Game 25: The Search for Offense

Transactions: Eric Chavez, Jayson Nix, Joba Chamberlain
Update: Rivera taken off field with apparent right leg injury
(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

We’re not used to the Yankees not scoring runs ’round these parts, so it becomes painfully obvious rather quickly when the team is in a collective offensive slump. I suppose the good news is that over the last few years, the Yankees are 23-8 in games immediately following a shutout loss (via Mark Feinsand). If only had was meaningful in some way. Here’s the lineup, which looks quite a bit like last year’s primary setup…

DH Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
1B Mark Teixeira
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
RF Andruw Jones
SS Eduardo Nunez
Russell Martin
LF Jayson Nix

RHP David Phelps

Tonight’s game starts at 8:10pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Try to enjoy.

Nick Swisher Update: Swisher will take some swings in the cage today and if he comes through that well, he’ll do some running tomorrow for the first time since feeling his hamstring grab over the weekend.

Mariano Rivera Update: The Yanks’ closer hurt his right knee during batting practice. We’ll have updates in this thread as they become available.

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Transactions: Eric Chavez, Jayson Nix, Joba Chamberlain
Update: Rivera taken off field with apparent right leg injury
  • Greg

    Should I press the doom button yet?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Apparently you belong in diapers according to the site’s logic.

      • jjyank

        No…the site’s logic is simply to wait for a real prognosis before jumping off the bridge.

      • Don’tcha Know?

        Haha. I know. I cannot stand Tilapia and JJYank. They’re unbearable. You’re either a child, troll, or “fucking idiot” . . .

        • jjyank

          or maybe just someone who doesn’t overreact before knowing the facts? Crazy, I know.

  • forensic

    Ugh, Singleton and Cone. The only thing to make it more boring would be adding Flaherty too.

    • sangreal

      I love Singleton and Cone, but not for play by play. I actually enjoy Kay’s calls unlike most of RAB

      • forensic

        I like Kay too. My favorite is Leiter though.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Singleton and Cone = YES’ best possible announcing team, IMO.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    I posted this in the other thread, but I know it will get more response here: Absolute worst case scenario: Mo tore a ligament in his knee and is done for the year, and possibly forever. Result of worst possible scenario: Me being horribly sad that one of my all time favorite players loses his career to injury, and our bullpen goes from being the hands down best in the league to just one of the best.

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it

      If it makes you feel better, I absolutely love your blog.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        Haha, thank you very much :) I like to think it’s awesome.

    • Pinstripes In Cali

      Agreed, at this point, and no disrespect meant to the greatest closer of all time and all, but Mo is not central to this bullpen.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      btw, listening to Waldman explain Mo’s injury, You’d think he died.

      • forensic

        THat’s very unsurprising. I’m surprised she’s not sobbing uncontrollably too.

      • Pinstripes In Cali

        Well, don’t you think that anything more severe than a strain means the end of his career?

        • Professor Longnose

          That would be up to Rivera. If he was motivated to rehab and come back, he could. If he’s already decided to retire, he must just say the heck with it.

          • Professor Longnose

            I meant to say “might,” not “must.”

  • Pinstripes In Cali

    When Singleton says the whole lineups-first pitch-baseball thing, it’s really not nearly as effective as Kay.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    win one for mo

  • Nathan

    For a second I thought “Why is there a Mussina picture?”.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    at least during the regular season, haha

  • joek

    Is gameday right ? Is Duffy really throwing 99?

    • RkyMtnYank

      I saw 97, but, throwing a change to Jeter to speed up his bat when he was late on everything was a mistake.

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

      The PitchFX system in KC is a few MPH hot for some reason. They can’t figure it out, have replaced the system and everything. Phelps is going to come out throwing 94-96 and everyone will get excited.

      Duffy does throw hard through, he’s around 95 usually.

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        that is really crazy, i think i remember joba lighting it up there too. it is amazing that no one can figure that out though

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

          I went to an event where one of MLBAM’s guys spoke, and he said they’ve tried everything. They replaced the equipment, the software, then ripped out the whole thing two winters ago and it’s still off.

          • Bartolo’s Colon

            how do they actually know its off? just from what the pitchers average in other parks. is it possible that the ball just travels faster there? probably not but it would be cool

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

              Yeah, everyone’s fastball at KC is 2-4 mph than everywhere else.

              • Bartolo’s Colon

                is it that much crazier than all guns working everywhere else but there. like i said probably not, but it would be cool

      • Pat D

        It’s gotta have something to do with the atmosphere or stadium conditions or jet stream or something like that then, right?

      • forensic

        I wish you could tell Singleton and Cone that so they would stop reacting to the velocities.

        • forensic

          On Sunday they’ll be going nuts thinking that Hughes has suddenly refound his 96 mph fastball too.

          • MannyGeee

            Quick, get Freddy back in the rotation for Saturday, imagine what he could do if his 2 seamer touched 92….. OK 87

  • forensic

    Thanks for calling that tag up about 7 minutes after it happened Kenny.

  • Professor Longnose

    Hey, everyone, how ab out some “Ha ha! A. J. sucks”?

  • forensic

    Singleton is way too obsessed with how people look in BP. Everyone looks great in BP.

    • MannyGeee

      Except for MO appparantly.

      You’re right, too soon. Couldn’t resist.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    weak

  • RkyMtnYank

    damn that was a nice third pitch

  • Erica

    I SWEAR TO GOD NUNEZ

    • forensic

      He wasn’t getting him anyway, it doesn’t matter.

      • Erica

        I know, I know, I know. I’m just feeling a lot of feelings right now.

    • Pinstripes In Cali

      Hahahahahahah yeah

  • forensic

    Cano has now struckout in 6 straight games for the first time since May of 2007. He just has no idea what he’s doing up there right now.

  • Professor Longnose

    Welcome to 2012 Yankee infield defense, Phelps.

  • Athenian

    The upside of the first inning is that the hitting is not just an issue at home.

    Now with Rivera out – it will be for the year with an ACL – things look more positive by the day.

  • Pat D

    Well he’s already better than Ibanez.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Hey look at that, there’s an outfielder out there!

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Good thing Nunez wasn’t playing LF. He would’ve turned that into an inside the parker.

    • jjyank

      Heh or Ibanez.

      • Jimmy Jam

        If it was Ibanez, 10 runs would have scored on one play.

  • Jimmy Jam

    Nice catch, rook!

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Phelps is nervous.

  • forensic

    This is going well…

  • FIPster Doofus

    The way things are going, I’m surprised Phelps didn’t tear his ACL on that.

  • forensic

    That was some swing there Butler.

  • Professor Longnose

    Phelps’s first big sK as a starter! Nice!

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    That was an ugly hack by Butler. It’s hard to believe that guy’s only 26. He looks like he could be 32.

  • flamingo

    Way to settle down, Phelps!

  • Zooboy

    Nunez made a play! Nunez made a play!

    • Jimmy Jam

      I believe that’s one of the signs of the apocalypse.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    david Phelps: Hall of Famer

  • chcmh

    If the ball goes to left I’m nervous, if it goes to short I’m nervous, if it goes to right I’m nervous, now if it goes from the mound to first base OR the plate I’m nervous. I’m okay though if the ball boy picks up the foul balls.

    • Professor Longnose

      Brett Gardner on crutches would be better than Ibanez.

      • jjyank

        I’m sticking to the “ham sandwich” assertion I made last night.

