ALDS Game Thread: Rangers @ Rays

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David Price vs. Cliff Lee in Game One. You can watch this one on TBS starting at 1:37pm, so talk about it here if you want.

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  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    TBS just said that CC was “all the Yankees have” and that if we lose tonight, we will automatically lose the series. Only The Yankees Have Issues!

    • Jon in CUO

      Beat me to it. Curse you.

      • Jose the Satirist

        Quick, edit your post and make it seem like she didn’t.

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

      It’s true. Joe Girardi has altered his playoff roster. Here’s the update:

      Pitchers (1) :
      Sabathia

      Position Players (24):
      Posada, Teixeira, Cano, Jeter, Rodriguez, Gardner, Granderson, Swisher, Berkman, Thames, Cervelli, Peña, Kearns, Golson, Nuñez, Moeller, Miranda, Russo, Curtis, Reegie Corona, Nick Johnson, Randy Winn, Jose Molina, Joe Girardi

      It’s a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for them.

  • AndrewYF

    I love how Dennis Eckersley is asked a question about the Yankees like he could offer anything worthwhile on the topic.

    According to Dennis, the Yankees have all but forfeited any game not started by CC, because, in his words, “That’s all they have”.

    I see where Boston fans get their retardation from.

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

    THERE’S ONLY ONE OCTOBER!!!!!

    SU-FI!!!!!

    /DaneCook’d

    • Jose the Satirist

      Does anyone else dislike Dane Cook? I can’t stand him.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        Does anyone like Dane Cook?

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

          That’s a far better question.

          Not only does Dane Cook not make me laugh, he makes it impossible for me to laugh at funny shit that other people say for a solid two hours after having heard his “comedy”. He temporarily sucks the ability to enjoy humor out of my brain.

        • vin
  • Jon in CUO

    According to MLBN, if Liriano can beat Sabathia tonight, the Yankees WILL lose this series. We’re doooomed!

    • Jon in CUO

      Err, TBS. Have to get used to seeing games on this network again.

      • JerseyDutch

        TBS? I thought their only programming was an endless loop of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

        • http://twitter.com/Brad_Toughy Brad Toughy

          You are thinking of TNT. TBS just runs halfway decent syndicated re-runs and both Legally Blonde movies.

  • AndrewYF

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m rooting for the Rays all the way in this series.

    I am pumped for a possible Yankees/Rays ALCS. That would be epic.

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      GOOOOO RAYS!

      /ihaveticketstothealcsintampa’d

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

        good, you bought them. Got my $5 ready in case the Yankees play the Rangers.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      No, I want to beat up on Cliff Lee.

    • Jose the Satirist

      It’ll be a cold day in hell before I root for an AL East team.

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

        Or recognize Missouri.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Or recognize Missouri Ohio.

          • JerseyDutch

            Ohio is a mythical land like Atlantis or Los Angeles.

  • It’sATrap

    Go Cliff Lee …time to earn your *future* pay check

  • nathan

    WHo is a better matchup for the Yanks in the ALCS (assuming we make it).

    I am torn, Texas has some good lefty pitchers while Rays know us very well.

    I am not sure who I want to root for in the Rays-Rangers series, I do hope though that they decide this after 18 innings of game 5.

    • Jose the Satirist

      It doesn’t matter who we play. We’ll win.

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

        (passes out bayonets)

  • http://twitter.com/tjamato T.J.

    Is Postseason.TV any good?

    I don’t have cable so I need another way to see the games.

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

      I assume that’s the playoff equivalent of MLB.tv. If so, yes.

      • http://twitter.com/tjamato T.J.

        I have MLB.TV and it’s awesome but I’m not sure this is the same thing.

        Looking at the demo it doesn’t seem like it provides the cable feed just different camera angles.

        The description says “Postseason multi-angle coverage is presented in conjunction with TBS and FOX as a companion to the live broadcast feed” which doesn’t sound promising.

        • Jon in CUO

          I had Postseason.TV last year. There was no direct cable feed, but it did have many different camera angle feeds (albeit with game sounds only.) Video quality is fine. If they’re now offering a companion audio broadcast, be aware of any syncing issues – they’ve been known to have problems in the past.

