Jul
24

Game 99: Bartday

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Bartolo Colon pitched against the Athletics earlier this season, and I think we all remember what happened. It was his best performance of the year, a dominant complete game shutout in which the A’s got exactly two runners into scoring position and didn’t get a man to third base until there was one out in the ninth. Colon was pretty dang good against the Rays last time out, so hopefully he carries that over and dominates a weak lineup. Here’s the Yankees’ starting nine…

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

Bartolo Colon, SP

The game starts a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • wisekid

    7PM??? I thought it was a 1:05PM start?

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

      It does start at 1. Force of habit.

  • daneptizl

    Game starts at 1.

  • dontchaknow

    Bartday yay. Let’s go Yankees!. That is all.

  • CP

    Can someone please explain the Boone Logan hate?

    Since Boone dropped his arm slot (back on 6/22), here is his pitching line:

    13 games, 10.1 IP, 2.61 ERA, 1 BB, 14 K, 2 HR

    As a Yankees, here’s his line:

    89 games, 66.1 IP, 3.12 ERA, 3.9 BB/9, 8.5 K/9, 0.8 HR/9

    This isn’t like Chan Ho Park who sucked. He’s been relatively effective for a year and a half as a Yankee, and is not even close to the worst reliever on the team, yet people get this visceral reaction of hate whenever his name comes up.

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

      He’s struggled against lefties this year, and his sole purpose in life is to get lefties out. I hate the whole concept of having a LOOGY as it is, but a LOOGY that doesn’t get lefties out is even worse.

      • CP

        His purpose is to pitch and get outs an not allow runs. Why can he only be effective if he’s a LOOGY?

        • YankeesJunkie

          True, but he is incapable of getting righties out as his career splits will suggest. In general he makes righties look like all stars.

  • Pat D

    Baron Silas Greenback on the hill.

  • Dennis

    Anyone else thinks the Mariners will lose today and get thier first win against us tomorrow.

    • Phife Dawg

      Seeing that it’s Pineda vs. Wakefield… it woulnd’t surprise me if the Mariners actually won today.

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

      I fully expect the Mariners to lose today then take two of three from the Yankees. And then there will be MASS PANIC!!!

      • Pat D

        I don’t think “mass panic” will be sufficient to describe what will happen.

        • Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin’ mothafucka, mothafucka)

          I’d be pretty pissed.

        • Esteban

          People will actually jump off bridges.

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

    The Yankees have alternated wins and losses in their last 6 games. Hopefully that trend continues for just one more day.

  • X-62

    Does anyone else think that this rumored Rasmus deal to Chicago sounds super light at the moment? I would want a lot more then what is being bandied about.

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

      I’ll be so pissed if they get him for Jackson and Thornton.

      • X-62

        I know I couldn’t believe what I read, we should offer Nova, Logan and Nunez then or something. I thought a Rasmus deal would only happen if some team was going to trade a J Hell type of pitcher from TB or a big time prospect like Montero.

        The good news is I guess that we are starting to hear more serious rumors about players, it’s been pretty quiet this year.

        • Rich in NJ

          I dislike rumors. I like some news.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Given the way the Cardinals have treated Rasmus, it’d be fitting for them to get less than his real value in a trade. Idiots.

    • Phife Dawg

      If they get Rasmus, then what happens to Pierre, Quinten, and Rios? Either Rios or Pierre is going to be an expensive 4th Of’er.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Pierre’s a free agent at the end of the year; it’s not as if they’re stuck with him going forward.

      • Hank

        While Pierre would in all likelihood be the expensive 4th OF’r that’s still a far better scenario than him being an expensive starting OF’r

  • Cy Pettitte

    2 seamer is working today, wow.

  • Jack Merridew

    Looks like it’ll be another great day for Colon. 10+ strikeouts.

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    Somehow just doesn’t surprise me Matsui has hit the Yankees well since he left.

    • Mike HC

      He was slowing down at the end of his contract with the Yanks. Although he obviously went out with a bang.

      • Urban

        I wasn’t implying we should have kept him. He just strikes me as the type of player who will rise to the occassion against his former teammates, more so than perhaps other players.

    • FIPster Doofus

      .209/.292/.488

      Nice SLG. Shitty otherwise.

  • teddy

    very good at bat, but swing at ball 4

  • Greg

    Granderson’s in a real slump. Gonzalez has excellent stuff

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

      You say that every time he doesn’t get a hit. He had one 0-for-4 yesterday, but otherwise a .267 AVG and a .425 OBP since the break.

      • Greg

        He also has struck out alot more recently.

  • teddy

    damm, just gassed him like these 3 and 2 counts

  • StanfordBen

    I forgot I was blacked out until I loaded MLB.tv and heard Sterling’s voice. Ack. A’s broadcast for me again. How many others hate the way Sterling sounds (not just that his play-by-play isn’t accurate, but how he talks)? I don’t know why anyone thinks that a baseball announcer should sound like the Moviefone guy.

  • Greg

    Tex is going to pop up alot of those with 94 on the gun.

    • Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin’ mothafucka, mothafucka)

      His IFFB% has been well above his career average for the last two seasons. Something’s up with his swing. What it is is anyone’s guess.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        It could be intentional to get more homers. Trading OBP for SLG essentially.

  • teddy

    is Manny Banuelos peak oakland starter

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

      Hopefully fewer walks. Gio’s fastball-curveball, Banuelos fastball-changeup.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Gardy catches that

    • Greg

      I’m not sure.

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

      I doubt it, but maybe he hols him to a single.

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

    Bah, catch that Russ.

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

    Goddamn A’s and their two-out rallies. Martin should have handled that though.

  • Rich in NJ

    The throw was good enough.

  • teddy

    damm it

  • Bronx Byte

    Another day of no run support for a Yankee pitcher ?

    • Pasqua

      Worry about that when the Yanks are up. Right now Colon needs to stop the prverbial bleeding.

    • Kostas

      Book it. Except for Friday’s outburst which was more about poor pitching than Yankee hitting, the team is in that “we will just have horrible AB’s when it counts” funk again.

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

      It’s been one inning.

  • Doug

    90 MPH junk

  • Jack Merridew

    Martin needs to catch that ball. Cost us 2 runs thus far and likely won’t make up for it at the plate.

  • Greg

    Cant lose two of three to the A’s. That’s unacceptable. We’ll see if the Yanlles can come back.

    • StanfordBen

      It’s not unacceptable to lose 2 out of 3 to the A’s. Vegas gives the Yanks a 60-63% chance of winning today. At that rate, they’d lose 2 out of 3 in 30% of series they play. Not that big of a deal.

      • Greg

        Not when that other team is starting to pull away.

  • Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin’ mothafucka, mothafucka)

    Lotta two out runs scored against the Yankees lately.

  • first time lawng time

    So is no one complaining about Colon?

    • Greg

      Not really. If Martin makes that play no runs are scored.

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

        Can’t say that for sure.

        • Greg

          It would have been the last out I think.

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

          Why not?

    • FIPster Doofus

      Well, Colon doesn’t suck – nor is he grossly overpaid – so he has more leeway than Burnett. Plus, he would’ve been out of that inning with no runs allowed if Martin didn’t screw up.

      • first time lawng time

        But in the game bs Cleveland on July 4, most people were blaming AJ and not Gardner whn Gardner failed to catch the ball.

        Also, hate the contract, not the player. I don’t understand why this site constanly complains about contracts when it isn’t your money.

