May
24

Game 47: Ace vs. Ace

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A win would be pretty cool. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

This is the kind of game that makes baseball fun. We’ve got two of the game’s top pitchers facing off in CC Sabathia and Ricky Romero. The two lefties are near equal in terms of ERA (CC: 3.08, Romero: 3.10), but the Yankees’ ace has a big edge in FIP (2.80 vs. 3.59) thanks to his homerun rate (0.40 HR/9 vs. 1.09), and on average he faces about three more batters per start. That’s big when it comes to keeping the ball out of the hands of crummy middle relievers. Romero has already flustered New York once this season (six innings, two runs last month), but the Blue Jays have only seen Sabathia twice in the last two years (8 IP, 2 R in 2009 then 8.1 IP, 1 R in 2010) and never at Yankee Stadium. Weird, huh? Anyway, here’s tonight’s lineup…

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

CC Sabathia, SP

The game starts a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on My9 locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

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Categories : Game Threads
  • Don Juan

    The offense has to pick up CC in this one. Game after game the starter gives up 3 ER or less and the offense can’t match it.

  • Craig

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

    Moe= Rafael Soriano and his contract (sfw)

  • Xstar7

    Over Under:

    1 throwing error by Nunez

    3 ER for CC

    1.5 home runs for Jose Bautista

    3.5 runs scored by this offense

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Over
      Same
      Under (1)
      Over (5)

  • Pat D

    I wish I was capable of bleeding cash.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I’m so sick of hearing about Soriano, I wish they could just stash him in AA with Igawa and forget about him

    • Pat D

      I’m sure he’d clear waivers.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        The sad thing is I can’t tell if you are serious or not.

        • Chip

          He would most definitely pass through. Nobody is going to pick up that contract much less when he’s hurt

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

    So I added a second monitor to my setup tonight. My life will never be the same.

    • Chip

      How could you ever live with just one?

    • Mike HC

      ha, you are not kidding. The extra tv set ups change the entire game.

    • Mister Delaware

      I only have one monitor but its a fucking Macbook. That means I’m still cool, right?

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

    Waaaaaaaaaaaa why didn’t they walk him.

    • Mister Delaware

      On the contrary, they should have let him jack one and get it out of his system with no one on base.

    • Mike HC

      CC does not surrender to anybody.

  • Mike HC

    Kay was right on that one. Called the change up away on that pitch.

  • Chip

    Why does Jeter DH constantly? I can understand why you want him hitting against the lefty but why not give him full days off and get a real bad in there against righties?

    • Mike HC

      Because Jeter might throw a fit Posada style if they start giving him random days off when he does not want them. He gets chippy when he gets days for injuries or just routine ones.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Girardi couldn’t handle Jeter on the bench for a whole game

  • Mike HC

    I’m looking forward to a quick moving pitchers duel tonight.

  • Xstar7

    Terrific at-bat for the centaur

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    IBB Rivera, plz.

  • Cy Pettitte

    that’s a long ass single

  • Mike HC

    Nice play by Gardner! Nothing to do with his speed either.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    I thought it was a homer and it was a single. You just can’t predict baseball ;)

  • Mike HC

    Juan Rivera feels like he played for the Yanks a lifetime ago.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Slowest double play ever?

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

    That was the world’s slowest double play.

  • Xstar7

    That double play was too easy.

  • Cy Pettitte

    some Posada-esque running there

  • Mike HC

    Defense!

  • Esteban

    That was Gardner’s speed (and good jump)

  • Xstar7

    I feel safe with Gardner in left field.

  • Mike HC

    Advance metric that half inning for the Yanks D there, ha.

    • Mike HC

      and Gardner in particular.

  • Cy Pettitte

    woah not cool

  • Mike HC

    What the hell was that? On purpose or a slip?\

    Either way, you never want a ball coming at your head area

    • Don Juan

      I’d say Jose Bautista will be getting a nice fastball in his back next time up.

      • Mister Delaware

        He. Was. Not. Throwing. At. Cano.

        • Don Juan

          CC made it clear in Baltimore- You do not throw at one of my teammate’s heads and you do not throw at Robbie Cano.

      • Mike HC

        Yea. At the very least it gives us an excuse to move him far off the plate.

  • Mike HC

    Good bye, best catcher in baseball right now.

  • Cy Pettitte

    woah Russell, that’s a fucking bomb

  • Esteban

    Ohhh noes, another evil homer

  • Xstar7

    Too many homers

  • Mister Delaware

    Love that reaction.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Coltrane with the Muscle…

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Coltrane.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Martin with more Monterian power than…

    Montero

    • Xstar7

      It must have hurt you to say that.

      • Mister Delaware

        Golson can throw a ball further.

      • Slugger27

        shit this year brett gardner has more power than montero

  • Slugger27

    anyone else a fan of the blonde in the 2nd row?

    • Jose the Satirist

      She isn’t even watching the game.

      • Mike HC

        She probably thinks the game is watching her.

        • Slugger27

          absolutely guarantee cano has noticed her

          • Mike HC

            she knows it too

  • Cy Pettitte

    Sign Russell for a few more years, put Montero in RF

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Play him at short. Similar defense to what we’re getting now but a better bat.

      yes it’s a joke.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Nunez should just flip the call Cano every time.

    • Mike HC

      He didn’t look all that smooth, but he still made the play

  • Mike HC

    Old Yankee Stadium starting to look not halfway bad.

    • Mike HC

      We are due for a Kabak Old Yankee Stadium development update come to think of it.

    • http://twitter.com/karcotte kmarx

      Better late than never…

  • Mister Delaware

    Kay has never seen the facilities at a private HS, eh?

    • Esteban

      I know he went to public school (Bx. Science, was my grad speaker there when I graduated) and I can tell you, the public parks in the outer boroughs, and especially baseball fields are absolutely horrible within 5-10 years of being built.