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

          I had it last year. It covers the game with weird angles , but it tells you the rough story I guess.

      • AndrewYF

        It’s not. You get ‘alternate’ camera angles, and you don’t get the commentary.

        Okay, so that’s a great argument for it.

        • http://twitter.com/tjamato T.J.

          Why do they not have an MLB.TV for the postseason?

          That’s moronic.

          • AndrewYF

            Obviously TBS bought the rights to these games. MLB is not interested in purchasing it from them, because who would really buy that? TBS available nation-wide. Only if you don’t subscribe to cable TV can you not see it. And what percentage of serious baseball fans don’t subscribe to cable? 1%?

          • Esteban

            TV networks pay big money for postseason rights and they don’t want to miss out on any viewers.

          • vin

            Pure speculation… $$$$

            • http://twitter.com/tjamato T.J.

              That was a rhetorical question. I get that it’s about $$$ and not enough viewers would actually use it but it’s still pretty annoying.

              Looks like I need to look into cable.

              • MegatronJ

                I just searched Twitter from work and found a couple places online that may stream TBS. I can check them because I’m at work, but just an FYI.

                I don’t have cable either. I’m just going to go to a bar.

          • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

            TBS should offer a feed online. I would gladly pay them for it.

            If you’re gonna have all these games on during the day, they really should be available to watch online.

            Does anyone know if you can still get the gameday audio?

      • rek4gehrig

        Yup..same as MLB TV. Signed up today.

        • http://twitter.com/tjamato T.J.

          Everyone else says it’s not similar at all.

  • Jon in CUO

    The Trop is sold out! Well, that’s only if you don’t count the hundreds of nosebleed seats that are under a perpertual blue tarp cover. In Florida, they’re known as the “hurricane seats” – the only time I’ve ever seen them uncovered was during the 2008 World Series – and they are downright terrible to sit in.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    I love the people who say this is the last chance for the Rays because they’re losing Crawford, Pena and maybe Soriano. Are they still going to have Price in that rotation? And add Hellickson? Desmond Jennings has huge upside…all they really need to add is a 1B/DH with power. Not exactly hard to come by. The AL East is going to be even more brutal next season.

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

      …all they really need to add is a 1B/DH with power. Not exactly hard to come by.

      It is if you don’t have money for one.

      • Will (the other one)

        It is if you don’t have money for one.

        This becomes a moot point when Adam Dunn signs a two-year, $3 million deal just because it affords him the privilege of playing for Joe “for the last time, I’m not the guy who hands out the f***ing turkey legs” Maddon.

    • vin

      I don’t think the AL East will be more brutal. They’ll probably fall of a bit, but not drastically because they still have good starters.

      Losing Pena (not even sure they’ll lose him anymore) won’t be that big a deal. He was hitting 7th in the final series against the Yanks after guys like Dan Johnson and Matt Joyce.

      Losing Soriano and Crawford will hurt though. That’s undeniable.

  • Jose the Satirist

    Is this an open thread? If it isn’t I apologize.

    Boston Red Sox ownership group is purchasing Liverpool FC for $477 million.

    • Jon in CUO

      I’m a Liverpool supporter. As long as they keep the budgets separate, I guess this is OK.

    • nathan

      Haha

      Never liked Liverpool, but it so fits into the John Henry MO.

      I think Liverppol finished 7th or something last year and havent won the league in 20+ years. I guess Henry wants to become imortal in another city.

      Only problem, Chelsea and ManU are going nowhere.

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

    Is anyone surprised that Aybar was passed over in favor of Baldelli?

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

      I’m slightly more surprised that Baldelli is actually walking on his own power.

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

    Elvis Andrus had a .036 ISO this year.

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

      Pena has a 0,20 ISO this year, last I checked. I can’t of anyone who has less power than him . Yes, I realize he is a sub.

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

    Watching baseball in this muted, drab, listless St. Petersburg mausoleum could not feel any less like the playoffs.

