Jun
19

Game 70: Father’s Day

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

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. Most of us wouldn’t care about baseball if it wasn’t for the old man. Let’s go Yankees.

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

It’s an ESPN Sunday Night Game, so first pitch is scheduled for a little after 8pm ET. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Any word on Hughes’ velocity in his rehab start?

    • Ivan
      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        That’s huge news, adding a healthy Phil Hughes to the rotation could swing the division.

        • King George

          Couldn’t agree more. Very big.

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

          Just remember, he’s got a long way to go.

          • Ivan

            Are we talking around just after the ASB Phil could make his returned?

            • Urban

              You’re Russian, right?

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

                “You ain’t from Russia, so bitch, why you rushin’?”

                -Nelly, warrior poet

              • Yankonymous

                Wow, Urban has his finger on the pulse of both Belgian and Russian culture!

                • Urban

                  Stop complaining!

                  • Yankonymous

                    Who’s complaining? The general populace need to understand the shining star we have here on Earth that is Urban, so they may bask in the glow that is your words.

                    Not only have you shown me the light of the necessity of reading comprehension, you give valuable insights to all other readers as well.

          • Urban

            Since we still don’t know what caused the drop in velocity, I’m taking a “believe it when I see it” approach. If he actually hit 95 that would be great news. He could barely break 90 earlier this year, and was averaging around 88.

            Long way to go, but it’s encouraging. Certainly better than hearing he was averaging in the upper 80s.

      • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

        kind of just made my day…

    • inpinstripes

      89-93 topping at 95, per @Mike_Vorkunov…

  • Ivan

    So far, so good Phil Hughes eh.

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

    CC is going to jack one today. I’m calling it.

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      not that bold of a prediction…2/3 of the men on earth will jack one today

  • aRX

    Take your time Phil. The scrap heap/waiver wire All-Stars can hold down the fort until the ASB :)

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

    Thanks, dad.

    • Pat D

      I’d thank my dad, but he’s been kind of a douche today.

      • V

        I haven’t spoken to my father in two years.

  • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

    Most of us wouldn’t care about baseball if it wasn’t for the old man.

    Love you Mommy!

    • Urban

      She has her own day! Today is Dad’s day.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Where’s a list of all the top draft picks that signed?

  • mbonzo

    Assuming Hughes and Colon can come back healthy, I really like this rotation without any additions.

    1. Sabathia
    2. Burnett
    3. Hughes
    4. Colon
    5. Garcia/Nova

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Yankees started giving Colon some days off toward September, running with Garcia and Nova in the rotation. I would still love to see the Yankees target a pitcher to replace Garcia/Nova incase of injury or that Garcia’s numbers return to earth. Despite this, Burnett and Colon have been front of the rotation pitchers, and if they’re still dominant in September I think they’ve got a World Series caliber team, without any trades.

    • Zanath

      If we are assuming Colon continues to dominate when he comes back, Id actually put Colon 2nd and Burnett third. But I suppose it’s splitting hairs.

      • mbonzo

        I completely agree, but I bet Girardi feels that making Burnett the #2 guy from the beginning of the season has helped him. He’s into stupid stuff like that, and like you said its splitting hairs, so if theres a chance he’s right he’ll probably roll with that.

        • Urban

          Is it “he” who is into stupid stuff, or is it “we” who are into stupid stuff. Seriously, who cares where these guys sit in the rotational order as we go through the season? CC is #1 and will get the most opportunities. Everyone else falls behind.

          Now if you mean when it comes to the playoffs, I don’t agree. He liked the lefty Pettitte in the third position, but that won’t hold this year. He’ll go with Colon as his #2 in the postseason if he continues to pitch solidly.

          • Urban

            BTW I should add that it’s pointless to figure out the postseason rotation now, if that’s what you were referring to. There’s a lot of road ahead. He’ll go with who is pitching best, and if that’s AJ, great. If it was today and Colon was healthy, he’d be the #2.

  • dkidd

    my opinion of father’s day before becoming a father: b.s. holiday invented to make $$$ for hallmark

    my opinion of father’s day since becoming a father: an important and necessary recognition of my own father’s awesomeness

    /still bored by golf’d

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

      If you don’t like golf, you’re not a real father.

      Sincerely,
      America

  • mbonzo

    I know the season just started, but I have a really good feeling about Mason Williams. One of the few players I was unwilling to trade in my franchise league, the guys can rake. 3 for 4 today.

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      SI is quite athletic up the middle with Culver, Williams and Gumbs, not gritty though

      • mbonzo

        Williams had 2 stolen bases today. He’ll be balding pretty soon with that kind of Grit.

  • Urban

    Unrelated to anything but the fact the games have been on ESPN today and FOX yesterday, I’m glad they haven’t generated a single extra rating point by having Jeter get his 3,000th hit in one of these games. He was on track for one of the three games in Chicago.

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

    Anyone else hear about Albert Pujol’s wrist injury today? That’s a real shame. The guy has been killing it lately.

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      wrist injury? he must be in the 2/3 of men group i mentioned previously ;)

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

        LOL

    • jon

      i heard it was just a sprained wrist

      from the video it looked like he got his hand was taken clean off

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    Thinking about going to SI at Brooklyn on July 3 and home Vs Brooklyn on July 4. These easy ballparks to get to from Manhattan? I’ve never been to either.

    • Rob NY

      Staten Island Yanks play right over the ferry. You get off the ferry an walk half a block to the park.

  • mbonzo

    I know its a long shot, but I’ll be ecstatic if Bobby Valentine gets the job with the Marlins so I don’t have to listen to how the Yankees do everything wrong. “Too many homeruns”

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

      Word is they’re thinking of bringing back Trader Jack McKeon.

      Maybe the Marlins think today is Great-Grandfather’s Day.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    Can’t believe this dope is already making the point that Girardin had to “defend” all the HR’s.

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

    Heh, the ESPN3.com feed is ahead of the one on TV.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Big CC is gonna hit into a double play.

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

      No, he’s going to jack one to center field. Book it.

  • Zack D

    You look down. ‘Why aren’t they bunting’ You smile.

    Noooooooooo

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

    Prediction: CC hits a homer.

    Here, in the top of the first.

  • mbonzo

    BRETT GRITNER!

  • Cy Pettitte

    BRETT!!!!!!! THE POWER!!!!!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Hell yeah lil Rickey!!!

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

    Auspicious.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    Power + Grit = 1-0

  • Urban

    So, ummm, the wind blowing out today?

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

    Wooo.

  • Joey

    Heh. Gardner. The power!

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

    HOLY SHIT! Surely you jest BG

  • Ivan

    Wow that was crush! Go Brett Gardner.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Niiiice!

  • FIPster Doofus

    Gardy is a fucking boss.

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

    Upside: he can’t get thrown out at second on that play.

  • Greg

    All he needed was a little encouragement…

    (kidding)

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

    Granderslump

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

      He had two hits and a walk yesterday.

      • mbonzo

        Singles are shallow and pedantic.

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

          This. I want more evil home runs.

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

        I know. I was just trying to “say the right thing”

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

    Wait, D.J LeMahieu is in the bigs already?

    :: head explodes ::

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

    Cubs fans are booing ARod because…

    • Greg

      he’s ARod.

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      they think you’re supposed to do that…

    • mbonzo

      He used teh hacks.

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

      Pick a reason.

    • FIPster Doofus

      He wears gold-plated diapers.

    • Ivan

      Because its cool. and your a lame if you don’t boo him.

    • Karl Krawfid

      He was in the crowd when the collapse happened back in 2003.

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

    wait… less walks means a lower average?

    This guys a fuckin genius.

  • Greg

    Dan Sculman infuriates me sometimes.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    After losing The Big Man last night, I’m glad the Yanks have their Big Man on the mound tonight…

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

    In all seriousness, though, Cubs fans should be thanking ARod, not booing him. It’s his market-setting contracts that have created a situation where Albert Pujols might be available to them this winter as a free agent, thus strengthening their team and weakening their primary rival.

