Aug
28

Game 130: After Irene

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Hurricane Irene passed through Baltimore and NYC already, which is pretty nuts since the original forecasts said it would be a 30-hour event around here. I got off lucky, no power outage, nothing like that. If I hadn’t known any better, I would have thought it was just a thunderstorm. Like I said though, I got off lucky. There’s a lot of people that didn’t and are without power or have flooded basements or worse. Win it for them, Yanks. Here’s the starting nine…

Derek Jeter, DH
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Andruw Jones, LF
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Frankie Cervelli, C

Bartolo Colon, SP

The game starts at 1:35pm ET and can be seen on YES. If you’re going to listen on the radio, tune into WFAN 660, not the usual WCBS 880. WCBS is covering the hurricane.

Categories : Game Threads
  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    Damn, WFAN’s signal is 10 times clearer than WCBS. Sterling sounds like he’s sitting right next to me.

    That also means I get every lovely nuance of the dulce tones of Suzyn Waldman. Wooo-hooo!

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

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-yo.....ter-boston

    5 man rotation after Thursday. Bye-bye AJ.

    • Roland Deschain

      Oh god, Burnett at Boston. Why can’t they bring someone up to pitch that game? He can’t possibly be any worse.

      • Greg

        Throwing a rookie against the Red Sox might damage their psyche a bit, which could decrease their development.

        • Roland Deschain

          You just tell the kid give us anything better than what Burnett would have. If he gives up 5 runs in 5 innings that’s a success. AJ won’t last 3 innings against that offense.

      • Cy Pettitte

        give Brackman the start (semi-serious)

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

          I’ll give you Noesi, but that’s it.

  • Greg

    Going 2-4 against the A’s and O’s so far is very disconcerting. Let’s see if they pick it up today.

    • Greg

      sorry 1-3

    • bonestock94

      Amazing teams lose 62 games. I’m more worried about Colon and Garcia playing like people thought they would.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Toronto getting hammered this week-end.

    It’ll happen at some point, but as of right now, the Rays are the un-perishable virus. They wouldn’t matter nearly as much if there weren’t so many head-to-heads left against them this season. As it is, going 19-9 in their past 28 has saved their season.

    • bonestock94

      I forgot they existed

  • Pat D

    Sadly I have to go to work at 4. We just didn’t get enough damaging stuff around here. I feel let down by nature once again.

  • CBean

    Ditto here about how if I hadn’t known, I would have assumed this was just a bad rainstorm. Got off lucky. A few friends and family have no power and/or water.

  • Rainbow Connection

    It wasn’t even a bad rainstorm. It rained mildly off and on for a while. Zero damage in my ‘hood.

    • aRX

      My mom called me up in a panic after watching the initial reports, wchich promised nothing short of a raging vortex of death straight out of the Book of Revelation. I told her “you live on the 4th floor of an apt building, far inland. It’s gonna rain. And it’ll be a little windy. Don’t be like the other idiots in your neighborhood buying generators and $100 worth of…meat…”

      Don’t get me wrong, it sucked if you were on the coast, or further south, but other than that? They hyped this thing as being far worse than it was, and while I understand they’d rather warn ppl too much rather than not enough, I don’t think that was very responsible.

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

      One of the most over hyped non-events in NY weather history.

      I don’t feel lucky, I feel duped.

      • Rainbow Connection

        I didn’t even hear wind!

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

    I’ve always thought of the RAB audience to be a notch above the average Yankee fan, so answer this question.

    Why would Bud Selig nix the idea of the Yanks and O’s playing the Saturday make up game when the Orioles next play at the stadium, and give Baltimore the home team’s share of the gate? Why would the Commissioner’s office have a problem with that?

    (Hint, it’s very easy)

    • Adam

      Well, Granderson brought this up, that an extra home game could be considered an unfair advantage for the Yankees. I think that is semi-legit, but also not the end of the world.

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

        Put another way, think of the Red Sox making a similar arrangement, do you think the Yanks might have a teeny weeny problem with it?

        • Nuke LaDoosh

          of course. that’s probably why none of us “smarter than the average bear Yankee fans” are suggesting it. why are you patronizing us?

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

            If you get it, then I obviously wasn’t aiming that comment at you.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        What about a DH at YS3 on labor day and then a game in Baltimore on Sept 7? That way, the Orioles can get their night game, and the Yankees get their off day.

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

          If I had tickets to either of those games, I would absolutely hate that idea.

          Oh wait, I do.

          • YankeeJosh

            When does MLB ever care about the fans though? That seems like the fairest solution to both teams imo.

  • Adam

    Ahh MASN…the pre-game show guy just said that Britton should throw at the first Yankee batter to send a message.

    • Adam

      Given his last start against the Yanks.

      • Roland Deschain

        Colon should throw at one of their guys first for their refusal to be flexible on the scheduling. Send a message to their terrible organization. And they used the Flanigan tragedy as an excuse.

    • Rainbow Connection

      He should throw at Granderson for whining.

  • Zach

    The Rays worry me the most. If we keep losing games we should have won and end up on a losing streak while they keep winning…kiss the wild card goodbye.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      The Rays are 7 back in the WC. They. Are. Not. Going. Anywhere.

    • Greg

      Its possible but its highly unlikely

    • Kramerica Industries

      That’s ludicrous. Two weeks ago was a big series, and even in the two weeks since the first game of that series, the Rays have only picked up 1/2 a game.

      They’ve won 19 of 28. They won’t continue to play that well. The only way they factor into worry is if they are within striking distance in the final 10 games of the season. Especially because they play their friggen binky between the two series against the Yankees.

    • Roland Deschain

      So if they went 19-9 again and we went 14-14 they’d still be 3 back in the loss column and they would basically only have 3 games left. If it was July, yes they’d be alive but there’s just not enough time anymore.

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

      You remind me of the people that thought the Red Sox were going to catch the Yankees last year.

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    Watching on MLB Extra Innings. Right now, the schedule that they show on the channels does not show televising the night game. I hope that is just because they haven’t updated it yet. I hope it isn’t an ESPN “blackout”.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      My money is on it being blacked out. The Rangers play night games on Sunday during the Summer and they never show those on MLB Extra Innings. But, I’m sure there’s a link on the internet that you can find to listen to Suzyn and John, Joy.

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

        The Yankees said both games will be on YES and WFAN 660.

  • Mickey Scheister

    They should’ve started Martin for game one and called up Montero for game 2.

