May
14

Game 35: Raining In B’more

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One of two things will happen tonight, and I’m not talking about the Yankees either winning or losing. Tonight’s game will either be rained out or played in sloppy conditions and possibly through a series of delays. It’s been raining on and off all day in Baltimore and the heaviest stuff is supposed to come later tonight, and I don’t mean midnight or early tomorrow morning. I’m talking eight or nine o’clock. As of right now, the game is scheduled to start at 7:15pm ET. We’ll see. Here’s the lineup…

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

RHP Ivan Nova

If they do end up playing tonight, you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • jjyank

    Come on rain, I wanna watch baseball!

  • flamingo

    Susyn’s interviewing Buck Showalter now.

    I don’t even have a reaction to that yet.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      what is she saying?

      I notice that all former Yankees are “great friends” of John and Suzyn.

      • flamingo

        She asked him about the O’s starting pitching and then talked exclusively about the Yankees. What he thinks of Any, what he thinks of Mo. And she kinda insulted him by saying that he didn’t recognize Mo’s potential, and that’s why he lost his job. Unless he’s cool with that; I don’t know him.

        • RetroRob

          Showalter himself has recognized that, saying he probably would have remained the Yankees manager if he had gone to Mo sooner. Having very clear memories of ’95, including Mo’s very first start, being sent back down, his recall and better fastball, his great game against the White Sox, I remember being very interested in his ability, but I didn’t think Showalter had misused him or didn’t recognize him.

          Mo continued to show promise the remainder of that summer, but he was no sure thing when called out of the pen, and I give Showalter credit for even carrying him in the playoffs. I do remember thinking Rivera had gone to a new level against Seattle, something that would continue for the next 17 years, and hopefully another year next season!

      • http://www.twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Because of the sex parties.

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    The circus is falling down on its knees.
    The big top is crumbling down.

  • RetroRob

    Rain distrespecting the memory of Flanny again!

    • Tyrone Sharpton

      from where i come from, suicide doesn’t deserve a memory. there are so many other options that dont include shooting yourself in the head with a shotgun

      • Nomaas’ed

        That’s disrespectful to Flanny!

        • Tyrone Sharpton

          didn’t mean to offend…i was just disappointed with the decision he made, when he could have gotten help or continue going on for his family

          • pat

            He or she was joking. The “Disrespecting Flanny” thing has sort of evolved into a running joke, or a meme if you will.

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

              how dare you disrespect flanny. this is not a meme, this is the truth, you dare not disrespect Flanny.

              • pat

                Goddamn it Plouffenator. That’s just disrespectful.

              • jjyank

                How dare you not capitalize the “F” in “Flanny”??!! So disrespectful.

            • RetroRob

              Yeah, the Disrespecting Flanny meme has really nothingn to do with Flanaghan, but the stupidity of the Orioles in using Flanny as an excuse.

              • Tyrone Sharpton

                my bad…thought i offended nomaas dude there

  • Sansa

    So nice to see Chavez playing 3rd for A-Rod. We definitely don’t want Nunez at 3rd with a groundball pitcher on the mound. Teixera still needs to be moved down though.

    • The Scheister of Doom

      Since he’s at AAA, I don’t think it’ll be a problem.

      • RetroRob

        Tex has been moved to AAA? Don’t get the hopes up of some of the people here!

  • flamingo

    Paging John and Susyn: A-Rod is hitting. Tex is not. No need to move A-Rod anywhere.

    (Why do I listen to them again?!)

    • RetroRob

      Pure statistics. You figure they’re bound to be right some times, but then they surprise us again.

    • jjyank

      I know, I find it kind of funny that so many people think A-Rod has been sucking. The power’s not there, but over the last 2 weeks his OBP is .426 and .384 on the season. He’s not the problem.

  • jjyank

    I am really not liking the new Jason Hammel.

    • RkyMtnYank

      Go figure that moving from the NL to the AL would help so much, even though it was Coors field.

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

    hooray, there’s baseball tonight :)

  • RetroRob

    Rain.

    Need.Runs.Early.

  • Professor Longnose

    I demand runs!

  • Cy Pettitte

    that was a terrible pitch. Martin set up in and it was up and over the outside of the plate.

  • Karl Krawfid

    If Nova had fastball command, he would be great.

    • Professor Longnose

      To quote Branch Rickey, if home plate were high and outside, Rex Barney would be in the Hall of Fame.

      • Karl Krawfid

        Yeah. I thought was should have traded Nova. I would trade him and some others for Cole Hammels though :)

        • Professor Longnose

          Oh, yeah. But I think Nova will be a useful pitcher.

  • jjyank

    Ugh.

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

    Hughesitis: getting a hitter to 0-2, not putting him away.

    • flamingo

      It must be contagious.

  • Need Pitching

    batting practice

  • flamingo

    Is Nova elevating his pitches again?

    • jjyank

      Yep.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Like he always does?

      • flamingo

        Wasn’t his last start an absolute gem through 5? He knows how to keep them down (or so it seems).

  • CBean

    Phelps please

  • Pat D

    Well this has been a great start.

  • mt

    Hammel has not given up more than two runs in any start this year so if form holds, we better hold them here.

  • mt

    This might be a Garcia night.

  • RetroRob

    When are those rains coming?

    Did anyone see the article on ESPN (Insider) that says Jeter has hurt Nova this year by not getting to balls that most SS’s would, leading to five additional runs. Without those, his ERA would be 3.70 as opposed to 5.10?

    While it was interesting and not a shock, it still was a surprise, since to me the problems Nova is having can be illusted by this inning. Pitches up, balls being driven hard into the OF and over the wall at a greater frequency.

    • mt

      Yes, I saw that.

      I do think Jeter has not looked good from a range perspective but was surprised at the impact of Jeter on Nova since Nova has been giving up doubles and home runs (which have nothing to do with Jeter) at an alarming rate so far this year.

      • RetroRob

        I wonder if it’s also related to some of the shifts the Yankees have used, especially earlier this year. One of the games referenced was a game where a ball was hit right where Jeter normally would be positioned, but the Yankees had him way out of position.

        I asked this question once before, but how do shifts impact defensive metrics. I was told they should account for them, but the more I’ve read, it seems they may not.

        No matter. We know Jeter does not have good range, and as to why it’s hurt Nova more than the other Yankee pitchers this year may simply be one of sample size. Yet I still think Nova’s problem has been more related to his command and getting his pitches up. We saw that again in the first.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Of the O’s fans keep booing Teix they should be forced to take him and his contract

    • Cy Pettitte

      if not of

    • jjyank

      That one makes me laugh.

      “Yeah, let’s boo this guy for choosing a successful team that can win me a world series ring over a shitty team who finishes last every year!!! The nerve.”

      O’s fans should be booing their front office for not building a good team that would entice free agents.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Tex doesn’t look healthy in the face lol

  • RetroRob

    It’s that juice diet Tex went on. Juice is bad. It’s made him weak and ill. Go have a steak, Tex, go have a steak.

    • jjyank

      Maybe CC can give him some Captain Crunch.

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

      idk if I want to hit play.

