Jul
07

Game 86: Bartday!

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It’s my favorite day of the week, Bartday. Bartolo Colon will make his second start off the disabled list, and his first looked like vintage Bart. He was fastball heavy, throwing the two-seamer inside to lefties for called strike threes, getting batters to stare at the four-seamer on the outer half. It’s gorgeous. Here’s the lineup…

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

Bartolo Colon, SP

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

Mariano Rivera Update: Mo threw today and felt fine, so he’s available to pitch tonight if needed. He will, however, skip out on the All-Star Game next week.

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  1. Cy Pettitte says:

    Big Stoppa jr.

    Z-Mac makes his first start for the Indians tonight.

    • Guns of the Navarone says:

      Yeah I saw that. I always liked Z-Mac and hoped he would put it together and somehow develop an out pitch. Who knows… if he got called up maybe he did. I just remember he got totally shelled in Triple-A with the Yankees.

  2. Avi says:

    Espn’s Doug Mitler: “The Yankees could be looking to add a reliever with the health of Mariano Rivera in question, and a team such as the Padres could be interested in Montero as part of a deal for Heath Bell.”

    ESPN actually pays this guy for his analysis?

  3. Stratman9652 says:

    Is it wrong that I get more excited about Bartolo’s starts than CC’s?

    • Jorge says:

      Bartolo is a genuinely exciting figure out there. Nothing wrong at all. We all laughed at first, but what team wouldn’t love to have this guy right now?

    • CS Yankee says:

      Only if your eating Captain Crunch during his starts.

    • Guest says:

      No. CC’s spectacular and the man and all that, but we knew that already. It’s fun to watch him dominate, but we’ve seen that movie before…many times.

      Bartolo, well, there’s just no precedent for this. Everytime he goes out, it’s just undeniably entertaining to watch a pitcher built like an actual baseball throw a baseball so well.

      And he’s 38. And people thought he was done for years. And he’s not doing it with “guts” or “guile” or whatever the hell else the Jamie Moyers of the world use to be adequate when they’re past their prime. He’s doing it with ridiculous, sick-nasty, overpowering stuff.

      It’s almost as if his right arm thinks its attached to a 25 yr old stud prospect that is blowing away the league in his third year rather than a 38 yr old fat dude who would get picked last for a pick up game at the local YMCA.

      Absolutely no shame in being more entertained by that story than by the predictable and therefore somewhat less thrilling awesomeness that is CC.

      • first time lawng time says:

        While you make excellent points, I’m going to have to say I’m most entertained by The Allan James Burnett.

        Just something about him.

  4. Phife Dawg says:

    Bartday Bartday, gonna get down on Bartday!

    /couldnt’t resist

  5. CS Yankee says:

    I have a feeling Jeter isn’t getting 3K until Saturday when I’m away white-water rafting.

    Price is the best against him (when compared to the other Rays starters), so that’ll be the pitcher that yeilds the hit.

  6. BigBlueAL says:

    Just saw Damon interview with Sweeney Murti on MLB Network. His t-shirt (no sleeves) said on the front “There is no safety’s on these guns” with arrows pointing to his arms. Classic Damon.

  7. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    To celebrate Bart’s starts, I eat an entire Thanksgiving dinner with a 20 lb turkey all by myself.

    • Phife Dawg says:

      They should only sell Bartolo Colon jerseys (if they do sell them) in only one size; XXl. Those things will be flying off the shelves like hotcakes.

  8. wow says:

    Is it too soon to start the “CY Colon” campaign? If so, what am I gonna do with all these custom t-shirts and Pez dispensers?

  9. first time lawng time says:

    I have a feeling the Arod will finally hit a homerun during this series and Jeter will get his hit tomorrow.

    Also, AJ will get the win on Saturday.

  10. Cy Pettitte says:

    Flash and Kay for a four game set, wonderful.

  11. Xstar7 says:

    Oh shit. Kay and Flaherty again?

  12. Jonathan Harker says:

    I thought Kay said on his radio show he wouldn’t be calling the series. Hopefully he’s leaving on his vacation tomorrow.

  13. first time lawng time says:

    Yay!!!!!! Flaherty for a 4 game set against the Rays!!! Fun series!

    Although there should be anticipation and history involved. That said, Flaherty sucks.

  14. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    so the Rays are “gritty and gutty” and “the little engine that could”

    oh God.

  15. Cy Pettitte says:

    “Colon hasn’t won a game this late in the year since 2005″

    damn.

  16. Cy Pettitte says:

    sweet start.

  17. Greg says:

    Two defensive gaffs on one play.

  18. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    “That’s not the way you drew it up if you’re a Yankee fan” -Flaharty

    REALLY????

  19. Urban says:

    Hmmm, a usual out at first base, that then could have been held to a single if he bounces slightly off the wall, is then misplayed into a triple.

    Nice.

  20. Greg says:

    Colon is already pissed at the ump.

  21. first time lawng time says:

    LMAO Ian O’Connor and Wallace Matthews are the worst writers ever. Their articles are such garbage.

  22. Mike Axisa says:

    Eek, Colon’s a little wild.

  23. Greg says:

    Well, in fairness Colon was due for a clunker.

  24. Urban says:

    Barolo’s fastball command is off. History says this won’t be pretty unless he can right his ship here quickly.

  25. Cuso says:

    Dwayne Staats is the worst play-by-play man in the business. It’s not even close.

    think about that when you complain about Kay/Flaherty tonight.

    • Urban says:

      He used to a straight, play-by-play guy when he was a Yankee radio guy in the early 90s. Has he turned into a real homer, or just needless commentary that doesn’t fit the action?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      I disagree. I used to hate Staats, but he’s grown on me.

