Oct
02

ALDS Game Two: Tigers @ Yankees

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Five years ago, the Yankees beat the Tigers in Game One of the ALDS. They lost the next three though. The Yankees took Game One of this year’s ALDS against  Detroit, and now they have to avoid the same problems that did them in back in 2006. That would be a shaky bullpen behind a banged up starting rotation and a lineup that mustered just six runs after the first game.

Robinson Cano and Ivan Nova set the pace last night. Cano did damage every time he stepped to the plate and Nova tossed up zero after zero. Today’s starter, Freddy Garcia, brings a completely different look to the table. He’ll try to lull the Tigers’ hitters to sleep with offspeed stuff, much like Mike Mussina tried to do after Chien-Ming Wang five years ago.

Andy Pettitte is throwing out the first pitch, like he’s done in countless Game Twos before. Here are the lineups…

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

Max Scherzer, SP

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

Freddy Garcia, SP

The weather in New York is gorgeous, a little chilly but a big blue sky. The game starts at 3:07pm ET and can be seen on TNT (not TBS). Remember, we’re trying to win a ring around here.

Categories : Game Threads, Playoffs

1,197 Comments»

  1. Chris says:

    Has a 90 mph ceremonial first pitch ever been done?

  2. A-ROD fan says:

    GO YANKEESSS

  3. Yanks27rings says:

    Pettitte is back in the Bronx. I haven’t heard anything about him since he was seen at a game earlier in the season. I believe it was a Cards game, wasn’t it?

    Hopefully Andy brings us some of his postseason luck!

  4. Steve O. says:

    I’m missing a huge 3 and a half hour practice exam for this game, and to study for an exam(real) on Wednesday.

    Hope I made the right decision. There will be another practice exam, so I think I’m fine.

    Worst part is my girlfriend is probably pissed at me. She’s administering the practice exam. What do you think?

    Right decision?

  5. Cy Pettitte says:

    TNT isn’t gonna show Andy throwing the first pitch? not cool.

  6. Xstar7 says:

    You guys know the deal, If El Jefe can survive the first couple of innings, he’s going to have a good start.

  7. Matty Ice says:

    I for one would much rather see Fred McGriff and the “Fan Cave” instead of one of the greatest postseason pitchers of all time throw out the first pitch. Thanks TNT!

  8. Greg says:

    First pitch was a ball?

  9. Steve S. says:

    I just love it when opposing teams bat guys first with a .317 OBP that strike out too much.

  10. Caracas is a bit bigger than a town.

  11. Jesse says:

    Crawford would had let that one fall in for a hit.

  12. Bronx Byte says:

    Just play smart baseball with timely hitting and a quality start from Freddy.

  13. Cy Pettitte says:

    fuck that short porch

  14. swishers fauxhawk says:

    I feel like the low strike is never called these days.

  15. Greg says:

    Wow Miggy

  16. Grit for Brains says:

    Holy Shnikies that man is strong

  17. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Get Hughes warming now. Why you would pitch to him 2-0 I don’t know.

    • Greg says:

      He was pitching him away. Cabrera made the adjustment. More power to him.

      • Matt says:

        Do you know what the word adjustment means?

        Garcia needs to start pitching inside on these righty hitters. Same thing as Nova last night. Every one of their hitters is looking to do that. It’s not an adjustment, it’s an approach.

        • Greg says:

          Garcia doesn’t have the velocity to consistently throw inside.

          • Matt says:

            Definitely not true. He’s throwing 88-90 mph, not 82.

            You have to throw inside once in a while, or hitters are going to lean out over the plate and drive those offspeed pitches away. You don’t need to be a flamethrower to do it. Hitters are not expecting that pitch, and you can surprise them in there and set up your sequences better.

        • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

          And if he pitches inside, Cabrera might hit one out to LF. No shame in giving up a homer to Miguel Cabrera.

          • Matt says:

            You will never get a hitter as good as Cabrera out if you throw to one location without overpowering stuff.

            Their whole team is taking that approach. They were hitting line drive after line drive right at guys the other way last night. Nova got away with it because his stuff is much better.

            Garcia needs to at least plant it in their minds that he will bust them in their occasionally.

          • Matt says:

            If that is how you plan to pitch Cabrera, then don’t even throw him a strike on 2-0. It’s OK to nibble on him, but there is no reason to pitch to him once you are behind in the count if you are going to pound one spot over and over.

  18. Steve S. says:

    Cabrera’s 1.304 career OPS against Freddy Garcia just went up.

  19. Pat D says:

    Mother fucking fucker.

  20. BK2ATL says:

    Just that freaking simple. Cabrera strikes.

    Shake it off, Fredy. Not a bad pitch at all.

  21. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Cabrera just murders the Yanks

  22. Avi says:

    Freddy was way too predictable there. Cabrera was just sitting on a pitch down and away. You can’t do that to a hitter as good as cabrera. Just walk him

  23. Steve S. says:

    Bats and bullpens today folks, fasten your seat belts.

  24. Pat D says:

    I say they need to get one back right away. Don’t let Scherzer get too comfortable.

  25. Mykey says:

    Whatever.

  26. BK2ATL says:

    Nice bounceback, Fredy.

    That freaking Cabrera….

  27. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Good bounceback AB from Freddy.

    Look, Cabrera is going to beat us a few times in this series–he’s probably the best hitter in baseball (with the possible exception of Joey Bats.)

    Take your lumps, move on, and try to keep the guys who hit in front of him off base.

  28. Jesse says:

    Bold Prediction: Freddy Garcia won’t allow a run the rest of his start.

  29. ED says:

    Shake it off, let’s score some runs.

  30. Karl Krawfid says:

    Why did they pitch to him?

  31. Mike Axisa says:

    Freddy gave up a cheap Yankee Stadium homer to arguably the best hitter in the world in the first inning. Everyone freak the fuck out!

    • Steve S. says:

      Get Hughes up. NOW!

    • Steve S. says:

      Anyone else LOVE the pitch tracker on the side of the screen?

      I hope YES does the same thing next year.

      • Pat D says:

        I actually find it annoying. You can barely read the pitch count. You don’t need the worthless plate tracker up there anyway, we know every ump will call it his way.

        I prefer the way YES does their graphics.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

        I hate all pitch trackers / K zones. I also hate how announcers treat the pitch tracker like it’s the perfect strike zone.

        • Pat D says:

          I like when NESN shows theirs because that’s when Jerry Remy goes into complete homer mode. Absolutely defends it when the call goes the Red Sox’s way, but if it doesn’t, he finds some way to say it isn’t accurate.

        • Steve S. says:

          It doesn’t have to be perfect, just an improvement over what we have now. I can make my own mental adjustments, I just want something to compare with.

  32. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I joined the broadcast a few batters in…who is calling the game for TBS?

  33. Steve S. says:

    If I hear about the ’3 team trade’ one more time, I just might stiock a knife in my ear to reduce the pain.

  34. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Damn, Jackson had Jeter played perfectly.

  35. Cy Pettitte says:

    damn you Ajax

  36. bobtaco says:

    Great AB by Jeter, regardless…

  37. Pat D says:

    Eff you Jackson.

  38. jay says:

    had him played perfectly

  39. Kostas says:

    C’mon Yanks… They NEED to go back to Detroit up 2-0.

  40. Greg says:

    Who said that if we batted Cano third that he would get pitches to hit?

  41. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Welp, Detroit’s appropriately terrified of Cano.

  42. Monteroisdinero says:

    Watching Cabrera hit is only enjoyable knowing we have the same type of hitter on the bench. Miggy can hit righties?

  43. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Come on ARod, make him pay.

  44. ED says:

    Cano is feared.

    • Pat D says:

      He will never be feared until Dan Shaughnessy writes a story about how managers thought about intentionally walking him with the bases loaded.

        • Pat D says:

          During Jim Rice’s last couple of years on the HOF ballot, Shaughnessy would write that he was so feared that opposing managers considered walking him with the bases loaded.

          The cold, hard facts were that, of course, it NEVER FUCKING HAPPENED!!!

  45. Pat D says:

    This will be interesting.

  46. Cy Pettitte says:

    make them pay ARod

  47. Xstar7 says:

    Unintentional intentional walk to Cano. Make em’ pay, Alex.

  48. teddy says:

    lets go arod

  49. Jesse says:

    Please get a hit A-Rod.

  50. Cy Pettitte says:

    set the MT25 to take the lead, please.

  51. jay says:

    be patient mark

  52. Karl Krawfid says:

    22 pitches

  53. Jesse says:

    Well, if the Yankees don’t score this inning at least they made him work.

  54. swishers fauxhawk says:

    This is one tiny strike zone

  55. Steve S. says:

    Missing out of the zone, now miss right over the middle of the plate, please

  56. Mike Axisa says:

    That’s already, made him work.

  57. Greg says:

    Got it in on the hands

  58. bobtaco says:

    No hits, but almost 30 pitches!

  59. Jesse says:

    Big shock, Teixeira pops out.

  60. Karl Krawfid says:

    Ball 4.

    Thanks Tex!

  61. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Even though we didn’t score, making Scherzer throw almost 30 pitches in the first inning is a win.

  62. Cy Pettitte says:

    MT25 stuck to fucking towering pop up. ugh.

  63. Plank says:

    What am I missing? I am “watching” the game on Gameday and every pitch is called a ball but clearly inside the strike zone. Maybe the ump is having a stroke.

  64. Leggy says:

    I’ve seen enough to know we can get at this guy pretty soon.

  65. This strike zone confuses me.

  66. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Teixeira pops up. #tweetsfromseptember

  67. BK2ATL says:

    And Tex pops up….as usual.

    Anyway, the good news, 1 inning, 27 pitches. Bad news, no runs.

  68. Sheepmeister says:

    tiny zone and then the bullshit auto strike on 3-0

  69. Justin says:

    A Mark Teixeira special right there

  70. Kostas says:

    I am so sick of the standard typical Tex pop up.. Holy fuck, 3-1, pitcher can’t throw strikes and this is the shit you produce.

    C’mon Tex.

  71. Bavarian Yankee says:

    anybody else noticed that Teixeira tweaked his stance? His right foot is much closer to the plate now.

  72. Pat D says:

    Dammit to hell, Teix.

  73. Natron says:

    Tex’s pop-ups are infuriating. Over/under on his HR’s in 2012 with less protection in the 5-hole? I say 19.

  74. brazilian fan says:

    teixera seems to be guessing pitches

  75. Cy Pettitte says:

    K-Long please fix Teix’s lefty swing during the offseason please

  76. Thomas Cassidy says:

    Fuck Tex. Time to trade him to St. Louis on during the offseason. They will pay his whole salary. Then we will just sign Pujols.

    Fuck you, Tex.

  77. Karl Krawfid says:

    Righties hit Nova better than lefties.

    But whatever.

  78. ED says:

    Good bounce-back inning, Freddy.

  79. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Great job by Sweaty Freddy. The quick inning puts the pressure right back on Scherzer.

