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.

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  1. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    I’m ready for a humdinger.

  2. JimAbbottFan says:

    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.

  3. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    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

  4. Mike says:

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

  5. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

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

  6. themgmt says:

    Why is Jesus Montero batting 10th and not cleanup?

  7. King George says:

    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.”

  8. DERP says:

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

  9. Plank says:

    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?

  10. Xstar7 says:

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

  11. BGrider85 says:

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

  12. King George says:

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

  13. U Thant says:

    Like McDonald’s……I’m lovin it.

  14. Jesse says:

    Pretty nervous tonight, just saying.

    • Sarah says:

      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.

  15. DERP says:

    No way the Yankees lose this game tonight.

  16. Sarah says:

    Let’s do it, boys!

  17. mt says:

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

  18. sin271096 says:

    Lets go CC put the team on your back tonight

  19. Tom says:

    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.

  20. MannyGeee says:

    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.

  21. sin271096 says:

    Cmon jeter start it off right

  22. Xstar7 says:

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

  23. Sarah says:

    Did they just boo Jeter?

    Stay classy, Detroit.

  24. MannyGeee says:

    Nick Swisher looks high as a kite in his lineup picture

  25. sin271096 says:

    Jeter!

  26. Mike Axisa says:

    There you go Derek.

  27. King George says:

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

  28. nedro says:

    1st pitch, atta boy.

  29. Sarah says:

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

  30. MannyGeee says:

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

  31. Justin says:

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

  32. nedro says:

    Sweety!!!!!!!!

  33. Cy Pettitte says:

    Grandy!!!! I like this game already.

  34. Xstar7 says:

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

  35. Jetrer says:

    The Grandyman!!!!

  36. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Grandy!!!

  37. MannyGeee says:

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

  38. King George says:

    CURTIS!!!!!

  39. sin271096 says:

    GRANDY MAN!!

  40. DERP says:

    Grandy!!!!!

  41. mustang says:

    YESSSS!!!!!

  42. Justin says:

    BUT I THOUGHT HE WAS INVINCIBLE?!?!?

  43. The Fallen Phoenix says:

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

  44. forensic says:

    Atta boy Grandy!!!

  45. MannyGeee says:

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

  46. Sarah says:

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

  47. yankees=warriors says:

    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?

  48. BJ says:

    Granderson!!!

  49. sin271096 says:

    gotta put the ball in play

  50. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Sac fly please.

  51. Sarah says:

    Ok ARod needs to get Granderson home.

  52. Ivan says:

    LEts go A-Rod.

  53. dkidd says:

    dear justin,

    you don’t scare us

    sincerely,

    the MFY

  54. Skip says:

    I hope he exerts too much this first inning.

  55. Erica says:

    C’mon Arod… c’mon. You got this.

  56. Tyrion Lannister says:

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

  57. Jonathan says:

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

  58. Nuke LaDoosh says:

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

  59. Greg says:

    2-0 curve

  60. dkidd says:

    i really miss having a pitch counter on the screen

  61. Sarah says:

    16. It’s on the pitch tracker thing.

  62. Erica says:

    Okay, I’ll take it.

  63. Ivan says:

    At least the run scores.

  64. Tyrion Lannister says:

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

  65. MannyGeee says:

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

  66. Greg says:

    ARod gets the job done

  67. sin271096 says:

    Thats a big run

  68. Xstar7 says:

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

  69. Jetrer says:

    hooray for weak contact!!!

  70. DERP says:

    Got the run in. Nice.

  71. mustang says:

    good job A-Rod!

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

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

  73. Justin says:

    A run is a run is a run.

  74. Ivan says:

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

  75. Tom says:

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

  76. forensic says:

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

    • Greg says:

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

    • Esteban says:

      Always something to complain about.

    • The Fallen Phoenix says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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.

  77. The Fallen Phoenix says:

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

  78. Accent Shallow says:

    Has Teixeira ever hit a changeup? Or taken one?

    Sheesh.

  79. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Still loving Teix’s outs in the 5 spot.

  80. Erica says:

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

  81. MannyGeee says:

    wasn’t a pop up?

    #Lookatthebrightside

  82. Sarah says:

    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.

  83. Tom says:

    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?

  84. Ivan says:

    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.

  85. Esteban says:

    Are the Yankees still DOOOOOOOMED?

  86. MannyGeee says:

    Austin Jackson has a funny ear…

  87. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    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.

  88. Xstar7 says:

    Let’s go big guy.

  89. Jesse says:

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

  90. mbonzo says:

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

  91. MannyGeee says:

    CC got squeezed there on strike 3… twice now

  92. karcotte says:

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

  93. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    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.

  94. Ivan says:

    Wow where the fuck was that pitch.

  95. MannyGeee says:

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

  96. Xstar7 says:

    CC got fucking squeezed

  97. Sarah says:

    Effing ump.

  98. mbonzo says:

    Verlander was getting these calls.

  99. DERP says:

    WTF fuck you ump you stupid POS

  100. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    Where the fuck are these pitches?

  101. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

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

  102. Monteroisdinero says:

    Bs call!

  103. boogie down says:

    Where the fuck was that??

  104. Esteban says:

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

  105. Rey22 says:

    Justin Verlan-who?

  106. Tom Zig says:

    all 4 balls could have been called strikes.

  107. Greg says:

    DP bails the Yanks out

  108. nedro says:

    Yesss!!!!!

