Game 71: Switched


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


  1. Greg says:

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

  2. Greg says:

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

  3. Jonathan Harker says:

    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 says:

      He wants Andruw sharp for the post season.

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

  4. Xstar7 says:

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

    • Ivan says:

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

      • Pat D says:

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

  5. jon says:

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

  6. ROBTEN says:

    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.

  7. hogsmog says:

    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’.

    • 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?

      • Moshe Mandel says:

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

      • sangreal says:

        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 says:

      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.

  8. BigTimeBartolo says:

    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…

  9. the tenth inning stretch says:

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

  10. Eduardo (My Left Nunez) says:

    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!

  11. Bronx Byte says:

    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.

  12. Andruw Jones has had 80 plate appearances


    Calm the fuck down, people.

  13. Mike Axisa says:

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

  14. Mike Axisa says:

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

  15. Total Dominication says:

    Where the fuck is Gardner?

  16. Guest says:

    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?

  17. Xstar7 says:

    Let’s do some damage A-Rod

  18. Esteban says:


  19. Cy Pettitte says:


  20. Mike Axisa says:

    I like Chris Heisey, but LOL.

  21. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Nice hitting, A-Rod.

  22. CBean says:

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

  23. StanfordBen says:

    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.

  24. Esteban says:

    More RISPwin.

  25. Mike Axisa says:

    I approve of this start.

  26. Greg says:

    We need more.

  27. Pat D says:

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

  28. Cy Pettitte says:

    a rbi…..for Robbie!

  29. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Yay Robbie, Yay Arod, Yay Teix and Swish.

  30. JMK says:

    Heisey looks really uncomfortable out there.

  31. NHYankeesFan says:

    Robbie Cano, Dontcha know

    Please dont mess this up Nova

  32. nsalem says:

    Is this batting practice? when does the game start?

  33. JMK says:

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

  34. Mike Axisa says:

    Get greedy, Russ. Swing for the fences.

  35. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol Martin

    this zone sucks

  36. Xstar7 says:

    Russell Martin likes small ball.

  37. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:


  38. NHYankeesFan says:

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

  39. Guest says:

    Lets go, Andruw. Make me look stupid.

  40. JMK says:

    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?

  41. Greg says:


  42. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Wait, doesn’t Andruw Jones suck?

  43. Pat D says:

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

  44. Mike Axisa says:

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

  45. Xstar7 says:

    Andruw Jones proving his worth.

  46. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Gardner would have had a double….

  47. Sheepmeister says:

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

  48. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Things I’ve learned from this game:

    1) Travis Wood is an awful pitcher.

  49. Esteban says:

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

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

  50. BigTimeBartolo says:

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

  51. Carl says:

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

  52. James A says:

    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

  53. NHYankeesFan says:

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

  54. Crime Dog says:

    Nunez, hes pitching around you. Take a walk

  55. CBean says:

    This is fun! 9 at bats for everyone today!

  56. Esteban says:

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

  57. Mike Axisa says:

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

  58. Greg says:

    Nova needs to blank them now.

  59. nsalem says:

    10 runs scored in the last 3 innings.

  60. JMK says:

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

  61. Elnino'sboomstick says:

    Perfect hook and no strike ?

  62. Greg says:

    And we’re off…

  63. Guest says:

    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*

  64. BigTimeBartolo says:

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

  65. JMK says:

    I hate this announcing team.

  66. Xstar7 says:

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

  67. JMK says:

    Someone yell at Cervelli!

  68. first time lawng time says:

    Lol our catchers suck.

  69. Elnino'sboomstick says:


    • CBean says:

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

  70. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol Nova

    save us Cashman

  71. Esteban says:

    Who’s ready for 12-8 game?

  72. Greg says:

    This is why we need(ed) more runs.

  73. Steve S. says:

    Apparently, Martin has been hanging out with Cervelli.

  74. CBean says:

    Okay, this is less fun now.

  75. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Nova…(shakes fist)

  76. Guest says:

    Over-under on runs tonight: 14

    I go over.

