Game 40: Hello Goodbye

Yankees recall Chris Dickerson, place Rafael Soriano on the DL
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The Yankees just got to Tampa yesterday but they’re already on their way out, flying up to Baltimore following tonight’s finale of the two-game set. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, the Yanks are just 2-5 at Tropicana Field in their last seven games there dating back to last season. Hooray for cherry picking. Here’s the latest group of guys that will try to get out of this funk…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B - shakes fist … give the guy a day or two off
Robinson Cano, 2B
Russell Martin, C – wow, five games in a row
Jorge Posada, DH
Brett Gardner, LF
Chris Dickerson, RF – he was called up and Rafael Soriano was placed on the DL, in case you missed it.

Ivan Nova, SP

Another weird 6:40pm ET start, but whatever. No YES tonight, the game is on regular old My9. Try not to throw the remote at the TV.

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  • Levi

    **Looks at tv with giant crack in it from last night**

    Whoops.

    • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

      Save the collateral damage for the playoffs.

  • http://www.cafepress.com/riveraveblues T-Dubs

    For those interested, there’s a new design at the RAB Store (http://www.cafepress.com/riveraveblues ) that adequately describes the sentiment towards bunting.

    • jetrer

      love it … is that Gardner?

      • http://www.cafepress.com/riveraveblues T-Dubs

        It’s a silhouette of an unnamed, perhaps generic, baseball player who may happen to resemble the one you mentioned.

        /RAB Legal Dept.’d

        • jetrer

          Everyone here should chip in and send one to Girardi and one to Gardner. I’m in for $1. Anyone else??

    • Guest

      Love it. What is an organic fitted t-shirt?

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  • A Gritty Dude’s Gritty Dude

    Gotta wonder how long Jorge’s leash is at this point.

    • chuck

      longer than anyone else who is currently hitting .160 and doing nothing else to contribute to the team, thats for sure

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    It’s on My9 too, baaaaaarf

  • Pat D

    I hate My9 games. I have to find the game in the Extra Innings channels.

    And, once again, R.I.P. Harmon Killebrew.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      For me it’s 726 of 726-1 for HD

  • Daniel

    having a harder time not throwing my TV out the window.

  • jdp

    Swish is hurt or benched?
    If the latter, bet he handles it better Posada.

    • jetrer

      sick

  • Xstar7

    For all those gloom-baggers out there (if they’re still here) this video is for you.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....ata_player

    Don’t let a few games in May make you forget why we love this team. (you’re welcome in advance for the awesome video link.)

    • Pat D

      Too bad that’s the old version.

      The updated version, which included 2009, got removed.

      • Xstar7

        That’s true. Still amazing though.

  • Pat D

    Love how they had the wrong pictures for the lineup.

  • Nefarious

    Ok here we go.

    /I’ll get this out of the way… We’re doomed.

  • pat

    Did they just show a picture of Nunez and say it was Dickerson?

  • Rob Thomsen’s Chili Farts

    What’s the difference between MY9 games and YES games? Is this a running joke or just another RAB invented snark-ism?

    • pat

      The picture and sound always seems to be worse. I love them though because I don’t get YES or MLBN or anything like that. It’s good for us poor people.

    • bakekrukow412

      My9 comes in much worse quality, both picture and sound, on my TV.

    • Rob Thomsen’s Chili Farts

      It looks shitty b/c they are in Tampa.

  • A Gritty Dude’s Gritty Dude

    Really hard to get things going in the first when your leadoff man hardly ever gets on.

    • jetrer

      Jeter .459 OBP in first inning this year

      • jetrer

        he usually just sucks every inning after the first

  • first time lawng time

    Last night I dreamed (dreamt?) that i got 2400 on my SATs and the Yankees won.

    Which one is liklier to happen right now?
    Lol

    • radnom

      Based on your grammar, spelling and the Yankees recent play, I’m guessing its more likely that the world actually does end this weekend than either of those other two possibilities. ;)

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      My kid got 2280.

      /proudDad’d

      • DCBX

        They go up to 2400 now?

        /dating myself’d

  • Karl Krawfid

    Shows you how bad Tex and A-Rod have been when you have to green light Grandy 3-0 in the first.

  • Chairman Mao

    Here’s the lineup Giradi should be using-

    Gardner
    Martin
    Teixera
    Granderson
    Cano
    A-Rod
    Posada
    Jeter
    Dickerson

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Gardner
      Martin
      Granderson
      Cano
      ARod
      Tex
      Posada
      Dickerson
      Jeter

  • Ivan

    R.I.P. To Harmon Killebrew aka the baseball logo.

  • Cy Pettitte

    ARod + a new stadium for Longoria

    • jetrer

      probably would have to eat Arod’s contract as well to get TB to agree

      • MannyGeee

        is that it? really?

  • http://yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com/ Matt

    Would be nice to see Arod and Tex start hitting tonight.

    • cjc

      how about any night

  • Rob

    I have given up on nyy, at swb yanks game. Vazquez just hit a deep two run bomb off Worley, maybe he should be brought up?

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      No.

      Fuck it, you’re not really asking.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Posada + a new batting cage for Damon

  • Esteban

    Ummm, why have these games been starting early?

    • Zooboy

      Florida: early bird special.

    • Rob Thomsen’s Chili Farts

      Maybe you forgot to adjust your clock for daylight savings?

    • ThrillHouseMD

      The 6:40 weekday start during the first two months of the season is in response to fan polling showing getting home earlier was more important when school is in session. Those games had started at 7:10.

      http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/.....game-times

  • Cy Pettitte

    Glad to see that heart to heart with Long had some effect on Robbie

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Jorge will hit one out.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      I just didn’t say when…

      • Cy Pettitte

        hopefully before he retires/is DFA’d

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          If he’s DFA’d I don’t think he’ll get picked up by anyone, sadly

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

      Of the infield?

      • MannyGeee

        of the batters box

  • jdp

    Playing a table-top dice baseball game with my cousins when I was a teenager [LONG time ago] at my house. My aunt comes into the room to tell the cousins that they need to leave cause it’s getting late. Game is tied going into the bottom of the 9th. Senators/Twins all-time all-stars team coming up to bat, Killebrew is first up. I say to my aunt, “The game will be over as soon as Killebrew hits this home run.” Roll the dice, comes up a 31 or whatever, which on Killebrew’s card is a homer. My cousins still bring it up when I see them once every year couple of years.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Nova’s fastball looks pretty good tonight

    • Lily

      his off speed pitches dont seem as sharp

  • Xstar7

    Damn. A-Rod’s got a cannon.

  • forensic

    So obviously Posada’s bitch fit worked, though in fairness tomorrow’s lineup will be the real test based on pitcher/batter history.

  • klingy94

    LET’S GO YANKEES!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! LET’S DO SOMETHING!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    BG swinging first pitch – mind = blown

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    For the text poll I’d say Mo breaking the saves record

  • jetrer

    here comes the bunt

  • Cy Pettitte

    a bunt? wonderful.

  • Lily

    y is he bunting??????????????

  • cjc

    oh good a bunt

  • JerseyDutch

    Oh good lord, the damned bunt again.

  • 101010

    At least he didn’t pop it up.

  • V

    Joe Girardi = fucking imbecile. Ship that asshole to the Cubs please.

  • Chairman Mao

    Dickerson is Girardi’s kind of player, he knows how to bunt.

  • wow

    they call that play the anti-GIDP bunt.

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

    Bunting in the third inning? Give me a break. $200M still doesn’t buy common sense.

  • Zooboy

    Why not try and steal and then bunt?!?!?! (If you absolutely insist on giving up an out in the 3rd frickin’ inning–which is flat out dumb.)

    • Lily

      only cuz gardner hasn’t been good at stealing this year…i still hate the fact u brought him up to bunt

  • IRF

    Well, at least Dickerson knows what the Yankees are all about now

  • cjc

    yeah derek nice job swinging at a pitch that would have hit you in the face

    • cjc

      and then the predictable K at least we bunted in front of him fuck this team right now

  • Chairman Mao

    I don’t know why everyone acts surprised. Girardi has been trying to play small ball as early as the 2nd inning in some games. And it always sets up Derek Jeter for the strikeout.

  • pat

    Don’t know how I’m going to watch that garbage for 2.75 more years.

    • jetrer

      When is the last time the Yankees have played a clean game on defense? Seems like it has been a very long time.

