Game 36: Eight More?

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CC Sabathia has a chance to do something tonight that hasn’t been done by a Yankee in 14 years. He’s completed exactly eight innings in each of his last four starts, and another eight tonight would make him the first pinstriper to throw at least that many innings in five consecutive starts since David Cone in 1998. Justin Verlander managed to do it five times in a row last June and Cliff freakin’ Lee put together a stretch of ten (!) straight starts of at least eight innings back in 2010. That’s insane. Sabathia had a four-start stretch of eight innings each last summer and is the only Yankees hurler to do that many times since Cone. Hopefully he makes it five in a row tonight. Here’s the lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
RF Nick Swisher
2B Robinson Cano
3B Alex Rodriguez
1B Mark Teixeira
CF Curtis Granderson
DH Andruw Jones
LF Jayson Nix
Chris Stewart

LHP CC Sabathia

The weather in Baltimore isn’t great again, but it’s better than last night so hopefully they’ll get a full nine innings in. The game can be seen on My9 locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Ivan Nova Update: Nova walked with a limp today and had his right foot and ankle wrapped, but he thinks he can make his next start. The Yankees don’t have to make a final decision for another four days, obviously.

Clay Rapada Update: Rapada left last night’s game with a viral infection but it’s not a concern. He says he’s been fighting it for a few days and doesn’t anticipate being unavailable at any point soon. In case you missed it earlier, David Robertson was placed on the DL with a strained left oblique.

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  • Robinson Tilapia

    The MF’ing big man is going to make it all right.

    Good news on Nova. Rolling an ankle, which I do often, can definitely run the gamut from “fine in two days” to “big deal.” Glad to see it’s looking like the former. Quit pitching up in the zone.

  • Sansa

    CC’s good as gold against the Os. This sweep will put us right back in the driver’s seat where we belong. And we’re doing all this despite the injuries.

  • Chris

    I am shocked Tex is in the lineup. He is fighting a bad cough and the weather tonight will only make it worse.

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

      …the weather tonight will only make it worse.

      That’s a myth!

      • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

        So is the female orgasm.

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

    Any words on Lord Voldermort, Mike? I assume he’s fine after the HBP last night?

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

      Yeah he said he’s fine.

  • Greg

    Robertson’s only on the 15 day so it’s not all that bad.

    That being said, the trend continues..

    Wang, Hughes, Kennedy, Joba, Nova, and now Robertson.

    Young pitchers in the Yankees tutelage who have sustained major injuries.

    Don’t see Texas going through that right now. Or San Francisco.

    • Greg

      Although to be fair, Nova’s injury will not be judged yet.

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

        He got hit by a comebacker and then rolled an ankle fielding a chopper, that’s the team’s fault?

        • Greg

          I know it shouldn’t be connected but its starting to get like the Madden curse.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            The Greg Curse: Anyone who comes across one of his comments becomes instantly depressed.

            This injury thing may, in fact, be one of the silliest things I’ve ever read from you.

            • Bunt Gardner

              I actually feel dumber for having read his comment.

      • Need Pitching

        Nova got hit in the foot with a batted ball, and later rolled an ankle. Clearly because the Yankees don’t know how to properly develop pitchers.
        Ian Kennedy had an aneurysm, also clearly because the Yankees don’t know how to properly develop pitchers.
        Wang’s injury was a freak baserunning injury, also clearly because the Yankees don’t know how to properly develop pitchers.
        A strained oblique is hardly a major injury.
        So after all that, you are left with just Joba in Hughes as major injuries.

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

      A strained oblique hardly qualifies as a major injury. And what’s Brian Wilson up to? Where’s Madison Bumgarner’s velocity? Why does Tim Lincecum’s elbow hurt so much that he had to stop throwing his slider?

      • Chip

        But that doesn’t fit the narrative so let’s forget about the logic and continue to complain

      • Greg

        Brian Wilson’s not young in terms of baseball. He’s 30. I speaking strictly in the 20s.

        Bumgarner- 5-2 with a 2.80. What low velocity?

        Lincecum I would have expected him to flame out quicker because of his motion. But he’s not on the DL.

        • Chip

          You keep setting arbitrary end points though. Brian Wilson was an arm that came up through their system and is now having TJS. If you’re going to knock the Yankees for Joba having it, then the Giants are likewise responsible for Wilson.

          Also, have you seen Lincecum this year? He looks like a shell of his former self. He’s nibbling because he knows he has no fastball left.

