May
27

Game 49: The Great Northwest

By

Yep. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Boo the west coast. Well, I shouldn’t say that. I have no problem with the Pacific Time Zone, I just hate it when the Yankees are out there and don’t start playing until late at night. I’m getting old and don’t late staying up exorbitantly late, so sue me. Anyway, here’s the lineup that will face rookie right-hander Michael Pineda

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

A.J. Burnett, SP

Tonight’s game starts a little after 10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy, if you’re awake.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Pat D

    How old are you, Mike? Be aware that if you say you’re less than 30, which I turned this year, I’m going to feel really, really old.

    • Corporate Scum

      I turned 30 on Tuesday. It’s not so bad.

      • Pat D

        I’m also overweight, however, so I tend to feel things physically a bit more than I probably should.

        My knees in particular feel like they’re ready to go.

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

      I turn 30 in October.

      • Pat D

        Oh, that’s ok then.

        • Nedro

          Hey, fuck all y’all, I’m a turn 40 next year, and I still endure these games up in this upstate, so MAN THE FUCK UP.

      • Ivan

        Isn’t it the time where people born in the 1980′s get into the age 30′s. (GULP)

        • Pat D

          My younger sister is expecting her first child in about 2 months. Everything makes me feel old anymore.

          I think it also scares me that most of the music I listen to is between 30-60 years old.

          • BigBlueAL

            I turn 31 soon and I found myself the other day adding Tom Jones music to my ipod after seeing him in American Idol.

            Sad part was I actually knew half the songs I heard in a greatest hits album I downloaded of his lol. Also saw Top Gun the other day for the first time in awhile since I read somewhere it was the 25th anniversary of the movie.

            Im getting old too quickly….

          • Brooklyn Ed

            I’m about to be 27 in 2 months, and already have 5 nieces and nephews well 7 (my sis-n law’s sister’s kids treats me as their uncle).

            I feel your pain.

          • Esteban

            Shouldn’t really, if it’s music made before you were born and not music from ‘your’ generation. I feel old when the Blueprint by Jay-Z is considered throwback now (and that’s a reminder that I started HS 10 years ago). But then I remember I’m only 23 and I don’t feel old anymore.

            • BigBlueAL

              Throwback for me is Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer.

            • Pat D

              I’m not a rap person, there’s only a few rap songs I really like.

              The stuff that was popular during my “formative” years was Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, et al. But by the time I graduate high school the popular stuff was Britney Spears and Ricky Martin and all those boy singing groups.

              I didn’t really make the switch to classic rock until I saw the performance of “Hey Jude” during the initial airing of The Beatles Anthology in 1995. Before that I hated the Beatles. Watching that converted me instantly, and then I branched out into The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, etc.

              I don’t regret that choice.

              • Brooklyn Ed

                You had to be into Sublime, Beastie Boys, and Bush too right? That was back in “our time”.

                • Pat D

                  None of them, actually.

                  The “modern” bands I listened to then, and still do now, were the three I mentioned, Guns N Roses, Stone Temple Pilots…that might be about it. Oh, Aerosmith’s Get a Grip came out about then, so I got into them, too.

                  • BigBlueAL

                    How about Huey Lewis, Wham! and Tears for Fears?? I feel like watching VH1 Classic now lol.

                    • Pat D

                      I generally despise ’80′s music, though there are some exceptions. To me, only the 2000′s rival the ’80′s for horrible music.

              • BigBlueAL

                No AC/DC??

                • Pat D

                  Somewhat, but AC/DC suffers from what I call “EverySongKindaSoundsTheSame-itis.”

                  They’re not one of my absolute favorites.

        • The BIG 3

          Gawd. Sorry, but to me, there’s a correlation between all you youngsters and the disrespect handed to Jetes, Po, and Mo (once he’s inefficient for 40 days too). I don’t think any of you know what a shitstorm this team was before those three and Pettitte arrived.

          Even with those Martin titles back then, those teams were a clusterfuck. Honor those four, no matter what, because they changed that.

          • Esteban

            I appreciate them, but what do you mean by disrespect? And who the hell disrespects Mo?

            • The BIG 3

              He hasn’t failed for 40 days yet. Wait, they’ll come.

  • Ivan

    I don’t know about you guys, but when the lose these games on the west coast, it makes it more fustrating. Like I mean, I stayed up past 1 Am to see the Yankees lose. Yeah it sucks.

    • Pat D

      I’m so used to being up that late that it doesn’t faze me.

      I understand your point of view, however.

      • Ivan

        Im kinda nocturnal myself, but it still sucks ass though.

        • Thomas Cassidy

          Also nocturnal. Don’t start college until August so now I go to sleep at 7am and wake up at about 3pm. Feels good, man.

          • Esteban

            Wow, 7 am is impressive, though I hope your going out and not just home playing video games or something.

            • Thomas Cassidy

              Not at 7am I’m not out. I’m usually home reading, playing Call of Duty, or watching recorded shows on t.v. It’s summer, nothing else to do when I’m not working.

              • Esteban

                I get that, because I stay up late (2-3am) when I don’t need to get up, but later than that is too much for me. I hate missing most of the day sleeping late, especially in the summer.

  • Corporate Scum

    I’m in Vegas this week, and have money on the Yanks to take this one. Fingers crossed!

  • Thomas Cassidy

    This Pineda has some nasty stuff. Not looking forward to tonight’s game with a combination of his stuff and the Yankees never facing him. Let’s up they put up a six spot early.

    inb4 Montero for Pineda.

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    West Coast games are great for those of us working the night shift.

  • Esteban

    Who’s gonna be the millionth comment?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Coney and Singleton for the who west coast trip please

    • Cy Pettitte

      whole*

  • CBean

    I’m on a family trip and my Yankee hating cousin has Pineda starting on his fantasy team so I expect much harassing if the Yankees are completely silent tonight.

  • BigBlueAL

    Wallace Mathews wrote that before the game Girardi talked about RF might become a platoon situation soon if Swisher doesnt start hitting.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Extremely unlikely. They know Swish does this. That’s who they got him. If someone orders a platoon switch it’s someone in the FO fucking up again.

      I doubt it’ll be Cashman since he’s the one that got him but who knows.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Jesus for Bumgarner straight up who here does it?

    • Pat D

      Not me.

    • Xstar7

      Why would the Giants want Jesus Montero? They have no need for a catching prospect since Posey will only be out temporarily.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        They don’t it’s only hypothetical. I just want to see the opposing side since I’ve seen it mentioned here. I don’t see it at all.

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

          I think the value exchange is fair, but the trade doesn’t really make sense for the Giants.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            You think so? Pitching prospects fail at an epic rate, even the top ones. The success rate for top ranked hitters is insane.

            He’s not showing that nasty stuff as he did in college yet. I don’t think he’ll survive the AL East.

            • The BIG 3

              He has a 126 ERA+ in ML ball (290 gae starts – a full season), and he’s only 21. LOL

  • Xstar7

    Watching this Pineda guy should be interesting.

  • Nogomo

    Anybody else feel Jeter should’ve been taking the 3rd pitch?

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

      Absolutely. First two pitches of the game were out of the zone, let the kid show he can throw a strike.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Teix is not impressed.

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

    Tex!

  • Don Juan

    She’s gone! He can be beat.

  • Xstar7

    I like it Tex.

  • Pat D

    Boom Teix!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Tex back to his old Mechanics. F-Yeah!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Teix helps my team and Teix hurts my team.

  • Cy Pettitte

    24 pitches in the 1st inning makes me happy

    • Freddy’s Mom

      +1

    • Nedro

      65 pitches in the 3rd… ditto….

  • Xstar7

    The Yankees made Pineda work this inning. They need to keep that up if they want to win.

  • Kevin G.

    I have two Mariners one my fantasy team. None of them are named Felix Hernandez or Pineda. This is bad.

    • Kevin G.

      *on

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Ichiro?

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

        If it’s not Ichiro and Smoak, then he’s carrying some players that have no business being on a fantasy team.

        • BigBlueAL

          Bedard or League maybe??

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

            I forgot bad teams have closers too, good call on League. Bedard, meh.

        • Kevin G.

          Smoak and Gutierrez. Unfortunately, UZR is not a stat in our league.

      • Xstar7

        Ichiro has been less than impressive this year. I don’t think you would particularly want him on your fantasy team at this point.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          In 12 or 14 team leagues he’ll be owned.

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    This team is fielding Adam Kennedy, Miguel Olivo, Brendan Ryan, Luis Rodriguez, and Carlos Peguero. More than half of their line up is basically an auto out. If one run isn’t plenty I’m going to be pissed.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      It’s Burnett.

      • A-Rod’s Wingman

        Even still.

  • Esteban

    Since Ichiro is batting ‘only’ .286, are people in Seattle starting to freak out about his decline?

  • Cy Pettitte

    errrrr ok AJ….no more like that.

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Well that was close…

  • Pat D

    I can’t believe that was foul.

  • Pat D

    Not liking what AJ’s showing so far.

    /way too early’d

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Was Smoak in the majors before he was traded or did Seattle bring him up?

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

      He was up with Texas, got sent back down, then was traded.

    • Pat D

      He cameoed with Texas.

  • Ivan

    Come on AJ.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Can’t AJ pretend every month is April?

  • BigBlueAL

    C’mon AJ, you should never walk Mariner hitters.

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    AJ, stop being an asshole.

  • Don Juan

    One of those pitches was a strike, but AJ needs to challenge these hitters. They aren’t any good unless you walk em.

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

    I think the scouting report on Cust is “no fastballs.”