      • Mike HC

        Seems like a lot of it is that artificial turf though. I’m no expert, but it seems like that has a better chance of holding up than the older, all natural grass parks.

        • Esteban

          I’ve been saying that for years. They just rebuilt a park near my house in Queens, and they made the soccer field FieldTurf but the two baseball fields natural grass. I don’t understand.

          • Mike HC

            Yea. Good point. The baseball field looked like natural grass and everything else field turf. I don’t know why either. Secret government conspiracy to keep inner city kids from playing baseball? hah

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cano is killing me

    • Mister Delaware

      That wasn’t on him.

  • Mister Delaware

    That took a shitty hop.

  • Chip

    It’s a tough play but I expect a major league second baseman to make it

    • Mike HC

      Agreed. Tough play but he fucked it up.

      • Esteban

        It’s a play that could have been made, but it took a bad hop and I’m not mad.

        • Mike HC

          I don’t think it took a bad hope. The ball just went right off his glove. But agreed not something to even think twice about. It happens.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    LOL Corey Patterson

  • Don Juan

    That is unacceptable by CC. Corey Patterson beats us again.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    It’s mentally disturbing when CC can’t get Corey Patterson out.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I’ll trade two Corey Patterson hits for every Jose Bautista strikeout.

    • http://twitter.com/karcotte kmarx

      It’s mentally pleasing when CC can get Jose Bautista out.

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol Bautista

    that guy sucks

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      He must’ve forgotten his dose of steroids today.

      • Mike HC

        haha … He had to cool after taking all that heat over here after the first inning homer.

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

    Damn CC, don’t be so MEAN!!!

  • Don Juan

    Solution- Start IBBing Patterson to get to Bautista.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    ZZ>> Bautista (so far)

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Off topic:

    For any Bob Dylan fans out there…

    http://www.npr.org/2011/05/24/.....n-turns-70

  • http://bigleaguewiffleball.com/ Jon

    Romero is underrated, but the kid is actually pretty solid.

    • Mike HC

      I think most AL East fans know how good he is. Maybe not quite the nation yet.

  • Cy Pettitte

    that was some nice hitting

  • Chip

    Tex just laid off a 2-1 change-up, the world truly will end soon

  • Mike HC

    hahaa … I can’t stop laughing at that guy with the blond in the second row, constantly trying to watch the game out of the corner of his eye while that girl is talking his ear off, playing with her phone and stuff.

    • Slugger27

      im not proud to say that ive been following that dynamic between pitches… and yes, its been hilarious

  • Hummingbird S.

    nice hitting by Alex who looked lost at the plate

  • Hummingbird S.

    damn lucky play there..

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Juan fucking Rivera

  • JobaWockeeZ

    The Perfect Davids are two of them…

    • BigBlueAL

      Jimmy Key the 3rd.

  • Don Juan

    Unacceptable. These guys are nobodies. And someone get a hit with RISP already.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Damn Swish actually looked fast on that play.

  • first time lawng time

    So…the Yankees are getting baserunners. Some of them are bound to score, right?

    I mean, Toronto is having no trouble scoring tonight with their little bullshit hacks.

    I hate the Blue Jays. They never roll over for you.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Let’s change the hats to Red Sox logos and then they’ll roll over.

  • MikeD

    A lot of fly balls to the opposite field.

    • Mike HC

      CC has been staying away most of the night.

  • Mike HC

    A little odd. Would be curious to see what was talked about there.

  • King George

    Is it just me or are these the pussiest fucking hits in the world from the Blue Jays. Good grief.

    • first time lawng time

      Their shitty little swings and they are ridiculously lucky,

  • first time lawng time

    Fucking bloopered to death. No legit hits this entire inning.

    Little dbags.

  • Matt

    This is all about the pitch selection.

    He is throwing the majority of his pitches as changeups and sinkers on the outer half with runners on base. Every hitter is leaning out over the plate and just looping it the other way.

    You have to throw legitimately inside, and not just for show, to get them off of those pitches.

    • Mike HC

      They are not making good contact though. Sometimes the ball just drops in. I wouldn’t second guess the entire strategy when that happens.

      • Matt

        A bunch of those were line drives. Normally those would be good pitches, but not when hitters are leaning out over the plate and driving them to the outfield repeatedly.

        He became predictable in that inning, and that’s why he gave up those hits and runs. If you throw a few pitches legitimately inside in the at bats, then the hitters can’t take that approach and might hit those same pitches on the ground for double play balls.

        • Mike HC

          In hindsight, I agree. Clearly, I would have thrown different pitches. But, CC was hitting his spots on the outside corner and the weak contact should have resulted in outs. It didn’t.

          But you I see your point as well. CC was definitely being predictable.

  • MikeD

    Am I watching replays?

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

    Wow, death by shitty fucking hits. Bloop after bloop.

  • Mike HC

    These are just bs dinks and dunks.

  • Don Juan

    And this is just a merry go round. CC can’t get anyone out except Bautista. We needed him to have a good night.

  • wow

    that’s game.

  • Mike HC

    Cano again messing up that play. I remember him doing the exact same thing earlier in the year.

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

    Robinson really needs to get his head out of his ass. That’s terrible.

    • Jose the Satirist

      I swear he has been downhill since that head injury.

      • jetrer

        His defensive lapses have been going on all year.

  • Hummingbird S.

    cant catch a break against the jays… amazing

    and now we get the pathetic D

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    What the fuck Robbie?

  • V

    Funda. fucking. mentals.

    Early practice tomorrow, 3 hours of fielding drills for the fucking infield.

  • Don Juan

    Small ball wins games. This team definitely isn’t right.

  • Chip

    Ugh, time to go do something else

  • MikeD

    Cano: 2008.

