Game 57: Subway Series


(REUTERS/Gary Cameron)

I’m not sure how often this has happened or even if it has ever happened before, but the Yankees open the 2012 edition of the Subway Series with fewer wins than the Mets. They come into tonight’s game with a 31-25 record while the Amazin’s are 32-26. Of course, winning percentage (.554 vs. .552) and run differential (+29 vs. -8) still favor the Bombers. Johan Santana is coming off his 134-pitch no-hitter and has had a full week to recuperate, plus he’s thrown back-to-back complete game shutouts. Let’s hope his scoreless streak ends soon. Here’s the lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
1B Mark Teixeira
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
RF Nick Swisher
DH Andruw Jones
LF Raul Ibanezagainst the lefty? whyyy
Russell Martin

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

Tonight’s game starts a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on both My9 and SNY locally as well as MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Joba Chamberlain Update: Joba (elbow, ankle) threw 25 pitches off a full mound in the batting cage down in Tampa this afternoon. He’s also resumed running full sprints in the outfield. “Is that even a question?” he replied when asked if he’ll pitch this season. Just remarkable.

David Aardsma Update: Aardsma (elbow) threw 40 pitches in his third live batting practice session today and he could throw a simulated game as soon as early next week. Reinforcements … they are coming.


  1. Erica says:

    No but really…Joba isn’t human. Great news though!

  2. Cuso says:

    They want bats in the lineup I guess. The limb is mine: Ibanez will get one hit off the lefty.

  3. Cuso says:

    D-Rob, Joba AND Aardsma?!

    Head is spinning.

  4. Pat D says:

    I guess Ibanez as opposed to Nix/Wise or having Chavez, another lefty, play.

    Oh, and because Ibanez is .348/.380/.500 with 2 HR’s in 46 AB’s vs Johan.

  5. Voice of Reason says:

    Why would Ibanez play LF rather than Jones?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Four innings in the field in the team’s last 19 games. I wonder if the knee is barking again.

      • Greg says:

        The numbers back it up. Ibanez has hit very well in his career against Santana.

        .348 with 2 homers and 10 rbis

        • Mike Axisa says:

          The vast majority of those plate appearances came a long, long time ago. When Ibanez was with the Royals and Santana was on the Twins. Hard to consider them meaningful in 2012.

        • Tom says:

          I think the question was why DH Jones and LF Ibanez as opposed to it being reversed…. as opposed to why is Ibanez playing.

          • Voice of Reason says:

            Yeah. I don’t see any problem with Ibanez starting against Santana (is Jayson Nix really a substantially better option? Santana’s platoon split is pretty mild historically), it just seems obvious that as long as both players are in the lineup, Jones should be playing the field provided he’s not injured or anything.

            Gardner better not fuck up his elbow again.

    • vicki says:

      and ibanez has looked better out there lately. then again, how could he look worse?

  6. can't think of a name says:

    Hey, is it alright if I ask a fantasy question here?

  7. Pat D says:

    Just some quick movies notes for everyone.

    Prometheus is pretty good, definitely worth seeing.

    If you’re looking to depress the shit out of yourself, however, go rent a movie called We Need to Talk About Kevin.

  8. Christopher says:

    This is going to be fun.

  9. jjyank says:

    First Yankee game in the new D.C. apartment. Kill them all, Yanks.

  10. Mike Axisa says:

    Strasburg in Fenway tonight. Thank goodness for MLB.tv.

  11. Kevin G. says:

    At this point the next bullpen-injury news I expect to see is Rivera’s ACL magically healing and Feliciano not being totally useless.

  12. Christopher says:

    i vote we give Hiroki some solid run support.

  13. Christopher says:

    jetes is up there hacking.

  14. Christopher says:

    Santana is aggressive.