  • Freddy’s Mom

    Rolaids or Tums ought to sponsor every AJ start.

  • Cy Pettitte

    AJ’s fastball is way up but the curve and change look ok, maybe he should just throw those two pitches, he could probably get away with it with this line up.

    • Freddy’s Mom

      He could just throw the high heat when he has 2 strikes, maybe.

  • Ivan

    Im still amaze how all of those fans got on the field as Chambliss hit that walk off homer.

    Can you imagine if A-Rod hit a Walk off Homer of that magnitude and the fans were able to get on the field?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Have you seen the video of the Astros fan running onto the field, then making his escape over the center field wall and out of the stadium? It’s absolutely incredible, best sports fan chase I’ve ever seen.

      • Esteban

        Looked like spider man the way he scaled those walls.

      • A-Rod’s Wingman

        They should let him throw out the first pitch of opening day next year for that. It’s not like they’ve have anything else to celebrate lately.

      • Ivan

        Yeah that was just crazy. Im shocked he actually got away the way he did.

        • Esteban

          They caught him outside the stadium. Or so I heard.

      • Craig

        It was hilarious, but I had a thought running in the back of my head that it might’ve been for a commercial or something; that’s some awful police force and epic planning on his part either way. Was he ever caught?

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          If he was caught, I’ll be attending the Rally to Restore the Astros Fan.

    • MikeD

      I was pretty young, but old enough to have actually witnessed Chambliss’ HR (and, btw, I found the intro to this thread funny with some complaining of feeling old at 27-30), and it was that game that caused MLB teams to start lining the field with police officers on horses for major championship games.

      The other thing I always think of when I see Chambliss is why the hell did his hitting coaches allows him to keep his closed stance, with the number on his back facing the pitcher. Chambliss was a big, strong man, but he didn’t have a very quick bat, so he was mostly a straight away, line-drive hitter. I’m convinced if they opened his stance and increased his stride, he’d have been an easy 30-HR guy.

      Now back to today’s game…

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

    Alright A.J., nice job getting out of that. No more walking shitty hitters though, mmmkay?

  • Xstar7

    There you go AJ, there you go.

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    This is gonna be a long game. Hopefully these innings get shorter.

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    Meh…walking Smoak isn’t a big deal. SafeCo can benefit lefties and pitching around him (not an IBB) isn’t a bad strategy with this shittastic lineup they’re facing

  • Freddy’s Mom

    AJ’s thrown 25, but if he’s bad AJ tonight who cares, get him out early.

  • Ivan

    Whats the difference between Pineda and Daniel Cabrera?

    • A-Rod’s Wingman

      Pineada’s experienced success.

  • Xstar7

    The Toyota text poll is an oxymoron. You should build a team around good pitching AND good hitting. If you had to choose one though, you have to go with pitching. Just ask the Giants and Phillies.

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    Russell with the Wheels!

    • Freddy’s Mom

      Defensive indifference?!

      • A-Rod’s Wingman

        Catcher dropped the ball, stolen base all the way.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Martin is a better base stealer than Gardy, that’s sad.

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

      Boom. And that’s the 1,000,000th comment in RAB history.

      • A-Rod’s Wingman

        What a let down.

      • Xstar7

        Dammit! I was only 3 away.

      • Esteban
      • Cy Pettitte

        I’m honored, will take a screenshot to show my grandchildren in 50 years.

      • Esteban

        Does he get a prize?

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    Remember when Swisher had that odd year in 2009 where he had like two or three HRs at home? Maybe this year will be like it and he’ll go on a tear on the road.

    (hopeless optimism)

    • Pinstripes in Cali

      For a guy who looks hopelessly lost at the plate, he sure is walking a lot. Sporting a .321 OBP (higher than Cano, Jeter, Posada). Therefore still not useless.

  • Craig

    I graduate high school in 17 days, what Yankees pin should I wear on my robes/hat? Also, does anyone recommend any poses that would get me on the front page of my paper for a graduation celebration?

    • Freddy’s Mom

      I could, but you might get arrested.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Nudity conquers all.

    • Esteban

      Dual Shockers.

      Actually they wouldn’t let me buy the picture when I did the shocker on a roller coaster.

      • Nedro

        Couple asshole did it when I was sharing a car with them on a fuckin CRAZY coaster with my kids, and when we went to look at the monitor after, it was blacked out.

        /douchebag’d

    • A-Rod’s Wingman

      Don’t be an asshole, enjoy it, blow the money you get for your graduation present on strippers. Also some basic strip club etiquette:

      Never get the “mid tier” lapdance. Dollar dances are fine, and the more expensive lap dances are worth it. The “mid tiers” are a waste of a good 20-40 bucks. Also, wait for the “house special” where dances are half price. The strippers will hate you for waiting for this since they have to do it and they don’t make as much money, but you’re not there for their feelings.

      It’s dark at these places and most strippers don’t wear contacts or have 20/20 vision, so a five looks the same as a one. No need to waste money.

      If you’re sitting near the stage and there’s less than six other people near by, you pretty much half to tip or else she’ll bitch at you. Either get up and take a piss or pay up.

      Don’t wear a belt.

      Don’t wear a shirt with words on it.

      If you wear glasses, take them off when you leave a one on the stage before you stand up.

      Go in with a set limit to spend and leave the ATM card in the car.

      Try to avoid sitting next to the guy who brought his own beer, he’s always an asshole. If there’s a group of guys that brought their own beer, sit on the other side of the stage.

      • Craig

        Adulthood is amazing, my friend.

        • A-Rod’s Wingman

          You won’t like these places when you’re 21 and can pick up sluts at bars, enjoy them while you’ll still like them.

      • Esteban

        Wow, that’s quite… extensive

  • Ivan

    Who would of thought that Gardner has been the Yankees best hitter in RISP this season.

  • BigBlueAL

    Seattle broadcast showed the stat for fastest avg fastball velocity of SP’s (dunno if it was for AL or entire MLB) and Pineda was 1st with 95.6 mph.

    • http://deleted Total Dominication

      Higher than Verlander and (if MLB) Ubaldo?

      • BigBlueAL

        Yeah, Verlander was below 95 mph. I think he was 4th. Again dont remember if it was MLB or AL.

        • MikeD

          I think YES showed a stat showing Pineda and Verlander were one and two with an average fastball of 95 for starters. Pineda might have been a tick ahead.

    • Ivan

      They even said that stat on the Yes channel.

    • The BIG 3

      Whatever the case, that’s fast as hell on wheels.

  • gio

    Pineda’s not going to get through 5 at this rate. Let’s beat up the ‘pen.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Damn.

  • Ivan

    This is a bad match up for Jeter. I have a hard time believing that Jeter can turn on a 95+ MPH FB.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Pineda being robbed.

  • Esteban

    Oh well, he hit it hard. Can’t direct the ball.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Babip damnit.

  • Pinstripes in Cali

    oh, Cap’n. My Cap’n. true to form.

  • Freddy’s Mom

    No way Pineda goes 6 at this rate. Looks like a battle of bullpens. Maybe a 1-0 win for the Yanks. Once may dream, mayn’t one?

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

    The Yankees are hitting .247 with RISP. Take out Derek Jeter, and it’s .258.

    • Esteban

      Uh oh, now someone is going to accuse you of disrespecting Jeter.

    • The BIG 3

      “The Yankees are hitting .247 with RISP. Take out Derek Jeter’s first 40 games, and it’s .258″

      FTFY

      • Esteban

        Would you put money down betting Jeter greatly improves on his line?

        • The BIG 3

          Most definitely. The only people who believe Jeter is an .630 OPS guy are of the spoiled kind.

          • Esteban

            He was at .710 last year. I don’t expect much more than that, especially with an 11.2% LD rate.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            And you don’t think it’s a decline with an 11 percent LD rate, 7 percent walk rate and a .66 ISO which is probably fueled by the two home runs?

            Willing to bet one billion dollars he won’t break the .800 OPS mark?

    • Kevin G.

      That’s a shot a Jeter

      /old-old meme

  • BigBlueAL

    I read that Vanessa Hudgens is moving to NYC. I guess its time for me to move back to NYC too.

    • Esteban

      That’s great news, now stay away.

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

      seeing that i live in the area in which a lot of celebrities i’ve noticed tend to live (east village), i will happily await her arrival…

      • BigBlueAL

        Put in a good word for me.

  • Pinstripes in Cali

    I’m not geek enough to figure out how to run this number, but it’d be interesting to know the percentage of outs with RISP that have been made by Jeter.

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    Kim Jones has found a way to make an AJ start more depressing. Jesus Fuck that sounds awful.

    • Esteban

      Yeah, these Tornadoes need to stop hitting populated areas.

    • CBean

      what did she say? I don’t have the YES broadcast.

      • A-Rod’s Wingman

        She was talking about the Tornadoes in Alabama and the stuff D-Rob’s doing there. It’s going to be depressing as hell when they go to Kauffman next.

        • Pat D

          A couple of months ago I had a call at work with a woman in North Carolina where these really destructive tornadoes seemed to begin. A person for her business was also on the call and he’s in a different state.

          So the guy asks the woman if getting the tornadoes in her area was normal and she said absolutely not. The guy’s next comment was, “That just goes to show how global warming isn’t real.”

          I almost hung up on them.

          • A-Rod’s Wingman

            Yeah, when Ice Caps melt the water gets evaporated…I guess people don’t know what happens when there’s a thousand percent more moisture in the air than what’s normal. No matter what anyone says the biggest problem facing this country is stupidity.

