Jun
17

Game 68: Chi-Town

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(Photo Credit: Flickr user Kizzlexy via Creative Commons license)

Ever since the Chien-Ming Wang debacle of 2008, interleague play in NL parks has scared the crap out of me. I’m an anti-anti-DH guy anyway, if it was up to me all the 30 teams would use a designated hitter. Pitchers are paid to pitch, not hit, so why are we focusing on what they can’t do by letting them bat? Anyway, the Yankees will spend the next six days in (very hitter friendly) NL parks, so hopefully the guys on the mound don’t do anything with the stick beyond the old sacrifice bunt. Here’s the starting nine…

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

First pitch is scheduled for 2:20pm ET and can be seen on YES locally or MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

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  1. dela g says:

    I think that the text poll is really weak. I think that i really think of the day game drunks when i think of wrigley field

  2. bakekrukow412 says:

    How can Brett Gardner have the second highest WAR among position players on the team!?!?!

  3. Robert says:

    Doug Davis?

  4. Are we winning this one for Joe Girardi, Larry Rothschild, Mike Harkey, or Curtis Granderson?

  5. Doug Davis makes me appreciate the Yankee facial hair policy.

  6. Xstar7 says:

    Derek Jeter is probably really sorry he’s missing this series. But we’re not!

    /only half joking

  7. I better not see any of these fuckers smile today. Baseball is a game of solemn misery and self loathing. Every AB that doesn’t end with a homer should be followed by prone penitence and self-flagellation.

  8. Cy Pettitte says:

    damn you Soriano

  9. mbonzo says:

    Garders not leading off? Forgot he can’t hit lefties.

  10. Monteroisdinero says:

    Can we move the batter’s box up about 10 feet? This guy is a folly floatologist.

  11. Dela G says:

    doug davis sucks

    [/obligatory

  12. AaronGuileWithASmile says:

    I dunno what pisses me off about Doug Davis more: his douchey facial hair, or his ultra-slow delivery.

  13. Dela G says:

    did anyone justsee that blonde girl in a gray shirt and bazookas for a chest walking the street?

  14. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Game’s over, folks. Davis is on his A game.

  15. Is that statue a rendering of Harry Caray coming out of the booth to kill us all for our impertinence?

  16. Yank The Frank says:

    Well that’s not good.

  17. Xstar7 says:

    That ain’t gonna cut it Freddy.

  18. Dela G says:

    grrrreat start!

  19. Mike Axisa says:

    Freddy Garcia with no control = instadeficit.

  20. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    LOL Of course, Freddy.

  21. Karl Krawfid says:

    Freddy Garcia is back in Chicago folks.

  22. Only 20 stolen bases in 60+ games?

    I’m not even mad, that’s amazing.

  23. mbonzo says:

    AN OUT!

  24. Dela G says:

    what a lucky ass base hit

  25. first time lawng time says:

    I hate Garcia so much.

  26. Karl Krawfid says:

    Freddy Garcia needs to throw his damn fastball.

  27. Mike Axisa says:

    Bah, stupid dinky hit.

  28. Yank The Frank says:

    Shit happens

  29. Xstar7 says:

    Freddy Garcia can’t handle the pressure of playing in Chicago.

  30. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Freddy better lock this down, our long man pitched yesterday. No matter how many quality starts he makes, I’m never comfortable with Freddy on the mound.

  31. Psh, who cares about Peña’s batting average? What’s his OPSBI? That’s the way to really tell if he’s good or bad.

  32. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Striking out Carlos Pena should be an automatic ticket to the HOF.

  33. Dela G says:

    attaboy grit gutner!

  34. Yank The Frank says:

    Phew!!

  35. Cy Pettitte says:

    Brett almost got eaten by the ivy

  36. Monteroisdinero says:

    Nice hustle out of the box Sori.

    jerk.

  37. first time lawng time says:

    Thank God. Not to sound like a troll (seriously, this is coming from the bottom of my heart) but I can’t wait until Freddy is gone.

  38. first time lawng time says:

    Wrigley is a nice stadium.

  39. Rainbow Connection says:

    Bah.

  40. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Great play by A-Ram.

  41. King George says:

    Doug Davis is an ace. Let’s trade for him!