    Not a vintage year.

  • Don Juan

    They’re dinkers and dunkers but at least they’re getting hits with RISP!

  • first time lawng time

    Okay. Again, why are the Jays only a game over .500?

    • V

      Because they don’t play the Yankees everyday?

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Because they don’t play the Yankees 162 times a year.

    • MikeD

      We’re their Minnesota Twins.

      Okay, it’s not that bad, but they play tougher against us than they do, say, the Red Sox.

  • Across the pond

    Robbie really needs to sit a game out. He’s just not paying giving it 100%.

  • Grandy

    Blooped to death.

  • BronxByte

    It makes you wonder if these Yankees can string 3 wins in a row. They’ve become good at beating themselves. No grit – no fire.

  • JFH

    following the yanks right now = frustrated incorporated (making misery).

  • Hummingbird S.

    CC lost it now.. this might be the game right here

  • Matt

    Stop brushing this off as bad luck. This is stupid baseball.

    Every right handed hitter in the Jays lineup this inning has been leaning out over the plate and shooting the ball the other way. So maybe you need to throw 2 or 3 fastballs inside to make them think about it. Is that what Martin called for? No, he called for more changeups and sinkers down and away, right where the hitters are looking for it.

    And on top of it, Cano cost them a run with his sloppy play up the middle to extend the 3rd inning, and totally botched an out on the safety squeeze that they are lucky has not cost them another run so far.

    Every time a hitter gets to a count like 2-0 or 3-1, they are swinging out of their shoes looking for fastballs that nobody with a brain would ever throw them, especially when you have a changeup like Romero has.

    If you play stupid baseball, you get bad results. Why is anyone shocked? You can’t always cry about bad luck, you have to stop giving it away as well.

    • Don Juan

      I agree. The Jays are getting hits with RISP, we aren’t. This has been a problem all year. People said it was fixed when we got 13 on Baltimore but then we got shut down by RA Dickey so it definitely ain’t fixed.

  • V

    Let’s walk Corey Patterson to load the bases for Bautista. Brilliant.

    • Chip

      Hey, it worked

  • first time lawng time

    Okay, in CC’s defense, he made his pitches.

    That inning was just bad luck. I swear, other than the leadoff double, every other hit was BS.

    • Chip

      It’s true, they just happened to hit three straight bloopers

  • Karl Krawfid

    The baseball gods are paying us back for what we did to the Mets :(

  • Cy Pettitte

    that was fucking embarrassing, some of these games are borderline unwatchable

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Let’s hope we can push a few runs across against Romero.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Eventually

  • Karl Krawfid

    Down by 3. 2-0 count. Why not take a pitch?

  • Kostas

    This team has only one consistency, underachieving. Amazing that they are still this bad at the plate and cannot seem to beat teams with lesser talent.

  • first time lawng time

    So yeah, this team has really sucked at home so far.

    Blue Jays have been a major pain in the ass.

    • Don Juan

      It hasn’t just been the Jays. We only split with the White Sox, lost to the Royals, got swept by Boston, needed a miracle comeback to take the series against the Mets. When we go out west and face the good pitching in Seattle and Oakland I don’t know if we’ll win a single game.

    • Kostas

      Unfortunately it is not the Blue Jays. It is all on the Yankees. While it would be over exaggerating, this team is borderline “mailing it in” each game.

      ARod is leading the team in BA and Brett Gardner has a higher average than Cano. Not enough kind words to express the complete failure of this team to this point.

      If not for bad starts by Tampa and Boston, Yanks would be 5 games out.

      • first time lawng time

        The comment about the Blue Jays was supposed to have no relation to the first part of my comment. I was just too lazy to make 2 comments.

  • CMP

    I think its time to sit down Cano for a couple of games until he can get his shit together.

    He’s not hitting, he’s chasing pitches out of the zone continuously and what’s worst is he’s been sloppy as hell in the field. Girardi needs to give him a wake up call and light a fire under his ass.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Cano has played damn near every game. He needs a day off regardless.

    • Mike HC

      Re acquire Melky to light a fire under his ass?

      … then of course release Melky again when needed to light a fire under Cano’s ass.

      Rinse. Repeat.

    • Kostas

      This is Girardi’s shortcoming, he can’t fire up his players. And while your sitting Cano, might as well add Swisher or anyone not named Granderson.

      • CMP

        A slump you can deal with but he looks like he’s sleepwalking out in the field and his plate discipline has taken a big step backwards with his hacking at everything.

        I think Girardi needs to send him a message by sitting him for a couple of games.

  • Grandy

    Not that it means anything but how many other teams don’t have a .300+ hitter so far this season, im too lazy to check.

  • first time lawng time

    I really have a problem with my team losing to a team from Canada.

    There are 22 other countries in North America. The U.S. shouldn’t even play with another country. By including only one other country, then your excluding other countries. It’s unfair.

    • MikeD

      Saint Kitts and Nevis is on the expansion list.

    • Slugger27

      countries.

  • MikeD

    The Yankees “failure” regarding RISP is being driven by less opportunities to drive runners in. Jeter, Posada, Swisher and Cano are all getting on base at a substantially lower rate than previous seasons. The team is known for it’s circular line-up, getting men on base and passing the bat to the next guy. They’re not getting on base.

    • Don Juan

      I agree. And instead of having our high OBP men at the top of the lineup we have to cater to an aging star who should be hitting 9th. Instead of sitting Posada and getting a better hitter we have to cater to an aging star. Bernie was ostracized, why couldn’t they do the same to these two?

  • V

    I hate official scorers, lol. CC on my fantasy team, had 4 ER, then 3, now 4 again.

    • MikeD

      Are Official Scorers banned from playing fantasy baseball?

