Sep
03

Game 137: A-Rod’s back, again

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(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

After missing all that time with the knee injury and then all that extra time with the thumb injury, Alex Rodriguez is back in the lineup and playing third base today. Oh, he’s also batting third for the first time since September 4th, 2008. Look who batted cleanup that day. Ay caramba. Here’s the lineup…

Brett Gardner, LF
Curtis Granderson, CF
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, 1B
Andruw Jones, RF
Jesus Montero, DH
Eduardo Nunez, SS
Frankie Cervelli, C

Bartolo Colon, SP

The game will start a little after 1pm ET, and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Kramerica Industries

    Bartday!

  • Nick

    WHEN will Jesus catch?

  • Danny

    Are we gunna see Montero behind the plate at all during September or is he strictly a DH for this year ?

  • Countryclub

    Mike ashmore is working the game today and he tweeted that a scout told him that the YES gun is very accurate. Just an FYI.

  • Countryclub

    Based on girardi’s comments, I think montero won’t catch until the yanks have things locked up. And if they’re going all out for the division, he may not catch at all.

    • CS Yankee

      I can see him bumping Cerv’ to the pine in a CC start, late inning replacement in a blow-out…or a Nova start against the O’s (or some other loser team).

      • Countryclub

        I think nova is your best bet.

      • boogie down

        For some reason, the phrase “some other loser team” made me laugh.

  • CS Yankee

    In seeing the X-man batting cleaning on that scorecard and Rasner pitching made me realize a few things;
    1) That was before Joe was given a binder.
    2) That was when Jete got really hot in Sept’08 and got to .300
    3) YS2 last year:-(
    4) Miserable year…missing playoffs
    5) Gardner was a September call up.

    My o’my, how things have improoved in three years.

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

    RAB team there has been something that has been bugging me for a while. When you click a link in comments it uses the same tab as this sight. You have to use CTRL + click but when I forget its annoying. Can you just manually change the settings like how the links are designed in the articles?

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

      I’ll look into it, I know it’s annoying which is why all the links in the posts open in a new tab.

  • NoH

    Cody Ransom went 3 for 3 that game!!! Should have kept him over A-rod!!!1!!!11!!!

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    I hope the Yankees can start to run away with the division while the Sox free fall, and when Boston visits the stadium Montero can catch.

  • jay h

    lol scott kazmir- 6 innings, 1 hit 5 bbs

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

    Sheesh, that text poll isn’t even an opinion question. There’s a right answer, and it’s yes. Pitchers should be considered for MVP because there’s nothing in the voting rules that say they aren’t eligible.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      I agree. But I’ll never vote for a pitcher though.

      • Esteban

        Because you don’t have a vote?

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          I do have a vote. Do you?

    • CS Yankee

      If he gets to 25 with a near 2 ERA, Verlander will be hard to beat out as MVP.

      Joey bats, Grandy & Agon all are real close. Joey doesn’t get the press and may not end up leading the majors in dingers (which will take away from his exposure)…Grandy doesn’t have the average that most want and doesn’t get enough credit with the glove and Agon teammates (gnome & Elfberry) will suck some votes away.

    • Truth

      Pitchers shouldn’t be considered for mvp because they fail to influence the amount of games as batters do.

      /RAB’d

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

        Then give Kimbrel the Cy over Halladay.

    • Pat D

      Bill Simmons made a case for Verlander over Bautista in an article on his site.

      At the same time, the article basically comes down to “most valuable” against “most outstanding.”

      Still an interesting read.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    glad to see Girardi who said these are like playoff games rolled out his A roster

    • Pat D

      Well, there is no pleasing you.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Tex is hurt, Martin isn’t gonna catch a day game after a night and Jeter is 3-23 lifetime off Romero. what exactly do you want changed about that line up?

      • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

        guess its not gonna matter anyway with the way Bartolo pitches in the day and the way he handled that first inning

      • CS Yankee

        Great points

        It’s not the “A” lineup, but it still has to grade out as a “A-“, doesn’t it?

      • Roland Deschain

        I just don’t think some fans realize how long the season is and that you can’t play most players every single day, especially older ones like Jeter or catchers like Martin. And why even risk breaking them down a month before the real games start. Any slight injury will be treated with great care because of how big a lead we have.

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

          At this point of the year too. No reason to push Martin, Jeter might be banged up, who knows.

        • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

          I totally get it…I just like to find things to bitch about

  • YankeesJunkie

    That is ridiculous how Colon has a losing record considering how well he has pitched this year.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Bartolo looks sharp

    me gusta.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Bautista has the most homers therefore he is the best player in baseball so at least we go that issue all cleared up.

