Jun
20

Game 71: Switched

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Uh oh, a lefty they haven't seen before. (Photo Credit: Flickr user brianbaute via Creative Commons license)

When Joe previewed this upcoming series against the Reds, he listed Johnny Cueto as tonight’s starter and Travis Wood as tomorrow’s. He was right (at the time), but Cincy decided to switch things up and start Wood tonight and Cueto tomorrow. Why? Who knows A stiff neck, apparently. All I know is that for some reason, Brett Gardner is sitting against the lefty. I do not approve. Here’s the lineup…

Nick Swisher, RF
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Russell Martin, C
Andruw Jones, LF - I look you Andruw, but you should be platooning with Jorge Posada
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Ivan Nova, SP

Tonight’s game will start at 7:10pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Greg

    I absolutely disagree with Girardi at this point. Now watch Jones hit 2 homers to make Joe look like a genius.

    • TMiller

      Or he’ll go 0-3 with 3 k’s and Gardner will come in late and save the day again

    • Esteban

      Greg likes Gardner now! And he’s not even batting .300 yet.

      • Greg

        I said .290 -.300 would be the happy zone. He has stepped his game up and I am very happy.

        • Esteban

          Yes! We have another Gardner convert.

          • Greg

            The next key is avoid the prolonged slump. Little slumps here and there are fine but avoid the prolonged slump.

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

            Worth 9.1 fWAR and 7.9 bWAR since the beginning of last season. If you don’t believe by now, GTFO.

  • Greg

    However, Gardner will be in this game late, I guarantee you that.

  • Jonathan Harker

    So once again Girardi sits his best defender and one of his best hitters for a washed up has been. It’s just baffling how dumb he is with his R/L matchups.

    • Monteroisdinero

      He wants Andruw sharp for the post season.

      Yes that’s what he’s thinking and why he is smarter than us.

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

    Another weak text poll question. “The Big Red Machine” isn’t the best team nickname ever. “The Bronx Bombers” is.

    • Ivan

      “The Big Red Machine” sounds so corny and weak. “The Bronx Bombers” sound like some gangsta shyt.

      • Pat D

        Frankly, I still find it hard to believe that, in this country, someone allowed the nickname “The Big Red Machine” to perpetuate.

  • jon

    Jones’ OPS is more than 100 points higher than Gardner’s against lefties

    • Greg

      The hot hand theory counteracts that stat.

  • ROBTEN

    Well, I agree that there’s no reason for Gardner to be sitting so much against lefties, but Girardi’s thinking might be: this is what Jones was picked up to do and, since you know how Gardner is doing against lefties, why not see if you can get Jones going now so that you know whether he will be a viable option off the bench at the end of the season and into the playoffs.

    I think that if we were into August or September and the situation was the same Gardner would be starting. But, perhaps this is too optimistic.

    Also, in the two games Jones started recently, Gardner still got at-bats in both.

  • hogsmog

    I think I’ve decided that I really hate Girardi. Granted, in my opinion the worst thing a manager can do is wear down his star players until the get hurt, and he hasn’t done that.

    But on a day to day basis, his managing decisions are so poor and so old fashioned that I want to tear my hair out. Watching Girardi play ‘small ball’ and blindly ‘play the percentages’ in L/R matchups in the age of advanced stats is like watching WWII Poland try to fight German tanks with horseback cavalry. It’s just backwards.

    He is being payed millions to do this job, he should be using all resources available to him to do it right, or at least acknowledge they exist rather than brush them off as ‘nerdy nonsense made up by people who don’t know the game’.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

      He is being payed millions to do this job, he should be using all resources available to him to do it right, or at least acknowledge they exist rather than brush them off as ‘nerdy nonsense made up by people who don’t know the game’.

      Has he ever said or done anything like that? Doesn’t the binder also include all that information?

      • http://yankeeanalysts.com Moshe Mandel

        And apparently taking advantage of platoon splits is old fashioned. Who knew?

      • sangreal

        Actually, I’m pretty sure when asked he said he was a ‘stats’ not ‘gut’ guy.

        As for using all available resources — they hired Andruw to hit against lefties so he is getting the shot. Might not work out, but he certainly using his resources.

    • ROBTEN

      He is being payed millions to do this job, he should be using all resources available to him to do it right, or at least acknowledge they exist rather than brush them off as ‘nerdy nonsense made up by people who don’t know the game’.

      The problem is that this describes 99% of baseball managers throughout all levels of the game. While I can agree that it seems like Girardi can get much too comfortable in pushing the same buttons in certain situations, there are few managers who would do things differently and I doubt that any managers that did not push those buttons in the same ways would not be relentlessly attacked in the press for “breaking with tradition.” Baseball is, for better or worse, a highly tradition-oriented sport. Until a team wins, and wins regularly, by breaking tradition, the traditions will remain. (And even then it will still take time for traditions to change).

      Also, as an aside, it’s funny to hear Girardi described by various posters as both an anti-stat nerd and too in love with his binder.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    It seems none of us can really understand why Girardi has decided to sit the red-hot Gardner so that the strikeout-prone Jones can play. Just another one of the hundred questionable/stupid decisions he has made so far this season. I just don’t understand it…

    • http://yankeeanalysts.com Moshe Mandel

      Steve Goldman did a good job explaining it at the end of this post. I disagree with the move, but I can understand it:

      http://www.pinstripedbible.com.....d-gardner/

    • Chip

      If you’re going to have a guy like Jones on the bench, you have to keep him warm. So when you look at it that way, you’re playing in a park that gives up homers at a crazy pace and playing against a guy who throws with his left hand. I’d much rather have Gardner sitting on a day like today rather than a home game against a righty

      • Monteroisdinero

        So the answer is we shouldn’t have signed him. Then we wouldn’t have to sit our hottest hitter. It all makes sense.

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

          Truly, you have a dizzying intellect.

          • Pat D

            Wait till he gets going!

  • the tenth inning stretch

    Footage from that Core Four DVD commercial makes me miss Catcher-Cam. Do any networks still use that?

  • Eduardo (My Left Nunez)

    I have such a great manager. He’s providing cover for my inevitable error tonight by having fan anger directed toward playing Andruw above Gardy.

    Way to go, Joe!

  • Bronx Byte

    How long will it take before Girardi and Cashman realize that Andruw Jones is a waste of a roster spot when Greg Golson is healthy and just a phone call away ?
    How long will it take before Girardi stops binder managing only and uses some gut feeling once in awhile ?
    If Jones connects with a major league fastball it was by accident.

    • CBean

      this is all the same person right? I mean, I honestly can’t even remember anything noteworthy about Golson.

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

        You don’t remember Golson gunning down Carl Crawford to win that extra-innings game in Tampa last year?

      • Monteroisdinero

        No it isn’t. Saw some awesome throws in ST and Scranton too. An arm is an arm.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Jones has an .802 OPS against lefties. He was brought in to produce against lefties, and he’s doing it. Not that I agree with sitting Gardner tonight, but I don’t understand the vitriol toward Jones.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        Because Jones is trash.

    • sangreal

      You need to let him play himself off the roster. He won’t be DFA’d while riding the bench.

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

    Andruw Jones has had 80 plate appearances

    80.

    Calm the fuck down, people.

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

      small sample sizes FTW

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

    I already hate this game based on that first pitch. How was that a strike?

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

    Uh oh, Swisher did something good. Cuso will be here any minute to complain about his smiling.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      LOL

    • Pat D

      For reals.

  • Total Dominication

    Where the fuck is Gardner?

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

      Girardi sat Gardner because of his “10 cent head.”

  • Guest

    Swish continues to rake from the right-side.
    Where should Jeter hit in the lineup when he returns?
    Where WILL Jeter hit in the lineup when he returns?

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

      Bottom third, leadoff.

    • DCBX

      I say bat him ninth. Seems to have worked pretty well on Jorge.

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

    Let’s do some damage A-Rod

  • Esteban

    RISPwin

  • Cy Pettitte

    CentWARian

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Nice…nice.

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

    I like Chris Heisey, but LOL.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Nice hitting, A-Rod.

  • CBean

    Wait, we didn’t actually waste a leadoff base runner? Wow!

  • StanfordBen

    Greg, there are two problems with what you’re saying.

    First of all, the fact that you call it the Hot Hand Theory is funny, because that’s the name statisticians gave it while they proved that it doesn’t exist — batters who have been hitting well recently are not more likely to get hits in their next few at bats compared to their normal performance level.

