Jul
29

Game 103: Welcome the O’s

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This comfy little ten-game homestand continues with four games in three days against the Orioles. It’s always fun playing Baltimore, mostly because the Yankees end up winning most of the time. Here’s the starting nine…

Brett Gardner, LF
Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Eric Chavez, 3B
Jorge Posada, DH
Russell Martin, C

A.J. Burnett, SP

The game starts a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Update: The tarp is being put on the field right now (6:33pm ET), so expect a delay. In the meantime, you can watch former Yankee Chien-Ming Wang make his triumphant return to the Major Leagues. He’s starting against the Mets tonight (7pm ET in Washington), so you can see the game on SNY if you’re in the New York area. Go Wanger.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Pat D

    Harold Reynolds and John Hart are big friggin’ idiots.

    • Phife Dawg

      Oh god what did they say now?

      • Pat D

        I was half asleep, but Reynolds was saying, I think, that the guys the Cardinals got from the Blue Jays will be difference makers.

        I know that Hart said that Cardinals should be commended for realizing they had a good team but that they needed to do something to help put them over the top, and that they did by trading for the guys they did as opposed to other young players.

        • Phife Dawg

          I learned now to watch MLB Tonight for any insightful analysis. Mitch Williams Reynolds, Hart, and Plesac are just awful.

          • FIPster Doofus

            Yeah, it’s great for highlights, but the analysis is simply godawful.

  • Phife Dawg

    It seems to be the year of ditching New York and Dallas to Philadelphia:
    -Cliff spurns the Yankees and Rangers to sign with the Phillies.

    -Nnamdi Asomugha bypasses the Jets and Cowboys for the Eagles.

    I think I’m physically ill. Thanks Philly.

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

      I’m a Jets fan, but I don’t care enough about football to get riled up over it. I just watch the games.

      • Phife Dawg

        Eh, it’s just funny how the Eagles came out of nowhere to sign him. It was pretty much a three team race between the Niners, Cowboys, and Jets and the Eagles suddenly swoosh in and take him.

      • FIPster Doofus

        This is how I feel about football – except, as a Bills fan, I’m even more apathetic. It’s hard to care when your team is horrible every year with no end in sight. Kind of like the Orioles, I guess.

    • Reggie C.

      Just saw it over on Bigblueview.

      Im stunned. That was worse case scenario for the Gmen, and its going to force Reese to do something. Sign Plax. Sign boss. If boss walks, sign Zach Miller.

      And shore up the O Line!!!! Philly is going to blitz like on every down now.

      • Pat D

        It’s all up to Will Beatty. He’s gotta cut it at LT. If he does, their line will be fine.

    • Esteban

      I was pretty excited for Revis/Asomugha combo. DAMN

      • Phife Dawg

        John Clayton says that the Eagles might trade Asaunte Samuel to the Jets.

        If that’s the case, they should just resign Cromartie.

        • Esteban

          On the 6pm SC, John Clayton also said the Asomugha race was down to the Jets and the Cowboys. He finishes his report and the anchor announces Asomugha signing with the Eagles.
          Reporting #FAIL

          • Pat D

            He got Cliff Lee’d.

  • Paul D

    gotcha

  • Plaxpleasecomeback

    Any idea of a start time?

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

      No idea, but it’s pouring here.

  • Jack Merridew

    I don’t care who the Eagles signed, the Green Bay Packers are still the team to beat in the NFC. The Packers were down to 5th backups last year and now they’re healthy. Finley and Grand are back to add to that dynamic offense.

    • Esteban

      The Packers suck

      /trolling.

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

    So stoked to see CMW.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      i’m going to be watching the Phils and Buccos. Doc Halladay vs Charlie Morton. Should be a good matchup. I’ll check in with the Nats too.

    • Nefarious

      That’s what I’ll be watching until the Yanks start.

      • Cy Pettitte

        same, for once I don’t mind the rain delay.

    • Gonzo

      I didn’t know you were a Mets fan.

  • Esteban

    Death by BABIP for Wang.

    • Esteban

      Orrrrrrrrrrr he’s just getting hit hard.

      • StanfordBen

        Yeah, looks like every hit was a hard one. Wright’s near-homer was actually out of the zone, though.

  • Plaxpleasecomeback

    This just in an inside source at another site says plax giants not happening. He will meet with tomlin tomorrow in pitts. Dammed that sucks

  • Johnny Nitro

    Wow the Wanger hasn’t gotten an out yet.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Wang :(

    oh well, at least we still have the memories

  • AndrewYF

    Looks like Wang’s picking up right where he left off in 2009.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    how’s the weather in the Bronx now?

  • MP

    Holy crappers it’s absolutely pouring.

  • Cy Pettitte

    triple header tomorrow

  • #24!!!!

    How would this game be made up if it were to be rained out?

    • Johnny Nitro

      They should just simulate this game on The Show.

      • SDM

        Mitre vs Showalter in a bareknuckle brawl

  • AL

    hopefully Wanger will settle down. He’s definitely one of my fav yankees pitcher.

  • A-ROD fan

    1-2-3. Second inning for wang much better than the first

  • Cy Pettitte

    worse signing: werth or crawford? lol.

    • Ivan

      Has to be Werth right.

    • King George

      Crawford, his range (one of his best assets) in LF is diminished significantly by the Monster. Plus, he can’t hit.

    • A-ROD fan

      werth. absolutely

      • Samuel Pacarro

        Crawford, by a mile. Red Sox never needed to invest such an insane amount of salary on an unneeded leadoff hitter. Seriously, did they forget about Elisbury? Assume he would never be healthy again? Because when he was, like Gardner, Crawford provided at best equal value.

        Now the the Sox are out 140 million over the next seven years for what justified reason? They couldn’t compete going forward without Crawford in their leadoff spot? Just like the disastrous Lackey deal, the Crawford fiasco will begin to decimate the Red Sox ability to flex their financial muscle due to stupid and plain unnecessary mammoth contracts.

  • RollingWave

    Wang looks pretty solid after that fugly first inning, so far almost all his out are on the ground (aside from a foul pop fly.)

