Jul
06

Game 85: Hughes Returns

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It’s been nearly three months since Phil Hughes started a game for the Yankees, but he makes his return from what was ultimately described as shoulder inflammation tonight against the Indians. He sandwiched two strong rehab outings around a so-so- one, but the results really don’t matter. His fastball was reportedly back and the brain trust decided Hughes at his present state was a better option than Ivan Nova. I’m just happy he’s back. Phil’s always been a personal fave, but I didn’t need to tell you that. 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

Phil Hughes, SP

First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy.

Notes: Mariano Rivera will get today off, but he told reporters that he will “definitely” be ready to go tomorrow … The Tribe activated Matt LaPorta from the disabled list today, but Asdrubal Cabrera is out of the lineup after rolling his ankle last night. Net gain for the Yankees.

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758 Comments»

  1. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Nervous about tonight’s start…if Hughes rebounds to his first half of 2010 form this is the best team in baseball.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      In before someone says they are the best by a longshot.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Well they have three extremely volatile starters in the rotation, there’s no such thing as “best by a longshot” in baseball this year. The Phillies have a weak offense, both Lester and Buchholz are on the DL, and the Yankees have question marks in the rotation and at shortstop and catcher. Best by a longshot doesn’t exist.

        • first time lawng time says:

          How long are they on the DL for?

          What’s the rotation now?

          • Cy Pettitte says:

            I don’t know how long Lester/Buchholz are on the DL for but it looks like the rotation for them is gonna be
            Beckett
            Lackey
            Aceves
            Miller
            Wakefield
            because Atchison was called up to fill Lester’s spot.

          • Jimmy McNulty says:

            Buchholz will probably be back after the ASB, Lester might too. I guess the rotation now is:

            Beckett, Lackey, Wakefield, Miller, and I guess Aceves.

        • Skye says:

          Yankees have question marks at catcher? Are you talking about the backup catcher or Martin?

  2. Guest says:

    “A” lineup tonight.

  3. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    I plan on sucking the marrow out of every one of Hughesy’s pitches this evening…

  4. Xstar7 says:

    St. Phillip of Hughes

  5. Cy Pettitte says:

    I’m really hoping Hughes has a good few games so I don’t have to listen to/read people complaining that Hughes should go to the pen and Nova should be called up again.

    • NJ_Andy says:

      This times a thousand.

      And, of course, ’cause Phil is a fav. First prospect I watched make the bigs.

  6. T.J. says:

    It’s on ESPN not MLB Network.

  7. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Tough assignment for Phil tonight. Hope he can battle through and get his confidence going.

  8. Delaware - Ralph says:

    Hey Mike, correct me if I’m wrong but I believe tonight it YES and ESPN not MLBN

  9. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Will Hughes ever get his curveball back?

  10. Eirias says:

    Oddly enough, it’s on three channels here in Cleveland. Yankees bashing on the local stations or Yankees bashing on ESPN.

    Quite the Morton’s fork.

  11. Joseph Cecala says:

    Too bad Brett wont get enough chances to score some runs because of Jeter. Girardi needs to love Brett more.

  12. Zanath says:

    It looks like Cabrera is still in the lineup. At least according to gameday.

  13. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Braun and Fielder.
    If the choices made sense I would have voted for Holliday and Pujols.

  14. YankeesJunkie says:

    Last year the Yanks saw what Phil Hughes could be in the first half of the season. However, once he went pass 100 innings he began to diminish because of regression and the fact that he had not gone that many innings in a season since 2006. I have an inclination that Hughes’ arm fatigue probabably came from too much pitching between 2010 and the offseason and his arm never fully recovered as seen in April. Hopefully, Hughes with a rested arm can show flashes of early 2010 and more of the nasty curve and a better change up to more effectively get hitters out. He was the first prospect I ever followed and he honestly the symbol and the start of the Yankees rejuvination of the farm system.

    • Your mom says:

      True that! Hughes NEEDS a decent change-up along with better overall command. Too often we see his misplaced FB/cutter land in the seats.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        He only needs it if he wants to be a Cy Young winner really. He can make do and be a number 2/3 with his current setup provided he didn’t lose the quality.

  15. Phife Dawg says:

    Phil Hughes predictions for the game anyone?

    6ip 5h 2r 3bb 6ks

  16. karel capek says:

    David Cone = Buster Keaton. That’s all I’m saying. Guy never smiles.

  17. Cy Pettitte says:

    the Hughes low-lights from April are hard to watch.

  18. Greg says:

    That’s nasty

  19. Ivan says:

    Damn, I cant remember Masterson throwing that hard. That pitch was filthy that K Jeter.

  20. JobaWockeeZ says:

    He took 6 pitches, at this point I’m calling the AB a success.

  21. Karl Krawfid says:

    What the hell was Boston thinking getting rid of Masterson?

  22. Eirias says:

    I was told we released this bum.

  23. first time lawng time says:

    That shift on Teixeira is so obnoxious.

  24. YankeesJunkie says:

    Its Hughes time!

    BTW Masterson’s sinker reminds me of CMW.

  25. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Alright Phil. Do your thing.

  26. Ivan says:

    Phil Hughes is going to pitch now, YAAAAAAY!!!!!!

  27. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Toronto up 1-0 courtesy of Jose Bautista

  28. Mojo says:

    Damn. Masterson looks GOOD.

  29. Pinstripes in Cali says:

    This is gonna get blown open sooner or later… both Tex and Grandy got out to BABIP, well hit balls both.

  30. Pinstripes in Cali says:

    The Hughes-man Cometh.

  31. first time lawng time says:

    Nova would have started tonight. =(

  32. YankeesJunkie says:

    That was a nice curve ball.

  33. dkidd says:

    phil looks phat

  34. Phil Hughes says:

    Is it me or do I look a bit chunky?

  35. Mojo says:

    Chance of Hughes actually being able to put away batters tonight?

  36. first time lawng time says:

    If they’re gonna be fouling off pitch after pitch…it’s gonna be a long game.

  37. NJ_Andy says:

    Come on Phil, settle down…

    Dude looks visibly nervous.

  38. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Still can’t put away hitters.

  39. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Well this doesn’t look promising

  40. Mojo says:

    I miss my super Nova.

  41. Cy Pettitte says:

    Phil is fat and unshaven.

  42. Karl Krawfid says:

    Martin needs to do a better job of mixing it up. Calling fastball after fastball.

  43. nedro says:

    Already 2 baserunners and 0 out???

  44. T.J. says:

    Come on Phil!

  45. Official Member of the Bartolo Colon Fan Club says:

    ohh lord… we’re in for a long night

  46. Shaina says:

    Mark Teixeira is a loser. .245 BA and .350 OBP?? Not good enough!! Jason Giambi consistently put up .400+ OBP with excellent power.

    • Official Member of the Bartolo Colon Fan Club says:

      and terrible defense.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      I don’t think he’s turned into a .240 hitter yet. He’s been a bit unlucky. Let’s hope so because the rest of this contract is gonna suck if he is.

  47. YankeesJunkie says:

    Not a good start :(

  48. wow says:

    doesnt look good….

  49. SteveD says:

    same old shit

  50. Ivan says:

    Not the greatest of starts…come on Phil.

  51. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Hughes still can’t put hitters away

  52. Jonathan Harker says:

    Phil has got to be able to put these hitters away or Nova will take his spot.

  53. Phil Hughes says:

    YOU DUN GOOF’D GIRARDI

  54. vin says:

    An out would be good.

  55. first time lawng time says:

    Same ol’ Hughes?

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      It is always surprising how little respect Hughes gets from Yankees fans considering that he was one of the top prospects in baseball, then dominated out of the bullpen in a championship season, then made the all-star team in his first season as a starter.

  56. Xstar7 says:

    Inauspicious start for Hughes.

