Oct
15

ALCS Game One: Yankees @ Rangers

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Six long days after the Yankees dispatched the Twins with ease in the ALDS, the ALCS is finally ready to get underway. For comparison’s sake, just five years ago the White Sox and Angels were already playing Game Four of the ALCS on this date. Something has to happen with all of these off days, two between the LDS and LCS even if it goes the full five games is just too much. It’s baseball, these guys are used to playing every day. Anyway, the wait is over and the Yankees are four wins away from their second consecutive World Series.

Unlike the Yanks, the Rangers aren’t able to send their ace to the mound in the Game One. Cliff Lee had to take care of business in Game Five of the ALDS just to get them here, and he’ll be on the shelf until Game Three on Monday. Getting the ball in his place is another very good lefty, the former closer C.J. Wilson. He described himself as a lesser version of Lee in a press conference of last series, and it’s true. He’ll throw any of his four pitches at any time, all of which are solid but not knockout offerings like Lee, and his command isn’t on the same level either. Then again, whose is? He will walk himself into trouble, so pay attention to his pitch count and the quality of the at-bats early on. If the Yanks are working deep counts the first time through the order, they’re going to do some serious damage the next time around.

CC Sabathia gets the ball for New York, just as planned. He last pitched nine days ago, and overall has thrown just six innings and 111 pitches in the last 17 days. He adjusted his routine from the last long layoff, throwing an extra bullpen as well as another flat ground session. CC said he was too strong against the Twins in Game One of the ALDS, leading to command issues that hindered him all start. Hopefully the extra work in the interim helped him stay sharp. Again, watch the at-bats early. If Sabathia has quick innings and avoids deep counts early on, he’ll be on cruise control soon enough.

Make sure you check out Joe’s preview at FanGraphs, ditto Jeff Zimmerman’s for Texas. Here are the lineups…

Yankees
1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Nick Swisher, RF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robbie Cano, 2B
6. Marcus Thames, DH
7. Jorge Posada, C
8. Curtis Granderson, CF
9. Brett Gardner, LF

CC Sabathia, SP (21-7, 3.18 ERA)

Rangers
1. Elvis Andrus, SS
2. Michael Young, 3B
3. Josh Hamilton, CF
4. Vlad Guerrero, DH
5. Nelson Cruz, LF
6. Ian Kinsler, 2B
7. Jeff Francoeur, RF
8. Matt Treanor, C
9. Jorge Cantu, 1B

C.J. Wilson, SP (15-8, 3.35 ERA)

First pitch is scheduled for 8:00pm ET and can be seen on TBS. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads, Playoffs
  • Esteban

    We play today, we win today

    DAS IT

  • Accent Shallow

    Six long days after the Yankees dispatched the Twins with ease in the ALDS, the ALCS is finally ready to get underway. For comparison’s sake, just five years ago the White Sox and Angels were already playing Game Four of the ALCS on this date. Something has to happen with all of these off days, two between the LDS and LCS even if it goes the full five games is just too much.

    As long as Bud Selig is letting the networks run things, we’re stuck with it. If only he had an ounce of integrity.

    • Esteban

      And this is with eliminating the non travel off-day.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Then maybe we can get more replay…

  • ZZ

    Just a question to clarify something.

    I believe in the notion of pitching to the score at times. I have noticed around here though that is not a popular thing to mention. In the chat today Mike you said that Kinsler’s HR off CC could have come in garbage time with CC just throwing strikes. Wouldn’t that be pitching to the score?

    I gotta run, but I am interested in the responses so I’ll check back later.

    • Esteban

      Ha, yea during the chat, I tried asking about that too. I think it’s possible that some pitchers will change their approach based on the score, but over a career, the effect is negligible, and someone like Jack Morris should not get credit for ‘pitching to the score’ to boost their HOF candidacy.

      • Pat D

        No, but he should get credit for pitching ONE GAME that SINGLE HANDEDLY won his team a WORLD SERIES!

        /other argument’d

    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

      Maybe it’s semantics, but I believe all pitchers at all times are pitching to the situation at hand. Whether they nibble with first base open, try to keep a batter from hitting to the right to move a runner over, or making sure he throws strike with a big lead.

      I think the problem is when someone calls a changing approach a special ability a pitcher has that he can turn on and off his greatness.

    • pete

      To me, it’s not that “pitching to the score” doesn’t exist. Of course it does. It’s not some brilliant notion that only Jon Heyman is smart enough to recognize. It is a relatively small and not particularly significant aspect of pitcher performance.

      What it provides ZERO insight into, however, is how one pitcher pitched versus another. That’s the problem. If Jon Heyman thinks that Jack Morris was a HOF caliber pitcher and only had a high ERA (by HOF standards, anyway) because of runs he gave up when his team was up (a theory which, to my knowledge, has never been dissected despite the obvious availability of pertinent information), that’s fine. I don’t think he was HOF material, but Heyman’s allowed to think what he wants to think.

      But it is insanely unfair to say that a pitcher who outperformed Morris in every other meaningful way (Bert Blyleven) is undeserving based on the premise of pitching to the score. Morris may or may not have been good at pitching to the score, but to assume that his performance would have been better if he had received less run support is utterly ludicrous. If he could have performed better, then he should have performed better where he was. Cuz I betcha he’d have won even more games if he’d cut his career ERA down by the 1+ run that separated him and Blyleven.

      I think that’s the root of peoples’ issues with the “pitching to the score” argument. It’s used to justify ranking lesser pitchers above better pitchers.

  • Ivan

    Lets get ready for War mothafuckers!!!!!

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

    To the next level, my brothers and sisters! Fight on! MISSION 28

  • Tachycardia

    We should quickly dispatch of CJ and get into that atrocious Texas bullpen. If CC can pitch better than he did in Minnesota we should have no problem taking a 1-0 lead in the series tonight.

  • Pat D

    Woo hoo! At work again! Will be for most of this series!!! But I’m not going to get a call scored today so I think I can get away with not paying attention! Woo hoo!!!

    Overuse of exclamation points!!!!

    • Jersey Mike in LA

      How are you watching? Also at work and hate Postseason.tv.

      • Mickey Scheister

        Benefits of writing your own schedule on the east coast…you never miss a Yankees game!

      • Pat D

        I work in a call center, they’ll put it on the TV monitors around here.

        And I’ll kinda follow on my phone.

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      I also work during most of the games, but I’m off on Fridays so I at least get to pay full attention tonight and during Game 6 if necessary.

  • http://www.or.ly JM

    Why do I not have a good feeling about this?
    /feeling unreasonably pessimistic

    • Mickey Scheister

      Amen, as do I and I have all week! CC WILL DOMINATE!

  • http://www.or.ly JM

    And since when was RAB driven by Ford???

    • Pat D

      Been like that for some time, as far as I know.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      They wanted to prove to everyone that they were not socialists. The only way to do that was to accept Ford’s advertisements.

      America, **** yeah!

    • Esteban

      Been a minute homes. The RABbis are making that paper now.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Forever!

  • Camilo Gerardo

    7. Jeff Francoeur, RF
    8. Matt Treanor, C
    9. Jorge Cantu, 1B

    Nooice

    • Teej

      That wouldn’t even be solid at AAA.

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      I wonder how often a firstbaseman has started in the 9 hole in a postseason game.

  • Pat D

    I just remembered that I’m pretty sure I heard Brian Kenny lead off SportsCenter at 6 by saying, “The Rangers, back in the ALCS…”

    I laughed.

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    Cubicle bound and without TV, it’s gonna be a long night.

    • SouthernYankeeFan

      Cubicle on a Friday? what do you do so i know to avoid that profession.

      • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

        Don’t go into computer manufacturing. 24/7 producing widgets for your damn game systems. LOL

        • SouthernYankeeFan

          Ha. Well from an avid gamer, thank you.

          • Kit

            I am also an avid gamer so, this.

            • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

              Same.

        • Camilo Gerardo

          lucky for you, i quit gaming consoles!

      • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

        I’m really sick of people being shocked that there are people who work schedules other than M-F 9-5.

  • All Star Carl

    Go out and grab game one Yanks.

  • Hall and Nokes

    beer………..check.
    burgers……check.
    dogs……….check.
    avocados……oops!

    • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

      Cannibis…Check!

    • JerseyDutch

      That’s bush league, bro!

      • Teej

        Damn… just beat.

    • Teej

      THAT’S BUSH LEAGUE, BRO!

      • Esteban

        Brochacho

        /mixed commercials

    • Camilo Gerardo

      significant other!

  • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

    Enough of talking! Bring it on!

  • Cy Pettitte

    FINALLY

    6 days is way too long, this has been torture

  • http://www.blueshirtbanter.com JM3RR27

    what are your guys thoughts on cj wilson?

    • Cy Pettitte

      0-1 with a 5.74 in 3 starts against us, should pound him

    • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      He’s been goood, but the Yankees can beat him.

    • Accent Shallow

      Unimpressed.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Let him dig himself into a hole with walks, then fill that hole with home runs and XBHs.

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      He’s, like, really hot.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Seriously? You too? He really isn’t, though. I don’t get it. At all.

        • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

          Now you know how I feel about Megan Fox.

          • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

            http://dailycontributor.com/wp.....ormers.jpg

            This scene helped that a lot.

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            I am the only male ever who does not think she is hot. I really don’t think she’s that attractive.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Yup there’s rust on the Yankees but anyone acknowledge the Phillies has a long layoff too?

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      No because the Phillies are a small market team with no history of postseason success.

      Oh wait…

  • yankees1717

    has there even been a yankee playoff run without references to the yankees “rust” after long layoffs between series? when will people ever learn that the “rust” is nonexistent? did they watch last year?

  • Kit

    I’ve missed you so much, baseball. Let’s go, Yanks.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Bayonet passing out time, mother fuckers. Let’s get this shit on.

    • Esteban

      to arms comrades!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    This fucking Antler thing will piss me off to no end.

    • Kit

      Yeah. It’s annoying as fuck.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I tried to explain it to one of the math teachers at my intern-school today and he goes “That’s the dumbest fucking thing I’ve ever heard.”

    • Cy Pettitte

      +1, it’s so ridiculous it’s annoying

      could you imagine Robbie hitting a double then giving the claw to the dugout from second? or BG stealing and base and then making antlers? lol

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Well, with Gardner it’d make sense. I mean, the dude’s the only guy fast enough to catch a deer so I’m sure he could catch up to the fuckin’ thing, cut its antlers off, and use those instead of his hands.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    I am nervous about this game. I am confident but it’s crazy that there hasn’t been baseball for so long.

    • Greg

      I’m a bit nervous, but I have confidence in CC

  • Accent Shallow

    Multiple Mauer swings and misses? I like this montage.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Wonder if this Texas crowd has a fluffer like they do in Atlanta.