    Second, you’re saying you’re happy with Gardner now that he’s hitting .290-.300, which is what you always said. But what everyone was telling you was that he was still a very valuable player — much more valuable than a bench player or 4th outfielder — even if he was hitting .270. So while you may be in agreement with others now that Gardner is batting a little higher (for now), that doesn’t really vindicate what you were saying before, which was pretty wrong in my opinion.

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

      Just FYI, we have a reply button that makes things easier to follow.

      • StanfordBen

        I know, sorry. Since I was responding to two different comments from Greg, I wasn’t sure where to put the reply, so I did neither.

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

          No biggie, just wanted to make sure. You’d be surprised by how many people don’t even realize it’s there.

  • Esteban

    More RISPwin.

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

    I approve of this start.

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

    Dontcha Know?

  • Greg

    We need more.

    • BigTimeBartolo

      lol

  • Pat D

    OMG, I thought they had never seen this guy before!

  • Cy Pettitte

    a rbi…..for Robbie!

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Yay Robbie, Yay Arod, Yay Teix and Swish.

  • JMK

    Heisey looks really uncomfortable out there.

  • NHYankeesFan

    Robbie Cano, Dontcha know

    Please dont mess this up Nova

  • nsalem

    Is this batting practice? when does the game start?

    • Monteroisdinero

      Jones got a hit so it must be!

  • JMK

    The camera angle seems further to left-center than usual, right? Is it just me?

    • Pat D

      Looks that way to me, too.

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

      I think think this is the normal camera angle in this park.

      • JMK

        Oh, I get that. Just seems further off than any park I’ve seen.

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

    Get greedy, Russ. Swing for the fences.

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol Martin

    this zone sucks

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

    Russell Martin likes small ball.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Twitter….broke..can’t…function…

  • NHYankeesFan

    Please don’t strike out Andruw. We need to Nova proof this game

  • Esteban
  • Guest

    Lets go, Andruw. Make me look stupid.

    • Guest

      Thank you for obliging.

    • CBean

      did that count?

      • Guest

        Yes, and it makes me happy.

  • JMK

    I’d love to see a study of correlating calls for a team/player they receive after “showing up” an ump.

    Anyone know of anything?

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

      I haven’t, but that would be amazing.

  • Greg

    well…

  • the tenth inning stretch

    Wait, doesn’t Andruw Jones suck?

  • Pat D

    Well he’s done something, so let’s lay off at least until his next AB.

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

    And all the Andruw haters will be quite … until his next at-bat.

    • Guest

      I would describe myself as more of a Gardner lover. I hope Jones hits a HR everytime he’s at the plate.

    • Pat D

      Quite.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        I never knew you were British.

        • Pat D

          Phil Ken Sebben: Just remember, I’ll be my keeping my eyes on you.

          Harvey Birdman: Eye.

          Phil Ken Sebben: I didn’t know you were Scottish!

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

    Andruw Jones proving his worth.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Gardner would have had a double….

    • JMK

      Inside-the-park GRAND SLAM is more like it.

    • BigTimeBartolo

      so true

  • Sheepmeister

    If the pitcher comes up, should the yankees pinch hit and then just make noesi the starter for the night?

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Things I’ve learned from this game:

    1) Travis Wood is an awful pitcher.

    • Cy Pettitte

      awful at pitching or amazing at throwing batting practice?

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

      He was much, much better last year. I have no idea what happened to him this year.

      • Pat D

        League figured him out?

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        He had that one game where he took a perfect game into the 9th against the Phils…and that’s all he’ll ever do.

  • Esteban

    Andruw Jones SUCKS!!!!!1111!!! Girardi is an idiot!!!

    minutes later, RBI single from Andruw Jones, will there be crickets?

  • BigTimeBartolo

    you bought yourself a little bit of goodwill, Andruw. Just a little

  • http://www.CarlsYankeeDugout.com Carl

    And how about that? He-who-should-not-be-playing drives in the 4th run.

  • James A

    Can we all agree that Andruw Jones isn’t terrible, obviously he isn’t anywhere near as Gardner, who is red-hot, but this is what Andruw was signed to do and you never know when you might need him, don’t want him to have nothing in the tank

    • TCMiller30

      Not terrible.. Just not nearly as good (or hot) as the guy he replaces too often against lefties

  • NHYankeesFan

    Even though he drove in a run, it just means hes going to play more against lefties than Gardner from now on

  • Crime Dog

    Nunez, hes pitching around you. Take a walk

  • CBean

    This is fun! 9 at bats for everyone today!

  • Esteban

    Also, didn’t someone claim that the Yankees have never gotten a run in from third with 2 outs? Good times.

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

    Couldn’t clear the pitcher, Eduardo? Grumble grumble.

  • Greg

    Nova needs to blank them now.

    • JMK

      No, he just needs to pitch well enough for a win today.

      • Esteban

        Pitch to the score.

        • JMK

          Why I oughta…

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Really?

      • Greg

        Small ball park with the NL’s leading offense. When I said blank them I meant dont let them score this inning.

  • nsalem

    10 runs scored in the last 3 innings.

  • JMK

    If Nova isn’t getting that curveball for a strike call, it could be ugly.

  • Elnino’sboomstick

    Perfect hook and no strike ?

  • Greg

    And we’re off…

  • Guest

    Sox have bases loaded in first. I dislike them more than any other team in all of professional sports, but they must have been incredibly fun to watch over the last few weeks.

    That lineup? In that park? *shudders*

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

      Wade LeBlanc stands no chance. He’s barely Triple-A quality.

    • JMK

      If Carl Crawford comes back and remembers how to play baseball, that could be really, really scary for opposing pitchers.

      • Pat D

        Yea, since the elf seems to be heating up now, too.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Classic Nova right now, we get some runs, so clearly he’s going to give 2-3 back

    • nsalem

      optimist eh

  • JMK

    I hate this announcing team.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      Is that Aaron Boone calling the game?

      Everyone see his wife?

      http://www.athleteswives.com/w.....-laura.jpg

      • Pat D

        Yes, please.

      • JMK

        Sharp knees. Would not hit.

    • sangreal

      Game is on YES too

      • JMK

        Shockingly, that’s what I was referring to.

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

    Let’s get some outs Nova. This home plate ump’s strikezone sucks by the way.

    • Chip

      Actually, I’ve been quite impressed with his strikezone thus far, no obvious missed calls

  • JMK

    Someone yell at Cervelli!

  • first time lawng time

    Lol our catchers suck.

  • Elnino’sboomstick

    Cervelli?

    • CBean

      I was listening to it on the radio and this was my first thought before I remembered that Martin was starting today.

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol Nova

    save us Cashman

  • Esteban

    Who’s ready for 12-8 game?

  • Greg

    This is why we need(ed) more runs.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    Apparently, Martin has been hanging out with Cervelli.

  • CBean

    Okay, this is less fun now.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Nova…(shakes fist)

  • Guest

    Over-under on runs tonight: 14

    I go over.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Stealing a base down 4-0. No respect.

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

    One run Nova, hold them to one run.

    • CBean

      he listened to you!

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

    Alright, I’ll take the double play.

  • nooooo not another double play!

    And here comes their rally…

  • Guest

    HUGE

  • JMK

    Modest proposal: We pull Nova and replace him with Gardner.

    • TCMiller30

      I’d be ok with that move, except for the fact that we’re gonna need Gardner as a defensive replacement in LF later and then hit a game winner off a lefty (Who he is unable to hit).

      • JMK

        Ever see the movie Multiplicity?

        Solved.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      Let’s compromise. How about Gardner pulls Nova?

      • JMK

        Is this a sexual joke?

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

          Of course not. You should know by now I don’t work blue.

  • Greg

    Very good.

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

    I’ll take that double play

  • James A

    Eduardo Nunez with a throw that hit Tex’s target… a rare sight indeed

  • Karl Krawfid

    Tex baby

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

    Giambi with a better glove

    • Elnino’sboomstick

      Ok I LOLed

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

      I so love the “Giambi with a better glove” meme.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    ehhh just 1 run is ok I guess. Nice play by Teix

  • Nefarious

    So does Montero throw it into centerfield too?

    • Monteroisdinero

      No. He can’t throw that far.

  • Elnino’sboomstick

    Nova starts means lots of beer tonight

  • Monteroisdinero

    Tex showing Pena how it’s done.

  • CBean

    is there a reason you don’t get an RBI if you hit into a double-play or is that just one of those arbitrary rules?

