Jul
04

Game 83: Derek’s Back

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Here’s the starting nine…

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

A.J. Burnett. SP

The game starts at 6:35pm ET and can be seen on YES locally or MLB Network nationally. Enjoy, and have a happy and safe Fourth of July.

Roster News: Chris Dickerson has been optioned to Triple-A Scranton to make room on the roster for Jeter. I guess Eduardo Nunez‘s hamstring is still acting up and want to keep Ramiro Pena around as a spare infielder.

(h/t to Anthony for the link to the video)

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519 Comments»

  1. nunez fan says:

    the good old days

  2. The BIG 3 says:

    Nice editing but holy crap, why not NWA or worse. Borderline inappropriate.

    also, get off my lawn.

  3. first time lawng time says:

    http://www.fannation.com/truth.....appearance

    LMAO if you read some of these comments.

    CC Safatass did not make it because he cannot get by a box of dunkin donuts without stuffing himself. Texeira did not make it becasue he sucks

    • The BIG 3 says:

      “when I was a kid they played this game Twice a Summer”

      I didn’t know that but it’s true: “There were two All-Star Games played each season from 1959 to 1962″ -Wiki

    • Pat D says:

      Yea, I spent about 5 hours on ESPN.com last night arguing with people.

      Not a shining moment for me.

      • first time lawng time says:

        Lol a lot of those commenters, you can’t argue with them. Probaby better off not wasting your time, for your own sanity.

        • Pat D says:

          Some people were suggesting Rivera didn’t belong, someone said Jeter juiced, others disagreed with me saying Jeter is the 2nd or 3rd (at worst 4th) best shortstop in history, stuff like that.

          • first time lawng time says:

            Jeter juicing? Now? Oh god that HAS to be a joke. He has ZERO power. In what universe does it appear he is juicing? If anything, he is deteriorating lol

            • Pat D says:

              I think they meant earlier in his career, when apparently all of the Yankees were juicing. Some bullshit like that.

  4. Operation Slade says:

    Poor Dickerson…Pena needs to go, his defense is getting weak

    • whozat says:

      What’s more likely:

      1) Young player makes a couple of bad plays, or
      2) Young player who has always been excellent defensively at multiple positions suddenly starts to suck for no reason

  5. Monteroisdinero says:

    Nunez hammy tightens but nothing major. How timely! Must have been running the bases on his HR last ab Saturday. Girardi covering all the bases for Derek’s return.

    • Mojo says:

      It’s a conspiracy. Anything to lessen the commotion when ol’ man Jetes comes back. Between Jeter leading off, Nunez’s “tight” hamstring, and Ramiro’s continued presence in the dugout . . . This, ladies and gentlemen, is NOT how our Founding Fathers would have liked to celebrate the nation’s birthday. John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay were all notorious Jeter haters. Only James Madison was an active supporter of the aging shortstop, which is why I never voted for him.

      • Monteroisdinero says:

        I wonder what made Girardi choose the “tight hammy/nothing major” over the “Jonesy rolled the ankle/nothing major” injury.

  6. Crime Dog says:

    If Jeter can somehow post a .725 OPS or more the rest of the way, this lineup is very DEEP and THICK

  7. Nuke Ladoosh says:

    Cap’n is back

  8. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    How’s that not a hit? come on…

    • Monteroisdinero says:

      because he would have been out by 10 feet?

      • mike c says:

        if the fielder was able to scoop the ball up he would to have had to make the throw across his body while charging, it would have been a tough play either way

  9. #24!!!! says:

    Never been so happy to hear the sound of Michael Kay’s voice. That’s what being in Florida visiting family for a week can do for you. Thank God they have the mlb package!

  10. Mojo says:

    Will the Yankees score with men on 1st and 2nd with no one out? Yes or No?

  11. first time lawng time says:

    Lol FAIL!

  12. Monteroisdinero says:

    Austin Kearns AND Shelly Duncan in the lineup against a righty?

    We are doomed.

  13. mt says:

    Doesn’t Travis Hafner look a lot thinner?

  14. first time lawng time says:

    I totally forgot AJ is pitching! How exciting! He’s going to pitch a good game.

  15. Xstar7 says:

    Nice try, Asdrubal

  16. Pat D says:

    Bad decision, Asdrubal. That’s why you’re not starting the ASG.

  17. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Nice throw Russ

  18. mt says:

    AJ throw strike 1 please

  19. Mike Axisa says:

    Throw some strikes please.

  20. Greg says:

    Glad we got the caught stealing because it seems that AJ is up to his old tricks.

  21. mt says:

    Here we go – not good.

  22. pete says:

    Pete’s eastillectualitist 4th of July dinner:

    Sauteed chickpeas with leeks, feta, garlic, cumin, oregano, lime, wild rice.

    Does that qualify as light treason?

  23. Pat D says:

    What the fuck is with this umpire? Are we going to have a replay of Roger Clemens in the 1990 ALCS??

  24. whozat says:

    Watching AJ pitch is like pulling teeth. Slow to the plate, can’t throw strikes, and now he’s bitching at the ump?

    • Pat D says:

      All he did was raise his arms. This umpire obviously has a short fuse to not be able to ignore that.

      • whozat says:

        Seriously??? I can’t think of a single ump that would stand still for a guy obviously arguing balls and strikes like that on TV. If you’re jawing, fine. But if you start gesticulating, especially about calls that were actually RIGHT…

        • Pat D says:

          Umpires aren’t supposed to be overreactive idiots with quick fuses, that’s the point.

          • whozat says:

            Right, which is why they’ll let you get away with yelling at them without reacting.

            But once you, as a player, start making obvious gestures questioning ball/strike calls…that’s never been acceptable at any level of baseball, and it’s not at all a “short fuse” to tell the player to shut his damn mouth. Especially when the calls are good.

            • Pat D says:

              A good umpire would let it go the first time it happens.

              Now if the player keeps griping and doing that stuff, then, yea, the umpire has to do something.

              • whozat says:

                I think you’re holding the umps to an impossibly high standard, because it was AJ who did the gesticulating. If it was Josh Beckett, I’m sure you’d be calling for him to be tossed from the game for his impertinence.

                I think it’s pretty well-established in the game that non-abusive verbal stuff without curses gets ignored by the umps, but that cursing or obvious gestures cross the line.