  109. forensic says:

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

  110. Leggy says:

    No strike 3? Fuck that, DP.

  111. sin271096 says:

    cano with the hose

  112. MannyGeee says:

    Goddamit that was great! Cano is a beast.

  113. mbonzo says:

    Great throw CANO!
    Bad call 1B ump.

  114. DERP says:

    cano with the great turn

  115. Xstar7 says:

    Leadoff walk (strikeout) erased!

  116. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

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

  117. Sarah says:

    Oh Cano – “no baserunners for you Detroit.”

  118. The Fallen Phoenix says:

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

  119. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

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

  120. Erica says:

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

  121. Monteroisdinero says:

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

  122. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

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

  123. Ivan says:

    CC having a hard time closing out these hitters.

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

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

  125. billysbartender says:

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

  126. mbonzo says:

    Walk him.

  127. Erica says:

    Errrrrrrg

  128. Jesse says:

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

  129. boogie down says:

    This zone will piss me off all game long.

  130. Monteroisdinero says:

    And now Miggy Montero.

  131. MannyGeee says:

    fucking christ is that strike zone tight

  132. teddy says:

    great cc can’t throw strikes

  133. nedro says:

    Um, what’s with CC??? I’m scared…

  134. Justin says:

    CC settle down big papa.

  135. glue gagger says:

    the strike zone is shit

  136. Esteban says:

    The strikezone is miniscule.

  137. mbonzo says:

    My eyes are bleeding from this fucking strikezone.

  138. sin271096 says:

    OMG thats a strike!

  139. Sarah says:

    This ump.

  140. Jetrer says:

    wtf is wrong with this fucking umpire

  141. Greg says:

    He’s not getting anything close.

  142. Tom Zig says:

    This umpire is terrible

  143. Xstar7 says:

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

  144. Monteroisdinero says:

    Just walk him.

  145. Brandon says:

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

  146. Tom says:

    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)

  147. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

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

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

  148. Erica says:

    Blind ump?

  149. Ivan says:

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

  150. mustang says:

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

  151. sin271096 says:

    not the worst thing in the world

  152. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I’ll take the walk.

  153. RaeGun says:

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

    • CP says:

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

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

    already with a defining at bat early here….

  155. Leggy says:

    Verlander better be getting this fucking zone all night too.

  156. glue gagger says:

    umps bet on games! blame the economy!

  157. Brandon says:

    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.

  158. Mickey Scheister says:

    Strike zone SUCKS for CC. Ump is racist.

  159. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    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

  160. MannyGeee says:

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

  161. Rey22 says:

    Jesus, that strike zone is ridiculous right now.

  162. dkidd says:

    i’m gonna need a bigger drink…

  163. JobaWockeeZ says:

    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.

  164. karel capek says:

    Whoa, good Bible.

  165. Champagne_whores says:

    So we have to beat the ump tonight too

  166. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    someone finally swung at a curveball

  167. Greg says:

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

  168. glue gagger says:

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

  169. boogie down says:

    He swung.

  170. MannyGeee says:

    whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa? Martinez kinda went there, intent or not

  171. CP says:

    So a swing is no longer a swing?

  172. mbonzo says:

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

  173. Jesse says:

    Stupid, stupid, stupid.

  174. Ivan says:

    Come on CC!

  175. sin271096 says:

    This is a battle

  176. Wow says:

    These umps are seriously screwing this up right now.

  177. Mickey Scheister says:

    He Fucken swung the bat. Wow.

  178. Matt says:

    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.

  179. Cuso says:

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

  180. mt says:

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

  181. Cy Pettitte says:

    and exhale

  182. MannyGeee says:

    wow. that was a heartattack inning.

  183. Esteban says:

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

  184. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Nice job by CC

  185. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Cool he got through Miggy and Victor

  186. Leggy says:

    And breathe……

  187. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

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

  188. RalphieD says:

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

  189. dkidd says:

    nasty

    you rule, big man

  190. forensic says:

    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.

  191. Xstar7 says:

    There we go, CC, there we go.

  192. Tyrion Lannister says:

    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.

  193. Jesse says:

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

  194. Ivan says:

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

  195. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  196. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

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

  197. Brandon says:

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

  198. karcotte says:

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

  199. Tom says:

    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.

  200. alittleblackegg says:

    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.

  201. DERP says:

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

  202. ArchStanton says:

    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.

  203. BK2ATL says:

    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.

  204. Ivan says:

    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.

  205. Jesus Freak says:

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

  206. Russell Martin says:

    Hey, ump have you stretched tonight?

  207. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

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

  208. Cuso says:

    make him throw strike 1 Swish!

    u dumbshit

  209. MannyGeee says:

    so, dont swing until a strike gets called?

    • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

      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 says:

        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.

  210. Cy Pettitte says:

    hip hip! not dead yet.

  211. Xstar7 says:

    Hip Hip! He ain’t dead yet!

  212. The Fallen Phoenix says:

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

  213. Jerry says:

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

  214. Esteban says:

    Posada continues to hit.

  215. Greg says:

    Now that was a bad swing.

  216. Stratman9652 says:

    Should of started Montero…

  217. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    That was the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen.

  218. ArchStanton says:

    Nice job Martin. Make him work.

  219. Sarah says:

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

  220. Wow says:

    Holy crap russ.

