Jul
23

Game 98: Heat Wave

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(Photo Credit: The New York Times)

It’s game number 98, and that also happens to be the temperature today. Actually, that’s probably a little light. That might be the temperature in the shade. I feel bad for the people in the stands today, especially those in the sections without shade. Here’s the lineup…

Brett Gardner, LF
Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, DH
Nick Swisher, RF
Russell Martin, C
Eduardo Nunez, 2B
Brandon Laird, 3B

A.J. Burnett, SP

The game starts at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Mike HC

    I really hope to get about 50 more updates that drinking water is good when it is very hot outside.

  • Mike HC

    I know everyone is sick of talking about the lineup, but not even about Jeter, Cano has been indisputably our best hitter for a while now. He should be hitting 3 and work around that.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      (thinks)

      Still don’t care.

      • Pat D

        Sir, what do you care about?!?

        • Mike HC

          microwaved burritos

          • Multiple Personalities

            jerking off while eating said microwaved burritos, beans y enchiladas con Fernando y Santa Maria

    • CP

      Teixeira: .240/.344/.499 for a .366 wOBA
      Cano: .295/.340/.511 for a .377 wOBA

      There really hasn’t been much difference between the two offensively this season, and if you move players up and down based on hot and cold streaks you’re likely to have an even worse lineup than just leaving them where they are.

      This doesn’t apply to someone like Jeter who’s had a year and a half to break out and still hasn’t done it…

      • CP

        Ooops… Cano is at .367 wOBA (not .377)

      • Mike HC

        It is not that extreme because ARod, Tex and Cano are all big time hitters. And Swish and Granderson are also right there in general.

        I guess I just like Cano, and would like the see him bat 3rd.

    • Jetrer

      “Cano has been indisputably our best hitter for a while now”
      No
      Granderson has been better all year

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

    Tex last night

    “I like it,” Teixeira said. “I think it makes our lineup deeper. … I love having (Gardner) as the leadoff hitter right now.”

    at least he sees the light

    • Guns of the Navarone

      That’s a shot at Jeter…

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

        bingo

  • Pastadivingarod

    Jeter has to understand gardy is the future at leadoff.
    Like laird at 3rd too

    • YankeesJunkie

      If he can throw to first then he will be better than Nunez.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Should be a lot of fun to be had around that infield today.

    I like the top of that lineup. Switch Cano and Teixeira, bat Jeter 9th, and you’ve got a winner.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-qN6TCY85c

    (mutes video, watches boobs)

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

      lol i remember when that song came out in high school

      epic

      • Guns of the Navarone

        I swear I actually got laid because of that song. Women did, in fact, take off some of their clothes when that song came on. It’s as if it made them hornier. I’m white, so anything that helped me look like a pimp on the dance floor – like women taking off their clothes – helped out in a big way.

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

          Comment of the day, folks

          love it

    • Guns of the Navarone

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUntx0pe_qI

      (mutes video, watches boobs, wonders if I’ll enjoy prison)

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I love the bus stop sign that just says “Bus Stop” in yellow and black with no iconography or relevant information. Where the hell did they even get that from? Hilarious.

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

          the best part of that song is the random black guy doing the rap. what the hell was his purpose???

          • Guns of the Navarone

            It’s to make the song seem legit. All little bubble gum white kids making pop videos need the black dude in their video. It’s the Bieber method.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DwT_2QQU64

            Example # 1 at the 2:05 mark.

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

              hahaha i love this

          • first time lawng time

            His name is Patrice Wilson. He is the founder of Ark Music Factory. He calls himself Fat Usher. I think the purpose of him rapping is to make it more appealing to the youth by having a slight air of hip hop in it.

            I kinda think he looks like a pedophile (especially since he discusses his feelings every time he passes a school bus)
            Just the inside scoop for ya.

      • YankeesJunkie

        You will enjoy prison more than that music video.

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

        lol there aren’t any boobs, their all only 13!

        [/going to jail

  • Jack Merridew

    So when Alex returns Cano will be hitting 6th? Of the 1-6 hitters one obviously doesn’t belong.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Jeter is actually quite good against lefties so it will be 2/3 of time that one does not belong.

    • CP

      Of the 1-6 hitters one obviously doesn’t belong.

      Clearly you’re referring to Gardner. He’s the only one being paid less than $1M.

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

        I was thinking Tex, he’s the only switch-hitter.

  • Uke

    I know this is off topic but Bichette is going off of late.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Agreed, got to love all the walks from such a young batter.

    • Chris V.

      4-4 today with 2 doubles and 2 walks.

    • Pastadivingarod

      At least 3 years away
      We will be touting sanchez long before him .

      • YankeesJunkie

        Probably four full years until he is even close to the majors. Still a long way to go.

      • Pastadivingarod

        And mason williams

        • YankeesJunkie

          Can’t wait to see all these guys in full season ball.

      • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Not so sure about that. They’re the same age, and Sanchez is a catcher.

        • YankeesJunkie

          Sanchez is two levels ahead of Bichette though.

          • Pastadivingarod

            With a logjam ahead of him at catcher
            Romine and montero will be the catching tandum by then.

          • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Yeah, but he was in the GCL last year, and I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion he won’t repeat in Charleston to start 2012. Obviously, yes, he’s ahead of Bichette by reason of being in the system for longer (and having that torrid run last year which bumped him up quickly), but I don’t think it’s such a safe bet that he’ll be knocking on the MLB door before Bichette. Considering Sanchez is at the toughest defensive position (with some other really good prospects ahead of him), if Bichette is the real deal I could easily see him arriving before Sanchez.

  • Pastadivingarod

    Laird has a small window to impress with chavez on the mend. Chavez and Soriano should both be back soon

  • first time lawng time

    Nothing beats the Yankees classic in which Castillo drops the ball. That’s the best.

    The fact that they made that game a Yankees Classic and they play it so often makes it that much funnier

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Yeah, that was a pretty ugly game, except for the bottom of the 9th.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Amy Winehouse is dead.

    http://news.yahoo.com/uk-singe.....02300.html

    Watch out. Celebrity deaths come in threes…

    • Pastadivingarod

      Just won 200.00 in office celb death pool. Just traded lindsey lohan in jan.

      • Mike HC

        hahah

    • first time lawng time

      Michael Jackson totally stole the spotlight from Farrah Fawcett.

    • YankeesJunkie

      They tried to take me to rehab, but I said no, no, no.

    • Pat D

      I don’t want to sound like a douche, but…is this really surprising to anyone?

      • Mike HC

        More asshole, than douche, but no, this is not surprising to anyone.

      • Pastadivingarod

        Glad i didnt trade her for lady ga ga :)

        • Mike HC

          Lady Gaga is a poor bet. Unless one of her die hard fans end up killing her.

          • SDM

            Lady gaga just dresses like she’s on shrooms, ecstacy and acid, she doesn’t she doesn’t actually use them

            • Mike HC

              Yea, her interview on Howard Stern was really good. Didn’t really know anything about her before that, other than how she dressed like a drag queen and the couple of hit songs that play on the radio endlessly.

        • Hugh

          Cannot believe the callousness of your comments. Shame on you.

      • SDM

        Not in the least, Im surprised it took this long (tragic in so many ways)

  • Mike HC

    Burnett should pitch well today.

    • Mike HC

      I’m assuming the it is going to be a pitchers zone today because of the heat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    Is that Ricky Weeks brother?

    /couldbekindofracistifwrong

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Yep

  • Greg

    I really like Cliff Pennington. Good defense and underrated offense

    • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

      If .250/.300/.329 is underrated…

      • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

        In the Coliseum? mehhhhhhhh….

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

        .286/.339/.404 away from Oakland.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

    for some reason, players like Pennington always seem to have good series against the Yanks. Annoying.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Pennington’s actually not that bad.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        He’s like a left handed Derek Jeter.

        • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

          Pennington can’t hit to save his life, he’s like any other shortstop: All glove, no hit.

    • first time lawng time

      Every series, there is scrub that the Yankees make look like a superstar.