  • Cy Pettitte

    I’m sure Wanger’s not thrilled to have to be running the bases

    • Pat D

      I’m a big proponent of the designated runner.

  • X-62

    Wow the Tigers willing to include Jacob Turner for Jimenez, they got a good shot at him now I’d imagine.

  • Cy Pettitte

    god damn, Ankiel’s cannon is ridiculous

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Mets playing the Nats. Hilarity ensues.

  • X-62

    If this game ends up rained out it will really hurt NY, they have so many games rescheduled for second half already.

  • Cy Pettitte
  • X-62

    Games starts at 8:50!

  • V

    “SI_JonHeyman
    #tigers showing strong interest In ubaldo. Word is, theydve been asked to include porcello or scherzer w/ turner.”

    In other words, the Rockies are nucking futs, and Ubaldo isn’t going anywhere.

  • Monteroisdinero

    5 walks for Brackman in 2 innings but SWB up 4-0. #25 for JoVa. Montero catching Brackman.

    Also, Melky better than Swisher??? Hit his 13th HR and hitting .300. Better arm than Swish but that ain’t sayin much.

    • V

      Melky is not better than Swisher. That’s fucking insane.

      • V

        Someone really needs to write something on fans’ recency bias.

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

      Also, Melky better than Swisher???

      If I could, I’d smack you upside the head for that.

      • Monteroisdinero

        Ok. easy Mike. He’s younger, cheaper and has a better arm. Agreed?

        And don’t say, so does Greg Golson (lol).

        But…Melky is having a pretty good year.

        • V

          To bad ‘good arm’ doesn’t make up for a low OBP.

          • V

            I mean, might as well trade Granderson for Rick Ankiel.

            • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

              We do need starting pitching.

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

          He’s cheaper because he sucks. He got released by the Braves and hooked on with the Royals. That’s basically rock bottom.

          • V

            He was atrocious last year, and really hot this year, but I think he’s probably a solid 1.5-2.5 WAR player over the long run – has value ($6-10M/year) in the long run, but not as good as Swish.

            • MikeD

              Melky’s a 4th OFer, but not sure he knows how to be a 4th OFer, which means he’s a starting OFer for a second-division team.

              I enjoyed Melky when he was here and cheap. He’s pointless now unless there’s a substantial injury to one of the Yankees current OFers.

        • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

          You know who has a great arm? Frenchy.

      • V

        If Melky had ever learned how to take a walk, he’d have a chance to be a really good player. As of now, though, he needs the help of the BABIP gods.

    • mbonzo

      I don’t know if you’re watching now, but he’s in one of his grooves where he looks unbeatable. I wish this is what he did every inning.

    • Cy Pettitte

      he’s got a no-hitter going!!! lol.

      • Cy Pettitte

        nine walks but the no hitter is still in tact. lmao.

        • MikeD

          Who? Brackman? Nine walks? In how many innings?

          • mbonzo

            3.1

            • MikeD

              That’s impossible, isn’t it? :-)

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

    Baseball!

  • Erica

    Chills, absolute chills during the moment of silence for Irabu.

    • Pat D

      I’m glad they did that. I missed it, unfortunately..

    • Pat M.

      Is that you Stevie ???

  • Phife Dawg

    Looks like Pence is going to Philly

    • Phife Dawg

      No Dom Brown in the deal though: http://twitter.com/#!/jonmoros.....3850313728

      • mbonzo

        I think Phillies won this trade.

        • Cy Pettitte

          I’m surprised they couldn’t get a bigger haul from the Braves

          RT @Ken_Rosenthal: Astros will get Singleton, Cosart and 2 players to be named from #Phillies for Pence. PTBN not major prospects

          • mbonzo

            I’m not high on Singleton or Cosart, I think they’ve been overrated. I would rather have Brown plus 2 PTBL

    • Brandon

      Unfortunately this ends the 3 team dream of a Betances to HOU and Brown to NYY and Pence to PHI.

      Cant say I am surprised. This was a win-win for the Phillies. They got to keep Brown and get Pence.

      • Phife Dawg

        Meh,the Phillies traded 2 top 50 prospects for Pence, who isn’t even that good. Nice job by Ed Wade; he completed fleeced Amaro.

        Pence isn’t a patient hitter to begin with. He makes Cano look like Abreu when it comes to taking pitches. His defense also isn’t even that good aside from his throwing arm.

  • mbonzo

    Hardy has been so damn good, he scares the crap outta me.

  • Esteban

    Ere you go Swish.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    I don’t remember seeing this kind of velo from AJ since 2009.

  • MikeD

    Nice. No-hitter tonight.

    Jinxed!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    I would love to see at least one DOMINANT start from A.J.. Not just good enough to keep them in the game but flat out dominant, representative of the “great stuff” everyone raves about.

    • Esteban

      He throws hard and his curveball has a curveball that moves a lot and is deceptive but he doesn’t have good command, so him having “great stuff” is not completely accurate.

      • Guns of the Navarone

        And his velocity has declined steadily over the last three years. He was at 94, 95 in the first. I’m interested to see if he can keep that later in this game.

      • Jack Merridew

        He nearly gave up a homer in the 1st. He will serve up a couple to Markakis, Jones, and Vlad. We need to crush Guthrie.

        • Jack Merridew

          LOL! Like I was saying… need some runs.

        • Pat D

          Jerk.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

        Hence the sarcastic quotation marks. The guy can throw a complete stinker and all you here is that its a shame because he has such great stuff. I don’t care how great it is, if you can’t use it it does no good.

        • Esteban

          Oh yeah, I was agreeing with you. Too often people think that throwing hard and having a breaking pitch that moves a lot = good stuff. ‘Stuff,’ for me at least, includes command and controle .

          • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

            Story of my high school baseball career. I could throw pretty hard and had a good curve and cutter but I don’t think I ever threw a strike. Ever.

    • MikeD

      The media always mentions his electric stuff, but his velocity and breaking ball have both regressed the pst two seasons. He’s a lesser pitcher than he was when he signed with the Yankees. I can’t remember the last dominant AJ game. We used to see them during his first season on the Yankees.

