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.

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530 Comments»

  1. mustang says:

    “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.

  2. Cris Pengiucci says:

    “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.

  3. flamingo says:

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

  4. Mike Nitabach says:

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

  5. Mike Nitabach says:

    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 says:

      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.

  6. Professor Longnose says:

    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?

  7. Mr. Sparkle says:

    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.

  8. Kevin Winters says:

    Curry in the bleachers

  9. 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.

  10. Mike Nitabach says:

    Nice beard on Cueto!

  11. Mainer says:

    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….

  12. jjyank says:

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

  13. Professor Longnose says:

    Starting the game with a walk would be good.

  14. flamingo says:

    Oh well. Still a nice at bat by Jeter.

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

  16. Mainer says:

    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

  17. Mike Nitabach says:

    CC looking NASTY!

  18. Mainer says:

    Some good pitching matchups this afternoon

    Cueto v CC
    Hudson v Price
    Beckett v Lee

  19. Hummingbird S. says:

    that changeup.. just nasty

  20. Professor Longnose says:

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

  21. Mainer says:

    Totally overmatched was Wise

  22. ArchStanton says:

    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.

  23. Mr. Pink says:

    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.

  24. Hummingbird S. says:

    cant walk the #9 hitter… bad job by CC

    • Mr. Pink says:

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

      • ArchStanton says:

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

        • Professor Longnose says:

          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.

  25. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

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

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

  27. Athenian says:

    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.

  28. flamingo says:

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

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

  30. New Balance Cleats says:

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

    /duh innings’d/bret the hit man

  31. The Dude says:

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

  32. StanfordBen says:

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

  33. eephus_pitch says:

    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.

  34. Mr. Pink says:

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

  35. flamingo says:

    Not another double play :(

  36. Need Pitching says:

    Captain DP strikes again

  37. New Balance Cleats says:

    “Stewart is the new gardner” – Cueto

  38. Hummingbird S. says:

    captain DP..

  39. Arya says:

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

    • flamingo says:

      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.

  40. Kramerica Industries says:

    Gotta love luck like that.

  41. ArchStanton says:

    Unreal.

  42. New Balance Cleats says:

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

  43. Professor Longnose says:

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

  44. Mr. Pink says:

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

    Not.

  45. flamingo says:

    Cueto over 50 pitches already.

  46. eephus_pitch says:

    Unsustainable ground ball rate.
    I hope.

  47. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  48. Will The Thrill says:

    Your thirty million dollar clean up hitter everyone…

  49. 718 says:

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

  50. New Balance Cleats says:

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

  51. flamingo says:

    Wooohooooo Robbie!

  52. New Balance Cleats says:

    Cano = swag

  53. Mr. Pink says:

    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.

  54. can we push a run across for the big man?

  55. guess what Suzyn and John are talking about already.

  56. Hummingbird S. says:

    lets see how they screw this up..

  57. Mr. Pink says:

    Swisher! CONTROL YOURSELF!

  58. Hummingbird S. says:

    no plate discipline whatsoever for Swisher..

  59. Hummingbird S. says:

    its like a bad joke..

  60. New Balance Cleats says:

    so….predictable

  61. We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it says:

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

  62. New Balance Cleats says:

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

  63. Professor Longnose says:

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

  64. Need Pitching says:

    Granderson judged that well

  65. Mike Nitabach says:

    Serious pitchers’ duel.

  66. Mr. Pink says:

    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.

  67. Need Pitching says:

    awful defense continues to be awful

  68. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  69. Gone Phishin' says:

    None of this ole bullshit Dorn

  70. Ethan says:

    Of course.

  71. We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it says:

    It’s official. Chris Stewart > Russell Martin.

  72. Arya says:

    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.

  73. New Balance Cleats says:

    wow

  74. flamingo says:

    Blergh.

  75. Need Pitching says:

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

  76. Hummingbird S. says:

    cap groundout needs a week worth of rest

  77. Bartolo's Colon says:

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

  78. Mr. Pink says:

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

  79. Hummingbird S. says:

    that looked like strike three..

  80. We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it says:

    Votto’s OBP is obscene.

  81. Mike Nitabach says:

    Nice!

  82. Arya says:

    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.

  83. flamingo says:

    Great DP.

  84. flamingo says:

    That’s our ace right there.

  85. mike_h says:

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

  86. JobaWockeeZ says:

    So anyone wanna bet Cano doesn’t score?

  87. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  88. Professor Longnose says:

    Leadoff double. This is the time, guys.

  89. Mike Nitabach says:

    Shit A-Rod.

  90. Hummingbird S. says:

    nice first pitch out Alex… nice job

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

  92. flamingo says:

    Robbie da best.

