Game 68: Chi-Town

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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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  • dela g

    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

    • dela g

      wow talk about grammar fail

      this is what i get for starting to drink at 1230 today…

      • dkidd

        no shame. the weekend starts at 4:45 thursday afternoon

        • Esteban

          I may have taken that too far yesterday.

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

          hahaha touche!

  • bakekrukow412

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

    • FIPster Doofus

      Because he’s good.

    • rocco

      Thats because Brett is a WARrior .. . a little one at that

      • dkidd

        whatever. call me when he leads the team in fTANK

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Well played, Mauer.

    • jay h

      last year gardner was 10th among all position players in WAR

      • bakekrukow412

        Damn, never realized that.

        • Mister Delaware

          I’d bet that sometime soon the defensive WAR for a couple positions (LF, 3B, probably another one or two) are going to get adjusted downward.

    • NJ_Andy

      Great glove plus good bat. Seems easy.

      If only we could get him to lead off!

      • NJ_Andy

        Also: he doesn’t, according to fWAR. Granderson, A-Rod, Tex, and Cano all lead him.

        • Jetrer

          he is second in bWAR

  • Robert

    Doug Davis?

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Shit Davis

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

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

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      The Gipper?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        “I don’t know where I’ll be then, Doc,” he said, “but I won’t smell too good, that’s for sure.”

    • rocco

      Joe G

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Anthony Weiner.

      • rocco

        LOL LOL LOL LOL

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Anthony Wiener makes Brett Favre look like a nice, normal, levelheaded guy.

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

      stacy’s mom

    • Esteban

      To ensure the natural order of the universe. Yankees are tanks, the Cubs are soldiers. Tanks always beat soldiers.

      • Rainbow Connection

        and Chinese students.

    • swishers fauxhawk

      Steve Bartman?

    • FIPster Doofus

      Henry Rowengartner.

      • Clay Bellinger

        Rosinbagger!

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Doug Davis makes me appreciate the Yankee facial hair policy.

    • CBean

      i’m a fan of the facial hair policy though I know many people think it’s ridiculous. IMO, many baseball players can’t be trusted to make wise grooming choices.

      • the tenth inning stretch
        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          It’s like his beard is pulling a knife on his chin.

          • the tenth inning stretch

            I remember at one point he actually had the peace sign carved into his gotee.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              That makes me want to start a war.

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  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

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

    /only half joking

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    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.

    • rocco

      LOL LOL LOL

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Go beat up a watercooler with a bat and show me that you give a shit, you overpaid lazy Dominican jerkface.

  • Cy Pettitte

    damn you Soriano

  • mbonzo

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

    • Clay Bellinger

      It’s a SSS, but his OBP and AVG are higher vs. lefties so far this year.

      • mbonzo

        He’s too gritty and bald to hit lefties.

        • Clay Bellinger

          Haha, this is true. Wayyyy too gritty.

  • Monteroisdinero

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

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

    doug davis sucks

    [/obligatory

    • Esteban

      I really hate pitchers like Doug Davis. They just seem like they should get destroyed every time they pitch, but somehow they don’t. Paul Byrd was another one like that.

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

        yeah i never got how paul byrd lasted so long

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          HGH!

          /had to

      • mbonzo

        My opinion of Freddy Garcia.

        • Esteban

          Yeah, I bet fans of other teams say that every time Sweaty Freddy pitches.

  • AaronGuileWithASmile

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

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

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

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

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

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

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

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
    • Esteban

      Hey! Now Ken, we all know that the moon is not made of green cheese.
      But what if it were made of barbeque spare ribs, would you eat it then?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        STOP JERKING ME AROUND, KEN, AND ANSWER THE QUESTION!

        • Esteban

          I’m just a worrier, that’s why my friends call me whiskers.

  • Yank The Frank

    Well that’s not good.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    That ain’t gonna cut it Freddy.

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

    grrrreat start!

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Starlin Castro is good at baseball.

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

    Freddy Garcia with no control = instadeficit.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    LOL Of course, Freddy.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Freddy Garcia is back in Chicago folks.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Only 20 stolen bases in 60+ games?

    I’m not even mad, that’s amazing.

  • mbonzo

    AN OUT!

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

    what a lucky ass base hit

  • first time lawng time

    I hate Garcia so much.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Bah.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Freddy Garcia needs to throw his damn fastball.

    • Clay Bellinger

      If you wanna call it that.

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        Freddy’s best fastball is as fast as CC’s change up.

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

    Bah, stupid dinky hit.

