Game 155: Step Two


We're trying to win a ring around here. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Playoff berth? It’s in the bag after this afternoon’s comeback win. Now it’s on to the second order of business, winning the division that no one seemed to think the Yankees could win six months ago. A win and a Red Sox loss will give New York the AL East crown tonight. Let’s do this. Here’s the lineup…

Brett Gardner, LF
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Jesus Montero, DH
Eric Chavez, 3B
Russell Martin, C
Chris Dickerson, RF
Eduardo Nunez, SS

CC Sabathia, SP

Game two of today’s doubleheader starts at 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy.

Update: The game will not start on time due to the rain. No idea on a potential start time.

Update Part Deux: They’re saying the game will start at 8:05pm ET.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Urban says:

    Hopefully the Yanks can lock down the division tonight. Yankee win, Red Sox loss!

    BTW This is a funny story. Were the Yankees helped by a Yankee fan yesterday? He served Bedard with legal papers, wearing a Yankee shirt, right before his start last night. Classic!

  2. pat says:

    Game 155: Step Two
    By Mike Axisa

    We’re trying to win a ring around here. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

    Playoff berth? It’s in the bag after this afternoon’s comeback win. Now it’s on to the second order of business, winning the division that no one seemed to think the Yankees could win six months ago. A win and a Red Sox loss will give New York the AL East crown tonight. Let’s do this. Here’s the lineup…

    Brett Gardner, LF
    Curtis Granderson, CF
    Mark Teixeira, 1B
    Robinson Cano, 2B
    Jesus Montero, DH
    Eric Chavez, 3B
    Russell Martin, C
    Chris Dickerson, RF
    Eduardo Nunez, SS

    CC Sabathia, SP

    Game two of today’s doubleheader starts at 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy.

    Put your junk in the box.

  3. John says:

    Kick ass. Pop champagne. And get some ho’s.

  4. Nuke Ladoosh says:

    105 Pitch CG for CC.

  5. Steve says:

    I didn’t even know Hughes had had a herniated disk:

    @YankeesInk Jerome Preisler
    Hughes MRI shows inflammation coming from old injury in 04, herniated disk. Had epidural

    Apparently he’s said in the last couple of days that he had spasms last year, too………Back issues never go away. Although he’s a big (way too big, IMO) kid, Hughes is fragile. I’m not a real fan of his any longer because I don’t think he’s very good and I’m still annoyed he came to camp overweight, but I hope he’s going to be ok.

  6. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Step 2 is to throw this game anyway that we can. The 1919 White Sox just had the pitchers go out there and tank the first couple innings. We need to keep Tampa in the race.

    • Sweet Dick Willie says:

      Fuck that.

      We’ll help Tampa by sweeping the Sux this weekend. It will then be up to them to sweep the Jays.

      If we’ve secured HFA by Sunday, THEN the Yanks can take the foot off the gas.

  7. Cy Pettitte says:

    no rain delay please

  8. Urban says:

    Cone-e wearing the dark funeral blazar tonight. Perhaps for the death of the Rays.

  9. Just to put it in perspective, 16 playoff berths in 17 years isn’t the Yankees’ longest stretch of dominance.

    21 playoff berths in 27 years, 16 of them ended in World Series victories.

    Sweet merciful Mo.

    • Jose the Satirist says:

      Not to discount that greatness, but it was a lot easier to win the World Series if you made the playoffs back then.

      • Urban says:

        Yes. Winning sixteen World Series titles in twenty-seven years would be much more difficult today because of the multiple postseason series.

        Yet winning the AL twenty-one times in that same span is far more impressive than just winning the AL East, let alone adding in a few postseason appearances via the Wild Card.

    • DCBX says:

      “ for the other thumb…”


  10. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Daniel Bard has more losses than CC. Heh.

  11. Urban says:

    I’ve heard the slow, sad YES music for rain way too many times this year.

  12. Yankeefan91 Arod Fan says:

    Its Funny How Theres a Rain Delay and theres No Tarp on the Field.

  13. Jesse says:

    My God, Josh Beckett takes forever delivering the ball….

  14. Karl Krawfid says:

    GJ O’s


  15. Greg says:

    Reynolds homers off Beckett 1-0 O’s

  16. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Beckett and Varitek take like a minute and a half to decide on a pitch and then Reynolds hits a BOMB.

  17. Jimmy McNulty says:

    8:05 EST start

  18. Cy Pettitte says:

    this is a pretty good summary of the Sox situation right now

    (NSFW language)

  19. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Still don’t know how the MVP can’t go to Joey Bats.

    • Greg says:

      I’m hearing Verlander is the favorite pet of ESPN now.

      Joey just has the bad luck on being on a .500 team

      I think he’s now second in WAR to Ellsbury.

      • Xstar7 says:

        Jose Bautista fWAR: 8.1 bWAR: 8.4

        Jacoby Ellsbury fWAR: 8.7 bWAR: 7.1

        Yeah, WAR isn’t the best argument for either party.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          Remember, the difference between 8.7 WAR and 8.1 WAR is pretty small. The stats, especially on defense, just aren’t refined enough for that level of accuracy. There’s a decent sized error bar for ERA.

    • Jesse says:

      Some writers will say because of this:

    • Jerome S. says:

      Eh, he has fallen from his extra-terrestrial Oh-My-God historical heights to merely the best hitter. The problem is that MVP incorporates defense and baserunning, which statistically gives Ellsbury the edge. The real crime? Bautsista will probably finish fourth or fifth, which is disgusting.

      • Jose the Satirist says:

        “The problem is that MVP incorporates defense and baserunning, which statistically gives Ellsbury the edge.”

