says:

    fun trivia question: what are the only 2 (pretty sure there are only 2) sports teams of the 4 main sports whose name is not plural, or end in an “s” i mean?

  229. Longoria was supposed to just be out for the weekend, and now he’s still out and is probably going to be out longer. Ruh roh for the Rays.

  230. JerseyDutch says:

    Bernie Mac?

  231. a plethora of pinatas says:

    4 pitch innings rule

  232. It'sATarp says:

    yay for first pitch swings

  233. All Star Carl says:

    Joba is gonna hit someone

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

    Wow Yanks, that was impressive. The heart of the lineup too.

  235. Kit says:

    It’s called “being a little bitch,” Kay.

  236. Cy Pettitte says:

    Bautista is such a douche

  237. Stratman9652 says:

    that 3-0 (resulting in 3-1) pitch by job was nasty.

  238. Jerome S says:

    You know why I think that Bautista is cheating somehow? Not because his numbers are different than last years, but because in a year when numbers across the board are down, he is above-average. He has TEN MORE homeruns than anyone else in baseball. He obviously has something giving him an edge.

    • first time long time says:

      how many times do i have to say this?? ITS THE BOOSTER JUICE!!!

    • JerseyDutch says:

      Sure seems fishy.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      he takes two flinstones gummy vitamins every night

    • It'sATarp says:

      is it a car?

    • Kit says:

      Again. Unfair accusations. I don’t know about testing because I honestly could care less who is doing steroids and who isn’t, and I know that the tests for steroids aren’t the best, but accusing someone of doing steroids because he has 10 more home runs than anyone else is unfair. I don’t like Bautista either, but saying “HE MUST BE JUICING” without evidence is not right.

      • first time long time says:

        i guess i agree. but can you really honsetly say that you do not think he is juicing? i mean in his entire career he had like 56 homeruns or something. then in 1 season he has 52 and counting? thats just a little weird to me (bautistas numbers, not you)

        • Kit says:

          I don’t think he’s juicing. And if he is. I frankly don’t give a fuck. It’s suspicious that he’s gotten so many home runs, but he says its his mechanics, and I choose to believe him. And it’s mostly suspicious because steroids have tainted so many records, but I really don’t care. I just dislike the accusations without evidence.

          • first time long time says:

            i respect your reasons. they seem reasonable.

          • Scooter says:

            I agree – we can kid about it b/c Bautista did his little d-bag fist-pump after his HR against Robertson this year, but there’s no proof that he juiced

            Looking at his stats, Bautista’s ISO doubled – .173 to .358. In 2000 ABs previously in the majors, he’d never been above .185 in a season. He’s going to be 30 in a month.


            David Ortiz? Went from an ISO of .241 to .228 (in Minny) to .304 (in Boston, 2003) – at age 28.

            Has any other player ever seen that kind of increase in ISO season to season at Bautista’s age?

    • You know what? I think he’s a giant douche. But props to him for having a great homerun hitting season. You know MLB has tested him this year. If it was one of our guys, we wouldn’t bat an eye. If he was a nice guy, no one would have anything to say. But he’s a douche.

    • Scooter says:

      Maybe he was careless buying vitamins and supplements from his local GNC


  239. It’s almost like Cervelli should pick up the ball instead of just staring at the runner.

  240. Dela G says:

    give me a fucking break, he looked out

  241. first time long time says:

    i wonder if a team could steal home against us?

  242. Scooter says:

    Strike 3 to Overbay was a studly pitch from Joba… but man, Joba needs to pay a little more attention to runners

  243. Ooooohhhhh Joba’s hitting 96! Watch out Blue Jays! You got NO shot today!

  244. a plethora of pinatas says:

    Why is Wells stealing third? Put in Mitre and bean someone.

    • Stratman9652 says:

      Because it worked. I do agree though, stealing third is a pretty douchey move, especially when you have the lead. I mean what reason would A Rod and Frankie ever have to expect that?

  245. It'sATarp says:

    why couldn’t aron hill do this with my fantasy team when i had him? Worst draft pick ever

  246. Carlosologist says:

    LOL Yankees Suck chants always make me laugh. Guess who’s going to the playoffs?

  247. first time long time says:

    yes “the yankees suck” which is exactly why they are going to the post season while your team is rotting in fourth place. bunch of morons.

  248. FIPster Doofus says:

    That’s right, Blue Jays fans. The Yankees do suck; hence the reason they’re on their way to the playoffs yet again and your team is continuing its annual tradition of watching the Yankees play on TV in October.

  249. first time long time says:

    which would you guys consider the worst loss of the season? (so far anyway) my vote would be the joba meltdown vs the indians or the mo meltdown vs the rangers.


