Sep
27

Game 161: FTL

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(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Bartolo Colon has faced the Rays three times this year, and he’s 0-3 in those starts. No Yankees pitcher has ever (ever!) lost four games to the Tampa Bay franchise in a single season, but Big Bart has a chance to  accomplish that tonight. Given where the team stands, it ‘s not really a big deal. It would be a big deal for the Rays and their wildcard chase though. Here’s the lineup…

Eduardo Nunez, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Mark Teixeira, 1B – oh by the way, new lineup
Nick Swisher, RF
Jorge Posada, DH
Russell Martin, C
Brett Gardner, LF

Bartolo Colon, SP

It’s a My9 game tonight, so it’s only fitting that it’s raining in St. Petersburg. Luckily this place has a roof. Game starts at 7pm ET, enjoy.

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  1. mlbnyy35 says:

    It would be great if we see two one-game playoffs this year. Kind of a like a preview for next year’s five-team playoff format.

  2. Jake S says:

    LET’S GO ORIOLES

  3. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    I am not one to root against the Yankees, but I wouldn’t mind one bit seeing a 1-0 Rays win.

  4. Today’s Red Sox lineup:

    Ellsbury CF
    Pedroia 2B
    Ortiz DH
    Lowrie 3B <——————-lol
    Gonzalez 1B
    Lavarnway C
    McDonald RF
    Crawford LF <——————-lol
    Scutaro SS

    Pitching: LHP Erik Bedard (5-9, 3.50)

  5. Jesus Freak says:

    The media fealty to Boston knows no bounds.

    Crawford was dropped to 8th in tonight’s line-up. On MLB, Boston stooge Nick Cafardo said he wasn’t dropped because he’s having a sucky season, but rather he was dropped to “strategically” boost the bottom of the line-up.

    Oy vey.

  6. Rocco E says:

    I LOVE Robbie Cano batting 3rd. Hopefully Girardi keeps Cano and Tex batting in these slots throughout the playoffs.

  7. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Waaaaaaay too good of a line up.

  8. Xstar7 says:

    Casey Kotchman had to be sent to a hospital in a stretcher after feeling tightness in his chest. Damn.

  9. gxpanos says:

    Oh, cool that Jesus is getting his feet wet before the–

    Wait a second.

    • The Big City of Dreams says:

      No Jesus and the game is on my9 smh

    • Monteroisdinero says:

      this is bs but Posada will only be blocking Montero for another few weeks.

      • Guest says:

        To be fair, Jorge has hit pretty well against righties.

        Don’t get me wrong, I too would prefer that Jesus play everyday, but it’s not ridiculous that Joe is choosing Jorge over Jesus against righties.

      • Finster says:

        Its pretty suprising that as well as Montero has hit, that they arent playing him everyday to get him as use to playing in the major leagues as possible before the playoffs. This Joe manages very much like the other Joe, if you havent been in the major leagues for 10 years you’re fucked. At least this Joe manages the bullpen much better.

      • The Big City of Dreams says:

        Are sure about that because “although Montero has shown he can hit the Yankees have no place to play him. He hasn’t looked good at catcher from what I’ve seen and they already have a first baseman. So I still think he will end up being traded”

        /Francesa’d

    • nedro says:

      WTF, Again ?!?!?!?! Thought we were doing our best to “find him at bats,” Joe!

  10. Guest says:

    “FTL”

    Love it.

  11. FachoinaNYY says:

    Thoughts on flipping Tex/Cano, Mike?

  12. Finster says:

    Lol, they showed the best of ozzie on ESPN, it was great. Half of it was bleeps.

  13. MikeD says:

    There seems to be this feeling in the media, and among fans, that this game is already a win for the Rays. Part of it, I think, is wishful thinking, driven by a hate of the Red Sox, or a desire to see a one-game playoff. Because of that, anyone not a Red Sox fan wants the Yankees to lose.

    The issue, though, is that out of the three games, this is the game the Yankees have a good chance of winning. They have pretty much their A-line up, I expect all three of their top bullpen arms (Rivera, D-Rob and Soriano) to pitch, so it comes down to Colon. If his command is on, he can certainly put up some zeros over five innings or so.

    Add it all up, and that’s a Yankee win.

    Wednesday, however…

    • Tom says:

      That’s the thing.

      Girardi has already said he expects to get each of the top bullpen arms in the game so they have 2 days off prior to game 1. If colon turns in 5 good innings this could easily be a “W”

      The only help for the Rays is batting Nunez leadoff instead of down at the bottom of the lineup, but I could see this lineup wearing out Hellboy

    • nedro says:

      Uh, “hate of the Red Sox” in “the media”? What planet are you on, man???

      • MikeD says:

        Poorly constructed line. The media likes a story, and a collapse of the Red Sox and a one-game playoff is good for the media. The hate of the Red Sox refers more to fans, including lots of Yankee fans.

        As I write this, I see Colon is doing his part to help the Rays. Unfortunately, I’d rather he look good in the process of losing.

  14. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    nice to see those Rays fans showing up to follow their team’s playoff run…

    • MikeD says:

      …and then the other question is out of those fans, what percentage are actually Yankee fans living/visiting Tampa? Twenty percent, thirty percent? More?

  15. Montero's Mojo says:

    So, should the Sox and Rays tie ultimately, will the ‘breaker go to the Rays because their record against the Sox is winning? (At least I think it is…)

  16. smurfy says:

    I wanna celebrate Cano hitting 3rd! and Tex hitting 5th. I said a long time ago, 28 wouldn’t come till Tex hit 5th.

  17. first time lawng time says:

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....?GT1=39002

    I think I just got dumber.

    My two favorite parts were where he referenced Moneyball in claiming that Granderson’s low BA is no big deal and then alluded to Granderson’s runs scored and RBI as more important in assessing his value. And, ref: Matt Kemp, it’s “the Most Valuable Player award, not the Player of the Year.”

    I recommend this if you want a good laugh.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      for cya:

      “3. CC Sabathia, New York. Lefty is the throwback. It’s all about winning. He’s not worried about residual stats, like ERA.”

      Michael Kay approves.

    • MikeD says:

      Good lord. I couldn’t resist, wondering who wrote the article, and then I saw good ol’ Tracy’s cowboy hat. He always has the craziest choices for any awards.

      I actually agree with his statement that Granderson’s low BA is no big deal, since BA is a component of OBP, and Granderson’s OBP has been solid all year in the .365-.375 range, and his runs scored and RBIs are partially a product of his SLG and HRs. Yet by focusing on his RBIs and runs scored without understanding the reason why is more craziness.

      Lots of odd choices. In fact, he so off base in his reasoning at times, that I have to go back and check my reasoning when we actually agree on a choice, like Kershaw. He makes me doubt myself by agreeing with him!

    • boogie down says:

      His line about Williams is even more ridiculous, since he uses it to validate his opinion of Kemp’s candidacy: “Ted Williams actually won two Triple Crowns and didn’t win an MVP either time.”

      In ’42, Joe Gordon had a 154 OPS+ … Williams’ OPS+ was 216!

      In ’47, Joe D’s OPS+ was also 154, Williams’ OPS+ was 205.

      To top all of that, Williams had an OPS+ of 234 in 1941, but, because he was on a losing team, lost out on the MVP award to Dimaggio, who had an OPS+ of 184. Both accomplished exceedingly memorable things during that season, but, because Williams was a victim of his inferior team, he was deemed less worthy of the MVP award.

  18. Sarah says:

    So righties are batting sub .200 against Hellickson, and Joe has Nunez leadoff?

  19. smurfy says:

    Kotchman has looked weird recently. Heart troubles must have been showing.

  20. ArchStanton says:

    Have they announced the starter for tomorrow? To me, you need a vet out there and that means Proctor.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      I think it will be something like that. all the back end bullpen guys and then maybe some of the front end guys who need work.

    • Jorge says:

      I’d imagine Proctor, even Brackman in there to start. Guess it doesn’t matter who. They’ll all be there.

      It’d be nice for Betances to get an inning so that his only appearance this season wasn’t the four-walk-knee-dragging-the-grass outing.

  21. Sarah says:

    1-0 O’s!

  22. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    In play run(s) for the O’s.

  23. Greg says:

    Vlad hits an RBI double O’s up 1-0

  24. Jesus Freak says:

    SHOCKER!

    Bedard is already falling apart in the 2nd.