  15. Need Pitching says:

    hooray for swinging at ball 4 and then taking strike 3 down the middle

  16. Greg says:

    That what happens when a pitcher has a great changeup. You get frozen on a fastball in the zone

    • Need Pitching says:

      not at all
      change fools with speed, not location

      • Greg says:

        It makes no difference in this case. If the fastball was dead center, Tex would have taken it. That’s what the great changeup dows

        • Need Pitching says:

          no it doesn’t. If he though it was a changeup, it would still be down the middle
          A great changeup messes up a hitters timing, not whether or not they swing at a pitch down the middle

          • Need Pitching says:


          • Greg says:

            Okay, but the location of the pitch makes no difference in this case. Tex was expecting a changeup and Santan threw a fastball. Before Tex could react, it went for Strike 3

            • Need Pitching says:

              he didn’t react at all. Even if he though it was a changeup, he would have swung. He just would have swung late.

            • Tom says:

              Hence the guessing part- With 2 strikes you have to expect a fastball and adjust… he clearly was looking for a change with 2 strikes.

  17. Tom says:

    3-1 change in the dirt…. swing, 3-2 fastball down the middle… take

    I thought Arod was on deck? Looked like Tex was guessing big time there.

    • Greg says:

      As I said, that’s what happens when a pitcher has a great changeup.

      And the pitch to Jeter wasn’t in the dirt.

  18. Cuso says:

    Andre 3000 feels like a viking

  19. Cuso says:

    Hairstons love YS3

  20. Mike Axisa says:

    Strasburg is ridiculous.

    • can't think of a name says:

      What’s he doing?

    • Christopher says:

      I wonder if surgery these days can actually impove an arm?

      • jjyank says:

        TJS can in some cases.

        • Tom says:

          There have been some studies on this – it really doesn’t improve the arm, but some pitcher prior to TJ can be working at a reduced level (as opposed to the arm just going out on one pitch like Strasburg), so it seems like they are better than before.

          There was a good story (I think maybe Sports Illustrated?) a while back about young pitchers who were healthy actually trying to get TJ surgery in hopes they would gain on their fastball. A couple of doctors who were interviewed on this said this is not a real effect for a pitcher with a healthy elbow.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          It’s not the surgery itself, it’s the rehab that actually helps.

  21. Christopher says:

    And . . . . Cano!

  22. Cuso says:


  23. Need Pitching says:

    No no-no for you Johan!

  24. Greg says:


  25. Havok9120 says:


    No need for RISP.

  26. Mike Axisa says:

    Welcome back to the AL, Johan.

  27. Hummingbird S. says:

    that swing is beautiful

  28. jjyank says:

    God damn it, MLB.TV, your lag made RAB spoil that for me. I should only refresh in certain situations. Gotta learn to adapt.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Yeah, I’ve learned the refresh rules with my poor-quality streams.

      • jjyank says:

        My stream is HD quality, the premium service, and the game itself doesn’t lag like the connection is bad. It just plays like 5-10 seconds behind the TV service apparently.

        • Havok9120 says:

          Oh, I’m not saying quality as in picture-quality. I just mean the delay.

          • jjyank says:

            Yeah. I had MLB.TV when I was an undergrad, but that was over two years ago now, forgot about the delay. I’ll get used to it. Guess I could just only refresh right after a better or in between innings.

            • jjyank says:

              Also, I didn’t comment on RAB back then, so I knew there was a delay, but never had to worry much about spoiling it besides the occasional text from a friend watching a delay-less game.

  29. flamingo says:

    Robbie the best.

  30. Greg says:

    Hey Ibanez got a hit!

  31. Cuso says:

    True to form, Raul.

  32. jjyank says:

    Voldemort scoffs at lefty splits.

  33. Christopher says:


  34. Mike Axisa says:

    Martin’s been en fuego lately.

  35. Who is this guy, and what has he done with Russel Martin? and can Russel Martin never come back?

  36. Cuso says:

    Johan is looking for a pitcher to get in the garter’s box about now.

  37. Greg says:

    win win for us here whatever happens

  38. Mike Axisa says:

    You can always count on Jeter to snuff out a rally these days. Sheesh.

  39. Christopher says:

    That was anticlimactic, to put it politely.

  40. Hummingbird S. says:

    they could be putting together great ABs but as soon as the runner gets in scoring position they forget how to hit like a big leaguer.. amazing.

  41. Derek’s been ice cold lately. Like .245/.302/.286 in his last 107 ABs cold.

  42. Christopher says:

    The soccer people are excited.

