Game 23: Gotta get down with Freddy


(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

With apologies to everyone who know has that song stuck in his or her head and with a tip of the cap to our own Hannah Ehrlich for the inspiration, it’s Freddy time. The Yanks play host to the Blue Jays this weekend for a three-game set in the Bronx, and Freddy Garcia, 1-0 with a minuscule 0.69 ERA, takes to the hill tonight for his third start of the year.

Opposing Garcia will be Ricky Romero and the change-up of doom. Romero is only 1-3 this year but with a 3.00 ERA. In 19.2 innings against the Bombers last year, Romero limited the Yanks to just a .200/.282/.386 triple slash line. In his lating outing, he went seven strong against the Rays, giving up just a pair of runs while striking out ten but took the loss anyway. If both pitchers are on tonight, we’ll see a lot of slow balls and a good duel on the mound.

First pitch is at 7:05 p.m., and the game airs on the YES Network.

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

Freddy Garcia P

Notes: The Yankees activated Francisco Cervelli from the DL this afternoon and sent Gustavo Molina down to AAA. Cervelli make his 2011 debut on Sunday when he catches Ivan Nova…RAB will be offline for about an hour beginning 1 a.m. on Saturday morning as we undergo a planned server move.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Guest says:

    FUN! FUN! FUN!

    I’m sorry, I know its old, but I just can’t help myself…

  2. Skip says:

    Per LoHud: Cervelli will start on Sunday for Nova.

  3. Monteroisdinero says:

    Brackman vs Peavy tonight.

  4. Poopy Pants says:

    I hope the game doesn’t go 7 hours, or there will be a real clusterfuck on this site.

  5. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Perhaps another grand slam from Gardner is in order for tonight.

  6. DCBX says:

    Really, Ben?

    That poor girl will never live that song down.

  7. O’Neill and Flaherty? Ugh.

  8. The209 says:

    what song?

  9. mbonzo says:

    Stadium looks empty.

  10. mbonzo says:

    Jeeeeez. Gold Glove Swisher.

    Garcia looks pretty bad.

  11. Pat D says:

    Jeez, is anyone’s shtick more tired than Chris Berman’s?

  12. wow says:

    LL Cool J

  13. Poopy Pants says:

    I thought Cano said he hates being called ‘Robbie’? He just introduced himself as Robbie.

  14. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jeter needs a separate stat line that’s batting average only including legit hits, that would be like .090

  15. Mike Axisa says:

    “And you look up, and [Jeter's] hitting .262. That’s not bad.”

    .262 isn’t bad when it comes with power and walks and defense.

  16. Dino Velvet says:

    Dice-BB stink’n it up at Fenway.

  17. MannyGeee says:

    so, Freddy was a little flat in the first, Swish is a beast with the glove, and unfortunately so is Bautista….

    so that is the first inning recap so far, yeah?

  18. Mike Axisa says:

    Yeah Garcia doesn’t seem long for this game.

  19. Freddy's Mom says:

    Just want you all to know I am monitoring the comments. Be nice to Freddy!

  20. MannyGeee says:

    Romero looks a little wild so far, yeah? 2 full counts and 2 bloopy catches by Bautista…

  21. Freddy's Mom says:

    John Sterling, jeez. Gets all excited and yelps “fastball!” but doesn’t tell us if it’s a strike or a ball.

  22. MannyGeee says:

    Cooooop!!!!! Met the kid around town once while he was playing for the Fisher Cats. good dude…

  23. Cy Pettitte says:

    Freddy’s got nothing, looks like a Pendleton/Carlyle night

  24. Pat D says:

    NSG so far.

  25. Mike Axisa says:

    “Here’s John McDonald, a guy that will just put the bat on the ball and get the run in.”

    Three pitches, three swings and misses.

  26. Cy Pettitte says:

    that 2-1 was a strike?

  27. JimAbbottFan says:

    Cano with a walk?!

  28. Pat D says:

    Wow, Cano walked?

  29. MannyGeee says:

    Ricky Ro throwing a LOT of pitches… he may not be long for this game either

  30. Cy Pettitte says:

    woooo Russell!

  31. Esteban says:


  32. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Russell Martin is a beast

  33. MannyGeee says:

    atta boy Russ!!!!

  34. spectra says:

    How good is Toronto’s Bullpen been so far?

  35. DCBX says:

    The strike zone I am seeing on GameCast CAN’T be what the ump is really calling.

  36. JimAbbottFan says:

    That outside corner call is going to be annoying.

  37. MannyGeee says:

    wow, Gardner almost beat that out. hit it hard too!

  38. Jonathan says:


    WOW….anyone read this garbage? Jered Weaver won’t be a Yankee because Cliff Lee didn’t sign with us and Felix signed a long extension. He actually says signing an extension was spurning the Yankees. He says if he didn’t sign the extension he would have been traded to the Yankees since they’d try and get something before he left for free agency.

    Then he says Weaver is so grateful for the Angels drafting and developing him that he isn’t all about the money. This despite him going year by year and being represented by Scott Boras. He’d take a discount to stay in Anaheim.

    So to recap. A player signing an extension instead of going year to year is spurning the Yankees. And a player going year to year also doesn’t want to be a Yankee. Could Angels fans be more annoying?

    • DCBX says:

      Haters gon’ hate….

    • Pat D says:

      Clear case of someone trying to convince themselves of what they want to happen.

      And yet at the same time they allow that Weaver could become a Yankee. But not because of the Yankees offering him a big contract, but just because Moreno hates Boras.

  39. Mike Axisa says:

    Damn, I thought Garcia’s scoreless streak was going to last all season.

  40. IRF says:

    Freddy got Bautista’d

  41. Cy Pettitte says:


  42. JerseyDutch says:

    A blast from Joey Juiceman.

  43. Esteban says:

    So 2010 wasn’t a fluke for Bautista eh?

  44. Pat D says:

    I fucking hate Bautista.

  45. Rey22 says:

    Jose Bonds. Meh.

  46. ArchStanton says:

    Most inevitable home run of all time.

  47. Esteban says:

    I don’t think Freddy’s on tonight.

  48. JimAbbottFan says:

    Garcia missing spots = batting practice.

  49. Poopy Pants says:

    They’re STILL not testing for steroids in MLB?
    I’ve read for the last year on RAB that Bautista stinks and is only able to hit HR’s because he’s on PED’s.
    What happened???

  50. wow says:


  51. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    fuckin Bitchtista

  52. Cy Pettitte says:

    I’ve seen enough of you for the night, Freddy

  53. bklyn says:

    New yankee killer

  54. Dino Velvet says:

    bautista = Palmerio

  55. Poopy Pants says:

    Freddie lookin’ like CC today. Boo.

