Game 42: Time for Change


(REUTERS/Mike Stone)

The Yankees have been struggling offensively for about three weeks now and apparently the time has finally come for change. Joe Girardi dropped Mark Teixeira — who’s had the last three days off to deal with his lingering cough — to seventh in tonight’s lineup, the first time he’s started a game there since his rookie season. We’ve been waiting for Tex to bat lower in the order for a while now given his continued poor performance, but the Yankees waited as long as they could for him to improve. Something had to give. Here’s the starting nine…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
2B Robinson Cano
DH Alex Rodriguez
LF Raul Ibanez
RF Nick Swisher
1B Mark Teixeira
3B Eric Chavez
Russell Martin

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

The weather in New York is pretty crummy, but the forecast has gotten better as the day progressed and it looks like they’ll get a full nine innings in tonight. The game is scheduled to start at 7pm and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. RkyMtnYank says:

    I would prefer to see Swisher and Ibanez swapped in the order but oh well, it’s a start.

    • Need Pitching says:

      long term, I would agree
      but Ibanez has been hot lately, Swisher has been cold
      May as well ride the hot hand

      I would like to see Cano or Granderson batting cleanup instead of ARod, with ARod hitting 2nd or 3rd. ARod has become more of a table setter than run producer.

      • This. I still think the ideal line up for the way to offense is currently going is:

        • Bunt Gardner says:

          Now I would like to see that batting order a few games.

        • RI$P FTW says:

          I posted my preference in another thread (pretty much the same, except Swish and A-Rod)

          I used to love watching Swisher take all those pitches in the 2 spot. Maybe I’m not remembering correctly?
          Probably some changes depending on L/R. I have no idea.

  2. Mike Axisa says:

    I wonder if Greg has anything to say about Neftali Feliz being out until the All-Star break with an elbow injury. That kind of stuff only happens to young pitchers on the Yankees.

    • Manny's BanWagon says:

      It’s all Nolan Ryan’s fault for having his pitchers throw so much.

    • Joking aside, that sucks. Neftali was one of the most exciting young arms in the game. Btw, why is it that every time I see elbow injury and young fire thrower I immediately think TJS and every team pushes it back as long as possible then has them get the surgery anyway?

      • Manny's BanWagon says:

        Maybe I wasn’t as aware of injuries a I am now but it sure seems that pitchers are getting injured a lot more than they did in the late 70′s and through the 80′s.

        • I think alot of that has to due with the medical tech we have today, as well as the media coverage. Today a young pitcher feels weakness in his arm, he’s immediately shut down and sent for an MRI and the media is all over it, in the 70s and 80s the guy either kept it to himself or told the trainer who said take a few days off and go back out there.

    • RkyMtnYank says:

      I’m sure it will Napoli’s fault!

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      Feliz didn’t have the momentum.

  3. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Good for Girardi finally dropping Teix. He’s clearly been far worse than the 6 hitters batting in front of him tonight and hopefully this will give him a little kick in the pants to get it going.

  4. So is this game actually happening? What’s the deal?

  5. JobaWockeeZ says:

    It won’t affect anything but I didn’t think Girardi had it in him to drop Teix that low. Bravo.

  6. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Sore left elbow for ManBan. Not his back.

  7. Mike Nitabach says:

    OK. They just threw down the gauntlet on the pre-game, stating that the Royals suck even worse than the Reds.

  8. GrandyManCan says:

    Isn’t it time we started firing some people?

  9. Arya says:

    I’ve been saying for weeks to drop Teixera. Joe finally listened and I expect the offense to come alive.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      I’m just gonna put this Tex quote out there. Someone asked him if he thinks his numbers will be back on track.

      “Oh yeah. Because they always are. No one’s been more consistent than me. … I feel like I’m getting a little better and I know that I can get back. We may need to take some time off like we did this weekend every now and then if my energy and stamina aren’t there, but we’ll just play it by ear. It’s a day-by-day thing.”

  10. flamingo says:

    Y’all, Joe Posnanski wrote a blog post on the ninth inning today, and he mentioned DRob:

    TThe latest talk in New York, as the city shakily tries to recover from the Mariano Rivera injury, is about David Robertson and whether he has the stuff, the guts, the pluck, the spirit, the moxie, the cojones, the courage, the bravery, the backbone, the grit, the fire, the fearlessness, the toughness, the determination, the audacity, the boldness, the spine, the mettle, the heroism and the nerve to actually get batters out in the ninth inning.

    I flat-out guffawed reading that. (He’s obviously behind the times, too, since we’ve moved on to Soriano now. Too many injuries this season.)

