Jun
22

Game 73: Right back at it

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The Yankees already have one win to their credit today, now they’re going to try to make it two. Get greedy boys, don’t be content with two of three. Here’s the starting nine…

Brett Gardner, LF
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Nick Swisher, RF
Russell Martin, C
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Ramiro Pena, 2B
Brian Gordon, SP

Tonight’s game will be broadcast on My9, which means we’re probably due for a rain delay given the channel’s recent history. Game starts at 7:10pm ET, so enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Kramerica Industries

    Looking at the standings, I can’t be the only one who senses a very eerily similar feel to the 2009 regular season, to this point.

    -Red Sox leading the pack and rolling the past few months

    -Yankees dominating every team not located in Boston

    -Rays trudging along, lurking in the shadows but not quite making a big move on either of the two ahead of them, though always a threat to

    If the Yankees win and the Pads hold on in their rain delayed infestation, the Yankees are in 1st place. That would be nice.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Yes, the similarities between 2009 and 2011 are not that hard to see when you compare to the two seasons. However, I find it hard to see the Yankees having the type of rotation that they did in 09′. CC, Andy, and Burnett were superb for the most part throughout the series. While CC should pitch well I don’t know if Colon will be able to keep the magic going and then you have guys like Burnett, Hughes, Nova, and Garcia where you really don’t know what to expect.I do foresee the Yankees going after another starter so depending on who it is it may solidify the playoff rotation. In terms of offensive prowess the Yankees are arguably the best in baseball with Red Sox and everyone else in another league. The pen is an enigma still with injuries, but Mo and Robertson provide a more than adequate 1-2 punch.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Oh, I completely agree. The way the two seasons enveloped differs. My point was that, despite whatever factors may be at play, it is interesting to see the bottomline similarities that exist, thus far.

        I would never expect things to continue on this way. It’ll be fun while it lasts.

    • Kevin D.

      I find it hard to get excited for a game that Cano is not playing in. Bummer.

      • Kevin D.

        Comment fail.

  • dkidd

    at least one double play grounder will be botched in gif-worthy fashion

  • jdp

    More fun and frolics with Ramiro!

    • jdp

      And, I should have added, Eduardo!

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

    Three mascots, Cincinnati? Really?

    • Pat D

      One’s got a skirt and the other appears to be a monster, so they’re clearly trying to appeal to every demographic.

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

        I wonder if Gapper the Monster was a replacement for their previous furry mascot, “Schottzie the N#$%&!-Chasing St. Bernard”.

        • DCBX

          WIN

    • jdp

      menage-a-trois in conservative Cincinnati?

  • OriginalDunDada

    Why in the hell is Pena in the lineup again?? I would rather play Posada at second then Pena. Atleast he can hit….

  • Karl Krawfid

    Brian Gordon will hit a slam

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    So Girardi plays Pena and Nunez twice, but he doesn’t play Cano twice?? I know Cano’s way more valuable than Nunez or Pena so you don’t want him to get hurt, but especially with the off day tomorrow, it doesn’t really make sense.

    • bonestock94

      Pena + Nunez = utility scrubs

      Cano = star player at challenging position that can use a day or two off

      Girardi said the long (16?) game stretches were tough on the team in reference to ARod and Tex resting earlier. Seems like a reasonable thing to do.

  • jdp

    Boston lost. First place is on the line. Bear down, boys!

    • CS Yankee

      You mean we are already in 1st & now we can extend the lead.

      /%-pointsFTW’d

      • jdp

        or lose it
        that’s why it’s “on the line”

        • CS Yankee

          Gotcha…

          but to clarify, it’s our side of the line now.

  • Karl Krawfid

    1st place by a couple percentage points baby yeah!!

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

    Don’t look now, but a win tonight makes us the only other .600 team in baseball.

    • CS Yankee

      (covers eyes) pleze tel! me whem i can 2 look again?

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    ESPN: “Rare Posada HR lifts Yanks”

    Pedroia also has 6 HRs. I can’t imagine the same headline if his next HR wins a game for the Sux. But maybe that’s just me.

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

      To be fair, it was Posada’s first home run since April 23rd.

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

    I fully and wholeheartedly expect Brian Gordon to not only pitch a CGSO, but go 4-4 with 4 grand slams and cap off the night by making a spectacular diving catch to end the game.

    • Chip

      In centerfield, yes he’s going to make the last out by throwing the pitch and then sprinting back and catching the ball in center

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

        Not spectacular enough. He’s going to sprint then leap over the centerfield fence to rob Joey Votto of a home run to end the game.

  • lily

    didn’t we see enough of pena the first game?

    • Chip

      You know he’ll make like two outstanding defensive plays and have a big hit now don’t you?

    • jdp

      he’s gonna keep playing different positions until he finds one he won’t look ridiculous at

    • CS Yankee

      2B is so much closer than 3B to 1B (let’s hope he doesn’t have to throw home).

  • first time lawng time

    Something cool: the Yankees only have 2 4 game win streaks. Yet they have one of the best records in.baseball. They also have one of the bet records despite a questionable pitching staff, crumbling BP, and hitters underperforming.

    Cool. Although it would be nice to have a 9 game win streak…

    • Chip

      Colon and CC being absolute studs, AJ having a mediocre year in which is a very good number three, Garcia is going all Jamie Moyer on the league and Nova being hit or miss at the fifth. How is that a questionable pitching staff? I have a hard time finding many other teams with better staffs other than the Mariners and Phillies

      • first time lawng time

        Well AJ was coming off a bad year, and no one expected Colon and Garcia to pitch as well as they have, and I think many people aren’t expecting Colon and Garcia to sustain how they’ve been pitching.

    • CS Yankee

      The SP bashing needs to stop though, they have done really, really well overall.

      Yes, we would trade them all for the Giants, Rays, Braves & Phillies starters, but they are doing better than anyone would have projected.

      • first time lawng time

        I don’t think “questionable” is bashing. Let’s be honest, I think many people believe Colon and Garcia will regress. Also, many people have no faith in AJ.

        Would you be comfortable with this pitching staff in the post season? I wouldn’t. They’ve been pitching well, but it would be nice to get a reliable starter.

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

          They’re only questionable in terms of future success. They’re not questionable in terms of past or present success, though, so they don’t have one of the best records in baseball “despite” any future questions about the staff.

          There’s a difference between a pitching staff that has been questionable and a pitching staff that could be questionable. Gigantic difference.

          • first time lawng time

            Gee I’m sorry.

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

              No problem. It was a poor word choice, that’s all.

          • first time lawng time

            On paper, before the season started, everyone questioned how the pitching would hold up. So, yes, they have won games despite their predetermined weakness.