          • Esteban

            Yeah, it has nothing to do with global warming, one way or the other. Much more of a La Nina thing, or so my brother, a meteorologist for the national weather service in chicago, says.

            • A-Rod’s Wingman

              Does he mention what La Niña has to do with?

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

                El Nino?

                • Esteban

                  No, it’s La Nina. I think it has to do with warm water in the Pacific creating warm temperatures across the South and this year there’s been a lot of cold air in the upper mid-west and the mix of the two air masses has produced a lot of volatile storms.

                  And here: My brother is quoted in this article
                  http://www.cbssports.com/#!/ml.....-twinbills

                  • Esteban

                    Woops, got mixed up about the temperature of the Pacific during La Ninas

            • Pat D

              Yes, I saw that the other day. But I didn’t know that then.

              To me, if you start getting a bunch of severe weather you don’t normallly get, something is changing.

              It was just the guy’s attitude, he was just so dismissive.

              • Esteban

                There are more tornadoes than usual, yeah, but it’s mostly that they’ve hit populated areas, which is why this year stands out. But again, take historical data on tornadoes with a grain of salt, because 100-200 years ago, the entire country was less populated and since you need to observe tornadoes to know they happened, there were probably many tornadoes that occurred without anyone knowing about them.

              • A-Rod’s Wingman

                According to NOAA:

                “La Niña is associated with cooler than normal water temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean, unlike El Niño which is associated with warmer than normal water.”

                Cooler water temperatures caused by melting ice caps is what they left out. So you’re still right.

                • Esteban

                  LOL, not to get into this, but La Nina is a cyclical thing, not thought to be caused by melting ice caps.

                  • A-Rod’s Wingman

                    Right…melting ice caps have NOTHING to do with the cooling ocean waters. I mean, yes CO2 levels and things such as this are cyclical. However, that isn’t to say that climate change can’t have anything to do with this.

                    • Esteban

                      OK Mr. Scientist, you have determined that global warming causes La Ninas via melting ice caps. But of course, you’re talking out of your ass and don’t know what you’re talking about.

                    • A-Rod’s Wingman

                      Right…undergraduate background in hard science, anyways, you didn’t even read what I said. CO2 levels are a cyclical thing too, as are temperatures in the ocean, the climate change has influenced CO2 levels much like I suspect it has influenced the fluxuating temperatures in the ocean. Yes, I was a dick about it…but at least I throughly read what you said.

                    • Esteban

                      Fantastic, you must be a climate scientist and an authority on this because you studied hard sciences in college. You’re the one making the assertions without any evidence, not me (unless you think that saying there is no evidence is an assertion).

                    • A-Rod’s Wingman

                      Not only are you using the argument from ignorance fallacy you’re also using a strawman now too. Awesome. You should apply to the Fox Business Channel, if you do well there maybe you’ll get promoted to the big club.

                    • Esteban

                      Not only are you using the argument from ignorance fallacy you’re also using a strawman now too. Awesome. You should apply to the Fox Business Channel, if you do well there maybe you’ll get promoted to the big club.

                      I explained below how the better data collection we have now leads to detection and recording of storms today than was possible a century ago. I don’t see how that’s a logical fallacy. Secondly, YOU were the one using an appeal to authority (“hard sciences major in undergraduate”), not me (although, sure, I called you Mr. Scientist).

          • Xstar7

            You just can’t reason with some people

          • Bunting?…More like Punting If You Ask Me

            Yes, because weather never happened before horrible republicans decided to drive cars. You’re right. Please read a book and never have kids.

            • Pat D

              I thank you for being so equally dismissive as the guy on the phone that night.

              • Esteban

                The point is: weather is not climate, there’s no credible evidence that this year’s increase in tornadoes has been influenced by global warming (and why *this* year suddenly, and not other years that have been similarly warm?).

                • Pat D

                  I agree with what you’re saying.

                  I don’t appreciate the utter dismissiveness of the prior post, especially the “never have kids” comment. I’d like to respond to that with strong language, but I actually respect the rules of the site and I also can’t stand people who use the internet to hide behind a wall of anonymity and insult people at their leisure.

                • A-Rod’s Wingman

                  I think anytime you’ve seen an uptick in natural disasters you have to seriously look at the effects of climate change. Seeing as how these Tornadoes are weeks old, I don’t think that’s enough time to do sufficient research on the subject.

                  • Esteban
                    • A-Rod’s Wingman

                      Right…because there’s been enough time and sufficient research done to say with absolute certainty that climate change has had nothing to do with the recent uptick in natural disasters.

                    • Esteban

                      You sound like the certain one, not me. You’re the one that said that the NOAA left out that La Nina is caused by cooler water because of melting ice caps. I didn’t say anything other than there’s no evidence that this year having a lot of tornadoes is because of global warming. And … there is no evidence for global warming being the driver of this year’s active storm season. But if so, why *this* year, and not other years that have been similarly warm?

                    • A-Rod’s Wingman

                      Also clarification on my position:

                      That guy Pat talked to is a fucking idiot, and there really hasn’t been enough time for the appropriate research to be done regarding the effects of climate change on the tornadoes and the severity of said tornadoes. I recall when there was “no scientific evidence that global warming is real” quite some time ago, now it’s basically accepted as fact. This shit is hard and takes time to properly research.

                    • Esteban

                      Has there been an uptick in natural disasters? There really hasn’t been more hurricanes, and they haven’t been stronger. And as I said a long time ago, it’s hard to say if there’s more of things like tornadoes and hurricanes now than 50, 100, 200 years ago because detection methods are so much better now.

                    • A-Rod’s Wingman

                      You sound like the certain one, not me. You’re the one that said that the NOAA left out that La Nina is caused by cooler water because of melting ice caps. I didn’t say anything other than there’s no evidence that this year having a lot of tornadoes is because of global warming. And … there is no evidence for global warming being the driver of this year’s active storm season. But if so, why *this* year, and not other years that have been similarly warm?

                      Clarification, I didn’t say NOAA left it out, just that melting ice caps could effect the temperature of the ocean…leaving room of climate change to influence the tornadoes. However, I said it in a dickish manner and people tend to read negative inferences to dickish statements. Fair enough. As far as climate change being the cause? Well it’s way too early to say that, however, to suggest that climate change and melting ice caps can influence the storm season is a reasonable hypothesis and I don’t see how any person can suggest that it’s an outlandish statement.

                    • A-Rod’s Wingman

                      So there’s just as many category five hurricanes and earthquakes like there were in Haiti and Japan recently as there always have been? Good to know.

                    • A-Rod’s Wingman

                      Also:

                      And as I said a long time ago, it’s hard to say if there’s more of things like tornadoes and hurricanes now than 50, 100, 200 years ago because detection methods are so much better now.

                      Please, you’re better than this. Argument from ignorance, c’mon dude. You can do better than this.

                    • Esteban

                      So now earthquakes are part of the effects of global warming. Ok. That’s outlandish.

                    • Esteban

                      Also:
                      And as I said a long time ago, it’s hard to say if there’s more of things like tornadoes and hurricanes now than 50, 100, 200 years ago because detection methods are so much better now.
                      Please, you’re better than this. Argument from ignorance, c’mon dude. You can do better than this.

                      Explain how this is wrong. We now have satellite data, planes, radar, and tens of millions of more people living in the US than 100 years ago. There are going to be tornadoes or tropical systems that are detected today that wouldn’t have been detected 100 years ago (and even 50 years ago). Or maybe the Iroquois and other native americans had as detailed records on tornadoes and hurricanes that we do in 2011.

                • MikeD

                  Global warming is real, but it’s been real for hundreds, thousands, etc. of years. It’s why we don’t have ice caps in our backyard. Our entire civilization exists within an interglacial period. It’s cyclical. The earth would be warming, and ice caps melting regardless of what man is doing.

                  Now before some jumps on me that I don’t believe humans are causing global warming, that’s not what I said. The question is not if global warming is real (it is), but how much is man contributing on top of the normal global warming, and how much can we realistically reduce C02 and other emissions, and what impact will the reduction in CO2 gases have on global warming. There is no answer to this question.

                  It’s a serious issue, but when that has been politicized by both the left and the right, while neither is really doing much about it.

                  Anyway, that’s too serious a disussion for a Friday night. Now back to OPS+, WAR, and other fun things.

        • CBean

          :(

          At least D-Rob’s doing some good stuff.

          • A-Rod’s Wingman

            Yeah him and his wife have a fund set up where you can help a Yankee and give money for a good cause and you can help some people in need. He’s also donating a 100 bucks per K to Tuscaloosa.

            • CBean

              Yeah, i dropped off a check yesterday. I was recently at St. Louis airport during the tornado that hit there and that was way closer than I ever wanted to be to a tornado. I can’t imagine having to live through these.

              • Pat D

                Tornadoes are the only natural disaster that scare me.

                Since hurricanes and earthquakes don’t often occur in the northeast.

                • MikeD

                  I’ve experienced both (hurricane and tornado) when I lived in Westchester county.

              • V

                I grew up in Missouri (suburban KC). When that tornado siren goes off, you get to a safe place, ASAP.

                Closest I’ve been to a tornado was when I was ~8, a tornado went -over- our home, but we weren’t touched. I think a McDonald’s sign was knocked over, but that’s it.

  • BigBlueAL

    I didnt think it was possible to walk Miguel Olivo.

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

    Good grief, walking Miguel Olivo is inexcusable.

  • Cy Pettitte

    anyone in the bullpen that can throw strikes?

  • The BIG 3

    Bad AJ day

  • Xstar7

    Stolen base for Miguel Olivo? laughable

  • Craig

    Why yes, Suzyn, the Brewers play at ‘Miller Field’.

