Aug
24

Game 127: No A-Rod again, again

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The Yankee third baseman, who made a cameo appearance on Sunday, is again out of the lineup with a sore thumb. He says it’s starting to feel better, but he won’t be taking the field today. His fleeting 0-fer over the weekend seems like just a dream. Perhaps he’ll return tomorrow and spare us more of Eduardo Nuñez’s helmet flying off.

Meanwhile, it’s CC day. The Yankee ace is going for his 18th win, but August has not been the kindest month. He’s 2-2 with a 5.28 ERA this month and has allowed 39 hits over his last 29 innings. Hopefully, the A’s are the cure what ails him. Backing him up will be:

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Francisco Cervelli C

Categories : Game Threads
  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    CC complete game shutout.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Well so much for that, ha

  • Mike HC

    Really looking forward to CC just mowing these guys down in a clean 2 hour game.

    • Mike HC

      Well, that was shit.

  • Captain Beatty

    Get your changeup and your slider working and dominate this lineup. It’s there to dominate.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow I fucking hate our stating pitching staff right now.

  • Jetrer

    wtf is going on

  • Slugger27

    so… its obvious cervelli is CCs personal catcher at this point, right?

    at what point do we start to worry about cervelli starting game 1 in the ALDS?

    • Mike HC

      haha … Cervelli for games 1 and 5 of the ALDS … haha

      good one too

      • Slugger27

        cant tell if youre mocking or not…

        girardi did start molina in the playoffs in 09. if he thinks CC is a significantly better pitcher with cervellie (it’s clear he does) then i would think its definitely possible, if not probable

        • Mike HC

          Just mocking the idea of Cervelli possibly catching the two most important games of the ALDS. Not mocking you at all.

        • Jetrer

          not sure he’s better with Cervelli … he’s had great starts with both catchers and bad starts with both

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Well you’ve worried me right at this moment, thanks.

    • Cuso

      Find it funny that I brought this very point up during CC’s last start & everyone was being RAB’d for mentioning it.

  • Mike HC

    “Meanwhile, it’s CC day”

    haha … good one

  • Jimmy McNulty

    CC’s traditionally blown against the As, FWIW. ERA over five in 130 IP.

  • Greg

    Credit to Crisp on that one. He was looking for the first pitch fastball.

  • IRF

    Matsui is so far from a competent fielder its not even funny.

  • Frank

    Last 2 home starts for CC- 6 solo HRs

    • your mom

      And this start isn’t even close to being over.

  • Delaware – Ralph

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/bl.....lb-wp16975

    Nick Swisher heading to Afghanistan for his honeymoon to visit the troops this offseason (he got married last offseason but delayed his honeymoon). Pretty cool!

  • Greg

    Other than the homer, which I give more credit to Crisp, CC looked ok

  • Greg

    This is the part that I hate about Gardner, He’s wildly inconsistent

  • flamingo

    And that’s the hit that passed Rod Carew.

  • Cy Pettitte

    If you told me in April DJ would be hitting .297 right now…just wow.

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      How about if I said it at the end of June?

  • Mojo

    And this is where Teixera excels . . .

  • CBean

    Godammit I hate having to listen to the games with Sterling.

  • IRF

    How often do they have to talk about the Olsen twins on this network?

  • Greg

    Cant blame Tex for that one. He hit it hard.

  • Ivan

    Tough AB for Tex. He was on every pitch and hit one ball hard right at the fielder.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Well that inning sucked.

  • your mom

    Jesus fucking christ Tex.

    • Greg

      Hit hit it hard. That’s all you can ask.

      • your mom

        He has the worst BABIP luck.

        • Greg

          This year yes.

  • Ivan

    I gotta go with Melky Cabrera on that one.

  • KenC

    Happy Birthday Gardner!!!

  • Captain Beatty

    Girardi had to send those runners and let that kid off the hook. He was on the ropes and Girardi gave away another out just like last night.

    • Greg

      That one I will agree with. The guy is prone to the K. I wouldn’t have sent the runners.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      And if he hadn’t sent the runners and Tex hits a hard two hopper to Weeks instead, you’d be complaining that he didn’t send the runner. I completely disagree with the bunt last night, but almost always agree with starting runners 3-2. Especially when you have somebody like Granderson on first, who could then score easily on a double.

    • IRF

      It was a 3-2 pitch with two speedy runners up. You can’t assume Tex is gonna line one right at someone.

    • Jetrer

      there’s a big difference. Last night he intentionally gave away an out. Today was just bad luck while trying to make something happen. Sending fast runners in a 3-2 count really isn’t a bad decision, it just didn’t work out.

    • Chip

      Did you see the jumps they were getting? Jeter had third stolen easily if Tex struck out so I thought it was definitely the right call. Tex hit the ball hard, it was just right at Weeks

  • Greg

    Aaand the Red Sox are up 4-0 on Texas.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Axisa told you to stop posting about the Sux. If you’re that interested, go post on their thread. We’ll rejoice,

  • James A

    I know it looks unlikely but I guess if the Yanks get Pena that means that either JoPo or Jesus wont be on the playoff roster

  • flamingo

    All right, CC, we’ll keep you :D

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Swish is the only man on the planet laughing seconds after being hit with a projectile flying at 80mph.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Boned twice on a called strike, now.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Still hate Coco Crisp.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Wow home run regression is being a BITCH to CC. I didn’t think it would happen this fast.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Great, Boston is up 4-0.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      It really doesn’t matter at this point. It’s going to be close. The Yankees if they want to get ahead has to beat Boston themselves. No more relying on other teams to do it because honestly they’ve been pathetic against them. That shit needs to end.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    If Pena could some how get his average up to .240-.250, with his power and OBP ability, he’d be an awesome asset.

    • Jetrer

      he’s 251/370/495 vs. RHP, which is pretty much the only time the Yankees would likely play him

      • Chen Meng Wang

        I’d sign up for that right now, depending on what we’d have to give up to get him obviously.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Carlos Pena and having AROD again could possibly make their offense 2009-esque with 920ish runs.

      • bobtaco

        Do you think this might just be a Cashman block, to make sure Pena doesn’t go to the Red Sox, since David Ortiz still has his health issues.

        • Chen Meng Wang

          I’m sure that might have something to do with it, but at the same time if for whatever reason he does come to NY, I think it could be a good addition.

        • Jetrer

          Don’t think the Yankees could have blocked the Red Sox since the Yankees have a better winning percentage

  • Chen Meng Wang

    The more they talk about Weaver the more I think 1. He sounds like a real humble kid, who actually plays the game for the right reasons but 2. He’s completely honest in saying he likes the 7-8 guys in the locker room as apposed to the 50 here, which tells me he probably wouldn’t have handled NY well.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Jesus Christ CC.

  • your mom

    3 swinging strikes in that at bat. All sinkers. Pitiful.

  • Cy Pettitte

    what was that? no way you can get Gardy doing that?

    • Cy Pettitte

      woops, that second sentence wasn’t a question.

  • Greg

    Nifty but he’s safe.

  • IRF

    There was a whole lot of athleticism on that play

  • Cy Pettitte

    DJ is in god mode right now, this is fucking insane.

  • Jetrer

    En Fuego
    (should have bunted)

    • Greg

      I knew someone would mention that.

      • Jetrer

        what? that Jeter is en fuego?

  • Chen Meng Wang

    His name is Derek Jeter, and he’s pretty good at this baseball thing =D

  • CBean

    See what can happen if Jeter doesn’t bunt.

  • Mojo

    This just has the feeling of one of THOSE games, or THOSE weeks for that matter. Even with the lowly A’s and O’s coming to town, something just seems OFF with the Yankees of late. Call it a vibe, but I sense something astray in the land of pinstripes right now. A cancer is currently growing.

    • Mojo

      Maybe it’s the pitching of late or the rollin’ Red Sox . . . I just don’t feel comfortable of late . . .

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        the rollin’ Red Sox

        Sux current winning streak: 1 game

        Sux record in their last 10 games: 5-5

        Yep, the rollin’ Sux indeed.

        • Mojo

          Best offense in baseball putting back its pieces . . . And . . . Youkilis is still out. They’re winning without their power lineup. RS are elite, they will roll. Do not let their recent 5-5 veil their immense capability. And enough with the “Sux” shit. It’s so terribly lame.