  80. Mike Axisa says:

    The Tex hate has officially jumped the shark, guys.

  81. Jonathan says:

    How many times will the TBS crew bitch about the Tigers not having Betemit and Santiago in the game to start with yesterday….I mean hell they’re hitting 8 and 9 today. And if a manager is going to start 3 of his worst hitters at the top of the lineup then that’s the big disadvantage, not missing out on the platoon advantage.

  82. That was my favorite car commercial, now star wars division, in a long time.

  83. First Time Poster says:

    People already calling for Tiex’s blood? Way to stay classy, guys.

  84. ysghost says:

    Hey everyone,

    Long time follower first time posting. Let’s go yankees

  85. Avi says:

    Swish deserves better than just one hit so far.

  86. Greg says:

    Oh boy, its one of those BaBip games so far for the Yankees.

  87. Mike Axisa says:

    Stupid unclutch Nick Swisher doing the same thing as Derek Jeter!

  88. Wow says:

    Loud outs. Those have to fall soon, right?

  89. Avi says:

    Montero PLEASE.

  90. Greg says:

    No Posada hate please.

  91. Cy Pettitte says:

    nice inning guys.

  92. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Seriously? What did Scherzer throw, 6 pitches in that inning?

    Way to let him off the hook guys.

    • First Time Poster says:

      It happens a lot. One well struck ball, a K, and a groundout… pretty normal occurrence. Plenty more baseball left.

  93. ED says:

    I want Montero in this lineup.

  94. BK2ATL says:

    A 7 pitch inning??? WTF???

  95. Kostas says:

    So worked the count well that inning.

    I don’t like these AB’s, they are not conducive to scoring runs.

    • Jetrer says:

      yeah, swinging at strikes and hitting the ball hard is definitely not conducive to scoring runs

      • Kostas says:

        We must be watching a different game. Jeter hit the ball hard – in his first AB

        Who after that? Was it the power pop up by Tex? The lazy fly by Swish? Or the screaming missile from Martin?

        Your attempt at sarcasm was misplaced.

  96. CUYanks says:

    It would be nice to see a few more pitches after that 27 pitch first inning, but a couple of hard hit balls.

  97. Coco says:

    can the announcers shut the hell up about how the 2006 ALDS never made it back to NY

  98. Greg says:

    Would everybody shut up with the hate please?

    Cant we just talk about the game please?

  99. Jonathan says:

    No mention of the pine tar on Kenny’s hand that mysteriously went away in the WS when he got rocked, again. You know a guy doesn’t think he can get through a lineup if he is willing to put a 4 inch circle of pine tar on his hand. I guess the investigation into that is side by side with Big Papi’s investigation into his positive test for steroids.

    Big prediction…if Ortiz signs somewhere else in the offseason (which I don’t think he will) we get a full month of ESPN not being able to say his name without calling him out for the steroids ala Manny in LA.

  100. Karl Krawfid says:

    Posada takes fastball that splits the plate.

    Strikes out on a pitch up and away.

  101. Moskva says:

    Has Tex decided yet whether he wants to contribute this post-season or not? He’s the most expensive defensive specialist I can think.

  102. ysghost says:

    Go YANKEES

  103. Andy says:

    Why isn’t Montero playing? Serious question. Does the organization really think Poseda is a better hitter? Am I missing something?

  104. First Time Poster says:

    Freddy has been great thus far. Can’t believe how much he’s produced for the Yanks. Is he worth a 1year/2mil contract with incentives as the #5? I’d think so.

    • Jonathan says:

      I don’t see him taking that. he’ll make like $8MM this year. He was healthy all year besides a freak cut

    • BK2ATL says:

      If AJ’s worth $16.5 million, Fredy’s worth double that, esp. since he’s the #2 starter in the postseason now.

      Seriously, he’ll get a decent deal next year somewhere at around $8 million. If we don’t get Darvish or Wilson, we should try to keep him.

  105. Rainbow Teeth says:

    Frown. I ate too many sugary candies.

  106. Avi says:

    Part of the Yankees great handling of Jesus Montero. If Montero was DHing for more than just one month is there any doubt he’s in the lineup today over Posada? I mean Posada has to be one of the worst DH’s in MLB history.

  107. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I love how the announcers assume that Garcia and Ordonez are BFFs because they were born in the same country.

    How could Barack Obama and Rick Perry not get along? There both Americans!

  108. BK2ATL says:

    Good job, Fredy!!! Way to end that inning in front of Cabrera.

  109. Thomas Cassidy says:

    Thank God! The thought of the Alcoholic up with two on makes me shit my pants.

  110. Large Human says:

    Apparently the rumor that A-Rod is still alive might be true

  111. First Time Poster says:

    How bad are the ads on gameday. I like looking at the box in between innings but I’m stuck watching a preview for an HBO show I’m going to watch regardless.

  112. Mike Axisa says:

    Always a good thing when Miggy has to lead off, though no one on base with two outs would be better. Not complaining.

  113. First Time Poster says:

    garbage-arcia has a 6.00 era and no wins so far this offseason he sucks so much < kidding.

  114. Jonathan says:

    I don’t think Scherzer would have made a mistake in his WIND UP with a runner on Darling

  115. Pat D says:

    Probably beats that by NOT FUCKING SLIDING!!!

  116. Jonathan says:

    Somebody has to sit his fucking ass down and show him the sports science show where they prove OVER AND OVER it’s slower to slide.

  117. Greg says:

    But its gritty! Pedraoia does it all the time!

  118. Xstar7 says:

    SLIDING INTO FIRST BASE SLOWS YOU DOWN!

  119. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    I’ve never heard any announcer in baseball say that it is good to slide into first base. Why the hell do players keep doing it?

  120. Thomas Cassidy says:

    I have a feeling this is not going to be a good game.

  121. Greg says:

    Tigers are getting all the breaks so far.

  122. Monteroisdinero says:

    If everybody knows sliding into 1B is a no no, why do managers allow it?

  123. Kostas says:

    all those pitches in the first inning and now the Yanks have put him right back on track. Awesome.

  124. Large Human says:

    I know it can’t really happen, but there should be a clause in a players contract that allows the team to terminate if a player is severely injured by sliding head-first. Maybe then this nonsense will stop.

  125. Ivan says:

    If your gonna mention Verlander as an MVP canidate, then why not CC Sabathia.

  126. Sheepmeister says:

    This ump is terrible. Yanks have no chance if the ump keeps giving that outside strike.

  127. Sarah says:

    I didn’t realize this game was over and the Yankees had already lost.

  128. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Did they seriously say Valverde was an MVP candidate?

  129. Moskva says:

    Scherzer is throwing a no-hitter.

  130. Willy says:

    From Alden Gonzalez on Twitter: “I’ve asked Brett why he slides into 1B. He believes w/ his running style, it gets him there a split-second faster. He has tape to prove it.”

    I still don’t like the injury risk, but it doesn’t surprise me that they actually based the decision on testing and facts over opinion.

    • Pat D says:

      I call bullshit.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      The problem is that assumes he does it the exact same way as the tape every single time.

      • Jonathan says:

        I think it’s got to be human error in the timing since it’s been proven over and over and over that’s not true. And if he really is faster sliding why doesn’t he slide every single time? I’ve seen him not slide at home plate multiple times when it’s a close play and just keep running as fast as he can through the plate.

    • Sarah says:

      Yeah I worry about him getting hurt. But I guess he isn’t.

    • Esteban says:

      I only saw that Bryan Hoch retweeted that, but Hoch left off the part about having tape to prove it. Makes more sense now.

  131. Large Human says:

    Anyone know how far Verlander is ahead of CC in the various advanced pitching metrics that consider stadium and quality of opponent?

    • Thomas Cassidy says:

      Actually CC is ahead of Verlander.

    • Esteban says:

      CC has a 7.1 fWAR and Verlander has a 7.0 fWAR, so according to Fangraphs, they were equally valuable (and CC had a lower FIP and XFIP)

      According to BBref, Verlander had a 8.5 bWAR and Sabathia had a 6.9 bWAR, so Verlander was more valuable according to their version of WAR.

  132. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Let’s go Freddy!

  133. Jonathan says:

    It doesn’t hurt to have the nail drilled, it feels good

  134. Matt says:

    I thought that Garcia couldn’t throw inside on Cabrera because he doesn’t throw hard enough?

    Oh wait, he located it well and it set up his offspeed pitches.

    You can’t throw the same pitch over and over and expect to get good hitters out. Good job finally making the adjustment.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I know, it was good to him *finally* make the adjustment after one at-bat.

      • Matt says:

        The adjustment by MARTIN with respect to the RIGHTY HITTERS more generally trying to take that ball to the opposite field.

        If you had read the previous thread on this subject, you would understand.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          Yeah, he really had to make an adjustment because of all the trouble they were giving him.

          • Matt says:

            No, Nova was giving up line drives all of last night to right field by RHB, and Cabrera took Garcia deep trying to do the same by leaning out over the plate. Watch the approach. They have been up there trying to shoot it the other way all series.

  135. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    This strike zone sucks, but it’s been helping Garcia so far so I’m not complaining.

  136. flamingo says:

    Garcia’s on a roll now :D

  137. Tom says:

    Home plat ump seems to have a generous outside corner.

  138. Jonathan says:

    I don’t care if it helps us both games have had PATHETIC zones. How are the umpires involved in the CBA? Anyone know?

  139. CMP says:

    Here’s a scary thought.

    If the Yankees lose today, they’re gonna have to beat Verlander in Detroit to avoid having Burnett pitch for their season.

  140. BK2ATL says:

    Nice 1-2-3 inning for Fredy. Congrats on K’ing both Cabrera and V-Mart.

    Keep it up, Fredy.

  141. Greg says:

    So far the Yankees have not had a golden opportunity yet (runners in scoring position with less than two outs). That’s how I judge cltuchness.

  142. J says:

    Freddy’s doing his job. Time for Yanks to grab a few here and put the pressure on!

  143. Really Old Man w/ Young but Legal Girlfriend says:

    How many position players in MLB would you take ahead of Cano for the next 5 years (not considering their contracts)?

  144. Karl Krawfid says:

    Lets get a hit Yanks!

  145. Kiss the rings says:

    I am proud of Freddy today

  146. Anyone feel like Grandy is being overshadowed by Cano?

  147. Mike Axisa says:

    I feel pretty good about this.

  148. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Offense looks lost today. Scherzer ain’t any good but they’re still being no hit.

  149. Greg says:

    Swung at ball 4 but that’s how robbie rolls some times

  150. Kostas says:

    Who had 6th inning before the first hit? Anyone?

  151. Jonathan says:

    Announcing crews really need at least one hitter and one pitcher. I know TBS is always going to suck but at least let’s have the perspective of someone that isn’t going to constantly talk about pitching no matter what.

  152. teddy says:

    damm cano, great at bat, but thats why your not in the mvp discussion gets yourself out too much, but thats a good pitch

  153. Andy says:

    Alex is not right

  154. Emotions, Feelings, etc. says:

    Has there ever been a conversation with a manager during a game that hasn’t left EVERY single audience member frustrated?