      I ask this jokingly, yet…

  • Hummingbird S.

    this is looking like an 8 IP, 2 ER game for Romero.. this offense is dead

  • http://www.CarlsYankeeDugout.com Carl

    I feel like it’s gonna take a bang to their heads to get them to snap out of this.

  • SteveD

    everyone keeps waiting for this team to throw a switch. including myself. But the Yankees look bad. cant hit worth a shit and errors all over the place.

  • wow

    just mad unlucky. Unlucky as the Indians are lucky.

  • Kostas

    Down by 3 runs, can’t score often, make the pitcher work – 3 pitches total.

  • King George

    I’m starting to think tar this team is just slightly above average. 25-21 isn’t a good average and 7 out of the last 9 games, we have been trailing after the 6th inning. Maybe the team needs to treated like an average team until we see proven results (i.e. 3+ game winning streak, 12+ hits in a game).

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

      25-21 isn’t a good average

      It’s the second best record in the AL.

      • King George

        Sorry, I meant record. And, yes, Mike…we disagree here. When you also take into account the teams who are climbing up (Red Sox, namely), the Yankees are blessed to be where they’re at. And, quite frankly, it probably won’t be 2nd best in the AL after tonight.

  • Greg

    What happened to CC?

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

      Blooped to death in the … third? I forget the inning.

      • CMP

        Don’t forget the fine defense from Cano

  • Cy Pettitte

    what the fuck was Curtis thinking?

  • MikeD

    Bad, Grandy Man.

    Do not get picked off.

  • Don Juan

    You need men on base down by 3 and he gets picked off trying to move up one bag with 2 outs. That’s just bad baseball and bad managing.

    • jetrer

      I’m sure he was going on his own, has nothing to do with managing. Also, its early enough in the game that being aggressive there isn’t such a bad thing. The offense is doing nothing. May as well try to make something happen.

      • MikeD

        Agreed. That was a straight steal. A hit-and-run is called by the manager. That was Grandy on his own. Yet, I really can’t pick on him. He’s a smart player, yet all mistakes are magnified right now.

  • CMP

    If there’s a close play, Girardi should go crazy and get himself thrown out to try and wake these guys up.

  • BronxByte

    The team specialty …………. stranding runners. Don’t just do something Girardi, stand there. Don’t offend players – just make excuses for them.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Haven’t heard that before

  • Cy Pettitte

    so Romero walks Tex on 5 pitches, and ARod comes up and hits the first pitch into the ground for a GIDP

    fucking nice.

  • Hummingbird S.

    atta boy Alex, first pitch swinging!

  • King George

    Another A-Rod double play. Shocking.

  • Kostas

    Phew! This team is just awful right now… strike that, I mean for the past three weeks.

    Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?

    • Coolerking101

      Yes, however, the light at the end of the tunnel is from an oncoming train.

  • Mojo

    David Ortiz is batting .300 and the Yankees don’t sport a single player that can boast the same or better. Am I the only person that’s extremely perturbed by such a fact?

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

      Who cares about David Ortiz? They also have four regulars hitting under .240.

      • Mojo

        I care about David Ortiz. Me. Mojo. He represents yet another example as to why the Yankees royally suck right now. The way I see it is, if Ortiz can hit then why the hell can’t Jeter, Posada, or the rest of this godforsaken lineup. I care. That’s why I asked if anyone else did.

        • Ben from Stanford

          The Yankees have scored more runs per game than any other team (including the Red Sox). So why do you care about individual averages? Would you rather have Ortiz and the Red Sox’s 211 runs this season or the Yankees’ 238 runs?

          • Esteban

            Don’t make him answer that.

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

            The Yankees have played one fewer game too.

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

          You’re like a pre-2004 Red Sox fan, obsessing over the rival. I wonder if people in Tampa are asking why Evan Longoria is hitting .225 if David Ortiz is hitting .300.

          • Esteban

            I’m sure there are. The Yankees don’t have a monopoly on illogical fans.

            • jetrer

              Does Tampa Bay have fans??

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

                Yeah, and they don’t whine nearly as much as Yankees fans.

            • Mojo

              Haha. I almost forgot how much fun it was to rile you fanatics up.

              • Esteban

                The troll admits its a troll.

                Everyone: Mojo is a troll.

        • JohnnyC

          Ortiz’s pursuit of the real killers has re-energized his baseball career. Searching for the truth can do that for a man.

  • first time lawng time

    Geez, take some effing pitches, guys.

    He’s not exactly throwing all strikes. Shitty at bats,

  • jetrer

    Did Kay really just say if the offense doesn’t score a lot of runs they’re not going to score many runs?

  • Slugger27

    god michael kay butchered that bautista stat

  • Cy Pettitte

    CC could potentially get a loss when he held Bautista to 0-4, that’s fucked up

    • Ben from Stanford

      Amazingly, Bautista’s gone 0 for 4 only 3 times this season. That’s insane. The Jays lost 2 of those 3.

  • Cuso

    Got a feeling that CC is pitching a full 9 tonight.

    • NHyankeesfan

      Girardi will never allow that to happen

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        CC would sit on him

  • Cy Pettitte

    Swisher is so lost, make a move Cash.

  • jetrer

    Those days off seem to have done Swish a lot of good.

  • Esteban

    Haha was that a USA! USA! chant? FTLT approves.

  • NHyankeesfan

    Uh oh. another RISP fail upcoming

  • Cy Pettitte

    come on Jeter

  • King George

    How confident are you guys that Cash gets a Swish replacement and a top-tier starter through trade by the deadline?

    • Greg

      Not much. That’s why the Yankees have ti concentrate more on getting top prospects in their system.

    • mbonzo

      Yankees aren’t finding a replacement for a guy who just turned 30 and OPS’d .870 the last 2 years.