          Bumgarner is walking a fine line. His strikeout rate went from solid to terrible and he’s got a very flukey looking BABIP

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

            Wilson was also hurt twice last year, when he was not 30. This is also his second TJS. The only no doubt about it healthy pitcher they have is Cain.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        THE GIANT CURSE!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Is Darvish $100m better than this guy?

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

      Of course not.

  • Kyle

    Is the game blacked out? I am watching Reds Braves on MLB Network…

    • Chip

      I’m in Denver and the game was blacked out on MLB Network for me, thank goodness for mlb.tv

  • Chip

    Nick Swisher, surprisingly good defender

  • chcmh

    I don’t think the Yanks are bad developing pitchers, I just think pitchers are a bunch of delicate orchid-like hot house flowers that bruise in a light breeze. Except CC. He’s a macho sequoia hard as nails bad ass throwing mofo.

  • Cy Pettitte

    that was the most ridiculous jump I’ve ever seen on a left handed pitcher

  • chcmh

    That stolen base was more like pitcher indifference

  • chcmh

    time for tex to visit #8 slot in the line-up

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

    Lean into that Curtis!

  • The Inability to Hit with RISP (Formally known as Michaels’ Pineda)

    Runner on second with 0 outs. Now a runner on second with 2 outs.

    • Sansa

      That’s what happens when Teixera can’t play fundamental baseball. This is one case where you would prefer him to be facing a righty so he can pull the ball to the right side. If he does his job and moves the runner to 3rd with less than 2 outs then we might have a run.

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

        Or he could have just hit a single and scored the run that way. No need for two steps when you can do it in one.

        • The Inability to Hit with RISP (Formally known as Michaels’ Pineda)

          All we as Yankee fans are asking is to do anything with runners in scoring position. All I asked in that Teixeira AB was to hit it on the right side, and move A-Rod to third with just 1 out. This is the problem with the Yankees (besides injuries), this is their achilles heel. It bit em’ in the behind during the 2011 ALDS, and its continuing in 2012. Not everything the Yankees do has to be a HR.

          • eephus_pitch

            “And the Yankees waste a leadoff double” might as well be printed on their programs.

  • Cy Pettitte

    CC throwing batting practice to their hottest hitter

  • teddy

    texeria back to being a lousy baseball player

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

      One at-bat after he won last night’s game.

      • Duh Innings

        Oh so he’s good again after one at-bat?

        The guy has looked like 2004 on Giambi since last year which I liken to Giambi’s 2003: great HR and RBI and then crap.

        He won last night’s game? He drove in all the runs? He drove in the go ahead and winning runs but the Yanks scored five before that to tie it. He just happened to drive in the 6th and 7th runs and it’s about time considering he’s making big money to do that more than once every 2 to 3 weeks.

  • Greg

    Tex has been Dave Kingman-like the last 2 years. Of course, Kingman had a much lower average, but the comparison is there. It still boggles my mind how he transformed into that in the span of two years 2009-2011

    • Chip

      That’s three years but whatever. He just started developing bad habits while trying to pull the ball too much. He’s still an above average hitter when he’s on

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You don’t remember Dave Kingman well, if at all.

      • Greg

        That’s why I said “like”

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Kingman’s K totals were astronomical. Tex may frustrate you, but he’s not Kingman/Deer. If anything, Carlos Pena would resemble them more at the bat, yet both Tex and Pena are superlative defensively, which always gets dropped from the negative evaluation of the former.

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

    RE: Robertson’s injury, I hope they don’t let him pick up a baseball till he’s 100%, the last thing we need is to rush him back now and then have him get hurt and miss more than the 20ish days he could miss now.

  • Cy Pettitte

    When Teix doesn’t get a hit I look at Pujols’ triple slash and I feel (slightly) better. It could be worse.

  • chcmh

    tex is good. not sure why everybody on the tex case. mmmm, think back to giambi adventures at 1st, now that was a funhouse. and we’ve seen some flash from the guy, but i do believe he’s not 100%.

    • Greg

      Because in 2009 he had a fantastic season and has gone down since. For that money we want the 09 numbers more

      • The Inability to Hit with RISP (Formally known as Michaels’ Pineda)

        If were going to go down that road; A-Rod needs to perform like a $30 million player, Kuroda needs to be a $10 million pitcher.

    • The Inability to Hit with RISP (Formally known as Michaels’ Pineda)

      Teixiera is Giambi, but with a waayyyy better glove.

      • Duh Innings

        Word. He looks like 2004-2008 Giambi now.

        The Yanks should trade him but they’ll have to kick in money. I think $7.5M a year would do it (he’d cost his taker only $15M a year 2013-16, the Yanks still clear $60M.)