    • Esteban

      I think the thinking is that you don’t deserve an RBI if you’re making 2 outs.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      Little known rule-If you hit into a triple play and a runner scores, they subtract an RBI.

      • JMK

        And Selig has dibs on the first-born male son.

  • first time lawng time

    Lol Nova looks so charming at bat.

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

    Anytime a pitcher lasts longer than three pitches at the plate, it’s a success.

  • Guest

    He made him throw five pitches. That’s a win, Nova.

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

    Way to get the bat off your shoulder Nova!

  • Greg

    I thought it was baseball etiquette to throw only fastballs to pitchers.

  • Chip

    I hate these announcers. Wood’s pitches they showed were mostly on the corners and the Yankees just put good swings on them. If they were missing, they’d be sitting around talking about Wood’s pinpoint control

    • King George

      Ahhh, the glory of YES.

  • JMK

    This zone is confusing. No apparent rhyme to its reason.

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

    I’m going to say it again. This home plate umpires strikezone SUCKS.

    • Elnino’sboomstick

      I look forward to the day balls and strikes are called by a computer.

      • Esteban

        I envision robots that look like Rosie from the Jetsons as umpires.

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

        What we need are robot umpires.

        • Pat D

          Here’s the problem with robot umpires that no one wants to address: how do they throw players out of the game? You can’t give them emotional programming, because that could lead to the robot umpire revolution, and we must prevent that at all costs.

          Do we just program them to be able to recognize arguments over ball/strike calls and certain trigger words?

          WE NEED TO KNOW BEFORE WE CAN DO THIS!!!

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

            Robot umpires don’t make mistakes. No mistakes means no bad calls. No bad calls means no pissed off players. No pissed off players means no ejections which will become obsolete and become phased out. BOOM, problem solved.

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

    This strike zone is … interesting.

  • first time lawng time

    Umm Swish actually struck out.

    • Greg

      In both ways it looks like.

    • sangreal

      Sure, but he didn’t really have 2 strikes either. Bad Strikezones go both ways. The first 2 called strikes weren’t close

  • JMK

    That to me actually looked pretty good.

  • Rob

    big break right there

  • Esteban

    Juuuuuust missed.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    I’m loving some Swish OBP right now

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

    Grandy just missed a home run. For shame.

  • Sheepmeister

    Ironically, the ESPN announcers said at the top of the broadcast that the K zone would help affirm how good marvin anderson’s strike zone is.

    • Chip

      Outside of Swish’s at-bat, it’s generally agreed

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

    Tex just got BABIP fucked

  • Guest

    Major league players are good at baseball.

  • JMK

    Wow, great grab for a guy made mostly of steel rods and scarred cartilage.

  • James A

    Wood took a perfect game into the 9th inning last year in Philly. I’m not quite sure how that happened…

    • JMK

      Armando Galaraga says hi.

    • Pat D

      Even Len Barker once pitched a perfect game.

      And some whiny bitch in Oakland, can’t remember his name.

      • JMK

        Wrong, his grandma did that.

        • Pat D

          Who’s Grandma?

        • Pat D

          Oops, meant to say “Whose Grandma?”

          • inpinstripes

            Whiny Bitch in Oakland´s Grandma…

            • Pat D

              I think you missed my point.

        • inpinstripes

          +1

        • James A

          Watching the replay of it, his fastball was at 93 in that game with much better life as well as command, maybe he isn’t 100% right now

  • Karl Krawfid

    Grandy needs a day off soon.

  • Asdrubal Cabrera

    You’re totally right Bobby V, this play isn’t as good as the one Nunez made on Starlin
    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......k%3D287987

  • JMK

    Wait, best defensive 3B of all time? Thoughts on this, guys?

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Who knows? I never got to see Brooks Robinson or Mike Schmidt with any consistency. All we have to go by are sportswriters, and if today’s sportswriters are indicative of their past brethren, I’m assuming their hacks as well.

      • JMK

        Good point.

  • JMK

    Did Heisey even run?

    • #24!!!!

      slipped on his bat out of the box

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

    The Centaur strike

  • Cy Pettitte

    Heisey can’t stay on his feet

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

    Time for some new cleats, Chris Heisey.

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

      He tripped on his bat

  • JMK

    Oh Jesus. Haha.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Matt Imbrogno

    /Thames’d

  • TheLastClown

    Just got in.

    First off, go Yankees, we will not be stopped, play today win today etc.

    Would someone be kind enough to give me a recap of the 4 runs?

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

      Swisher single, Grandy strikeout, Tex single, A-Rod RBI single, Robbie RBI Double, Russell RBI groundout, Andruw RBI single.

    • Esteban

      Arod Single to score swish
      Cano double to score Teix
      Russel martin groundout to score Arod
      Andruw Jones single to score Cano.

    • TheLastClown

      Thanks much guys.

  • Elnino’sboomstick

    All the new ballparks are starting to look the same

    • JMK

      What’s old is new again.

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

      I respectfully disagree. I think all the old ones tend to look the same.

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

    Whoa whoa whoa … where did that curve come from Ivan?

    • mt

      He seems to be getting more swinging strikes lately – last 3 starts or so.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Yay for 1-2-3 innings

  • Chip

    And suddenly Nova looks awesome. His control is as hit or miss as any pitcher I’ve ever seen

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      His stuff is good. He just needs to learn how to be more consistent with it. People give up on him way too fast. And how soon they forget. Remember Phil’s first 2 seasons as a starter? Nova’s waaaaaaayyyyyy ahead of where Phil was, and Phil has better stuff.

      (BTW-Yes, I know Phil was younger. I’m talking MLB experience)

      • JMK

        He’s going to have to develop really good command to succeed with what are basically two pitches. Nothing seems to suggest he’ll do that.

        • Monteroisdinero

          Nova has a great changeup. 3 quality pitches, not 2.

          • JMK

            Great? What?

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

          Not really. He could feature his 2 seamer, work below the waist, and his secondary offerings are actually more than he needs. Don’t forget, Wang’s secondary pitches were crap. He became a solid MLB starter when he featured the 2 seamer and became a sinkerballer.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Anyone else rooting for Andrew Miller to fail miserably?

    • Cy Pettitte

      against the Padres? not likely

    • Esteban

      Umm, if he’s on the Red Sox, then yes.

    • JMK

      Because he’s on the Sox? Or just in general?

      • BigTimeBartolo

        Because he’s on the sox, of course…

    • Zack

      Hope he has a good game, people write more “top prospect liiving up to his ace potential” articles then blows up once when he returns from the NL West.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Cano is almost hitting 300 folks

    • Esteban

      .297/.343/.524. Not bad, not bad at all.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    damn, im watching the sox game and one of their reporters, Heidi, is pretty sexy

    • Karl Krawfid

      Didn’t Varitek cheat on his wife with her?

      • JMK

        Allegedly.

  • first time lawng time

    Lol what is Kay’s laugh? It’s like a cackle. Such a creeper.

  • Cy Pettitte

    what the fuck

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

    Oh that’s bullshit, fucking pull him.

    • CBean

      is he hurt? Still just listening on the radio and Sterling seemed to think he was hurt.

  • sangreal

    Inexcusable.

  • Esteban

    Well, that’s not gonna endear him to anybody. Pretty inexcusable.

  • Greg

    That cancels out the RBI single.

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

    NOW we can hate on Andruw

  • Chip

    Well, so much for the Andruw Jones experiment

  • inpinstripes

    LAzy BUM!!!

  • BigTimeBartolo

    WTF was that Andruw. Totally takes away any goodwill you got from me on that RBI single. Unless he’s hurt, no excuse for that horseshit

  • first time lawng time

    I’d bench Jones for that. Inexcusable.

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

      It wasn’t just inexcusable. It was UNACCEPTABLE!!!1!1!1!1!1!!1!!

    • Mickey Scheister

      I’d DFA him. That’s why I’m not a ML manager. That was terrible.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I’d bench Jones for being shitty.

  • Guest

    Yankees don’t really do “healthy.”

  • Chip

    Yeah………it’s one thing to not run out a fly ball. It’s another to not run out a ground ball with men on

    • CC Sabathia

      Oh cut the guy a break

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

        It would have been a double play anyway with Andruw’s speed

        • Chip

          How is that a double play if he’s running? I could have run that thing out, you absolutely never know on a double play

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

            Sarcasm?

  • James A

    I think Jones thought that Rolen tagged the guy and then threw to second, or he didn’t know how many outs there were, but he couldn’t have been running any slower on that one. I’m pretty sure Brett the Jet would’ve beaten that one out

  • Guest

    I really wonder what happened there…

    • rek4gehrig

      I really think he didint realise how many outs there were

  • Karl Krawfid

    Get in front of that russ jeez.