        You make it sound so concrete. Some of those very metrics put Bautista ahead. Advanced metrics are far from being in agreement on the MVP.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        While I don’t have issues with using UZR in one year for WAR, Ellsbury’s UZR is unusually high. Strangely Ellsbury’s baserunning metric is only 0.7

        I can see an argument for Grandy, Ellsbury or Pedroia but Joey Bats is still on another level. This dude somehow has a .445 OBP and insane power. His line is basically 2005 ARod.

        • Jerome S. says:

          Oh, yeah. Again, best hitter, no question. The whole defense thing is really hard to quantify, but some people really want it in the discussion. Overall, I’d say Ellsbury’s the better fielder; he gets to the ball better, and he plays center field. But I don’t see it as being that big of an edge he could surmount the gigantic edge Bautista has in hitting. Guy’s insane.

        • Tom says:

          The baserunning metric at fangraphs is a little screwy… sucessful stolen base are actually added into the OFFENSIVE component. Since they don’t want to double count it, it doesn’t showup in baserunning (yet caught stealing and pickoffs do)

          The baserunning component is basically just advance rates on balls in play (taking or not taking the extra base vs the league average) and outs on bases (caught stealing, getting thrown out)

  20. Jesse says:

    Oh boy, Michael Kay going on his wins rant…..

  21. Red says:

    Anyone see A-Rod’s RBI double? Damn, it looked like hitting it was the easiest thing in the world. Was it really just a bad pitch, or is he “back” (or a little of both?)

  22. Chen Meng Wang says:

    has everybody talking about the MVP race just completely forgotten about Joey Bats? I mean his numbers are monstrous.

  23. Jesse says:

    My God, Michael Kay is FINALLY realizing that wins aren’t the only statistic used in deciding the awards.

  24. Sarah says:

    Somehow the Os being the spoilers for Boston makes me feel better about those miserable games against them two weeks ago. If that’s what it took to get them all fired up to win, I’ll take it.

  25. Sweet Dick Willie says:

    Cone killing it with the FIP references. YES needs to schedule more David.

  26. Jesus Freak says:


    you should change the magic number graphic to 1 (for the AL East) and post Billy pic.

    • Urban says:

      ?? Why? It’s two.

      If the Yankees tie, it defaults to the head-to-head competition, and the Yankees have already lost the season series, so the Yankees need two more wins, or two more Red Sox losses, or a combination for the Yankees to have the division.

  27. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Ugh. Crawford triples.

  28. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Baltimore blows the lead, tied game on an RBI ground out. Didn’t even pick up the double play, god I hate the fucking Os.

    • Sarah says:

      There’s still time for the Os to take it back.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Yeah but it’s Baltimore, the cure-all for a slump.

        • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

          Well you saw what they did last night.

          • Jimmy McNulty says:

            Ugh. I hate this shit. Baltimore blows, we know this, that doesn’t mean that they are completely in capable of winning games, they managed to do it sixty some times already this year. That being said, when facing a good team and a good pitcher, they are likely to lose. By your logic the Red Sox have owned the season series with the Yankees, does that mean that they’re a lock or even the favorites if they meet in the ALCS?

            • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

              That’s not what I said at all. You said that the Orioles are the cure-all for a slump, and I pointed out that they are not a guaranteed win for the other team by referencing the game last night. There’s no denying that they suck, but they are not incapable of beating the Red Sox, or the Yankees for that matter.

              • Jimmy McNulty says:

                A.) That’s not the point, not everything someone says is to be taken literally. The Os suck and are going to blow this shit. Everyone who reads that, well I would hope everyone, that reads that would assume that it’s a predictive statement with a touch of hyperbole. I don’t think anyone read my statement and thought “gee, I can turn off the game because the Red Sox already won it.” Most people read it, and agreed: Yes the Os suck and probably won’t pull it out against a good team and a good pitcher that’s fighting for playoff life, or something similar.

                B.) The likelihood of them winning a game against the Red Sox can’t be much higher than 35%. Yes, it’s possible for them to win a game against Boston, but it’s highly unlikely. When good teams with good pitchers face the Os they typically win.

                • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

                  You missed the point. The original comment says that Baltimore cures all slumps, and all I pointed out was that amazingly, they didn’t end Boston’s slump. The way the Red Sox are playing now, they are on par with the Orioles, regardless of the season record. They probably would have won the first 3 games with anyone but Brian Matusz starting last night.

                  • Jimmy McNulty says:

                    Agreed about Matusz, though re-read part A. Lets put the shoe on the other foot. If the Yankees win tonight and I say that they’re unstoppable will you point out that they lost sixty some games and have a losing record to the Red Sox during the regular season? Hell no, you’d know what I meant, you’d realize there’s a bit of license in that statement much like there’s license in the “Baltimore cures all slumps” comment. The Red Sox are going through a rough September but they still have a roster loaded with talent, if they have Lester or Beckett on the mound I like their chances. ESPECIALLY against Baltimore.

                    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

                      obviously I know that the Orioles suck, but the Red Sox suck now too, so there’s something there. They are playing like crap tonight, but they DID take 2 of the first 3…

              • Jimmy McNulty says:

                See Os already surrendered a lead. Lets hope the Beckett or the Bullpen blows it, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

  29. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Did Kay just call Kelly Shoppach a “light hitting shortstop”?

  30. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Sigh…I want CC to get 20 wins but I also want TB to win the WC spot. A true conundrum.

  31. Bob Stone says:

    Has anyone heard an update on a possible start time? The weather radar map doesn’t look too bad.

  32. Urban says:

    Thoughts on the Rookie of the Year? Nova’s been great, but to me it’s either Hellickson or Hosmer, and I’d vote for Hosmer.

  33. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Man, that liberal outside corner is going to get really annoying really fast.

  34. Urban says:

    One inning. Gossage at his peak.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      I’d go with Pedro Martinez in his prime, but bringing a starter into the 9th would make the Mike Francessa types heads’ explode.

  35. Karl Krawfid says:

    Is that the guy that caught Jeter’s ball? His dad?

