May
11

Game 32: The Return of Jesus

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(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

I was hoping to see a lot more of Jesus Montero at Yankee Stadium this year, but alas, six games is all we’ll get. Funny enough, Montero’s temporary return to New York has overshadowed the fact that Felix freakin’ Hernandez is on the bump for the Seattle and the Yankees figure to have a devil of a time figuring him out. Here’s the lineup…

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

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • RetroRob

    Montero? Montero, Montero, Montero?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6Fuxkinhug (quite safe)

    …but the portal must be sealed.

  • MannyGeee

    Like going to your kids soccer game after a divorce or watching your roommate move out with his 50in TV, no matter how amicable it was, it still stings a little bit…

  • jjyank

    I am very wary of this game thread. I want Montero to do well, as long as the Yanks win in the end, but I also do not want to leave the thread due to frustration from ridiculous comments. Sigh.

    • J

      You are very optimistic to even think it won’t get that bad.

      • jjyank

        You’re right, I may have to turn my computer off after his first hit. Hopefully it doesn’t get that bad, but I wouldn’t bank on it.

    • RetroRob

      Montero? Never heard of him.

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

      Seriously, why would you care if Montero does well?

  • J

    Damn, losing Montero hasn’t really sunk in until just now. Thank god we only play the Mariners a couple times a year.

  • jjyank

    On another note…let’s hope we get good AJ…errr Kuroda, I mean, tonight.

    Kidding, but I’d kill for a gem tonight.

    • jjyank

      As soon as I type that….ugh, sigh.

      • Havok9120

        ITS YOUR FAULT TOO!!

  • Havok9120

    Oh thank God. I thought I was going to be stuck with the Mariners Radio broadcast.

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

    Well, that was poor timing.

    • Havok9120

      ITS ALL YOUR FAULT!!

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

        I know :'(

      • jjyank

        So if me and Plouf turn the game off, the Yanks win? That’s a sacrifice I’d make.

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

          nope, I’m selfish. I need entertainment at work.

          • jjyank

            You basterd.

            • jjyank

              Though in fairness to you, I’m not at work. I can always go play xbox or something haha.

        • Havok9120

          No way are you two allowed to leave me alone tonight in the Game Thread. I refuse to stand alone against the crazy if/when things go wrong.

          • jjyank

            I suppose it would be cruel to leave you alone. Fine, you win.

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

            I guess I’ll stay then…

  • chcmh

    maybe we should bring in a reliever for the 1st and let Kuroda start the 2nd

    • jjyank

      So then he’d bomb in the second?

    • RetroRob

      Hypnotist. Two-for-one special. Need to make Kuroda believe the first is the second, and Robertson the ninth is the eighth.

      • MannyGeee

        If only we could get the hypnosis to work on Nunez, make him think that Teixieras glove is actually in the 3rd row of the stands…

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

          I’m not going to lie, I laughed out loud at that.

  • MannyGeee

    Anyone concerned that that one homer against Felix might be juuuuust enough to lose this game?

    on top of Kuroda not being able to buy some run support…

    • Havok9120

      Of course. He, Price, and Verlander always instantly make me think of 1 run being the turning point.

      • jjyank

        Well hopefully the Yankee hitters are thinking more Price!

      • Don’tcha Know?

        Ditto.

  • bobtaco

    Montero seems to have gotten no reception at all…

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

      Not surprising. He wasn’t around all that long and 90% of the people there don’t follow the minors.

      • MannyGeee

        Plenty of ppl saw the 2 oppobomb game though…

        • Havok9120

          Meh. Was one game after we’d clinched the division. Most fans don’t fall in love after 1 good game in a meaningless stretch of baseball.

        • RetroRob

          Yeah, but he’s still a rookie with no major attachment to majority of the Yankee fanbase.

          His “legend” is much bigger on boards like RAB than among Yankee fans in general.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            And since he was traded he’s now a DH that can’t walk and might have power. So even the legend got smeared in the places that used to love him.

            • Havok9120

              That isn’t true at all, no matter how often you say it. We all still love him, most of us think he’ll be an awesome hitter, and most think he’s a decent backup catcher.

              In other words, most of us kept the same opinions.

              • RetroRob

                I think you’re probably right.

                My point had more to do with the fan reaction. I have friends who are very big fans and were aware of Montero, but really didn’t have the emotional committment to him that exists here. These fans have no idea who Gary Sanchez is, or Mason Williams. They are aware of Manny Banuelos, and wouldn’t blink an eye if Manny was traded tomorrow.

                Most fans still don’t focus all that heavily on the minors, although they do quite a bit more than they did ten years back because of the Internet/blogs, etc.

                • Havok9120

                  Oh, no. I was talking about JWZ’s comment. The point about the average fan not knowing/caring too much, if at all, about guys in the minors is definitely true.

                • DM

                  The YES promos on both TV and radio used him as a selling point. As far as prospects go, I think he’s gotten a lot of fanfare. It’s different being a prospect vs being THEE prospect of organization — esp a hitting prospect from the Yankees.

                  “Ichiro and Jesus Montero return to the Bronx!…”

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Then it loos like a lot of people got their wish.

    • jjyank

      Doesn’t surprise me. Dude was a New York Yankee for all of a few weeks. Most casual fans don’t give a crap that a prospect was traded.

  • jjyank

    My existence in this thread lives to see another few innings haha.

  • Cy Pettitte

    that was relatively good for a Kuroda 1st inning

    • Greg

      You know Kuroda’s ERA is under 4. Perfectly fine for an NL pitcher joining the AL

      • Cy Pettitte

        yea but half the runs he’s given up have been in the first inning, so that was relatively good for a Kuroda 1st inning.

      • Havok9120

        Agreed. I’m not disappointed in him yet. The fact that he’s getting ~3 runs per game in support is awfully disappointing.

  • MannyGeee

    “montero is Still just 22 years old….”

    Thanks Suzyn, keep a kickin in the balls..

    • RetroRob

      That’s funny, because two years ago (2010) when she’d mention Montero, she would say he was 22 back then. She did it consistently. Last year she said he was 23. Have no idea where she gets here info from.

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

    Run Curtis run.

    • Havok9120

      No kidding. Doesn’t help that ARod wound up 0-2.

    • Greg

      Cant say they didn’t try

  • jjyank

    Liking how A-Rod has pulled his numbers up. If he can keep up that .388 OBP, I will be a very happy man.

