May
08

Game 29: No Fun

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(Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

I really dislike the new playoff system. It’s early-May and tonight’s series opener against the Rays feels like a big game because winning the division is actually important now. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good for baseball that these games are more important and all that, but I’m just not used to it and I’m not sure I like it. I’ve always felt that as a fan, the best part of the 162-game schedule was not stressing out over games early in the season. I just want to relax and watch some baseball on May 8th, not worry about the game’s impact on the standings at the end of season. Sigh. Anyway, here’s the lineup…

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

RHP Ivan Nova

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET, but the weather in New York is not great. It’s been overcast all day and the forecast says there’s a chance of showers basically all night and into tomorrow morning. The game will air on YES locally and MLB Network nationally if the weather cooperates. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Dominik

    It looks like the weather thinks that Tuesday games are still on My9.

  • Paul O’neill’s Batting Helmet

    Good grief, Grandy and Tex are terrible against Shields:

    Grandy: 3 for 46, 1 BB, 14 Ks .065/.085/.130
    Tex:6 for 43, 4 BB, 14 Ks .140/.245/.140

    Yuck.

    • Need Pitching

      Also –
      Martin: 083/214/083
      Ibanez: 071/133/286

      • MB

        Crazy how things change. Ibanez and Granderson each with a HR

  • Urban

    So is Meredith Marakovits 7’2″ or is Brian Cashman 5’2″?

    Just saw her interviewing him and the height differnce was large. I think she played volleyball in college, so no doubt she’s tall.

    • MannyGeee

      Cashman is the Sly Stallone of General Managers.

      • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

        Makes sense. You’re on the Yankees, you have you roid up.

  • Guest

    Mike, sounds like you are having the baseball fan equivalent of what they call “rich people problems.” Other baseball fans have always had to care how their team does throughout the regular season, so what we are going through with this series is just seeing how the other side lives.

    I agree that the system is not good for the Yanks, (who have made the playoffs every year except one since 1995, which is insane when you think about is), but it is definitely good for baseball.

    Winning the division should count and should provide a meaning advantage, the extra wild card means more teams are in it longer meaning more fan bases get to dream longer, and all of this occurs while adding only one more game to the post-season schedule.

    Bad for Yankee fans like us who just want to waltz into the playoff crapshoot with either the division or our wild card, good for September baseball and less lucky fanbases throughout the country.

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

      Possible, though I feel the same way with the NY Rangers. The first 6-8 weeks of the season are just for fun as far as I’m concerned.

      • Buddy

        Funny… I know what ur sayin’ but strange that your complaint is that the games actually mean something.

        (“complaint” might be too strong a word)

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I disagree with you, Guest. Anything that is decided by one friggin game is not good for baseball.

      • Urban

        Game 163’s are always good for baseball, and that’s in essence what the Wild Card playoff is.

        Win the division.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I think Game 163’s are a necessity to break some sort of tie. They’re good for baseball in the sense that it’s an exciting game.

          The current WC system was a good system. I see no reason why it should have been changed. I don’t necessarily think it made anything easier. You were still the #4 seed playing the #1 seed and had to win a series against the team with the best record.

          The 1980’s would have been a more interesting decade had the Yankees won a couple of WC’s.

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

          Also, there is nothing more exciting than a game 7, in any sport.

        • jjyank

          Game 163’s happen because the two teams tie over a 162 game season. So that’s fair. The new format makes it so one game playoffs happen even when one team is better than another in 162 game season. And I don’t think that’s fair.

          • jjyank

            In addition, it puts teams in a good division at a disadvantage. The Tigers and the Rangers don’t have to stress as much as the Yankees do about winning the division, which is annoying considering how much more important that is now.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              If they really wanted change, it would have been better to just have one big league and have the four best records advance.

              Still, though, I would have rather just kept what he had until this year. Sure, we’ve had plenty of WC World Series Champions. They still had to work their asses off to win. No one waltzes in anywhere.

              • jjyank

                I agree. The old format wasn’t perfect, and I do like the concept of rewarding division winners, but WC winners were still at somewhat of a disadvantage in the old format by playing the #1 seed. It wasn’t perfect, but at least it didn’t potentially pit a 92 win team against an 88 win team in a one game playoff.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            This. A one-game playoff between two teams who weren’t as evenly matched and fighting each other all year within the same division is meaningless.

  • forensic

    I remember just last May when they didn’t even keep score during these games since they were so meaningless.

    Wait, what???

  • jjyank

    Ivan Novallday??

    • Havok9120

      Ivoy Navolladay.

      • jjyank

        I stand corrected.

  • jjyank

    Well at least Swish is back in RF. No more Nunez and Ibanez in the same outfield.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Lead-off hit…

    • Havok9120

      Came back from behind, at least.

  • Tom

    Why is Nunez in LF?

    • jjyank

      Your choices are Nunez, Ibanez, or Andruw (vs. a RHP). That’s like a lose-lose-lose.

      Andruw is the only one who can defend, but he’s not very good against righties at the plate.

      • Tom

        Changeup pitcher… Jones would be fine.

        There’s also Wise (?) if Girardi is hung up on the righty pitcher thing

        • jjyank

          Meh, Wise can’t hit either. I don’t think any options are superior enough to the other that you can really make much of an argument. Really, we just need Gardner back.

        • Need Pitching

          Jones career 000/111/000 vs. Shields (granted only 9 PA)
          Nunez: 455/500/818 vs Shields (12 PA)

          • Tom

            So play them both? (and put the better defender in the OF)

            Or play Nunez at 3rd/SS and DH rest day?

            Have you seen Shields splits vs righties and lefties?

            • Need Pitching

              My preference would probably be Nunez DH (since Ibanez also has horrible numbers vs. Shields)
              As for left field, I guess I would go with Wise (career 200/200/500 in 10 PA) though I wouldn’t complain if it was Jones.

              • Need Pitching

                lol … Ibanez HR
                …and that’s why I’m not managing the Yankees

    • Need Pitching

      Nunez is one of very few Yankees with good numbers vs. Shields
      He was going to be in the lineup somewhere.

    • Bunt Gardner

      Are you still questioning this?

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    i think pena just struck out on purpose

    • Havok9120

      Trying to lull us into a false sense of security?

  • Mike Nitabach

    Nova’s location does not look good.

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

    nice…very nice.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Nice DP!

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    nice!

  • jjyank

    That’s my favorite kind of double play!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Zobrist take a coffe break on the way to 2nd? didn’t think he was that slow.

    • jjyank

      I wasn’t watching closely enough, but he may have just gotten a bad jump, it happens.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Shields is fucking brutal.

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

      Yeah…they just have an outstanding staff all the way around.

  • Havok9120

    Well played, gentlemen. Lets get those pitches locating a bit better. Please?

  • Mike Nitabach

    I wonder what frequency is optimal for a lead-off batter to swing at the first pitch.

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

      almost never.

      • Havok9120

        Jeter’s career begs to differ. He’s been doing it for awhile.

        • jjyank

          True. I think it all depends on sitting on a pitch. In my very amateur opinion, I would guess that Jeter feels comfortable enough with a pitcher’s scouting report that he will look for a pitch on the opening pitch (generally seems to be FB) and goes for it. Nothing wrong with that if the hitter is confident about it.

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

          exception, not the rule.

          • Havok9120

            I dunno. Our team has done fairly well on it over the years. Its frustrating when it doesn’t work, but we’ve been known to string together a good number of first pitch hits, at least its seemed that way the last few years.

          • CP

            MLB on the first pitch last year hit .330/.336/.523/.859 vs .255/.321/.399/.720 overall, so the answer is clearly not “never”

      • Mike Nitabach

        That can’t really be right. Because if a particular lead-off batter *never* swings at the first pitch, then every pitcher he faces can with certainty just throw the first pitch right down the middle for a strike. So you have to swing sometimes, at least so the pitcher can’t know with certainty what you are going to do.

    • RetroRob

      Jeter’s triple slash swinging at the first pitch is .380/.395/.563
      for a .958 OPS. That’s more than 120 OPS points over his overall career. Considering teams score at a much higher rate when the lead-off hitter gets on, and teams that score first in a game have a higher winning percentage, then I’m going with it’s an excellent approach. : -) Punish the cripple pitch.

      Yeah, it’s frustrating at times, but can’t fault the approach and the results.

  • Michaels’ Pineda

    What a great crowd today! Not a blue seat to be seen!

  • radnom

    I don’t understand how anyone can think that expanding the range of the regular season in which you actually get invested in the outcomes of individual games is a bad thing. Thats where 90% of all the great memories are made. You don’t like it because its new.

    • jjyank

      That’s not why I don’t like it at all. If you wish to know why, you can scroll up a bit. I don’t feel like retyping it.

      • radnom

        I don’t know who you are nor your opinion on the new playoff rules. I was clearly responding to the comment in the above article, where make said he wasn’t sure he liked the fact that this game could actually be (just a little bit) important.

        • jjyank

          There was a conversation further up in the thread about this very subject. No need to be rude.

          • radnom

            My bad, I thought you were thinking I was replying to a comment above – I can see the misunderstanding.

            I did go back and read your position, and here is me response:

            1. Teams in weak divisions still had an enormous advantage in the old system, thats not much different in this new one.

            2. Placing importance on winning the division is important. The regular season is a much better indication as to which teams are better than a 5 game playoff. The fact that this weakens the wildcard is a good thing in having the best team in the league win the WS.

            I get that as a Yankee fan its frustrating that a full playoff birth isn’t guaranteed anymore, but these rules are objectively better for the sport. It provides more excitement, while improving the chance that a better team wins the WS.

            • radnom

              Let me put it this way:

              The second place team in the AL East will finish behind another team that had the exact same hardships and disadvantages, but played better over 160 games. That second place team *should* go into the playoffs with a disadvantage.

              • jjyank

                They did go to the playoffs with a disadvantage, they played the #1 seed. Not as much of a disadvantage, but it was there. I see the argument both ways, I did state that I do like the concept of making winning the division more important. I just don’t like the idea of a 90-something win team playing an 80-something win team in a one game playoff.

        • Havok9120

          Well, jj would be an “anyone.” And there’s a decent sized thread above of other anyones who agree with Mike for different reasons.

    • Havok9120

      There’s also that whole thing where it has teams with vastly easier schedules having an advantage over teams which only trail them by one or two games despite much superior competition.

      But yours is good too.

      • radnom

        1. I was replying to this one particular aspect, because thats what Mike discussed in your article.

        2. Since you bring it up – Obviously there are plusses and minuses with the new system. I’m not sure saying that teams with inferior schedules are at a disadvantage is a good example of a minus though. In what system does a team in a weak division NOT have an enormous advantage over a team in a tough one? Certainly not the previous one.

        Thanks for being a dick though, that was really necessary.

        • Havok9120

          Eh? I wasn’t aware I was being rude. That last line is what is called a joke, and not even one directed at you. You seem to be the one being rude without provocation, here and above.