  57. Esteban says:

    Poop

  58. BigTimeBartolo says:

    God dammit, this is gonna be bad. No outs recorded yet

  59. Jimmy McNulty says:

    I’m going to go out and on a limb and say that Phil’s a lost cause until he gets the curveball back.

  60. IRF says:

    Well, um, at least hes back to struggling with 2 strikes amirite?

  61. Your mom says:

    Same ol Hughes….ahead in the count but can’t put em away. BOOOOO!!!

  62. ItsATarp says:

    He still can’t put hitters away with 2 strikes..oh good. But at least he’s not throwing 88 anymore amiright?

  63. spark says:

    still no put away pitch

  64. Jonathan Harker says:

    He’s ahead of yet another hitter here and probably won’t put him away.

  65. Cy Pettitte says:

    fucking comedy of errors.

  66. Mojo says:

    Good times. Good times.

  67. Esteban says:

    Oh Gawd. At least there’s an out.

  68. wow says:

    really? as if the pitching wasn’t enough.

  69. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Cervelli’d

  70. theyankeewarrior says:

    Can’t believe one of Phil Hughes’ fastballs just drifted over the plate to a lefty.

    Odd.

  71. YankeesJunkie says:

    Has Martin been taking lessons from Cervelli, but great curve.

  72. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Oh my god, im going to fucking punch something

  73. first time lawng time says:

    Lol our catchers suck.

  74. Xstar7 says:

    Martin just pulled a Cervelli..

  75. Karl Krawfid says:

    Way to go Russ

  76. Phil Hughes says:

    Progressive Field using sounds from the Mario video game whenever a run scores. Lolololol

  77. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Gimme a fucking break Martin

    By the way, why didn’t Santana go to first? Martin didn’t tag him

  78. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Let’s send him to Nardi.

  79. NJ_Andy says:

    So, uhh, how’s that Montero kid looking?

    /overreactionsfromoneinning

  80. NJ_Andy says:

    Holy crap, a good changeup.

  81. Your mom says:

    Holy shit! A change-up!

  82. Ta says:

    We can thank Mr can’t handle presure Joe for this lost no way u take Nova out for Phil

  83. Mojo says:

    Next roster move: The second coming of both SuperNova and Jesus. Pwitty pweese?

  84. King George says:

    So far, the return of Hughes: FAIL.

  85. Jonathan Harker says:

    Send this bum back to Scranton. You cannot let him learn on the job here. We had a good run going with Nova, no reason to change anything. Phil can’t put away hitters.

  86. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Yeah that’s gone in a normal park.

  87. BklynJT says:

    Is it just me, or do hitters always know when to lay off Hughes nasty pitches.

    • ItsATarp says:

      What nasty pitches?

      • BklynJT says:

        Heh. I guess I was referring to his 12-6 curveball. It looks all pretty with the 12-6, but they never swing at it. And thus the extended at bats.

    • Karl Krawfid says:

      How many times have you seen Hughes throw a curve for a called strike?

      • BklynJT says:

        He must be giving the curve away in his delivery. If it starts in the middle, they know its dropping out of the zone.

        • Guns of the Navarone says:

          Batters can see the curve coming right out of his hand. Take Josh Beckett for instance, his curve comes out on the same plane as his fastball and then drops off the table. Robertson is the same way.

          Hughes’ curve drops from a different plane. More easily picked up by the batters.

        • Guns of the Navarone says:

          Dude. WTF is wrong with Hughes? He got outs that inning…but his pitches look awful. His curveball was rolling, the fastball was flat and back at 89, 90mph.

  88. Jimmy McNulty says:

    So I guess I think it’s fair to say that not trading Hughes and Joba for Doc was a mistake.

  89. wow says:

    take him out.

  90. Official Member of the Bartolo Colon Fan Club says:

    dudes: as frustrating as this is, IT’S ONLY ONE INNING.

    let’s not cut him yet, let’s not demote him yet, let’s at least let him finish his first start back before the death threats start coming.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      seriously, thank god none of you are the Yankees GM

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      And it’s the same old problems. He still can’t put hitters away, he’ll never be a successful starter without the curveball. The change up isn’t going to develop into an outpitch and he’s not good enough to get by on just a fastball. The only success he’s experienced since the hamstring injury in 2007 was in the bullpen and for the first half of 2010. Ehhh…I know he’s young but he’s going to have to start producing soon.

    • Skye says:

      That sounds rational.

  91. Your mom says:

    I love Hughes’ velocity but that’s about it. Thank God Hafner is slower than Posada.

  92. Mojo says:

    Battery dead. Change battery.

  93. Jonathan Harker says:

    Phil ain’t gonna pitch more than 4 innings if he doesn’t give up 7 runs before then. We brought him up too early, yet another mistake with these young pitchers. Ruined Wang, ruined Joba, TBD on Hughes. Sent the best of em, Nova, down to AAA.

    • Esteban says:

      Ruined Wang? By playing in interleague? Nova certainly was not thought of as better than Joba or Hughes. And Joba had TJ surgery, how many other pitchers have had TJ surgery? Did their teams ruin them too?

  94. Esteban says:

    People have turned quickly on PHughes. And now Nova is a savior? Didn’t people hate him about 3 weeks ago?

  95. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Curveball continues to be garbage. Nothing more than a pitch to drop in for strike one. Has shown two cutters or so that were really nice but when they’re flat (as is usual) man do they get hammered. I think he needs to abandon that pitch entirely… focus on the changeup.

  96. Greg says:

    Is it fair to say that the Yankees are not good at developing starting pitching? I hate to bring up the Red Sox, but they have brought up Lester, Masterson and Buchholz. The last starting pitcher that we have successfully developed was Andy Petitte.

    Now Phil Hughes is young, but so are Lester and Buchholz so that excuse goes out the window.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      We should reserve judgement until the Killer B’s are up. If one doesn’t make it as a 5th starter at least then yeah I’d say so.

    • AndrewYF says:

      Okay, but if you’re going to give the Sox credit for Masterson, you can give the Yankees ‘credit’ for Kennedy. And I guess Karstens? Where’s that coming from?

      But yeah, their history with starting pitching has never been stellar. Either you’re great as soon as you come up and continue to be great, or you’re shipped out.

      Maybe that says something about the organization’s policy and stature historically rather than their real ability.

    • ItsATarp says:

      Wang was fine before he got injured

    • ItsATarp says:

      Wang was fine before he got injured…

  97. Bronx Byte says:

    Hughes won’t last 4 innings. Call up Nova and have Hughes work out of the bullpen.

  98. Shaina says:

    We could’ve had a nice solid tart by Nova today. But no, they had to use Hughes asshole who is incapable of recording an out w/o giving up 6 hits beforehand.

    BTW, A fitst baseman who cant hit .250 doesnt help either.

  99. T.J. says:

    Passed a diving Cano!

  100. Your mom says:

    Hughes is getting hit HARD & LOUD!

  101. nyyankfan7 says:

    How is that throwing error on Russell Martin an earned run against Hughes on both ESPN and MLB.com?

  102. mike c says:

    damn I don’t want to be down on hughes in his first inning back… but he looks like javy vazquez out there

  103. Jonathan Harker says:

    Yet another 0-2 count. PUT HIM AWAY!

  104. first time lawng time says:

    Will there be a post tomorrow describing how Hughes is still ineffective?

  105. People, it’s 2 fucking runs.

    • Greg says:

      Its not just the runs. Its the 31 pitches in one inning.

    • mike c says:

      31 pitches and a warning track fly ball to LF. the score is not what people are concerned about

    • first time lawng time says:

      The problem is he couldn’t put away utters and threw a lot of pitches.

      He looked just like he did the second half of last year.

      There’s little reason to expect him to be effective the rest of the game.