  221. MannyGeee says:

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

  222. jay says:

    russell doesnt have no muscles he blows

  223. mustang says:

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

    JORGE DOESN’T!!!!

  224. forensic says:

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

  225. Leggy says:

    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?

  226. MUIDATS EEKNAY says:

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

  227. Sarah says:

    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).

  228. Bill says:

    Russel Martin = ground ball machine.

  229. Stratman9652 says:

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

  230. karcotte says:

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

  231. glue gagger says:

    MARTIN IS A JOKE

  232. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

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

  233. TomH says:

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

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

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

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

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

  236. The Mick says:

    Umps squeezing the strike zone…big time

    • forensic says:

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

      • jay h says:

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

        • forensic says:

          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.

  237. Erica says:

    ANOTHER WALK WHAT THE WHATTTTTTT

  238. Cy Pettitte says:

    BB BBathia.

  239. Sarah says:

    This is such BS.

  240. The Mick says:

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

  241. Greg says:

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

  242. Jesse says:

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

  243. Champagne_whores says:

    Cc settle down

  244. TomH says:

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

  245. Mickey Scheister says:

    Funny Verlander got that exact call.

  246. DERP says:

    LOL CC is just messing with us.

  247. ArchStanton says:

    Whew. Thank God for these double plays.

  248. Pasqua says:

    Master plan.

  249. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    ok dp. now time to walk 3 more guys

  250. Cy Pettitte says:

    more of those please.

  251. The Mick says:

    there’s 2..

  252. Jesse says:

    Love these double plays.

  253. Erica says:

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

  254. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Double play balls are pitcher’s best friends.

  255. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

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

  256. mt says:

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

  257. Greg says:

    And another DP helps the Yanks

  258. MannyGeee says:

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

  259. mbonzo says:

    Cano is very good.

  260. Tom says:

    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.

  261. teddy says:

    nice dp

  262. boogie down says:

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

  263. UncleArgyle says:

    Was that a called strike?

  264. Jesse says:

    Oh my God he called a strike off the corner.

  265. forensic says:

    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.

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

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

  267. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    how many pitches that inning?

  268. mbonzo says:

    CC has the no-no going.

  269. Bill says:

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

  270. DERP says:

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

  271. The Mick says:

    nice pitch CC…swing and a miss!!

  272. Mickey Scheister says:

    CC with the no hitter thru two!

  273. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    This is a AJ-esque no hitter.

  274. Champagne_whores says:

    5 more inning big guy.

  275. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    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.

  276. jon says:

    CC going for the AJ burnett no hitter

  277. BK2ATL says:

    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.

  278. bonestock94 says:

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

  279. Tyler says:

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

  280. Sarah says:

    Gardy with the bunt!

  281. ArchStanton says:

    Great job by Gardner!

  282. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    a bunt?? A BUNT!!!

  283. Cy Pettitte says:

    GARDY!!!

  284. Esteban says:

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

  285. Ivan says:

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

  286. Jonathan says:

    worst bunt that ended up as a hit?

  287. Dela G says:

    attaboy gritster!

  288. flamingo says:

    YAY GARDY

  289. MannyGeee says:

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

  290. forensic says:

    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…

  291. Jesse says:

    Hit ‘n Run plz.

  292. Sarah says:

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

  293. Erica says:

    Grittier than Pedroia, that ol Gardner.

  294. glue gagger says:

    nice strike

  295. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    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.

  296. Jonathan says:

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

  297. ArchStanton says:

    God damn it Gardner, should’ve been running.

  298. Cy Pettitte says:

    why the fuck didn’t they bunt?

    lol.

  299. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    i miss smart base running

  300. Leggy says:

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

  301. Jesse says:

    Wow, four double plays in this game already.

  302. mbonzo says:

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

  303. Ivan says:

    Good job Jeter, good job.

  304. MannyGeee says:

    wow. just wow

  305. Jonathan says:

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

    wow

  306. forensic says:

    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.

  307. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    Way-to-go, Jeter.

  308. JobaWockeeZ says:

    What a waste of speed.

  309. The Mick says:

    throwing jabs…

  310. teddy says:

    typical yankeee game baseball, gardner pathetic

  311. Sarah says:

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

  312. forensic says:

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

  313. billysbartender says:

    Gardner is fred stanley if he doesn’t run

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

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

  315. Bill says:

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

  316. Karl Krawfid says:

    Jeter just stays killing innings.

    2-1 count.

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

    Jesus man.

  317. Cuso says:

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

  318. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    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.

  319. Tom says:

    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.

  320. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  321. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Blame the umps for that double

  322. billysbartender says:

    grrrr

  323. MannyGeee says:

    who is this Brandon Inge guy?

  324. Ed says:

    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.

  325. Sarah says:

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

  326. Ivan says:

    Crap, fucking Inge.

  327. BJ says:

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

  328. Monteroisdinero says:

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

  329. Mickey Scheister says:

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

  330. Wow says:

    Umps still terrible.

  331. Jesse says:

    Did I mention that I hate this strike zone?

  332. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    they need to take the pitch tracker down…

  333. brazilian fan says:

    this ump is fucking us

  334. Sarah says:

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

  335. TomH says:

    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.

  336. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    failed bunt? dont try to out Yankee the Yankees

  337. Champagne_whores says:

    Does TBS stand for tigers bitches shitheads anouncers.