  • yankwin

    I actaully have butterflies it makes no sense

  • Brooklyn Ed

    I seriously hate Postseason TV. Why can’t this series air on FOX instead, not TBS?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I’d prefer YES, and I do not love YES.

      • Brooklyn Ed

        lol. touche. my parents decided to take out my sport package, and it hurts badly.

    • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

      Timmy McCarver is so bad I mute him the whole game and listen to nothing. I would rather have TBS.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        I might take stupidity over bias whenever the Yankees do something.

    • Cy Pettitte

      if it was on YES the whole series would just be Kay talking about rosin on Lee’s hat

  • Kit

    I’ve been so nervous all day, c’mon, boys.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Fun Fact: One intensive week of training at the state of the art camp in Compton California can jump start your career as an MLB ump. Wow!

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Texas has to be nervous.

  • Esteban

    Gonna have a low strike zone, it looks like.

  • JerseyDutch

    Rangers fans, act like you’ve been there before. Oh wait…

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    Matt Treanor is the dude married to Misty May right?

    • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      Yes he is

      • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

        Too bad he can’t be as good at baseball as his wife is at beach volleyball.

  • Cy Pettitte
  • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Zone is a bit wide tonight.

    • Greg

      It’s not wide. It’s low

      • JerseyDutch

        That’s what she said.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Don’t worry, the zone will shrink when CC is on.

    • UncleArgyle

      thats a given

  • Esteban

    Although I realize that McCarver and Buck bad, I actually don’t mind them compared to the TBS guys, since a lot of my early memories of postseason baseball are with them announcing.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Does Dice-K even have a damn gyroball?

    • Esteban

      No, it doesn’t really exist.

      • JerseyDutch

        The gyroball or Dice-K?

    • Mike HC

      I think they scrapped it because major leaguers crushed it. But it was basically a variation of a change up.

  • Camilo Gerardo

    really, swish?

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Wow these people could even be more annoying that Twins fans.

    • Cy Pettitte

      oh they are, a stadium full of people getting their first ALCS in claw/antler shirts, ugh

  • Esteban

    Why would they boo Teixeira? He was traded away.

    • Hall and Nokes

      And they made out like bandits. Stupid fans–don’t yell out touchdown, guys.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Yep, that’s the way to get free agents to your city–boo them after they’ve been traded away.

    • Pat D

      That one female write wrote that story in August saying he was dying to get out of Texas just like ARod.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    I am so proud to be a part of a fanbase that CHEERS our former players, even if they leave via free agency.

    • Mike HC

      To be fair, if I rooted for a team where players always left by choice to make more money, I might boo too. Most of the former Yanks leave not by choice to make less money or no money at all.

      • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

        Johnny Damon?

        Yankee fans cheered David Cone, the Boston Red Sock (Sox?). You know if Bernie had left to go to Boston, we would have cheered him too.

    • JerseyDutch

      Seriously.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    OMG FREAKOUT THEY DIDN’T GET A BASE RUNNER.

    • Kit

      DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED.

    • Cy Pettitte

      I can’t believe we’re getting no hit

      we’re doomed

      • Greg

        No, we’re doomed if C.J. keeps getting that low strike

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      teixeira sucks lol whateves.

  • yankwin

    would have liked to seen more pitches but its plenty early

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Would be nice to score first to get the crowd out of it. Hold ‘em down CC!

    • Mike HC

      agreed. The crowd seems especially hostile.

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    postseason yankee baseball and chinese…perfect ny night.

    • Mike HC

      Chinese food? hooker? checkers?

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Jeff Francouer looks fat.

    • ChrisR

      I was thinking the samething LOL

  • http://www.or.ly JM

    CC looks a tad… wild.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Not the best way to start a game.

  • Greg

    That 2-1 was a strike for C.J.

  • All Star Carl

    Bad bad start.

  • Accent Shallow

    Ball 3 to Andrus looked pretty close.

  • Reggie C.

    BB’ing Andrus? Really CC?

  • Cy Pettitte

    someone takeout the guy waving the flag behind the plate

  • Hummingbird S.

    Can’t walk Andrus.

  • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    DP, let’s go

  • Mike HC

    Who did we want to keep off the bases again? Oh yea, Andrus.

  • All Star Carl

    Great now hes gonna squeeze CC

  • Esteban

    Wow CC getting NO calls so far.

  • MikeD

    OMG!! He walked the first guy. He’s rusty! We’re dead!!!

    /sportsradio’d

  • YankeesJunkie

    Strike is not wide tonight.

  • Mike HC

    Ump calling a little tight for CC, eh.

  • Accent Shallow

    And the first two balls to Young also looked very close.

  • http://www.or.ly JM

    COME ON CC

  • Kit

    What is up with this damn zone, was that really outside?

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    Can we get a fucking strike call!

  • UncleArgyle

    I thought we started CC Sabathia, not AJ Burnett

    • JM

      Yeah CC just looks terrible.

  • bonestock94

    Dear Command,

    Please come back.

    Thanks,
    Yankee fans.

  • Hall and Nokes

    at what point does TBS remove the pitch trax thing?

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      When umpires become good?

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Strike 3 your out. Oh wait you you dont want to call strikes.

  • bonestock94

    Dear Command,

    Please come back.

    Thanks,
    Yankee fans

    • bonestock94

      oops double sorry

  • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    He’s hitting all the fucking corners, call strikes you moron!

  • Esteban

    Those were at the least borderline. They were better pitches than the ones to Jeter.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Am I the only one who gets really nervous about a delayed steal when Jorge tosses the ball back to the pitcher?

    • Mike HC

      You might be.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Well it’s clear who MLB wants to win, fuck! At least wait till the 5th or 6th to screw the strike zone up!

    • Mike HC

      With the way Jorge was catching them, they did look to be up and away to be fair to the ump

  • beer boy

    great start

  • YankeesJunkie

    eek

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Oh boy.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Horrible start, CC has no command.

    • Kit

      Yeah, it’s not like he’s ever settled down and gotten out of trouble before. DOOMED.

      • Hummingbird S.

        0-2 HR.. it’s going to be a long night.

      • bonestock94

        He said horrible start, do you disagree?

        • Kit

          It happens.

  • http://www.or.ly JM

    Great… just great. We’re going to spot them an early lead.

  • Tachycardia

    I thought CC was a true ace.

  • brazilian fan

    the big man shoul have gotten laid prior to the game

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Well, game over. See you guys tomorrow night.

    • Cy Pettitte

      no, series over, see you guys next spring

  • JerseyDutch

    Let’s not break out the seppuku knives just yet.

    • Greg

      Now break out the knives

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    C.C. got squeezed that last AB…

  • ChrisR

    ………….

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    Well, that’s not good.

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    FUCK!!!

  • Esteban

    Well FUCK

  • http://www.or.ly JM

    I hate everything

  • Accent Shallow

    So that sucked.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Facepalm

  • Reggie C.

    Okay. We’re in trouble.

  • UncleArgyle

    God, what a horrible start for CC

  • beer boy

    cc has nothing

    • UncleArgyle

      yeah, unfortunately that looks the case.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Uh oh.

  • Ace

    Wow. Could Ernie Johnson be anymore excited? Douche. And what the hell is up with this music?

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      I find they get excited for the home team. They were quite excited when the Yankees scored in Game 3.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Fireworks in the first inning…

      • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

        They always do that in Texas.

        Same with the music.

  • yankwin

    well that was quick arg

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Terrible way to start the game CC.

  • bonestock94

    I must have earned some bad karma or something.

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    Holy shit.

    C.C.’s adjustments aren’t working right now, that’s for damned sure.

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    amazing.

  • Mike HC

    Well, looks like we are going to have to put some runs on the board tonight.

    • http://www.or.ly JM

      Bet you they wont

  • Tachycardia

    And Cliff Lee is looming in game 3. I don’t like our chances anymore.

    • tom

      oh, please

  • C

    What the fuck is CC doing? Get your shit together.

  • brazilian fan

    omg
    we cant lose to this team

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Woops. Gotta try to go low and away there, CC.

  • Andy

    Are you fucking kidding me?

  • MikeD

    That’s a rude re-introduction to baseball after nearly a week off!

    Let’s hold it here CC and build a come-back.

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

    Cool, the panicking has started already.

  • Ace

    Optimists. We need your Kool-Aid ASAP.

  • pete

    shucks

  • All Star Carl

    God damn CC.

  • Andy

    What the fuck is wrong with CC? Jesus. That was almost gone.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Fuck Arlington.

    • Reggie C.

      We’ve got a lineup full of guys who can replicate that line-drive HR.

  • Esteban

    CC is getting killed right now.

  • Greg

    It’s official. CC’s got nothing

    • Ace

      Chill homie. Its the first inning. After all the years you’ve been a Yankee fan are you honestly scared of this?

  • Reggie C.

    If CC gets out of this inning without giving up another shot i’ll be impressed.

  • beer boy

    cc is just throwing meatballs right down the middle.

  • YankeesJunkie

    CC needs to shape up or he will not get past the third.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Ok, no more runs.

  • tom

    Somehow that out didn’t make me feel better.

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    Well, we’ve seen Game 1 3-0 deficits already…

    it’s a matter of C.C. settling down. He looks fucking awful.

  • Mosha

    Whoa, these are not the Twins. Got to give Hamilton respect, absolute beast.

  • http://www.or.ly JM

    I really think the Yankees are going to get shut down. I said it before the game… I just dont feel good about this

    • Ray the Anti-Handle

      Then stop watching. Seriously, that sucked, but it’s the first inning.

    • Tachycardia

      I don’t think they’ll get shut down, but they may be down 6-0 by the time CC gets out of this inning! Isn’t this supposed to be our shut down ace?

      • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

        For fuck’s sake.

        Because other aces have never struggled before.

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

      The offense shut down is not what I’m worried about. It’s more C.C. not being sharp after what must seem like a month without pitching. Exhibit A, B and C already. Thanks Selig.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Go away.

  • brazilian fan

    i see the look of the txas players and i cant imagine them beating us, i’m cool

  • bonestock94

    Too much rest, just get your shit back CC it’s cool.

  • Slu

    They WILL score on Wilson. CC needs to straighten up in a hurry, or I’d get someone up in the pen.

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      I’ll take bad CC over Mitre/Moseley, thanks.

      • Slu

        Your welcome. If he is getting shelled, you gotta try something else.

        • Slu

          You’re….

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

          I don’t think he’s coming out until seven or eight runs are on the board. He’ll have to fight through it. I can’t imagine what Texas would do to any of the alternatives.

          • Slu

            Hopefully that doesn’t happen in this inning.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    If anybody thinks the Yankees can’t score 4 runs off C.J. Wilson and the Texas bullpen, just do us all a favor and GTFO.

    • Kit

      This.

      • Greg

        It’s not a matter of us scoring four runs. It’s us holding them to three

        • Kit

          Seriously though, it’s not like the opposing team has had a lead and we haven’t come back.