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    Over/Under AJ being lifted by the 5th inning?

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

    Strikes, cut the shit A.J.

  • Esteban

    What? That was a strike either way.

  • jon

    yep a swing AND a strike

  • Xstar7

    The bullpen is going to have to work tonight.

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    Is Hector Noesi ready for a long outing?

  • Mickey Scheister

    Prior to last year I lived in the pacific northwest for two years and SafeCo Field is awesome but the Mariners suck something awful and walking the 9 hitter to get to Ichiro, wow.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Prior to last year I lived in the pacific northwest for two years and SafeCo Field is awesome but the Mariners suk something awful and walking the 9 hitter to get to Ichiro, wow.

  • Esteban

    Yeah Ichiro’s had a lot of hits in his first whatever number of games, but his first season he was 27 so I don’t think he’s catching anyone on the all time list.

    • V

      Can you imagine if he had started playing in the majors at 21?

      • Thomas Cassidy

        I think to myself if he had started when he was 21, and he doesn’t slow down and played until he was 42 (no signs at all of him slowing down), could he reach 5,000 hits? Holy shit.

  • Kevin G.

    Nice to see Coney pimping out Lookout Landing

  • Xstar7

    Can you believe it’s only the 3rd inning?

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Burnett should throw more pitches.

  • Don Juan

    Offense needs to take advantage of a wild Pineda. AJ’s implosion will be coming up soon, he’s just as wild.

    • A-Rod’s Wingman

      Pineda faces an offense with good hitters, AJ isn’t. Don’t get me wrong, he might blow up at any moment…but at least he faces a shitty offense.

    • BigBlueAL

      Nah, he is facing the Mariners offense. AJ could walk 2 guys every inning and still not give up any runs.

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Holy walks BBatman…

    • A-Rod’s Wingman

      I wish this was the Millionth post.

  • Cy Pettitte

    8 combined walks in 2+ innings, this game is gonna be 5 hours long

  • jon

    wow grandy was dead out there

  • Xstar7

    Granderson got lucky. The throw beat him.

  • Esteban

    Lucky break there.

  • Xstar7

    These Mariners fans really know how to hold a grudge.

    • A-Rod’s Wingman

      I think it’s more of an “everyone hates A-Rod” thing.

      • Xstar7

        Yes, but Mariners and Rangers fans in particular because he “left them hanging.” But so would you for hundreds of millions of dollars.

        • A-Rod’s Wingman

          I’d leave both franchises hanging for a fraction of what A-Rod got.

  • Esteban

    Yeah all those fans booing Arod would have turned a $250 million contract. Ok.

    • pete

      Eh, I’d rather make a lot of money in Seattle than a lot more in Arlington

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    This game will still be going when I wake up.

  • Pat D

    I knew having Granderson steal was a terrible idea.

    • BigBlueAL

      If he stays at 1b one of Tex/Arod/Cano wouldve hit a HR.

      • Pat D

        That’s what I’m saying!

  • Ivan

    Come on. Fuck man.

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

    At least Robbie put the ball in play.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Holy Smoaks!

  • Xstar7

    BABIP curse

  • MikeD

    If nothing else, we’re driving his pitch count up, meaning he shouldn’t go long. Does Seattle have a bullpen of any concern this year? I haven’t checked who is out there this year, beyond League to close.

    • Don Juan

      Their bullpen is awful. We’re gonna need ours too though unless AJ can throw a 200 pitch no hitter.

      • http://deleted Total Dominication

        Tis not awful.

      • MikeD

        Yeah, AJ’s basically “matching” Pineda pitch-for-pitch. If it comes down to the pen, which it clearly will at this pace, it should be in the Yankees favor.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    This game has the feel of a 2 AM’er.

  • Cy Pettitte

    why did they change the game plan with Cust? gave him a fastball and he drilled it.

  • Freddy’s Mom

    That was Seattle’s first hit. Yanks have only one as well. So ya know.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Does the site keep crashing for anybody else?

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

      Working fine on my end.

    • Xstar7

      It occasionally does for me. I have no idea why though.

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

    Trivia: David Cone, Randy Johnson, Sandy Koufax…

    • Pat D

      Catfish Hunter, Roy Halladay

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

      Oh, Halladay too.

  • James A

    Koufax, Catfish, Cone, Randy Johnson, Roy Halladay

  • jon

    are you fucking kidding me?

    death to flying things

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    Are you motherfucking kidding me.

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

    so done with this town’s BAbip.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Except that if it went out wouldn’t affect BABIP…

  • FIPster Doofus

    Holy shit.

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

    Poor Nick.

    • Skip

      When things go bad, it goes bad, huh? Hats off to Gutierrez, but I second your sentiment.

  • MikeD

    I hate great defensive plays that rob Yankees of HRs!

  • V

    Wow.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    It says something about the guy that I never doubted he’d catch it.

    • MikeD

      I had the same feeling. If it was close, he was catching it.

  • Don Juan

    We’ve hit some balls hard and have been getting unlucky but this is ridiculous. Poor Swish.

  • Xstar7

    BABIP curse again

  • Ivan

    Thats not a good omen if your Swisher on how the year is going to be for him in 11.

  • Chip

    Wow, swisher might be the most unlucky guy in the league

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      No he’s just bad.

  • Esteban

    Damnit and Gutierrez recently came off the DL, right?

  • mike c

    well if gutierrez was going to rob swisher of a homer, at least he did it in spectacular fashion

  • Andy

    The Red Sox look ridiculous recently.

    • MikeD

      Don’t look.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      They weren’t going to stay at a -6 run differential for too long.

    • Pat D

      They always look ridiculously ugly.

      I’m sure that’s what you meant.

  • Xstar7

    Sorry to burst your bubble Ken, but the 2001 world series was the greatest ever. And it kills me to say that.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Such a good World Series.

    • Pat D

      ESPN ranked them several years ago. I think they might have picked 1991?

      • Xstar7

        1924 should get some consideration. But I still think 2001 was the greatest ever.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          They picked 1991 at the best. 2001 was third best I believe.

    • MikeD

      Greatest World Series? I thought they just ranked the 1975 World Series at number one? Wait, I guess they ranked Game 6 of the 1975 World Series as the greatest game. I must have missed the ranking of World Series.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    LOL Adam Kennedy

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    AJ did hes best Andy Pettitte impression.

    • Skip

      With all due respect to you and AJ, I think even I could have picked off Adam Kennedy there.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Word to Axisa: site’s working fine. Must’ve been my side.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Kenny is so confused right now.

  • Skip

    Tuned in about 15 minutes ago – did Pineda look wild early on? He’s dealing now but has 4 walks.

    • http://deleted Total Dominication

      Through 60 pitches, he had more balls than strikes, so yeah. Burnett hasn’t been much better.

  • Xstar7

    Granderson with the patience

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

    Holy crap:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....NHeadlines

    This Einhorn fella that invested in the Mets? He spent $200M for 33% of the team. In three years, he can up his ownership stake to 60%. If the Wilpons don’t want to give him majority control at that time, they have to refund him the $200M AND he gets to keep his 33% stake.

    Wow, what a freaking deal.

    • V

      Wowow.

    • gio

      The question remains, how much would he have to pay for the additional 27%?

      • V

        Yeah, ownership control will be worth more than the initial stake.

    • David N

      Damn. Who’s his negotiator, Jack Bauer?

    • MikeD

      Wow. That means the Mets just cut a loanshark deal. So the worst he can do is get all his money back and still own 1/3 of the team, which he’ll be able to sell for more than $200 million. I wonder if he could then go and try to buy out enough minority owners, non-Wilpon class, to bump himself over 50%?

      Or, is the worst-case scenario becoming the majority owner of the Mets?

      Frankly, it’s bad for Mets fans because the Wilpons will be forced to fight the Picard lawsuit, eventually pay something off in that lawsuit, then they’ll have to come up with the money to pay back Einhorn. What does that leave to invest in the team if they’re already bleeding cash? NY Mets. Small market team.

    • MikeD

      Wait, that doesn’t add up. I thought his investment would value the team at more than $1 billion, yet that only values that team at $600 million. Or is the $1 billion taking into account the SNY network that he currently doesn’t have an investment in?

  • Andy

    Why do I feel like Alex is on the verge of another slump

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    1. WHAT THE FUCK WAS A-ROD SWINGING AT???
    2. YEAH BABY!!

  • gio

    Meh, I’ll take it. Doesn’t look like we’re gonna earn (m)any more.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Why would he swing at that?

  • Xstar7

    The Yankees caught a huge break there, cause you know A-Rod wasn’t going to bring Granderson in.

    • Xstar7

      Looks like he actually would have now.

    • jon

      egg all over your face

    • http://deleted Total Dominication

      lolz

  • Ben from Stanford

    By the way, I had just turned on MLB.tv and it defaulted to the Mariners broadcast, so that’s how I saw the Gutierrez catch. The play by play guy was pretty awesome. He was genuinely excited and the call was great. I think Kay was influenced too much by his time with Sterling and tries to be too formal and not be too much of a homer. He doesn’t convey the excitement of a fan.

  • Skip

    Ok so I’d like to throw this out to the RAB community: Is it me or do a lot of pitchers attack ARod with a first pitch FB followed by a breaking pitch in the dirt. And it seems like he always swings.

    Is there any way to correlate my observation with fact to tell if I’m just making it up in my mind or if there’s actually a pattern?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Check Brooks to see if they have a strike zone for individual batters?

