Game 131: Right back at it

GCL Yanks advance to title series with win
Sept. 8th makeup game with Orioles will be a day game
Bart deserved better. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The Yankees lost a rather annoying game to the Orioles this afternoon (didn’t get a runner past first base? really?), but the good news is they have a chance to make it up for it right away in the back-end of the doubleheader. Here’s the starting nine…

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

Ivan Nova, SP

Despite ESPN’s Sunday night restrictions, the game will be available on both YES and MLB.tv. If you want to listen on the radio, tune into WFAN 660 and not WCBS 880. They’re still covering Hurricane Irene on the usual station. Enjoy the game.

Update: Well, so much for that. Apparently the game is blacked out everywhere but YES. Those jerks.

Update Part Deux: Derek Jeter is a (very) late scratch. Gardner is leading off, Nunez is at short (batting ninth), and Eric Chavez is at third (batting eighth). Jeter fouled a ball off his leg in the first game of the doubleheader, so perhaps that stiffened up on him. I’ll update the post if we find out anything more.

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GCL Yanks advance to title series with win
Sept. 8th makeup game with Orioles will be a day game
  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    No ARod? That means we win.

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

      Well duh, of course it does. The secret to winning baseball games is to field a team that doesn’t include one of your best players.

      Everyone knows that. Or at least, everyone that isn’t AN IDIOT!!!

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        your sarcasm meter needs adjustments.

        • Esteban

          I think Steve was playing along.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Yankeez got da betta record wit out Arod in da lineup, dat means dey da betta team!1!1!11!!!!1

    • http://yes jim

      Oh YES…it is blacked out(on YES and MLB). Glad I could spend close to 200.00 so I can see games on someone else’s whim.

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

    Nicely done by RLYW

    http://www.rlyw.net/index.php/.....scheduling

    If it continues to look like a game that won’t matter, the Yankees should call up everyone on the 40 man roster and send this team to Baltimore on September 8.

    SP: A.J.
    Bullpen: Lance Pendleton, Raul Valdes

    C: Cervelli
    1B: Andruw Jones
    2B: Aaron Laffey
    3B: Brandon Laird
    SS: Ryan Pope
    LF: Chris Dickerson
    CF: Greg Golson
    RF: Justin Maxwell
    DH: Melky Mesa

    Make Burnett pitch all eight innings, just keep a couple of arms in the bullpen in case he gets ejected.

    • Shuffle Cards for fun

      I think laffey is better suited to catch

  • Ethan

    It looks like the game is blacked out on mlb tv in California? Anyone know if that should be happening or where it’s available outside of New york?

    • RR

      Not getting it in Arizona, despite buying the MLB Extra Inning Package. Cool.

    • Ethan

      You stole my name!

  • Sarah

    MLB.tv saying there’s a blackout in effect… :-(

    • The Humungus

      Yeah, I’m getting that notice too.

  • Bronx Byte

    Why can’t Burnett pitch this game on short rest ? Isn’t he a $16.5 million dollar a year pitcher ? LOL ……

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Great, it’s blacked out where I live. Thanks a lot MLB Extra Innings.

    • Sarah

      It appears to be blacked out everywhere but YES.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        I think you have to live in New York or Jersey to watch it. Maybe I can find a link on the internet, or at least a radio link.

        • Sarah

          I have it on Gameday audio. I guess the ESPN monopoly lives in spite of a DH.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Oh look YES is blacked out. f u ESPN.

    • Sarah

      Wait it’s blacked out on YES too? WTF?

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        yes on mlb extra innings.

      • Charles

        Try watching it on MASN if you have it, better than not watching it at all.

        • Sarah

          Don’t have it. So Gameday audio it is.

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          It’s not on MASN or MASN2.

    • mbonzo

      Huh? Where do you live?

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Not in NY, and i thought it would be on the EI YES channel…

        • Jake H

          yep I’m blacked out too.

  • Cy Pettitte

    time for lil stoppa

    let’s go Nova

  • Roland Deschain

    It is not on mlb.tv which is a joke. This is a makeup game! Nobody wants to watch Texas and LA. Fuck you Bud Selig!!!!!!!

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Texas/LA isn’t a bad game, but I’d rather watch this game by far.

  • Charles

    Anyone know whats happened with Brian Roberts? They don’t even mention him on any O’s broadcasts and he seems to have fallen off the face of the earth.

    • mbonzo

      Super concussion I think.

  • c

    Who was it who told the blog that it would not be blacked out on mlb.tv? I’m assuming it was MLB? That was reported in two posts today, but it sure is blacked out. That is just frustrating that they make assurances but they aren’t true.

    • Roland Deschain

      They screwed us. This is a makeup game and if it had been played at the regular time we could have watched it. Nobody watching Yankees-Orioles is going to watch Texas-LA instead. Big fucking joke.

  • Greg

    Jeter was scratched. Probably the knee

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    MLB Tonight is on, on MLB Network until the top of the hour, they may do a live look in for what it’s worth.

  • Esteban

    Juuuuust a bit outside

  • Cy Pettitte

    Gardy needs to get out of this slump. it’s been brutal.

    • Jetrer

      in fairness, that pitch wasn’t close to being a strike

      • Sarah

        Thank you. Poor guy has 1 AB in this game and already the assumption is the slump continues.

  • Charles

    Wow did anyone see how far off the plate that last pitch to gardener was? Was in the other batters box…

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Don’t tease the people who aren’t fortunate to watch.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      Doubleheader umpiring.

  • http://notanevilempire.com/ Steve O.

    Fantasy football question: Was it prudent to select Matt Forte over Hakeem Nicks?

    Second question: Was it prudent considering I’ve also got Austin Collie, Mike Williams(SEA and TB), Calvin Johnson, Sidney Rice, Michael Crabtree, and Jacoby Ford? While the only other RBs I have are Arian Foster, Jahvid Best, and Jason Snelling.

    My league plays 2 RB/2 WR/1 Flex.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Is this an Open Thread?

      And it was stupid to take Forte over Hakeem. There’s plenty of other backs who will have better years and ranked lower ie: Blount, Wells, Moreno

      And man, your running backs SUCK, except Foster.