          • 1stbase

            What about the yankees winning without arod for over a month now

          • Sweet Dick Willie

            Just for the record, the Yankees have the best record in baseball.

            And you know what’s lame? Making shit up to fit your pre-conceived narrative.

            • 1stbase

              phillies

            • Sweet Dick Willie

              Best offense, sorry.

            • Mojo

              Wasn’t aware I was “making shit up” but I commend your for being such a pompous, irritable Dick. Thank you, Willie, for being such a sweetie.

              P.S. – Explain to me what you believe a “pre-conceived narrative” is.

              • Sweet Dick Willie

                Best offense in baseball?

                Please explain how, in your world, the Sux have the best offense in baseball.

                And name calling. Color me impressed.

                • Mojo

                  Dick is your name (hence the capitalization). And . . . I said you were a “Sweetie”. The Red SOX have the best offense in baseball because 1-5 they’re actually quite ridiculous. Ellsbury, Pedroia, Gonzalez, Youkilis, Ortiz and even the occasionally remarkable Carl Crawford. Three players (1-3) playing some of the best baseball today, each in their own unique way. I honestly believe that the SOX have the superior lineup. Clearly you do not agree with me, so I suppose we’ll have to agree to disagree, but my mere, mortal thoughts are actually not exclusive to me only, you know . . .

                  • Sweet Dick Willie

                    The objective of offense in baseball is to scores runs, and the Yankees have scored more runs per game than any team in MLB, including the Sux.

                    So you conferring the title of best offense in baseball on them is clearly just your opinion and not in anyway objective, which is fine; we’re all entitled to our opinions. But it helps to avoid misunderstanding if you label it as your opinion instead of stating it as though it’s a fact.

                    And the occasionally remarkable Carl Crawford? Really? Please explain just how 252/288/384 in any way, shape, or form qualifies as remarkable.

                    By that measure, Russell Martin and his 233/322/400 must be outstanding!

                    • Mojo

                      I forgot . . . the only way to measure an elite offense is by the number of runs they produce. Okay, Dick. Adios. Sarcasm accomplishes nothing. ‘Tis a mark of insecurity. Take care of your issues in the mean time. Godspeed.

                    • Sweet Dick Willie

                      I never said the Sux don’t have an elite offense, nor did you, until just now.

                      You said they have the best offense in baseball, which is not supported by the facts.

                      And when I called you on it, you 1) resorted to name calling, and 2) changed your narrative, from the best offense in baseball to an elite offense.

                      Hey, there’s nothing wrong thinking that the Sux have a great offense; they do. But when measured, it’s not quite as good as the Yanks.

                    • The Big 3

                      I see where you were going with this, but I don’t particularly agree it. Since you’re referring to Boston’s offense being top dog, you’re preferring OBP (Boston’s top 5 blow NY away). that’s a preference, an opinion. Subjective stuff. Another person would conclude that Ny’s ISO makes them superior (NY’s top 5 blow Boston’s away).

                      It’s a matter of preference: OB or power. Personally, I believe that if either Jeter is hitting or Gardner’s leading off, and the other’s at the rear, NY’s top five is better. And as long as Carl is being carl, NY’s 1-9 is also better.

  • Jimm

    I have a great idea let’s have Jeter bunt.

    >_>

  • your mom

    Jeter has been impressive of late. No power whatsoever but he’s still getting the hits.

  • Cy Pettitte

    the MT25 is broken.

    • your mom

      He’s only good in 25% of his games. Didn’t you read the article earlier today?

  • Kostas

    Tex is to hitting what Giambi is do defense. Money well spent.

    • Greg

      You know who he’s like this year?

      Ryan Howard. Their batting average and OBP are alike

      • Kostas

        That is not encouraging. Another over paid all or nothing hitter.

      • IRF

        But Howard strikes out a lot more and hasn’t shown the same level of power as Tex. He also can’t play defense.

        • Jetrer

          Tex 4.2 fWAR, Howard 1.2
          No comparison

          • Kostas

            True. Defensively, Tex is excellent. But $20 mil for another 5 years is a lot to pay a non hitting defensive 1st baseman

            • Jetrer

              if by non-hitting you mean well above average hitting, then still no
              Free agency pays about $5M per win, and Tex is about on pace to earn his salary this year

    • Jetrer

      Tex is still 17th in AL in wOBA and 16th in OPS. Giambi was never top 20 in any league defensively.

      • Kostas

        Since it is a down offensive year in the majors, those stats can either indicate he still has it or does not…. Going with the latter is a better option at this point.

        Just as his last 7 days he is hitting .292 but add another 7 days and it drops to .268. That is really more indicative of how he is performing- when everyone is hitting and pitching is weak he benefits.

        • Jetrer

          He is having a down year for him, but despite that he is still a top 20 hitter in the league. That is hardly bad. wRC+ is 133. 33% better than average offensively is very good.
          Every hitter benefits when pitching is weak.

          • Kostas

            That 33% is due to his HR power. Again, all or nothing.

            • Jetrer

              mostly because of his power
              his OBP is also well above league average
              and since when is power a bad thing

  • Mojo

    Can’t we bench “MT25″ for three days and cure him of his ailing failures? ‘Tis time to implement Teixera’s Grand’ Rehabilitation.

  • teddy

    cano>teix please

  • Greg

    Acts as a bunt

  • Cy Pettitte

    nice bunt Jorgie

  • teddy

    i take that posada, come on nunez

  • Cy Pettitte

    what the fuck?

  • Jetrer

    Nunez is a fucking moron

    • Greg

      Wouldn’t have mattered. He still would have been out at first.

      • Jetrer

        he should still know how to play baseball
        make the catcher throw the ball, maybe he throws it away
        no excuse to not run

  • Esteban

    Oh damn it

  • Captain Beatty

    Nunez is an idiot. That ump never said foul so run. Run.

  • teddy

    giradri strikes again , nunez is pathetic

    • JT

      Nunez is pathetic… many mental errors, although he would of been out anyway…

      btw, what did Girardi do this time?

    • Greg

      What the hell are you talking about?

    • ItsATarp

      What did Girardi do? Tell nunez to not run?

  • your mom

    Nunez RISP FAIL!!!!

  • Captain Beatty

    Didn’t we also get a leadoff double yesterday from Posada and couldn’t push him home? This is just getting ridiculous. What are we going to do come playoff time?

    • JT

      Bunt some more

    • your mom

      Keel over and die.

    • Jetrer

      because other playoff teams never strand runners???

  • Greg

    Not having good luck tonight. By the way that Boston score is why I think we would be better to play the Rangers than the Tigers. Rangers dont have an ace.

    • ItsATarp

      We can beat either team.

  • teddy

    chavez>nunez, but giradri is the manager

    • Greg

      Chavez has been cold of late.

      • teddy

        he has and he had 2 hits yesterday and is a sinkerball, chavez should played

      • Jetrer

        so has Nunez, and Chavez is better defensively and has the platoon advantage

        • Greg

          Still, cant get angry at Girardi for not putting somebody in the lineup.

          That’s nitpicking.

          • teddy

            it is, putting best lineup you ca, not like chavez played 3 days in a row

            • Greg

              Nitpicking.

  • Mojo

    Black hole lineup back in action! I seriously hope that A-Rod returns (for real) with a vengeance. It’d also be nice to see s’more Andruw in action. Wouldn’t mind catching a glimpse of Carlos Pena (for the right price) either . . . Not even going to delve into the Teixera lineup debacle/debate or Jesus’ proper position in the MLB. It’s Cahill, boys! Fuck his shit up!

  • sangreal

    Jeter may cross 300 tonight

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Holy shit, cannon by Cerveli, where did that come from?

  • Greg

    Did Martin go out and play defense that inning?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cervelli doing his best Martin Impression.

  • Hummingbird S.

    About time Cervelli does something good.

  • Captain Beatty

    “Cervelli actually threw a bullet.” Finally.

  • IRF

    #keepMonteroDown

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

    How does Micheal Kay go on and on about RBIs and Pitcher Wins and Cervelli’s “clutchness” and then go into a conversation about Moneyball without exploding? Aside from the fact that he still obviously doesn’t have much of a clue about it beyond the Cliff Notes.

    • IRF

      That’s the book Billy Beane wrote about how scouts suck and nerds are great right?

