Game 40: Follow Up

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The Yankees got a stellar performance out of Andy Pettitte last night, so stellar that it masked the stench of the offense’s complete inability to cash in on numerous opportunities with men on base. A pair of late homers stretched the lead a bit, but the game was a lot closer than the 4-0 score would indicate. Ivan Nova has been struggling this season and he’s back on the mound this afternoon after suffering a right foot contusion and a right ankle sprain his last time out. The Yankees need him to follow up Andy’s performance with a strong start of his own while the lineup tries to figure their issues out. Here’s the starting nine…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
DH Robinson Cano
3B Alex Rodriguez
RF Raul Ibanez
1B Nick Swisher
Russell Martin
LF Dewayne Wise
2B Jayson Nix

RHP Ivan Nova

This afternoon’s game starts at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Mark Teixeira Update: Before the game, Joe Girardi said there’s a chance he’ll give Teixeira tomorrow off as well as they try to get rid of this lingering cough/revive his bat.

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  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso
  • NJ_Andy

    What’s the plan to give Granderson rest? I feel like every other regular has had a day off or a turn at DH at least.

    I recognize that he’s a huge part of the team offensively and defensively, but isn’t that all the more reason to not run him into the ground?

    Obviously I know we don’t have the answers, but has anybody hear anything from Girardi about this?

    • Rainbow connection

      Standing in grass and striking out for 3 hours a day is tough work. Poor grandyman!

      • V

        Do you ever get tired of being a stupid asshole?

        • Havok9120

          This is actually a different one in the same mold.

          Well, I hope so. Mike knows.

          • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

            No – I’m the same person. Too lazy to change my iphone screenname.

        • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

          Wow. Personal attack. Is this allowed on this site?
          Why do you get so angry when someone puts things in proper perspective?

          • V

            So no, you don’t get tired of being a stupid asshole? Good to know.

  • tom zig

    Dewayne Wise and Jayson Nix…yeesh.

    Also probably the first time two players with a Y in their names batted back to back

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Mickey mantle and yogi berra?

    • Rainbow connection

      Mark mcGuyre and josey canseyco???

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Ooh, Ooh! Clay Bellinger & Ricky Ledee?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I have loved all over the place
    But you have got my favorite face
    Your eyelashes sparkle like gilded grass
    And your lips are sweet and slippery like a cherub’s bare wet ass

    ‘Cause you’re a human SUPERNOVA
    A solar superman
    You’re an angel with wings of fire
    A flying, giant friction blast

    • Rainbow connection

      Cool story, bro

  • Arya

    A 2nd game for Teixera sends quite a message. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him sit again tomorrow. Joe is finally doing the right thing by benching Teix. The cold is a convenient excuse but the players know what’s going on. Hopefully he’ll clear his head and come back like Jorgie did last year.

    • Rainbow connection

      Sends a teix message.

    • Havok9120

      You realize that you’re pulling all this out of your ear right? I mean, we’ve heard nothing that even suggests this.

      And you can call that a cold if you want but, having had it before, it is to colds what a paper cut is to losing a finger.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    You really have to wonder about Girardi’s baseball IQ sometimes (every day). I can’t think of any reason why DeWayne Wise would ever be in the lineup over Andruw Jones except for the fact that Girardi is an absolute slave to the platoon advantage, even when it means putting a far inferior hitter in the lineup.

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

      Gotta love it, a month ago people were screaming to call Wise up when Gardner got hurt. Now that he’s called up, it obviously shows that Girardi is an idiot that he’s playing.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Awesome response that literally adds nothing.

        Wise should have been called up to be the BACKUP outfielder. Now he’s starting in place of a superior hitter because, you guessed it, Joe Girardi is an awful, awful manager.

        So Wise should be in the lineup over Jones because…???

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

          He’s got more speed, he’s better with the glove, he’s left handed and as much as you hate to believe it Jones was pitiful against RHP last year. like .172/.303/.406 bad. And I’m sorry, my response might have “added nothing” but what did your comment add?

          • The Guns of Navarone

            You only think you’re right in your own mind I suppose. In the real world, DeWayne Wise is a well below average hitter against any and every pitcher he faces. Andruw Jones is a superior hitter and I don’t think that can be disputed.

            And by that I mean Jones has a better wOBA and better wRC+ (and in some cases by a wide margin) versus RHP than Wise has against pitchers who throw with any hand.

            On what planet is Wise a better fielder than Jones? The difference certainly isn’t substantial enough that it can be proven… that’s for sure.

            Bottom line: Jones > Wise

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

              On what planet is Wise a better fielder than Jones?

              Every. Wise is a very good defensive outfielder. It’s the only thing he does remotely well on a baseball field.

              • The Guns of Navarone

                I never said he wasn’t good but where is the advantage to playing him over Jones?? I don’t see one defensively and I certainly don’t see one offensively as I’ve already discussed.

                • Havok9120

                  If you aren’t seeing any difference defensively then you’re watching tapes from ’99.

                  And offensively, Jones hasn’t been much to write home about so far. I love the guy, but lets not pretend that he’s been raking. Wise won’t do much, but its not a huge drop off.

        • Greg

          Who has a ring that you dont have

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

            Girardi was definitely NOT the reason the Yankees won.

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

              They didn’t win it in spite of him though. I might not agree with all his on the field decisions, but he can take a bunch of scrap heap/no names and build a league leading bull pen better than anybody.

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

                I agree, but he’s really made some head scratching moves in the playoffs every year. I don’t like the narritave of “he’s won a ring – he’s a good manager” that some people seem to think.

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

                  When people say that I just say Ozzie Guillen has won a ring.

            • Greg

              Not the primary reason. But to give Girardi no credit at all is stupid and very belittling.

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

          I’m sorry, I thought this was going to start a nice back and forth, not me being right, proving you wrong, and you no longer commenting…

          • radnom

            Your first response didn’t add anything.

            I don’t agree with Navarone – but wanting them to call Wise up a month ago, and saying he shouldn’t be playing over a certain player are NOT contradictory statements.

        • radnom

          Not to mention that everyone wanted Wise up so Ibanez wouldn’t need to play in the field so often and Nunez wasn’t the fourth outfielder. People around here seem so eager to argue with trolls they just assume anyone that has anything to say that they don’t agree with is a moron.

          But c’mon man – its just one game. Jones hasn’t exactly been used to an everyday role for years. There could be more at play than the pitcher’s handedness.

    • Steve (different one)

      Jones’ OPS vs RHP 2010/2011/2012:

      .781/.709/.522

      Agree that Girardi can be a little rote when it comes to these things, but it’s not like the platoon advantage isn’t real and drastic.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Girardi bats Ibanez against lefties.

        • Steve (different one)

          Except this isn’t true. He has all of 12 ABs against lefties in 40 games. Which are mostly from relievers taking over or maybe from when both Gardner and Swisher were hurt.

          The facts aren’t with you on this one.