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

    http://mobile.twitter.com/si_j.....7777150976

    The Phillies are the definition of a “win now” team.

    • mbonzo

      The Phillies are just such a young team they can afford trading the farm, unlike the old Yankees.

      -Cliff Lee

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

        Coincidently, the Phillies are the only team that’s older on average than the Yankees.

    • Pat D

      Must win now, more like.

      Their window is only open for another year or two, really.

    • Phife Dawg

      Wonder if Charlie Manuel is going to continue to play Ibanez despite his 80 year old legs out in the left field.

      There goes Dom Brown for Betances. :(

      • The Big City of Dreams

        There goes Dom Brown for Betances

        —————————–

        damn you Philly first Asomugha now this

  • Cy Pettitte

    jesus christ AJ.

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

    Good ol’ A.J.

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

    AJ being AJ

  • A-ROD fan

    Here we go AJ

  • 1stbase

    Awful

  • Hummingbird S.

    Yeah, no need for another starter. They are just fine with AJ.

    • Esteban

      He’s the 4th best starter at this point.

    • Cy Pettitte

      add more offense and score 20 runs for AJ is our only hope

  • Rich in NJ

    AJ is the 4th starter. The key is for Colon and Garcia to continue to pitch well.

    • JohnnyC

      AJ says he’s the #2 starter though. At least he’s…ahem…keeping the team in the game. That’s what #2′s do. LOL.

      • Rich in NJ

        The problem is that he keeps the wrong team in the game…

  • Jetrer

    so sick of AJ.
    Only 2/1/3 seasons left to go…fuck.

  • Crime Dog

    Someone help me out here. Is that Kenan Thompson in the front row behind home plate?

  • DMan

    Some1 trade for ChinDingDong

  • 1stbase

    1 hit 2 runs yea that sounds like AJ

  • Cy Pettitte

    eating ice cream, of course.

  • James A

    How have the Phillies traded for Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Hunter Pence in a span of 3 years and kept Dominic Brown?

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

      Ruben Amaro is a tricky bastard.

      • The Big City of Dreams

        Or he sold his soul to the devil.

  • IRF

    Are they really still doing the ice cream thing?

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    AJ Burnett sucks ass

  • 1stbase

    if they get shut down by guthrie haha

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

    Robbie “First pitch swinging” Cano strikes again.

  • Tut

    More of the same suck

  • Greg

    I’d give the WS to the Phillies right now. With that pitching and acquiring a good right handed bat.

    • Pat D

      Thankfully they don’t just give the World Series away, right?

      • Esteban

        It’s over folks. Everyone but the Phillies are just playing out the string. There’s always next year.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      Good thing you aren’t commissioner then, huh?

      • Esteban

        Greg=Bud Selig, didn’t you know?

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

      Their offense isn’t great and their bullpen is shit aside from Madson.

      • Pat D

        Hence why they must win this year. By next year, their offense might not be able to get to the plate without crutches.

    • IRF

      Thats a pretty anti-climactic way to decide the WS

    • Guns of the Navarone

      That’s fine as long as they beat the Red Sox. Didn’t you hear? They’re guaranteed to make the World Series too.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Is that Halladay in a Guthrie jersey?

  • Monteroisdinero

    Brackman outta there after 9 walks in 3 and 1/3rd!!!! Buffalo has 12 walks in 4 innings. Their leadoff batter has 4 walks in 4abs after 4 innings.

    wow.

    • Cy Pettitte

      82 pitches: 35 strikes 47 balls
      2 wild pitches

      I don’t even….

      • The Big City of Dreams

        What was his velocity? I heard it was around 91 mph

    • Pat D

      That’s unpossible.

    • Guns of the Navarone

      That’s insane. I wonder if it’s become a mental thing for him now.

      • CP

        I think we passed that point a while ago.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Ok-we got our speedy tablesetters up this inning. Chavy/Posada…

  • http://www.twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    finally getting to guthrie

  • Monteroisdinero

    Here come 2 takes.

    • Monteroisdinero

      YCPB. Damn but it was a meatball pitch for Gardy.

  • AndrewYF

    So DRS and UZR agree that Granderson is a terrible fielder this year. What gives?

    • ItsATarp

      he’s playing shallow as hell. Balls are going over his head b/c of this.

      • Jetrer

        and he has lost a lot of balls in lights/sun/roofs

        • JohnnyC

          And that one there.

  • wow

    friiick.

  • Jack Merridew

    Guthrie got lucky that inning. A sign that we will kill him the new few innings.

  • ItsATarp

    BABIP fail….Team is not clutch enough to hit it away from fielders

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

    Trivia has to be Joe Morgan, no?

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Pete Rose? Just guessing, IDK.

  • V

    Ok, in “dumb managerial moves”, the White Sox bunted Pierre to second in the 6th inning. With Wakefield/Salty battery. Um, wouldn’t an SB be a high percentage play there?

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      He could have been to second by the time the ball reached the plate.

  • Jetrer

    how was that first pitch a strike??lol

  • JohnnyC

    It’s comforting to know that the Orioles have been playing miserably in recent weeks. Just like the A’s offense was awful and the Mariners were in the midst of an historically bad losing streak.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Grandy you are killing me.

  • Jetrer

    fucking awful

  • Pat D

    Granderson should have caught that.

  • V

    Oy. Defensive Granderslump.

  • Erica

    Oh, Grandy.

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

    Only A.J. Burnett could make the reanimated corpses of Vlad Guerrero and Derrek Lee look like it’s 2005.

  • Rich in NJ

    So much for the one mistake stuff.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Grandy was breaking back on everything last year and I think this is why he has moved up this year. He has made some great catches but he is not a great centerfielder.

    • pat

      Those were bombs.He’s made a ton of rangy plays this year.

    • ItsATarp

      Grandy was fine last year, in fact one of the better defesnive CF last year. He’s bad this year but it really has to do with the fact the coaches are telling himt o play shallow for whatever reason.

      • Monteroisdinero

        Mariano told him to play shallow when he pitches. I have NO problem with him playing shallower.

