Game 39: Interleague

Report: Two teams interested in Francisco Cervelli
O'Brien stellar in Double-A debut
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.

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Report: Two teams interested in Francisco Cervelli
O'Brien stellar in Double-A debut
  • Arya

    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

      All it means is Martin will probably catch CC next.

      Tex needs a rest. No message is being sent.

    • 42isNotMortal

      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.

  • Kevin Winters

    My9 game smh

  • Alkaline

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

  • flamingo

    Well. That’s an unusual beginning.

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

    I though Chris Stewart was the defensive specialist?

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yankee Baseball folks.

  • Need Pitching

    all-glove catcher is sucking at defense lately

  • RetroRob

    Cervelli would have caught that cutter.

  • cjc

    so that just happened

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Welcome to the cutter, Stewart.

    Hey, at least it’s cutting….

  • Gone Phishin’

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

    • Arya

      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.

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

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

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

    Hooray Andy.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Well done, old man.

  • Need Pitching

    Stewart doing his Cervelli impersonation

  • Arya

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

  • Joe R

    Pettitte has some good stuff tonight.

  • RetroRob

    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.

    • Mykey

      Yeah it’s pretty wild.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      At least its not Jones-Ibanes, I guess.

      • RetroRob

        Jones has never rated negative in the field, even this year. He’s not what he once was, but with the glove he’s not the problem. Ibanez is a problem.

  • Hummingbird S.

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

    • eephus_pitch

      Regression, or was he just insanely lucky in April?

    • Need Pitching

      MLB leading and career high 65.9% ground ball %

      • eephus_pitch

        That’s no way to get it done, especially if you can’t leg out infield hits anymore.

        • Need Pitching

          you wouldn’t think so
          although it was over 65% in his awesome April, so who knows?

          • eephus_pitch

            Needs to sacrifice some fresh blood to the BABIP Gods.

  • Professor Longnose

    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.

    • eephus_pitch

      I think every listener should refuse to call from now on.

  • Mykey

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

    • Hummingbird S.

      promising first inning.. nothing but junk pitches and not even a single good swing

  • Mr. Pink

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

    • Professor Longnose

      They’re making me pretty anxious, too.

    • TomH

      The anxiety of knowing your bleeding in the water.

      • TomH

        or, to be precise “you’re” bleeding!

  • Hummingbird S.

    nice catch by grandy

  • RetroRob

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

  • Hummingbird S.

    lucky hit… but AP looks good so far

  • eephus_pitch

    “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.

    • Professor Longnose

      Ha ha ha ha ha.

    • Mykey

      Yeah but… He was a Yankee.

    • RetroRob

      I thought for sure that had to Cairo’s son playing. Long career for a man of questionable skills.

  • Professor Longnose

    Ahh, Swisher caught that in garbage time.

    • Mykey

      I laughed.

    • Erica

      +1111111

  • Mykey

    Keep it rolling Andy.

  • Hummingbird S.

    a hit!!!

  • Arya

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

  • RetroRob

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

  • Chip

    I can’t believe that stayed in the park

  • Arya

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

  • Professor Longnose

    Get the damn run in!!

  • cjc

    putrid just putrid

  • Mykey

    Swish… Ew.

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • Arya

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

  • Need Pitching

    just fucking awful

  • aRX

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

  • Arya

    3-44…

  • eephus_pitch

    MALAISE FOREVER

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    New day, same sto….nevermind

  • cjc

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

  • Mykey

    Holy shit.

  • Hummingbird S.

    what a fucking joke of a team

  • Mr. Pink

    OMG. This is claw your eyes out frustrating!

  • Will

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

  • Chip

    Ugh, here we go again

  • Widget

    I blame Swisher.

    • Mr. Pink

      Everyone who bat after Arod is at fault. Horrible at bats.

  • Yankeefan Arod Fan

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

  • Will

    Playoff swisher showed up.

  • SMK

    These guys have taken RISPfail to a whole new level.

    It’s like an art form.

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • eephus_pitch

    BUNTING!

  • JobaWockeeZ

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

  • Chip

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

  • Arya

    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.

  • wow

    he’s above diving stops at second now?

    • Need Pitching

      that’s not a new thing

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

      When’s the last time Cano dove for a ball to his right?

      • Darren

        The last time Jeter dove for a ball to his left.

        Let me end the suspense.

        Never.

  • Erica

    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.

    • Professor Longnose

      They’re gonna win. They are going to win. To win.

      • Erica

        They will win. They will. Win, they will.

      • eephus_pitch

        They gotta do it for Andy.
        And for all our sanity.

