Game 149: Home Stretch


No Ricky Romero this weekend, thankfully. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Here we are, the home stretch. There’s only 14 games and 13 days left in the season, and exactly two weeks from today, CC Sabathia will be doing exactly what he’ll be doing tonight: starting for the Yankees. The stakes will be much higher in two weeks though, that will be Game One of the ALDS. Here’s the starting nine…

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

CC Sabathia, SP

Hooray for a 7pm ET start! The game will be on My9 locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy. Oh, and go Rays.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    No Jesus? booooooooooooo…

  2. Jesse says:

    Feel the heat! The Rays!

  3. The Big City of Dreams says:

    Can’t stand my9 games

  4. Tom O says:

    I have Martin and Montero as my catchers in my fantasy league.

    I prefer when Montero plays.

  5. Urban says:

    I understand Yankee and Red Sox fans rooting against each other, but doesn’t it seem kind of wrong right now for Yankee fans to be rooting for the Rays? Aren’t they asking for potential trouble?

    In order for the Yankees to make the postseason they at least need to secure the Wild Card. Their competition right now for that are the Rays. A Yankee win and a Rays loss brings the Yankees closer. A Yankee loss and a Rays win brings the Rays closer to the Yankees, and the Yankees have seven games remaining against the Rays, including the last series of the year. Meanwhile, the Red Sox have seven games remaining against the Orioles.

    Be careful what you wish for Yankee fans. If things break the wrong way, the Yankees might be feeling the extreme pressure the Red Sox are right now.

    • Rookie says:

      Agreed, Urban. But why not hope that the Rays win, but it’s close enough that it keeps the Red Sox from allowing their players/pitchers to rest and heal as they’d like or maybe even line their pitchers up the way they want?

      • Urban says:

        I’m not disagreeing. As a Yankee fan, I’m enjoying this mini-collapse by the Sox. I’m just wondering when it starts to become counter productive on the Yankees side.

        The best scenario is the Yankees sweep in Toronto, and the Rays sweep the Sox, and then the Yankees sweep the Sox in the head-to-head competition, while the Yankees do mediocre enough to allow the Sox to fall into third, but the Yankees never lose first. The other scenario is a full-blown collapse by the Sox, including losing four or five games to the Orioles. Not sure I can see all this happening.

    • StanfordBen says:

      The chances of the Yankees not making the playoffs at this point is insignificant. For the Yankees to not make the playoffs, they’d have to have what is probably the worst collapse in history at this point in the season (the Mets were 6.5 games up with 17 games to play in their 2007 collapse) *and* the Red Sox would have to also beat them out. Given that the Rays and Sox play each other, those chances are outrageously slim. Coolstandings’ 99.7% estimate for the Yanks, which doesn’t even account for the fact that the Sox are a debilitated team now compared to the rest of the season, is probably about right.

      And even if you don’t think the Yanks should prefer one team over another in the playoffs, making the Sox play more meaningful and stressful games down to the wire is a tangible benefit because they won’t necessarily be well-rested and lined up for the playoffs. The best case is a 1-game playoff, which would be beneficial for the Yankees even if they don’t play the winner immediately.

      • Urban says:

        I know the odds.

        I also know there’s a lot of head-to-head matches.

        I fully expect the Yankees in the postseason. I’m just doing a gut check on Yankee fans. How uncomortable are you willing to be for the sake of the potential of the Red Sox collapsing all the way out.

        The extra stress on the Sox team is nice. This is a question about stress on Yankee fans.

        • StanfordBen says:

          The odds include head-to-head matchups, which make it easier to make up ground. It’s not just that it’s a near certainty that the Yankees will make the playoffs, it’s that the uncomfortable scenario you describe is also extremely unlikely. It would take a collapse similar to what the Red Sox just did (which was outrageously unlikely, plus the Yankees don’t have the same fundamental problems the Sox do), except with fewer games to do it in, and that’s just for them to get uncomfortable.

          Basically, I’d say that given a Rays sweep, the chances of the Yankees even being uncomfortable about making the playoffs is around 5%. I’d easily trade a 5% chance of being uncomfortable for a high likelihood of the Wild Card team needing to play stressful games down the stretch, and possibly needing a 1-game playoff.

    • Kiersten says:

      You realize the Yankees have 14 games left and as long as they play .500 ball over that time, it doesn’t matter what Tampa does?

      Even if the Yankees go 4-10 in those 14 games, Tampa would have to go 11-2 to pass them. I’m not worried. Go Rays.

      • Kiersten says:

        Oh, and this doesn’t even factor in the Red Sox. Even if the Yankees were to go 4-10 and Tampa were to go 11-2, the Red Sox would have to go 8-5 (not entirely unlikely, but still) to tie the wildcard and 9-4 to win it.

        It’s pretty much next to impossible for the Yankees to not make the playoffs at this point.

        • Kiersten says:

          and StanfordBen basically said what I said before I said it.

          • MikeD says:

            Late to this. I think both you and StanfordBen missed what’s being said.

            He seems to believe that the chances of the Yankees missing the postseason are quite small, yet one of the likely ways for the Rays to pass by the Red Sox would be for the Yankees to play like crap. If the Yankees play well, Tampa is dead.

            In other words, it’s pointless to be rooting for the Rays, because it’s almost rooting for a Yankees collapse.

            That’s my take.

  6. Bronx Byte says:

    Winning 2 of 3 in Toronto will be good. It’s 2 more games toward the magic number and more if the Rays do damage in Boston.

    • Urban says:

      Agreed. I don’t expect the Yankees not to make the postseason, but when I look at the schedule, it’s going to be tough for the Rays to pass the Red Sox, unless the Yankees doing poorly against the Rays. Yet that’s a horrible scenario as the Red Sox are playing the Orioles.

      If the Yankees were to have a bad series in Toronto this weekend, and the Rays were to have a good series against the Sox, I’m not so sure Yankee fans are going to be comfortable realizing they have to play the Red Sox and the Rays heading into the final games of the season, while the Sox have seven against the Orioles.