      • JohnnyC

        Because they thought there were too many balls dropping in front last year. Problem is, Grandy’s not Paul Blair or Garry Maddox. No knock. Just the facts. Yankees over-thinking things.

  • wow

    when is AJ ever “on”? when he doesn’t give up 5 runs?

    • Cy Pettitte

      “when he doesn’t give up 5 runs?”

      when he gives up 7 runs.

  • mike_h

    i’m still pissed Martin didnt play in the ASG

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      It was his choice. Washington had him going in and Martin told him to let Wieters play since it was his 1st ASG.

  • King George

    via Jeff Passan from Yahoo! Sports:

    “Source thinks likeliest Ubaldo deal is w/ Yankees or Red Sox. Both motivated with Phillies and Giants having struck and Texas circling Bell”

    • Jack Merridew

      Here’s hoping it’s us for a change. If the Sox get Ubaldo and we get nothing that would just destroy our chances. If we have a legitimate chance to win the WS we must give up prospects and that’s just all there is to it. That’s what contenders do, it’s not what teams like the Pirates do.

      • King George

        This has to put the Yanks in between a rock and a hard place.

        • Rich in NJ

          Not really. You can’t make dumb decisions based on what other teams may be willing to do.

          • King George

            I agree, but in this specific case, you do. Why, you ask? Because Ubaldo is better than anyone on the staff except for CC. You don’t overpay by a bunch, but you give up Betances, Montero, and Nova…

            • Rich in NJ

              I wouldn’t give up Montero.

    • CP

      Heyman said the Red Sox could give up their prized infielder Anthony Renaudo.

      • King George

        I don’t see that.

      • JohnnyC

        Jon only knows what Boras tells him. Probably confused Renaudo with Rizzo.

    • Rich in NJ

      I don’t trust anonymous sources.

  • first time lawng time

    Ugh I’m sooo sick of Burnett.

    For once, could you pitch a friggin shutout? Or like 7 IP 1 ER or 2 ER?

    Whatever. I don’t even care. Just give up like 7 runs. I hope you do. I hope you shit the bed against a shitty team like the Orioles.

    • Jetrer

      Wow. You know AJ is going bad when FTLT is slamming him.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      Love affair over then?

    • Jack Merridew

      So you’ve finally come around on AJ. He’s not good. Worst pitcher on our staff last year, tied with Hughes for worst this year. If we get a starter someone’s gotta go and it might be him.

      • Jetrer

        his contract status would strongly indicate otherwise
        and he has been better than Hughes this year

      • first time lawng time

        He’s been better than Hughes.

        I don’t understand why he’s dropped off so much since 2009. I find it so damn annoying that he historically is great in July, an he’s been mediocre at best this year.

        Sometime I wish I could turn back time to 2009.

  • ItsATarp

    Can Girardi stop making Grandy play shallow? Have him play normal depth and guarantee his defense improves ten fold.

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

      There will be a whole lot more bloops singles if they bring him in.

      • first time lawng time

        I’d rather have a bloop single than a double.

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

          It’s not a one-for-one. It’s multiple bloop singles for one double every so often.

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

    Granderson loses two balls in the sun and has an A.J. Burnett rocket hit over his head, and now he’s a bad center fielder. Some of you people are insane.

    • King George

      Take it with a grain of salt, my man. Get a chuckle out of it. I enjoy irrationality on occasion.

    • ItsATarp

      he isn;t bad just playing poor defense this year. Defensive metrics all reflect that.

  • Brian S.

    Save us Kuroda!

  • Greg

    If the runor by Passard is true, we better get Jimenez.

    • Brian S.

      Only if the price is right. Which it won’t be. So no thanks.

      • Greg

        So the Red Sox will get Jimenez if anybody does and will become their 5th starter.

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          So you’re implying that Lackey is better than Ubaldo? Really?

          • Greg

            Good point. 4th starter.

            • Jetrer

              only if Buckholz actually comes back this season

        • Brian S.

          Trading prospects/acquiring prospects so that the Red Sox don’t is a stupid way to run a team.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow do the Yankees have somewhere to be tonight? 3.2 innings on 45 pitches.

  • Monteroisdinero

    But another AJ gets it done.

    Putitontheboaaarrrrddddd!

    Chisox 3-1 in 7th.

  • http://www.twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    One hell of an at-bat by cano

  • Brian S.

    Who was that and what did they do with Cano?

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

    Great at-bats by Cano and Swish.

  • Rich in NJ

    Painful.

  • wow

    one of those nights huh…

  • ItsATarp

    BABIP gods hates us

    • Guns of the Navarone

      It’s actually true. The Yankees team BABIP is .286. Only the Rays, A’s, White Sox, and Mariners are lower (Orioles are at .285). Those teams aren’t in the same league as the Yankees offense.

      • Guns of the Navarone

        Sorry, Rays are at .285 too. Anyway, the Yankees stick out like a sore thumb in that bunch. They’ve been very unlucky this season, but I think it also has to do having a few players in the lineup with declining offensive skills.

  • Greg

    MIke,

    If they lose tonight, then they have to win 3 in a row to qualify the homestand as a success, right?

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

      Technically 6-4 is a success, but against the bottom dwellers of the American League that would be a disappointment.

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

      I … guess? Why do you ask these things, it’s not a yes or a no. Life goes on either way.

      • Greg

        Wanting to feel superior and confident.

  • first time lawng time

    I love how the Yankees are getting shutout by a shit pitcher who, in his last 7 starts vs NY is 0-7 with an ERA of 6.

    Just kidding, no I don’t.

  • JohnnyC

    Well, you can’t blame AJ for being out-dueled by Jeremy Guthrie.

  • Cuso

    Heck of a day for the city of Philly

  • King George

    Take this for what it’s worth:

    My good friend from college lives in Denver and called to say that he just heard on a local news channel that the Yankees and Rockies are talking about a possible deal of Ubaldo and Ian Stewart for Jesus Montero, Dellin Betances, Ivan Nova, and Greg Golson.

    I am looking for it right now, this may be just names being tossed around. But, if this is the case…I’d do it in a second.

