Jun
11

Game 60: No DH

By

(AP)

The Yankees have already played six interleague games this season, but all six have come at home in Yankee Stadium. Now they’re going out on the road to Atlanta, which means no designated hitter. That means pitchers hitting making outs and sacrifice bunting and double switches and all sorts of horrible stuff. I hate it. Here’s the lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
LF Raul Ibanez
RF Nick Swisher
C Russell Martin
RHP Ivan Nova0-for-4 with four strikeouts and one sac bunt in his career

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and thankfully the forecast has cleared up. Things weren’t looking too hot a few hours ago. The game will be broadcast on YES. Enjoy.

Andy Pettitte & Hiroki Kuroda Updates: Pettitte (hand) and Kuroda (foot) are fine and on track to make their next starts. The former barely has a bruise on his hand after barehanding a one-hopper yesterday and the latter came through yesterday’s bullpen session fine after taking a comebacker to the foot.

Brett Gardner Update: Gardner (elbow) visited Dr. Andrews today and will visit Dr. Kremcheck on Thursday. The Yankees haven’t received the results from Andrews yet, though I wouldn’t expect them to announce anything until he gets the second opinion later this week.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Betty Lizard

    Looks like a good (pretty even) match up. NOT FAIR!!!!!!! I prefer our inter league opponents to be more submissive.

  • mustang

    Going down to Atlanta for Wednesday’s game then to Washington for Friday’s.

    Hate to watch pitchers hit, but I love interleague games they allow me my once a year “Men Baseball Trip”.

    Still I’m getting a lot shit from Miss Mustang and the little Mustangs, but sooo worth come Wednesday.

    • mustang

      worth it.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Give the little lady a Spa Day, she’ll get over it.

      • mustang

        Already scheduling it.

        Rule 1 to surviving a marriage Strategic planning

      • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

        What is this word, spa? I feel like you’re starting to a say a word and you’re not finishing it. Spaghetti? Are you taking me to a spaghetti day?

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand
  • dkidd

    careful on the base paths, ivan

    • Gonzo

      It’s funny, I want them to get a hit, but then I don’t want them on the basepaths.

      • jjyank

        Then he’ll hit a homer!! Nice, slow jogs for everyone!

        • Joe

          Or…. Ghost runners? That way they can keep pitching…

          • jjyank

            That’s how I used to play backyard baseball as a kid. It works!

        • Gonzo

          Best case scenario! CC is going to hit one this week.

  • Gonzo

    Pitchers not named CC hitting makes me nervous.

  • Christopher

    I’m with you on Faded and worn National League rules. They seem to guarantee boring ball.

  • jjyank

    But all my National League fan friends assure me that their way is soooo much more strategic and wonderful and how the DH is ruining baseball!

    Pssshh. Yes, an automatic out every turn through the line up is just so awesome.

  • Joe

    Quick poll: What ends first? Hughes’ obligatory homer/start, Soriano’s obligatory men on base, Yanks obligatory homer/win?

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

      Techincally he(MFIKY) got a 1-2-3 inning the other night, he came in with men on base.

      • Joe

        Yeah, but he didn’t start the inning so it doesn’t count.. I want a 3 up 3 down ninth..

    • jjyank

      Soriano, then Yankees, then Hughes.

      Thought the last two are complete toss ups :P I don’t have a problem with the Yankees homer/win thing though. They have a lot of guys who can hit homers, and isn’t that the best possible outcome for any plate appearance? I hate that meme.

  • Will

    I hate interleague.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Chen Meng Wang

    Careful running out their Ivan.

    • jjyank

      Clever use of the old handle!

  • Pat D

    I dreamed a dream the other night.

    And in this dream, our children were safe and secure. They were like this because they needed not grow up in a world where baseball games were played without a designated hitter.

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

      One day.

      • Pat D

        This might be the only good thing about George W. Bush possibly becoming baseball commissioner. Which is something I’ve considered inevitable for a while, but Bud keeps hanging on.

        Anyway, Bush would come in and, being a simpleton who used to own an AL team, he’d be like, “Why don’t both leagues start using the DH? Heh heh heh.” Then everyone would get in line because they’d be afraid to go against the former resident.

        Or is that too optimistic?

        • jjyank

          Oh man I had the perfect image/video in my head of Bush saying those words. Pretty dead on.

          Bud won’t be around forever, thankfully.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Great minds…

    • LiterallyFigurative

      I beleive the children are our future.

      /Randy Watson From Coming To America’d

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Someday, I will rule the world and, on that day, allowing the pitcher to bat will be considered a crime against humanity.

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

    Over/under hits for pitchers not named CC: 7

    • jjyank

      Under is the safe bet.

    • Joe

      All games..?? Prob under… Although there will be a homer, which will be the obligatory homer to win that game (called it)…

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Under easily. I bet Yankees pitchers total no more than two hits in the nine interleague games.

    • Joe

      Well.. There you have it.. The Obligatory Homer (TM)..

  • Greg

    If Delgado’s getting that call…

    • Tom

      A bit off topic but the guys on MLBNetwork mentioned something I could not believe:

      Adrian Gonzalez has 103 AB’s since his last walk. He then got to a 3-0 count…. and struck out.

      I’m Surprised he isn’t catching more grief given his contract (though I guess Crawford probably shields him from this some)

      • Tom

        oops….

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Hooray for two-out runs.

  • Greg

    1-1!

  • Pat D

    OMG! RISP non-fail!

  • LiterallyFigurative

    RISP-binson Cano!!!!!

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

    Nice, RISPWIN in the first inning!!

  • jjyank

    Looking forward to the next series….I’ve mentioned this before, but if anyone wants to come to DC…I have an extra ticket to Friday’s game. Just throwing that out there.

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

      I wish I could come down, but this shop isn’t going to run itself, and the owner is just kind of making it up as he goes along.

      • jjyank

        Lame.

    • Zooboy

      I’m in. Where shall we meet?

  • Greg

    Meanwhile Bryce Harper is continuing his tour of destruction in the AL East. He has an RBI single in the top of the first against Toronto

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Him and Trout are looking like a modern day Mays and Mantle.

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

        Hopefully one/both make their way into Pinstripes before they’re over 31/32

  • Pat D

    This naturally reminds me of the two very different trade packages the Braves gave up/got for Teixeira.

    I wonder if any one player was ever traded like that in such a short time span (meaning what the Blue Jays traded to the Yankees for Fred McGriff is not comparable to what they got from the Padres for McGriff).

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

    Wow, since when is Micheal Bourn an offensive threat? He’s hitting over .300?!?!

    • Greg

      Since this year. He’s having his breakout year.

    • jjyank

      I could be wrong (good possibility), but isn’t Bourn kinda like their Brett Gardner? Maybe he’s better, but I always considered them cut from the same cloth.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Very similar players. Bourn’s quite a bit more aggressive on the bases, plus I think he hits LHP better.

  • jjyank

    I was just about to say “Man, Chipper Jones is still playing!” And then I realized that Braves fans probably say that about Jeter.

    • Pat D

      Yea, but Chipper debuted first.

      • jjyank

        Yeah, true. Dude’s been around forever, and all with the Braves. Pretty rare.

