Game 159: Where are the scrubs?

A rotation for the next few days but not yet the ALDS
2011 Draft: Pirates clinch first overall pick

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.

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A rotation for the next few days but not yet the ALDS
2011 Draft: Pirates clinch first overall pick
  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

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

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

    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.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      A Mets-Brewers twi-night doubleheader sounds like the latest in psy-ops torture warfare.

    • Pat D

      Coulda sworn you were older than that!

      • First Time Poster

        … that’s what he said?

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

    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.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      And who says those are are mutually exclusive?

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

        I didn’t say they were, I just hope they don’t push too hard to win the division, which may both be impossible nor ideal if you like Minnesota as a match-up as I do.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          You know which ALDS matchup I like?

          All of ‘em.

          (passes out bayonets)

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

            To arms, my brothers!

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
              • Pat D

                Apparently not, as I can’t access it from work.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                  That sounds like a “you” problem.

                  • Pat D

                    No, it sounds like a “my job” problem.

    • vinny-b

      whichever strategy Girardi chooses, he will get criticized. That much, i do know.

      when he leaves for Chicago, his life will get easier. This town doesn’t deserve him.

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

        1) I’m not criticizing him, just hoping that guys get rested and they don’t push too hard for the division.

        2) You must not know many Cubs fans, because if you think there’s no pressure to win there, you’re badly mistaken.

        3) “Not deserving him” is nonsense.

        • vinny-b

          was not saying you were criticizng him.

          NYC chews and spits out nice people. No, NY doesn’t deserve him. Whatever pressure he has in Chicago, will be less than what he tolerates in NY.

          • Carlosologist

            Chicago hasn’t won a title in OVER 100 YEARS. The pressure from the Chicago media should be equivalent, if not worse than New York’s.

            • vinny-b

              have lived in Chicago area. It’s not even close

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

            As opposed to Chicago, who harassed Bartman and his family so much that he had to move out of town. Epitome of class, there.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Chicago doesn’t deserve shit.

    • http://conservationvalue.com Jon G

      I think after tonight’s performance, the Yankees would be better with a can of Chef Boyarde on the roster than Javy. At least in that case the other team would be too busy in the bathroom to score many runs…

  • JerseyDutch

    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.)

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    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.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Who the hell is Toronto?

  • Carlosologist

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

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

      Eh, Baltimore’s throwing Millwood out there. How fortuitous that the Rays gave out all those free tickets to such an incredible matchup.

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

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

    /buuuuuuuuuurn

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I think the Red Sox still have a chance to catch the Yankees. FIVE ACES.

      /Williams’d

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama
        • Carlosologist
        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          “Mitch Williams
          Columnist”

          Heh.

          • Pat D

            Still sounds better than, “Sarah Palin, President.”

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Or “William Howard Taft, Illegitimate President”.

              /Rose’d

            • WaRRioR86

              Sarah Palin President>>>>>>>>>>> Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi

        • vin

          “I could be dead wrong about this, and Pettitte could come back and give the Yankees the boost they need to hold off Boston. But if that doesn’t happen, the Yankees are going to have to hit a ton in September in order to be playing in October. ”

          – Mitch Williams

          Nope, Pettitte didn’t really give them a boost because of the setback. And nope, the Yanks didn’t hit a “ton” in September. Yet they will be playing October. Imagine that.

          In fact they played pretty awful baseball (by their standards) in September, yet still managed to make the playoffs.

  • Across the pond

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

  • ThrillHouseMD

    Where is the game?

  • Carlosologist

    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?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I can’t enjoy the Atlanta Braves either, but it has nothing to do with Chip Caray.

      It’s because they’re the Atlanta Braves.

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

        As an old person, I had a soft spot for the Braves when TBS started showing games all the time.

        That ended in 1996, and Andruw @#$#@ Jones.

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

          Heh, it was funny to see all the Braves fans on my Twitter feed watching The Tenth Inning last night and being like, “Yay, Sid Bream – NOOOOO JIM LEYRITZ!!!!”

      • Carlosologist

        Why is that? They’ve been a pretty good team over their existence, a tad overrated but still a good team. The only thing I absolutely hate about them is giving John Rocker a job.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          List of teams I hate (non Red Sox division):

          Atlanta Braves
          Cleveland Indians
          Washington Redskins
          Kansas City Chiefs
          Florida State Seminoles
          North Dakota Fighting Sioux

          See the pattern?

          • Jose the Satirist

            You hate Native Americans?

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

            I don’t know why someone hasn’t banned the chop yet. How embarrassing.

          • Carlosologist

            Oh I see it. I completely understand now.

          • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

            Are you saying you’re not a, uh, um ” person that gives something to someone and then asks for it back?”

            • vin

              Classic.

  • Pat D

    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.

  • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

    Suzyn “..his lovely wife, Linda”.

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

    • http://mphotos.live.com/e3a022289d65b5c0/d.aspx?rid=E3A022289D65B5C0%21400&mkt=en-US Andy in NYC

      Reminds me of that old, bad joke:

      Q. What do you call a dog with Wings?

      A. Linda McCartney.

  • JerseyDutch

    OK Javy, surprise me…

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      4 straight HBP?

      You’d be surprised, admit it.

      • JerseyDutch

        True, true. I should have said, “Surprise me in a way that won’t make me want to punch the TV.”

        • First Time Poster

          Take a dump on the mound? I would be pretty shocked.

      • http://mphotos.live.com/e3a022289d65b5c0/d.aspx?rid=E3A022289D65B5C0%21400&mkt=en-US Andy in NYC

        I would not be surprised at that.

        Saddened. Bummed for the Jav-ster. Annoyed, even.

        But not surprised.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    hahaha what the hell?

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

    • Jose the Satirist

      He gets paid like an all time Blue Jay great.

      • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

        hahahahahaha so sad, yet so true

      • http://mphotos.live.com/e3a022289d65b5c0/d.aspx?rid=E3A022289D65B5C0%21400&mkt=en-US Andy in NYC

        He gets paid like an three or four all time Blue Jay greats.

        FTFY.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

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

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Mrs. OBP Jesus Maquinito

    So I got my ALDS tickets, how about you?

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Got my lux box…biatchhhh.

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

      Sold out as soon as I logged into ticketmaster :<

    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

      I just realized today that I will be in an airplane when the game starts..

      Oh well, there will be 10 more to watch after that.

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

        Well, unless it’s a day game, flying in the early evening. But don’t they always put the Yankees at night?

    • Big Stein

      Which games?

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

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

    /Neyer’d

  • First Time Poster

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

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

      The organization is trying to move on. They’re more or less forcing him out and giving him a “consulting” deal after this year.

    • vin

      He’s stepping down. I thought he retired for good like ten years ago. He’ll be back.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

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

  • Carlosologist

    Oh this guy again. >_<

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

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

    • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

      strategy

      • JerseyDutch

        Strategery

  • mbonzo

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

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    • First Time Poster

      Brack smash?

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • ZZ

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

    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

      This.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

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

    • mbonzo

      Arod could do that in one inning.