        • Erica

          EXACTLY the two thoughts in my head.

          That, and how delicious cheese is. But mostly needing a win for Andy and for keeping the fans out of an insane asylum.

          • Professor Longnose

            I just had an enchilada. The cheese was great.

            • Erica

              Yum!

  • Guest

    Is this happening?

  • Need Pitching

    Andy looks great
    so at least there’s that

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

    Andy’s got game. This is awesome.

  • Erica

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

  • Arya

    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.

  • Chip

    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

    • Guest

      Hughes?

      • Chip

        When he puts 5 decentish starts together, I’ll believe in him. Who knows, maybe he’s our post-Rivera closer?

  • Guest

    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.

  • RetroRob

    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

    • RetroRob

      …and, sorry, didn’t realize that was Insider.

      Trust me, it’s interesting compared to most of the junk on ESPN. : -)

    • Professor Longnose

      Hmm. Maybe the Yankees have hit some sort of a time warp where it’s 1968 when they hit but 1998 when they’re in the field.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        They raise the mound up between innings

  • Erica

    GOOD LORD GOOD FREAKIN LORD

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Still going tomorrow? :)

      • Erica

        Stiiiiiiiill going, hahahaha. There’s no way to get out of this one. Ship-Jumper Dad is too excited. Darnit.

  • TomH

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

  • Chip

    I miss April Jeter

    • RetroRob

      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.

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

    Trivia has to be Jose Rijo.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      I have the Cincy feed. Question is: who is all-time leader in Cincinnati history for HRs against NY teams.

      • TomH

        Who’s the retired guy doing their broadcast?

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          George Grande obviously but the other guy is a complete no-name. He’s over 55

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            Chris Welsh. Former pitcher.

            • TomH

              Gracias.

              • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

                Former Columbus Clipper apparently as well

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Answer: Ted Kluzewski (72)

  • TomH

    OK, now the turnaround begins.

  • RetroRob

    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

      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

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

        • RetroRob

          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

            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

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

    • eephus_pitch

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

      • RetroRob

        Thanks. I thought it was Arroyo. And, oh yeah, Inge too.

  • Professor Longnose

    This is it. Multiple runs right here.

  • Erica

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

  • Mike Nitabach

    Let’s do this!

  • RetroRob

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

    • Erica

      You are not alone.

    • Professor Longnose

      But he’s not in scoring position, so there’s still a chance he’ll score.

      • Hummingbird S.

        he’s on first, so here comes the DP

      • RetroRob

        Okay, you’re right. Yet Cano just got thrown out at second for an out, and Grandy is at third, so my disappoint me level is increasing. I’m preparing!

  • Hummingbird S.

    Ive never seem Cano take so many awful swings

  • Erica

    SHIT CANO SHIT

  • Need Pitching

    of course

  • aRX

    …why Robbie, why?

  • cjc

    wtf are you doing

  • Mike Nitabach

    ureg

  • TomH

    ARod, time to ring the bell.

  • Hummingbird S.

    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

    • Mike Nitabach

      “this is definately not a playoff team”

      Get a grip. It’s May.

  • Chip

    Damnit Cano

  • Arya

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

  • Mike Nitabach

    woo!

  • aRX

    A run!!!

  • RetroRob

    Yeah.

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

    There’s your run, Andy.

  • Erica

    Well… okay.

  • TomH

    RISP success

  • Professor Longnose

    A run! A run! We got a run!

  • Arya

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

  • Need Pitching

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

  • Hummingbird S.

    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

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

  • VinRae

    A-ground_out_rbi! from A-rod!

  • Erica

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

  • Chip

    That was the creepiest picture of Andy ever

  • mt

    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

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

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    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?

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Yes to both

    • Erica

      Andy’s got 8 strikeouts so far and Swish is playing first and Cano has interesting base-running skills.

  • Pat D

    Have I missed anything incredibly interesting?

    • Erica

      Tex isn’t playing.

      No, but Andy’s got 8 strikeouts. That’s really cool.

      • RetroRob

        They scored a run on a weak groundball from A-Rod. That’s the offense so far.

        • Erica

          I just feel like I can’t file it under the “interesting” category because it was so… anticlimactic. Still, a run’s a run is a run.

          • RetroRob

            We’re taking it. I’ll take another.

  • SMK

    Vintage Pettitte.

  • Arya

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

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

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

    • SMK

      12 is his career high.

    • Midland TX

      I believe it’s 12.

  • The bronx bombers who like to bunt

    Why havent the yankees signed Bobby Abreu?