        • Steve (different one)

          Also, you just said Girardi is an “absolute slave” to the platoon advantage. Which is it?

  • Fin

    Does it get any worse in major league baseball then Martin, Wise and Nix? So much for a circular lineup, this looks more like a bad NL lineup. They are hitting .167 .133 .133 lol

  • Pat D

    Anyone catch Nova just pushing against his rib cage, like he was feeling muscle tightness or something?

    • RetroRob

      Ummm, no. : -)

      Hoping he was just stretching a little on the early pitches, but yeah, the fact that it’s on the side where he had the leg injury is concerning. I’m sure the Yankees noticed it if we did. Haven’t seen the first batter.

    • Rainbow connection

      That’s impossible. He’s a real man. Remember when he threw at Bautista and everyone thought he was a cool guy?

  • RetroRob

    Nova and grabbed for his back/hip on the right side three times already. That’s the leg side he sprained.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Gottahand it to Granderson…he is our iron man

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

      He’s going to need a day eventually though. I think the best bet would be to DH him, and put Wise in center. LF Jones, CF Wise, RF Ibanez.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Makes sense. Unless they can hold off tip Gardner is activated. But your scenario seems most logical.

      • Steve (different one)

        Agree, but the problem is that the starting LFer hurt and the starting RFer is playing 1B because the starting 1B forgot how to hit.

  • Greg

    Not a good stolen base by Stubbs. basically allowed the yanks to walk Votto

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

      Ha, that’s why I had no problem with it.

    • Pat D

      Worked so far.

  • Greg

    Nova does not look comfortable at all. Warm up the bullpen

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      In the first inning, it’s not as dumb. Get runners on early. Later in the game if it’s tight – yes, that logic would applym

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Sorry. Wrong reply. This was to your above comment.

    • Rainbow connection

      No one on the team looks comfortable.

  • Professor Longnose

    How come the Yankees never follow up their two walks with a bloop single?

  • DERP

    Six swings and misses for Nova that inning

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

      Also two walks and 30 pitches…

  • Arya

    Got out of it with little damage. He’ll settle down. And the offense is ready to bust out one of these games, might be today.

    • Professor Longnose

      I hope so, but I have a feeling it won’t until Gardner gets back. The bottom third of the order now is brutal.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Derek take 2 strikes please.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Almost counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. Should have taken the 2nd strike.

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

    Damn you Jay Bruce!!!

  • Professor Longnose

    Damn, that was annoying.

  • Pat D

    Kay owes Clint Eastwood royalties now.

  • Mr. Pink

    Over or Under. Times the Yankees will miss a HR by a foot.

    • Mr. Pink

      3 times I meant. Over or under.

  • #28 in 2012

    Tex should cough up the $90+ million is owed for the next four+ years while he is at it.

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

      He won a WS, so it’s all worth it. Right, guys?

      • The Guns of Navarone

        I cherish Tex’s 2009 season.

  • Will The Thrill

    I know the Yankees are taking less walks but maybe pitchers just aren’t giving them up. Pitchers these last couple of years pitch in the strike zone. Maybe it’s less about the Yankees lack of discipline and more about pitchers attacking the strikezone.

    • Professor Longnose

      There should be some way to find out, although I’m not the one to do it.

    • RetroRob

      I guess the answer can be found in the overall walk rate in MLB. Has it been going down? The Yankees low walk rate seems to have shown up only this year. I’m sure Tex’s issues, and the loss of Gardner, and replacing Posada with Ibanez are all pieces of the puzzle.

      • Jack

        From BRef, the BB/9 for both leagues:

        2012 – 3.2
        2011 – 3.1
        2010 – 3.3
        2009 – 3.5
        2008 – 3.4

  • Professor Longnose

    5 Ks. That’s pretty cool. If the Yankees weren’t losing, it would be exciting.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      It’s a very weird season for Nova as his strikeouts are through the roof but he’s also getting hammered.

  • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

    Leary’s gettin’ rich today.

  • RetroRob

    It’s funny. The sabermetric types were sure Nova would have a regression since he doesn’t strike out enough batters. Now he’s striking out batters, but he’s not as effective. Spreadsheet baseball.

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

      Troll

      • RetroRob

        Thank you. I’ve been trying to get my troll game going, but failing.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Nova’s BABIP is up 97 points, his groundball rate is down 7 percent, and he’s giving up HRs 10 percent more than last season. Those things don’t cancel out a better K rate.

      • FIPster Doofus

        I meant they do cancel it out. Sorry.

    • DERP

      boversimplification

    • Will The Thrill

      I feel like Nova’s still trying to figure himself out. Nova seems confident and hardworking but he’s still a young kid learning the ropes. He’ll go through his growing pains. I think he has to do a better job of reading bats, pitching smarter, and focusing on each pitch instead of getting ahead of himself.

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

    wow that’s kind of impressive. I mean don’t get me wrong, 2 runs in 2 innings…not great, but 6Ks through 2?

    • FIPster Doofus

      Even Pettitte struck out nine. The Reds are a bunch of hackers. Dustyball.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      well the run in the second was due to shit defense, but i guess there is a lot of that for the yankees

  • mt

    Can a pitcher strike out 20 and lose 7-1?

    • Pat D

      He’d be out of the game if he gave up 7 runs.

  • Widget

    Fascinating watching what the reds are doing. They get a runner on base then they get a hit to get that runner home. The Yankees should take notes.

    • Will The Thrill

      They make it look so easy, don’t they?

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

      They’re too busy playing with their checkbooks to play ball.

  • #28 in 2012

    John and Suzyn insist on calling him Abanez

  • Hummingbird S.

    Homer Bailey, another in a long line of mediocre pitchers that dominated the Yankees..

    • V

      True story – when Phil Hughes was considered one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, Homer Bailey was considered to be better.

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

        Yeah, John and Suzyn were talking about how they are basically the same story.

    • #28 in 2012

      correction: through 2 innings

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      well at least the bottom of the order should be able to work the count a bit

      • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

        hahahaha

    • Mr. Pink

      Well first of all everyone is swinging at bad pitches and making outs early. He’s not exactly dominating but he’s definitely taking advantage of the Yankees over eagerness at the plate.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Votto has looked terrible in this series. He’s like me trying to hit in MLB 12 The Show.

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

      I haven’t played it yet, is the hitting interface any different than 11?

      • FIPster Doofus

        I didn’t play 11, but it seems different from 10. I could play 10 without wanting to throw things, whereas 12 is just maddening.

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

          I never played 10, did that use the analog stick for swinging? Because 11 did, and I’m sure 12 does too. It’s maddening, but as soon as you get the timing down it’s so fun.

          • FIPster Doofus

            I think 11 was the first version with analog hitting.

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

              Like I said, it takes some getting used to, but use it, once it clicks, and it just will click one day, you’ll wonder how you were never able to do it. Be warned, it’s hard to go back and play an older version after you get used to it.