      I think you’re gonna be disappointed when I say, the Yankees won’t be getting a top-tier starter, but will probably pick up a number 2 or 3 rotation guy.

    • Esteban

      It’s time to give up on Swish! Two really good seasons and this month and 3/4 outweighs them for sure.

    • CMP

      2 on a scale from 1-10. Where is the top tier starter coming from?

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    GIDP warning!

  • DontChaKnow

    $500 says Double Play

    • King George

      +1

    • Esteban

      Happy I didn’t bet against you.

  • Hummingbird S.

    when they get something going, Jeter is there to screw things up

  • CMP

    If Jeter can stay out of the DP, Grandy can tie it with a 3 run bomb

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

    Please make only one out, Derek.

    • CMP

      Only way to be sure is to just not swing

    • NHyankeesfan

      Apparently thats asking too much

    • A Gritty Dude’s Gritty Dude

      Asking too much Mike

  • MikeD

    Perhaps if we can hypnotize Derek into believing every pitcher is wearing a NY Mets uniform, he might hit .300 again.

  • mbonzo

    Nice at bat from Jetes.

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

    Haha. Four more years of this shit.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Can’t wait. We’re gonna have so much fun!!!

  • DontChaKnow

    I want my $500!!!

    • Xstar7

      And I want Jeter to hit ninth. But neither of us is going to get what we want.

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    Yup yup, I was far more confident that would happen then any other possible outcome of that at bat.

  • Cy Pettitte

    FUCKING KNEW IT

    way to take the bat out of Grandy’s hand, shithead. next time just strike out.

  • CMP

    Unfuckingbelievable. Could that be any more predictable.

  • Hummingbird S.

    predictable

  • jetrer

    Captain Clutch comes through again.

  • http://www.CarlsYankeeDugout.com Carl

    So fucking sick of this.

  • NHyankeesfan

    you know its bad when just about everyone was expecting him to GIDP

  • King George

    That is what $17m gets you these days.

  • It’sATarp

    Our True Yankee Lead off hitter…sigh please retire

  • Esteban

    Will Girardi drop Jeter when he gets to 3000? I’ve resigned myself to him being at the top until then, but good lord, this can’t continue.

    • Sam

      Maybe he’ll drop him when the OBP drops below .300… Should be any time now…

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Nope. don’t you know who Joe Girardi is?

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        I forgot what RISP hits looked like

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    CC for the CGL

  • CMP

    The one time Girardi should have bunted and he didn’t.

    /half kidding

  • CMP

    Could the DH bat for the SS instead of the pitcher? CC could do a better job than Jeter, at least for power.

  • NHyankeesfan

    Please make Gardner the lead off hitter again Girardi

    • Greg

      Why? He can’t hit consistently either.

      • NHyankeesfan

        Right now he’s a much better option that Jeter

      • Esteban

        Are you insane? Gardner’s been on fire for a month!
        Since April 25 when he was hitting .136/.190/.254, Gardner’s hit 382/.455/.553 in 91 PA and raised his line to (going into tonight) .274/.344/.422.

    • MikeD

      It’s not going to make much of a difference. If he’s still in the lineup and not hitting, he will still come up with runners on base.

  • MikeD

    89 pitches. I can’t think of any reason to go to the pen, which means they probably will.

    Can we have back the third inning?

  • Grandy

    I don’t know whether to laugh, cry or smash my garden furniture up.

  • Greg

    We have to rebuild. This period of Yankee dominance is over. 2009 was the last hurrah with this core. We have to focus on building up our system so that we can churn out some good young players. Montero and Banuelos might be the beginning of that, but we need to concentrate on our system.

    • MikeD

      I’m saving this one for future replay.

    • Esteban

      The Yankees have been building the farm and are still at the top of the division. Why in the world should they give up RIGHT now, when they have Cano, Granderson, CC, Teix all in their primes and among the best at their positions? Add in a valuable and cheap Gardner, Russell Martin, Nick Swisher (should he decide to rebound), and great bullpen, and Alex Rodriguez still among the best 3rd basemen in the league.

      • MikeD

        That’s why I’m saving it. It highlights the irrational comments fans post every year when the Yankees slump and the fans are frustrated.

        • Greg

          I have been of this opinion for the last few years. I look at what the Rays, Red Sox, and Giants have done, raising their own players and starting pitchers, and I say “Where are our yound superstars” The closest thing we have is Cano, which I do give them. But I’m concentrating more on our starting pitchers. I have said this before. Since Andy Pettite, we have not been able to develop our own starting pitching/aces.

          • Esteban

            The last few years? Including winning the WS in 2009 and making it to the ALCS last year? The Red Sox, if you remember, didn’t make the playoffs last year and take advantage of their massive payroll, just as the Yankees do.
            Anyway, the Yankees’ farm system was ranked 5th(!!!!) in baseball this past offseason. What else do you want?

            • Greg

              The last two years, we needed to get younger. The Red Sox didn’t make the playoffs because of they became a MASH unit.

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

                The Yankees did get younger when they dumped Abreu, Damon, Matsui, etc. and added Swisher, Martin, Granderson.

  • http://www.CarlsYankeeDugout.com Carl

    Really amazing how this offense constantly forgets to hit with RISP except for a blowout or one big inning.

  • Cy Pettitte

    that hit would have been nice with someone on base

    le sigh.

  • Pasqua

    I know the fallacy of the predetermined outcome and all, but, shiiiiit.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I even miss 2010 Jeter.

    • King George

      You don’t mean that…

      • MikeD

        Sure he does. Jeter 2010 had an OBP 40 points higher than the 2011 version so far.

  • Hummingbird S.

    why is it so hard to get a motherfucking hit with a goddamn runner in scoring position?

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    “I thought CC pitched very well, 1 bad inning and that was the difference in the game.”