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

            Exactly. Once pressure is put on a team like Texas, they’ll wet their pants a little. They did it against Tampa…no reason they won’t again.

    • Hummingbird S.

      I don’t think CC is going to hold them to 3 runs.

    • UncleArgyle

      This is getting annoying. Really inexcusable. Not only is CC putting the team behind the 8 ball tonite. he’s threatening to kill the bullpen for tomorrow.

  • Esteban

    Ok, let’s take a deep breath, this is still CC and its the 1st inning. The Yankees WILL come back.

    • beer boy

      not if its 14-0

  • Tachycardia

    And this isn’t even the game Cliff Lee is starting! Hell, he still ain’t throwing strikes! Start warming up Moseley.

    • ShuutoHeat

      Did you pick up your cyanide pills?

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    Who wants to bet George King is sweating feverishly over his keyboard writing the obligatory ‘We saw this exact same thing with Wang, but the difference is CC has $xx left on his contract. 5th place in 2011.’ article.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Very irritating to say the least.

    • Reggie C.

      Yeah. This start to game 1 is absolutely irritating. CC’s throwing a ton of pitches right now.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    23 minutes into the broadcast and I’ve now muted it.

    • tom

      I beat you

  • yankwin

    better fucking get it togeher NOW

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    Yikes.

    Difference from one playoff season to another. Twice last year, C.C. pitched on extended rest and was pretty damned good. This year, extended rest isn’t working so well for him.

  • Pat D

    Guess I’m gonna stop refreshing here, because being at work is bad enough, I don’t need all the negativity here to pull me down.

    That being said, WAKE UP, BOYS!!

  • Hall and Nokes

    Maybe one of our guys will single on an 0-4 pitch to get a rally started.

  • Nice

    Get Mitre up

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    seriously this guy’s zone is terrible.

  • Tachycardia

    Start warming up Moseley now! We cannot let CC continue to walk us into a loss.

    • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      I’d rather have a rusty CC lose the game, and still give us a chance to win, than have Mosely get bombed.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Type the same thing for a third time, maybe someone will care

  • brazilian fan

    what is this strike zone?

  • tom

    I fully believe the team can come back from this, no sweat. But CC looks lost out there

  • Andy

    Wow this is infuriating

  • bonestock94

    Fuckin a I guess bullpen sessions aren’t enough

  • Esteban

    It’s bad enough that CC doesn’t have great command, but the umpire is making it impossible to throw a strike.

    • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

      That could work against CJ too, you’d hope.

      C.C. just isn’t himself right now, at all.

      • Esteban

        I mean, judging by the zone to Jeter, it helped CJ

        • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

          If the Yankees win this game on a balls/strikes break, even though Texas would’ve gotten the better zone all game, somehow, I think there would be complaints how Texas got screwed.

          It’s not like we’ve seen this before or anything.

    • tom

      Exactly. CC could wriggle through this if he had the slightest break on the calls

      • Mickey Scheister

        This. The only strikes called are the ones directly down the middle, unlike the low calls CJ got.

  • JerseyDutch

    First inning, folks. CC will settle down and we’ll score some runs.

    • Hummingbird S.

      How can you say that? He might not get out of the first inning with this command.

      • JerseyDutch

        You’re not seriously suggesting CC will be pulled in the first inning, are you?

  • Tachycardia

    And all the pressure is now on Phil Hughes to win game 2. With Lee in game 3 and Burnett in game 4 we could be looking at an early exit thanks to CC. Start warming up Moseley!

    • Marcus

      LOL, ok guys this is getting ridiculous. It’s the first inning. The *first* inning.

      I’m not saying it’s going to turn out well, but it’s going to turn out *something*, so let’s see what happens before we get too far ahead of ourselves.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Time for CC to get his shit together right the FUCK NOW!!!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Apparently “CC” doesn’t stand for “Command & Control” tonight, AMIRITE?!

  • Dustin Blowsley

    Great job, you fat fuck!

  • Accent Shallow

    What do I have to give to get a Francoeur GIDP?

  • joeytime

    CC is a mess man…. WTF

  • Casper

    The Mute Button… GENIUS!

  • Ray the Anti-Handle

    This announcer needs to check Fangraphs/BB-Ref GB%. He sounds like an idiot.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Well, a double play would be nice. Is it just me or does anyone else wanna shoot these TBS announcers in the face?

  • All Star Carl

    CC has no command. At all. 0.

  • http://www.or.ly JM

    Please get a DP I’m begging of you

  • FuckThatShit

    CC’s getting squeezed, but let’s not kid ourselves: he’s got nothing.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Let them shoot their load this inning and we dominate from here on out.

    • http://www.or.ly JM

      TMI, TMI

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

      How many times I’ve seen an underdog come out of the gate strong and fade in the stretch. I’d say they’re working off emotion early. That never lasts.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Are people seriously freaking out about the series already? Wow.

    • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

      No “wow”, about that. You’re implying surprise.

      This is nothing surprising to see.

    • Greg

      With Cliff Lee looming, the thinking was that we have to win these two games

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I was unaware that this game was over and the Yankees lost already.

      • Mike HC

        We can beat Cliff Lee. The idea that Lee is unbeatable is ridiculous. Especially in NY with Pettitte on the mound.

        • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

          +28

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

        Not really. I think most people were thinking a split would be OK. By the way…Cliff Lee is human.

    • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      The start of the game has been frustrating, but yeah people are freaking out wayyyy to early.

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    The Rangers must yearn for opposing aces, I guess.

    They hit Price well in the first round. Very well.

  • joeytime

    Can we get a FUCKIN call on the outside corner to the righties!!!????

  • Camilo Gerardo

    yea, po has always been too jittery behind the plate for me too

  • Hall and Nokes

    If Francoeur looks at pitches you might have to ask if the game’s rigged.

  • yankwin

    this is a nightmare

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    When the Yankees win in 5, this will just make everyone who said the Yankees have no pitching besides Sabathia look all the more stupid.

    I mean, if they didn’t look dumb enough anyway.

  • ChrisR

    can’t believe all this negative comments against CC For all he has done for Us…

    • JerseyDutch

      I think it’s a bunch of rogue Rangers fans come here to kill our confidence.

    • Greg

      It’s the nature of sports today: What have you done for me lately?

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Really? It’s the same trolls that been here all year

    • YankeesJunkie

      Well he is sucking so he is not getting nice comments, pretty simple. Most people appreciate CC, but don’t appreciate shitty starts like this.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    Prediction: 5 2/3, 4 runs.

    Watch.

    • Marcus

      Sanity. An oasis of calm in a sea of panic. Me likey.

  • YankeesJunkie

    That works.

  • Ivan

    Well im here, that means the yankees are going to be ok…

  • beer boy

    that pitch was right down the middle

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

    At least we know Frenchy still sucks

  • Nice

    Steinbrenner is turn over in his crypt.

  • brazilian fan

    cmon this guy is matt treanor cc

  • All Star Carl

    Extra rest is no good!

  • yankwin

    get this guy score a run settle the game down a bit and go from there

  • rmd0311

    I knew he was gonna be rough, but it looks ugly. He is all over the place.

  • Kit

    I love how Nelson is totally just hanging out with Robbie at second. Had his arms around him and everything.

  • beer boy

    almost at 40 pitches already

  • Hummingbird S.

    Thankfully Frenchy sucks, that was a hanging slider.

  • http://www.or.ly JM

    These umpires lately…

  • Dustin Blowsley

    CC needs a DP. A double penetration right up his fucking ass.

    • Kit

      There’s already 2 outs. Why would he need a DP now.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      You’re a class act.

  • brazilian fan

    cc doenst have it period

  • pastadivingarod

    did anyone else go to the mute button too?

    • Hobs

      After the Hamilton HR.

  • Accent Shallow

    Walking the backup catcher is tough.

  • Andy

    WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?

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

      I’m guessing it’s the seemingly month long layoff.

  • yankwin

    more balls than strikes wow just wow

  • Tachycardia

    One hit here and the ballgame is over.

  • beer boy

    the fkin strike zone is so small. these umps must have gotten orders from bud selig to fix this game.

    • Greg

      Why would he fix it so that the Rangers would win?

      • beer boy

        trying to drag out the series

  • Greg

    THis is it right here

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    So the guy only calls low strikes then one thats in the zone but low gets called a ball. I don’t understand.

  • bonestock94

    Pitch count is gonna be a big hill to climb tonight.

  • pastadivingarod

    did anyone else go to the mute button too?
    These guys are too excited for the rangers

    • Hughesus Christo

      That’s called “announcing the game.”

  • chu-hi

    sheesh…this is ugly. what’s his pitch count already?

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    Man…

  • Mike HC

    I get the feeling that Joba will see some time tonight at some point.

  • Ivan

    Just stop the bleeding CC.

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    That’s the tamest suit Sager’s worn yet.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    CC!

  • Esteban

    THANK GOD

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    i can’t believe the fucking strike zone differences. CC is not getting the low calls that CJ is getting and it’s only the first fucking inning.

    • http://www.or.ly JM

      I wish umps were consistent.

      • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

        i’m already seeing that high outside pitch to rights being called a strike for CJ and not for CC and CC threw it 3 times in a row.

  • Accent Shallow

    What a way to record the third out! Holy shit.

  • Cy Pettitte

    what a play by Jorgie

  • http://www.or.ly JM

    Break we needed? shut them down pl0x

  • JerseyDutch

    Nice!

  • Alex S

    CC!

  • Kit

    Good play! Nice!

  • Mike HC

    WOW. Caught a huge break

  • All Star Carl

    Nice break for CC

  • brazilian fan

    we are soooooooooooooo f.., back

  • ChrisR

    great job CC and Jorge!

  • YankeesJunkie

    HUGE!!!

  • Ivan

    CC and Posada drew that up…

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    Holy shit. What a lucky bounce.

    TURNING POINT!

  • Sean C

    Thank MO that is over. Finally a bit of luck our way.

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    That was a helluva play, and that fucking brick wall finally helped this team.

    What a break. Let this be the worst inning tonight C.C.

    (he was safe, btw.)

    • Ray the Anti-Handle

      He was out.

    • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

      Hmm, I guess not. Good call.

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

    But I was told the Rangers would win with their baserunning!

  • Reggie C.

    whew…

    thank you brick wall!

  • Slu

    What luck…

  • beer boy

    haha sit on a banana washington u fkin crack head

    • UncleArgyle

      Coke, not crack. RonWash don’t get down like that

    • Esteban

      settle down brah

    • Accent Shallow

      I can’t tell if this is meant to be racist, or merely nonsensical.

  • Mickey Scheister

    We GOT A CALL! YES!

  • Tachycardia

    CC just got very lucky. He didn’t even pitch his way out of it, he got a gift from the ump.

    • bonestock94

      Troll harder

  • Hummingbird S.

