May
29

Game 51: Save us CC, you’re our only hope

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(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

After two brutal, borderline unwatchable losses, the Yankees will send CC Sabathia to the mound to try to salvage this series against the Mariners. The good news is that Sabathia has a 1.94 ERA in six starts against Seattle since becoming a Yankee, and he’s won five of them. Please, just win. Here’s the lineup…

Derek Jeter, DH – I laugh every time I write this
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Andruw Jones, LF
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Frankie Cervelli, C

CC Sabathia, SP

Today’s game starts at 4:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Try to enjoy.

Fun Fact: Jeter made his big league debut 16 years ago today, also in Seattle. Cool.

Categories : Open Thread

309 Comments»

  1. Don W says:

    Fun fact, I was @ Jeter’s first game….and I’ll be there today as well. Happy B-day to me!_

  2. Xstar7 says:

    OH LES DO IT!!!

  3. Scout Finch says:

    I don’t know if there’s a weaker Yankees lineup than this one. Just 4 good hitters. CC’s gonna have to dominate today.

  4. Cy Pettitte says:

    1. Jeter DH is so ridiculous, please stop doing this and just give him an off day
    2. I miss Aceves

  5. Esteban says:

    David Cone’s scouting reports come much closer to actual scouting reports than most other broadcasters.

  6. Xstar7 says:

    Jetes with a leadoff walk.

  7. pat says:

    Of course that f*cking dickbag Valverde gives up a solo HR to Ortiz in the 9th. I love how teams just roll over for the Sox.

  8. The Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' mothafucka, mothafucka) says:

    Changes that should be looked at to make this team better:

    1. Nick Swisher’s playing time and place in the batting order must be dropped. It’s basically June now. He’s an automatic out right now and hasn’t been much better since the season started. Even if Dickerson and Jones are a marginal improvement, it’s better than nothing.

    2. Replace Ivan Nova with Hector Noesi. Just have them switch roles. And do it immediately.

    3. Last but certainly not least, swap Jeter and Gardner. Won’t happen but should happen.

    4. This is an extra one for me… have a manager who knows his baseball team and doesn’t have them bunt for runs or have defined bullpen roles that go all the way down to the 5th inning. But I digress…

    Who’s better? Who would you rather have you ask? I don’t know. It’s just something I’d like to see happen whether it’s Girardi or someone else.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      Nobody complained about Girardi in 2009. I’m not a particularly huge fan of Girardi, but come on, you’re really only as good as your team. Isn’t that right, Mike Scioscia?

    • Esteban says:

      Well, hopefully today is the start of Swisher proving you wrong.

    • Bunting?...More like Punting If You Ask Me says:

      Swisher should perhaps bat 2nd. He’s been great there in the past and having a better hitter behind him will help.
      Unfortunately, the team captain is selfish so they have to keep him in one of the top two spots.

    • CP says:

      1. Who should take his playing time? He’s been hitting ok against lefties, so it wouldn’t make sense to give his time to Andruw Jones. I guess you could play Dickerson more, but what makes you think he’d be any better than Swisher from here on out? Swisher has a long track record of good hitting, so he’s pretty likely to rebound.

      2. I’m ok with that, but it’s not going to be some magical concern.

      3. I’m fine with Jeter leading off against lefties, but he should be swapped with Gardner against right handed starters.

      4. The Yankees have 11 sac bunts this year, and 9 are by Gardner, Nunez, Dickerson or Cervelli. Having Granderson bunt is stupid, but those other guys should all be good bunters and it’s fine to have them bunt. As for the bullpen, Girardi has shown an ability to not overwork relievers and get the best relievers in the highest leverage situations. What more can you ask for? It may be frustrating to watch, but it probably helps the relievers in their routine warming up and getting ready.

  9. A-Rod's Wingman says:

    I didn’t catch the end of the last two games, but I’m not really surprised with losing to Pineda and Felix. However, the way they lost was inexcusable…just fucking horrible. I also noticed that Nova has the highest contact percentage for anyone who qualifies for the ERA title, he should probably be the first to get replaced out of anyone in the rotation.

    • Xstar7 says:

      He is our 5th starter you know.