  56. Jerome S. says:

    Bautista: 2011 MVP?
    I know it’s just April, but if all you do is walk, strikeout and homer…

  57. Pat D says:

    Garcia got Scurvy Fuck’d in that inning.

  58. MannyGeee says:

    Bautista is just fcking aggravating… dude can rake.

  59. JerseyDutch says:

    Dear Mr. Jeter, We’re glad that you’re hitting the ball out of the infield. Now get some hits.

  60. jon says:

    I just dont understand it

    how can you play in the majors for 6 years as a below replacement level player then randomly flip a switch and because pujols

  61. MannyGeee says:

    best thing about super quiet Yankee Stadium??? you can very clearly hear the ‘OH SHIT!!!!!’ from Swisher when he pops one up or a ball is heading towards his shin

  62. Cy Pettitte says:


  63. Esteban says:

    Holy shit

  64. V says:

    Fantasy baseball warning – don’t read if fantasy baseball stuff annoys you.

    12 team, 3 keepers year to year – should I be willing to trade Justin Upton/Sabathia/Chris Perez for Hanley Ramirez? Or is that too much?

    IF Hanley recovers, he’s one of the two top shortstops in baseball (edge to Tulo with more R/RBIs due to better offensive team), and a no-doubt keeper.

    I drafted Upton with the idea that he could take a step forward this year into super-stardom, so I’m a bit wary of the deal from my end, but I do have an excess of offensive talent, and good players rotting on my bench, and I would like the extra roster spot to mix and match hot pitchers from the waiver wire.

    d00d has previously insisted on Longoria being included on my end, which I’d be willing to do Longoria+minor for Hanley, but not Longoria+Sabathia. If he insists on Longoria we’re probably done, though.

    • V says:

      I also have 3 other closers (Axford/Madson/Bailey), so I’m ok dealing one, though I think Perez is going to be the best of the four in 2011.

      • mbonzo says:

        What kind of depth do you have in the outfield and SP?

        • V says:

          Outfield: (we have 4): Upton/Werth/Granderson/Bourn/Berkman/Sizemore; Berkman’s playing IF while Aaron Hill is on DL, and Sizemore is UT with Ortiz riding the bench. Ortiz should not be riding the bench… but I’d rather play everyone else on a given day.

          SP, loss of Sabathia would hurt. Hanson, Beckett, Latos, Britton, Harang, Colon, Matsuzaka.

          • MannyGeee says:

            See if he takes Latos instead of CC, that I’d do

          • mbonzo says:

            I’d try and trade Werth and CC or Lator and Upton or even Latos and Werth. If you guys only use 3 keepers then I think Hanley has more value in the next few years. Upton is a good overall player, but his fantasy value could fall very quickly if he has a down year. CC is Mr. Reliable but remember that his stats are encumbered by pitching in the AL East. Sure, you get more wins, but less K’s, ERA, WHIP than what people value him at. I’d also drop Matsuzaka if I was you and pick up a guy like Stauffer in FA.

            • V says:

              Dice-K and Colon were very recent pickups (when I dropped Posada/Arencibia/Uehara), so yeah, I was just going to see if Dice-Ks two great starts carried over, and after he’s already walked FOUR Mariners, I think that answer is in.

              Stauffer does nothing for me. Not enough Ks, too many hits. I tend to make it a point to roster as few low-K starters as possible.

    • MannyGeee says:

      no way, that is way too much for Hanley alone… if you can keep CC and move Upton & Perez plus another minor piece, then I’d pull the trigger.

      • V says:

        I was originally willing to do Upton+CC for the keeper SS, but I think adding (what I believe to be) a top closer is too rich for me.

        Ugh, I need to make a trade at some point to convert my outfield depth into something useful. My SS sucks (Peralta); my 2B is Aaron Hill (DL) and Neil Walker (heh). My C was Posada, then Arencibia (got tired of the 4 days a week thing; I can’t juggle my roster daily), and now Ramos. I’m set at 1B/3B with Berkman/Youkilis/Longoria.

        I’m firmly 5th-7th in all 10 categories except wins (and with CC having 4 more wins as he deserves, I’d be solid in that too), for 8th place overall… hoping for some movement at some point, lol.

  65. MannyGeee says:

    whoa… Ricky Ro almost got dental work there

  66. Kit says:

    Wow that could’ve been terrible.

  67. Pat D says:

    Both pissed at Romero, and relieved for Romero on that last play.

  68. Esteban says:

    Ugh, A-Rod should have killed that pitch

  69. IRF says:

    Its a bit strange to see a young pitcher attacking hitters like that

  70. Esteban says:

    Well, what are you gonna do? The Yankees weren’t gonna get great pitching every night.

  71. Pat D says:

    OMG, Garcia’s having a bad start? I didn’t think that was ever going to happen?

  72. A-Rod's Wingman says:

    Awesome title, unfortunately Freddy isn’t living up to it. :(

  73. Jerome S. says:

    But I thought Garcia was going to be Great Forever?

  74. JerseyDutch says:

    Uh, oh. Not looking too good for Fast Freddy Fingers.

  75. nedro says:

    So much for all the goodwill he created on Sunday.
    Freddy’s stock is falling fast.

  76. Adam says:

    Is it too early to assume that the Post will run the “Freddy Gets Fingered” headline tomorrow?

  77. Ken M says:

    Looks like Toronto has figured out the 86mph heat!

  78. MannyGeee says:

    Freddy is in a world of shit…

  79. Cy Pettitte says:

    safe on a pitch out, ughh

  80. jorge brosada says:

    Anyone else following the draft? I don’t understand why the giants drafted another defensive lineman. Marvin Austin is talented, no doubt, but there is a big need for Linebackers and Offensive lineman and they keep ignoring it…

    Also Garcia looks shaky tonight

    • V says:

      Sometimes, if the best player on your board falls to you, you have to take him. There’s always trades and free agency. Not to mention, there might not be a 2011…

  81. MannyGeee says:

    Rajai Davis is just stupid fast…

  82. JohnnyC says:

    Good thing the back of the rotation guys always face their counterparts on the opposing team. Oh well, there goes that urban myth.

  83. IRF says:

    What the hell is he wearing on his neck?

  84. Mike Axisa says:

    They better not throw anything to Bautista even remotely close to the plate.

  85. Pat D says:

    Yeesh. Who’s the long man tonight?

  86. Kostas says:

    these games suck. no pitching, no hitting… fucking Toronto.

  87. MannyGeee says:

    See if he takes Latos instead of CC, that I’d do

  88. Simon says:

    By the looks of it, it looks like we have a chance to take 2/3 like Mike predicted in the chat today. Garcia doesnt look that good tonight unfortunately.

  89. JerseyDutch says:

    I don’t suppose Bartolo Colon could be a long reliever AND a starter?