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

    That better not lead to a run

  • wow

    i take hustle lessons from Andruw Jones.

    • wow

      What is the newest RAB Store design?

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Fuck Andruw Jones. That is all.

    I miss Thames, he wouldn’t pull that shit. #justsayin

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

      Marcus Thames was a tank. With the bat anyway….

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

    This home plate umpire is so inconsistent.

  • Pastadivingarod

    I wish mo would teach his cutter to nova man he needs another pitch

    • BigTimeBartolo

      I think it’s funny that people think Mo can just teach other pitchers his cutter. There’s a reason he’s the GOAT

      • JD

        he can show them they just probably wont be able to do it ery well

      • Pastadivingarod

        Mo has taugh his cutter to many. Hughes pettitte drob even Wood played with it last year.
        No one can throw it like him but it can be a good secondary pitch.

    • MikeD

      Only one man can draw Excalibur from the stone, and only one man can throw Mo’s cutter.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Nova needs to throw his changeup more (like CC). He didn’t throw it much his last start. get back to it.

  • Karl Krawfid

    nice positioning

  • Rob

    nice hustle andrew!

  • tom

    Okay, no deep harm — though it cost about 7 pitches.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Andruw not injured. Billy Martin would have gone off on him-during the game.

    No excuse.

  • Pat D

    Awesome trivia question.

    My dad knew the answer right away, I forgot it.

  • Cy Pettitte

    damn, that was so exciting

  • MikeD

    NL Baseball. It makes my spine tingle.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Very productive AB Ivan…

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

    NL rules suck

    • Pat D

      NL rules sucks.

      FTFY.

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

        fixed

  • Mickey Scheister

    Oh how I miss Jeter and the DH.

  • Greg

    I have a bad feeling. We’re not pulling away.

  • NHYankeesFan

    2 free outs

  • JMK

    More baserunning woes. Worst baserunning team ever?

  • Esteban

    You can’t walk off the island. That false meme again.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Thats just fantastic, good thing we’re up by 3 runs because that’s like the fourth boneheaded play made this game

  • Rob

    it would be interesting to see where the yankees rank on outs on the basepaths this year

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    Someone asked me this question, and I thought it was a good one. Which is to say it’s a tough call.

    If the Twins asked for Nova, Nunez, and Romine for Liriano would you do it?

    That’s a LOT of MLB average talent for a guy with big, proven upside, but big injury risk as well. I’ve always said I wouldn’t trade anyone for Liriano that I’d kick myself over (Montero, Sanchez, B’s) and I don’t see anyone in that deal that I’d miss too much.

    That’s a win-now deal, I can’t assume Liriano is healthy next year or down the road. In terms of org depth, I still have Pena as my backup SS, Montero in AAA (who’s blocking Romine) and the starters replace each other.

    Yep, I do it.

    • MikeD

      Yes.

      As long as we can see Liriano’s medicals first.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        I’d bet if you total the WAR of both sides of that deal 3 years down the road, the Twins would come out big winners. But again, that’s a deal you make to win the WS this year. Lefty to face the Red Sox, a little insurance when CC opts out, I do it.

        • MikeD

          Yes, probably. The Yankees have depth on the SP side in that they can replace Nova with any number of arms in AAA.

          I’m happy that Nunez is getting the opportunity to play so the Yankees can see him more in action. My guess, though, is the areas of Nunez’s game that have been causing problems may not be fixable. It gets back to the instincts part, and the more I see of Nunez the more I’m questioning it. Either way, I don’t expect him to be a high-end SS even if he does fix some of these issues, so we can move him.

          Romine makes me pause, but a potential front-end lefty is a rarity. We can live parting with those three players. The Yankees may not be able to easily find a front-end starter.

          I’d pull the trigger.

          • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

            That’s why it’s a good question, you really have to walk through it.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        BTW-Don’t forget, we saw Feliciano and Marte’s medicals. That doesn’t mean it still won’t blow up in your face. I’m just betting it happens sometime after this year.

        • MikeD

          Absolutly. There is always risk, but I’d want them to at least dot that “i” prior.

    • JMK

      Yeah, I’d do that.

    • Chip

      I think I would but not be happy about it so that is probably a damn good trade proposal. There’s just so much risk on the Yankee’s side

  • MikeD

    Instincts are not taught.

    • TheLastClown

      Instincts may not be strictly taught, per se, but they are learned, and honed.

  • JMK

    Yawnish.

  • tom

    Well, there went a promising inning.

    They’ve also let up on Wood’s pitch count. By mid-2nd inning, I thought he’d be gone by now.

  • Pastadivingarod

    AL Baseball is like steak
    NL Baseball is like hotdogs

    • TheLastClown

      This will be the last time you denigrate hot dogs.

  • JMK

    Seriously, does anyone worry that the fundamentals on this team seem so poor? Baserunning gaffes left and right, concentration problems, tossing balls into center field all the time, not running out balls.

    Should Girardi not nip that in the bud?

    • JD

      playing “the game right” is overrated look at the Twins. Home runs get all the chicks

      • JMK

        I’m not even talking purely doing all the little things but does it suggest a lack of discipline and willingness to learn?

    • TheLastClown

      Agree. I’d leave the ball-tossing-into-CF out as I don’t expect much from Cervelli.

      But the outs-on-the-bases are inexcusable. ARod & Posada trying to leg singles into doubles? Why?

      The two strike bunt at ball four was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen, given the situation.

      I’m not one to speculate into the psychologies of manager or players, but if he hasn’t yet, I wonder if Girardi is capable of nipping these things in the bud.

  • Esteban

    For having a disappointing season, it’s amazing how good Swisher is at getting on base. He has the third highest OBP on the team, after ARod and Gardner.

  • lily

    wow we’re horrible at base running. nunez 0shaking my head)

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

    Beautiful catch by Robbie

  • Pat D

    Anyone else know that trivia answer?

    Here’s his stats:
    http://www.baseball-reference......way-001joh

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      Ive been told that Elway’s draft reports were the best ever, as in scout after scout looked at him and couldn’t find anything to criticize. It’s like the stuff they said about DiMaggio, Mantle and Bo Jackson before they went pro.

      • Pat D

        According to Rob Neyer, he used the fact that the Yankees drafted him so high as leverage against the Colts to trade his draft rights to the Broncos.

        Looks like he had a chance to develop as a baseball player, but he made the right career choice.

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

          Yeah, you can’t argue with a HOF career. But it looks like he could have played baseball, and maybe any other sport.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Nova throwing more changeups now. Me like.

  • FIPster Doofus

    The Padres are a joke. Nice offense, fuckos.

  • first time lawng time

    I think it’s tacky.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      If you think that’s tacky, you should go see a Brooklyn Cyclones game.

  • lily

    it would be nice if they scored a few more runs. it sucks how they dont tack on runs consistantly

    • TheLastClown

      What’d they do yesterday? After giving up the early lead?

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

      List of other teams that don’t tack on runs consistently:

      All of them

      [end of list]

  • Greg

    He threw 50 pitches in 2 innings. He now has 80 in the fifth.

    • Cy Pettitte

      was thinking the same thing, he should’t be going more than 4 or 5 innings

    • Mickey Scheister

      That seems to be how they roll this year, I’ve lost count if how many times they’ve seemingly let the opposing pitcher off the hook.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    We sure are letting Wood settling in…

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

      TWSS

  • Mickey Scheister

    Uh, in Safeco can’t u see the home of the Seahawks?

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

      No, he said it’s the only stadium where you can see another STATE. You can see Kentucky past the right field stands and beyond the river.

      • Mickey Scheister

        My listening fail. That’s pretty cool.

  • Karl Krawfid

    I need an A-Bomb

  • BigTimeBartolo

    This umpire is some trash

  • Mickey Scheister

    Just say out, the ump with all the theatrics.

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

      Yeah that pisses me off. The fans pay to see the players not the umpires you jackass.

  • Jonathan Harker

    Nova’s doing a tremendous job. We need him to go deep. The offense has stalled, the ump is too generous, and Robertson is unavailable.

  • first time lawng time

    I don’t want to sound mean, but I think it’s funny when the Great Big Fat Fuck runs. Because he’s fat.

    Same with Prince Fielder. I saw a highlight last year in which he scored from 1st..oh God, I almost died.