  • Yank The Frank

    Shit happens

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

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

  • the tenth inning stretch

    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.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Freddy is a junk baller. Whenever he makes a start you just close your eyes and hope for the best.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    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.

    • mbonzo

      NO HE SUCKS! Kay told me he sucks.
      I wonder what he’ll go for next year, I wouldn’t mind the Yankees takinga flier on him if they trade Jesus. His bat would be play great in YS.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Please tell me you’re joking.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

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

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

    attaboy grit gutner!

  • Yank The Frank

    Phew!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Brett almost got eaten by the ivy

  • Monteroisdinero

    Nice hustle out of the box Sori.

    jerk.

  • first time lawng time

    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.

    • Esteban

      He’s been fine for his role (4th/5th starter).

  • first time lawng time

    Wrigley is a nice stadium.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Wrigley is a nice stadium outdoor beer garden.

      Fixed.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Wrigley > Fenway IMO

      • the tenth inning stretch

        At least at Wrigley nobody sings Sweet Caroline.

      • first time lawng time

        Lol I was going to add that it’s much better than that piece of shit Fenway, but I didn’t want to offend anyone.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Don’t worry, nobody in Boston can read, they’ll never know you said it.

          • the tenth inning stretch

            Ba-ZING.

      • Esteban

        Agreed, but both are great. Except for the obstructed views and seats that face away from the homeplate and toward the outfield.

    • inpinstripes

      Catched a game there 3 weeks a go. Great place, lively neighborhood. Loved the experience, way better than the Cell.

      • first time lawng time

        I’ve seen Cellular field on TV, it looks a bit ugly to me. IDK what it’s like in person.

  • Rainbow Connection

    Bah.

  • the tenth inning stretch

    Great play by A-Ram.

  • King George

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

    /skyisfalling’d

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    The Cubs signed Eddie Gaedel?

  • first time lawng time

    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.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      “How are Yankees fan not on there?”

      Because Yankees fans are advocates of the devil. The man on ESPN told me.

      • the tenth inning stretch

        Did you see the recap of last night’s Sox-Rays game on Sportscenter today? Ridiculous Sox homerism.

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          NESPN

        • first time lawng time

          Anything specific worth noting? I never watch ESPN.

    • the tenth inning stretch

      Ridiculous.

      Dodgers fans are notorious for arriving late and leaving early.
      The Cubs, I can’t really argue with, partly because I feel so bad for them. Their treatment of Bartman was pretty bad, though.
      Red Sox fans? Most of the ones I know aren’t that knowledgeable; they’re more like angry and a bit neurotic.
      Cardinals fans? I don’t really know any, but their park is usually pretty full.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Cardinals fans? I don’t really know any, but their park is usually pretty full.

        “Up here is where the REAL fans sit.”

        -John Kruk

      • first time lawng time

        WhenShen I saw Boston was on there, I was like, they’re not knowledgable! You can’t reason with them! They ignore facts.

        • first time lawng time

          Umm that should just be when.

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

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

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

    Zambrano is a switch hitting pitcher???

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

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      There’s a reason they call him “El Toro”

    • first time lawng time

      Lol whenever I think of Zambrano, I think of him flipping out in the dugout last year.

      What a nutter.

  • Greg

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

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

      Two innings man.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        It’s Greg.

        • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

          This.

      • Esteban

        It’s over. Forget about it. DUH.

      • Greg

        For the record have we seen DOug Davis before? I think we must have.

        • the tenth inning stretch

          He was in the AL until ’03, so the longer-tenured Yankees might have seen him and recent imports from the NL have seen him.

  • Greg

    Martin going Cervelli

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

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

  • s

    Russell doing his best Cervelli impression

  • mike_h

    ugh, nice throw Martin

  • Brooklyn ed

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

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    What the hell is going on?

  • Cy Pettitte

    did someone run on the field or something?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Apparently some antenna in the CF batter’s eye is painted red instead of green, and the umps are ordering it covered.

  • first time lawng time

    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

      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.

  • chris

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

  • Monteroisdinero

    70 mph curve/84 mph fb

    It’s Javy and Freddy from the left side!

    • Greg

      I think of him as lefty Dave Bush.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    BUNT! BUNT! BUNT!

  • Greg

    Gardner should steal than bunt.

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

    Strategy time!

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Gritty at-bat by Gardner.

  • chris

    waste…they should have tried to run Gardner first

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Joe Girardi (Xstar7)

      does not compute

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      If Gardner steals third, though, it’s the same result. Many basestealers say it’s easier to steal third than second, you can take a bigger lead.