    • MannyGeee says:

      you only get 75ip before his arm falls off… counterpoint he really is a walking heart attack, so why not…

  90. Cy Pettitte says:

    sooooo many pitches,man this game is just painful

  91. Mike Axisa says:

    Freddy muscled up for that 89.

  92. Jerome S. says:

    Every Toronto series they challenge Bautista until he hits a HR, and then they cower like animals for the rest of the series.

    Just walk him, we won’t hold it against you/

  93. nedro says:

    Holy Shit!!!

  94. jon says:

    walks are for suckers


  95. Mike Axisa says:

    That ball was well struck.

  96. Cy Pettitte says:

    Cano is hitting lasers, swagger levels are out of control

  97. Esteban says:

    This Guy. This guyyyy. Cano cannot be stopped!

  98. Xstar7 says:

    Babe Cano

  99. IRF says:

    Pshh. I don’t need no stinkin walks

  100. Pat D says:

    I’m still trying to figure out if I like Cano’s Griffey impression.

  101. Epy0n says:

    I love how Cano is destroying lefties on that same slider.

  102. MannyGeee says:

    Tex looks to have a little herp on his lip… thats for uncovering this for us, HD!

  103. V says:

    Can I get a Grandy Man Can?

  104. mbonzo says:

    Michael Kay, “Cano was lazy, until he was good”

  105. mbonzo says:

    Eduardo Nunez was too friendly with Cano. He’s gonna make him lazy. Trade him.

  106. Dino Velvet says:

    Gritt >>>>>>> Cano

  107. Cy Pettitte says:

    obligatory O’Neill ice cream segment, lol

  108. mbonzo says:

    Daisuke leaves with an injury. There goes your 5 aces.

  109. JM says:

    I’m guessing they enjoy their ice cream.

  110. nedro says:

    watch out. Joe’s going to the matchups…
    Leafing through it like a friggin Sears catalog.

  111. Cy Pettitte says:

    please, just let Freddy get out of this inning unscathed and turn it over to the pen

  112. IRF says:

    Wow Martin is a beast behind the plate

  113. mbonzo says:

    Garcia stole Gardner’s grit.

  114. MannyGeee says:

    wow…. Garcia has limped out of jam after jam tonight. Shit, the fact that its only 3-2 is a blessing…

  115. tom says:

    Not saying five innings is all I’m generally looking for, but, given what Freddy walked in with tonight, 5 IP 3 R is doing his part.

  116. Xstar7 says:

    Since Garcia’s night is probably done: 5 IP and 3 ER isn’t terrible. And it could’ve been much worse. We can’t expect him to pitch like he did in his first to starts all year.

  117. V says:

    Oh look. Gardner watching strikes 1 and 2. Ho hum.

  118. Mike Axisa says:

    5 IP, 3 R is a winnable game. I guess it’ll suffice, Freddy.

  119. nedro says:

    Legs it out!

  120. Cy Pettitte says:

    BG needs to steal, if there’s a Jeter DP I’ll lose it

  121. Mike Axisa says:

    Gardner setting up the double play…

  122. V says:


    Fastest guy on the team by far. Just frickin steal on the first pitch, man.

  123. Esteban says:

    Small Ball!

  124. V says:

    Wow. Beautiful bunt. Wow.

    Not what I expected from Jeter.

  125. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    YAY!!!!! BUNTING!!!!!!!
    NO HOME RUNS!!!!

  126. Xstar7 says:

    Wow. That was an amazing bunt by Jeter.

  127. nedro says:

    What’s with all the friggin bunting????
    (not complaining)

  128. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jeter, teach BG how to bunt please

  129. Mike Axisa says:

    Great, a successful bunt. That just means they’ll try it more.

  130. V says:

    I hate to say it, but I’m TOTALLY OK with the Jeter sacrifice (ignoring the fact that it was a PERFECT bunt basehit)…

  131. DCBX says:

    Jeter may be old, but he ain’t stupid.

  132. mbonzo says:

    Joba even came out of the bullpen to field that ball.

    Why the hell is Swisher bunting?

  133. nedro says:

    Enuff with the bunting and the homers, already…

  134. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    I’m okay with bunting when it works.

  135. Cy Pettitte says:

    I’m just amazed that they’re bunting here….

  136. IRF says:

    If Swisher gets a bunt base hit, does tex bunt too?

  137. Pat D says:


  138. Esteban says:

    Seriously, Swisher is bunting? FOH! WTF!

  139. FIPster Doofus says:

    Fuck bunting.

  140. V says:

    Gardner is fast enough to steal 3rd…

  141. jon says:

    trying to bunt? yep swish is hitting a homer

  142. Yankeefan34 says:

    I’m going to kidnap Giradi and do some Clockwork Orange style brainwashing so that he stops with this bunting business.

  143. JimAbbottFan says:

    What the…

  144. Esteban says:

    That was interesting.

  145. Epy0n says:

    Gotta love the bottom of the fifth!

  146. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol oh man that was fucking hilarious

  147. Xstar7 says:

    Thank you Encarnacion. That could have been a triple play.

  148. Kit says:

    Thank you for the derp, Blue Jays. We appreciate it.

  149. mbonzo says:

    Wtf just happened? Did I jsut get laid?

  150. IRF says:

    Just like Joe drew it up

  151. Pat D says:

    What a lucky break.

  152. jon says:

    wow thats a triple play if he makes that throw

  153. V says:

    Wow. Triple play to no outs in one bad throw.

  154. DCBX says:

    Awesome ahahahahaha

  155. Pat D says:

    Damn it, Teix.

  156. V says:

    Steal home. Steal home. Steal home. Steal home.

  157. Pat D says:

    God fucking dammit.

  158. jon says:

    are you fucking kidding me

  159. JM says:

    I blame Rebecca Black.

  160. Xstar7 says:

    Son of a bitch!

  161. tom says:

    son of a bitch

  162. Cy Pettitte says:

    no fucking runs? with Teix and ARod……wow

  163. IRF says:

    Yunel Escobar is going to waltz into the Brent Lillibridge HOF

  164. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    So bad.

  165. Esteban says:

    Cono Alex.

  166. jon says:

    3 outs on 2 pitches


  167. mbonzo says:

    Yanks can’t score with bases loaded no out… Yankees are cursed with homeruns!
    Michael Kay loves his narratives.

  168. MannyGeee says:

    well, shit

  169. Mike Axisa says:

    Unbelievable. Bases loaded, no outs, Tex and A-Rod make three outs in two pitches. Awful.

  170. nedro says:

    You gotta be…bleepin me.
    Go ahead. hit me.

