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

1,023 Comments

  1. Esteban says:

    We play today, we win today

    DAS IT

  2. Accent Shallow says:

    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.

  3. ZZ says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

      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 says:

      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.

  4. Ivan says:

    Lets get ready for War mothafuckers!!!!!

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

  6. Tachycardia says:

    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.

  7. Pat D says:

    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!!!!

  8. JM says:

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

  9. JM says:

    And since when was RAB driven by Ford???

  10. Camilo Gerardo says:

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

    Nooice

  11. Pat D says:

    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.

  12. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

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

  13. All Star Carl says:

    Go out and grab game one Yanks.

  14. Hall and Nokes says:

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

  15. Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven't register /too lazy says:

    Enough of talking! Bring it on!

  16. Cy Pettitte says:

    FINALLY

    6 days is way too long, this has been torture

  17. JM3RR27 says:

    what are your guys thoughts on cj wilson?

  18. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  19. yankees1717 says:

    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?

  20. Kit says:

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

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

  22. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

    • Kit says:

      Yeah. It’s annoying as fuck.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      +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

      • 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.

  23. Jake H says:

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

  24. Accent Shallow says:

    Multiple Mauer swings and misses? I like this montage.

  25. Hall and Nokes says:

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

  26. yankwin says:

    I actaully have butterflies it makes no sense

  27. Brooklyn Ed says:

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

  28. Kit says:

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

  29. YankeesJunkie says:

    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!

  30. Jake H says:

    Texas has to be nervous.

  31. Esteban says:

    Gonna have a low strike zone, it looks like.

  32. JerseyDutch says:

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

  33. Kiersten says:

    Matt Treanor is the dude married to Misty May right?

  34. Zone is a bit wide tonight.

  35. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  36. Esteban says:

    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.

  37. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Does Dice-K even have a damn gyroball?

  38. Camilo Gerardo says:

    really, swish?

  39. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  40. Esteban says:

    Why would they boo Teixeira? He was traded away.

  41. Hall and Nokes says:

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

    • Pat D says:

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

  42. Kiersten says:

    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 says:

      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.

      • Kiersten says:

        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 says:

      Seriously.

  43. OMG FREAKOUT THEY DIDN’T GET A BASE RUNNER.

  44. yankwin says:

    would have liked to seen more pitches but its plenty early

  45. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

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

  46. handtius says:

    postseason yankee baseball and chinese…perfect ny night.

  47. Jake H says:

    Jeff Francouer looks fat.

  48. JM says:

    CC looks a tad… wild.

  49. YankeesJunkie says:

    Not the best way to start a game.

  50. Greg says:

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

  51. All Star Carl says:

    Bad bad start.

  52. Accent Shallow says:

    Ball 3 to Andrus looked pretty close.

  53. Reggie C. says:

    BB’ing Andrus? Really CC?

  54. Cy Pettitte says:

    someone takeout the guy waving the flag behind the plate

  55. Hummingbird S. says:

    Can’t walk Andrus.

  56. Mike HC says:

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

  57. All Star Carl says:

    Great now hes gonna squeeze CC

  58. Esteban says:

    Wow CC getting NO calls so far.

  59. MikeD says:

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

    /sportsradio’d

  60. YankeesJunkie says:

    Strike is not wide tonight.

  61. Mike HC says:

    Ump calling a little tight for CC, eh.

  62. Accent Shallow says:

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

  63. Kit says:

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

  64. handtius says:

    Can we get a fucking strike call!

  65. UncleArgyle says:

    I thought we started CC Sabathia, not AJ Burnett

  66. bonestock94 says:

    Dear Command,

    Please come back.

    Thanks,
    Yankee fans.

  67. Hall and Nokes says:

    at what point does TBS remove the pitch trax thing?

  68. Jake H says:

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

  69. bonestock94 says:

    Dear Command,

    Please come back.