  • jjyank

    Ohh man they just showed the Chris Davis pitching clips. So funny.

  • flamingo

    Just when I was thinking a double play would be nice!

  • Erica

    Shoulda been rained out!

    /bandwagonjumper’d

    • jjyank

      Go away Bonnie!

      • Erica

        I’m Clyde tonight!

  • wow

    my gosh… this team.

  • Will

    Okay am the only one thinking we should let Swish, Grandy, and Martin go to make room for Hamilton and Hamels?

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

      all of the above if you’re serious.

    • jjyank

      Hamels, sure, but why would the Yankees pass on resigning Swisher so they can instead sign a (relatively) old, hardcore ex-addict for likely almost twice the amount of money?

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

        because teh HOMERZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!111!!!!!!!!oneone!!!

        • RkyMtnYank

          Yea, let’s continue to overpay for previous production. This is the typical Yankee overreaction that will lead to more albatross contracts. Hamels yes, but keep Swish and Grandy.

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

            I’m not even so sure about Hamels…He’s going to coast SOOO much money.

            • jjyank

              Yeah, I’m torn as well. Hopefully ManBan continues to beast AAA and Nova becomes a solid mid rotation guy, and Hughes improves. That would save them a lot of scratch.

            • RkyMtnYank

              True, but for a premium lefty in his prime I think that’s a wise investment. I’m normally for letting the kids play though!

            • Betty Lizard

              I really like Hamels, but whenever the prospect of acquiring him is brought up I get a diffuse feeling of doom.

              And this is before his beaning of Harper, which I regarded as a real twatwaffle move.

  • Erica

    NOVA NO

    • CBean

      What happened? I stepped out to pick up dinner

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

        He took a line drive off of the shin/foot area. He seems to be OK though, he at least finished the inning.

      • Erica

        A ball was hit right at his foot but all’s well. Just minor panic.

  • DERP

    Official call up Banuelos post. Who’s in?

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

      all aboard the third rushed pitcher train!!!!!!

      • RetroRob

        Screw that. We need to bring up Campos from A ball, bad elbow and all!

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

          While we’re at it might as well call up the entire low A team. We need an infusion of youth!!

      • jjyank

        Seriously. The kid’s only been able to legally drink for a couple of months, he’s not exactly spinning his wheels down there. ManBan needs to spend all of 2012 in AAA, prove his back is healthy and prove that the improved control so far is real. Let’s have this conversation in March of 2013.

        • Tom

          +1

          The guy threw ~130 innings last year…. let him throw ~150-160 in the minors this year so there’s isn’t this crazy innings limits/shut him down/use as short reliever craziness. It’s not like he’s been lights out above A ball.

          If he pitches well, give him a shot at the rotation next year and as a 5th starter he’d be able to pretty much pitch the whole year

  • aRX

    DAMNIT! Please be able to walk it off!

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

    Future Yankee Bryce Harper just hit his first(of many) career homer.

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

    Alex has really been quietly picking it up recently…not so much for power, but his OBP the last two weeks or so as to be insane.

    • jjyank

      I never thought it would be possible for A-Rod to “quietly” do anything. But yeah, his OBP over the last few weeks has been well over .400.

      • jjyank

        But that ruins the narrative of A-Rod being old and sucking, so some people don’t care about the stats.

        • Professor Longnose

          It’s the power that gets noticed. If Rodriguez has a .400 OBP with little power from now on, I’d take it, but it’s not what we all hoped for.

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

            and, they need to move him out of the power spots, maybe even hit him 2nd or 6th, but I want at least 30+ homers out of a player hitting 3-4-5.

            • jjyank

              Isn’t A-Rod on pace for something like 25-30 home runs though?

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

                My math has him roughly at 20 but my math is most definitely flawed.

                • jjyank

                  Even 20 though isn’t terrible. As long as his BA and OBP are good, I’m cool with wherever A-Rod hits. I think the bigger concern is getting someone behind him that is hitting better. His OBP numbers don’t help when Tex is slumping so hard.

                  • Professor Longnose

                    ESPN.com has him projected at 23 HRs, but that’s playing 162 games.

        • Erica

          How dare he not hit home runs! HOW DARE HE.

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

        When it’s little things done well, I can see it sliding under the radar, but you know he’d be hearing it if he wasn’t currently doing what he’s doing.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Cano is missing pitches he would murder last year.

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

      almost perfectly timed.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Didn’t miss that one.

  • Widget

    Send the runners because it’s about to be double play time.

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

    Tex…ok fine. Do that, that’s fine, the result is anyway.

  • Sansa

    Well at least he advanced the runners. Let the real hitters drive the runners in.

  • DERP

    Yeah, so John Danks sucks. Good thing we didn’t trade for him.

  • RetroRob

    He really doesn’t throw 95, does he?

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

      Gameday has him regularly at 94.7 which is 95 to me.

      • RetroRob

        I think GameDay is using the same Pitch/FX readings. I’m not saying he doesn’t, was just curious. Thought maybe this might be similar to KC where the readings have been acknowledged as running hot all season.

  • Professor Longnose

    Tie the score or suffer my wrath!

    • RetroRob

      You were heard.

      • Professor Longnose

        I shall put my wrath on ice.

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

      They don’t want to suffer your wrath professor.

      • Professor Longnose

        You have to talk to them in language they understand.

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

    GARBAGE TIME!

    • Erica

      Even when we’re losing – STILL garbage time. ALWAYS garbage time!

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

        forever garbage time.

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

          dibs on this for the name of a grunge/garage rock band.

          • Erica

            INT. Dirty, dark dive bar. Two dudes are sitting side by side at the bar, sipping pints of Guiness.

            “Yo, what are you doing tonight?” says one dude to another.

            The second dude takes a sip of his beer. “Oh, y’know, just headed down to the Bowery Ballroom. Gonna see some Garbage Time.”

            The first dude squints, thinking hard. “Is that Nick Swisher’s band? He put out that killer solo album last year.”

            The second dude half-smiles, and says, “Yeah man. It was Swishalicious.”

            END SCENE.

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

              Hahaha so much win.

  • Erica

    Swwwwwish

  • DERP

    ah ah ah ah ah ah Shazam!

  • jjyank

    Love me some garbage time!

  • Sansa

    Yeah, Swisher shouldn’t be batting 5th or anything.

  • Tony

    Swishalicious in garbage time

  • Mike Nitabach

    YEAH!!! SWISH!!

  • flamingo

    Yeah, he’s swishalicious.

  • RkyMtnYank

    How do we not resign Swisher at this point given the lack of quality RF’ers, as long as he stays healthy? I have become a real Swish fan these past couple years.

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

      I think we should. Not at any price, but he should be one of the first priorities of the offseason.

      • YankeesJunkie

        If it is a 3-4 year deal under 14-15 AAV I think it is good deal. Any longer or more expensive then let him sign his decline years somewhere else.

    • Professor Longnose

      Over the course of the season he wins you a lot more games than he loses you.

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

    Love the let’s go Yankees chant.

    • jjyank

      Moving to DC in just a few weeks now. I promise to add to the “Let’s Go Yankees!” chants in Baltimore.