    • Mojo says:

      Masterson looks nasty tonight and Hughes STILL can’t put away hitters. I’ve only ever been a fan of Hughes when he was the set-up man (appearance in Oakland prior to leg injury aside). I’ll say it right now and I will GLADLY eat my words should I prove to be wrong, but Hughes is not going to cut it as a legitimate Yankee starter. I have ZERO faith in the guy. Perhaps he’s just a head case. He seems meek to me.

  106. King George says:

    31 PITCHES. Rough.

  107. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    It’s been one inning people. Let’s not release Hughes outright quite yet.

  108. YankeesJunkie says:

    That did not look good for Phil.

  109. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    That could have been a LOT worse…

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      It also could’ve been a lot better if Martin hadn’t thrown that ball away.

      I think we should all try to avoid jumping to conclusions based off one tough inning.

  110. SteveD says:

    holy shit 31 pitches already.

  111. Ivan says:

    Alright, all and all, just one inning. Lets be patient guys.

  112. Your mom says:

    Could’ve been worse.

    I honestly don’t know how anyone was expecting him to pitch well today.

  113. Guns of the Navarone says:

    The worst-case scenario was that inning plus 89mph velocity. That was one step up from the worst-case scenario… IMO.

  114. Official Member of the Bartolo Colon Fan Club says:

    it’s much easier to say nova woulda been better now that hughes is struggling.

    hindsight is 20/20, people.

  115. Cuso says:

    He’s just too hittable. I don’t know what the ceiling is for him anymore.

  116. mt says:

    Same old same old – can’t put hitters away with 2 strikes.

  117. YankeesJunkie says:

    A-Rod keeps smashing.

  118. nedro says:

    Well, at least that’s over… TWENTY MINUTES LATER!!!

  119. Cy Pettitte says:

    nice break there

  120. Xstar7 says:

    Thanks, Asdrubal.

  121. YankeesJunkie says:

    The Yankees are hitting Masterson hard.

  122. Xstar7 says:

    Jorge doesn’t deliver

  123. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Fucking Jorge.

  124. Your mom says:

    No thanks Jorge

  125. Cy Pettitte says:

    no runs…mother fucker.

  126. Mojo says:

    Success!

  127. YankeesJunkie says:

    Hopefully inning number two will go better for Hughes.

  128. wow says:

    great showing there guys

  129. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Good contribution from Russell and Jorge, really great job guys.

  130. Jonathan Harker says:

    Pathetic to not score a run there. Posada’s gotta put the ball in play and Martin could step up anytime now.

  131. Greg says:

    Only way were getting to this guy is that he needs to make mistakes.

  132. dkidd says:

    This thread is a disgrace

    We’re winning this game

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      You don’t know that because the game isn’t over so I have to call you an idiot as others do to people of the other extreme.

      But I won’t.

  133. Karl Krawfid says:

    Nice, 2 black holes at catcher.

    Saltalamacchia > Russ > Cervelli

    Montero > All of em.

  134. Pat D says:

    Before the second inning begins, I just have to ask, is anyone really surprised so far?

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Actually yeah. I thought he would be mediocre but not this bad. But I really shouldn’t have been.

  135. Pinstripes in Cali says:

    OK Phil… another chance. I still believe.

    (He hit 92 a few times in that inning.)

  136. CBean says:

    Just got home, how’s Phil look?

  137. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Alright Phil, get your shit together

  138. spark says:

    Tweet from Joel Sherman: “That is 78th straight AB for A-Rod without HR, but he is now tied with Jeter for the team lead in singles with 57″

    How many more years is Arod’s contract??? UGHHHH!!!!

  139. YankeesJunkie says:

    Nice tag by Tex.

  140. Jonathan Harker says:

    How many ballgames is Joe gonna let Hughes lose for us? Just amazing that this move was made before the ASB when we were going so good. Amazing.

  141. Xstar7 says:

    Nice play by Tex

  142. mt says:

    At least hitters are getting on or getting out in one pitch:-)

  143. Karl Krawfid says:

    God damn russ, Make him throw the curve for a strike. Stop telling him to bounce the damn thing.

  144. YankeesJunkie says:

    Much better inning for Hughes.

  145. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Cue he’s an ace again.

  146. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    wow a scoreless inning? does everyone love Phil again or we still want Lance Pendleton back????????????

  147. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Phew. After the first inning I thought this game would be as disastrous as this sports broadcast:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  148. nycsportzfan says:

    Anyone know whats wrong with Montero?

  149. Guns of the Navarone says:

    You all have to be joking. I think his pitches looked worse than the first inning. His curveball was rolling, his fastball was flat and at 89, 90mph again.

    • Ivan says:

      That was his Cutter at 89, 90.

    • JobaTheHeat62 says:

      how are you not a scout with that slick report from the TV

    • Karl Krawfid says:

      Those were cut fastballs my friend.

    • Pinstripes in Cali says:

      He hit 93 like 4 times, 92 another 5 or 6 times in the 1st. they were just hitting his offspeed bullshit.

      • Guns of the Navarone says:

        Not talking about the first inning. I was clearly talking about the second. And as shocking as it may seem, you don’t need to be a scout to know about baseball and what you see. Opinions, even if you think they’re incorrect, don’t need to be met with sarcasm so it turns into a pissing contest. Hughes looks like shit. It’s not my fault that I recognize it.

  150. Jerome S. says:

    Going to the game tomorrow. Jetes better get some hits tonight.

  151. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Offense?

  152. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Masterson’s pitches look pretty nasty tonight. 96 with movement

  153. Your mom says:

    I bet Boston misses Masterson

  154. first time lawng time says:

    Omg these balls will find holes eventually, right?

  155. James A says:

    Every time I see that commercial, even though I know he won’t, I always expect Swisher to say: “The New York Yankees are … fucking awesome.”

  156. Pat D says:

    For some reason, I thought the Yankees had hit Masterson well in the past.

    Actually not: http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....-masterson

    1 extra base hit in 64 at bats.

  157. Greg says:

    MIke Mussina could strike people out 89 mile an hour stuff. Phil Hughes needs to work likt that if his fastball isnt overpowering.

  158. jon says:

    that curve looks like garbage

  159. BigTimeBartolo says:

    I don’t believe we’ll be seeing any 1-2-3 innings from Hughesey tonight

  160. JobaWockeeZ says:

    New gameplan for Phil. If Martin wants in or outside, pretend he’s calling for a pitch right down the middle.

  161. Pat D says:

    He definitely needs to work on getting that third strike.

  162. SDM says:

    can someone please tweak Phil’s curveball grip……AJ? Larry? D-Rob….MO

  163. Roger says:

    Phil is so nasty right now, wow.

  164. Xstar7 says:

    That’ll do Phil.

  165. YankeesJunkie says:

    Another fairly quick inning.

  166. wow says:

    Le sigh..

  167. Karl Krawfid says:

    Good inning outside of that bad curve.

    Everything was down hill.

  168. Greg says:

    Considering Hughes had 31 pitches in the first, this is not bad.

  169. Fritz says:

    NIce to Hughes settle down. Now lets get some men on base and put up a few runs for him

  170. Greg says:

    Lets just accept that Hughes is a contact pitcher and not a strikeout pitcher.

  171. Mojo says:

    I get the impression that even I could foul off a few of Hughes’ pitches. What is it about dear Phil that prevents him from finding anything that slightly resembles an out pitch?

    • SDM says:

      his two best pitches are fastballs, he has nothing that that he can command that can disrupt an opponents timing.

  172. Roger says:

    Lester out 2-4 weeks. ouch

  173. YankeesJunkie says:

    Griffey and A-Rod is my guess.

  174. Pat D says:

    Naturally Berthiaume retweeted Sherman’s comments.

    I wonder if he thinks pretending to be objective on BT makes it OK for him to be the totally biased fan he is on Twitter.

  175. jay h says:

    mike, after reading the comments in this game thread i realized why we can’t have the sin bin that blue seat blogs uses, i think my computer would explode

  176. Your mom says:

    Wow, Posada’s average is nearly as high as Tex’s

  177. CBean says:

    Please score some runs for Phil.