      In order for the Rays to knock the Red Sox out of competition, Yankee fans are going to have to live with a lot of discomfort about the fate of their own team, at least potentially.

      • StanfordBen says:

        I think you’re overestimating how likely a collapse is by a lot. Realize that it would probably be the most unlikely collapse at this time of year in the history of baseball. They’d have to be caught by BOTH the Sox and Rays, and the closest they will be by the end of the weekend is 4.5 games with 13 left to play, which is still a comfortable lead when you need to be passed by both teams.

  7. Jesse says:

    I’m actually going to watch the TB/BOS game more than the Yanks game tonight. I’ll check in on the Yanks but this potential Boston collapse is a must watch.

  8. Jesse says:

    Here’s a bold prediction I say either Brackman or Betances makes their MLB debut tonight.

  9. Sheepmeister says:

    Why is posada starting and not jesus?

  10. pat says:

    My9 might suck, but for the thousands of people who don’t get YES it is a godsend. Yanks would anger a lot of people if they pulled them off the air completely.

  11. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Beckett putting on a LOL fest right out of the gate

  12. mbonzo says:

    Lol Beckett, bunt double.

  13. nedro says:

    Is this gonna be one of THOSE games? Fuck, I hope not.

  14. Jesse says:

    Rays gotta score just one and Shields will pitch a CGSO.


  15. Cy Pettitte says:

    LONGO! 2 run BOMB off the monstah!

  16. JobaWockeeZ says:

    2-0 Rays.

  17. Kramerica Industries says:

    Two run home run by Longo.

  18. mbonzo says:

    LONGORIA! 2-0 Rays, suck it Beckett.

    Oh and this ump crew in the Yankees game is terrible.

  19. Greg says:

    Longoria bomb 2-0 Rays

  20. Stratman9652 says:

    Wow Joe Mauer has pneumonia now? Seriously not his year.

  21. StanfordBen says:

    Haha, home run off Beckett. This is so fun to watch.

  22. Jesse says:

    Fuck you Francona, even Orsillo and Remy think it’s a homer.

  23. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Longoria’s home run was not well struck, just a high fly ball. Beckett is still unhittable.


  24. Cy Pettitte says:

    what the fuck Robbie?

  25. Tyrion Lannister says:

    What the hell was that, Robbie? He always flips that over to first.

  26. Greg says:

    I think Chavez should have gone home. He would have been out

    • pat says:

      Instead of the inning ending double play that gets turned 99% of the time?

      • Greg says:

        That’s true but McCoy was dead to rights at home.

        • Sweet Dick Willie says:

          And if he gets McCoy at home, there’s runners on 1st & 2nd w/ 2 outs and Lawrie coming up.

          If he delivers a hit that scores a run, you (and everybody else) would be bitching and moaning that he didn’t turn two.

          Chavez made the correct decision, it just didn’t work out that time. It happens.

  27. Mike Axisa says:

    Don’t see Cano do that very often.

    • Vocabularry says:

      Cano is dealing with 3 different thirdbasemen, all with distinctly different ways of throwing the baseball, especially on double plays. Chavez tends to sling the ball almost sidearm, and his throws move significantly from left to right. Timing is also a factor, as well as the difference in speeds for the three guys.

  28. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Could someone please describe that play?

  29. Karl Krawfid says:

    Think ima make this a Sons of Samhorn night.

    GL CC!!!!

  30. nsalem says:

    Jennings bunted Beckett threw it away are you watching Mr. Torre are you watching?????

    • Jesse says:

      Please don’t bring up Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS.


    • Kramerica Industries says:

      It sucks that any-time there is a bunt against a hobbled pitcher, that’s the first thought that comes to mind.

      Probably true for the majority of us.

      Hard to forget the epic stupidity of that night.

  31. Jesse says:

    Hahaha Casey Kotchman with a stolen base.

  32. pat says:

    You gotta be fucking kidding me with that call.

  33. Cy Pettitte says:

    Robbie you’re killing me tonight.

  34. mbonzo says:

    Bad break for Cano.

  35. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    bang bang play

  36. Greg says:

    Robbie slowed down around first and that cost him.

  37. nedro says:

    Damn good tag…

  38. Cy Pettitte says:

    all i know is they better start pounding this guy the 2nd time through…

  39. Greg says:

    Offense has been struggling since last week. They better wake up

  40. Jesse says:

    Shields with a 2-0 lead before taking the mound, am I the only one who smells a CGSO??

  41. Cy Pettitte says:

    2-2 off a Papi double. wow. come on Shields.

  42. Kramerica Industries says:

    James Shields not on top of his game thus far.

    To say the least.

  43. Cy Pettitte says:

    Gardy gone wild

  44. pat says:

    All fuckin day Brett. THANKS!

  45. James A says:

    Gotta admit, I’m really impressed with McGowan’s movement and velocity so far, we’ll see how he does going deeper into the game and on his 2nd and 3rd time through the lineup, but he looks pretty sharp

  46. Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

    who would people rather see make the playoffs right now, rays or sox?

    I’d pick rays, just because that offense seems to be overachieving big time right now and no one is that line up scares me. Yea the starting pitching is better, but I’d take my chances against shields price and hellboy (or niemann).

    • Tyrion Lannister says:

      If Beckett is healthy I’d rather see the Rays as the Sox are better. If Beckett is not healthy then I’d rather see the Sox because they’d have to field a rotation of Lester, Bedard, Lackey, Wakefield and might not even make it out of round 1.

  47. Greg says:

    3-2 curveball nasty.

    Where for art thou offense?

  48. Hummingbird S. says:

    Sucks that the offense is still cold.

  49. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Just makes you wonder why Girardi continues to bunt Gardner over to 2nd when he can just steal 2nd and 3rd. Hopefully Joe isn’t that dumb in the playoffs.