  • Cy Pettitte

    stuck with the MASN feed today, ugh.

    /firstworldproblems

    • Greg

      I like Gary Thorne.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        “HANG ON TO THE ROOF!!!”

    • Nuke LaDoosh

      they’re ok – there is far worse on other teams.

      • Chip

        They’re pretty bad today, they’re basically telling everybody that Showalter is the man and no matter what he says, it’s right

  • Kramerica Industries

    Is Toronto even trying to win today?

    Jesus, this like what the Yankees do against the Red Sox. Roll over and friggen die.

    • Rainbow Connection

      Well, at least CC does that.

  • V

    I need a QS and W from Bartolo to have a chance at sneaking into the playoffs as the 8 seed in a 20 teamer… let’s go big boy!!!

  • Greg

    If Britton’s getting that call, we’re in trouble.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Tex says “fuck yo shift”

  • Cy Pettitte

    Teix goes the other way with authority. #nicepieceofhitting

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

    Colon’s 2 seamer moving beatifully. Should be a good day.

    • Nuke LaDoosh

      it is good when Colon is Moving

  • Greg

    Umpire has been friendly to both pitchers so far.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Bartolo should wreck the lefties today if he’s getting that call

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

    I hope Nova likes pitching from a collapsed mound

  • Cy Pettitte

    has there ever been an MVP winner with a sub .250 batting average? lol

  • Nico

    Is Colon throwing the 2-seamer? Mlb.com says he’s only throwing a straight fastball and a slider. If that’s true the Yankees are in trouble..

  • Esteban

    Pretty wide strikezone so far.

    • Greg

      Kenny said that Hirschbeck is usually a pitcher’s umpire

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    3-0 auto strike

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Man I hate the automatic strike call on 3-0

  • Whatev

    ESPN is showing ball 4 to Swisher as a strike down the middle…what’s up with this zone?

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Don’t trust ESPN.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    cmon Yanks…you owned this guy last time he pitched….

    • Greg

      He actually has pitched pretty well since that owning.

      • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

        against Minnesota yes, the Royals rocked him too

  • Will

    Britton losing a bit of control here. Come on Yanks don’t help him out. MAKE HIM PAY!

  • Cy Pettitte

    this strike zone is fucking hilarious

    • Greg

      Hirschbeck is a pitcher’s umpire as previously noted.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Jesus Christ that strike zone.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Hirschbeck clearly trying to speed things along with a second game scheduled tonight.

  • Cy Pettitte

    how is it disrespectful to Flanagan to play a double header? makes no sense to me…

    seems like Buck being Buck.

    • Adam

      So dumb. The MASN crew were just killing Girardi. Gary Thorne claimed he has been “chirping” all weekend, and was wondering why Joe didn’t pay his condolences to Showalter.

      • Cy Pettitte

        yea, I’m watching MASN too. I think it’s funny that they think Girardi should be so friendly with Buck after Buck ripped the Yankees (and the Sox) in those interviews before the season started.

    • Will

      This. Get over it.

      I used to actually like Buck Showalter but since he has taken over as the Orioles manager he’s really pissing me off. He manages with a chip on his shoulders, makes insulting/outlandish statements, and is really disrespectful in general. Show some class Buck, you fuck.

      • Adam

        The worst part is, that by bringing up the Flanagan situation in regards to this situation, the O’s front office and commentators are actually the ones being rather disrespectful by linking to something that had nothing to do with the tragedy.

        • Cy Pettitte

          agreed, they should have just been honest and sai they didn’t want to lose the gate. dragging him into this to create outrage seems more disrespectful than playing a doubleheader.

      • MikeD

        Buck has always managed with a chip on his shoulder. It’s Buck.

        As for the game, it is all about the money and as annoying as it is for the Yankees, it’s understandable from the Orioles side. Crowd is low today and would be low again tomorrow. A lot of Yankee fans who normally would come down have stayed away.

        Yet what’s annoying is the Orioles are some how accusing the Yankees of being disrespectful to Mike Flanagan’s suicide. They are the ones who are using the name of Flanagan, not the Yankees, for public relations purposes. Shameful. It is about the gate and the Orioles should be honest about it.

  • Will

    Wow. I’m going to grow a lot of white hairs today if that’s going to be the strikezone.

  • Roland Deschain

    The hitters will have to adjust. Don’t just keep sitting there and taking those close pitches. Colon should get the same calls and this will benefit him.

  • Greg

    There’s another inside corner strike

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Andruw makes the most awkward looking catches ever…

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Phew, no homer.

  • Chip

    Gardner catches that

    • Greg

      So? Gardner’s also in a terrible slump.

      • Chip

        I’m not saying he should be playing, if anybody needed a day off it’s him. It’s just that most people don’t understand how great a defender he is that he makes plays that other left fielders don’t even consider going for.

        • Greg

          OK. Sorry about that.

  • Will

    Mark Reynolds, Yankee killer.

  • Cy Pettitte

    good thing that stayed in the park

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Derek Jeter, 2 run Dinger!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Oh crap

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Oh crap….

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Please be OK Jeter

  • Chip

    Seriously, the O’s guys are saying that inside pitch should be a strike right after they showed it being WELL inside

  • Greg

    Well he’s not playing tonight

  • Karl Krawfid

    Look like it got him on the quad

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Oh come on Frankie

  • Cy Pettitte

    fuck, come on that sucks.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Geez cervelli…

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Damn you Cervelli and your lack of speed.

  • Greg

    Cant blame Cervelli. Couldnt be sure that Markakis couldnt catch that.

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

    That sucks. Almost a no-win situation for Frankie.

  • StanfordBen

    Since Cervelli was halfway, it seems like he was going to be out no matter what happened. Shouldn’t he at least have gambled in one direction or another to give himself a shot at being safe?

    • Greg

      Well if Markakis does catch that, then everyone on here would complainig about the DP. Mike was right, it was a no-wi situation.

      • Jobu Bobu

        I think his point is that he should have either been closer to 1st, or on 2nd, not in between.

      • Chip

        If he does anything except short-hop the ball, which is a HUGE risk of giving up a big play, then Cervelli would have been fine. If he dives and catches it, he has time to get back. If he pulls up and plays it, he has time to get to second. I just tip my hat to Markakis on that one

        • Greg

          Agreed.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    God, is it just gonna be one of those days?

    /Flaherty’d

  • Greg

    There’s that low inside strike for Britton. Colon is getting the mid inside strike on lefties.

