Jul
10

Game 88: Before the break

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(Photo Credit: Flickr user Jay?? via Creative Commons license)

Today marks the end of the first half of the season, only if you ignore the fact that the halfway point of the season came about the week ago. A win today would guarantee that the Yankees head into the All-Star break no worse than tied for first in the AL East in the loss column, and no worse than five losses up on the Wildcard spot. Considering the doubt surrounding the rotation coming into the season, it’s tough to be disappointed with that. Here’s the starting nine…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Jorge Posada, DH
Russell Martin, C
Brett Gardner, LF
Andruw Jones, RF
Eduardo Nunez, 3B

CC Sabathia, SP

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Anon

    Where is Swish? Didnt realize he was banged up?

    • 28 this year

      hurt his quad

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        That’s nothing. Colon broke his quad burger.

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

    I’m pretty pumped to see ZZ pitch again

  • Spaniard

    Weak ass lineup

    • CMP

      All they need is 2-3 runs and CC with take care of the rest.

      • first time lawng time

        You know with CC on the mound they’ll score 7 or 8 lol

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

    Riveraveblues commercial again!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Chance to take two of three from the team that currently marks the margin in which the Yankees hold a playoff spot, and add a game to that margin with three head-to-heads wiped off the board.

    Regardless of what happens today, however, I have to ask the RABBI’s a little poll question – Red Sox @ Rays for three after the ASB. Who do you want to see win that series, if not outright sweep?

    I swallow my tongue by saying the Sox, on the sole condition that the division is a nice reward in today’s MLB, but with the pretty obvious knowledge that the WC is coming from the East (again) this year, as long as the Yankees reach the playoffs, then that’ll suffice. The Yankees were given such little chance of winning the East coming into this season anyway (45 of 45 ESPN analysts picking the Sox re-enforces that point).

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

      the rays need to win that series

    • Jonathan Harker

      Rays. The Rays will not hang around all year. They will eventually fall back and the Sox/Yanks will be the clear #1 and #2 in the AL. Therefore, we need every advantage we can get over Boston so I would like to get HFA throughout the AL playoffs.

      • Kramerica Industries

        This is what I thought before the season, and here they are at the break well in the thick of things.

        I still don’t buy them being in the thick of it in the last week of September, but the sooner they fall off the pace, the better. They are the perfect annoying team to hang around all year.

    • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

      45 of 45 ESPN analysts picking the Sox re-enforces that point.

      More ESPN analysts picked the Astros to win their division than the Yankees or Rays.

    • first time lawng time

      Rays.

      I would NEVER root for the Red Sox.

      • Kiko Jones

        Yeah, I’d root for Al-Qaeda before Boston. (And would rather see the Yankees lose to the Rays down the stretch, if it came down to that scenario.) So for reasons rational and not, I want the Rays to win that series post-ASG series. Plus, I like the Rays, even if they are in the AL East as well. As long as they’re not facing the Yankees, I’m rooting for ‘em.

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

    haha jay-z sounds ridiculous

  • Greg

    As ususal Maddon is up to his dirty tricks. Only one left handed hitter in the lineup against CC. I know its legal and it is sound strategy but its still kind of evil.

    • Guns of the Navarone

      Yeah… Justin Ruggiano, Brandon Guyer, and Kelly Shoppach. What a genius.

      Although, Shoppach has kind of owned CC lately IIRC. Broke up a no-hit bid not too long ago. I don’t think any of it matters the way CC is pitching.

    • Mike HC

      Not evil at all. Smart. Maddon is probably by far the best manager in the league at this point, in my opinion.

      • Greg

        It’s like his shifts. it is smart but it is almost wiseass smart.

        • Mike HC

          I definitely see what you are saying.

      • Pat D

        Billy Martin would still outmanage him.

        I mean now, from the great beyond.

  • Mike HC

    I know this has been brought here before, but there is not “live blogging during every game,” as the new RAB commercial on YES claims (not that I would like that for every game, I prefer the open comment forum set up). Not a big deal, but it does kind of stick out every time I see the commercial.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      I think that supposed to refer to what you and I are doing right now. Poorly worded, but not a big deal.

      • Betty Lizard

        Have to agree. Having a post/thread about an event, with commenters conversing as the events happen can be called live blogging. (That there are updates and comments from the thread author strengthens the characterization.) “Live blogging” doesn’t equal “chat.” It’s the “sharing reactions during the event” that makes it live blogging, at least for the blogs I read.

        Anyway, the important thing is that RAB is getting publicity.

        • Mike HC

          There is a corresponding graphic with the “live blogging” comment showing that little chat screen that Mike uses for the live chats. It is just a bit confusing I guess, to say the least. But again, not a big deal, and I’m all for publicity for RAB, by far the best Yankee blog on the internet, not even close.

  • Just saw a commercial for this blog, kinda cool haha

    btw pretty sweet way to get 3000 yesterday, eh?

    called it to a T

  • Greg

    There is another commercial that bother me. The guy answers the bartender’s questions with such uncertainty. IT’S ON THE FRICKIN’ LABEL! JUST READ THE DAMN LABEL!