  • RetroRob

    Maybe Nova can set a new MLB record for strikeouts, losing 9-0. I really don’t want to see that, although…

    • #28 in 2012

      Who scored the other seven runs? Did I miss an inning?

  • Pat D

    A non strikeout out? Bullshit!

  • Mr. Pink

    Boy if the Yankees were an NL team they’d win 100+ games annually.

    • RetroRob

      They won 97 games in the AL East last year, and are reguarly around 95, so yeah, I’m sure they would. That said, they probably wouldn’t be quite as good. The competition creates the dynamic. Teams getting better to beat the Yankees, the Yankees in kind pushing to get better to maintain their edge.

      • Pat D

        Not having a DH might cost them a win or two.

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

      And maybe they wouldn’t invest in soon-to-be washed up players with the thought of ‘well we can just DH him in a few years’.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Goodness the Reds are bad.

  • Professor Longnose

    8 Ks in 3 innings is just really, really cool. Yankee record is 18, by Guidry.

  • Kramerica Industries

    This is Ivan Nova’s salute to Kerry Wood’s career.

    *Anxiously awaits Nova tearing his elbow*

  • DERP

    Nova with 13 swings and misses so far. Verlander had 18 last night.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Doesn’t it suck that instead if fully enjoying this, all you can think about is :

    A. Nova’s pitch count
    B. How the hell are we gonna get 2 runs much less3?

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Ha. As I say that….

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

      1/2 and 1/3 of the way there my friend.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Too many home runs

  • FIPster Doofus

    RUSS

  • Pat D

    Yankee Stadium Special!

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

    Russ isn’t gonna work no counts.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    i knew he wouldn’t be taking pitches

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

    TEH BUTTOM THIRD IZ HORRIBBLE!!!!!

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

      Bottom and middle.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        The only Yankees that don’t suck are CC, Jeter, Cano, and Grandy….

        And DeWayne Wise.

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

          Raul Ibanez, Alex Rodriquez, and Nick Swisher all say hi.

          • The Guns of Navarone

            Ugly, choker, can’t hit good pitching.

            Goodafternoongoodeveningandgoodnight.

  • DERP

    I feel bad that people here will have less to whine about now.

    • Pat D

      I’m getting laid off in less than 5 weeks and I hate my job as it is and I hate going to it every day because it means I can’t just sit at home watching movies and sports and sleeping and playing in the yard with the dog and everything else.

      Is that good enough?

      • The Guns of Navarone

        I can’t get it hard…because of my drinking problem…because my wife left me…because I got angry…because of my horrible cable service.

        Don’t get angry at your cable service.

        • Pat D

          I always feel sorry for the guy who loses everything in Vegas.

          Not so much the guy who gets his house blown up.

  • Professor Longnose

    Martin coming out of his funk would be a real help.

  • Pat D

    Martin had a mustache? Yea, I’m sure that was the reason for his slump.

  • #28 in 2012

    Russel Fartin shows muscle at last!

  • Arya

    First two hits by the bottom of the lineup. How about that.

  • Hummingbird S.

    hits are coming, I like it!

  • Hummingbird S.

    awesome… as soon as they do something right they have to shit all over the field..

  • aRX

    the fuck was that? And even worse, he’s hurt? Yikes.

  • #28 in 2012

    Seems like Yankees get killed on the base paths. Gonna need to ask Axisa to do some digging and see if they are worse than most teams. Sure seems that way.

    • Mr. Pink

      They run themselves out of so many big innings that it’s pathetic.

  • Mr. Pink

    That was a stupid steal. Nix is Texiera slow and the Reds were clearly expecting it.

    • Hummingbird S.

      hit and run, Jeter swung through a pitch in the middle of the plate… bad job by the Captain

      • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

        But he’s going to hit .450 this year!!

  • Pat D

    Rose, Bench, Morgan, Foster, Thurman.

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

      I hate the radio, what’s the question?

    • RetroRob

      What was the question?

      • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

        “Name some old dudes, Suzyn.”

    • Pat D

      The 1976 Reds and Yankees had a total a 5 different players who won an MVP. Name them.

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

        You’re answer looks right, I don’t know the name Foster though.

        • Pat D

          George Foster.

        • Professor Longnose

          George Foster. Hit 51 home runs one year, then signed with the Mets as a free agent and was a bust.

          • Pat D

            Actually got traded for 3 nobodies. But, yea, his effective years were over then. That’s what happens when you trade for a guy in his mid-30’s.

            • Professor Longnose

              I looked it up. I screwed up the number of homers, too, it was 52. He got traded but it was one of those things where there was no trade unless he agreed to a contract with the Mets. He did, and became, briefly, the highest paid player in the majors.

              • Professor Longnose

                Screwed up again–second highest, behind Dave Winfield with the Yanks.

        • RetroRob

          Some guy who hit 52 HRs one year and drove in 149 runs when those were scary good numbers. Actually, those are always scary good numbers.

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

            Ha, I’d sign up for those numbers split between two players in a line up.

            • Professor Longnose

              Yeah, and he hit 40 the next year to lead the league again. His high in HRs for the Mets was 28, though.

        • Jack
      • RetroRob

        Okay. I think you got it.

  • Professor Longnose

    Morgan and Bench both won MVPs, no? Munson…

  • Hummingbird S.

    that’s some impressive pitching… very nice Nova

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

    This was the game that Coney was talking about. It’s pretty amazing how accurately he remembers it.

    http://www.baseball-reference......0060.shtml

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

      38 swings and misses. lol

  • eephus_pitch

    I keep thinking they need to give Jeter a day or two off, let him get his swing back.
    But then I realize the same could be said for half the team, and you can’t really field enough guys to play the game that way.

    • Hummingbird S.

      What they needed was to field a younger team that doesnt need 2 days off per week

  • Hummingbird S.

    too many weak grounders..

  • Total Dominication

    Sterling, I am going to kill you.

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

      I’ll help hide the body.

      • RetroRob

        I’ll help saw it into little pieces if that helps in hiding.

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

          Absolutely. If yo chop him at every major joint, then cut the body into quarters…we’ll be golden.

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

    :(

  • Hummingbird S.

    damn, just missed.. cant catch a freaking break

  • RetroRob

    Too much warning track power from the Yankees this year. I’m sure it’s just my perception based on frustration.

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      Mine too. I can’t remember so many balls caught at the wall.

  • Mr. Pink

    WTF!!!!! Is the ball not carrying at all this year at YS3 or what?!!

  • #28 in 2012

    Too many balls die at the warning track lately. Its time to move the outfield wall in a bit.

  • Andrew

    Man, these balls are dying today.

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

    What’s the deal with Chapman? did they really spend all that money to make him a set up man?

    • sangreal

      Pretty sure he was supposed to start this season but needed to move him to the pen due to injuries

  • Jimmy

    Devils-Rangers still scoreless 7 minutes into 2nd. Both Lundquist and Brodeur playing icredible games.

