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First place was fun while it lasted.

  • For the third time in four starts this year, CC Sabathia got completely pounded by the Red Sox. They hung seven runs on him through the first 3.2 innings, the big blow being a three-run homer by Jacoby Ellsbury. The first three hits Sabathia gave up were off the Green Monster for doubles, and four of the nine hits he gave up were to left-handed batters (two to Carl Crawford and his .208 wOBA vs. LHP). CC dominates lefties (.183/.242/.243 with 61 K and 9 BB in 179 PA off him before this game), he shouldn’t be giving up that many hits to them in one game. The end result was ten baserunners and those seven runs in six innings, so give him some credit for sticking around a little bit and preserving the bullpen.
  • The Yankees actually had more baserunners than the Red Sox (18 to 13), but they just didn’t finish off many rallies. The worst case came in the fifth, right after they fell behind 7-2. Frankie Cervelli singled on John Lackey’s first pitch of the inning, Brett Gardner got hit by the second pitch, and Derek Jeter singled on the third pitch. The Yankees had a run in with runners on first and second just three pitches into the inning, but the 3-4-5 hitters (Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, and Robinson Cano) went down like wimps to end the threat. The first two guys didn’t even put the ball in play. Terrible.
  • Cervelli, sadly, was the Yankees’ best offensive player in this game, picking up three hits in four trips to the plate. Cano didn’t get a hit but he did get hit by a pitch, while Jorge Posada continued to look absolutely fried with an 0-for-4. Grandy, Tex, and Nick Swisher all had a hit and a walk (Tex’s was a garbage time solo shot off Dan Bard, who he completely owns), whilr Gardner and Jeter had one hit each. Eric Chavez did his best Don Mattingly impression with two hits, including one to the opposite field off the base of the wall. Eighteen baserunners, but two double plays and ill-time strikeouts hamstrung the offense.
  • Luis Ayala and Hector Noesi were pretty terrible in garbage time; Ayala walked two in a scoreless frame before Noesi put four guys on base and allowed three runs in his only inning. At least the core relievers are fresh for the rubber game on Sunday.
  • The loss ends the Yankee’s eight game winning streak and brings them back into a tie with the Red Sox for first place in the AL East. Both teams are (at least) seven games up in the wildcard though. Here’s the box score, here’s the FanGraphs stuff, and here’s the updated standings.

Believe it or not, the finale of the series will mark the last time the Yankees will be on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball this season. Good, I hate night games on the weekend. Freddy Garcia gets the ball against Josh Beckett at 8pm ET. RAB Tickets can get you into the park if you’re making a last minute decision to attend.

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  • JobaWockeeZ

    CC really got pounded in all RS games this year. He gave up 2 runs yes but had like 12 baserunners in 5.1 IP. Got lucky there. And sorry to everyone for this.

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....nt-2585578

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Way to go, a-hole!!!

      • JobaWockeeZ

        My fault.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          While you’re at it, comment something about Jesus replacing Jorge. Or does it only work one way?

          • JobaWockeeZ

            I’ve been asking to replace Jorge with Jesus for some time. It only works when it fucks up the Yankees I suppose.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Well if Lackey beat CC then Freddy can beat Beckett.

    • David K.

      Freddy has looked awful against the Red Sox this year. Beckett is a Yankee killer. This will take a miracle to win this series.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Lackey has been awful against the Yankees this year and look what happened.

      • Esteban

        Could have said something similar about today’s game. But you can’t predict baseball

      • Esteban

        Josh Beckettin has a 5.52 ERA in 153.1 career IP against the Yankees. I don’t know if that makes him a Yankees killer.

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

          But his THIRTEEN WINZ against us = unbeatable

          • Esteban

            You’re right, wins ARE the only way to measure a pitcher’s value. FACT.