  36. Greg says:

    Give me Rollie. If he was healthy in ’82 the Brewers would have won that WS

    • Bob Stone says:

      I liked them both and saw both of them play. I’d take Goose over Rollie if for nothing other than the imtimidation factor. Goose was scary looking with the stuff to back it up.

  37. Cy Pettitte says:

    ew Robbie wtf?

  38. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I guess Robbie got distracted by the bat?

  39. Greg says:

    You wonder if the bat had wnything to do with that.

  40. Dela G says:

    Lol Robbie

  41. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol those Lopezs are ball magnets

  42. Hummingbird S. says:

    CC still doesnt look right

  43. Greg says:

    Why is CC struggling? Isnt he back on the normal rest schedule?

  44. Urban says:

    So if an infielder, like Cano, misreads a ball hit right at him, but never touches it with the glove, he’s given an error. If an outfielder misreads a ball hit right at him and it never touches his glove, they give the hitter a hit.

    Logic and consistency problem here.

  45. Karl Krawfid says:

    Man CC doesn’t have a good slider anymore.

    No fastball command.

    This sucks.

    • Urban says:

      Not concerned. He looked excellent in the first and this inning was created by Cano’s error and then a dink hit.

      If he pitches like this the rest of the game he’ll be fine.

    • your mom says:

      Yes, he’s been laboring lately but he still has a sub 3.00 ERA and 19 wins. Let’s pray he stays healthy for the playoffs. If he goes down we’re fucked.

  46. Jerome S. says:

    CC is one of the more unlucky pitchers in baseball.

  47. Sarah says:

    Nice job CC.

  48. Sheepmeister says:

    Can someone please explain the media love affair with Verlander for MVP. Yes, he dominates, but 1/3 of his starts are against teams with a record above .500. So he can beat up on his crappy division and the AL west. His team also has a 12.5 game lead so if he becomes a .500 pitcher (and you give all his losses to the 2nd place team), they are still ahead by .5 a game (this is even assuming his wins are worth counting as a real stat). How does that make him valuable if he could be replaced that easily and the team is still leading the division.


  49. Cy Pettitte says:

    oh sh*t. that makes up for the error.

  50. Dela G says:

    Ribbie cano!

  51. your mom says:

    Cano is good

  52. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Well that’ll make up for the error just fine.

  53. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Don’t ya know bitches.

  54. Karl Krawfid says:

    No Swish.

    Pitches to hit.

  55. Bartolo's Colon says:

    that looked easy

    how big is hellickson, suzyn said she was the same size as him today, i find that hard to believe

  56. Widget says:

    Cano is the MVP of my heart.

  57. BK2ATL says:

    This Cano kid. Strong arm, lazy at times, but I heard he can hit a little.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      He has a sweet swing, but he like’s to dog it in the field every so often…it’ll prevent him from ever living up to his true potential.

      /end sarcasm

  58. Jerome S. says:

    That was very rookie.

  59. nedro says:

    Jesus, that was ugly.

  60. Greg says:

    He’s had bad at bats lately. Granted he’s a rookie.

  61. your mom says:

    Jesus. That was horrible.

  62. Karl Krawfid says:

    Shut the hell up Michael Kay.

  63. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    The way Kay talks about the Rays offense, you have to wonder if he remembers ANY of the Rays/Sox series…

  64. Mike Axisa says:

    Kay talks about the Rays offense like they’re the Giants or something.

    • Sarah says:

      Heh. That’s funny.

      Someone on ESPN said “The Giants are having a nice season.” Compared to the Astros or the Cubs, I guess they are.

  65. Karl Krawfid says:

    Jesus needs to play everyday.

    Sitting him for Posada and A-Rod is dumb.

    Hard to make adjustments on the bench.

    Giving half days off to A-Rod is dumb. If you want to rest him, rest him a whole day.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      I’d usually agree, but he(Arod) needs to get his swing right before the playoffs. He’s a much more important bat than Montero. Jesus is just unknown potential. We know Alex’s potential when he’s fully healthy and his swing is right.

    • Urban says:

      Montero will be fine. This is part of his learning process that’s going to continue into next season. He had a tendency in the minots to get a little pull happy, which is odd considering how well he can hit to the opposite field, yet that’s also why he’d have cold streaks.

      He will be forced to adapt because MLB pitchers make way less mistakes than AAA pitchers and they will keep going in hard and soft off the plate until he adapts.

  66. Dela G says:

    Hellickson is damn good. Super ridiculous.

  67. Pants Lendel-stros. says:

    So we’re not gonna talk about Montero’s worst at bat in the Major’s to this point?

    He sure as hell must not see the ball good coming out of Helickson’s hand.

  68. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i love bartolo

  69. Greg says:

    Sabathia evens the pitch count a bit.

  70. Mike Axisa says:

    And just like that, the pitch count is no longer a problem.

  71. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    That six pitch inning should put a rest to some of the hand wringing about CC’s pitch count.

  72. Karl Krawfid says:

    Joe Madden might as well go to the bullpen.

    No more runs for Hellickson according to Michael Kay.

  73. Sarah says:

    1-2-3 inning for CC. I dunno guys, I think he might be a keeper.

  74. Cy Pettitte says:

    every thing Bartolo does is entertaining. he needs his own reality show already.

    YES Afternoon Block:
    4pm: Coney and Leiter Variety Hour
    5pm: Bartolo’s Clubhouse
    6pm: CC’s Cooking with the Captain (Crunch)

    do it.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      I would never need to watch another channel again. I just request that you switch Bartolo and Coney/Leiter cause I think I’d enjoy that more and I don’t get out of work until 4.

  75. Stratman9652 says:

    Radio show mention. Drink!