  • A Gritty Dude’s Gritty Dude

    Love how Jeter swings at pitches he can’t possibly do anything with and watches fastballs down the middle go by

  • Dean

    If they lose tonight, somebody has to pay the piper and I say it’s Kevin Long. Now, before the Long Lovers jump all over me. Think about it. They suck! Other than Grandy, this lineup is absolutely pathetic. It is a 200 million dollar AAA team at best the way they are hitting. We have 8 guys performing below average and if you’re in charge of the team’s hitting, than you should be the one to go. It happens very often that one, two or even three guys go into small hitting slumps. But this is out of control.

    Things need to be shaken up and they obviously can’t trade everybody so the lowest common denominator here is Kevin Long. Does anybody have any confidence at all in this lineup?

    Am I overreacting? Maybe, but I see nothing positive about this lineup other than Grandy. Maybe a new set of eyes and ears can help get these guys moving. The guy in charge of doing that now obviously is not doing the job effectively.

    Long and Girardi should both thank God that George isn’t around anymore because they would both be emptying their offices. I’m not saying that’s good or bad, but he sure as hell would not stand for this crap.

    Rant Over……Obviously a very frustrated Yankee fan. Ugh…….

    • pat

      Pretty sure we’ve led the league in runs or been close every year Long has been the hitting coach. Not to mention we’re 4th in MLB this year.

      • Dean

        So…just sit back and do nothing? That sounds like a plan.

        • pat

          And firing the hitting coach accomplishes what? We don’t hold players accountable anymore?

          • Dean

            Like I said, maybe another set of eyes and ears would make a difference. Based on your theory, every manager would have a job for life. Where can I sign up for that?

            • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

              1 =/= infinity.

            • pat

              Lead MLB in runs and you’ll have your job for a long ass time.

            • jerrynyg

              I would think that if you look at the guys who have sought out Long’s help and actually made the adjustments at the plate he told them to, you will see he is a damn good hitting coach.

              Not Long’s fault that some players head up to the plate and do whatever they feel like, as opposed to following the plan Long works out with them (Granderson v. Jeter)

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

          There’s a lot in between “do nothing” and “fire the hitting coach.”

    • cjc

      honestly though what does that acomplish do you think Arod or Tex or Jeter is going to go home to their $100000000 homes and say oh Long got fired now I’m going to hit.

    • V

      Cool story, bro.

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      K-long is the man. I cite the one good man in the lineup as evidence.
      If every team fired the hitting coach for every offensive slump, they’d just have to start listing it as a temporary position.

    • JohnnyC

      I think some of your rant is perceptive but I don’t think there’s a hitting coach out there who would be able to do much better. The Yankees are a power-hitting team fundamentally and off-speed stuff is going to wreak havoc on the the timing of power hitters. There’s little you can do about it unless you want the team to become 9 Ichiros and neither you nor I or any Yankees fans want to see that. Long is a very good swing mechanics technician. What you’re asking for is a change in philosophy. Just like pitchers who feature a lot of off-speed stuff are said to pitch backwards, you’re asking hitters to hit backwards, i.e., sit off-speed and adjust to the fastball. That would sacrifice almost any power in their approach.

      • The BIG 3

        There’s little you can do about it unless you want the team to become 9 Ichiros and neither you nor I or any Yankees fans want to see that
        That got me wondering. I think a team of 9 Ichiros would score a shitload of runs. .325/.359/…, 52 SB’s, great baserunning.

        Ichiro9 would have many pitchers quitting before they even hit the mound. 900+ runs

    • Pasqua

      “Think about it. They suck!”

      Well, since you put it THAT way…

    • Pasqua

      The more likely reality here is that you are frustrated (rightly so) and want blood. If the Yanks were a couple of games over .500 during this stretch, do you think you’d be demanding Long’s head? Perspective is determined by context…they are losing, we are angry, we want retribution. Natural, but not necessary.

  • Lily

    great at bats boys

  • Cy Pettitte

    next time just let Dickerson try to hit a HR

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      next time just let Dickerson try to hit a HR

  • pat

    Shields should just throw changeups to us the entire game. No way the Yankees adjust.

  • IRF

    Oh look, a changeup. No one saw that coming

  • Kostas

    Those must look awful good to make our hitters looks so normal, I mean awful. Still think this will continue until Friday as the day this all ends, until then losses tonight, tomorrow and Thursday

  • Zooboy

    Well. If Gardner did absolutely suck at stealing maybe they would at least be trying to bunt him to third. That dudes got to learn how to utilize his speed. What a waste.

  • Lily

    oh great

  • 101010

    Who?

  • forensic

    If only the yankees had access to video, or the Internet, or experience, or even word of mouth to know that Shields throws changeups. I’d love to see these so called scouting reports they have that are so near and dear to their hearts, according to Girardi.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Wow who could’ve guessed that?

  • IRF

    What are the chances we see Noesi tonight?

  • Nefarious

    Well it was a nice game while it lasted.

    /not serious… yet

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

    /thisteam’d

  • cjc

    Elliot Johnson sure of course why the fuck not

  • Karl Krawfid

    Like watching the same game over and over again.

  • Lily

    lmao omg again DEFENSE

  • Xstar7

    The man, the myth, the legend, Sam Fuld.

  • pat

    That’s it. Fire the fielding coach!!!!

  • King George

    “This week in bad fielding…”

    • Cy Pettitte

      “This month in bad fielding…”

      ftfty

  • Cy Pettitte

    this team is beyond pathetic

  • Kostas

    Well at least the punch line to the joke called NY Yankees continues. Comedy is much better when the joke can be extended. Good clean family fun.

  • Lily

    same game every night, pitching meltdown, horrible defense and no hitting with risp. it seems like it will never end

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      I would hesitate to call one run a “meltdown”. Actually, I’d call it “very ok”.

  • A Gritty Dude’s Gritty Dude

    Is Joe really not going to do any major lineup changes anytime soon? Grandy to cleanup, Jeter to the bottom third, JoPo to the bench.

    • jetrer

      In that scenario who hits first and second? Unfortunately you can’t have six hitters in the bottom third.

      • A Gritty Dude’s Gritty Dude

        Something like:

        Gardner
        Martin
        Cano
        Grandy
        A-Rod
        Tex
        Jesus
        Swish
        Jeter

        Might do some damage

  • Kostas

    Seriously, when a team performs this poorly for this long, isn’t it up to the coaches/manager/gm to do some things to motivate this team. Clearly this team takes the field with a semi defeatist attitude otherwise there would be more of a visible effort rather than the “laying down” as they did last night after the 5 run 6th.

    • Dean

      I agree. Girardi had the team meeting 5 games ago and that obviously did nothing. Something needs to happen.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Can we get Noesi up and pitching?

    This game is over.

  • NJ_Andy

    People, the score is 1-0. Nova has two outs. It is the third inning. The game is not yet over.

    • Pat D

      The score is 1-0? OMG, the game is so over because this team can’t score runs!

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

    You guys know we’re only losing 1-0, right?

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      They don’t

    • first time lawng time

      LOL, right?

      I just think people are frustrated that we haven’t won in a week and with the pitching/defense we’ve been watching, more runs seem likely. Also, our offense has been up and down lately.

      I just think that with the way things have been lately, any lead seems insurmountable.

  • Lily

    in my father’s words, “sheh lo holech hakol chara” thats hebrew for when nothing goes right everything is shit

  • Cy Pettitte

    looks like we’ll get to see Noesi finally, Nova’s throwing a ton of pitches

    • Kostas

      You know there has been no explanation other than what Mike has written about on why this guy is on the team but never plays. You’d think he totally sucks.

  • Kostas

    Even Johnny Damon is dishing out the ass whipping. So there is that.

  • Rob

    2nd homerun for Vazquez, how do we not give him a shot?

    • Karl Krawfid

      Joe G said he likes guys that can Bunt and play defense. Yes he actually said that.

      I mean, we all know this team doesn’t need to score runs!

    • Cy Pettitte

      wow he is destroying AAA, too bad he strikes out so much

    • Pasqua

      Probably the lack of a position.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Make him the DH.
        Posada isn’t doing anything.

        • Pasqua

          So you take up two spots with guys who can’t move? That’s my point. He has no defensive attribute, and neither does Posada. You can’t have two guys like that on the team, because it hamstrings you defensively (and, since this ain’t fantasy baseball, that matters).

  • Karl Krawfid

    Joe G sticking with a starter too long again.

