Apr
11

Game Six: For The Sweep

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Adam Jones sees you getting arrested. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Yankees have already (and unfortunately) experienced getting swept this season, and now it’s time to turn the tables and do the sweeping. Last night’s extra-innings win was anything but routine, and it really took a toll on the bullpen. CC Sabathia is going to have to soak up some innings tonight, preferably nine or so. Here’s the lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
2B Robinson Cano
3B Alex Rodriguez
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Nick Swisher
DH Raul Ibanez
Russell Martin
LF Brett Gardner

LHP CC Sabathia

Tonight’s game starts a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Update (7:05pm ET): The first rain delay of the year! It doesn’t appear that it will be a lengthy delay, so the tarp might not be on the field all that long.

Update (7:14pm): The tarp is already coming off the field, so we’ll have baseball soon.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Pat D

    I’d just like to take this opportunity to congratulate Terry Francona on, essentially, singing “The Thunder Song” to the Red Sox.

    • Kiko Jones

      Good for him. Always had much respect for the guy; Francona was nothing less than a class act, only to get thrown under the bus by those scumbags, so screw ‘em.

      • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

        That’s the Boston way. Everybody was predicting that the front office would start disseminating scandalous stories about him after he left and, sure enough, about a week later, we started hearing leaked stories about his marriage. The Red Sox has a horrible PR textbook and they follow it to the letter.

        • Pat D

          They have a textbook for that? Jeez, I didn’t think it was so complicated to smear someone’s reputation.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      FUCK YOU THUNDER. YOU CAN SUCK MY DICK.

  • Kiko Jones

    The Big Man will shine tonight.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    It’ll be interesting to see how Joe uses the bullpen tonight. Should we be anticipating a solid two to three innings of relief from a Rapada/Logan combo. Guh-reat.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      Im thinking 7 solid innings from the big man. Mix and match the 8th and hopefully Soriano is good to go for the 9th.

      • Chen Meng Wang

        He’s got the torn finger nail..hopefully that isn’t a big deal. Is the weather really that terrible right now?

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Rain…..

    FARC!

    Just hope there are no delays during the game. Then we’d really be screwed if CC has to be come out early.

  • Cy Pettitte

    nooooooo rain delay

  • William Bonney

    And here comes the tarp. Damn. After last night’s game went long I was hoping tonight would be a quick 3 hour game.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Girardi did a rain dance to spare his bullpen.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Waldman describing Soriano’s nail injury. It sounds grizzly. Ever since I saw fingernail torture scenes in 24 and Syriana I can’t handle nail-related injuries.

    • Pat D

      Considering problems I’ve had with ingrown toenails over the years, I also don’t want to think too much about a “torn” fingernail.

      Chills up the spine.

  • Buffalo Bill

    I’m stunned. Doesn’t Mother Nature know that she should have delayed LAST NIGHT’s game – it was the one that was on My9.

  • Mike HC

    Jonah Keri, Grantland.com:

    “The Indians aren’t necessarily getting a bargain. FanGraphs’ MIKE AXISA looked at four other premier offensive catchers and their earnings over the same five-year stretch for which Santana got guaranteed money. He found that Santana will earn as much as top earners Joe Mauer and Mike Napoli, and considerably more than Brian McCann and Miguel Montero for that same period. It seems the Indians aren’t likely to squeeze huge value out of the deal … even after accounting for inflation, and even if Santana rakes as expected.”

    ——–

    Axisa getting the credit he deserves for his good work.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    A rain out would reallllly help the Yankees today.

  • RetroRob

    The rains of My9 come late this year.

  • Mike HC

    The rain delay was supposed to be yesterday during My9’s telecast. Even the baseball weather gods have to shake off some early season rust I guess.

    • Pat D

      Just shows their fallibility, which means, naturally, that they aren’t gods.

  • RetroRob

    I agree with Bob Lorenz. Get rid of the sad, rain-delay music. Really, it can drive a man to drink.

    • Greg

      No way. Love a good sax solo and this is close enough

      • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

        Yet another lead-off hit for Jeter; first home run for Granderson—things are looking up!

        • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

          I don’t know why this appeared as a reply and not a new post, but whatevs!

    • Pat D

      It’s so akin to the NFL-injured-player music that Fox insists on using whenever they cut to a commercial for that reason.

    • Buffalo Bill

      Very nice. Very nice indeed. I saw what you did there and enjoyed it.

      • Chen Meng Wang

        Haha, I thought I was the only one that got it.

        • Pat D

          I guess I didn’t got it. I’m also not in front of my TV right now, is that why?

          • Havok9120

            No. Bob Lorenz got a DUI during the offseason. Rob is saying it can drive a man to DRINK….

            Buh dum pishhh

            • Pat D

              Forgot all about that.

              • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

                Maybe you should work for MLB. They love to forget DUIs.

                • Pat D

                  No, I just don’t have the greatest short-term memory about things that have happened to me personally.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    First pitch @ 7:25.

  • RetroRob

    Who is this youthful lead-off hitter?

    • mustang

      You know 37 is the new 27.

  • Cy Pettitte

    hey, the Cap’n hits righties now too

  • Cy Pettitte

    Grandyman! no doubter

  • LiterallyFigurative

    It seems as if the Grandy man can….

  • Greg

    THe Grandyman!

  • flamingo

    Well, I’m enjoying the game so far.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    RISPwin

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

    These ain’t the Twins anymore, Arrieta.

    • Pat D

      I see what you did.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Grandyman, before I can even settle in :)

  • SevenAces

    Has the captain discovered the fountain of youth?

  • Sheepmeister

    This strikezone may make for a long game.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    I dislike people who use the phrase “ribbie.”

    • Chen Meng Wang

      what if it’s a ribbie for robbie?

      • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

        What if we instead said “An R.B.I. for Rob.B.I.”

        I guess that doesn’t work

        • Havok9120

          No. No it doesn’t. I’ll stick with ribbie and Rib-eye and risk your dislike.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Alex doesn’t look to good out of the gate :(

    • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

      I thought he looked great in Tampa. He was walking, picked up a couple of hits… I guess he only turns up against good teams. He’s been good in the field, though.

      • Chen Meng Wang

        It just looks like he’s in front of offspeed pitches and behind on fastballs…I’m sure he’ll figure it out, it just makes me a tad sad that he’s not on fire out of the gate like last season.

    • pat

      Which gate?

      • Chen Meng Wang

        The one that’s connected to the off-fence.

        • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

          BOOM

        • Greg

          /TPIR losing horn’d

        • Chen Meng Wang

          I want recognition for my play on words, damn it.

    • Havok9120

      His eye is right. He’s walking a ton and fielding very well. I’m not concerned.

    • RetroRob

      Looking for his pace horse. He’ll soon be moving like a tremendous machine.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V18ui3Rtjz4

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Do the O’s have a third catcher on the roster? DHing your backup seems a tad risky.

    • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

      They don’t, but Showalter obviously wants all the righties he can get to face Sabathia.

      Also, because Girardi’s practically been standing in front of Showalter’s office announcing it with a megaphone, Showalter knows that the Yankees bullpen is off limits tonight apart from Logan and Rapada—two lefties. (Obviously, Rivera will probably come in in the ninth if there is a save situation in play.)

      • Pat D

        Yep, gotta make sure you always manage to the save situation.

  • mustang

    Holy shit ! Montero is catching !!!!

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Seattle is crazy. Over/under 2.5 passed balls.

      • mustang

        Lets see give the kid a chance.

        • Chen Meng Wang

          Honestly, I want nothing more for Montero than for him to excel in every way in the Majors but even though I loved is bat as a prospect, from everything I’ve ever read about his defense him doing an impression of Piazza defensively was the absolute ceiling of his defensive abilities.

          • mustang

            Agree, but just like anything else I like to see what really is going to happen instead of predicting and projecting shit to death.

  • Ethan

    hahahahahahahahahahahahaha yay for YES!

  • Dave M

    ok..can they not show that picture again

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

      That’s going in the recap.

      • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

        What happened?

  • Kevin G.

    Can somebody tell me how the Yankees scored their 2 runs? I didn’t realize the game came back.

    • Greg

      Grandy 2 run homer in first

    • Ethan

      Granderson homered with Jeter at second.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      opening double for Jeter, two run homer for Granderson

  • Kevin G.

    Raul woth the dreaded OBP smaller than AVG.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Is that even possible? and if so somebody explain how?

      • flamingo

        Sac flies, maybe?

      • Needed Pitching

        sac fly

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Stretching a single to a double and getting out.

