May
20

Game 41: Something Big

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(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Call me delusional, but I feel like the Yankees are going on the cusp of putting something big together. Like a blowout win this afternoon and then five wins in a row or ten wins in the next 12 games. Something like that. Remember, they turned things around last year on a late-May trip to the West Coast and guess where they’re headed in a week? Maybe I’m wrong, but I really hope not. Take the series today and build on it tomorrow. Here’s the lineup…

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

LHP CC Sabathia

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

Categories : Game Threads
  • mustang

    “Like a blowout win this afternoon and then five wins in a row or ten wins in the next 12 games”

    I have had the same feeling for a week now, but I don’t know why hopefully it becomes reality.

  • Cris Pengiucci

    “Call me delusional …”

    OK, you’re delusional. The team doesn’t look like it’s about to turn things around, but we probably could have said the same thing last year when that happened. Keep you’re fingers crossed.

  • flamingo

    That’s… some picture of the Captain up there.

    • New Balance Cleats

      looks like he’s pinching out a grumpy…

  • Mike Nitabach

    Speaking of big, here’s hoping the big man pitches a gem!

  • Mike Nitabach

    Oh, and what happened to Lou? He did color on a number of games earlier in the season as a “special contributor” or whatever, and then disappeared.

    • TomH

      He seemed pretty uncomfortable and amateurish. Of course, that was probably from lack of experience. Maybe we get to hear from him only when they’re in Florida. He might prefer not to travel.

  • Professor Longnose

    I think the chance of the Yankee hitters putting together good months is better than them being rotten all season.

    When is Gardner getting back?

  • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

    At this point, I’d be happy with two in a row…some sign of consistency. I can’t imagine this team putting much more than that together until Gardner gets back and maybe Teixeira or Martin can contribute anything at all. Not both, but at least one of them…but both would be nice.

  • Kevin Winters

    Curry in the bleachers

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

    Hey everyone, I feel good about today…a team of free swingers vs a guy who does nothing but throw quality strikes. I’m saying at least 8Ks through at least 7IP for CC this afternoon.

    • jjyank

      +1

  • Mike Nitabach

    Nice beard on Cueto!

  • Mainer

    Let’s work on Cueto’s pitch count this afternoon. A usually strength of the Yankees but not of late….

    A guess it stems to pitchers not afraid of the Yankee bats….

  • jjyank

    What up RAB! I’m coming to you from behind enemy lines (in Boston for the weekend). Go Yanks!

    • Mainer

      Nice to place to visit…..

      • jjyank

        It is indeed.

        • inpinstripes

          Going there next week. Any tips?

          • jjyank

            Awesome bars and restaurants in the old north end. I spent last night at Bell in Hand, which is apparently the same bar Paul Revere went to back in the day. Real cool.

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

              So you’re saying to not go to the South West end?

              • jjyank

                No idea. I’m not even technically in Boston, I’m in Brookline, but its close enough. Visiting a buddy from college, I pretty much just follow him around since he knows the area better than me.

                • Professor Longnose

                  Bill James lives in Brookline. That’s close to where the Boston Strangler operated.

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

      I hope you’re wearing your Yankee cap proud.

      • jjyank

        I was rocking a 2009 WS hat at the bars last night. Epic.

    • Professor Longnose

      Do you have your suicide capsule?

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

        Every good agent knows to take your cyanide anytime you go behind enemy lines.

        • jjyank

          I can’t risk divulging sensitive Yankee information in the event of my capture.

          • Mike Nitabach

            One time I was walking in Times Square and a dumbass tourist from Boston with a Red Sox cap on got bumped into randomly and shouts at the bumper “FAAAACK YOU, YOU FAAACKING CAAAAACKSAAAACKAAAH!” All the people around just looked at the dumbass and started laughing uproariously.

  • Professor Longnose

    Starting the game with a walk would be good.

  • flamingo

    Oh well. Still a nice at bat by Jeter.

    • eephus_pitch

      At least it wasn’t a grounder to short.

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

    I want to figure out a way to call the radio booth and tell Sterling it’s pronounced VA-TOW

    • eephus_pitch

      Hola, vato.

    • New Balance Cleats

      Good luck with that Mr. AHbanez

  • Mainer

    Whether that was a mistake pitch or not, I’m glad to see a Yankee pitcher make some hitters aware of that insode cheese. Too many batters appear wayyyyy to comfortable and are able to dig in the box.

    I’m not an advocate for head-hunting but I love the Clemens/Schilling/Pedro/Unit ball

  • Mike Nitabach

    CC looking NASTY!

    • inpinstripes

      Cueto´s beard looking nasty as well.

  • Mainer

    Some good pitching matchups this afternoon

    Cueto v CC
    Hudson v Price
    Beckett v Lee

  • Hummingbird S.

    that changeup.. just nasty

  • jjyank
  • Professor Longnose

    Runner on first…that’s when the Yankees are most likely to score.

  • Mainer

    Totally overmatched was Wise

  • ArchStanton

    I think I’ve had my fill of Wise. Jones might stink against right-handers, but there’s a chance he might run into one.

    • Mr. Pink

      My thoughts exactly. Wise is just an inferior version of Jones.

    • Need Pitching

      Jones 286/375/714 vs. RHP (not that I’d expect him to keep that up)

      I don’t see why not give him a shot

  • Mr. Pink

    Yanks doing Cueto a huge favor by hacking at everything. Would love to see them take a 2-3 pitches instead of being in a constant attack mode.

  • Hummingbird S.

    cant walk the #9 hitter… bad job by CC

    • Mr. Pink

      Yup. Yanks of course excel at making sure there are plenty of base runners for the opposing team’s middle of the lineup.

      • ArchStanton

        CC seems to do walk the #9 guy a lot, or it seems that way.

        • Professor Longnose

          Per baseball-reference.com, Sabathia has walked only 5 guys all season who are batting 1st through 5th in the order total, but has walked 4 guys batting 6th, 3 guys batting 7th, 2 guys batting 8th, and 2 guys batting 9th.

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    Is it just me or does Cone sometimes sound like Artie Lang?

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

    minus the walk, CC looks like he’s in full beat mode today.

  • Athenian

    Not that this is an excuse for how they have been playing but using the “bench” people as starters as often as they do makes this team look like it is on life support. Yanks need the regulars back and a David Justice type trade to turn this thing around.

  • flamingo

    I know that was foul, but still impressive from Stewart.

    • flamingo

      And hey, now he got a base hit!

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

    “That ball’s driven deep down the le-ri-lef-righ-left field line”-John Sterling

    • Mr. Pink

      LOL!

    • jjyank

      You can’t predict home runs, Suzyn.

  • New Balance Cleats

    Stewart > Martin…. trade martin and tex to the dodgers for kershaw!!!!!1!1!11!!!

    /duh innings’d/bret the hit man

    • jjyank

      You forgot A-Rod for Kemp and Jeter for Justin Upton!

  • The Dude

    Great. Hopefully we can break Cueto out of his groove!

    • flamingo

      Yeah, he must have thrown to first what, five times in this at bat?

      • ArchStanton

        Yep, five. Stewart is a stealing threat for sure.

  • StanfordBen

    Is Chris Stewart an insane SB threat? Cueto’s thrown over there like 10 times.