      • Bunting?...More like Punting If You Ask Me says:

        I thought Freddie was? or Colon? Revisionist history?

        • YankeesJunkie says:

          So many fifth starters so much sadness.

        • Xstar7 says:

          Actually I’m not even sure anymore. The Yankees have a clusterfuck of guys who should be fifth starters.

          • LarryM.,Fl. says:

            How can the Yankees develop any young players if they are not allowed to experience growth on the mound. Trial and error is the worst way to learn but this is baseball. I would give up on Freddie or Colon first before Nova.

    • Scout Finch says:

      He will be. If he continues to struggle by not getting through 5 I think we’ll see Noesi replace him and hopefully Hughes will eventually take over that spot. Nova can be the long man in the pen.

      • YankeesJunkie says:

        This! No reason not to give Noesi a chance.

      • A-Rod's Wingman says:

        He seems like the better long man candidate than Noesi. I don’t have much faith in Hughes even pitching this year, let alone being a capable starter.

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      I wouldn’t surprised if they skip Nova’s start on Thursday.

  10. Xstar7 says:

    Keep it up CC

  11. Scout Finch says:

    The good news is that if we can push across a couple runs that should be enough for Big CC against this lineup.

  12. Cy Pettitte says:

    final-fucking-ly Swish

  13. Mike Axisa says:

    Boy did Swish need that.

  14. Scout Finch says:

    Hopefully Swish is turning it around. He’s had some good swings.

  15. Xstar7 says:

    TRY CATCHING THAT ONE GUTIERREZ!

  16. YankeesJunkie says:

    Always nice to see Swish get a hit during his atrocious year so far.

  17. A-Rod's Wingman says:

    Hopefully this game that starts with a 1-0 lead from a Solo Shot ends better than the last ones. Great to see Swish hit some balls well in Seattle.

  18. Kevin says:

    Road Swish (?)

  19. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol, that was a violent swing

  20. YankeesJunkie says:

    Awesome swing by Jones.

  21. Xstar7 says:

    Nice at bat by Jonesy

  22. A-Rod's Wingman says:

    Didn’t know that Andruw has 411 career jacks…any chance he gets to the Hall?

    • Xstar7 says:

      If he does, it will be because of his home runs and 10 gold gloves. The guy never hit very well for average

    • Ivan says:

      I don’t think so, especially the way his career just tailed off.

      • Pat D says:

        I think this is what will keep him out.

        That and the fact that 400 home runs doesn’t mean much anymore, especially for someone who played during the steroid era.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      He should get serious consideration, at least. 400+ homers and the best defensive center fielder of his generation? There are players with lesser credentials in Cooperstown.

      • Pat D says:

        Yes, but now the voters are much more discerning and the Veteran’s Committee isn’t set up so Frankie Frisch and Bill Terry can convince undeserving former teammates of theirs belong in the Hall.

        I think Jones stays on the ballot, but never comes all that close.

      • A-Rod's Wingman says:

        That’s my thinking too.

  23. bonestock94 says:

    So happy swish got a second chance after that beautiful cut for a foul.

  24. Cy Pettitte says:

    Instead of changing the rules for blocking the plate just tell catchers not to go down on their knees. boom, problem solved.

    • CP says:

      They don’t even need to change the rule. If a defender blocks a player from getting to the next base, it’s obstruction (or interference, I can’t remember which is which).

  25. Mike Axisa says:

    Christ. This team can’t protect a lead to save its life.

  26. Xstar7 says:

    Nice strikeout CC. Now let’s get Micael Saunders out.

  27. YankeesJunkie says:

    Nice job by getting out that jam by CC.

  28. Bronx Byte says:

    Attention Yankee position players !

    There is such a thing as giving your pitchers run support or a cushion to work with. Also, stranding runners at an incredible rate is a no-no.

  29. Scout Finch says:

    3rd game in a row they’re making the starter throw a lot of pitches. We might be able to get him out in the 5th.

    • tom says:

      Leading to four hitless innings by the bullpen. (Sorry; seen it too often this week)

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      Time for A-Rod to mash the ball.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Is that a good thing given how they’ve performed against the bullpen the last two days?