    • Pasqua

      Huhwhaaaaat?

      • Pat D

        O:S time, methinks.

  • Chairman Mao

    These guys need to be held accountable for their errors. Robbie Cano should be on the bench for tomorrow’s game.

    • Cy Pettitte

      so that Nunez can make 2 errors?

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      for who? nunez?

      because he’s so proficient?

  • Xstar7

    There is no excuse for the Yankees not to get back in this game. Ivan gave up ONE run. Not five.

  • pat

    I wonder if the guys will attempt to take a few pitches next inning and maybe give Nova a breather? I didn’t think so either.

  • MikeD

    Nova maintaining his 22-pitch-per-inning average in this game. He won’t be able to give more than five at this pace. I know he’s a rookie and he really is supposed to be the #5 starter, but…

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      sadly he’s the #3 or #4 starter

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

    fuck longoria and his gold glove.

  • Lily

    nice robbie getting an earfull…. if course longoria makes the play

  • Pat D

    Enough with the infield pop ups, Teix.

  • Cy Pettitte

    final fucking ly

  • Karl Krawfid

    Thank you Jesus

  • Lily

    boy did the whole team need that

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

    centaur’d

  • Kevin G.

    Hey, look at that. A-Rod woke up :D

  • inpinstripes

    Slumpbuster?

  • Esteban

    I CAN’T BELIEVE WHAT I JUST SAW!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Normally on fantasy I’d bench pitchers against the Yankees. Now I’m going to pick every one left that’ll go against the Yankees.

    • pat

      Id focus your search for rookies and utility infielders. Bonus if it’s a rookie utility infielder.

  • Xstar7

    That’s an A-Bomb if I’ve ever seen one

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Maybe he’s out of the slump??

  • Pat D

    Of course I’m not watching when ARod bothers to make solid contact.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Robbie: 2nd time swinging first pitch

  • pat

    And that’s why you don’t usually throw a RHB a changeup from a RHP. That baby floated through the srike zone.

  • Nefarious

    But the game was already over… that HR can’t possibly count.

  • Chairman Mao

    It’s about time, Alex. Now if someone else besides Granderson could do something.

  • Erica

    I actually didn’t think that just happened. And then it did. YAY A-Rod.

  • Kostas

    Fucking Cano has seen 2 pitches tonight… TWO… ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME???? He should be fined $1000 for ever AB he does not see 3 pitches or more.

    • Guest

      No.

      • Mojo

        I pray for you, Guest.

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      what?
      no…
      Cano’s always been a slap hitter. No one was complaining last year.

    • MikeD

      So a base hit on the first or second pitch = bad. A fine.

      A three-pitch strikeout = good. Pat on the back.

      Got it.

      • Kostas

        Yes exactly what I meant. Thanks for jumping into Hyperspace with that answers. Because every single time he swings at the first pitch or second pitch it always comes up with a base hit or better. My bad.

    • V

      Except he SMOKED a single on the first pitch in his first AB.

      • MikeD

        That’s a fine. Maybe to really punish him, he’ll be fined 1,000 for a single on the first pitch, 2,000 for a double, 3,000 for a triple and 4,000 for a HR. It’s kind of like a progressive tax.

        We’ll teach him.

  • Pasqua

    Now, say something NICE Karl Krawfid. C’mon….you can do it.

  • Xstar7

    Russell smoked that one. Just missed a belly to belly.

  • Nigel Incubator-Jones

    Crikey, is this what passes for an RAB game thread these days?

    It’s not even entertainingly depressing.

    I never thought I’d say this, but it seems that Axl, Lanny, Sal, Bo, Grant, Dalelama, Rose.. et al, have won.

    • Pat D

      How’s your best friend the tree doing?

  • Karl Krawfid

    And lets all watch Nova give it right back!

    • NJ_Andy

      Seriously, must you post this? I get it. You have no joy in your life. That’s cool man, but do you have to share? I know, I know. Misery loves company. But, really, the trolling is just boring. The rest of us are hoping to enjoy a good ball game, leave us in peace.

      • Karl Krawfid

        Who the hell is trolling?

        The Yankees are trolling me with this horrible play.

        Joe G bunting in the 3rd inning is trolling.

        • NJ_Andy

          How’d Nova do there, friend?

          • Karl Krawfid

            Nova will give it back. 76 pitches after 4. But according to you, for a number 5 that is fine.

            • jetrer

              1 run in 4 innings is very good for anyone, especially a 5

              • Karl Krawfid

                Didn’t AJ do that yesterday?

                • jetrer

                  so obviously that means Nova will give up five more in the sixth right??? Just because AJ choked doesn’t mean Nova will.

  • first time lawng time

    I see Arod has ditched the seeds for gum…and he hits a HR…

    Disclaimer: this narrative may have no factual basis as he chewed gum yesterday and went 0-4. But we can ignore that for the sake of entertainment.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Expect a big story on ESPN tomorrow

      • MannyGeee

        Gammons will instinctively report on how A-Rod has compromised the integrity of the game by foregoing the seeds…

    • Monteroisdinero

      At least he doesn’t sniff the skoal like Swish and Freddy G. Any other guys gonna get mouth cancer on our team?

      • first time lawng time

        Yeah that’s true. Seeds are actually healthy. They have some nutrients or antioxidants or something in them.

        I just think it’s funny how he chews on them and has a huge mouthful lol.

  • NJ_Andy

    Nova’s doing ok. Pitch count’s a bit high, but just one run? I’ll take it. As long as the bats get going this is a fine start for your #5.

    • pat

      Plus, if Cano doesn’t boot that ball he doesn’t have to fuck around with Fuld on 1st for 20 minutes. I feel like the defense always screws Nova over. There’s always one or two miscues that extend an inning and make him work more.

    • YanksFan in MA

      Yet Axisa manages to blast him on Twitter 10 min ago. Baffling. Kid is learning. Not his fault the rest of the team is playing like shit and they need stoppers.

  • Chairman Mao

    1-2-3 inning from Nova. He’s done his job. Someone besides Alex has to do something. And no more bunts for Dickerson, they’re going to give him pitches to hit so let the kid hit.

  • Guest

    I know the game threads can get pretty ridiculous when the Yanks are in the midst of a losing streak, but things are venturing on the absurd recently.

    Frankly, I don’t think these game threads are anywhere close to consistent with the quality of this blog or the commentary in non-game thread posts.

    Game threads are meant to capture “in the heat of moment” comments, so its absolutely understandable that they are not as rational as others.

    But can we step it up above the level of an angry 7th grade boy with 3rd grade writing skills?

    /AnnoyingScold’d

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Just wait until we win the WS!

    • JobaWockeeZ

      It’s easy to ignore.

      • Guest

        I know its easy to ignore, but it would be nice if we didn’t have to.

        This site is incredibly well run and puts out smart, thought provoking content every single day.

        The commenters on this site are, for the most part, brilliant and witty.

        Obviously the gamethreads aren’t going to be nearly as high quality as the rest of the site, but it would be nice if the comments in the game threads didn’t make me feel like I was at a completely different site. (Cough *LoHud* Cough).

    • A Gritty Dude’s Gritty Dude

      I 80% agree with you.

      A lot of absurd things are being said which you would’nt expect at RAB. I’m trying to avoid going down the route of suggesting a game is over at 0 to 1 but some changes should be in order.

      The other side of the coin is that the Yankees brand is that of a superior product. It is also one that involves superior a greater cost of entry on the part of the fan (ticket prices, everything else at the ballpark). It’s very reasonable to be really pissed off at seeing this team go 3-10 over the last 13.

  • Xstar7

    That Derek Jeter commercial was laughable. “It’s not all about power.” No kidding

  • A Gritty Dude’s Gritty Dude

    Given the way he’s looked so far this year, the Jeter commercial that starts out “its not all about power, its about where you place it…” made me laugh

    • NJ_Andy

      +1

    • MannyGeee

      “where you place it” = right at every SS in the AL

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Really dude?

        He hits him at the 2B too.

  • Cuso

    Nova looks comfortable on this mound. Not like i’d know.

    but it appears that way

  • NJ_Andy

    Maybe they should just never greenlight Jorge. 3-0? Wait for a ball. 3-1? Wait for a ball. Dude’s still got a good eye, works walks.

  • MannyGeee

    holy shit Posada got a hit!

  • Pat D

    Up to .171!