    He was out. Nice call by the ump.

  • joeytime

    HE WAS SAFE … damn!

  • Mike HC

    Montero definitely could have done that!

  • UncleArgyle

    I’ll take it, but Jesus Christ CC what the fuck are you doing

  • brazilian fan

    this is 2000 all over again

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      …when we won the WS?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Rangers: 3
    Yankees: 0

    Physics: 1
    Nelson Cruz: 0

  • Casper

    Holy Sh*t I cannot believe THAT is what it took to get the 3rd out of the first inning of the first game of the ALCS

  • Greg

    The Yankees need to score a run THIS INNING to stop momentum

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

      I’m thinking it’s more important for C.C. to have a good inning in the 2nd. The offense will come.

  • JerseyDutch

    Wow, the doom and gloom crowd is out in force tonight.

  • Ace

    Good God. I just saw $160M land awkwardly on that ridiculously good play. Hopefully that’s the spark we needed. Let’s do this.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    That was crazy. Why would you risk it when their ace is struggling to throw strikes to guys who shouldn’t be on playoff rosters?

  • YankeesJunkie

    CC and AJ drew that inning up. Time to go to the vomitorium.

  • C

    Okay, let’s score some runs now.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    Hey guess what – if CC can have a bad outing, so can Cliff Lee!

    Imagine that.

    • Accent Shallow

      Seriously. It’s not like he’s Mike Scott and the Yankees are the ’86 Mets. Have some perspective, people.

      (For one, the Yankees do a lot less coke)

  • MikeD

    Great. The third out is recorded on a wild pitch. That about sums up that less-than-stellar inning.

    CC will be better moving forward. Let’s score some runs here in the second.

  • All Star Carl

    Rally time boys

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Clearly Burnett should have started Game 1.

  • Chris V.

    thank god theres no instant replay in baseball!

  • Alex S

    might have been safe there

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Was Cruz safe? haha.

  • rmd0311

    that was an ugly half inning… real ugly. He can turn it around though.

  • yankwin

    restore order lets go boys

  • Kit

    Alright, CC. Time to settle down and let the guys score some runs for you. C’mon, offense.

  • Eduardo

    Great spark…let’s not go down 1-2-3 top 2nd please.

  • pastadivingarod

    Everyone raise your hand if you went to the Mute button?

    • http://www.or.ly JM

      Lost my remote… =/

  • MikeD

    I’m sure we’ll see some replays upcoming, but it did look like he might be safe. I’ll take it as a positive sign!

    • MikeD

      Replay shows he was out.

  • Nice

    well, it could have been alot worst.

    they really need to pull him if he does this again in the 2nd.

  • Big Daddy

    Had Dave Island been fired, CC would not have given up these runs. Shit coach=shit pitching!

    • Kit

      Seriously dude, who the fuck is Dave Island?

      • MikeD

        He’s referencing a joke from a previous thread…at least I hope he is!

        • Kit

          I don’t think so…

          • MikeD

            You’re probably right since he’s not a regular, at least by his name.

    • Dustin Blowsley

      Is he related to Revis Island, I know he’s black but you never know.

    • JerseyDutch

      No man is an Island.

  • Marcus

    Not to get all “back in the day” on you all, but dial it back to 1996, Game 1 of the World Series. Andy Pettitte doesn’t last 3 innings, Yanks lose 12-1. Then the lose Game 2 4-0. “Boy it looks like it’s over, doesn’t it?” they said.

    It’s the first inning of Game 1. I’ll sit back and watch before stepping to the ledge.

    And with that Cruz cruise to home cut short, the fire has been doused. Time for the Yankee bats.

  • Dustin Blowsley

    How can the people like the Rangers, it’s a team of drunks and junkies. Motherfucking red state pieces of redneck shit.

    • Tachycardia

      Because they’re reformed now. Everyone loves a comeback story, just look at Michael Vick.

    • beer boy

      no shit. fkin druggies.

    • JerseyDutch

      Way to be the bigger man, dude.

      • Kit

        +50.

  • Tachycardia

    We’re gonna have to pound out a win if we’re to salvage the series. With CC throwing so many pitches and looking so erratic who knows how many he’ll give up and I don’t have much faith in Moseley.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      So why did you say warm up Mosely seven times?

  • UncleArgyle

    Ok time for the Offense to produce some positive vibes, otherwise known as “Runs”

  • Esteban

    And he was OUT. Umps are great haha

  • Mike HC

    Cruz was definitely out. Great call by ump.

  • Sean C

    Alright, everyone on the ledge, step away from it. Either direction works. Just chill out. We’ve got plenty of time.

    • ShuutoHeat

      I don’t know man, if they’re on the ledge already we should help them and push them off.

    • MikeD

      Do we get to select which ones take one step forward?

      • Sean C

        They should know who they are, haha.

  • bonestock94

    Big /= not agile

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Cruz’s front foot never touched the plate.

  • LGY

    It wasn’t even close when you considered the front leg didn’t even touch the plate >_<

  • Eduardo

    Maybe the SAP announcers get more excited when the Yankees do well?

  • Esteban

    This is getting ridiculous. Where was that call for CC?

  • pastadivingarod

    Looks like we have two strike zones tonight boys

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Wow, nice job ump in calling 2 different zones.

  • http://www.or.ly JM

    Not the way to bounce back

    • Kit

      Give it time. It’s the first time through the order.

    • Mike HC

      We don’t have to get it all back in one batter.

  • Kit

    Hey Alex, you’re overdue for a couple of HR’s, you know, but I’d prefer them with runners on base. Thanks.

  • Esteban

    OMG, a called ball for CJ!!!!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Wow, nice catch by Andrus there. Definitely thought that was falling in.

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

    So, absolutely nothing is going the Yankees way right now. Not the way you want to open a series.

  • Esteban

    I hate the Rangers already.

  • joeytime

    Can someone tell me how texas is loose and cool?

    • Greg

      They’re at home. They’re the underdog.

    • Kit

      Read every ALCS related article between Tuesday and now.

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

      They have one of those idiotic, small town gimmicks to sell t-shirts. That’s how you know.

  • Greg

    Wonderful play by Andrus

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    Wow, nice catch.

  • Dustin Blowsley

    Ernie Johnson’s jizz is probably on Ron Darling’s pants. Calm the fuck down assholes.

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

      I’m listening to the radio right now…wasn’t aware the same assholes were in the TV booth.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Excellent dive by Nelson Cruz.

  • beer boy

    that play isnt special.

  • http://www.or.ly JM

    That was… unnecessary

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

    Who would you trust more in a start for your team? Sabathia or Wilson? Think about it, then wonder if the Yankees can come back. The Texas adrenaline rush will wear off and the Yanks will have their chance to pounce. Especially against the guy who led the league in walks.

    • Greg

      Not if the ump has an inconsistent strike zone

      • C

        The ump isn’t the reason CC pitched the way he did in the 1st. The guy had no idea where the ball was going.

    • Esteban

      Mr. Sparkle FTW

    • Tachycardia

      Right now I trust Wilson. CC has just looked awful while CJ has quickly disposed of our top 6 hitters.

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

        Second trip through the order, he’ll start walking guys as long as the Yanks are patient with him.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    That call CC didn’t get. Come on.

  • joeytime

    WOW a call on the outside for cj vs thames BS

  • kunaldo

    still not worried.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      +that

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    I was out for a little. Sup? We’re doomed? Okay cool.

    • beer boy

      were getting beat by tweakers and rapists

      • Esteban

        Wow that’s one way to put it.

      • Sean C

        Yikes. Take it easy there.

    • Esteban

      Cyanide pills have already been passed out, you missed them.

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      no, no, not doomed,

      DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!!!!!!!

    • JerseyDutch

      Apparently we suck and have no chance.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Just keep hitting the ball hard and the Yanks will score their runs.

  • http://www.or.ly JM

    . . .

  • Hummingbird S.

    CJ Wilson looks sharp with great command and CC looks terrible with no command. Not what one would expect.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Kruk predicted it spot on.

      (not)

  • Dustin Blowsley

    Not our night. We can’t win if the umpires our fucking our asses. Fuck you Bud Selig. I hope your wife gets raped.

    • Mike HC

      It ain’t the umps fault we are getting beat right now. But there is still plenty of time to comeback.

      • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

        this is almost blatant…that high outside pitch to righties.

    • bonestock94

      Intense

    • beer boy

      george bush paid selig

    • claybeez

      R U kidding me? This is ridiculous. Grow up.

    • Accent Shallow

      I look forward to urinating on Selig’s grave, but come on.

      Show some class.

  • Mike

    Hey ump! Can CC get the outside corner too!?!?

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      just said this up top:

      i’m already seeing that high outside pitch to rights being called a strike for CJ and not for CC and CC threw it 3 times in a row.

  • pastadivingarod

    Two strike zones is bullshit. MLB wants the Rangers in this series

    • Greg

      WHY? Yankees would give them better ratings

  • Mickey Scheister

    Yankees got this! The game is still young, and CJ will be HUNG by inning 6!

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    Texas is an irritating team.

    Then again, so are/were the Rays.

  • UncleArgyle

    Oh Good, a 10 pitch inning. That should have given CC enough time to regroup. guh. Ok Big Man hold em at 3

  • Dustin Blowsley

    If there is a God, the home plate ump will die tonight.

    • claybeez

      Stop it. Just STOP.

    • beer boy

      ump is just doing what his boss tells him to do. bud selig is the culprit.

  • Esteban

    Olney says CJ Wilson is in complete command after 2 innings.

    • Greg

      And Buster Olney’s a Yankee guy

      • Esteban

        He was their beat writer for a while, but he’s no Yankees fan.

  • pastadivingarod

    TBS Anouncers Blow!

    • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

      That’s why you mute them.

    • Mickey Scheister

      A stiff boily one!

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      I wish Hawk Harrelson was in the booth.

      • MikeD

        Well, since he won’t have the White Sox to root for, he might not be that bad compared to…

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    We came back from 5-0 against Lee folks.

    • Esteban

      no game’s over, that’s unpossible.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    I’ve never seen CC this out of whack. He can’t seem to throw anything for a strike.

    • bonestock94

      He’s had bad games, just not this inconveniently timed. If we can get a quality start out of him I’ll be thrilled.

    • All Star Carl

      pitched what twice in 16 days? Not good.

  • Pat D

    About 6 Phillies fans around me who are relentlessly cheering for teh Rangers.

    This is why I will kill myself should the Yankees lose to the Phillies in the World Series.

    • JerseyDutch

      Do they have ash-gray faces and say “brains!” all the time?

      • Pat D

        Close.

  • Mickey Scheister

    These are supposed to be the best of the best umps….amazing.

    • Pat D

      They’re humans, not robots!

      • Mickey Scheister

        I’m human too and I’m pretty damn good at my job.

        • Pat D

          Sarcasm.