  • Will

    Zach Britton picked the perfect day to pitch well. Fuck da O’s!

  • bonestock94

    Damn you blackout rules for subjecting me to these horrendous homer announcers

  • wow

    let’s get back at it. they are hitting him too hard to not be scoring some runs.

  • Adam

    Wow, incredible to think that Verlander lost 17 games just a few seasons ago…

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      He lost 17 games? He must be the worst pitcher in the game.

      /Kay’d

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    My God, Hardy has 25 homers? Didn’t he miss a month early in the year?

    • mbonzo

      Yup, he’s damn good.

    • bonestock94

      The Twins are dumb

      • Cuso

        The Brewers too

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Does anyone know the answer to the trivia question w/o looking online?

  • woodchuuk

    anyone else seeing how low colon’s arm angle is right now? seems like it’s dropped considerably.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    What did the Twins get for Hardy?

    • Cy Pettitte

      “On December 9, 2010, Hardy was acquired by the Orioles from the Twins, along with utility infielder Brendan Harris and $500,000, for minor league pitchers Brett Jacobson and Jim Hoey.”

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        Whoops.

        Bill Smith has to be one of the bottom 5 GMs in baseball, no?

        • Will

          Yup. Trading an ace for spare parts, $180 million extension for a player with no power who plays an injury prone position, trading a banged up/recouperating all star shortstop for scraps, and trading a serviceable catching prospect for a reliever with no track record and poor periphials. That pretty much screams horrible GM.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson, ouch.
      http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=5902767

    • mbonzo

      Crap.

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

      If the Twins would have never hired Bill Smith and left the GMs job vacant, the team would be much better off than they are today. He’s probably had 3 bad moves for every 1 good one.

  • Will

    Wow. Zach Britton. Wow.

  • Greg

    Good strikezone combined with confidence after last start against the Twins for Britton.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Why do you always talk about things that don’t matter, like momentum and confidence?

      • Greg

        For a young pitcher, confidence is a huge factor.

        • Chip

          It also helps that he has a crazy good change-up

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          Forget it.

  • Brian S.

    Zach Britton? Really?

    • bonestock94

      He is/was a good prospect, a rough patch in his rookie year doesn’t change that.

  • Chip

    That is one of the furthest shattered bat shots I’ve ever seen

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      My all time favorite is Frank Thomas shattering his bat and still hitting a homerun at Rogers Center.

  • Chip

    You know, I’ve always wondered how long it’s going to be until Cervelli takes one right in the crotch with the low Tony Pena stance he gets in

  • Will

    Generous strikezone. Correction. That’s why our hitters look confused. They force themselves to expand the zone out of fear of being called out on a generous strikezone call. Bad Umpiring = story of our year.

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

      Are you complaining when Colon is getting those calls?

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Can anyone guess the 8 Oriole Nuggets?

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Jones, Markakis, Britton, Jim Johnson, Wieters, Hardy, Reynolds

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        And?

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          Probably Matusz if he stops sucking.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Is Big Bad Bart back?

    • Jimmy McNulty

      It’s only been four frames and it’s the Orioles, too early to say either way.

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

    Just looking at the 2012 FA list

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....gents.html

    Any trade candidates? Looks like another quiet winter to me.

    • Greg

      Notice a ton of 30+ year olds on that list.

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

        Yeah, very uninspiring unless you love CJ Wilson for some reason. Yanks biggest move will be reworking CCs deal.

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

      BTW-2013 looks much better with Cain, Hamels, Haren, Marcum, Sanchez and Shields. Next year should have a busy trade deadline.

      • Will

        Odds are most of those guys get extended. Pitching is getting harder and harder to find.

        • Greg

          Which is why it is imperative to the Yankes that they develop top line starting pitching.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          The Rays won’t be able to afford Shields. I’d be surprised if we don’t go after him.

          • Jimmy McNulty

            He’d be an awful fit for the stadium. He’ll get paid too much for the numbers that he’d put up at the stadium.

            • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

              He pitched well at YS3 this year.

              • Jimmy McNulty

                What? Three starts? How’d he do last year?

                • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

                  Shields has become a good pitcher. He’s also pitched well against the Red Sox in Fenway.

                  • Jimmy McNulty

                    He always has been a good pitcher, he’s had pretty good xFIPs for quite sometime, always had low walks and a good amount of Ks. He’s 30 so it’s natural for him to peak this year, but it’s not like he’s having a revelation this year or anything. Peripherals are about the same as last year, and he’s doing what he always does.

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

            Cashman (unfortunately) doesn’t seem to love pitchers like him that don’t throw overly hard, and there’s zero chance he gets traded in division. I love Shields, but I don’t see it unless he goes FA.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Cain, Hamels, Haren, and Marcum all stay.

        • Jimmy McNulty

          Cain and Haren for sure, do the Phillies really want to have 60M locked up in three pitchers? Especially in addition to what they’re paying Howard and what they’ll need to pay Victorino?

          • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

            I wouldn’t bet my money against it. Besides, by that time Halladay and Lee will be two years older and may be not as great as they are right now.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Yeah, those are the most likely trade candidates. Peavy will most likely be dealt, 22M option and a 4M buyout. If the Brewers are unable to extend Fielder (which they likely will be) they may just go ahead and deal Greinke and/or Marcum. You also never know who will re-assess their place in their division and decide to go ahead and deal a good player.

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

          One thing, the ROYALS have said that they’ll be willing to deal prospects for a front line pitcher. It will be tough to compete with the type of package they can put together. Yank have a good system, but the Royals are stacked.

          • Jimmy McNulty

            Yeah, Mike Montgomery didn’t go the way they wanted him to go this year. I guess they aren’t as confident in a few of their pitching prospects as they’d like to be. Can’t imagine who they’d acquire. It’d need to be someone that’s under control for a couple of years.

    • MikeD

      Considering the collapse of AJ and both Colon and Garcia will be free agents, the Yankees might want to look at Wilson as a lefty option. Other than than, I’d rather see them give Noesi and Manny a shot at one or two of the rotation spots. My guess is they’ll never plan to give two rookies a shot in one season. Maybe either Garcia or Colon returns. Don’t see both.

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        I think that one of Colon/Garcia will be back, and the Yankees will go into the season with Sabathia-Nova-Garcia-Hughes-Burnett.

        • Jetrer

          I say its time for him to find a new job if he does that.