    (snores)

    • Andrew

      The fact that The Trop and its dumbass catwalks have opened up the possibility for there to be a do-over in the MLB playoffs is crazy. Although it is one less thing for Joe Maddon to whine about (or one more?)

  • Jon in CUO

    Come on Price, throw Vladdy a 55 foot curveball!

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

    Thanks for mentioning Guerrero’s home-road splits in that piece declaring “BAD VLAD IS BACK!”, TBS.

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

      It looks like Vlad’s bat speed is back !

    • Jose the Satirist

      The difference between Vlad’s Home/Away wOBA split is only .031, not as bad as I expected. Difference of 22 for wRC+.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    The Rays took Neimann on their roster and not Hellickson? Heh.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      For realzzz?!?!

      • AndrewYF

        Fire Joe Maddon!

    • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

      Maybe because Niemann recently grew his playoff GritBeard, and Hellickson is such a babyface?

      • Not Tank the Frank

        But does he wear a hoodie sweatshirt?

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

      Bret’s gonna be crushed.

    • vin

      They’re just saving him so he can start games 1, 4, 7 in the ALCS.

  • mickey

    I know it’s late but Dane Cook did get to make out with Jessica Alba in a movie. Lucky bastard!

    • vin

      No one here is saying they wouldn’t consider trading their lives for Dane’s. But as far as his act goes, it’s pretty unbearable and unscrupulous.

  • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

    Hey, if there are any other RABers in the sports bar in the Lubbock International airport (gate 5) watching the game, come find me and I’ll buy you a beer.

    /safe bet’d

    • Not Tank the Frank

      Dude I went to TTU!! But I’m not there now…

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

      You could probably fly to Mexico from there. That’s international enough.

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

        Yeah, my home airport in San Jose is also international because they fly to Mexico.

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

          Fun Fact: Gary/Chicago International Airport in Gary, IN offers no international flights whatsoever.

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

            They probably offer flights to Detroit, which means they’d have to fly over Canada. International!

            • Will (the other one)

              Is Detroit even still part of the U.S.?

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

              “They probably offer flights to Detroit Buffalo, which means they’d have to fly over Canada. International!”

              Fixed.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      You effing lucked out I can put ‘em down.

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

        I asked around the bar, nobody knows you by this handle. I would have bought them a beer.

  • AndrewYF

    I have a confession to make. I made a pact with the baseball gods that if Price closed out Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS, I would not be upset when he beat the Yankees, and would root for him otherwise.

    So…go Price!

    • vin

      You didn’t have your fingers crossed?! Thanks a lot.

      • AndrewYF

        Dude, the baseball gods aren’t that dumb. I had to mean it, and it worked out. I shudder to think what could have happened had I crossed my fingers.

        • vin

          Fair enough. What’s actually funny/sad is that I think the same thought crossed my mind at the time. I couldn’t stand the idea of the Sox going back to back.

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

    Six two-strike foul balls for Price that inning.

    /Phil Hughes’d

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

      /Jorge Posada’d, because everything that ever goes wrong in any game is his fault.

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

        he sux lol whatevs

      • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

        Of course it’s his fault, after all he’s the most overrated player of all time*

        *(unreal a Yankees fan would think that)

  • AndrewYF

    I seriously just fist-pumped.

    What is wrong with me.

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

      THAT’S BUSH LEAGUE, BRO!

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    Did they just say Tampa Bay was “victimized” by Derek Jeter?

    • vin

      Huh? Does it have to do with this?

      http://www.tampabay.com/news/l.....026935.ece

    • Stratman9652

      Yeah. They also had thier facts completely wrong in saying that the acting job was the reason he was awarded first base when he was awarded first before the dramatics started. But becasue he is Derek Jeter, not to mention one of those evil, cheating Yankees,(sarcasm) this will live on forever.

      Gag me…

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

      What? did he prank call them or something

  • AndrewYF

    Oh look, a strikeout by Carlos Pena with a runner on third and one out.

    So other teams do it too…

  • First time lawng time

    Glad were playing the twins but lee sucks lol whatevs

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

    Well, the first horrid blown call of the playoffs didn’t take very long.