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

              But those questions have proven moot. Even with Hughes going backwards and then imploding, the rotation has been stalwart, not questionable.

              They may have been questionable on paper, and they may be questionable in theory going forward, but we have not, to this point, actually had a questionable rotation. We’ve had an exceedingly effective rotation.

              In no way, shape, or form are the 2011 Yankees winning games “despite” their (insert adjective of your choice) rotation

              • first time lawng time

                But my point was, they have overcome the “questionable” staff, pitched well (turn the predetermined weakness into a legit strength, to this point) and used that to win games.

                They overcame the prediction and proved it wrong.

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

                  Then say they overcame the “reportedly” questionable staff, or the “erroneously” questionable staff. Or describe the disconnect between popular acclaim and actual results in some way.

                  “They also have one of the best records despite a much-maligned pitching staff, crumbling BP, and hitters underperforming.”

                  That works. The way you said it originally doesn’t.

        • CS Yankee

          I understand what your saying.

          2011 current comfort level:
          CC & Lester are a push
          Josh over AJ
          Colon over Clay (but close)
          Garcia over Lackey

  • Rey22

    Wow, did Boston really lose 2 out of 3 from the Padres?

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

      They should all be embarrassed with themselves. Pathetic. Pitiful. Someone at One Yawkey Way needs to be fired. Unacceptable. A sure sign that that Boston team is headed for disaster. It’s not their year. Pack it in, boys.

      Sincerely,
      Boston versions of the boverreacting simpletons around here

      • CS Yankee

        They would have been swept if it wasn’t for a 10 spot in the 7th in G1 or if the Pad’s could have gone into beantown wearing Camo.

      • Rey22

        On fire for 2 weeks and stopped by the mighty San Diego Padres. Bless baseball.

      • A-Rod’s Wingman

        Except…they have the much better team on paper and they can beat their division rival.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      If the Red Sox swept us, and the Friars took 2 of 3 against the Sox, that means the Padres are better than us.

  • Stratman9652

    Massive thanks to whoever it was that mentioned that my9 games can be seen in a raw feed on Time Warner channel 1027 in upstate NY.

    I was about the get really upset that the local channel up here that normally carries my9 games was airing Access Hollywood instead. Whoever decides on the programming on WSTM needs to get their priorities straight.

  • first time lawng time

    Cueto has a strange delivery. Kinda reminds me of Lincecum’s.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Looks like a mix between King Felix and Pedro with the side arm action to me.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Anybody going to see McCartney at the Stadium?

  • Greg

    Gonna be tough. Cueto looks good.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Just wait until Brian Gordon comes up to bat.

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

      Cueto has a habit of looking good and then suddenly not looking good. There’s a lot of A.J. in that young man.

      (I’m a Cueto fan, btw.)

  • Karl Krawfid

    A-Rod you could have swung at one of the fastballs right down the middle.

    • Chip

      I was hoping Granderson would swing 3-0. You’re second in the league in homers, take a swing if they’re going to cupcake one for you

  • Greg

    Get him out

  • Cy Pettitte

    oy. at least the won the first one.

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

      It’s the first inning.

      • Cy Pettitte

        I’m just saying, if they lost earlier today that would have really annoyed me.

      • MikeD

        Yeah, but one batter, one HR, no outs, the Yankees will give up, ummm, well we can’t calculate that number yet. Technically, the game will never end!

  • MikeD

    Okay. Gordon experiment over. Bring in Noesi.

    Just kidding.

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

    Ouch.

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

    Ew

  • Nigel Incubator-Jones

    -3.25 that fast. Oh well, it was only 50 cents.

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

    Nuñez made a successful throw to first. That’s a good omen. The fates smile on us.

  • Ben

    Errr is anyone else having trouble finding this game? YES is an interview with the guy from transformers, My9 is “are you smarter than a 5th grader” … confusion reigns

    • MikeD

      Where do you live? It’s on My9 where I live.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      It’s definitely on My9 for me.

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

      YES is an interview with the guy from transformers,

      Is that what John Turturro is now? “The guy from Transformers”? Really?

      Ugh.

    • http://twitter.com/karcotte karcotte

      My9 is usually on CW where I live but today it’s on ABC…look around or check tv listings.

    • Stratman9652

      1027 if you are a Time Warner customer in upstate NY (Syracuse or above)

  • CS Yankee

    If Gordon gets to bat that should mean that he has had some level of success tonight, right?

    • Greg

      That’s exactly that I was thinking.

    • MikeD

      Even great hitters don’t have a high level of success. He shouldn’t suck, though, since he had a .460 SLG average in the minors. Yet when did he last bat?

      • sangreal

        I think his point is whether Gordon lasts long enough to bat 9th

        • sangreal

          and not be pinched

    • MikeD

      Sorry, misread your original note!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Nunez and Pena make back to back plays?? What happened???

  • lily

    brian gordon is a great story but can’t the yankees call someone else up.

    • Nigel Incubator-Jones

      I hope so. Maybe they can get there by the 3rd inning.

    • CS Yankee

      Buddy says hello.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Swish!!!!

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

    HOLY CRAP NICK SWISHER

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    First pitch Swishin’

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

    Wow, oppo bomb. That was no cheapie.

    Also … no smiles dammit!

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

    Sweet, sweet regression vs. RHP.

  • MikeD

    Nice. Swish got swag.

  • Greg

    Yay

  • sangreal

    It’s a good sign when you’re watching Gameday and see In play, run(s) with nobody on base.

    • S. King

      it’s also a good sign when you’re watching Gameday and see In play, run(s) with anybody on base.

    • CS Yankee

      Not nearly as good as when its your team batting and the bases are stacked (as it could mean multiple runs).

  • Chip

    Haven’t seen Swish go oppo in a long time

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    SWISH!!

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      also lol at Kay’s call.

  • Chip

    I like watching Nunez bat more than Jeter mostly because he doesn’t swing at every fastball in the area code

  • CS Yankee

    Miguel Cairo is their 3B? Isn’t he an AARP member & a former AAAA/role player?

    • Chip

      Yes, former AAAA/role player and current absolutely worthless baseball player

  • MikeD

    Does your cat put out? I swear that’s what she’s singing.

    I frankly don’t know if my cat puts out.

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

    Brian Gordon: nope.

  • Chip

    Alright, less of that big curve. You can’t throw that to every batter

  • Greg

    Please take him out

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

      Second inning. Only two solo shots so far. Remain calm.

      • Greg

        They’re hitting the ball hard off of him. Even for outs.

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

          It happens. It’s still way too soon to yank him, though. Give him a chance to settle in. Don’t wreck the bullpen for 7 innings.