  50. Cy Pettitte says:

    Yankees have mentally checked out

  51. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yankees are playing stupid right now.

  52. Mike Axisa says:

    Smart throw by Grandy. GIDP is still in order.

  53. Cy Pettitte says:

    Shields looks so bad right now…ugh.

  54. bonestock94 says:

    Man, it feels like nice and smooth CC games have been kinda rare in the second half.

  55. Greg says:

    In this stretch of games, CC’s location has been all over the place. He’s not being efficient with his pitches.

  56. Cy Pettitte says:

    nice GIDP

  57. Mike Axisa says:

    Tex is bitching that Encarnacion was running inside the line.

  58. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Why isn’t Big Game James pitching like it’s a Big Game?

  59. Cy Pettitte says:

    LOL Sox just bunted into a double play.

  60. Champagne_whores says:

    THey are stealing signs again flucking cheats

  61. Karl Krawfid says:

    As Granderson stands at first base watching.

  62. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    PEDroia had a chance to make a gritty play and failed? madness.

  63. Champagne_whores says:

    Why no montero tonight?

  64. Sheepmeister says:

    could someone tell me why they keep hacking at the first pitch? His control has be shaky at best when they don’t swing.

  65. mbonzo says:

    Flaherty, don’t let Kay walk all over you, put him in his place.

  66. Cy Pettitte says:


  67. pat says:

    Yay swishies.

  68. Champagne_whores says:

    Swihy nice

  69. Greg says:

    Well done Swisher.

  70. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    all of a sudden these Yanks look like a well rested team

  71. Champagne_whores says:

    Steal the signs swish

  72. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Lulz Varitek is so terrible.

  73. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol Varitek airmailed one trying to get Jennings, he goes to third.

  74. pat says:


  75. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:


  76. Champagne_whores says:

    Chavez revine

  77. CBean says:


  78. Cy Pettitte says:


  79. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Holy fuck Chavez!

  80. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    the Yankees heads are really in this game

  81. swishers fauxhawk says:


  82. Mike Axisa says:

    The Zombie hits one out to dead center. Perfect.

  83. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Love when you turn on the game and good things happen right away :)

  84. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    And the Rays take the lead!!

  85. Champagne_whores says:

    Steal signals die by it

  86. pat says:

    America Runs

    On Varitek.

  87. Cy Pettitte says:

    3-2 Rays on a Longo single

  88. Champagne_whores says:

    Late to the game today why no montero

  89. Greg says:

    Where was Cano going on that single by Lind?

  90. Champagne_whores says:

    Mauer reminds me of when giambi broke down after the roids

  91. Karl Krawfid says:

    CC needs normal rest.

  92. Greg says:

    I just dont understand how one extra day of rest can affect a pitcher’s location so much.

  93. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    lol what the hell was AGon doing?

  94. pat says:

    WHEWWWWW Thanks Gardy!

  95. Champagne_whores says:

    Gritty catch

  96. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow what a play, Gardy!

  97. Chen Meng Wang says:

    UZR goodness.

  98. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Gardy wearing his PF Fylers.

  99. Karl Krawfid says:

    Who said White Men can’t jump!

    What baby!

  100. Mike Axisa says:

    That might have hit the wall before going in the glove.

    • crm says:

      I thought so, too, but I rewound it on DVR. Definitely hit the glove first.

      BTW, who do you think will pitch the split DH on Wednesday? I have tickets for the nightcap.

  101. Greg says:

    The blue backsplash behind the wall made me think it was gone.

  102. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    nice jump by Brett, Dave Winfield would have caught that at his shoelaces (kidding)

  103. nsalem says:

    Hank Arencibia

  104. Chen Meng Wang says:

    It looked like Pedrioa was out for anybody watching the Sox game…

  105. Cy Pettitte says:

    and Shields gives it right back 3-3.

  106. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Jamie Shields defiantly not on tonight…

  107. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Does anybody else hear that god damn noise in the background of the broadcast?

    Btw, Papi go yard or something?

  108. Karl Krawfid says:

    Michael Kay once again not knowing what the hell he’s talking about.

    Aceves hasn’t saved shit. They’re 3-11 this month.

  109. Sheepmeister says:

    mike mccoy (.204 hitter) and kelly johnson (.214 hitter) are 4-4 off sabathia tonight combined.

  110. SevenAces says:

    Did Beckett get plumper all of a sudden? He seems rounder…

  111. Mike Axisa says:

    That was gross. Put him away 0-2.

  112. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    CC looks so bad.

  113. Champagne_whores says:

    CC struggling now. No control

  114. Greg says:

    He’s starting to lsoe it again.

  115. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    “Victor Martinez might be the best off-season pick up”
    -Buck Martinez
    Adrian Gonzalez says hello

  116. mike c says:

    CC burnett

  117. Cy Pettitte says:

    CC sucks

  118. Greg says:

    Cant blame the offense tonight.

  119. Champagne_whores says:

    Cheating bastards

  120. Tyrion Lannister says:

    CC just isn’t very sharp. Get the big man back on regular rest. Oh wait, they can’t with how they’ve screwed this up.

    • Greg says:

      Frankly if one day of extra rest bothers you that much, you dont deserve to be an ace.

      • Matt says:

        Frankly, if you don’t understand pitching, you shouldn’t criticize. You don’t just magically have your command any time that you want to throw the ball. It’s maintained by repetition and routine.

        I guess we should expect CC to be lights out in his first spring training start as well? After all, if he can’t deal with extended rest, then he’s not deserving of the ace label?

        • Greg says:

          All I know is that I have heard of pitchers going on 2 or 3 days rest and being fine.

          And if one wants to blame the extra days, blame Phil Hughes for not pitching AJ Burnett out of the rotation.

          • Matt says:

            That’s ridiculous. It’s up to the manager to set the rotation, and to keep his pitchers on their normal rest. Who cares if your #5 pitches on turn if it throws off your number #1?