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

      I’d sign up for that in a heart beat.

  • Havok9120

    Jesus has his eye on you Grandyman!

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

    I’d run again if I was Grandy. Worst case scenario, a great hitter leads off next inning.

    • Havok9120

      There you go.

    • Havok9120

      Silly Robbie.

  • chcmh

    no throw montero

  • Professor Longnose

    1 for 1 SB against Montero!

  • Sansa

    Run all day on Montero. Run run run.

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

    Alright tie game.

  • RetroRob

    A Yankee getting thrown out by Montero would be emotionally crushing. Kind of like Adrian Gonzalez getting struck out by Chris Davis.

    • jjyank

      No, the Chris Davis thing is worse haha.

      • RetroRob

        I know. Couldn’t resist the dig. Montero’s arm is actually not bad. Release a bit long at times, but certainly has the arm strength to throw out runners.

        The Davis thing was funny, and I even understand how Gonzalez struck out. He was loaded for a fastball. He was not expecting a very good changeup. A regular pitcher on the mound and and Gonzalez doesn’t offer at that pitch.

        • Havok9120

          Oh, no doubt was it understandable. That splitter was plain nasty.

    • Havok9120

      Not even on the same planet of soul crushing.

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

    I guess you take that with Felix on the mound lol.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I knew they’d get a run after they gave out that 1st inning stat about Felix. Good job by Kay, give him an RBI or something.

  • jjyank

    Wooo I’ll take it. I know that SB wasn’t Montero’s fault, but I hope they make him look silly back there. Yankees know him as good as anyone I hope the run like nuts.

    • Professor Longnose

      No, no, no! It’s all Montero’s fault! The trade was great!

    • Havok9120

      Yeah, I’m hoping we take advantage against a guy we know. Especially with King Felix having that particular hole in his game.

      • jjyank

        Right, Felix is slow to the plate. Not saying they get many baserunners, but when they do, I hope they’re aggressive.

  • Havok9120

    Bam! New game.

  • chcmh

    looked like they had grandy.

    • Greg

      They had him dead to rights. Bad decision by Hernandez

  • Tom

    I usually hate when a runner gives up the out at 2nd on an RBI single (especially when the run is going to score easily), but in that case they might have had a play at home.

    • Havok9120

      Yeah. He wasn’t out for sure, but that would’ve been a closer play than I’m comfortable with considering who’s on the mound.

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

        I absolutely agree. I very rarely would approve of what Robbie did, but it would’ve been waaaaaaaay to close of a play at home, and you take every single run you can get against Felix. Especially with Hiroki “the newest AJ Burnett” Kuroda on the mound.

      • zxy

        Plus, who wants to see Granderson plow into Montero? Definitely worked out for the best.

  • Greg

    His pitches are up

  • chcmh

    not quite following Kuroda’s strategy

  • Havok9120

    Ugh. Ump.

    Not saying they were all strikes, or even any of them. I was just hoping for one close call.

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

      Pitchers pitching well get close calls, pitchers pitching poorly don’t. The first thing I noticed about pitching.

    • jjyank

      Yeah the one they showed overhead view was a ball outside, but a lot of umps call that pitch. It was close.

  • chcmh

    crap stance looked like youklis lite

  • Havok9120

    Heh. Kay’s pronunciation of “plantar fasciitus” was…interesting.

  • Greg

    Red Sox will definitely be put under the lie detector when Youkilis comes back. Middlebrooks just hit a 2 run double.

    • Cy Pettitte

      what the over/under on total runs for an Ubaldo/Buchholz match up? 14?

      • jjyank

        Man Ubaldo…what happened to that guy? It’s sad that he’s an over/under 14 runs kinda guy now.

      • Professor Longnose

        If they had to pitch the whole game, 14 is low.

      • Havok9120

        Oh, Lord. I hadn’t realized that that was the matchup tonight.

        That should be fantastic.

  • jjyank

    LOL Tex doesn’t need no stinkin’ bunts, Michael Kay, he just needs to get shitty hits to the left side!!

  • Sansa

    Well at least he got on base.

  • Total Dominication

    Tex be trollin.

  • Havok9120

    Felix is clearly off; they should pull him to be safe. He’s probably hurt.

    • jjyank

      Eric Wedge should be fired. And they didn’t sign Vlad. They are teh doomed.

  • jjyank

    Ugh stop talking about Garnder. I already know my fantasy team is fucked in steals now, stop bringing it up Kay.

  • Greg

    That’s another problem I’ve had with Gardner. He’s been a bit injury prone

    • jjyank

      Maybe I’m making this opinion based on anecdotal evidence, but it seems to me that most guys who are balls-to-the-wall speed/defense guys are injury prone.

      • Greg

        Was Aaron Rowand that injury prone. I know he had the big injury against the Mets, but I don’t recall and other major injury for him.

        • jjyank

          Torii Hunter comes to mind. Just seems like a gameplay style that doesn’t lend itself to durability in general.

          • Havok9120

            Sizemore.

            • jjyank

              There’s another.

  • Havok9120

    Yikes. All my commercials are in Spanish tonight.

    • jjyank

      Yo quiero Taco Bell?

      • Havok9120

        All I know is, these commercials have some seriously poor production quality. Like…I’d expect better from even local companies. Which these are not.

        Its like Latin American TV advertising is on the same level of American TV 25-40 years ago.

        • jjyank

          Ahh the developing world. Good times.

        • RetroRob

          I used to get at least one Latin American/Spanish channel on cable. I used to watch for short bursts because the women were so incredibly hot. Not great production values, but pleasant things to look at. The channel went away. I think it’s a package I don’t pay for.

  • chcmh

    don’t get to casual guys

  • jjyank

    Watching the Mariners makes me miss Griffey Jr. He was my favorite non-Yankee player growing up. Dude had the sweetest swing.

  • Havok9120

    Eeegads Tex. Scared me.

  • RetroRob

    Ibanez just never looks comfortable when he is lining up a ball. Or maybe I’m just not comfortable looking at him.

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

    I love that the tobacco age in NJ is 19

    • jjyank

      Why, did you just card, and subsequently deny, someone some Dutches?

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

        No, I just carded, and was subsequently begged by a cute 18 year old to sell her a hookah “because it’s for my best friends birthday, and she really really wants a hookah, and pleasepleaseplease I’ll do anything.” I’m clearly not a horrible person, so I just strung her a long for a few minutes and hooked her up.