    “We had some opportunities and we couldn’t capitalize, with a guy like Romero, you know, he’s a very good pitcher and he knows how to work himself out of trouble.”

    “I mean this is baseball. We had some good swings I thought tonight, and we just didn’t get the big hit. You go through stretches like this sometimes, but it’s gonna work itself out.”

    Saved you all from having to tune in to Girardi’s post game.

    • Pasqua

      On Jeter: [Girardi looks away. Whistles.]

  • Pasqua

    Uh-oh, kids! “Self-fulfilling prophecy” discussion alert!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    christ.

  • NHyankeesfan

    just put the ball in play

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    LOL @ Jeter doing a commercial talking about being the best.

    • A Gritty Dude’s Gritty Dude

      He is the best at GIDP’ing

  • Xstar7

    JETER SUCKZZ! SIGN NICK AHMED!

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

    Is there some kind of goddamn statistical explanation as to why this team sucks with RISP?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Yes, because it’s not 2009 anymore.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Paulie shout out to Words With Friends app!

  • JohnnyC

    Damn it Jeter! Stop making ARod fail with RISP! Stop it now!

  • Cy Pettitte

    thank god, a hit with RISP

  • Cy Pettitte

    2 in a row with RISP? IMPOSSIBLE

  • Grandy

    Hey look, a RISP hit.

  • mbonzo

    Robi and Russ, the only Yanks that can hit with men on?

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

    It’s too bad Jeter didn’t make just one out.

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

      Jeter, ya know he’s got an Edge!

    • JimAbbottFan

      One isn’t enough. To be the best, you have to go for two.

    • jetrer

      Fallacy of the predetermined Michael Kay rant.

    • mike c

      I guess you missed an inning

  • King George

    Yeah, Robbie doesn’t need to sit.

  • Kostas

    Man, step away for a few minutes and nothing changes. Can we just play Baltimore all the time. They seem to be the only shitty team we can beat.

  • NHyankeesfan

    Did that just happen? or am i imagining things again

  • Erica

    Russell Martin for President and ALL the awards.

  • Hummingbird S.

    cant believe my eyes

  • Cy Pettitte

    now would be a nice time for Swish’s monthly hit.

    • Cy Pettitte

      fucking hell, he’s almost under .200

  • JobaWockeeZ

    They got one this inning! Probably that’s all they’ll get too but any homer ties it up.

  • King George

    Watch Swish hit a bomb. Haha

  • JohnnyC

    Considering Dwayne Murphy’s success with Bautista, will he start getting managing opportunities? John Farrell is managing the Blue Jays because of his perceived success as a pitching coach with the Red Sox and Indians.

    • Mister Delaware

      Farrell’s white.

  • http://www.CarlsYankeeDugout.com Carl

    Where were those earlier in the game?

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Not even surprised.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Why’s it always Swish up in big spots?

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

      Our lineup is genius like that, any kind of rally will either stumble on Jeter or Swisher.

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    Wouldn’t have minded some Andruw Jones pinch hitting right there.

  • Hummingbird S.

    good job Swisher, way to keep the line moving..

  • NHyankeesfan

    Montero to right field!

    /half joking

    • Monteroisdinero

      Even I say no to this. Montero is a catcher/DH. After much practice he could be a decent 1B-something like Miggy defensively.

      • mike c

        so in other words, terrible at any position

  • Monteroisdinero

    The Swish is losing his swagger. At some point, this has to reverse. Or does it?

    • Esteban

      Joanna Garcia stole it. That shrew!!!

    • JohnnyC

      He hit 219/332/410 in 2008 (92 OPS+). So…yeah it could get this bad.

  • MikeD

    Has Mo pitched this month? (Not that I would bring him in for the 9th; I’d still have CC.)

  • Grandy

    Well lets have a walk off to cover over the cracks, please.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Gardy, Nunie get on, Jeter grounds into a triple play

    • mike c

      if there’s a man on first I want to see posada pinch hit

  • jon

    Cashman needs to call up jeff wilpon and trade beltan for a bag of balls

    • mike c

      only if they take cervelli too

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Bottom of the 9th:
    Gardner gets on
    Nunez gets on
    Jeter GITP

    • mike c

      that’s original

  • Dalelama

    Can anyone remember a Yankee regular under 35 with a bigger year to year drop off than Swisher?

    • Mister Delaware

      Robinson Cano. (Its May!)

      • Mister Delaware

        (Just for numbers sake, Cano through the end of May in 2008: .219/.269/.328)

    • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

      Thurman Munson.

      /sowrong

    • mike c

      I just don’t think swisher’s that good of a hitter, he just loads up his stats against the orioles

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Not sure if serious.

    • King George

      It really is hard to come up with one. I know it’s late May, but still…this is a pretty big fall.

    • JohnnyC

      Not in the post-steroids era but it definitely happened fairly frequently in the pre-1990’s. See Tom Tresh 1966 vs. 1965.

    • Mister Delaware

      Does my Cano reference not count?

  • RollingWave

    epic tease

  • NHyankeesfan

    If the yankees manage to tie it up. CC should come out for the 10th. He’s been great tonight aside from a few well placed bloopers

  • Cy Pettitte

    anyone else amazed that blonde chick is STILL talking?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      LOL

  • Xstar7

    Do the Yankees have a rally in their bones?

    • NHyankeesfan

      not with Jeter due up this inning

      • jetrer

        They have a rally killer in their bones.

    • Xstar7

      HELLZZ YESSS!

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Remember when Kay used to talk about Jeter possibly reaching 4,000 hits?

    • JohnnyC

      Remember when Kay used to talk about Alex possibly breaking the HR record?

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        He’ll do it by July. You watch.

  • CBean

    i really miss pie.