  11. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow the roll call is especially loud tonight on the broadcast

  12. Mike Axisa says:

    That was not a pretty swing from Hosmer.

  13. Mike Nitabach says:

    Looks like Kuroda’s keeping his pitches decently down.

  14. Professor Longnose says:

    That was pathetic.

  15. Bartolo's Colon says:

    Has anyone ever tried to use the mlb at bat app in Canada? For some odd reason, i can’t bring up the audio feed or pitch by pitch. It is on wifi, not sure if that should make a difference

    • Mike Nitabach says:

      You’re supposed to be watching hockey, eh?

      • Bartolo's Colon says:

        maybe thats there plan. just up in toronto for the night. and nevermind, it works now just in time for sterling to tell me moose tacos hit a homer. glad to see kuroda is doing his thing

    • sangreal says:

      I used it in Montreal the other week, but I had to call to get them to remove the blackout restriction for some reason (their system saw the IP as being from NY)

  16. Cy Pettitte says:

    booo is right.

  17. Mike Nitabach says:

    Well, that pitch sure wasn’t decently down.

  18. jjyank says:


  19. C says:

    Can’t wait until 8pm when I can switch to the Ranger game

  20. James A says:

    Horrible pitch by Kuroda, but it never should have been made, how that Butler ball wasn’t caught is beyond me

  21. flamingo says:

    I really didn’t believe the “can he transition from the NL to the AL” stories. I might be beginning to believe them, though.

  22. DAiello18 says:

    Unreal. Another early hole. Time to see if the offense has any life tonight.

  23. Karl Krawfid says:

    2 strike fastballs.

    Didn’t know one of those was coming.

  24. 718 says:

    Kuroda still can’t pitch to American League hitters I see.

  25. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Just curious, any non-gloom baggers sick of Kuroda?

    • DAiello18 says:

      As sub-par as Kuroda has been, can you honestly say you’d rather have AJ or Sweaty Freddy out there? Yeah Kuroda hasn’t been very good, but i’ll take him over those two at this point in time.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

        I know it’s still early, and I like Kuroda. But I can probably only take one or two more shitty starts before I start drinking the hateraid.

        • DAiello18 says:

          That’s fair enough. I only gave Freddy two starts before i wanted him put on the Invisible Season Long DL so i wouldn’t have to see him again. It’s either the pitchers are doing shit, or the pitches are giving us quality starts and the offense decides not to show up. It’s really becoming a shit show and hard to watch. I wish the Boss was still here to bust into the clubhouse right about now and start chewing people out. Maybe it’s just me but it feels like he used to strike the fear of god into our guys and stop these losing streaks.

      • sangreal says:

        No, but AJ has only allowed more than 2 runs once this season (in true AJ fashion, he allowed 12 in 2.2 for the other start). Granted, that is in the NL Central.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        Yeah I don’t miss Burnett one bit. He could win the Cy Young this year, I don’t care.

    • Pat D says:

      I’m sick of overall sucky play, doesn’t matter who contributes to it.

      Which means I’m pretty much sick of everyone but Ibanez at the moment.

  26. CBean says:

    I know this isn’t true but lately it feels like all our opponents score as soon as someone gets on base but we can’t get a run in if our lives depended on it.

  27. That play right there is exactly why Alex would be a great number 2 hitter.

  28. Need Pitching says:

    An A-Bloop … from ARod!!!!

  29. 718 says:

    Oh no RISP!

  30. 718 says:

    Of course they didn’t score.

  31. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    If I see that Lexus dog commercial one more goddamn time…

    • Pat D says:

      My sister’s dog starts barking at that commercial every time she hears it. She doesn’t even have to be looking anymore, she just hears it and she’s at the TV barking.

      Lucky she doesn’t live here anymore, so it’s been a while since that’s happened.

  32. Anybody ever have Shawarma before? I just ordered it for dinner, never had it but I’m excited.

  33. SMK says:

    The first round goes to you, chinstrap beard guy.

  34. Tom says:

    Pop out on a 3-1 change.

    Well at least Ibanez will contribute with his glove in the OF.

    Why does Girardi continue to use his DH in the OF? Does he not understand DH means designated hitter?

  35. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Anytime you’re anointed the “next George Brett,” you’re pretty much fucked.

    • eephus_pitch says:

      They did that to Damon, too.
      But then, I guess KC doesn’t have a lot of legendary players to compare their rookies to.

  36. DAiello18 says:

    We didn’t score which blows, but it seems like it’s been a while since we made a pitcher throw 20+ pitches in an inning. Maybe a minor victory if we can continue that. Who knows, maybe the guys read the article about how they aren’t seeing enough pitches. I mean a-rod saw something like 6 pitches in 4 at-bats yesterday.