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

    Reed Johnson has a scrapzone.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Get the bullpen going.

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

    Inauspicious.

  • Greg

    Hard out

  • Greg

    Schulman’s so happy

  • Urban

    I know CC fell apart in the 7th inning against the Sox, but he was also iffy his last start. He has stretches of a few games where his command is slightly off. I wonder if this is one of those times.

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

      I doubt that we can yet deem this game a lost cause on CC’s part.

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

        It’s never too soon to start panicking.

      • Urban

        Did I say that?

        Let me check.

        No, no I didn’t say that.

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

          Okay, pal. Sorry if I misunderstood ya.

          • Urban

            No problem, Jerome S.

      • Yankonymous

        Come on Jerome, Urban absolutely did not say that. I, too, may have understood it from his post, but obviously, we mere mortals cannot comprehend the majesty of his thought patterns.

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

          No need to get hostile either way. I misunderstood him. Doesn’t matter if the semantics indicate things one way or another. The internet’s a cold place, man. I think if we were all a bit more understanding we could finally focus on the real goals:

          killing the trolls.

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

    Fucking small ball

  • Sheepmeister

    so from what I understand from ESPN, the Cubs run counts more than the Yankees run since it was manufactured better with 2 outs.

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

    Hooray for shutdown innings.

    /rolls eyes

    • C

      It’s okay, he’s just pitching to the score.

  • Hummingbird S.

    CC doesn’t look good, everything is up.

  • Greg

    SChulman again jumping for joy

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

    trolololocano

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Bobby V is an idiot. Of course the play could have been made, and Cano is at fault. The end.

    • Greg

      Actually I think the runner would have beaten it out. That was my first impression.

      • Urban

        I agree. I thought he had zero chance, even with his strong arm.

  • Karl Krawfid

    CC will hit a slam and get that run back.

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

    For those of you who can’t stand Bobby V and Co., there’s always the spanish broadcast.

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      muchas gracias

  • King George

    Organ = annoying as fuck

  • Mike HC

    Once again with the Yankee hating on a national televised game. The evil loud mouth Yankee fan was taunting Cub fans, and the Cub fans were so gracious and friendly. Gimme a break.

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      You mean that 1 fan is not a microcosm of Yankee Universe ?

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

    I’m not sure if you guys have heard, but the Cubs haven’t won the world series in a while.

    • Ivan

      Word for real? wow im surprise.

  • Guy Montag

    What is ESPN’s fascination with the behind the plate camera? Every 1st pitch they use that camera. You can’t see the location of the pitch so it’s a meaningless angle and yet they do this every game.

  • Greg

    HAve I mentioned that Dan Schulman, a Canadian, is anti-Yankee?

  • Greg

    His location’s off again

  • first time lawng time

    CC is going to throw a shitty game. Book it.

  • Ivan

    Wats up CC?!?!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I love Orel Hershiser: CC only needs to win 15 games a season until he’s 40 years old.

    Should be easy!

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

      /OldHoss’d

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      According to Bobby V, CC will only win 300 games if he really wants to.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      And no sooner do I hit enter than Bobby Valentine upstages him with “he can win 300 if he wants it badly enough.”

      Yeah, the problem with most pitchers is that they don’t want to win badly enough. I call it Weaver-itis.

      • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

        Paging Pavano, Carl (in the Yankee years)

  • Hummingbird S.

    When it’s against the Yankees, the tie always goes to the runner.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    Bobby V just said he likes Big guys with Soft hands…

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

      That’s going to lead to some wrist injuries.

  • Ivan

    No chance.

  • Greg

    The ump has not called the iside strike tonight. Could be important.

  • FIPster Doofus

    I’m actually yearning for Joe Morgan at this point. And Miller > Schulman, by far.

  • Urban

    Yes, Bobby. Cliff Lee is the highest paid pitcher in the game. Someone (read the Yankees) will give him a raise.

  • first time lawng time

    If a pitcher spends half of one season in the AL then the other half in the NL and pitches very well, which Cy Young Award is he eligible for?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I really hope Yankees fans don’t turn on CC when he opts out of his contract. We’ve all known it was coming since day 1, and we all know that the Yankees will spend what it takes to keep him around.

    It’s common sense for CC to get himself a better deal, let’s not pretend that he’s being greedy and unreasonable when the time comes.

  • James A

    CC gets to swing away, honestly I get almost as excited for him hitting as I do for opening day

  • Greg

    Dissappointing

    • #24!!!!

      ditto

  • mbonzo

    Kudos to Wrigley for not letting the ESPN desk into the stadium.

  • jon

    CC showing off the power

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

    Dammit CC. I wanted an evil home run.

  • first time lawng time

    Thanks, ESPN, for your shitty camera views.

  • Cy Pettitte

    BG is on fire, love it.

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

    Brett is on FIYAH

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I’d love to see a replay of that play at first

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

    there’s our obligatory double play for the day

  • Greg

    Too early to ask wwhy we arent hitting Randy Wells?

    • Frank

      He’s the right handed version of Doug Davis.

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

      They’ve never faced him before. I know, I got upset too.

      • Pat D

        What are we to do against Travis Wood and Mike Leake then?

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

          We’re fucked

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Yes: he’s a weird pitcher who most of the Yankees hitters have never seen before.

      Give them another turn through the order and see what happens.

  • Pastadivingnunez

    Can espn get over the jerking off of wrigley already

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

    I will not miss Starlin Castro after this series.

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

      Im just glad he’s in the national league.

  • Greg

    He’s getting hit hard for the most part, even some of the outs

  • Dino Velvet

    Valentine saying Jeter will be moved to 9th in the line-up after he reaches 3000 hits. I wonder who in the front office told him that.

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

    Fuck.

  • Greg

    Told you

    • tom

      You know, Greg, when you predict disaster every ten minutes, it’s not that impressive to be occasionally correct.

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

        Especially in baseball, when failure is commonplace.

  • King George

    WOW. CC FUCKING BLOWS. 4 straight shitty starts.

  • King George

    WOW. CC FUCKING BLOWS. 4 straight shitty starts.

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

      Three.

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

      Even the best fall down sometimes

  • Ivan

    CC just looks like he has nothing today.

  • Mike HC

    Damn, Alfonso Soriano has gained a nice amount of weight since I have seen him last. His days of being “wiry” seem to be over.

    • Urban

      We all become less “wiry” as we get older…sadly.

      • Yankonymous

        And also a genius at human physiology (and a little bit of psychology to boot). It’s great to know we have a single, definitive source on the human condition in Urban, perhaps our generation’s Hemingway?

  • Pat D

    Well, we’re doomed.

  • Guy Montag

    And that’s it with the way our offense has been hitting. Just 6 RS against 3 pitchers with 5 ERAs and the worst pitching staff in the NL. CC pitches to the one guy that’s destroyed him over his career. Way to throw meatballs to Pena and Soriano all weekend.

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

      Regression to the mean will come.
      I remain optimistic.

  • Ivan

    Alright guys, time to start kicking Randy Wells ass. Pick up your ace.

  • mbonzo

    Nasty play.

  • King George

    Man…CC has gotta have like what, a 8+ ERA in his last three or four starts? Does anybody know?

    • Pat D

      It was the two starts before this game where he blew up against Boston and wasn’t real good against Texas. The two games prior to that he gave up 3 runs in 16 2/3 innings.

      Chill.

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

      7.56 in his last three starts, but that could still go down tonight. Four starts ago was the near-CG in Anaheim.

    • Urban

      Ten earned runs in his last two starts covering 13.2 innings. He was solid before that. He’ll right the ship.

      • Yankonymous

        Prognosticator extraordinaire. So it is written, so it shall be done.

        • Pat D

          I only believe in predictions if they’re given in quatrain form.

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

    Wow, the Yankees caught a break there. Let’s see if they can capitalize.

    • mbonzo

      Makes up for Tex getting robbed.

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

    Finally the game we wanted.

    Wrigley is not the place for low-scoring affairs, on either side.

