May
18

Game 39: Interleague

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Not gonna see Aroldis Chapman tonight, he's pitched in the last two games. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Do you watch much NL baseball? It’s weird, it’s like a parallel baseball universe where games are less competitive and players like Adam Kennedy bat fifth for a first place team. Less competitive probably isn’t the right way to put it, but the games are definitely different. Spend a week watching Senior Circuit baseball and you’ll have a new appreciation for just how devastating AL East baseball is. The lineups are relentless, the pitchers are so powerful, the rosters are so fine-tuned so everyone on the 25-man roster has a specific role. The NL is just … different.

Welcome to the first series of 2012 Interleague Play. Here’s the lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
2B Robinson Cano
3B Alex Rodriguez
RF Raul Ibanez
1B Nick Swisher
DH Eric Chavez
LF Dewayne Wise
Chris Stewart

LHP Andy Pettitte

Tonight’s game will start a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on My9 locally and MLB Network nationally. enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads

446 Comments»

  1. Arya says:

    Joe’s finally doing some good things here. He benched Teixera who needed to sit. Message sent there. He also paired Andy with Chris Stewart. It was obvious that Martin and Andy weren’t communicating very well in his last start so this is a good move. It also gives Stewart another day to get in the lineup for the struggling Martin.

    • RetroRob says:

      All it means is Martin will probably catch CC next.

      Tex needs a rest. No message is being sent.

    • 42isNotMortal says:

      I’ll take a struggling Martin at the plate over Stewart, but I don’t mind Martin sitting more often as part of a rest plan. I like the off day for Tex on the heels of Jeter and A-Rod getting a day off. Gives him a chance to psychologically rest while considering the day off as standard procedure.

  2. Kevin Winters says:

    My9 game smh

  3. Alkaline says:

    Well, here we go. Gotta hope for a big W tonight.

  4. flamingo says:

    Well. That’s an unusual beginning.

  5. Mike Axisa says:

    I though Chris Stewart was the defensive specialist?

  6. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yankee Baseball folks.

  7. Need Pitching says:

    all-glove catcher is sucking at defense lately

  8. RetroRob says:

    Cervelli would have caught that cutter.

  9. cjc says:

    so that just happened

  10. Cuso says:

    Welcome to the cutter, Stewart.

    Hey, at least it’s cutting….

  11. Gone Phishin' says:

    On top of the team struggling we get the “A Team” in the booth tonight, wonderful

    • Arya says:

      It’s not the A team since Flash is there. If Paulie was there it’d be the A team and I don’t know what he isn’t there because he usually does Reds-Yankees.

  12. Mike Axisa says:

    Striking out Votto was unexpected. That guy never strikes out.

  13. Cuso says:

    Well done, old man.

  14. Need Pitching says:

    Stewart doing his Cervelli impersonation

  15. Arya says:

    Andy looks sharp. Pairing him with Stewart is maybe something they should look into doing more often in the future.

  16. Joe R says:

    Pettitte has some good stuff tonight.

  17. RetroRob says:

    I’m encouraged.

    Hit 90. If the velocity is there the rest will come. I’m still dealing with the idea that Pettitte is pitching again, now I’m dealing with the fact he might still be quite good. The Yankees need it.

  18. Cuso says:

    By the way Mike, looks like it WILL be Swisher over Chavez at first after all.

  19. Hummingbird S. says:

    impossible to get a line drive or even a flyball out of the captain nowadays

  20. Professor Longnose says:

    Did anyone hear Michael Kay go absolutely bonkers on his radio show yesterday? He wound up screaming at a caller that calling the show was proof the caller had no life.

  21. Mykey says:

    Going to be pretty sad if the Yanks can’t hit the Reds. Not digging this slump.

  22. Mr. Pink says:

    Wow. The Yanks seem overly anxious at the plate again.

  23. Hummingbird S. says:

    nice catch by grandy

  24. RetroRob says:

    What the F. I thought Curtis might have to come in for that.

  25. Hummingbird S. says:

    lucky hit… but AP looks good so far

  26. eephus_pitch says:

    “Now here’s our buddy, Miguel Cairo! Cairo is a terrific player who does just about everything right.”