      • DERP

        What part of DC are you moving to?

        • jjyank

          To be determined. I’m actually driving down there tomorrow to look at a bunch of apartments.

          • RetroRob

            Moving into the city, or the outlying area?

            • jjyank

              The city. I think most of the apartments I’m looking at are in either the NE or the SE section.

          • DERP

            Nice. I loved DC when I lived there. I used to live near the Nats Park.

            • jjyank

              I had a summer internship in DC a few years back, though I actually lived in Arlington. But yeah, awesome city. I’m pumped to get out of East Bum-Fuck New Jersey.

              • Erica

                Heynow, Jersey’s not THAT bad!

                Whereabouts are you?

                • jjyank

                  Hunterdon county, near Clinton. It’s a nice area and all, great place to grow up. But literally NOTHING for a 23 year old to do out here.

                  • Erica

                    OOF. I’m sorry to hear that. I’ve lived in Jersey my entire life and actually had to Google where Hunterdon County was. Good thing you’re escaping!!

                    • jjyank

                      Heh yeah. Maybe in a couple of months I’ll actually have things other than RAB game threads to do on Friday nights haha.

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

                      Haha, Erica, you’re not alone in that entire post. I said the same thing.

      • Erica

        Can you randomly start them at Nationals games, too?

        • jjyank

          Of course. I already have tickets to one of the Yankee-Nats games in June.

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

            I think she means random nationals games, that don’t have any Yankees except Tyler Clippard involved in them.

            • Erica

              EXACTLY yes this! Nats-Phillies? “LET’S GO YANKEES!”

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

                Haha, “I’m going to watch the Nationals game cause the Yankees are off/played early and Strasburg is starting, is that a yankees chant I hear?”

                • Erica

                  Yes! DC should be safe for these activities.

                  Philly? Notsomuch.

              • jjyank

                You got a deal. I’ll keep telling Harper to get fitted for pinstripes every time he comes to the plate.

                • Erica

                  It’s foolproof. He’s a True Yankee (TM) already.

  • Lord Snow

    Nothing I hate more than seeing scrubby, shit-for-sticks on the Red Sox getting big, timely hits.

    • Widget

      Red Sox? You mean the last place AL East team? Fuck them.

      • Lord Snow

        You honestly believe they’ll remain in last place? Their magical, miracle offense never seems to stay down.

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

          They’re not going anywhere until their pitching improves.

          • Lord Snow

            Which it has . . . Bard and Doubrant actually aren’t THAT bad. I shamefully admit that I’d take either one of them . . . Probably Felix, so I can call him “Prince Felix”

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

              Greg?

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

          Nope, but they will finish a distant third, possibly fourth.

        • Widget

          They are playing in Fenway against the Mariners. This is not a surprise. Wake me when they actually beat a good team.

    • Erica

      Who / what happened?

      • Lord Snow

        Nava and Shoppach with HRs. No matter how many starters in that lineup go down they will STILL score 10 runs per game. UGH! It’s just annoying is all. I want them to suffer. Sit in basement and SUFFER!

        • Erica

          Lamesauce. They’ll get theirs. Don’t you worry, Thee Who Presides Over White Flakes. They will get theirs.

        • mt

          I’m glad someone else noticed that – they are scoring loads of runs now w/o Crawford, Ellsbury and Youklis. It always makes me think: would we score runs at such a pace (since it is such a struggle sometimes now, especially when we do not hit a home run) if we, for example, did not have Gardner, Grandy, and Arod.

    • DERP

      BTW another Nats catcher went down. Cervelli for Strasburg. We need pitching and they need catching. Win freaking win.

      • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

        Sandy Leon. He played here in Vermont a few years ago.

        • jjyank

          Where in Vermont is “here”? I went to school there, just curious.

          • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

            Burlington. I went to UVM many years ago.

            • jjyank

              Ahh no way, so did I. Though I just graduated 2 years ago. Good to have a fellow alum around.

              • NYC Diesel

                I graduated in 2010 also. You guys still around BTV?

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

        while we’re at it, throw in Phelps and get Harper. Badda-bing, badda-boom

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

    NICE!

  • YankeesJunkie

    Nice job by Nova getting out of the jam.

  • flamingo

    The leadoff walk didn’t score!

  • flamingo

    DON’T. BUNT.

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

      he tried.

      • flamingo

        Why am I not surprised.

  • Sansa

    Jeter continues to be a rally killer. Where’s the .400 Jeter hitting doubles every other at bat?

    • Erica

      …Sarcasm?

  • jjyank

    Question about 2013 free agents for you guys. Hamels gets most of the love, but what do you guys think about Anibal Sanchez? He’ll likely be significantly cheaper than Hamels, and has been pretty solid and is putting together a real nice 2012 so far. Not necessarily endorsing it, but if the Yanks don’t want to spend what Hamels will cost, Sanchez might be an interesting option.

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

    See what you did Derek.

  • Erica

    GRANDYMAN!!! Oh, he CAN!

  • YankeesJunkie

    Curtis Fucking Granderson!

  • flamingo

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah Grandy!

  • DERP

    o hai Eutaw Street! Nice to see you!

  • Mike Nitabach

    GRAND!!

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

    haha judging by Sterling’s an all of your reactions, he must of CRUSHED

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

      On Eutaw Street!

      I bet Ibanez will hit one out there this year.

    • Lord Snow

      Grammar and Pet Peeve Alert! Sorry, but I have to do this… He “MUST’VE” as in “Must Have” crushed it. Sorry, I cannot help myself.

      • Need Pitching

        he should of proofread his post

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

          please god tell me that’s on purpose.

          • Need Pitching

            ;)

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

        No, completely ok….I’d be all over somebody else for making that mistake usually. I’m actually more angry at myself for making the mistake than you pointing it out.

  • Professor Longnose

    I liked that bat toss my Rodriguez there.

  • DERP

    It’s almost like throwing the ball right down the middle was a bad idea.

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

    JJ, to answer your question about Sanchez, Annibal up there…meh.

    • jjyank

      Depends on the contract though. Do you want Hamels for 6-7 years or Anibal for 3-4? I see both arguments.

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

        clearly Anibal, but I’m not sure if he could pitch in the AL East.

        • jjyank

          I think he could if he keeps his peripherals at 2011/2012 levels. More than a K per inning and less than 3 walks per 9. But yeah, if he reverts to the mid 7s in K/9 and 3-4 BB/9 from earlier in his career, he’d be in trouble.

  • DERP

    Hey Nova how about you stop walking crappy players.

  • Pat D

    Nova’s luck has run out.

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

    damnit Nova.

  • DERP

    Fuck Nova. Stop allowing hits to crappy players.

  • Pat D

    Is this Avery any kind of prospect?

    • DERP

      No he sucks. Can’t hit.

      • Pat D

        I guess tonight’s the exception.

  • flamingo

    Nova, WHY.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Ughh.

  • Widget

    That lead was fun while it lasted.

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

    Wow, Suzyn all over A-Rod for taking the ball the other way.

  • 718

    Nova got lucky last year! He blows!

    • Mike Nitabach

      You sound like my Angels Fan buddy!

