Game 45: Just win series


The Yankees have won just one of their last four series, and that was the two-game sweep of the Orioles a few days ago. They haven’t really been sticking to the “just win series” mantra of late, but they could make it two series wins in a row today against the Mets. David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain could probably use the day off, so lots of runs and/or a dominant performance out of Ivan Nova would be pretty awesome. Here’s the lineup…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Jorge Posada, DH
Brett Gardner, LF
Chris Dickerson, RF – obviously, he’s been cleared to play
Frankie Cervelli, C

Ivan Nova, SP

The final game of the series can be seen on both YES and SNY locally plus TBS nationally. Enjoy the game.

Rafael Soriano Update: The Eighth Inning Guy™ played catch today and seems to be recovering well from his inflamed elbow. Yay.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. special kid says:

    the good luck charm is here!

  2. Robert says:

    Russell Martin should catch [i]every[/i] game.

  3. dkidd says:

    yanks rotation, in order of how excited/interested/compelled to watch i get when their spot comes up:


    what a bizarre season so far…

  4. Jericho Spade says:

    I actually spoke to Dickerson at the game last night, right before first pitch. He said his head is fine and he feels better, which is obviously good news.

  5. Pinstripes in Cali says:

    “OK, honey, we’ll do whatever productive thing it is that you wanted us to do this Sunday that involves me putting on pants and leaving the house, just after the Yankee game!”

  6. IRF says:

    Isn’t it nice knowing that Nova can give you more than 5 innings?

  7. Esteban says:

    You can’t predict sportswriting: Fangraphs was mentioned in the New York Post today, talking about Cano’s hacktastic ways this season.

  8. CMP says:

    The table is set for Nova to have a good game today.

    The Mets lineup is just pathetic once you get past Beltran.

  9. Esteban says:

    Gardner, so good in the field

  10. A Gritty Dude's Gritty Dude says:

    I love how ESPN NY is calling Grandy’s bat a blessing and a curse! If Pedroia was off to the same start they’d be all “ZOMG THE LASER SHOWS GETTING ANOTHER MVP!!!111!”

    • V says:

      Why the fuck would anyone voluntarily subject themselves to reading ESPN New York?

      I really don’t get it. Why do people keep posting about that hacktastic piece of shit web-site? I can get better sportswriting from elementary school kids.

      • Mickey Scheister says:

        My first time reading it was yesterday when someone on RAB linked to an article hating on all the HRs the Yanks are hitting and how Grandy being the HR leader on the team is disturbing the “balance” of the team. Verbal vomit, IMO. There is better journalism on than ESPN NY.

        • Esteban says:

          At least barstoolsports is sorta funny and has pictures of hot chicks. What does ESPNNY offer?

          • Mickey Scheister says:

            Yeah, I enjoy barstool. Their journalism integrity is of a much high caliber than ESPN NY. No joke, and it is supposed to be funny, unlike the non-intentional humor on the NY site. Why even bother with such awful articles on ESPN NY?

      • Esteban says:

        Word, I don’t know if I’ve ever gone to ESPN NY to read about baseball without seeing a link saying “look how stupid this writer is”

  11. IRF says:


  12. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Thats our captain!!

  13. Ivan says:

    SMFH @ Jeter.

  14. Esteban says:

    This is just getting ridiculous

  15. Ivan says:

    Homeruns Baby…

  16. Cy Pettitte says:

    there’s #16

    god we’re gonna lose because Granderson is TEARING THIS TEAM APART, just go back to being a doubles guy and let 3-4-5 drive you in Curtis.

  17. Mike Axisa says:

    Holy shit is Granderson good.

  18. BigTimeBartolo says:


  19. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Tooooooooooooooooooo many homers

  20. Tampa Yankee says:

    Someone needs to tell Grandy to stop that, he’s not doing what he was brought in to do and it’s a curse to this team!

  21. IRF says:

    On this date in 1961, Marris and Mantle had a combined 17 HR.

    Grandy is coming for them

  22. Mickey Scheister says:

    Curtis is GRANDER…son!!

  23. Esteban says:

    Granderson with another shot to the right field Granderstands. Ho hum. Another day, another Granderson homer.

  24. Mickey Scheister says:

    Please sign this petition to place Curtis in the clean-up spot!!

  25. Nice homer, Grandyman.

    We should of won on Friday, though. We can’t just win series, we have to sweep them. Boston is coming, and we could of buried them but we didn’t. Not capitalizing on opportunities you could of capitalized on always comes back to haunt you.

    (h/t S.Roads)

    • V says:

      Y’know, I actually know a rather intelligent guy (passed all of the CAS actuarial exams by age 24, now works at an investment bank in Chicago) who still says ‘could of’, ‘should of’, etc., non-ironically.

      I’ve corrected him probably 1000 times. Odd.

  26. dela g says:

    nice job with the effort, Alex

  27. IRF says:

    What’s more exciting? Granderson and Bautista’s HR race? OR Cano and Cabrera’s race to worst P/PA?

  28. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Since the first pitch was a strike Robbie realized he HAD to swing at the next pitch because it MUST be a strike too.

  29. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Lol Jeter’s range is so bad…

  30. Mickey Scheister says:

    At least it wasn’t, “past a diving Jeter.” He didn’t even bother.

  31. Esteban says:

    Nova sux. a hit TO a guy hitting .230!!!!