    • Jimmy

      uh….*incredible*

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Devils are dominating though. Rangers need a spark or a lucky bounce.

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

      Stop talking about athletes! This is a baseball site!

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

    RauF

  • Hummingbird S.

    VOLDEMORT!!!

  • Total Dominication

    All hail Lord Voldemort!!!

  • RetroRob

    Brilliant. Just keep figuring out ways to score runs before they get into scoring postion!

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

    MUahhahaha.

  • Widget

    Raul!!!!!!!!! And people wanted Damon.

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

      I remember when all the cool kids said he’d be released by May 1st.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Spring training means everything. Watch out for the Blue Jays…

      • #28 in 2012

        In all fairness, no one predicted this. He was suppose to be more like Randy Winn than Marcus Thames

  • #28 in 2012

    Sterling: The relay is not going to be made! It is made!

    • Mr. Pink

      LOL

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    still no risp, but ibanez was able to make up for his defense there

  • Mr. Pink

    Yay for runs via non homerun hits!

  • Hummingbird S.

    damn, just imagine where this team would be without Ibanez.. gotta give Cashman props for this move

  • The Guns of Navarone

    I’m actually shocked the Yankees have 21 hits with RISP this month.

  • Hummingbird S.

    good to see Swisher in full playoff choker mode

  • Mr. Pink

    Best pitch to swing at was the first pitch Swish.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    honest question, have the yankees ever had a streak of risp fail this bad? 3 for 50 or whatever it is

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

      They said they’ve had one every year since 2006 during the pregame.

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

        So you’re telling me that every Yankee team, at least, in the past six years had gone through a period were they slumped? Poppy-cock!! We’re the worst Yankee team ever.

        • Pat D

          I’d like to retort and say I suffered through 1990, but I really didn’t. I stopped rooting for them once they traded Winfield.

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

            I was 4-12 months old through 1990 lol.

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    YS3 is 10th most HR friendly so far this year.

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

      Really? There are nine more homer friendly ball parks in baseball? Don’t tell NESPN, they won’t believe you. Remember, the Yankees play in a little league ball park?

    • Pat D

      Only 10th?

  • Mr. Pink

    Kay please shut up. Nova will not get 20 strikeouts.

  • Mr. Pink

    The Reds think they’re sooooo cool.

  • Widget

    Votto is so going yard.

  • Hummingbird S.

    shitty play Alex… another out not made by our D

  • The Guns of Navarone

    I’d also like to know how efficient this team is at turning the double play. Where can I look up stuff like that?

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

      That’d be tough, because according to the official field scoring rules, you cannot assume the double play. I’m sure there are at least writers who keep track of it, but who knows.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Well I guess it would have to be DP turned relative to the league… but that wouldn’t really tell the whole story. Not many groundball artists on this team.

  • Hummingbird S.

    we really need a GB here

  • Hummingbird S.

    nevermind that…game over

    • #28 in 2012

      Its over? Man, my radio is in the 5th. wtf is wrong with it?

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

        We must be stuck in the past…

  • Arya

    Shouldn’t have pitched to him.

  • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

    LOL. Maybe Nova will hit him in his next at bat, since he’s a real cool guy.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    A 1-1 slider inside to Joey Votto? I’m not sure about that pitch selection.

    • JohnnyC

      Kept pitching to him inside. Are they insane? Want a DP, go offspeed down and away not inside off-speed.

  • RetroRob

    Could just feel that coming. I was hoping I was wrong.

  • Pat D

    Another YS3S.

    • Hummingbird S.

      in other parks it would have been a double in the gap that would’ve scored two runs.. also the stadium is the same size for both teams, unfortunately the Yankees offense sucks

      • Pat D

        Yea, I’m well aware. I referred to Martin’s HR the same way.

  • Widget

    Nova sucks.

  • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

    Oh good! Another strike out! Cool!

  • Will The Thrill

    Argh. We give up way too many homers. So fucking frustrating…

  • Hummingbird S.

    yay for 11 Ks and 5 runs in 5 innings (in 90 pitches)!! fittingly mediocre for this team

  • First time lawng time

    Yeeaaahh, aside from Pettitte, our starting pitching sucks.

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

      CC?

      • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

        Sucks for that amount of money.

      • First time lawng time

        Crap. Forgot about him. Alright, aside from CC and Pettitte, our SP sucks.

        Although, I actually really like Nova. So, I guess it’s just Hughs and whoever our other pitcher is (IDK who it is. I haven’t been following the Yanks too closely this season).

    • #28 in 2012

      CC definitely blows

  • The Guns of Navarone

    And in other news the Rangers have no clue how to score a goal.

    • Jimmy

      In their defense, Brodeur’s playing like he’s 30 years old. Both teams missing a bunch of open nets.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        I’ve seen the Rangers whiff on the puck on the few decent chances they’ve had. Yeah, Brodeur is playing great but the Rangers really don’t take the kind of shots other teams take.

  • RetroRob

    Ivan Nova has replaced Eduardo Nunez as candidate for The Most Interesting Man in the World.

    I have no idea how to assess him.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      His fastball is eminently hittable and he leaves it up in the zone. His slider is N A S T Y.

      And there you just saw a hard luck sequence with a GB up the middle, bunt single and then a hanging pitch to the one guy you really don’t want to hang a pitch to.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    The Rangers fuck up scoring chances almost as good as the Yankees.

  • eephus_pitch

    I wonder if this game will be enough to convince Michael Kay that just because you have a winning record it doesn’t mean you’re pitching well.
    Nova’s been an utter disaster.

  • Jimmy

    sigh……..

  • Will The Thrill

    We seriously need to start a cloning program and clone CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte.

    • Professor Longnose

      Are clones apart of the contract, or do you have to sign them separately?

      • Pat D

        Clones have no rights?

        • Blade Runner

          Clones do; replicants don’t.

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

        Another potential problem, if we do successfully clone them, at what point of the clone’s maturity does it come into existence? Is it a baby? Is it fully matured? Could we use Andy’s DNA to get a 25 year old Andy?

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

      They did clone CC. Didn’t work out so well. They lost Montero.

  • RetroRob

    More warning track balls.

  • eephus_pitch

    Is Dusty pissed off that nobody managed to get down a sacrifice bunt in that inning?

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

    NIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mr. Pink

    This team is frustrating as hell. Even wins like yesterday are cringe worthy. Our rotation is full of meatball hurlers and our offense is full of homer happy chokers.

  • RetroRob

    How is Sparky Anderson walking to the mound and saying “man, he’s really something, that guy can flat out hit” a backhanded compliment?

    Kay is annoying. Again. Can’t even get his stories straight. The two quotes from Anderson were unrelated.

    • Mr. Pink

      Kay is like an old grandpa, he constantly tells a story forgetting that he’s already told it, he always misquotes people, and he changes details of stories at his will.

    • TomH

      A tip o the cap to Homer!

  • Pat D

    Why is Christian Bale on my screen?