        • Needed Pitching

          that wouldn’t affect either

        • Chen Meng Wang

          That counts against your OBP? I mean you did achieve getting on base then you were thrown out…

          • JobaWockeeZ

            It counts against your OBP because you didn’t stay on base. You got the hit but you still got out so it hurts your OBP.

            • Pat D

              I don’t think that’s true.

              • Needed Pitching

                it’s not

                • Plank

                  I found this exchange amusing.

  • flamingo

    Love this thread – everyone was so nervous about CC, and there’s not a mention of him yet.

    • Greg

      Getting the 2-0 lead right off the bat helped with that. Puts us in the driver’s seat

    • Ethan

      who was nervous about CC?

      • Karl Krawfid

        Seriously. I’m also ready/amped for a big CC start.

        • Havok9120

          It would be nice to see one of our pitchers dominate.

    • Pat D

      Except for just then.

    • Havok9120

      I view that as a positive. What meaningful things should we be drawing from 3 outs?

      “CC didn’t fall apart, huzzah!” ?

      • flamingo

        Yep!

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Has there been any news on whether the Yankees will wear throwback jerseys for the Fenway Park 100th?

    • RetroRob

      They were going to wear them, last I heard.

    • Havok9120

      That’d be a heck of a throwback. We’d have to go back to the Highlanders days.

      • RetroRob
        • Havok9120

          That’s the year the Highs wore ‘Stripes tho. They went back to the other ones after that until 1915 I believe.

          • RetroRob

            You can see the stripes in that picture, although those are the home uniforms. They’ll be in their road unis for Boston, which also had the stripes.

    • Pat D
    • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

      Great marketing opportunity, then. I will be buying that road jersey because I’m an idiot.

  • Kevin G.

    There goes the perfect game

  • Greg

    This strike zone is bad for both pitchers so far

  • Pat D

    CC doing Regis Philbin here.

  • Needed Pitching

    dumbass

  • Cy Pettitte

    CC just let it go. does that every time.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Let’s hope our mole Betemit gets Sabathia out of this

    • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

      That’s good work Wilson; would have preferred a double play but that will do

  • Monterowasdinero

    Wow CC. Instinct but dumb.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Damn CC. Easy DP man.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Relax your sphincters

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Wilson Betemit: True Yankee™

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I think I just saw the ghost of Mike Devereaux in center

  • RetroRob

    This is not going as scripted.

  • teddy

    epic fail by cc sabathia, way to step like a true ace

  • Chen Meng Wang

    CC…you had such a good first inning man…

  • Greg

    cant blame Girardi for that

    • Havok9120

      He should’ve pulled him!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    what a garbage inning. 2 out, 2 run hit to the #9 hitter

  • Karl Krawfid

    Shitty man. 0-2 to a full count fastball.

    Just throw the damn slider for a called strike. Trying to get cute.

    • Havok9120

      Not with this strike zone. I get what you’re saying, but not in this case.

  • D-Rob da man

    Cc = overpaid

    • Havok9120

      Joking right?

      Gotta be joking.

  • Greg

    Ever since that Seattle game last year, CC has looked like crap

    • Chen Meng Wang

      do you have stats to back this up?

      • Needed Pitching

        3.08 ERA and 3.18 FIP last September
        absolutely crappy

  • William Bonney

    This is bad. We have no pen. CC just had to let that ball go through and it’s a DP.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Boo Andiño. I would like you better if your name was pronounced with the ñ, not straight -no.

  • Needed Pitching

    and the bridge jumpers have quickly made their return

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

      You’d think they’d never seen a two-run inning before.

    • Havok9120

      Its both amusing and depressing.

      Paradox!

  • C

    Would it kill one of our starters to have a good outing? Way too many 30+ pitch innings already this season.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Ivan Nova says hi :)

      • Havok9120

        Him of the 10 hits, 6 for extra bases? I mean, the line looked okay, but it was hardly a comfortable outing.

    • flamingo

      Yeah. He’s at 50(!) already.

    • RetroRob

      Why, yes, yes it would.

  • teddy

    hughes is gotta have to pitch

  • D-Rob da man

    47 pitches thanks for 4 innings asshole

    • Needed Pitching

      he will pitch more than 4 innings
      I guarantee it
      but thanks for playing

      • D-Rob da man

        60 in the 3rd with no outs

      • D-Rob da man

        72 and counting as is girardi.

        • Needed Pitching

          still guarantee more than 4 innings

        • Needed Pitching

          would you like to concede now?

    • Havok9120

      Its not like he killed your dog man. Sheesh.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    I will say right now, CC throws 7 innings tonight.

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

      At least six, probably starts the seventh. It’s amazing how many Yankees have so little appreciation for him.

      • Chen Meng Wang

        You have to remember, unless he throws 8 shutout innings with 7-10Ks and like two hits he’s an absolute bum.

  • Ethan

    Not that I think this will happen but what if CC is only able to go 4 innings? Can the bullpen cover the other 5?

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

      They don’t really have a choice, do they?

  • JobaWockeeZ

    We have Cy Phelps for tomorrow guys don’t worry. And lol relying on Hughes to give you innings. He’s the last person to trust to use their bullets conservatively.

    • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

      There’s no game tomorrow

      • JobaWockeeZ

        So what the hell are people bitching for?

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

          It’s what they do.

        • Plank

          Are people bitching? The issue is if CC gets knocked out early. Their list of available pitchers for this game is very short. Even shorter if Soriano isn’t available.

          Not a huge problem, but something to consider going in to this game.

      • RetroRob

        Shhh…

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Regardless of the outcome of this At-Bat this is an excellent job by Brett.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      and that’s a terrible job by Jeter…after a ten pitch battle, first pitch swinging?

  • gageagainstthemachine

    Dear Michael Kay-
    Stop saying pitchers “struck out the side” unless it’s a 1-2-3 inning…for the LOVE OF GOD!!!

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

      But he’s right. You can strike out the side, or you can strike out the side in order.

      • gageagainstthemachine

        I suppose you’re right, but in situations like that it makes him sound like he’s trying to make a pile of crap with a few rose petals sound like it’s a bouquet…but hey, that’s just me. Thanks for the correction, I appreciate it. But now, I’m going to be listening for whether or not he says it correctly each time :)

        Let’s go Yankees…turn this thing back around in our favor…

        • gageagainstthemachine

          *”rose petals on it…”
          that’s what I meant to type, and hopefully makes more sense.

    • RetroRob

      It’s Michael Kay. All models come with limitations built in.

  • Don’tcha Know?

    Wow. Great inning right there . . .

  • mustang

    5,4,3,2,1

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

    Jeter so un-rangy.

    • mustang

      Right on cue!!!!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Oh the range.

    • mustang

      2 in a row.

      LOL

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Okay since it seems to annoy you, Jeter has horrendous range.

        • Havok9120

          A) I really don’t think it annoys him. I think he just finds it funny.

          B) Why so surly?

          • mustang

            BINGO!!!!!!

        • mustang

          Its doesn’t annoy because:

          1- I know the other things that Jeter brings to the table.

          2- they’re really no solution for it right now.

          So I can live with it can you?

          • JobaWockeeZ

            If you’ve ever seen me asking for a new SS then show me cause I never had an issue with it. His range still sucks.

            • mustang

              Ok it sucks tomorrow or whenever he will go 4 for 4 and make for it.

              But you keep complaining about and good luck with it.

  • Plank

    Charleston is Charlestoning by the way. Campos is Camposing and all the offense is coming from the non-prospects.

    • Plank

      Bichette just Bichette all over the field.

    • pat

      Bichette and Austin have 5 Rbi combined.

      • Plank

        Yeah, that happened after I posted. Every player has gotten on base. Every player has a hit other than Williams. Campos has yet to give up a hit.

        • Bo Knows

          again? Man, Campos is a fuckin beast

  • your mom

    Where’s the velo?

  • Havok9120

    The best part about the complaining about how long CC will go is that if he throws 120-30 pitches, they’ll crush Girardi for letting him throw that many.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      part of being the manager in this town.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Get the damn batter. Stop rushing your delivery.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Until Cashman buys this Wieters kid I shall be booing him hereforth. Is there no decent scouting report on this guy, or is he the next Ted Williams and will just hit everything you throw at him?

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    How do you walk Mark Reynolds twice!? The guy has little contact and virtually no plate vision

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

      Reynolds has one of the best walks rates in baseball year after year.

      • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

        I never look at facts, that’s how I can just make stuff up

        • Plank

          I’ve noticed.

  • Rick Bladt Attack

    At the bottom of the Cap’n Crunch box…

  • Karl Krawfid

    Why the hell is he worried about the runner on 2nd with 2 strikes? Base hit he scores anyway.

    This is the way you expect someone like Phelps to pitch. Not a Vet like CC.