  • eephus_pitch

    Wow, Cone’s a great analyst. He talks about actual relevant things, like WHIP and BABIP. Not as much focus on heart and grit and hearty grittiness.

  • Mr. Pink

    Kay and Flaherty please stop comparing Cueto to Pedro Martinez. Cueto is no where in the same league as Martinez was.

    • flamingo

      ???????

      Seriously?

  • flamingo

    Not another double play :(

  • Need Pitching

    Captain DP strikes again

  • New Balance Cleats

    “Stewart is the new gardner” – Cueto

  • Hummingbird S.

    captain DP..

  • Arya

    They even sent the runner and he still hit into a DP.

    • flamingo

      Well, I’m not watching, but Sterling did say he hit into a DP because they sent the runner – because someone ran to cover second, and the ball was hit right to him.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Gotta love luck like that.

  • ArchStanton

    Unreal.

  • New Balance Cleats

    Dafuq Jeter! amazing its only his sixth of the year though, feels like the 50th!

    • eephus_pitch

      Home run hitters hit them in bunches. I guess Jeter does something similar with DPs.

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      5 in the last 7 games.

  • Professor Longnose

    Michael Kay: “And because the runner is going…….(long pause)…..Jeter hits into a double play.”

  • Mr. Pink

    It’s fun to watch all the different ways the Yankees can hit into double plays.

    Not.

  • flamingo

    Cueto over 50 pitches already.

  • eephus_pitch

    Unsustainable ground ball rate.
    I hope.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Nope it’s only at 45ish, that’s not outlandish.

      • eephus_pitch

        I meant Jeter hitting everything on the ground of late. He can’t possibly keep this rate up all season, or he’ll wind up hitting .250.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Oh it’s ridiculous but looking it up he’s actually accomplished a mid 60s GB rate before…

          • Need Pitching

            in the worst offensive full season of his career …
            not a good sign going forward

  • Hummingbird S.

    if not for cap groundout this could have been a big inning… also, this team is still choking with RISP..

  • Will The Thrill

    Your thirty million dollar clean up hitter everyone…

  • 718

    8 straight balls and A-Fraud swings at the first f#cking pitch!

  • New Balance Cleats

    …..at least it wasn’t a double play…oh wait

  • flamingo

    Wooohooooo Robbie!

  • New Balance Cleats

    Cano = swag

  • Mr. Pink

    It’s sad how pitchers now pitch around Cano to get to Alex Rodriguez. Oh A-Rod! My love/hate relationship with you is like no other.

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

    can we push a run across for the big man?

    • Professor Longnose

      I can feel a 7-run inning welling up inside the Yankees.

    • flamingo

      I think they’ve been having decent at bats against Cueto – hopefully they get lucky soon.

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

    guess what Suzyn and John are talking about already.

  • Hummingbird S.

    lets see how they screw this up..

  • Mr. Pink

    Swisher! CONTROL YOURSELF!

  • Hummingbird S.

    no plate discipline whatsoever for Swisher..

  • Hummingbird S.

    its like a bad joke..

  • New Balance Cleats

    so….predictable

  • We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it

    Leadoff single followed by a strikeout and a double play. Love this team.

  • New Balance Cleats

    damn….hasnt been a yankee no no for a long time

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

      I blame you sir.

      • flamingo

        I blame Sterling.

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

          saying goodbye to the guy in the booth before the catch was made?

          • flamingo

            Nah, he said something like “Of course we talk about the no-hitter, it’s a clean single up the middle!”

            Unfortunate juxtaposition there.

  • Professor Longnose

    That may have been one of the the best I’ve ever seen the Yankees handle a rundown. Nice, Robbie!

  • Need Pitching

    Granderson judged that well

  • Mike Nitabach

    Serious pitchers’ duel.

  • Mr. Pink

    I like to think of 2012 as the Bizzaro year of baseball. A year in which the Orioles are 27-14 lead the AL in HRs and ERA while the Yankees lead the AL in HRs given up and struggle to push even one run across in a bases loaded no out situation. Oh baseball.

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

      ycpb, suzyn

  • Need Pitching

    awful defense continues to be awful

  • Hummingbird S.

    no bat, no glove 3rd baseman… at least Nunez is cheaper

    • Professor Longnose

      OBP .375. They should take advantage of what he is doing well and bat him second.

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

        been saying this for weeks.

        • Professor Longnose

          And you have been right.

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

      I know it’s cause you’re angry you’re saying that, but I’d take a .377 OBP from my first baseman every day of the week.

      • Hummingbird S.

        yeah, overreacted a bit… this team is not good for my health

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

        third baseman****

  • Gone Phishin’

    None of this ole bullshit Dorn

  • Ethan

    Of course.

  • We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it

    It’s official. Chris Stewart > Russell Martin.

  • Arya

    Stewart should just be playing more, period. Better cERA and outhitting Martin. Would like to see him catch Andy, CC and he could probably do wonders for Nova as well.

  • New Balance Cleats

    wow

  • flamingo

    Blergh.

  • Need Pitching

    Does Jeter EVER not hit a fucking ground ball with runner on first < 2 outs?

    • Professor Longnose

      I think I remember once in 2006.

  • Hummingbird S.

    cap groundout needs a week worth of rest

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    please get rid of early 2011 jeter and bring back april 2012 jeter

    • Mr. Pink

      We were fooling ourselves by thinking he has ever going to keep it up. Early 2011 Jeter is here to stay.

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

        You mean like he did for 2/3rs of the season last year after coming off the DL?

      • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

        He’s batting .310 for May coming into today. It’s not like he is in a sustained slump.

        • Hummingbird S.

          its like hes killing every rally with a DP

          • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

            He’s had a terrible week but let’s not be writing him off so soon. You would think people would have learned from last year.

  • Mr. Pink

    Predictable bunt is predictable. They’ve been doing this all series, trying to get as many people on base for Votto.

  • Hummingbird S.

    that looked like strike three..

  • We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it

    Votto’s OBP is obscene.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Nice!

  • Arya

    This is the ballgame right here. CC must get out of this jam with no damage. This team can’t hit a lick and to ask for more than 1 run is a lost cause.

  • flamingo

    Great DP.

  • flamingo

    That’s our ace right there.

  • mike_h

    pitching match up is a turning out to be a heavy weight title fight

  • JobaWockeeZ

    So anyone wanna bet Cano doesn’t score?

    • flamingo

      I, for one, am very glad you would have lost that bet :)

  • Hummingbird S.

    nice hit… but damn! now he’s in scoring position

  • Professor Longnose

    Leadoff double. This is the time, guys.

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

    hooray!!!! RISP!!!!!!!!

  • Mike Nitabach

    Shit A-Rod.

  • Hummingbird S.

    nice first pitch out Alex… nice job

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

    Damn you Bruce/Alex first pitch swinging!!!!!!!

  • flamingo

    Robbie da best.

  • New Balance Cleats

    yanks hitting .096 with RISP these past 3 series…5 for 52 ugh

    • New Balance Cleats

      atta boy ibanez!

  • flamingo

    VOLDEMORT STRIKES AGAIN

  • Hummingbird S.