  155. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Texeira strikeout?

    Season over.

  156. Pat D says:

    Well, second time through the order they look pretty bad.

  157. Guns of the Navarone says:

    2nd night in a row the Yankees have had a pitcher on the ropes early and let him settle in. They got to Fister last night, hope they can do the same here. Scherzer looks a little wild but that’s how he rolls. He looks really confident.

  158. Andy says:

    How are we being no hit

  159. Kostas says:

    Tex. Always.

  160. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    30 pitches in the first.
    33 in the next 3.

  161. Karl Krawfid says:

    Getting embarrassed now.

  162. Sarah says:

    It’s only the 4th inning. If Freddy can keep doing his thing, we can win this one.

  163. sin271096 says:

    tex cant hit changeups

  164. Tyrion Lannister says:

    This is just an embarrassment. You look at what happens if we lose this ballgame- Verlander in game 3 and Burnett in game 4. Somebody’s gotta spark us if we wanna avoid a repeat of 5 years ago.

  165. TomH says:

    Now that was an ominously bad set of at-bat’s. For the first time, I’m getting worried about this series.

  166. Greg says:

    Mike,

    Technically, its not a must win, but if we lose today, in terms of the matchups, is it a must win?

  167. Kostas says:

    Yanks have 2 players hitting over .200.

    Explains 0-1 RISP.

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

    scherzer is bend dont break right now; gotta just hope garcia and co. keep it close enough.

    • sin271096 says:

      scherzer isnt relle bend not break right now the yankees havent had a hit yet or a risp since the first inning

      • Paul O'neill's Batting Helmet says:

        he has had a bunch of deep counts, a couple of line drive outs, and a couple of walks; I wouldn’t call him lights out right now.

  169. First Time Poster says:

    Seriously?! 4 innings… 4!(!!!). It’s baseball… good hitters swing at bad pitches. Mediocre pitchers throw 4 innings of no-hit ball. Lets wait before we assume the Yanks are all washed up and can’t hit a baseball.

  170. Thomas Cassidy says:

    In the 6th inning, Scherzer is going to implode. 5-2 Yankees win.

  171. Moskva says:

    Tex has 3 RBIs in the last two ALDS combined.

  172. Ummm says:

    Are you people always this pessimistic or do these forums breed a certain collective negativity?

  173. Kiss the rings says:

    All we need now is a spark of offense

  174. sin271096 says:

    at least freddy is doing his share

  175. Sarah says:

    Verducci: Freddy with “a bingo card of velocity.” Deep stuff, that.

  176. teddy says:

    garcia doing great

    • Thomas Cassidy says:

      Let’s hope the offense can fucking score some runs. He deserves this damn win so far, especially after how he pitched during the regular season.

  177. Xstar7 says:

    Freddy is having a great start. Giving up 2-run Yankee Stadium specials to arguably the best hitter in the American League is going to happen. He’s settled in since then.

  178. first time lawng time says:

    Maybe they should get a hit or two this inning. It might help them score runs. Im no baseball expert, but that’s just my inclination.

  179. Tom says:

    5IP, 2ER (on a cheap HR)…. pretty solid outing by Freddy so far.

    If the bats can wake up they can go to the pen at pretty much any point from here on out.

  180. First Time Poster says:

    Garcia has allowed one hard hit ball today and that was Miggy’s short-porch shot. An in all honesty… that is a double with an neutral stadium. I know it is kind of lame but his veteran post-season presence helping him out here.

  181. Jonathan says:

    Nick has just been super aggressive so far..must be by design to try and take advantage of his usual passiveness.

  182. Esteban says:

    BTW, I wonder if Tigers fans are upset with Yankees Stadium after the two homeruns the Tigers have hit so far were both Yankees Stadium specials.

  183. Pat D says:

    Ye gods, Nick.

  184. Esteban says:

    Yeah, Swisher, that was definitely a strike.

  185. Mike Axisa says:

    Sheesh, usually don’t away with pitches when the catcher has to reach like that.

  186. Kostas says:

    Hey Swish, quit bitching and just swing the fucking bat.

  187. Thomas Cassidy says:

    Quit fucking arguing. It’s the second time you’ve looked at a pitch down the middle to strike out this series.

  188. Grandma Baseball (is a man) says:

    Who at MLB can I complain to? This game isn’t satisfying my desires as a customer.

  189. sin271096 says:

    heres an automatic outt

  190. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Swisher looks like a bufoon up there. This guy isn’t any good and he’s dominating our power lineup. Running out of time.

  191. I heard the Yankees are sending out a pretty good pitcher tomorrow too.

  192. Kostas says:

    I still have 6th inning for the first hit.

  193. sin271096 says:

    BASERUNNER!!

  194. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    seriously wtf is up with all the empty seats????

  195. Karl Krawfid says:

    Fuck this strike zone man.

  196. first time lawng time says:

    DP. I’m calling it.

  197. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Muscle.

  198. Mike Axisa says:

    Oh geez. Be okay, Russ.

  199. Tyrion Lannister says:

    This is our chance. Need you to come up big again, Gardner.

  200. Grandma Baseball says:

    This pitcher looks like the little boys at my grandson’s hebrew school class. I think I bought some kosher for Passover cookies from him last year.

  201. sin271096 says:

    nice ralley goin here

  202. Greg says:

    This could be the chance

  203. Accent Shallow says:

    Hope Martin’s OK, but I’m also glad he’s not hitting with a man on first and one out.

  204. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Rally time.

    Did that actually hit Martin? Looked (and sounded) like it caught the knob of the bat.

  205. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Oh shit. Please be OK.

  206. Thomas Cassidy says:

    Cabrera better take one in the ribs next time he’s up if they can put him on.

  207. first time lawng time says:

    Is anyone else really bothered by the strikezone map on the TV? I feel like it is unnecessary and it also, to me, looks inaccurate with regards o some of the pitches.

  208. Jonathan says:

    Phew that was GIDP city before the HBP

  209. thekid says:

    alright Max, you can implode any time now

  210. Grandma Baseball says:

    My grandson keeps telling me that professional players can hit the ball. Is he just a silly little boy?

  211. Karl Krawfid says:

    Swing the damn bat man jesus!

  212. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    That’s like the 4th fastball that Scherzer’s accidentally run middle-in, but the Yankees have taken for a strike.

    Hopefully someone identifies that pitch and tattoos it soon.

  213. Thomas Cassidy says:

    Are the hitters blind? It seems like every ball down the middle is looked at.

  214. ED says:

    C’mon Capt’n!

    • Sarcasm Todd says:

      Hey, here’s an idea…. if we all post “C’mon [INSERT NAME]” when we think it, then this forum will be full of millions of identical and boring posts! Sounds great, right?

  215. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Cap’n Clutch.

  216. ED says:

    Phil Coke warming up!

  217. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Well, damn.

  218. Sarah says:

    BABIP is angry with us again.

  219. Greg says:

    Baseball gods hate us today

  220. Karl Krawfid says:

    Sick of this shit.

  221. sin271096 says:

    Cmon!

  222. Matty Ice says:

    RISPFail

  223. Kostas says:

    So there it is. No hitter through 5.

    First base hit will now come in the 6th, unless Scherzer is back out there then immediately after he is pulled.

  224. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Noooo hitterrrrrrr!! 13 consecutive scoreless innings! 2006!!!vomit

  225. Pat D says:

    Getting fed up now.

    Doesn’t help, of course, that I feel like that shit after carrying boxes and furniture yesterday and the Giants are playing like shit right now, too, but…

  226. Xstar7 says:

    A walk and a HBP then two hard hit balls straight at infielders.

    Scherzer is mowing em’ down!

  227. Thomas Cassidy says:

    The Yankees look like shit. Freddy deserves the win, but the Yankees deserve to lose this game.

    • Pat D says:

      Because the game is 5 innings now?

      • Kostas says:

        Because they are not touching Scherzer. I really want to know what game most are watching that shows an offensive output by the Yankees. Clearly there is one where they are getting hits but it is not the one showing on TBS.

        • Pat D says:

          I’m not saying they’re doing that, I’m wondering where he’s getting “the Yankees deserve to lose this game” when they’ve got chances left.

  228. DZ says:

    Starting to think we’re going to get no hit

  229. CMP says:

    Looks like they’re gonna have to win this one off the Detroit bullpen.

  230. Matt says:

    Gardner has some nerve barking at the umpire there. Two straight fastballs on the inner half that caught a ton of plate. Nobody to blame but YOURSELF, for being afraid to swing the bat with runners on base.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      Gardner hit a hard liner to 3rd.

      • Sarah says:

        Unacceptable to Matt who wants him to swing at the first pitch after the pitcher walked Posada and hit Martin.

      • Matt says:

        Gardner took two cookies right down the middle to put himself in the hole before he got jammed by a far better pitch. The line drive was not that hard hit. He needs to be more aggressive with runners on base, or pitchers will just throw two strikes right down the middle.

        • Sarah says:

          He almost always takes two pitches. But you can feel free to change that when you get hired to replace Kevin Long.

  231. teddy says:

    this game is bullshit

  232. Greg says:

    I had a bad feeling in the first inning that it would be this type of game. A BABip failing fiesta by the Yankees.

  233. Karl Krawfid says:

    2 hard hit balls?

    Was I watching something else?

  234. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Remember, we’re trying to win a ring around here.

    Someone tell the offense that.

  235. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    “Jim Leyland would love his pitcher to get a no hitter”

    Expert analysis as usual by Smoltz…

  236. Coco says:

    im trying to find the balance between being pissed off and being a pessimist
    -_-

  237. Mike Axisa says:

    Bah, come on Derek.

  238. Karl Krawfid says:

    Way to go Jeter!

  239. Finster says:

    That play is gona haunt us.

  240. Pat D says:

    Why is that I’m starting to think that Teix’s little sweep catch attempt is conducive to missing the ball?

  241. Monteroisdinero says:

    Jeter rushed the throw. Jackson is not Gardy.

  242. Mike Axisa says:

    Might be time to get the pen up. Don’t screw around, keep it close.

  243. Guns of the Navarone says:

    The corpse of Magglio Ordonez rises just to own Freddy for one more game.

  244. sin271096 says:

    o god

  245. Karl Krawfid says:

    That could be the ball game.

  246. Kostas says:

    Awesome. Throwing error, single, 2 run inning coming. Awesome, fucking awesome.

  247. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Well this could be trouble…

  248. Jonathan says:

    awesome……

  249. Tyrion Lannister says:

    And you have to figure if any runs score here that’s the ballgame. We haven’t gotten a hit let alone a run. Verlander game 3, Burnett game 4. Definitely advantage Tigers due to the rain delay.

  250. Thomas Cassidy says:

    That Jeter error could have cost the Yankees this game.

  251. Mike Axisa says:

    Holy smokes. Nice stop Russ.