        • Professor Longnose

          Is that the old “What’s better, complete happiness in life or a ham sandwich?” thing?

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

    Apparently, the KC ballpark is bound and determined to break all our pitchers knees.

  • forensic

    They show that video and talk about Phelps in the background. I’m looking more at Tex talking to Long and looking completely lost at what’s happening with his swing.

  • Tom

    Martin needs to work the count here…

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it

      Martin just shoved shit down the throat of your comment.

    • Tom

      ….And he pops up the 2nd pitch.

      So after 22 pitches in the first inning, they make him throw 6… ridiculous

  • The Dude

    I think the Yankees are trying to break the record for least time in to make three outs.

  • flamingo

    That was a really fast 1-2-3. Ugh.

  • handtius

    so, anyone call for phelps’ head yet?

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it

      Right on cue…

    • Pinstripes In Cali

      Gave up a dead center homer? Back to AA!

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        AA’s too good for him. he needs to be released from the organization and forced to pitch in a soft tossing softball league! it’s obviously all he can handle.

    • handtius

      wow…a solo homerun. he’s doomed…

  • Pinstripes In Cali

    That new reporter gal, Monica or whoever, kinda sucks.

    • forensic

      Meredith, and yes she does. She’s actually worse than Kim Jones, which isn’t easy to do.

      • I’m sexy and I Cano it

        She’s about 25% hotter though, so there’s that.

        • Pinstripes In Cali

          Shes also about 25% younger, which basically negates that. If they were the same age, Kim woulda been much hotter.

          • I’m sexy and I Cano it

            That actually makes sense. Kim Jones was actually pretty good looking for her age (I’m assuming she’s in her mid-forties).

      • RkyMtnYank

        She’s much hotter than Kim though, which is basically the whole point.

        • forensic

          Eh, I didn’t find either one of them attractive.

    • sangreal

      Kim Jones 2? She calls Mariano mary-anne-oh

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Shit, I’m not even watching the game and from the sound I knew that was gone off the bat.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Talking to my friend on FB about the Rivera injury, and he said “master of the split finger fastball. love that freakin pitch.” I don’t even now how to respond…

    • Widget

      De-friend them and pretend you never knew them.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        I mean, this is possibly my only recourse.

    • Pinstripes In Cali

      Hahahhahahahah. Rivera wouldn’t know how to throw a splitter if his life depended on it. You should respond about how McGwire was the master of the triple, while Clemens got by on guile and wit with his low-speed junk.

    • MannyGeee

      He’s fucking with you… Tell me he’s fucking with you…

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        No, he’s not really a baseball guy, he’s more of a basketball I explained to him that calling Mo master of a splitter is the equivalent of calling Steve Novak master of the 18 footer, and explained the difference between a splitter and cutter visa vie speed and break.

  • Pinstripes In Cali

    Aaaaaaand now Phelps shits the bed…………

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      or come back from 3-0 to strike the guy out.

    • handtius

      knew someone would give it to him after giving up run. he’s not going to be mussina out there. he’s going to give up a few runs.

  • flamingo

    He worked back from 3-0 – niiiiice.

  • Athenian

    That may be a hole the Yanks can’t get out of.

    • Don’tcha Know?

      You know it’s true too . . .

  • The Dude

    Fastballs to Moustakas are ill advised. Would’ve thrown him anything but…

  • GardnergoesYardner

    Singleton/Cone booth is such a nice weekend treat.

    Top 3 Booths (Feel free to rank your own)
    1. Kay/Leiter/O’Neill
    2.Singleton/Cone
    3. Kay/O’Neill/Flaherty

    Worst
    1. Kay/Singleton
    2. Lorenz/Flaherty
    3. Kay/Flaherty

    • jjyank

      Best is Singleton/Cone/O’neil in my opinion. I don’t dislike Kay, he’s way better than many other teams’ primary play-by-play guy, but that’s my preferred trio.

  • Don’tcha Know?

    Getting beat by the Royals in KC. Ouch. Should they lose this series we’ll be hearing quite a bit about rocky bottoms.

    • RkyMtnYank

      It’s the second inning of the first game, you should probably stay away from high places.

      • Don’tcha Know?

        OMFG. One more reference to ledges and bridges and I really AM going to kill myself. STFU. Please.

        • RkyMtnYank

          Ok, just jump now then!!!

        • handtius

          then stop fucking leaning off a fucking ledge. we fell the same way about these ridiculous comments.

          • jjyank

            This.

          • forensic

            I just don’t understand why everyone can’t just be a fan in their own way and if you don’t like their way then ignore their comments.

            • jjyank

              I think it has more to do with the extreme reaction he goes to than his actual opinion. It’s not a calm “I don’t have faith in this team right now”, it’s a “ZOMG we’re teh loozing in the 3rd inningz by one run! DOOMED”. Hyperbole, I know, but a civil discussion would not elicit the reaction he gets. And it’s not just this comment.

              • Don’tcha Know?

                Or, you know, you can call me a troll . . . That always works out swell

              • forensic

                So what? If that’s how he wants to be, then let him be. I don’t see why people take it so personally when someone is not happy with the team if they phrase differently than someone else.

                • jjyank

                  I’m not taking it personally, I just think a little perspective might help people.

                • Don’tcha Know?

                  Thank you. And the funny part is that I’m not even a ledge jumper . . . I’m simply reacting on the FACT that this team is playing horribly at the moment. I’m not commenting on the entire season, the playoffs, last year . . . Just now. It’s like they get offended when the team doesn’t perform well and someone points it out. My bad, I guess. But, also, opinions are very, very, very bad. And, I almost forgot, I’m a troll, child, and a “fu**ing idiot” so you can’t regard what I write with any ounce of clarity or justification.

                  • jjyank

                    Your opinions are fine. It’s just the vehement, angry way you proclaim them. I realize there is nothing I can say to change anything, so I’ll leave you alone. I’ve tried to remain calm, despite your rantings, so I give up. Period.

                    Good day sir.

                    • Don’tcha Know?

                      Yeah. I’m the angry one. That’s right . . . Yeah . . . Right . . . Ok. And, of course, because I don’t agree with you, I’m ranting. God, you’re condescending. From telling me what to do yesterday and trying to pigeon-hole me as the trolling, angry ranter . . . C’mon, dude. Any animosity on this thread is a product of you and your crony, Tilapia. I give up. So long as you have your keyboard there’s no point in me responding.

                      Good day, sir. I bid thee adieu.

                    • jjyank

                      I told you to relax, it’s just one game, one series, in early May. That’s it. It wasn’t a command, it was a suggestion. And you freaked. So here it is again, not a command, just friendly advice.

                      Chill dude. This is baseball. We’re supposed to be enjoying this.

            • handtius

              when the same comment is made over and over, it get’s harder and harder to ignore.

    • jjyank

      I guess this is why we don’t get along. You say “ouch” in a 1-0 game in the early innings of the first game of a series, I say “the game’s not over yet”.

      • Don’tcha Know?