    • first time lawng time says:

      I’m watching on gameday; there have been a few questionable calls.

      Anyway, I personally fin watching AJ an enjoyable emotional rollercoaster. I look forward to every 5th day.

  25. Xstar7 says:

    You’re not helping your own cause AJ.

  26. jon says:

    all 4 of those pitchers were in the strike zone

  27. mt says:

    He better get a lot of swinging strikes – this ump is not going to help.

  28. Greg says:

    That was a strike Nick

    • whozat says:

      yeah, there’s a lot of griping by the Yanks about calls that really don’t seem very egregious to me, if they’re even wrong at all.

  29. CBean says:

    Dear Batters, please give AJ some run support. He’s going to need it.

  30. CBean says:

    Stop bunting please.

    • whozat says:

      Maybe the visibility is just awful up there. Then I could understand some of this griping, and Martin choosing to bunt because he just had no confidence in his ability to see the ball and hit it

  31. whozat says:

    that was a terrible inning.

  32. wow says:

    let’s not be a hero there, Rus.

  33. Nuke Ladoosh says:

    And for a July 4 commercial break..
    What did one flag say to the other flag? Nothing. It just waved.

  34. first time lawng time says:

    How’s the offense looking so far? I’m can’t actually watch.

  35. Mojo says:

    As if Jeter’s return weren’t omen enough, this will be one of those games . . . (But also because AJ’s pitching)

  36. Pat D says:

    FTLT, please start willing AJ to throw some strikes.

    • first time lawng time says:

      Guys, he’s having a rough inning. He’ll limit the damage and be fine. After thus inning or the next, he’ll find the strikezone. Just believe in him.

      I know I do.

  37. Greg says:

    AJ better lower his pitch count. It is very important not for one loss to become two.

  38. wow says:

    can someone make the same type of highlight reel as above but with Jeter GIDPs?

    Seriously, that video was friggin awesome.

  39. CP says:

    It sucks that the Pitch f/x seems to be on the fritz for this game, since there are so many questions about the umpire.

    • whozat says:

      What?

      The strikezone map is right here:
      http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....revDate=74

      it updates in real time. He’s doing a great job.

      • CP says:

        Pitch f/x is only picking up about half of the pitches (possibly a glare/visibility issue?). So either those don’t get included or they get included with estimated locations. Either way, those plots aren’t useful.

        For example, Hafner’s at bat in the first only one pitch was caught by Pitch f/x.

        Looking at the data, it looks like those pitches are excluded. In the link you posted (after the second inning) there are 11 called pitches for the Yankees, but in the first AJ had 14 pitches called (strikes or balls).

        • whozat says:

          I don’t think it includes swinging strikes, though. Did you take that into account?

        • CP says:

          Just looking at it, it looks like it got better in the second. I’m not sure if that’s a visibility thing (they’re just camera’s after all) or they recalibrated something between innings.

  40. Monteroisdinero says:

    Martin makes the allstar team batting .220? Is he another of our “legacy” selections?

    • whozat says:

      The players picked him, so no. He probably got in because he had an absurd April and most of them don’t really know how he’s done since then.

      • whozat says:

        And, furthermore, if you’d like to discuss the offensive contributions of a player, please use something more indicative of his ability to create runs than batting average. For example, Martin has a wRC+ of 105, so he is a strong defensive catcher that’s 5% better than average at creating runs. Probably not allstar-worthy, but good. He’s not Victor Martinez with the bat, but he’s actually a catcher, so he’s got that going for him :)

  41. Nuke Ladoosh says:

    Looking at radio team, so happy no volume on this pub’s TV

  42. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Oh God, 4 in Toronto…

  43. Nuke Ladoosh says:

    I wish Duncan was still on the team to be the shitkicker first Guy out of the dugout when Texeira gets HBP

  44. Xstar7 says:

    AJ has officially settled down.

  45. Jonathan Harker says:

    And look how quick these guys go up there to make outs. AJ’s gonna lose again 1-0.

  46. lily says:

    this feels like yesterdays game

  47. mt says:

    Offense disappears – no hits for first four innings again.

    Bring back Nunez :-)

  48. Crime Dog says:

    I know its off topic but holy crap Pujols wants to come back tomorrow?!? What a mad man

  49. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Nice play by Tex

  50. Xstar7 says:

    Giambi with a better glove

  51. Nuke Ladoosh says:

    You watch that replay. I just don’t know how Tex makes that play. beautiful.

  52. nsalem says:

    4 innings in 1 hour

    /oldschool’d

  53. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Lolkey

  54. Mojo says:

    Good game.

  55. Greg says:

    He’s like a Cliff Lee type pitcher

  56. first time lawng time says:

    WTF is this offense? PAst 14 innings they’ve scored 2 runs off shit pitchers.

    Score some effing runs for AJ, please

  57. CBean says:

    Ok how about next inning we just try to get a hit at least. Baby steps.

  58. Greg says:

    They are making contact with the ball. They are just hitting it at people.

    • tom says:

      I’ll agree here. It’s one of the less impressive no-hit bids I’ve seen. You’d think eventually one of those hard hit balls would fail to find a glove.

  59. Your Mom says:

    Blame Jeter!!!!!

  60. tom says:

    Sure hope that missed DP doesn’t prove decisive. Because it was tailor-made, till ARod hesitated.

  61. lily says:

    just hope aj can keep them from scoring

  62. Ivan says:

    Pretty amazing that CC is that much better than the guys they showed who was contention for the CY Young in 07.

  63. Ivan says:

    See AJ, do not throw Shelly Duncan a FB.

  64. Dino Velvet says:

    Lackey got boooooooed off the mound in the 3rd inning.

    Brilliant signing, Theo.

    • Ivan says:

      The Lackey Signing makes the Burnett signing look like the Yankees sign CC lol.

      • Dino Velvet says:

        the thing is Lackey never had AJ stuff, while lackey is just as much of a head case.

        Theo spins the rotten signing, saying, he needed to sign Lackey so he could trade future first ballot Hall of Famer Casey Kelley for AGon. And the suckers buy into it.

        • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

          To be fair, Lackey used to have great stuff.

          Unfortunately for the Sox, it’s not 2005 anymore

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      It’s funny how nobody ever mentions how Epstein spent $180 million on Dice-K and Lackey

  65. Xstar7 says:

    I don’t like where this is going.