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

        Sounds about right…

      • sangreal

        Actually, apparently it is the book some snitch wrote that gave away the secret that all acquisitions should be based on OBP

      • JT

        Otherwise known as the RAB Bible.

  • Captain Beatty

    This guy ain’t that good. We’ve crushed him every single time. This offense is really struggling right now. Someone like Granderson or Cano is gonna have to carry us through this rough patch like they have all year.

  • Esteban

    What a throw.

  • Captain Beatty

    Robbie Cano dontcha know.

  • IRF

    Holy Robinson

  • Esteban

    Wow just beautifully executed.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    What a play by Nunie to hold onto the ball. Good play all around.

  • Esteban

    Crisp defensive inning.

  • mbonzo

    I smell momentum.

  • IRF

    Just your standard 1-2-3 inning

  • Monteroisdinero

    CC looks like he has put the weight back on. Man is eating a big breakfast again.

  • camilo

    what did robinson do?

  • Kostas

    Man… poor Tex. He is just awful at the plate, completely lost.

  • Greg

    Very poor pitch selection by the Yankees this inning

  • Cy Pettitte

    yay Swish

  • Esteban

    Oh should have just hit a single. What a stat padder.

    • IRF

      Decline the option!

      • Chen Meng Wang

        Bring in DeJesus.

      • Cuso

        Everyone can laugh now.

        I’ll laugh in December.

        The Yanks aren’t paying this guy $10.5M next year.

        They’re more likely to re-sign him on a 2-3 year deal where they have to pay an average of $6-7M than they are to pick up a $10.5M option.

        But go ahead, believe that they’ll overpay him.

        Then come see me during the Winter meetings.

        • The Big 3

          I haven’t the foggiest idea where that is coming from. Swish would be the undisputed king of FA OF and Cash has shown no inclination to trade valuable prospects. A clear upgrade, in Upton, is less likely to occur than the option on Swish being picked up.

          Who do you think will be in RF next year?

    • Cuso

      Directed at me, I’m certain.

      But I stand by it, regardless of tonight.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    He is actually pretty Swishilicious.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

    Nick Swisher is good at baseball, you guys.

  • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

    Is there a reason that Tex never goes the other way on the shift just to try to keep them honest and get some easy cheap hits? Is he just incapable of doing so? Seriously, it doesn’t seem to make any sense that he never just places the ball the other way. What gives?

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

      Lay down a bunt to third, there is no1 there

      • Jetrer

        it would still have to be a good bunt, or the pitcher or catcher would be able to make the play
        What are the odds that a career power hitter like Tex will be able to lay down a good bunt

    • Greg

      Very few people go the other way on the shift. Giambi, Howard. The only person I’ve seen deliberately try to do that is Ortiz.

      • JT

        Remember Gonzalez doing it this year, maybe even against the yanks

      • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

        Are they incapable of doing so? It just seems so ridiculous. Almost as if the other team is offering a free hit and they just don’t take it. I don’t get it, unless they really are just unable to do so. I’m not saying do it all the time, but just once in awhile.

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

    That Pena claim is looking pretty good right now

    /UnwrappingBurritto

    • nsalem

      The people who whine amount Tex are annoying and stupid. The ones that think Pena wold be a suitable replacement are one level down from that.

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

        This was for Posada

  • Esteban

    Wow Joey Bats is a dick.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      For all we know he was knocked down on the previous pitch. If not, I agree Dick move, but who knows?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Bautista’s stare down/bat flip is the most obnoxious thing in baseball.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Brush back for that stare down.

  • Greg

    Who wanted Chavez at third?

    • Jetrer

      Chavez would have homered

    • JT

      LOL

      process not results??? give me results anyday

    • Chen Meng Wang

      +1 I love Nunie, I don’t get all the hate the kid gets around here. I mean is he the best fielder in the world? No, but I think he more than makes up for it with his bat.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cervelli! excellent bunt.

  • nsalem

    buntus approprios

    • Zooboy

      Et tu nsalem?

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

    damn it, that’s the one flaw in gardner’s swing… a ton of pop ups

    • JT

      It seems like he’s been pretty bad with the bat lately

  • Greg

    Thought they might squeeze there.

  • http://twitter.com/nomchompksy Nom Chompsky

    Jeter should squeeze here to avoid the GDIP.

    • JT

      This isn’t the same Jeter that has been previously crown GDIP king

    • Greg

      I was thinking about having Gardner squeeze

    • Nuke LaDoosh

      definitely not your father’s Derek 4-3ter

  • Mojo

    Gardner. Not so hot lately.

  • nsalem

    the 2-0 swing would lead one to belive Derek knows his BA

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

    For those who don’t know already, Derek Jeter is only 3 games away from breaking Mickey Mantle’s franchise record for games played in. Mickey Mantle played in 2,401 games as a Yankee. Jeter is sitting at 2,399 (including today.)

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

    wow you’ve got to be kidding me

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    Just got home. How does CC look?

  • your mom

    Frustrating. . . . . . . . .

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    fuccccck really??????

  • Captain Beatty

    Posada lead off double last night- 0 runs scored.
    Cano lead off double tonight- 0 runs scored.
    Nunez lead off double tonight- 0 runs scored.

    Both one run ballgames. We’re ready for the playoffs.

  • Greg

    I think there should have been a squeeze attempt in there, preferably from Gardner.

    • Jetrer

      nitpicking

      • Greg

        Nitpicking is criticizing just to criticize.

        I’m not doing that.

        • Jetrer

          neither was saying that Chavez is a better option at third vs. RHP than Nunez

          • Greg

            But it is a bit more trivial.

            • Jetrer

              nope

  • Cy Pettitte

    no runs? that’s pathetic.

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

    jesus christ

  • Mojo

    Haha, just like I said at the beginning . . . Gonna be one of those games/weeks. Nothing’s quite as unbearable as these ice-cold streaks, especially with RISP and 0 out. Meh. MEH!

  • your mom

    This offense is fucking pathetic.

  • your mom

    What the fuck is Ellsbury on???

    • Mojo

      Seriously, it’s scary. I’d hate to admit it, but I think he’s my MVP right now. AHHHHHHHH!!! A fucking wild boar just flew into my window! WHAT THE FUCK!?!?!?!?!

    • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

      Papi Semen Shakes.

  • rconn23

    Sabathia is falling behind every hitter.

  • Cy Pettitte

    DRob is the right move here

    • Cy Pettitte

      or not.

      • Cy Pettitte

        oh well. saw that coming.

  • Captain Beatty

    Time to get Robertson in there and shut this down. Had we been able to scratch across just one more run CC could have stayed. Shame.

  • Greg

    CC talked Girardi out of taking him out

    • IRF

      You don’t know what was said

      • Greg

        Oh yes I do. I bet Girardi asked CC if he was ok. CC said yes and Girardi left him in.

        • IRF

          Russell Martin? Is that you?

          • Greg

            I’ve seen it happen that way many times before.

            • IRF

              No you haven’t. You think you have.

  • Captain Beatty

    Idiotic idiotic idiotic. 2 nights in a row Joe goes to his pen too late. Unbelievable.

    • Greg

      I blame CC. He talked Girardi out of taking him out.

      • Jetrer

        Ones paid to pitch, the other is paid to manage
        Which one should decide??

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        Didn’t really look like Girardi went out there to take CC out.

      • Zooboy

        I think Girardi was afraid CC would give him the finger if he took him out.

  • IRF

    Flashes of Grady Little

  • your mom

    Fuck Sizemore. Dogshit bitch!

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    of fucking course….you have guy on 3rd no outs and dont score…the other team will ALWAYS come back and score runs….its the law

  • your mom

    Yanks deserve to lose this one. Pah-thetic!

  • Wow

    Well that wasn’t predictable

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

    where did that 1-1 miss??????

  • mbonzo

    You’re really gonna blame Girardi for leaving his ace in the 8th with 90 something pitches. Captain Hindsight would be proud.

    • Greg

      They’re all nitpickers.

    • Jetrer

      Sizemore was already 2-2 against him, CC didn’t look as sharp the last couple of innings, best setup guy in baseball warming up
      Not completely unreasonable to go to the bullpen there, but I would say it was 50/50

      • Greg

        And the bullpe just blew the lead.

