Sep
19

Game 152: Makeup

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If you were expecting the Rays today, I don’t blame you. I completely forgot about this makeup game until Joe reminded me during last Friday’s podcast. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. The Yankees own the Twins, especially at Yankee Stadium.

Anyway, I actually wrote about Scott Diamond (today’s Twins starter) last offseason as a potential Rule 5 Draft target, but the Twins gobbled him up before he ever got to the Yankees. He’s a rather ordinary left-hander, with a low-90’s fastball to go along with his changeup and big overhand curveball. The video above comes from his first career win a few weeks ago. Diamond has only thrown 29.2  IP for Minnesota this year, and in those 29.2 IP he’s struck out 17 and walked 12. Not great, and the rate stats (5.16 K/9 and 3.64 BB/9) are in line with what he’s done at Triple-A since the start of last season. Of course, the Yankees have never seen him before, and that usually means CERTAIN DOOM. Here’s the starting nine…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Andruw Jones, LF
Jesus Montero, DH
Russell Martin, C

A.J. Burnett, SP

It’s a 1:05pm ET start today, and you can watch on YES. If you’re stuck in the office, WCBS 880 has the radio call. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Pat D

    And of course YES just reminded me that Burnett’s last start against the Twins was a disasterpiece.

  • KeithK

    Yes, we’ve never seen him before. But it’s a lefty starter in a day game at Yankee Stadium. I like our chances.

  • Paul Proteus

    The regular lineup is back and we should be able to beat the depleted Twins. This is as bad a lineup as you’re gonna face, AJ. Just a couple more starts of this clown and then we’re done.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    Crawford is sitting out today with a stiff neck…wtf???

    • http://twitter.com/#!/czm93 Craig

      Stiff neck as in “I can’t live up to my contract-itis”

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

      That’s probably a good thing for them, really.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/czm93 Craig

        Think Crawford’s deal will end up as a worse FA signing than Barry Zito?

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        good point…JD Drew is rubbing off on him…

  • Hall and Nokes

    AJ and the Twins. The stoppable force meets the moveable object.

  • PaulF

    So since Girardi is starting his A lineup today that means that some these guys will need rest during theRays series. Are the Yankees trying to mess with the Red Sox here?

    • Pat D

      They do have a doubleheader on Wednesday. Maybe so long as they win, say, 3 of the next 4, they can rest on Thursday.

  • http://www.abovetheyankeedugout.com Carl

    [Looks at Orioles-Red Sox Doubleheader probables] So over there at the Fens is a Battle of the Bads, the Awfuls and the Suck.

    • Pat D

      Betcha they split.

  • Brian Cashman is Watching

    Interesting stat: the NY Yankees are third in the AL in stolen bases (136, 10 behind league leader Kansas City and 6 behind Tampa Bay) and first in the AL in homeruns (210, 18 ahead of second place Texas). Expanded to all of baseball, they are still fourth in stolen bases (San Diego is first at 164), but still lead in homeruns over Texas. Also second in all of baseball in OBP at .343, only .005 behind Boston.

    I don’t know why I found the stolen bases so interesting compared to the homeruns, just thought I would note it. Does this make the Yankees gritty?

    • Charles

      No Dustin Pedroia’s jumps before every pitch are the definition of grit, and his intangibles.

      /ESPN’d

  • Frank1979

    Hey, I don’t know if anybody has brought this up in any recent threads, but am I the only who thinks that the 6 man rotation might also be effecting guys like Garcia and Colon? They’ve both looked pretty shaky this month.

    Obviously with those two guys there are other things at play such as age and possible wear and tear from the season, but I was just wondering what everybody else was thinking.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      hard to say, but those guys are also old as shit and Colon hasn’t thrown this many pitches since Christ was King.

      • Pat D

        Was He ever technically king?

  • NEPA Yankee

    Watching MLB network yesterday, and on the Tuesday night baseball promo they billed it as the Yankees and the “GRITTY” Rays! Pedroia has an attorney on retainer for just this reason.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    i love how every interview with a Sox player seems to be from some no name useless player like Macdonald or Wakefield.

    where is Pedroia and why isn’t he screaming from his extra large soap box?

    • Pat D

      Because that would destroy his reputation as the gritty hustler who always has his teammates’ backs or something, I guess.

  • Cy Pettitte

    If AJ can’t destroy this line up today that’s just sad. Lots of young hitters probably plays into his stuff pretty well.

  • Cy Pettitte

    can we sign Regis to a minor league deal for next year?

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

      Him and Billy Crystal will really drag the team’s average age up.

      • Pat D

        Thus proving Cliff Lee’s story, which, frankly, has been the most important story in baseball this year.

  • Pat D

    Look how empty that stadium is.

    Man, wish I had had the foresight to take off today and drive to the game.

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

      A water main broke, the D isn’t running.

      • Pat D

        Oh. Well, I live in PA and would have driven to the stadium anyway. Yea, I’d have paid the exorbitant parking fee just for the convenience and because I’d have taken my dad who wants as few hassles as possible.

  • Rey22

    My God, the Twins lineup is beyond pitiful. Is Mauer injured again?

    • Pat D

      He has pnuemonia, likely done for the year.

      • Chip

        Can’t-hit-a-home-run-itis

      • Rey22

        Poor guy can’t catch a break. Thank God the Twins extended him. Otherwise I think there’s a good chance the Yankees would be footing that medical bill.

        • Rey22

          Pun not intended.

        • Foghorn Leghorn

          yeah..its really too bad he signed that big deal..poor kid

  • MR Obvious

    Beat this team. Please fellas.

  • W.W.J.Montero.D

    Anyway I could hear the game online?

  • Yank The Frank

    15 pitches in the 1st inning. What have you done with AJ?

  • Chip

    I like this new AJ who throws nothing but curves

    • Nolan

      Does anybody have any stats about AJs curve ball % before he came to the yanks? It seems like he’s throwing a ton more curves and doing much better because of it… I’m wondering if this was his recipe for success before the Yanks signed him?

  • Justin

    So I’m listening to the game on the radio at the office, and John Sterling is adamantly saying how “no one knows who the Yankees #2 starter is going to be!!”. Did something happen to Nova I missed or is Sterling just going senile?