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

    Jesus Christ Gordon

    • MikeD

      I’m pretty sure that’s not Jesus Christ’s last name. If it is, we got ourselves a story.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Noesi please

  • jon

    well this experiment was fun

    time for noesi

  • dkidd

    double switch:

    noesi replaces gordon

    gordon replaces pena at second base

    /national league’d

    • CS Yankee

      lol

  • MikeD

    Miguel Cairo? Where’s Jose Vizcaino and Luis Sojo still play in the majors, too?

  • lily

    i hope girardi doesn’t wait till the game is out of reach till he pulls him out

    • pat

      It’s already out of reach.

  • Chip

    Yeah, at least Noesi can go out and dominate guys. With Gordon, if they guess right, it’s all over

  • CS Yankee

    Pitchers always get the heater.

    Gordon is more like a warming tray though.

  • StanfordBen

    My MLB.tv isn’t working (happening to anyone else?) so I have to listen to the radio, and naturally I chose the Reds over Sterling.

    The Reds announcers just said that there are 8 positional hitting spots in all of baseball that don’t have a home run. 7 are National League starting pitcher spots, and the 8th is the Reds’ shortstop. So 9 NL teams have gotten more home run production out of their pitcher slot than the Reds have out of their shortstop slot. Heh.

  • CS Yankee

    Funny how it ended up throwing two “softies” on the same day, ehh?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Gordon was a great story at least.

  • pat

    GIVE HIM TEH GREEN LIGHT

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cueto pitching around Gordon, he’s so scared.

  • dkidd

    smart walk. can’t let gordon bet you

    • dkidd

      beat you

      /oh, forget it…’d

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Oh yeah.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    HAHAHAHA a walk for Gordon

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Give Gordon the green light.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Cueto’s not doing himself any favors by trying to show up the ump.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      If I was an ump, I’d want players to show me up. It’s amusing.

  • CS Yankee

    Dear mom,

    I’ve waited 32 years to get to hit the cover off the ball and Cueto walks me on four pitches. The sad thing is that i may never get another chance to bat.

    Your son,
    Brian Gordon

  • Rob

    gardner sucks, cant wait for jeter to be in the leadoff spot again

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Jeter would have hit a DP there

      • Nigel Incubator-Jones

        Saw this coming from 2994 feet away.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Dear Tex,

    Why are you swinging at the first pitch? This guy just walked the pitcher on 4 straight!

    Sincerely,
    Common Sense

    • Nigel Incubator-Jones

      Then went 1-2 and 0-1 on the next 2 batters.

    • Chip

      If he hits one out of the park, nobody minds

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    This team has no passion

    /RAB comments circa 2010′d

  • CBean

    So Gordon actually did better there in that inning than any of our hitters? Oh baseball.

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

      You just can’t predict it

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Back up…the Indians never make mistakes?

    Are we talking about the same franchise, Kay?

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

    That was strike 3 to Phillips

  • pat

    Phillips has a career .317 obp. Safe to say the Indians’ concerns about his plate discipline were well founded.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Also safe to say he’s more valuable than Jeff Stevens

      • Jeff Stevens

        Hurt.

      • pat

        Well, yes that’s very true. But Kay was almost indignant like the Indians had a bona fide superstar they gave up for nothing.

        • CMP

          Since 2007, the only 2nd basemen with more WAR than Philips are Utley, Pedroia, Cano and Kinsler.

          • pat

            In 2007 Utley was worth 6.6 bWAR. That’s what you get if you add Phillips’ 2007, 2008, 2009 and HALF of 2010. IMO you don’t get superstar status just by being next in line.

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

              Do you get superstar status by being better than 70% of the other players at your position? Because that’s where Phillips is.

              • pat

                If Phillips is a superstar then what are the other guys? Because if you want to use WAR to compare them they have arguably been two to three times better then he year in and year out. Not saying it wasn’t a great trade for the Reds, but Brandon Phillips is by no means a superstar when there are guys much, much more productive at the same position. I don’t think you should be put on a pedestal because the rest of your peers are in the gutter. I guess it’s all relative.

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

                  If Phillips is a superstar then what are the other guys?

                  MVP candidates?

            • CMP

              “Superstar” is a vague term.

              You can’t dispute the fact that the Indians gave up one of the best young 2nd basemen in baseball for pretty much nothing.

              • pat

                I agree with you on that point. I just disagree with the “superstar” label.

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

          The Indians did give up a bonafide superstar for nothing.

          Yes, Brandon Phillips has a crappy OBP, but he’s still a superstar. It is what it is.

    • CMP

      That was a hideous trade by Cleveland.

      http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....later.html

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    This ump sucks.

  • jon

    has he given up something OTHER than a hard hit grounder or a fly ball to the warning track?

    • MikeD

      Yes. He’s given up two fly balls over the wall.

  • MikeD

    I know Gordon is new, but do his stats in the minor suggest he’s a fly-ball pitcher? Lots of fly-ball outs today, and in this park that’s a bad thing.

  • James A

    This is not the right ump for a 5 pitch, mix and match, max out at 90, corners guy like Gordon

  • CS Yankee

    He better get that ball down or he’ll get murdered.

  • Greg

    Gordon is also very lucky that this Reds team is in a slump because he’s leaving many pitches up.

  • CS Yankee

    Dear AJ,

    Please teach this AAA OF’er how to bury a ball in the dirt.

    signed,
    wanting the June lead real badly.

    PS
    Better do it now

    • CMP

      I don’t want AJ teaching the other Yankee pitchers anything. The should watch what he does and then do the opposite.

  • Greg

    Bench, Hunter, Morgan, ?

    • Jeff Stevens

      Perez.

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

      Tony Perez.

  • Greg

    Early but would it be interesting if our C lineup scored more runs than our A lineup.

    • lily

      lol i was thinking that.

  • lily

    good thing we won the first game. would’ve sucked if we lost it cuz cueto looks good

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

    If I were a Reds fan I would rock the fuck out of a Pete Rose jersey.

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

      The dude belongs in the Hall of Fame. There are players in the hall of fame who have done worse things than gamble on games.

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

        Shoeless Joe Jackson received a lifetime ban.

        He’s dead.

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

        If it wasn’t for the hit record, nothing about his career says Hall of Fame. He hung around a long, long time to get that record, even when he was a detriment to his team.

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

          In his 15-year prime from 1965-1979 (age 24-38), he hit .316/.388/.442 (130+).

          The tail end was ugly, sure, but plenty of HoF guys hang around way too long and drag down their numbers too much. In his prime, Rose was an excellent, excellent hitter.

        • MikeD

          I think that might be a bit extreme, although I suppose it depends on where one draws his personal line for the HOF. For comparative purposes to others elected:

          Black Ink: Batting – 64, Average HOFer ? 27
          Gray Ink: Batting – 239, Average HOFer ? 144
          Hall of Fame Monitor: Batting – 308, Likely HOFer ? 100
          Hall of Fame Standards Batting – 55, Average HOFer ? 50

          Ranks 45th all time in bWAR.

