Game 75: Big Stoppa


Photo © Samara Pearlstein

The Yankees are nursing a baby two-game losing streak, so it’s up to the big man to step in and show everyone who’s boss. He’s won six of his last seven and is looking to become the first pitcher to rack up 10 hyper-important W’s in 2011. To stop him, the Rockies send out Aaron Cook (4.67 ERA/3.36 FIP). Meanwhile, I continue on my nefarious weekend writer plot to take over the entire website. Muahahaha. Nothing to see here, folks, just the lineup…

Brett Gardner, LF
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Jorge Posada, DH
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Francisco Cervelli, C

CC Sabathia, P

You can catch the game on YES at 1:05 pm. Woo.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Mike Axisa says:

    Hopefully CC’s run of three subpar starts ends today.

  2. Levi says:

    Obligatory “Zomfg, these weekend writers are a different style than I’m used too, I demand a refund!!!!!11″ post.

    But really, I agree, hopefully CC shuts ‘em down.

  3. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    That YES pregame 2Lo/DJ babble has me drinking before noon (Central Time)

  4. Kostas says:

    Colorado has a good history against CC. But I would love to see an old fashioned ass kicking today.

    Nothing short of a 8-1 victory and total dominance by CC. Anything less is failure and unacceptable.

    It is the freaking purple dinosaur Barney looking mascot Rockies for Christ sake. They are not a real team.

  5. the tenth inning stretch says:

    I’ve become addicted to Baseball Mogul 2012. My franchise played an interleague game against the Yanks yesterday. The Yanks had Montero batting cleanup, Gardner leading off, and Jeter batting 8th. Gardner stole two bases and bunted for a base hit. If only…

  6. CMP says:

    Cervelli is in he lineup. Ugh.

  7. Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

    kay: cc 6-1 recently = he’s been better than earlier in the season, despite the much worse 34/20 k/bb ratio.

    i dont know why i bother getting upset at his logic anymore…

  8. the tenth inning stretch says:


  9. Cy Pettitte says:

    someone’s been working on their bunting.

  10. IRF says:

    Thats an everyday player-type bunt

  11. Cy Pettitte says:

    small balling the shit out of them

  12. the tenth inning stretch says:

    The Gritster takes over.

  13. Mike Axisa says:

    Hooray for speed being used effectively.

  14. Cy Pettitte says:

    someone put butter on the ball?

  15. the tenth inning stretch says:

    The Bad News Rockies.

  16. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    love the grititude

  17. Ivan says:

    Aggressive baserunning!!!!

  18. IRF says:

    Yay aggressiveness!

  19. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Yay for small ball.

  20. the tenth inning stretch says:

    I was hoping that throw to 2nd would be Cervelli’d into CF.

  21. Ivan says:

    That was close.

  22. Monteroisdinero says:

    If Gardy could bunt lefty pitching he could be leading off everyday!

    6 Jeter hits from now.

  23. Pat D says:

    Dear Mark Teixeira,

    I know your BABIP is low, but please start getting some hits. Mmkay?

  24. IRF says:

    Sugar free Red Bull Phil? Really?

  25. Ivan says:

    I feel a homer coming…

  26. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Great piece of hitting by A-Rod.

  27. Ivan says:

    I see A-Rod taking a page from Jeter going the other way.

  28. Mike Axisa says:

    Nice at-bat by Alex, but he totally missed that hanging curveball.

  29. Kostas says:

    Since his three hit game, Tex has just 5 hits…. in that span, 0-6; 0-4, 0-3 – 5-30, .166

    Needs to get going again.

  30. Bernies house says:

    Hannah made this? Well I won’t be following this thread anymore !

  31. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Bo Jackson

  32. Pat D says:

    Problem with that text question: all of those guys were really good at one sport and mediocre at the other.

    Brian Jordan was really the only one that had standout years in both sports, because Deion never really had a good year in baseball.

    • V says:

      Um, Bo Jackson was not mediocre at either sport. Yeah, he didn’t have the plate discipline to be a -great- baseball player, but when he was healthy, he was a potential game changer.

      • Pat D says:

        He hit a lot of home runs, that was about it.

        He was a great football player.

        I’d still probably pick Bo in that list anyway, so don’t think I’m knocking his talent.

