Game 103: Welcome the O’s


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


  1. Pat D says:

    Harold Reynolds and John Hart are big friggin’ idiots.

    • Phife Dawg says:

      Oh god what did they say now?

      • Pat D says:

        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.

  2. Phife Dawg says:

    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.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

        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. says:

      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.

    • Esteban says:

      I was pretty excited for Revis/Asomugha combo. DAMN

      • Phife Dawg says:

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

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

        • Esteban says:

          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

  3. Paul D says:


  4. Plaxpleasecomeback says:

    Any idea of a start time?

  5. Jack Merridew says:

    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.

  6. Mike Axisa says:

    So stoked to see CMW.

  7. Esteban says:

    Death by BABIP for Wang.

  8. Plaxpleasecomeback says:

    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

  9. Johnny Nitro says:

    Wow the Wanger hasn’t gotten an out yet.

  10. Cy Pettitte says:

    Wang :(

    oh well, at least we still have the memories

  11. AndrewYF says:

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

  12. Jesse says:

    how’s the weather in the Bronx now?

  13. MP says:

    Holy crappers it’s absolutely pouring.

  14. Cy Pettitte says:

    triple header tomorrow

  15. #24!!!! says:

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

  16. AL says:

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

  17. A-ROD fan says:

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

  18. Cy Pettitte says:

    worse signing: werth or crawford? lol.

    • Ivan says:

      Has to be Werth right.

    • King George says:

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

    • A-ROD fan says:

      werth. absolutely

      • Samuel Pacarro says:

        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.

  19. RollingWave says:

    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.)

  20. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  21. X-62 says:

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

  22. Cy Pettitte says:

    god damn, Ankiel’s cannon is ridiculous

  23. Stratman9652 says:

    Mets playing the Nats. Hilarity ensues.

  24. X-62 says:

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

  25. X-62 says:

    Games starts at 8:50!

  26. V says:

    #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.

  27. Monteroisdinero says:

    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.

  28. Erica says:

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

  29. Phife Dawg says:

    Looks like Pence is going to Philly

    • Phife Dawg says:

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

      • mbonzo says:

        I think Phillies won this trade.

        • Cy Pettitte says:

          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 says:

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

    • Brandon says:

      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 says:

        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.

  30. mbonzo says:

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

  31. Esteban says:

    Ere you go Swish.

  32. Guns of the Navarone says:

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

  33. MikeD says:

    Nice. No-hitter tonight.


  34. Stratman9652 says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

        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.

      • Stratman9652 says:

        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 says:

          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 .

    • MikeD says:

      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.

  35. Xstar7 says:


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

  36. Cy Pettitte says:

    jesus christ AJ.

  37. A-ROD fan says:

    Here we go AJ

  38. 1stbase says:


  39. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  40. Rich in NJ says:

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

  41. Jetrer says:

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

  42. Crime Dog says:

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

  43. DMan says:

    Some1 trade for ChinDingDong

  44. 1stbase says:

    1 hit 2 runs yea that sounds like AJ

  45. Cy Pettitte says:

    eating ice cream, of course.

  46. James A says:

    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?

  47. IRF says:

    Are they really still doing the ice cream thing?

  48. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    AJ Burnett sucks ass

  49. 1stbase says:

    if they get shut down by guthrie haha

  50. Xstar7 says:

    Robbie “First pitch swinging” Cano strikes again.

  51. Tut says:

    More of the same suck

  52. Greg says:

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

  53. Cy Pettitte says:

    Is that Halladay in a Guthrie jersey?

  54. Monteroisdinero says:

    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.


  55. Monteroisdinero says:

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

  56. Dela G says:

    finally getting to guthrie

  57. Monteroisdinero says:

    Here come 2 takes.

  58. AndrewYF says:

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

  59. wow says:


  60. Jack Merridew says:

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

  61. ItsATarp says:

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

  62. Mike Axisa says:

    Trivia has to be Joe Morgan, no?

  63. V says:

    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?

  64. Jetrer says:

    how was that first pitch a strike??lol

  65. JohnnyC says:

    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.