  25. Xstar7 says:

    I’ve got to say, BJ Upton has a beautiful swing.

  26. Cy Pettitte says:

    Sox already losing. lol.

  27. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Is this the first time Teix hit fifth? I think it’s a good spot but why do it this late?

  28. Cy Pettitte says:

    holy shit Bartolo has quick feet

  29. karel capek says:

    Wow, is it really the penultimate regular season game? How time flies. It seemed like just yesterday I was waxing poetic about Cone and Keaton’s uncanny resemblance to one another. Now what will I do?

  30. Stratman9652 says:

    I actually wouldn’t put that on Nunez. Tex closed his glove too quick by the looks of it.

  31. Tom says:

    So who’s going to get fleeced by the Rays in a BJ Upton deal this winter? (thinking maybe the Nats)

    Sure the guy has potential, but he’s hit ~.240 over the last 3 years and seems to make a bunch of boneheaded plays. Tools are nice but at some point performance has to trump tools/potential

  32. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Oh and wonderful let’s sit out the hottest bat who could use as much seasoning as he can get before the playoffs. But hey let’s risk our only great defensive catcher getting injured in a meaningless game.

    • Jorge says:

      At this point of the season, to find something to complain about as far as the team goes, if you weren’t a regular poster, I’d suggest you probably listen to A LOT of Cure albums in your spare time.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        The team is absolutely perfect from what could have been constructed. I have an issue with the person behind it. You know the guy who had to start Jose Molina in a couple playoff games.

      • MikeD says:

        Don’t go pickin’ on the Cure. Very uplifting music, that is if you find existential pain and despair uplifting.

    • Guest says:

      I don’t see why Martin needs to start tonight.

      Give him the night off, start him for a few innings tomorrow night, and move on with life.

      No need to put him behind the plate tonight. But, not my call.

  33. CMP says:

    If the Rays win tonight and the Red Sox lose, my starting pitcher tomorrow would be Robbie Cano’s father.

  34. first time lawng time says:

    Sox game is on MLBN. Is anyone watching that mostly and periodically checkng in on the Yanks, or am I the only one?

  35. Cy Pettitte says:

    leadoff double for Adam Jones. O’s need to keep tacking on.

  36. Cy Pettitte says:

    yay? I don’t know how to feel. lol.

  37. Stratman9652 says:

    YES!..oh wait…I’m confused.

  38. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Mass panic has struk through Red Sox nation

  39. TomH says:

    Is Colon likely to see any important action in the playoffs? He’s not the pitcher he was prior to the ASG

    • CMP says:

      I can’t see how he could start in the playoffs given the way he’s pitched recently.

    • Jetrer says:

      looking like he doesn’t even make the playoff roster at this point

      • Rookie says:

        A choice the Yankees made when they chose not to baby him when he was pitching in such a dominant fashion earlier in the season despite the fact that he was coming back from an injury and hadn’t pitched very many innings in any single year since 2005 or thereabouts.

        Of course, he may have broken down anyway. But it seemed to me that the team would be better off sacrificing a few wins in the regular season in exchange for a somewhat better chance that Colon would be the pitcher he was in the first half during the post season — and I said so. What the heck…

  40. pat says:

    At some point he has to throw at the outside corner, right? All everyone looks for and gets is a 2 seam over the 1B corner of the plate.

  41. BK2ATL says:

    I’m confused. Who am I rooting for tonight? Rays? Orioles?

    My fandom is up for debate until Fri. Just liking watching Boston squirm. LOL!!!

  42. FachoinaNYY says:

    You know whats amazing right now? Virtually the only people on the planet rooting for the Yankees right now are Red Sox fans…

    This might be the only time in our lifetimes that can be said.

  43. Cy Pettitte says:

    fuck. Sox up 2-1 now. Scutaro double, Ellsbury HR.

  44. Pat D says:

    Ellsbury just won the MVP again.

  45. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    oh shit, Ellsbury’s the MVP now.

  46. Greg says:

    Red Sox take the lead. 2 run homer by Ellsbury.

  47. Dela G says:

    hahahaha reid brignac has “gotta have it” as his walk up song

    one of my favorite beginnings to a song ever

    “lololololol white america, assassinate my character”

  48. Rich in NJ says:

    Bartolo’s pitching his way off of the postseason roster.

  49. Sarah says:

    I’m so confused by this situation with the Rays and Boston. both winning = a tie still. Is this good? I think so. A one game playoff on Thursday could be entertaining.

    • MikeD says:

      Best scenario is the Rays and Red Sox end in a tie, and then the Red Sox lose the playoff.

      Yet the Rays pitching is deep enough that I’d rather they just win it by tomorrow.

  50. Pat D says:

    By the way, did anyone see Keith Law’s award picks column today? The comments have been PRICELESS!

    I highly encourage you to check them out just for the hilarity.

  51. pat says:

    I’d like Mason Willias to end up being like the 2011 Jacoby Ellsbury.

  52. Chris says:

    I don’t think I ever cheered for a homerun against the yanks.

    Eh, go figure,

  53. FachoinaNYY says:

    Damnit Martin!

  54. Dela G says:

    RUSSELL WITH MUSCLE!!

  55. pat says:

    Booyah. Fuck Tampa.

  56. Cy Pettitte says:

    Russell just unloaded on that one. jeez.

  57. Rich in NJ says:

    Unclutch.

  58. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    But…he hates the Red Sox!!!

  59. Xstar7 says:

    What the fuck are you doing Russell?

  60. Widget says:

    If Lullsbury wills the MVP it’s not unprecedented for a boston player to win regular season MVP while playing for a team that had a case of the gags. Rice won the MVP in 78.

    • MikeD says:

      …meanwhile Guidry had one of the great pitching seasons in memory and enabled the great Yankee comeback, down to pitching the game-winner on short rest.

      • tom says:

        And finished miles behind in the MVP voting, because he was “just a pitcher”. Oddly, the exact opposite of what happened 8 years later, when Clemens topped Mattingly by a similarly wide margin. Yankees haven’t been treated real well in MVP voting for some time.

        • first time lawng time says:

          Yeah. IMO, Cano could have won last year. Or even Cabrera (Miguel) could have won it. I’m sorry, but giving the MVP to a guy who misses an entire month? I have issue with that.

    • Greg says:

      SO there is a precedent. And Ellsbury does have reputable numbers.

    • Widget says:

      I have no problem with him winning MVP, just means his arb case will be that much stronger and Boston will have to pay him and with their small market budget they may have trouble keeping him around for long.

  61. pat says:

    RUN BRETT RUN

  62. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Bedahd at 53 pitches in just 2.1 IP.

  63. Tom says:

    No bunt… no out, really fast guy on 1st… doesn’t the binder say bunt?

  64. Xstar7 says:

    Brett got away with that one.

  65. TomH says:

    Gardner, .191/.301/.292 since 28th of August. Not promising for the post-season, against main-line pitching.

  66. Dela G says:

    holy shit you walk cano to pitch to a-rod?

    damn, that’s some disrespect

  67. Jetrer says:

    and Cano still doesn’t get pitched to

  68. pat says:

    Hopefully this pisses Arod off.

    • MikeD says:

      …but that would be bad in this instance.

      • pat says:

        Rays seem like the better team. I’d rather they didn’t go to the playoffs. Let Boston limp in. All their players are hurt and TB’s rotation is pretty scary.

        • pat says:

          JMHO, however.

        • first time lawng time says:

          Don’t even let Boston in, for the risk of giving them momentum and going on to win it all…just imagine the reaction. That, IMO, would be even worse than them winning 110 games and dominating the entire time. Slow start + great for 4 months + epic collapse + limp into the post season + world champions = nauseating narrative.

        • MikeD says:

          I understand and have debated that, but I don’t really think Tampa is all that good. They’re good, but certainly beatable.

          The Red Sox are nowhere near as bad as they are showing, and if they can make it into the postseason, a weight can be lifted and they might start hitting again. They are an excellent hitting team. Then in a short series, Lester and Beckett can be deadly. In other words, as bad as they’ve been in September, they might be the more challenging team in October.

          Go Rays.

  69. kyle says:

    if the rays and red sock r tied at the end of the season is their a 1 game playoff or what?

  70. Rey22 says:

    I wanna see A-Rod hit a HR as a fuck you to the Rays, but I want the Rays to win. Ugh. Rays win 5-4?