  • MikeD

    Father Time smiles at the futile attempt.

  • NJ_Andy

    Hip hip! And Brett hasn’t squared to bunt yet!

  • Kevin G.

    Lets go YANKEES!!!

  • MannyGeee

    helicopter swing FTW!

    • NJ_Andy

      lol.

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen Gardner look that bad with a swing. Youch.

      • MannyGeee

        funny I feel like i’ve seen that swing a shit ton from him. Damon-esque if I may?

  • Pat D

    I didn’t see Gardner’s AB, but if the strikezone on ESPN Gamecast is to be relied upon, I’d kick his ass.

    • YanksFan in MA

      Just awful. Strike 3 was in the dirt about 9 inches outside and strike 2 was a curveball that was dead middle of the plate. Of course he looks at strike 2 and swings at pitch 3.

    • MannyGeee

      it

      was

      BAAAAAD. I mean, it was closer to you and me than it was to the plate. that bad

    • A Gritty Dude’s Gritty Dude

      Strikezone on gamecast is in no way reliable

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I see no reason why Shields shouldn’t throw a changeup with every pitch.

    • NJ_Andy

      Alex crushed one. Absolutely crushed it.

      /tooslowtohitthefb?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        First of all I laughed but ARod and Grandy should be the exceptions here. Mix it up but he could get away with a changeup to everyone else.

      • Monteroisdinero

        This. Arod and Jeeter can powerfully turn on 83 mph changeups. Neither one of them can do the same right now on a 93 mph fb.

  • MikeD

    Jorge has been on base seven out his last twelve. Maybe…

  • Lily

    was dickerson the best choice? i swear u hear about all the good young guys we have in the system and then they call up a dickerson…. someone needs to remind the hitters that shields out-pitch is his changeup he throws it 95%

    • pat

      Yet Dickerson was late on a 89 mph cutter. Weird.

    • MikeD

      Outside of Montero (not an OFer), all good young players are pitchers. Vazquez, for example, I believe is older than Dickerson, or right about the same age.

    • V

      Yeah, I’m sure everyone knows. It’s not like he throws a high school fastball though.

      Do you people realize this guy has been DOMINATING in 2011?

    • Cy Pettitte

      Dickerson is a lefty bat, on the 40-man, and plays a position they could use

  • jerrynyg

    Dickerson should have bunted!

    /smallball

    • Lily

      haha made no difference as jeter swings at another changeup

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jeter looks sooooo bad

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Jeter looks is sooooo bad

  • V

    I’m so tired of Granderson leading off innings.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Derek makes me sad.

  • Chairman Mao

    Jeter just continues to flail away at the same pitch. He better be hitting 8th or 9th tomorrow.

    • CP

      Shields won’t be pitching tomorrow, so I doubt he’ll get that same pitch again.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Jeter = useless

  • Cuso

    The same guy that does the concessions at Legends Field works the regular season at the Trop.

    Neerrrrr-Beeeeerrrr-eEeeeeerrrrrr-Yep!

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

      I noticed that watching a Rays’ game earlier this year.

  • MikeD

    Is it my imagination, but just as Jeter gave us a game of hope, he then went into the biggest slump of the year for him?

    • Cy Pettitte

      he had a great road trip hitting over the hill pitchers with 88 mph fastballs, back to reality now.

    • NJ_Andy

      Jeet’s a tease.

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

      That two homer game was the worst possible thing that could have happened. Tricked everyone into thinking he was improving.

      • Monteroisdinero

        In a game that Cervelli hits a grandslam to dead center. The fix was in.

        /Pete Rose’d

    • Chairman Mao

      It was a fluke game for Jeter. He needs to be hitting 8th or 9th from now on, Gardner back up to lead off. It’s pathetic having a guy at lead off that will soon have an OBP less than .300, absolutely pathetic.

  • Cy Pettitte

    yay Dickey

  • Pat D

    Oh, and just because of the title of this post.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fup2KSfXTW8

  • pat

    I love Swishies, but I think he plays that off the wall.

    • MannyGeee

      Swish gets there about 3 seconds later and doesn’t pick it up cleanly…

  • MannyGeee

    hey man… times is tough.

  • Simon

    Was that a curve Dickerson caught? Didn’t see.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    2 hard hit balls over here…

    Let’s not pull an AJ here.

  • Lily

    can we get some runs???? is that to much to ask for???

  • first time lawng time

    Lol remember in 09 when Melky and Damon collided in the OF and Melky caught the ball but they needed to give him smelling salts?

    He’s so cute.

  • MikeD

    Wow, just to stick it to me (because everything is personal), Nova went from low efficiency to high efficiency the last two innings. 66 pitches the first three innings, 18 the next two.

  • Chairman Mao

    Jeter will soon have an OBP of less than .300. There is NO reason to keep him hitting lead off and he should volunteer to move down or at least not make a big stink about it. It needs to happen soon.

    • pat

      Say it a few more times.

  • pat

    Shields is scurred of teh Grandyman.

  • Guest

    So John is talking about Soriano bad mouthing the offense. First I’ve heard of it.

    This Soriano thing…not working out well so far.

    Maybe giving a reliever (not named Mo Rivera) a ton of money over multiple years isn’t a good idea? I thought we learned this lesson after Karsay. Then I definitely thought we learned it after Farnsworth.

    Apparently not.

    (Note, I’m hoping that Soriano makes me look foolish. That would make me much happier than being right about the crappy-ness of his contract).

    • jetrer

      Cashman learned the lesson (somewhat – see Pedro Feliciano) those above him did not learn

      • JobaWockeeZ

        And will NEVER learn.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      HAHAHAHAHA now I’m pissed at the offense’s lack of offense but Soriano has no right to bitch at anyone.

      I hope he hates NY so much that he’ll leave regardless.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    can you put the fucking ball in play????

    • V

      Are you whining about Granderson? Really?

      • Guest

        No. He can’t be. The alternative is…just to painful to consider…

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        More about Jeter and Company

  • MikeD

    Painful.

  • Cy Pettitte

    damn you shift.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    You got to be fucking kidding.

  • pat

    Hahaha lol.

  • NJ_Andy

    Dannnng. Props to Zorilla for that one. Great play.

  • V

    Jason Giambi 2.0. Only have yourself to blame for the shift.

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

      I wish Tex would hit like Giambi over the life of his deal. It’s amazing how so few people appreciate .400 OBP, .500 SLG on an annual basis.

      • MikeD

        Agreed. The only problem with Giambi was his defense. Not a problem with Tex.

      • MannyGeee

        Giambino = Beast Status… not to mention, he had 1.5 SHIT seasons in that contract and STILL managed .400/.500…

        loved that dude, horrible defense aside…

      • CP

        The problem was that he had 2 crappy years of injury and sub-par hitting. (but I generally agree that he’s under appreciated for his time in NY)

    • Guest

      I agree whole heartedly with this.

      I HATE bunts.

      But…when a guy is facing a ridiculous shift, they make sense.
      A couple of push bunts that get by the pitcher down the third base line for hits and teams will stop employing the shift.

      This is important because the shift takes away hits from guys like Texeira.

      Teams stop shifting, more balls that are pulled will drop, Tex gets more hits.

      I think it would take like three-four successful bunts would be all that it would take.

  • Xstar7

    The BABIP curse has returned.

    • Xstar7

      As soon as I post this A-Rod mashes one.

      • pat

        Doesn’t help our BABIP, so you’re still kinda right.

  • Chairman Mao

    We just have the worst luck, right at him.

  • MannyGeee

    Zobrist! whaata play!

  • swishers fauxhawk

    #cured

  • NJ_Andy

    A-Rod is done with this shit.

  • Lily

    who woulda thought another hr

    • MannyGeee

      TOOOOO MANY HOMERZZZ!

  • Cy Pettitte

    ARod #cured?

  • Chairman Mao

    SHE’S GONE! ALEX IS BACK!

  • Monteroisdinero

    jeter is like the coach’s son now in little league. He ain’t moving.

    • A Gritty Dude’s Gritty Dude

      Excellent analogy!

  • Karl Krawfid

    This is what we need.

    A-God.

  • Simon

    “It’s an AAAA-bomb, from AAAAA-rod”

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

    Mo could go four innings, right?

    Love you, Alex.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    ARod – 2
    Rays – 1
    Rest of ‘offense + Granderson’ – 0

  • jetrer

    Heeeeeeeee’s baaaaack!!!