          He gets overrated, but he can be in my HOF.

        • DCBX

          All-Star at 2B, 3B, and LF is pretty damn good.

        • Guest

          TSJC points out some pretty impressive rate numbers below. 130 OPS+ over a 15 year span is nothing to sneeze at.

          And, I think it would be strange to leave the all-time hit leader out of the hall of fame (presuming there were no other…um…extenuating circumstances).

          It is the Hall of “Fame”…and the owner of the most hits all-time should meet the “fame” standard.

          I personally am looking forward to all of A-Rod’s counting stat accomplishments. He’s got an uber legit shot at most HR’s, most RBI’s, well more than 3000 hits. Should be fun to see where he ends up.

          • MikeD

            The HOF is as much about marketing the game as anything else. The idea that the all-time hit leader (Rose); all-time HR leader (Bonds); and probable eventual all-time HR leader (A-Rod) will never be in the HOF, along with many other great players, is a substantial problem.

      • CMP

        Maybe other’s have done worse things to society but gambling on baseball is the worst thing you could ever do to the game other than throwing a game.

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

          Disagree.

          • CMP

            Disagree with you disagreeing with me.

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

              I disagree with you disagreeing with him who disagrees with you.

      • MikeD

        There are almost assuredly players in the HOF who actually gambled on games.

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

    Swish, baby.

  • MikeD

    Smilin’ Swish. Where’s Cuso?

  • CP

    Damn, Swisher just looks ugly out there…

  • pat

    And now the strike zone is getting bigger. Awesome.

    • Chip

      No kidding, I’m normally not a roboump supporter but this game is making me think otherwise

  • James A

    Not to spoil Dotf, but Tampa is getting 1998 Kerry Wood’ed

  • Greg

    Its over

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Yep. Yanks should just forfeit their last 12 outs. Never, never in the storied history of baseball has a team overcome a 3 run deficit with 4 innings to go.

      • Greg

        One hit against Cueto in five innings. Doesnt look good.

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

    Gordon is done

  • Jonathan Harker

    That piece of trash did it again. When’s Colon coming back?

    • CBean

      Piece of trash seems a little harsh.

  • lily

    ok its over. i just hope this gordon experiment is also over

    • CBean

      3 runs isn’t insurmountable.

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

    Oh well. Tough to sweep doubleheaders anyway. I’d take 2/3 with Nova, Garcia, and Gordon going all season long.

    • Greg

      I would too. But we had a chance to go into first and stick to the man.

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

        I couldn’t care less about first place after 72 games.

        • Greg

          Just to keep ESPN on its toes.

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

            Fuck ESPN.

    • MikeD

      …it ain’t over. The Yankees can score runs.

    • Ivan

      Totally agree. Although this game is not over.

    • CMP

      It’s a little surprising to see Mike wave the white flag. He’s usually a never say die guy.

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

        This has all the feel of a “we won the first five games of the road trip, that’s good enough” game.

        • Ivan

          You mean won 4 of 5 games on the road so far.

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

            Close enough.

        • CMP

          I have to agree. Besides, ESPN gamecast has the Reds as 92% predicted winner so winning this game looks bleak.

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

    Oof. Gordon got Heisey’d.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Hurry back, Bartolo

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

      This. Although it’s unreasonable to expect him to pitch as well as he had been when he gets back.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        He at least should be better than Gordon because he can actually throw a FB by hitters.

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

          True dat. Colon’s two-seamer is nasty.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    So yeah, Noesi >> Gordon

  • King George

    No, please Gordon…just throw more cock-high fastballs right down the middle.

  • Rob

    boone logan warming up so he can come in and hit votto in the back

  • Cy Pettitte

    3 HRs in 5 innings, oof.

    • Preston

      Don’t the Reds know that to many homers is a bad thing? At least that’s what everyone keeps saying about us.

  • Mojo

    Meh. I didn’t expect much against Cueto. Would’ve been nice to get the sweep, though. – Also, I’m not “bailing” on the team, but let’s be honest, they don’t look especially adept tonight . . .

  • wow

    ugh

  • tom

    Just checking in to see if people were declaring the game over…and of course they are.

    Four innings left, people. Play it out.

  • Cy Pettitte

    getting advice from Cervelli, great.

  • CMP

    Cashman needs to take some advice from KLaw and get Noesi in the rotation and send Gordon to the pen as long man.

  • Ivan

    Wow its pretty amazing how O’Neil really transformed himself into a really good hitter once he became a yankee.

    • MikeD

      The Reds always wanted him to be power hitter, so he’d pull too much. There were fears he’s pull the ball even more at Yankee Stadium, but he did just the opposite at the start.

      Also, he wasn’t a bad hitter as a Red. 111 OPS+, but he was 125 as a Yankee. It seems like there should be even more of a difference looking at his splits, but his Yankees years also occurred durin a higher offense time.

  • wow

    gonna have to “settle” for 2/3.

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

      Losing the last game of a series always sucks. Even if you won the first two.

      • wow

        it’ll be ok. Off day tomorrow, then we go to town on the Rockies.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          We’ve never faced Ubaldo before. UH OH!!!!

          • wow

            frick…

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

          That’s another thing. Off days after losing the day before suck too.

          • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

            Well technically we won today too.

            /silverlining

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Marge Schott really had this city in her heart.

    Well, except for the black and jewish citizens.

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

      It’s all good, neither of those groups have souls anyway.

      Sincerely,
      Grand Wizard Schott

      • DCBX

        They have to have souls, otherwise how can they lose them?

        /Hector Starkey’d

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

          I sit corrected.

    • jon

      I loled

  • Cy Pettitte

    odds Boone retires the two lefties he’ll be facing this inning?

  • lily

    yay booon logan is pitching!!!!!

  • Greg

    Now we’re in trouble

  • CBean

    Ok Boone. Now I’ve give up on this game.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Logan? Why not use Noesi?

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

      Why use Noesi sooner than you have to?

  • Crime Dog

    Boone Logan got a lefty out. YCPB

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Hey, Boone Logan got a lefty out!

    Sweet, sweet vindication for Girardi’s binder

    • CP

      Girardi’s binder is smarter than you, me, or just about any fan out there.

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    7 pitches already. That’s a heavy workload for Logan.

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

      ZOMG BACK TO BACK OUTS!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    And Kay references John Flaherty’s catch in Seattle in 5…4…3…2…

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

    OH MY GOD BOONE LOGAN GOT THE LEFTIES OUT

  • Stratman9652

    Yes Micheal, Paul does want you to jump out of the booth.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Boone Logan, lefty killer

  • Greg

    ITS A MIRACLE!

