Game 153: Win-win


You know what the best part of tonight’s game is? It’s that no matter what happens, it’ll be a pretty good outcome for the Yankees. A win drops the magic number for a playoff spot to just two, and a loss allows the Rays to (at least) keep pace with the Red Sox for the wildcard. I know Boston’s rotation looks ugly at the moment (and it is), but I have zero interest in facing John Lester/Josh Beckett/Erik Bedard six times in a seven game series with that offense and Daniel Bard/Jonathan Papelbon at the end of the game. I’d rather take my chances with Tampa’s rotation, Evan Longoria and some other dudes, and Joel Peralta/Kyle Farnsworth. Here’s the lineup…

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

Ivan Nova, SP

It’s a little rainy in the Tri-State Area, so you know what that means …My9! It’ll also be on MLB Network for you out of towners. The weather isn’t too bad though, they should be able to get all nine innings in. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Zanath says:

    The best possible outcome is we win and Boston loses.

  2. Avi says:

    Go Rays!
    I hope Davis throws a perfect game tonight.

  3. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Girardi needs to play scoreboard. If by the middle innings the Sox are up by a few runs we need to wave the white flag and send Proctor out there. If the Os are up we can afford to send out our better relievers and win one vs the Rays.

  4. The Big City of Dreams says:

    My9 smh great just great

  5. Craig says:

    A few months ago everyone always said how Colon was the most exciting pitcher to watch, with Nova closer toward the bottom. As of today, their starts are equally captivating.

  6. Kevin G. says:

    No, it’s a loss-loss. If we win, we help the Red Sox. If we lose, we lose and losing sucks.


  7. Kramerica Industries says:

    Would much prefer the Yankees magic number read 0 before we go full frothe in rooting for the Rays.

    I mean, when that does happen, I wouldn’t mind at all the Rays rooting.

  8. Kevin G. says:

    Holy fuck. I love David Cone

  9. Jesse says:

    These are Michael Kay’s favorite games because no matter what, you win! It’s all about the wins!!

  10. duzzi23 says:

    This is ridiculous Montero plays every two or three games Girardi needs to give him regular at bats to get him ready for the playoffs and get him into a rythm.

    • CNP says:

      He also needs to give Chavez at bats heading into the postseason. And giving a-rod half a night off isnt the worst thing in the world

      • StanfordBen says:

        Jesus should be prioritized because (a) every game dramatically increases his total Major League experience and (b) he should be getting more postseason at bats than Chavez.

  11. Bronx Byte says:

    The best case scenario is to reduce the magic number as soon as possible and be assured of home field advantage.
    Have Baltimore win the next 2 games and if the Yankees split with the Rays it makes it easier for the Yankees to knock out Boston by themselves over this coming weekend.

  12. Jesse says:

    I’m still amazed by the size of Michael Kay’s cranium compared to Flash’s and Coney’s.

  13. nedro says:

    Coney! Yay!

  14. JobaWockeeZ says:

    They didn’t get a berth yet but fuck it. Go Rays.

  15. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I have a sneaking feeling that the playoff rotation will be based on wins:

    CC: 19 wins
    Nova: 15 wins
    Freddy: 11 wins
    Colon: 8 wins

    Makes perfect sense!!

  16. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Nice play by Swish.

  17. Tom says:

    Your 2011 gold glove winner…Swishilicous


  18. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Has anybody been keeping track of Tex’s stats since he closed his stance?

  19. CS Yankee says:

    Heard that the BoSox haven’t won a game where they scored less than nine runs since (like) August 27th. Unreal.

    I want the Rangers in the first round and then plan to beat the bestest MVP of all-time twice more or beat up on the team that was suppose to make the ’27 Yankees look like a flawed team.

  20. nedro says:

    Jesus, Wade. This is fucking torture. Wasn’t sure if Beckett got traded, the breakneck pace this guy is setting.

  21. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    way to strike out against a guy who doesnt strike people out

  22. Tom says:

    Wade Davis with Kazmir-like (or DiceBB-like) efficiency…

    Hopefully the Yankees don’t start hacking the 2nd time through the lineup and have him at 100 pitches through 5innnings

  23. Tyrion Lannister says:

    VandenHurk won’t hold it together for long. We need to ease up on Wade Davis if we want to keep the Rays in this.

  24. Karl Krawfid says:

    My boy Johnny Damonic

  25. YankeesJunkie says:

    Nova going for the 63 pitch complete game tonight.

  26. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    love that D

  27. Karl Krawfid says:

    Kotchman almost got wrecked if Tex didn’t save him.

  28. Rey22 says:

    That was going to bean Kotchman lol

  29. Chen Meng Wang says:

    MARK TEIXEIRA IS TERRIBLE!!! I WANT HIM OFF THIS TEAM IMMEDIATLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111!!!!!11!!!!!1

  30. Mike Axisa says:

    That would have hit Kotchman right in the butt cheek.