  66. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Good fucking lord

  67. Greg says:

    Well…

  68. Steve O. says:

    My favorite part of the video: “money a’int everything”

  69. Ivan says:

    Anytime now offense, anytime.

  70. wow says:

    just get a friggin hit

  71. CBean says:

    Being no-hit is not acceptable

  72. Jonathan Harker says:

    This is downright embarrassing. The offense never scores for AJ. Get it a hit somebody.

  73. Steve O. says:

    Does anyone know the best place to get some tix? I’m going to Baltimore soon, and I want to catch the Sox game. Stubhub is usually where I go, but is anyplace better?

  74. Ivan says:

    I hope Mike doesnt go all Hollywood since his site on commercials now lol…

  75. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Someone explain to me how the last pitch to Grandy was a strike but the first one to Kearns was not

  76. Ivan says:

    I know Swisher can be an adventure but his range compared to other Rfer’s is better than most.

  77. Dan Novick says:

    Sweet commercial…

    Now when is Axisa bobblehead day?

  78. tom says:

    So, what’s at work here?

    Two pitchers kicking ass?

    Generous plate umpire?

    Odd start-time sunfield?

    Yanks faced a knuckler yesterday (which many say causes more problems in succeeding days)?

    Some combination thereof?

  79. Greg says:

    There was the pitch that got Granderson.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      And it shouldn’t have been called a strike for AJ either.

      Whatever, at leaset the umpire is consistently shitty.

  80. Ivan says:

    Come on AJ, gotta bury that curveball there.

  81. Ivan says:

    I personally would IBB Hafner here.

  82. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Getting no hit through six, awesome.

  83. Eirias says:

    I live here in Cleveland and I was driving for the start of the game. Such unbelievable whining about the Yankees from a normally skilled radio announcer, Tom Hamilton. He was griping about salary, about All-Star selections, about the mean-spirited nature of Yankees fans, even about how Yankees players “expect all the calls.”

    I may actively dislike John and Suzyn, but at least they don’t bitch about better teams.

  84. Your Mom says:

    Cano will break up the no-no next inning. GUARANTEED!

  85. first time lawng time says:

    Yankees getting not hit by a piece of shit pitcher. What a joke.

  86. wow says:

    it ends here.

  87. bobtaco says:

    finally

  88. Brent says:

    There we go.

  89. Greg says:

    And there’s the base hit

  90. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Accomplishment.

  91. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Yay! A hit.

  92. CBean says:

    Thank you Teix!

  93. mike c says:

    mark tuh-sher-uh

  94. Karl Krawfid says:

    Wake up and the first thing I see?

    Tex breaks up a no hitter yeah baby.

  95. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Clearly Mark doesn’t want his average dipping into the .230s

  96. Ivan says:

    Well there is some victory in finally getting that 1st hit of the game.

  97. first time lawng time says:

    Maybe the Yankees should get some hits this time. That usually helps to score runs.

    But I could be wrong.

  98. CBean says:

    Now how about a run, Yankees?

  99. Ivan says:

    Bullet single there by Cano.

  100. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    3rd time through the order baby

  101. Ivan says:

    Swisher!!!!!!!!

  102. Karl Krawfid says:

    SWISH!!!!!!

  103. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    SWISH!!

  104. Greg says:

    Swisher!

  105. bobtaco says:

    Sick Nwisher!

  106. Jonathan Harker says:

    That’ll do. You can only keep us down for so long.

  107. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Nick Swisher has something deep inside of him, courage is the thing that keeps us free.

  108. Xstar7 says:

    Hooray for Swish

  109. Monteroisdinero says:

    Swish hit a changeup? Good piece of hitting.

  110. Nickel says:

    Remember when the Yanks were being no-hit? Thank goodness that’s over.

  111. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Nick Swisher loves freedom.

  112. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    It would be cool if Martin got a hit.

  113. Greg says:

    Now we cant complain about run support

  114. Nuke Ladoosh says:

    Cheer up Swish.

  115. Nuke Ladoosh says:

    A dude named ass drool has 2hits? Really?

    • whozat says:

      You mean All-Star Asdrubal Cabrera? He’s having one of the best years at SS in the AL. Not hitting quite like Peralta, but he’s actually a good SS and just entering his prime.

  116. I suspect it is a good thing I wasn’t following this thread.

  117. Ivan says:

    Somebody has to take Charge on that play. Besides that’s Gardner’s ball anyway.

  118. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Brett Gardner and aggressive do not coexist.

  119. Karl Krawfid says:

    Lonnie Chisenhall sounds like a Jazz singers name.

  120. Nuke Ladoosh says:

    D r o I d battery d..I..e..I..n..g
    . Farewell. RAB friends.

  121. Xstar7 says:

    Please don’t let that misplayed flyable escalate AJ.

  122. Greg says:

    Meltdown immenent?

  123. Karl Krawfid says:

    Dammit AJ, man the hell up.

  124. Ivan says:

    AJ, just throw Breaking balls to Duncan.

  125. Crime Dog says:

    Duncan keeps missing hangers. Don’t throw another hanger please

  126. Dela G says:

    throw nothing but curveballs to duncan

  127. nedro says:

    This shit is giving me agita

  128. first time lawng time says:

    I believe. Just believe.

  129. CBean says:

    Come on AJ just get out of this.

  130. whozat says:

    Gotta BURY that!

  131. nedro says:

    Fuck Me

  132. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Of course.

  133. Dela G says:

    grrreat… giving up a basehit to shelly effing duncan

  134. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Jesus, it’s like watching Phil Hughes out there. When did AJ lose his ability to put guys away??

  135. Greg says:

    That at bat goes to Duncan

  136. Karl Krawfid says:

    AJ you suck.

  137. whozat says:

    BOOOOOOOOOOOO

    That was the easy out, AJ.

  138. nedro says:

    that was a nice hit. ugly fucker.

  139. Ivan says:

    Ugh made a solid pitch, just well place basehit.

  140. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Is AJ only in this because it’s not the fucking 8th so therefore not yet DRob’s turn?

  141. Jonathan Harker says:

    We cannot be beat by our castoffs. Strike out this scrub, AJ.