        • jjyank

          “….anything, huh?”

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

            Haha, that’s exactly what I said, followed by a quick “I’m obviously kidding, please don’t slap me.”

            • jjyank

              Nicely played.

              • RetroRob

                …or poorly? : -)

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

                  Very poorly. I’m terrible with woman. Seriously, I could take lessons from 4chan/b/ and it would be an improvement.

                • jjyank

                  Haha I think you have a point.

                  “….you wanna see the hookah I have in the back?”

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

                    The hose is a little stiff, but it’s really nice.

        • jjyank

          Also, I, until recently, worked as a bank teller part time while I worked on my Masters, and I used to LOVE denying people stuff. So I wouldn’t blame you if you did (though cute girls might be an exception).

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

            Oh, I love denying underage kids, but if the girl is 18 I’ll usually let it slide. Mostly because they’re cute but partially because if she’s considered an adult by the state, there is no reason she shouldn’t be allowed to buy tobacco.

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

              Or tobacco products in this case.

              • jjyank

                My favorite was when the kid was 18, but never switched his account over from a custodial account from when they were younger. NOPE. NO MONIES FOR YOU, GET OUTTA MY BANK! In customer service jobs like that, telling the customers to go away in a huge perk. Also, working in a bank, I always had the “Imma call the cops bitch” card up my sleeve.

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

                  Haha, I had a teller do that to me.

                  • jjyank

                    Actually I’ve found that middle aged people are waaaay worse than kids. I had a guy come in one time with AmEx traveler’s checks. He asks if they can be deposited as cash, and I say “no, they have to clear”. And he starts yelling at me “NOEZ THEY ARE AZ GUD AS CASHHH”. I say no, they are travelers CHECKS not travelers CASH, therefore they are deposited as CHECKS. He then procedes to tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about, and gets in my face and leans over the counter, and I procede to hit the tiny little button under the counter that summons the local police. BOOM, have fun downtown bitch. I liked that job.

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

                      Haha, wow I wish I had a magical “cops please take douchey costumer out of my face” button. But yeah, in my years in multiple menial service jobs is that younger people are generally more willing to bend to make something work out for everybody, where as if you’re a 20 something (or worse a teenager) telling a middle age person they’re wrong…watch out.

                    • jjyank

                      I’ve had several people arrested. It’s very satisfying.

    • Havok9120

      16 here.

      Booyah.

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

        Are you from overseas, or are you 16? I’m confused?

        • jjyank

          Think he means the tobacco age where ever he is, is 16 instead of 19 here in good ol’ JerZ.

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

            I thought the lowest it was allowed to be in the US is 18? I’m pretty sure that’s a federal regulation?

            • jjyank

              I have no idea. Ask Havok.

            • Havok9120

              Darn. They HAVE moved it up since last I checked.

              It isn’t a case of the Feds forcing it, however. At least, not to the same extent that they did with drinking.

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

        HAVOK ANSWER!!!!!!! ARE YOU OR ARE YOU NOT FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?!

        • Havok9120

          I’m just living in Mississippi/Louisiana. And I either had it wrong in my head or MS moved it up since the last time I’d checked (many, many a fortnight ago).

          But, to my knowledge, the Feds never REALLY forced the issue on tobacco.

          • RetroRob

            Those are tobacco states, right? I was driving down south a couple months in Tennessee. Stopped into a bar with a friend who lived down there and I wa surprised when people were smoking in the bar. Then I realized tobacco states are not going to do many things to restrict the use of tobacco.

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

              Honestly that’s just NJ and NY, and maybe a few others. You can go to Penn and smoke in most Bars and restaurants.

            • Havok9120

              Nah. Can’t grow tobacco here. The soil won’t take it. Tobacco is almost as hard on soil as it is on the human body.

              The South as a whole, however, doesn’t like doing statewide bans on tobacco or alcohol. They tend to leave it up to the locals. Quite a change from New York, my home state.

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

                Nope, up here, we straight up ban across the board, damn the small counties and towns that want to do things differently. One law for all!!!

                • Havok9120

                  Oh, I’m aware. I was still up there when the process started up.

  • Don’tcha Know?

    So the gameplan, apparently, is to take as few pitches as possible? Another CG for the King?

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

      Otherwise you’re down 0-2. That’s the problem with guys like Felix, they throw strikes, whether you’re swinging or not.

    • jjyank

      Felix throws strikes. There is no “working the count” against a pitcher that leads the league in first pitch strikes.

    • RetroRob

      Would you prefer the Yu Darvish approach where they took pitches and then were in the hole?

    • Greg

      You can’t take many pitches when a guy is throwing strikes.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Looking at the crowd, I can see why Montero got no reception.

    • Havok9120

      Yeah. Lotsa empty seats this evening. Slowly filling in though.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Coney. Just took a tongue in cheek shot at Leyritz

  • chcmh

    not wasting a lot of time here

  • chcmh

    0 for Jesus

    • Zooboy

      Amen.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I guess if Cash had to make one trade, making the Pineda trade is probably better than what the Indians would have wanted for Ubaldo. man is he bad.

    • jjyank

      Yeah, at least the Yankees still have 4 years to get something positive out of Pineda. Ubaldo…they wish they had an injury to blame.

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

    Wait, they have John Jaso, who I’m pretty sure is a “catcher”, DHing and Jesus catching?

    • Greg

      That’s what I thought. They better hope Jesus doesnt get injured…although it would be poetic justice

  • Greg

    Would you let Tex bunt with Felix on the mound

    • RetroRob

      Tex hits Felix quite well, so no.

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

    Double steal. They could pull it off against Felix and Montero.

    • J

      Anything to stay away from looming Tex DP…

  • Sansa

    We’ve got a rally going. Now if Teixera can do something here.

  • DERP

    Matt Wieters just took a huge hit.

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

    Damnit Alex/Robby Thomson.

  • Cy Pettitte

    uhhh what was that?

  • Sansa

    Really really stupid. Idiotic with 0 outs. Just idiotic.

    • jon

      anyone other than king felix i agree, but that could be the last hit in the game

      • J

        Except you don’t need a hit with no outs and bases loaded…

  • Tom

    Nobody out… why on earth do you send him, unless he’s pretty much scoring standing up?