      • First Time Poster

        While making love to 3 celebrities at once. And then hit 2 homers and knock in 7 in one PA.

      • JerseyDutch

        Arod could do it one inning even if he wasn’t in the game.

  • All Star Carl

    GL Javy

  • First Time Poster

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

    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

      So, RAB has a iPhone app now?

      • First Time Poster

        Apparently their sarcasm detection app is not fully developed, however. ;)

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

      That’s a hell of a first post right there.

      • First Time Poster

        I’ve been posting for a while, actually. Just like the tag. Started working nights, however, and never had a chance to post during game.

  • first time long time

    melky batting second. lol

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    That is one atrocious looking cap that kid is wearing !

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Javy:

    Slow/slower/slowest

    /tonight’s approach

    • Cy Pettitte

      going/going/gone

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

    Well, that didn’t take very long.

    • ND Mike

      Maybe that’s the only hit he’s gonna give up tonight… well shit I guess not.

  • Erica

    And a home run off Javy. Here we go.

  • first time long time

    the BOOSTER JUICE!!!

  • JerseyDutch

    Good lord, that punk again?

    • a plethora of pinatas

      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?

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Javy doin’ his thang!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Ok Joe you can bring in Brackman now

  • mbonzo

    Quick give Javy a mustache!

  • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

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

  • Kit

    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)

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

      and javy sucks..

  • Carlosologist

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

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

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

    • JerseyDutch

      His pharmaceutically enhanced muscles would squish the ball to powder…

  • first time long time

    lol escobar is such a dumbass

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

    A KearnsyCannon™!

  • Carlosologist

    ahahahahahaha

  • Hummingbird S.

    Escobar! Way to make Cito proud.

  • vin

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

    • Hummingbird S.

      Good trade? I don’t get it.

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

        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

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

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

        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.

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

          • Kit

            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.

              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

                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

            Yeah, that’s the consensus.

          • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

            sigh

            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.

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

            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.

              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.

              • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

                None of this matters now. Maybe you should just try to get over it.

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

                Like who? There was really no one good out there or I’m sure Cashman would have gotten him since he’d likely rather spend money than spend prospects and money.

        • vin

          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.

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

          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

        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

          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?

          • Kit

            The media points the fingers and the clueless casual fans eats it up.

            • first time long time

              lol so sad but so true.

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

      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. :>

  • All Star Carl

    Only Javy…

  • DallasGreen

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

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

    Good to see Javy’s still got it.

    • mustang

      Those 16 pitches lasted a lifetime.

  • first time long time

    limiting the damge wooOOOooo

    • a plethora of pinatas

      thanks to Escobar

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Batting practice looks to be extended tonight for the Jays.

  • mustang

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

    LOL

    • JerseyDutch

      Bring in Gaudin!

      • first time long time

        no we gotta save him for those bases loaded 0 outs situations lol

  • All Star Carl

    lol @ Joe Carter waving.

  • first time long time

    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.
    agree/disagree?

    • mustang

      Haven’t been 2,3 or 5, but I like Jacobs over 1 and 4.

      And Sky dome over PNC park

    • mbonzo

      Wrigley
      Fenway
      Camden
      AT&T Park
      Rangers Ballpark

      I do love PNC and Comerica too, but not in my top 5.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Not a big fan of Dodger Stadium. I really like Busch Stadium. Great view of the city.

      • first time long time

        oh yeah, that one’s really nice too. forgot about that one

      • vin

        Love Dodger Stadium, hate the traffic getting in and out.

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      Carlos Pena and the Mendoza line. Does he end the season over or under?

  • All Star Carl

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

    • Jose the Satirist

      You think the Yankees will score 8? Ballsy prediction. I like it.

      • ND Mike

        8-2?

  • a plethora of pinatas

    I really hate Brett Cecil. WTF?

  • mustang

    this is just painful

  • JerseyDutch

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

  • Kit

    Gotta try to avoid those, Javy.

    • ND Mike

      Yes, Javy. AVOID the bat. You should NOT pitch to contact. They only have so many baseballs…

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • JerseyDutch

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

  • first time long time

    why do we have cervelli?

    • Kit

      For the umpteenth time this season: Posada is old. Jesus is too young. Moeller is offensively sad. And everyone else is expensive.

      • first time long time

        i know, but i wouldnt mind seeing moeller in a meaningless game any once in a while. i know his bat is poor, but cervelli isnt exactly barry bonds either

        • Kit

          He’s not in there because he’s Barry Bonds. He’s in there because he’s young and can take the abuse. Moeller might get a chance eventually.

          • first time long time

            i know, but im just so sick of cervelli

            • Kit

              He’s actually been pretty productive lately, so I don’t know where the “sick of him” is coming from.

              • first time long time

                i know, its just ive accumulated a probably irrational hatred toward him. mostly because of his ineptitude defensively [even though we dont have any better options] …especially the dropped popup against the sawx that led to 3 unearned runs

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

        I’d rather see Moeller at this point but whatever.

        • Kit

          But you coined the phrase “Release the Moeller” so you’re technically biased!!!

  • mustang

    Javy how many ways can you fuck this up?

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

      What is he screwing up? This game is meaningless in the grand scheme of things.

  • JerseyDutch

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

    • Hummingbird S.

      with this stuff, he wouldn’t be successful in an Indy League.

    • first time long time

      omg HE COULD START WORLD SERIES GAME 1!! lol

  • a plethora of pinatas

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

    • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

      at least they are not hurt by his 69 mph curves

  • Mickey Scheister

    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.

    • mbonzo

      Vazquez. At least he has had some success this year.

  • Erica

    I really can’t even watch this.

    • JerseyDutch

      If we didn’t punch our playoff ticket yesterday, I’d agree. As it is, I can take it but it is painful to watch…

      • Erica

        Maybe the Yanks need to paint on mustaches so they have Teh Powerz.

  • Sick Nwisher

    Javy is totally worthless.

    /deadhorse’d

  • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

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

    • vin

      Looks like Javy picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue.

      • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

        Well, if he was sniffing glue before his previous crappy starts, I’d say he’s still sniffing it. If he wasn’t, I’d say he needs to get back to it immediately.

  • Mickey Scheister

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

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

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

    • Kit

      It’s really unfortunate. I adore Javy, and this just honestly, truly sucks for him. I don’t know what went wrong, but it’s really sad.

      • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

        :(

        /plays taps for javy

  • vin

    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:

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

    Bench:
    (4) Cervelli, Pena, Kearns, Thames

    Starters
    (4) CC, Andy, Hughes, AJ

    Bullpen
    (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

      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

        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.

    • http://conservationvalue.com Jon G

      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…

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Golson baby!!!

  • Hummingbird S.

    cool play by Golson..

  • Bob Stone

    Great base running.

  • a plethora of pinatas

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

  • Mickey Scheister

    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..

  • Donna L

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

    • Kit

      What teams are backing them up? Bizarro Yankees who play small ball or the regular Yankees?

      • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

        Can we give Bizarro Yankees to AJ and Regular Yankees to Vazquez?

        • Kit

          In that case, Javy wins.