  • lily

    lol of course he gets both leftys out.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Boone gets back to back lefties out. Baseball can’t be predicted.

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

      It was bound to happen eventually.

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

        It was in a non-pressure situation though.

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

          Baby steps.

    • CP

      He gives up a (roughly) .400 OBP against lefties, so he should get them both out slightly more than 1/3 of the time.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Wade’s windup looks just like mine did when I pitched high school

    /iwastheworstpitcheronthestaff

  • MikeD

    I’m still waiting to see the supposed range.

  • pat

    I *hate* Johnny Gomes.

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

    It’s not a Yankee game without some pasta diving.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Is tonight Game 72 or 73?

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

      73. I had two Game 71 threads (Monday and this afternoon). Whoops.

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

        Get your head in the game, Ramiro.

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

    MEAT

  • Cy Pettitte

    Russell ain’t havin’ none of that.

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

      Roscoe P. Coltrane.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        There are so many things about that name that are just so cool.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
          • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

            Coltrane > Coldchain

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

              Preaching to the choir, my man.

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

    Russell Martin >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Francisco Cervelli

  • wow

    when does Cano come in to save this game?

    • CBean

      9th

  • http://twitter.com/karcotte karcotte

    What was Gomes whining about at the end of that play?

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

      My guess: being Jonny Gomes.

      Or possibly “not having an H”.

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

    stat-padding single

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    C’mon Swish, take one for the team

  • Cy Pettitte

    now would be a nice time for a Cueto meltdown.

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

    I can haz Cueto unravel?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Haha, even Swish thought that the 3-0 was gonna be called a strike.

    There’s a special section in hell reserved for umps who wait 5 seconds before calling a pitch.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Martin can’t hit :(

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Cueto having an AJ-like inning.

  • CBean

    come on rally!

  • Brooklyn Ed

    hmm, is it wrong to have Martin bunt?

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

      To set up Nunez and Pena?

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        Hopefully they pitch hit Cano for Ramiro.

      • Brooklyn Ed

        oh right, they behind Martin. I forgot.

  • Jonathan Harker

    Nothing to see here, folks. Ballgame was over 3 innings ago as we settled for 2/3.

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

      It was over in the first inning after the leadoff homer.

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

        It was over before the YES pre game show.

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

          It was over when the Yankees spent $200M and only had CC as a reliable pitcher in the rotation.

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

            It was over when Frank Farrell and William Devery moved the club to New York in 1903.

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

              It was over when Moishe Epstein took a steamer to Ellis Island and subsequenty married Hadassah Rabinowitz back in 1894, beginning the lineage of the greatest general manager in human history.

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

                The pinnacle of human history

  • Brooklyn Ed

    eck, Martin swung at ball 4.

    • jon

      no way that was right down the middle a perfect strike

  • CP

    Can we please have the April version of Russell Martin back?

    • TCMiller30

      Monteroooooooooooo

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Come on Russ…

    dammit

  • Cy Pettitte

    this game has slowed to a painful crawl

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

    Good job with the pinch-hitter. Love this move.

    • Guest

      Nunez is not a real DP threat. Why not let the better hitter (Nunez) hit and then pinch hit for Pena?

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

        Because Pena’s not guaranteed to hit this inning. Better off making the move too early than too late.

  • Karl Krawfid

    If you gon’ pinch hit cano…

    n/m

  • Guest

    Cano for Nunez over Cano for Pena?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Cano should PH for Pena not Nunez because Nunez is a somewhat decent hitter.

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

      Pena isn’t guaranteed to hit this inning.

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        Who plays short if you pinch hit for him?

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

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Cy Pettitte

    thank you Votto and Cueto

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    That’s a lucky break. Now make ‘em pay

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

    Votto’s having a Ramiro Peña day in the field today.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Lulz.

  • Cy Pettitte

    time for Ramiro to be a hero

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Votto pulled a Pena

  • Karl Krawfid

    Pena Slizzzam

  • CBean

    GAH!

  • Guest

    Alright, Pinch hit Jorge for Pena…Jorge to first, Tex, to third, A-rod to short…

    /kidding…kind of

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jorge slam please

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Fucking ‘Miro!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Really? Don’t PH for Pena????

    • CP

      Who would play SS?

    • pat

      And who plays short?

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

        Edgar Renteria.

        Let’s see if we can pull it off, maybe nobody notices.

  • CBean

    COME ON JORGIE, DO IT AGAIN!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    At least Pena didn’t get doubled up.

    This might be the game right here.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Jorge babomb coming up.

  • MikeD

    Jorge does hit HRs in streaks. Can he go back to back?

    • MikeD

      Bah. He made out faster than RAB posted.

  • Cy Pettitte

    no runs?!?! what the fuck.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Great AB.

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

    Anticlimactic.

  • wow

    just unbelievable

  • Guest

    Glad to see they really made Cueto work to get those last two outs.

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

    Good grief, take a damn pitch. Both Pena and Posada.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I hate when pinch hitters swing at the first pitch.

    Especially with the bases loaded. Dammnit.

  • CBean

    Well that sucked. I was hoping for at least one run.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Well fuck

  • Greg

    All over

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

      Say it enough times, and you’ll eventually be right.

      • Greg

        In the end we split the Doubleheader which was expected so you cant be too upset. But the prospect of first place and watching Red Sox fans panic was a fantastic proposition.

        Plus I thought that our A lineup woulc score more runs than our C lineup.

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

          But the prospect of first place and watching Red Sox fans panic was a fantastic proposition

          Greg: stop letting ESPN run your life.

  • Wooderson

    that was pretty uncool, dudes

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Ugh that sucked. That was probably the game.

    FUCKING ‘MIRO

    • CP

      Eh… they pushed Cueto over 100 pitches. With him likely due up this inning, there’s a reasonable chance he gets pulled.

      • BigTimeBartolo

        yeah I’m hoping for a lolpen meltdown, but still, freaking ramiro…

      • Greg

        Doesnt matter. Francisco Cordero has had a great year at closer and they might be scoring more runs as we speak.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    WTF TAKE SOME FUCKING PITCHES!!

  • Matt

    When you make stupid moves, you get bad results.

    The excuse that Pena may not hit in this inning is absolutely ridiculous. Ramiro Pena is one of the worst hitters in all of baseball, I don’t care what he did in 1 game up here against Texas.

    Even if Cano gets a base hit, Ramiro Pena is up next, and you have no pinch hitter for him. Why in the world would you PH Cano for Nunez? Nunez has enough speed that he’s likely to stay out of a DP. He also has been able to hold his own at the plate.

