Game 116: Bartday


The last time Bartolo Colon had a season as good as this one, it was 2005 and he was wearing an Angels uniform. His career had been derailed by injury several times after that Cy Young caliber season, and yet here he is at age 38, giving the Yankees quality innings every five or six days. Kinda hard to believe. Here’s the lineup that will back Colon and face another rookie, the right-handed Tyler Chatwood…

Brett Gardner, LF
Derek Jeter, DH
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Eric Chavez, 3B
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Frankie Cervelli, C

Bartolo Colon, SP

It’s an afternoon game because apparently the Angels have somewhere to be tonight. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES. If you’re stuck in the office, you can listen on WCBS 880. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. YankeesJunkie says:

    Was this originally a night game or am I just crazy?

  2. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    that card really shows of Bart’s girth…he wears big underpants.

  3. Mike Myers says:

    Bartolo in a day game = sweaty greasy! GET READY GIRLS!

  4. MannyGeee says:

    apparantly stem cells are chock full o calories.

  5. Dan says:

    What do people here think the lineup will look like when Arod comes back? With how well Gardner is playing, I find it hard to believe that Girardi would move him back to 9, but if he stays at leadoff it would involve moving down in the lineup one of the veterans.

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      I have a bad feeling that Gardner will move back to the number 9 spot against righties, but I would go with this below.

      DH-Montero (wishful thinking) Chavez/Jones

  6. MannyGeee says:

    welcome to Bartday, Aybar. 3 pitches, 3 strikes

  7. Cy Pettitte says:

    Callaspo is now aware

  8. YankeesJunkie says:

    Bart Day!

  9. jay h says:

    please make me forget about steve smith, bart.

  10. mikeymikeeee says:

    Is it just me but when bartolo has that 2 seam working it’s the nastiest pitch in baseball….

  11. YankeesJunkie says:

    Well the Yankees need to be patient with Chatwood and his 4.4 BB/9 and pound his FB as he only has a 4.5 K/9.

  12. jon says:

    does grandy get to the 30 30 club?

  13. karel capek says:

    Yes, I am the Captain of the One Man Cone Army. And yes, David Cone does look like Buster Keaton. We shoot bullets of sapphire sabermetrics and our tanks are dipped in gold.

  14. jon says:

    lol anyone just catch that?

    when bart faked to 3rd and 1st hunter starting to run in place

  15. Cy Pettitte says:

    and exhale.

  16. jon says:

    Lando (Lake Tahoe, NV)
    I keep hearing from the NY Media that Ivan Nova is “the real deal” but I look at his K/9+BB/9 and I say, sure, if real deal = 4th-5th starter at best. Is that accurate or does he project to be a #2 starter down the line?

    Klaw (1:20 PM)
    Better than 4th/5th guy. Gets a lot of groundballs with good life on the fastball. Walked just over 8% of TBF. Would expect him to miss more bats with the quality of his stuff.

  17. Mister Delaware says:

    “Past a diving Je … oh … Nunez to Teixeira to end the inning.”

  18. jon says:

    holy shit how big is the angles 1B

    he makes cano look like pedroia

  19. Mister Delaware says:

    You’re just begging for a K and CS at this point.

  20. Cy Pettitte says:

    Robbie must be dying, lol.

  21. Jim S says:

    Man what an at-bat so far!

  22. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    is this pitcher the same dude that won the Coney Island hot dog eating contest?

  23. MannyGeee says:

    little known fact. Chatwood went to the same high school as Tommy Hanson and Landon Donovan (MLS).

  24. MannyGeee says:

    hahaha, Sterling trying to do a Wendys iced coffee commercial:

    “We only use real A-reah-bee-caw beans…”

    Arabica? no, theres a cow in there somewhere…

  25. MannyGeee says:

    ‘cornflower blue, not to be convinced with periwinkle blue.’

    I am one cornflower blue fact away from going over to the LAA feed, Brett Gardner hate be damned.