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

      Black Santa Claus brings gifts of despair

      • first time lawng time

        Black Santa Clause. I like that. Lol

  • TheLastClown

    A-Rod caught looking?

    http://tinyurl.com/3fgp2hj

    Robotiques, por favor.

  • JMK

    Those saying Wood should be out soon are forgetting one thing – the opposing manager is Dusty Fucking Baker.

    He might throw 200 pitches.

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

      I fear for Aroldis Chapman’s life.

  • Jonathan Harker

    That was strike 3 to A-Rod. Ump is only generous one way.

    • JMK

      Physics say otherwise.

  • Cy Pettitte

    thanks Kay

  • Esteban

    I’m legitimately surprised by the results of the text poll

  • first time lawng time

    “When you think Cincinatti Reds, you think baseball.”

    No, Michael Kay, I think hockey.

    • Esteban

      Eh, maybe because the Reds were the first professional team. It used to be that the Reds had the first game of the season in deference to that history. (I hope I didn’t just make that last part up, but I remember hearing that)

    • MannyGeee

      I think of Marge Schott calling Eric Davis and Dave Parker her “million-dollar n*ggers… so thats kinda like basball.

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

        Ah, Marge Schott. There was never a finer human being…

        Wait, yes there was. Most all of them. My bad.

  • wow

    this umpire is trash.

  • Greg

    Thanks a lot Michael

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

    Michael Kay says Janish doesn’t hit well, he hits a single up the middle.

    Oh Michael

  • TheLastClown

    Tattooed the 105 on his arm?

    Yeesh.

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

    Kay described the “strategy” stuff of pitchers batting completely backwards.

    In the AL you have decide if the pitcher has more left to give or if it’s time for someone new. In the NL, most of the time the decision is made for you.

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

      Yeah, this notion that NL baseball is more exciting because there’s more managerial strategy involved is hot bullshit.

      Neither league requires more or less strategic decisionmaking. Having doubleswitches does not make the job of NL managers somehow exponentially tougher to handle.

      • TheLastClown

        Which is kind of ancillary the the point that no one buys tickets to watch managers manage.

        • TheLastClown

          *to the point…

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

          Exactly. Nobody buys a ticket to see the manager execute a doubleswitch.

          They buy a ticket to see the umpires entertain the folks with their grace and beauty calling balls and strikes and making those glorious punchouts.

          Sincerely,
          Joe West, President, World Umpires Association

      • CP

        You mean it’s not that difficult to figure out who was the last batter in the previous inning so you can use them for a double switch?

      • first time lawng time

        I personally find evil HRs more exciting than small ball.

        But that’s just me.

  • first time lawng time

    Niva is definitely the coolest pitcher on the team. IDK. He just has this air to him.

    Also, watch him during interviews. Always looks like he’s about to crack up.

    • Monteroisdinero

      He is a prankster and is the future pie-man.

  • Kostas

    I believe that Sutcliffe and Bill Walton went to the same school of broadcasting. After listening to them, you’d think these athletes cure cancer on the side… everything is an epic man up battle.

    • Esteban

      As much as I’m not a huge fan of Michael Kay, I’m very happy I don’t have to listen to Sutcliffe.

      • first time lawng time

        I actually like Kay. He’s mildly entertaining.

      • Kostas

        He is only bearable when compared to Waldman.

        • Esteban

          You just ruined my night mentioning that name.

          OF ALL THE DRAMATIC THINGS.

          *pukes*

          • Kostas

            My apologies….

  • Karl Krawfid

    Dis game is boring after watching how amped Wrigley Field was.

  • Esteban

    C’mon Coltrane, start hitting HRs again.

  • Pat D

    The Big Red Machine underachieved.

  • Esteban

    I briefly heard Bronson Arroyo on Francessa today. How long do you think it took for Francessa to JIHP?

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

    Several Yankees have just missed home runs today.

    • MannyGeee

      too many almost homers???

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

    It looks like Billy Hatcher ate Chris Sabo.

  • first time lawng time

    Why do some people refer to Narrin as “Coltrane”? Is that an RAB thing or legit?

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

      Coltrane is Russell Martin’s middle name.

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

        One of his many middle names.

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

          Russell Nathan Jeanson Coltrane Martin Jr.

      • nedro

        Well, one of them…

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

        That’s kind of a dick move. If it’s a RAB meme which is nearly impossible to keep track of unless you read every comment then a simple google search wouldn’t work. I tried googling IETC before so I wouldn’t get flamed for not using google.

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

          It’s FTLT’s thing, though. She constantly asks for information that she could easily get by doing a simple, 3-second Google search.

          • first time lawng time

            Is it really that big of a deal if I ask here though? I’m not asking other people to google for me. If you know the answer, you can answer if you want. If you don’t know, don’t answer. I also wasn’t sure if it was an RAB thing, that’s why I didn’t bother googling it.

            Also, you all seem pretty knowledgable, so I find your answers reliable. Therefore, I ask.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            Well I admit using lmgtfy as much as you can is very entertaining.

  • Jonathan Harker

    Nova struck this guy out earlier in the at bat but that hometown umpire only calls borderline pitches in favor of the Reds.

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

    This is Nova’s third time through the order.

  • nsalem

    Gamblers Anonymous set their all time record of new members after Game 3 of the 1990 WS when the
    Reds beat The A’s in the first home game in Oakland. True Story

  • King George

    Getting out of this inning without giving up a hit to their 1-2-3 batters would be so important for Nova

  • Karl Krawfid

    Votto was so close to being a Yankee :(

  • first time lawng time

    Fact: Nova is my favorite SP on the team.

    Yes, you read correctly. I like him more than I like the incredibly dominant Allan James Burnett.

    Garcia sucks though.

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

      Cool story, bro.

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

    My memory of that Reds-A’s 1990 series was a great pitcher’s duel between Smoke Stewart and Jose Rijo. Game 4 I think.

    • nsalem

      People were genuinely shocked. I always thought of the 1988-1990 A’s were very comparable to
      the 1969-1971 Orioles both considered to be the best teams in baseball. Both dependent on Great pitching and the long ball (though the A’s had Rickey for a couple of years). Always found it odd that between them they only won 2 out of 6 WS between. There opponents were similar in some ways also 1969 Mets and 1988 Dodgers. Pre sabre days and I remember being of the notion that teams that lived by the Home Run died by it also.

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

        I’d put the mid-80s Mets into that list as well. Stacked teams that probably should have won more than just one ring, but failed to for various reasons (chief among them, randomness).

        • tom

          And, some would whisper, cocaine.

          The killer was when the Mets lost to a really inferior Cubs team in ’89. The ’85/’87 Cardinals had been at least in the same league (though the Mets should have won one of those races) — and the Pirates ’90-’92 were clearly better.

          • nsalem

            Tom it was more like a scream. Gooden was knocked out early of an afternoon game against Houton in 1986. If you can ever find a tape, check out the look on his face as he left the mound.

        • nsalem

          and maybe a tad too much cocaine. by the way heard you were a dad. Happy Fathers Day
          good health to all of yours.

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

            Thank you kindly, sir.

            • nsalem

              truly the most important thing. boy or girl?

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

                Boy. With a natural mohawk of hair. He’s like a little light-skinned B.A. Baracus.

  • nsalem

    Those who have been shitting on Nova kindly wipe your ass and don’t forget to wash your hands.

    • MannyGeee

      Nova has proven tonight that he can be a legit #2… in the NL Central. so there’s that.

      • nsalem

        sot of like IPK. To me he’s showing that if we can stick with him for a year or two he can be a competent middle of the rotation starter in the AL east I think he needs another 40 or 50 starts to get there/

        • MannyGeee

          not mad at that… For what its worth I am liking Nova this season A LOTTTTTTT more than I liked IPK in 2008. I never thought he had the ‘head’ for the AL East.

          FTLT said it best earlier, nova has an air of him, hes gonna be able to hang mentally if his stuff gets here consistantly.

          • nsalem

            H will have his ups and downs and we must invest some patience in him. I think it will be worthwhile.

  • MannyGeee

    alright kids, just got home from my kids soccer thing. someone give me a readers digest version of what I’ve missed. So far I’ve got:

    – Nova showed up to ball
    – Joey Votto is MIA
    – Girardi’s binder played Jones over Gardner against a lefty again.

    sound about right??

    • Mickey Scheister

      Jones sucks at life.

  • Mickey Scheister

    At least the ump is consistently inconsistent.

  • NHYankeesFan

    How is Travis Wood pitching in the 7th inning?