        • FIPster Doofus

          Fans have every right to be annoyed that $16.5 million is tied up in a No. 4/5 starter through 2013.

          • Brian S.

            This. Burnett blows.

          • first time lawng time

            No they don’t. It isn’t your money…why are you complaining? Why do fans have a right to anything? You don’t like something-root for another team.

            • FIPster Doofus

              Great logic.

            • Brian S.

              AJ and Teixeira suck and take up 20% of the payroll. Fans are definitely allowed to complain when that happens.

              • first time lawng time

                Yet the fans’ team has the 3rd best record in baseball.

                Not every starter is CY caliber and not every hitter is MVP caliber.

                And neither of them suck.

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

          Ummm, I think the blame for the 4th of July loss was pretty 50/50 between Gardner and AJ. Gardner absolutely should have made that play, but AJ gave up an RBI double and a home run to fucking SHELLEY DUNCAN AND AUSTIN KEARNS.

  • Doug

    Mike – any chance next year we see Cano-Arod-Tex as 3-4-5? Just not sure a .250 hitter should be in the 3-hole

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

      It’s not just average, it’s OBP. Teixeira’s still a better OBP guy than Cano.

      • Doug

        so you’d leave it as is?

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

          I’s flip A-Rod and Tex. Cano gets himself out too much.

  • karel capek

    America runs on Dunkin. David Cone doesn’t need to eat food. He’s a robot.

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    Paul O’Neill is in the best shape of anyone I know who eats so much. He must have a super high metabolism or works out constantly, or both.

  • teddy

    lol kay, cano always hacking idiot

  • Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin’ mothafucka, mothafucka)

    Yeah very rarely do you see Cano wave at a pitch out of the zone. Way to know your player Kay.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Mister Swing at Everything strikes again.

  • teddy

    gio nasty today, so if they don’t hit, is a good reason.

    this offense has blown 2 many games prior to today

  • Doug

    is martin allowed to stay on the roster now

    • Rich in NJ

      Sharing time with Montero would help both them.

  • Rich in NJ

    Martin is a better hitter when he doesn’t pull the ball.

    • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

      That was his rep before he came to the Yankees. He gets pull happy.

  • Cuso

    Mike, I respectfully submit that Colon’s next start should not be designated ‘Bartday.’

    He’s not first-half ‘Tolo anymore.

  • Jack Merridew

    Great steal by Martin to get in RISP but it won’t matter, we don’t hit with RISP.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Really?

    • Greg

      Say that again.

    • Doug

      interesting

    • CP

      How does one get in “Runner In Scoring Position”?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Andruw delivers

  • James A

    Brett Gardner would’ve hit a triple

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

    Check Andruw out. He’s been hitting lately, very Thames-esque. Turning it on in the second half.

    • Pat D

      Eh.

      4 hits in his last 13 PA.

      Before that, he needed 38 PA to get 4 hits.

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

    Andruw Jones: Not the worst 4th outfielder.

    • Esteban

      Yea but he doesn’t show sufficient emotion when he doesn’t perform well, so he sucks.

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

        That disinterested bastard. DFA his ass.

      • Urban

        It’s a fine balance. According to some here, OFers are not allowed to smile either. Perhaps a finally timed fist pump, or knowing smirk would satisfy these intellectual baseball giants.

  • Esteban

    Eduardo, when he throws it accurately, has a laser for an arm.

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

      I thought they were going to turn him into a pitcher when he stopped hitting in A-ball.

  • Greg

    Gardner would not have gotten to that one.

  • Brian S.

    Okay Matsui we get it! You can stop now!

  • Rich in NJ

    I wish Matsui would clog the bases as much when they play the RS.

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

    how many more minutes until the mariners blow the lead?

    i say the over/under is at 15

    • Pat D

      I take the under.

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

        The Under wins!

    • FIPster Doofus

      Pineda will probably throw a third of an inning and give up nine runs or something.

    • Brian S.

      Did you see what happened last night? Boston is so fucking lucky it makes me puke. Two outs rally and then not giving up a run with the bases loaded and no out in consecutive half innings…

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        That’s more a matter of the Mariners being awful

      • Greg

        When you play a team that has lost 12 staright or something like that, those things happen

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    That looked like strike 3

    • Greg

      No matter.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      …and I’m glad it wasn’t called.

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

    kids are adorable

    although we already knew this

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

    Lol Pennington.

  • Urban

    For some reason I always thought Pennington was a good defender, but the last I checked his defensive stats he was dead last in the AL among SS’s.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Last year’s great defensive performance might have been a fluke. Pennington has been a minus fielder in all of his other seasons.

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

      Half-season defensive stats are fickle. UZR has Andre Ethier as the best defensive right fielder in baseball, and that is most certainly not the case.

      • Urban

        Just noticed this. Yes, I’m not drawing any final conclusion, although I’ll pay more attention to his stats moving forward. Just thought it was interesting. I don’t even trust a single season of defensive stats.

  • Dennis

    Brackman is back pitching. 2ip 3h 1r 2BB 0k. Same all brack.

    • Greg

      Another draft pick wasted. Although it is pretty hit and miss, except for the Rays.

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

        It wasn’t wasted, it just hasn’t worked out. They took a shot on a kid with big talent, I’d rather do that than make the safe pick.

  • Rich in NJ

    How could Jeter hitting a HR now not surprise everyone?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Mariners already give it back. It’s almose laughable how bad they are.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      almost

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

    how was that not strike 3 to jeter? damn close

  • Urban

    No way that wasn’t a strike out.

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

    wow that was an effing lucky ass break

    jeter went

  • Rich in NJ

    A Jeterian call by the ump.

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

    Wow, big break there. Make them pay, Grandy.

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

    That was strange. Jeter didn’t check his swing.

  • Greg

    Big break. Need to take advantage.

  • Brian S.

    LOL Seattle is already losing 3-2 in the bottom of the first. We better sweep that team.

  • Greg

    Rookie mistake by Laird

    • Rich in NJ

      I never understood that. You are faced with similar decisions in the mL, college ball, and even in high school.

  • Urban

    Are you kidding me? Again? Shades of Cano.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Laird should’ve tagged. Rookie mistake.

    • John

      I dont think you can have two people on the same base at the same time…if laird goes back to tag and jeter is standing on second when the catch is made….

      either way O’Neil actually broke that play down nicely. Hell if Jeter still “has it”, he could have tagged from first since the throw in wasn’t made right away…

  • teddy

    not tagging, fucking boubshit

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

    Bah, tag up there. Rookie mistake. But it’s baseball and he’s been playing his whole life, can’t make mistakes or something.

    • Doug

      jeter too. what’s his excuse

      • Urban

        Different base calls for different approach to baserunning. Jeter at second can score if the ball drops, so his job was to get to second if the ball drops. No excuse for Laird. He scores if the ball drops, so he should have been in position to tag up and advance.

    • first time lawng time

      I think it was more of a brain fart than a rookie mistake.

      Either way, I’ll give him a pass because not everyone is perfect.

    • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

      No, you can make simple mistakes, anyone can in any sport; it’s just that chalking up basic mistakes by professionals to being a rookie is absolutely wrong.

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

        So a lack of experience can’t lead to mistakes? That’s basically what a “rookie mistake” is, someone screwing up because they haven’t encountered the situation many times before.

  • Kostas

    Horrible baserunning. They HAVE to advance there. The Yankees are just awful on the base paths.

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

    wow. bad baserunning by laird

  • Jetrer

    WTF is Laird doing? Does anyone on this team know how to run the bases?