          If you’re talking about some hypothetical change that simply increases the importance of the regular season and does nothing else, then you’d be absolutely right. But Mike was also commenting on the entire system, and I, apparently mistakenly, assumed you were too. I didn’t mean to offend.

          To respond: But the new system exacerbates that problem. It was present in the old system, sure, but this makes it far worse and does so with the same mechanism that makes the season more tense: winning the division matters more. Sure, it gives another team a chance to get into the playoffs. Heck, one year soon, maybe this year, that 2nd WC team will ALSO have a better record than a division winner. But screwing two teams instead of one doesn’t sound like a better system to me.

          I prefer the entire regular season mattering, but doing it this way not only seems to have at least as many minuses as pluses, but Game 163 is completely against the “marathon season” principle that baseball likes to brag about so much.

          • radnom

            I think it helps the “marathon season” idea. It basically cripples the wildcard. Which basically means, there are only 3 full playoff births in each league. If you can’t beat every other team with the same hardships as yourself, you go into the playoffs at a severe disadvantage. That does the exact opposite of what you claim – it puts all the importance on the regular season.

            I understand its bad for the Yankees (currently – division powers can change relatively quickly), but its undeniably good overall.

            • jjyank

              It increases the importance of winning the division, not the entire regular season. It decreases the value of the regular season for the 92 win team losing to an 87 win team in a one game playoff.

              • Havok9120

                This as well. If all winning throughout the regular season and finishing 1 game back with 94 wins gets you is a play in game against an 83 win team that lost its division by 6 or 7 games, why does that increase the importance of the regular season except indirectly?

            • Havok9120

              I hadn’t thought about it that way and it actually makes me a lot more ambiguous on this, though I still don’t quite agree. Good for the Yankees or no, I don’t know why its better for a 93 win team (lets call them the Brooklyn Blankees) and a 88 win team (let’s call them the Ontario…um…Opels) to both be screwed for performing better than the 84 win Olympia Oranges out West but not beating the 98 win Petersburg Pushovers for the 2016 AL East crown.

              Balance the schedule back out if you want to cripple the Wild Card (which I do). Otherwise, you’re both penalizing competitive teams for being competitive AND expanding the playoff field, something I am always leery of lest baseball become hockey or basketball.

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

    I really think we have to make that walk mean something. Once Shields settles in he’s hard to hit.

  • Cy Pettitte

    they should really flip flop Teix and Swish against righties.

  • RetroRob

    I have arrived just in time to see Tex hit into the shift.

    • Cy Pettitte

      change up strike 3 is my guess

      • RetroRob

        We both missed.

  • Tom

    Tex should consider hitting right against Shields… Primarily a fastball/change guy, he’s better off probably hitting righty.

    • RkyMtnYank

      I would agree but I also think he should bat right all the time. Just because you can bat from both sides to some degree doesn’t mean you should. Then we wouldn’t have this thing about taking half the season to get going because you have to work both sides of the plate.

      • Tom

        James Shields last 3 years:

        Righty hitters: .753 OPS
        Lefty hitters: .723 OPS

        I don’t think he should bat righty all the time – he’s susceptible to curves/sliders…. but for a dominant changeup guy he should consider taking away the pitchers best pitch (or at least neutralize it a bit)

        • RkyMtnYank

          I know I am in the minority with that opinion, however, we don’t really know what he would do hitting right vs righties. Could be better, could be worse.

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

            Could be a lot worse. Dude has never seen a breaking ball break away from him.

            • RkyMtnYank

              True, but, he could still see the ball better and be more disciplined from the right side all the way around regardless of the righy/lefty thing if that is his true strength. I’m curious when he started hitting lefty.

          • Havok9120

            He probably hasn’t done it since Little League, and maybe earlier. Could be worth exploring at some point in an offseason, but not now.

        • Need Pitching

          Might be worth a try given his struggles vs. Shields, but I would think the discomfort of not being used to picking up pitches vs. RHP batting right handed would probably offset the .030 OPS point edge.

          • Tom

            It is not simply about gaining a 30 point edge… Tex is a much better hitter righty.

            Couple that with a guy who has reverse platoon splits and the cobined impact (batting from your stronger side AND facing a pitcher against his weaker side)

            • Tom

              Last 3 years for Tex:

              RH: .948 OPS
              LH: .845 OPS

              so you don’t thinking batting on a side you are 100 points better against a pitcher who is also 30 points weaker is significant?

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

                How do you know his performance against RHP as a RHB will match his performance as a RHB against LHP?

              • Need Pitching

                It could be, but it is a huge adjustment to face RHP batting right handed if he is not used to doing it. It would definitely be significant if he actually hit RHP batting RH on a regular basis. Until he got used to that, he would likely be even worse. And he may never be able to successfully make the adjustment, there is no way of knowing. It’s not nearly as easy a switch as just looking at his splits implies.

  • Hummingbird S.

    He took a hanging changeup and swung at a great changeup in the dirt. That’s our #5 hitter!

  • V

    Yeah, Teixeira, that uppercut you decided to change your swing to, it’s sooooo effective.

  • Hummingbird S.

    and that’s why they can’t score runs.. Swisher needs to hit in front of Teix ASAP

  • Mike Nitabach

    What kind of stupid damn reporter question is it to ask Girardi how he thinks Pettitte is going to do!?!? What the fuck is he gonna say?

  • Bubba

    Tex… Where rallies go to die

  • RkyMtnYank

    Nova looking pretty nasty tonight.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Way to go, Nova!

  • Tim

    Banuelos another great outing earlier today for Scranton, 5 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 0 BB, 3K’s. Last 3 outings: 10 IP, 6 hits, 1 ER, 9 K’s, 0BB’s, .90 ERA.

    • Guest

      Awesome. Anyone have any news on how is stuff is looking?

    • Bo Knows

      Did you mean to type 3 or did you mean 2? Because this was ManBan’s 2nd start after the dl stint, and the start before he was put up, he had 6 BB’s

      • Bo Knows

        Also he’s only thrown 8 and 2/3rds with 8 walks

    • RkyMtnYank

      Numbers look good except the 10ip in 3 outings. What is the reason for that?

      • Bo Knows

        His stats are wrong, see my above comment

      • Havok9120

        Its a typo. Was only 2 outings I think. And I’m not even sure 10IP is right since he got off the DL.

        Hmm.

  • Tim

    When will we see Banuelos this season?

    • Guest

      I hope September. That means that the rotation will have worked out pretty well and he will have even more time to develop his stuff. He’s young enough that spending this entire season at AAA can’t hurt.

      When it comes to blue chip pitching prospects, I’m tired of the Yankees taking their burrito out of the microwave before its been cooked all the way through. #OldMeme

    • Havok9120

      First he’d have to come back all the way from being hurt (which we may be able to say he’s done; dunno how many pitches he threw today), find his command again, and then be effective.

      So…September, if at all.

      • RetroRob

        He seems fine. Second straight start today without a walk. Considering the command issues he had last year, sounds like he might have regained his touch.

        Five innings, four hits, one run, no walks, three K’s.

        • Havok9120

          I’m getting 2 different lines for today from different people. And I really don’t feel like looking it up since I’m not even sure I know where to do that. Sigh.

          • RetroRob

            I just checked the box score from the first game. He threw 75 pitches.

            This is the boxscore I picked up. I was actually looking for a Gardner update thinking he was playing in the second game, but it was the first. He’s done for the day unless they pinch him.

            http://www.milb.com/milb/stats.....a_swbaaa_1

            • RetroRob

              Pinch *hit*, although if pinching him helps, some coach will have to draw the short straw.

              • Havok9120

                Ah ha. This is better. Dunno what Bo was talking about above.

                Well sweet. Eye r happy.

                As for the short straw…I don’t think Gardner’s retribution is much to fear. He’s rather small.

                • RetroRob

                  Probably would have the opposite problem. No coach could run fast enough to catch him.

                  I just scrolled up. I missed the start of the thread. Bo was questioning Tim’s original stats on Manny, which actually were wrong since it was showing zero walks total. He walked six in his start right before going on the DL with the back issue, and that would be one of the three starts.

                  His two starts since returning from the back problem have been solid.

          • Need Pitching
            • Havok9120

              Thank you NP.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Well if they’ve learned the lesson he’ll be a September call up at most.

  • Athenian

    I know there are Tex defenders who will reference past performance as proof he has not regressed to somewhere between a .250 hitter and auto out.

    But here is the question. If a guy has an upward swing which generates fly balls, does it not become a concern seeing lazy fly balls like the one he hit in the first inning? Wouldn’t it be the same as the heat Jeter took last year for all those powerful infield singles?

    I am trying to understand the defense of Tex offensively and why his performance does not improve – other than he is very streaky as a hitter which is a bad thing.

    • Havok9120

      35 HR power + .340+ OBP + .250 BA isn’t what the Yanks paid for, but that plus his defense would still warrant a pretty huge contract. I grant you his contract was for a well balanced hitter with a little less power and a higher OBP, but its not like its worthless. Far far far from it. And while RBI isn’t a stat I use very often, its hard to argue about season-long clutchiness when he’s driving in that many runs.

      I defend him because people like to act like the contract is a bust and he’s a crappy player with no offensive value, or at least thats how they often talk about him. And that’s just plain wrong when you look at his production, not to mention his defense.

      • jjyank

        Yeah, this. Tex isn’t what they paid for really, but he is still above average, and even good. He’s not elite, but he’s not the automatic out many posters claim. Tex will hit somewhere between 30-40 homers this year while playing stellar defense. This is value in that.

        • jjyank

          *there is value

    • Athenian

      This thought comes up after listening to a Baseball Today podcast that stated Adrian Gonzalez is a better all around first baseman than Tex.

      • Havok9120

        He’s been a better hitter the last several years and will probably be worth his contract more than Tex will be, despite us needing Tex’s defensive abilities more than Boston needs AGon’s.

  • RetroRob

    Averaging 11 pitches per inning. Great rate.

    Runs, please.

  • RetroRob

    Is Shields a free agent after this season?

    Any guesses on what type of contract he’d get.

    • Need Pitching

      9M team option for 2013
      12M team option for 2014

      he won’t be a free agent anytime soon

      • RetroRob

        Thanks. I can see them trading him after this season, but his free agency is a ways off.

        • Havok9120

          Yeah, as I recall there was talk at DRays Bay all offseason about it. I think they’ll pick his options up if they’re serious about expanding payroll and have nothing else to spend it on.

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

          I bet they trade Price first. Shields is affordable, Price’s salaries are going to get out of hand very quick through arbitration.

          • Havok9120

            Oh, yeah. Forgot they never extended him.

  • RetroRob

    That’s not an update. They reported Gardner was 2-3 a half hour ago!

  • jjyank

    Oh Jim Joyce. Your strike call is…interesting.

    • Havok9120

      Heh. I take it for what it is: amusing.

      • jjyank

        I won’t complain, it’s better than the umps who wait 5 seconds before calling a strike.