      • http://notanevilempire.com/ Steve O.

        All game threads are open. There weren’t many good RBs left. Plenty of WR though.

    • mbonzo

      I like Nicks better, but in such a small league (I’m assuming its small with that team) it probably won’t make a difference.

      • http://notanevilempire.com/ Steve O.

        It’s not small, it’s a twelve teamer.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      Don’t listen to those other two guys. Hakeem Nicks is awesome, but he doesn’t have the fantasy value of Matt Forte. Blount, Wells, and Moreno all have issues of their own. The Bears are at least committed to running the ball whereas Denver might not be, Blount only had one year so far, Beanie Wells’ QB situation is shaky as fuck and Arizona doesn’t use him on third downs. If it’s a PPR league, then yes it’s a dumb move, but a standard league? Please. Your WRs are plenty good for a standard league. Hakeem Nicks may have a down year too, the Giants’ WR corps has taken a beating so he’ll be doubled left and right. It’s not like he has a top five QB throwing to him either, so I’d say you made the right move.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        nah don’t listen to him. Nicks is a great wide out, Blount and Beanie will have better years than Forte easy.

        • Jimmy McNulty

          Nicks is a great wide out, but he’s going to be double and triple covered all year. He also has Eli Manning throwing to him. I think in real football he’s more valuable than Forte, but in fantasy Forte will get his touches and plenty of them. Marion Barber is cooked, and the Chicago Bears have always had a commitment to running the ball, it’s their philosophy and a security blanket for Jay Cutler. I’d wait for another year before I get too high on LeGarrette Blount. Beanie? He didn’t even have 400 yards last year, Matt Forte had pretty much the same amount of yardage last year that Beanie Wells has in his entire career. Please.

      • http://notanevilempire.com/ Steve O.

        It’s a standard league. Thank you, I just needed some reassurance. There was a serious run of RBs before my pick, so I felt pressed to pluck him before a second WR. I had the first pick in my draft, btw.

        Marion Barber’s presence, and the decrease in Forte’s carries concern me.

        • Jimmy McNulty

          Barber fucking blows. The only reason Dallas kept on running him out there was because they gave him a pretty big contract. I wouldn’t worry too much about him, who was their back up last year? Chester Taylor? He’s a better back than Barber at this point.

          • http://notanevilempire.com/ Steve O.

            It’s not so much about Barber’s talent level, but more about what that means for Forte. They signed Chester Taylor, and now Barber? I’m not saying anything is definite, I’m just a little curious about it.

            Either way, with my depth at WR, I don’t think I’ll miss Nicks too much.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Ian Kennedy currently leads the NL in wins while Joba Chamberlain is recovering from TJS and Phil Hughes is struggling to find swing and miss stuff. Ugh…this team and pitching.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      AL East >>> NL west.

    • Greg

      They basically were our Generation K

    • Cy Pettitte

      you honestly think IPK would have stats anywhere near what he has right now pitching in the AL East?

      • Jimmy McNulty

        No, but he’s easily the best out of the Joba/Hughes/IPK troika. Yes, the AL East is tougher than the NL West. However, he’s got a K/BB well over three and he’s already had 200 IP. Go ahead and bury your heads in the sand by saying “OH IT’S TEH NL WESST!!!!!!” and act like he’d be a slightly less shitty AJ Burnett in pinstripes. I really hope the team learns their lessons from the The Big Three debacle.

        • Greg

          What was the debacle? We got Granderson from IPK?

          • Jimmy McNulty

            Oh no, not that…Granderson’s been awesome. The debacle is that one’s a middle reliever recovering from TJS, one is two years away from pitching a full 200 IP season (despite being in the majors for five years) , and the best one out of the three was traded away.

            • Jetrer

              so the debacle is that some prospects don’t reach their ceilings right away?

              • Jimmy McNulty

                Two young promising starters hitting a massive wall, in one case having their role completely changed and in another case leaving serious questions into their long term effectiveness as a major leaguer, and almost refusing to part with either no matter what the upgrade to the team is (and no I’m not talking Santana). All while misevaluating two pitchers (IPK and Clippard) that have gone on to see bright pastures elsewhere IMO qualifies as a debacle. However, the Yankees have the resources to afford this kind of stuff.

                And please, you’re going to act like the Yankees’ track record with pitching has been good lately?

                • The Big 3

                  You are of course correct. What became of the Three is a big fucking travesty.

                  If I was ever in a position to ask Cash, I would ask him these questions:

                  1) Although your scribes introduced him as one, Hughes was not a stud. How could he be with two pitches, one being a 90-93 MPH fastball?

                  Why wasn’t he traded at the height of his hype?

                  2) Other teams skipped on Joba because they thought him injury prone. Two+ years into his career, you made the same decision, damning him to the bullpen forever. Prior to that decision by you, other teams were reportedly clamoring for his rights.

                  Why wasn’t he traded at the height of his hype.

                  3) The cost of Lee reportedly included a useless utility player who stood a .000001% chance of ever starting on a continual basis for the home team, but you nixed the deal anyway, even though Lee playing here could have meant the difference between his signing here or not.

                  Why wasn’t he thrown in?

                  4) Are you a prospect hugger?

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

                    Who are his “scribes?”

        • Sarah

          Ok but really, the NL West: San Francisco, San Diego, Dodgers and Colorado. Which of those teams can hit? So of course his K/BB going to be good.

          Who knows how he’d be if he was still in NY. It’s not like there’s a way to undo the trade. It is what it is.

          • Jimmy McNulty

            You’re right. We may as well consider these stats the same way that we considered his stats in the IL. If he were still on the Yankees he’d be John Lackey with Carlos Zambrano’s attitude.

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

      I don’t know why you bother comparing the three. It’s not like the trade was an either/or. Kennedy had way less service time than the other two, and that’s what Arizona was interested in.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Well depending on how you value his defense Curtis Granderson may be the best player in baseball, so I’m not trying to poo poo the trade. They got a great player in return, and Ian looked like shit for quite sometime. I’m suggesting that there’s some lessons to learn from the mistakes of the past when developing young pitching.