  • RetroRob

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

  • Mr. Pink

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

  • Karl Krawfid

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

  • Mike Nitabach

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

  • The bronx bombers who like to bunt

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

  • Erica

    Niiiiice catch, Grandy

  • Mike Nitabach

    STEWART!

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

    Holy shit, what a throw by Stew.

  • Need Pitching

    wow… nice play/throw by Stewart

  • Erica

    Stewart yesyesyeyes!

    • Erica

      AND he fistpumped.

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

  • Karl Krawfid

    Shit what a throw

  • Mike Nitabach

    Awesome throw!!

  • The bronx bombers who like to bunt

    Stewie rules

  • SMK

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

  • Erica

    Holy crap Andy. I love you.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    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?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      FWIW, the pitching stats include: wins, complete games, saves, strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP.

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

      Yeah I’d do it.

      • Mike Nitabach

        Agreed.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          Thanks, gents.

          • Mike Nitabach

            If it goes wrong, don’t blame us.

  • RetroRob

    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!

  • Erica

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

    • Professor Longnose

      They should get back to scoring runs in bunches.

      • Erica

        Honey bunches o’ ruuuuuuns.

        • Professor Longnose

          I’m thinking 7.

          • Erica

            Total? Or in one inning? That’s ambitious.

            • Professor Longnose

              One inning. Blind ambition.

              • Erica

                Next inning?

        • The Inability to Hit with RISP

          It’s high in fiber and awesome!

  • RetroRob

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

  • Mike Nitabach

    Can we score this leadoff baserunner?

    • Mike Nitabach

      Apparently not.

  • RetroRob

    Oh, crap. Two on and no one out.

  • The Inability to Hit with RISP

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

  • Erica

    Nervous.

  • Mike Nitabach

    C’mon A-ROD!

  • TomH

    Now, ARod, NOW

  • RetroRob

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

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    Verlander has a no-no through 6.

    • RetroRob

      Yankees split-squad today?

      • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

        Sorry, carry on the discussion about cheese.

        • Need Pitching

          I think that was meant as a commentary on the Yankees offense, not a gripe about the topic.

          I may be wrong though.

          • RetroRob

            Yes, it was a joke about the Yankees offense being so bad that maybe they also sent a team to face Verlander.

            I’m not sure what his cheese reference meant!

  • Erica

    Oh God oh God.

  • Will

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

  • Erica

    Uuuuuuuuuuggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • RetroRob

    An angry mob starts to gather at the gate.

  • Will

    You know a dp is coming

  • Mike Nitabach

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

  • Erica

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

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • DERP

    I think Salty just died.

    • DERP

      That looked awful.

  • The Inability to Hit with RISP

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

    • your mom

      LMFAOffense

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • Will

    Hahaha laugh to keep from crying.

  • Need Pitching

    just plain old fucking awful

  • Kramerica Industries

    This offense is unreal in how bad it is.

    • The Inability to Hit with RISP

      And trading away Montero was a great idea… Shit.

      • Need Pitching

        You know Montero has sucked so far this year, right?

      • RetroRob

        He’s actually hitting quite poorly. So you’re right. He’d fit in well with this group.

      • Erica

        He hasn’t yet played a full year in the Majors. Stop with this nonsense.

  • Erica

    Stomachache.

  • Mike Nitabach

    WTF!

  • Widget

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

  • nedro

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

  • RetroRob

    Angry crowd starts waving their torches.

  • Will

    Called it with no outs. The Yankees special.

  • SMK

    This is just surreal.

  • Mike Nitabach

    AUGGHH

  • Erica

    WHATever.

  • Need Pitching

    fucking unreal

  • The Inability to Hit with RISP

    FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCKITY FUCK FUCKING FUCKING FUCK

  • Kramerica Industries

    Yep.

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

    Well done, schmucks.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      4,5,6 but point taken

  • Luisergi

    Please Swish, love me some garbage time!!!

    • Luisergi

      or not…

  • RetroRob

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

    That was bad.

  • Hummingbird S.

    playoff team, nothings wrong..

  • cjc

    boooooooooooooooooooooooo boooooooooooooooooooooooo booooooooooooooo fuck this team pathetic

  • Professor Longnose

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

  • ClayDavis

    What the fuck

  • Mike Nitabach

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

  • Chip

    Wow, this is getting ridiculous

  • Karl Krawfid

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

  • wow

    lolololololol

  • Widget

    Fire Kevin Long just because.

  • TomH

    Andy must wonder whether he should have stayed in Texas.