  • Hummingbird S.

    nice guess alex

  • RkyMtnYank

    Pitch count is up for Shields, hopefully they at least keep working him.

  • Havok9120

    That as low as it looked, or is Tampa’s camera angle just bad?

    • jjyank

      Are you talking about the A-Rod strikeout? It looked border line to me, could have gone either way. I don’t have a gameday K zone up or anything though, just watching on YES.

      • Havok9120

        Yeah, I was. I had the Tampa broadcast and wasn’t sure if it was just their angle that it looked way low.

  • handtius

    nova’s looking good. who’s upset about that one hit?

  • Clyde Barrow

    41 pitches through 4. Supernova is back. Let’s go offense.

  • Havok9120

    Tampa’s broadcasters are putting serious jinxes on Nova. Its like they think Cy Young is on the mound.

  • BK2ATL

    Nova is dealing through 4. Let’s hope he keeps it up.

    We need some offense vs. Shields. Can’t waste baserunners vs. him, A-Rod.

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

    Bunt him to third!!

  • jjyank

    Looking like the grandslam on Sunday got Robbie going. Let’s hope that continues.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Upton got to that quick, if he hits the cutoff that’s prob a close play.

  • Clyde Barrow

    Nothing wrong with small ball here. Two productive outs will get him home.

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

    damn, that pitch was just filthy

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

    fuck…fuck…fuck.

  • jjyank

    Damn it.

  • Erica

    SIGH Cano.

  • chcmh

    The shift is the devil.

  • aRX

    I am so fucking sick of the Rays infield…

  • Hummingbird S.

    what a shitty offense

    • RetroRob

      …or not.

  • BK2ATL

    Dis-fucking-gusting, Swisher.

  • RetroRob

    Swisher gets runners in from third with less than two outs than just about any Yankee, if I remember correctly.

    Unless it’s against the Rays.

    Seriously, if all MLB teams start adopting the Rays’ strategy, we may start seeing defensive coordinators/coaches in baseball.

    • aRX

      I’m starting to wonder if adopting their strategy would require the services of a psychic.

    • Athenian

      I hear the former Saint Defensive coach is currently out of a job in St. Louis.

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    Offensive ineptitude.

  • Athenian

    Joe Maddon positions his infield better than Girardi manages the entire Yankees. Sad.

    • BK2ATL

      And with far lesser talent.

      It’s like Girardi’s too scared to tell his high-priced guns that if the shift is on, take pitches the other way. Makes Maddon keep looking like a genius. And I guess he is, since it’s working.

      • jjyank

        Do you really think it’s as simple as Girardi telling his players to hit the other way? Tex has acknowledged the problem, so Girardi telling him to do it won’t change a damn thing.

      • Havok9120

        ….yes, because going the other way is just that simple.

  • Erica

    RAAAUUUUUUULLLLLLLL

  • Mike Nitabach

    RAUL!

  • jjyank

    Alright, Raul, you can keep the DH spot awhile longer!

    Hellz yeaaaah!

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

    My goodness does Ibanez hit some long homers.

  • Leg-End

    RAUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLL

  • handtius

    the dfa due get’s it done.

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

    Fuck yeah Raul!!!!!!

  • Tom

    Ibanez with a productive out… out of the park.

  • Erica

    What’s Sterling’s home run call for Raul?

    • aRX

      “Oh Raul, you’re so cool!”

      …yeah.

      • jjyank

        That’s gotta be one of the lamest.

        Even something like “Ibanez, hits it Gonez!” Would be better. I still maintain that “Voldemort, goes YARDemort!” is best.

        • Erica

          HAHAHAHA Voldemort. YES!

        • Monterowasdinero

          Going going Gandhi!!

          • jjyank

            Ha that’s a good one too.

      • Erica

        Ugh, really though? There should be some kind of contest where he takes suggestions from RAB posters and then we can vote on it.

    • Midland TX

      “Rau-I’ll be seein ya” as well

  • aRX

    Shift this, bitches!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    That’s called picking up the mates.

    Ibanez has homered twice against Shields this year. Go figure.

  • Clyde Barrow

    Ibanez comes through again.

  • BK2ATL

    Fuck that shift, Ibanez!!!!

    One day, people around will give Cash his props.

    2-0 Yanks.

    • Tom

      Ibanez has a .792 OPS… I’ll take that for 1.1mil (or whatever he’s making)

      • BK2ATL

        Some dude yesterday was referencing him being traded, or someone else being brought in. I couldn’t understand that train of thought.

        This site sometimes… I swear.

  • Buddy

    SHIFT THAT BITCH!

  • sum dum phuk

    Lord Voldemort strikes again!

  • handtius

    people hating on swish already. it’s due, because every other team gets the runner in from 3rd 143% on the time.

  • Kruk That Noise

    Jim Joyce’s strike call in 7.1 is searing my soul.

  • RetroRob

    It’s a shame that Hamilton is such an injury-prone headcase.

    • jjyank

      Yeah, he’s a really exciting player. Unfortunately, I don’t want the Yankees to have anything to do with him.

      • RetroRob

        He’d be fun to watch, on and off the field, yet I see nothing but bad things on any longterm deal.

        • jjyank

          I’m no scientist, but there is no way that what he’s put his body through can age well for an athlete. It’s a shame, he has so much talent.

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

            No way, the shit he was using is degenerative. It legit breaks down muscle tissue, plus you have to account for the muscle atrophy your body is obviously going to go through while using. Plus…i really don’t think NYC is the best area for a famous recovering addict to be working/living…it’s way to easy to get anything you want/need.

          • pistol pete

            I’d sign Hamilton in a NY minute. He’s one of the two or three best players in the game and we don’t have anyone even remotely as good as he is. Our 23 and 27m players are over the hill, Tex/Arod.

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

              And what do you think will happen to Hamilton? He’ll be over the hill in a year, if not sooner.

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

                Seriously, he’s going to fall off a cliff before age 35. Plus, he’s already had two relapses in a small market like Arlington…imagine him in New York. I mean I’ve got no problem with what any player does off the field, but given his history I think Hamilton needs that second look.

              • jjyank

                Yeah, this. Hamilton will be what, 32 when he signs his next contract? pistol pete wants to remedy our big money, over the hill players by…wait for it…signing a player who will soon be over the hill to a big money deal.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Scott Kazmir won six straight starts for the Rays at one point in 2008 (courtesy FSFlorida trivia question).

    He fell off a cliff a month later after the ASB debacle. Never been the same.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Rain really coming now.

    Need two more outs and this shit is official. Not that I expect this game to just go the minimum, being an important Rays/Yankees affair.

    • Havok9120

      That’s one thing about the new WC…gotta be harder for the MLB to call divisional non-blowouts.

  • Cy Pettitte

    hurry up Nova!

  • chcmh

    I live two miles from the stadium and it’s pouring.

  • Leg-End

    Nova, beat that rain.

    • RkyMtnYank

      No kidding, get this last out then it’s ok to be first pitch swinging in the bottom half.

      • RkyMtnYank

        *not ok

  • Erica

    Agh.

    • Erica

      Agh x 2

  • Cy Pettitte

    is that Swish or Greg Golson in RF?

    • Monterowasdinero

      Don’t ever put those two arms in the same sentence.

      Sincerely,
      The one and only member of the Greg Golson fan club.

  • Clyde Barrow

    He has to beat the rain. Then they have to call it so Nova doesn’t have to come back out.

  • RetroRob

    So what’s the forecast for the rest of the night?

    • jjyank

      I thought it was just scattered showers. I think they’ll get the game in. If the forecast was really bad, they’d probably have the tarp on right now.

  • Erica

    What exactly is Jim Joyce growl-grunting? My ears! They cannot pick up such sounds accurately.

    Let’s go Nova!

    • RkyMtnYank

      Sounds like he says “strike three” on every strike call.

      • Erica

        It does!

    • jjyank

      It’s mildly annoying, but like I said above somewhere, I’ll take the ridiculous strike call over the umps that have a 5 second pause and wait for the batter to go halfway to first base before calling a strike.

      • Erica

        Fully agree. It’s so obnoxious when they wait – and why DO they wait so long sometimes?

        • jjyank

          No idea. Could be their style, or it could be their way of fucking with the hitter, but it’s annoying.

  • chcmh

    He gets standing ‘novation’ (channeling inner sterling)

    • Greg

      Wait for inter league.

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

    Nova! outstanding tonight.

    • jjyank

      Yeah, he’s doing a great job of getting rid of my doubts this game.

  • Need Pitching

    Really glad Nova pitching great today.
    I was starting to worry about him.

    • Havok9120

      This. Those hit numbers and consistently high fastballs of questionable effectiveness were making me sad.

  • Eirias

    Alright, call the game.

  • flamingo

    Was just able to turn on the radio – Sterling’s telling me that Nova’s been outstanding?! AWESOME. Feel free to supply more details, y’all.

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

      He’s been great. Three ground ball singles, one didn’t leave the infield.

      • flamingo

        Insane. Wow.

    • MannyGeee

      Making the Rays look like every swingin dick has made the Yankees look for the past 2 weeks. Does that help?

      • flamingo

        Sure feels good to have it happen to someone else.

  • Cy Pettitte

    these whiffs are very satisfying. Nova looks amazing.

  • MannyGeee

    So a couple of points, as I was away from my iPad for an inning or 2:

    – Raul Ibanez = True Yankee (c)
    – Ivan Nova = fcking maniac
    – seeing Jose Molina throw today reminds me how much I loved him. So goddam natural behind the plate.
    – rain shorted game might not be a bad thing tonight… Jus sayin.
    – if I type in “ju” on my iPad, it auto fills “Jus Sayin”. Write it too much, or smartest iPad ever?

    • RkyMtnYank

      I was thinking the same thing about Molina. I don’t care what the catcher hits, that’s not the importance of that position, only a plus. Sorry Jorge.

    • jjyank

      I’d like to agree on Molina. I always like him, and thought he was one of the best BUCs in the league. Great defense, pops a homer every once in awhile.

      • MannyGeee

        He’s just so fluid… Just awesome

  • Greg

    Raul Ibanez > Randy Winn

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

      Ham Sandwich- Ham>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Randy Winn.

      • jjyank

        Ham sandwich>>>>>Cheese and bread>>>>Bread by itself>>>Going hungry for lunch>>Winn.

    • Kruk That Noise

      dust bunny > Randy Winn

    • MannyGeee

      Raul Mondesi > Randy Winn

      • Erica

        Heh.

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

        Speaking of the Honorable one, where has he been all season?

        • jjyank

          He showed up in a thread the other day, and said he was leaving again because of some of the ridiculousness. Can’t say I blame him sometimes.

          • RetroRob

            I do think some of the crazies here now have driven out some of the better commentators.

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

              I remember when I first really started posting with an account as Chen Meng Wang, it was during an AJ Burnett start and this guy Jesse and I got into a heated argument over whether AJ could ever turn it around…we wound up becoming RAB buddies lol, I wonder what happened to him.