    • Greg

      He’s a rookie. That’s the main obstacle with that.

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

    Waa waa waa the offense.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Curtis should have hit a single so he could have gotten a stolen base. needs 6 more.

  • The Big City of Dreams

    Curtis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kevin

    Twins rocking the Teletubby infield.

    • Kevin

      Dinky Winky, Parmelee, Luke Hughes, Plouffe
      [for those playing along at home]

  • Cy Pettitte

    Welcome to NY, rookie

    THE GRANDYMAN!

  • Yank The Frank

    The Grandy Man Can !

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    oh, the Grandy man can!!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Granderbomb

  • Greg

    Damn, Gameday has that pitch down and away. Curtis might be starting to heat up again.

    • Yank The Frank

      It was, low outside pitch.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    The Twins come into town just in time to help remind the Yanks that they CAN actually hit.

  • Greg

    Looks like Scott Diamond is in the rough

    /wawa’d

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    There goes the rally…**Plouffe**

  • theyankeewarrior

    Serious question: How did the A-Rod double play look? Was it hard hit, or did he roll over something?

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      i bet it was less gritty than the one Pedroia just hit in to…

      • theyankeewarrior

        Dustin Pendoia only grounds into double plays when his baseball IQ tells him in advance that no runs will score this inning.

  • Sarah

    Who is this AJ Burnett? What has he done with the AJ we know and, er, tolerate?

    • Rey22

      Probably has quite a bit to do with the lineup he’s facing.

      Hopefully not.

      • Sarah

        Remember his last outing against the Twins? Horrible.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    this cat’s name is Dinkelman? seriously??

    • MikeD

      Brian Dinkelman. I guess after foolishly quitting as host of American Idle, he decided to become a professional baseball player.

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        now I’m wondering what the “D” in Mike D stands for!!

      • Mister Delaware

        Really hope that the name sounded “a little familiar”, you had to google it and found out who the other version is.

        • MikeD

          It did, although I do remember that the original co-host’s last name was Dinkelman (btw, I’ve never seen a single episode of American Idle) because it was crazy that he supposedly left after the first season. So when I did a google, I was surprised to find out they were both named Brian Dinkelman.

  • MikeD

    Beattie is a scout for the Blue Jays. I’m guessing, perhaps, the Jays play the Orioles again this season.

    • Pat D

      Nope. The Jays play the Rays this weekend while Boston plays the Yankees, and the Red Sox have all their other games against the Orioles.

      • MikeD

        Hmmmm, I wonder what he’s doing here? Maybe general scouting for off-season trades.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Can’t tell if AJ looks much better or the Twins are that bad.

    • Yank The Frank

      AJ’s throwing strikes which is unusual in itself.

      • mike

        because he is not afraid of their hitters

  • Karl Krawfid

    Cano almost did something amazing.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      he almost “Pedroia’d?”

  • Pat D

    Looking at the Twins lineup today, I felt like those guys in Major League reading the names “Willie Hays” and “Ricky Vaughn” for the first time saying, “Who the hell are these guys?”

    • Mister Delaware

      Mitchell Friedman?

  • CBean

    was that a shutdown inning by AJ? and striking out the side? wow.

  • Greg

    remember, AJ got roughed up by the Twins earlier in the month.

    Granted, there are a few players missing, but still…

  • Karl Krawfid

    LOL can’t stand you Mike.

  • Mister Delaware

    I would absolutely sign up for 7 innings of Paul O’Neill discussing the nuances of LOL usage.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    oh, Jesus, Sterling just gave me a heart attack!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Damn Montero is amazing.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      hey Karl…how is that stiff neck?

  • Paul Proteus

    Damnit it, I hate listening to Sterling. He’s worse than Kay on the fly balls.

    • CBean

      it’s important to not pay too much attention and refresh gameday lots. (stuck listening to him at the office as well)

  • Yank The Frank

    Red Sox losing 2-0

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    so Angle…of the .155 orioles variety just hit a 2 run double off weilend…2-0 O’s!

  • Dude

    Its says on the play by play that andrew jones fouled out to second. what exactly happened?

    • Mister Delaware

      Foul pop down the RF line that “Dinkelman” made a nice running catch on.

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        I can’t wait until “Dinkleman” bats against Fister…a play by play announcers worst nightmare

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    me thinks the sox bullpen is going to get a lot of work today

  • CBean

    apparently my cousin (who is a Braves fan) had bet a friend that Curtis Granderson wasn’t making it over 40 HRs this year. Now he has to go to a game at Yankee stadium in a Derek Jeter t-shirt.

  • MikeD

    I have to say, Regis is in great shape for an 80-year-old, and that pitch was about as good as anything Wakefield can throw.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      i seriously hope wakefield retires this year…he is so bad..

      wait a tic…actually…I hope the sox bring him back!!

  • Dude

    Wait, you sure were not still playing the angels?

  • Rey22

    AJ is a curveball machine today.

  • jon

    AJ being let down by his defense

    again

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    4-1 O’s!!!

  • Mister Delaware

    We should add this Allen Burnett guy to the playoff roster.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      maybe he should just change his name…it could solve all of his problems.

  • jon

    AJ Burnett #2 starter

  • MikeD

    I know this is a suck-ass lineup, but that curve does look good again.

  • Sarah

    Is this really happening? Is AJ getting his sh*t together?

    • jon

      ready for this?

      since AJ has changed his mechanics to that hybrid

      hes pitched 6 innings (3 last game 3 this game) and struck out 14

      • MannyGeee

        mind is blown.

  • Greg

    Is AJ locating his curveball for strikes?

    If he is, that’s a big asset.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Where was Montero’s hit? Not able to watch the game.

    • StanfordBen

      Off the wall in right field, just where we like it.

      • Pat D

        I would have liked it over the wall, but that’s just nitpicking.

  • Paul Proteus

    Only lineup in baseball that can make this guy look good. WC magic # could be 4, Division could be 5! Go Os!

    • Greg

      Did you not see his last start against the M’s?

    • Karl Krawfid

      AL Central folks.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    5-1 O’s!!