  • RetroRob

    Being agressive is a good dea, unless staying at third loads the bases with no outs.

  • Greg

    I think he’s safe. He got the foot on the plate before Montero tagged the knee

    • Havok9120

      Hard to tell with that angle. The ump may have given the “the ball beat the runner,” call, but he had the best view on that play.

  • jon

    against felix? yea you gotta go for that run

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

      noway, the odds are very good that even against Felix that bases loaded no out at least one run scores.

  • mt

    Alex looks like he is moving in slow motion.

  • Sansa

    Robbie Thomson likes to send guys with 0 outs. Never knew why. Sure it’s King Felix but they had just gotten 3 straight hits off of him and Swisher is up.

  • Greg

    Before snybody says it.

    FALLACY

  • Havok9120

    How DARE Russel Martin handle The Binder.

  • The Dude

    Argh. This inning had so much promise. Yankees ran themselves out of it.

    • Greg

      Disagree. The Mariners played good defense to get out of it

    • Havok9120

      You have to admit that that was a really good throw.

  • Greg

    6 hits off of him but all singles.

    I agree with the send. You have to go for the run

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

      Disagree. I feel like there is an excellent chance to grab at least one run with bases loaded no out.

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

        The next two batters after A-Rod got thrown out hit the ball a combined 15 feet.

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

          Kay would like to have a word about the fallacy of the predetermined outcome mike.

  • tabbert

    how you can get three hits to start a inning and not score a run is beyond me.

    • Greg

      You hit three singles and all your runners are slow. That’s how

      • jjyank

        A-Rod stole third the other night. He’s not THAT slow.

  • sum dum phuk

    Tonight the King will bow down before Lord Voldemort.

  • Steve D

    a rod hesitated twice. it looked that way to me.

    • Havok9120

      Yeah, this. He kept checking. I don’t blame him, but still…

  • parmesan

    Gary Darling just eating Ibanez up there. I mean c’mon, the first pitch was arguable(looked away) but that second pitch curveball was way off the plate. It can’t be understated how much you change a guy’s fortunes from 1-1 to 0-2.

    • Cy Pettitte

      ump wasn’t giving that pitch 0-1 pitch to Kuroda earlier, shouldn’t have given it to Felix.

  • The Dude

    Argh. Yankees. Making crappy players look like batting champs since forever.

    • Greg

      Okay.

      I’m pessimistic by nature, but I’m starting to get sick of you.

      • jjyank

        Join the club.

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

        Greg…slowly seeing the light =P I’m just kidding, but yeah The Dude, go away. Nobody likes you. On the entire internet.

        • Havok9120

          Hey, at least he showed up BEFORE the game came apart.

          That’s progress.

          • jjyank

            Baby steps.

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

            The Dude, or Greg? Because I like Greg. I feel bad that he’s a Jet fan, but I like him besides that. The Dude doesn’t get a free pass because I’ve seen nothing but negativity from him.

            • Havok9120

              The Dude. Greg is almost always around and posting these days, a fact I approve of.

            • RetroRob

              Greg is ok.

              He’s a fan and I find his angst a bit funny. He gets too worried about the Red Sox and wrapped up in the negative at times, whbut I understand where he’s coming from. I can’t say that about others.

              • jjyank

                Agreed. and by others, you mean The Dude, in this case anyway.

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

                Congrats, Greg. You have been deemed an OK guy.

  • Sansa

    So we send guys home with 0 outs because it’s King Felix and we have to get that run but we don’t move the infield in to stop one run? It doesn’t make any sense. Now he’s walked the bases loaded so it doesn’t matter. Get the DP.

    • parmesan

      Agreed, I don’t understand it at all. Felix on the mound and he’s being very economical thus far, you don’t want to surrender anything. Praise Ryan for swinging at garbage, though.

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

    up until this inning Hiroki had recovered nicely since the lead off homer…if he can get a double play I’d be so happy.

    • jjyank

      I’ll gladly take the K and any other form of out as well.

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

        absolutely, The DP would’ve done wonders for the pitch count though. He probably would’ve been good through the 7th or so.

  • Professor Longnose

    Chris Chambliss was one of my favorite Yankees way back when.

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

      Jeez Prof. way to show your age buddy =P

      • Professor Longnose

        I’m an old fart and proud of it!

    • jjyank

      I’m too young, but I love that replay where everyone charges the field on his ALCS walk-off.

      • Professor Longnose

        That was my first pennant as a Yankee fan. So cool.

  • Professor Longnose

    Nice K!

    (Second-out Ks in a jam are great, but they make the two-out hit really suck.)

  • RetroRob

    I had the felling he pitched around Ackley to get to Ryan, kind of like El Duque used to. Problem is he now has to face Ichiro.

    • RetroRob

      feeling

    • jjyank

      What problem?

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

    Hirok.

  • chcmh

    my hiro

  • Havok9120

    w00t!

    Whew. That was….not an easy inning to watch.

  • DERP

    I (heart) the Mariners offense.

  • RetroRob

    Nice. I think Ichiro would have beat the throw to first.

  • Professor Longnose
    • jjyank

      “Zduriencik said that from his standpoint as a GM, he ‘never tries to win any trade.'”

      I call bullshit right there.

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

      “I never try to win a trade” seriously Jack Z? lol, you should always try to win a trade. To say otherwise is silly

      • jjyank

        He’s lying. Any GM in the history of trades EVER tries to win a trade. They wouldn’t be doing their job otherwise. Whether or not they were right, or they were successful, is another story. He’s just trying to sound nice after the Pineda injury.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      He’s screwed the team multiple times so he better.

  • jjyank

    BATTLE OF JAPAN

    ICHIRO: 0

    HIROKI: 3

    Woot!

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

    You ready to hiROK?!

  • Professor Longnose

    I forgot Rickey was a Mariner. I remember him as a Padre.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Felix is gonna throw a CG

    • Greg

      So? That surprises you?

      • Don’tcha Know?

        Geez, Greg. Calm down, son.

      • Cy Pettitte

        I was trying to be cautiously optimistic, thinking maybe they could get him out at 7.

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

      Hooray a walk off. Haven’t seen one in a while.

  • chcmh

    jeter looks unsettled

  • YankeesJunkie

    Nice walk by Jeter.

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

    Some at-bat by Derek.

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

    I was going to say they should have Derek steal, but I think you gotta give Curtis a chance to swing with a man on.