  26. CBean says:

    Sterling and Suzyn keep talking about different colors of blue. What I wouldn’t give for a TV at work so I didn’t have to listen to this.

  27. swishers fauxhawk says:

    that was hilarious

  28. MannyGeee says:

    did that pop up caught by Colon loook as nervous as it sounded?

  29. Cy Pettitte says:

    big man was movin’

  30. Mister Delaware says:

    Ugly chase by a guy with a huge defensive rep.

  31. rek4gehrig says:

    it is high, it is far, it is off the right field wall

  32. Cy Pettitte says:

    stupid Trumbo.

  33. YankeesJunkie says:

    Nice hit by Gardner, but would have an inside the park homer if he did not get mixed up by Trumbo.

  34. YankeesJunkie says:

    When was the last time the Yankees tied a game?

  35. Cy Pettitte says:

    Grandy :(

  36. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Wow that was fucking sad.

  37. YankeesJunkie says:


  38. Your mom says:

    Shit, Grandy!

  39. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    did any of you see the article on Papelbon on about how great he is this year….he actually refers to himself as “Cinco Ocho”..

    I didn’t think it was possible but the douchiest douche just got douchier.

  40. 4_Everbronx says:

    Way to go Mike….you jinxed Granderson!

  41. Cy Pettitte says:

    nice 1-2-3 9 pitch inning.

  42. Bronx Byte says:

    Until Teixeira changes his stance / hitting approach, he’ll continue to have slumps and hot streaks.
    His work with the glove will always be good.

    • MannyGeee says:

      Until Teixeira changes his stance / hitting approach, he’ll continue to have slumps and hot streaks.

      so if he keeps his current mechanics he will continue to be just like every other baseball player in the history of foreverdom?

  43. Cy Pettitte says:


    • Sarah says:

      And you know, 2 runs isn’t such a horrible deficit, but for pete’s sake, Curtis with two GDIP in two at-bats? After yesterday it seems so…depressing.

  44. Mike Axisa says:

    Crap. Now quite dicking around and score some runs.

  45. Boo Radley says:

    What the hell is Colon doing? And where are the bats from last night?

  46. CBean says:

    Bah. Score runs Yankees.

  47. Your mom says:

    Stupid pussy hit by Aybar!

  48. FIPster Doofus says:

    Wow, Cano.

  49. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    cano’s arm is sick…

  50. Cy Pettitte says:

    what.the.fuck. that was UNREAL.

  51. Mike HC says:

    Unbelievable play. I thought he had no shot.

  52. Your mom says:

    The weakest part of our line-up needs to get on base here.

  53. Mykey says:

    Robby, why are you so damn awesome?

  54. Brendan says:

    Robe Cano lazying his way to another gold glove

  55. Your mom says:

    Fucking Cervelli!

  56. MannyGeee says:

    stop bunting Brett! you hit the wall last AB. do that again!

  57. Ethan says:

    If you’re not going to score runs at least run his pitch count! So you have a shot against their no-so-good relievers

  58. Mojo says:

    Chatwood Dilemma: 11 runs in 11 innings – - – Chatwood Remedy: Yankees.

  59. YankeesJunkie says:

    It would be nice to see the Yankees beat a shitty pitcher this next inning.

    • Jorge says:

      It’s not really a shitty pitcher. It’s a young pitcher in over his head at the MLB level right now. Not that this guy actually is, but these guys do show signs of their actual talent as they adjust.

      It also could easily be Manny Banuelos in that position soon. :)

  60. FIPster Doofus says:

    This is awful. It’s Tyler fucking Chatwood. Let’s go.

  61. JohnnyC says:

    Makes sense. Chatwood with a 9 ERA in his last 3 starts tosses a 5 inning shutout.

  62. Kostas says:

    Yankees having another one of those “we get many hits” but are “afraid to get the RISP hit”.

    These never end in a positive manner.

  63. Boo Radley says:

    We’re making this guy look like Josh Beckett. Start getting on base and stop hitting into dps Granderson.

