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.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. NJ_Andy says:

    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?

  2. tom zig says:

    Dewayne Wise and Jayson Nix…yeesh.

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

  3. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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

  4. Arya says:

    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 says:

      Sends a teix message.

    • Havok9120 says:

      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.

  5. The Guns of Navarone says:

    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.

    • 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 says:

        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…???

        • 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 says:

            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

            • Mike Axisa says:

              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 says:

                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 says:

                  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 says:

          Who has a ring that you dont have

        • 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 says:

            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 says:

          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) says:

      Jones’ OPS vs RHP 2010/2011/2012:


      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 says:

        Girardi bats Ibanez against lefties.

        • Steve (different one) says:

          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) says:

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

  6. Fin says:

    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

  7. Pat D says:

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

    • RetroRob says:

      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 says:

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

  8. RetroRob says:

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

  9. Cuso says:

    Gottahand it to Granderson…he is our iron man

  10. Greg says:

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

  11. Greg says:

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

  12. Professor Longnose says:

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

  13. DERP says:

    Six swings and misses for Nova that inning

  14. Arya says:

    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 says:

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

  15. Cuso says:

    Derek take 2 strikes please.

  16. Professor Longnose says:

    Damn, that was annoying.

  17. Pat D says:

    Kay owes Clint Eastwood royalties now.

  18. Mr. Pink says:

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

  19. #28 in 2012 says:

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

  20. Will The Thrill says:

    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 says:

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

    • RetroRob says:

      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 says:

        From BRef, the BB/9 for both leagues:

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

  21. Professor Longnose says:

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

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

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

  22. Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection) says:

    Leary’s gettin’ rich today.

  23. RetroRob says:

    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) says:


    • FIPster Doofus says:

      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.

    • DERP says:


    • Will The Thrill says:

      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.

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

  25. mt says:

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

  26. Widget says:

    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.

  27. #28 in 2012 says:

    John and Suzyn insist on calling him Abanez

  28. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  29. FIPster Doofus says:

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

  30. RetroRob says:

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

  31. Pat D says:

    A non strikeout out? Bullshit!

  32. Mr. Pink says:

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

    • RetroRob says:

      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.

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection) says:

      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’.

  33. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Goodness the Reds are bad.

  34. Professor Longnose says:

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

  35. Kramerica Industries says:

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

    *Anxiously awaits Nova tearing his elbow*

  36. DERP says:

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

  37. Cuso says:

    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?

  38. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Too many home runs

  39. FIPster Doofus says:


  40. Pat D says:

    Yankee Stadium Special!

  41. Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

    Russ isn’t gonna work no counts.

  42. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i knew he wouldn’t be taking pitches


  44. DERP says:

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

    • Pat D says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

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

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

  45. Professor Longnose says:

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

  46. Pat D says:

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

  47. #28 in 2012 says:

    Russel Fartin shows muscle at last!

  48. Arya says:

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

  49. Hummingbird S. says:

    hits are coming, I like it!

  50. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  51. aRX says:

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

  52. #28 in 2012 says:

    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.

  53. Mr. Pink says:

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

  54. Pat D says:

    Rose, Bench, Morgan, Foster, Thurman.

  55. Professor Longnose says:

    Morgan and Bench both won MVPs, no? Munson…

  56. Hummingbird S. says:

    that’s some impressive pitching… very nice Nova

  57. Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:

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

  58. eephus_pitch says:

    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.

  59. Hummingbird S. says:

    too many weak grounders..

  60. Total Dominication says:

    Sterling, I am going to kill you.

  61. Hummingbird S. says:

    damn, just missed.. cant catch a freaking break

  62. RetroRob says:

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

  63. Mr. Pink says:

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

  64. #28 in 2012 says:

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

  65. Andrew says:

    Man, these balls are dying today.

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

    • sangreal says:

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

  67. Jimmy says:

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

  68. Hummingbird S. says:


  69. Total Dominication says:

    All hail Lord Voldemort!!!

  70. RetroRob says:

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

  71. Widget says:

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

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection) says:

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

  72. #28 in 2012 says:

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

  73. Bartolo's Colon says:

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

  74. Mr. Pink says:

    Yay for runs via non homerun hits!