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

    Is it just me, or does the outfield grass in front of the warning track look weird? Like they mowed it in the opposite direction or something.

    • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      It all burned and died.

    • YankeeFan

      They had the Paul McCartney concert.

  • Multiple Personalities
    • Multiple Personalities
      • Guns of the Navarone

        We were somewhere around the bottom of the fourth inning… when the DRUGS began to take hold.

        I remember saying something like, “I feel a bit lightheaded. Maybe I should sing for no reason.
        Suddenly, there was a terrible roar all around us, and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the booth, and a voice was screaming: Holy Jesus. What are these goddamn animals?!?!!!

        Strange memories on this nervous night in the Bronx. Fear and loathing.

        • Pat D

          +Depp

  • Pastadivingarod

    Aj should give half of his contract back .

    • Pat D

      I don’t think he’s Lyman Bostock.

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

    so, which rich harden will show up?

    the 8 IP 2 H 1ER 8K harden?

    or the 4IP 10H 5ER Rich Harden?

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Michael Kay’s an idiot.

    • Pat D

      Breaking news, of course.

    • Adam B

      WALKS Michael K… WALKS.

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

    What a catch by DeJesus!

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Robbed

  • Pastadivingarod

    Nasty change up could a long day

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    DeJesus, suck more next time.

  • Pastadivingarod

    DD could be a nice FA pick up.

    • Pat D

      As what, a 4th outfielder?

      • Pastadivingarod

        I dont think the yankees are giving swisher 10 mil next season.

        • Pat D

          I think you’re mistaken.

          Swisher to DeJesus is a big downgrade.

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

          Unless he gets hurt, they almost certainly will. DeJesus is a major step down. It’ll be almost impossible to beat the production Swisher will give you for that price next season.

        • FIPster Doofus

          Why not? It’s more than fair for what Swisher brings to the table, and there aren’t any good replacements scheduled to hit the open market.

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

    hmm that was a curious decision by curtis

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    That’s not a time to be caught stealing…

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Meh.

  • MP

    Curtis makin’ a push at the 30/30 club.

  • Pastadivingarod

    Where is Suzki Icing his nads?

  • first time lawng time

    http://m.espn.go.com/general/s.....ocalId=nyc

    Anyone seen this? I don’t want to get into some Rose-esque debate over this, but is it really that big of a deal what the demographics are of the fans of a certain sport or in the stands?

  • tut

    It’s absolutely painful to watch AJ pitch.

  • James A

    Interesting sporcle quiz, I’m surprised the Yankees only made it twice since 1980
    http://www.sporcle.com/games/rk559/seoul

  • karel capek

    I don’t know who will play Micheal Kay in a movie, but I DO know who will play David Cone.

    CGI Buster Keaton.

    • Mike HC

      definitely. I would pick Vince Vaughn to play Kay, but Kay would end up being far funnier in the movie than in real life. But I guess that is the point of movies in the first place.

      • Mike HC

        Also the father from Modern Family, I think his name is Ty Burrell could be good too.

    • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      I didn’t check out RAB last night, were there a lot of guesses? I heard them talking about that during the game.

      First thought that popped into my mind was Dan Aykroyd. Think it’s the big-head/asshole combo (not that Aykroyd’s an asshole, I’m sure he’s a swell fellow, but he plays asshole well).

      • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Oh ok, just saw the list on TV. I’d go with Belushi, I’m not giving the job of playing Michael Kay to anyone cool.

        • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Which, again, not an unintentional swipe at Aykroyd. Sheesh. Dan, if you’re reading this, I love you, bubbala.

    • first time lawng time

      Kiefer sutherland

      • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        first time lawng time = Jodi Applegate?

        • first time lawng time

          Haha no but they look so much alike.

        • Monteroisdinero

          Interesting. Michael Kay-he’s got an edge.

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

    damn, tex has some serious hops

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

    great K

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    That was a Bartolo pitch

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Jim Belushi, ‘cus he’s terrible.

  • Urban

    Jeff Garlin is the guy who should have played Norm’s brother on Cheers.

  • Pat D

    Sigh, Teix.

    • Greg

      Wasnt a changeup though.

      • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

        Mark Teixeira: Above average at changeups.

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    OMG HE’S TERRIBLE AGAIN.

  • Urban

    Keifter Sutherland is 5″4″ and Kay is 6’4″, but other than that, there are no similarities.

    • Mike HC

      hahaha

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    That left fielder was a statue.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Haha I thought he was going to catch it

      • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

        Brett Gardner >>>>> Your left fielder.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    That a way Robbie.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Nice ribbie by Martin .

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    SO CLUTCH!

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      It was the sunglasses.

  • first time lawng time

    “I think he going to play Majong later.”

    What? Is that supposed be a joke? Michael Kay is so dumb.

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

    lol wtf is kim wearing?

    she looks like she’s going to a slooty wimbledon match

    • Pastadivingarod

      I think that is her nose :)

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

    Uh, did YES just cut out for anyone else?

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

      Nevermind, it’s back.

  • Pastadivingarod

    So with the lead AJ Will give up at least 2 this inning.

    • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      Oh fuck you.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Called it

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Nice!

  • YankeesJunkie

    Nice pickoff.

  • Monteroisdinero

    balk?

  • Pat D

    Anyone else notice the sound effect when a guy gets a hit or walk? When did that start?

  • first time lawng time

    Teixeira seems like he has the blandest personality of the people on the team.

  • Pat D

    Paul, Nunez is playing 2nd.

    Oh, christ, AJ.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Burnett just can’t keep the ball in the park this year.

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

    Wooo shutdown innings. All year baby, give those runs back.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    AJ being AJ

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

    yeah… that was tattooed

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

    i thought dejesus was safe

    • mbonzo

      Yea didn’t even look close

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

        ha and the camera definitely showed that

  • YankeesJunkie

    That was Jeteresque

  • first time lawng time

    It’s 2 runs…not a big deal.

  • Pastadivingarod

    Told ya
    This guy is a head case

  • Mike HC

    Jeter gets the superstar call there on his signature play.

    • Mike HC

      Reminds me of how Ewing never got called for traveling on his signature bunny hop move.

  • Karl Krawfid

    nice shutdown inning

  • Phife Dawg

    Vintage Jeter!

    • The Big City of Dreams

      #turningbacktheclock

  • wow

    oh AJ, we can always count on you.

  • Urban

    The ball doesn’t travel is very warm and humid weather…that is, unless it’s a matchup between AJ and Willingham.

    BTW Has there ever been a study to show the ball doesn’t travel well in humid weather?

    • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      I’m pretty sure it travels better.

      • Urban

        Does it? You’re right in that supposedly balls travel further when it’s warmer, although I’ve also heard that in very humid weather the baseballs absorb moisture and don’t travel as far, so it’s possible both are true since it can be warm without being humid.

        I’m wondering if it’s ever been shown in both cases, or if it’s just one of those accepted beliefs.

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Yeah…I really want to like AJ, but he makes it so damn hard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    Lmao he was so safe thank god for this heat messing with the umps

  • Urban

    Wow, that’s not even all that close.

  • Pastadivingarod

    I wonder if sandy and the Mets would take AJ in a strait up trade for Bay.

    • Jetrer

      why on earth would you want Bay?

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

      Do you like bad players or something? DeJesus over Swisher, now you want Bay?

      • Pastadivingarod

        To get rid of AJ YOU BET

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

          What’s the plan after that? Trade Bay for Zito when you can’t stand him? Then Zito for Alfonso Soriano? Then Soriano for Lackey? Then Lackey for Carlos Lee? Then Lee for Burnett to start the cycle over?

          • Pat D

            It’s the Circle of Life.

          • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

            You forget Ryan Howard.

        • Urban

          I would block the Yankee Stadium club house to prevent AJ from leaving and Bay from arriving.

        • Jetrer

          I’d take AJ over Bay any day, and I hate AJ.