    • Greg

      I would take that deal. Keep Banuelos.

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

      I love Ian Stewart, but what in the world are the Yankees going to do with him? Send him to Triple-A for the rest of the year then pay him $4M next year to play the Eric Chavez role?

      • King George

        This. Or, do you replace Nunez with Stewart? I don’t know if you can do that, just a thought. But I’m with you Mike, I like Ian Stewart quite a bit. He could use a change of scenery, especially given the relationship he had with Tracy and the front office.

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

          Stewart can’t play short.

      • CP

        Stewart has a .417 OPS this year (that’s a 9 OPS+, .189 wOBA, and 2 wRC+).

        That’s impressive.

    • first time lawng time

      I wouldn’t. Ubaldo won’t guarantee them a WS; not worth sacrificing Montero & Nova

      • Guns of the Navarone

        Why do people give one shit about Nova?? He’s as expendable as a pitcher can get.

        I’d be sad as hell to lose Montero though…

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

          There are going to be a lot of disappointed people when he comes back and pitches like he had been. He’s been romanticized into an ace. Then they’ll blame Hughes for having him sent back down.

          • Crime Dog

            This times a thousand. Nova is what he is, he’s not going to magically turn into a high upside guy. His ceiling is simple. The fact that he could “hold up” some trade for Ubaldo seems silly to me

            • Jetrer

              wasn’t he part of the hold up for Lee last year though?

          • Guns of the Navarone

            I think fans are just desperate to see a homegrown pitcher succeed after what we’ve seen out of Hughes lately. But the reality, in my opinion, is Nova = Noesi, Warren, Phelps, Mitchell.

            • Crime Dog

              Agreed, he’s just further along in his development.

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

        No one guarantees a World Series.

        • CP

          Eric Hinske would.

    • Guns of the Navarone

      No Tulo?

    • SDM

      probably complete bs, if something like that was going down word would have spread like wildfire….and there’ not even a little tweet on any major sports/news site or from any of the Rockies largest blogs.

  • pat

    I don’t want to trade Jesus Montero.

    • mike_h

      I do, we can get pitching with him

      • Monteroisdinero

        Somebody wants Golson?

    • Rich in NJ

      Given that the current catcher appears to be a below average (if not a well below average) offensive player, neither do I.

  • first time lawng time

    I bet he GIDP.

    • Greg

      Should have gone to Vegas.

  • Cy Pettitte

    fucking Russell.

  • wow

    trade for Guthrie. NOW.

  • Grit for Brains

    Doc Guthriday? WTF?

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Boy this is… uninspiring.

  • Kostas

    This team is so lifeless sometimes. Can’t believe they are being schooled by Guthrie.

    • CP

      When a team loses, they look lifeless.

      When they win, they don’t.

      • Kostas

        Normally yes. In the Yankees case, even when they win they look lifeless getting there. Just like tonight, Orioles bullpen could very well blow this game but that doesn’t erase 6 innings of being manhandled by a #4 pitcher.

        • CP

          I don’t think the Yankees look lifeless when they win. That’s just your opinion.

          And every pitcher has good days.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Need more offense? I know batting average means nothing (or very little) nowadays but ours are pretty bad.

      • first time lawng time

        I don care why people say about BA. Is it too much to ask to have a few players batting over .300? Geez.

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

          a good OBP + a good SLG > a good BA

          Offense is down the across the board this year and few hitters have all three.

  • first time lawng time

    Woooo nice, offense!

    AJ, just give up like 20 runs and get it out of your system. Then maybe you’ll actually good the rest of the year. Your team isn’t winning this game.

  • Kostas

    2 hit shut out. Boys, you aren’t going to win many games functioning like you are ready to go on winter break.

  • Jorge

    This game thread: Nowhere near as bad as I feared.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Ubaldo would have to pitch a gem to get a win tonight with our offense. keep Montero!

    • StanfordBen

      Montero would have to have hit 2 homers tonight to even keep us in the game. get Ubaldo!

  • Cy Pettitte

    AJ’s HR/9 must be like 3

  • Rich in NJ

    Try him in the pen.

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

    If you can’t get a fastball by Derrek Lee, just retire.

    • first time lawng time

      Really? Of all the things you’re pissed off about with this game, it’s AJ? It isn’t the offense having 2 hits off a pitcher with an ERA of 6 in his last 7 starts against this team? Really?

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

        Both things are worth getting pissed off over.

  • Jetrer

    why the fuck is AJ smiling on the mound??

    • Brian S.

      He’s got 16.5 million reasons to smile this year.

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

      DFA THAT DISINTERESTED BASTARD!!!!1!1!1!1!1!1!one!!!!!11!1!1!uno!!!1!

  • Monteroisdinero

    Red Sox lose. Peedy no hits.

  • King George

    I love watching a $16.5m pitcher giving up 4 runs to one of the worst teams in the league. It makes me so happy.

    • first time lawng time

      I love watching the $100 million+ offense get shutout by an absouktely shitty pitcher.

  • Greg

    We Need a Starting Pitcher.

    • Brian S.

      Named Kuroda or Bedard that doesn’t cost us any of our top prospects.

      • Rich in NJ

        Yup, because a big RH bat is another need.

        • Brian S.

          C/DH is a need. Martin and Posada blow. Montero fills that hole nicely.

      • King George

        Wrong.

    • King George

      I can’t disagree.

  • Kostas

    3.5 and counting.

    • ItsATarp

      The sox lost…so no

      • Kostas

        So I am a day early.

        • Greg

          You might be a few days early. White Sox have dominated the Red Sox his season.

        • ItsATarp

          glad to see you’re confident

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

      Who cares? They’re like six games up on a playoff spot.

  • King George

    Anybody want to make a bet that Soriano comes in for the 7th?

    • Kostas

      Absolutely. This way the game can really be put out of reach.

      Sincerely, Randy Levine.

  • Crime Dog

    Update: Yes that is in fact Kenan Thompson in the front row. In case anyone wants something else besides AJ to watch

    • Jorge

      woooo-eeeeh. what’s up wit dat? what’s up wit dat?