    • ShuutoHeat

      Angel Hernandez is part of the so called “best” crew.

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

      Umm…isn’t Angel Hernandez on this crew? ‘Nuff said.

    • Kit

      Hernandez is on the crew. When I heard, I literally groaned.

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      They don’t pick the best umps. They alternate who gets to do the post season so all the umps get more $$$.

  • dkla

    dig deep cc

    you got this, big man

  • ShuutoHeat

    Cantu do anything right?!!!

    /crappy pun

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Hiyoooooo

  • Camilo Gerardo

    omg, andrus has 0 power.

  • Mickey Scheister

    OMG…a called strike!

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

    Well we were down 0-3 to the Twins in game 1 and we know we lost that series so I guess it’s all over.

    • Greg

      These aren’t the Twins, man

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

        Oh yeah, they’re soooooo much better, I forgot.

        • Greg

          Yes they are.
          Twins are a good regular season team, not a postseason team
          With Cliff Lee and that offense, they are much better than the Twins.

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

            “that offense” isn’t that much better than the ones the Twins rolled out there. And we’re the mother fucking Yankees.

            • Greg

              Uh yes it is. More power spread through out the lineup.
              The Twins single you to death. The Rangers homer you to death.

          • Kit

            You’re talking about a team that has never been to the ALCS before as being better?

            • Greg

              I didn’t say they were better than the Yanks. I said they’re better than the Twins

              • Kit

                And you’d be wrong, because their total offensive numbers are very, very similar.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        These are the Yankees, man.

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

      But they had Liriano and Pavano.

      /sarcasm

    • Esteban

      Yea, I’ve already turned off the game. What’s the point of watching the rest of the game or series? Stick a fork in them. I mean it’s already the 2nd inning of Game 1.

  • pastadivingarod

    Seriously what do we pay Dave Eiland for?

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    Don’t tease us and call that strike once

  • Hall and Nokes

    Can hardly blame Andrus for starting towards first there.

  • Kit

    I didn’t want to say this but I am literally embarassed by some of the things some of you are saying here. Just because some of the Rangers have past issues with drugs does not make it okay for you to attack them. It’s a game. It’s frustrating right now, but there’s plenty of time left. Grow up.

    • Pat D

      Self-loathing Yankee fan, eh?

      /kidding I agree with you’d

      • Kit

        It’s just really embarrassing to hear the “CC SUCKS TONIGHT, BLAH BLAH BLAH, HAMILTON IS A COKE HEAD, BLAH BLAH BLAH,” and know that we cheer for the same team. I’m not saying we have to agree on everything, but please, have some common decency to not attack other people.

        • Pat D

          The wonderful world of the Internet.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Yep. I was just reading this thread and some people here are really embarrassing themselves.

    • JerseyDutch

      I thought I was on a Mets board for a while.

  • Sean C

    Tex, you are the man.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Nice play.

  • Mike HC

    If Jorge would just set up a little further outside, those pitches would look a lot more like strikes. Jorge is constantly reaching across his body to catch those pitches just on/off the corner.

  • chu-hi

    nice play!

  • Camilo Gerardo

    zomg, an out! and a strike one

  • UncleArgyle

    An average defense first base man catches that on the fly. Texeria has such limited range

    /URZ’d

    • UncleArgyle

      (UZR’d I meant)

  • Ray the Anti-Handle

    Did he just call that a changeup? O_o

  • Accent Shallow

    What’s that? CC Sabathia doesn’t suck?

    Imagine that.

  • Cy Pettitte

    good bounce back inning

    LET’S GET SOME RUNS

  • Esteban

    CC sucks! The Yankees are doooooooomed!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    That’s more like it, Mr. Wayne Sabathia.

    • tom

      mind meld

  • tom

    more like it.

  • All Star Carl

    Let’s go Yankees!

    Get some runs on the board!

  • YankeesJunkie

    Okay, that was much better. Time for the bottom of the circle to start the merry go round.

  • bonestock94

    We got a rhythm now. Time to wake up the lumber!

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    1-2-3 inning. THAT’S what an ace does. Has an awful inning, then comes back and shuts em down.

    • UncleArgyle

      He still doesn’t seem to have much control, but an improvement non the less. 5 more of those and we’ll be in good shape

  • ShuutoHeat

    CC holding it down!

  • dkla

    the universe feels back in place

    let’s start wearing down wilson…

  • joeytime

    SNAP BACK TO REALITY YANKS!!!!!

  • MikeD

    Improvement. I’m not looking for a “typical” CC bad game. 7 IP and three runs! Let’s score.

    • MikeD

      Small typo. I meant I’m “now” looking for a typical CC bad game, which is 7 IP and three runs.

  • chu-hi

    cc getting his groove on.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Perfect game / no hitter / shutout still in tact.

  • Sean C

    CC looked better that inning. Still, not himself, but moving in the right direction.

  • claybeez

    There was a time the Doom & Gloomers were at a minimum here. Seems they’ve climbed the gates. For shame.

    • JerseyDutch

      They come out of the woodwork, don’t they?

      • claybeez

        Gets worse and worse each year. I left the Banter game threads years ago, because a couple cam in and ate up all the space. I thought it’d be safe here.

    • Esteban

      They come any time the Yankees are losing. It’s inevitable.

  • JerseyDutch

    Thank goodness for John Sterling and 880 AM. TBS, you are muted!

  • MikeD

    So how do we get TBS to put up a damn pitch count? They have a large box showing the supposed strike zone, but they can’t include a pitch count?

    • tom

      I think we’ve all come to rely on that from YES. Eventually I bet everyone starts using it

      • MikeD

        I caught the last few minutes of Francesa’s show when I turned on YES, and he mentioned that he thought the production values and the look and feel of Yankee games on YES was better than any national TV broadcast. He wasn’t talking about the announcers, but the production. Never thought about it, but he’s right. The pitch count is just one small thing they provide others don’t.

  • JeffG

    CC – his body is late coming down the hill… last two ABs to Andrus and Young a getting better.

    By late… his arm is going to much before he’s landed.

  • Steve

    no ranting and raving that the pitch to young was way inside? No wishing for the umps death anymore?

  • Mickey Scheister

    We got a bad call in our favor, yeeeeaaa! Here it is…chip away a run at a time!

  • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    If CC can get the Yankees to the 6th after those 2 innings, then the Yankees are good to go as long as they can chip back at the score.

  • beer boy

    time to take more meth!!! -rangers

  • All Star Carl

    So Wilson thinks he’s Cliff. Touching the pine tar on the back of his hat?

    • beer boy

      they’re using every cheat in the book: paying the ump, drugs, pinetar like you said. fk these guys.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Things I’ve learned tonight: Ernie Johnson cannot pronounce “Andrus” properly.

    • JerseyDutch

      Good question. Is it “Andrews” or “An-Druss”?

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I would say the latter.

      • ShuutoHeat

        It is pronounced “Guy-with-0-power”.

  • Accent Shallow

    Platoon Granderson!

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    CURTIS!!!!

  • JerseyDutch

    Bye bye, no-no.

  • Cy Pettitte

    my man c-grand

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

    My man, C-grand. Cured!

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    Heh Curtis against a lefty for the first hit of the game.

  • Hummingbird S.

    a hit!

  • tom

    If only Curtis could hit lefties

  • Mickey Scheister

    Steal!!!!!!!!!

  • Esteban

    They broke up the perfect game!!!! The Yankees might yet not be out of it.

  • YankeesJunkie

    The Grandy Man can.

  • ShuutoHeat

    GRANDY CANT HIT LHP!!!!

    /word on the street

    • UncleArgyle

      Well, Granderson really couldn’t hit lefties. But now, thanks to Kevin Long, it looks like he can.

  • Jonathan

    Granderson is going to hit .350 with 50 bombs next year if he keeps this up.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Grittsky time!

  • Esteban

    Gerry Davis is HORRIBLE. It’s not any better when he misses calls for the Rangers.

    • badadvice

      I agree, its like he’s at another game calling balls and strikes.

      HORRIBLE BOTH WAYS NOW

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Yo, Brett, step into that one!

  • claybeez

    Any predictions on C.J.’s 30 pitch inning? I’m thinking the 5th.

    • bonestock94

      3rd

  • bonestock94

    Nice, here we go.

  • ShuutoHeat

    The zone taketh away what the zone giveth…

    /something like that

  • Ray the Anti-Handle

    Time for Wilson to unravel?

  • Sean C

    Squeezing Wilson now, awesome.

    • Hall and Nokes

      That should at least get people to notice how tight the zone is.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Rally?

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    brett sure can take a walk.

  • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Getting some nice calls for Gardner. Of course, people who hate the Yankees will completely ignore the fact that CC was getting squeezed the first innings as well.

  • kunaldo

    double steal! (ikid)

  • chu-hi

    here we go…

  • UncleArgyle

    Good eye gardy. Time for a Jeterian moment

    • UncleArgyle

      sigh

  • Mike HC

    And this is why the Yanks are so uniquely dangerous. The lineup never ends.

  • Sean C

    Jeter, it is time to do something Jeterian.

    • Sean C

      Damn.

  • Cy Pettitte

    BG walk, time for a clutch Jeterian gapper

  • bonestock94

    <—- Praying to the no double play gods

  • Greg

    Ok we got something going now.
    No DP Jeter

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Thanks, Derek.

  • All Star Carl

    Really Jeter? Damn man.

  • Tachycardia

    “You wanna kill this rally as soon as possible” Thanks for obliging Jeter.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Derek, that was a bit deflating.

  • MikeD

    Our lefties are getting on base. Now let’s see if one of our righties can join in here.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Three lead off hitters in a row, then modern day murders row?

  • Jonathan

    WOW DEREK….that’s disgusting after walking the 9 hole.

  • Hummingbird S.

    a wild pitcher walks Gardner on 5 pitches and fucking Derek Jeter gives him an easy out on the first pitch.. amazing.

    • Mike HC

      It was a good pitch to hit. You would have preferred him passing up on maybe the best pitch he will see in the at bat and start 0-1? I get its frustrating he didn’t get a hit, but come on.

      • V

        Yes.

  • beer boy

    gj jeter lol

  • Cy Pettitte

    ok, at least give us something Swisherian

  • It’sATarp

    wow jeter…

  • Ivan

    Seriously, this not smart hitting their. The guy lead the AL in BB’s and he just BB a batter, make him throw strikes jeez.

  • kunaldo

    i think scoring just 1 now would be nice. although upping the pitch count is nice

    • kunaldo

      then again, he’s only thrown 36…crap

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

    Great approach there from the veteran.

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    yeay!

  • YankeesJunkie

    ….

  • Mickey Scheister

    FUCK!

  • beer boy

    fail

  • Kit

    C’mon, guys.

  • UncleArgyle

    wow what a wasted opportunity

  • All Star Carl

    So bad.