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    cano sucks

  • Karl Krawfid

    Stuck in the wall lol

  • John

    Big mistake right here. Revere should have raised his hand to signal that the ball was stuck.

    • Evan

      …you should apparently be announcing for YES.

    • Mister Delaware

      Colorado or Arizona.

  • Ted Nelson

    Nothing against Burnett, but this is why I’m not that impressed with Fister. No way to say how Fister will do against good offenses in the playoffs, but beating up on Minni and Cleveland isn’t much of a predictor.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Yeah the stirkeouts are encouraging but still his best place in the postseason is in the pen.

    • Paul Proteus

      He was pretty good against us in his last start against us with the Ms. The guy is no joke.

      • Ted Nelson

        It was one game and the Yankees got 3 ERs off him (which is an ERA close to 4… 3.86). His ERA against playoff caliber offenses is over 4.15 this season. I don’t think he’s a joke, but I also don’t think he’s a real 5 fWAR starter.

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

    Check out Andruw with the two-strike hitting.

  • MannyGeee

    Suzyn Waldman just informed us that Andruw has 10 career Gold Gloves because he has the ‘uncanny knack for running to where the ball is going to be and opening his glove…’

    Really? That’s his secret?

    The Fuck???

    • Sarah

      It’s amazing, isn’t it? Apparently he has some secret power where he just tracks the ball and catches it! You know who should learn from him? Darnell Mcdonald.

      • MannyGeee

        I am literally perplexed that I never heard this advice 20 years ago in a more formitable age… I coulda been a gold glover meself.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    Jesus H Christ!

  • John

    If they score again in the next innings, do they let Brackman/Betances pitch?

    • jon

      no when proctor is in the pen

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

    Is the trivia answer the Yankees? Or do they mean another team?

    • jon

      yankees was my guess as well

    • ultimate913

      I just checked B-ref. Wow. I’m amazed it’s them.

      • theyankeewarrior

        What was the question?

  • Pat D

    Is this Parmalee guy any kind of prospect?

  • Greg

    Looks like a hanging knuckle curve.

  • Sarah

    Please don’t let this be the beginning of the meltdown…

  • JD

    JJ Hardy homer. 6-2 Orioles

  • CBean

    settle aj

  • will

    Montero seems to strike out way too much, don’t you think?

    • Karl Krawfid

      He’s young. It happens.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Well he’s a 21 year old kid in the MLB. It’s not alarming yet.

    • jon

      in 1994 and 1995 the mariners had this kid who struck out 33.9% and 28.2% of the time

      He turned out to be a pretty good player

      • Ted Nelson

        Yankees have this CF who is striking out 24.5% of the time…

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          And he’s a pretty good player.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        He’ll never hit 600 home runs though.

  • Mister Delaware

    Same guy catch that HR?

    • Mister Delaware

      Delaware > Kay

  • Yank The Frank

    We re a triple play of getting out of this inning.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    ahh…I see AJ has showed up to pitch today.

    • Mister Delaware

      Bring back Allen.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Really?

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    AJ could eff up a wet dream

  • Karl Krawfid

    AJ has given up 2 singles and almost a home run on his shitty fastball.

    • Greg

      He gave up a homer on the curve and might have gotten a bit gunshy from it.

      • Ted Nelson

        0-2 curve… wasn’t it?

        • Greg

          yep, he hung it.

  • John

    Is it just me or that’s happening way too often (bat in the stands)?

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    how the hell do you walk a guy who is hitting .146?

    • Mister Delaware

      Because when our boy loses it, it doesn’t matter if its Bautista or me standing at home plate.

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        i see you as a .275 hitter with some oppo power

        • Mister Delaware

          Dead pull lefty who defines the “loves it low and inside” stereotype.

  • Yank The Frank

    AJ’s back.

    • Greg

      Wait for it….

  • Sarah

    Oh sigh. It is the 4th inning. AJ’s trouble inning.

  • Paul Proteus

    This guy’s a clown. If there was ever any doubt that AJ was out of the playoff rotation this seals it. Only a couple more starts of this joker and we’re done for the year. Get somebody competent in there.

  • William Wallace

    I want something horrible to happen to AJ Burnett. I don’t want to say what but something really really horrible.

    • MannyGeee

      it already did, thank his barber…

      • William Wallace

        LOL. Needed that laugh.

  • MannyGeee

    I love the sarcastic cheer when AJ finally throws a strike

    • Mister Delaware

      They should totally name that after Yankees fans.

  • Greg

    Meltdown averted.

  • Hummingbird S.

    that was actually a good pitch

  • Yank The Frank

    A mystery wrapped in an enigma

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    tough inning to watch on Gameday….

    • Sarah

      Suzyn and John are very aggravated. They found it a tough inning to watch in person.

      • MannyGeee

        I would imagine every inning for them is ‘tough to watch’ on account of their relative age and varying loss of eyesight.

  • Greg

    Orioles pitching as usual.

    6-4 O’s bottom 5

    • Corporate Scum

      And this is their good pitcher.

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      they’re in a delay now too. Will Pedroia stand on 3B for the duration of the delay to prove his grit?

      • Mister Delaware

        Whats the delay?

      • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

        never mind, Gameday showed “Delay” so I assumed Rain Delay. What happened? Did Pedey spit a couple of nails out his mouth and have to run back into the dugout to get a few more?

        • Mister Delaware

          Maybe jumped before a pitch and didn’t come down?

  • MannyGeee

    is it seriously possible that Ellsbury would get as much consideration for AL MVP as Granderson? that blows my dick off…

    • Greg

      Has a better batting average than Grandy but he has Agon in his way.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      why? Ellsbury is having a tremendous year.

    • Ted Nelson

      Ellsbury leads all MLB position players in fWAR…

  • Greg

    Did they have Tex bunt?

    Good call

    • MannyGeee

      nope, cranked a shot to 3rd… moved the runners up.

  • Greg

    Why didnt Jeter try and score?

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      cuddyer has a cannon…that’s why

      • Greg

        Really, didn’t know that.

        • Foghorn Leghorn

          Cuddyer has a good arm…

    • Jetrer

      he probably would have been out by 20 feet

    • Hummingbird S.

      he would have been out, it was a great throw

      • Greg

        Thing is I am viewing this on gameday.