  77. Monteroisdinero says:

    Stealing a base down 4-0. No respect.

  78. Mike Axisa says:

    One run Nova, hold them to one run.

  79. Mike Axisa says:

    Alright, I’ll take the double play.

  80. nooooo not another double play! says:

    And here comes their rally…

  81. JMK says:

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

  82. Greg says:

    Very good.

  83. Xstar7 says:

    I’ll take that double play

  84. James A says:

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

  85. Karl Krawfid says:

    Tex baby

  86. Xstar7 says:

    Giambi with a better glove

  87. BigTimeBartolo says:

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

  88. Nefarious says:

    So does Montero throw it into centerfield too?

  89. Elnino'sboomstick says:

    Nova starts means lots of beer tonight

  90. Monteroisdinero says:

    Tex showing Pena how it’s done.

  91. CBean says:

    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?

  92. first time lawng time says:

    Lol Nova looks so charming at bat.

  93. Mike Axisa says:

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

  94. Guest says:

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

  95. Xstar7 says:

    Way to get the bat off your shoulder Nova!

  96. Greg says:

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

  97. Chip says:

    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

  98. JMK says:

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

  99. Xstar7 says:

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

    • Elnino'sboomstick says:

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

      • Esteban says:

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

      • Xstar7 says:

        What we need are robot umpires.

        • Pat D says:

          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?


          • Xstar7 says:

            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.

  100. Mike Axisa says:

    This strike zone is … interesting.

  101. first time lawng time says:

    Umm Swish actually struck out.

  102. JMK says:

    That to me actually looked pretty good.

  103. Rob says:

    big break right there

  104. Esteban says:

    Juuuuuust missed.

  105. BigTimeBartolo says:

    I’m loving some Swish OBP right now

  106. Xstar7 says:

    Grandy just missed a home run. For shame.

  107. Sheepmeister says:

    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.

  108. Xstar7 says:

    Tex just got BABIP fucked

  109. Guest says:

    Major league players are good at baseball.

  110. JMK says:

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

  111. James A says:

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

  112. Karl Krawfid says:

    Grandy needs a day off soon.

  113. Asdrubal Cabrera says:

    You’re totally right Bobby V, this play isn’t as good as the one Nunez made on Starlin

  114. JMK says:

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

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

      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.

  115. JMK says:

    Did Heisey even run?

  116. Xstar7 says:

    The Centaur strike

  117. Cy Pettitte says:

    Heisey can’t stay on his feet

  118. Mike Axisa says:

    Time for some new cleats, Chris Heisey.

  119. JMK says:

    Oh Jesus. Haha.

  120. TheLastClown says:

    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?

  121. Elnino'sboomstick says:

    All the new ballparks are starting to look the same

  122. Mike Axisa says:

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

  123. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Yay for 1-2-3 innings

  124. Chip says:

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

    • Steve S. says:

      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 says:

        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.

  125. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Anyone else rooting for Andrew Miller to fail miserably?

  126. Karl Krawfid says:

    Cano is almost hitting 300 folks

  127. BigTimeBartolo says:

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

  128. first time lawng time says:

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

  129. Cy Pettitte says:

    what the fuck

  130. Mike Axisa says:

    Oh that’s bullshit, fucking pull him.

  131. sangreal says:


  132. Esteban says:

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

  133. Greg says:

    That cancels out the RBI single.

  134. Xstar7 says:

    NOW we can hate on Andruw

  135. Chip says:

    Well, so much for the Andruw Jones experiment

  136. inpinstripes says:

    LAzy BUM!!!

  137. BigTimeBartolo says:

    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

  138. first time lawng time says:

    I’d bench Jones for that. Inexcusable.

  139. Guest says:

    Yankees don’t really do “healthy.”

  140. Chip says:

    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

  141. James A says:

    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

  142. Guest says:

    I really wonder what happened there…

  143. Karl Krawfid says:

    Get in front of that russ jeez.