  71. Cy Pettitte says:

    Bedard 65 pitches through 3, lol. He won’t make it through the 5th.

  72. Pat D says:

    ARod looks all fucked up.

  73. Dela G says:

    FUCK YEAH!!! great walk

  74. Rich in NJ says:

    Still pitched him carefully.

  75. MikeD says:

    Okay, that’s acceptable. He didn’t get Alex out.

  76. first time lawng time says:

    Wow. Hellickson looks like he’s about 15. Does not look old enough to be in the MLB.

  77. Xstar7 says:

    Phew, Tex bailed out Hellickson.

  78. Pat D says:

    Wow, Jeremy Kyle is on in the US now? That’s scary.

    I always loved the impressions that BBC’s Dead Ringers did of his show.

  79. TomH says:

    If this diminished ARod doesn’t kick-start himself, he’s going to be embarrassed a lot more in the post-season by intentional walks to Cano.

  80. Sarah says:

    Hey look, Bart hates the Red Sox too!

  81. Tom says:

    So AJ is the 4th starter should the Yankees get past the ALDS?

    Is Bartolo even a long man in the pen at this point?

    • TomH says:

      If it were I making the decision, I would tell Bartolo he’s free on Friday for golf, fishing, deer season, or whatever he does once baseball is over. With sincere gratitude, though, for what he did earlier in the season.

  82. Widget says:

    I guess Zach Britton realized he was on the Orioles.

  83. Jetrer says:

    Jesus-lite 3-run HR

  84. Cy Pettitte says:

    fucking Sox.

  85. Rey22 says:

    Ugh, 5-1 Sox. Tampa has to win this one.

  86. Xstar7 says:

    Lavahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhnway. Infinitely better than Montero.

  87. boogie down says:

    Lavarnway for MVP!

  88. Chen Meng Wang says:

    …so now we definitely have to lose to keep the Rays even. Good evening everybody…how are we this evening?

  89. Widget says:

    at least it was Lavarnwhfdkhjdhf and not Varitek. Nothing worse than seeing that bum do anything positive.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      +1

      I was talking to my buddy at work about Varitek today and he asked me why I hate him so much(It’s known at work Varitek is my most hated Red Sock) I told him honestly “only a bitch starts a fight with his catchers mask still on. Be a man and if you’re going to start a fight with somebody on the field face them like a man and take of the mask.”

  90. Balboni Rzarector says:

    REALITY… just false hope for sox fans

  91. Widget says:

    stupid Tampa not taking advantage of the situation.

  92. rconn23 says:

    Tampa just cannot hit consistently. Rays have to win tonight or the Red Sox are going to the playoffs.

  93. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    i hope the sox win 30-1 and the yanks lose 2-1…

  94. Tyrion Lannister says:

    With Boston up 5-1 it’s time to just concede and start pulling the regulars. Put Proctor in there and let him work.

  95. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    5-3 Sox now!!

  96. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    eric beedaaaaahd!

  97. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol I so saw that coming with Weiters

  98. Xstar7 says:

    Fuck yeah, Wieters. Now it’s only 5-3 Boston.

  99. BK2ATL says:

    Matt MF Wieters makes it 5-3!!!! Let’s go Baltimore.

    Now I’ve made up my mind. MLB Network is broadcasting NESN. So you already know how insufferable an experience this is.

    I think my season will be made if Boston blows it tonight and the Rays win. I might have to catch the new Sons of Anarchy at 11, instead of 10. Just to watch the carnage. LOL!!!

  100. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Doesn’t Singleton realize that a starting pitcher of Verlander’s level(at least this season) changes the rest of your pitching staff? You KNOW that Verlander is going to give you at least six innings and no more than 3 runs in those six, and he’s usually going to give you more than that. That changes a way a manager manages I think. Not saying that Verlander deserves the award(I still think it’s Bautista) but in my opinion saying a pitcher at Verlander’s level this season only effects 35 games is wrong.

  101. Tom says:

    Rays better think about tacking something on soon…. isn’t Girardi planning to use So/Ro/Mo tonight regardless of score?

  102. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    O’s have the tying runs on base!!

  103. Tom says:

    And Bedahd is done after a ‘gritty’ 3.1 IP….

  104. Tom Zig says:

    Let’s go Bodymore, Murdaland!

  105. mustang says:

    The minute I saw this:

    http://espn.go.com/

    “That’s More Like It”

    I got confident…..lol

  106. Cy Pettitte says:

    Ace PLEASE blow this.

  107. Finster says:

    Tito is playing with fire, Bedard got bailed out by the ump who called by 4 strike 3…walked the next guy, and gavae up a single while i was typing. He left em in 1 or 2 batters too long. Ace has been pitching so much his arm is gona fall off….lets hope hes out gas here.

  108. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    damn..another sox pitcher fails to give 5 innings…

    c’mon ACE..do it for your old teammates

    Ace seems like a decent guy…he must hate being on the Sox.

  109. Xstar7 says:

    The Red Sox are Scott Proctoring Ace’s arm. The funny thing though is that they don’t really have a choice.

  110. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Aceves’s arm is going to fall off.

  111. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    shit…Grit with a leadoff single! don’t steal

  112. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    i feel like I’m in Bizarro World…up is down, down is up..

  113. Chen Meng Wang says:

    ATTN: Noland Rymold: The dude has pitched 3days in a row…work the count a little maybe?

  114. BK2ATL says:

    Sorry to change topics, but ESPN is killing it again with this “Catching Hell” documentary on the Chicago Cubs’ Bartman foul ball catch. Great work again.

  115. Xstar7 says:

    Fuck, Hellickson is gonna shit the bed.

    • Tom says:

      Is this suprising?

      The guy’s got a worse FIP and xFIP than Ivan Nova…. yet for some reason people are so willing to dismiss Nova’s results when Hellboy’s results are headed for an even sharper regression (he has an xFIP of 4.63

  116. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    oh God! c’mon O’s!!

  117. Cy Pettitte says:

    what the fuck are you doing Aceves? come on, man.

  118. Sarah says:

    I just…I can’t bring myself to root against the Yanks.

  119. Xstar7 says:

    That’s probably the worst (best) thing Granderson could have done there.

  120. Finster says:

    It could have been worse, Yankees couldhave definately got more than 1 run this inning.

  121. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Fuck, Robbie absolutely destroyed that baseball.

  122. Sayid J. says:

    This is quite the slump Granderson is in

  123. Widget says:

    damn it everything went to crap, yankees tie it and Aceves bails out the red sox.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      Still a lot of baseball in both games. Bahhd hasn’t been heard from yet, and I really really think Proctor and Vauldes should each get another audition for the post season tonight ;D

  124. Sarah says:

    The Sox are hilarious on the bases. Pedroia with that nonsensical leap over Romine the other night, and now LOLsbury trying to evade the tag on the way to first.

  125. BK2ATL says:

    Am I supposed to cheer for the Yanks? I’m really confused now. I wanted to cheer for Grandy to hit #42, but then I’m happy that only one run was scored.

    Tough night.

  126. Jetrer says:

    Bart needs to give up some runs here

  127. Bill says:

    It’s concerning to me that Granderson, A-Rod, Teixeira, and Swisher look somewhat lost at the plate right now.

    • pop up teixeira says:

      can’t have that in the post season or else they’re done, especially facing a hot lineup like the tigers or rangers

      • Bill says:

        Yea, and theoretically they’re already going to have trouble scoring runs if they’re facing Verlander, even if they were swinging the bats well. It was especially concerning and after the batters behind Cano (A-Rod and Teixeira) weren’t able to capitalize after the Rays walked Cano intentionally

    • TomH says:

      Absolutely! The way they’re hitting the last few days, they’d be sitting ducks for good pitchers. Yeah, the pressure’s been off, but I think too much can be made of this. ARod in particular looks awful up there.

    • Bill says:

      And then Teixeira hammers a double and makes me look stupid lol. I would rather be stupid in this case, though.

  128. Sarah says:

    I don’t think Aceves can pitch until Bard in the 8th. His arm is hanging by a thread. There’s still time.

  129. Tom says:

    Seems like if the Rays don’t score this inning they could be headed for the loss.

  130. Tyrion Lannister says:

    What the hell are the Rays doing? SCORE RUNS! Girardi is bringing in his best relievers soon. The Rays know we won’t field a good lineup tomorrow so they essentially have to win one game and they can’t even do that.