  • Hummingbird S.

    yay for not being able to hit with RISP

  • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    DAMN

  • chu-hi

    ugh…

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    That was really frustrating.

  • Greg

    I blame Derek Jeter for that inning. Guy leads the AL in walks and you swing at the first pitch

  • Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven’t register /too lazy

    Jesus, Can we take a fucking pitch, Jeter?

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

    CC can’t pitch/is fat, A-rod sucks, RISP fail, I think we’ve covered all the bases from the doomsayers.

    • JerseyDutch

      Fire Girardi! Forgot one.

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

        Damn, true.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      you forgot jeter is washed up.

    • Kit

      You forgot “This team sucks if you can’t even get a hit off coke heads!”

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      But Posada sucks lol whatevs.

      • JerseyDutch

        MOST OVERRATED PLAYER IN BASEBALL!!

    • Sean C

      BRING IN MOSELEY!!!1!!!!11!1!!!

      /fixed

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

        lol yeah, give up in the 1st inning, always a sound strategy.

  • JDDZip

    Settle down, its the 3rd inning

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    This thread is fucking unreadable. I’ll be back later.

  • V

    So, uh, I guess the Yankees’ hitters never got the memo that Wilson walks a lot of guys, and you have to take a few pitches to get walks.

  • dkla

    why is the cialis logo two people in side-by-side bathtubs?

    • YankeesJunkie

      Because showing them having wild, crazy, teenage like sex would be inappropriate.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        But shouldn’t they both be in the same tub?

        • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

          that’s blasphemous.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      they’re both getting wet.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    0-2 –> 4-2!!!

  • All Star Carl

    What an embarrassing pitch sequence. He couldn’t even touch the fastball again.

    • bonestock94

      He looks very embarrassed.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        So’s your face!

        /I’m 12’d

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

      Carl, you know, most of your analysis would be okay if you didn’t refer to everything as embarrassing or pathetic.

      • Sean C

        But it would be a much less dramatic analysis.

      • Esteban

        You’re embarrassing AND pathetic

        /juvenile’d and kidding

  • V

    Wow. 0-2 to four pitches not even close. Ouch.

  • Ray the Anti-Handle

    Oof, CC. Get that command back.

  • Mickey Scheister

    I think Vladdy knows what to do with a pitch down the middle u dumb fuck!

    • YankeesJunkie

      Even Franceour knows what to do with a FB down the middle.

    • Mickey Scheister

      Or maybe not

  • Hall and Nokes

    Always read the ump threads:

    Ross in Jersey says:
    October 14, 2010 at 3:49 pm
    I posted this link on twitter awhile ago that basically says Gerry Davis had the smallest strike zone in the majors in 2007.
    http://www.hardballtimes.com/m…..their-own/

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

      Yeah, its not particularly close either. At least he’s been kinda consistent according to Brooks

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    two 0-2 to 3-2 counts.

  • V

    61 pitches, 0 outs in the 3rd. You have to get a long man up soon.

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    While the zone has been bad for this game. CC’s approach is just terrible.

    • V

      He doesn’t have an approach. He can’t throw the ball within five feet of his target right now.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    Terrible throw, he should have been out.

    but I guess it’s cause posada sucks lol whatevs.

  • beer boy

    what a throw by posada!

  • V

    Wow. And Montero’s the one with defense issues?

    • Esteban

      Jorge Posada’s poor defensive abilities doesn’t make Montero good. I mean, have you seen Montero in person to compare the two? There are very few if any scouts who think Montero can be a catcher at the MLB level right now.

  • Andy

    Haha this is a joke

    • JerseyDutch

      Only if you have a sick sense of humor.

  • Tachycardia

    If that run scores from 3rd this game might be over.

    • Sean C

      Games end after three innings?

    • Marcus

      No, it’s only the 3rd inning, with 1 out. So we still have the requisite 5+ innings to go, regardless of that runner on 3rd.

    • Esteban

      Chill out brochacho.

    • tom

      you are an idiot

  • Hummingbird S.

    what a choke job by CC

  • UncleArgyle

    Jesus, Time to think about yanking CC. We might need him in game 4 on short rest

    • bonestock94

      Stretch him out, it seems like lack of activity is the problem.

  • bonestock94

    That bobble helped.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Bringing the IF in WORKED?!

  • Esteban

    There you go Alex.

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

    Hahah of course, now the Posada hatred. You can’t make it up. Can someone say Girardi should be fired so we really cover everything?

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      YOU SHOULD BE FIRED!!!!!!!! AHHHHH LKJASD;FLKJ

    • JerseyDutch

      Fire Dave “Island”!

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Nice play staying with it, Alex.

  • Gonzo

    Hey, it could always be worse. The Twins could have won the series.

  • Jonathan

    way to be Alex…Ken Caminiti style….without the Coke and roid rage.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Nice.

  • Big Daddy

    Take out CC Fatbastia and put in Andy, or someone who knows how to pitch.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Dumbest. Comment. Ever.

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

      Oh I’m totally saving this one.

    • ShuutoHeat

      CC Fatbastia, really? Did your daddy teach you that? Or did you think of that yourself?

    • Marcus

      This must be a satire of some sort…right?

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        Let’s ask Ian Hislop…

        Ian: “Nope…”

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      joke?

    • JerseyDutch

      Dude, can I get an ounce of whatever it is you’re smoking?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      a. That’s not even funny
      b. CC’s a better pitcher than Andy.

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    man..this ump sucks…pitch is in the same place, called a ball.

    • Mike HC

      Again, Jorge is receiving these pitches like shit. It looks like it was far lower in the zone the way Jorge catches them.

      • MikeD

        I didn’t realize we had a scout on the board. Call up the Yankees.

        • Mike HC

          You don’t have to be a scout. All you need is a couple of working eyes.

      • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

        ump should be calling pitches, not where the catcher catches it. no excuse.

        • Esteban

          but unfortunately, that’s not how things work.

          • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

            i want robots!!!

        • Mike HC

          its not that easy. All the complaining about the umps is getting old.

          • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

            so are mustaches…

  • Esteban

    DOOOOOMED I TELL YOU DOOOOOOMED

  • Mike HC

    We are lucky to only be down 3-0. We can make this up.

  • Marcus

    Wow, on Gameday the 1st and 2nd pitches are in nearly identical locations. 1 is a stike, 2 is a ball. Oooo-k…

    • Sean C

      I’m looking forward to the Pitchfx of this game. It should be interesting.

  • bonestock94

    We need fucking bats lets go

  • Mickey Scheister

    Tex, A-Rod, Cano….back to back to back jacks!!!

    /i can dream

  • nathan

    Well, everything that can go well for texas has gone right.

    Time to return to normalcy.

    Very confident of a 7-5 win today

    • Mike HC

      I wouldn’t call getting thrown out at home and leaving a runner on third with one out stranded there, everything going right.

  • Jonathan

    this reminds me of so many games were the other team comes out huge..and we can’t buy a hit…and it’s like 4 or 5 to nothing in the 6th or 7th and then bam, monster comeback. I hope that’s how it ends. Wilson is not unhittable tonight

    • UncleArgyle

      I sorta get that sense too.

      /Trying to be optimisic’d

  • Hall and Nokes

    Whatever. Should be 2-0 at worst. CC just threw a pretty solid inning, if he’s not going to get the inside strike to Hamilton, he really shouldn’t be throwing strikes at all, not with the bases empty.

  • Esteban

    Is there a way to start a write in campaign to getting Glory Daze canceled before it’s ever aired?

    • Frigidevil

      In a world where the Cleveland show can be renewed for a second season before airing a single episode? No.

      • Esteban

        Or the kid from Two and Half Men makes liek $400k an episode. Who watches that show and thinks it’s good?

  • Ray the Anti-Handle

    CC needs a breather. Do your thing, O.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    The big black guy who’s apparently running the frat in that Glory Daze show has a Callahan Auto Parts t-shirt on, obviously from Tommy Boy. Tommy Boy came out in 1995. The show takes place in 1986. Attention to details fail.

    • Accent Shallow

      Callahan Auto Parts was founded by Tommy’s dad.

      • Marcus

        I guess that’s *your* theory.

        Rascals…

  • Esteban

    Young Mark was kind of skinny.

  • bonestock94

    Why do dumb rangers fans resent tex and arod…they were traded away…

    • Jonathan

      maybe because of the great haul they got from trading Soriano in his prime haha

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Everyone hates A-Rod, and apparently it never seemed like Tex ~liked~ Texas or something.

  • Accent Shallow

    So, some runs?

    • JerseyDutch

      I’d settle for some hits.

  • beer boy

    cj wilson has pinetar on his cap

  • Mickey Scheister

    Just off the plate?

  • Ray the Anti-Handle

    It’s not low, it’s not high. IT’S FUCKING INSIDE!

  • All Star Carl

    Man we look so bad

  • V

    Wow. ARod just missed a fastball down the middle.

  • patrick

    I’m not going back through all 800 comments, but doesn’t it seem like the announcers are more enthusiastic tonight than they were at all during the Twins series? It is like they left their cocoon of depression.

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

      EJ basically admitted after the first game that he dropped the ball. He’s been trying harder since..

    • V

      Because the Yankees are losing.

      • bonestock94

        Everyone hates the Yankees, that’s why I love Micheal Kay. Plenty of inane bullshit but at least no hate.

    • JerseyDutch

      Don’t know. I muted those guys and turned on the radio broadcast. I’ll take crazy old John Sterling any day.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      I’m not sure, got too much steam coming out of my ear.

    • MikeD

      Sorry, but that’s insulting to us. You must go and read all 800 comments and file a book report.

      It was obvious to all that they were a little down beat. Maybe it was because the Yankees were winning, but more likely these guys have never worked together before so they’re trying to find a beat. They have production review meetings, so my guess is the producer told them to bring the energy level up. I actually noticed it from game one to game two.

  • Esteban

    Nice AB Robbie.

    • Esteban

      Great AB I should say, after that hit.

    • UncleArgyle

      Hell yeah. first decent AB from a top 5 hitter tonite.

    • tom

      used up Wilson pitches as well. It’s (typically) amazing: the Yanks have done next to nothing offensively, but they’re still making him throw c. 15 pitches an inning

  • Gonzo

    All craziness aside, CC gave up 4 in 6IP to the Twins. Then this. It’s going to be an expensive offseason.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Obviously, he’s terrible

      • Gonzo

        You missed my point. Obviously the Yankees will spend a lot of money to have insurance if CC turns sour next year or any year after that.

    • Gonzo

      That being said. The bats will pick up once they start getting into a groove.

  • Accent Shallow

    Robbie Cano is still pretty good.

  • bonestock94

    He looks damn good but clearly not unhittable

    • beer boy

      he looks like liriano before a banana was shoved up his ass

      • bonestock94

        lol

  • YankeesJunkie

    Good hit by Cano, a HR by Thames would be greatly appreciated.