        • Pat D

          Yea, Jeter and Chipper are so comparable in that respect. They’re both future HOF’ers with great career numbers. Jeter’s got the hits, Chipper’s got the HR’s.

          Chipper’s got the MVP, but Jeter’s got the rings.

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

            and Jeter’s been robbed of at least 2 MVPs in his career.

            • Pat D

              You could make a strong case for him in 1999, 2006 and 2009.

              1999 was such a weird vote. Pedro probably deserved it. 2006 was really the year, I thought. Mauer might have deserved it more that year, though. 2009 is tough because Mauer did have an unreal year. Problem was too many people voted for Teix.

          • jjyank

            Yup. I think it’s cool when players spend a HOF career with one team. Not just Yankees, but it means so much to a franchise to have a guy like that. Guys like Chipper and Jeter will be with their respective organizations (in some capacity) forever, and you just don’t see that very often these days. But it’s cool when it does happen.

            • Paul VuvuZuvella

              “Guys like Chipper and Jeter will be with their respective organizations (in some capacity) forever, and you just don’t see that very often these days.”
              Not sure if you will still see guys “with their respective organizations in some capacity” going forward…even lifers like Jeter and Chipper. It’s about the money. The old timer lifers didn’t make enough as players and had to be coaches to pay the bills. I don’t see a guy like Bernie as a Yankee coach in 10 years, but had he been a ’60′s era player, very possible.

              • jjyank

                I’m not sure what you’re going for here.

                I wasn’t talking about Jeter or Chipper being coaches, but spending their player career there. It’s rare, but as long as those types of players play for organizations willing to spend the money to retain them, it will still happen. And that’s cool. I like it when guys wear one uniform. Not sure where you got all this 60′s era coaching stuff.

                • Paul VuvuZuvella

                  You said “forever”, I thought you ment working for the team forever and I was just making a point about the difference in economics for players. Never mind.

                  • jjyank

                    I meant like maybe they’ll be spring training guest instructors or something. Just that they were tied to that one organization forever. And that’s cool. Not an impossibility, but rare.

  • Pat D

    Yay for Bourn/Prado DP’s.

  • Greg

    I’m already upset at the ump. Delgado got that inside pitch and Nova did not

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

    I love it when Sterling says something like “The ball just doesn’t carry here” then the player at the plate launches one to the wall.

  • Pat D

    OK, that don’t drink sugary drink commercial freaked me out much more than those anti-smoking commercials.

    • jjyank

      Sometimes I am glad that MLB.TV doesn’t show commercials.

      • Pat D

        It’s something I need to consider, and I am trying to cut down on soda as much as I can, but I know I’m at risk for diabetes because of my weight and that my dad has one form of it. So they showed a picture of a foot afflicted with it, and it was quite disgusting. My feet are already ugly enough due to all the ingrown toenail procedures I’ve had in my life.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    The answer to the text poll is Smoltz

    • Pat D

      I’m holding Smoltz’s announcing career against him. I’m holding Maddux not signing with the Yankees in 1992/93 against him.

      Therefore, I vote Glavine.

      • LiterallyFigurative

        LMAO. Totally reasonable.

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

        From your answer I’m guessing the best/most vaulable pitcher from The Braves’ “big three?”

        • jjyank

          Seriously though, is that the best 1-2-3 rotation in history? It has to be, at least modern history.

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

            Idk, Halladay, Lee, Hammels is pretty good too. I mean The Braves have longivity, but on pure talent for one 7 game series it’s a toss up between the two.

            • jjyank

              I guess I was going towards longevity. I’m not ready to consider Lee and Hamels of the Smotlz/Glavine caliber, career wise. Though yes, that rotation is nasty as well.

        • Pat D

          Text poll as to who you’d most like to have.

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

            Maddux, no question.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

            Maddux and I’ll give you the other two. He was out of this world good, historically great.

            • Pat D

              I would take Maddux, but I just wanted to have my joke.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          What about me?

          Love,
          Pete Smith

          • Pat D

            Remember when everyone thought I might be the second coming??

            Sincerely,
            Steve Avery

            • Paul VuvuZuvella

              Real Life Nuke LaLoosh was what they were calling him in Durham (that’s pronounced Durm, by the way.)

    • jjyank

      I go with Maddux because of this awesome article about him I read. When he was with the Padres, in a bullpen session, they had the catcher stick his glove out and close his eyes. And the catcher caught the ball.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Maddux, Smoltz, Glavine and I also believe the margin separating Maddux from Smoltz should be larger than the margin separating Smoltz from Glavine…

    • Pinstripes In Cali

      are you serious? Maddux is one of the best pitchers of all time. 1st ballot HoF. 355 wins. You don’t get better than Greg Maddux. Smoltz may have had nastier stuff, but stuff doesn’t make you a legendary pitcher.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    C ya

  • Greg

    KNEEL BEFORE THE COUNT!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Raool.

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

    Hahaha…the ball doesn’t carry hear.

    Lord Voldemort gives zero shits.

  • Greg

    Hanging curve

  • LiterallyFigurative

    It’s a bandbox! Pop fly!

    /MetsRadio’d

    • Pat D

      All these Mets fans calling Francesa and whining about that today. He had the same reply to all of them: So the Mets didn’t have a chance to hit one out like that?

      Finally one Mets fan called in and told his fellow Mets fans to suck it up, stop their whining, and just worry about beating the Yankees in their own travesty…uh, ballpark.

      • LiterallyFigurative

        Mets fans not whining? How will they communicate?

  • Pat D

    So much for a potential win without a HR.

    One day……some day.

  • jjyank

    VOLDEMORT….GOES YARDEMORT!!

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

    Take 3 pitches. Don’t move the bat.

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

      God damnit IVAN. IF YOU GET HURT I’M GOING TO FUCKING KILL YOU!!!!!!!

  • Greg

    I did not know Nova was that tall

    • jjyank

      Most pitchers are taller, more so than most position players.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    SUPERNOVA!!!!!

    Now I’m scared.

  • Pinstripes In Cali

    Nice Nova!

  • Greg

    There’s 1

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Best not take second ever.

    • BK2ATL

      +1. I thought the exact same thing.

  • Need Pitching

    NPoH

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Please just jog, Ivan! Get tagged off of 1st. No running

  • BK2ATL

    Nova smokes a hit to right-center!!!! So funny.

  • jjyank

    Dear Nova,

    BE CAREFUL!

    Love,

    Wang

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

    Our pitcher gets a hit…and our future HOF shortstop strikes out. Gotta love baseball.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      YCPB, Susan.

    • jjyank

      Suzyn, I’ve told you before…

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Dear Mike,

    Can you declare a moratorium NOW on mentions of Chien Ming-Wang during interleague play at NL parks? Please?

    Thank you.

    Your fan,
    RT

    • LiterallyFigurative

      It’s all I think about when I see a Yankee pitcher on base.

    • Tom

      I agree… at the very least folks should update things to an Alexi Ogando reference who pulled a groin beating out a bunt single the other day.

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

        why in gods name was he trying to beat out a bunt. That’s completely on him. If I remember correctly Wang was trying to score on a ball in the gap from second.

        • jjyank

          Yep, Wang busted his foot rounding third from what I remember. Trying to beat out a bunt is dumb, take the sacrifice. Pitchers don’t bunt for hits.