  64. Cy Pettitte says:

    next inning, we score 4+ runs.

  65. Your mom says:

    I hate watching these games on FSW. I hate the Angels.

  66. Jorge says:

    It’s swing-happy, impatient, make a guy not-pitching-so-great-look-great day so far. That’s always a fan favorite around here.

    The good news is that we’ve seen games which start out this way turn into Yankee victories as long as the pitcher keeps it close and the team gets to the bullpen (or the opposing starter’s luck runs out.) Make it happen.

  67. ItsATarp says:

    Cue yankees can’t hit pitchers they haven’t seen. (Except the guy from last night)

  68. JohnnyC says:

    Lethargic day game after a night game. I wonder if this is where the age of the team catches up with them. Especially in the middle of the dog days.

  69. Kostas says:

    Ironic that Singleton would say “ball found the glove”. Seems to be the problem when the Yankees are batting as well.

  70. Mojo says:

    Is it cool if I bring up the fact that Teixera sucks again or are we over that now?

  71. Your mom says:

    I thought we were unbeatable during day games???

  72. CBean says:

    Dear Derek, Curtis, and Tex,

    Runs please!


  73. Your mom says:

    Oh snap!!! Aug 23rd is Rally Monkey Chia Pet promo day!!!!! Stupid FSW.

  74. Jorge says:

    My MLB AtBat IPhone App keeps cutting out from the game every 15 minutes or so. Never happened before. It’s still a lifesaver at work.

    • Foghorn Leghorn says:

      the mlb radio feed also cuts out every now and then but i’m sure that is when Suzan gets back under john’s desk…

      OH..the grandyman can!!

  75. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    Tyler Chatwood sounds like a guy who should be singing country songs, not tossing baseballs…

    i’m listening to this game and it sounds like the yanks have hit the ball pretty hard at times but right to the angels defenders. if that’s they case they will break through here…

  76. tom says:

    Captain 3-for-3.

    Now if Curtis can manage a different result.

  77. Kostas says:

    Another hit, another DP coming?

  78. The Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' mothafucka, mothafucka!) says:

    Hey, how’s about we score a uh… score a run here? Yeah?

  79. MannyGeee says:

    wow, Jeter has the juju working today. seeing eye dribblers and infield singles off the mound. that is $51M hard at work boys & girls

  80. MannyGeee says:



  81. Cy Pettitte says:

    ALL IS FORGIVEN!!!!!!!

  82. Mike Axisa says:

    Holy shit. I thought hunter was going to have to come in for that.

  83. YankeesJunkie says:

    Yankee Stadium homer!

  84. jon says:

    made up for the 2 GIDP

  85. Jetrer says:

    the fucking Grandyman can!!!!!

  86. The Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' mothafucka, mothafucka!) says:

    Fucking Torii Hunter fakes me out every time.

  87. Your mom says:

    R U F’in kidding me! We forgive u Grandy!

  88. YankeeDan says:

    There’s Curtis. Now if only Sterling wouldn’t sing….

  89. CBean says:


  90. xnyles says:

    He got good wood

  91. Karim Garcia says:

    lol wtf?! Looked like it was a routine pop up. Awesome!

  92. Mojo says:

    Ha. It’s like you could ALMOST see that coming from Granderson – - – 2 DPs, 2 Runs. It was nature’s way of apologizing to Curtis.

  93. Jorge says:

    That made even Sterling’s Grandish home run call sound sweet.

  94. Your mom says:

    Tex with the oppo-field hit? What’s going on?

  95. Jorge says:

    Curtis Granderson would be the MVP of this league if he wasn’t behind Gonzalez, Pedroia, Josh Reddick, Alfredo Aceves, and Nick Green in the eyes of the voting faithful in Bristol, CT.