        • Jetrer

          no, CC blew the lead, the bullpen blew the tie
          pay attention, I know you get confused easily
          BTW, bad results don’t automatically mean bad decisions any more than good results automatically mean good decisions

    • Matt

      Sizemore has an OPS approaching .950 against lefties, and is horrible against righties, and was already 2-2 in the game with a bunch of hard hit balls.

      It’s a no brainer, especially since the offense has decided to take the night off.

      Just a disgraceful performance all around tonight thus far.

      • Matt

        Sizemore vs. RHP:

        .198, .603 OPS in 177 at bats

        And they weren’t going to PH for him there.

        • Greg

          Do you know that?

        • mbonzo

          Sizemore has an .849 OPS against LH starters in 120 PA. Thats not significant, especially when you’re talking about the best LH starter in the game. You wouldn’t have said anything if he got Sizemore out.

          • Matt

            That’s ridiculous. Even if the result is good, it’s still the wrong move.

            That is not a small number of at bats, especially against RHP. In his career so far as well:

            271 AB vs. RHP:

            .207/.295/.310

            Sizemore had already hit 2 balls pretty hard off of CC, a double off the RF wall and a hard grounder to right. In a 1 run game when you have Girardi’s bullpen, you have to get him right there to try to win the game.

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

    what kind of fucking strike zone is this???

  • Captain Beatty

    The past two games have shown that our achilles heel is our manager. Bullpen management has been horrific. Starter left in too long both nights. Bunt last night was terrible with your hottest hitter. I just hope he doesn’t cost us two games in a row here.

    • nsalem

      you take idiotic to a whole new level

  • Greg

    See Robertson blew the lead,

    • Jetrer

      your just a dumbass

  • teddy

    outside of the pen, giradri not a good manager, my opinion only. suzuki and sizemore kill cc, he deserves blame, but giradri didn’t do his job. this offensive was pathetic . the A embrassed the yanks, cc deserve to lose

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow this team is too hard to watch this series. can’t hit with RISP. pitching sucks.

  • Captain Beatty

    Girardi strikes again. Way to go, Joe. Might be time just to turn this shit off and hope Girardi calls in sick tomorrow.

  • JT

    Hmmm looked like the ump blocked his view of the ball

  • Mojo

    Ha! That. Is. HILARIOUS.

  • Greg

    See? Robertson blew the lead anyway.

    • Jetrer

      the game was 2-2 when he came in
      explain which lead he blew please

      • Greg

        Fine he blew the tie.

  • your mom

    FUCK this shit! RISP FAIL story of the day! A’s for the sweep tomorrow. Fuck all!

  • V

    1) Joe Girardi LOVES to give up outs on bunts.
    2) Nunez on 3rd, Cervelli on 1st, Gardner batting has to be the fastest combo the Yankees have.
    3) Gardner has turned into a pretty damn good bunter.
    4) Why not suicide squeeze for the extra run (with Gardner a possibility to reach)?

  • Wow

    Holy crap. Unbelievable.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    lets not forget that some douche that the yanks torched for 9 runs last time shut them down today

    • ItsATarp

      THat douche is actually a good pitcher

      • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

        9-12 4.09? yanks should have done more than 1 run

        • Jetrer

          how about 2

        • V

          You’re an idiot.

          • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

            fuck you dude…everyone on here is bitching yet you come at me?

    • V

      Um, that ‘douche’ is a pretty good pitcher.

  • your mom

    Oh yeah, fuck Coco Crisp too!

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Hey, I have an idea! Let’s blame Girardi some more using our hindsight.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      He should have brought in Robertson to face Sizemore. But I’m not going to blame him or anything. That’s just what I thought at the time.

  • jay h

    yes, it’s clearly Girardi’s fault. I mean the two baserunners Robertson just allowed in a row would never had gotten if he came in earlier.

    • sangreal

      I’m sure you already know the fallacy you’re invoking

      • jay h

        oh i know. just poking fun at the people who were so quick to blame joe when they don’t know what DRob would have done.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Come back from the dentist to see this bullshit.

    Should have stayed at the dentist.

    • your mom

      Yeah you’re probably better off getting a root canal than watching this shit unfold.

      • Karl Krawfid

        lol

  • jay h

    I just want to say that if there had been no outs that would have been an unassisted triple play

  • Zooboy

    When’s the last time Soriano pitched?

    • http://www.licey.com Angel

      in the KC series

  • Kevin

    How baout having runners on 1st and 3rd no outs and we can’t bring them in.

  • ItsATarp

    our RISP fail was just epically stupid

  • http://www.licey.com Angel

    Why CC have to trow 100pitches every game? why Joe Why Joe¡

    • your mom

      Can’t blame CC. Blame the lame ass offense for choking on a fat dick.

      • your mom

        Tex must’ve heard me.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Mark Teixeira IS NOT clutch

    • rek4gehrig

      Isnt he?

    • http://www.licey.com Angel

      al least CC dont lose de Game, he dind´t deserve to lose

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        You’re right Angel, cause according to Michael Kay if pitchers lose games they’re a bum not matter what, even if you go 7.1 and allow 3 or whatever the fuck it is.

    • Zooboy

      Text message for you…

  • Will

    Only Jesus (Montero) can save us from this shitty offense!

  • Cy Pettitte

    set the MT25 to home run please

    • Cy Pettitte

      YES!

    • Greg

      Setting locked.

  • teddy

    giradri,cc and offensive blew this game, cc needed to lock it down, giradri should pinch hit for gardner.

    and the yankees setup is pathetic

  • Erica

    TEX WILL SHOW ALL Y’ALL

  • Esteban

    Hey Teix sucks, but at least he still does that.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    This is one of those times I’m glad I’m wrong.

  • teddy

    finally teix shows up, get mo up

  • Captain Beatty

    The HR was Giambi like!

  • jay h

    But… I thought Tex sucked in the clutch

  • Mister Delaware

    Best popup ever.

    • Pasqua

      Haha. Very good.

  • IRF

    All or nothing baby

  • Jetrer

    there goes our weak-hitting unclutch first baseman again

  • swishers fauxhawk

    I heard the game was over five minutes ago

    • your mom

      Seemed like it was. But we haven’t won shit yet.

  • Pat D

    Man, Teix sux.

  • Pasqua

    But a single to the opposite field is what he SHOULD have been trying for…

    Am I doing this right?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    There, can we stop whining about Teixeira for a second now?

    The dude has to be one of the most under-appreciated 40 home run hitters ever.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Hey, I thought Tex sucked?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I’d rather have Derrek Lee.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        I’d rather have Nick Johnson.

        /Extreme Sarcasm’d

        • Mister Delaware

          I’d rather have Jason Giambi, but with a better glove.

          • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

            ehh I never liked Giambi.

  • teddy

    what was that between cano and suzuki

  • Kevin

    Tie game..but if we lose..it will be on our RISP FAILURE.

  • a.hinds

    25%

  • -hoss c

    jeter should have squeezed! tex one night too late. need jorge to juice one!!

  • teddy

    good hitting by posada

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    What does it say about our bench that Andruw Jones is pinch running?

    • IRF

      The bench is short because A-rod is out

    • Monteroisdinero

      That Montero and Golson should be on this team?

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

    Pinch running Jones?

  • Cuso

    Hey guys!

    Tex > 2x + y

    where X = Swisher and Y = My stolen car.

    • IRF

      So unwarranted.

      Not to mention that it wasn’t funny.

      • Cuso

        Thats just rude.

        It wasn’t even the tiniest bit funny?

        At all?

        Gimme something!

        • IRF

          How long had you been waiting to say that?

          • Cuso

            i just got back from softball game 20 minutes ago. It was genuinely spontaneous.

            • IRF

              Ok, then a little more props

              • Cuso

                sweet!

                thanks!

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Wow, Andruw Jones is sure a burner….

  • Mojo

    Hey Willie Sweet Dick, remember the occasionally spectacular Carl Crawford? MoFo’s 2-3 with 5 RBIs. So yeah, he still sucks. Oh, and that horrendous “SUX” offense? 11 runs (so far). Just sayin’ . . .

    • nedro

      Dude. I think yer lost.

      • Mojo

        Referring back to an earlier post/poster. I wouldn’t expect you to have followed.

        • nedro

          No, I followed. Just find your comments a little off topic. This is a Yankee game thread.

          • nedro

            And no one called the sux offense “horrendous”. And Crawford has sucked for a good part of the season.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      It’s funny. Imagine the bitching in the game threads if Crawford was putting up his season numbers for the Yanks.