  66. Cy Pettitte says:

    Grandy you are killing me.

  67. Jetrer says:

    fucking awful

  68. Pat D says:

    Granderson should have caught that.

  69. V says:

    Oy. Defensive Granderslump.

  70. Erica says:

    Oh, Grandy.

  71. Mike Axisa says:

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

  72. Rich in NJ says:

    So much for the one mistake stuff.

  73. Monteroisdinero says:

    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 says:

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

    • ItsATarp says:

      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 says:

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

      • JohnnyC says:

        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.

  74. wow says:

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

  75. mike_h says:

    i’m still pissed Martin didnt play in the ASG

    • Sweet Dick Willie says:

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

  76. King George says:

    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”

  77. first time lawng time says:

    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 says:

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

    • Stratman9652 says:

      Love affair over then?

    • Jack Merridew says:

      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 says:

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

      • first time lawng time says:

        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.

  78. ItsATarp says:

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

  79. Mike Axisa says:

    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.

  80. Brian S. says:

    Save us Kuroda!

  81. Greg says:

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

  82. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  83. Monteroisdinero says:

    But another AJ gets it done.


    Chisox 3-1 in 7th.

  84. Dela G says:

    One hell of an at-bat by cano

  85. Brian S. says:

    Who was that and what did they do with Cano?

  86. Xstar7 says:

    Great at-bats by Cano and Swish.

  87. Rich in NJ says:


  88. wow says:

    one of those nights huh…

  89. ItsATarp says:

    BABIP gods hates us

    • Guns of the Navarone says:

      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 says:

        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.

  90. Greg says:


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

  91. first time lawng time says:

    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.

  92. JohnnyC says:

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

  93. Cuso says:

    Heck of a day for the city of Philly

  94. King George says:

    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.

  95. pat says:

    I don’t want to trade Jesus Montero.

  96. first time lawng time says:

    I bet he GIDP.

  97. Cy Pettitte says:

    fucking Russell.

  98. wow says:

    trade for Guthrie. NOW.

  99. Grit for Brains says:

    Doc Guthriday? WTF?

  100. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Boy this is… uninspiring.

  101. Kostas says:

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

    • CP says:

      When a team loses, they look lifeless.

      When they win, they don’t.

      • Kostas says:

        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 says:

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

          And every pitcher has good days.

    • Monteroisdinero says:

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

  102. first time lawng time says:

    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.

  103. Kostas says:

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

  104. Jorge says:

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

  105. Monteroisdinero says:

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

  106. Cy Pettitte says:

    AJ’s HR/9 must be like 3

  107. Rich in NJ says:

    Try him in the pen.

  108. Mike Axisa says:

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

    • first time lawng time says:

      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?

  109. Jetrer says:

    why the fuck is AJ smiling on the mound??

  110. Monteroisdinero says:

    Red Sox lose. Peedy no hits.

  111. King George says:

    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.

  112. Greg says:

    We Need a Starting Pitcher.

  113. Kostas says:

    3.5 and counting.

  114. King George says:

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

  115. Crime Dog says:

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

  116. Wooderson says:

    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 says:

      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.

  117. Kostas says:

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

  118. MP says:

    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.

  119. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow that’s more like it

  120. MP says:

    Teix go boom!

  121. Erica says:


  122. Guns of the Navarone says:

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

  123. Rich in NJ says:

    Sta padder.

  124. first time lawng time says:

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

  125. Brian S. says:

    Cano looks like piss.

  126. Jorge says:

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

  127. Greg says:

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

  128. Tut says:

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

  129. ItsATarp says:

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

  130. Reggie C. says:

    Philly teams have had a good day. Ugh.

    • Mike Axisa says:

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

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Yeah but fuck Nnamdi.

        • Simon says:

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

          • JobaWockeeZ says:

            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 says:

              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.

  131. Oscar Gamble's Fro says:

    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.

  132. Karl Krawfid says:

    Too many Pull hitters in this lineup.

  133. Karl Krawfid says:

    Posada shows em’ how its done.