  • Ray the Anti-Handle

    Good job, Robbie.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Get hot Thames!

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

    Mr. Thames, doing work.

  • Jonathan

    BABIP for Marcus!

  • Esteban

    And so it begins. Strike now Yanks.

  • Accent Shallow

    What’s that? It’s almost like it’s C.J. Wilson, not v.1965 Sandy Koufax pitching.

  • vin

    Come on Jorge.

  • Mickey Scheister

    HIP HIP

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    need a Po moment….not happening.

  • Jonathan

    omg that is so fuckin gay

    • Esteban

      Some people around here are not gonna be happy you used gay as a negative term.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Gay is not an insult, dude.

  • beer boy

    nice try posada, that was hit hard.

  • bonestock94

    Ah jeez, good contact, just needs to be away from the fielder. Confidence level rising…

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

    Figures… another line drive out with runners on. BABIP will correct in time. Just like off Pavano.

    • All Star Carl

      I pray you’re right.

  • Esteban

    Grr. Ahh it’s ok they’re getting to CJ now. It’s only a matter of time before they break through.

  • V

    Well, that was a good swing. FML

  • http://twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    POSada

    Bring up Monteroooo!

    /sarcasm’d

  • Hummingbird S.

    it’s like they are not allowed to hit when there’s a runner in scoring position.

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

      Yeah, god, it’s the 4th inning of game 1! What a bunch of CHOKERS!

  • All Star Carl

    left 2 on again.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    Who else saw that chick in the stands with a Texas Teixeira jersey and a giant X taped over the back?

    …seriously?

    • Marcus

      Too cheap to buy a new one.

    • UncleArgyle

      I caught that. Geigh. mad geigh

    • Sean C

      I remember reading a comment on ESPN about how Granderson “sold out” by going to the Yankees for more money. I guess that’s what I get for looking at comments on ESPN boards.

  • mbonzo

    Balls being hit hard at least!
    Lets try this optimism thing.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      positive posse..gear up.

      • Esteban

        Pass out the reserve bayonets

  • Greg

    If only we switched Grandy and Posada in the lineup

    • JDDZip

      if CJ takes it into the 8th, we may be screwed. But guess we’ll see what happens its a shame we could’t get at least 1 in the past 2 innings

    • MikeD

      You’re getting weaker Greg.

  • tom

    can’t always direct the ball. can only hit it hard

    it will come

  • UncleArgyle

    at least the O is showing a pulse now. CC needs to buckle down and give at least 2-3 more shutout innings

    /obvious’d

  • MikeD

    We’re getting closer. CC just needs to keep it right where it is.

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      CC can pitch so well that they have to take runs off the board for the rangers.

  • Ray the Anti-Handle

    Ahh, Frenchy. Thanks for the easy out.

  • Adam P

    Need a new thread asap.

  • badadvice

    CC needs to pitch game 4 and 7 if needed

  • joeytime

    Freakin Pie traynors son just got a hit….. god guys when are we going to put a rally together???

  • Adam P

    Pitch 5 was a ball?????

  • joeytime

    Jorge Cantus cheeks look like freddie Krugers cheeks!! EWWWW!

  • mbonzo

    I just killed a huge-ass spider. Maybe this will bring us good luck.

    • Accent Shallow

      I moved the hyphen one word over. Get into it.

    • JerseyDutch

      Did it have antlers?

    • MikeD

      Didn’t work. Maybe that was the spider of good luck. Try CPR quickly.

  • Pat D

    So the Phillies fans clap when the Rangers do something good. My fellow Yankees fans are trying to outdo them now.

    I have my backs turned to all of them and to the TV’s, so I can’t tell who’s doing what.

    All I know is that it’s annoying as shit.

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

      Shows they’re scared of facing the Yankees. As they should be.

      • Pat D

        I know that. I told them that. Needless to say they won’t admit it.

    • MikeD

      Where are you that there are Philly fans around?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    CC will get through six.

  • joeytime

    I just shaved off my beard after the 1st inning for good luck… keep the good luck coming guys!!

  • Esteban

    Ahh that’s about as far as Andrus can hit it.

    • Ray the Anti-Handle

      IETC

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    they need a babip correction. bastards.

  • All Star Carl

    2 BS hits man.

  • vin

    Big fella can’t catch a break.

  • Kit

    C’mon, Luck. You’re on the wrong side right now.

  • Esteban

    FUCKKKKKKKKK

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    fuck balls.

  • joeytime

    you gotta be fucking kidding me CC wtf is your issue??

  • Tachycardia

    Ballgame. Way to go CC, our supposed true ace. The whole series rests on Phil tomorrow.

    • tom

      you are, once more, an idiot

    • mbonzo

      Just to let you know, its a 7 game series, not a 3.

      • Greg

        Not with Cliff Lee

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          You know how CC had this outing? Cliff Lee’s capable of this too. Yep, he really is!

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

      Amazing how you disappeared and showed up again now. Go back to NYYfans.

  • Greg

    That’s game

  • tom

    CC’s eerily echoing Hughes/Red Sox from June — going to strike two on almost everybody, failing to nail it shut.

    Not helped by an umpire who seems to demand strike four.

  • All Star Carl

    And that could be your ball game.

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

    Ah good, the knockout punch with 2 outs. Of course.

  • chu-hi

    that’s a big uh oh.

  • mbonzo

    We need a new goodluck thread… this isn’t working.

    • kunaldo

      what he said.

  • Ace

    Nolan Ryan just pissed in his Depends.

  • Kit

    It’s five fucking runs, you guys. If you have no faith in this team, stop cheering for them.

    • V

      Are you watching the same game I am? Sabathia has nothing. He is going to give up more than 5 in this game.

    • Pat D

      It is difficult to come back from 5 runs in 5 innings.

      • Kit

        I get that, but they’ve come back before. If you have no faith whatsoever, then it’s best to just not cheer for the team from the get go.

        • Slappy White

          But Kit, We’re facing a pitcher thats never had one drop of alcohol…..not ONE drop !

          • Kit

            That’s so fucking true, Slappy. We’re so doomed ’cause people can’t attack him for doing drugs.

            • Slappy White

              And he’s a good influence on that drug addict Josh Hamilton. You know they gave each other a celebratory ginger ale bath to celebrate the ALDS win

        • Pat D

          Hey, again, I’m with you, but there is a difference between being negative for that sake alone and being pessimistic about their remaining chances tonight.

          Trouble is too many people here are the former.

    • JDDZip

      The problem is, it will probably end up being more then 5

    • bonestock94

      Oh god get off it already.

      • Kit

        I don’t listen to bridge jumpers or naysayers, so you get off it.

        • bonestock94

          Both extremes are very annoying

          • Kit

            You don’t fall in the middle, so please stop pretending you do. You’re not fooling anybody.

            • bonestock94

              Yea, you won’t find any positive posts by me.

              • Kit

                I won’t look either, so seriously, your sense of some superiority is wasted on someone who frankly, doesn’t really give a fuck about your comments or opinions. And now I’m done.

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

      Overreacting is bad, but thinking that it will be very tough to win this game isn’t exactly pessimism either.

      • Kit

        I’m not saying be completely optimistic either, I’m just saying, if you’re giving up now there’s no point in watching the game to begin with. Just go somewhere else. There’s a few innings left. They’ve come back from worse.

  • V

    And that’s the ballgame. Let CC go 140 pitches, see if he’s better in game 5 (if we get there).

    • kunaldo

      no.

  • joeytime

    and that folks is how you hit with risp and 2 outs…. please take note jorge jeter and swish….

    • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

      I know!!!! it’s so easy!!!

  • YankeesJunkie

    Not good, not good. Yanks are going to have a tough time coming back. Not doom and gloom just realistic, need to scores runs within next two innings and make it close.

  • beer boy

    take CC out. its game over.

  • bonestock94

    Hopes aren’t too high for game 1 anymore. 7 game series, fuck it.

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    man..this is a tough night…we need a huge HUGE comeback and we can do it. we just need to start now.

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

    I’m not seeing this one. Gotta hope Andy has his good stuff in game three.

  • JDDZip

    Hopefully we can go back to NY 1-1

    • nathan

      Why do u wanna lose tomorrow

      • bonestock94

        I like this guy

  • nathan

    Glad to see Ernie has found his voice.

    Low strikes are not for Yanks i guess.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Fuck you George Bush!

    • JM

      That’s my sign to turn the channel.

    • tom

      “no poliitcs” rule here.

      (But I’m with you)

  • vin

    LOL @ Ernie Johnson saying “some habits are hard to break” when talking about Ron Washington.

    • Accent Shallow

      Getting crap past the censors.

    • Pat D

      Yea, a better choice of words was needed there.

  • Esteban

    Yo Ron Washington looks like he’s on that white girl

  • JM

    I think that’s it for me. CC just doesn’t have it. I’ll check back later before I have a heartattack. I thought this was the one they could win on the road. Oh well.

  • Sean C

    But is this lead Joba proof. Wait, what?

  • Tachycardia

    I would take CC out after this inning so he could come back in game 4. Series rests on Phil tomorrow. We just have to hope Andy can be our true ace in game 3.

  • bobtaco

    Great, Joba on 32 days rest…

    • Ace

      LOL. That can’t be true can it?

  • Gonzo

    Anyone else getting the 2002 Angels flashback? I am not a doom and gloom guy, but the 8th and 9th guys just flared weak hits. Remember when the Angels would hit pitches no where near the strike zone for hits?

    • vin

      I do remember. I always thought the Yankee pitchers didn’t pitch poorly in that series (although the stats are horrific) – the Angels’ bats were just incredible.

      And no, I’m not getting flashbacks.

    • tom

      Actually, the Yankees came back (in dramatic fashion) and won game one against the Angels in ’02. So, no — not seeing much analogy

      • Gonzo

        I didn’t mean game for game. I meant general feel. Like the Rangers’ bats will not be retired easily.

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

          How do you get that feeling from less than one game?

  • V

    Wtg Posada. Glad you’re there man.

  • Captain Jack

    I guess Cliff Lee is staying in Texas too.

    • Gonzo

      Go Nats!

  • beer boy

    cant do anything right

  • Accent Shallow

    Joba now the longman?

    Yeesh.

  • JFH

    its not over. but, so far this is like eating a big sh*t sandwich.

    • JM

      that would taste better

  • vin

    This big lead might work against the Rangers long-term. Girardi can take CC out a little early and let him start in game 4.

    /trying to be optimistic’d

  • JDDZip

    Phil Hughes!

  • Tachycardia

    I think some of you are forgetting that Texas actually has an ace who can shut down a lineup. He has shut us down before in the playoffs and this year. It’s just a shame we don’t have that ace. A lot of pressure on Phil tomorrow.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      And I think you’re forgetting that the Yankees could easily score 7 runs in the next half inning. The game isn’t over yet.