  252. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    thank god Logan is warming up

  253. CMP says:

    Freddy needs a pop up and a DP here.

  254. Mike Axisa says:

    Four fingers, please.

  255. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    cmon fat boy, time to GIDP

  256. Cy Pettitte says:

    can you really leave Garcia in here to face Miggy?

  257. Avi says:

    WALK CABRERA!!

  258. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Huge pitch.

  259. Karl Krawfid says:

    OMG Walk him.

  260. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Daddy wants a double play and a momentum swing.

  261. Karl Krawfid says:

    Fucking stupid.

  262. Cy Pettitte says:

    god dammit.

  263. Jonathan says:

    that’s on you Derek

  264. jay says:

    why would you pitch to him?

  265. Mike Axisa says:

    Who would have thought pitching to one of the best hitters in the world with a base open was a bad idea?

  266. Andy says:

    Fun game

  267. Sarah says:

    Where was the IBB? Sigh.

    Is today the day that Valverde blows his first save?

  268. Tyrion Lannister says:

    And that’s it right there. We haven’t managed a hit all game. Why you pitch to this guy I don’t know. Cost us the ballgame, may have cost us the series. Not looking forward to Verlander and AJ in the next two ballgames.

  269. Finster says:

    Now the big inning is on the table.

  270. Guest says:

    Miggy Cabrera = good at baseball

  271. Greg says:

    That’s great hitting by Cabrera. that was a ball.

  272. Sheepmeister says:

    I have the feeling this game is over.

  273. Coco says:

    and that’s the game

  274. Esteban says:

    Well, reiever now, please

  275. Avi says:

    Fuck the Yankees. If you throw the same pitch again and again or in the same location, it’s very easy to hit. every pitch to Cabrera is down and away. SOOOOOOO stupid, just walk him!!!

  276. Guns of the Navarone says:

    I guess there’s no reason to even have a bullpen.

  277. Jetrer says:

    Cano needs to at least knock that down

  278. Toddler says:

    Puke on mommy

  279. Karl Krawfid says:

    Ballgame over.

    Fucking shitty defense.

  280. sin271096 says:

    fuck game over

  281. Cy Pettitte says:

    Freddy left in way too long. what the fuck.

  282. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    wheels officially off and started with an error.

  283. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    This is bad.

  284. Wow says:

    This game is disgusting.

  285. Kostas says:

    It is all coming down to AJ. That is unfortunate.

  286. Mike Axisa says:

    Error’s huge now.

  287. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Verlander can easily shut us down in game 3, just look what Scherzer has done. Then we’ve got AJ going in game 4. This is looking more and more like a repeat of 06.

  288. Avi says:

    Cap’n clutch! (jeter)

  289. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    I <3 errors

  290. Karl Krawfid says:

    Does Cano know how to layout for the ball?

    I mean come on.

  291. C says:

    What sucks is they haven’t even hit the ball that hard. Pretty sure the yankees have hit the ball harder than the tigers this game

  292. Matt says:

    That is not bad execution. That is poor pitch sequence. You cannot have these kinds of mental lapses in a postseason game.

    Even with the error, they had a chance to get out of the inning if they kept their focus. Instead, they threw Cabrera an offspeed pitch over the plate, just like he’s been sitting on ALL DAY. How can anyone be surprised by the outcome when you let him hang out over the plate?

    Just when they had finally made the adjustment, they go back to the same patterns when runners are on base. I guarantee you it is in the scouting report that Garcia almost never goes to the fastball with runners on base. Maybe they should be reading scouting reports on their OWN players instead of just the opposing team.

  293. Guest says:

    Fallacy of predetermined and all that, but V-Mart is a pretty good hitter.

  294. Jonathan says:

    I really hope Greinke dominates so Cash gets over it and thinks he can win in NY

  295. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    It’s like all the people saying “game over” didn’t see the Yankees put up 8 runs after the 5th inning yesterday.

  296. Yankeefan34 says:

    Can someone to explain to me why Brett Gardner didn’t even try to throw Jackson out at 3rd? It looked like he had a shot and Ordonez wouldn’t have gone to second on the throw.

  297. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    The Yankees are winning this series.

  298. Jonathan says:

    Jeter’s all over it today

  299. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Jeter, you dumbass.

  300. Tyrion Lannister says:

    If you ask me objectively who is going to win the series now I have to go with the Tigers. I just don’t see the consistency in our offense. 8 runs one game, no hit the next. That won’t cut it in a 5 game series. Verlander shuts us down, AJ blows game 4. That’s Detroit’s formula for winning the series.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      CC shuts the Tigers down, Porcello blows game 4. Chew on that.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      Yes, that scenario is a possibility. Now stop whining you’re annoying.

    • Jonathan says:

      We’ve STILL outscored them this series… CC shuts them down and Porcello blows its. it goes both ways.

    • DERP says:

      If we wanted your opinion, we would ask for it.

    • Matt says:

      The Yankees are a much weaker offensive club on the road than they are at home. If they lose this game, CC is going to have to be outstanding tomorrow or they could be in big trouble.

      • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

        Verlander is going to have to be outstanding tomorrow or the Tigers could be in big trouble.

        • Sarah says:

          And Verlander has two no decisions against the Yankees this year.

          He’s not unbeatable. The Os got to him on his last start.

        • Matt says:

          Not really. The Yankees have a wRC+ of 102 on the road, barely above league average. CC has to be a lot better to beat Verlander in Detroit than he does at Yankee Stadium.

          Detroit would be thanking its lucky stars to split at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees would lose their home field advantage and have to face Verlander in a pitcher’s park with their general lack of road hitting.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      If you ask me objectively who is the most defeatist man in history, I have to go with Philippe Petain.

      You finish a close second.

  301. Karl Krawfid says:

    Jeter yelling at Logan.

    I mean Jeter it’s fucking Cabrera…he isn’t going anywhere.

  302. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Loone Bogan could fuck up a cup of coffee.

  303. Kostas says:

    And the ugly Yankees have shown up for Game 2. Well timed boys, well timed.

  304. CMP says:

    What kind of a fucking idiot is Logan to stop his delivery like that?

  305. Widget says:

    at least the home plate ump gets to call his 4th career no hitter. He’s like Jason Varitek out there.

    • Tom says:

      You think the zone is wide now… if the no hitter goes deeper he’ll be calling strikes that the catcher can’t even reach.

      The strikezone has altered the game as lefty hitters are so conscious of that strike 6-8″ off the plate they are taking stuff down the middle thinking it’s inside

  306. Jesse says:

    Bold Prediction: The Yankees break up the no-no next inning and tie the game.

  307. DERP says:

    Yay Boone!

  308. Xstar7 says:

    Hey look, Logan did a good job.

  309. flamingo says:

    Did Boone Logan strike out two in a row? What is this alternate reality? Our luck must be turning.

  310. Esteban says:

    Good job Boone.

  311. Mike Axisa says:

    That only means Boone will pitch in an even more important situation later in the series. Sigh.

  312. Mantle28 says:

    Question: could Pettitte have just joined the Yankees for September and for the playoffs? They should have done that. is that even a good idea?

  313. Greg says:

    2009 Yankees come back from this.

  314. TomH says:

    Well, I’m agnostic on how this series is going to turn out. But it’s less and less likely that a staff with only 2 reliable pitchers can go very far once a series becomes a 7-game proposition. Job 1 for Cash over the winter is finding a THIRD reliable pitcher, even if it means giving up some valuable prospect(s).

  315. Guns of the Navarone says:

    It all starts with a hit. One hit.

  316. LitterallyFigurative says:

    Good work by Logan.

  317. TomH says:

    Granderson seems to have cooled down considerably when it comes to HR’s.

  318. Xstar7 says:

    SCHERZER IS GOING TO THROW A NO-HITTER!!!!

    There, I jinxed it. You’re welcome.

  319. Wow says:

    No hitter, no hitter, no hitter. There.

  320. Cy Pettitte says:

    a hit!

  321. Pat D says:

    Woo fucking hoo!!

  322. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Yay a hit!

  323. Kevin G. says:

    Yay, we win!!! Wait, what?

  324. Esteban says:

    Yay, no hitter over. You can always count on Cano.

  325. Sarah says:

    ARod go boom?

  326. Kostas says:

    ARod with 6-4-3 DP coming

  327. TKtheGawd says:

    F#ck your no hitter

  328. TomH says:

    Do something ARod.

  329. Sarah says:

    Try again: Tex go boom?

  330. Kostas says:

    And now Tex. Well let’s look to the 7th.

  331. RCA says:

    Who is more of an easy out for opposing pitchers?? Tex or A-Rod.

  332. jman says:

    when was the last time A-Rod hit a ball really well? Even his homerun a few weeks ago after coming back wasn’t hit too well and he was surprised when it went out (in right field).

  333. first time lawng time says:

    SCHERZER IS GOING TO THROW A SHUTOUT!!!!

    There, I jinxed it. You’re welcome.

    seeing if it works…

  334. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Granderson and Tex are easy to pitch to, especially when the pitcher is getting the outside pitches called. They make no adjustments and are too pull happy. Just let them hit fly balls to medium left field.

  335. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Do SOMETHING Teix…

  336. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I’ve just got a good feeling about Tex. Scherzer’s run a few cement mixer pitches middle in today, that’s the kind of pitch that Tex usually hammers.

  337. Jonathan says:

    hard to believe the hardest hit ball was the first

  338. TomH says:

    They ought to change their strikeout box to correspond to this ump’s weird zone.

  339. Ok, now this is a little annoying. It’s max scherzer.

  340. Pat D says:

    Eric Cooper is trying to channel Eric Gregg here.

  341. Karl Krawfid says:

    A-Rod is starting to hear boo’s.

  342. Kostas says:

    Yep, right now queue. Can’t wait to hear all the “Tip your cap to Scherzer” bullshit after the game.

    Seriously, Max Scherzer. Unbelievable.

  343. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Offense continues to have issues.

  344. Tyrion Lannister says:

    A couple of horrible ABs there by Arod and Teix. I think I’d PH Chavez for Posada and Montero or Jones for Gardner to try to get a spark.

  345. Kevin G. says:

    *Yankees game goes to commercial*

    *Turns on Giants game*

    *Giants game goes to commercial*

    *Rages*

  346. Matt says:

    It is impossible to hit with an umpire like Eric Cooper behind home plate.

    Nearly every at bat has been set up by missed calls that put the hitters in counts like 1-2 instead of 2-1. It changes the entire pitch sequence, and puts the hitters on the defensive without a chance to hit.

    When a pitcher throwing as hard as Scherzer gets pitches like Cooper is giving him today, it’s no shock to see him throwing a no hitter into the 6th inning. Just disgraceful.

    • Guns of the Navarone says:

      I hate to agree… but I agree.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      It is impossible to hit with an umpire like Eric Cooper behind home plate.

      The Tigers have done a pretty good job hitting. Stop blaming the umpire.