  75. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  76. The Guns of Navarone says:

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

  77. Hummingbird S. says:

    good to see Swisher in full playoff choker mode

  78. Mr. Pink says:

    Best pitch to swing at was the first pitch Swish.

  79. Bartolo's Colon says:

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

  80. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

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

  81. Mr. Pink says:

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

  82. Mr. Pink says:

    The Reds think they’re sooooo cool.

  83. Widget says:

    Votto is so going yard.

  84. Hummingbird S. says:

    shitty play Alex… another out not made by our D

  85. The Guns of Navarone says:

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

    • 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 says:

        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.

  86. Hummingbird S. says:

    we really need a GB here

  87. Hummingbird S. says:

    nevermind that…game over

  88. Arya says:

    Shouldn’t have pitched to him.

  89. Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection) says:

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

  90. The Guns of Navarone says:

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

    • JohnnyC says:

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

  91. RetroRob says:

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

  92. Pat D says:

    Another YS3S.

    • Hummingbird S. says:

      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

  93. Widget says:

    Nova sucks.

  94. Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection) says:

    Oh good! Another strike out! Cool!

  95. Will The Thrill says:

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

  96. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  97. First time lawng time says:

    Yeeaaahh, aside from Pettitte, our starting pitching sucks.

    • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat) says:


      • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection) says:

        Sucks for that amount of money.

      • First time lawng time says:

        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 says:

      CC definitely blows

  98. The Guns of Navarone says:

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

    • Jimmy says:

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

      • The Guns of Navarone says:

        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.

  99. RetroRob says:

    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 says:

      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.

  100. The Guns of Navarone says:

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

  101. eephus_pitch says:

    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.

  102. Jimmy says:


  103. Will The Thrill says:

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

  104. RetroRob says:

    More warning track balls.

  105. eephus_pitch says:

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

  106. Mr. Pink says:

    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.

  107. RetroRob says:

    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.

  108. Pat D says:

    Why is Christian Bale on my screen?

  109. Cuso says:

    Get that face off my screen

  110. Cuso says:

    Generous scoring. That was an error.

  111. Cuso says:

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

  112. eephus_pitch says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

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

      • RetroRob says:

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

        • eephus_pitch says:

          Settle down.

        • The Guns of Navarone says:

          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.

  113. eephus_pitch says:

    “Joey VOE-doe”

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

  114. RetroRob says:

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

  115. Mr. Pink says:

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

  116. eephus_pitch says:

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

  117. Will The Thrill says:

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

  118. The Guns of Navarone says:

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

  119. eephus_pitch says:

    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.

  120. Jimmy McNulty says:

    So…Nova, what the fuck.

  121. RetroRob says:

    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.

  122. Will The Thrill says:

    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.

  123. Mike Nitabach says:

    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”?

  124. Ethan says:

    Crap RISP. No chance to score runs now.

    • RetroRob says:

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

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

  126. eephus_pitch says:

    Clutch hit by the Captain. It’s time.

  127. Will The Thrill says:

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

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

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

  128. Hummingbird S. says:

    what a surprise… another RISP out… overpaid chokers

  129. Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection) says:


  130. Mr. Pink says:

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

  131. eephus_pitch says:


  132. Cuso says:

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

  133. RI$P FTW says:

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

  134. The Dude says:

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

  135. Andrew says:

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

  136. Mike Nitabach says:


  137. Kevin says:

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

  138. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  139. Athenian says:

    Running in circles comes to mind regarding the Yankees.

  140. Greg says:

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

  141. Athenian says:

    Chapman in. Yikes.

  142. 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.

  143. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  144. JohnnyC says:

    Tip o’ the cap, y’all.

  145. RetroRob says:

    How can his 105 be considered a record?

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

      • RetroRob says:

        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?

        • 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 says:

            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.

  146. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  147. Athenian says:

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

  148. eephus_pitch says:

    Sterling just told me Cano swung at ball 4.


  149. Athenian says:

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

  150. Mike Nitabach says:

    That Chapman dude is fucking brutal.

  151. Mainer says:

    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…..

  152. Cuso says:

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

  153. Professor Longnose says:

    At least get the tying run to the plate.