      • Jetrer

        that def. seems to be the case with Gardner, especially with lefty on the mound

  • Cy Pettitte

    that was much better than watching Jorge hit

  • Greg

    Gardner thought doesnt steal bases on first pitch.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Godawful at bat, Swisher.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Way to protect the plate Swish.

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

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

  • Karl Krawfid

    Swing the damn bat!

  • chris

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

    • Yank The Frank

      Close

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Cy Davis

  • Greg

    Oh

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Cubs checkswing BABIP luck >>>> Yankees checkswing BABIP luck

    • the tenth inning stretch

      We used ours up yesterday.

  • first time lawng time

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

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

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Don’t go into the light, FTLT. You were doing so well.

      • first time lawng time

        Alright. It’s the 3rd inning. They could improve the net 6 innings.

        But it’s still frustrating to watch when they’re losing and Garcia is crap.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

          • first time lawng time

            That’s deep. I like it.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              TWSS

  • Monteroisdinero

    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.

  • Greg

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

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

      The Rays are giving the Yankees a lot of margin error.

      • Greg

        FOr the Wild Card yes but I want to beat Boston.

  • King George

    Hahahahaha, this is so pathetic.

  • the tenth inning stretch

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

  • Kostas

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

  • FIPster Doofus

    Castro on the Cubs is such a waste.

  • Cuso

    The end is near…

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Freddy Garcia is garbage

  • first time lawng time

    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.

  • Jetrer

    the Cubs should thank Sweaty Freddy for the extra BP today

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

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

  • the tenth inning stretch

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

    • Rey22

      Marquez

  • King George

    GET FUCKING FREDDY OFF THE TEAM

  • Cy Pettitte

    please save us Cash$$

  • S

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

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

    goodness, garcia sucks ass today

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

    Freddy’s so bad. Hurry back, Bartolo.

  • the tenth inning stretch

    Singled to death.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      No, he’s mixing in some doubles.

  • Kostas

    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…

    • Karl Krawfid

      He’s not throwing his fastball.

      When he does he can’t find the zone with it.

      • Kostas

        they all look the same, flat, hittable, BP….You could take him deep.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Jeff Marquez is warming up? Schadenfreude!

  • King George

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

    • Cy Pettitte

      hopefully 0%

    • Jetrer

      95%

    • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

      150%.

      His ERA+ coming in to today’s game was 115.

  • FIPster Doofus

    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

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

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        It was just as incorrect the first time you said it.

        • Greg

          I want to better than Boston. I know its a me problem but I dont care. Thats how I feel. It makes me feel good. Again. me problem I know, but thats how I feel.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Then don’t say “there’s no room for error”, say ” There’s no room for error for the unnecessarily high standard of Yankee perfection that I personally want that have little to no bearing on anything of real substance”.

            • Greg

              unnecessarily high standard? We were better than Boston for 86 years in terms of bragging rights, even in the 80s because they never won a championship.
              Now they have a good team and ESPN behind them. I cant stand that.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                A) We’re still better than Boston in terms of bragging rights. Two little titles doesn’t change that.
                B) If ESPN sucking Boston’s cock bothers you that much, stop watching ESPN.
                C) The team that wins the title gets the bragging rights. Winning the division is worth bubkes. If the Yankees win the wildcard and Boston wins the east, and the Yankees still represent the AL in the World Series, I guarantee you no Boston fan will talk shit to you about finishing two or three games better than the Yankees in the regular season.

                Calm down.

                • Greg

                  You know any other national sports networks that cover all sports like ESPN does?

                  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                    Okay, lemme try it this way:

                    B) If ESPN sucking Boston’s cock bothers you that much, stop watching ESPN television in general.

                    Do something else with your life. Broaden your horizons. Take up a hobby. Teach yourself parliamentary procedure. Take a class at the learning annex. Study broadcast journalism and go take away someone’s job at ESPN, pay them back for all the bullshit they put you through.

                    Either learn to accept that many cable news stations are full of flaw and bias, or turn off the television. Or joke about it, because it’s kind of funny at this point.

                    • Greg

                      I am a broadcasting major and I expect bias from cable news NOT from sports networks that are supposed to be national. I expect bias from regional sports but not from national sports.

                    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                      You’re expecting a lot.

                • Greg

                  It might have been MLB network, but they have Millar and Gammons and are starting to show Red Sox games once a week.

          • first time lawng time

            It’s not a “me problem”, it’s an opinion. And there’s nothing wrong with it.

        • Kostas

          perhaps just posting “Syntax Error” would help.

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

        Again, there’s plenty of room for error because the Yankees are not chasing the Red Sox for a playoff spot.