  • Wooderson

    i used to love all the trade deadline shit, waiting for some great cash deal. but now i just fear getting rid of prospects ive grown to love :’(

    • Rich in NJ

      That sums it up for me too. If Felix or Kershaw were a possibility, sure, pay up, because they are as good as it gets, but that’s not what’s available.

  • Kostas

    It should be very embarrassing to AJ and Hughes that they are being out pitched, out performed by Garcia and Colon.

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

      I guess the offense isn’t dead.

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

        reply fail

      • Kostas

        hmm 4 minus 1 still equals plenty of chances for the Yankees to fuck things up.

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

      So is Nova.

    • Stan

      Ummmm, about 95% of the league is getting out-pitched by Colon and Garcia.

      Must a sh!t ton of embarrassed pitchers out there…

  • MP

    I’d forget about AJ as a #2 in the postseason. Would you really start him in October at all? I’d easily pit CC, Colon, Freddy, and Hughes/Nova/traded-player ahead of him. I don’t mean to sound hysterical but he leaves so many damn pitches right over the middle of the plate.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow that’s more like it

  • MP

    Teix go boom!

  • Erica

    FINALLY.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    That just means AJ will give up exactly one more run next inning.

  • Rich in NJ

    Sta padder.

  • first time lawng time

    Woooooow! A run off Guthrie! It only took them 5 innings.

  • Brian S.

    Cano looks like piss.

  • Jorge

    Guys like Guthrie, who pitch well enough to be mainstays on one bad team’s rotation for years, should never be discounted.

  • Greg

    09 Yankrrs come back and win this. And I know its not the same team. But I miss that team right now.

    • Greg

      Yankees.

    • Jorge

      That team lost painful games too. Lots of them. I remember a few.

      • Greg

        Most of them came in the first half. 52-22 in the second half. Now I understand that that team was special, but I just want to see a bit of that.

      • first time lawng time

        They were stellar the second half, though.

    • first time lawng time

      Well duh you miss them. Who wouldn’t? This team…ugh. Wouldn’t go as far to compare it to last year’s, though.

  • Tut

    They’re down three and Sterling still has to do his schtick after Tex’s HR.

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

      Of course he does, he wouldn’t be John Sterling if he didn’t.

  • ItsATarp

    AJ’s statline outside the Homeruns has been pretty good today…his FIP and xFIP have a huge difference due to inflated HR rate

  • Reggie C.

    Philly teams have had a good day. Ugh.

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

      New Yorkers don’t consider Philadelphia a legitimate sports town.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Yeah but fuck Nnamdi.

        • Simon

          I hate the Jets (Giant’s fan), but when that crap-hole they call Philly gets involved, I put differences behind, fuck Philly.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            The jets and Eagles are the same in my book. I hate them both with a passion. Yeah one is in the GMen’s division but the other team can’t shut the fuck up, always makes the predictions and claims to be a better team without winning shit.

            I was actually praying the the Cowgirls get him because they’ll still suck.

            • Simon

              Oh by far the reason I don’t like the Jets is because of all the shit-talk. Best part of last season was watching Rex Ryan almost in tears after trash talking the whole way there and then try to cover for himself, that was classic, pure gold for a Giants fan who hates the Jets and Ryan.

  • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

    Hey, I’ll say it, I don’t care about historical import, that version of God Bless America sounds so low budget.

    Really could use some runs here in bottom on 7th.

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

      That recording is like, 30 years old. It’s time to update.

    • JohnnyC

      Yeah, I’d like to hear a modernist re-mix of that. Maybe even a reggaeton version.

      • first time lawng time

        If rather hear no version of that. Please get rid of God Bless America durin the 7th inning. It is incredibly unnecessary.

        • first time lawng time

          I’d

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

            THAT’S UNAMERICAN!!!1!!1!1!1!1!uno!!!!one!!!1!1!1!

    • Rainbow Connection

      AND they cut it short. It doesn’t even end properly.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Too many Pull hitters in this lineup.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Posada shows em’ how its done.

  • Rich in NJ

    I think Guthrie may be tiring.

  • NHYankeesFan

    Phil Hughes could learn a lot from Guthrie. Guthrie throws 5 different pitches, he isnt afraid to throw a changeup in a hitters count, and he has decent command of his pitches

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

      Great, he’ll get right on that as soon as he learns three more pitches.

      • NHYankeesFan

        I didnt mean that Phil needs to learn more pitches, I just meant he needs to work on his secondary pitches and get comfortable enough to use them in hitters counts to keep them off balance

    • King George

      There is a lot Phil Hughes can learn right now.

    • JohnnyC

      Just because the Yankees offense sucks tonight does not mean that Hughes has anything to learn from Guthrie. Unless you’re hoping Hughes learns to becomes a mediocre veteran starter on a last place team.

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

    So I guess Erik Bedard likes Seattle.

    • Simon

      Didn’t he pitch like doo-doo tonight? 4 bb’s, 3 hits, 1 1/3 IP??

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

        Yep, he doesn’t want to get traded.

  • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

    Likely or unlikely that Willie gets another shot to manage a big league club?

    I really wish Sweet Lou had gotten a run with the Yanks. Can’t stand Girardi’s demeanor. Dude annoys the hell out of me.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Midwest/engineer. Tough combo for the NY demeanor.

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

        What does being an engineer have to do with anything?

        • Monteroisdinero

          The binder!!!!

          • JohnnyC

            Mike’s an engineer.

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

            So you’d prefer it if he didn’t use all of the information available to him and instead managed with make believe?

            • JohnnyC

              Worked for Torre, didn’t it? If we judge by results and ignore the process.

            • Monteroisdinero

              Oh if Billy M had this team. I like a mixture of binder and gut/intuition.

              I would use DRob/Sori/mo in different innings once in a while etc.

              Each game is its own narrative…

  • Rich in NJ

    Swisher’s defense has been very good tonight.

  • Monteroisdinero

    AJ throwing harder (93) in the 8th than Phil in the second. Very worried for Phil.

    • Rich in NJ

      When Phil was right, he had tremendous a FB with late life that he was able to locate on either side of the plate. It was never really about velo.

