Game 157: No mercy (UPDATE: Rained out)

Derek Jeter on The Rosie O'Donnell Show, circa 1999
Pitching plans after the rain out
(Photo Credit: Flickr user notladj via Creative Commons license)

Already clinched the division? Big deal. Joe Girardi is running his A+ lineup out there tonight, showing no mercy against a team he has every reason to want out of the postseason. Unfortunately Mother Nature is much more kind, as the rain could force the Yankees skipper to change his lineup plans. Here’s the starting nine, which is subject to change…

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

Freddy Garcia, SP

It’s raining in New York, and has been all day. Supposed to rain all night too, though word out of the Bronx is that they’re going to try to play. So settle in for a long night, this might be another late one. Whenever the game does start, you can watch on YES locally or MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Update: The game has been postponed, and they’re going to play a doubleheader on Sunday. So yeah, go ahead and use this as your open thread for the night. Talk about whatever you like.

Derek Jeter on The Rosie O'Donnell Show, circa 1999
Pitching plans after the rain out
  • dkidd

    that line-up makes me so happy

  • Greg

    Just found this out. Baseball Reference has officially nicknamed David Robertson “Houdini”

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/roberda08.shtml

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Awesome. I’m surprised that on Hideki Irabu’s (RIP) BR page that his nickname isn’t “Fat pussy toad”, or at least “Fat toad” since there’s probably kids who go on there….

    • Urban

      I noticed some time this season that they added “IPK” for Ian Patrick Kennedy.

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but I never saw IPK used anywhere but on RAB. I never heard Ian Kennedy refer to himself as IPK.

      Was this an RAB creation that eventually caught on with the general media?

  • Jesus Freak

    P Gammons (Theo’s mouthpiece) went Dan Patrick’s show and said Tito’s future is on the line in these last 6 games.

    Poor Tito. He’s the scapegoat for Theo backing up the Brinks truck to DiceK, JD Drew, Lackey, Jenks, and Crawford.

    • Sweet Dick Willie
      • CP

        Of course he denied it.

        • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

          Buster Olney said “all bets are off” if Red Sox choke this away. Including Theo.

          • Jesus Freak

            Crap. With the Rays losing looks like Tito & Theo will receive a reprieve.

    • Rigoleto

      Julio Lugo, Mike Cameron

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Edgar Renteria, Joel Pineiro.

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

      Firing one man is easier than firing 25.

      But yeah, Terry Francona is a good manager, has been for many years. He’s won two world series with them! Firing him for this would be insane.

      • Pat D

        What did he do with the Phillies again?

        Oh, yea, that’s right, it’s more often that good players make good managers.

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          +1

        • JobaWockeeZ

          I better not see you commending Joe Girardi as one of the best in baseball.

          • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

            How could that thought even thinking someone would believe that enter your brain?

  • J.R.

    That is a truly awesome lineup.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Fuck Boston.

    The 0-6 home record cannot be atoned for, but they can do what every other Red Sox opponent has done this month, and beat their skulls in. If the O’s can, so can the Yankees.

  • Jesus Freak

    It’s Always Sunny in Boston per the hilarious Peter Gammons parody twitter feed.

    http://twitter.com/#!/FakePeteGammons

    • Urban

      I only recently discovered Fake Peter Gammons, and he’s great. What’s funny is he only has about one hundred followers, and I swear half of them are media members, including a number from ESPN, so they must find the parody hits close to home!

  • Bill

    I live in the Bronx. It’s not raining where I’m at.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Sunday doubleheader. nice, that really screws over any hope of BOS lining up the pitchers if they even make the playoffs.

    • Sarah

      Sweet.

  • Greg

    Game is off. DH on Sunday

  • StanfordBen

    Man, that lineup makes me smile. Also, I guess it’s a preview of the postseason lineup vs. lefties, which is pretty sweet.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    So does this thread turn into an Open Thread?

