Game 126: No A-Rod Again


(AP Photo)

One game after he returned to the lineup, Alex Rodriguez is again out of it. He suffered a jammed thumb while making a play on Sunday. After cutting short his BP session he went for an x-ray. It doesn’t sound like anything serious.

That means the lineup resembles the ones we’ve seen for the past month or so. It’s also Bartday, which we hope moves the Bartolo Colon O Meter clockwise.


1. Brett Gardner, LF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Curtis Granderson, CF
4. Mark Teixeira, 1B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Eric Chavez, 3B
8. Jorge Posada, DH
9. Russell Martin, C

And on the mound, number forty, Bartolo Colon.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Kiersten says:

    Open thread? You had me worried there was no game.

  2. Cy Pettitte says:

    whatever, the team is better without ARod.


  3. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Open thread, you say?

    How about that earthquake, folks?

  4. Kramerica Industries says:


  5. Zanath says:

    What in god’s name is that picture?

  6. Rory says:

    I just switched to DirecTV today and live in Suffolk County. Does anyone know what channel the game is on tonight?

  7. It’s Bartday, Bartday, gotta get down on Bartday.

  8. Countryclub says:

    Molina is back in Scranton. Unfortunately, he could easily be the 3rd catcher come 9/1.

  9. Ethan says:

    Quite the jacket Kay has there

  10. richie rich says:

    attention is was not an earthquake today it was just bartolos stomach growling cuz he was very hungry!!

  11. Ethan says:

    Didn’t the earthquake originate from North of Ottawa? Kay said it was from Virginia…

  12. Karl Krawfid says:

    Russ got added nice.

  13. Karl Krawfid says:


    Montero home run from yesterday.

  14. Urban says:

    Gardner to the nine hole!

    Just kidding.

  15. teddy says:

    gardner is slumping

  16. Urban says:

    Twenty-two what? Jeter has a twenty-two game hitting streak? Missed what Kay was saying.

  17. Eric Duncan says:

    Betances with a wild inning, he threw 27 pitches in all … Walked the first 2 then struck out the next 2 batters both swinging. Walked the next batter in 5 pitches then struck out the next batter in 4 pitches swinging as well.

  18. Urban says:

    So Kay won’t have ketchup or soup, but he’ll eat a paper cup. Go figure.

  19. Cy Pettitte says:


  20. Greg says:

    Allen into the second deck!

  21. Captain Beatty says:

    Bartolo needs to throw better pitches than that.

  22. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Brandon Allen just absolutely destroyed that baseball.

  23. Eric Duncan says:

    Light tower power.

  24. Mike HC says:

    Man, someone really good needs to get one to the upper deck to unseat that guy and branyon as the only guys to do it.

  25. Mike HC says:

    Way to botch that Office promo, Kay, ha.

  26. flamingo says:

    Alright, Colon. Now that you got that one out of your system, how about a night with no more hiccups?

  27. Chen Meng Wang says:

    The Office, ftw. Great TV show.

  28. Will says:

    Bart is getting squeezed. That Allen homeun is a result of a super tight strike zone. I hope this isn’t like the last A’s series where we made them look like batting champions.

  29. Karl Krawfid says:

    wow that was a bomb

  30. Greg says:

    Even in the first inning guys were hitting the ball hard off of Colon. I think he will be the odd man out of the rotation.

    • Mike HC says:

      My guess is Nova or Hughes, leaning toward Nova as the odd one out right now. But who knows really. Could be Colon if he has a poor September. Time will tell.

      • Greg says:

        No, Nova is going too well. And Hughes is starting to come back into form.

        • Mike HC says:

          I’m guessing Nova pulls back a bit performance wise in September, and Hughes remains slightly more effective, along with Garcia and Colon basically maintaining what they have done for the most part. Just a guess. Your scenario may easily be the one to play out.

    • Urban says:

      …or not.

  31. IRF says:

    Brandon Allen broke the Bartolo-meter

  32. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Idk what Kenny is talking about, that pitch had plenty of movement.

  33. James A says:

    joel sherman saying the yanks have scouted darvish heavily, and he is coming to the bigs

    • IRF says:

      Yeah, but he also questioned whether or not CC was an ace in the same post, so…

      • Mike HC says:

        The Yanks are clearly going to scout Darvish as much as they can. Doesn’t mean they are going to end up offering a lot of money for him.

        Agreed that the CC stuff was a bit ridiculous. Because he has never had a bad august before this one, it is a sign of things to come? A bit premature I think.

  34. Karl Krawfid says:

    So this Allen kid likes to hit bombs and dig in his nose.

  35. Chris says:

    Betances has walked the bases loaded in back-to-back innings. 6 walks in 1 1/3 innings.

  36. Cuso says:

    i’m annoyed

  37. Greg says:

    Send him to the pen

  38. Cy Pettitte says:

    come on Bartolo.

  39. bonestock94 says:


  40. Captain Beatty says:

    I think it’s safe to say Bartolo won’t be in the postseason rotation.

  41. King George says:

    Frustratng…very frustrating.

  42. bonestock94 says:

    Maybe the earthquake was Colon falling back to earth

  43. Ethan says:

    Lol that guy failed badly trying to catch that ball

  44. Jesse says:

    I’ve been predicting this for now almost three weeks. My playoff rotation would be CC, Nova, Hughes, Garcia with Colon in the bullpen and Burnett off the roster.

  45. IRF says:

    You really can’t be giving home runs to a guy that looks like this:

  46. Cuso says:

    Brandon Allen?!