  26. JobaWockeeZ says:

    BJ Upton with a Kevin Long session could be very interesting.

  27. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Well, that could have been much worse.

  28. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    At least that was only 1 run

  29. first time lawng time says:

    You can totally tell Flaherty hates Kay.

    Also, does anyone else think the whole “I wasn’t a good player” comments by Flaherty are getting a little old?

    Flaherty also has to analyze everything. I remember one game in which Teixeira was high fiving Cano or whoever it was and Flaherty was actually analyzing the high five. WTF?

  30. Greg says:

    holy crap they got lessons from Dick Ebersol

  31. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    2 away!

  32. Greg says:

    He’s back!

  33. Xstar7 says:

    Nice. Only 2 away.

  34. Jonathan Harker says:

    2 away! Jete with the XBH!

  35. Cy Pettitte says:

    DJ is hitting the ball with authority again. very nice.

  36. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Jeeeets.

  37. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Is this “BJ Upton is talented” nonsense still going on? The dude is fast, and that’s it. He’s trash and his potential as a ballplayer is way overstated. His brother has all the talent.

  38. mbonzo says:

    Jeter is hitting the ball so much better since he got back.

  39. Tom Zig says:

    Come on Jeter, save #3000 for Sunday

  40. Justin says:

    Yay for Tino cheering on Derek

  41. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Derek looking a bit better. Nice.

  42. CS Yankee says:

    Maybe Jeter should have pissed off 15 months ago?

    /reallygladheisdoingwellagain’d

  43. Cy Pettitte says:

    wtf kind of shift is that?

  44. Xstar7 says:

    That shift on Teixeira is ridiculous.

  45. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I hate Joe Maddon’s shifts

  46. Justin says:

    My money is on Saturday for 3000. My father has an uncanny knack for being at every Yankee classic moment by chance.

  47. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    I’m Joe Maddon and I’m gonna position my players in the 5th row of the upper deck in right field because I’m so innovative and edgy and I take lots of chances. Oh hai ESPN wanna chill tonight?

  48. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Let’s get that line drive swing on Alex.

  49. Urban says:

    So, seriously, is that the “normal” infield shift against Tex, but in this case it’s in to try and cut down the runner? Or is is something new from Maddon? Probably have to see next time up.

  50. first time lawng time says:

    I really hope Arod keeps the 30 HR 100 RBI streak alive.

    This drought is putting that in jeopardy.

  51. Monteroisdinero says:

    After 5 months of poor contact, Jeets may be back. I have to say it-those hits are the old Jeter. I say he gets it tonight.

  52. James A says:

    Niemann’s curveball is by far his best pitch right now, I hope the Yankees are taking note

  53. first time lawng time says:

    Cano is a very clean person.

  54. Greg says:

    seriously the Yankees need to take some RISP lessons from the Mets, who lead the league in scoring with two outs

  55. Cy Pettitte says:

    wasting a leadoff double from Jeter really annoys me.

  56. wow says:

    double bleh.

  57. Shaina says:

    Splendid. Not even through the 1st inning and we’re already losing. I’m so glad we’re paying Teixeira 18million to hit .245!!

    • ItsATarp says:

      Yes it’s Tex’s fault he drew a walk

    • Guns of the Navarone says:

      Not as glad as I am that you’re commenting here.

    • CS Yankee says:

      Were paying him nothing.

      The Yankees are paying him to play for them with the bonus of Teix not playing for the BoSox.

      His average is down, but his dingers are up…paced currently close to 50. Not bad.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Of course the Sox lucked out by trading for a 1B a little better than Teix at huge fucking discount because Hoyer loves him his Sox still.

        • We didn’t give up three of our best five prospects to get Tex, though.

          Straight Cash, Homey.

        • CS Yankee says:

          Don’t think that contract is inked yet.

          Plus, this standout year will net him more but his Fenway homers would have equated to 2 Petco homers. His power isn’t all that…maybe the surgery short term effect, maybe Nick the stick effect.

          2011…runner-up MVP, signs 180M$ deal
          2012…bats .300 with 20 HR
          2013…bats .280 with 15 HR

          $ per WAR…10M
          Your mind…blown

  58. Urban says:

    I think Cano has been robbed two straight ABs by the opposing second baseman.

  59. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    5. Into the seats

  60. Dewitt Jones says:

    Derek Jeter isn’t the best player in baseball, but he may very well be the best player for baseball. Can’t help but be a fan tonight.

  61. Urban says:

    No, Michael, the majority of Jeter’s hits have not gone to right. More combined have gone to center and left.

  62. Greg says:

    It looks like Colon’s fastball has lost a few mph

  63. wow says:

    that was a strike

  64. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    That HP umpire is crap

  65. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Colon can’t put hitters away! Demote him to AAA!! Call up NOVA!!!!

    Wait I’m sorry, I thought we were talking about Hughes. Carry on.

  66. Ivan says:

    Wow first lead off walk this season from Colon.

  67. Greg says:

    Colon’s fastball has usually been 92-95. Tonight it’s 90-92. That’s not good. It makes him like Phil Hughes honestly

  68. karel capek says:

    Oh Christ, where is David Cone and his Buster Keaton good looks? John Flaherty is the Mary Pickford of announcers. Micheal Kay is Socrates.

  69. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Jeter definitely has his defensive shortcomings, but for my money nobody turns a smoother double play than him and Cano

  70. Cuso says:

    Colon is channeling his inner Chien Ming Wang

  71. Pasqua says:

    And Colon cleanses the basepaths…

    /Tasteless-Sterling’d

  72. Urban says:

    Chipmonk will probably bury SweetTea out in the backyard one day.

  73. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Nice hustle, Swish.

  74. Jonathan Harker says:

    Poor Swish gets unlucky again.