      • Pastadivingarod

        Bay is psyched out in that stadium and league, he was fine for boston tearing up al east pitching not long ago.
        Watching AJ pitch like a 5 for his 18 mil is too much. Three more years of this?

        • Pat D

          Two more years.

        • Jetrer

          Yankees Stadium isn’t Fenway Park, and the Yankees don’t need any OF’s or another weak hitting DH

          • Pastadivingarod

            Bay hit good in the Al east. Not just fenway.
            I like swisher but fact is he is invisable in the playoffs and against A pitchers
            Like in the WS and last year in texas.

            i think all bay needs is a trade to an AL team.

            • Pat D

              And you were complaining about them paying Swisher $10 million next year.

              You are truly all over the place.

            • Jetrer

              2 years older, + injuries
              I don’t think a change of league is going to perform miracles, especially with 2 years plus vesting option left
              I’d rather release AJ and get nothing than take back Bay with that contract

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

          Since signing with the Mets…

          Bay at CitiField: .266/.355/.411
          Bay on the road: .231/.317/.322

          And it’s two more years of Burnett.

          • Pastadivingarod

            Other than beltran who else has been in that mets line up this year to fall back on. Bay is a head case right now but if you stuck him in thisnline up you have a good to great player with pop from the right side. Which this line up needs. Better fielder too.

            • Jetrer

              Better fielder than who??? Nunez??
              Definitely not a better fielder than any of the Yankee OF.

            • Pat D

              You know what? I’m gonna give you a pass on all these comments today.

              You are clearly suffering from heat exhaustion, which is now bordering on insanity.

  • first time lawng time

    I bet AJ doesn’t give up any more runs.

    • Pastadivingarod

      I bet you my amy winehouse money that he gives up at least one more.

    • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      …if they pull him here.

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

      I bet he gives up a run next inning.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    There goes Laird’s perfect BA and OBP.

  • Pat D

    I know that answer. Someone referenced that game earlier this week.

    He also had negative WPA for that game.

  • first time lawng time

    Hideki Matsui!

    I finally got the answer to the quiz!

  • Mike HC

    Kim getting frisky in the booth.

    • Pat D

      She scored with the condiment putdown.

  • Urban

    This could be the strangest thing I’ve seen go on in the YES booth.

    • Mike HC

      Paul’s wife better look out for Kim Jones.

    • Guns of the Navarone

      I was uncomfortable.

  • first time lawng time

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....nt-2501016

    I’m sorry. What was that, Michael?

    Shut down inning!!

    • Jetrer

      Yankees have to score again before AJ gives up more runs

    • Pat D

      I warned Greg about hubris yesterday…it applies here as well.

      • first time lawng time

        I am never arrogant on here. I just couldn’t resist, especially sinc it had to do with AJ.

        I definitely get a pass.

        • Pat D

          That one particular statement was arrogant, and I’m warning that you will pay for said arrogance.

          • first time lawng time

            Whaaat? Please. Seriously, I never point out to people and link to commnts to show they’re wrong.

            • Guns of the Navarone

              No worries. You can turn around and say that warning itself was arrogant. And then we’ll ALL BE ARROGANT!!

              • Pat D

                I’d prefer to think of myself as Rhett Butler in this case.

                The scene where he predicts a Southern defeat in the war because they have no factories or cannons of their own, but only “cotton and slaves and arrogance.”

    • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      It hardly warrants the term “shutdown”.

      • first time lawng time

        By “shutdown” I mean “shutout”

  • nycsportzfan

    Dante BIchette Jr now over 300wtih GCL with his 4-4 today, and he went 3-3 yesterday.. Dudes OBP is outstanding…

    • Urban

      I have no idea if Bichette will turn out to be a good player, but considering his father treated walks as if they were a disease, I am impressed that he seems to understand the value of base on balls. If he can combine his walk rate with is father’s hitting, then we’ll have something quite good.

      Long, long way to go.

  • pat

    DBJr 4-4 with 2 BB and 2 doubles today in another GCL blowout. Kid is en fuego.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Non-Alcoholic! Throw that shit out

  • Mike HC

    Why non alcoholic? It seems like Kim already had a drink or two, let the guys in the booth get in on the action.

  • first time lawng time

    I’d like to see Kay and Paulie get liquored up in the booth. THAT would be entertaining.

  • Kostas

    Time to change Tex’s name from Pop up to Whiff.

  • Dank Weather Forecasts!

    The profile on Kei Igawa in today’s NYT is brutally sad!!

    • YankeesJunkie

      The sad life of the richest man in the minors.

      Now that I got my insult in how was it sad?

    • Monteroisdinero

      Except for the part where Cashman says “He drove past me on the way from Manhattan to Trenton-he drives faster than his fastball”

      Interesting read. Making all that money cushions the sadness..

      • Dank Weather Forecasts!

        Yeah Cashman comes off as a dick but I understand it. I watched those games too. The isolation, I think, and the fact that he still commutes from Manhattan, like he’s madly clinging to something other than reality. I doubt he cares about the money. The JC Romero bit really sealed the deal on the profile.

        • YankeesJunkie

          Link please

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

            I’ll have it up on the site in 15 mins or so.

    • Urban

      I wouldn’t call it “brutally” sad. I’d be quite happy to make $46 million and have a limo drive me to a minor league ballpark every day, but I get the point. He is an athlete who came to the United States to pitch in the big leagues, and has been down in the bushes for the last four years.

      I still don’t know if Igawa can’t pitch in the majors on some level, and if I was him, after this season, I’d try to hook on with an NL West team, perhaps the Padres, and pitch in a ballpark kind to flyball pitchers. He’s a lefty and he always did have the ability to generate swings and misses, so perhaps he might still have a future, even if it’s out of the pen. If he fails again, at least he’ll know he gave it one last shot.

  • teddy

    lets go laird!!!

  • Pastadivingarod

    Laird step up time

  • first time lawng time

    Weak, Laird. Weak.

  • jay

    I know we make fun of AJ but I’d put that curveball he threw to end last inning up against almost every breaking ball in the game

    • YankeesJunkie

      If he only could command his stuff a little better.

      • jay

        and whatever can go wrong for him always does…

  • Karl Krawfid

    Missed 2 fastballs right down the middle.

  • Jack Merridew

    And that’s why Nunez will continue to play 3rd until Chavez returns.

  • teddy

    laid wasn’t even competive against those 3 fastballs, oh well

  • Pastadivingarod

    Ok eric chavez come on up

  • Kostas

    More missed opportunities. That has been the story of the offense since the first game back.

    • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      No?

  • YankeesJunkie

    Rarely see Gardner make a mistake though it would have been a tough play regardless.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Joe DiMaggio once said that if you see an outfielder backpedaling for a ball-you are not seeing a very good one. Gardy is good but there is something to what the great man said.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Gardner is the best defensive player in baseball…

        • Monteroisdinero

          Maybe but Joe D makes a good point too.

          • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

            They were playing Gardner shallow for Weeks, who has little to no power.

            • Monteroisdinero

              Not the point I was making. It was about Dimaggio’s comment on outfield technique.

  • Karl Krawfid

    This playing shallow shit in this heat is just dumb.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Well that sucked.

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

    Infield in? It’s the fifth inning.

    • Pat D

      Lack of confidence in his lineup or his pitchers?

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

        Lack of common sense?

        • Pat D

          No one has common sense.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Nice job by Burnett!

  • first time lawng time

    Allan Jaaaaaaames!

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Well shit AJ, sometimes you’re not as terrible as we make you out to be.

  • teddy

    damm

  • Cy Pettitte

    the pop out/whiff king.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Keep dropping that back Knee Tex

  • Kostas

    Just worthless at the plate right now.

  • teddy

    teix is the master of the popup.

    keep being a stubborn player teix

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Am I the only one who thinks it’s really annyoing that Michael Kay STILL tells everyone how many hits Jeter has once he gets a base hit? I know he’s gonna pass a lot of guys this year, but don’t tell me how many hits he has once he gets a hit. Just tell me when he passes guys. I love Michael Kay and all, but c’mon.