  • Sansa

    Now if only Grandy could get a hold of one after that great AB by Jeter.

  • Havok9120

    C’mon Curtis….let’s bust a move here.

  • Johnny Blackout

    Can anyone explain to me why Montero kept number 63? Obviously the M’s were gonna start him (no minors bullshit) but what, he didn’t have enough clout yet to request a non-spring-training number? I just don’t get it.

    • jjyank

      Why did Hughes and Joba keep 65 and 62? Some guys just like their first number.

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

      I’d like to think he looks at it as a reminder to stay humble. That he’s only 22 and playing in the big leagues, and to remember the minors are only right behind him.

  • RetroRob

    Once again, Kay forgetting he’s doing TV and we can actually see what’s happening.

  • Havok9120

    Man….I really do hope Hamilton or Kemp can pull off a Triple Crown. That would be pretty awesome.

    • jjyank

      Let’s say Kemp. I prefer it not be an AL team. Though if Hamilton does it, maybe a team I don’t like gives him an 8 year deal or some such nonsense.

      • Havok9120

        Indeed, I’d prefer Kemp as well.

        Still….I’d take it from either because it just doesn’t happen.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Awful, awful call.

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

    Felix Hernandez: good pitcher.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Close call for Granderson.

  • Cy Pettitte

    come on why is Felix consistently getting that call when Kuroda isn’t?

  • chcmh

    that looked outside, darling

  • Sansa

    That was outside. Nobody thought it was a strike except for the blind ump.

  • Greg

    That long inning and that at bat by Jeter has put the pressure on Wedge. Felix at 73 pitches through 5, just 3 pitches behind Kuroda

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Shutup Michael Kay. Affirmed won the Derby by about a length and a half over Alydar and they were never close. The Preakness was a solid half length. The Belmont? Ok, that was neck and neck.

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

    and here we go…

  • RetroRob

    Just think. We could be seeing this daily.

    And, yes, I’m kidding.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Trade lost!

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

    That was inevitable.

  • jjyank

    Damn it, was hoping this wouldn’t happen.

  • chcmh

    errg…….

  • Greg

    Bad scouting report by Martin. Dont even try to throw that pitch outside to a hitter whose power is that way

    • RetroRob

      More importanly, don’t fall behind 2-0. He was trying to get him to fish on the first two pitches. The first one was too far outside for Montero to offer at it.

  • Sansa

    And that’s why you don’t trade him. Montero just dealt us the death blow.

    • jjyank

      Sarcasm, I hope, right?

      • Sansa

        All night we’ve been hearing that we had to send Alex home with 0 outs to get that run vs Felix. The Mariners just got that run so according to them the game is over.

        • jjyank

          Plenty of people criticized sending him home too.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Obviously, Montero blows.

    • Erica

      DOOM GLOOM ZOHNOEZ!!!!!11uno

      • jjyank

        I figured you were just staying away from the Montero games lol.

        • Erica

          I peeled myself off the couch to finally log on here after that home run. I couldn’t resist all the “ZOMGBADTRADE!!!1″ comments.

  • Havok9120

    *takes cover*

    • jjyank

      *uses Havok as an extra buffer behind his aforementioned cover*

  • parmesan

    Monty feasting on the Short Porch. Oh What Could Have Been.

    • Erica

      And so we move on.

  • Zooboy

    Paging Mr. Cashman….

    • The Miracle Stick

      Let me have a word with you.

  • GardnergoesYardner

    The minute I turn on the game. Really? He had to go oppo way and remind us all of last September.

    • Havok9120

      Obviously your fault. Banned.

    • Erica

      You should shut your TV off now.

  • jon

    miss you jesus

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Heh too late Cone, Sanchez already got hype. He’s a goner.

    • Greg

      But again the fact that we dont have a Felix Hernandez pitcher right now and the reason we got Pineda in the first place goes back to my old gripe.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        They have CC Sabathia but if you want another one be willing to trade E-5 Nunez for Cliff Lee.

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

    Mike, I’m just curious, have you ever thought about enacting the rule they have over at OTM? you have to wait a day after making your account to post things over there.

    • jjyank

      Not the worst idea in the world.

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

      I want to but Ben and Joe say no.

      • Sansa

        But you’re editor-in-chief and out rank them. I never see those two in the game threads anyway.

        • Havok9120

          Heh. Not sure that the one co-founder can tell the other two co-founders “This is the way we do things now! Tut tut peons!”

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

          EIC is a title I didn’t even want, really. The three of us all have different responsibilities, mine happens to be the content.

      • jjyank

        Obviously its your guys’ site, do what you feel is best. It’d be nice to discourage all the names we’ve never seen before post stuff when something bad happens. That OTM policy stopped my from posting Andino’s face when they were losing to the O’s.

      • Kevin G.

        Democratic voting process!

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

        No offense to Ben or Joe, because both guys are outstanding writers and I’m sure great guys, but I kind of feel like you run this place a little more than they do. You post the most articles, host the Chats, and are involved in the comment section much more often then they do.

  • Tom

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....8;s_type=7

    The umpire has basically changed this game and taken the bat out of the lefty hitters tonight…. given the 2 different lineups this impacts the Yankees more I think.

    Wish MLB would stop this crap of umpires calling pitches 6inches off the plate to lefty hitters.

  • Erica

    Oh wah wah wah, Montero hit a home run. Awesome.

    My father, the armchair GM of the Yankees, is one of those false narrative types. He keeps stating over and over that I’m new to baseball and I don’t understand why the Pineda trade is a bad trade.

    Ooooooookay.

    • Erica

      My father, faux-GM, also says that Jeter is in a slump now.

      trololololo

      I have this theory that he is one of the trolls on this site because some of the stuff that comes out of his mouth is EXACTLY some of the stuff posted here…

      • jjyank

        Ask him if the names “Bonnie” or “Clyde” ring any bells.

        • Erica

          Literally going to test that theory.

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

        Haha, I remember my dad tried to convince me that wins were more important than WHIP for a pitcher. I spend an hour taking his words and just pulling them apart.

        • Erica

          You are more than invited to my house to do just that please.

    • RetroRob

      Tell him he’s sexist (even if he’s not).

      I’m assuming you’re a girl by your name.

      • Tyrone Sharpton

        could be a transexual, you never know. I knew an Eric who became an erica, back in the battle of the bulge

      • Erica

        Yes, I’m a lady.