  • VinRae

    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!

  • ClayDavis

    What the ($:(&$&

  • Erica

    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.

  • Arya

    3-1,273,372 and counting….

  • Will

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

    • Professor Longnose

      .226/.278/.484

  • Mike Nitabach

    Kay is apoplectic.

    • Kramerica Industries

      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

      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

      • Kramerica Industries

        Pretty sure it was Barber, since he got fired for doing it.

  • 718

    Offense is old and pathetic!

  • Mykey

    This is absolutely absurd.

  • Matthew

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

    • TomH

      The 62 Mets? I’m thinking of the ’65 Yankees.

  • The Inability to Hit with RISP

    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.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      wow, even when we’re winning?

      • The Inability to Hit with RISP

        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.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          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

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

        • RetroRob

          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

      It’s May crazy person!

    • RetroRob

      Coward.

      • The Inability to Hit with RISP

        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.

        • RetroRob

          Yankee fans don’t carry a loser mentality. They’re proud of their team, stick by it when they’re going well and when they’re not.

          Fans like you? Here’s your board. Plenty like you there.

          http://www.amazinavenue.com/

    • Buddy

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

  • DERP

    Someone needs to get a hit off Verlander.

  • Widget

    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.

    • Buddy

      ah… so you’re an optimist?

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Greg? Is that You?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    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.

  • Will (the other one)

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

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      right? he’s been incredible. And I missed most of it because of the Season 1 Finale of Dexter, and customers. I can’t wait to get home right in time for the start of the encore.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Well, at least Dexter is pretty awesome.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          Fuck yeah it is, Season 1 was incredible. I’ve heard season 4 is one of the best seasons of any TV shows ever. So I’m very excited to get to that.

          • FIPster Doofus

            Believe me, it is. Season 2 is amazing as well.

  • SMK

    For every RISP fail, take a shot.

    • The Inability to Hit with RISP

      I’d be plastered by now.

  • Hall and Nokes

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

    • RetroRob

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

  • Erica

    Andy. ANDY! Andy.

  • TomH

    A splendid 7 innings, great return.

  • Mykey

    At least Andy was great.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      DANDY!! Andy was DANDY!!!!!!!

    • Buddy

      Crazy. gotta be top 20 regular season Pettitte start all-time, no?

      • RetroRob

        No.

        • The Inability to Hit with RISP

          See, RetroRob likes to piss on everyone’s parade.

          • RetroRob

            No.

            I don’t post under different names. If you disagree with me you’ll still find me here in early season, mid season and end of season posting under one name.

            I don’t hide. People like you do. You don’t have the courage to back up what you write.

  • Buddy

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

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Shhh!!!!!!!!!!! You’re ruining the narrative that a team going through an offensive slump cant win a single game!

  • ClayDavis

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

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    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.

    • Erica

      I know. It’s sickening.

      If they lose this game… with the gem that Andy has pitched? Hoo boy.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        They will not lose this game. I feel very positive about this.

        • Erica

          FIP! Okay. Let’s go with that mindset.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            Will you marry me if I’m right ;P

            • Erica

              No… no no. No.

              You must find a Harry Potter-lovin chick for that to happen! Heh.

              • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

                Um…as far as I know I check off Harry Potter, Star Wars, Archer, and Yankees for you. If by chance you smoke cigarettes/illicit materials you are literally the best girl on the interwebs lol.

                • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

                  So I think my FIP has flopped =P

    • DERP

      Love going back with Andy here

  • ClayDavis

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

    • Mike Nitabach

      hahahahaha

  • Mike Nitabach

    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.

    • Professor Longnose

      Yes. But it wasn’t a disco version, unfortunately.

  • SMK

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

  • Chip

    Sure, now they can manage a deep flyout

  • RetroRob

    Arroyo has thrown what, 81 pitches?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Was that a five pitch inning?

    Hahahahahaha.

  • Karl Krawfid

    This has all the makings of a heart breaker.

  • Tommy

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

  • Tom

    5 pitch inning…. how does that happen?

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

  • Ross

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

    • Monterowasdinero

      Gardy!

  • ClayDavis

    Tip the cap

  • Kramerica Industries

    Keeping Andy out there is begging for trouble.

  • Monterowasdinero

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

    Stunning.

  • Midland TX

    Andy is a beast tonight.

  • ClayDavis

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

    • Midland TX

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

  • FIPster Doofus

    What a play.

  • SMK

    Full-on rooting for Verlander here.

    • Havok9120

      So was I. I was sad when it got broken up.

  • Erica

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    Unreal.