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

      Is that ever a problem? Christian Bale is the man.

      • Chuck Norris

        I would like a word with you.

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

          I’ve got two words for you Chuck. Avada Kedavra.

          • Pat D

            Expendables 2 will be rated PG-13 because Chuck doesn’t appear in movies where foul language is used.

            But all kinds of violence is still A-OK, just remember that.

          • Chuck Norris

            True story. I was originally cast in Harry Potter, but then they cut me realizing Lord Voldemort would be dead by the end of the first hour. Too much money lost.

      • Pat D

        I was just perplexed.

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

          haha, was it ever explained?

    • The Guns of Navarone

      GIVE ME A FUCKING ANSWER!

    • The Guns of Navarone
      • Ethan

        hahahahah i’m dieing listening to this. This guy should be taken out and shot, and not with a camera. What an incredible douche bag.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Get that face off my screen

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Generous scoring. That was an error.

    • Chuck Norris

      Totally.

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      It used to be that if he got a glove on it then it was an error.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Now we need a DeWayne Wise solo shot next time through the order.

  • eephus_pitch

    Curtis is on pace for 175 K’s. I know “strikeouts are just another kind of out,” and that he struck out a lot last year too, but damn.

    • Mr. Pink

      Seriously. He’s a centerfield version of Ryan Howard, for every homerun he hits he’ll strikeout 3 times. If we were to let someone go I’d rather let Grandy go (either by trade or FA) and focus on signing Swish, Cano and possibly Hamels.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        But he doesn’t play 1B. He plays CF… and a pretty good one at that. Centerfielders that hit 40 home runs don’t grow on trees. He also walks a TON which helps negate the harm of his high strikeout rate. His speed and patience are why I would lock him up before Cano.

        • eephus_pitch

          I love Curtis. Strikeouts are just a frustrating thing to watch. Ted Williams would tell him to change the approach with two strikes.

      • RetroRob

        Seriously? Do people actually pay attention to how players make outs? Strikeouts vs. fly balls to the OF? So 1970s.

        • eephus_pitch

          Settle down.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          I don’t agree that strikeouts are just another form of an out. Strikeouts don’t advance runners. They don’t force fielders to make a play.

          Strikeouts are boring… and besides that they’re fascist.

  • eephus_pitch

    “Joey VOE-doe”

    John Sterling, always looking for his own way to pronounce things.

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

      He only started doing it during/after the home run call…I was confused.

      • eephus_pitch

        He loves pronouncing things his own way. I think it’s his love of the theatre.
        Remember “Juan Guhn-ZOLL-eez?”

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

          Haha, I love/hate the man.

          • RetroRob

            My saw is at the ready.

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

              We kill him first, then cut at the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, pelvis, knees and ankles. Then cut along the sternum and through the center of the core. We then divide the body into seven small packages and spread it in garbages/dumpsters around the city and northern NJ.

              No I’m not a sociopath or psychopath. I swear.

              • Blade Runner

                Good idea. Similar to 90% of all U.S. dollar bills have cocaine residue, 90% of dumpsters in NJ have body-part remnants. No one will suspect it’s Sterling.

                • RetroRob

                  Hate it when I forget to switch my name back.

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

                  Hahaha, yes!

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

    Ok, let’s keep chipping.

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

      What’s that?

  • RetroRob

    Nova at 101 or so. One more inning from him?

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

      If we’re still losing, let him go batter to batter. If we’re winning by a small margin/tied…i guess go to the pen, idk who, maybe Phelps, If we blow it open and the offense wakes up in a big way, sure. Let him finish the 7th lol

  • Mr. Pink

    Why do I keep getting the feeling that Tex would’ve done well if he played this series?

    • eephus_pitch

      Yeah, that’s what everyone was clamoring for.

  • eephus_pitch

    And John Sterling with a “clogging the bases” line!
    What a magnificent day.

  • Will The Thrill

    Um. I’m sorry but the Reds aren’t this good. Yankees are just sucking monkey balls right now.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    And the Rangers find a way!!!!!!!

  • eephus_pitch

    John and Suzyn are trying so hard to twist this into a good start for Nova. Even they can’t do it.
    Which is progress, of a sort.

    • Mike Nitabach

      He didn’t allow eight runs! SUCCESS!

      • eephus_pitch

        He pitched better than Kuroda!
        Yankeeography time!

  • Jimmy McNulty

    So…Nova, what the fuck.

  • RetroRob

    By the way folks, just in case any of you are planning to go shopping on 125th Street, all stores are closed in honor of Malcom X’s birthday.

    Continue on.

  • Will The Thrill

    So Russell Martin probably isn’t going to be on the 2013 Yankees. Although he plays good D, he has been a no show at the plate and frankly we have Romine and other guys waiting in the wings who will play for the league minimum.

  • Mike Nitabach

    I like how this Reds pitcher is named “Homer”. Reminds me of that golfer named “Duffy”. I guess if he were a basketball player, his name would be “Missed Free Throw”?

    • Betty Lizard

      If there is someone in the draft named Slugger I want the Yankees to go all in.

  • Ethan

    Crap RISP. No chance to score runs now.

    • RetroRob

      RISP with Jason Nix hitting actually requires the Yankees to give back one of their runs scored today.

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

    If Nix had rolled into a double pay, I would’ve flipped a shit!

    • Havok9120

      I wouldn’t have just because it would’ve been so predictable.

  • eephus_pitch

    Clutch hit by the Captain. It’s time.

  • Will The Thrill

    This whole RISP fiasco has evolved from maddening and frustrating to ridiculous.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      I thought it came to a head last night with all the bases loaded opportunities. But it’s continued today.

  • Hummingbird S.

    what a surprise… another RISP out… overpaid chokers

  • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

    RI$P

  • Mr. Pink

    Yankees should hire David Cone as a scout. His analytic skills and eye for talent are great.

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

      Based on what, exactly?

      • Hummingbird S.

        Based on not being Cashman, who sucks major balls when it comes to pitching evaluation.

        half kidding

      • The Dude

        I just think he’s great at analyzing talent. Plus he was a pitcher Mike. Ex-players=scouts.

        • RI$P FTW

          No. This is a court of law. Everything that’s typed here is testimony under oath.
          Opinions aren’t allowed.

        • JohnnyC

          Cashman played college baseball. Cone didn’t play college ball. Ipso facto. Next.

  • eephus_pitch

    GUH.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    So we gotta win it in the 9th, because we’re not scoring in the 8th.

    • Mike Nitabach

      Wut?

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Exactly

  • RI$P FTW

    I’m so excited.
    I’m so…scared.

  • The Dude

    I hope that after the next off day the next three games are rained out. This team needs time to figure itself out.

  • Andrew

    It’s gotten to the point where I leave the room when there are RISP. Better for my blood pressure.

  • Mike Nitabach

    FARG!

  • Kevin

    RISP fail…something has to be done and soon. We will be 5.5. games out after this.