    Unless you’re talking about walking, hitting, or hitting with power, then yes.
    I really feel like these two boneheads watched an alternate universe version of Miguel Cairo. Perhaps one with a Van Dyke.

  27. Professor Longnose says:

    Ahh, Swisher caught that in garbage time.

  28. Mykey says:

    Keep it rolling Andy.

  29. Hummingbird S. says:

    a hit!!!

  30. Arya says:

    That had to go out. Kay thought it was. Now he’s in RISP and won’t score.

  31. RetroRob says:

    Okay, Kay, once again, that was never going out off the bat. Calm down.

  32. Chip says:

    I can’t believe that stayed in the park

  33. Arya says:

    3-42. But maybe we can get Alex in without getting a hit. There is hope!

  34. Professor Longnose says:

    Get the damn run in!!

  35. cjc says:

    putrid just putrid

  36. Mykey says:

    Swish… Ew.

  37. Hummingbird S. says:

    I knew it.. thats more like the Yankees… a K with a RISP

  38. Arya says:

    3-43. Now we actually need a hit to score Alex.

  39. Need Pitching says:

    just fucking awful

  40. aRX says:

    The sad thing is, I wasn’t expecting them to score :(

  41. Arya says:

    3-44…

  42. eephus_pitch says:

    MALAISE FOREVER

  43. Cuso says:

    New day, same sto….nevermind

  44. cjc says:

    3-44 this team is awesome. Things are going to get ugly in fan land.

  45. Mykey says:

    Holy shit.

  46. Hummingbird S. says:

    what a fucking joke of a team

  47. Mr. Pink says:

    OMG. This is claw your eyes out frustrating!

  48. Will says:

    This is so sad it’s like watching a fish flail on dry land.

  49. Chip says:

    Ugh, here we go again

  50. Widget says:

    I blame Swisher.

  51. Yankeefan Arod Fan says:

    Bronson A Friend Of Mines But Kick His Ass Tonight Cant Route For Anyone Facing The Yankees lol

  52. Will says:

    Playoff swisher showed up.

  53. SMK says:

    These guys have taken RISPfail to a whole new level.

    It’s like an art form.

  54. Hummingbird S. says:

    and it’s not even a good pitcher with decent stuff..

  55. eephus_pitch says:

    BUNTING!

  56. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Well if there’s a consolation here it’s the death of too many homers.

  57. Chip says:

    At least they’re nice enough to give us some free outs

  58. Arya says:

    The Reds are trying to play an NL style in an AL park. I guess it isn’t a surprise given who their manager is. It might even work with how poor this offense is hitting right now.

  59. wow says:

    he’s above diving stops at second now?

  60. Erica says:

    HELLO all.

    Awesome RISP fail. I should just catch up on my DVR’d shows and save my sanity for tomorrow’s game.

    But! Andy.

  61. Guest says:

    Is this happening?

  62. Need Pitching says:

    Andy looks great
    so at least there’s that

  63. Mike Axisa says:

    Andy’s got game. This is awesome.

  64. Erica says:

    Love it, Andy. LOVE LOVE. Now let’s get a W for him.

  65. Arya says:

    Andy is sharp but he’s gotta keep throwing up goose eggs or he might get the L. One guy who could break through with RISP is Chris Stewart. He’s been clutch in limited duties so hopefully he gets a chance to come through again.

  66. Chip says:

    If Andy can keep pitching like this, he’s going to end up being our number 2 next season. How great would a CC, Andy, Nova, Pineda, Banuelos rotation look? I’d love three lefties in the rotation

  67. Guest says:

    It’s weird, even though the NL does generally suck relative to the AL, they’ve won 4 out of the last 6 World Series.

    Yet another piece of evidence tending to show that the playoffs are a crapshoot.

  68. RetroRob says:

    Since we all have some down time right now when the Yankees are hitting (err, I mean not hitting), here’s an interesting article from Dave Cameron on how the continued decrease in hitting is helping certain types of pitchers, specifically soft-tossing lefties. This is a trend that will play to Pettitte, since he’s better than every one of the examples here, and he actually throws harder than they do, even right now.