          • Jetrer

            Cashman

        • MikeD

          I fully expect them to give Burnett another try, but he’s going to be on a very short leash. I’ve actually been more of a supporter for AJ over the past year while he’s had his troubles, but eventually he has to start producing again. This is no longer a guestion of “AJ’s stuff says he should be better,” because that AJ was a plus pitcher; this is a case of AJ just is no longer a good pitcher. Unless he has a strong September, he is going to have his second consecutive season with an ERA of over 5.00. I haven’t run the numbers, but he’ll be in rare historic territory. Pitchers with ERAs of 5.00 do not stay in the rotation for three seasons. Never. The Yankees will eventually decide he’s a sunk cost and move him to the pen to see if he can provide some value there. That means they’ll need a pitcher to replace AJ.

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

            AJs stuff isn’t that good anymore. This is two bad years in a row, so they really need to think about what they do with him this off season.

            My suggestion would be to move him to the bullpen. I don’t want to do a headache for headache deal.

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

    Bah, I was hoping they’d get Britton’s pitch count over 100 that inning. Next pitch, inning ending GIDP.

  • Will

    Really Britton? Really? I hope you pitch this well against the Red Sox next time you face them (Odds are he won’t and he’ll give up HRs to Ellsbury/David Ortiz/Gonzalez). Oh Orioles! How you always kill us down the stretch!

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Don’t forget about the gritty Pedroia!

      /ESPN’d

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Just wait until the 3rd time through the order. We’ll get to Britton.

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

      http://www.baseball-reference......mit=Submit

      28-55 facing the Yanks over the past 5 seasons.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Damn you Mark Reynolds.

  • Cy Pettitte

    5IP 2H 0R on 62 pitches, that’s more like it Bartolo

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Yay congrats Jeter on yet another milestone!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I hope Willie Randolph gets another chance to manage. I think that the last 3 years have proven that he wasn’t the problem with the Mets.

    It’s funny, if Carlos Beltran swings at Adam Wainwright’s last curve and knocks in the winning run, then the Mets probably wax the Tigers in the World Series and Randolph would be a hero. Instead he became a pariah.

    • nsalem

      Nobody with a brain in their head thinks of Randolph as a pariah.

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        A lot of Mets fans don’t have brains then.

        • nsalem

          precisely

        • Esteban

          Self evident.

  • CBean

    come on Yankees, some runs please.

  • Greg

    So Britton has pitched well against us before.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Yes is ONE GAME. The other one was hilariously awful.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        *in

      • Greg

        Another point of notice was that the bad game was in New York and the good game was in Baltimore.

        • MikeD

          He’s would have been lit up in Baltimore, too, with what he was throwing that night.

          Let’s not forget that Britton is one of the top pitching prospects in the game and was pitching great earlier this year. He is more than capable of putting up a good game. Unfortuantely we’re seeing it right now. Helps that he has a pitcher’s umpire. Helps Bartolo, too.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    I have a very bad feeling that this game may have a very stupid ending.

    • MikeD

      Game-winning HR hit by AJ Burnett?

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Nope, Game-winning HR GIVEN UP by A.J Burnett.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    For what it’s worth, and not much since it’s “off topic” but David Price has 12 K’s through 6 innings and he had 12 K’s through 5 innings against Toronto.

  • wow

    c’mon…

  • Cuso

    Man, it’d be really nice if they could help ‘Tolo with a couple runs…

    award his effort, ‘n’ all that

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

    Hooray for efficient Bart. Now score some runs please.

  • nsalem

    10.7 pitches per inning for Bart

  • http://twitter.com/johnSC2000 JohnnyC

    They can’t hit Britton and fans are worried about whether to play Verlander and the Tigers or the Rangers and their non-descript rotation? That’s cookoo.

    • bonestock94

      They’ve hit plenty of good pitchers this season. There’s 0 predictive value from today.

      • http://twitter.com/johnSC2000 JohnnyC

        I didn’t say Britton is good. That’s my point.

        • bonestock94

          Britton is a good prospect, a rough patch in his rookie season doesn’t make him bad. There’s no point to be made from today’s game.

          • http://twitter.com/johnSC2000 JohnnyC

            Regardless of whether you think Britton is good or bad, that wasn’t my point. My point was that there is no guarantee that Yankees bats would necessarily do better against either pitching staff. As today’s game shows, any pitcher can stifle a good offense on a given day. I wasn’t trying to predict anything. You guys are really overly sensitive.

    • Roland Deschain

      What about the Angels and Weaver/Haren? Rangers lead has been cut to 1 in the loss column.

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

      This game has no predictive value going forward. That’s like saying the Orioles are better than the Phillies because they beat the Yankees on Friday and the Yankees beat the Phillies in the World Series.

  • Roland Deschain

    Last time Girardi would not let Colon go the distance and we had to play 6 more innings as a result of that poor decision. Today I would hope that Girardi lets him throw a CG. Colon is dealing and we can save the pen for game 2.

    • Greg

      However, you do want to save his arm for the playoffs.

  • Greg

    This is shaping up to be a carbon copy of the first game that these two met. When people got pissed at Girardi by removing Colon and bringing in Rivera in the ninth with a 1-0 lead.

    • MikeD

      So the Yankee players, intelligently, have decided not to score any runs so Girardi won’t bring in Rivera to give up a run.

      • Greg

        I dont understand what you’re saying.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    OK this guy has thrown 115 pitches. Time to break through.

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

      Buck doesn’t give a shit about the kid’s arm, he just wants to beat the Yankees to look smart.

  • Chip

    Wow, I would not let Britton pitch again Jones here.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      I doubt that Buck expected to, but after he got through the first two guys on 3 pitches he figured why the hell not.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    If he comes back for the 8th inning I’ll puke.

  • Rainbow Connection

    Why is Nick Swisher dancing in the stands? Isn’t he in the game?

  • Dennis

    Someone tell them the off day was yesterday.

  • Brian S.

    The hell is going on today?

    • Chip

      They’re losing?

  • Hello Nasty

    “As we start the 14th inning, Zach Britton is set to deliver his 182nd pitch.”

  • Greg

    He was looking for the inside pitch that time.

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    yanks are definitely frustrating to watch this past week; 1- (possibly) 4 against the A’s/O’s?

    • Brian S.

      Seriously. And it’s not like the schedule is getting any easier.

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

    Girardi would have bunted Jones

  • Cuso

    Bastards

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Strikeout please.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      I’ll take it. Now any outs will do.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    No complaints there.