  43. CS Yankee says:

    Holy crap..I typically record the YES (Kay & Co) thru Direct TV, when at work and FF thru the breaks to get caught up around the 6th or so. YES was blackout when trying to set on the iPhone, so I grabbed the feed by MLB and the SNY reminds me of baseball in the 80′s with real shitty quality and monotone voices and hair.

    Gotta get caught up and switch to the Costas feed ASAP…I’ll be back.

    • vicki says:

      mets have one of the best booths in baseball.

      • Havok9120 says:

        It really isn’t bad at all.

      • CS Yankee says:

        After listening to them for the first 4 innings…good content but not interesting voices/excitement. Video quality is really bad…really, really bad.

        • vicki says:

          you don’t enjoy ron darling’s james woods-like lispy thing?

          mex is the best (i love when they catch him sleeping during the early games), and when they get kiner in there for an inning or two they really click.

  44. Greg says:

    By the way Philly is kicking the crap out of Baltimore. Up 7-0 in the second inning

  45. jjyank says:

    Huroki looking good so far.

  46. Cuso says:

    Is Kuroda attempting to take a dump on Mets history?

  47. Greg says:

    Grandy has struck out 5 times in a row or clost to in a row

  48. wow says:

    dang Grandy’s just looking awful…

  49. Christopher says:

    i switched over to the Mets broadcast – holy crap – leaves the Yankee booth in the dust in terms of quality, focus and game notes.

  50. Mike Axisa says:

    Don’t be so mean Robbie.

  51. Need Pitching says:


    (too many HR’s)

  52. Christopher says:

    A-rod/Cano, a lethal combo tonight.

  53. Hummingbird S. says:

    just keep getting on base Alex… Cano will take care of you!

  54. Tom says:

    Dammit Robbie… stop swinging at the first pitch!

  55. jjyank says:

    I love you Robbie.

  56. Greg says:


  57. Hummingbird S. says:

    they got him now!

  58. Christopher says:

    Bang bang!

  59. Garbage time?

    GARBAGE TIME!!!!!!

  60. Tom says:

    Bob Costas:

    “If it’s fair…”

    Really Bob?

    • Haha, that’s honestly one of my favorite calls. “If it’s fair,” on a ball that’s clearly fair. To me it means there isn’t even a chance that it’s not long gone.

      • Tom says:

        Sadly this wasn’t one of those Sportscenter guys doing it to be funny, I think he was being serious.

        But yeah I love that call….especially on a no doubter to straight away centerfield.

  61. Cuso says:

    Was that 2 swings on 2 pitches?! I think it was.

  62. Need Pitching says:

    Johan’s still in line for a no-hitter with RISP, though.

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

    I am looking very smart for not starting Johan in fantasy tonight.

  64. CP says:

    Everyone gets worked up about back to back home runs, but the second home run is just a solo shot. Sure it’s exciting, but it’s about the worst way you can hit multiple home runs.

  65. vicki says:

    so, robbie, if your dad’s busy allstar weekend, maybe take johan?

  66. jjyank says:


  67. ESPN says:

    Those are all routine flyouts in Citi Field! YS is a little league park!

  68. Hummingbird S. says:

    HOT DAMN!!

  69. Christopher says:


  70. Greg says:


  71. Need Pitching says:

    Holy HRs!!!!

  72. bahahahhahahahahaha

    TO MANY HOMERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Johan’s so gonna pull a Chase Wright here.

  74. Leg-End says:


  75. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:


  76. jjyank says:

    Jesus. Welcome back to the AL Johan.

  77. Havok9120 says:

    This is me, loving it.

  78. Christopher says:

    Hernandez on SNY just said as Swish went down the dugout with his arms raised, ‘Well, the Yankees like celebrating.’ Yes, Keith, they do.

  79. Athenian says:

    If your at the game, YOU SUCK. Because I can’t be at the game. But it is only Santana pitching…Bwaaaahhhhhhh

  80. Pat D says:

    So I come into work late and because there’s no basketball, they have the game on. I have to start pulling up my systems, so as far as I know it was 2-0. Then I see Jones rounding the bases and the score 6-0, and check the PBP.

    I am disappoint.

  81. Mike Axisa says:

    I don’t even know what the question is but the 2014 Super Bowl should win.