  37. Worley says:

    Fire Long and steal Magadan from the Red Sox. Their guys seem to hit no matter where they play.

  38. eephus_pitch says:

    I miss April MVP Jeter.

  39. question from a radio listener to you TV viewers, does a non-Derek Jeter shortstop make that play?

  40. Freddy's Mom says:

    Just wondering, is anybody else concerned about our pitching? Um, oh, and our offense? Special teams are fine, of course.

  41. jjyank says:

    Well that looked a lot better.

  42. DAiello18 says:

    Unrelated, Berkman out 6-8 weeks. Torn Meniscus. Odds he calls it quits?

  43. Athenian says:

    Well a new day, a new series, and the punchline to the joke is still: NY Yankees.

    Need to change their name to the NY Groundhog Day’s. At least that is more appropriate of the current state

  44. eephus_pitch says:

    Oh, that’s right.
    Sterling really calls Nick Swisher “the ol’ Swisharoo.”
    Kill me.

  45. Manny's BanWagon says:

    .282 OBP? He’s in Vernon Wells land of suckville.

  46. DAiello18 says:

    11 pitch inning. Way to make him work on the mound guys… Is it that hard to look at a few pitches.. Honestly.

  47. Cuso says:

    Hiroki Bukkaka

  48. Mr. Pink says:

    Yup. This the year where the Yankees pay for all the bad contracts and the year where all the mismanaging of this organization catches up with them.

  49. James A says:

    Yankees making Felipe Paulino look like Nolan Ryan. I feel like this club just needs one moment, something to get the momentum turned around, but at the moment I’m not sure where its going to come from

  50. jj and manny, you were right. This shit is great. I thought it was supposed to be served in a pita though?

  51. Will The Thrill says:

    Hey guys lets give Hosmer an extra RBI for when he hits a HR by putting a scrub on in front of him.

  52. Need Pitching says:

    fucking awfulness all around

  53. Mike Nitabach says:

    Oh, for fuck’s sake.

  54. 718 says:

    New York Yankees are pathetic!

  55. sangreal says:

    Could they not get one normal camera angle of that ball?

  56. Erica says:

    Guess it’s the better choice to watch the Rangers game tonight? Le sigh.

  57. Karl Krawfid says:

    This team just sucks.

  58. DERP says:

    Cole Hamels is gonna look so awesome in pinstripes.

  59. Tom says:

    Next pitch is pitch # 60 with 1 out in the 3rd?

    He’s only faced 12 batters.

  60. Athenian says:

    I think the level of suck that is showing right now is on purpose so the Yankees can draft some quality players in the amateur draft. Rays envy.

  61. flamingo says:

    Wow, I just don’t get it. Kuroda doesn’t pitch like this. He never has. Where did Good Kuroda go?

  62. Athenian says:

    Serious question, can Rothchild be blamed for almost an entire pitching staff just being awful? Billy Hatcher paid the price for Albert’s ineffectiveness.

  63. Jonathan says:

    Hey Mike,

    Suggestion for tomorrows post headline:

    “Ladies and Gentlemen, your last place Yankees”

  64. flamingo says:

    I think we just got two hits in a row.

  65. Mike Nitabach says:

    TWO HITS IN A ROW! I’m popping the champagne!

  66. Professor Longnose says:

    All right, baserunners. Breakout!

  67. Athenian says:

    The ONLY shining spot. DSJ

  68. getting a live look in from, damn the stadium is EMPTY tonight.

  69. flamingo says:

    Bases loaded, no one out.


  70. Mike Nitabach says:

    DO IT!

  71. If Cano swings at the first pitch and it’s anything but a grandslam I’m going to scream.

  72. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Maybe a grand Slam is what turns things around.

  73. Zooboy says:

    Here comes the 1st-pitch triple play.

  74. DAiello18 says:

    Time to channel my inner sterling. This is the Rally Moment of the game. Brought to you by Rally Dodge or Chevy or Something in Westbury!

  75. Dan in Atlanta says:

    This has gotten ridiculous

  76. Erica says:

    OH effin A.

  77. Greg says:

    Great pitching sequence.

    And here comes the double play

  78. at least it wasn’t a double play, but that’s too close to take with two strikes Robbie.

  79. Bartolo's Colon says:

    really would like to see al tie lou here

  80. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Swing the fucking bat Robbie. That’s too close to take with 2 strikes.

  81. Worley says:

    Bases loaded no outs. This will end bad.