  171. tom says:

    gotta say, weirdest sequence in a long time. about a hundred different things could have happened in that inning

  172. jorge brosada says:

    wow that was atrocious, if we lose because of that im gonna be pissed

  173. Carl says:

    Tex, what the heck? What about the base hit?

  174. V says:

    You know what sucks? ARod has hit into three outs (earlier the flare, and now the double play), because he’s TOO strong. Two weaker hit balls and he has a hit and a non-double play RBI.

  175. Hall and Nokes says:

    I’ve rather have hit into the triple play now

  176. jorge brosada says:

    Awesome d-rob, walk Rajai Davis on 4 pitches

  177. Mantle28 says:

    The prince looks like Mark Teixera.

    • MannyGeee says:

      ironically, Jeters been swingin the bat like a giant queen…

    • Pat D says:

      Teix isn’t losing his hairline, his nose isn’t getting bigger, and neither are his front teeth.

      In other words, he’s not slowly morphing into his rather disturbing looking father.

  178. Xstar7 says:

    Five straight balls to start off the inning by Robertson. Things aren’t looking optimistic at all.

  179. Mike Axisa says:

    Alright, give Bautista the old unintentional intentional walk again.

  180. CG says:

    So, according to Kay when gardner is on base he is a distraction to the hitter but anyone else is always a distraction to the pitcher?

  181. dela g says:

    god i can’t wait to not see rajai davis again

  182. jon says:

    why cant gardner do that

  183. jetrer says:

    need to walk him

  184. Cy Pettitte says:

    timely K

  185. MannyGeee says:

    wow, lucky Lind got hungry there… swinging at his eyes

  186. Pat D says:

    Nice job, DRob.

  187. Xstar7 says:


  188. MannyGeee says:

    shit shit shit

  189. Hummingbird S. says:

    wow… pathetic

  190. jorge brosada says:

    D-rob…the fuck was that??

  191. nedro says:

    Fuck this game. I’m feeling ill. Think I’ll go fuckin puke.

  192. CG says:

    This has been a weird one

  193. V says:

    Someone needs to spend three hours doing that drill tomorrow.

  194. jetrer says:

    Bad D has been hurting the Yanks a lot lately

  195. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:


  196. wow says:

    much love bull pen, much love.

  197. Simon says:

    Gold Glove defense out there for both teams…..

  198. MannyGeee says:

    worst part about this game, Romero hasn’t even pitched lights out. this should have been a blow out… damn you Home Runs!!!!!

  199. mbonzo says:

    Where the hell was that curveball?

  200. jon says:

    how stupid is trying to steal 3rd with 2 outs

  201. Kostas says:

    This fucking team is such a cluster fuck of fundamentals. Good Grief.

  202. Pat D says:

    It would nice if Gardner didn’t throw the ball straight into the ground.

  203. jetrer says:

    horrible throw
    10 bounces form short left

  204. Cy Pettitte says:

    oh come on…this is getting away quickly

  205. Hummingbird S. says:

    Robertson putting the game outta reach, nice!

  206. jorge brosada says:

    Omg Bautista you fucking piece of shit.

  207. wow says:

    unbelievable… what is with this bull pen!

  208. Xstar7 says:

    Nothing is going right for the Yankees today. Bases loaded no outs, failed to score a single run. Caught Bautista trying to take second, and he throws the ball away. The throw beats Bautista at the plate but he slides around Martin. Why do the Yankees have such excruciating games like this?

  209. Kostas says:

    I still don’t understand how inept teams like Toronto and Chicago come into Yankee Stadium and make this team look silly. #Yankeepridefailure

  210. Mike Axisa says:

    Two walks for Cano? They can’t lose now.

  211. jon says:

    2 walks in one game?!?!? madness

  212. mbonzo says:

    That breaking ball is a strike? The curveball down the middle from Robertson was a ball though. Yankees should donate $500,000 to this ump for Lasik eye surgery.

  213. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jones looks horrible tonight

  214. JMK says:

    Oof, Andruw. Just bad.

  215. Xstar7 says:

    Jones needs to be more patient.

  216. jetrer says:

    granderson looks awful against Romero

  217. Xstar7 says:

    Granderson and Jones are giving Romero outs.

  218. jon says:

    wow 6 of his 7 strikes out are from 2 people

  219. mbonzo says:

    “Error establishing a database connection”

    Can’t wait for the new host. Who is the current host so I know to never go with them?

  220. bobtaco says:

    who takes their kids to the game in 70s pimp hats?

  221. jetrer says:

    bs call there

  222. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    It looks like “one of those games”…

  223. Kostas says:

    pretty much the entire team… except for a few AB’s.

  224. JerseyDutch says:

    Would someone wake me up when the Yankees game starts?

  225. Cy Pettitte says:

    this game is brutal

  226. jorge brosada says:

    Still a 3 run game, Buddy Carlyle? wtf girardi

  227. Esteban says:

    Wow this ump is terrrrible. Even if that call helped the Yankees

  228. JerseyDutch says:

    Buddy Carlyle sounds like the name of a game show host.

  229. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Hirschbeck is the fucking worst.

  230. Cy Pettitte says:

    Carlyle to the 8th, Soriano to mop up

  231. Esteban says:

    Cue the Carlyle is better than Joba and Soriano and should pitch the 8th.
    Oh wait, it already happened.

  232. tom says:

    So, of course, Carlyle has the evening’s easiest inning

  233. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    All right. 3 HRs in a row!!

  234. Cy Pettitte says:

    If I watch anymore games on MLB TV I’m gonna end up naming my first born child “Volvo”

  235. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Good thing the Red Sox have Bobby Jenks.

  236. JerseyDutch says:

    If Gardner doesn’t stop bunting, I’m going over to the stadium and taking away his bat. And his shoes.

  237. jetrer says:

    how about another clutch grounder to third

  238. Adam says:

    Wow…that was the saddest seemingly positive league leader graphic ever.

  239. Cy Pettitte says:

    Gardner, get out of the way! can you do anything right?

  240. mbonzo says:

    “What range by the shortstop!”
    Mike’s just used to watching Jeter.

  241. Total Dominication says:

    Oh the irony.

  242. V says:

    Um, yeah, Escobar being there up the middle? Above average shortstops get that a lot of the time. Just because we’re used to Jeter doesn’t make that an amazing play.

  243. Cy Pettitte says:

    Olney – “They’re saying on the Red Sox broadcast that Matsuzaka came out with right elbow tightness.”


  244. JMK says:

    Will Swish try to bunt on 0-2? Girardi?

  245. Esteban says:

    Buster Olney
    They’re saying on the Red Sox broadcast that Matsuzaka came out with right elbow tightness.
    2 minutes ago

  246. mbonzo says:

    Nice at bats by the Yankees so far.