  93. New Balance Cleats says:

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

  94. flamingo says:

    VOLDEMORT STRIKES AGAIN

  95. Hummingbird S. says:

    Rauuuuuuuuuul

  96. Mike Nitabach says:

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

  97. We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it says:

    VOOOOOOOOOOOOOLDEMORRRRRRRRRRRT

  98. Need Pitching says:

    Raul Ibanez is the Mother F’ing Man

  99. swishers fauxhawk says:

    That one’s long gone.

  100. DT says:

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

  101. 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.

  102. Bartolo's Colon says:

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

  103. flamingo says:

    Shoot. C’mon, CC.

  104. Hummingbird S. says:

    wow…really CC?

  105. We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it says:

    Way to go, CC!

  106. flamingo says:

    Wow, that was… not cool, CC.

  107. Need Pitching says:

    wtf

  108. New Balance Cleats says:

    FACK!

  109. Bartolo's Colon says:

    way to go cc, shutdown innings

  110. We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it says:

    Ace!

  111. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  112. Arya says:

    And CC just threw up the lead. Some ace.

  113. Andrew says:

    0-2 no less.

  114. Arya says:

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

  115. Athenian says:

    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.

  116. Mr. Pink says:

    Great clutch pitching CC…

  117. DERP says:

    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.

  118. Mr. Pink says:

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

  119. flamingo says:

    Uhhhhhh.

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

  120. DERP says:

    Ace performance IMO!

  121. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  122. Need Pitching says:

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

    CC please make me look stupid

  123. Mike Nitabach says:

    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 says:

      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. says:

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

  124. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    CC not happy until he burns it all the way down

  125. Arya says:

    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.

  126. Athenian says:

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

  127. Hummingbird S. says:

    he will definately walk in a run

  128. flamingo says:

    WHY, CC, WHY

  129. Kramerica Industries says:

    Great shutdown inning, C.C.

    Really.

    Fucking bravo.

  130. Mike Nitabach says:

    arrgh

  131. We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it says:

    This team is incredible

  132. Need Pitching says:

    fucking awful

  133. Hummingbird S. says:

    so predictable.. get his ass outta there

  134. Need Pitching says:

    take him out you fucking moron

  135. DERP says:

    DIAF CC

  136. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Effing sad

  137. Greg says:

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

  138. Arya says:

    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…

  139. Need Pitching says:

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

    /facepalm

  140. Mr. Pink says:

    When it rains it pours…

  141. flamingo says:

    That strikeout came a batter too late.

  142. C says:

    100% Girardi’s fault…

    • Greg says:

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

      • C says:

        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.

  143. CS Yankee says:

    Relax, we got this!

  144. Lord Snow says:

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

  145. Karl Krawfid says:

    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.

  146. New Balance Cleats says:

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

  147. JMK says:

    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 says:

      Agreed completely. This is baseball, not football.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      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 says:

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

        • Kramerica Industries says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

          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.

  148. Greg says:

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

  149. Mr. Pink says:

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

  150. Athenian says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

      • Professor Longnose says:

        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.

  151. Greg says:

    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 says:

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

    • JMK says:

      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.)

  152. We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it says:

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

    Meanwhile Stewart BABIP fail.

  153. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Annnnnd that’s what a shut down inning looks like

  154. rconn23 says:

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

    • TomH says:

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

    • 718 says:

      He’s hitting .310 this month!

      • Need Pitching says:

        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 says:

        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.

  155. Arya says:

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

  156. Greg says:

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

    • Ethan says:

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

    • Will The Thrill says:

      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 says:

      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.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

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

    • Professor Longnose says:

      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.

  157. DERP says:

    lol at blaming Girardi for CC’s shitty pitching.

  158. Will The Thrill says:

    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 says:

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

    • Deep Thoughts says:

      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.

  159. DERP says:

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

  160. Hummingbird S. says:

    this team is pathetic..

  161. Arya says:

    Offense – atrocious
    Pitching – awful
    Defense – horrendous

    Remind me again what our strength is?

  162. wow says:

    lol at this team still

  163. Greg says:

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

  164. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    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!

  165. We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it says:

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

  166. Ethan says:

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

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

  168. Mike Nitabach says:

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

  169. Cuso says:

    Cory Wade has been great this year

  170. DERP says:

    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 says:

      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. says:

      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

  171. Cuso says:

    Johnny Ringo!

  172. Mike Nitabach says:

    OK!

  173. Greg says:

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

  174. We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it says:

    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!

  175. JMK says:

    Johnny Cueto’s facial hair – incredible or incredibad?

  176. flamingo says:

    Wow, the crowd has shown up today.

  177. FIPster Doofus says:

    Epic AB, Robbie.

  178. Pat D says:

    Jesus Effing Christ, Robbie.

  179. We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it says:

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

  180. Hummingbird S. says:

    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 says:

      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.

  181. Arya says:

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

  182. Athenian says:

    Wow. This team i just awful.

  183. Will The Thrill says:

    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

  184. flamingo says:

    I really, really hate you, Sterling.

  185. FIPster Doofus says:

    God dammit, cameraman and Kay.