  • Roland Deschain

    Dominant.

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

    Jebus Bart.

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

    Colon is blowing shit out of the water!

  • Karim Garcia

    Wow

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow he just completely blew away Bautista, that was awesome.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Wow Bart looks awesome today

    • CS Yankee

      He is only pitching to protect his third spot in the postseason…lazy bum.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Romero is the Bizzaro Burnett in August

  • Pat D

    Yikes on those two pitches.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Lets do this Grandy.

  • YankeesJunkie

    I will be really impressed when A-Rod has 16 homers and 47 RBIs this month.

  • Pat D

    By the by, since I didn’t see his name mentioned in the series preview article, is Colby Rasmus hurt?

  • YankeesJunkie

    Signing Brett to an extension after this year would pay huge returns for the Yankees.

    • Pat D

      Why?

      • Mister Delaware

        Yankees Junkie = Ruben Amaro Jr. ?

        • YankeesJunkie

          Ouch that hurts. By extension I mean something along the lines as 5 years/25 million which he could easily return the value in one season with surplus coming in the next four seasons. In addition, he has an undervalued skill set so its not like this will be a deal he could necessarily turn down and he is also only signed through his early 30s.

          • Mister Delaware

            Given that he’s heading to arbitration for the first time next year, you’re risking a big overpay there. A guy with that skillset doesn’t scream “must lock up early”.

    • Chip

      Naw, he’s got an undervalued skill set, he’ll remain cheap for a long time

  • Cy Pettitte

    #40 for Brett!

    • Sarah

      I missed it (stupid MLB.tv not working properly), did he steal #40?

  • Chip

    Man, Gardner is such a game changer when he’s right

  • Pat D

    Fuckin’ A, Robbie.

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

    Sadface.

  • Mister Delaware

    Ramiro Pena wouldn’t have GIDP there.

    • CS Yankee

      Nor would have the Queen of England, whats your point?

  • Chip

    Ugh Cano, you look so good and then suddenly look so horrible

  • Pat D

    God, I can’t stand a player like Adam Lind.

    Fucking box of chocolates player.

    • CS Yankee

      Too predictable of a pitch…he is cold up-n-in…misses there and comes right back getting the same pitch in the zone.

      Hughes and Colon seem to repeat the pitches the miss for the out pitch, wish he would of went slider down-n-away on the 1-2 count.

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

    /Short porch’d

  • Karl Krawfid

    Dumb pitch selection by Cervelli.

    Knew that was coming when he set up.

    4 seamer away would have been a better choice.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      /Matt’d

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Nah, Matt would have written a 5 or 6 paragraph essay.

        • Pat D

          I miss ignoring him.

      • Karl Krawfid

        Well he set up really early. Lind has an open stance and likes the ball down.

        It wasn’t good pitch selection 1-2.

  • Cy Pettitte

    well this sucks.

  • Greg

    Colon seems to be losing velocity

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Well this is a surprise isn’t it? Colon dominates the first inning and is now getting touched up in the second, and he’s already well past his innings mark of the last few years. Sounds like bullpen Bart to me.

    • Greg

      Then we have two guys who are not doing well.

    • tom

      Touched up? A home run that barely went out, and two runners barely safe at first. He could be out of the inning scoreless, or 1 run at worst.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Excuses, excuses.

        • nsalem

          you obviously know what you’re talking about

          • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

            Don’t make excuses.

    • CS Yankee

      Don’t talk about our #3/4 starter like that. We need him come October to start as Phil & AJ are the anti-starters.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        He won’t be the 3 or 4 starter come postseason, so I can talk about him like that all I want.

    • nsalem

      and maybe he’ll throw 5 more effective innings

  • tom

    Jays getting a week’s worth of breaks in this inning.

  • Ivan

    Outside of the Home run ball, its not like Toronto is hitting stingers all over the place.

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

      Outside of that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?

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

    Oh baseball. Your lack of predictability can make me angry sometimes.

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

    Andruw doing his best Derek Jeter impersonation.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Not exactly. You know-if you watch the tape of Jeter’s catch, he actually catches the ball well before he gets near the stands.

      • CS Yankee

        You have to be the biggest anti-jeter guy around.

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

        I was thinking of his play in the 2001 ALDS, not the one against the Red Sox.

      • Chip

        Yeah but he had no way to pull up before he hit the stands

        • Pat D

          Exactly.

          He was still in fair territory when he caught it, but considering how fast he was running and how far he was running, he only had about 2 strides before the wall.