            Also, just because some pitchers have happened to pitch well once in a while on extended rest, it doesn’t magically extend it to all pitchers in baseball. The majority of pitchers don’t like throwing on extra rest, unless they are abnormally fatigued or coming off a high pitch count outing.

            Certain kinds of pitchers are also better on short rest than normal rest. For instance, sinker ballers struggle when they are too strong because their ball ends up too high in the zone. Throwing them on short rest is like having them pitch with 15 or 20 pitches already on the arm, and most sinker ballers struggle early in games.

      • nedro says:

        Shirley, you can’t be serious.

  121. ArchStanton says:

    He’s been struggling, hope the innings aren’t starting to catch up….

  122. Bartolo's Colon says:

    Cc is just not the same since that mariners game. He has been good since then, but he was just absolutely dominant before that

  123. Cy Pettitte says:

    Shields sucks too, HR to Aviles.

  124. Champagne_whores says:

    Speaking of fat where did CC weight loss from spring go?

    • Nuke LaDoosh says:

      Ha ha, reminds me of a joke my dad would say when my sister would say “I lost 10 lbs” – He’d reply…”turn around, you’ll find it.”

  125. Champagne_whores says:

    If cc does this in the playoffs we are folked

  126. Champagne_whores says:

    100 pitches in 5 ininngs WTF

  127. Tyrion Lannister says:

    And that should be it for CC. Shut him down and bring in Wade.

  128. Karl Krawfid says:

    CC pitches to a 2.56 era on normal rest.

  129. Greg says:

    Unacceptable from CC. In a period where we are struggling to score runs you need the ace to pitch like an ace and dominate.

    And if he’s bothered by one extra day of rest, then I dont know

    • Karl Krawfid says:

      I hope this is a joke.

    • Matt says:

      Exactly, you don’t know.

      It’s a pretty big difference throwing on extended rest when you are used to pitching on less. You are used to pitching with a certain level of fatigue, and if you are too strong, then you tend to overthrow and miss location up in the zone.

      Which is happening tonight? Good velocity and overthrowing, or diminished velocity and a lot of balls in the dirt?

      • Greg says:

        Then waste that excess energy doing something on the side.

        • Matt says:

          What do you expect him to do? Throw a bullpen the day before his start?

          You just don’t get it.

          • Greg says:

            MAybe an arm exercise or something.

            I just have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that extra rest can hurt pitchers.

            • Matt says:

              Go to your local baseball field and throw a baseball when you haven’t in a few weeks. You’re likely going to be rusty with your mechanics, and feel so strong that you are throwing it farther than expected (and over your friend’s head).

              Now apply that to a pitcher, who needs to have pinpoint location and very consistent mechanics to execute his pitches.

              Now go out there a few days later and do the same thing. You’re going to probably feel fatigued, but you’ll be getting your throws down a bit more, instead of airmailing it over your friend’s head. You may not reach at longer distances as well, but you are allowing him to knock it down still.

        • Matt says:

          Also, look at Matsuzaka. He was used to pitching on an extra day of rest in Japan, but still tried to maintain his throwing regiment inbetween starts. He ended up with arm trouble because he couldn’t make the adjustment.

    • bonestock94 says:

      Look at CC’s season line before running your mouth.

  130. Bill says:

    It’s surprising that CC’s mechanics have been so out of whack lately. Is it because of the extra days rest that is a result of a 6-man rotation?

  131. Bill says:

    To me, Teixeira has been the most frustrating Yankee to watch this year.

  132. mike c says:

    tex’s pop up swing is one of the ugliest swings on the team… I think its time for him to work on his mechanics too

  133. first time lawng time says:

    Wow. Sabathia has been trash lately.

  134. Mike Axisa says:

    Bronson Arroyo has allowed 44 homers this year. How does that happen?

  135. Karl Krawfid says:

    The sad part of the 6 man rotation is, they are basically doing it to accommodate AJ and Hughes over big CC, the franchise pitcher.

    Freddy hasn’t looked as good either.

  136. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Clutch Swish.

  137. Champagne_whores says:

    Refuse to lose baby

  138. Jetrer says:

    so unclutch Swish

  139. Cy Pettitte says:

    god damn that unclutch Swish.

  140. Mike Axisa says:

    Damn,no pressure again!

    I kid because I love, Cuso.

  141. Greg says:

    Swisher getting out the forklift

  142. Chen Meng Wang says:


  143. pop up teixeira says:

    hell yea Swisher!

  144. Champagne_whores says:

    CC back out there. 99 pitches

  145. Champagne_whores says:

    Kay reading the theads
    CC and extra rest

  146. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Jeter! with the D!

  147. Mike Axisa says:

    Every time I get mad at Tex for popping up, he goes and makes a monster scoop at first like that.

  148. Jesse says:

    A guy named Kelly has four hits…


  149. Champagne_whores says:

    Johnson now 3-3 every time he swung right

  150. Montero's Mojo says:

    Just tuned in. I see that Teixera’s still sucking ass and Granderson’s MVP hopes continue to slide. Also, what’s up with CC? His pitch efficiency has disappeared of late.

  151. joe says:

    So has Girardi said what they are doing with CC between now and the playoffs?

    They should look for a Sunday start with Game 1 on Friday, no?

    Does that mean a short start during next week? (which is also complicated by having a DH on Wed)

  152. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Let Mike McCoy beat you again, CC. Get that pen up, Joe.

  153. Greg says:

    Its the Fugitive!

  154. Cy Pettitte says:

    CC is done, just take him out.

  155. Champagne_whores says:

    Go get him joe

  156. pop up teixeira says:

    come on CC, no more runs plz

  157. Jesse says:

    I didn’t even want CC to start this inning.

  158. Jeety says:

    I figured once they went up 3 – 1 CC would take it home, not so much

  159. Chen Meng Wang says:

    The Rays opened the sixth with a lead off single, down by one run, and they didn’t sacrifice…I really hope they score this run. Zobrist totally didn’t go around btw.