      Crawford, going into tonight was 252/288/384, and you termed that occasionally remarkable.

      Tex meanwhile, is 248/346/512, and gets skewered nightly.

      And let’s make a deal – you don’t put words in my mouth and I won’t put words in your mouth.

      I never said the Sux have a horrendous offense. You did say they have the best offense in baseball, which going into tonight, was a false statement.

      • Mojo

        “Going into tonight”?

    • RayFo

      I bet you’re one of those guys that said the A-Gonz for crap trade was not lopsided because Rizzo is killing it in the minors.

      • Mojo

        Haha. What? AGon is killing it. He’s been doing it essentially all season. I’d say the Sox came out ahead. The Red Sox are masters of the lopsided trade.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Is it just me, or did Nunez upgrade to a tighter helmet recently?

    • Cy Pettitte

      or his head got bigger

      • IRF

        ROIDS!!!

  • Greg

    See Chavez gets in the game.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Chavez will bury his former team right here.

  • teddy

    come on chavez

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

    His helmet didn’t fall off. I want my money back.

  • Mister Delaware

    I WANT PIE!!!

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Let’s blame Girardi some more, since we always do that.

    • John Cerra

      Who is going to catch?

      • Greg

        Martin

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Montero!!! Oh wait…

  • your mom

    I though Cervelli was clutch? Shoulda left him in.

  • Greg

    Oh look, Chavez didnt get the job done

  • Mojo

    Ya know? In all honesty, I would’ve rather had Cervelli up at the plate. He does have an innate tendency to hit in the clutch, or at least that’s how I choose to remember it.

    • Pasqua

      Yes, I think that’s how you choose to remember it; though, I do believe that Cervelli’s RBI:hits ratio is bizarre. This doesn’t mean he’s clutch, merely lucky.

  • John Cerra

    Sorry, somebody told me Martin was hurt.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Mo in tied games….yikes

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      2.4ish in non-save against 2.1ish not a big deal.

  • Greg

    Allen scares me a bit because lefties have hit Mo better this year.

  • nedro

    And Greg to criticize the move in 3…2…1…
    Oh, wait, he only criticizes Girardi AFTER the move proves questionable. Fergot.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Greg is such a rascal.

      • Greg

        Just caught in the emotions of the game, my friend.

    • Greg

      No actually I had no problem with this move. Even before Allen struck out.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    I call Granderson walk off homer.

  • Jetrer

    Jeter hasn’t got pie yet
    I want Jeter to get pie

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    time for some pie

  • Cuso

    Jeter hittin a walk off this inning

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:

    For Michael Kay, de los Santos is the new Brandon League.

  • CBean

    If gritster gets on base, there better be no bunting

  • bonestock94

    Wow, that AB was a horror show.

  • your mom

    3 pitch K. Gross!

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Damnit A-Hole hit another homer in Texas tonight.

    • RayFo

      Good players tend to hit bad pitchers, especially in Texas.

  • teddy

    guy got nasty stuff, bad at bat gardner

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Here comes the walk off homer by Granderson.

  • James A

    I wonder if Ken Singleton knows the news about Mike Flanagan’s, his teammate for 9 years with Baltimore, passing
    I’m guessing know by his tone, but man that would be tough to do get that news while you were doing a game

    • James A

      guessing no by his tone*

      • Pat D

        Mike Flanagan died? Wow. Sorry to hear that.

        • James A

          yea, alot of writers on twitter are saying what a good guy he was
          http://www.wbal.com/absolutenm.....;zoneid=40

          • Pat D

            Yea, just saw it on ESPN’s twitter page. It seems like there might be suspicious circumstances.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    I can see it now: Granderson hits a walk off homerun; Burnett tries to pie Grandy but misses and walks him on four pitches; Girardi takes AJ out then fights him in the clubhouse. Everybody wins.

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

      Comment of the year?

      • nedro

        Close.

        • nedro

          Prettyyyyyyy, prettyyyyyyyy, prettyyyyy pretty close.
          /curb’d

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        It would help balance out all my worst comments of the year.

  • CBean

    Grandypie?

  • Greg

    Nasty stuff.

  • Cy Pettitte

    De los Santos is disgusting

  • your mom

    Another 3 pitch K. Yuck!

  • your mom

    Ok so which Soriano will we be seeing tonight? Pre-injury or post?

  • Cy Pettitte

    set the MT25 to walkoff for next inning please.

  • teddy

    gotta love this awful home ump

  • Karl Krawfid

    Why didn’t Granderson go for that?

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Because he probably wouldn’t have gotten it, and he didn’t want to miss and let the go ahead run score?

      • http://twitter.com/johnSC2000 JohnnyC

        Didn’t matter.

      • Karl Krawfid

        Umm.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Soriano’s got that prayer in his cap that he relies on. Hope it works well now.

    Sizemore for MVP!!

  • your mom

    Like I said before. Fuck Sizemore!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    “The Better Sizemore”

  • http://twitter.com/johnSC2000 JohnnyC

    Sizemore. It’s Scott not Grady, you guys.

  • Pat D

    And the Tigers just gave this guy away?

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    once sizemore leaves yankee stadium he will go 0 for his next 50

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Let’s figure out how to make this Girardi’s fault

    • Jetrer

      he forgot to give the hit with RISP sign

  • Rey22

    Guess we’re back to hating Soriano. Fuck.

  • bonestock94

    wut

  • teddy

    fuck you soriano

  • Cy Pettitte

    Coco Crisp? AGAIN? fuck this game.

  • Greg

    Un believable. He guessed right twice tonight.

    • Jetrer

      don’t have to guess to crush a hanging slider down the middle

  • Captain Beatty

    And that’s the ballgame. Thanks a lot, Girardi. Shouldn’t have even gone to extras if the right moves were made.

    • nedro

      oh, fuck off already

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

      And those would be?

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

        Nevermind, I don’t even feel like going there. Clearly he should have put in someone who was guaranteed to get a hit with RISP or a pitcher who was guaranteed to not give up a run.

        • Matt

          Are you even watching this game?

          He left in Sabathia to face the one hitter in the lineup who has hit him hard all night, with Robertson warmed up in the bullpen ready to go. This same hitter has an OPS in his career that is over .200 points higher against LHP than RHP.

          The goal as a manager is to maximize your chances of winning the game. Girardi, once again, did not do that tonight.

          • Jetrer

            he should have brought in Robertson, but its not like its guaranteed that the Yankees would have won if he did
            Yankees failures in RISP were much bigger issue than any move or non-move by Girardi

            • Matt

              The outcome is irrelevant in this discussion. All that the manager can control is the decision making process, and his job is to put his team in the best position to win the game.

              Whether the pitcher gets it done or not, that’s outside of the manager’s control. If he makes the wrong move that burns him, and an obvious one in this case, then how can you be terribly surprised to see him getting criticized?

              Being lucky is not a good strategy to have as a manager. What happens when that luck runs out?

              • Jetrer

                I’m not at all saying that Girardi doesn’t deserve criticism.
                I’m saying that people saying the Yankees lost the game because of Girardi or that the game would not have gone to extras if the right moves were made is a gross overstatement.

    • Jetrer

      what??

    • ItsATarp

      Nothing Girardi did was wrong. Blame the fucking offense.

  • Esteban

    Are you serious? Coco Crisp? ARGH. I’m going to the gym.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    wow

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fucking embarrassing.

  • CBean

    Well this sucks

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

    Coco fucking crisp??

    good fucking god

  • ItsATarp

    What the fuck is up with the A’s hitter in the past few games? When did they stop sucking

  • Pat D

    Coco Fucking Crisp?????? Just fucking shoot me in the fucking face with a fucking shotgun.

    • Mister Delaware

      - Pat Fucking D

    • Pat D

      Yea, that’s me gloom-bagging for once.

      At least I’m not second guessing anything, but that’s mostly because I’m at work and not seeing this unfold.

    • IRF

      I believe you mean, “just shoot me in the fucking neck with a fucking nailgun

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

    Well that sucks.

  • wow

    offense… im so tired of this team right now.

  • Rockstar4Life

    What is with giving up the long ball to this terrible offensive team?

  • teddy

    i still blame giradri

    • http://twitter.com/johnSC2000 JohnnyC

      Who the fuck is giradri? You keep blaming him.