              • Havok9120

                He still lurks and posts every now and then. Much reduced. Mondesi posted in several consecutive threads late in the offseason, then disappeared again, then reappeared a couple days ago.

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

            Yeah, this place can get ridiculous, but it doesn’t hold a candle to LoHud…I completely missed the huge throw down last night between Plank and Ted Nelson, and Mike deleted it because apparently it got really nasty. What happened?

            • Havok9120

              Nothing worth covering in depth. It was just silly. This time Ted started it again and then it just kept rolling along with the help of both.

            • jjyank

              Oh wow I didn’t realize it was deleted. It started out as a discussion/argument about the $189 mil budget with me and Ted on one side and Plank and Manny’s Bandwagon on the other. It started getting nasty, Manny backed out quickly, then I backed out once name calling got involved, and then Plank and Ted went on for a good while longer. It wasn’t pretty. To be honest with out, I stopped looking at it once I backed out of the argument.

              All in all though, you’re right, RAB is waaaay better than every other blog, crazies and all.

              • jjyank

                to be honest with *you

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

                Honestly, no matter what the disagreement is, personal attacks and name calling outside of calling somebody’s idea stupid is just not called for. People have to remember we’re talking about a team, playing a game, that we’re supposed to enjoy.

                • jjyank

                  I agree. I’m actually glad that epic argument happened, it made me realize that I don’t come to RAB for that nonsense, and I need to back out quicker when it happens. I, unfortunately, have been involved in a couple of large arguments, and I’m determined to nip that in the bud next time.

            • RetroRob

              I actually find the Plank-Ted Nelson exchanges funny just because they get under each other’s skins. Once it starts, you pretty much know Mike has to add another server just to hold all the comments.

              I still think there’s 20% chance they are the same person.

        • MannyGeee

          I straight up miss that dude. He was the best.

          • Havok9120

            Him and tjsc. I was looking at some older threads a few days ago and found some of his posts….made me nostalgic.

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

              That’s the name i was forgetting, I knew it had Elder in it too because it would always remind me of Elder Scrolls(I’m a nerd)

    • pistol pete

      Ibanez is proving me wrong and I’m happy that he is, hope he keeps it going.

      • Erica

        My hardcore Phillies phan phriend told me that Raul is clutch and had only the best things to say about him. I’ll take her word, I guess.

        • MannyGeee

          She was lying to you, she was saying it to make you feel better.

          kinda like how the guy at the dealership tells you that the brown Hyundai in the corner of the lot is a great deal because it has 280,000 “highway” miles…

          • Erica

            Damn those Phillies Phans! You can’t trust ‘em!

            Excellent analogy, though do Hyundais actually make it to 280k? Replace it with Honda and we got a deal.

            • MannyGeee

              Soooo replace Ibanez with Melky? Done and done!

              • Erica

                FIRE CASHM–!

                Oh wait.

  • Tom

    80 pitches… if they can make him work this inning, they might have Shields out after 6 innings

  • Leg-End

    Shields has thrown 80 pitches already? Nice.

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

      Honestly, that’s nothing for him, he regularly throws ~120

      • Leg-End

        Yeah but at this rate thats one more inning.

        • Tom

          Exactly… that Grandy AB was huge (not just for the HR).

          He’ll be in the high 90’s by the end of the inning (if not more)

          • Leg-End

            Yep, now hes at 100 exactly through 5.

  • Hall and Nokes

    What’s with YES doing nothing but blowout material tonight?

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

    Fuck yeah, the Grandyman can.

  • Leg-End

    That Grandyman, oh boy.

  • Erica

    Alright Grandy!

  • Greg

    The Grandyman!

  • BK2ATL

    Granderson is locked in in 2012!!!! Love it!!!

    3-0 Yanks.

  • Total Dominication

    An at bat of pawnage.

  • MannyGeee

    Wow, the Grandyman sure fcking can

  • Hall and Nokes

    Nice YSIII cheapie.

    Now let’s get back to the drawing chick.

  • MannyGeee

    Fun fact, Jeff Suppan is still pitching. Who knew?

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

      Is he still with the Brewers? That’s the last I heard of him, I was home sick one afternoon a couple years ago and the only thing I could find to watch was a Brewers game on MLBN

      • MannyGeee

        Just saw his name flash up as a Padre… 5IP of 5 hit ball…

  • Cy Pettitte

    that’s what I call a short porch special

  • Total Dominication

    So A-rod has a 380 obp and is on track for juuust under 30 hr. Especially at 3b, that’s pretty damn good.

    • Leg-End

      I’d take that for the next 6 years, amiright?

  • Don’tcha Know?

    Is Middlebrooks actually THIS good? (Please say no)

    • RetroRob

      Did he hit another one?

      I picked him up last week, so if a Red Sox player is doing damage, I’d rather it be him.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        He’s en fuego.

    • MannyGeee

      The jackasses on WEEI were adamant about the Sawx trading Youk and keeping Middlebrooks. If nothing else at least he’s less hatible.

      • Havok9120

        There’s a strong case to be made for trading Youk and keeping WMB up.

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

          WMB left tonight’s game with an injury.

          • MannyGeee

            Of course he did… It’s almost not funny with the injuries in Boston right now…. ALMOST not funny

  • Kramerica Industries

    Jose Molina?

    Jesus what a gift.

  • aRX

    …seriously? Molina? Oh well.

  • chcmh

    So which one of you guys said you like Molina?

    • Leg-End

      I still can’t hate him.

    • MannyGeee

      Not gonna lie, That made me happy and sad all at once… But in my defense, I was talking about his work behind the dish.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Another interesting OT note: Cody Ransom showed up in my fantasy search for a SS hitting .351 with 4 homers and and 12 rbi in 37 ab’s.

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

      Haha, who is he playing for?!

      • RkyMtnYank

        Arizona

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

          Wow, he’s only got 47PA…and 4 Homers. Good for him. I remember Peter Abrahms writing an article for Lohud back when Alex got hurt that Cody Ransom would work out better than having Alex. Dude had a huge Hate Boner for A-Rod.

          • jjyank

            I guess A-Rod never gave Pete Abe a gift basket.

      • RkyMtnYank

        He’s made 9 starts since being called up and seems to be taking alot of time away from Ryan Roberts.

  • Clyde Barrow

    You’ve shut them down all game and then you give up a HR to Jose Molina? Really?

    • Havok9120

      You’re back!

  • Hummingbird S.

    oh boy, comon Nova

  • Cy Pettitte

    @BloggingBombers: A fan just yelled at Zobrist: “Zobrist! You’re last in the alphabet! LAST!” #SadTrashTalking

    I found this way funnier than I should have

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Right there with you. I’m laughing out loud right now.

    • MannyGeee

      Wow, maybe that’s funnier after a small mortgage worth of stadium beer… Nah it’s kinda funny now

    • Havok9120

      That’s actually kinda hilarious. Both the burn and the fact that he actually said it.

  • Don’tcha Know?

    Pena ’bout to do what Pena does best. Kill the Yankees.

    • Greg

      FAIL

      • Don’tcha Know?

        I jinxed it. You should bow before me. I am your god, Greg. I made that happen.

    • Need Pitching

      you were saying ….

  • Erica

    Love them 3-6-3 double plays. LOVE.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Nova just avoided a major shatting, especially at a time when Carlos Pena was ripe to do what Pena always does to this team.

    Huge DP.

  • Athenian

    Damn it… if he would only start hitting. Serious glove.

  • Tom

    Say what you want about Tex at the plate… but not sure anyone in baseball turns DP that better than Tex.

  • chcmh

    Nova’s ball is flying beautifully tonite.

  • Total Dominication

    Michael, Shields has not pitched well.

  • MannyGeee

    Burke Badenhop warming… Sounds like something the Swedish Chef would say

  • Greg

    Weird thing.

    Whenever I see Burke Badenhop’s name, I think of Boris Badenov from Rocky and Bullwinkle

  • jjyank

    Maybe Mike should post highlighting one of Nova’s problems on every day he starts?

    …I may or may not be becoming superstitious.

    • Havok9120

      You? Superstitious? A BASEBALL FAN?

      Never.

      • jjyank

        I may also have been wearing my lucky Cano jersey while watching the games the last few days. Whatever works.

        • Havok9120

          Oh, I remember that you have been.

  • MannyGeee

    Sidebar… The Melkman has a .429 avg against LHP this season. And as I type this, Swisher kills my boner with a DP…

    • jjyank

      I’m not sure what Swisher’s wife would say about this comment.

      • MannyGeee

        Now that i have re-read it, I would like to recant my earlier erection related comment

  • Havok9120

    By the way, I dunno if you’ve all seen this already, but Bronx Banter put up “Reggie Jackson in No Man’s Land,” marking the first time the whole article has ever been on the internet, which I thought was shocking considering that its a classic. I know I’d never read the whole thing before, and I’d bet most people around my age probably haven’t either. Good LORD is that worth the read.

    Here’s the link: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com.....mans-land/

    • Professor Longnose

      Thanks for pointing this out. I remember the stir. I was a big fan of Munson, and never warmed to Reggie.

      • Havok9120

        Yeah, I remember hearing about this article for years and years. I was glad to finally read it all the way through.

        And “I’m the straw that stirs the drink,” is probably pretty deeply ingrained in Yankee lore at this point.

  • flamingo

    Nova in the freaking 7th inning under 80 pitches.

  • Greg

    My god. Luke Scott sporting the chops

  • MannyGeee

    Dunno if anyone has mentioned it tonight, but boy oh boy does Luke Scott look like an asshole with those chin chops.

    • Kramerica Industries

      With or without the mutton chops, Luke Scott is an asshole.

      That’s his whole persona. And it can be hilarious when he’s trashing Boston and the whole establishment, or annoying as fuck as he continues to flat-out MASH for the Rays.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Actually, that jackass has cooled off big time of late.

        Still over .500 SLG, though, so I guess the “mashing” part is still valid.

  • flamingo

    UGH. Is the ball really carrying tonight?

    • MannyGeee

      Ask Granderson

  • Hummingbird S.

    get him out, hes done

    • Erica

      I mean I wouldn’t say that…

    • Havok9120

      Now, you may be right….but its hard taking you seriously when you say that about every pitcher as soon as anything goes wrong.

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

    Maybe time to get someone up?

    • Havok9120

      Yeah, after that walk.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Nova starting to get touched up big-time out there.

    Joyce to the warning track, and Scott took him deep. Rested BP, have to start getting the arms warm. 3-2 is no time to fuck around.

  • jjyank

    God damn it Luke Scott, you’re so easy to hate with that insane facial hair.

    • Havok9120

      I’m hoping he’ll eventually go with the Ambrose Burnside look. And yes, the term “side burns” does come from him, so you know they’ll be epic.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F.....ouched.jpg

      • jjyank

        I might actually hate him less if he did that.

        • Havok9120

          I know I would.