  • Paul Proteus

    God, just get rid of Sterling already.

    • Mister Delaware

      Didn’t I read somewhere that he’s in a lame duck year and the Yankees haven’t approached him about renewing?

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      dare I ask what he did this time?

      • theyankeewarrior

        Yea, I would like to know as well. There were like 5 “f*** Sterling” comments in a row there.

        Anyone?

        • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

          That’s why I didn’t think it was a big infraction. 25-30 and I know he’s screwing up.

        • Mister Delaware

          Just given the timing, I assume it was another of his “IT IS HIGH … IT IS FAR … IT … IS … (something other than a homerun)” calls.

        • Mister Delaware

          (The timing = Right around when Swisher yanked a foul grand slam.)

  • Sarah

    John Sterling trying to kill everyone listening. He’s got to stop this.

  • CBean

    GODDAMN STERLING.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    I hate john sterling so much

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    thanks, sterling…you made me just crap my spare underpants and now I’m going jungle. I already crapped in my original pair after Montero’s ball hit the wall.

    note to self…always bring 4 pairs of drawers to work for yankee day games

  • Jetrer

    take this useless piece of shit out of the game please

  • Paul Proteus

    Put this clown in the bullpen. Bring in Wade already. He doesn’t deserve the W.

  • Karl Krawfid

    AJ sucks man jesus Christ.

  • Chip

    There’s the AJ I remember

  • Mister Delaware

    At this point aren’t you just ensuring the tying run will be at the plate for Wade?

  • CBean

    AJ just wants to get Mo to 602

  • Hummingbird S.

    at least we dont have to worry about AJ pitching in the playoffs

  • Greg

    Ever since that hanging curve, he has used his fastball alot more.

    That’s what has been getting him in troubl

  • Erica

    What did AJ do? I just heard my boss mutter, “God, you stink” from her office. I’m afraid to run in and ask.

    • Mister Delaware

      He lost his command so he went to “aim for the strike zone” fastballs and Cuddyer did what mediocre big leaguers do with those sort of pitches.

      • Erica

        Lawdy lawd. Thanks!

    • CBean

      he was magic the first 3 innings and then BOOM, inning 4, he forgot how to pitch again

      • Erica

        These things are always too good to be true. I never hold my breath when he’s pitching.

  • ItsATarp

    Well Mo is getting a save today

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      AJ did this on purpose for Mo.

  • Sarah

    Oh sad. It seemed like AJ was getting it together, and now it’s gone.

    • Rey22

      Story of his 2010 and 2011 :(

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    burnett is a piece of shit. only pitch him after the division is wrapped up, then send him to arkansas for the postseason.

  • Widget

    This ain’t the Mariners AJ, this is the Triple A Twins, a very dangerous team.

  • Greg

    Give credit to Girardi. He had a quick hook.

  • theyankeewarrior

    So Francona is in a tight spot:

    He’s down a couple runs in a big game, but he has another game tonight and he doesn’t want to burn his best relievers incase he needs them in the night cap.

    His starter didn’t last very long. His middle relief has been shaky at best of late.

    Looks like he has nowhere trustworthy to go but Bard or Papelbon… am I right?

    Wrong.

    We gave them Alfredo Aceves. Problem solved.

    • Adam

      Somehow I would take being the Yankees today over being the Red Sox.

      • theyankeewarrior

        Anyone would. That’s not the point.

        • Adam

          Huh, weird…my reply got eaten? Anyway, I love the Ace too, was always one of my favorites, and a valuable pitcher. I don’t know how any different the Yanks are with him now than Wade.

    • Greg

      ANd he is going to turn into Scott Procter if they keep pithcing him.

      • theyankeewarrior

        They would turn him into Scott Proctor tomorrow if he helps them win a couple more games this season.

        They got him for free.

        • Greg

          Playoffs. my friend, playoffs

    • Mister Delaware

      Someone was talking about Aceves’ “suspicious” fastball over the weekend. While I don’t think its anything more than a guy getting healthy, he does have the biggest jump from 2010 to 2011 in all of baseball. 2.6 mph jump in his average, from 89.9 to 92.5.

  • Tut

    The starting pitching is absolutely brutal right now. At least Burnett had a strikeout/walk ratio of 8-1.

  • Sarah

    And now, Suzyn and John will harp on how the Yanks cannot score runs with RISP.

    They always complain about something.

    • Kostas

      You think they are bad on the radio, imagine if you were there child coming home with a B. Relentless!

      • Sarah

        God forbid.

        Honestly, “The Yankees should be up 10 runs! They’ve had opportunities!”

        • Kostas

          According to Waldman, every runner to reach 2nd or 3rd should automatically score. it is in the MLB bylaws.

          That comment about 10 runs was stupid. They must have forgot that other comment they spew – “you can’t predict baseball”.

  • Kostas

    AJ has turned into John Lackey. Secret weapon of the Sox sent to destroy the Yanks from inside.

    And now Wade who is just exhausted and needs to not be used.

    • Greg

      Then who?

      • Kostas

        Isn’t there 19 pitchers in the bullpen? Are you telling me that the $200 million monster can’t find anyone to throw strikes against this AA team?

        And there is why Wade needs to be shelved. He served his purpose and is now overused.

        • Jetrer

          he’s pitched twice in the last week before today. that’s hardly overused

          • Kostas

            So he has a case of the AJ’s. Tomaaato/Tomato

            • Jetrer

              he’s struggled a bit lately, but that is no reason to give up on him for the rest of the season

      • Widget

        the kids, use the kids. Youth can save us.

        • Kostas

          BLASPHEMY!!!!! You do not under any circumstances utter “youth” as an option for the Yankees. How the hell do you expect to spend $85 million on youth when it can be over spent on a whining average joe.

          Your privileges are going to be revoked.

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

            You’re doing a fine job of making yourself look like you have no idea what you’re talking about.

      • SDM

        Well Girardi could show some faith and put in Betances or Brackman. Sadly neither are in his “shitty veterans I trust for no reason other than they are veterans” club

        • Kostas

          Joe Torre did not prefer youth and neither does Joe Girardi. It is more realiable to depend on a fading has been veteran than a more talennted less seasoned youth.