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

    How many times does a pitcher have the chance to tie both Johnny Vandermer AND Chase Wright in the same start? What’s the record for most HRs allowed in one start?

  83. Havok9120 says:

    Whew. I thought Raul was gonna have to jump for that.

    I was genuinely terrified.

  84. flamingo says:

    Man, I check my email and the Yankees score four runs? Bye, guys. Off to check my email again.

  85. Hummingbird S. says:

    Jeter cant be any slower on the field.

  86. Tom says:

    Jeter breaking up the perfect game opportunity… no hitter still intact

  87. Christopher says:

    Flying bats!

  88. Havok9120 says:

    That was DAMN impressive by ARod.

    That’s redemption there.

  89. Lol at Dubrant giving the lead right back to Washington in Boston.

  90. Greg says:

    Jeter didn’t look tired on that swing. Just a normal slump

  91. Kramerica Industries says:

    SNY trivia question has to be Yogi Berra, no?

    Played for the Yankees until 1963, managed a year, then played 1965 with the Mets.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Those who watch SNY more often than I do – how long do they take to answer the trivia questions?

      It’s been an inning now. These fuckers are starting to annoy me.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Marvelous Marv.

      Oh well.

  92. Mike Axisa says:

    I hope someone else saw that changeup Strasburg threw to strikeout Pedroia.

  93. Even with his recent slump, Derek still OPSing 1.150 against lefties this season.

  94. Athenian says:

    That was ridiculous. Unfair.

  95. Greg says:

    Starting to get veeeeeerrrrrrry interesting

  96. so…guess what Sterling’s talking about lol

  97. jjyank says:


  98. Tom says:

    Kuroda looking sharp… moving the ball in and out, good movement on the fastball and good command of his offspeed stuff.

    Maybe he’s starting to settle in? (not that he has pitched that poorly – just a couple of bad starts)

  99. dkidd says:

    joey votto is insanely good

    sober josh hamilton good

    • Tom says:

      “Sober Josh Hamilton good”

      I probably shouldn’t have laughed so hard at that, but that is pretty damn hilarious.

  100. Havok9120 says:

    Boo. I thought that would get down.

  101. Mike Axisa says:

    Bryce Harper just murdered a baseball.

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

    Damn, Bryce Harper.

  103. Stratman9652 says:

    Watching the TWC raw feed with no commercials. They were showing a guy getting helped out of the seating area and into a wheelchair with blood running down his face during the break. Did someone lose a bat into the stands or foul one off into the guys face before the break? I just got in so I didn’t see what had happened.

  104. Félix Doubront getting lit up by The Nationals.

  105. CS Yankee says:

    Somebody call the DEA, because Kuroda is dealing.

  106. dkidd says:

    nunez and phelps for bryce harper

    get it done, cashman!

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

    Gardner gets there.

  108. :( I don’t care what anybody says, In my mind if Brett Gardner makes that play. I don’t want to hear logic otherwise, my mind is made up.

  109. Need Pitching says:

    Bah, Gardy might’ve saved that

  110. Mike Axisa says:

    Inconsistent Kuroda allows a hit after five hitless innings.

  111. jjyank says:

    Well it was fun while it lasted.

  112. sangreal says:

    Missing Gardner right now

  113. Mike Axisa says:

    I’m kinda glad the Mets got a hit because I’m kinda tired and didn’t want to spend my night writing about a no-hitter.

  114. Tom says:

    I like that Kuroda went after him there on a 3-2 count on the double.

    He might have gotten him to chase something offspeed, but up 6 runs, no sense possibly walking him. If it was the 8th or 9th (or a close game)… I could see him trying to get him to chase.

  115. Greg says:

    Mercy Strike

  116. Lord Voldemort blows it even further open right here. Calling it.

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

    Coney the best.

  118. Hummingbird S. says:

    3 walks to load the bases.. it’s pretty much a lock that Jeter will swing at the first pitch and GIDP

  119. Greg says:

    10-1 Jeter swings at the first pitch

  120. Athenian says:

    Jeter breaks the bases loaded failure right here

  121. Hummingbird S. says:

    this is beyond ridiculous.. at least we are winning.