        • Esteban

          What’s that lesson? What info did the Yankees have at the time that showed IPK would pitch much better than Joba or Phil?

          • Jimmy McNulty

            Well at the time they pretty much made the conscious decision at the time that Joba was going to be a reliever. So there’s a good chance that if IPK had a career as a starter he’d be better than Joba. Secondly, that’s exactly the issue. The way that this team has evaluated pitching in the choices that they’ve made have been pretty suspect. They have more info than we do, and part of that information includes advanced scouting reports. The fact that their advanced scouts didn’t see “really good pitcher” in IPK and “disaster” in the constant jerking of Hughes and Joba around from the pen to the rotation is troublesome.

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

              The fact that their advanced scouts didn’t see “really good pitcher” in IPK…

              I don’t think that’s true at all.

            • Jetrer

              who says the Yankee scouts didn’t see “really good pitcher” in IPK? I’m guessing they probably did, since they used a first round pick for him. They traded him for a star CF, they didn’t throw him away.
              And I’m sure it wasn’t the scouts that advocated jerking Hughes and Joba from rotation to bullpen.

            • Esteban

              We have no idea if what the Yankees did with Joba caused his injury. We can speculate, but he may have needed TJS no matter what. I don’t think Hughes has been constantly jerked around, and how would the Yankees have predicted that he would lose the velocity after starting all of last year?
              I think the Yankees were confident in both Hughes and Joba being strong contributors to the team and thought that IPK, the guy that had the least success with the big league club up to that point could be used to get a player like Granderson. And he was.

              • Jimmy McNulty

                I’ve always been pretty bearish on Joba Chamberlain, but I’m pretty sure constantly changing his role wasn’t very beneficial for him. And you and a few others are setting up this strawman argument where you’re suggesting that I’m mad about trading him for Granderson, I’m not. If your reading comprehension skills were above a third grade level you would have read this part:

                “Well depending on how you value his defense Curtis Granderson may be the best player in baseball, so I’m not trying to poo poo the trade.”

                My angst comes from the fact they displayed a large amount of confidence in Hughes and Joba refusing to part with them for players like Roy Halladay, and both of them have lost quite a bit of their luster over the years. Whereas, the pitcher that they were most willing to part with was the best one. This isn’t Arodys Vizcaino where they traded a really good prospect for a guy who did jack and shit for the team, they traded him for a player who might win the AL MVP. I’m okay with that, the part I’m not okay with is their evaluation of the Big Three, and their past history with evaluating pitchers. Maybe that’s been fixed, they’re being rewarded with their confidence in Nova and they seemed to pick the right parts off the massive scrap heap this winder, but they still have a long history of poorly evaluating pitchers to make up for.

          • The Big 3

            Command of 4 pitches.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Alex needs to bat behind Robbie until he gets his bearings again.

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

      He says as Robinson Cano swings at pitch after pitch out of the zone…

  • Jetrer

    nice AB, Robbie

  • kevin murphy

    espn and fox blow for this blackout bullshit

  • Ethan

    This blackout BS is so frustrating. Why is this game blocked out on Mlb.tv (I know I’m a bit late). Aren’t games just supposed to be blocked out from 1-7:05? This game started at 7:30. Fuck you MLB.

    • Sarah

      After 5 on Sundays is the Sunday rule. STUPID.

      • Ethan

        Damn so annoying. Can’t wait until I head up to Canada in a few days. Then only Toronto games will be blacked out (another incredibly stupid black out but whatever non of this national broadcast black out bullshit)

    • Roland Deschain

      MLB don’t care about screwing its customers. I will NOT watch Texas-Angels. No Yankee fan would cause they wanna watch the Yankees! Makeup games should not be under the restrictions, but that would require someone with a logical mind making these decisions.

  • Bud Selig

    Soon all TV programming at 8 ET will be blacked out except ESPN!!! Even in the offseason!!! muahahahahaha.

  • Esteban

    And obviously the Yankees 16-5 record when Nova pitches is only due to how Nova pitches and the run support that he gets.

    • Esteban

      I mean, leading baseball in Run Support (for pitchers with at least 120 IP) with 9.86 RS average has NOTHING to do with the Yankees record in games he pitches in.

  • Greg

    Jeter with a right knee contusion

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    anyone got a link for radio broadcast?

  • Greg

    O’s up 1-0 Sac fly by Adam jones

    • your mom

      Thanks to a wild pitch.

      • Greg

        correct.

  • Ethan

    Can you guys recommend any overseas proxies to avoid the game blackout? And are they safe to use with mlb.tv?

  • Karl Krawfid

    Can’t watch this game for some reason.

    Fuck Direct tv.

    • Ethan

      It’s not Direct Tv, it’s idiotic ESPN blackout rules. All games are blacked out so only ESPN can broadcast but ESPN isn’t broadcasting this one. Can anyone actually watch this within the US?

      • Sarah

        People in Yankees territory and Orioles territory can watch.

      • Esteban

        I’m watching it. I think people in the NYC metro area (don’t know how far out) can watch it.

      • Jetrer

        I can. YES on Directv, in CT

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Are wild pitches “really hurting the Yankees” like Sterling says? He’s acting like every time there is a wild pitch the runner is bound to score.

    • Sarah

      He has wild pitch PTSD.

    • Esteban

      Of course no other team is hurt by WPs

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

      The Yankees are top ten in WP allowed, but they’d be bottom ten with a normal pitcher rather than AJ Burnett.

  • Esteban

    Wow that 3-1 to Swisher looked to be in the other batter’s box.

    Oh well he walked anyway. No harm, no foul.

  • your mom

    I could’ve sworn Matusz threw harder.

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

      He did. Having the same problem Phil Hughes had earlier in the year.

      • Sheepmeister

        Gasp, you mean the yankees aren’t the only team in baseball who occasionally has a top prospect now deliver instantaneously.

        • Esteban

          But the Yankees are the only team that I follow whose prospects don’t hit their ceiling immediately.