  338. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

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

  339. Mickey Scheister says:

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

  340. Leggy says:

    CC is getting NOTHING on the corners.

  341. Cy Pettitte says:

    where are these missing? fucking hell.

  342. Dela G says:

    boy, he’s getting squeezed

  343. MannyGeee says:

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

  344. billysbartender says:

    im gonna crawl thru the tv and kill gerry davis

  345. Sarah says:

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

  346. The Mick says:

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

  347. Erica says:

    I am getting so frustrated by this ump.

  348. Esteban says:

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

  349. BJ says:

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

  350. Jesse says:

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

  351. mt says:

    How can you walk Austin jackson twice?

  352. glue gagger says:

    ump is bullshit

  353. mbonzo says:

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

  354. Bill says:

    This umpire is terrible

  355. Wow says:

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

  356. Lincoln Hawk says:

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

  357. Ivan says:

    This strike zone is ridiculous.

  358. Mickey Scheister says:

    I’m so angry, this is horse shit.

  359. The Mick says:

    this Umps already gotten into CC’s head

  360. teddy says:

    this is criminal

  361. Champagne_whores says:

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

  362. DZ says:

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

  363. Greg says:

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

    • The Mick says:

      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.

  364. King George says:

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

  365. JobaWockeeZ says:

    CC Screwed Count: Still Only Two

  366. mt says:

    95 pitches by end of fourth inning at this rate.

  367. Alex Taffet says:

    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

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

    what is this, phil hughes?

  369. Esteban says:

    Not gonna get the DP everytime.

  370. Jetrer says:

    Step it up, Big Fella

  371. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    OK CC, you’ve gotta hold this lead.

  372. teddy says:

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

  373. Champagne_whores says:

    Does the ump get an asst

  374. Tyrion Lannister says:

    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.

  375. Jonathan says:

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

  376. Sarah says:

    This game is giving me a heart attack.

  377. glue gagger says:

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

  378. ItsATarp says:

    This fucking Ump is fucking us over

  379. King George says:

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

  380. mt says:

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

  381. BK2ATL says:

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

  382. MannyGeee says:

    well, kinda saw that coming.

  383. Karl Krawfid says:

    CC is a gonna choke this one away.

  384. Erica says:

    Breathe breathe breathe breathe breathe

  385. Matt says:

    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.

  386. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    Broken bat bloop? Seriously?

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

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

  388. boogie down says:

    Come on, CC, you got this.

  389. Sarah says:

    Where are the outs?!?!

  390. Tyrion Lannister says:

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

  391. Thomas Cassidy says:

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

  392. Wow says:

    Umps just aren’t allowing cc to pitch aggressively.

  393. TomH says:

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

  394. Sheepmeister says:

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

  395. Grit for Brains says:

    Lets do it CC!

  396. Russell Martin says:

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

  397. Esteban says:

    Or you will get a DP everytime.

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

    will take that trade every day. whew.

  399. Leggy says:

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

  400. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    will take that!

  401. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Defiantly best case scenario there.

  402. mbonzo says:

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

  403. Mickey Scheister says:

    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.

  404. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Tie game.

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

    /Smoltz’d

  405. mt says:

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

  406. mt says:

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

  407. flamingo says:

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

  408. teddy says:

    game over, thanks to this cheating ump

  409. Matt says:

    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?

  410. brazilian fan says:

    FUCK YOU UMPIRE. RACIST

    • RCA says:

      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!!

  411. trueblue says:

    CC is garbage tonight

  412. stuart a says:

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

    not 1………

  413. Ivan says:

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

  414. Stratman9652 says:

    Clearly somebody did not stretch before the game…

  415. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    cmon Yanks….time to capitalize

  416. Esteban says:

    Gutty effort CC/

  417. Sarah says:

    Good job by CC battling back.

  418. BK2ATL says:

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

  419. Bartolo's Colon says:

    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

  420. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  421. mbonzo says:

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

  422. thekid says:

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

  423. ItsATarp says:

    This ump needs to eat shit and tie

  424. Sheepmeister says:

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

  425. Karl Krawfid says:

    5 walks.

  426. CMP says:

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

  427. glue gagger says:

    yup umpire is a racist

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

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

  429. billysbartender says:

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

  430. Sarah says:

    Offense please. Verlander is human.

  431. MannyGee says:

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

  432. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    TAKE SOME FUCKING PITCHES!!!!!!

  433. stuart a says:

    the strike zoneis slightly larger then a postage stamp.

    what a joke…………………

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

  434. Chen Meng Wang says:

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

    /EVERYTHINGARODDOESISWRONG!

  435. JobaWockeeZ says:

    ARod walked, conspiracy.

  436. Sarah says:

    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.

  437. MannyGee says:

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

  438. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

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

  439. Esteban says:

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

    • MannyGee says:

      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.

  440. Greg says:

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

  441. Erica says:

    TEX TAKE A PITCH GODDAMNIT

  442. stuart a says:

    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..

  443. mt says:

    Sigh – a one-pitch out.

  444. Leggy says:

    Can Montero play 1B?

    /halfkidding.

  445. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Verlander is having a perfect shutdown inning.

    (Please ignore the 4 pitch walk.)

  446. Sarah says:

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

  447. thekid says:

    tigers bribed the damn BABIP gods…

  448. Grit for Brains says:

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

  449. Paul says:

    Home Plate Umpire is an embarrassment to baseball.