        • Tom

          It was even worse than it sounds… it was 1st and 2nd (so obviously bunting made sense), but the opposing team botched the play and didn’t even make the throw to 1st base – he could have jogged to 1st and made it.

          • jjyank

            Wow. That just sucks.

  • Pinstripes In Cali

    Amazing that with how good the Braves were during Jones’ career, they have only one World Championship. Bummer to have a different dynasty co-occur with yours.

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

      They had a few chances before 96, just cause they didn’t take advantage it’s not our fault lol.

    • jjyank

      Yep. Though it was pretty cool to have a consistent World Series rival year after year.

    • Pat D

      The thing with those ’90s Braves teams is that, for the most part, they ran into teams that were better than them.

      In ’91, I’d say they were about even with the Twins. In ’92, they weren’t as good as the Blue Jays. In ’93, they fucked up by losing to an inferior Phillies team. Who knows how ’94 would have played out, but they didn’t appear to be better than the Expos. In ’96, you could probably make the case that they should have beaten the Yankees. In ’97 and ’98, they probably lost to inferior teams in the Marlins and Padres, respectively. In ’99, they were not better than the Yankees.

      • Pat D

        Now that I’ve re-read what I wrote, I realize I made a more compelling case that, yes, the Braves did underachieve horribly.

        Losing in the playoffs to inferior teams is much worse than losing in the World Series.

        • Pinstripes In Cali

          Indeed. See Yankees, 2011.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      It’s a shorter duration but I say the same thing about the late 80′s Mets. The fact that they only got one ring is a joke (that I’m still laughing at…hahahahahah…can’t control myself.)

      • Erica

        Seriously. A Mets fan friend of mine went to yesterday’s game, took a picture of A-Rod and captioned it, “steroids.”

        So bitter, so so bitter.

  • Erica

    A few minutes late but:

    1) Really overly giddy that Nova got a solid base hit.
    2) Booing A-Rod is so, so over
    3) Armchair GM Dad keeps babbling about Jeter’s slump
    4) But – RAUUUUUUULLLLLL

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

      Your comment about your dad reminded me, my dad called Kuroda ‘the homerun machine’ a couple days ago I just laughed and told him to go look at Kuroda’s last few starts.

      • jjyank

        Heh. Luckily I’ve turned my dad on to advanced stats. There was a while where he just believed everything he read in the newspaper, but he’s gotten much better.

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

          My dad came home for lunch today and was watching Francesa on yes. I walked down stairs and just shook my head…

        • Erica

          Was your dad a former NYPost junkie? Mine is. It’s terrible.

          • jjyank

            We live in Jersey, so it was the Star Leger. But yes, he was a newspaper junkie. He’s not at the point where he’ll read RAB, but he will now apply his own thoughts when interpreting newspaper articles.

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

            Nope, Daily News. Marginally better, but not too much so.

            • Paul VuvuZuvella

              This whole Shitmydadsays portion of the thread is cracking me up….probably because I’m way closer to your dad’s ages than yours.

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

                Please tell me you aren’t using IE. My dad still is even though I showed him Google Chrome, Firefox, and RockMelt multiple times.

                • jjyank

                  Chrome is the shiznit. Even got my dad to use Chrome (and buy a Mac!)

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

                    Meh, I’m a firm believer that Macs for the most part are overrated, unless you’re using it for picture/video/musical editing, you can easily find a comparable PC at a third of the price.

                    • jjyank

                      Macs aren’t that expensive. I was a PC user my whole life until about 2 and a half years ago, and never looked back. Far superior in every single way except gaming. And I’m an xbox guy, so I don’t care about computer gaming.

                • Paul VuvuZuvella

                  I have IE, Chrome and Firefox and use all 3….Smart Ass. :)

                  • jjyank

                    You don’t need all three.

                    • Paul VuvuZuvella

                      Sorry for delayed response, my PC is moving very slowly.

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

                    Why do you use IE…it’s the biggest waste of space. I want to delete it from my family’s PC, but I’m afraid they will think the internet’s broken.

                    • Paul VuvuZuvella

                      Frankly … habit.

                    • jjyank

                      IE, and even Firefox, are very top-heavy programs. You’re slowing up your PC by having 3 browsers on it.

      • Erica

        Hahahahaha. Literally the last words I’d ever use to describe Hiroki. Maybe CC? (KID, I KID.)

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

          Hughes would’ve been a better choice for the joke =P

    • jjyank

      Sounds about right. Though I still think your dad is Athenian. No offense.

      • Erica

        Wait, what?

        • jjyank

          Irrational hate for certainly players / armchair GMing seems to be Athenians game. Just an observation, not intended to offend you or your father :P

          • Erica

            Psh, I’ll be the first to say something offensive about that ol’ man, haha.

            (I forgot for a split second that Athenian is a poster here, hence the confusion. Oops!!)

            • jjyank

              Heh yeah, Athenian the poster. I’m not racist against Greeks!

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

    If Chipper is on the bag alex is long out.

  • Greg

    Chipper dragged the tag. If he didn’t do that, ARod was out

  • Tom

    Nice thing about only 4 games is MLB Tonight shows a ton of plays from all the games….

    Nice baserunning by ARod (and Cano to take the extra base behind him)

  • Greg

    Well, weve already scored a two out run today…

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

      There’s only one out…

      • Greg

        I was talking about crossing off the difficulties of offense

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

          Oh ok, I get what you’re saying :)

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

        Now there’s two…damnit Voldy.

  • Mike N

    Looking good so far!

  • Greg

    Pitching coach told hi, to throw changeups. Yankees hate that

  • Erica

    At least Swish won’t be bunting. Heh.

  • Greg

    Well that worked

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

    haha, well I mean…I still guess better lucky than good.

    • Pinstripes In Cali

      We’ve been doing a lot of that lately. All those runs scored off errors against the Rays…

    • StanfordBen

      That wasn’t all luck. It was a nice at bat by Swisher.

  • Erica

    Mmmm love me some wild pitches.

  • Mike N

    WOO!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Nice at-bat by Swish.

  • Greg

    We could see a pinch hitter next inning.

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

      No way, Nova’s looked too good, and I don’t trust Freddy/Phelps for a few innings with a 3 run lead. If it was six or seven maybe.

      • Greg

        I meant for the Braves

  • Erica

    Argh.

  • Greg

    Be happy they got a run out of it

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Bases loaded wackness.

    When will it end?

  • Athenian

    Thankfully there was the wild pitch. The bases loaded suck machine is in full force again.

    Wonder if by August the Yankees will not be afraid of RISP or bases loaded?

    • Mike N

      They’ll be fine.

      • jjyank

        Yep. I’m a believer of the Law of Averages.

    • Need Pitching

      hitting .320 in their last 25 AB’s with RISP
      so maybe that’s starting to correct itself

      as for bases loaded ….

  • Tom Q

    If the Yankees could advance to mediocrity with the bases loaded, they’d have the best record in baseball.