      • A-Rod's Wingman says:

        They can’t suck this hard for this long.

        • Mike HC says:

          Yea, we are bound to start hitting these mediocre pitchers. The numbers will even out.

          • A-Rod's Wingman says:

            I mean, I’m always around a five or a six in the confidence poll (1-10 scale where a five is the middle of the road) but…they’re probably at least a 90 win team unless the pitching staff completely falls apart (which wouldn’t be surprising given its composition) but they should be at least able to stay competitive (which, for the record isn’t good enough for me).

      • Scout Finch says:

        It usually is, especially when we played 14 innings last night. What happened to you? No patience in May anymore?

  30. J-Rod says:

    2 bbs!

  31. V says:

    Wow, watching Granderson pull those outside pitches is fun.

  32. Total Dominication says:

    Teix up on fiyah with 2 on? Excellent.

  33. Mike HC says:

    small ball … ha

  34. Total Dominication says:

    Come on Alex.

  35. Xstar7 says:

    Tex just bunted, without bunting. Hopefully A-Rod doesnt have another RISP fail.

  36. Total Dominication says:

    Shit!

  37. V says:

    Wow. Jeter looks slow out there. What the fuck was that slide?

  38. Mike HC says:

    Jeter should have speared the catcher WWE style.

  39. Xstar7 says:

    Just our luck

  40. YankeesJunkie says:

    FUCK! Just can’t get a fucking break. Nothing you can do about it.

  41. YankeesJunkie says:

    Wait what just happened?

  42. A-Rod's Wingman says:

    Jeter shoulda Posey’d the catcher.

  43. Xstar7 says:

    ROBBIE CANO SAYS FU TO THE RISP FAIL

  44. Jerome S. says:

    Multi-run lead now.
    Let’s hold it.

  45. Mike HC says:

    Come on Swish. Break out day today!

  46. Total Dominication says:

    So what’s with the sudden stealing from Robbie? He used to be Posada out there….and Kenny mentions it before I post.

  47. Xstar7 says:

    Bases loaded for Andruw Jones? wonderful

  48. Ivan says:

    Its either GS or K here with Jones.

  49. first time lawng time says:

    This time last year, we would be stomaching a terrible loss in which Joba blew a 10-5 lead to Cleveland.

    The Yankees would then go on to lose 13-11.

  50. Mike HC says:

    CC can literally sleep walk through this lineup … haha

  51. YankeesJunkie says:

    Thank you!!!!

  52. Pat D says:

    OMG. Runs!

  53. Esteban says:

    FUCK YES.

  54. V says:

    He looked out by a mile, lol.

  55. Mike HC says:

    Jones!!!

    Swish looked a bit stiff running there.

  56. Xstar7 says:

    ANDRUW JONES JUST EARNED HIS (pin)STRIPES!!!!!!

  57. Mike Axisa says:

    Waaa I want Jorge Vazquez.

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      Yeah! Jorge Vazquez would have hit three homers today.

    • A-Rod's Wingman says:

      Honestly, I think we make too much out of a select small group of assholes on this site. Yeah, there’s always going to be idiots clamoring for the wrong thing. Who cares? The “Jorge Vazquez can be a good major leaguer” can be easily debunked, there’s actual live controversies that exist on this current team.

      • Esteban says:

        Haha Im arguing with a friend (via txt messages) about Vasquez. He says shoulnt be too happy about Andruw Jones today because it was off Jason Vargas and his 4.55 ERA.

        • A-Rod's Wingman says:

          Case in point: their arguments have easy un-refutable counter arguments. In this case it’s “Back ups aren’t supposed to be able to kick ass everyday, if they were they’d be starters.”

          Stop being friends with him, and spell out “text” you can’t possibly be half as stupid as that makes you sound.

  58. Ivan says:

    Ok im going to be honest, I did not see a bases clearing double by Jones there.

  59. Total Dominication says:

    YES!!!!!!!!! Successive 2-out RISP hits!!!

  60. Pat D says:

    Think Swish was out.

  61. Mike HC says:

    And we got the call!!!