        • Greg

          And I will say again, I want to feel better than Boston fans. I know, me problem, but thats how I feel.

    • CMP

      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

        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

          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

            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

              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

      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.

  • chris

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

  • first time lawng time

    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).

    • Monteroisdinero

      We lost a series to the NATS at YS in the last few years. Crap happens.

    • the tenth inning stretch

      The Cubs did just take a series from the Brewers, uncluding scoring 8 runs off Greinke yesterday.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        It’s baseball. Good teams lose 60+ times a year.

  • Matt

    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

      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

        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

          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

            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

              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

                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.

        • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

          You’re missing the point.

    • Jetrer

      and Matt is back with his daily lecture

    • Cuso

      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

        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.

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

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

  • Yank The Frank

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

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

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

  • Gustavo

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

    • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

      Last I checked it was 3-0, not 13-0.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        But it feels like it’s 13-0.

        Sincerely,
        Idiots

      • Gustavo

        I’m just asking because the pen has been used heavily the last few days, not jumping off of any bridges just yet.

        • first time lawng time

          I am.

          • Gustavo

            Freddy’s walking a fine line as usual and the pen has thrown 10 innings the last 2 days but it’s not the end of the world, the cubs suck pretty badly :)

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

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

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      It was like switching from Julian to Gregorian. He literally aged a few years overnight.

  • Mike Myers

    Feels like a lifetime ago we had soriano.

  • Yank The Frank

    No deal, now we break out the lumber.

  • first time lawng time

    Whatevs. Score the effing runs, now.

    I hate weekday day games.

    • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

      I love weekeday day games…as long as I can be home to watch them. If not, then I hate them.

  • tom

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

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

    Miguel Tejada is the trivia, no?

    • FIPster Doofus

      Correct.

  • Kostas

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

    • Kostas

      Or is it the camera angle?

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Nice pop up Tex!

  • Klemy

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

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

  • MannyGeee

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

    everybody drink

    • MannyGeee

      and another… 3 minutes apart.

    • Jetrer

      I think every Yankee fan would end up on the liver transplant waiting list if we turned that into a drinking game

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      You just can’t predict it

      • MannyGeee

        no, ironically, i think you can predict that he’s gonna spew that horseshit out 1000 times a game…

      • Klemy

        I think at this point we can predict Sterling though.

  • Kostas

    Did you Yankees know they had a game today?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Do you know that games are at least nine innings long?

      • Kostas

        length of game = poor AB’s. Got it. Did not know there was a correlation.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Way to miss the point.

          • Kostas

            Didn’t miss the point your majesty. They look lethargic like this is a charity game. THAT was my point. #violationofthehemanwomanhatersclub

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              They look lethargic like this is a charity game.

              No, they look like baseball players playing a baseball game.

              Not having success is not the same as not trying to have success.

    • Mister Delaware

      Yeah. Its on YES and 880 (and MLBN if you’re out of town). Maybe you’re on the wrong channel???

  • Monteroisdinero

    a no hittahh!!!!!

    got that out of the way…

    • Monteroisdinero

      I got us out of that.

  • the tenth inning stretch

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

  • S

    God bless you Cano

  • first time lawng time

    Let’s trade Garcia for Davis.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    • CP

      Not really. Sometimes you get lucky/unlucky.

      • Rainbow Connection

        So they DID do shit?

        • the tenth inning stretch

          But that’s all they did.

        • CP

          No, they haven’t done shit. But it’s not amazing.

  • MannyGeee

    in and out like a flash

  • bonestock94

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

    • Klemy

      I just feel bad that you went to Shea multiple times!

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Yeah, Trachsel just seems like insult on top of injury.

    • Clay Bellinger

      He was painful to watch.

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      One of the best games I ever saw was Trachsel out dueling Pedro in 2000.

  • MannyGeee

    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…

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I’m sure they will. The question is, would Marquis be an upgrade over any of our internal options? Perhaps not. His 3.67/3.76/3.86 is nice, but I wonder how it translates to the AL East.

      • MannyGeee

        well, when you’re trotting out Garcia/Gordon/Nova in any combination… I think I could roll the dice on a salary dump situation

  • Urban

    Did Flaherty just say watching the pitcher hit is exciting?

    • MannyGeee

      he’s drunk. he’s in Chicago.

    • S

      It is exciting you never know when that high priced, and extremely important player will get hurt and set back a franchise back half a decade.

      • Rainbow Connection

        If they’re such great athletes, why are they so fragile?

        • S

          there not fragile so much as you don’t know what freak accident can occur that can lead to injuries…getting beaned, a bad slide, or even a collision could lead to an injury.