        Yeah, just as I did last night and the night before that. Hmm . . . seems as though my auguring skills have been spot on. You’re right though, the game isn’t over, but if you can honestly tell me that you’re genuinely confident in this offense right now . . . well, then . . . I guess that makes you the “child”, “troll”, and “fu**ing idiot”, huh? This team’s in a major rut right now, down two key players and an unproven ML starter on the mound. I’m not on a ledge, I’m not freaking out, I’m just being level-headed and calm, pointing out what I see. 3 runs against the O’s at home doesn’t quite instill me with grandiose optimism. But, then, you’ll just tell me that the game’s not over, Teixera will rake, Martin will bounce back, A-Rod will find the Elixir of Life, Hughes will resume his HOF career, they’ll make the playoffs, and they’re a shoe-in for the World Series. I know. I’ve been hearing this all since last season. Sorry if I choose to see an aging team with question marks in the rotation, and a GM that carted away the lord and savior. It’s early in the season, yes, but what makes you think that this team is capable of beating anyone at this very moment in time? Once Gardner and Swisher come back shit will get better, but until then, just consider me a realist . . .

        • GardnergoesYardner

          Dude, it’s just a game…

        • jjyank

          This is probably the calmes thing you’ve written in awhile. But if you think your other rantings have been “level headed”, I beg you to go back and reread your own words.

          If you don’t think this team can bounce back, then fine. That’s your opinion. What I take issue with is not your opinion, it’s the “we’re doomed” approach to doing so. Calling a series loss, against any team, in the first week of May “despicable” and internet shouting at me for pointing out that overreaction is not civil or level headed.

        • RkyMtnYank

          There is nothing level headed about anything you have said, just jump off the ledge already. If the Yankees win this game what will your point be then?

        • handtius

          i consider you a pessimist. this team has shown year in and year out, even when they didn’t have the best teams, they would make the playoffs. that’s all you can ask for because from there on out, it’s a crap shoot. look at the last two world series the cards have won. the one before last year, they won 86 games. 86 fucking games! i don’t know how much you remember 2009, but we didn’t have 1-5 aces. we made it work with 3 pitchers. talk to mike about zen baseball. it will lower your blood pressure and ensure you a longer life.

          • Don’tcha Know?

            Again… Not a “ledge jumper”, just merely pointing out that the baseball they’re playing has been horrendous. I’m not talking about the playoffs. I’m talking about Game 25 against the KC Royals because that’s the thread that I’m in. And, I hereby invoke the law of Mo and ban the following words: Ledge, Bridge, Troll, Child, “Fu**ing Idiot”. We’re all adults here. We’re all Yankee fans. We all want the same exact thing. Let us not resort to Call of Duty and World of Warcraft behavior, please.

            • jjyank

              Well I very much agree with this, if only you’d adhere to your own point. Calm baseball discussion. If you ban those words, I also ban “STFU”, “Period”, and “Despicable”.

            • RkyMtnYank

              Bullshit, you are exactly the type of “ledge jumper” troll that would dominate WoW trade chat about how much everyone else sucks!

              • Don’tcha Know?

                Haha, trade chat? Sorry. I’ve never played WoW, but, judging by your venomous response, I can tell that I’ve offended you. Sorry Rock.

                • RkyMtnYank

                  You have not offended me at all. I have grown very tolerant of the people that are over-reactive/impulsive/young in my old age. I do play WoW consistently, however, and have just seen this too many times. I do feel it part of my responsibility though to try and impart some of the patience and wisdom I have learned through out the years though.

                • RkyMtnYank

                  … just figured that since you referenced Wow that you were familiar with its content.

            • handtius

              ok, then i put it on you to not make comments such as this one. down by one fun in the second, you condemn them to loose. tell me that’s not jumping the gun? don’t care how bad the team has been. they had one series where they scored 3 runs or less. they were averaging 5+ runs a game before that series i believe. even if 3-5 are struggling, they still managed to score. so i say again, ask mike a bout zen baseball. it’s a marathon, not a 50 yard dash.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Phelps really needs to attack the zone more. Especially early in the count.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      lol like he just did to Escobar. 91-93/94 is much harder to hit when your down in the count and the pitcher can expand a little.

  • The Dude

    And here I was thinking that the only thing Getz could do was walk!

  • Tom

    Well he’s already lasted longer than Garcia’s last start. But at 47 pitches, it’s looking like 4 innings.

    Maybe the Yankees can make Duffy throw more than 6 pitches this inning.

    • Need Pitching

      or score some runs

      I like to set the bar high

      • flamingo

        Ha, yes.

      • Tom

        now that’s just crazy talk…

        If they just stand there they will at least see 9 pitches.

  • flamingo

    Ahhhh, that’s why Susyn’s criticizing an ump – because he made Mattingly mad.

  • MannyGeee

    Jayson Nix looks like he should be a slugger… Too bad he is a hack

  • flamingo

    Remember Jeter’s series in KC last… August, I think it was? Let’s have a repeat of that.

  • MannyGeee

    Congrats to Jeter on his 500th 2B… Now just imagine if we could turn that into a run or something…

    • GardnergoesYardner

      A run? Surely you jest?

      • MannyGeee

        Trying not too set myself up for disappointment

  • mustang

    Jeter is just amazing right now.

  • GardnergoesYardner

    Can’t anybody other than Jeter play this goddamn game?

  • MannyGeee

    Wow, these guys couldn’t hit the ball with a fcking tennis racket

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

      I don’t think hitting a pitched ball with a tennis racket would be all that effective.

      • handtius

        racket repair shops would love them to try.

      • MannyGeee

        I was Going to go with a Rihanna Chris brown thing, but I thought it would lack taste

  • The Dude

    One day. One day the Yankees will defeat a rookie/left handed pitcher.

    • Betty Lizard

      And woodland animals will rejoice and there shall be free broadband everywhere and all shall live in peace.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    TEX IS GARBAGE!!!!!!!!!!!! oh wait….

  • jjyank

    I love you, RHB Tex.

  • Need Pitching

    whoa… a pig just flew past my window

  • Professor Longnose

    A run! A run! Wa-HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • forensic

    Woohoo!!!!! Scoreless streak ends at 20.1 innings.

    • GardnergoesYardner

      Let’s hope the next one is less than that.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    NICE JOB of hitting right there by Tex! Pretty.

  • flamingo

    A hit, a palpable hit.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      and the batter wasn’t named Jeter or Granderson.

  • The Dude

    That’s what I like to see Tex! Now if only you would do that left handed.

  • handtius

    start the sarcastic marks about yanks scoring a run… 3,2,1…

    • Need Pitching

      you’re way late

      • handtius

        damn time warner…need verizon.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Sterling is talking about pitching around Alex to get to Robbie because Duffy is a LHP. Honestly if I’m a lefty at this point I’d much rather face Alex than Robbie with Alex on base.

    • forensic

      No way, Cano can’t hit anything right now. I agree they’re pitching around A-Rod both times.

  • brazilian fan

    Small ball. Keep it simple

  • jjyank

    Robbie, it was LAST week that you were against me in fantasy. You can start hitting now.

  • brazilian fan

    I’ll trade Pinieda and Cano for Felix and Montero.

    Toughts?

    • Professor Longnose

      I don’t think you could get either one for Pineda and Cano.

      • brazilian fan

        Sarcasm was on btw

        • Professor Longnose

          Oops. Got past my sarcasm detector.

          It’s pretty tough to say something stupider than anyone around here would actually say seriously.

    • Buddy

      of course!?!? i’ll trade russel martin for Kemp also.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        Why not? Then we can turn around and trade Phelps and Gardner for Strausberg and Harper. I think we’re giving up a lot, but you know it could be worth it.

    • jjyank

      *Jack Z hangs up*

      • Buddy

        better question…

        Would you trade Cano for Montero straight up? (note: Cano is a year away from costing 15m+ per year)

        Its a gamble depending on how good you think Montero will hit and how much his position is a liability.