  144. Xstar7 says:

    That better not lead to a run

  145. wow says:

    i take hustle lessons from Andruw Jones.

  146. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Fuck Andruw Jones. That is all.

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

  147. Xstar7 says:

    This home plate umpire is so inconsistent.

  148. Pastadivingarod says:

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

    • BigTimeBartolo says:

      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 says:

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

      • Pastadivingarod says:

        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 says:

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

    • Monteroisdinero says:

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

  149. Karl Krawfid says:

    nice positioning

  150. Rob says:

    nice hustle andrew!

  151. tom says:

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

  152. Monteroisdinero says:

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

    No excuse.

  153. Pat D says:

    Awesome trivia question.

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

  154. Cy Pettitte says:

    damn, that was so exciting

  155. MikeD says:

    NL Baseball. It makes my spine tingle.

  156. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Very productive AB Ivan…

  157. Mickey Scheister says:

    Oh how I miss Jeter and the DH.

  158. Greg says:

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

  159. NHYankeesFan says:

    2 free outs

  160. JMK says:

    More baserunning woes. Worst baserunning team ever?

  161. Esteban says:

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

  162. BigTimeBartolo says:

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

  163. Rob says:

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

  164. Steve S. says:

    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 says:


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

      • Steve S. says:

        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 says:

          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.

      • Steve S. says:

        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.

    • JMK says:

      Yeah, I’d do that.

    • Chip says:

      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

  165. MikeD says:

    Instincts are not taught.

  166. JMK says:


  167. tom says:

    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.

  168. Pastadivingarod says:

    AL Baseball is like steak
    NL Baseball is like hotdogs

  169. JMK says:

    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 says:

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

      • JMK says:

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

    • TheLastClown says:

      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.

  170. Esteban says:

    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.

  171. lily says:

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

  172. Xstar7 says:

    Beautiful catch by Robbie

  173. Pat D says:

    Anyone else know that trivia answer?

    Here’s his stats:

    • Steve S. says:

      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 says:

        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.

  174. Monteroisdinero says:

    Nova throwing more changeups now. Me like.

  175. FIPster Doofus says:

    The Padres are a joke. Nice offense, fuckos.

  176. first time lawng time says:

    I think it’s tacky.

  177. lily says:

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

  178. Greg says:

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

    • Cy Pettitte says:

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

    • Mickey Scheister says:

      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.

  179. BigTimeBartolo says:

    We sure are letting Wood settling in…

  180. Mickey Scheister says:

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

  181. Karl Krawfid says:

    I need an A-Bomb

  182. BigTimeBartolo says:

    This umpire is some trash

  183. Mickey Scheister says:

    Just say out, the ump with all the theatrics.

  184. Jonathan Harker says:

    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.

  185. first time lawng time says:

    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.

  186. TheLastClown says:

    A-Rod caught looking?


    Robotiques, por favor.

  187. JMK says:

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

    He might throw 200 pitches.

  188. Jonathan Harker says:

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

  189. Cy Pettitte says:

    thanks Kay

  190. Esteban says:

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

  191. first time lawng time says:

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

    No, Michael Kay, I think hockey.

  192. wow says:

    this umpire is trash.

  193. Greg says:

    Thanks a lot Michael

  194. Xstar7 says:

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

    Oh Michael

  195. TheLastClown says:

    Tattooed the 105 on his arm?


  196. Mike Axisa says:

    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.

  197. first time lawng time says:

    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.

  198. Kostas says:

    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.

  199. Karl Krawfid says:

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

  200. Esteban says:

    C’mon Coltrane, start hitting HRs again.

  201. Pat D says:

    The Big Red Machine underachieved.

  202. Esteban says:

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

  203. Xstar7 says:

    Several Yankees have just missed home runs today.

  204. first time lawng time says:

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

  205. Jonathan Harker says:

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

  206. Xstar7 says:

    This is Nova’s third time through the order.

