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
  • Chris

    Has a 90 mph ceremonial first pitch ever been done?

  • A-ROD fan

    GO YANKEESSS

  • Yanks27rings

    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!

  • http://notanevilempire.com/ Steve O.

    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?

    • DERP

      If your girlfriend is administering the practice test, I am assuming she is a teaching assistant or something. If so, she can help you out if you need more practice/change your grade if you fail the test.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/SteeeeveO Steve O.

        It’s only practice. There’s one every semester, so I can just take it next semester.

        I wish she could change my grade. haha.

    • Paulies Favorite Water Cooler

      Absolutely!!!! Don’t even give it a second thought….

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      A pissed girlfriend is not a good thing, I’d DVR the game if I was you.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/SteeeeveO Steve O.

        I don’t have DVR capabilities. Sadly.

    • Plank

      I have a paper to write (grad school), two labs to grade, and need to prepare a lesson for tomorrow (job).

      I’ll be lucky if I get to bed by 2am.

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

      Girlfriends are replaceable, the Yankees are not.

      • Zanath

        +1

    • http://notanevilempire.com/ Steve O.

      Thanks everyone, it’s already started, so no going back now. She works for a practice exam company called Kaplan. It helps students prepare for MCAT, LSAT, GRE, etc…

      • Evan

        I’m studying abroad in China, class tomorrow at 8:30 am. I feel your pain, but Yankees all the way.

        • http://twitter.com/#!/SteeeeveO Steve O.

          I know, it’s killing me. What’s done is done.

    • Rainbow Connection

      If you’re being serious, you’re a true fool. You’re screwing yourself to watch a bunch of millionaires throw and hit a ball around? They don’t care about you.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/SteeeeveO Steve O.

        Relax, I rescheduled for later in the week.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      They’ll probably show it in the middle of the game or something.

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

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

  • Matty Ice

    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!

  • Greg

    First pitch was a ball?

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Shocking.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

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

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      I love trading strikeout prone leadoff hitters for MVP candidates.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      While we’re on the topic, when exactly does A-Jax go from being ‘promising’ and ‘toolsy’ to being a ‘bottom of the order hitter who never put things together’?

      He’s 24, I give him 2 more years.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Same here, give him a couple more years. He still is a very good defensive center fielder.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Caracas is a bit bigger than a town.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

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

  • Bronx Byte

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    fuck that short porch

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Damn.

  • swishers fauxhawk

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

    • jay

      neither is the high strike

  • Greg

    Wow Miggy

  • Grit for Brains

    Holy Shnikies that man is strong

    • http://riveraveblues BIGRON164

      Strong? A check swing is gone in that spot. Two cheap homers for these guys, if a yankee hit it they would be talking about how cheap that shot was.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Dammit Garcia.

  • Tyrion Lannister

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

    • Greg

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

      • Matt

        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

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

          • Matt

            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

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

          • Matt

            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

            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.

    • http://deleted Total Dominication

      lol

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

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

    • flamingo

      Heh.

  • Pat D

    Mother fucking fucker.

  • BK2ATL

    Just that freaking simple. Cabrera strikes.

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

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Cabrera just murders the Yanks

    • Grit for Brains

      He crushes everyone. Best hitter in baseball NPD and their stocks may be heading in opposite directions with age.

    • Cy Pettitte

      he is an equal opportunity murderer. not just the yanks.

  • Avi

    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

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

    Bats and bullpens today folks, fasten your seat belts.

  • Pat D

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

    • Sarah

      I support this plan.

  • Mykey

    Whatever.

  • BK2ATL

    Nice bounceback, Fredy.

    That freaking Cabrera….

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    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.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

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

    • S

      Only if he IBB Cabrera

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Bold prediction: Joba Chamberlain won’t pitch today.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        So with that remark you’re implying that Garcia WILL NOT allow a run the rest of his start?

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          No, I was just being a prick. I hope you’re right.

  • ED

    Shake it off, let’s score some runs.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Why did they pitch to him?

    • Greg

      There was a runner on first already.

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

    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!

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

      Get Hughes up. NOW!

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

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

      I hope YES does the same thing next year.

      • Pat D

        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.

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

          That’s not the point. Every MLB camera is offset to capture the pitcher and batter, and the pitch tracker corrects for that.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        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

          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.

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

          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.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

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

    • Pat D

      You’ll hear about it the rest of this series, so get that knife ready.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      How about you stop thinking about yourself and use that knife to kill Ron Darling.

      • Pat D

        I’d use it on Smoltz first.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          Really? I’d use it on Darling first, Darling second, Darling third, Darling fourth, Darling fifth, Darling sixth, Darling seventh, Darling eighth, and then Smoltz.

          • Pat D

            I’m not forgiving Smoltz for last year, though he seems to be better this year.

            Darling doesn’t bother me.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        You’re right, that’s very selfish of me.

    • Yankeescribe

      All three teams got premium MLB talent and all three teams are in the playoffs this year. Neither of the teams can be mad about the trades.

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

        Now there’s something I have heard 5 zillion times in the past 48 hours hadn’t heard before.

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

    Fuck

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Damn

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Damn, Jackson had Jeter played perfectly.

  • Cy Pettitte

    damn you Ajax

  • bobtaco

    Great AB by Jeter, regardless…

  • Pat D

    Eff you Jackson.

  • jay

    had him played perfectly

  • Kostas

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

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      I don’t think they NEED to, but it really helps.

      • Pat D

        I think they need to. They suck at Comerica.

      • Kostas

        No they NEED to…

  • Greg

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

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Welp, Detroit’s appropriately terrified of Cano.

  • Monteroisdinero

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

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Come on ARod, make him pay.

  • ED

    Cano is feared.

    • Pat D

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

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Haha, what?

        • Pat D

          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!!!

  • Pat D

    This will be interesting.

  • Cy Pettitte

    make them pay ARod

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

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

  • teddy

    lets go arod

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Please get a hit A-Rod.

  • Cy Pettitte

    set the MT25 to take the lead, please.

    • S

      Sorry this model is stuck on pop out mode.

  • jay

    be patient mark

  • Karl Krawfid

    22 pitches

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

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

  • swishers fauxhawk

    This is one tiny strike zone

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

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

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

    That’s already, made him work.

  • Greg

    Got it in on the hands

  • bobtaco

    No hits, but almost 30 pitches!

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Big shock, Teixeira pops out.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Ball 4.

    Thanks Tex!

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

      Ball five, really. Strike one was ball four.

      • Avi

        Was the 3-0 outside or is the TBS strike zone box way off?

        • Greg

          I’m beginning to question that myself.

        • Jonathan

          it was outside about 6 inches

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Ehh pitch F/x doesn’t agree:

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

        • Avi

          That’s the same as the TBS box. It was outside, Bad call.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    MT25 stuck to fucking towering pop up. ugh.

  • Plank

    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.

  • Leggy

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

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    This strike zone confuses me.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Teixeira pops up. #tweetsfromseptember

  • BK2ATL

    And Tex pops up….as usual.

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

  • Sheepmeister

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

  • Justin

    A Mark Teixeira special right there

  • Kostas

    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.

    • Greg

      That was on Scherzer. Threw a great pitch in on the hands.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        It wasn’t that great of a pitch. Tex swung at a ball.

        • Greg

          3-1 count. He’s not paid to walk.

          • Thomas Cassidy

            He’s paid to get on base, not pop up. If he didn’t swing, he’s doing his job.