  32. cjc says:

    would it be considered cheating to get Jeter a hoveround

  33. donttradecano says:

    mets fans really to stop with the little league park excuses every time the yanks hit a homerun

    • Esteban says:

      Yep. Both teams are playing in the same park today. If it’s so easy to hit HRs in YSIII, the Mets should have no problem doing it.

      • V says:

        And of Curtis’s 15 HRs on the season, only two were ‘cheapies’, and only one of those was at Yankee Stadium (the other was in Fenway).

  34. Cy Pettitte says:

    these are some cheap ass base hits

  35. Esteban says:

    Pheww, got out Justin Turner.

  36. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Come on Nova, dammit

  37. IRF says:

    Hahaha…nice baserunning by Fartinez

  38. cjc says:

    man you just can’t get beat by Willie fucking Harris

  39. Mickey Scheister says:

    If Nunez was playing SS and Austin Jackson was playing center this woulda been a 1-2-3 inning.


  40. cjc says:

    what an inning

  41. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Learn how to field your fucking position Nova.

  42. Cy Pettitte says:

    this is pretty terrible.

  43. cjc says:

    terrible pitch

  44. Ivan says:

    Come on Nova, stop the Bleeding.

  45. Don Juan says:

    And this has been our problem all year, when the other team can manufacture runs and we can’t.

    • Greg says:

      Exactly. Smallball. Manufacturing runs when the home run isnt there.

      • Pasqua says:

        The homerun “isn’t there” for the Mets because most of the Mets can’t hit them. As such, the have scored 43 fewer runs than the Yankees.

    • Curtis Granderson just “manufactured” a run a little bit ago.

      He, Martin, Tex, and ARod just manufactured a bunch of runs last night, as well.

    • Pasqua says:

      Yankees Runs Scored 2011: 226
      Mets Runs Scored 2011: 183

      Let’s stop this HR vs. manufactured runs nonsene. Runs are runs, no matter how you score them. And the Yankees have scored the third most in baseball.

      • Greg says:

        The problem is that they score 15 in one and zero in the other. If they just scored 7 in the two games they would probably win both games

        • Pasqua says:

          I forgot that each team is given its run total at the beginning of the year and then asked to divide it equally amongst 162 games. What are the Yankees doing?!

        • The problem is that they score 15 in one and zero in the other.

          That’s not a Yankee problem, that’s a baseball problem. Every offense has nights off from time to time where they fail to score 3 or more runs, even the best offenses in baseball history.

          No team ever scores 5+ runs every single night. It doesn’t happen.

          • V says:

            Exactly. The UTTERLY DOMINANT 1998 Yankees:

            Scored 0 runs 5 times,
            Scored 1 runs 10 times,
            Scored 2 runs 9 times,
            Scored 3 runs 21 times,
            Scored 4 runs 15 times,
            Scored 5 runs 25 times,
            Scored 6 runs 15 times,
            Scored 7 runs 14 times,
            Scored 8 runs 11 times,
            Scored 9 runs 10 times,
            Scored 10 runs 8 times,
            Scored 11 runs 6 times,
            Scored 12 runs 4 times,
            Scored 13 runs 2 times,
            Scored 14 runs 4 times,
            Scored 15 runs 2 times,
            Scored 16 runs 0 times,
            Scored 17 runs 1 times.

      • Runs are runs, no matter how you score them. And the Yankees have scored the third most in baseball.

        Runs are runs, no matter how you score them. And the Yankees have scored the third most in baseball.

        Runs are runs, no matter how you score them. And the Yankees have scored the third most in baseball.

        Threepeated for emphasis.

  46. Mike Axisa says:

    Gotta love those pitchers that can’t strike anyone out. Two two-strike hits this inning (at least).

  47. V says:

    I think it’s time to think about warming up Noesi, no? Or is he too tired from Thursday?

  48. BigTimeBartolo says:

    You can’t let guys like Willie Harris and Jason Priddle beat you.

    Sick of Nova already, my patience with him is tissue paper-thin

  49. Greg says:

    Well, We’ll need the bullpen today.

  50. Cy Pettitte says:

    nice defense this inning, christ.

  51. cjc says:

    seriously this is out of control now fuck

  52. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Ridiculous. This defense is laughable

  53. Esteban says:

    A comedy of errors and weak hits this inning.

  54. Greg says:

    Thats on Jeter

  55. Ivan says:

    U gotta catch that Jeter, come on.

  56. Mike Axisa says:

    Jeter just straight up whiffed on that. Perfect throw, he was out.

  57. IRF says:

    That one’s on Jeter

  58. dkidd says:

    what are we, the red sox???

  59. special kid says:

    lol cervelli

  60. dkidd says:

    granderson often forgets how many out there are

  61. IRF says:

    And after an inning and a half, Buffalo leads Scranton 3-1

  62. Mickey Scheister says:

    I still want the Jorge figurine. It’s glorious!

  63. JM says:

    I hate how that the Mets bloop their way to a 3 run rally and the Yankees actually hit the ball farther than 100 feet yet the Yankees are down by two.

  64. Mickey Scheister says:

    Ugh, I’m supposed to be working on a District Manager training program, but I’m addicted to all things Yankee baseball. I have a problem with addiction.

  65. dkidd says:

    it’s like that thing where a bunch of scrubs hit another scrub while a bunch of old men watch


  66. Cy Pettitte says:

    fuck me, I can’t believe that was foul.

  67. Mickey Scheister says:

    Damn, I thought that was gone.

  68. Mickey Scheister says:

    Please don’t GIDP, please don’t GIDP, please don’t GIDP…

  69. Mike Axisa says:

    On the bright side, Pelfrey isn’t fooling anyone.