  • Urban

    Jeter’s action was correct; Laird’s was not.

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

    Fail.

  • wow

    this is getting old

  • Doug

    how many more yrs of tex do we have

  • Karl Krawfid

    Tex is a scrub.

    • Greg

      That would have gotten in a run if Laird tags.

      • James

        Whaaaa?

        • Greg

          Yes it would. They were playing back. Laird would be on third and Jeter would be on second. If he had tagged on the previous play that would have scored a run. I am 99% sure

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

        how? it would still be a double play if laird tags and jeter stays on first

        • Greg

          Jeter should have tagged too.

        • Urban

          Right. Jeter wasn’t going to advance on Tex’s flyball. He was trying to get down to second if the ball dropped so he had a chance to score.

          Of course, there is the Michael Kay fallacy of the pre-determined outcome to deal with.

  • Greg

    This team is losing the series to the M’s. Unbelievable.

    • Urban

      The M’s?

  • Urban

    Oh, well. Neither should have been on base anyway. Still sucks.

  • Brian S.

    Mark Teixeira is one of the worst players in baseball right now.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Teixeira’s average crawling ever more slowly into the abyss.

  • Slappy White

    Tex is KILLING us

    • Kostas

      It is not Tex. Remember Jeter is the cause of all that ails the Yanks.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        You do fucking know even in Teix’s second worst year he’s killing Jeter offensively right? You bitch about Teix but you bitch at people who bitch that Jeter isn’t hitting.

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

    damn, that sucked ass

  • Cy Pettitte

    Montero to 1st base

  • FIPster Doofus

    5-2 Red Sox. Beautifully done, Pineda.

  • Jack Merridew

    So much for gaining ground on the Sox during this homestand. If it weren’t for Kyle Farnsworth we’d be losing ground in the WC race too.

  • Kostas

    Nice AB Tex…. so let’s see, two on no outs then…. well hit baseball, poor baserunning, and then Tex. Unbelievable!!!!

  • teddy

    lets see boston down 2 runs, they score 3 runs.

    yanks offense blows.

  • Greg

    I dont blame Tex. That would have scored a run if Laird had tagged up.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Fallacy of the predetermined outcome

    • Brian S.

      No it wouldn’t have. Double play=inning is over.

      • Owen Two

        But not if Laird had crossed the plate before the 3rd out, correct?

        #justcheckin’

        • Jetrer

          no, that doesn’t matter on a double play

    • King George

      How? It’d be a double play still and thus, three outs.

      • Greg

        Not if Jeter is on second and Laird on third.

        • Doug

          jeter was nowhere near tagging up on that play

          • Greg

            But he should have tagged. The A’s defense is not good. Crisp was backing up

            • Jetrer

              no

        • Jetrer

          Jeter did the right thing, the ball wasn’t an obvious catch off the bat, he appropriately was almost to second in case the ball wasn’t caught he would have been able to score

        • King George

          Hahahaha, that’s a funny one. Jeter tagging from first, totally.

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

          Jeter couldn’t tag up on that. It looked like it was over Crisp’s head until his last few steps. He should have been at second so he could score on the hit. Jeter was fine.

    • Doug

      he’s batting less than .240. when do u start blaming him?

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

      No it wouldn’t have. Double play ends the inning and the run doesn’t count even if Laird scores before the out is made at first.

      • Greg

        Why would there be a DP? Jeter would have been on second at the time. He should have tagged too.

        • Doug

          but you didn’t say that originally

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          Jeter would be caught dead to rights if he tried to tag.

        • Jetrer

          he should NOT have tagged. That ball was not an obvious out off the bat. He played that appropriately

    • Jetrer

      and Tex isn’t being paid $22.5 million for rbi groundouts anyways
      Plus, it would have been a double play even if Laird tagged

  • James

    Run doesn’t count if it scores during a force out (the out at first).

  • first time lawng time

    Is anyone else sick of the Teixeira hate?

    He has great defense and great power. Any other team would love to have him.

    Sometimes I feel Yankees fans act like spoiled litle brats who feel no player can ever make a mistake or go through slumps and that the WS is their God given birthright. Am I alone on this one?

    • Rainbow Connection

      Just sometimes?

      • Private Hudson

        Most of the fans (here at least) have a healthy understanding and appreciation for the game. There is, unfortunately, three or four fans here who clearly don’t know much about the game, or no desire to learn, and have a loser mentality. You’d never want to go to battle with them because they’re resigned to defeat immediately.

        They are:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsx2vdn7gpY

    • Urban

      You are correct.

    • bonestock94

      He’s getting paid like a top tier player, he better perform like one.

    • Doug

      “Any other team would love to have him.”

      the sox, cards, and reds say hello

      • James

        Doug, way to prove the point. He’s ONLY the fourth best 1B at the position? And? That’s pretty damn good.

        • Doug

          he didn’t say he was only pretty damn good

        • Jetrer

          He’s not the fourth best. He left out Milwaukee, Detroit, and Florida. He’s 8th best in fWAR. Still very good, but he’s being paid to be elite.

          • Doug

            yeah, forgot that cabrera guy. milwaukee i purposely left out. tex and fielder are close

      • first time lawng time

        Okay. What about the other 26 teams?

        • Doug

          for $180M, no other team would want him. not even his current team

          • first time lawng time

            Don’t judge a player base on his salary. There’s no logic in that.

            • Doug

              why? the yanks didn’t pay him $180M to be the 6th or 7th best first baseman.

              and where’s he gonna be in 3 or 4 more years?

              • first time lawng time

                Why don’t you judge a player based on salary?

                Umm because your judging him based on expectations not actual talent. He shouldn’t be scorned becase he makes a shitload of money. He is an excellent 1B and that should be recognized.

                The Yankees decide the salary, not Teixeira. It’s not his fault he makes a ton of money. Do you want him to say during context negotiations, “Oh, no. I’ll only be ranked 8th best among first basemen in fWAR in 2011. So don’t pay me 22 million dollars a year.”

                • Doug

                  no, his actual talent earned him his contract. but he doesn’t have that talent anymore. or he’s hiding it very well.

        • Doug

          think montero gets up for that

    • Karl Krawfid

      Slumping for almost 2 years now.

      For 180 million I don’t think anyone wants him right now.

    • Kostas

      Interesting that you would make that comment since there has been nothing but the exact same and MORE towards Jeter all year long.

      So Tex = gets a pass. Jeter = pile on, he is a complete embarrassment. Got it!

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Yeah Jeter sucks in 2011. Thanks for admitting it though.

        • Kostas

          Jeter Hater. Looks like your 2011 if fulfilled. Bravo.

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

        Tex gets torns to shreds every time he makes an out. On what planet does he get a pass?

        • Kostas

          Um, ONLY in the last week has the shredding happened – mainly brought to the forefront by the articles you and Joe did this week. Prior to that, it was just a slump, save April.

          Jeter gets shredded on a ground ball single hit between 3rd and short, just because it was a grounder.

      • first time lawng time

        You know what? You’re right. I honestly see no point in moaning and groaning about players and the team in general. You want to vent your frustration? Fine. Understandable, but why do you need to be so frustrated in the first place? It’s a BASEBALL game. Has no effect on your life at all.

        Also, this team has one of the best records in baseball. Most fans would want the from their team.

        So instead of whining about a player sucking, don’t hate them. Root for them. Find the positives in their performance. They are trying.

        Also, people really need to get over contracts. It isn’t a big deal what a player is getting paid.