  76. Chen Meng Wang says:

    So, I spent the rain delay(and first two innnings) playing a game in MLB The Show. The games are usually quick cause I’m not that good on offense but I’m awesome at pitching, so games usually take 1/2hr and end 2-1 or 3-2…I destroyed the Blue Jays to the tune of 14runs, and am cruising along..I took my starter, Hammels(good trade on my part) out and put AJ in for some garbage time with one out in the 7th. He allowed 5 runs in a third of an inning, even in video games he’s awful.

  77. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Only Michael Kay would be so interested in Jim Leyland’s underwear…

    • Urban says:

      Unfortunately, he brought it up, so now the image of a 70-year-old man in a hot, sweaty environment not changing his underwear for two weeks has been introduced. Thanks, Michael.

  78. JT says:

    That’s disgusting of Leyland. That means he would have had to worn that same underwear for at least 3 days prior to even thinking of continuing it for the streak.

  79. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I love how Eli Manning overthrows the Toyota salesman by like 5 feet in that commercial despite being right across the room from him.

    It really captures the experience of watching Eli pretty well.

  80. Greg says:

    His location’s off again

  81. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    That Just for Men commercial is one of the best things to ever happen to TV

  82. Mike Axisa says:

    Grandy shoulda held up at first so he could steal. Not going to make 30-30 this year.

  83. mbonzo says:


  84. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:


  85. Jetrer says:

    and Reynolds ties the game

  86. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    How about a Tex message?

  87. Sarah says:

    The O’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tie game!

  88. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Mark Reynolds wants the Yankees to win the AL East today

  89. Greg says:

    I wonder if they walk Cano to load the bases.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      This seems like a stupid move.

      I know you don’t want Cano to beat you, but you just moved a runner into scoring position for free!

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      They do, and I don’t like the move if I’m a Rays fan. It just went from one in scoring position to two…

  90. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Cone was disrespecting Flanny by talking to the media an hour before his start.

  91. Jetrer says:

    wow, intentional walk with runner on first and no outs

  92. mbonzo says:

    This… is… stupid

  93. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Joe Maddon is batshit insane

  94. Sarah says:

    The IBB for Cano. Time for Baby Jesus to show us his skillz.

  95. BK2ATL says:

    Jesus needs to come through here. It’s GP now.

  96. Mike Axisa says:

    Maddon’s trying to out-Girardi Girardi.

  97. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Jesus!!! NO!!!

  98. Greg says:

    Still got the run in.

  99. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Just because Montero got doubled up doesn’t make walking Cano a smart move in my opinion. The risk is still way too high there.

  100. flamingo says:

    Gameday: In play, run(s)


    …oh, double play? UGH.

  101. Sheepmeister says:

    So do they split manager of the year into AL/NL or is it all of MLB and for either, who gets it.

  102. Karl Krawfid says:

    Walks guy on 4 pitches.

    Martin swings at the first pitch.

  103. Dude says:

    espn just called montero the 24 year old rookie

  104. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    How did that light hitting shortstop beat Sabathia?

  105. Cy Pettitte says:

    Shoppach? he of the .170 BA?

    he seems to own CC

  106. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    WHY does Kelly Shoppach own CC??

  107. BK2ATL says:

    Are you serious, CC???? Kelly .188 Shoppach????

    C’mon ace.

  108. Bartolo's Colon says:

    is it just me or is shppach a yankee killer or at least a cc killer. remember he broke up cc’s perfect game last year?

  109. Karl Krawfid says:

    way to give him a fastball CC.

    Seems like every time he faces shoppach he gives him a fastball on a tee.

  110. MikeD says:

    Calm down, Michael. CC’s given up one run in five innings, although I do understand you think Tampa has a AA lineup.

  111. Monteroisdinero says:

    Nunez looking good at SS. CC does not give up another run.

  112. Karl Krawfid says:

    Robert Bambino

    make it happen

  113. Jon L. says:

    Yanks are playing pretty well against the Rays, which is one thing the Sox can’t say.

  114. Jetrer says:

    is that true what Kay said about who gets the win? I thought the pitcher in the game when the Yankees took the lead automatically gets the win.

  115. Grit for Brains says:

    Jayson Stark in his case for Verlander as MVP:

    He has stopped 16 losing streaks. Yeah, 16. He’s 16-3 after a Tigers loss, and that’s just about unheard of on a team this good. Who is the last pitcher to stop 16 losing streaks on a first-place team? The Elias Sports Bureau reports that it’s Sandy Koufax, who went 16-4 after a loss for the 1966 Dodgers.

    A team “this” good? Yea they are in first, they are also the only team above .500 in the division they play in and have a +52 run differential; such a juggernaut…ESPN Columnists getting paid overtime to crank out opposition to Granderson as MVP.

  116. mbonzo says:

    Thats the Beckett I like to see leave a game.

  117. Greg says:

    Runners on 2nd and 3rd for O’s Aceves in

  118. Sarah says:

    ESPN throwing Gardy some love.

  119. flamingo says:

    Nice AB from Brett.

  120. Mike Axisa says:

    Gardner needs to steal here, and not on the fifth or sixth pitch of the at-bat.

  121. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Vlad with a 2 run single!!!! 6-4 Os!!!

  122. Greg says:

    Vlad 2 run single O’s up 6-4

  123. Jesus Freak says:


  124. Sarah says:

    6-4 O’s!

  125. Chen Meng Wang says:


  126. Jesse says:


    6-4 O’s

  127. flamingo says:


  128. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Get the Champagne on ice boys!!! Celebrating tonight!

  129. mbonzo says:

    Just got this copy of ESPN magazine. Looks like I’ll be canceling my subscription, I didn’t subscribe to Red Sox magazine.

  130. Jesse says:

    Holy shit, if the Angels win the Wild Card….

  131. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Please Orioles, I know you have a FAILpen but please record six outs before giving up two runs..

  132. Karl Krawfid says:

    Shields and CC are pitching a similar games.