          I swear I will fire Joe Girardi if he uses our youth. Randy Levine.

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

            This is a pretty stupid statement when you look at who the number two starter is, who the number five starter is, who the top setup man is, and who the DH is.

            • Kostas

              Hmmm and yet they are leaning towards AJ, Bartolo, and Freddy over Nova and Hughes.

              They don’t trust Montero except at DH.

              And Robertson – he is still young.

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

                Hmmm and yet they are leaning towards AJ, Bartolo, and Freddy over Nova and Hughes.

                Back that up with some evidence. I’ll wait.

                They don’t trust Montero except at DH.

                You can tell by all the at-bats they’ve given Posada over him this month.

                • Kostas

                  They don’t trust Montero except at DH.

                  You can tell by all the at-bats they’ve given Posada over him this month.

                  Is that what I said (I am using an older version of IE so updates are not immediate) Posada was the DH now it is Montero.

                  • Kostas

                    oops meant isn’t.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    Cashman really needs to figure out a way to get rid of AJ. i’m fine with eating most of that salary. He’s just terrible.

    • Rich in NJ

      I guess it depends on how much of the contract the Steinbrenners are prepared to swallow.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        Well unless it’s almost 100%, then he’s going nowhere.

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        aren’t they doing that now? I mean, he sucks. just put a kid in his spot

        • Rich in NJ

          I agree that AJ’s contract should be viewed as a sunk cost, but at least according to most reporting, it appears that the Yankees are either unable or unwilling to admit their mistake at this point in time.

  • Karl Krawfid

    And Corey Wade looks terrible.

    • Kostas

      Just like he has for the past two weeks. But THE BINDER says use him.

      • Greg

        I think we have preached for use as well.

    • Adam

      Yeah…horrible. Uhhh…

  • Hummingbird S.

    yanks pitching being schooled by a triple-A lineup… and people around here were saying we shouldnt fear Texas lineup

    • FIPster Doofus

      Well, Burnett’s not going to pitch in the playoffs, so there’s that.

    • Mister Delaware

      You know which team had scored 8 more runs than Texas heading into today?

  • Mr Obvious

    Wade has not been as efficient recently at all.

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

      Yeah, he’s been in a rut of late.

      • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

        So are the Yankees.

  • Mr Obvious

    This “binder” or “binder joe” Meme/narrative needs to die immediately.

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

      Why? They’re still fresh and original.

    • Mister Delaware

      I don’t know. Given the way the country is going, intelligence and informed opinions aren’t very in vogue so backlash against Girardi’s binder make sense.

      (“In Vogue? Isn’t that a singing group?”

      “No, that’s En Vogue. And they’ve been irrelevant for over a decade. Get some new music.”)

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

        I prefer a manager that makes decisions based on his gut.

        • Foghorn Leghorn

          what if he ate Mexican or Indian food that day?

        • Mister Delaware

          Absolutely. You or I or Girardi and his lame binder might see a 50 point OBP gap against lefties, but can that binder see the look in a man’s eye when he’s about to double? Doubt it, bro. Doubt it.

    • Kostas

      It probably does but then Joe needs to stop managing by it.

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

        He’d be better off making shit up as he goes.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Hmm I can’t tell if your comments on Girardi are sarcastic.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Same with most memes anyways. Regardless Girardi is still a mediocre manager.

  • Pat D

    It’s amazing how much can change during your car ride to work…

    • Karl Krawfid

      When AJ is on the mound.

  • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

    Well, he kept the team in the game. All you can ask. Amirite?

    • Greg

      No he pitched to the score.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    crap…O’s are leeting the Sox back in it…

    • Greg

      And you’re surprised?

  • Adam

    Sox within 6-5.

  • Widget

    ouch that was a pretty hideous at bat rookie. Damn.

  • Sarah

    O’s need to start hitting again! Let’s go Orioles!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Thanks again AJ.

  • Widget

    So I guess the Yankees decided to just tank like every game down the stretch? Forget helping the Rays win the Wild Card, let’s help them win the division.

    • Greg

      What the heck are you talking about?

    • Erica

      I’m PRETTY sure the game isn’t over yet.

    • Jetrer

      you realize they still are leading this game, right???

    • MannyGeee

      you OBVIOUSLY dont realize that they need to get the score close enough to a Save situation so MO can get the record here at home before the games that matter start tomorrow…

      DUH!

  • Jetrer

    Russell!!!

    • Jetrer

      hold that
      Second Base Umpire!!!!!!!

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    F.U. Revere!

  • Adam

    Is it just me, or are people even crazier here during day games?

  • jon

    oh good boone logan

    didnt want to win this game anyways

  • Bill

    It’s wonderful to see a Yankee catcher throw runners out at a higher than 20% clip

  • Paul Proteus

    Push those two runs home, Os. Beat Boston.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      damnit

    • theyankeewarrior

      That guy who stranded the runners with two strikeouts… he looks familiar

  • Greg

    Uh oh its Logan.

    I guess no better option.

  • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

    So what happened to Granderson playing more shallow to cut down on bloop hits? Can the coaching staff make up their minds with this?

    • Jetrer

      power hitter who homered to dead center in his last AB being up probably had something to do with that

      • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

        You don’t play no doubles defense when there’s 2 out in the inning. I doubt very much Cuddyer gets an inside the park home run.

        • Jetrer

          not saying no doubles. I’m saying you play the defense where the hitter is more likely to hit the ball. A power hitter is more likely to hit the ball farther than a singles hitter. Where the defense plays is adjusted hitter to hitter, not just when the game situation changes.

          • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

            Different pitcher. Wade throws off-speed unlike AJ. More likely to pull Wade, more left, left-center if he connects. You also adjust defense to the pitcher that’s on the mound. Right?

            • Jetrer

              yes. but Wade pitches mostly away with the off speed stuff, which a RH power hitter would be more likely to go Center to right Center with.

              • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

                The point stands that there’s 2 outs and no one on base. Jim Kaat always said the best outfielders play more shallow to cut off the lucky bloop singles. If the ball is hit over your head, it’s on the pitcher. And you can play as deep as you want but if Cuddyer hits it over the fence you ain’t catching it.