  • Luisergi

    Not watching… please tell me Joe has somebody up!!

    • Greg

      Now he does

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    The Yankees need to move back the fence or raise the wall in RF. Some of these HRs are ridiculous.

    • Erica

      Ooooh, a reverse Citifield move.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        Any ball in the air to RF has a chance to go ou.

    • jjyank

      It works both ways though. Grandy hit a cheapie too.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        Sure they do but it’s becoming as absurd as the Green Monster. A homer needs to be more than just a routine fly ball.

        • jjyank

          I don’t think it’s as bad as the Monstah. Yankee Stadium benefits LHBs, which are less common, where as the Monstah benefits RHB, which are more plentiful, thus, it is exploited more. That’s my theory anyway. I don’t have a problem with the short porch.

    • Havok9120

      We benefit quite a bit too….

  • Need Pitching

    how do they not have anybody warming yet?

    • Greg

      They do now

  • Dan in Atlanta

    You can’t blow out pens because your starters hang pitches. Nova only at 85 pitches, he needs to man the fuck up and get some outs.

    • Need Pitching

      2.2 innings is blowing out the pen?
      pitch count shouldn’t matter, effectiveness should

  • Kramerica Industries

    Walking Jeff Keppinger?

    That’s a no-no. Especially as a RHP.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Nova seems like a different pitcher since the rain started. His control hasn’t been the same since it started.

    • Bo Knows

      probably couldn’t grip the ball right (ball is too slick)

  • Dan in Atlanta

    And we blow Soriano and DRob on cue, because Girardi can’t trust Nova.

    • Greg

      Huh?

    • Havok9120

      Um?

      You’re watching the game right?

      • Dan in Atlanta

        I wrote down below, “or I am completely and totally wrong. Nice job Nova.” Thought Joe was going to have to yank him and was delaying, but Nova did a great job getting out of there.

  • Luisergi

    Wow gameday had that 1st pitch over the plate…

    • Clyde Barrow

      Joyce hasn’t been calling the low strike.

      • Havok9120

        Except against ARod. Those two Ks were quite low on him.

  • Clyde Barrow

    Nova needs to get through this inning with the lead. Get a DP here and let SoRo take over.

  • Hummingbird S.

    as usual Joe comes with the hook a batter too late… everyone knew Nova was done, everyone but Girardi

    • Havok9120

      Ahem.

    • jjyank

      Everyone except you, it seems.

    • handtius

      guess he wasn’t done after all. guess joe g knew something you didn’t. he can’t improve if you don’t let him work into and out of trouble.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Wow.

    Shocked Keppinger didn’t score there. And now Nova is in big danger of not only surrendering the lead, but flipping the margin in the Rays favor.

    Not good.

    Not good at all.

    • handtius

      show some faith!

  • Dan in Atlanta

    Nova not finishing again. Nice collapse after 80 pitches. What is this little league?

    • handtius

      go troll somewhere else. 7 innings of 2 run ball against one of the best teams in baseball is good.

      • Dan in Atlanta

        Funny, you made no such post while things were looking bad. I, however, immediately called myself on being wrong when Girardi didn’t lift him and he got out of it.

        After that, then you posted with the gift of second sight and information not available at the first post and ignored that I went mea culpa before your post.

        Wow, you are truly a man with a sterling intellect with your awesome trolling post.

        • handtius

          not everyone refreshes the page constantly. it you did retract fine, but don’t be so quick to jump the gun that everyone will fail. i do other things then sit in front of the screen and refresh. got to clip my toe nails every so often.

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

    God damn…gotta get Rodriguez here. Then bring in the lefty.

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

      My bad, I had the line up confused.

  • jjyank

    Huge out. Nice arm, Swish.

    • handtius

      swish: kisses bicep, “thank you”

  • Greg

    Nice play by Swisher

  • The Dude

    Sigh. Lazy pitch selection on both HRs given up by Nova today. But this how Yankees-Rays games go. No matter how many HRs the Yankees hit the Rays always seem to be within striking distance. Maybe we the Yankees should wear Red Sox uniforms whenever they play the Rays since the Rays seem to bend over when they play them.

    • jjyank

      Lazy pitch selection? Is that why they Rays have been held to 2 runs in 7 innings?

    • handtius

      yeah, 2 runs over 7 inning is just horrible. they should always be shut out. no pitching duels. just 10-0 yankee wins.

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

        Every. Single. Time. Anything else should be considered a loss.

        • handtius

          how do we not have 4 starters with a 0.00?!?!? We’re totally going to finish in last place unless we get our eras down to sub .99

  • Kramerica Industries

    Thanks for hacking, SeanRod.

    One out away from avoiding a disastrous inning.

  • MannyGeee

    Wow swish is throwing darts tonite huh

  • Karl Krawfid

    Where did swish get this arm?

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

      Don’t ask haha, just let it happen.

  • Havok9120

    That may be the best throw Swish has made outside the playoffs.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Idiot Girardi, you’re supposed to IBB Rodriguez.

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

    HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE BOUNCE BACK PITCH

  • MannyGeee

    Wow… What a heart attack inning…

    Nova is clutch!

  • handtius

    nova gon nutterz.

  • Zooboy

    YES!

  • Dan in Atlanta

    Or I am completely and totally wrong. Noce job Ivan.

  • Professor Longnose

    That was the best K of the season so far.

    • MannyGeee

      Welllllll…. Maybe the Best Yankee K of the season.

      Davis k of Salty & aGon were the best of the season so far

      • Professor Longnose

        Yes, I meant Yankee season. I’d have to agree on Davis-Gonzalez.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    YEEAAHHHHH BOIIIII

  • Hummingbird S.

    beautiful! love the fist pump

  • Mike Nitabach

    YESSSS!!!!!!!!!!

  • flamingo

    Way to go, Nova!

    I’ll sign up for 7 IP, 2 runs every time.

  • Leg-End

    Thats hows its done Nova.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Whew.

    Soriano and DRob to the finish point. An insurance run or two would be very nice right now.

  • jjyank

    ‘Atta boy Nova! Huge to get out of that, both for the Yankees, and for Nova’s own confidence.

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

    Three breaking balls to Molina for the whiff. Very nice.

  • RkyMtnYank

    SWEET, Nova deserved to leave with a lead!

  • DERP

    I hope Nova’s huge balls don’t cause him any future health problems.

  • chcmh

    Wow, how awesome were those outs – just the best.

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

    That’s gotta be the biggest moment of the game, I don’t care what the numbers say, that was by far the biggest pitch.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Fist pump!

  • GardnergoesYardner

    Chance to keep the win streak alive!

    /Pretendinglikelastweekneverhappened

  • Greg

    Josh Hamilton for MVP please. .400, 13hr, 34rbi

    • pistol pete

      Free agent next year, gotta sign this guy.

      • jjyank

        Noooo way. 32 year old with his drug abuse and injury history? Pass.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Seems like Texas gets better each season.

      But close can they get to the World Series title without winning it this year? Hard to top losing after TWICE being one strike away from winning.

      Maybe it’s finally their year.

      • GardnergoesYardner

        Nah, this year they’ll call the final strike, but by that time they’ll have review for balls and strikes so they’ll reverse it and then they’ll lose.

        The Curse of th Claw and Antlers or somethin

        • flamingo

          Nah, this year they’re not making it at all.

  • pistol pete

    You just saw the difference between Nova and Hughes.

    • BK2ATL

      EXACTLY!!!

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    4-4 with 3 homers and a double for Josh Hamilton.

    When he’s healthy, he like Roy Hobbs

    • flamingo

      …Who’s pitching for the O’s?

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        Arieta started.

        • flamingo

          Well, he was due for some regression.

          • GardnergoesYardner

            It always has to be regression in the post Yankees starts! Why not regress while the Yankees are facing him?

    • RetroRob

      I think you’re shortchanging him. I think he’s 5-5, but “only” has four HRs.

  • MannyGeee

    Ha, they sat Soriano down…

  • Andy E

    id like to see on article on why nova keeps winning and getting guys out, even though his ‘underlying statistics’ dont suggest he would be so good. how does this guy keep overachieving? and im not complaining, by the way

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

    Lord Voldemort strikes again!!!!

    • MannyGeee

      Skinny British kids are shitting themselves right now

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

        Haha.

      • RetroRob

        Skinny British kids are always shitting themselves somewhere.

  • MannyGeee

    TRUE FUCKING YANKEEEEEEEEE!

  • DERP

    Is Raul Ibanez a GOD? I’m not sure.

    • handtius

      no that’s Mo. maybe he’s “a” god.

  • flamingo

    Sterling, I concede this one: RAUL, SO COOL!

    YESSSSSS.

  • Greg

    DING DONG FOR VOLDEMORT

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

    Raul.

  • jjyank

    VOLDEMORT….GOES YARDEMORT!!!!

    • Erica

      YES

      • jjyank

        If Sterling won’t use it, I sure as hell will.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Raul Ibanez: chasing Bonds.

  • Mike Nitabach

    RAUL 2!!!!!

  • Andy E

    …and that was a rocket

  • RetroRob

    Ibanez is doing to the Rays this year what Pena does to the Yankees.

    Three HRs against them now?

  • chcmh

    i-ba-huge!!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Raul goes yaht-zee again.

    Guy is nuts.

  • Tom

    When are they DFA’ing this guy again?

    That ball was SMOKED!

    • handtius

      i heard thursday.

  • Erica

    RAUL WTF HOW

  • Andy E

    id like to see on article on why nova keeps winning and getting guys out, even though his ‘underlying statistics’ dont suggest he would be so good. how does this guy keep overachieving? and im not complaining, by the way

    • RetroRob

      He’s difficult to get a read on. Almost all the so-called experts predicted a collapse this year based on his strikeout rate, yet they also failed to see the increased usage of his slider and the high percentage of swings and misses he was generating after he returned last year.

      The increased strikeout rate has continued, which is good, but the groundball rate has risen, less good. If he could actually maintain his K rate since late last year and bring back the higher ground ball rate, then he could easily be a #3, or not a #2.

      There’s more there than I originally thought, even though I was a Nova supporter for at least the #5 slot.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Josh Hamilton must be chugging cough syrup

  • MannyGeee

    Wow, Russell is taking this “catchers can’t hit” thing a little too seriously

  • Clyde Barrow

    There’s our insurance run. Ibanez was such a good pick up when he is able to be used appropriately.

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

    I just started watching. How was Nova? I like that he only gave up 5 hits, but were there lots of hard hit balls, or was it mostly weak contact?

    Also, Raul really doesn’t get cheated with his homers.

    • Need Pitching

      he was dominant the first 5 innings
      started to get hit hard the last 2

    • jjyank

      He wiggled out of some trouble in the last inning, but he was great otherwise. He had some nasty breaking pitches tonight.