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

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

    Doug Davis takes called strike three

    Singleton: “There’s your excitement.”

    YES.

    • Clay Bellinger

      Hah. That’s great.

    • MannyGeee

      HI

      Fking

      Larious!!!

  • Pat D

    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.

  • first time lawng time

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

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

    • Pat D

      Real baseball?

      I suggest you read this:
      http://riveraveblues.com/off-t.....nt-2119580

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Taft was a real president?

        I suggest you read this:
        http://riveraveblues.com/off-t.....nt-1038321

        • Pat D

          Well I figured just posting the link would be easier than explaining the situation again.

          Plus, I found the guy’s response to be just priceless. It sounded like something that Bill Plaschke wrote a few years ago and FJM cut to pieces.

    • Yank The Frank

      It’s Beyond Baseball

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

    Pinch hit!

  • first time lawng time

    Seriously, though. DAVIS SUCKS. DO SOMETHING!

    WTF.

  • Gustavo

    Lot of vitriol from certain people here today.. sheesh

    • Rainbow Connection

      Racist.

    • MannyGeee

      Lot of vitriol machismo from certain people here today.. sheesh

      fixed

  • the tenth inning stretch

    We should definitely be able to steal against Davis today.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Ugly.

  • the tenth inning stretch

    RELEASE GRANDERSON.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Embarrassing Curtis.

    just embarrassing.

    Swinging like he’s throwing 95 mph.

  • CBean

    I don’t like these mini-Granderslumps.

    • tom

      He recovered from his mini-Granderslump yesterday in time to score the winning run.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    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

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

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        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

          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.

  • Mike Myers

    freddy seems to be getting better….jinx?

  • Greg

    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>

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Bias generates discussion/interest/pageviews/etc. Far more than evenhandedness does.

      All cable stations are moneymaking enterprises. Moneymaking enterprises value ratings over journalistic integrity. Journalistic integrity is valued only so far as it is needed to not degrade the overall brand quality.

      You should expect a lot from the national media, yes, but you’re not going to get it unless you change the fundamental economics of their world.

      • Greg

        THis leads back to my Disney arguement. I think ESPN valued journalisitc intergrity before Disney bought it. Now they value ratings over integrity.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          No, ESPN valued ratings over integrity before Disney. Disney had little to nothing to do with it.

          • Greg

            Bet they didnt show Red Sox games every week before Disney.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              They didn’t show GAMES every week before Disney, because they didn’t have the cashflow to buy multi-week packages of games from MLB.

    • Rainbow Connection

      I guess it’s hard for them because they are on 24 hours a day.
      Same thing happens with the ‘news’.
      They have to fill 24 hours a day with something to get your attention and keep it, whether it’s lies, exaggerations or pure idiocy.

      • Greg

        That makes some sense.

  • tom

    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

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

      • tom

        Oh god — is John Sterling right?

    • Matt

      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.

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

        When’s the last time they faced them thought? When Davis was with Texas?

      • tom

        No one’s making excuses. Just observing.

        You can’t seem to make a comment around here without it sounding like it’s coming out of an AK-47. Chill.

  • MannyGeee

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

    so theres that

  • MannyGeee

    OMG, Jason Giambi woulda never popped up this often.

  • Greg

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    this game is rapidly approaching unwatchable

    • first time lawng time

      It’s kinda embarassing that they only have 2 hits off a shit pitcher.

      This team can’t put together a 4 game win streak to save its life.

      • Greg

        They’ve done it once this season so it’s not zero.

        • Kostas

          In fairness, it was beating Seattle just to avoid the sweep and then taking on the hapless A’s.

  • MannyGeee

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

  • Urban

    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…

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    This is just pathetic.

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

    Wow this is pretty pathetic.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Tex, A-Rod, Cano

    1-2-3

  • Pat D

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

    • Karl Krawfid

      Better team.

      • the tenth inning stretch

        Against the Yankees, yes. Against everyone else, no.

        • Karl Krawfid

          For a while they have been a better team all around.

    • Urban

      Garcia or Davis?

      Sorry, I can never resist a straight line.

      • Pat D

        Touché.

    • nooooo not another double play!

      red sox are just a better team than the yanks this year

    • UncleArgyle

      Well the Red Sox don’t seem to take “mental health days” like this 2011 Yankees team. What a listless effort so far.

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

        How many Red Sox games have you seen this year? Did you see them play the White Sox a few weeks ago?

        • the tenth inning stretch

          I know it’s not performance-related, but half the team looks like they need a mental health day. Especially Papelbon after save, and Youk all the time.