  247. JMK says:

    For the hat trick – Olney says Dice-K came out with right elbow tightness.

  248. Cy Pettitte says:

    ughh Kay got me excited

  249. Total Dominication says:

    You got dis A-rod.

  250. Cy Pettitte says:

    ABomb please, this mini slump sucks

  251. Pat D says:

    ARod’s BA has been dropping a tad…

  252. Cy Pettitte says:

    ewwww what the fuck

  253. tom says:

    It’s a tease night all around

  254. Total Dominication says:


  255. JerseyDutch says:

    I’m boycotting the rest of this game. Unless it gets exciting and then I was watching all along.

  256. First time lawng time says:

    Lol whatever. I’m used to losing to Toronto. It doesn’t bother me…yeah this loss…totally expected.

  257. Kostas says:

    So much for a 3 game winning streak.. Damn it.

  258. Esteban says:

    That’s a large man right there.

  259. MannyGeee says:

    wow, Jobas bringing it tonight… I wish he came up as a starter, we could really use that this year…

    oh wait

  260. Cy Pettitte says:

    large and in charge

  261. Xstar7 says:

    Great inning by Joba. Too bad it won’t matter.

  262. MannyGeee says:

    Jeter = range!!!

  263. jetrer says:

    Seventh Inning Guy pitching in the eighth inning … Insanity!

  264. First time lawng time says:

    The Yankees should try to score runs tomorrow. And then our BP shouldn’t choke. And then we should try to actually get a win streak going.

  265. mbonzo says:

    CANO! You can’t get that man out!

  266. Cy Pettitte says:

    HOLY SHIT! Cano is so epic

  267. dkidd says:

    are there any other players who “figured it out” at the age of 30 a la bautista (non steroid era)? if he’s now a legit 40 home run guy, that seems pretty unprecedented

  268. Xstar7 says:

    My god, Robinson is absolutely mashing right now. Too bad it won’t matter.

  269. Rey22 says:

    Cano en fuego

  270. Esteban says:

    Home Robinson!

  271. a plethora of pinatas says:

    At least one guy came to the game with his shit straight.

  272. Aj says:

    Robinson, that guy can really slug.

  273. mbonzo says:

    I smell a comeback.

  274. Cy Pettitte says:

    buying my ticket for the Coltrane

  275. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    I’m not a fan of censorship, but those WB Mason commercials need to be banned.

  276. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    BIG 4!!!!!! YESSSSSS

  277. Mike Axisa says:

    Yeah, I’ll be going to that concert.

  278. V says:

    Boom. Carlos Santana walkoff grand slam. W00t for the free win for Chris Perez.

  279. MannyGeee says:

    LOL Kay explaining Metallica. that felt weird

  280. Pat D says:

    Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax?

    Sign me up!

    For the voluntary removal of my ears, that is.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:


    • Esteban says:

      Agree. Never liked heavy metal and Enter Sandman is the only Metallica song I’ve ever heard (knowingly)

      • Pat D says:

        That’s the only Metallica album I have, and I have never liked anything by the others.

        Metallica has also done their own versions of movie music, like “The Imperial March” from The Empire Strikes Back and “The Ecstasy of the Gold” from The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, and they were just utterly, utterly boring.

  281. Stratman9652 says:

    Any idea how many pitches have been seen by Yankee pinch hitters? I feel like I’ve seen way too many pinch hit groundouts on one or two pitches lately.

  282. mbonzo says:

    Home run on this 3-1 pitch?

  283. Epy0n says:

    Seattle heating up over there in the bumpin AL West.

  284. Xstar7 says:

    Please no DP, PLEASE

  285. MannyGeee says:

    Boone and Soriano both up in the pen…. that worries me.

  286. Esteban says:

    Sox lost.

  287. Cy Pettitte says:

    pinch hit Chavez

  288. mbonzo says:

    Whenever Gardner takes a walk, he’s halfway down the line to first before the umpire calls it.

  289. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:


  290. jorge brosada says:

    Jeter with the bases loaded. Lol.

  291. Jerome S. says:

    he’s not gonna hit a homer. pray it makes it into the OF.

  292. Kostas says:

    good grief. This is not the ideal situation…. nervous… no DP

  293. Pat D says:

    Oh, this should be fun.

  294. Rey22 says:

    Oh god please don’t even swing the bat. Anything but a GIDP >_< I'll take a 3 strike K

  295. Xstar7 says:

    Jeter with the bases loaded? I don’t know what to expect.

  296. Kit says:

    Derek please. *begs*

  297. JerseyDutch says:

    Grand slam? GIDP? What will it be?

  298. Rey22 says:

    *3 pitch

  299. Total Dominication says:

    Please Jeter.

  300. NHyankeesfan says:

    i wouldnt let him swing. we all know what could happen

  301. jetrer says:

    Fun fact … Jeter has only 2 HRs since last June 12 (one inside the park) and that includes postseason, spring training, and backyard wiffle ball

  302. mbonzo says:

    Jeeez, Kay is so lame when the bases are loaded. He’s just way too corny.

  303. JackC says:

    I’ve been reduced in moments like this with the Captain to rooting for a walk.

  304. jetrer says:


  305. JerseyDutch says:

    Strike out! Thank god.

  306. jorge brosada says:

    Useless Jeter. At least you didnt GIDP

  307. Cy Pettitte says:

    whatever, better than a GIDP

  308. Rey22 says:

    Meh….beats a DP. Swish time!

  309. NHyankeesfan says:

    that was at his shoulders

  310. Total Dominication says:


  311. IRF says:

    Im half relieved that he struck out

  312. BigBlueAL says:

    No chance.

  313. Pat D says:

    It’s a good thing for Jeter that he’s still questing for 3000 hits.

    Otherwise I think he’d start to hear boos earlier than whenever he will.

  314. Mike Axisa says:

    Jeter expanded the zone? No way.

  315. Esteban says:

    Dere(K) Jeter

  316. Klemy says:


  317. Xstar7 says:

    Damn it Jeter. At least it wasn’t double play. But Nick Swisher isn’t going to do anything.

  318. Guest says:

    17 mil for three years. Player option for year four.


  319. ArchStanton says:

    I honestly can’t recall Jeter getting a big hit for quite some time.

  320. NHyankeesfan says:

    at least the middle of the order will be up for the bottom of the 9th

  321. wow says:

    offensive black hole.

  322. Cy Pettitte says:

    this is probably one of the most painful games of the year to watch

  323. Klemy says:

    I just…don’t even know why I’m still watching this painful game.

  324. Pat D says:

    Mother fucking fucker, Swisher!

  325. Cy Pettitte says:

    this team fucking sucks

  326. Aj says:

    GOD Damnit. Rauch is on my fantasy team, it was a lose lose situation.