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

    great play by cervelli there

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Well, crap.

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow nice shift.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Fuck.

  • Rainbow Connection

    Should have taken Colon out.

    • Adam

      Riiiight.

    • Esteban

      Rainbow connection, are you Poopy Pants?

      • Rainbow Connection

        YES!

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        He’s Matt.

  • Kostas

    And there is the first/winning run?

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Now all we need is Matt to come on here and complain.

  • Esteban

    Game over folks. No comeback from these gutless primadonnas.
    .
    .
    .
    .
    /sarc

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Don’t worry, the O’s have Kevin Gregg trying to close out games.

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

      And no Uehara to set him up.

  • bonestock94

    Solo bomb time

  • Mike Myers

    this McCafe commercial is annoying.

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

      Whatever you say, chipmunk.

  • wow

    aight, now cut the crap and score some runs please!

  • Cuso

    Nice cork arm, Swisher

  • stuart a

    offense on vacation for a change. the boom and bust offense busting today.

    yep should have taken colon out after all he was at about 77 pitches….

    how about the offense do anything. colon has done great today…

  • Roland Deschain

    The Orioles have the worst pitching staff in the league. We were shut down through 6 by Tommy Hunter and now through 7 by Zach Britton. Poor Colon did everything he could.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Yup, season’s over.

      • http://twitter.com/johnSC2000 JohnnyC

        He’s stating a fact, not a making a judgement.

      • Kostas

        Um season is not over but they should be losing to the Orioles. As it stands now, they will have to win 3 straight to win the series – assuming they play all 5.

        Getting shutdown by mediocre pitching plus the fact they have only one legitimate pitcher does not bode well for post season….

        But your attempt at hyperbole is always appreciated.

  • Rainbow Connection

    Now IFFFFF the O’s can put in a shitty RP and let him pitch until his arm falls off, the Yanks can score probably about 19 runs.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Ugly at bat.

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

      Nunez’d

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    I’m calling a Russell Marin homer here.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      *Martin

  • nsalem

    why not Jorge?

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

      Because he can’t catch.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        And Martin’s a better hitter.

        • Jetrer

          not against RHP

      • Mike Myers

        but he can run the bases amazingly fast.

      • nsalem

        I know he can’t catch. Better matchup.

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

          Then you have to pinch-run for him, then you need to bring in Martin to catch. They’d burn their entire bench with one at-bat.

          • nsalem

            Pitch Run Martin then. The only reason we would need a bench (besides injury) is to bat for Jones if there was a righty and we have Chavez for that.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Why not Martin?

  • Greg

    Mike, didn’t you say that the Yankees needed to fatten up in this part of the schedule?

    • Cuso

      If he did say it, he was right. They should have.

      Not that it matters much for their overall playoff destiny. If they play crap ball now, maybe they get super hot at the right time 30 days from now.

  • Kostas

    Looks like that 22 run game was just a hiccup

  • Widget

    Why have they struggled this week against a couple of bottom feeding teams? Are they tired?

    • Rainbow Connection

      How could they be tired? They sat in a hotel room all day yesterday.

    • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

      A.J. lost two games by showing up, and the bats wasted two great starts from C.C. and Colon, leaving bout 20 runs in scoring position = 4 losses.

    • Will

      Because the baseball gods hate the Yankees this year and give crappy hitters and pitchers the ability to play like all stars when facing the Yankees and take away those abilities when facing the Red Sox. I’m tired of this all or nothing, inconsistent offense. They either hit a bunch or HRs and beast or are completely baffled by a pitcher. I miss the art of htting singles and gapping doubles.

    • Adam

      Because it is a 162 game season and sometimes teams go through downs as well as ups?

  • your mom

    Where the fuck is the offense???

  • Will

    Ugh. Where did our offense go today? It’s like the O’s become the Phillies when playing the Yankees down the stretch. Last year a bad O’s series sent us into a tailspin. I hate games like this. Only Jesus (Montero) can save us from this pathetic offense!

    • Greg

      I was just thinking that. Around this time last year the Yankees offense started to sputter and it stayed that way for the rest of the year. They didn’t score many runs against the Twins or the Rangers.

  • mbonzo

    I need you Jesus.

  • Karl Krawfid

    2nd year in a row AJ will cost us a division crown?

    • Will

      Yes. I’m with you on that one. He’s supposed to be our number 2 and pitches like BP pitcher. He’s not the only one to blame but he’s a big reason for the Yankees coming up short these past two years. I guess you could say that he’s the anti-thesis of an MVP. This season is getting ugly quick. By the end of tonight we could be 3 games back of the Red Sox and only 6 ahead of the Rays in the wildcard. And we’re facing the Sox soon and I pretty much have no confidence that we’ll even take one out of three. Our game is shitty on both ends. When its not our pitching its our offense coming up short. Fuck this team. They don’t seem to have any grit at all this year. 2-10 against the Red Sox is unnacceptable.

  • lily

    what a frustrating team. getting shutout by the orioles? and they just keeep falling back in the east. doesn’t make it any better that the rays sre winning. frustrated fan!

  • your mom

    I’m gonna go ahead and call a sweep at Boston, pretty much knocking us out of the division race.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Can you call the lottery numbers?

      • your mom

        No, but your dad can.

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          What about his mom?

          • http://twitter.com/johnSC2000 JohnnyC

            What about her?

            • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

              The guy named “your mom” said that “Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat” that his dad can call the numbers, but I’m wondering why his mom couldn’t.

    • Widget

      It’s not that far fetched.

    • http://twitter.com/johnSC2000 JohnnyC

      No worries. AJ is starting the 3rd game. I’m sure he’ll keep them in the game. That’s all he can do.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Even if we got swept (which I doubt will happen,) it wouldn’t knock us out of the division race. We’ve got a very manageable September schedule and 3 games against Boston at the end of the year–we’ll be in the division race until the last weekend of the season.

  • wow

    unbelievable. if only we were playing a crappy team.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    …Now we wait for Kevin Gregg…

    • Kostas

      That won’t matter….Tex has two dinky singles and everyone else looks like a 12 yr old.

  • mbonzo

    /generic negative comment #67

    This team can’t beat shitty teams.

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

      I thought they could only beat shitty teams? I’m getting my generic comments confused.

  • Esteban

    Less than ideal outcome to that play.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    This looking like a late April/early May game.

  • Rainbow Connection

    Is Cano too lazy to learn English? Or is Granderson too lazy to learn ‘Yo La Tengo’?