    Instead, he made a huge mistake and pinch hit for the wrong hitter, and then paid the price when his worst hitter had a horrible AB with the bases loaded.

    Stupid moves, bad results. What do you expect?

    • Greg

      WHo would pinch hit for him? Dickerson? Jones? And who would play SS?

      • Matt

        Learn to read.

        “Instead, he made a huge mistake and pinch hit for the wrong hitter”

        PINCH HIT CANO FOR PENA.

        It’s the logical move, but we all know Girardi thinks he has to be fancy and trick people instead of doing what makes sense.

        • CMP

          “Learn to read.”

          A little testy tonight, aren’t we?

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

            It’s Matt.

        • Greg

          SO you trust Nunez in that spot to get a hit? What if Nunez into a DP? Joe did the right thing. He had to get Cano up there.

        • AaronGuielWithASmile

          No, you want Cano up with runners on base. If you keep him on the bench and Nunez gets doubled up, then you just wasted a chance to get your best hitter a high leverage at bat.

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

          What if Pena doesn’t bat? Why are you ignoring that? You’re going to let Eduardo Nunez swing the bat in the biggest at-bat of the game with Cano twiddling his thumbs on the bench?

          • Matt

            I’m not ignoring that.

            If Nunez hits into a DP, that means he SMOKED the ball right at somebody. That’s bad luck and not the wrong move.

            Cano was far more likely to hit into a DP than Nunez. He’s coming off of the bench cold against Cueto, and he expands the zone. If Cano hits into a DP, you give yourself only 1 chance to drive in that run. If Cano doesn’t hit into a DP, you still only give yourself 1 chance to drive in the run.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat
    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Hey, everybody, Matt’s here!

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        He makes games like this that much better.

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

          I wonder if the corner he was lurking in misses him.

    • BigTimeBartolo

      FIRE GIRARDI!

      FUCKING ‘MIRO!!!

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      It was the right move. Pena and Jorge just had piss poor at bats. If I was Girardi, I wouldn’t wait until there were two outs to pitch hit Cano.

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

        does not compute

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          Does not computer…LIKE YOUR FACE!

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

            OH DAYUUMMMMMMMM

      • Matt

        No, it was not. It was the move of a manager who can’t think ahead.

        Even if Cano gets a base hit, Ramiro Pena is coming up next and he has no chance against Cueto. Girardi had no pinch hitter available that he could use for Ramiro Pena.

        You probably have a much higher chance of scoring in the inning if you PH for Pena instead of Nunez. By pinch hitting for Nunez, you not only put a guy in there cold who has a tendency to expand the zone, but if he doesn’t GIDP you have a terrible hitter at the plate to try to pick him up.

        If Nunez hits into a DP, that’s something that Cano would have probably been more likely to do anyway and that’s bad luck. You are down 3 runs, you need to put together a bigger rally and hence need to string together your better hitters instead of going for it all on one swing.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          No.

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

          Cool story, bro.

          • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

            This.

        • AaronGuielWithASmile

          You think that the Yankees have a better chance of putting together a bigger rally with Cano on the bench?

          • Matt

            Cano would not be on the bench, what are you talking about?

            He would have been on deck ready to pinch hit for Ramiro Pena, who has without a doubt the worst bat of any position player on either roster.

            If Nunez hits into a DP with his speed, that means he hit a ball hard and you got unlucky. That’s not a bad thing. If Cano swings at a pitch a foot off the plate and hits into a DP, that’s just as bad.

            The best chance to score multiple times in that inning was to not have Ramiro Pena batting behind Cano. Even if Cano succeeds, the inning pretty much dies with Pena. Unless Cano hits a double or a home run, you don’t gain much by pinch hitting Cano there.

            Cano was far more likely to hit into a DP than Nunez given his plate discipline, speed, and the fact that he was coming in cold off of the bench. It was a knee jerk move and you know it.

            • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

              OK, if Cano gets a hit and Pena makes an out, it’s 4-3 where one swing can tie it. If Nunez DP’s or K’ we don’t score at all.

              • Matt

                Or that hit could have just been a single and it’s 4-2 with the rally pretty much over.

                Yes, Cano is far more likely to get the extra base hit, but if he doesn’t, the rally is pretty much over.

                Sure, Nunez could have GIDP, but these are the risks that you have to take as a manager. If you consider the likelihood of Nunez GIDP vs. Cano, and the fact that you are more likely to get 2 shots at it with the Nunez/Cano combination, I would think that your average run output would be higher if you PH for Pena.

                • Matt

                  Consider if you were able to replay that situation 1000 times with Cano/Pena vs Nunez/Cano at the plate.

                  It’s easy to go for the 3-run HR with Cano because you are scared of the risk of him not getting an AB, but the latter combination would probably do better in a significant number of the scenarios.

                  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

                    This conversation was over a long time ago.

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

                  Are you even listening to what you’re saying?

                  Or that hit could have just been a single and it’s 4-2 with the rally pretty much over.

                  If you save him for Pena and he doesn’t hit a single, the rally’s over anyway.

                  Yes, Cano is far more likely to get the extra base hit, but if he doesn’t, the rally is pretty much over.

                  And that’s why you use him for Nunez BECAUSE HE’S GUARANTEED TO HIT IN THE INNING.

                  • Matt

                    Sorry, replied in the wrong spot:

                    These are the risks that a manager has to take.

                    There’s also the risk of Cano hitting into a DP, or striking out, or getting hit in the knee and going on the disabled list. Every time he plays defense, there is a risk that he slips and twists an ankle.

                    Sometimes, playing the odds means making moves that are unconventional. Sure, Cano may not have gotten an AB in that inning, and people would have ripped Girardi if he didn’t. But you put all your eggs in one basket, and that’s not always the wisest thing either.

        • pat

          If Nunez hits into a DP, that’s something that Cano would have probably been more likely to do anyway

          The fuck?

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          Hmmm…

    • pat

      You want to guarantee that Robinson Cano gets an at bat. The difference between Cano and Nunez is 10x the difference between Nunez and Pena.

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

      Nunez has hit one ball out of the infield all day, and it was a ten hopper under the shortstop’s glove, and he’s reach base three times in the last four days.

      Give Cano a chance to drive in some runs and set it up for the guy behind him. I bet you’re a fan of saving the closer for the save situation in extra innings on the road.

      • Matt

        Set up Ramiro Pena? Yeah, that sure maximizes your chance of scoring runs in the inning.

        The excuse that Nunez could hit into a DP is laughable. He is almost as fast as Brett Gardner out of the right handed batter’s box. The only way that he hits into a DP is if he smokes one right at an infielder, and that’s horrible luck.