  131. Greg says:

    Red Sox have some more cooking. 2 on 1 out

  132. Sarah says:

    Thankfully, Buck is going to the pen. Oh wait…the Os have a terrible pen. Jim Johnson can’t pitch every inning…

  133. Tom says:

    BTW Tigers up 4-1.

    If the Yankees want to play Texas, they need a W and a Texas loss.
    (Not sure it matters as both teams will be tough)

  134. Chen Meng Wang says:

    LOLry(boston’s newest clean up hitter) just got over matched by a dude with a 5ERA.

  135. boogie down says:

    Speaking of the coldness of firing someone, I saw Moneyball last night and it was really freakin good.

    • TomH says:

      I’m looking forward to seeing it, if only to atone for many years of sneering at Brad Pitt for no good reason. Then I saw him in a spy movie (with John Malkovich) and “Tree of Life,” and he was damned good.

  136. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    not even sure why, but i hate Jed Lowrie.

  137. boogie down says:

    Man, the Cards are REALLY giving up golden opportunities to tie the Braves.

  138. Tyrion Lannister says:

    MARKAKIS SAVES THE BALLGAME!!!!!! WHAT A CATCH!

  139. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    oh shit

  140. Greg says:

    O’s get out of the jam

  141. Sarah says:

    Wait, am I supposed to be glad b/c Tex has 2 hits tonight?

  142. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Markakis I take back every bad thing I ever said about you, your mom, and your Greek heritage that I know you heard last season when I got hammered in the bleachers. My bad bro.

  143. pat says:

    Swishie got that pitch he was looking for.

  144. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    this is nuts!

  145. mustang says:

    DOES ANYONE IN MLB WANT TO WIN THE WILD CARD??!!!

    PHI 6 – ATL 0

    HOU!!!! 5 – STL 0

  146. Jetrer says:

    god dammit Swish, save your stat-padding for the playoffs

  147. boogie down says:

    Did YES suddenly stop working for anyone else?

    I have Time Warner Cable.

  148. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Ok, Markakis, Now you can really do somethings to make me like you.

  149. pat says:

    How often do you IBB someone to face the guy who homered off you earlier in the game? Maddon might have gotten too cute here.

  150. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    OMG!!

  151. Sarah says:

    Russ really hates the Red Sox.

  152. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    He hates those Red Sox…

  153. Rich in NJ says:

    Few things are dumber than sliding into 1B.

    • Chris says:

      I’m sure hitting into a 5-4-3 triple play is up there though.

    • nedro says:

      Yeah, especially given the context. Three days till the ALDS starts? He looked a little slow getting up after that. How much would that suck if he got injured? All the good will he’s garnered…

      >poof<

      Gone.

  154. Jetrer says:

    there you go Russell, now stop fucking sliding headfirst into first you dumb fuck

  155. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Wow…WOW…I’m not even mad, I’m impressed.

  156. Bill says:

    That was the most predictable triple play ever, if there is such a thing.

  157. Erica says:

    Can someone PLEASE tell Russell to NOT slide headfirst anymore? PLEASE?

  158. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    what the hell are the chances of that happening with these circumstances???

  159. KenC says:

    LOL TRIPLE PLAY!

  160. Widget says:

    should I be excited about that triple play or sort of embarrassed? I need clarification.

  161. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Way to get out of that jam, Martin. Kept it within 1 run.

  162. Greg says:

    Rays just hit the jackpot.

  163. mlbnyy35 says:

    That was an exciting play, but why is Martin going head-first at this point in the season?

  164. BK2ATL says:

    Russell to the rescue!!!! Triple play to stop the bleeding. LOL!!!

  165. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Hellboy is pumped.

  166. Erica says:

    My feelings on the triple play:

    [to Baxter]
    Ron Burgundy: What? You pooped in the refrigerator? And you ate the whole… wheel of cheese? How’d you do that? Heck, I’m not even mad; that’s amazing. How ’bout we get you in your p.j.’s and we hit the hay.

  167. Sarah says:

    Now Bart needs to give up 2 runs.

  168. Cy Pettitte says:

    Aceves 1.1IP on 13 pitches. god damn him.

  169. Tom says:

    Maddon needs to play this like the 9th.

  170. mustang says:

    I change my mind I don’t want extra wild card teams I can’t even deal with the two they have now.

    • mustang says:

      Its madness tonight!!!!

    • BK2ATL says:

      It’s pretty miserable. You have the Braves and Red Sox who both blew huge wild card leads in Sept. Yet they want another game involving either of these teams???

      There’s nothing “exciting” about this now. It’s sheer misery.

  171. BK2ATL says:

    Only thing worse than sliding into 1B on a triple play, would’ve been pulling a NY Giants and diving on the ground, in fake injury mode.

    He HATES the Red Sox. Hahahaha!!!!

    A freaking triple play at that particular spot???

    You couldn’t write this stuff up if you were a Rays fan.

  172. Rey22 says:

    That was hilarious.

  173. Greg says:

    Crawford just tripled off of Berken with one out

  174. Sarah says:

    Does Cory Wade also hate the Red Sox?

    the Orioles failpen is trying to blow the game wide open.

  175. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Oh god, Scutaro homers and it’s 7-3 Sox. Do something, Rays!

  176. Widget says:

    nope still hate markakis.

  177. Jetrer says:

    fucking Marco Scutaro
    give up some runs Cory

  178. Greg says:

    Scutaro hits a two run homer. Its up to the Rays now.

  179. Tom says:

    Ellsbury – HUUUGE home run
    Lahvahnway – BIG TIME home run
    Scutaro – “little breathing room” home run

    Aren’t narratives nice when they get adapted to the player?

  180. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    maybe Girardi should…bring on Proctor and use SoRoMo tomorrow?

  181. Finster says:

    Shit, the yankees are going to put the Sox into the frikin playoffs.

  182. Greg says:

    If the Rays lose this, they should look back at that series with Baltimore a few weeks ago when they lost two of three.

  183. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    not surprised the the Sox are hitting tonight. but where has that lineup been all month? the pitching has been terrible but the hitting just disappeared for most of the month.

  184. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    i’m going to be very disappointed if the Sox make the playoffs. I’ve invested so much time Schadenfrauding and I don’t want it to go for naught.

    • Finster says:

      Well, they are going to get at least a 1 game playoff. That Redsox game is over and the Rays really have thier work cut out now, if the yankees are using soriano,drob and mo tonight.

  185. Chen Meng Wang says:

    I’m still confident the Sox bullpen can give back a four run lead.

  186. first time lawng time says:

    I have never been so pissed to see the Yankees have a lead.

  187. Jesse says:

    Shit the Rays are going to lose and the Red Sox are going to win, or at least it’s looking that way.

  188. BK2ATL says:

    Never thought I’d say this.

    Girardi, Scott Proctor now please. Now, as in right now.

    The freaking Rays don’t want to win this game.

  189. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Adam Jones brings the O’s one closer.

  190. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Somebody needs to instruct Soriano to take a dive. Robertson and Mo are too good to give up a lead in a game like this. Just one two run bomb to keep the Rays in it.

  191. Greg says:

    Jones hits a solo shot 7-4 Sox

  192. Brian S. says:

    This is bullshit.

  193. Finster says:

    It would be the biggest FU to boston ever, if Girardi did put proctor in to give up the lead and then went to Sori, Drob and Mo to get their work in.

  194. Brian S. says:

    Scott Proctor NOWWWWWW!

  195. Jesse says:

    Just recently woke up from a four hour nap, saw Colon went 5.1 innings and allowed two runs, how did he look from watching him?

  196. BK2ATL says:

    Crap, Girardi is trying to win this game. LOL!!!

  197. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Can we see April Soriano for one game please?

  198. Cy Pettitte says:

    What are you doing Joe? you stink.

    now the O’s really need to win.

  199. Grit for Brains says:

    Come on Longoria!

  200. nedro says:

    Atta boy, Raph. He’s on the right page.

  201. Brian S. says:

    Good walk Soriano. Now just throw fastballs right down the middle.

  202. The Big City of Dreams says:

    So weird seeing ppl root for a Yankee loss

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      I consider it rooting for a Rays win, which just happens to mean the Yankees lose.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      Sox hatred runs deep.

    • pat says:

      I’d be a lot more down with it if it were Valdez, Proctor and Laffey giving up the runs, not our best 3 relievers.

      • Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

        It feels dirty, like stealing cable felt in the 80s/90s, but in the end, it is justified. Just hope the Rays can guarantee at least a play-in game tomorrow with the rookie league pitchers Girardi trots out there.

    • BK2ATL says:

      We’re not “rooting” for the Yankees to lose. More like “rooting” for Boston to choke. As stated, the hatred is very deep. We’re not hurting the Yanks at all. Girardi is, with this insistence on not resting or regulars, other than A-Rod.

      And WOW. Matt Joyce goes yard. Incredible!!!

      Soriano for MVP tonight.

  203. first time lawng time says:

    http://www.sportsargumentwiki......=Joe_Torre

    Bring me Scott Proctor!

  204. Cy Pettitte says:

    Soriano is still a big Rays fan.

  205. Greg says:

    BTW Tim McClelland just missed a call at third base in the Reds Mets game. Gary and Ron were chiding him.

  206. nedro says:

    Cmon, Upton. Thought you was fast.

  207. Jesse says:

    Ok Soriano, you’ve been lights out for the last couple weeks or so, if there’s one time to blow it, it’s now.

  208. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Come on, bring in Proctor!!

  209. CMP says:

    3 run homer please.

  210. Bartolo's Colon says:

    sad, but i am rooting for the rays, really want to see a game 163. plus it so unfair that the yankees have such a high payroll and that they get all the calls from the umps, wait, sorry, got caught up cheering for the rays

  211. Sarah says:

    Did So just walk two guys in a row?

    This is called “get it out of your system.” So, Soriano, get a craptacular inning where you walk and give up runs and hits out of your system now before the playoffs.

  212. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol Soriano.

  213. Hummingbird S. says:

    YES!

  214. Grit for Brains says:

    MATT JOYYYYCCCCCEEEEEEE

  215. Tyrion Lannister says:

    YES! There is the big hit we needed!

  216. Jetrer says:

    Yes!!!!!!

  217. Rey22 says:

    Yeeesssss Matt Joyce!!!!!!!! (I feel so weird)

  218. Rich in NJ says:

    Cognitive dissonance…

  219. Erica says:

    Soriano hates the Red Sox, evidently.

  220. Stratman9652 says:

    Not even upset about that.

  221. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    ask and you shall receive…

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....nt-2918841

  222. Greg says:

    Yay Rafael!

  223. Brian S. says:

    JOYCE TO THE WORLD!!!

  224. Bartolo's Colon says:

    thats why soriano gets paid the big bucks, he absolutely kills the red sox

  225. Dela G says:

    holy shit was i the only person who screamed in excitement for the rays?

  226. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Soriano in April form.

  227. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    LOL!

  228. Widget says:

    thank you soriano I knew you wanted to help your old team.

  229. Finster says:

    Thank god, its hard to live with the thought of the Yankees being responsible for putting the sox in the postseason, and saving them from a historic collapse.

  230. Chen Meng Wang says:

    LETS GO O’S! LETS GO O’S!

    now that felt weird…

  231. JobaWockeeZ says:

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  232. Jesse says:

    Soriano wanted to help his former team, now the bats just need to lay down the final two innings and I’ll be content even if the Red Sox win. Of course I’d like to see them lose, but I’ll take a tie on the last day.

  233. your mom says:

    I bet Red Sux Nation is thrilled.

  234. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Nice play TEX. He’s no Mark Reynolds though.

  235. tom says:

    We’re really in Twilight Zone territory. If this were a normal game, I’d be cursing Soriano. But, here, I’d have been disappointed if he hadn’t done something like that.

  236. Guest says:

    Get it out of your system, Sori.

  237. JobaWockeeZ says:

    And holy shit I don’t want Soriano pitching at all in the postseason.

    • Jerome S says:

      Really? I consider him pretty trustworthy. He’s the third man in there, after Mo and D-Rob.

      He’s obviously mailing it in at this point. I’m not saying that was intentional but he wasn’t giving it 100%.

  238. Jesse says:

    So the Yankees want to use their three main relievers in this one, and since TB leads there may not be a bottom of the 9th, so will Girardi have Robertson and Rivera share the 8th?

  239. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Soriano did his job. Somebody had to take the dive and tonight it was him. Tomorrow the spot starter can do the job. Now Farnsworth just needs to hold the lead. Rays win tomorrow and at least force a playoff.

  240. Bartolo's Colon says:

    for my own good, i’m going to think that soriano purposely gave up the 3 run homer, then just got 3 quick outs

  241. Finster says:

    Soriano earned his 16m tonight :}

  242. CMP says:

    Randy Levine: executive of the year.

  243. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    i’m glad soriano did that..and I hope it holds b/c I didn’t want it to get to Mo…

  244. Guest says:

    Orioles…

    Not the biggest fans of plate discipline.

  245. Greg says:

    Aceves is about to go 3.2 innings. He’s not being used tomorrow.

  246. mt says:

    Once Yanks enetered the bottom of 7th with lead, in order for Rays to win, one of our top relievers would have to give it up.

    Sorry, it had to be you Soriano – but better you than DRob or Mo.

    2 walks and a bomb – pretty painless.

  247. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Aceve’s arm must be made of rubber, I want an official inquiry made to make sure he’s human lol.

  248. BK2ATL says:

    This blog is hilarious tonight. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard for the Yankees to be losing.

  249. Rey22 says:

    Robertson and Mo are too good to let the Rays get back into it, so it was definitely Soriano’s duty to get it done. Good man.

  250. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    What is the biggest play in the last two nights?

    1. Andino’s inside the parker and Ellsbury/SaltiIsuckia’s crap defense.
    2. Russell Martin hits into bases loaded DP
    3. Three run bomb by Joyce

  251. Matt says:

    Be careful what you wish for. If you let a team into the playoffs riding this kind of momentum, while many of your key hitters are continuing to struggle, that’s not a good thing. Letting Tampa beat you in dramatic fashion night after night is not something that you should be proud of.

    • mbonzo says:

      Are you ever satisfied?

      • Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

        and on the flipside, winning and the red sox getting in: “well, now the sox get a do-over and could run the table; should have lost to the rays so the weaker on paper team got in.”

        so, pretty much either way, complaints?

        • Matt says:

          All this talk about how the Yankees have to worry about themselves?

          Well guess what, A-Rod, Granderson, and Teix need to get going offensively. Swisher has been slumping of late, and so has Gardner.

          It doesn’t matter who they face unless they get their own house in order first, and the offense has been very hit or miss this month.

    • Greg says:

      Its worth it.

    • Jetrer says:

      weren’t you just complaining on Sunday about the Yankees not doing everything they could to keep Boston out of the playoffs?

      • Matt says:

        The Yankees had a chance to directly beat Boston. Giving games to Tampa is not something to be proud about, especially because the players ARE trying to win these. You can say all you want about it not mattering come Friday, but what makes you think that A-Rod will just find his swing from nothing?

        • Greg says:

          2000 Yankees
          2006 Cardinals

          Look them up.

        • Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

          the same thinking that follows when any good player goes through a slump: they can break out of it at any time. Of course, he can also continue not hitting come friday, but thats baseball.

          btw, I highly doubt yankee fans who want to see the sox fail are ‘proud’ of losing to anyone. It just so happens they pa=lay the rays in the last three games of the season and the results directly affect the sox’s chances of advancing. And being a Yankee fan means you always derive pleasure from Boston failing.

          • Matt says:

            A-Rod is not slumping. To slump you have to have been hitting at some previous point. His mechanics are totally out of whack, and he is caught inbetween on everything. You just hope that it’s not the result of having to change his swing due to his thumb.

            I’m not saying they can’t beat Tampa, or that players can’t just get it going in the Playoffs. What I am saying is that you should be careful of what you wish for. It’s nice to see Boston not make it, but you don’t want it to be because you gave it to the other team. They’re building confidence that they could end up carrying over, because they aren’t a team like the 2009 Twins that had very little true talent.

            • Jetrer says:

              yes, ARod hasn’t hit at any point this season, right?

              • Matt says:

                He hasn’t hit a lick since coming off of the DL. His numbers in July are clearly not relevant to the present discussion.

                Way to go though, interpreting every word literally when the whole world knew what was meant to try to discount the argument. Is that all that you’ve got?