        • Jimmy McNulty

          They do seem to be the only team that thinks a top pitching prospect is ready for a full season in the majors after spending a significant portion of the previous year in the bullpen, then suddenly befuddled when the pitcher can’t handle the jump down the stretch or in subsequent years.

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

            That’s not even remotely close to true. Many teams do this every single year. Sometimes it works (Justin Masterson), sometimes it doesn’t (Phil Coke).

            • The Big 3

              Masterson nor Coke had the pedigree of The Big 3, although I disagree with Jimmy as well.

              What he should have added is that it’s unrealistic to expect a kid to make the jump to NY successfully, to start with. Playing them like yo-yos probably made it worse.

              This is a very tough town with big pressure and no excuses. Many fail. Most would if not handled properly.

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

        The ‘showed up in camp fat and out of shape’ problem?

        I thought only Joba did things like that.

  • lily

    frustrating team

  • Roland Deschain

    I’ve posted a message on MLB.tv’s support forum demanding that people wanting to watch Yankees-O’s tonight receive a full refund. I expect they will meet my demands and justice will be served.

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

      I wouldn’t hold my breath.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    if we cant hit this scrub, Im gonna scream (cue Greg saying “actually hes not a scrub even tho he has an 8.68 era)

    • Greg

      When did I suggest that idea for any pitcher?

      • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

        the scary thing is…the series with the A’s and now the Oriels are suppose to be mop up games…this is where the Yanks are suppose to be making hay

  • Greg

    Mike, if they lose this game, is this the low point of their season?

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

      Not even close.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Anytime AJ takes the ball is the low point

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    I’m sick of this lack of offense. I’m gonna turn John and Suzyn off and watch these Claw and Antlers for awhile. Maybe they get a runner to second while I’m gone.

    • Greg

      You do know that Tex hit a double in the first?

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Wow I do have a bad memory, hahaha.
        But still, I’m sick of the lack of offense. And besides it’s blacked out where I live.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      ESPN doesn’t deserve your view, or any Yankee fan’s view.

    • your mom

      I hate that claw & antler shit.

    • Nuke LaDoosh

      I’m on the VMA’s pre-show…I wonder if MTV is in on this scam with ESPN …

  • Will

    Ugh. Why do I even bother watching this game? This team looks absolutely dead right now. This looks like a start to a losing streak just like last year, especially with the Sox and Blue Jays coming up on our schedule.

    • your mom

      You are watching because there is a glimmer of hope to win this game still.

    • lily

      right on point. they pick the worst time of the season to fk up

      • Will

        And the Orioles pick the perrrrrfect time to pitch and hit well. This is getting depressing. I can feel the AL East title slipping away. And the wildcard isn’t a lock. The Rays are only 6.5 back and we have to play them a bunch of times.

        • Esteban

          The end is nigh.

          • Will

            I wish The Boss was still here. He wouldn’t take this shit.

            • Esteban

              The Boss would trade Banuelos for Alfonso Soriano.

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

          Only 6.5 back? If the Yankees played .500 the rest of the way, the Rays would need to play about .750 ball just to make the last series of the year meaningful, nevermind tie or move past the Yankees.

    • Esteban

      I’d be surprised if they won another game.

  • Greg

    Nova’s getting hit hard. O’s up 2-0.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Damn you Sterling, I thought that was a single :(

  • Jetrer

    regression is a bitch

  • Sarah

    John Sterling is frustrated. He wants us all to know that the Yanks are in trouble.

  • lily

    great yankees. good job lose to the orioles, give boston the division

    • Esteban

      It’s the lack of heart. They’re gutless. Too bad they don’t have enough scrap and grit.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cashman needs to drive down to Baltimore and yell at everyone.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      /Atlanta in 2009’d

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Funny how you don’t hear any more “Buck Showalter is the greatest leader since Dwight f-ing Eisenhower” chants this year.

    • Zooboy

      That’s weird, I thought they were chanting “L-o-u”

  • your mom

    You know Nova’s off when he’s getting more flyouts than GOs.

    • IRF

      But that slider looks filthy

  • Pat D

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....complaints

    So, yea, the Orioles are blasting the Yankees and hiding behind Flanagan’s suicide. Pathetic.

    • Widget

      Not s surprise. The Orioles have been a classless organization for awhile now. It all starts at the top and Peter Angelos is a scumbag. I personally find great amusement in the Orioles being a joke and they’ll be like that for a very long time.

    • mbonzo

      Disrespectful to Flanney? The guy shot himself in the head… and this has nothing to do with him.

      Yankees should move all 3 games v. O’s next week to that Monday to make up for this days they get off. If they don’t like it tell them to get their revenue money from somewhere else.

  • flamingo

    NOVA. He just keeps his head in it.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Hahaha, Valentine doesn’t know how to say JC Penny.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Pay see, Jenny

  • nsalem

    they should have included the Rays in the text poll

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Text Poll Answer

    1. Angels.

    BTW, the makeup game in 9/8 is 1:05 PM

  • Greg

    Good job MLB. The makeup game on September 8th is a day game.

  • http://notanevilempire.com/ Steve O.

    Bridge jumpers are out tonight, eh?

    • Esteban

      What do they do when the Yankees are winning? Seriously. Is there a switch that goes off when the Yankees are in a tough stretch and they think “Must post on RAB?”

      • nsalem

        these are important games. playoffs are not lock. we are an older team with questionable starting pitching at this point. we have a brutal schedule the rest of the way with no days off and
        10 games with the Rays and Angels. The road is not as eay as it looked a couple of weeks ago. Not bridge jumping but we still have work to do (as Granderson homers)

        • Esteban

          This is a general question, not just for now. It happens all year. There are certain people who only post when the Yankees are losing or in a rough stretch that rarely post when they’re winning or on a hot streak.

          • nsalem

            people in general gravitate towards bad news. There are many who would rather talk about Burnett than Granderson. Swisher received more attention for his bad first half than his good second half.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      Cabin fever at work.

  • lily

    gardner slumps are not fun

    • Sarah

      They are not, it is true.

      But a walk is ok too.

  • Widget

    Come on people look at the bright side, we may be a few days away from JESUS!!!!!!!