                • Jetrer

                  he wasn’t playing that deep. He was playing medium center field, perfectly reasonable

    • the truth

      not with a guy with power like Cuddeyer, play too shallow and thats a double or triple instead of a single

      • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

        2 out, no one on base?

  • Greg

    Yay Logan

  • theyankeewarrior

    Fuckin Aceves rights the ship. Keeps Boston within one. I wonder how many more games they would have lost without him this year.

    • Greg

      And wrecking his arm in the process for the playoffs.

    • Mister Delaware

      49+.

    • MannyGeee

      not too many, they woulda likely pulled Ayala and/or Wade off the scrap heap, who have been easily as servicable as Ace.

  • Mister Delaware

    That is how and when you bunt.

  • MannyGeee

    wow, one of them ‘good’ bunts. atta boy Jeets!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Please take notes Gardner.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    alright Alex…big spot here…earn that $27MM

  • Sarah

    Come on Alex. Get Grandy home!

  • theyankeewarrior

    .219/.317/.451

    BUT I HAVE THREE KIDS IN PRIVATE SCHOOL IN GREENWICH CONNECTICUT!

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    arod is so not clutch…he never comes up big.

    • Greg

      Well…

  • Karl Krawfid

    Hell yeah nice A-Rod.

  • Sarah

    Yeah! Insurance!

    Time for Cano!

    • Sarah

      Or not. Since the Twins are scared of Cano.

  • Mister Delaware

    Alex is running like I run in dreams when someone is chasing me.

  • takecare

    Can girardi please drop tex from the 3-hole

    • Kostas

      Never happen. His pop up power can translate to HR’s.

    • theyankeewarrior

      He’s been especially putrid from the left side.

      • Kostas

        Defensively, he is just brilliant. But offensively, he has not had the type of year #3 hitter should.

        • takecare

          I think cano fits perfectly. Drop Tex to 5th or 6th.

  • Mister Delaware

    Aviles, McDonald/PH and Ellsbury to face Jim Johnson in the bottom of the 9th. I like Johnson.

    • Cy Pettitte

      did Gregg finally get demoted?

  • CBean

    you don’t need to take this Swish. Make them pay.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I leave for class after 2 thinking this will be an easy blow out, of course AJ doesn’t even make it out of the 4th. classic.

    • Cy Pettitte

      5th*

  • Kosmo

    Swisher in 2011 2 outs RISP .129 Average .

    • Mister Delaware

      BABIP: .133
      OBP: .349

  • Jetrer

    nice play

  • theyankeewarrior

    C’MON MARKAKIS!

    • Cy Pettitte

      C’MON VLAD!

      • theyankeewarrior

        Aceves’ 50th pitch was clocked at 94 mph.

        Number 2 starter anyone?

        • Mister Delaware

          50th pitch … in the 3rd inning.

        • Greg

          Will you stop it. What’s done is done.

          • theyankeewarrior

            You’re right. I’m done.

            For today.

        • theyankeewarrior

          Excuse me, it was his 51st pitch.

          Final line:

          3IP 3H 1BB 4K 0R

          Outright release.

        • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

          A lot of pitchers recover quickly from back problems and a broken clavicle and start averaging 2.6 mph faster on their FB. What’s so unusual about that?

          • JobaWockeeZ

            Yeah guys like those are unusual and so very expensive. Especially for a 200 million dollar team.

            • Mister Delaware

              You must be a real dick every night after the lotto numbers are announced.

              • JobaWockeeZ

                Wait, what? Calling that insult poor is an insult to actual poor people.

                • JobaWockeeZ

                  Or was it anger that I said something bad about the FO that can’t do anything wrong?

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

          Probably not, since he has a 5+ ERA as a starter and can’t get a start over Kyle Weiland, Tim Wakefield, and Andrew Miller.

  • Cy Pettitte

    fucking Orioles can’t tack on at all, the had so many opportunities. please hold on to win this.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Dinkleman!! He’s Jersey, he skis in his jeans!

  • Mister Delaware

    Great pick by JJ.

  • Mister Delaware

    Did not PH for McDonald. That’s a weird ass decision.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Great play by Hardy to get Aviles

    McDonald grounds out

    2 down.

  • Bill

    Why is Posada pinch-hitting for Montero?

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

      Stupidity, mostly.

  • Sarah

    Gardy!

  • Jetrer

    lolsox, another gritty loss

  • Mister Delaware

    Game. Ovah.

  • the truth

    sox loooooooooooooose!!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Ellsbury grounds out

    Game! O’s win!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    God damn it Girardi.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    Sux Lose

  • Greg

    O’s win 6-5

  • Paul Proteus

    Catch Jorgie for the 9th! Have a heart, Joe!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Boston meltdown!

  • theyankeewarrior

    And the O’s win the World Series!

    • MannyGeee

      The BoSox paying the ultimate respect to Flanny’s memory by completely rolling over to the O’s

      • Cy Pettitte

        Flanny jokes: still funny.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Boom! I just heard a collapse.

  • Sarah

    And then Jorge with the GIDP. Wish he’d given Gardy a chance to steal.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Joe getting Jorge used to the PH thing…

    • theyankeewarrior

      Jorge not really feeling it.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Yeah Montero could have done that.

  • MannyGeee

    thank you B-More for not sucking against everyone one against us!

  • Paul Proteus

    Now win the ballgame and the magic # for the division goes to 5. Sox just one loss ahead of the Rays now.

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

      That’s crazy. Could be tied after Boston plays tonight.

      • Mister Delaware

        Bonus: If Boston blows it, the saber-mathy Sox fans will know that their 2011 choke is actually far worse than ours in 2004. Really excites me.

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          The Red Sox fans will never admit that, but deep down they know it’s true IF it happens.

          • Mister Delaware

            Right. You figure 90% won’t believe it, but 10% will and of that 10%, some will pretend they don’t and those are the ones who will be most tortured. “I know you know I’m right and I bet that kills you.”

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      I want to see Sox/Rays finish the season in a tie, play the 1 game playoff, Sox win and advance, and lose 1st round of ALDS.