      • Matt says:

        “When a pitcher throwing as hard as Scherzer gets pitches like Cooper is giving him today…”

        Please try READING the post next time. The Tigers are facing a pitcher throwing soft stuff up there, so of course it’s easier to reach out and bloop some of the pitches off the plate that he is calling.

        When a guy is throwing 95+ 3-4 inches outside and is getting those pitches, and he isn’t some AAA pitcher who has nothing else to go to, it’s REALLY difficult to hit.

    • RCA says:

      Can’t blame the ump for Teixeira clearly swinging at ball 4 in the first inning.

      • Matt says:

        The previous pitch was 4 inches outside and called a strike. Also, the pitch that he swung at was right down the middle.

    • Kostas says:

      Hmmm. Must only affect the Yankees. Detroit is up 4-0 with 7 hits and did not wait until a lazy bloop in the 6th.

    • forensic says:

      Yeah, it’s not like the Yankees keep taking pitches down the middle or a tough on the inner part and then swign at pitches out of the zone or bitch when a clear strike is called strike 3 against them…

      • Matt says:

        The umpire is calling 95+ mph fastballs 4 inches off the plate strikes. What do you expect them to do? They have no clue where the zone is, and are behind in every count because those kinds of unhittable pitches are being called.

        • forensic says:

          They’re taking fastballs and changes right down the middle in any count. Thats why they’re sucking. It’s not the umpire.

  347. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Calm down everyone! It’s only the 7th inning! Stop being so negative.

  348. Finster says:

    The Yankees may need someone else to hit in this series besides Cano. Just saying.

  349. Leggy says:

    We need a spark, anything to gain momentum. I mean god damn someone atleast square one up.

  350. Xstar7 says:

    Mike Francesa likes Brandon Inge. He likes him a lot. He would be interested in Inge.

  351. Ryan says:

    Thanks for the out.

  352. Xstar7 says:

    Austin Jackson strikes out. Shocking.

  353. Jesse says:

    I wish Jesus would pinch hit for Jorge.

  354. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    C’mon Corey, you know who’s on deck and in the hole.

    You’ve gotta go after Kelly here.

  355. RCA says:

    Let’s remember guys. Scherzer is gonna come out, we got to Al yesterday and Valverde is the most overrated closer in baseball. Just got to get it close.

  356. Bill R says:

    If Jesus doesnt pinch hit in this game for Jorge then Girardi WANTS to lose!

  357. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yankees need to score this inning.

  358. flamingo says:

    Thank you, Cory.

  359. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I miss that anti-Semetic Irishman.

  360. Guest says:

    Slow G-d bless america…

  361. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Yankee comeback…you heard it here.

  362. Guns of the Navarone says:

    A bloop, another bloop, and a blast please.

  363. jman says:

    So if the Yankees make a comeback and win does all this pessimism turn to optimism or would a 2-0 series lead still be cause for concern?

  364. RCA says:

    So we got the “Good” Max Scherzer…maybe its an omen to us in Game 4 and we can get the “Good” AJ

  365. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Let’s go Swish. Work the count, help get Scherzer out of the game before this inning’s over.

  366. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Not gonna lie, I’m shocked that Cooper didn’t punch Swish out on that outside fastball.

  367. Xstar7 says:

    Stupid Swisher, only getting on base when it doesn’t count.

  368. Cy Pettitte says:

    2 on no out. let’s go.

  369. Tyrion Lannister says:

    You have to get at least 2 here. Have to start chipping away.

  370. Greg says:

    Oh look Posada got a hit

  371. RCA says:

    Seventh inning rally time!!!

  372. MOMENTUM!!!!!!!

    /bringing back the meme

  373. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Cricket swing by Posada.

  374. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Comeback plz.

  375. Jonathan says:

    Hip Hip!!!! The good news is we’re probably down enough the Girardi won’t bunt Martin

  376. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Here we go!

    P.S., if Martin bunts I’ll drive up to the Bronx and kill Girardi myself.

  377. Sarah says:

    Is Nunie out to PR for Posada?

  378. Sheepmeister says:

    At this point I don’t care about defense. Jesus should come in for Martin.

  379. We can’t pinch hit Jesus for Martin, right?

  380. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Do. They. Have. A. Rally. In. Their. BONES!!!

  381. Jesus Freak says:

    Benoit Balls

  382. Bill R says:

    Get your Rally gaps on Folks!

  383. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Baby steps… at least advance the runners Martin.

  384. RCA says:

    Even though Ron Darling works for SNY, he is a tremendous announcer. I wish he was on YES or on the radio.

    • JohnnyC says:

      You’re kidding.

    • first time lawng time says:

      I, personally, don’t like him. However, let me just say that it feels like YES had Flaherty commentate too many games. Not enought Leiter or O’Neill or Cone.

      Speaking of Cone, wasn’t there a commenter here who woud only show up just to say that Cone looks like Buster Keaton? Or did I dream that?

      • RCA says:

        I don’t like Leiter because he talks too damn fast. He has good insight but its like he gets paid by the word. O’Neill always compares this team to the championship team of the 90s. Cone is great, he is as close to being objective as they have. I would like to see less of “Flash” and more of Singleton. Singleton to me is more of a fan but he gives credit to the opposition. Kay is awful, this TNT play by play guy is better.

        As for Darling, you would never know he works for the Mets through his broadcast.

  385. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Joaquin Benoit is a living, breathing example of why I support the Yankees’ facial hair policy.

  386. Steve S. says:

    Joakim Benoit gets batters out on the ugliness of his beard alone.

  387. What?????????? Not Montero or Jones? Really?

  388. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Really, pinch hitting for Gardner?

    That’s downright shocking.

  389. Bill R says:

    Chavez!?

  390. Pat D says:

    Why not just pinch hit Jones?

  391. Leggy says:

    That was a good PH call….

  392. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Nice AB by Chavez.

  393. Karl Krawfid says:

    Choke job inning

  394. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Yeah, not Girardi’s best move.

  395. afweil ,fqv
    hjjk3kl33;atfj]’/

  396. The Big City of Dreams says:

    And he comes the rain and a SO

  397. Xstar7 says:

    Hideous at-bat by Chavez.

  398. Steve S. says:

    I live 6 miles from the ballpark, and the sun is shining.

  399. forensic says:

    What a dumbass move by Girardi. Weaken your offense and defense at the same time. And Chavez has been terrible anyway.

  400. Guns of the Navarone says:

    First and second, no one out, 1…2…3.

  401. Matt says:

    You couldn’t even make this up.

    Lefties are 2 for their last 40 against Benoit because of his changeup. Even the broadcast knows this.

    Yet Girardi uses the worst PH on his bench not named Dickerson, in the biggest moment of the game, solely because he bats from the left side and the pitcher is right handed.

    Unbelievable.

  402. Jonathan says:

    Cmon Jete…makeup for the error…big knock buddy

  403. trueblue says:

    Martin and Chavez with back to back grteat AB’s

  404. Mike Axisa says:

    Keep watching Derek, maybe it’ll hit itself next time.

  405. Cy Pettitte says:

    this team is just pathetic today.

  406. Pat D says:

    Jesus Fucking Christ.

  407. sin271096 says:

    and thats the ballgame

  408. ED says:

    Wow it’s just been one of those games.

  409. Karl Krawfid says:

    Can’t be confident in this team.

    1 good hitter.

  410. Bill R says:

    WOWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!11!!1!!

    Guess the Ump was sick of getting wet!

  411. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Perfect pitch by Benoit.

    If the Yankees lose this game, you can’t say they didn’t have their chances.

  412. Finster says:

    that pitch looked at least 8 inches off the plate. these fucking umps are brutal. I thought they got them in line when they had that strike…it looks like the umps have taken back control and doing what ever the hell they want.

  413. Leggy says:

    That inning tells you all you need to know.

  414. forensic says:

    It’s the new Yankee mantra. Take an obvious strike then bitch to the umpire about it like it’s his fault.

  415. trueblue says:

    Phenominal AB Jeter

  416. Andy says:

    Is Chavez a better hitter than Gardner? Someone please explain that decision to me. Thanks.

  417. first time lawng time says:

    I would just like to make a statement: it has rained at some point during every homestand this year. It feels like whenever the Yankees are away, it’s nice out (in NY)and when they’re home the weather is kinda crappy. This could just be confirmation bias, but I remember saying that multiple times throughout the season. Maybe I’m alone on this one, though.

  418. Jesse says:

    This is a stupid, stupid, stupid game. And I’m not saying that just because it’s a playoff game.

  419. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Raise your hand if you’re sick of that song that TBS plays going into and coming out of every commercial break.

  420. Thomas Cassidy says:

    Losing this game gave Detroit the series. Verlander tomorrow doesn’t look good for us, then we have to pitch Burnett. See ya next October, Wankees.

  421. Tyrion Lannister says:

    And if CC can’t get the job done tomorrow we’ll be looking at our season in the hands of AJ Burnett. Scary thought. CC needs to win game 3 or we’re done.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      And if Verlander can’t get the job done tomorrow the Tigers’ll be looking at their season in the hands of Rick Porcello. Verlander needs to win game 3 or they’re done.

      • Matt says:

        Stop with this nonsense.

        Detroit is a great hitting team at home, and the Yankees are far weaker on the road.

        You’d be deluding yourself if you think that the Yankees would be in an equally bad position if they are down 2-1 going into Game 4 as Detroit. If they lose with CC on the mound, they are in big time trouble.

        • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

          If they lose today and they lose tomorrow then yeah, they’re in trouble.

          But today’s game isn’t over, and assuming that they’ll lose tomorrow is just stupid.

          • Matt says:

            When did I assume that they would lose tomorrow?

            However, it’s going to be a lot tougher to win that matchup in Detroit than it would be in NY. The Yankees and Tigers have very similar home/road splits in terms of offense. CC is going to have to outstanding for them to win that game, and not make his usual 1 or 2 mistakes.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          The Yankees are a better hitting team on the road that Detroit is. You seem to have no concept of:

          1. You can do everything right in baseball and still not succeed.

          2. Just because it happened in the past does not mean it will happen again. Lefties being 2-for-40 off Benoit or whatever it is has no bearing, absolutely zero, on whether or not Chavez gets a hit in that one at-bat.

          Now respond with your typical holier than though bullshit which I won’t read because you’re insufferable.

          • Matt says:

            “Anything could happen” is not the same as “nothing matters because I could say the opposite and be just as right,” which is what was said in this thread.

            Losing a winnable game at home that ties the series up and costs you homefield advantage makes it a lot tougher series for the Yankees to win. If you can’t acknowledge that, then I don’t know what to say.

          • Matt says:

            Also, there is not as much a difference as you think.

            wRC+ on the road:

            Detroit- 99
            Yankees- 102

            The main difference is that the Yankees hit for significantly more power, but they are going to be playing in a park in which it is notoriously difficult to hit home runs.

    • LiterallyFigurative says:

      You’re right….Why even fly to Detroit? Game 2 is now the elimination game in a best of 5 series for the team UP 1-0.