    • first time long time

      aj. cus hes good 50% of the time and javy gets 0 run support

  • first time long time

    laaameeeee lol

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    A classic Sept. RISP inning for the Yanks.

    • a plethora of pinatas

      thank god sept is almost over

    • JerseyDutch

      I remember something called a “home run.” We used to hit a lot of them. I think.

  • Donna L

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

    • Kit

      Try to use the reply button, doll.

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

    David Ortiz just tried to bunt for a hit.

    I am not kidding.

    • Kit

      Hilarious and sad.

    • first time long time

      did he get the hit?!?

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

        Shockingly, no.

        • first time long time

          hmmm never woulda guessed

    • JerseyDutch

      Can’t even imagine what that looks like…

      • first time long time

        a goomba lol

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    ugh this sucks ass

  • Kit

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

  • JerseyDutch

    They didn’t score this inning!

    • first time long time

      momentum shift!!!

  • first time long time

    javy pitching a scoreless inning wooOOOOoooo

    • Cy Pettitte

      comeback player of the game

  • a plethora of pinatas

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

    Sabathia
    Lee
    Hughes
    Burnett
    ???????

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

    • first time long time

      swisher

    • It’sATarp

      joba and nova, two men enter one man leave

    • Kit

      Andy better not retire. My dream is to have an unstoppable rotation. I want to refer to them as “The Wrecking Crew…plus AJ Burnett.”

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Joba. Hopefully.

      • Sick Nwisher

        I really hope its Joba.

    • mbonzo

      I think it’ll be the same as last year if Pettittes not back. Yanks will go after Darvish, but otherwise try Joba, Nova, and I’m sure they’ll get some scrub/s coming from injury to replace Gaudin and Mitre like Duchscherer or even Wang.

    • DallasGreen

      Joba

  • It’sATarp

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

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    how is bautista an MVP candidate???

    • first time long time

      its TEH BOOSTER JUICE!!!

    • JerseyDutch

      Juiceman of the Year award.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      He has been valuable but not nearly the most.

      • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

        i disagree on his value. I dont really see much IMO

        • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          He’s got a 6.8 WAR. That’s fuckin’ valuable. Cano is around that area too. Only one really above and beyond is Hamilton.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          50+ homers is always valuable.

          Always.

    • vin

      How is he not? I don’t think he’d surpass Hamilton or Miggy, but it wouldn’t shock me if he finishes ahead of Cano.

  • first time long time

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

    • It’sATarp

      Cano will not raise taxes if he wins

    • mbonzo

      Cabrera and Hamilton don’t have cool high fives, and the MVP usually goes to the guy with the coolest high fives.

  • first time long time

    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?

    • It’sATarp

      well according to some broadcasters, I heard Toronto’s mound is one of the best for pitchers.

      • JerseyDutch

        Am I totally immature if that statement cracked me up?

    • ND Mike

      The exchange rate. The strike zone is 1.29 times bigger in Canada.

      • Bob Stone

        lol

    • a plethora of pinatas

      someone explain to me: why is Cecil great against us?

  • Sick Nwisher

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

    • ND Mike

      I saw it too, ewwwwww.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    Hell of an AB for marcus thames

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

    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.

    • first time long time

      you mean they didnt haze at all? aww thats no fun

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

        Not yet, I bet they do it on the trip to Boston.

        • first time long time

          yeah i eremember last year pena was dressed up as catwoman lol. that is too funny

    • mbonzo

      I heard they’re gonna make them dress up as mets.

      • ND Mike

        I heard that they had to pick 5 players from Boston and call them to ask what they were going to be doing in October.

  • It’sATarp

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

    • mbonzo

      Good thing Cliff Lee won’t be there.

      • ND Mike

        Or Liriano.

        • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          Seriously, do people forget his existence?

          • mbonzo

            He’s been great this year but he doesn’t have the career resume like Cliff Lee. He had a 5.80 ERA last year.

            • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

              Cliff Lee had 3 great years. Hardly a long track record.

              • mbonzo

                Liriano- 543.2 IP
                Cliff Lee- 1402.0 IP

                Nearly identical ERA and Whip. Liriano is still a kid.

                • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

                  Cool? Doesn’t take the fact away that they are nearly equal this year.

                  • mbonzo

                    I never said one was better than the other, just explaining why people don’t bring him up. Personally, I’d rather have Cliff Lee because his sample size is 2.5 times bigger than Liriano. With only 543 IP and 38 total career wins, Liriano still has to prove he’s one of the best pitchers in the game.

            • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

              Franciso Liriano Career ERA+ = 110
              Cliff Lee Career ERA+ = 111

      • It’sATarp

        we’re signing him right before the postseason to a preemptive contract

        • ND Mike

          …you wanna get paid… throw game 1 Cliffard.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Marsellus Wallace: In the 5th, your ass goes down.
            Butch: Mmm-hmm.
            Marsellus Wallace: Say it.
            Butch: In the fifth, my ass goes down.

            • UncleArgyle

              thats pride fucking with you. Fuck pride

  • DallasGreen

    O’s just took a 2-0 lead.

    • a plethora of pinatas

      insignificant info so long as we continue to LOSE.

  • first time long time

    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

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Turn off the game. If you hate seeing Yankee losses, don’t watch again until next week in the ALDS, because we could lose any and all of these meaningless games.

      Because they’re meaningless.

      • first time long time

        its kinda like roadkill. you wana not look at it, but you cant help but stare.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

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

    • first time long time

      whatd they say? i wasnt watching

      • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

        they said that joe girardi’s son is named after dante bichette

        • first time long time

          lol idk who that is

          • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

            lol you can’t be serious…

            • first time long time

              sorry doesnt ring a bell lol

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
          • ND Mike

            Really?

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    javy lose sight of the K zone?

    • JerseyDutch

      Did he ever have it?

  • Guest

    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.

  • Kit

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

    • JerseyDutch

      Six innings or a hundred runs scored… whichever comes first.

    • ND Mike

      September 30th.

    • Cy Pettitte

      somewhere between wow this is embarrassing and being forced into retirement

      • Kit

        Can someone answer me seriously, because I really don’t care for the unamusing comments. If not, just say no, he didn’t.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Javy’s limit is ludicrous speed.

          (It’s not serious, but I’m hoping it’s not unamusing either.)

          • Kit

            I’ll laugh because you usually amuse me, TSJC.

        • JerseyDutch

          I thought I was being pretty amusing.

          • Kit

            Yours was amusing, but the others I didn’t care for.

            • ND Mike

              i fail…

  • first time long time

    javyu cant find strike zone wooOOOOooo!!!

    just trying to have fun the situation people lol.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Does javy make it to the 5th inning?

    • mustang

      nope

    • a plethora of pinatas

      does he make it past Buck???

  • FachoinaNYY

    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.

    • a plethora of pinatas

      i give you a lot of credit for sticking by Javy this long.

      • FachoinaNYY

        Haha, I just didn’t want to give all the “Javy can’t cut it in NY” people the satisfaction.

        I still believe he can be good, unfortunately its going to be next year when hes back in the NL.