  31. Chen Meng Wang says:

    D. a million times D.

  32. CS Yankee says:

    I was told that Nova in Spanish means “won’t go”, I wonder what AJ means in Spanish?

  33. Kramerica Industries says:

    #8 hitters vs. Davis – .299 BA
    #9 hitters – .317

    Sounds like he’d fit in well on this team.

  34. Rey22 says:

    I’ve already come to peace with the fact that Boston will very very likely make the playoffs regardless of their recent slide, so these games are so incredibly stress-free for me. If the Yankees win, great, an inch closer to the playoffs, and if they lose, it keeps the pressure on Boston for one more day. All’s good.

  35. Tom says:

    Hmmm… I wonder what Gardner’s going to be doing…

  36. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    oh shit, now that means Girardi is going to keep bunting in the 2nd inning.

    btw Gardner was out

  37. Kramerica Industries says:

    Break it open right here.

  38. Tyrion Lannister says:

    What is Coney looking at? He had no shot at getting the runner at 3rd.

  39. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Jesus, There are no outs in the 2nd and he’s already at 42 pitches?

  40. Hummingbird S. says:

    couldnt be anymore down the middle than that… bad swing by Jeter

  41. CS Yankee says:

    Boom, goes the Grandy-mite?

  42. Karl Krawfid says:

    Bust this thing open Grandy

  43. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    How about a Granderslam?

  44. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yeah Grandy!!!

  45. Montero's Mojo says:

    DP anyone?

  46. Chen Meng Wang says:


  47. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    ooooooh the Grandy man can

  48. Cy Pettitte says:

    Grandy beast mode activated

  49. Tyrion Lannister says:

    There’s your AL MVP.

  50. Kramerica Industries says:

    That’ll work well.

  51. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Best not-MVP player ever!!!!!

  52. Pat D says:

    He’s no MVP.

  53. jay h says:

    it’s great to see posts rooting for the yankees at overthemonster lol

  54. Hall and Nokes says:

    If Grandy helps the Sox get into the playoffs does that make him MVP?

  55. CS Yankee says:

    Wade, pacing himself to be at 100 after four.

    Nova, pacing himself to be at 56 after eight.

  56. Tom Zig says:

    Switch Cano and Tex next year in batting order.

  57. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    26 pitches???? Damns Nova

  58. Karl Krawfid says:

    1-1 o’s

  59. Jetrer says:

    2-1 O’s
    lol Reddick fail

  60. CS Yankee says:

    Things I’ve noticed on MLB Gameday backdrop;

    1) O’s seats are mostly empty in LF.
    2) Yankees are mostly filled in the RF upper deck.
    3) BoSox have every seat filled plus people in the aisles.

    MSM biased, or replicated from an actual game or average turnout?

  61. SevenAces says:

    Hah! The fighting Showalters up 2-1.

  62. Cy Pettitte says:

    O’s up 2-1 now. lol Sox pithing is the pits.

  63. Urban says:

    No injuries, please.

    Is that the same elbow that’s already injured?

  64. Cy Pettitte says:

    Chavez is heating up again

  65. SevenAces says:

    Wow Chavez’s went down and got it, nice hit.

  66. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Put this game away Russell

  67. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Lol Bedard at 70 pitches in 2.2 innings.

  68. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol Flaherty

  69. thetruth says:

    The Sox just look horrible…that need a good old fashion dose of Yankees to get them back to normal…hitting home runs and scoring 12 runs a game

  70. Tom says:

    Tough spot for Maddon with a doubleheader tomorrow…. he might need Davis to just bite the bullet

  71. Karl Krawfid says:

    4-1 o’s

  72. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Here come the Os! We might get our best scenario- W for us, L for Boston.

  73. Urban says:

    4-1 O’s.

    Let’s go Brett.

  74. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    4-1 O’s on a Reynolds 2 run single. Bedard done after 2.2 innings haha.

  75. Karl Krawfid says:

    Red Sox should have had Razor Ramon visit the players.

  76. Cy Pettitte says:

    Having Bedard go 2.2 is exactly what that Sox pen needed tonight, lol. I think it’s a toss up between them and ATL for most abused pen this year.

  77. DERP says:

    Bedard threw over fifty pitches that inning and still didn’t get through it.

  78. Montero's Mojo says:

    Oh fu**! What a waste of a good at bat.

  79. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Gee, another Red Sox starter out before the 6th inning. I love this.