  82. DERP says:

    Eat a dick Robbie

  83. Manny's BanWagon says:

    If Arod grounds into a DP, I’m going to bed.

  84. RI$P FTW says:

    Prediction: A-Rod will pop up, yell F%^& and smash hit bat into the ground.
    I’ve seen it so many times.

  85. Dan in Atlanta says:

    Kill me

  86. Erica says:

    I am sick.

  87. Need Pitching says:


  88. Athenian says:

    Bases loaded and 3-4-5 coming up… who has NO runs?

  89. Mike Nitabach says:

    The crowd is PISSED!

  90. Greg says:

    Not Girardi’s fault at all.

  91. flamingo says:

    An Ibanez grand slam would make my annoyance subside a bit.

  92. Will says:

    Yankees special. Who has stats for scoring with bases loaded and no out I bet any money we are dead last.

  93. Athenian says:

    They just need to forfeit and save the embarassment. HOw long before the home crowd starts “Yankees Suck” chants.

  94. Kevin G. says:

    Of course.

  95. Need Pitching says:


  96. jjyank says:

    *slams head against wall*

  97. Mike Nitabach says:


  98. Manny's BanWagon says:

    If this wasn’t so fucking pathetically sad, it would be comical.

  99. Leg-End says:

    This team………..

  100. Karl Krawfid says:

    Trash Trash TRASH

  101. Kramerica Industries says:

    This team is something else.

    Unbelievable. It’s amusing right now to watch these hacks fail in these spots. Good luck continuing to lose home games against inferior opponents, schmucks.

  102. Worley says:

    How many more years of this awesome version of A-Rod do the Yankees get to watch?

  103. Professor Longnose says:

    I give up.

  104. Athenian says:

    THAT folks are your 2012 NY Yankees.

  105. Greg says:

    Again, this is why I am a negative person. That hurt, but only for a few seconds.

    And there is no evidence to suggest that they are going to turn this around.

    Its been going on for a few weeks, not a few days.

  106. Cuso says:

    At least Ibanez tried…

  107. 718 says:

    Beyond pathetic! I’m done with these choking losers!

  108. wow says:

    Ok, I’m getting past the whole “slump” excuse. This is just unbearable.

  109. flamingo says:

    Thanks for the out.

  110. Mike Nitabach says:

    Finally something good.

  111. Cuso says:

    It’s clearly mental right now. for that to happen again is ridiculous odds.

  112. Athenian says:

    At least of George was still around, someone would get fired as they should.

  113. eephus_pitch says:

    This is surreal.

  114. Bartolo's Colon says:

    god does kuroda suck, don’t even care about the tag

  115. Greg says:

    Tell you what, the networks must be crying right now because both the Yankees and the Red Sox are bad this year.

  116. Cris Pengiucci says:

    Well, at least the Rangers are playing. Unfortunately, the Devils just scored.

  117. Tom says:

    The only good news is that Buchholz is back to giving up his 5ER a game so the slide to last place might be delayed one day.

    Not sure how he is 4-2 with an ERA above 8.00 (he’s given up at least 5ER in 7 of his 9 starts)

    • Greg says:

      They basically have the opposite problem we have. Our pitching is okay but the offense is awful. Their offense is great but their pitching sucks

  118. eephus_pitch says:

    Keep trying to pull the ball, Tex. It’s working out marvelously for you.


  120. jjyank says:

    Can I has a RISP please?

  121. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    It’s a shame Russell already fulfilled his hit quota for the day.

  122. New Balance Cleats says:

    OMG RISP!!!

  123. So…this sucks. At this rate starting tomorrow we’re going to have to hit like .600 with RISP the rest of the season to just get back to league average. Or so it seems.

  124. Bartolo's Colon says:

    yea for padding our glorious risp stats

  125. Pat D says:

    Well fucking A.

    Rangers now down 2-0.

  126. Kevin says:

    I have come to terms with the fact this team isn’t going to sniff the postseason.
    Regardless,I will still root for them. Yankee fan until the day I die.

  127. Kevin says:

    I have come to terms with the fact this team isn’t going to sniff the postseason.
    Regardless,I will still root for them. Yankee fan until the day I die.

    • jjyank says:

      They’ll make the playoffs. Watching a team lose sucks, but it’s still May. Over 2/3 of the season to go.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      It’s way too early to come to terms with that. My optimism and patience are waning, though. It’s one thing to lose; it’s another to look lifeless in the process. These guys flat-out suck right now, and they’re nearly unwatchable.