                • Jetrer says:

                  only commenting on what you wrote. If you don’t mean it, don’t write it
                  responding to criticisms or arguments to your posts by pretending you didn’t say what you actually said is incredibly weak

                • Jetrer says:

                  oh, and a hitter struggling for any reason is commonly referred to as a slump
                  Most slumps are because mechanics and/or timing is out of whack

        • Jetrer says:

          the players are trying to win, and the team does have some players slumping, but Noesi and Colon aren’t going to be starting games, and the full lineup will be playing
          There are definitely concerns about this team going in to the playoffs, just as there are concerns with every playoff team
          whether the Yankees win or lose these 3 games or how they win or lose these 3 games will have absolutely no bearing on the playoffs

    • Widget says:

      I agree with parts of this. Of course once the playoffs start the Yankees need to worry about Texas or Detroit.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      The Yankees don’t care about TB until the ALCS.

  252. Widget says:

    If the Yankees kept Aceves I can’t imagine how bad off the red sox would be. He’s be a big help for that middle bullpen of theirs. They’d probably already be eliminated from the wild card if they didn’t have him.

  253. vocabularry says:

    you have to be a supreme jackass to root for any one at any time to hit a 3 run homer and take the lead late in the game against the team you profess to attach yourself to all year, every year.
    It’s not what the players on your team want to have happen. Ever.
    But..jackasses are like that

    • CMP says:

      If you’re serious, you should Look up the word “tool”

    • BK2ATL says:

      Red Sox troll. Go elsewhere with that. We’ve clinched everything already for the AL. Just need our regulars to not get hurt. All else is fun and games.

      Freaking Babe Lavarnway now??? C’mon Buck, step it up. Drill the next batter.

  254. Countryclub says:

    Like someone posted earlier, if that inning happened to proctor or Ayala or someone like that, then fine. But there’s nothing good about soriano giving up 2 walks and a 3 run homer. Nothing at all.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      Meh, consider it a “get it out of your system” thing. I’d rather it happen in a meaningless game against the Rays than on friday.

    • Tyrion Lannister says:

      In a meaningless game that hurts our biggest rival it doesn’t do anything bad either. It’s just meaningless come Friday. Soriano isn’t going to pitch any worse on Friday because of this.

    • Jesse says:

      Well, at least he got three quick outs after that. Let’s be honest, Soriano probably couldn’t keep up his run he’s been on through the postseason, so get it out of your system now and move on. In fact, I remember in 2009 CC Sabathia got absolutely lit up against the Rays in his final start. At the time I thought, “ok get it out of your system”. He then was absolutely dominant in the postseason.

  255. DZ says:

    Rays better hold on… Just realized it would really suck if he basically give the Rays these 3 games and then they beat us in the ALCS

  256. Xstar7 says:

    Soriano just earned True Yankee(tm) status.

  257. Matt says:

    If the Yankees don’t win it all, I doubt it’s going to be because of poor pitching. Most likely the kinds of things that you have seen all night- garbage at bats with runners on base that keep teams in the game until they finally get that one big hit.

    It is not a positive to give away a game like tonight to Tampa. This is a huge game against good pitching and the Yankees offense is nowhere to be found. That’s concerning.

    • Jetrer says:

      this is not in any way, shape, or form a huge game for the Yankees

      • Xstar7 says:

        As a matter of fact, it’s a completely meaningless game for the Yankees.

      • Matt says:

        That is not what I said, read my post again.

        It’s a huge game for somebody, and the players are definitely trying to win this game. Anyone who says that they are “purposely losing” is an idiot. They are playing hard and getting beaten.

        There is nothing stopping the offense in this game from coming out and beating up a pitcher while they tune up. They have not been hitting even when the games were important for them. The offense really needs to step it up, because they haven’t for most of the season.

        • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

          How do you know they’re playing hard? Are you in the Yankee dugout? They are playing this like a ST game

          • Matt says:

            You are hilarious. Just say the opposite to everything to be contradictory.

            When people say that the players look lazy, you’ll say that they are playing hard. Of course they are playing hard now, are you kidding me? They aren’t going all in for the win, but if you think they are taking this easy, you are insane.

            Teams take a lot of pride from knocking a team out of the playoffs. They aren’t going to sacrifice the playoffs for tonight’s game, but there is no way they are treating this like Spring Training. Girardi ran almost the entire lineup out there and these guys are fighting at the plate.

            • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

              Teams take a lot of pride from knocking a team out of the playoff

              Which is exactly what they are doing to the Red Sox. But as I said, it’s pointless arguing with you.

              • Matt says:

                Yes, because a team takes pride in LOSING to allow a team into the playoffs? You are completely clueless. Nobody on this roster is proud of their performance tonight.

              • Matt says:

                And if that was their goal, why is Girardi playing most of his regulars in these games? Oh right, because he thinks that he owes it to the Red Sox to put a representative team on the field and try to win these games.

                Despite what the clueless media and fans, and you in particular, seem to think, nobody is giving these games away. The players aren’t going to cry about a loss, but they certainly would like to grab some of these.

                • Xstar7 says:

                  The Yankees aren’t giving this game away, or trying to lose it, or taking pride in losing it. They just plain lost. They don’t take pride in it all all but it also means nothing to them. We the fans though can enjoy this loss because it keeps the Rays chances of knocking the Red Sox out alive.

                  • Matt says:

                    Exactly, but read the post I just responded to in this thread.

                    The brilliant poster, who seems to think that people still take him seriously, tried to argue the exact opposite. Saying the exact opposite and trying to start a fight doesn’t work when what you said is so blatantly wrong that nobody joins you.

                • Jetrer says:

                  “why is Girardi playing most of his regulars in these games?”

                  to get them ready for the playoffs
                  that is all

        • Jetrer says:

          You did say this was a huge game, and I read it again in the post. Yes the offense needs to step it up, but saying they haven’t done so for most of the season is about the dumbest comment ever posted here
          Second best offense (by only .04 runs)
          Yes the offense has been horrible for most of the season

          • Matt says:

            You must be joking? You cited that they have scored a nice AVERAGE number of runs as evidence that they have been a great offensive club?

            You do realize that scoring 11 runs and 0 runs is the same “average” number of runs as 5 and 6?

            The offense has put up good numbers, but that is not what I said. They haven’t carried this team, the pitching has done so. They are 4-11 in extra innings games this year, and have lost 14 games in which they allowed 3 or fewer runs in 83 tries. The Rays, a “weak” hitting team, have lost 16 in 81 tries, and the Red Sox 12 in 77.

          • Matt says:

            Notice which of those teams has received the most 3 or fewer runs pitching performances. Saying the offense is why this team is in this position is very naive.

          • Matt says:

            I also never said it was a huge game for the YANKEES. Read the post again. It’s a huge game for somebody, and you have an obligation to the game to at least put a representative effort out there because of it.

            • Jetrer says:

              The Yankees only obligation is to their team to get prepared for the playoffs. That it’s a huge game for the other team has absolute no bearing on what the Yankees do.

    • Greg says:

      ITS. WORTH. IT.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      remember how they couldn’t score down the stretch last year and got swept in the ALDS?

      • Matt says:

        Remember how they didn’t hit a lick for much of the ALCS and lost in 6 games? It’s easy to mask your problems when you are facing a team running Carl Pavano and Brian Duensing out there in Games 2 and 3.

        This is a very erratic offense, and don’t try to tell me that these at bats are meaningless. Is A-Rod going to find his swing when it’s completely out of whack mechanically? You forget that A-Rod had that huge game right before the playoffs to build confidence in his swing in 2009.

        • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

          Pavano was pretty good last year and they got 4 runs against Liriano which you conveniently left out. But why even argue with you? You’ll never be convinced.

          • Matt says:

            It doesn’t matter. Again, I said they are STREAKY. Having a few good games followed up by many equally bad games is EXACTLY the definition of a streaky team.

            Also, those runs all came after Liriano tired and started to hang pitches, and Gardenhire should have taken him out a few batters earlier.

            Why bother arguing with you? You will twist anything to suit your argument, no matter how irrelevant. You will even make things up that simply never happened to support your point.

    • Foghorn Leghorn says:

      i think you’ve just described the Sox month of September…meanwhile, the yanks did their job and kept winning. the Yanks have earned the right to do whatever the hell they want to.

    • BK2ATL says:

      Dude, they’ve dialed it in for the regular season. Just getting ready for Fri. This is like a spring training warmup game for up. We gain nothing further from winning this game.