    • Brian S.

      Is your life so pathetic that you have to troll a blog?

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

        Based on how long he’s been doing it and how many different handles he’s used … yes.

    • mbonzo

      Cano knows English… Granderson knows Spanish…

  • your mom

    At least Colon has looked solid today.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      And at least there is no RISP FAIL.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        I’d rather have RISP fail than no RISP.

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          I’d rather have 2 runs than o runs.

  • Chip

    This strikezone is all over the place

  • Kostas

    Who will get lit up more against Boston – CC or AJ?

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      You serious?

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Is that even a question worth asking?

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

      Pick your skirt up. You sound like a pre-2004 Red Sox fan.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        There were pre-2004 Red Sox fans?

    • Kostas

      AJ is 0-1 with an 11.12 ERA.

      CC is 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA – giving up 20 ER.

      Considering that AJ is a far worse pitcher than CC and that CC can’t be the Sox this year I don’t think it is out of the question to see the anomaly that is AJ pitch better than CC.

      Don’t make me bust out Sterling quotes…..

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    That’s just baseball, Suzyn.

  • Greg

    Baseball gods are hating the Yankees right now.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I’m a baseball Atheist. Quick, I need another excuse.

      • Greg

        OK. Brian Cashman dallied around with Cliff Lee while the Red Sox and Phillies got better.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          Yep. It’s cash’s fault that Lee took less money to go to Philly!

          • Greg

            He should have had a Plan B. Like Mike Tannenbaum did when Nnamdi spurned the Jets.

            • Jetrer

              what plan B should he have had? Really the only other option for a #2 starter would have been to empty the farm for Greinke.

            • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

              Football ? Baseball

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

              You mean the Plan B that’s on the mound that’s pretty well all season?

              • RCA

                And Grienke is NOT a big-city pitcher. He would’ve crumbled just like Jeff Weaver. People always like to blame Cashman for everything, but sometimes the players must perform and BTW Cashman did bring in Colon who pitched a great game today. Normally giving up 2 runs in 7 2/3 innings is more than enough to win.

                On another note, is it me or that this offense is more and more dependent on Granderson. Isn’t it a surprise our offense is slumping as soon as he started slumping.

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

                  Granderson goes hitless for two straight days and he’s slumping.

                  /facepalm

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

          What should he have done? And again, what do the Red Sox and Phillies have to do with anything? You’re obsessed with them.

          • Esteban

            And Crawford has worked out so well so far too.

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

              Bobby Jenks!

              • Greg

                Look at what they’ve done this season.

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

                  They’re two games up on the Yankees. Not 20. And the Yankees destroy them in run differential, which is a far better indicator of talent than W-L record.

                  • Greg

                    What counts at the end of the season? The pythagorean theorem doesnt mean much in this game when it comes to the end result.

                    If this were hockey, you have a very good point.

                  • nsalem

                    value judgement

              • Adam

                Mike Cameron!

          • Greg

            They are our primary competition. If they get better, than we have a lesser chance of winnig.

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

              How are the Phillies their primary competition? They’ve played each other zero times this season.

              • Greg

                Come on Mike. You know that if we get to the WS, the favorite to face us would the Phillies. We are grouped with them as well as the Red Sox as the superpowers in baseball right now.

                • RCA

                  Weren’t the Phillies the favorites last year to get to the WS? And what happened to them, Howard struck out looking to complete the upset. They still cannot hit left-handed pitching. And the Brewers can beat them, just like the Rangers can beat us and the Red Sox (or the Angels, or the Verlanders).

                  • Greg

                    Fair enough, But we are still grouped with them as the superpowers of baseball.

                    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

                      who gives a shit about baseball superpowers?

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

                  …the favorite to face us would the Phillies.

                  That and $2.25 will get you on the subway these days. Who were the favorites last year? Certainly not the Giants and Rangers.

                  • Greg

                    FIne, but we are still grouped with them by alot of people.

                • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

                  The Phils were the NL favorites last year. You know how that turned out

            • Esteban

              The Yankees were already better, the Sox were just playing catch up.

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        The Yankees can’t beat young pitchers that they’ve faced exactly twice before.

        Obviously.

    • Roland Deschain

      They’re punishing the Yankees for disrespecting the memory of Mike Flanigan by wanting to play a doubleheader on Friday.

      /Buck’d

      • RCA

        Buck Showalter is a poor man Bobby Valentine. He thinks he invented the game, he should stop worrying about other teams business and try to get his “young, scrappy” Orioles team to within 10 games under .500. I never seen a manager get so much credit for nothing. Built foundations my ass, maybe the teams he left won after he left because of him.

  • Cuso

    what a shitty result to a well-pitched game

    • mbonzo

      At least we know who our #2 is.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Yes, because it’s impossible to imagine Kevin Gregg and his 4.41 ERA blowing a save.

    • jon

      honestly id rather take this loss than win a 15 to 12 game

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        I’d take a win over a loss.

      • Cuso

        yeah, i hear ya

  • Esteban

    I hope ARod wasn’t translating. Colon’s been professional baseball in the States since 1994

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    over/under WC lead at 3 by weeks end?

    • Kostas

      over… will be at 5 games

  • Roland Deschain

    Blow one more right by him, Colon

  • mbonzo

    Colon was just nasty v. Andino.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I’ve always hated Hirschbeck’s giant strike zone, but it sure came in handy in this inning.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    That was yuge.

    /Kay’d

  • Adam

    Great job by Big Bart.

  • mbonzo

    Nicely done by Colon. 2 runs isn’t too bad with Granderson/Tex/Arod/Cano coming up.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      And the O’s sending out Kevin Gregg.

    • your mom

      1 run would’ve been easier. Fuck Hardy!

  • Will

    Boy I wish we had a JJ Hardy on our team.

    • Adam

      To play where exactly?

  • your mom

    Well, Hardy can go fuck himself.

  • Bronx Byte

    Gutsy performance from Colon but the Yankee bats are asleep. Any rumors that Colon is burned out are put to rest.

  • wow

    no amount of Colon-awesomeness will save us if this offense doesn’t show up.

  • Adam

    Wow, double barreled action of Mike Gonzalez and Kevin Gregg. Fearsome.

    • Kostas

      careful… Yanks could easily go 1-2-3 with the way they are hitting.

    • Kostas

      And there is one out…. a K

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    OK Boone, we can get 2 runs off Gregg.