  128. New Balance Cleats says:

    Its a shame how KC gave us an extra 90 and we still couldn’t get him in :(

  129. Need Pitching says:

    and more great defense

  130. That should’ve been two robbie.

  131. Need Pitching says:

    fucking awful in every fucking phase of the game


  132. New Balance Cleats says:

    to think I voted 9 on the confidence poll only 2 months ago…

  133. flamingo says:

    Feinsand thinks Kuroda said this is the kind of pitcher he always is? Oh no.

  134. I still love the name Moose-Tacos btw. and I would absolutely eat Moose

  135. jjyank says:

    At least one member of the Yankee Universe has an excellent 2012 FIP.

  136. Cuso says:

    Giancarlo Stanton just hit the most ridiculous grand slam I’ve ever seen.

    Not exaggerating. Filthy.

  137. Arya says:

    They should put Paulino in the HOF. That or put this team up for sale. Wonder what they’d fetch on the open market with this sorry bunch of overpaid underacheivers.

  138. Cuso says:

    They started the night on MLB Tonight with Harold Reynolds and AL Leiter. For whatever reason, 60 minutes in they replaced Leiter with that piece-of-shit Joe Magrane. If anyone wants to get angrier give a watch.

  139. Bartolo's Colon says:

    does kuroda only give up xbh’s?

    • sangreal says:

      I don’t know, but since he never gets any run support I suppose it really doesn’t matter what he does up there

  140. DERP says:

    Kuroda can eat a BOD tongiht.

  141. flamingo says:

    I didn’t think Kuroda would last until the sixth. That’s one positive thing, I guess.

  142. So leaving work, hopefully they make things interesting by the time i get home.

  143. Need Pitching says:

    fucking awful defense is awful

  144. flamingo says:

    We’re just cursed with bad luck.

  145. DERP says:

    Can someone tell me what just happened?

  146. Tom Zig says:

    So the Rangers seem headed to another 7 game series

  147. Pat D says:

    Wait, you’d eat Moose Tacos?

    Please tell me you’re not someone who would drive 900 miles for those Doritos shell tacos at Toxic Hell, or whatever it is that their commercial claims.

  148. New Balance Cleats says:

    seems like even YES gave up on the yanks for a second haha

  149. Athenian says:

    Remember when 12 mill to 23 mill per season carried value. Damn economy is bringing everyone down.

  150. jjyank says:

    Hey look, Tex is learning!

  151. New Balance Cleats says:

    Because Eppley facing Jarrod Dyson would have just been awful…

  152. Need Pitching says:

    Kuroda didn’t look very good and was shaky as hell

    but if he had a LF with any speed and a competent IF defense, he theoretically could have gone 7 innings and given up only 2 runs

  153. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    “Clean up hitter” Alex Rodriguez i haz a l0lz

  154. Mike Nitabach says:


  155. jjyank says:

    Do something with this boys!

  156. Bartolo's Colon says:

    woo hoo, double for ardo

  157. flamingo says:

    I wasn’t expecting him to be safe. Huh.

  158. Mike Nitabach says:


  159. Erica says:

    OH GOD I’m so happy A-Rod is safe. No, seriously. I was really seeing him getting tagged out. Holy crap.

  160. Pat D says:

    OK, I’m watching wrestling, which is frankly more interesting than either of the two games right now.

    Was ARod’s double another missed HR?

  161. jjyank says:

    Wow A-Rod. Safe, but not the right move down 3 runs.

  162. Mike Nitabach says:

    The throw totally beat him if it was a better line.

  163. Athenian says:

    LOL! Sterling “Alex made is safely so he can score on an out. Good for him”. That’s funny.

  164. Dan in Atlanta says:

    2 more risp fails.

  165. Need Pitching says:

    of course

  166. CBean says:

    they’re not going to bring this run in, are they?

  167. JohnnyC says:

    Do the Yankees change the caps they’re tipping every game or do they just the same caps?

  168. FIPster Doofus says:

    This is a sick joke.

  169. Mike Nitabach says:

    this is fucking painful

  170. Erica says:



    Plain stinkin’ stupid.

  171. flamingo says:

    Yeah, I’d be booing if I were in the stadium, too. And I never boo. This game, compounded by the last two weeks, has been incredibly frustrating.

  172. Kramerica Industries says:

    0-8 with RISP.

    At least they’re still good at that.

  173. Pat D says:

    I’m taking off work tomorrow to work on my resume, but I’m thinking about going to see a movie.

    I think I’ll wear my Royals hat.

  174. Athenian says:

    This is some of the best comedy ever!!!

  175. Knoxvillain says:

    Again, guys. The team is not slumping. They just suck. I know you guys don’t want to hear it, but they just aren’t a good team. Period.

    Final record: 84-78.