    I wondered if the changing nature of offense might play to more pitch-to-contact pitchers, as it used to. I thought it might have helped Mike Mussina in 2008. Not sure if that played into his come back his last year, but it does seem to be helping some pitchers today. Probably will also help Pettitte.

    http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb.....ew-era-mlb

  69. Erica says:

    GOOD LORD GOOD FREAKIN LORD

  70. TomH says:

    Arroyo’s not looking too shabby either. I hope they don’t have to tip their hat to him too.

  71. Chip says:

    I miss April Jeter

    • RetroRob says:

      Jeter did his part of God and Country in April, and even overall in May. He was going to come back to earth. The rest of the team needs to pick it up. Anyone. Really. Someone.

      They will, be painful to watch.

  72. Mike Axisa says:

    Trivia has to be Jose Rijo.

  73. TomH says:

    OK, now the turnaround begins.

  74. RetroRob says:

    Is Bronson Arroyo the former Red Sox pitcher that Mike Francesca has a man-crush on to the point he’s nearly leaking bodily fluids when he brings up what a winner he is? Or was that Derek Lowe?

    • Mike Nitabach says:

      I love how Mike Francesa can’t even remember what he said a half hour ago, and starts railing against some caller “I never said that!” and the poor caller is trying to defend himself and then Francesa cuts off his call and is all like “We don’t need to listen to that nonsense.” And I’m all thinking, “Francesa, the poor schlub was right, you dumbass!”

      • Erica says:

        Honestly, I don’t know how anyone listens to Francesa.

        • RetroRob says:

          I would never seek him out on the radio. I’ve never even listened to him that much up until about two years ago when I started working from home a couple days a week. I sometimes have YES playing in the background, and there he is. He’s annoying and insulting. Worse are the callers. I think they manufacture the callers. Intellligent callers will be attacked; dumb callers get a platform. He attacks them too, but he allows them to speak.

          • Erica says:

            You really think they set up the calls that way? No way. That’s sad.

            He just shouts so much, and it’s like… how can you expect to get your point across when you’re hollering and interrupting? It’s kind of counterproductive.

      • Professor Longnose says:

        Why are these sports talk guys so defensive? What the heck is their problem?

    • eephus_pitch says:

      Both, but his crush on Arroyo is shameless. He’d like an Arroyo-Inge threeway

  75. Professor Longnose says:

    This is it. Multiple runs right here.

  76. Erica says:

    Base hit Grandy! Someone, anyone – get. him. home.

  77. Mike Nitabach says:

    Let’s do this!

  78. RetroRob says:

    I know things are going poorly when my first thought when a Yankee gets on base is, great a runner to strand.

  79. Hummingbird S. says:

    Ive never seem Cano take so many awful swings

  80. Erica says:

    SHIT CANO SHIT

  81. Need Pitching says:

    of course

  82. aRX says:

    …why Robbie, why?

  83. cjc says:

    wtf are you doing

  84. Mike Nitabach says:

    ureg

  85. TomH says:

    ARod, time to ring the bell.

  86. Hummingbird S. says:

    HAHAHA

    when they finally get a hit, they have a brain fart and get thrown out on the bases… this is definately not a playoff team

  87. Chip says:

    Damnit Cano

  88. Arya says:

    Cano’s an idiot. Now we’ve got man on 3rd, 1 out again.

  89. Mike Nitabach says:

    woo!

  90. aRX says:

    A run!!!

  91. RetroRob says:

    Yeah.

  92. Mike Axisa says:

    There’s your run, Andy.

  93. Erica says:

    Well… okay.

  94. TomH says:

    RISP success

  95. Professor Longnose says:

    A run! A run! We got a run!

  96. Arya says:

    3-45. But they scored a run! We’ll take it.

  97. Need Pitching says:

    Alex with the clutch weak ground ball
    Yippee!!!!

  98. Hummingbird S. says:

    looking back, Cano just got thrown out to spare us… if he were on first that was a DP by Alex and more pain for us

  99. Cuso says:

    According to sacred narrative, unless someone goes yard tonight we’re still losing.

  100. VinRae says:

    A-ground_out_rbi! from A-rod!

  101. Erica says:

    Does anyone else feel giddy when A-Rod catches popups?