    Thanks,
    Yankee fans

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

  71. Esteban says:

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

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

  73. Mickey Scheister says:

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

  74. beer boy says:

    great start

  75. YankeesJunkie says:

    eek

  76. Hummingbird S. says:

    Horrible start, CC has no command.

  77. JM says:

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

  78. Tachycardia says:

    I thought CC was a true ace.

  79. brazilian fan says:

    the big man shoul have gotten laid prior to the game

  80. Well, game over. See you guys tomorrow night.

  81. JerseyDutch says:

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

  82. Carcillo says:

    C.C. got squeezed that last AB…

  83. ChrisR says:

    ………….

  84. Kiersten says:

    Well, that’s not good.

  85. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    FUCK!!!

  86. Esteban says:

    Well FUCK

  87. JM says:

    I hate everything

  88. Accent Shallow says:

    So that sucked.

  89. YankeesJunkie says:

    Facepalm

  90. Reggie C. says:

    Okay. We’re in trouble.

  91. UncleArgyle says:

    God, what a horrible start for CC

  92. beer boy says:

    cc has nothing

  93. Ace says:

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

  94. yankwin says:

    well that was quick arg

  95. Jake H says:

    Terrible way to start the game CC.

  96. bonestock94 says:

    I must have earned some bad karma or something.

  97. Carcillo says:

    Holy shit.

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

  98. Mike HC says:

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

  99. Tachycardia says:

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

  100. C says:

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

  101. brazilian fan says:

    omg
    we cant lose to this team

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

  103. Andy says:

    Are you fucking kidding me?

  104. MikeD says:

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

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

  105. Cool, the panicking has started already.

  106. Ace says:

    Optimists. We need your Kool-Aid ASAP.

  107. pete says:

    shucks

  108. All Star Carl says:

    God damn CC.

  109. Andy says:

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

  110. Esteban says:

    CC is getting killed right now.

  111. Greg says:

    It’s official. CC’s got nothing

    • Ace says:

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

  112. Reggie C. says:

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

  113. beer boy says:

    cc is just throwing meatballs right down the middle.

  114. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  115. Jake H says:

    Ok, no more runs.

  116. tom says:

    Somehow that out didn’t make me feel better.

  117. Carcillo says:

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

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

  118. Mosha says:

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

  119. JM says:

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

  120. brazilian fan says:

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

  121. bonestock94 says:

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

  122. Slu says:

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

  123. Kiersten says:

    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.

  124. Esteban says:

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

  125. Tachycardia says:

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

  126. AndrewYF says:

    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.

  127. YankeesJunkie says:

    Very irritating to say the least.

    • Reggie C. says:

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

  128. Jake H says:

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

  129. yankwin says:

    better fucking get it togeher NOW

  130. Carcillo says:

    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.

  131. Pat D says:

    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!!

  132. Hall and Nokes says:

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

  133. Nice says:

    Get Mitre up

  134. Jake H says:

    seriously this guy’s zone is terrible.

  135. Tachycardia says:

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

  136. brazilian fan says:

    what is this strike zone?

  137. tom says:

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

  138. Andy says:

    Wow this is infuriating

  139. bonestock94 says:

    Fuckin a I guess bullpen sessions aren’t enough

  140. Esteban says:

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

  141. JerseyDutch says:

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

  142. Tachycardia says:

    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 says:

      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.

  143. YankeesJunkie says:

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

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

  145. Dustin Blowsley says:

    Great job, you fat fuck!

  146. Accent Shallow says:

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

  147. joeytime says:

    CC is a mess man…. WTF

  148. Casper says:

    The Mute Button… GENIUS!

  149. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

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

  150. Mickey Scheister says:

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

  151. All Star Carl says:

    CC has no command. At all. 0.

  152. JM says:

    Please get a DP I’m begging of you

  153. FuckThatShit says:

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

  154. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

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

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

  156. Carcillo says:

    The Rangers must yearn for opposing aces, I guess.

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

  157. joeytime says:

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

  158. Camilo Gerardo says:

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

  159. Hall and Nokes says:

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

  160. yankwin says:

    this is a nightmare

  161. AndrewYF says:

    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.