    • Mickey Scheister

      THEY LET HIM OFF THE HOOK!!!

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

    STOP SMILING AFTER THAT STRIKEOUT NOVA YOU DISINTERESTED FUCKFACE!!!!!!!

    • Greg

      What did you expect him to do? Hit a homer?

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

        I wasn’t being serious, I was messing with the crew of deranged fans who get upset with players smiling after a strikeout and obsess about facial expressions, reading layers of manufactured narrative into them.

        • MannyGeee

          /Andruw’d

          well played TSJC

      • TheLastClown

        Smash a liner that ricochets from one foul pole to the other, counting for two homers.

        And he should’ve double-time jogged the bases twice with his head humbly bowed.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Guess the lineup decided to take the rest of the night off…

  • Kostas

    The offense silenced makes Woods performance look better than it should.

  • NHYankeesFan

    How many people thought that both Nova and Wood would pitch into the 7th inning this game?

  • Pat D

    Wow, Selig actually grew a set.

    • Greg

      What happened?

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Told the McCourts to fuck off.

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

          As he should have. He can’t allow the precedent of owners taking a personal kickback off of the intellectual property rights of their teams.

      • Pat D

        MLB rejected the Dodgers’ TV deal, which according to an article I read on It’s About the Money earlier today, means MLB can take over the team, kick McCourt’s ass out, and sell the team to someone who won’t treat the franchise as a fucking personal credit card.

        • Jimmy McNulty

          Yeah, completely agree with you and TJSC. The Dodgers are a franchise that baseball needs to be successful. They should give the team to Mark Cuban and see what he can do with them. He took a downtrodden basketball franchise in a town that’s dominated by football and made them relevant again. I’d fear (for the Yankees’ sake) what he could do with a once prominent franchise in a town like LA. It really seems like the perfect fit for Cuban.

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

            Selig’s nebbish inferiority complex won’t let him sign off on Cuban joining the MLB owners fraternity. He’s terrified of Cuban going off on him like he does Stern.

            • Jimmy McNulty

              Did you watch the championship celebration? He had that old asshole looking cowboy guy take the rock from Stern instead of making Stern hand him the rock. He answered like three questions and then made Rick Carlisle take the rest of them, hell he even foot the bill for the entire victory parade. He was a pretty graceful winner, pissing with the trophy in hand notwithsanding.

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

                Loved it, I’m a Cuban fan.

                • Jimmy McNulty

                  I think he’s changed a lot, he hates the NBA refs, but so does everyone…aside from forcing a change in umpiring I really don’t see the beefs that Cuban and Stern would have. LA needs a personality in the owner’s box. The only Cubanmove that I didn’t like was letting Steve Nash goes, if Nash stays Dallas is probably on their second championship. I think he’s changed and MLB is ready for him and he’s ready for MLB. They let him bid on the Rangers, so…who knows.

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

                    The only Cubanmove that I didn’t like was letting Steve Nash goes, if Nash stays Dallas is probably on their second championship.

                    Meh, I don’t know about that. For all of Steve Nash’s talents, he’s quite possibly the single worst defensive player in NBA history (no, seriously).

                    I doubt the Nash-Nowitski tandem ever gets over the hump, or that Carlisle can get a Nash-lead Dallas team to become the defensive presence they needed to be to become a title-winner.

            • Pat D

              Indeed.

        • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

          After McCourt took some money out up front the team would only have ~$148MM a year in TV money. How could he screw them over like that?

    • MannyGeee

      nothing makes me happier than to see the McCourts get sent packing.

      I hate that the divorce laws in this counrty could potentially take a storied baseball franchise and turn it into a piggy bank for a greedy tramp of an ex-wife. take the mansion in Malibu and the Rolls Royce and go the fuck away!

  • Monteroisdinero

    So far, Nova has command of his fb/curve and change. Hitters can expect any of these in any count. 2 more to Mo.

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

    This concept that the American League has abandoned the DH is incorrect. The reason there are fewer fulltime, stud DH’s like Ortiz or Travis Hafner or Edgar Martinez is that fewer teams actually have a surplus of plus hitters who can actually hit well enough to be a fulltime DH.

    Offense is down leaguewide, so fewer teams have enough true offensive studs to have more bats than positions.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Hudson hit a 2 run HR off Romero, lmao.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Andrew Miller gave up a game tying HR to Orlando Hudson (his first since August last year)

    I did one of those Nelson’s HAHA

    • Jimmy McNulty

      That guy has LOOGY written all over him.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Yankees fault, they tampered with him and ruined his concentration for the week.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Nova dominant. Location of 3 quality pitches plus Reds helping him out by swinging at borderline pitches.

    Nova Lox down the 7th.

    • nedro

      what you did there… ver’ nize.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Is Nova going to pitch teh eighth?

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

    I love it when Ivan Nova has command of his curveball.

    • TheLastClown

      Given the injury hits so far, especially pitching wise, I’m pretty thrilled about the results we’ve seen so far.

  • TheLastClown

    Nova should pitch the 8th.

    But will he?

    • Cy Pettitte

      either use him or Wade, give DRob a day off

  • Jonathan Harker

    I think they’ll send Nova out there for the 8th but have Ayala or Wade up just in case.

  • King George

    So, McDonough and Sutcliffe were talking about how ineffective Nova normally is.

    McDonough: “Sut, are you surprised by Nova’s start tonight?”

    Sutcliffe: “You know, I’m more surprised that the Reds are being impatient. They’re going up against a two-pitch pitcher who has been normally ineffective for the majority of the year. They need to be patient, they’re down by 3 runs in the 7th. But, instead, they’re letting someone who normally isn’t a top flight pitcher look good.”

    Love it.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Kay brings up a good question, why not let Wood pitch to Granderson?

  • first time lawng time

    Okay, this will sound weird, but has anyone noticed how awkward Nova’s jaw is? It’s like his bottom teeth go out further than his upper. What is that an underbite? He needs to fix that.

    Speaking of dental treatment, Cano finally fixed that tacky gap between his front teeth. Bewteen that and the grotesque winter beard and his poor fashion sense, Cano really has issues with his appearance, as not unattractive as he is.

    • Brad

      This will sound weird, but I really don’t care abotu a guy’s appearance as long as he can play. A guy could look like Willie McGee or Otis Nixon and dress like Charles Oakley, but if he can play, then he can be on my team any day and twice on Sunday.

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

        Charles Oakley is a snazzy dresser. You take that back.

        http://www4.pictures.zimbio.co.....hfl-al.jpg

        • Brad

          LOL

          Oak dressed better as he got older. I once saw him wear a hideous lime green suit on the bench.

      • nsalem

        thats mighty white of you

        • Brad

          You assume that I’m white. That’s mighty prejudiced of you.

          • nsalem

            I meant on the inside.

  • mbonzo

    So I’m sure this has been discussed, but what does the guy who leads the team in average and OBP have to do to become more than a platoon player?

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

      Not be the only guy in the regular lineup making not making millions of dollars?

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

      Q: What does the guy who leads the team in average and OBP have to do to become more than a platoon player?

      A: Wait for October, when it’s an absolute must that the best players play every day.

      Also, feel free to peruse this convo from earlier today.

      • mbonzo

        Thanks for the link. You have a good point, but I still think you need to play a guy like Gardner when he’s so hot. You wouldn’t platoon Swisher or Granderson, so why platoon Gardner when he’s been the best hitter the last 2 weeks? So my problem is not with playing Jones, its with taking Gardner out for all these starts. At least give Swisher some days off (though not after last night) and Granderson. They’ve all had history with platoon splits so why Gardner get the short stick?

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

          Well, like I said, I also would like Granderson to take the night off for some of those Jones starts instead of Gardner taking the brunt of the DNP-CDs.

          Swisher isn’t a real candidate to sit for Jones, as he’s A) a switch hitter who needs PAs against lefties to stay sharp and B) is also on the “let’s give this guy PT and get him straightened out” plan.

          • mbonzo

            Tonight would have been a good night to give Granderson off, after Gardner and Swisher’s big nights they earned a start today. I completely agree with you. Just tired of Gardner always getting the days off.

  • Greg

    Arrondondo’s asking for it

  • Cy Pettitte

    Granderson was out by a mile

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Lolz, Grandy got lucky. He was out by a few feet

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Granderson caught stealing again, but in fairness to him that was ball four.

  • Chip

    I think Granderson was surprised that Tex didn’t swing at that 3-1 pitch

  • Ivan

    Wow nice break there. Went from Granderson potentially being dead at 2nd, to Granderson at 3rd.