  186. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oh go to hell YES and Michael Kay.

    Fucking assholes.

  187. Need Pitching says:

    WTP again

    ARod needs to give his cousing a call

  188. Mike Nitabach says:

    Damn wind!

  189. JMK says:

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

  190. Mr. Pink says:

    Baseball gods fucking hate us this year!

  191. Athenian says:

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

  192. Will says:

    Wow arod has lost all him power

  193. Hummingbird S. says:

    warning track power… great investment on that huge deal

  194. Arya says:

    Fuck you Michael Kay

  195. Cuso says:

    Embarrassing

  196. We Play Today, We Win Today, Das it says:

    WHAT THE FUCK?

  197. Mike Nitabach says:

    fuggg

  198. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  199. Arya says:

    Well that was our shot.

  200. Mr. Pink says:

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

    • Pat D says:

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

    • Knoxvillain says:

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

    • JMK says:

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

    • Cuso says:

      Randy Levine

    • DT says:

      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.

  201. Pat D says:

    Thought for sure that was gone.

    What the hell did that skywriting say?

    • Mike Nitabach says:

      Will you marry me christine?

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      “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 says:

        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 says:

          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.

  202. Tom Q says:

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

    • Deep Thoughts says:

      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 says:

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

  203. JFH says:

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

  204. Ethan says:

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

  205. New Balance Cleats says:

    let’s hope chapman can magically regain his control problems

  206. DT says:

    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

  207. Mr. Pink says:

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

  208. Mainer says:

    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

  209. Mike Nitabach says:

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

  210. Cuso says:

    I’m guessing Kay has a thing for Brooke Hogan

  211. flamingo says:

    Boone’s slider is awesome.

  212. Pat D says:

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

  213. JMK says:

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

  214. Arya says:

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

    • Deep Thoughts says:

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

    • JohnnyC says:

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

  215. Mainer says:

    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.

  216. Need Pitching says:

    and the shitty defense continues

  217. Mike Nitabach says:

    oy!

  218. Cuso says:

    They did to disappear West for like 2 weeks

  219. JMK says:

    Wop wop waaaaaaaaaaah.

  220. Mike Nitabach says:

    FUCK!

  221. Mike Nitabach says:

    Time to start drinking…

  222. flamingo says:

    Thanks, Soriano. Thanks a lot.

  223. Arya says:

    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 says:

      they will make the playoffs

    • Knoxvillain says:

      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.

  224. wow says:

    this team is in trouble.

  225. JohnnyC says:

    Nice job, Soriano.

  226. Scheister of Doom says:

    This. Fucking. Sucks.

  227. Pat D says:

    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.

  228. Mainer says:

    “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 says:

      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.

  229. Athenian says:

    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.

  230. Cuso says:

    A Cuban prima donna. Who knew?

  231. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

    • Cuso says:

      Against Kimbrel? Doubt it.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        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 says:

      They lost.

      Holy shit!!

  232. JohnnyC says:

    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.

  233. Mike Nitabach says:

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

  234. Hugh says:

    How much do we miss Gardy?

    • Midland TX says:

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

    • eephus_pitch says:

      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.

  235. Pat D says:

    Has anyone been whining about the Yankees not signing Chapman?

  236. flamingo says:

    They’re pinch-hitting Tex?

  237. Tex goes yard here, calling it right now.

  238. Ethan says:

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

  239. Mike Nitabach says:

    Tex looks very uncomfortable at the plate.

  240. flamingo says:

    An error?! Can our luck be turning?

  241. Reggie C. says:

    Teixeira lives …

    Ugh, that shouldn’t be an error.

  242. Professor Longnose says:

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

  243. Cuso says:

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

  244. Ethan says:

    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.

  245. ArchStanton says:

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

  246. willx says:

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

    • Ethan says:

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

      • JohnnyC says:

        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 says:

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

          • JohnnyC says:

            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.

  247. Mike Nitabach says:

    uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuughhhhhhhhhhhh

  248. ClayDavis says:

    Wish Big Stein was alive

    • Bunt Gardner says:

      So he could trade AAA prospects for more aging veterans?

        • JohnnyC says:

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

        • ClayDavis says:

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

          • Bunt Gardner says:

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

          • YanksFanInBeantown says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

                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 says:

                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.

  249. willx says:

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

    • Knoxvillain says:

      Sell who? Everyone sucks.

    • Reggie C. says:

      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.

  250. Reggie C. says:

    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 says:

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

      • Reggie C. says:

        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.

  251. DT says:

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

  252. Karl Krawfid says:

    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 says:

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

      Tex couldn’t carry my jockstrap.

      • eephus_pitch says:

        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.

  253. New line up idea

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

    • Knoxvillain says:

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

      Martin is now our backup catcher.

  254. Beepernps says:

    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 says:

      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. says:

        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 says:

          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. says:

            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 says:

        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.

    • Mr. Sparkle says:

      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.

  255. forensic says:

    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.

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