    • Joe

      Guys, you have to remember, the commissioner actually put this added clause in the new CBA so that there would be more parity* in the league: The New York Yankees will be fined with a 3% luxury tax increase for every .100 AVG w/ bases loaded, and 2% for every .100 AVG w/ RISP. Yankees are just practicing austerity here. Baseball Economics for ya…

  • mt

    Maybe it’s me but I notice that Yanks swing a lot on 1-0 pitches when bases loaded. I know everyone wants to be aggressive but the approach with bases loaded is not working as well given recent results – wish they would put more pressure on the pitcher.

    Make sure pitcher can throw a strike at least.

    Thank God for the wild pitch.

  • Erica

    WHOAAAAAAAAAA

  • Greg

    OH!

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

    Good job all around. Now if hitters could stop launching balls directly back at our pitchers…that’d be great.

    • Erica

      Literally the theme going.

  • Cy Pettitte

    that double play was so awesome.

  • Cy Pettitte

    that double play was so awesome.

  • jjyank

    They Braves are winless on Mondays? 0-8. Talk about your random stats, but let’s hope this continues.

  • Pat D

    Yankees got lucky.

  • your mom

    Why throw the pitcher offspeed shit, just give him the heater.

  • jjyank

    Ugh, I’m not enjoying the MLB.TV 2-minutes-behind-the-actual-TV-feed thing. Makes commenting more annoying, since I knew the DP happened before it did.

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

    you all have to look at the top gif on my tumblr right now. I have no idea why, but I laughed at it for a good thirty seconds.

    • Need Pitching

      workin’ the speed bag

  • Hall and Nokes

    I think that’s Bourn’s first out since May 16. Nice job.

  • Pat D

    Too easy, Jim Leyritz.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Wrong!

      • Pat D

        No I’m not.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      My current brain fog had me thinking Leyritz wasn’t on the ’99 team.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Trivia is way too easy.

  • Andy

    Jim Leyritz

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Bernie?

  • Greg

    Its Leyritz. He hit one in game 4 of the ’99 Series

  • Kramerica Industries

    National League people are funny like that.

    I mean, their idea of real “baseball” is to have black holes in the lineup, just because of…strategy!!

    I actually like the idea of NL ball more, but only if pitchers had any idea how to hit. Other than that, it’s a bunch of bullshit baseball that I can’t support.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      You can make the argument that there is more strategy involved in the AL. Many times in the NL the decisions are make for you. Gotta pinch-hit in this spot so taking the pitcher out is automatic. In the AL you have to figure out exactly when the pitcher is done.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        Head explodes.

      • jjyank

        Agreed. I think the strategy is about equal in both leagues, just happens in different spots.

    • Mike N

      Both pitchers in this game have hits. I think they made a deal before the game to go easy on each other.

  • Pinstripes In Cali

    Wow, are these clowns serious? Grits are god’s gift to fried eggs and bacon.

    • jjyank

      Meh. Give me heavily toasted home fries. Way better IMO.

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

        this.

    • Pat D

      Grits are too southern for me.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Oatmeal guy.

  • Pat D

    Kay has tried grits? With all of his other food oddities, and he’s actually tried grits????

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

      He wont eat condiments but he’ll eat refried lard?

  • your mom

    CGrand needs to hit a HR to keep this 1 run per inning going.

  • your mom

    87 pitches for Delgado. I guess he won’t make it past the 6th as usual.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Those fuckers changed the question! It said the only Yankee to hit homers against the Yankees in ’96 and ’99. I assumed it was Andruw.

    • Pat D

      That wouldn’t be right, either, though. Andruw Jones didn’t hit a HR against the Yankees in the ’99 Series.

  • flamingo

    How’s Nova doing with getting ground balls so far?

  • Tom

    Ehh.. not a great inning but Grandy and Arod at least worked deep counts (even Nova saw 5 pitches).

    Delgado’s at 87 pitches through 4 innings…. they need to work him over some more next inning and get into the bullpen early.

  • jjyank

    I don’t want him to do it against the Yankees, but McCan is my fantasy catcher. He needs to hit better!

  • Erica

    SWISHER OH MY GOD OH MY GOD

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    HOLY SHIT

  • Greg

    SWISHER!

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

    SWISHAROO!!!!

  • Mike N

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SWISH!

  • Need Pitching

    Swish!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!

  • Pat D

    Holy Swisher!

  • Cy Pettitte

    OH MY GOD! Swish!

  • dontchaknow

    OMFG

  • LiterallyFigurative

    SWISH GRIFFEY!

  • Erica

    Track. Wall. Jaw. FLOOR.

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

      Very well put, laughed out loud at this.

    • Need Pitching

      well put

    • flamingo

      Ha, this.

    • Alkaline

      +1. That was my exact reaction watching while cooking dinner.

  • DERP

    Someone fill this noob in please.

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

      Alex Doubled in the first, Cano Doubled him in
      Ibanez went yard in the second
      Alex scored from third on a wild pitch with the bases loaded
      Nova’s looked good but seems to have had a runner on base every inning, also Swish robbed Mcan from a homer.

      • DERP

        Thanks. The last part was all I needed, but I appreciate the summary.

    • Hall and Nokes

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball

      Also, Swish good at catching it. Nova lucky at pitching it.

  • Mike N

    Nova better buy Swisher’s drinks tonight.

  • jjyank

    Garbage time catch?

    • Erica

      Affirmative.

  • Arya

    That looked like it might have come down in front of the wall, still impressive though.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    I just dropped Freeman from my team for Allen Craig. He better not get a hit

    • Kramerica Industries

      Allen Craig was still on waivers in your league? I picked him up a bit before he went on the DL again. He should’ve been long gone.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        Yeah he was.

        Hosmer is a free agent too. I’m debating dropping Craig to pick him up.

        • jjyank

          I want to play in your league! My waiver options suck, my friends in the league are freakin’ ruthless.

          • Kramerica Industries

            There is one person in my league who is 8-1. The only other team that is any good is, surprisingly, 3-6, but now routinely putting up the highest scores each week.

            I’m 9-0. Too easy. I have an outfield stable of Trout, Cespedes, Swisher, Craig, Joyce, and Moreland, and that’s with Ellsbury, Gardner, and Markakis on the DL! I mean, that’s impossible to do in a league with smart people.

            • jjyank

              I wish I was in a league with dumb people. I mean, I’m in third place (overall) in a 12 team league, so that’s not bad at all. But Swisher, Feliz, and Street on the DL aren’t helping me. But like I said, my waiver options to replace those guys suck because my fellow league-mates jump on things so fast. The one gift I got was someone dropped Joyce, and I dropped Logan Morrison to pick him up.

              • jjyank

                Ehh by Swisher, I meant Gardner. My bad.

      • jjyank

        He was long gone in my league as well.

  • Pat D

    The D!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Yankees flashed great leather that inning.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Their D was as filthy as a giant ball of oil.

  • Need Pitching

    Nova getting by with a little help from his friends that inning

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Not sure if this has already been discussed. Thoughts?

    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/.....roadcasts/

    • jjyank

      Mildly annoying, but I don’t seem nearly as annoyed as Nader.

      Though I also don’t listen to the radio broadcast that often. I guess Mr. Riddle is better equipped to answer this.

    • Need Pitching

      I find the ads more tolerable than listening to John and Suzyn drone on

      • Mike N

        Sterling gave an excellent detailed analysis of vehicular traffic patterns in and around Atlanta during the lead-in to the first pitch. It was truly gripping.