  142. Greg says:

    That wasnt Aj’s fault. He buried a curveball and Duncan didnt swing. He took a good pitch out the zone and served it the other way

  143. Ivan says:

    Gotta get Kearns out.

  144. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Well, damnit.

  145. Dela G says:

    wow

    holy shit are you serious?

  146. Ivan says:

    Are you fucking kidding me smfh….

  147. Karl Krawfid says:

    AJ fucking sucks

  148. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Austin fucking Kearns. Good job Girardi.

  149. Greg says:

    Meltdown.

    Gardy gets all of the blame

  150. Mike Axisa says:

    All because the fucking pop-up wasn’t caught.

  151. Jonathan Harker says:

    Kearns is a nobody scrub and AJ just lost it. Joe once again left him in too long. Atrocious.

  152. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Yeah give one up to Austin fucking Kerns

  153. Xstar7 says:

    Classic AJ.

    I blame A-Rod and Brett for not catching that routine fly ball.

  154. wow says:

    unbelievable… just unbelievable.

  155. CBean says:

    well we all saw that coming didn’t we?

  156. bobtaco says:

    Binder?

  157. Greg says:

    Now one loss has become two. And then two can become three ad so on

    • Pat D says:

      Wow, the game’s over?

    • StanfordBen says:

      Just to be clear, do you believe that you’re more likely to lose your next game if you’ve lost recent games than if you’ve won recent games? Because there’s no evidence for that. Not to mention the obvious, which is that this game isn’t over. And the Yankees are a very good team that is unlikely to lose several games in a row.

      • Greg says:

        I’m waiting for them to prove me wrong.

        • It'sATarp says:

          we’re on pace for a 100 wins…but obviously the yankees will never prove you wrong since you might be nuts

        • StanfordBen says:

          The Yankees winning today or tomorrow won’t prove you wrong. The entirety of baseball history proves you wrong. A team’s recent history does not impact the likelihood of it winning its next game.

          You really need to read about the Hot Hand theory (which this is a version of) to understand why people overestimate streakiness, and why it either doesn’t exist or has a very very small effect.

    • It'sATarp says:

      so not only are you saying we’re going to lose today…you’re predicting we lose tomorrow? how bout you quit being a fan while you’re ahead and we go on a 80 game losing streak in your mind.

    • bonestock94 says:

      Even amazing teams lose like 60 games, chill out dude

  158. Marc says:

    Why oh why was AJ allowed to keep pitching? He had a good night, started to lose his stuff, and shoulda been yanked!

  159. Pat D says:

    I blame ARod.

  160. Monteroisdinero says:

    I knew we were doomed. Duncan and kearns. What a joke.

  161. Patrick says:

    I blame Girardi more than AJ–111 pitches–Joe has to know AJ’s limit!

    • whozat says:

      I don’t think AJ was gassed. I think he just, as he often does, got thrown off by walking Sizemore, and then the uncaught popup and fucked up.

  162. Fognorn Leghorn says:

    i quit you AJ Burnett…

    • Marc says:

      6 Innings of 0 ERA ball. I still can’t quit him… Girardi’s leaving him in? Yeah, I can quit that lol.

      • Fognorn Leghorn says:

        AJ just craps all over himself…in most of his games he has one bad inning that ruins his decent to very good starts..

  163. pat says:

    I would have signed up for 7 innings 4 ER. Oh well.

  164. Jonathan Harker says:

    AJ clearly didn’t have it against Shelly as he threw some meatballs. Joe should have taken out AJ right then and there. Wade is available if Robertson and Mo aren’t. You do not leave in a tired pitcher time and time again, Joe.

    • Bob Stone says:

      Extra outs. The Yanks gave the Indians an extra out in that clusterf@#k non-catch between Arod and Gardy. Gardy has to call him off. If he did, ARod has to back off.

  165. OldYanksFan says:

    Our D has on us many games. Today, it loses us one.

  166. It'sATarp says:

    Meh tough Break for AJ. Girardi has a tendency for leaving him out too long…like last year in the ALCS

  167. Fognorn Leghorn says:

    this is not Girardi’s fault…AJ should’ve gotten Duncan out…the yanks know him better than anyone – he’s a hack.

  168. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Leave it to AJ to shit on his own great game.

    • mike c says:

      sometimes your gold glove LF can’t catch a fly ball, and sometimes you give up a homer to kearns. get over it

  169. rek4gehrig says:

    Unreal…both Duncan and Kearns

  170. Matt says:

    Disgraceful.

    All they had to do was catch the most routine pop up in the world down the third base line and the inning would have been over with the score still 2-0.

    Why in the world would you leave in Burnett to face Kearns? He’s hit the ball as hard as you can hit it twice off of Burnett and his control was fading as he tired.

    If they lose this game, it’ll be yet another game that they gave away unnecessarily. It doesn’t matter that they are in first place, they have a 1.5 game lead on July 4th, nothing is set in stone. You CANNOT KEEP GIVING AWAY THESE KINDS OF GAMES.

    If they lose this game, it will be at least the 6th or 7th EASILY winnable game this season that they have totally given away. It’s not just one loss if they don’t salvage this one, it’s part of a disturbing trend that is keeping teams like Boston right on their heels while they don’t deserve it.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      once again, you should be manager. You must be better than that scrub Girardi.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Appeal to authority. Yes he’s the manager and smarter than us but that does not fucking mean he is 100 percent right.

        • mike c says:

          you’ll always be 100% percent right when you’re commenting on the game in hindsight, not to mention incredibly annoying

          • JobaWockeeZ says:

            So ignoring what the manager did/not did is the way to go unless they succeeded?

            Can we also ban cheering?

            • mike c says:

              pointing out the obvious doesn’t make you look smart, anybody who is watching the game is well aware of what has just transpired… I don’t need somebody to point out why I should be PO’d, I was watching the game too

              • Matt says:

                Now you’re just making up your arguments to cover up the fact that you’re failing miserably here.

                If it was so obvious, then why did Girardi leave him in?

                By your logic, why should anyone even post on the blog? Everything that someone says regarding what happened on the field must clearly be obvious to someone else who is reading. Why even try?

          • Matt says:

            Hindsight? Are you kidding?

            Have you watched any part of this game?

            Kearns flew out to the warning track in left his first AB, and then Swisher made a nice running catch at the warning track in RCF against him in his 2nd AB.