    • mbonzo says:

      OR win win depending on how your glass is filled.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      Dont you mean a win, win situation??

      If Rauch blows it at least its to the Yankees, if he gets the save it sucks because it means the Yankees lose but your fantasy team gets a save!!

      • MannyGeee says:

        exactly how I thought of it when I started Romero (win) Lind (so so) & Rajai (super win) tonight…

        I feel dirty but vindicated…. it really is conflicting

  327. Kostas says:

    epic fail

  328. Total Dominication says:

    aopics[/;.l,kmjnhbgvfcdxl’;l.,ur2e12we2380,jl97098ijuhncb vp’;ioluikyuthr tegafv vbnm

  329. wow says:

    black hole strikes again.

  330. mbonzo says:

    Its time to start using the extra money in the payroll to clone Cano.

  331. Xstar7 says:

    Dammit stop teasing us!

  332. MannyGeee says:

    oh,, runners left on base… how i’ve missed you

  333. First time lawng time says:

    Wooow this team is soooooo good. Epic offense guys!

  334. Kyle says:

    They deserve to lose this one. at least Jeter didn’t GIDP

  335. EndlessMikeJr says:

    When you need a jeter single he can’t do it. It’s the only thing he’s good at.

  336. Kostas says:

    11 LOB… ridiculous

  337. TSJC Troll Doppleganger says:

    Jeter and Swisher both know that RBIs are overrated.

    • MannyGeee says:

      thats right, according to Ian O Conner, its all about heart and determination…and of course being a real Yankee

  338. Cuso says:

    First pitch swinging with bases jacked & 2 outs. nice job, Swish.

    Where are all the braniacs that were claiming that Swish ‘busted out of it’ last night?

    A six-year-old girl coulda gone 2-for-4 if she batted in front of Cano & behind Grandy like Swish did last night.

    when have you ever swung at the first pitch and succeeded Nick?

    idiot trying to be a hero again.

  339. First time lawng time says:

    Lol people here need to chill. Do you really expect us to beat Toronto? Get real…we suck against them..well be lucky if we don’t get swept.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      they’ve been trying their hardest to give this game to us, it’s annoying

    • Pat D says:

      Yes, yes you do.

      • Kit says:

        I think she’s giving Poopy Pants a run for his money in the worst commenter ever department. Really trolling hard.

        • First time lawng time says:

          How am I trolling?

          • Kit says:

            Read your comments and tell me how you’re not trolling. This shouldn’t even be a question.

            • First time lawng time says:

              Don’t get how I’m trolling…because I don’t drool over this team and act like they’re so great?
              What do all comments here have to be incredibly optimistic? Unless of course someone, heaven forbid, bunts or Soriano comes in? (OMG the contract! Let’s keep bringing it uplike it means something to us!)

              • Kit says:

                If you don’t get it then no one can help you. Just don’t complain when people call you out.

              • Kit says:

                Also I don’t get where this “drooling” comes from. Almost everyone here acknowledges the weaknesses of the team, which is why if you read the comments above, you can see people talking about Jeter, Garcia and the bullpen with the bases loaded who didn’t get criticized for what they said.

      • First time lawng time says:

        DON’t remember freaking out tonight, but whatever let’s pick on FTLT.

        • Pat D says:

          Saying that they suck against Toronto and will be lucky to not get swept is pretty close to freaking out.

          • First time lawng time says:

            I think I have a valid point…they lost plenty of series against them last year and we haven’t looked good lately.

            But this is RAB so every comment must have blind optimism.

            • Esteban says:

              They were 8-10 last year against the Jays, hardly ‘sucking’ and 12-6 in 2009. Again you just say stuff without putting any thought into what you’re saying.

            • Kit says:

              That’s not true at all. Most people here aren’t blindly optimistic. The Yankees always have a chance to win, they have a great offense. That’s not optimism, it’s realism. We lost the season series against Toronto last year for the first time since the early 2000′s. Doesn’t mean it’s going to happen again. If it does, who gives a fuck. Toronto will probably not even have a shot at the AL East or the Wild Card while the Yankees always do. The fact that you’re being relentlessly annoying with the constant “OMG, THE YANKEES SUCK” and continue to make the same post over and over is why people give you shit. If you don’t want to be picked on, then stop making posts like that. Everyone is entitled to being upset at a loss, but you’re not entitled to say something like “We’re lucky if we’re not swept” without being criticized for it. I’m not trying to be a bitch to you, but honestly you make it really hard for anyone here to support or like you based solely on your comments. You don’t have to be positive about everything, but don’t be needlessly pessimistic about a series that’s only one game in. If we lose tomorrow then you have every right to say that, but before then, no.

              • First time lawng time says:

                1. Yeah you are being kind of a bitch.
                2. 2010 is more relevant than the rest of the 2000s (the teams are most similar to this year)…we owon only a few series against them last, we’ve had trouble beating them, and we’ve had trouble scoring runs lately, except for last night. Therefore, this team is in a slump right now, and this series doesn’t look good. That’s realism too.
                3. Really, I’m annoying? You know what’s annoying, reading a ton of comments hhere after someone shows bunt bitching about it. And then people complaining about the Soriano contract.
                4. I don’t say the Yankees suck. I say the offense, pitching, or individual performance suck. And I have never said that they permanently suck. In fact, I generally refer to the one game or series.

                • Kit says:

                  I honestly don’t give a fuck if you think I’m being a bitch. If I am its because I’m responding to you and you make it difficult for me to be kind even though I a) never cursed at you b) try to treat you with as much respect as I can despite the fact that I really dislike your comments. 2010 is relevant, but the teams are always different and performances are different and you’re wrong in saying we’ll be lucky to not get swept after one game. Point Blank. Doesn’t matter what happens tomorrow, your comment is going to be taken the wrong way after one game. And yes, you’re annoying. Different people find different things annoying. I dislike bunting and the Soriano contract but I still like Soriano, do I bitch about it? No. Do I complain about people bitching about it? No. Those people all have valid points in their argument, whereas you just spew whatever you’re thinking without backing it up with evidence or actually making a point. When you’re right, people generally agree, when you’re wrong, they don’t. And your so called commenting on individual performances isn’t commenting on it at all. You just said “we’re lucky if we don’t get swept.” No one player loses a game, therefore, you’re not commenting on one performance. You’re commenting on the whole team, as in, you know, The Yankees. I bet if I cared enough to go back even further in your history of comments, I’d find more evidence to support what I just said.

                  • First time lawng time says:

                    What I don’t understand is why people care so much about what I say. If I want to say the Yankees will be lucky to not get swept, there is absolutely no reason to call me out on it. If that’s how I feel I have every right to say it. I didn’t call anyone out here, therefore people shouldn’t give me crap about what I say about a baseball team.
                    I honestly can’t understand why people make a big deal out of it or why it’s annoying.