        • Need Pitching

          ughh … I can only imagine

    • Mike N

      Nader is an attention-hungry idiot.

      • Pat D

        At this point in his life, I’d have to agree.

        As much as I generally agree with him.

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

        He is, but he’s also absolutely right. It seems like absolutely every single thing that could happen on a ball field has a sponsor.

        • Mike N

          Baseball’s always been a commercial enterprise, and I don’t see why fans should expect it to be otherwise just because they would prefer it that way.

    • Erica

      Honestly, I don’t find the ads offensive. Since there aren’t a whole lot of commercial breaks, the advertising has to find its way in some how. Using Nader’s argument, shouldn’t all baseball stadiums then rip down their advertising on the walls and around the scoreboard?

      • jjyank

        Good point. The TV broadcasts do it too. “Your Cold Hard Blast” and your “Coors Lite Freeze Cam” and your “(Whatever car company, I forget) Drive of the Game”. It’s not uncommon, so I just never really noticed it.

        • Erica

          Yup! Take a look around tomorrow. Advertising is literally everywhere. It’s on the side of your bus, it’s in the latest iPhone app – hell, the promotional items given out at Yankees games have some kind of company advertising their name on the item!

          • jjyank

            Landrover Drive of the Game, I think. But yeah, it’s everywhere. I can’t even play Angry Birds on my Metro commute without ads getting in my way. Welcome to the 21st century, Nader.

            • Erica

              Hahahah, seriously. NO I WILL NOT GET OFF YOUR LAWN, NADER.

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

        The wall adverts though blend in with the scenary and add colour. The adds during the game would absolutely disrupt the flow if it was anybody but Ma and Pa in the booth.

        • Erica

          Sometimes, at games, I find myself distracted and staring at Budweiser signs. This could be due to the fact that I can only dream about beer instead of paying $9 a pop.

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

            bahaha, hipflask my good lady, hipflask.

            • Erica

              Solid idea!

            • jjyank

              I do the same thing! Works out pretty well.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        I doubt Nader would take issue with stadium advertising since it doesn’t affect the flow of the game.

  • Dino Velvet

    If only Cano was gritty.

    • Mike N

      He’s the gritless wonder.

  • Countryclub

    Anyone know why Morrow (Toronto) got pulled after 1 batter tonight?

    • Greg

      Oblique Strain

  • Tom

    I’m surprised they are pitching to Martin here…

  • Greg

    If you think about it, Delgado could have done all this and only give 1-2 runs. The wild pitch cost him a run and Cano had a 2 out hit

    • Hall and Nokes

      I’m amazed Fredi Gonzalez left him in. This wouldn’t have happened except that Fredi bombed yesterday by pulling his starter for Leave On Hernandez too early.

  • In Mason We Trust

    Our old friend, John Sterling, continues to call Brian McCann, Brian McCannon. “And McCannon flies out to center field and we’ll be back here on the Yankees Radio Network, Driven by Jeep.”

    • eephus_pitch

      McCannon hits a ton of grounds-rule doubles.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    So long, Devils.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Good, I hate the fucking Diablos.

  • dkidd

    bryce harper now ops-ing over .900

    it must feel good to be a nationals fan

    • In Mason We Trust

      Must indeed. Pitching, pitching, pitching and Harper.

      • In Mason We Trust

        Most*

  • Erica

    Ohhhhh, the tomahawk.

  • Pat D

    Wow, these idiots still can’t do the Tomahawk Chop in unison?

    • Hall and Nokes

      The only thing worse than the Chop is the PA induced chop every time someone is on base.

  • Mike N

    I lost my concentration: why did Rothschild go to the mound?

    • Greg

      Give Nova the info about the pinch hitter

      • Mike N

        Tx.

        • Mike N

          Apparently, it was good info.

          • Joe

            He told him.. If you don’t get him out, you ain’t hitting again…

      • Hall and Nokes

        “He sucks.”

  • In Mason We Trust

    I remember during the end of Game 4 of the 1999 World Series, the fans at Yankee Stadium were doing the mock Tomahawk Chop.

  • Mike N

    Wow, that anti-soda commercial was pretty heavy-handed.

  • In Mason We Trust

    DON’T PULL YOUR OBLIQUE, NOVER!

  • flamingo

    A triple would be nice here, Jeter. Or a walk. Anything.

    • Greg

      How about that?

  • Kramerica Industries

    And another double play.

    Unreal.

    • Greg

      And they’re winning!

  • In Mason We Trust

    I’m getting sick of hearing that song in the Chevy commercial.

    • Will The Thrill

      No kidding. I hate how they’re trying to make Detroit seem wholesome and successful. It’s poverty stricken and no commercial you make can change that. The economy is not getting better as much as the government tries to pass that notion along. Also I doubt people sing that “hot dogs, baseball, apple pies and Chevrolet” song.

  • Will The Thrill

    Wow. Horrible at bat by A-Rod. I feel like not getting the big hit to put the Yankees over the top will come back to haunt them.

  • The Troll

    First 60 games . . . Has a team ever done worse with RISP over this span of time? As soon as they put a man on second you can nearly flawlessly predict the impending doom. This predicament is beyond old.

    • Need Pitching

      “Has a team ever done worse with RISP over this span of time?”

      Yes, Giants, Marlins, and Padres … and that’s just this year

      • The Troll

        Well, maybe I should’ve plugged in a conditional statement, something along the lines of having X number of ABs with RISP . . .

        • Mike N

          You need remedial trolling lessons.

          • The Troll

            Excuse me? GFY. Ugh, it’s people like you that make this thread unbearable. I was asking a legitimate question, but thanks for your glorious input, I’ve appreciated it immensely.

            • Mike N

              I was kidding, because–in case you didn’t notice–your handle is “The Troll”.

        • Need Pitching

          all 3 have more AB and PA with RISP than the Yankees this year

          • The Troll

            Damn, I would’ve figured that the Yankees lead the universe with RISP opportunities.

  • Mike N

    DOOM!

  • Mike N

    Miami’s beating Boston. lolz

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Speaking of easy wins is it against the law for the Yankees to play the Red Sox?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Don’t lolz yet, they still have to get through Heath Bell.

  • Crime Dog

    Was Soriano actually up or was he just “up” in the bullpen (i.e. walking around)?

    • Greg

      He was just up

    • forensic

      Looked to me like he might have been looking at a blister or fingernail issue and was throwing to let Girardi know if he’d be able to pitch later or not so he can plan.

      Hopefully I’m wrong and reading too much into it, but that’s what I saw from it.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        I thought the same thing, that he was testing himself for readiness later in the game.

  • Arya

    Nova has given us exactly what we needed tonight. Now if only the offense could put a couple more runs on the board. Then we have Phelps close it out and save the rest.

  • Tom Q

    Okay, so, not to downplay the annoyance over all these double-plays with men at third, but…

    …is it my imagination, or are an awful lot of them turned on balls up the middle, rather than the tailor-made right-to-the-shortstop sort?

    I realize the result is the same in either case, but the latter would be the sign of something worse, right? Some of those balls up the middle ought to eventually scoot through, if BABIP achieves any kind of balance?

  • Tom

    Time to tack on some runs and give the main arms in the pen the night off.

  • Mike N

    Wow! What a catch.