  • Need Pitching

    how do they not have anybody warming up?

  • Mike Nitabach

    FUUUUUUUUUUUCK.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Meh!

  • Mr. Pink

    Argh. I’m really getting tired of the overall inconsistency of this team.

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

    fail.

  • flamingo

    Okay, let’s pull Nova now.

  • jjyank

    Not so Super, Nova.

  • Pat D

    So…I guess Nova’s the biggest concern in the rotation now, right?

  • Erica

    I get up for a minute and the Yankees are in the lead. I walk back into my room and now we’re down 5-3. OKAY.

    • jjyank

      New rule. Erica is not allowed to leave the room, EVER.

      • Erica

        Ugh, let me go buy Depends then.

        • Pat D

          No, because that would involve you leaving the room.

          • jjyank

            See, Pat gets it.

          • Erica

            I mean, I can place an order online… and um, use my mind powers to have them float upstairs…

            • Pat D

              If you have those kind of mind powers, can’t you just trick yourself into not going until the end of the game.

              • jjyank

                Yeah jeez Erica, how about a little willpower?

                • Erica

                  The energy used for said willpower is being used to will the Yanks toward a win.

                  C’monnow.

              • Erica

                No, it doesn’t work like that, Pat! It just doesn’t.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Damn, Hardy didn’t even fully swing through that ball.

  • DERP

    Nova allows a homer. Drink.

    • jjyank

      *falls off bar stool*

  • 718

    Again, Nova got lucky last year! He blows!

  • CBean

    Phelps now?

  • Pat D

    Freddy Garcia sighting. White flag, white flag!!!!

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Hardy’s been on an absolute tear this month.

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

    Phelps is gonna get Noesi’d out there isn’t he?

  • The Bobfather

    Hamels, Greinke and Hamilton in 2013 please.

    • jjyank

      Hamels OR Greinke and a restraining order for Hamilton, please.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

      I could easily see Hamels or Greinke, but the Yankees would be best suited to trade for a young outfielder to replace Swisher.

  • Pat D

    “Umbrellas popping up.”

    Like someone said last week, that reminds me of RollerCoaster Tycoon. I wish that game still worked on my computer.

    • jjyank

      Dude I was ALL about that game when I was a kid. Loved it.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      It’s been a while since I heard that mentioned. Fucking loved that game.

    • Erica

      The days of Windows 95 were glorious days indeed!

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

      I played Sim City.

      • Pat D

        I always sucked at that game for some reason.

        Civilization 2 was the game that I spent more hours playing than any other game. Then came Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds.

      • Erica

        YES!!!! Did you construct the most elaborate city evar, only to set tornadoes upon it right after?

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

          Haha, I was more of a plague of locust type, but absolutely. I read an article on Cracked about a year ago about a guy who made the most efficiently run city in the history of the game, his Sim’s life span was roughly 33.5years. When asked why and if he was concerned about the extremely low life span, he said “the city is made to run at efficiently, life span of it’s occupants wans’t taken into account.”

          • Erica

            Hahahaha! Cold and calculating. I can only imagine what this guy’s houses were like in The Sims.

  • DERP

    The phasing out of David Phelps makes me sad.

  • jjyank

    Wow, Robbie is simply the best in the business on that play.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Wow, Robbie’s so f’n smoothe! Pedroia would have never made that play!

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

      It would have been gritty though.

      • RkyMtnYank

        He would have eaten some dirt for sure but ….

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

        yeah, the dive as the ball went by him would’ve looked uber gritty…lol

    • Erica

      Rabbit hops!

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

    I still can’t get over how Suzyn was ripping Alex to Fiensand, saying getting on base isn’t enough.

    • Pat D

      Well, I’d gladly sacrifice 20 points of his current OBP if it meant a few more extra base hits.

      Yea, I know that’s contrary, but I’d still take a .360 range OBP from him.

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

        I understand your point, but as of right now I’m happy that Alex is healthy and that he’s getting on base at a .400 clip.

        • jjyank

          Agreed. I’ll gladly take .400 OBP A-Rod. If Tex behind him was knocking him in more often, I don’t know if we’d be complaining as much.

        • Pat D

          I assume he’ll start hitting more home runs as the weather gets warmer. I agree that his health is most important.

    • Athenian

      She is such a tool.

  • The Bobfather

    Is it weird that instead of looking forward to facing the Orioles, I actually dread facing them now?

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

      Despite the Orioles ridiculous hot start, the Yankees are still 4-2 against them. Nothing to dread.

  • Athenian

    Who had “yanks are owned by Orioles” at the beginning of the season? At least they can beat the Mariners.

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

      4-2 against a team isn’t getting owned by them.

      • Pat D

        Yea, really.

      • Athenian

        Um two of the wins were in extra innings. In NY, they did exactly what is going on now, out hit, out pitched…but we all have different expectations of success and failure.

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

          So the extra inning wins don’t count or something? I dunno about you, but I consider 4-2 a success no matter how it comes.

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

            They only count when the other team gets them and we complain about the Yankees not being tough or able to fight back or something like that.

    • Need Pitching

      wtf are you talking about?

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

      Yanks have won four of six against Baltimore this year.

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

        apparently the extra innings wins don’t count.

    • Athenian

      This sounds like the Tebow justification in Denver. He was average at best for 90% of the game and then pulled out a win. Beating the Orioles in two extra inning games, almost getting swept at home, is not a good sign for a team that should be dominating a far less superior team. Focusing on the first three wins as though they hold more value than how the team is actually playing is only a set up for greater set back….

      Although my patience are now tested with bases loaded…let me be the optimist, double play coming and only one run.

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

        Oh look, wrong again.

      • jjyank

        “let me be the optimist, double play coming and only one run.”

        If that’s your version of optimism, then I truly feel sorry for you.

      • Need Pitching

        however they win, winning is far from getting “owned”
        and the Orioles have the best record in the division, if you haven’t noticed. Perhaps they are not as “far less superior” as you think

  • flamingo

    O’s broadcast praising Cano’s pivot. And Cano in general.

    And then he hits a double.

    (Quick, say something nice about Tex.)

    • RkyMtnYank

      Tex will hit a 2 run homer here to tie it!

      • RkyMtnYank

        oh well, a walk works too.

    • Professor Longnose

      Tex, you damn putz, do your job!

  • DERP

    Embedded Yankee Luis Ayala warming up!

  • Tom

    I know the HR’s are problematic , but for Nova I think it still comes down to walks I think.

    He walks the #9 hitter to lead off an inning and then goes 3-1 to a the next hitter and has to come in with a strike…. what might have been a solo HR on a mistake to Hardy becomes 3 runs in a hurry.

    • DERP

      Especially since the walk came to a utility player and the triple was to a guy who hasn’t really hit at any level.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

      Nova currently has an 11.76% HR rate on the changeup. That’s pretty terrible. He’s gotta locate the pitch down and away more and his homerun problems will be a non-issue.

      • flamingo

        Ouch.

        Wait, since when has he thrown a changeup? Have I just forgotten about it since the emergence of his slider?

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

          In 2012 he’s been 51% fourseam, 19% slider, 24% curveball, and 6% changeup.