  178. Greg says:

    We’re not scoring anything off this guy.

    Only hope is to get to the pen

  179. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Watching the game on the Indian’s broadcast. They have Caliendo in the booth and he’s nailing Charles Barkley and John Madden impressions. It’s pretty funny

  180. Xstar7 says:

    The Yankees look terrible against the Masterson.

  181. Your mom says:

    So when does Masterson hit free agency? His repertoire would fit well in Yankee stadium.

  182. Cy Pettitte says:

    what the fuck are you swinging at Robbie?

  183. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Swing at whatever you want Robbie.

  184. Eirias says:

    Frank Caliendo calling part of the game on the local Cleveland broadcast. Delightful.

  185. Ivan says:

    Remember guys, we have seen this before. Pitchers look great for the first 5-6 innings, and next thing you know it, Bam, Yankees put a 4-5 spot up.

  186. StanfordBen says:

    On Cano’s strikeout, Masterson was supposed to get that pitch up and instead hit the dirt. Pretty strange.

  187. Mojo says:

    Looking at Tex’s average makes me vomit. I’ve been patient with Mark but I am currently removing myself from the 25 Party Bus. It would appear I’ve expected far too much from the guy. He’s a sub-.250 hitter. And Masterson just struck out the hearty side of our lineup. Spectacular, spectacular!

    • Roger says:

      Dude, its not cool to shit on Tex. You were thinking Jeter probably when you wanted to vomit?

    • Your mom says:

      Masterson is in the zone. Can’t do shit when a pitcher has his stuff going.

    • Pat D says:

      Don’t mistake process with results. There’s more to hitting than just BA, and there are reasons why his BA is so low.

      • Mojo says:

        Meh, I don’t entirely buy into that. In baseball, if you’re a good hitter, you’re hitting the ball hard. The whole BABIP-fucked concept is silly. Texeira loves him some grounders and pop-ups. His batting average is low (and consistently at that) because he doesn’t use the entire field and he has a remarkable inability to process/hit off-speed pitches. Bottom line: If you make good, sweet, sexy contact, your batting average will reflect that. Also, he looks off balance whenever he swings.

          • JobaWockeeZ says:

            He’s hitting 2 percent less line drive form last year and 3 percent less since 2009. His fly ball percentage is the highest of his career but he’s posting a 20 percent HR/FB rate which means he’s gunning for the home run which everyone likes to call evil because apparently they love beating dead horses.

            Anyways that ‘educate yourself’ comment was weaksauce to say the least.

            • Pat D says:

              I was referring to the comments about the grounders, which have been steady, and implying that his BA has always been low.

              The “bottom line” comment was also stupid, in my opinion.

            • Mojo says:

              Agreed. Thank you. The amount of snark on this website is often overwhelming.

          • Mojo says:

            I’m sorry, consider me old-fashioned, but I judge the player by what he does on the field. Screw whatever statistics you care to share. I’ve seen them all. When I look at Teixera, I do not like what I see. You can quote whatever website you want, but, in the end, I’m right. It’s doesn’t take a number junkie to see that Tex is a mediocre hitter with occasionally exceptional power. He’s streaky as fuck, with slumps lasting months at a time, and the upside never quite seeming to last more than a couple of weeks. You can have your numbers, I’ll stick with what I observe on the field.

            • Pat D says:

              Well I just can’t argue with that because your argument is non-existent.

              • Mojo says:

                Dude, I’m not arguing with you. His BA is painfully low. Fact. To ME, that statistic is a PERFECT reflection of how he’s been hitting. I don’t need a dose of advanced sabremetrics to tell me otherwise. You can judge a player by whatever means necessary, but I, on the other hand, will defer to the field before I go barking up the fangraphs tree. Question, simple as it may be, would you rather have AGon or Tex as your 1B?

                • Pat D says:

                  Well, that’s a loaded question. AGon is pretty clearly the best first baseman in the league.

                  He also has an astronomically high BABIP, doesn’t walk as much, and leads the league in GIDP, so it’s not as if he’s perfect.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        And his really low BA is hurting his OBP. Yes people likes to say average is useless but when it’s making Teix get on base less than career norms then it’s a valid concern.

        • Pat D says:

          I never said BA is useless, it’s just not everything.

          And his walk rate is also slightly down this year, but so is his strikeout rate. The interesting thing is that is OBP is down this year and his wOBA is up.

  188. YankeesJunkie says:

    One cigarette=lung cancer

  189. Pinstripes in Cali says:

    Robbie, “Yeah, I’m going to swing on the first pitch. Or whatever looks good. Fuck this patience shit.”

  190. Guns of the Navarone says:

    I don’t understand the purpose of throwing that cutter anymore. It’s garbage.

    • Pinstripes in Cali says:

      It’s the new pitch. Gotta practice it. In a live professional baseball game.

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      I would much rather see Hughes focus on a FB-CB-CH reportage than the cutter. Maybe add a SL, but just screw the cutter.

  191. Cy Pettitte says:

    that was almost a spectacular double play

  192. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Jeter made a nice defensive play!

  193. Xstar7 says:

    Jeter wit teh range

  194. Pinstripes in Cali says:

    Hughes is getting lucky, looks like he doesn’t have shit right now.

  195. Ivan says:

    Cano was just showing off when he caught it bare handed.

  196. Roger says:

    Does anyone think that Theo would undo the Masterson trade if he could? Dude has been money in AL since the trade. We bitch about Kennedy, the nation gave up Masterson to rent VMart.

  197. CurveDodger says:

    OK, I’m going to try to think of Hughes as a contact pitcher. But I don’t like it.

  198. Cy Pettitte says:

    can I get the couch scouts review of Phil in the 4th?

  199. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Well at least Phil’s settled down. (well sorta). Still too many hard hit balls.

  200. Xstar7 says:

    Nice. Hopefully Hughes can give the Yankees a few more innings.

  201. Jonathan Harker says:

    And how about the job Phil has done the last 3 innings? The Ks aren’t there yet but he’s settled down. Now if somebody could just get a hit.

  202. Mike Myers says:

    whoa RAB commercial?! Awesome guys!

  203. Meat Loaf says:

    I suddenly realize the commercial is wrong. It says live blogs every game. Oops?

  204. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Hughes is still lacking velocity. He was acelike when he was sitting 94 touching 95 and 06. He’s touched 93 so far.

  205. YankeesJunkie says:

    Well damn!

  206. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Fucking BABIP

  207. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Well that sucks

  208. Will (the other one) says:

    GTFO, Grady.

  209. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Fuck you Grady

  210. Mike Myers says:

    WOW….not a HR but nice grab

  211. wow says:

    they’re hitting him too hard. this whole “in the zone” crap won’t last.

  212. Greg says:

    Not our night

  213. Xstar7 says:

    That was a hell of an at-bat by Jorge.

  214. Karl Krawfid says:

    Marty Foster, can’t stand his ass.

  215. RayFo says:

    Pretty hard to hit a guy when pitches out of the strike zone are called strikes. Masterson is getting a lot of bullshit strike calls.

  216. Cy Pettitte says:

    Yanks have been getting BABIP fucked all night

  217. Mojo says:

    Fucking Red Sox.

  218. Mickey Scheister says:

    Just tuned in…has this ump been calling the ball off the plate a strike all game?…those two called on Jorge looked brutally bad

  219. boogie down says:

    Not sure what to make of Phil so far, as Process and Results are wrestling in my mind. 4 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K certainly isn’t an awful line, but Phil has looked eminently hittable at times tonight.

  220. Mike Myers says:

    if the BABIP gets avg’d out this would be a really high scoring game

  221. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    All this Hughes bashing is out of control. We’re talking about a 25 year old who’s been very successful in the big leagues already, but he gives up 2 runs in his first game back in 3 months and some of you want him gone.