  75. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Man the Yankees have had some rotten luck since last night’s game.

  76. ItsATarp says:

    Where is our goddamn luck

  77. Monteroisdinero says:

    Calling a Posada dinger on a 2-1 or 3-1 pitch.

  78. Cy Pettitte says:

    was waiting for Sean Rodriguez to make that play.

  79. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    No BABIP could take that away!

  80. Cuso says:

    Need Martin to start hitting

  81. Cy Pettitte says:

    Russell! XBHs ftw.

  82. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Yay Russ!

  83. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Anybody else happy that Posada didn’t try to score?

  84. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    99% of baseball players score there.

    Whatever, at least Jorge didn’t find a way to get thrown out.

  85. MannyGee says:

    goddam I wish Jorge knew how to run the bases… this would be a tie game

    • Rookie says:

      Absolutely, MannyGee. Even a very slow baserunner like Jorge should have easily scored. That was an amazingly pathetic piece of baserunning. It looked obvious — from the TV shots anyway — that the right fielder was VERY unlikely to catch that ball. Jorge should have been running for all he was worth almost from the crack of the bat instead of enjoying the view.

  86. Xstar7 says:

    They’re hitting rockets off Niemann. They’ve got this.

  87. Jonathan Harker says:

    Damn, so close to being out. Let’s score this time.

  88. JobaWockeeZ says:

    That fucked up the Yankees in so many ways. That was close to being a homer and if it was anyone else besides fucking Posada. Oh well. Actually I don’t think Gardner has the guts to do it anyways.

  89. Monteroisdinero says:

    Martin with Monterian power!

  90. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Way to pick it up Russell. Honestly, if it were up to me I would STRONGLY suggest he sit out the All-Star Game and get some rest. He was lighting it up in April.

  91. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Wow what the fuck was that?

  92. tom says:

    Between the play on Swish and how close Martin’s ball came to going out…if the Yanks don’t score here, I’m going to start mumbling to myself.

  93. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Fuck Gardy

  94. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Please for like the first time this season get a clutch hit.

  95. MannyGee says:

    well Brett, dont think that one has the distance.

  96. Urban says:

    Jeez, the only time they’re not making contract or hitting the ball hard is with a man on third and less than two outs!

    Let’s go, Derek.

  97. Monteroisdinero says:

    Damn risp failure but tonight Deric will be epic!

  98. Greg says:

    Brett is walking directly back into my doghouse

  99. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Another inning where we don’t bring in the runner from 3rd? Bullshit

  100. Cuso says:

    Lol. The Biggie walk-up music from ’97?

  101. CS Yankee says:

    Grit for leadoff…not yet!

  102. Cy Pettitte says:

    this game is fucking depressing.

  103. Guns of the Navarone says:

    It should be 3-1 right now.

  104. Jonathan Harker says:

    Pathetic.

  105. MannyGee says:

    well… RISPFail strikes again…

  106. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    That was really, really frustrating…

  107. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Oh my god, we can’t even tie the god damn game up

  108. Xstar7 says:

    So many RISP fails, so little time.

  109. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    C’mon, A-Rod and Gardner have to get the ball out of the infield with a man on 3rd and one out.

    Let’s pick it up people!

  110. Hummingbird S. says:

    its back to the old ways of RISPFAIL for the Yankees

  111. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Jeter is probably the suckiest WPA for the past 2 or 3 years.

  112. tom says:

    A: The strikeout and the popup.

    Q: What are the two surest ways you can miss scoring a runner at 3rd with less than two outs?

    The Yankees were kind enough to illustrate in innings 1 and 2.

  113. Mojo says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  114. Hummingbird S. says:

    I wonder why the media hasnt picked up on the story of Jeter’s lack of “clutchness”. He sucks with RISP this season..

  115. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Well fuck.

    Zobrist remains one of the most underrated players in baseball.

  116. MannyGee says:

    Ben Zobrist huh. shit.

  117. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    This is awful…

  118. Jonathan Harker says:

    2 runs might be enough with this putrid offense.

  119. Xstar7 says:

    Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun

  120. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Just isn’t Bartolo’s day, is it?

  121. Greg says:

    It feels like we’re done, given our luck and the Rays are hitting.

    And I actually had faith that we would win this game, which for me is very rare.

  122. Mojo says:

    Fuck it. I’m not watching anymore. I’ve far exceeded my daily dose of frustration. Tissues and lotion here I come!

  123. Guns of the Navarone says:

    This is why I hate YES. They don’t give one shit about the game. What a cheap fucking HR. It’s just one of those stretches so far I guess. A whole game and 1/3…

  124. Pasqua says:

    Folks, if you’d like a little comic relief, please feast your eyes on the genuine Odd Couple behind home plate…

    They are surely going to be the stars of the newest buddy-cop show on television. We’ll call them, “Hawaiian Shirt and Neckbrace.”

  125. Jimmy McNulty says:

    That’s the cycle in less than three innings. Damn, the fat man’s getting crushed.

  126. Urban says:

    Bart not fooling many today. Even the outs are hard hit.

  127. Cuso says:

    Colon is getting knocked around

  128. MannyGee says:

    wow, look at Bart with the dive there! almost agile

  129. Hummingbird S. says:

    Bart has nothing…

  130. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Wow that was a shitty throw by Grandy

    Looks like we’re gonna be seeing a lot of Noesi tonight

  131. Jonathan Harker says:

    They’re going up there hacking early. Do something, Colon. Do something, offense.

  132. Greg says:

    I actually believed with all my faith that we would win this game. This is why I am a pessimist.

  133. Cy Pettitte says:

    this team is now unwatchable

  134. bobtaco says:

    What’s up with Bart?