  450. a.hinds says:

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

  451. mbonzo says:

    Fuck this ump.

  452. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    of course he calls that one.

  453. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Swish didn’t swing!

  454. Jonathan says:

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

  455. JimIsBored (Jim S) says:

    Good to know Verlander can get that call.

    #umpireaccountability

  456. Cy Pettitte says:

    most. inconsistent. strike. zone. ever.

  457. BJ says:

    WHAT? This ump is freaking ridiculous.

  458. Leggy says:

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

  459. Ed says:

    Unbelievable. Widest strike tonight by a mile

  460. Greg says:

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

  461. Esteban says:

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

  462. glue gagger says:

    asshole racist !

  463. Karl Krawfid says:

    Tex and Cano.

    3 pitches.

  464. stuart a says:

    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……..

  465. Mike says:

    glad to see strike zone is being expanded for verlander

  466. billysbartender says:

    fuck gerry davis

  467. Jesus Freak says:

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

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

    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.

  469. boogie down says:

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

  470. Matt says:

    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.

  471. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    OMG Comerica is a bandbox!

  472. John says:

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

  473. Tyrion Lannister says:

    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.

  474. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Human element!

  475. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

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

  476. RCA says:

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

  477. mt says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

      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 says:

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

        • Matt says:

          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 says:

      Like that one to Avila.

    • Hall and Nokes says:

      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.

  478. Bill says:

    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.

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

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

  480. Cuso says:

    Great hustle, Swisher.

  481. Erica says:

    NICE play, A-Rod!

  482. Greg says:

    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 says:

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

    • Matt says:

      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 says:

      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.

  483. MannyGee says:

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

  484. beachbum says:

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

  485. CMP says:

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

  486. Champagne_whores says:

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

  487. Cy Pettitte says:

    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

    • JimIsBored (Jim S) says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

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

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        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.

  488. brazilian fan says:

    I MISS KAY

  489. Hall and Nokes says:

    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.

  490. Ivan says:

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

  491. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    settle in CC

  492. CP says:

    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 says:

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

      • Tom says:

        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.

  493. glue gagger says:

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

  494. Sarah says:

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

  495. Jesse says:

    Hooray for quick innings.

  496. Nuke LaDoosh says:

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

  497. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  498. CMP says:

    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.

  499. Skip says:

    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.

  500. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    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.

  501. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    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?

  502. Tyrion Lannister says:

    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.

  503. MannyGee says:

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

  504. Kostas says:

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

  505. Kostas says:

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

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      How dare they not hammer Justin Verlander.

      • Kostas says:

        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 says:

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

        • Chen Meng Wang says:

          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.

  506. mbonzo says:

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

  507. Sarah says:

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

  508. Esteban says:

    That was a disgusting two seamer

  509. King George says:

    Not. Looking. Good.

  510. Skip says:

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

  511. Greg says:

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

  512. brazilian fan says:

    PITCH CUNTS ARE OVERRATED

  513. Kostas says:

    blah… here we go. KKKKKKKKKK

  514. Chen Meng Wang says:

    6 pitches 2 Ks…

  515. Matt says:

    That was less than Martinez went in the first inning.

    This is DISGRACEFUL.

  516. Sarah says:

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

  517. Erica says:

    I…ugh.

  518. Bill says:

    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 says:

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

    • Skip says:

      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 says:

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

    • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

      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

  519. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    well that sucked

  520. Tyrion Lannister says:

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

  521. wow says:

    so now we roll over? c’mon.

  522. Tyler says:

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

  523. Karl Krawfid says:

    Well Verlander has found his groove.

  524. glue gagger says:

    ump looking really excited when a NY player strikes out

  525. RCA says:

    That hook is nasty, borderline not fair.

  526. forensic says:

    And, here we go…

  527. Mike Axisa says:

    There, everyone happy they started taking pitches?

  528. Hall and Nokes says:

    Is it SoRoMo tonight or So+2Mo?

    (I wish we could do subscript on this.)

    • Hall and Nokes says:

      or Ro+2Mo

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

  529. Ivan says:

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

  530. Leggy says:

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

  531. Sarah says:

    Fuck, fuck, fuck.

  532. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    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.

  533. Pasqua says:

    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.

  534. Esteban says:

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

  535. trueblue says:

    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.

  536. karcotte says:

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

  537. Matt says:

    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 says:

      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”

  538. CMP says:

    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

  539. brazilian fan says:

    INGE = MANTLE

  540. Sarah says:

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

  541. RCA says:

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

  542. Cy Pettitte says:

    C.C. Hughes.

  543. TomH says:

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

  544. Sarah says:

    Joe needs a quick hook tonight.

  545. Jonathan says:

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

  546. darren says:

    Anyone know the pitchcount?

  547. Jesse says:

    Another DP please.

  548. Matt says:

    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.

  549. Manny says:

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

    • Pasqua says:

      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.

  550. Bartolo's Colon says:

    theres no way he can walk ajax 3 times right?

  551. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    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 says:

      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.

  552. brazilian fan says:

    TOM VERDUCCI: MAN OR GIRL?

  553. mbonzo says:

    Thanks for the bunt.

  554. TSJC Troll Doppelganger says:

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

  555. glue gagger says:

    montero please!

  556. Kostas says:

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

  557. jay says:

    Thanks for giving that out away, Leyland.