  • flamingo

    It is the third freaking inning, Sterling. STOP BEING SO NEGATIVE.

    • Esteban

      Maybe Sterling is one of RAB’s bridge jumpers?

  • LiterallyFigurative

    It’s really frustrating watching a team that only wins 95 or so games on a yearly basis…..

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    The Yankees get 2 runners on and John Sterling’s life is worth living again.

  • CBean

    does this mean #cured?

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

    Waaa Granderson is slumping.

    /first game thread’d

    • Greg

      He is still striking out too much for my taste.

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

        I think the Mona Lisa’s eyes are too far apart.

        • flamingo

          This comment :D

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Worst 37 homer season evahhhhhhh!

        • Esteban

          Dave Kingman hit .204 /.285 /.432 (99 OPS+) with 37 HRs in 1982. That’s has to be one of the worst.

          • IRF

            Dante Bichette had .3 bWAR the year he hit 40 HR and finished second in the MVP voting

            • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

              WAR, what is it good for?

  • IRF

    Curtis to the rescue

  • Greg

    THE GRANDY MAN!

  • Jetrer

    too bad Granderson is in a slump

  • flamingo

    PERFECT TIMING, CURTIS!

  • Cy Pettitte

    ok I’m coming back off the ledge now. lol

  • Esteban

    Oh the GRANDYMAN cannnnnnnnn

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    MLB.com Gameday says that the Yankees have 2 runners on, that must no be the case.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Grandy!

    You guys can climb down off the ledge, at least for now.

    • Esteban

      Not until they have a lead and are up 10 games in the division.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    In play, runs!

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Ah, gotta love MLB Gameday, so many memories!

  • mbonzo

    Grandy slump is over. With Bautista slumping, a hot Granderson September could win him the MVP.

    • Jetrer

      Bautista is slumping??
      1.040 OPS and .436 wOBA in August

      • IRF

        I guess thats slumping compared to April/May Bautista

      • mbonzo

        4 for his last 21.

        • Jetrer

          ok, but the slump is going to have to last a lot longer than that for Granderson to pass him offensively

    • flamingo

      Nunez is getting better.

      • flamingo

        Reply fail.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Can’t wait til the Yanks play Anaheim.

    Ima get to see Mike Trout and Jesus Montero play.

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

      Girardi said (on his show) that Jesus might even catch some, which surprised me.

      I think they’ll let him wade in slowly, facing soft tossing lefties to start. But that also means he won’t play more than twice a week.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Time for a shut-down inning Nova.

    • Cy Pettitte

      or not.

      • LiterallyFigurative

        Indeed.

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

          Love the name. It’s incomprehensible, which is to say perfect.

  • Greg

    Nova’s leaving his pitches up.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Anyone still wanna whine about having to trade Kennedy for Granderson?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Oh yeah. That Granderson guy is still pretty good, too.

  • CBean

    Come on Nova, Kay and Singleton have promised me that you will win this game since Curtis got you the lead.

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

    It’s the third damn inning, stop bringing the infield in.

    • Sarah

      But John Sterling approves!

    • Cy Pettitte

      did Joe hit his head on a wall this morning or something? he’s brought the infield in twice this game and he’s shifted Robbie closer to second twice and then pitched the right handed batter away the whole AB twice today.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Can Nova stop giving up runs please?

    • Sarah

      Nova spending too much time with AJ.

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

    Nova’s not making my “ROY” argument any easier for me.

    • flamingo

      I don’t need him to be ROY, I need him to win.

      /shrug

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      But he’s got 13 wins!

      /Kay’d

  • Greg

    Nova’s location is all over the place. So in the game we score runs, our pitcher is not doing well. Go figure.

    • CBean

      you can’t predict baseball?

    • http://notanevilempire.com/ Steve O.

      The score is 3-3. The Yankees are still favored to win this game. Relax.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Sometimes with young pitchers, these kinds of nights are far more valuable than easy outings.

    Nova has to work on not giving up the sac fly, especially when up 0-2 in the count.

    • flamingo

      I appreciate this comment.

      (Especially after the “we need to develop starting pitching” and then “WHY are you giving up runs” comments.)

  • Greg

    Matusz is killing the right handers with changeups away

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Adam Kennedy got his 17th win today!!

    /Waldman

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      She did not just say that.

  • mbonzo

    Martin has the worst luck out there.

  • Chip

    Is it just me or is Nova falling in love with his slider a bit thus far in this game?

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

      They want him to throw it more. If its working, it raises his ceiling considerably.

      • Nuke LaDoosh

        how does the pitch look (can’t really tell on Gameday.)

  • Greg

    Obsessive

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

    I don’t know why everyone’s so uptight around here. I get that they’re not playing great, and have been losing to some bad teams lately. But we got two great pieces of news today. Colon is throwing the ball great and AJ is making what is almost certainly his last start on Thursday. I’m borderline giddy right there.

    You could even make the argument that the Yanks really need to rethink their position on AJ after two bad seasons. He may be bullpen bound, or dumped in a trade this off season. We my not see him make another start for the Yanks again after this Thursday. Happy?

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

      I can’t see them being able to trade him. The Yankees aren’t going to eat $10M a year to watch him pitch elsewhere.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        It’s better than paying him 16m to have him suck for them.

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

        I agree, its tough to see them finding a trade partner. But you never know, there are some very dumb GMs out there. I mean, Alex Rios and Vernon Wells were traded. The Jake Peavy deal was completed before he came off the DL. Bill Smith gave up a big time Catching prospect for a nice reliever. There are some real head scratchers, so I’m holding out hope.

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

          Those players were good when they got traded.

          • Chip

            So we just need AJ to rock out in April/May next year and we can trade him! Wishful thinking…….

      • The Big 3

        “I can’t see them being able to trade him. The Yankees aren’t going to eat $10M a year to watch him pitch good elsewhere”

        FTFY

        It’s a mental thing, Mike. You have to know it.

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

          So it’s a mental thing now, but wasn’t in 2009?

          • The Big 3

            Do you believe in SIERA? I haven’t looked into it at all, but I can say, the difference in his peripherals between his ’09 and subsequent years is ridiculously nonexistent.