    Eric Sogard?!

    I’m following the game on At-Bat 11 and it’s like I’m following the kickball championship of Finland.

    Who are these guys?

  47. King George says:

    This rotation is progressively making me nervous as we inch toward the playoffs…the offense can only do so much

    • sangreal says:

      I agree, we are DOOOOMED

    • Mike HC says:

      I think that was always the worry. Getting best case scenerios from Garcia, Colon and Nova were unlikely to last. Hopefully getting worst case from Hughes also turns around, which is has.

      And I also think people are killing off Colon too quick.

    • Will says:

      I think everyone but the Phillies feels this way. Red Sox don’t have anyone consistently good beyond Lester, Tigers have only Verlander, CJ Wilson is hardly a #1 and beyond him they have a bunch of rookies. Its not only us. Remember though, in 2009 we got by with a rotation of CC-AJ-Pettitte. So we just need to be the best team that day of each playoff game and hope our offense can carry us to another WS.

  48. Bartolo's Colon says:

    even if this is the end of colon, it was awesome while it lasted and he really gave us some good innings, probably a lot more than 99.99% of people expected from him (bartolo and bartolo’s mom being the exception)

  49. Will says:

    I have a feeling everyone is smartening up to Bart’s fastball. I mean batters are already looking fastball but the fact that it has lost almost all of its movement and some velocity will make it really hard for him to be as successful as he was in the first half.

  50. bonestock94 says:

    Jered Weaver keeps getting cooler:

    “If $85 (million) is not enough to take care of my family and other generations of families then I’m pretty stupid”

    • Pat D says:

      Glad to see he’s not Latrell Sprewell or every CEO in America.

    • Mike HC says:

      Don’t encourage that stuff. That is the kind of attitude that keeps top free agents away from the Yanks, ha.

      • bonestock94 says:

        Haha true. The Yankees picked a great time to start developing elite pitching because it seems like EVERYONE is getting extended.

        • Jesse says:

          They’re not there yet.

          • bonestock94 says:

            Yea I know, but Banuelos and Betances are promising. And Nova is the dark horse.

            • Mike HC says:

              They have kept Joba, Hughes, Nova, Betances, Banuelos. Joba and Hughes have already contributed tons of value to the major league team, and should only get better, and Betances and Banuelos should do the same. The only one they gave up was Kennedy, which was the deal we got MVP Granderson in.

              It is all about developing starting pitching. and secondly, up the middle position players.

  51. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I can’t see the game and am kinda sorta watching on gameday. Could someone tell me about Colon? Has he really looked as bas as some of the comments suggest?

  52. Monteroisdinero says:

    I think it is safe to say Bart has been great but he ain’t coming back next year.

    That’s ok.

  53. Monteroisdinero says:

    How bout that guy sleeping in the first row. Wake up dude. Jeets is 2 for 2.

  54. Greg says:

    Granderson’s K’s are piling up. Contributes to his WAR.

  55. your mom says:

    Tex with the first pitch fail.

  56. nsalem says:

    They always talk about DiMaggio”s 13 strike out season, but nobody mentions Berra’s 12 K’s in 656 PA’s
    in 1950.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      Both are pretty insane. I remember when I first heard about Berra’s season in 1950 on the radio, I was working as a delivery guy, and went home on a delivery to check baseball-reference cause I just didn’t believe it.

  57. Pat D says:

    Indians are collapsing pretty fast, huh? Letting the Mariners score bunches of runs? That’s gotta be the low point.

  58. Will says:

    Holy shit McCarthy! Stop throwing so many strikes and stop being so good!

    SMH! Here we go again Yankees! They can’t ever figure out pitchers who throw alot of soft stuff (curves, change-ups, splitters). I’m not looking foward to facing Harden again.

    • Greg says:

      I read something about that today. The Yankees produce seven runs under the league average when hitting changeups but are 81 runs above average in hitting fastballs.

      And just because I hate their integrity doesnt mean that I can use them as a source.

      • Will says:

        See its not only me! Wow is that pathetic for a team like the Yankees. If we’re going to make it far in the playoffs this has to change. Alot of our potential competition throws offspeed stuff : Verlander, Wilson, Lewis, Beckett, Lee, Halladay. Sheesh.

  59. jay h says:

    jeter has his average up to .294. He might end up above .300 if he keeps this up

    • Mike HC says:

      Yea, it has been fun to watch his resurgence since coming off the DL. One of my favorite parts of this year, considering I had very little hope left of him turning it around after a year and a half of very unlike Jeter performance.

      • Esteban says:

        Yeah, I’m ecstatic he’s hitting again. I was wrong, I had pretty much written him off, and I’m happy I was wrong.

  60. Hall and Nokes says:

    DJ3C is .006 away!

  61. Jesse says:

    Dellin just walked his 8th batter in 2.1 innings. Holy fuck.

  62. Hall and Nokes says:

    Jeez, nobody in the stands in Arlington tonight. In fairness, it is 104 degrees. Why does anyone live there again?

  63. Naved says:

    Betances has 9 walks so far in his game in AAA >_>

  64. bonestock94 says:


  65. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i knew bart could induce a dp, im sure exactly like he planned

  66. Mike HC says:

    Oakland has been hitting liners all over the field so far. Colon is definitely a bit lucky to have only given up two runs so far.

  67. James A says:

    Bruce Chen is perfect through 3 innings with 5 k’s at the Rogers Centre
    I guess the sign stealing guy is gone…

  68. sin271096 says:

    anyone else think kay made to big of a deal of that play by tex…seemed pretty routine to me

  69. Greg says:

    There’s what they need to do. If McCarthy is pitching them away, hit them away.