          • Esteban

            The catch was pretty good, but I think it’s overrated because of the aftermath. If YS had more foul territory, it would be just another pretty good catch, not one that’s constantly replayed.

            • Pat D

              True.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Like A-Gon yesterday. Stupid fans man.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Why are fans so stupid?

  • Ivan

    I find it quite funny that almost every scout thought that Lawrie was going to stick at catcher and of course didnt, but those same scouts gave Montero no chance to stick at all…

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

    That inning kind of pissed me off.

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

    2 runs, no big deal.

  • Greg

    Well against Romero its going to be tough.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Melky!

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

    Michael Kay slowly discovering the idea of replacement value, completely misinterpreting it.

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

      Baby steps.

      • Chip

        That might have been the most intelligent thing I’ve ever heard out of Kay

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

    Kay making sense?!

  • Ivan

    I dont know about you guys, but considering the lead the Yankees have in the WC standings, I just want to enjoy watching Montero play point blank. Enjoy the honeymoon.

  • Cy Pettitte

    tie this bitch up, Jesus.

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

    C’mon Hey-Zoos, rapture a Ricky Romero fastball over the short porch.

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

    Montero yet to have a PA with the bases empty.

  • CS Yankee

    Love how Jones is working pitchers these days. I guy couldn’t lay off low breaking balls a few years ago, now he does and fights off the junk. Tough choices ahead on who gets PT.

  • Pat D

    God, he’s so unclutch.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Jesus….that was horrible

  • Greg

    To be fair to Jesus, he has faced two of the best lefties in the AL.

    • Cy Pettitte

      good thing he gets Jo-Jo Reyes on Monday.

  • Ivan

    Montero is usually a slow starter at every level…he will turn it on.

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

    Ugh, not a good at-bat by the savior.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Nunie ftw

  • CS Yankee

    Noon-ey!

    • CS Yankee

      followed by “fist pumps gazoo”

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Cervelli with the POWEEERRRRR!!

  • Greg

    Mr. Noodle Bat strikes again.

  • Roland Deschain

    SEE YA! 2 HOME RUNS IN THE PAST 3 GAMES FOR CERVELLI!!!!!

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

    Who is this man and what has he done is Francisco Cervelli?

  • Cy Pettitte

    WHAT IS GOING ON?

    I like it though.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Damn Frankie!

  • Ivan

    Hey Mike outside of this season, wasnt Montero numbers against lefties compared to righties were kinda of the reverse.

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

      Yep.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Nunie and Cervelli, folks.

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

    Holy Shit, Cervelli!

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Cervi!!!!!!

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

    Francisco Cervelli: the next Bautista.

    /kidding

  • pop up teixeira

    Cervelli doin Montero’s job of hitting homeruns!

  • Chip

    Cervelli on FIRE

  • Adam

    Frankie Goes to Homerwood! Or something.

  • Ivan

    I always knew Cervelli was the better player than Montero.

  • Esteban

    He didn’t clap. I am disappoint.

  • Furbush For Fister

    Cervelli and Montero role reversal

  • Cy Pettitte

    stop diving head first

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

      I stopped asking. He’ll have to break some fingers or have his hand stepped on before he stops doing it.

  • jay h

    lol, sterling just said “John lackey is full of prunes”

  • Karl Krawfid

    Our bottom of the order does damage also.

  • Furbush For Fister

    Eric Thames left with sideburn issues

  • Monteroisdinero

    Frankie’s first YS homer comes in the same inning Montero strikes out. YCPB.

    Gardy is going to get severely injured one of these slides at 1B.

    • Furbush For Fister

      +1 for your name!

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Granderslump

  • Greg

    Grandy’s got to get that average up to put a lock in this MVP race.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Montero and Grandy strike out. Cerv homers.

    Amazing.

  • Chip

    O well, Gardner padded his stats a bit at least, small victories

  • tom

    Girardi smart and playing righties vs Romero? (Romero has a reverse platoon splits due to the changeup)

    Of course other than possibly playing Chavez (for Nunez or Montero) and Dickerson (for Jones) he’s probably just rolling out the lineup without that much thought?

    • CS Yankee

      Rewarding the YS crowd with Montero…plus seeing what he can do. Much rather have Jones than Dickerson as well.

    • alittleblackegg

      The Yanks have seen Romero enough, and I would assume Girardi knows the splits.

      • tom

        Not to mention Chavez doesn’t play SS… oops (I forgot ARod was back at 3rd)

        I wonder if it’s Girardi knowing the splits or Girardi going with the gut.