  80. 1stbase says:

    nice job keeping the rays in the game, brutal

  81. Montero's Mojo says:

    Yankees doing what Yankees do best… (Grandyman notwithstanding)

  82. thetruth says:

    bases loaded, no runs…..ahhh feels like home

  83. Chen Meng Wang says:

    One thing I love about MLBN’s love affair with Boston is I’ve been able to watch all their games the last couple of days

    /broke and doesn’t get to watch Out of Area games normally

    • Montero's Mojo says:

      Wait… Hold up now… You’re telling me that the MLBN AND ESPN are Boston biased now?!?!?! WTF!!! I thought MLBN was supposed to bring objectivity to the sport and not get on its knees like those twats in Bristol… Damnit! I think I’m genuinely upset. It’s enough that Curt Schilling should have a job with ESPN but to hear this about MLBN…

      • Chen Meng Wang says:

        They’ve been on Boston’s dick since this past offseason. They all picked ‘em to go to the WS and have gone out of their way to rep them all year it seems since.

  84. MannyGeee says:

    Trivia question…. Did Petitte/Clemens win 20 in Houston? my guess in Clemens

  85. MannyGeee says:

    Chavez making a gold glove play there.

  86. Monteroisdinero says:

    Nova looks great. The future is bright.

  87. Avi says:

    I really want Tampa to win tonight. Why do they have to be playing the damn Yankees!?!

  88. Urban says:

    When I flip on the Red Sox game for an update, I can’t take it for more than a few minutes. Ijust can’t take Jerry Remy. His voice makes my ears bleed.

  89. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Vanden Hurk and the O’s trying their best to give it all back

  90. Kramerica Industries says:

    Not taking long for the O’s to give it back…

  91. Jetrer says:

    this wildcard race might get interesting if only the O’s had any pitching

  92. MannyGeee says:

    it really is hard to hate Johnny Damon, although all conventional wisdom says you’re supposed to root against him…

  93. Karl Krawfid says:

    Tex didn’t want to try for that?

  94. Chen Meng Wang says:

    That was a very interesting commercial from a directing sense…it’s hard to make a continuous shot work like that.

  95. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    eric beeehhhdaaaaaahdd

  96. iloveyoubartolo says:

    15-pitch innings are unacceptable.

  97. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Off Topic:
    May I just say, Dante Bichette Jr. #1 Prospect GCL.
    Fuck you Baseball America. Fuck you MSM.
    Way to go Damon Oppenheimer.
    Back to your game thread…

    • MannyGeee says:

      yeah, that is a little taste of awesome… horrible pick by the Yankees to take a guy who MASHED in his first professional showing…

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      How does being ranked first in the GCL mean shit? Didn’t we see articles of how Mariano wasn’t the best Rivera in his family? It’s cool but that’s it.

      • Nuke LaDoosh says:

        It is cool and it does mean shit. Did you read the BA content? Sure prospects miss sometimes (in fact most of the time.) But his showing in GCL validates the pick. Pro Scouts loved him a hell of a lot more than amateur scouts (even his 3B defense.) That means shit. Not saying he is a sure thing. Just that the pick is validated.

  98. Karl Krawfid says:

    I hate you Tex.

    Just drop a damn bunt down.

  99. Montero's Mojo says:

    Good golly, Tex is so mondo uber bad.

    • Foghorn Leghorn says:

      its all about the glove with Tex…

      • Montero's Mojo says:

        Yeah, I keep hearing that… Doesn’t console me the slightest each time I hear it. I seriously hope that this is and will be the LAST time Tex ever looks so bad in pinstripes. I can’t take any more seasons of a popup, groundout, strikeout happy first basemen. I’ve already started the Prince Fielder campaign in my shower.

  100. MannyGeee says:

    hmmmm, IBB to Cano. does it bite the Rays in the ass like it so frequently does to the Yankees?

  101. Mike Axisa says:

    Nice to see Robbie take the occasional ball four.

  102. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    alright swisher make them pay for the IBB

  103. 1stbase says:

    Another frustrating showing when they should be way ahead in this game

  104. Montero's Mojo says:

    This team is really NOT a fan of tacking on runs, is it

  105. Tom says:

    Starting to get a bad feeling about this game…. the Yankees should have put this one to bed already.

  106. Karl Krawfid says:

    Can anyone really explain why Tex is batting 3rd?

    Cano is not getting a damn thing to hit in the 5 spot.

    Tex can’t hit at all.

  107. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    Remy’s voice sounds like what an asshole would sound like if it could talk

  108. Urban says:

    Unrelated to the game, I am happy MLBN has hired Brian Kenny. Major addition of professionalism to their frat house broadcasts.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      I was so happy to hear it yesterday when they announced it :) Glad I wasn’t the only one. BK was awesome when he was on 1050 with the Steven A. Smith show.

    • MannyGeee says:

      yeah, the MLBN peckerhead show is just brutal. anything they can do to make it more pallatable is just fine by me.

  109. MannyGeee says:

    wow. slider is working for Nova tonight, huh.

    and on an unrelated note, wow do the ChiSox suck out loud…

  110. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Good lord the O’s are terrible

  111. MannyGeee says:

    Fucking Jeter is still making that running grab-and-throw like its still 1999. fantastic!