    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

      which one?

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    You mean other teams fail with RISP? THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE

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

    “Back in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida… (sigh)… and we’re indoors in climate control.”

    Hah.

    • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

      Amazingly, this week actually has felt nice.

      Florida is such an overrated state. Quite literally, from April-September, it feels like triple digits with humidity during the day every fricken day, save for the days when there are monsoons instead of sunlight.

      Finally, a week where there’s a nice chill in the air. Makes the loonies go crazy, but being the sadist I am, I enjoy that.

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

        Yup. It’s a great day to head to the retractable-roof RaysField and catch a great playoff game under the cool October Florida breeze, eh?

        What’s that you say? RaysField doesn’t have a retractable roof? And it doesn’t exist? They actually play in a soulless giant diaphragm case?

        Huh. Well, That sucks.

      • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

        This. This x a million.

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

    Francouer’s current playoff OBP: 1.000

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    Truly, it is FRENCHTOBER.

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

      (edit upgraded)

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        (agreed. It wasn’t too funny before)

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

    Price aren’t exactly fooling these guys with his FBs , Time to mix in some secondary pitches.

  • Will (the other one)

    Frenchy is teh awesome.

  • mbonzo

    Anyone else miss half the Rays at bats with commercials in the middle of the inning? I hope this is fixed before the game tn.

    Oh and I’ve never missed Michal Kay more than right now realizing I have to listen to this crap for the next month.

  • pat

    OO wow a playoff mohawk. How original!

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

    Buck Martinez: “Bengie Molina is a clutch hitter.”

    No, Buck, he’s just one of the few catchers who doesn’t suck asstastically with the bat at all times. I can see how you’d get confused.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Molina 2010:
      WPA: -2.35
      WPA/LI: -2.19
      Clutch: -0.11
      RISP: 90 tOPS+, 58 sOPS+
      Late + Close: 84 tOPS+, 66 sOPS+
      Team Behind: 84 tOPS+, 64 sOPS+

      Can someone explain to me how he is clutch?

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

        He had a big hit there in that one instance that just happened.

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

        Maybe Buck got him confused with Buster Posey , the current backstop of your SF Giants !

    • first time lawng time

      You mean like Posada? Cus IDK if youve noticed, but posada sucks lol whatevs

  • First time lawng time

    It might be just me, does this game have a totally unintense feel to it? Might just be the stadium though.

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

      I can’t wait to see what happens for Game 2 after the Rays get blown out today.

      How many Rays “fans” will show up? Fifty?

      • first time lawng time

        Fifty? That’s impossible! I thought there were only 25 in existence…

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

          I assume they’ll each bring a friend.

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

            Will the Rays be the first ever North American sports team to give away thousands of free tickets to a postseason game? I say yes.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        Nah, the Jewish conspiracy will make sure people are there to see Shields.

        (http://larrybrownsports.com/ba.....wish/32854)

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

          The oddest part of the whole situation is that Shields isn’t even Jewish!

          Yup. He’s Kenyan-Arab, just like Obama.

          • first time lawng time

            Fact: President William Howard Taft wasn’t even an American.

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

              The death panels are real.

        • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

          I didn’t hear it live, but I heard the snippet of that the day after.

          Awesome.

        • Thomas

          Wow.

        • Not Tank the Frank

          That lady sounds like she just huffed a shitload of paint before calling.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    This game is already totally bizarre

  • http://dontbringinthelefty.blogspot.com Lucas AA, aka don’t_bring_in_the_lefty

    Now remember, Joba, if you give up two runs and end the inning with a strikeout, NO FISTPUMPS

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

    Harold Reynolds being way too animated and Mitch Williams attempting to look smart in that MLBN commercial was hilariously awkward.

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    Go figure.

    Cliff Lee vs. David Price. Pitchers duel to end all pitchers duels.

    Bottom of the 2nd, none out, and the two of them have combined to give up nine hits. HAH.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com

      /building the brand’d

      • first time lawng time

        Speaking of your site, I have a nice little fact you might enjoy…

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          Do share.