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

          I think that maybe, just maybe, Girardi isn’t dumb, stupid, or the worst manager in the league.

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

    Shut-down inning time, Bart.

  • Cy Pettitte

    why are we getting BABIP fucked like this today?

  • Monteroisdinero

    Hurry back Tex. Tough play but you would have made it.

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

      Really?

      • Monteroisdinero

        A few inches from Swish’s glove on the backhand=a catch by the taller, MUCH better fielding Tex.

        really.

        • Chip

          I would ask how you supposedly know that he would have made it but I don’t think it’s worth it

          • Monteroisdinero

            Nobody knows for sure but I would ask who is a far better fielder (Gold Glove), who is taller, who wears the glove on the left hand etc. but it isn’t worth it either.

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

          Seriously? It took an odd bounce off the first base bag that Swisher couldn’t have seen coming. I don’t think even Keith Hernandez would have made that play.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Yay shut down innings.

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

    Gardner not looking perfect in LF! Panic!

  • Esteban

    The RANGE

  • Sarah

    John and Suzyn are telling me that the “Baby Bombers” are doing all the hitting today.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Not yet.

      Jesus has not awakened yet.

      • Sarah

        He’s the baby-est bomber of them all. If he awakens today, John and Suzyn are going to be pretty excited about the baby bombers.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    So Montero will lead off the 3rd. First time in his career he’ll come up with the bases empty.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Check that 4th.

      /Brain fart

    • Jetrer

      ninth inning AB against Boston, 1 out, nobody on

  • Monteroisdinero

    Bart is too old to waste an 0-2 pitch.

  • tom

    Bart still throwing pretty well, but all those pitches in the tough innings are going to mean another shortened outing.

  • Esteban

    Well, he doesn’t have Gardner’s speed. We know that for sure.

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

    Damn.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Just give him the hit.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Montero IS faster than Jorge!!!!

  • JD

    His speed doesnt seem bad for a catcher(obviously he’s young) but that wasnt bad

  • bonestock94

    Cervelli feels threatened I guess

  • Jedile

    cerv’d up a single!

  • pop up teixeira

    frankie’s on fire

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    So, how many hitless AB’s for Montero to start his career is it gonna take until someone calls him a bust? What’s the over/under for someone to wildly overreact? 15? 16?

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

      You’re giving the masses too much credit.

    • Chip

      What? He still doesn’t have a hit? BUST!

    • MikeD

      “Someone?” No one of any significance will call him a bust if he hits .180 for the entire month of September, but by the definition of “someone,” someone probably already has!

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Go find me that someone then wise guy.

        • Monteroisbust

          My name says it all.

          • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

            There we go. So, which ab was it? The strikeout against Romero, or the weak grounder that did if for you?

            • MikeD

              Ummm, that was me. :-)

          • MikeD

            …but seriously, I don’t expect anyone of note to call him a bust if he starts slowly.

            Not uncommon at all for young players to start slowly and to press hard to get that first hit.

            • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

              I don’t care if it’s anyone of note. I’m just talking about anyone who is living and breathing who has watched this kid. And by anyone I mean ANYONE.

              • MikeD

                Ha. On that I wouldn’t even attempt to guess, although I do believe that on some blog/board somewhere, someone already has.

  • MikeD

    Cut Cervelli!

    • Monteroisdinero

      Cerv still a 5 tool player.

      /not

    • Chip

      He obviously didn’t want to clog the bases in front of Gardner so he is letting Gardner lead off the next inning and get steal #42

  • alittleblackegg

    The Cervelli giveth, and the Cervelli taketh away.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Alfonso is no Gardy out there in lf.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Watching Montero run now for a few years I am convinced he could use some coaching to be more efficient in his technique. Track coach anyone?

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    lol

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Dwane wise?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Dewayne Wise? really? come on now.

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

    Paul O’Neill just called Dewayne Wise a young player.

    • Satan

      I’m guessing thirty-three is a young player when you’re a retired forty-eight-year old.

      What seems clear by O’Neill’comment if he has no memory of Wise playing against the Yankees and O’Neill five times in 2000.

  • wow

    lol???

  • Greg

    Dewayne Wise hurt the Yankees last year too. I think he got a go ahead hit against Mo.

  • Cuso

    Ugh. Does it seems like every light hitter in the league hits their first homer of the season at YS3?

    • Karl Krawfid

      Anyone could have hit that hanging slider.

      • Greg

        It wasnt really a hanging slider. It was a low slider.