        • It’sATarp

          maybe he;s part reptile and can grow his arm in the process

    • FachoinaNYY

      Follow up point:

      Javy has been amazingly lucky to only give up three runs so far, he has been hit hard all night.

    • It’sATarp

      i honestly can say i enjoy watching javy more than AJ, because once in a while he’ll throw a 60 mph curve which always makes me laugh

    • Kit

      It’s the fourth inning. Don’t press the “THEY SUCK” button just yet.

  • Big Stein

    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.

    • mbonzo

      We should have let CC pitch 2 days in a row. Torre would have done it. Stupid Girardi. FIRE HIM!

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        ZOMG FIRE GIRARDI

        2000000000000000000004

  • mustang

    And O’s up 2-0

    • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

      more meaningful games this weekend! Go O’s!

  • vin

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

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/.....yerId=4298

    Timofey. LOL. Crazy Russians.

    • mustang

      maybe they found something even a blind squirrel

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

      Hah! The guy who worked at the corner deli near where I used to live was named Timofy, like Timothy. He wasn’t Russian, though.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        “Anfernee”

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

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

    • Cy Pettitte

      he should pull an Ankiel and move to middle infield

      • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

        switch with Swish

  • JerseyDutch

    Gee, a run scored. Shocker.

  • FachoinaNYY

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

  • It’sATarp

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

  • first time long time

    limiting the damage woooOOOOOO! MOMENTUM SHIFT!!

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    lol can javy play outfield for the yanks?

  • stuart

    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)

      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.

  • It’sATarp

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

  • stuart

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

    • Cy Pettitte

      setting up the rotation for the ALDS is more important

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        You mean to say:

        setting up the rotation for the ALDS is more important………

  • mustang

    very impressive.

  • http://mphotos.live.com/e3a022289d65b5c0/d.aspx?rid=E3A022289D65B5C0%21400&mkt=en-US Andy in NYC

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

    What is he, part donkey?

    • a plethora of pinatas

      no, but he’s pitching like a stud.

      • http://mphotos.live.com/e3a022289d65b5c0/d.aspx?rid=E3A022289D65B5C0%21400&mkt=en-US Andy in NYC

        A stud donkey, then.

        Also referred to as an “ass”.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    cervelli is killing it tonight!

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Ray’s vaunted offense shut out through 7 by Millwood

    • It’sATarp

      Future yankee Millwood you mean

  • Reggie C.

    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?

    • Kit

      Nope. He totally said they were stupid.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

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

        He’s wrong and right. BBWAA reporters are stupid regardless of whether or not they vote for CC.

    • Stratman9652

      He really said it but thats what you get when you mix an already loud and hyper (read awesome) Nick Swisher with champange and more adrenaline.

    • first time long time

      espn is just bitter that the yanks are in the playoffs, the sawx arent, and none of the red sox’s FIVE ACES!!!! are in the cy young conversation. in other words they’re making a big deal out of nothing

    • Big Stein

      he said it but he was being playful.

      gotta remember ESPN traffics in yankee-hating.

  • mustang

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

  • Big Stein

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

    He single handedly killed our shot at HFA.

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

      Yeah, Burnett had nothing to do with it.

      • It’sATarp

        World Series ring immunity

    • first time long time

      really, offensive futility, aj meltdown, mo’s pair of meltdowns had nothing to do with that?

      unless you’re being sarcastic. in that case my bad.

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

      So I guess we’re just ignoring Andy Pettitte’s injury?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Or Mo’s scuffles? Or Jeter’s slump? Or Tex’s injury? Or Phil’s innings workload?

        Etc. etc. etc.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Not singlehandedly, but the -0.1 fWAR sure as hell didn’t help matters. Very disappointing season from a very likable person. Hopefully Javy can rebound at his next destination.

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

      No one player ever single-handedly kills a shot at anything in baseball.

      • first time long time

        except joe girardi.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Except for Casey Kelly, who singlehandedly kills everyone else’s playoff chances.

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

        Tell that to Jose Mesa.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    thank you kevin millwood!!!

    thank you!!!

    • Pasqua

      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.

  • mustang

    ouch!

    • mustang

      x2

  • It’sATarp

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

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      We have the second highest OPS v. LHP in the AL.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

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

  • All Star Carl

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

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

      Team is so pathetic against lefties.

      Thanks Michael Kay.

      (awaits tsjc’s response)

  • a plethora of pinatas

    wtf tex!

    • Pasqua

      Death, taxes, and Tex pops it up on the infield.

  • stuart

    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…

  • first time long time

    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

    • a plethora of pinatas

      I’m telling you, we truly aren’t trying to win the division. We are trying to avoid Lee at all costs.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        We’re not trying to avoid shit. We’re the Yankees. Shit tries to avoid us.

        • Kit

          That’s so bad ass, TSJC. Love it.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            I’m not used to losing. You know who’s used to losing?

            Losers.

      • first time long time

        i know. i just have an irrational hatred toward the blue jays and being shut out by someone thats not even that good

    • JerseyDutch

      Ha, I knew Canada wasn’t real. I think we’ve all been punked.

  • stuart

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

    • Cy Pettitte

      ………

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        ……………………………………..

  • Dan the Man

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

  • Stratman9652

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

  • It’sATarp

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

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    • JerseyDutch

      Go, Juicy?

      • first time long time

        booster juice!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    hahahahahhahaha where did that curveball miss

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

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

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      If we lose this game, Bex, the Red Sox are right back in it.

      RIGHT BACK IN IT!

      • ND Mike

        I hear they’re grittiness will lead them to the playoffs.

      • JerseyDutch

        They’ll be the first team in history to be uneliminated!

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          SEVEN ACES

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

            And that’s JUST Casey Kelly. He counts for seven.

            Once you add Lackey AND Beckett what with the amount of Aces they count for, well…

            • Kit

              I think adding Lackey and Beckett brings the Ace count back to five.

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

                Ahahahah. You funny.

    • JerseyDutch

      I think there’s a quiet, calm faction around here…

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

        Can’t be you, you have “Jersey” in your name!!!

        (I kid)

        • JerseyDutch

          You talking to me? You talking to me? :)

    • Kit

      Seriously. You can’t even sit here and enjoy a game knowing we’re in the post season.

    • Stratman9652

      I really am surprised. I mean did people really expect the A+ lineup and a complete game 21-0 shutout?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I’m pissed we didn’t reanimate Red Ruffing’s corpse for this game.

        HOME FIELD IS ON THE LINE, DAMNIT!!!!!!

      • first time long time

        no. i expect the staten island yankees 28-0 win and a perfect on 81 pitches. all strikeouts.

    • Big Stein

      why wouldn’t we be angry, we had a legitimate shot at winning HFA if we won this game, coupled with the Rays lose.

  • Anderson

    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.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      if we loses this game we need so much for the home field stuff im blaming this crap on girardi.

      We don’t need home field that much.

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

        I’m going to have to disagree.

        We don’t “need” home field at all. It would be kind of nice to have it, and would make things a bit easier if the series goes to seven games, but we don’t “need” it.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          That works too.

      • Kit

        This. It would be nice, so that some of us can go watch the games, but essential? No.