  558. Jesus Freak says:

    I thought everyone was against sacrifices?

  559. Ryan says:

    Get your outs! FREE OUTS!

  560. boogie down says:

    Fuck.

  561. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    lol

  562. Tyrion Lannister says:

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

  563. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  564. Kostas says:

    awww fuck this…

  565. Ivan says:

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

  566. Leggy says:

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

  567. DZ says:

    Ramon Santiago is number 1 on my shit list…

  568. BJ says:

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

  569. Mickey Scheister says:

    Get Robertson up.

  570. Chris says:

    jeez thank god for comerica….

  571. Jonathan says:

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

  572. Matt says:

    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.

  573. Chen Meng Wang says:

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

  574. brazilian fan says:

    WHO THE FUCK IS RAMON SANTIAGO?

    • TSJC Troll Doppelganger says:

      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.

  575. Pasqua says:

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

  576. TSJC Troll Doppelganger says:

    Absolutely gutless performance by CC tonight. Pitiful.

  577. glue gagger says:

    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

  578. Karl Krawfid says:

    CC chokes man.

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

  579. jay says:

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

  580. dontchaknow says:

    crying

  581. Jesus Freak says:

    Well, that’s it.

    Pitchers and catchers report February 15th.

  582. CMP says:

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

  583. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  584. TomH says:

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

  585. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    The Yankees will win this game.

  586. mt says:

    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!

  587. Tyrion Lannister says:

    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.

  588. Kostas says:

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

  589. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    there you go….now lets start getting out hustled

  590. glue gagger says:

    wow CC – please opt out you piece of shit.

  591. Jonathan says:

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

  592. BJ says:

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

  593. A-Rod's Wingman says:

    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. 

  594. Kevin G. says:

    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.

  595. boogie down says:

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

    • CUYanks says:

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

    • forensic says:

      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.

  596. Karl Krawfid says:

    5 innings from our Ace.

  597. Bartolo's Colon says:

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

  598. Monteroisdinero says:

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

    /goes down smooth

  599. AnthonyD says:

    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.

  600. Skip says:

    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.

  601. Sam P. says:

    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.

  602. Stratman9652 says:

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

  603. Greg says:

    Great pitchers make adjustments to umpire’s strikezones.

    CC hasnt done that and it has cost hin.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

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

    • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

      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?

    • Pasqua says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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.

  604. forensic says:

    Can’t wait till AJ outpitches CC tomorrow.

  605. CMP says:

    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

  606. Grit for Brains says:

    Come on Yanks, lets scores some runs!

  607. brazilian fan says:

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

  608. ArchStanton says:

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

  609. mt says:

    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.

  610. Ryan says:

    Is there a non-troll thread for this game?

  611. King George says:

    Nice, DJ!

  612. mbonzo says:

    Hell yea Jetes! Hit one out Grandy man.

  613. Nuke LaDoosh says:

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

  614. Gustavo says:

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

  615. glue gagger says:

    CC now stands for choke choke sabathia

  616. Jesse says:

    C’mon Grandy. Triple in the gap…

  617. Esteban says:

    99 wow!

  618. Thomas Cassidy says:

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

  619. Jonathan says:

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

  620. Evan in NYC says:

    “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

  621. Monteroisdinero says:

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

  622. CMP says:

    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.

  623. Bartolo's Colon says:

    hope they can force valverde in for the 9th somehow

  624. King George says:

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

  625. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    time for A Rod to snap out of it

  626. Jesse says:

    Ok, can A-Rod do something here please?

  627. Erica says:

    Booing ARod is so trendy.

  628. CMP says:

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

  629. Jonathan says:

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

  630. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    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.

  631. boogie down says:

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

  632. glue gagger says:

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

  633. King George says:

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

  634. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    I miss hits and runs

  635. Esteban says:

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

  636. BJ says:

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

  637. glue gagger says:

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

  638. mbonzo says:

    Same pitch. But that one was a strike somehow.

  639. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    This is somehow Russell Martin’s fault.

  640. Jonathan says:

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

  641. Kevin G. says:

    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.

  642. Bartolo's Colon says:

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

  643. Chen Meng Wang says:

    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.

  644. Evan in NYC says:

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

  645. Jetrer says:

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

  646. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yeah go up there trying to walk guys.

    A little late for that now.

  647. Matt says:

    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.

  648. Tyrion Lannister says:

    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.

  649. trueblue says:

    Wow.. Great AB Arod… Gutless

  650. wow says:

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

  651. bonestock94 says:

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

  652. boogie down says:

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

  653. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

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

  654. ArchStanton says:

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

  655. forensic says:

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

    And now he’s STILL in…

  656. glue gagger says:

    lol fat ass

  657. Tyrion Lannister says:

    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 says:

      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.

  658. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Love me some human element

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....type=3.gif

  659. RCA says:

    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??

  660. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Blame the umps for that

  661. Jonathan says:

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

  662. dontchaknow says:

    fuck this bullshit

  663. glue gagger says:

    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.

  664. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    just wondering why CC is still in there

  665. Karl Krawfid says:

    Joe G needs to be FIRED.

    Why the hell is CC still in the game?

  666. glue gagger says:

    cc is full of shit

  667. King George says:

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

  668. CMP says:

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

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

  670. Grit Storage says:

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

  671. TSJC Troll Doppelganger says:

    Girardi, time to remove this fat fuck.