    Rauuuuuuuuuul

  • Mike Nitabach

    RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it

    VOOOOOOOOOOOOOLDEMORRRRRRRRRRRT

  • Need Pitching

    Raul Ibanez is the Mother F’ing Man

  • swishers fauxhawk

    That one’s long gone.

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

    MUWAHAHAHHA!!!!!!!!!

  • DT

    Ibanez is a hell of a pick up. Proved most of us wrong

    • Professor Longnose

      I admit I didn’t think he was going to be any good. And I don’t know how long he can keep it up. But I admit being wrong.

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

        I was expecting him to be decent, he’s been above and beyond even my most optimistic outlook for him.

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

    I cannot believe I just killed a rally by hitting a homer there…we should be building runs the old fashioned way. I hit to many homers.

    • Mike Nitabach

      That was poor situational hitting.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    he has a very ugly swing, arguably the worst outfielder in the league, but the dude can hit

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

      Isn’t Manny Ramirez back in baseball yet?

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

      and Johnny Damon has been pretty awful too.

  • flamingo

    Shoot. C’mon, CC.

  • Hummingbird S.

    wow…really CC?

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

    damnit ludwick.

  • We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it

    Way to go, CC!

  • flamingo

    Wow, that was… not cool, CC.

  • Need Pitching

    wtf

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

    seriously CC? Seriously?

  • New Balance Cleats

    FACK!

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    way to go cc, shutdown innings

  • We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it

    Ace!

  • Hummingbird S.

    way to shit all over the game CC.. this team cant put it all together at the same time..

  • Arya

    And CC just threw up the lead. Some ace.

    • Need Pitching

      should’ve got Cliff Lee instead

  • Andrew

    0-2 no less.

  • Arya

    Get Wade and Logan in there. They can’t be any worse than this.

  • Athenian

    The pre season strength of the team is officially past disappointment and moving on to complete failure. Remember the last time a Yankee starter didn’t immediately give up the lead. Don’t the pitchers know giving up one run let alone two put the game nearly out of reach with the way the offense is playing.

    • Need Pitching

      “Remember the last time a Yankee starter didn’t immediately give up the lead”

      you mean 2 days ago?

      • Athenian

        I don’t think it was that recent. I was thinking more like 2011. Kidding.

  • Mr. Pink

    Great clutch pitching CC…

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Almost as good as our clutch hitting.

  • DERP

    Two things.

    1) Fuck off CC. Stop allowing homers and walking shitty players

    2) Stephen Strasburg just homered. Nothing better than watching pitchers hit home runs.

  • Mr. Pink

    Next time I think the Yankees should make sure not to score any runs so CC won’t give up the lead on homers.

  • flamingo

    Uhhhhhh.

    At least allowing a walk to Votto is better than allowing a hit to Votto.

  • DERP

    Ace performance IMO!

  • Hummingbird S.

    basically this team cant pitch and cant hit… what can they do?

  • Need Pitching

    no Joe, doesn’t look like CC has lost anything
    no need to go to the pen

    CC please make me look stupid

  • Mike Nitabach

    I don’t see how you can be mad at an AL starting pitcher for allowing two runs in six and 2/3 innings.

    • Mr. Pink

      The way he did it is what bothers me the most. First pitch BP fastball to a free swinging right handed power hitter and he had no reason to throw Hanningan something hittable on an 0-2 count.

    • Hummingbird S.

      I see how you can be mad at a pitcher melting down against a shitty lineup.. especially if that guy is your Ace

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    CC not happy until he burns it all the way down

  • Arya

    Well this is the ballgame right here. Ibanez will come up once more in the 9th but it might not be with men on. He’s the only one hitting right now so he’s our only hope. CC must get Phillips.

    • CS Yankee

      You do know that there is 6 outs left for the NY bats, right?

      • CS Yankee

        Err, 9

      • Hummingbird S.

        key words being NY bats. You do know they suck, right?

        • CS Yankee

          Truth is they are out hitting the Reds, they just need to group them together & not press.

          • Hummingbird S.

            Impossible

  • Athenian

    Seriously why the fuck is he still in there? Great manager that Girardi is.

  • Hummingbird S.

    he will definately walk in a run

  • flamingo

    WHY, CC, WHY

  • Kramerica Industries

    Great shutdown inning, C.C.

    Really.

    Fucking bravo.

  • Mike Nitabach

    arrgh

  • We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it

    This team is incredible

  • Need Pitching

    fucking awful

  • Hummingbird S.

    so predictable.. get his ass outta there

  • Need Pitching

    take him out you fucking moron

  • DERP

    DIAF CC

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Effing sad

  • Greg

    Not what an ace is supposed to do. Back down to .500 we go.

  • Arya

    This is our ace, folks. This is our manager, folks. Wouldn’t wanna take out CC. Joe will say after the game, Well we wanted to give CC a chance to win…

    • Greg

      Leyland wouldnt take Verlander out

      • rconn23

        Verlander is a much better pitcher.

      • Arya

        CC isn’t even in Verlander’s class right now. Verlander wouldn’t allow 2 HR and 3 straight walks in the same inning with a 2-0 lead. Good aces close the door and hand the lead off to the pen.

        • Greg

          Who has the ring?

          • Athenian

            Both have rings. #fail

            • Greg

              When did Verlander win a WS?

              • CS Yankee

                Technically, he didn’t say WS ring.

                Vague helps the narrative.

              • Athenian

                Yep double fail. Verlander is so good almost forget his teams have let him down.

            • Greg

              Double fail

    • DERP

      Dumb argument. Par for the course for you.

  • Need Pitching

    3 straight walks, 2 HR’s in the inning
    must leave him in because a lefty is up

    /facepalm

  • Mr. Pink

    When it rains it pours…

  • flamingo

    That strikeout came a batter too late.

  • C

    100% Girardi’s fault…

    • Greg

      Wrong. The ace is the ace for a reason. Girardi isnt throwing pitches

      • C

        But Girardi needs to know his pitchers better. He had thrown over 30 pitches that inning, allowed 2 HRs, a single, and walked 2 straight batters. You have a bullpen for a reason.

  • CS Yankee

    Relax, we got this!

  • Lord Snow

    This team is in a sad, sad state. And, meanwhile, the Red Sox continue to do their thing.

  • Karl Krawfid

    This team is lol.

    I mean. 0-2 fastball? Really? A fastball to the pull side no less.

    No 2 strike slider to Votto? Shit just makes you shake your head.

  • New Balance Cleats

    It’s amazing what one bad inning can do to a performance

  • JMK

    Obviously this was a bad inning. CC lost it and Girardi sat on his hands. But seriousy, bridgejumpers, you need to get a grip. “DIAF CC”? Really? He’s been the only consistent starter all year and if you’re keeping track of the scoreboard, 7 innings and 3 runs really isn’t all that bad. You’ll notice we still can’t hit worth shit, which is really the problem, not CC.

    • Mike Nitabach

      Agreed completely. This is baseball, not football.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Of course.

      That inning was still the equivalent of watching slow death. And with the shitty state this offense is in, a 3-2 deficit in the 7th inning almost feels like a loss.

      Especially since the Yankees had finally scored just the half-inning prior.