  70. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Isn’t this such an amazing game, just think if those balls were just inches to the side, the game is tied.


  71. JackC says:

    It would be cool if Gardner could steal bases.

  72. Sheepmeister says:

    Nova and pelfry have thrown the same number of pitchers with nova throwing two more strikes. Nova has one less baserunner and the yankees are somehow down 2.

  73. Cy Pettitte says:

    my Pendleton sense is tingling

  74. Mike Axisa says:

    And Nova gets right back into the stretch.

  75. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Noesi time if Nova doesnt get his shit together

  76. special kid says:

    fk this game is over

  77. jetrer says:

    This defense is embarrassing itself constantly.

  78. Ben from Stanford says:

    Man, it’s kind of cruel to show the Game 5 clip with Leiter there. But he took it well.

  79. Cy Pettitte says:

    this is getting ridiculous, he isn’t fooling anyone.

  80. dkidd says:

    nova tipping his pitches? they look like they know when the curve is coming

  81. Mike Axisa says:

    They’re due for another botched double play ball, it’s been like five batters.

  82. JohnnyC says:

    So, Silva’s got what another 2 starts before he’s activated and takes Nova’s spot?

  83. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Switch Noesi’s and Nova’s roles

  84. Ben from Stanford says:

    To be fair to Nova, his BABIP in this game is .500 (6 for 12). Yeah, he should be getting more K’s, but he hasn’t walked anyone.

  85. Greg says:

    So….Charlie Morton? Hiroki Kuroda?

  86. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    What happened to Justin Turner? How can he possibly be 0 for 2??

    • Jose the Satirist says:

      On SNY he was described as having a “magic RBI bat”.

    • JohnnyC says:

      When the scouting report finally catches up to him, he’ll be DFA’d. Wait, this is the Mets. They’ll just make him the NEW face of the team, after David Wright is traded to the Pirates for Ross Ohlendorf.

  87. CMP says:

    Way to work out of it Nova. He can still have a quality start if he settles down.

  88. mbonzo says:

    I’ve never seen so many people whine about a pitcher who could still earn a quality start. Pitching has clearly spoiled us this year.

  89. cjc says:

    90mph on a friggin tee and a pop to short have to do better

  90. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Wow Tex is leading the world in infield popups

  91. JohnnyC says:

    Do we have to just accept the bazillion pop ups from Tex because of his pronounced uppercut?

  92. JohnnyC says:

    Him sure foolin’ ARod in that there AB.

  93. Greg says:

    We desperately need an average hitter so that we can have people on base when we hit home runs.

  94. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Never good when Willie Harris is 2 for 2

  95. Craig says:

    Ronny Paulino has a HUGE head.

  96. JohnnyC says:

    The Pridie of the Mets!

  97. Erica says:

    Ahhhh, Cano.

  98. Cy Pettitte says:

    Cano…this is ridiculous

  99. Cy Pettitte says:

    jesus christ, comedy of errors.

  100. YankeesJunkie says:


  101. Erica says:


  102. Mike Axisa says:

    Real nice, Jorge.

  103. jetrer says:

    Worst … baserunner … ever

  104. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    wtf Jorge?

  105. Mickey Scheister says:

    Fuck the figurine night.

  106. Greg says:

    Very Very Very Stupid

  107. mbonzo says:

    Lol @ Posada.

  108. donttradecano says:

    jesus please

    • Mickey Scheister says:

      “Jesus on the mainline, call em up, call em up…”

      It’s a church song, check it out.

  109. Rob says:

    Such a horrendous baserunner, the worst part about his baserunning is that he thinks he’s fast

  110. CMP says:

    Jesus Christ, the first base coach needs to body block Posada from trying for a double there.

  111. Dan says:

    love Jorge being aggresive

  112. bonestock94 says:

    That’s tough. Those balls are falling in finally, posada isn’t that bad.

  113. Esteban says:

    At least Jorge’s swinging the bat better. Just missed a HR last AB, ball in the gap this AB. Hey, Jorge’s a bad baserunner, but if he’s making baserunning mistakes, that means he’s getting on base.

  114. Dalelama says:

    Fu king Posada still the dumbest player in my lifetime.

  115. Cy Pettitte says:


  116. Mike Axisa says:

    Jesus Christ how the fuck was that a strike.

  117. mbonzo says:

    Nice strikezone. Hope Nova gets the strike call on pitches in the RHB box.

  118. Greg says:

    Given the news that Posada would not last 24 hours if he was released according to some executives, the trade market might be availible.

  119. A Gritty Dude's Gritty Dude says:

    Wait what????

  120. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Pathetic inning

  121. Matt says:

    Pelfrey has been terrible today, and all they have to show for it is 1 run.

    Same nonsense as usual with this offense. They work his pitch count early on, then change their mind and all go up and swing at the first pitch the next few innings and bail him out. Pelfrey has nothing to strike you out, why would you be afraid of going deep in a count with him?

    As soon as this team falls behind, they all start to press. They either go up there swinging at the first pitch or hit lazy fly balls trying to tie it up with one swing. Pelfrey has been very hittable today, but they can’t string together base hits because they all are trying to tie it up once they get a guy on.

  122. JohnnyC says:

    Good thing we got Rothschild to increase the K’s on our staff this season.

  123. CMP says:

    Has there been a bigger free agent bust than Jason Bay? He makes AJ look like a bargain.