    /skyisfalling’d

  42. first time lawng time says:

    Lol so on an MLBN commercial they were talking about teams with the greatest fanbase. Here’s what they said:

    Dodgers (I forget the reason)
    Cubs (they’re always at the game, never give up)
    Red Sox (they’re so knowledgable)
    Cardinals (I forget the reason)

    How are Yankees fans not on there? I’m a bit offended.

  43. Mike Axisa says:

    Good grief, you can’t walk KOYIE HILL in front of the pitcher.

  44. Dela G says:

    Zambrano is a switch hitting pitcher???

    wow that’s incredible, plus he’s damn good at hitting

  45. Greg says:

    Well, its nice to see we’re struggling again against the Cubs

  46. Greg says:

    Martin going Cervelli

  47. Mike Axisa says:

    Russell Martin just wanted to show Frankie Cervelli that he can play catch with Curtis Granderson too.

  48. s says:

    Russell doing his best Cervelli impression

  49. mike_h says:

    ugh, nice throw Martin

  50. Brooklyn ed says:

    chances of Girardi pulling a “Micah Owings” on Brian Gordon to pinch hit? since he’s a pitcher that could hit.

  51. Xstar7 says:

    What the hell is going on?

  52. Cy Pettitte says:

    did someone run on the field or something?

  53. first time lawng time says:

    I think it would be fun to attend a Yankee game at every stadium they play at over the course of the season. I’ve only been to 3 stadiums in my life, so it’d be cool to experience something new.

    • CBean says:

      I’ve only gotten to see the Yankees at two other stadiums (Camden and Arlington)and both are a lot of fun. Getting to all 30 Major League ballparks is on my bucket list.

  54. chris says:

    Gardner MUST steal then Garcia can bunt him to 3rd…

  55. Monteroisdinero says:

    70 mph curve/84 mph fb

    It’s Javy and Freddy from the left side!

  56. Greg says:

    Gardner should steal than bunt.

  57. Xstar7 says:

    Gritty at-bat by Gardner.

  58. chris says:

    waste…they should have tried to run Gardner first

  59. Cy Pettitte says:

    that was much better than watching Jorge hit

  60. Greg says:

    Gardner thought doesnt steal bases on first pitch.

  61. FIPster Doofus says:

    Godawful at bat, Swisher.

  62. Monteroisdinero says:

    Way to protect the plate Swish.

  63. Dela G says:

    sure, it was a bad call, swish, but dont get up in his face like that

  64. Karl Krawfid says:

    Swing the damn bat!

  65. chris says:

    Was that a strike? Sterling made it seem it bounced.

  66. Cubs checkswing BABIP luck >>>> Yankees checkswing BABIP luck

  67. first time lawng time says:

    Yankees can’t do shit vs the piece of crap on the mound.

    BTW could he take any longer to deliver the pitch? Geez.

  68. Monteroisdinero says:

    Swish has the swagger, the accessories the chaw of tobacco and the bat on his shoulder as a 83 mph 2 strike fb crosses the plate.

  69. Greg says:

    We have very little room for error given the way the Sox are playing. That’s

  70. King George says:

    Hahahahaha, this is so pathetic.

  71. the tenth inning stretch says:

    I hope the Yanks knock Davis out soon, just to keep this game from being 5 hours long.

  72. Kostas says:

    These have been some awful AB’s by the Yankees. Think this picture throws to hard.

  73. FIPster Doofus says:

    Castro on the Cubs is such a waste.

  74. Cuso says:

    The end is near…

  75. Xstar7 says:

    Freddy Garcia is garbage

  76. first time lawng time says:

    The creep pitching for the Cubs reminds me of Jamie Moyer from last year.

    Guy’s a crap pitcher, but the Yankees can’t do shit.

  77. Jetrer says:

    the Cubs should thank Sweaty Freddy for the extra BP today

  78. Castro fell for the ol’ “baby on the corner” trick.

  79. the tenth inning stretch says:

    If we have to go to the ‘pen early, who comes in? Noesi’s our long man and he threw yesterday.

  80. King George says:

    GET FUCKING FREDDY OFF THE TEAM

  81. Cy Pettitte says:

    please save us Cash$$

  82. S says:

    Please take Freddy out….88 mph meatballs + no control = not good

  83. Dela G says:

    goodness, garcia sucks ass today

  84. Mike Axisa says:

    Freddy’s so bad. Hurry back, Bartolo.