            He’s blown up a bunch of innings this year. I don’t know why that is. He’s also shit-tons more talented than anyone on this staff except CC.

    • flamingo

      AJ is making what is almost certainly his last start on Thursday

      One can only hope.

  • Greg

    Yankees have no luck recently

    • Greg

      But the DP makes up for that.

    • nsalem

      It’s not luck, they haven’t played that well this week.

      • Greg

        I mean that the O’s have gotten 2 infield hits and the Yankees have no BaBip.

        • nsalem

          The Orioles have 3 doubles and were able to avoid K’s and drive the ball with RISP. How is that luck?

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

            …were able to avoid K’s and drive the ball with RISP

            That has a lot to do with the guy on the mound. Nova’s not exactly Mr. Swing & Miss.

  • Chip

    There’s the ground ball Nova has been looking for all game

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    we can all dream, but the pure economics of it all will not only have AJ finishing the season, but maybe even making a start in the post season..as well as being back for 2012 and 2013.

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

      He won’t make a start in the playoffs unless two other starters get hurt.

      • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

        trust me, I hate it…but I just dont see them letting all that money sit. If Hughes, Nova, Colon, Garcia had these stats they would have been gone a long time ago. Hell Nova was sent down and he was having a great year

        • Jetrer

          the money won’t matter in the playoffs
          the only reason he got a playoff start last year was because the alternatives were Vazquez and Mitre

    • Tom

      This–AJ and the post-season–is one place where economics will dictate nothing. The Yanks know they’ll be laughed at from coast to coast if they give AJ a role.

      In fact, economics may not matter so much as the final month advances, especially if the Yanks struggle and Tampa or LA begins threatening their wild card position. Not out of the question if NY has another catastrophe in Boston this week.

      • The Big 3

        Well, this should be easy.

        I will bet good money that AJ will start in the playoffs. I still believe he’ll follow CC, as well.

        Of course he must get his act together first, but that would be my bet – that he will, along with him being the most prepared and talented starter after CC.

    • Tom

      Actually, it’s worse than being laughed at. If the Yanks used AJ in the post-season, hell, it would look like they were willing to THROW those games. Of course, they won’t use him.

      Unless he has a September road-to-Damascus conversion into a winner.

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

      I don’t mind AJ starting for the Yanks in 2012 and 2013, as long as it’s only for the month of April both years.

      Can we work that out somehow?

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Ivan Nova sure loves that sliiiiiiiider.

    /Joe Morgan’d

    • IRF

      Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttttttttttt

      /Clay Davis’d

      • nsalem

        Clay’s at the game tonight. He’s sitting in a luxury box (and I’m sure he didn’t pay for it).

        • Esteban

          And Lester Freamon’s looking at him with some binoculars, checking out who he’s sitting with.

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

    Question for Mike. With the minor league season winding down, any idea which prospect will be on the RAB Watch for next year?

    You’ve done Montero, you’ve done Banuelos. I guess Dealin Dellin is next?

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

      I have no idea, I don’t even worry about that until Spring Training.

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

        No early favorites? I thought you might have some breakout guy you really like, like Zoilo or something.

        • Esteban

          Mason Williams?

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

            Bichette, Sanchez. Even Slade if he could ever stay healthy.

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

          It won’t be a position player, I can promise you that. Pain in the ass to update everyday.

  • Chip

    Ugh, what beauty

  • Greg

    Cano goes the other way!

  • flamingo

    DONTCHA KNOW!

  • Esteban

    Ribbinson don’t give a shit.

  • nsalem

    A Camden Yards Special

  • CBean

    um I’m pretty sure it’s not Cano’s 1st HR of the season.

  • Cy Pettitte

    oppo bomb. yay Robbie

  • Ivan

    Cano is good…but you guys know that already.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I like Cano.

    He seems like a good dude.

    .. ..

  • CBean

    YAY FOR BACK TO BACK!

  • Greg

    Back to back

    BELLY TO BELLY!

  • flamingo

    Swish has been SO HOT.

    • Esteban

      Swisher, so hot right now.

      /Zoolander’d

  • Chip

    You could see that one coming

  • Esteban

    That’s Swisher, just padding his stats. Unless the Orioles score more runs, and this HR becomes meaningful.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      personal jab?

      • Esteban

        Eh, you weren’t the only to say something like that.

  • Ivan

    Swish, all net baby.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    swish is on FIRE

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    In play, more run(s)!

  • tom

    Swish was going to homer in that at bat no matter how many times they denied him

  • Jon

    we are never going to win with all these rally killers on the team

  • Karl Krawfid

    ESPN doesn’t let me see the mlb.com highlights.

    Bullshit I tell you.

  • Esteban

    Get out of town!

  • Chip

    They’ve awakened the beast!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    In play, even more runs!

  • CBean

    hahahaha 3 in a row!

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Waaaay too many home runs.

  • Greg

    Three on a match!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Andruw! back to back to back.

  • flamingo

    OH MY GOD I CALLED THAT.

    HA THIS GAME :D

    (Lol Sterling’s call)

  • Ivan

    Why are Homeruns so bad, but make me feel so goood!!!!!!!

  • CBean

    no homerun martin? weak!

    • Jon

      you know jesus would have hit a home run

  • Cy Pettitte

    that’s it? a shitty single? you suck Russell.

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

    I hope nobody actually believed the Yanks were going to leave Baltimore without issuing at least one beat down.

    • flamingo

      It should be our calling card: Look what happens when you try to sweep us.

      Yeah, three grand slams are better, but I’ll take back to back to back any day.

  • Ivan

    Single?!?!?!?! Boooooooooo

  • Chip

    Man, that slider looks like it should be no problem to hit but he’s gotten a bunch of swinging strikes on it already

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Just tuning in, how has Nova pitched?

    • Greg

      Got hit hard early, but has settled down

    • Jon

      hes getting a lot more swinging strikes than normal

      but hes not getting the grounders

    • Chip

      Started out badly but not terribly. They’ve manufactured two of the runs. Since then it seems like all he’s throwing is the slider and they can’t touch it

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Dear God, it makes so much sense that Kay wants to write an autobiography with that stupid title.