    Today is looking like our day

  62. FIPster Doofus says:

    LOL at Nunez’s slide.

  63. Hall and Nokes says:

    WTG Ondruw!

  64. Pat D says:

    Nunez just scored a 100 on the unintentional comedy scale.

  65. Total Dominication says:

    Yay Nuñez!!!!!! although what in Mo’s name was that slide?

  66. Xstar7 says:

    That was beautiful, Nunez

  67. Ivan says:

    That was a reckless slide there by Nunez lol.

  68. Mike Axisa says:

    Ten for the swing, two for the dismount.

  69. Scout Finch says:

    There’s your runs, CC. Take us to home.

  70. Total Dominication says:

    3 consecutive 2-out RISP hits!!!!!

  71. Cy Pettitte says:

    better slide: Nunez or Olivo last night? lol

  72. Scout Finch says:

    Will this offensive outburst stop all of the negativity? I’ve seen it even by the people who run the site. It’s still May and we’re on our west coast trip. 5-4 on this trip would be successful and we can still do that by winning the next 2 series. 4 months of baseball left.

    • Esteban says:

      No, this won’t. Apparently, you’re not a Yankees fan unless you’re pessimistic.

    • Mike HC says:

      Axisa, like most fans, can flip the switch from hopeless to euphoric is a split second. I have seen him defend the Yanks and also shit on them. I think we have all been there.

    • A-Rod's Wingman says:

      Nope. The pessimism comes from several sources:

      Jeter’s slump
      The pitching staff
      Swisher’s slump
      Posada’s slump
      The giant can of whoop ass that Boston just opened this month
      The questionable status of A-Rod’s health.
      There’s also some longterm concerns regarding a few players on the team, but that’s a good start.

      • Mike HC says:

        There is a whole lot of failing that goes on in baseball. You can find things to complain about on just about every team that ever played the game, no matter how good or bad.

        • A-Rod's Wingman says:

          Well 2009 team didn’t have three of those concerns (at least), I mean, there’s legitimate concerns about this team. I think this team is definitely worse than the 2009 team and needs to stabilize the pitching staff and get one or two of the slumping batters going. I think the pessimism this year is amplified because of how much better Boston is than the Yankees and how good they are relative to the rest of the league. I can handle not being the best team in baseball, just not when the best team in baseball is Boston.

          • Mike HC says:

            Plenty of complaining going on during 2009. That was the year we came off missing the playoffs in 2008 for the first time in like 20 years or whatever. Pessimism was running high.

            But agreed that there are legitimate reasons to be pessimistic as well. Competition is very good.

          • Scout Finch says:

            And we still have the best run differential in all of major league baseball.

          • Mike Axisa says:

            How quickly you forget. There were plenty of people calling for Damon and Matsui to be cut in April and May, bitching about Tex’s slow start, CC’s slow start, Wang getting hurt, A-Rod never being the same because of the surgery/PED’s.

            • Scout Finch says:

              I remember that. “All Matsui does is his slow grounders to 2nd.” Wang was a disaster to start the year. And remember 2009 was the year we started 0-8 against…..the Boston Red Sox.

            • A-Rod's Wingman says:

              Yeah, Damon and Matsui posed some legitimate concerns, as did Wang…god what a disaster that was. Tex always started slow, and CC was never a “real” concern. The 0 fer start against Boston sucked quite a bit, and as far as A-Rod goes…has he ever been quite the same? I’m unsure his hip will ever fully heal, he should still be good and helpful to the team…but not quite the same guy he was before the hip

  73. Charles says:

    Woah more 2 out RISP hits in 2 batters than this entire series…

  74. Pat D says:

    Cone, you’re missing the point.

  75. Ivan says:

    Hey guys speaking of CFers, who would you guys take in their prime?

    1. Andruw Jones
    2. Bernie Williams

  76. Xstar7 says:

    That was a pretty play by Cano. He makes it look easy.

  77. Mike HC says:

    Cano is the smoothest second baseman I have ever seen making that play up the middle.

    • Mike HC says:

      Growing up, I always patterned my game after Derek Jeter. If I were growing up with this team, no doubt it would be Cano who I would try to mimic.