  112. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    well…it looks like the Vanderhook expiriment is now over. quite a pitching duel between him and Beeeehhhdaaaaahhhd

    • Tom Zig says:

      Bedard was taken out a while ago.

    • Urban says:

      When I heard Remy try and pronounce Bedard’s name, I went into a convulsion and started flipping around on the floor like a dying fish out of water. Fortunately I was able to reach the remote control before life left me.

  113. MannyGeee says:

    fucking Jo-Jo Reyes just loaded the bases in Fenway with no one out. why do they only play the Yankees hard? Fuck you Showalter.

    and to boot, Ellsburys 200th hit. shitty

  114. Karl Krawfid says:

    Wasn’t Ross Detwiler a Yankee?

  115. Hall and Nokes says:

    Jo Jo Reyes in the game? Why not just forfeit?

  116. mbonzo says:

    Orioles defense is such a joke.

  117. MannyGeee says:

    Mark Reynolds just fucked up an inning ending DP. 30th error of the season. 5-4 BOS.

  118. Montero's Mojo says:

    I wasn’t expecting Davis to still be in the game… Shame on you, Yankees, shame on you.

  119. Mr Obvious says:

    Redsox just got a gift run.

    Mark Reynolds with another error 30 on the season.

  120. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    how the hell do the Sox land two series at the end of the year with the O’s?

    • Greg says:

      Because they didn’t play them as much earlier in the year.

      • Foghorn Leghorn says:

        no shit??? my point is how the hell can you have the rays play the yanks twice and then the sox get the O’s…they should spread that out a bit.

        the only reason the sox are going to make it is b/c they have these two series against that crap team.

        • MannyGeee says:

          FWIW the Rays were supposed to suck this year too after losing their big names to FA and trades… and the O’s were supposed to be markedly better under the infinite guidence of Showalter…

          thems the breaks

      • Montero's Mojo says:

        I think it’s just a TAD different when playing one of the worst teams in baseball in the beginning of the year as opposed to the end. I’d certainly rather face the O’s for two series than have to tee off against the Rays and Sox. The Sox have it easier, I don’t think that anyone can argue that. The Sox home stretch, their run for October, is only impeded by Buck Showalter, not CC Sabathia, Robinson Cano, David Price, and Evan Longoria…

    • Montero's Mojo says:

      While we play the Rays in two series, the same Rays that were one of the best teams in baseball. I’m convinced that the Sox are given preferential treatment when it comes to scheduling, but that’s just me.

    • Urban says:

      …while the Yankees have seven against the Rays?

      You know, for decades, every year the MLB schedule for all teams was created by a couple from Massachusetts.

      I believe that ended, but only two or three years back. If not, I would be yelling conspiracy.

  121. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I bet the GCL Yankees could beat the Orioles

  122. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Time for a patented HR off a lefty.

  123. MannyGeee says:

    and sidebar… in case rally moneys, cowbells and vuvuzuelas are not the epitimy of annoying sport gimmicks, the Red Sox bullpen band is going to make me shit my britches.

  124. Cy Pettitte says:

    that wasn’t pretty for the Rays

  125. mbonzo says:

    Nice throw Kotch.

  126. Karl Krawfid says:

    Grandy man

  127. Rey22 says:

    So who had Ivan Nova starting game 2 of the playoffs at the beginning of the year?

  128. Chen Meng Wang says:

    The Rays have to be asking themselves “how did this scheduling come to be? We’re playing probably the best overall team in the AL while trying to come back, and the Sox are playing a AA team?”

  129. Karl Krawfid says:

    A-Rod is gonna pass Gehrig right here.

  130. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    Vlad just got caught stealing. Buck has lost his mind.

  131. mbonzo says:

    Weiters did not swing there.

  132. Tom Zig says:

    Does Scott Atchison pitch every day?

  133. Karl Krawfid says:

    Ok What the fuck was that

  134. Montero's Mojo says:

    WTF! Is this team allergic to hitting with the bases loaded?! Damnit, this game is surprisingly painful. I don’t even want to see how many they’ve left on base.

    • Greg says:

      The score is 5-0. We dont care about style points.

      Remember. this is the same team that hit 3 grannies in a game.
      (insert joke)

      • Montero's Mojo says:

        Yeah, but it doesn’t make it any less annoying. It seems like they’ve loaded the bases in every single inning, yet the score’s only 5-0. Let’s just say that I’d be more entertained if the Yankees steamrolled their opposition. I haven’t had a chance to see much of that lately.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      The Yankees have been, by far, the best hitting team in the league with the bases loaded this year. .345/.363/.614

      • Montero's Mojo says:

        Well considered me baffled. This game has singlehandedly rewritten history within the confines of my cranium. But, my point remains… I want blood! I want 20 runs on the board before we venture into the playoffs. I want to know that this offense can explode at ANY second.

        • Greg says:

          THe thing is that the load the bases a ton so that it feels like they have failed alot.