    Though I’ve gotta admit that “not anymore” was a good line

  • flamingo

    All right, Nova!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Not gonna lie, I had no idea that Mark Hendrickson was still pitching.

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

      Thought he went back to the NBA, eh? Happens to me on occasion too.

  • flamingo

    The Grandy man can!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Grandy Man!!

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

    Curtis slumped the shit out of that one.

  • Chip

    So………two game slump over?

  • Jetrer

    League Leader

    • flamingo

      MVP!

  • CBean

    ok, so definitely #cured.

  • Cy Pettitte

    GRANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! holy shit

  • Esteban

    Grandy don’t hurt ‘em

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    MVP

  • Karl Krawfid

    38 bombs!!!!!!!!

  • Chip

    Raise your hand if you thought Granderson would lead the majors in homers hit against lefties (by a lot) this season

    • Esteban

      Not one person in the world.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Oh nooo. Granderson is in a huge slump!!!!

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    in love with this team again

  • Esteban

    As good as Curtis has been, August has been his best month.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Cano’s been a beast in the second half.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Here goes Kay with the wins again

    • Cy Pettitte

      I’m watching MASN, is he doing the thing where he’s like “how could they have taken him out of the rotation, he has 14 wins. 14 WINS.”?

      • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

        uh, it is a good question

        • Esteban

          Nova is not a good pitcher because he has 14 wins. With the run support he’s gotten he could have had almost as many wins anyway.

          • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

            agreed…but does AJ get to stay and Nova sent down just because AJ makes all that money? at least Nova has made the run support work for him…AJ cant hold a lead even when its 13 runs

            • Esteban

              I agree, AJ is far worse. But not because of W/L record.

  • Sarah

    Geez, I go eat dinner and come back to 8-3, all home runs I see.

    So the Gardy slump continues…

  • Esteban

    Yankees really like to score a lot of runs for Nova. Sure, he’s settled down and pitched ok, but at the same time, he could have gotten a win even if he gave up 6 runs.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Seriously, Granderson’s 2011 stat-line is going to look ridiculous.

    I hope he can get his average to .285 or so.

    His totals are going to end up being one of the 10 best Yankee seasons of all time. It’ll also be one of the two best of the last 40 years along with A-Rod’s MVP year.

    • Esteban

      I doubt that it’ll be one of the ten best, just in terms of pure numbers with no positional adjustment.

    • Jon

      sorry dude but no way

      one of the 10 best yankee seasons has to go something like this

      babe ruth
      babe ruth
      babe ruth
      babe ruth

      ect

      • Chip

        A-Rod
        Lou Gehrig
        Lou Gehrig
        Lou Gehrig
        Mickey Mantle
        Mickey Mantle
        Mickey Mantle
        Joe D
        Joe D
        Joe D

        ect

        • Jon

          Babe Ruth+ (28) 14.7 1923
          Babe Ruth+ (26) 14.0 1921
          Mickey Mantle+ (24) 12.9 1956
          Babe Ruth+ (25) 12.9 1920
          Babe Ruth+ (32) 12.8 1927
          Mickey Mantle+ (25) 12.5 1957
          Lou Gehrig+ (24) 12.0 1927
          Babe Ruth+ (31) 12.0 1926
          Mickey Mantle+ (29) 11.9 1961
          Babe Ruth+ (29) 11.9 1924

          • Jon

            highest single season WAR and year

          • Chip

            That’s just……….wow. I mean for a storied team like the Yankees you only have three players occupying your top 10 list. Of course, I think that there is much more parity in the league these days so your front runners aren’t as far out in front as they used to be but still……….wow

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

              My favorite is the all-time single season K/9 leaderboard. The top ten is just three players, and this is all of baseball history.

              Kerry Wood
              Pedro Martinez x2
              Randy Johnson x7

              http://www.baseball-reference......ason.shtml

              RJ was just bananas.

              • nsalem

                Average playoff pitcher though. If you threw out the Yankee’s he’d be dismal.

          • The Big 3

            With that list, how can those WAR figures be accurate if batted ball data had not yet been recorded?

            Is it just offense? (can’t be)

    • nsalem

      You’re getting a little dramatic here. Granderson has been great, but Babe Ruth by himself has had 10 better seasons than Granderson’s 2011.

    • Jetrer

      10th best Yankee OPS season was 1.194 (Lou Gehrig, 1930)
      Granderson has been great, but he’s not cracking the top 10

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

      Best offensive seasons by Yankee players, by OPS+. Granderson is 66th (not counting tonight).

      http://www.baseball-reference......i?id=NsK9R

      • The Big 3

        Why do I get the feeling that if Granderson was hitting back then when starters were compiling 400+ inning seasons, he’d have broken 3 figures for HR’s in Ruth’s time?

        Eh, must be just me. I’m sure it was tougher back then facing worn down pitchers exclusively throwing fastballs.

        • nsalem

          it’s just you

          • nsalem

            Unfortunately Granderson would not have been on the Yankee’s in the 1920s.

            • The Big 3

              Now that is a good point, but also beside my point.

              ERA+ and WRC+ may try to guage, but no way is the competition at all similar. Grandy would have hit 100+ HR’s back then. Back when the RF porch was move in for Ruth.

              • nsalem

                I think that’s not the case but (if you’re being serious) thats your opinion and you’re entitled to it. However I think you would be hard pressed to find anyone that would agree with you and as I said before it’s my opinion that it’s just you.

          • The Big 3

            That’s good to hear. I would hate having to resign to other peoples opinions on everything.

            • nsalem

              a) People didn’t throw just fastballs in the 20’s.
              b) Baseball was the dominant professional sport back then which paid the most money and the best athletes gravitated towards baseball.
              c) Starting pitchers are generally superior to relief pitchers and batters faced fewer of them.
              d) There were half as many teams back then so there are twice as many pitchers now. The bottom 50% of pitchers in the majors now wouldn’t even be in the major leagues.

  • Jetrer

    Nice game by Nova
    Shaky start, but finished strong.