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Because they think it makes them smarter when they try to equate their fandom with what they don’t like. It’s the internet. It happens.

      • Duh Innings

        You’re part of the internet, too, smarmy knowitall.

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

    Matsui is in AAA?

  • Chip

    Am I the only one thinking that maybe Stewart should bunt?

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

    David Wells is getting a Yankeeography?

    I mean don’t get me wrong, I love Boomer, but they must be running out of people.

    • Mykey

      At least he’s an interesting guy.

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

        I wouldn’t mind a centerstage with boomer, that would be fun because of his personality, but a Yankeeography?

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

      He was on the Yankees for four years! Darrell Rasner’s probably started more games in pinstripes than Wells.

      /exaggeration

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

        Next Yankeeography: Lance Berkman.

        • Erica

          Sign me up!

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

            followed by Luis Sojo lol

            • Erica

              SERGIO MITRE.

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

                That I would watch.

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

      Nunez is next.

      • The Inability to Hit with RISP (Formally known as Michaels’ Pineda)

        Nunez, then Clay Bellinger…

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Next week: Luis Polonia.

    • Cy Pettitte

      meh. I’m waiting for Austin Kearns’ Yankeeography.

      • Mykey

        Randy Winn, or nothing. NOTHING!

    • Gone Phishin’

      Meh, I’ll wait patiently for Brien Taylor

  • Sansa

    David Wells achieved baseball immortality in pinstripes. 27 up, 27 down. Damn right he deserves a Yankeeography.

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

      So then Melky should get one for hitting for the Cycle?

      • Mykey

        Do you really consider that a comparable feat?

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

          No, not at all lol. perfect game is more along the lines of 4 Homers in a game, but I was just using sarcasm to show that Sansa’s argument is flawed.

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

            Four homers in a game is much more rare. Hell, cycles are more rare than no-hitters.

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

              Not a perfect game though. I was under the impression we were talking about a perfect game, not just a no-no.

          • Mykey

            I understand. Wells however was part of one of the best baseball teams ever, for what it’s worth.

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

              Does that mean David Cone gets one? Jimmy Key? Great Yankees with similar if not more time in pinstripes.

              I like Boomer, but I have a real hard time considering him Yankeeography-worthy. They’re forcing it.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                I’m not against it. Short time as a Yankee. One big accomplishment. Larger than life figure. It’s entertainment, and it will be entertaining. They could do a Jim Abbott one, say, and I’d say “fine.”

              • Mykey

                Haha look I don’t fully agree with it, I’m just saying Wells had some accomplishments with the Yankees that are not to be overlooked. Not that he necessarily deserves a Yankeeography. I just don’t want him to be immediately dismissed.

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

              So was Chuck Knoblauch lol.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Melky absolutely deserves a Yankeeography.

        /mywife’d

  • Athenian

    So my parents tell me there are wild fires in Colorado.

    I told them to send the Yankees lineup out there, their bats put out fires nightly. #GIDPYankeefavorite

    • The Inability to Hit with RISP (Formally known as Michaels’ Pineda)

      I lol’d everywhere.

    • Erica

      Totally snorted.

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

    Xavier Avery: not slow.

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

    hoooray.

  • Mykey

    Always thought it was ridiculous that catching the shirt is a HBP.

  • Cy Pettitte

    WTF they just went to commercial???

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

      6-4-3 DP, run scores.

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

    that’s ok…i would’ve preferred a strike out or a throw home…but w/e

    • Gone Phishin’

      I’ll take the sure 2 outs any day…shame onus if we cant come back from2 down with 7 ABs left

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

        100% agreed. I’ll always give up a run for two outs this early in a close game. I’m just saying the optimal scenario would obviously be no runs.

  • Athenian

    That was a fancy double play. Seriously, does Cano every give full effort on his throws? #EPSN’d

  • Chip

    Wow, CC is all about the slider tonight

  • Athenian

    Ok, so the Yankees have watched the Orioles score the last two innings. Perhaps they can at least copy what they are doing instead of working harder at ending the inning.

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

    We did score six runs and win last night right? I just want to make sure of that before I complain about Waldman complaining about the lack of offense.

    • Gone Phishin’

      ….or 8

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

        I’m just going to sigh in derision at her and all those like her.

    • flamingo

      Complain away.

  • Gone Phishin’

    What’s going on with “The Grey”sign behind the plate?

    • DannyC

      Saw the grey last night, was very very dissapointed.