      • Cuso

        k

  • JobaWockeeZ

    And all of a sudden Burnett might actually pitch game two of any series.

    • Jetrer

      ?? Garcia and Nova are both way ahead of AJ

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Yeah I wish but we’re supposed to smoke the objective pipe…
        Which is still telling me that Nova should be it but I think they still high Burnett in a higher regard.

        • Jetrer

          Objective pipe didn’t mean AJ as #2, it meant AJ wasn’t as horrible as people were making him out to be. Even Cash said AJ is not #2.

  • Hummingbird S.

    At this rate, Bartolo might be competing with AJ to see who’s the long man on the ‘pen come playoffs time.

  • Champagne_whores

    Jesus blows

    -Satan (David Ortiz)

    • Satan

      I’m angry that you have compared me to that PED user Ortiz. My powers are all natural.

      • Champagne_whores

        Forgive me my master you know how i like to brag

        Gatekeeper to Hell (David Ortiz)

  • FIPster Doofus

    55 percent voted yes? I hate people.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Gardyslump over? I hope so.

    • Sarah

      +1. I think it is. Of course, now the slump has moved to Grandy and Swish.

  • Betty Humpter

    I’m going to throw my fucking sat radio through the window if I hear Sterling say “you just cant predit baseball” one more time. Jesus.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      You just can’t predict baseball, Suzyn.

    • Tom

      Now, c’mon, he was after all being self-ironical today.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Grandy needs a day off.

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

      Yeah, really.

      • Sarah

        I concur. If Swish were to move back to RF, Jones could go to LF and Gardy could play CF for a day to give Curtis a day off. But I guess with Tex on the bench, and only LHP this weekend, unlikely to happen.

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

    Granderson needs to steal here, he’s falling behind in his pursuit of 30-30.

  • Champagne_whores

    Serously why didnt gardy steal again

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    cmonnnnnn!

  • Hummingbird S.

    dreadful AB by Alex..

  • Monteroisdinero

    ARod is just a bit more due for a big contribution than Jesus I would say.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I’m going to call this one early. Jesus gets pie today.

    • MikeD

      That would be nice. Pie for any Yankee would be nice.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    I would have murdered Kay if that was a HR.

  • tom

    Colon’s last inning?

  • Monteroisdinero

    Not a bad outing for the Colonic Stem Cell.

  • teddy

    solid job by colon, too bad he gave up that hr to wise

    • Hummingbird S.

      4 runs and 7 hits in 6 innings. That’s not solid.

      • MikeD

        Yeah it is.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Someone get on so I don’t have to wait like an hour for Jesus to come up.

  • Bronx Byte

    Maybe Scott Proctor will make an appearance today.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Can Jesus get a hit here please?

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Yes, thank you sweet baby Jesus!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I’m a witness!

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

    JESUS!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Jesus!

  • Esteban

    HEYZEUS!

  • Hummingbird S.

    Congrats Jesus!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jesus! way to go, hopefully he can relax now that that’s out of the way and start mashing.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Relax? How can one relax when one is bored?

  • pop up teixeira

    and there’s his first hit!!

  • MikeD

    Okay, everyone can now relax.

    Much better to get a hit on a line drive than that dribbler his last AB.

  • Karim Garcia

    That’s gotta feel good for Jesus!

  • thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    jeeeeeeeeeeeesus

  • bobtaco

    Sweet Jesus :-)

  • mustang

    Congrats! May there be a lot more of those to come!

  • teddy

    alright jesus!

  • fgt

    gj jesus not a virgin nemore

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Jesus clapped when he got a hit, it must be because he’s latino.

    /Salty’d

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Salty didn’t take long to adjust to that city and their customs.

      • The Big City of Dreams

        Boston racist nooooooooooooo

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Lol thanks for the laugh

  • DERP

    Nice job Jesus. First of hopefully many, many more.

  • blazing fastball

    Could it be the second coming has arrived?

  • Cy Pettitte

    helmet off, he was safe!

  • Dela G

    Hooray jtesus!

  • teddy

    gotta push colon, kinda suprise

  • Hummingbird S.

    bad decision to leave bartolo in there

  • Roland Deschain

    4 runs in 6 innings is an all star performance per Brian Cashman. Colon still holding steady as our #4 starter for the playoffs.

  • teddy

    good job colon.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Good job Bartolo. kind of got f’d by the infield hit, pop up that fell in CF and the triple off the first base bag. Could easily have been 6 1/3 2ER.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Doesn’t matter. He’s not in position to get the win. Bad outing.