    If they covered it up, it would make more sense.

  • first time lawng time

    LMAO. I’m watching Say Yes to the Dress and they’re showing the wedding between Chad Gaudin and his wife.

    Everyone was making a big deal with the girl’s dress saying “you’re marrying someone in the public eye…Yankee royalty…you have to make the right choice…” lol

    Chad Gaudin really is not attractive.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      Unattractive and cheap. He apparently didn’t want to pay for the dress, so he had his fiancee do that show.

  • Pat D

    Anyone watching the Women’s World Cup at all?

    Yea, didn’t think so. All I’m going to say is that no matter how bad the umpiring can be in baseball, at least it usually doesn’t determine the outcomes of very important games. Because the U.S. just got double fucked in their match against Brazil.

    • GRGOYLDEF@

      Complete and utter bullshit call.

      • Pat D

        Both of them were. I’m not sure what was worse. Probably the do-over on the penalty kick since that’s having the actual impact.

        • Oscar Gamble’s ‘Fro

          There’s is no other explanation other than the FIFA officials are on the fucking take. That was criminal. Really, it was. I feel terrible for those girls.

  • Mike HC

    I feel like CC should weigh in before every start like a prize fighter.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    With that lineup I can’t imagine how the Rays are able to score more than 1-2 runs/game.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Elliot Johnson? really?

  • Greg

    See what I mean? Evil

    • Mike HC

      haha

    • StanfordBen

      I don’t really see what you mean. How is it evil to play a crappy player who happens to be a righty? I’m pretty sure CC is perfectly happy to face Elliot Johnson.

  • karel capek

    If John Flaherty wants my respect then he will get plastic surgery to make himself look like David Cone. He would also need to star in an independent film entitled ‘The General 2′ and perform perfect pantomime like Buster Keaton. With that John Flaherty will truly be YES’ best announcer. It’s difficult but I’m worth it.

  • Urban

    Is it three days off for the All-Star break, or four? I’d rather it be three, but the last couple years it seems they don’t start back up until Friday.

    • Pat D

      They play Thursday.

      • Urban

        Good. Four days without regular games is too much for me to take!

    • YankeesJunkie

      Three for the Yanks this year.

    • Kramerica Industries

      They start up on Thursday at Toronto this year.

  • Cy Pettitte

    DRob is an all star!

    • Kostas

      replacing David Price – who is still distraught for being abused by Jeter yesterday.

    • StanfordBen

      Wait, DRob over CC? He’s replacing Price, it’s not like he’s replacing another reliever.

      • Pat D

        CC wouldn’t be able to pitch.

        But this is interesting because Price was a pick by Washington, which means that he picked DRob.

        • Urban

          The issue with CC, as noted, is he can’t pitch in the All-Star game since he’s pitching today, but he deserves the honor of the All-Star game. Washington could have selected him, then immediately named his replacement. Other managers have done this, including Girardi when he managed last years.

          • Pat D

            True. But I think CC said he wouldn’t go anyway, so that might have played into it.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Yay DRob!

  • Greg

    Shields is the master of the changeup.

    and Robertson’s an all star

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

    Damn, Shields is on point

    • Guns of the Navarone

      Has been all season. It’s amazing how the two big candidates for a bounceback season (Shields & Beckett) are doing it in a monster way with what basically amounts to better luck.

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

        yeah he’s been money all season, and i’m glad he’s bouncing back. I am praying beckett regresses. I mean he has to, right?

        • Guns of the Navarone

          Not necessarily. Both pitchers had entire seasons that were effected negatively by BABIP and HR/FB factors, so it’s not unreasonable to assume that their luck (combined with the fact that they’re good pitchers) could continue all season.

          But Beckett is probably a better candidate to regress sooner rather than later simply because of his injuries/injury history.

  • StanfordBen

    Given that Shields seemed to be on, I’ll take a 22 pitch inning.

    • Greg

      So will I

  • Pat D

    Well, the U.S. Women are fucked.

    • Pat D

      And Brazil was offsides.

      A+ officiating.

      • YankeesJunkie

        FIFA is a fairly terrible organization.

        • Pat D

          Oh, yea, definitely.

          Any international sports organization is either incompetent, corrupt, or anti-American.

          Most are all of the above, and blatantly so as well.

    • YankeesJunkie

      I fully expect the U.S. fans to set Dresden ablaze as protest to this terrible officiating.

      • Pat D

        I love that the neutral fans are catcalling the Brazilian player at every turn now.

        • YankeesJunkie

          Yeah, the fans are usually pretty smart about realizing a screw job officiating when they see one.

  • Greg

    Evil Maddon

  • Cy Pettitte

    Russell!

    that was pretty stupid.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Just like the 2-10 had an effect on the mighty Red Sox?

  • YankeesJunkie

    CC does not look quite as beastly today thus far.

  • Urban

    Love it when a team runs themselves into an easy out.

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

    lol why would you do that?