        • handtius

          no. premium position vs. dh not worth it.

        • MannyGeee

          It’s kinda a small market move, but I kinda might. Especially considering the whole 189 thing

        • forensic

          I absolutely would.

  • J

    Watching Tex’s RHB swing is almost depressing, knowing how quick he actually can be…

    • Need Pitching

      oddly, he’s been worse RH than LH so far this season

  • Scheister of Doom

    Doom!!! No really, I wonder how many runners Cano’s left on base this year, it seems like someone is always on the bag for him.

    • Need Pitching

      before to day, he’s had 74 runners on base in his PA

      he knocked in only 3 of those

      • Scheister of Doom

        Wow, how many PAs? Imagine if he was just hitting at his averages, the Yanks offensive woes would be a little less prevalent.

        • Need Pitching

          54 PA with runners on base

    • forensic

      3-23 (.130) with RISP. 0-11 with RISP and 2 outs.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator
  • jjyank

    Nice, Phelps is getting that outside corner.

  • Scheister of Doom

    C’mon Phelps! DP, bang bang!

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

    I hate this midwest games. Third inning, but it’s 9:14. At least the time difference with west coast games is extreme and you can’t not notice. Midwest is a subtle slap in the face.

    • RkyMtnYank

      For the rest of us that live out of market and in say … Colorado, we greatly appreciate a “normal” game time. You would think you actually liked that better than the west coast since it’s not as late?

    • jjyank

      Ha yeah. At least the West coast I’m I have a cup of coffee or something and prepare for it. I forgot these games are even 8:00 until it’s too late.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        I honestly came to the website at 7 and was like …where the fuck is the game thread…Mike has cut it close before but has never pissed first pitch…

  • Buddy

    OOOH NOO GAME IS OVAHHHHH AHHHH BLAH BLAHBLAH

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

    I’d give vital parts of my anatomy to see a Yankee pitcher breeze through a few innings. Nothing but long at bats and ground balls finding holes lately.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda both say “sup foo” CC would like your stomach, liver, and right lung. Kuroda would love your heart, pancreas, and testicles.

      • I’m sexy and I Cano it

        Ivan Nova was in line for his prostate until yesterday.

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

        By lately I meant the last 3 starts or so. Hell, even Kuroda wasn’t exactly mowing em down. He got pretty damn lucky defensively his last start. I’m definitely ready for CC to start and do his thing.

    • The Dude

      I don’t know how to look it up but our team rotation BABIP has got to be in the top 5 if not the top in the league. It’s getting a bit ridiculous.

    • handtius

      ever see cc pitch? or kuroda?

  • The Dude

    I wish the Yankees would go up the middle like that with RISP. And also since when does Franceour work the count?!

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Phelps is throwing so many pitches…any word on his limit?

    • forensic

      75-90. So he’s basically cooked already.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        So maybe one more inning? Honestly he hasn’t been god awful. I’d let him have another start after this.

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

          I usually give guys a mulligan in their first career start. You’d like to see better but I won’t hold it against him.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

            Of course, as I said earlier in the thread I personally think he has to be more aggressive earlier in the count, he threw way to many pitches out of the zone.

            • handtius

              think it was nerves…first start and all. he’s usually a strike thrower, from what we know of him.

              • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

                Probably. who knows.

              • jjyank

                Yeah, he did have his whole family there and all. I think that might play a role.

                • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

                  I personally always hated pitching in front of my family, because my mom doesn’t like baseball so when she came to the games I would put so much pressure on myself to do well, and almost always got shelled.

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it

      Around 90 I believe. Clay Rapada is warming in the pen already.

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

    Trivia has to be Maris, no?

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      What the question? Something about Homeruns?

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

        Only guy to hit 30+ HR for the Yanks and Royals. It’s not Maris, apparently.

        • Professor Longnose

          Tartabull?

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

          No idea…too tired to do research…following this thread is hard enough right now.

    • The Dude

      I feel like its Maris too but that’d be too obvious.

    • Zooboy

      Steve Balboni?

    • forensic

      Maris didn’t do it for the Royals.

    • Gone Phishin’

      My gut was Tartabull

  • The Dude

    If Hamels reaches free agency I’d going all out to sign the dude if I were the Yankees. I’m getting tired of CC being the only pitcher we can depend on to give us a quality start. Everyone else is a wild card.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      Nova has one not-that-bad start and he’s a wildcard?

      • The Dude

        Pretty much. He had one ok season. There no telling if he can repeat/improve upon it or if he’ll fade.

      • Need Pitching

        Nova’s been throwing BP pretty much all season
        he’s a wildcard

    • handtius

      i’d love hammels, but if they’re serious about that budget, they’re probably going to loose a lot of offense by not resigning…swish, grandy, cano, martin…who else. not saying all, but at least a few.

      • I’m sexy and I Cano it

        Screw the budget.

        • handtius

          it’s not you money, so yeah, screw it. too bad the fans can’t decide that the yanks have a 350m budget.

      • The Dude

        Screw all this budget/luxury tax talk. I’m pretty sure winning means more to the Yankees than money.

        • FIPster Doofus

          Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t. This isn’t George Steinbrenner’s team anymore. The win-at-all-costs mentality seems to have gone out the window.

          • The Dude

            Yeah it really seems like the kids are running this team like a cash cow, only worried about profits and not the team on the field.

            • Need Pitching

              somewhere in between, I think
              but they definitely seem more bottom line oriented (Hal anyways)

          • TomH

            You’re right this ownership seems to be significantly different from George, more cautiously “managerial,” “responsible.” Ol George had his faults, God knows, and could drive us all nuts with many–by no means all–of his moves and interferences. But we may come to miss him. If you’re not gathering up top draft picks by finishing in the dumps, you had better be prepared to absorb some luxury taxation.

            We’ll probably know very soon what these owners are really like. Talk last off-season was one thing, but if the Yankees finish poorly this season, if they have to acquire pitchers of merit, if they need to replace old timers, etc., they’re going to have to spend some money or see a lot of empty seats in that glitzy and expensive ball park.

      • GardnergoesYardner

        Maybe they could sign Cole Hamels before they sign your Hammels guy.

        And then what about this? How ’bout this? We trade Jim Leyritz Stewart and Bernie Williams, for Barry Bonds, huh? That way you have Griffey and Bonds, in the same outfield! Now you got a team!

        Sorry I know that was irrevelant, but whenever someone tries to play GM I always think of that quote.

        • The Dude

          I wouldn’t having both Hamels and Hammels. They are both pitching well. BTW that was a great trade for the Os.

          • GardnergoesYardner

            Haha there is no Hammels. That’s Jason Hammel. Everyone just spells it Coal Hammels because they’re lazy.

  • handtius

    first start for phelps. i ain’t mad. hopefully he works quicker next time out. he’s shown some good pitches tonight.

    • flamingo

      Yep. I’m attributing the lack of his usual strikes to nerves.

      • handtius

        completely agree.

  • The Dude

    Argh. I would’ve dropped a bunt there.

  • flamingo

    Fallacy of the predetermined outcome, Sterling. If there were runners on base, Martin might not have gotten that pitch to hit.

  • Monterowasnotdinero

    Classic. gidp followed by a Martin hit.

    Phelps has very good stuff. Stick with him. Patience.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    So how does he hole service time thing work? like what year does arbitration start, and how many years of arbitration are there?