      But I’ll stop there. I’m not explaining shit, because you’re well aware of this stuff. And I hate when I sound condescending or explanatory.

      • Mike Nitabach

        Yes, it’s painful. But it is one innning of game 41 of a 162 game season.

        • Kramerica Industries

          With most of us, when we’re watching games and it’s not the first week of April anymore, we’re not thinking “shit that sucked, thank God it’s only game 41 of 162″.

          Whether you do or not, do as you please. But that inning was just as shitty in relation to this game today, as it would be if it were game 141.

          • Mike Nitabach

            I hear you, brother, and agree 100% that the inning was like watching the slow death of this game, which totally sucks.

            I am more speaking to the “CC DIAF” and “the season is over” and “fire Girardi” sentiments.

            • Kramerica Industries

              Understood and granted.

              Although I can’t say I have the highest opinion of Joe myself. But I’m not getting into that at this point in time.

              About the only thing I do to remind myself that there aren’t big problems looming is that Baltimore is leading the division, and other “top” teams have also been pretty shitty relative to expectations. Detroit’s in a horrible division and they’re 19-20 after today. Haven’t won back to back games since before Texas came to town. Philly’s been inconsistent. Boston’s been inconsistent. Anaheim’s had a shitty start.

              About all that can be proven right now is that Texas is the best legitimate AL contender, since I don’t believe in Baltimore’s sustainability. TB is finally starting to slow a touch, especially at home. Doesn’t mean the Yankees can’t beat them when it matters.

      • JMK

        I understand it; we’re fans, there’s naturally some passion involved.

        This season doesn’t feel like the last few years where if the team is down by three runs in the ninth you’d crack open a beer and say, “of course we can overcome three years.”

        I see us down by two runs and it’s past the 6th and I’m expecting a loss. It’s disappointing; I’m not used to feeling this as a Yankee fan.

        • Kramerica Industries

          They used up their supply of walk-off magic in 2009.

          They had 15 that year, and they’ve only had four since the start of 2011. I think they had five in 2010, but I’m not certain about that.

          This team plays like a bunch of Mark Teixeira’s with the game on the line – they wilt. It sucks, and I’m hoping this eventually turns around, but with a team full of players on the relative downsides of their career (generally speaking), turnarounds don’t just happen. Even the 2009 team got lucky with Damon and Matsui’s bounce-back seasons.

          • JMK

            I haven’t done any statistical digging; but 2009 is a complete baseball anomaly.

            The decline of A-Rod and Teix in the heart of the order, our patchwork outfield (come back, Brett!), the depleted-but-oddly-effective bullpen and complete lack of consistency with our rotation gives it a different feel this year.

            But then again, let’s remember it’s not even June yet. Lots of baseball left to play.

        • flamingo

          I agree completely.

          I do hope that they have a great run soon (been saying that since May, though) and we can stop expecting zero offense.

  • Greg

    Mike Axisa, please control your children. Its getting out of hand

    • Lord Snow

      Greg… I think it’s safe to say that I loathe you with every inch of my body.

  • Mr. Pink

    Mike is at this game. I feel sorry for him, sitting through this atrocity must be tough.

  • Athenian

    Wow. Nothing like throwing gas on the train wreck fire. Girardi, you have confirmed your ineffectiveness as a manager. I’m pretty sure if you pick up the bullpen phone it will be last place welcoming you.

    • JohnnyC

      Can’t burn out the bullpen. There’s 122 games to go. If the pen goes south on Joe, what exactly are Girardi’s strong points as a manager?

      • Athenian

        He has never hasd any. His failures as a manager grow each year.

      • Professor Longnose

        I don’t think bringing in a reliever one hitter early is going to threaten to burn out the pen. CC’s pitch count was going to take him out of the game after the inning no matter what. The question was whether you thought CC was a better shot at getting that last out.

        I don’t think it’s just Girardi, but managers today seem really loathe to take a starter out in the middle of an inning. I’m not sure why, except to match up neatly with the this-inning guy or the that-inning guy.

  • Greg

    So you dont give the manager credit when the team wins, but you blame him when the team loses.

    By the way, again this is why I am a negative person.

    • Need Pitching

      give him credit for good decisions
      blame him for bad decisions
      W-L is almost entirely on the players

      • Greg

        I have seen him get ZERO credit on here for good decisions.

        • Need Pitching

          making correct decisions is considered just doing his job
          no need to point that out

    • JMK

      Girardi should be given credit for putting his players in the best position to win; not necessarily the results.

      Overall I view him as a fairly mediocre manager who’s good at managing the bullpen but not effective in devising effective lineups or making the tough decisions. He’s too rigid with formulas (platoons, 7th inning guy, not changing the lineup order, etc.)

      • Professor Longnose

        That’s a reasonable summary of his strengths and weaknesses.

  • We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it

    Dewayne Wise swung at ball four three times in that at bat. Please hurry back Gardy.

    Meanwhile Stewart BABIP fail.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Annnnnd that’s what a shut down inning looks like

  • rconn23

    Well the retro-Jeter was nice for a month. But it’s clearly over.

    • TomH

      And no one stepping up to replace him as a threat.

    • 718

      He’s hitting .310 this month!

      • Need Pitching

        he was still good the first week of the month
        he’s been in a slump since then (just like every player has hot streaks and slumps)
        No reason to think his current struggles are anything more than a temporary slump … yet (his GB% this year is a bit concerning though)

      • eephus_pitch

        That’s deceptive. He’s hitting virtually nothing now, and about .200 for two weeks. More disturbing than the non-hitting is the way he’s not hitting. No patience, no line drives, no power. Pounding everything into the ground and killing rallies with double plays.
        Nobody expected him to hit .450 for the year, but it would have been if the dropoff wasn’t so precipitous.

  • Arya

    Cueto showing CC how to shut down an inning once given the lead.

  • Greg

    So lets just say that Girardi gets fired. Who do you guys want? Who’s availible?

    • Ethan

      Someone who’s not afraid to shake up things like the lineup, no idea who that would be.

      • Greg

        WHO?

    • Will The Thrill

      Jorge Posada as manager and Ron Guidry as pitching coach. Girardi is just insufferable. Good guy but bad manager. And Rothschild’s results speak for themselves. Yanks lead the majors in HRs given up and I’m pretty sure they’re in the top 5 in ERA.

    • JohnnyC

      Nobody said to fire him. Can we agree that leaving CC in too long was a bad decision? That’s all. No one is blameless. And as for credit, I’m sure the $2 million a year he’s banking for the job is plenty good credit. Beats a slap on the back or some nice words on a blog.

      • Greg

        Tell the kids at Rutgers that words on a blog mean nothing.

        • JohnnyC

          Reference?

          • Greg
            • JMK

              As someone who’s reported extensively on the case, I must say I don’t think you know what actually went on.

              That aside – what on earth are you talking about? Are you claiming that there’s some kind of cyberbullying that you’ve been subjected to on this forum?

              • Greg

                No. I;m just saying that “sticks and stones…” is BS.

                To anybody. More to Girardi than to me

                • JMK

                  If Girardi worries about a bunch of shit-stained commenters on a Yankee blog are saying, he has much greater problems than we ever imagined.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I love Francona. Whether he’d be a fit, I don’t know.