  133. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Think about this. If the Orioles had started anyone other than Matusz last night, they would be in positon to SWEEP the Red Sox!!

    • Sarah says:

      It is curious that the O’s have left Jo Jo Reyes in the pen when he can start and probably should, especially given Matusz.

  134. Jesus Freak says:

    Buck Showalter for Manager of the Year!

  135. Tom Zig says:


  136. Greg says:

    O’s through the 8th. One inning to go.

  137. Montero's Mojo says:

    I know this’ll probably invoke a lot of slack, but Mark Teixera reminds me a lot of Mark Reynolds. Perhaps not as many strikeouts but the same basic means of production.

  138. Jesse says:

    Well, Zobrist may have a beef on that last strikeout:

  139. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    just for shits and giggles…

  140. Sarah says:

    Jesus can haz a hit now, plz?

  141. Monteroisdinero says:

    Nova 12-3 last year at AAA and 16-4 now.


    Me gusta.

  142. Tom Zig says:

    Need 2 more innings outta CC.

  143. Jesse says:

    I actually called that from home, no joke.

  144. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Well, fuck.

  145. Chen Meng Wang says:

    :( well…that…wasn’t fun…

  146. mbonzo says:

    Huh? I hate Sean Rodriguez.

  147. Rey22 says:

    So the Yankees are doing everything humanly possible to get the Sox into the playoffs and the Sox are doing everything possible to stay out of them. This is hilarious. Can’t believe they’re losing….again.

  148. teddy says:

    7 hr cc giving against tb this year, but this game on montero

  149. Greg says:

    I think Teddy’s right. The goat so far is Jesus Montero.

  150. Montero's Mojo says:

    So, the Ray’s mediocre lineup is getting to CC whereas the Yanks can hardly mount any type of offense against a rookie, albeit a good one . . . Still not convinced this lineup is capable of carrying ANY brand of pitching in the playoffs. The Sox, on the other hand, have still shown that they can murder a hurler at any given moment.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      You’re funny.

      • mbonzo says:

        He’s a troll.

        • Montero's Mojo says:

          Dude, STFU. How old are you that you’re honestly accusing people of being “trolls”? Get a life.

          • mbonzo says:

            As if I’m the first one to accuse you. Someone says it in every thread, and you pretty much admitted it here.

            • Montero's Mojo says:

              It’s a fu**ing game thread. Get over it. Stop wasting your time. You just searched through multiple threads looking for a statement I said that admitted absolutely nothing. What is it with you type of fans? I’ll never understand it. Just let it be. I said something, you don’t agree with it, therefore I’m a troll. I’m a troll? As in I’m a Red Sox fan or only here to rile people up? Where in my comments am I igniting some sort of conflict with another user? Where am I starting bullshit with others? It’s these sort of asinine remarks that push others away from this site. I made an observation, I declared my opinion and suddenly I’m a troll. Lovin’ the line of logic that zips through some of your heads at times. And, seriously, a troll . . . Is this the World of Warcraft or Call of Duty? C’mon. Leave this aggressive, trivial, ridiculous bologne for the video games. Thank you.

              • Chen Meng Wang says:

                It’s that your observations are usually broad and unjust, and that they usually go against all forms of data, and when presented with said data you shit on it and say that it’s not relevant.

                • Montero's Mojo says:

                  Never. Never have I shit on anything as irrelevant. Sorry. Also, I’m not sure if your name is intended to be eponymous, and since it’s always bothered me, it’s Chien-Ming Wang. And nothing I say is “unjust”, seeing as how most of it is coming from MY mouth, which incidentally constitutes such statements as opinion.

                  • Chen Meng Wang says:

                    I’m not gonna dig though old threads because I’m just to lazy to, but during yesterday’s game you were upset that the Yankees weren’t scoring more runs with the bases loaded. You said something along the lines of them being terrible with the bases loaded, somebody brought the stats up that they had one of the best triple slash lines in the league. I believe your response was that you didn’t care what the numbers said.

                    In reference to my handle: I spelled it wrong the first time, and kept it incorrect out of laziness.

              • MikeD says:

                You’re a spectacular idiot who knows knowing about baseball.

                Please become a Mets or Red Sox fan.

            • Chen Meng Wang says:

              Huh, if you never linked that I never would have realized I have compared Montero’s Mojo to some type of animal feces level of insanity.

              but seriously Mr. Mojo chill out with all of your line up hate.

      • Montero's Mojo says:

        That’s offensive. I’d prefer you alter your terminology and use “bananas” instead.

    • Jetrer says:

      Hellickson>>>>>>>>>any Orioles pitcher

    • Pasqua says:

      There is so much inaccuracy in that comment, it’s too exhausting to even think about dissecting it.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      I’m with mike, there is squirrel poo less nutty than you. Hellickson>>>every Orioles Pitcher.

  151. Mike Axisa says:

    I have to admit, I like the idea of a division winning walk-off win.

  152. Widget says:

    I don’t care about what goes on with the wild card. I want the Yankees to clinch the division tonight so they can start getting people rest and prepare a run at the title.

  153. teddy says:

    i like to delete that stupid comment

  154. Greg says:

    And the O’s are bringing out Jim Johnson for the 9th.

  155. Jesse says:

    The final home game for the Red Sox this season is coming to a bitter end for the Fenway Faithful!!

  156. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Betances please.

  157. Jetrer says:

    lmfao Sux

  158. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    SOX LOSE!!!

  159. Greg says:

    Now its up to us

  160. Rey22 says:

    I love the Orioles right now.

  161. Sarah says:

    6-4 O’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  162. boogie down says:

    Love the crowd’s reaction.

  163. Cy Pettitte says:


    sox lose lol

  164. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    That chant is music to my ears

  165. Jesse says:

    Hahahaha the Red Sox are getting booed off their home field for their final home game of the season! Keep playing that funeral music at the dump!