  • MikeD

    Nice! Maybe A-Rod can have a 3-HR game like he did in KC last August to come out of his slump.

  • Guest

    So…I guess he didn’t need that day of after all?

  • MannyGeee

    SHIT

    A Rod is ‘back’…. 2 HR game = he won’t hit a thing for a month

  • wow

    love the low leg kick

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    ARod = win

  • Sean C

    I desperately want this to be the game that breaks his slump. GO A-ROD

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Good grief that at-bat was miserable.

  • V

    Nice curve. This guy is a damn good pitcher.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    i’m a big fan of the home run..its clean..its simple…and 80% of the time…they work all the time!

  • Lily

    it would be nice to hold on to this 1 run lead, but u just never know. our pitchers tend to have meltdowns

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Back to the HR part of HR or bust.

  • Xstar7

    Let’s hold this lead Ivan.

  • Cuso

    Solo shots. We fine people for thise in the bar league.

    :) If A-Rod played in Tampa, he’d still hit 50 jacks a year.

    • MannyGeee

      and no one would know about it but like 5000 people a night

  • http://www.pooptoad.com adam

    Is it just me or does Cano look like he could care less at the plate today?

    • Lily

      since that error and mick kelleher saying whatever he did , seems to not have his head in the game. i’d sit him out a game but nunez isn’t any better

  • MikeD

    If we could somehow remove Sammy Sosa from that list, I would feel much better. BTW How’s Sosa’s transformation into a white man going? I think he was shooting for more grit factor. Haven’t seen a picture of him in a while.

  • Erica

    UGH I WANT MOAR I LUV U A-ROD.

    Seriously. This is AWESOME.

  • Hate The Haters

    A-Rod needed a day off???? Good call Mike…..

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      /Hate The Haters’d

    • jerrynyg

      To be fair, even if he hits 4 home runs today, we do still need to ensure A-Rod gets enough days off scattered throughout the schedule to put this oblique thing in the rear view mirror.

      Some time at DH wouldn’t hurt, either.

    • Guest

      I actually agreed with the call at the time. Definitely looked like he could have used some time to clear his head.

      Guess that was wrong. Good for A-Rod, and good for us!

  • Erica

    FFFFFFFFFFFF

  • Cy Pettitte

    can someone on this pitching staff please hold a lead?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Nova = AJ

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Ugh.

  • Chairman Mao

    We never should have let Johnny go. Could have used him at DH this year.

    • Darebear

      +1000000000000000000000

    • MannyGeee

      at least resigned him for the Andruw spot. completely agree, he would already be playing 4x a week between Posada’s and Swish’s shittyness

      • CP

        The problem is that Damon (and Gardner and Granderson) hits left handed, so he wouldn’t have filled Andruw’s spot.

    • CP

      Or he could have been bitching about not playing in the field.

  • Cuso

    Goodnight, Nova

  • Xstar7

    Jeter should’ve dived for that

  • MannyGeee

    the wheels are gonna come off here…

  • Guest

    Time for D-Rob, right?

    • NJ_Andy

      Yea, it’s the D-Rob special.

    • Chairman Mao

      Yeah and he’s gotta come through here. We need this win. Mo should be able to pitch 2.

  • Nefarious

    The intentional walk is only a good move if it works.

  • Lily

    oh great another meltdown! what else is new. when things r bad it gets worst. and ofcourse upton is batting. this is not a good thing, there goes the lead and game AGAIN!

    • first time lawng time

      Relax. It will be alright. Just breathe. Clear your head a sec and chill.

  • Cuso

    wow, ballsy by Joe G.

    If it works, it looks genius.

    If it’s 5-2 in 30 seconds, RAB is going nuclear.

    • MannyGeee

      anyone want to take bets?

    • Chairman Mao

      Meh, it’s a standard move and nobody is going to question bringing in D-Rob for Nova.

  • Karl Krawfid

    No leg kick for A-Rod btw

  • Kostas

    the 6th…pitchers kryptonite

  • first time lawng time

    DP would be clutch…

  • Cuso

    Greetings, Professor Falken

    How about a nice game of chess?

  • MikeD

    Speaking of David Robertson, I saw Scott Proctor pitched today.

  • Lily

    i guess its time i mentally prepare my self for, error,pass ball,and the lead

  • Monteroisdinero

    Was Zobrist really a threat to steal 3rd? Should have been a dp.

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

      Zobrist steals all the time.

  • Caps

    Heh just got offered A Rod for LoMo and Aramis in fantasy earlier today but said I’d sit on it. Do I go for it now or is tonight fool’s gold?

    • MannyGeee

      honestly, i think you keep A Rod… those other 2 guys are ‘relatively’ replaceable to me, A Rod is gonna hit… eventually

      • Caps

        No no, I got offered A-Rod for those two. but I guess from your response I should pull the trigger before he has the chance to rescind eh?

  • The209

    General question: can you add a “don’t feed the trolls” line to the commenter guidelines?

    The only real negative on the comments here — besides maybe ‘tommies” constant telling people “what you really meant to say here was __________________ — is all the troll-feeding.

    One jackass “THE SKY IS FALLING! DFA EVERYONE!” comment is bad enough. Worse still is when 2, 5, or 10 otherwise smart people pile on and engage.

    Just a thought.

  • Nefarious

    Strikeout then the next batter pass ball/homerun

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Keep bitching, BJ.

  • IRF

    D-rob is so fucking money, but he doesn’t even know it

    • MannyGeee

      D-ROB to Tha 8th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • NJ_Andy

    D-Rob = heir to mo?

    • DCBX

      +42, assuming that Mo doesn’t see fit to un-retire on the 3rd day.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Clutch.

  • Karl Krawfid

    D-Rob baby!

  • Guest

    THE FIREMAN!!

  • Erica

    YEAHHHHHHH D-ROB!!!!!!!

  • mbonzo

    THE FIST PUMP!
    D-Rob is the new Mo.

    • A Gritty Dude’s Gritty Dude

      There is no “new Mo” and there ain’t gonna be. Enjoy what we have left…another 6-8 yrs or so.

  • Xstar7

    He’s the fireman, that’s his name.

    • DCBX

      no, no, no, let’s let that stay with Johnny Murphy…

      How about “The Wolf”?

      “Shit, Negro, that all you needed to say!”

  • jetrer

    Houdini strikes again

  • Chairman Mao

    What a magician, Robertson fired up.

  • Monteroisdinero

    DRob going all Joba on us!!!!!!

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Absolutely brilliant.

    David Robertson for President!

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

    That’s it, I’m sending a hooker to Robertson’s hotel room, courtesy of RAB. High-end.

    • cjc

      don’t tease with high end talent now RAB must deliver

    • Erica

      Co-signed.

    • Cy Pettitte

      RAB’s Double-D’s for DRob Donation Drive

    • Mickey Scheister

      I’ll throw in.

  • Cy Pettitte

    DRob is a god amongst men

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Clutch K’s by DRob!!!!

    Now bring Mo in for 9 outs.

  • MikeD

    Robertson, our most important bullpen pitcher outside of Mo. Costs a lot less than Soriano and seems to be able throw lots, has a healthy arm, and cares.

  • Nefarious

    I’ll be damned. It’s about time the Yanks catch a break.

  • BklynJT

    Robertson cant start an inning.
    Joba cant enter in the middle of an inning.

  • BklynJT

    Robertson cant start an inning but is awesome when entering in the middle of an inning.

    Joba cant enter in the middle of an inning but works well starting off an inning.

    Go figure…

    • IRF

      Paging Dr. Nick

  • Erica

    It felt so good to cheer.

  • Mickey Scheister

    D-Rob is NICE! The 6th Inning Guy.

  • first time lawng time

    Robertson’s a cutie!

  • 28 this year

    so D-Rob can’t get out of his own jams but he sure as heck gets out of everyone else’s jams. Dang!

  • mbonzo

    Posada fixed? I hope

  • Guest

    Hip hip!!!

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Hip fucking hip.

  • MikeD

    Posada update: 8 for his last 13 (on base).

    • jetrer

      time to move him up in the lineup

      • MikeD

        Bat him lead off and Jeter ninth. Let’s start f’ing with everyone.

  • Monteroisdinero

    And Montero will be playing the rest of the year at Scranton as Jorge gets another hit.

  • Nefarious

    Think Jorge just needed a few days off.