    • John

      i agree.

      cuz apparently great defense is overrated. Coming from a long line of great defensive first basement that made great plays with giambi the only exception, sounds sorta moronic..

      low batting avg isn’t always a bad thing. Seems some Yankees fans want the entire line up with a .300+ avg cuz thats what other idiotic “fans” look at across the country.

  • Kostas

    Seattle’s losing streak continues. You know they will come into NY and at least split with the Yankees. No team is better at helping end losing streaks than the Yankees.

    • Greg

      I think its a three game set so they cant split.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        Seattle will take a game and a half.

      • Kostas

        You are right. I thought I saw a fourth game on Thursday before the Orioles series.

  • Rockstar4Life

    Yankees won’t even face King Felix or Michael Pineda in the Seattle series. It’s going to make losing the series even worse. Can’t wait for the Red Sox to be 7 up by the time the Yankees play them again.

    • Frank

      They face Felix on Wednesday.

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

    An RBI single would be appreciated, Nunie.

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

      That’s even better!

    • John

      2 rbi double work for ya? lol

  • radnom

    Just a heads up:

    At this point in the season Cano, Teixiera and Jeter have all gotten on base at about the same rate. They are all within 4 percentage points of each other.

  • Cy Pettitte

    NUNIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Greg

    Yay

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Noony

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    NUNIE!

  • Rich in NJ

    Excellent misplay.

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

    And after all the complaining, the Yankees have the lead.

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

      AJ will blow the lead next inning, you watch.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Nunez.

  • Jack Merridew

    Nunez is one hell of a hitter. We don’t need a fill in for 3 weeks, Nunez and Chavez will be just fine.

    • Rich in NJ

      I’m skeptical that Chavez can stay healthy for more than a month at a time, but if he somehow can, then he would help a lot.

      • Greg

        Well a month is basically all we need.

  • James

    Willingham needs GPS.

    All of the runs with 2 outs. BUT THEY ARENT TEH CLUTCH!!!!!!1111111

  • teddy

    nice job nunez

  • James

    Any Raphael Soriano updates from the game today?

    • Frank

      Cash was on BBTN this morning- he saoid Sori and Chavez should both be activated this week.

    • David, Jr.

      He has done OK for a raw rookie thrown into the cauldron in place of ARod and Jeter.

  • Greg

    In addition, all the runs are coming from the middle to the bottom of the orders.

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

    Gio’s got 78 pitches through 4. Keep it up guys.

  • Rich in NJ

    Kay has very poor fair/foul perception.

  • wow

    well at least someone’s stepping up.

  • teddy

    next time laird

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    That looked like a strike 3

  • Adam

    Well..that is certainly how I remember Steve Howe. Well, that and…ya know.

  • Private Hudson

    Unless, of course, Michael, those friends are listening to the game.

  • Esteban

    The complaints about the offense sucking and expectations of losing the series against the Mariners are fascinating. Everybody knows that the Yankees had the best run differential in baseball going into today and tied for the second most runs scored in baseball, right? RIGHT????

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

      Irrelevant. They score all those runs in blowouts and not when they count.

  • Rich in NJ

    Great jump.

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

    grandy has range for days

  • Greg

    Man the ball is carrying today.

  • Urban

    Ball really carrying.

    /captainobvious’d

  • FIPster Doofus

    Holy fuck, Russ!

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

    HOLY RUSSELL MARTIN.

  • Greg

    GOT HIM

  • Rich in NJ

    Sweet throw.

    • Rich in NJ

      Actually, it was kind of high. Martin converted it well.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Great play by Russ

  • Cy Pettitte

    what a play

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

    what a play!

  • Urban

    Nice play.

    /captainobvious, part II

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

    Not this time A’s!

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

    Also, I would appreciate it if Hideki Matsui stopped playing like it was 2009.

  • Frank

    Great play by Martin-that said, Bart is getting tagged.

    • Greg

      Only one more inning needed.

      • Frank

        I wonder id D-Rob is available today after throwing almost 30 pitches yesterday.

        • Greg

          He throws about 20 pitches an inning anyway.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          Mo might be available for more than 3 outs because he hasn’t pitched since Wednesday.

          • Greg

            Just what I was thinking.

  • teddy

    nice jeter, thanks martin

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Speed + above average OBP = a lot of runs.

    • Urban

      …and 26 times so far he’s scored himself.

      • Urban

        errr, now 27.

      • first time lawng time

        27

  • first time lawng time

    Looking at Blyleven’s stats, I wonder if Pettitte and Mussina will be HoF worthy.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Pettite not at all, Mussina yes.

    • Urban

      Mussina will make it.

      Andy will not. He needed to stick around for two or three more seasons.

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

    Curtis really slumped the shit out of that one.

    • Greg

      I’m a just of fan on .300 hitters that’s all.

  • hip-hip Jorge

    How much would it take to reacquire Matsui for this year’s Lance Berkman role? Say sayonara to Posada, or as replacement for Chavez once he gets hurt again.

  • FIPster Doofus

    GRANDY

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

    grandy man can!!!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Grandymite!

  • Jetrer

    Who said he was in a slump??

    • Greg

      I just like good batting averages, that’s all.

      • Jetrer

        You must be very disappointed with this year’s team then.

  • Greg

    The Grandyman!

  • Rich in NJ

    What an amazing transformation v. even tough LHP.

  • Esteban

    Ohhhhh the Grandyman can. Ohhhhh the Grandyman cannnnnn

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Later, Gio.

  • teddy

    grandy man can.

    ok i should get ripped for ripping offense

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

    slump buster

  • Jetrer

    Michael Kay really needs to learn the difference between Driven and Blooped.

  • Adam

    Damnit, save the runs for the inevitable sweep at the hands of the Mariners! *rolls eyes*

  • Adam

    Umm…did Cocoa Crisp have his neck pierced? Or was that a giant mole with a target tattooed around it?

    • Adam

      Er…Coco.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        It’s a target tattoo with a piercing in the bulls eye.

        • Adam

          Given the arc of his career, the piercing should be outside of the target area.

  • teddy

    giving ball carried, put gardner in for defense

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Patience, Robinson.

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

    Does Paul O’Neill do any research whatsoever? He just said Swisher needs to figure it out from the right side of the plate.

    • Cy Pettitte

      he was too busy researching Dunkin’s donut offerings.

    • Urban

      He’s on a sugar crash after eating those donuts. His mind is not clear.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      In his defense, he probably ment against RHP’s

    • Jetrer

      too busy eating

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      You don’t even need to do research to know that Swisher is hitting much better from the right side.

      • Rich in NJ

        Maybe he only sees the games he broadcasts…

  • Frank

    I hate to think of the season Cano would be having if he didn’t give away so many ABs.

    • Doug

      seasons, plural

    • YankeesJunkie

      MVPs and batting titles

  • first time lawng time

    I wonder if this is the stretch where Boston runs away with the division.

    • Adam

      No. No it is not.

    • Rich in NJ

      Jeez.

      • Adam

        It is also the stretch where they will clinch the AL East for this season, 2012 and 2013. At that point MLB will just cancel the season because no other teams will ever be able to compete again.

  • Doug

    send him 2 outs

  • Greg

    Good hold

  • Urban

    The fear of Gallego was in Tompson.

  • Doug

    send him with 2 outs

    • Greg

      If it were a faster runner, I would have.

  • Urban

    Smart move holding Tex. Led to another run.

    • Doug

      or he would’ve scored himself 3 minutes earlier

      • Greg

        I dont think so. Tex is a slow runner.