            Again, this isn’t rocket science, nor is it hindsight. What it is rather is being proactive and not just going by the book. When a guy has swings like Kearns did against Burnett, you don’t leave him in to face him in a crucial spot!

            • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

              Look it’s Austin fucking Kearns. It’s not like he’s a respectable hitter. Gardy just fucked up on the popup. Nothing can be done.

            • mike c says:

              the book is right more often than you think you are dude

            • Matt says:

              I love the excuses on this blog.

              “You can’t possibly be right, because you aren’t the manager”

              “Oh how can you say that in hindsight?”

              You guys are acting like Kearns is a career AAAA player. Who cares what he did a week ago? He is a major league hitter who smoked two straight line drives to the warning track off of Burnett.

              Yes, Girardi screwed up. Nobody is perfect, but this wasn’t really one that could have been argued either way. Especially now that it was obvious that Cory Wade was available.

      • Matt says:

        This isn’t rocket science. Burnett had allowed 2 line drives to the warning track against Kearns in this game, and was visibly seeing his control fade to the last two hitters. What did you think was going to happen?

        Obvious mistakes, obvious bad results. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to pull the trigger in the dugout. If they need Girardi to make everybody feel good, then he can be the bench coach and they can hire a MANAGER.

    • Fognorn Leghorn says:

      that was not a routine fly ball…

      • Matt says:

        Gardner was camped right under it… next weak response

        • Fognorn Leghorn says:

          Brett Gardner is gritty because he slides while camping under fly balls?

          • Matt says:

            Wow, are you serious? He slid because A-Rod was about to run into him. Both players were easily in position to make the catch if either called off the other.

            If you are going to flame, at least give me a good effort in the process.

            • Fognorn Leghorn says:

              you so crazy…

              • Matt says:

                I’m crazy, because you lost the argument and have nothing constructive to say? Awesome. Thanks.

                • Fognorn Leghorn says:

                  what argument? that Gardner was camped under the ball? that ain’t no argument, its a lie because he wasn’t. that ball was in a tricky spot…should’ve been caught, but its not the can of corn you are making it out to be…and its all on Gardner there b/c the OF should always call off the infielder.

                  and your arguement about Austin Kearns hitting two long balls off Burnett? AJ should’ve gotten duncan out, who is a AAAA player…and then he should’ve been able to get kearns out. Burnett’s pitch count wasn’t that high…he just has these innings where he craps all of himself and unfortuntatly it happened again tonight.

                  • Matt says:

                    Wow, this is priceless. So your response to my argument that Kearns is seeing the ball well off of Burnett is: “Kearns Sucks”

                    You’re making up arguments just so you can continue to fight for the sake of fighting.

                    No, it wasn’t the easiest play in the world for Gardner, but he was standing right there easily in position to make the play and nobody caught it. That was about as easy as a catch could be on that kind of ball.

                    Unless you have something to say other than to disagree to disagree, then stop.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          He was not and you know it. That ball has to be caught, but there’s no need to exaggerate.

    • It'sATarp says:

      Shit happens get over it.

    • mike c says:

      translation: WAAAAAHHHHHH

  171. OldYanksFan says:

    ARod ran after that popup, but had no intention of catching it. He’s better off just yelling BRETT! BRETT! and hoping Gardy gets it… which he would have if ARod wasn’t in the way.

  172. Dino Velvet says:

    EPIC FAIL – all the way around.

    True team loss, from top to bottom.

  173. Pat D says:

    Wow, Kay just challenged Girardi on Gardner/Andruw Jones. Classic.

  174. wow says:

    this is a joke.

  175. mt says:

    Agreed – I heard once supposedly everyone in clubhouse laughs at AROD on the way he goes after those pop-ups – looks like he is walking on eggshells.

    Gardner needs to take charge.

    • OldYanksFan says:

      Yeah… but we can’t afford an ARod/Gritner collision. ARod needed to back off. He can’t catch popups hit right to him.

    • Bob Stone says:

      YESSSSS – Gardy has to take charge. Forget the big rep and huge salary of ARod and just take over.

  176. Pat D says:

    Hey, Brett, anytime you want to start getting a few fucking hits again, that would be fucking terrific.

    • Greg says:

      So now you understand what I was saying when everybody was laughing at me about Gardner.

      • StanfordBen says:

        What you were saying then didn’t make sense then, and it doesn’t make sense now. You were saying that he’s a 4th outfielder despite the fact that he’s a very valuable player between his offense and defense.

        Also, you said were fine with Gardner once he got his batting average up a little, which showed how brittle your judgment of a player’s value is.

      • Pat D says:

        I have no idea what you’re referring to. I’m frustrated with his prolonged slump.

  177. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I flat out laughed at that at bat. That was awfully funny.

  178. Ivan says:

    Oh Great, who is managing the Indians, Tony Larusa.

  179. first time lawng time says:

    Fuck Arod and Fuck Gardner. Fucking assholes can’t communicate on a goddamn fly ball. Hey assholes, catch the mother fucking ball you little pieces of shit. If one of those two mother fuckers caught that ball, AJ would have pitched a shutout.l and they would be winning.

    Fucking bastards. Go fuck yourselves. Useless pieces of shit cost the entire game.

    Their fault, not AJ’s

  180. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    It seems kind of silly to use Sipp for only one batter, doesn’t it? No matter what Jeter does, you’re gonna want the lefty for Granderson and Teixeira.

  181. Greg says:

    If they do end up coming back then they will prove me wrong. I hope they do that.

  182. mt says:

    Burning a pitcher for Jete?? – hopefully that backfires although they do have Rafael Perez for Granderson – what a manger will do with multi-lefty bullpens

  183. Dino Velvet says:

    I blame Soriano

  184. Marc says:

    It seems silly that all these bridge jumpers have jumped when the Indians only have a 2 run lead. I didn’t realize the Yankees have never scored more than 2 runs in an inning before.

  185. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    At least Jeter had a couple of nice swings in that AB.

  186. OldYanksFan says:

    I just have absolutely zero faith in Jeter. He’s just about an automatic out.

  187. Jonathan Harker says:

    Notice how now that we’re down by 2 Wade is warming. Why wasn’t he warming when we were still up by 2 so that he could come in to relieve a tired AJ? After that hit by Shelly there was no excuse for not pulling AJ.

