Oct
03

ALDS Game Three: Yankees @ Tigers

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Three days after the series started as a best-of-five, we’re down to a best-of-three. Thanks to the weather shenanigans on Friday, both the Yankees and Tigers get to start their ace tonight, the first game of the rest of their season. CC Sabathia was looking pretty damn sharp in the Game 1A, striking out four in just two innings. Delmon Young’s solo homer wouldn’t have left the park they’re playing in tonight. Ivan Nova finished off the win in Game 1B.

Depending on who you ask, tonight’s game is a must win because A.J. Burnett is looming for Game Four tomorrow. If you ask me, it’s not a must win, just a boy it sure would be nice to win game. Ace vs. ace, this is why these guys make the big bucks. Here are the lineups…

New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Nick Swisher, RF
Jorge Posada, DH
Russell Martin, C
Brett Gardner, LF

CC Sabathia, SP

Detroit Tigers
Austin Jackson, CF
Ramon Santiago, 2B
Delmon Young, LF
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Victor Martinez, DH
Magglio Ordonez, RF
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Alex Avila, C
Brandon Inge, 3B

Justin Verlander, SP

The weather in MoTown is chilly but the sky is clear. No threat of rain tonight. The game starts at 8:37pm ET and can be seen on TBS. Remember, we’re trying to win a ring around here.

Categories : Game Threads
  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    I’m ready for a humdinger.

  • JimAbbottFan

    http://www.collegehumor.com/em.....-moneyball

    It’s a tale about a team that had to overcome the insurmountable odds and how their thinking outside the box shook up the foundations of baseball as we know it.

    May they continue that trend tonight.

    • nedro

      That’s pretty good. Prettyyyyy, prettyyyyyy, prettyyyyyyy, pretty good.

    • MannyGeee

      that make me chuckle. thanks for that

    • Jetrer

      funny as hell

    • Chen Meng Wang

      I Lol’d. but then missed what happened in the game…

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    For all you people that think Mariano Rivera is the best releiver in baseball, Mike Adams is the best reliever in the game because he has a 1.47 ERA.

    /What Buck Martinez said’d

    • Cy Pettitte

      I guess pitching in the ALDS is different than meaningless games at Petco.

    • Pants Lendelton

      The Rays refuse to die. The Yankees will rise to this occasion as well… optimally.

    • Thomas Cassidy

      The guy who just served one up to Jennings? Yeah, he’s great.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      I’m glad I seem to miss those stupid statements announcers say.
      Btw, D-Rob has a lower ERA than Adams does he not?

      • Cy Pettitte

        to be fair, Martinez said of the last 3 years combined.

        • Cy Pettitte

          over*

        • Thomas Cassidy

          Still a stupid comment. Adams pitched in the NL West in San Diego. Throw him in the AL East, his ERA jumps to 2.5. And he looks like shit tonight.

          • Cy Pettitte

            obviously. I don’t agree with the comment, just posting what he said.

            • Thomas Cassidy

              The intelligence of baseball announcers is amazing.

              Do they really believe the shit they say?

    • Kiersten

      Then wouldn’t D-Rob be the best reliever in baseball?

  • Mike

    Looking forward to seeing CC face Verlander tonight… a true underdog story.

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    Wouldn’t be nice to get an early lead to keep the bitching to a minimum tonight?

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Very. The Yanks have allowed first inning runs in both games, so it’d be nice if they didn’t allow a first inning run tonight.

  • themgmt

    Why is Jesus Montero batting 10th and not cleanup?

  • King George

    Just heard on XM: “And in Detroit tonight, Verlander, Detroit’s hot and power righty… set to take on the Yankees’ Sabathia, who while very solid for most of his career, is thought to be on the declining path as some in baseball circles will say. Could be the runaway game for the Tigers.”

    • Sarah

      Wow. Sabathia is on the decline? Some people will say anything to get attention.

      • King George

        Exactly. Couldn’t think of a more opposite way to describe CC.

    • Thomas Cassidy

      Eh. They’re just “optimistic.”

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

      Stop listening to XM.

      • King George

        Rental car earlier today. XM compliments of Hertz.

        • MannyGeee

          asinine comments courtesy of Hertz… We Try Harder (to make you as stupid of a human as possible)

          • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

            “we try harder is Avis, isn’t it?”
            “Leave him alone, he’s on a roll.”

            /Animal House’d

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

          But seriously, how stupid do you have to be to say CC is on the decline? He’s 31 and just had one of the best seasons of his career. Anything to fit their narrative I guess…

  • DERP

    Will this game start on a different channel? Looks like the Rays game won’t be finished in time.

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

      Yes, TNT.

      • DERP

        Thank you.

      • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

        aw crap, was looking forward to seeing Law & Order

    • nedro

      If it does, It’ll be TNT. Or the Rays/Rangers will move over in time for the Yanks to start.

  • Plank

    Not gonna happen, but if the Yankees jump out and score 15 in the top of the first, can they choose to sit CC until tomorrow or is there a rule against that once the lineup is set?

    • Thomas Cassidy

      He has to throw at least one pitch.

    • King George

      Must play one out.

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

    My prediction? The Yankees win behind a UUUUUUUGE effort from CC.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      /Kay’d

  • BGrider85

    Someone please tell me why A-Rod is batting cleanup again…

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Idk, because he’s been batting cleanup for virtually the ENTIRE season…

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Who would you want? Do you want Mr. Popout, postseason Tino Martinez Nick Swisher, or the Ghost of Jorge Posada in that spot?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        HTML fail…
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  • King George

    Don’t mean to post a ridiculous question, but is anyone else nervous for tonight? I’m half excited, half nervous.

  • U Thant

    Like McDonald’s……I’m lovin it.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Pretty nervous tonight, just saying.

    • Sarah

      Excited, nervous. All of it. I cannot imagine how the players feel. Maybe it’s better to be out there playing because you control more of it.

  • DERP

    No way the Yankees lose this game tonight.

  • Sarah

    Let’s do it, boys!

  • mt

    I think one out of the trio of Arod, tex and Swisher has to perform tonight – Tigers will work around Cano and Granderson.

  • sin271096

    Lets go CC put the team on your back tonight

  • Tom

    Good call by Martinez on Feliz not throwing another slider for fear of the wild pitch…

    He’s really brought his A game to this telecast.

  • MannyGeee

    wow… the Rays are not even trying to take advantage of shitty play by Texas.

    3BB and a wild pitch didn’t plate A run. may the trend continue into the ALCS.

  • sin271096

    Cmon jeter start it off right

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Called it.

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

    Let’s go Yankees, shut that home crowd up.

  • Sarah

    Did they just boo Jeter?

    Stay classy, Detroit.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Part of hosting the Yankees in a playoff game is booing Jeter and ARod.

    • jay h

      according to every other fanbase, jeter has the least class of anyone in the league other than A-Rod, they’re booed everywhere

  • MannyGeee

    Nick Swisher looks high as a kite in his lineup picture

  • sin271096

    Jeter!

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

    There you go Derek.

  • King George

    Hop on that shit, DJ. Right up the middle!

  • nedro

    1st pitch, atta boy.

  • Sarah

    Hey did you all know that Verlander is a great pitcher? I’ve never heard that before tonight.

  • MannyGeee

    who said he’s not clutch?? oh yeah, stats did.

  • Justin

    That’s a lot better than the five first innings last night.

  • nedro

    Sweety!!!!!!!!

    • nedro

      I meant Sweet…

  • Cy Pettitte

    Grandy!!!! I like this game already.

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

    The Grandyman!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jetrer

    The Grandyman!!!!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Grandy!!!

  • MannyGeee

    Who had the under on triples in today’s chat??

    • King George

      Mike! Haha

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Haha I remember that.

  • King George

    CURTIS!!!!!

  • sin271096

    GRANDY MAN!!

  • DERP

    Grandy!!!!!

  • mustang

    YESSSS!!!!!

  • Justin

    BUT I THOUGHT HE WAS INVINCIBLE?!?!?

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Is “pride of the lineups” code for we should remember that the Yankees are really, really good at hitting?

  • forensic

    Atta boy Grandy!!!

  • MannyGeee

    LOVING Robbie in the 3-hole. it just feels right

    • Erica

      TWSS?

    • MannyGeee

      until, of course he can’t catch up with that fast ball.

  • Sarah

    Please let this be the beginning of some epic Verlander meltdown.

    • King George

      +1

  • yankees=warriors

    Stupid question, but just opened the TV and the Rays game is still on, I noticed the audience aren’t waving white towels. Are all fans that sensible on the east coast or is this just a Yankee, Red Sox and Rays thing?

    • MannyGeee

      don’t get too far ahead of yourself… the cowbells will be out in the bottom of the inning

      • yankees=warriors

        Yes, on second thought, those might be more annoying than the white towels…

  • BJ

    Granderson!!!

  • sin271096

    gotta put the ball in play

    • Ivan

      Alot easier said than done pal…

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

    100 fucking mph.

    • Sarah

      According to the MLB Network yday, this means he’s nervous/anxious/amped.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Sac fly please.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      That’ll work

  • Sarah

    Ok ARod needs to get Granderson home.

  • Ivan

    LEts go A-Rod.

  • dkidd

    dear justin,

    you don’t scare us

    sincerely,

    the MFY

  • Skip

    I hope he exerts too much this first inning.

  • Erica

    C’mon Arod… c’mon. You got this.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Get that ball in the outfield and that run home, Alex. Home plate ump is on our side tonight.

    • jay h

      determined that before the other team came to the plate? impressive…

  • Jonathan

    Absolutely have to get the run in here. Goes without saying.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    been busting Alex inside, looks like he is further from the plate

  • Greg

    2-0 curve

  • dkidd

    i really miss having a pitch counter on the screen

    • karcotte

      Look harder

      • dkidd

        ietc

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

      I never really noticed how much I watched it until it was gone.

      • http://twitter.com/karcotte karcotte

        dude, it’s totally there. What sort of bootlegged telecast are you watching?

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

          Oh wow, totally missed that.

    • forensic

      There’s a pitch counter above the insanely annoying strikezone box.

  • Sarah

    16. It’s on the pitch tracker thing.

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      teeny tiny on my TV

  • Erica

    Okay, I’ll take it.

  • Ivan

    At least the run scores.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    That’ll get the job done. Great work this first inning. Hopefully that’s all CC needs.

  • MannyGeee

    wellll wasnt to the outfield, but I’ll take it

  • Greg

    ARod gets the job done

  • sin271096

    Thats a big run

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

    Good job, A-Rod. Got the run in.

  • Jetrer

    hooray for weak contact!!!

    • MannyGeee

      dribblers FTW!

  • DERP

    Got the run in. Nice.

  • mustang

    good job A-Rod!

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    i’ll take that; they gotta shorten their swings on those 2 strike pitches, verlander is reaching back for those.

  • Justin

    A run is a run is a run.

  • Ivan

    I like this match up here. If there is one thing Tex can do, is turn on anybody’s fastball.

    • forensic

      And flail over anybody’s changeup…

    • http://twitter.com/karcotte karcotte

      You say that as if Verlander only has one pitch.

    • Greg

      That’s why Verlander fed him changeups.

  • Tom

    That was a strike? ARe we going to have to deal with 6-8″ off the plate is a strike again tonight?

  • forensic

    That run is all on Grandy. More terrible contact by A-Rod.

    • Greg

      To put the ball in play against Verlander is a success no matter who it is. He did what Cano couldnt

      • Ivan

        Especially on a inside 100 MPH fastball.

    • Esteban

      Always something to complain about.

      • forensic

        I’m not complaining, just giving the credit where it should be, Granderson and not A-Rod.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      There’s also value in working the count full, as A-Rod did. Sure, Verlander can go 110, 120, 130 pitches into a game on regular rest, but let’s see how he does today on short rest.

      • forensic

        Yeah, the full count is fine, but it doesn’t matter much against great pitchers. As you said, he’ll pitch all night and guys with his stuff with get a 6-7 pitch inning or two to almost cancel it out.

        • Sarah

          You missed the part about Verlander being on short rest. He’s never done this before, and he was throwing 100 mph in that first inning. For all we know, he can only go 90 pitches in that situation, maybe less.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    It could be that the Tigers are really bad at defense. I don’t think you can “trust your offense” against CC Sabathia.

    • AnthonyD

      Especially when you have the infield in and get a ground ball right at someone.

    • forensic

      They have been terrible at defense, especially decisions on the infield. They’ve given away a bunch of extra outs already in this series.

  • Accent Shallow

    Has Teixeira ever hit a changeup? Or taken one?

    Sheesh.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Still loving Teix’s outs in the 5 spot.

  • Erica

    Is it bad that I’d rather have the Teix strikeout, as we just saw, than a pop-up?

  • MannyGeee

    wasn’t a pop up?

    #Lookatthebrightside

  • Sarah

    Ok CC, the offense got you the lead. Now you go out there and do your thing.

    Also, if we put up 2 runs every odd inning for the rest of this game, I’ll be thrilled.

  • Tom

    How is bringing the infield in in the first inning showing trust in your offense?

    They couldn’t make the play at the plate and it needs to be turned into a positive Detroit narrative?

    • Sarah

      I was wondering this myself. Makes zero sense. Also, a very sad commentary on the state of their defense.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      They obviously brought their infield in because they didn’t want to be down 2 runs to CC.

      • Sarah

        Hee.

  • Ivan

    One more thing, For a lefty hitter, man does Granderson gets on top of that high fastball. I can’t think of a lefty hitter who can do that right now.

  • Esteban

    Are the Yankees still DOOOOOOOMED?

    • Dead Horse

      I got the story last postseason you know.

    • jay h

      well Verlander is still in the game and AJ is tomorrow so clearly

  • MannyGeee

    Austin Jackson has a funny ear…

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    What’s the point of playing the infield in if you’re not even going to try to hold the runner? Granderson was halfway to the plate by the time the ball was fielded.

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

    Let’s go big guy.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    C’mon CC, these are the type of games you were brought here to pitch.

  • mbonzo

    No working the counts? How many pitches did Verlander have to throw again?

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

      At least 20.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        22, to be exact.

  • MannyGeee

    CC got squeezed there on strike 3… twice now

  • http://twitter.com/karcotte karcotte

    Don’t dick around, come right at this Austin Jackson.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I wouldn’t exactly say that CC was “really struggling” with his fastball.

    AJ Burnett was “really struggling” in August. CC was doing just fine.

  • Ivan

    Wow where the fuck was that pitch.

  • MannyGeee

    LOL… CC had an oblique injury with the Indians? by the looks of him I didnt figure him to have an oblique.

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

    CC got fucking squeezed

  • Sarah

    Effing ump.

  • mbonzo

    Verlander was getting these calls.

  • DERP

    WTF fuck you ump you stupid POS

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Where the fuck are these pitches?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Wow, thought he had strike 3 there. Talk about a tight strikezone.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Bs call!

  • boogie down

    Where the fuck was that??

  • Esteban

    Tough call. Could have been a strike. I think Ajax thought it was a strike.

  • Rey22

    Justin Verlan-who?

  • Tom Zig

    all 4 balls could have been called strikes.

  • Greg

    DP bails the Yanks out

  • nedro

    Yesss!!!!!

  • forensic

    Nice play, but a little quicker wouldn’t kill you A-Rod.

  • Leggy

    No strike 3? Fuck that, DP.

  • sin271096

    cano with the hose

  • MannyGeee

    Goddamit that was great! Cano is a beast.

  • mbonzo

    Great throw CANO!
    Bad call 1B ump.

  • DERP

    cano with the great turn

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

    Leadoff walk (strikeout) erased!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Lol he’s surprised they weren’t bunting in the 1st inning…

    • MannyGeee

      so was Girardi. see how far up A-rod was?

    • forensic

      Well, given Leyland’s comments I don’t blame him.

  • Sarah

    Oh Cano – “no baserunners for you Detroit.”

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Defense bails the umpire out. Too bad the Yankees didn’t trust their offense enough not to turn the double play.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I’m starting to think that this Cano guy has a pretty decent arm.

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      best all around 2B since Roberto Alomar

  • Erica

    I swear to God, I hear “Del Mignon” instead of “Delmon Young.”