    • It’sATarp

      yea it’s not like we clinched and are trying to set up our post season rotation.

  • Stratman9652

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

    • a plethora of pinatas

      Are they Celine Dion CDs?

    • Kit

      They’re Alanis Morissette CD’s. Best thing to come out of Canada.

      (Not really. I strongly dislike Morissette)

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        You dislike Morrissette?

        Huh. That’s ironic.

      • first time long time

        “best thing to come out of canada”

        nothing good comes out of canada. you know why? CANADA’S A MYTH! IT DOESN’T EXIST!

        HA.HA.HA!! lol

  • It’sATarp

    well at least he lasted longer than AJ.

  • JerseyDutch

    Oh good lord…

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

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

    • ND Mike

      Maybe he’ll catch on with Boston… then, I’d like to see him again.

  • Bob Stone

    This is really fun.

  • Mickey Scheister

    So I didn’t know AJ was pitching tonight…

    • JerseyDutch

      Why did AJ and Javy do a bad job painting the house?

      They allowed too many runs.

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

  • zzzz

    brackman time??

    • Bob Stone

      Why not? He can’t do much worse than what we have already witnessed this evening.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

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

    Guy’s got an edge

    • first time long time

      boooooster juice!

    • Bob Stone

      Is it the same color as Jeter’s?

      • Cy Pettitte

        yes, it also has a cool panoramic vista roof

        • Bob Stone

          Is that the real reason Jetes get all the babes??
          The cool panoramic vista roof?? Wow! I gotta get me an edge.

  • UncleArgyle

    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.

    • http://conservationvalue.com Jon G

      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…

  • first time long time

    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

    • Jon

      That’s even more far-fetched than javy pitching a perfect game.

      • first time long time

        they’re in canada. you know what that means? BOOSTER JUICE!! anything is possible.

  • a plethora of pinatas

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

    • first time long time

      no. all 100 “tampa fans”

    • Kit

      That’s all of 95 more fans than they actually have. The rest cheer for the Orioles.

  • Evan

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

  • mustang

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

    WOW JUST WOW

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Hey mustang… have you ever tried decaf?

    • mustang

      I’m guessing just guessing but HELL YES!

  • Jerome S

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

    • a plethora of pinatas

      that was a given when Javy was penciled in

  • Naved

    ANDREW BRACKMAN PLEASE

  • It’sATarp

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

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      I go with AJ. At least he could potentially dominate, right?

      • It’sATarp

        if you like ignore his last 26 outings where he accumulated a nice 6 + era…then yes i guess

        • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

          Well yeah. I’m just saying that he actually has the stuff to succeed if he could develop some command. Javy has nothing at this point, so I’m going with the guy that has the stuff.

    • a plethora of pinatas

      at least a slow death might save the pen

    • Wes

      Quick (AJ)

  • Wes

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

  • Carlosologist

    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.

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

      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

        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

        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.

        • It’sATarp

          *unlucky

      • Stratman9652

        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.

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

          Oh, ditto that. Any time I see comments along the lines of “fuck you, (player)” I just have to laugh.

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    Good thing I don’t care about this game.

  • Anderson

    30 !!!!!

  • All Star Carl

    30!!

  • Evan

    #30! He did it!

  • JerseyDutch

    30, baby…

  • Carlosologist

    30!

  • It’sATarp

    well someone is consistent

  • Cy Pettitte

    #30

    that is all

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

    30!

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    THE STREAK STAYS ALIVE!!!

  • Kit

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

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

    Yay, 30!

  • Naved

    ABOMB. #30 ^_^

  • mustang

    YESSSSS!!
    30!

  • first time long time

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

  • UncleArgyle

    AROD!!!! GO PERSONAL MILESTONES!

  • Bob Stone

    Stat padder

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

    Yay-Rod!

    Stat-padder! (I kid.)

    • Bob Stone

      Beat you to it. We both have a keen sense of the readily apparent. lol.

  • Cy Pettitte

    oh no you didn’t Brett Cecil

  • Bob Stone

    That was poor.

  • JerseyDutch

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

    • a plethora of pinatas

      He’s a reeeeal doooouuuche.

      (Nacho’d)

    • UncleArgyle

      Will Girardi bring in a goon to drill a Blue Jay? Will that goon be Andrew Brackman? Be a tough spot for your major league debut

      • first time long time

        plunk bautista. punk has it coming

        • Cy Pettitte

          Joba fastball to the head please

          • Kit

            Unnecessary. Hitting people in the helmet is uncalled for.

  • tom

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

  • Kit

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

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

    Thir-Tee, Thir-Tee

  • Jose the Satirist

    Will Brackman make an appearance tonight?

  • nathan

    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.

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

      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

        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

      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.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        Plus he got hurt and had surgery (TJ?) this year.

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

        Fun Fact: When Felix Hernandez was Arodys Vizcaino’s age, he had a 158 ERA+ in a dozen big league starts.

    • It’sATarp

      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.

  • Naved

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

  • ND Mike

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

    • http://www.superkyle.tk doctorRockzo

      only pussies drink Molson

  • Big Stein

    A-30

  • Kit

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

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

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

  • ZZ

    So…

    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

      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

        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.

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

          Fair enough. Just wondering.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    cervelli hitting .310 against lefties?

    nice

  • Jerome S

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

  • Mickey Scheister

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

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      He hit lefties well last year as well. He’s like a skinny Jose Molina.

  • Evan

    What in the world are they chanting in the crowd?

    • Carlosologist

      It’s Canada. No one knows what they do up there.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        We just know it involves alcohol.

        • UncleArgyle

          Don’t forget the sex with animals thing. They love that up there

      • Kit

        TSJC once told me it had something to do with bestiality. I chose to believe him.

        • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

          Well, not all of them. Just the ones that walk around with checkered jackets and hats with ear flaps.

          Come to think of it, that’s pretty much all of them. Never mind.

      • Evan

        Maybe they saw Don Cherry somewhere. Who knows?

    • charliechoochoo

      There seemed to be all kinds of crowd stuff going on last night that didn’t seem to align, in any way, with what was going on on the field.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    hmmmm a rally begins…

  • Carlosologist

    We have a ballgame!

  • ZZ

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

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Uehara says Sayonara!!!

    2-0 O’s final

  • All Star Carl

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

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

    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.

  • Jerome S

    Rally caps, everyone.

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

    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.

    • Kit

      It’s ’cause they’ve been pitch perfect all year. Pitch. Perfect. Boston has its five aces and what do the Yankees have? One ace. One < five.

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

        But our ace is a True Ace!

        • Kit

          True Ace indeed. Wish we could clone him.

          • It’sATarp

            meh we’ll just buy one for christmas

            • Kit

              I hope so. A ring and another true ace? Best gifts ever.

  • Big Stein

    Rally caps!

  • Mickey Scheister

    7-4 or 7-3?

  • http://conservationvalue.com Jon G

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

  • Pete

    A-Rod is hilariously awesome

  • Pasqua

    Comeback? Don’t mind if I do.

  • ZZ

    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.