        • Chen Meng Wang says:

          Your into the wrong sport for instant gratification…baseball is a game of offensive failure, were you’re considered a great offense if you get on base 40% of the time. Imagine if in the NBA if a good FG% was 36%?

      • Chen Meng Wang says:

        Damn, a .977OPS with the bases loaded?! Impressive.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      According to the gameday cast they’re hitting .307 with RISP tonight.

  135. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    O’s are so full of fail right now…

  136. mbonzo says:

    They didn’t even get the tag on Jones. These umps are blind as fuck. Glad I’m not the Orioles or Rays with these bullshit calls for the Red Sox.

    • MannyGeee says:

      yeah, being shitty can only take you so far. got to catch some bad breaks and worse calls to suck as loudly as the Os have this season

  137. flamingo says:

    Checking Gameday from class – Nova at 60 pitches in the 6th? Wow.

  138. Monteroisdinero says:


  139. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    a lot of yankee fans complain but could you seriously imagine being an Orioles fan?

  140. Tom says:

    Were the Rays really having the ball checked?

  141. pat says:

    His curve has gotten so much more effective with the increased usage of his slide piece.

  142. Tyrion Lannister says:

    There’s your #2 starter. One hell of a rise for a guy people said wouldn’t be any better than a 5th starter.

  143. flamingo says:


  144. MannyGeee says:

    Nova is an absolute Monster… I have a full blown man-crush.

  145. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Yay Ivan.

  146. BK2ATL says:


    I love this kid’s moxie!!!

    I think this might be his best game in totality so far, and against a quality opponent.

  147. Chen Meng Wang says:

    He’ll neva amount ta anything moah then a numba 4!! How can you say he’s a numba 2?!!

    /Mike Francesa’d

  148. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Robinson Cano: Good at baseball.

  149. Urban says:

    Dumb move here.

  150. Tyrion Lannister says:

    I don’t understand it either, Coney. Stupid to put another man on base.

  151. mbonzo says:

    Agree with Cone here. WTF are they doing walking Swisher?

    • Tom says:

      How did the official scorer give AGon an RBI on that forceout at home?

      Are they seriously thinking the guy from 2nd is scoring on a groundball to first? This isn’t the case of you can’t assume a DP… this is the official scorer assuming a guy is scoring from 2nd on that play.

      • Tom says:

        reply fail….

      • Urban says:

        I didn’t see that play, but it doesn’t sound possible. Someone screwed up somewhere to allow the run to score from second, so it shouldn’t be an RBI. Home-town scoring trying allow Gonzalez to lead the league in RBIs?

        In fairness, Grandy was awarded a hit (and an RBI) by the official scorer, but that was a simple judgment call. The one by the Red Sox scorer seems impossible.

  152. Karl Krawfid says:

    Eric Chavez looks like the guy that played in The Hulk that came out in 2003.

    He also played in The Time Travelers Wife.

    Eric Bana is his name.

  153. Montero's Mojo says:

    Please, please, please, PLEASE open up a can of whoop ass. Please. Thank you.

  154. Tom Zig says:

    I just wish the O’s pitchers would stop out-sucking the Red Sox

  155. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    That Aflac commercial with the rapping birds is right behind Two and a Half Men in the race for “thing on TV that was most obviously made by a white person.”

  156. MannyGeee says:

    i still cant believe Saltalamaccia is the answer on a $160M team. it seriously blows my dick off.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      I can buy Salty.

      What I can’t believe is that, with their season hanging in the balance, $160 million couldn’t buy them anything better than Lackey and Weiland for a double header yesterday.

  157. thetruth says:

    thank God Nova is pitching well…cause this is the kinda game the Yanks could lose 6 to 5

  158. Tom Zig says:

    Gameday says those two were strikes vs Gardner

  159. MannyGeee says:

    If Swisher wasn’t so slow, that would been a tough play to force him out there….


  160. Tom says:

    How did the official scorer give AGon an RBI on that forceout at home?

    Are they seriously thinking the guy from 2nd is scoring on a groundball to first? This isn’t the case of you can’t assume a DP… this is the official scorer assuming a guy is scoring from 2nd on that play.
    (ignore my reply stupidity above)

  161. Tyrion Lannister says:

    For God’s sake, Jo Jo Reyes just gave you 3 innings of scoreless ball. Score more runs, Os! This is a beat up pen.

  162. Greg says:

    That’s a strange decision by Maddon.

  163. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    That wasn’t even close to a HBP….blind old fuck.

  164. Pat D says:

    Come on, Orioles!!

  165. MannyGeee says:

    wow… hit batter, huh?

  166. Urban says:

    Oh, come on, ump. What the hell is that about?

  167. Karl Krawfid says:

    Here comes the meltdown

  168. Kevin G. says:


  169. C says:

    It’s okay, Nova’s just trying to put some pressure on Boston

  170. Tyrion Lannister says:

    See what the kid is made of. Let him get a groundball to get out of this.