  102. Chip says:

    That was the creepiest picture of Andy ever

  103. mt says:

    I wish there were differeent metrics than just Batting average when runners in scoring position – maybe conversion rate to actual runs of runers that reach scoring position. The Yanks are 3-45 but that weak ground ball is one of the few times of the 42 times that they did not get a base hit that they did score a run, as I recall – in other words, a lot of strikeouts and pop-outs. Witness Swisher in 2nd inning.

    Also there have been several times in the past when they have gotten a hit that the run has not scored (weak ground balls with runner on second that goes oro a hit).

    Again conversion ratio would be best way to look at it.

    • Professor Longnose says:

      I know someone keeps stats of what percent of runners on third with less than two out each hitter drives in.

  104. oh hey everybody. an hour goes by and I miss half the game? What is this?

    Andy look as good as his line?

    The offense look as bad as theirs?

  105. Pat D says:

    Have I missed anything incredibly interesting?

  106. SMK says:

    Vintage Pettitte.

  107. Arya says:

    Andy looks like he’s 25 again. He’s cruising.

  108. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    Anyone know Andy’s career high for Ks? Just off the top of my head I can’t remember him striking out 10.

  109. The bronx bombers who like to bunt says:

    Why havent the yankees signed Bobby Abreu?

  110. RetroRob says:

    Arroyo can pitch about fourteen innings at his current pitch-count rate.

  111. Mr. Pink says:

    So when is the Bronson Arroyo that gives up 30 HRs a year going to show up?

  112. Karl Krawfid says:

    This team sucks right now. I’m changing the Channel more than I ever have while watching the Yanks and it hurts my soul.

  113. Mike Nitabach says:

    How many fucking lead-off hits aren’t gonna score?

  114. The bronx bombers who like to bunt says:

    Dwayne wise we cant do any better than that to replace gardy

  115. Erica says:

    Niiiiice catch, Grandy

  116. Mike Nitabach says:

    STEWART!

  117. Mike Axisa says:

    Holy shit, what a throw by Stew.

  118. Need Pitching says:

    wow… nice play/throw by Stewart

  119. Erica says:

    Stewart yesyesyeyes!

    • Erica says:

      AND he fistpumped.

      It’s as though Frankie Cervelli inhibited his body for his personal celebration. I love it.

  120. Karl Krawfid says:

    Shit what a throw

  121. Mike Nitabach says:

    Awesome throw!!

  122. The bronx bombers who like to bunt says:

    Stewie rules

  123. SMK says:

    Don’t call strikes against Brandon Phillips, he doesn’t like it.

  124. Erica says:

    Holy crap Andy. I love you.

  125. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    I need Fantasy advice. I’ve been offered CJ Wilson and Adam Wainwright for Stephen Strasburg. I’m leaning towards doing the deal with Strasburg is on that 160 innings limit. Thoughts?

  126. RetroRob says:

    1968 baseball. Need catchers who can throw out runners, like Bench. Now all Stew needs to do is hit 40 HRs and we have our catcher!

  127. Erica says:

    Jeter. Alright. Another leadoff single. This time – he’s comin’ home.

  128. RetroRob says:

    HR please. Let’s remove any possibility of a RISP situation.

  129. Mike Nitabach says:

    Can we score this leadoff baserunner?

  130. RetroRob says:

    Oh, crap. Two on and no one out.

  131. The Inability to Hit with RISP says:

    Ok, runners on 1st and 2nd; can we bring them home? Stay tuned, Yankee fans!

  132. Erica says:

    Nervous.

  133. Mike Nitabach says:

    C’mon A-ROD!

  134. TomH says:

    Now, ARod, NOW

  135. RetroRob says:

    Damn. The Reds have the Yankees right where they want them. Bases loaded and no one out.

  136. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    Verlander has a no-no through 6.

  137. Erica says:

    Oh God oh God.

  138. Will says:

    Here comes the Yankees special. Not scoring with bases loaded none out.

  139. Erica says:

    Uuuuuuuuuuggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  140. RetroRob says:

    An angry mob starts to gather at the gate.

  141. Will says:

    You know a dp is coming

  142. Mike Nitabach says:

    BAD CALL!!!!!!!!!!

  143. Erica says:

    He was safe oh my GOD!!!!!!!!

  144. Hummingbird S. says:

    what a surprise… middle of the order bat cant drive in runs…

  145. DERP says:

    I think Salty just died.