    • MannyGeee

      I could use a Del Mignon right now…

      *the fat kid is hungry…*

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      Is that the Del Frisco’s Filet Mignon ?

  • Monteroisdinero

    I think these pitchers are too good for this 80 year old ump to keep up with.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse
    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Verlander will get that pitch at one point in this game

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Note to Smoltz: “amp it down” is not, in fact, the correct English.

  • Ivan

    CC having a hard time closing out these hitters.

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    how does he walk young?? love the big guy, but inexcusable.

  • billysbartender

    Can tell I’m gonna have to amp up my buzz for this one

  • mbonzo

    Walk him.

  • Erica

    Errrrrrrg

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Watching the Rays/Rangers until it’s over. Shoppach at the plate as the winning run. One out in the ninth.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Double Play, game over Texas leads 2 games to 1.

  • boogie down

    This zone will piss me off all game long.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I’m already pissed.

  • Monteroisdinero

    And now Miggy Montero.

  • MannyGeee

    fucking christ is that strike zone tight

  • teddy

    great cc can’t throw strikes

  • nedro

    Um, what’s with CC??? I’m scared…

  • Justin

    CC settle down big papa.

  • glue gagger

    the strike zone is shit

  • Esteban

    The strikezone is miniscule.

  • mbonzo

    My eyes are bleeding from this fucking strikezone.

  • sin271096

    OMG thats a strike!

  • Sarah

    This ump.

  • Jetrer

    wtf is wrong with this fucking umpire

  • Greg

    He’s not getting anything close.

  • Tom Zig

    This umpire is terrible

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

    CC isn’t getting ANY outside calls. Fucking umpire is a Tigers fan.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Just walk him.

  • Brandon

    I guess calling strikes and this umpire are antonyms. This is fucking bullshit. CC is getting squeezed like none other.

  • Tom

    Ump clearly only calling the 3rd base side of the plate… that’s a significant advantage for the Tigers (Verlander can work way off the plate to lefties, and CC won’t be able to do the same with righties)

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I’m surprised that CC even got the 3-0 called.

    Game 2, everything’s a strike. Game 3, nothing’s a strike. Fantastic.

  • Erica

    Blind ump?

  • Ivan

    CC control hasnt been great but the ump has been brutal so far.

  • mustang

    At the very least the other series is going back to Texas. Rays fans can “Believe” in that shit.

  • sin271096

    not the worst thing in the world

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I’ll take the walk.

  • RaeGun

    What’s up with the strike zone? It’s like it is shaped liked a star or something. Freaking umps.

    • CP

      I think it’s been consistent for CC (I didn’t really watch while Verlander was pitching). It’s just VERY small.

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    already with a defining at bat early here….

  • Leggy

    Verlander better be getting this fucking zone all night too.

    • Sarah

      Exactly. This is BS.

    • Erica

      Co-sign

  • glue gagger

    umps bet on games! blame the economy!

  • Brandon

    What sucks is that if anyone even says something to the ump about it they get ejected. This is some serious horse shit and is killing CC’s pitch count.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Strike zone SUCKS for CC. Ump is racist.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    this strike zone is meant to force CC to come over the heart of the plate….lets see how it holds up with Verlander on the mound. Plus…they are laying off his curveball…someone is tipping pitches

  • MannyGeee

    think Victor Martinez misses the clubhouse beers? I think he must

  • Rey22

    Jesus, that strike zone is ridiculous right now.

  • dkidd

    i’m gonna need a bigger drink…

    • Mickey Scheister

      I’m gonna need a bigger blunt.

      • nedro

        time to bust out the 6-footer.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    For all the bitching about bitching on this site it’s funny seeing all the complaining.

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....38;s_type=

    Especially when technically CC got screwed on one pitch.

  • karel capek

    Whoa, good Bible.

  • Champagne_whores

    So we have to beat the ump tonight too

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    someone finally swung at a curveball

  • Greg

    Luckily we didnt use SoRoMo yesterday because we might need multiple innings from one or two of these parts.

  • glue gagger

    OK THIS IS BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • boogie down

    He swung.

  • MannyGeee

    whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa? Martinez kinda went there, intent or not

  • CP

    So a swing is no longer a swing?

  • mbonzo

    The intent wasn’t there, but if he hits that ball its a double.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Stupid, stupid, stupid.

  • Ivan

    Come on CC!

  • sin271096

    This is a battle

  • Wow

    These umps are seriously screwing this up right now.

  • Mickey Scheister

    He Fucken swung the bat. Wow.

  • Matt

    The umpiring tonight is DISGRACEFUL.

    That was the most blatant check swing I have seen in a LONG time. How can you not call that? And the strike zone is a joke. Verlander has gotten pitches in the other batter’s box, and CC can’t get pitches on the corner? Pathetic.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      the strike zone hasn’t really been bad except for 1 or 2 pitches.

      http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....type=7.gif

      • mbonzo

        I count 6 of 28.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          tight-ish zone, but only one blatantly obvious call against the Yankees, if the zone is the same for Verlander, I’m fine with it

      • Chip

        I count 5

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    This ump crew needs to pull their collective heads out of their asses

  • mt

    Maybe it’s good that Joe did not use SoRoMo yesterday – at this pace CC may be out by fifth inning

  • Cy Pettitte

    and exhale

  • MannyGeee

    wow. that was a heartattack inning.

  • Esteban

    There you go big guy. Way to overcome the strikezone.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Nice job by CC

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    Cool he got through Miggy and Victor

  • Leggy

    And breathe……

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    28 ptich first inning….thanks umps….guess you feel the need to keep this one close

  • RalphieD

    that was a battle…hopefully the rest of the war is easier for CC…wow

  • dkidd

    nasty

    you rule, big man

  • forensic

    Stop bitching about the ump. The zone has been consistent, it just isn’t huge like it was yesterday. CC’s missing by plenty on a bunch of pitches too. He needs to find some better location or this could be a rough night for him.

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

    There we go, CC, there we go.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Good pitch there by CC. Gonna be a struggle with Gerry Davis back there but our patient lineup will benefit strongly from him tight zone.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Thank God. If Verlander doesn’t get this zone I’ll flip a bitch.

  • Ivan

    Alot of things didnt go CC way, but still unscave.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Cue more ump bitching even though a robot ump would be basically the same.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    I’m already planning my murder of Gerry Davis…I mean I’m already preparing my lunch for tomorrow.

    • Erica

      I tend to name my sandwiches Gerry Davis and murder them at lunch, too!

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        I used to murder Joe West five days a week.

        • Erica

          You are a professional luncher.

    • http://twitter.com/karcotte karcotte

      To be fair, that was a great pitch to hit. You don’t get many like that against Verlander. He just missed it.

  • Brandon

    I wish umps had pitch counts too, since that umps rediculous strike zone caused about 10 extra pitches that inning.

  • http://twitter.com/karcotte karcotte

    It looked like CC said something to Gerry Davis at the end of the inning. Anyone else see that?

  • Tom

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....type=7.gif

    Looks like CC’s going to have to work inside to righties… ump has no intent to call anything on the outside corner to righties.

  • alittleblackegg

    It seems weird that an at-bat in the 1st inning seems so important, but in the post season? Against Verlander? With runners on? That was a HUGE K.

  • DERP

    All the umps are so bad. This is so laughable. I hope CC throws one directly at the home plate ump.

  • ArchStanton

    I am so sick of umpires being allowed to make up their zone. The zone is in the rulebook. It’s not up for interpretation. A strike is a strike. It’s a big drag on the game IMO. Not to mention Martinez was struck out twice in that inning. Total horseshit.

  • BK2ATL

    Nice job, CC. Let’s calm down and find the zone again. Kinda ugly, but still a shutdown inning, as no runs scored.

    2-0 Yanks.

  • Ivan

    CC’s command wasnt sharp, but man that ump’s strike zone was just brutal. There was about 7-8 pitches that could of been called a strike but were of course called balls.

  • Jesus Freak

    Smoltz is real douche saying Tigers won the inning, in spite of the score, cuz CC threw 6 more pitches then Verlander.

    • Erica

      It’s Smoltz. It’s… it’s Smoltz.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Just face it. He’s rooting for Detroit.

  • Russell Martin

    Hey, ump have you stretched tonight?

    • Erica

      HA!

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    swish! take some more pitches dude, you know the zone is crappy

    • Sarah

      At least he didn’t hit the first pitch.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    make him throw strike 1 Swish!

    u dumbshit

    • Greg

      eh it was a 2-0 fastball down the middle. That’s what you need to do.

      • Esteban

        Well Cuso hates Swisher, so it’s expected.

  • MannyGeee

    so, dont swing until a strike gets called?

    • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

      not that, but make him work a little… CC just threw 27 pitches in the first inning and there martin swung at the first pitch..happy?

      • MannyGeee

        no sarcasm from me, I was serious. make him throw a strike. 1st pitch swinging on this kind of strike zone is not a good thing.

        as you just saw.

  • Cy Pettitte

    hip hip! not dead yet.

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

    Hip Hip! He ain’t dead yet!

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Jorge fucking Posada, making Giradi look like a genius when he’s not managing his bullpen or pinch-hitting for Brett Gardner.

  • Jerry

    damn jorge got more hits then arod tex and swish holy cow

  • Esteban

    Posada continues to hit.

  • Greg

    Now that was a bad swing.

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

    Should of started Montero…

    • Greg

      Not good defensively.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    That was the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen.

  • ArchStanton

    Nice job Martin. Make him work.

  • Sarah

    I so knew that was going to happen. FAIL Russell, FAIL.

  • Wow

    Holy crap russ.

  • MannyGeee

    does anyone know how to say “TAKE A FUCKING PITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!” in French???

    • billysbartender

      take le fucking pitch

      • MannyGeee

        sweet. someone tweet that to him.

      • Jack

        “But I am le tired.”
        “OK, take a nap first. But then take le fucking pitch!”

  • jay

    russell doesnt have no muscles he blows

  • mustang

    “I really have a hard time seeing him catching up to the heat Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer will bring. ”

    JORGE DOESN’T!!!!

  • forensic

    And there’s that 7 pitch inning, with a strict strike zone no less…

  • Leggy

    At this point in the game with Verlander out of the zone a fair bit you would figure these guys could make him work some right?

    • Esteban

      Everyone is an expert on hitting, except the major league hitters.

  • MUIDATS EEKNAY

    Who is this “Posada” they keep talking about that was red-hot in September? Can we add him to the postseason roster?

  • Sarah

    I seriously doubt the tigers are going to let CC out with 5 pitches or whatever joke that inning was by Russ and Swish (Jorge saw a few at least).

    • Greg

      Swish saw three pitches. Russel was the main culprit.

      • Sarah

        Fair enough, but Swish is usually good for 4 or 5.

    • Jetrer

      Swish and Jorge both put 2-0 pitches in play

  • Bill

    Russel Martin = ground ball machine.

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

    Fucking hell. Every time Jorge does something good it is immediately erased.

  • http://twitter.com/karcotte karcotte

    To be fair, that was a great pitch to hit. You don’t get many like that against Verlander. He just missed it.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      It was, and he hit it well. But all that is moot because there’s no reason to swing at the first pitch in that situation.

      • Jetrer

        there’s no reason to take a fastball down the middle in that situation either

        • Esteban

          Exactly. People never complain when hitters ‘jump’ on first pitch fastballs.

  • glue gagger

    MARTIN IS A JOKE

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    everyone just saw the ump squeeze CC….so no one in the dugout says….hey guys lets take some effing pitches this half inning???????

  • TomH

    CC’s got to be more economical–ump or no ump–this inning, or he won’t be around very long.

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    Verlander has control issues? I’ll just swing at the first pitch to GIDP and psych him out. Now that’s strategy.

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    Verlander has control issues? I’ll just swing at the first pitch to GIDP and psych him out. Now that’s strategy.

  • The Mick

    Umps squeezing the strike zone…big time

    • forensic

      Yeah, those pitches that were 8 inches out of the zone are definitely strikes…

      • jay h

        except they’re not all 8 inches out of the zone

        • forensic

          No, they’re not, but they’re also not in the zone. CC and Verlander have each gotten one BS strike call, everything else has been on the edge and he’s been consistent calling them balls. It’s not his fault the Yankees hitters don’t recognize that and take more pitches.

  • Erica

    ANOTHER WALK WHAT THE WHATTTTTTT

  • Cy Pettitte

    BB BBathia.

  • Sarah

    This is such BS.

  • The Mick

    where’s a strike with this freak’n ump??

  • Greg

    He’s all over the place. He might be the goat of this series if he cant win this game.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Any guesses now on Sabathia’s walk total by the end of the night? I say 6.

    • MannyGeee

      4 so far? I am going 8… and 0ERs

    • nedro

      more like 8. In six IP.

  • Champagne_whores

    Cc settle down

  • TomH

    How reliable is that TBS box? Ma Pinstripe says most of the called strikes are in it.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Funny Verlander got that exact call.

  • DERP

    LOL CC is just messing with us.

  • ArchStanton

    Whew. Thank God for these double plays.

  • Pasqua

    Master plan.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    ok dp. now time to walk 3 more guys

  • Cy Pettitte

    more of those please.

  • The Mick

    there’s 2..

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Love these double plays.

  • Erica

    Now let’s make this double-play worth it, ‘kay?

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Double play balls are pitcher’s best friends.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Nicely turned again. Walk everybody you want if you can get those grounders right after.

  • mt

    Walks and then Dp all night – strange but I guess it works.

  • Greg

    And another DP helps the Yanks

  • MannyGeee

    Cano makes those DPs look easy. I do not miss Tony Womack AT ALLL right now…. jus sayin

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Thank whoever ran the ARod deal for the Rangers because they could have had Cano.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Pedroia would have managed to somehow make that a triple play.

      • Thomas Cassidy

        I believe you mean an unassisted triple play.

  • mbonzo

    Cano is very good.

  • Tom

    Folks need to understand Verlander’s usually throwing 93-94 early in counts and 98 with 2 strikes. If you get a fastball strike early he’s hittable.

    Look at what Jeter and Granderson did on early fastballs that were below 95. It’s good to be aggressive so long as they are swinging at strikes.

    • Greg

      That’s the balancing act.

    • Jetrer

      IETC

  • teddy

    nice dp

  • boogie down

    Did Cano have his foot on the bag when he caught it?

    • nedro

      neighborhood play.

      /Aybar’d

  • UncleArgyle

    Was that a called strike?

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Oh my God he called a strike off the corner.

  • forensic

    Happy now that CC got a BS strike call? He has no control an dif he can’t find some soon he’s in deep trouble. Not going to get gift DP’s every inning.

    • Greg

      He’s been giving that outside corner to lefties for both pitchers.

      Its for righies that he hasnt.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      You say he’s not going to “get gift DP’s” as though someone else was inducing the ground balls.

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    they arent gonna be there to bail him out all night; and you know Verlander isnt likely to give up more than another run.

    • Greg

      Why not? Wasnt there a game where the Yankees hit into 5 DPs?

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    how many pitches that inning?

  • mbonzo

    CC has the no-no going.

  • Bill

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we get 7 innings 130 pitches from CC tonight.

    • CUYanks

      They have a rested SoRoMo so they might take him out with a lead before that… Mo on his own could go 2.

  • DERP

    Avila is making dicks soft all throughout Detroit. He has been awful.

    • BJ

      That BABIP is coming back around.

    • mbonzo

      He’s been very good actually.

      • DERP

        This series.

        0-7 with 4 Ks

        • mbonzo

          OPSing .827 in September. I could care less about 7 at bats.

    • MannyGeee

      butbutbut, he’s the bosses kid! that can’t come back to bite you in the ass, can it???

  • The Mick

    nice pitch CC…swing and a miss!!

  • Mickey Scheister

    CC with the no hitter thru two!

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    This is a AJ-esque no hitter.

  • Champagne_whores

    5 more inning big guy.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Not a perfect start, but as long as he keeps it scoreless I’m happy.

    Even if his pitch count keeps rising at this rate, we can get 9 outs with Robertson/Mo so there’s no need to panic.

  • jon

    CC going for the AJ burnett no hitter

  • BK2ATL

    I know CC got this, and has been effective, but I’m not liking this BB thing that he’s got going on. Less pitches this inning. Maybe he’s getting loose now. Let’s just keep it going.