      • Brian

        A couple good starts does not a Yankee killer make. The Yanks have pounded Beckett and will do so again tomorrow…

  • forensic

    Noesi was bad, but it certainly didn’t help that Girardi had him warming for about 4 innings before finally using him…

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    I might not watch tomorrow’s game. I will because I’m a huge fan, but the game could get ugly very quickly. And especially with the ESPN announcers to boot. Bobby Valentine is such a tool. Tech-share-a. Give me an F’in break…

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

    At least we didn’t have to see Papeldouche’s ugly face in this game right?

  • Dino Velvet

    Believe it or not, the finale of the series will mark the last time the Yankees will be on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball this season.
    ——————————————–

    Not necessarily true. ESPN hasn’t determined their Sunday night schedule for the final two weeks of the season.

    The Yanks play the Red Sox on the final Sunday of the year and ESPN could easy put that on their schedule, especially if the they’re still neck and neck in the standings.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Isn’t there some rule that ESPN doesn’t do a game on the last Sunday of the year or something? Because it’s been that way the last few years.

      • Dino Velvet

        Only when the season ends on a sunday. This year the season ends on a Wednesday.

        • Rick in Boston

          They definitely will do it. NBC will have Steelers @ Colts on Sunday Night Football. The only other possible game they could push back to the 8pm slot would either be the Twins/Indians or the Giants/DBacks, as both might have playoff implications. The other series that weekend are kind of meh. MLB might be worried about viewership, though, with Fox showing the Giants/Eagles game at 1pm.

  • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    It’s funny how in one game things have gone from “The Yankees are going to bury the Red Sox” to “Oh my God they don’t have a chance tomorrow!”

    Relax.

  • http://facebook.com/andrewjcalagna Drew

    Berableableable! CC sucks! He should be out of the rotation!! Berableableable!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

    Meh, start a new win streak tomorrow. Beckett’s due for an asskicking anyway.

    • Kiko Jones

      +1

  • Joe

    Cc just isn’t a big game pitcher.

    • Brian S.

      Yeah, nevermind the 2009 ALCS or anything.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Yeah, he was great in 2009, outside of that his post season resume is pretty terrible. Shit the bed in 2007, 2008, 2010, and in his first postseason start in 2001 he did have a 6 IP 2 ER performance, but he also allowed 12 baserunners…so historically, he hasn’t been a very good “big game pitcher” sans 2009. However, as we all know there are extenuating circumstances around this.

        • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist_7 Carlosologist

          If you take out all the times a pitcher’s been good, he’s terrible.

          • Jimmy McNulty

            Except he’s only had one year where he was good in the playoffs. In 77.1 playoff innings he’s had a 1.565 WHIP and a 4.66 ERA. That’s not very good by any means, if you want to say Sabathia’s a big game pitcher because of the 2009 playoffs, you also have to look at the other times he’s pitched in the post season.

        • Karl Krawfid

          It’s October already? Fuck time flies.

        • FIPster Doofus

          You can’t hold ’08 against Sabathia. He was running on fumes after strapping the entire city of Milwaukee on his back down the stretch.

          • Rick

            Plus, was all that dominance on three days’ rest down the stretch to drag that team across the finish line not “big game pitching” or something?

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

            I like how people point to that playoff start as evidence that he’s a big game pitcher, but completely ignore his complete game four-hitter against a 97-win team on the final day of the season to get the Brewers into the playoffs. That was as big of a game as any he’s ever pitched in.

            • Jimmy McNulty

              I’m not sure there’s such a thing as a “big game pitcher.” However, if you want to list the times Sabathia’s succeeded in the big game, and say “oh he’s so clutch” or whatever you want to say about his success at times, you also have to look at his failures in the big game. He’s sucked it up in the post season as recently as last year allowing 11 runs in 16 innings. He was nails in 2009, great down the stretch in 2008 yet awful in his 2008 playoff start, and pretty crappy in 2007. So what’s that mean? He’s a good pitcher that sometimes has crappy starts? Sounds like every other good pitcher in the history of baseball.