  250. first time long time says:

    francisco cervelli player of the game option. lol

  251. Question. Joba’s ERA is in the mid-5s again next year. We can’t demote him without him passing through waivers since he has 3+ years of service time. At what point next year do the Yanks DFA him? Or do you think they’ll put up with 3 straight seasons of ERA+ of 98 or less?

    I’ll start, I think he has until next year’s trade deadline.

  252. Mike R says:

    Umm.. I really hope we weren’t trying to win this game. I’m sorry but when you throw Vazquez out there you pretty much eliminate your chances of winning. I’m sorry but that guys not only a head case he dosn’t know how to pitch without his fastball hitting 92-94.. It’s sad considering he was the pitcher with one of the most innings / strikeouts from 00-09.

  253. Scooter says:

    Brackman sighting!

  254. Erica says:

    Brackman warming up!

  255. Cy Pettitte says:


  256. Dela G says:

    holy shit, brackman!!


  258. Kit says:

    Woo! The Brackmonster!

  259. Dela G says:

    too bad we wont get to see him

  260. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    I don’t really care about the HFA , so this game is meaningless in it’s significance.

    But damn it , how fucking awful can you be than Javy is today. He is not making the playoff roster IMO. My superstitious side says , release him to save himself and the team future mental anguishes.

  261. Cy Pettitte says:

    damn Brackman’s not gonna pitch, stop teasing us

  262. a plethora of pinatas says:

    He’s not making it into the game. Joe’s trying to make up for losing by getting us fans excited.

  263. Scooter says:

    Who just pitched an inning in Mitre’s uniform?

  264. tom says:

    Mitre striking out the side might be the most pristine example of the Sterling Theorem we’ll ever see.

  265. first time long time says:

    ok, another not-so-fun topic:
    which Mo “meltdown” would you say is worse?
    game 7 of the 2001 world series or blowing both games 4 and 5 of the 2004 ALCS?

    • bexarama says:

      Ugh. Why?

      Anyway, I was watching The Tenth Inning for a little while earlier and I… I… I think I’m over the 2001 World Series, guys. This feels good to say. (sniff) And 2001 always bothered me a lot more, personally, than 2004. It’s just too bad 2004 made so much of the fanbase so stupid.

      • tom says:

        I’ve been watching some of Tenth Inning myself, but I have to admit, I clicked away as soon as they started 2004.

        2001 of course ended badly, but those two games at the Stadium were so amazing, I’ve never felt that gloomy about it.

      • Kit says:

        2001 hurt like a bitch since it was just a generally emotional year between 9/11 and then the Yankees having a chance to win it for the city and then losing, but I got over it fairly quickly. 2004 stung like hell, but I always remember that the Red Sox only hope to achieve what the Yankees have. Two rings doesn’t change that.

      • first time long time says:

        lol yeah. i dont wana sound like a jerk. but ithink that it wouldve been nice for the new york team to win in 2001 just because of 9/11 and stuff you know? it mightve given the nation something to smile about after the tragedy and lost lives and stuff, you know? i mean obviously the world series wasnt more important than 9/11 or anything like that but i think you know what i mean

      • Seamus says:

        I agree. 2001 was a bit easier that swallow considering the Yankees were pretty much outplayed the entire Series. 2004 was like a really bad first date.. you just wanna forget about it forever and move on.

      • 01 didn’t bother me one bit. It took massive heroics (Tino/Broscius) to get to that point and they were coming off 4/5 years, which most fans will never see in their lifetime. To me, getting there means you won your League and hang a banner, the WS is gravy to me. I’m a wreck in the ALDS/ALCS, the WS I’m totally relaxed and OK with it either way. But I’ve seen the Yanks win 7 and go to 11 WS, so that might have something to do wit it.

        I still want to kick Torre in the nuts for 04.

        • first time long time says:

          wait why? i didnt watch in 2004 so i honestly dont know what torre did

          • Ben says:

            Some people will give you an extremely long list of things that they believe Torre did wrong, but I only have three complaints.

            1. Not pitching Mussina in game four.
            2. Not having Mo start the 8th inning in game five.
            3. Not going to Gordon against Damon in game seven, with the game hanging in the balance (minor though).

            • To me, those are second guesses that could have gone either way. What’s unforgivable is not exploiting a weakness in the opposing defense, and Schilling was limping on and off the mound. They could have embarrassed him out there, but chose to do nothing.

              • Ben says:

                None of those are second guesses, and none of them gave the Yankees the best chance to win. You start Mussina in game four, on normal rest, for a few reasons.

                1. So he doesn’t have to be aligned with Pedro.
                2. To throw your ace in the first possible elimination game.
                3. So you can go to someone other than Kevin Brown if the series goes to seven games. It’s hard to think about a game seven when you’re up 3-0, but they have to consider every possible scenario.