  160. Champagne_whores says:

    Finally changed the signals

  161. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    CC is really staying away from the fastball.

  162. Cy Pettitte says:

    Damon steals 2nd again, gotta get him in here.

    Also, this is probably Beckett’s last inning, hopefully they can work over the pen again.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      I really don’t understand wasting your 100th pitch of the night on an 0-2 count with a runner in scoring postition like beckett just did. It makes no sense…

  163. thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    why is cc acting scared of a guy he has OWNED until tonight

  164. mike c says:

    maybe CC misses cervelli back there with the fist pumps

  165. Champagne_whores says:

    Look how the guy on second goes back to second on fastballs

  166. Karl Krawfid says:

    Protecting your ace by allowing him to throw 120 pitches.

  167. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Get in there Ayala and give up 3 runs without raising your ERA. That’s why he’s on the ballclub.

  168. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Ayala’s gonna give up a bases clearing double, and his ERA will remain the same.

  169. Jesse says:

    Please score Tampa.

  170. Widget says:

    kinda bummed it’s not Boone Logan.

  171. JohnnyC says:

    A page from the Joe Torre book on managing pitching changes. Wait until bases are loaded and bring in a guy who doesn’t have excellent control. And I’m sure letting CC remain in the game to throw 120 pitches is really productive.

  172. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    And now Damon steals 3rd. I just don’t get why every single runner that gets on just doesn’t take off on Varitek.

  173. Champagne_whores says:

    Ayala has given up runs before in this role . Pray for a pop up

  174. Stratman9652 says:

    Raise your hand if you thought Ayala would be with the team all year. And be pretty useful at that.

    Ok. put em down liars.

  175. Champagne_whores says:

    Laffey really JOEY!

  176. Nuke LaDoosh says:


  177. Chen Meng Wang says:

    BABiP WIN!!!!!!!

  178. Greg says:

    Ayala farts in your general direction

    /Holy Grail’d

  179. Stratman9652 says:

    Anybody know why there are CDs stuck to the dugout walls in Toronto?

  180. Pat D says:

    What is this batter’s eye seats thing? Is this for real?

  181. JohnnyC says:

    Since Aug. 1, Sabathia had gone on extra rest in 7 of 9 starts entering tonight. He was 4-3 with a 4.04 ERA in those 9 starts.

    –Mark Feinsand via Twitter

  182. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    this team have any lefty relievers? jonesin for Jesus.

  183. Karl Krawfid says:

    Josh Beckett is getting every call.

    Such a joke.

  184. mbonzo says:

    This homeplate ump hasn’t given Shields a single call and Beckett has gotten a huge strikezone.;s_type=3

  185. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    woah what did Maddon get tossed for? arguing balls and strikes?

  186. Pat D says:

    How many fucking times has he done that this year? That’s at least the third.

    • Pat D says:

      This is why I have no sympathy for him and don’t subscribe to this stupid fucking thought that some of you have developed that he “deserves” to catch Mo’s 602nd save.

  187. JohnnyC says:

    Girardi wanted to see what this kid Posada could offer the team in the post-season. Not much apparently.

  188. JohnnyC says:

    So when’s the blessed event for the Litsch family. Looks like Jesse’s around the 7 month mark.

  189. Karl Krawfid says:

    Joe G didn’t use Brackman or Betances with a 9-1 lead.

  190. Bill says:

    So we have one player who only hits pop ups and one player who only hits grounders to the left side of the infield.

  191. Montero's Mojo says:

    5 hits to 10… Where’s this monster offense I’ve been reading about all year? No more blacks holes. No more Jorge and Martin. I want Jesus and Austin! Also, my prayers go out to Mo that ARod comes back and lights the world on fire, and by “world” I mean Beckett. I hate that guy.

  192. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Captain Varitek has been pinch hit for :(

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      Don’t they know how awesome he is behind the plate?! Tito must not know about the 4 no-no’s he’s caught…only a great Captain and Field General, and not somebody extremely lucky, could ever hope to accomplish something like that…

  193. SDM says:

    Great to see the Umpires continue their love affair with Beckett, the gave him two punchouts on strikes no where near the zone

  194. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Hughes should hang out with Shields this off season. He’s allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings and has thrown 89(!!!) pitches against the redsox.

  195. Bill says:

    Who does Boston go to if Beckett doesn’t go 8?

  196. JohnnyC says:

    Meals is so short you’d think he’d give you the low strike.

  197. Mister Delaware says:


  198. Champagne_whores says:

    Ace in
    He must have gotten into big pappys protiein shakes

  199. Mister Delaware says:

    Lets bottle that for the playoffs.

  200. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    strikes out the side

  201. Chen Meng Wang says:

    side K’d by Soriano?! That’s kind of what I expected this past offseason.

  202. pop up teixeira says:

    struck out the side

  203. Chen Meng Wang says:

    BJ Upton has one of the most flawed swings I’ve ever seen…It’s no surprise to me he’s hitting in the .220s

    • Mister Delaware says:

      The timing tick with his front foot is definitely … unique … but when he’s on, there’s no righty that looks prettier.

      • Chen Meng Wang says:

        It looks like he’s almost constantly late on the ball because of it. Idk if you saw this at bat just now, he got a hanging slider at 81 on the inner half of the plate and was wayyy late on it.

  204. Kostas says:

    Yanks can’t go extra innings. They can’t win in extra’s this year.

  205. Monteroisdinero says:

    Jeets swings at a ball on the 2-0 count. Mr. Hit streak!

  206. Cy Pettitte says:

    2 on 2 out for Kotchman, please do something here.

  207. pop up teixeira says:

    damn you Tex

  208. Greg says:

    Dammit we’ve been struggling this month. We need a win.

  209. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Blue Jay crew attibuting all of the success against CC to the Jays Vs. CC being off tonight … nice narative.

  210. Champagne_whores says:

    Need a montero bomb to win this game

  211. Bill says:

    If this game goes to extras we’re losing.