    • sangreal
      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        Big signing of the 2018 off season: Bryce Harper. You heard it hear first.

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

          I’ve already starting looking ahead at the budget. He’s going to 26 when he hits free agency. Dude is going to get paid.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

            Wow. We could be looking at over a ten year deal. Like a 12-15 year deal at 25+ a season.

        • Need Pitching

          20 years/1 Billion $

        • MannyGeee

          No way…. Won’t be able to afford him and mouse tacos… Wait, will a rod still be under contract?

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

            I actually think that’s the last year of his deal lol

  • flamingo

    HAHAHAHAHAHA. Awesome.

  • Need Pitching

    fuck Dyson … I’ve always preferred Hoover

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it

      Lol, vacuum cleaner reference. In all seriousness though, Dyson vacuum’s are much, much better. And more stylish too. Hoover vacuums are shit in comparison.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Wow…can something please go this teams way? Anything?

    • Buddy

      you sound like a Royals fan.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        I know, but this last week has been rough. Pineda gone till next season, loosing a series to the Orioles, Chavez last night, Swisher, 13 man bullpens, 1 man benches, Mo getting hurt, no offense. It’s not fun right now…I just want watching baseball to be enjoyable again.

    • Athenian

      Yep. Another aging vet will soon be on the DL. Has to count for something.

  • The Dude

    Baseball gods what must we do to bring ourselves into your favor?!

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      There is only one baseball God. His name is Mo. Do not blaspheme him.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Shame on me for believing that was going to fall in for a double.

  • Tom

    Hit every ball hard that inning… not much you can do.

    Though Andruw Jones can perhaps learn what a secondary lead is and make the turn harder on that DP.

  • jjyank

    Jones’ glove is still golden.

  • flamingo

    Way to go, Phelps!

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

    Nice work getting those three extra outs, Phelpsie.

    • jjyank

      Be quiet, Girardi!

    • handtius

      are you buying into joe g’s naming tricks mikey?

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

    Holy shit a 123 inning, ask and you shall receive!

    • jjyank

      Alright then…can I have #28 this year?

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Phelps can go one more inning now.

  • Tom

    Pitch efficiency was poor, but I liked that outing. There were a couple of pitches he hung/poorly located but he was mixing pitches so much better than Hughes and was willing to throw any pitch any time.

    Hopefully this start means he gets another start, even if/when Andy comes back.

    • jjyank

      I definitely think Phelps earned another start. He wasn’t lights out or anything, but I think there’s something to be said of nerves in your first MLB start with all your friends and family in the stands. I’d like to see what he’s got in another start, with the nerves out of the way and a larger pitch count.

      • Tom

        I think he earned it but Hughes seems to get the benefit of the doubt in Yankee land.

        Andy I think is lined up for Hughes, but with the offday Girardi could probably move people around and bump Phelps.

      • forensic

        Yeah, it’s hard to judge him on this one start with all the extra stuff surrounding it. He’ll get another one, but after that is in question.

        I’m looking way too much into a regular adjustment to his schedule, but putting Pettitte on Sunday makes swapping him and Hughes very easy when he’s ready. Of course, I have no faith in the team losing faith in Hughes.

        • jjyank

          Yeah, Hughes is linked to Phelps for sure. It’s essentially a battle between those two now. Let’s see what Hughes does his next time out.

          • Need Pitching

            anyone else feel the best course of action would be a 6-man rotation and 1-man bench?

            • forensic

              Girardi?

            • jjyank

              Nahh come on man, we don’t need no stinkin’ bench! 7 Man rotation!

        • Tom

          (Sadly) all Girardi has to do is bump Phelps from his next start Wed then move Sabathia, Kuroda and Hughes up a day (who will still be on normal rest with the offday) and Andy pitches Saturday anyway.

          Unfortunately if Phil doesn’t completely bomb I think this is what Girardi/Cahsman will do.

          It also means they get Nova, Sabathia, Kuroda against the Rays (instead of Phelps in the middle game)

  • flamingo

    Duffy’s thrown a lot of pitches, too.

  • jjyank

    Woo that looked low.

  • The Dude

    Robot umpires please.

  • Athenian

    There is just a whole lot of suck in pinstripes and gray. It is like the entire team has become Tex.

    • The Dude

      The sad thing about Tex is that he was SO great from 2004-2010 and suddenly seemed to become a different player (in a bad way).

      • Athenian

        They all do that once they start collecting Yankee money. Seriously, though, he has regressed so much he can’t correct himself. If it weren’t for his defense he would be like the last first baseman.

        • I’m sexy and I Cano it

          Teixiera needs to watch some video of himself from 2008 and get back to what he was doing before.

  • The Dude

    Duffy looks way too comfortable. I’m sick of this Era of Pitching. If it keeps up I could see baseball losing lots of fans in the coming years. Who wants to see a 3-2 game? I miss the times where 9-5 games were plentiful.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Generous strike three call there.

    • Tom

      Ump has been poor (for both teams) all night.

  • Need Pitching

    Rapada taking his Lefty One Out Guy role a little bit too literally

  • The Dude

    AL teams: Hey everyone! Let’s play extra hard, work counts and pitch well against the Yankees but bend over for the Red Sox.

    Happens every year.

    True story.

  • Zooboy

    NunLOLeeeeez.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Nuneed again

  • Brian S.

    Oh Nunez.

  • Brian S.

    At least Nix looks like he can field.

  • Brian S.

    Come on Mitchell now is not the time for this.

  • Athenian

    I think if the Royals plate one more run that might do it. Think the only thing this season is missing is a bucket of fried chicken and beer.

    • Jimmy Jam

      Season is over! Let’s pack it in, guys!

      • Athenian

        LOL! Mock as you must. They have lost Pineda, now Rivera for the season. They have 80 Million barely hitting oner .250, your snide may not be far off.

  • MannyGeee

    Moose tacos is gonna look sexy in pinstripes in seven years

    • The Dude

      Meh.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    This is just too effing much already

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yanks look old and bad.

  • Athenian

    Wash rinse repeat. 3 game losing streak.

    • The Dude

      Argh. This feels like the last month of 2010. Horrible. It’s going to take a lot of winning for me to feel even a bit positive about this team. Other than the bullpen this team doesn’t like a contender at all. So many bad decisions throughout the years are finally catching up with us.

  • Widget

    I’d rather be the red sox. They at least beat crappy teams.

    • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

      You realize that they just lost a series to Oakland, right?

    • MannyGeee

      The red sox couldn’t beat their dicks with jerkins and youporn right now… Let’s not get carried away here

  • Clyde Barrow

    This team just isn’t interesting in winning right now. This was supposed to be the easy part of the schedule. You’re not going to make the playoffs with 2 good starters. We only have a chance to win 2/5 games because the offense can’t win unless CC or Kuroda limits the other team to 0-2 runs. It’s just pathetic, except Jeter. And now Mo might have torn his ACL.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Every time Nunez effs up it always burns the yanks for multiple runs.

    • Zooboy

      How much would he have to hit to justify his atrocious fielding? He’s just awful.

      • MannyGeee

        Meanwhile, he isn’t hitting either…. So there’s that

    • Tom

      The runner was going.

      I’m not a fan of Nunez but there’s almost no way he gets the out at 2nd on that play (especially with a backhand flip).

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    That should just about do it. At this rate, they’ll be in last place by the end of this weekend.

    • The Dude

      And the worst thing is the Rays continue to roll even without Longoria.

    • Don’tcha Know?