        • V says:

          Career OPS+: 112

          That’s not ‘mediocre’.

          • Pat D says:

            Yea but it’s only because he hit home runs.

            Career .309 OBP.

          • Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

            jordan had a very brief uneventful football career as a solid safety, quit with no injury to focus fully on baseball, and had a very good long baseball career. jackson had a borderline great couple of 10-11 game seasons in football, had the devastating injury, was done football wise, and had some very good hitting seasons. If not for the injury, Jackson wins out hands down, as he probably puts in another 3-5 seasons as a top RB and a solid hitter with speed. Because of the injury, I guess you’d have to say Jordan had the ‘better’ career, but only for baseball.

  33. V says:

    Wow, Nunez looked downright Jeterian on that groundball.

  34. Ivan says:

    The Yankees use to have a Shortstop with the same number that can hit just like tulowitski.

  35. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Hey guys, were you aware that Troy Tulowitzki grew up rooting for Derek Jeter???

  36. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Yeah, Swish.

  37. Cy Pettitte says:

    Swish is always an adventure, lol

  38. Mike Axisa says:

    Wigginton won’t embarrass himself on defense? Has Kay ever watched him play more than three games at a time?

  39. Ivan says:

    Swisher with the Range.

  40. Cy Pettitte says:

    think the gun is a little hot today? CC has been filthy.

  41. Icebird753 says:

    Do you think they’ll retire Hannah’s name here at RAB? I think she’s just below borderline for that accolade.

  42. V says:

    Ha, read earlier that Chien-Ming Wang is going to have a rehab start on Monday. Good luck to the guy.

  43. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Please Nats…hire the correct ex-Mets manager … the one that annoys the hell out of all of us on Sunday evening.

  44. Pat D says:

    The Yankees are 12-14 in series openers now. After last night’s game the Red Sox are only 13-13 in same games.

    Food for thought.

  45. Dela G says:

    Anyone notice that A-rod is a hit in his next AB away from .300 on the season?

    He’s on fire

  46. Kostas says:

    Buster Olney’s piece – subscription req – today.

    At the end of the 2005 season, Brian Cashman had resolved to end his tenure as the Yankees’ general manager. On what he thought was going to be one of his last days on the job, he gave Yankees owner George Steinbrenner — with whom Cashman had many battles — a recommendation about what Steinbrenner would need in terms of structure going forward.

    There’s good reason to believe Cashman could use a break.
    Steinbrenner asked him to stay on, and now Cashman is in his 14th year as the Yankees’ GM. His contract is set to expire at the end of this season, and many of Cashman’s professional colleagues are starting to believe this will be his last with the team.

    “I think maybe he’s finally had it,” said one GM. “That’s a job that will take a lot out of you.

  47. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Why even throw to first?

  48. Monteroisdinero says:

    Unlike AJ last night CC is 0-1 on most hitters. A very good place to start each ab.

  49. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Every Kim Jones segment reminds me of Anchorman.

    “What Kim forgot to tell you is, those were not real pirates”

    YES just generally needs more Jack Curry.

  50. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    CC’s dealing today

  51. Dela G says:

    so some moron dropped chris carpenter and wandy rodriguez last week and i picked them up.

    i definitely hope they will turn it around (carpenter already did yesterday)

  52. Esteban says:

    Ball is carrying better today.

  53. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Ummm….where did Michael Kay go?

  54. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Cook’s already at 46 pitches with no outs in the third.

  55. Cy Pettitte says:

    ARod has been such a beast lately

  56. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Alex is locked in. Booyah.

  57. the tenth inning stretch says:


  58. Esteban says:

    Yay ARod


  59. Esteban says:

    And the Yankees finally have a .300 hitter.

  60. Dela G says:

    boom, a-rod is a .300 hitter!

  61. Ivan says:

    4-0 lead, with your ace on the mound…You should win no matter what.

  62. the tenth inning stretch says:

    I hope we’re not about to see more of A-Rod at DH and Pena at third.

  63. Mike Axisa says:

    Whoa, surprised he went.

  64. Esteban says:

    Hustle run. Woo ARod

  65. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    he’s not hurt…can turn it on when he needs to

  66. Cy Pettitte says:

    ARod must be feeling ok if he went on that

  67. Ivan says:

    Wow surprising aggressive baserunning by A-Rod.