      • Urban

        Oh, he would have been out by a bit. The ball went right to the catch. Tex is not exactly a speedster. The third base coach needs to know the runner, the arm, and where the runner is when the ball reaches the OFer. Easily made right call.

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

    Andruw Jones: He’s just better than you.

    • Brett Gardner

      I am better than Andruw AND you.

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

        Don’t be silly, everyone knows Brett Gardner sucks because he’s not as good as Jacoby Ellsbury.

        RSN’d

        • first time lawng time

          The funny thing is that I know Red Sox fans (those idiots I’m always talking about here) love Gardner. IDK if they think he’s better than Ellsbury, but they both want him with Boston

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

            Gardner’s definitely gritty enough to play up there.

  • first time lawng time

    You know, if you look at Teixeira’s stats on fangraphs, he really is not bad. If you go to compare and you look at the graph, he is better than the average (which is what I am assuming the blue line is; I’ve never been there before). And he is in the “good” section in every stat except AVG.

    I don’t see how he “sucks”

    • Doug

      nobody said he sucks. and he’s supposed to be much better than average. at least that’s what we’re paying him to be. oh, sorry i brought up the $ again

      • first time lawng time

        The past week or two, multiple people have claimed he sucks.

        And he’s better than average.

        • Doug

          supposed to be somewhere between much better than average and elite

    • first time lawng time

      And his BABIP is awful. So what is that? Bad luck?

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        It’s probably all the off speed pitches he’s popped up to shallow left.

      • Doug

        or he’s not hitting the ball hard. how’s his line drive %

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      He doesn’t suck. If his average was 30 points higher, his production would be that of an elite first basemen.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Agreed, but I think RAB and YES have teamed up for Tex Hate Week to correspond with YES Hope Week. The big thing I heard is the Yankees are going to take a bunch of Haitian children to the Yanks game, but before they are going to Tex’s house for an earthquake simulation.

    • Frank

      It’s called peaks and valleys. He’s had too many of them. Currently, he’s in a deep hole.

    • Jetrer

      Doesn’t suck, clearly. Just been struggling a lot this month. Probably more is made of it now because ARod is out, and the offense as a whole has been struggling a bit lately. Yankees really need Tex to start picking up some of the slack with ARod out.

  • Adam

    It’s nice to see the Ervin Santana beard is still alive and well.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Montero just misses HR off Wang, hitting ball off top of wall just above 371-foot sign in left-center field.

    • Doug

      nice. thanks for the update

    • Greg

      Is that who I think it is?

      • Karl Krawfid

        Yep that Wang

        • Greg

          If he hadnt gotten injured, he would have disporven my theory about the development of starting pitching by the Yankees.

          • Jetrer

            Well they did develop him into a great starter. It just didn’t last because of injuries. Can’t blame that on Yankees development abilities.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Bust!

  • Frank

    Gotta say I’ve never seen a player wear his lid OVER his ears.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    We should trade for De los Santos. He throws gas.

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

      Maybe if he was a lefty.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        He really can’t be worse than Logan.

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

          I’m curious as to why he’s only had 9 appearances and why the A’s have only used him in non-leverage situations in this series. Was he injured or something?

  • Greg

    Pitching wins IN THE POSTSEASON Michael

  • YankeesJunkie

    Is it just me or the last couple of starts it has taken about 50 pitches in the game for Colon to heat up.

  • http://yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com Mike D.

    According to Nick Cafardo, Oakland LHRP- Craig Breslow is a target of the Yankees. Has an average of a 2.98 ERA over the past 3 seasons…

    • Frank

      Not surprising. The Yanks have been linked to him before.

      • http://yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com Mike D.

        Only problem is, he’s had a tougher time this year against lefties, than in years past. Not sure what to make of that. Could be bad luck, could be something else. I’m looking for a trade for either Breslow or Randy Choate (FLA).

    • YankeesJunkie

      He appears better than Logan as his FIP is below 4 in his career against righties and lefties. So that by itself makes him better than Logan that he can actually go out for more than one batter.

      • http://yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com Mike D.

        Yeah, Breslow isn’t just a lefty specialist. If Soriano and Robertson suddenly got injured, he could be a legitimately solid set-up man.

        • YankeesJunkie

          Well that makes him an upgrade over every lefty reliever in the Yankees roster right now.

        • Frank

          I have a feeling the Yanks will trade for someone no one has even mentioned. It usually happens that way.

          • http://yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com Mike D.

            Well come to think about it, at Yankees Fans Unite, my blog, I have a post coming out after the game about potential LHRP targets. And I found someone, who I can’t imagine many people have heard of on the Mariners that is a solid target. (and I’m sure it’d be a low pricetag)

            • http://yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com Mike D.

              Aaron Laffey. Lefties are hitting just .180 off him this year, and he has an ERA in the 2′s.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    BABIP is a bitch isn’t it, A’s

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

    Bartolo for Comeback Player of the Year.

    • Greg

      Absolutely.

    • Jack Merridew

      There isn’t any other choice in the matter. Beckett better not win. Bartolo hasn’t been like this in years!

      • Greg

        Beckett really cant win. Ellsbury might have a chance.

        • Jetrer

          forgot about Ellsbury. He probably will win. Who votes for that anyways?

          • Greg

            And if Ellsbury wins, I’ll be ok with it because he is having a spectacular season.

      • Doug

        neither has beckett

      • http://yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com Mike D.

        Bartolo no question (if he keeps it up all year). Think abou it- Bartolo hasn’t started more than 20 games since 2005. Now that’s REALLY coming back.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Definitely in the running, but I can’t think of some of the other players off my head.

      • Frank

        Unless, of course, MLB finds his stem cell surgery was not legitimate.

    • Jetrer

      Melky must be in the running as well

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

        Bartolo hadn’t thrown a major league pitch since 2009 and has pitched like a top of the rotation starter. I think that trumps whatever Melky does.

        • Jetrer

          yeah, I would def. pick Bartolo over Melky. Just saying Melky would probably get consideration. My gut says Ellsbury will win though.

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

            I hadn’t really thought about Ellsbury. Though Colon’s comeback has been more miraculous than Ellsbury’s even though Ellsbury has played better.

            • Jetrer

              I just think the reporters who vote would favor Ellsbury, not necessarily that he deserves it more.

              • Urban

                I think the Colon story is even more intersting to the media. My guess is Bart is still in the lead, not that it matters.

  • mbonzo

    According to the Beyond the Box score trade calculator, Edwin Jackson’s value was about $6.5m, meaning it would take a B prospects pitcher to trade for him. Could Nova or Noesi really cornerstone a deal for him?

    • Frank

      I wouldn’t trade either of those guys for him.

      • mbonzo

        27 year old with a fastball that sits 95 and a 3.18 FIP, yes please.

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

          You’re getting him for two months though.

          • mbonzo

            He’s also a type B free agent. I’m on the side that thinks he’s a breakout player, you’re setting yourself up for resigning him at the end of the year or getting at least 1 top prospect in next years draft. He’s capable of being a very good number 2 for the rest of the year too, and in my opinion, enough to make it to the WS. Worth it in exchange for a kid like Nova in a pitcher heavy farm system.

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

              I hear you, I like him too, but I’d hate to give up 5+ years of Nova for 2+ months of Jackson. I’d prefer it to be D.J. Mitchell or one of the Triple-A guys that hasn’t proven anything yet in the show.