      It needs to happen. The team has too many holes at the moment to warrant anything else. So long as they can’t dig themselves any deeper there’s nowhere else to look but up. Once Cano patches up his poor play, and the OFers return, it’ll get better. Honestly, this has been “DESPICABLE”, something’s got to give. Oh yeah . . . I forgot, though . . . this is the EASY part of the schedule.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    It’s starting to feel an awful lot like 2008….

  • forensic

    1 run in last 22 innings. 2 runs in last 29 innings.

    5 runs tonight might be a little too much to ask at this point.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Gotta start platooning A-Rod against lefties.

    Shit is just embarrassing.

  • forensic

    Isn’t Cone on twitter. Can’t someone tell him that the gun is off???

    • sangreal

      I got the impression from the commenters on royalreview that it has been broken for awhile too

  • RkyMtnYank

    Mitchell seemed to settle down and make his pitches after the run scored, not sure what that means other than saying “fuck it”, just gonna do my thing!

  • Tom

    Yankees need to get Duffy out of the game this inning and they have a shot.

    While the Yankees aren’t hitting, KC doesn’t exactly have a lockdown bullpen. That 6 pitch 2nd inning really hurt.

  • Chad

    Regardless….Nunez MUST GO!!! and can someone get me the stats on how many times A-Rod goes 0-2….every FREAKIN AT BAT!!!!!!

    • forensic

      19 of 104 PA’s prior to tonight.

      • NUNEZ MUST GO!!!!!!

        Seems like more! Frustration amplifies everything!

  • Michaels’ Pineda

    Where was that fucking hit when you had runners on in the 3rd, Cano? Fuck.

    • forensic

      and the 1st.

  • forensic

    Hits for Tex, Cano, and Martin in the same game??? Not to mention Jones too?

    Isn’t that like crossing the streams? The whole stadium may implode on itself now.

    • Don’tcha Know?

      Haha. Ghostbusters reference. Love it.

  • The Dude

    I literally don’t want to watch Yankees baseball right now. Maybe I’ll check back on this team in 3 months and see what’s left.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Damn, I missed that, how did Cano actually make it to first?

  • MannyGeee

    See Andruw get mad at the foul ball, that was kinda funny

  • NUNEZ MUST GO!!!!!!

    chance of Nunez redeeming himself here?

  • flamingo

    Now’s the time to make up for your error, Nunez.

    • Tom

      What error?

      Are folks watching the game? The runner was going on the pitch… even if he makes the flip he probably doesn’t get him.

      • Need Pitching

        this

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

        People just like to complain and he’s an easy target.

      • NUNEZ MUST GO!!!!!!

        The point is he continuously makes bad plays. UNACCEPTABLE!!! Bring up Pena. At least he can field

    • LiterallyFigurative

      How was he going to get the runner at second without some Ozzie Smith/Rey Ordonez type flip?

      Don’t let the Nunez hate cloud your reasoning.

  • Michaels’ Pineda

    We drove in a run…?

  • MannyGeee

    Give Nunez an RBI… How many more does he owe us to be back to even for tonight?

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Holy crap 2runs!

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Sac Fly for Nunez.

    Multiple runs in a game by the Bombers? It’s been a while.

  • RkyMtnYank

    What’s funny is that as bad as the Yankees look, they are still in this game,

    • Michaels’ Pineda

      If they were playing Tampa or Texas, 4-2 would seem like its 10-2.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Huge sigh of relief when Nunez’s ball went in the air…i felt a DP coming.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Dyson is so fast he overran the ball.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      Images of Brett Gardner dance in my head.

  • BK2ATL

    Okay, we’re still in this game. Nice piece of fundamental hitting by Nunez to plate the run. Only down 2-4 now. Hopefully, Mitchell settles down.

    I hope A-Rod takes that kid under his offseason wing and makes him train with him, similar to how he did with Cano and Melky. A-Rod seems to have found a niche with that as a teammate with the younger kids.

    This Dyson kid can go and get it.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      Yeah, you can say what ever you want about Alex’s personal life and whatever, nobody has more work ethic than he does when it comes to getting ready to play.

      • BK2ATL

        Yeah, it DEFINITELY doesn’t get much attention from even the NY press as does the other things. It’s like the NY baseball media prefer to cover the TMZ shit, rather than the actual baseball and team things he actually contributes.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

          Well with Alex, he’s just as much as a media personality and celebrity as a baseball player. A casual fan might walk by a Mark Teixeira or Curtis Granderson w/o even realizing it, everybody knows what Alex Rodriguez looks like.

  • MannyGeee

    Wow dyson… Just wow

  • RkyMtnYank

    The Dyson, great vacuum cleaner!

    • Zooboy

      It sucks.

      • RkyMtnYank

        Don’t actually know, too expensive for me, although, this Dyson seems to suck up everything in the OF!

        • Zooboy

          Was trying to be clever — I don’t actually know either.

          • RkyMtnYank

            ahhh, got ya now lol!!!

  • The Dude

    I think if Cano keeps it up, it can hurt his contract and maybe we can get a deal.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      Somewhere Scott Boris dropped something.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        He then with out realizing why he was doing it called an intern and told him to immediately look up reasons Cano deserves to get paid.

  • Michaels’ Pineda

    I wonder what The Binder has in store for us with the last innings to come?

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Good inning for Mitchell.

  • Tom

    First team to 5 runs wins? (I don’t see the Royals bullpen holding the Yankees to 1 run)

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    I mean this in the most nonracial way possible, I had no idea that DJ Mitchell was black, I actually always assumed he was white for no real reason. Until seeing him in person he was a bunch of stats and blurbs about stuff to me.

    • sangreal

      haha, me too. No clue why. Must be something about the name

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      I am often surprised by seeing players for the first time. A guy with a lot of pop I will expect to look like Adam Dunn but may look like Alphonso Soriano.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

        With Mitchell I was expecting a lanky-looking white dude…whatever dude could be purple for all I care lol just help the team win.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Remember that time the Yankees scored runs?

  • RkyMtnYank

    Can we have 8 more Jeters plz.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      That doesn’t leave any room for granderson. I do not approve.

      • LiterallyFigurative

        9th Jeter Clone is a utility guy.

    • Tom

      Can sprinkle a Granderson in there once or twice.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    TWO runners in an inning?

    “Whut tha hell’z goin’ on out hea!?!”

  • forensic

    Well, this is their chance. Can’t depend on the bottom part of the lineup to do anything, gotta get it done here.

    • Tom

      Damn that was a hittable pitch too…. Cano seems to be rolling over on everything.

      Wish he would get that stroke to left center back, unless it’s way outside he’s trying to pull everything.

  • forensic

    Tex just missed his pitch. This may not end well now.

    • forensic

      At least he got the one in.

  • Michael Mirabella

    Calling a home run from A-rod.

    • Need Pitching

      vs. a lefty?

      that’s like calling a 7IP start from Phil Hughes

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Inching ever closer….

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Scoring the runner from third with less than two outs. In two consecutive innings. I absolutely approve.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    3runs! Hurry up Girardi bench someone!

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Has it gotten so bad that leaving a lefty to face A-Rod is a GOOD managerial move?

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      Yeah, he really hasn’t hit lefties worth a lick in the last few years.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    wow alex broke his bat and still got that out of the infield.

    • forensic

      The shortstop got it. Still an infield hit.

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

    Fuck it, they’re winning this game.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    C’mon Robbie!