  68. Kostas says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA C’mon Yanks put some more runs up. Ass kicking time.

  69. IRF says:

    So how long has A-rod been spitting his gum out and slapping it away every time he scores?

  70. Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

    the spin threw spilborghs off a bit. on line throw beats him by a mile. worth the shot though with 2 outs.

  71. Mike Axisa says:

    Good trivia. Whitey Ford, Mo … no idea.

  72. Esteban says:

    Ha, Yankees best pitcher gets the run support, though the offense is backing up Nova pretty well too.

  73. the tenth inning stretch says:

    CC = beast mode.

  74. Cy Pettitte says:

    that pitch was nasty

  75. Esteban says:

    6k’s through 3 1/3. What will he end up with? I say 11

  76. Esteban says:

    Holy shit, when’s the last time you’ve seen that? Hit the ball twice with one swing.

  77. Ivan says:

    Jeter doesn’t get to that ball folks…just saying.

  78. Mike Axisa says:

    That’s a hit with Jeter at short.

  79. Ivan says:

    CMW wow…

  80. Cy Pettitte says:

    never would have guessed CMW

  81. Esteban says:

    Wow CMW one of the answers. RIP CMW. Goddamn NL baseball

  82. Ivan says:

    I’ll be SHOCKED if Joba is ready by spring training.

  83. Ivan says:

    BABIP his ass guys.

  84. IRF says:

    Holy crap Tulo, that was nuts

  85. Truth Meter says:

    Sanders was crap.

    • Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

      baseball, yes. football, hall of fame corner. yea, he couldn’t tackle a sliding QB, but he was as shutdown as they came.

  86. Mike Axisa says:

    Very nice CC, get out of that mini-jam.

  87. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Like a boss, CC.

  88. pat says:


  89. Simon says:

    This just came to my mind as the probable pitchers for tomorrows game came up, Nova is a rookie and is a candidate for rookie of the year, who else is considered to be contenders for the rookie of the year award?

  90. the tenth inning stretch says:

    You’re killing me, Robbie.

  91. Esteban says:

    Good try by A-Rod, not much else he could have done.

  92. tom says:

    This game feels one-sided, but right here Tulo could make it close.

    Damn all those double-plays.

  93. Mike Axisa says:

    I would watch Cano make that pivot all damn day.

  94. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:


  95. Cy Pettitte says:

    CC is just filthy, this is a pithing clinic

  96. Ivan says:

    CC really want his shutout intact.

  97. the tenth inning stretch says:


  98. Every single game all the Flaherty talk makes me want to kill myself. They make it like he was the greatest catcher of all time.

  99. the tenth inning stretch says:


  100. Mike Axisa says:

    Yikes, looked like CarGo dogged it a bit.

  101. Esteban says:

    Me gusta!

  102. Pat D says:

    Methinks CarGo gave up on that a little bit.

  103. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Hip Hip

  104. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Helton’s still got it.

  105. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I would kill to be named “Rex Brothers”

  106. the tenth inning stretch says:

    Is Girardi managing the Rockies now? Bring in a terrible reliever just because he’s a lefty?

  107. tut says:

    Has Teixiera evolved into a .250 hitter?

  108. tom says:

    It’s amazing Cervelli can have two hits and still not contribute to scoring a run.

  109. Ivan says:

    Rex Brothers seem like the Rockies version Boon Logan. Lefty who throws hard but cant get lefties out and sucks.

  110. Esteban says:

    Kay is very impressed by the lunchbox. No condiments allowed in his lunchbox though.

  111. Ivan says:


  112. Ivan says:

    Wow CC still pumpin 97 into the 7th.

  113. I would like to know how this game is ‘solid’? A 5 hit shutout is ‘solid’?

  114. Ivan says:

    If it were up to me, I just make CC finish the entire game at this point.

  115. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Let’s honor America and lunchboxes

    Really, Michael?

  116. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Sooo will Girardi let CC go for a CGSHO?

  117. Mike Axisa says:

    This is a good game to run Hector Noesi back out there so he doesn’t dwell on the ass kicking he took in Cincinnati too long.