  124. dkidd says:

    looks like rothchild told nova to pick up the tempo

    we’re winning this (butt ugly) game!

  125. Bryan Egan says:

    Hopefully Nova can get through the 6th quickly. Already over 80 pitches.

  126. Cy Pettitte says:

    Dickerson > Swisher

  127. mbonzo says:

    Thats my little Dicky!

  128. mbonzo says:

    Michael Kay finally admits bunting is dumb.

  129. Mike Axisa says:

    Even Michael Kay questioned that bunt.

  130. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Fuck you Cervelli

  131. Greg says:


  132. BigTimeBartolo says:

    This umpire blows.

  133. Greg says:

    We saw that stat for Pelfrey. 1-23 batters are with runners on against him in his last starts

  134. Bryan Egan says:

    It was a borderline pitch. Probably should have fought it off but it did look off the plate.

  135. Jose the Satirist says:

    I was surprised to see that the Yankees have 10 SH this year. It sometimes feels so much higher than that.

  136. mbonzo says:

    Carry this team Granderson!

  137. Don Juan says:

    And once again we fail to manufacture even one run. Lead off single by Jeter, 2-3-4 hitters go down in order without even advancing the runner. Lead off double by Dickerson, Cervelli removes the bunt for some reason and we fail to score again. If Cervelli bunts and moves the runner up he scores on Jeter’s groundout.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      If Cervelli bunts and moves the runner up he scores on Jeter’s groundout.

      It doesn’t work like that. If Dickerson’s on third, it changes everything. They don’t pitch to Jeter the same way.

      • dalelama says:

        But the odds of Dickerson scoring go up if he is bunted to third.

        • Matt says:

          The Yankees are down by two runs. You don’t play for 1 run at home in the 5th inning with the top of your order about to come up. Cervelli should be more than capable of poking a weak grounder to the right side, considering that’s what he always does.

    • Matt says:

      Cervelli trying to bunt in the first place was idiotic.

      The whole problem with that at bat was that he gave away the first strike on the bunt. It’s a lose-lose. Either you get it done and give away an out needlessly, or you don’t get it down and you give away a strike.

      Terrible at bats up and down this order with runners on base. Every pitcher in the league knows that the team swings for the fences, so they throw them pitch after pitch off the outside corner and they pull weak grounders to 1st and 2nd base.

    • Michael Kay would like to have a word with you about predetermined outcomes.

  138. BigTimeBartolo says:

    More fucking RISP fail

  139. Cy Pettitte says:

    way to waste a leadoff double

  140. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    The thought of losing 2/3 to Buffalo isn’t fun.

  141. Greg says:

    When you cant get hits with runners in scoring position, bunting might be the next best option. Plus it was Cervelli who cant hit at all

    • Matt says:

      Cervelli always hits ground balls to the right side. That’s the one thing he does well. Why would you give away the out? What if he pokes it through the hole for a hit rather than just giving himself out?

      • Greg says:

        Because the odds of Francisco Cervelli getting a hit are very slim. I go with the odds.

        If it was Granderson in that position, I wouldn’t bunt.

  142. bonestock94 says:

    He can’t walk the tightrope forever

  143. Karl Krawfid says:

    I seen this game before

  144. dalelama says:

    It looks like Cervelli went to the Bret Gardner How To Take a Called Third Strike School.

  145. Slugger27 says:

    the fan in the red sleeves behind home plate looks like “poppie” from seinfeld

  146. mbonzo says:

    Fucking umpire has fallen apart.

  147. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Sick of Nova. Always behind the count and with men on base. This guy just sucks

  148. DannyT says:

    It really seems like when this team is down they get into this home-run or bust mode and it’s looking like a bust, to Mike Pelfrey..

    • JohnnyC says:

      Maybe they realize they’re not good at “small ball.” After all, there’s little speed on this team (and the ones with speed are dumb baserunners anyway) and the high average hitters (like Jeter) are in serious decline. Hitting home runs is the one thing they do really well (against mediocre pitchers naturally). This team is very reminiscent of the 2005-2007 teams offensively.

  149. Cy Pettitte says:

    Harris is 3-3, lmao

  150. JohnnyC says:

    You know it’s bad when Willie Harris goes 3 for 3.

  151. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Nova’s lucky that the Mets are just hitting singles off of him, he’s been terrible

  152. A-Rod's Wingman says:

    So I missed the second inning, did Nova get BABIPed to death? That’s the way that the box score made it seem.

  153. mbonzo says:

    *cough*quality start*cough*

  154. Greg says:

    Calling Tex popup right now

  155. first time lawng time says:

    Just got in…how do the offense and Pelfrey look?

  156. Karl Krawfid says:

    Damn that sucks. Get well Don.

  157. Matt says:

    Wow, Cano finally decided to hustle down the line on one of his infield ground balls. Should have had a hit too on one earlier in the game, but he slowed up heading to first.

    • Jerome S. says:

      This is so beyond wrong…

      • Matt says:

        Nobody is saying Cano is the only one, but he’s certainly been guilty of it lately. On that grounder up the middle he didn’t bust it all the way to first and got thrown out by half a step when he certainly could have beaten it out.

        • Jerome S. says:


          Cano’s just slow. He’s a big guy with a lot of upper-body strength, and I bet he’s faster than me, but compared to your average big-leaguer, he’s slow.

          • JohnnyC says:

            He’s not criticizing his lack of speed. You don’t slow down nearing the bag when you’re hustling to beat it out. You run through the bag. It’s the same principle if you’re Bret Gardner or Matt Stairs.