    • Havok9120

      SIGN REGGIE JACKSON!

      Oh, and fire Martin.

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

      5.5 in back of the ORIOLES! I don’t think the face that it’s the Orioles can be over stated. Do you really think the Orioles are for real?

      • The Guns of Navarone

        They’re certainly improved this year, that much is obvious I would think. All it does is make winning the division that much tougher.

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

          They are better, but I don’t think they’re playoff contenders.

  • Hummingbird S.

    they cant go through a whole play without crapping all over themselves… great catch and then a brain fart and shitty throw

  • Athenian

    Running in circles comes to mind regarding the Yankees.

  • Greg

    I wonder if our thinking that Ivan Nova is a quality starting pitcher might be a bit premature

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

      so if a guy is good for a year, it’s to soon to judge him, but if he has a handful of bad starts to start his sophomore season, it’s the perfect time to do so?

      • Greg

        That’s why I said “I wonder”

        Especially since we seem to still be hovering at .500 in the middle of May and the heat is beginning to rise, literally and figuratively.

      • Greg

        This game, if we lose is on the pitcher, not on the offense.

        • JohnnyC

          Or whoever wanted Nova to throw off-speed inside to Votto with runners on base.

          • Greg

            That would be Russell Martin, who has had a horrible season, despite the homer today.

            • JohnnyC

              Cardinal rule of pitching: don’t make a mistake inside. Outside mistakes end up singles. Inside mistakes leave the yard. Maybe it works differently in the NL West.

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

          I disagree, our offense averages more than 3 runs a game, therefore we should expect them to score more than 3 runs a game.

          • Greg

            Recently, though?

        • Need Pitching

          offense and defense all contributed. Nothing was good today.

  • Athenian

    Chapman in. Yikes.

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

    Why couldn’t Chapman come in during a Yankee win, or at least us being in the lead? I’ve been excited to see him, but now I’m nervous he’s just going to blow through us.

    • Athenian

      Ya this one is over now. He is going to eat them up.

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

        Nah, I think we can hit the closer, I think it’s going to take a little luck to hit Chapman though.

        • Athenian

          I hope so. This guy is ridiculous.

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

      He hit 105 this season?! That’s ridiculous!

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        He hit 105 in 2010. 101 this season.

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

          Still, stupid fast.

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            Tru dat

  • Kramerica Industries

    Not these inane arguments again.

    A starting pitcher is almost always more valuable than a relief pitcher. That’s just a matter of innings pitched. 180 quality innings is better than 70, plain and simple.

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

      To play devils advocate(because I actually agree with you) a relief pitcher can effect 50-60 games a year where as a starter can only effect 30-33

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

        Sabathia faced about a thousand batters last season. David Robertson less than three hundred.

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

          I know, like I said I was just playing devil’s advocate, and came up with the only argument I could think of. yeah, it was a terrible argument…but that’s because it’s wrong.

  • JohnnyC

    Tip o’ the cap, y’all.

  • RetroRob

    How can his 105 be considered a record?

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

      I have no idea. But that’s still INSANE!!!

      • RetroRob

        I know it’s insane. The dude throws hard. I’ll just quibble when someone declares something a record when there are no consistent standards. Is that average speed? Out of hand?

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

          Out of hand. I learned from Gameday that the radar reading showed on the board and on tv is the out of hand speed because the by the time it’s crossing the plate even the hardest fastball has lost 5-8mph

          • RetroRob

            Right, exactly, altough I thought the newer Pitch/FX system used an average speed? It probably does both, and they show the higher number for impact.

            Yet it gets back to my question about “who is declaring it a record?” Oddly, I just touched on this last night. Nolan Ryan was recorded at 100.9 ten feet in front of home plate. It was a highly accurate reading down by Rockwell using a doppler laser radar system. That equates to 108.1 mph out of hand.

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

              Wow…that’ impressive.

              • RetroRob

                105? 108? I know one thing for sure. I ain’t hitting it!

            • Bo Knows

              When Nolan was pitching the mound was higher, so chances are the velocity would be higher as well. Chapman on a 12 inch mound would presumably be much higher

  • Hummingbird S.

    tip your cap robbie… swung at ball 4 and swung through a pitch that couldnt be more straight or down the middle..

  • Athenian

    Yankees are like the Giants last year in terms of RISP fail.

  • eephus_pitch

    Sterling just told me Cano swung at ball 4.

    YOU EXPECT ME TO BELIEVE THAT?

  • Athenian

    I love the tip of the cap statement. Polite way of saying “one sucks”.

  • Mike Nitabach

    That Chapman dude is fucking brutal.

  • Mainer

    This may be premature, frustration or both….but

    Simply put, this team is not as good as advertised.

    Blame it on injuries, blame it on age, blame it on whatever you want. This team is going nowhere fast…..

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Marshall is very hittable. Just can’t chaseanything down.

  • Professor Longnose

    At least get the tying run to the plate.

    • Greg

      By the way, did you say first place by June 15th? Just confirming the claim

  • Mike Nitabach

    RAUUUUL! Now let’s score some runs!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    No home runs swings swish

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Atta boy

  • Mike Nitabach

    3-51 w RISP.

  • Need Pitching

    Witness!!!!!

  • Mike Nitabach

    4-52!

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

    Voldemort+Garbage time =D

  • The Guns of Navarone

    yay

  • Professor Longnose

    Oh, that stupid error by Phelps…

    • Greg

      That only matters if the Yankees score again here. It was a 1 run error

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

        It was a zero-run error. Phelps had a chance to get out of the inning allowing nothing even after the error.

      • Professor Longnose

        Having a two-run lead can change the ways hitters and pitchers approach an inning.

    • Mike Nitabach

      Here’s hoping it doesn’t matter, in a good way…

  • Hummingbird S.

    thats our C! thanks Martin!

  • The Guns of Navarone

    It’s alright Russ you’ll get a hit next week.

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

    What are you waiting for there Martin? That broke right over the plate.

  • Mainer

    They keep talking about Yankee “magic”. Don’t they realize the “magic” wasn’t magic at all. It was a bunch guys that fought for everything that came to them. It was a team that, flat-out, knew they were going to beat you. They played all 9 innings, all 27 outs and many times were rewarded for that determination.

    Unfortunately, those teams are loooooooong gone

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

      So you’re saying that Jones doesn’t care about getting a hit here?

      • Mainer

        No, I just don’t believe in magic!! LOL

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

      I know, I hate these Yankees that go home after seven and a third.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Narrative controls reality. Doomed.

  • DERP

    DIAF ump

  • Mike Nitabach

    This closer dude’s got a nasty curve.

  • Widget

    Those don’t look like strikes. I guess blue has things to do.

  • Mike Nitabach

    ANDRUUUUUUUUUUW!

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

    That curveball is ridiculous. It doesn’t start breaking until after your brain says “not a strike.”

    • Mike Nitabach

      Looks like he should have stuck with it.