      • MannyGeee

        This, he was somewhere between shaky and Cy Young over the last two innings

    • Havok9120

      Molina’s homer was just that, a Molina homer. And the other homer was a Yankee Stadium special. Until last inning, he wasn’t getting hit much at all. There were some loud outs to right field tonight tho. 3 ground ball singles, 1 of which didn’t leave the IF. Swish made a great throw home that probably would have gotten Keppinger had he tried to go home after tagging.

      5 totally dominant innings, 1 where he lost command a bit but got out of it with his second well timed DP, and 1 where he was getting hit and walking guys but wiggled out of it with the best Yankee K of the young season.

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

        Thanks guys.

    • Tom

      That was good pitching by Soriano… if not for the wild pitch that’s a Robertson special.

      That was a gutsy fastball in on the 3-2 pitch that blew up his bat, after that he had him setup for just about anything.

      • Tom

        oops…..

  • Kramerica Industries

    I swear, AJ Burnett could dominate the 1927 Yankees on his best day and get hammered by the 2003 Tigers on his worst day.

    Enigma personified.

  • Havok9120

    Sigh. Nova going back out apparently.

    As long as its a very short leash, I actually kind of like it. Veryyyyyy short leash.

    • Cy Pettitte

      shows how much they trust the $35mil man

      • handtius

        show’s they trust nova and what to see how he does. his pitch count is pretty low.

  • DERP

    David Phelps is doing yeoman’s work on that bag of seeds.

  • Leg-End

    Jeter, my fantasy team thanks you.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Mike and friends,
    Now that Chris Davis has gone into the shitter as soon as I picked him up to replace Longoria, who should I replace him with?

    Pedro Alvarez
    Will Middlebrooks
    Chase Headley
    Chris Johnson
    Jed Lowrie
    Kyle Seager

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Headley

    • handtius

      tony clark

    • jjyank

      I’d go Headley. Keep an eye on Alvarez though, I think he’s been picking it up as of late.

    • MannyGeee

      Well, mike just informed us that WMB got hurt today…

      I am partial to Lowrie, if only because I think he’s gonna get the playing time in a shitty Houston lineup where he’ll hit a bit.

      • Havok9120

        He got HURT?!

        Oh my God….OTM must be a zoo. Its the only thing they’ve been taking pleasure in this season.

        • jjyank

          Well, I know what website I will be on after the Yankee game.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Really like Alvarez.

      I was actually pondering picking him up myself today. .885 OPS and an excellent slugging percentage. Plays in a shitty lineup with no protection, though.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        That’s what I think. Maybe he’s turning the corner. Headley hasn’t done anything in 2 weeks after a hot start.

  • Havok9120

    And the Cap’n, just reminding us he’s in the lineup tonight.

  • DERP

    JOSH HAMILTON!!!1

  • Kramerica Industries

    Josh Hamilton has hit FOUR home runs tonight!!

    Jesus!

    • handtius

      4? good lord parachute pants.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Josh Hamilton 4HR’s jesus.

    • MannyGeee

      Un fucking real..

    • Monterowasdinero

      Yes Jesus will too in 5 years.

  • flamingo

    Wait… Hamilton hit 4 HRs?!?!

  • Havok9120

    Crap, I forgot it was Yogi’s birthday on the 12th.

    Awesome. :)

    • jjyank

      Indeed. Dude has a world series ring for every finger. Without bothering to look anything up, that’s gotta be the most ever for one player/manager, right?

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

    Hamilton just went yard for the 4th time in the game. 5-5 with 4Homers and a double of the wall.

    • flamingo

      That’s insane.

  • jjyank

    Well the first save situation post-Mo injury, and Soriano is the 8th inning guy.

  • MannyGeee

    Wow Nova got a tan over the last 1/2 inning

  • GardnergoesYardner

    Wow Hamilton.

    That’s crazy! He’s a fucking god

  • Kramerica Industries

    I love Soriano.

    What a schmuck.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Soriano /facepalm

  • flamingo

    Thanks, Soriano. Thanks a lot.

  • Tony

    Haha. MLB network just had a breaking news pop up at the bottom of the screen that said Phil Humber threw the 21st perfect game in history. They just corrected it for Hamiltons 4 homers

    • MannyGeee

      Wrong huge letterzzzzz!!!!!!! That’s funny

    • Havok9120

      That’s hilarious.

  • Leg-End

    Jesus titty christ, I hope Hamilton isn’t on my fantasy teams matchup this week.

  • aRX

    Anyone got Hamilton in fantasy? He might singlehandedly win you most of your offensive categories this week o.0

    • Mike HC

      Yea, I do. He is hitting so much he is making up for Pujols hitting so little on my team. I’m sure when Pujols gets it going and starts hitting at an absurd rate, Hamilton will be on the DL. That is how these things usually go I find.

  • MannyGeee

    Wow, I have never seen letters so big on MLB Network as thrones that just told me about Hamiltons 4th homer

  • Mike HC

    Feeling the loss of Mo already. This would have been Robertson to Mo. Now Soriano gets in the mix and makes it interesting. Hopefully he gets out of it.

  • handtius

    i wouldn’t have minded seeing what nova could do in the 8th. go batter to batter, see how long he can go.

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

      I wouldn’t have been apposed to it, but going to Sori was the right move.

      • jjyank

        I agree. Nova had a few balls hit hard on him in the later innings, the pen is rested. Use it.

        • handtius

          understand, but his pitch count was low. i want to see him stretched out more, 110-120. let him fight.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Showalter should be fired for leaving in a sidearming righty against Hamilton.

    • Need Pitching

      meh, it was already a blowout, no need for matchups

      • Cy Pettitte

        just on principle. now the O’s get to be in the headlines tomorrow lol.

    • GardnergoesYardner

      I can think of many more reasons why he should be fired

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

      Yeah, you’re just asking for bad things..

  • Mike HC

    Josh Hamilton. 4 homers. He is good.

    • MannyGeee

      How many homers did the ENITRE Yankees team get against the Os last week?

      • GardnergoesYardner

        We had less runs than Hamilton himself has scored tonight

      • Mike HC

        I remember when Cano and Hamilton were going homer for homer in that playoff series a couple of years ago. Even though we lost, that was one great series, especially the performance from Cano and Hamilton. You know Cano has a hot streak in him yet this year too. Not on Hamiltons level though

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Like Barry Bonds on steroids good.

  • chcmh

    Jim Joyce can be annoying

  • Havok9120

    Now, I never, ever, EVER wish injury on players….but WMB leaving the Boston game will probably have the denizens of OTM lined up on the monster for a mass suicide attempt.

    • handtius

      i don’t understand these initials. or any text shortening for the most part.

      • Professor Longnose

        OTM is Over The Monster (overthemonster.com), a popular Red Sox blog, where Red Sox angst can be read almost every day.

        • handtius

          and wbm?

          • Professor Longnose

            Will B. Middlebrooks, the hot-hitting Red Sox rookie who came out of the game tonight with a tight hamstring.

            • Professor Longnose

              Sorry, no B. Just Will MiddleBrooks.

            • handtius

              Dude’s already getting the initials treatment? crazy.

      • Havok9120

        OTM- Over the Monster. A good Sox blog. The writers are all quite good and the community is….well…interesting. They’re not abusive even if Yanks fans post, at least not most nights. And they’ve been ready to jump off a cliff since about February.

        WMB- Will Middlebrooks, the only thing the people of OTM have taken pleasure in all season.

        • Professor Longnose

          Yes, I enjoy reading it. I like Sons Of Sam Horn, too. It’s less rationale, but can be fun.

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

          It makes RAB during the Os and Royals series seem civil.

    • jjyank

      I said this elsewhere, not sure if you saw it, but now I know where I am going for a little nighttime reading after the Yankee game. OTM should be fun tonight.

      • Havok9120

        I’m kinda excited. It’ll make a good study break tonight or tomorrow.

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

    I hate, hate, HATE the Rangers, but it’s really nice to see a team finally exposing the true Orioles. No more of this 19-9 crap.

    • flamingo

      Yep, same here.

  • Greg

    Soriano channeling his inner Robertson

  • handtius

    soriano. what a shmuck. striking out two batters after giving up a triple. garbage.

  • jjyank

    Big K there. One more MFIKY.

  • chcmh

    I’m feeling the mo-less-ness tonite.

  • DERP

    I’m pretty sure the Yankees and Red Sox series were the Orioles’ World Series. They suck.

  • flamingo

    Freaking Soriano.

  • Kramerica Industries

    The run still had to score.

    Damned near impossible to finish the Rays. And it’s annoying as fuck to watch.

  • aRX

    *sigh*

  • Greg

    That’s Martin’s fault. You were calling for it down, protect down

    • jjyank

      I actually kind fo agree. Martin knows there’s a runner on third, and he called for a breaking ball down, he’s gotta block it better. Maybe not Martin’s fault entirely, but it’s not Soriano’s either.

    • RkyMtnYank

      No way, you never expect a pitch like that to have to be blocked. It’s a wild pitch plain and simple.

  • Cy Pettitte

    what a tease. shame on me for thinking he’s strand the runner I guess.

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

    Damnit MFIKY..you were going so well after the lead off triple.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Zobrist is on my fantasy team so if we win 4-3, that run is OK.

  • Leg-End

    I’m not one to hate on a Yankee but does anyone actually like Soriano? I’ve just never took to the guy.

  • Hummingbird S.

    If they’re going to have a catcher who CAN’T hit, he should at least be able to block pitches in the dirt. Yet we’ve seen a bunch of wild pitches early on..

    • handtius

      that bounced 3 feet in front of the plate. anyone would have a problem handling that…even molina the magician.

      • Greg

        If there is a guy on third, dont call for the pitch to be down if you cant block it

        • RkyMtnYank

          Have you ever actually played this game, even little league?

        • handtius

          a pitch down is different then a pitch 3 feet in front of the plate. that’s a spiked pitch that bounces and you can’t predict the exact trajectory. i would have like him to block it, but it’s not completely his fault.

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

          so only call for pitches up against a HR hitter? Good idea.

          • Greg

            Up, but away. Dot the outside corner

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

              Easier said than done. If you keep throwing pitches in the same location, eventually the hitter will adjust unless it’s like 97 on the black but Soriano can’t do that.

            • handtius

              do that every time and it get’s predictable. you can’t take away his slider because there’s a man on third. that’s just stupid. that’s pitching or calling pitches scared. that’s how you get beat.

      • Hummingbird S.

        There have been far too many wild pitches this season.. Martin sucks with the bat and looks like hes regressed with the glove

        • handtius

          most were garcia in that one start and you couldn’t catch those with a net.

  • Havok9120

    That was….anti-climactic.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Get Soriano the hell out of there.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Slider Slider Slider Slider Slider

  • TurdFerguson10

    Wow, Russell Martin really sucks at catching.

  • flamingo

    Every time I decide that my irrational hatred for Soriano is just that – irrational – he manages to annoy me again.

    • RetroRob

      That felt like a typical Soriano inning. He seems both excellent and sucks-major-league all at once.