    If it’s a shoot-out they want, it’s a shoot-out they’ll get.

    • Pat D

      I didn’t really want CC to give up 4 runs in 3 innings, especially on a home run by Soriano.

      • King George

        “Chill.”

        • Pat D

          I’m perfectly chilled, I’m just saying I didn’t want that scenario.

          • King George

            Sweet.

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

    Good do something, Nunez. Can’t count on CC to get a hit.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Told you guys the second time through the order would be more fun

    Let’s blow this sucker open

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

    This is Nunez’s moment of truth.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Cmon Nuney!!!

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

    Yes… I’m sure it’s Eduardo’s defense that’s keeping him from being an everyday player… no elephants in the room…

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      It’s Eduardo’s defense that’s keeping him from being an everyday player somewhere

      If he could play the field at all, he’d be a very nice trade chip. In fact, he’s probably got some decent value as is.

  • Greg

    Got the job done.

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

    I’ll take that.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Nunez speed-thank you. Better than nothing for sure.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Great slide by Swisher.

    Wells looks pissed.

  • first time lawng time

    An observation: Robinson Canó has very big hands.

    Anyone else ever notice that?

    • King George

      You know what big hands means, right?

      • Adam

        Big glove?

      • first time lawng time

        Big gloves?

        Lol. I wasn’t even alluding to anything, I was just making an observation because I’ve noticed that lately. Lol

        • King George

          Hahaha, of course it means big gloves. But, after you said that, I did notice his hands. Abnormally large for someone Robbie’s size.

          • first time lawng time

            Yeah, but not too large where it’s nasty. It makes him masculine. He’s a pretty firm, solid guy, so it works for him, I guess.

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    arrgh

  • Greg

    Need to throttle them from here on out.

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

    Hurry back to AL parks, please.

  • tom

    You get two back immediately, in the inning where the pitcher hits, you really can’t complain.

  • Yanks99

    Why do they use that stupid camera angle from behind the catcher. Does ESPN really think people want to watch the catchers back? You can’t see anything.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      ESPN is the master of making “improvements” that nobody asked for

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

      At least that white strike zone they superimposed over the plate is gone.

  • Ivan

    At least they got 2 runs back

  • first time lawng time

    Can’t believe Sabathia has hit a triple. He’s a fat pitcher, so that’s gotta be a Gardner ITPHR

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      If Prince Fielder could hit multiple inside the park homers, anything is possible

      • Pat D

        Once you get that much mass in movement, it’s hard to stop it.

  • King George

    God damn it.

  • Greg

    Get him out he has nothing

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

    Alright, get the bullpen up. Giving up doubles to pieces of shit like LeMahieu isn’t going to get it done.

    • Greg

      I considered pinch hitting for CC in the last at bat

  • Monteroisdinero

    Easy to take second on Swish’s arm.

  • Pat D

    Don’t fight over the ball, boys.

  • Urban

    Well, that as almost a disaster.

  • Ivan

    Where was that pitch?

  • FIPster Doofus

    That’s a ball?

  • Mickey Scheister

    That was a strike.

  • Greg

    Here’s that guy again

  • FIPster Doofus

    Nunez!

  • Greg

    Nunez learning

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    Nooony!

  • King George

    Huge inning to get out of scoreless.

  • first time lawng time

    WTF? That was a good throw from Nuñez.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Nunez arm stronger/less accurate than Jeter.

      Strength stays. Accuracy will improve (I hope).

  • jon

    jeter does NOT make that play

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Neither does Nunez 4 times out of 5

      He’s young, he’ll get better though.

    • Urban

      Actually, Jeter probably would have made that play. His speciality. It wasn’t that too far to the right. Jeter has more problem going to his left.

  • Pat D

    Great time for a perfect throw, Nunie.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Noony! Nice to not have to do a jump throw from short left field.

    Derek who?

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

    Nicest play by Nunez the entire year?

    • Urban

      Easily his nicest play since he came up last year. I can’t think of a single nice play he’s made, until that one.

  • Ivan

    Wow what an amazing throw by Nunez.

    By the way, Jeter doesn’t even get to that ball.

  • jay h

    i think nunez’s throws are bad when he tries to baby it. When he tries to throw hard they seem to be more accurate

    • Monteroisdinero

      This. It will come. You can’t coach a strong arm but you can improve accuracy with confidence and experience.

  • Adam

    It’s almost as if Nunez is a young player and going to be inconsistent in his fielding.

  • Pat D

    I miss when Wimbledon was on HBO. Many fond memories of watching during summer vacation back in the ’90′s.

    • CMP

      If you like tennis, watch “Fire and ice” on HBO about Borg and McEnroe back in the glory days of tennis. It was really outstanding.

      • Pat D

        I saw that on today in its last 3 minutes. I’ll have to try and catch it.

        HBO’s sports documentaries like that are pretty uniformly excellent. I love the Brooklyn Dodgers one. Brings tears to my eyes, even though I generally hate the Dodgers.

        • CMP

          “When it was a game” part 1 and 2 are also on this month, both outstanding too.

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

            Magic and Bird: A Courtship of Rivals was also very good.

            • Pat D

              Oh, yea, it was.

              To see how that relationship changed over time was pretty incredible.

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

                Oh yeah definitely. An amazing story about two impossibly different men.

          • Pat D

            Yea, I think that’s because they were just released on Blu Ray in an anniversary edition.

        • AaronGuielWithASmile

          I feel like I would really hate Brooklyn Dodger fans if the team had stuck around.

          It would be like combining Mets fans with Red Sox fans with hipsters.

          • Pat D

            Hard to say. They were definitely passionate, and they seemed to cut an interesting cross-section of people, just as the borough itself did at that time.

  • CMP

    It amazing after his miserable start that Gardner is hitting .294 with a .373 OBP. He really has been on fire.

  • first time lawng time

    IDK about you guys, but I sure hope Boston slows down the second half. Their lead might be insurmountable.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      I don’t think that their pitching will hold up through the summer.

      Then again, I’m not sure ours will either.

    • Pat D
      • first time lawng time

        Seriously though, Boston is showing no signs of slowing down. I wouldn’t be surprised if they increased their lead to the point if it being insurmountable.

        • Pat D

          A couple of things.

          First of all, you didn’t specify what you just said, so that hurts your original statement.

          Secondly, it’s essentially impossible to keep up their current pace. They are 17-6 over their last stretch here. That’s a better winning percentage than the 1998 Yankees and 2001 Mariners.

          Third, their rotation currently includes Andrew Miller, Tim Wakefield and John Lackey. Even when Buchholz comes back, you’ve still got Wakefield and Lackey.

          • FIPster Doofus

            Wakefield and Lackey are gritty aces, though, and Andrew Miller is destined to become another ace. He’s just a late bloomer.

            • Pat D

              I’ve given up Kool Aid.

              About the only sugar-filled drink I have forsaken.

    • http://deleted Total Dominication

      Wait, there 2 game lead might be insurmountable?

    • FIPster Doofus

      Two games is insurmountable?

      • Greg

        It can if we cant gain any ground on them

    • Urban

      If they keep winning eighty percent of their games, you are correct. They will not keep winning eighty percent of their games.

  • Pat D

    I really do dislike the in-game manager interviews.

    Thanks for that, Fox.

  • Ivan

    Exciting inning by the bats there.

  • Karl Krawfid

    So A-Rod is playing hurt.

    This is great news.

    • Greg

      Where are you hearing this?

    • first time lawng time

      It is good news. It shows that he’s a real man.

  • Greg

    Still not hitting Randy Wells extremely well. third time through the order.

  • Mickey Scheister

    That was uneventful.

  • Guy Montag

    An ace will get us through 7 holding them where they are. CC needs to step up and become that ace. The offense can get a couple more vs Wells.

    • FIPster Doofus

      CC stepped up and became an ace a long time ago.

    • Greg

      Your first statement is a bit harsh. Your second statement is not a certainty

    • DF

      “Become that ace?” He is that ace. He might not get it done tonight, but he usually does.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Helping us win a World Series is not good enough.