  672. Greg says:

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

  673. Leggy says:

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

  674. jay says:

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

  675. Tyrion Lannister says:

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

  676. trueblue says:

    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.

  677. boogie down says:

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

  678. billysbartender says:

    What the hell Joe

  679. Matt says:

    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.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Just shut the fuck up already.

      • Matt says:

        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 says:

      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)

  680. ItsATarp says:

    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.

  681. Jonathan says:

    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..

  682. CUYanks says:

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

  683. JobaWockeeZ says:

    At least the bullpen is rested for 2012.

  684. Tyrion Lannister says:

    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.

  685. dalelama says:

    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.

  686. Bartolo's Colon says:

    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

  687. glue gagger says:

    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.

  688. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    No Luis Ayala???

  689. RCA says:

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

  690. Tom says:

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

  691. BigTimeBartolo says:

    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.

  692. Tyrion Lannister says:

    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.

  693. Gustavo says:

    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.

  694. Doogie says:

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

  695. Eduardo says:

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

  696. Tyrion Lannister says:

    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?

  697. Erica says:

    Thanks, So.

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

  698. wow says:

    thanks for coming Yanks. #predictable

  699. mbonzo says:

    Wow Soriano, thats momentum right there.

  700. Karl Krawfid says:

    Tigers 3 Yankees 2 JoeG -1

  701. The Fallen Phoenix says:

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

  702. mt says:

    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.

  703. Kostas says:

    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 says:

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

      • Kostas says:

        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.

  704. ItsATarp says:

    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.

  705. King George says:

    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.

  706. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

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

  707. glue gagger says:

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

  708. Tyrion Lannister says:

    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.

  709. Cuso says:

    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 says:

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

      • Cuso says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

      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).

  710. Chen Meng Wang says:

    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.

  711. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  712. Sarah says:

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

  713. Greg says:

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

  714. billysbartender says:

    Tex should have let that hit him

  715. JFH says:

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

  716. Hummingbird S. says:

    Teix has never hit a changeup in his life

  717. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    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.

  718. Kevin G. says:

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

  719. Leggy says:

    Tex is just an auto out right now, frustrating.

  720. forensic says:

    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.

  721. RCA says:

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

  722. JobaWockeeZ says:

    So Ayala for the 7th?

  723. Kostas says:

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

  724. chas123 says:

    not looking good. need baserunners

  725. glue gagger says:

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

  726. Prediction Time says:

    HIP HIP JORGE (HR)

  727. ItsATarp says:

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

  728. Tyrion Lannister says:

    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.

  729. RCA says:

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

  730. mbonzo says:

    Wow, Posada is having a nice series.

  731. BJ says:

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

  732. Now would be the time for a pinch run.

  733. Bartolo's Colon says:

    how funny is it that posada has been awesome this series

  734. Esteban says:

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

  735. Leggy says:

    Fantastic AB by Jorge. Do something now.

  736. Hummingbird S. says:

    PH Jesus for Martin please.. do something Girardi

  737. mt says:

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

  738. Jonathan says:

    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.

  739. Stratman9652 says:

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

  740. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

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

  741. glue gagger says:

    pinch hit montero pls !

  742. Ivan says:

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

  743. thenamestsam says:

    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.

  744. Grit for Brains says:

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

  745. trueblue says:

    That had to smart

  746. mt says:

    No Chavez to “pop one” – LOL?

  747. Simon says:

    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….

  748. CUYanks says:

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

  749. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  750. Sarah says:

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

  751. mbonzo says:

    3-0 autostrike.

  752. thenamestsam says:

    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?

  753. Grit for Brains says:

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

  754. Matt says:

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

    You can’t make this up.

  755. Bill R says:

    here comes the K

  756. Jonathan says:

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

  757. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    BRET MOTHER FUCKING GARDNER

  758. Kevin G. says:

    FUCK YEAH BITCHES <3 GARDNER

  759. Grit for Brains says:

    LETS GO!

  760. Tyrion Lannister says:

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

  761. Leggy says:

    Fuck yeah Gardner! FUCK YEAH

  762. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Do they still suck?

  763. Greg says:

    Evrybody get off Girardi please

    Now he’s off the hook

  764. The Fallen Phoenix says:

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

  765. Ivan says:

    Brett Fucking Garnder.

  766. Avi says:

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

  767. Jetrer says:

    Brett fucking Gardner

    but I thought this game was over

  768. Tyler says:

    ONE FUCKING TIME!

  769. Hummingbird S. says:

    BG bitches!!

  770. Corporate Scum says:

    FUCK YEAH. That was pure grit right thur.

  771. Bill R says:

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

  772. dontchaknow says:

    my tears have suddenly dried up

  773. Chen Meng Wang says:

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

  774. mbonzo says:

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

  775. forensic says:

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

  776. Matt says:

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

    Two tremendously huge hits. Wow!

  777. ItsATarp says:

    Oh i thought the game was over

  778. BK2ATL says:

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

  779. flamingo says:

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

  780. Bartolo's Colon says:

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

  781. Jonathan says:

    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!

  782. Stratman9652 says:

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

  783. Esteban says:

    Gardner haters? Speak up now.

  784. 27andCounting says:

    WE AE NOT DEAD YET!!!!

  785. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  786. Tyrion Lannister says:

    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.