  207. nsalem says:

    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

  208. King George says:

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

  209. Karl Krawfid says:

    Votto was so close to being a Yankee :(

  210. first time lawng time says:

    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.

  211. 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.

  212. nsalem says:

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

    • MannyGeee says:

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

      • nsalem says:

        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 says:

          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.

  213. MannyGeee says:

    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??

  214. Mickey Scheister says:

    At least the ump is consistently inconsistent.

  215. NHYankeesFan says:

    How is Travis Wood pitching in the 7th inning?


  217. BigTimeBartolo says:

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

  218. Kostas says:

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

  219. NHYankeesFan says:

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

  220. Pat D says:

    Wow, Selig actually grew a set.

    • Greg says:

      What happened?

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Told the McCourts to fuck off.

      • Pat D says:

        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 says:

          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.

          • 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 says:

              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.

                • Jimmy McNulty says:

                  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.

                  • 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 says:


        • Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

          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 says:

      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!

  221. Monteroisdinero says:

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

  222. 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.

  223. Cy Pettitte says:

    Hudson hit a 2 run HR off Romero, lmao.

  224. BigTimeBartolo says:

    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

  225. Monteroisdinero says:

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

    Nova Lox down the 7th.

  226. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Is Nova going to pitch teh eighth?

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

    • TheLastClown says:

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

  228. TheLastClown says:

    Nova should pitch the 8th.

    But will he?

  229. Jonathan Harker says:

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

  230. King George says:

    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.

  231. Jimmy McNulty says:

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

  232. first time lawng time says:

    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.

  233. mbonzo says:

    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?

    • Mike Axisa says:

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

    • 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 says:

        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?

        • 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 says:

            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.

  234. Greg says:

    Arrondondo’s asking for it

  235. Cy Pettitte says:

    Granderson was out by a mile

  236. BigTimeBartolo says:

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

  237. Jimmy McNulty says:

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

  238. Chip says:

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

  239. Ivan says:

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

  240. Greg says:

    Mark trying to do too much.

  241. Cy Pettitte says:

    hooray for free runs

  242. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yeah wild pitch baby

  243. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Yep, Nova in the 8th.

  244. TheLastClown says:


  245. BigTimeBartolo says:

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

  246. CBean says:

    Good job Grandy!

  247. Pat D says:

    Grandy just cost ARod an RBI.

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

  248. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

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

  249. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Fallacy of the predetermined outcome.

  250. Monteroisdinero says:

    Ramiro/Gardy/Dickerson time.

  251. TheLastClown says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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

  252. Mike Axisa says:

    Uh … why exactly are they pinch running for Alex?

  253. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Just being careful by bringing in pena?

    • Jonathan Harker says:

      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.

  254. Karl Krawfid says:

    Nova isn’t fooling me. He sucks.

  255. CBean says:

    I sure hope so

  256. Oooh, an Andy Van Slyke sighting!

    And man, those Mets uniforms were garish.

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

  257. jon says:

    is this the best pitched game by a yankee starter?

  258. Cy Pettitte says:

    what a gem from Nova, did not expect that.

  259. wow says:

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

  260. mbonzo says:

    Nova for the 9th? I hope so.

  261. CBean says:

    So very impressed by Nova.

  262. first time lawng time says:

    I’d send Nova out for the 9th.

  263. Pastadivingarod says:

    Nova throws his game of the year

  264. Monteroisdinero says:

    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 says:

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

    • MannyGeee says:

      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 says:

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

      • MannyGeee says:

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

        or like AJ Burnett in 2008….

  265. Carl says:

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

  266. Greg says:

    Here’s Gardy

  267. mbonzo says:

    Gardner is rusty now.

    /starts controversy.

  268. tom says:

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

  269. Chip says:

    If anything, at least this gives Posada a plate appearance

  270. mbonzo says:

    Nova is an NL pitcher.

  271. nsalem says:

    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.

  272. JD says:

    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…

  273. CBean says:

    Noooooooooo Boone!

  274. Mike Axisa says:

    Votto and Bruce against Logan has ugly potential.