      Bragging rights for the best record in MLB??? Means nothing, since the NL has the HFA this year.

    • Finster says:

      “A huge game”, best line of the night.

  258. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    Positivly Swishalicious!

  259. Mister Delaware says:

    This has been weirdly fun. And I like running out Robertson here so he’s “unavailable” for the game tomorrow.

  260. Sarah says:

    I am ready for a DRob lock it down inning though.

  261. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Sox were playing the wrong catcher all year. Two home runs for the rookie. Looks like it’ll be all tied up tomorrow for ultimate drama.

  262. pop up teixeira says:

    Lavarnway pulling a Montero I see. 2nd homer of the night

  263. Bartolo's Colon says:

    so who are the red sox going to throw out there in 163?

  264. Widget says:

    I can’t wait to see the ball washing ESPN gives Lavarnaway. I bet Gammons will say he’s the next Joe Mauer and Theo will con someone into giving him top level starter for him.

  265. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Man, I just held back from going on an absolute tirade on that Sox Troll up there. Oh god it was hard not to.

  266. NHYankeesFan says:

    100!!!

  267. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Atta boy D-Rob, 100 Ks.

  268. mt says:

    It is true that we may regret Rays being in playoffs. But can you imagine the relief and ease the Red Sox will feel if the Red Sox hold on and make it in – all you will hear is how gritty and gutty they are – they will feel they are playing with house money – witness the premature media orgasm after Ellsbury home run on Sunday (why would anybody think their bad play was over given who they beat on Sunday?) – I will take my chances with an offensively challenged Rays club on a hot streak than a Red Sox team that would have barely escaped the worst regular season collapse in history. If we hit at all, we should beat Rays.

    If red Sox win their first ALDS series, the overreaction to them being the most gritty comeback team will be nauseating.

    • Stuckey says:

      I’ve come to conclusion that for some of you, the World Series is played out in the press and the most you want outta of every baseball season is less a Yankees championship and more the press saying bad things about the Red Sox.

      The fear that somehow, someway, the press is going to write good things about the Sox tomorrow night seems absolutely paralyzing for some of you.

  269. Erica says:

    Congrats D-Rob!

  270. Mister Delaware says:

    This is so awesome. Just burn Rivera now so you can say he’s not able to go tomorrow.

  271. Mister Delaware says:

    OH THAT WAS A FUCKING STRI … nevermind.

  272. BK2ATL says:

    Congrats D-Rob on 100Ks.

    Is Mariano really on the mound right now?????

    This sets up….Ayala in the 9th.

    Then tomorrow, a steady diet of Proctor, Laffey, and Valdes. I would hope for Brackman and Betances, but we know Girardi won’t use them.

  273. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    Daniel Baaaaahhhd…

    Best set up man evvvaaaahhhh

  274. Hall and Nokes says:

    Just get Andino to the plate with a chance.

  275. ArchStanton says:

    Mo so so smart that he fooled around and let Upton foul some off just to get his proper work in.

  276. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Holy shit his ears are HUGE!!! Seriously, I think they might get Dish Network.

  277. Guest says:

    How can you put Mark Reynolds and Chris davis back to back in a lineup? They are the Mantle and Maris of K’s.

  278. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    8-5 now

  279. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Grittiest missed diving stop EVAR!!!!

  280. Jesse says:

    Now 8-5 in Baltimore. C’mon O’s.

  281. Jesus Freak says:

    Gawd, Pedey is so gritty.

  282. Guest says:

    Daniel Bard…wow.

  283. Chen Meng Wang says:

    OH MY GOD BAAHHHD IS GONNA BLOW IT AGAIN?!?!

  284. Mister Delaware says:

    RAYS WIN! RAYS WIN!!! THA-AAA-AAA … RAYS … WIN!!!!!!!

  285. Cy Pettitte says:

    8-6

    come on O’s

    the Bamdino is up

  286. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    boy, would i be pissed if this game meant something..a triple play with the bases juiced and then a 3 run HR to boot?

  287. Jesse says:

    Now 8-6!!!!!

    C’mon Two run dinger here!

  288. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Time for MVP Andino to tie this with a HR

  289. Guest says:

    Robert Andino. It can’t be. Can it?

  290. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    Bard…LOL!

    make my night complete witha game tying dinger here!

  291. Jesus Freak says:

    Bard’s Sept ERA now @ 13.96 in 9.2 innings.

    • Foghorn Leghorn says:

      that’s closer material right there..

      if the sox miss the playoffs I can see papelbon leaving. althought Bard’s struggles increases his value to the sox tremendously.

  292. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    Andino’s up! hit it to Ellsbury

  293. Karl Krawfid says:

    Robert Bambino lets do it!

  294. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Got really excited when that ball left the bat.

  295. Tyrion Lannister says:

    That was a pitch he could have crushed. Still 8-6.

  296. Sarah says:

    Damn. A tie is still good tho. A tie that holds through tomorrow is a game 163. And you gotta like the Rays chances in a Game 163 with the Sox rotation and pen being absolutely destroyed.

  297. Jesse says:

    Ok so if the Yankees play the Tigers I believe the Tigers are using a four man rotation with Verlander, Fister, Scherzer, and Porcello. And it looks like the Yankees will use a three man rotation with CC, Nova, and probably Freddy, let’s say it’s Freddy for the sake of argument. So, it’d look like this:

    Game 1: Sabathia vs Verlander
    Game 2: Nova vs Fister
    Game 3: Garcia vs Scherzer
    Game 4: Sabathia vs Porcello
    Game 5: Nova vs Verlander

    If that’s really the case, I really, really, really hope the Yanks wrap it up in four games at the most. Of course you want to avoid game five in the ALDS in any situation, but Nova vs Verlander scares the living shit outta me.

  298. Widget says:

    still sucks that the Yankees drafted Fister. I really like him.

  299. Chen Meng Wang says:

    I brought this up before but how in gods name does Hardy reach the outside corner? he stands so far away from the plate.

  300. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Os have the tying run against Papelblown

  301. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Hardy is on. Let’s hit a home run and tie this up.

  302. Greg says:

    Hardy singles

  303. pop up teixeira says:

    nice hit Hardy, now capitalize O’s

  304. Jesse says:

    C’mon Papelbitch blow this game.

  305. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Wally Bell you piece of garbage.

  306. Chen Meng Wang says:

    The NESN broadcasters, as much as I hate them, are completely right…Bells been calling that pitch all night and it’s nowhere near the zone.

  307. Greg says:

    Makeup call on pitch 5

  308. Tom says:

    Sending the runner? Yikes that’s risky….

  309. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    NESN has shown the Rays score at least 3 times in this 9th inning

  310. Jesse says:

    God, that would have been ball 4, but you never know with this ump.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      Nah, Wally Bell has been calling that pitch a strike all night. It’s the widest outside corner since the invention of Questek

  311. Sarah says:

    Markakis is serious about this game. Love it.

  312. DERP says:

    Jesus that was scary.

  313. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Sending the runner turned out to be a good move. Need a HR.

  314. Tom says:

    At least Markakis was smart enough to foul off those pitches 6-8 inches off the plate… he would have been rung up on every one of them.

  315. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Os have the tying runs on base!!

  316. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Vlad with a single! God, a walk off 3 run HR would be epic here.

  317. Sarah says:

    Alright Vlad. You have no success off Papelbon in your career? clearly it is time for some regression!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  318. Jesse says:

    My God, why do teams even think about throwing first pitch fastballs to Vlad?

  319. pop up teixeira says:

    a homerun would be nice Matt Weiters!

  320. Tom says:

    Gotta run early in the count on Johnny Bench jr

  321. Sarah says:

    Are the Sox going to walk Wieters to set up the DP?

  322. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    god, Wieters is slower than Ortiz.

  323. Jesse says:

    Fuck. If Wieters wasn’t a sloth that would have been an infield hit.

  324. Tom says:

    Wow Wieters is slow… that should have been an epic fail

  325. Tyrion Lannister says:

    If that wasn’t a catcher running it would have been an epic miscue. Idiots.

  326. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Wow, huge miscommunication that would have been hilarious.

  327. Greg says:

    Wieter grounds out.

  328. Sarah says:

    Damn, Wieters. You need to run faster.

    Awesome D by the Sox.

  329. pop up teixeira says:

    damn!!

  330. ArchStanton says:

    Wow, he made Posada look fast.