    We need more runs vs. Verlander. Grind him outta there.

  • bonestock94

    Sucks he’s not too sharp today, he looked filthy in the rain out.

  • Tyler

    There is no shame in playoff baseball…I’ll take 2 scoreless anyway we can get it

    • Tom

      Exactly… to hell with pitch counts. Put up 0’s and worry about the 7th 8th and 9th when you get there.

      • Sarah

        Exactly. Take the 0s any way you can get them.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Yay Gardy.

  • Sarah

    Gardy with the bunt!

  • ArchStanton

    Great job by Gardner!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    a bunt?? A BUNT!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    GARDY!!!

  • Esteban

    That’s the type of bunt everybody likes (because it worked)

  • Ivan

    Nice Gardner. Bunt was brutal but hey you got on base.

  • Jonathan

    worst bunt that ended up as a hit?

  • http://www.twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    attaboy gritster!

  • flamingo

    YAY GARDY

  • MannyGeee

    Not exactly his best bunt???? that pop up shit is his EVERY BUNT!

  • forensic

    It’s great he’s on base, but boy does Gardner suck at bunting (and the one pitch AB sucks too).

    Expect another here with Jeter of course bunting…

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Jeter won’t bunt.

      • forensic

        He tried on the first pitch…

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Hit ‘n Run plz.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin
  • Sarah

    Is Jeter trying to bunt now?! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Erica

    Grittier than Pedroia, that ol Gardner.

    • Sarah

      :-)

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      No one has more grit than Pedroia.

      /ESPN’d

      • Erica

        I thought I saw Pedroia hopping through my yard today.

        It was only a bunny.

  • glue gagger

    nice strike

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Anyone else remember when TBS had the terror alert-style graph showing how far runners were leading off of first?

    Say what you want about their current coverage, but at least it’s been getting better.

  • Jonathan

    That better have been a hit and run considering Gardner it stolen and Jeter swung and a pitch 8 inches in off the plate.

  • http://www.twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    gosh damnit

  • ArchStanton

    God damn it Gardner, should’ve been running.

  • Erica

    EFF

  • Cy Pettitte

    why the fuck didn’t they bunt?

    lol.

  • Sarah

    FAIL.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    i miss smart base running

    • Greg

      That’s more luck than smart.

  • Leggy

    We went from 3-1 with a SB to DP and 2 outs. Damn.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Wow, four double plays in this game already.

  • mbonzo

    Damn, Gardner you gotta take a chance and steal there.

  • Ivan

    Good job Jeter, good job.

  • MannyGeee

    wow. just wow

  • Jonathan

    “That’s as good of play as you’re going to see…”

    wow

  • forensic

    Terrific… Gardner runs on one and Jeter swings at one that almost would’ve hit him. Not running the next one and it’s a gift DP.

    • MannyGeee

      yeah, didnt get the hit and run there, especially on ball 3.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Way-to-go, Jeter.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    What a waste of speed.

  • The Mick

    throwing jabs…

  • teddy

    typical yankeee game baseball, gardner pathetic

    • jay h

      yea, typical of the team with the best record in the AL…

    • The Mick

      ?????? what’s typical about it..and Gardy is pathetic?? I think not.

    • Jetrer

      yeah, damn Gardner getting on base and forcing Jeter to GIDP

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      What is this the first Yankee game you’ve seen or something?

  • Sarah

    And way to not see pitches again. Oh well. We’ve still got the lead.

  • forensic

    And after all that, just another quick, easy 8 pitch inning…

    • UncleArgyle

      Yankees should try ARods approach and let the tiny strike zone work FOR them.

  • billysbartender

    Gardner is fred stanley if he doesn’t run

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    well, detroit has 2 and we have 2 gidp, only fair.

  • Bill

    Wasted opportunity. At least it’s 2-0 in our favor.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Jeter just stays killing innings.

    2-1 count.

    Gardner goes. Jeter swings and fouls. DP next pitch.

    Jesus man.

    • Greg

      They were trying a hit and run.

    • The Mick

      it’s called Playoff baseball…and Verlander & the Tigers have something to do about that

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Jeter shouldn’t have swung at the 2-1 pitch

    • Greg

      Hit and run attempt.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I really wish Gardner would be more aggressive on the basepaths. Especially with Jeter batting, he should be running on every pitch when Jeter is ahead in the count.

  • Tom

    If Gardner wants to run he needs to run early…. you can’t expect a hitter to take pitches to 2 strikes against a pitcher of Verlander’s quality.

    Granted Jeter swung at a ball but that was the 4th pitch of the AB and if it was a strike and he takes it he’s 2-2 and not in great shape against a guy like Verlander.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Agreed entirely.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      the 2-1 pitch that gardner ran on was the perfect pitch to run on. it was a ball, gardner ran. but unfortunately, jeter swung and fouled it off.

      he ran at the right time and he had it stolen

  • Cy Pettitte

    if he walks Inge I’ll strangle him through my TV

    • Cy Pettitte

      what the fuck that’s even worse.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Blame the umps for that double

  • billysbartender

    grrrr

  • MannyGeee

    who is this Brandon Inge guy?

  • Ed

    Gardy on in front of Jeter and he doesn’t advance? I’m sorry but he HAS to get to second base – that can NOT happen. You can’t win against a guy like Verlander when you can’t even come CLOSE to manufacturing a run with the fastest player in league on first and no out with the top of the order coming up. I don’t mind when people slump – hitting comes and goes. But you have to play good baseball and that means moving runners up.

  • Sarah

    CC, you gotta settle down. You can do it. We have faith.

  • Ivan

    Crap, fucking Inge.

  • BJ

    Eh, nice hit by Inge. I thought it was going out at first, so a double is fine by me.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Forget about pitch counts. Doesn’t matter in this game for either pitcher but CC, no more walks.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Strike out Jackson, walk Santiago then double play, inning over.

  • Wow

    Umps still terrible.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Did I mention that I hate this strike zone?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      http://www.brooksbaseball.net/....._type=.gif

      And CC is still getting screwed on TWO pitches. It’s not conspiracy or tragedy or whatever.

      • The Fallen Phoenix

        I count at least four balls that are in the zone. Not on the zone’s border, or just outside the zone’s border, in the zone.

        And there should be zero balls in the zone. So, yes, there is room for bitching.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Wow four pitches. How much you wanna bet that’s never happened before because I’m sure in every game in baseball umpires have gotten at least 4 calls wrong.

      • Jetrer

        look now, there are 6 pitches

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Really? Because I see 10 pitches on there that could EASILY be strikes.

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          Make that 8. But you get the idea.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Either you can’t count or you don’t know the rules. Okay CC got screwed on 4 out of what 61 pitches? What a travesty.

          • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

            I miss counted. Sue me.

          • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

            And I said that they could have easily been called, I’m not the one umpiring, a lot of other umpires could have called those strikes. Try understanding what I’m saying.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    they need to take the pitch tracker down…

    • Hobs

      Yep. It’s giving me agita. Damn agita.

  • brazilian fan

    this ump is fucking us

  • Sarah

    Leyland doesn’t want AJax to get on base as a leadoff hitter?

  • TomH

    The ump may be a problem, but CC’s not right tonight, and I hope if things do go South, that Joe doesn’t wait too long and that he has a plan for long relief that does not, can not, include Ayala.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    failed bunt? dont try to out Yankee the Yankees

  • Champagne_whores

    Does TBS stand for tigers bitches shitheads anouncers.

    • http://twitter.com/karcotte karcotte

      no

    • Erica

      I’m going with… yeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhno.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    C’mon CC, it’s Austin Jackson. Go right after him.

  • Mickey Scheister

    This AWFUL Ump needs to move over to his right about six inches, he’s not calling em over them over the plate.

  • Leggy

    CC is getting NOTHING on the corners.

  • Cy Pettitte

    where are these missing? fucking hell.

  • http://www.twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    boy, he’s getting squeezed

  • MannyGeee

    CC is getting the SQUEEEEEEZE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • billysbartender

    im gonna crawl thru the tv and kill gerry davis

  • Sarah

    Does the ump have the box in his head? Shut up TBS.

  • The Mick

    where is this umps f**k’n strike zone??

  • Erica

    I am getting so frustrated by this ump.

  • Esteban

    Well, clearly, the strikezone is not going to be favorable to pitchers tonight. Sigh.

  • BJ

    Blech. Knew that was ball 4 as soon as I saw it leave his hand.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Thank God Freddy Garcia isn’t pitching with this zone. Good grief.

  • mt

    How can you walk Austin jackson twice?

  • glue gagger

    ump is bullshit

  • mbonzo

    Someone get in that umps face. This is the best MLB can do for a playoff game?

  • Bill

    This umpire is terrible

  • Wow

    It’s kinda hard to pitch when anything not down the middle is a ball.

  • Lincoln Hawk

    i am not enjoying this so far. C’mon Santiago screw up this bunt attempt

  • Ivan

    This strike zone is ridiculous.

  • Mickey Scheister

    I’m so angry, this is horse shit.

  • The Mick

    this Umps already gotten into CC’s head

  • teddy

    this is criminal

  • Champagne_whores

    I will bet you before the night is over girardi is ejected for stike zone with this asshole davis

  • Hall and Nokes
  • DZ

    This is the worst umpire I have seen in all of these playoffs. It’s pathetic Jackson should of been out 3 pitches ago.

  • Greg

    To be fair, the ump has been consistent. He is not giving the outside corner for righties.

    • The Mick

      consistent…my ass…he’s not giving the corners the lower half and the upper half. He’s making CC have to throw it directly over the plate otherwise it’s a ball.

  • King George

    This is such a bad squeeze job by the ump. Awful.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    CC Screwed Count: Still Only Two

    • Jetrer

      having difficulty counting, are you??

      • JobaWockeeZ

        If it’s outside the black lines it’s a BALL. In that time CC got screwed two more times. Okay again not a fucking travesty. If people want to continue to bitch fine just don’t make annoying wannabe memes about other complainers.

        • Jetrer

          and on the line is a strike. There are 4 inside the lines, and 2 on the lines, so 6 missed.
          Verlander has one on the line missed and 2 gifts well out of the zone
          CC’s been wild, but the ump has been shit as well
          http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....type=7.gif

          • JobaWockeeZ

            It’s BARELY touching the line. It can go either way, what a shock.

            • Jetrer

              just saying a lot of bad calls (4 now) in Verlanders favor
              many bad calls going against CC, hardly equitable

  • mt

    95 pitches by end of fourth inning at this rate.

  • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com Alex Taffet

    WTF is Ramon Santiago doing in the #2 spot anyway? Dude has a .296 career wOBA and .305 in 2011…

    Old school baseball: +1 for the Yankees

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    what is this, phil hughes?

  • Esteban

    Not gonna get the DP everytime.

  • Jetrer

    Step it up, Big Fella

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    OK CC, you’ve gotta hold this lead.

  • teddy

    yanks can fly and 5 this, hopefully cc can go 5

  • Champagne_whores

    Does the ump get an asst

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Just an atrocious 0-2 pitch. We will not win this ballgame if CC is left in. Start warming up Hughes and try to win it with the pen.

  • Jonathan

    This is just excruciating to watch. It’s like an AJ start

  • Sarah

    This game is giving me a heart attack.

  • glue gagger

    gj martin. gj holding on to those strike 3s. fking retar d

  • ItsATarp

    This fucking Ump is fucking us over

  • King George

    CC just doesn’t lo himself tonight for whatever reason.

    • Monteroisdinero

      The reason is the ump. No outside corner strikes.

  • mt

    Ramon Santiago works out a tough AB – this could get ugly.

  • BK2ATL

    That was a matter of time. Too many base runners. Too many walks. Time to shut it down now, CC.

  • MannyGeee

    well, kinda saw that coming.

  • Karl Krawfid

    CC is a gonna choke this one away.

  • Erica

    Breathe breathe breathe breathe breathe

  • Matt

    When is this battery going to wake up and call for high fastballs?

    You cannot throw to the same quadrants over and over and over and expect even weak hitters to make outs.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Broken bat bloop? Seriously?

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    this could get ugly; hope it wont, but it really could.

  • boogie down

    Come on, CC, you got this.

  • Sarah

    Where are the outs?!?!

  • Tyrion Lannister

    It’s nearly over, folks. CC about to give it all away.

    • JimIsBored (Jim S)

      Just stop watching, then. No one wants your negativity.

  • Thomas Cassidy

    Great performace, CC. Opt out and don’t fucking come back.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Your joking right?

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        He’s disguised as Ken Rosenthal.

  • Wow

    Umps just aren’t allowing cc to pitch aggressively.

  • TomH

    It’s not the ump as much as it’s CC.

    • RCA

      Agreed….some pitches are way out the strike zone. He is getting squeezed though. But walking Austin Jackson twice is a combination of both.

    • The Mick

      Watch the strike zone for both sides.

    • CP

      Wrong. It’s the ump:

      http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....;extraStr=|10/3/2011|New%20York%20Yankees%20@%20Detroit%20Tigers

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Four pitches don’t mean jack shit.

        • CP

          It’s 6. And it does mean a lot.

          Four of his walks would have been strike outs if they had been called correctly.

  • Sheepmeister

    I would say bring Robertson in, but the ump would just issue a walk.

  • Grit for Brains

    Lets do it CC!

  • Russell Martin

    I’m going to let a high fastball ‘get by me’ and take out this ump.

  • Esteban

    Or you will get a DP everytime.

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    will take that trade every day. whew.

  • Leggy

    Tigers are working CC hard? I’d say the ump is working him just as hard.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    will take that!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Defiantly best case scenario there.

  • mbonzo

    That was awesome, ump couldn’t fuck up the double play at least.

  • Mickey Scheister

    I counted 7-8 pitches in the zone called balls. This ump should be fired after the game, I’m sure he’s getting a nice check from Det.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Tie game.

    But CC’s thrown over 60 pitches, so really the Tigers are leading by 7.

    /Smoltz’d

  • mt

    Let’s keep it at 2-2 – retire VMart.

  • mt

    Let’s keep it at 2-2 – retire VMart.

  • flamingo

    If this game ends up being high-scoring I will laugh and laugh and laugh.

  • teddy

    game over, thanks to this cheating ump

  • Matt

    This has to be the most biased broadcasting crew outside of Joe Buck/Tim McCarver.

    Is Ron Darling insane? His control is off? How about the fact that CC is throwing pitches right on the edge that are called balls in 2 strike counts, over and over again?

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      SNB is worse.

    • Sarah

      It’s horrible. CC is struggling, Verlander is floating on air. The Tigers are headed to the world series as soon as this game is over. I’m very close to mute.

  • brazilian fan

    FUCK YOU UMPIRE. RACIST

    • RCA

      That pitch was a foot outside. What a surprise giving the outside corner a strike on LH but not towards RH. And the Tigers have all RH!!

  • trueblue

    CC is garbage tonight

  • stuart a

    this ump is absolutely horrible. his strike zone is microscopic. check out the k zone.. he has given CC zero pitch’s

    not 1………

  • Ivan

    All things considered, that was a good job by CC.

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

    Clearly somebody did not stretch before the game…

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    cmon Yanks….time to capitalize

  • Esteban

    Gutty effort CC/

  • Sarah

    Good job by CC battling back.

  • BK2ATL

    Back to 0-0. We need to stay on Verlander before he finds a groove.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    at this point you just have to hope cc can settle down and go 6, unfortunately verlander is on right now, need to start working some ab’s and maybe get a run or two

    • Greg

      I dont know if Verlander’s on either. He’s being bailed out by DPs too.

      • Sarah

        Agreed. It’s hard to tell.

      • MannyGee

        this. BABIP luck on both sides

  • Cy Pettitte

    If I was Russell I might “accidentally” miss a fastball and let it hit that fuck behind the plate in the face

  • mbonzo

    I gotta give CC credit, he’s doing a good job with what he’s been handed.

  • thekid

    If they talk about Ramon Santiago being in the 2nd spot 1 more time, I may break my tv.

  • ItsATarp

    This ump needs to eat shit and tie

  • Sheepmeister

    I can’t do this anymore. I am about to throw something and break expensive electronics. Good night all.

  • Karl Krawfid

    5 walks.