  70. your mom says:

    Great! One of these games again.

  71. dkidd says:

    Mccarthy’s twitter feed is actually quite witty

    • bonestock94 says:

      Yea, he’s good and real honest. Regularly gives it back to journalists. Much better than the childish BS most other players talk about.

  72. Monteroisdinero says:

    Catching Betances and Brackman has got to be good training for Montero for AJ.

  73. Captain Beatty says:

    He’s just mowing down our hitters. The few that are hitting like Jeter and Robbie aren’t getting any help.

  74. Greg says:

    Well in the series preview, we were warned that McCarthy was sneaky good and might surprise the Yanks. He has done just that so far.

    • Greg says:

      Tuesday, RHP Brandon McCarthy (vs. Bartolo Colon): Other than being a fine follow on Twitter, McCarthy has had a nice comeback year after dealing with injuries for several years. His 2.83 FIP is off the charts, though his ERA (3.74) is much more pedestrian. McCarthy is all about avoiding walks (1.30 uIBB/9) and getting ground balls (47.1%), and he’ll occasionally mix in strike three (5.87 K/9). He’s a big dude (6-foot-7, 200 lbs.) and he uses his size to get good downhill plane on his 90-ish mph fastballs (both two and four-seamer). A high-80?s slider is his third pitch (really second counting the fastballs as one entity). McCarthy’s a tough assignment, he might sneak up on the Yankees.

    • Will says:


      /Freddy Garcia-ed

  75. Will says:

    Great. Yankees making McCarthy look like Roy Halladay and making the Oakland line-up look like the ’98 Yanks.

  76. Brandon says:

    Now why is YES interviewing Greg Kelly? Guys a newscaster, not a sportscaster!

  77. Esteban says:

    Bartolo is getting fatter by the second isn’t he.

  78. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

    here comes the power hitter

  79. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Huge fan of piercings/tattoos…but Coco, dude…ewwww.

  80. Urban says:

    Was that some attempt at a cross-promotion by My9 for its news? Another reason not to like games on My9.

  81. Will says:

    The Sawx have an early 2-0 lead in Texas. Lackey vs. Lewis. Hopefully Lackey pulls an AJ and has an inning implosion where he gives up 10 runs.

  82. Cy Pettitte says:

    hip hip!

  83. Will says:

    Sodo! Get something started please!

  84. Monteroisdinero says:

    Sado with Monterian power the opposite way.

  85. Captain Beatty says:

    And Gardner hits his 20th consecutive pop up. Leadoff double and they can’t even push him home. Ridiculous.

  86. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Wow, incredibly tight strike zone for Mcarthy right there. Not that I’m complaining at all, but still, wow.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      Or it’s just to the extreme inside half of each batter…because all of the pitches low and away Jeter took looked good, but that strike out by Grandy looked wayyy inside.

  87. Urban says:

    Jeter, the universa choice to bat 9th here on RAB, passed Gardner in BA a week or so back.

    He is now fractionally ahead of Gardner in OBP.

    Not a knock on Gardy, just a reminder that baseball is a long season.

    • bonestock94 says:

      Yea, a good lesson cause I definitely thought he was toast with his 2010 season and early 2011.

    • Jetrer says:

      I think most of the discussion was about dropping Jeter vs. RHP, but still a valid point, Jeter has come on strong while Gardner has slumped lately

      • Steve S. says:

        Which sort of argues against the point he’s making, no?

        Could it be that THIS is the small sample, Derek’s hot streak? That by the end of the year, when pitchers readjust to what Derek has done recently, the true talent level of both players will show through and Derek will be behind Gardner again, as he was for most of the past two seasons. If you want to argue big picture, that’s still it.

        • Jetrer says:

          just saying its not as big a difference as it was earlier in the year. They should end the season with fairly close numbers, though I suspect Gardner’s will be slightly better, but not enough that it would have made a huge difference in the offense if they were reversed in the lineup.

    • Steve S. says:

      It is a long season, no doubt. Fully agree that people shouldn;t jump to conclusions. In Jeter’s case, it wasn’t jumping the gun. It was a steady decline that appeared to go back to 2007, with 09 as the outlier.

      And with both guys being equal in OBP, I still want Gardy leading off, which pushes Derek down to 7th or lower. They both get on base at roughly the same rate, but Gardner is a game changer with his speed. Derek doesn’t bring that anymore, if he ever did. Gardner is still the better leadoff man, he brings more skills to the position.

  88. Captain Beatty says:

    That didn’t catch any corner. Bad call. But even worse to not even advance that runner after a leadoff double.

  89. nedro says:

    Fuckin makeup call.

  90. Greg says:

    That might have been a makeup call. I tell you Grandy is going to lose the AL MVP on his strikeouts.

  91. Karl Krawfid says:

    One of those nights.

  92. Monteroisdinero says:

    Arod’s injury a strange one on a grounder injuring his hand/jamming a finger inside the glove.

  93. Will says:

    Yankees lineup : “What are these non-fastball pitches he’s throwing us? Doesn’t he know we can only hit fastballs?”

  94. Captain Beatty says:

    Watch Oakland manufacture this run after a leadoff double. We swung for the fences and it’ll cost us a run. With McCarthy pitching like Cliff Lee we’ve got little hope.

  95. Monteroisdinero says:

    And that’s how we score a runner from second with no outs.