      I don’t know if they have that but worth a look.

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

    Yeah Alex.

  • Andy

    Finally Alex, finally Alex. He’s still hitting like .211 with RISP but I like it

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Yes!

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    He’s human!!! Franklin that is, Alex is a centaur obviously.

    • mike c

      half human half horse

    • Skip

      I lol’d.

    • Esteban

      CentWAR (c) TSJC.

  • Xstar7

    Pineda has not been that great today. If not for that amazing catch by Gutierrez, and Robinson hitting that line drive right at Smoak, the Yankees would be winning 5-0 right now. Plus there’s the 5 walks.

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

    Bah, bad job by Gardner. Gotta throw to second there.

    • mike c

      it was hard to tell where the runners were… but a bad throw to second scores a run though

    • Freddy’s Mom

      Might’ve cost us a run.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Ugh, fuck that noise.

  • Freddy’s Mom

    There goes the comfy win. More Rolaids.

  • JohnnyC

    AJ pitching to the score. Lead back to one run. Marvelous.

    • mike c

      oh come on it’s only 2 runs and that ichiro hit was off a check swing

      • JohnnyC

        Seen AJ pitch much?

        • mike c

          uh yeah, and 2 ER over 5 innings is par for the course

          • JohnnyC

            “Overall, it’s decidedly below-average offense with the second worst team wOBA (.286) and fourth worst OBP (.302) in all of baseball.”

            Different courses have different pars.

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

        And the two runs came on outs too.

  • CBean

    Dear Yankees, you’ll need to score more runs. It’s AJ after all.

  • JohnnyC

    It is really hard to be a 2 pitch pitcher and be successful. Especially if your straight as a string fastball maxes out at 94.

  • James A

    A-Rod and Reggie
    Probably not on Bill Russell’s most respected people list

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

    The Longest Inning (C)

    • Pat D

      The Long Night, The Longest Day, The Longest Yard (x2), The Long Hot Summer.

      Haven’t seen The Longest Inning yet. When does it come out?

  • CBean

    I knew we were screwed when Sterling started the inning talking about AJ pitching well enough. You can’t say that shit around AJ.

  • Xstar7

    Way to not blow up AJ. Now let’s score him some more runs.

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

    Phew. Get that bullpen up now. Don’t try to squeeze anything else out of A.J., please.

    • Xstar7

      You know Girardi will.

    • mike c

      I think AJ’s coming out for the 6th, girardi maybe takes him out if he allows a baserunner… it’s the bottom of the lineup so I think it would be better to try and get another one in before going to the pen

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

        Why? The bullpen’s fresh, they had yesterday off and Sabathia threw a complete game on Tuesday.

        • mike c

          AJ usually can go around 110 pitches, I feel alright about him pitching to the bottom hitters for the M’s… first day of a road trip and with nova/felix tomorrow I think it might be best to try and squeeze another one out here. but he gets the hook after the first runner

  • Pat D

    Does AJ pitch the entire 6th?

  • Tut

    5 walks, letting the M’s back in the game, 100 pitches after 5 innings- that’s a bad job by AJ

  • Pat D

    Pauley is definitely pitching over his head.

  • Freddy’s Mom

    I am trying to find a video of the Jack Cust rundown play in Baltimore, 2003. Can’t find it. I never saw it. I wanna wanna wanna see it! Can I get any help?

  • first time lawng time

    Whatevs. Those were little BS runs

  • mike c

    who’s ready for JoVa-mania?

  • Freddy’s Mom

    Good lord, Posada… he’s limping toward a long date with the bench this season.

  • Ajtencentbrainburnett

    18 million a year for this

    • Pat D

      At least he’s not John Lackey.

  • Cy Pettitte

    hallelujah a base hit for Swish

  • Esteban

    Heh, go figure. That ball goes for a hit for Swisher.

  • Andy

    What was AJ’s pitch count? did he really need to come out?

    • mike c

      around 95ish? I think he could have stayed in a little longer, but I get they wanted the lefty in there

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

      97, and yes. Why push it with a fresh bullpen and his tendency to meltdown at a moment’s notice?

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Lefties just can’t hit Boone Logan. It’s science.

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

    Boone Logan, the LOOGY that can’t get out lefties.

  • V

    Ah, our favorite LNOGY…

  • Cy Pettitte

    Boone is so useless, lmao.

  • aRX

    Time to dust off the ‘No Boone Logan’ pic…

  • Charles

    Yay typical Logan outing, can we please just get him out of here?

    • MikeD

      People said that last year, and then he was good. Granted, he had to be returned to the minors for a bit before the unexplainable happened.

  • mike c

    in all fairness that was pretty much a golf swing at a ball in the dirt

  • CMP

    The yanks really need a LOOGY who can actually get out a left handed hitter.

    • MikeD

      If they don’t have a LOOGY, they should avoid those matchups and just bring in the best arm.

  • Ajtencentbrainburnett

    Now girardi burns the pen up

  • JohnnyC

    Logan sucks. It’s strange to think they released Sisco due to some wildness and his velocity topping out in the low 90s but Boone Logan gets to fail consistently to do the one job he’s asked to do, get lefties out by being wild and topping out at 93 mph.

  • Pat D

    Death by bullpen.

  • Andy

    This is awesome. I still don’t get why AJ came out at 97 pitches.

    • mike c

      they wanted the lefties… I actually think logan should have stayed in, that was totally a cheap hit

    • BigBlueAL

      Because he threw all those pitches in just 5 innings.

    • MikeD

      Because it was determined Logan and Ayala were better choices than leaving in AJ? I don’t agree, although we have seen AJ melt down quickly.

  • first time lawng time

    Mariners offense sucks. Outs plz.

    • JohnnyC

      not against our pitching

  • first time lawng time

    So…where’s Robertson?

    • MikeD

      He’s the 7th inning guy. Girardi doesn’t believe in bringing in the best arm during critical turning-points during the game.

  • aRX

    OK enough fuckin around, time for the firemen.

  • Ivan

    Personally I would of went batter to batter with AJ to start the inning. I mean a shaky AJ is alot better than Ayala and Logan.

  • CMP

    Shit, AJ could have done this all by himself.

  • Ajtencentbrainburnett

    Giradi plan 6th logan. Ayalla pendelton
    7th robertson and joba
    8th mo
    9th mo who blows the game

    • Don Juan

      The game has already been blown.

      • Esteban

        You’re always so optimistic.

  • V

    Death by bullpen. Wow.

  • Don Juan

    Can someone tell me why AJ was not left in the ballgame or why Robertson or Joba is not in right now? Logan, Ayala, and Girardi are gonna cost us the game.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      LOL I love how Girardi’s name is thrown in at the end.

  • Pat D

    Pendleton’s warming up?

    Oh, shit. Now DRob is the 7th inning guy.

  • JohnnyC

    We get 3 runs off Pineda and then we let the 2nd worst offense in baseball score 3 runs and counting in an inning and 1/3.

  • V

    I’m so glad our high leverage relievers are pitching in this situation…

  • mike c

    chan ho park anybody?

  • BigBlueAL

    Oh good, Lance Pendleton is warming up now.

  • Esteban

    WEAK. SAUCE.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    This is a fun inning so far.

  • Cy Pettitte

    fucking brutal.

  • MikeD

    Okay, this is not pleasant.

  • aRX

    Pendleton warming? Guess he’s not going to DRob/Joba before teh 7th/8th? Oh well, time for a come-from-behind win…

  • V

    Well, hopefully we can score a couple against their bullpen…

  • Pat D

    Yankees getting a lesson in small ball.

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

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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

      ok. done. :D

  • Ben

    Death by RBI groundout.

  • Ajtencentbrainburnett

    I stayed up for this ???

    • Pat D

      And yet you didn’t post until a little while ago.

      Hmmmmmm……………

  • first time lawng time

    Losing to the Mariners.

    Free passes to shitty hitters and one bull shit hit with RISP.

    Fantastic.

  • Don Juan

    Girardi just surrendered our lead.

  • Andy

    I really don’t understand why we would take out AJ, he wasn’t pitching bad at all

    • V

      Which ballgame are YOU watching? He was wild as hell and had a bad 5th inning.

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

      yes, he was!

    • Jetrer

      9 baserunners and 97 pitches in 5 innings to one of the worst offenses in baseball is not bad??

  • Pat D

    Big deal, David.

    He may like WAR, but obviously he thinks wins have value.

  • Tut

    Sheer stupidity by Girardi

  • aRX

    o.0

  • Don Juan

    You will NOT see Joba and Robertson in a ballgame up by 1 run. You WILL see them in a ballgame down by 1 run. That’s how smart Girardi is at bullpen management.

  • Nate

    Bring in Soriano!

  • Cy Pettitte

    this is fucking ridiculous

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Go fuck yourself, Ayala.

  • JohnnyC

    Time to turn the page on Ayala. Like Carlyle, there’s no upside. Tell me Kontos, Whelan or Pope couldn’t do just as badly.

    • Esteban

      Ayala had been pitching well in his limited opportunities.

    • V

      He’s a good middle reliever when you’re up by 3+ or down by 3+, but he shouldn’t sniff high leverage situations, when we have Joba and Robertson on the team.

      • JohnnyC

        6th inning on the road with King Felix pitching tomorrow, clinging to a 1 run lead? Girardi obviously doesn’t agree that it’s high leverage.

  • Matt

    Once again Girardi overmanages and costs his team big time.

    If the situation was so dire that you had to mix and match in the 6th inning against 7-8-9 in the order, then why did you bring in Luis Ayala? Who gives a damn about his sub 2.00 ERA when opposing batters are hitting over .300 against him?