  • jon

    wow the yankees could almost go from 1st to 4th tonight

  • A Gritty Dude’s Gritty Dude

    RHP with heat. If your trying to win you PH for Jeter with a guy who can turn on an FB, if your trying to respect the captain you don’t.

  • Cy Pettitte

    PH for Jeter, not Nunez…

  • Hummingbird S.

    Posada should hit for Jeter

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Good shit Posada.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Hip Hip!

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Yes!

  • V

    Two chances to tie the game with a single!

  • Mister Delaware

    I would have literally ran from Boston to the Bronx and stabbed Posada if he’d gotten hosed.

  • NHyankeesfan

    alright posada!

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

    Hip hip!

  • Kostas

    pinch hitting? Seriously, if there are better hitters on the bench… awwww forget it.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Jorge with the wheels

  • Nefarious

    I don’t believe what I just saw

  • JohnnyC

    Posada should pinch hit for Nunez and get a double.

  • The209

    roids don’t always help in the field

  • Monteroisdinero

    Hip Hip Jorge sitting dead red and thank you Bautista with the choke on D.

  • jon

    alright no GIDP for jeter

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Can’t GIDP here.

  • NHyankeesfan

    at least Jeter cant GIDP here

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    Jeter, again.

  • Mister Delaware

    Odds of a 4-3-5 or 6-3-5 are zero, right guys?

  • Xstar7

    Jorge is so clutch.

  • Kostas

    Upside, Jeter can’t GIDP… positive.

  • JFH

    Jeter will single here.

  • Pasqua

    Understatement of the year: This would be a real feel-good game to win.

  • Matt

    AT LEAST GRANDERSON WILL BAT!!!!!!!!!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Predictable…

  • Esteban

    He should have kept going ahhhhhhhh.

  • V

    Crap, I thought Dickerson had a chance…

  • Dalelama

    Beltran for Swisher straight up?

    • JohnnyC

      Not enough dollar savings for the Mets.

      • Dalelama

        If the mets offered should Cash say yes?

        • Mister Delaware

          Jesus Christ no. Where does this stuff come from?

          • Dalelama

            The constant need to improve.

  • jetrer

    Jeter is absolutely fucking useless.

  • Pasqua

    Ooooooh. Would he have made it? We shall never know.

  • Mister Delaware

    HAYS!!!

  • A Gritty Dude’s Gritty Dude

    I guess not causing two outs is clutch

  • Hummingbird S.

    Jeter still useless… please retire soon

  • NHyankeesfan

    please throw a wild pitch

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Come on Grandy.

  • V

    They’re afraid of Granderson with good cause.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Jeter with another no risp hit, 15 commercial game.

  • Xstar7

    Now it’s up to the Grandyman.

  • V

    They’re afraid of Granderson with good cause.

    And that strike call was TOTAL bullshit.

  • CBean

    i really don’t want to get my hopes up here.

  • Hummingbird S.

    ridiculous called strike

  • Cy Pettitte

    GRANDERSON!!!!!!

  • Esteban

    Thank MO for Granderson.

  • NHyankeesfan

    Grandy!!!

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Grandyyyy

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

    Curtis fucking Granderson!!!!

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Fuck yeah!!!!!!

  • Matt

    GRANDERSON!!!!!!!!

  • Hummingbird S.

    GRANDYYYY

  • Mister Delaware

    I clapped once, really hard. I’m such a douche.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    THE GRANDYMAN!!!

  • Pasqua

    Grandy. It’s you. It’s always been you.

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    Team MVP.

  • http://www.CarlsYankeeDugout.com Carl

    SON OF A BITCH, YES!!!!!!!

  • 28 this year

    CC for the 10th?

  • swishers fauxhawk

    So, should Granderson have bunted?

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    CC for the CG win.

  • Dalelama

    Thank God for Curtis!!!!!!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    A CLUTCH HIT FOR ONCE.

  • JFH

    Granderson!!

  • Esteban

    Yeah, it’s definitely worth it to leave a game with 2 outs in the ninth.

  • NHyankeesfan

    Give Granderson a statue in monument park

  • Kostas

    Dear Derek

    I have fully supported you your entire career. Presently, you are making it near impossible to argue for you to remain in pinstripes. I sincerely hope that this is just an early season hiccup, otherwise, please use the next month to pull your fucking head out of your ass and start being as productive on the field as you are on commercials. It is fucking annoying to see your GIDP/Stirkeout/WE at bats.

    Thank you.

  • mbonzo

    Comeon TEX!

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    He just…. does it all.

  • Xstar7

    THE GRANDYMAN CAN!

  • Cy Pettitte

    damn, he could have done the Damon

  • Chris

    Those people in the great hall can go fuck themselves…get back in your god dam seats.

  • MikeD

    All those losers in the Great Hall should be blocked from re-entering the Stadium.

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

    GREATEST. YANKEE. EVER.

  • Chris

    YEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    YES!!!!!

  • CBean

    YES!!!! PIE!!!

  • Reggie C.

    AMAZING!

    CGRAND FOR MVP !!!!!!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    RISP HITS?!?!?

  • Greg

    YANKEES WIN!

  • NHyankeesfan

    PIE TIME!!!

  • Pasqua

    Finally! That’s been a long fucking time coming!

  • Nefarious

    3.14

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    HAHAHA!!!!! CC with the CG win!

  • Mister Delaware

    THA-AAA-AAA-AAA-AAA-AAA-AAA!!! YANKEES!!!!! WIN!!!!!!!

    /STERLING’D!

    • Monteroisdinero

      The triple A Yankees win? :-) Well-Dickerson did score too. But oh if he gets thrown out at 3rd.

      • Mister Delaware

        It looked like he had it by a ton but … yeah … in an alternate universe, we’re all ripshit right now and Dickerson’s “do you remember _______” moment would have been written.