            • Greg

              He’s paid to drive in runs as a middle of the order guy.

              It’s Jeter, Grandy, and Gardner’s job to get on base.

              • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

                So you’d rather pop out than draw a walk. Nice logic.

                • Greg

                  That’s why I give credit the pitcher throwing inside instead of just giving in.

  • Bavarian Yankee

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

    • Avi

      Yes, he was more closed in that particular AB.

  • Pat D

    Dammit to hell, Teix.

    • Sarah

      After yesterday’s oppo double, I had high hopes. Silly me.

  • Natron

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

  • brazilian fan

    teixera seems to be guessing pitches

    • Greg

      No he was expecting a 3-1 fastball and Scherzer threw it in a great spot in on the hands.

      • Thomas Cassidy

        That wasn’t a great spot. That was shitty hitting.

        • Greg

          Give credit to the pitcher for once, wont you?

          • Thomas Cassidy

            Why should he have credit? For getting a .240 hitter to pop up on a shitty pitch? Maybe if Cano or Pujols was at the plate, but not Tex.

          • Karl Krawfid

            Catcher was setting up away.

            Scherzer didn’t know where the hell his pitches were going.

            • Greg

              And he struck out Granderson just for that reason.

          • Matt

            What outstanding execution. A fastball right down the middle at the belt in a 3-1 count.

            All you do is say the exact opposite of what anyone else posts. Do you have an opinion of your own? You look pretty clueless with these kinds of responses.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • Thomas Cassidy

    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.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Haha.

    • Natron

      Yeah guys, but his glove is worth $180 mil!

      • Thomas Cassidy

        Pujols has a good glove, too.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Righties hit Nova better than lefties.

    But whatever.

  • ED

    Good bounce-back inning, Freddy.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

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

    The Tex hate has officially jumped the shark, guys.

    • http://deleted Total Dominication

      At best, he’s just a better hitting Giambi.

      /bringing back a meme

    • Pat D

      I was just frustrated. I’m not hating him.

    • BK2ATL

      You gotta admit that the Tex pop-up is becoming a normal occurrence, no?

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

        Does it need to be pointed out every fucking time?

        • Pat D

          Apparently. I mean, it has been going on since, like, June, right?

        • Thomas Cassidy

          Yes.

        • BK2ATL

          If it keeps happening, why hide it???

        • Natron

          The pop-up really is worthy of hate every time it happens in a clutch spot. It’s a wholly unproductive out. What if we only hate-comment on it when does it with RISP and less than 2 out? Then we’ll bite our tongues in all other instances. Deal?

    • Jonathan

      I have umpire hate for calling a pitch 6 inches off the plate on a 3-0 count after walking two straight.

  • Jonathan

    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.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

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

  • First Time Poster

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

  • ysghost

    Hey everyone,

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

  • Avi

    Swish deserves better than just one hit so far.

  • Greg

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

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

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

  • Wow

    Loud outs. Those have to fall soon, right?

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

      Not necessarily. But it’s still a good sign.

    • Pat D

      Maybe.

  • Avi

    Montero PLEASE.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      +1

  • Greg

    No Posada hate please.

  • Cy Pettitte

    nice inning guys.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

    Way to let him off the hook guys.

    • First Time Poster

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

  • ED

    I want Montero in this lineup.

  • BK2ATL

    A 7 pitch inning??? WTF???

  • Kostas

    So worked the count well that inning.

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

    • Jetrer

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

      • Kostas

        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.

  • CUYanks

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

  • http://gmail.com Coco

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

  • Greg

    Would everybody shut up with the hate please?

    Cant we just talk about the game please?

  • Jonathan

    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.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Posada takes fastball that splits the plate.

    Strikes out on a pitch up and away.

  • Moskva

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

  • ysghost

    Go YANKEES

  • Andy

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

    • Andy

      Posada

    • Greg

      Yes actually we need a backup catcher. YOu want Posada catching if Martin goes down.

      • Jetrer

        that’s not a valid reason
        if a lefty started, Montero would definitely start
        odds are that nothing happens to Martin, if something did, Montero could still catch, just deal with no DH

      • Monteroisdinero

        The chance of a catcher going down is less than the value we get from Montero’s bat in this game and in the future. Does everyone realize Jesus is very likely not to get an ab in this series?

      • BK2ATL

        Common sense doesn’t play into this Montero narrative around here.

        • Jetrer

          that’s not common sense though, if he was just here to be the backup catcher, they would have taken Romine instead

    • Leggy

      Hmm I’ve seen this story already, walk him.

  • First Time Poster

    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

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

    • BK2ATL

      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.

  • Rainbow Teeth

    Frown. I ate too many sugary candies.

  • Avi

    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.

    • Pat D

      Adam Dunn.

    • BK2ATL

      61 career at bats are what people want to thrust Montero into the lineup over Posada???

      /perspectivefail

      • Jonathan

        I think it’s more like the 387 ABs of garbage from Posada

        • Avi

          Indeed.

        • Jetrer

          .269/.348/.466 vs. RHP
          far from garbage, but I’d still rather have Jesus

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    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!

    • Large Human

      To be fair, politics does tend to breed more animosity than baseball. But you’re still right, it’s pretty ignorant to assume friendship based on nationality.

      • Pat D

        Why aren’t Matsui and Ichiro good friends?

        /Michael Kay’d

    • Sarah

      More importantly, they are both from Caracas, pop. 4 million.

      Obv they would be BFFs. Aren’t you BFFs with everyone from your 4M person town?

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

      Even assuming they’re friends because they’re from the same city is idiotic. Caracas is a big city.

  • BK2ATL

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

  • Thomas Cassidy

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

  • Large Human

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

  • First Time Poster

    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.

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

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

    • Pat D

      I agree.

    • BK2ATL

      Walk him on 4 pitches way outside. Not a favorable matchup vs. Fredy.

  • First Time Poster

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

    • First Time Poster

      *postseason

  • Jonathan

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

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

    With the sliding.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Why would you slide?

  • Pat D

    Probably beats that by NOT FUCKING SLIDING!!!

  • Jonathan

    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.

    • Sarah

      But you know that baseball non-science says you win the tie by sliding because you take away the umps ability to sound it out!

    • Jetrer

      he’s said that he has actually been timed where he gets there quicker by sliding
      that defies common sense, but he insists its true, fwiw

      • Jonathan

        Then that’s human error in the keeping of time. It’s impossible.

  • Greg

    But its gritty! Pedraoia does it all the time!

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

    SLIDING INTO FIRST BASE SLOWS YOU DOWN!

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    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?

    • Pat D

      Players are dumb.

  • Thomas Cassidy

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

    • Kostas

      Yep. These are not good AB’s.

      • Thomas Cassidy

        Whoever wins this game has a good chance to win the series. Verlander tomorrow isn’t all that fun. But hopefully he looks bad like he did in the first inning of Game 1.

        • Greg

          I thought that was yesterday’s game that was most important.

  • Greg

    Tigers are getting all the breaks so far.

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

      There haven’t been any breaks so far.

      • Greg

        Two hard hit balls not falling in for Jeter and Swisher.

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

          Those aren’t breaks, that’s just baseball.

      • First Time Poster

        Well of course they did! The wind is speeding up Scherzer’s pitches and slowing down Garcia’s because of the umpires. It’s pretty obvious.