  85. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Singled to death.

  86. Kostas says:

    Soon will be 5-0…. Garcia is not fooling anyone with his 88mph fastball – perhaps he should take a cue from Davis who is blistering the Yankees with his…

  87. Xstar7 says:

    Jeff Marquez is warming up? Schadenfreude!

  88. King George says:

    WOW. What are the chances Freddy stays with us by July 1??

  89. FIPster Doofus says:

    The Garcia bashing is funny, as he’s done a fantastic job relative to both his role and preseason expectations. Crappy outings are common for back-end starters, which Freddy is. It’d be nice to find a better pitcher than him, but Nova needs to GTFO of the rotation first.

    • Greg says:

      No room for error when Red Sox are full steam ahead.

    • CMP says:

      He sucks.

      FIP of almost 4.50 and only 0.5 WAR 40% of the way through the season.

      Hurry back Colon and Hughes.

      • FIPster Doofus says:

        Most bottom-of-the-rotation starters suck. As I said, an upgrade would be nice, but worry about getting Nova out of the starting five before Garcia.

        • CMP says:

          I think Freddy is worse.

          At least Nova is young and is hopefully on his way up the mountain, not on the way down like Garcia.

          • FIPster Doofus says:

            I just looked at Nova’s numbers and they’re more similar to Garcia’s than I thought. So, you do have a case. I’d like both of them out of the rotation by July 31, but I still think the Garcia bashing – relative to his results thus far – is overkill.

            • Clay Bellinger says:

              Really, the bashing of either of them is overkill. They’ve done just about as well as we could have hoped coming into the season. Neither has pitched poorly enough to be removed from the rotation until a better option comes along.

    • Monteroisdinero says:

      Freddy has done a good job this year. Happy with him even if he loses this game. We may have to play small ball to beat Davis which is not our strength.

  90. chris says:

    He isn’t even near the plate….Stay in Chicago freddy..

  91. first time lawng time says:

    LEt me just say this: if the Yankees lose this series, that will be a bit embarassing. The Cubs suck. Boston had no trouble beating them; why should NY? (stupid reasoning, I know).

  92. Matt says:

    You people are completely missing the point.

    He is not getting hit around because his fastball is 88 mph. He is getting hit because he NEVER THROWS IT.

    Hitters are not going to be off balance on your offspeed pitches if all you throw is offspeed. What are you changing up on when you throw your changeup 5 pitches in a row?

    Garcia IS fooling hitters with his 88 mph fastball. The problem is that he isn’t fooling them on anything else because he never throws his fastball to make them worry about it.

    • S says:

      He’s getting hit because he has no command what so ever today and for a person with an 88 mph fastball, command is all you have. If thats not there, he might as well be throwing bp

      • Matt says:

        They have been hitting his offspeed pitches even when they have been located well.

        When you become predictable, location doesn’t matter that much anymore. Look at what they did to Ogando the other night. Teixeira and Granderson got big hits off of him on fastballs that were almost neck high. Not a bad location, but a predictable pitch sequence and he got hit because they were ready for it.

        • S says:

          the thing is he hasn’t been locating well, he’s leaving the offspeed up in the zone, isn’t able to throw them for strikes which is leading to a predictable pattern.

          • Matt says:

            Then maybe you stop throwing the same pitches that you have no control over?

            But no, Garcia instead continues to throw 5 changeups in a row and falls behind 2-0, 3-1 on every hitter.

            If you don’t have a pitch, you have to try something. Finally in the last inning Garcia started to use his fastball, and not very shockingly they started swinging and missing at his offspeed stuff.

            • S says:

              your breaching to the choir but an 88 mph fastball is not something that can be blown by a player, if that’s all you got your screwed. David Price can get away with throwing all fastballs because he throws hard….Freddy’s fastball is essentially a changeup and he does not have good command today.

              • Matt says:

                Nobody is saying that he should try to blow it by anybody.

                It doesn’t matter though how hard you throw your fastball. You HAVE to use it, or your offspeed pitches will be hit.