      • Mister Delaware

        A one game AL East playoff really is best case, both from the standpoint of a fan and a team already in the playoffs.

      • MannyGeee

        The fact that the Sox will not finish the season with 112 wins this season is good enough for me.

  • Kostas

    Have to think there will be riots if the “Greatest Team” ever constructed fails to make the playoffs.

    Here’s hoping!

  • Mr Obvious

    Well Sox lose game one

    they’re pressing as well going down in 7 pitches in the 9th.

    I didn’t see this coming at all neither did most rational observers even with that line-up.

    That’s now 4 quality starts in their last 23 games.
    Another crazy fact (from redsox.com) that the Sox haven’t won a game since Aug. 27th in which they have scored less than 9 runs.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Any chance Matusz throws a decent game tonight? really wanna see the O’s crush Lackey and win.

    • http://Www.or.ly MeGustaMontero (JM)

      I think Matusz has a better chance of doing well than Lackey, but as long as he’s not AS BAD as Lackey I’m happy.

    • Guns of the Navarone

      Probably have to win a slugfest. I don’t expect Lackey to come up big at all. This month for the Red Sox is kinda like how his whole season has gone. You can see the “here we go again” look on his face once he starts to fall behind.

  • Sarah

    You know what really aggravates me about the GIDP by Jorge? The pitcher is having trouble throwing strikes. Give them 2 outs.

    • Ted Nelson

      Easy to say in hindsight. Jorge didn’t know he’d walk the next two guys. He threw about 5 strikes to Gardner in 8 pitches and then he threw two strikes in a row to Jorge… It was a pitch he could have hit, he just didn’t hit it well.

    • Guns of the Navarone

      You know what aggravates me about that GIDP by Jorge? That the manager had him PH in the first place for literally no godforsaken reason.

      • Jetrer

        he needed an excuse to not have Jorge catch Mo in the ninth

      • Ted Nelson

        I don’t mind getting him the PA, especially in a PH situation. If he’s on the post-season roster it’s as a PH. It’s only the 3rd game he’s appeared in for a week and a half. He’s getting about the same amount of burn as Ramiro Pena.

  • MannyGeee

    Sterling: “Just crazy, after that loss, the Rays are only ONE game back from the Red Sox now…”

    Suzyn: “AAAND, if they lose the second game, they will be LESS than one game behind the Red Sox…”

    Sterling “Uh, Yeah…”

    I missed my calling, I coulda done that. I feel I need to share this stuff for anyone who did not decide to pay for the GameDay Audio. fantastic stuff.

    • http://Www.or.ly MeGustaMontero (JM)

      I love how they absolutely get RIPPED on WFAN. Hilarity. I wish they’d drop Suzyn, but they won’t.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Grandy is 4-8 with a HR off Mijares

    #42 please.

    • Cy Pettitte

      or not.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Yankees are still in a playoff hunt, and still have yet to determine their playoff seeding. Is it embarrassing – or harmful to the “integrity” of baseball – that the Twins didn’t send an A lineup out there?

    No?

    Didn’t think so. But whatever fills the silence, eh Kay and Flaherty?

    • Mister Delaware

      Twins don’t have an A lineup.

    • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

      Mauer, Morneau, Kubel and Span are injured. Thome traded. Your point?

  • Jetrer

    ARod flashing the leather today

  • Guns of the Navarone

    D-Rob’s velocity down 3-4 mph over the last couple outings.

  • the truth

    A Rod….beast

  • Matt

    This is now the second game in a row in which Robertson’s FB velocity is down in the 89-91 range instead of 92-94. I wonder if he is going through a bit of a dead arm phase?

    • Jetrer

      last AB 92-93, so hopefully just a temporary blip

    • Guns of the Navarone

      Probably more fatigue than anything (is that the same as a dead arm?). He’s appeared in more games already this season and I would gather in much higher leverage spots. Seeing him hit 92 is encouraging if he can stay at that. Seeing 89 was concerning.

  • the truth

    If Nuni was in there, that would have been the error that lead to the collapse of this game

  • Mister Delaware

    First time a Rene has pinch hit for a Rene? I bet yes.

    • MannyGeee

      nah, i am sure its happened up in the Canadian and Paris leagues once or twice.

      But in MLB? yeah, probably a first

  • Corporate Scum

    How often do you see a guy named Rene pinch hit for a guy named Rene?

  • Paul Proteus

    Now that Jorgie is in the lineup there is only one thing left to do to make it a perfect day- Put Jorgie at catcher and let him have one last hurrah with his old friend Mo as he gets his record breaking save.

    • MannyGeee

      that would be kinda cool.

    • Mister Delaware

      I imagine he’ll catch this Sunday, right? A nice tribute / nudge into retirement.

    • Ted Nelson

      I guess this time of year all sorts of things happen during games, but I’d still find that bush-league. Showing up the Twins basically by celebrating something that hasn’t even happened yet.

      • Adam

        At this point too, they aren’t going to sacrifice the DH.

      • Paul Proteus

        It’s not showing up anybody. It is in the progress of happening and the Twins have to try to stop it no matter who is catching.

        • Ted Nelson

          Jorge hasn’t caught all year except for one game as an injury replacement. I think bringing him out as a human victory cigar is insulting both to Jorge and the Twins.

          • toad

            I agree.

  • MannyGeee

    I look at this about once a week and jiggle in my seat from laughter…

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....index.html

    How are tose predictions working for ya?

    • the truth

      lol…hey those guys are the experts

      • MannyGeee

        not just any experts… RESIDENT Experts… not only do they know ALOT about baseball, they are training to be doctors or something!!!

        Better than the Red Sox Explosion on that page is the convincing evidence that aGon would unanimously win the AL MVP…

        • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

          Will they learn from this? No. Hate supersedes rationality.

    • Jetrer

      love the guy who picked the Twins to win the Central and A’s for the wildcard

      • Ted Nelson

        I think most people figured the Twins would compete for the central…

        • Jetrer

          yeah, I just mean because of how far those two teams were from actually making the playoffs. I wouldn’t have thought the Twins pick would have been such a bad pick. The A’s for the wildcard on the other hand…

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Sees that Albert Chen picked the Yankees to win the East.
      Reaction: Hey, at least there’s one guy who knows his stuff!