  • CMP

    CC has nothing tonight. Hopefully he can settle down and get through 5 so they can go to Hughes and SoRoMo.

  • glue gagger

    yup umpire is a racist

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    big to keep it at 2; if CC can keep it tied going to the pens, I like our chances.

  • billysbartender

    breathe. just breathe. yanks need to start taking some pitches

  • Sarah

    Offense please. Verlander is human.

  • MannyGee

    that was a tough inning to sit through. alot of great pitches turned into shit

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    TAKE SOME FUCKING PITCHES!!!!!!

  • stuart a

    the strike zoneis slightly larger then a postage stamp.

    what a joke…………………

    cc is getting squeezed on at least 15 pitches in 3 innings,,,,,,,,,,

  • Chen Meng Wang

    BOOOO!!!!!…oh wait I mean YAY!!!!!

    /EVERYTHINGARODDOESISWRONG!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    ARod walked, conspiracy.

  • Sarah

    God the TBS crew. I’m seriously about to mute and switch to John and Suzyn.

    Yay ARod with the walk. Make it happen Tex.

  • MannyGee

    bat on your shoulder TEX… none of that popup shit please.

    • MannyGee

      no fucking sooner did I hit send… at least that left the infield

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    see what happens when you dont swing. Verlander gets fucked too. what a concept

  • Esteban

    Well some of those pitches to Arod could have been strikes, to be honest.

    • MannyGee

      some of those pitches would have been called strikes by 99% of other umps…

      but you know what they say, when in Rome, have sex with an alter boy.

  • Greg

    It’s clear now. The ump is not giving the outside edge to right handed batters. For both pitchers.

  • Erica

    TEX TAKE A PITCH GODDAMNIT

    • Esteban

      He hit that hard. Cmon

  • stuart a

    i take it back this ump sucks for both guys. he gives them zero..

    nice 1 pitch ab by tex. he is 1 friggin moron.

    he sucks and gets zero grief..

  • mt

    Sigh – a one-pitch out.

  • Leggy

    Can Montero play 1B?

    /halfkidding.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Verlander is having a perfect shutdown inning.

    (Please ignore the 4 pitch walk.)

  • Sarah

    Come on, Swish. Do what Tex didn’t do. Get on base.

  • thekid

    tigers bribed the damn BABIP gods…

  • Grit for Brains

    Give CC THAAT PITCH!!11!!!11!!

  • Paul

    Home Plate Umpire is an embarrassment to baseball.

  • a.hinds

    okay this up sucks. the count should be 2-2 on arod

  • mbonzo

    Fuck this ump.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    of course he calls that one.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Swish didn’t swing!

  • Jonathan

    Butt fucks Nick TWICE after that garbage with CC…that’s ridiculous

  • JimIsBored (Jim S)

    Good to know Verlander can get that call.

    #umpireaccountability

  • Cy Pettitte

    most. inconsistent. strike. zone. ever.

  • BJ

    WHAT? This ump is freaking ridiculous.

  • Leggy

    I give up, ump. Who’s home plate tomorrow?

  • Ed

    Unbelievable. Widest strike tonight by a mile

    • Ivan

      For Verlander.

  • Greg

    Again, he is not giving the outside for RHB. He is giving it for LHB

  • Esteban

    That was a strike to Swisher? After the Kzone CC has had?

  • glue gagger

    asshole racist !

  • Karl Krawfid

    Tex and Cano.

    3 pitches.

  • stuart a

    so the low outside pitch to lefties is the only borderline pitch this dope ump gives.

    tex sucks.. he got 1 big hit postseason for the yanks… that is it….

    but hey back leg and swing for the fences it has paid off with the 220 lefty avg, you dope……..

    • jay h

      so the low outside pitch to Yankee lefties is the only borderline pitch this dope ump gives.

      *fixed

  • Mike

    glad to see strike zone is being expanded for verlander

  • billysbartender

    fuck gerry davis

  • Jesus Freak

    This ump is the worst, just gave Verlander a christmas gift on that last pitch.

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    i don’t really want to deal with the inevitable ‘tigers are the new angels in that they own the yankees in the playoffs’ narrative that will come with a loss, so, please guys, win for that reason alone.

  • boogie down

    So, did everyone else choose the Queen of Hearts on that Brain Games commercial?

    • billysbartender

      none of the cards were the same

  • Matt

    I thought that Postseason umpires were screened for quality?

    This is getting beyond ridiculous at this point. This is starting to enter “Umpires will decide the series” territory. The two worst home plate umpires of the entire season back to back in a postseason series?

    Yesterday’s ump handed it to Scherzer in every way possible with his batter’s box to batter’s box zone, and now tonight? I don’t think I could have made this up.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    OMG Comerica is a bandbox!

  • ItsATarp
  • John

    how much furthur outside the strike is this ump gonna call for verlander

  • Tyrion Lannister

    As poorly as CC has pitched he’s got a shot at a good outing if he can keep them at 2 for a couple more innings. We’ve got our rested pen. If CC gives up another run, we lose to Verlander.

    • Esteban

      Ever the optimist.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Human element!

    • MannyGee

      think I dated her in college…oh, my bad you said human elephant.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat
  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    surprised the home plate ump didnt signal home run on that one

  • RCA

    That second pitch to Ordonez was a strike, if Verlander was pitching!

  • mt

    Wide outside pitch to lefthanders being given by ump is not going to help us – Tigers have one lefty Avila – we have 6.

    I have never seen CC throw so many pitches in the dirt.

    • RCA

      Thats the thing…this ump is horrible but CC is off. Must admit that, some of his pitches are so off it looks like AJ is actually on the mound.

      • Tom

        Well if he’s not getting the outside corner to righties he either has to work in or down… looks like he has chosen down.

    • Tom

      This is why the narrative “as long as he’s consistent” is about as dumb as it gets…

      The impact of a bad zone is different on different teams (especially when pitchers are opposite handed)

      • Greg

        Great pitchers make adjustments to the ump’s k-zone.

        • Matt

          Yes, because great pitchers can make perfect pitch after perfect pitch right on the corner all night long until the umpire calls it?

          With this kind of zone, the only way you can survive is to flat out blow the hitters away in the zone. How many pitchers throw in the high 90’s with a wipeout slider?

    • mt

      Like that one to Avila.

    • Hall and Nokes

      This is exactly right. It’s a lefty-righty thing. Though if I drink any more tonight it’s going to be a black-white thing by night’s end.

  • Bill

    I hate this announcer. He sounds like he wants the Tigers to win so bad, and I just don’t like his style. He’s annoying. Give me Joe Buck.

    • RCA

      He is way better than Joe Buck. And Darling is better than McCarver, while Smoltz sounds like he is still burning over Game 5 of the 96 WS.

      • Bill

        How is he better? It’s all a matter of opinion anyway.

    • Bill

      To be honest, Michael Kay is my favorite announcer, and it’s not particularly close.

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    needed a big start from CC, getting maybe a quality one, if lucky. not good. verlander goes 7.2, 3 er at most.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Great hustle, Swisher.

  • Erica

    NICE play, A-Rod!

  • Greg

    The ump has been consistent.

    Not giving outside strike to right handed batters.

    Giving the outside strike to left handed batters.

    For both pitchers

    • RCA

      Agreed. the second pitch to Avila was a foot outside.

    • Matt

      You can’t be serious. Verlander has gotten 4 pitches in the other batter’s box. CC has gotten maybe 2 or 3 pitches even in the borderline zone all game. Are you even watching the game?

    • Tom

      Consistently bad = bad. If the first base ump called everyone who was withing a step of first base safe we wouldn’t be saying “as long as he’s consistent”

      Since one lineup has 6 lefties and the other has 1… the impact of “consistent” is not the same.

  • MannyGee

    wow, A-Rod with the glovework! now if he could only hit…

  • beachbum

    OK – gotta admit A-rod is playing a nice third base this series.

  • CMP

    A Rod has played pretty solid defense at 3rd this year.

    • AnthonyD

      Ssshhhh! He’s terrible at everything and the sole reason every time they lose.

  • Champagne_whores

    Can they just throw a high fastball and have martin miss and bean that crooked bastared.

  • Cy Pettitte

    if the camera shot were a little wider you could have seen ARod running away pretending he couldn’t find it during the pop up

  • JobaWockeeZ
    • JimIsBored (Jim S)

      Never said anti-yankee. The ump is awful, for both teams. It’s pathetic that someone who can’t see the strike zone when a RHB is up is allowed to be behind the plate in the postseason.

      I honestly don’t think MLB gives a shit about its umpiring. For real.

    • Jetrer

      you can’t deny that Verlander is benefitting much more than CC
      http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....type=7.gif

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        He hasn’t been inconsistent, he just has a lefty-righty problem, which quite frankly means he shouldn’t umpire in the playoffs.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        I won’t deny it but the overreaction is priceless. Now as I said again it’s fine if you’re frustrated but when half of those people doing it constantly insult the other half then that shit needs to end.

  • brazilian fan

    I MISS KAY

    • Bill

      YESSSSS

  • Hall and Nokes

    Pretty clear that the ump has lefty-righty issues. Sucks because I think AJ would be dominating Randy Johnson right now if Davis were behind the plate.

    • mbonzo

      Funny enough, Randy Johnson pitched a perfect game with Gerry Davis at homeplate.

      • brazilian fan

        HE WASNT A BLACK DUDE

        • Hall and Nokes

          lol at both of these. Good lord he was dominant that night.

      • mbonzo

        He was at 2nd, sorry.

  • Ivan

    Now ump if you can call a couple of those strikes that are balls for CC to even it up, all would be forgiven.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    settle in CC

  • CP

    So the ump is giving the strike outside to the left hand hitters, but calling anything outside to right handed hitters a ball. That wouldn’t be a big deal, except the Yankees are all left handed and the Tigers are all right handed.

    • Greg

      But he’s done it for both pitchers so he’s been consistent. Its up to CC to make the adjustment.

      • Tom

        Consistently bad = bad.

        Why do people keep throwing out this ridiculous narrative? When one lineup has 6 lefties and the other just 1… the impact is severe.

        Also take a look at the Brooks chart… he’s only calling that pitch off the plate to LEFTIES, CC’s not getting that same location on the inside to righties.

        If he was “consistent” it would be a strike regardless of which side of the plate the hitter is on.

  • glue gagger

    its detroit, ofcourse the white man has to beat the black man. fking racist ump

  • Sarah

    Russ should’ve let that one go and hit the ump.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Hooray for quick innings.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    I really think you have to give Russel Martin a ton of credit for getting CC through with less than dominant stuff.

  • Cy Pettitte

    2 more innings. score some runs, hand it off the SoRoMo.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      What’s SoRoMo? I only know Ayala.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Only if we have the lead

      /TheBinderRules.

  • CMP

    If Joe let’s CC throw 120 tonight he might be able to get through 6. Yankees need to get Verlanders pitch count up over the next few innings.

  • Skip

    Same shitty strike zone by the umpire. His zone sucks against LHB, just straight up sucks.

    And Ron Darling said something intelligent about changing the line of sight on those pitches.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Having a clean inning there was huge.

    Again, if CC can get us to the 7th inning tied or leading then we’re in good shape. Robertson/Rivera should be good for 9 outs tonight.

    • JimIsBored (Jim S)

      Could use some runs, though.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Does it bother anyone else that the girl in that Captain Morgan’s commercial is still a slave, and she’s totally going to have to clean up all the broken dishes?

  • Tyrion Lannister

    If we don’t get a couple runs this half inning Girardi needs to have Hughes and Wade warming up. We can’t worry about hurting CC’s feelings here. If he gets in trouble, he’s out.

    • MUIDATS EEKNAY

      Quiet, Imp.

  • MannyGee

    I wish I was Captain Morgan. the middle ages look AWESOME! all that raping and pillaging… thoese were the daaaaaaaaaays!

    • Bill

      those commercials take place in the baroque period …

  • Kostas

    alright enough of this fucking blowing a lead bullshit. Score some damn runs. C’mon Yanks you can beat this over hyped fuck.

    • BJ

      I’m all for smack talk, but let’s be honest: Verlander is not overhyped. He is a top-tier, best of the best arm. He deserves the Cy that he’ll be getting.

      • Kostas

        Is he a Yankee? He is over hyped. Just like Beckett.

  • Kostas

    This is my fear, score two runs and then the bats disappear…..

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      How dare they not hammer Justin Verlander.

      • Kostas

        Mock as you must, but they need to start hitting. But feel free to mock and then let it all hang in AJ’s hands tomorrow.

      • Kostas

        Mock as you must, but you must clearly think Verlander is superior to our hitters. Nice position to take.

        • Chen Meng Wang

          You realize he is though right? I mean the man had such a good season as a starting pitcher he’s an actual contender for the MVP. IDC how good a line up is, good pitching beats good hitting.

  • mbonzo

    I can understand Cano better than I can understand Jim Leyland.

  • Sarah

    Leyland does not move his mouth when he talks. Mumble, mumble.

    • MannyGee

      all ‘stache. like watching a Yosemite Sam cartoon

  • Esteban

    That was a disgusting two seamer

  • King George

    Not. Looking. Good.

  • Skip

    Ugh, Russell, I love you and all, but I think I need some Montero right now.

  • Greg

    YOu cant crticize Jorge for not swinging while crticizing Tex for swinging.

  • brazilian fan

    PITCH CUNTS ARE OVERRATED

  • Kostas

    blah… here we go. KKKKKKKKKK

  • Chen Meng Wang

    6 pitches 2 Ks…

  • Matt

    That was less than Martinez went in the first inning.

    This is DISGRACEFUL.

  • Sarah

    I can’t wait for Verlander’s arm to fall off.

  • Erica

    I…ugh.

  • Bill

    The Yankee had success early in the game attacking Verlander early in the count. Why they’re going away from that is beyond me.

    • MannyGee

      funny, the Yankees waited 5 innings for Verlander to settle in before they start taking pitches…

    • Skip

      It’s like they were attacking early when he was wild and other than early in the first inning, it didn’t do very well. Now he’s throwing middle middle (granted, 95+) but the Yankees are trying to work the count. Unfortunately, it gets worked to 0-2.

    • Greg

      Everyone on here wanted them to drive up his pitch count. I guess they heard everybody on here.

    • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

      trying to take advantage of a crappy strike zone..looking for some walks. Doesnt work when Verlander throws the ball right down the middle of the plate

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    well that sucked

  • Tyrion Lannister

    If CC yields another run it’s over. Joe has to have the pen warming.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Just turn the tv off if you’re assuming the Yankees don’t score another run.

  • wow

    so now we roll over? c’mon.

  • Tyler

    He’s not even locating these pitches well all in the middle of the plate.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Well Verlander has found his groove.

  • glue gagger

    ump looking really excited when a NY player strikes out

  • RCA

    That hook is nasty, borderline not fair.

  • forensic

    And, here we go…

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

    There, everyone happy they started taking pitches?

  • Hall and Nokes

    Is it SoRoMo tonight or So+2Mo?

    (I wish we could do subscript on this.)

    • Hall and Nokes

      or Ro+2Mo

      (Nothing worse than waiting 90 seconds on a busy game thread night, knowing that you typed the wrong thing.)

  • Ivan

    Struck out the side, but then again he did that against the Yankees 3 worst hitters in the lineup.

  • Leggy

    And now he’s dealing and we can’t even work the count. Not that we were working the count anyway.

  • Sarah

    Fuck, fuck, fuck.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Note to everybody whining about Tex/Martin swinging at the first pitch: that’s why you don’t take a bunch of pitches against Verlander.

  • Pasqua

    Hope CC doesn’t plan to give up any more runs, because Verlander sure as fuck doesn’t look like he intends to. What a fucking clinic.

  • Esteban

    Hey they took pitches! Everybody should be happy now! Get into 2 strike counts against Verlander.

  • trueblue

    That is fucking embarassing.. Make it easy on him boys

    Martin brings nothing to the game what so evee and Gardy with his standard stare at strike 3 effort.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Scoring 2 runs against the best AL pitcher is hardly embarrassing.

  • http://twitter.com/karcotte karcotte

    Maybe swinging at first pitch fastballs wasn’t such a terrible idea.

  • Matt

    I’m sure you guys will give all the credit to Verlander tonight.