  96. Will says:

    Is anyone else starting to wonder how Brandon McCarthy is pitching as well as he is tonight?

  97. Cy Pettitte says:

    Yankees offense looks uninspired

  98. Captain Beatty says:

    This looks like a CGSO kind of night. Just tip your cap and win behind your aces tomorrow and Thursday.

  99. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

    i get “sneaky good” but its just one of those nights…the yanks are flat and this guy is throwing tons of off speed stuff. best thing is to try and work counts and get to the bullpen

  100. Monteroisdinero says:

    Colon giving us length but it is now time for a Colectomy.

  101. It’s almost like McCarthy’s a good pitcher and good pitchers can shut down the best offenses.

  102. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

    I love these guys hitting 230…just owning Colon tonight

  103. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow Colby Lewis is fucking terrible

    • Will says:

      Except for the ALCS last year where out of nowhere he pitched well against us. But yeah he’s pretty bad. It’s hilarious to hear Nolan Ryan talk so highly of him when he’s just not good at all.

  104. RayFo says:

    Eric Sogard so belongs on the Red Sox.

  105. Cy Pettitte says:

    great job Boone.

  106. Greg says:

    And Girardi loses that matchup.

  107. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

    we are about to see another moment where Giradi just got managed out of a game

  108. Karl Krawfid says:

    Ok I can Turn this off.

  109. thaaaaaaayankeeeswin says:

    and there it was….lol

  110. Steve S. says:

    Logan for two Righties?

  111. RayFo says:

    Obviously ESPN’s top sports story tonight will be the Red Sox beating the Rangers in Arlington and getting back to first place.

  112. Captain Beatty says:

    He left Colon out to dry, should have taken him out sooner. Girardi has the best bullpen in baseball and always refuses to use them when his starter tires. It just baffles me.

    • Steve S. says:

      Oh stop. Do you think that bullpen is as good as it is because he knows a thing or two about how to use it?

      • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

        They just had an off day, and he could have gone to Wade, Soriano, DRob. No reason not to.

      • ItsATarp says:

        Actually no he doesn’t. It’s good because we have good relievers, not because Girardi is using it right…High leverage situation, in a 3 run game…i’m pretty sure Soriano is a better despite the stupid match ups…which didn’t even matter.

        • Jetrer says:

          3 run game (down 3) is not a high leverage situation

          • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

            2 runners on, game probably on the line is a high leverage situation.

            • Jetrer says:

              no, they only had an 8.4% win expectancy when Logan came in
              If they got out of it with no runs (certainly no guarantee, even with Soriano) their win expectancy only would have increased to about 12-13%
              High leverage means the game is in doubt, going from down 3 to down 5 in the seventh only means going from very unlikely to win to extremely unlikely to win

              • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

                3 down isn’t a “very unlikely win” WPA aside. How many times have the Yankees scored 3 runs over 3 innings. I bet quite a few times. Also, how about if Wade just started the inning!!

                • Jetrer says:

                  Yes to Wade. That would have been my preference. And I’m not saying the Yankees couldn’t come back, but it is unlikely. How many games have they won this year when they were down 3 in the seventh (and there’s no guarantee Soriano would have stranded the runners).

          • ItsATarp says:

            So now a 3 run game is a 5 run game…with 2 men on it’s high leverage since you don’t want the game to get out of hand. Logan himself cut our win chance by 3.4% despite facing only 2 batters.

            • ItsATarp says:

              Actually my fault, we went from 8.4% to 3.7%…so it was more than 3%. Yes our win % is low…but he basically killed our chances. Get out of the situation our win% is back up to 15%ish. So i rather get the guy who has the best chance to get us out of the situation out there.

              • Jetrer says:

                But is it worth expending the bullets just to get up to 15%. What if you have closer games in the seventh in the next few games and then Soriano wouldn’t be available for one because he was wasted trying to get to 15% today. Just not worth it IMO.

                • ItsATarp says:

                  It’s worth the bullets when you have more than one. We have D-rob, Mo still left for the 8th and 9th is we take the lead or tie. 15% is not alot but a hell of a lot better than 3%

                  • ItsATarp says:

                    also we have CC going and the fact that we still have wade…Even wade is a better option than Logan in that spot imo.

                    • Jetrer says:

                      yeah, my preference would have been for Wade to start the inning.
                      But for SoRoMo, if you use them in every game with winning odds that low, they’ll be Scott Proctor’d before the playoffs.

                    • Steve S. says:

                      I agree there. I’m not sure why Joe wanted Logan to face to righties, other than to get a look at him in that spot. Either way, it didn’t decide the game.

                • Steve S. says:

                  Bullpen management 101.

                  If you want to have your best pitchers available to lock down a win, don’t waste them in what looks like a loss. They’re not machines, they can’t pitch every day. You’ll be kicking yourself tomorrow if Soriano has a long inning tonight (which you can’t always control) and isn’t available for a ..ahem..high leverage situation.

                  Whether you use LPI or common sense, you wind up in the same place.

        • Steve S. says:

          You don’t even know what a high leverage situation is, and you’re criticizing the manager for being lost.

          Here’s a hint, already being down 3 runs isn’t one.

          • ItsATarp says:

            so you rather have a 5 run game instead of a 3 run one? Not exactly high leverage as in a 1 run game but still changes the complexion of the game by allowing the 2 runs in. I rather have better chance to keep it at 3 with Soriano than use a Loogy vs a right hander.