  78. Naved says:

    Does David Cone not realize if there are equal number of teams in each league that means there has to be interleague play all season long.

  79. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Every time I see Chone Figgins I want to violently hurt him.

  80. V says:

    Gawd, I wish the league I have Lance Berkman in were an OBP league…

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Saw something earlier today that said he has 24 walks in his last 85 plate appearances.

      • V says:

        He really should be batting higher in the lineup. He’s doing the Cardinals no good by being pitched around every AB.

        I’d probably do Theriot, Jay, Pujols, Berkman, Holliday, Rasmus, Craig, Molina, Schumaker, pitcher.

  81. Jimmy says:

    Man Nunez has a cannon

  82. Pat D says:

    Alomar, Clemente, Mays.

  83. Esteban says:

    This is even better because it makes David Cameron upset.

  84. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    My fantasy team needed that homerun. Fuck balls!

  85. V says:

    Blegh, I hate this fucking ballpark. Another Curtis BOOM at Yankee Stadium.

  86. Cy Pettitte says:

    that was a laser by Grandy

  87. Xstar7 says:

    Clutch Teixeira

  88. first time lawng time says:

    Roberto Alomar is one.

  89. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Well that was ugly.

  90. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Cool, A-Rod.

  91. Mike Axisa says:

    What is with all these hit and runs lately? Stop trying to force it, man.

  92. Scout Finch says:

    Reminder to all of you doomsayers: The Yankees have the best run differential in major league baseball.

  93. JM says:

    Did Cone just say the Red Sox are off the suicide watch? I mean, if I had to see Youkilis and Ortiz together in the clubhouse everyday…

  94. Mike HC says:

    Gotta love Cone bringing in the defensive metrics to praise Ryan’s fielding ability and range.

    And then of course YES pans to Jeter. Passive aggressive? ha

  95. Xstar7 says:

    David Cone is making Ken Singleton look stupid.

  96. Urban says:

    Con-e trying to introduce advanced fielding metrics to the masses.

    Approved.

  97. Mike HC says:

    That Cliff Lee trade is still a mystery to me. Singleton thinks Cashman refusing to add Nunez was the difference. But it seems Seattle really did want Smoak all along. I don’t know.

    • the tenth inning stretch says:

      I think maybe they felt that Smoak was the guy they really wanted, but perhaps the overall value of the package with Nunez was greater than the value of Smoak.

    • V says:

      I’m wondering if they felt like Smoak = Montero, and would rather take the stud prospect from a division rival than a non-division rival.

      • the tenth inning stretch says:

        Although I’d think they’d prefer to trade their ace pitcher out of the division.

  98. Jimmy says:

    Kenny and Cone. Man I love these 2.

  99. Mike Axisa says:

    What the eff, CC? End this shiz.

  100. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Hey, CC. Can we not do this?

  101. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Yeah baby

  102. Cy Pettitte says:

    what a DP, go CC

  103. Jimmy says:

    Big Ace baby

  104. YankeesJunkie says:

    1-2-3 which was nice.

  105. Xstar7 says:

    That was beautiful CC.

  106. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    LOL Sesame Steet double play

  107. Mike Axisa says:

    Ichiro is dangerously approaching the Jeter Zone. Looks close to done.

    • Xstar7 says:

      That’s going to suck hard for Mariners fans.

    • Urban says:

      I was wondering the same thing. Are we seeing age, or is he simply slumping? He has gone through periods like this before, so it makes sense to give him more time before sticking the fork in him. Yet he’s right up there in Jeter’s age range, so…

      • Urban says:

        Of course, if that means Ichiro simply starts hitting more slowly tapped ground balls to short as does Jeter, Ichiro might actually increase his BA! That’s always been his game.

  108. Yankee Bigot says:

    Brett Marshall pitched well for Tampa today. Anyone familiar with his pitching repertoire?

  109. Cuso says:

    Please, please, please continue quoting statistics that are good disguises. Really, they’re so valid.

    I mean they score 5+ runs a game, but they score 9 in one game & then 1 in the next. But, their “average” is controlling right?