      • flamingo

        Yes. He gets ugly swings but allows runs to score. It’s giving me whiplash.

  • RetroRob

    Is that Wolverine at the plate? So we have Voldemort and Wolverine n the same game?

    • handtius

      +1

    • jjyank

      Indeed. The Mayans might have been on to something.

  • Mike HC

    We’ll take it

  • chcmh

    Ok, heart attack, but a good heart attack.

  • Total Dominication

    Good coming back from 3-0 there.

  • jjyank

    MFIKY comes through! Hopefully D-Rob doesn’t stress me out as much.

  • Clyde Barrow

    Soriano just isn’t going to hack it as an 8th inning guy. He’s walking guys left and right. Get Robertson into the game.

    • flamingo

      I think I was saying that about Robertson last year.

      Apropos of nothing, though, because there’s a bit of difference between the two.

    • Havok9120

      Do you understand what you just said there? Granted, its possible DRob has actually figured it out with the walks, but still….

      • flamingo

        Well, Robertson is seemingly more likely to strand those walks.

  • Greg

    So only the ineffectiveness of Martin costs them a run.
    If you are going to call for that pitch and that location in that situation, you better block it. If not, don’t call it

    • Mike HC

      Considering Soriano gave up he triple and bounced a nasty pitch well before the plate, I would say that run is mostly on Soriano, even though Martin does get part blame, but small.

      • Greg

        The pitch could have been better for sure, but the pitcher trusts the catcher to block it.

        • Mike HC

          I’m just not discounting that the runner was on third to begin with because of Soriano. But agreed that didn’t get the job done there.

          • Mike HC

            *that Martin didn’t get the job done.

        • Havok9120

          Sure, but that was a clear AJ pitch. No one gets those regularly.

        • handtius

          dude, you don’t trust a catcher to block a ball that bounces 3 feet in front of the plate. that’s why it’s called a Wild Pitch, not a past ball.

    • RkyMtnYank

      Sure, just throw a fastball down the middle then to get hammered for a home run.

    • Tom

      Ineffectiveness? The ball hit 2 feet in front of home plate.

      If it bounces after the plate I can see blaming Martin but when it bounces that far in front of the plate and has side spin on it, the catcher doesn’t have that much of a chance

    • Need Pitching

      calling for it down doesn’t mean bounce it 3 feet in front of the plate. Soriano didn’t execute properly. The pitched should have been bounced on the plate (if at all) not well in front of the plate. Martin deserves some of the blame, but you’re going ridiculously over the top with the critique. Every catcher occasionally is unable to block pitches in the dirt, even when they are expecting it. Should every team completely abandon the slider with a runner on third because occasionally it might have a bad consequence?

    • JohnnyC

      Montero would have blocked it. Okay, I shouldn’t have gone there.

      • Monterowasdinero

        Must we always bring his name up? Ban this commenter!

        /kidding

        • The Irony Guy

          BUT LET’S TALK ABOUT OTM GUYZ! IT’S SO RELEVANT.

  • Tony

    Its going to be weird seeing Drob in the 9th. Hopefully he strikes out the side for his 3rd straight appearance

    • jjyank

      My fantasy team would appreciate it.

      • Tony

        So would mine

  • Greg

    By the way, Devils up 3-1 in the third period over the Flyers.

    • RkyMtnYank

      Did the goalie miss a shot that was deflected twice before going in the net? Damn goalies!

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Jake McGee’s body is really lanky and it bothers me.

  • jjyank

    Wow Upton, that was bad.

    • Havok9120

      That thing was a missile, but yeah. That was certainly less than I’d expect from him there.

      • jjyank

        Yeah it wasn’t an easy play, but you gotta prioritize getting in front of that ball. He just misjudged it, thought he could catch it on the fly at first. It happens, but I thought his defensive was better than that.

        • CP

          The ball skipped of the grass. It didn’t take a normal hop. He still should have at least knocked it down, but it’s not as bad as it first looked.

          • jjyank

            That’s pretty much what I’m saying. It was a tough play, but Upton should have at least tried to get in front of it to knock it down. It’s semantics really, hard to judge a players defense on a tough play like that, but I just thought Upton could make that play.

  • RetroRob

    Wouldn’t be a Yankees-Rays game without some bad Upton play in center.

    • Rick Bladt Attack

      The Tampa announcers are actually questioning why this was an error, and think it should be scored a double. He did jog after the ball with a moderate sense of urgency though…

      • RetroRob

        Wait? That was scored an error and not a hit? That was totally a hit.

        • RetroRob

          …or are they saying it’s a single, and A-Rod advances on the error?

          I do think that Upton misplayed that slightly, but I would still score it a straight double.

          • Rick Bladt Attack

            Single and an error.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    How the hell isn’t Arod on 3rd?

    • Greg

      Because he’s old

    • Tony

      He’s not 25 anymore

    • handtius

      probably thought it was a single out of the box.

      • RetroRob

        Bryce Harper is angry.

        • handtius

          that’s because his barber gave him a douchie haircut.

  • JohnC

    Soriano hasn’t pitched in days. A little rusty, but he did well. Give him a break guys!

    • Greg

      fair point

    • Mike HC

      A triple, wild pitch and walk all in one inning is actually kind of sucky. But agreed it could have been worse.

  • Mike HC

    Cano usually hits these middle relief lefties.

    • Greg

      Yep.

      • Mike HC

        ha … and also, sometimes he doesn’t

    • Havok9120

      Yeah well….that one was throwing 98. A little higher quality than most LOOGYs.

    • RetroRob

      McGee can be tough. Wouldn’t surprise me if he took over as closer some point this season.

      • Mike HC

        Yea, he looked like legit back end bullpen type. I remember him from past years now. He is a legit major leaguer.

    • Hummingbird S.

      hes been late against the FB all season long

  • pistol pete

    Arod smoked that one but he should be on third, loafed out of the box.

    • Greg

      Yeah and slip and get injured and be our for 2 months

    • Bunt Gardner

      I’ve come to the conclusion that Arod and Tex could each hit five HRs in one game and you would still complain about something.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    The Yankees should see if the Rays will let Cano’s father pitch to him.

  • mike_h

    hoping for a Tex HR

  • Havok9120

    Joe Maddon: doing his thing.

  • Greg

    Take that Maddon!

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Wow Teix. Was not expecting that.

  • jjyank

    Man, that extra cushion feels good. ‘Atta boy Tex!

  • flamingo

    THANKS TEX!

  • chcmh

    Pound it past the shift. Love it, Tex.

  • Zooboy

    Eat shift!

  • Havok9120

    Take that shift!

    Again I say: Joe Maddon, ladies and gentlemen!

    They all do things that backfire.

  • Professor Longnose

    If Swisher hits one out it’s not a save situation.

    • Havok9120

      That would be best.

    • jjyank

      So you’re saying that would make it garbage time?

      • Havok9120

        That was well played.

      • Professor Longnose

        At this point, you can pretty much define garbage time as any time Swisher is up.

  • Guest

    Hamilton hit 4 tonight.

    Sweet mother of mercy.

    Kemp/Hamilton for most joint tattoo’s by league MVP’s in MLB history. Keep it going boys!

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    I’d like to see an RAB t-shirt that says “take that shift and shove it”.

    • handtius

      like it.

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

    So Soriano gets some big outs and Tex gets a clutch hit! What is going on here??!!?

    • jjyank

      It’s the Mayans.

    • handtius

      regression.

  • Tom

    Martin would have had that.

  • handtius

    molina is such a shitty catcher. how can he let that get by!Q?!?!?

    • Havok9120

      I laughed.

    • Greg

      He should have blocked one. That one went straight back

    • RkyMtnYank

      He should of had that, just ask Greg!

  • Havok9120

    Whoa. Jose havin’ a bad night back there. That wasn’t his fault tho, or even close to it. He’s just getting beat up.

  • chcmh

    I think they should shift an extra fielder behind the plate.

  • BK2ATL

    So does the narrative that Nova gets so much run support hold weight when he leaves with a 3-2 lead, and the Yanks then tack on more runs after he leaves the game??? Because 3 runs is a watershed event.

    • Havok9120

      Well….he still gets a ton of run support. But tonight was a fantastic start. Easily his best so far.

      • BK2ATL

        He usually leaves with a lead, but you must realize that 6 innings and 3 earned runs = 4.50 ERA. But that qualifies as a quality start. Plus Nova gets tagged with the run that might come around once Boone Logan or Luis Ayala (last year) allowed the inherited base runner to score.

        I don’t know if it exists, but maybe we should see a tally of how many runs were scored when Nova departs the game. The Yanks typically put up runs when they get into bullpens, whoch is generally after Nova is gone.

        I’m just not sure about that narrative though.

        • Havok9120

          1) QS is one of the worst stats in the history of bad stats, and what little use it has has nothing to do with Ivan Nova. Especially since he only pitched with really good results in 2 games this season and his others needed a lot of runs even to get a ND, let alone his other W.

          2) Its not as if he pitched lights out for that whole win streak. It wasn’t even close to lights out. The narrative comes from that. Its justified this season, though I honestly don’t remember the stat for last season.

    • Bunt Gardner

      It’s not a “narrative” when it’s a fact.

      • BK2ATL

        Ummm ok. Not gonna pull a Ted Nelson here.

        • Bunt Gardner

          Haha! Thanks.

    • handtius

      if a catcher ever lets a wild pitch get by, he should be fired, dfa’d on the spot. no excuses.

      • handtius

        reply fail…

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

    Greg, do you think Molina should have caught that?

    • Greg

      Went straight back. Would have taken a lot of courage to block that with his body but that’s his job

    • RkyMtnYank

      lol, he does, just read above^^^

  • BK2ATL

    If Ibanez hits his 3rd HR of the night….

    • BK2ATL

      Oh well…

  • Hall and Nokes

    Will Robertson get his own walk-out music? One out away from me being sad.

    • Yankeefan Arod Fan

      He Uses Sweet Home Alabama I Heard It Last Week

  • RetroRob

    First save situation PM (post Mo). Where’s my tequila?

    For the record, I have full faith in D-Rob.

    • Havok9120

      Tequila…..yikes.

    • BK2ATL

      It better be the good stuff. It’s only Tuesday night. Too much more week left to be drinking crap tequila.

      • RetroRob

        Tequila has a bad rap, basically because most of our first experiences with tequila is the bad stuff and usually in bad, drunken situations. So people think of tequilla as something to be ordered when tryingn to get f’d up.

        There is some excellent tequillas. Great sipping out of a snifter. Out in California there are some excellent tequila bars.

        For the record, I have no tequila in my home and did not have a drink during D-Rob’s appearance!

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Exactly. There are some GREAT, complex tequilas out there.

          Rum, for different reasons, gets a bum rap as well. We know what we mix in with other stuff, but there are some amazing sipping rums out there.

  • Don’tcha Know?

    What would the argument be for Josh Hamilton as All-Time Top 5 had he not squandered his “youth” away on drugs and booze?

    • handtius

      it would be a good one.