    If it was a do or die situation, then you bring in Robertson or Joba to get out of the jam and figure out a way afterwards. If not, then you leave Logan in against some terrible hitters to eat up the inning. Yet, Girardi did neither. Another pointless contradiction which shows that he really doesn’t have any idea what he wants to do out there.

    • Matt

      Also, Burnett was working on an extra day of rest and was at only 96 pitches. It’s not like he was getting hit hard, and the bullpen is short without Soriano healthy.

      Girardi was not this bad the first few years he was here. He’s always panicking and it prevents him from making smart decisions.

      And this isn’t in hindsight. Who in their right mind would have thought Boone Logan was a better option to open the 6th inning than an AJ Burnett who has been fooling the Seattle hitters all night other than one lucky swing by Ichiro that set up 2 runs?

    • Jetrer

      Is Logan better than Ayala? When you’re dealing with crappy pitchers, you may as well try to use platoon advantage.

      • Matt

        Righties are hitting Ayala better than lefties this year, so there goes that argument.

        It made no sense on any level. If both are mediocre pitchers, then why bring in one who may not be sharp as opposed to the one who was throwing strikes already and gave up a hit on a nice piece of hitting on what wasn’t a bad pitch?

        If the situation was that desperate that you were going to yank Logan after 1 hitter despite having a short bullpen, then why were the set up men sitting in the bullpen not even warming up? You worry about the 8th inning when you have an 8th inning lead. This is exactly why Girardi has no clue.

        • Jetrer

          The bullpen is not short. They have 7 well rested relievers. I agree that the specific inning crap needs to stop. DRob is the fireman and should be used as such, but Ayala has pitched well lately. When the bullpen is short is when you need to figure out if other guys can help out or not.

          • Matt

            Ayala had given up 18 baserunners in 12 innings coming into tonight, and has a 1.43 WHIP since coming off of the DL. You are deluding yourself if you think he is a reliable relief pitcher.

            The bullpen is definitely short because Robertson and Joba are getting overworked without Soriano to give them a day off once in a while. Also, with Soriano out, you have replaced his spot in the bullpen with guys like Lance Pendelton who you know are not going to pitch except in a blowout.

            When you have 2 or 3 relief pitchers who don’t pitch except in blowouts, you are shortening the bullpen tremendously.

            • Jetrer

              I didn’t say Ayala was good or reliable. I said he had been getting the job done lately. Your last point is exactly my point. When you only have 3 relievers that you trust (Mo, Joba, DRob) you need to roll the dice and try to catch lighting with someone else to help with the workload or you’re going to overwork your key guys.

              • Matt

                Yes, you did need to try someone else there in the 6th. But Ayala was not that pitcher. Ayala is a contact pitcher against a bunch of weak slap hitters. You bring in a guy who can throw high fastballs and get them to hit lazy fly balls, not a sinkerballer who allows a ton of baserunners.

                • Jetrer

                  Who is the pitcher then? Ayala had been great in his last 2 outings. He earned a shot. He failed. Move on.

                  • Matt

                    BOONE LOGAN, who was already in the game. Or AJ BURNETT, who was needlessly removed from the game already in an overmanaging decision at 96 pitches when he had been mowing down hitters all night except for a few well placed ground balls in the 5th.

                    This isn’t a second guess, this was an obvious mistake that never had to take place if the manager stopped his nonsense panic moves.

                    • Jetrer

                      You argue against Ayala because of a 1.43 WHIP, but you want to leave in the starter with a 1.8 WHIP today against one of the worst offenses in baseball?? Makes perfect sense.

                    • Matt

                      Which would you rather have in the game? The settling in starter, or the erratic and lucky reliever who is very hittable? The strikeout pitcher, or the contact guy who gives up a BAA over .300?

                      Clearly AJ Burnett is less reliable than a bunch of scrub relief pitchers? He was pitching on an extra day of rest and was at 96 pitches against 6-7-8-9 in the order. Why in the world would ANYONE think that Logan or Ayala is a better option than Burnett?

                      You are just disagreeing to disagree. You know that I am right, just give it up. Nobody in their right mind would have thought what Girardi did tonight gave them a better chance of winning the game.

  • V

    Great pitching here. Let’s walk and hit crappy hitters to get to their only decent bats.

  • CMP

    Please put Ayala out of his misery.

  • Pat D

    Wow, he made no effort to get out of the way. Glad they enforce that rule.

    /half joking’d

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

    Ayala: He’s actually exactly what you think he is.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      +1

  • first time lawng time

    Obviously pitchers have to get outs, but…

    Girardi is a fucking idiot.

    Pulling AJ? I agree.

    Putting in Logan? Understandable,

    putting on Ayala in a 1 run game with a runner on? Stupid. That’s what Robertson is for.

  • Don Juan

    Watch him strike out Smoak while he walked all those shit hitters. That figures.

  • Ben

    ….and he strikes out their one good hitter. C’mon son.

  • mike c

    in these situations, I wish girardi would come out and start pitching himself so then people would be correct in saying “girardi blew the game”

  • David N

    Well, that sucked. At least Pineda is gone. We can has offense now?

  • Cy Pettitte

    I’d rather see almost anyone other than Ayala, Girardi’s obsession with this guy is near Mitre level and he’s fucking terrible.

    • Jetrer

      ??? First run Ayala has given up since April 2. So Girardi should not use someone who has been getting the job done??

      • BigBlueAL

        Ayala had allowed a shitload of base runners though. The epitome of lucky until tonight.

  • CMP

    Way to blow a 3 run lead against a AAA caliber offense.

  • Pat D

    Well, as usual, it appears they’re

    DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!!!!!!

  • aRX

    Well that was nearly a death of a thousand cuts.

  • BigBlueAL

    Im hoping/assuming the Mariners bullpen wont be able to make this lead hold up.

  • James A

    I have a feeling this is going to be a looooonnnnngggg west coast trip

  • Ajtencentbrainburnett

    Need hughes back if nothing else in the bullpen

  • Don Juan

    Think the Mariners will line up their best relievers to hold a 1 run lead in the late innings? That’s what a smart manager would do, unfortunately we don’t have one.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    hay guyz still 3 mor innings 2 go l0lz

  • JohnnyC

    Girardi knew he needed to steal this game since King Felix is starting tomorrow so he strategeried the game right to his secret weapon out of the pen…Luis Ayala. Genius!

  • Jesus Montero

    attaboy Cap!!!

    • mike c

      good to see you around here, jesus

  • Jesus Montero

    oh the Grandyman Can!!!

  • CMP

    How bout a jack by Grandy

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    If the Yankees can’t score at least one run of the Mariners bullpen in three innings, then Girardi is not the one to blame for this one.

    • JohnnyC

      This is Safeco where fly balls go to die. I don’t like the Yankees’ chances of scoring 2 more than they’ll give up over the last 3 innings.

  • V

    Ugh, I hate inconsistent umpires. They -never- call that strike where the ball goes a foot away from the target, and the catcher has to reach across to catch it…

    Except now.

  • first time lawng time

    Why the heck was there an argument about global warming on a Yankees site? Good grief that was almost as bad as the Taft thing with Rose.

    Whatevs. What was the 1,000,000th comment?

    • CMP

      My guess is something about global warming.

    • Esteban

      My bad everyone. I take responsibility for my role in that.

      • Esteban

        On the other hand, I don’t think that was anything near Rose’s Taft thing.

        • Pat D

          No, it wasn’t, and I really started it, so…

          • MikeD

            I think I contributed a comment at the end, but did so before I realized how far back the comments went. I was scrolling backwards and simply responded to one of the comments toward the end.

            I missed the Rose/Taft thread. I won’t even ask.

            Now getting back to global warming…

            • Esteban

              NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. hahaha

  • CMP

    Run Jeter run.

  • Rickey

    Rickey can still steal 50 bases. Rickey just can’t get on base anymore.

    • Pat D

      I’ll bet he could take a walk better than 75%, at least, of the current MLB players.

      • Rickey

        Rickey agrees. Rickey can get on base more than the shortstop guy you have. What’s his name?

      • JohnnyC

        Can he still get into that deep crouch though? He had the strike zone of a postage stamp.

      • MikeD

        You know, I wonder (really) if Rickey Henderson could have a higher OBP now than Jeter’s .307, or whatever it is. At the end, Henderson couldn’t hit, and had little power, but was still drawing walks and getting on base in the .360 range. Is it possible a 52-year-old Henderson could get on base more than Derek is at the moment?

        • Esteban

          Highly doubtful

          • MikeD

            I agree, it’s highly doubtful…but I’m not sure.

  • Ivan

    Come on. Fielder slips, and still the ball finds the SS.

  • Pat D

    Well my attempted jinxing that Pauley has yet to give up a home run after giving up 13 in 90 innings last year didn’t work.

  • BigBlueAL

    Nice job by Arod getting ahead in the count 2-0 and taking advantage.

  • MikeD

    We need to come back, because losing games on the West Coast is more painful. Too close to bedtime, causing nightmares.

  • Don Juan

    Better bring in Joba or Robertson now that we’re down by 1 run. Wouldn’t want to have brought them in when we actually had the lead.

  • Pat D

    Hosmer needs to shave.

    You don’t play for Boston.

    • JohnnyC

      How many teams have grooming rules like the Yankees? A handful if that.

      • Pat D

        Just because your team doesn’t have strict grooming rules doesn’t mean you have to go out there looking like half a caveman.

        Do guys think this shit makes them look attractive? I keep my goatee in line, for fuck’s sake.