    Oh, and run differential? yeah, it means a shit-ton when you lose 10-15 one-run games and then 1 out of every five games you obliterate a team and win 9-0 (not to mention they do that when CC is on the mound).

    HEY! ignorant people! Run differeential and avg runs/ggame are not telling the story with this team.

    I love the runs being scored today, but why don’t they do that during Colon, Garcia or Nova starts when we actually NEED it?

    • Urban says:

      Troll.

    • Ben from Stanford says:

      It’s simply not true that the Yanks’ variance is greater than for other teams. Every team varies like that.

      • Ben from Stanford says:

        In fact, the Sox, for example, have a higher variance (and lower runs per game) than the Yanks.

        • Scout Finch says:

          Stop using facts and numbers. Base your opinion solely on what you’ve seen the past 3 days, it’s the Yankee way.

        • V says:

          What #s do you have?

          • Ben from Stanford says:

            I had the Yanks with a standard dev of 3.2 runs (and average 5.14 RS/G), and the Sox with a standard dev of 3.4 (average 4.88). Did you get something different?

            • V says:

              You’re right.. I had a screwup in my calcs. But the Yankees are 4th in the majors, so still have a pretty high variance.

              Correlation coefficient of RS/G and sd(RS/G) = 0.65
              Correlation coefficient of RA/G and sd(RA/G) = 0.13

              • Ben from Stanford says:

                Where’d you get the list of scores for all major league teams in a convenient form? I just copy/pasted the Yanks and Sox manually.

                In any case, like you’re pointing out, obviously you’d expect higher variance with higher RS/G, so the Yanks being 4th in the majors isn’t too surprising. What if you normalize by dividing the std by the mean? That’s basically the variance per run scored, which should equalize the field for all teams.

                • V says:

                  I didn’t; copy/pasted all 30 team’s schedules/results from Baseball-Reference into Excel and calculated manually ;-)

                  Since there’s a high correlation between std and mean, dividing the std by mean will (generally) reverse the order, and the Yankees are fourth lowest.

                  • Ben from Stanford says:

                    Such dedication :).

                    If dividing std by mean puts the Yanks in 4th to last, that means that if every team’s run total were adjusted as if they scored exactly the average runs for the entire league, the Yanks’ variance would be 4th lowest. So basically, people who say the Yanks’ hitting is inconsistent are completely wrong.

      • V says:

        Are you sure? I have the Yankees as the 2nd highest variance of all major league teams. Of course, variance in RS/G appears to be VERY HIGHLY correlated with RS/G.

        Variance in RA/G is NOT very correlated with RA/G, OTOH.

    • Mojo says:

      Agreed.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I love the runs being scored today, but why don’t they do that during Colon, Garcia or Nova starts when we actually NEED it?

      Clearly, the Yankees need to work on their run budgeting skills. They were probably the kind of kids that blew their allowance the day they got it.

  110. Xstar7 says:

    Wonderful at bat for Cervelli

  111. FIPster Doofus says:

    Dammit. I thought that was leaving the yard.

  112. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Crap.

  113. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow that was brutal, too bad for Grandy.

  114. Jimmy says:

    Another Home run at Yankee Stadium

  115. Xstar7 says:

    Son of bitch. That’s a home run in YS3

  116. V says:

    Can I ask a question?

    Why is Yankee Stadium ‘ridiculous’ for the short fences, but this fucking piece of shit stadium isn’t ‘ridiculous’ for being such an obvious pitcher’s park?

  117. Rey22 says:

    Granderson is a beast. Even his outs are ridiculous lasers lately.

  118. Urban says:

    Well, in response to what Singleton just said, if they were so sure it was going to leave the year, why were they running?

    Were they stealing, or was that a hit and run? If they just started running because they thought it was gone, then that was bad baserunning.

  119. first time lawng time says:

    HP ump is bad.

  120. Cy Pettitte says:

    will Chone Figgins ever get another hit?

  121. Xstar7 says:

    Justin Smoak with the garbage time home run. LOL

  122. Jimmy says:

    Keep pounding the zone big Ace

  123. James A says:

    John Danks: My new favorite pitcher
    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

    • Xstar7 says:

      Who does John Danks think he is? Dallas Braden?