  • Esteban

    All the complainers and whiners are gonna be upset after this game.

  • MikeD

    And all you losers here who assumed a loss should be blocked from re-entering RAB!

    Nice win.

    • Esteban

      The game threads (at this point) would be empty.

    • Greg

      I still believe what I believe. But when I heard Francisco was their closer, I had a sneaky feeling.

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

    Get that man some fucking pie.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    America, Fuck Yeah!

  • Rob

    Thanks god juan rivera is a shitty first baseman!!!!! Two times!

    • jetrer

      + 1000000000000000000000

  • Cy Pettitte

    Teix! amazing game

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    THEEEEEEEEEE YANKEES WIN!!!!!!!!!

  • Hummingbird S.

    our 2 best hitters make shit happen!!

  • Grandy

    We shall take it! Thanks.

  • JimAbbottFan

    I know wins don’t really mean much in the grand scheme of things for pitchers, but CC earned every bit of it.

  • boogie down

    Posada looking like Jimmy V out there!

  • Chris

    anyone in the great hall who claims tomorrow to have been there is a liar and should have their yankee fandom revoked.

  • wow

    proved me wrong. well played sirs, well played.

  • Xstar7

    I just creamed my pants.

  • Don Juan

    And this is why I’ve always been a big believer in never giving up. CC kept us in it and the bats became clutch at the end. What a win.

  • JFH

    wow! two come from behind wins in the last 4 games. a harbinger of things to come?

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Good game, ya’ll.

  • http://www.CarlsYankeeDugout.com Carl

    From frustration to jubilating walkoff. What a comeback, man.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      2009-esque dude

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Possibly the best part of this win is CC getting a CG win!

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      damn straight…needed to win this for the big man! he only had 103 pitches…very good performance…one crap inning.

  • Simon

    I’m certainly glad we got a hit with a runner in scoring position to win the game but I’m especially happy that this walk-off can hopefully give this team an energy boost and put some more life in them going forward. Great win!

  • JobaTheHeat62

    games like this make me always remember how amazing baseball can be…and people who say baseball is boring is obviously very stupid.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      I’m as big a baseball fan as anyone and I’ll be the first to admit that it can be as boring as watching old people screw sometimes…but unlike the old farts messing around, it can turn on a dime…AND WHAMMO!…you better be paying attention!

      • Mister Delaware

        Is “boring” really the first word that comes to mind when describing the act of watching “old people screw”?

        • Foghorn Leghorn

          its just a figure of speech…i’m a cunning linquist!

  • Dan

    For my Dad’s 61st BDay, he gets a Directv subscription with MLB extra innings (we live in the South) and pie. Awesome.

    • Mister Delaware

      I’m so sorry.

  • mbonzo

    One of the best wins this year so far.

  • BigBlueAL

    Granderson has to start in the All-Star Game this year.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    Glorious!

  • mbonzo

    Could be a walkoff in Tampa too.

  • Erica

    EXCITING!!! Honestly, this is why I love baseball… those inspiring come-from-behind wins. Gah, it gets me all choked up. Go Yankees.

  • Monteroisdinero

    YCPB. Imagine if Dickerson-who had to be running on his own-gets thrown out at 3rd. Even he knew Derek needed help. Thank God he knew enough to not try to score-would have been out by a mile.

    Grandy getting his hit on a slow curve from Francisco-awesome plate discipline to stay back.

  • first time lawng time

    Dammit!!!!!!!!

    I heard Gardy, Nuñez, and Jeter were due in the top if the 9th. I saw Gardy was down 0-2 so I’m like fuck this and turned it off.

    I missed it!!

    Whatevs I prefer missing a win than missing a loss.

    • Xstar7

      It ain’t over till it’s over

    • Esteban

      Not surprised.

  • Dalelama

    Nice win despite Jeter and Swisher’s best efforts.

    • Esteban

      Debbie Downer

      • Don Juan

        He’s right though. Swisher can’t hit his own weight and Jeter just continues to weigh us down at lead off. Why Gardner and Jeter haven’t been flipped is beyond me. Guys like Grandy, Teix, A-Rod, and Cano would be much more effective with Gardner getting on base ahead of them.

        • Mister Delaware

          “Wow, that was a really good meal. I’m glad we all went out together.”

          “Yeah, but I’ll probably get diarrhea again tonight. It always happens to me.”

        • Esteban

          I agree, but he’s still being a debbie downer

          • Dalelama

            Facts are facts.

            • Esteban

              I agree, but still.
              See: Mister Delaware’s statement above.

  • CBean

    Ha. One of my coworkers just came back to the office. he’d been at the game with clients and had left in the 8th. I was all YOU MISSED WALKOFF PIE and he was upset. Serves him right for leaving.

    • Esteban

      You reap what you sow.

  • Mister Delaware

    Where’s Rebuild Greg?

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      back in his mom’s basement playing with his star wars toys

    • Esteban

      He’ll be back whenever the Yankees are trailing.

  • Mister Delaware

    Papelbon gives up a jack. Night gets a little better.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      that’s really a shame…he seems like such a nice guy.

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    Sox win, but Rays blow the lead in bot. 8th =)

  • cr1

    Now if everybody here who spent half the game calling for various players to be benched, traded, sold, fired, maimed, mutilated or killed can JUST DISAPPEAR tomorrow … go watch some team you can actually like …

    …nah…

    too much to hope for.

    • Esteban

      It’s almost like assuming a 4-1 game is over in the 6th inning is shortsighted.

      • Xstar7

        it ain’t over. till it’s over.

    • first time lawng time

      “Mutilated”?…..

      Too far. Too far.

  • Dalelama

    Best win of the year.

  • Simon

    Anyone see that Dirks fellow in Detroit with that catch? I thought it was a nice catch…