  122. Kramerica Industries says:

    That might’ve been the most shocking GIDP w/RISP I have ever seen.

    /Texting language for the victory

    //And sarcasm

    • Tom says:

      You forgot to misuse “literally”… (you know when people think the word literally means “I really want to emphasize my point”)

  123. Greg says:

    Expected. Hard thrower gets on the hands and gets a ground ball

  124. Widget says:

    Even in a game they are kicking butt, they still find a way to fail with the bases loaded. I miss April/May Jeter.

  125. Mike Axisa says:

    Strasburg is at 10 K through 4.2 IP.

  126. Greg says:

    Starsburg tonight: 5 IP 2H 2R 1BB 10K on 86 pitches

  127. Need Pitching says:

    bizarre pop out
    hope Kuroda is OK

  128. Greg says:

    I’ve never seen that before!

  129. Damnit HIROCK!!!!!! you better be ok!

  130. Karl Krawfid says:

    Now that was cool.

  131. Havok9120 says:

    That ball got some lift off Kuroda’s foot.

  132. Tom says:

    So unless I’m mistaken over the last 7 games, the shortest outing by a Yankee starter has been 6.2IP.

    Good timing with Roberston on the mend.

    (I’ll try this not as a random reply this time)

  133. Greg says:

    Gonna have a big bruise there soon, but he was able to walk off on his own power

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

    Hopefully they’re just taking him out because it’s 6-0.

  135. Havok9120 says:

    O noes!

    Runner on third.

    Bring forth the Doom Song.

  136. Havok9120 says:

    Well. I’ll take it.

  137. Greg says:

    Harper is killing the Red Sox tonight. 3-4 with 3 RBI

  138. vicki says:

    gotta give kay credit, making the moneyball points.

  139. Tom says:

    Philly up 5 over the O’s, The “Natinals” up 5 over Boston, Atlanta up 1-0 over Toronto in the 5th… just need Mia to run things around against TB (down 3-1) to turn this into a truly great night.

  140. Havok9120 says:


    RISP hit.

  141. Karl Krawfid says:

    Hits with risp. That’s all we want.

  142. jjyank says:

    RISP HITS??!! Though it was garbage time…

  143. Havok9120 says:

    Holy crap!

  144. Greg says:

    That’s 3 hits in a row with RISP

  145. jjyank says:


  146. Mike Axisa says:

    13 K for Strasburg. Most by a visitor at Fenway since Moose’s near perfecto.

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

    Haha Youkilis is such a D-bag.

  148. swishers fauxhawk says:


  149. Greg says:


    Bases loaded, 1 out for the Sox against Strasburg. He K’s Salty and Youkilis.

    6 IP 4H 2R 2BB 13K

  150. Greg says:

    Ultimate revenge. Igarashi pitching against the Mets

  151. Tom says:

    Damn, Miami has had all sorts of runners against TB but can’t push them across.

    Hellickson went 4.1innings with 5 hits and 7 walks…. and allowed 1ER!

  152. Kevin G. says:

    Is this Poll question a joke?

  153. Mike Nitabach says:

    What the fuck happened to Kuroda???? I just got home from a goddamn french restaurant and missed the whole game. Nice score, though!!!!!!!

  154. Greg says:

    Left foot contusion for Kuroda. X-Rays negative

  155. Need Pitching says:

    love these 9-0, ninth inning walks

  156. Mike Nitabach says:

    What inning did we eject Mr. No-No?

  157. Havok9120 says:


  158. Karl Krawfid says:

    I. Am. Mad.

  159. Stratman9652 says:

    Who got sent down for Igarashi?

  160. Mike Nitabach says:


  161. Christopher says:

    For a Friday night Subway Series that was been a pretty mellow game. Good one, Yanks.

  162. Mike Nitabach says:

    WOW! Just two hits the whole game for Mets! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

  163. Havok9120 says:


    Mark me happy. Good game.

  164. In Mason We Trust says:

    Igarshi is gone when Garcia comes back…

  165. your mom says:

    Almost a one hit shutout. . . . . . . stupid Igarashi.

  166. Leg-End says:

    So was Strasburg as ridiculous as his 13 k’s through 6 looks? Man I hope that guy stays healthy because its gonna be fun watching him.

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