  • aRX

    Thanks for the free out pal

  • Jonathan Harker

    That was idiotic. Don’t understand why people were calling Maddon the best manager in baseball. He’s an idiot. But he starts predominantly right handers against a left hander! Everybody does that, including Girardi.

    • http://twitter.com/Bismarck1872 Jerome S.

      It’s the glasses.

    • Greg

      Again, its like his shifts. Its wiseass smart. The fact that they sent down a pitcher just to have another right handed bat is very manipulative.

    • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

      If Maddon managed the Yankees, he would be causing all of us to have fits every game. I’m not saying he’s not a good manager, because he is, but he would be doing things daily that would piss many of us off. Allowing that attempted steal in that situation being one small example.

  • http://twitter.com/Bismarck1872 Jerome S.

    Yankees are great in day games but are actually 27-30 at night. Anyone else concerned by this? It’s a 57-game sample, so it seems to be indicative of something. It concerns me a bit more considering that the playoffs are played at night.
    I don’t think they have many blue-eyed players, either, ha.

    • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

      Yes, the issue is the Yankees have too many brown-eyed players who don’t see as well at night.

      Or this is just randomness at play.

    • Cy Pettitte

      we need more blue-eyed players

    • CS Yankee

      Rumor has it the main reason why we haven’t aquired another Ace this year is that Cashman has spent all his time looking for a blue-eyed hitter.

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    For whatever reason, I’ve heard more curses from Jorge come across my TV than collectively from all past seasons.

    • CS Yankee

      That mask could distort things better, ehh?

    • jon

      I wonder why

      Career OPS+ 122

      Current OPS+ 95

      • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

        I have no doubt he’s cursed more because he’s missed more pitches, but I’m also sure the Yankees have mic’d the field differently. I’m hearing more things this year than in the past, and since I’m pretty sure I’m not hallucinating and I’m even more positive my hearing is not improving, I’m going with a change in mic positioning.

  • tom

    Well, that puts a crimp in the “run up the pitch count” strategy.

  • CS Yankee

    Please jones do something…good that is.

  • http://twitter.com/Bismarck1872 Jerome S.

    That was a strike in hell…

  • Greg

    Considering the first two outs took 3 pitches, that was a good job stretching him a bit.

  • Mike c

    I have a feeling this is andruw’s last game with the Yankees. So long, you won’t be missed

    • Greg

      Why do you say that?

      • Mike c

        Because he’s terrible? I think cashman will be able to find a backup OF who can hit above the Mendoza line

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I hope so.

  • first time lawng time

    1st inning: break up the perfect game
    2nd inning: break up the no hitter
    3rd inning: break up the shutout
    …and make it happen!

    • CS Yankee

      4th inning…the rout should be on?

  • Dela G

    hahahaha michael kay is a medical moron

    • Kostas

      No need to insert medical before describing what type of moron he is. Keep it simple.

      Michael Kay is a moron

  • jon

    the rays are going after the high heat

  • Kostas

    CC is just dealing …. going to cost $28 million a year

  • Cy Pettitte

    Sabathia is an all star!

  • YankeesJunkie

    Maybe I was wrong, CC looks pretty good.

  • jon

    10 pitch inning with 2 strike outs

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Uggh…8 games in a row in the 2 worst stadiums in the AL.

  • first time lawng time

    Yay CC!

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    Hmmm, the scenario I just mentioned above with CC just happened. Not sure why this didn’t happen a week back though.

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    Oh, fuck.

  • Dela G

    eff… nunez please be ok

  • Jonathan Harker

    Walk it off, Nunez. We need your bat.

    • JMK

      His bat really isn’t all that good. (Not this year, anyway; he could be a pretty solid offensive player in the future.)

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    fuck. please be OK Nunie…

  • mbonzo

    Here comes Laird

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Why on EARTH would you slide feet first through the bag???

  • Greg

    Why did he slide?

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    I’m sorry, but that looks like he could have easily wrecked his knee there.

    • Cuso

      no way. sloppy, but not injurious

      • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

        I’m not going to say “no way.” Injuries can happen in very simple circumstances. He looked like he caught his leg on the slide, and a jam can cause a tear. He seems okay, though. Then again, no one knew A-Rod injured his knee right away either.

  • Rob

    O god, my Cody ransom nightmare is going to come true

  • Cuso

    Nunez, stop playing stupid

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jeter can do no wrong.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Yay Jeets

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Dude, Sean Rodriguez can fucking field his position.

  • Dela G

    captain 3000!

  • CS Yankee

    Jete, playing some grit ball…Joe style.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Ooooookaaaaay……

  • Jonathan Harker

    Girardi ball.

  • Dela G

    lol why did grandy bunt???

    • Karl Krawfid

      Check his numbers against shields. He shouldn’t be in the game.

      • V

        Any Granderson numbers from before August 2010 don’t count.

        • Karl Krawfid

          Guess you didn’t see him against Shields in the 2 game set this year?

  • mbonzo

    Oh fuck that.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Uh?