  162. ChrisR says:

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

  163. Kiersten says:

    Prediction: 5 2/3, 4 runs.

    Watch.

  164. YankeesJunkie says:

    That works.

  165. Ivan says:

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

  166. beer boy says:

    that pitch was right down the middle

  167. At least we know Frenchy still sucks

  168. Nice says:

    Steinbrenner is turn over in his crypt.

  169. brazilian fan says:

    cmon this guy is matt treanor cc

  170. All Star Carl says:

    Extra rest is no good!

  171. yankwin says:

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

  172. rmd0311 says:

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

  173. Kit says:

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

  174. beer boy says:

    almost at 40 pitches already

  175. Hummingbird S. says:

    Thankfully Frenchy sucks, that was a hanging slider.

  176. JM says:

    These umpires lately…

  177. Dustin Blowsley says:

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

  178. brazilian fan says:

    cc doenst have it period

  179. pastadivingarod says:

    did anyone else go to the mute button too?

  180. Accent Shallow says:

    Walking the backup catcher is tough.

  181. Andy says:

    WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?

  182. yankwin says:

    more balls than strikes wow just wow

  183. Tachycardia says:

    One hit here and the ballgame is over.

  184. beer boy says:

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

  185. Greg says:

    THis is it right here

  186. Jake H says:

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

  187. bonestock94 says:

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

  188. pastadivingarod says:

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

  189. chu-hi says:

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

  190. Mike HC says:

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

  191. Ivan says:

    Just stop the bleeding CC.

  192. AndrewYF says:

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

  193. Esteban says:

    THANK GOD

  194. handtius says:

    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.

  195. Accent Shallow says:

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

  196. Cy Pettitte says:

    what a play by Jorgie

  197. JM says:

    Break we needed? shut them down pl0x

  198. JerseyDutch says:

    Nice!

  199. Kit says:

    Good play! Nice!

  200. Mike HC says:

    WOW. Caught a huge break

  201. All Star Carl says:

    Nice break for CC

  202. brazilian fan says:

    we are soooooooooooooo f.., back

  203. ChrisR says:

    great job CC and Jorge!

  204. YankeesJunkie says:

    HUGE!!!

  205. Ivan says:

    CC and Posada drew that up…

  206. AndrewYF says:

    Holy shit. What a lucky bounce.

    TURNING POINT!

  207. Sean C says:

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

  208. Carcillo says:

    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.)

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

  210. Reggie C. says:

    whew…

    thank you brick wall!

  211. Slu says:

    What luck…

  212. beer boy says:

    haha sit on a banana washington u fkin crack head

  213. Mickey Scheister says:

    We GOT A CALL! YES!

  214. Tachycardia says:

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

  215. Hummingbird S. says:

    He was out. Nice call by the ump.

  216. joeytime says:

    HE WAS SAFE … damn!

  217. Mike HC says:

    Montero definitely could have done that!

  218. UncleArgyle says:

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

  219. brazilian fan says:

    this is 2000 all over again

  220. Rangers: 3
    Yankees: 0

    Physics: 1
    Nelson Cruz: 0

  221. Casper says:

    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

  222. Greg says:

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

  223. JerseyDutch says:

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

  224. Ace says:

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

  225. Jake H says:

    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?

  226. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  227. C says:

    Okay, let’s score some runs now.

  228. Kiersten says:

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

    Imagine that.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      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)

  229. MikeD says:

    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.

  230. All Star Carl says:

    Rally time boys

  231. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Clearly Burnett should have started Game 1.

  232. Chris V. says:

    thank god theres no instant replay in baseball!

  233. Alex S says:

    might have been safe there

  234. Was Cruz safe? haha.

  235. rmd0311 says:

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

  236. yankwin says:

    restore order lets go boys

  237. Kit says:

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

  238. Eduardo says:

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

  239. pastadivingarod says:

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

  240. MikeD says:

    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!