                The idea is not to blow everyone away, it’s to change speeds. If you don’t throw your fastball much, you aren’t even changing speeds anymore. When hitters are expecting offspeed pitches, you can get weak outs on the fastball.

                Just because it’s only 88-90 doesn’t mean he can’t induce weak contact on it. When hitters start to sit on your offspeed, they can be late on the fastball and hit a lazy fly ball.

        • Urban says:

          You’re missing the point.

    • Jetrer says:

      and Matt is back with his daily lecture

    • Cuso says:

      You’re missing the point. His “88 MPH fastball” is actually 84 MPH.

      and with a changeup at 79, it’s all vanilla garbage

      • Matt says:

        No. He is hitting 87-90 mph consistently on his fastball today, look at Gameday. You can’t make up the facts to suit the argument.

  93. Urban says:

    This game is threatening to get nasty quickly. No command today from Freddy.

  94. Yank The Frank says:

    Rule change, Pena can get up more than once per inning.

  95. Granderson has now prevented two base-advancements this inning. Nice.

  96. Gustavo says:

    Who’s available out of the pen for garbage time? Marquez, Logan and Ayala?

  97. Urban says:

    Yeah, he’s 35 now, but he lied about his age when he was with the Yankees by a couple to three years.

  98. Mike Myers says:

    Feels like a lifetime ago we had soriano.

  99. Yank The Frank says:

    No deal, now we break out the lumber.

  100. first time lawng time says:

    Whatevs. Score the effing runs, now.

    I hate weekday day games.

  101. tom says:

    Considering how that inning started, giving up just one run feels like Christmas.

  102. Mike Axisa says:

    Miguel Tejada is the trivia, no?

  103. Kostas says:

    Is it me or is this umpires zone shifting from inning to inning.

  104. Xstar7 says:

    Nice pop up Tex!

  105. Klemy says:

    Sterling: Isn’t is amazing about baseball? You never can predict it.

    I really need to get home and away from the radio.

  106. MannyGeee says:

    LOL Sterling just let us know that you “Can’t Predict Baseball”…

    everybody drink

  107. Kostas says:

    Did you Yankees know they had a game today?

  108. Monteroisdinero says:

    a no hittahh!!!!!

    got that out of the way…

  109. the tenth inning stretch says:

    No-hitter: gone. Feel free to score now.

  110. S says:

    God bless you Cano

  111. first time lawng time says:

    Let’s trade Garcia for Davis.

  112. Cy Pettitte says:

    almost 2x through the line up and they can’t do shit against him, amazing.

  113. MannyGeee says:

    in and out like a flash

  114. bonestock94 says:

    Oh god, Steve Trachsel, it seems like every game at Shea I’ve been to was him versus the pirates. Borefest

  115. MannyGeee says:

    you think Washington will make Marquis available? he seems to fit the mold of middle-to-back end rotation arm getting paid too much for a small payroll team that we seem to love so much…

  116. Urban says:

    Did Flaherty just say watching the pitcher hit is exciting?

  117. Mike Axisa says:

    Flaherty: “I think [NL baseball], it’s exciting.”

    Doug Davis takes called strike three

    Singleton: “There’s your excitement.”

    YES.

  118. Pat D says:

    Well listening to the game on the radio hasn’t been much fun so far.

    And I get home in time to listen to the “DH or not DH?” argument. Yeesh.

  119. first time lawng time says:

    National League is so dumb. Their teams seem weaker; it’s like not real baseball.

    No DH? It’s not fucking Little League, geez.

  120. first time lawng time says:

    Seriously, though. DAVIS SUCKS. DO SOMETHING!

    WTF.

  121. Gustavo says:

    Lot of vitriol from certain people here today.. sheesh

  122. the tenth inning stretch says:

    We should definitely be able to steal against Davis today.

  123. FIPster Doofus says:

    Ugly.

  124. the tenth inning stretch says:

    RELEASE GRANDERSON.

  125. Karl Krawfid says:

    Embarrassing Curtis.

    just embarrassing.

    Swinging like he’s throwing 95 mph.

  126. CBean says:

    I don’t like these mini-Granderslumps.

  127. Yeah, I totally don’t buy that Murcer story at all about substituting a ball hidden in the ivy for the hit ball you were looking for.

    The chance that you’d ever have an opportunity to pull that trick off is super-remote.