      The Yanks could win or lose the series, but jeez, a miniscule part of me enjoys Yankee losses. It gives me a window into the mind of the irrational Yankee fan. One game doesn’t end the series guys.

  422. Tom says:

    While that was a strike, that’s been called a ball most of the game as Cooper’s homeplate apparently has shifted 6″ toward the right handed batter’s box.

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

    That called 3rd strike was the first pitch he called in that location.

    • Sheepmeister says:

      if you shift that black box to the left 1.5 inches, it would be a good strikezone. However, since its not moved there, its terrible.

  423. Sarah says:

    By the time we get to a situation where we need DRob, he won’t have pitched in 6 days.

  424. JohnnyC says:

    He could use himself a knock? Is Darling suddenly speaking Yiddish?

  425. Kostas says:

    Miguel Cabrera just stole a base. Fantastic.

    This game could not get any uglier.

  426. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    C’mon Corey, we need to hold this at 4.

  427. Guns of the Navarone says:

    This game is officially an embarrassment.

  428. Leggy says:

    Oh sure, let him steal a base hes done everything else already.

  429. Sarah says:

    This game is so…

    Cabrera stole a base? Jeter made an error? Girardi PH Chavez for Gardner?

    This must be a bad dream.

  430. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    This seems like it would be a good time for Robertson, no?

  431. Jesse says:

    My God, with all this negativity I wonder what it would have been like after ’04 if this blog existed.

  432. well you know says:

    I recognize that as just another anonymous internet poster my own opinion counts for very little. But if the Yankees’ own opinion of Gardner is that he has to be pinch hit for in that situation, how can they plan to give him millions in arbitration? And how can Cashman publicly congratulate himself by saying “outfield was not a position of need?”

    Does not compute.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      ITA.

      I would understand if there was a lefty on the mound and Girardi had gone to Jones or Montero…but I don’t understand taking the bat out of Gardner’s hands against a righty at all.

      • Sarah says:

        Yeah. Makes no sense. Especially since last night Gardner was up with 2 outs and 2 on and came through. Of course, they had a small lead then, but not exactly a huge one.

        Sometimes Joe’s binder does not help him.

  433. BK2ATL says:

    Nice job, Wade.

    Grandy, Cano, A-Rod, Tex, Swisher….We couldn’t ask for a better situation. Let’s go, guys!!!

  434. itsover says:

    lol granderson got figured out

  435. Xstar7 says:

    Does it make me a bad Yankee fan if I flipped the channel to FX to watch The Taking of Pelham 123?

  436. Sarah says:

    Andruw Jones better hit the game winning HR to make this better.

  437. Jesus Freak says:

    Ah, fuck it.

    At least “Breaking Bad” is on, tonite.

  438. flamingo says:

    It was only a matter of time!

    THE GRANDYMAN CAN!

  439. Cy Pettitte says:

    Grandyman!!!!

    rally time.

  440. Leggy says:

    Grandyman

  441. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    1 down, 4 to go.

  442. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Comeback time!!!!

  443. Esteban says:

    Grandyman!!! WOOOOHOOO

  444. Jonathan says:

    that was a fucking ROCKET

  445. RCA says:

    one down, three to go. Guess LH are now 3-41 against Benoit

  446. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    That’s a start.

  447. BK2ATL says:

    Here we come!!! Grandy goes deep!!!

  448. bonestock94 says:

    A pulse appears

  449. Tom says:

    On the plus side, Benoit’s going to have to work a bunch and Valverde will likely be in.

  450. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Grandy just killed the rally before it began.

  451. Jonathan says:

    I can’t think of a more satisfying way to win than to beat Valverde in the 9th

    • Kostas says:

      Would be nice, won’t happen today, not with the way this team is swinging the bat. Look away so you don’t have to endure the spaz dances.

  452. itsover says:

    look at the bottom + loser at top of the lineup… theyr not coming b ack

  453. Leggy says:

    The boos are getting louder.

  454. Jesse says:

    Booing A-Rod? What is this 2006?

  455. Tom says:

    So ARod can’t just take those inside pitches?

  456. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Seriously, people a booing A-Rod?

    Some fans really need to get their heads out of their asses.

  457. Jonathan says:

    Everyone remember last year when Alex started opening up early with his hips and turning his front heel and started hitting a bunch of jacks? I dunno if his injuries won’t let him but that seems like a good idea.

  458. Kostas says:

    1 run, no outs and promptly the Yankees get two outs. Only makes the Valverde spaz out that is coming with three straight strike outs all the more painful.

  459. dalelama says:

    Arod really blows!!!

  460. Widget says:

    argh Cano and A-Rod both swinging at crap out of the strikezone.

  461. Karl Krawfid says:

    Wow A-Rod.

    Swinging at the pitch every time.

  462. Mike Axisa says:

    Let’s boo A-Rod in the eighth and ignore the two rallies Jeter ended without hitting the ball out of the infield.

  463. forensic says:

    And, how did those ‘hard’ grounders yesterday help A-Rod? I still put this all on him and the team saying he doesn’t need rehab batting time or anything like that after his injuries saying his timing is no problem, he just needs conditioning. You don’t need much conditioning to jog to first after a thousand groundballs and pop-outs.

  464. Cy Pettitte says:

    Drop everyone besides Cano and Grandy to 8th.

  465. Tom says:

    2-0 popup…. way to take a strike and get on base…

  466. Matt says:

    This is embarrassing. 2-0 fastball down the middle, with a 3 run deficit, what do you think he’s going to throw you?

    Popping that up the other way? That’s pitiful.

  467. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Jesus will hit a walkoff grand slam off Valverde.

  468. itsover says:

    lets bring back those arod nicknames “purple lips” , “choke-rod” , “afraud”

  469. teddy says:

    teix can’t hit a fastball down the pipe

  470. Sarah says:

    I’m hoping DRob pitches the 9th.

  471. forensic says:

    Good job Girardi. At least Robertson and Soriano will be well rested in April…

  472. Cy Pettitte says:

    Joe GirardI: “I have no interest in keeping this game close”

  473. Jetrer says:

    Ayala??? Really Joe???? White flag down 3????

  474. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Ayala?? DRob needs some work.

  475. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Really, Ayala again?

    The guy sucks. He’s awful. And Robertson hasn’t pitched in what, 5 days?

    Come on Joe, we can get 3 runs off Valverde. We probably can’t get 4.

    • forensic says:

      They can’t get 3 runs off Valverde anyway. The bottom of the order is up too.

      But, there’s no excuse for pitching Ayala again here.

  476. Tom says:

    Luis Ayala again?

    this is a 3 run game and Girardi’s treating it like garbage time… why not Hughes (if not Ro or So)

  477. Jesse says:

    Noesi should have been on the playoff roster, not Ayala. Just saying..

  478. itsover says:

    does girardi have early dementia? why is ayala pitching ?????

  479. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Luis Ayala is an absolute disaster. Someone should tell the manager this game is still very much within reach and using a good pitcher might actually help the cause.

  480. Tyrion Lannister says:

    I just wish I had confidence in this lineup but only one man is hitting. You’ve seen Detroit more careful with Cano today. Unfortunately, we don’t have the same coaching to tell our pitchers not to throw to Miguel Cabrera. It really cost us today. Pitch around him.

    • RCA says:

      Couldn’t agree more. If Victor Martinez or whoever else beats us, then fine. But pitching to their best hitter in any spot with runners on base is just dumb. The guy is going to be the MVP for Christ’s sake!!!

  481. Leggy says:

    Isn’t putting Ayala in the equivilant of waving the white flag?

  482. First Time Poster says:

    With Ayala having such nice superficial stats you think he is worth much in a trade?

  483. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Jackson looks nothing at all like Mike Cameron.

  484. BK2ATL says:

    I really don’t get this Ayala shit.

  485. Sarah says:

    Did you know that the Tigers won in 2006? I didn’t. they have not mentioned it at all today.

    • forensic says:

      It’s five years ago, but it’s not like this isn’t following along the same as that one. Win game 1 behind one big offensive inning and a good performance from a young pitcher against a soft thrower. Lose game 2 behind a somewhat aging softer throwing pitcher against a young hard thrower at home with the offense starting to disappear. Now they go to Comerica where the offense constantly struggles trying to battle back. Except, this time they have to do it against their best pitcher.

  486. William Wallace says:

    If A-Rod isn’t healthy he shouldn’t be in the lineup. Looks awful at the plate. Agree or disagree?

    • Matt says:

      The only way the Yankees are a better team for sitting A-Rod is if they put Martin at third and Montero behind the plate. Otherwise, Chavez is not much better at the plate and A-Rod looks ok defensively.

    • dalelama says:

      It is the post season.

  487. Esteban says:

    Why Ayala?

  488. Leggy says:

    Whats the chances we score 3 runs in the 9th now and still lose?

  489. BK2ATL says:

    And there you have it. Ayala serves up another run.

  490. Sarah says:

    Maybe Ayala is about to be DFA’d and they want him to earn his pay?

  491. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    fucking Ayala doesn’t belong anywhere close to the playoffs.

  492. Tom says:

    Fire Girardi right now…

    Cashman should just walk down to the dugout and yank him.

  493. itsover says:

    good one girardi

  494. JimIsBored (Jim S) says:

    I can’t stand this bullpen management in the playoffs. Love it in the regular season, keeps everyone fresh for what I thought was a don’t hold back postseason run.

    WTF Ayala.

  495. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I’m absolutely livid right now. Go to Robertson. Go to Soriano. Go to Hughes. Go to fucking Burnett. Anybody but Luis Ayala!

    Why would you feel the need to use Ayala in this situation? Why???

  496. Kostas says:

    That’ll do it today. Yanks must win tomorrow or season is over.

  497. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Manager of the Year.

  498. Jesse says:

    Fuck you Luis Ayala.
    That is all.

  499. ItsATarp says:

    Girardi trying his best to lose this game

  500. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    is Girardi just mailing it in at this point? going back to Detroit 1 and 1 is really bad for this team, yet Girardi is managing like he thinks its no big deal. this feels very familiar….

  501. dalelama says:

    Let’s replace Girardi with Francona.

  502. Jonathan says:

    Nice moves today Joe….WOW. You were out managed by a guy who starts 3 guys with OBPs of .317, .303, .302 at the top of his lineup. These weren’t preference or philosophy calls, they were I have no clue what the fuck I’m doing calls. Ayala and Chavez..how do you even explain that?

  503. Sarah says:

    Maybe Leyland brings out Valverde anyways and he still blows it?

  504. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    This is how I feel about Ayala pitching the 9th:

    http://jetsrant.com/wp-content.....x_rage.gif

  505. flamingo says:

    YES SWISH YES

  506. Bill R says:

    SWISH THE DISH!

  507. TomH says:

    Damn, the Phils follow Roy H. with Lee–and have good guys behind them. The Yanks have CC and a promising kid.

  508. Sarah says:

    Now Valverde can blow the save?