      Must help us beat Cubz.

      • Greg

        Helping us win a World Series is not enough.

        Helping us win 4 World Series is enough for me.

        • Karl Krawfid

          Then you would want 5. Then 6. Then 7…

          • Greg

            No I’m not that greedy.

            • Pat D

              That’s what I said after 2000. Then 2001-2008 happened.

              Trust me, you want every one once you get a couple because you start to think it’s your right.

          • jay h

            not 5, not 6, not 7
            /lebron’d

            • Karl Krawfid

              lol

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

          That’s a “you” problem.

          • Greg

            I dont care. Its what I feel. Actually maybe two or three would be enough.

  • first time lawng time

    Girardi is a little crapface. I hate him.

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

      I hope you’re joking

      • Pat D

        No, she’s on record as anti-Girardi.

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

          Personally I don’t mind him. He’s not a great manager but isn’t a bad one either. Seems like a genuine guy too.

          • Pat D

            Great managers are so rare.

            And most great managers are only great because of the talent they possess.

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

              I’ve recently come to the conclusion that there are no such thing as great managers. Some just suck less than others.

              • Pat D

                I see what you mean, because the guys generally regarded as great managers recently (Torre, Cox, LaRussa) have been pretty obviously flawed in their later years.

                But I never got to “see” guys like Mack, McGraw, McCarthy, Stengel, Alston, etc., manage, so I’m not going to go that far.

                • AaronGuielWithASmile

                  Keep in mind that guys like Mack, McGraw, McCarthy and Stengal all managed in an era where sportswriters earned and kept access by turning sports figures into larger than life demigods.

                  If Stengel managed the Yankees today, I guarantee that 20% of this site would think that he’s a moron.

                  • Pat D

                    That’s what they thought of Stengel when he was hired in 1949.

                    Then he won 5 straight World Series.

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

                      Also what they thought of Torre. That turned out pretty well.

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

              Exactly. I’d like to see how Connie Mack would fare with a mediocre team like the 2010 Florida Marlins.

          • AaronGuielWithASmile

            Agreed. He wins games, he does a good job managing the bullpen and the players don’t hate him.

            Good enough for me.

  • Monteroisdinero

    CC looking like Nova out there tonight. Hopefully it will be one of his gritty/non-dominating wins.

    • first time lawng time

      It’s not gritty if he isn’t white.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I’m feeling a Cano shot here…

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Well Suszyn, it appears that I still can’t predict baseball.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Swish is gonna do something big this inning. Tonight he breaks through and crosses .180 from the left side. .200 is next.

  • King George

    Interleague is stupid.

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

      At first I liked it because of the novelty. But it gets old fast.

      • Pat D

        I’d actually like it better right now if they didn’t play the Mets 6 times each year.

        I like being able to play teams they don’t normally play, so that I can see other parks in action and stuff like that.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Great AB by Swisher.

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

    Good job Swish. Now let’s get a sac fly at least.

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

    Alright Russ, ball in the air.

  • mbonzo

    Bobby Valentine… Ex-Manager who can’t get a job in the MLB telling a player making $27m a year how to play.

    • NHYankeesFan

      Thats why he is currently employed by ESPN

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Memo to Bobby V:

    A-Rod isn’t at 3rd because he was running in the basepath. A-Rod is at 3rd because the 3rd base coach held him up.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Forget it. He’s rolling.

    • Urban

      Valentine has to talk about something.

      Valentine scored 179 runs in his career. A-Rod has now scored 1,801.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      P.S. aren’t runners supposed to run in the basepath? Isn’t that why it’s called the basepath?

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

    Get greedy Russ, drive in two.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Almost. Bad BABIP luck on a well-hit ball.

    • King George

      Exactly.

  • jon

    lol martins wanted the RBI so he holds arod up

  • Greg

    Yay

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

    Scoreless game, bitches. Bullpen vs. bullpen now.

    • NHYankeesFan

      Scoreless?

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

        4-4 is the same thing as 0-0.

        • Mickey Scheister

          Deuce.

  • King George

    Ok, not the most desired play but certainly will work.

  • mbonzo

    One thing I like about ESPN is the shots they get. I despise the shot from behind the catcher, but I like the dugouts and when they go to YS and get the bleachers.

  • King George

    Do we pinch hit for CC?

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

    Pinch hit please.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Bobby V. wants Nunez vs. Jeter to be a thing SO badly

    I’m sorry, but Nunez’s throw from the hole was not one of the best plays of the year. Come on.

    • Urban

      What was so great about the play was that Nunez didn’t make an error.

  • mbonzo

    Tank one CC.

  • Josh

    Valentine is a moron. His comments about A-Rod’s baserunning are completely off-base. (No pun intended.)

    • mbonzo

      I’d be thrilled if he got the job managing the Marlins, just so I don’t have to listen to this nonsense.

    • King George

      Not to be an annoying bitchy antagonist, but his points were actually entirely correct. That’s the correct route to run if you want the runner on second to score. Always, always, always take the wheel run to third and then you have less distance to cover going home.

      • Brad

        It takes the same amount of time to score from second regardless of the wheel run to third or to home. The point is that you still have to make the turn. In fact, you can make the argument that the wheel run to home is better because the runner can aim for the backside of the plate.

        • Urban

          The other issue with the entire discussion is they “assumed” he would have been sent home and would have scored if he lined up as Valentine was blabbering on about.

          • Brad

            Exactly. Or maybe Rodriguez was thinking of stealing third.

  • King George

    Fudge.

  • Greg

    Made him earn it though. Cant exppect the pitcher to get a hit there.

    • mbonzo

      Yea, I don’t think it was the right move to PH for CC there either. I think he’s got at least 2 more innings in him.

      • Monteroisdinero

        He was at 75 pitches. Nothing for him. Might have been a higher percentage play to take that 3-2 pitch.

        • Evan3457

          CC does have 3 career HRs, and a lifetime BAVG over .250.

          He also had a career K/BB ratio of 26/1 coming in.

  • Ivan

    Fuck the NL.

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

      But, but the strategy……

  • wow

    and that was the biggest out of the game?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    What is it with these national broadcasters not knowing the score?

  • Monteroisdinero

    So if ARod’s shoulder only bothers him when he dives for a ball-should we expect no diving for groundballs? Something to look for.

  • Ivan

    Range Baby!!!!!!

  • Urban

    Nice catch by the “4th” outfielder.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Brett Godner.

  • mbonzo

    If Brett Gardner keeps hitting he might win a Gold Glove this year.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Andruw should never put on a glove for this team.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Brett’s defense is the best, love watching him in the outfield

  • BklynJT

    Which LF in MLB has better metrics than Gardner? I didn’t catch what Bobby V said.

    • Esteban

      Denard Span.

      • Esteban

        And interestingly enough, Torii Hunter is 3rd.

        • King George

          He doesn’t play LF. He plays RF.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Isn’t he a CF?

        • Esteban

          Yeah, missed the LF part of the question. Then nobody is better, according to Fangraphs. Sam Fuld is 2nd among LFers.

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

    Looks like Randy Wells is done. But whether this is good or bad has yet to be seen.

    • mbonzo

      He was pinch hit for, so yea he’s done.

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

        Yeah I know, that why I said he was done.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Bringing in a pinch hitter to try and drag bunt his way on.

    Catch the excitement of NL baseball!

  • Esteban

    So much range from Gritner.

    • King George

      He’s got a shaved head, so yes, he certainly does fit the criteria.

  • Pat D

    Uh oh, my dad is ranting about them talking about how great it is that the fans are close to the action at Wrigley and Fenway.

    • Urban

      I’ve been to Wrigley and Fenway a number of times. I’m glad they are not my team’s home park.

  • Guy Montag

    Alright, let’s get a couple here with the top of our lineup and get through one more with CC then Robertson and Mo. Their bullpen is not any good and we can’t continue to get 2-3 men on base and score 0 runs.

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

    Is it just me, or does this Marshall guy pitching for the Cubs seem REALLY tall?