      /MichaelKay’d

      • Tom O

        Love how Kay is all about defensive metrics now though. Because those are sooooo accurate.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    I love the stopwatch game.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Bartolo is hilarious.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Definitely. I crack up at his dugout antics.

  • Cy Pettitte

    holy shit gif that please.

  • Jetrer

    that old dude is awesome

  • Hummingbird S.

    time for Alex to do something

  • Cy Pettitte

    Romero has been way too comfortable throwing in at Grandy

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cano vs. Janssen 3/7 with a 2B.

  • CS Yankee

    Odds that Cano puts the first pitch in play?

    • Kibbitty

      Zero.

  • Hummingbird S.

    that was the pitch to hit… 91mph fastball right down the middle

    • MikeD

      …or the one that he hit for the two-run double.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Cano two run double please.

    • Jetrer

      ok, now ask for a 2 run HR from Swisher

    • pop up teixeira

      there u go now please wish for a Montero homerun!

      • The Big City of Dreams

        Make that a grandslam

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

    Rob Cano.

  • Cy Pettitte

    ROBBIE awwwwww yea.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Called it. Thank you Robbie. Always will be my favorite.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    holy shit I love you Robbe

  • Esteban

    Ribbinson is too good for mere mortals.

  • thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    hugggggggggggggggggggggge

  • Kibbitty

    Robbie has been so clutch this season.

  • Monteroisdinero

    RBIinson Cano!!!!!

  • dkidd

    gargantuan

  • Cy Pettitte

    USA chant? now that’s funny

  • teddy

    love cano, great at bat

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Who pitches the 8th? Logan? Wade? Share?

    • Jetrer

      DRob was warming up

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Odd, because apparently Mo and Soriano are unavailable so I’d assume Robertson would close.

        • Jetrer

          from what the announcers were saying earlier, it sounded like Soriano may be available, not sure though

          • tom

            Either way…. DROb vs heart of the lineup is better than him pitching the 9th just beacase it’s the 9th.

            Even if it’s Wade… putting DRob up against the better part of the lineup is the right move

            • Jetrer

              I agree with that completely, but I haven’t seen Girardi do anything like that before. I’ll give him much credit if that is what he’s doing.

  • thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    me likey

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Insurance!

  • Jetrer

    Swish stat-padding again

  • Cy Pettitte

    me gusta insurance runs

  • dkidd

    a-rod: frying pan
    cano: fire

  • Monteroisdinero

    Way to block that ball at SS.

  • thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    just misssssed

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Dear bullpen,

    please make this easy.

  • teddy

    great job by swisher, now up by 2 and batista up nice

  • CS Yankee

    If Drob is going in the 8th (which he should), does that mean MO is available for the 9th?

    • Roland Deschain

      Maybe Joe’s doing the smart thing by bringing in his best available reliever to face 3-4-5 and will bring in Wade to close against lesser hitters. One can hope.

      • CS Yankee

        Agree with the choice even if So or Mo are unavailable.

        They can add to the lead in the 8th and may not need a closer. One would think that So or Mo may be used however…the only bad choice would be Proctor.

        • Jetrer

          Laffey would be worse

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    D-Rob? I guess that means that Mo/Soriano is available.

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

      Or maybe Girardi is letting Robertson face the 3-4-5 hitters so Cory Wade or whoever gets the bottom of the order.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        That makes sense.

      • Jetrer

        makes sense, but Girardi has never managed like that before

        • Matt

          Yes he has.

          http://www.baseball-reference......7180.shtml

          He brought Robertson in to pitch in the 3rd inning with 2 runners on after Pettitte injured his groin. He proceeded to escape the jam, throw another scoreless inning, and Girardi went to Chan Ho Park afterwards.

          • Jetrer

            DRob had a 5.01 ERA after that appearance, not sure that situation qualifies as going with best reliever in biggest spot. I guess it slightly qualifies because he’s better than Park though.

            • Matt

              Robertson had allowed 5 ER in 13.1 IP since the beginning of June at that point, with 4 of those 5 ER coming in one blow up game against Toronto, 3 of which were allowed to score by Park.

              Robertson at that point in the season was one of their best relievers. His ERA was only so awful because he had a few blow up games early in the season.

              • Jetrer

                yeah, it’s a slightly similar situation, and IIRC they’ve used DRob in other spots like that as well.
                It’s not exactly what I was referring to though. I meant in terms of using the absolute best available reliever in the biggest situation, which today meant DRob in the eighth. In that game, it would have meant Mo in the third. I was thinking more along the lines of using Closer to start 7th or 8th because of where the other team was in the lineup. I don’t recall Girardi doing anything like that before, unless maybe it was trying to get the closer to finish the game, as today’s game turned out.