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    I sure hope that the Sunday night game won’t be blacked out, ESPN isn’t even doing a game that day

    • Sarah

      Fingers crossed.

  • Jesus Freak

    Boston was complaining that they didn’t want to start their “Ace” to have him lost to a rain delay after 3 innings.

    Sure. I get it. But would MLB have done that for any other team.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Nope.

    • Stuckey

      Good gracious.

      The Yankees finished 8 games in front of the Red Sox in 2009, who didn’t make it out of the first round, and the Yankees went on to win the series.

      Last year the Yankees finished 6 games in front, the Sox didn’t make the play-offs and the Yanks went to game 6 of the LCS.

      This year the Yankees clinched the division, are going to clinch home field presently and the Sox are fighting for their play-off lives, and this rain out hurts, not helps.

      How many years is it going to take for some of you to realize whatever it is you perceive MLB, the Umpires and the media-at-large is doing to favor the Red Sox, it’s having the opposite effect?

      Whatever the entire world is doing to help the Sox, keep it up, I say!

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

        Media favoring the Red Sox =/= helping them win. It’s a sure thing some institutions have a definite Sox bias. But something more conspiratorial, like MLB or the umpires? I’m not sure anyone is suggesting that, and it would be crazy to do so.

  • Stevesy

    Word from the Rays broadcast is that game is postponed, double-header Sunday. 1:00 and 6:30 starts.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Yep.

  • Cy Pettitte

    David Price looks like a man on a mission

    • Sarah

      A mission to tie the Sox for the WC.

  • Yankeefan91 Arod Fan

    im Confused so what time is this game played on sunday 1 or 6

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Were you going to the game tonight or something? The first game is at 1 and the second is at 6:30 on Sunday. My guess would be that the tickets for tonight’s game are good for the 6:30 game on Sunday, since the 1 O’Clock game was already scheduled.

      • Yankeefan91 Arod Fan

        actually ma sis was i was heading to sundays 1 O’clock game.

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          Ah. Well don’t quote me on it, but that’s my guess on how it’ll work. I’m sure Axisa will have details later on. Stay tuned.

          • Yankeefan91 Arod Fan

            thx

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    So Hughes threw catch today and will probably throw a bullpen session tomorrow according to Girardi. Really hoping this guy can get healthy, pitch well, and start game(s) in the postseason.

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    The Os are in giant killer mode again tonight.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I don’t like the DH so much.

    Sure, it may further screw over the Sox, but I had already planned on a Friday full of baseball. The Rays are still an option, but if the Yankees aren’t playing, I feel like there’s better shit to do.

    Improvisation time!

  • The Lazzeri Scooter

    So, Noesi is going in one of the starts on Sunday right? All, I ask of Joey G. is not to start Burnett in this weekend and push him back to Monday.

    Seriously, a rotation of Chief, SuperNova & UltraNoesi this weekend would go a long way further in keeping most Yankee fans content with our chances of winning, or sweeping, the series. Much more than whatever lineup he posts because anyone not named Lester or Becket should be no problem for the B or C lineup.

    Just keep tonigh’s lineup for Lester tommorrow. Especially look foward to the Andrew Jones at-bats ;-)

  • Tom

    The rainout punishes Boston if the race remains close…. This now means Lester on 3 days rest in the final game (or Weiland/Miller?)

    The double header Sunday also screws Boston in a potential tiebraker game which would mean one of the Sunday starters (Wake/Lackey) on 3 days rest or a guy like Weiland or Miller against probably a damn good pitcher from TB or ANA. (this assumes Lester is going on 3 days rest on the final game of the season if it matters)

  • Kevin

    Well, the Rays are officially dead..David Price managed to give up three runs and it doesn’t look like Tampa will be able to rally back from that.

  • Finster

    Rays are blowing it. Loosing 3-0

  • Tom

    Late game on Sunday will be broadcast on MLBNetwork.

    Not sure what it means for local TV/YES network…. but I imagine it will be televised on one of them.