      Sees that Albert Chen not only picked the White Sox to win the central, but picks them to win the American League.
      Reaction: What an idiot!

    • StanfordBen

      In their defense, picking the Sox to win the division (and even the WS) as recently as 3 weeks ago would’ve been a pretty sound prediction, and that’s 5 months after these guys made their picks.

    • Hall and Nokes
  • Mister Delaware

    Great point by Kay; Sox fans will be bigger Yankees fans than Yankees fans over the next week and a half. I should just go around in my Yankees hat and a t-shirt that says “WE’RE ALL YANKEES FANS NOW”.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      These last few weeks have been priceless, and like we both agree this potential Boston choke is bigger than the ’04 collapse. And to think they’ll be rooting for the Yankees, and if Tampa can win some of these games against the Yankees and if Tampa is able to finish off the comeback it’d be doubly sweet because Boston had to root for the Yankees in the process.

  • Hall and Nokes

    I guess it would be wrong to score 2 runs here.

  • Cy Pettitte

    if they score more runs Mo can’t get the save….

  • the truth

    get one run…that way there is padding but Mo still in line for 602

  • Mister Delaware

    I’d take 30 more runs if I could, Michael. Wins trump getting the record today.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Stay hot Robbie.

  • Javierkei Pavagawa

    So Mo is going to get 602 with a 2 run lead against the Twins?? Lame.

    I want to see it happen against the Red Sox, watching them weep as their playoff hopes are crushed.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Let’s do dis Mo!!!!

  • the truth

    or they could be the yanks and mess up a chance for a big inning

  • Adam

    Oh I hope that Gameday is kind and gives a live look in…

  • Pat D

    History forthcoming.

  • MannyGeee

    a ton of cheering for ZERO runs. that is a bad omen… a reverse jinx, if you would.

  • Kostas

    Mo Time!!!!!!!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......62674-1038

    Watch Mo go for the record here!

  • Pat D

    It’s actually kind of fitting for the Twins to be the team that Mo gets the save against, since they’ve essentially been the Yankees’ absolute whipping boy for several years.

  • Mister Delaware

    MARIANO IS RATTLED!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    2 mo!

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Gee, Michael Kay really loves hearing himself talk.

  • Karl Krawfid

    1 mo!

  • Mister Delaware

    Would have been cool if this coincided with clinching a playoff spot.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    One more strike.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    602

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

    FIRST!

    Congrats Mo. Terrific baseball player, and an even more terrific person.

  • Cy Pettitte

    #602!!!!! so epic.

  • Adam

    Chills…what a pleasure it has been to watch Mo.

  • Jetrer

    Congratulations Mo!!! Best closer ever

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    I got chills running down my spine when he got the K.

  • jon

    its funny how this really isnt that big of a deal because everyone already knows mo is god

  • MannyGeee

    LOL, Posada caught 570 of those saves. Russell caught 30 of them, but he got the first hug.

    Posada must be fuming inside!

  • Dela G

    602!! Yes!

  • Greg

    The master of his position

  • Pat D

    Take that, Jose Valverde.

    • Sarah

      But! Valverde is the BEST closer of the year, obviously. I mean, he has no blown saves.

      Ridiculous knows no boundaries.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      But, but, but he’s perfect in saves this season! That means he’s better than Rivera!

      /Tiger fan’d

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    “Greatest cloza evahhh!”

    Yep, even Boston fans can admit that.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    this put me over the edge, i was never sure if he was better than hoffman, but now im certain of it

    • Pat D

      /That one guy in San Diego’d, eh?

    • Jetrer

      lmao

  • Adam

    Love it, so humble, all the time…

  • Mister Delaware

    “On that same mound where Scott Proctor once burned his glove and uniform, now Mariano Rivera stands alone …”

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Well, of course.

  • Karl Krawfid

    ERA under 2

    Boss

  • JohnC

    CONGRATULATIONS MO!!! THE BEST EVER!!!

  • Adam

    haha awesome..thanking Swisher for hitting into a double play.

    • Zach

      Only thing that could make this day sweeter is if the Red Sox find a way to lose tonight.

      • Zach

        Reply fail, sorry.

  • Paul Proteus

    LOL Sterling. He has tears in his eyes.

  • Mister Delaware

    God’s To-Do List:
    1. Get Mariano the saves record
    2. That famine in Africa

  • MikeD

    Congrats, Mo.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    way to go, Mo…such a class act all the way around. emotioinless has he breaks the record and walks toward home plate.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Doesn’t this mean that 602 really came against the Blue Jays?

  • rek4gehrig

    Congrats Mo. Love you to bits

  • 4_Everbronx

    Girardi should have let Posada catch the ninth.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      thank God Mo got the save so this bullcrap can stop.

  • Tom Zig

    So of the 57 or so experts (combined ESPN and SI) only one picked the Yankees to win the AL East. Wow.

  • Bronx Byte

    Burnett has 24-karat chutspah ever stepping a foot on a pitching mound.
    The Yankees will make more than enough $$$ in Mariano merchandising to pay a chunk of Burnett’s salary to get lost.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    Mo owes this save to Burnett…

    AJ could’ve pithed a CGSO today but he let up a bit to turn it into a save situation so Mo could do it on a beautiful mid day game in front of all of those adoring fans.

    We all owe AJ a debt of gratitude.

  • Rookie

    Wow. If you want to take a look at some of the ugliest stats ever compiled by a starting pitcher, take a look at the stats for Baltimore’s starting pitcher against the Red Sox tonight, Brian Matusz, so far in 2011. They’re beyond ugly. They’re hard-to-believe bad.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....ian-matusz

    And Lackey’s been dominant against the Orioles — even this year.

    On paper, this game is a complete gimme for the Red Sox.

    That probably means that Matusz will go out and pitch a perfect game. But man does it look like a complete mismatch in the Red Sox’s favor on paper.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      what’s odd is that Matuz made that lineup look silly last year in Fenway. He’s been horrible since the 2nd half of last year.

      Hopefully he finds his center tonight…