      • Monteroisdinero

        but it was always better than his velocity the last 4-5 months. His velocity drop is concerning at his age.

        • Rich in NJ

          I think the concern about his velo is that he can’t maintain it for more than a few innings which makes the command issue more of a problem.

          When I saw Phil at Trenton in 2006, his FB sat at 92 but it was consistently thrown low in the zone. Plus he had a knee bucking curve.

          • JohnnyC

            After his hamstring injury, his velocity as a starter hasn’t been the same nor his command. Frankie Piliere’s opinion is that he’s not driving off his back leg like he used to, bending his plant leg more whereas it was (before 2008)a stiff front leg. The changes may have been instituted to save strain on his shoulder but Piliere thinks it’s the major reason his fastball “leaks” toward his arm side…basically putting it on a tee in the middle of the plate. It was one reason he started throwing a cutter so much. Piliere thinks the problems stem from not using his legs properly.

            • Monteroisdinero

              Interesting point. The Tom Seaver drop and drive factor strikes again. I think Frankie is right. Now if Phil could just throw a decent 3rd pitch…

            • Rich in NJ

              Interesting. He hasn’t been the same as a starter. since the hamstring injury. I was encouraged by the fact that he acknowledged it recently. I’d rather have a pitcher with a ton of upside for a shorter time than a mediocre pitcher for a longer one.

  • Rich in NJ

    Take him out. This game is still winnable.

    • Rich in NJ

      Not for Ayala.

  • Karl Krawfid

    AJ’s about to put it out of reach for us.

    • first time lawng time

      Oh please. It has been out of reach the entire game. When your offense scores 1 run in 7 innings off JEREMY GUTHRIE, it is not your night.

  • Monteroisdinero

    looks like markakis has changed his stance and his choke on the bat.

  • first time lawng time

    Luis Ayala: the worst pitcher to have an ERA of 1?

    For some reason, I wouldn’t trust him in a high leverage or late inning situation.

    • nsalem

      what reason is that?

      • first time lawng time

        I honestly have no idea.

      • Jetrer

        Probably for this reason:
        Ayala Low leverage: 2.43 FIP, 2.86 xFIP
        Med Leverage: 5.52 FIP, 6.88 xFIP
        High Leverage: 5.34 FIP, 5.85 xFIP

  • Cy Pettitte

    why is AJ pitching to Lee?

    • Monteroisdinero

      Because he is saving the bullpen for the weekend?

  • JobaWockeeZ

    It’s never a wrong move to take out AJ but Jesus Christ anyone but fucking Ayala.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Thanks joe.

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

    AJ finally found out how to get The Ghost of Derrek Lee to make an out.

  • pat

    Who else would have signed up for 8IP 4 ER and 10k?

    • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

      Definitely would’ve signed up for 8IP, 5H, 10K, 2BB.

      Tonight is about as maddening as it gets with AJ.

  • first time lawng time

    Only positive I can take from this game: AJ gave the team length.

    But, my God, Boston lost, could this team please take advantage of that?

  • wow

    4ER in 8 innings is the AJ equivalent to CC throwing a CGSO.

  • ItsATarp

    Not a terrible outing for AJ….I’m still waiting for his hom run rate to come down. If it does…Watch out!

  • JohnnyC

    I, for one, will always remember the night the great Jeremy Guthrie dazzled the Yankees with his 5-pitch command and mastery. Good thing I chose to DVR this. Everyone here tipped their caps. Even though we’re indoors.

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

    The Yankees will bring the tying run to the plate in this game.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      And then lose anyway?

  • MikeD

    With a double dip coming tomorrow and the humid weather today, it’s nice that AJ saved the pen. The HRs he allowed were annoying, yet come on NY Yankees, you’ve scored one run against the Orioles! This is a winnable game. AJ may not be a #2, but he did enough for the Yankees to win this game. Win it!

  • pat

    Possibly the worst Brett Garder AB I have ever seen.

  • Karl Krawfid

    BG getting locked up on pitches right down the middle.

    Fuck this team.

    • Kostas

      He has been all season.

  • Greg

    Gardner looks awful at the leadoff spot since he was put there

    • JohnnyC

      No one dares utter those words around here.

      • Greg

        Look up the stats.

        • JohnnyC

          I agree. Just saying no one wants to admit that. Short sample size or not, he looks different batting lead-off. Maybe it’s the pressure.

          • Sarah

            I think there’s been some discussion that if you look at BG’s history, moving him to something new (AA to AAA, AAA to majors, etc), he needs time to adjust. Once he does, he’s awesome. So yes, small sample size. Is there really a better option? Seems like Jeter hits better in the 2 spot.

            • JohnnyC

              He was a lead-off hitter all through college and the minors. How is this something new?

  • Monteroisdinero

    Gardner schooled. Can’t take the first two from a strike thrower. made the 88mph fb look 98.

  • Esteban

    ZS
    if CC did this, people would be like he didn’t have the best stuff but he gutted it out and save the bullpen but instead it’s AJ is terrible.

    This is pretty true. BUT CC also has dominant games. Where are AJ’s dominant games?

    • wow

      I honestly think his last dominant game came in Toronto, as in , when he pitched for Toronto.

      • first time lawng time

        8/7/09 vs BOS
        Game 2 2009 WS
        That game against the Mets that’s on Yankees Classics.

        That’s pretty much it, though.

    • Kostas

      Go to Baseball reference.com. Check out his games against the Yankees while in Toronto and check out his games he pitched while in Florida.

      Since then, his best performance has been putting pie in someones face after a walkoff win. Remember those walkoff wins? So long ago.

      • Cy Pettitte

        $16.5m when they could have just rented a clown at $7.50/hour

        • Kostas

          LOL! That was funny!

  • Monteroisdinero

    Unusual hit for DJ but we’ll take it.

  • CBean

    YAY JETER!

  • Kostas

    When was the last time the Yankees didn’t have on .300 hitter in the starting line up?

    • Monteroisdinero

      They have power hitters, DJ is no longer a .300 hitter and Cano is sub-par overall for him this year.