    Absolutely ridiculous.

    • NoH says:

      Completely agree. He certainly hasn’t been amazing but damn people here are ready to crucify the dude. He hasn’t pitched a real MLB game in 3 months so you can’t exactly expect him to be insanely sharp his first game back.

  222. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Strikezone fail

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....type=7.gif

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      He fucked over Cleveland more than Hughes if that’s what you’re going for. And that’s not even that much of a failed KZone.

      • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

        I’m just pissed about that outside pitch Masterson has been getting all night

  223. A-Rod's Hip says:

    Gardner fails once more at clearing the pitcher’s spot.

  224. Roger says:

    Did anyone doubt that Masterson was going to dominate this all star lineup today?

  225. Mike Myers says:

    Why is that second run charged on Phil? Martin had the throwing error.

    • forensic says:

      Because the runner would’ve been on third with one out after the wild pitch. The next batter (Sizemore) hit a deep fly ball to LF which would’ve scored the runner as a sac fly, regardless of the error.

    • CUYanks says:

      You reconstruct the inning without the error (the error was one to advance the runner, not to fail to get the out), and the fly ball and hit afterward meant the run “would have scored.”

  226. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Kay, there’s lots of Yankee fans everywhere.

  227. teal'c jaffa says:

    Per Donnie Collins, the Yankees have placed catcher Jesus Montero on the disabled list with that stiff back.

  228. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    Gameday had that called third strike in the other batter’s box. Ump fail?

  229. Greg says:

    Get the pen up , He’s starting to tire

  230. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Everything up and away there with the velo down. Probably tiring. But I’m not a scout.

  231. BigTimeBartolo says:

    I can’t stand it when our pitchers give out free passes

  232. Karl Krawfid says:

    Whoever taught his a cutter needs to be shot.

    The pitch sucks for him.

  233. BklynJT says:

    If Hughes can keep that curveball down and in the zone, it can be a much better pitch for him.

    • forensic says:

      I have never had faith in his curve. Too slow, loopy, and easy to spot as soon as he lets it go. He needs a full overhaul of his pitch repertoire.

  234. hogsmog says:

    WAAgh he’s sitting at like 90-91 with the four seam. Although it’s been 80 pitches right off a rehab assignment. Although I still don’t know if that’s making me feel better.

  235. first time lawng time says:

    I the Yankees lose (which, I would bet on) it’s because of the offense, not Hughes.

  236. CUYanks says:

    Hey, it might not be the best start, but at least he’s not being Mazzaro’ed…

    • BigTimeBartolo says:

      That was historically awful. Lets just say he’s not getting Lackey’d

    • Ray the Anti-Handle says:

      I felt so bad for Mazzaro. Left on the mound to die.

      • CUYanks says:

        Speaking of how bad the Mazzaro start was earlier, check out this player:

        http://www.baseball-reference......al01.shtml

        “Allen Travers pitched only one game in 1912 when he was picked out of the stands, along with some other fans, to replace the Tiger players who went on a one game strike in protest of Ty Cobb’s suspension for beating a fan in the stands the previous game.”

        He was left in for the complete game (8 ip), racking up 24 runs allowed (14 er), and a whopping 26 hits and 7 bbs (1 k), in his only career start.

  237. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Jesus Christ

    • Guns of the Navarone says:

      Don’t blaspheme. Contribute something if you’re going to post.

      • first time lawng time says:

        It’s only blasphemy if it’s used as an interjection. There was no punctuation, so as far as we know, he could just be trying to communicate to Jesus Christ in order to ask him if he can help dink in some balls for the Yankees.

  238. Cy Pettitte says:

    guessing this is Phil’s last batter.

    • BklynJT says:

      It was a cutter… and really, 1 or 2 mph doesnt mean shit. It’s where he places the ball that matters.

  239. Greg says:

    5ip 2runs is not bad. Overall I give him a C

  240. Xstar7 says:

    Does Girardi throw Hughes out there for 1 more inning?

  241. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    Hughes took more than 3 runs off his ERA tonight. LOL

  242. Guns of the Navarone says:

    That’s a hell of a bounceback by Phil. He emptied the tank there at the end and made some good pitches. Something to look forward to for his next start.

  243. White Al Sharpton says:

    I say the treatment of Phil Hughes bah the fans is utter racism! He pitches better than brown man Nova, but ya’ll tryna kill him or something. He’s pitching a damn good game!

  244. CMP says:

    MLB.com had him 91-92 that inning which isn’t bad considering it’s like an April game for him and he still has to build arm strength.

  245. Pat D says:

    Hughes still needs to put hitters away. I honestly think that’s still his biggest problem.

  246. Dela G says:

    epic at bat by jeter

  247. BigTimeBartolo says:

    It seems like ages since Jeter took a walk, DL trip not included

  248. Guns of the Navarone says:

    The lefthanded swings have been so good against Masterson all night. They just haven’t fallen in or gotten out.

  249. Your mom says:

    No better time for a HR!

  250. Xstar7 says:

    The Yankees got BABIP fucked again in that inning.

  251. wow says:

    BS…. get a friggin hit.

  252. Dela G says:

    damn, no hit ball can find a hole

  253. Jerome S. says:

    A-Rod’s hitting fine so I’m not really complaining – but he’s hitting a lot of hard groundballs. Remember when we had such lofty predictions for his Home runs this year? What the hell happened?

  254. Pat D says:

    Well Teix went the opposite way and still got nothing out of it.

    Shuckles.

  255. first time lawng time says:

    The offense has been shit the past 3/4 games.

    It’s too bad CC gets the most run support since he needs it the least.

  256. Your mom says:

    So Masterson for 1 more inning and then the shut down pen will be in. Game over peeps!

  257. MannyGeee says:

    Sooooooooooo. Velocity was there, location was shitty at best?

  258. Pat D says:

    There’s the Jeter range.

  259. Your mom says:

    Kearns looking good this series. I hope we don’t waste a prospect on him again.

  260. Cy Pettitte says:

    fucking hit and run

  261. Xstar7 says:

    On a scale of 1 to 10, I give Hughes a 6 for that start. Didn’t have great stuff, but limited the damage. That first inning really killed him.

    • first time lawng time says:

      He went 5 innings and gave up only 2 runs. That’s what matters in my book.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      6 seems about right to me. He battled all night, but that’s to be expected in your first big league game in 3 months.

    • Phife Dawg says:

      Looked more like the 2010 second half version of Phil Hughes- struggled to put hitters away when he had 2 strikes.

      Considering the circumstances, I’ll Hughes a pass. Settled nicely after the first.

    • forensic says:

      Eh, looked about the same as his whole career as a starter, minus 1.5 fluky months last year. Only thing that saved him is that the Indians offense just isn’t very good.

  262. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Looks like the Indians sacrificed something to the BABIP gods before tonight’s game

  263. Jonathan Harker says:

    Knew we were in trouble when Ayala came in. ESPN gushed over him because of the low ERA, he’s been awful in big spots.

  264. Eirias says:

    Hah. None of the Hughes’ predictions were correct. I guess the one-year RAB Paywall subscription goes to me.

    (The above written in place of a violent and profane diatribe against the cruelty of BABIP and missed opportunities.)

  265. MannyGeee says:

    Boone Logan up in the pen… So there’s that….

  266. Mickey Scheister says:

    I wonder when A-Rod hits a HR again.

  267. Cy Pettitte says:

    everyone scared of Gardy’s cannon now, love it.

  268. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Gardner is a boss out in left

  269. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Yay for Gardner’s throwing arm

  270. Xstar7 says:

    Time for Boone to prove his worth.

  271. Cy Pettitte says:

    Boone LOLgan is back.

  272. Pat D says:

    Bullshit.