          In 2011 he threw the pitch 4% of the time, but only got a 1.74% hr rate. It also only received a 6.96% whiff rate compared to 2012’s 17.65%. It’s likely all small sample size, but you can see that he’s throwing a lot of the changeups elevated, which I think is a bad habit.

          • flamingo

            Ah, thanks.

            I don’t think I ever knew he threw a changeup; I thought he was just fastball-slider-curve.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Yeah, the control has been a problem this evening but his overall BB/9 has been below 3 so nothing to stick your nose at.

      • Tom

        Overall it’s good but the results are bimodal:

        In the 4 starts he’s given up 4+ER: 2,3,4,3 (includes tonight)
        In the 3 starts where he’s given up 2ER or less: 0,0,2

  • Mike Nitabach

    OHPLEASEOHPLEASEOHPLEASEOHPLEASE!!!!!!

  • flamingo

    This is nice.

  • DERP

    Someone hold me.

  • Professor Longnose

    Anyone know the Yankees slash line with bases loaded and nobody out?

    • Need Pitching

      333/333/1000

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

        Is it really? Haha, that’s a pretty beastly line.

        • Need Pitching

          only 6 PA

          • jjyank

            Wait, how is the BA the same as the OBP? Didn’t the Yankees have 2 bases-loaded walks yesterday?

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

              where either of them with no outs?

              • jjyank

                Oh good call. I honestly don’t remember.

            • Need Pitching

              not with nobody out

  • flamingo

    Ibanez has gotten all sorts of timely hits; I think it’s time for his first grand slam.

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

    Embedded Yankee Luis Ayala aka Worst Pitcher in History with an ERA under 2

  • DERP

    Time to reinforce the warehouse windows.

  • Havok9120

    So. I’ve apparently missed a fairly eventful game.

    C’mon boys. Lets chase Ayala here and tag him for about 7 runs.

  • Lord Snow

    At least one run. Please.

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

      seriously this has to be greg.

      • RkyMtnYank

        You will know it’s Greg when it’s the catchers fault.

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

    unless this is right down the middle…take.

  • Erica

    C’mon Voldemort. DO IT DO IT

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

    BOW AT THE SIGHT OF THE INFINITE POWERS OF LORD VOLDEMORT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Nedro

      His skill in the Dark Arts induced the E-5

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

        Absolutely, he used the imperuis curse on Davis.

      • Nedro

        sorry E-3

  • Erica

    I’ll take it!!!!!! RAUUUUUUUL!

  • Mike Nitabach

    YESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DERP

    I’ll take it.

  • sum dum phuk

    Lord Voldemort strikes!

  • jjyank

    Hells yeah, I’ll take it. VOLDEMOOOOOORT!

  • Need Pitching

    Davis should stick to pitching

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

    The power of Lord Voldemort!

  • flamingo

    Chris Davis to the bullpen, huh?

    I’ll take a two-run single. THanks, Raul.

    • Professor Longnose

      Singleton said it was an error.

      • flamingo

        Good point, it was.

  • Professor Longnose

    That could easily have been a double play. Thanks, O’s.

  • DERP

    ugh

  • Sansa

    Is Michael Kay going to tell that story all year about the fake from 3rd to 1st.

    • Erica

      “The ol Jeff Nelson”

      YES he will. He always will.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I don’t know if you know this, but Jeff Nelson texted Michael Kaye. In case you didn’t know.

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

    Remember all the times Ayala came in last year and allowed inherited runners to score and then get outs to keep his ERA nice and low?

    Nice to be on the other side of that.

    • flamingo

      Was just thinking that :)

  • Sansa

    This could be set up for another Jeter DP.

    • Erica

      Stop?

  • Mike Nitabach

    OHPLEASEOHPLEASEOHPLEASEOHPLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

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

    I think Jeets should bunt the runners over =P

  • Havok9120

    C’mon Cap’n.

  • Leg-End

    I think Russell just walked on 4 strikes.

  • Erica

    I want my water but I’m not getting up to get it. I’m staying put.

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

      Erica, you can wait until after Derek gets a hit.

      • Erica

        Sacrifices in the form of severe thirst are being made.

    • Nedro

      YOU NO LEAVE

    • jjyank

      You’re learning!

      • Erica

        Derp.

        C’mon, you guys all do this. All of you. If they’re losing, you move your seat and you know it.

        • jjyank

          Actually, I’m too lazy.

    • Zooboy

      You can’t have water…it might make you have to go to the bathroom at an important point later in the game. Sit. Stay!

    • Erica

      THEORY DEBUNKED. Screw you guys, I’m chuggin’ that damn water.

      • Zooboy

        No rule: Erica is not allowed to watch Jeter bat.

      • jjyank

        Maybe it was the mere thought of leaving?

        • Erica

          Thoughts are now banned.

          • jjyank

            Forget robot umps. We need robot fans!!

            • Erica

              T-1000?

      • Zooboy

        Meant “New Rule….”

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Nutter Butters and beer. Not an great idea.

  • DERP

    Fuck off Jeter

    • Havok9120

      Hmmm.

      Silly person is silly.

    • jjyank

      ?

  • Tony

    Lets go Grandy

  • flamingo

    Ugh. Jeter, you’re supposed to get a minimum of three hits a night. How have you missed the memo?

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    We’d better hope the game does not get called now.

  • Tom

    Following online, but are these guys really swinging through 86-90mph fastballs from Luis Ayala?

  • Mike Nitabach

    urgh

  • DERP

    Fuck this.

    • Bunt Gardner

      Then stop watching and bitching.

  • flamingo

    Seriously, should have expected that. It’s just the way Ayala works. Keeps the old ERA down.

    • ArchStanton

      He could’ve given up a grand slam there and would’ve been fine ERA-wise due to the error- I think. If only he had known that!

  • Pat D

    RISP fail all around.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

      Except when they scored 5 runs.

      • Havok9120

        Those don’t count. The fact that we’ve consistently scored ~5-6 runs a game with a couple duds and a couple blowouts is not relevant to the RISP Fail discussion.

      • Pat D

        Well, technically, they went 0-4 in that inning.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Where has the genius of KLong gone?

  • Buddy

    Wow. Great job by Ayala.

  • DERP

    I predict this will end well!

    • DERP

      I called it.

  • JohnnyC

    Luis Ayala just dominant with the sinker-slide. LOL on Yankees.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yankees should have only scored 1 run that inning. Just bad man.

  • flamingo

    Nova getting ground balls keeps my blood pressure down.

    …Wait, he’s hurt? NO.

  • Erica

    Oh goodness, Nova.

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

    That isn’t good…

  • 45yearyanksfan

    what a terrible offense……..other than jete EVERYhitter does nothing but swing for the fences no matter the situation… ted williams of 406 fame, greatest hitter that ever lived fame got booed in doston for decades for being a selfish hitter by ignoring the shift… what does that make mark”i usesto hit 100 points better’ texeria………disgusting

    • Erica

      Welcome! And now goodbye!

    • jjyank

      Sigh. Some people just love them a good old fashioned narrative, numbers be damned.

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

        A-Rod is old and slow!