    • Professor Longnose

      There is no one around with major league experience I’d be excited to see take over with the possible exception of Mike Soscia. Modern major league managing drives me up a wall.

  • DERP

    lol at blaming Girardi for CC’s shitty pitching.

    • Hummingbird S.

      for not taking him out when he had nothing and couldnt find the plate

      • DERP

        Did Girardi allow homers to two crappy players.

        • Professor Longnose

          I personally am not blaming Girardi for that. It’s that last run that I wonder could have been avoided.

        • Need Pitching

          CC sucked that inning
          AND Girardi didn’t help things by leaving him in too long

          Both are true

  • Will The Thrill

    I need to stop watching Yankee games. They are seriously bumming me out and making my anxiety/depression flare up. Sad to think that I used to use baseball to cope and ease my anxiety/depression. This team sucks and at the rate we give up meatballs and the way the Rays and Orioles are winning it’s going to take a lot to overcome the boatload of obstacles this team has.

    • TomH

      Add Toronto as another team in the East that looks better than the NYY

    • Deep Thoughts

      Well good luck with your illness, and I commend you on your honesty. I think a huge number of commenters obviously suffer from bipolar and anxiety disorder, but either aren’t aware or won’t acknowledge it.

      “Puttin’ the ‘Blues’ back in ‘River Ave Blues’,” I say.

      The very very best teams only win 60-65% of their games. You have to learn to remain calm and patient in the face of repeated failure and uncertainty if you’re going to play, or watch, this sport.

  • DERP

    On the positive side, we’re getting Cole Hamels next year! Celebrate!

    • FIPster Doofus

      Can he hit, too?

      • Kramerica Industries

        Probably better than half his current teammates.

        • FIPster Doofus

          You’re probably right. He actually does have a nice swing.

  • Hummingbird S.

    this team is pathetic..

  • Arya

    Offense – atrocious
    Pitching – awful
    Defense – horrendous

    Remind me again what our strength is?

    • We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it

      Veteran presents and high payroll

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Haha gifts

    • Need Pitching

      optimistic fans

    • Hummingbird S.

      spending on garbage

  • wow

    lol at this team still

  • Greg

    Its official. This has become what the Jets forum looks like.

    • Mike Nitabach

      hahahahah

    • JohnnyC

      Hey, Greg, after today’s debacle, the Red Sox will only be a game behind.

      • Greg

        They’re not winning it all. They’d be destroyed by Texas. So will the Yankees

        • We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it

          And all three would get destroyed by Baltimore.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Can’t hit crappy pitchers. Can’t get crappy hitters out. Girardi is clueless, tons of injuries. Smells like a serious run is about to happen. I am going to be a fan and have faith that my team, the mother effing Yankees are gonna get up and start smacking the taste out of teams mouth. Now let’s get this one!

    • flamingo

      Would love a serious run. I hope it starts in the bottom of this inning.

  • We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it

    CC is actually a candidate for player of the game. Lol.

  • Ethan

    I only get to watch 2 games live a week cause of timezones, it’s frustrating when they play this bad :(

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

    wow, I didn’t know the forecast called for a 100% chance of trolling. I should be used to it by now.

    • Greg

      I’m not a troll. I’m just a negative person. As I said, this has become the Jets forum.

      • Professor Longnose

        It’s funny. I’m a negative person, too. But I respond to other people’s negativity by being negative about that negativity, which makes me positive about the team.

        • flamingo

          Okay, I laughed at this.

        • JMK

          It’s science.

      • Pat D

        I will back up Greg on this. He’s not a troll like some people we now. He just gets down on the team very easily.

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

        Not saying you dude, I’m just saying in general.

  • Mike Nitabach

    All right!! Let’s score some runs!!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Cory Wade has been great this year

    • flamingo

      Yeah, he really has. So has Boone Logan, which is really lucky for us.

  • DERP

    LOL at blaming anyone but CC for today. Cueto is a fucking beast. I’m surprised that the offense even got two runs off him. The Reds offense sucks and and CC allowed two homers and walked everyone. Just because he was been awesome before doesn’t mean he is free from criticism when he sucks.

    • Professor Longnose

      CC had a sucky inning.

      In addition to that, there is the question whether he should have been left in the game after he walked Votto.

    • Hummingbird S.

      the offense got 7 hits and 2 walks in 7 innings against him.. unfortunately what they cant do is put hits together, so they couldnt score more than 2

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Johnny Ringo!

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Poor Johnny, the stress was ore than he could bear.

      You ain’t no daisy.

  • Mike Nitabach

    OK!

  • Greg

    Interesting. Instead of going to Chapman, he’s going to Marshall right now

    • Professor Longnose

      Don’t know if you’re watching YES, but they said last inning that Baker had said Chapman would close today if they needed a closer.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Chapman has been named the closer, actually. But he’s unavailable today because of pitching 4 of last 5 day s

        • Professor Longnose

          Oh, OK, thanks for the info.

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            Of course it looks like dusty lied about availability. Probably didn’t think they’d win today

      • JohnnyC

        That’s odd. Cashman told me he’s the perfect 8th inning guy. His stuff plays up in short spurts.

      • JMK

        Somewhere in Chicago, Kerry Wood is smiling.

  • We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it

    There we go Grandy! For a second I thought he was gonna try and stretch that into a double and get thrown out. Now let’s freaking capitalize for once!

  • JMK

    Johnny Cueto’s facial hair – incredible or incredibad?

    • FIPster Doofus

      Incredibad.

  • flamingo

    Wow, the crowd has shown up today.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Epic AB, Robbie.

  • Pat D

    Jesus Effing Christ, Robbie.

  • We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it

    What the fuck, Robbie? That was a horrible AB…

  • Hummingbird S.

    nice AB… as soon as the pressure goes up a bit (late innings, men on base) they all have shit awful ABs.. overpaid chokers

    • TomH

      I hope not for long, but certainly at this point in the season they are playing like they’re the designated Basement Team of the AL East.

  • Arya

    After Alex strikes out we’ve got one shot with Ibanez to win this thing. Hopefully he can continue his run of greatness.

  • Athenian

    Wow. This team i just awful.

  • Will The Thrill

    Umm. Why weren’t we in the Sean Marshall sweepstakes when the Cubs were putting him out there? Oh that’s right we were busy watching Feliciano dominate…

    /Fire Cashman

    • DERP

      You must have missed yesterday’s game.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Who cares? The Yankees’ bullpen is basically the only aspect of the team not worth bitching about.

  • flamingo

    I really, really hate you, Sterling.

    • nedro

      Wow, he just about shit when that ball came off Grandy’s bat.

      • flamingo

        And he called A-Rod’s like it was out of the park already.

  • FIPster Doofus

    God dammit, cameraman and Kay.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Oh go to hell YES and Michael Kay.

    Fucking assholes.

  • Need Pitching

    WTP again

    ARod needs to give his cousing a call

    • Need Pitching

      *cousin

  • Mike Nitabach

    Damn wind!

  • JMK

    Fuck that cameraman. And Michael Kay too. May people spread mayonaise and ketchup all over you for the rest of eternity.

  • Mr. Pink

    Baseball gods fucking hate us this year!