  96. Brendan says:

    curtis granderson your american league RBI leader

    • MannyGeee says:

      srsly… how is he not going to win the MVP. he has just been disguisting

      • The Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' mothafucka, mothafucka!) says:

        Batting average. Voters have gotten off of wins for pitchers but seem to still be married to AVG and RBI for hitters.

        • Foghorn Leghorn says:

          and Agonz is up there with both. Agonz will win the MVP if he keeps his avg up and finishes in the top 3 in RBI. once he put on that uniform he became the greatest player God ever created.

          A few weeks back i saw an MVP list from Heyman or Verducci and they actually had Ortiz on it.

          • The Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' mothafucka, mothafucka!) says:

            And it’s pretty staggering just how much better an offensive season Bautista is having than AGon – other than AVG and RBI.

      • Jerome S. says:

        It’s gonna be a Red Sock.

  97. Ethan says:

    WHAT?! Joe made a good call? Shocking!

  98. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    ruh-roh…they’ve brought in Takahashi…

  99. The Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' mothafucka, mothafucka!) says:

    Chavez has some odd tattoos IMO.

  100. Your mom says:

    The Angels can rerax a little now.

  101. Mojo says:

    Hey Mike – What are the honest chances that Jesus rises before September?

  102. JohnnyC says:

    Good thing we have no bench because of Posada and carrying 13 pitchers. Smart planning.

  103. Your mom says:

    What a fugly swing!

  104. tom says:

    Geez, I thought Nunez was capable of a better at bat than that.

  105. rconn23 says:

    Please don’t let Bourjos get on and get a run scored with this small ball slop.

  106. CUYanks says:

    Is Girardi the only manager who does the “let him warm up to start the inning before taking him out to buy time for the bullpen” bit?

  107. Cy Pettitte says:

    sorry, but AJ looks so ridiculous.

  108. Your mom says:

    I hate those lazy basket catches by Cano. He’s just asking for trouble.

  109. Stryker says:

    montero was supposed to get called up “any day now” 2 weeks ago. are we going to have to wait 3 more?

  110. Cy Pettitte says:

    there goes the perfect streak.

  111. MikeD says:

    Jeter’s looked awkward out there today. Oh, wait…

  112. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    “a filthy Back Door Breaking Ball” – yet another saying in baseball that sounds dirty but isn’t.

  113. Klemy says:

    What the fuck? They are doing the smoking commercial on the radio broadcasts now too?!?

  114. Mike Axisa says:

    Who’s ready to bunt?

  115. The Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' mothafucka, mothafucka!) says:

    Joe Girardi…

  116. Jerome S. says:

    Joe Girardi is to Brett Gardner as Tony La Russa is to Colby Rasmus.

  117. YankeesJunkie says:

    Good thing we got Martin to come off the bench for speed.

  118. Mike Axisa says:

    Pinch-running … ?

  119. Jim S says:

    What? Is martin any faster than cerv?

  120. A-ROD fan says:

    WTF is girardi doing

  121. IRF says:

    So Andruw Jones is pinch hitting for Granderson right?

    • The Guns of the Navarone (a mushroom cloud layin' mothafucka, mothafucka!) says:

      Might as well. Complete this cycle of stupid.

  122. Cy Pettitte says:

    glad they bunted to give up the out.

  123. Guest says:

    Grandy is 14th in the AL in WAR. 24th in MLB. Before looking this up, list of people I would not have guessed would have been a head of him:

    Alex Gordon, Yunel Escobar, Alex Avila, Asdrubal Cabrera.

  124. IRF says:

    I’d worried about Granderson ability to hit a lefty in this spot…


  125. jdp says:

    Assdrool has turned into a heck of a player. When does he become a free agent?

  126. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    c’mon Robby!!!!

  127. Mister Delaware says:

    I wonder if Cano would have beaten that out.

  128. YankeesJunkie says:

    Hell of a play!

  129. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol Angels. Make them pay Robbie.

  130. IRF says:

    Cervelli would have scored on that!

    Ok not really.

  131. Mister Delaware says:


  132. Mike Axisa says:

    Holy fucking shit.