    How about the fact that our hitters kept popping out on 2-0 92 mph fastballs down the middle for the first 3 innings or so? Hitting into double plays on cookies right down the middle?

    They had chances to get to him, and didn’t have quality at bats. This team’s weakness is not the pitching staff- it’s the streakiness of the offense. Unless they hit a home run, they struggle to get over the hump and waste a ton of chances. You don’t get those back too often against a guy like Verlander.

    • Jetrer

      double play because of a smashed 2-0 cookie that just happened to be right at a fielder
      and there were no 2-0 pop outs at all, so I’m not sure how “our hitters kept popping out on 2-0 92 mph fastballs down the middle”

  • CMP

    Verlander is in unhittable mode now and with 59 pitches through 5 innings, he probably will take this to the 9th. . CC needs to shut them down for a couple of innings

  • brazilian fan

    INGE = MANTLE

  • Sarah

    Let’s return to striking early and bunting. Whatever it takes.

  • RCA

    This at bat against Inge, I like Inge btw, is why CC struggling. How can you not get this bum out on 4 pitches.

  • Cy Pettitte

    C.C. Hughes.

  • TomH

    Waste of time to bitch about the umpire. The Yankees’ problem isn’t the umpire–it’s VERLANDER!

  • Sarah

    Joe needs a quick hook tonight.

  • Jonathan

    We can still win but this isn’t feeling like our night

  • darren

    Anyone know the pitchcount?

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Another DP please.

  • Matt

    When you know that the opposing pitcher will not get a single call, it makes it a lot easier to hang out there and just fight pitches off. This is not just his control being slightly off, this is a guy trying to be perfect because he knows he can’t lay it in there for a call.

    • Sarah

      A true statement.

  • Manny

    Why do the announcers sound biased towards the Tigers, disgusting.

    • Pasqua

      Shitty announcers probably never sound like they’re calling it down the middle. I think what you’re hearing is an over-abundance of over-excitement (especially on the play-by-play side), which is just grating as hell.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    theres no way he can walk ajax 3 times right?

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    this actually reminds me of the formula of Yankee baseball that won 4 world series. keep the game close…around the 6th or 7th inning break through on their starting pitcher…our bullpen closes it down.

    • Matt

      Hard to break through against the starter when you don’t make him throw any pitches. Verlander could throw a CG unless the Yankees start competing up there.

  • brazilian fan

    TOM VERDUCCI: MAN OR GIRL?

    • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

      Pat

  • mbonzo

    Thanks for the bunt.

  • TSJC Troll Doppelganger

    Yanks gonna lose this game to a guy who batted .197 this season.

  • glue gagger

    montero please!

  • Kostas

    So Girardi gets the bullpen ready but pitches Ayala last night.

    • Greg

      It s a good thing he didnt pitch SoRoMo last night because we need multiple inning out of them.

  • jay

    Thanks for giving that out away, Leyland.

  • Jesus Freak

    I thought everyone was against sacrifices?

  • Ryan

    Get your outs! FREE OUTS!

  • boogie down

    Fuck.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    lol

  • Tyrion Lannister

    CC just lost the ballgame. Once again too late with the hook is Girardi.

  • Cy Pettitte

    so yea, I’m pretty much done with this game.

  • Kostas

    awww fuck this…

  • Erica

    OH MAN

  • Ivan

    Ugh….When Inge and Santiago are killing you, not good.

  • Leggy

    Now we are up shitcreek and losing grip of the paddle.

  • DZ

    Ramon Santiago is number 1 on my shit list…

  • BJ

    Fack. This is going poorly. So who starts warming first? Maybe Hughes?

  • Mickey Scheister

    Get Robertson up.

  • Chris

    jeez thank god for comerica….

  • Jonathan

    This is enough Joe…get the bullpen going…and I don’t mean Ayala

  • Matt

    What is wrong with this team?

    CC had him out by a MILE at 2nd base. A MILE.

    Then a double that would not have scored the run otherwise.

    You can’t make this up. This team is giving it away in every way possible in this series.

    • Grit for Brains

      Not so sure about that, A-Jax has pretty serious wheels and that ball was rocketed deep

  • Chen Meng Wang

    So according to all of you guys this games over right? No reason to keep playing, just forfit?

    • mbonzo

      Only half the game left to play, we can’t expect another run.

  • brazilian fan

    WHO THE FUCK IS RAMON SANTIAGO?

    • TSJC Troll Doppelganger

      Some two-bit platoon player who hit .260 this season. For all the Yankees money, they must nickel and dime their scouting department. Weak-ass hitters always haunt these guys.

  • Pasqua

    Just bring me Kenny Rogers with black shit on his hand and put me out of my misery.

  • TSJC Troll Doppelganger

    Absolutely gutless performance by CC tonight. Pitiful.

  • glue gagger

    tigers are just looking inside now cuz the outside pitch is never a strike. game is a joke. obviously fixed by the umps and mlb

  • Karl Krawfid

    CC chokes man.

    Just sad. Yankees need a pitcher who is built for the postseason.

  • jay

    WALK HIM!!!!!!!!!!

  • dontchaknow

    crying

  • Jesus Freak

    Well, that’s it.

    Pitchers and catchers report February 15th.

  • CMP

    That may be all she wrote the way Verlander is pitching.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Girardi managing like this game matters?! A rare event.

  • TomH

    Actually, the Yankees’ problem is not JUST Verlander but also Sabathia. He’s thoroughly hittable tonight.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    The Yankees will win this game.

    • rconn23

      C.C. just has to be better than this in a pivotal game. He just has to. He’s been awful.

    • mbonzo

      Absolutely, way too many idiots on tonight.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      I hope your right just so the fairweather sky is falling people stop…

      • boogie down

        Hell yeah, man. Pretty gross how people are turning on CC. CC!

        • TSJC Troll Doppelganger

          He’s been God awful. Choke job.

    • Mickey Scheister

      Not looking good.

  • mt

    CC looks like his buddy Cliff Lee tonight.

    Can he get his old catcher VMart out to keep it at 3?

    CC almost wild pitch on intentional walk – wow!

  • Tyrion Lannister

    If we lose this ballgame and don’t win the series, CC can opt out and Cashman won’t offer him a penny to return. You can’t lose these ballgames and call yourself the ace of a staff.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      no.

    • TomH

      And what will they do next year? Run a children’s crusade with Banuelos, Betances, Noesi, Nova, and AJ? They won’t find anyone better on the free agent market than Sabathia. If they want a real pitcher, they’ll have to trade good people for them, probably Montero included.

      • RCA

        No, bring in CJ Wilson who gave up 8 runs against the Rays in Game 1 so he doesn’t fit the description.

      • RCA

        That curve ball is gonna get hit and hit hard.

    • Jetrer

      CC can opt out and Cashman will offer him about $161M to return
      Who would you prefer as the ace?? Edwin Jackson?? CJ Wilson??

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Please just stop.

    • ItsATarp

      You’re a fucking moron

  • Kostas

    Season in the balance left to AJ. So much for #28 this year. What a fucking waste of a good season.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    there you go….now lets start getting out hustled

  • glue gagger

    wow CC – please opt out you piece of shit.

    • Erica

      Slow your roll.

  • Jonathan

    We haven’t thrown ANYTHING up..it’s all low and lower. Change the batters eye.

  • BJ

    That pitch in the dirt was godawful. I just hope CC can get out of this inning.

  • A-Rod’s Wingman

    CC really fucking sucks. He hasn’t been a big game pitcher for two years. He’s lucky to have only surrendered three runs. Five walks, including one to Austin Jackson after being up 0-2? Two doubles to absolutely shitty hitters? God this guy’s fucking terrible. 

    • ItsATarp

      Are you stupid or what?

      • A-Rod’s Wingman

        He walked more than a batter an inning, twice as many walks as strikeouts, and allowed a double more frequently than every two innings. How did CC not choke his ass off tonight?

  • Kevin G.

    When A-Rod threw that ball I thought that Miggy went to second on the passed ball and was about to scream my head off.

  • boogie down

    Good, still in it. Verlander isn’t untouchable, we just have to make sure we capitalize when he slips up even a bit.

    • CUYanks

      Exactly. It could have been a lot worse with Sabathia than 3 runs through 5 innings.

    • forensic

      Capitalize? They have only 2 hits in 20-30 AB’s with RISP this series, both in one inning. And that wasn’t against Verlander. It could happen, but it’s far from likely.

  • Karl Krawfid

    5 innings from our Ace.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    the crazy thing is that whoever leyland puts in the two hole murders us

  • Monteroisdinero

    What a struggle for CC. I need to watch the bottom of the 9th in Baltimore last Wednesday night again.

    /goes down smooth

  • AnthonyD

    Most of the comments in this thread are far more embarrassing than getting beaten up by Brandon Inge.

    Try and have some composure when sitting on your couch.

    • TSJC Troll Doppelganger

      Back away from the bong pipe, dude.

  • Skip

    Strike zone calls aside, CC Sabathia looks like shit out there on the mound tonight. He looks winded and he looks like he’s confused. We need our ace to get angry when things aren’t going his way and handle shit. Verlander started throwing 99MPH fastballs in the first when things were getting out of hand for him. CC just can’t throw it near the strike zone with most of his pitches.

    Sigh…let’s go Yankees. I hope our offense can muster something up with the top of our order coming up.

  • Sam P.

    No reason the Yanks can’t get the run back. Has been a trying night for CC and the strike zone, but it’s not over yet.

    That being said it would be nice to see the Yanks consider taking the bats off the shoulders when at bat.

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

    Wow. Both this thread and Twitter have simultaneously completely fucking lost it.

  • Greg

    Great pitchers make adjustments to umpire’s strikezones.

    CC hasnt done that and it has cost hin.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      The strike zone is not why CC has struggled. It’s his lack of command.

    • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

      good point…everyone on this board realized the ump was calling the low outside strike to lefties….dont the Yanks have someone on staff to watch for this shit?

      • Jetrer

        how many lefties did CC face??? that really wouldn’t benefit him at all

    • Pasqua

      That’s oversimplifying it a bit, don’t you think? If CC “adjusted” to the zone, he’d have to lay it in over the heart of the plate every pitch. How do you think that would turn out?

      • Greg

        That’s why he needed to mix up his array throwing fastballs in and changeups on the outer half of the box that would still be called strikes. Fastball in fastball in changeup.

        • Matt

          You are clueless. Hitters are leaning out over the plate and pulling line drives off of those outside pitches. If you can’t get them to expand because of the tight zone, there is nothing you can do unless you can blow them away on 100 mph gas every pitch.

  • forensic

    Can’t wait till AJ outpitches CC tomorrow.

  • CMP

    Last 2 games 5.1 innings and 5 innings each with 3 earned runs from the starters. Mediocre starts don’t get it done in the playoffs

  • Grit for Brains

    Come on Yanks, lets scores some runs!

  • brazilian fan

    MAN IM SAD AND DRUNK GOING TO SLEEP AND DREAM OF 2009

  • ArchStanton

    This feels like a big inning for our offense with the top of the order up. Come on guys!

  • mt

    I do not think this game affects Cashman’s offer to CC when he opts out.

    Also Smoltz is talking like Joe will remove CC and put in Soriano – -not sure about that – I think CC thinks he is staying in game, I am sure.

    • BJ

      CC’s already at 99 pitches. Why would he come back out?

      • RCA

        When is his next start gonna be, Opening Day 2012?

  • Ryan

    Is there a non-troll thread for this game?

  • King George

    Nice, DJ!

  • mbonzo

    Hell yea Jetes! Hit one out Grandy man.

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    I bet it’s quiet on OTM tonight, they’re all popping in here.

  • Gustavo

    Sabathia picked a bad game to pitch like he’s Freddy Garcia… not going to get his 30mil per season this way…

  • glue gagger

    CC now stands for choke choke sabathia

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    C’mon Grandy. Triple in the gap…

  • Esteban

    99 wow!

  • Thomas Cassidy

    If the Yanks lose this game, I can just go through and read these comments and all is forgiven.

  • Jonathan

    didn’t miss by much???? Got one in his favor??? are you fucking kidding me? Anderson just came in his fucking pants

  • Evan in NYC

    “Guys, if he wanted to start 162 games a year and get his pitch count up to about 200-300 a game. I think he could win every game of the year. I really think he could do it.” /TBS’d

    • Thenamestsam

      Thi made me laugh. Impressive given the situation.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Need a hit and run here. Stay out of the gidp.

  • CMP

    Leyland already has a defensive replacement for Ordonez in the game and it’s only the 6th. I’d say he’s pretty confident in Verlander.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    hope they can force valverde in for the 9th somehow

  • King George

    This offense looks defeated and completely overmatched by Verlander’s fastball.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    time for A Rod to snap out of it

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Ok, can A-Rod do something here please?

    • TomH

      Musial, Williams or Mantle, in their primes, wouldn’t be hitting Verlander right now.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        You don’t know that.

  • Erica

    Booing ARod is so trendy.

  • CMP

    Jeter needs to steal and maybe they can get a cheap run on a bloop

  • Jonathan

    Must be a lot of Yankee fans there if they’re booing ARod that loudly

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    How some of you people root for the Yankees–much less take the time to post on a blog about a team that you so clearly despise watching– confuses me.

  • boogie down

    I thought the deciding 4th game in 2006 was played in the Bronx.

    • forensic

      Nope, that series has followed this series pattern exactly through the first two games.

  • glue gagger

    its all over guys. verlander is going to cruise the rest of the way. CC sucks d*ck.

    • Esteban

      Please ban this guy.

  • King George

    You know A-Rod is not even close to 100% when he looks at two hangers right over the plate.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    I miss hits and runs

    • Kostas

      I miss a Yankee team that could win.

  • Esteban

    That was the same exact pitch. How was one a strike and one was a ball?

  • BJ

    That pitch was in the exact same spot! How can it be a ball once and a strike the next time??

  • glue gagger

    LOL looks like CHOKE-ROD aka PURPLE LIPS is back!

    • ItsATarp

      Please go kill yourself

      • Kostas

        that was a bit over the top

    • Esteban

      Please ban this guy

  • mbonzo

    Same pitch. But that one was a strike somehow.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    This is somehow Russell Martin’s fault.

  • Jonathan

    Way to be consistent blue…call one even farther off the plate a strike. fucking incredible.

  • Kevin G.

    That was at the exact same fucking place as the pitch you just called a ball. How the fuck do you expect him to swing at that you dumb fuck. If you call one call the other.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    let’s hope aj is ready, if verlander keeps this up, i don’t see how the yanks can plate a run

  • Chen Meng Wang

    I love the human element of the game, one pitch is called a ball and the same exact pitch one pitch later is a strike.

  • Evan in NYC

    That was a microcosm of this umpires inconsistency. That was the same pitch. First one a ball. Second one a strike.

  • Jetrer

    same exact location, first one is a ball, second is a strike
    FUCK THIS UMPIRE

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yeah go up there trying to walk guys.

    A little late for that now.

  • Matt

    What can you do when the umpire calls the same pitch a ball, and then a strike to punch you out?

    This is beyond ridiculous at this point. Both Scherzer and Verlander are benefiting from some of the worst zones I have EVER seen. Even if Detroit advances, there is no way they will make it out of the AL. They are getting every break imaginable and still barely beating the Yankees.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Yeah, this is over. Lead off man gets on and 2-3-4 can’t do anything. Gerry Davis calls one pitch a ball and the same pitch a strike. It’s just not our night.

  • trueblue

    Wow.. Great AB Arod… Gutless

  • wow

    and A-Rod continues his 0-for-playoffs campaign.

  • bonestock94

    It’s a shame I can’t appreciate the epicness of Verlander’s start due to obvious reasons.

  • boogie down

    How is it that two pitches thrown back-to-back land in the same exact spot yet don’t receive the same call?

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    after all the hype ESPN has given to Texas and Philly…watch it be a Tigers/Brewers World Series. Ratings GOLD!

  • ArchStanton

    Wow, Leyland brought in a defensive replacement for someone who was leading off the next inning?

  • forensic

    CC starting this inning just makes Girardi’s bullpen ‘management’ last game even more terrible…

    And now he’s STILL in…

  • glue gagger

    lol fat ass

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Someone please tell me why that fast piece of garbage is still on the mound. Does Girardi know he’s got a pen?