      • Cuso

        lol. goddamn Garidriar

      • Jorge

        I used to think this was a typo, but he keeps on doing it.

  • Jason

    Wasnt really sorianos fault, didnt look like a bad pitch acctually, idk what to say :-(

    • nedro

      Meh, it hung a little.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Disagree, that’s not where you wanna leave a breaking ball.

      • Jason

        I guess, i saw the replay, well its his fault to let the runners on, if it was a solo we’d still be playing right now

  • flamingo

    I don’t even understand how this is happening.

    WHY, YANKEES, WHY.

  • Frank

    So much for feasting on the hapless A’s.

  • your mom

    FUCK FRUIT LOOPS, FROSTED FLAKES AND COCO CRISP!!!

  • Captain Beatty

    Sox on the road at Texas, we’re at home vs Oakland and the Sox are the ones gaining ground. I have a feeling these two games Girardi cost us are going to come up huge in deciding the division.

    • jay h

      Are you insane?

  • billysbartender

    deflated

  • Cuso

    So much for the home series win streak…

  • Greg

    So while the Red Sox beat up on a pretty good Texas Rangers team, we are struggling with the fucking Oakland A’s.

    • ItsATarp

      It’s like you can’t predict it

      • Greg

        I dont fucking care if you can predict it or not. This should not happen to the Yankees.

        • ItsATarp

          Shit happens.

        • Jorge

          What should not happen to the Yankees? Losing games? How old were you in ’91? Would you have actually remained a fan back then?

          I swear some commenters here deserve a version of “Groundhog Day” where Andy Hawkins starts for the Yankees every day.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Greg’s obsession with the 2011 Red Sox continues…

      • Greg

        Am I wrong? That’s all I hear from the media who I have to listen to in order to be informed.

        • Jetrer

          you don’t need to listen to any media to be informed
          there’s a new invention called the Internet where you can read any information you need and ignore any and all Red Sox references

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          Sorry, I forgot about the limited amount of news resources in this country.

  • teddy

    this what happens when your offensive doesn’t compete

  • Kevin

    Figures..they have less hits then us, but come up in the clutch. Just go for the sweep guys, we deserve to lose!

  • Monteroisdinero

    5 games with the O’s is coming at a good time.

    /hopeful

    • your mom

      3 games at home vs the A’s sounded good at one time. . . . . .

    • http://twitter.com/johnSC2000 JohnnyC

      I hope they can eke out a series win, 3-2.

  • your mom

    Soriano = $30 million+ well spent

  • Greg

    No wonder George left us two years ago, he knew what was coming.

    • ItsATarp

      Wow seriously?

  • Matt

    If anyone tries to say the usual drivel that the A’s “played the Yankees tough tonight,” I might throw up a little in the mouth.

    How are the A’s playing the Yankees tough? 1st and 3rd, 0 outs, and the Yankees didn’t score. Gardner popped out on a 2-0 fastball right down the middle to totally swing that inning back.

    Girardi leaves Sabathia in against the only hitter in the lineup who has hit him hard consistently tonight, and he gets beaten with Robertson sitting in the bullpen. The guy who beat him in his career has a .600 OPS against lefties in over 270 AB, and is crushing lefties this season.

    The Yankees are handing it to them on a silver platter, and they have left a mountain of baserunners on in these last two games. 2 for 10 with RISP tonight, and 1 for 12 last night.

    What a shame. Coming home to face a weak team like Oakland, and they are about to lose the series, and with little credit to the opposing team. They have thrown away so many games like tonight throughout this season, and have wasted the fact that they have been the far superior team to Boston throughout the season.

    • Matt

      .600 OPS against righties that is.

    • Rockstar4Life

      Far superior to Boston? I wouldn’t say that at all. They Red Sox have scored more runs and sport that pretty 10-2 record against the Yankees.

      • ItsATarp

        Talent wise, i’d say it’s about even.

        • Matt

          I would agree with you, but that’s not quite what I’m saying.

          The Yankees have outplayed them on the field all season, but have underachieved record wise due to games like tonight. A ton of these “blow up” type games, in which they waste opportunities all night, and then seem surprised to find that scoring 1 or 2 runs is not enough to win an AL game.

          • ItsATarp

            Not arguing with you there. Not scoring more today was plain painful.

      • Matt

        Yes, far superior to Boston.

        More runs scored? Are you serious? The Yankees have a run differential that suggests they should be 4 games ahead of Boston in the standings right now, and 5 on the loss side.

        The Yankees have outplayed them by 8 games against every other team in the league. If Boston is so much better, as the idiot media people like to say, then why can’t they beat these other teams?

        The head to head is the most overblown thing. 9 of those 12 games came in the beginning of the season, in which the Yankees were beaten injury wise and lost a bunch of close games due to a shorter roster. They were 3 outs away a few weeks ago from taking 2/3 in Fenway Park.

        • Rockstar4Life

          They have a better record and they own the Yankees. So far superior is just pure fanboism. Sure anything can happen in the playoffs, but I still don’t have the confidence the Yankees can beat them in the playoffs.

          Who cares how they’ve played against everyone else. The Yankees have to go through them to get to the World Series, and so far they have shown nothing to say they can do that. CC has been horrid against them but hey if saying the Yankees have been far superior helps you sleep at night, by all means.

          • Matt

            You’ve been listening way too much to the media.

            You can’t use games in May and June as a bench mark of comparison between teams that are playing at completely different levels of performance right now, with different rosters as well. Those games are sunk, and their predictive power is limited.

            What is far more indicative is the fact that they played each other VERY tough in that last series in Fenway Park. The Yankees were 3 outs away from taking a series in their ballpark. Expecting them to go 10-1 or something against them is completely unreasonable. Things don’t even out, that’s not how it works.

            Head to head, these are two VERY evenly matched clubs. However, performance wise this year, it’s not even close. The Yankees have been the far better team, and it’s not an exaggeration, look at the numbers. The irrelevant head to head matchups are the difference in the standings, plus all of the games they keep giving away like tonight.

            I would pit this Yankees team with A-Rod against the Sox in an ALCS every day. Some of you people are incapable of looking at things objectively.

          • Matt

            Also, even with the Red Sox ahead of the Yankees in the standings right now, Cool Standings predicts them to finish in 2nd place because of their tougher schedule, and the Yankees better overall level of performance.

        • thumbs

          Well, the 1978 Red Sox were probably a superior team to the Yankees, and if Dents HR were just a few feet lower ….

          it is what it is

    • tom

      Frequently don’t agree with you, but tonight I do.

      It’s almost the end of August, and the Yankees haven’t figured out how to stop losing bleeders like this. Mid-season, you could say it’ll even out (as general stats say it will). But you’re correct: their run differential says they should be significantly ahead of the Red Sox — the best team in baseball, in fact — but a ludicrously high number of games that feel thrown away have left them dead even in the AL East at best. (Even after tonight, they’re even in the loss column) The pathetic thing: all the pundits who proclaimed the Sox the class of the division in March will, if the Yanks end up in second, think it’s talent winning out in the end. But it wouldn’t be.

      Also…I think alot of the abuse thrown at Girardi is unjustified, or at best overly self-righteous (for the record, I didn’t think the bunt last night was SO FUCKING STUPID ONLY THE MORON OF THE WORLD WOULD DO IT; I know alot of people disdain the bunt almost entirely, but setting up a situation where your two — or maybe three — best lefties would face a right-handed reliever needing only a single to tie seemed at least marginally defensible to me). However…I don’t understand why, with CC especially, but with Colon last night, too, he insists on extending starters to the point where the reliever coming in has to be perfect to avoid letting runs score. Yeah, Robertson put two guys on…but the A’s only scored because CC had put two on before him. One, I can see. That late, in a tight game, go with the glorious bullpen earlier.

      • Matt

        That’s what’s really frustrating about this team. They just can’t seem to shut it down when things start to snowball.

        People say that it’s unfair to compare them to 2009, but why is that the case? Talent wise, these teams aren’t that dissimilar. Both teams had deep lineups, great bullpens, and inconsistency behind Sabathia in the rotation. The difference is entirely in the games like tonight, games that you feel that the 2009 team rarely lost, and that the 2011 version seems to cough up at an alarming frequency. Of course, that ability to not make mistakes in key moments is the hallmark of any championship caliber club, and this team is not quite at that level right now.