          • first time lawng time

            Former Yankees pitcher Chan Ho Park has given up a homerun to 3 current Yankees.

            2 of them are Derek Jeter and CC Sabathia.

            The other? Andy Pettitte…on the first pitch.

            I guess you can predict this though, considering Park sucks. But it’s still interesting.

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

              That’s a nice lil’ nugget.

              (TWSS)

            • first time lawng time

              I though it was pretty ironic, just because 2/3 of those people are pitchers and isn’t anyone like A-Rod or Swisher.

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

              Heh, I knew that actually. :p

            • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

              Andy Pettitte singled on the first pitch against Cole Hamels in the 5th inning of Game 3, tying the game at 3 and propelling the Yankees to a go-ahead 5th inning which may have been the turning point of the World Series.

              Who was on that Phillies team? Chan Ho Park.

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

                Lincoln’s secretary? Kennedy.

                Kennedy was shot in a Lincoln.

                • first time lawng time

                  President William Howard Taft isn’t an American.

                  /this still isn’t old to me’d

  • first time lawng time

    ZOMG LEE GAVE UP A DOUBLE HE CANT PITCH IN THE POSTSEASON CASHMAN DONT SUGN HIM!!!!111!!1

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Cashman will still sign him but Swisher’s still a 4th OF lol watever.

      Did I do that right?

      • first time lawng time

        close. It’s supposed to be whatevs not whatever. Nice one though.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Is it just me or does Shoppach look a bit like Shrek?

    • Not Tank the Frank

      Green?

    • Jose the Satirist

      Granderson looks like Jay-Z.

      /that one guy

      • first time lawng time

        Someone actually said that? Oh boy…

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

          http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....nt-1050553
          (be sure to scroll up to see the photo in question)

          • first time lawng time

            Wow…just wow.

            • Not Tank the Frank

              It’s the glasses. I get it. Still looks nothing like Jay-Z, but I get it.

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

                No, it’s the blackness.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  They all look alike to you, eh, Tommie?

                  /ironic’d

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

    I am convinced that Joe Maddon is actually from Mars and will eat your favorite pets for dinner!

    He is a whiny and scheming bastard !

    Irrational’d/ Half truth’d

  • cano is the bro

    Rays RISP fail

    wah wah wahhhhhhh (sad trumpet sound)

  • It’sATarp

    5k’s for lee through 2. This cliff lee guy is good at not imploding.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Oh please, if he was truly a good pitcher, he’d have given up a run in the last inning so he could be pitching to the score.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Nelson just said “Fuck you, Jobu; I’ll do it myself.”

  • Jon in CUO

    /Posada’d

  • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

    Was that in Posada restaurant territory? (listening on radio)

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      Absolutely. That was a majestic dinger.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Yeah, just a few feet short of where Jorge hit his, I think.

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    Nelson Cruz is fucking insane.

  • Stratman9652

    Anyone else really liking the TBS pitch track thing? It’s like watching the game and gameday at the same time.

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

      Love it, you don’t have to wait for 3 replays to show different angles.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Unscientifically, I’ve found that it doesn’t quite match up with Brooks.

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

    Oops, I think I just saw 20000 Rays fans checking on their TV guides for Golden Girls rerun.

    This place could be empty by the 7th inning.

  • first time lawng time

    LOL at the lady with the cowbell and the lady sitting next to her with an automatic clapper thing.

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

      The Rays are the only team to have a “Rheumatoid Arthritis” night.

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

        they also have geriatric euthanasia night , but it was banned after Frankenstein won the race.

        Death Race 2000’d

      • Yank the Frank

        They also have Preparation H Seat Cushion Night, I think it’s in July.

    • Cy Pettitte

      another run or two and the stadium will be empty

      $7.99 early bird special > Rays ALDS game

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    The Rangers have already scored more runs in this game then in their last two playoff series COMBINED.

    • CBean

      I’d like them to get all this hitting and scoring out of their system before we have to see them.

    • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

      /Late 1990’s Yankees dominance’d

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

    CLUTCH!!!!

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

      I think Bengie heard you Tommie!

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    Wow. Rangers playing the one at a time game here.