        • Erica

          The Yankees buy all their championships, even the ones they didn’t win!

          • jjyank

            CC hasn’t been an ace in almost a year!

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

              Fire Cashman!

              (seriously, did you read that mess in the Fan Confidence Poll?)

              • jjyank

                Yeah, I did unfortunately. That one thread was epic. Epic in a bad way. I’m glad I wasn’t in the middle of that one.

              • Erica

                YEAH. People are off their rockers. We need to help them back on. Armchair GM’s are the best, aren’t they?

    • DERP

      Welcome! Tell us about yourself!

    • Havok9120

      Wow. Your devotion to a narrative that hasn’t been true for years is impressive.

      Tell us more.

  • The Bobfather

    OMG. Can anyone hit with RISP on this team!? That was a golden oppourtunity to break this game open. Jeter and Granderson were wayyyyy too anxious in those at bats. What ever happen to selectivity at the plate? Also I miss Luis Ayala #shouldvekept.

  • Sansa

    And now Nova can’t get the W.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E
      • Erica

        Heh.

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

        so full of win. and erica…you’re a yankee fan, and a girl, who understands a star wars reference, and lives in NJ? please marry me.

        • jjyank

          Best internet proposal ever.

        • Erica

          Indeed I am a rare commodity. And while very flattering, Sir Plouffenator, I’ve already met the love of my life, who has attempted to school me in Star Wars while I’ve been busy converting him into a Yankees fan!

          We can be Best Friends though!

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

            #friendzoned.

            • Erica

              #sadtrombone

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

          and I forgot you’re into harry potter…that’s one more positive.

          • Erica

            I hate Harry Potter. Voldemort is an easy pop culture reference, though!

            • jjyank

              Crush deflated. The Plouf man is a Harry Potter nerd!

              • Erica

                He TOTALLY went as Harry Potter for Halloween one year. Totally.

                • jjyank

                  I’d take that bet.

  • CBean

    No Rapada!

    • Erica

      Why not Phelps?

      • CBean

        Lefty, I guess. But he better not see more than this batter.

      • jjyank

        Two lefties in a row I guess. But if Rapada faces another righty, I will throw something at my TV.

      • Erica

        THERE’S-A PHELPS-A!

  • Havok9120

    The MT25 has been set to beast mode on D the last week or so.

  • The Bobfather

    SometImes I think that K-Long is a one dimensional hitting coach. He helps hitters perfect their homerun swings but doesn’t preach selectivity at the plate or a gap, singles approach. Just my opinion.

    • JohnnyC

      All hitting coaches are that way. They specialize in swing mechanics. Baseball philosophy is something you learn on your own by watching smart hitters like Wade Boggs.

  • Erica

    Kay is talking about Jeff Nelson. Again.

    • jjyank

      “Like OMG guys, Jeff Nelson texted me and told me ALL about how he got FIVE pick offs with his super special pickoff move. He texted ME and NOBODY else. We’re in love. Weeeeeee!”

      • Erica

        HAHAHAHA.

        I wonder if Paul O’Neill is feeling a twinge of envy.

        • jjyank

          He would be if he wasn’t so busy eating!

      • JohnnyC

        You’d wet your pants if Kay ever texted you, sparky.

        • jjyank

          Very doubtful.

  • DERP

    D Money coming in!

  • RkyMtnYank

    Phelps in a nice high leverage situation, I’ve been a Phelps fan so hope all goes well!!!

  • 45yearyanksfan

    here’s a good old fashioned narrative……….the number 27….i’ll just assume you’re familiar with the narrative pre 1996

    • jjyank

      What’s your point?

    • DERP

      Glad you started posted here! I’m sure you will fit right in! Thanks for your insights!

    • Erica

      Troll harder. We don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • jjyank

        Yeah, this is pretty weak trolling.

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

      You mean like the number of championships this team has won? The most recent of which was three years ago? With basically this same team only we have a better bullpen now?

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

        But we are without True Yankees(tm) Matsui and Damon!!

  • DERP

    Who the hell just got helped to the clubhouse. It wasn’t Nova. It was some white dude.

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

      Pretty sure it was Rapada

      • DERP

        Thanks. Much appreciated. Watching the Orioles broadcast and they didn’t say.

      • Gone Phishin’

        That’s what it looked like to me

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      There’s beer and chicken in the clubhouse. All the pitchers want some before it is gone.

      • jjyank

        Heh I just had a visual of Rapada walking into the clubhouse only to find crushed beer cans and empty buckets of KFC with a very defensive looking Josh Beckett and John Lakcey crouching over the table.

        • Erica

          Optional: Clay Buccholz as the golf caddy, cowering in the corner.

          • jjyank

            Optional: Clay Buccholz as the golf caddy, cowering in the corner stealing everyone’s laptop.

            Fixed.

            • Buch

              O hai!

              I has laptop!

  • RkyMtnYank

    wtg Phelpsy, hope goes at least one more.

  • 45yearyanksfan

    the point is sabremetrics are only part of the story..unself play, such as a situational approach at he plate, as old fashioned s it sounds allows for more productive at bats

    • jjyank

      Ahh one of my favorite ridiculous narratives. Teixeira is so arrogant, that he hits into the shift on purpose!

      P.S., you know there’s a reply button, right?

      • DERP

        Wah wah wah wah wah Mark wah wah wah.

    • DERP

      Thanks so much for your great posting tonight! It really adds another dimension to the game thread!

    • Havok9120

      Yes, because controlling where the ball goes off the bat against major league caliber pitching is so easy. That’s why shifting and spray charts are useless and ineffective.

      You aren’t very good at this are you?

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

    Been on a two week tolerance break…probably popping out of work and over to my buddy’s apt to end that. Why can’t any of my friends be into regular season baseball?

    • Erica

      Channel your inner Raul Ibanez, use your powers and make them into baseball fans!

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

        Please go read the comment I left under the Darth Vader comment :)

        • Erica

          If anyone wants to see the most Flawless Internet Proposal ever, they should ch-check it out.

          • jjyank

            Since you capitalized it, I noticed that Flawless Internet Proposal can also be shortened to: FIP. Can this be another new meme?

            • jjyank

              Example: The Plouffenator has an excellent FIP so far in 2012.

              • Erica

                YES.

                That means “YES,” not “Yankees Entertainment and Sports” or whatever it stands for.

  • Dan in Atlanta

    Seriously, is Curtis the Tim Tebow/Shaq of baseball? The guy is everywhere with charities and promtoing the game. He makes me proud to be a Yankee fan.

    • jjyank

      He is one of the guys in that ambassador program, right? But agreed, Curtis is very likable.

    • RkyMtnYank

      H:e’s better than both of those guys.

      • pat

        Not Shaq.

  • Sansa

    Great. Let’s push one more across and go Phelps for one, SoRo to close. CC on the mound tomorrow for the sweep.

  • Professor Longnose

    This is IT! Score some bleeping runs!

  • Andy

    I know he’s getting his hits, but doesn’t Alex look a little off balance at the plate?

  • Sansa

    Nice piece of hitting by Alex. Cano and Teixera need to have the same plate discipline.