              • mbonzo

                If the White Sox would take DJ Mitchell, I’d do that in a second, and Kenny Williams might be that GM. It seems to me that theres a lot of demand for Nova during this trade deadline, I’m assuming the White Sox will follow suit.

            • nycsportzfan

              i have to agree with you.. I’d like to add Jackson or even Bedard or Anibal Sanchez… Those are the only 3guys we really have a chance at, and any of em are better options as a number 2 starter against offensive teams like BOS,DET,TEX,and PHILLY… Bedard would be a roll of the dice type, but certainly he would be our best num 2 option in the playoffs… I’d shoot for bedard, then jackson then sanchez, and make sure u land one…

        • Jetrer

          thats a career best though. Not sure he is likely to maintain that. He kinda reminds me of AJ in the sense that his stuff has always been hyped as being great, but the results generally haven’t matched the stuff.

          • mbonzo

            The difference, at least to me, is that he’s entering his prime. His velocity has increased every year, and at 27 he is having a legitimate #1/#2 starter season in regards to the FIP. Yes, theres worry that this could be a blip on the radar, but he’s trended toward this his whole career.

            • Jetrer

              Yeah, I would prefer a 2 with more of a track record, but that may not be reasonably available now, so I would take Jackson as long as the price isn’t too high. I would definitely not want to give him a big long term deal in the off season though.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Neither would I.

    • Rich in NJ

      I really like what I have seen from Noesi. I wouldn’t trade him for a marginal upgrade.

  • Urban

    You really annoy me, Michael Kay.

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

    Damn. Just a little too quick Grandy.

  • first time lawng time

    When does Arod come back?

    • Doug

      about a month

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

      My guess is late August.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Probably another 2-4 weeks.

  • Frank

    Tex really needs a day or two off.

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol Pennington.

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

    Nice try, Pennington.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Cue the Price is Right losing horn for that stolen base attempt.

  • Doug

    nice play

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Wow, did that just happen?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    15 game losing streak for the Mariners. That’s hard to believe.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Great start by Colon!

  • Will (the other one)

    Another really nice day of work by Bart. Thanks, old dude!

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

    Colon was digesting the A’s offense.

    /badbartolopun’d

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

    my god, the red sox are killing seattle

    jesus christ

  • Rich in NJ

    It’s sort of nuts that Soriano is even being considered for the 8th inning role.

    • Jack Merridew

      I hope he gets his job back. Robertson is the better pitcher and needs to be our relief ace to get out of jams in the 6th and 7th.

      • Rich in NJ

        If that role is so important, why not give it to Mo?

        • Jack Merridew

          Ideally you would but that won’t happen in today’s game.

    • Jetrer

      I’d rather DRob in the seventh. He’s more likely to face fireman situations/ key situations earlier in the game than just starting the eight with nobody on.

  • teddy

    why is roberston warming up

    • Doug

      because he’s the 8th inning guy of course

  • Jetrer

    Do they really need DRob to protect a 4 run lead? Especially after throwing a lot of pitches last night, I’d rather they only use him if really necessary.

  • Rich in NJ

    Kay is so dumb. Soriano took an ego hit by taking the best contract out there?

    • Urban

      I pray my boss grinds my ego to a pulp tomorrow by doubling my salary.

  • Urban

    Stop this crap about assigning specific innings to relievers.

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

    No Michael, Soriano coming back is great so David Robertson can have the higher leverage situations in both the 6th and 7th innings. Soriano can have his 8th inning back. These innings roles are stupid anyway.

    • Urban

      I don’t think Kay is capable of understanding that the 6th and 7th innings are higher leverage, or that Robertson is capable of pitching more than one inning, where Soriano won’t. Robertson is the easy choice to pitch in the 6th and 7th innings, although I insist they should not be assigning either to specific innings. Use them in each game when the match up is best, although in most cases that will put Soriano in the 8th. Hopefully he pitchs like he has in the past.

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

        This.

        Kay is incapable of understanding a lot of things.

    • Rich in NJ

      But if you want to be consistent, then you also need to be prepared to use Robertson in the 8th in those games where that is the highest leverage non-save inning. If that was what Girardi intended, fine, but that is extremely unlikely.

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

        Which is why these innings roles are silly. Soriano and Robertson should be used according to the situation, not the inning. Even if most of the time the innings they pitch in are the 7th and 8th.

  • first time lawng time

    Any chance Robertson wins the DHL Delivery Man award? I can think d anyone having a better season than he is.

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

      I don’t even know what that award is.

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

        You’ve never heard of it before? It’s the award for the best reliever in the league basically. Mariano has won it 5 times I believe. I don’t know who votes for it though.

        • Jetrer

          fans vote, according to Wikipedia

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

          Whoops. Mariano actually has won that award 3 times.

          He’s won the Rolaids Relief Pitcher of the year award 5 times.

  • Mike HC

    I’m with O’Neill. Robertson should keep his spot in the bullpen pecking order.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Anyone here upset with Robertson in the 8th with a four run lead?

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

      Yeah, I don’t really see the need for it.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Who else would be a good candidate, though? Wade pitched yesterday, Boone Logan has a good shot at blowing the lead, and you probably don’t want to use Noesi. Ayala, maybe?

  • sangreal

    I know it is the 8th inning, but do we really need to use Robertson in a 6-2 game with nobody on?

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      8th inning guy

  • Cy Pettitte

    Bartolo is hilarious

  • FIPster Doofus

    There should be an extra channel during games that just shows what Colon is doing in the dugout. I love his antics.

    • Mike HC

      That reminds me of something MSG tried years ago with the Knicks when Allen Houston was the best player. And they would have Allen Houston cam, which would just watch Houston all game. Lets just say it was unintentionally hilarious. He would spend most of the game standing behind the 3 point line on offense, then jogging back on defense and doing not much on that end either. One of the sweetest shots ever though.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Sigh…just finish this inning and call the game.

  • Cy Pettitte

    why are they playing in this?

  • Urban

    Bring in Soriano!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    This is ridiculous.

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

    Sheesh, have yourself a day Hideki.

  • Rich in NJ

    Matsui making a trading deadline drive.

  • Jack Merridew

    Why not send Ayala out there in the rain instead of Robertson on back to back days? Now we’ll have to use Mo in the rain as well.

    • Greg

      Becasue Ayala could blow it. And I think Mo would have pitched anyway. Hasnt pitched in a while.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    That’s two outfielders that slipped on the grass…why is this game still being played?

  • first time lawng time

    The thing with the inning roles though and how you guys say you’d rather have Robertson in the 7th, what about this scenario:

    SP goes 7 innings and Yankees are up 1 run. I would want Robertson out there because that situation I expect Soriano to blow the lead, not Robertson.

    What if it’s the 8th and Soriano has the bases loaded with no outs? Do you pull Soriano? I do.

    Relievers should be assigned leverage roles instead of inning roles.

    • Jetrer

      I agree. If there are specific innings assigned, I’d rather DRob earlier, because those key situations are more likely to happen in the 6th or 7th. But leverage roles would make a lot more sense. Can’t see Girardi thinking that out of the box though.

  • Karl Krawfid

    How the hell are those doubles when the outfielders are slipping?

    Why isn’t Martin calling for more curve balls?

  • Frank

    D-Rob on his way to another high pitch inning. Defenitely won’t be available tomorrow.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Call. This. Game.

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

      It stopped raining already.

  • Greg

    Cant blame Girardi for this. Nobody else to trust.

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

      He’s been using Ayala in close games all year.