  • Monteroisdinero

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

  • Kostas

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

    • Esteban

      Choking like last night.

      • Kostas

        That is a good come back. Completely relevant. My mistake.

  • Large Human

    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.

  • Ivan

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

  • Sheepmeister

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

    • Leggy

      Either stop calling that outside strike or remove the pitchFx, I can live with either.

  • Sarah

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

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Did they seriously say Valverde was an MVP candidate?

    • Sarah

      I was wondering if I heard that right. Insanity.

    • Thomas Cassidy

      They said that?

      It was Smoltz, wasn’t it?

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Pretty sure it was.

        • Thomas Cassidy

          Why am I not surprised?

  • Moskva

    Scherzer is throwing a no-hitter.

    • First Time Poster

      Through 3 innings.

      /context’ed

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

        Let’s seem what happens the second time through the order first.

        • forensic

          I’m sure you meant the third time through the order, right???

  • http://www.onedayonejob.com/ Willy

    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

      I call bullshit.

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

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

      • Jonathan

        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

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

    • Esteban

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

  • Large Human

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

    • Thomas Cassidy

      Actually CC is ahead of Verlander.

      • Large Human

        Interesting. Didn’t know that. I wonder why most of the “statheads” on the various sites and blogs still give the CY award edge to Verlander?

        • Thomas Cassidy

          Yeah, I saw it somewhere or heard about it on the radio or whatever about a week or two ago.

          Because Verlander doesn’t play for the Yankees, therefore he’s better.

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

          Because Verlander has considerably better counting stats.

      • Jetrer

        based on what stat???

        • Thomas Cassidy

          Something I heard or saw a few weeks ago. When you factor in the hitters that CC and Verlander have faced, CC is the better pitcher this year.

    • Esteban

      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.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Let’s go Freddy!

  • Jonathan

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

  • Matt

    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.

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

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

      • Matt

        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.

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

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

          • Matt

            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.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

  • flamingo

    Garcia’s on a roll now :D

  • Tom

    Home plat ump seems to have a generous outside corner.

    • Tom

      plate

    • Tom

      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.

  • Jonathan

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

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

      They aren’t. The umps union and MLB have their own CBA.

    • Guns of the Navarone

      The strikezones are what they are. No sense complaining about them unless there’s some egregious call, which there hasn’t been.

  • CMP

    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.

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

      If the Tigers lose today, they’ll have to beat Sabathia in Detroit to avoid having Porcello pitch for their season.

      • Matt

        That makes no sense. If they lose today, every starter is pitching for their season.

      • http://deleted Total Dominication

        Actually, they’ll have to win today to avoid needing to beat CC and winning a Porcello start for their season.

    • TomH

      Well, maybe as they take another look at this guy they’ll figure him out.

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

      Don’t worry, the Yankees will trade for Bruce Chen so he can pitch in that game.

      /September Sawx’d

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Call me crazy, but I’m not afraid of a Sabathia/Verlander matchup. In a close game, the advantage goes to the team with the better offense and bullpen–that’s us.

    • First Time Poster

      Or the Tiger’s have to beat CC.

      /Other side of the coin’d

  • BK2ATL

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

    Keep it up, Fredy.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Silky smooth is right.

  • Greg

    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.

  • J

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

  • Really Old Man w/ Young but Legal Girlfriend

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

    • sin271096

      kemp braun and tulo

    • Thomas Cassidy

      Ellsbury, Pedroia, Gonzalez, Youkilis, Ortiz, Drew, Crawford, Varitek, and Scutaro.

      Peter Gammons, ESPN.

      • Sarah

        You forgot Darnell McDonald.

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

          He also forgot Josh Reddick, Conor Jackson, Mike Aviles, JD Drew, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. All better players going forward then Cano obviously.

          • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

            Jose Iglesias, Ryan Lavarnway.

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

              Will Middlebrooks, and Lars Anderson.

          • Sarah

            The entire Red Sox roster is better than Cano, now and going forward.

    • alittleblackegg

      Probably Kemp, Votto, Tulo & Longoria. Probably not Granderson, Braun, Bautista, or Pujols, although I might take all those guys over Cano for 1 or 2 years. I could put Miggy on either side.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Lets get a hit Yanks!

  • Kiss the rings

    I am proud of Freddy today

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Anyone feel like Grandy is being overshadowed by Cano?

    • TomH

      Yep.

    • Thomas Cassidy

      Not really. Cano is a better hitter.

      • http://deleted Total Dominication

        But not this year.

        • Thomas Cassidy

          I’d take him over Granderson.

          No offense to Granderson, but Cano is better.

          • http://deleted Total Dominication

            I said this year Grandy was better.

            • Thomas Cassidy

              I’m saying Cano was.

              • http://deleted Total Dominication

                In what way has Cano been better this year? He’s gotten on base less, and hit for less power.

            • Kosmo

              Who would you rather have up when the game is on the line?
              If you say Granderson ,that would be the wrong answer.

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

                Only if you like players that make more outs than others.

    • bobtaco

      That usually happens when a guy gets 6 RBIs in a game the night before…

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

    I feel pretty good about this.

  • Tyrion Lannister

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

    • Greg

      8 scoreless innings the last time we faced him?

  • Greg

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

  • Kostas

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

  • Jonathan

    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.

  • teddy

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

  • Andy

    Alex is not right

    • http://deleted Total Dominication

      He walked in his first at bat.

      • Jonathan

        ya those pitches weren’t exactly close though. no decision pitches

  • Emotions, Feelings, etc.

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

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Why?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Texeira strikeout?

    Season over.

  • Pat D

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

  • Guns of the Navarone

    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.

    • Greg

      No they never had Scherzer on the ropes. 2 on 2 out does not count as being on the ropes.

      Fister was because that was 2nd and 3rd nobody out.

      • Guns of the Navarone

        Nitpick the wording if it makes you feel better. It was the best scoring chance they’ve had all game.

        • Greg

          2 out scoring is very hard to do.

  • Andy

    How are we being no hit

  • Kostas

    Tex. Always.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

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

  • Karl Krawfid

    Getting embarrassed now.

  • Sarah

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

  • sin271096

    tex cant hit changeups

  • Tyrion Lannister

    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.

    • Jetrer

      and CC in game 3 and Porcello in game 4

    • Sarah

      Porcello will pitch Game 4 for the Tigers. You really think he’s better than AJ?

      • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

        We can certainly beat Porcello but, yes, he’s better than AJ.

    • http://deleted Total Dominication

      So basically we need to sweep to win the series?

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      The best team in the AL is trailing game 2 by 2 runs in the 5th?

      PANIC TIME

  • TomH

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

  • Greg

    Mike,

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

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

      Nope, not a must win until they can be eliminated. Verlander’s not unbeatable.

  • Kostas

    Yanks have 2 players hitting over .200.

    Explains 0-1 RISP.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      In 2 games.

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

      You’re citing batting average through 14 innings of the series?

      • Esteban

        You expect perspective?

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

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

    • sin271096

      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

        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.

  • First Time Poster

    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.

    • http://deleted Total Dominication

      Yup.

    • Esteban

      People were calling the Yankees chokers yesterday before they scored 9 runs, so I just come to expect it from the people that post here.

  • Thomas Cassidy

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

  • Moskva

    Tex has 3 RBIs in the last two ALDS combined.

    • First Time Poster

      Because RBI tell the quality of a hitter.