  331. Tom says:

    Papelbon isn’t even looking back at 2nd… I know stealing 3rd with 2 out is marginal…. but take it…

  332. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Papelsmearbitchblown wanted that one.

  333. Hummingbird S. says:

    I wish Jones were any good…

  334. Tom says:

    That Papelbon squat/dump was hilarious…. he was all set for fist pump/ugly face

  335. Hall and Nokes says:

    I’ll take two balks.

  336. Sarah says:

    There is so much to like about this situation with the WC.

  337. pop up teixeira says:

    fuck

  338. Greg says:

    Sox hang on

  339. Jesse says:

    Damn. Well at least it took Papelbitch to use 30 pitches though.

  340. Ok Yankees, go out there and complete the sweep tomorrow.

    • BK2ATL says:

      Hahahaha!!!! I think we’ll see the F team by the 5th tomorrow.

      In other baseball news, the Atlanta Braves have completely tanked this season. A bigger choke job than Boston, but who cares about the Braves. Boston was supposed to go 150-12 this year.

  341. Chen Meng Wang says:

    all well…one game closer to a one game play off in which you’re going to have to start Lackey on short rest.

    • Jesse says:

      I actually listened to a bit of Francesa today and he had Peter Gammons on and he said that Boston will probably not use Lackey in a game 163. He suggested that they’d have Aceves start, go four innings and use their main relievers to try to shut it down, ei Morales, Bard, Papelbon.

      • Chen Meng Wang says:

        I heard that too, but after tonight, Aceves pitched like 3 innings? and if they need him tomorrow? I don’t think there’s anyway he would be able to give them the 4 innings Gammons was talking about.

        • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

          I bet Gammons thinks he’ll pitch a CGSHO tomorrow

          • Chen Meng Wang says:

            Honestly he sounded like he had just lost a loved one when talking about The Collapse*…I almost felt bad for a second then remembered who it was

            *The Collapse still isn’t complete so an asterisk will be put next to it until it is official.

      • Xstar7 says:

        Wow. They must really be Intent on destroying Aceves’s arm, Scott Proctor style.

  342. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    So it comes down to this…Rays vs. Proctor and the O’s vs 3 days rest Lester. Gonna be fun.

  343. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    tomorrow will be interesting for the Sox. whoever starts is on short rest of they suck and Aceves, Bard and Pap all pithced today..

    • Tom says:

      And if both teams win tomorrow you are looking at a Lackey/Wakefield start on short rest the next day with potentially those bullpen arms completely fried (if they have to work tomorrow)

  344. BK2ATL says:

    Oh well, 8-7. Aveces, Bard and Paplepuke are completely spent for tomorrow. Moral victory, I guess. It’s the Orioles.

    One more game!!!

  345. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Schilling gushing over Papelbum on ESPN. “His stuff is so good right now.” As he almost blew the save vs the Os.

  346. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    is it really short rest for Lester? he was gone by the 3rd inning in his last start.

  347. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    There’s also gonna be a tie atop the NL WC tomorrow too…

  348. Xstar7 says:

    Even though the Red Sox won, that game was very telling of what state they’re in right now. Outside of Aceves and PapelPrick, their entire pitching staff has gone to shit. Their offense has been carrying them, but should they make it into the playoffs they won’t get to face pitchers like Zach Britton and Scott Proctor.

  349. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    O’s just need to win tomorrow.

  350. Jesse says:

    Watch, Peter Gammons will write a piece on why Lavarnway should win the MVP…

  351. Tyrion Lannister says:

    If Bud Selig has his way there would be no drama tomorrow. Every single playoff spot would be locked up and the two wildcards would be preparing for their one game playoff. Selig is such an idiot.

  352. CMP says:

    If the Orioles can keep it close tomorrow, the Sux bullpen should be toast. Paplebon, Aceves and Bard all threw around 30 pitches tonite after pitching sunday.

    If those guys pitch again tomorrow, Francona might have to throw an inning if there’s a playoff thursday.

  353. Sarah says:

    I guess the Angels don’t feel like playing spoiler so I can see the Yanks in town next week. Stupid Angels.

    • Tom says:

      Garrett Richards going tomorrow for the Angels too (9 career innings pitched)

      Detroit’s got to be real happy about that when the Angels had Santana and Weaver setup to pitch on normal rest these last 2 games.

  354. Guest says:

    Huge win for the Sox, but its felt like this thing would end up tied going into the last day for a week or so now. And if things break the Rays way tomorrow…holy expletive. I mean, nothing can top the 1986 World Series/2004 ALCS. Those were key events late in the playoffs.

    But as regular season collapses go, I think this would have to be the worst.

    1. Outsized expectations…check.
    2. Domninant for most of the season…check.
    3. Chances of missing the playoffs less than one percent at one point…check.
    4. Loooooong drawn out process of collapse, akin to chinese water torture…check.
    5. Brutal losses coming at the end of the game coupled with dispiriting early blowouts where the game was over before the third inning…check and check.
    5. All occuring during a time of increased sports coverage, during the information age, after the proliferation of social media…checkmate.

    I don’t think there would be anything left to say. Literally. Everyone would just remain dumbfounded.

    (As an aside, I wonder what the reaction in Red Sox Nation would be if Scott Proctor entered the game at any point tomorrow. I would venture a to say…not good).

    • BK2ATL says:

      Could care less about RSN, but over here, the reaction will be, popcorn and cold beer please, and get ready for the laser show!!!

      I absolutely despise Scott Proctor’s 2011 presence on this Yankees club….until now.

  355. Please tell me Matusz isn’t pitching tomorrow.

  356. Chen Meng Wang says:

    I hate Curt Schilling (Paraphrasing) “The Tigers and Texas are both deeper than any team in the AL East both in the Line-up and Starting staff.”

  357. Jesus Freak says:

    Red Sox battling to an 8-7 victory against the 3rd worse team in all baseball proves Boston is the greatest team evah assembled.

  358. DannyC says:

    New to the website. Someone fill me in on what Francessa,d and Gammons’d means. Have an idea and it makes me laugh everytime I see it

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      Don’t know if you’ll ever see this but when you see somebody says
      Francessa’d or Gammmons’d or anything of that sort really it’s just basically saying “I mean this in a sarcastic way but this person actually believes what I’m saying.” For example

      “Montero’s a good hitta, if he eva learns ta catch he’ll be a STAAAA!!! But the Yankees don’t have a passition foh him so they ahh definitely gonna trade him. And if you disagree with me, first I’m gonna hang up on you then I’m going to bash you and call you a dumbass while you can’t defend yourself.

      /francessa’d

    • Tyrion Lannister says:

      Is Sidney Ponson going to be signed for tomorrow’s game?

    • BK2ATL says:

      I’d be okay with it, if the regulars only go 5 innings. All of them. Nothing more. No Soriano, no D-Rob, no Mariano, no Logan, no Wade, no Ayala.

      Hopefully Hughes is healthy enough to start or give us a couple of innings. Other than that, everyone gets reps in Game 162, down to Ramiro Pena batting cleanup again. A true, “everyone stay sharp and healthy, results don’t matter” game, if there ever was one.

  359. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    lol 13th inning for the Mets down by 1

    Pitcher Change: Francisco Cordero replaces Sam LeCure, batting 8th.
    1.Nick Evans walks.
    With Josh Thole batting, Nick Evans caught stealing 2nd base, catcher Ramon Hernandez to shortstop Edgar Renteria.
    2.Josh Thole walks.
    Coaching visit to mound.
    Offensive Substitution: Pinch runner Jason Bay replaces Josh Thole.
    With Josh Satin batting, Jason Bay advances to 2nd on a balk.
    3.Josh Satin walks.
    4.Jason Pridie walks. Jason Bay to 3rd. Josh Satin to 2nd.
    5.Justin Turner lines into unassisted double play, second baseman Todd Frazier. Josh Satin doubled off 2nd.

  360. Sarah says:

    God the Angels. Apparently after their top 3, the pitchers stink.

  361. JT says:

    So, wow, Lavarnway really complicated the MVP picture, didn’t he? Now the Sawx have 4 legit candidates — the only question is what order the writers will put them in. I guess Ellsbury, Lavarnway, Gonzo and Pedroia. Has that ever been done? 1-4 in the MVP voting? Will certainly be another feather in the Sox cap, but fitting for the best team since the ’27 Yankees, I guess.

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