  • STONE COLD Austin Romine

    Damn.

  • Don’tcha Know?

    Yikes. This is not looking pretty. Who comes in to pitch should CC not make it into the 5th?

  • Alkaline

    Phew!

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Ok, can we let CC take more than like a 7 minute break this inning?

    • Chen Meng Wang

      I guess not…

  • William Bonney

    Is CC starting or is Freddy Garcia? This ain’t good, folks. We needed 6 innings out of him.

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

      *They* will get the six innings.

  • Kostas

    This is ugly. CC looks like AJ

  • Pat D

    I fell asleep the last inning and a half. Seems like it was a good thing.

  • D-Rob da man

    Avalible pitchers
    Logan, rapada,hughes swisher,martin

    • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

      I think I remember Mike saying some time ago that Nunez can throw as well.

      • D-Rob da man

        Nunez will hit the guys in the booth if he pitches

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

    Guidry is definitely one of the trivia answers. Moose is probably another. Not sure about the third, maybe Clemens?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Cone, maybe Clemens, maybe Randy.

  • Tom

    So will CC even go 5 innings?

    He needs to stop trying to strike everyone out… even if he gives up a hit 0-2 or 1-2, let them put the ball in play – even if it means a few runs.

    In the 2nd inning with 1 guy on base he doesn’t need to be throwing first pitch and 2-0 change ups to Ronnie Paulino. In the 3rd he threw a first pitch fastball to him and got a quick out.

    • Havok9120

      His change up is his best pitch tonight. You’re asking him to exert control over things he has no real power over. He can’t control what they swing at, only what he throws.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Mike Mussina and David Cone I’m guessing.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      What’s the question?

      • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

        Name three pitchers

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Since 1970 only 5 Yankee pitchers reached top 5 in strikeouts not including CC. Who are they?

        (And seriously only 5 in 40 years?)

        • Chen Meng Wang

          Guidry
          Clemens
          Mussina
          Cone
          Pettitte?

          • RetroRob

            Maybe Righetti during his first couple of seasons as a starter.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            Oh it’s three, I screwed up.

  • RetroRob

    Campos, no-hitter through five, seven Ks.

    • Cy Pettitte

      send CC to AAA, call up Campos

      but seriously, that’s awesome. kid is exciting.

    • D-Rob da man

      He may be the steal of the trade.

      • Tyrone Sharpton

        may be? he definitely is, since the montero/pineda comparison is a wash and noesi is no more than a back-end starter.

    • Monterowasdinero

      Good. Montero singles in 1st ab. No passed balls yet. Unfortunately Millwood pitching.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      In a similar minor league level this prospect sucked.

      1.2 IP, 5H, 8R, 5ER, BB, 4K

      This AJ Burnett guy needs to control if he wants to succeed at the ML level. Again anyways.

    • mustang

      Trade fight….. Trade fight!!!

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Another fly ball from Nicholas that reaches the track. Andruw and A-Rod hit that exact same spot yesterday too.

  • Pat D

    I’m going with Clemens, Guidry and Johnson for the trivia.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Nice, already saying they are gonna baby the ace of our staff.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Do we have an answer on the trivia question?

    • Havok9120

      It was Guidry, Johnson, and….someone who’s name wasn’t familiar and I’ve already forgotten.

  • Karl Krawfid

    That’s how you do it Carl Crawford!

    • RetroRob

      Ha. Same hitter, too.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      His feeble attempt on the Orioles game winning hit in game 162 last year was classic. He basically quit.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Perfect, that’s exactly what you needed CC…what was that? An 8 pitch inning?

  • mustang

    Dante making up for break my heart yesterday.

  • Pat D

    I would have never guessed Melido Perez. I forgot how good he was that year.

    • RetroRob

      Yeah, whenever there’s a question about a top Yankee pitching season recently and you can’t figure out the final answer, it’s usually Melido Perez. A fine season for a horrible team that year.

      • Pat D

        Eh, not completely horrible. I mean, not when compared to the previous 3 years.

        • RetroRob

          Another way of judging 1992, in June of that year, thanks to the prior season, the Yankees drafted one named Derek Sanderson Jeter.

          • Pat D

            Thanks to the Astros not listening to HOF pitcher Hal Newhouser, who was a scout for them at the time.

            He was so upset the Astros didn’t take Jeter, he quit.

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

      Could have had 100 guesses and I wouldn’t have said him.

  • First time lawng time

    Just want to remind everyone that CC traditionally gets off to a slow start. Don’t want people to get all tense and angry from his first two starts.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      How is your boy AJ doing ?

      • First time lawng time

        AJ…I’m gonna miss him.

  • Plank

    If I had a full day to come up with answers, I don’t think Melido Perez would come out of my mouth.

  • Needed Pitching

    WTF???

    Charleston manager takes Campos out with a no hitter going???

    I’m outraged!!!

    • Plank

      He threw 75 pitches in his second start at A- so it’s understandable. If he left him in and Campos got injured, he would be fired or at least lose track to higher coaching levels.

      That said, I, too, am outraged. But that’s nothing new.

      • Needed Pitching

        I was joking …

        • Plank

          My bad. I should have looked at the name. Sadly it’s hard to tell around here sometimes. I’m sure there are posters who would have shared those sentiments. Exclamation points and all!!!

          • Havok9120

            You’re completely correct unfortunately. Sigh.

          • Needed Pitching

            :) np

      • Havok9120

        He was totally joking. When have you ever seen NP use that much punctuation seriously? lol

  • Chen Meng Wang

    first pitch bunt I’m calling it

  • RetroRob

    Chances that Gardner doesn’t bunt?!

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Sterling informs us that if fielders show any indecision while fielding bunts the batter will make it to first.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    wow…he’s not bunting, at least not right away…

  • Andy E

    i want to take a puke off the top of that building behind right field.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    haha…well done gardy.

  • First time lawng time

    LOL Red Sox are 1-5. I haven’t spoken with any Sox fans lately, but for those that have, are they all panicky and freaking out?

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it
    • Monterowasdinero

      They were poor last year after the first few weeks. Could only beat us.

      2011 WS favorites.

  • Cy Pettitte

    no bunt > bunt

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

    That > bunt

  • Tom

    Thumbs up to Girardi for letting Garnder swing away there. It would have been easy to call for a sac bunt (and it wouldn’t necessarily a bad decision)

  • Chen Meng Wang

    Jeter does know he doesn’t always have to first pitch swing(or bunt) with runners on right?

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

      The Yankees do that a lot in general. It’s the whole “the first pitch might be the best pitch because the hitter doesn’t want to fall behind in the count” mentality.

      • Chen Meng Wang

        Granderson and Cano as well, I guess the logic is sound…but when you load the bases on a walk and hit batsman, I think you should take a pitch…

        • Tom

          Jeter swung at a 93 mph fastball nearly down the middle of the plate?

          I sure hope he’s swinging at that with the bases loaded as it could be the best pitch he sees all at bat.

          And Granderson hit one one on the screws… it’s not like they are chasing 1st pitch offspeed stuff out of the zone.

          With the bases loaded, pitchers will obviously be looking to get ahead in the count with a fastball or a get me over secondary pitch.

          I don’t understand the complaint when hitters are swinging at strikes.

    • RetroRob

      Jeter, across 18 seasons, swinging on the first pitch:

      .381/.565

      Swing away, Derek, swing away.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Jeter with an unintentional Baltimore job.

  • Monterowasdinero

    Derek Jeetuh.

    Professional hitter.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    fuck…grandy really hit that hard.

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

    Bah, Grandy hit that on the screws.

  • Tom Q

    Well, that was instant karma for Gardy’s hit.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Ugh, I just remembered how much I hate blackouts on MLB.tv. I live in Iowa so I get six teams blacked out: Cards, Brewers, White Sox, Cubs, Royals, and Twins. I wouldn’t mind watching Hosmer and Moustakas on the Twins or some of the teams that play some teams that aren’t listed. As active as Bud was about “fixing” the draft slotting system, blackouts are a far bigger problem IMO.

    Ugh smoked right off Andino’s glove.

    • Plank

      One “problem” cost the owners money. One problem makes the owners money. Which one do you think they want to fix?

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Wouldn’t the owners make more money if MLB.tv reached more viewers? Six fucking blackouts? I live in six teams home markets? The Brewers and Royals are fucking nine hours apart…somehow I’m in both home markets? I don’t see how owners make money off of MLB.tv blackouts UNLESS they’re blacking out areas where their network is seen.

        • Plank

          I hear you. It must make financial sense to them otherwise they wouldn’t keep doing it despite it being widely criticized.

          Your part of the country and I think Las Vegas get hit the worst by the blackout policy.