  166. Sarah says:

    We win tonight, and then tomorrow we let Tampa win.

    • Jesse says:

      Yeah. Either way it’ll work so Tampa gains at least something. Then the Yankees sweep Boston and hopefully Tampa sweeps whoever they’re playing during the weekend to take the lead.

      • Sarah says:

        The Blue Jays.

      • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

        Sweeping the Red Sox to knock them out of the race would be the 2nd best thing that could possibly happen this year.

        • Jesse says:

          Could be.
          But to me, it’s the third best thing…

          The BEST thing that could happen:

          Yankees play the Red Sox in the ALCS, fall behind 0-3 and comeback to win it with epic meltdowns by the Boston bullpen in games 4, 5, and 6, with game 7 being a beat down of epic proportions. Say 25-0 with the Yankees hitting four Grand Slams. Then the Yankees win the World Series.

          Second best thing: Yankees win the World Series, and say have a postseason run like 2009. Ei sweep the first round and win in 6 games each in the ALCS and WS

          Third best thing: Red Sox choke their guaranteed lead and miss the playoffs like you mentioned earlier.

          Just my opinion though.

      • Brooklyn Ed says:

        Rays are playing the Jays next.

  167. James A says:

    as much as i want cc to get his 20th, a walkoff to win the division would be cool. or i wouldnt mind losing today and tomorrow and beating up on lester on friday night to clinch

  168. Pasqua says:

    Yanks wanted to get through that inning quickly so that they could quietly contemplate the ramifications of the Red Sox loss while playing defense.

  169. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Sox don’t wanna disrespect Flanny.

  170. Jimmy McNulty says:

    I was wrong Freddy, Boston was capable of blowing complete ass even against Baltimore.

  171. DERP says:

    Do we now love the Orioles?

  172. Mike Axisa says:

    Ugh, why is CC still in? Save those bullets for next Friday.

  173. Tom Zig says:

    Shoppach should have struck out already according to gameday

  174. Pasqua says:

    Wait. Let me guess:

    Brackman to come in and walk the bases loaded, so that Robertson can then come in and strikeout the side without allowing a run.

    It’s a master stroke of managing!

  175. Jetrer says:

    so does this mean CC isn’t pitching Sunday??

  176. Cy Pettitte says:

    what’s the point of pushing CC here?

  177. UncleArgyle says:

    Jeez Boston. Who died and made you the Mets?

  178. Sarah says:

    CC needs a ground ball for a double play, now plz thx.

  179. Cy Pettitte says:

    Javy tonight: 7IP 2H 0ER 1BB 6SO

    wtf is going on with him being good again? can he really just simply not pitch in NY?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      He was absolutely awful through the first half. He’s going through his good period, it just happened to be at the end of the season.

  180. Jetrer says:

    take him out please

  181. teddy says:

    you can’t lett cc face longoria

  182. Rey22 says:

    Why is CC still out there? He’s at 120, get him out. Doesn’t he need to start on short rest next start to line up for Game 1?

  183. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Note to Joe: We have the rest of the season to win one game, or The Sox(who are falling apart) lose one more..There is no reason to push CC much further here.

  184. Elan says:

    Apparently, Michael Kay doesn’t realize that this is the SECOND Yankees-Rays game today, because he keeps saying that the Rays will move to 1 behind the Red Sox with a win, and stay at 2 behind the Red Sox with a loss (the Rays are actually looking at 1.5 games back or 2.5 games back).

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      I think it’s actually 1 and 2 cause they where 1 back before loosing this afternoon, putting them at 1.5 back, so if they win they move back within 1 if they lose they fall back to 2

      • Elan says:

        No, the Rays were 2 games behind the Red Sox before the first game today. A loss in the first game put it at 2.5, the Red Sox’s loss against the O’s put it back at 2, and then a loss in Game 2 would put it back to 2.5 games behind the Red Sox. Check ESPN or for updated standings.

  185. TomH says:

    He probably wants to give him a shot at his #20.

  186. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Time to get CC out of the game.

  187. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Is Girardi high right now?

    • Greg says:

      He wanted to give CC the best chance to get 20 wins.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Which is completely trivial. Girardi in the past would have gladly took the loss if it meant everyone got rested, why stop that now?

        Seriously do Yankee fans care about 20 wins? He got 19 in 2009 and no one complained.

        • JT says:

          Yeah, cause Girardi left CC in so he could get 20 wins to make the fans happy…

          • JobaWockeeZ says:

            Seriously do Yankee fans care about 20 wins? He got 19 in 2009 and no one complained.

            DOES NOT EQUAL

            Girardi left CC in so he could get 20 wins to make the fans happy.

            I mean really dude?

  188. Sarah says:

    DRob time…

  189. Rey22 says:

    Finally. I approve.

  190. flamingo says:

    All right, the bases are loaded for D-Rob! Let’s take out CC.

  191. Jetrer says:

    that was strike 3, fwiw

  192. Tyrion Lannister says:

    They can’t pitch CC on Sunday now. He will pitch Monday and then Game 1 on 3 days rest. They won’t give him 8 days off. Joe almost blew him out to win a meaningless regular season game.

  193. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    CC can’t get 20 wins?…BUST!!!

  194. Rich in NJ says:


  195. Jetrer says:

    Harry motherfucking Houdini

  196. Greg says:

    The master does it again!

  197. Mike Axisa says:

    Robertson didn’t have time for strikeouts tonight, I see.

  198. flamingo says:


  199. Cy Pettitte says:

    I would trust DRob with my life right now, let alone a game.

    my hero.

  200. Sarah says:

    1 pitch, 2 outs – DRob can still close it out.

    Score some runs please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  201. teddy says:

    runs please

  202. jon says:

    hes like a wizard

  203. Chen Meng Wang says:

    He is really a distant relative to the Houdini family…it’s the only thing that makes sense.