    We love you long time, Andy.

  • Arya

    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.

  • DERP

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

  • Chip

    My goodness, Verlander is just destroying the Pirates

  • MP

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

  • Tom

    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.

    • DERP

      Two of those guys are shitty, marginal major leaguers. What did you expect?

      • Tom

        I expect them to take a strike? (and not make an out on the first pitch that’s close)

        I expect them to average at least 2 pitches per AB?

    • Tom

      Make that 6 pitches in 4 AB’s for Jeter.

      • eephus_pitch

        Whoa.

  • Professor Longnose

    I…it…the…but…I…

  • ClayDavis

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

  • Widget

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

  • Dela G

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

  • Monterowasdinero

    Verlander throwing 100 in the 8th. 100 mph!

    • SMK

      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

        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

          No way. Verlander throws harder than Nolan.

          • RetroRob

            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

      Still has his no-no?

  • DERP

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

    • Havok9120

      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.

  • ClayDavis

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    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

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

      What the heck are you smoking?

  • Mike Nitabach

    OBBIW!

    • Mike Nitabach

      That was drunklish for ROBBIE!

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

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

  • LiterallyFigurative

    That was an F-ing Bomb by Cano.

    Hang me, bang me.

  • Chip

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

  • RetroRob

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

  • cjc

    see what happens when the bases are empty

  • DERP

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

  • Dela G

    What a homer

  • aRX

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

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

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

  • Dela G

    Good job, Alex!

    • DERP

      No, he swung at the first pitch. That’s not good.

  • Ross

    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.

    • cjc

      we’ve already seen that Curtis kid nothing to see

    • Monterowasdinero

      Nah. Colin Curtis is a AAA player.

      Period.

  • Mike Nitabach

    RAUUUUUUUUL!

  • Arya

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

  • LiterallyFigurative

    So, so cool….

  • cjc

    not having a risp is a good thing

  • aRX

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

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AVADA KEDAVRA!!!!!!

  • Monterowasdinero

    Going going……..

    Gandhi!

  • cjc

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

  • Mike Nitabach

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

  • Chip

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

  • Dela G

    Rauuuuuul!

  • LiterallyFigurative

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

  • Ross

    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)?

    • Chip

      It was a pretty good pitch, low and running away from him

  • FIPster Doofus

    This is one of the worst poll questions ever.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      What is it? I’m just curious?

      • FIPster Doofus

        What’s more important – a 20-win ace pitcher or a 40-save closer?

        • Mike Nitabach

          That really is absurd. Who asked that question?

          • FIPster Doofus

            They called it the “Ask Russ” question of the night or something.

        • RetroRob

          Wow, yeah, that sucks.

          Yet if I had to pick one, it’s not that hard. The starter.

  • Tom

    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.

    • cjc

      I hear that TB has a spread sheet telling them that exact thing

      • Havok9120

        I laughed hard at imagining Maddon doing that.

  • VinRae

    Here we go, top of 9th in Detroit.

  • DM

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

  • cjc

    who’s this Verlander kid

  • DERP

    Verlander game is on MLBN FYI

    • RetroRob

      No hitters now are like shut outs.

    • Tom

      And also on MLB.com for those on a computer.

  • DERP

    fail

  • FIPster Doofus

    No-no ends after 8.1.

  • RetroRob

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

    And, yes, I kid.

  • Mike Nitabach

    DO IT!!!!!!!

  • Greg

    COOKIES!

  • Mike Nitabach

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

    Let’s sweep these NL fuckers!

  • DERP

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

  • RetroRob

    What a horrible game.

    Oh, wait…

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

  • VinRae

    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?

  • Mike Nitabach

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

  • Erica

    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.

    • Pat D

      Good job.

      Meanwhile, I had two customers I wanted to terminate. In my last 6 weeks of this job, I’m going to keep track of those. Up to 3 so far.

      • Erica

        Seek and… destroy.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You stress ate watermelon. That’s hilarious.

      • RetroRob

        Yeah, really.

        Erica, you stress-eat more healthy than I regular eat.

      • Erica

        Yes. There was no other quick and easy option. It was the heat of the moment. Cure thirst and hunger with… water in the shape of food?

  • eephus_pitch

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

  • Robinson Tilapia

    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

      They were here.

      • Robinson Tilapia

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

        • RetroRob

          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

            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

              I still never learned for sure who “Stairs” was.

              They know. The bastards.

    • Havok9120

      Happy birthday.

      And yeah, he was amazing.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Thanks!

    • Erica

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY duuuuuude!