  275. dela g says:

    nova killed it today

  276. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Fuck Adrian Gonzalez and Fenway Park. That is all.

  277. Monteroisdinero says:

    it’s the Boony and Noony show now.

    Mo tonight? rhetorical question?

  278. Pastadivingarod says:

    Can we please sign JC ROMERO !

  279. wow says:

    totally unnecessary.

  280. NHYankeesFan says:

    Boone’s stats are very misleading

  281. sangreal says:

    Logan? Might as well start warming up Mo

  282. mbonzo says:

    Can’t Andruw Jones play for Boone Logan instead?

  283. Cuso says:

    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.

  284. Greg says:

    Could have been much worse.

  285. dela g says:

    great job, boone.

    dfa this dumbass, plz

  286. mbonzo says:

    Boone… starting to understand why walking lefties are bad.

  287. Cy Pettitte says:

    oh dear lord, why?

  288. jon says:

    honestly that was the best case scenario

  289. Jonathan Harker says:

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

  290. Kevin says:

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

  291. BigTimeBartolo says:

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

  292. Karl Krawfid says:

    You got to be fucking kidding me.

  293. CBean says:

    Looks like we’ll see Mo

  294. NHYankeesFan says:

    Someone please shoot Logan

  295. Stratman9652 says:


  296. Mike Axisa says:

    This is hysterical.

  297. Jonathan Harker says:

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

  298. Good bullpen management Joe.

  299. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Really? Boone Logan, you’re certifiably awful.

  300. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  301. Rey22 says:

    Boone Logan thinks Boone Logan sucks

  302. Crime Dog says:


  303. Toasty says:

    I wonder if Hannah is complaining about Logan coming in

  304. Tut says:

    Girardi’s managing like a fool.

  305. FIPster Doofus says:

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

  306. Xstar7 says:

    Boone Logan is so useless.

  307. BigTimeBartolo says:

    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

  308. lily says:

    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

  309. cjc says:

    hopefully that is the final nail in the Logan coffin

  310. Monteroisdinero says:

    Greg Smith to replace Logan?

  311. Karl Krawfid says:

    Bullshit check swing call man.

  312. Ivan says:

    He had to go in one of them check swings.

  313. MannyGeee says:

    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…

  314. jon says:

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

  315. JMK says:

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

  316. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Tying run at the plate.

    Cut the fucking shit

  317. mbonzo says:

    WOW that was a bad call me thinks.

  318. jon says:


  319. JMK says:

    Could they have worse camera angles on ESPN?

  320. Esteban says:

    Thought he was out, but close.

  321. Kostas says:

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

  322. Ivan says:

    Take us home Mo.

  323. tom says:

    Just give the Yankees one close call, please?

  324. the tenth inning stretch says:

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

  325. Xstar7 says:

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

  326. NHYankeesFan says:

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

  327. Kostas says:

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

  328. mbonzo says:

    The Padres are terrible.

    • BigTimeBartolo says:

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

  329. the tenth inning stretch says:

    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.

  330. BigTimeBartolo says:

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

    whatever, just shut it down Mo

  331. Monteroisdinero says:

    2 well-pitched games by starters tonight.

    One on the varsity.

    One on the JV at Scranton.

  332. Karl Krawfid says:

    Hell yeah!

    F you umps.

  333. Cy Pettitte says:

    thanks for cleaning up that mess Mo

  334. Esteban says:

    And Mo shuts the door. No surprises.

  335. NHYankeesFan says:

    Mo = Awesome

  336. Greg says:

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

  337. Esteban says:

    So Nova is a strikeout pitcher now?

  338. tut says:

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

  339. Xstar7 says:

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

  340. Monteroisdinero says:

    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.


  341. JMK says:

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

    • sangreal says:

      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.”

  342. 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.

  343. King George says:

    I hope Boone enjoys Scranton.

  344. lily says:

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

  345. Stratman9652 says:

    Nova’s English is getting much better.

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