  204. Jesse says:

    David Robertson, best reliever (not closer) in the game? Best reliever (non closer) in the game.

  205. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I’d put DRob on that Toyota Text Poll

  206. your mom says:

    Red Sux Nation must love DRob right now.

  207. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    How many pitches did Hellickson throw tonight?

    He was on cruise control, I’m surprised that Maddon didn’t give him the 8th with the season on the line.

  208. teddy says:

    why jeremy not still in

  209. Jesse says:

    That’d be neat if the Yankees hit a walkoff off Matt Moore. Say a Jesus walkoff dinger?

  210. Sarah says:

    Let’s seal this up now, Swish.

  211. Jetrer says:

    lol, DRob can’t handle more than one pitch today??

  212. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Why let Dickerson hit for himself but pinch hit for Gardner?

    I’m confused.

  213. Greg says:

    Now this I dont like. Robertson threw only one pitch. I would leave him in the ninth.

  214. King George says:

    Wouldn’t it be fitting to have a late inning/game winning hit to seal the East? Pie time? The options are intriguing!

  215. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Hells yea Swish.

  216. flamingo says:


  217. Sarah says:

    Where is Monteroisdinero? Golson is in!

  218. Monteroisdinero says:

    Golson for the win!

  219. Sarah says:

    Time for a Tex message. We’re overdue, right?

  220. Tom Zig says:

    Come on Tex. Now would be a good time to break out of your season wide slump.

  221. Greg says:

    And the evil Joe Maddon resurfaces switching Mark to his bad side.

  222. James A says:

    Tex pop up, scoreless 9th from Soriano, walkoff bomb by Jesus, who will once again be loose, Yankees go bananas, clinch the division, lose tomorrow (hopefully), sweep boston, get swept by tampa. done deal

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      Every word of this…except the more I think about it I can’t get behind loosing on purpose…it goes against everything I’ve ever believed in.

      • Sarah says:

        Maybe not “on purpose,” but “rolls out the Triple A lineup to give the regulars the day off after a double header,” and then that lineup happens to lose. Because sometimes you gotta rest the regulars.

  223. Sarah says:

    Damn, they had to go to a righty.

  224. JohnnyC says:

    With Maddon putting on the shift, Tex should really try to hit to the left side.

  225. Rich in NJ says:

    Go with the pitch.

  226. Monteroisdinero says:

    Cruz about 120 lbs.

  227. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I’m sure Joe Maddon called for that

  228. Greg says:

    Well that didnt work.

  229. Sarah says:

    Time for Cano.

    Does Maddon know Cano can hit lefties too?

  230. Rey22 says:

    Robbie’s ready to be the hero….again!

  231. Jesse says:

    Yes! Bring in the lefty to face Cano…..AGAIN!


  232. mbonzo says:

    If you’re gonna walk Cano at the beginning of the game, why not here?

  233. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    So essentially, Maddon brought in a LOOGY to IBB Cano…

  234. Stratman9652 says:

    Did he really just bring in a guy to intentionally walk Cano? Wow.

  235. Tom Zig says:

    Tony La Russa is managing the Rays?

  236. Kevin says:

    We might just be watching the longest scoreless half inning of all time.

  237. Sarah says:

    Jesus should probably get used to this scenario. I sense it’s about to be a recurring experience.

  238. TomH says:

    Time to see the color of Jesus’s money.

  239. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Time for Jorge to juice one

  240. Andy says:


  241. boogie down says:

    Jorgie juices one.

  242. Montero's Mojo says:

    Regardless of the outcome, dumbest move of recent memory. Jorge? Good golly.

  243. Jetrer says:

    Posada? Really?

  244. Jesse says:

    Boy, wouldn’t this be something…
    You know what I’m thinking…

  245. mbonzo says:

    Are you kidding, Posada for Montero? Even if this works, /facepalm.

  246. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Montero must have slept with Girardi’s wife.

  247. JT says:

    Wasn’t expecting much from Montero, and now Posada.

  248. Hummingbird S. says:

    Unfortunately, I have no faith in Posada here

  249. Cy Pettitte says:


  250. Rey22 says:

    Division title, here we come!

  251. Sarah says:

    Even a little juice is ok by me.

  252. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:


  253. Chen Meng Wang says:

    JORGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for him :) :) :) :D

  254. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Hip Hip!!

  255. CBean says:

    Oh man if we can keep this lead, it would be great knowing Jorgie brought us the division.

  256. Tom Zig says:


  257. Dela G says:

    Hip hip!

  258. Rich in NJ says:

    It was a big hit, but I think Kay is really overdramatizing it. Not that I should be surprised.

  259. TomH says:

    Am I ever glad I didn’t post what I was going to post about Jorge!

  260. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Well that was pretty awesome

  261. Eirias says:

    Yes! Dammit… Yes!

    The dichotomy is killing me.

  262. flamingo says:


  263. Chris says:

    Jorge!!!!!! What a way to end your Yankee career.

  264. NHYankeesFan says:

    Even though Jorge came through there, should they really be pinch hitting for Jesus if they want him to be the DH in the playoffs and the future DH/C/1B of the yankees?

  265. mbonzo says:

    Joe Girardi is smarter than me.

  266. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    Montero would have hit a grand slam.


  267. BK2ATL says:

    Posada does it. Hahahaha!!!

    Oh well, that’s on Tampa. THEY needed the win. We want the AL East.

    I love watching Boston grovel for Yankees’ mercy.

  268. Tom Zig says:

    Soriano to close it out? Yikes.

  269. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Haha now Soriano is gonna close out the Rays.

  270. Widget says:


    I also really despise Karl Ravech. Acting surprised that the boston fans booed the red sox tonight. Really Karl? They booed Schilling in freaking 2005 when he sucked coming out of the bullpen.

  271. Sarah says:

    Why is DRob not pitching?!