    • charliechoochoo

      He makes a lot less than AJ who gave up 7 in about 15 minutes. The Post or News dubbed him A. J.oke

      • ZZ

        What does his salary have to do with it?

    • Carlosologist

      I kinda agree here. They already don’t trust Javy enough to hold a spot in the rotation, yet they let him go and give up the three run homer.

  • Scooter

    In September, Cervelli has stopped sucking:
    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....statType=1

    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

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

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

        He reminds me of Moose in 2007 a lot.

      • Scooter

        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

      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.

  • a plethora of pinatas

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

  • kunaldo

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

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Yanks down a touchdown but are driving.

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

    No DP, Cap’n.

    • Kit

      He obliged.

  • Cy Pettitte

    down goes Frasor

  • FachoinaNYY

    Come on boys, lets get this done.

  • Jerome S

    Holy * Swisher’s the tying run.

  • Kit

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

  • FachoinaNYY

    GOD FUCKING DAMNIT!

  • Mickey Scheister

    The turf giveth and turf’ll take it away!

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

    Dang it, Swish. Just dang it.

  • Evan

    Ack, first pitch?

  • All Star Carl

    What a joke

  • Erica

    Not the 4-6-3 DP! Siiiiiiiigh.

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

    EVERYBODY PANIC WE’RE GOING TO LOSE A MEANINGLESS GAME

    • Kit

      I’ve got the cyanide pills, someone just needs to bring the wine.

      • UncleArgyle

        Can I bring my Dog? He’ll have no one to look after him when I’m gone….

        • Kit

          Sure. We’re all going to die anyways. The more the merrier.

    • FachoinaNYY

      We all know this is (likely) meaningless, I still want to see the Yanks do well regardless of the circumstance.

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

        I’d rather see them get healthy. And I’d rather see them play the Twins, so I couldn’t care less about the division.

      • UncleArgyle

        YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME!

        /Herm Edwards’d

    • Erica

      IT’S FRUSTRATING.

      • Kit

        SETTLE DOWN, IT’S NOT THAT SERIOUS!!

        /No seriously, calm it down

        • ND Mike

          Why is everyone yelling?

          • Kit

            I have no clue.

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

              LOUD NOISES!!!!

              • ND Mike

                Robbie goes BOOM!

        • Erica

          Rarrrrrr SUGAR RUSH!

  • Jerome S

    there is no other word…

    shit.

  • It’sATarp

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

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

    /September’d

  • All Star Carl

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

    • Jon

      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.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    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.

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

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

    • a plethora of pinatas

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

      • Scooter

        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.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    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?

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

      Better control, more vertical break on his fastball.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        Stop talking jibberish. D-Rob has guts, AJ and Joba are pussies.

    • Stratman9652

      High socks.

      • ND Mike

        High socks FTW!

      • Jerome S

        +1

    • Cy Pettitte

      more deceptive delivery

    • It’sATarp

      he hides the ball better and has better command. Look at lincecum he lost nearly 4 mph since his debut but his arm action is so deceiving and his offspeed is that good that it still causes swing and misses.

    • Scooter

      What Ross said

      Also – Robertson is supposed to have a deceptive motion that makes the FB appear to jump out of his hand

      • UncleArgyle

        I think it comes down to both tangibles and intangibles.

    • first time long time

      BOOSTERRR JUICE!!!

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      On a similar note-

      Pitcher A:
      ERA-0.38
      G-19
      IP-24.0
      H-12
      SO-34

      Pitcher B:
      ERA-0.36
      G-23
      IP-25.0
      H-14
      SO-29

      One pitcher lit the world on fire, the other quietly equalled his performance. Anyone want to venture a guess?

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        A is ’07 Joba?

        • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

          Yeah, that’s the easy one. Actually, they’re both easy.

      • Scooter

        Joba 2007 vs Wood 2010????

        • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

          DING DING DING!

          You win……my eternal admiration.

          • Scooter

            heh… so no kewpie doll…

            Wood’s season certainly gives one lumber

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

        A is ’07 Joba, B is ’10 Wood?

      • sangreal

        A: Joba
        B: Wood

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

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

    The beauty of meaningless baseball.

  • Jerome S

    Twelve pitches for a fly out?
    Fascinating…

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

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

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

      A-rod, obviously.

    • Seamus

      The Grandy Man

    • Evan

      Tie between Mo and A-Rod.

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

      Teix.

    • first time long time

      ok. i have a question. besides andy pettitte who,in your opinion, is the cutest yankee?

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

        A-Rod is ridiculously, ridiculously, ridiculously hot but I wouldn’t call him cute. And yes there is a difference. ;P

        • first time long time

          lol yeah trust me i know there’s a difference lol. ehh i guess a-rods alright. i approve

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      Let’s just say a certain Yankee reliever gives me Wood.

    • Scooter

      Mo

      Is there a professional athlete who exudes more class and grace, win or lose?

  • Evan

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

    and this guy: http://bit.ly/91aLzw

    • Jerome S

      Hahaha there has to be a word for what he has been to us this year. I dunno, maybe “jester.”

  • ZZ

    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!

  • first time long time

    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?

    • Jerome S

      jazz, heat, red sox, white sox?

      • Jerome S

        That’s four, I just realized.

      • first time long time

        uhh i forgot about those. beside those 4 then.lol

    • Scooter

      Would they both end in X? And do I win a kewpie doll?

    • Kit

      Red Sox and White Sox.

    • first time long time

      ok i clearly did not prepare well for this. but the 2 i was thinking of were the oklahoma city thunder and minnesota wild. my bad lol

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

    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.

    • It’sATarp

      and twins about to drop 6 in a row…i guess we’re not the only ones limping into the play offs.

      • Kit

        I don’t think anyone is doing well.

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

          Yeah, all of the AL playoff teams are really scuffling right now.

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

      You know how there’s TINSTAAPP for There Is No Such Thing As A Pitching Prospect?

      Well I propose OTYHI. Only The Yankees Have Issues.

    • ND Mike

      He’s off looking for his cap.

      • Kit

        Probably got that injury jumping out of that helicopter.

      • Evan

        Heh, IETC.

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

        Longoria’s such a jerk. Calling out fans, accusing them of stealing his hat. ;)

  • JerseyDutch

    Bernie Mac?

  • a plethora of pinatas

    4 pitch innings rule

    • first time long time

      wooOOOooo!!!

  • It’sATarp

    yay for first pitch swings

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      Do yourself (and the rest of us) a favor. Pick a random Yankee. Say..Derek Jeter, since fans always get on him for this. Look up his numbers against 1st pitches and compare them to his career numbers.

      Here, I’ll do it for you:

      http://www.baseball-reference......;t=b#count

      • It’sATarp

        never said i had a problem with it, just when we have give a pitcher 4 pitch inning it’s annoying.

  • All Star Carl

    Joba is gonna hit someone

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

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

  • Kit

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    Bautista is such a douche

  • Stratman9652

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

  • Jerome S

    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

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

    • JerseyDutch

      Sure seems fishy.

    • Cy Pettitte

      he takes two flinstones gummy vitamins every night

    • It’sATarp

      is it a car?