  • Pat D

    Oh, Jesus Effing Christ.

    Why do I let myself get suckered in by soccer like this?

    • Pat D

      Huge USA chant in Germany right now.

  • Greg

    Interesting…

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

    What a monumentally stupid bunt.

    • CS Yankee

      Homers aren’t rally killers. First pitch bunts back to the pitcher is though, now thats a rally killer.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    Great bunt for hit by Jeter!

    And for the life of me, i’ll never understand why guys slide into 1st base.

    The only time I ever see it making sense is when the 1st baseman has to step off the bag and tries to tag you, and you try to avoid the tag. Other than that, I just don’t see it.

    • CP

      Sort of like the Nunez play…

  • Cy Pettitte

    is Teix capable of hitting it to the left side? please?

  • Dela G

    this is one hell of a shift

  • Ivan

    Curtis Granderson, All Star Cfer, by all means bunt the baseball smfh…stupid!!!!

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Having Teix strike out here is almost too predictable.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    He bunted b/c CC is on the mound, and all he needs is 1 or 2 runs. So yeah. That was the reason. (i tried)

    • Ivan

      Hey Walter Johnson could of been pitching for the Yankees, you dont bunt in that spot, not with one of your better hitters.

  • Jonathan Harker

    And no runs thanks to Girardi ball.

  • Dela G

    well that sucked…

  • Ivan

    That bunt sure looks great uh smfh.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Awesome run production.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    Good defense. O well.

    Get ‘em next inning.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Nunie wasn’t really running-his helmet didn’t come off

  • Greg

    The bunt was not egriegous. Probsably not the right move, but not egriegous.

    • A-Rod’s Hip

      I’m kinda with you on that. kinda, sorta.

    • V

      Yes. It was. Might as well have Teixeira sac bunt the next play. Granderson’s been better than him this year.

      • Greg

        He’s been in a slump of late and is 3 for 35 against James Shields.

        • V

          Any Granderson numbers from before August 2010 don’t count. Sac bunt = monumentally stupid.

  • wow

    really?

  • mbonzo

    I’m breaking down Yankees baseball here at RAB right now. Bunting with Granderson is bad Yankees baseball.

  • V

    Joe Girardi = fucking imbecile. Go back to the Marlins, please.

    25 homerun hitters do not sac bunt!

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    So far, the managers have both cost their teams in this game.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Curtis Granderson is 3 for 35 (.086) vs James Shields.

    THAT IS WHY HE BUNTED

    • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

      I was just about to go look at his stats vs. Shields. He may simply not feel comfortable batting against him.

  • Greg

    Granderson has been in a slump and girardi wanted to get one or two runs for his ace.

    In effect the bunt served its purpose but Upton’s defense was better.

    • V

      Monmentally stupid. See? I can repeat myself fifty times also.

      • Greg

        You know they played the Rays after August of 2010, right?

        • V

          0/4 does not give me a lot of information.

  • Zack D

    And that’s why runners run over catchers; because when you try to slide around they use their body to block you.

  • Avi

    LOVE the RAB ad. Get ready for the big time.
    For as good as this site is it’s not well known enough. I only found it last August.

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol Upton.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Gotta catch that flight…

  • Dela G

    LOL rays

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    Derrick Lee, 2 run shot. 2-2 in Fenway.

    • Guns of the Navarone

      About time the O’s put up a little bit of a fucking fight…at least baseball-wise.

    • Cy Pettitte

      I was wondering if the O’s would ever score again. If you get 3 hit shutout by Lackey over 6 2/3’s you’re not very good at baseball.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        Cy Lackey, bro.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    LOL Upton

  • mbonzo

    Sabathia quicker than Upton.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    What??? I thought Washington would start CJ Wilson or Alexi Ogando!!!

  • tom

    I thought running into outs on the bases was OUR trademark

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    It seems like every Rays game vs. us, he either hits a HR and/or gets picked off.. or misplays a ball in center field horribly.

    • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

      How Nunez-like.

    • Michael Kay

      He hasn’t reached his true potential yet!!

      • A-Rod’s Hip

        LOL. Gotta wait at least 4-5 more years!!

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    i heart Mark Reynolds.

    i hearted him more when he was playing better defense, but still.

    • Dela G

      haha same here

  • Guns of the Navarone

    By all means Robbie, swing at EVERYTHING.

    • Greg

      This is who he is. He rarely walks.

      • Guns of the Navarone

        Not like this. His O-Swing % and Z-Swing % are both career highs. He’s become one of the worst hackers in baseball this season.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    3-2 Orioles

    now it’s our turn to score some runs and win!

    • CS Yankee

      Make it 4-2…but still very early.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Yay 3-2 Orioles

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      4-2

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        5-2

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    4-2 O’s!

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      They’ll blow it in the seventh.

      • A-Rod’s Hip

        I know, but let’s just enjoy this moment while it’s here. :)

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      The Sox’s starter has a 20.61 ERA. Feared ace.

      • Cy Pettitte

        one of their farm system AAAces.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Make that 27.00

  • Greg

    US wins on penalty kicks.