    • Matt

      Not necessarily. Robertson is coming in to face 3-4-5 in the order. They could still use Wade to pitch the 9th against the weaker hitters in the bottom half.

  • Cy Pettitte

    who’s closing? can’t imagine Mo is available.

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

      Scott Proctor!

    • MikeD

      I’m guessing Soriano.

  • thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    can someone please start telling Bautista whats coming so he can get to 50 homeruns again

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Lance Pendleton to close.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Scott Proctor!

    • Esteban

      Pants Lendleton*

  • Roland Deschain

    I think he will bring in Wade to close. Robertson is much better suited to face Bautista and Lind.

  • Cy Pettitte

    too bad future closer Hector Noesi isn’t with the team

  • Champagne_whores

    Think we can get anything for cervelli in the winter?

    • MikeD

      Plenty of teams would want him.

      Since Montero will serve as DH/part-time catcher, they will need a third catcher for those games with Martin’s catching and Montero is DHing. That means there’s a high chance Cervelli will be back.

      • Champagne_whores

        Arod and jeter and tex will have to dh too. No way three catchers

        • Jetrer

          they could, Montero would just be taking Posada’s DH spot, not a bench spot
          They’d still have room for Nunez, Cervelli, Jones, and Chavez (or whoever they sign to replace Jones and/or Chavez) on the bench

          • MikeD

            That’s right. Montero takes Posada’s spot on the roster and many of the DH ABs. The difference between how Posada and Montero were/will be used is Montero will be encouraged to catch, which makes having a third catcher critical. On the days when Montero DHing and Martin is catching, the Yankees have to have a third catcher on the team in case something happens to Martin; otherwise, they’ll have to move Montero to catcher and then lose the DH spot for that game.

            • Jetrer

              I’m wondering if they’d use Cervelli for that role though. If Montero is the BU catcher, the third catcher likely wouldn’t get much if any playing time. Might be better to use someone like Gus Molina, and either trade Cervelli, or stash him in AAA for depth.

              • MikeD

                Hard to say. Certainly the Yankees wouldn’t hesitate to trade Cervelli as part of a deal that they believe will bring back a player who can help the team more. What I don’t think they’d do is send him AAA (does he still have options?). He’s served the Yankees well since 2009, so I don’t see them sending him to AAA and rewarding a player like Molina who probably can’t even hit .150 on the MLB level.

                Montero will cut into Martin’s PAs, which may not be a bad thing since he could probably use a little more rest during the long season. Montero will also reduce Cervelli’s PAs, but that doesn’t mean they have to send Cervelli to AAA. Fransisco is a back-up catcher and some years that means he’ll get more ABs than others. In 2010 he got way too many and in 2012, if he’s still with the team, he’ll probably have a career low. He shouldn’t be a starting catcher, but he’s one of those guys that’ll still be in the majors ten years from now. Experienced backup catchers have as nearly a long of a shelf life as LOGGYs! He’s cheap and he has skills, so there’s no reason for the Yankees to part ways with him unless they get something back that can help them more.

                My point

        • MikeD

          As I noted below, it’s very workable, and even necessary. Let’s say Montero plays in 140 games in 2012. As part-time catcher he appears in 30-40 games where he gets the opportunity to learn the Yankee pitchers and work with Pena/Girardi on his catching skills.. They can also use him another 10-15 games at first so that the kid gets to play about 50 games in the field. He can then DH another 80-100 games depending on how things shake out. That means the Yankees still have 60-80 games open at DH to slot in games to rotation in A-Rod, Jeter, Tex and others for rest.

          Normally a third catcher is not a luxury team’s can afford, that is, of course, unless one of the catchers is also an offensive-minded DH.

          Cervelli becomes necessary, and since he knows the team the pitchers and comes cheap, I’d expect him back.

  • thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    nasty

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    If Scott Proctor closes I’ll puke.

  • thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    D Rob = Money

  • pat

    Insurance runs plz.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Damn it.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    NO! You can’t pinch hit for Jesus. Damn you Girardi!

  • Cy Pettitte

    ewww go away Jorge. moar montero.

  • Pat D

    Jesus, Notre Dame can’t catch a break.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Notre Dame WHO??

      • Pat D

        You’re not TSJC.

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          Well obviously since I don’t know who/what TSJC is.

          • Pat D

            Don’t worry about it.

            Move along.

            • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

              Well, now I’m curious to know what TSJC is.