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

    So…I know nobody wants to hear this, but Swisher means nothing at third, and Jones could be rolled up into a DP…bunt?

    • DERP

      We only have two outs. I don’t want to give up one.

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

        I don’t want to give up both on one swing.

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

      They need all the chances they could get right now. Marshall’s much more likely to get one out after the bunt than roll a GIDP.

  • DERP

    I’m assuming Teixeira is dead.

    • Greg

      Have you seen him this season? I wouldn’t pinch hit him.

    • Mainer

      Last position he wants to be in right now

  • Hummingbird S.

    no PH? really?

    • Greg

      Have you seen Tex recently?

    • The Guns of Navarone

      There’s no one to PH with…

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Just start passing the baton boys

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

    I’m so sorry I doubted you Jayson :D

  • Mike Nitabach

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

  • Greg

    Tex who?

  • Need Pitching

    Please no DP Captain.

  • Hummingbird S.

    all up to capt groundout now… please no DP

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Jayson Dix lolz

  • The Guns of Navarone

    This would be such a UUUUGE win. The kind of win you can point to during a season and say, “That’s where they broke out of it.”

    • Mike Nitabach

      Just remember: this is not a playoff team.

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

        They don’t play all nine innings.

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

          They don’t have heart!

          • Mike Nitabach

            That was a clear lack of situational hitting.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        They’re not emotionally invested in the game.

    • Greg

      Very true. A statement win. Even more so now then the 9 run comeback.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        I agree because they really snapped out of their RISP funk in the blink of an eye. They need to cap it off with a win though…

  • Mike Nitabach

    Again he should have stuck with that curve.

  • DERP

    A smart move by Dusty Baker! I didn’t know he had it in him.

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

    Anything but a GIDP, Cap’n.

  • RetroRob

    For some reason I thought Chapman was the closer. Glad he’s gone.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Shaping up for huge disappointment.

    Prove me wrong, Yankees.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    As long as Capn doesnt Gidp we winA

  • DERP

    I’m scared.

  • Professor Longnose

    Anything but an out.

  • Need Pitching

    Captain Clutch

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    He was out. Haha

  • RetroRob

    Good lord. Thank you Nix for the slide.

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

    Hah, he tried to GIDP on the first pitch.

  • DERP

    lol

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

    DAMNIT DEREK TAKE A PITCH!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hummingbird S.

    seriously, so predictable… fucking DJ… thankfully the ump like us

  • Arya

    I knew Jete would swing at the 1st pitch. Jesus he’s become predictable.

  • Widget

    damn it jeter.

  • Mike Nitabach

    sheesh

  • DT

    The fuck was that Jeter.

  • StanfordBen

    Wow, that was very expected and then very unexpected.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    We’re winning.

  • Widget

    a passed ball is their only hope for a run. come on passed ball!!!

  • Mainer

    WHY….OH WHY….Do you swing at the 1st pitch there?

    • Zooboy

      Dinner reservations?

  • Mainer

    3 straight balls, Jeter. Good thing you bailed him out

  • Mainer

    Night night, Grandy

  • DERP

    Good swing Curtis!

  • RetroRob

    Damn.

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

    welll…that was… anticlimactic.

  • Mike Nitabach

    fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck

  • New Balance Cleats

    FACK!!

  • Hummingbird S.

    cant quite do it… awful ABs by Granderson and Jeter to end the game.. fitting that the overpaid chokers lose this one

  • Knoxvillain

    Destined for 4th place. Maybe last if the O’s are for real. Good job, Wankees.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Go fucking figure.

  • Arya

    What a pathetic ending. Win one, lose one. Win two, lose three. This is an 82-80 ballclub right now.

    • Mainer

      you can erase the “right now”

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

      Let’s bet on it.

  • Widget

    I blame Phelps.

  • Greg

    This game is why I am a negative person. It’s easier to handle disappointment when you’re always expecting it. It also makes the good moments fun and memorable.

    Oh that second half in 2009…

  • Mainer

    Last place no later than Wednesday and will remain there until further notice…..

  • DT

    Welcome back to earth Derek, you pick a shitty time to do so.

  • Athenian

    That is the Yankees season in a nut shell. Not enough to make it matter. As Bill Parcell said, “you are what your record says you are.” This team is not a playoff team right now and there are no signs of improvement coming. 2013 can’t come soon enough.

    • Knoxvillain

      2013? Wake me up in ten years. This team is done for a few years. Overrated farm system, won’t spend money, worst manager in baseball, moron GM, etc.

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

        That’s just stupid. You’re worse than a Mets fan.

        • Knoxvillain

          Just fucking pissed off. Let me vent. But I do hate Girardi. I meant that.

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

        Ozzie Giullen and Bobby V both say hi.

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

          Nah, they had a bad week in mid-May. They’re done for a few years.

          It has been spoken!

          • DT

            Last week, we were set to take first. One back week later the Yanks are doomed for the next decade.

      • New Balance Cleats

        TRADE EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!

        /duh innings’d

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

          Haha, “I hate Mark Teixeira, and think he’s garbage, but another team will definitely take him.”

          • New Balance Cleats

            “Sell high Grandy and Cano for Lahair and Tony Campana! We get our ‘rookie first baseman’ and the fastest all around outfielder in the MLB!!!!!!!!!11!!!!11!!!

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Yeah Jesus Christ. Bobby V and Ozzie Guillen still have jobs. I mean I at least I think they’ll make the playoffs but get bounced in the first round.

    • CS Yankee

      The season is about on par with where they were in 2009.

      Every team wins at least 50, and loses at least 50; the 62 other games are what matters. I just hope this wasn’t one of those 62.

      Lets win the series tomorrow.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Flawed comparison, in 2009 they had Cody Ranson instead of Alex Rodriguez playing third base for all of April, and Teixeira had an awesome May-September left in him. They also had a competent AJ Burnett and CC Sabathia hadn’t gotten started by this point either. Of course they still can win the World Series, but at this point Texas looks just about unstoppable and Nova’s faltering…still not sold on Hughes either.

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

          Texas is 12-13 in their last 25 games and at this point last year they were planning parades in Boston and Philadelphia.

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

            Sorry, 13-13 in their last 26. Missed yesterday’s game.

            • Jimmy McNulty

              Isn’t Josh Hamilton still the man and Yu Darvish still shitting on kids?

  • Widget

    Maybe it is a changing of the guard in the AL East. Boston and New York both look old and crappy. If not for the Red Sox utter clusterfuck to start the season, the Yankees would be sitting in last place.

  • Ethan

    Too little, too late. The Yankee way.

  • Hummingbird S.

    shitty last place team.. will be under .500 in no time

    • DT

      Then stop watching the team for the good of everyone else.

  • DT

    Here comes the trolls

  • Mainer

    Nothing to do with so-called Yankee magic, but everything to do with metal. They showed a little metal this afternoon but this team cannot put a clean game together…

    • DT

      Not like they did it yesterday?