    • Jesse says:

      I agree. Of course that’s easy to say now that he gave up two runs in the seventh. But after the sixth inning concluded I thought his night was done. Especially with having the best bullpen in the AL and having an off day yesterday it’s fresh. It kinda baffles me that he didn’t go to the ‘pen to start the seventh.

  113. ItsATarp says:

    Where was Soriano? Girardi is a fucking moron…

    • Jetrer says:

      using a top reliever already down 3-0 would be moronic
      Save the bullets for a game they have a better chance to win

      • Greg says:

        I would have rather used Wade against Sogard than Logan against Sizemore. I trust righties v. lefties more than lefties v. righties.

      • Ethan says:

        Except yesterday was an offday… I agree Soriano should have been in

        • Jetrer says:

          save your best relievers for high leverage work
          I think Wade should have started the inning, but no reason to use Soriano there

          • Ethan says:

            Well it most likely won’t really matter. This team doesn’t seem to come from behind a lot in the late innings.

      • ItsATarp says:

        Wow that’s utterly stupid since with 2 men on if you want the best chance to win is to bring in Soriano…Not Boone Logan to face a righty. Your best chance to win is to get out of the situation, Plus we have D-rob and Mo left…

        • Jetrer says:

          Yes Soriano gives you a slightly better chance to win, but the likelihood is that they would lose anyways. I’d rather save SoRoMO for games that they have a better chance to win. In this case, if Soriano came in and did not give up any runs (again, no guarantee of that) the Yankees would still only have a 12-15% chance of winning. I’d much rather save the best relievers for bigger spots where the Yankees have a better chance to win.

  114. Greg says:

    And I dont usually criticize Girardi, but that was ridiculous

  115. Will says:

    If anyone is to blame for the way this game is going its the offense. They look absolutely lost up there. They don’t seem to have a game plan and either window shop or are too aggressive and swing at bad pitches.

  116. Scott Peterson says:

    That’s a stellar play by Allen.

  117. Kostas says:

    The real question is, does this team have a 6 run come back in them….. circa 2009 yes. present maybe

  118. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    6-2 Sox. 2nd and 3rd for the rangers with only 1 out. just Lackey being Lackey.

  119. Monteroisdinero says:

    Toby Gardenhire playing 2B for Rochester Red Wings against SWB tonight. 2 hits-son of parent club manager Ron G.

  120. Esteban says:

    That was some shot.

  121. Cy Pettitte says:

    this fucking guy again?

  122. Erica says:

    Ohhhhhhhhh well whatever.

  123. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Fuck this guy has some power…

  124. Urban says:

    Note to self. Check to see if Allen is available in my AL-only league.

  125. Jesse says:

    Motherfucker. Quit feeding that guy Meatballs. I’m gonna watch the Sux game hopefully the Rangers do something right and comeback.

  126. wow says:

    this game

  127. Monteroisdinero says:

    2 K’s and then 2 hits on 2 pitches. ycpb

  128. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Where was this Colby Lewis in the ALCS?

    • Will says:

      I’m pretty convinced he sold his soul to the devil in order to be able to pitch well in the postseason. Unfortunately it looks like his pact has expired.

  129. Esteban says:

    Horrible! Despicable! Unacceptable! No heart! This is why they can’t bury the Sox.

    /wanking motion

  130. pat says:

    Marvin Austin :(

  131. Greg says:

    The other thing that gets me is that the Sox had a tough schedule and we had an easy schedule which we needed to use to either gain some ground and lengthen our lead a bit. We’re not doing that so far.

  132. Will says:

    Ruh-roh! A-gon looks like he has his HR swing back which is bad news.

  133. Cuso says:

    4-run eighth followed by a 3-run ninth.

    Let’s do it

  134. RayFo says:

    He borrowed some of Ellsbury cream for his sore neck. The results as you see are instant.

    Or it could be that Lewis sucks.

  135. Jorge says:

    I realize the game started at 7:05, but what time does it start for the Yankees again?

  136. Ethan says:

    That bunt was the highlight of the yankees’ offensive night

  137. handtius says:

    jeter man…god damn jeter. i know it’s early, but it would be amazing if jeter just has a bad year and half.

  138. pat says:

    Lets make them regret not pulling him here. NO DP TEX PLEASE

  139. Jorge says:

    Seven-run homer. Watch.

  140. nedro says:

    Do the Yankees have a rally in their bones?


  141. pat says:


  142. Cy Pettitte says:

    yay Swish

  143. Esteban says:

    YAY Swish

  144. CBean says:


  145. nedro says:

    Lead cut in half, now let’s FEAST on this ‘pen!

  146. RayFo says:

    Good thing Girardi brought in Boone and didn’t waste a good reliever to keep the game close. Obviously baseball ends after six innings. Fucking Girardi.

  147. Steve S. says:

    Prediction-Balfour will throw nothing but fastballs this AB.

  148. Esteban says:

    And Swisher swung at the first pitch!! Why is no one criticizing him for that?

  149. nedro says:

    Noesi dealing, or A’s hacking?

  150. bonestock94 says:

    Noesi looks pretty awesome today

  151. Cy Pettitte says:

    pie please

  152. tom says:

    Why does Girardi continue to deploy his LOOGY for bottom of the order weak hitting lefties…. does he not know that the opposing manager is going to pinch hit? Why would you make a move that enables the opposing manager to take out a guy hitting under .200 (with an OPS of ~.600) and put in a better hitter (which also eliminates the platoon advantage)?

    He’s done this on several occasions this year… can he not see the next obvious move?

    Robot Joe: lefty batter = lefty pitcher. Oh crap they can pinch hit?