    • Jetrer

      He didn’t need to go with DRob with a 4 run lead, but now that he’s in a jam, there is nobody else you would trust to get out of it, unless he goes to Mo early.

    • Cy Pettitte

      I would have just had Wade start the inning

      • Greg

        And if he blows it everybody would screaming “Why didn’t he start the inning with Robertson”

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

          Girardi would have put D-Rob in there to put out the fire if Wade got into any trouble. That’s what D-Rob should be for.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          If he gets into truble then DRob would be in the game anyway

        • Jetrer

          No, letting someone else start the inning with a four run lead and having DRob available if trouble arises is a perfectly reasonable strategy.

  • first time lawng time

    This unnecessary appearance in the rain is fucking up Robertson’s stats.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Changeup?

  • pat

    Filthy changeup. That’s not fair.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Nice change by Robertson. However I am left wondering what Noesi did to Giradi’s dog.

    • pat

      Didn’t he just pitch a few days ago?

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

      Well he just threw like 60 pitches two days ago.

      • YankeesJunkie

        Forgot about Friday’s game.

    • Jetrer

      Noesi threw a ton of pitches on Friday (although for no apparent good reason). He almost definitely is unavailable.

  • Karl Krawfid

    46 pitches in 2 days wooo

  • Frank

    He got away with a hanger there.

  • Rainbow Connection

    Sterling analysis by O’Neill:
    “There should be room for BOTH Soriano and Robertson on the team.”
    Wow.

    • Jetrer

      He’s not in the booth for his ground-breaking analysis, only for entertainment purposes.

    • Rich in NJ

      Given his failing vision, he probably won’t know which is in the game.

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

    where did that miss/?

  • teddy

    get rivera up

  • Urban

    Bring in Mo.

  • mbonzo

    I hate Kurt Suzuki.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    If they blow this…

    • http://Www.or.ly JM

      … People will somehow blame Teixeira and the slumping offense.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Clunkers happen every once in awhile, but hopefully the Sandman can put everything back in place.

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

    What a waste.

  • first time lawng time

    Noooooo. Robertson’s ERA!!

    This appearance was so unnecessary, Girardi!

    • Greg

      Fallacy. You dont knoe whether he would have come in anyway.

      • Jetrer

        True, but poor decisions often lead to poor results

  • Karl Krawfid

    Joe Girardi is dumb.

    No reason to use D-Rob after yesterday.

  • teddy

    roberston had him k, damm

  • Greg

    Again, you cant know whether this would have happened if Girardi hadnt brought in another pitcher to start. becasue its clear that Robertson didnt have it today. So if the other pitcher got in trouble than you dont that Robertson would have stopped it.

    • mbonzo

      Why not bring in the “7th inning guy” who hasn’t come close to pitching as much as Robertson lately? Are you really that worried about one of the worst offenses in the AL making a comeback in the 8th with a 4 run lead? Its Girardis fault he’s using Robertson almost everyday, and when he’s not he’s warming up.

      • Greg

        Because if Ayala comes in and blows it Robertson would be in anyway? Do you trust Boone Logan?

        • mbonzo

          Blows it against one of the worst offenses in the AL. Robertson shouldn’t have pitched today regardless, he’s overworked yet again.

        • Jetrer

          Where did Logan come into play. IF Ayala or Wade got into trouble, THEN you could go to DRob or Mo depending on how many outs. There is a good chance you would not have had to do that. To use your best set up guy in a low leverage situation the day after throwing a lot of pitches is poor bullpen management.

  • Matt

    Absolutely NO NEED to use Robertson there in a 4 run game, and not only that but he labored really hard in the heat yesterday and threw 25 pitches. His velocity was down, and his control was off, yet Girardi left him in to throw 30 more high intensity pitches.

    Absolute insanity. Girardi talks about how he tries to not abuse his relief pitchers? That was a Joe Torre move all the way. Just terrible. You can’t trust Ayala with a 4 run lead and nobody on base? That’s ridiculous.

    • Greg

      Would you bet your life on Ayala?

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Bring in Wade and if he gets into truble then use Mo or D-Rob.

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

        There’s nothing life and death about baseball. It was a four run lead against the A’s and Robertson had just labored yesterday.

        Girardi usually does a very good job with the bullpen, but he screwed the pooch today.

        • mt

          Also didn’t Giradi use Ayala in the 17-7 game? Why not Garrison – if not then, when – all those little decisions add up.

          He probabaly will say he didn’t use Ayala because Ayala pitched twice in a row but the only reason Aylala did that was that Girardi screwed up.

          Very strange use of Robertson. He should be down 2 days.

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

        That’s not the point at all. Although I think Cory Wade would have been a better choice than Ayala.

      • Matt

        That’s a ridiculous thing to say. It’s a 4 run lead in the 8th inning with nobody on base. That is hardly a high leverage situation.

        You can have Robertson lurking in the background in case Ayala allows 3 straight hits or something. You absolutely cannot have him throwing 25+ pitches for the 2nd day in a row, especially when yesterday’s 25 came in 100 degree heat.

        That was downright abuse of Robertson. Girardi will have to give him at least 1 day off, and possibly 2 as a result of today’s decision, even though the game wasn’t that close.

    • Frank

      Absolutely agree with you. Ayala or Wade should gave started that inning.

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

    Save us Mariano.

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

      Yep.

  • Jetrer

    Thank Mo for that

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Mo restores the order.

  • Rich in NJ

    Mariano Rivera, making managers look smart for 15 years.

  • teddy

    mo being mo

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Two balls that probably should have been caught in normal baseball weather, and Robertson was due for a shit outing…meh, fuck it.

    • Greg

      This.

      Be lucky that he had his shit outing now.

  • Cy Pettitte

    holy shit Devine shouldn’t be allowed to pitch.

  • Jack Merridew

    lol, O’Neill. GAH!!!!!!!

  • mbonzo

    Isn’t this magic anti-sweat cream Michael Kay wants so much anti-perspirant?

  • Rich in NJ

    That’s just unacceptable regardless of the reason.

  • Pastadivingarod

    Lol devine guy should be on major league

  • mbonzo

    Panic over Joey Devine? Could be the Tommy John surgery that he just came back from a month ago.

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

      He had TJ in April 2009.

      • mbonzo

        Yup, and he returned in late May. Isn’t short term control issues prevalent following the surgery?

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

    Why is Laird bunting???

    • Greg

      Becasue he cant hit. And they took the bunt off.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        It’s against a pitcher that can’t throw strikes. It’s ridiculous.

        • Greg

          I understand that but I’ve heard that Laird doesnt walk often.

          • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

            He had walked against Joey Devine on Friday.

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

            True. But he had a walk in this game.

  • teddy

    lol bunting

  • Karl Krawfid

    Having him bunt on a guy who can’t find the fucking strike zone.

    This is comical.

    • Greg

      That’s true. Although I’ve heard Laird is an agressive swinger.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Why bunt when there’s a pitcher who is more likely to hit the back stop than the catcher’s glove on the mound?

  • Pastadivingarod

    Wow why bunt here joey why

  • jon

    why the fuck do you steal 3rd but need to be bunted over to 2nd?

  • Matt

    Bunting against a guy who is struggling to grip the baseball these last two days, in a 2-1 count?

    Really?

    Girardi is making some downright insane moves today.

  • pat

    Nunez with the chutzpah. I love it.

  • Greg

    The bunt worked

    • jon

      no it didnt

      the fact that he stole 3rd made it work

      if you can steal 3rd you can steal 2nd

      • Greg

        You cant say that he would have made it for sure. The odds are there, but you cant say for sure.