  133. Cy Pettitte says:

    woooooooooooo ROBBIE!

  134. xnyles says:

    LAZY dominican

  135. YankeesJunkie says:

    Well no need for the formula for the rest of the game.

  136. Avi says:


  137. Jetrer says:

    thank you Izturis

  138. Your mom says:


  139. Ethan says:

    Doncha Know Robbie Cano!!!!!

  140. Mister Delaware says:

    Hot shit dammit did he get his hands in quick there.

  141. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    suck on that, Angel fans!

  142. Kostas says:

    Good God that was a fucking shot…

  143. YanksFan in MA says:

    hey ooooooooooh

  144. IRF says:

    That was awesome. Poor Macier

  145. YankeesJunkie says:

    Doesn’t NY have a huge shortfall in cash because this whole NY Quits things has to be the first fucking thing cut because I can’t stand those fucking commercials.

    • CP says:

      It’s cheaper to convince people to quit smoking than it is to treat their lung cancer.

      • Mister Delaware says:

        Although, there has been collateral damage to the ads: Adoptions of elderly black men are down 87%.

      • Foghorn Leghorn says:

        do those commercials work though? as a non smoker, they gross me out. but i still think they aren’t as much of a deterent as a high tax on cigs.

      • YankeesJunkie says:

        I had a class presentation that said smoking actually lowered health care costs since people die younger. Obviously I don’t know how good the facts are but damn those commercials just are irritating.

    • MikeD says:

      I’m pretty sure those ads are paid for with every pack of cigarette sold. That’s why they cost $300 a pack, or whatever they are as taxes and other penalties are added on. They’re making money off people’s addiction.

  146. Sarah says:

    This! I literally thought to myself when Cano came up, “What if he hit a grand slam?” And then talked my expectations down, “Nah, a base hit will do, anything to get the runners home.”


  147. Jerome S. says:

    I think I just saw Scott Downs smiling.

    Which, honestly, is all you can do.

  148. YankeesJunkie says:

    Robinson Cano rally killer…

  149. Your mom says:

    “A filthy back-door breaking ball for strike three. And now AssDribble….”

  150. Jorge says:

    I missed the grand slam. Damnit.

  151. Matt says:

    That’s a tremendous hit for Robinson Cano, and he did it against one of the toughest lefty relievers in the league. Nice adjustment there to get the bat head out as well on that 2-seam fastball down and in after being jammed a bit by the previous pitch.

  152. The home run derby obviously messed with Robbies swing!!


  153. YankeesJunkie says:

    Yes, lets put Robertson out in a 4 run game rather than Noesi who never pitches ever.

  154. CUYanks says:

    This is minor but it would be nice to try to get through the 8th/9th without needing to use Robertson/Rivera. Hard to blame Girardi for trying to cash in the win though.

  155. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    Cano is a sick ballplayer and IMO, he’s way ahead of pedroia. he doesn’t get love from the MSM b/c he’s a yankee and he makes things look so damn easy….plus he’s always smiling.

    frickn’ love Robbie Cano!!

  156. Betty Humpter says:

    Just an ass raping for Cano

  157. Your mom says:

    no curve yet???

  158. Jerome S. says:

    Michael Kay: bad at his job.

  159. Kibbitty says:

    1st Baseline ump just lost High Socks for Hope a 100$ donation.

  160. Jerome S. says:

    Get a fitting helmet!

  161. Your mom says:

    And there goes Nunez’s hat……..again.

  162. Mister Delaware says:

    I bet the grass in short CF is really missing Jeter today. Hasn’t seen more than one or two balls all day.

  163. Your mom says:

    Martin’s good at grounding out.

  164. Kibbitty says:

    Cory Wade: Closer.

  165. Mister Delaware says:

    I love O’Neill so much.