    • Urban says:

      He had a lot of time to fill while broadcasting games. Never let truth get in the way of a good story!

      • I mean, the version of the story Kay was relating on the radio the other day said that Murcer had balls hidden towards the top of the ivy that he’d pull out on a home run.

        Was he relying on the fans in the stands not producing the hit ball in that instance to prove that his ivy-ball was a fake? How close to the wall must the homerball be hit to make this even feasible? How close to the wall is the stashed ball stashed? Even at their closest points, that still a few feet, minimum. Wouldn’t the thousands of fans and the television cameras have noticed this space-time discrepancy? How many chances in your lifetime would this specific scenario even exist, and still not work because the subterfuge required is just too great?

        • Urban says:

          I remember when Murcer would tell the story, or some variation, and I never could figure out it how it could happen. Is it possible it happened once? I guess. I’m still have difficulty believing it.

  128. Mike Myers says:

    freddy seems to be getting better….jinx?

  129. Greg says:

    tommiesmithjohncarlos

    To continue our discussion, shouldn’t I expect a lot from the national media? How hard is it to call games, read scores, and show highlights without showing a bias? Cause that’s all ESPN is essentially>

  130. tom says:

    1) Given how little Freddy seems to have, five innings/3R isn’t shabby.

    2) Given the Yankees’ well-documented issues with pitchers they’ve never seen before, isn’t interleague kind of an invitation to a slump?

    • Urban says:

      That would make sense, but the Yankees own the best record in interleague play.

    • Matt says:

      Here come the excuses for why they can’t hit Doug Davis, one of the worst pitchers in the league the last few years.

      Career AB’s vs. Davis coming into today’s game:

      Granderson- 3
      Teixeira- 3
      Rodriguez- 6
      Cano- 6
      Martin- 25

      To say they have never seen this guy is simply not correct. It’s not a ton of AB’s, but for Cano and A-Rod this is their 3rd time facing him, and Martin has seen him a ton of times.

  131. MannyGeee says:

    apparantly not only can you not ‘predict’ baseball… you also can’t ‘figure’ it, according to Sterling.

    so theres that

  132. MannyGeee says:

    OMG, Jason Giambi woulda never popped up this often.

  133. Greg says:

    Singleton is right. Davis is mixing speeds and locating it so that Yankees arent getting good contact.

  134. Cy Pettitte says:

    this game is rapidly approaching unwatchable

  135. MannyGeee says:

    A run would be nice. just *a* run.

  136. Urban says:

    Fact: Doug Davis is 1-9 with a 6.82 ERA over the past two seasons, including 0-5 this year.

    As John Sterling would say, “You…

  137. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    This is just pathetic.

  138. Mike Axisa says:

    Wow this is pretty pathetic.

  139. Karl Krawfid says:

    Tex, A-Rod, Cano

    1-2-3

  140. Pat D says:

    What’s frustrating me is that the Red Sox hammered the shit out of this retread…

  141. pat says:

    Embarrassing.

  142. Kostas says:

    Yankees shut out 8 times in 2010 – 5 already this year.

  143. S says:

    This just hurts, if we lost yesterday it wouldn’t have stung anywhere near as bad as this because it was a good game; a ton of hard hits, and great defensive plays…but this…they’re losing to a guy who throws a f’n changeup and calls it his fastball.

  144. the tenth inning stretch says:

    REALLY?

  145. Mike Axisa says:

    Yeah that looks to be on Tex. Garcia’s ball all the way.

  146. Cy Pettitte says:

    what the fuck, seriously?

  147. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Wow, emphatic punchout by the 2B ump.

  148. Pat D says:

    How can Seth Meyers call himself a member of Red Sox Nation when he’s seen in public in a Cubs jersey?

    Actually, who gives a shit, he’s an asshole and not funny anyway.

  149. tom says:

    Everybody who wanted Freddy pulled in the third, raise your hand sheepishly. (Mine’s up)

    • I mean, seriously, how many times this season have we seen one of our starters give up 3-4 runs in the first few innings and then settle down and put up 4-6 scoreless frames after that?

      How many times has some outing that looked ugly in the 2nd looked sterling and eminently winnable in the 7th?

      You think people would have learned by now to stop freaking out in the third inning, but apparently not.