  • Athenian

    Chapman in the ninth. Game, series, over. But luckily we will hear Joe’s bullshit excuses and library of cliches.

  • Will

    Wow arod has lost all him power

  • Hummingbird S.

    warning track power… great investment on that huge deal

  • Arya

    Fuck you Michael Kay

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Embarrassing

  • We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it

    WHAT THE FUCK?

  • Mike Nitabach

    fuggg

  • Hummingbird S.

    cant wait for the cap tipping from Girardi after the game..

  • Arya

    Well that was our shot.

  • Mr. Pink

    Girardi, Rothschild, and Cashman. You can only fire two. Who would you fire?

    • Pat D

      I frankly don’t see cause to fire any of them, nor do I see better available replacements.

    • Knoxvillain

      Girardi and Cashman. I’d murder Girardi if I could get away with it.

      • Deep Thoughts

        Who would you rather murder, Girardi or Nunez?

        • Knoxvillain

          Girardi because that’s how much I hate him. I hate Nunez, too. But at least he’s in AAA right now.

    • JMK

      Bullshit question. There’s no reason to fire any of them. It’s May!

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Randy Levine

      • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

        Winner.

      • Pat D

        Damn it. How could I have forgotten him?

    • DT

      I still haven’t figured out what Cashman did this season that is worth firing. Montero for Pineda didn’t work out, but Montero isn’t contributing anything and Noesi is terrible. His pick up of Ibanez has provided a great pay off given he is one of our best hitters right now. Kuroda is inconsistent but has pitched some great games along with a few stinkers. So what is exactly worth firing? The fact that Cano, Swish, Tex, and etc are under-preforming? Nothing he could do about that.

  • Pat D

    Thought for sure that was gone.

    What the hell did that skywriting say?

    • Mike Nitabach

      Will you marry me christine?

    • Kramerica Industries

      “Will you marry me Christine”.

      Michael Kay can judge that, I guess. And that’s one expensive offer that could easily be rejected. No shame in that guy, I guess.

      • Pat D

        Thanks. I had the game on mute.

        The romantic in me hopes she says yes. The cynic in me who loathes the type of person that can spend money on something like that hopes she cuts off his manhood.

        • Kramerica Industries

          I’m too much of a free-wheeling jackass to root for romance. Online or in real life, I’m the kind of person who you grow to hate the more you know me.

          Which is fine. Better than living a miserable, structured, politically correct life. Fuck that.

  • Tom Q

    Why is everyone blaming Kay/Sterling/cameraman? Did anone not think that was gone off the bat? That wind must be fierce.

    • Deep Thoughts

      In case you haven’t noticed, the howling monkeys are flinging shit at everyone and everything today. Must be the solar eclipse. I seriously don’t know why the blog runners don’t contact pharma companies about an ad campaign.

    • JohnnyC

      Get with it. Kay & Sterling are totally responsible for the Yankees’ shitty play.

  • JFH

    not there yet, but getting close to my boiling point with this team…

  • Ethan

    Even the elements are conspiring against this team. What the fuck.

  • New Balance Cleats

    let’s hope chapman can magically regain his control problems

  • DT

    That was most likely the wind…it certainly had the height and angle to go out…then it just dropped at the end like a curveball. sigh

  • Mr. Pink

    This year feels awfully too similar to 2010. We will probably reach the playoffs where we will be severely overmatched.

    • DT

      We made it to the ALCS in 2010….sign me up

    • FIPster Doofus

      They went to the ALCS in 2010. That’s pretty good.

    • Deep Thoughts

      When I read comments like this, I realize that you deserve to keep hearing Maw and Paw Yankee repeat “You can’t predict baseball” until it sinks in.

    • eephus_pitch

      At this point, I’ll take a playoff appearance and be happy with it.

  • Mainer

    I know what these Yankees are up to….

    They just wanted to hit rock bottom and secure their spot in last place in the division and then go on a tear. Well, in about 15 minutes they will have accomplished this by pulling into a tie with Boston for that very spot.

    Only problem is, Boston is on their way up and the LMAOffense (Is stole that from Mike) of this Yankee team still showing absolutely no life.

    It will be interesting and exciting to watch them go from worst to first.

    Hang on, I have to take another hit from my bong LOL

    • Need Pitching

      they will still be a game ahead of Boston, not tied yet

      • Mainer

        you’re right…my bad. I re-post this tomorrow

        • Deep Thoughts

          Sigh. I’m sure you will.

          Victoire!

  • Mike Nitabach

    There’s a 16mph wind gusting to 21mph blowing in from the ENE, which is right in from center field.

    • DT

      Blame ARod for not hitting it where the wind isn’t.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I’m guessing Kay has a thing for Brooke Hogan

    • Pat D

      Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww………………………

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        He keeps calling Boone Loga Brooke Logan……gotta be right?

        • Pat D

          I stand by my previous comment.

  • flamingo

    Boone’s slider is awesome.

  • Pat D

    No one get in Votto’s way right now. I think he could kill someone.

  • JMK

    Wow, we lucked out there. Votto is way too good a hitter to swing at that.

  • Arya

    Logan could have down that a couple innings ago when it actually mattered.

    • Deep Thoughts

      Since you’ve got a crystal ball, could you tell us exactly when you’ll stop whining about every goddamned play?

    • JohnnyC

      Logan’s an 8th inning guy now that Robertson’s out. Isn’t that painfully obvious?

  • Mainer

    Well, like the old saying goes

    “If nothing changes, then nothing changes”

    Unfortunately because of the infrequency of this organization to ready any position player (or pitcher for that matter) for the big leagues, these are the guys we got unless they work a trade.

  • Need Pitching

    and the shitty defense continues

  • Mike Nitabach

    oy!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    They did to disappear West for like 2 weeks

  • JMK

    Wop wop waaaaaaaaaaah.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      As much as this comment pissed me off, I also laughed.

      Price is right sound would’ve worked too.

    • Pat D

      Why didn’t you just post the sadtrombone.com link?

      • JMK

        Who has that kind of time?

        • Pat D

          I can’t think of a comeback.

          Well played.

  • Mike Nitabach

    FUCK!

  • Mike Nitabach

    Time to start drinking…

    • Hugh

      Way ahead of you.

  • flamingo

    Thanks, Soriano. Thanks a lot.

  • Arya

    That’ll be it. I said yesterday that this is an 82-80 ballclub but judging from today that might have been too generous.

    • Need Pitching

      they will make the playoffs

    • Knoxvillain

      I think if they turn it around, they can win 85-88 games (maybe enough to get in as the extra WC, let’s hope). But right now, they are more of a 78-82 win team. Terrible all around.

  • wow

    this team is in trouble.

  • JohnnyC

    Nice job, Soriano.

  • Scheister of Doom

    This. Fucking. Sucks.

  • Pat D

    Well, time to go watch Inception on HBO for the 37th time.

    By the way, Battleship has a lot of explosions, a lot of bad comic relief, and a paint-by-numbers script and characters.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Might as well do what I did. Going back to watch game of throne eps.

      • Pat D

        I’d have to start from the beginning.

        I already have something against the series since, in my world, nobody puts Sean Bean’s head on a spike.

        • Reggie C.

          That’s not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon after a Yankees loss.