                If you’re willing to bring in Mo for six outs, why not just do it at the start of the inning, instead of letting Gordon go back out for the 8th? I understand that maybe he was hesitant to do this, but with a chance to go to the World Series, win or lose with your best.

                And the last one is a pretty obvious mistake, although it likely would not have mattered.

                • If you’re willing to bring in Mo for six outs, why not just do it at the start of the inning, instead of letting Gordon go back out for the 8th? I understand that maybe he was hesitant to do this, but with a chance to go to the World Series, win or lose with your best.

                  That’s an absolute 2nd guess. The game was 4-2, Gordon just got a double play on Manny the inning before and you don’t want to use Mo until you have to. After the Ortiz HR, you still have a Righty up next in Millar. Nothing wrong with the thought process, it just didn’t work out.

                  BTW-The big mistake was leaving Gordon in for the lefty Nixon. That made no sense.

                  • Ben says:

                    The Manny DP was hit very hard. In the 8th inning, three of the first four hitters were going to be batting left handed. Mo was better equipped to neutralize the lefties than Gordon was.

                    But that’s not even the main point behind my argument. It’s not a second guess because I believe (along, I’m sure, with many others) that when they’re six outs away with a slim lead, they should put the game in the hands of their best (assuming he’s available for that many outs, which he clearly was).

          • Lots of things, the worst was not having a single Yankee bunt at a 1-legged Schilling, as Joe sat there watching him mow hitter after hitter down. Times like that made me wonder if Joe was even trying to win.

            • Ben says:

              Here’s the lineup that night:


              How many of those guys were good bunters? Two? And how many of them were fast? One?

              They hammered Schilling in game one. I don’t blame them for trying to do the same that night.

            • bexarama says:

              I understand this criticism (especially after the whole ZOMG NOT CLASSY thing), but honestly, looking back… who on the 2004 Yankees would you have wanted to bunt? Jeter?

              Putting in Javy against Damon, who owned him both that year and throughout his career, in a critical situation in Game 7 was silly. Same with saying he wouldn’t use Mo for two innings in Game 5, then putting him in to get six outs to clean up Gordon’s mess.

              • Brown wet the bed. If not Javy, who else was left?

                • Ben says:

                  This is game seven, you can’t go with a normal choice in the second inning. The game was hanging in the balance right there. It should have either been El Duque or Gordon. You have to go to unconventional means to avoid getting blown out in game seven.

                • bexarama says:

                  A relief pitcher that hadn’t been ridiculously owned by Damon?

                  (I don’t mean that ? in a rude way, BTW. Just I don’t remember who was in the bullpen and what have you. I know we had like no lefties.)

                  • Ben says:

                    The only possible lefty they could have went to is Heredia, and with his control issues, going to him with the bases loaded probably wouldn’t have been the best idea.

                    So without an ideal lefty to turn to, you simply have to go with a better pitcher, such as the ones I listed above.

              • Kit says:

                I kind of understood the bunting argument because the Red Sox didn’t exactly have the best defensive catchers and with Schilling being injured, a bunt would have put pressure on the infield. It’s a good chance that they would’ve been completely stupid to try, but I understand the argument, especially when Schilling was pitching well. And not to be cruel, but if they had put more pressure on Schilling, he probably would’ve been out of the game faster.

                • bexarama says:

                  Varitek in his prime (like 2002-2005? Definitely during 2004) was a pretty good defensive catcher, no? His defensive rep was pretty overblown, but I never thought of him as Piazza-bad until like last year.

                  But I do understand the bunting argument, you put it pretty well and weren’t just yelling “BUNTING!!!” like most people do without considering the 2004 Yankee lineup.

                  • Kit says:

                    To be honest, I don’t remember who was catching that game so I didn’t say Varitek specifically, who turns out was the catcher. The details really escape me and I don’t feel the need to look them up because the past is the past, you know? (Hindsight being 20/20 and all) But I understood the argument. I didn’t think it was right, but I thought it had its valid points, but to be honest, a lot of things went really wrong, and the Yankees blew it–plain and simple.

                    Like Ben said, Schilling went on record saying the infielders would handle the bunts, but pressure is pressure. One of them could bobble, make a mistake, overthrow, etc. Even if Schilling didn’t move an inch, the pressure on the infield would have still been there, even without the fast guys on the team.

    • ND Mike says:

      2004 ALCS.

    • Why are we so morbid tonight, geez!

    • Ben says:

      I wouldn’t even say he blew game 5 of the ALCS. He was brought in with a one run lead and runners at the corners with nobody out. So he really only blew one game, which shouldn’t have even been too costly at the time, but only turned out to be in the end because of what happened afterwards.