    • Monteroisdinero

      DJ is very good for Kay’s career. Past/present/future.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Can’t stand watching Teix at the plate when he’s like this. It’s either a fucking pop-up or he’s swinging over the top of a changeup. A fucking 340 OBP is absolutely unacceptable

  • Monteroisdinero

    This game is vintage AJ in 2011. So far. The A’s are not very good with the bat but he’s been tough. The Yanks rarely have a starter not go into the 6th this year. (except last night).

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

    Burnett is allergic to 1-2-3 innings.

    • CBean

      He looked exhausted at the beginning of the inning. I was at the game last night and one of stadium employees was telling me that it was nearly 120degrees on the field last night.

  • YankeesJunkie

    That was a perfect pitch by AJ

  • BigTimeBartolo

    2 out walks…LOVE EM

  • Pastadivingarod

    Three run HR HERE watch.

  • Cy Pettitte

    meltdown

  • Jetrer

    fucking AJ being AJ

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

    Walking a guy with a .273 OBP?

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      It’s AJ

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    2 Fucking outs.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Good call by Girardi, get him the fuck out. I’ve seen enough

  • YankeesJunkie

    Can’t say that is bad move considering the damage Burnett has done to himself in the last 10 pitches of an outing.

  • Pastadivingarod

    Loser

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    What was I doing thinking AJ would have a good game against the A’s

  • teddy

    burnett blows, i want to call him gutless, but i can’t prove it

    • Pat D

      Doesn’t stop everyone else.

  • Kostas

    AJ’s inability to get out of the inning plus the offense’s lack of ability to score any runs = joe bringing the infield in last inning….magnifies the lack of confidence in today’s line up.

  • jay

    that’s the definition of a reputation hook

  • Tut

    Mental case

  • first time lawng time

    Why is Robertson not in?

    • YankeesJunkie

      8th inning guy TM

      No common sense

    • jay

      you know the answer to that question. the year managers use their best relievers in the highest leverage situations? probably 2020.

  • Pastadivingarod

    Lawng time a huge cory wade fan here

  • Pasqua

    AJ can be as pissed-off as he wants to be, but the man needs a reality check. His track record does not suggest a pretty end to that situation. If he doesn’t realize that, he’s in denial.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    WOO FUCKING SAH

  • Jack Merridew

    And we’d have 0 runs if it weren’t for Robbie Cano. Somebody needs to step up, Burnett and Wade certainly haven’t.

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

      And they’d have one if it weren’t for Josh Willingham. You can make everything look bad if you take away the good parts. Amazing how that works.

  • teddy

    embrassing yanks can’t get them out,

  • FIPster Doofus

    Damn. Weeks is a fucking pest.

  • Pastadivingarod

    Winna winna chicken dinner
    Pay me lawng

  • Cy Pettitte

    just don’t punch anything AJ

  • Tut

    At least he kept them in the game

    • Jetrer

      Losers anthem

    • FIPster Doofus

      Given last night’s postgame thread, I sense sarcasm in your comment, and I like it very much.

      • first time lawng time

        Gee ever thought that not very pitcher is going to give a CGSHO?

        You and other people here need to get the fuck over the fact that the Yankees can’t have an ace for every spot in the rotation.

        Would you rather him pitch like Hughes?

        Unbelievable that people get on AJ for ANYTHING but they will not stop defending Hughes.

        • FIPster Doofus

          I don’t even dislike Burnett, per se. I just know when a pitcher is below average. Unfortunately, he is, and the price tag isn’t helping matters.

        • Jetrer

          Hughes has been worse, YES
          That doesn’t excuse a guy who was signed to be and is paid to be a #2 pitching like a 5th starter.
          Its not getting on AJ for anything – its getting on AJ for being a complete bust over the last 2 years.

  • Pastadivingarod

    Logan up (as girardi raises the white flag)

  • Guns of the Navarone

    I can’t believe Nunez didn’t fuck that up.

  • first time lawng time

    1 out away from a quality start…not complaining.

    If the offense scores some runs, everything will be fine.

    • FIPster Doofus

      “Quality start” is a pretty useless way to gauge a pitcher, especially when a 4.50 ERA is well below average. And especially when the pitcher leaves the bases loaded.

      • CMP

        FTLT doesn’t believe in Voodoo stats like ERA, FIP, ERA+, WAR, etc. She only believes in the “keep you in the game” stat.

        • first time lawng time

          Because that is all that matters.

    • Jetrer

      a Quality Start, minimum req (6 in, 3ER), is a below avg start – a mediocre start
      AJ has only managed to be at least mediocre in 8 of 21 starts this year
      That is horrible

  • Pastadivingarod

    Phew
    Thought nunez was going to knobluck that ball into the stands.

  • Bronx Byte

    Two more years of Burnett not protecting a lead.

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Because your God forbids you from using your D-Rob.

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

    Way to take a pitch with Harden at 100 pitches, Robbie.

  • Cy Pettitte

    god damn Swish, what a monster shot

  • FIPster Doofus

    SWISH

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

    Waaa waaa waaa sign DeJesus, trade for Bay.

    • Pastadivingarod

      Black hole in the post season and you know it.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Jettisoning a dude who has had great success over 4,000-plus regular-season plate appearances because of 127 mostly unsuccessful playoff PAs is a really smart way to build a team.

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

        So was Tino and Scott Brosius.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Swish!

  • Pat D

    Too bad someone wasn’t on base.

    But what a shot.

  • Esteban

    OH. MY. GOD.

  • teddy

    thanks swisher, no thanks burnett

    • Monteroisdinero

      He wasn’t that bad.

      /u r welcome FTLT

      • first time lawng time

        Thankyou, monteroisdinero.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Damn that was a bomb

  • Monteroisdinero

    DEADRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BigTimeBartolo

    SWISHA!

  • Pat D

    Russell Branyan hit the upper deck, you tool.

    • Bavarian Yankee

      just wanted to write that. Man, Kay, get your facts right!!

  • CMP

    5.2 innings, 6 hits, 3 walks, 3 earned runs for AJ against a lousy hitting team. Not horrible, certainly better than Hughes abortion last night but still nothing more than mediocre.

    • mt

      Don’t forget the 2 Hit by Pitch. So 11 baserunners in 5.2 – almost 2 baserunners per inning.

  • Pastadivingarod

    kay
    Branyan hit a ball into the upper deck last year.

  • Hamburger

    Cmon Michael Kay, Russell Branyan hit one into the upper deck last year.

  • Cy Pettitte

    “doing research” = reading RAB comments?

  • Pastadivingarod

    Lol
    Paul oneil just pointed to where branyans went and said that area was unhitable. Lol

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

    First pitch steal pls.

  • Pat D

    MLBN’s Prime 9 for Best Managers:

    1. John McGraw
    2. Joe McCarthy
    3. Casey Stengel
    4. Tony LaRussa
    5. Bobby Cox
    6. Walter Alston
    7. Earl Weaver
    8. Sparky Anderson
    9. Joe Torre

    Apparently 5 World Series titles doesn’t mean anything if you manage for damn near 50 years, a bunch of them with substandard teams and this causes you to have a career losing record.

    Stupid, if you ask me.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Every list of theirs I’ve ever seen has sucked.

      • Pat D

        I’m keeping track of them now.

        I like how they were afraid to rank Barry Bonds ahead of Ted Williams on the left fielder list.

  • Pastadivingarod

    I think cano can get one up there (with his dad pitching)

  • Cy Pettitte

    god dammit Boone.

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

    Shutdown innings baby.

  • teddy

    giradri an idiot

  • Esteban

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOne

  • YankeesJunkie

    Boone Fucking Logan!

    LOOGYs rock and are so useful to the team

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Fuck you Boone Logan. I hope you get DFA’d and then assassinated.

    • YankeesJunkie

      I prefer if you reverse the order.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Whoa

      • BigTimeBartolo

        /kidding

  • Pastadivingarod

    Logan=fail

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

    Girardi knows Matsui as well as anyone, and he’s still brings in the inferior pitcher just because of the LH on LH matchup. So stupid.