        You are down 3 runs, you need to give yourself a chance to string together a few hits. Pinch hitting Cano there was a panic move unless you had someone available to hit for Pena as well. Even if Cano gets a hit, the inning pretty much ends right there because Pena is coming up. If you do it the other way around, you give yourself a chance for a longer rally.

        And don’t even think about that Closer nonsense. That’s not even close to what I’m saying. You’re still looking to pinch hit Cano, you’re just looking to do it for the FAR inferior hitter. Why would you take out Robertson for example at 10 pitches just because it’s the 9th inning? If anything, you’d be better off bringing him in to relieve a Boone Logan in the 7th for instance.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          Think about what you’d be saying if Nunez went up and “smokes one right at an infielder” (hit into a DP)

          • Matt

            This is not even close to a second guess. I was dumbfounded as soon as I saw the move made, because I knew that unless Cano did it all himself the inning was over.

            By pinch hitting Cano, you give yourself 1 chance basically with a great hitter. By not pinch hitting Cano, you likely give yourself two chances, one with that same hitter, and one with someone who can at least put up a fight at the plate.

            If the move doesn’t work out, it doesn’t mean it was the wrong move. If you make the wrong move, however, you can’t be surprised when the result isn’t as good as you were expecting.

            I wouldn’t be thrilled if Nunez hit into a DP, but I’m not a hypocrite and it wasn’t a second guess to begin with. Just because I criticize, it doesn’t mean I do so blindly. If you people were open-minded enough to consider opinions other than your own, you’d realize that.

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

              By pinch hitting Cano, you give yourself 1 chance basically with a great hitter. By not pinch hitting Cano, you likely give yourself two chances, one with that same hitter, and one with someone who can at least put up a fight at the plate.

              They pinch-hit Cano and still got two chances after him.

            • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Michael Kay

              Fallacy of the predetermined outcome

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

          The excuse that Nunez could hit into a DP is laughable.

          He’s grounded into two double plays since Jeter got hurt, and six in ~150 PA as a big leaguer, which is a Jeterian rate. He GIDP’d ten times in about 2/3 of a season last year in the minors and 19 times the year before. Nunez is definitely a double play candidate, whether you want to believe it or not.

          He is almost as fast as Brett Gardner out of the right handed batter’s box.

          This is so incredibly stupid that I’m not going to continue to conversation.

          • Matt

            Do you really think I’m dumb enough to actually say that he has the same time to first base? I’m saying that Nunez has similar speed to Gardner… but starts in the other batter’s box so not quite as fast but still pretty good.

            Assuming that everything that is said is immediately the most extreme and incorrect thing possible just detracts from your own statement because it makes it look more like you are attacking the person instead of the remark.

            I get it, you’re offended that I would dare offer a remark that differs from your own and disagree with you, the mighty blog writer who must be more knowledgeable than any fan. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have a point here.

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

              Your point is that you want a poor hitter to bat in the most important at-bat of the game so you can save Robinson Cano to hit for an even worse hitter in a theoretical at-bat that might not even happen in the inning.

              And don’t play the victim with me, people prove me wrong all day long. You are not one of them right now.

              • Matt

                Answer this question then:

                If we could hypothetically replay that scenario 1000 times over, which combination do you think would have scored the most runs on average? Nunez/Cano or Cano/Pena?

                I am willing to admit that the Cano/Pena combination may be more likely to score a run in general because of the double play possibility with Nunez. However, you are down 3 runs, not 1. So I still think the first question is more relevant.

                Sometimes I think that managers ride emotional swings too often and don’t think through the odds. It’s easy to pinch hit Cano and go for it all on one swing, but given the situation I felt and still feel that it was far more risky.

                • CMP

                  The Yankees are losing by 8 runs.

                  http://www.maniacworld.com/question-is-moot.html

                  • Matt

                    See: Michael Kay’s most rehashed (but true) phrase

                    If you score a run or two there, the momentum shifts a bit and maybe the Reds hitters start to press a bit more to tack on an insurance run. It’s hard to say that the result would have been the same.

                    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Michael Kay

                      Fallacy of the predetermined outcome.

                • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Michael Kay

                  Fallacy of the predetermined outcome

                  (good thing we don’t have to replay this scenario 1,000 times over.)

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      If Joe just started Cano we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

  • CMP

    DFA Pena and lets get Culver up here already.

  • pat

    Let him off the hook :(

  • Cy Pettitte

    Hector Noesi folks, relegated to rotting in the pen.

    • MikeD

      He doesn’t seem to be doing all so well either.

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

    A BIG FAT RISPFAIL

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

      Did I mention it was also a juicy RISP fail?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I should be feeling worry about Rolen blowing the game open, but I still can’t get over my absolute shock that Miguel Cairo still plays baseball.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    guys. Lets trade Montero, Banuelos and Sanchez for Bronson Arroyo. We can stick him in the pen to be the longman!!

    • Cy Pettitte

      Francesa approves.

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

        You should trade for Brandon Arroyo instead. Much better option.

        Sincerely,
        Tim McCarver

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          Haha I was waiting this whole series for a Brandon Arroyo refrence.

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        McCarver approves as long as we’re talking about Brandon Arroyo.

  • JohnnyC

    You were saying about Noesi?

  • Greg

    You will take a picture, You will take a picture.-Mr. Redlegs

    Still want Noesi to start?

    • BigTimeBartolo

      meh, I blame Ramiro Pena for that…

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

      Yes, this one appearance shouldn’t change the equation as we already know it.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    What the fuck did Pena smoke this morning???

  • CBean

    I just get sad that other teams get their runners in and we don’t.

  • MikeD

    Noesi not exactly doing a good job if he’s auditioning for Gordon’s spot. My guess is no change in the rotation after both performances tonight.

  • pat

    I fucking hate losing.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Yanks are 8-2 in their last 10 games. Considering Brian Gordon started this game, it’s no big deal.

      • pat

        I hate seeing other fans happy.

        Yes, I know there’s something wrong with that.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          Actually there’s nothing wrong with that…seeing non-Yankee fans smile makes me want to vomit on a small child.

          • BigTimeBartolo

            Come on now…we aren’t philly fans here

          • CP

            Are you from Philly?

  • http://twitter.com/karcotte karcotte

    Dudes, the comeback is gonna be freakin’ sweet.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Damn you Ramiro!!!

  • MikeD

    Fear the arm.

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

    Hector bleeds.

  • Nnamdi

    Lets see Adam Warren pitch!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Can we get Noesi out of the game, please?

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

    fuck this.
    To the pen! again…

  • Karl Krawfid

    Taking 2-3 is great.

    First place was fun for a couple hours!

  • Jonathan Harker

    Noesi’s unraveling. Hope Bartolo is back when his 15 days are up next week.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Really Hector?

    Ok get him the fuck out of there, he’s done.