    • rek4gehrig says:

      perhaps he is suffering from concussion? he looks kinda sluggish lately

      • JohnnyC says:

        Seriously, he does look out of sorts and lifeless. You wouldn’t think that 32 games in 33 days would affect a 28 year old that much. ARod or Jeter sure but Cano? And…it’s May.

  158. JohnnyC says:

    Posada with the 4-bagger.

  159. Ivan says:

    LMAOOOO @ Cone picking all the writers that riped him.

  160. Greg says:

    That’s 0-13 with runniers on base.

  161. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Now I know what it’s like to be a Padres fan.

  162. Charles says:

    This is getting stupid, something needs to happen to get a spark in the offense, call up Montero or something, we can’t play like this and keep up with Tampa/Boston.

  163. Matt says:

    Home run or nothing. They didn’t score when they had the leadoff guy double, and they’ve had a runner on almost every inning and can’t get anything across.

    Half these guys aren’t even hitting the ball hard because they swing at balls. Cano has especially been one of the biggest culprits lately.

  164. JohnnyC says:

    This is depressing even for May.

  165. Don Juan says:

    When people saw the pitchers the Mets had lined up for this series they thought we should be able to pound those high ERAs and destroy this injury riddled club. 1 run scored in two of the ballgames is unacceptable. But it’s only May so there are no problems to correct.

  166. Sheepmeister says:

    BABIP for this game

    Mets 10/21
    Yankees 5/16

    • Matt says:

      Nova is giving up line drives all over the place, not seeing eye ground balls. Citing stats like this blindly is incredibly misleading. Even some of the hits that have been classified as ground balls have really been line drives that landed on the edge of the infield dirt on their way to the outfield.

      • Sheepmeister says:

        The point isn’t really the mets as much as its about the yankees and their .256 BABIP this game and the chance for a correction.

        • Matt says:

          Again, blindly citing the statistics is misleading.

          The Yankees are not hitting the ball hard today, they are hitting lazy fly balls and routine grounders to 2nd and 1st pulling way off of offspeed junk.

          They aren’t hitting it hard, hence they are creating their own bad luck.

    • Ben from Stanford says:

      I think it’s actually 10/25 (now 11/27 after the last couple at bats) and 5/18. Not that unusual for either team.

  167. rek4gehrig says:

    Cy Dickey and now Cy Pelfrey

  168. first time lawng time says:

    Reyes is really gross.

  169. Ivan says:

    Terrific play by both Tex and Nova.

  170. Matt says:

    If I told you Friday afternoon that the Yankees would have allowed only 8 runs in the 3 games, what would you have expected the outcome of this series to have been?

    A sweep? Certainly not losing 2/3. If they don’t pull this one out, they should be ashamed of themselves this weekend.

  171. Ethan says:

    please let that play spark the offense cause this game has been painful to watch

  172. Don Juan says:

    Nova’s done his job just like Freddy did his on Friday. Cashman needs to make something happen since it appears Joe is content with the status quo.

    • V says:

      Yes, I’m absolutely sure that Girardi is ok with a slumping offense.

      Do you read your own drivel before hitting ‘submit’?

  173. Jerome S. says:

    WOW did Nove get BAbib’d to death.

    Of course, it wouldn’t be so bad if he could strike people out.

    • V says:

      Eh, it’s not like he gave up a bunch of dribblers that happened to find holes. The Mets have been scalding the ball off of him. BABIP is worth looking at for long-term trends, not single games.

      Now… if hit f/x were open, we could compare BABIP to the velocity of the ball off the bat…

      A few of those singles, if you take that pitch and give it to a good hitter, are out of the ballpark.

    • Ben from Stanford says:

      Not really. The BABIP count was 11/27, and a normal BABIP would be more like 8/27. 3 extra hits out of 27 isn’t much.

    • Jose the Satirist says:

      He had a .288 BABIP coming into this game. Reversion to the mean as the sample size increases isn’t surprising. Don’t ever look at single games with BABIP. It tells you very little as there is so much noise.

  174. Ivan says:

    Not the greatest start, but overall he kept battling and Nova was solid, not great but certainly solid.

  175. first time lawng time says:

    Hey Yankees offense,

    SCORE SOME F****** RUNS!!!


  176. Sheepmeister says:

    I bet every MLB team would like their 4th/5th starter to give them 6.2 ip with 3 ER even if it came on 11 hits.

  177. V says:

    Blegh, ESPN Fantasycast broken. Second time this past week.

  178. JackC says:

    Perhaps Gardner isn’t running because he can’t steal. It’s perhaps because he doesn’t want the Yanks to continue to fail with RISP

  179. Esteban says:

    Ughhh. “If Dickerson gets on, that allows Girardi let Cervelli bunt”

    Free outs here, get yer free outs here.

  180. Greg says:

    Considering the hitter, bunt here.

  181. Mike Axisa says:

    Cervelli’s going to bunt so Jeter can continue to not get runners in, great.

  182. Ivan says:

    I would pinch hit Cerveli here IMO.

  183. Don Juan says:

    Now we’re cooking. Let’s give these guys a dose of small ball and manufacture some runs.

  184. Mike Axisa says:

    Phew, Pelfrey saved them from the bunt.

  185. Cy Pettitte says:


  186. Pinstripes in Cali says:

    Way to go Franco!

  187. Ivan says:

    Tnank you Mike Pelfrey, and its not even Christmas yet.


  189. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Please some Captain Clutch!!