  135. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Is Hector the Protector still on the team?

  136. Monteroisdinero says:

    They are hitting strike one fb. Simple as that. We have no luck and risp failure but we will pick up Bart.

  137. Pat D says:

    I can only imagine that The King of the Gloom-Baggers is writing a “the clock has struck midnight on Colon” article.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      lol it’s probably a 2 pager

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      I’m the Harvester of Sorrow as much as anyone here, but even Doc and Verlander have some shit starts. No one can stay as good as Bartolo was during every start. Another start like this, DFA NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111!!1111111!!!one!@!111!!

  138. Guns of the Navarone says:

    John Jaso. He of the .294 OBP. Twice.

  139. Jonathan Harker says:

    Girard’s praying again. This isn’t a good sign.

  140. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Larry Rothschild looks so sad every time YES cuts to him on camera

  141. Greg says:

    Praying’s not gonna help Girardi

  142. BigTimeBartolo says:

    This is frustrating to watch

  143. Matt says:

    Not getting a runner in from 3rd with less than 2 outs is a huge momentum swing in a game, and when you do it twice, you’re just asking for trouble.

    Yet another game where it seems like they’re “going through the motions” in the early innings. What a joke that they ruled that ball in the first inning a Triple for Zobrist.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Meh, you wouldn’t be saying that if it wasn’t for Zobrist’s diving stop in the first.

      • Matt says:

        The only reason anyone is complaining about “bad luck” is that they aren’t creating their own breaks because of the horrible at bats in those spots.

        Even a ground ball to short or second base would have gotten either of those runs home, but instead they had pretty much the two worst at bats you could have in those situations.

        When you let a good team off of the hook that many times, they are going to come out and start tacking on runs. The only reason that Colon’s performance is any bit deflating is that the offense has zero on the board instead of the two it should have.

    • Pat D says:

      Should have been a double with an error by Swisher.

  144. Rob says:

    what is wrong with bart today, he looks like balls. not even just the way he’s pitching, his body language is bad, maybe just because he’s getting rocked

  145. MannyGee says:

    OMGOMGOMG… excuse me while I jump off the nearest bridge!

    holy shit guys, this game is much less frustrating than yesterday when they got 2-hit by Justin fucking Masterson… they are hitting Neimann HAAAAAARD. those are gonna land soon enough

  146. Jimmy McNulty says:

    So the AL AS team is losing a lot of serious firepower: Felix, Pineda, Rivera, Verlander, Price, and now Rivera. Yikes.

  147. Xstar7 says:

    Let’s see what the Yankees can do with the heart of their order up.

  148. Avi says:

    If you want to know if Arod is gonna have a good at bat all you need to do is look at his stance. If he’s perfectly square, not closed at all he has a good AB. if he’s slightly closed he’s all off kilter. Just watch his back foot from the center field camera. If the view of his back foot (his inner right heel)is totally blocked by his front foot he’s perfectly closed. If you see his inner right heel it’s because he’s slightly closed. his body is turned to right field. I’ve noticed this a few years back and it holds true. Let me know what you guys think of this.
    Again if you can’t see his back foot it’s good if you can it’s no good.

  149. MannyGee says:

    Chisenhall just caught a fastball in the face. No Buenos Dias.

  150. Cy Pettitte says:

    runs mother fuckers, can you get them?

  151. Hummingbird S. says:

    wow, this offense really sucks

  152. BigTimeBartolo says:

    I’m so fucking sick of Mark Teixeira pop-ups

  153. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    These first three innings have been a fucking abortion.

  154. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I hate when the 3rd batter in a short inning swings at the first pitch.

    Hate it.

  155. Grit For Brains says:

    Zach McAllister making his big league debut for the Indians

  156. Greg says:

    Remember what I said about momentum, Ever since the Mets loss the Yankees are potentially going to lose 3 of 4. That’s momentum.

    And again, I honestly believed that they would win this game, and they still might. But it doesnt good right now

  157. Kostas says:

    Tex is just horrible right now. Provides nothing for ARod or Granderson.

  158. MannyGee says:

    wow. what was that, 7 pitches? gonna have to do better than that, boys. Bartolo could really use a breather…

    (breather = root beer float & chicken wings)

  159. Tut says:

    Suddenly, things suck.

  160. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I’ve got Winfield, Henderson and Boggs…no idea who the 4th could be

  161. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Shut up, Kay

  162. Xstar7 says:

    Oh great, here we go with the “gutty and gritty” shit again.

  163. MannyGee says:

    Boggs, Rickey Henderson, Dave Winfield, annnnnnd…….

  164. Cy Pettitte says:

    signing/trading for ex-Rays players is no bueno

  165. Matt says:

    There are times to be aggressive, and times to be patient, and the hitters seem to be inbetween approaches tonight. In a sac fly situation, it’s not the worst thing in the world to lean into that first pitch and put it in the air, but down 3 runs with the bases empty?

  166. Xstar7 says:

    Bartolo is ineffectively wild today.

  167. first time lawng time says:

    Ugh 3-0? Yanks haven’t scored off Neiman?

    These guys are in a total crap stretch right now.

  168. Rob says:

    i think joe maddon has magic baseball dust that makes players better than they really are, or least magic bullpen dust

  169. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Bartolo needs to tackle Zobrist and sit on his face

  170. Matt says:

    Niemann this year has been a fly ball pitcher, yet the Yankees have 6 groundouts as opposed to 1 fly out.

    And it’s hard to say that Niemann has been sharp tonight. They simply haven’t had many good at bats.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      They’ve also had 4 men on base with less than 2 outs.

      They just need to get some big hits.

      • Matt says:

        They just needed to hit a ground ball to 2nd or short, and didn’t even do that.