  212. joe says:

    Why is Tex still 3rd in the order against right starters?


  213. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Twitterverse is blowing up against the six-man rotation thing. Harming CC? I’d say a definite maybe.

  214. Jesse says:

    My God, this strike zone is terrible in Boston. Even Orsillo thought it was a ball.

  215. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Kotchman got royally fucked up that AB.

  216. pop up teixeira says:

    come on D Rob

  217. C says:

    Is it just me, or have our pitchers given up a lot of leadoff hits the last week or two?

  218. thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    yanks against the 9 players on the field and the dbag in the stands tipin pitches

  219. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Come on DRob, dont turn into Bard.

  220. Mike Axisa says:

    Ugh. Take a free out.

  221. jon says:

    nice way to take away the bunt

    walk him

  222. Champagne_whores says:

    Drob way off

  223. Stratman9652 says:

    Are you fucking kidding me? Whats worse: walking the guy who is trying to bunt or bunting when a guy is trying his best to walk you?

  224. Mister Delaware says:

    Robertson is such a choker. Demote him to the 7th!!!

  225. thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    fuck you rookie

  226. JohnnyC says:

    It’s been a long road trip and guys are tired so Girardi decides to rest Montero.

  227. thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    D Rob owned him

  228. Mister Delaware says:

    This Proctor stuff is getting really stupid.

  229. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Bunting fail.

  230. jon says:

    how do you walk a guy trying to bunt then go back and strike a dude out trying to bunt

  231. Champagne_whores says:

    Procter and laffey up as girardi ready to raise the white flag

  232. Stratman9652 says:

    I can’t wait until September is over so I never have to see Proctor and Laffey up in the bullpen at the same time again.

  233. thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    horrible throws all night long! damn it

  234. JohnnyC says:

    The dangerous McCoy finally retired. Wipes brow.

  235. mbonzo says:

    Sloppy game tonight.

  236. Cy Pettitte says:

    play good defense you stupid idiots.

  237. Mister Delaware says:

    It ain’t called a Glove Arm, boys.

  238. jon says:

    nice job jeter

  239. Champagne_whores says:

    Come on jetes wtf

  240. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Just walk Jose, go after Encarnacion.

  241. Greg says:

    Walk Bautista

  242. Mike Axisa says:

    Yeah … definitely not liking this walk.

  243. thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    man in stands to Bautista…..”4 wide”

  244. Mister Delaware says:

    Right call.

  245. Mike Axisa says:

    That was some swing by Encarnacion.

  246. thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    notice how these guys are swinging hard…like they know whats coming….

  247. Cy Pettitte says:

    HOLY LONGORIA! wow. just a spectacular play.

  248. Chen Meng Wang says:

    I completely understand walking Bautista but as to Kay’s comment “you’d walk him if it was 2nd and 3rd, why not 1st and 3rd?” I’d say it’s because you don’t want to put that second runner in scoring position.

  249. Mister Delaware says:

    Knew it and was still late on strike 1. Not late on strike 2.

  250. Champagne_whores says:

    Houdini does it again

  251. thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    D Rob….un b fucking lievable

  252. pop up teixeira says:

    and he does it again!

  253. Stratman9652 says:

    Is there any way to explain the enigma that is David Robertson?

  254. Chen Meng Wang says:

    News just came in, D-Rob is actually Houdini’s great grandson.

  255. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Great decision to walk Bautista. Now let’s cash in and bring in Mo for #601.

  256. Mister Delaware says:

    Bard time!

  257. joe says:

    Girardi needs to give DRob some time off after this… 4th appearance in 6 days. (7th appearance in 11 days)

  258. thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    I know they are resting guys, but I cant watch another walk off win

  259. Champagne_whores says:

    Please pinch hit for posada with jesus

  260. Montero's Mojo says:

    So once again the Yankees fail to do a fucking thing against another lackluster bullpen… This is pathetic. Knock the starter out early and they proceed to do nothing? This team needs a kick in the ass if they hope to stay afloat in the playoffs. Fact.

  261. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Wow, how many blow jobs do these umps get up in Boston?

  262. Mister Delaware says:

    Bob Davidson sucks so hard.

  263. mbonzo says:

    The Red Sox couldn’t get anymore calls tonight. FFS with these umps.

  264. Cy Pettitte says:

    Rays have been getting calls against them all night from behind the plate and on check swings.

    fucking bullshit

  265. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Any news on who is starting Sunday for the Jays?

  266. Mister Delaware says:

    This is just stupid. At this point I can’t believe they didn’t rule Longoria isn’t allowed to leave his feet to make a catch.

  267. Cy Pettitte says:

    oh my god, another awful call against the Rays on that 3-1 pitch.

    at least he got the walk any way.

  268. Montero's Mojo says:

    Will gladly eat my words but I’m predicting a walk-off loss here. They haven’t been themselves since that 6-7 game win streak ended.

  269. Jesse says:

    Damn, it should be first and second with nobody out in Boston.

    Fuck you Balkin’ Bob.

  270. Cam says:

    I don’t know if it’s been mentioned, and I’ve only seen Tex’s last AB, but he looks like he closed his stance a lot. That seems to be another K-long trait. Anyone else notice?

  271. Champagne_whores says:

    Blue jays playing hard for team out of it wonder if Theo has a favor in with Farrel

    • Sweet Dick Willie says:

      Well, since the Jays are 4-2 vs the Sux in the last 10 days, I kinda doubt it.

    • TomH says:

      Absolutely not. This has been how Toronto has played NY since the 1970s. It’s some kind of Toronto vs. NY thing. All of Canada gets excited at the prospect of knocking off the Yankees, and it passes even to the Jays’ American players.

  272. Tyrion Lannister says:

    And that should be it. Chances of the other clowns in the bullpen holding the tie are slim.

  273. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Last time I checked a strike zone is one end of the plate to the other, not batters box to batters box right?