          • Jimmy McNulty

            Remember how long it took baseball teams to embrace on base percentage? I mean these guys are fucking dinosaurs and they’re clearly not the most willing to jump on the new thing. I get the Fox blackout, because Fox plays a shitload for that, and I get the ESPN blackout…why the regional blackouts? Can’t you just set it so you get that team’s commercials if you’re in their area? Or at least limit it to two or three blackouts?

            • Plank

              I don’t know what the answer is. It’s not just baseball that is suffering growing pains with new technology.

              Why can’t I watch Law and Order whenever and wherever I want? I would gladly watch with commercials if they let me.

              The regional blackout was in effect in an effort to get people to show up at the stadium, I believe. What is the purpose now?

          • forensic

            Yup, I’m in Vegas. Both LA teams, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco, and Arizona all blacked out.

  • Cy Pettitte

    bases loaded no outs – get one run.

    • RetroRob

      I’ve seen worse.

    • Havok9120

      Does it count as RISP fail when Andino makes a play like that?

  • First time lawng time

    That was…a bit disappointing.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      Yeah, it’s fucking Baltimore…you gots to break it open against them, right?

      • Havok9120

        They made a really good play on Grandy. Not much more you can do.

        • First time lawng time

          I don’t have a problem with that. It’s just I was expecting more from Cano because he usually does so well here.

  • Karl Krawfid

    I hate this team when runners are in scoring position.

  • RetroRob

    When Cano has a trip to Baltimore and doesn’t punish the Orioles in at least on game, he’s in a massive slump.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      The whole team’s kinda in a funk right now. Exept Jeter and Ibanez.

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it

      Robbie had a single and a double yesterday. Cut him some slack.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Bases loaded…one run.

  • William Bonney

    Wasn’t that average with RISP supposed to turn around? That was pathetic. CC’s almost done so we need runs.

    • Needed Pitching

      it’s .400 so far today

    • Jimmy McNulty

      RISP is kinda fluky, some times it seems that some players try too hard on base.

    • Havok9120

      Not the team’s fault Andino made that play. That was 2 runs taken away there.

  • Dave Miller

    Is there any team in baseball that squanders chances with runners on third like the Yankees? It drives me CRAZY!

    • TomH

      Careful, someone may cite some academically arcane statistic that demonstrates the Yankees are not at all unusual in RISP.

      • Havok9120

        You mean like, you know, how often we got hits with RISP?

    • Needed Pitching

      they were fifth best in MLB last year at runner on third w/<2outs scoring at 55%
      MLB best was 57%

      • Plank

        That’s sooooo academically arcane.

        • Needed Pitching

          I aim to please

    • pat

      They probably put the most amount of runners on third base so it stands to reason they probably leave the most on third base as well.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    I used to defend Jeter, now I’d like to see what it’s like to have a good defensive shortstop, how many of those hits would be outs. Sigh…

    • Havok9120

      Probably not enough to make up for the offensive dip if we had most of the D-first shortstops.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Off topic, but if any of you guys play MLB 12: The Show, the guys on the Operation Sports forum just released their Opening Day roster revision—full minors, full opening day 40-man.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    fuck….

  • TomH

    Take him out. Something’s wrong with this guy since late last season.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Get this man out of the game.

  • RetroRob

    On a positive note, I do have Reynolds on my fantasy team. Hey, I’m looking for anything here!

  • Kostas

    These guys look like shit tonight.

  • D-Rob da man

    Get logan up

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Crappy single past Jeter, ball singled off of CC bounced to A-Rod, stolen base on a crappy transfer by Martin. Jesus Christ CC’s getting fucked here. Next start I expect him to pitch a shutout where allows 27 booming fly balls that die at the warning track.

    • Havok9120

      He hasn’t been great, but that was a flukey inning.

  • William Bonney

    And that’s how you hit with RISP. Pathetic performance by our offense last inning and CC tonight. The big man let us down.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    I cannot wait until we comeback in this game and all these nay-sayers go on and on about how they knew we’d win all along.

    • TomH

      I don’t see “nay-sayers.” I do see people disgusted by the Yankees’ failure to cash in runners.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        And CC’s shitty luck.

      • Havok9120

        I see them. I also see people who only show up to comment on bad things and then disappear or nitpick when something good happens. The first group is not annoying. The second is.

  • Kostas

    Can’t figure out why a team of the caliber of the Yankees always plays down to the level of weak opponents like the Orioles. At least give an effort.

    • Needed Pitching

      they clearly aren’t trying and don’t care at all whether they win or lose

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Take Sabathia out… and replace him with who? You honestly want Logan and Rapada in there against practically an all right handed side?

    (What’s the innings cap for Phelps? He pitched less than three yesterday, right? You add the warm up to that… shrug.)

    • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

      I didn’t consider Hughes; bringing him in seems a bit funky to me.

    • pat

      Phelps has been a starter pretty much his whole life. I doubt he’s ever been asked to throw in a game on back to back days.

  • Pat D

    Honestly, what was ARod supposed to do with those pitches?

    • JohnnyC

      Foul them off. Spoil ‘em. Keep the AB alive. Stupid things like that.

      • Pat D

        Well, yea, foul them off. That was about it.

    • Havok9120

      Stop being reasonable. People will start thinking that that’s acceptable.

  • your mom

    Arod…..sucks.

  • JohnnyC

    Alex didn’t like any of those pitches. Will wait for one he likes. Maybe tomorrow.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    There’s MT25, swinging at a slider almost at eye-level…

  • Ethan

    Arod looks pretty bad right now

  • What the Kruk?

    lol @Teixeira.

    Helplessly flailing away…

  • STONE COLD Austin Romine

    That may have been the worst swing I’ve seen Texeria during his Yankees tenure.

    • Sdjohn

      Welp there is plenty of other horrible swings to select from unfortunately.

  • Don’tcha Know?

    Damn. Our 4 & 5 hitters are DANGEROUS! Good thing the Yanks never paid a king’s ransom for a portly prince . . .

  • D-Rob da man

    Girardi will end up blowing out CC arm here in cold weather on second start.

    • Needed Pitching

      He threw 118 pitches on April 10 in Boston last year.
      Seems like he survived that just fine.

    • Havok9120

      Alright, I definitely called this.

      Unfortunately.

  • Plank

    Mason Williams with a double. All RiverDogs now have a hit.

  • your mom

    $75 million looked like shit today.

  • William Bonney

    Ibanez saved us last night. Jeter looks good. Grandy had one good swing. Gardner has been good. What is everyone else doing? Alex looks like he’s 46. We should have dumped Teixera and signed Prince. Robbie has no protection.

    • Don’tcha Know?

      Unfortunately, I am the only one who will agree with you about Fielder. Although I would’ve advocated they sign Prince at First, move Tex to third, and DH Alex (or play musical chairs between T and A). Had they done that, World Series title #28.

      • Havok9120

        You’re both insane. You’re taking a fantastic 1Bman and a very good 3Bman away from their positions AND commiting us to another ARod contract.

      • Bunt Gardner

        The blind leading the blind…

        • Don’tcha Know?

          Haha. You’re funny. A dick, but funny.

    • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

      Robbie has no protection.

      I’m not fully convinced about this “protection” thing, but either way, that’s Girardi’s fault. That’s why your best hitter bats fourth. Why is Cano hitting third? Because A-Rod is spectacular?

      • Havok9120

        Uhhhh. Who would be protecting him if he hit 4th and how is that an improvement?

    • First time lawng time

      They’re 6 games in. Relax. They’re just going through slumps, like every other player in the MLB does multiple times throughout the year. It just so happens that they are slumping in the first week of the season, so it’s magnified, especially since everyone wants the team to get off to a strong start.

      Let’s not go around declaring certain players bad until a significant amout of playing time has passed.

    • Needed Pitching

      Tex has a full no trade clause, he wasn’t going anywhere
      Also, he almost always gets off to slow starts, it’s a bit soon to write him off

    • FIPster Doofus

      Idiot.

      • Havok9120

        Now, now, no need for that.

        • FIPster Doofus

          Sometimes there is.

          • Don’tcha Know?

            No. There really isn’t.

            • FIPster Doofus

              You’re incorrect.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    In what universe was that first pitch to Andino a ball?

  • Chen Meng Wang

    FiRE EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OUR LINEUP IS TEH SUCKZORZE!!!!!!!!!

  • Sdjohn

    Ladies and gentleman your 4-5-6 hitters. Is there any other 3 hitters in a row you would want to see less in this lineup coming up in say the 9th needing to score a run or two? If only tex and swisher would swing harder.