        They have caught a few bad breaks on balls in play, but the real bad breaks have been self-induced (strikeout and pop up).

        • They just needed to hit a ground ball to 2nd or short, and didn’t even do that.

          You say that like it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. The Rays know all the Yankees needed was to hit a ground ball to second or short, so they pitched to those batters in a way to try and prevent that from happening.

          You don’t just get to walk up to the plate and hit a grounder to 2nd just because you want to.

          • Derek Jeter says:

            You don’t just get to walk up to the plate and hit a grounder to 2nd just because you want to.

            I do!

  171. Greg says:

    In hindsight, it might be good that Girardi didnt pitch Noesi last night.

  172. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Anyone else agree with me that Bartolo isn’t getting any borderline calls?

  173. Kostas says:

    Think this strike zone is bit ridiculous tonight. This has to be the worst overall year for “balls/strikes” in terms of inconsistent. Eric Gregg gave three feet on each side of the plate but was at least consistent.

  174. first time lawng time says:

    It’s time for these assholes to pound this scrub.

    I left after Martin hit abdouble and it was second and third 1 out.

    How did they not score?

  175. MannyGee says:

    my 6 y.o. just called that Cano hit

  176. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Robbie Cano: chasing DiMaggio.

  177. Greg says:

    My worry is that this is Niemann is the worst Rays starter we see this series. If we cant beat him…

  178. Matt says:

    People wonder why offense is down so much around the league. Well tonight is a very interesting example of one of the theories that I’ve seen.

    Colon hasn’t been quite as sharp tonight, but he’s thrown a lot of pitches that have been borderline. However, the umpire isn’t calling them strikes, so they are turning into walks and runs.

    With some of the insane strike zones that the Yankees faced in the Cleveland series, they were given no chance to work deep counts. It changes an at bat when you give a pitcher called strikes 2-3 inches off the plate. The hitters have to be a lot more defensive and expand the zone.

    • Matt says:

      Swisher now called out on a borderline pitch that hasn’t been called for Colon tonight.

      It changes the entire tenor of an inning when you give pitchers those kinds of calls.

      Nothing has fundamentally changed in the game between say 2007-2008 and 2010-2011. Amphetamines and steroids were already gone in both periods. If that’s the case, then what on the field has changed?

      It certainly seems like the strike zone has been awfully wide these last few years.

  179. Cuso says:

    Swisher GoDp

  180. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Can you imagine the heat Jeter would take with theatrics like that??

  181. Cuso says:

    Swisher GIDP

  182. Pasqua says:

    Ugh. Watching Boggs drop to his knees and kiss homeplate still makes we wince. I’m appreciative of his time as a Yankee and all, but that was so over the top. Just round the damn bases. /just my opinion

  183. Mike Axisa says:

    Haha, where was that pitch?

  184. Cy Pettitte says:

    fucking Kay.

  185. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Kay, that wasn’t even close shut your face.

  186. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Fuck you Michael Kay

  187. MannyGee says:

    so. Konerko and Victorino, huh. yet CC and McCutchen sit home.

    All star voting is racially motivated. Yeah, I said it.

  188. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Kay is starting to get positively Sterling-esque with these non-homerun calls.

  189. Pat D says:

    I’m going to kill Kay.

  190. BigTimeBartolo says:

    I want to punch Darrell Cousins in the face…bullshit call

  191. Xstar7 says:

    I wish Kay knew how to read fly balls.

  192. Urban says:

    Kay needs to be thrown into a deep pit with a bunch of angry, starving pigs.

  193. Guest says:

    BABIP nightmare.

  194. Cy Pettitte says:

    52 pitches through 4, this guys is gonna throw a fucking CGSO. This team has been so bad since the Mets walkoff it’s not even funny.

    • ItsATarp says:

      because the CC game didn’t happen and it’s a small sample size of 4 games? omgz

    • Greg says:

      It’s called momentum

      • Pasqua says:

        It’s called many things, but momentum isn’t one of them. Momentum is a concept. That’s it. Call it good pitching, call it failure to hit with RISP, call it bad luck at times, call it bad pitching (as is the case for Colon tonight) but guess what? One game does not impact another every game is different, with different contexts and circumstances (oh, and results). That’s why they play 162 of them.

    • Guest says:

      And they were great for the eighteen games before that.

      As long as the good periods last long than the bad periods (and I suspect they will), then everything is going to be OK.

      • As long as the good periods last long than the bad periods (and I suspect they will), then everything is going to be OK.
        As long as the good periods last long than the bad periods (and I suspect they will), then everything is going to be OK.
        As long as the good periods last long than the bad periods (and I suspect they will), then everything is going to be OK.

        Threepeated for emphasis.

  195. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Niemann is getting a combo of BABIP luck and generous calls from the umpire, watch him throw a fucking CGSHO

  196. Cuso says:

    Not watching YES. Did Kay break out the “Deeee-eeeep?”

  197. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Bad luck, bad calls, just missing… the makings of a mini slump.

  198. ItsATarp says:

    we should stop hitting the ball hard…since it’s no working

  199. Stratman9652 says:

    Another flyball another Kay homerun call dry-hump. He seems to be doing that more than ever now.

  200. MannyGee says:

    Nunez woulda had that ball…

    #JeterHatin

    • Urban says:

      …but dropped it, then rushed to pick it up, wildly overthrowing Tex, mortally wounding one of Jeter’s parents in the luxury box.

      #NunezHatin

  201. Cy Pettitte says:

    game over. see ya folks

  202. Urban says:

    Okay, now it’s getting depressing.

  203. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Kay didn’t read that ball either

  204. MannyGee says:

    wow. Upton TATTOOOOOD that.

    its time for Colon to get hisself a shower

  205. Cuso says:

    Game es over, Manny. You can jump.