    • dkidd

      you’re joking. i turned it off!

      • Greg

        They scored late to tie and force penalty kicks.

      • Pat D

        Yea, you missed an incredible ending.

        • dkidd

          just went back and watched it. two straight days of goosebumps

          sports rules!

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    5-2 O’S!! 10th batter of the inning at the plate. 1st and 3rd!

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    6-2 O’s!!! monumentally stupid defense by Scutaro! LOL

  • Jetrer

    USA, USA, USA !!!! Justice is served

    • CS Yankee

      WTF…Jeter like comeback.

      I dislike soccer/futbol because the refs screw the game up. If any sport needed replay it is them.

      • Jetrer

        Agreed. The referees become the story way too often in FIFA. Hard to really get into a sport where the officials have so much power to screw everything up.

        • CS Yankee

          yeah, when you have a sport where a goal is a lot you must make sure that they are either;
          1) legit
          2) no rules and let them have at it

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    CC’s dealin’.. so fortunate to have him

  • CS Yankee

    Why is Shoppach and his .169 batting ahead of Kotchman’s .337?

    …and some posers are concerned with Jeter batting first?

    /gladwedonthaverayproblems’d

    • Greg

      Shoppach’s a righty

  • Pat D

    The U.S. triumphs over the great international sports conspiracy.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Nice, Orioles. Give up a homer to Scutaro.

  • V

    Gardner takes 10 pitches out of Shields and Jones gives an at-bat away. Get rid of this dead weight, please.

    • Guns of the Navarone

      A M E N

    • A-Rod’s Hip

      So swinging at a first pitch, squaring it up perfectly and hitting it hard right at someone is “giving an at-bat away”??

      So if the ball was aimed 10 inches more to the left, then it would be okay?

  • CS Yankee

    ..and Jones is now below the Mendoza line

    somebody page Cashman.

    • Greg

      Give me a candidate for replacement.

      • V

        I’d be a decent candidate to sit on the bench and take 3+ pitches out of each pitcher I face (hint: I wouldn’t take the bat off my shoulders).

        • Greg

          A realisitc candidate. I want stats too.

      • Jetrer

        he’s been below replacement level overall so far, hence, almost anyone would be an upgrade

        • Greg

          Again, I want a viable name.

          • Jetrer

            Juan Rivera was just DFA’s with more production than Jones

            • Greg

              Thought about him but I dont know about his defense.

      • Mike c

        Dickerson is a better option at this point

      • CS Yankee

        Beltran would be good as;
        1) He would be a salary dump for the team that can’t even take first on bad finances.
        2) We would use him more and (hopefully) rest our OFer’s
        3) Brackman would look good as a Met (big dorky guys wear orange well).

        • Greg

          No, he needs to be a starter. If Swisher’s injury is worse, then I would bring him in.

          • CS Yankee

            No, he needs to do as he’s told.

            Get him also keeps BoSox, etc from getting him…so get him.

            • Greg

              Ive heard from Boston source that they dont want a rental

              • CS Yankee

                Are you a troll?

                honest question, unless your an insider HTFWYK?

          • Mike c

            He’s better than swisher, therefore he would start

            • Jetrer

              Both better than Posada. You could easily work a five man rotation in 3 OF spots and DH, especially while ARod is out.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Can you add Martin to this?

      He’s not below the Mendoza line, but he can’t hit.

      • Mike c

        He can catch, his hitting doesn’t matter as much

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Martin has good defense so I’m not as impatient with him.

      • Jetrer

        Martin has 1.6 WAR, 10th in MLB. For a catcher, Martin is productive enough

      • CS Yankee

        Didn’t he pick off two guys already today?

        Plus he calls a great game. Ask CC and the boys who they want back there?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    fucking Orioles

  • Karl Krawfid

    And Baltimore gives it all back.

    • Greg

      What did you expect?

    • A-Rod’s Hip

      We all knew it was coming.

      I enjoyed the 6-2 moment in the sun personally. I mean, at least it was better than them trailing 6-2, right?

  • Guns of the Navarone

    LOL Boston got it all back in the bottom of the inning.

    • tom

      There’s really no point in following that score till the 8th inning or so. The combination of Fenway and Orioles pitching means no lead is to be taken seriously.

  • Cy Pettitte

    3 HRs in one inning is just embarrassing.

    • Pat D

      (slurred)

      Three darts is too much!

  • Avi

    Baseball America’s JJ Cooper from his prospects chat on Friday on Montero:

    Kyle (Pittsburgh, PA): Why does someone who seems only to have HALF a good season at the plate constantly make it into the Top 10 on your overall prospects lists, time after time? (see Montero, Jesus)

    J.J. Cooper: Confused by the premise of the question. Are you talking about the Cardinals’ Jesus Montero? The Yankees’ Montero has hit for average and power pretty much everywhere he’s gone. He has a .310/.367/.496 career minor league stat line which is all the more impressive when you consider he’s been one of the youngest players in whatever league he’s playing in at the time. He may be repeating the league this year in Scranton, but he’s still the third-youngest player in the league. Scouts were consistent in telling us, don’t stress out too much over his only average first half this year, he’s still a stud hitter. He also still can’t catch.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    17 seasons, and i don’t think i’ve ever seen Jeter lose a bat swinging before

  • Urban

    This Jeter vs. Rose should stop, not that the media will at the moment. Rose remained productive through age 40, and then hung around until 44 to get the record. Short of some revival, Jeter is already on the decline, and he’s a SS. Not going to happen, to state the obvious.