  190. Erica says:



  191. JackC says:

    We’ll take it.

  192. Karl Krawfid says:

    Oh my that was close

  193. mbonzo says:

    Bunt worked!

  194. pat says:

    At least jeter’s DP will score a run.

  195. Across the pond says:

    Yay, no bunt

  196. Ivan says:

    GS for Jeter, im calling it.

  197. Cy Pettitte says:


  198. NHyankeesfan says:

    Captain clutch!

  199. Don Juan says:


  200. Mike Axisa says:

    Well look at that, Jeter made me look like an ass.

  201. mbonzo says:

    DA CAPTAIN. True Yankee.

  202. Greg says:

    What did you say about Jeter Mike?

    • Don Juan says:

      He said Jeter will continue to not get runners in but he’s the only one getting them in. I would hope our 2-3-4 hitters could find some way to push over the go ahead run.

      • Esteban says:

        He is? Jeter was hitting .186/.255/.233 with RISP coming into this game. He came through that time, but has been brutal so far this year.

  203. Ethan says:


  204. Esteban says:

    And Jeter’s struggles this year with men on base will be forgotten. BUT, who cares. WOHOOO. RISPSUCCESS

  205. BavarianYankee says:

    bunt worked this time, tied game now :D

  206. Matt says:


  207. Erica says:


  208. Rey22 says:

    Captain Cluuuutch!!!

  209. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Knew we couldn’t get outplayed by the Buffalo Bisons for 2 whole games.

  210. V says:

    Do Major League managers NOT realize that Granderson has been BETTER against lefties than righties in 2011?

  211. Adam says:

    And the universe just exploded…

  212. Tampa Yankee says:


  213. mbonzo says:

    Fucking bunt.

  214. Don Juan says:

    That’s how you play baseball, folks. Beautiful bunt. Now hit a sac fly here and drive him home.

  215. Mike Axisa says:

    Second in the league in homers, by all means bunt. Holy fuck are they morons.

  216. Esteban says:

    Why would Granderson, the Yankees best hitter this year, bunt? WHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY? Fuck outta here with that bullshit.

  217. Greg says:

    I’m not sure about that one.

  218. V says:

    Bunts. Are. Fucking. Stupid.

    Bunts. Are. Fucking. Stupid.

    Bunts. Are. Fucking. Stupid.

    Bunts. Are. Fucking. Stupid.

    Bunts. Are. Fucking. Stupid.

  219. Ivan says:


  220. 101010 says:

    why the fuck is our best hitter bunting?

  221. Curtis Granderson just bunted.



  222. Sheepmeister says:

    double u tee eff

  223. NHyankeesfan says:

    is granderson the only one on this team who can bunt?

  224. Jerome S. says:


  225. JM says:

    Why would you bunt your hottest hitter? I h8 buntz

  226. ClementG says:

    Okay, really? Really? Granderson??!! Why not f’ing bunt Babe Ruth, too.

  227. Ben from Stanford says:


  228. Karl Krawfid says:

    Walking Tex to face A-Rod?

    Slam by A-Rod.

  229. Across the pond says:

    We just HAD to get a bunt in today

  230. Guest says:

    DEAR G-D NO. Worst bunt of the season. No question.

    Best HR hitter in baseball for the last 4 months NBD (Non-Bautista Division).

    Worst bunt of the season.

  231. first time lawng time says:

    That was stupid, considering Grandy has been killing LHP.

    If he sucked vs LHP, then I agree with the bunt, but he’s been good lately, so I disagree with it.

  232. Ethan says:

    Walking Tex with Arod on deck NEVER works out for the other team. LOVE IT!

  233. first time lawng time says:

    That was stupid, considering Grandy has been killing LHP.

    If he sucked vs LHP, then I agree with the bunt, but he’s been good lately, so I disagree with it.

  234. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Dear God, A-Rod please don’t GIDP.

  235. BavarianYankee says:

    OMG. The hottest hitter at the plate, what are we doing? BUNTING!? That’s so stupid!!

  236. Mike Axisa says:

    So stupid. First and second, no outs, two best hitters on the team due up and they took the bat right out of their hands. But hey, smallball. That’s how you win or some shit. Common sense has no place in baseball.

  237. Seriously, I actually WANT this shit to fail. I want ARod and Cano to strike out here, just so that ridiculously asinine strategy of bunting CURTIS FUCKING GRANDERSON can backfire.

    Joe Girardi is making himself fucking impossible to defend.

  238. Pasqua says:

    You know why they bunted Granderson? That’s right. Too many homeruns.

  239. Esteban says:


  240. Ivan says:

    I really believe that Granderson bunted on his own. I have ahard time believing that Girardi would ask Granderson, you know the guy that leads his team in HR’s to actually bunt smfh.

  241. Greg says:

    It worked

  242. Adam says:

    haha, wow. Just…wow.

  243. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol bet they didn’t see that coming

  244. Don Juan says:

    That’ll get the job done! That’s how you play baseball!

  245. Mike Axisa says:

    Haha, the fact that the bunt worked and they scored only means they’ll try it again in the future. Awesome.

  246. Ben from Stanford says:

    I love how Leiter and Cone are making fun of Kay in the booth for loving the bunt. “That’s your favorite play, Michael.”

    For the record, Fangraphs gives the bunt a +0.3% WPA, and another +0.3% for walking Tex.

    • JohnnyC says:

      You’ve got it wrong. Kay is not a fan of mindless bunting. Leiter and Cone are the bunting advocates. They were both NL pitchers for a good part of their careers.