  • yankes

    guess jorge finally “cleared his head”

  • YanksFan in MA

    That was a classic Posada swing. He may actually be heating up. Of course when you are below freezing that ain’t hard.

  • MannyGeee

    so the 800 pound gorilla in the room… both Jeter AND posada have been all kinds of shitty (save for Posada’s 2 hit night).

    Posada gets moved to 9th, sits out a game and gets swirled with “cut him” articles all over the interwebs….

    Jeter? still not hitting, still leading off…

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Wow, great bunt.

  • Cy Pettitte

    ooooooooo somebody’s been working on their bunting

  • Erica

    A bunt that worked out for Gardy. HOLY shit.

  • MikeD

    I don’t agree, but it worked.

    • BklynJT

      I think bunting for base hits are OK anytime, i.e. when the defense is caught off guard. It’s the sac bunt that should be used in moderation.

  • Xstar7

    I think that’s the first time that’s worked all year.

  • Guest

    Brett Gardner doesn’t like the new riverave t-shirt…

  • MannyGeee

    OMGOMGOMGOMG a good bunt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Oh look THE BUNT WORKED!!!

  • Chairman Mao

    Great bunt, Girardi ball works.

  • Chip

    WHAT A BUNT!

  • Mickey Scheister

    Gardner with a good bunt! Wowza!

  • IRF

    Jorge doubling, Gardner bunting successfully…

    What the hell is going on?

    • The209

      a bunch of fantasty ball-players realizing the pros they supposedly root for know more about baseball than they do?

    • MannyGeee

      cats chasing dogs, man… cats chasing dogs…

  • BklynJT

    Heh, a bunt that worked… now we can guarantee ourselves at least 2 more weeks of senseless bunting. At least in that case, it wasnt a call from the bullpen but based on player judgement of the fielders.

  • yankel

    when was the last time gardner and posada both had multi hit games?

    • MannyGeee

      2002… and Gardner was in little league

    • jetrer

      last Wednesday against KC, Gardner 2-4, Posada 2-3

  • Monteroisdinero

    Wow. What is more amazing-a 2HR Jeter game and a Cerv granny or a double and a successful bunt in the same inning by Jorge and Gardy?

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Oh please just get something.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Dickey ftw

  • Chairman Mao

    LET THAT MAN HIT!

  • MikeD

    A hit!

    Double steal set up.

  • Karl Krawfid

    OMG I’M CRYING RIGHT NOW

  • Sheepmeister

    There is a difference between bunting for a hit and sacrificing the bunt. Someone like Gardner should try to bunt for hits, its the giving away free outs thats the problem.

    • Guest

      Exactly.

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

    Dickerson delivers.

  • Xstar7

    Chris Dickerson just earned his True Yankee status.

  • Guest

    I don’t understand why you take Jorge out there, but, meh, whatevs…

  • first time lawng time

    In all honesty, Nova seems so cool and chill. IDK if it’s his posture or the way he carries himself, but he seems so cool and legit. He just has this air to him. I totally, TOTALLY would be his friend!

    • Erica

      …Well okay.

    • YanksFan in MA

      I’d be friends with any player just to pick up his run off. Yea, I’m that guy.

      • MannyGeee

        #NovaismyWingman

    • Monteroisdinero

      he is cool and very funny. You’d like him ftlt.

      • first time lawng time

        Lol Sweet!!

  • yankel

    dickerson now has more hits than jorge

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Anything but a double play, Derek.

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

    Good grief, Jeter will swing and miss at that changeup until the world ends on Saturday.

    • yankel

      hey he actually made contact on the second one!

    • Guest

      No. Jesus’ arrival will on spark the Yankees lineup, not mark the end of times.

      • DCBX

        I will laugh myself hoarse if it turns out that that dumb prophecy is just predicting the day that we finally witness the arrival of Jesus.

    • MannyGeee

      is it sad that i actualy WANTED the team to DFA Posada so Montero would get called up before the world ended?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Lovin those runs!!

    Also it’s nice to see Yankee fans take over the Trop

  • Kevin G.

    FINISH HIM

  • Cy Pettitte

    here comes the Golden Sombrero

  • first time lawng time

    Dikerson’s a cutie, too! =]

    Jeter on the other hand…ugh

  • MikeD

    How I long for a Jeterian (the new Jeterian) slow tapper on the infield.

  • Cy Pettitte

    good job jeter?

  • swishers fauxhawk

    I’ll take that.

  • Erica

    YE-HE-HE-HESSSSSSSS

  • Guest

    Wow. Other teams can throw poorly as well.

    • MannyGeee

      see, these guys need a solid defender like Nunez….

      we’ll take that Longoria kid off your hands for ya, he’s gonna get expensive soon anyhow…

  • MikeD

    I’ll take it!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Even DP balls get us runs!!!

    #cured

  • Mickey Scheister

    A break! Yes!

  • jetrer

    Clutch Jeter … way to force the error

  • Chairman Mao

    Jeter runs so slow down that line he induced that throw to 1st. So clutch.

  • 101010

    Thank you, shitty throw.

  • YanksFan in MA

    Fuck. What a play. Got the run but that should be 1st and 3rd.

  • Nefarious

    Just like they drew it up.

  • cjc

    oh poor James

  • yankel

    wow, jeter also deciding tonight that he wants to work. good job guys!

  • Xstar7

    I want that Ford Explorer.

  • first time lawng time

    Soooo the Yankees have a lead in the 7th inning.

    This is refreshing, right?

  • Chairman Mao

    And now the pitching needs to step up and hold a lead. They blew vs KC, blew it in the 3rd game vs Boston, and blew it last night. Do something Joba.

  • NJ_Andy

    Looks like the Rays are catching whatever we’ve had over the past few weeks.

    • Xstar7

      I didn’t know it was contagious. Who did we catch it from? The White Sox?

      • BklynJT

        That actually works out. White Sox transferred it to us. Now hopefully we can hand it off to the Rays.

    • MannyGeee

      this stuff is less like a cold or the flu and more like herpes…

      goes into remission for a few weeks, but bad hitting and ‘blah’ play flares up again. ESPECIALLY in the most inopertune times, like Spring Break in Cancun or the ALCS

  • MikeD

    Not to be a buzz-kill, but we’ve had leads like this yesterday and Sunday against two good pitchers, Lester and Price. Slumping teams somehow find a way….

    But the slump must end eventually. Why not today?!

    • MannyGeee

      bursting my bubble = ultimate dick move

      • MikeD

        I have a high confidence level we’ll pull this one out. We don’t have Soriano in the pen to come in and blow it, so we’re good.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Too bad we couldn’t get anymore runs. Not to be negative or anything but as we saw last night, no lead is safe.

    • MikeD

      And our best hitter, Posada, is now out of the lineup.

      • MannyGeee

        wow…. that’s a trip, huh

  • first time lawng time

    Lol his ears are pink!

  • Cy Pettitte

    DRob shouldn’t come in in a fresh frame

  • BklynJT

    Why does he always walk the batter when he starts off an inning!!!!

  • Chip

    You know what would be great? If Jesus rose (got called up) from AAA on Saturday

  • Guest

    So, for 2011,…Gardner is better than Jeter at hitting right? They’ve both slumped, they’ve both been “hot.” We all agree that going forward its pretty much a lead pipe lock that Gardner will be better than Jeter going forward this year, right?

    And…sigh…

  • Lily

    here comes another meltdown

    • first time lawng time

      Chill. It will be alright. Just take a deep breathe and some advil. It’ll be okay.

  • IRF

    Drob cannot function unless there is a man on base

    • Xstar7

      There is a man on base

      • IRF

        A man who he walked

  • first time lawng time

    Rays got a lot of white guys on the team.
    Not much diversity.

    • MannyGeee

      its like a bizarro Boston, but without the douchey fans (C) 2004…

    • Xstar7

      I was thinking about that yesterday. They lost almost all of their players who were minorities last offseason.

    • The209

      Counting Sam Fuld or not?

  • Mickey Scheister

    Fuld struck himself in the face, why?

    • A Gritty Dude’s Gritty Dude

      It’s a grit thing…you wouldn’t understand.

    • jetrer

      because he is gritty

  • Lily

    plz dont make it hard to watch! dont brin tying run to the plate! grest here comes damon

    • MikeD

      Cover your eyes.

  • Guest

    Zach Britton got bumped due to the rainout, so we see him tomorrow.