    • Kit

      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

        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

          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

            i respect your reasons. they seem reasonable.

          • Scooter

            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.

            http://www.fangraphs.com/stats.....tion=3B/OF

            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?

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

      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

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

      /Ortiz’d

      • Kit

        He was set up by someone in New York

        /actually Ortiz’d

        • first time long time

          no way! he did not actually say that did he? omg that is too funny if he did lol

          • Kit

            Indeed he did.

            • first time long time

              hahahaha thatst hilarious, imagine if a yankee ever said that?

      • Kit

        Forgot to add that yours is actually a /Mitre’d

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

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

    • first time long time

      he wanted to freeze the runner with his twinkly blue eyes

      • Kit

        They’re green.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    give me a fucking break, he looked out

  • first time long time

    i wonder if a team could steal home against us?

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      jacoby ellsbury did that earlier this year…

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

        that was last year against Andy and I think I cried.

        • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

          really? it’s been that long? my god i thought it was this year. crazy how time flies

      • first time long time

        it was last year against pettitte wasnt it?

  • Scooter

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

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

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

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

      Right on cue. I just love Joba.

      • Scooter

        Joba’s stuff that inning was amazing

        If we’ve got Mo, Wood, Joba, Robertson and Logan rested and at their best for the postseason, our pen is pretty dominant

        • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

          Our pen is fine, but I have no idea how anyone trusts Joba. He gets hit too hard to bring him in with men on base, and he makes too much trouble for himself to give him anything but a clean inning. He’s a low-leverage reliever at this point.

  • a plethora of pinatas

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

    • Stratman9652

      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?

  • It’sATarp

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

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      you and i both. i drafted him in the 5th round, thinking it was a steal

  • Carlosologist

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

    • Kit

      Oh! Oh! I know! Not the Blue Jays!

    • a plethora of pinatas

      retarded Canadians!

  • first time long time

    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.

  • FIPster Doofus

    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.

  • first time long time

    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.

    agree?/disagree?

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

      Probably the Indians but that Grand Slam Joba gave up against the Mariners was pretty tough to take too

      • first time long time

        oh yeah. that’s true. especially since have had a shutout through 7. thats another game we “should’ve won”

      • Kit

        The GS to the Mariners was my worst loss of the season. Javy nearly no-hits the Mariners, Pena makes a great catch, Swish hits a home run against Felix, and we get duped out of a win.

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

          Story of Javy’s 2010 season, pretty much.

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

            Seriously. Poor guy, even when he pitched super well we didn’t score for him. He needs a hug after this season. Or to go to the NL and kill it.

            • Kit

              I selflessly volunteer myself to give Javy that hug. Go kill the NL, Javy.

              • first time long time

                group hug for javy!! im in!

            • first time long time

              i know. i feel so bad for him. some criticism i guess he does deserve [like tonight’s poor outing for example] but he does not get credit where it is due and is treated unfairly. he seems like a real nice guy too.

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

                Oh, he’s pitched like crap for a while now and deserves criticism for it, just like AJ. Just the fanbase is so vicious to him (not here), and even when he was pitching well, he didn’t get a ton of run support. Can’t help but feel bad, especially considering how happy he was when things did go right for him.

                • first time long time

                  yeah i just hate the way stupid fans and media treat decent players and have blind loyalty to players that might not deserve it. id rather everyone get treated equally and for what they deserve

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

      Ew, bad topic. But yeah, those two. Sunday’s game would’ve been probably the worst, but thank goodness we came back.

      • first time long time

        lol i know right? ugghh i just hate the losses where the bulloen loses it, because i feel that those are games that you really should have won, you know?

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

          I hate it when Mariano loses games. Those are freak occurrences, but they really hurt, just because I love him and all.

          • Kit

            It sounds awful of me, but I would prefer someone else get the loss than Mo. It’s the worst feeling when he has a loss, simply because he’s been so great.

          • first time long time

            i feel exactly the same way. like joba meltdowns are frustrating and all, but its those mo meltdown that put you in shock and make you feel like uhhh did that honestly just happen?

    • FIPster Doofus
      • first time long time

        which one? all it does is link to the entire schedule

      • FIPster Doofus

        In case the link doesn’t work, I was referring to the Yankees-Twins game from May where Mo gave up a two-out grand slam to Kubel in the eighth.

        • Kit

          I erased that from my memory. That was awful.

        • first time long time

          i remember after the grandslam, the crowd was in shock. there was deead silence. so awkward

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

            My family friend got tickets to the Legends Suite for his birthday for that game. He was sitting there with his wife who doesn’t care much about baseball. Apparently he started crying and she was just like ???

            • Kit

              I understand him. I kind of cried that day too.

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

                When Boston scored the go-ahead run off Mo on Sunday night, I was actually crying. First time I’ve cried over baseball in a while. It’s pathetic. I was just so worn out from the crappy playing and Mo blowing it made me super upset.

                But then Papelbon blew it and we won on a walk-off walk so it’s all good I guess, ha.

                • first time long time

                  hahaha i understand that

                • Kit

                  I cried that day too…haha. It was embarassing for me, but it happened. The shrimp video on walk off walk made it all better.

            • first time long time

              lol thats pretty funny. ive sat at those seats before. ridiculously nice. ridiculously expensive lol

    • ZZ

      I was not happy at the end of this game.

      http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....=300518110

      • first time long time

        with the thames”s dropped pop up, ugghh that one was pretty bad. that entire week of baseball was bad IIRC

      • Kit

        Wasn’t that the now infamous Thames dropped pop up game? I think I was “studying” for a biochem test that day and ended up tearing my review sheet in half.

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

          I believe here on RAB there was a “rant” thread immediately after the game. I’d actually blocked that one out but yeah, it’s probably the worst.

          • Kit

            I hadn’t discovered RAB back then, but I got some crazy paper cuts after tearing all my shit in half. And it was actually part of my thesis that I tore up. Fun times.

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

              I have a friend who got drunk and destroyed 2/3 of his thesis by accident.

              • Kit

                Ouch! I just tore up my lab notes for my thesis, which is really bad, but I had a notebook that makes carbon copies, so I lucked out. Did he get drunk after that game?

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

                  Haha, it was in college and I don’t think he cared much about baseball.

                  • Kit

                    My brother destroyed half of his room in 2001, so I have to ask.

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

                      I threw a shoe at the wall. There’s still a mark there.

          • first time long time

            i remember that. you know what made the dropped popup even more frustrating? thames called off cano.

          • Evan

            That rant thread was worth it just for Hiba’s words.

        • ZZ

          Yeah. Beckett blew a gasket that game and CC dominated. Yet they lost because Joba was awful and Thames dropped the pop up.

    • ZZ

      3 votes for worst loss of the season include Joba blowups.

      • first time long time

        lol. the mariners one was frustrating IMO because that happened in mid july when robertson was rolling and joba was awful, yet girardi still decided to go to joba with a 1 run lead. not one of the smartest decisions i feel.

  • first time long time

    francisco cervelli player of the game option. lol

    • Stratman9652

      I’ll give him credit when he’s on he’s on.