  • Mainer

    “Do the Yankees have a rally in their bones” asks Michael Kay

    What the heck do you think Michael, you watch this team every day like we do

    • eephus_pitch

      He said that once when they were down by SEVEN runs in the bottom of the ninth. He must just think it’s a really clever phrase.
      It isn’t.

  • Athenian

    Laughable. Someone said this team would be in first place by June 15th. Would be nice but won’t happen. This will be the second year in Joe’s tenure they miss the playoffs. They just look completely lost and have no answers…just the the Greek and American governments.

    • Pat D

      Cuz the other guys have all the answers, amirite?

      • Athenian

        I don’t think this team or organization could collectively figure out where toilet paper goes. Worst this isn’t even the low point. #redsox of 2012.

        • Pat D

          I was actually referring to the last part of your post.

          :)

          • Athenian

            In that case, even more screwed. No one has answers.

            • Pat D

              That is something we can agree upon.

    • Need Pitching

      they will make the playoffs
      I guarantee it

    • Bunt Gardner
  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    A Cuban prima donna. Who knew?

  • Kramerica Industries

    21-20.

    12-10 at Yankee Stadium.

    Just fucking great. Every time it looks like they’re about to go on a run, they fall back and essentially reciprocate the hot streak record with the cold streak record.

    But let me be a real ass for a minute – TB is down 2-0, bottom 9. I have a feeling they’ll win. It’s not like they haven’t done that kind of shit all year.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Against Kimbrel? Doubt it.

      • Kramerica Industries

        They pulled this shit against Mo and DRob this year. Honestly wouldn’t have shocked me, but I think the Rays early season luck is starting to run thin (in fairness, no Longo will do that).

        That’s the saving grace to the Yankees pedestrian 1/4 of the season – Boston has been just as lousy, and Toronto/TB haven’t lit the world on fire themselves. Baltimore has, and they’re not likely to keep it up.

        Time to move on to the next 1/4 of the season. Hopefully, better than 21-20 again.

    • Kramerica Industries

      They lost.

      Holy shit!!

  • JohnnyC

    One of these seasons the eternal optimists will be wrong. I can understand fans being that way but when the management of the team doesn’t feel any urgency, it’s puzzling. My guess is that they’re satisfied with where they’re heading and that getting below 189 million is a lot more probable than any of us have feared.

    • Pat D

      I’m not an eternal optimist, I just don’t feel the need to be apocalyptic about their chances either.

      My eternal optimism died that night in Arizona. For so many reasons.

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

        Now I’ll be sad the rest of the day.

  • Mike Nitabach

    I hope that grounds crew dude put some slippery mud underneath…

  • Hugh

    How much do we miss Gardy?

    • Midland TX

      Word, both in the field and on the basepaths. More than most people would admit.

    • eephus_pitch

      I miss him, too, but let’s be realistic. He’s not that great. He’s certainly a useful player, and his patience is something they could all learn from, but let’s not act like he’s this amazing all-star on offense. It’s not like they’d be welcoming back a Hall of Famer to the lineup. They already have enough HoFers who aren’t doing crap.
      I certainly want Gardner back, but he won’t solve this team’s problems. Though if I watch too many more DeWayne Wise games I might be on board.

  • Pat D

    Has anyone been whining about the Yankees not signing Chapman?

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

      No, but I still think they should’ve, but nothing we can do about it.

    • Hummingbird S.

      No. They wouldve probably ruined his career..

      • JohnnyC

        Rothschild would have improved his HR/IP rate. Like, more HRs to go with the strikeouts. Nova is becoming the perfect Rothschild prototype: lots of Ks, lots of HRs, no grounders.

        • Bo Knows

          except for the 46% grounders he’s getting on the season

  • flamingo

    They’re pinch-hitting Tex?

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

    Tex goes yard here, calling it right now.

    • Hugh

      Next best thing!

  • Ethan

    The only bright side for me is that there’s a new game of thrones episode on tonight.

    • JohnnyC

      I’m more a sci-fi guy than a fantasy guy but the TV series looks like it’s better than the novels. Am I right?

      • Ethan

        I haven’t read the novels but the tv series is phenomenal.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Tex looks very uncomfortable at the plate.

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

      I’d be uncomfortable facing Chapman lol.

      • Mike Nitabach

        true dat!

  • flamingo

    An error?! Can our luck be turning?

  • Reggie C.

    Teixeira lives …

    Ugh, that shouldn’t be an error.

  • Professor Longnose

    Get the tying run to the plate so watching the last three innings won’tbe completely worthless.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    So now he has to run and cough more while we lose? Great.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Nevermind

    • JohnnyC

      Doesn’t look like that bronchial thing has gone away. I suggest he see a doctor.

  • Ethan

    Girardi needs to get thrown out of a game, soon. Maybe a little explosion by the umpire will put a little fire into this team.

    • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

      Worked in 09 against… Was it Atlanta? After a bad call on Cervelli I believe.

  • ArchStanton

    Is Martin really an upgrade on anyone at this point, even Wise?

    • Knoxvillain

      Nope. He sucks. He has for years.

      • JohnnyC

        We narrowly avoided signing him to a 3 year contract this winter. Narrowly.

        • Knoxvillain

          Hopefully he loses his legs because I have a feeling Cashwoman will try to sign him to a 3/20 or something.

          • JohnnyC

            Gotta have that pitch-framing genius! More cowbell!

          • Pat D

            Such a clever insult.

          • eephus_pitch

            Cashwoman? Really?
            Sexist insults make all sports fans look bad.

    • Need Pitching

      yes
      Martin at least has a chance to take a walk
      Wise has no chance to do anything

  • willx

    Any stars in the top 15 picks next years draft? Looks like we might get a shot at another.

    • Ethan

      Why settle for top 15 when you can go for top 5?

      • JohnnyC

        That would absolutely kill Bud Selig’s master plan, his true mission as commissioner…to bleed the Yankees dry while making sure they never get a Top 5 pick in the draft.

        • Pat D

          I’d like to agree with you but I don’t think Selig is that smart/devious.

          • JohnnyC

            You seriously underestimate the man. He deked Bush out of running for commish by citing conflict of interest and then promptly became commish himself while still owning the Brewers. The first CBA he negotiated instituted revenue sharing and the luxury tax. He orchestrated the demise of the Expos, the sale of the Marlins to Loria, the sale of the Red Sox to Henry, and oversaw the musical chairs ownership of the Dodgers while allowing the Wilpons to skate on their mismanagement of the Mets. He also voted himself an annual salary in excess of 17 million dollars.

            • Pat D

              You don’t have to be clever to be self-serving.

  • Mike Nitabach

    uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuughhhhhhhhhhhh

  • ClayDavis

    Wish Big Stein was alive

    • Bunt Gardner

      So he could trade AAA prospects for more aging veterans?

      • DT

        This…

        • JohnnyC

          Better than trading AAA prospects for hospital patients masquerading as pitchers.

          • Need Pitching

            except it’s not

            • JohnnyC

              Like when George traded for David Cone in 1995. Yeah, that sucked. George made that trade. Gene Michael confirmed that.

              • YanksFanInBeantown

                You’re right, George did have one good trade.