  273. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Maybe he never moved out of the way because he never dreamed that Boone Logan would actually hit him with his first pitch of the game

  274. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    glad that they’re enforcing the “have to try to get out of the way” rule

  275. Karl Krawfid says:

    Hafner must think that he’s Bonds or something.

  276. jon says:

    classic boone logan

  277. Pat D says:

    Cone is so awesome.

  278. Xstar7 says:

    Boone Logan could use another one of A-Rod’s pep talks right now.

  279. Cy Pettitte says:

    that was Boone’s plan, well done Boone.

  280. Crime Dog says:

    I think that was part of ARods talk to Logan. Let them hit it as hard as they want, but just to me

  281. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    A-Rod has to do everything for Boone Logan doesn’t he?

  282. MannyGeee says:

    LOLogan… Just plain shitty. A Rod saved his ass right there

  283. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Finally the BABIP gods fuck the Indians

  284. Pat D says:

    Hmm. I think ARod made that look harder.

  285. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Logan had a plan out there. Fall behind and make him hit it to Alex for a great play.

  286. Jonathan Harker says:

    A-Rod just saved the ballgame and bailed out the bad pitchers in our pen. Now get Masterson out of the ballgame.

  287. Zooboy says:

    Nice plan Logan.

  288. mt says:

    Hafner was 4 for 6 against Logan with a HR so maybe it was part of Boone’s plan to hit him.

    Let’s hope we can score some runs now.

  289. Jonathan Harker says:

    And Ayala’s ERA stays artificially low. Someone always bails him out whether it’s Robertson, Logan, or in this case A-Rod. Dump him when Soriano returns, use Noesi and Wade more in these close ballgames.

  290. Will (the other one) says:

    DO NOT SWING AT THE FIRST @#(*$&(*@# PITCH ROBINSON

  291. first time lawng time says:

    2 hits in 6 innings. WTFFF.

    Maybe they shouldn’t swing at the first pitch.

    And no, Michael Kay, Alex did not save the game, because those runs would be irrelevant because the Yankees aren’t scoring any runs this game.

  292. Pat D says:

    Dammit.

  293. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    God dammit Kay. I thought that was a HR

  294. wow says:

    holy friggin crap.

  295. Xstar7 says:

    This just occurred to me: If Jeter doesn’t get #3,000 in the upcoming Rays series at YS, then that means he will likely get it in Toronto in the series against the Blue Jays immediately following the all-star break. The thought of him getting 3,000 in Canada makes me shudder.

  296. ItsATarp says:

    Jesus this game is annoying because the yankees actually hit some balls hard off masterson…right into the fielder’s gloves…

  297. Thanks Cinco says:

    92mph FB with a 75 CB and an assortment of broke ass third pitches do not a front line starter make.

    /thread

  298. CBean says:

    freakin hell

  299. Cy Pettitte says:

    fucking Boone, Chisenhall? what the fuck

  300. Matt says:

    Stop with the BABIP nonsense. It’s getting really ridiculous.

    There is no such thing as “evening out” or “regressing to the mean” when the sample size is ONE GAME. That’s how probability works. Just because there is a mean, it doesn’t mean that you will ever get results that are consistently near it.

    The Indians have hit a bunch of balls hard with runners on base and have had nothing to show for it either. If the Yankees had good at bats instead of swinging at garbage pitches, they would be getting base hits.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Oh good, I was worried you weren’t going to grace us with your after-the-fact wisdom tonight.

    • Jerome S. says:


      “Regression” means that there is a certain standard to which a statistic will most likely go. Always. It’s predicted in the future, though, not the present or the past.

      • Matt says:

        First, my post was talking about regression in the short term.

        And second, converging in probability to a mean does not require the standard deviation to converge to zero as well. You’re much likelier to see a bunch of extreme outcomes in both directions in a batted ball profile than anything near the mean.

      • Matt says:

        Also, the batted ball profile tonight has hardly been conducive to any kind of typical portrait.

        14 ground balls, 6 fly balls, and 1 line drive.

        xBABIP would yield something like 5 hits, and the Yankees have 3. It’s not horrible luck, except for the fact that the Indians made a lot of nice defensive plays on them so it looks worse.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      Blame Javy

    • ItsATarp says:

      sure driving the ball deep obviously meant we are swinging at shit

      • Matt says:

        Yes, because clearly they hit the ball deep often tonight?

        When you hit one or two deep balls that are turned into outs on nice defensive plays, that doesn’t mean you are getting completely screwed.

        They have hit some balls hard tonight, but to complain about it in the way that some of you have done tonight is simply not correct. BABIP doesn’t mean that every night you should be seeing the same number of balls drop in. That’s not how it works. There are going to be really good nights, really bad nights, and some inbetween. Just because the average is at one level, doesn’t mean you’ll see results near it.

  301. Greg says:

    Well, I predict the Red Sox will be in first place by the break.

  302. Jonathan Harker says:

    AJ couldn’t get that scrub out which cost us the 1st game and now Logan can’t get him out putting this game away.

  303. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Fucking Lonnie Chiesenhall

  304. Cy Pettitte says:

    like Mitre is any better than Logan.

  305. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Boone Logan does such a good job at pissing me the hell off. Not so much at pitching though…

  306. Roger says:

    Live by Logan, die by Logan.

  307. Your mom says:

    My prediction coming true

  308. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Mitre? Girardi’s giving up

  309. Roger says:

    Death, Taxes and Mitre

  310. first time lawng time says:

    3-3 on a road trip? That’s embarassing.*

    And yes I’m assuming this game is lost, because the offense is nonexistent tonight.

    RS will be only 0.5 games back in about 30 min.

    *They could have gone 5-1 though. Gotta win those games.

  311. Xstar7 says:

    Logan didn’t have a plan

  312. wow says:

    Mitre? ok, that’s officially the end of the game.

  313. Mark L/ says:

    I think the Yankees just suck against pitchers who attack the strike zone. As soon as someone throws a first pitch strike, they go on the defensive.

  314. Stratman9652 says:

    “Boone Logan has been so great against lefties” Whaaaat?

    Does Micheal Kay even watch these games?

    Really getting sick of this guy. I normally don’t bitch about announcers seeing that its a “grass is always greener” type thing, but I’m getting sick of the constant misreading of flyballs and in general stupidity.

  315. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Mitre in a fucking 3 run game???

  316. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Mitre got an out?…shocking

  317. Matt says:

    What do you expect when you just lay fastballs right over the plate in hitter’s counts?

    Who cares that Boone Logan throws with his left hand? His control is TERRIBLE, and the only pitch he can throw consistently for strikes is the fastball.

    Every hitter in the major leagues under the age of 35 can probably hit a fastball as straight as Logan’s. If you can’t locate it or change speeds, even weak lefty hitters will beat you.

  318. Mark L says:

    They don’t have a prayer of coming back in this game so they may as well preserve Robertson for a game in which the hitters actually make an effort.

  319. Your mom says:

    Didn’t realize Chisenhall was BA’s 25th best prospect at the start of the season.

  320. Mojo says:

    So Gardner can’t hit sinkers, huh?

  321. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Jeter! 3 away!

  322. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Jeter’s been swinging the bat well tonight

  323. CBean says:

    Another XBH for the Captain!

  324. ItsATarp says:

    Finally a Hard Hit ball that isn’t caught…And by jeter too! nice!

  325. first time lawng time says:

    Did anyone else think that graphic looked bad since the d in Derek was not capitalized.

    Something about seeing a proper name not capitalized bothers me. IDK

  326. Your mom says:

    BABIP shit.

  327. Mojo says:

    Asdrubal Cabrera: (Real) All-Star Shortstop

  328. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Fucking Asdrubal…

  329. Xstar7 says:

    Fuck Asdrubal. I wish Mike was right when he said Asdrubal wasn’t in the lineup.

  330. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Fuck Asdrubal Cabrera, yo

  331. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Assdrubal

  332. Karl Krawfid says:

    Fucking Marty god damn Foster man.