    • Need Pitching says:

      6 games over .500 = suck

      spoiled much

      • Pat D says:


      • Knoxvillain says:

        That’s pretty bad. You’re gonna be about 15 out behind the Rays and Jays at the end of the year. I’d say 4th place because the O’s look for the real.

        At least the Sox are set for last. Maybe.

        • jjyank says:

          Okay then, season’s over. Don’t bother watching.

          I, however, will continue to watch because they will win more than 84 games, and I plan on watching them.

          • Knoxvillain says:

            Haven’t watched much. I come in the living room every now and again. I’ve watched no more than 10 innings total the last 6 or 7 games.

        • Need Pitching says:

          neither the Rays nor Jays will win 99 games this season

          • Knoxvillain says:

            I’d bet on the Rays winning 94-96, Jays at about 92, and O’s at 88.

            • jjyank says:

              HA you actually think the O’s win more games than the Yankees? There’s a reason that the season is actually longer than 2 months.

              • Knoxvillain says:

                They are better all around and it’s not even close. Spanked the Yanks, Sox, Rays, and Nats.

                • jjyank says:

                  Come on man, really? The O’s are playing over their heads, lets be realistic here.

                  • Knoxvillain says:

                    I am. I don’t think they are. I think they’re a good team, and the Yankees are a bad team.

                    You are as good as your record. And the Yankees are a .500 team at best right now.

                    • jjyank says:

                      Remember when they were under .500 in May of 2009? I will bet my life that the Yankees will end 2012 with a better record than the O’s.

                • Mike Axisa says:

                  The Yankees have won five of eight against the Orioles, but don’t let facts get in your way.

                  • Pat D says:

                    Facts are meant to be ignored/manipulated.

                    Just ask our political parties (mostly the Republicans).

                    • Knoxvillain says:

                      You’ve got to be high if you think there is a difference between republicans and democrats. The voters, yet. But the people in office, no.

                    • jjyank says:

                      I like that you focused on the one off-hand political comment, probably because you know that you were wrong about the Yankees getting “spanked” by the O’s.

                    • Pat D says:


                      No, I don’t think there’s much difference between them. But the people who give them money and tell them what to do, yes.

                • Cuso says:

                  They’re worse all around and not even close. Their starting pitching has gotten exposed for what it is the last 7 days. Strop & Johnson are for real. Not a single other pitcher on that team is for real.

                  They are smacking the ball around well. When that comes down to Earth, look out.

                  • jjyank says:


                    The O’s hot start has gone on longer than I though, but that team has no sure things in the rotation, just a couple of good relievers, and a lineup of Wieters, Markakis, Jones, and friends? Come on.

    • JohnnyC says:

      If that happens, good luck keeping the payroll below 189 million in 2014.

      • Need Pitching says:

        if they don’t make the playoffs, I think the whole 189M in 2014 thing goes out the window

        they’d stand to lose a ton of revenue next year (as well as losing revenue this year) if they don’t make substantial, obvious upgrades to a non-playoff team

        • JohnnyC says:

          It was always just a pipedream.

          • Need Pitching says:

            agreed. I thought everything had to go right over the next 2 years for it to have any chance of happening. Pineda’s injury threw a big wrench into the plans. If they don’t make the playoffs, I can’t imagine they’d risk long term attendance loss and the fans wrath by cutting payroll that much.

      • Knoxvillain says:

        They will find a way. And they will do it for three years after they don’t make the playoffs once.

  176. 718 says:

    A bunch of pathetic choking losers!

  177. Worley says:

    Thank god the Red Sox are doing their part to win so the Yankees can sit tied for last.

  178. Marc says:

    Jesus, looks like another stinker. Where is the offense?!

  179. Kevin says:

    Jack Curry said the Yanks would only win 84 games..he might be right.

  180. Bartolo's Colon says:

    feels like hosmer has been up like 10 times today. have a very bad feeling the yanks will be in the basement in about an hour. especially with keeping rapada in against butler

  181. Arya says:

    Jack Curry is right. Similar to what I said a couple days ago. This is an 82-80 team. That may have been too generous after watching the past couple games.

  182. First time lawng time says:

    This offense: absolute dog shit.

    At this point it’s comical. They suck. There is no other way to put it. I don’t like to be negative, especially because negativity is kind of ill-received here, but let’s be real. These guys couldn’t score runs if their lives depended on it. They can’t get hits with RISP. 6 for last 67 with RISP? That has got to be some kind of MLB record. They flat out suck. It’s almost like they’re trying to make outs with RISP. I never would have imagined that this team could be so crappy. I can’t even watch entire games now. I turn it on, try to watch, but it’s just so boring and I know there is no way in hell that they’ll make a comeback at this point, so I turn it off. I guess I’ll be shutting this game off pretty soon.