  171. thetruth says:

    trade a run for a double play

  172. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Remember when Jeter caused an international incident by taking first base on a pitch that didn’t hit him against Tampa last year?

    Something tells me that there won’t be as much outrage about Lobaton doing the exact same thing.

  173. JC says:

    Hope you guys are enjoying the MY9 broadcast
    Here in Australia ESPN have decided in their infinite wisdom to show the titanic battle between the twins and the mariners…… holy jesus, thank mo for

  174. Cy Pettitte says:

    Nova WOW!

  175. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    But…but…who will start game 2 in the playoffs???

  176. Tyrion Lannister says:

    The kid got the job done.

  177. MannyGeee says:

    wow, this Nova kid might be onto something

  178. Jetrer says:

    sweet escape!!!

  179. BK2ATL says:

    This kid is good!!!!

    What a Superman escape!!!!

  180. Greg says:

    Bow to Nova

  181. Stratman9652 says:

    Now he’s just showing off.

  182. swishers fauxhawk says:


  183. Mike Axisa says:

    Very nice, Ivan. Very nice.

  184. Karl Krawfid says:

    I been throwing stones at Nova a lot.

    Got to give him credit.

  185. flamingo says:


  186. Bartolo's Colon says:

    wait, i cant tell, is this start good or bad

    • BK2ATL says:

      The Yanks are winning 5-0, with Nova pitching his nuts off.


      • Bartolo's Colon says:

        no i didn’t mean that way, i definitely would not want the yanks to lose, especially with not having the division locked up yet. i was just referring to nova getting into and out of a lot of trouble the last few innings although i wasn’t being all that serious. don’t get me wrong, i still would like him as our #2

  187. SevenAces says:

    Nova showing he isn’t rattled by a bunch of base runners and battled, ice flowing through those veins.

  188. Stratman9652 says:

    How much of this is legit from Nova and how much of it is him pitching over his head? I’m not sure what to believe at this point.

    • SDM says:

      I’d say legit, think about it he really was two pitch pitcher at the beginning of the year. He learns his slider, and uses it as both a complementary weapon and an out pitch. He’s keeping guys off balance, then add in his strong GB tendencies and improved command the guy is legit.

      Nova strikes me as a guy that has an above average baseball IQ, he’s also shown steady improvement every start, which is definitely encouraging.

  189. Tyrion Lannister says:

    If it was AJ we’d be down 6-5 right now. Nova has certainly earned that #2 spot and for a a bargain price at that.

  190. AaronGuielWithASmile says:



  191. Greg says:

    Grandy’s on fire

  192. MannyGeee says:

    damn I really wish we had IPK and AJax back….

  193. BK2ATL says:

    He’s hot again. Watch out. Grandy’s decided to go and win that MVP trophy, one way or another. LOL!!!

  194. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    With Tex struggling and the shift on, this would be a great time to send Granderson

  195. Mike Axisa says:

    Grandy’s last three games: 8-for-10, 3 2B, 2 HR,4 BB, 1 K.

  196. flamingo says:

    Wait, did Tex get a hit?

  197. Melky says:

    Stat Padding in 5…4…3…2…

  198. MannyGeee says:

    LOL, this game is so in the bag that the My9 guys are critiquing the base-coaching technique.

    not a bad place to be

  199. Karl Krawfid says:

    Swinging with all arms.

  200. Eirias says:

    What’s the record for the most RBI in a ten game span?

  201. Urban says:

    In a stunning move, Maddon walks Cano to force in a run to pitch to Swisher.

  202. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Cano slam

  203. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Robbie Cano, about to do some serious stat padding right here :)

  204. Tom says:

    At least they can IBB Cano again

  205. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    As a pitcher, I don’t think there’s any situation that I’d less rather be in than facing Cano with the bases loaded.

  206. Montero's Mojo says:

    Hahaha. Bases loaded AGAIN! WTH is up with this game. They HAVE TO break it open now.

  207. Urban says:

    That was a totally undiscipined AB by Cano. He swung at three balls.

  208. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    Daniel Baaaaaahhhd…best closer evvvaaaaahhh

  209. Jesse says:

    Michael Kay drinking game: Start the Marry-Go-Round

  210. Cy Pettitte says:

    RISP fail in full effect

  211. Karl Krawfid says:

    No reason to pitch to Cano.

  212. BK2ATL says:


    Cano swinging at anything, Swisher looking like the past Chicago version….

    C’mon fellas, let’s go.

  213. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Wow, If we didn’t have that big inning earlier I might be upset by this. But as we’re already up 5-0 with one of the best BP’s in baseball, and Ivan pitching like a beast I really can’t be angry about this game.

  214. Montero's Mojo says:

    This game is such F***ING BULLSH**! I’ve never witnessed this much LOB failure before in my life. This game sucks. I honestly don’t care if they’re winning. This sucks. It does. It really does. Not even a fly ball or a dribbler. ARGH! I have every right to be upset, this game should’ve blown up hours ago.