  • Erica

    Doo de doo STOP BOOING TEIXEIRA.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’s Baltimore. They were drunk by 2 PM.

      • Erica

        2PM yesterday, that is. Hooligans.

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

          Damn, I wanna move to Baltimore, apparently they know how to have fun down there.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Meh. Had a college ex that went to school there and spent some decent time there. Nice aquarium and baseball stadium. That’s about it.

            • Erica

              One could say that about Camden! It has a nice aquarium and it’s next door to Philly (baseball stadium).

              Oh Camden.

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

                I feel a whole lot more likely to get not shot in Baltimore though.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  Barely.

                  Didn’t Camden also cancel sending cops on DV calls, or something asenine like that? Probably not that, but I know Camden did something.

                  I like Philly. The cheesesteaks are overrated, but I like Philly.

                  • Erica

                    If I remember correctly, Camden’s police force did get a significant cut. Like… WHY? Even during the daytime (hell, even going to TRENTON during the day) it’s terrifying.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Baltimore’s aquarium is the nicest I’ve ever seen. Seriously impressive.

                Fells Point, I guess, is OK, in a cheap beer sort of way. I’m more of a high roller than that.

  • The Inability to Hit with RISP (Formally known as Michaels’ Pineda)

    Swing with authority, Tex!

  • Sheepmeister

    Are the orioles really this good????? or will they fall off like the pirates last year? I’m starting to hate all these crappy players hitting well and not regressing.

    • Erica

      Don’t worry! It’s only May. The Fightin’ Showalters will always be this pesky.

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

        and we did beat them just yesterday.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Hardy, Markakis, and Jones are all pretty cool. It’s Showalter that should burn in hell.

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

        and Matt Wieters should be fitted for pinstripes, immediately.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          I can dig. I would trade either Kevin Russo or Colin Curtis for Wieters. But not both.

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

            while we’re doing that we should see if we could trade Phelps for Strasburg or Harper.

            • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

              Phelps for Strasburg AND Harper AND cash considerations or no deal.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                First see if they’ll take Justin Thomas instead of Phelps.

                As a matter of fact, this is the sole reason Thomas was claimed off waivers, to be spun off for Strasburg.

              • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

                If Cashman pulled that off, you know Strasburg and Harper would get injured and everybody would talk about how Cashman is an idiot.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  As a matter of fact, don’t even bother discussing this. Cashman already failed.

      • Erica

        My dad said that Adam Jones is a future Yankee.

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

          Not that I wouldn’t take him, but if I could only take one current Oriole as a future Yankee it would be Wieters.

          • Erica

            YES, Wieters should just waltz into the HOF now.

    • Mykey

      They’ll fall off. I have more faith in the Nats than the O’s.

    • Erica

      I am forever indebted to the Orioles for their game against the Red Sox on September 28, 2011.

      • Mykey

        And Scott Proctor.

        • Erica

          Ohhhhhh… Scott Proctor. Dear, sweet Scott Proctor.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            It was only right that he retired in pinstripes (unless he’s pitching somewhere and I don’t know about it.)

            • Erica

              He needs a Yankeeography!

  • Mykey

    Not sure Swish was gonna get their either way, but that was hilarious looking.

  • Sansa

    Swisher looks like a buffoon in right field.

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

    CC just doesn’t look great tonight. Not that he looks terrible but, he just seems a little off.

  • eephus_pitch

    I feel sorry for any pitcher on this Yankees team who expects the offense to bail him out.

    • Need Pitching

      you mean like Nova was bailed out, just last night

      • eephus_pitch

        That was a pretty damn fluky way to win. Give the Orioles an assist for letting the tying runs score. And Teixeira actually got a big hit. I still feel very queasy when the Yanks have to mount any kind of comeback.

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

      4.97 runs per game, third best in the league. And Nova’s been relying on the offense to bail him out for 13 months now.

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

      you mean the offense that scored 8 runs last night and is averaging 5 runs a game?

      • eephus_pitch

        You can’t tell me you’re happy with the way this offense has performed.

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

          tonight? god no. Overall? absolutely OK with how the entire unit has preformed, because I get that besides maybe 1 or 2 weeks out of the entire season an entire line up doesn’t all click and hit well at the same time.

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

    Wow…Hall has zero plate discipline

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Dear Team,

    I’m bored.

    • Erica

      HI! Didn’t you go on a trip? How was it? (There, now you’re not bored!)

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Just flew back in from Miami this afternoon. Great trip. Flying with a ten month-old is extremely exhausting. Luckily, Plank wasn’t sitting behind me on the flight.