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

    …she’s still going on about Alex sucking :(

    • jjyank

      ….??? He has 3 hits!

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

    Boooooooo…you didn’t sign with our terrible team! Boooooooooooo!

    • jjyank

      Haha I know, right? O’s fans only have their front office to blame.

  • Havok9120

    This strikezone is making my head hurt.

  • Mike Nitabach

    TEEEEXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXx!!!!!!!!!

  • Need Pitching

    damn selfish hitting

    • 45yearyanksfan

      listen…i don’t think tex and the rest of the team are selfish ballplayers.. iwas merely within the historical context of williams that in cetain situations, when you need baserunners and your behind, it’s a beatiful thing to see a guy shorten his stroke and go the other way…i’ll admit that my fanatacism deserves a smack down when i’m wrong… my most humble apoligies….i just yearn for the days when the asthetic, artful practice of baseball was the order of the day

  • RkyMtnYank

    Shift that bitches!

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

    Tex!!!!!!!!

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Finally

  • Erica

    MT25! THE ORIOLES FANS LOVE IT!

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

      There are Oriole fans there?

      • Erica

        They’re disguised as security, but yes!

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

          Yankee Stadium South is always fun.

  • flamingo

    TEX? TEX?

    You’re on the mark, Teixeira!

  • jjyank

    Wait, y u no bunt Tex??!!

    Good to see that. Atta boy Tex.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

    No way Teixeira could hit a homerun if that baserunner was in scoring position. More RISP fail.

  • Cy Pettitte

    boooooo Teix boooooo

    oh wait, HR? Yea Teix!

  • Sansa

    MARK TEIXERA GOT A HIT WITH MEN ON BASE!!!!! 7-5 LEAD!

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

    MT25

  • Havok9120

    Hmmm.

    We never score any runs. Impotent offense. Homeruns don’t count because that isn’t situational hitting and its not sustainable and stuff.

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

      Tex keeps hitting into the shift on purpose!

      • jjyank

        Selfish basterd.

      • Erica

        Garbage Time!

        Oh wait. Wrong meme. Oops.

      • DERP

        Not bad for the worst fielder in baseball per uzr.

        • Need Pitching

          and Alfonso Soriano is the best.
          I’m losing confidence in that metric.

    • Tom

      But come on…. that wasn’t even a hit with a runner in scoring position…. we all know that is what ultimately matters!

      /narrative’d

  • DERP

    Swisher and Teixeira with the big hits. The two guys Orioles fans hate the most. Nice.

    • Mike Nitabach

      Why do they particularly hate Swisher?

      • DERP

        Not a bad catch by the worst fielder in baseball per uzr.

  • Pat D

    Are we sure Teixeira doesn’t have something worse?

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

      Whatever it is, can’t be as bad as what Pujols has.

      • Pat D

        I know you’re joking, but Teix is clearly sick and Pujols is just suffering from “Holy shit, I play in the American League in a pitcher’s park now and I haven’t adjusted yet”-itis.

        • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

          Yup, and he could be 35 following declining years. I really don’t know if he’ll ever be the same hitter, but he won’t produce the same stats in the AL West again. Big parks and good pitching will lower his average. Thank god it happened to the Angels though, thats one team I have no problem hating.

          • jjyank

            I know it’s very early in the Pujols deal, but damn man. At least the Yankees got a couple of MVPs out of A-Rod.

            • RetroRob

              …and the Yankees are still getting productivity from A-Rod.

              I’m sure Pujols will be fine, but it is pretty amazing how awful he’s been.

              • jjyank

                Oh I know, I’m not bashing A-Rod.

          • Professor Longnose

            Pujols is actually having a worse May than April.

    • Erica

      What do you think Tex has?

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

        Rabies?

        • Erica

          Scabies?

          • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

            Scurvy?

            • Erica

              The clap?

      • Pat D

        According to Jonah Keri on Grantland today:

        “A chest specialist at Columbia Presbyterian diagnosed the Yankees’ first baseman with “severely inflamed bronchial airways” that have impacted his breathing. Raul Ibanez slugging .568 has helped the Yanks withstand the loss of Brett Gardner for longer than expected, and top pitching prospect Manny Banuelos has struck out 15 batters and walked none in his first 14? innings since coming off the disabled list. But Teixeira’s got four years and $90 million left on his gigantic contract, not counting the $22.5 million he’s owed for the rest of this season. Whether Teixeira’s woes are due to breathing issues, random variance, or whatever the hell’s going on here, the Yankees could use a non-giant sucking vortex in the middle of their lineup.”

        • RetroRob

          Perhaps it would make sense if I went and read the article (the cognac-sipping Grantland writers annoy me, so I won’t), but what’s with the Banuelos UFO mention in Keri’s article?

          • Pat D

            It’s a power rankings article, so I think he was discussing the overall state of the team.

      • RetroRob

        I don’t know. Continues interesting trend (okay, two examples) of Yankees signing big name 1B’man who are highly productive at first, then develop pull tendencies leading to extreme shifts and decreasing production, who then come up with a virus and lose weight.

        • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

          Are you saying he caught it from the thong?

  • Greg

    So I just got in.

    Is Nova hurt badly? And whether he is or isn’t, he did not pitch well. ERA over 5.

    Offense has done well

    And that other team is winning again. That sucks

    • Buch

      His foot got hurt and then he rolled his ankle on top of that.

  • Erica

    LOOK AT THAT CATCH THAT WAS A GREAT CATCH AAAAHHHHH

  • RkyMtnYank

    The Grandy man can!

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

    Yankees have now scored in 4 straight innings. Not bad for such a selfish offense!

    Great catch by Curtis!

    • Mike Nitabach

      It was a very selfish non-situational catch, and clearly unsustainable.

    • Havok9120

      But…we never score in the middle innings. Haven’t you heard?

  • Sansa

    WOW! Grandy covered a lot of ground there. Fortunate that it was hit there.

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

    Let’s hold on to this boys. I hope to get home to highlights of a win.

  • RkyMtnYank

    Be nice to see Phelps finish the whole thing out even though that won’t happen.

  • Erica

    Boone Logan will forever make me nervous.

  • Athenian

    I need to stick to just checking in on the score. Each time I do the Yankees are winning.

  • DERP

    Bring in Robertson please.

    • Greg

      EPIC FAIL

      • TomH

        ure

    • Mike Nitabach

      looooooogan!

  • DERP

    The only Tex is suffering from is huge balls syndrome.

    • pat

      They call it colitis. When he walks his balls collide.

  • Greg

    Oh great.

    We lose Nova for a month

    • Havok9120

      Eh. Bruise and a sprain.

      • Greg

        Was Wang’s injury the same or different?

        • Havok9120

          You mean Wang’s torn ligament from the interleague game?

          I’d call that pretty different.

    • Need Pitching

      You see, it would be this mat that you would put on the floor… and would have different CONCLUSIONS written on it that you could JUMP TO

  • Havok9120

    Darn Yankees don’t care. Them and their league leading 11 come from behind wins.

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

    Nova’s got a bruised foot and sprained ankle, Rapada has a virus.