  215. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Push those two runs home, Os!

  216. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Francona bringing in Papelbum for a 5 out save, can’t wait to see this backfire.

  217. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I know that their pitching staff is a mess, but the Sox are still our biggest threat IMO.

  218. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Tex can hit as many popups as he wants as long as he keeps making plays like that.

    Hell, it’s not my money.

  219. SevenAces says:

    Lol, is Boston trying their hardest to make their game interesting?

  220. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Davis just missed that pitch off of Papsmear.

  221. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Standing ovation.

  222. Tom says:

    Robertson up with a 5 run lead and 2 out in the inning?

    Does anyone else find that completely nuts?

  223. Jesse says:

    Damn you Michael Kay you jinxed Nova!

  224. Melky says:

    What bullshit. Let him finish.

  225. BK2ATL says:

    Standing O for our SuperNova!!!!!

    Great job, kid!!!

    So this is what a #2 starter is supposed to look like.

  226. MannyGeee says:

    wow. generous strike call for Papselbum.

  227. Jesse says:

    To be honest, I woulda gave Valdes a shot here.

  228. Tyrion Lannister says:

    They just showed that strike 3 to Davis on Baseball Tonight. I guess MLB has decided the Sox need to make the playoffs.

  229. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Bases Loaded for the 0′s.

  230. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Papelbum gives up a hit and is bailed out by Matt Wieters’s slowness and Fenway’s little league sized LF.

  231. Greg says:

    Did Maddon not get the memo that Logan is better against righties?

  232. Jesse says:

    Ok, 5-0 lead that can be increased…Have Betances/Brackman pitch the ninth please


  233. Jesse says:

    C’mon Papelblown, ball four!

  234. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Start the Oriole merry’go’round in boston.

  235. Tyrion Lannister says:

    PAPELBUM BLOWS THE SAVE!!!!!!!!! 6-5 OS!!!!!!!

  236. MannyGeee says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAAHAHAHA BLOWN SAVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  237. Jesse says:

    Hahahahahaha Take that Papelbitch!

  238. Chen Meng Wang says:


  239. Cy Pettitte says:

    LOL Paps and Bard blow it

  240. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    LOL Papelbum!!

  241. Urban says:

    Oriloes hit bases-clearing triple against Papelbum.

  242. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    in play (runs)….at Fenway

  243. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Haha, Papelbon.

  244. Rey22 says:

    Oh my god, I tuned in to the Orioles just in time to see Andino hit a double. Fucking beautiful!

  245. Jetrer says:

    lmfao Paplebum

  246. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    wooot!! wooot!

  247. SevenAces says:

    lol Papelbon.

  248. MannyGeee says:

    all those runs charged to Bard, he just gave a death gare out to the mound.

  249. Jesse says:



  250. Rey22 says:

    The Fenway crowd sounds like it just witnessed a murder. Not a sound.

  251. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    that game is far from over…two more inning of relief for the O’s…that’s like a lifetime!

  252. Tom says:

    Quick Girardi, get Laffey up and have Proctor ready…. it’s not too late to get TB caught up in the loss column.

  253. James A says:

    My MVP ballot
    1) Granderson
    2) Bautista
    3) Andino
    4) Verlander
    5) Ellsbury

  254. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    OTM has officially gone apeshit.

  255. James A says:

    I’m thinking the Yankee rotation for the final series in Tampa should be Laffey, Brackman, and Betances. I’d also see if Greg Golson can translate that OF arm into success on the mound

  256. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Close it out, Strop. Don’t throw inside to Scuatro.

  257. BK2ATL says:

    This might be the best baseball night of the season so far.

    Nova pitching impressive ball vs. Tampa, and HoF closers Paplepuke and Bard blow another game for the Sux.

    I love it!!!

  258. Tom says:

    These innings would go quicker if the Rays just intentionally walk the bases loaded and then strike out the side.

  259. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    the sox bullpen is getting used like a cheap hooker…the starters are averaging less than 5 per start

  260. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I’m starting to think that this Jeter guy has some skills.

  261. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    take that Cap Anson!

  262. Urban says:

    Cap Anson. Brand name to pass. Then again, up in this area, all the names are brand names.

    • Hall and Nokes says:

      Racist, and some of his hits were actually walks. Good on you Derek.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      Michael Kay’s “Cap Anson singlehandedly caused baseball to be segregated” story might have been the most ignorant thing he’s ever said.

      Which is really quite impressive.

  263. Tom says:

    Is there any reason to throw Granderson a strike here?

  264. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    Jeter will have to hit ~.370 for the rest of the way to get to .300

  265. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    c’mon pedro strop!

  266. mbonzo says:

    NESN commentators sound like they’re at a funeral.