  333. wow says:

    there is just no way we will win this. no holes. nothing.

  334. ItsATarp says:

    fucking BABIP/Luck/Whatever….If both of those balls were just a foot more to the right

  335. dkidd says:

    tip your hat

  336. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Ok…FUCKING ASDRUBAL

  337. Pat D says:

    The Indians have been right where the ball has been hit all freaking night long.

  338. first time lawng time says:

    That Friends with Benefits movie looks stupid.

    It’s like it’s trying to be that movie with Kutcher and Natie Portman. Don’t remember the name, but that’s probably because it looked stupid as well.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      literally the same exact movie, change two actors, release it again 6 months later. gotta love Hollywood.

  339. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Mitre’s second pitch looked like my little cousin’s first attempt to throw off a mound.

    He’s 10 years old, btw

  340. Your mom says:

    LOL MItre.

  341. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    God you suck Meat-tray

  342. Thanks Cinco says:

    I’d sign for John and Susan for the rest of their lives if it meant Michael Kay was banished for the rest of his.

  343. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Ok Mitre is absolute garbage…I understand the necessity of having a mop-up guy, but I have a problem with 1.) using him in a very winnable (3-run) game and 2.) the fact that he doesn’t pass the “Better than Mitre” test.

    • Greg says:

      Mitre technically cant be worse than Mitre. It is impossible under the laws of physics.

      • Mojo says:

        Until you introduce the Fourth dimension of said Physics, in which Mitre(A) may be worse than Mitre(B).

      • BigTimeBartolo says:

        Mitre isn’t better than Mitre either though, so he wouldn’t pass the test…at least not under my standards.

    • CMP says:

      Hopefully he’s the next to go when Soriano comes back.

    • forensic says:

      Would you rather they use Robertson in a game that’s basically over anyway? Mo’s not available, Ayala and Logan already pitched, Wade is not available. That leaves Noesi and Mitre. Yes, I’d rather see Noesi, but I have no faith in them coming back to win this game either way.

  344. JohnnyC says:

    there’s no deep depth in this bullpen

  345. Mojo says:

    3-Run Shrek Bomb? Anyone?

  346. Thanks Cinco says:

    Susan in danger of becoming a full fledged Homer… the other night while doing the scores… “Bud Norris has limited The Greatest Team Of All Time to just three hits.” Of course the sox came back and won. Nice one Susan.

    • JohnnyC says:

      If you insist on talking about her, please spell her name correctly. It’s Suzyn. And she’s from Boston originally. She’s not a Yankees fan.

    • CMP says:

      In danger?

      She already is a full fledged homer. She probably has a shrine of Roger Clemens and Jeter in her house.

  347. Your mom says:

    Seems like the Indians have been threatening every single inning.

  348. Xstar7 says:

    T H E
    E X P E R I E N C E

  349. Cy Pettitte says:

    Mitre, y u so terrible?

  350. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I hate you Mitre

  351. Cuso says:

    Ah, Mitrizzleshitz. Gotta love him.

    …..the way you love asscheese

  352. JohnnyC says:

    Guess Girardi doesn’t think they’re coming back in this game. It’s only July.

  353. ItsATarp says:

    Mitre Blows…what’s wrong with you Girardi?

  354. FIPster Doofus says:

    I’m so fucking sick of this scrub.

  355. Cy Pettitte says:

    3 walks and a single, dear lord.

  356. dkidd says:

    from certain angles, manny acta looks like quagmire from family guy

  357. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    How about giving up a grand slam to make this one more bearable Mitre?

  358. Greg says:

    Well this game was over last inning so it doesnt bother me.

    THey were beate fair and square.

  359. Mojo says:

    So, in ALL sincere seriousness, the Yankees are 1-2 since Jeter’s return and 1-3 since dropping the Nooney Toon. Coincidence or not? I, for one, miss Eduardo. The kid had spunk, yo.

  360. Your mom says:

    I FUCKING HATE SERGIO MITRE! WHY DO THE YANKEES HAVE SUCH A FUCKING BONER FOR HIM???

  361. CBean says:

    why did we bring The Experience back again?

  362. Cuso says:

    Wow. I mean I woulda even preferred Pendleton in this spot, lol.

  363. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Ok, DFA this fucking scrub please.

  364. Justin says:

    The second Mitre comes in I turn off the game because I know its over. Its like bizarro-Mariano.

  365. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    Sergio Mitre walks in a run! Everybody drinks!

  366. Cy Pettitte says:

    way to make sure there’s no chance of a comeback mitre

  367. ItsATarp says:

    Girardi really didn’t want to give the yankees a Chance

  368. first time lawng time says:

    What a shitty game.

    I’m speechless. I honestly wish I could go back in time 3 hours and do something productive that way this time will not have been wasted watching utter futility. What a disappointment. The Yankees should feel embarassed.

  369. James A says:

    I really, truly hope this is the last time I ever have to see Sergio Mitre pitch. The Yankees probably weren’t coming back, but that was just plain ugly

  370. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Alright let’s at least break the shutout

  371. Matt says:

    It’s hard to sweep good teams, and that’s essentially what this has been.

    The Yankees blew the first game that they should have won, and if they didn’t we’d be talking about how badly the Yankees dominated Cleveland in this series other than a few balls hit right at Indians defenders tonight.

    This team is playing much better than its record suggests, but eventually you are going to have to start winning those games. The Red Sox are right on their tail, and it’s in large part due to the games they keep giving away. A .600 record is pretty good, but with the number of games they’ve completely given away, it should be more like .620 or .630 (and their run differential bears it out- 3 games better than their actual record).

    • The Fallen Phoenix says:

      Because the Yankees have really been giving away a lot of games, what with winning six straight series and being the hottest team in baseball since they lost four in a row…

      WTF?

      • Matt says:

        Have you been watching this team play?

        Yes, they have been playing well. But the games that they have been losing have often been ones that they either blew or really should have won in other ways (like the 1-0 shutout against Cleveland at home).

        This is exactly what I’m saying. They HAVE played well, but they have really played even better than the record suggests. They have underachieved so far, which is scary for the rest of the league. However, eventually you have to start taking those games. Boston is hanging around because they are letting those slip away.

    • Matt says:

      Actually, even more than that. Their expected W-L is 54-40 (.643), and if you consider games like Sunday, Monday, etc, it should be even better than that.

      They’ve had 8 losses at least this year late in games with leads. If they win even half of those games, and don’t go 1-8 against Boston, they’re cruising along with a 7 or 8 game division lead right now.

    • BigTimeBartolo says:

      Yeah seriously. Maybe it’s confirmation bias on my part, but I feel like the Yankees have given away several games this year that they absolutely should have won. The first examples that come to mind are 1.) the Mariano blown save w/ 2 outs to the Mets and 2.) the Soriano meltdown in april to the twins.

      • Matt says:

        If you go look through the results, it does seem that they have had an inordinate number of “meltdown” type games so far, or ones in which they gave up some big hits late.

        1) Soriano’s meltdown vs Min
        2) Rivera’s blown save vs. Toronto
        3) Soriano’s HR to Konerko
        4) 14 inning loss to KC at home
        5) 3-0 blown lead to Seattle
        6) CC Meltdown vs Boston in the 7th of a 2-0 game
        7) Rivera’s blown save vs. Mets
        8) Burnett’s blown 2-0 lead vs. Cleveland

        Plus a bunch more in which they lost games by one or two runs after having really good chances, such as bases loaded, nobody out.

        These are games that the Yankees would usually be winning given their bullpen, but were blowing in almost epic fashion.

        • The Fallen Phoenix says:

          It evens out when you consider all the games the Yankees win that they “weren’t supposed to win.” Like, jeez, this team has one of the best run-differentials in all of baseball. Sometimes, crap happens.