    • Pat D

      I think the best case scenario for Jeter now is to finish around 3500.

      Which would put him at least 6th on the all time list. Can’t really complain about that.

      • CS Yankee

        Just North of 3,500 would put him in the top 5; which is my guess to where he’ll end up.

      • Urban

        Nothing to complain about on any front regarding Jeter’s career. To get to 3500 he’d have to play all the way into his option year in 2014, and he’d have to remain at least at his current diminished level of a .270/.330 SS. It’ll be tough.

        I think the likely scenario on Jeter is he remains an everyday player at the top of the order through 2011. Next year he gets dropped in the order (at the least against righties) and gets more days off. By 2013 he is no longer the starting SS. The Yankees and Jeter come to an agreement on 2014, converting the money to a personal services contract, making both sides happy.

        Of course, my Yankee-fan and Jeter-fan side hope he discovers some adjustment that allows for a solid revival for a year or two. Short of that, I think even 3500 is going to be tough.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Run into one Mark.

  • V

    Michael. Kay.

    A lazy fly ball is not ‘driven’. Thank you.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      SEE YA!

  • Greg

    Hourand a half and we’re in the seventh inning

  • Greg

    And this is why Girardi bunted. He knew that they might not get many more opprtunities to score.

    • A-Rod’s Hip

      True.

      And the real true failure was on Tex for not just hitting a simple ground ball against the shift to the left side and getting 2 easy runs (or at least ONE).

      That’s the real goat of today’s game thus far.

      • Greg

        Bingo

      • Jetrer

        its not that easy to do, especially when that is the polar opposite of his normal approach. Its kinda like asking someone who never bunts to get a successful bunt down, the results are usually not good.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    This game will go into the 9th tied at 0-0 and Nunez will get the walk off hit. Sorry to spoil it, guys.

    • swishers fauxhawk

      That’s a nice crystal ball you’ve got there.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        I went to Jared’s.

  • Cy Pettitte

    oh CC.

  • Karl Krawfid

    CC is hilarious.

    Hope that doesn’t cost us.

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

      I don’t think he would have beat him to the bag anyway, but he still needs to get his ass over there to cover.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    too close

  • Karl Krawfid

    Hell yeah!

  • Cy Pettitte

    epic double play

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Lulz BJ

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Lol Upton. Again.

  • Greg

    That’s three outs the Rays have run into

  • Pat D

    BJ taketh, BJ giveth.

  • Urban

    Has any sabermetric type ever done a study to see if the Rays hurt themselves more than help themselves with their wreckless running style?

    • Pat D

      Sarcasm?

      • Urban

        No sarcasm. They seem to hurt themselves more than help themselves, but there is a love-affair with Maddon that if he was managing the Yankees this way would be just the opposite!

        • Pat D

          I meant with the “sabermetric” comment.

          I don’t think sabermetrics are needed for that kind of analysis.

          • Urban

            Ahh, okay. I do leave open the door that overall they may run themselves into more runs than they’re negating. I think it’s unlikely based on what I’ve seen.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    CC being CC.

  • Cuso

    Whatever weight CC lost coming into Spring Training…well…it’s back now.

    And, yes, he’s pitching great.

    But his knees benefit from keeping the weight down.

    • Guns of the Navarone

      I was going to say the same thing. He definitely looks heavier than he did to start the season. Not that it’s hampering him much.

      • Urban

        Agreed. I noticed it has last start on the road. Looks heavier to me.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    BJ being BJ

  • Jonathan Harker

    Be patient, get him out of the ballgame. CC can only go two more, then D-Rob and Mariano. After that our chances of losing go up exponentially.

  • CS Yankee

    Hopefully we can wear down (chase) Sheilds this inning, leaving that ‘pen open to our sabers.

    /scifi’d

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol Upton

  • Greg

    Another dumb play by Upton

  • Dela G

    BJ Upton is having a legendary day of stupidity

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Upton putting on a devensive clinic today!

  • mbonzo

    Wow, Uptons not having his best day.

  • Jetrer

    thank you bj

  • Urban

    Great sacrifice by Jorge. Clearly it was planned to get two bases!

    Upton again.

  • Jonathan Harker

    LOL! Wow, thanks again BJ!

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    more BJ fail. LOL i love playing against him

  • Guns of the Navarone

    boo

  • Cy Pettitte

    these ABs are just terrible

  • Karl Krawfid

    Martin is just terrible

  • Jonathan Harker

    KEEP SWINGING AT THE FIRST PITCH IDIOTS!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Oh Russ

  • Greg

    And of course Babip taketh away

  • Cy Pettitte

    hahahahahahhahaha oh my god, best way to score EVER.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    LOL RAYS!