    • mbonzo

      6’7″

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

      He’s listed at 6-foot-7 on the Cubs’ site.

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

        Weird. At first I had the impression he was even taller than CC.

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

          He’s all arms and legs. His slenderness makes him look taller.

  • Greg

    This is the problem with having two lefties at the top of the lineup, even if Grandy is good against lefties this year.

    • mbonzo

      This is more of a problem with facing a guy who’s a really good reliever.
      Gardner is hitting .273/.385 against lefty relievers this year.
      Granderson is hitting .277/.337 with a .988 OPS.

      • Greg

        According to Guy Montag. their bullpen is awful

        • FIPster Doofus

          He’s right. The Cubs bullpen is toward the bottom of the NL in ERA, FIP, xFIP, HR rate and BB rate. The only positive is their relievers get a lot of strikeouts.

        • mbonzo

          Marshall- 2.25 FIP, 9.09 K/9
          Marmol- 2.46 FIP, 11.97 K/9

          Aside from Kerry Wood, the rest of their bullpen is pretty awful.

  • King George

    Wow, Curtis hasn’t been so sharp lately. Lot of looks.

  • Pat D

    Teix is under .250? I know BA isn’t everything, but I really don’t want him to turn into Darrell Evans so soon.

    • mbonzo

      He has a .901 OPS with a .223 BABIP. THATS INSANE.

      • Pat D

        All the homers.

        And I was just simplifying since Darrell Evans was a guy with low BA, high OBP and a bunch of home runs.

        • mbonzo

          If Tex’s BABIP was at his career average he’s easily be hitting over .300.

          • Pat D

            But why is the BABIP down? Could it be that his line drive percentage is down and his infield fly percentage is up? Those are the things that trouble me.

    • Esteban

      Yeah, would like to see the BA up too, but tough to get too upset with a 147 wRC+ (tied for 6th among 1Bman in baseball)

  • King George

    Easily the most garbage top part of an inning I’ve seen this game.

  • Urban

    Is this team really only going to hit one HR in a three-game series at Wrigley. Somebody Yankee to CF, damnit. The Babe is angry.

    • Urban

      Some Yankee point to CF.

  • Esteban

    I probably would give Big Papi a pound or something. Not sure about a hug.

  • Pat D

    I’d hug Ortiz if he just admitted he took some kind of PED’s. And then agreed to gate raped in the media the way ARod was.

    • Urban

      His people are still investigating it. He’ll report back to us once he figures out what happened.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Who would have thought Brett Gardner would be getting all the ass kissing on a Sunday Night baseball game.

    5 pitches!

  • Greg

    That should decide homefield for the WS. Results of the interleague.

    • King George

      I like that idea.

    • Pat D

      But it’s not fair if you use a whole slew of games played between all teams rather than one simple game comprised of each league’s “best” players.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Or team record.

      • Esteban

        Yeah, better record should have home. I also think 2-2-1-1-1 would be a good idea.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          I see the flaws in the 2-3-2 arrangement, but travel days between the final 1-1-1 is just too much for me.

          • Esteban

            Yeah, that is the downside, but MLB doesn’t really have a problem with a million offdays in the postseason, or at least it hasn’t seemed like it the last few years.

        • Pat D

          Too much travel, slows down the series.

          I’m sure that’s someone’s argument, especially since they don’t want the World Series to extend into November anymore.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    A better fielding Jason Giambi

  • Ivan

    Tex is the best….

  • Karim Garcia

    Please score in the top of the 8th. I can’t take much more of this nonsense.

  • Monteroisdinero

    I’m feelin’ good about Swish tonight even though I usually bash him. A big hit coming up this inning (from either side of the plate) and he has a 3 hit game! Has he had one this year?

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Got any lotto numbers for next week?

    • King George

      Well played. I liked my rally call, but yours was just ballsy. I gotta give you some airknucks.

      • Monteroisdinero

        Thanks. I need some love after all the Golson/Nunez non-love.

        :-)

  • King George

    I feel a rally in my bones!!!!

    • Nuke LaDoosh

      you have any stock tips for me?

      • King George

        Hahaha, seriously.

  • Pat D

    6 hits by 3 guys.

    Come on, Robbie.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Arod doesn’t look as thin as he did in ST. Bobby V is right about the baserunning but ARod scored anyway.

    Enough already!

    • Nuke LaDoosh

      Bobby will keep pounding this horse until it’s in a bottle of Elmers

    • Urban

      Nunez or Golson would have taken the right path.

      • Monteroisdinero

        On a night I back Swish correctly? Cheap shot. But yes-each of those guys would have scored on that play-thanks for pointing that out.

    • Brad

      No he’s not right. You still have to make the damn turn regardless if it’s before or after reaching third. I don’t know who’s a worse announcer, Valentine or McCarver?

  • Karim Garcia

    Robbie with a laser!

  • Ivan

    Back in business.

  • Greg

    The Cubs got Chris Carpenter? How?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Not sure if serious but it’s not the same Chris Carpenter…

      • Greg

        Not serious

    • mbonzo

      Yankees actually drafted him in 2007.
      5.62 ERA in the minors this year.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    It would’ve been nice to, you know, see that base hit.

    But no, keep using that behind the plate cam. Please, I insist.

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

    Swish could GIDP for all I care, just get the run in.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I’d rather him homer into the double play.

      • mbonzo

        Sorry, no double play on that homer.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        And boom goes the dynamite…?

      • Pat D

        They are at Wrigley, so we could have seen that Rookie of the Year play.

  • Greg

    Swisher!

  • Pat D

    BUH BYE!!

  • FIPster Doofus

    BOOM

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    Bravo

  • Cy Pettitte

    Swish!!!!!! thank you.

  • Ivan

    God Damn Swisher!!!!!!!

  • Guy Montag

    GOODBYE NICK SWISHER!!!!! FINALLY!!!

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

    Once again, Nick Swisher kills a rally.

  • mbonzo

    So I think Swisher figured it out from the right side tonight.

  • Stratman9652

    Nice Swish, very nice.

  • Esteban

    SWISH! Batting lefty!

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Nick fucking Swisher.

  • Urban

    Nice, Swish!

    I guess no Golson.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Another cheap Golson shot! I am happy Swish is approaching .200 from the left side. Guy got a 2-0 meatball from a scrub pitcher. Whatever-I am happy for him.

      Now get Swisher’s crappy arm out of RF for the 8th and 9th.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Take whatever route u want Nick, u earned it!

  • Dino Velvet

    listen to the crowd! – it’s louder than YAnkee stadium

    • Pat D

      Probably because this stadium is smaller and closer together.

  • IRF

    Best game of the season for Swish? Best Game of the season for Swish.

  • Bob Stone

    Just beautiful. Just beautiful.

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    Swishcago

  • Karl Krawfid

    Swish maine

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Sick Nwisher.

  • mbonzo

    All I’ve heard from people on Castro’s defense is that he’s phenomenal. I know he’s young, but he’s looked awful in the majors.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      He’s got all the raw tools to be a great defender. He just doesn’t have the footwork or the mental side of the game down quite yet.

      • Urban

        Are you talking about Nunez or Castro?

        We’d be lucky to have Castro, though. I’ll take the growing pains from him.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I wish they’d give Robertson a night off with the 3 run lead. Let Ayala pitch the 8th.

    • Bob Stone

      Interesting idea, but a little scary.

      • Greg

        If anybody Cory Wade should be the backup 8th inning guy.

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        Worst case scenario, Ayala puts the tying run on and they have to use Roberston anyway (it’s not like he has any problem pitching with men on.)

        Eventually they’re gonna have to start conserving his innings, Robertson can’t pitch every game.

    • Greg

      No chance.

    • Bob Stone

      CC’s at only 88 pitches. Why not give him the eighth?

      • Monteroisdinero

        because we want a guy hitting .100 against lefties up at bat? Joe had to know they would turn Sado around.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    I don’t invest much in pitcher wins, but I’ll admit that I take a bit of pride in having my ace included in the league leader categories. A 9th win for CC would be mighty nice.