    • BigTimeBartolo

      This was all Ramiro Pena’s fault!!!

  • pat

    Gomes is such a fucking scumbag.

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

      I think he’s won a lot of trailer park fights in his day.

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

    Derek Jeter’s panoramic roof has more edge than Noesi.

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

    Well…. well this fucking stinks!!!!!!

    Ok. I feel a bit better.

  • iloveyoubartolo

    I mean, it’s not like he had a 4.88 xFIP before the game.

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

    Clearly, this poor performance by the team is evidence that Derek Jeter needs to lead off.

    Sincerely,
    Joe Girardi

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

      Jetey is our guy. He sparks this lineup and provides a lot of energy.

      Sincerely,
      Joe Girardi

  • CP

    It says something about the ump when all of the hitters pause for a long time before throwing their bat away and going to first on a walk…

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Umps been just plain awful tonight…

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

    No, it’s not strange, Michael. Dusty Baker is just a crazy old man playing a boys game.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Don’t call it a comeback

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

    Cleveland – definitely the only team with two “Travis’s” on it’s roster.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    How is that not a HR? Blame Cervelli.

  • Sundance Kid

    Where did all the Noesi d***riders go?

    • Karl Krawfid

      Laying in the bed with your mom. And Noesi.

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

    Yeah, right…

  • Karl Krawfid

    A-Rod hits rockets bro

  • pat

    Why does Dusty Baker need 4 sweat bands?

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

    Eek, another inning for Noesi? Send Carlyle out there, man.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    “PASTADIVING A-Rod” just doesn’t have the same ring to it..

  • pat

    Lol, we’re paying the pied piper for all those line drives that were caught in the first game. Now every GB is finding a hole.

    • pat

      Except that one, yay.

  • Sundance Kid

    When you rattle off a series of complaints about girardi pitching gordon ahead of noesi you better hoipe he doesnt come in and look absolutely atrocious

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Ramiro Pena

      I agree. It wasn’t my fault in any way, shape or form.

      • JohnnyC

        Noesi should stop pitching with Pena’s arm already.

      • BigTimeBartolo

        FUCKIN ‘MIRO

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Why the fuck are they stealing in a 5 run game?

    • pat

      Better yet, why is a guy that was caught stealing still running the bases?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    C’mon Joe, get Noesi out of there. No sense leaving him in to keep getting whupped.

  • Stratman9652

    Seriously????

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

    shit…

  • JohnnyC

    With Phelps out with a shoulder problem, there’s a rotation spot open for Noesi in Scranton.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    This is fucking pathetic. Chris Heisy?

    Fucking Hector Noesi and Ramiro Pena

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Chris fucking Heisey??? 3 HR’s?????

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

      Chris Heisey Ruth

    • John Kruk’s belly

      3 HRs against 2 shitty pitchers. Hooray for him. He’s still a nobody.

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

        YEAH, YOU TELL ‘EM!

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Just makes our inevitable comeback even more sweet.

  • John Kruk’s belly

    Noesi is losing trade value by the second

    • JohnnyC

      His value hasn’t changed. He’s still a back of the rotation starter or middle reliever.

  • tom

    So, to review:

    Gordon — 5 innings, 5 hits, 4 runs

    Noesi — 1 2/3 innings, 8 hits, 6 runs

    How could Girardi be so stupid as to start Gordon?

    • JohnnyC

      It’s Ramiro’s fault!

      • BigTimeBartolo

        it’s true…

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

      Noesi’s ERA is still a full run lower than Gordon’s.

      • tom

        Not knocking Noesi. Just poking at the knee-jerk “Every move Girardi makes is stupid” attitude of some around here.

        • Matt

          Well, Girardi does make many questionable moves that are too much “by the book.”

          Of course, this wasn’t one of them, but to brush off any criticism as knee jerk is excessive as well.

          Gordon’s stuff would not play as well out of the pen as Noesi’s, and tonight’s result doesn’t change that. Of course, Noesi probably deserved the starting role to begin with. However, if you have an option like Gordon, you might as well just leave him in the pen.

      • iloveyoubartolo

        he also has one more win.

    • John Kruk’s belly

      Okay now. Who gives a shit already? We need Colon back ASAP or Cashman better be working diligently on finding us another starter.

    • CMP

      In all fairness, Noesi probably needs some time to work the rigor mortis out of his arm.

  • CMP

    Noesi sure took the steam out of Matt’s eruption over the Cano/Pena/Nunez controversy.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      He’s still at it.

    • Matt

      Except that would only be true if you could be certain that the exact same thing would have happened had they gotten it done there, which is just ridiculous.

      Any opinion though that dares to diverge from the posse of common posters is deplorable. How dare I have the nerve to post in YOUR comments section?

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

    ESPN is creaming it’s pants right now

    • Karl Krawfid

      The sad part is, you care :(

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

        Not really. I rarely ever watch ESPN anymore.

    • Greg

      That’s the one problem with this loss.

    • John Kruk’s belly

      No, that would be Chris Heisey.

  • Jorge

    This would not be the night to trade Noesi, Adam Warren, and a random Almonte for Felix Hernandez.

    We all screw the pooch sometimes. Two out of three is fine with me.

    • BigTimeBartolo

      throw in Pena and Buddy Carlyle and you may have something there…

  • nooooo not another double play!

    Well, 2 out of 3 aint bad.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    At least Robbie is raising that BA…

  • MikeD

    It’s not too late. They can do this!

    Hey, nothing wrong with unsuppored enthusiasm. It’s worth a try.

  • Matt

    These are the risks that a manager has to take.

    There’s also the risk of Cano hitting into a DP, or striking out, or getting hit in the knee and going on the disabled list. Every time he plays defense, there is a risk that he slips and twists an ankle.

    Sometimes, playing the odds means making moves that are unconventional. Sure, Cano may not have gotten an AB in that inning, and people would have ripped Girardi if he didn’t. But you put all your eggs in one basket, and that’s not always the wisest thing either.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    4-2 road trip is good

    • mt

      And a doubleheader split when Yanks only get 10 hits over both games

  • http://www.carlsyankeedugout.com Carl

    Winning road trip.

  • nsalem

    affordable loss would have been nice to be in 1st place with a over .600 wp
    no big deal we’re coming home.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Agree with affordable loss. Heisey with more HR’s in one game than Jeter has for the year.

    Non-fun fact.

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

      Y. C. P. B.

  • bonestock94

    Terrible loss, but at least we’re not a bunch of fruity Rangers fans. Just when you think it can’t get worse after claws and antlers, it does.

    http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/n.....8;c_id=tex

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

      What a load of bullshit. I’m glad the Yankees are one of the only, if not the only team that doesn’t take part in stupid gimmicks like that.