        Well, I exited the family room and called him a jerk. Oh well. I know about baseballs!

        So mature.

        RAUUUUUUUUUL!

        • RetroRob

          Ahh, yes. A father telling his daughter he doesn’t know baseball; a daughter telling him he’s a jerk.

          Baseball, it’s a family game!

  • RetroRob

    Runs please.

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    That Montero hr was sexy.

  • DT

    Glad to see Montero slow working his way to back to an average hitter’s stat line

  • Cy Pettitte

    Sox just acquired Scott Podsednik, are they trying to assemble the worst OF ever?

    • FIPster Doofus

      He still plays?

      • RetroRob

        Define “plays”?

        He does looked cooked, not that he was ever all that good.

  • Greg

    I still agree with the Pineda trade because pitching wins titles.

    However, the fact that we had to go out and get Pineda and not use our own system goes back to my old gripe.

  • Kruk That Noise

    Hernandez steps off the mound, Gary Darling calls it a strike.

    • Havok9120

      I laughed.

  • Greg

    The question again:

    Would you have Tex bunt?

    • Havok9120

      Nah. King Felix is apparently a pretty darn good fielder. Not worth it with 2 out.

    • RetroRob

      Same as before, no.

      Tex is one of the Yankees better hitters against King Felix, over .300 with four of five HRs.

  • Professor Longnose

    I would enjoy them converting these baserunners into at least one run.

  • Sansa

    Here we go, another rally going. Don’t send Alex again with 0 outs.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yankees 3-4-5 are hitting today and we still can’t get shit going.

  • Sansa

    Just hit a deep fly ball, Swisher. Just get the run in.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Fuck!

  • Greg

    Great pitching by Hernandez.

    Away, Away and In

  • Cy Pettitte

    Felix has had a huge strike zone all night compared to Kuroda. this is bullshit.

    • Havok9120

      Its true. Its the star effect. We get it all the time, so I’m trying not to be bitter.

  • Greg

    KNEEL BEFORE THE COUNT!

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

    Raul’s got this.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Holy fuck.

  • Professor Longnose

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-WHO????

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

      YOU-KNOW-WHO!

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

    LORD VOLDEMORT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Melkman

    Voldemort lovin’ him some short porch.

  • chcmh

    see? that’s why they call it yankee baseball

  • YankeesJunkie

    Raul, True Yankee, Ibanez

  • Cy Pettitte

    holy fucking Ibanez.

  • jjyank

    VOLDEMORT…….GOES YARDEMORT. KINGS BOW BEFORE THE LOOOOOOORD!

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Sexy

  • Kevin G.

    Who needs Montero!

    /cries anyway

  • sum dum phuk

    Didn’t I say the King will bow down to Lord Voldemort? You heard it here first!

    • Havok9120

      You get all the credit for that.

      Let it be recorded.

  • Professor Longnose

    Short porch THIS, Seattle!

  • Sansa

    SHE’S GONE!!!!!!!!!! 1ST PITCH HOME RUN!!!!!!!!

  • Havok9120

    And that, my friends, is why they love swinging at the first pitch.

    • RetroRob

      Don’t cha know.

  • Karl Krawfid

    How big has the man Raul been for the Yanks?

    Thanks Phils.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    ibanez still sucks…montero could have also done that

  • RetroRob

    Are we missing Noesi’s 6.30 ERA and the 150 pts in advantage Ibanez has over Montero?

    • jjyank

      Not so far, but the guys who can’t let the trade go don’t really care.

  • jon

    he who shall not be named!

  • alittleblackegg

    That HR by Ibanez… glorious. I kind of love Ibanez, guys.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com The Plouffenator
    • OMG! Bagels!

      Good Lord. It is.

    • jjyank

      Harry Potter trembles in fear of Raul Ibanez.

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

      http://www.sportsrubbish.com/w.....assell.jpg

      omg sam russel is Dobby the house elf.

      • jjyank

        …..A SOCK!!!!???ONEZZZ!!1?

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

          Jesus, we’re nerds. I say we because I laughed out loud.

  • Erica

    RAUUUUUUUUULVOLDEMORTIBANEZZZZZZ

  • YankeesJunkie

    The last couple innings maybe means that King Felix does not go a full nine against the Yankees. Though a CG 8 IP game for him won’t be bad at all.

  • Tom

    Hard to blame Swish on that…. when the umpire has shifted homeplate 6-8″ for lefty hitters, I don’t see how he can also call someone out on something just off the plate inside.

    While that’s normally a strike you can’t cover both sides of the plate very easily. He’s basically added 8″ to the plate which is a bit ridiculous

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

    fuck, Gardner had a set back? thanks for ruining the joy of the Lord Voldy jack, Suzyn.

  • chmch

    he does kinda look like lord voldermort

  • Total Dominication

    Bow before Lord Voldermort.

  • Erica

    Okay, enjoy your Fridays all.

    I’m out like Montero was before that DEATHLY HOME RUN.

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

      OH, look at Erica, all having a life on a friday night and stuff =P

      • jjyank

        I hate living in East Bum-Fuck New Jersey. Oh well. 3 more weeks.

        • Havok9120

          You could always join me in New Orleans….

          There might be one or two things going on on Friday nights here.

          • jjyank

            I’m moving to D.C. next month, that will help. Though I’ve always wanted to visit New Orleans.

            • Havok9120

              Its quite a town.

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

          Meh, there’s probably plenty to do around me tonight, I’m just to much of an introvert to even try. Plus, that might mean changing out of sweatpants before going out.

    • jjyank

      I’m out like Bartolo at a Weight Watchers meeting!!

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Randy Winn is still better.

  • chcmh

    strikes balls looking the same over there

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

    Great throw, great tag.

  • Greg

    Thank you!

  • Cy Pettitte

    great play by Jeets to get the tag on him

  • chcmh

    something we’re not going to see montero do

  • YankeesJunkie

    Jeter being 27 again is really fun to watch.

  • Total Dominication

    Wow, talk about a pin point throw by the muscle.

  • jjyank

    Nice play boys.

  • Sansa

    He just walked a guy and you’re down by 2 runs, why send him? Both teams have made baserunning errors.

    • jjyank

      Teams with crappy offenses have a greater need to play small ball like that, I think.