  • Jetrer

    Have they announced the roster move to activate Garcia tomorrow?
    I guessing they send Nova down so they don’t have a short bullpen.

    • mbonzo

      I bet they just pitch CC tomorrow. If anyone goes down its Noesi.

      • Cy Pettitte

        no way, CC will pitch against the sox. the move will be to send down Noesi, which isn’t a big deal it’s only for 2 days.

        • Cy Pettitte

          oh wait, would they have to wait to call him back up again or is that voided by the rosters expanded?

          • Jetrer

            I believe that is voided by roster expansion, which is why I think Nova will be the move, since he won’t pitch again until after rosters expand anyways

            • mbonzo

              I always assumed thats not possible, otherwise we’d see teams doing that with half their pitchers the last week of August.

              • Chip

                Well if they don’t have options then you can’t do it. Also, most teams aren’t desperate for bullpen help/using a 6 man rotation at just the right time for it to work

      • Jetrer

        think they are saving CC to pitch Tuesday against Boston. I’m guessing Nova will be sent down so they don’t have to play 3 days with a short bullpen. Nova’s next start won’t be until after rosters expand anyways, so I believe he can be called back up in time for his next start.

  • tut

    Is Nova’s slider developing into a serious out pitch?

    • mbonzo

      Its an out pitch, only time will tell how serious it is.

  • Chip

    When you take two first ballot hall of famers out of your lineup and still score 8 runs……..you might have a good offense

  • CBean

    what’s our rotation for the red sox series?

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      CC vs Lackey
      Hughes vs Beckett
      AJ vs Lester

      according to John and Suzyn

      • Guns of the Navarone

        Have the Yankees faced Beckett AND Lester for every series? I think they have.

        • Cy Pettitte

          yea could we just once get something like Wakefield, Lackey and Miller?

        • Greg

          That’s by design.

  • flamingo

    Cano walks slooowly back. Martin walks slooowly back.

    LOL, Susyn

  • Cy Pettitte

    Nova gets the bases warmed up for DRob, how nice of him

  • tom

    For a second there I was worried Giraardi wasn’t going to take Nova out…continuing the “leave them in there till the game’s just about to tilt” pattern of earlier this week. Glad to see Joe’s got a quicker hook this time. (Presuming, of course, effective bullpen work)

  • CBean

    wait, why are they bring D-Rob in?

    • Greg

      When did he pitch last?

      • Cy Pettitte

        8/24

      • mbonzo

        8/24

  • Chip

    Is it just me or did D-Rob not throw 95 when he first came up? I remember him being in the 89-91 range originally but now he’s constantly 92-95

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

      Nope, he’s been steadily adding velocity…

      http://www.fangraphs.com/pitch.....8;pitch=FA

    • Jon

      i remembered him in the 91-92 range up till mid last year i think

      i thought he got hurt at one point and came back throwing gas

  • Jetrer

    thats a swing

  • Cy Pettitte

    that’s a K, stupid ump.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Sterling says DRob has been the most surprising Yankee. More than Colon and Garcia?

    • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

      low expectations for those two…where as DRob really solidified a bullpen that everyone thought would fall apart after Joba, Soriano and Feliciano went on the DL

    • Jetrer

      not for me. I expected DRob to be good, though not this good.
      I expected very little from Garcia and nothing from Colon.

  • flamingo

    DRob is my HERO.

  • Esteban

    K-Rob just being K-Rob

  • Jetrer

    Houdini strikes again!!!!

  • Chip

    Unbelievable

  • Greg

    That’s your Rolaids reliever of the year right there.

  • Cy Pettitte

    DRob is breaking off some filthy curves

    that was a pitching masterpiece. just wow.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Beast-Rob

  • Frigidevil

    How do they score that strikeout-in-the-dirt-step-on-plate, K2?

  • mbonzo

    In Robertson’s last 13 games, 12.1 IP, he’s struck out 16 (11.7 K/9), walked 2 (8.0 K/BB, 1.46 BB/9), and allowed 6 hits. (0.648 WHIP)

    • Jetrer

      filthy

  • Cy Pettitte

    look at Curtis stat-pad his avg.

  • Sarah

    What can I do to end the Gardy slump? Please, someone, tell me what I can do. He had the better part of two days off. I thought that would help!

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    I was kind of hoping the O’s would get 2 runs so Mo could get a save.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      that makes me think…when was the last time Mo pitched?

      • Jetrer

        8/24

      • Nuke LaDoosh

        8/24, don’t you know how to use that computer ? ;)

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

    Seriously, name a better bullpen right now. I’ll wait.

    • NEPA Yankee

      Boston, Philly, Texas, Milwaukee, Atlanta. # Dan Plesac’d

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Noesi getting some work in before he gets sent down tomorrow

    • Jetrer

      Nova makes more sense, since he won’t pitch until after rosters expand anyways

  • nsalem

    D-Rob Arb eligible in 2012. What do the Yankee’s offer?

    • Cy Pettitte

      everything. all of it.

    • Jon

      not much

      non closers dont make that much

  • Cy Pettitte

    Hector gets the 9th because he’s the closer in training

    /conspiracytheories

  • Chip

    Scouting report on O’s: Throw them nothing but sliders

  • Esteban

    Put it on the left side

  • Esteban

    Yankees down 1 game in the loss column to the Red Sox. Time to panic!

    • Nuke LaDoosh

      yeah, people aren’t going to relax until AJ throws a no hitter at the Fens this week

      • CBean

        he’ll still end up losing because he walks in the winning run

  • nsalem

    It’s whose behind us that worries me.

    • Esteban

      Whose behind? Minka’s?

  • Roland Deschain

    Ivan Nova picks up his 14th W tonight as he furthers the game between him and Michael Pineda for ROY.

    Also furthering the gap was Curtis Granderson who is your AL MVP frontrunner, no question about it.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      I’d say Mark Trumbo is the front runner for AL ROY.

      • billysbartender

        agreed… it’s Trumbo

        • mbonzo

          Yes he has 23 homeruns, but he only has a .770 OPS. For a power guy at a corner position, I’m not that impressed.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Him and that shiny OBP?