  • Need Pitching

    Damn

  • Pat D

    Playing the Superman theme after that?

    Hyperbole much?

    • jjyank

      SUPERMAN THAT HO

      *fist pumps*

  • Tom Q

    Great; like they need help lowering their RISP

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

    Even when they hit the ball solidly w/ RISP, they fail.

  • jjyank

    Damn you Bourn Identity.

  • Mike N

    BASES LOADED

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

    Haha, even Kay’s getting into the action about RISPfail.

    • jjyank

      What are you doing watching TV?? Get back to Ma and Pa Pinstripe!

    • eephus_pitch

      It’s actually pretty funny. Kay being bitchy is the only time he’s remotely entertaining.

  • Pat D

    I blame that on Kay.

  • Mike N

    hurl

  • Erica

    Oh man.

  • Need Pitching

    un-fucking-real

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

    On the bright side, Ivan can come out for the 7th now.

    • Need Pitching

      any kind of hit there, and they probably leave him in as well

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Clockwork.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Jesus Christ.

    This team has decided to be efficient with wasting RISP chances. Just hit into the DP and take the 0-1, instead of an 0-2.

    Unreal.

  • Havok9120

    Hello all. Home from work early.

    This seems to be going fairly well.

    • jjyank

      RISPFAIL still haunts, but otherwise, it’s been a good game. SuperNova.

      • Havok9120

        So I see.

        Oh well. At least no one can claim my being here is causing the RISPFail.

  • Tom Q

    This is Guinness Records level improbability

  • Rick

    Genius strategy by braves to load the bases they know the deal.

  • Greg

    And they’re still winning!

  • teddy

    pinch hit with a lefty bat, giradri should be fired

    • Greg

      I ARE STUPID

    • Tom

      For the catcher? Up 3 runs?

    • Need Pitching

      OK

    • jjyank

      Haha teddy bear. You’re so cute and funny.

  • 718 (Bronx)

    I don’t care what the win-loss record is the Yankees are pathetic! #RISPFAIL

    • Erica

      Sarcasm?

      • jjyank

        Sadly, I don’t think so, judging by other posts this guy has made.

        • Erica

          Damn. It totally resembled a mock-troll post.

          Resume trolling.

      • Havok9120

        Not a chance.

    • jjyank

      Mmmmkay, well I care what the win-loss record is, and they’re half a game out of first place in the toughest division in baseball, RISPFAIL and all. So yeah.

    • eephus_pitch

      Time to like the Mets.

      • eephus_pitch

        BTW, I was responding to 718, not saying that’s what I would do.

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

      YOU MUST WIN MY WAY OTHERWISE I NO HAPPY!!!!

  • Will The Thrill

    Fuck double plays for ever existing.

    • Mike N

      One right now would be good.

  • Arya

    Jesus. Even a little dribbler that only gets one out at 1st or 2nd would be nice right now. Deep fly ball. Who cares about getting a hit, just don’t hit into a DP!

  • Athenian

    It seems unfair to make the Yankees load the bases only to see them, fail again. This is seriously one of the most ridiculous laughable things in baseball. $200 million monster can’t even score a run.

    • Greg

      AND THEY ARE WINNING!

    • jjyank

      No, just 3.

      I get the RISPFAIL thing, but they are winning so that last sentence isn’t very accurate.

      • Athenian

        Technically it is not since the previous sentences referred to bases loaded. In non bases loaded situations you would be correct.

        • jjyank

          It seems a bit narrow to bitch about RISP when it’s boiled down to one specific situation.

    • Erica

      Ohhhhhhhh THAT’S Athenian.

      (Don’t worry, there’s a conspiracy going around that you are actually my father – the Armchair GM – going under the name of “Athenian.” So uh, hey pops.)

      • jjyank

        I obviously don’t know Papa Erica, but is this off the mark or no?

        • Erica

          It sounds eerily accurate…

      • Athenian

        Did you clean your room?

        • Erica

          Trololololo

        • jjyank

          …what? I’m not a troll, therefore I am a child? Yes, wonderful logic.

          They see me Trollin’…

          • Erica

            Heh.

            …They see me gratin’ (on your nerves)

            (I tried.)

            • Havok9120

              Yikes. You two….

              • jjyank

                Tryin’ to get me ridin’ Athens??

                Okay that was lame.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Whenever I heard that Tomahawk Chop in the late 90′s, I always substituted “Mo” for “Whoa” and it never failed me. You can thank me for ’96 and ’99.

  • Hummingbird S.

    good night people, how are they doing so far?

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

      Nova’s looked good, but lots more RISPfail, except in the first inning.

      • Hummingbird S.

        At least we are winning, right?

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

          Absolutely, and at the end of the day that’s all that’s important is the win. But if they hit badly (not awfully) with RISP this is a 6-0 game.

        • Havok9120

          That and Nova’s 55.6% GB rate should be greatly celebrated.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Feels like one of those games the Yankees will blow.

    • jjyank

      You shut your mouth when you’re talking to me!

    • Will The Thrill

      The Braves basically handed them like 3 or 4 opportunities to blow the game open but Yanks went out with a whimper. This hitting with RISP problem is starting to become a huge problem. And it’s a problem throughout the whole line up not just 2-3 guys.

      • Havok9120

        Its annoying, frustrating, and concerning….

        But saying “its becoming a huge problem” implies that its been costing us a lot of wins lately. It hasn’t.

        Now that I’ve said that, we’ll probably lose 4-3, but still.

  • Arya

    This is the pitch count where Nova started to struggle in his last start as well. It was the 9th inning vs the Rays. Hopefully he can get through this.

  • eephus_pitch

    I think the better question is “has there ever been a good offensive team that failed so miserably with the bases loaded?” Because this is a good offense. It’s not some crappy NL lineup. No one’s surprised when the Padres fail with RISP.

    • Mike N

      This is why I’m not worried, and interpret current RISPFAIL as nothing more than statistical noise.

      • jjyank

        That’s how I feel as well.

      • eephus_pitch

        It’s still pretty astonishing. Even if they were just regular bad with bases loaded, like .200/.250, they’d have scored a ton more runs. This has been a special kind of ineptitude.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      It will all regress to the mean in the second half and hopefully in September and October specifically.

  • Mike N

    Nice.

  • jjyank

    Haha when I say the “Ivan Nova” inscription on his glove during the meeting with Rothschild, at first glace I thought it read “Your Mom”. Maybe I’m just crazy.

    • jjyank

      *saw

  • Need Pitching

    Nice job, Ivan

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

    Let him start the 8th? Or pinch hit for him here?

    • jjyank

      Tough call. I’d lean pinch hit, he’s at 107 and is unlikely to get through the 8th unless it’s a real quick inning anyway.

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

        This is why I hate NL rules. If we pinch hit for him, and we score like two runs this inning we’re burning a reliever we wouldn’t need if there was a 9th hitter up, and let Ivan go batter to batter.

      • Tom

        Pinch hit – the value of a potential run (which is significantly reduce with a leadoff out) is better than trying to get a few more outs of Nova.

        He’d probably be pulled rather quickly given the score and his pitch count anyway.

        Had the Yankees been able to hit a damn flyball with a runner on 3rd in either of the last few innings, maybe you let him hit.