      • Moskva

        Be my guest, sample any data you’d like on his post-season hitting. I’d love to see the silver-lining.

    • Jetrer

      so 3 RBI in 4.5 games
      that’s about a 108 RBI/ 162 game pace
      so you meant that as a compliment, right???

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Anything less than 162 RBI/162 game pace is unacceptable!!!

      • http://deleted Total Dominication

        ICWUDT

      • Moskva

        4.5 games? Are you drunk?

        • Jetrer

          you said 3 RBI in last 2 ALDS combined
          1.5 games so far this year, 3 games last ALDS
          1.5 + 3 = 4.5

          • Moskva

            2009 doesn’t count?

            • Jetrer

              you said 2, I was using most recent. If you prefer using the last 2 full ALDS(2009 & 2010), it was 4 RBI in 6 games, so still 108 RBI/ 162 games

  • Ummm

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

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

      Yes.

      • Ummm

        Great, I love it. Let me jump right in and say How Dare You Freddy Garcia? Two Runs in Five Innings Against a Good Offense? You’re terrible!

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

          How dare he give up a cheap Yankee Stadium homer to arguably the best hitter in the world! What is wrong with this team?!?

          • Ummm

            I know, and I was expecting so much from him this season.

      • Pat D

        Pretty much.

    • http://deleted Total Dominication

      Some people get a little crazy in the playoffs.

    • Moskva

      Two fat zeros on the board make me negative through four innings.

    • Esteban

      How Yankees fans are so pessimistic is beyond me. RAB (comments) used to be better

  • Kiss the rings

    All we need now is a spark of offense

  • sin271096

    at least freddy is doing his share

  • Sarah

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

  • teddy

    garcia doing great

    • Thomas Cassidy

      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.

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

    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.

  • first time lawng time

    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.

    • Pat D

      John Madden-esque.

      “If they don’t move the ball down the field, they’re not gonna score!”

  • Tom

    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.

  • First Time Poster

    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.

  • Jonathan

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

  • Esteban

    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.

    • Pat D

      I’m sure they are.

    • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

      2?

      • Pat D

        Young’s.

        • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

          o.k. thought he was talking about today’s game.

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

      Of course not. Obviously the Yankees are the only team that EVER benefits from the short porch.

  • Pat D

    Ye gods, Nick.

  • Esteban

    Yeah, Swisher, that was definitely a strike.

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

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

  • Kostas

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

  • Thomas Cassidy

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

  • Grandma Baseball (is a man)

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

  • sin271096

    heres an automatic outt

  • Tyrion Lannister

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

    • Greg

      I repeat, 8 scoreless innings the last time we faced him

      • Pat D

        In an extreme pitcher’s park.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

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

    • Esteban

      This is a do or die game!!!!!1!

  • Kostas

    I still have 6th inning for the first hit.

  • sin271096

    BASERUNNER!!

    • ED

      And it’s the teams best baserunner, Jorge Posada!

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

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

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

      This game wasn’t supposed to be played right now.

      • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

        there were tons last night too

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fuck this strike zone man.

  • first time lawng time

    DP. I’m calling it.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Muscle.

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

    Oh geez. Be okay, Russ.

  • Tyrion Lannister

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

  • Grandma Baseball

    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.

  • sin271096

    nice ralley goin here

  • Greg

    This could be the chance

  • Accent Shallow

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

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Rally time.

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

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Oh shit. Please be OK.

  • Thomas Cassidy

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

    • Pat D

      Yea, that’s ridiculously stupid.

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

      That’d be pretty stupid of the Yankees, actually.

  • first time lawng time

    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.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      I don’t like it either, it’s usually off.

    • Pat D

      I said earlier it’s terrible, mostly because you can’t even read the pitch count.

    • Tom

      It’s terrible and doesn’t match up with pitch f/x very well (makes the outside pitches look closer and the low pitch also look closer to a strike)

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Let’s go.

  • Jonathan

    Phew that was GIDP city before the HBP

  • thekid

    alright Max, you can implode any time now

  • Grandma Baseball

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

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

      How many more handles are you going to go through this thread? Stick with one, please.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Swing the damn bat man jesus!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    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.

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

    BABIP fucked

    • thekid

      I don’t want to see the number for this game…

  • Thomas Cassidy

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

  • Sarah

    Fail.

  • ED

    C’mon Capt’n!

    • Sarcasm Todd

      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?

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Cap’n Clutch.

  • ED

    Phil Coke warming up!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Well, damn.

  • Sarah

    BABIP is angry with us again.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Yeah 2 soft liners.

      I mean damn we got robbed this inning.

  • Greg

    Baseball gods hate us today

  • Karl Krawfid

    Sick of this shit.

  • sin271096

    Cmon!

  • Wow

    Unreal.

  • Matty Ice

    RISPFail

  • Kostas

    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.

  • Guns of the Navarone

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

  • Pat D

    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…

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

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

    Scherzer is mowing em’ down!

  • Thomas Cassidy

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

    • Pat D

      Because the game is 5 innings now?

      • Kostas

        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

          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.

  • DZ

    Starting to think we’re going to get no hit

  • CMP

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

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Damnit.

  • Matt

    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

      Gardner hit a hard liner to 3rd.

      • Sarah

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

      • Matt

        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

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

  • teddy

    this game is bullshit

  • Greg

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

    • Matt

      Are you serious? BABIP? They have barely hit any balls hard in this game. Even the Gardner ball was a soft line drive.

      • Greg

        Jeter and Swisher hit it hard in the first. Varitek got that break in Fenway

  • Karl Krawfid

    2 hard hit balls?

    Was I watching something else?

  • Jimmy McNulty

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

    Someone tell the offense that.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

    Expert analysis as usual by Smoltz…

  • Coco

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

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

    Bah, come on Derek.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Way to go Jeter!

  • Finster

    That play is gona haunt us.

    • Sarcasm Bruce

      Yes, just like all the walks are haunting Scherzer, right?

  • Pat D

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

  • Monteroisdinero

    Jeter rushed the throw. Jackson is not Gardy.

    • Tom

      Yup, he had more time then he realized.

    • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

      Yeah, he won’t be sliding into first base either.

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

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

    • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

      A manager who is starting AJ in Game 4 does not use his bullpen here. It’s a manager who’s either supremely confident or absolutely clueless.

      • Pat D

        Because they’re supposed to start………whom exactly in Game 4?

        • Sarah

          Andy Pettitte obv.

  • Guns of the Navarone

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

  • sin271096

    o god

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Fuckity fuck fuck.

  • Karl Krawfid

    That could be the ball game.

  • Kostas

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

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Well this could be trouble…

  • Jonathan

    awesome……

  • Tyrion Lannister

    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.

  • Thomas Cassidy

    That Jeter error could have cost the Yankees this game.

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

    Holy smokes. Nice stop Russ.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    thank god Logan is warming up

  • CMP

    Freddy needs a pop up and a DP here.

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

    Four fingers, please.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    cmon fat boy, time to GIDP

  • Cy Pettitte

    can you really leave Garcia in here to face Miggy?

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Can I get a ibb?

  • Guest

    D-Rob?

  • Avi

    WALK CABRERA!!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Huge pitch.

  • Karl Krawfid

    OMG Walk him.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Daddy wants a double play and a momentum swing.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fucking stupid.

  • Cy Pettitte

    god dammit.

  • Jonathan

    that’s on you Derek

    • Jonathan

      and girardi for not IBB

  • jay

    why would you pitch to him?