  • Greg

    Mark trying to do too much.

  • Cy Pettitte

    hooray for free runs

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yeah wild pitch baby

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Yep, Nova in the 8th.

  • TheLastClown

    Mmmmm…Cincyfail.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Thank god, I was afraid we wouldn’t be able to get Grandy in from 3rd

  • CBean

    Good job Grandy!

  • Pat D

    Grandy just cost ARod an RBI.

    Doesn’t he know that ARod must stat pad at all times?

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Alex is hot. He’s also swinging the bat well.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Fallacy of the predetermined outcome.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Ramiro/Gardy/Dickerson time.

  • TheLastClown

    Not that I think it’ll happen, but do you guys think abolishing the Save entirely would change league-wide BP usage?

    Would the absence of the 3-run, closer-in-the-9th paradigm intuitively lead to using the highest value reliever in the highest leverage situation?

    • MannyGeee

      possibly, but it would not affect Yankee baseball. I think it would actually help ‘lesser’ managers play the hot hand late in games instead of going to a closer.

      that said, Mo would likely still be used the same way.

      • TheLastClown

        Sure, given how history has unfolded.

        Let’s say there’s a new studly reliever, converted started that can go multiple innings with shutdown stuff, like Mo did pre-closing.

        Would that guy develop into a 9th only guy w/o the save, even when the bottom of the order was projected? Or would he be used against the hearts of the order, be they in the 7th, 8th or 9th?

        • MannyGeee

          you would, I imagine, see alot more situational pitching (LOOGYs/ROOGYs) in the 9th, and more traditional closers play the ‘fireman role’ with 1 out in the 8th, high leverage situations, etc…

          it would be an interesting game

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

    Uh … why exactly are they pinch running for Alex?

    • jon

      watching on ESPN they said he wasnt really run all that hard to first and the same thing when cano hit that double

      he may be hurting

      • Monteroisdinero

        Joe is concerned ARod won’t cut the angles correctly around the bases.

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

          I laughed.

        • nedro

          OMG I wanted to fucking STRANGLE Valentine last night. Didn’t have the game thread handy at that time, but can only imagine the lambasting he drew here. Sorry, off-topic…

    • Greg

      Better safe than sorry, especially since we got an insurance run.

    • Monteroisdinero

      addendum in binder?

    • King George

      5-1 in the 8th, game looks close to over no? Why not rest him if he isn’t going to bat again?

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

      To give WallyMatt something else to write about?

      • Pat D

        Naturally.

    • mbonzo

      Alex doesn’t know how to run the curves.
      -Bobby Valentine

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Just being careful by bringing in pena?

    • Jonathan Harker

      Yes. They can ill afford to lose Alex with Jeter out. They’d have to play Pena and Nunez. Probably wants to give him a day off but will wait until he can DH at home.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Nova isn’t fooling me. He sucks.

    • Greg

      This is the best offense in the NL that he is shutting down.

      • Karl Krawfid

        Hey we got shut down by the scrub on the cubs the other day.

        • Greg

          Nova has shown this kind of stuff before against the Rangers earlier in the year.

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

        The Yankees got shut down by Doug Dabis the other day.

        Wait for it…..
        Wait for it……
        YCPB

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

          *Davis

          Did I mention how much I despise typos?

        • MannyGeee

          try as you might, Susyn

  • CBean

    I sure hope so

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

    Oooh, an Andy Van Slyke sighting!

    And man, those Mets uniforms were garish.

    http://cdn.bleacherreport.net/.....1306734552 (rubs eyes)

    • Pat D

      All those ’80′s uniforms sucked. I still have never been able to figure out why a bunch of teams switched from jerseys to pullovers during the ’70′s and ’80′s.

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

        I think there were a lot of real-life Assistants to the Traveling Secretary who sold their owners on the style and breathability of polyester pullovers.

        Fashion craze.

        • Pat D

          I had a feeling Costanza had something to do with it.

      • MannyGeee

        our kids will look back at camo uni’s and high socks with disgust too, you know.

  • jon

    is this the best pitched game by a yankee starter?

    • mbonzo

      No way.
      Colon’s CGSO.

    • MannyGeee

      just got a call from Bartolo… he said to go fck yourself.

    • BigTimeBartolo

      Your forgetting about my man Bartolo, he’s had several better pitched games this season

    • JD

      Colon’s CGSO was pretty shitty

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Heh it’s funny how everyone points out Colon’s gem but not CC’s. But I’d pick Colon’s too.

  • Cy Pettitte

    what a gem from Nova, did not expect that.

  • wow

    what’s with the chest pump? could’ve sworn he hit a five run homer?

    • JD

      Pinch Hitting isnt an easy thing to do

  • mbonzo

    Nova for the 9th? I hope so.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      Nah, already over 100 pitches, no need, let Ayala finish it.

  • CBean

    So very impressed by Nova.

  • first time lawng time

    I’d send Nova out for the 9th.

    • MannyGeee

      lets get 3 more runs on in the top, then we can trot Boone’s corpse out there…

    • Monteroisdinero

      not happening.

  • Pastadivingarod

    Nova throws his game of the year

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

    (tips cap to Ivan the Terrible)

  • Monteroisdinero

    2-2 changeups on the outside corner. Beautiful thing in the 8th inning.

    Healthy 24 year old Nova/Nunez for Liriano? Not so sure and that’s a good thing.

    We could be getting alot of bang for the buck the next few years with these two.

    • mbonzo

      Twins would probably laugh at that. If thats all it took you can sign me up.

    • MannyGeee

      this scares the shit out of me. You know what you have in Nunez & Nova. Not convinced that a) Liriano is as good as he is pretending to be, and b) his arm will not fall off in another 30 starts.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      I don’t think this start is what to expect in the future, I’d definitely do Nova for Liriano.

      • MannyGeee

        Liriano is the ultimate wild card. like AJ Burnett with an injury risk…

        or like AJ Burnett in 2008….

  • http://www.CarlsYankeeDugout.com Carl

    Spectacular outing today, Ivan. Well, well done. Outstanding.

  • Greg

    Here’s Gardy

    • TheLastClown

      Are you going to start bashing him when he goes into whatever you decide is an ‘extended’ slump?

      • Greg

        If he falls below .260 then yes.

  • mbonzo

    Gardner is rusty now.

    /starts controversy.

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

      By not playing him today, Girardi threw off Gardner’s groove and he will proceed to go on a prolonged slump.

      /creating a narrative

  • tom

    This Gardner guys sucks. Glad he didn’t start.

  • Chip

    If anything, at least this gives Posada a plate appearance

  • mbonzo

    Nova is an NL pitcher.

  • nsalem

    About resting Gardner.
    Casey Stengel who sabre wise was probably fifty years ahead of his contemporaries (he knew what we know but didn’t need a binder or computer or Don Zimmer) won something like 7 rings and 9 pennants in 11 years. he believed in regularly resting all of his players to a) have 25 working parts on his team and b) keep them fresh for October. I think it’s a great strategy and people shouldn’t be making such a big deal over resting Gardner for a night. To call Girardi an idiot is short sighted and not very intelligent. Stengel often said I could of played him more but I would have killed him. Looks like we’ll be 13 games over .500 and on pace to win 95, 96 games with al ot of injuries. All in all I think Joe’ss doing a good job.

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

      Bad managers try to win games. Good managers try to win seasons.

    • mbonzo

      There are 3 OFers, if he really wanted to give people rests he would spread this out equally. Gardner deserves to be played a lot more often than he does.

      • nsalem

        Granderson has played 158 or more games 3 times and Swisher has goner over 150 times.
        Maybe Girardi feels Gardner is not built to do that. I don’t know if thats the reason but I think there is some thought behind Girardi’s decisions.

  • JD

    Sutcliffe is a dick… They mentioned the Marlins winning in 03 and since Boone is in the dugout he made a joke about it lol…

  • CBean

    Noooooooooo Boone!

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

    Votto and Bruce against Logan has ugly potential.

    • Greg

      Its like trading shit for shit in this situation.

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

      Good thing it’s only June.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime dela g

    nova killed it today

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Fuck Adrian Gonzalez and Fenway Park. That is all.

  • Monteroisdinero

    it’s the Boony and Noony show now.

    Mo tonight? rhetorical question?

  • Pastadivingarod

    Can we please sign JC ROMERO !

    • Pastadivingarod

      Tonight?

  • wow

    totally unnecessary.