  146. The Inability to Hit with RISP says:

    Anyone else have Billy Joel’s- Pressure going through their heads right now?

  147. Hummingbird S. says:

    btw, great idea swinging at 2-0, after the pitcher throws 6 straight balls

  148. Will says:

    Hahaha laugh to keep from crying.

  149. Need Pitching says:

    just plain old fucking awful

  150. Kramerica Industries says:

    This offense is unreal in how bad it is.

  151. Erica says:

    Stomachache.

  152. Mike Nitabach says:

    WTF!

  153. Widget says:

    When was the last time all 3 outs were made at home? Cause we about to see it.

  154. nedro says:

    I’m embarrassed to be a fan of this team.

  155. RetroRob says:

    Angry crowd starts waving their torches.

  156. Will says:

    Called it with no outs. The Yankees special.

  157. SMK says:

    This is just surreal.

  158. Mike Nitabach says:

    AUGGHH

  159. Erica says:

    WHATever.

  160. Need Pitching says:

    fucking unreal

  161. The Inability to Hit with RISP says:

    FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCKITY FUCK FUCKING FUCKING FUCK

  162. Kramerica Industries says:

    Yep.

    3/4/5 with the bases loaded, 0 out, and nothing to show for it.

    Well done, schmucks.

  163. Luisergi says:

    Please Swish, love me some garbage time!!!

  164. RetroRob says:

    Angry mob doesn’t even have the energy to storm the gate.

    That was bad.

  165. Hummingbird S. says:

    playoff team, nothings wrong..

  166. cjc says:

    boooooooooooooooooooooooo boooooooooooooooooooooooo booooooooooooooo fuck this team pathetic

  167. Professor Longnose says:

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  168. ClayDavis says:

    What the fuck

  169. Mike Nitabach says:

    I seriously think Kay and Flaherty are getting ready to just start lacing into the Yankees.

  170. Chip says:

    Wow, this is getting ridiculous

  171. Karl Krawfid says:

    Send this team to Scranton. Have them help build the stadium.

  172. wow says:

    lolololololol

  173. Widget says:

    Fire Kevin Long just because.

  174. TomH says:

    Andy must wonder whether he should have stayed in Texas.

  175. VinRae says:

    Even a double play would have scored a run, but nooooo, we have to ground out to third, then ground out to first, the pop-freaking-out. ugh!

  176. ClayDavis says:

    What the ($:(&$&

  177. Erica says:

    Maybe the Baseball Gods are punishing us for all the times we’ve made fun of the Red Sox and their fans, because I can’t think of any other reason for this.

  178. Arya says:

    3-1,273,372 and counting….

  179. Will says:

    Is their a way to see bases loaded stats for Yankees. I think the numbers are scary as hell.

  180. Mike Nitabach says:

    Kay is apoplectic.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Times where I love his talk show host persona coming out.

      Play-by-play guys should not act blind to horseshit when its clear in front of them.

    • TomH says:

      Then he’s not the man Mel Allen was back in 1965. Of course, I think it was the next year that either he or Barber got the camera to pan over a virtually empty Stadium

  181. 718 says:

    Offense is old and pathetic!

  182. Mykey says:

    This is absolutely absurd.

  183. Matthew says:

    At least I’m being entertained. I think we just saw a slice of what it was like to watch the ’62 Mets.

  184. The Inability to Hit with RISP says:

    You see, playoff caliber teams drive in runs on a consistent basis. Playoff caliber teams are tough, gritty and thrive in the clutch. For example, the 90s Yankees, the 2011 Cardinals, and shit, the 09 Yankees. This 2012 Yankees are nowhere near this sort of caliber that I speak of. It’s a disgrace. There’s no youthful exburence to this team, whatsoever. This team is static, lifeless and has the stench of a 3 month old carcass. A freakin’ little league team is more clutch than the Yankees.

      • The Inability to Hit with RISP says:

        See, I know its May, but shit gets old quick. I mean, don’t we as Yankee fans demand the best? What happen to our fans? It’s like were in California or something. This is NY! The Mecca of Baseball. I miss the days where we were tenacious and ruckus. It’s like we became diet coke overnight.