  247. Karl Krawfid says:

    Couple singles with risp baby

  248. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Leiter just pulled a Sterling

  249. ClementG says:

    A-Rod doing the Jeter!

  250. V says:

    Great. The bunt worked. Which means we’re just gonna keep doing it.

    The only reason it worked is because ARod made awful contact. If he hits that harder, it’s a double play.

  251. Tampa Yankee says:

    Now every one will say the Granderson bunt was the right move because they scored. That’s lucky as hell… just because it worked doesn’t mean it was right.

  252. Mickey Scheister says:

    A-Rod with the line drive base hit, past the pitcher!!!

  253. mbonzo says:

    Great now Girardi thinks the bunt worked. New rule, every time someone sac bunts, Joe needs to punch one of his kids in the face.

  254. NHyankeesfan says:

    Cano just took two pitches in a row. a new personal record for him

  255. Karl Krawfid says:

    Another one!

  256. Cy Pettitte says:

    RBI for Robbie!

  257. Don Juan says:

    We are now 3-3 with RISP in this inning! Move the runners over and good things will happen.

  258. ClementG says:

    Hey, we’re scoring runs without a HR this inning. Wonder if that will calm the mass media. Unlikely.

  259. JackC says:

    Robinson? Robinson Cano? So good to see you — how long has it been?

  260. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I think these are the Mets we expected to face

  261. Esteban says:

    Uh oh, this game thread is gonna get quiet now. What to complain about now?

    • Adam says:

      And right on cue, the ump…

      • Esteban says:

        Heh, yeah but replays showed the ball crossed at Jorge’s knees. Umps should make more calls based on that than where the catcher catches the ball.

        • Adam says:

          Agreed, just when it actually happens it is notable since that is usually not the case. Kind of like calling someone safe on the neighborhood play.

  262. Mickey Scheister says:


  263. pat says:

    I bet Grandy bunted on his own. Girardi can’t be that silly.

  264. Adam says:

    Wow…are you serious?

  265. mbonzo says:

    Are you fucking kidding? Send this ump to the glue factory.

  266. JM says:

    Wow. That was almost in the dirt.

  267. Mickey Scheister says:

    In the dirt, WTF?

  268. Esteban says:

    Meh, crossed at his knees. Not a terrible call.

  269. Ivan says:

    WTF IS DAT UMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

  270. Karl Krawfid says:

    wow BS call

  271. Ivan says:

    WTF IS DAT UMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  272. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    What kind of douche umpire calls a PITCH IN THE DIRT a strike?

  273. Greg says:

    Even if he has been calling the low pitch, that was in the dirt.

  274. Mickey Scheister says:

    Let’s see if Joba gets the breaking ball in the dirt as a CALLED STRIKE!

    • Esteban says:

      It wasn’t in the dirt. Reaplays showed it crossed at or right below Jorge’s knees. It wasn’t the worst call in the history of the world.

      • Mickey Scheister says:

        It looked like it was below the knees per the replay, so it wasn’t a strike, IMO. It was in the dirt, no replay needed for that.

        • Esteban says:

          It doesn’t matter where the catcher catches it.

          • Mickey Scheister says:

            I understand that. Per the replays I’ve seen the ball was below the knees when it crossed the plate, landing in the dirt. I cannot remember the last time I watched a ball land in the dirt and it be a called strike. Can you?

  275. Chet says:

    Boy…that call sucked some major monkey nuts.

  276. first time lawng time says:

    See? All you have to do is ask nicely! =)

  277. ClementG says:

    It’s not where it’s caught, it’s where it crossing the plate. I’ll reserve judgment until I see a few more replays. I do remember years ago that would be called a strike if it went through the zone. In recent years, they seem to call where it lands in the glove, which is not always correct.

  278. Across the pond says:

    Anyone know where pitchFX had that pitch? I thought it crossed at his knees.

  279. Ivan says:

    You know you had a productive inning when the guy who started the inning comes up back again to bat.

  280. Ethan says:

    More runs so joba and robertson can have a badly needed off day

  281. Karl Krawfid says:


  282. mbonzo says:


  283. Greg says:

    Fuck you mr. ump

  284. Erica says:


  285. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Brett fuckin Gardner!!

  286. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Cap it off with a HR

  287. Karl Krawfid says:


  288. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol BABIP’d to death

  289. Greg says:

    David Cone just said that Granderson’s bunt set up the inning. Any of you will willing to object?

    • Yes, I’ll object.

      As V pointed out earlier, had ARod’s weak infield single been hit slightly harder, he would have grounded into an inning-ending double play.

      Curtis Granderson’s bunt didn’t “set up” the big inning. The Yankees loading the bases BEFORE Curtis Granderson bunted and BEFORE a single out was recorded, THAT “set up” the big inning.

      Curtis Granderson’s bunt probably didn’t change the likelihood of a big inning much at all. He just moved the chain along.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      They scored two runs before the bunt. The inning was set up by Pelfrey walking Dickerson and hitting Cervelli to load the bases with no outs.

      • That.

        According to WPA, Gardner’s single, Dickerson’s walk, Cervelli’s HBP, and Jeter’s single added a collective 47.9% to our chances of winning this game.

        Granderson’s bunt added a whopping total of 0.3% to our chances of winning this game.

        Saying that Granderson’s bunt “set up” that inning is horrendously ridiculous.

  290. Ethan says:

    Oh baby!