        • Greg

          True but since 2-10 they have gone 39-17 since then. Why cant we go 39-17?

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

            You’re like a pre-2004 Red Sox fan. Maybe worse.

            • Greg

              Why? I only became a sports fan in this decade. (2004- My head knows that we’re ok because I have studied history but heart doesnt think so.

              • Pat D

                Paraphrasing John Cusack from High Fidelity, your heart has shit for brains.

          • tom

            The whole season counts. Not just self-selected portions. The Yankees are 1.5 games worse than the Sox. I don’t see that as Armageddon.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              You’re not Greg.

        • Karl Krawfid

          Doug. Davis.

        • UncleArgyle

          Probably 80% of them? I live in New England. Sorry but 2 hits in 7 innings off Doug Fucking Davis is about as pathetic as it gets.

      • MannyGeee

        ummm they took the entire month of April off. like the entire month (save for the series against us, but you know….)

  • pat

    Embarrassing.

  • Kostas

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

    • Urban

      It’s a record-breaking season!

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

      Part of that has to do with offense being down around the league.

      • Pat D

        Has the media settled on a reason for this as of yet?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          ObomneyCare?

          • Kostas

            Uncool. Mitt is umployed like most. #commonman

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              I laughed.

  • S

    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.

  • the tenth inning stretch

    REALLY?

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

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    what the fuck, seriously?

  • the tenth inning stretch

    Wow, emphatic punchout by the 2B ump.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Nice job making up for the gaffe, boys.

  • Pat D

    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.

    • the tenth inning stretch

      As a Sox fan, he relates to Cubs fans better than anyone. Until 2004, anyway.

    • tom

      He was very funny at the White House Correspondents Dinner this year. Surprised the hell out of me.

    • Urban

      I have a problem with any male names Seth. (Apologies to any Seth’s here today). Goes back to a Seth I knew in high school.

      So in all due respect to Family Guy, they got this one wrong:

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

  • tom

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

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      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

        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.

      • http://twitter.com/Bismarck1872 Jerome S.

        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

      Lets pull the hitters.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Freeze fail.

  • S

    That was nice

  • Rey22

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

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    just wave the white flag please

  • Greg

    JUst not our day

  • first time lawng time

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

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

    • Kostas

      Why so after he gives up 7 runs you can see him break his finger punching the ivy covered brick wall.

      • first time lawng time

        Except he’s going to pitch a gem…

        • Kostas

          Hope so. Game is on Fox, the curse of the McBucarver

  • Kostas

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

  • Matt

    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

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

  • Greg

    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?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      27 > 2?

      • Greg

        They’ve been more successful in the last ten years. With “what have you done for me lately” in effect, why are we still the bad guy?

        • JohnnyC

          The Red Sox are not important enough to be the bad guy. When they stop winning or even contending (yes, it’s inevitable), they’ll go back to being the Chicago Cubs of New England. That is, a team with a large following that no one gives 2 shits about.

          • tom

            Excellent point. People have actively hated the Yankees even during the stretches (’65-’72, ’89-’92) when they weren’t remotely in contention. Once the Sox slip off the table, no one’ll care about them.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          Even with the Sox winning 2 championships, ESPN still chose the Yankees as MLB’s Team of the Decade (2000-2009). That’s right, I said ESPN!

          Regardless, there’s a lot of people who hate the Yankees. Consider the origin of that hatred and celebrate it.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Greg, do us all a favor:

      Stop paying attention to the Red Sox. Just stop. You can’t manage to do it in a healthy fashion.

      So quit.

    • tom

      See: 28 Championships.

      • tom

        oops: getting ahead of myself. 27

        • Urban

          That’s okay. We all do.

    • Pat D

      Cuz we’re the Evil Empire and all we do is buy players and championships.

      And we’re not gritty and gutty and scruffy, ugly, run-of-the-mill looking lovable types like those precious Red Sox.

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

      I like it when the Yankees are the bad guy. What’s the problem?

      • Greg

        Media

      • Pat D

        I agree with Tony Montana. You need the Yankees around so you can point at them and say, “There goes the bad guys!”

        And the bad guy is also way more memorable than the hero.

    • Urban

      It’s good to be the bad guy. I like that my team is the bad guy. People don’t like success. The Yankees win. Relentlessly.

  • Yank The Frank

    Who the hell is Seth Meyers?

  • chris

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

    • DSFC

      Not just by the Cubs – by arguably the worst starter in major league baseball

  • Esteban

    Wow that chick was HOT. WOULD.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      +1 WOULD

    • Karl Krawfid

      With the brown shirt?