    • Tom

      Seemed a bit odd, but it is still just the 7th inning. If it was the 8th or 9th I think he has to stay put.

      They probably think if they get the runner to 2nd with no out, move him over and get him in without a hit then they just need to make up 1 run over the last 2 innings.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    /Coltrane’d

  • YankeesJunkie

    Kuroda has been as good as advertised thus far.

  • jjyank

    Grounded to third….AND AIRMAILED INTO RIGHT FI….oh wait, Nunez was sent down. My bad.

  • Professor Longnose

    Anyone else wish they’d go back to Take Me Out To The Ballgame?

    • jjyank

      I do. I know, I know 9/11 and all that. But I don’t really like the God Bless America stuff almost 11 years later, I just want to concentrate on baseball stuff during games.

      • CP

        At least a better version of God Bless America would be nice.

        • jjyank

          True, that one is mad old. Just puts me to sleep.

          • Havok9120

            Well….

            I like it.

            Hmph.

  • Sansa

    They squeezed another inning out of Hiroki and now only need to get through one more before DRob. Hopefully DRob gets a chance to get the save.

  • Bartolo

    Ibanez looks like voldemort with a nose.

  • chcmh

    the king got his crown skewed

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

    Send Jeter right now in the 1-0 count, they’re not going to pitch out.

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

      Same logic in the 2-0 count…

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    they should call up pinder or venditte, just to see what they can do, esp. without mo in the bullpen. would be fun to watch

    • OMG! Bagels!

      Oh yeah. Lots of fun. People calling for their heads.

    • Greg

      Especially Venditte, just to give the opposition something to think about when he goes to the mound.

      • Tyrone Sharpton

        pinder? he’s damn good, just needs a shot. venditte’s also not awful. both would pitch betta than either of u

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

    Alex is 2-3 against Da King. Loving it.

  • chcmh

    the king is dead

  • RetroRob

    The Yankees, who don’t hit good pitchers to those who are momentarily silent, have scored nine runs in a little over thirteen innings the last two nights against two of the best pitchers in the game.

    • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

      They hit good pitching. It’s the no namers or guys that have a 7.50 era that give them problems

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

    Yay Robbie.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Robinson Cano may be back.

  • Greg

    HE’S BACK

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Wow

  • chcmh

    cano & a-rod are chewing on the mariners tonite

  • DickM

    Tex has a chance from the right side.

  • jjyank

    4-4. We missed you Robbie, welcome back!!

    • pistol pete

      Cano’s a thoroughbred, he’ll be the Yankees top hitter by Memorial Day and at year end, pure pure hitter with great hands and a beautiful swing. His defense is under rated, he has a great arm, turns the double play better than anyone and has great hands on grounders.

  • CP

    I just noticed Cano is now hitting .308 on the season. So much for a slow start…

    • jjyank

      I think we all knew that would happen.

  • Kruk That Noise

    Furbush

    *chuckles like Beavis*

    • jjyank

      SHAVE IT!

    • RetroRob

      If only he was a catcher and Wang the pitcher.

      Perhaps even Michael Kay would break into a Beavis chuckle while announcing.

      • jjyank

        I can only imagine.

        “Furbush versus Wang…who will get more balls?? *cackles*”

    • Midland TX

      He was traded for Fister.

  • DickM

    How do you swing at that pitch at 2 and 1

  • Javierkei Burnigavano

    Yanks 1 to 4 in the lineup on par with anyone in baseball right now

  • Greg

    David Cone stating what we all have observed.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I didn’t hear Cone say “Greg is the worst commenter of all time.”

      • Greg

        Oh come on. I’m not that bad. I’m very moody but not trolling

        • jjyank

          I’m with Greg on that one. He can be negative sometimes, but he’s not a troll and does actually say positive things when warranted, which is more than I can say for many other commenters.

          • Havok9120

            This.

            Nieves has a bit of a Hate Vessel type relationship with Greg. Never really said why. I excuse it because it amuses me.

  • Greg

    Still, Tex has not had as many popups this year as last year.

  • chcmh

    watching the young man, i have to say, i can’t imagine jesus catching for a yankee ballclub

  • RetroRob

    Ummm, is someone else warming up? Rapada can NOT pitch to Montero. Batting practice.

    • Greg

      He had Wade warming

      • RetroRob

        Good. I seem to remember he had Rapada pitch to Miguel Cabrera, or Evan Longoria earlier this year, with predictable results. HR to right.

    • jjyank

      Wade coming in.

  • jjyank

    Good LOOGY…GOOOOOOD LOOGY. Have a cookie.

    • Greg

      We should do that every time.

      Along with

      Bad LOOGY (sprays water) Bad LOOGY

      • jjyank

        NOOO LOOGY, NOO, THIS IS MY POT PIEEEEEEE!!!

    • Zooboy

      Boone…wanna cookie?

  • willx

    It’s quite obvious the yankees don’t hit good pitchers when they are pitching good, or find a way to win vs good pitchers… see post season. Price nor Felix had their A game stuff tonight. You’re a fool if you think these guys did. It was no special “prep” , it was the pitchers failing to deliver what they usually deliver.

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

      Keep moving the target to defend your lame narrative.

    • FIPster Doofus

      lawl.

    • jjyank

      So…the Yankees can’t hit good pitchers when they have their A-game?? Um, neither can anyone else, I got news for you. If that’s your bar, then you must not watch much baseball.

    • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

      Just douchey

    • RetroRob

      So what you’re saying then is when a great pitcher is pitching great, the Yankees won’t hit them, just like every other baseball team going back to 1875?

      Too much humor in your post for it to be taken seriously.

    • Total Dominication

      Well, if pitching good means not getting hit well against, than definitionally no team hits pitchers when they are pitching good.

  • Greg

    Nick Johnson with a 2 run homer to give Baltimore the lead

    • Havok9120

      Awesome.

  • Total Dominication

    Early in the game, I was thinking about how I always dreamed of King Felix pitching to Montero. Just not in that uniform. Completely irrelevant now, I just wasn’t on here earlier.

  • jjyank

    Yeaaah Robbie!

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    And the d. Cano

  • Greg

    I’m starting to think the Mets should consider being buyers at the trade deadline. They are really playing well.

    And I’m not sayong this to jerk people, I really mean it

    • Professor Longnose

      Got plenty of time to worry about that.