                    I just feel some people take comments too seriously, and swearing at someone or sayinghe or she knows nothing abouthe game, just because they disagree with the comment is a little extreme or uncalled for.

                    • Kit says:

                      It’s not that people care individually about what you say, it’s just that if a comment comes along that is deemed stupid, people will usually jump all over it. I never said you knew nothing about the game (though to be honest, you don’t really help yourself with some of the things you say). And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with knowing little about the game to begin with. I’m just starting to learn sabermetrics. I don’t claim to be an expert on anything.

                      The reason why people care in general is because people happen to read it. Most of us really like this website, it’s informative, some of the people are fun and funny and it’s comments like “We’ll be lucky if we’re not swept” or the nice “Go fuck yourself” you sent me a few days ago that lower the quality and usually annoy the people who are really passionate about the team. It doesn’t mean you’re not passionate, it just sounds like you’re a Mets fan or something and it’s been centuries since we last saw a World Series and we’ll never win ever again. And you shouldn’t be talking about swearing at people, because I’ve seen you do it. So you’re not innocent, and neither am I. If you disagree, disagree, but at least give a valid argument as to why. You’ll see most people treat it with a “fair enough.”

    • Esteban says:

      Your schtick is pretty annoying at this point.

  340. MannyGeee says:

    Coopers gf is the blonde… she is smoooookin too…

  341. Cy Pettitte says:

    Arod needs to get on so Robbie can hit another laser HR

  342. Xstar7 says:

    Why did I even watch that bottom of the ninth?

  343. jetrer says:

    this game was craptastic

  344. a plethora of pinatas says:

    Rauch is one big ugly lumbering-looking douche.

  345. wow says:

    so glad we had the heart of the order for that one.

  346. MannyGeee says:

    yuck, nothing worse than a loss like this. I rather see a 2 hit shut out. soo many opportunities blown…

  347. TSJC Troll Doppleganger says:

    This team is starting to resemble the Giambi, Sheffield, Matsui, ARod teams that did nothing in the mid 2000s. HRs or bust.

    But hey, RBIs are so overrated. Screw sac flies and texas league singles.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      This team is starting to resemble the Giambi, Sheffield, Matsui, ARod teams that did nothing in the mid 2000s. HRs or bust.

      Because of the pitching. You left that out, but I guess it would ruin your narrative.

      • TSJC Troll Doppleganger says:

        I was talking about their HR mentality – those teams relied too much on the long ball, too.

        The pitching hasn’t been too bad this season – sans Soriano.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          HR = best possible thing that can happen in an at-bat. Hitting too many isn’t a bad thing, it’s the best possible thing.

          • Xstar7 says:

            Hitting too many isn’t the problem. Relying on them is.

            • TSJC Troll Doppleganger says:

              Ding, ding, ding. Someone gets me.

              • Mike Axisa says:

                The problem is that you’re assuming they do nothing but swing for the fences on every pitch.

                • Xstar7 says:

                  Well that’s not true at all. But after a game where we left 11 men on base it’s easy to think so.

                  • Esteban says:

                    Only if you ascribe that ‘failure’ to trying to hit homeruns, and give no credit to good pitching or fielding or bad luck or the fact that nobody can get a hit whenever they want.

                    • Xstar7 says:

                      Yeah you’re right. But having the bases loaded with less than two outs and not scoring a single run either time is a failure nonetheless. Also if you watch Jeter’s at bat with the bases loaded in the eighth, he was definitely trying to jack one.

            • Esteban says:

              Who says they’re relying on them? What does that even mean?

              • Xstar7 says:

                Eh, It seems when they don’t hit home runs they can’t score in general.

                • Pasqua says:

                  Operative word in that sentence: “seems.” Have the Yankees scored a ton of runs via the HR so far? Yes. And that’s good. Because HR’s produce lots of runs. But the pace will likely slow and, at some point, people will be bitching that A-Rod, or Cano, or Granderson, failed to hit one out when the team “really needed them to.”

            • Pasqua says:

              Can I ask, seriously, what does that mean? How do you “rely” on a homerun? Can A-Rod and Cano NOT physically single? Do you thnk hitters can will themselves to single or double at any moment but choose not to?

              • Esteban says:

                Yes, that’s what they think. Every time a hitter makes an out, it was because they were trying to hit a HR or lack fundamentals. It’s not logical, but people like FTLT will continue to believe it.

              • Xstar7 says:

                The Yankees as a team in general do not play small-ball. Their offense is built on walks, and XBH (home runs in particular.) And when they can’t do these things they’re offense can’t put up the numbers they need to win on a regular basis. But don’t take this too seriously. It’s all anecdotal eyewitness garbage as TSJC once put it.

                • Esteban says:

                  And they score the most runs in the league every year! How is how they’ve developed the team a bad thing?

                • Pasqua says:

                  The Yankees are constantly at or near the top in runs scored. They score a shitload of runs. That they don’t always score them when you or I would LIKE does not invalidate that amount that they score, so let’s stop pretending that, because they don’t sacrifice bunt a whole bunch, they are somehow damaging their chances of winning.

                  • Xstar7 says:

                    See: reply to esteban’s reply above.

                    • Pasqua says:

                      Right. That’s fine. Tonight sucked, unfortunately. But because tonight sucked, it doesn’t mean a) that the Yankees approach at the plate is “wrong;” or b) that they’re only “relying” on homeruns.

                    • Xstar7 says:

                      Hey, TSJC Troll Doppleganger is the one who instigated this conversation. Not me.

                    • Pasqua says:

                      Fair enought. And I’m not trying to pin it on you. But, you did make the “relying” on homeruns comment, which is the basis for a lot of my response.

        • Pasqua says:

          You were talking about the homerun mentality but implying that it was the reason for the failures when pitching had a TON to do with it. (I sat in the bleachers for a playoff game against the Angels and watched Aaron Small and Al Leiter try to hold down the fort for crying out loud!)

          If the pitching hasn’t been that bad this year, as you say, that would suggest to me a good chance at a different (and better) outcome than the mid-2000′s.

    • Esteban says:

      The Yankees should be trying to hit… Texas league singles?

      • TSJC Troll Doppleganger says:

        I’d love to see the occasional single with RISP – it’s either feast with the long ball or famine with this team.

      • First time lawng time says:

        Singles would have driven in those runs with the bases loaded…

        • Esteban says:

          You have NO idea what each Yankee player was thinking during their ABs.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          So would have wild pitches. And walks. And hit by pitches. And homers. And balks. And even double plays on some occasions.