  509. Cy Pettitte says:

    holy shit. gotta do that with people on base though.

  510. Mike Axisa says:

    Guessing we won’t see a dance after that.

  511. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    2 homeruns off their big relievers….but AT yankee stadium…those arent going out in Detroit

  512. Esteban says:

    Who will be the first one to say he’s just stat padding, can only hit with no pressure? Cuso?

  513. Tom says:

    Now the Yankees just need to get one more runner on to bring the tying run to the plate…

    Oh wait that’s right Ayala was brought in because the game was over…

  514. Jesse says:

    I REALLY want to see Valverde fuck this up….There’s a start.

  515. Guns of the Navarone says:

    I have no idea, NO IDEA, how anyone can defend Joe Girardi as being a good manager anymore.

  516. RCA says:

    one down, three to go. Its like I wrote that before….

    BTW, watching the Giants game and Moose Johnston drives me damn crazy with his hate towards the Giants.

  517. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Valverde’s blowing this.

  518. Champagne_whores says:

    Girardi love for ayala is going to sink us this game

  519. Cy Pettitte says:

    hip hip!

  520. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Hahaha who else’s heart stopped when they saw Jorge rounding 3rd?

  521. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    holy shit, Posada triple.

  522. Sarah says:

    Jorge got a triple?

  523. Mike Axisa says:

    This is going to come down to Ayala’s run. Hilarious.

  524. Alex S says:

    Posada triples?! RALLY TIME!!!

  525. Leggy says:

    Holy shit did Jorge just triple?!?

  526. Esteban says:

    A triple by Posada!!! WHAT!!!???

    Posada can’t hit fastball!!!

  527. Bill R says:

    PO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  528. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    tripple for Posada????? If only Ayala didnt come in and give up that run we are gonna lose by

  529. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Triple for Jorgie! Good thing Girardi had no intentions of holding Detroit at 4. PH Montero.

  530. RaeGun says:

    I REALLY hate Ayala..Ugh.

  531. itsover says:

    girardi must be shitting his pants

  532. Jonathan says:

    Holy shit Austin Jackson has some range….scared me there

  533. bonestock94 says:

    POSADA TRIPLE!! Oh man they have to destroy valverde!!!

  534. Tom says:

    Tying run up…

    /Ayala’d

  535. BK2ATL says:

    Who wanted to pinch-hit for Posada? Fess up now.

    Experience over…potential every time.

  536. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Pinch runner??? Fuck Girardi is absolutely toasted! A flyball to get that runner in still matters!!

  537. Bill R says:

    We need a bloop and a blast!

  538. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Fallacy and all, but if Ayala didn’t give up a run, the tying run is at the plate now.

  539. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    why the fuck is he not running for Posada

  540. Jonathan says:

    Think Joe pinch hits Dickerson for Jones????

  541. Stratman9652 says:

    But, but ,but PH Montero for Posada… or something.

  542. Ivan says:

    Nice take Martin.

  543. Mike Axisa says:

    That was some take.

  544. Jonathan says:

    It’s sad when a pitch a foot off the plate is a risk by Martin….fucking umpires

  545. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Tying run at the plate. LET’S GO JONES

  546. Mike Axisa says:

    Tying run to the plate!

  547. FachoinaNYY says:

    Fuck it, lets win it.

  548. Cy Pettitte says:

    Andrew go boom?

  549. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Andruw bomb coming.

  550. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    lets go Jones!

  551. Ivan says:

    Mike Prediction was right.

  552. RaeGun says:

    Just get a hit. Any kind of hit.

  553. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Jones replaced Gardner for defense?

    There aren’t enough facepalms in the world for these announcers. Whatever, it still beats FOX.

  554. Jonathan says:

    Oh, maybe walking over 4 per 9 isn’t a good thing…Martin needs to steal 2nd immediately to stay out of the DP. By the way…I dunno if anyone has said this but FUCKING AYALA

  555. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Bunt!

  556. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    damn….he stroked it

  557. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Damn BABIP

  558. FachoinaNYY says:

    damn that falling would have been incredible.

  559. Jonathan says:

    Fuck that was hit hard…..

  560. Alex S says:

    thought that was a surefire double in the gap.

  561. Ivan says:

    Hit it well but to no avail….at least he drove in the run from third.

  562. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Jeter is due

  563. Jonathan says:

    Fuck that was hit hard…..Think they boo if he hits into a DP?

  564. Carlito says:

    Would you pinch hit Jesus for Jeter?

  565. Sarah says:

    Please get on base, Jeets.

  566. Bill R says:

    I dont like Jeter’s AB’s lately

  567. Ivan says:

    Send Martin on the move here?

  568. itsover says:

    i can sense a dp coming!

  569. Kevin G. says:

    Come on Jeter, time for a Yankee Stadium special.

  570. Bill R says:

    How fitting would it be to let Granderson get a shot for the walk off?

  571. RaeGun says:

    Send Martin on the move?

  572. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Please just walk Jeter. No confidence in him against RHP.

  573. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    DAMN IT!!!!!!!!!!

  574. Ivan says:

    Well it was better than a DP.

  575. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Alright Grandyman. All up to you.

  576. itsover says:

    ahahaha CAPTAIN CLUTCH

  577. Xstar7 says:

    That was really clutch Jeter…

  578. Bill R says:

    Come on Curtis! Get it to Cano!!

  579. Jetrer says:

    I remember when it used to be good to have Jeter up in a big spot

  580. RaeGun says:

    Come on Grandy..

  581. Sarah says:

    Please. Please.

  582. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Girardi knows he fucked this up….a base hit would now tie this game

  583. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Nice of Cooper to realize that a fastball has to be over the plate to be a strike.

  584. Ivan says:

    Wow…..

  585. FachoinaNYY says:

    WOW

  586. Cy Pettitte says:

    HOLY SHIT IT HAS TO BE DESTINY!

  587. Esteban says:

    Well, they better take advantage of this now.

  588. Kevin G. says:

    Wow.

  589. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    lolololololololololololol

  590. Bill R says:

    WHAT A BREAK!

  591. itsover says:

    omg yankee stadium ghosts oOoOoOo

  592. LiterallyFigurative says:

    OH SHIT SON!!!!!!!!

  593. LiterallyFigurative says:

    OH SHIT SON!!!!!!!!

  594. Champagne_whores says:

    Was that destiny or aura??

  595. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    if we dont win now, then God has stopped hating the Red Sox and set his sights on the Yanks

  596. Jetrer says:

    please take advantage of that

  597. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Bullshit strike 2 call.

  598. Esteban says:

    Questionable strike 2 call there.

  599. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    not a fucking strike!!!!!!!!

  600. RCA says:

    This ump is awful. He called the same pitch a ball earlier in the at bat.

  601. Ivan says:

    Wow this umpire is confuse.

  602. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    lets go Cano!!!!! Walk off time

  603. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Effin rain.

  604. Tyrion Lannister says:

    If I’m Detroit I just walk him and pitch to A-fraud.

  605. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Wow. Heart-stopping.

  606. Xstar7 says:

    Let’s go Robbie. Time to make a name for yourself.

  607. ED says:

    Wow!! Well, no one else I’d rather have up here.

  608. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    We’ve got our best hitter at the plate representing the winning run. Couldn’t have asked for more down 5-1 coming into the inning.

    LET’S GO ROBBIE!

  609. Guns of the Navarone says:

    Wait for your pitch Robbie!!!

  610. flamingo says:

    I love the feeling of having Robbie in the 3 hole.

    Justify it, Robbie!

  611. Ivan says:

    Come on Cano.

  612. RaeGun says:

    Think they’ll IBB Cano to get to Arod?

  613. Esteban says:

    Cmon ROBINSON

  614. RCA says:

    That was HIS PITCH!!

  615. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Postseason pie!?!?!

  616. BK2ATL says:

    Best situation possible with Cano at the plate.

    Also, no Valverde or Benoit tomorrow either.

    • RCA says:

      They’ll pitch. Clearly we can get to their bullpen. Gotta get Verlander out early tomorrow and CC must pitch great as well.

  617. RCA says:

    He can’t see the ball off the hand. Those were two pitches right down the middle!!

  618. thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    FUCKCKCKCKCKCKCKCKCKCKCKCKCKC

  619. Sarah says:

    Stupid rain.

  620. The Big City of Dreams says:

    Fuck

  621. itsover says:

    CANO CHOKED!!!!!!!!!

  622. Bill R says:

    Wow thanks mother nature for pissing on the Yankees during a Rally!

  623. Karl Krawfid says:

    3 pitches to hit.

  624. Greg says:

    Well they made Valverde work.

  625. BK2ATL says:

    Oh well…..runs left on the base. Ayala. Hats off to Scherzer. Kid pitched well.

  626. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Too little too late.

  627. Ivan says:

    Well….we get em next game.

  628. Kostas says:

    Looks like 2006 taking shape all over again.

  629. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Fuck this rain.

  630. Matt says:

    This is what I mean by winnable game. Costly mistakes early in the game once again coming back to bite them late when they finally start to rally.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      Every game is “winnable”

      • Matt says:

        Stop responding to my posts if this is the nonsense that you are going to provide. You think that posting the opposite makes you witty and clever. In fact, it just you look clueless. “Anything can happen” doesn’t mean “nothing matters.”

        • Jesse says:

          How’s he being clueless if he’s right? Every game is winnable. Quit being so bitter.

          • Matt says:

            Interpreting a word as literally as possible when we all know what it means does not make you sound more intelligent.

            Nobody in their right mind would think that “winnable” means that “I could have won this game when the score was 0-0 in the top of the first!”

            Unless you have anything legitimate to post, you should probably stop embarrassing yourself.

            • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

              Every game can be won. Every game is winnable. Every. Single. One.

              • Matt says:

                You know EXACTLY what I mean by the use of the word “winnable.”

                Continue to harp on this. It only makes you look like you are picking a fight (which you probably are). People sure take you seriously when you go around attacking people based on personal vendettas?

            • Jesse says:

              Dear Lord, just do everyone a favor and take a nap or something. Watch football or have something to eat. Clearly you’re pissed over a big game and you’re clearly frustrated. Just because no one agrees with you doesn’t make them “clueless” or they’re “embarrassing themselves”.

              Quite frankly I’m surprised that you haven’t blamed Russell Martin on this loss like you do with every other one it seems.

              • Matt says:

                Just because you don’t like what I said, it doesn’t mean that I’m not correct.

                This was a game that they had a great chance to win and let slip through the cracks. That is exactly what is meant by the use of the word “winnable.” If they lost 8-3, so be it, but they were not flat out beaten today.

                This series just got a whole lot tougher as a result. I’m not saying that the Yankees can’t win it, but to act like this is meaningless and “anything can happen” makes you a fool. CC is going to have to be on his game tomorrow night or it’s going to be very tough.

  631. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Can’t win em all.

    They did work Benoit and Valverde. SoRo haven’t pitched, and Mo only had 1 hitter. It may come into play tomorrow.