  153. pat says:

    RHB have a .533 ops vs Logan this year.

    • Greg says:

      To be fair it originally was a lefty lefty matchup but Melvin pinch hit for Sogard which was smart.

    • tom says:

      46 AB’s…

      .914 OPS over the last 3 years… did Logan suddenly develop a changeup that caused a shift in these splits? Or perhaps 46 AB’s is not so representative of skill?

  154. Mister Delaware says:

    And now its bloop-and-a-blast territory.

  155. Cy Pettitte says:

    HIP HIP! here we go.

  156. Chen Meng Wang says:

    HIP HIP!!!!!!

  157. Esteban says:

    What a bomb


  158. nedro says:

    wow. big shot.

  159. bonestock94 says:


  160. Captain Beatty says:

    It’s just a shame Girardi didn’t go to that best bullpen in baseball a little sooner. He might have cost us the ballgame.

  161. Cy Pettitte says:

    Russell! oh yea, I like this.

  162. Esteban says:

    Hey nice for the Yankees to start hitting in the 8th hitting.

  163. CBean says:

    God Yankees, don’t tease…

  164. bonestock94 says:

    WOOOOOOOOOO tying run at the plate

  165. Chen Meng Wang says:

    OUR OFFENSE IZ TEH SUKZZZ!!!!!11111111!!!!11

  166. RayFo says:

    Awesome game is tied. Oh right I forgot, Girardi punted this game earlier. Thanks Girardi.

  167. Urban says:

    I wonder what other team not named the Yankees Jorge will be playing for next season.

  168. nsalem says:

    dont bunt derek

  169. Greg says:

    Do you have Jeter bunt?

  170. tom says:

    No out, guy on 2nd, you have to bunt here right? (get the game closer)

  171. Cy Pettitte says:

    Girardi is a genius because Sogard would have been at 3rd if he didn’t bring in Boone.

  172. Esteban says:

    That’s what speed does.


  173. Captain Beatty says:


  174. Ethan says:


  175. Captain Beatty says:


  176. Mister Delaware says:

    Mother fucking shit come on.

  177. bonestock94 says:

    My brain is melting

  178. Jetrer says:

    please don’t fucking bunt

  179. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Are you fucking serious?! Jeter has been hotter than anybody, why have him bunt?

  180. Jerome S. says:

    Jeter bunting what? The guy who’s going 3 for three and could score Gardner from first on a good hit?

  181. Esteban says:

    Nice Jeter’s AB music is “Otis” now. “****** in Paris” would be good too.

  182. Ethan says:


  183. Urban says:

    Of course. Hottest hitter. Make him bunt.

  184. Greg says:

    Now to be fair it was in front of the AL MVP candidate.

  185. Mister Delaware says:

    Sounds like the Stadium is going to blow the fuck up if he jacks one.

  186. Jetrer says:

    Bailey can’t get anybody out
    Girardi: “Let me help you out”

  187. Brandon says:

    When we wanted more small ball, I am sure we didnt mean playing small ball with the hottest hitter in the league at bat. Come on, Girardi. WOW! Way to give away an out.

  188. nedro says:

    Hey, maybe they’ll win and AJ will break his leg pie-ing like that one dude early in the season. Don’t really mean it. Yes I do. No I don’t.

  189. Jorge says:

    I hate bunts.

  190. pat says:

    Fucking TERRIBLE 2-1 call. ATROCIOUS

  191. bonestock94 says:

    Ball 3 dickhead

  192. RayFo says:

    Bunt – Strikeout – Strikeout. Can’t wait.

  193. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Why would you give an out to a guy who has yet to get an out on his own, and just had his defense botch a play?

    I like Girardi, but this makes no sense.

  194. Ethan says:

    Granderson you tease!

  195. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Seriously, fuck this strikezone.

    • Ethan says:

      Well they got unlucky with that 4th pitch but were lucky with another one later in the at bat. It should have been strike 3 but was called a ball. All in all it evens out

  196. Esteban says:

    So much for the bunt. STAB STAB STAB

  197. Mister Delaware says:

    Teix should bunt the tying run to 3B.

  198. pat says:

    Tex popup imminent. yay.

  199. Captain Beatty says:

    Do something, Teixera. I just hope Girardi didn’t cost us the game with bad pen management and poor bunting decisions.

  200. Jorge says:

    I will motherfucking kill you, Tex.

  201. Urban says:

    So the only out this inning so far is the one we gave them.

  202. Cy Pettitte says:

    Teix you mother fucker.

  203. CBean says:

    Bah so trying not to get my hopes up.

  204. jon says:

    teix with a pop up

    would have never guessed that

  205. Brandon says:

    Great, you give away an out and now theres 2 away. Nice call, Joe.

  206. Urban says:

    Robbie can handle this guy.

  207. Mister Delaware says:

    Oooo, turn him loose here.

  208. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Holy shit, it must be the end of the world, earthquakes in Jersey, and Robby took three consectutive pitches.

  209. RayFo says:

    2009 team would have totally won this game.

  210. pat says:

    He’s setting him up to bury a nasty curveball inside.

  211. Mister Delaware says:

    Someone (Robinson) was just waiting to get punched out there.

  212. Cy Pettitte says:

    ok Nick, don’t feed the “Swish isn’t clutch narrative” please.

  213. Esteban says:

    OMG how did he take that pitch, how was that a ball?