          • Matt says:

            That’s simply not true, especially in a sample size of just half a season.

            And if you would actually read my posts instead of looking to launch your personal attacks, I’m saying that this team has actually played REALLY WELL. It just hasn’t translated into the results yet in the standings, because they have had a lot of sloppiness bunched up in some of these close games.

          • Matt says:

            Also, they are underperforming their run differential by 3 games right now, probably because of those kinds of games.

            They have been good, but their record should be even better than it has been. The problem is that all that counts is the actual wins that you get, not the number you “should” have.

            It portends well, but they have to find ways to finish those games off too.

        • Matt says:

          Also, don’t forget the game vs the White Sox, in which they were robbed twice in a row of game winning hits.

          Think about how much better they have been this season than Boston. Against everyone else that they have faced, the Yankees have been 14.5 games better than them, and that’s INCLUDING these meltdown games!

        • Matt says:

          According to baseball-reference, Comeback Wins vs. Blown Leads:

          2004- 61-25
          2005- 42-33
          2006- 49-38
          2007- 40-33
          2008- 49-27
          2009- 51-24
          2010- 48-30
          2011- 17-16

          I’m not entirely sure how they define the latter, but it’s pretty clear that this is a little atypical for a team like this. It has some time to regress a bit, but so far it has been a bit erratic.

  372. Marc says:

    I feel like they put Mitre in when they want to forfeit games. Either that, or Girardi has a personal vendetta against Mitre’s ERA.

  373. Nefarious says:

    Mitre was just trying to lull em into a sense of security…

  374. jay h says:

    time for an A-Bomb

  375. ItsATarp says:

    Nosei must have ran over Girardi’s Dog or something

  376. Slappy White says:

    Seriously, what has Mitre EVER done to keep getting all these chances ? Especially with a team like the Yankees. The Brewers got rid of him, that should tell them something

    • JohnnyC says:

      I see Randy Levine’s fingerprints all over this Mitre-gosh! Cashman couldn’t be stupid enough to re-acquire him. Right?

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      With Ayala, Logan and Wade unavailable and Girardi not wanting to use Robertson while trailing, his options were basically Mitre or Noesi.

      I’d prefer to see Noesi but he’s not exactly Cy Young out there either.

  377. Your mom says:

    Mitre = absolutely fucking useless

  378. Nefarious says:

    Impossible? no. Likely? no.

  379. CMP says:

    I’d rather see Igawa get called up than have Mitre on the roster. At least you’d have a 2nd lefty in the pen.

  380. Cy Pettitte says:

    base hit these mother fuckers to death

  381. Greg says:

    we need to score 3 runs to get angry at Mitre.

  382. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Look, baserunners!!!! A potential rally!! God I hate Mitre.

  383. Xstar7 says:

    If it weren’t for Mitre, we’d have the tying run at the plate right now.

  384. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Wow, wouldn’t it be nice if this was still a 3 run game?

  385. ItsATarp says:

    Good thing Mitre gave them those insurance runs

  386. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol Brantley, I smell a rally.

  387. Brent says:

    Oh Mitre…

  388. Dela G says:

    holy shit, babip luck works for them!

  389. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Well we broke the shutout

  390. Xstar7 says:

    Wow, fuck Mitre. Fuck him.

  391. Mojo says:

    Shutout gone. Catchers coming up . . . Hmm

  392. Karl Krawfid says:

    Closer would have been in the game. Not this guy.

  393. Greg says:

    Everybody

    If Mitre didnt give up those runs, than Perez would be in the game right now and we might not score any runs.

  394. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    I like this Pestano guy.

  395. Look, a rally that doesn’t look like a huge tease!

  396. CBean says:

    fucking Experience. If he’d actually been able to hold. Hughes left this game very much keeping us still in it.

  397. CUYanks says:

    Hey, think of it this way. Without Mitre (assuming a scoreless 9th), we would have had Perez coming in with a 3 run game to start the inning, tying run two batters away.

    Now, we got to see Vinny Pestano and Perez comes in with the tying run only 1 batter away, with runners on base to distract him.

  398. BigTimeBartolo says:

    I’m not going to hold my breath…now if Girardi had put in someone besides Mitre and we were still only down by 2, that would be a different story

  399. James A says:

    I know that Soriano looks like he’s coming back at the end of the month, but the Yankees should still look at Gregerson, Adams, Choate, Mike Dunn, Koji Uehara, and if Oakland decides to sell they have a bunch of pieces. I’m not completely sold on Ayala and Cory Wade, but they can stay for now. But Logan and Mitre should be gone, and Noesi should be starting in AAA. I doubt Cashman is going to be able to upgrade the rotation unless something he pulls off something we don’t see coming, but the bullpen lost two guys who were supposed to be huge (Joba and Feliciano) and could definitely replace them

  400. forensic says:

    I typically like Kay, but his constant on-and-on about Jeter is getting to me. People aren’t going to rush back to their TV’s to see hit #2997 or anything like that. This isn’t a homerun milestone yet where it can happen on any AB. This will take several more no matter what.

    Ok, feel a little better now.

    • JohnnyC says:

      You do realize that monday’s game with Derek’s return achieved a 6 rating, the highest-rated game on YES this season, don’t you? Kay’s doing business…as he’s being paid to do.

  401. Your mom says:

    This is what usually happens to our pen in a non-save situation. Gotta bring the closer in.

  402. Mojo says:

    Can’t we actually blame this on Girardi should they Yankees score two more runs? I mean, who else can be blamed? (Pointing the finger at MeatSauce would just be cruel)

    • Greg says:

      No because if Mitre held, then the closer would have been in there to begi the inning.

      In a way Mitre gave up 2 runs and helped us get 3 runs.

  403. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    We scored 3 so can we hate Mitre now???

  404. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Let’s go Brett, keep us alive

  405. Adam says:

    Can I add that the bullpen is a little thin right now…you have the use the arms that are there rather than burn through everyone.

  406. Cy Pettitte says:

    PH Nunez if Gardner gets on

  407. Greg says:

    In a way Mitre gave up 2 runs and helped us get three.

  408. Xstar7 says:

    OMG IT’S ALL MEAT-TRAY’S FAULT!!!111!1!1!1!11!1!1!1!1!!!

  409. ItsATarp says:

    Thank you Girardi

  410. Pat D says:

    Swing the fucking bat, Brett.

  411. Dela G says:

    that strike three was shades of carlos beltran in 06

  412. wow says:

    inevitable

  413. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Nice AB Brett

  414. Mojo says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! He watched that float RIGHT THROUGH the strike zone. Classic. Caaalassssic Brett. Classic.

  415. Karl Krawfid says:

    Gardner tries to get a hit without swinging the bat.

  416. ItsATarp says:

    Okay sweep the rays and we’ll forget this series every happened

  417. Cuso says:

    this HP ump has sucked all game

  418. first time lawng time says:

    Lol FAIL!!

  419. Your mom says:

    Gardner sucks right now.

    • Rainbow Connection says:

      Maybe it’s because he’s ‘not happy’ about being demoted in favor of someone who plays like shit?
      I read that players can’t play if they’re not happy.

  420. Mojo says:

    Man, I hate watching the Yankees get owned by stellar pitching. Fucking sucks knowing that I completely wasted the last 3 hours of my life. Bring the goddamn brooms, mothah truckahhhhhhhhsssss! No more losing until AFTER the ASB.

  421. Jorge says:

    One of the things I find so unfair about wins and losses is how Hughes gets pegged as the losing pitcher here. He kept his team in the game, and the team actually overcame the two runs he gave up. In my fair and just world, Sergio “The White Flag” Mitre would have taken the loss here.

    Command wasn’t there, but he’s coming back. Huuuuuuuuuuuuuughes!

  422. Bob Michaels says:

    Jeter will get his 3000 hit in Batting practice on thursday Better get to the game early.

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