        With how many games this year’s team has flat out blown, they could easily be 7 or 8 games ahead of Boston in the standings right now. They’ve been that much better than the Red Sox this year, and that’s even with all of the injuries.

        • Jetrer

          have the Red Sox not blown any games this year?

          • Matt

            Actually, other than the game against KC this weekend, they haven’t really imploded in that many games since the beginning of the season.

            It’s hard to say that you blew a game when you came back to tie it up and never had a lead to begin with. The Yankees have been blowing a freakishly large number of games this year for a team of this caliber, and sometimes in dramatic fashion.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yeah that’s the Tex I know.

  • Rockstar4Life

    So the Yankees get the weak hitting A’s at home, while the Red Sox traveled to Texas and faced a team they have struggled with, especially in Texas. Just goes to show how unpredictable baseball is.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fucking Cano walking out of the god damn box.

    Fuck this team.

  • Jimm

    Why couldn’t Mo had stayed in for the 10th?

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

    Swisher is straight fucking shit up.

  • CBean

    I love you Nick Swisher

  • Captain Beatty

    Swisher just padding his stats in a sure loss. That’s what he does best.

    • Jorge

      Go ahead and put down a player trying to get his team back into the game. Amazing.

      • Pasqua

        For two consecutive games, no less.

    • Jetrer

      so he should not hit when they are trailing
      just pack it in and give up
      Thats no way to get pie

    • Pasqua

      Now, what if Swisher’s hoemrun had been followed by a “bloop and a blast” (to borrow from Sterling) and the game had been tied? Would Swisher’s HR still merely have been “stat padding”? The context of the homerun would have remained the same. So, I guess it would have been stat padding, according to your logic. So…would you have typed that comment if the game had been tied following Swisher’s homer? I’m willing to bet you wouldn’t have.

      • tom

        Posada’s home run last night a perfect example. If Swish’s ball eludes the outfielder’s glove last night, Posada’s seemingly meaningless homer becomes a key part of an extraordinary comeback.

        Alot of people seem to have forgotten it ain’t over till it’s over.

    • The Mick

      So he was supposed to strike out or something to pacify your sulking?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Yeah, I think Swisher’s got Bailey’s number.

  • tom

    24 hours late, Nick

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Now he hits the homer…

  • ItsATarp

    Well Arod is back (again) soon. Maybe he can hit with RISP

    • your mom

      Doubt it.

  • Pasqua

    And the division lead changes hands for what feels like the 300th time this season…

  • Kevin

    Too little too late NIck, We just lost a series to Oakland. What a joke!

  • your mom

    Anyone want to jump off the ledge with me?

  • your mom

    If we get swept I will commit seppuku.

  • Cuso

    Esteban?

    What am I thinking of?

    (hint: it rhymes with fat adding)

  • Pasqua

    I suppose Swisher should have just left the bat on his shoulder and taken three strikes? Damned if you do, damned if you don’t, when it comes to some of this fanbase.

    • Cuso

      No.

      It’s fine. He’s obviously allowed to go yard there.

      I just make it my business that when people praise him as a 29HR, 90RBI guy, to point out exactly WHEN he accumulates those stats.

      My dislike of him is directly proportiionate to the over-zealous Swisher-lovers that think he’s such a great player.

      He’s an OK player and fails quite often in pressure ABs.

      /keepinitreal’d

      • Jetrer

        he’s a well above average player who fails quite often in pressure ABs
        BTW, all hitters fail quite often in pressure AB’s, but Swish does seem to fail more than average in those spots

      • Pasqua

        This “stat padding” argument is infuriating to me. I pose the same question to you as I did to The Cap’n up above:

        If Swisher’s hoemrun had been followed by a “bloop and a blast” (to borrow from Sterling) and the game had been tied, would Swisher’s HR still merely have been “stat padding”? The context of the homerun would have remained the same. So, I guess it would have been stat padding, according to your logic. How, in that case, would you defend the idea that his stats are “accumulated” dubiously?

        You certainly don’t need to love Nick Swisher, but the offensive production is what it is. When you try to argue that he doesn’t do it “when it counts” your argument suffers.

        • Cuso

          Lol, nice try, but my argument doesn’t suffer.

          It may indeed be infuriating, but the truth sometimes can.

          Your attempt to discredit my argument was through means of making Swisher’s at-bat retroactively “clutch” “if” guys do something of import following him up.

          If you’re down 3 runs with 2 outs and noone on in an August game against the A’s, it’s not a clutch AB. Period.

          But please. Be my guest and go look at Swish’s playoff performance the last two years.

          There are certainly arguments to be had for ‘your side of the fence’ with regard to Swisher.

          Howver, your claim that my argument ‘suffers’ and to back it up with faulty logic is pretty laughable in and of itself.

          • Pasqua

            It’s not laughable it’s fucking true. And it’s true because what you’re essentially arguing is that a professional baseball player should be judged by production that is arbitralily assigned a level of importance (by you, no less). Had the result that followed Swisher’s HR changed…i.e., the Yanks won / tied the game in (admittedly) dramatic fashion, would you still criticize his HR as stat padding? As I said before, the context of HIS homerun would not change, only the result, which he does not control (and, if anything, helped to create). You’re trying to have your cake and it eat it too by diminishing what he did in that at-bat in order to substatntiate your own opinion of Swisher (which, of course, you are entitled to have). That’s not “keeping it real,” that’s keeping it one-sided. So, yes, I maintain that your argument suffers when it is dependent on a variable that you apply as you see fit.

          • Pasqua

            And a follow-up: I’m not making Swisher’s at-bat retroactively “clutch” insomuch as I don’t believe in the concept of “clutch.” My point in that scenario is that, to dismiss the HR as stat-padding, is a flawed argument because there is no guarantee as to what will happen following that at-bat. Was it likely that they would still lose? Absolutely. But to argue that hitting a HR in that situation is reflective of a player’s ability / make-up strikes me as the argument of someone who will make a case against that player no matter what.

            And, lastly, you urge me to look at Swisher’s performance in the playoffs. Yeah…not so good. But if RAB has taught us anything, it’s to beware of sample size. I have cursed at Swisher many-a-time over the last two postseasons, but I would never dismiss his offensive production because of the context in which he produces.

      • Mister Delaware

        You’re just padding your stupid post total after the game is over.

  • Greg

    The goal for the Yankees every year is to be the best team in baseball. This is not the best team in baseball. Therefore the season is a failure.

    And for those saying that that the playoffs are about luck, we haven’t gotten lucky all year. WHat makes you think we’ll get lucky in October?

    • ItsATarp

      Because Luck is something that is cumulative right?

      Also the goal is to win the WS. The Giants were not the best team in the league last year…like never…they barely made it into the postseason. Yet they won the WS.

      • Greg

        If this Yankee team ends up winning the WS, I will be stunned beyond belief.

        • ItsATarp

          Really? So you think the 3rd best record in MLB and pretty much match the sox talent wise, is a long shot to win the WS?

          • Greg

            I just dont see that attitude from them that I saw in the second half of 2009. Unfairly compoared or not, I want to see that swagger and fire more from this team.

            • Pasqua

              “Swagger and fire” are meaningless terms, Greg. They won a shitload of games late (and dramatically), not because they willed themselves to do it with piss and vinegar, but because talent and luck merged beautifully (and freaksishly often). The talent is still there, you just can’t count on the luck. That’s the difference.

    • Pasqua

      Greg, don’t go talking crazy again. Take some deep breaths before you type. It’ll help.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      You’re fucking joking right?

      The goal for the Yankees is to win the World Series. The World Series hasn’t been decided yet. So drink some warm milk or something and stop whining.

      • Greg

        Fine. But still we have to experience these shitty games.

    • Jorge

      Again, what exactly were you doing in 1991, because you couldn’t have possibly been rooting for the New York Yankees back then.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      The goal is to win the WS. Would you be happy if the Yankees had a 2006 Cardinals season, where they were never the best team, but still won the WS?

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    The Yankees are now the worst team in baseball because they lost to Oakland at home two straight games.

    /ESPN’d

    • Jorge

      The Yankees have won 27 championships in their history, which means about 80-something seasons have been complete failures. It’s also all Giradri’s fault.

      /Greg’d
      /Teddy’d

      • Greg

        What I would say is that people dont respect us for all the championships we’ve won.