    • Esteban

      I like for Yankees to be among the leaders in ‘traditional’ stat categories, just to argue with people who hate sabermetrics and it’s not worth trying to explain to.

    • Stratman9652

      This game needs a triple play.

      • Stratman9652

        Epic reply fail.

  • Ivan

    I wouldnt stop smiling too if I hit a homer like that.

  • Kostas

    All right, Swish gets an apology, for now.

  • Pat D

    I knew the Marlins were terrible this month, but I didn’t realize they had played 9 1-run games and lost all of them.

    Kinda feel sorry for Edwin Rodriguez. I also feel sorry for whoever takes over that job because I’m convinced that the front office of that team are idiots and I know the owner is what Kevin Kline would call a “dickhead fuckface asshole.”

    • Urban

      Being the manager of the Marlins is a thankless job, filled with endless headaches, even when the team is doing better than expected.

      • Pat D

        Yea, for the reasons I said.

        Just ask Joe Girardi.

        Even with all the shit going on with the McCourts and the Wilpons, Jeffrey Loria will always get my vote for worst owner in baseball.

  • BklynJT

    The Yankee fans in Chicago make the local Yankee fans look bad

  • Mickey Scheister

    Let’s go Jorgie!!!

  • mbonzo

    How does Michael Jordan get away with Hitler mustache?
    http://www.bestweekever.tv/bwe.....Stache.jpg

    • Esteban

      The answer is in the question.

  • Matt

    Another unnecessary overmanaging move by Joe Girardi that puts a needless strain on the pen.

    CC has a 3 run lead and is at 89 pitches. He’s thrown up 4 straight zeroes and has looked much sharper the next few innings. Robertson is pitching a lot lately. Why can’t you leave him in to throw another inning and have him take another at bat?

    If it’s a 1 run game, or a tie game, this move makes sense. But after Swisher’s 3-run home run, you have more than enough breathing room to send him back out there. With how much you are going to have to rely on Robertson this season, you give him nights off as often as you can.

    • mbonzo

      While he only had 89 pitches, he had few real rough innings where he had to work hard. He’s been getting tagged the last few games, so I don’t mind letting him go early and hoping the fewer pitches gets him a better start next time.

      • Mickey Scheister

        This.

      • Matt

        I see what you’re trying to say here, but I think the numbers are a bit misleading tonight in terms of the situations.

        In the first, it took only 6 pitches to get the double, the fly ball, and the groundout. Then he’s pitching with 2 outs and the bases empty again.

        He’s had some incredibly easy innings as this game has gone along and has gotten sharper. I don’t think he was fatigued, this was a fairly easy effort for him after the 3rd or 4th inning. It was more about Girardi being “by the book” rather than doing what is logical.

        • mbonzo

          I agree that Girardi overmanages way too much, and there is a case to be made for CC pitching the 8th, but I agree with the move here. Despite the short innings, for example the 7th, he’s been getting some lucky BABIP. Hard hit balls are being robbed by Gardner, Tex, and Swisher. He’s only had 3 strike outs tonight. He could go further, but by making the move you’re getting a better batter up, a better pitcher up, (at least Robertson by the numbers would be a better option) and you give CC a break during a bad stretch. Thats all worth it to me to cash in one of Robertson’s innings.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Agree Matt. Joe had to grease his binder fingers at least once in this game. Stupid move unless CC said he was done/tired.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I would have been fine with CC in the 8th at 89 pitches but whatevs.

  • Bob Stone

    Jack McKeon to manage the Marlins at 80 years old? Incredible.

    • Urban

      Charlie Manuel isn’t 80?

      • Esteban

        He’s in his 30s, I think. Just lived a tough life.

  • Karl Krawfid

    CC wasn’t sharp at all. Made one mistake. Could have been an amazing outing.

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    anyone think DRob can evolve into a closer?

    • mbonzo

      Not right now. Although he’d be better than a lot of closers out there, he simply throws too many pitches and walks too many people. If he can figure out his control issues, I think theres a legit shot he takes over a closer job one day.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      If he can stop walking some people then yeah.

    • Bob Stone

      He’s been making it look like a much stronger possibility this season.

    • Nuke LaDoosh

      this is why I used the word “evolve”, he’s definitely got to cut down on the walks…

  • Ivan

    Come on Robertson.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I’m cool with pitching around Soriano. The dude can still get around on a fastball, that’s for sure.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Robertson to the rotation! If he can K 50 in 25IP, he’d have like 400K’s per year!

    #kidding

  • Greg

    Ump is squeezing him a bit

  • Cy Pettitte

    #toomanywalks

  • Guy Montag

    And he walked Soto! Unbelievable! And here come their pinch hitters.

  • Esteban

    No! Bad Robertson! No Walks! Bad!

  • BklynJT

    No regression, please!

  • Ivan

    Robertson, I love ya but these BB’s have to stop please!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Remember what I was saying about giving Robertson a night off?

    I don’t like the way this is going…

    • Greg

      You think Ayala would do better?

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        Do I think that Ayala is a better pitcher than Robertson? No way.

        Do I think that Robertson has been getting a little overworked? Yes.

        I think that a 3 run lead was a nice opportunity to get Robertson a night off, instead of making him throw 20 more pitches. And by the way, Ayala’s been lights out as of late.

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

      No way, he’s got them right where he wants them.

  • Karl Krawfid

    0-2 count

    Why not bounce a breaking ball?

  • Monteroisdinero

    2 in the wagon. C’mon DRob.

  • Karim Garcia

    Terrible on my blood pressure!

  • NHYankeesFan

    Please tell me that Girardi is warming up Boone Logan as a very unfunny joke

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

    Boone Logan, you sit your ass down.

  • nsalem

    No worry Dave will now do what Dave does best

  • Matt

    This is why Girardi is nothing more than an average manager in terms of in-game decisions.

    He manages like he expects every relief pitcher to be at their utmost best every single night when he brings them in.

    CC is cruising along in this game the last few innings, and keeping the lefty hitters like Pena and Fukudome on the bench. You don’t HAVE to bring in Robertson, and he’s thrown in 2 of the last 3 games.

    Who is more likely to be sharp? The guy who is already sharp, or the guy coming out of the pen who is inconsistent with his control?

    They’ll likely still win this game, but now Robertson will probably be unavailable tomorrow. What if tomorrow night is a 1 run game? A 3-run lead in the 8th is still a pretty good chance of winning the game even with a lesser reliever.

    • Greg

      I’m a pessimist. ANd I think you’re overdoing it.

      • mbonzo

        You must be having a good day, or me a bad one, I’ve agreed with pretty much everything you said today.

    • Nuke LaDoosh

      I agree

    • Bob Stone

      Totally agree.

    • Monteroisdinero

      I agree with you Matt. have CC at least pitch until someone gets on base. Still not having to face the tying run at the plate for whoever comes in after him seems reasonable.

      Only way I take CC out is if he tells me he is gassed.

      Not a big fan of Joe G in-game managing.

      So is Swish still in RF?

    • mbonzo

      Theres a case for CC pitching the 8th, but despite the short last few innings by CC, the Cubs have been getting robbed on line drives. So its been far from easy innings. Robertson was a better option in the 8th, Posada was a better hitter, and CC needs a break during this stint where he has little command and no cutter. It was worth using Robertson for an inning.

  • Monteroisdinero

    We must not get Fukudome’d this inning.

    • inpinstripes

      +1

  • Greg

    Robertson is like John wetteland right now. Gets into trouble and gets out of it.

  • Esteban

    Robertson just isn’t comfortable without men on base.

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

    See? Right where he wanted them.

  • NHYankeesFan

    Good job Robertson. Im glad you got out of the inning but you will kill me with the stress you put me through

  • Cy Pettitte

    strand rate approaching levels that are just silly

  • rek4gehrig

    Houdini strikes again

  • Cy Pettitte

    ridiculous double, damn.