        I kid, of course.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          I’m very disappointed you didn’t call while you were in town. We could have had a drink. Because you have my number and everything…

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Ah. You actually live in the motherland, I see.

        • Erica

          Good times! Yes, little ones are the best travelers. So many flights to and from Disney with very vocal young people all around.

          What would Plank have done??

          • Robinson Tilapia

            He’d kick my kid off the flight. He hasn’t seen how cute my kid is. He’d melt his cold, cold heart.

            I actually believe none of this about Plank, of course.

            Flying, hell, travelling with a little kid is a completely different animal. I’m only just starting to recover.

            • Erica

              Here is a beer. Drink it.

    • flamingo

      I’ll cosign that.

  • Lord Snow

    Wow. They are making this guy look like a bonafide Hall of Famer. Good thing I physically cannot watch any longer. Reverse jinx: ACTIVATED!

    • Erica

      Did you get up and move and drink water?

  • James A

    Call me crazy, but Wei-Yin Chen is a little Cliff Lee like with the fastball/change combo coming on the same plane and the good control. They obviously have different deliveries and Chen’s curve isn’t in the same ballpark as Lee’s, but they way he is frustratingly dominating the Yankees reminds me a bit of Lee in the 2010 ALCS.

  • Professor Longnose

    The Yankees will be in first place by June 15.

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

      I believe so as well.

    • Lord Snow

      Not if the Red Sox get there first . . . . Ooo, bold prediction, but entirely possible. Dun dun DUN!

    • TomH

      Let’s hope so, but if it were now September 15, and if all the other AL races had been settled, all those teams would be hoping the Yankees either won the AL East or finagled a wild card slot. They are a thoroughly beatable contending team, at the moment.

      • Professor Longnose

        Is there any team in the AL that isn’t?

        • TomH

          N.B.: “thoroughly,” and all that this connotes.

    • Athenian

      Nope. They have too many hard games coming up.

      • TomH

        I’m going to see them on Thurs., and I’m not optimistic about their ability to hit ANY Jays pitcher, since all those guys are trained from Year 1 to throw change-ups.

  • Mykey

    This game sucks so far.

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

      Yeah, it hasn’t been a fun one.

  • wow

    ugh.

  • flamingo

    Ha, Feinsand referencing #toomanyhomers

  • Athenian

    So Joe said it was time for the Yankees to get going. Apparently they missed that memo. Tis game sucks, it is like the Yankees aren’t even there, except for CC.

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

    The ol’ unintentional intentional walk to Jones so Wieters can face a LHP. This will not end well.

  • DERP

    Hey CC, stop sucking. Thanks.

    • Athenian

      Think you meant that for the line up.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      How about:

      Hey offense, stop sucking. Thanks.

      You’re welcome.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’ve seen CC suck before…..wait, let me rephrase that…..I’ve seen CC pitch badly before. This ain’t it.

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

        A bad CC starts is still like, 6+ innings.

      • DERP

        Walking Xavier Avery and righty Wilson Betemit is sucking.

        • DERP

          and Bill Hall.

  • DERP

    It’s gonna be so awesome when Wieters is a Yankee.

    • Athenian

      Bite your tongue. He is not old enou an spastic his prime for the Yankees to be interested

    • TomH

      He’ll probably go to a team more willing to spend dough.

  • DERP

    Poor process, good results. I’ll take it.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Even if a pitcher sucks, he only does so every 5 days. The offense is sucking day after day.

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

      No, it’s not.

    • Athenian

      Nope. Yankees are doing their usual community service and showing the Greeks what austerity measures look like in baseball. I applaud them, actually.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Put up a fight, dammit!!!

  • DERP

    Fuck off Chen

  • Athenian

    This game blows. Everyone have a good night and hopefully the Yanks won’t continue to collapse in Toronto. Last place appears further away than it really is…

    • Need Pitching

      lol … 7-3 in last 10 is collapsing??

    • DERP

      Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

      • Athenian

        Huh? Where is the door on a blog?

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

      … it’s 3.5 games away, more than 2x as far away as first place is. Have you bothered to watch them play the last week and a half?

      • Athenian

        Just get Sterling and game day. No TV. So I get numbers, play by play recap, and articles.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Is this one of those games where the Yankees just tip their caps? Chen looks pretty good.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Someone get Chen outta the game so we can hit

  • Mike Nitabach

    CC is really laboring.

  • DERP

    Is Robert Andino the most annoying baseball player in the history of baseball?

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

      I feel the same way.