    Britton is on my fantasy team. Hard throwing lefty with extreme groundball tendencies.

    This could be problematic for those Yankees with…extreme groundball tendencies.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      And we havent seen him

      • Monteroisdinero

        we saw him in ST in Sarasota. I was there. We got nothing off of him. O runs

        • Monteroisdinero

          We played with our starting infield but OF was Maxwell/Golson/Mesa. Loved that OF defensively. Golson gunned a guy out at home from CF on the fly.

    • MannyGeee

      this is on the assumption we will hit more than 3 balls all game

    • Lily

      forget about hard throwing lefty wtvr, yankees just never beat guys they’ve never seen before

  • jetrer

    I have a lot more confidence in DRob getting out of this than Joba

  • Chairman Mao

    Robertson does not like being taken out there. Don’t blame him with how awful Joba has been lately.

  • Mickey Scheister

    I woulda stuck with Robertson.

    DRob>Joba, per my eyes.

    • jerrynyg

      Cosign that statement.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Damon 0-2 with a SO against Joba, you simply can’t ignore those numbers

    • CP

      Robertson had already thrown 27 pitches and walked two men in the inning. I think Girardi made the right call.

      • Chairman Mao

        Way to work the count, Cano. Great advice you gave him, Kevin Long.

  • Lily

    shouda left drob in there. joba gonna load the bases for longoria and kill us again

    • pat

      Orrr not.

  • jetrer

    especially with such a large sample size

  • first time lawng time

    Is Joba’s tattoo new? What is it?

    • jerrynyg

      It’s a cheeseburger and a forty of malt liquor.

    • MannyGeee

      the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man?

    • CMP

      I hope you’re a woman because if your not, you’ve got some issues.

      • MannyGeee

        ftlt spent a whole weekend telling us how adorable Posada is/was… so definately a dude.

        • first time lawng time

          Oh he’s still adorable.

          With the bad play I look for something else to enjoy while watching…like checking them out.

          Once they start winning I’ll stop.

          Better than irrationality though, right?

  • MannyGeee

    LOL that swing looked a lot like Gardners when he almost left the ground in the 4th…

  • Monteroisdinero

    Joba with a WHALE of a body-I mean job.

    • first time lawng time

      Haha Aa long as he gives up no runs, he can weigh as much as wants–600 lbs I don’t care.

  • Lily

    i take that back! my bad phew.. sorry when ur goign bad like they r, i kinda expect the worst

    • first time lawng time

      Understandable.

  • pat

    Someone needs to tell AL that Joba only knows how to throw his pitches as fast as hard as he can. None of this “take something off it” nonsense.

  • MikeD

    Cano seems to have a plane to catch.

    • MannyGeee

      /lovesBaltimore

  • Cy Pettitte

    5 pitches – 3 outs

    lol

  • jetrer

    Amazing. Cano has seen six pitches today even with a K. In 4 ABs.

  • Chairman Mao

    Way to work the count, Cano. Great advice you gave him, Kevin Long.

  • MannyGeee

    how many pitches has cano seen tonight? I count 5. in 4 AB.

    he’s not right. I think something is getting to him mentally. he just seems……. mad

    • Mickey Scheister

      Trying too hard. Pressing, trying to hit a 2 run jack with no one on.

  • outsider

    why in the hell the yankees call this guys from AAA to pitch in the bullpen, wants they here they dont get an apportunity to picht whats the fucking point of calling this guys.

    • Chairman Mao

      They’ll have to pitch tomorrow if Bartolo can’t go 8. I don’t anticipate Robertson or Joba will pitch. They’ve been used extensively with Soriano out. It’d be nice to not have to use them in the next two games with Bartolo and CC pitching.

  • Hate The Haters

    For all of you “Derek Doubters” look up his numbers in 2004 and 2010 through this point of the season…..

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Ok. Back then he was 29 and today he’s 36.

      • Hate The Haters

        and Last year he was 35. 275 at this point of his career and in comparison with the rest of the SS’s in the American league that is more than sufficient….

        • jetrer

          not questioning whether he should still be in the lineup. as a SS he hits (barely right now) enough to play, but not to lead off (not against RH pitchers anyway)

        • JobaWockeeZ

          With a mediocre and no power? It’s fine but it’s not 20 million dollar worthy.

    • jetrer

      2004 he was seven years less ancient. Last year at this time his numbers were considerably better than they are now and he still went on to have the worst season of his career.

      • jetrer

        his OPS at this point last year was about .100 points higher

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

      2004 was half a baseball lifetime ago, it’s irrelevant. 2010 was the worst season of his career, not sure you want to compare him to that.

    • A Gritty Dude’s Gritty Dude

      You are aware he’s being paid 15mil this year right?…and 16mil next year and then 17mil the year after that?

      Money well spent I guess.
      /Icon’d

  • http://bigleaguewiffleball.com/ Jon

    Put Posada lower in the lineup. He needs to produce in order to be higher in the lineup. I know he is batting 7th, but 8th or 9th is more where he should be.

    • Chairman Mao

      He’s got two hits today. He obviously wasn’t go to hit 9th with Dickerson playing. With our normal lineup Jeter should be hitting 9th. Swisher is still struggling so it’s a tossup with him 7th or Jorge.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Where did 1st pitch miss?

  • MannyGeee

    wow, Jeter can’t hit worth a shit, but hot damn can he stil make that play

    • MannyGeee

      as soon as I say that… Jeter doesn’t dive for a ball within reach.

      dick

      • YanksFan in MA

        What would be the point? No way he’s getting an out there anyway. I don’t agree with just killing your body for no reason, especially in Tampa on the carpet.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    sterling just said “soft toss”…that has to be one of the dirtiest sounding term in baseball…

    • CMP

      LOL.

    • MannyGeee

      always thought someone ‘hitting in the two hole’ was the dirtiest… i thought you had to pay extra for that!

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        HA! yeah, that one has to be up there…along with “that ball had some juice on it!”

    • Cuso

      i like “punching judy” hitter

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        A Bleeder Up the Middle!

  • Cuso

    I was pretty annoyed with the Wally Matthews of the world for making the Joba’s-weight issue such a big story in Spring Training.

    But I shit you not, he looks like he has gained an additional 30 pounds SINCE then.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      i agree…i didn’t think he was that big in ST, but he’s friggin huge now. and with that hair, he looks like he should be working on my plumbing, not pitching ball..

      • jetrer

        Thanks for the horrible mental image of Joba with plumber’s crack

      • YanksFan in MA

        When they show him from any sort of side view he clearly is not fat. Dude is just thick. Guarantee he takes his shirt off and you would be surprised by how solid he looked.

        • Foghorn Leghorn

          agree with this…i met joba last year in spring training and he’s just a thick man…he’s probably got some fat on him now, but he looked solid as shit when I met him.

        • Cuso

          Again, that may have been true in ST. I’d wager on the ‘be suprised at what he look like with his shirt off’ commentary that Jack Curry and Andrew Marchand were feeding us on March 31st.

          He’s clearly gained at least 20 since then.

    • MannyGeee

      he’s waddling to the mound. loooks like John Goodman

    • A Gritty Dude’s Gritty Dude

      ESPN NY: If your not unnecessarily sensational, clean out your desk.

  • BklynJT

    oh here we go again…

  • Monteroisdinero

    The bunt and run. Girardi is beyond Sabermetrics.

  • BklynJT

    seriously… why are you playing for 1 run… i feel safer with Mo in for 3 run save than sanit in with 4 runs

  • Guest

    ARRGGGHHHHH!!! Make the bunting stop!

    The goggles, they do nothing!

  • Mojo

    Chances of Martin scoring after the Sac Bunt? Anyone have the statistic or success percentage of bringing in the run following a Yankee bunt?

    • BklynJT

      I think the chances of 1 run increases but the chances of multiple runs drop dramatically… RAB did a post on it a while back.

      • Mojo

        Yeah. I remember the article, I just can’t recall whether or not it was Yankee specific or not.

        • jetrer

          don’t think it was Yankee specific

      • jetrer

        I think the post indicated that bunting runner from first to second decreases both chance for one run and overall run expectancy. I may be misremembering it though.

      • CP

        They both drop if the runner is on 1st and no one out. If there’s a runner on second no one out, then the bunt increases the chance of 1 run scoring, but decreases the average number of runs that would score.