  • Greg

    Just needed a little encouragment…

  • Bob Stone

    Love that speed!

  • nsalem

    you 4th outfielder you

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Note to A-Rod/Jorge: THAT is how you do it.

    Note to Valentine: shut the fuck up about rounding the bases. You are worse than McCarver with this stuff.

    • Brad

      Note to Valentine: shut the fuck up about rounding the bases. You are worse than McCarver with this stuff.

      +1

    • nsalem

      I thought what he had to say was quite insightful. One might suggest that others should STFU
      but that wouldn’t be polite,

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        Maybe it was insightful when it happened (though even that is debatable.)

        It is certainly not insightful when Bobby V brings it up for the 20th time, 5 innings later.

        Bobby V is seriously reminding me of McCarver, who is the master of predicting a bunt in the 2nd inning then continuing to talk about it in the 9th.

        • nsalem

          These games are telecasted for the consumption of the casual baseball viewer and your knowledge is superior to those of the general public. It is interesting and insightful to the casual viewer as it was to me. Bobby V did repeat himself several times as he tends to do, but to say it was 20 times is a major exaggeration on your part. By the way which announcers would you consider informative and you enjoy listening to.

          • AaronGuielWithASmile

            Just to name a few: David Cone, Mike Krukow, Mark Grace

            • nsalem

              I like Krukow and Cone also. I understand why people get frustrated with the national broadcasters, but I do believe it’s their job to cater to an audience that is much different from you. If Cone was on national TV he wouldn’t be allowed to do what he does on YES.

      • Brad

        Valentine makes it sound as though a runner on second has to make the turn before he reaches third. Assuming only one turn, the fact is that it will take the same amount of time to score from second if a runner makes the turn before or after reaching third base.

        By the way, Bobby, the quote should be “Down goes Pena!” not “Pena’s down!” So shut the, uh, hell up, please.

  • Mickey Scheister

    He wasn’t even moving when the camera shift, Gardner, wow your fast.

  • Esteban

    Woohoo, Brett up to .294/.372/.446.

  • Cy Pettitte

    BG at .294 BA, one more big night and he’s a .300 hitter. How insane is that after his atrocious start?

    • Greg

      That’s what I’ve been waiting for.

      • Esteban

        Lol, you won’t be happy until he’s a .300 hitter? Are those .006 of BA really that important?

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    there goes the save for Mo

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

    Speeeeeeeeeeeeeed.

  • Bob Stone

    Bye bye save opportunity for Mo.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    AND JUST LOOK AT HOW NICELY GRANDERSON ROUNDED SECOND!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Sit ya ass down Mo!

  • Greg

    Now we can save Mo for tommorow.

  • Ivan

    The Grandyman can!

  • Urban

    Strangely, Gardner was lining up he same was as A-Rod. In fact, every runner tonight who made it second base, on both teams, lined up exactly as A-Rod did. Go figure, Bobby.

    Once again, A-Rod, 1801 runs scored. Valentine, 179.

    • Brad

      Love the sarcasm.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Gardy is 6 jeterian singles to right from being our everyday leadoff hitter.

    Hey look Joe-I can hit lefties too!

  • whozat

    Wow, great camera work, ESPN. I’m glad I could watch the backside of that pole while Granderson steamed into third.

  • mbonzo

    Gardner inching closer to earning a gold glove.

  • mbonzo

    Nick Swisher taking over for Gene Monahan.

  • Ivan

    Time to blow it open boys.

  • Esteban

    Is Jeter really gonna be leadoff when he’s off the DL. Gardner and Granderson 1-2 is pretty good.

    • mbonzo

      I hope its Gardner, Jeter, Tex, Arod, Cano, Swisher, Granderson, Posada, Martin.

      Granderson deserves to bat higher, but this is a damn good lineup, and Jeter won’t bat far back. I also don’t want Cano and Granderson batting back to back.

      • Esteban

        Jeter shouldn’t be batting that high, certainly not higher than the best hitter on the team this year.

        • mbonzo

          If we were going by who deserves to bat where, Jeter would be 9th and Granderson batting 3rd or cleanup. Realistically, Girardi is not batting Jeter anywhere other than first or second.

          • Esteban

            Unfortunately for the Yankees, I agree with you.

      • TCMiller30

        “Hey Granderson, you’ve been our best hitter all season so far so we’re gonna remove the protection you’ve been thriving with and put you 7th in front of Posada”

        Thing is, I bet Curtis wouldn’t even really complain because he’s the man, but that’d be a HUGE slap in the face

        • mbonzo

          Huge slap in the face is an overreaction. If you want to compare who deserves to bat where, we’re talking about Curtis Granderson this year and Jeter over his career. Girardi is not putting him anywhere other than 1 or 2.

  • Bob Stone

    Now the Yanks can bring in Swisher to pitch the 9th.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Back in his day, Pete Rose got a ton of doubles on outfield singles for most hitters. Gardy should have tons of them too.

  • Pat D

    The Cubs threw in the towel on this one.

  • Esteban

    Cubs OF fail. Wow

  • NHYankeesFan

    Cubs are showing off their fielding skills

  • Cy Pettitte

    how did that not get out?

  • Urban

    Hmmm, thought that was gone.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    It is high! It is far! It is…huh?

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

    Heh, what the hell was that?

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      …the excitement of interleague baseball?

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    Soriano is such a joke

  • Karl Krawfid

    Could be another 12 runs in a CC start.

  • Monteroisdinero

    ARod doing what no young player should do. Nice hustle dude.

  • NHYankeesFan

    Now Soriano catches it

  • mbonzo

    Doesn’t it seem like Cano is getting robbed lately?

  • Esteban

    Boy this really escalated quickly. I mean this really got out of hand fast

    • NHYankeesFan

      Milk was a bad choice

  • Bob Stone

    That’s okay Swish. You earned your salary tonight.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Swish should have been out of the game last inning. Dickerson please.

  • Urban

    Yankees, suddenly concerned that A-Rod can’t run the bases and score from second after listening to tonight’s broadcast, replace him with Pena.

    A-Rod never starts again.

    • Cy Pettitte

      AL needs designated base runners

  • Greg

    Looks likes Ayala’s coming in.

  • Monteroisdinero

    So how many WALKING steps out of the box did ARod take before he trotted into second? I hate that. The guy has hit 625 HR’s. Act like you’ve done it before. Put your head down and run.

    • jon

      he puts his head down hes thrown out at 2nd

    • Karl Krawfid

      Always something to complain about in Yankee land.

    • Guy Montag

      He was just trying to get the correct angle into 1st base.

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        +1

    • Bob Stone

      Totally agree. If the ball bounced aff the wall he could have been out.

  • Guy Montag

    Gardner needs to be hitting leadoff even when Jeter comes back. He won’t though. Hopefully it’s just until Jeter gets to 3,000. Then if he’s still struggling they move him down to 9th where he belongs. Jeter should not take offense to hitting 9th, this is a damn good lineup and he’s lost a step.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jeff Lolquez

  • BklynJT

    Gardner is a great example of not giving up on a prospect. I slightly remember everyone saying that Gardner was an all glove no bat type propspect. Let’s hope his current progress continues and he enjoys a great career as a baseball player.

    • BklynJT

      eh double post. my bad

    • jon

      now if he can just figure out how to steal a bag again

  • BklynJT

    Gardner is a great example of not giving up on a prospect. I slightly remember everyone saying that Gardner was an all glove no bat type prospect. Let’s hope his current progress continues and he enjoys a great career as a baseball player.

    • Esteban

      I was certainly wrong about him. And I couldn’t be happier that I was wrong.

    • JohnnyC

      Interesting narrative but nobody gave up on him. It took him only 3 years to reach the major leagues – from Low A through High A, AA,and AAA. If anything, he was moved faster than any position player in recent memory for the Yankees.

  • Greg

    Get him out

  • klemy

    If this game ends up with Mo warming up in the bullpen…

    • klemy

      Jesus. Christ.

  • Urban

    Hopefully Mariano isn’t called in for the save tonight. That would be bad.