        • All I demand from the Yankees is to make the playoffs, by any means necessary, and from there I know anything could happen. There’s an old baseball saying. Every team looses 50 Games, Every team wins 50 games, it’s what you do with the other 62 that’s important. Also, remember that even the all time best offensive season still involved a man who failed more than 50% of the time.

        • Buddy says:

          how is andy dominating? he can’t possibly have “youthful exuberance” at his age… can he?

        • RetroRob says:

          I have Jack in my diet coke, buddy boy.

          It’s May.

          Yes, it’s old, but I’ve been seeing stretches like this from almost all Yankee teams, including ones that win World Series.

          It’s May.

    • Tommy says:

      It’s May crazy person!

    • RetroRob says:

      Coward.

      • The Inability to Hit with RISP says:

        Did you watch the Tampa/Texas game about 3 weeks ago? Did you hear the crowd when Texas was down by 2 in the game and the crowd went nuts over every pitch? We had that, what happened? Don’t say I’m a coward, every fan deep down inside knows that something is a miss. And youthful exburence as in we need a shot of it, it worked when Melky and Cano came up.

    • Buddy says:

      yup… what was missing there was “youthful exuberance”. that would’ve driven in at LEAST 2 runs…

  185. DERP says:

    Someone needs to get a hit off Verlander.

  186. Widget says:

    Can’t wait for Soriano to give up the 2 run homer then watch as the Yankees get the tying run to third in the ninth with 1 out only to watch Tex pinch hit and strike out to end the game.

  187. Cuso says:

    I cannot believe it. After Cano walked, I paused the game onDVR knowing that I’d get to see some offense. When I came back.

    Watching that develop through time elapse was unbelievable. Unreal.

  188. Will (the other one) says:

    Holy fudgeballs – I just walked in the door and saw Andy’s line thus far. Wow.

  189. SMK says:

    For every RISP fail, take a shot.

  190. Hall and Nokes says:

    Tip of the cap. Brandon Arroyo does this from time to time.

    • RetroRob says:

      If the Yankees were hitting well and he tossed this type of game I would. Right now it’s more the Yankees.

  191. Erica says:

    Andy. ANDY! Andy.

  192. TomH says:

    A splendid 7 innings, great return.

  193. Mykey says:

    At least Andy was great.

  194. Buddy says:

    SCOREBOARD!!!! READING THIS THREAD YOU’D THINK THE BOYS WERE GETTING CRUSHED!!!

  195. ClayDavis says:

    So I’m guessing that Hank was given a lobotomy.

  196. Cuso says:

    I cannot believe that actually happened. I think there has to be a statement by front office if they lose. Nothing job changing, but a statement to the fans “we have faith, we expect more yadda yadda ”

    You can’t spin that horrendous inning.

  197. ClayDavis says:

    If they blow this for Andy, I hope he kicks the shit out of someone in the locker room after this one.

  198. Mike Nitabach says:

    Nice Donna Summer shout-out! Am I correct that they played a tape of her singing GBA? I was in the other room and barely listening.

  199. SMK says:

    “Please join us as we sing God Bless Andy Pettitte.”

  200. Chip says:

    Sure, now they can manage a deep flyout

  201. RetroRob says:

    Arroyo has thrown what, 81 pitches?

  202. Kramerica Industries says:

    Was that a five pitch inning?

    Hahahahahaha.

  203. Karl Krawfid says:

    This has all the makings of a heart breaker.

  204. Tommy says:

    Offense is a joke! No clutch players! $200 million dollars worth of losers!

  205. Tom says:

    5 pitch inning…. how does that happen?

    7-8-9 hitters could take a pitch or two… and I don’t mean that literally.

  206. Ross says:

    Whatever happened to working the count? Only 83 pitches through 7 innings for Arroyo? Just dreadful.

  207. ClayDavis says:

    Tip the cap

  208. Kramerica Industries says:

    Keeping Andy out there is begging for trouble.

  209. Monterowasdinero says:

    Chavez, Wise and Stewart and we didn’t score?

    Stunning.

  210. Midland TX says:

    Andy is a beast tonight.

  211. ClayDavis says:

    Need to get a Girardi mind numbing cliche drinking game going on later.

    • Midland TX says:

      “Teix is the straw that stirs the drink, I thought we looked a little anemic on offense without him in the lineup.”