  241. Nice says:

    well, it could have been alot worst.

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

  242. Big Daddy says:

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

  243. Marcus says:

    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.

  244. Dustin Blowsley says:

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

  245. Tachycardia says:

    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.

  246. UncleArgyle says:

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

  247. Esteban says:

    And he was OUT. Umps are great haha

  248. Mike HC says:

    Cruz was definitely out. Great call by ump.

  249. Sean C says:

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

  250. bonestock94 says:

    Big /= not agile

  251. Cruz’s front foot never touched the plate.

  252. LGY says:

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

  253. Eduardo says:

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

  254. Esteban says:

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

  255. pastadivingarod says:

    Looks like we have two strike zones tonight boys

  256. Jake H says:

    Wow, nice job ump in calling 2 different zones.

  257. JM says:

    Not the way to bounce back

  258. Kit says:

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

  259. Esteban says:

    OMG, a called ball for CJ!!!!

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

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

  262. Esteban says:

    I hate the Rangers already.

  263. joeytime says:

    Can someone tell me how texas is loose and cool?

  264. Greg says:

    Wonderful play by Andrus

  265. Kiersten says:

    Wow, nice catch.

  266. Dustin Blowsley says:

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

  267. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Excellent dive by Nelson Cruz.

  268. beer boy says:

    that play isnt special.

  269. JM says:

    That was… unnecessary

  270. Mr. Sparkle says:

    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.

  271. Jake H says:

    That call CC didn’t get. Come on.

  272. joeytime says:

    WOW a call on the outside for cj vs thames BS

  273. kunaldo says:

    still not worried.

  274. bexarama says:

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

  275. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  276. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  277. Dustin Blowsley says:

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

  278. Mike says:

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

    • handtius says:

      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.

  279. pastadivingarod says:

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

  280. Mickey Scheister says:

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

  281. Carcillo says:

    Texas is an irritating team.

    Then again, so are/were the Rays.

  282. UncleArgyle says:

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

  283. Dustin Blowsley says:

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

  284. Esteban says:

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

  285. pastadivingarod says:

    TBS Anouncers Blow!

  286. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    We came back from 5-0 against Lee folks.

  287. Jake H says:

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

  288. Pat D says:

    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.

  289. Mickey Scheister says:

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

  290. dkla says:

    dig deep cc

    you got this, big man

  291. ShuutoHeat says:

    Cantu do anything right?!!!

    /crappy pun

  292. Camilo Gerardo says:

    omg, andrus has 0 power.

  293. Mickey Scheister says:

    OMG…a called strike!

  294. 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.

  295. pastadivingarod says:

    Seriously what do we pay Dave Eiland for?

  296. Jake H says:

    Don’t tease us and call that strike once

  297. Hall and Nokes says:

    Can hardly blame Andrus for starting towards first there.

  298. Kit says:

    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.

  299. Sean C says:

    Tex, you are the man.

  300. YankeesJunkie says:

    Nice play.

  301. Mike HC says:

    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.

  302. chu-hi says:

    nice play!

  303. Camilo Gerardo says:

    zomg, an out! and a strike one

  304. UncleArgyle says:

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

    /URZ’d

  305. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    Did he just call that a changeup? O_o

  306. Accent Shallow says:

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

    Imagine that.

  307. Cy Pettitte says:

    good bounce back inning

    LET’S GET SOME RUNS

  308. Esteban says:

    CC sucks! The Yankees are doooooooomed!

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

  310. tom says:

    more like it.

  311. All Star Carl says:

    Let’s go Yankees!

    Get some runs on the board!

  312. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  313. bonestock94 says:

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

  314. Kiersten says:

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

    • UncleArgyle says:

      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

  315. ShuutoHeat says:

    CC holding it down!

  316. dkla says:

    the universe feels back in place

    let’s start wearing down wilson…

  317. joeytime says:

    SNAP BACK TO REALITY YANKS!!!!!

  318. MikeD says:

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

    • MikeD says:

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

  319. chu-hi says:

    cc getting his groove on.