  • cano is the bro

    haha second two-out homer off price…

  • FIPster Doofus

    This game is hilarious. F off, Tampa.

  • Stratman9652

    Benji Molina just homered in a postseason game off David Price? You just can’t pre…ah the hell with it.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Final score predictions?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    And there’s the “stung” joke with the Rays. SO CLEVER, ORSILLO.

  • Big Stein

    I told you guys — see, this is why the Yanks didn’t want to face Lee twice in a 5 game series.

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

      Our offense >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Rays offense

      • Ivan

        Lee, not to take any credit from him is pitching to an offense that was no-hitted by Edwin Jackson and Dallas Braden…

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

          And almost no-hitted by Brandon Morrow (with 17K).

  • larryf

    Hey-doesn’t anyone work around here?

    Seriously, I guess the Rays and their 7 batters under .240 are done in this game..

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Yay for working at a school that gets out at 2:05.

    • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

      Yay for working a job where I have nothing to do until 6:00.

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

      Poker >>>>>>>>>>>> working for the man ! suckers!

    • Not Tank the Frank

      I ain’t in a regular biness…I’m in the RAB postin biness. And cousin, biness is aboomin!

  • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

    Will Cliff Lee break 10 Ks by the end of his start? I say 12.

  • Yank the Frank

    There may be something to this Cliff Lee guy.

  • It’sATarp

    Someone really wants to get paid

  • Mid-Town Stripper

    CLee will look so hot in pinstripes!

  • cano is the bro

    haha rays not playing good baseball today

    • Not Tank the Frank

      hahaha rays suck but whatevs lol

      I DID IT!!!!!

      • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

        it’s “lol whatevs”

        people are really having trouble with this…

        • Not Tank the Frank

          I came late to the party.

          /KenSingleton’d

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

            LOOK OUT!!!

            • first time lawng time

              That one is GOOONE!

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

          lol whatevs at lol whatevs ! , that make sense?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Don’t worry, Rays. You have BIG GAME JAMES coming up tomorrow.

    • PaulF

      And he’s only starting because he’s a jewish person.
      – Quaker lady

  • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

    Nice time to have your worst start of the season, David.

    This time, the Price isn’t Right.

    /bad jokes galore’d

    • Thomas

      The Price is Wrong, bitch!

      /Happy Gilmore’d

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

    And Vlad slays!

  • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

    All those life-long Rays fans look so disappointed.

    Oh wait, there are no life-long Rays fans over the age of 15.

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

      But the depth of their passion can not be measured by time alone !!

    • http://twitter.com/Brad_Toughy Brad Toughy

      Not their fault.

  • dkidd in rainy los angeles

    this game has a playoff-like atmosphere

    a cribbage playoff

  • Esteban

    Price is probably tired because he’d never thrown that many innings in the majors before. Here’s to hoping the same thing happens to Liriano tonight.

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

      I like how ESPN and MLBN use that fact to predict that Hughes will be craptastic but conveniently overlook it for Price and predict he’ll throw multiple no-hitters.

      • Esteban

        Well:
        Only the Yankees Have Problems

        • JerseyDutch

          And we cheat, too. (Or so I’ve read on a few Twink blogs.)

        • Cy Pettitte

          we have no one but CC

          we’re doomed I tell you, DOOMED!!!!

          • JerseyDutch

            Yeah, our other two starters were 18-8 and 11-3 but somehow they’re just a couple of bums…

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          it’s Issues. :p

      • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

        Not to mention how dominant Hughes was in his last start, against the greatest team of all time, no less.

    • dkidd in rainy los angeles

      but not hughes on saturday

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      But he was pretty much dominant down the stretch in September. I think it’s just a bad start.

      • Esteban

        How dare you refudiate my point!!!

    • Chris

      Liriano threw more innings in 2008 (between majors and minors).

      I agree with your bigger point, though.

  • JerseyDutch

    Wow, didn’t think the Rays would get beat up like this. Not that I’m complaining, mind you.

  • long time lurker / first time poster

    This is a very good thing for the Yanks- ALCS vs. the Rays would be a season-ending disaster.