    • jjyank

      Sure, you can take any 3 hitters at any given time when they’re struggling and make a list of hitters who are currently hitting better. Hurrah SSS.

      • Sdjohn

        And yet the same 3 performed just as well in post season last year, and the year before.

        • jjyank

          Still SSS. Go ahead, hate the Yankees. I refuse to.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Ibanez, Martin, and Gardner. In an ideal situation, I’d want to see the top of the line up but I’d definitely want the middle of our order over the bottom third.

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

      I hear the best way to get a hit in the big leagues is to not swing hard.

      • Sdjohn

        Yes corkscrewing yourself into the ground is usually frowned upon. But hey they are putting on there “A” swing as long preaches I’m sure.

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

          Again, I hear the best way to get a hit in the big leagues is with something less than your best swing.

          • Sdjohn

            If that’s the “A” swing at this point in their careers, is Arod just gonna throw the bat at the ball when he’s 40? Or maybe he can go All Happy Gilmore and get a running start eh?

            • forensic

              I have to admit. I kinda laughed at this one.

        • Havok9120

          Long’s preaching has helped field one of the top 3 offenses over the course of his tenure. Just saying.

    • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

      Would you rather it be Chavez (.500)/Jones (.286)/Nunez (.400)? :D

  • jjyank

    I deliberately avoided the game thread tonight once I saw CC struggling…but I was drawn back. Damn RAB. They’re gonna come back ya know. I’m sure I don’t need to read through the 300+ comments to know there’s been too much negativity going on. So go positivity!

    • RetroRob

      It’s easy to ignore them because they’re not contributing.

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

    In a stunning turn of events, Sabathia completes six innings.

    62nd straight start of 5+ IP, btw.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Looks like I was wrong though…I thought he’s at least start the 7th…looks like that ain’t happening.

    • Havok9120

      He’s still a bum!!

      …..

      Yeah.

  • JohnnyC

    If CC only recognized the fact that there’s a group of infielders behind him tonight…

  • Zoso

    I don’t think they’ll be booing Tex much longer. So he’s got that going for him.

  • Karl Krawfid

    OMG 111 pitches. What must a man do!

  • First time lawng time

    You guys gotta lay off the Teixeira hate.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      But the Hater-ade is so good. It’s freakin fruit punch flavored man.

    • jjyank

      +1

      I know his BA has slipped and all, but the dude hit 39 homers last year. He’s still really good. As a Yankee fan, I like to think positively about the guys on my team.

    • Havok9120

      But his batting average! And the pop-ups! He’s a terrible hitter!!

  • teddy

    can anyone on this team hit a 3 and 1 first, jesus christ

  • Chen Meng Wang

    lulz again that Ayala is coming in during a relatively high pressure moment…

  • MrPappageorgio

    Well, CC’s velocity is down…why?

    Also, if these guys are struggling to beat the O’s, imagine what Detroit or L.A. will do to them. This is gonna get real bad real quick

    • Chen Meng Wang

      I will bet you literally any amount of money that barring an unseen major injury this team makes the playoffs.

      • MrPappageorgio

        Yeah, make the play-offs, but get bounced out by the tigers or angels in the 1st round. Again.

        • jjyank

          Well, guess the Yanks can just go home now then. Season’s over.

          …Seriously? Get over it dude. CC always pitchers better as the season goes on.

        • Needed Pitching

          Question: If you despise this team as much as you seem to, and have so little confidence in this team as you seem to, why do you bother to follow the team???

          If you’ve given up on the season already, what the hell is the point of watching the games?

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

      Oh good, the “they beat up on bad teams and can’t beat good teams” narrative. We were due for that this series.

      • MrPappageorgio

        Yeah, cause that’s what I said…

        • Havok9120

          It actually kind of is. Unless “if these guys are struggling to beat the O’s, imagine what Detroit or L.A. will do to them,” carries a different meaning than you intended.

          • MrPappageorgio

            How do you get “beat up on bad teams” out of anything I posted? The orioles are a bad team. They’re struggling mightily against them.

            • Havok9120

              Ah. So we suck even worse than that. Alright then.

              Nice talking to you.

            • jjyank

              So what? It’s April! Good teams struggle against bad teams at times throughout the season. It is a simple fact of baseball. How the second series of the year allows you to extrapolate so much information boggles my mind.

            • FIPster Doofus

              And the Rangers are struggling mightily against the Mariners. It happens – it’s baseball. Just admit you’re not making any relevant points and move on.

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

          It was implied.

    • FIPster Doofus

      You don’t think either Detroit or LA will struggle at some point against bad teams this year? Someone’s new to baseball…

      • MrPappageorgio

        Verlander > cc

        Cabrera / Prince > A-rod / Tex

        Different team man, by a long shot.

        Someone’s drinking cool-aid

        • jjyank

          I think you’re drinking the Tiger-aid. So one pitcher the Tigers have is better than one pitcher the Yankees have. Two hitters the Tigers have are better than two hitters the Yankees have.

          The other 22 men on the roster have no bearing on who the better team is? Are you serious?

        • FIPster Doofus

          Because those are the only players on either team, right?

          Someone’s taking stupid pills.

          • MrPappageorgio

            Actually, I’m being realistic. this is a different year. A different look around the league. This team is the same team that that couldn’t get past Detroit last year, and Detroit has improved since last year. With the yanks, it remains to be seen. Even if A-rod stays healthy, what will that translate to? Aging ex-steroid abusers tend to fall off pretty fast. CC is not an ace. This team doesn’t have a shutdown starter in the play-offs when other teams have 2. Compound that with Girardi’s bone-head moves and it doesn’t bode championship. Postseason, yeah. But that’ll not what this team is supposed to be about.

            • FIPster Doofus

              “CC is not an ace.”

              Your credibility after a statement like that: nonexistent.

              Ironically, the non-ace and the bonehead manager were good enough to win a championship three years ago. How soon some forget.

              • MrPappageorgio

                Tell us more about 2009… Lol, 3 years ago. Yep, maybe we can get Matsui and A.J back, we’ll win for sure

                • FIPster Doofus

                  Matsui and AJ had more to do with that championship than Sabathia, who was lights out throughout the playoffs and had a 1.98 ERA in 36.1 innings? Ha ha ha.

                  If only non-ace Sabathia could match clutch ace Verlander and his 5.57 playoff ERA. Seriously, “CC is not an ace” might be the dumbest thing anyone has ever said on this website.

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

              Too bad they don’t have a real ace like Verlander, that guy’s money when it counts.

            • Needed Pitching

              lolz

              CC’s not an ace. So there’s what … 5 or so aces in all of baseball then.

              No shut down starter for the playoffs, but your in love with the Tigers and Justin Verlander. Who’s their shutdown playoff starter. Verlander ??? He’s never had an ERA under 5 in any postseason series. In fact in his career, he has been worse than Sabathia in the postseason.

        • Needed Pitching

          point by point:

          “Verlander > cc” – maybe slightly
          “Cabrera / Prince > A-rod / Tex” – agree 100%, though I’m not sure why your comparing Tiger’s 3/4 to Yankees 4/5 hitters

          add to that:
          Other 22 guys on Yankees > other 22 guys on Tigers

          Not drinking Kool-aid, just judging teams by more than 3 players

          • MrPappageorgio

            You are straight up chugging Jim Jones personal personal cool-aid stash if you think Verlander is “maybe slightly better than CC”.

            Pitching wins the postseason usually, and the tigers staff is much better than the yanks. So is the angels, and the Rays.

            And fine, Cabrera and prince are better than cano and Alex.

            • FIPster Doofus

              “Pitching wins the postseason usually”

              I guess that explains why Verlander, with his near-6.00 playoff ERA, has never helped lead the Tigers to a championship.

            • Needed Pitching

              Verlander postseason ERA – 5.57
              Sabathia postseason ERA – 4.81

              “Pitching wins the postseason usually, and the tigers staff is much better than the yanks. So is the angels, and the Rays.”

              Which is why those teams, and the Phillies, all shared the WS last season. Angels and Rays definitely have a better rotation, but also weaker bullpens.

              And Yankees pitching overall > Tiger’s pitching last year, and the Yankees will likely be better again this year. Verlander will likely be better than any other pitcher on the Yankees this year. Unfortunately for the Tigers, he can’t pitch everyday, and so far he has sucked in the postseason.

              Feel free to switch allegiances to the Tigers though, since you like them so much.

        • CP

          I disagree about the first point, and would like to point out that there are more than 3 people on a baseball team.

        • FIPster Doofus

          BTW, two can play this game. Allow me to randomly cherrypick three players of my choosing:

          Cano > Raburn
          Granderson > Jackson
          Swisher > Boesch

  • Plank

    I feel like they are going to man-handle Ayala.