  214. bonestock94 says:

    OMG how is that not a strike!?!?!? THERE IS A GOD LOLOLOL

  215. Jetrer says:

    wow that looked like a strike

  216. Ethan says:

    Caught a big time break with that one

  217. jon says:

    wow that is a strike

  218. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Wow. That was terrible. Strike 3

  219. pat says:

    How the fuck did he take that? Goddamn.

  220. Urban says:

    Wow that looked close.

    Can we have that sacrifice out back?

  221. Steve S. says:

    Bailey’s at 30 pitches, high stress.

  222. Jerome S. says:

    Ah, well. What the hell.

  223. CBean says:


  224. Ethan says:


  225. Urban says:

    Painful. I would have preferred a strike out!

  226. Mister Delaware says:


  227. Jetrer says:

    dag nabbit

  228. Esteban says:


  229. bonestock94 says:

    brb, gotta go vomit blood

  230. Cy Pettitte says:

    jesus fucking christ you have to be fucking kidding me.

  231. Chen Meng Wang says:


  232. Jason says:

    i wouldnt of swung….fuck!!

  233. Captain Beatty says:

    Girardi needs to put this one on himself. He didn’t go to the pen quick enough. He gave up an out with our hottest hitter at the plate and a guy who couldn’t buy an out. He lost it for us.

    • Greg says:

      If JEter hits into a DP you would have asked him to bunt.

      • Ethan says:

        Jeter has been red hot, I go with odds that he doesn’t GIDP

      • Jetrer says:

        Not bunting is the correct decision, results be damned … pitcher not getting anybody out, Jeter hot, successful sac DECREASES odds of winning the game

        • Steve S. says:

          Maybe. Those are the overall numbers, no doubt.

          But maybe in this specific instance there’s a 37 year old facing a same handed pitcher that’s throwing the ball much harder than he feels he can handle. Or maybe its someone he’s not familiar with, so he decides discretion is the better part of valor.

          Knowing the general numbers is great, but the game is played situationally, with individual batter vs hitter match ups. So sometimes you throw out the book.

          • Jetrer says:

            except Girardi was playing it exactly by his book and ignoring the situation … hitter on fire, pitcher not getting outs

            • Steve S. says:

              He plays it that way because a single wins you the game and you have Tex, Cano and Swisher due up. Again, the odds may decrease (slightly) in general, but do they with 3 hitters of that quality due up? I’m not so sure.

              I don’t like giving away outs, but the Yanks are a very unique offensive team. Best in baseball, actually. What would be smart for the bottom of the Twins lineup may not make as much sense with those 3 due up.

              • Jetrer says:

                you forgot Granderson, and even forgetting the odds (I know that’s general and doesn’t apply to all situations), Jeter has been on fire, and Bailey hasn’t gotten anybody out. I would understand if they were down one and the tying run could score on an out, but that’s not the case. They would still need a hit to score. Its easier to find a way to score multiple runs with no outs, than with 1 out

    • Steve S. says:

      I think we should blame you. It’s all your fault. Your bad karma infected the team, and screwed with their mojo.

    • nsalem says:

      extremely lame comment

  234. wow says:

    … why. not like this…

  235. pat says:

    LOl. Season over folks. Girardi should have known we would load the bases and walk in a run then have a perfect sac fly opportunity.

  236. Ethan says:

    Too little, too late. Fuck

  237. LiterallyFigurative says:

    How did I know they were gonna lose this game?

    2009 would’ve found a way.

  238. Captain Beatty says:

    The old saying is the manager can’t win games for you, but he can lose em. Tonight is a perfect example of how they can lose em.

  239. Steve S. says:


    Oh well. That was more fun than I expected this game to be, so bravo boys. Better luck next time.

  240. wtf is this post says:

    who cares? they are still making the playoffs.

    • Jorge says:

      True. Rollercoasters like that still suck, though.

    • Ethan says:

      I hate the argument “they are still making the playoffs”. Since when have Yankees fans become content with winning the wild card? I want to win the division, and so should the team. You really want to play against Texas over Detroit? Are you insane?

      I’m not saying that this one loss will result in us losing the division, but it certainly is possible considering how close both teams have been to one another.

      • ItsATarp says:

        Since our goal is to win the WS..The Division is icing, the real goal is WS. If we win viva the Wild Card no one will complain.

  241. ItsATarp says:

    Just missed…damn can’t blame swisher there…just hit it to the wrong part of the park…But i hate the Binder.

  242. iloveyoubartolo says:

    8 LOB. Thanks, Tex.

  243. Karl Krawfid says:

    Tex fucking sucks.

  244. Jorge says:

    I’m going to need some heavy therapy and/or alcohol to get over that. At least they didn’t lie down and play dead tonight. Fuck.

  245. CBean says:

    I don’t usually blame Girardi but the bunt call was stupid. Don’t give away outs.

  246. Mister Delaware says:

    If that was 2009 Swisher he would have hit a HR then I wouldn’t have been mad now but now he’s less clutch because its two years later so fuck you Nick and also Girardi fuck you too you suck and also Steve Karsay.

  247. Greg says:

    Its not our year. The Red Sox would made that comeback stick. The 09 team would have made that comeback stick. This is the first time all year that I have said its not our year.

  248. Cuso says:

    Typical. Hero swing on 2-0.

    I don’t care about your 3-run homer to get us within 3 runs.

    I care about your decision making in pressure ABs, which clearly sucks.

    And no, being down 6-0 and hitting a 3-run HR is not pressure. it’s stat-padding.

  249. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Teixeira was the reason we lost the game. Bases loaded and all that POS can do is fucking pop-up, like he does once in every 4 at-bats. So fucking sick of it.