    • Jetrer says:

      actually, with the incredibly long last half inning, probably not a bad idea to take him out
      if not for that though, kinda ridiculous to take him out after 1 pitch

  272. Jesse says:

    Soriano for the save. Interesting.

  273. Chris says:

    now here we go with soriano…eshh… lightning in a bottle twice???

  274. JobaWockeeZ says:

    And yeah Kay I wouldn’t be surprised if this AB gives Jorge Montero’s spot.

  275. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    I wonder if the celebration on the bench was more for Posada, or the Yankees coming closer to clinching the division.

    …my money’s on the latter.

  276. mbonzo says:

    Michael Kay trying to make this as dramatic as possible, makes me want to just mute him.

  277. mustang says:

    I’m so happy that Girardi managing and not the people here. Take nothing away from Montero, but the way he looked this game IT WAS THE RIGHT MOVE!!!!!!!

  278. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Kay dropped a yooge.

  279. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Stadium is packed.

  280. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Jorge’s the sentimental choice for player of the game…but I really think it should be Robertson.

  281. Chen Meng Wang says:

    one more out…. :D what makes this even sweeter is because we are in the same division as the team that “is going to unseat the 27 yankees as the best team ever.”

  282. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Heh didn’t they celebrate last year when they clinched the wildcard spot?

    • Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

      yea, i believe they did. “Goal is to win the Division…but if we can’t, then the goal is to win the WC.”

    • Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

      yea, i believe they did. “Goal is to win the Division…but if we can’t, then the goal is to win the WC.”

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

    anyone else having YES issues with Optimum? frickin’ annoying.

    • mbonzo says:

      I’ll summarize it for you, Jorge Posada is back from the dead, one of the greatest Yankees comes back and gets the hit to clinch the AL East, this is as dramatic as 3,000 hits or 602 saves, one of the greatest moments of the year, from a 40 year old guy… blah blah blah

      • Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

        I think he should get at least 5 MVP votes, just ’cause of that hit,and that he should bat cleanup in the playoffs, and start game 1. on the mound.

  284. Dela G says:

    Cmon soriano!

  285. Karl Krawfid says:

    Getting ready to laugh if he blows this.

  286. Greg says:

    Come on Sori

  287. Chen Meng Wang says:

    The 2011 AL East Champions. Ladies and Gentleman, Your New York Yankees.

  288. Chop It Up says:


  289. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Uh, so, I guess you could say CC was 1 Pitch away from his 20th win when Joe pulled him…probably thought it would give Yankees more negotiating leverage after CC opts out.

  290. Dela G says:

    Woo division champs! Yankees win!

  291. flamingo says:


  292. Jesse says:


    /all caps’d

  293. Rich in NJ says:

    I hope the playoffs end this way too.

  294. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Now I guess there’s only one thing left to do.

    Win the whole fucking thing.

  295. Tom Zig says:


  296. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Man, are we going to roll one hilarious looking lineup tomorrow.

    I’m completely okay with this.

  297. jon says:

    wow those are some ugly hats

  298. mbonzo says:

    2011 AL East Champions- The Boston Red Sox New York Yankees

  299. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Hahaha Jorge didn’t even know what inning it was!

  300. SevenAces says:

    I’m saving a bottle of bubbly for when the Red Sox get eliminated from post season.

  301. BK2ATL says:

    Finally we’ll get to see the Scanton Yankees in MLB. Let them all play, except vs. Boston.

  302. Chen Meng Wang says:

    One more time:

    (Deep Breath)

    • SevenAces says:

      I’m going to print that out and frame that crap up, hang it up somewhere so whenever I walk by it makes my day extra sweet.

    • Sarah says:

      I’ve read it twice now. It’s so hilarous.

      “Lester is a Cy Young winner waiting to happen. Beckett will notch more than six victories. Lackey should be better equipped to avoid the one-bad-inning syndrome. Buchholz has become a force. And Dice-K might be the best No. 5 starter ever. The Japanese right-hander is the only pitcher in the rotation who’s never been an All-Star, but this could be the year he ends that streak.”

      “Every day should feel like Christmas for Curt Young, the new Red Sox pitching coach.”

      And finally, the icing on the cake…

      “The Red Sox were slated to win about 95 games last year. They won 89 despite injuries to Pedroia (a former MVP) and Youkilis (a possible future MVP). Add them back, along with the new players and a healthy Ellsbury, and 100 wins doesn’t just appear plausible. It seems downright inevitable.”

      Inevitable. Except for the part where the game is played in person and not on paper.

    • BK2ATL says:

      This needs to be posted on every blog known to us. So fucking hilarious how sure he was.

      I just hope we now find a way to maintain HFA, rest our main guys, lose tomorrow’s game, sweep Boston, and have CC ready for Game 1. Tampa’s gotta keep fighting too. The Angels would be tougher.

      Selfish wish part 2: Betances, Brackman, Kontos, Warren, etc get some work.

  303. Esteban says:

    I know there’s still something to complain about.

  304. Jesse says:

    Should I watch the YES postgame, or MLB Network and watch Harold Reynolds admit he was a dumbass?

  305. BK2ATL says:

    Check this out from ESPN.

    “Most Division Titles in Wild Card Era (since 1995): Yankees: 12, Braves: 11, Cardinals & Indians: 7.”

    What team do you think has benefited most from the wild card era?

  306. Esteban says:

    This season’s gotta be destiny. Key three all with big moments. Jeter 3000, Mo 602, Jorge GW hit to clinch the division.

  307. montero is done says:

    looks like no montero for the playoffs. dumb fucking kid.

  308. 28 this year says:

    I still think the grit of Red Sox give them a chance at their division. The blue collar American never gives up!

  309. Stratman9652 says:

    Wow, almost forgot about losing Joba.

  310. Karl Krawfid says:

    Javier Vazquez went to Colon’s doctor.

    He’s hitting 93 again.


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