      • Mainer

        Bases loaded, 0 outs and you get nothing……constitutes a f$ck up

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

          Win … constitutes not a fuck up.

          Seriously, you’re not satisfied with the win? You’re mad they didn’t win your way? Talk about spoiled Yankees fans.

          • Mainer

            Mike, you don’t know me from Adam, so don’t label as a spoiled fan.

            You have been writing day in and day out about there woes w/RISP. That is what I was referring to. Nothing to do with wins or losses. Everything to do with this team getting some confidence at the dish when guys are waiting to score

            • The Guns of Navarone

              I agree with you. They won the game, but in the end their RISP failures continued, and in fact, were highlighted by that game. They won in spite of those failures. They can’t expect to win many games during a 3-50 (or whatever it is) RISP slump.

        • DT

          Oh so wins only count if you don’t make any mistakes?

        • CS Yankee

          They actually scored but the ump took it away to motivate Pettitte. Those umps, they’re always helping us out.

          Sincerly,
          Look at things in a better light, dude.

          • Mainer

            Don’t miscontrue what I am saying here. When I stated a “clean game” I certainly wasn’t referring to wins and losses. Merely, a cleanly played game. Well pitched, no errors, good baserunning, timely hitting. Just a good clean game (not win)…..

            • CS Yankee

              So, if they score when loaded/0 outs (but don’t score three quick runs in the eight), that equals a clean game?

              Point being…timing is everything in preception, and extended poor timing is reality. However, they stayed the course and had QAB’s in the eight versus just folding tent. I do feel that sometimes they fold tent (Sept Sunday road games), but I don’t see that here.

              • Mainer

                OK, man. you win

                moving on….

    • billbybob

      What kind of metal? Iron, Copper?

      • CS Yankee

        If it brings them together…my monies on galvanized.

        • CS Yankee

          If it was our 3-4-5 hitters…cold rolled steel.

          • CS Yankee

            If Ozzie managed…hot rolled steel.

    • Pat D

      Yea, you do realize the word you’re looking for is “mettle,” not “metal,” right?

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Damon, Melky, and Matsui. I have spoken.

    • Bunt Gardner

      Are you saying Damon would have been better than Raul?

  • Kevin

    We rallyed back..just not enough. I don’t get Derek swinging at the first pitch nor do I understand the Green Light on 3-0. This loss sucks though..I thought we had it..I really did.

    • Mainer

      Is this Kevin Long??

      If it is, I have some questions for you

      LOL

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

    I’ll be real: This team as constituted, as they’re playing right now are not fun to watch. But every player on this team minus Robby and Voldemort aren’t playing up to their abilities, so at some point things can and will turn around. This has been a rough couple weeks, but I think by the allstar break/ trading deadline we’ll start to put it together.

    • Knoxvillain

      Granderson? Sabathia? Soriano? Jeter?

      Even Jones is up to expectations. Nothing spectacular. But it’s what expected. So is Wise, Nix, Chavez, and Swisher.

      They just can’t get hits when they need them. Great team when no runners on, but once someones gets on base, they’re done.

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

        Granderson/Sabathia: yeah ok, I overlooked them

        Soriano: Only a reliever, that’s not going to make a team.

        Jeter’s been slow the last couple weeks…it’s to be expected though.

        Wise/Nix: are playing above expectations(they’re in the majors lol)

        Swisher: Yeah, he’s been good, but quietly.

        • CS Yankee

          You might be the first person to ever use Swish and quietly in the same line.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          Right now, the only people underachieving offensively are Teixeira (massively), Martin, and Alex… and that depends on what you expect from Alex.

          Everyone else is doing what they do. Jeter is overachieving. I still think preventing runs is the problem with this team. This is a terrible RISP slump that has come to the forefront. That needs to be corrected in order to turn things around. The pitching needs to right itself in the long run. This is just a RISP slump. The pitching has been dreadful all season save for a small portion of games at the end of April I believe.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        They haven’t pitched well, they don’t play defense well and they haven’t hit with RISP. That all needs to change to varying degrees or it won’t be a successful season. Simple as that.

  • Mainer

    I’m trying to hold on to the “it’s May” theme but deep down it just seems like it’s not May’s fault at all. I can’t put my finger on it but this season appears to be heading to the proverbial wake-up call for the Yankees organization.

    I wouldn’t even say these guys are underachieving. I think everyone may be playing up to either what they have left in the tank or who they are…..

    • Kevin

      That’s what happens with long term contracts. BUt Jeter and Granderson’s at bats were awful.

    • CS Yankee

      If they regress (the other way) and go 11 for 14 with RISP tomorrow, does the wake-up call happens or can they sleep-in?

      • Mainer

        I know they have to take things game to game but 11-14 w/RISP tomorrow means little if they follow it up with 0-7, 0-5, 1-3.

        Hey an 8-9 (i think) May isn’t a death sentence but let’s get them going soon.

        • CS Yankee

          Agreed!

          They need to feast on this easy schedule.

  • New Balance Cleats

    Have to admire Nova for sticking through that interview though

  • Kevin

    One more thing..yes we didn’t do well with RISP but your starter shouldn’t be giving up five runs either.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Coming into today, the Yankees have the 4th worst ERA and FIP in the AL. That’s what people should be concerned about.

      • Mainer

        You’re right. I’ve harping about the Yanks hitters turtle shelling w/RISP trying to live up to the $$$$$$$ they steal (I mean earn), but it’s not fair to expect the offense to have to come back 4 time a week

  • Jimmy McNulty

    So Ivan Nova…is he going to stop sucking?

    • Mainer

      I may get killed for this…..but I still have high hopes for Nova. His numbers this season are just awful but I still he can be very good.

      Will he have to be traded in order to get proper development? That maybe so, but I like his passion he shows on the mound and I wish him the best

      • Jimmy McNulty

        I mean he’s obvi still young, but he’s surrendered way too many XBHs. Yeah the Ks are nice but not if he turns every hitter into Miguel Cabrera. He’s about replacement level as is, and clearly that needs to improve.

    • CS Yankee

      Forecast says more sucking will continue a bit more…

      but, the extended forecast has scattered sucking followed by sunny blue skies into the future.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Hey, I’ll take it.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Nice to see the usual gang of idiots during a loss today. I guess McNulty and Rainbow Connection must have gone to see a very sad movie last night.

    Didn’t watch the game. What can I say? You give up five runs, but you strike out 12. Something is working, yet something clearly isn’t. Seems like a good performance wrapped in a bad performance wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a….

    • Jimmy McNulty

      I continue you’re still on that false narrative. I see the Yankees picking up a Wild Card and not getting past the ALDS. Not what everyone else here says, I am, however pissed off at Ivan Nova’s shitty performance lately.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      And I had a post right above you, can you even fucking read?

  • http://none Dimaggio’s Left Shoe

    we gtta win now not next year do it or get cut from the team