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Chalk it up to a good pitcher having a miserable year and directing his frustration at Bautista.

    • Esteban says:

      That should not be his concern,” Bautista said of Danks’ reaction to the popup. “I was upset at myself with missing a pitch. If he took it the wrong way, I’m sorry. I’m not here to make him feel good.

      Bautista should become a villain like Jack Parkman from Major League II.

  124. V says:

    Come on CC, my fantasy team needs some WHIP improvement…

  125. Esteban says:

    CC gave up a run? UNACCEPTABLE!1!

  126. FIPster Doofus says:

    Joakim Soria really sucks this year. Weird.

  127. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Bartolo-mania tomorrow night!

  128. Esteban says:

    MORE RISP FAIL. UNACCEPTABLE

  129. Xstar7 says:

    I’m not gonna lie. That rendition of God Bless America was awful.

  130. Esteban says:

    My college is going for back to back lacrosse national championships. Pretty cool considering we had never won a championship in anything before last year, even if it’s only D-III.

  131. baravelli says:

    That guy who sang God Bless America at Safeco had, as we say in the music business, vibrato you could drive a truck through.

  132. Esteban says:

    Yikes what a terrible tag by Bryan Pena. Probably didn’t want to get Posey’d.

  133. Cy Pettitte says:

    wtf was Peña doing for KC? that was so bad.

  134. Xstar7 says:

    Goose Gossage’s mustache > Eric Wedge’s mustache

  135. Cuso says:

    Completely off the subject: Just saw a cool Sobe commercial with Jered Weaver.

  136. jennifer says:

    ichiro looks like a cat.

  137. Esteban says:

    Not gonna be fun for whatever manager has to move Ichiro down in the lineup.

  138. Xstar7 says:

    Ichiro looks so bad right now. By the way, Ken Singleton just had the quote of the day: “1932 world series. The Yankees swept the Cubs in four.” Is there any other way to sweep?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      Yes. 5 in a row is a sweep in a best of nine series.

    • Esteban says:

      Word Series used to be best of 9 and the Division series used to be best of 5. That’s my excuse.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

        Thanks for backing me up.

      • Xstar7 says:

        Again, there haven’t been any best of 9 world series since the 1920′s. And there was no division series in 1932. You guys should know better.

        • Esteban says:

          I know, but aren’t you making a big deal out of nothing? There HAVE been playoff series that weren’t best of 7. And wait, I got confused with basketball. Division series are still best of 5 in baseball, so it’s not a completely ridiculous thing for Singleton to say swept in 4 games.

  139. Rey22 says:

    Wow, Chris Ray is still around! Quite a fall from grace since his closing days in Baltimore.

  140. Esteban says:

    Gutierrez is so good in the field. I wonder if he or Gardner coves more ground.

  141. Ben from Stanford says:

    Hey V, I posted those numbers in response to your post above, in case you didn’t see it. Did you get something different?

  142. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Way to go Jeter. Up by 6 in the top of the 8th with nobody on…so unclutch.

  143. Esteban says:

    Not scoring off Chris Ray: Unacceptable. Or that’s what people would say if this were a close game.

  144. Mojo says:

    Still they can’t hit the bullpen?

  145. Xstar7 says:

    I know it’s the Mariners, but that was still a terrific start by CC. That’s why he’s our ace.

  146. Dufus McShmoofus says:

    What about converting Mariano Rivera to a starting pitcher? I looked at his ERA and it’s been super low for more than a decade now. He’d be at least Roy Halladay for 6 or innings. And just shift Joba to closer, where he was always supposed to end up. It would solve so many problems for us

  147. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Only a double? Unacceptable.

  148. FIPster Doofus says:

    Grandy is amazing.

  149. Esteban says:

    Granderson up to .278/.353/.619. Holy crap this guy’s good.

  150. Pat D says:

    These stupid losers should have known that they’d only need 2-3 runs today and have used the rest the last two nights.

    Worthless overpaid underachievers.

  151. Esteban says:

    They salvaged it. Could have one or both the other games, but oh well. At least today was satisfying.

  152. Xstar7 says:

    CRISIS AVERTED

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