  320. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Perfect game / no hitter / shutout still in tact.

  321. Sean C says:

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

  322. claybeez says:

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

  323. JerseyDutch says:

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

  324. MikeD says:

    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 says:

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

      • MikeD says:

        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.

  325. JeffG says:

    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.

  326. Steve says:

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

  327. Mickey Scheister says:

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

  328. 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.

  329. beer boy says:

    time to take more meth!!! -rangers

  330. All Star Carl says:

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

    • beer boy says:

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

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

  332. Accent Shallow says:

    Platoon Granderson!

  333. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    CURTIS!!!!

  334. JerseyDutch says:

    Bye bye, no-no.

  335. Cy Pettitte says:

    my man c-grand

  336. My man, C-grand. Cured!

  337. Kiersten says:

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

  338. Hummingbird S. says:

    a hit!

  339. tom says:

    If only Curtis could hit lefties

  340. Mickey Scheister says:

    Steal!!!!!!!!!

  341. Esteban says:

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

  342. YankeesJunkie says:

    The Grandy Man can.

  343. ShuutoHeat says:

    GRANDY CANT HIT LHP!!!!

    /word on the street

    • UncleArgyle says:

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

  344. Jonathan says:

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

  345. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Grittsky time!

  346. Esteban says:

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

  347. Yo, Brett, step into that one!

  348. claybeez says:

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

  349. bonestock94 says:

    Nice, here we go.

  350. ShuutoHeat says:

    The zone taketh away what the zone giveth…

    /something like that

  351. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    Time for Wilson to unravel?

  352. Sean C says:

    Squeezing Wilson now, awesome.

  353. YankeesJunkie says:

    Rally?

  354. handtius says:

    brett sure can take a walk.

  355. 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.

  356. kunaldo says:

    double steal! (ikid)

  357. chu-hi says:

    here we go…

  358. UncleArgyle says:

    Good eye gardy. Time for a Jeterian moment

  359. Mike HC says:

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

  360. Sean C says:

    Jeter, it is time to do something Jeterian.

  361. Cy Pettitte says:

    BG walk, time for a clutch Jeterian gapper

  362. bonestock94 says:

    <—- Praying to the no double play gods

  363. Greg says:

    Ok we got something going now.
    No DP Jeter

  364. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Thanks, Derek.

  365. All Star Carl says:

    Really Jeter? Damn man.

  366. Tachycardia says:

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

  367. Derek, that was a bit deflating.

  368. MikeD says:

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

  369. Mickey Scheister says:

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

  370. Jonathan says:

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

  371. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  372. beer boy says:

    gj jeter lol

  373. Cy Pettitte says:

    ok, at least give us something Swisherian

  374. It'sATarp says:

    wow jeter…

  375. Ivan says:

    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.

  376. kunaldo says:

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

  377. Mr. Sparkle says:

    Great approach there from the veteran.

  378. YankeesJunkie says:

    ….

  379. Mickey Scheister says:

    FUCK!

  380. beer boy says:

    fail

  381. Kit says:

    C’mon, guys.

  382. UncleArgyle says:

    wow what a wasted opportunity

  383. All Star Carl says:

    So bad.

  384. Hummingbird S. says:

    yay for not being able to hit with RISP

  385. chu-hi says:

    ugh…

  386. Jake H says:

    That was really frustrating.

  387. Greg says:

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

  388. Dream of Electric Sheep/ still haven't register /too lazy says:

    Jesus, Can we take a fucking pitch, Jeter?

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

  390. JDDZip says:

    Settle down, its the 3rd inning

  391. bexarama says:

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

  392. V says:

    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.

  393. dkla says:

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

  394. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    0-2 –> 4-2!!!

  395. All Star Carl says:

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

  396. V says:

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

  397. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    Oof, CC. Get that command back.

  398. Mickey Scheister says:

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

  399. Hall and Nokes says:

    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/

  400. handtius says:

    two 0-2 to 3-2 counts.