    • Havok9120

      Yeah, it’ll be interesting to see if they and Baltimore stay in it if they spend at the deadline. Same with Cleveland. Heck, especially Cleveland since they’re only really competing with the Tigers.

      • jjyank

        Maybe the Mets (Phillies are really overrated and the Marlins kinda are too) and Cleveland (like you said, really just the Tigers). But Baltimore will fall flat on its face I think. Even if they’re better than last year, they’re not better than the Yanks, Rays, or even the floundering Sox. I think the Jays are more talented as well.

        • Havok9120

          Oh, I don’t expect them to do much. But if their good record and luck leave them, say, around the 2nd WC slot in 4-6 weeks, I can see them testing the waters.

  • willx

    Binder joe i think had an orgasm tonight being able to use 3 pitchers in 1 inning

  • Sansa

    Ha! There will be a lot more of this mixing and matching with Soriano and Robertson moved to the 8th and 9th. If one is unavailable like tonight, Joe will go crazy with his binder and match ups.

    • jjyank

      Considering it worked, I’m cool with it. Rapada, Wade, and Logan only faced one batter so they can even do that on back-to-backs days. Life without Mo will require a little more maneuvering, do what ya gotta do.

  • Greg

    There. Good LOOGY. Here’s a cookie

    • jjyank

      Did I just make a new meme?

      • Havok9120

        I plan on helping it along this weekend if I’m ever on here for the rest of the series.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I like when our LOOGYs are LOOGYs

  • chcmh

    logan planning on a whole weekend of pitching doesn’t want to waste any

  • The bronx bombers who like to bunt

    Girardi needs 20 pitchers in the pen

    • Zooboy

      27.

  • Sansa

    This would be a good time for DRob to get his beak wet and collect his first post Mo save. We’ll have at least a 2 run lead and it’s against the bottom of a weak lineup.

    • jjyank

      Well he already did that actually. The blown save was chance #2 post-Mo.

    • Total Dominication

      *2nd

    • Havok9120

      It’d be his second.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Tonight can be D-Rob’s first easy save. The first one, he loaded the bases and got out of it. Let’s go 1-2-3 tonight.

  • chcmh

    my fantasy team thanks you, swish

    • jjyank

      As does mine.

  • Havok9120

    That’s pretty cool about Ibanez going to the cage after games.

    • jjyank

      Yeah, it’s a lot easier to root for cage rats I think. The harder a guy works, the more I like him.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Mike what do you think of trying to buy (very) low on Kerry Wood to replace a guy like Epply in the pen? worked once.

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

      I thought about that myself but he’s been awful this year. There will be other relievers on the market, someone like League.

    • Havok9120

      Yikes. I hadn’t seen his stats this year. The walk rate…

  • Greg

    DING DONG

  • jjyank

    Ohhhh man Andruw still has the easy power.

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

    Andruw’s still got it.

  • Havok9120

    BOOOOOMM!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Andruw is such a beast, love watching him mash

  • Total Dominication

    Do you still go to Robertson? I’m not sure 4 runs is enough for any of the other guys left.

    • Cy Pettitte

      I think Boone could probably finish this

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

        Boone’s actually thrown a ton lately. He’s either warmed up or pitch in four straight and six of seven.

    • Greg

      They’re going to Eppley

  • chcmh

    pooooowered

  • Tom

    Girardi sure has pushed the right buttons tonight.

    Even with the righty reliever obviously coming in, Jones likes him some fastball…

  • jjyank

    Speaking of 90’s Braves pitching…is that the best 1-2-3 in a rotation ever?

    Smoltz – Maddux – Glavine? That’s pretty damn nasty.

  • willx

    shocker! Martin got out

  • Tom

    Eppley? Or just stick with Logan?

    (Smoak is a switch hitter, Carp and Saunders are lefties… though I imagine one will be pinch hit for)

  • Greg

    Andruw Jones is right on the edge of the HOF debate.

    • Total Dominication

      He really shouldn’t be, when you consider he might be the greatest defensive player of all time.

      • jjyank

        He’s hurt by a few bad drop off years as a starter and a few years as a bench player. Longevity is not helpful to his candidacy. But yeah, his peak was incredible.

  • Greg

    Yul Brynner or Voldemort?

  • Total Dominication

    Not Ralph Fiennes, really?

  • sum dum phuk

    They should put a Lord Voldemort picture next to those two pictures.

  • Tom

    Logan in line for the save.
    (he came on with a 2 run lead)

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

    Boston’s bullpen is about to blow a six-run lead.

    • jjyank

      Boston has a bullpen? I thought they had an LOLpen. Hm.

      • Havok9120

        Actually been really good lately. But everytime one part of the team gets going, another part is just SO BAD that it doesnt matter.

    • Havok9120

      If they hit a triple play here, it’ll be all your fault.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Boston fans are gonna burn that place down

      • jjyank

        Good, that place is mad old anyways.

    • Greg

      They just scored another run. 7-4 right now

  • jjyank

    Girardi isn’t screwing around.

  • Havok9120

    Boone looked sad there. At least to me.

    He needs another cookie. :/

    • Greg

      Bad LOOGY. You let Smoak get on. BAD LOOGY!

    • jjyank

      Well he did get another out in the 9th…*gives cooke*. Damn it Boone, don’t get fat.

  • sum dum phuk

    I feel like Boone Logan is never happy.

  • willx

    Nice ploy by joe. Now he can use soriano to close tomorrow w/o upsetting robertson

    • jjyank

      Soriano wasn’t available tonight anyway…don’t think that has anything to do with it.

  • chcmh

    now, that looked like a closer, robbie

  • jjyank

    Good win. Always makes you feel good about a series when they win the opener against the team’s best pitcher.

  • Total Dominication

    Girardi was pushing all the right buttons tonight.

  • Tom

    Yankees have beat Shields, Price and Felix over the last 4 games. The starters have also given up 4ER combined over the last 4 games.

    Hopefully this is the start of a run….

  • sum dum phuk

    Are they skipping Ivan Nova’s start?

    • Havok9120

      I doubt it. Probly just move him back.

  • forensic

    Great win tonight! Hopefully a good sign for the rest of the weekend.

  • Total Dominication

    Come on Asdrubal, reward my fantasy team while trouncing the Sox!

  • Greg

    Indians with 2 on 1 out in the eighth. Cabrera up and Padilla coming in.
    Place your bets

  • Greg

    They got out of it. It looks like they will win