  • your mom

    I hate Andino. Such a pesky shit.

    • your mom

      So is JJ Hardy.

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

    How in god’s name is the runner safe?

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

      I hate the radio.

  • flamingo

    Wait, what just happened? Why’s everyone safe?

    • DERP

      Canope

  • Cy Pettitte

    are you kidding me?

  • Need Pitching

    What the fucking fuck Cano?

  • wow

    getting schooled by the Orioles… this team is lifeless.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fucking Cano. Go to first damn.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Robinson Cano is such an incredible talent that it is incredibly frustrating to watch him nonchalantly toss that ball toss the ball to second.

    I can’t determine whether or not a sense of urgency would have made the play, but c’mon.

  • Sansa

    Lazy Cano tried to take the easy way out. If he had just went to first it’d still be 3-0.

  • flamingo

    CC decided he’s not leaving the final out to his defense.

  • Erica

    I got up for a few minutes and now it’s 4-0 – WHAT did Cano do?? Slowly throw a ball? And it scored a run?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Bobbled the ball and allowed Andino to be safe at second. Probably could have gotten Hardy out at first.

      • Erica

        BLEH

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

      Erica..we’ve talked about this. You. are. NOT. allowed. to. leave.

      • Erica

        UGH

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

          :( if you cared about this team you would understand =P

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

    hey, a baserunner!

    • Widget

      Hopes he likes second because he ain’t leaving there.

      • Havok9120

        Doesn’t count ‘cuz its a homer right?

  • Havok9120

    So, peoples, just got here.

    Are we teh doomed?

    • Havok9120

      That high strike call tonight is bothering me a lot for some reason.

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

      First place by June 15.

  • DERP

    that’s bullshit. die ump.

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

    eeeeeeakkk…to close to not swing.

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol what a shit call.

  • wow

    as if Chen needed any more help…

  • DERP

    sweet hitting guise!

  • flamingo

    THANK YOU CURTIS

  • Need Pitching

    jeffrey maier siting

    • Need Pitching

      *sighting

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

    THE GRANDYMAN CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    TEH OFFENZE IZ TEH SUCKZ!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Havok9120

      The team doesn’t even care.

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

        They’ve obviously already have given up.

  • Cy Pettitte

    finally some offense. Grandy oppo bomb is pretty cool.

  • Alkaline

    Turn on tv just to see the Grandyman do that. Nice!

  • DERP

    Nice job by the Yankees fans to not give Avery a chance to catch that.

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      What’s his RAB screen name? LOL

  • Cy Pettitte

    GREAT job by the yankee fan with the glove

  • Zooboy

    Nice catch Jeffrey!

  • DERP

    We need one more from CC

  • Erica

    GRANDYMAN

  • The Dude

    Thank you Grandy! Kinda sad how we finally score this late after having a half dozen chances earlier in the game.

    • Havok9120

      Its better to be shut out for pride.

      • flamingo

        Ha.

  • RkyMtnYank

    When they show the O’s bench it sure looks like Brian Roberts is becoming a member of the coaching staff.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Freddy in to put this one outta reach

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

    Why in Gods name is Garcia in a game?!

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

      Against the middle of the fucking line up too? this makes absolutely no goddamn sense. I’d rather see Eppley in the game right now.

  • DERP

    This was inevitable.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Still plenty of baseball left. We can still win.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Wow. Is this the “score 2 runs then concede” maneuver?

  • Havok9120

    Well this is an….interesting choice.

    “CC doesn’t have his good stuff tonight….

    “TO FREDDY!!”

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Well that’s not good. That looked out from my perspective.

  • flamingo

    I want robot umps NOW.

  • Need Pitching

    fucking umpires are useless

  • Zooboy

    He was out.

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol out by a mile. umps are shit tonight.

  • Tony

    I can’t believe that 4th run is earned for CC. That counted as a hit?! I know that ERA isnt the best measure of a pitchers performance but sportwriters us it to judge the Cy Young award, and I want CC to win a Cy with the Yankees

  • DERP

    Someone drive to Camden and kick the ump’s ass

  • Havok9120

    Out. Close….but out. Even MASN isn’t willing to say he looked safe.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Robinson Cano ladies and gentlemen.

  • Tony

    stupid umps

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Good feelings must dissipate. It’s preordained.

    We’ll get crazy hot in June.

  • Hummingbird S.

    that was actually a good pitch.. very nice freddy

  • DERP

    God damn Wilson Betemit sucks. Can’t believe we got Swisher for him.

  • Mike Nitabach

    FUCK!