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

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

    • Greg

      You do Mr. I hate Intentional walks.

  • Andy

    Fun game

  • Sarah

    Where was the IBB? Sigh.

    Is today the day that Valverde blows his first save?

  • Tyrion Lannister

    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.

  • Finster

    Now the big inning is on the table.

  • Guest

    Miggy Cabrera = good at baseball

  • Greg

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

  • Sheepmeister

    I have the feeling this game is over.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    fuck

  • Coco

    and that’s the game

  • Esteban

    Well, reiever now, please

  • Avi

    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!!!

  • Guns of the Navarone

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

  • jv

    game over

  • Jetrer

    Cano needs to at least knock that down

  • Toddler

    Puke on mommy

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      troll.

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

      I asked nicely once already.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Ballgame over.

    Fucking shitty defense.

  • sin271096

    fuck game over

    • Adam

      Actually, no, there are still 3 and a half innings left, last I checked.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Freddy left in way too long. what the fuck.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    wheels officially off and started with an error.

    • Finster

      Yep, and error on the leadoff hitter with the meat of the order comming up and no one out will do that.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    This is bad.

  • Wow

    This game is disgusting.

  • Kostas

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

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

      Is he starting tomorrow? Pick your skirt up and stop whining.

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

    Error’s huge now.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    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.

    • Sarah

      CC can’t shut down the Tigers?

    • Pat D

      Then just stop watching if you’re so sure.

  • Avi

    Cap’n clutch! (jeter)

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    I <3 errors

  • Karl Krawfid

    Does Cano know how to layout for the ball?

    I mean come on.

  • C

    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

    • Karl Krawfid

      Yankees have 2 hard hit balls.

      Jeter and Swisher.

      Miguel and Maglio hit the ball hard every time up.

      • forensic

        Jeters was moderately hard. Swishers was routine.

  • Matt

    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.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Hey, Matt.

      • V

        Wow, Yankees losing, and Matt appears. It’s like magic.

  • Guest

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

    • Guest

      (Which is a reason why you might not walk Miggy).

      *Ducks*

  • Jonathan

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

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

    • Sheepmeister

      yea, and the yankees weren’t down 4-0 and being no hit.

    • Sarah

      Details. You’re ruining the narrative.

    • Guns of the Navarone

      Were they getting no-hit yesterday or down four runs at the time?

  • Yankeefan34

    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.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    The Yankees are winning this series.

  • Jonathan

    Jeter’s all over it today

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Jeter, you dumbass.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    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

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

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

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

    • Jonathan

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

    • DERP

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

    • Matt

      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

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

        • Sarah

          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

          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

      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.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Jeter yelling at Logan.

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

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Loone Bogan could fuck up a cup of coffee.

  • Kostas

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

  • CMP

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

  • Widget

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

    • Tom

      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

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

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

  • DERP

    Yay Boone!

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Booooooooooone.

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

    Hey look, Logan did a good job.

  • flamingo

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

  • Esteban

    Good job Boone.

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

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

    • First Time Poster

      Come on now. You’re one of the voices of reasons around here. Stay posi.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      I’m just glad he gave up no runs.

    • Pat D

      See now, I think it’s comments like this from you that encourage those who are constantly negative.

      • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

        Mike saves his negative comments for twitter.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/486240-arad-markowitz Mantle28

    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?

    • Jonathan

      wouldn’t have been eligible

  • Greg

    2009 Yankees come back from this.

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

      Stop with this fucking bullshit or I’ll ban you. This is worse than the “if George was still alive” meme.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        It’s way overdue.

      • Kevin G.

        1927 Yankees come back from this.

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          The 2011 Red Sox can comeback from this!
          Oh wait…

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        Axisa means business!

      • first time lawng time

        Calm down. Banning him for something like that is a bit tyrranical.

        • http://deleted Total Dominication

          I didn’t realize RAB was a democracy.

          • first time lawng time

            I’m just saying that banning someone for saying “the 2009 Yankees would come back” is plain stupid. It’s a harmless comment that offends nobody and isn’t rude; get over it and calm down and don’t ban someone for saying that. Really.

      • Greg

        Oh I’m sorry for wanting my team to win the game so that I can feel good.

        • Greg

          Especially since I am a Jets fan and we’re going to lose to the Baltimore Ravens tonight.

      • forensic

        Which commenting guideline is he breaking?

  • TomH

    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).

    • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

      As I recall, that was Cash’s mission last winter. Oh well, that ended up nicely.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      Freddy’s not the problem. Their general suckiness in RISP situations has been the issue.

      • first time lawng time

        They haven’t had RISP situations this game.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    It all starts with a hit. One hit.

  • LitterallyFigurative

    Good work by Logan.

  • TomH

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

    • Jonathan

      well ya..he wasn’t going to stay on an 85 HR pace all season

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

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

    There, I jinxed it. You’re welcome.

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

      Boom. Cano gets a single.

    • first time lawng time

      Thankyou.

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      +1

  • Wow

    No hitter, no hitter, no hitter. There.

  • Cy Pettitte

    a hit!

  • Pat D

    Woo fucking hoo!!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Yay a hit!

  • Kevin G.

    Yay, we win!!! Wait, what?

  • Esteban

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

  • Sarah

    ARod go boom?

  • Kostas

    ARod with 6-4-3 DP coming

    • Pat D

      I’m struggling to determine if you’re a Yankees fan.

      • jay

        haha. i’ve been wondering for quite some time.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          He’s one of those “Go Tigers” folks from OTM.

      • Kostas

        I am a Yankee fan. Just see this team for what it is and today is the struggling May Yankees that can’t do anything.

        Their AB’s are becoming predictable in the sense of not doing anything other than striking out, hitting lazy fly balls, weak grounders, again the May Yankees.

        • Pat D

          So you expect failure? Then just stop watching.

  • TKtheGawd

    F#ck your no hitter

  • TomH

    Do something ARod.

  • Sarah

    Try again: Tex go boom?

  • Kostas

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

  • RCA

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

  • jman

    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).

  • first time lawng time

    SCHERZER IS GOING TO THROW A SHUTOUT!!!!

    There, I jinxed it. You’re welcome.

    seeing if it works…

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Not yet.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    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.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Do SOMETHING Teix…

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    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.

    • Sarah

      I wanted to share your optimism.

    • Pat D

      Please don’t use phrases that John Smoltz says.

  • Jonathan

    hard to believe the hardest hit ball was the first

  • TomH

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

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

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

  • Pat D

    Eric Cooper is trying to channel Eric Gregg here.

  • Karl Krawfid

    A-Rod is starting to hear boo’s.

  • Kostas

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

    Seriously, Max Scherzer. Unbelievable.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      PANIC TIME!!!!!

      • Kostas

        Mock as you must. Verlander will pitch better tomorrow. Yanks can’t handle Porcello for win in game 4 with AJ on the mound.

        So, mock away.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          If you’re so sure of that, why even watch?

          • Kostas

            I like to torture myself. Really that is your comeback – why even watch? Glad that was thought out. I expected more after your initial pithy mocking.

            • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

              I like to torture myself.

              That’s a “you” problem, if you’re even being serious.

              • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

                “That’s a ‘you’ problem”.

                /ColinCowherd’d

                Sorry, had to.

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

          Yanks can’t handle Porcello for win in game 4 with AJ on the mound.