        • ClayDavis

          Because this ownership didn’t trade Montero for damaged goods. Would have rather got a veteran that could actually contribute.

          • Bunt Gardner

            Maybe you should get a job with the Yankees and use your crystal ball to prevent them from ever having an injured player.

            • JohnnyC

              Cashman didn’t use that crystal ball when he signed Feliciano to a 2 year deal apparently.

          • YanksFanInBeantown

            You’re right, they didn’t trade Montero for damaged goods, they traded him for an ace-caliber pitcher who should have been the ROY the previous season.

            Of course, said ace-caliber pitcher did get hurt during Spring Training, but that has nothing to do with the trade that occurred 3 months beforehand.

            • JohnnyC

              He never broke 92 from day 1 in ST. Likely he was hurt coming in. And since he didn’t throw at all during the off-season, guess what? He was probably hurt late last year (his velocity was way low in his last start). As for nothing showing up on the MRI, check with the Mets’ medical staff for reading comprehension among so-called specialists.

              • Bo Knows

                false, he broke 92 after his first day. Also how many starters are throwing there full velocity in ST? Not many at all. I’m pretty sure that medical experts who actually performed and saw Pineda are far more reliable source than some random dude on the internet who thinks something is wrong because he saw one blip on fangraphs.

              • YanksFanInBeantown

                It’s like you have all of the facts assembled and then drew the causal relationships out of a paper bag.

                That’s how you get a process like

                He lost velocity and didn’t throw all offseason because he was hurt.

                vs.

                He didn’t throw all offseason so he came into camp with lower velocity and got hurt when he tried to throw it harder.

                When every MRI he took until the last one was clean and he directly stated in an interview that he hurt himself trying to dial up the velocity in his final ST start.

  • willx

    Yankees are 12-13 out at all star break, do they begin to sell off?

    • Knoxvillain

      Sell who? Everyone sucks.

      • Pat D

        Sell who? Everyone sucks you want gone has an immovable contract.

        • Knoxvillain

          Yep. But most still suck.

    • Reggie C.

      Who though? The two guys who can bring back a boatload of young talent are Cano and Granderson. Yet, if Cashman trades either one, the following season is impacted. The team cannot possibly make up for the loss of one of Cano and Granderson by acquisition or trade. if you thought the offense was bad right now, imagine a team without Cano or Granderson.

  • Reggie C.

    Hate to say it but patience with the lineup is Paramount right now. Joe Girardi does not have many options. The lineup is weighed with under performing, expensive players and those guys are not going to get moved.

    • JohnnyC

      You’re assuming that their decline is going to stop or be reversed at some point. Dubious propositions at this time.

      • Reggie C.

        Maybe my post is implying what you’re saying, but what I tried to capture is a hope that Arod’s and Tex’s decline is slowed down by continued healthy play. yes, I do believe Tex is in decline, but he should be better than what he is now. And right now he is unhealthy.

  • DT

    Don’t even care anymore lol… They’ll probably make a run of it mid season, but it’s pretty depressing right now.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yankees are making me sad.

    I feel so spoiled by A-Rod from 2004-2009. Cano, Tex, Grandy, and others just can’t carry a team like Alex did.

    • Knoxvillain

      Did you mention Tex in the same sentence as Cano and Grandy? I am very disappointed.

      Tex couldn’t carry my jockstrap.

      • eephus_pitch

        He was, until recently, one of the best hitters in baseball. Check out some of his Texas years. It couldn’t all have been because of that ballpark.

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

    New line up idea

    Jeter
    A-Rod
    Cano
    Granderson
    Swisher
    Ibanez
    Tex
    Martin
    Wise/Gardner(When Healthy)

    • Knoxvillain

      Jeter
      Swisher
      Granderson
      Cano
      Ibanez
      A-Rod
      That shitty first baseman
      DH/Gardner/whomever
      Stewart

      Martin is now our backup catcher.

  • Beepernps

    Reggie C,

    I’m at the point if we see this mediocrity to the Allstar break, I think a sell off is in order. Why hold on to Grandy and Cano, and watch them degrade, when we can get a boatload(maybe even a haul) for those 2 to a real contender. Cano is a great player but not worthwhile with RISP. Grandy strikes out too much. Might as well get something for Swish too. This team is going to get old and really bad soon, so might as well start the real pain sooner than later. Id like to see the team reload with great talent to take us where we need to go in 2014.

    • Knoxvillain

      It’s one thing to bitch and vent, it’s another to be insane.

      Cano is a top five hitter in baseball. Granderson strikes out a lot, sure. So does Adam Dunn, even when he had five straight 40 home run years. The Yankees will never be sellers for two reasons: 1. They still have a chance at 3rd place, 2nd place if some miracle happens. 2. Cashman and Co would be too stupid to even think of trading.

      Let’s say they do start selling people, it won’t be Cano. MAYBE Granderson, but they better be getting something fucking awesome back. I don’t see them trading Cano at all.

      If we get Granderson, it better be a package headed with someone like Lincecum, Hernandez, Josh Johnson, etc. And that won’t happen.

      • Reggie C.

        If you want an awesome return your going to have to give up a significant player. And that is why Cano is in my opinion the more likely trade candidate. Cano is younger, a more complete hitter, and is still under contract after this season. Right now it’s all an intellectual exercise.

        • Knoxvillain

          Absolutely. But I just wouldn’t take the risk of trading Cano for anyone right now. At least not any players that are available.

          Imagine the return that Cano could get though. I’d call the Giants and offer Cano for Lincecum, Melky, and and a couple of prospects. It wouldn’t happen though.

          • Reggie C.

            Hey, just bc this is all an intellectual exercise spurred on by another disappointing Yankees loss …

            If the Orioles are somehow still winning the division at the ASB, maybe Cashman calls up Dan Duquette and offers a Cano for Dylan Bundy trade. That’d be killer.

            • JohnnyC

              Bundy’s shoulder would explode.

      • JohnnyC

        In the early 70′s Gabe Paul acquired via trade players like Chambliss, Rivers, Dent, Randolph, Nettles, and Figueroa. None of those are Hall of Famers and yet, with smart free agent signings like Jackson, Gossage and Hunter, those Yankees teams played in 3 straight WS and won two. Munson’s death was the only thing that stopped that dynasty. What Cashman tried to do with the Pineda/Campos deal was to start to emulate that but, once again, the FO guessed wrong on pitching. I’m not convinced this FO can do more than reload, not rebuild.

    • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

      So you want to ditch just about the only young, proven talent they have? Why not trade Gardner while they’re at it? You complain about them getting old and the solution is to trade they best young players? I’m not sure what you’re getting at. Even if they traded Cano and Granderson for young players, who’s to say those young players would even be good? Then they’re set back even more with no core to build around. Besides, I’m not going to trust Cashman or anyone in the organization to make any kind of scouting decisions. Their track record with judging young talent is not good.

      I’d agree on trading Swisher if they could get anything of value. Problem is, that’s not going to happen. He’s not enough of an impact player that will turn another team around or command high value in return.

  • forensic

    It’s amazing watching Girardi in the post game. The eternal optimist and excuse maker in him sounds like it’s losing out to the aggravated, frustrated, and snippy part of him. Nice to finally see something getting to him. It only took weeks for him to recognize it all.