  787. Leggy says:

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

  788. GGBG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brett the Jet!!!!!

  789. mbonzo says:

    Bullpen, time to rock and roll.

  790. Rey22 says:

    Brett the motherfucking man Gardner!!

  791. Bill R says:

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

  792. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    We might need a spillover thread soon…

  793. nathan says:

    Was gonna say we need a new thread

  794. Jonathan says:

    How depressed do the TBS announcers sound right now?

  795. Graig not Craig says:

    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.

  796. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  797. Pasqua says:

    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?

  798. glue gagger says:

    fuck yeah soriano is coming up big

  799. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

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

  800. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Soriano just lost it.

  801. The Big City of Dreams says:

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

  802. Ivan says:

    Fuck!!!!!!

  803. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaly

  804. mbonzo says:

    Soriano, I hate you.

  805. Bill R says:

    I just died inside…

  806. Jonathan says:

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

  807. Avi says:

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

  808. Graig not Craig says:

    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 says:

      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.)

  809. ItsATarp says:

    Thanks levine to pay so much money for this guy

  810. Greg says:

    Cant blame Girardi now.

  811. Jesse says:

    Spillover thread please.

  812. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  813. Tyrion Lannister says:

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

  814. Matt says:

    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.

  815. 27andCounting says:

    Soriano! Fuck! Way to be a douchenozzle.

  816. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  817. Leggy says:

    Still well in this.

  818. Widget says:

    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.

  819. Ivan says:

    OMG how in the world is that a Strike.

  820. Bill says:

    Now the umpire wants to be generous.

  821. Avi says:

    I hope this umpire dies an AWFUL DEATH!

  822. Matt says:

    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.

  823. Jonathan says:

    This is out of control…..

  824. Sarah says:

    This is unreal. The strike zon. is horrible/

  825. Kostas says:

    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 says:

      you’re a troll boy.

      • Kostas says:

        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.

  826. Hummingbird S. says:

    Yeah, not biased at all. Ridiculous umpire.

  827. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    all the sudden this strike zone got a lot widdddder

  828. Mickey Scheister says:

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

  829. glue gagger says:

    lol ump is good at cheating.

  830. RCA says:

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

  831. Pasqua says:

    Death. Taxes. Pop-ups.

  832. Avi says:

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

  833. Leggy says:

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

  834. BigTimeBartolo says:

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

  835. Widget says:

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

    • RCA says:

      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.

  836. Hummingbird S. says:

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

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

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

      • RCA says:

        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.

  837. Greg says:

    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.

  838. Yo! I'm Chris says:

    Popixira.

  839. ItsATarp says:

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

    Nope no bias here…nothing at all

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      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.

  840. boogie down says:

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

  841. jbkx says:

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

  842. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

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

  843. nsalem says:

    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 says:

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

  844. Jonathan says:

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

  845. elee says:

    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

  846. Jesse says:

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

  847. Karl Krawfid says:

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

  848. Ryan says:

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

  849. Chen Meng Wang says:

    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.

  850. Jetrer says:

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

  851. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

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

  852. Jesus Freak says:

    FIRE GIRARDI!

  853. flamingo says:

    Alright, let’s get Valverde!

  854. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Seriously Swisher? WTF

  855. Matt says:

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

    What is wrong with this team? This is PATHETIC.

    • Greg says:

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

      • RCA says:

        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.

  856. Ivan says:

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

  857. William Wallace says:

    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.

  858. Hummingbird S. says:

    excellent job my the millionaire chokers..

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

  859. Kostas says:

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

  860. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

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

  861. Matt says:

    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.

  862. Ivan says:

    Pinch runner for Posada.

  863. bobtaco says:

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

  864. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  865. Jesus Freak says:

    If only Steinbrenner was alive.

    • Chen Meng Wang says:

      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.

  866. Ivan says:

    Wow…..

  867. NHYankeesFan says:

    Good job Nunez. Get him in Gardner

  868. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

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

  869. flamingo says:

    Nunie’s got guts.

  870. Jesse says:

    Brett Gardner you mother fucker get a hit!!!

  871. forensic says:

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

  872. NHYankeesFan says:

    Dont walk him! I dont trust Jeter against righties

  873. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    lets go jeter

  874. Jetrer says:

    wrong guy up….

  875. Hummingbird S. says:

    captain unclutch, might as well be over already

  876. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

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

  877. Hummingbird S. says:

    here comes the weak swing at the bouncing splitter

  878. forensic says:

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

  879. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Our season hinges on AJ Burnett.

  880. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    good lord Jeter…

  881. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  882. Jetrer says:

    and Captain Clutch does it again

  883. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Season over…or something like that.

  884. Widget says:

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

    • Hummingbird S. says:

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

      • Crime Dog says:

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

      • Widget says:

        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 says:

          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.

  885. Ivan says:

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

  886. The Big City of Dreams says:

    Sigh

  887. mbonzo says:

    Terrible game, give me robots.

  888. Karl Krawfid says:

    Jeter does nothing.

    Series over.

  889. Tyrion Lannister says:

    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 says:

      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.

  890. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  891. Matt says:

    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 says:

      just become a Met fan. please.

      • Matt says:

        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 says:

          The Yankees didn’t lose this game because they weren’t playing in Detroit.

          • Matt says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

                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.

    • Jetrer says:

      “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 says:

        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 co