      • Greg

        Its like stealing second and bunting to third.

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

    was that some sort of derek jeter shift??

    • pat

      Infield in?

  • Urban

    Nunie doing several positive things in one inning. Keep it up.

  • Pastadivingarod

    Nunez
    F u seattle keep cliff lee

  • Cy Pettitte

    was that noise Devine yelling into his glove that the mic picked up?

    • jon

      FUCK!!!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Clearly, Girardi just wanted to give Mo a better chance at 600 this year.

    • Greg

      Mo was coming in regardless of whether Robertson spit the bit I think. He hadn’t pitched since Monday or Wednesday

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

    Damn you Jamal Weeks.

    He’s just delaying the inevitable.

  • Urban

    Matsui steps to the plate.

    No way he hits Mo.

    • Urban

      …or he does.

      Perhaps the Yankees will trade for Matsui so he just goes to the other dugout.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Cano again.

    • Greg

      That one was tougher than the previous one.

  • teddy

    damm

  • jon

    matsui needs to GIDP out of respect

  • RCA

    That Jamal Weeks looks like a good player. Ironic that they’re best player is a speed player.

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

    good god, mo can’t catch a break

  • Cy Pettitte

    this shit is bananas

  • Rich in NJ

    Kudos to Matsui, but his timing sucks!

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

    What the hell Matsui?

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

      5 for 5. He must be pissed the Yankees let him go.

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

    Death by cheap singles. That’s the only way you could beat Mariano.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Russel Martin calling the same pitch in the same location over and over.

    • Jetrer

      Its called Mariano Rivera’s career.

      • Karl Krawfid

        Wrong.

        Inside outside up down.

        • Jetrer

          To lefties, mostly in under the hands.

      • Matt

        That was when Rivera’s cutter was 93-94 mph. Now it’s 90-91 most of the time.

        Hitters are cheating on that cutter inside and are getting enough of the bat head out to loop it to the outfield.

        When a hitter opens up early and bails on the cutter, you need to throw a few pitches outside. If Matsui takes that kind of swing at a pitch on the outside corner, it’s a ground ball to 2nd base.

  • ItsATarp

    shitty amount of luck today

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    3 cheap hits in a row.

  • Kostas

    Girardi’s in game decisions always borderline, but lately, they have fallen to questionable(read panic)

  • mbonzo

    It’ll be nice to get this Ump crew out of town.

  • Kostas

    Mo has nothing today.

  • jon

    what the fuck mo

  • YankeesJunkie

    OMG!

  • Jack Merridew

    This has gone on long enough. Stop em damnit!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Mo had Willingham struck out. Fuck that ump.

  • Urban

    Stop the hits!

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

    ugh

  • Karl Krawfid

    Again, same location.

    He hasn’t moved from the corner down and away.

    Fucking lazy behind the plate.

    • Karl Krawfid

      or down and in.

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

    And exhale.

  • YankeesJunkie

    WOW!

  • jon

    jesus christ

    thank god for teix

    • Urban

      Tex is the anti-christ. Haven’t you been reading?

  • mbonzo

    Wow, thats a tie game if Tex doesn’t catch that. Saved the day.

    • ItsATarp

      BABIP, 3 cheap singles then a line drive ends the game

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        You can’t predict it Suzyn

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

          Try as you might.

  • Jetrer

    Evening out the BABIP

  • Rich in NJ

    Lucked out, which is fine.

  • http://Www.or.ly JM

    Oh my…

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Why else wouldn’t this game end like that?

  • Urban

    Mo was not on his game, but job done!

  • ItsATarp

    BABIP bite back bitches

  • Jack Merridew

    Whew. Girardi forced us to use Robertson and Mo and probably made them unavailable for tomorrow. Bad managing, good result, just how Joe likes it.

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

      lol

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

    Hah! The A’s got BABIP fucked to end the game. If that got by Teixeira, it’s a tie game.

    • teddy

      they got 3 cheap hits to start the rally

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

    thank god

  • Rainbow Connection

    Why is Kim dressed like Luke Skywalker?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      She just came from ComicCon.

  • teddy

    whew, law of averages

  • Private Hudson

    Always interesting to go back and look at the chatter, and see who are the alarmists, immediately assuming defeat, or simply are always in search of the negative. Perhaps we should have a vote at the end of the season for the “winner” of the RAB Private Hudson, named in honor of the panicky, doom-and-gloom character from Aliens. Probably not the best analogy, since Hudson was an oddly likeable character, even in his defeatism:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....nt-2507779

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....nt-2507909

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....nt-2508030

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....nt-2508064

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....nt-2508066

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....nt-2508152

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....nt-2508184

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....nt-2509016

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....nt-2509003

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....nt-2509178

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

  • mt

    To win a game whenboth Mo and DRob struggled big time – whew!

    Maybe some other members of bullpen have to step up tomorrow.

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

      I miss Joba.

  • Cuso

    Just in time for Seattle to come in & break their losing streak.

    • mt

      Unfortunately I am resigned to losing one, especially with Felix pitching one game (his bad results against Red Sox nothwithstanding).

      The one thing that will drive me carzy is if Yanks lose 2 out of 3.

      • Len S.

        I hate going carzy!

  • mt

    Also first game Bartolo has won past July 5 since 2005 – happy for him.

  • nycsportzfan

    Wow, that is a crazy way to end the game right there… THe hardest hit ball off of MO ends up getting us 2outs…lol You can never perdict baseball thats for sure..

    Montero 2-4 2doubles 1rbi today

    • Urban

      My guess is we’ll either see Montero in about a week (after the trade deadline passes) or we never see him in a Yankee uniform because’s he’s traded for a front-line starter. I don’t think the Yankees have anything to gain by calling him up this week.

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

        September call up?

        • Urban

          He’ll be up in September, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he was here on August 1 if he’s not traded. There may be a roster and 40-man issue, especially on the roster side with Soriano and Chavez returning. I just don’t see the Yankees opening up a 40-man roster slot for Montero this week when he could be traded, and there may be incoming players. Things should be clearer within a week, which is why I wouldn’t be shocked if he was on the Yankees a week from tomorrow.

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

            There really nobody worth trading Montero for that’s realistically available.

            • Urban

              I do think they’ll move him for Ubaldo if they can get the Rockies to agree to not strip mine the entire Yankee farm system!

      • ItsATarp

        It’s starting to look like we’re giving Posada less and less playing time. I expect montero to get called up soon.

        • Urban

          The sun is setting on a great Yankee career. He’s down to his last two months, at least as far as the regular season goes, of being on the Yankees. They’ve given him more than enough ABs. He’s not as bad as he was at his lowest, he’s not as good as he was in June. He is what his stats say he is now, a .220/.310/.375 hitter. They should start moving on to Montero at DH and part-time catching, once again assuming he’s still here next week.

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

            The problem with calling Montero up is that he hasn’t been very impressive this year. A prospect with an OPS around .750 and who can’t play his position very well does not a call-up make. I guess he can’t be much worse than Posada. He’ll likely improve though.

            • Urban

              It’s true he hasn’t lived up to expectations. I’m disappointed he hasn’t built off his strong 2010 campaign, but he is still a major prospect and while he hasn’t been great, he also hasn’t been bad. It’s worth a look because Posada and Martin’s bats have not been good. He’s not going to hurt the Yankees with his bat considering the ABs he’ll be replacing, and he might really help them.

              It’s time.