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Because that “fast piece of garbage” is our ace and even though he’s allowed four runs he’s better than anybody in our bullpen short of Mo and Robertson.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat
  • RCA

    Guys we are only down one run. If we keep it at 3-2 or even tie the game and force Verlander out, we can get to that bullpen. You gotta play Verlander like you played Pedro in the late 90s-early 2000s.

    And let’s relax on Jim Leyland, he got the best hitter and pitcher in baseball. How great was he on the Rockies??

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Blame the umps for that

  • Jonathan

    why the fuck is CC still in the game? We’re just wasting our bullpen at this point.

  • dontchaknow

    fuck this bullshit

  • glue gagger

    please cc opt you – theres no reason cash would re-sign your fat ass. no team should pay a fat guy like that so much money.

    • ItsATarp

      Hey eat a dick fucktard.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    just wondering why CC is still in there

  • Karl Krawfid

    Joe G needs to be FIRED.

    Why the hell is CC still in the game?

  • glue gagger

    cc is full of shit

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      This calls for a ban.

  • King George

    Fucking pathetic. Why the fuck would they bring CC in???

  • CMP

    Might as well bring in Ayala and save the premium relievers for tomorrow.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Why is he still in you fucking idiot!!!!!??????

  • Grit Storage

    CC shouldn’t have been left in for this. Struggling all night. That last run is on Girardi.

    • Greg

      No its on Gardner. Aaron Rowand makes that play.

  • TSJC Troll Doppelganger

    Girardi, time to remove this fat fuck.

  • Greg

    That’s on Gardner. Game over. Gold glovers make that play.

    • Sarah

      The hell?

      Joe left CC in to face Inge who has owned him tonight.

      • Greg

        I’ve seen Aaron Rowand make that play. I’ve seen Torii Hunter make that play. Gold glovers make that play. Gardner just stopped in front of the wall and the ball bounced on the warning track. Make the catch you fucker.

        • Jetrer

          you’re seriously an idiot

      • forensic

        Greg just says that saying anything bad about Girardi is not allowed so he’s looking for ANYTHING else to blame that clusterfuck on.

  • Leggy

    Why is he still in there, why even have a bullpen.

  • jay

    He doesn’t get the lefty…why does he even face Peralta (yes, I know Peralta is better against righties) but CC looked done?

  • Tyrion Lannister

    CC can opt the fuck out and take Girardi with him. Fucking pathetic.

    • Kevin G.

      And then Nova will be our ace! Nice, I can see it now.

      Nova
      AJ
      Hughes
      Noesi
      Igawa

    • Esteban

      Can you opt out of RAB and take the rest of the CC haters with you? The guy was a top-3 pitcher in the AL this year.

      • Hummingbird S.

        and he deserves a lot of praise for that. But that doesnt change the fact that he choked when we needed him the most. Actually he’s been pretty shaky for at least a month

    • Chen Meng Wang

      and you can go root for the Mets. dick.

  • trueblue

    Girardi is an asshole. Leave a clearly ineffective CC in the game to start the 6th.. Leave a clearly ineffective CC in the game after his fat ass can’t get to a bunt… That double I’m sure no one saw coming

    Big night for the ace, way to step up. That extension is going to taste like shit.

  • boogie down

    I’m really surprised Joe let CC go back out there; he looked gassed in the last inning.

  • billysbartender

    What the hell Joe

  • Matt

    The Yankees never had a chance in this series with the disgracefully bad strike zones they have faced in these last two games.

    Any pitcher that throws 95+ can dominate with a strike zone as large as the Tigers have received on the mound. It’s impossible to hit fastballs 4-5 inches off the plate at that velocity when you are down 0-2 every at bat because he is calling garbage pitches strikes.

    Detroit is not the better team in this series. It would have shown if the umpiring were even of mediocre quality. The HP umpire in Game 1 was OUTSTANDING. The other 2 have been among the worst that I have ever seen.

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

      Just shut the fuck up already.

      • Matt

        It sure helps your argument to respond with a post like that. Great example you are setting as the moderator as well with that kind of language.

    • Tom

      The one yesterday was worse (though it probably had less of an impact as at least both pitches were right handed)

      The impact tonight was huge as CC had to abandon the outside corner to righties – I think that’s whty he was working down so much (as he was going to get that outside corner)

      The game 1 zone was also not that great.

      The umps in general have been very bad this postseason with balls and strikes (all series)

  • ItsATarp

    BooHoo CC has a bad game which erases everything he has done for us. You fucking morons are stupid. You guys shouldn’t be called Yankees fan you fucking bandwagoners.

    • Esteban

      Seriously.

  • Jonathan

    All God damn year Girardi waits too long to pull his starters…why would it change? I guess he was just hoping to throw CC one more inning so Ayala would only have to go 2 or 3..

  • CUYanks

    I’d prefer Robertson here. He’s more of a strikeout/get out of jams guy.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    At least the bullpen is rested for 2012.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Brian Cashman shouldn’t offer CC one penny to come back. In the biggest game of the year Verlander showed up, CC did not. Go to Chicago, Girardi you fucking bum.

    • Leggy

      Yeah let’s dump an ace based on 1 game.

      • RCA

        Exactly. Could not agree more.

    • Esteban

      I hate you.

  • dalelama

    Two important observations:
    Arod is choking so hard his lips are turning purple.
    Girardi has to go, if you thought CC was fading to the point of getting Soriano up in the 5th you don’t let CC start the 6th.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    this sucks, i know people hate on girardi, but he has made some really stupid moves in 2 out of the 3 most important games this year. with verlander on the mound, it’s all but over. i really hope im wrong

  • glue gagger

    cc is a piece of shit and fat.

    the ump is a cheating prick. hope a drunk detroit loser runs him over and kills him. that would be justice.

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      Troll

      • glue gagger

        Troll

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    No Luis Ayala???

  • RCA

    How much you want to bet Inge gets a hit here. I mean we are losing to Ramon Santiago and Brandon Inge.

  • Tom

    So needing a strikeout he goes to Soriano and not Robertson? Why not flip the order here robot Joe?

  • BigTimeBartolo

    I Hate Giradi so much.

    That motherfucker is the dumbest fucking in-game manager. I swear to god i could do a better job than that fucking monkey.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Joe Torre would have had that bullpen out there 2 innings ago. They’d be tired as hell but at least he would have used them.

  • Gustavo

    Worst bullpen management by Girardi in the postseason? Going with Ayala instead of wade/robertson the past two games, now sticking with Sabathia when he CLEARLY didn’t have it… and with Verlander dealing, two runs are HUGE.

  • Doogie

    Welcome to Girardi’s blunder of the night – why did CC start this inning?

  • Eduardo

    Thank God CC Fatbastia is out. The YAnks have a chance now.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Hey, so you can blow fastballs right past Austin Jackson. Who would have known? Did Girardi and Sabathia bother to look at the scouting reports?

    • ArchStanton

      For some strange reason, Jackson was actually watching close pitches instead of swinging through them.

  • Erica

    Thanks, So.

    We are not going down without a fight and I shall not allow this from my couch!

  • wow

    thanks for coming Yanks. #predictable

  • mbonzo

    Wow Soriano, thats momentum right there.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Tigers 3 Yankees 2 JoeG -1

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    I still believe the Yankees are going to win this game.

  • mt

    CC has always pitched poorly in Detroit, I believe, back to his Cleveland days – that fact did not get a lot of play before this game.

    I remember the lefty Brennan Boesch beating him pretty badly in one game in particular for the Yanks – and that was a lefty.

    Fact of matter is he got hurt by Brandon Inges and Ramon Santiagos.

    I was totally right above – knowing Joe there was no way he is taking CC out at 99 pitches in a 3-2 game to start an inning.

  • Kostas

    It is frustrating to see this team just freeze when they lose the lead. I was reminded today that they scored the second most runs and that my concerns were irrational.

    No they are not and the season means nothing once the playoffs start.

    • jay h

      you also said the same thing in the second inning against Oakland. The Yankees went on to hit 3 grand slams

      • Kostas

        Ya that worked out well for them THAT day. Still means nothing. Perhaps you want to remind me of the great run in the late 90’s. or that they won in 2009…. So, ya, glad you remember – I don’t – but still means nothing.

  • ItsATarp

    We don’t make the postseason without CC, so it’s only logical to get rid of him after one bad game despite him having a 3 ERA in the postseason for us.

  • King George

    Hate to say it, but decisions like the one Joe just made to leave CC in to pitch will get managers canned. That’s bullshit.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    If George was alive the Yanks would have knocked Verlander out in the first. The 2009 Yankes would have come back from this…

  • glue gagger

    wow look how easy soriano made it look. cc just flat out CHOKED.

    • BJ

      So are you just like a bitter Red Sox fan or something?

    • Jetrer

      get a life, troll

  • Tyrion Lannister

    I can say without a doubt that CC Sabathia and Joe Girardi have cost the Yankees this series. Ace didn’t show up and the manager stuck with him too long. Verlander came to pitch. Leyland came to manage with his great lineup moves tonight. AJ Burnett ain’t saving the day, guys.

    • Greg

      Girardi did not cost us the series. They were already behind when the sixth came around.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    CC just plain needs to lose weight and keep it off.

    I know all about the “he’s so athletic” argument.

    That played well when he was 21, 25, even 28 years old.

    He’s 31. And he was completely gassed. He’s not David Wells with a rubber arm.

    He’s CC Sabathia who CAN still be aworkhorse….if he takes betterr care of his body.

    • Esteban

      He just had a top-3 in the AL season with that body.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        yeah, but that top 3 season was compiled in April-August.

        He wore down in September, and he looked completely gassed tonight.

        Stop playing Devil’s Advocate. i know you’ll never agree with me on Swish.

        But I know you do see some truth on this one.

        • Bill

          The reason why CC has looked bad in the past month is that stupid 6-man rotation. He even said that he prefers to pitch every 5th day and that the extra rest affects him adversely. The numbers back this up too. Nice job by Girardi of fucking your ace over to accommodate AJ Burnett.

    • Pasqua

      There’s probably some truth to that, only saying it in this context makes it sound petty. It would be an interesting point to discuss in the offseason, which still may not come for a few weeks (despite what most here seem to think).

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Since when is it so trendy to rag on CC? where were you guys all season, I love talking about how terrible our best players are based on one bad day. Let’s get on Derek next for going 0-5 yesterday? Or Granderson for not hitting 9 homers this post season? God with fans like you I’m not surprised some people don’t like the Yankees or their fans…It almost reminds me of Sox fans. Pathetic.

    • BJ

      It’s just trolls. Very few people shit talking CC are actual Yankee fans.

      • Sam P.

        +1 to that.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Better question is why wouldn’t he take the free base?

  • Sarah

    Tex, be a man and get hit in the arm.

  • Greg

    So by your logic if we dont score any more runs, Girardi’s off the hook

  • billysbartender

    Tex should have let that hit him

  • JFH

    Game is not over. Series is not over. But this site is quickly deteriorating into OTM.

    • Hummingbird S.

      I know its not over but it feels like it, specially since the yankees dont seem to be able to win against teams not named Twins

    • Kostas

      No it is over. Yanks will not come back tonight – they can’t hit Verlander – and AJ will do his best to let Detroit smash the ball.

      They needed game 2, they didn’t get it and now the season will be done.

      • JFH

        good. now leave the comments to those who have faith.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Teix has never hit a changeup in his life

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    this would be one of the most amazing comeback wins of all time. 2 runs is not unthinkable….remember you have to add 27 pitches on to Verlanders total….he really has this inning left and if Leyland keeps him in because he used up his Pen last night, we will get to him in the 8th.

  • Kevin G.

    Come on. Don’t let this overrated piece of shit beat us.

    • Esteban

      Who’s overrated? Verlander?

  • Leggy

    Tex is just an auto out right now, frustrating.

  • forensic

    Hey Darling, the question shouldn’t be ‘how’ did Teixeira get out of the way of that pitch, the question should be ‘why’ did Teixeira get out of the way. Whiffing on the change was so predictable after that.

  • RCA

    I am tired of Swisher. He is NOT a postseason hitter.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    So Ayala for the 7th?

    • Doogie

      This made me laugh – good one.

  • Kostas

    Tex is just horrible at the plate. This is a bad sign towards the future.

  • chas123

    not looking good. need baserunners

  • glue gagger

    i like how montero was ops’ing 1+ and hasnt gotten a single AB.

  • Prediction Time

    HIP HIP JORGE (HR)

  • ItsATarp

    I think we should blame CC for the offense looking like shit.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    To those who think that this game isn’t over, do you honestly think that Leyland will take Verlander out of the game? Leyland pitches his best pitchers, something Girardi could learn.

  • RCA

    I think its time for Cashman to let Swisher go. Convert Montero into a RF or something, he is flat awful in the playoffs.

    • Bill R

      he hit a bomb yesterday

  • mbonzo

    Wow, Posada is having a nice series.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      shhh your ruining the narrative of everybody on the Yankees is terrible.

  • BJ

    Wow, the ump actually let Verlander walk someone! I’m astonished.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Now would be the time for a pinch run.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    how funny is it that posada has been awesome this series

  • Esteban

    Hey remember when people said Posada shouldn’t play in the playoffs?

  • Leggy

    Fantastic AB by Jorge. Do something now.

  • Hummingbird S.

    PH Jesus for Martin please.. do something Girardi

  • mt

    Posada has actually done really well – hard to draw a walk when someone is throwing easy 101 mph gas.

  • Jonathan

    Tex has to take that easy HBP on that curve. In hindsight it really seems like the rain fucked us. CC was dealing and Verlander was off and they called it. And our crowd was halfass at best with the rain. Now they get Verlander at home with a great crowd. We need a big jack right here. With our power this game isn’t close to over.

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

    Posada has been pretty good at the plate. Who would have thought.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Pinch run for Posada!!!!!!!!!!!

  • glue gagger

    pinch hit montero pls !

  • Ivan

    I understand its a righty, but I would of use Andruw Jones here.

  • thenamestsam

    Man, some of you people are not cut out for being baseball fans. You guys do know that there’s another good team with another good pitcher pitching against us right? The animosity on here towards CC who has carried the pitching staff for the last three years, to a WS title, an ALCS berth and a division championship is embarrassing. A lot of people on here seem to think that being a fan of a particular team means that they should always get to win every game and that if the players fail to indulge that desire then they barely deserve to draw another breath.

    Go grab a beer, kiss your significant other and be happy.

  • Grit for Brains

    Listen to the crowd complain about not getting the 3 inches off the plate pitch they’ve gotten all night

  • trueblue

    That had to smart

  • mt

    No Chavez to “pop one” – LOL?

  • Simon

    Yes CC hasn’t had the command tonight and the strikezone is not helping but it certainly is not the end of the world! You people make me sick, you act like the Tigers are the Orioles, the Tigers are facing the Yankees in the ALDS for a reason, THEY ARE GOOD! I sure as hell hope none of you expected to score runs like a merry-go-round against Argueably MLBs most dominant pitcher. The Yankees arethe top scoring team in baseball, they are in the playoffs for a reason, they are good! They are only down by two runs, it’s doable. And lest we forget their well rested bullpen that happens to be the best in baseball. Can we atleast try to be positive for a little while?!? It’s baseball, anything can happen, relax for a little bit….

    • glue gagger

      stop trolling

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Sorry that your Red Sox missed the playoffs. Oh wait, I’m not sorry.

        • glue gagger

          ur rude

  • CUYanks

    This inning is helping in the fight to get Valverde into this game at some point.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Posada is having a great series and there’s a good chance we fucking missed his last game played at Yankee Stadium.

  • Sarah

    Walk, HBP, let’s go with another walk for El Cap.

  • mbonzo

    3-0 autostrike.

  • thenamestsam

    If Verlander gives up a hit here at least we can sign him since of course they would have to DFA him. That’s how this works right?

  • Grit for Brains

    WTF!!!! That ball four was the furthest pitch from the zone in the AB!

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    That was not a strike.

  • Matt

    Ball 4, called strike 1, turning an entire AB around for Verlander.

    You can’t make this up.

  • Bill R

    here comes the K

  • Jonathan

    that was ball 4. Does anyone have the official count of incorrect pitches called?