  401. V says:

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

  402. Jake H says:

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

  403. Kiersten says:

    Terrible throw, he should have been out.

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

  404. beer boy says:

    what a throw by posada!

  405. V says:

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

    • Esteban says:

      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.

  406. Andy says:

    Haha this is a joke

  407. Tachycardia says:

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

  408. Hummingbird S. says:

    what a choke job by CC

  409. UncleArgyle says:

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

  410. bonestock94 says:

    That bobble helped.

  411. Bringing the IF in WORKED?!

  412. Esteban says:

    There you go Alex.

  413. 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?

  414. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Nice play staying with it, Alex.

  415. Gonzo says:

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

  416. Jonathan says:

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

  417. Big Daddy says:

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

  418. handtius says:

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

  419. Esteban says:

    DOOOOOMED I TELL YOU DOOOOOOMED

  420. Mike HC says:

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

  421. Marcus says:

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

  422. bonestock94 says:

    We need fucking bats lets go

  423. Mickey Scheister says:

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

    /i can dream

  424. nathan says:

    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 says:

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

  425. Jonathan says:

    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

  426. Hall and Nokes says:

    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.

  427. Esteban says:

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

    • Frigidevil says:

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

      • Esteban says:

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

  428. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    CC needs a breather. Do your thing, O.

  429. 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.

  430. Esteban says:

    Young Mark was kind of skinny.

  431. bonestock94 says:

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

  432. Accent Shallow says:

    So, some runs?

  433. beer boy says:

    cj wilson has pinetar on his cap

  434. Mickey Scheister says:

    Just off the plate?

  435. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

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

  436. All Star Carl says:

    Man we look so bad

  437. V says:

    Wow. ARod just missed a fastball down the middle.

  438. patrick says:

    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.

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

    • V says:

      Because the Yankees are losing.

      • bonestock94 says:

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

    • JerseyDutch says:

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

    • handtius says:

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

    • MikeD says:

      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.

  439. Esteban says:

    Nice AB Robbie.

  440. Gonzo says:

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

  441. Accent Shallow says:

    Robbie Cano is still pretty good.

  442. bonestock94 says:

    He looks damn good but clearly not unhittable

  443. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  444. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    Good job, Robbie.

  445. Mickey Scheister says:

    Get hot Thames!

  446. Mr. Thames, doing work.

  447. Jonathan says:

    BABIP for Marcus!

  448. Esteban says:

    And so it begins. Strike now Yanks.

  449. Accent Shallow says:

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

  450. vin says:

    Come on Jorge.

  451. Mickey Scheister says:

    HIP HIP

  452. handtius says:

    need a Po moment….not happening.

  453. Jonathan says:

    omg that is so fuckin gay

  454. beer boy says:

    nice try posada, that was hit hard.

  455. bonestock94 says:

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

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

  457. Esteban says:

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

  458. V says:

    Well, that was a good swing. FML

  459. POSada

    Bring up Monteroooo!

    /sarcasm’d

  460. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  461. All Star Carl says:

    left 2 on again.

  462. Kiersten says:

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

    …seriously?

  463. mbonzo says:

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

  464. Greg says:

    If only we switched Grandy and Posada in the lineup

  465. tom says:

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

    it will come

  466. UncleArgyle says:

    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

  467. MikeD says:

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

  468. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    Ahh, Frenchy. Thanks for the easy out.

  469. Adam P says:

    Need a new thread asap.

  470. badadvice says:

    CC needs to pitch game 4 and 7 if needed

  471. joeytime says:

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

  472. Adam P says:

    Pitch 5 was a ball?????

  473. joeytime says:

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

  474. mbonzo says:

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

  475. Pat D says:

    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.

  476. CC will get through six.

  477. joeytime says:

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

  478. Esteban says:

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

  479. handtius says:

    they need a babip correction. bastards.

  480. All Star Carl says:

    2 BS hits man.

  481. vin says:

    Big fella can’t catch a break.