      In 2001 they were three outs away from the a championship. That gets my vote, although I’d hardly call it a meltdown. There was only one hard hit ball, an error (although that was by Mo), and a bad decision by Brosius.

  266. It'sATarp says:

    we just want Cito to feel good for his last game

  267. FIPster Doofus says:

    Harold Reynolds continues to be a very stupid person.

    Amsinger: Roy Oswalt is the NL leader in WHIP.

    Reynolds: Must be good, whatever it is. (Note: Said in a sarcastic tone.)

    Really, man? You’re a paid MLB Network analyst and you don’t even know a basic stat like WHIP? Pretty pathetic.

  268. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    Can Swisher get to 30 HRs now?

  269. Total Dominication says:

    Time for a comeback. IF nothing else, we’re playing to see Brackman.

  270. Kit says:

    Hey Tex, just wanted to let you know that Gregg kinda sucks so if you want to make him throw strikes, I’m all for it.

  271. first time long time says:

    on the bright side he cant hit into a dp!

  272. Cy Pettitte says:

    #31 please

    do it for the Brackman

  273. first time long time says:

    he looked safe..

  274. All Star Carl says:

    wasn’t even on the bag.

  275. It'sATarp says:

    good time for the robo umps

  276. Kit says:

    Thanks for the helpful call, umps. And then you wonder why people hate you.

  277. first time long time says:


  278. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    Recap, Very much like Burnett, Javy sucked again. The end.

  279. ND Mike says:

    For the record that fog horn thing is dumb.

  280. Mike R says:

    Good shit… can’t even beat the fucking Blue Jays when the Rays and Twins both lose… Why the fuck would we put in our starting lineup to have Javy pitch. I’m sorry but that guys just plain awful, after being a huge fan of Javy’s come back earlier this year. I got the pleasure to watch him plunk 3 batters in a row last week, and suck even more tonight. He had to give up that three run homerun? He couldn’t keep us close.. of course not.

    • Good thing it’s a meaningless game then, huh?

      • Mike R says:

        I guess so? But if it is a meaningless game manage it like a meaningless game. I don’t need Cano, Jeter, Tex, A-Rod out there if we’re essentially playing with no purpose. I guess the 2 games back in the division doesn’t mean much?

        • Kit says:

          Not really. Again, HFA is nice, but it’s not essential. They can win wherever they play. The important thing is that they stay healthy.

        • It'sATarp says:

          one girardi can’t just lay down by playing all AAA starters. it sends a bad message. Two, starting javy serves two purposes…give him a chance for the post season roster and set up the post season rotation with CC, andy, hughes etc. Three people need work or else they get rusty and lose command (the pen). and finally…we have an off day tomorrow so we can give starts some extra “BP”.

    • Jon says:

      Did you expect anything different with Javy pitching?

  281. a plethora of pinatas says:

    i thought Cano was supposed to get hot after the AS break?

    • a plethora of pinatas says:

      Before anyone jumps on me, I’m not complaining. He has been wonderful this year. Just thought that he usually starts off cold and then heats up at the end of the year. It’s been the opposite.

  282. Sean C says:

    Something that makes me happy right now: A-Rod’s September line: .316/.396/.658
    Let’s keep that going through October, deal?

  283. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    Javy’s second tour of duties came to merciful end tonight. The journey culminated in an resounding implosion quite similar to those of 2004.

    The Epitaph of Javy’s baseball biographical book would read of the following.

    A man who has never fully realized his potentials.
    A man who has crumbled in every pennant race he has ever been in.

    Good night and good luck Javy , I do not want to see you in a Yankee uniform again.

    • Carlosologist says:

      One more time, because people don’t seem to get it after six years:


      It’s also not Javy’s fault we’ve been ~.500 since the break. Pettitte got hurt, Burnett and Vazquez didn’t pitch well, and the offense went to sleep. You can’t pin the blame on one player. It takes a team to win a title, but it also takes a team to fall apart and be ineffective.

    • Scooter says:

      Ozzie Guillen, is that you?

      I don’t think he’s choked – Javy’s arm fell off this year. He acknowledged being hurt midway through 2004. (There was a Fangraphs piece that debunked Guillen’s claim, but I can’t find it)

      I did find this study:

      Seems clear that Javy’s stuff and command are both diminished vs 2009. That has zero to do with not handling NY. That kind of sucky stuff would get tattooed in Pittsburgh, Houston, and KC too

      • Dream of Electric Sheep says:

        I made not such a claim. It’s a fact his two tour of duty with NY has ended disastrously. If you want to argue with yourself , go ahead.

  284. Scooter says:

    On a happier note, not only did I finish my portfolio management class project… I also used a Jedi mind trick to get Wes Welker for Braylon Edwards and Donovan McNabb (it helped that the other guy had Romo on a bye, backed up by Garrard)

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