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Boy do they need Cano to launch one now

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

      or you know..not that…

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Cmom Cano, break out right here

  • RkyMtnYank

    Robbie “one pitch” Cano will roll over and ground out here.

    • RkyMtnYank

      lol, I really did type that before it happened.

  • forensic

    Sadly, that was amazingly predictable for Cano.

  • BK2ATL

    Cano is struggling and very frustrated. Kevin Long, you got something???

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Did the reason Dave Eiland took that leave of absence a few years ago ever come out?

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    So why did eland leave again?

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

      His contract was up and they didn’t re-sign him for whatever reason.

  • forensic

    Weaver pitched a no-hitter? I must’ve been very disconnected today.

  • Need Pitching

    Arod looked like Bobby Abreu approaching that fence

  • LiterallyFigurative

    I actually like the redesigned Kaufman Stadium. It still feels like a small stadium, but they’ve made the most of the empty spaces in the outfield.

  • James A

    This game should be called: “David Cone tries to make Kansas City sound awesome while the Yankees play another game of mediocre to shitty baseball”

  • Jimmy

    4-3 Devils win in OT.

  • flamingo

    Andruw’s having a nice game tonight.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Wtf? No bunt???

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator

    Nunez took way to big a risk there as the tying run.

    • forensic

      Nah, they’re struggling to score runs and he’s got great speed. I have no problem with trying to be aggresive there.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Nor do I, especially with Martin up and Nix on deck. It’s not as if the good part of the lineup was hitting.

      • BK2ATL

        Completely agree. Plus, he did it in front of Russell Martin, not Jeter or Granderson.

      • Need Pitching

        absolutely

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    What a douche. Nunez losing this game all by himself

  • forensic

    Nunez is now 0-18 since Chavez started playing more and he played less around the Boston series.

    • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

      Because his glove can’t be trusted

  • JMK

    Every time I see Nunez I hear Benny Hill music in my head.

  • BK2ATL

    Actually, I don’t fault Nunez for forcing the action. It was a good decision. Just a better throw.

    You’re not seriously expecting much from Russell Martin, are you?

  • forensic

    Anyone else see Ibanez hitting a 2-run homer here then allowing runs to score in the bottom of the inning with his defense?

  • ArchStanton

    I am really developing this slightly irrational/largely rational hatred of Nunez. Not sure why you would look at the catcher there- it slowd him down just enough to be out.

  • forensic

    At least they got through the bottom of the order. Can’t ask for much more than the top of the order in the 9th. Just gotta keep it at 4-3.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Every other team in baseball bunts after a lead off single down by a run in the 8th.

    • Need Pitching

      not really
      conventional baseball wisdom is usually to play for the win on the road

  • BK2ATL

    I have a feeling that we’ll win this game in the 9th. Top of the order will be up against a shaky bullpen. We just need to lockdown this inning and keep it at 1 run.

  • Tom

    12 hits (granted a couple of cheapies) and 4 or 5 outs that were absolutely crushed (2 to Dyson, that Ibanez line drive the DP ball to Moustakas)… with the exception of Cano, the Yankees are getting much better swings tonight.

  • mike_h

    I’d imagine they have the news already and are just holding it back

  • Karl Krawfid

    Granderson with the Cannon!

  • forensic

    Hey, just as I was going type asking Soriano for his first 1-2-3- inning of the year, it’s already out the window…

    He really has not been very good this year.

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

      Or as a Yankee.

      • forensic

        True, though the second half last year after the injury was pretty good.

        • sangreal

          3.56 ERA post-injury is decent I guess, but not for a late innings reliever

          (3.45 FIP)

          Then again, my excel skills are rusty

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Grady has a Bernie Wiiliams arm in CF.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Royals lacking veteran presents.

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

      Frenchy should buy everyone iPads.

      • FIPster Doofus

        I laughed.

  • The Dude

    I think out of all our overpaid players Soriano is the worst because he brings absolutely nothing to the team. He’s not a closer, a good set-up man or even 7th inning guy.

  • forensic

    Thank you Jeff. Appreciate that free out.

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

    That wasn’t the smartest of steal attempts by Frenchy, but I’ll take it.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Jeff Francoeur is a doody head.

  • BK2ATL

    Russell gets some payback!!! What a strike!!!! One more out.

  • Dan in Atlanta

    Also, I hope Broxton is on the down side of his cycle.

  • flamingo

    Awesome; now let’s win it in the ninth.

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

    Time to break Broxton again.

  • forensic

    Come on Broxton. You got another one of these in you, right?

    http://www.baseball-reference......6270.shtml

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

      Should of called up Colin Curtis

      • forensic

        Yup, finding Chad Huffman might be a little tougher though.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Broxton at 99, the gun must be way off.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Jeter again!

  • ArchStanton

    Unreal.

  • forensic

    If Granderson bunts, my computer and TV might be in danger…

  • LiterallyFigurative

    The Captain trying his damnedest to keep the ship afloat.

  • Mike Nitabach

    no way was that 99

  • Dan in Atlanta

    Anyone else afraid he was going to bunt?

  • BK2ATL

    I love watching baseball when Jeter’s on his game.

    • flamingo

      Yep. I hope he can keep some semblance of this up throughout the season.

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

    I wonder how many more times Coney will mention how hard the pitchers are throwing before the thought crosses his mind that the gun is a bit hot.

    • forensic

      How many pitches will they throw the rest of the series? I’d say about 700-800 more times.

    • Cy Pettitte

      can’t wait til Freddy comes out of the pen throwing 95

  • Mike Nitabach

    yessss!

  • RkyMtnYank

    I’m thinking about 3-4 mph off.

  • Dan in Atlanta

    Now a bunt would be funny as hell, albeit bad baseball

    • RkyMtnYank

      down by 1 run with 0 outs, not at all!!!!

    • RkyMtnYank

      see, bunt would have been way better, but that’s not the type of play that’s popular on RAB. Bunt is a four letter word!

  • Tom

    Gutsy call to send him 3-2… not sure that was a good move but it worked out.

  • Need Pitching

    fuck, fuck, fuck

  • Cy Pettitte

    Teix is the fucking worst.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Tex is so damn sorry.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Great scoop by Hosmer.

  • Dan in Atlanta

    Fuck

  • BK2ATL

    $23 million 1B….

    But there’ll be excuses here.

  • ArchStanton

    Should’ve bunted. He’s worthless.

  • Greg

    Nice scoop. Yanks are headed for last place right now if they keep this up

    • Widget

      They will have 1 less loss than the red sox after tonight so they are well on their way to last place.

      • Greg

        Dont forget we lost our closer for an undetermined amount of time, our outfield is shredded, our cornermen can’t hit

  • flamingo

    Well, that sucked.

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol that’s not a strike

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Bullshit call

  • ArchStanton

    Not a strike.

  • 718

    Tex is useless!

  • Captain Gift Basket

    Tex’s career is officially on the downward slope. It’s going to be tough eating that shitty contract.

  • Mike Nitabach

    CMON!

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Broxton vs. A-Rod.

    Gas.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Too much drama about Tex. He will obviously tend towards his average.

    • Don’tcha Know?

      What’s that? .230?

  • Greg

    Strange. A lot of people loved the Tex deal.

    • Widget

      A lot of that had to do with outbidding the red sox for him.

      • LiterallyFigurative

        That and the near .900 OPS he used to sport.