          What are you basing this on, other than your imagination?

        • Esteban

          What are tomorrow’s lotto numbers?

        • Sarah

          I did not know you had this gift of seeing into the future. Have you found a way to earn a living from it? Do you have an agent and a TLC show?

        • forensic

          I still think they’ll lose the series, but I think aj will be ok in game 4. The offense is just continuing their mostly invisible act from September. And one of the only guys who was actually hitting is glued to the bench because there’s an old guy they can’t insult in front of him.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Offense continues to have issues.

    • Esteban

      A day after they scored 9 runs.

      • LiterallyFigurative

        I meant today and only today.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    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.

  • Kevin G.

    *Yankees game goes to commercial*

    *Turns on Giants game*

    *Giants game goes to commercial*

    *Rages*

    • Pat D

      It’s a conspiracy.

  • Matt

    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

      I hate to agree… but I agree.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      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

        “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

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

      • Matt

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

    • Kostas

      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

      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

        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

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

          • forensic

            Well, That and their complete inability to hit any semblance of consistency for over a month now.

  • Guns of the Navarone

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

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Only? Their starter is pitching a gem, and they have one of the better 8th and 9th inning combo in the game.

      • RCA

        I agree in the 8th, but we did get to them yesterday. And Valverde is overrated, the epitome of the pampered closer.

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

          They need to score a run so Valverde can come in and blow a save. The narrative must be fulfilled!

    • Esteban

      The negative comments started in 1st inning.

  • Finster

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

  • Leggy

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

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

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

  • Ryan

    Thanks for the out.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    Thanks for the out.

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

    Austin Jackson strikes out. Shocking.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    I wish Jesus would pinch hit for Jorge.

    • ED

      I think we all wish for that.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        I know, I had nothing else better to say.
        But hey, at least Jorge got a hit.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

    You’ve gotta go after Kelly here.

  • RCA

    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.

  • Bill R

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

    • Jetrer

      If Girardi though Jesus was better against RHP than Jorge, Jesus would be starting

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yankees need to score this inning.

  • flamingo

    Thank you, Cory.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I miss that anti-Semetic Irishman.

    • Pat D

      I want to make a joke here, but I’ll restrain myself.

    • Jesus Freak

      Which one, there’s so many?

  • Guest

    Slow G-d bless america…

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    Yankee comeback…you heard it here.

  • Guns of the Navarone

    A bloop, another bloop, and a blast please.

    • Bill R

      Add a walk in there and we’re tied

  • jman

    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?

  • RCA

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

    • first time lawng time

      If there is a game 4…

      • ED

        I like the way you think.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Step 1, check.

      Step 2, check.

      Now let’s go get a goddamn snack. I mean, runs.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

    • Sarah

      Ditto.

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

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    2 on no out. let’s go.

  • Tyrion Lannister

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

  • Greg

    Oh look Posada got a hit

  • RCA

    Seventh inning rally time!!!

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    MOMENTUM!!!!!!!

    /bringing back the meme

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Cricket swing by Posada.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Comeback plz.

  • Jonathan

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

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Here we go!

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

  • Sarah

    Is Nunie out to PR for Posada?

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Eh, he’s not the tying run.

      • Sarah

        I thought I saw him out there, so that’s why I was asking. But you’re right, it’s not a huge deal.

  • Sheepmeister

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

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

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

    • Greg

      No because we have no backup catcher.

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

        Montero is the backup catcher.

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

          Heh.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Nope, because if you pull your catcher you won’t have another one on the bench if the second catcher (Montero) gets injured.

      /Kay’d

  • Guns of the Navarone

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

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      It’s not the 9th inning.

    • Nuke LaDoosh

      wide strike zone all day, got be swinging.

  • Jesus Freak

    Benoit Balls

  • Bill R

    Get your Rally gaps on Folks!

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

      That comment was for our porn sister site, I assume. River Ave. Hookers.

      • The Big City of Dreams

        Lmao

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Baby steps… at least advance the runners Martin.

  • RCA

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

    • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

      You’re kidding.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Agreed.

    • first time lawng time

      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

        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.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

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

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    What?????????? Not Montero or Jones? Really?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Really, pinch hitting for Gardner?

    That’s downright shocking.

    • Sarah

      Also with Chavy? Really glad he did that.

  • Bill R

    Chavez!?

  • Pat D

    Why not just pinch hit Jones?

    • Sarah

      Clearly someone stole Joe’s binder and replaced it with a LOLbinder.

    • Jetrer

      Jones hasn’t hit righties all that well, but then again, neither has Chavez

  • Leggy

    That was a good PH call….

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Nice AB by Chavez.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Choke job inning

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Yeah, not Girardi’s best move.

    • Greg

      Why?

      Chavez is a lefty. Montero and Jones are righties.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Lefties are 2-40 against Benoit.

      • Jetrer

        And Chavez is a weaker hitter than Gardner anyways

        • Sarah

          Don’t tell Joe that. The Chavez of yesteryear is written in Joe’s memory.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

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  • The Big City of Dreams

    And he comes the rain and a SO

    • The Big City of Dreams

      here*

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

    Hideous at-bat by Chavez.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/ Steve S.

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

  • forensic

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

  • Guns of the Navarone

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

  • Matt

    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.

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

      Girardi’s gotta have those lefty-righty match ups!

      • Guns of the Navarone

        That’s our manager. Been that way since day one.

      • Jetrer

        but how does he explain pinch-hitting for a lefty with a weaker hitting lefty?

  • Jonathan

    Cmon Jete…makeup for the error…big knock buddy

  • trueblue

    Martin and Chavez with back to back grteat AB’s

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

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

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      It’s not exactly easy to turn on a comeback fastball that hits the corner in the pouring rain.

      • forensic

        Turn on it? You slap it the other way like he’s done for 15 years.

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

        You guys know that it was a change up right?

  • Cy Pettitte

    this team is just pathetic today.

  • Pat D

    Jesus Fucking Christ.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      So THAT’S why Girardi won’t let him play!?!? That mischievious Montero….

  • sin271096

    and thats the ballgame

  • ED

    Wow it’s just been one of those games.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Can’t be confident in this team.

    1 good hitter.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Just stop.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Well, hello, I’ve finally met one of the people who pick “1″ on the confidence poll on Monday.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        I think he’s not the only one in this thread…

  • Bill R

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

    Guess the Ump was sick of getting wet!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Perfect pitch by Benoit.

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

  • Finster

    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.

  • Leggy

    That inning tells you all you need to know.

  • forensic

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

  • trueblue

    Phenominal AB Jeter

  • Andy

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

    • Sarah

      No one can explain it because it makes no sense.

    • Jetrer

      he’s been better with RISP, try as I might, I can’t figure out any other possible logic to that move

  • first time lawng time

    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.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

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

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

    • ED

      *raises hand*

  • Thomas Cassidy

    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.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      You’re being sarcastic, right?

      Tell me you’re being sarcastic…

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

      Stop being so pessimistic. CC tomorrow doesn’t look good for them, and then they have to pitch Porcello.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Wankees?

      I think you’re on the wrong blog, this blog is perfect for you: http://www.overthemonster.com/

  • Tyrion Lannister

    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

      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

        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

          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

            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.

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

          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

            “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.

            • Jetrer

              isn’t every game winnable??

              • Matt

                You know exactly what I meant. Why are you posting this?