    • Plank

      Apologies for the ladies in the crowd…person-handle.

      • Havok9120

        Good stuff, this.

      • First time lawng time

        As a lady I can honestly say that “man-handle” does not offend me. When I see “man” in that sort of context, I interpret it as “human.”

        I do know that there are girls, though, who take that stuff way too seriously and literally. No offense to them, but they need to get over it. It’s just an expression; it’s not an attack on gender equality, so calm down.

    • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

      Correct!

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it

      Props to Plank

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

    Granderson with the B swing!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Grandy!

  • Needed Pitching

    damn Granderson

    ruining the narrative

  • Monterowasdinero

    The Grandymancan!

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Wow, that pitch was way outside and Granderson rode with it. Can they teach Teixeira to do that?

    (No.)

  • Ethan

    Wow a hit with RISP!!

    • Sdjohn

      It was nice, but from what I’m getting is even though it’s a Yankee blog the natives get a little restless unless everything you type is pro yankee. Don’t mention bad swings or the failures and certainly don’t mention the Yankees are currently struggl– cuz that really gets em goin. Ooops did I type that out loud? My bad mike.

      • Havok9120

        Sigh.

        Disagreeing with you and calling you an alarmist for extrapolating 6 games for an entire season is not unreasonable. If you don’t want people to type back to you, often in disagreement, then don’t comment. Most of us are polite enough (we’ll mock you just like you do us if you get too crazy) and use statistics more than anecdotes. Pardon us for that.

        Good evening.

  • Tom

    For a guy that strikes out a lot, that was one heck of a 2 strike approach by Granderson.

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

    Damn, Cano used his A swing. That was a C swing situation.

    • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

      IF ONLY HE WOULD SWING EVEN HARDER.

      • Chen Meng Wang

        +1

    • Sdjohn

      See mike your getting it.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Heard this: Girardi will bring in Rapada if the game is tied in the ninth, will tell him to throw batting practice.

  • RetroRob

    Come on, Robbie. They’re wearing Orioles uniforms. You love the site of Baltimore unis. Crush.

  • Chen Meng Wang

    I obviously want the Yankees to win this game…but I’d rather loose in regulation than go to extra innings again…

    • pat

      Nope. Day off tomorrow. Win today.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Jesus Montero has developed some unfortunate Euro-like facial hair.

  • Plank

    Here’s some trivia:

    Melido Perez was second in the AL in 1992 with 218 Ks. Who was first?

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

      Cone?

      • Plank

        He was a Met for most of that year. It’s a future ex-Yankee.

    • jjyank

      Randy Johnson?

      • Plank

        Bingo.

        • Plank

          In his age 28 year. Just before he broke out as a legit ace. He always had the Ks, but the next season he was able to get the walks under control and the rest is history.

        • jjyank

          Ha he’s usually a safe bet for strikeout leaders in the 90’s.

          • Plank

            A few months ago I was wandering around bb-ref and I was amazed at how good Kevin Appier was in the 90’s. After RJ, Clemens, Maddux, and Pedro, a case can be made that he was the next best pitcher of that decade.

  • Tom

    Girardi found his new 7th inning guy!

    Would like to see Arod and Tex quiet some of the folks around here (it would also potentially give the Yankees 2 LOOGY’s two out of their 3 wins)

    • DAiello18

      I must have blacked out. There was no was LOOGY was actually useful. Was i dreaming?

      • Havok9120

        Logan had a good 7th.

  • flamingo

    Just got back in and missed part of the game – was CC struggling because of location, because he didn’t have his fastball, or because he was getting squeezed?

    • Havok9120

      Fastball was all over the place. In the strike zone, but not where he wanted it. Slider was so-so. Changeup was quite good tonight tho.

      The strikezone was crud early (haven’t paid attention lately) and didn’t help, but CC was off. His big problem was out of the stretch. In the windup he looked good.

  • SevenAces

    Logan, not just a LOOGY.

  • Greg

    Like this move. Get the speed on base

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Thanks for the deflection Andiño!

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    Not a fan of these veggie juices….

    • Don’tcha Know?

      Jeff Karstens is a stone cold fox!

    • Havok9120

      That thing sounded great off the bat tho, and sure looked nice. Not sure if it wasnt hit as well as it sounded or if the wind caught it. Hm.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Swisher seems obsessed with picking on the first pitch.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    The Nunez pinch-run is a win-win by Girardi: Nunez has speed and he also enjoys committing errors, so if the Yanks don’t score the Birds will.

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

    Eddie!

  • RetroRob

    That was one of the worst slides I’ve seen in a while.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Wooooooo, I’ll take it!

  • jjyank

    Great base running by Nunez! Heads up play.

  • Karl Krawfid

    The way Swish is going, he won’t make any money next year.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Swish you suck, couldn’t even put it in play

  • Sabathiasgut

    Bullshit call

  • Zoso

    Laz Diaz, go eat a bag of dicks.

    • DAiello18

      +1

    • MrPappageorgio

      Does he have to eat the whole bag at once, or take out each dick and eat them individually?

  • V

    Ken, shut up, that was outside.

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    Gonna need some sweet sweet Coltrane!

  • William Bonney

    Brilliant. Not as good as Johnnys double steal but still pretty good.

  • jjyank

    Ha, who thought Ibanez would be getting IBB’ed after watching his spring training? Love it.

  • pat

    Ibanez is such a stat padder.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Martin will get a hit.

    • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

      I lied, sorry guys.

  • DAiello18

    What a horsecrap call that was. Holy hell. That wasn’t even a good job of framing Wieters had to reach up and away. If that’s not a giveaway I don’t know what was.

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

    Ibanez now leads the Yankees in stolen bases.

    • jjyank

      Gardner is on my fantasy team. Maybe I should drop him for Ibanez haha

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Ibanez with more stolen bases than Gardner

  • jjyank

    Also, who thought Ibanez would have two stolen bases? haha

  • Eirias

    Seriously, Sterling? His peregrination around the mound?

  • Karl Krawfid

    Jesus Christ.

  • RetroRob

    So in today’s 2012 news:

    8.7 magnitude quake off Indonesia.
    7.0 magnitude quake off Mexico.
    5.9 magnitude quake off Oregon.

    I now return you to our baseball game.

    • Havok9120

      DOOOOOOOMED!!

      And with the Yankees.

    • Don’tcha Know?

      There was also an 8.2 around Indonesia as well. Am I the only one connecting the dots to 12/21/12?

  • Greg

    Yankees 3-9 with RISP

  • Don’tcha Know?

    6 games of RISP Fail . . . Not much fun to watch.

    • pat

      .333 today. That’s…. bad?

      • Don’tcha Know?

        Considering the opportunities and men at the plate, yeah, I’d say that’s less than expected.

        • pat

          The Cardinals led all of baseball last year hitting .290 w/RISP.

    • Greg

      Eh .333 with RISP this game is okay. If we lose the blame goes to CC.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Can’t anybody here play this game?

  • William Bonney

    Swisher has to at least swing at the ball on 3-2, close pitch. Runner on 3rd, 1 out. Make contact. He’s worthless. And now Nunez is in on defense. We’re out of pitchers. This is a nightmare.

    • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

      You’ve forgotten our lights-out man, Mr. Rapada.

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

      A nightmare? You’ll forget this game even happened by the weekend.

      • Don’tcha Know?

        Like most actual nightmares . . .

    • Havok9120

      http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....8;s_type=3

      Close, that ain’t. A guy with an eye like Swish’s (and even his detractors have to admit he has a good one) doesn’t swing at that.

  • The Scheister

    STRIKE ZONE fail, this is awful.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Well I guess Soriano’s broken nail is fine.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Robinson Cano oh my lord

  • jjyank

    WOW. I thought people thought Robbie was bad at defense?

  • Sabathiasgut

    Crazy good

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Cano’s sexy and he knows it.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Oh my lord Cano

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Boone Logan = the only guy who can get Wieters out.

  • tony

    Boone Logan = ROOGY

  • pistol pete

    Some idiotic defensive measure had Cano in the bottom half of second basemen. I hope someone sends them the tape of that last play. It was incredible. I’ll go so far as to say he’s the best fielding second baseman in the game. No doubt has the best arm, incredible play, love Cano.

    • Don’tcha Know?

      Hey. Hey! HEY! Didn’t you know that Pedey’s the wicked tits?! The best guhdamn baseball playuh evuhhh!!! Gud lawd.

    • jjyank

      I love Robbie and his defense. I wouldn’t say the best, but I believe he is top 5. His defense is severly underrated by non-Yankee fans.