    • BigTimeBartolo

      but…but…my binder said it was a good idea!

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Matsui hit 7 of 8 homeruns this year against leftys

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Did JC Romero kill Girardi’s dog or something?

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Wow.

  • first time lawng time

    It’s Matsui so it’s okay.

  • Kostas

    This fucking team can be so frustrating, especially when they get in these mediocre funks.

    • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      It’s been one game. Relax.

      • Kostas

        um it has been nearly every game since the break. lose 2, win 2, same thing in Tampa. This is a series they should sweep, not have to win on Sunday to win the series.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          That’s what happens when you play 162 times.

  • Jack Merridew

    I think Logan’s done. Romero will take his spot.

  • Pastadivingarod

    Logan …………………………..why

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Again, my opinion of Girardi is steadily eroding. le sigh.

    Good thing most managers suck.

  • YankeesJunkie

    WNBA All Star Game starting: insert joke

    • YankeesJunkie

      No need the broadcast is already doing a pretty good job at it.

  • tom

    This is such an eminently winnable game (knocking the starter out early in the 6th is supposed to be a good sign, right?), but it’s starting to have that “they’ll do enough to just barely lose” feeling.

    This is not remotely a defense of Burnett, who makes me curse with regularity, but…it has to be aggravating to him that, pretty much every time he pitches, the one mistake (which you can essentially count on him making) turns out to decide the game. If he had CC’s run support, he’d be obviously the same pitcher, but I don’t think he’d enrage us quite as much, because his margin for error would allow us to let more things slide.

  • Rockstar4Life

    3 behind boston in the L column after today. This team sucks.

    • tom

      Wow — you’ve seen the end of both games already?

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        He can see the fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuture……..

    • Jetrer

      can you see tonight’s Powerball numbers as well?

    • YankeesJunkie
    • FIPster Doofus

      Third-best record in the league. What a godawful team.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Come on A’s bring in Joey devine.

  • Jack Merridew

    This game has classic Yankees comeback written all over it.

  • YankeesJunkie

    I am calling a walk off win right now.

  • Pastadivingarod

    Would rather have seen garrison then logan
    Bring up sori and romero send down garrison and logan

    • YankeesJunkie

      How about neither.

      Bring up Sori and Whelan/Kontos and DFA Garrison and Logan

  • Jetrer

    Jeter swinging the bat pretty well lately

    • Monteroisdinero

      Bat him second!

    • The Big City of Dreams

      When Kay does the games he hits but when he doesn’t….

  • first time lawng time

    Oh Granderson, you have been so useless today.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Should’ve signed Choate over Feliciano and Balfour over Soriano.

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

    that was odd how the shift was beaten

  • MikeD

    Shifts. I hate shifts.

  • Kostas

    Tex will pop up for the inning ending out.

    • Kostas

      Or not.

  • Pastadivingarod

    Ball4 brain fart

  • Adam Parker

    Gardner lacks grit. Put Jeter back on top.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Bull! Also Jeter only has half the grit as Gardner.

      /Racist’d

      • Jack

        He ain’t all the way gritty.

        /Sheffield

  • MikeD

    HR, please, Robbie.

  • first time lawng time

    Fucking offense.

  • Karl Krawfid

    We gon’ lose.

  • Pastadivingarod

    I miss the hr derby cano

  • YankeesJunkie

    I love the live blogging during the game.

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

      i do too!

  • BigTimeBartolo

    I like to think that Girardi is planning on running Logan into the ground this game, so we can DFA him afterwards. Instead of the alternative…

  • tom

    Jeter gets on base three times, and the team doesn’t cash in once. They can’t afford to waste opportunities like that.

    What I’d expect now: Jeter’ll come to the plate in the 9th with the tying runs on, fail to come through, and get a full course of the “Jeter is done” treatment.

  • Pastadivingarod

    Why is logan still pitching?.

    • YankeesJunkie

      I am guessing to face the possibility of Matsui hitting in the 9th.

    • Jetrer

      down 2, it would be him or Ayala ….Tomato, tomato

  • Jetrer

    Gardner having problems today

  • YankeesJunkie

    Two bad defensive plays from Gardner.

    /Shock’d

  • FIPster Doofus

    Boone Logan better be out of here by Aug. 1.

  • kevin

    wrong move bringing in a lefty to face matsui. he was your freakin WS MVP remember joe???????

  • first time lawng time

    I wish the Yankees would score some more runs this game. Offense has Ben lifeless today.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    If Mitre was still here he’d be pitching now

    • BigTimeBartolo

      thank god he’s not…

  • jay

    Tex will at least always do that…

  • Pastadivingarod

    “It was a disaster. We failed.”
    By Mike Axisa
    Is that the logan paragraph?
    Or the AJ Burnett contract?

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    Weird Jeter stat: .303 BA against starters and .190 against relievers.

    • Jetrer

      most relievers he faces are power righties. Thats who he seems to have the most trouble against

  • Greg

    Well, if they lose they have to go 8-0 to properly “fatten up”

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Does Martin project as a type B free agent?

    • YankeesJunkie

      Still has one more year of arbitration

      • mbonzo

        Yes and he’s projected as a type A.

        The catching market is quite low.

  • Greg

    And Girardi should not get any blame for this game. He made the right moves, but the team has let him down.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      The only bad move he made was bringing in Logan against Matsui who crushes lefties

    • Jetrer

      Matsui this year: 120 wRC+ vs LH, 66 wRC+ vs RH
      Bringing in Logan to face Matsui was decidedly not the right move

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

    Very nice Russ. Very nice.

  • Jack Merridew

    Now bunt the runners over for Laird. Play small ball.

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

    Don’t bunt. Jesus don’t bunt.

    • Greg

      They could pinch hit for Laird.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Almost the greatest bunt ever, but agreed.

    • MikeD

      Did they call up Jesus?

      /wishfulthinkin’

  • Cy Pettitte

    “Russell finds the hole” – I’d buy that porno if he still had the Russtache.

    • MikeD

      MikeD wonders how to respond.

    • Adam

      Already part of Matsui’s collection.

  • Dave the Ox

    Why isn’t Dickerson pinch-running?

  • Monteroisdinero

    Monsieur Martin e la!

    /can’t wait for a homer

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Bunting down two runs with six outs to go. The brilliance of Joe Girardi is truly astounding.

  • Monteroisdinero

    All’s foul line with Nunez :-(

  • Karl Krawfid

    Thanks Joe!

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Damn it Kay, that ball was not drilled!

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Thanks for the great AB Nunez…

  • first time lawng time

    No DP. Please.

  • wow

    good call there Joe. the was productive.

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

      In case you aren’t watching, he did try to bunt but couldn’t get it down.

      • Rainbow Connection

        We can’t expect him to be able to bunt. He’s only been playing baseball his entire life.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Joe Girardi Baseball™

    • Greg

      Shut up. It turned out to be a non issue.

      • mbonzo

        Besides the 2 strikes he handed to the A’s.

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

        Testy.

      • Jetrer

        gave away 2 strikes before the fly out … not a non issue

  • mbonzo

    Its sad that I’d rather see Laird hitting here than Posada.

    • jay

      my thoughts exactly…

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Girardi’s managing has become indefensible in my opinion.

    • Greg

      Incorrect. Cant blame him there.

    • YankeesJunkie

      It is not like changing managers would change anything though.

      • Guns of the Navarone

        Nope. It just cements in my mind what I’ve been thinking all along.

  • Pastadivingarod

    Hip hip

    • MikeD

      Yankees need a hip replacement.

    • YankeesJunkie

      double play

  • Kostas

    splat!

  • Cy Pettitte

    hip hip oy vey.