    I’m not even angry with this team; I’m just dumbfounded. I am in utter disbelief that this team could be this shitty.

    I mean, the one day our SP isn’t vile, and our offense decides to do absolutely nothing. Not that it does anything on any other day, but still, if your SP gives up only 3 runs, you should be in good shape to come back or something. But no. This team won’t, because they are that shitty.

    Just my feelings on this situation.

  183. eephus_pitch says:

    The picture at the top of this article was well-chosen.

  184. Mike Nitabach says:

    oh, crap

  185. Karl Krawfid says:

    And that is the ball game.

    Gonna go to the gym to kill some stress this shitty team is causing me.

  186. Bartolo's Colon says:

    if only we could have our lineup face our pitching staff, we might get the lineup going

  187. Arya says:

    Swisher .246
    Teixera .221
    Martin .175

    What happened to these guys? Our 1st baseman has a .665 OPS. People always say Texiera is a Giambi with a better glove. Giambi was never that bat with the bat. Jorge never hit .175 as a catcher.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Giambi was awesome. People underrate the hell out of him.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        As much as the Stadium ruined his swing, he was still a .400 OBP guy who hit 30 home runs a season. Shitty as hell situationally, which was his biggest shortcoming offensively.

        Still worlds better than someone who has declined sharply now three years running. I was in favor signing Tex, but Tex lovers nor Tex haters could’ve ever fore-seen him become such a worthless schmuck that he is.

  188. Rek4gehrig says:

    I’m amazed there are still fans at the game

  189. flamingo says:

    So instead of hitting home runs, we allow them now? Ugh.

    I really think this team has a lot of talent – would be nice if they showed it every once in a while.

  190. Arya says:

    Boston now up 7-5. We’re gonna be in the AL East cellar, folks. Boston has turned their ship around behind good pitching and a good offense. And they still don’t have their best player back yet. The Os, Rays, and Jays aren’t going anywhere. Something major needs to change to shake things up and more than just moving Teixera down. Maybe see what Tony Pena can do or fire Kevin Long.

  191. JD says:

    Banuelos TJS. Fuck.

  192. Dave M says:

    Yankees Suck. Theeeee Yankees Suck!

  193. First time lawng time says:

    What this team needs: steroids. And lots of them.

  194. Kramerica Industries says:

    When will rock bottom finally be reached?

    I want to think it has, but this team just digs deeper and deeper.

  195. Monterowasdinero says:

    In the old days-a firing would be imminent. No excuses. Losing LIKE THIS would not have been tolerated and a head or two would roll.

    We shall see but I only read this site now-don’t bother torturing myself watching the game.. When Ibanez is your best hitter-you are a last place team.

  196. Wow..what did I miss…5-0? I was gone for a half hour or so…

  197. ClayDavis says:

    So what exactly is Kevin Long’s purpose again?

  198. Karl Krawfid says:

    Has Grandy had a day off yet?

  199. JD says:


  200. why’d I even turn the game back on? I want to stay positive but this team and these boards are making it harder by the day.

  201. Brian S. says:

    Last place wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. There are so many bad contracts on this team it is unbelievable.

    • Pat D says:

      Technically not.

    • Need Pitching says:

      there’s what, 4?

      • It depends what you mean by “bad contract” I personally don’t think the CC deal’s a terrible one. A-rod’s is god awful, Tex’s turned into a nightmare, and Derek’s proven his might not be too bad.

      • eephus_pitch says:

        Teixeira’s contract didn’t seem bad at the time. He was great that first year, and still young. He’s terrible now, but no one knew it would happen so quickly.
        C.C.’s is just fine.
        Jeter’s is very bad.
        A-Rod’s is a disaster, to be sure. In fairness, though, he was just coming off a mindblowing MVP season, and they thought he was PED-free. They wanted to lock up the player who they thought would break the homerun record “cleanly.” Yeah. Hindsight on that one hurts like a bitch.
        Soriano’s is awful.
        Are they still paying for Feliciano and Marte?

        • Knoxvillain says:

          I wouldn’t say Jeter’s is very bad just yet. He’s two months in and he’s been worth every penny so far.

          I forgot about Feliciano. Is he even alive?

          • Need Pitching says:

            Jeter’s contract started last season
            despite the second half surge, he probably wasn’t a 15M player last year … he still has a slight chance for it to be a good contract, but he would have to severely defy the normal aging process

            Feliciano is still getting paid to do nothing
            Marte got a 250K of his 4M option for this season

        • RBC says:

          Although Jeter has been worth every penny, if you consider what he got paid and what other players with comparable stats got paid, his first mega contract was ridiculous. But the latest contract is actually decent.