                • Jetrer

                  just didn’t understand the “winnable” qualifier
                  This game is no more or less winnable than any other game this series

          • Matt

            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.

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

      Great insight.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      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.

  • Tom

    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

      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.

  • Sarah

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

  • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

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

  • Kostas

    Miguel Cabrera just stole a base. Fantastic.

    This game could not get any uglier.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

  • Guns of the Navarone

    This game is officially an embarrassment.

  • Leggy

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

  • Sarah

    This game is so…

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

    This must be a bad dream.

    • Kostas

      Nope. Yankee baseball 2011.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        It’s almost like this team hasn’t won 98 games this year.

        • Kostas

          Because 98 wins means so much in the post season. I forgot they count as 1/10 of 1 win towards a full win in the post season, thus giving the Yankees 2nd place because Philly won more games.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        2009 Yankees wouldn’t have done that, and if George was alive, those moves wouldn’t have been made.

        /Greg’d

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

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

    • Karl Krawfid

      Yankees would have won.

  • well you know

    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

      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

        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.

  • BK2ATL

    Nice job, Wade.

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

    • Sheepmeister

      back to back to back to back to back HRs to take the lead. Mo for the 9th. Game over.

    • forensic

      I could ask for a better situation. I could ask for some hitters (except for Cano) who have done something in the last month.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Who are your 5 ideal hitters on the Yankees?

        • forensic

          A couple of them are in there, but that doesn’t mean they’ve been hitting for the last month.

  • itsover

    lol granderson got figured out

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Well you should probably just shut up, huh?

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

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

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Nope.

    • Esteban

      Yes

  • Sarah

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

  • Jesus Freak

    Ah, fuck it.

    At least “Breaking Bad” is on, tonite.

  • flamingo

    It was only a matter of time!

    THE GRANDYMAN CAN!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Grandyman!!!!

    rally time.

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

    GRANDYMAN!

  • Leggy

    Grandyman

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    1 down, 4 to go.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      *3 to go.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Comeback time!!!!

  • Esteban

    Grandyman!!! WOOOOHOOO

  • Jonathan

    that was a fucking ROCKET

  • RCA

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

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    That’s a start.

  • BK2ATL

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

  • bonestock94

    A pulse appears

  • Tom

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

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

      I really fucking hope so. I want the Yankees to crush that geriatric jackass.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Grandy just killed the rally before it began.

  • Jonathan

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

    • Kostas

      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.

  • itsover

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

  • Leggy

    The boos are getting louder.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Booing A-Rod? What is this 2006?

  • Tom

    So ARod can’t just take those inside pitches?

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

      It’s tough to lay off when the pitch starts down the middle then runs inside.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Seriously, people a booing A-Rod?

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

    • dalelama

      Why not he has sucked for a month.

      • forensic

        He’s my favorite player, but truthfully he’s sucked and been invisible for 3 months, not one.

        • dalelama

          I was trying to be generous.

    • Matt

      He’s had a ton of at bats to get it going since his thumb injury. They are pitching him the same way every single at bat, and he simply is not adjusting. He deserves them right now.

  • Jonathan

    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.

  • Kostas

    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.

  • dalelama

    Arod really blows!!!

  • Widget

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

  • Karl Krawfid

    Wow A-Rod.

    Swinging at the pitch every time.

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

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

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      But, but, Jeter is a True Yankee™!

      • LiterallyFigurative

        Exactly! Get the memo, Mike!

        True Yankees are immune to booing and criticism by the media.

    • Jonathan

      Plus the error and the balk

    • Matt

      Jeter hit the ball hard in the first one, and his second at bat was in pouring rain. Not even close to the weak at bats that A-Rod has put up there thus far.

      • I

        Well said.

        Fans booed him bc he go 0-8 WITHOUT a hit, N-O-T bc Jeter.

        idi?t.

  • forensic

    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.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Drop everyone besides Cano and Grandy to 8th.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      And put Montero at 3rd.

      • Kostas

        Montero won’t help at the 3 spot.

  • Tom

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

  • Matt

    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.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Jesus will hit a walkoff grand slam off Valverde.

    • Sarah

      Would be amazing. But you know since Jesus does not bat LH, no way Joe PH him for Jorge.

  • itsover

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

    • dalelama

      Don’t forget my personal favorite: A-Choke

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

      Better yet, let’s just make a Madonna joke.

  • teddy

    teix can’t hit a fastball down the pipe

  • Sarah

    I’m hoping DRob pitches the 9th.

  • forensic

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

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • Jetrer

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

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Ayala?? DRob needs some work.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    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

      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.

  • Tom

    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)

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

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

  • itsover

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

  • Guns of the Navarone

    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.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    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

      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!!!

  • Leggy

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

    • Kostas

      Easy, it is a long flight to Detroit. They need to make sure they get their rest for Verlander.

  • First Time Poster

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

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Maybe for a bag of baseballs?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Jackson looks nothing at all like Mike Cameron.

  • BK2ATL

    I really don’t get this Ayala shit.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat
  • Sarah

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

    • forensic

      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.

  • William Wallace

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

    • Matt

      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

      It is the post season.

  • Esteban

    Why Ayala?

  • Leggy

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

  • BK2ATL

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

  • Sarah

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

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

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

  • Tom

    Fire Girardi right now…

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

  • itsover

    good one girardi

  • JimIsBored (Jim S)

    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.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    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???

  • Kostas

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

    • ItsATarp

      pretty sure it’s first to 3 not first to 2

      • Kostas

        that is funny. AJ is pitching game 4. What is your pithy response?

        • forensic

          AJ has solid numbers against Detroit and individually against their batters. I’m more worried about the offense in that stadium than AJ.

        • ItsATarp

          Auto loss right?

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Manager of the Year.

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Fuck you Luis Ayala.
    That is all.

  • ItsATarp

    Girardi trying his best to lose this game

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    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….

  • dalelama

    Let’s replace Girardi with Francona.

  • Jonathan

    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?

  • Sarah

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

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

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

  • flamingo

    YES SWISH YES

  • Bill R

    SWISH THE DISH!

  • TomH

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

  • Sarah

    Now Valverde can blow the save?

  • Cy Pettitte

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

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

    Guessing we won’t see a dance after that.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

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

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

      Right field is the small part of Comerica.

  • Esteban

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

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      LOL probably.

  • Tom

    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…

  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

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

  • Guns of the Navarone

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

    • https://twitter.com/johnsc2000 JohnnyC

      Girardi wants that Cubs job badly.

  • RCA

    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.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Valverde’s blowing this.

  • Champagne_whores

    Girardi love for ayala is going to sink us this game

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

    JoPo Triple!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    hip hip!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

    • Zooboy

      I yelled out “NO!” My says: calm down, he’s got it.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    holy shit, Posada triple.

  • Sarah

    Jorge got a triple?

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

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

  • Alex S

    Posada triples?! RALLY TIME!!!

  • Leggy

    Holy shit did Jorge just triple?!?

  • Esteban

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

    Posada can’t hit fastball!!!

  • Bill R

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

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

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

  • Tyrion Lannister

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

  • RaeGun

    I REALLY hate Ayala..Ugh.

  • itsover

    girardi must be shitting his pants

  • Jonathan

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

  • bonestock94

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

  • Tom

    Tying run up…

    /Ayala’d

  • BK2ATL

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

    Experience over…potential every time.