      I read the comments in the post mike wrote over at MLBTR about Cano as a extension candidate, and people were saying that Cano’s defense is mediocre and below average. The obviously don’t watch him play.

  • RetroRob

    I oddly have less concern with Logan pitching as a general, all-purpose reliever I live in fear of him being used as a LOOGY.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Good job, Boone. Even if we lose, I will remember you and your weapons-grade slider.

  • Kevin G.

    Michael Kay: “I know it’s early, but CC looks sharp.”

    *Shit hits fan*

    • J

      Lol, Kay has no gauge of these things at all. How many times did we hear that after AJ got through the first inning? Could tell right off the bat he didn’t have his stuff.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Girardi let’s Logan face Wieters and Reynolds but takes him out because he’s afraid of…….Ronnie Paulino?

    • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

      No, it’s probably just a pitch count thing.

      • J

        Also, Paulino has a pretty drastic split

        • I’m sexy and I Cano it

          But you gotta save Soriano for the ninth don’t you? And Logan was on a roll.

    • jjyank

      Could be a pitch count thing, I dunno.

  • Ethan

    Every play with Nunez is an adventure

  • jjyank

    Nunez, it is always an adventure.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Nunie always an adventure

  • Needed Pitching

    Nunez … yikes

  • Greg

    Wow. nothing original about Nunez here. 3 straight adventure statements

  • pat

    I don’t have a video feed, but something tells me Nunez just had an adventurous play.. hahah.

    • Havok9120

      Iknorite?

      Its like we all have a script.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    At this point you just have to laugh when a ball goes toward Nunez.

  • Randi B

    Nunez is like a box of chocolates…..

    lol

  • Havok9120

    Stupid feed cut out and I apparently missed the greatest 2B play ever.

    Sigh.

  • tony

    Lets go Gardner. work a walk

  • Don’tcha Know?

    Ayala may get ragged on quite a bit, but, so far, he’s kept the Yankees in check. Although, that may not be such a gargantuan task this early in the season.

  • The Scheister

    Greggs about to get got.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Remember when Kevin Gregg beat up David Ortiz?

    • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

      http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......9&v=3

      Nothing better than watching baseball players attempt to throw punches.

      • Karl Krawfid

        haha

      • JAG

        Best part about this clip? The Red Sox ended the inning on themselves because the runner on 3rd abandoned 3rd base so that he could get in on the hugging match.

        If only that was a deciding factor…

  • RetroRob

    I’m thinking what the Yankees really need tonight is a nice 16-inning game.

    • jjyank

      I’m really not sure what would happen in that scenario. I guess Hughes pitchers for the Yanks, but it would be ugly for both teams.

      • RetroRob

        I guess there’s always Swisher for the 17th.

        This game is now starting to have that feel of extra innings, where whoever is out on the mound starts throwing up goose eggs, as the hitters swing for the fences.

        • jjyank

          So we’re good then. Swisher has a 0.00 ERA!

  • Sabathiasgut

    Wonder what the percentage of gardners strikeouts are looking

  • The Scheister

    They just have to swing at the ball away, no? You know its bad when the O’s play by play guys are moaning about a Yankee K.

    • Havok9120

      They’ve been doing that all week. They were very even handed with the crummy strike zone this series.

  • Plank

    That was a sweet spin move by Gardener fouling off the 3-2 pitch. Michael Jackson would be proud.

  • jjyank

    Ok, so if the game goes into extras, just might have to pitch. If that happens, who takes his next start if he can’t? Do they switch Phelps and Hughes for one rotation turn?

    • jjyank

      “if the game foes into extras, *Hughes might have to pitch.” Sorry about that.

  • Karl Krawfid

    OMG Torii Hunter.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday.....de=gameday

    Look at the Twins/Angels latest highlight lol

    • tony

      That cheered me right up

    • jjyank

      Hahaha wow that is golden.

    • Don’tcha Know?

      Wait. I’m confused. I thought Torii was one of the good guys.

    • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

      That is some wahjah stuff right there man.

  • Don’tcha Know?

    Last I checked, Kevin Gregg wasn’t THAT good. C’mon boys (and Raul)!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Nice another check swing by Granderson in a hitters count.

    • Havok9120

      I like how we have one group on about too many half swings and one group on about too many full swings.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    What’s up with these delayed strike calls from Laz Diaz? Who does he think he is, Tim McClelland?

  • jjyank

    Did Mo just pitch last night, or did he also pitch the day before? Trying to figure out who pitches if the Yankees can get the lead in the top half of an inning if we go to extras.

    • Havok9120

      He’s pitched the last 2 days.

  • Pinstripes in Cali

    Soriano=Steinbrenners don’t get to make any more baseball-related decisions

  • Sabathiasgut

    Giardi feverishly looking at his notebook. Hilarious

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Girardi has some nice color-coded charts there. Do you think Girardi spends time in Excel? I guess they just have some assistants do that stuff.

  • Sabathiasgut

    No hit in this series, get ready for the walk off

  • Ethan

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO IBB

  • RetroRob

    Uncomfortable with this move.

  • Randi B

    They’re going to IBB Markakis???? HUH????

  • Cy Pettitte

    Binderball

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Binder says walk Markakis!

  • tony

    just stupid

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

    This is the dumbest IBB ever.

    • Greg

      And it worked

  • Don’tcha Know?

    So, out of three games . . . How many times have the bases been intentionally loaded in the bottom of the ninth?

    • Don’tcha Know?

      6, sorry.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Well, we certainly know Girardi doesn’t read this blog.

    • Havok9120

      Thank God.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Gotta have those righty-lefty match ups. I guess Girardi doesn’t want this to go into extras.

  • V

    Gonna walk in the run. Weeee.

  • Greg

    This is a better move than walking S. Rodriguez

  • tony

    good start by laz diaz

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    this game is over

  • V

    wow

  • Randi B

    Binder Joe gets it right!!!! How about that!!!

  • Ethan

    woah girardi was right wtf?

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Errr…ummmmm, we never doubted you, Raffy!

  • Sabathiasgut

    Girardi is a genius!

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Soriano to Girardi: you may want to lose this game to avoid extra innings but I do not.

  • RetroRob

    I mean, what I meant to writes was, brilliant move.

  • jjyank

    Well it worked. Guess the binder isn’t useless?

  • tony

    horrible process – good result?

  • Cy Pettitte

    bad process, good results

    MFIKY’d

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

    That strikeout will only encourage Girardi to do it again.

  • Hall and Nokes

    That was certainly foolish of Jones to swing at ball 2. Had a good feeling after that.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Girardi is a jackass for walking he bases loaded after Soriano just walked a guy on 4 pitches even though it worked out OK.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Girardi is studying hard to become the next Bob Brenly.

  • tony

    last year was horrible bunting decisions. I hope this year isnt the year of horrible IBB decisions

  • Zack

    If we had just been able to score with the people left on,this game would be done already.
    Our offense is putrid,simply putrid.

    • jjyank

      Just…no. The second best (and largely unchanged) offense last year is..putrid? Right, I forgot that 5-6 games determines the rest of the season.

  • Tom

    Nice job by Soriano…. got away with that 1-1 fastball down the middle, but that was some pretty good pitching (esp the approach to Andino as they just kept going up the ladder and didn’t mess around with a slider)

    Go one more with with Soriano?

  • William Bonney

    Joe is a genius. He knew Soriano could get Jones to swing at his wild heat. The guy just knows baseball.

  • Pinstripes in Cali

    why was nunez trying to bunt?

  • Needed Pitching

    wtf Nunez

  • Plank

    The IBB didn’t bother me.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Nunie….

  • tony

    This game is like a car crash. Just so ugly, but I can’t look away

  • Greg

    He’s safe. That’s a bad call

  • Don’tcha Know?

    HAHAHAHAHA!

  • jjyank

    Ah DAMN IT Nunez. I try to defend you, and you reward my efforts by getting thrown out on the bases in the 10th inning.

  • Pinstripes in Cali

    wtf…
    .
    .
    .
    .
    dfa

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    I was about to praise Nunez but then he got picked off. That’s not exactly Andy Pettitte picking-off out there.

  • Sabathiasgut

    Stupid

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Nunez looked safe. Umpire was just appealing to the home crowd.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Real stupid of Nunez to not get picked off like that.

  • Tom

    I’ve been critical of Girardi… but that IBB was not a bad call.. Soriano is much better against righties.

    Folks also need to keep in mind Adam Jones is one of the least patient hitters in baseball and walks less than 5% of the time. Yes you introduce the risk of walking in a run, but Jones is the ideal guy to be facing (as you saw with him chasing the 1-0 pitch)

    • jjyank

      I’m inclined to agree. Everyone likes to make fun of the binder, but what is the binder really? Just a collection of statistics? What if that collection of statistics suggested that facing Jones offered a greater chance for success? I’m not saying that it was a 100% defensible move, but the idea has more merit than the commenters here are giving it.