  188. Ivan says:

    1 run game bitches!!!!

  189. Karl Krawfid says:

    My man

  190. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    yay Grandy!!

  191. Pat D says:

    Too bad that run doesn’t count because the game is over.

  192. cjc says:

    thx Manny

  193. bonestock94 says:

    Fuck yea! One more to go. Too bad that Jeter liner wasn’t elsewhere

  194. CBean says:

    thank you Curtis.

  195. boogie down says:

    The Grandyman can, ohhhhh the Grandyman can.

  196. Bob Stone says:

    Way to go Granderson. Keep us in the game.

  197. Greg says:

    For record I want them to prove me wrong. I want to see the grittiness of the 09 team

    • Pat D says:

      Please get over your Red Sox fixation and stop referring to non-sensical, imaginary things like “grittiness.”

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

        This x 1000

      • Greg says:

        I know that. I meant “Determinataion” “never give up”

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Lolwut. It’s not ‘non-sensical’ or ‘imaginary.’ It’s overrated but it’s not nonexistent.

        • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

          It’s completely non-sensical. The media lauds players who get their uniforms dirty because they remind them of an imaginary moral code of baseball that is a relic of a time where sportswriters had to deify ballplayers to get access.

          I’ll take “ungritty” guys like A-Rod or Manny over “gritty” David Eckstein and Eric Byrnes any day of the week thank you very much.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      Who doesn’t wanna see a team of 9 David Ecksteins?

      /grittiness means nothing

    • It'sATarp says:

      I’m pretty sure the 09 team lost a lot of one run games…i mean they started 0-8 vs the sox and had a long losing streak mid season. I bet back then you were saying they weren’t a WS caliber team and should be more like the 2000 team.

      • Greg says:

        In the second half, they were unbeatable. I actually had faith that that team could come back from any deficit.

        Most of those losses occured in the first half.

        Now you might say. “we are in the first half” but again we are living the reality. We cant simulate over it like a video game. We have to live thorugh it.

        Amd it’s fucking difficult.

        • It'sATarp says:

          I bet you were about to left from a cliff in the first half. In 2009 we ended the first half by losing 3 straight to the Angels if you didn’t selectively forget that.

        • Sweet Dick Willie says:

          Even a 100-win team loses 62 games, and some of those 62 losses will be of the frustrating variety.

          That’s the nature of baseball. If you can’t deal with that reality, perhaps you shouldn’t follow baseball.

    • It'sATarp says:

      wow can;t blame wade for that…that wasn’t a bad curve…

  198. mt says:

    Let’s hope that Grandy home run propels us to a win – otherwise, just another one-run game that we lose.

  199. rek4gehrig says:

    Hey, if the Mets can do it, so can we

  200. Dino Velvet says:

    If only Steinbrenner was alive to remind Girardi it’s no longer spring training and you pull a pitcher who has lost command.

  201. cjc says:

    shift fail

  202. Karl Krawfid says:

    Man what the hell was that

  203. Karl Krawfid says:

    Game over.

  204. Dino Velvet says:

    happy 4th!

  205. rek4gehrig says:

    Ball game over…time to watch fireworks

  206. Fognorn Leghorn says:

    well, this has gotten out of hand quickly

  207. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    It’s (probably) over

  208. bonestock94 says:

    Ok, NOW it’s over. At least Santana is on my fantasy team.

  209. Xstar7 says:

    Not cool Cory, not cool.

    Can I jump off the cliff now?

  210. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Nice job, Greg. Now ESPN is going to talk about this game all night long.

  211. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    That stupid asshole Girardi should’ve known to take out Wade exactly one pitch before he made a mistake!

    THE SEASON IS OVER!!!!!!!!!!

    • bonestock94 says:

      looooooool, such an accurate portrayal of the idiotic Girardi bashing

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Yup. He’s never wrong, he never made a mistake and if you as much as doubt one decision of his RAB shall cut off your head and stone you for your insolence.

        • JohnnyC says:

          If the bullpen was short tonight, whose fault is that? Not the Mets…the first two games featured 4+ run leads going into the 9th inning (7 pitchers were used in Friday’s game).

        • bonestock94 says:

          I said idiotic Girardi bashing not all Girardi bashing. Subjective shit here, but I find the bashing of leaving a pitcher in too long stupid, especially when it’s a rapid decline.

    • Fognorn Leghorn says:

      I blame Gardner for not scaling the wall on that one…

  212. JohnnyC says:

    It’s o.k. It’s only July.

  213. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    wurst 4th of july evurrrr

  214. It'sATarp says:

    NOW THAT WE LOSE THIS GAME IT JUST MEANS WE’RE GOING TO LOSE THE NEXT ONE THEN A NEXT UNTIL THE END OF THE SEASON. IT’S SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN…THIS TEAM HAS NO GRIT AND HEART. UGHHH

  215. first time lawng time says:

    Also, clearly AJ was tiring. Where the fuck was Robertson?

    First two assholes can’t catch a goddamn pop up, then the shitface from Noethwetern can pull a tiring pitcher.

    Also, offense could have scored more than three runs.

    Fucking joke.

  216. Karl Krawfid says:

    I see Jeter/A-Rod/Posada/Martin all came to play today.

  217. cjc says:

    big game alex big game offense defense total package tonight chief

  218. JohnnyC says:

    I blame Jeter.

  219. Monteroisdinero says:

    This is a regression game. Kearns/Duncan/Wade.

    Yankees being nice guests for July 4th post-game fireworks.

    Girardi would have pulled Nova before Duncan and Kearns.

  220. Bob Stone says:

    The Yankees are still in first place at the season mid-point.

    I hate how they blew the last two games . . . BUT . . . who predicted the Yankees would be in FIRST F@#%ing place at the mid-point of the season. Not me, not RAB, certainly not the MSM. Basically nobody predicted it.

    SO . . . we have to be pretty happy overall. I’m a happy camper. You can’t get too upset over each loss. Let’s do some ZEN baseball, enjoy the fireworks and route for the Yankees to do exactly the same in the second half as they’ve done in the first.

    Seems to me that would get the AL East Championship.

    • Foghorn Leghorn says:

      right…in first place ahead of the Red Sox who where supposed to be 81-0 right now…and the Yanks have clearly done it with more pitching issues and injuries.