  274. kev says:

    this is an unreal strike zone that first pitch to jaso was 4 inches outside!!!

  275. Cy Pettitte says:

    this strike zone is disgusting. Jaso is getting fucked

  276. Mister Delaware says:

    Bahd is wicked back!

  277. Champagne_whores says:

    Walk off homer coming here the guy in the stands with an asst

  278. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Oh, well. We have to worry about the Yankee game right now, Sox/Rays is secondary.

  279. pop up teixeira says:

    Logan, how bout not giving up a walk off ok?

  280. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Now that I think about it, I’m really surprised that the umps didn’t overrule Longo’s first inning homer.

  281. thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    top 10…Jeter game winning hit…Mo saves 601. Mark it

  282. mbonzo says:

    Amazing, not a single red triangle out of the zone, but plenty of red squares out of the zone. Meanwhile, checkout all the green triangles that were easy strikes.

  283. Tyrion Lannister says:

    ESPN will go crazy if the Sox win- Beckett dominates- Aceves, Bard, Papelbon best 7-8-9 in MLB.

  284. Jesus Freak says:

    Fucking Hunter Wendlestat is giving the Red Sox staff every single call.

  285. Greg says:

    Cant really blame the offense tonight. You score 4 runs with your ace on the mound that should be enough.

  286. mbonzo says:

    Fuggin Logan.

  287. C says:

    Another leadoff double, right on schedule…

  288. Cy Pettitte says:


  289. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Boonie’s arm looks kind of dead.

  290. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:


  291. bobtaco says:

    How many walk-offs has Logan given up this year?

  292. jon says:

    fucking boon logan

  293. mbonzo says:

    Stupid IBB.

  294. ArchStanton says:

    This dude has had a dead arm for three months now, but he’s still out there getting hammered. What am I missing?

  295. Jesus Freak says:

    Hunter Wendlestat = Tim Donaghy

  296. Montero's Mojo says:

    HAHAHAHA! Fuck this team. They suck extreme amounts of dick right now. This offense has been non-existent. If you can’t hit a bullpen then you deserve to lose. Simple as that.

  297. Jesse says:

    Bring in Wade please.

  298. Widget says:

    Overall so far a pretty shitty night of baseball. I guess losing ANOTHER 1 run game is the icing on the cake.

  299. Chen Meng Wang says:

    If I’m the Jays you HAVE TO be bunting.

  300. Kostas says:

    Well at least this sets up a chance not to lose in extra innings. Damn it!

  301. thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    LOVE THAT PLAY…..please take notes Nunez

  302. Stratman9652 says:

    Someong shoot me. IBB with no outs?

  303. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Watch and learn, Nunez.

  304. Champagne_whores says:

    Bunt again bitches lol

  305. Cy Pettitte says:

    see how Chavy backed up and stayed at 3rd? take notes Nunie.

  306. bobtaco says:

    Wow, look at that, Nunez goes to field that ball… thanks Zombie.

  307. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Credit to Logan and Chavez knowing what to do there.

  308. Mister Delaware says:

    Underrated nice play by Chavez there.

  309. Jesse says:

    Nice play by Logan. Nunez would have tried to field the bunt instead of being at third.

  310. CBean says:

    Chavez > Nunez on that play there

  311. Jesus Freak says:

    Hunter Wendlestat = Red Sox’ 10th Man on the field

  312. Vocabularry says:

    Great IBB. An essential part of the game. Just like last inning

  313. thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Molina loves to hit against the Yanks

  314. Jesse says:

    My God, that was nearly an eephus!

  315. Champagne_whores says:

    Molina really

  316. Chen Meng Wang says:

    fail Wade…fail..

  317. Mister Delaware says:

    Go Rays.

  318. Cy Pettitte says:


    and Cory is killing me.

  319. Jesse says:

    Damn you Jose Molina…

  320. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Kelly Johnson, Mike McCoy, and Jose Molina beat us. This bullpen needs work, lineup needs work, we aren’t ready for October.

  321. Jesus Freak says:

    Blue jays acting like a high school team.

  322. bobtaco says:

    Wade is quickly turning back into a pumpkin…

  323. pop up teixeira says:

    DAMN IT!!!

  324. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    OMG Wade Suckz cause he’z given up 2 walkoffz in a row!!!1!1!!

  325. mbonzo says:

    Well, that anti-climactic.

  326. Kostas says:

    This fucking team. Give away stupid wins a great way to enter the post season.

  327. thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    down and away down and away down and away….Wade….”nah, I will give him a fat ball right over the plate”

  328. Pat D says:

    Eh, it was all Logan’s fault anyway.


  329. Greg says:

    Well, hello 3.5 game lead

  330. JohnnyC says:

    This is getting old.

  331. Widget says:

    I miss winning.

  332. joe says:

    Girardi does know Wade actually gets lefties out better than Logan right?

    This addiction to handedness is ridiculous… does Girardi’s binder have actual PERFORMANCE stats and splits of his pitchers or does it just say left=left, right=right?

    Does he even think about who gets lefties out best or does he just blindly assume any lefty is going to be better?

    • SevenAces says:

      Shhh…don’t let Greg hear you.

    • Jetrer says:

      Girardi does know Wade actually gets lefties out better than Logan right?

      Not really, Wade vs. LH 4.80 FIP, 3,62 xFIP, 1.93 HR/9
      Logan vs, LH 3.63 FIP/ 2.98 xFIP, 1.46 HR/9

      • joe says:

        Using FIP with relievers? Not so sure about that.

        While avg and OPS against are flawed stats over smaller samples I’ll take that over a modelled # which assumes all balls in play are created equal.

        • Jetrer says:

          I don’t mean to say Logan is definitely better, just that Logan is better than Wade in some stats, so overall they are fairly close in performance against LH, so it make sense to use the lefty considering Lind is much worse against LHP.