  • Kevin G.

    Wash that mouth out with soap mister

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    The scoreboard says it’s only 3-0, but it feels like the Yanks have absolutely dominated this game. Tip of the cap to Nova for another solid outing.

  • Greg

    As I said earlier, it could actually be worse. We could have only scored 1 run with all of the failure because one came from a wild pitch and the other came on a 2 out hit

  • Pat D

    Oh, geez, please score at least one off Durbin.

  • rconn23

    Really nice effort by Nova.

    Bell just walked Gonzalez to lead off the 9th in Miami. It was the first walk Gonzo has had since May 15. He has five home runs. Enjoy the next six years Sox fans!

    • jjyank

      Nothing makes me smile like Sox misfortune. You can add Crawford to that statement as well.

  • flamingo

    Wow, Nova’s been really great tonight.

  • Greg

    Calling it:

    Grandy hits a solo shot

    • Greg

      Oh well

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

    Wow, Uggla is really double ungood 2nd baseman. Defensively anyway.

    • Havok9120

      Doubleplus ungood.

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

        honestly, best book I’ve ever read and nothing compares. I’ve probably read it like six times and everytime I read it I can’t put it down once I start.

        • Havok9120

          It is very very good.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Atlanta Yankee fans > New York Yankee fans.

    Sad.

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

      Yeah, they are quite loud.

      • Mike N

        Sounds like the Atlanta fans and Yankee fans are egging each other on. This doesn’t happen at the Stadium.

        • jjyank

          Yeah, that certainly helps.

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

          that’s because to many NY yankee fans are like this: http://openclipart.org/people/Tavin/like_a_sir.svg

          • Mike N

            hahahahahah

          • Erica

            LOL’ed

        • BK2ATL

          Atlanta Braves fans truly suck. They are content just being included in the conversation. They really believe in moral victories in sports.

          I’ll never forget having to explain to some down here that winning the NL East every year, but having 1 WS championship to show for it, wasn’t anything to brag about. Meanwhile, our Yankees just went about winning WS titles, or else, season was a failure.

  • Mike N

    Nice “Let’s Go, Grandy!” chant.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Red Sox lose again.

    • Mike N

      love it!

    • jjyank

      Glorious day. If only my first day at the new job wasn’t tomorrow, I’d stay up late to read OTM. Ah well.

      • BK2ATL

        Salvage your brain cells. LOL!!!

        Trust me, there will be more epic meltdowns over there throughout this season.

        • jjyank

          Oh I know. OTM after Sox losses just makes for such great bed time reading :P

          • Havok9120

            I’ve bookmarked their Game Threads from Game 162 and the collapse against us in April.

    • Havok9120

      The NL East is trying to help us out tonight.

    • BK2ATL

      Things are right in the world.

  • BK2ATL

    Great job by Nova tonight!!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Hopefully Eppley can help navigate the bottom of the lineup.

    A 3-0 lead is nothing set in stone. And it would be a shame to waste another excellent game from Ivan Nova against a National League team.

    • Tom

      This is why the RISP fails are huge even when you are winning… this could easily be a 5-0 game with simple flyouts and Nova would be handing the ball to Phelps for 2 innings (or maybe Nova’s pitching the 8th)

  • Tut

    No Wade tonight?

    • jjyank

      He was warming, I’m willing to bet this is a matchup thing with a real short leash for Eppley.

      • Need Pitching

        exactly, and Soriano may be unavailable, so they may be saving Wade/Logan for the ninth

  • Kramerica Industries

    WTF Kay?

    The ball bounced foul immediately. That wasn’t some stupid guesswork by Fairchild.

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

    Epply got Simmons twice in that atbat.

  • flamingo

    Is Gameday right? Has Eppley thrown 7 sinkers in this at-bat?

  • mike_h

    former Yankee Eric Hinske coming to PH, we’ll always remember the 2009 World Series Eric

  • Greg

    Fredi Gonzalez out Girardi’s Girardi

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

    So much strategery.

    • Havok9120

      Girardi has not forgotten how to play NL baseball.

      • flamingo

        I’m laughing reeeeeally uncomfortably on this. Very true.

      • flamingo

        *at this

  • Need Pitching

    Clay stepping up his game lately

  • Mike N

    Nice job, Rapada.

  • Hummingbird S.

    That’s about as sharp as I’ve seem Rapada.. good stuff.

    • Mike N

      Yeah, he was really slinging it.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        Cashman and Girardi have a knack of getting something out of these relievers off the scrap heap.

        • jjyank

          Yep. Wade has been money for us, and now he’s a key late inning reliever. Love it.

  • jjyank

    *gives cookie*

    • Greg

      Bonus cookie for outwitting Fredi Gonzalez

  • Tom

    Eppley/Rapada locking down the 8th inning of a 3 run game?

    Not sure how sustainable that is, but I’ll take it. Looking forward to Robertson coming back.

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

    OH MY GOD, I googled ‘like a sir’ for my comment up there, and this was the third image in images. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard.

    http://i.imgur.com/YRODE.jpg

    • Havok9120

      That’s a shame.

    • Erica

      AAAAAAAHAHAAHAHAHAA sending this to the bf. I’m afraid to see what the other results from this Google search were.

    • jjyank

      +100000

      Hilarious.

    • Greg

      That’s great. But what is this “Like a sir”?

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

        ‘like a sir’ is the name for this meme http://weknowmemes.com/wp-cont.....e-face.png

        I believe it’s origins are from the rage comics, which started in 4chan about a year or so ago, I could be wrong though.

    • Mike N

      Is that an actual picture of an actual animal?

  • Pat D

    “(ARod) wrapped into a 4-4-3 double play.”

    I wish one of these guys would folk or country their way into a DP for once.

    • jjyank

      I laughed, but I don’t wish that. Rap your way all you want. Or better yet, reggae your way into a DP :P I bet it’s much more relaxing.

    • Erica

      I want to see a solid yodel.

  • Pat D

    “Cano’s been on base all 4 times, 2 for 3 and a walk.”

    O…M…G.

    • Need Pitching

      reached on an error

    • pistol pete

      I think he got on on an error which is an 0 for 1 so believe it or not even though the statement needs an explanation it could be correct.

      • Pat D

        Yea, he should have clarified that. I forgot.

        But that still doesn’t help his OBP.

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

      I can’t help but laugh.

  • pistol pete

    Who gets the ninth.

    • jjyank

      Wade/Logan combo is my bet.

    • Tom

      Garcia? (followed by 50 RAB posts of Fire Girardi)

  • pistol pete

    With Rivera, Soriano, and Robertson on the opening day roster who would have ever believed that Cory Wade is the closer.

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

    Is there something wrong with MFIKY? I mean he was lifted after blowing the save last night, and he’s worked two days in a row, but Joe said last night he’d use him tonight in a save situation…but here we are?

    • jjyank

      I’d like to think that Joe is considering the fact that it is a weak sauce save situation (3 run lead), hence he is trying to give Soriano some rest. But I’m probably wrong.

    • Pat D

      Guess we’ll have to wait for the postgame.

    • Havok9120

      He was throwing in the 6th and then sat down. Soooo…..something’s up.