        • Jorge

          You’ve won championships, Greg? Or is what you’re trying to say is that people don’t respect the Yankees, a team you seem to have little respect for in your posts.

          • Greg

            I feel that as fans, we are part of the organization. We pay alot of their bills. Therefore we should strive for excellence.

            • Jorge

              How many games have you been to this year, Greg? I don’t think the amount of money you’ve put into the team this year would be enough to pay for trimming one hair follicle off John Sterling’s head.

              • Jorge

                Also, how old were you in ’91? How did you cope with being a fan of a last place team? I’m dying to know.

                • Greg

                  I was 3 years old in 1991. I officially became a fan in 2005

                  • Jorge

                    Thank you. I will now ignore anything you have to say about this team from here on out.

                    • Greg

                      Why? just because I haven’t been a fan as long as you doesn’t mean I dont know the history of the team.

                      I know we were down in the early 90’s

                    • Greg

                      And I have experienced losing before. I became a Jets fan in 2004.

                    • Pat D

                      I stopped rooting for the team in the early 90’s.

                      That’s because they traded Winfield, and my 9-year old head couldn’t deal with that fact. I came back once he won the WS with Toronto.

                    • Mister Delaware

                      I was a Mets fan until I was 10 and they traded Dykstra. I was at little league practice and my friend rode his bike to the field to tell me and it was like the worst moment of my life. Basically, at 10, I was present day Greg, except even then I didn’t cry, I just got really angry.

                    • Greg

                      MisterDelaware

                      Well, perhaps sicne I got into sports later in my life, I’ve got to be a bit more hardened.

                    • Mister Delaware

                      No, because you’re 22 or 23 years old, you’ve got to be a bit more hardened.

                • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

                  I’m 18, i’ve been a lifelong fan, and I’ve been watching the games since 2000. They were the first team I watched and I loved the pinstriped uniforms.

            • Rainbow Connection

              All tax payers pay their bills, whether they are fans or not.

          • Greg

            And the media doesnt respect the Yankees, so therefore the media doesnt respect us.

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

              Who gives a fuck?

              • Pat D

                This.

                The media is full of pompous, blowhard idiots.

                • Greg

                  I know. I just get really emotional. That’s all.

                  • Pat D

                    For your own good, you need to get over that. I know it sucks, but you’re in your 20’s now. That’s when you’ve got to become an adult about these trivial things.

                    I’m saying this for your own well-being.

          • Greg

            I know it seems that I’m being chilidsh, but its how I feel. I just feel attached to this team, so that when they fail, it feels like I have failed.

            • tom

              May I suggest a shrink? Bceause no one here can help with that.

              • Mister Delaware

                Seriously. Even when I fail, I rarely get all whiny like this.

                • Greg

                  Usually I feel bad for a few hours and then I’m fine.

                  • Greg

                    Make that 10 minutes.

              • FIPster Doofus

                This dude has to be trolling. There’s no other explanation.

        • tom

          Of course not. They resent it. You would too, if you were a fan of some other team, watching one franchise dominate like that. Domination doesn’t breed love.

          You really need to stop caring what nameless people say.

  • Jorge

    I don’t mind losing games like last night’s, where a valiant effort on the team’s part comes short. This? Drives me up the damn wall.

    I wish teams would learn their lesson as to giving multi-year deals to guys like Rafael Soriano, but they won’t.

  • Wow

    So frustrated with this team…

  • Kiko Jones

    Not gonna blame Soriano when stranded runners continually keep biting the Yankees on the butt. Also, this is not the time of the year to be losing series to last place teams.

    Not on the ledge, I’m enjoying the team and appreciate how they’ve been in the thick of first place this season, but anyone that feels confident about the Yankees obtaining the ultimate goal is too much of an optimist. They might be able to overcome Detroit, but Texas and Boston? Doubt it.
    Anyway, it’s still late August, so I’ll continue enjoying the team but I doubt there will be much baseball in October up in The Bronx.

    • FIPster Doofus

      “Not on the ledge”

      “I doubt there will be much baseball in October up in The Bronx.”

      Pick a side and go with it.

      • Kiko Jones

        I’ve already picked a side, it’s called “Yankee fan who wholeheartedly supports the team but is pragmatic and doesn’t drink the Kool-Aid.”

        • Mister Delaware

          There is absolutely nothing pragmatic about writing off one of the five teams that has already almost virtually assured themselves of a playoff spot.

          • Kiko Jones

            Do you honestly believe the Yankees can get past achieving a playoff spot? Does this team inspire that kind of confidence? I’d like to see it happen and would celebrate it wholeheartedly but I’m not setting myself up for heartbreak. “Hope for the best, plan for the worst”, I think people call it.

            • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

              You’re basing way too much on 2 losses. They were bad losses, but you’re still basing too much on them.

              • Kiko Jones

                Not basing it on 2 losses, more like a staggering amount of stranded runners across the season most of which in games where they could’ve been the difference; a starting rotation riddled w/ question marks when it comes to the postseason; and playoffs where the team would be at a seeming disadvantage vs 2 of the other 3 teams (one which has currently a 10-2 record vs the Yankees). But maybe I’m wrong about all this. I hope I am. And will rejoice if that’s the case.

                • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

                  The same can be said for Boston, too.

                  Their starting pitching is just as questionable as the Yankees, if not more so. They don’t have anyone reliable behind Beckett and Lester. Also, the injuries have to be a concern. How will Youk rebound? What about Ortiz? All teams have their problems, and there is plenty of time before the playoffs for the Yankees to fix theirs.

        • FIPster Doofus

          Well, one minute you’re supposedly not on the ledge; the next you’re making ledge-type statements about the team being a quick out in the playoffs.

          FWIW, dating back to the preseason, at no point have I expected this Yankees team to get beyond the ALCS. That continues to be my side. I hope they prove me wrong, obviously.

          • Kiko Jones

            The ledge is for those who think the Yankees are done and will be overcome by the Rays or a similar scenario.

            And btw, neither one of us believes the team will reach the ultimate goal but I’m on the ledge and you’re not. Uh huh, OK.

            • FIPster Doofus

              There’s a difference. I’m not writing the team off. You seem to be, judging by some of the statements you made above. You’re not the pragmatist you’re painting yourself as.

              • Kiko Jones

                We’re making basically the same statement; we’re both “writing them off” at the same time: in the post season. How am I on the ledge and you’re the sound thinker? Ugh.

                • FIPster Doofus

                  After rereading your posts, I guess it was unwarranted to give you a hard time. We pretty much agree. Sorry about that.

    • Jetrer

      Oakland isn’t a last place team

      • Kiko Jones

        My apologies. OAK is not a last place team, just a next to last place team 14 games out.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      I blame Soriano. He gave up the game winning 3 run homer to COCO CRISP. That’s a major fail on his part.

      • Kiko Jones

        Not excusing Soriano’s screw up but if they don’t strand runners, as they’ve been doing generously, it doesn’t have to come to that. Mo would’ve wrapped it up. Game over.

  • Accent Shallow

    Losing to Sizemore and Crisp kinda stings.

  • Kevin

    Sorry, games like tonight show a preview of the post season. We are unclutch with RISP and give up a three run homer to Coco Crisp?! What a joke!

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Yes, Coco Crisp will be in the postseason.

      • Kiko Jones

        Of course not. There will even better players than Crisp in the post-season. Yikes!

    • Esteban

      A JOKE!!!!

  • Kiko Jones

    *be

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fuck it, A-Rod is my favorite player, but I’m blaming his ass.

    Got the team all amped up by returning, then the idiot hurts his thumb.

  • Ethan

    Wow this game sounded absolutely painful. Kind of glad I wasn’t watching this one. Rough loss.

  • Rainbow Connection

    I knew the game would suck, so I went out for the night.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Will tomorrow’s game suck?

  • whitey

    Had a chance for the knockout blow in the 7th

  • Kevin

    This game is NOT on CC. It’s on the offense who had runners on first and third no outs and oculdn’t score. The game NEVER should have gone to extra innings.

    • Kiko Jones

      An effusive +1 on this one.

  • Oscar Gamble’s Fro

    Greg is fucking with all of you. It is hilarious to watch. There is no way that person is real. None.

    • Greg

      I am real. Just immature for my age.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I’ve come to the same conclusion.