        • JohnnyC

          The Yankees do not allow goatees.

          • MikeD

            I believe Pat D will shave it if the Yankees offer him a contract.

            • Pat D

              I’m sure I will.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          It’s not the beards that make them look ugly.

    • BigBlueAL

      Worst part was the Royals scored 5 runs that inning which cost Soria and my fantasy team a save.

      • V

        You assume that Soria could hold a 2 run lead.

        • Pat D

          He’s not Brian Fuentes or Felix Rodriguez.

          • BigBlueAL

            Yeah but Soria has been pretty horrible this season so I get V’s point.

  • CMP

    Shit. Leadoff man gets on base with the heart of the lineup coming up and they can’t even get a runner to 2b.

  • Andy

    I know Alex has been getting his hits, but he hasn’t hit the ball hard since homering last Saturday.

  • Dan

    FOUR. RBI. GROUNDOUTS. GAHHHH

    • JohnnyC

      Strikeouts are a very effective way of preventing runs.

  • Jacko

    God forbid Joba or Robertson ever pitches more than an inning. Come on, Joe.

    The move was to go with a good pitcher then hope the offense pads the lead as you go.

  • JohnnyC

    Supposedly Cano’s been playing dinged up…his legs especially. How does that explain his swinging at everything?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Not using his lower half.

      • JohnnyC

        That explains hitting with less authority. It doesn’t explain him swinging at bad pitches so much.

        • Pat D

          Well……he’s always done that?

          • V

            Except last year. Also known as the best season in his career.

            That a guy can stop doing something bad, have a career year, then go back to doing what he had previously stopped doing… is mind-boggling.

            • Pat D

              Like you said, “except last year.”

              It’s so easy to fall back into bad habits.

  • Andy

    What a frustrating game

  • Pat D

    Jamey Wright has not allowed a HR this year.

    Now, come on, someone change this!

  • Cy Pettitte

    rapidly approaching a “one of these games where I want to throw my laptop through my TV” game

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Do it!!!!!

      • Cy Pettitte

        might have to go for the desktop tower through the tv at this point

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          Will Ferrell would do it.

          • Esteban

            Matt Foley would do it.

  • Dan

    Most pathetic loss of the year (if they go down)??

    For me it’s this or the Soriano blown lead against the Twins.

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

      Someone says this literally every time the Yankees are trailing. It’s hard to keep track.

      • Pat D

        DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      This isn’t even in the top ten. What is wrong with you people?

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        Not even in the top 21.

      • Esteban

        Every loss is the worst of the year. DUH.

      • Dan

        You can’t blow a three run lead against the worst offense in the league. Especially after accumulating that league against one of the best young pitchers in the game. Name me ten worse.

        • Pat D

          Except they’re not the worst. I believe Oakland and Minnesota are worse.

        • Esteban

          What’s the point of ranking how ‘bad’ losses are?

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          The Mariners took the lead (1 run!!!) in the 6th. So the Yankee offense has a minimum of 9 chances to tie the game. That’s without mentioning the two or three opportunities the Yanks didn’t take advantage of in the early innings.

          • Dan

            Yeah that’s why it’s a bad loss all around lol.

    • V

      Dumb posts by ‘first name only posters’ = Dumb posts by ‘first name only posters’ + 1

  • JohnnyC

    Nunez needs to steal here.

  • Esteban

    Well, that’s terrible.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Nunez……

  • Jetrer

    fucking jackass

  • Pat D

    Charles Fucking Gipson.

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

    They wouldn’t have gotten the hit with the man in scoring position anyway.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      LOL

    • Cy Pettitte

      I just wanted them to clear Swisher….is that too much to ask?

    • Steven d

      I would have rather seen Swisher try at least. It’s a win win- he either furthers his rep as a no rbi with risp scapegoat or they tie the game.

  • V

    Dumbass.

  • aRX

    What the fuck…

  • V

    It’s a good thing I’m not a manager, because shit like that would be a ‘go run around the ballpark 20 times after the game’ offense.

    • Pat D

      I remember having to do that as a youth.

      Not for getting picked off, mind you, but for other dumb things.

  • JohnnyC

    In the words of Fred Wilpon, the Yankees should “get greedy” in the 9th and score 2 runs…just for themselves, you know.

  • Charles

    W…t…f…

  • V

    So glad Robertson is going to pitch in a high leverage situation!

  • Jon in CUO

    Robertson? Now?

    • V

      But, but, it’s the 8th inning!

      Too bad relievers can’t take runs off the board.

      • Esteban

        I get the questioning of this move, but wren’t people arguing that Robertson should be used later in games, earlier in the season.

        • V

          It’s called leverage. Bases loaded, none out, with a 1 run lead in the 6th inning is a HIGH LEVERAGE SITUATION, where I’d rather have Robertson (and his Ks) than Ayala.

          8th inning with no one on and a 1 run deficit is not nearly as high leverage.

          • Esteban

            I know what leverage is. I agree, but, unfortunately, baseball managers use guys in certain innings, and Robertson has become a ‘late-inning’ guy, whereas earlier, he was a middle reliever. Blame Soriano.

  • JohnnyC

    I sense an extra inning ordeal coming on. Perfect way to lose some precious sleep time.

    • V

      I’m running some programs at work (remotely) while I sit here.

    • Pat D

      You’ll sleep when you’re dead.

      Baseball is life!!

  • Jon in CUO

    Those K’s would’ve been a little more useful two innings ago..

  • David N

    Well, could have used that a few innings ago….

  • V

    Ok… let’s give League another one of those 3-4 run blown saves…

    Too bad he’s actually had a few decent outings since then.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      That means he’s due.

  • MikeD

    It sure would have been nice if Robertson came in during the most critical inning of the game, but no, we had Ayala. I know, 20/20, hindsight, blah, blah. That was a high-leverage opportunity, and Robertson would have been a better choice. I don’t like this “certain pitchers for certain innings” crap.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Managers are idiots.

  • Esteban

    What? 1800 tequila says it’s not manly to wear a baseball cap?

    • Pat D

      Their spokesperson is someone famous for playing a mafioso. They weren’t depicted wearing baseball caps, from what I can recall.

  • http://www.CarlsYankeeDugout.com Carl

    Get a runner on for Granderson and Teixeira. Granderson against Brandon League: 2-for-6 with a homer and 3 RBI. Tex against League: 4-for-8, 2 homers, 4 RBI.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      CARL! GOOD TO SEE YOU!

  • Andy

    I know it’s cliche to blame Girardi for every loss, but I really don’t understand his decision to keep our best relievers on the bench in the most important situation of the game. I mean, he has to understand the concept of leverage right? This isn’t some secrete idea only people who read baseball blogs know about.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Probably because it was only the sixth inning.

      • BigTimeBartolo

        It’s all Soriano’s fault. Since our ’8th inning guy” is injured, Joba and Robertson get moved up a spot. Therefore instead of Robertson being able to come out for the 6th, it’s Ayala/Logan, our new 6th inning guy.

        God Girardi is so fucking stupid

  • V

    Ah, Swisher, trying to tie the game with one swing.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Nice AB, Swish.

  • V

    Strike 2 sucked.

  • Andy

    Good at bat swish

  • Cy Pettitte

    Swisher is so fucking useless.

  • JohnnyC

    Nice AB from Swisher.

  • V

    Ok, Gardner… single and a steal would be nice now.

  • V

    Oh, I forgot, Gardner likes to watch strikes down the middle.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Swisher fucking sucks.

  • Ivan

    Surprise he didn’t pincj hit Gardner for Jones

  • V

    And now a weak grounder from Jeter with Grandy and Teix watching helplessly.

    • Andy

      That’s why the pick off was so painful. At least Grandy would have had a shot.

  • Ivan

    Game is kinda over

  • Dan

    Goodnight. I have a horrible taste in my mouth.

    • Esteban

      I suggest you use mouthwash.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Are you fucking kidding me Jeter? a bunt? We all know your just going to ground out weakly anyways

  • Frigidevil

    …did he REALLY just try to bunt single on the last out of the game!?

  • MikeD

    Well, let’s see. Is there a positive here? I do have Brandon League in my fantasy league.

    Nope, it still sucks.

  • Pat D

    Sigh.

  • Cy Pettitte

    everyone on this team should be forced to eat a big ‘ol shit sandwich after this game, what a joke.

  • King George

    There we go, Derek. Well done!

  • Ivan

    Figures

  • V

    Fuck you, Jeter. Fuck you and your contract.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    A weak grounder to second. hmmm who could have seen that coming? So glad we get to deal with you for 3.5 more years Jeter, you washed-up shit

    • JohnnyC

      It was hit to the shortstop. No wonder you couldn’t see it coming.

  • Dan

    Btw—-last three Yankee losses have all been lost in 6th inning.

  • V

    Girardi, Logan, Ayala, and Nunez – fuck you.

    • Jetrer

      can’t leave out the offensive offense
      3 runs off Pineda = good
      2 fucking hits and no runs over last 4 innings = bad

  • Pat D

    A bit of bad luck in this one, and probably the wrong bullpen decision. Wasn’t really the best time to figure out if Ayala should be used in high leverage situations.

    • Jon in CUO

      So I guess this means that Luis Ayala is out of Joe Torre’s Circle of Trust?

  • JohnnyC

    Great game by the Mariners. They out-pitched, out-fielded, out-RISPed and out-managed the Yankees.

    • Mojo

      Doesn’t every team out-manage the Yankees?

      • JohnnyC

        Not as much as we often get out-pitched, out-fielded, and out-RISPed. But it’s debatable.