      • Kostas

        So you agree, they put all their eggs in the power hitters basket and have no one to get on base. That is not a well constructed line up….

        • Jetrer

          *and have no one to get on base*
          nope, second in MLB in team OBP

        • Monteroisdinero

          I do. More Nunez!

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

          They’re second in MLB in OBP.

    • nsalem

      yesterday

  • Kostas

    At this point, I am not sure anyone is going to beat Philly. Yikes.

    Clint Hurdle’s Cinderella season starting to unfold. The curse of the Rockies #JimTracy’d

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

    Uehara has got some massive sideburns.

    • Rich in NJ

      The hipster dufus look.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Uehara’s career K/BB ratio is BEST in MLB history for a pitcher with over 150 ip.

    amazing

  • Cy Pettitte

    now we pray for Gregg to fuck it up

    • Kostas

      Wouldn’t that be awesome. However, Cano, Swish, Chavez are doing their best O’fer impressions. That equates to 1-2-3.

      • first time lawng time

        I could be wrong, but isn’t Cano like 0 for his last 12 or something like that?

  • Karl Krawfid

    I know we’re missing A-Rod but come on.

    He couldn’t be this big of a difference.

  • first time lawng time

    If the RS win the WS this year, look at this. I find it pretty interesting:

    2007 RS win WS
    2008 NY misses playoffs
    2009 after huge off season, Yankees win WS
    2010 Boston misses playoffs
    2011 after huge off season, RS win WS

    Just something funny I noticed (if the Red Six win the WS)

    • parmesn

      Yessir.

      Furthermore, the teams alternated getting knocked out in the ALCS, the Yanks in 2010 and Boston in 2008.

  • pat

    pastadivingchavez?

  • Cy Pettitte

    pie please.

  • Simon

    …aaaaand it’s alive.

  • Cy Pettitte

    oh lord he we gooooooooooooo

  • Karl Krawfid

    Thank you. Opp field.

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

      That’s why you make the big bucks Mike.

    • Simon

      Yessir, you called that one, nice. Let’s just hope they don’t blow it, though.

  • Monteroisdinero

    I am watching the game on an Oriole feed-MASN. Rick Dempsey just said “let’s see if Gregg can get the toughest 6 outs in baseball-the bottom of the 9th inning at YS”

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

      I like it. The toughest six outs in baseball.

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

    Hit one into the gap, Russell.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Or a homerun?

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Yes / No. Russell swings at the first pitch.

    • Jetrer

      no … do I win something??

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        You win a copy of The Money Train on VHS.

        • Jetrer

          What is this VHS that you refer to??

  • Rich in NJ

    Take two.

  • ItsATarp

    call up montero..Martin isn’t cutting it

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

    Thanks for that Russell.

  • Rich in NJ

    Yeah, trade Montero.

  • Jack Merridew

    Russell should not have swung at that ball. Let him hang himself.

  • Karl Krawfid

    BREAKING NEWS.

    Russ Martin fucking sucks.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Surprised Gardy not taking strike one tonight. Unusual.

  • Cy Pettitte

    nice one ump

  • ItsATarp

    Wow This ump….

  • Greg

    Brett Gardner fails

    • Jetrer

      first he worked a walk … then he failed

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Mental note: don’t fuck with Gardner.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I actually had hope.

    • Jorge

      I thought they had it in them as well.

      Nice rebound from Burnett. Bats weren’t there. Nice start by Guthrie. There’s a reason he’s been in that rotation forever.

  • Jack Merridew

    The Brett Gardner leadoff experiment is over. That was a meatball and he completely whiffed. He can’t hit leadoff.

    • ItsATarp

      Based on one game?

    • Jetrer

      one has nothing to do with the other

    • Greg

      I agree. He cant d it.

    • Matt

      They called a 3-1 pitch in the other batter’s box a strike on him in that at bat right before the curveball. You could see the look of disgust on his face as he was about to walk down to first base. It’s hard sometimes for even the best hitters to keep it together when you get those kinds of breaks against you in huge spots.

  • Charles

    GARDENER MAD! GARDENER SMASH! RAWRRRRRRR

  • wow

    craptastic performance.

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

    Brett took ball four then swung at ball five.

    GIVE ME ROBOT UMPIRES!!!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    This home stand has been a failure.

  • JohnnyC

    Great game by Gardner.

  • Simon

    Oh well, nothing like a double-header tomorrow and endless trade rumors to go along. Goodnight all!

  • Tut

    Gardner’s really grabbing the reigns as the leadoff hitter

  • Kevin

    The real goat of this game is Martin. He GIDP in one inning and KILLED the rally here. No excuse to swing on a 3-0 count..NONE!

    • Greg

      He didnt swing on the 3-0. It was the 3-1.

      • ItsATarp

        still he’s been pretty terrible out side of April

        • V

          In which he was used pretty much EVERY SINGLE DAY WITH NO DAYS OFF.

          When healthy, Martin can be a really good hitter. When banged up, he’s atrocious. Unfortunately, the Yankees didn’t give him enough off days to keep him moderately healthy.

      • Kevin

        Same thing…bottom line..Martin is one of the last people I want to see in a clutch spot

  • V
  • Matt

    It’s not like they are carrying a catcher whose wRC+ has been hovering around 50 for the last two months, FIFTY. Their DH platoon, other than the last few weeks, has been terrible for most of the season. And people are ready to give away Montero in any deal for a pitcher? Uh huh…

    They gave up 4 runs tonight, and scored 2, going 1 for 9 with RISP and leaving 8 on base. In this case, despite what the usual pundits will say, the lack of batting average is painfully obvious. It’s hard to drive in baserunners when you don’t get that many base hits to begin with because you are always pulling the ball.

    While A-Rod coming back will improve the lineup, they are still carrying some pretty serious offensive black holes. At some point, you have to wonder when Russell Martin’s “catching skills” aren’t a substitute for his pitiful offensive output.

    • V

      Get. A. Blog.

  • Kevin

    Bottom line, we hit when we weren’t trying to homer out of the park. By that time though, it was too late.