  154. Mike Nitabach says:

    RAUUUUL! Now let’s score some runs!

  155. Cuso says:

    No home runs swings swish

  156. Mike Nitabach says:

    3-51 w RISP.

  157. Need Pitching says:


  158. Mike Nitabach says:


  159. The Guns of Navarone says:


  160. Professor Longnose says:

    Oh, that stupid error by Phelps…

  161. Hummingbird S. says:

    thats our C! thanks Martin!

  162. The Guns of Navarone says:

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

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

  164. Mainer says:

    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

  165. DERP says:

    DIAF ump

  166. Mike Nitabach says:

    This closer dude’s got a nasty curve.

  167. Widget says:

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

  168. Mike Nitabach says:


  169. Mike Axisa says:

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

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

  171. DERP says:

    I’m assuming Teixeira is dead.

  172. Hummingbird S. says:

    no PH? really?

  173. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Just start passing the baton boys

  174. I’m so sorry I doubted you Jayson :D

  175. Mike Nitabach says:


  176. Greg says:

    Tex who?

  177. Need Pitching says:

    Please no DP Captain.

  178. Hummingbird S. says:

    all up to capt groundout now… please no DP

  179. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Jayson Dix lolz

  180. The Guns of Navarone says:

    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.”

  181. Mike Nitabach says:

    Again he should have stuck with that curve.

  182. DERP says:

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

  183. Mike Axisa says:

    Anything but a GIDP, Cap’n.

  184. RetroRob says:

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

  185. Kramerica Industries says:

    Shaping up for huge disappointment.

    Prove me wrong, Yankees.

  186. Cuso says:

    As long as Capn doesnt Gidp we winA

  187. DERP says:

    I’m scared.

  188. Professor Longnose says:

    Anything but an out.

  189. Need Pitching says:

    Captain Clutch

  190. Cuso says:

    He was out. Haha

  191. RetroRob says:

    Good lord. Thank you Nix for the slide.

  192. Mike Axisa says:

    Hah, he tried to GIDP on the first pitch.

  193. DAMNIT DEREK TAKE A PITCH!!!!!!!!!!!

  194. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  195. Arya says:

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

  196. Widget says:

    damn it jeter.

  197. Mike Nitabach says:


  198. DT says:

    The fuck was that Jeter.

  199. StanfordBen says:

    Wow, that was very expected and then very unexpected.

  200. Cuso says:

    We’re winning.

  201. Widget says:

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

  202. Mainer says:

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

  203. Mainer says:

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

  204. Mainer says:

    Night night, Grandy

  205. DERP says:

    Good swing Curtis!

  206. RetroRob says:


  207. welll…that was… anticlimactic.

  208. Mike Nitabach says:


  209. New Balance Cleats says:


  210. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  211. Knoxvillain says:

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

  212. Kramerica Industries says:

    Go fucking figure.

  213. Arya says:

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

  214. Widget says:

    I blame Phelps.

  215. Greg says:

    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…

  216. Mainer says:

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

  217. DT says:

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

  218. Athenian says:

    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.

  219. Widget says:

    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.

  220. Ethan says:

    Too little, too late. The Yankee way.

  221. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  222. DT says:

    Here comes the trolls

  223. Mainer says:

    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 says:

      Not like they did it yesterday?

      • Mainer says:

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

        • Mike Axisa says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

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

        • CS Yankee says:

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

          Look at things in a better light, dude.

          • Mainer says:

            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 says:

              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.

    • billbybob says:

      What kind of metal? Iron, Copper?

    • Pat D says:

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

  224. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Damon, Melky, and Matsui. I have spoken.

  225. Kevin says:

    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.

  226. 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 says:

      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.

      • 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 says:

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

        • The Guns of Navarone says:

          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 says:

        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.

  227. Mainer says:

    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 says:

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

    • CS Yankee says:

      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 says:

        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.

  228. New Balance Cleats says:

    Have to admire Nova for sticking through that interview though

  229. Kevin says:

    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 says:

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

      • Mainer says:

        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

  230. Jimmy McNulty says:

    So Ivan Nova…is he going to stop sucking?

    • Mainer says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

      Forecast says more sucking will continue a bit more…

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

  231. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

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

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