  • Cuso

    Posada, go sit down

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Jesus would have beaten that out, no doubt.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Jesus could have done that.

  • teddy

    posada for montero lame

  • Champagne_whores

    Jesus to jorge litterly Holy Shit

  • Hummingbird S.

    the game is already 6-4, why not let us watch Montero?

    • The Big City of Dreams

      I guess they wanted to throw Jorge a bone

    • MikeD

      Because that would be a fan’s decision, not a MLB manager’s decision. A two-run lead is nothing.

      Posada against MLB RHP is hitting .272/.348/.465, .813 OPS. Montero against AAA RHP is hitting .273/.330/.398, .728 OPS.

      • Jetrer

        just odd that they didn’t do it with a 2-run lead against a RH reliever against Boston, but they do here. NBD, but odd.

        • MikeD

          Part of Girardi’s job over the next month is to keep his players fresh, which in some cases means rest, in others it means looking for opportunties to get ABs. He also needs to figure out who is going to make the postseason roster.

          We’ve already read that the Yankees are thinking about Montero as a postseason option. Some may think that means Posada won’t make the postseason. What I haven’t read yet is that both may make the postseason roster. A strong lefty/righty platoon is a good thing, especially if the Yankees make it to the World Series and need options to pinch hit for the pitchers.

          Anyway, we’re going to see this more as September rolls along as Girardi has to see which player can do what, and the only way to do that is to find playing/hitting opportunities.

          • Jetrer

            yeah, I don’t have a problem with it. I realize Posada is better vs. RHP this year than Montero has been. I was more suprised that Montero was left in against Boston, than being PH for here. Really no big deal either way.

  • teddy

    montero could done that

  • Karl Krawfid

    Steal Nunie

  • tom

    When you look at Posada’s stats leading off an inning (and/or with noone on) vs hitting with men on base… that was the solid move.

    /small sample sized

  • MikeD

    Nice double play…sorry to say!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    god damn babip.

  • Hummingbird S.

    That’s some game for Frankie, he’s hitting everything hard

  • Karl Krawfid

    I said damn

  • thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    super models! whatta model, gloves? classic

  • tom

    Cervelli – 4 AB’s

    # of pitches…. 4

    • tom

      Of course since he was hitting them hard and not popping up you can’t fault him too much for it.

    • Jetrer

      not ideal, but it certainly worked for him today

  • Matt

    I have a feeling that Girardi was waiting to see how many pitches Robertson threw before he decided whether to have him pitch 2 innings or just 1. If he threw 20-25 pitches, I bet you he gets Wade up for the 9th instead.

  • CS Yankee

    Good call on the Drob in the 9th as he had only thrown 12 pitches.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Lawrie is a menace.

    • MikeD

      We’re going to have to get used to it. He looks like he’s going to be a menace for the next decade-plus.

      • Ivan

        The same way Montero will be a menace to Toronto for the next 15 years…

  • thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    time to break off the nasty curve

  • Jetrer

    they wouldn’t actually bring in Laffey, would they?

  • Karl Krawfid

    They don’t make it easy.

    Just throw the curve.

  • JMK

    Lawrie for Marcum seems like a good deal for both clubs, though the fact that Casey McRegression fell off a cliff makes it less so for Milwaukee.

  • thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    fuck YES

  • Esteban

    And Cervelli with the Latino fistpump

  • Cy Pettitte

    DRob! great job getting the save

  • pat

    Goose Gossage approves of David Robertsons save.

  • Jetrer

    Jesus = son of Mo
    DRob = heir to Mo

  • Karl Krawfid

    Game ova

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Robertson>Bard

    /Captain Obvious’d

  • I Voted for Kodos

    What is it about David Robertson that makes him so much damn fun to watch?

    • JMK

      The socks?

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      K’s and fist pumps.

    • MikeD

      He’s 5’10” and makes 6’4″ 230 lb. MLB hitters look foolish?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    We can sweep with CC tomorrow.

  • teddy

    great job drob

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    No Go Rangers!

    /Jumping on Rangers bandwagon until after Sunday’s game’d

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      *Now

    • Sarah

      Don’t forget to use your claw and antlers!

  • Monteroisdinero

    Wonder if Montero has ever been pinch hit for in the minors?

  • Dino Velvet

    Fucking Texas.

    • http://twitter.com/johnSC2000 JohnnyC

      Without Cliff Lee they won’t make it out of the ALDS. Nice bullpen, eh?

  • Rey22

    Forget the cleanup hitter. How about the first baseman going 3-3?