      • BigTimeBartolo

        It’s not difficult to out-manage Girardi at all if you have even the smallest bit of common sense

    • Jetrer

      Mariners 0-8 RISP
      Yamkees 1-6

      • JohnnyC

        Productive outs. They’re cool.

  • http://www.CarlsYankeeDugout.com Carl

    What a bummer. Now we’ll HAVE to worry about Felix tomorrow night, and I’m fearing the worst. All because Logan and Ayala did not do their jobs tonight.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Chased Pineda early and still lost. What a fucking waste. Now on to King Felix vs. Nova. Sigh.

  • Andy

    What the fuck is wrong with this team. I just can’t believe how many games our offense has lost for us. We can’t score one run after the 5th? Are you fucking kidding me?

  • King George

    Swisher at .206 and Jeter at .252 should tell people a lot. What a joke. How do you have a leadoff hitter with that average? And as far as Swish goes, I don’t have any words…

    • BigTimeBartolo

      Fuck Swisher, bench him and lets go get Beltran.

  • David N

    When you’re facing a string of really good starters, blowing a lead on groundball outs and then going gently into that good night against the soft underbelly of the bullpen isn’t going to cut it.

    It’s going to be a long road trip if this keeps up.

    • Esteban

      I doubt they win any games.

    • Andy

      And an even longer season than it already has been.

  • V

    I refuse to listen to Girardi’s bullshit defense of his bullpen idiocy again. I swear, if he mumbles ‘Robertson’s my 8th inning guy’, he should be fired on the spot.

    • Esteban

      What manager would have done differently? It’s not right, but that’s how MLB managers are.

      • V

        Bull. There are some decent managers out there. Joe Maddon, for one. People always like to ride La Russa, but if the game’s on the line in the 6th, he’ll use his best relievers to put out the fire.

        • Esteban

          So you named maybe two, two that are very unavailable.

          • V

            I’m not going to run down the list of 30 managers and figure out if they’re good bullpen managers or not. I thought of two off the top of my head.

            • Esteban

              Well you say Girardi should be fired, so what’s your plan to find a manager that will bring in ‘late-inning’ relievers in the 6th inning?

              • V

                Are you telling me it’s that hard to find someone who isn’t a fucking idiot?

                If you limit your personnel search to the universe of ‘managers’, yeah, you have a problem. There’s gotta be some non-idiots around baseball, though.

                • Esteban

                  Ok, next time a baseball team expands their search to non-managers, and retired players, you let me know. Until then, we’re stuck with conventional wisdom.

    • Mojo

      I agree. Where’s the goddamn fire and brimstone? Do the Steinbrenners still run this team? I’m so confused. Their silence is baffling.

      • Esteban

        Oh come on, George’s Steinbrenners outbursts most likely had no effect on the team.

        • Mojo

          I’d argue the contrary. When the boss, and I don’t necessarily mean the “Boss”, tells you to pick up the slack and get your ass in gear it definitely does resonate to a certain degree. In my honest opinion, I think that this team either needs a conflagration lit underneath their bums or a brisk infusion of youth, hopefully both. I hate to argue the payroll but if I were paying my team this much I would not, under any capacity, tolerate this kind of baseball, especially with the way the Red Sox have been playing of late (and will likely continue through the summer).

          • Esteban

            Yes, of course, the Yankees are not motivated enough. They don’t want to get hits with RISP enough. If only Hank yelled at them, they wouldn’t lose a game.

            • Mojo

              Obviously you mock . . . I’d expect nothing less from an RAB radical. Whether you want to believe it or not, there’s a significant portion of baseball that’s infested by one’s mentality. But hey, I guess we could just continue to whittle the game into numbers and statistics until the lights go out on Broadway.

              • Esteban

                I like this knew term, RAB radical, though I’m not sure what it means. Someone with a lot of time and resources should go back and see how the Yankees performed after George’s public pronouncements. Maybe you’re 100% right, but since winning % after a George complaint would be expressed as a number, would you accept the conclusion?

    • JohnnyC

      Look, Girardi is like most other managers. He needs a deep bullpen. Without Soriano, he has 3 pitchers he trusts – Joba, Robertson and Mo. When you routinely need to make pitching changes in the 6th inning because your starters can’t manage to take you deeper into a game, you’re screwed (unless you want o burn out the 3 relievers you trust really, really fast). Either Girardi gets better middle relievers from Cashman or his starters start averaging 7 innings a game. Which do you think is more probable?

      • V

        The Yankees have a well above average relief corps – most teams don’t have Rivera/Robertson/Joba in their bullpens.

        Ayala is a bridge middle reliever – he should never -sniff- a high leverage situation – and as long as he’s used to eat an inning or two where giving up 2 runs won’t kill you, he’ll be decent. His use tonight was mind-boggling.

        • JohnnyC

          They won’t be well above average for long if you bring them into every game. Joba has issues with being used a lot — Girardi will give him 2 days off after a stretch of say 3 appearances out of 5 games. He feels he can tax Robertson more and still keep him effective. Mo you know won’t pitch more than 3 games in a row. Without Soriano, he needs someone to get him to the 8th at least who’s not Joba or Robertson. He hasn’t found him yet. Chances are he will in due time. He’s been good at developing a bullpen on the fly. He just needs some more auditioners.

          • M-Three

            How about Hector Noesi? Why is he not even being considered as any option by Girardi? The kid has only appeared in 2 games so far but has already showed to have much better stuff and pose than Ayala has or will evr have for us.

            • JohnnyC

              He might very well get consideration but Noesi has never been a reliever while ostensibly Ayala is. Now Ayala sucks, we know that. But, coming into games with runners on and no outs is a lot different from entering an inning clean. Who knows maybe Noesi takes to it like a duck to water. What if he doesn’t adjust quickly? Losing games by using an inexperienced reliever will get Girardi fired quicker than trying to coax some good outings out of the Ayalas and Carlyles of the world. That said, I don’t know why Cashman doesn’t call up a Kontos, Whelan or Pope. These guys are relievers and have some upside.

              • M-Three

                I agree. It would be nice to see kids like Whelan and Pope over the Ayalas and Carlyles that we keep bringing in here. I always like seeing the young kids with good stuff in ur pen our the journeymen veterans that bearly can hit 87-90 mph. Plus, over the last couple of year when we have given a shot to the young guys like Robertson, Aceves, Joba, Coke and Hughes(2009) they have done a better job in late inning roles then most of the veteran pieces of crap (Park, Farnsworth, Hawkins, Tomko, Carlyle and Ayala).

          • M-Three

            How about Hector Noesi? Why is he not even being considered as an option by Girardi? The kid has only appeared in 2 games so far but has already showed to have much better stuff and pose than Ayala has or will evr have for us.

            • M-Three

              Sorry about the repeated comment. I tried to change one word after hitting submit and it posted it twice.

      • BigTimeBartolo

        So bases loaded with no outs and a 1-run lead. You decide to keep the reliever in the game that isn’t really that good and got in that jam in the first place? Or do you bring in your best strikeout pitcher, who has a knack for getting out of these exact situations? Girardi left Ayala in because Robertson was designated as the “7th inning guy” for the night.

        I just wish we had a manager who had some fucking common sense and didn’t just always go by the book to save face later if something went wrong

    • BigTimeBartolo

      Girardi has no redeeming qualities in my book. Not only does he follow the binder like its a fucking bible, but he has no balls and won’t approach Jeter about moving down the order when clearly it’s killing the offense. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s still leading off in September despite like probably a .270 OBP…

  • Yankee Bigot

    Why does this team play down to the competition so much??? BTW, I hate Boone Logan. Fucking useless!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • King George

    I smell 2-7 on this trip, 3-6 is best case.

    • Esteban

      I say 1-8 is best case.

      • King George

        Watch the Sox go 8-1 in the same amount of games. Awesome.

        • Esteban

          Yankees will be back 20 games by the ASB.

    • Yankee Bigot

      I smell 1-8, the lone win tomorrow against that shitty pitcher Felix.

  • Yankee Bigot

    Why are people singling out one player or the manager for the loss? This was a fucking team loss as usual.

    • Esteban

      It’s more enjoyable to have a narrative.

  • V

    And can we release Boone Logan tomorrow?

    • David N

      Or at least not let him face any more lefties?

  • http://www.CarlsYankeeDugout.com Carl

    Seems to be panic in the most of the comments above that were posted from 1:17 a.m.

  • M-Three

    Hmm…Luis Ayala blowing a lead in a high pressure situation? I believe I had that one. As soon he was called into the game I felt we would lose this game. Who ever it was earlier that said we should just give him the Buddy Carlyle treatment right now, I completely agree with you. This is just like what happen as soon as Girardi first used Carlyle in close games. Or like in the past when he did the same with Tomko and Park. The sad thing is that of that group Tomko is the best pitcher amoung them, which isn’t saying much.

    Also, anyone who argues about this being the first runs Ayala has given up since April 2nd needs to get a brain. Until tonight there was never any pressure on Ayala because we were either losing or up by 4+ runs in the 9th when he came into games. This was only a sign of things to come. If he is gonna stay on this team, just use him in a mop-up role until either Soriano/Felicano come back or we bring in someone better (say Kevin Whelan)and then DFA Ayala as quick as possible.

  • JohnnyC

    But, in the final analysis, we lost because we couldn’t score a run off the Seattle bullpen. We “held” the Mariners to 4 runs, we should of won the game. Especially considering we got 3 runs off Pineda. It’s the offense…again.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Lineup changes need to be made man.