  267. Greg says:

    one inning to go for the O’s

  268. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    will papelton come back out for the 9th? or is it Michael Bowden time?

  269. Jesse says:

    I really wanna see that piece on Phil Hughes after the game. Hopefully MLB Extra Innings will stick with My 9 for the news.

    • Urban says:

      They just played it.

      The key move Phil Hughes made to get his season back on track was drinking the blood of baby kittens before each start.

      Who knew…

  270. MannyGeee says:

    fcking Cano is just awesome

  271. Bartolo's Colon says:

    that was absurd

  272. Jesse says:

    Best Second baseman in baseball? Best Second baseman in baseball.

  273. SevenAces says:


  274. flamingo says:


  275. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    damn..cano is the shizzit

  276. Karl Krawfid says:

    wow what a dp!

  277. MannyGeee says:


    wow, that was cool

  278. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Holy crap!

    THEEEEEEEEEEEEE Yankees win!

  279. mbonzo says:

    Thats how you play defense O’s. Don’t pull this shit against the Red Sox tomorrow.

  280. Jetrer says:

    flashing the D ftw!!!!

  281. Urban says:

    Nice D there by the Yankee middle infielders for all three outs this inning.

  282. SevenAces says:

    The Captain and Cano Double Play Show!

  283. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    The Magic# is the captain!

  284. Stratman9652 says:

    Best magic number picture ever.

  285. Jesse says:

    So, another Red Sox prospect pitcher is on the hill, Junichi Tazawa. What were the expectations on this guy??

  286. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    sox on their 7th pitcher…that’s nuts

  287. Leo says:

    C’mon O’s. Please be a good spoiler and don’t screw this up.

  288. Karl Krawfid says:

    Fucking 0′s man.


  289. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    That looked more like Ellsbury just trying to get catcher interference called.

  290. SevenAces says:

    Whose up for the Red Sox and Fighting Showalters to play 20 innings?

  291. Chen Meng Wang says:

    The O’s just can’t make this shit easy huh? I want the Magic number for the Division to be Babe Ruth before I settle in.

    Hooray DP!!

  292. Jetrer says:

    gritty double play, lmao

  293. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    come on Os. one more out!!

  294. Karl Krawfid says:

    NM i love you o’s

  295. Greg says:

    Pedroia twin killing.

  296. Urban says:

    Nice laser shot for a double play.

  297. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    gameday is screwed up…what’s going on…did the laser show hit into a dp?

  298. Foghorn Leghorn says:


  299. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Sox lose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  300. Urban says:

    And the O’s win.

  301. Sarah says:

    O’s FTW!

  302. Hall and Nokes says:

    game ovah

  303. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    can’t wait to hear Massaroti tomorrow…I think his heart stopped at least 7 times today!

  304. BK2ATL says:

    And Boston chokes…again. Bwahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!

  305. BK2ATL says:

    Oh wait…..season’s on the line….and you roll out….Erik Fucking Bedard????

    Bwhahahahahaha….Boy genius my ass

  306. Chen Meng Wang says:

    So, Let’s recap real quick…Our Magic number for the playoffs is 2, and the Division is 3? And we’re in the same Division as the team that won the World Series back in January, right?

  307. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Does anyone think that the Angels have a real chance at winning the Wild Card?

    With Boston’s awful rotation and Tampa having to play us 6 more times, I can see a potential opening there.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      Not really, and I wouldn’t want them to anyway…their pitching is slightly scary to me. I wouldn’t want to have to face Weaver/Haren/Santana in a best of 5 or 7. I’d rather the Rays be the Wild Card and play the Rangers.

  308. Bartolo's Colon says:

    so win tomorrow in game one of the dh, then rest EVERYONE until friday night

  309. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    The Red Sox actually have the most RS of any team in September.

    • tom says:

      It wasn’t long ago the Yanks had a slim lead over them in runs scored; now they’re about 25 runs ahead. Amazingly (given pre-season prediction, and even perception among some now) it’s the pitching that’s accounted for the Yankees winning out.

    • Sandman42 says:

      They needed 18 runs to win the Wakefield game and to win last night. I think they allowed something like 9 or 10 in each game though. I Agree get CC his 20th win and tank the rest.

  310. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Haha they just showed the highlight of Nova throwing at Bautista the going “What are you gonna do?!” “Come get me, what are you gonna do?”

  311. BK2ATL says:

    Holy shit, MLB Tonight Live on MLB Network showed Ivan Nova’s 1st MLB start last year, where he fired a fastball up and in on Bautista. As Bautista is chirping and thinking about headed out to the mound, Nova has his arms out and saying very clearly “Whatcha gonna do??? Whatcha wanna do???” Very clearly. Of course, Girardi comes to Bautista’s rescue.

    The kid really has a set of nuts on him, and is backing it up. AJ’s never down anything like that. He just takes the abuse.

    Nova for #2. RIGHT NOW!!!

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