      • Esteban

        Yeah, I think. Showed her during “Take Me out to the Ballgame”

  • first time lawng time

    Haha fuck you Seth Myers!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Why the fuck did they even show that?

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Seth Myers raped and murdered Saturday Night Live.

  • Kostas

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

  • Oh boy

    Doug Davis is a bad, bad man.

  • dkidd

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

    • mt

      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

  • the tenth inning stretch

    WOW, CANO.

  • Jetrer

    wow, nice play Robbie

  • tom

    Bravo, Freddy the Bullpen Saver.

  • Yank The Frank

    That’s the spark…here we come.

  • UncleArgyle

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

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Jones is trash.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Just don’t throw him a fastball and he’s an automatic out.

    • Andrewueuw

      Garbage

    • JohnnyC

      We could have just re-signed Thames. Jones is not much better in the field now than Marcus. At least Marcus could rake against lefties.

      • Esteban

        Except he’s not this year and Thames was a disaster in the field.

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

        Marcus Thames hasn’t hit anyone this year.

        • Greg

          We should have resigned Lance Berkman.

  • Oh boy

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

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

    Good grief, that was high and outside.

    • Pat D

      Curved around the plate.

    • UncleArgyle

      Gamecast had strike 3 in the dead center of the strike zone

    • Kostas

      His zone has not been consistent at all. Truly a horrible umpire.

  • Kostas

    Andrew Jones. Should have stayed on the bench.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Fuck balls I thought that was gone.

    • the tenth inning stretch

      Good thing it didn’t, cause we all know HRs kill rallies.

      • chris

        and they hit too many anyway…

  • Yank The Frank

    Alright Nick!

  • the tenth inning stretch

    Swish gets us started. Runs, PLEASE.

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

    Sean Marshall threw like, 35 pitches yesterday.

  • CMP

    Fucking Swisher and his warning track power.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK

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

    • JohnnyC

      Doesn’t matter. Jones doesn’t hit breaking stuff.

  • Urban

    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,…

  • Pat D

    This home plate umpire is a dickwad deluxe.

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

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

    • Pat D

      Yep.

  • Greg

    Jesus

  • chris

    F

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Curtis Granderdaughter GTFO

  • chris

    come on tex…keep it going

  • mt

    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

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

  • Kostas

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

    • CMP

      Never underestimate big Teix.

    • Kostas

      Damn. FACEPALM

    • Urban

      Once again, you are…

  • chris

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

  • Yank The Frank

    a little 2 out bingo!

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

    Yay Tex.

  • chris

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

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • the tenth inning stretch

    HOLY CRAP, A RUN.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I have an Indian friend whose name is Arun.

  • Greg

    We got on the board. yay

  • S

    A run a run TEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  • Esteban

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

  • Greg

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

    • Urban

      Way to cover yourself.

      • Pat D

        He’s either incredibly smart or incredibly stupid.

    • the tenth inning stretch

      He’s generally unhittable, in that he either walks or Ks almost everybody.

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

    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.

    • Yank The Frank

      Be the ball…

  • Oh boy

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

    • chris

      Safest bet ever…

  • mt

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

    • mt

      and his fastball unfortunately

  • Cy Pettitte

    nice ab.

    not.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Great at bat Alex!

  • Oh boy

    Arod is so clutch, just like his Captain…

  • CMP

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

    • sangreal

      David Robertson leads the AL in fWAR among relievers. Still wouldn’t want him to start a game. Not sure what your point was?

      (tied)

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

        I thought Robertson was second behind Walden?

        • sangreal

          He was, but I guess the outing yesterday was good for 0.1 as they are both at 1.1 now

      • CMP

        My point was he has more WAR than Garcia, Nova or Burnett in less than half the innings. He’s pretty damn good.

  • Greg

    Mike he stuck him out on a fastball

    • CMP

      He threw a FB in a slider count.

      • Greg

        And Mike said he would throw a slider in a fastball count. Tricky. But I do believe it goes back to never seeing him before.

  • Kostas

    Fail! Fail!

  • dkidd

    marmol is good

  • Ivan

    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.

  • Karl Krawfid

    A-Rod just took 3 hanging sliders.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

    I wish this was A-Rods contract year.

  • Greg

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

  • AaronGuileWithASmile

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

    • dkidd

      i can’t remember the last run he gave up

      • Urban

        Seattle?

  • Karl Krawfid

    How many pitches does Cano see this at bat?

  • AaronGuileWithASmile

    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.

  • paulc

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

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      This game was worse than the Civil War.