  • NHYankeesFan

    Boone’s stats are very misleading

    • TheLastClown

      Well, they dictate he doesn’t get lefties out, so there’s that.

  • sangreal

    Logan? Might as well start warming up Mo

    • tom

      I was thinking the same: Joe obviously wants to avoid using him, but I bet anything we get there, anyway.

  • mbonzo

    Can’t Andruw Jones play for Boone Logan instead?

  • Cuso

    ESPN Telecasts of Yankee games get worse every time.

    Instead of giving Nova any credit, they continue saying the Reds let him off the hook.

    And NOW, McDonough has the audacity to put words in Yankees’ fans mouths. Sutcliffe & McDonough become bigger haters each week.

    There is barely a hint of imppartiality anymoree.

    And every inning there’s a “But the Red Sox…..” reference.

    Guarantee during the Sox espn telecasts it’s all about the magnamity of the great Red Sox.

  • Greg

    Could have been much worse.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime dela g

    great job, boone.

    dfa this dumbass, plz

  • mbonzo

    Boone… starting to understand why walking lefties are bad.

  • Cy Pettitte

    oh dear lord, why?

  • jon

    honestly that was the best case scenario

  • Jonathan Harker

    Get Mo in the ballgame. Jesus Christ, Logan. DFA his ass.

    • the tenth inning stretch

      Props for the Dracula reference. Still my favorite classic novel of all time.

  • Kevin

    DFA Logan PLEASE…. the guy is a waste give me a decent righty over him

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Fuck Boone, if you blow this lead I will hunt you down and assassinate you myself.

  • Karl Krawfid

    You got to be fucking kidding me.

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

    Oof. Pitching his way off the roster.

  • CBean

    Looks like we’ll see Mo

  • NHYankeesFan

    Someone please shoot Logan

  • Stratman9652

    LOLogan.

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

    This is hysterical.

    • mbonzo

      I burst out laughing.

  • Jonathan Harker

    You can tell Logan’s done in Joe’s eyes. He’s gone.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Good bullpen management Joe.

    • Greg

      Joe wants to nip it in the bud.

  • the tenth inning stretch

    Really? Boone Logan, you’re certifiably awful.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Boone is just a comedy act at this point, wtf was that?

  • Rey22

    Boone Logan thinks Boone Logan sucks

  • Crime Dog

    LOLogan

  • Toasty

    I wonder if Hannah is complaining about Logan coming in

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

      Putting Logan in is like giving Jones the start. Girardi’s not doing it to win this game, he’s doing it to win a game in October.

      That goal has been accomplished (in each instance), because Girardi is building an evidentiary case to use or not use each player in an actual pressure-filled situation as opposed to this theoretical pressure-filled situation.

      It’s why Hannah was right to mock people who bitch and moan about things like Jones getting a start or Girardi giving Logan a key appearance against Votto: because you have to take a larger view than just one game or one at-bat.

      • JMK

        All of these things. ^^^

      • MannyGeee

        Logan is, at best, playing himself out of a primary LOOGY and/or high leverage role.

        at worse he is getting himself DFAd or outrighted.

        just a waste of a 40 man spot.

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

          And tonight’s outing was part of that progression one way or the other.

  • Tut

    Girardi’s managing like a fool.

    • Greg

      Why? I dont want Logan in this game?

  • FIPster Doofus

    lol at Boone Logan being in the majors, let alone with the Yankees.

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

    Boone Logan is so useless.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Logan and Ayala, to a lesser extent, just can’t be depended on whatsoever in any sort of close game. Logan fucking sucks, we need a real LOOGY.

    At least Mo can get closer to 600 saves

  • lily

    lol can’t we have a relaxing 9th inning where we dont have to see mo in a game he shouldn’t be i…… g-d forbid, we have ayala and Logan— fml logan os just horrible

  • cjc

    hopefully that is the final nail in the Logan coffin

  • Monteroisdinero

    Greg Smith to replace Logan?

    • the tenth inning stretch

      They probably wanna keep him stretched out to start. Flores maybe.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Bullshit check swing call man.

  • Ivan

    He had to go in one of them check swings.

  • MannyGeee

    has anyone mentioned tonight that the fatter Dusty Baker gets, the more he looks like a characature of himself?

    the only thing getting smaller is that toothpick he is gnawing on… undoubtedly it was holding a BLT together an inning ago…

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

      undoubtedly it was holding a BLT together an inning ago…

      I laughed.

  • jon

    if the yankees hold them at 1 run they will be +100 runs on the season

  • JMK

    They’re playing Coldplay in the bottom of the 9th with two runners in scoring position against Rivera?

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Tying run at the plate.

    Cut the fucking shit

  • mbonzo

    WOW that was a bad call me thinks.

    • mbonzo

      Nope right call.

  • jon

    bullshit

  • JMK

    Could they have worse camera angles on ESPN?

  • Esteban

    Thought he was out, but close.

  • Kostas

    Mo… Mo… Mo…. cracks in the surface.

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

      Meh, he had cushion room.

      • Esteban

        ha, so he pitched to the score?

  • Ivan

    Take us home Mo.

  • tom

    Just give the Yankees one close call, please?

  • the tenth inning stretch

    I thought he was out at first, but that replay is awfully close…I’m more upset about the check swings.

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

    Boone Logan is shit. Just felt like putting that out there.

    • Mickey Scheister

      Over .300 against LHB’s, really? For a LOOGY, for anyone.

  • NHYankeesFan

    I notice that Sean Mcdonough only notices when the Yankees get a favorable strike call

  • Kostas

    Mo… Mo… Mo…. cracks in the surface.

  • mbonzo

    The Padres are terrible.

    • BigTimeBartolo

      yeah seriously, I thought they had a good bullpen? Adams and Gregerson nowhere to be found in a close game…

  • the tenth inning stretch

    I just laughed at how many Yankee fans in the crowd went “OH!” when that close pitch just missed that would’ve been strike 3.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    I don’t understand, letting the runner go to 2nd in a two run game…

    whatever, just shut it down Mo

  • Monteroisdinero

    2 well-pitched games by starters tonight.

    One on the varsity.

    One on the JV at Scranton.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Hell yeah!

    F you umps.

  • Cy Pettitte

    thanks for cleaning up that mess Mo

  • Esteban

    And Mo shuts the door. No surprises.

  • NHYankeesFan

    Mo = Awesome

  • Greg

    Got him. Why were there people angry at Girardi for the bullpen?

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

      Because they prefer self-righteous blind emotion to introspective thought and dispassionate analysis.

  • http://www.CarlsYankeeDugout.com Carl

    ESCAPED!!!!

  • Esteban

    So Nova is a strikeout pitcher now?

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

      A.J. Burnett Jr.

  • tut

    Results aside, using three pitchers to secure a 4 run lead was ridiculous.

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

    Finally it’s over. Thanks for making that game closer than it should have been Boone.

    • TheLastClown

      I was semi-happy it was a one-&-done HBP.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Nice on the field interview with Martin and Jack Curry. He said Nova had command of 4 pitches and has big time potential. No way he would trade him for an injury-prone Liriano.

    Lol

  • JMK

    Any answers yet on what the fuck was with Jones not running out the grounder?

    • sangreal

      Via Lohud:

      Andruw Jones said he’s OK after rolling his left ankle in the third inning.

      On a ground ball to third base, Jones rolled his ankle during his swing. He took it easy going to first base — which let the Reds turn a double play — but Jones said he’s rolled the ankle a lot, so after the initial concern, he was able to tell Joe Girardi that he was fine. That’s why he stayed in the game.

      “Right when I first moved, I just kind of take it easy,” Jones said. ”Just make sure everything is OK.”

      • JMK

        Ok. Thank you kindly.

  • http://theredlegsreview.blogspot.com/ Redlegs Review

    Man, there is no way you’d think this Reds offense is one of the highest-scoring in baseball if you just watched thier past few games. With that said Nova really stifled our bats tonight…he’s a good looking young arm for you guys. I was a little surprised when I was looking over your current rotation and saw a couple names I hadn’t heard before. Needless to say i’ve heard of Ivan Nova now.

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

      Who the fuck is Ivan Nova?

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

      The Yankees got dominated in similar fashion by Doug Davis last Friday (who had atrocious stats coming into that game.) This baseball thing, you just can’t predict it.

  • King George

    I hope Boone enjoys Scranton.

  • lily

    i think its about time the ayala/logan show end. useless! especially logan

  • Stratman9652

    Nova’s English is getting much better.