  • Need Pitching

    un-fucking real

  • DERP

    Good thing Stewart is a great defensive catcher!

    • Hummingbird S.

      both catchers are awful…

  • Havok9120

    Yikes.

  • Hummingbird S.

    yep, those are the ’12 yankees… awful

    • Brooklyn Nets

      I think it’s a bit much. They’re clearly one of the better teams in baseball and a contender for a title.

      Believe it or not, Texas loses games too.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Still plenty of baseball. It happens. Shake it off and get this out Freddy.

  • flamingo

    At this point, even with the pitcher injuries, I’m ready to say that Freddy isn’t worth the space he takes up on the roster.

    • Brooklyn Nets

      How was that Freddy Garcia’s fault?

      • flamingo

        It is just my frustration spilling over. That said, I still don’t want him on the team.

    • Havok9120

      I can respect that, as long as your opinion wasn’t affected by tonight.

      Guy was out at 2nd. And then the defense first catcher didn’t come up with it. I didn’t get to see a replay, but it looked like a catchable pitch when I first saw it.

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

        Just because the result wasn’t bad(well it was but at no fault of Garcia’s) doesn’t mean the process was right. Garcia has no place being in a game that is roughly within reach. He should be Sergio Mitre.

        • Havok9120

          I agree, but the process was Girardi’s/Cashman’s (depending on which issue we’re talking about), not Garcia’s. He did what he had to do.

      • flamingo

        I am mentioning it specifically now because I’m ~annoyed at everything now, but I really don’t think he should be on the team, and if he is, I think he should only be used when the Yanks are losing by ten runs. Which they weren’t.

  • Cy Pettitte

    can we get a defensive replacement for our back up catcher?

    • Brooklyn Nets

      I prefer Stewart to Cervelli (who doesn’t do anything well on the baseball field). I’m curious to see how well Romine rebounds from injury. But I’m fine with Stewart until we can find out.

    • Hummingbird S.

      that would be the regular catcher, the one who’s been awful on D as well.. and since they cant hit either, it doesnt matter who you play

  • mike_h

    that was all Stewart’s fault

  • wow

    just intent on giving this game away to these jokers.

  • Chip

    Ugh, seriously? I thought Stewart was supposed to be good at defense?

    • Brooklyn Nets

      Just because he commits one error doesn’t make him not good at defense. Cano strikes out once, is he not good at hitting?

      • Chip

        Agreed, but that’s the second passed ball of the evening.

      • JohnnyC

        I’m sure Montero used the same defense when he committed 2 passed balls in 6 innings.

        • Brooklyn Nets

          I’m not a fan of over-criticizing young, talented players or over-criticizing veterans with a long track record of success. Going to need a lot more than 2 passed balls in a game to change years of scouting.

          • JohnnyC

            Years of scouting have shown that Stewart’s not a major league player.

            • Need Pitching

              because of the bat, not the glove

            • Havok9120

              Yes, because he carries a bat that’s made out of paper, not because of his D.

      • eephus_pitch

        That’s a bit of a false equivalency. If a catcher had as many passed balls as Cano has strikeouts in a season, that catcher would never find another job in baseball.

  • DERP

    Trade Stewart to the Nationals.

  • Eirias

    Oh, Stewart. As they might say in France, if they watched baseball, ceci est le poignard.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    If the ump gets the call right at second, is everyone lauding Stewart as the second-coming of Pudge?

  • DERP

    Pedro Strop is Jose Valverde-lite

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

    Is anybody but me shocked that Derek wasn’t first pitch swinging?

    • eephus_pitch

      Pleasantly surprised.

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

    Swish..make it happen.

  • DERP

    I’m so scared.

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

      Ha, I’m excited. Nervously excited, but excited.

      • flamingo

        Yeah. It’s not a 1-2-3 inning! It’s riveting.

        Freaking double play as I say that.

  • pat

    Don’t need to win it in one stroke swish. Shorten the swing and make contact if he gives you something to hit. here comes an offpseed pitch for the K

    • pat

      Made hard contact, all I can ask for.

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Swisher should focus on getting on base here. Nothing more.

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

    How many times can Swish smoke a ball right at somebody?

  • Brooklyn Nets

    Alright Robbie. Let’s not swing at the first pitch, let’s work this pitcher, let’s win this game.

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

      He didn’t listen.

    • eephus_pitch

      You ask too much.

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

    fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck

  • Need Pitching

    well that sucked

  • DERP

    Fuck Robbie and fuck this game.