      • first time long time

        defense was far from stellar though.

        • Stratman9652

          Well it’s hard to throw out someone at 2B when the pitch is in the dirt, and honestly who saw the steal at 3rd coming?

          • first time long time

            thats true but its still frustrating because the steal to third most likely allowed the run to score

          • tom

            plus, he was out at 3rd

            • Stratman9652

              Even better point.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    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.

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

      This is a joke, right? Please say this is a joke.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        Oh, so the Yanks aren’t trying to win anymore?

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

          Joba’s peripherals do not line up with his ERA. He has a 3.01 FIP and a 3.51 xFIP. He still has a 9.17 K/9 and is allowing 0.66 HRs per 9. He is also still just 25 years old. If you’re expecting the Yankees just to outright release someone like that, you’re nuts.

          • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

            That’s nice. He’s a low leverage reliever at this point. If he’s not carrying his weight next year, the next demotion is…….? This assumes they have a replacement they like better lined up, which is why I said the trade deadline, but it’s not crazy.

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

              Yes, it is crazy. The second they DFA him there’d be 29 teams falling over themselves to employ his services. Joba has had some bad performances this year but it’s no reason to give up on him this soon. If you want to try to trade him, fine, but even then you’d be selling low.

              • ZZ

                The Yankees won’t continue to pay his arbitration raises if he continues to put up numbers this bad.

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

                  That’s still a pretty big “if”. Like I said, his peripherals don’t match up with his performance. Either it’ll click or it won’t. Either way, they need a longer look at him.

  • Mike R

    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.

  • Scooter

    Brackman sighting!

  • Erica

    Brackman warming up!

  • Cy Pettitte

    BRACKMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    holy shit, brackman!!

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

    YES! BRACKMAN!

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

    PREPARE FOR BRACKMONSTER, HIDE THE CHILDREN

    • ND Mike

      This is what I will think if everytime I see him pitch.

  • Kit

    Woo! The Brackmonster!

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    too bad we wont get to see him

    • Scooter

      Yeah I just kinda realized that… unless of course we score 5 or more this inning

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    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.

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

      Why would you release a player with all of 3 games left in the season?

      • ND Mike

        spite.

        • Dream of Electric Sheep

          maybe… obviously we did not get our money worth. I have to think about that. some kinda of punitive statement i suppose.

      • Dream of Electric Sheep

        personal reasons, I would feel better without him on this team.

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

          He’s not making the postseason roster after this, so I don’t think you’ll need to worry about having him around.

          • Dream of Electric Sheep

            I am disgusted by his performances, I rather not even see a camera shot of him !

            • first time long time

              hes struggling. its not like hes not trying. and his job isnt exactly easy. also, he was the best pitcher from may-july, just got no run support and also no credit for that. i feel bad for him.

              • Dream of Electric Sheep

                feel free to feel bad , I don’t . The man is taking home 12 mil after this year. He has a large art and wine collections in P.R.

                He is doing aight by any standards. It’s a 6 month marathon, he has collapsed long before the finish line.
                Just release him and let him go his merry ways. I don’t want to see him again ever in a Yankee uniform.

  • Cy Pettitte

    damn Brackman’s not gonna pitch, stop teasing us

  • a plethora of pinatas

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

  • Scooter

    Who just pitched an inning in Mitre’s uniform?

    • ND Mike

      The good Joba.

    • a plethora of pinatas

      he struck out the side? what’s going on here?

  • tom

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

    • ND Mike

      You know Suzan, you can’t just can’t predict…

  • first time long time

    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?

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

      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

        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

        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

        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

        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.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

        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

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

          • Ben

            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).

            • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

              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

                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.

                • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

                  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

                    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).

          • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

            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

              Here’s the lineup that night:

              Jeter
              A-Rod
              Sheffield
              Matsui
              Williams
              Posada
              Sierra
              Clark
              Cairo

              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.

              • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

                That’s not even the point. You make Schilling run off the mound, he twists his surgically repaired ankle and he’s out of the game. One well placed bunt could have changed that entire series.

                • Ben

                  Schilling has gone on record saying that Varitek, Mueller, and Millar were going to handle all bunts.

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

              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.

              • http://www.theyankeeu.com/author/steve-s/ Nostra-Artist

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

                • Ben

                  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.

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

                  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

                    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

                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.

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

                  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

                    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

      2004 ALCS.

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

      Why are we so morbid tonight, geez!

    • Ben

      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.

  • It’sATarp

    we just want Cito to feel good for his last game

  • FIPster Doofus

    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.

    • ND Mike

      He knows what whips are, that’s how he got canned for sexual harassment from ESPN. I keed.

      • Scooter

        I don’t think Harold was stupid before he was on ESPN – Kruk and Sutcliffe are so stupid that they’re contagious

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    Can Swisher get to 30 HRs now?

  • Total Dominication

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

  • Kit

    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.

    • first time long time

      why does everyone says he sucks?! we never score off of him!! lol

      • Kit

        Because he’s not that great…and I’m pretty sure we’ve scored off him before. We just haven’t been able to win.

  • first time long time

    on the bright side he cant hit into a dp!

  • Cy Pettitte

    #31 please

    do it for the Brackman

  • first time long time

    he looked safe..

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    he was not out

  • All Star Carl

    wasn’t even on the bag.

  • It’sATarp

    good time for the robo umps

  • Kit

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

  • first time long time

    laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

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

  • ND Mike

    For the record that fog horn thing is dumb.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      fog horn and leg horn were my fav duo in WB growing up , they are awesome!

  • Mike R

    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.

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

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

      • Mike R

        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

          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

          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

      Did you expect anything different with Javy pitching?

  • a plethora of pinatas

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

    • a plethora of pinatas

      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.

      • It’sATarp

        Cano has been pretty cold recently…and his AB’s has not been good. He’s been chasing a lot of bad pitches out of the zone.

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

        If he had “heated up” he would have hit like .400. It was pretty unlikely that he was going to keep increasing that production. He’s stayed pretty consistent, so it’s fine.

  • Sean C

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

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    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

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

      IT’S NOT JAVY’S FUCKING FAULT. HE DIDN’T LOAD THE BASES IN GAME 7, HE DIDN’T BLOW THE SAVES IN GAMES 4 AND 5, AND HE DIDN’T CAUSE THE OFFENSE TO TAKE A NAP FOR THE LAST FOUR GAMES.

      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.

      • Kit

        Listen to the rational 14 year old people, because the Javy is to blame bullshit is getting really old, really fast.

        • Dream of Electric Sheep

          ? I read his rational. What’s that go to do with the facts he has sucked the two years he has been with NY?

        • Dream of Electric Sheep

          Before accosting with greater crimes , please read what I stated above which are mere facts.

      • Dream of Electric Sheep

        No one is claiming it’s his fault.

        • Carlosologist

          You wrote that he crumbled in every pennant race he was in. You’re essentially blaming him for his team not reaching the postseason.

          • Dream of Electric Sheep

            ? in whose world can be interpreted as such , Carlos?

    • Scooter

      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:
      http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....rike-zone/

      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

        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.

  • Scooter

    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)