  • boogie down

    What the hell’s goin’ on out here?!

  • Jetrer

    hilarious, just hilarious

  • Dela G

    talk about gifting the yanks a run!

    thanks, “Big Game” Sheilds!

  • mbonzo

    WOW! Thanks Rays.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    That’s one way to get a lead.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Better to be lucky than good sometimes.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    wow. WTF was that!?!? LMFAO!

    I’ll take it! 1-0 Yanks!

  • IRF

    Just like the Yankees drew it up

  • Jonathan Harker

    Thank God. Would be incredible if we win without driving in a run with a hit or walk.

  • Greg

    THREW IT AWAY!

  • tom

    Adventures on the base paths

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    Robbie would’ve been out.

    And he’d be public enemy all over this forum! LOL

  • CMP

    Shields is the kind of pitcher Phil Hughes could become if he ever develops his change up and learns to keep the ball away from the middle of the plate.

    • Guns of the Navarone

      I’m sorry… what?? I hate to disagree with you but Shields is so far removed from Hughes as a pitcher it’s kind of silly. They have completely different mechanics, deliveries, and Shields’ changeup is one of the more elite in MLB. His curve is also miles ahead of Hughes… as is his command. Even if Phil were to “develop” his changeup it would never come close to Shields in terms of effectiveness.

      At his best, Phil can become a power pitcher with a consistent low to mid 90’s fastball with late movement he can blow by hitters, a swing and miss curve, and a cutter/changeup as usable 3rd and 4th pitches.

      Just my opinion…

      • CMP

        Disagree with you too. Shields is a guy like Hughes who throws in the low 90s who gets pounded if he doesn’t change speeds and hit corners.

        When Hughes tries to pitch like a power guy, that’s when he gets in trouble since he doesn’t really throw hard enough to blow guys away consistently and his location falls to shit.

  • Greg

    OK CC go get’em

  • CS Yankee

    CC for the complete game “W”?

  • tom

    With the ill luck the Yanks have had that have cost them games this year (the “two miraculous catches by the White Sox right fielder game” is the one that really sticks in my craw), if they hold on here, I’m perfectly happy to see them win one in such ridiculous fashion.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Don’t hurt yourself, Upton

  • Pat D

    Gotta love BJ’s attitude.

    I swear, the Rays should just trade his ass. Clearly he’s in need of “a change of scenery.”

    • Kostas

      Yes he does. AAA or buried in KC. What a waste of talent.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    CC’s gotta go the full 9 today. No decision necessary.

    • Cy Pettitte

      CC would sit on Joe’s head if he tried to pull him

      • A-Rod’s Hip

        as he should

      • Jetrer

        now I’m rooting for Joe to take him out just so I could see that

  • Karl Krawfid

    Cute baby

  • Dela G

    That is one damn adorable baby

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    awwww look at that baby.. :) so cute

  • Jonathan Harker

    It’s CC’s ballgame. Let him finish.

    • Cy Pettitte

      especially with Mo’s triceps bothering him lately. Any time you can save an inning of wear on him in the middle of the season you have to do it, imo.

      • A-Rod’s Hip

        +1000

  • Greg

    100 pitches 8 innings. Let CC start and warm Mo if he gets in trouble.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Makes perfect sense.

  • nsalem

    CC’s pitching to the score.

  • Greg

    Not Mitre!!!!!!!!!

    (sarcasm)

    • Guns of the Navarone

      No need for sarcasm. If Mitre comes in this game after the bottom half of this inning something has gone terribly wrong.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    barely 2 hour game

  • IRF

    4. BJ Upton

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Hopefully this will shut up all the “CC can only pitch well with lots of run support” people.

    • A-Rod’s Hip

      Tell those people to check his NL stint with Milwaukee; while in the midst of a pennant race.

      It’s amazing how overlooked this guy continues to be.

  • Dela G

    let ZZ pitch as much as he wants

  • Guns of the Navarone

    God the Rays can pick it. Sloppy game, but you can definitely see their range.

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    I wish I could understand why Jeter’s 1st inning slash line is .412/.483/.510 and the rest of his ABs are so poor.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      This is the first time I’ve seen that line. That’s ridiculous.

      • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

        1-3 inning .256/.337/.359
        4-6 inning .256/.337/.359
        7-9 inning .210/.241/.272

        • MikeD

          The anti-AJ.

        • Mike c

          Those are false numbers… He’s hitting .271, but don’t let that get in the way of your agenda

          • MikeD

            Who is hitting .271? He’s showing a pitcher’s stats, not a hitter’s stats. Or are you saying one of the three-inning segments is incorrect? If say, which one?

    • Jetrer

      the Geritol starts to wear off after the first

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Let Mitre pitch.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      …to AAA hitters

      • A-Rod’s Hip

        *AA

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          *Rookie ball

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          To the high school kids down the street**

    • Cy Pettitte

      in the bullpen? yea he should get some work in.