  206. first time lawng time says:

    Nice job, Yankees!

    Of course, this game wouldn’t be as obnoxious of they bothered winning the completely winnable games on Sunday and Monday.

  207. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    How can Kay go silent after that leaves Upton’s bat yet go ape shit when Posada hits a pop up?

  208. BigTimeBartolo says:

    UGH. Fuck. This. SHIT

  209. Greg says:

    Well we’re done.

    This game is the reason why I’m a pessimist. I actually had faith that we would win this game. What a waste of faith.

  210. Kevin G. says:

    *Hits ball hard, watches it go straight into fielder’s glove*

  211. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Kay sure knows how to call a home run… Flew off his seat on Posada’s fly out and slow call’s Upton’s moon shot. He’s entering Sterling territory.

  212. Xstar7 says:

    Has Upton reached his potential yet, Kay?

  213. Matt says:

    The Yankees lost any scrap of momentum that they had in this game as soon as they had some of the worst at bats of the season with those runners at third base and less than 2 outs.

    Baseball is as much a mental game as a physical one. Sure, Colon has given up 5 runs, but it’s hard to say that it would have played out the same way if he was given a few runs and a chance to settle in.

  214. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Go O’s!!

  215. wow says:

    This is unbearable

  216. Kostas says:

    Well, early night. They just seem flat since the Sunday game with the Mets – discounting the Carrasco meltdown (Thank you for not making this a potential 5 game losing streak.)

  217. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    DIABEETUSSSSSS

  218. Cy Pettitte says:

    worst part of this game? I have to read shit like this from that moron Heyman

    “the #rays are killing bart colon, killing him. five runs so far, but it seems like 10. #expirationdate?”

  219. MannyGee says:

    Fuld is a diabetic… its no Jon Lester Lymphoma, but it could get him laid…

  220. ItsATarp says:

    people here can be so fucking obnoxiously pessimistic at times it makes me want to bang my head on a table.

  221. Derek Jeter says:

    This stretch reminds me of last year in Sep when they had that 8 game win streak before going on to shit the bed

    Luckily, the all star break can give them time to regroup and they don’t have to go straight into the playoffs playing like this.

  222. Kostas says:

    John Flaherty is as annoying as Suzyn Waldman. Tries stating the obvious as something earth breaking.

  223. MannyGee says:

    wow, how did Brigniac get there! great play by Reed.

  224. Rob says:

    alright, im calling an arod two run shot this inning (3 if we’re lucky) hows that for optimism?

  225. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Dr. Kissinger! My fav.

  226. Urban says:

    Please get a hit Derek, so I have a reason to continue watching tonight.

  227. MannyGee says:

    FCK YOU BABIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  228. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Fuck you Sean Rodriguez

  229. Xstar7 says:

    Fuck you Sean Rodriguez.

  230. Derek Jeter says:

    My my! There is so much venom and hate tonight!

    Since we’re all Yankees fans, we should love eachother and respect eachother’s opinions.

    Right?

  231. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I love seeing Tino lurking in the Jeter box haha

  232. Jonathan Harker says:

    What is Tino doing up there with Jeter’s family?

  233. ItsATarp says:

    Well we can’t catch a break.

  234. MannyGee says:

    wow Minka absolutely glows on camera. well done, DJ

  235. Skip says:

    Derek brought Tanyon Sturtze to the game to watch him get 3,000? Hrm. Never saw that coming.

  236. YankeesJunkie says:

    Lolfense has been out in full force the first five innings, hopefully they can get a big inning sooner rather than later.

  237. Kostas says:

    Granderson – determined to lead the league in HR’s and K’s.

  238. Karl Krawfid says:

    This team looks dead again.

  239. Cy Pettitte says:

    can it be all star break now?

  240. mbonzo says:

    Colon goes from throwing 89-90 and after 90 pitches he’s throwing 94… what?

  241. Pat D says:

    Hey, Michael, YOU are one of the reasons this series feels like it’s all about Jeter.

    Fucking fucktard idiot.

  242. Eduardo Nunez says:

    Bartolo gutting out a lousy start…and he has a lot of gut.

  243. Ramiro Pena says:

    I’d shit myself if Zobrist hit a cycle

  244. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    If Zobrist tore his ACL right now I’d be like “k cool”

  245. first time lawng time says:

    Guys, I’m going to go text the Yankees and tell them they’re allowed to score runs when CC isn’t pitching.

  246. MannyGee says:

    wow. that was an adventure for Sir Bartman Colonius. glad that is over so we can concentrate on what is really important. getting Jeter like 17 more ABs, so he can get those last two pesky hits.

  247. Xstar7 says:

    It’s Hurling Hector time.

  248. Cy Pettitte says:

    Russell has a cannon

  249. first time lawng time says:

    Last year, they played well going into the break, then like crap coming out.

    So Colon is taking initiative and helping the entire team get the shit out of it’s system.

  250. wow says:

    it’s unbelievable how quickly this team can turn. all or nothing. unbearable

  251. MannyGee says:

    Kay is outta control.

    “Ummm, I think Cano tagged him on the sleeve….”

  252. wow says:

    Tex, what the FRICK

  253. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Tex is MVP of infield popups

  254. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Teixeira’s IFFB% well above his career average this season.

  255. Urban says:

    Where are the tanks? Where are the soldiers?

  256. first time lawng time says:

    4 hits 0 runs off of a piece of crap pitcher.

    That is so pathetic.

    I would never tip my hat to Neimann. The guy just isn’t a good pitcher.

  257. Urban says:

    People are wondering if Jeter is the last 3000 hit player? No one is wondering that. Not a single person anywhere on the earth, Michael.