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

      Nothing will be a season ending disaster.

      • Mike HC

        Unless it involves some kind of champagne celebration tragedy.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Ramiro Pena suffered a through-and-through corkshot wound.

    • JerseyDutch

      Nah. Harder than beating the Rangers but we can take ‘em.

    • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

      So basically you’re saying the Rangers can beat the Rays, but the Yankees can’t beat the Rays, but the Yankees can beat the Rangers.

      You logic, it makes no sense.

      • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

        Sounds like a Bermuda Triangle to me.

    • first time lawng time

      Nice name.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

      What the… what

  • Esteban

    Buck Martinez is unbearable. My hatred for him is growing by the minute.

  • Mike HC

    Can’t wait till Lee is in a Yankee uniform next year. Not looking forward to potentially having to face him in the ALCS then Halladay in the WS. If all goes well.

  • Mike HC

    Nolan Ryan always looks deep in thought when they show him on camera. What can he possibly be thinking so hard about when he is just watching the games?

    • Cy Pettitte

      a way to keep Lee in Texas?

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

      Fondly reminiscing making Robin Ventura his bitch?
      http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=aa1_1280296883

    • Yank the Frank

      The fact that he wishes he wasn’t wearing his golden thong.

    • JerseyDutch

      Whether or not it’s possible for a 63-year-old man to get on the 25-man roster…

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

    I can’t wait for Clifton to wear pinstripes.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I’ve been banking on that for a while and will be heartbroken if it doesn’t happen.

    • dkidd in rainy los angeles

      has any team ever had two arkansans in the rotation at the same time?

      • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

        Dizzy Dean and Lon Warneke of the 1937 St. Louis Cardinals.

        Yes, b-ref’s play index can search for anything.

    • Esteban

      Clifton is a much better name than Clifford

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

      130 millions dollars please … Mike , You can take that out of RAB’s petty cash fund.

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

        We’ll have to liquidate our assets in China, but sure. I’ll make the call…

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      I dread Michael Kay calling him “Clifton Phipher Lee” every start, though.

      • Thomas

        Shudder.

      • Esteban

        I dread Michael Kay calling him “Clifton Phipher Lee” every start, though.

        FTFY

      • Mike HC

        The very idea of him struggling through the name “Phipher” is already making me twitch.

      • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

        This is already preemptively annoying me. It was the first thing the Rangers’ radio announcers said come the bottom of the 1st of their broadcast. I bet Sterling and Kay both do it in 2011 if he’s in pinstripes.

      • JerseyDutch

        He’ll probably say it, “Puh-hifer.”

        • JerseyDutch

          And speaking of names, what is Brett Gardner’s middle name?

          • Cy Pettitte

            according to yahoo answers, either Brett Mickey Gardner or Brett Motherfucking Gardner

            • JerseyDutch

              I’ll vote for Motherfucking.

      • https://twitter.com/Carcillo_ Carcillo

        Phifer is an awesome middle name.

  • rek4gehrig

    I want Lee in pinstripes NOW (alright maybe in 3 months)

    • Chris

      I’d take him now. He could be very helpful in the ALCS and WS.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Game: Blouses

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    ZOMG Lee is broken

    • nathan

      I dont think questioning Lee’s injury history was terrible given the start of the year at Seattle and his 4 weeks mystery injury at Texas.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        No, it’s not, at all. I was just making a joke about the fact that he gave up a HR to Zobrist.

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

        There was no “4 weeks mystery injury.” He had back spasms, missed one start, then post a 1.93 ERA in his last four starts of the year.

        • nathan

          I wrote that because Nolan Ryan complained to the Dallas press that Lee hid an injury and was not forthright abt his injury.

      • It’sATarp

        He never had a recurring injury that has shut him out for a long time. I’m willing to take that risk

        • nathan

          But he has had nagging injuries.

          He was waht for a month to start the year with a rib injury? He had back issues in Texas. I dont recollect the exact nature but i know he missed some time while at Philly or Cleveland as well. He is 32, much older than when we signed CC to that 7 year deal. My guess is that if we sign him to a 5/6 year deal it will be similar to what’s going on with Santana as well.

  • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

    Just lost my online TBS feed due to copyright violation. Ugh.

    Hope I can find another one for tonight’s game.

  • JerseyDutch

    Apparently we lose the ALDS if we don’t win tonight with CC on the mound. That’s what the announcer on TBS just implied.

  • mbonzo

    I don’t get why they say tonight’s game is a must win for the Yankees. Look at the pitching match ups.

    Pettitte v. Pavano. Pettite has better numbers (minus wins) and Pettitte has some (if not THE) best postseason numbers of all time.

    Hughes v. Duensing. Duensing only has 22 career major league starts, and although his numbers have been fantastic, most of them come from relief pitching. In 4 appearances Duensing has an 8.1 ERA against the Yankees.

    • JerseyDutch

      Because most announcers are sadly uninformed about the teams they cover. And they hate the Yankees.

      • mbonzo

        I don’t think the pitching matchups are as lopsided as last year, but I definitely think the Yankees have the upper hand in the first 2 games, while Hughes and Duensing is an even matchup.

  • Total Dominication

    I want for Feliz to give up some runs, but eventually win. Give the Rangers the win, but shake Feliz’s confidence.

  • CBean

    Come on Feliz.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    Can Feliz not handle the postseason yet?

    (for clarification’s sake: joke)

  • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

    I look forward to the millions of Big Game James references made before tomorrow afternoon’s game. And I also look forward to him giving up approximately 5 runs. Perhaps then there will be some talk that ends the theory that Only the Yankees Have Issues?

  • Carlosologist

    Rangers up 1-0. They’re going up against James Shields tomorrow, which probably means lots and lots of balls in the seats.

    • Seamus

      TWSS

  • Total Dominication

    Rays loooooooose!!!! But they’re gritty and guts (no offense) so they can come back from this. Not like those Yankees who have 1 good player inn CC Sabathia and a bunch of scrubs,

    /MSM’d

    • JerseyDutch

      I hear Girardi’s not even going to bother fielding a team. He’s just putting CC on the mound and if he doesn’t strike out 27, well…

  • Yank the Frank

    Rays should be down by 2 after tomorrow. Down the Drain James.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    I actually think the Rays win tomorrow in a slugfest but that’s just me. Shields won’t distinguish himself but he will get a WIN after going like 5 IP/6 ER/3 HR and the media will cry in joy all over him. Garza/Lewis is a toss-up, depends which versions of them show up.

  • FIPster Doofus

    No worries for the Rays. Their pitching is so great that they’ll just turn to another ace in Game 2.

    Oops…

  • JerseyDutch

    Not that I give them much chance, but it would be funny if the Reds blew out the Phillies today…

  • pastadivingarod

    does everyone understand now why the yankees took a dive and got the WC instead of seeing Lee in a short series?

    • FIPster Doofus

      Francisco Liriano is also good at pitching, you know.

      • pastadivingarod

        lirano can not hold Lee’s jock. We are talking about a pitching machine.

  • theyankeewarrior

    The Rays are too good to let this hurt them. They are a bunch of young, athletic, college kids who are going out there and having the time of their lives. They will easily bounce back from this.

    Meanwhile, the Yankees are freezing their tails off in Target Field, and all their muscles are getting tight. This is a MUST WIN tonight. Pettitte, Hughes, CC (on short rest) and Pettitte again are just simply not enough to make up for one loss in October.

    The Phillies just took one step closer to winning ANOTHER championship.

    !!1!!11!1111!1!11!!!!11!!1!!1!!11!1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • JerseyDutch

      /hyperbole’d

    • mustang

      and your a fan of what team ?

      • mustang

        Maybe I’m wrong but the Phillies haven’t even played game 1 yet.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        I daresay he’s being sarcastic

        • mustang

          I don’t he is.

          • mustang

            I don’t think he is.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          I think he is.

  • Poopy Pants

    Is there an NLDS thread?

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Up before you asked. Check the main page next time please.

      NLDS Game 1 game thread

      • nathan

        Wow how cordial of you :-)