  134. Rich in NJ says:

    I think Guthrie may be tiring.

  135. NHYankeesFan says:

    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

    • Mike Axisa says:

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

      • NHYankeesFan says:

        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 says:

      There is a lot Phil Hughes can learn right now.

    • JohnnyC says:

      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.

  136. Mike Axisa says:

    So I guess Erik Bedard likes Seattle.

  137. Oscar Gamble's Fro says:

    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.

  138. Rich in NJ says:

    Swisher’s defense has been very good tonight.

  139. Monteroisdinero says:

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

    • Rich in NJ says:

      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 says:

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

        • Rich in NJ says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

              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.

  140. Rich in NJ says:

    Take him out. This game is still winnable.

  141. Karl Krawfid says:

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

    • first time lawng time says:

      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.

  142. Monteroisdinero says:

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

  143. first time lawng time says:

    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.

  144. Cy Pettitte says:

    why is AJ pitching to Lee?

  145. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  146. Xstar7 says:

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

  147. pat says:

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

    • Oscar Gamble's Fro says:

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

      Tonight is about as maddening as it gets with AJ.

  148. first time lawng time says:

    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?

  149. wow says:

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

  150. ItsATarp says:

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

  151. JohnnyC says:

    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.

  152. Mike Axisa says:

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

  153. MikeD says:

    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!

  154. pat says:

    Possibly the worst Brett Garder AB I have ever seen.

  155. Karl Krawfid says:

    BG getting locked up on pitches right down the middle.

    Fuck this team.

  156. Greg says:

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

    • JohnnyC says:

      No one dares utter those words around here.

      • Greg says:

        Look up the stats.

        • JohnnyC says:

          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 says:

            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.

  157. Monteroisdinero says:

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

  158. Esteban says:

    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 says:

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

      • first time lawng time says:

        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 says:

      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.

  159. Monteroisdinero says:

    Unusual hit for DJ but we’ll take it.

  160. CBean says:


  161. Kostas says:

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

  162. Kostas says:

    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

  163. Xstar7 says:

    Uehara has got some massive sideburns.

  164. Monteroisdinero says:

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


  165. Cy Pettitte says:

    now we pray for Gregg to fuck it up

    • Kostas says:

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

  166. Karl Krawfid says:

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

    He couldn’t be this big of a difference.

  167. first time lawng time says:

    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 says:


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

  168. pat says:


  169. Cy Pettitte says:

    pie please.

  170. Simon says:

    …aaaaand it’s alive.

  171. Cy Pettitte says:

    oh lord he we gooooooooooooo

  172. Karl Krawfid says:

    Thank you. Opp field.

  173. Monteroisdinero says:

    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”

  174. Xstar7 says:

    Hit one into the gap, Russell.

  175. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Yes / No. Russell swings at the first pitch.

  176. Rich in NJ says:

    Take two.

  177. ItsATarp says:

    call up montero..Martin isn’t cutting it

  178. Xstar7 says:

    Thanks for that Russell.

  179. Rich in NJ says:

    Yeah, trade Montero.

  180. Jack Merridew says:

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

  181. Karl Krawfid says:


    Russ Martin fucking sucks.

  182. Monteroisdinero says:

    Surprised Gardy not taking strike one tonight. Unusual.

  183. Cy Pettitte says:

    nice one ump

  184. ItsATarp says:

    Wow This ump….

  185. Greg says:

    Brett Gardner fails

  186. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Mental note: don’t fuck with Gardner.

  187. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I actually had hope.

    • Jorge says:

      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.

  188. Jack Merridew says:

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

  189. Charles says:


  190. wow says:

    craptastic performance.

  191. Xstar7 says:

    Brett took ball four then swung at ball five.


  192. Karl Krawfid says:

    This home stand has been a failure.

  193. JohnnyC says:

    Great game by Gardner.

  194. Simon says:

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

  195. Tut says:

    Gardner’s really grabbing the reigns as the leadoff hitter

  196. Kevin says:

    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!

  197. Matt says:

    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.

  198. Kevin says:

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

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