  482. Kit says:

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

  483. Esteban says:

    FUCKKKKKKKKK

  484. joeytime says:

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

  485. Tachycardia says:

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

  486. Greg says:

    That’s game

  487. tom says:

    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.

  488. All Star Carl says:

    And that could be your ball game.

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

  490. chu-hi says:

    that’s a big uh oh.

  491. mbonzo says:

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

  492. Ace says:

    Nolan Ryan just pissed in his Depends.

  493. Kit says:

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

    • V says:

      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 says:

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

      • Kit says:

        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 says:

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

          • Kit says:

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

            • Slappy White says:

              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 says:

          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 says:

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

    • bonestock94 says:

      Oh god get off it already.

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

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

      • Kit says:

        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.

  494. V says:

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

  495. joeytime says:

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

  496. YankeesJunkie says:

    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.

  497. beer boy says:

    take CC out. its game over.

  498. bonestock94 says:

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

  499. handtius says:

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

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

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

  501. JDDZip says:

    Hopefully we can go back to NY 1-1

  502. nathan says:

    Glad to see Ernie has found his voice.

    Low strikes are not for Yanks i guess.

  503. Mickey Scheister says:

    Fuck you George Bush!

  504. vin says:

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

  505. Esteban says:

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

  506. JM says:

    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.

  507. Sean C says:

    But is this lead Joba proof. Wait, what?

  508. Tachycardia says:

    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.

  509. bobtaco says:

    Great, Joba on 32 days rest…

  510. Gonzo says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

      • Gonzo says:

        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 says:

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

  511. V says:

    Wtg Posada. Glad you’re there man.

  512. Captain Jack says:

    I guess Cliff Lee is staying in Texas too.

  513. beer boy says:

    cant do anything right

  514. Accent Shallow says:

    Joba now the longman?

    Yeesh.

  515. JFH says:

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

  516. vin says:

    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

  517. JDDZip says:

    Phil Hughes!

  518. Tachycardia says:

    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.

  519. 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

  520. UncleArgyle says:

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

  521. MikeD says:

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

  522. nathan says:

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

    9 innings boys

  523. Carlosologist says:

    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.)

  524. Sean C says:

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

  525. Mickey Scheister says:

    Brutal so far but not insurmountable.

  526. Adam P says:

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

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

  528. Ace says:

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

  529. claybeez says:

    Unreal

  530. kunaldo says:

    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.

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

    *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 says:

      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.

  532. 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.

  533. mbonzo says:

    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.

  534. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

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

    • mbonzo says:

      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.

  535. JerseyDutch says:

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

  536. Adam P says:

    Mods, new thread now pls!

  537. All Star Carl says:

    Grandy came to play.

  538. Carlosologist says:

    Baserunners are good.

  539. perplex says:

    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 says:

      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.

  540. vin says:

    Bottom of the order = gettin’ shit done.

  541. Hall and Nokes says:

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

    /McCarver’d

  542. JDDZip says:

    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.

  543. JFH says:

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

  544. Sean C says:

    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…

  545. First time lawng time says:

    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

  546. vin says:

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

  547. JerseyDutch says:

    Rally thread!

  548. Mickey Scheister says:

    New thread please!

  549. JerseyDutch says:

    You can’t double GGBG.

  550. Accent Shallow says:

    At least Gardner is fast enough to avoid the DP.

  551. Jonathan says:

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

  552. Esteban says:

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

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

    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 says:

      Get your wisdom out of this here joint.

    • Jonathan says:

      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 says:

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

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

  555. mbonzo says:

    Jeter with a bomb?

  556. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    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.

  557. vin says:

    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’

  558. Mickey Scheister says:

    Cmon Jete!!!!!!!

  559. Ace says:

    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.

  560. Slappy White says:

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

  561. JerseyDutch says:

    Oh, Jete.

  562. Jonathan says:

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

  563. Accent Shallow says:

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

  564. nathan says:

    Jeter, yikes.

  565. beer boy says:

    gj jeter