    We probably can’t get 4. Hold them here.

  • Frank

    Terrible OF play by Grandy cost Yanks that inning.

  • Ivan

    Well whether the Yankees win or lose, the big story should be that Colon bounce right back and pitch terrific.

  • your mom

    As much as I hate Boone Logan, he’s been alright for a while.

    • Adam

      I eagerly look forward to everyone burying him again after he gives up a run in a game.

      • your mom

        I’ll be the first one to comment.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    If the Yankees lose this game I’ll blame Irene.

  • nsalem

    Martin pinch hitting: his splits this year are superior vs righties than lefties (as opposed to his career)

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Awesome, Captain Chaos.

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

    Terrific outing by Colon today. 2 seamer was dancing, throwing strikes, being efficient. Win or lose, I feel much better about him at this point of the season.

  • RCA

    Our offense goes as Granderson goes, since he’s slumping the offense is slumping. The 22 runs were definitely an aberration.

    • Jetrer

      22 run games are always an aberration

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

      …the offense is slumping

      They’ve scored fewer than four runs twice in the last 12 games, and that was three runs a week ago and today. Take out the 22 runs game, and they’re averaging 5.5 runs per game.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Forget his numbers

    Kevin Gregg just looks incompetent. It’s probably the rec-specs.

  • Cy Pettitte

    this is some seriously uninspired baseball by everyone but Colon.

  • Greg

    Tough stretch for Grandy.

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

      Yeah, he’s only got a 1.200 OPS over the last week. Those last two hitless games are killer.

  • Adam

    So much for questech…

    • Kostas

      They haven’t really hit all day so you can’t blame the computer. Save the 22 run game they really have done nothing since the Oakland series…..

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

        If you take out all the good games, they suck.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    ARod tying homer

  • mbonzo

    Come on AROD!

  • Greg

    There’s a break we needed.

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

    I thought Tex always chokes in these spots?

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    love it when this offense gets shut down by such amazing teams

  • http://twitter.com/johnSC2000 JohnnyC

    Please something centaurian.

  • Ivan

    Sign………..

  • mbonzo

    DAMNIT! Oh well, theres always game 2.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    I blame Martin.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Stupid un-clutch A-Rod.

    Where the hell’s Cody Ransom when you need him?

  • Adam

    Meh.

  • Cy Pettitte

    fucking ARod

    can’t believe they just dropped two to both the fucking A’s and O’s

    • Kostas

      believe it. Closer they get to the playoffs the shakier the team looks.

    • your mom

      And we may drop more to the O’s. Can’t wait to hear Showalter rub it in our face too.

  • Roland Deschain

    Wasted a good pitching performance. 1-4 against the As and Os. No excuse, no excuse.

  • Ethan

    Wow seriously what happened to the offense? Great game pitched by Colon, offense can’t support him

  • your mom

    Fitting ending.

  • Esteban

    ARod comes back and the Yankees play poorly. Coincidence? I think not.

  • Kostas

    Good thing the Orioles pitchers suck as everyone stated because other wise the Yanks would have lost this game and looked like epic failures again….

  • Adam

    Whatever…happens sometimes, there are games where the bats go silent. Go get ‘em tonight.

  • http://twitter.com/johnSC2000 JohnnyC

    Showalter’s a genius, I tells ya!

  • ItsATarp

    sigh goddamn offense…but got to give Britton some credit here.

  • wow

    this team looks awesome. Can’t wait til October.

    • your mom

      If we somehow keep performing this shitty we might not see October.

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

    Bah. See you at 7:30 for your ass-whipping, Buck.

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    Don’t like the final score, but maybe Bart can get on a roll again and be the second starter in October.

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

      Exactly. I’m already thinking about October, so I feel great about how Bart threw the ball today.

  • RCA

    I love it how the Orioles get all pumped up, what does that make them 52-77 or something, so at least this winning streak guarantees they won’t lose 100 games.

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

      Why does it bother you that a long dead team shows a few signs of life? Good for them. That’s why I don’t mind Buck and his ‘us against the world’ act. That franchise needs someone like him to get them to snap out of their funk. You may recall Maddon was doing the same thing a few years ago.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    I blame Irene.

  • Ethan

    So Yankees will now have a 6 game lead in the WC with this loss and TB’s win. Everyone still think a playoff berth is guaranteed? This team seems to be going into a team slump and Tampa is heating up.

    • ItsATarp

      6 game lead is still a lot…yes it’s pretty much guaranteed. The team is in a mini slump, quit worrying.

      • Ethan

        6 game lead with over a month to play and a ton of head to head games against the Rays. The playoff spot is far from guaranteed. Seeing Colon pitch as well as he did is comforting though.

    • Jetrer

      yes, every team has peaks and valleys. Very unlikely Yankees will remain cold for the last month while Tampa stays hot. If the Yanks just play .500 the rest of the season, Tampa would have to play .700 ball to just tie the Yankees. Highly unlikely.

      • Ethan

        Oh that makes it a little more comforting, but still they have a bunch of head to head games that if Tampa were to sweep one it could become a very close race.

        I would really like them to finish strong because the hottest team going into the playoffs often goes far. That’s why I don’t want them to just settle for the WC. If they push hard for the division and end strongly they will go into the playoffs fighting (and hopefully hot).

        • ItsATarp

          Don’t look too much into it right now. It’s a mini slump for the offense, which they will definitely snap out of it. Colon looks good, and the rotation is decent outside of AJ and Hughes with Freddy coming back. So we’re set for the long run. It looks bad now, but once this offense starts scoring again, the perception will change.

          • Sean C

            And by mini slump, I hope you are referring to one game. That was played today. We are spoiled by this offense.

    • dalelama

      Reminds me of last year’s team, unfortunately.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    I’d rather a position player pitch and get the save than fucking Kevin Gregg.

  • Will

    A-Rod, clean-up hitter, MVP, 30 million dollar man. What a waste! Is it a coincidence that the Yankees have been playing like crap ever since he came back? Sheesh. This season is getting ugly quick.

    • Sean C

      26 games over .500 will ALWAYS be unacceptable.

    • nsalem

      very intelligent statement

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I’m surprised it took this long to see the “A-Rod makes this team worse” comment.

    • ItsATarp

      This comment is stupid as hell

    • The Humungus

      #Oaktag

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Colon is a bad pitcher now because he has a losing record.