  • Guns of the Navarone

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

  • Bill R

    We need a bloop and a blast!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

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

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Captain Obvious’d

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    why the fuck is he not running for Posada

    • Jetrer

      no reason to, he should only go on a hit to the OF, where he would score easily

    • Tom

      No need to (not the tying run). If the Yankees tie it up and it goes extras you don’t want to burn an extra player for nothing.

  • Jonathan

    Think Joe pinch hits Dickerson for Jones????

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Haha I admit that made me laugh.

    • Guns of the Navarone

      Nothing would surprise me at this point.

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

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

  • Ivan

    Nice take Martin.

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

    That was some take.

  • Jonathan

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

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Tying run at the plate. LET’S GO JONES

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

    Tying run to the plate!

  • FachoinaNYY

    Fuck it, lets win it.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Andrew go boom?

    • Cy Pettitte

      Andruw*

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Andruw bomb coming.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    lets go Jones!

  • Ivan

    Mike Prediction was right.

  • RaeGun

    Just get a hit. Any kind of hit.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Jones replaced Gardner for defense?

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

    • Sarah

      Morons. They make stuff up.

  • Jonathan

    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

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Bunt!

  • Jetrer

    fuck

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    damn….he stroked it

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Damn BABIP

  • FachoinaNYY

    damn that falling would have been incredible.

  • Bill R

    damn!

  • Jonathan

    Fuck that was hit hard…..

  • Alex S

    thought that was a surefire double in the gap.

  • Ivan

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

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Jeter is due

  • Jonathan

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

  • Carlito

    Would you pinch hit Jesus for Jeter?

  • Sarah

    Please get on base, Jeets.

  • Bill R

    I dont like Jeter’s AB’s lately

    • FachoinaNYY

      his first AB today was good

  • Ivan

    Send Martin on the move here?

  • itsover

    i can sense a dp coming!

  • Kevin G.

    Come on Jeter, time for a Yankee Stadium special.

  • Bill R

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

    • FachoinaNYY

      tie would be just as awesome…

  • RaeGun

    Send Martin on the move?

  • Guns of the Navarone

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

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

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

  • Ivan

    Well it was better than a DP.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Alright Grandyman. All up to you.

  • itsover

    ahahaha CAPTAIN CLUTCH

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

    That was really clutch Jeter…

  • Bill R

    Come on Curtis! Get it to Cano!!

  • Jetrer

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

  • RaeGun

    Come on Grandy..

  • Sarah

    Please. Please.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

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

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Ummmmm

  • Ivan

    Wow…..

  • FachoinaNYY

    WOW

  • Cy Pettitte

    HOLY SHIT IT HAS TO BE DESTINY!

  • Esteban

    Well, they better take advantage of this now.

  • Kevin G.

    Wow.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    lolololololololololololol

  • Bill R

    WHAT A BREAK!

  • itsover

    omg yankee stadium ghosts oOoOoOo

  • LiterallyFigurative

    OH SHIT SON!!!!!!!!

  • LiterallyFigurative

    OH SHIT SON!!!!!!!!

  • Champagne_whores

    Was that destiny or aura??

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

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

  • Jetrer

    please take advantage of that

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Bullshit strike 2 call.

  • Esteban

    Questionable strike 2 call there.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

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

  • RCA

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

  • Ivan

    Wow this umpire is confuse.

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    lets go Cano!!!!! Walk off time

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Effin rain.

  • Tyrion Lannister

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

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Wow. Heart-stopping.

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

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

    • LiterallyFigurative

      I think he already has a big name.

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

        He needs a signature postseason moment.

  • ED

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

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    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!

    • forensic

      Would’ve been better being down 4-1 coming into the inning…

  • Guns of the Navarone

    Wait for your pitch Robbie!!!

  • flamingo

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

    Justify it, Robbie!

  • Ivan

    Come on Cano.

  • RaeGun

    Think they’ll IBB Cano to get to Arod?

  • Esteban

    Cmon ROBINSON

  • RCA

    That was HIS PITCH!!

    • forensic

      He already had three pitches to hit, didn’t do the job.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Postseason pie!?!?!

  • BK2ATL

    Best situation possible with Cano at the plate.

    Also, no Valverde or Benoit tomorrow either.

    • RCA

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

  • RCA

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

  • thaaaaaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    FUCKCKCKCKCKCKCKCKCKCKCKCKCKC

  • Sarah

    Stupid rain.

  • The Big City of Dreams

    Fuck

  • itsover

    CANO CHOKED!!!!!!!!!

  • Bill R

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

  • Karl Krawfid

    3 pitches to hit.

  • Greg

    Well they made Valverde work.

  • BK2ATL

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

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Too little too late.

  • Ivan

    Well….we get em next game.

  • Kostas

    Looks like 2006 taking shape all over again.

    • RCA

      Calm down there buddy. Unlike 2006, we have our ace in Game 3, plus we show we can get to that bullpen. It was damn tack on runs that killed us.

      • forensic

        And unlike 2006 they have their ace in game 3 too. It’s following the same pattern as that one so far.

    • ItsATarp

      Please tell me what your crystal ball says next.

      • Kostas

        Says Yanks will get 4 hit by Verander while CC gives up a 2 run HR and the Yankees lose 3-1.

        Then it comes down to AJ – kind of like being strapped to the table and hearing those machines start the injection.

        Hoped for more but don’t see it happening. Line up is basically absent.

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          What are tomorrow’s lottery numbers?

          • Kostas

            don’t play the lottery, that is foolish. But picked GB and NE to cover.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      Yep. Randy Johnson goes for the Yanks tomorrow. Looks like we’re fucked. Oh wait…

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Fuck this rain.

  • Matt

    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

      Every game is “winnable”

      • Matt

        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.”

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

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

          • Matt

            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

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

              • Matt

                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?

            • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

              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

                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.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    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.

  • Greg

    And no Girardi hate please.

    Its getting old

    • RCA

      They might blame him for the timing of the rain.

    • ArchStanton

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

    • forensic

      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

      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

      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.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

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

        • Sarah

          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.

          • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

            Eduardo Nunez has “popped” more homers than Chavez has this year.

      • Greg

        So what if Montero struck out huh?

        What then?

        • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

          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

            No because I have respect for him.

            Unlike you guys

            • Jetrer

              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

              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

          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

          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

        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.

  • Sheepmeister

    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.

  • ED

    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.

  • Tom

    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

      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

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

      • Jetrer

        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.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

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

      • ItsATarp

        Why is hughes on the Roster then?

      • Guns of the Navarone

        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

        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

          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

            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

            • Matt

              What people are also forgetting is that there is still an off day between games 4 and 5. So if Robertson pitches 3 days in a row, he still gets a day off before Game 5, and if they win that, a day off before Game 1 of the ALCS.

              • Greg

                No there isnt. Its 4 straight games right on through.

                • Greg

                  Nevermond what I just said.

                  • nedro

                    Tip: post AFTER you have your facts straight.

                • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

                  He didn’t pitch yesterday, so it he pitched today, he’d pitch a maximum 4 out of 5 days, which is very doable in the playoffs.

          • forensic

            Waste him? Is he saving him for April now?

          • Matt

            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.

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

            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

              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

            “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

              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

      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???

      • Greg

        Why dont you ask him?

  • LiterallyFigurative

    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.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    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

      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.

      • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

        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

        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!

        • V

          Gawd, you’re a bitch.

      • forensic

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

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

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

  • nedro

    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?

  • Brian

    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.