        Of course, this assumes that the bunt happens as expected (give up an out for a base) and there isn’t an error or a failed bunt.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    what the hell…the rays trade Bartlett to the padres and get three in return and all three are on the MLB roster? yanks can never pull off something like that…they get a water cooler, and a pitcher that’s had 27 surgeries and some has been hack.

  • Cy Pettitte

    the bunt is successful, Girardi is now bunting .160

  • YanksFan in MA

    Sweeeet. And Gardner makes it to 2nd so we don’t have to sit here and curse that he isn’t running.

  • Epy0n

    That was a really nice at bat by Gardner. BEAST MODE BABY.

  • Geoff

    I apologize if this has been asked before but what is that wet, chalky, dusty-like substance that sprays up on the Tropicana Field infield when a ball bounces on it?

    • Cuso

      cocaine

    • Monteroisdinero

      sand. not water.

      • Geoff

        what is the purpose of putting sand on the infield?

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      Manny’s dandruff.

  • Xstar7

    Dammit! Now Mariano can’t get the save.

    • A Gritty Dude’s Gritty Dude

      This team just needs a win.

      • Xstar7

        I know. I was just kidding.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jeter is one lucky bastard tonight

  • Kevin G.

    Noesi time?

  • Chairman Mao

    I want someone to grill Girardi after the game and demand that he give an explanation as to why a man with an OBP of .300 is hitting lead off instead of a faster man with an OBP of .340. Posada was put in his place, Jeter should be too.

  • Sean C

    Hits with RISP: Welcome Back. Now all we need is an evil rally-killing homerun to really top it off.

  • Esteban

    Something for everyone tonight. ARod homers, god starting pitching, good relief pitching, small ball, RBI singles, clutch hitting, clutch pitching. If the Yankees can get through the 9th without giving up any runs to TB, I don’t think there’s gonna be much to complain about after this game.

    • Epy0n

      Yes pretty well rounded game. The bunt worked effectively both times it was used. Love it.

  • Mickey Scheister

    I’d love to finally see Noesi get an IP.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    So will Joe finally bring in Noesi?

    • Cy Pettitte

      Sanit is coming in

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        GOD DAMNIT!!!
        But seriously, why is Joe afraid of using Noesi?

        • pat

          He’s a starter and hasn’t pitched since April 8th. He might not respond well to being asked to quickly warm up with 1 or 2 outs in the inning. If he lets some guys in then we gotta re-warmup Mo and burn him tonight.

          • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

            Then if he hasn’t pitched in that long, then he should be pitching in AAA instead of rotting in the bullpen.

            • pat

              Well, it certainly wasn’t my decision to call him up, but I agree with not using him here.

    • MikeD

      Yeah, what’s the deal with Noesi here?

      • CP

        Wait, he’s still up?

  • first time lawng time

    Timeout. The world is ending on Saturday? I thought it was supposed to end in 2012?

    If so, that really does not fit well into my schedule. I’m going to the game on Sunday.

    Not cool.

  • Xstar7

    Amaury Sanit is going to pull a Chan Ho Park.

    • Cy Pettitte

      he’s gonna have bad diarrhea?

      • Xstar7

        Didn’t you see that game in Cleveland last year? Yankees were winning 11-2 in the ninth so he let Chan pitch in the ninth and he almost let the Indians back in it.

    • Sean C

      How can you prove that he has “di-uh-lee-uh?”

      • first time lawng time

        Cannot believe he said that. That is so gross.

        Who does that? Eww.

        • Xstar7

          I was talking about that game Chan Ho Park had in Cleveland last year. Not whatever intestinal problems he had.

  • pat

    Glad we’re not seeing Noesi here. He had like 10 mins to warmup and hasn’t pitched in a week. No need to shake the rus0t off right here. The lead is only 5 not 15.

  • Lily

    nice to see them tack on a couple of more runs and lets hope they take this into tomorrow. lets see them do what they havne’t done regularly and thats beat guys they haven’t seen before. in this case i think britton is pitching tomorrow..

    GO YANKEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Monteroisdinero

      He was seen in ST and we didn’t do anything with him. Does that count?

  • Monteroisdinero

    The legend of Sam Fuld cannot beat us this time. Well-it would be legendary if he does.

  • Kevin G.

    Apparently the YES pitch counter thinks that was a 26 pitch at bat.

  • pat

    Lol, ump almost punched Johnson in the face.

  • IRF

    Noesi actually murdered Girardi’s first born

  • Monteroisdinero

    When the moon
    meets the sky
    like a big pizza pie
    That’s Amaury!

  • mbonzo

    I know theres some question about Vazquez ability to hit breaking balls, but wouldn’t pitchers in AAA figure this out by now? He hit 2 more homeruns tonight. 16 homeruns!

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      keep hitting him and we can trade him and a few others for a stud pitcher.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    The trop is such a joke

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    i hate this friggin’ stadium…catwalks are a joke.

    • MannyGeee

      can’t wait for them to make that shit hole an indoor flea market. this is pathetic.

  • mbonzo

    The video is inconclusive. I don’t think they’ll change the call.

  • first time lawng time

    ThisThmusis is why you don’t play ball in a dome.

    • first time lawng time

      This***

  • MikeD

    I can’t follow what Leiter and Singleton are saying.

    • MannyGeee

      babble babble, C ring, grumble grumble, cat walk, blah blah blah, groung rule….

      • MikeD

        A-ring, B-Ring, C-Ring, if they got to O-Ring, I was running for cover.

        “Three engines now at 104 percent. Challenger, go at throttle up.”

  • pat

    They’re gonna call this bullshit a fucking HR.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Really?

      • pat

        It looked like it nicked it on the way down. I thought they were gonna give him a cheapie. Glad to be wrong.

  • CBean

    The catwalks are stupid. Get a better stadium.

  • MikeD

    The rule, btw, says it has to be clear for the umpires to change the rule. Wasn’t clear to me.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      you must not be an umpire.

      • MikeD

        It is the way the replay rule is written. It has to be clear that the initial umpire’s rule is wrong for the replay umpires to overrule it. If there’s any doubt, the original call stands. There was doubt. Call stands!

  • Monteroisdinero

    Pinch hit for a legend?

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol owned

  • BigTimeBartolo

    The losing streak is finally over. Thank Mo

  • MikeD

    She’s a Rays fan. He’s a Yankee fan. He gets the ball. That is a rule. The only way to overrule that rule is he was single and is trying to score, in which case she gets the ball. Very simple.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Time for Mo.

  • pat

    Well, that defensive indifference actually bit us on the ass.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Alright Sanit. Just end this shit please

  • first time lawng time

    Okay, one out. Just one out from a win. Let’s not eff this up.

  • Chairman Mao

    You can never be too careful!

  • Monteroisdinero

    Time for JoVa. 16 HR’s can no longer be ignored. He is hitting .300 too.

    Girardi is such a wimp. Let Sanit face another batter. 6-2 2 outs!

  • Cy Pettitte

    over-managing 101. either bring in Mo from the top of the 9th or leave in Sanit

    • Freddy’s Mom

      WTF, man? Let the friggin dude manage already.

  • wow

    don’t tempt fate, just end it.

    #marianorivera

  • James A

    Put it on the left side!
    Fun Fact: The Yankees are undefeated when Chris Dickerson plays for them

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    effin A!

  • Erica

    WIN!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CBean

    WINNING! YAY!

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Man a win feels nice. It’s like taking a Bartolo-sized monkey off your back

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      like taking a Bartolo sized shit after 6 days of constipation!

  • MikeD

    Is there a regular post-game wrap on YES, or does My9 block that?

    • pat

      Gotta jump to YES usually.

  • Kevin G.

    What is this weird feeling? Feels like… a WIN!

  • pat

    I like that Joe went up to Sanit. Probably said “No offense dude but we needed this, had to nuke the motherfuckers”.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    i wonder if Swish is nervous..he hasn’t done a damn thing all year. Dickerson gets one start and produces.

    • Esteban

      LOL, yeah, Chris Dickerson’s not replacing Nick Swisher anytime.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Come on.

  • Xstar7

    Glad that Mariano was on the mound to seal the W. I really hope that A-Rod’s two HR day wasn’t a fluke.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime dela g

    great win

  • dennyneagleshooker

    i haven’t felt this way until i embarrassed denny in a press conference when he was wearing a yankees uniform. that was like 2000, thank god!

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    This comment is just to push the comment counter past 666, don’t want the hex on a winning game thread.