  212. FIPster Doofus says:

    What a play.

  213. SMK says:

    Full-on rooting for Verlander here.

  214. Erica says:

    GREAT INNING ANDY GREAT AMAZING great i love it ahhhhh <3 hearts love so much love can't speak english or words

  215. Kramerica Industries says:

    Unreal.

    We love you long time, Andy.

  216. Arya says:

    Andy shouldn’t be in this ballgame but the failure to score any more runs has forced Joe’s hand. Hope he doesn’t get hurt.

  217. DERP says:

    Do we let Andy face Votto, or bring in Boone?

  218. Chip says:

    My goodness, Verlander is just destroying the Pirates

  219. MP says:

    Realllllly hoping Joe doesn’t bring in Soriano in the 9th with Votto and Bruce due up.

  220. Tom says:

    Jeter has seen 5 pitches in 3 AB’s (and has yet to see a called strike)

    Stewart has seen 5 pitches in 3AB’s (and also has yet to see a called strike)

    Wise has seen 7 pitches in 3AB’s

    So the 8-9-1 combo has had 9 AB’s and seen a grand total of 17 pitches.

  221. Professor Longnose says:

    I…it…the…but…I…

  222. ClayDavis says:

    Don’t know about you guys but I’m stoked to see the genius questions from the Amazon Woman clubhouse reporter later.

  223. Widget says:

    pretty disgusting that Arroyo is in the 8th having only thrown 88 pitches. This offense is just plain sad.

  224. Dela G says:

    Arroyo pitching like its 2004. Gotta tip your hat to him

  225. Monterowasdinero says:

    Verlander throwing 100 in the 8th. 100 mph!

    • SMK says:

      I remember watching Nolan Ryan pitch when I was a kid. He’s the closest thing I’ve seen since.

      Perfect fluid delivery that results in unbelievable heat.

      • RetroRob says:

        He’s a soft-tosser compared to Ryan, but he has much better command, at least at equivalent ages.

        Verlander is one of the guys who I think could win 300. CC is another. I don’t believe the nonsense that there will be no more 300 game winners.

        • Buddy says:

          No way. Verlander throws harder than Nolan.

          • RetroRob says:

            Unlikely. When Ryan was clocked back in 1973, they had him twice at 100.7 and 100.9. Okay, round out it’s 101. We do see pitchers eclipsing that, usually bullpen guys, but we also see some starters hitting 100 and above. Not many, but some. Verlander is certainly one of them.

            The difference though was when Ryan was clocked, it wasn’t an average speed from release to home, or at peak speed out of hand, which is how most pitchers have been clocked until recently. They were clocked ten feet in front of home plate. Those pitches were coming in at greater than 105 mph. And like Verlander, he threw harder as the game progressed. The record-setting pitch was on something like the 150th pitch he threw and in the 9th inning.

            The final pitch Ryan threw in his career, after he had blown out his elbow ligament the pitch prior, was clocked at 98 mph (out of hand). He was 46.

            No one has thrown harder than Nolan Ryan.

    • RetroRob says:

      Still has his no-no?

  226. DERP says:

    The tip your hat jokes aren’t funny and never have been. Can we stop them please?

    • Havok9120 says:

      Especially since no one on the team has said it that I’ve read in weeks. Ever since ARod said that it was a BS excuse after so many crappy offensive games.

  227. ClayDavis says:

    We need a letter from George Steinbrenner. From the dead.

  228. Kramerica Industries says:

    Ahahahaha.

    Yankees avoid their 10th game of one run or less, and third in a row, with a cheap two out, two strike type shit.

    Assholes.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Yes. They should have just given up on hitting tonight out of pride.

      What the heck are you smoking?

  229. Mike Nitabach says:

    OBBIW!

  230. Robby Cano!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t You KNow!!!!!!!!!!

  231. LiterallyFigurative says:

    That was an F-ing Bomb by Cano.

    Hang me, bang me.

  232. Chip says:

    I HATE it when they hit homers, I just wish we could score runs the old fashion way

  233. RetroRob says:

    Cano envisioned his father out on the mound throwing meatballs. His father probably throws harder.