      • Bob Stone says:

        Yeah – Like no starting rotation after CC. And . . then losing Hughes. No way they can compete with the BoSox.

    • Monteroisdinero says:

      It has been because of great starting pitching that nobody could have predicted. HR’s have not been as surprising. I am happy but always greedy when we lose tough games. We have not lost too many games due to starters.

      • Bob Stone says:

        I hate erveryone I can blame and rant and rave and curse the TV, Girardi, the Yankees and everything else when the Yankees lose games like last night and tonight. But I like the end result. The Yankees in first place to celebrate the Fourth of July . . . What could be better than that?

  221. Xstar7 says:

    AJ’s melt down and A-Rod and Brett’s miscommunication aside, this loss is really all Jeter’s fault. When he returned to this team he brought his bad juju with him.

  222. Dino Velvet says:

    Is Girardi good at any aspect of the game?

    The Front Office loves him because he’s low key and they don’t want another camera hog like Torre, but a monkey throwin darts could make better decisions than Girardi.

  223. Monteroisdinero says:

    Noonie doesn’t play, bad things happen.

    Jeter may have an edge but Noony’s got karma.

  224. It'sATarp says:

    WS winnings teams are not allowed to lose two games in a row…that is unacceptable (unless you’re the red sox)

  225. Monteroisdinero says:

    Curious to see if AJ threw any changeups tonight. He is a guy who can dominate with 2 pitches but oh to have a 3rd.

  226. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    i can’t believe swish and Gardner didn’t catch those home run balls…they were just routine fly balls

  227. Dino Velvet says:

    Girardi is more incompetent than Casey Anthony’s defense.

  228. Matt says:

    The Yankees are 9-12 in one run games this year, and have had 8 giveaway games (in which they’ve had leads late into games and blown them). This is even excluding games like the 1-0 one against Cleveland which they probably should have won as well.

    People aren’t reacting to one game. They’re reacting to this disturbing trend of sloppy play in close games which is allowing Boston and Tampa to hang around when they should be buried right now.

    The Yankees have been pretty good on the whole this season, but people don’t realize that they’ve actually played much better than even their record suggests. Hopefully they won’t regret it by the end of this season.

    • Foghorn Leghorn says:

      in a long season with 162 games, every now and then there will be a game that the yanks lose that they should’ve won…and these are offset by games that they win but should’ve probably lost…it happens…tomorrow is another day.

    • Bob Stone says:

      I agree. I would add that the defense has cost more losses in the close games than any other factor. Tonight was a good example of that fact.

      • Foghorn Leghorn says:

        i could give a crap about the missed catch…AJ should’ve been able to get Shelly Duncan out…Duncan is a hack and the yanks know everything about him. One small thing happens and AJ doesn’t have the intestinal fortitude to forget about it and get the job done.

        • Pat D says:

          Armchair psychiatrist.

        • Bob Stone says:

          You have a point. As the at bat was taking place, I was thinking “AJ – DON’T give up a home run. AJ – Time to pick up your defense who should have had the third out. AJ – Throw high heat – Duncan’ll chase it”

          AJ did not do ANY of those things. Just one of those would have been enough to win the game.

          BUT . . . Gardy should have had that ball and ARod did not help him make that catch and Gardy HAS to get over ARod’s rep and JUST TAKE CAHRGE and catch that ball even if he had to run right over ARod and put him on the disabled list for a month.

          • JohnnyC says:

            High heat? He was past 100 pitches, it was his longest inning of the game and his FB velo was topping out at 93. He was gassed. I know the bullpen was short tonight but Girardi has to be able to see that.

            • Bob Stone says:

              Duncan chases high out of the zone. I know AJ was done but he might have gotten one past Duncan.

              • Matt says:

                Burnett was struggling to locate to those last few hitters. A high fastball is the wrong pitch there, because if you don’t get it high enough then Duncan might hit it out.

                Even when he was hanging curveballs, Duncan still was way out in front and pulling them foul.

                The pitch that Duncan hit wasn’t horrible location wise, but was probably the wrong pitch for the situation.

                Duncan has a lot of holes in his swing, but people need to stop pretending that he is no threat at the plate as a result. He’ll hit a mistake, and Burnett was hanging a lot of pitches in that last at bat.

        • Matt says:

          Duncan hit a pitch a foot off of the plate for a bloop single. Then the guy who has CRUSHED Burnett all night did it again.

          When you give major league teams extra outs, they will often make you pay for it. Burnett was approaching 110 pitches in the Duncan AB and was starting to tire- his location was deteriorating in the last few AB’s.

          The Yankees have made too many mistakes in the field this year, and it’s going to cost you when you play these kinds of games. You keep saying he SHOULD have been able to get a guy out. Well guess what, that’s not how it works. If they catch that ball, the inning is over, and no runs score. When you get chances to record outs, you have to take advantage, because most of these players have the talent to occasionally get it done.

          • Foghorn Leghorn says:

            yes..AJ should’ve been able to get Duncan out and then Kearns. He was rolling along…righty, righty match up against two guys that aren’t really that good. He didn’t attack Duncan like he should’ve. And the yanks have the complete book on Duncan so they should know how to pitch to him. he had an 0-2 count…complete control of that bat and he let it get away from him. I have no issue with Giradi leaving him in there….AJ is paid the big bucks to get out of those situations.

            you want to blame Arod and Girardi for this loss…when it was Gardner’s fault for not calling off arod and Burnett’s fault for not bearing down.

            • Matt says:

              You keep digging yourself into a deeper hole with every post that you make. Amazing.

              First, you claim that I am blaming A-Rod for the loss? Are you serious? Have you read any of my responses to your posts?

              Then, you just simply assume that Burnett must retire Duncan and Kearns because he’s AJ Burnett and they’re, well, not all stars. THAT’S NOT HOW IT WORKS!

              You wonder why Burnett didn’t execute to Duncan? HE WAS VISIBLY STARTING TO TIRE. Which is what I keep telling you repeatedly, and you continue to ignore. His location faded on the previous hitter, and continued to fade to Duncan.

              Kearns had flown out twice to the warning track. One was in front of the wall in left, and the other a nice running catch by Swisher. He was seeing the ball well, and was squaring up his fastball well all night. Stop acting so surprised. He may not have done much this year, but he was certainly dangerous in that situation.