      • CBean says:

        I’m less concerned about Freddy and more that our offense has been so lackluster today. We should be able to score 3+ runs off this guy.

      • Jerome S. says:

        looks winnable =/= winning

        how often have we watched the Yankees fail to surmount a minuscule lead?

        Yeah, that’s purely anecdotal, and I really hope I’m wrong.

    • Karl Krawfid says:

      Lets pull the hitters.

  150. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Freeze fail.

  151. S says:

    That was nice

  152. Rey22 says:

    Can’t fault Garcia for 6IP, 3ER. I’ll definitely take it.

    But 0 runs vs. Doug freakin Davis? C’mon…

  153. Cy Pettitte says:

    just wave the white flag please

  154. Greg says:

    JUst not our day

  155. first time lawng time says:

    Whatevs. I’m already over this game shit display.

    I look forward to seeing AJ tomorow. And I really mean that.

  156. Kostas says:

    That play right there is all you need to see. No comeback. Flight from NYC to Chitown too long and draining.

  157. Matt says:

    Nunez would have easily beaten that ball out if he kept running instead of stopping as soon as the third baseman almost made the play.

    Such a lack of consistent focus on this roster sometimes.

    • Jetrer says:

      lack of focus??? Every player would stop if they thought the line drive was caught. Has nothing to do with focus.

  158. Greg says:

    Thats another thing that bothers me about the Red Sox. They should be the bad guy now since they won the two championships. Why are we still the bad guy?

  159. Yank The Frank says:

    Who the hell is Seth Meyers?

  160. chris says:

    Is this for real? Are we getting 2 hit by the f$%!##%% Cubs?

  161. Esteban says:

    Wow that chick was HOT. WOULD.

  162. first time lawng time says:

    Haha fuck you Seth Myers!

  163. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Why the fuck did they even show that?

  164. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Seth Myers raped and murdered Saturday Night Live.

  165. Kostas says:

    Doug Davis straight out of City of San Fran JC – 0-5, 5.90 ERA. Dare I say PURE DOMIANCE.

  166. Oh boy says:

    Doug Davis is a bad, bad man.

  167. dkidd says:

    doug davis batting for himself in the 7th inning = yankees’ line-up fail

    • mt says:

      Yes, when I saw that I felt funny – basically Yanks are so feeble today that Cubs have no problem letting him to stay in game at 100 pitches –

      No matter how much they used their bullpen yesterday, Cubs would have taken him out if Cubs wre leading 3-0 but with any type of meaningful contact by Yanks.

      Longest outing since October 2009 – sheesh

  168. the tenth inning stretch says:

    WOW, CANO.

  169. Jetrer says:

    wow, nice play Robbie

  170. tom says:

    Bravo, Freddy the Bullpen Saver.

  171. Yank The Frank says:

    That’s the spark…here we come.

  172. UncleArgyle says:

    Impressive stuff by Chief Freddie today. Too bad the hitters misread the schedule and forgot to show up to the park today.

  173. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Jones is trash.

  174. Oh boy says:

    And I thought the Yankees would go undefeated during Jeter’s DL. I still think its somehow his fault though.

  175. Mike Axisa says:

    Good grief, that was high and outside.

  176. Kostas says:

    Andrew Jones. Should have stayed on the bench.

  177. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Fuck balls I thought that was gone.

  178. Yank The Frank says:

    Alright Nick!

  179. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Swish gets us started. Runs, PLEASE.

  180. Mike Axisa says:

    Sean Marshall threw like, 35 pitches yesterday.

  181. CMP says:

    Fucking Swisher and his warning track power.

  182. JMK says:

    I’m no Andruw Jones fan but c’mon guys, that was pretty obviously a ball.

  183. Urban says:

    Odd. The Yankees show up at Wrigley for the first time in whenever, and the place plays like Petco today.

    As John Sterling would say,…

  184. Pat D says:

    This home plate umpire is a dickwad deluxe.

  185. Mike Axisa says:

    I think the second pitch was more of the strike than the first pitch.

  186. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Curtis Granderdaughter GTFO

  187. chris says:

    come on tex…keep it going

  188. mt says:

    To me (even though he has had hits) the last couple of weeks Curtis has been looking really bad on lefty breaking stuff with a lot of strikeouts.