  234. cjc says:

    see what happens when the bases are empty

  235. DERP says:

    Fuck you Cano. You just made it harder for us to bitch and moan and whine like babies. Asshole.

  236. Dela G says:

    What a homer

  237. aRX says:

    At the risk of being greedy, can we please cross the 2-run barrier? ;)

  238. Verlander going for no-no number 3! Through 8!

  239. Dela G says:

    Good job, Alex!

  240. Ross says:

    Wise’s numbers in AAA suggested he should be called up. Now, I think he should be dfa’d in favor of that Curtis kid.

  241. Mike Nitabach says:

    RAUUUUUUUUL!

  242. Arya says:

    And now we’ll win the game since we hit a HR.

  243. LiterallyFigurative says:

    So, so cool….

  244. cjc says:

    not having a risp is a good thing

  245. aRX says:

    Ibanez! …again?!?! Gotta love the ‘scrap heap’.

  246. HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AVADA KEDAVRA!!!!!!

  247. Monterowasdinero says:

    Going going……..

    Gandhi!

  248. cjc says:

    4 runs hopefully the team can all exhale now and move on

  249. Mike Nitabach says:

    Where is Mr. “This is not a playoff team”?

  250. Chip says:

    Damn you homeruns! We aren’t a playoff team and therefore can’t be hitting clutch homeruns like this

  251. Dela G says:

    Rauuuuuul!

  252. LiterallyFigurative says:

    Maybe we should keep Ibanez as the permanent 5 hitter? Let Tex bat 7th.

  253. Ross says:

    Does Joe look like a genius for batting Raul 5th or did the pitcher just run out of gas at 90 pitches (which should have happened two innings ago)?

  254. FIPster Doofus says:

    This is one of the worst poll questions ever.

  255. Tom says:

    Arroyo made the fatal mistake of not getting a runner to 2nd early in the inning. He should have just IBB’d the leadoff guy and balked him to 2nd.

  256. VinRae says:

    Here we go, top of 9th in Detroit.

  257. DM says:

    Ibanez is just getting his last licks in before his predestined June 1 released-by date.

  258. cjc says:

    who’s this Verlander kid

  259. DERP says:

    Verlander game is on MLBN FYI

  260. FIPster Doofus says:

    No-no ends after 8.1.

  261. RetroRob says:

    Votto discovers what Pujols knows. The AL is not the NL.

    And, yes, I kid.

  262. Mike Nitabach says:

    DO IT!!!!!!!

  263. Greg says:

    COOKIES!

  264. Mike Nitabach says:

    YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Let’s sweep these NL fuckers!

  265. DERP says:

    Let’s go Nats! Bryce Harper walk off hopefully!

  266. RetroRob says:

    What a horrible game.

    Oh, wait…

    Nice win. Great job by Pettitte. Welcome back, Andy.

  267. VinRae says:

    I wonder if we would see a Yankee throw a perfect game or a no hitter within this decade.

    Oh wait, better question, would we see a hit with risp?

  268. Mike Nitabach says:

    This is clearly not a playoff team, so I am going to stop watching any Yankee games this season.

  269. Erica says:

    I just want everyone to know that I went downstairs, my boyfriend came over, I stress-ate watermelon and then the Yankees bats came alive.

    You’re welcome.

  270. eephus_pitch says:

    Dusty’s just glad his guys weren’t clogging up the bases.

  271. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Didn’t watch a second of the game other than peering over at MLB At Bat in the 7th. Sounds like a marvelous job by Pettitte tonight. A wonderful birthday present for me by the Yankees and Andy Pettitte. No need for trolls tonight.

    • RetroRob says:

      They were here.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Reading back on the thread, I found it hilarious how they disappeared after about 9 PM.

        • RetroRob says:

          Oh, yeah. They always do.

          I wonder if these people are actually regulars who just switch their names, or are fans lurking waiting for something bad. Or they’re not fans at all. Fans of other teams. Mike can probably tell to some degree. I really don’t have any problem with regular posters who see negative things, because there are things to be concerned about, but it’s the people that just drop in, change their names, etc.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            They can absolutely tell from IP addresses. That’s why they know when someone is using multiple screen names at the same time, etc.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Happy birthday.

      And yeah, he was amazing.

    • Erica says:

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY duuuuuude!

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