  250. teddy says:

    if giradri was a real manager he bat teix 6th or 7th against rightyies, he carlos pena, he can’t compete against righthanders

  251. Esteban says:

    Oh well, I’m already over it.

  252. Chen Meng Wang says:

    There is no way we make the playoffs now. Girardi is the stupidest man to ever manage a baseball game ever. No one in our line up is clutch. Grandy strikes out way to much. Colon is a fatass and should never be allowed near a baseball again. Teixeira shouldn’t even bring a bat to the plate anymore.


    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      oh and one more thing, this team doesn’t even deserve to share the team name of the 2009 team. That was a team of True Yankees(TM)

  253. James says:

    Who misses the walk-off magic of the 2009 team?

  254. Jesse says:

    I blame Girardi. Jeter should have never bunted in that spot. Stupid, just stupid managing.

  255. Brandon says:

    Heres my observations:

    1. Mark Teixeira, what the fuck happened to you since you have been in NY. Why the hell did it now become HR or out with you?

    2. Tex is now hitting .248. To put that into perspective, Jorge Posada is batting .244.

    3. Joe Girardi is a freaking idiot.

    4. That binder needs to go straight to hell, where the people complaining about too many HR’s also need to go.

    5. How many games has Girardi lost for us now this year?

    6. Joe Girardi is an idiot.

    7. How the hell do you give away an out when the hottest hitter in the fucking league at bat? What the fuck?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    • Steve S. says:

      Tex is now hitting .248. To put that into perspective, Jorge Posada is batting .244.

      Tex-.866 OPS
      Posada-.708 OPS

      Textbook example of why you don’t look at batting average.

    • nsalem says:

      actually you’re an idiot

    • BigTimeBartolo says:

      Teixeira fucking gets on my nerves. Yeah he hit’s HRs, but everything else is pretty shitty. His OBP isn’t even elite as it should be (thanks to his crappy BA).

      If you could calculate the WPA of all of Girardi’s bad moves and compare them to his good ones im sure it would come out to him loosing the team like 5 games. The bunting is borderline idiotic at times.

      Girardi makes very stupid decisions (like most other MLB managers to be fair), the difference is that the other managers don’t look like fucking monkeys.

    • tom says:

      The Tex issue is simple… he’s only interested in pulling the ball when he bats lefty (not sure if that is a Yankee stadium effect or what) He has an infield flyball rate of 35% to the left side when hitting left… that is an absolutely absurd # (and is what happens when you try to pulll every thing regardless of pitch location).

      He has 315 AB’s as a lefty and has all of 4 hits to LF (3 singles, 1 double) and has an OPS of .190 (that’s not a typo). When was the last time you saw him hit a ball hard to LF or even left center…. heck his OPS to centerfield (as a lefty) is .663

      Right handed he has an OPS over .700 to all fields.

      Kevin Long’s next reclamation project should be Mark Teixera’s lefty swing and introduce the concept of staying back on the ball and trying to hit something to left center….

      Tex’s OPS trend (left field as leftyhitter):
      2007: 1.015
      2008: .735
      2009: .674
      2010: .326
      2011: .190

      If you were pitching it would be outside, outside, outside and watch him roll over….

  256. teddy says:

    giardri and teix blew the game

  257. Esteban says:

    So somehow the 2009 team won every game or came back in every game. Two years does a lot to people’s memories.

  258. Jorge says:

    Once, just once, I’d like for someone to post and talk about what the 1991 Yankees would have done.

    When do they get to feast on Trevor Cahill again?

  259. Ethan says:

    Many people to blame for this one. Tough loss. Tex was useless. How often does he pop up to the infield?! Seriously!? Kevin Long, please work your magic with him over the off season. This 0.250 BA is bullshit for a guy getting paid 20M+ regardless of his home run/RBI totals. Girardi is an idiotic manager going with that bunt. Jeter is batting well over 0.400 in the last 10 games and is already 3 for 3. What the hell are you thinking?!

  260. Captain Beatty says:

    I’m sick of hearing this, well what if Jeter hit into a DP? What if he hits a double and ties the game? He was 3-3. He is our hottest hitter. If he hits into a DP then you go down with your hottest hitter swinging the bat. SWING AWAY!

  261. bonestock94 says:

    Screw the blame game.

    The only silver lining here is imagining Sterling’s call for the final out and how many car accidents it caused.

  262. nsalem says:

    actually you’re the idiot and in the top 10

  263. Steve S. says:

    Just for the record, I absolutely ADORE that binder Girardi has.

    Black, smart looking. Has lots of fancy numbers in it. Much better than the seat of some 60 year old guy’s pants.

  264. Ethan says:

    I really hope they pound the A’s tomorrow. Bust out big in the early innings and cruise from there.

  265. JohnnyC says:

    So whose dog ate the scouting report on Brandon Allen? You know, the one that says throw him offspeed stuff since he’s a AAAA hitter.

  266. JohnnyC says:

    The guy interpreting for Colon is Ramon Rodriguez, the Yankees’ bullpen catcher.

  267. Mister Delaware says:

    Valverde hurt?

  268. Kevin says:

    I’m sorry, but why bunt? NEVER give a free out up when you’re down.

    • CS Yankee says:

      0 or 1 out, man on third, capable bunter (or pitcher), up the 1B line…you do it.

      Never say never.

      Joe laid a big egg having Jeter bunt though…totally stupid. He is seeing the ball real well…never bet against a streak.

      /gambling 101′d

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