  291. ClementG says:

    We just one of this bleepers yesterday.

  292. Ivan says:

    It just keeps getting better…

  293. Don Juan says:

    And I really hope this Dickerson kid gets more playing time in right. He’s ignited the offense in a way Swisher hasn’t all year.

  294. Mickey Scheister says:

    Take that douchey McDouchie UMP!

  295. Esteban says:

    I love it. Trolls here and in the media can’t complain about the Yankees offense for a day.

  296. mbonzo says:

    omfg babip where have you been? I missed you.

  297. V says:

    And to think, if ARod hits the ball just a little harder, it’s 3-3.

  298. Cy Pettitte says:

    hahahaha oh man…Mets….

  299. Mickey Scheister says:

    This reminds me of the Cubs 8th inning rally last night minus all the brain farts…never mind, theres the error.

  300. Greg says:

    Meet the Mets, Meet the Mets.

  301. pat says:

    I hope Dickerson sticks around for a while. He seems to have an idea of what he wants to do when he’s up at the plate.

    • Erica says:

      He’s fun to watch.

    • Mickey Scheister says:

      He has been better than this years version of Swish. What has Nick been doing in the field? He’ll make one great play a week then make a routine play look just awful, falling down with long Damon-esque loopy throws. Swisher’s offense has been anemic; this Dickerson guy has speed, good arm, good fielding and if he keeps coming up with clutch hits and Swisher continues to resemble a dilapidated version of the guy who played that year in Chicago, we will see more of the Dick.

  302. Adam says:

    This half inning should be required viewing for any of the people who complain constantly on these boards…imagine being a Met fan for even a week.

  303. mbonzo says:

    Wow I swear Jeter was safe on that too.

  304. Across the pond says:

    Wow, that looked like he was safe

  305. Pasqua says:

    I think this game should heretofore be known as “The Correction.”

  306. Mike Axisa says:

    Luis Ayala has been surprisingly awesome this year. Definitely wrote that pickup off way too soon.

  307. Ethan says:

    How many catchers run down to first on a routine ground ball like cervelli does? Gotta really appreciate the effort he puts in when he does get to play

  308. ClementG says:

    BTW What’s the deal with Ayala? He used to be a solid reliver for four or five seasons, then missed a couple seasons in non-consecutive years, and really sucked the others. Not sure what type of injuries he had, or if by chance he had some stem cells and body fat injected into his arm.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      He blew out his elbow in the first World Baseball Classic, missed year after Tommy John surgery and sucked afterwards.

      • ClementG says:

        When the Yankees first picked him up, I didn’t even realize he was the same Ayala that had been with the Expos (wow, can’t be many of those left). I looked at his record the other day and it’s clear he suffered some type of arm injury. He’s put too many on base, but now I’m wondering if maybe has something left. I guess I need to pay more attention to these off-season pick-ups by Cashman. One or two of them seem to show up to help.

  309. Greg says:

    It like the baseball gods said “So you put down a successful bunt. In return we give you BaBIP

  310. Greg says:

    I knew we’d see a Tex popup in there somewhere

  311. See? Granderson flied out. Clearly, he would of done that if he was swinging away. He should of bunted, that was the right move.

  312. Carl says:

    Unfortunately, this means another game without seeing Mo close. I think it’s a first that he’s not going to be seeing the Mets in the Bronx at all over this weekend.

  313. V says:

    ARod must have made a sacrifice to the BABIP gods.

  314. Esteban says:

    So Ayala’s in line for the win now. Tell me again why people pay attention to W/L record for pitchers?

  315. ClementG says:

    If A-Rod coult have avoided that three-week slump after the oblique injury, he’d be having one hell of a year.


  316. mbonzo says:

    Put it on the left side!

  317. Adam says:

    This exchange just on TBS, talking about Smoltz’s love of playing basketball:

    Anderson: You are’t playing with Zack Greinke, are you?
    Smoltz: No….*long awkward pause*
    Anderson: That caused him some troubles.
    Smoltz: Is that how he got hurt?

    • Esteban says:

      Not really. I’ll never forget the shame of the Yankees being down 3-1 in the 7th inning of a game.

  318. first time lawng time says:

    Other than the 7th inning, the offense sucked today.

    /something I could totally see the media saying

  319. first time lawng time says:

    I guess this game shows why you don’t assume the game is over after 6 innings even if the pitcher was cruising and the offense looked lethargic.

    Gotta give Nova some credit. 14 baserunners in 6.2 innings and he only gives 3 runs.

    He really kept the Yankees in the game.

    • Esteban says:

      I guess this game shows why you don’t assume the game is over after 6 innings even if the pitcher was cruising and the offense looked lethargic.

      Yay, you’re learning.

  320. Esteban says:

    Apparently, Girardi called for the Granderson bunt. WTF?

    At least he’s putting up a good defense for why toomanyhomers is not bad thing.

    • first time lawng time says:

      His explanation for Cervelli’s bunt was so dumb. He said something about it having a place in his heart? He wouldn’t even answer the question.

  321. Xstar7 says:

    I missed this game because I was visiting a relative, but from the looks of this game thread I wish I hadn’t.

  322. A-Rod's Wingman says:

    Great win today. I don’t have a problem with the Granderson bunt, you actually ARE supposed to bunt every so often for game theory purposes, the two best hitters on the team were coming up with a chance of having runners on second and third? Yeah, I wouldn’t have done it, but I think it was an okay call all things considered. My only concern is that they need to use Mo sooner or later so he can shake off the rust.

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