              Your irrational hatred for Burnett is blinding you from what is so obvious. Take a step back and try to think about this, instead of dumping it all on this blog’s punching bag.

              • Foghorn Leghorn says:

                i don’t hate burnett…in fact, I’ve always liked the guy…he has nasty stuff and is a dominant player when his stuff is one…but…and this is no surprise….he has these let downs that end up getting out of control. And these let downs have nothin to do with fatigue b/c sometimes they happen in the 2nd inning.

                Was AJ tiring…sure..but he should have enough left to dig deep and get Duncan out…Duncan is a career .228 hitter who strikes out 25% of the time. As other’s (and the announcers) have posted, he chases pitches out of the strike zone. AJ had an 0-2 count on him…he was in complete control of that at bat. He kept throwing curveballs…I don’t think he tried his nastly slider once.

                AJ should’ve never had to pitch to Kearns b/c he should’ve got Duncan out.

                AJ needs to man up in those situations and he never seems to…its maddening to watch him pitch.

    • Pat D says:

      Yea, but you really can’t lump all those losses in together, because they’ve been isolated throughout the season.

      I know what you’re saying, you never want this game or that game that gets away to be the one that costs you something significant, but it’s a 162 game season for a reason.

    • Matt says:

      It doesn’t need to happen, and you’re right, the defense has been a serious culprit in a lot of these kinds of games. They are beating themselves, and a team that has aspirations as high as this edition needs to make the plays.

      1-8 against Boston, plus an inordinate amount of games like tonight is putting them in a position with much less margin for error in the second half.

      Yesterday’s game definitely impacted tonight’s since many bullpen arms were unavailable that had pitched 2 or 3 of the last 4 days, so sometimes these games do end up strung together like this.

  229. Monteroisdinero says:

    Love that River Ave commercial. Jesus!

    Only a matter of time before Michael A. takes over from Michael Kay.

  230. Greg says:

    Look, even though that these games are all just small parts of a season, We have to live through each one, all nine innings, of ups and downs. And given the inconsistecies of the season, it can be very difficult. That’s what I mean by living in the reality of the moment.

    I homestly would like to know how to do this while being emotionally invested/ having a stake?

    • Pat D says:

      Don’t live and die with it.

      • Greg says:

        Usually in a few hours I’m ok.

      • Monteroisdinero says:

        Let Girardi deal with it-he’s getting 3M to do just that. CC will put things in order. It IS tough to lose a game like tonight when 2 scrubs beat you. Crap happens but Gardner needs to be more aggressive in almost EVERY aspect of his game.

        • Bob Stone says:

          AGREE, AGREE, AGREE. I couldn’t agree more.

          He has to take charge – on bunting for base hits, on stealing bases, on defense blowing off ARod and Jeter and catching the ball.

          He has to GROW INTO HIS talents and start using them more to be a difference maker. He can do it if he has the balls, guts, heart or whatever you want to call it.

    • JohnnyC says:

      Don’t invest more in an individual game than the players themselves do. They really do let a tough loss roll off their backs. They realize there’s a game tomorrow and the day after, etc. Get mad but turn the page. It’s over. The other thing is: don’t expect the Yankees to run away with the division. The 3 teams are awfully close in overall talent. If the Yankees win by 2 games it’ll be thrilling but not surprising.

  231. Bob Stone says:

    Gardner seems to be developing into a pretty good major league outfielder.

    If you think about it, we’ve gone from a position of “he’s really only a fourth outfielder, no power, no batting average” to “great defense, great speed (yes those were always there), great Ichiro type on base threat, disrupter of the opponents pitching when on the base paths and hitting pretty well”.

    I like seeing that kind of progressive advancement in a young ball player.

    • Pat D says:

      He’s on my shitlist until he gets himself out of this 6 for 43 (with at least 2 bunt hits) slide that’s he in right now.

      • Bob Stone says:

        I understand the frsutration but every ball player goes through slumps. I like his longer term positive improvement.

        I am more upset about his inability to call off ARod on the ball that Gardy could have caught, and in fac,t a ball for which he had a FAR better line than ARod.

        • Pat D says:

          This is the second time since his incredibly slow start that he’s had a stretch like this. I’m starting to get concerned that he’s too streaky.

    • Monteroisdinero says:

      And he needs to realize that there are 2 old timers in front of him on popups and he needs to TAKE CHARGE!

  232. Pat D says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G.....ity_trait)

    I think what scares me most about this article is all of the references. I mean really. All of these academic types have devoted so much time and energy to trying to define the undefineable? No wonder why we can’t achieve anything that is real.

    And anyway, everyone knows that this is the True Grit:
    http://img4.myrecipes.com/i/re.....4175-l.jpg

  233. Evan3457 says:

    …and the answer is:
    1. Mo unavailable, so Robertson being held to close.
    2. Ayala has pitched 3 of last 4 games (and he isn’t pitching well anyway).
    3. Logan brought in for righties? I don’t think so.
    4. And so we’re down to Wade, Pendleton, Mitre or AJ in the crucial Kearns AB in the 7th.

    Wade in the 7th? Then he has to pitch the 8th. And gives up a 2 run HR.

    So, is there a right answer tonight? Beats me.

    • Xstar7 says:

      Almost makes you miss Soriano doesn’t it?

    • Matt says:

      If Wade gets Kearns with a lead, maybe Cleveland hitters aren’t as comfortable at the plate and they foul some of those hanging breaking balls off instead of hitting them out, because they are hunting a fastball to tie it up.

      Girardi had to try something there, because Burnett was tiring and Kearns had hit him well all night. Of course, your post hits it right on the head here. Girardi doesn’t have faith in anyone in the bullpen outside of their usual “roles,” and hence he doesn’t leverage these arms in the most important spots in the game.

      There was a lefty, switch hitter, lefty, switch hitter due up after Kearns, but he was too busy “saving” Logan for the lefty. Too much by the book, and it costs him.

    • JohnnyC says:

      They’re on the 25 man roster for a reason…to pitch. If you don’t trust them to do their job, they shouldn’t be on the roster. I can’t understand why you would have not 1 but 4+ pitchers on your staff you don’t trust.

  234. Bob Stone says:

    Happy Fourth everyone!! Signing off to go watch the fireworks.

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