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

      MLBN doesn’t take away from local TV.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Tampa blew it tonight.

  • Kevin

    Tampa is dead…up to the Angels now.

  • Greg

    Tampa has been done in by the Orioles last week and the Blue Jays right now

    • Urban

      Yankees kind of did them in, too. So what we’re really finding out is the Red Sox are so bad right now that they’re the team that allowed the Rays back into the race. It had little to do with Tampa.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Basically.

        The Rays are 12-9 this month. That’s hardly earth-shattering for a team trying to pull off a historic September comeback.

      • Greg

        Yea I know. But the Rays needed to win a few against the O’s last week while the Red SOx were still losing.

  • Greg

    Thinking about it, David Price has had a dissappoing season by his standards. ERA right now is .6 runs higher and will go higher after this. 22 more runs given up than last year.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Terrible game by Tampa tonight.

    Weak, terrible game against a team they have dominated this season.

    • CP

      I know it’s tempting, but I can assure you that you can’t predict baseball.

      I have been told that on many occasions.

  • Kevin

    The chances Boston was going to miss out on the post season was next to nothing..all they have to do is win two of their next games and they’re in.

    • Craig

      Texas or Detroit will knock em out

  • Widget

    Toronto seems to be playing the role of spoiler well. They put a hurt on both the Rays and Angels chances at the wild card.

  • Pat D

    Anyone go see Moneyball?

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      I am on Thursday. No baseball that day.

    • Montero’s Mojo

      Yeah. It’s good. Seemed to glorify the Red Sox at one point, however, which I wasn’t all too pleased with. Solid movie. 82-86. Could’ve implemented a better score, though. Scratch that, could’ve used one period. Parts of the picture came across as flat, in my opinion, because there was no music backing it up. The Social Network succeeded in much regard, I believe, because of the Trent Reznor original score. This particular Aaron Sorkin piece could’ve benefited from a similar taste of tunage. Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt were both solid, but as my non-baseball-fanatic girlfriend will tell you, she couldn’t get into it as much as she would’ve preferred, if only because of the subject content. Definitely worth checking out. Either this or Drive.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Did they glorify the Yankees at all? Because the Yankees did try this same theory by adding guys with high OBP’s before Billy Beane you know.

        • Accent Shallow

          It’s not that “OBP is a good way to build a team”, it’s that “salaries are often still based on high BAs, and players with comparable or better OBPs are available for cheap.”

          Which is not quite the same thing.

        • http://highfirstpitch.wordpress.com/ Stratman9652

          I’m sure a bunch of teams were adding guys with high OBP, they would be crazy not to, but Billy Beane took it to new levels.

          • http://highfirstpitch.wordpress.com/ Stratman9652

            Also what Accent Shallow said.

        • Montero’s Mojo

          No. All they said was that they essentially “stole” Giambi and that their payroll (via the 2001 ALDS) was $120 million vs. the David-esque $40 million of the Athletics. Haha, but they did shit on Jeremy Giambi a bit, which was pretty funny.

  • Kevin

    I’m sure all of us have visions of the 2004 ALCS and 2007 ALCS where the Sox came back from huge margins to win it all.
    I don’t see that happening here. There are too many injuries for them to overcome.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      What? I thought they canceled the seasons in 2004 and 2007? Weird.

      /joking

      • Montero’s Mojo

        Yeah, I’m pretty sure that MLB went on strike during the 2004 and 2007 postseasons. I don’t recall any trophies being conferred amidst that time period.

        • Kevin

          me either….
          Seriously though,here’s to Detroit for hopefully knocking them out.

          • Montero’s Mojo

            If I were religious, I’d pray. But since I’m not, I’ll have to resort to a secular form of voodoo to hex the fuck out of those Bean-town rapists.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Hahaha I saw this from the fake Joe Girardi Twitter account just now:

    http://twitter.com/#!/FakeJoeGirardi1/status/117042283978833920