      • Tom

        And to drive the point home further:

        Vlad, Alfonso Soriano, Miguel Olivo

        Question: Who are the only hitters in baseball last year to swing at a higher % of pitches out of the strikezone than Adam Jones.

  • Sabathiasgut

    The ump was right there and still missed the call

  • The Scheister

    These umps are terrible.

  • Ethan

    Damn it Nunez!!!!!!

  • V

    Opposite field!

  • Sabathiasgut

    Beat the shift!

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Nunie would have scored on that.

    • Greg

      Fallacy of the predetermined outcome

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        Guilty as charged. Scroll down, I did it again with Betances.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        Nunie would have scored on that one too ;)

  • Cy Pettitte

    beat the shift!

  • jjyank

    Fallacy of the predetermined outcome I know…but if Nunez doesn’t get thrown out, he might have scored.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    HE WENT OPPOSITE FIELD

  • Don’tcha Know?

    I can’t see the game but someone is going to have to tell me whether or not Swisher is swinging out of his shoes to “end” the game.

    • V

      Just needs a single.

      • V

        Didn’t look like he was swinging out of his shoes…

      • Don’tcha Know?

        Haha. He swung out of his shoes and it worked for a change . . . I bow my head to you, Sir Swish.

        • V

          Um, what part of ‘it didn’t look like he ‘swung out of his shoes” did you not understand? Was a pretty solid, clean, homerun swing.

  • tony

    Now imagine the ump didnt screw up and that happened

  • William Bonney

    Someone tell Nunez he ain’t Brett Gardner. Joe needs to reign him in.

    • Havok9120

      Oh stop. He was 22 for 26 or something like that last season. Dude has wheels and a good eye.

  • Pinstripes in Cali

    the orioles look like the keystone cops on the field.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Based on the way Betances pitched today, guess it’s good he’s not the guy warming up in the bullpen right now.

  • The Scheister

    Cmon Swish! Pretend the bases are empty in the third!

  • Dela G

    hehehe tex!

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    NICHOLAS SWISHER

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

    Garbage time!

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Hahah

    • Havok9120

      Good stuff.

  • Dela G

    WOOOOOO!!!! SWISHA!!!

  • tony

    Garbage Time!

  • Greg

    GOODBYE!

  • flamingo

    SWISHER!

  • Needed Pitching

    fucking Swisher never ever gets a meaningful hit…

    Oh wait

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Swishalicious.

  • jjyank

    SWISHER!!!! Oh wait, nevermind. That was garbage time, almost forgot.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Swisher? In the clutch??????????

  • pat

    Fucking Swisher is such a piece of shit. Hate that mofo.

  • sangreal

    more stat padding for Swisher

  • Cy Pettitte

    Swish! redemption

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Meaningless HR by Swisher, as always.

  • Sabathiasgut

    Swish

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Garbage time homerun.

  • thekid

    Swish homers, must be garbage time…

  • The Scheister

    My man!

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Boy, that Swisher only produces in Garbage Time………

    • JoeG

      He only hit it cuz he had Tex on base so he cud get an xtra RBI.. You know, so he cud pad his stats… His teammates recognized the selfishness of that play and gave him the slap treatment…

  • Chip

    Garbage time homer

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      This meme continues all year…I can tell.

      • Needed Pitching

        may as well
        you know the Swish can’t hit in the clutch meme will continue all year as well

        • thekid

          I mean, why not? It’s enjoyable…

  • jjyank

    That was awesome. We couldn’t let this game drag out too much, off day tomorrow or no, that’s huge for the bullpen to end it sooner rather than later.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Nick Swish to me: “F U Pay me”

    • JobaWockeeZ

      They can’t though.

  • William Bonney

    Swisher redeems himself.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    So. I just stopped by.

    What’s going on in the game tonight?

    :)

    • Havok9120

      Hahahahaha

      You got me. That was funny.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    This Mariano Rivera kid better not blow this.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    See above for about 20 commenters (myself included) coming up with the same Nick Swisher joke at the exact same time.

    • jjyank

      Cuso would not approve.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    The vast amount of “garbage time” comments cause this page to reload at dial up like speeds. Love it.

  • jjyank

    I love you Mo. Blown save on opening day or not, it just feels so damn good to sit back and have you come into the game. I feel so sorry for every other team in baseball for the last decade and a half.

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Girardi lifted Nunez for Chavez.

    Good move by Girardi.

    Real vote of confidence for Nunez! :D

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Who was the person who said Swisher only gets homers in garbage time?

    • Havok9120

      Cuso.

  • Havok9120

    That was a Garbage Time homerun. Damn you Swisher.

  • Sabathiasgut

    Now the strike zone shrinks

  • Preston

    Swisher can never get a hit when it’s important.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yankees are clutch this year.

    Only late in games though.

  • Ethan

    Is Mo’s velocity down a bit? He’s usually sitting around 91-92 but seems to be 88-90 his last couple of outings.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Third game in a row man.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      He must be a overweight. Send him to fat camp with Pineda.

    • Havok9120

      Last year was more 90-91, and that was in summer. We’ll see if it comes back.

      Or if it matters.

    • RetroRob

      Nope. It’s right where it was last year at the same time, even a tick ahead.

  • tony

    Hopefully the Yankees don’t get this umpiring crew for the rest of the year. They have been pitiful

  • mike_h

    sweep!!!!!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I’m somewhat honored for being responsible for “garbage time.”

    That’s two years in a row since believe it or not I coined “Stat padding” as well.

  • The Scheister

    Gotta love the shrinking strike zone.

  • Needed Pitching

    thank goodness for defensive replacements

  • tony

    imagine nunez trying to make that play

  • Sabathiasgut

    Nunez does not make that play

    • Havok9120

      Wait, so Girardi was right again?

  • jjyank

    Wow, real glad Chavez was in there and not Nunez.

  • tony

    jesus christ. these are down the middle. whats wrong with the ump

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Bullpen could really use the day off tomorrow. HOW THE FUCK WAS THAT NOT STRIKE THREE GODDAMNIT!!!!!!!!!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Yanks won. You can log off until the next loss now, Jimmy.

      • I’m sexy and I Cano it

        Your screename makes me hungry for some fried tilapia, mmmmmmmmmm.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        The pen’s been used pretty heavily the past two nights, and Mo got fucked on a final strike three call to end the game…where is that rooting for the loss?

        Oh wait, that’s my mistake, I assumed you knew how to read and form a coherent thought. That’s my fault, I forgot you’re just a mindless homer that always insinuates that nothing is wrong. CC, Granderson, and Cano could break their legs in a car crash and you’d still say they have a shot at the Wild Card.

  • The Scheister

    C’mon Mo, throw strike 4!

  • FIPster Doofus

    Why is the ump squeezing the best ever? How you gonna choke a legend?

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    3rd straight day and he’s throwing harder than he did yesterday. Amazing.

  • Needed Pitching

    I ? Mo

  • flamingo

    SWEEP!

  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q8RFNa3jDuU1oiw_aTiNs7N9SjwYgFJ-U_UPaUrlpA8/edit Johnny

    Apart from the IBB, this was a solid game for Girardi. Well done, Skip.

    • Havok9120

      And even that isn’t a call I’d disagree with. Jones likes to hack.

  • jjyank

    Hell yeah. Good game guys. Nothing erases a wept-by quite like sweeping someone else. Bring on Pujols and the Angels.

  • Dela G

    Yankees win!!

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    That was a sweep but it sure wasn’t easy.

    • Havok9120

      It’ll all look the same in September.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Headed home .500. Not bad Yankees, not bad. David Phelps could use the time off, he’ll have some damage to do this weekend. Also, Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira…wow, you can go from goat to god by the end of the night.

    • RetroRob

      …which is the beauty of this game called base ball.

  • flamingo

    Curtis on with Susan now – he’s a class act.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    This team looks old and tired or something.

    • Havok9120

      Blah blah old, blah blah RISP fail, blah blah v-lo, something something inconsistent…

  • Dan in Atlanta

    Some team is looking awfully gritty and gutty for this early in the season.

    2012 Yankees, winning and breaking down sportswriters racially biased cliches. Now start winning earlier so I don’t need five cups of coffee at work every day.

  • William Bonney

    I always knew we’d pull this one out. CC sure gutted out a gritty performance. What a game. What a team.

    • Havok9120

      You amuse me.

  • Total Dominication

    Logan was the pog for me.

    • Havok9120

      Came up when we needed him.