  166. Cy Pettitte says:



  167. IRF says:

    First Craig Counsell picks up a hit in his 46th at-bat, now Gardner gets CS on his 23rd try. I guess this means Dan Uggla will have a 55 game hitting streak

  168. Jerome S. says:

    Goooooooooddddddd don’t bring Mo into this game

  169. Kibbitty says:

    Cory Wade: Not A Closer.

  170. YankeesJunkie says:

    Really!?!? Whatever, at least the Yankees got this game in the bag and Mo pitching is just pure awesomeness.

  171. Jim S says:

    Branyan time!

  172. Your mom says:

    Yay! Save opportunity! Bring on Mo.

  173. MikeD says:

    Oh, great, Joe. Bring in Mo “Kerosene” Rivera.

  174. Mister Delaware says:

    Mariano —> iTunes —> Enter Sandman —> Me, the loser

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      We are all posting on a stat based Yankee blog commenting about the game for the past three hours. We are all losers.

  175. Sarah says:


  176. Jetrer says:

    wtf MO

  177. Ethan says:

    Anyone think Mo is still at the top of his game? FUCK

  178. Boo Radley says:

    Make Robertson the closer immediately.

  179. Jerome S. says:


  180. mbonzo says:

    Oh Mo, you so silly.

  181. jake says:

    its official….fuck this

  182. Your mom says:

    I hate that guy!

  183. Dino Velvet says:

    Okay. Something is not right with Mo.

  184. Cy Pettitte says:


  185. Mister Delaware says:

    Apparently I’m going to have to stop yelling “FUCK YOU, HE’S AUTOMATIC” at my PS3 when it punishes me for predictible pitch selection with Rivera.

  186. Kostas says:

    Awesome…. Guess this is another “cutter didn’t cut”.

  187. xnyles says:

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh Armageddon is coming !!!!!!!!!!

  188. Gonzo says:

    Two of those runs went to Wade!

  189. William Wallace says:

    I just spit out my water and I wasn’t even drinking any.

  190. Jim S says:

    No worries. 6-5 is still a win.

  191. Jorge says:

    I hate Mariano’s yearly dead arm period.

  192. jdp says:

    the end of the world is near, or at least life as we have known it

  193. JT says:

    Wow Mariano… Wow

  194. Your mom says:

    Don’t let Abreu bat plz?

  195. mike_h says:

    i’ve always said Russel Branyan should be our DH, he loves hitting HRs in yankee stadium

  196. Jim S says:

    To be fair, Branyan was due, he always does something to piss off the Yankees.

  197. '56 Studebaker says:

    Soriano or Robertson to close???

  198. Sarah says:


  199. Jerome S. says:

    Ow. Gardy hit that hard.

  200. mbonzo says:

    Troll Rivera is just joshing us.

  201. Ethan says:

    Love Gardener’s speed!

  202. Adam says:

    Hey, look at that, life goes on and a win is a win.

  203. JT says:

    Mariano just shook of 2 pitches and then went back outside… maybe he himself is losing confidence in that inside pitch to lefties

  204. Jim S says:

    So if Mo had started the inning with a 2 run lead, gotten an out, given up that HR to Branyan, then finished the inning, would people have panicked like that?

    • '56 Studebaker says:

      Honestly YES. His Velocity is down. He isn’t hitting his spots. There is something wrong…..

        • Matt says:

          Actually, there is something different this season.

          His ground ball rate is around 46%, which would be a career low, and lefties are hitting .269 against him now. His control has been more erratic, and he is making more mistake pitches up in the zone and out over the plate. Watch him pitch, and even his heat maps bear it out.

          People are not reacting to just these 3 games, they are reacting to his shakiness and inconsistency throughout the season. And it’s hard to blame them, because the results have certainly been of a lower caliber than even in the last few seasons.

          Is he no longer one of the better closers? Nobody is saying that. Is he no longer a sure thing? Maybe.

        • Matt says:

          Maybe this is just a bad season, but sometimes your control starts to fade a little bit as you get older. It’s subtle, but it sometimes makes a difference when you’re a pitcher who doesn’t really change speeds much.