  • Kosmo

    Yikes 0-4 with a 7 ERA against the Sawx. Sabathia was due for a clinker but the timing was off. The Yanks could very well face the Sawx in the playoffs and everything will come down to how well CC pitches against them. If this is what we get from CC in the playoffs vs. the Sawx its bye-bye to the season.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Yankees need to get their first.

      I don’t like how Yankee fans are assuming Boston or the Yanks will get to the ALCS.

      Texas/Anahiem/Detroit will not be a cake walk.

      • Kosmo

        Key phrase in my post “could very well“. No one is assuming anything.

      • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

        No team in the playoffs is a cakewalk in the OMG-it’s-the-White-Sox sense, but the Angels and the Tigers kinda suck. The Rangers are a bit better, but let’s be honest: The two best teams in the AL are far and away the Red Sox and the Yankees. It should be an ALCS between them, but as we know anything can happen in October.

        It’s just highly likely.

        • FIPster Doofus

          If Verlander is himself and the good version of Scherzer shows up, you never know.

          • Jimmy McNulty

            That and Weaver/Haren can carry a team through a post season, a la Unit/Maple Cheddar Douche Bag.

  • David, Jr.

    How much longer for Posada? Should replace Rick Cerrone in the Old Timers Game.

    • Kosmo

      When the rosters expand .

      • http://riveraveblues.com Rich

        I still think that when A-rod comes back they should bench Posaa and have Chavez DH.

    • Monteroisdinero

      I agree although Sado needs about 1000 gallons of cerveza to match Cerrone’s abdomen.

      • David, Jr.

        LOL – cerveza – “Spanish word for beer”

  • Rich in NJ

    It’s a turn the page game.

    • David, Jr.

      Absolutely. It doesn’t mean anything. We weren’t going to win 30 in a row.

      • Rich in NJ

        So you think they suck?

  • Monteroisdinero

    I’ll put my .02 on Swisher’s game yesterday. Gidp with no outs bases loaded, creampuff throw home with forward momentum that Tex could catch without a glove, terrible on letting popup flyballs drop just in front of him for rally-builders (Aviles) and terrible in not getting to the wall on Ellsbury’s first row HR which he then played off the ground after the fan dropped it back on to the field.

    Just wanted to make sure that was added to the review.

    Not advocating that Golson start over Swish but just completing the game review for thoroughness.

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

      terrible in not getting to the wall on Ellsbury’s first row HR which he then played off the ground after the fan dropped it back on to the field.

      That’s so stupid. If he had gone to wall, you’d get on him or thinking he had a chance to catch it. If he didn’t pick up the ball off the ground, you’d get on him for not trying to “sell it.”

      No mention of his game-winning hit on Friday though, I guess you missed that one.

  • JP

    Yes, it’s time for Montero. I guess they are waiting for roster expansion, but it is absolutely ridiculous playing Posada right now. I have no problem making some allowances for a great player and not embarassing him or showing him up in his final season, but how can he continue embarassing himself like this?

    CC had a great run, but this is now 2 starts in a row where he’s been off that great form. Maybe he’s feeling the effects of the cumulative workload. I kinda like this 6 man rotation thing, and would like to see CC stretched out a bit so he gets a few extra rest days over the rest of the season. Would like to see him rest as much as possible in August and the first week or so of September, before getting back to full bore preparing for playoffs.

    Once ARod returns, Posada needs to sit and ARod, Chavez and Montero need to get into the DH rotation. And Jeter, with Nunez playing…

  • Massive Dynamic

    I don’t know if Boston scares CC or what, but he needs to find a way to beat them.

  • Pasqua

    CC without his best stuff met a very potent offense. Can we please stop with the “Sox are CC’s kryptonite” narrative? Please? Nobody’s mentioning that Sabathia had to labor through his start against the White Sox earlier this week. His performance on Saturday was likely a carry-over of those struggles. Only difference? The White Sox are bad and the Red Sox are good. Looks like CC is in the midst of a small rough patch, opponent be damned.

    • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      +1

    • Will

      Good points.

      Something else I was thinking about regarding CC, and really the entire Yankee rotation against the Sox, is that the Sox this year have been absolutely destroying power pitchers when they don’t have good command. And that is a problem for the Yanks, because most of their rotation falls into that category. CC’s command has been off in every start against the Sox, AJ generally has poor command, and Hughes has terrible command AND the problem of having the pitching style of a power guy without a power fastball. Even Garcia, although not a power pitcher, has gotten burned by the Sox by missing location with fastballs.

      It’s no accident that Colon has been the only Yankee starter who’s pitched decent against them this year—he’s got the best command on the staff.

      Also, I think with the strides Nova has made this year, he might match up against the Sox pretty well right now. It seems to me that they have had a hard time with sinker/slider type starters this season.

      • David, Jr.

        Nova might be the second best pitcher on the Yankee staff.

        Quotes from Gordon Blakely, Special Assistant to Cashman:

        “We had a lot of people see Jimenez, we had as much coverage on him as anybody,” Blakeley said. “We had a conference call with our entire pro scouting staff. We’ve always liked him, but he is not as good as the first half last year. And my personal feeling is Ivan Nova is as good as this version of Jimenez. He has a better fastball, a better curveball, a better slider, a better changeup, he is cheaper, he has won nine games [he won his 10th on Thursday after this conversation] in New York and in the American League East. I am not sure Jimenez can do that.

        “The hype says one thing about what we should do, but is Jimenez really going to meet that hype? Look, a year ago, no doubt, Jimenez had a better fastball. But as of this moment, Jimenez does not have a better fastball than Nova.”

  • OldYanksFan

    When you have the bases loaded with ZERO outs TWICE, and choke the way we did, you deserve to get your asses kicked the way we did. You simply can’t play an excellent team like the Sox and blow opportunities like those.

    While we all want to Win the Division, my guess is the brass are more concerned about the PS. It’s nice to Win it and have Home Field advantage, but the truth is the disadvantages of being the WC are not not much.

    A team that Wins the WC and Wins the WS is remembered.
    A team that Wins the Division and loses the WS is not.
    I’m not sure what the difference between ‘prepping’ for the PS, as opposed to going all out for the Division is, but don’t expect the Yanks to put too much into killing themselves to beat the Sox for the AL East.

    • https://twitter.com/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      This.

      The division, while an entertaining competition, is not necessary at all. This team’s going to the playoffs, home field be damned.

  • Winston Smith

    Yesterday’s game cemented Noesi’s fate of being sent down to AAA. You don’t pitch that poorly against the Red Sox and stay on the MLB club, unless you’re CC Sabathia.

  • Jose M. Vazquez..

    Paraphrasing Neil Simon I should like to say: where have you gone Scottie Brosius, Bernie Williams, Paul Oneill,Tino Martinez when we need the big hit. Where have you gone David Cone, El Duque, and Petitte when we need a big game. Clemens I miss you not because you never pitche well in any important game.

    • steve s

      Stick to paraphrasing Andrew Lloyd Garfunkel next time!

  • Greg

    When this series began, my goal was dont get swept. Since they wo the first game, that changed because the pitching matchup was so lopsided. I decided to try and get greedy and look what happened.

    We will make the playoffs, but unless the Red Sox really cool off, we are not beating them in a 7 game series without a bit of luck.

    And of course the media will lap this up for some unknown reason. When did people start to hate new York anyway?

  • Winston Smith

    Tonight’s game ain’t a must win playoff game, but it’s pretty darn close. We have to show that we can beat the Sox in a series, and more importantly Josh Beckett who has absolutely dominated us this year. Everybody likes to cite Beckett’s career numbers against us but those are irrelevant. We’re both different ballclubs now and Beckett has dominated us when it matters like in the 03 WS. If Freddy wants to be in the postseason rotation he has to show up tonight.

    • pat

      Nope.