  632. Greg says:

    And no Girardi hate please.

    Its getting old

    • RCA says:

      They might blame him for the timing of the rain.

    • ArchStanton says:

      Maybe, but he did make a couple of curious moves today.

    • forensic says:

      This from Mr. 2009? Please, the offense gets a ton of the blame, but Girardi is a close #2. Left in Garcia too long, pitched Ayala at all, stayed too long with Wade (and got lucky), PH Chavez for Gardner…

    • Matt says:

      Right, because PH Chavez for Gardner in the middle of their biggest rally of the night had no bearing on this game? Or pitching Ayala in the top of the 9th when they trailed by only 3 runs?

      You are truly clueless. What’s even more incredible is that you don’t realize how ridiculous you look by writing these things. For some reason, you seem to think that posting it makes it automatically true, regardless of the amount of supporting logic or evidence.

    • Guns of the Navarone says:

      It’s a good thing you have no authority to tell anyone what to talk about.

      Joe Girardi is not a good manager. Case closed. Open and shut. But people deal with it because he’s not a terrible manager and doesn’t make many egregious moves.

      I mean… he just said he PH Chavez because he wanted him to “pop one.” Meanwhile, Jesus Montero has “popped” as many home runs in one game as Chavez has all season. Not to mention Andruw Jones…

      He’s either stupid and doesn’t know what he’s doing or was REALLY just in favor of the lefty-righty match-up. I vote for the latter. Either way, it was a bad decision.

      And Luis Ayala.

      • Jesse says:

        I didn’t hear Girardi’s presser, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he said something like that.

        • Sarah says:

          They showed a snippet of it on MLB Network. The reporter asked if Gardner was hurt and that’s why Chavez, and Girardi said “No, I was just hoping he’d pop one.”

          He must have been thinking of the 2000-2005 Chavez.

      • Greg says:

        So what if Montero struck out huh?

        What then?

        • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

          What if he hit a homer? He’s more likely to do so than Chavez is. Just admit that Girardi is sometimes a major dumbfuck.

          • Greg says:

            No because I have respect for him.

            Unlike you guys

            • Jetrer says:

              having respect for him doesn’t mean he can’t make stupid decisions, and criticizing a manager for making dumb decisions doesn’t necessarily mean a lack of respect

            • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

              Girardi makes bad moves sometimes. No getting around that. He’s not as bad of a manager as some people here say, but he’s not a good manager either, and he makes many questionable moves over the course of a season.

        • Jetrer says:

          the right moves don’t always work out, but that isn’t a valid excuse to make a batshit illogical move

        • Guns of the Navarone says:

          Who cares? What kind of argument is that? The right move is the right move whether it works or not. The manager’s job is to put the team in the best position to win. If his intention was to “pop one,” then there were other and BETTER options on the bench. That’s bad managing. And it’s not even the worst move he made in the game.

          Case in point… bringing in Al Albuquerque to face Cano was the right move last night. He’s a strikeout pitcher and Leyland didn’t let the platoon advantage get the best of him. He know Cano hit lefties just as well as righties so he brought in his best strikeout pitcher who hadn’t given up a home run all season. It was the right move but it didn’t work out for him.

      • forensic says:

        I can’t stand to watch that right now (I’ll watch it later), but the funny part is that Gardner had more homers and a higher SLG than Chavez all year. He just aggravates me so much some times.

  633. Sheepmeister says:

    Jeter deserves 90% of the blame for this game. Came up 3 times in big spots. Failed in every single one without even getting the ball out of the infield.

  634. ED says:

    At least they made it interesting at the end. Made this game a little less stab-worthy compared to if they just went down 1-2-3.

  635. Tom says:

    On the plus side:
    - Valverde and Benoit threw a bunch of pitches.
    - Girardi may wake the f’ up and realize a 3 run deficit is not garbage time for Ayala to eat innings in. Hughes is on the roster right? (if he doesn’t want to use his pre-programmed 7/8/9 guys)

    • Greg says:

      Hughes might still be hurt.

      Girardi was basically put into a crappy situation.

      Another thing to consider is that with a 3 run lead, Valverde doesn’t lock it down easily due to the non save situation.

      • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

        If Hughes was still hurt, he wouldn’t have pitched 2 games in Tampa.

      • Jetrer says:

        if Hughes is hurt, he wouldn’t be on the roster
        How was Girardi put into a crappy situation? He has two very good set up guys who haven’t pitched since Tuesday. It’s not like the quality relievers have been overworked.

      • Jesse says:

        If Hughes was hurt he wouldn’t be on the roster, Noesi or Colon would be instead.

      • ItsATarp says:

        Why is hughes on the Roster then?

      • Guns of the Navarone says:

        What crappy situation? Losing a game??? You can’t expect to manage in the lead for the entire series. Meanwhile, Robertson and Soriano haven’t pitched since Tuesday.

        And the last thing you wrote makes absolutely zero sense. I won’t even address it.

      • Tom says:

        if he’s hurt get him off the roster…. if he’s hurt than Girardi is an even BIGGER idiot as with AJ having to start he should (and would be allowed to) make a roster move. He’s also got a bunch of guys who haven’t pitched since Tuesday last I checked (with his ace on the mound tomorrow)

        Are you seriously suggesting Valverde isn’t trying at hard in a 4 run game as he would be in a 3 run game in the playoffs?

        Girardi basically waa in a crappy siuation and made it crappier while you are just randomly speculating an injury to defend him. There is no excuse for Ayala to be pitching in the 9th inning of a 3 run game (unless there are 6 guys in the pen who aren’t available or who have pitched)

        • Greg says:

          So you want to waste David Robertson in a game where you are losing? That makes alot of sense.

          Why doesnt the press call him out on Ayala then? Why havent they asked him?

          Why isnt Girardi fired then? Do you want Terry Francona to manage?

          • Jetrer says:

            this is postseason, and even if DRob pitched the ninth, he would still likely be available every game the rest of the series, so you aren’t “wasting” him
            It wouldn’t have to be DRob anyways, Soriano and Hughes were also much better options than Ayala
            If this was a typical regular season game, you would be right
            It’s the postseason though, and they need to try to make the most of any opportunity

          • forensic says:

            Waste him? Is he saving him for April now?

          • Matt says:

            Unless Hughes was not available, then there was no reason to bring in Ayala in that spot. If Hughes is not available, then why is he even on the roster, because he’s hurt?

            You really don’t get it, do you? The press can’t call him out because they’d LOSE THEIR CREDENTIALS. Do you think the Yankees want reporters in there that try to embarrass their players and manager at press conferences?

            In all seriousness, are you even much of a baseball fan? You don’t seem to know much about the game at all, but try to act like you do and get shut down time after time.

          • Xstar7 says:

            David Robertson hasn’t pitched in a while and if it’s a close game in the 9th inning of playoff game, then yeah, you fucking bring in Robertson.

            • David N says:

              This. Down by 3 in the 9th is not garbage time even in the regular season with this lineup, to say nothing of the playoffs. I can understand saving Soriano or Robertson in the regular season, but not now. You need to keep it close, and thus you need to be willing to use your best. There are enough off-days built in to keep people fresh, you’ve got a pretty deep bullpen so you don’t have to use the same guy on consecutive days (i.e. Robertson last night and Soriano today or vice versa), and you’ve got your ace going tomorrow who might just go 8 or 9 and give that bullpen even more rest. If you save them too much, you might never see the games that you’re saving them for.

          • Tom says:

            “Waste”? keeping a game close is now considered wasting a pitcher? Now I understand why you defend Girardi so much; you have the same logic that having a good pitcher working in a game you aren’t currently tied or winning is considered “a waste”. This isn’t the reg season where you have to worry about 18 games in a row and distributing workload.

            I would pitch: Hughes or Soriano or Robertson….the absolute worst case is one of these guys have to pitch 3 days in a row and with Sabathia going tomorrow that’s probably not a huge risk.

            The press doesn’t call him out because they are idiots.

            Girardi isn’t fired because results mask the process. If you win games, the assumption is the decision making process is good and contributing. It works the same thing in the other direction… lose enough games and it’s the managers fault.

            • Matt says:

              Your last point is the most interesting about the discussion that you see on this blog.

              If the hitter fails, then the excuse from some posters is that it is up to the hitter to get the job done. It doesn’t matter that he was placed in a difficult situation that he was not best suited for, because that’s just bad luck.

              However, if the hitter succeeds, Girardi is called a genius for pushing the right buttons, even though it was the wrong decision and he got lucky.

              With some posters, you can never have an argument. They reference a double standard that keeps him free from blame under every circumstance.

    • BK2ATL says:

      Why the fuck would he bring in Ayala at all? Why not just leave Wade out there? I really don’t get it.

      Ayala has given up runs in at least his last 3 appearances. What the fuck Joe???

  636. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Maybe if Ayala doesn’t give up the run, the Yanks might go 1-2-3 in the 9th.

    The fallacy of the predetermined outcome rises again.

  637. Tyrion Lannister says:

    Whoever wins game 3 wins the series. If Tigers win it they win in 4. If Yanks win it they win in 5. CC has got to come up big tomorrow and somebody has to get a clutch hit. Not just hit solo home runs down by 4 runs.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      Yankees lose tomorrow, beat up on Porcello, and take game 5 behind Nova.
      Or they win tomorrow and beat up on Porcello in game 4.

      • Jesse says:

        I want the Yankees to split the next two, and Valverde blow his first save opp in game 5 on a walkoff homer. That’d be ideal, but I certainly wouldn’t mind the Yankees winning these next two.

      • Matt says:

        But I thought that “anything can happen.” By your logic, the Yankees should be equally likely to play like garbage against Porcello as they should be to beat him up.

        When then are you not applying that here as well? Oh that’s right, because you only say that when you are disagreeing for the sake of disagreeing and have no argument.

        I guess it also doesn’t matter for the sake of hitting home runs that Comerica Park has larger dimensions than Yankee Stadium? Nothing matters after all, because “anything can happen.” Throw probability and odds out the window, because baseball is totally chaotic!

      • forensic says:

        I’m not optimistic about this largely struggling offense going into that big park, where they have struggled a bunch in the recent past.

    • Xstar7 says:

      Yeah, game 3 is going to be pivotal. CC needs to have a UUUUUGE game.

  638. nedro says:

    Man, this afternoon was like deja-vu all over again (thanks, Yogi). Anyone else feeling like its May and they’re on the verge of a big slide?

  639. Brian says:

    I want to be postive, but i think the yankees are done. I would have never put garcia out today, he is a fly ball pitcher and that is why he was pitching monday in DET that HR in the 2nd would have been in the field. They should have used CC on Friday/Saturday, Nova today AJ on Monday. JoeRetirdi Messed this one up big with his rest nonsense. At lest use your real bullpen today after garcia got out of the fifth. Chvez pinch hit was a big mistake. Will Tex and A-rod show up as well? Will any yankee hiters show up with runners on second base? The Yankee need a new batting coach.

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