      • jjyank

        I forgot about that. He’s still in the bullpen (meaning he hasn’t left for an MRI or Xray) so I hope/think he’s alright. But good point.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        He was probably just seeing how he felt. He threw a ton of pitches the last two days and looked like shit yesterday.

        • eephus_pitch

          He probably saw Sori throw a couple pitches in that Atlanta heat and spew 3 gallons of sweat. Thought better of using him.

    • forensic

      I’m sticking with my theory that he was testing out a blister/fingernail issue earlier to see if he could go, which obviously he couldn’t. It could also explain some of yesterday’s results.

      • Need Pitching

        makes sense … some kind of physical issue

        • forensic

          When they showed him in the bullpen he was playing with and looking at his throwing hand right after throwing a pitch. It’s gotta be it.

          • Need Pitching

            blister … good call

  • mike_h

    Wade, Logan combo to close

  • CUYanks

    There goes the save situation :(

  • Erica

    I swear to God, that Tomahawk Chop song will be the reason I trash my TV.

    • Mike N

      Srsly. I really hate that shit.

    • Cy Pettitte

      worst thing ever. while the wave is horrible, at least I don’t have to listen to it too.

      • Erica

        Untimely cheering = the wave. I want to slap all them folks who do the wave at YS. I don’t know why, but it’s just… just… stop it. Stop. Watch the game. Stop with your “whooooo” and your noodle arms.

        Baseball. It is happening in front of you.

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

        Yes.

    • RI$P FTW

      Why would you care?

  • Mike N

    So that means there is no save for anyone?

    • jjyank

      Yup.

    • CUYanks

      Well it depends on if a runner gets on base and then someone relieves him.

  • CUYanks

    If Girardi goes batter-by-batter and leaves us with Garcia or bust, I will not be particularly happy.

  • Havok9120

    This is greatly amusing.

  • Crime Dog

    Joe’s gone mad if he brings in Freddy here

    • CUYanks

      Phew. Dodged that one.

  • Kramerica Industries

    McCann must’ve done something to piss off the BABIP gods tonight.

  • Pat D

    Brian McCann with the “Fuck BABIP!” game.

  • Need Pitching

    If I was McCann, I would be smashing shit right now

  • RI$P FTW

    Did the Yanks get Soler or what?

    • CUYanks

      Cubs I heard

      • Robinson Tilapia

        He knows the answer. He posted in the Soler thread.

        Remember, the Yankees don’t owe him anything and he’d drop them at a moment’s notice. Yet here he is.

  • Erica

    Booooooooooooone!

  • Mike N

    YYYEEEESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Excellent game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Rock friggen solid W.

    This pitching staff has been fantastic for the past few weeks. And they needed them to be fantastic again tonight.

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

    Nice, good win.

  • RI$P FTW

    Soriano might be traded. Maybe that’s why he isn’t pitching.

    • Pat D

      Look at me! Look at me!!!!

      • RI$P FTW

        Why didn’t the closer close the game?

        • jjyank

          Because the closer has thrown a lot of pitches the last couple days and looked very off last night?

          1. Who takes on the salary?

          2. Why would the Yankees trade their “closer” after Mo’s injury and before D-Rob comes back?

          • RI$P FTW

            Because he’s a miserable person.
            He reads all these shitty comments about him here at RAB. You guys aren’t helping him.

            • jjyank

              Okay, that has to be sarcasm, right?

        • Need Pitching

          unavailable for some reason not related to a trade

    • jjyank

      Haha yeah okay.

      • RI$P FTW

        People laugh then they know they’re wrong. Go shit in your hat.

        • jjyank

          Or they laugh when they know the other person is saying ridiculous things? But yes, resort to telling me to “shit in a hat”. That works well for your reputation.

          • RI$P FTW

            Who cares about my reputation? This is a website about baseball.

            • jjyank

              And back to baseball, there is no way in hell Soriano is traded because of the two reasons I listed above.

    • pistol pete

      Where in the world did you hear that rumor.

      • RI$P FTW

        I never said I heard it. Reading comprehension is very low on this site. For shit’s sake.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          …but he’d drop the team at the drop of a hat.

          You’ve decided to transition from amusing to asshat, I see.

          • jjyank

            That happened awhile ago.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              This is where I’m glad I don’t own this site. I’d be banning IP addresses like a mofo.

  • Havok9120

    I actually really like this plan. Have Garcia warming in case Logan implodes, but let him close it L/R after Wade gets the first righty.

  • flamingo

    Logan’s been really great. Take that, Braves.

  • Need Pitching

    Who was it that was mocking somebody for saying the Yankees would be in first place by June 15?

    • Havok9120

      Nearly every troll and most of the ledge jumpers.

  • forensic

    Big ups to those relievers. Impressive two innings.

  • jjyank

    Boonetang.

    *gives mad cookies*

  • forensic

    Big ups to those relievers. Impressive two innings. Especially in a game that shouldn’t have been that close.

  • Havok9120

    Professor Longoose. Please step forward to collect your prize.

    • Greg

      Not yet. They have to be ALONE in first place.

      • flamingo

        I’ll take tied for first on June 15 any day of the week.

      • Need Pitching

        he said first place. The Yankees are currently in first place.

      • Havok9120

        Says who? Not him.

        You don’t get to add extraneous conditions to someone else’s call.

        • Greg

          Its my interpretation that to be in first, you are the only team that should be in that position. But that’s my interpretation.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            So “tied for first” only includes the word “first” for shits and giggles.

          • Need Pitching

            Who’s in first place now? Nobody?

            • Robinson Tilapia

              In Greg’s world, there is no first place. Only “last” and “second last.”

      • eephus_pitch

        I agree. To me, “first place” only counts if you’re alone in first. But it’s the second week in June, so it hardly matters.

  • pistol pete

    Nova’s 8 and 2 and 24 and 6 over the last year and a third, not bad. Imagine he actually had to win a spot out of spring training and had a lot of bloggers complaining about this kid earlier in the year. They’re not complaining now. I love him, he’s got intangibles, knows how to win and how to maueuver out of tough situations. He makes peanuts and is under control for years. Great scouting for whoever found him.

    • RI$P FTW

      An RAB guy wanted to send him to AAA. Don’t act like the mainstream media has it out for him.
      He stunk early in the year. Get ahold of yourself.

      • pistol pete

        If Hughes was 24 and 6 over the past year and a third the Yanks would want him in Cooperstown. What I’m trying to say is that even after all those wins he still has a very short leash and doesn’t deserve to have one. Yes he did pitch poorly earlier in the year but my point was why was it that his leash was so short. Remember Hughes was named the Yanks no 3 out of camp and Nova was still fighting for a spot following a 16 and 4 record. Oh by the way did you know that he is 11 and 0 in his last 14 road starts. I don’t know about you but I like wins, stats are important but give me a choice and I’ll take the wins.

    • eephus_pitch

      To be taken seriously, you need to speak another language besides “cliche.”

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Love me some good Yankee pitching. Love me some Ivan Nova. Love me this game.

  • RI$P FTW

    Everyone’s so worked up about losing Soler that they don’t see a great win tonight. Sad.

    • Greg

      Who?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Thank you, Greg.

  • forensic

    And yup, it is a blister for Soriano. That sucks.

    • Cesar “Stairs” Cabral

      *lurks*