  • jjyank

    Via LoHud:

    Yankees just announced that Ivan Nova has a right foot/ankle contusion and sprain. X-rays were negative. Also, Clay Rapada has a viral infection.

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

      I bet Rapada got what Tex has.

      • jjyank

        They probably shouldn’t have been kissing each other.

        • RetroRob

          They were sharing Giambi’s gold thong, which was left behind.

  • DERP

    Sit down Wilson.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Boone-tang.

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

    Boooooooooone

  • Tom

    Boone Logan….. ROOGY?

  • Havok9120

    Have a cookie Mr. Logan.

    You DID bring the cookies, right jj?

    • jjyank

      Of course. I gave Boone a couple extra since he’s had a big workload recently.

  • DERP

    I have been listening to Danity Kane the whole game.

  • King Charles The Great

    I know ERA is not the true measure of a pitcher’s performance but for what it’s worth, after today’s performance:

    Nova’s ERA: 5.44, Hughes’ ERA: 5.50.

    /huuuuuughes

  • The Miracle Stick

    I didn’t realize that I would need to pay attention to the fucking Orioles of all teams.

    I’m going to set this right, apologies for the delay.

  • DERP

    okay that was awesome

  • Pat D

    Martin was disrespectful to Flanny.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      +1

    • pat

      Disrespectful thoughts.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Let’s get some EEEEEENSURANCE!

  • Tom

    So I’m guessing the bunt for a hit/sacrifice is coming?

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

    Derek, if you bunt against this lefty…

  • RetroRob

    Yes, of course, have the guy hitting .370 bunt.

    • RetroRob

      I said, yes, OF COURSE, have the guy hitting .370 bunt. Better than the double play!

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

    Here comes the free out from Jeter.

  • Tony

    Please leave the lefty in to face Jeter

  • Greg

    All of you saying that he would bunt.

    FAIL

  • King Charles The Great

    Let’s go Jeter!!

    • King Charles The Great

      ..And a DP! le sigh..

  • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

    Jeter looked way safe.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

      I don’t think I’ve seen the Yankees get one call at first base all year, but plenty against them.

  • Greg

    And in hindsight…

  • Mike Nitabach

    TOTALLY SAFE!!

  • Tony

    4 double plays by Jeter in 2 days after none all season

    • pat

      REGRESSION!!!!!!!!

    • Erica

      ZOMG slump?

  • Erica

    Blind umpires.

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

      It’s funny how the only people in the whole stadium who don’t have access to the correct call are the ones who are actually making the calls.

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

        Didn’t mean to reply here.

        • Erica

          IT’S NOT OKAY.

          It’s okay.

  • jjyank

    Bad call. Where are my robots?

    • Erica

      Hi!

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

      Are you serious about Robots?

      Haven’t you seen the Matrix?

      • jjyank

        Or I-Robot.

  • flamingo

    Uh, Jeter…

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

    He was safe. Good fucking job ump.

  • Dan in Atlanta

    Goal motherfuckers. Goal.

  • pat

    Typical Curtis, just passing the baton.

  • King Charles The Great

    Insurance runs please Arod!

  • pat

    Just a base hit Alex. Come on, bud.

  • jjyank

    *gives cookie*

  • Need Pitching

    so I take it either Soriano or Robertson is unavailable
    anyone know why?

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

      Tex-virus maybe?

    • Tom

      Remember when Cashman was wasting money on over the hill Ibanez and made of glass Chavez?

      Good times…. good times….

      • Need Pitching

        ummmm, reply fail, I’m guessing

  • Erica

    Uh, is it me or is anyone else trying to log on to Twitter but it’s going straight to the BBC website?

    • Erica

      Now it’s back to Twitter. ODD.

  • pat

    LOONE BOGAN

  • jjyank

    That was a gorgeous pitch for strike three.

  • Tony

    Is something wrong with Soriano?

  • Dan in Atlanta

    seven more

  • jjyank

    Yay Tex!

  • Erica

    MT25 DOUBLE

  • King Charles The Great

    Yeah Tex!! Hopefully he keeps this up!

  • Mike Nitabach

    Let’s get a hit with bases loaded! PLEEEZ!

  • Erica

    You don’t hit Voldemort and expect to get away with it.

  • jjyank

    Ouch. My own elbow (still healing from a fracture) just cringed watching that.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Sac fly works.

  • pat

    Need a ChavySlam to make me happy.

    • pat

      That’ll do Chavy, that’ll do.

  • NoH

    I know that must have hurt very badly for Ibanez, but that was probably the best possible outcome against a leftie for him.

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

    Geez that’s like 4 times Kay had gone off about Jeff Nelson tonight.

    • Erica

      I think he’s getting paid per mention.

  • Erica

    “The Ol Jeff Nelson”

  • Sansa

    They should outlaw that move tomorrow just so Kay will shut up about it.

  • Erica

    Still SO weird to see anyone but 42 in a save situation.

    • sangreal

      Why? Plenty of pitchers have gotten saves for the Yankees in recent years besides Mo. It’s only weird that he is never doing it this season.

      • Erica

        Yes, I know.

  • Tony

    Whats up with Robertson?

  • Sansa

    Where’s Dave Robertson? Is he not the closer anymore?

  • Mike Nitabach

    Looking good, Soriano.

    • NoH

      Yeah, maybe he’ll have his first 1-2-3 inning?

  • jjyank

    Could this be the first 1-2-3 inning in 2012 for Sori?

    • NoH

      Lol, I was thinking the same thing

    • pat

      YOU BASTARD!!!!!!!!

  • Mike Nitabach

    OHHHHHHH!! WHATTTTT?????

  • jjyank

    Chavez!!! You’re supposed to be the anti-Nunez damn it.

  • Erica

    Erm Chavy?

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

    Of course something like that would happen and spoil the 1-2-3 inning.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Eduardo Chavez.

  • King Charles The Great

    Heh. Of course he gives up a hit.

    • FIPster Doofus

      That wasn’t a hit.

    • Greg

      Not a hit. An error

    • pat

      Or an Error. Whatever.

    • King Charles The Great

      Err. I mean error. Following online here. Tsk tsk.

  • Tony

    God does not want Soriano to get a 123 inning. This is coming from an atheist

  • Erica

    Redemption Chavy

  • Mike Nitabach

    YESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • FIPster Doofus

    There’s the real Eric Chavez.

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

    Ballgame!

    Fun game thread too :)

    • Erica

      Seriously. Everyone here rocks- even the weak trolls!

  • Bobtaco

    Omigod, Soriano smiled!

  • RkyMtnYank

    Phelps gets the W, that’s cool.

  • Sansa

    So did Girardi already give up on Robertson as closer? He hasn’t pitched since Friday and why wasn’t he in for the 8th?

    • Need Pitching

      I would assume since he wasn’t used in either inning, he was probably unavailable for some reason.
      Sick, maybe?

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

        I bet thats it.

        • Need Pitching

          sore ribcage. tests tomorrow

  • CS Yankee

    Seems like Arod had to get So happy at the end. Arod deserves much credit for the little things and Soriano seems like a jerk.

    Teix is waking up & Jeet needs a day off.

  • flamingo

    This was a good win.