  333. Champagne_whores says:

    Jays hyped up for a running out the season game huh Little boston north of the border
    An asst to the guy in croud tipping pitches all night

  334. thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    what do you expect when you get outhit 13 to 5…cant hit a mediocre bullpen and the jays know what pitches are coming?

  335. C says:

    Well you can’t expect to win by giving up leadoff hits in 6 of 9 innings.

  336. Jesse says:

    Am just glad Michael Kay explained what a walkoff is. I was really wondering there………

  337. Tyrion Lannister says:

    A lot of these late September ballgames you aren’t gonna win because you put out a lineup full of AAA kids or you’re starting a spot starter. But when you’ve got your ace on the mound and your regular lineup in there you damn well better beat an inferior opponent.

  338. Kostas says:

    So using the closer in a tie game is against the rules. MLB has to change that rule. It is unfair to teams to not be able to use their closer in tie games in the 9th inning.

    Players Union should protest.

  339. Wow says:

    It’s unreal how this team loses so many games at or after the ninth

    • Montero's Mojo says:

      Careful what you say. Speaking the truth will have the regulars accuse you of trolling! Apparently only a few of us can see that this team is seriously reeling right now. No offense for miles.

    • Kostas says:

      You are correct. They do possess an ability to not close out games properly…

  340. Normando says:

    You mean being in first?

  341. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yankees get the starter out of the game then fold up against another shitty bullpen.

    Grandy and Tex aren’t doing a damn thing.

  342. Mister Delaware says:

    C’monnnnnnn Papelblown.

  343. mt says:

    4 hits Wednesday; 5 hits today; maybe we can scratch out 6 hits tomorrow if pattern holds?

    This is where it would be nice to have AROD carry us for a few games.
    Also they need to keep Montero in there.

  344. takecare says:

    Anyone else worried about CC’s return to mere mortal?

  345. stuart a says:

    boone….. nic work boone..

    watch out below tex popping up to short..

    btw tex sucks and gets no grief.

    the guy is hitting 245!!!!!!!!!!!

  346. Pat D says:

    I’m always amused by how this site reacts after a loss like this.

  347. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    At least if Tampa loses our magic number gors down

  348. Mister Delaware says:

    Jennings: “Was that a strike?”

    Wendelstedt: “Do you mean was that a strike or would I have called it a strike?”

  349. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Fucking Hell…walk off losses when Mo doesn’t get used is EXTREMELY frustrating.

  350. Jesse says:

    Two run homer Longoria please.

  351. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    I hate Papelbon almost as much as I hated Rocker

  352. Kevin says:

    Bottom line, this loss is on CC and his inablity to put batters away after an 0-2 count.

  353. Mister Delaware says:

    Papelbon will get a lot of money for a lot of years to pitch in Philadelphia and everything I hate will someday be in one 3×3 area.

  354. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Don’t watch ESPN tonight, folks.

  355. JohnnyC says:

    Would like to see Granderson and Teixiera start hitting again…like soon.

  356. tom says:

    Well, the magic number drops to 6, yet somehow it doesn’t feel like a successful night.

    Two thoughts:

    I guess others have said this before, but it really does seems like that rain-aborted would-be perfect game drew a line in CC’s season. He just hasn’t had his mojo working since.

    This Yankee bullpen is absolutely stellar at holding onto a 6th-inning-or-later lead. But it seems like they have a very difficult time winning in a battle-of-the-bullpens/late inning tie situation. A good part of that is on the offense, of course, but still there’s a sense that the other team’s bullpen is always capable of holding out longer than theirs. On the road, that’s logical (even mathematically likely, I believe). But they’ve been failing just as convincingly at home.

    And losing so many of these games — in defiance of Pythagoras — is costing the team an easy coast to a division title.

    • I Collect Brett Gardner Cards says:

      Yep, and man think if we just won a few more of those Sox games. Different story.

      So, do they make us sweat this out or what?

    • Jerome S says:

      The reason we win when we have a lead is because Girardi is willing to go Robertson, Soriano, Mo, etc. to win. But if we’re tied, or even down by 1 or 2 runs, Girardi is much more apt to go to Ayala or Wade or the world’s worst excuse for a LOOGY, Boone Logan. This is so he can “save” his more effective relievers for later innings, when they’re winning. It never works.

      FWIW, This isn’t a “blame Girardi” thing, because literally every manager does this. You can not find a manager who doesn’t do this, because if they actually do the smart thing and pitch to leverage, they receive criticism.

      • tom says:

        Mostly agree. But does this mean the Yankees’ second-tier relief corps is inferior to most other teams’ second-tier? Because, as you say, nearly every manager does this, yet somehow, just over the past week or so, the Orioles/Angels/Mariners/Jays have all managed to win with their lesser relievers over the Yankee equivalent. You’d think by happenstance you’d get the opposite result once in a while.

        • Jerome S. says:

          No, I’m saying our second-tier relief corps is a second-tier relief corps; they’re going to give up runs.
          That’s fine if you have a comfortable lead, but if you’re tied or behind, why widen it?

  357. Kostas says:

    Girardi must not want to overuse or tire out Mo so he can get his 601st save.

  358. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    I don’t like the look in CC’s eyes in this interview.

    • Kostas says:

      CC is gassed and should be skipped in his next turn…Of course that would require the Yankees being in the playoffs already… so scratch that.

  359. JohnnyC says:

    If we take the next 2 in Toronto, we’re good whatever happens in Boston.

  360. your mom says:

    WTF Teixeira? WTF offense? WTF CC? Fuck Boone, piece of shit LNOGY.

  361. mbonzo says:

    Mike Zagurski was juust DFA’d. I don’t think he’d be a bad option as a LOOGY to try out.

  362. Kevin says:

    CC has nothing…six days rest, five days rest…he’s gassed.

  363. MikeD says:

    I feel like we’re living the anti-2009. If it’s a close game in late innings, or goes to extra innings, the Yankees seem to lose. Amazing the Yankees overall record is as good as it is considering their record in one-run games and extra-inning games.

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