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    BRET MOTHER FUCKING GARDNER

  • Kevin G.

    FUCK YEAH BITCHES <3 GARDNER

  • Grit for Brains

    LETS GO!

  • Tyrion Lannister

    SHOULD OF PINCH HIT CHAVEZ!!!!!! BRETT HAS TIED IT!!!!!!!

  • Leggy

    Fuck yeah Gardner! FUCK YEAH

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Do they still suck?

  • Greg

    Evrybody get off Girardi please

    Now he’s off the hook

    • Jetrer

      no, now he’s more on the hook, up 4-3 is better than tied 4-4

    • forensic

      How is he off the hook? He’d have the lead if it wasn’t for his terrible moves.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    I’ll say it again: the Yankees are winning this game.

  • Ivan

    Brett Fucking Garnder.

  • Avi

    BRETT FUCKING GARDNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jetrer

    Brett fucking Gardner

    but I thought this game was over

  • Tyler

    ONE FUCKING TIME!

  • Hummingbird S.

    BG bitches!!

  • Corporate Scum

    FUCK YEAH. That was pure grit right thur.

  • Bill R

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dontchaknow

    my tears have suddenly dried up

  • Chen Meng Wang

    FUCK YEAH BRETT!!!!!!!!!! THE GRITTIEST MOTHER FUCKER ON THE PLANET!

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    woo hoo

  • mbonzo

    BRETT FUCKING GARDNER. I won’t ever forget that!

  • forensic

    Where was Chavez when you need him????? Dumbass Girardi…

  • Matt

    Gardner the MVP of this series for the Yankees thus far?

    Two tremendously huge hits. Wow!

  • ItsATarp

    Oh i thought the game was over

  • BK2ATL

    Beautiful rally vs. Verlander. Great hitting Grit Gardner!!!

  • flamingo

    John Sterling: this place has become a library. LOL.

    • RCA

      Classic.

    • RCA

      Couldn’t agree more. We get on the announcers but Smoltz calling that shot just before he hit was pretty awesome I must admit. But a HORRIBLE job by Soriano, but what do you expect from this loser.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    sorry i am an asshole for doubting them, you can all virtually point and laugh at me

  • Jonathan

    So proud of Brett for that AB. So proud. Keep it going boys. When I said the game wasn’t over because of our power I didn’t mean Brett hahaha. LET’S GO!

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

    Doesn’t get enough attention but Russell is pretty damn fast.

  • Esteban

    Gardner haters? Speak up now.

  • 27andCounting

    WE AE NOT DEAD YET!!!!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Let’s pinch hit Gardner again so Chavez can pop one. Scumbag Girardi.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Thank God for Brett. And Joe didn’t pinch hit Chavez. Now we’ve got our good pen out there. We need to get Verlander out and scratch one run across.

  • Leggy

    We have momentum, 1-2-3 inning would be huge for us right now.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    GGBG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brett the Jet!!!!!

  • mbonzo

    Bullpen, time to rock and roll.

  • Rey22

    Brett the motherfucking man Gardner!!

  • Bill R

    I’ll admit I saw a big K coming from Gardner I’m sorry I doubted him….

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    We might need a spillover thread soon…

  • nathan

    Was gonna say we need a new thread

  • Jonathan

    How depressed do the TBS announcers sound right now?

  • Graig not Craig

    So tired of these TBS announcers and their Verlander worship. They probably get more excited ordering chimichangas than they did just now making the call on Gardy’s game tying double. Flatline announcing. Just the facts ma’am.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    No Ayala? Soriano for two innings? I hope Girardi isn’t hurting himself watching this.

  • Pasqua

    Ahem, ahem….

    So…

    Verlander fucking sucks! I don’t care what kind of ace this guy is, he choked when the Tigers needed him most. Go ahead, asshole. Opt out! You don’t serve a penny! Fucking skinny piece of shit!

    See how this works?

  • glue gagger

    fuck yeah soriano is coming up big

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Get this Soriano clown out of there and bring in Ayala.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Soriano just lost it.

    • jay

      I thought CC lost already? I’m confused…

    • jay

      I thought CC lost it already? I’m confused…

  • The Big City of Dreams

    SMH Fuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ivan

    Fuck!!!!!!

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaly

  • mbonzo

    Soriano, I hate you.

  • Bill R

    I just died inside…

  • Jonathan

    Fucking Delmon Young…that was deflating but we easily can do the same thing. Stop it here Soriano. TBS…FUCK YOU

  • Avi

    Delmon Young has to be on something illegal. He ISN’T this good.

  • Graig not Craig

    So tired of these TBS announcers and their Verlander worship. They probably get more excited ordering chimichangas than they did just now making the call on Gardy’s game tying double. Flatline announcing. Just the facts ma’am. Then they call Young’s homer like a World Series winning walk off.

    • Pasqua

      Honestly, think about it. Why might the Gardy call be subdued compared to other calls? They’re in Detroit. The crowd goes silent. They are going to feed off of the volume of the crowd. So, in Detroit, the Tigers big plays will get a big pop from the booth. In NY, the Yankees big plays will ge the pop. (For instance: Cano’s grand slam illicited an orgasm from these same idiots.)

  • ItsATarp

    Thanks levine to pay so much money for this guy

  • Greg

    Cant blame Girardi now.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Spillover thread please.

  • Hummingbird S.

    this pitching staff is not championship caliber.. and thats why they will not win it

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Verlander will stay in the ballgame. That just about did it and likely ended our season.

  • Matt

    The whole world seemed to know that Young was looking for a first pitch fastball, except Soriano and Martin.

    Does this team ever read the scouting reports? Even the idiot announcers knew what was coming.

    So many blatant errors in pitch selection in this series. You can’t be this sloppy in postseason games.

  • 27andCounting

    Soriano! Fuck! Way to be a douchenozzle.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Okay I can’t even blame Girardi here. I hope Levine gets fired and I hope Soriano never pitches another pitch for this team.

  • Leggy

    Still well in this.

  • Widget

    Verlander is good and will win the Cy Young, but my god you’d think he had the best season ever in the history of pitching with the way TBS has been ballwashing him.

  • Ivan

    OMG how in the world is that a Strike.

  • Bill

    Now the umpire wants to be generous.

  • Avi

    I hope this umpire dies an AWFUL DEATH!

    • Mickey Scheister

      +1000

  • Matt

    Not one pitch in the Granderson at bat was in the strike zone. Cano called out on a letter high fastball. You couldn’t even dream up a worse home plate umpire.

  • Jonathan

    This is out of control…..

  • Sarah

    This is unreal. The strike zon. is horrible/

  • Kostas

    Awesome. down by 1 run and the meat of the line up just flops. Millions and millions spent to get to the playoffs. Yanks need to spend millions to get to the WS, like they did in the old days.

    • nsalem

      you’re a troll boy.

      • Kostas

        Great response. Creative, lots of thought went into that I see. But clearly you see a different team on the field than I do. I see a 98 win team that is flopping once again in the ALDS against a team not from Minnesota. That is just a fact.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Yeah, not biased at all. Ridiculous umpire.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    all the sudden this strike zone got a lot widdddder

  • Mickey Scheister

    This is the worst ump I’ve ever seen in a playoff game the most inconsistent horse shit makes me wanna choke a bitch.

    • Widget

      Eric Gregg’s Livan Hernandez strikezone is still the worst ever, but this is making a run for that title.

  • glue gagger

    lol ump is good at cheating.

  • RCA

    I wish Cano was coming up next and not pop-up Teixeira. At least A-Rod did something tonight.

    • Greg

      I though you wanted Cano hitting third.

  • Pasqua

    Death. Taxes. Pop-ups.

  • Avi

    Why isn’t anyone from the Yankee bench arguing about the zone?????
    Girardi should be livid. At least say SOMETHING to the ump!!!

  • Leggy

    Tex seems to pop out the exact same way EVERY time. Boy does he need to work on something in the offseason.

    • Braun

      The rate things are going, he can get started on it on Wednesday.

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Teixeira pop-up, what uppp. This dude is fucking garbage

  • Widget

    Tex has to be the worst post season player ever no?

    • RCA

      I hope he drops this bum in the lineup and not A-Rod. I rather see Posada bat 5th instead of this automatic out. I am done with him. He NEVER gets a postseason hit.

  • Hummingbird S.

    A-Rod and Tex back to back at 4 and 5 in the lineup, thats the reason we cant get the offense going.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      ARod got on base twice and drove in a run but let’s put him in the Teix category of useless.

      • RCA

        I hope Girardi drops Popxiera in the lineup and not A-Rod. I rather see Posada bat 5th instead of this automatic out. I am done with him. He NEVER gets a postseason hit. And bat Swisher 9th, I’m tired of him never hitting in the playoffs.

  • Greg

    Well, we finished better than Boston. Most satisfying no WS season.

    Let’s rebuild and get’em next year. Alhtough we could still win this series, I’m not counting on it.

  • Yo! I’m Chris

    Popixira.

  • ItsATarp

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....type=7.gif

    Nope no bias here…nothing at all

    • Jimmy McNulty

      Clearly the umpire’s fault. It doesn’t matter that A-Rod hasn’t gotten a hit all season, CC walked six batters and allowed as many XBHs as batters he fanned, all on the umps right?

      Look, this is pretty much a carbon copy the mid 2000s teams. Great offense that will hit well in exactly one post season game then disappear in the others, one great pitcher that will disappear in the postseason, and a shaky 2-5.

      • ItsATarp

        your shitting on Arod after he got on base twice and made some nice plays? Verlander has twice the zone of CC

  • boogie down

    Ok. Obviously wish we weren’t down one, but I will love it when Valverde blows this save.

  • jbkx

    Justin QueerHandler is unbelievable WITHOUT an ump with a dicked-up stikezone. Embarrassing…

    • BigTimeBartolo

      Queerhandler? Really?

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Girardi has not argued yet cause he wants to make sure he stays in the game to bring in Ayala in the 9th

  • nsalem

    You know absolutely nothing if you think this series is over and shouldn’t consider yourself a Yankee fan.
    This game will probably just determine whether we win this series in 4 games or 5. You don’t deserve to watch this team.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Whoever thinks that the bitching is the most annoying thing here and not pretentious bullshit like this has to be kidding themselves.

  • Jonathan

    too bad he fouled it off..he got a great jump…Thanks Smoltz

  • elee

    a-rod has been playing amazing at third. I hope the story of this game is our comeback victory and not the strikezone. I actually like verlander but his 10+ K’s are biased

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Ok, time to get two runs off “Papa Grande”.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Had dreams about the Yankees killing Valverde in a one run game.

  • Ryan

    Alright, let’s stick it to this potbellied chicken looking motherfucker.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Ok so after we come back and win this game, all of you(YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE) better not celebrate after calling this game over in the 5th inning.

  • Jetrer

    so Montero has to hit for Martin this inning, right???

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Good joke.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Tigers have shot their wad with this win. Verlander is done for the series. Yanks win tomorrow and Clinch in the Bronx

  • Jesus Freak

    FIRE GIRARDI!

  • flamingo

    Alright, let’s get Valverde!

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Seriously Swisher? WTF

  • Matt

    HOW CAN YOU POP THAT PITCH UP IN THAT COUNT IN THAT SPOT?

    What is wrong with this team? This is PATHETIC.

    • Greg

      Then go root for the Mets. That’s baseball. Deal with it.

      • RCA

        But isn’t it amazing that Swisher and Teixeira cannot get a hit in the playoffs for their lives and Posada has been on base the whole series? It just seems that certain players can’t play in the postseason and Swisher and Tex are two examples of that.

  • Ivan

    2-0 FB, and you missed it that badly.

  • William Wallace

    I’ve said a lot of terrible things about AJ Burnett this season. I will apologize and take it all back for one good start.

    • Kostas

      Lucky for you, you won’t need to. He will fulfill all the terrible things you said.

  • Hummingbird S.

    excellent job my the millionaire chokers..

    just one more game so they can go home and enjoy their money

  • Kostas

    And the cherry on top – watching Valverde spaz after every out. Nothing like rubbing salt in the wound. Great game Yanks, great game.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    oh Valverde you ARE going back to NY…even if Vinnie and little Pete bring you back in the trunk of a car

  • Matt

    You are expecting the guy to throw 95, and he throws 91-92. How can you be late on that fastball in hitter’s counts like 2-0, 1-1, etc? This team doesn’t look ready to play, it’s really sad.

  • Ivan

    Pinch runner for Posada.

  • bobtaco

    I’ll say one thing, Posada has acquitted himself well this series.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I hate the Montero-Girardi relationship and it’s been a month.

  • Jesus Freak

    If only Steinbrenner was alive.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Yeah if only…Girardi would be fired and you’d be complaining about Mattingly, CC wouldn’t be resigned because he pitched poorly tonight, we’d probably have both Lackey and Jiminez on our team, our farm system would be desimated…good times.

  • Ivan

    Wow…..

  • NHYankeesFan

    Good job Nunez. Get him in Gardner

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    can Gardner do it ONE more time???? lets go

  • flamingo

    Nunie’s got guts.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Brett Gardner you mother fucker get a hit!!!

  • forensic

    They should just walk Gardner and get Jeter out with the RISP…

    • forensic

      Yup, predictable.

  • NHYankeesFan

    Dont walk him! I dont trust Jeter against righties

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    lets go jeter

  • Jetrer

    wrong guy up….

  • Hummingbird S.

    captain unclutch, might as well be over already

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    he comes a weak hack at a pitch out of the zone

  • Hummingbird S.

    here comes the weak swing at the bouncing splitter

  • forensic

    I love when people (Smoltz) say Jeter’s been clutch with absolutely no support or reasoning for the opinion.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Our season hinges on AJ Burnett.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    good lord Jeter…

  • Hummingbird S.

    predictable… fuck Jeter, mr clutch my ass.. please retire already

  • Jetrer

    and Captain Clutch does it again

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Season over…or something like that.

  • Widget

    Stay classy Valverde, by all means. What a clown.

    • Hummingbird S.

      he won the game… if you dont want him to dance, beat him

      • Crime Dog

        As much as I want to kill Valverde, I agree. Nothing wouldve been sweeter than beating him either of the last two games.

      • Widget

        he always dances, it’s pathetic. Show some humility. Sorry but the team I cheer for has a guy that respects others. Valverde doesn’t.

        • Bill

          Valverde will have his moment this postseason where he will walk of the mound not in a dance but with his dick between his legs walking sullenly to the dugout. If it’s not the Yankees that do it to him, someone else will. I’m sure of it.

  • Ivan

    Derek Jeter couple years ago would of caught up to one of those fastballs.

  • The Big City of Dreams

    Sigh

  • mbonzo

    Terrible game, give me robots.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Jeter does nothing.

    Series over.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Ballgame over, season over. Our season was lost when Girardi thought it would be a good idea to leave an ineffective Sabathia in for another inning. Girardi errors-

    1. PH Chavez for Gardner in Game 2
    2. Brought in Luis Ayala into a 3 run ballgame in Game 2
    3. Left Sabathia out for one inning too many

    • RCA

      Let’s blame Girardi for Soriano throwing a meatball to Young, who everyone knows he swings at everything. Or blame Girardi for Tex and Swisher not hitting in the series. Or blame Girardi for Jeter leaving a small village on the base paths. Everyone wants to blame Girardi but sometimes the players are at fault too.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I wonder how many people will deny that tomorrow is a must win. Just kidding I know a lot will.

  • Matt

    Nick Swisher single handedly ruined the 9th inning for the Yankees there.

    Valverde had NOTHING. NOTHING. And Swisher popped out on what may have been the best pitch to hit in the entire inning, in a cripple count, at reduced velocity. You can’t make this stuff up.

    Every hitter battled in that inning, except Swisher, who gave away the at bat. Some of these guys simply don’t look ready to play. Another game the Yankees should have won that slipped away.

    Guess what? The problem with this team is the OFFENSE. It has been all season, and it still is now. Without the HR, they can’t string together enough quality at bats in a row to get over the hump. This has been the story throughout the year.

    In New York, both Granderson and Martin have home runs there. But they aren’t in New York. They already blew the homefield advantage yesterday. It “doesn’t matter,” right? Use your head.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      just become a Met fan. please.