    • Esteban

      Game 5 of the WS last year the Yankees scored 5 runs off Cliff Lee. FIVE

      • Greg

        Didn’t we lose that game?

        • Ray the Anti-Handle

          Because AJ sucked worse than Lee. That doesn’t absolve Lee from his bad pitching that night.

      • Mike Pop

        Yeah, but we don’t have Damon.

        #joke

      • Captain Jack

        After he completely buttfucked them in Game 1…yeah, go ahead and ignore that one.

        • Ray the Anti-Handle

          Hi, I want you to meet my friend the Strawman.

    • Greg

      And if we lose this series, we probably lose Cliff Lee too. He has said if the Rangers go deep into the postseason he will stay in Texas

      • Esteban

        and Johnny Damon will never play for the Yankees too right? Money > everything else for 90% of players.

      • beer boy

        im sure thats a load of shit. he will go to the team that will pay him the most $$$.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED in 2011

        • Greg

          No I didn’t say that

    • tom

      I’m begging you: STFU or leave. You’re not a fan. You’re Eeyore

      • perplex

        haha..well said.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      We have one, his name is CC Sabathia, he just didn’t have it tonight. Like Cliff Lee might not have it on Monday or whenever. Just get off the fucking ledge already.

      • Captain Jack

        Yeah, that’s not happening with Cliff Lee…which is why he was worth Jesus Montero.

    • kunaldo

      did you really just say we don’t have an ace?

    • Ray the Anti-Handle

      Oh, you mean the same ace that choked a pretty good lead against the Yankees during the season?

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

      We don’t have that Ace?

      He’s pitched one meh game and one bad game, and he’s not an Ace?

      Your logica is atrocious. I suppose if Lee shits the bed next start, he’s not an Ace, right?

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      We have an Ace that can shut down another team. He’s just pitched twice in the entire month of October. So he’s a little rusty.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    This game reminds me of a certain other game CC pitched last year in a series that ended up okay for the Yankees.

    /just sayin’d

    • Nice

      which game was that?

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        G1, WS.

  • UncleArgyle

    that was strike 3? I’ll take it. but wow

    • nathan

      looked like makeup for the check swing

    • Ray the Anti-Handle

      That was definitely strike 3. Gameday has it as a sure strike.

  • MikeD

    Down five after four. Really need the bats to come alive here,

  • nathan

    U know u are playing novices when the double gets the claw and moving up on passed ball gets the antler.

    9 innings boys

  • Carlosologist

    So uh CC. Damn. I think we can rebound from this. If not, we’ll have a go at Lewis tomorrow. Hopefully we can beat him and go nuts back in the Bronx.

    (I’m in such a good mood that not even the Yanks losing handily bothers me.)

  • Sean C

    Striking Hamilton out looking might be the highlight of the game so far.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Brutal so far but not insurmountable.

    • UncleArgyle

      It can be done. Would be nice to get at least 1 back this inning

      • Mickey Scheister

        Some sign of life would be great!

    • Captain Jack

      Yeah, this isn’t 2009. Jeter, A-Rod, and Posada are no longer good…they also don’t have a guy like Matsui at DH anymore. Yeah, insurmountable…they aren’t doing shit in this series. I guess YES can just run the 2009 postseason highlights…that’s the only way this team is seeing the series.

      • Mickey Scheister

        It’s game 1 bro! Chill-lax, go rub one out you’ll feel better.

        • Captain Jack

          Best advice I’ve heard all night, you’re alright by me.

      • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

        dude…you’re not a yankee fan. did we lose the WS after losing the first game? no. pull your wedgie out.

        • Captain Jack

          No, but CC at least pitched well and someone told Alex Rodriguez it’s okay to hit homeruns in October…a bit different.

          • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

            Hey, because this game means every game in the future will be the same for CC. and A-rod forgot how to hit homeruns.

      • Esteban

        What are you trying to do with these comments?

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

        O:S.

        Don’t respond to this troll anymore.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        You are fucking awful.

        Feel free to warn me for personal attacks. Needed to be said.

  • Adam P

    Are you joking? This is the Yankees, not the Mets.

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

    Oh yeah, you have a right to call people out after all the garbage you spewed in Game 1 of the ALDS. Get out.

    • Captain Jack

      Still think this team has a chance?

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

        You’re a fucking joke.

  • Ace

    Someone get in touch with Kate Hudson ASAP. A-Rod needs his medicine.

  • claybeez

    Unreal

  • kunaldo

    fuck all the “this game is over” nonsense. we’re close to putting up a 5 spot of our own, i can feel it. joba’s gonna come in and dominate. it’s gonna be epic.

    don’t pessimize, notarize.

    • Esteban

      Word up homie

    • V

      Want to take a $100 bet on that?

    • mbonzo

      Nolan Ryan ordered a million gnats just for this situation.

      • Captain Jack

        It’s Texas, that isn’t hard to find.

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

    *Blink* *Blink*

    Yes, last year’s ALCS MVP has just been called a choker. You’ve read this correctly. As well as an obscene, unnecessary swear word.

    People are morons: Exhibit A.

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

      You are such an asshole dude. Such an asshole.

      And an idiot too. I have no respect for you.

      And you know what? If you don’t respect me, I must be doing something right.

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

    The game isn’t over, it’s one fucking game, Lee isn’t invincible, we won the World Series last year despite losing the first game. Some of you need to calm the fuck down.

    • Kit

      Seriously. And of course, I get attacked for saying essentially the same thing you’re saying.

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

        Don’t let it stop you, Kit. Better than them.

    • Hummingbird S.

      Actually Lee has been the definition of invincible on postseason play. That being said, dropping game 1 isn’t the end of the world.

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

        The Yankees have beaten him before. He’s not a machine.

    • JerseyDutch

      They’re having too much fun trolling us faithful. They’ll be gone when we start bringing it.

      • Captain Jack

        If that happens I will still be here. Unlike the asshole who started tonight I am not a cunt…and forget re-signing Derek Jeter, let him go else where with that garbage. Take next year as a rebuilding year.

  • mbonzo

    Probably not. The chances of the Yankees scoring 5 runs in 5 innings is so low. In fact the umpires might just call the series because a 5 run deficit is impossible to come back from. In fact in fact, they should give the rangers the WS trophy right now because 5 runs is such a big league. In fact in fact in fact, the Yankees should give the Rangers all their WS trophies and agree to never attend a post season again.

    That or maybe the Yankees, the team with the most comeback wins in baseball the last seasons will score some runs off Wilson.

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Texas with a commanding 5-0 lead. Not the start they wanted and a deep hole with the lack of offense tonight.

    • mbonzo

      Agreed but even though they haven’t scored any runs there have been a lot of hard hit balls The game is far from over.

  • JerseyDutch

    Citifield is right across town. I’m sure you’ll be welcome.

  • Adam P

    Mods, new thread now pls!

    • Esteban

      We need a fresh start.

  • All Star Carl

    Grandy came to play.

  • Carlosologist

    Baserunners are good.

  • perplex

    Dont doomsday so early folks…the Rangers have certainly been the better of the two teams.

    I am just curious do scouting reports have something about umpires and strike calls. It seemed in the first inning cc did not get outside pitches but CJ got low calls.

    • MikeD

      It could just be that this umpire calls low strikes but is tighter on pitches outside. That worked to CJ’s advantage but not CC’s. Plus, Sabathia was overall wild, and that usually works against pitchers, even when they do throw pitches on the border.

  • vin

    Bottom of the order = gettin’ shit done.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Yes! Now we have a better chance of a multi-run inning than had Grandy homered.

    /McCarver’d

    • vin

      Was that McCarver? I always assumed it was Morgan who said that.

  • JDDZip

    Its kinda funny you can’t predict baseball at all, everyone assumed the score would be 5-0 us considering it was CC versus CJ.

  • JFH

    win or lose, the series is not over after one game. that said, we can still win this game.

  • Sean C

    Good AB Grandy. I’m not even surprised anymore when he does something good against LHP. Time to get aggressive, steal a bag, get in Wilson’s head…

  • First time lawng time

    This game is so enjoyable right now. Their soft hits find holes our liners are right at people. CC will be lucky to finish the fifth inning. We’re down by 5 and can’t score. Still can’t believe we’re losing to Texas.

    This team has sucked through these first couple of innings.

    It’s CJ Wilson not Cliff Lee. Score a fucking run.

    Sorry about the rant I just don’t feel well and am unhappy right now

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

      It’s one game. Relax and try to enjoy the game, it isn’t over. If it’s causing you that much stress you’re watching baseball for the wrong reasons.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      If you’re unhappy with the game to the point where it’s annoying you excessively don’t watch

  • vin

    I can’t wait for Wilson to “pitch to the score” so we can begin the comeback.

  • JerseyDutch

    Rally thread!

  • Mickey Scheister

    New thread please!

  • JerseyDutch

    You can’t double GGBG.

  • Accent Shallow

    At least Gardner is fast enough to avoid the DP.

    • MikeD

      …but, sadly, Derek is not.

  • Jonathan

    damn…how many balls can we hit hard without getting a hit?

  • Esteban

    Yea no way you’re doubling up Gritner with your 3″ high grass.

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

    Remember that series last year where the Yankees fell down one games to none in a series where the other team’s best pitcher was Cliff Lee…and lost?

    Yeah, me neither.

    • swisher’s fauxhawk

      Get your wisdom out of this here joint.

    • Jonathan

      ya but he threw in game one…we didn’t fall behind then have to face him in 2 games. huge difference. not saying we can’t win because we easily could (including this game). But that is a MASSIVE difference. And Pedro/Blanton aren’t pitching in this series either, + home field advantage. not even close to the same situation.

    • Greg

      The problem is that we haven’t faced Cliff Lee yet.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I do not want there to be a DP, but trying to steal here would just be silly. Find a gap, eh Derek?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Gah.

  • mbonzo

    Jeter with a bomb?

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    Some of us are old enough to remember the 1996 World Series where the Yanks got embarrassed in game one lost again in game two and still took home the title.

  • vin

    Question:

    If you’re Nolan Ryan and that burrito you ate starts acting up – do you try to squeak out a fart… even though you are sitting next to the ex-President? Ryan’s a HOFer, but he’s gotta be a little inhibited around W.

    I think I try to cork it.

    Just sayin’

  • Mickey Scheister

    Cmon Jete!!!!!!!

  • Ace

    I can’t imagine how sick CC feels right now. The dude is a warrior. I can see him asking for the ball in Game 4.

  • Slappy White

    Honestly, if we win one of two in Texas, im good with it.

  • JerseyDutch

    Oh, Jete.

  • Jonathan

    anyone know Jeter’s WPA for the game? serious question.

  • Accent Shallow

    Derek, man, want to do something to remind us why you’re going to the HoF one day?

  • nathan

    Jeter, yikes.

  • beer boy

    gj jeter