  • the tenth inning stretch

    Whatever, Reed Johnson.

  • Urban

    Fuck you, Reed Johnson.

    Soriano does not get that.

    • mt

      Nor does Andruw Jones – LOL.

      • Urban

        Gardner does, standing up, then has a cigarette.

  • AaronGuileWithASmile

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    fucking bull shit

  • Greg

    Not our day

  • Kostas

    well at least no shut out

  • JohnnyC

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

  • AaronGuileWithASmile

    Good at bat. Let’s go Jorge!

  • the tenth inning stretch

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

  • Urban

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

  • Karl Krawfid

    Jorge against these sliders could be fun

  • Urban

    Martin has to go. Keep out of the DP.

  • AaronGuileWithASmile

    Why is Martin not taking second?

  • the tenth inning stretch

    Whatever, ump.

  • Cy Pettitte

    nice fucking AB, wow.

  • AaronGuileWithASmile

    Wowwww this ump’s strikezone goes down to the shins

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Jorge LOLsada

  • Yank The Frank

    Jorge was up for comic relief.

  • Kostas

    Our bench. Sheer dominance.

  • jon

    what else could posada be looking for

    • JohnnyC

      An actual strike.

      • Greg

        That was close enough

  • Karl Krawfid

    We all knew how Jorge would do against that slider.

  • the tenth inning stretch

    HR for Gardy. Here it comes.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    This could be the worst moment in Yankee history.

  • Karl Krawfid

    BG shows em how its done.

  • Cy Pettitte

    be a hero, Chris.

  • AaronGuileWithASmile

    I think the home plate ump is high.

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

  • Esteban

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

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

    I miss Eric Chavez.

  • Urban

    The Yankees came to Chicago for a pitchers’ duel.

    Back tomorrow.

  • dkidd

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

    • Pat D

      your comment = not funny

      • dkidd

        untouchables reference? cause they’re in chicago?

        no disrespect meant

        • Pat D

          I got the Untouchables reference. I just don’t care much for ethnic slurs (I’m not of Italian origin).

          So long as that’s all you meant.

          • dkidd

            should always play it safe with that stuff

            frustration overcame common sense

            • FIPster Doofus

              Meh. It’s a classic film reference. No need to apologize.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          I thought it was funny…and I had no idea you were referencing a movie.

          /RacismIsntFunny’d?

  • Kostas

    Our bench is worthless. Seriously worthless.

  • Cy Pettitte

    all around pathetic game.

  • Greg

    Red Sox fans are laughing at us right now.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      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!

      I doubt the red sox fans are the only ones

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    I’d rather have CC hit.

    • the tenth inning stretch

      Brian Gordon, FTW!

  • Karl Krawfid

    You can’t make this shit up.

  • JohnnyC

    Another classic Cubs victory. Baseball played the right way.

    • King George

      Baseball without championships. The right way.

  • Matt

    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

      Dickerson took 2 strikes down the middle.

      • Matt

        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.

        • Karl Krawfid
          • Matt

            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

              I did see the game live.

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

              • Matt

                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

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

    • Jetrer

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

  • Esteban

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

    • Pat D

      They couldn’t hit Doug Fucking Davis. This will piss me off until tomorrow at least.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

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

    • Greg

      Look up. I ‘ve already said it.

      • Pat D

        Seriously though, why do you care about what fucking idiot, douchebag Red Sox fans think?

        • Greg

          Because they have a better record than us, have beaten us down this year and have a national network to spew their prose.

          • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

            Nobody watches ESPN.

          • Pat D

            You really are acting like a pre-2004 Red Sox fan. You have a massive inferiority complex.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Posada and Dickerson guess wrong. Bad results.

    • JohnnyC

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

      • Greg

        A very good secondary pitch.

        • JohnnyC

          Marmol throws his slider 61% of the time — he’s tied with Al Albuquerque for highest percentage of sliders thrown in the majors. Again, what’s to guess at?

          • CP

            The 39% of pitches that aren’t sliders?

            • JohnnyC

              So you’d expect something that happens only once in three pitches? Casinos must love you.

              • CP

                39% is more than 1 in 3.

                More importantly, it’s a significant fraction of his pitches. If you only look for the slider, that’s as bad as only looking for a fastball from most pitchers.

      • Evan3457

        Yeah, I know, only one pitch, and that’s why he’s only K’ing 11.6 per 9. Imagine how good he’d be with two pitches.

    • Matt

      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

        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.

        • CP

          Or maybe they do, which is why they’re the highest scoring team in baseball.

      • Evan3457

        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.