  • jay

    can’t say I didnt see that coming

  • Jetrer

    DFA soon please, Montero really can’t be any worse

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

    Nah, Montero’s OPS is too low. Keep him down.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Jesus Montero-future Scranton HOF

    • Tampa Yankee

      This is so sad it’s funny. I don’t know what this FO is doing anymore…

  • Greg

    Dont blamr Girardi. If Nunez had bunted that would have scored a run

    • Jetrer

      he did bunt (tried to))
      + Fallacy of the predetermined bullshit argument
      down 2 with 6 outs left = don’t intentionally give away outs

      • Greg

        YOu get on Girardi way to much. It was not an egriegous error.

        • Jetrer

          I hardly ever get on Girardi
          Most of the time I defend Girardi
          But stupid is stupid, Lefty for Matsui = very stupid
          Free outs when down 2 with 6 outs left = also stupid

          • Greg

            It wasnt a free out because Nunez ended up not getting the bunt down. And you can say he gave up two strikes, but would he have hit those? You can’t say that.

            • Jetrer

              You never know. Most likely the outcome would not have changed, but TRYING to give a way an out in that situation is very clearly bad strategy, especially considering who was coming up.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    stupid, fucking stupid.

  • first time lawng time

    Culprit of today: the offense

    like 11 baserunners and 2 runs? That’s sad.

  • wow

    I mean c’mon the PH decision was a nobrainer…. leave Laird in, of course.

  • Kostas

    LOL!!!!! Unbelievable. Joe’s ability to rely on that fucking notebook cracks me up.

    • Greg

      Dont blame him? You’re being stupid.

      • BigTimeBartolo

        I’m still mad about Matsui vs Logan, given Matsui’s #’s against lefties.

        • first time lawng time

          I’m still mad about Game 3 of the 2009 ALCS

          NEVER PULL OUT ROBERTSON WHEN HE IS ON.

  • mbonzo

    /facepalm

    Posada is obviously bored, promote him to retirement.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fucking horrible.

    What kind of swing was that?

  • Monteroisdinero

    Look at the bright side folks. It makes Jorge’s not being a Yankee in 2012 SO much easier to deal with.

  • kevin

    i love you georgie but your time has passed.. bring up JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cuso

    Terrific job, Jorge!

    You’re so f*cking valuable.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    DFA/Release Posada. Seriously…

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

    yay, losing the DH!

  • David, Jr.

    Bat 8th in Old Timers Game.

  • Mike R

    Yah.. I love Posada, but his time has come and gone. The guy is a DH… Meant to get hit’s and his batting .210… It’s pathetic, I’m sorry bring up Montero trade for a DH let Posada play once a week, cuz he’s god awful.

  • MikeD

    It’s not a tough call. Robertson is more valuable in the 7th.

    • mbonzo

      He’s more valuable as a fireman. Stupid designated innings.

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        This is why I can’t wait until Soriano comes back. He can have his 8th inning back, and D-Rob will get the more high leverage situations in the 6th and 7th innings.

  • Greg

    Why dont you guys blame the players instead of the manager.

    Gardner’s gone 0-4 in the leadoff spot.

    • Mike R

      And he’s also been batting over .500 since the All star break… Hmmm?

      • Greg

        Doesnt matter. Jeter gets the same crticism. I have to be fair.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          Jeter 2-3 with a walk by all means blame him!!

        • mbonzo

          Jeters batting .500 since the All Star break?

          • Greg

            Doesnt mattter. people crticized Jeter whe the offense was struggling and in order to be fair we have to crticize Gardner when the offense is struggling.

            • mbonzo

              Whats your obsession with hating Gardner? He’s carried the offense the last 2 weeks and you jump down his throat again as soon as he goes hitless. You ready to demote the guy hitting right under .500 since the allstar break to AAA?

              • Greg

                No its because people wantes Gardner moved to the leadoff spot and then the offense would roll. So everytim it doesnt….

                • mbonzo

                  Do you ever consider sample size larger than a single game?

                • Jetrer

                  Your making up your own narrative. Its been said repeatedly here that lineup changes make a difference of maybe 10-15 runs a year. It wasn’t that their would be a dramatic difference in the offense. Its that Gardner is very clearly a better hitter OVER A FULL SEASON than Jeter is now. Nitpicking game to game just makes you look like a moron.

        • Jetrer

          WTF are you talking about, Jeter gets criticism for being a below avg hitter for over 1.5 years. Gardner has been an above avg. hitter in that time. EVERY PLAYER, good and bad, have bad days and slumps.

    • Jetrer

      Where have you been? AJ and Boone have taken plenty of blame
      And it has been mentioned that Gardner is having a bad day

    • mbonzo

      In the real world a manager is responsible for success and failures, and when they make stupid moves that don’t work out they deserve to get reprimanded no matter how poorly their workers do.

    • David, Jr.

      He doesn’t have many bad games, but you have identified one.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Designated Hitter, Jesus Montero.

    • Tampa Yankee

      I’ll pay his bus fare/plane tix/cab ride/etc to NY!

      • Zooboy

        Let him get a ride with Igawa; it’d be faster.

  • first time lawng time

    So Girardi will bring in Wade in a high leverage situation, but he’ll out in Robertson in the 9th when his team is about to lose.

    Sorry, Greggy, but Girardi is a fucking moron.

    • Greg

      Hmm. Manager of the Year with the Marlins. Has a WS ring. You want to try that again?

      • mbonzo

        Marlins finished 6 games under .500 that year and 2 games under their Pythagorean W-L projection.

        • Greg

          Doesnt matter in the least. He still won Manager of the year.

          • Jetrer

            Awards are never wrong

          • Jetrer

            and he was fired for his performance

          • mbonzo

            Jeter won a gold glove last year.

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

            He was also fired immediately after the season.

            • Greg

              Most people blame that on the Marlins, not Girardi

              • Jetrer

                well obviously he didn’t fire himself

            • Pat D

              Cuz his owner is a fucking tool.

      • first time lawng time

        GAME 3 OF THE 2009 ALCS!!!

        He win a ring because he had one of the greatest teams ever playing for him. He also failed to make the playoffs his first year here, and stopped the 13 playoff appearance streak for the Yankees. And his team absolutely shit the bed the second half of last year.

        • Pat D

          Like it was Girardi’s fault that Cano, Jeter and Pettitte had bad years; that Posada, Matsui and Wang were all hurt; that Hughes and IPK were beyond terrible; and that Darrell Rasner and Sidney Ponson started 35 games combined.

          It was really a miracle that team won 89 games. Yet no one gave him credit for anything, and yet last year everyone wanted to suck Francona’s dick for how the Red Sox performed with all their injuries.

          • first time lawng time

            Was not aware of the context of 2008z
            But there is NO defense for game 3 of the 2009 ALCS.

            • Pat D

              What part specifically are you referring to? I really have no memories of that game.

              • first time lawng time

                It’s extra innings. Robertson is in. He gets 2 outs, Girardi then pulls him out for Aceves, who proceeded to lose the game.

                This is why it was dumb:
                - he said he “liked the matchup”. That matchup: the Angel was 0-1 off Aceves and had neve faced Robertson before. ONE at bat.
                - Robertson had never given up a run that postseason. In game 2, Aceves hve up a run in the 11th, but Arod tied it up, the next inning, Robertson gets ou of bases loaded (again)

                Basically, Robertson >> Aceves, but Girardi liked the matchup based on one at bat.

                And in the post game he STILL didn’t think it was stupid.

                • Pat D

                  Eh…not the biggest gaffe that’s been made.

                  It’s not like leaving in Bill Buckner or leaving David Cone in too long or Walter Alston’s multiple mistakes in the 1962 playoff game.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    What’s sad is that we’re all gonna get to scream the same things about Jeter and/or A-Rod for the better part of decade that we’re complaining about now for Posada.

  • Rockstar4Life

    The continual use of Jorge Posada is sad.

  • Cy Pettitte

    oh David.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat
  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    K-RoBB

  • Esteban

    Typical Robertson.

  • MikeD

    Oddly, I don’t even worry when Robertson loads the bases. Similar to when El Duque would seemingly walk batters on purpose, putting a runner in scoring postion because he felt he could get the next hitter out. I didn’t worry because it usually worked.