      • MikeD says:

        His velocity isn’t down. It’s been consistent for three years, and it’s actually UP since earlier in the season.

        Location off in three games.


    • Jorge says:

      They panic because……they must be in preschool. If they possessed any sort onf long term memory, they’d remember all those other week long stretches where Mariano’s lost it, only to come back to form.

      When he’s gone, they’ll probably be too caught up in their negativity to realize what they’re missing. Sad.

  205. Jorge says:

    Yanks win.

    *pours nervous drink*

  206. Your mom says:

    We should sign Branyan next year to replace Posada.

  207. Matt says:

    Those are more like “get me over” cutters to the lefties that he is getting beaten on, trying to get strikes in certain counts. The pitch has been moving a bit better in other counts, and after that home run.

    However, maybe it’s time though to be a bit more careful with lefty power hitters now since Rivera’s cutter is not as sharp. It’s surprising that it’s taken Martin this long to make the adjustment, considering they’ve been getting the bat head out on those pitches inside with greater frequency throughout the season.

    • Jetrer says:

      any time pitcher struggles = Martin’s fault
      What’s a matter, did he refuse an autograph request or something?

      • Matt says:

        That is not even close to what I am saying.

        When the pitcher HITS HIS SPOT, and gives up a hard hit ball, that is PITCH SELECTION, which is usually the responsibility of the catcher.

        When a pitcher HANGS a breaking ball, that is the PITCHER’s fault.

        Which of these has Rivera been doing? Hitting the glove and giving up a hit, or throwing it down the middle?

        Rivera has thrown the fewest pitches outside to lefties of any of the last 3 seasons, and more and more weak lefties are cheating on his inside cutter, sometimes hitting some really good pitches. Which do you think is at fault, bad pitching, or bad approach?

  208. theyankeewarrior says:

    Does every team have a shitty player that they just can’t keep in the park?

    What the fuck is it with this guy?

  209. mike says:

    Father Time to Mo: “Look who’s here Mo.”

    • Adam says:

      Mo to Father Time: “You must be an old coot, because you forget that every now and again even I have a bad week. Learn some history and patience, Father Time.”

    • MikeD says:

      Father Time looks at Mo, and then rapidly turns around and grabs RAB poster “mike”, softly saying “I don’t like douchebags.” RAB mike is sent to hell, aka CitiField.

  210. Johnny Nitro says:

    Looks like all of the Core Four are done. Fuck em all.

  211. JT says:

    Wildcard berth.

  212. mike says:

    Get used to 2014, when a Paps/KRod/Valverde/Soriano type is in Mo’s place, and this yearly dead-arm is spun across the whole season

  213. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    The deal to get Soriano may end up being a really smart move…give Mo some rest and have Soriano step in for a bit.

  214. Tom says:

    Re Matt’s point concerning Mo: “People are not reacting to just these 3 games, they are reacting to his shakiness and inconsistency throughout the season. And it’s hard to blame them, because the results have certainly been of a lower caliber than even in the last few seasons.” He may be right.

    This doesn’t seem like the annual soft spot in Mo’s performance. There seems to be something not-good going on here. We won’t be able to decide this for a while–is it something structural, or the annual soft spot–until the end of the season. But the burden of proof may very well be passing now to those who say “Don’t worry. It’s just that annual problem.”

    • bonestock94 says:

      I have to agree with that. The stats aren’t bad by any stretch of the imagination but he looks different this season, aside from the blown saves.

    • BK2ATL says:

      The cutter just “looks” flat to me. No empirical evidence to support that, but his last 3 appearances, they have remained over too much of the plate without the late life. That results in a flat 92-93 fastball down the middle of the plate, which is what is being hit.

      Another thing to consider is that in 2011, there are many more pitchers throwing the cutter, as opposed to 2001, even 2009. Hitters are seeing it more and much more familiar with the pitch now. Therefore, there’s not as much surprise to it anymore.

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