      • Matt

        Right, I should become a Mets fan because I actually care about how my team plays?

        Thinking that nothing matters because everything is beyond the team’s control? Now that sounds more like the defeatist attitude that a Mets fan would have.

        You are a fool, and your posts cement it night in and night out. How’s that “anything can happen” nonsense working out for you? Clearly it doesn’t matter that they blew the home field advantage. It wasn’t like Granderson and Martin’s balls would have been out at Yankee Stadium?

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          The Yankees didn’t lose this game because they weren’t playing in Detroit.

          • Matt

            Here you go again, dancing around the entire post with your usual nonsense.

            How is that “it doesn’t matter” going for you? They gave away yesterday’s game. They gave away today’s game. It certainly DOES matter.

            Incredibly, they worked Valverde so hard yesterday that he came into this game ready to blow the save, and they STILL blew it.

            • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

              Incredibly, they worked Valverde so hard yesterday that he came into this game ready to blow the save, and they STILL blew it.

              Amazingly enough, Valverde is a good closer and can still get a save with diminished stuff.

              • Matt

                Right, because Valverde made some great pitches in that inning. A 2-0 fastball down the middle to Swisher with nothing on it that was popped up. A ball crushed to the wall in RF that was caught. Yeah, he sure earned that save alright.

                • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

                  That happens all the time-closers getting by with bad stuff, getting bailed out by Babip and what not. It happens. Give Valverde some credit for the Jeter AB.

                  http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......d=17239797

                  • Matt

                    I’m done wasting my time talking to you. Your posts are getting more and more ridiculous as they go along. Now you’re making excuses with BABIP when the guy popped up off of third base on a cookie? Just stop.

    • Jetrer

      “Valverde had nothing”
      Jeter would disagree
      Swish definitely missed a pitch to hit, but the reality is the difference between a pop up and a driven ball is fractions of an inch. It’s not that their not ready to play, he just missed the pitch, just like not every BP pitch (much easier to hit) is mashed
      How did Swisher give away the AB??? Missing a pitch is giving away an AB??? Comments like this make it very difficult to take you seriously.

      • Matt

        Valverde had nothing. Stop deluding yourself. He could barely get the ball over 92 mph for most of that inning. Yesterday he was 95-96 mph on every pitch.

        Stop with the nonsense of “it’s a game of inches.” Swisher took a passive swing on 2-0 as the potential tying run in the 9th inning. He didn’t “just miss” that one. Not even close. He was completely beaten by it. He gave away that at bat, plain and simple.

        I guarantee you that more people took my post seriously than yours right now. All you do is post the exact opposite of what I say, with hollow excuses like “he couldn’t do anything, it was bad luck.” BS. How about taking an aggressive swing on 2-0 and getting the bat head out on a 92 mph fastball down the middle?

        • Jerry Springer

          i thought your post sucked…hitting a baseball is tough.

        • Jetrer

          who’s deluding himself now??? 92 isn’t “nothing”, its not his usual velocity, but its still a quality fastball

          It did not in any way look like a passive swing, he just mis-timed it, that sometimes happens when you have less than half a second to react

          “just” as I used it, meant simply, as in he simply missed it, not as in “he almost crushed it”

          Oh, and pretty much nobody takes anything you post seriously, if you haven’t noticed that by now

          I’m not post just to say the opposite, nor have I ever done that, I only post to argue point I don’t agree with (or just generally stupid comments)

          • Matt

            You have to be kidding me. 92 mph, straight, down the middle. That is a cookie.

            The excuses keep flowing. Obviously Swisher mistimed that pitch. He HORRIBLY mistimed that pitch though, in a count in which he KNEW he was getting that pitch, and the location was TERRIBLE.

            I don’t expect him to hit it 500 feet every time he gets a mistake pitch. I expect him though to at least take a representative hack at it and at least foul it off with some authority. A high fly ball is “just missed.” Swisher COMPLETELY missed.

            Valverde had nothing in that inning. The Jeter at bat was the only one in the entire inning in which he looked like he could get a Major League hitter out without getting a ball hit right at somebody.

            • Jetrer

              again 92 isn’t “Nothing”
              Even BP fastballs in BP are sometimes badly mis-timed and popped up, it’s not an indication of being “passive” or “not ready”, its an indication of mis-timing the pitch
              he did miss it badly, I never disputed that, he definitely missed a cookie, I explained what I meant by “just” in the previous post
              but saying a 92mph fastball is nothing, or that it was a passive swing, are just simply ridiculous arguments

              • Matt

                The more ridiculous argument is that low 90’s fastball velocity without movement, control, or any way to change speeds off of it is anything significant in the major leagues.

                He flat out was not ready for that pitch, in a spot in which he knew what was coming. Valverde did not quick pitch him or anything. If you can’t get your swing started early enough in that count and that situation, then you were never going to hit him.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      you are right Matt…why even bother showing up. this team sucks donkey balls.

      • Matt

        Right, because that is exactly what I said. You are an idiot.

    • http://bloodfarm.tumblr.com mattdamonwayans

      They scored plenty of runs this season. I’m annoyed that they lost too but being a whiny bitch about it won’t help.

      Also: Russell Martin flyed out on one pitch. How is that “battling?”

      • Kostas

        battling… OMG that is funny. Yankees haven’t battled since 2009.

      • Matt

        Umm, Martin crushed a line drive that took Kelly to the wall in right center. That’s not even close to what Swisher did.

        And wow, here we go again with the nonsense runs argument. You do realize that they can score 13 runs and 3, and average 8 runs a game while going 1-1?

        This team is the most overrated offense. Keep citing their stats from the regular season. That sure means a lot when they can’t string together quality at bats to finish off rallies. Without the home run, they simply give away too many at bats to put up big innings.

        • Jetrer

          so the difference between battling and not battling is the result

          quality argument right there

          • Matt

            Result? What in the world are you talking about?

            This has been entirely about the approach of the hitters.

            Swisher was not ready to hit on 2-0. He gave away the at bat with a passive swing. Martin went up there ready to hit and put a good swing on the ball. Only one of those is a good at bat.

            • Jetrer

              big swing, not passive, just poorly timed

              And the point you were responding too was that a one pitch AB is not considered “battling” which is entirely true

              “Umm, Martin crushed a line drive that took Kelly to the wall in right center. That’s not even close to what Swisher did.”
              Your post is what I was talking about

        • Chen Meng Wang

          How about this for a stat 4 runs in 8 innings against the best pitcher in baseball with a top 5 pitcher on the mound. Our problem tonight was not our offense, our problem tonight was CC was off of his game. If we score 4 runs against Verlander with CC on the mound 100 times I think we’d win about 90 of them…CC just didn’t have it tonight.

  • ItsATarp

    Yea i saw that coming from a mile.

  • Kostas

    Well that concludes this portion of the 2011 Yankees season. Up next, over spending on more free agents who will choke away the post season.

    So much disappointment, so much frustration, and only 98 wins to show for it. Fucking waste.

    • ItsATarp

      Only 98 wins? i’m shocked we got 98 wins out of Garcia, Colon and nova. We didn’t even spend on FA this year.

      • forensic

        Didn’t spend? Jeter, Soriano, Martin… Whatever the cost, they still spent some money.

        • ItsATarp

          Cashman did not want Soriano. Nothing we can do about JEter. Martin cost like 2mil.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Really dude, just go root for the Mets, their expectations are so much lower that you’ll never be disappointed. Or the Rays, they love fans like you, fairweather to the end.

  • ItsATarp

    Arod has not had a hit this series and still managed more RBI’s and a better OBP than jeter

  • forensic

    AJ will outpitch CC tomorrow. The real question is whether the offense will show up.

    • Kostas

      Dude, I like your optimism, but it won’t happen. AJ will last 4 innings give up 6 runs and the game and season will be over before the 7th.

      • forensic

        I like AJ in the matchup. Two good starts against them this year and solid numbers against them individually. Just have no faith in this lineup in that park, especially in the postseason. I think the record there now is something like 6-23.

    • Gonzo

      Freddy Garcia outpitched CC.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    this may have been covered in one of the over 1200 posts…but why didn’t Joe have AJ pitch tonight and give CC one more day of rest? The liklihood of losing to verlander is high and now the season is up to AJ Burnett?

    hallelulah…HOLY SHIT!

    • forensic

      Part of it was so CC would be available in short relief for game 5.

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        and that is just stooopid. you have to get to game 5 before worrying about relief in game 5.

        well, AJ, its time to man up.

  • Yo! I’m Chris

    Please Super Joe a different lineup tomorrow! Oh wait Burnett is pitching don’t worry about it.

  • Buck Foston

    Thank God for alcohol.

  • Hummingbird S.

    At least they only have to play one more game so they can go on vacations. And AJ will make sure it goes down quickly and painless by allowing 5 runs in the first inning.

    Also we’ll have those overpaid chokers make Porcello (that mediocre pitcher) look like a Cy Young winner. thats a yankees’ special.

    Too bad they cant always face the twins..

  • ItsATarp

    The offense has been more of a problem than pitching. Outside of Cano and Grandy no one is doing much

    • Jetrer

      Cano has 1 hit ( a single) in the 2 losses
      Posada and Gardner are doing their share

      • ItsATarp

        Right i forgot about jorge and Gardner. my fault.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    To those of you that say “The season is over”, you better not show up to tomorrow’s thread or even watch tomorrow’s game. Just disgraceful.

    • mustang

      You can write all the names down they will be the same ones celebrating tomorrow when the Yankees win and on Thursday when they win the series!!!

    • Kostas

      It is disgraceful but these are the Yankees and they are not hitting, and well, this isn’t Minnesota. Plus it is the playoffs and they are at an elimination game in the ALDS…. but most of all these are the Yankees – they usually do not show up in these pressure situations, not since 98-2000

      • Sarah

        Funny, I think the Yankees have won the World Series a few times since then.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Too bad this seasons over and we don’t get to face a guy with a 4.75 ERA tomorrow. Oh wait.

  • GetOffArod’sBack

    I better not see one A-Rod sucks article tomorrow unless for each one they talk about Jeter failing to come through in the clutch over and over. 0-5 RISP this year in playoffs and a monster error.

    Also, Teixeira 16 for 99 in playoffs with Yankees so far – but he does have several hard hit foul balls. And at least his pop ups to the infield (on 62 of 99 playoff at bats) go really really high.

    Also Sabathia with 4th straight sub par playoff outing…

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-any of these players. I just think With their big contracts, maybe they should be the subjects of Yankees writers and fans’ ire equally as much as A-Rod.

    If A-Rod can’t be given a free pass after ’09, then neither can any of these guys. Either judge them all objectively or give ‘em all a free pass.

    I know none of this will happen bc everyone hates Arod – he does bring a lot if it on himself – I guess it’s just wishful thinking.

    • RCA

      Couldn’t agree more. Tex hasn’t done shit in the playoffs since he got here. Swisher either. I seen A-Rod single handedly win games for us in the playoffs.

    • ItsATarp

      CC battled and had a decent outing in game 5 vs the Rangers.
      His outing vs Minn wasn’t terrible either. He has a 3 ERA with us in the postseason. Plus on monday he looked sharp. Gotta believe the rain has some affect and the ump certainly didn’t help.

      • Sarah

        I think the rain really screwed CC. Let’s win tomorrow, and go home and win behind Super Nova.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      +1 about all of this. I will defend all of these guys to the death, ARod included. If they’re wearing your team’s colors root for them to do well.

    • g

      completely agree with u man, but most importantly i blame Shitiano for this who is a complete pile of shit!!!!!!!!!

  • mustang

    WHO DOESN’T BELIEVE???

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Well fuck.

  • RCA

    Anybody knows how Porcello has done against the Yankees. I remember him pitching a couple of good games against us. And of course, what about AJ vs. Tigers.

    • nsalem

      We will win in 5!!!

    • forensic

      Good start this year, not so much over his career.

      Swisher, Cano, Posada, somewhat Grandy fine numbers.

      Tex, Gardner, Jeter, somewhat Martin and A-Rod not good numbers.

      • RCA

        Thanks, appreciate it.

  • Tom

    So the only 2 pitches that Gerry Davis called out of the strikezone against righties all night were:
    – ARod punchout in the 8th
    – Jeter 0-1 pitch (that made it 0-2) with 2 out and the tying runner on 2nd in the 9th

    Seems like an odd time to give the marginal pitches.
    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....type=7.gif

    I won’t even talk about the strikezone to lefty hitters.

    I find it hard to believe these guys are being chosen on merit. Game 2 was even worse (though probably had less of an impact on the game). Game 1 was also pretty bad.

    • Buck Foston

      Really want to get pissed off?

      Go check out Jackson’s first two ABs.

  • AFN

    But don’t get rid of Cash! We won the division! Don’t worry about whether the team can win in the playoffs. If it’s good enough for the ’90s Braves, it’s good enough for me!

  • matt

    posada at first and montero DH tomorrow. Get Teixeira the FUCK OUT

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Gerry Davis was awful but we still had our chances. I’m sort of confident in AJ and our lineup vs Porcello but you just never know. I never have a good feeling with these types of games given what has happened to us in the past in the LDS. I think if we can get it back to NY we win. Just need one more person to step up like Cano did game 1 and Gardner did tonight.

    • Bill

      If A-Rod or Teixera don’t hit, we’re not gonna win. It’s hard to win when your 4 and 5 hitters are 1-20 or something like that. A-Rod’s struggles are a bit more understandable because he missed a lot of time and never got into a groove in the second half. But Teixeira is just a huge disappointment. The guy’s swing is awful now. He cant hit anything that’s not down and in.

  • Sarah

    The Soriano HR hurts the most.

  • Bill

    This was an extremely frustrating game. I was really optimistic after we scored 2 quick runs in the 1st, but CC just didn’t have it tonight. A big part of it was being squeezed by the umpire. You can definitely say that that clown’s strike zone was a huge factor in the game. I don’t blame CC too much given the circumstances. After we tied it in the 7th, I was sure the Yankees would win. I would’ve had Robertson pitch the bottom of the 7th, but maybe that’s just nitpicking. I was pretty shocked when Soriano gave up the homer, it seemed to happen pretty quickly and almost unexpectedly because he looked good. The most frustrating part of this game for me was by far the top of the 8th. Then that dickface umpire decided to be generous with his strike calls to Granderson, but when he hit that flyball to right I really thought it was gonna go. But it didn’t, and then Davis continued to give free strikes to Verlander and Cano struck out. The rally in the 9th was another tease. Now the Yankees are a game away from being eliminated and AJ Burnett is pitching. Just great.

  • ItsATarp

    At least we managed to put up 4 run on verlander. Maybe more if the ump didn’t screw us so hard.

  • GetOffArod’sBack

    I know I’m grasping at straws here, bc A-Rod doesn’t look right, and he is struggling. But he’s such a better hitter than someone like Teixeira. At least in 5 of 13 A-Rod at bats, he’s done something productive, 3 walks, 2 groundouts for RBI. Teixeira is just awful. Just 2 of 12 at bats have been productive. No RBI – It’s a shame that this gets no attention. It’s just Arod Arod Arod

    • Bill

      It’s a shame that A-Rod is still targeted as a choke and unclutch. I thought we moved past this bullshit after 2009. The booing in Game 2 was really uncalled for.

  • GetOffArod’sBack

    just ignorant fans booing in gm 2. Ridiculous. I have a good mind to go to the warden about this…

  • mustang

    Get off the boat if you like. But the Yankees are going to win this.

    • Tom

      I’m with you…. I think AJ turns in a serviceable outing (5-6innings, 3ER) and the Yankees beat up on Porcello – this is assuming there is not a Gerry Davis lefty strikezone for Porcello (AJ doesn’t have the command to take advantage of something like that).

      I think game 5 ends up being a battle of the bullpens.

  • Dan

    A.J. just give us 6 innings 2 runs tomorrow please…

  • Kiko Jones

    Regardless of how AJ pitches Tuesday night—and even if he throws a gem—the meat of the order has to show up! A-Rod, Tex, Swisher are just not cutting it. And while some might give A-Rod a pass due to his injuries this year and the remaining goodwill left over from his performance in the ’09 post-season, the other 2 have NO excuse.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Expect nothing from ARod and you will rarely be disappointed.