  • Karl Krawfid

    97 man

  • Jonathan Harker

    CC got a gift on that call, we’ll take it.

  • Karl Krawfid

    HELL YEAH!!!

  • Jonathan Harker

    Dominance.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    Well that was a horrible strike 2 call. LOL.

    when you’ve been around the plate all game long, you’ll get that call

    • tom

      I didn’t have the sound on, and was half-busy doing things; I was shocked to look up and see it was 2-2 and not 3-1.

  • Jetrer

    yeah Big Fella

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Fun, fun weekend for the Yanks.

  • Ivan

    Holy Shit 98 MPH Fastball. What a fucking Game!!!!!

  • Greg

    98!

    Worth. Every. Penny.

  • StanfordBen

    Awesome reaction from CC on that last pitch. Love to see that excitement.

  • Cy Pettitte

    fucking beast, that was just a pleasure to watch.

  • boogie down

    Fuckin’ Ace, man.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Now to hear Upton’s reaction after the game.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    2 hours, 11 minutes.

    More of that, plz.

  • Cy Pettitte

    pie for the big guy!

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    Talk about an EXCLAMATION POINT!!!!!!!!!!!

    98 right down the fukkn pipe!!!!

  • Greg

    And an honorary pie!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    a CGSHO pie. I like that.

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

    98 on the last pitch…

    /Verlander’d

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    a well deserved pie! obviously he won’t get a walk-off hit opportunity.. but if anyone deserves one after that pitching performance, it was him and today.

    CC is a legend

  • http://twitter.com/Bismarck1872 Jerome S.

    I think I speak for everyone when I say, CC Sabathia is the fucking man.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I still think Girardi should have let Mitre finish the 9th but whatever, CC’s okay.

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    Remember when everyone in NY killed Cashman for opting for CC instead of Santana?

  • Rob

    Dear Joe maddon and the rays,

    In hindsight, thanks so much for mixing the dh on sat, couldn’t of worked out better for us. On top of that we should have a more healty team when we meet up on sep 22.

    Sincerely,
    Derek, cc, Alex, the rest of the Yankees and all the fans

    • Rob

      Nixing, not mixing

    • Jonathan Harker

      It couldn’t have worked out better for us and worse for them. I don’t think we sweep a DH. Swish and Alex wouldn’t have been able to play either game. Martin and Jeter would have only played one of the games. Terrible decision, terrible manager in Joe Maddon.

  • Greg

    The evil machinations of not playing the DH and stacking the righties by Joe Maddon backfire.

  • MikeD

    And that is an ace!

    Glad CC gets recognition of being an All-Star.

  • Greg

    And I will say this with absolute confidence. Barring some wacky injury there is no way that CC is not a Yankee next year.

    • MikeD

      Weren’t many sure Cliff Lee was going to be a Yankee?

      I get your point, but nothing is know for sure. It won’t come down to money. If he has some desire to pitch out west, especially now that he’s done NY and has a World Championship, then some team will give him the right amount of money, even if it’s not more than the Yankees.

      That said, I fully expect him to be back.

      • Greg

        Lee didnt like it in New York. That was public fact. CC likes it in New York, and has said so. Plus I dont know if anybody is going to field a realistic offer for Sabathia. The Phillies gave Lee a realistic offer.

        • MikeD

          The story now is he didn’t like it in NY. Through last year, and past seasons, there were indications he did like NY. I mean, this is a guy that would take subways to the game on the days he was starting, something most players won’t do. During negotiations, suddenly there were stories being leaked about issues with NY, which immediately means they are incorrect. His agent wouldn’t be doing that to decrease his leverage; hie agent was doing it to increase his negotiating leverage with the Yankees. It’s a variation on what CC’s agent did when negotiating with the Yankees. Remember all the stories about how he wanted to go home to the West Coast, and he had “concerns” about pitching in NY. It was a negotiating tactic.

          Lee would have pitched in NY. Just so happens that he (and certainly his wife) liked Philly, and they got an offer that made him the highest-paid pitcher in the game, more per year than the Yankees offered.

          Perhaps CC still longs for California. I think he’s quite happy here, and I don’t see the Yankees being outbid, but nothing is a lock since we don’t know for sure what’s going on in CC’s head, or what Ms. Sabathia wants.

          I expect if he triggers the opt out (which he will, although my guess is the Yankees will try to cut a deal with him after the season ends and before he has to trigger it), we’ll start hearing stories in the press about other “mystery” teams, and how CC loves the West Coast. When it’s all done, though, I still expect to see him in pinstripes.

  • nycsportzfan

    Way to go CC! Just as dominant as it gets! Also, a special thanks to BJ UPTON….LOL

  • JobaTheHeat62

    when CC got that last strikeout i was so pumped…these last 2 games have been incredible to watch. what a way to end the first half.

  • Dela G

    i heart ZZ so much

  • gargoyle

    Cy Cy.