  258. MannyGee says:

    A Rod will never get to 3000 if he does not put the goddam ball in the air.

  259. Xstar7 says:

    Alex, just GTFO.

  260. mbonzo says:

    You can hear Flaherty just try to talk about anything, and Kay just reverts back to the 3,000 hit discussion.

  261. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    God I hate you Kay

  262. Kostas says:

    All Star break can’t come soon enough. Yankees need AARP to step in.

  263. wow says:

    none of the Yankees should go to the dang All-star game. they all need to regroup.

  264. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Bleacher Creatures <3

  265. Greg says:

    What are they singing?

  266. mbonzo says:

    Mic is too close to the Creatures apparently.

  267. Pat D says:

    Teix, you’re making it very hard for me to defend you against the Mojo’s of the world.

  268. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Finally.

  269. wow says:

    baserunners

  270. Guest says:

    That’s a start.

  271. MannyGee says:

    garbage time Homer…. he’s gonna do well next Monday night

  272. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Finally a run!

  273. Cy Pettitte says:

    at least they broke up the shutout

  274. MannyGee says:

    loud out by Swish.

  275. Pat D says:

    Wow, I can’t believe Kay kept it in his pants on Swisher’s flyout.

  276. wow says:

    wake up Yankees.

  277. Greg says:

    If we can get this to a two run lead in the next two innings we have a shot

  278. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Sean Rodriguez gets that

  279. first time lawng time says:

    I’m suprised the Rays have scored 5 runs already. Their lineup isn’t that good. And Colon is a good pitcher.

    Yet the best offense in baseball can’t do anything against Neimann.

  280. Carl says:

    Geez. Another allowed hit. For once, can we have not have an inning where there’s a baserunner on tonight?

  281. MannyGee says:

    holy shit snacks!!!!!! they woke up!

  282. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    The Rays were inspired watching Jorge run the bases, apparently

  283. YankeesJunkie says:

    Badass! Best 5-4-3 DP ever.

  284. Greg says:

    What A Wacky play

    5-4-3 for 2

  285. Stratman9652 says:

    What were the creatures singing? Was that the gangbang song I heard?

    • mbonzo says:

      Can’t remember how it goes but it starts with calling out the right fielders name. “Matt Joyce, Matt Joyce… You can’t beat us, you suck the Yankee’s penis.” Theres a lot more to it, its been a while.

  286. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Rays supply some comedy and an ass whooping. Very generous team.

  287. YankeesJunkie says:

    Why were people cheering at the end?

  288. Pat D says:

    NESN trying to convince me that Daniel Nava has a future? HA!

    • MannyGee says:

      sure he does. not particularly as a baseball player… but I bet you he could sell the shit out of an iPhone!

  289. first time lawng time says:

    GBA is so annoying.

    I’d much rather see one of those WB Mason commercials. Preferably the one with the choir or the doo wop group.

  290. MannyGee says:

    its time form some runs…

  291. Greg says:

    No MIke

  292. MannyGee says:

    fuck Sean Rodriguez…

  293. wow says:

    gonna be a bleak, bleak series.

  294. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I’m starting to hate Sean Rodriguez

  295. Dino Velvet says:

    14-4 with Nunez

    1-5 without Nunez

  296. Karl Krawfid says:

    Russell Martin sucks.

    Can’t wait until Montero is 33 so the Yankees can pick up a Veteran backstop.

  297. mbonzo says:

    Kay gets excited for Jeter, when Gardner gets a hit. STFU!

  298. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Kay, Jeter would get another AB anyway

  299. MannyGee says:

    time for one of those lazy dribblers we’ve grown to loathe

  300. Cy Pettitte says:

    can he get 2 hits in this AB and get it over with already?

  301. Jonathan Harker says:

    That old rabbi and the blonde are praying. I think he gets a hit here.

    • Pat D says:

      Further proof that prayer is worthless. It was not God’s will that it be done.

      • Buddha says:

        uhhhhh…. what?

        • Pat D says:

          George Carlin kind of reference.

          Saying that praying for things is dumb, and that what happens if you don’t get what you pray for, you say, “Well, it was God’s will.”

          Carlin’s response: “Fine, but if it was God’s will and He was going to do whatever He wanted anyway, why the fuck bother praying in the first place? Couldn’t you just skip that step and go right to His will?

  302. wow says:

    welp, go Orioles.

  303. Xstar7 says:

    Anti-climactic

  304. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    fuckin Orioles

  305. Rockstar4Life says:

    Must be nice to play in a little league field with cameras installed all over the place and a team of juiced up clowns.

  306. MannyGee says:

    I am completely FUCKING OVER that strike at the throat they’re calling tonight…

  307. Pat D says:

    All this Jeter 3000 talk reminds me of something Lewis Black once said.

    He was on one of his priceless rants about we the people going overboard and insane with the patriotic crap. He was talking about the Super Bowl one year. “Four hours before the game came on, the NFL present its tribute to America. That’s great! The NFL, which can’t present football properly, is now going ot present America! And by the time the game started…I was sick of freedom!! I pined to be enslaved.”

    I kind of feel that way right now.

    • MannyGee says:

      thats pretty goddam funny. especially if you imagine it in his inflection… classic

      • Pat D says:

        I can’t remember which album it was. Either The End of the Universe, Rules of Enragement or The Luther Burbank Arts Center Performing Blues. Or whathever the hell his 4th album was called.

  308. first time lawng time says:

    Since Saturday the Yankees haven’t scored runs until the 5th or 6th inning.

    Except on Tuesday.

  309. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Fuck that HP ump

  310. Karl Krawfid says:

    Tex trying to hook everything.

    Giambi.