          • eephus_pitch says:

            If he plays like April MVP Jeter, then yeah. Worth every penny. Otherwise it’s going to be disastrous.

      • RI$P FTW says:

        Only 4, but they’re huge.

  202. Bartolo's Colon says:

    what is lowest ba for risp for 100 ab’s?

  203. Bartolo's Colon says:

    falu better thank us, yanks have made him look like a real major leaguer

  204. bringer of news says:


  205. JD says:

    If you could punch only one player on the team in the face, who would it be?

  206. mike_h says:

    seriously FUCK THIS SHIT

    • mike_h says:

      just yell that out loud about 15 times, it will make you feel a little better…until you see the score again

  207. Bartolo's Colon says:

    im done with the yankees tonight, go o’s!

  208. Pat D says:

    OK, I just saw this and can’t not share it. These are the kind of people who need to be severely punished. Either by having their parental rights revoked, or by getting lined up in front of a firing squad.

  209. 28 this year says:

    This is just plain bad to watch. Something needs to give. I think the Yankees need a injection of youth and ability but at the same time, this is literally the worst time to call up a prospect cause all the pressure is on them to save the team. This team is just awful to watch. They can’t hit, they can’t pitch, they can’t field. The fact that they are sitting at .500 is unbelievable but this isn’t fun to watch. Like shit needs to happen at this point, its hard to be a fan right now. There isn’t a single exciting thing about this team. Literally, I cannot think of something that I actually want to watch about the Yankees right now.

  210. ClayDavis says:

    I was hoping that pitch hit Tex, at least he would have got om

  211. Mike Nitabach says:

    They should give the fans still at the game free beers on their way out to drink on the subway home.

  212. RetroRob says:

    So just joining. Can somene give me a quick update on the Yankees scoring?

  213. Pat D says:

    What a shitty night for NY sports. Even the Mets lost.

  214. ClayDavis says:

    Yay an absolutely worthless double

  215. Kramerica Industries says:

    So, that makes ten times this season the Yankees will have been held to one run or less. And they were one strike away Friday night from that being 11 times.

    The Twins and Mariners both had strong weekends, so I think the Yankees, massive payroll and everything, have the most one run or fewer offensive performances in baseball this season.


  216. Pat D says:

    Jeez, the Rangers just lost their composure. This better not carry over to Game 5.

  217. ArchStanton says:

    Nice of Tex to let the boys pad their record-setting RISP failure numbers here.

  218. RetroRob says:

    In order to dig out of the grave, you must first be buried. I wonder if they’re there yet.

    • wow says:

      Add to that: 1) The night is darkest just before dawn, and 2) Pain is weakness leaving the body

    • Betty Lizard says:

      “In order to dig out of the grave, you must first be buried.”

      Ah, it is so.

      Now I have visions of David Carradine in the Yankees dugout, telling them to walk the rice paper.

  219. Mike Nitabach says:


  220. Kramerica Industries says:

    Holy shit!!

    Toronto looks like they will beat Tampa Bay!!!

    I guess the Yankees prefer keeping a pristine record of ineptitude intact, with their RISP shit-show.

  221. wow says:

    At least the game is over #silverlining

  222. Bartolo's Colon says:

    crap, we are in last place (tied at least)

  223. cuponoodles says:

    Anyone else excited to see Gardner come back and spark this offense a bit?*


  224. RI$P FTW says:

    It WOULD be kind of cool to see the bloated pigs (Yankees, Sox, Angels, Phillies) all fall on their faces this year.
    I wish Texas would, too, but doesn’t look likely at this point.

  225. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    Anyone know when the last time the Yanks were in last or tied for last this late into the season?

  226. ClayDavis says:

    Girardi is beginning to sound completely lost and clueless during these press conferences

    • eephus_pitch says:

      All the guy can do is fill out the lineup card.
      The players get the big bucks to produce, and they ain’t getting it done.

  227. Manny's BanWagon says:

    If this isn’t rock bottom, I hate to see how much lower they can go. I’ve been watching Monday night raw for the last hour. That’s how unwatchable the Yankees have become.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      You wrote this at 10:43? I was well into an episode of “Sherlock” by 8:30, THEN tuned into Raw, although Cena is pretty painful in his own right.

  228. where is KAte Hudson when you need her????

  229. Robinson Tilapia says:

    There is nothing to say.

    I think I can sum up the way we feel after this loss and a Banuelos elbow DL stint with this: (SFW)

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