  • RkyMtnYank

    figure this will be a backwards K

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Stoudemire or Tiexiera…who’s more worthless?

    • RkyMtnYank

      Cano at this point.

      • LiterallyFigurative

        stop.

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

    ARod is gonna murder a baseball.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Best chance here is a wild pitch.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Great AB by Alex, regardless of outcome

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Love a rod right now

  • Karl Krawfid

    Robinson Oh No on deck.

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

    Some at-bat by Alex considering the bad call.

  • Dan in Atlanta

    Microcosm of the season to date.

  • Cy Pettitte

    can’t believe this shit

  • LiterallyFigurative

    DAMN YOU MOOSE TACOS!

  • V

    fuck

  • BK2ATL

    What a way to lose one. A-Rod went down battling though. Hope it carries over.

  • Mike Nitabach

    AGGHHHHH

  • forensic

    Ugh, sadly that 9th inning was very predictable and basically a microcosm of the season so far.

  • Ethan

    Arod please get a hit, i don’t want to have to rely on cano at this point!

  • Karl Krawfid

    What kind of swing was that man?

    Fuck this team.

    • Tino Martinez

      The jump.

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

    Holy shit Broxton is a HUGE dude.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    I was very pleased with Mark Teixeira’s last at bat. I enjoyed that.

  • Don’tcha Know?

    Just their second win at home. Bravo, Yankees. Bravo!

    • Don’tcha Know?

      Or wait. Was that their FIRST?!

    • ArchStanton

      Their first actually. :(

  • Greg

    So we lose our closer for an undetermined amount of time, our outfield is shredded, our corner guys cant hit, our starting pitching is partly in shambles and we are nearly in the cellar of our division.

    Other than that, I feel great!

  • 718

    1 game over .500! May or not that is terrible !

  • ClayDavis

    Yay! Piece of garbagevteam

  • wow

    this team… holy crap.

  • flamingo

    Ugh.

    At least A-Rod had a nice at bat/didn’t strike out.

  • pistol pete

    Everything going wrong, switch Tex to the 3 hole and he hops into a dp that costs us the game. Is there a worst 23m player in the game. Can’t hit for avg, obp now below 300 and can’t run. But what the heck we’ve only got 5 yrs left at 23m per, yikes.

    • The Dude

      I wish the Yanks could find takers for Tex and Arod. I don’t even want prospects just pay 75% of their contracts and make them hand in their pinstripes.

  • The Dude

    I’m so pissed right now only because I know how good this team can be and they’re playing like shit. My god I don’t want to watch Yankee games anymore. I used to look forward to them but now watching makes me cringe and gives me a sick feeling in my stomach.

    • Greg

      Neither do I. I didn’t watch this one until the end.

  • Don’tcha Know?

    So the Yankees are handing out FIRST wins to teams and pitchers now? Am I understanding this correctly?

    • sangreal

      first home win for the Royals

  • Jeter Meter
  • Need Pitching

    fuck.

    Torn ACL.

  • Don’tcha Know?

    Hey JJYanks . . . Guess I was right . . . again.

  • Greg

    Maybe this is the changing of the guard in the AL East. Rays, Jays, and O’s getting back at the Yanks and Sox for years of smackdowns

  • JMK

    Serious question – I thought Teix was overpaid back in the day (more in years than dollars) but who could have legitimately foresaw him regressing like this?

    He had been a complete hitter, capable of going to all parts of the field with very good but not incredible power.

    I didn’t expect him to completely change his hitting style and essentially turn into a 4th tier first baseman.

    Of course we’re upset and irritated – and justifiably so – but let’s stop this fantasy that everyone was anything but happy when he signed or had any inkling he’d become what we see.

    • Greg

      I;m wondering How in the world can a complete hitter be transformed into that in the span of 3 years. Incredible

    • Don’tcha Know?

      I loved the signing. Only players that I liked MORE than Tex at first were A-Gon and Prince. The regression is pitiful and sad. It’s nearly heartbreaking. It’s unfortunate. I ALMOST want to declare this a rebuilding year but I also know that Gardner and Swisher aren’t playing at the moment. Pitching wasn’t all that terrible today. These losses, for the most part, have been on the offense. And, sadly, Teixera is a LARGE part of that equation. Loved the signing, but I hate what he’s turned into.

  • ClayDavis

    If this thing is prolonged…I think cash man and girardi seats get much hotter

    • The Dude

      I’m tired of Cash and his decisions that always seem to bite the Yankees in the ass and I’m tired of Girardi and his binder based managerial style. Fire both. Make Damon Oppenheimer GM and make Tony Pena or Posada manager.

      • Don’tcha Know?

        Oooo. Posada as manager. I would FUC*ING love that! Someone make that happen ASAP!

  • Greg

    Torn ACL.

    Yeah. He’s done. And the Yankees are too for winning championships with
    this cast. That ’09 team was the last hurrah.

    Need to cleann house and build another dynasty.

  • 718

    Well Mo’s career is over :(

  • 718

    And here come the morons talking about the Yankees are going to suck for ever and the O’s and Blue Jays are awesome! Losers!

    • Greg

      Why should I feel good about this team right now? Why should I?

      • The Dude

        I know dude! Actually it’s not far fetched that this might be a rebuilding year for us at this rate. We can’t hit or pitch. How are you supposed to contend with that formula?

  • Don’tcha Know?

    It has been a devastatingly sad season thus far in Yankee Universe. Aside from Jeter, is there any reason whatsoever, to be happy? I love how the Rays are doing well, but I hate how they became that way because the only way that the Yankees can mimic that is to lose . . . and I don’t want to lose. I’m just not accustomed to it anymore.

  • pistol pete

    Any more news on Mo.

    • forensic

      Torn acl. There’s a new post for it.

  • V

    Well, that’s the season for me. See you guys next year. I’ll tune in for the playoffs, but I’m done caring about the regular season.

  • The Dude

    Yanks could’ve really used a .300 hitter in this lineup for the past couple of games. And by .300 hitter I mean Jesus Montero.

    Worst trade ever? Worst trade ever.

    • Don’tcha Know?

      You’ll get absolutely no argument from me. Hated the trade from the beginning. Wait. It’s not the Curse of Minka Kelly, it’s the Jesus Hex. Ahh fudge. It all makes sense now. He was the player to build the next dynasty around. Jeter incarnate.

      • The Dude

        I until this day do not understand the trade. Why not just keep Montero and sign Darvish/CJ Wilson or even a bargain like Bartolo Colon or Bedard? The Yankees lineup has been aging for some time, this isn’t big news. You need young blood. And it’s not like we don’t have pitching in our system either (Banuelos, Betances, Phelps, Warren, Mitchell). Cash is just a horrible evaluator. Pineda’s second half last year should’ve been a red flag.

        • MB

          Well they do want to get under that luxury cap in 2014 and there’s no way signing Darvish or Wilson would put them under it.

  • M&M Boys

    And it gets worse. I heard at the end of the Charleston radio broadcast tonight that Jose Campos — who got bombed in his last start — has been put on the DL. Didn’t hear any details. But now, both Campos and Pineda are hurt.

    This season is already the biggest disaster since about 1990, or maybe even 1966.

  • pistol pete

    Mo has a torn ACL, I’d close with Soriano and leave Robertson right where he is. I’d pitch Hughes in thr 7th. The bullpen will be ok we just need to improve our starting pitching and start hitting. Swish is back soon but I’m really really scared thet Gardner will be a Tommy John casuality, really nervous.