  • Pat D

    Obviously we know who the next guy to be cut will be.

  • Ivan

    Come on guys, get outs.

  • Cy Pettitte

    they’re getting Mo up again? christ.

    • whozat

      Two baserunners in a six run game?!?!

      PANIC!!!

      The rules say that tying run on deck == save, therefore Mo!

  • Guy Montag

    Get Mariano warmed up again, Joe. You can never be too careful.

  • Bob Stone

    Mo might get a save opportunity after all. I sure hope not.

  • Cuso

    Typical Swisher. His cheery attitude is grossly on display because he FINALLY got a big hit this season. He’s gotta act goofier than fuck to let everyone know how proud of himself he is.

    Then he goes up to the plate immediately swinging for the fence again and looks like his normal flailing jack-ass self.

    I can’t wait til that jerk-off is gone.

    Good for you, Swish. You posed on a deep drive on a waist high 2-0 fastball from the 8th man in the Chicago Cubs bullpen.

    No, dude, really. You’re the man.

    • Pat D

      I think that’s a “you” problem.

    • sangreal

      Wow.

    • mbonzo

      SWISHER! WHY YOU NO GET MORE THAN 4 RBI?
      http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_B0GI.....0/yuno.jpg

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Come on now, he did hit a go ahead 3 run homerun in the 8th.

      I’d say he’s earned the right to smile.

      • Cuso

        Yes, he DID! To “SMILE.”

        Not grandstand like a goofy fucktard.

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

          Sheesh, why does the way he act bother you so much? At the end of the day, who cares? It doesn’t help them win or lose ballgames.

    • Urban

      Nah. That’s not good enough. You gotta work harder.

    • Esteban

      Wow, did Swisher rob you or something?

    • Cy Pettitte

      I blame Andruw Jones for sending the message that it’s ok to smile in baseball

    • whozat

      wait…are you getting on the guy who’s put up average D and OPS+ of 122 and 130 in his two years here? Why would you be excited for him to leave? So they can get the corpse of Bobby Abreu back? Maybe sign Magglio for 4 years?

      • Cuso

        No dude. No interest whatsoever in getting older. Didn’t see myself mention Beltran or Ordonez in my original post.

        But I guess I got RAB’d again. You know, like how people try to inject invisible arguments in your comments?

      • Cuso

        Oh & by the way, the OPS+ is all well and good.

        But it’s called regression to the norm.

        And it’s going to save the Yanks from wasting the $15m/4 years for which he’ll be looking.

        • V

          Batshit. Insane.

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

          Pretty funny how you just complained about people injecting invisible arguments into their comments and then immediately pulled $15M a year for four years out of your ass.

        • Evan3457

          Probably not going to get it from Cashman.

    • Evan3457

      …and the other two hits with RISP earlier in the game…?

  • lily

    a little irritating to have mariano warming up

    • BklynJT

      Are we overreacting on the effects of having a pitcher warm up and not be used, or warming up several times in a game. All they’re doing is playing catch.

  • Greg

    If he’s casually playing catch that’s fine

  • Monteroisdinero

    Joe G-ya wimp. Sit Mo’s butt down and have some confidence in a 6 run lead. Tex makes an error and a guy gets a ground ball single.

    jeez

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Really, Kenny Williams thought this guy was worth Nick Swisher?

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

    Haha, that was great.

  • Esteban

    What the whaaaa?

  • Ivan

    Holy shit, I hope Pena is ok.

  • mbonzo

    Eduardo Nunez with the canon. Not the first time I’ve seen him do that.

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    WTF was that ?

  • whozat

    What the fuck is this keystone cops bullshit???

  • FIPster Doofus

    lol wut

  • Mickey Scheister

    WTF was that.

  • boogie down

    C’mon Nunez

  • lily

    omg!! wtf just happened there?

  • Bob Stone

    That was really ugly.

  • Urban

    Nunez. The words escape me.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Sorry I’m dying laughing right now lol

  • sangreal

    Nice ‘John Wall’ by Nunez

  • jon

    lol classic Nunez throw

  • Cy Pettitte

    looked like Pena got shot by a sniper while he was trying to field that.

  • Stratman9652

    LMAO! Nice throw Nunez! Hope Pena is OK.

  • JohnnyC

    Boy, Nunez.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Wow. Pena pathetic. Noony-loony.

  • mbonzo

    We need a .gif of that play.

  • BklynJT

    Actually, that might of been really smart of Nunez and his half arse attempt to eat the ball.

  • Bob Stone

    Great game. Much more fun than yesterday, even though the result was the same. The Yanks really should have swept this weak team.

  • Ivan

    Good win.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Mike Ashmore is about to be on wfan to talk the minors.

    • mbonzo
    • JohnnyC

      Can’t listen to Lori Rubinson. Just can’t.

      • Karl Krawfid

        Sounds like a 12 year old boy

        • JohnnyC

          You hit the nail on the head.

      • mbonzo

        Yankees don’t have a number 2 starter apparently. Yankees need 4 more aces. SELL DA FARM.

      • Esteban

        Yeah, she’s annoying. Even though most people on the FAN are idiots, I really only avoid Fatcesa and Rubinson.

      • JohnnyC

        On a station that continues to re-define “worst” in sports radio, she is insulting to have to listen to. This is New York City radio for chrissake.

        • Esteban

          But (to my knowledge), WFAN is the highest rated/biggest Sports Talk station in the country, so they’re doing something right. After all, there are lots of idiots out there.

          • JohnnyC

            Well, WFAN is the flagship station for Mets broadcasts.

  • Esteban

    Two out of three and the Yankees still have the best run differential in baseball. Can’t be mad at that.

  • Urban

    I was torn by the desire to laugh at Nunez, but wanted to make sure Pena was okay on that hop.

    Nunez has consistently been the worst SS I’ve ever seen.

    Please start Pena moving forward.

    • Karl Krawfid

      You don’t watch Jeter much?

      • Urban

        Jeter is Ozzie Smith compared to Nunez. Seriously, I have yet to see evidence of range and he messes up simple plays on a regular basis. It’s not like this is an 18-year-old kid.

        Send him back to AAA and hope he can get his head together. He is not a MLB player. I asked KLaw in one of his chat if Nunez was a starting MLB player and he gave me the equivalent of an online laugh.

        • Karl Krawfid

          The same Keith law who said he wouldn’t trade Casey Kelly for Adrian Gonzalez?

          • Urban

            I’ll take Casey Kelly, Adrian Gonzalez and Derek Jeter. Eduardo Nunez? AAA.

        • Evan3457

          Play in the hole on Castro in the 4th says “hi”.

        • Evan3457

          And Keith Law is flat out wrong about Nunez. He’s good enough to start for at least 7-8 teams right now, and he’s 3-4 years from his peak.

  • Pat D

    Shulman says it’s a good thing they got all those extra runs. Because Jeff Marquez would be pitching if it was still a 7-4 game, of course.

  • BklynJT

    Many of us thought Nunez did that by accident while Valentine obviously noticed that Nunez was simply eating the ball while already in the motion of throwing it.

    The reaction on Nunez’s throw just goes to show how different us non-players view the game compared to someone who has actually played the game.

    • Esteban

      Even if you understand why that happened, it was still funny. I played baseball for 16 years and I definitely would have thought that was funny if it happened during a game I was playing in.

      • BklynJT

        It was quite hilarious, but for people to start saying he is the worse SS ever (as a response to this play) is a little misguided.

        Could he have been more graceful in that play.. absolutely.

  • Jonathan Harker

    Any series win on the road is a job well done. I think we can pound Cinci like we did tonight. Problem is they have a good offense too and will be going up against our 3 worst starters.

  • Esteban

    Love the “Yankees Suck” chant outside Wrigley. It’s pretty funny coming from a fanbase known largely for rooting for a franchise that’s been terrible for a century.

    • Evan3457

      The chant was incomplete…it was actually “Yankees suck…up all the wins the Cubs want to hand them.”

      Or something like that.