  • Billy Bats

    Boone Logan has a lower ERA and WHIP than AJ in this game and he pitched 2 innings.

    The A’s offense sucks. The Yankees offense just sucked more to this point.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Maybe a bloop and blast can save this utterly forgettable game.

    • MikeD

      …which, of course, would make it unforgettable.

    • Pat D

      2 bloops and a blast.

  • Pat D

    Mike A, I’m curious. I think you said in the chat this week that you expect Montero to either be traded or with the team by August 1. Do you honestly think that they will DFA Posada? How else do they bring up Montero? Demote Cervelli?

    • MikeD

      I’m not MikeA, and I don’t play him on TV or the Internet, but the Yankees are not DFAing Posada. Cervelli goes to AAA,most likely, to be called back up in September.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Gardy taking next 2 pitches for sure.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Gardy protecting. Can’t fault him.

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

    Very nice, Brett.

  • mbonzo

    Great at bat.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Great AB by Gardner.

    DON’T FUCKING BUNT!

  • MikeD

    Here’s this scum Jeter, who has been trashed last night and today, even though he hit the double that led to the Yankees run, and has been on base three times today. Bastard.

    • Greg

      He’s been called “useless” before

      That’s ridiculous.

    • MikeD

      …his double last night, although I think that happened today, too. I was just joining the game at that point.

  • Greg

    Now if Jeter DPs here, then we can go after him.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Gardy needs to go to 2nd

  • mbonzo

    Someone needs to widen these foul lines.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    What we need is a “little bit a luck.”

  • Hugh

    Is it me or has the strike zone been a bit flexible today?

  • Monteroisdinero

    Hit and run to stay out of the gidp. Code for Jeter’s up.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fucking Jeter.

    Had the base stolen by a mile.

    And the pitch was a ball he swung at.

    • mbonzo

      And was almost a double.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Interesting!

  • Pastadivingarod

    The igawa article is heart wrenching what that guy has gone through is wrong.

    • Pastadivingarod

      Whoops wrong thread

    • Monteroisdinero

      He went from Cy Young to Sayonara.

      /Sparky Lyle

      • Pastadivingarod

        Someone should have let him out of his contract. And go to san diego

        • MikeD

          There was no “letting him out of his contract.” They would have had to outright cut him, owing basically the full value of the contract, minus the minimum the team that picked him up would have had to pay. That would be a huge hit since even they didn’t know back in 2007 what was ahead. They were still hoping he’d provide some value.

          Regarding the Padres, I’m not sure of the trade details, but the Yankees probably would have had to pay 90% of his remaining contract, and similar to what I said above, they didn’t want to do that. Worse than admitting total failure, there is a risk he might pitch okay for San Diego. I mean, look at what Moseley is doing this year in the NL West.

          I do think the Yankees should have traded him to some team this off season that wanted to take a shot on him. Hey, it’s still nearly 500K in the Yankees bank, since that’s roughly minimum salary of the team that will have him.

  • Cy Pettitte

    thanks for not GIDPing Jeter

  • MikeD

    DFA Jeter now!

  • mbonzo

    Jeter is having a great day.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Jeter with 3 hits??

    You know Suzyn…

    • Jetrer

      and robbed in the first, shoulda been 4

  • Rich in NJ

    Jeter doesn’t like batting leadoff…

  • Monteroisdinero

    Jeets! Mr. #2 batter. Never move him again.

    Hit # 3015, Kay.

  • Rockstar4Life

    No bunt? I’m disappointed Girardi.

  • Cy Pettitte

    double steal wow, gritty.

  • YankeesJunkie

    This has been a very aggressive inning on the basepaths.

  • Esteban

    Wow that was ballsy. And now Teix, time to be a hero.

    • Esteban

      Well, thought there were two out, but at least he got a run in.

  • mbonzo

    Jeter is hitting .333 since returning from the DL.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      I’ll take that

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Drama.

  • MikeD

    Stupid Girardi. First he missed the opportunity to bunt, then he sends the runners distracting Granderson so he strikes out!

    And, yes, I’m kidding just in case it’s not obvious. There have been so many strange postings here that it may no longer be obvious.

    We need a Cano hit.

    • Guns of the Navarone

      Complaining about Girardi for putting on a bunt down two runs with six outs to go is far from strange, but ok.

  • teddy

    teix you suck

  • Pastadivingarod

    I blame logan for this

    • Greg

      Now you are free to do so.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    It was a disaster. We failed.

    /Cashman’d

  • MikeD

    Sucks, but the Yankees aren’t going to win virtually every game against the A’s. It only feels like it’s their birthright to beat the A’s every game, just as it feels like they should beat the Twins every game. Every once in a while there is a loss, and sadly today was one.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Fuckity fuck

  • Dick Gozinya

    Fuck you Boone Logan.

  • Jetrer

    way to get yourself out swinging at yet another ball

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

    Oh look, Cano got himself out on a pitch off the plate.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Mister Swing At Everything.

      /Moneyball

  • teddy

    cano not at pedroia level. take the pitch you genius

  • wow

    sigh. this team…

  • first time lawng time

    Funny how the Logan – Matsui at bat was the deciding factor.

    • MikeD

      And by funny, you mean horrible.

  • MikeD

    He only had one strike on him. He shouldn’t have swung if he called time out. Oh, well.

  • Pat D

    Sigh.

  • Mike HC

    That was an odd at bat to end the game.

    • MikeD

      It left a very flaccid feeling.

  • The Big City of Dreams

    They’ll win the series tomorrow.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    FIRE GIRARDI!!1!111!!one!11uno!!!11

  • Karl Krawfid

    Granderson trying to hook every single pitch.

    Tex fucking sucks.

    Wild card team all the way.

    • Pat D

      Because no Wild Card team has ever won, right?

  • tom

    This is a game that should get Matt rolling in in high dudgeon.

    The unhappy vibe I felt a couple of innings ago came true: a game where they did enough to just barely lose (man at third to end it is literally as close as you can get).

    Jeter on base 4 times. No one could konock him in once. For once, it’s not on the Captain.

  • Greg

    Now they must go 8-0 the rest of this homestand. Otherwise its a failure.

    And are those Matsui stats for his career or just this year.

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

      So you expected a 9-1 homestand? The failure is your own stupidity.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        09 would have an 11-0 homestand. Guaranteed.

      • Greg

        People around here have called for a 9-1 homestand. You said to fatten up in this homestand.

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

          I did. But I didn’t say 9-1. That’s completely unrealistic.

          • Greg

            Oh then what did you imply?

        • Rich in NJ

          I’ll take 7-3.

      • Pat D

        I did kinda expect 7 or 8. Is that asking too much?

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

          7-3 isn’t crazy. But 9-1?

          • Pat D

            Yea, I know that’s pretty unrealistic.

          • Greg

            Fair enough. Its just that other people on here have caleed for a 9-1.

            • Pat D

              I’ve caleed a lot, too.

              I don’t know what the means.

              Sorry, I’m just trying to be silly.

              • Greg

                Called for

          • MikeD

            Agreed. Especially with no A-Rod. I’ll take 7-3, but hoping for 8-2. 9-1 still possible, but I wouldn’t have called for that even before they had a loss.

  • mt

    Four baserunners on in last two innings with no out – only one scores (thanks Posada and Cano).

    Why swing if you are calling time-out?

  • Pastadivingarod

    Logan has lost at least 4 games for us now.

    • Greg

      I put this more on the offense than Logan.

    • Billy Bats

      Not for nothing, but he had a lower ERA and WHIP than AJ. He also pitched 2 innings, which is insane.

  • teddy

    it wasn’t even a strike

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    The 09 team would have an 10-0 homestand. I’m sure of it.

    /thisteamisnot09

    • Billy Bats

      The ’98 team would have went 12-0 in a 10 game homestand. I am positive.

    • Matt

      Umm, you were the one who was saying they should EASILY go 8-2 on this homestand. What happened?