          • First time lawng time says:

            What? The guy I responded to implied that he didn’t think too highly of singles. I then responded by saying they would have been useful because they would have scored runs. I was strictly referring to singles and did not make any mention, either Positive or negative, to the items you listed. What was the purpose of your response?

            • Esteban says:

              Do you know what a Texas league single is?
              Here, I’ll save you the LMGTFY and just cite from Wiki:

              Texas Leaguer

              A Texas Leaguer (or Texas League single) is a weakly hit fly ball that drops in for a single between an infielder and an outfielder. These are now more commonly referred to as flares, bloopers or “bloop single.” See blooper.
              The term originated when Ollie Pickering, a popular Texas League player, made his major league debut and proceeded to run off a string of seven straight bloop hits, to which the game announcers stated, “Well, there goes Pickering with another one of those “Texas Leaguers”

              So I repeat, the Yankees should be trying to hit Texas Leaguers?

              • First time lawng time says:

                IDK if it gets the run in sure. The goal should always be to score runs; if that’s what it takes, go for it.

                • Esteban says:

                  No. No. No. Players are never trying to hit bloopers.

                • Pat D says:

                  There is a difference between the process and the result.

                  The process is always to try to score the run. The result may not always be so.

                  But if the result is that the run is not scored, it is completely wrong to assume that their process was simply to try and hit a home run or to not try to score the run.

                  • Esteban says:

                    Forget it, FTLT doesn’t respond to logic and lacks a basic understanding of how baseball works and how baseball players go about their business.

                    • First time lawng time says:

                      Just because you disagree with me doesn’t make me wrong.
                      I prefer results over process . That’s got nothing to do with logic or understanding; that’s who I am.

                      Saying I don’t respond to logic and that I lack an understanding of baseball is kinda rude and uncalled for.

        • Pasqua says:

          Ah, yes. I forgot. Singles are givens in an at-bat, and all a player has to do is decide to single and he shall do so. Homeruns, meanwhile? Only selfish pricks hit homeruns.

          • First time lawng time says:

            I never said any of that, but let’s misinterpret the comments to cause a reaction.

            • Pasqua says:

              Nope. Sorry. Now you’re just getting defensive. The comment says, “Singles would have driven those runs in…,” which implies that they somehow chose NOT to hit singles, which is just (of course) ridiculous. Yes, singles would have done the job, but so would a homerun, and in order to do either, you need to do something with the right pitch. They didn’t. It happens.

    • First time lawng time says:

      “RBIs are a terrible a stat!!! Sac flies are soooooo useless!”
      —Typical RAB motto

      • Esteban says:

        You’re so dull and have little idea of what you’re talking. You deserve the shit people give you.

      • Pat D says:

        Yea, you see it’s comments like this that make you stand out as excessively negative.

        RBI’s are fairly useless, because they don’t tell you anything about how many runs are actually being scored. I can’t say I’ve even seen anyone say sac flies are useless. Feel free to prove me wrong.

        But you know what’s better than sac flies? Anything that doesn’t create an out!

        • Esteban says:

          No RBIs are dumb as an individual stat, that’s where the stat is criticized. As a team stat- you have runs scored. so you don’t need RBIs, but who the hell cares how those runs are distributed amongst the players as long as they’re scoring runs?

          • Pat D says:

            This is pretty much what I meant.

            I’m not someone who likes to totally discard RBI just because I grew up with baseball cards and it was oh so important back then.

            I do understand they don’t tell us anything.

        • First time lawng time says:

          Not if it doesn’t drive in a run…

          • Pat D says:

            I’m beginning to wonder if you have understood what I’ve said or if you’re just ignoring it.

            Or if you even understand the rules of baseball.

            • First time lawng time says:

              I understand the point of baseball…score runs. If a sac fly scores a run you did well.

              • Pat D says:

                Yea, and so do singles, doubles, triples or home runs in that same situation. As does a walk or HBP if the bases are loaded.

                So do you see why I say those non-out occurring situations are preferable to a sac fly?

                • First time lawng time says:

                  OBviously they are. When I read your comment I took it to mean hits of any form are always better than sac flies regardless of whether they drive in a run. My point was sac flies would be better because they score a run (as opposed to say, a leadoff triple that gets stranded). Obviously the outcome that generates the most runs and fewest outs is thr best scenario.

                  That’s my bad for misinterpretting your comment.

                  • Pat D says:

                    OK, glad we’re on the same page then.

                    I still think that in general hits are better than outs, no matter the circumstance, but it really depends on the situation of course.

              • Pasqua says:

                You did well in that you drove in a run; however you did not optimize your at-bat. A homrerun optimizes your at-bat as it produces the most possible runs.

  348. Xstar7 says:

    Garcia didn’t deserve that loss. Games like this make me thankful there is almost always a game tomorrow

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Garcia didn’t deserve that loss.

      Yes he did, he was awful. The only reason he didn’t give up more is because Juan Rivera swung at pitch after pitch in the dirt to end two innings/rallies.

      • Xstar7 says:

        Juan Rivera bailed him out yes, but those are the kind of things it takes to get out of multiple jams. And Robertson’s errant throw to Cano led to 2 runs which was the difference in this game.

  349. Jerome S. says:

    The home-run reliance narrative is poorly constructed. It has validity (minimal, IMO), but these idiots aren’t getting to the heart of the argument.

  350. tom says:

    Okay, feel free to label this the pie-in-sky view, but….

    A team with a tremendous on-base percentage (i.e., the Yankees) is going to once in a while give you a hugely frustrating game, because the right person or persons doesn’t come through at the key moment. Would you really prefer a team that didn’t give you that hope, even if, like tonight, it’s in vain?

    I mean, honestly: most teams whose starter had practically nothing and whose first-reliever-out-of-the-box stunk out the joint, up against an opposition starter who allowed two runs in six innings, would have been prostrate before the seventh inning stretch. As maddening as it is to see great opportunities go by, they’r3 opportunities only a very good team can provide.

  351. TSJC Troll Doppleganger says:

    To go back to my original post about this Yankee team resembling the mid-2000s Yankee teams (hitting-wise only):

    Those teams could mash the ball and score at will, and this season, to date, so has this Yankee team. My concern is that those teams were exposed in the playoffs by better pitchers who kept the ball in the yard and they didn’t “manufacture” runs.

    There seems to be negative opinions about the sacrifice fly on this website. Hey, I love the long ball as much as the next guy, but it’s not going to happen every time. 1 sac fly or slow ground ball with the bases loaded in the 5th and in the 8th and we may still be playing this game. What was so frustrating tonight was watching Teixeira not wait for his pitch in the 5th and swing at the 1st pitch and hit that soft pop up to Escobar. And I don’t think the Yanks are trying to hit HRs every at bat, but it sure looked like Jeter was trying to go yard in the 8th inning. He was swinging out of his shoes.

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