    Wasn’t bailing as much earlier in the year.

    • Pat D says:

      Someone posted his numbers against breaking pitches this year earlier this week. They were pretty terrible.

  189. Kostas says:

    With this guy’s curve, you know Tex is whiffing.

  190. chris says:

    Great AB so far…where was this in the 2nd 3rd etc????

  191. Yank The Frank says:

    a little 2 out bingo!

  192. chris says:

    WAY TO GO TEX!!!!!!!!!

  193. Cy Pettitte says:

    no shut out, thank god, that would have been seriously embarrassing.

  194. the tenth inning stretch says:

    HOLY CRAP, A RUN.

  195. Greg says:

    We got on the board. yay

  196. S says:

    A run a run TEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  197. Esteban says:

    Huazzah, they’re on the board. No shutout at the very least.

  198. Greg says:

    Now Marmol can be had, but he can also be unhittable.

  199. Mike Axisa says:

    Alex: Marmol’s going to throw you a slider. Trust me, you’re going to think “hey, this is a fastball count, I’ll gear up for one,” but you will be wrong. It’ll be a slider.

  200. Oh boy says:

    If Arod ties this bitch up, drinks on me. Come on mfker!!!

  201. mt says:

    At least we get to see Marmol with his slider against Arod with tying run on base.

  202. Cy Pettitte says:

    nice ab.

    not.

  203. Karl Krawfid says:

    Great at bat Alex!

  204. Oh boy says:

    Arod is so clutch, just like his Captain…

  205. CMP says:

    Marmol has more WAR this year as a reliever than 3 of the 5 Yankee starters.

  206. Greg says:

    Mike he stuck him out on a fastball

  207. Kostas says:

    Fail! Fail!

  208. dkidd says:

    marmol is good

  209. Ivan says:

    A-rod was way too passive on that AB. Maybe not seeing Marmol has something to do with it but still, Marmol threw 2 meatball sliders and Alex didn’t even offered.

  210. Karl Krawfid says:

    A-Rod just took 3 hanging sliders.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

    I wish this was A-Rods contract year.

  211. Greg says:

    Since we are “close” to the end I must say that the “Go Cubs Go” victory song is cheesy but catchy

  212. AaronGuileWithASmile says:

    Don’t look now, but Ayala’s been pretty awesome this season.

  213. Karl Krawfid says:

    How many pitches does Cano see this at bat?

  214. AaronGuileWithASmile says:

    I don’t know what it is about those Carfax commercials that makes me want to punch my TV screen…but I wish they’d go away.

  215. paulc says:

    so we make a guy with a 5 plus era look like cy freakin young…so frustrating this game…

  216. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Whatever, Reed Johnson.

  217. Urban says:

    Fuck you, Reed Johnson.

    Soriano does not get that.

  218. AaronGuileWithASmile says:

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why you replace Soriano with Reed Johnson.

  219. Cy Pettitte says:

    fucking bull shit

  220. Greg says:

    Not our day

  221. Kostas says:

    well at least no shut out

  222. JohnnyC says:

    Funny, nothing wrong with Reed Johnson’s back on that play. Or with his bat.

  223. AaronGuileWithASmile says:

    Good at bat. Let’s go Jorge!

  224. the tenth inning stretch says:

    I was waiting for the ump to call that a strike.

  225. Urban says:

    That play by Johnson even bigger now with that walk. Yet, we do have the tying run at the plate.

  226. Karl Krawfid says:

    Jorge against these sliders could be fun

  227. Urban says:

    Martin has to go. Keep out of the DP.

  228. AaronGuileWithASmile says:

    Why is Martin not taking second?

  229. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Whatever, ump.

  230. Cy Pettitte says:

    nice fucking AB, wow.

  231. AaronGuileWithASmile says:

    Wowwww this ump’s strikezone goes down to the shins

  232. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Jorge LOLsada

  233. Yank The Frank says:

    Jorge was up for comic relief.

  234. Kostas says:

    Our bench. Sheer dominance.

  235. jon says:

    what else could posada be looking for

  236. Karl Krawfid says:

    We all knew how Jorge would do against that slider.

  237. the tenth inning stretch says:

    HR for Gardy. Here it comes.

  238. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    This could be the worst moment in Yankee history.