      Oh right, the offense didn’t show up again, exactly like I was warning you about.

      On most nights, this team is kept in the game by its pitching. The problem is that they strand a mountain of baserunners and lose by one or two runs after missing chance after chance.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        It was a joke. A JOKE

        • Matt

          It wasn’t a joke when you were so vehemently defending it the other night, saying how they “always crush” the A’s starters, and how they should be easy wins. When I repeatedly said how those were different lineups and circumstances, you continually came back and said that I was wrong.

          Don’t change the story just because you said something stupid and weren’t correct about it.

          • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

            The comment about the 09 team was the joke.

            • Matt

              No, really? How could I have ever figured that out?

              My point was that despite criticizing someone on those grounds, you actually made a similar remark yourself the other night. Hypocrisy at its finest, but I’m sure that you’ll find a way to try to spin it to deflect the fact.

  • Pastadivingarod

    Cano Hughes logan and Cervelli for Felix Do it!

    • Pat D

      Normally I’d consider this a joke, but with some of the things you’ve said today, I can’t even guess.

      Hat tip to you, for you have befuddled me.

  • Zack

    Sorry, this loss is ALL on the offense. 12 men LOB with Granderson going 0-4 today.

    • Mike HC

      AJ didn’t pitch very well at home against a poor offense. It is on both.

      • Greg

        No, considering what we saw yesterday. Aj really made only one bad pitch. He tired out at the end and the bullpen gave up the next two (wade with a bequeathed runner)

        • Zack

          Indeed..but our offense couldn’t do squat.

        • Mike HC

          It has nothing to do with yesterday. This season, Hughes is no standard for if you pitched well or not. To me, AJ pitched slightly below average, which is where he has been at all year. It could be worse I guess

          • Greg

            He made one really bad pitch and that was it. He tired out in the sixth which led to the walks and Wade gave up a run.

            • Mike HC

              6 hits and 3 walks in 5.2 against a weak offense.

              • MikeD

                Of course, their offense has been hitting well of late, and in baseball that’s a more important trend than the seasonal trend. Individuals on teams, and thus the teams, get hot. The A’s offense right now has been hitting much better.

                AJ game up two runs before leaving in the 6th. He pitched well enough to win. We lost because we didn’t hit enough. It’s baseball.

              • Greg

                They werent weak yeasterday, even if Hughes was pitching.

                • Mike HC

                  I see your point. They are apparently hitting well as of late.

          • Matt

            This is entirely on the offense, and you know it. Stop letting your hatred for Burnett get in the way of using your brain. AJ has kept them in almost every game that he has pitched this season, and with the lineup that backs him up that should be acceptable.

            • Greg

              Exactly.

            • Mike HC

              You can’t expect to score 5 runs every game. Good starting pitching is the most important aspect of the game. So while I agree the offense deserves some blame for the loss today, in the bigger picture, AJ still really not pitching all that well is the larger problem. What you guys define as “keeping them in the game” is also defined as below average.

              • Matt

                Burnett was doing fine today until he tired and walked the 8 and 9 hitters before he was taken out too late by Girardi.

                Wade allowed one of his runs to score, and one bad pitch was the other two.

                Burnett hasn’t been lights out, but you guys react to him like he has the ERA that he had last season. When he allows 3 runs over essentially 6 innings, that is a game you should win almost every time. 2 for 11 with RISP is terrible.

                • Mike HC

                  I guess we just disagree with what is considered good pitching. Tiring before you finish 6 innings and leaving the game with the bases loaded and a middle reliever coming in against the A’s offense at home, is not considered good pitching to me. Acceptable, I guess.

                  Agreed that the offense did not play well today though as well.

                  • Matt

                    It’s 100 degrees today! Of course he’s going to tire earlier than usual! And Wade has been one of their better relief pitchers lately!

                    I understand that you are upset about the loss, but you are looking for reasons to be upset and you are creating the criticisms after the fact.

                    Burnett’s ERA is bad because of a few bad starts, not because he’s been consistently below average. Other than the 5.2 IP 7 ER vs. Boston and the 5.2 IP 6 ER vs. TB, his ERA in his other 19 starts is 3.70, which is slightly above average.

                    • Mike HC

                      I really don’t care about this loss all that much. I don’t see how you can look at his numbers on the year, or today, and claim that he has pitched well, but ok.

                    • Matt

                      I just posted his numbers, and they say that outside of 2 extremely bad games, he HAS pitched well.

                      So stop laying it all on him. You clearly hate him based on what he did last season, and have no ability to think objectively.

                      If a starting pitcher gives you quality innings almost every time out there, then he’s doing his job. Outside of 2 horrible games, FLUKE games because his other 19 starts have been good, he has been fine. He is not the most fun pitcher to watch, but he is doing his job.

              • Matt

                Burnett has also received losses in 2 games this year in which he has allowed only one run, so it’s not fair to put it all on him. He has allowed 3 or fewer earned runs in 15 of his 21 starts this year, and his pitched at least 6 innings in 12 of 21 starts.

                His numbers this season have actually been better than in 2009. He’s not pitching like an ace, but he’s been much better than you give him credit for.

                • Mike HC

                  I think his numbers show him to be slightly below average, which is what I gave him credit for.

                  And I’m not putting the loss all on him. I”m saying he contributed to the loss.

  • Tut

    The number 2 starter pitches like a number 5 It’s imperative that Cashman gets a pitcher.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Wrell that sucked. Tex scorched a few balls that were outs, and Robbie got himself out on a shitty pitch. Le sigh.

    • teddy

      teix hit nothing hard, he k twice, pop up and hut a routine fly ball

      • Greg

        He did hit it hard into the shift and got on. You forgot that one.

        • teddy

          he hit that one hard, but thats why he nees to go to left field

      • Jimmy McNulty

        What, the last fly ball in the 9th wasn’t hit hard? He just missed another ball too.

  • Mike HC

    Unbelievable that without Garcia and Colon, this year could have been a disaster. Also scary that we have to rely on them now as well.

    I still have faith in Hughes.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      Well that makes one of us.

      • Mike HC

        It is getting hard, I know.

  • Jake H

    I’m so tired of Posada. I really hope that they DFA him and call up Montero.

    • mbonzo

      I still think Posada could be useful on the bench, but Montero would be huge in this lineup with Arod out.

  • teddy

    3 straight losses was because they score 3 runs or less. can get on a winning when your offense doesn’t show up conistanly. is why the redsox are the better team. can they hold off tb, probable, fair from a giving

    • Mike HC

      Don’t discount that we have been missing ARod. That is huge.

      • Greg

        That is true. The Red Sox have not been hampered by injuries on the offense as much as the Yankees this year.That’s why we see Ellsbury, Pedroia, and Youkiliz step up.

        • jack

          The Red Sox were decimated by injuries last year, far more than the yankees this year. This year not as much (but lowrie and crawford), but the pitching has seen every single starter go down. Dicek isn’t coming back, lackey has missed time, beckett has missed time, lester is missing time, clayb won’t be back until late august at the most.

          So yeah, quit whining about injuries.

          • ItsATarp

            Lackey and Dice-K injured maybe be better for the Sox

  • Zack

    We either score a ton of runs or don’t score at all. What a joke!

  • Greg

    Thinking about it, yesterday was a Yankee style game, slugging home runs and scoring. Today was an A’s style game, dominant starting pitching and defense.

    Whichever team sets the style tommorrow will win.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      I agree.
      Gio vs Bartolo will be a good match up, but I’d give us the edge because we are really good against lefty starters.

    • Zack

      If the A’s didn’t have such putrid offense, they would win a lot more than they do.
      Their bullpen ERA is among the best in the league.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Montero either DHin or Catching has the perfect swing for Yankee Stadium.

    What the hell is this team waiting for?

    • Greg

      For the trade deadline to pass.

      • Karl Krawfid

        That makes no fucking sense at all.

        Texas called Smoak up. Didn’t stop them from getting Lee last year.