  • Hummingbird S.

    bunch of overpaid chokers…

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol….this team…

  • Erica

    UGH you guys

  • wow

    lifeless.

    • pat

      They worked two f*cking walks. Jiminy cricket, some people are so f*cking stupid.

      • Hummingbird S.

        and then proceeded to fail miserably with RISP, as has been the norm this season..

        • pat

          .784 OPS w/Risp . Good for 7th in baseball. If that’s miserable I’d like to know what the other 23 teams in MLB are considered.

  • Mike Nitabach

    DP UGH

  • C

    2 for the last 24 with RISP…pretty sure that includes around 6 DPs too.

    • Hummingbird S.

      they’ll just tip their caps

      • Havok9120

        Its funny that you keep using this when the only time its been said in the last several weeks was when ARod said “enough of that crap.”

        • Hummingbird S.

          except when Joe says after every loss when his offense doesnt show up (90% of the losses)

  • 718

    I can’t believe the Orioles are better than the Yankees.

    • pat

      It had to happen sometime. Yanks are heartless, gutless and sackless. Buck Showalter just has his guys feisty and ready to play each and every game. He’s such a motivator unlike curious Joe and his binder. This never would have happend if Cashman could develop players like the Rays or if George was around he would have fired someone and traded everybody.

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

        this. all of this.

        the fact that some yankee fans believe all of this is the only reason I sometimes feel shame in wearing my Yankee cap.

        • DERP

          Nice job by Freddy.

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

            Yeah, he actually did do well, which surprised the hell out of me. I was very upset when he was brought in to open the 8th.

        • eephus_pitch

          It gets a bit ridiculous, but it’s a live chat during a frustrating game. It’s to be expected. Especially when the team completely gave the Orioles two runs.

      • Erica

        Trolololololo

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You are not smart enough to lay claim to the 718 area code. Change your handle.

  • your mom

    RISP fail as usual. Effin frusrating.

  • The Dude

    Wow. Can anyone on this team hit the ball in the air except Grandy these days?

  • DERP

    This is where we need Montero. Didn’t he hit two homers against Johnson last year?

  • Mr. Pink

    This team is full of chokers. It seems like a lot to ask for even a single with someone on base. Sure statistically they rank well in offense but to the trained eye this offense is one dimensional and built on the homerun.

    • Mike Nitabach

      gahhh

    • Havok9120

      The traine…..

      Okay, Havok. Breathe. Just breathe.

      • Erica

        Don’t… just… don’t go near any of that.

  • Alkaline

    Yikes. Come on guys!

  • Mike Nitabach

    yeesh

  • Hummingbird S.

    first pitch swinging, another out

  • Erica

    Shift THIS

  • flamingo

    Uhhhhhhh.

    There have been a lot of double plays recently.

  • Hummingbird S.

    figures, a DP to cap an awesome night… what a shitty bunch

  • Erica

    Damn.

  • Mr. Pink

    Umm. These double plays are starting to be a SERIOUS problem.

    • DERP

      Are jjyank, Erica, and Plouffe the only rational fans on here? It’s been a while since I’ve read the comments.

      • DERP

        reply fail

      • Erica

        Yes.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          *clears throat*

          • Erica

            Hallo! You rock, too!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Second half of the game, when the team is losing, is when you see the negative nancy screen names pop up. Either ignore them or just do what we do and make fun of them.

        There are plenty of rational fans on here, and those three are certainly among the best here.

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

      The Cardinals led baseball in GIDPs by a mile last season. When you put so many runners on base, you’re going to GIDP. It happens.

      • DERP

        Mike, did you not notice that ‘serious’ was written in all caps?

    • eephus_pitch

      Henry Aaron holds the major league record for GIDPs.
      Man, he sucked.
      DPs are always frustrating, but sometimes they just happen.

  • wow

    lol at this team.

  • Will The Thrill

    Yup this lineup is double play prone and that doesn’t compute to a dynamic offense. Between Martin, Cano, Arod, Jeter, and Swisher (guys who ground into DPs 10-20 times each) this team might ground into 100+ DPs before the season is over.

    • pat

      They should get on base less to minimize the chances of it happening.

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

      Sheesh, could you at least make an effort? The league average last year was 117 GIDP per team. The Cards led the league with 169, almost 10% more than anyone else.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I feel jjyank and I did not do our part tonight. We should have referred to Chen as “Bruce Chen” over and over until he regressed.

    Other than that, though, this was quite the boring game.

    • Erica

      And Boone wasn’t pitching so no cookies were given out. Le sigh.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Freddy was pitching. There should have been arepas.