    • Havok9120

      All-Time top 5? That’s a heck of a bar for OFers.

      In all likelihood, he wouldn’t have a case good enough for that conversation. Or anywhere close to that.

      • handtius

        the problem is you don’t know. and you can’t. you’ll never know if he would have stayed healthy even if he didn’t have a drug problem.

        • jjyank

          No, I agree with Havok. It’s more likely that Hamilton doesn’t reach the Mays, Mantle, Bonds, Griffey level than he does. It’s a really, really, high bar to set. That’t not a knock on Hamilton, but there have been a lot of legendary outfielders.

        • Havok9120

          That’s the biggest part of the problem, yeah. I mean, this same argument could be had about Griffy.

          The other big part of my point I think is important too tho….Top 5 in the OF is a fairly high bar after 140 years of pro baseball. Top 5 ANYTHING is a fairly high bar after this much history and so many fantastic players.

          • handtius

            agree. griffy could have been one of the top 5…injuries happen and can change the course.

    • RetroRob

      It’s hard to construct an argument for top five, or top anything, on something that never happened.

      All I know is based on talent and “can’t miss” buzz, based on players being drafted and what was expected, Griffey, Jr., A-Rod, Josh Hamilton and Bryce Harper had the most buzz of any position prospects of the past 25 years.

      • Don’tcha Know?

        It seems as though Hamilton, based on talent alone, may be the best of the batch.

        • RetroRob

          That’s a tough one. Bryce Harper has been called the best position prospect in the past 30 years. Some have even tried to claim since Mantle. I think that’s overblown and impossible to compare, but it says something. A-Rod was #1 before the Internet, blogs, etc. were in full swing, so the buzz never got to what it is today. I don’t remember the consensus being that Hamiltion had more talent than A-Rod, but they were equivalent, can’t-miss prospects.

        • jjyank

          That’s a hard thing to argue though. Hamilton has the best talent of any outfielder, ever? It’s one thing to compare statistics, but to compare raw talent across generations? Not possible.

        • handtius

          A-rod is levels above hamilton in my book…a shortstop versus a centerfeilder and a-rod came up younger and has been better over the first 5 years of his career. A-rod is the closest we’ve seen to a legend in recent years along with bonds (he would have been considered a top 5 if he never did the needle)

          • RetroRob

            That’s right. We’re looking at A-Rod today, who will turn 37 this summer, bad hip, no longer at SS, well from his prime, and he is still someone who can crank out 30 HRs in a more depressed hitting environment.

            I remember when A-Rod was drafted and he was considered an incredible prospect, matched by few ever.

      • OldYanksFan

        Harper has mad skills. A true 5 tool player, which Hamilton is not. Harper fields, throws and run better. He doesn’t have that ‘smooth’ natural look, but I think he’s the closest player to Mantle we’ve seen.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      It would be similar to the Mickey Mantle argument

    • Robinson Tilapia

      All-Time Top 5 what? Ranger outfielders? Sure.

  • Dan in Atlanta

    What was his music?

  • Dan in Atlanta

    Sweet Home Alabama?

    • Havok9120

      That would be great. I hope it was.

  • jjyank

    I know the whole 8th inning / 9th inning difference is way overblown, but this is kind of a test for D-Rob, no? Nothing that happens tonight is definitive for sure, but the Yankees are going to need to start evaluating closer options for the future. I hope D-Rob states his case well.

    • Havok9120

      See….I’m not sure its way overblown. Its totally real to all the players.

      That said, yeah, its quite a good test.

      • jjyank

        True, I know the players themselves like defined roles and place weight on the inning number. I do think pitching a clean inning in a two run game in the 8th isn’t so different than a two run lead in a clean 9th inning. But regardless of that, this is a save opportunity against a division rival. I would love nothing more than D-Rob being the next long term Yankee closer.

  • willx

    I’m not ok with that entrance song, he needs a new one. What about Godsmack “The enemy ” ???

    • OMG! Bagels!

      It’s not very rousing at the Stadium…I do think that he needs something else.

    • Havok9120

      Um. No.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Sounds good. Sweet home Alabama is just weak.

      He needs something intimidating.

    • jjyank

      My “pump up” song when I played baseball in high school was always “Defy You” be The Offspring. To each his own though.

  • Tony

    I really dislike Will Rhymes for some unknown reason

  • chcmh

    The drob era is grey hair inducing

    • handtius

      i actually have no fear right now. i trust this kid.

  • Kramerica Industries

    DRob making things interesting.

    Of course the Rays would figure to be a pain in the ass.

    And Brandon Allen to the plate.

    Fucking Rays.

  • Greg

    John Wetteland 2.0

  • Karl Krawfid

    Would be nice to see a Curve on a hitter like Sean Rodriguez.

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

      But he’s such a dangerous, powerful hitter. Why else would he have been IBB’d in the first inning of the season?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Rays have won four games this season where they trailed in the 9th inning or later.

    A fifth would make me sick.

    Don’t let it happen.

  • handtius

    when was the last time robertson gave up a homerun?

    • Kramerica Industries

      Oh oh, I know this one!

      J.J. Hardy last August. Pretty sure the only homer he allowed in 2011.

  • Leg-End

    Sit your arse down Brandon.

  • Havok9120

    Man….he missed where Russ wanted it, which was probably what he was aiming for. But that was a very nice pitch anyway.

    • RkyMtnYank

      I think Robertson threw his pitch despite where Martin wanted it.

  • Eirias

    Robertson should enter to “Freaks Come Out at Night” by Whodini.

  • Karl Krawfid

    We need Mo back :(

  • Erica

    Shit shit shit shit shit

    • handtius

      zen baseball. robertson’s got this. bases loaded is what he wanted.

  • flamingo

    D-Rob… come on…

  • RetroRob

    Houdini moves to the 9th.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Who will be the first to say Robertson is no Mo?

    • handtius

      already happened…look up.

    • Greg

      Its already been said

  • Kramerica Industries

    Come the fuck on DRob!

    Carlos Pena to the plate. This will either end well or end horribly. Things tend to go that way with Pena.

  • chcmh

    So, this is the way other baseball clubs live.

  • mike_h

    damn…wheres my heart medication

  • Rick Bladt Attack

    Aerosmith: “Walk This Way:”

  • handtius

    he’s got this.

  • Tony

    Robertson in just trolling us right now

  • Karl Krawfid

    I gotta go pee!

  • Dan in Atlanta

    DRob is going to give me a heart attack before the all star break, let alone the end of the year.

  • willx

    nm i didn’t know papsmear already had the enemy.

  • Erica

    YES YES YES YES YES YES OH YES

  • flamingo

    The Houdini High Wire Act.

    Just the way he likes it.

  • chcmh

    oh man. phew. drob …..wow.

  • Greg

    Houdini strikes again!

  • handtius

    no fear.

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

    That was such a DRob type inning.

  • Hummingbird S.

    they cant all be like this, but ill take it! great W

  • DERP

    never in doubt

  • Havok9120

    I would like to point out….that that 0-2 curve in the dirt is probably the end of the game with Jorge back there.

    Oh….and THAAAAAAAAA YAAAANNNNKKKEEEEEES WIN!

    • flamingo

      Well, for all we’d know, he’d have hit two home runs and it wouldn’t have been a save situation.

      What can I say, I’d rather an offensive catcher.

  • mike_h

    first save AM (After Mo), very cute Michael Kay

    • RetroRob

      I dubbed it PM, Post Mo earlier, but I guess he has the mic!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Sit the fuck down Pena!

    DRob walking the tight rope to the Yankees first win against Tampa Bay this season. Way too scary, Dave.

    • Havok9120

      Get used to it. He’s been doing this since he came up.

  • jjyank

    Well it was interesting, but he pulled it off. Still no earned runs on the 2012 season for D-Rob.

  • BK2ATL

    Robertson can’t be a closer. High pitch count.

    #killnarrative

  • aRX

    Was anyone even nervous? They probably simulate RISP in the bullpen just so he can warm up properly.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Great game!!

  • ArchStanton

    Robertson just isn’t happy and settled in until he loads the bases. Likes to up the ante a bit.

  • Leg-End

    First night nerves and still passed the test.

  • Cy Pettitte

    they’re gonna need a new manager for after Girardi has a heart attack

    • RkyMtnYank

      That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Not wishing anything bad on Joe but I would prefer a new manager.

  • RetroRob

    Thank mo I had that tequila.

    I’m sure Robertson was a little nervous. Can tell by his reaction at the end. Good it’s in the past now.

  • RkyMtnYank

    That’s just the way D-Rob rolls, gonna give us all too many grey hairs but I think he’ll pretty much always get it done.

  • handtius

    think he got his jitters. he’ll be fine from now on.

  • Ari Gold

    I love Houdini. I wasn’t nervous so much as really excited. Robertson’s stuff has taken a step forward.

  • Tony

    Its amazing how comfortable I can feel even when he loads the bases

  • Need Pitching

    maybe a little help from the umpire, but I’ll take it

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

    • Havok9120

      Yeah, that doesn’t surprise me at all. Those pitches weren’t strikes in the previous AB.

      And this is me, not caring.

  • Rick Bladt Attack

    D-Rob just changed his entrance music to the old Alka Seltzer jingle.

  • Kruk That Noise

    As much as it seemed Jim Joyce had a tight zone all night, he came through when it mattered most.

    There were no strikes thrown during Pena’s AB according to Pitch F/X:

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

    • Kruk That Noise

      Shit, didn’t see the post above…

      Homer_D’oh!.jpg

    • Need Pitching

      in fairness, he was giving the a bit off the outside corner to LHB all night, as most umpires do

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

  • Clyde Barrow

    Great game. This is the time to beat these guys, at home with their best player injured. We’ve got a chance tomorrow and our ace on the mound Thursday. We should be able to take the series. The Os are having their own problems with Texas.

  • Havok9120

    I would like to point out after all the Martin bashing….that that 0-2 curve in the dirt is probably the end of the game with Jorge back there. Or Monty. Or most a lot of catchers who are average-good on D.

    • RkyMtnYank

      Greg is the only one blaming everything on Martin. The rest of us, as far as I’ve read, are correctly evaluating the plays which agree with the official scoring.

  • BK2ATL

    Don’t look now, but we’re only 2.5 games behind Baltimore and Tampa. If we do what we’re supposed to and win this series or even sweep, and Texas keeps pounding the O’s, well we’re a shade away from #1 in the AL East.

    Keep it up fellas.

    • GardnergoesYardner

      But I thought we were a 4th place team with no hope of winning thanks to a shitty offense, poor starting, and a depleted bullpen?

      How can we be both? You obviously don’t place enough faith in small sample sizes.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    SuperNova!

    Spent the last thread arguing as to how I view him better than his awful peripherals, and he goes and throws a no-doubter like this. Seemed like the rain affected him quite a bit, but this guy knows how to get out of trouble.

    Oh, D-Rob, please make it easier as it goes along.