  311. Pat D says:

    Teix not making any sweet, sexy contact.

    He’s starting to look like a white dwarf approaching a black hole. It’s physics. It’s inevitable.

  312. MannyGee says:

    holy shit is Juan Cruz bald!!!!

  313. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I am so sick of those fucking popups

  314. MannyGee says:

    wow. A Rod is just NOT there this week, month, since the oblique….

  315. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Arod: 0-4

    Thanks for showing up today, Alex

  316. Cy Pettitte says:

    god damn this team is terrible

  317. Pat D says:

    Cano just cost Derek another AB.

  318. Monteroisdinero says:

    For some good news: Nova with 10 K’s in 7&2/3rds tonight.

  319. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    The Sox hit 3 fucking HRs in a row. God.

  320. Xstar7 says:

    Hurlin’ Hector

  321. ItsATarp says:

    Good job Nosei..too bad we won’t see you for another month.

  322. Monteroisdinero says:

    I hate getting beaten by this 42M payroll team. Their top salary (Damon) isn’t even playing.

  323. first time lawng time says:

    Great. Boston is about 6 minutes from going into first place.

    3 HR in a row? ESPN is going to have an orgasm.

    You know, it’s too bad Gardner couldn’t catch a popup and Rivera couldn’t get the third fucking out.

    And now Nova is injured all because he had to go down for fucking Hughes.

    Grreeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaat. I am so pissed right now.

  324. Xstar7 says:

    Guys, we still have a chance. It’s Kyle Farnsworth.

  325. Shaina says:

    Everyone bitches about Cervelli, but do realize Martin is hitting .221!! Time to put Jorge behind the dish.

  326. first time lawng time says:

    Oh yeah. And tomorrow the Yankees will score 1 or 2 runs against a crap pitcher they’ve never seen before. So that’s a loss.

    Then on Saturday they probably will score 1 run max because AJ gets no run support and Price is pitching. So that’s a loss.

    But wait! CC is pitching on Sunday! So naturally the Yankees will score 7 or 8 runs for him because he needs it soooooooo much.

    Ugh.

  327. nunez fan says:

    no nunez, no win.

    BUT HE’S INJURED! fuck you.

  328. Monteroisdinero says:

    just get on so Kay can milk some more DJ!!!!!!!

  329. Karl Krawfid says:

    Russell Martin. Joe Girardi 2.0.

  330. ItsATarp says:

    Ump suddenly expanding the zone eh?

  331. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Yay!! Kay can have a Jeter orgasm!!

  332. MannyGee says:

    here we go. Jeter is gonna earn his clutcheyness here.

  333. mbonzo says:

    More umpires need to be fired. After Joe West’s crew’s tirade last night and all season, umps need to be the mediators of the game, not the bullies. Cousins has been terrible tonight, but it might scare umpires into working on their eye at the plate.

  334. Urban says:

    Just get on Derek, anyway possible. We need another runner.

  335. ItsATarp says:

    Jeter is going to keep the rally going tomorrow i guess

  336. MannyGee says:

    so… in closing

    Fuck Sean Rodriguez. time to beat off and go to bed.

  337. Xstar7 says:

    Seriously, Sean Rodriguez again? Fuck him.

  338. nunez fan says:

    captain clutch right there

  339. V says:

    Wow, Jeter. Wow.

  340. mt says:

    Grounder to third – what a surprise!

  341. Karl Krawfid says:

    Jeter was trying to drive the ball with that big hack he took.

  342. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    F U C K S E A N R O D R I G U E Z

  343. ItsATarp says:

    Honestly aside from Martin…Jeter is the last guy i want to see to keep a rally going right now.

  344. Monteroisdinero says:

    Much to Kay’s shock, Jeter unable to tie the game with his 3rd homer of the season, a 3 run jack that scores 4 to tie the game! God is Kay annoying. No mention of Jeter trying to get on for a guy on deck with 25 HR’s.

    I’d love to play 3B when Jeter bats.

  345. first time lawng time says:

    Lol whatevs I’m already over it.

    The all star break is next week. I think these guys need a rest.

    Honestly this loss is so much better than the ones on Sunday and Monday.

    Although scoring one run of a pitcher with an ERA of 5 is a bit disappointing. But whatever. Robbie hit a HR so I’m happy.

    • ItsATarp says:

      Who are you and what did you do to FTLT?!?!?!?!

      • first time lawng time says:

        1. http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....nt-2377847. I said I’d get over it

        2. They’re 1/2 game out of first and it’s not even the break yet. I’d be very surprised if they never took the lead again

        3. There have been some pretty funny comments tonight that make me not mind this loss

        4. It’s a baseball game. I really don’t care what happens. I don’t have to go to school and deal with Boston fans and I don’t have to read ESPN or listen to sports radio so there really is no reason to get angry.

    • Pat D says:

      I could make a sexist joke here, but it’s probably best I refrain.

      • mbonzo says:

        Pig tails.

      • first time lawng time says:

        No. Say it. I actually wanna hear it. I actually find sexist jokes funny. They don’t offend me for whatever reason.

        • Pat D says:

          I was just going to say that it’s obvious you’re female because every game seems to be such an emotional roller coaster for you.

          It’s like watching each game is going through a pregnancy.

          (Note: I say this because my younger sister could go into labor at any time)

          • first time lawng time says:

            LMFAO

            every game seems to be such an emotional roller coaster for you.

            That’s what my mom says about AJ!

            That was a pretty funny joke though.

  346. wow says:

    this team is owning sucktown right now

  347. Rainbow Connection says:

    $200 million for this? Embarrassing.

  348. Alfredo says:

    this team is frustarating me right now but i also now they will not loose evey game from now and the end of the year. Also i bet we win twomorrow.

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