  239. Karl Krawfid says:

    BG shows em how its done.

  240. Cy Pettitte says:

    be a hero, Chris.

  241. AaronGuileWithASmile says:

    I think the home plate ump is high.

    In any case, at least we made Marmol throw 30 pitches.

  242. Esteban says:

    The Gritster! Up to .287/.367/.426

  243. Mike Axisa says:

    I miss Eric Chavez.

  244. Urban says:

    The Yankees came to Chicago for a pitchers’ duel.

    Back tomorrow.

  245. dkidd says:

    9th inning = gun fight
    chris dickerson = knife
    girardi = wop

  246. Kostas says:

    Our bench is worthless. Seriously worthless.

  247. Cy Pettitte says:

    all around pathetic game.

  248. Greg says:

    Red Sox fans are laughing at us right now.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      The Sox’s loss to the Cubs was way worse giving up 8 runs in an inning and Lowrie pulling a Castillo.

      But yeah this game was absolutely dreadful.

    • nooooo not another double play! says:

      I doubt the red sox fans are the only ones

  249. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    I’d rather have CC hit.

  250. Karl Krawfid says:

    You can’t make this shit up.

  251. JohnnyC says:

    Another classic Cubs victory. Baseball played the right way.

  252. Matt says:

    Without a doubt the worst umpired game of the season.

    How can you work an at bat when you have no idea whether he’s going to call a pitch a foot off of the plate a strike, and a pitch right down the middle a ball?

    Every time the Yankees had runners on base, the strike zone expanded into ridiculous territory. The first pitch to Dickerson was in the other batter’s box.

    • Karl Krawfid says:

      Dickerson took 2 strikes down the middle.

      • Matt says:

        No, the first pitch was not even close. Don’t make up facts that suit your argument. The second pitch was on the outside corner.

          • Matt says:

            Again, stop making things up to prove a point that is simply incorrect.

            Even on the pitch FX, the first pitch was 2-3 inches off of the plate. That scale on the bottom is in FEET.

            The second pitch was not even close to being down the middle.

            And if you actually saw the pitches live, neither of them was even close to being over the plate.

            • Karl Krawfid says:

              I did see the game live.

              Swing the fucking bat. Chris fucking Dickerson. Swing the damn bat.

              • Matt says:

                Yes, let’s have Dickerson swing at the pitch 3 inches off of the plate and tap it weakly to short. That sure was a productive at bat, right?

                The pitcher throws 60% sliders, and he threw 2 perfect pitch fastballs, of which one was not a strike but was called anyway.

                The only thing Dickerson did wrong in that at bat was step into the box. It’s better to take a perfect pitch than to get yourself out on it. The 0-2 pitch was the first slider he saw in the entire at bat. Marmol pitched him well.

      • Jetrer says:

        first one was not a strike. Second one was down the middle though

    • Jetrer says:

      This is definitely the strikezone of an umpire on crack.
      http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....type=7.gif

  253. Esteban says:

    Oh well, shit happens. Win the next two and win the series.

  254. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    I’m waiting for Greg’s post-game analysis.

  255. Monteroisdinero says:

    Posada and Dickerson guess wrong. Bad results.

    • JohnnyC says:

      What guess? Marmol throws one pitch. The FB is really just a secondary pitch.

    • Matt says:

      Every hitter is going over the scouting report with Kevin Long. If I can go on Fangraphs and in 10 seconds figure out that he throws nearly 60% sliders, with the rate rising as he gets into a hitter’s count, why can’t they?

      Every hitter except Gardner was up there looking for the fastball. Why? This guy throws almost all sliders when he’s in trouble. A-Rod took three straight hanging sliders on the inside corner with his knees buckling. How can you not expect that pitch?

      • JohnnyC says:

        Paul O’Neill mentionned in yesterday’s broadcast that when he walked into the Rangers’ clubhouse earlier this week they were watching a video of that night’s Yankees starter. I assume that the Yankees’ players have access to the same type of information. Maybe they don’t pay attention.

      • Evan3457 says:

        Except that:

        1) 60% sliders means 40% fastballs. That’s two FB for every three siders, and:

        2) A-Rod whiffed on a 93-mph up and away.

        Other than that, the scouting report is accurate.

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