    Kay’d

  • Greg

    The odds suggest that we split the double header. But right now, they look awful. This is very similar to last year. ARod was coming off an injury, we were playing the Orioles and it was late August. That’s a hug coincidence.

    • Pat D

      Do you need a hug now, Greg?

    • Ethan

      Odd were that we should have won 3 out of the 4. That already hasn’t happened. Odds often don’t mean much in baseball, hence the long 162 game season.

  • http://twitter.com/johnSC2000 JohnnyC

    But seriously…Cashman should smoke that objective pipe and get AJ out of the rotation now. They can’t afford to give up a game every 5th day just for showing up. Weeks like this demonstrate there’s no such thing as a comfortable cushion with 30+ games to go.

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

      http://espn.go.com/blog/new-yo.....ter-boston

      They announced this morning that they’re going to a 5 man, so its pretty obvious who’s the odd man out.

      The question becomes what the heck do they do with AJ next year, but this year is shot.

      • http://twitter.com/johnSC2000 JohnnyC

        Steve, as I responded to your post on your blog, I’m starting to be convinced Cashman will try to trade him this winter. It’ll be difficult but it can be done. I just don’t think AJ has any value as a middle reliever and who can imagine him closing or even setting up?

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

          His stuff might play up in the NL, but I just don’t see who would take him with that contract. The Yanks don’t like to eat money, so you’re looking at a headache for headache deal.

  • dalelama

    What is it about Arod that drags the team down? Does everybody relax expecting Arod to deliver? I would be interested in knowing the Yanks w-l record is with Arod vs. No Arod since we signed him.

    • Pat D

      Thanks for the laugh.

      • Jetrer

        obviously Yankees would be much better with Cody Ransom

        • Pat D

          Naturally.

    • Frank

      He’s been out for 6 weeks and is not likely in top physical shape. This is essentially another spring training for him. It’s not surprising at all his timing is off.

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

      Yep. Its all about Alex.

    • http://twitter.com/johnSC2000 JohnnyC

      I definitely think they’re better with him in the lineup but I do think there is that pyschological effect that you allude to. However, it’s a short-term effect and I believe they’ll hit much better starting with the Boston series. Whether they can pitch well enough is another issue entirely.

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

        ..and when they got held to 1 run or less three times when Alex was on the DL, I guess that was because the opposing pitcher just threw a good game. But for some reason, today isn’t.

    • Esteban

      They’d go 120-42 every year without him!

  • Zach

    Gee, I seem to remember us playing like this last year….

  • Will

    I want Prince Fielder in pinstripes next year. So tired of this. So tired of our “RBI guys” not coming through. We need a real big bat in the lineup. Not a .240 pull hitter and a 35 year old POS.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      If I didn’t know better, I’d think this team was 40 games under 500.

      • Sarah

        I know, right?

        But apparently Prince Fielder would make all the difference.

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

          Remember when Teixeira was going to make all the difference? Switch-hitter with power that drew a ton of walks, he’s a perfect fit!

          The grass is always greener when you don’t watch the other player play every day.

          • Sarah

            :-)

    • your mom

      Screw Fielder! He’ll be the Yanks version of David Ortiz. We need a starter to replace A-Gay Burnett.

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

        Is gay supposed to be an insult?

        • your mom

          ummm, no.

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

            Then what was the point?

            • Pat D

              He’s lying.

              • Nuke LaDoosh

                yeah, but maybe he’s learning too

                • your mom

                  yeah, my bad peeps.

      • Ethan

        homophobia at its’ height?

    • Jetrer

      the end of that contract would be great. 35 y.o. fat Fielder and 42. y.o. ARod platooning at DH for a combined $50M or so.

    • Esteban

      God the offense sucks. 2nd in baseball! Pathetic!!!!

      • Jetrer

        1st in baseball in r/g. They’ve just played fewer games.

        • Esteban

          No excuses. The hitters suck!!!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    This outcome pretty much guarantees that they score at least 15 runs in the nightcap.

    just always works out that way for whatever reason

    • http://twitter.com/johnSC2000 JohnnyC

      Unfortunately, as with the 22 run explosion the other day, it only counts toward one win…just the same as 3 runs would have counted today.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        yep

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

        They’ve scored 5.5 runs a game in their last 12 games taking out the 22 run game. The offense is fine.

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

          If we could only score our 5.51 runs per game every game, and hold the opposition to the 4.03 runs average every day, we’d never lose.

      • Greg

        This x100. All that matters in the regular season are wins and losses.

        • Esteban

          Wins and losses don’t matter in the post season?

          • Greg

            In relation to standings.

    • your mom

      We’ll see 16 runs on 4 grand slams.

  • stuart a

    arod has 6 years at about $30 mill on his deal so he does not get a pass.

    the guy hit 4 grounders to the left side today. his excuses and breaking down all the time is old…

    it is unbeleivable that the stupid crew cut steinny needed to sign this guy to that deal. there is no team in baseball that would have given him a contract even close to that…….

    why tex hits 3rd batting 247 is ludicrous. and do not tell me he has 99 rbi’s imagine if he hit 175 hoe many rbi’s he would have………….

    • Greg

      I blame Scott Boras for the contract.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Blame Tom Hicks for setting a bad precedent

      • Kostas

        blame the Yankees. Their the idiots giving in and getting 65 cents on the dollar return – which on a straight scale is a D

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

    OK, so who dumped who? Derek or Minka?

    • Esteban

      Derek Jeter doesn’t get dumped.

    • dalelama

      Derek dumped her according to her people.

  • Greg

    Colon did pitch well today, but in the end when it comes to the regular season, it comes down to to wins and losses. That’s all that matters in the regular season. Once we clinch a playoff spot, then we can look back and set up our rotation. But right now, the only thing that concerns me are wins and losses. Dont let a sleeping bear bnack into the fight with the Rays.

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

      How can you can call the Rays a “sleeping bear” when they’re had to go on this ridiculous run while the Yankees slumped just to get within six games of the Wild Card?

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Greg wouldn’t feel safe if the Yankees had a 100 game lead.

        • Greg

          Give me a 10 game lead, and I’ll feel fine.

      • Greg

        We’ve seen bigger collapses before. The 1995 AL West Race, The two times recently the Mets collapsed. The Padres collapsing last year. And with a pitching staff that is very good, the Rays can continue a good run.

  • Hello Nasty

    The Rays have 31 games left. 14 of those are against the Red Sox and Yanks.

    If they can find a way to make up over six games w/that bitch of a schedule then I say they’ve earned it.