  118. I wonder if Clayton Mortenson’s nickname in the Rockies clubhouse is “Viggo”.

  119. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Fun Fact: Jonatan Herrera grew up idolizing Fred “Chicken” Stanley.

  120. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Wow, Young has no idea how to play right field.

  121. nsalem says:

    Alex’s day should be done

  122. pat says:

    Arod looks hurt.

    • Nuke LaDoosh says:

      He’s kind of pulling a Mickey Rivers today. Looking hobbled and limping all over and then turning it on on the basepaths when he needs to (scoring on the sac fly earlier.)

  123. Esteban says:

    Jorge Posada: Decidedly not dead.

  124. tom says:

    Good thing the Yankees have a nice lead, or the RISPFAIL!!!! crowd would be deafening today.

  125. Jimmy McNulty says:

    When was the last time these guys hit a home run? Freddy’s start against Cinci?

  126. JMK says:

    CarGo being hit for because he dogged it in center?

  127. Pat D says:

    Nice save, Flash.

  128. Jimmy McNulty says:

    I am mad about that, I want CC to get the SHO.

    **shaking fists**

  129. pat says:


  130. JMK says:

    Shutout gone, bring in Noesi.

  131. Ivan says:

    Fuck!!!!! u suck CC!!!!

  132. Jimmy McNulty says:


  133. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    FUCK no shutout for CC :(

  134. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Why in god’s name is Robertson warming? If CC gets taken deep this inning, fine…but still. Either let CC complete the game, or bring in one of the scores of shitty relievers in the bullpen.

  135. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    And so despite the fact that the rSox won the off-season, have 6 Aces, are better on paper, were a complete team on opening day, blah blah blah, the Yanks are 3 outs away from being dead-even after 75 games. Kudos to Cashman, Girardi and the Boys. Kershaw on the market yet?

  136. JMK says:

    I’m not one of those “the game takes too long, speed it up!” proponents, but seriously Rafael, there’sno reason to take that long to set up.

  137. Pat D says:

    I think that’s the saddest face I’ve ever seen on Swisher.

  138. Cy Pettitte says:

    crushed by Teix

  139. Ivan says:

    Check Mate!!!!!!!!!

  140. Pat D says:

    Rally: killed.

  141. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Tex should take forever to run around the bases.


  142. JMK says:

    That Larry Crowne movie looks like dog shit.

  143. Ivan says:

    Lets be honest here, the only reason why the Sox are even leading this division is because of that 8-1 record against us. I mean if the yankees win 2 of those games, they would be on top of the division.

    • JMK says:

      Meh, it’s a marathon not a sprint. Would it be nice to have won them? Sure. But I’m not broken up about it.

    • Pat D says:

      The thing is that Tampa Bay will probably have a bigger say than we’d like in deciding who wins the decision. 16 games left for the Yankees, not sure how many for the Sox.

  144. Cy Pettitte says:

    Buddy fucking Carlyle

  145. Esteban says:

    Oh Buddy Carlysle, you’re terrible.

  146. Mike Axisa says:

    J.C. Romero would look great in Buddy Carlyle’s roster spot.

  147. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Why couldn’t he have given up a HR to Giambi?
    Fuck you Carlyle.

  148. Pat D says:

    He’s leaving…(leaving)…on a Midnight Train to Scranton (whoo whoo!)

  149. JMK says:

    Serious question: When’s the last time a person named “Buddy” was good at sports?

  150. Ivan says:

    Anyday now Carlysle.

  151. teddy says:

    should let cc finish this

  152. mbonzo says:

    One more base runner and this is a save situation right?

  153. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Why get Mo up? Use Ayala or Noesi.

  154. JMK says:

    That is not what I expected a guy named “Charlie Blackmon” to look like.

  155. Esteban says:

    SWISH with the D at first.

  156. JMK says:

    Great grab by Swisha.

  157. Ivan says:

    Game Bitches!!!!!!!!! Yankees Win!!!!!

  158. Mike Axisa says:

    Buddy Carlyle just missed Scranton.

  159. JMK says:

    Kim’s hair looks awful; not a fan of the outfit either. I wonder if Michael Kay is her stylist.

  160. Esteban says:

    Uhoh, this Swisher interview is Cuso bait.

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