Jun
12

Game 61: Trap

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The Yankees have won four in a row and seem poised for number five tonight, when ace CC Sabathia takes on arguably the least effective pitcher in baseball in Mike Minor. Opposing hitters have hit .283/.352/.521 with a league-leading 14 homers off the 24-year-old southpaw this season, who owns the highest ERA (6.57) and sixth highest FIP (5.52) among qualified pitchers this year. On paper, this one is in the bag. In reality, it’s a trap game. Here’s the starting nine…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
1B Mark Teixeira
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
RF Nick Swisher
LF Andruw Jonesgotta think he’ll get a pretty nice hand, no?
Chris Stewart
LHP CC Sabathia

Tonight’s game starts a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on My9 locally and MLB Network nationally. There’s a little bit of rain in the forecast but nothing that will force a postponement or anything. Enjoy.

Brett Gardner Update: Gardner (elbow) was a surprise visitor in the clubhouse today, cryptically saying “I believe I’m going to play (again this year) … hopefully relatively soon.” He wouldn’t reveal any details about yesterday’s visit to Dr. Andrews, though Joe Girardi did confirm that the injury is not ligament related. That means no Tommy John surgery. “I really, legitimately, thought I was there,” said the frustrated outfielder about his rehab.

Mariano Rivera Update: Rivera (knee) had surgery to repair his torn right ACL today and everything went well. The typical rehab schedule will have him ready for Spring Training.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Flip Stew and CC in the batting order FTW.

  • Tom Zig

    No. Andruw Jones will be booed. Baseball fans are irrational.

  • Greg

    As I eluded to the last time, I would like to see CC keep the hits total down tonight. It racks up the pitch count and puts more pressure on the big fellow.

    • Nark

      alluded*

      I hope CC hits a BOMB tonight, would be great to see

      • Greg

        I was going back and forth on that spelling

  • Pat D

    Here’s a good variation that I just stumbled upon.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNLuq0lW50k

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

      damnit, you beat me by two minutes. I was really surprised nobody else though to do this.

      • Pat D

        Well, you posted the succinct version. I never saw this compilation before and found it amusing.

        Not really sure why they thought the D-Day scene from Saving Private Ryan constituted a trap, but, whatever.

        • stephen hawking

          i wondered that as well

          still funny

        • can’t think of a name

          bad intel, could be considered a trap.

        • Havok9120

          The bombardment missed that sector of the beach, which is why the tank traps were completely intact, which led them having none of the planned armor support.

          Well, that and if you’ll remember the actual scene, the ramp drops and 95% of that LC’s complement dies immediately.

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

    cc on the base paths!

    is it a bad omen that CMW is pitching tonight?

    • jjyank

      Yes, but CC will hit a homer, so it’s all good.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      No offense, fellow RAB dad, but we need to put a friggin killfile on Wang mentions during interleague.

      • dkidd

        i can’t stop thinking about how many things that injury set in motion

  • jjyank

    Get ‘em Carsten!

  • jjyank

    Jeter <3 lefties.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Your mom’s a trap.

  • Greg

    RISP?!!!

    ITS A TRAP!

  • pat

    Just grind him down and get him out by the 5th. 1 runs or 10 just make it happen.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Gameday audio stuck on “buffering.” Argh. This is what I get for having an FM-only radio at work on my late nights.

  • Greg

    0-1 but wasn’t a bad at bat

    • Need Pitching

      he had about 3 fastballs right down the middle in that AB and all he could manage was a pop up
      that was a bad AB

      • Greg

        No the strike 2 fastball was inside, where pitchers go to get A-Rod.

        • Need Pitching

          Strike 1 fastball – right down the middle (probably taking all the way)
          Strike 2 fast ball – borderline strike (good take given the count)
          3-2 fastball – great pitch to hit,right down the middle (fouled off)
          3-2 fastball – great pitch to hit,right down the middle (popped up)

  • Greg

    And 0-2

  • stuart a

    arod’s slugging % is brett gardner like.

    look at arods stats they are HORRIBLE. HE IS A TOTAL JOKE………

    • Greg

      You want to give back the ’09 series? Fine by me

    • jjyank

      I don’t consider anyone with a .371 OBP a joke…He’s not performing like the A-Rod of old, to be sure, but stop overreacting.

    • pat

      What about the other two?

    • Need Pitching

      hmmmm … 124 wRC+
      so he’s been 24% better than league average offensively overall
      better than league average batting average and OBP

      absolutely horrible

  • Will The Thrill

    I remember when people were scared to pitch to A-Rod. Now they pitch around other people to get to him. Sad. Also this RISP fail is making me want to kill something…

  • stuart a

    GREG… So arod’s AB was not bad and that is because of what? he fouled out to first. the guy has 6 doubles and 9 or so homers. he is horrible… he is a slap hitter getting $25 mill per year.

    he is a jokje.

    • Greg

      Again, would you like to give up the 2009 World Series. Because if you didn’t want ARod there it goes?

    • jjyank

      He’s still one of the best hitting third basemen in the game, regardless of how much he is making. He’s not a joke.

      • The Troll

        David Wright?

        • jjyank

          I said “one of”, not “the best”. Naming one player doesn’t change my statement.

          • The Troll

            Someone’s crabby. Let’s change your name to Sandy Vagina, eh?

            • jjyank

              ? Yeah, I’m crabby because I pointed out that your counterpoint didn’t actually change the validity of my statement? Go troll elsewhere.

    • Greg

      He’s getting into trouble again.

    • Brian S.

      Actually he is making 30 million this year.

    • Need Pitching

      he’s making more than $25M
      if you’re going to rant, at least get your facts straight
      he’s clearly no longer elite
      he clearly not going to be worth the new contract (which was obvious the day he signed it)
      but he’s still a well above average player, hardly horrible

    • Chip

      Is it really his fault that his agent played the Yankee front office?

      • jjyank

        More like Hank played himself.

  • Tom

    So the batter bails out on a 1-1 slider and then CC comes back with a fastball down the middle on 1-2?

  • Will The Thrill

    Why would CC throw Bourn something in the strikezone when he has him 1-2?

    • Brian S.

      Because he’s not an ace.

      • jjyank

        - 1

        • Brian S.

          It’s a meme!

          • jjyank

            It’s a meme because of how many people actually think that, so it’s rather hard to tell sometimes. My apologies if it was a joke, and I restore the point back.

            • TomH

              It’s a belief. “Meme” are a meaningless term invented by some over-praised geneticists.

  • stuart a

    arod is not 1 of the best hitting 3b. the guy has 24 rbi’s and a slugging % of jerry hairston.

    that is the old Arod. Look at reality.

    Arod is horrible plain and simple, but hey they have him under a obscene deal for about 5 more years,,

    whipptydoo.. celebrate….

    • Greg

      In terms of American League third basemen, A-Rod’s having a great year

    • Brian S.

      A-Rod is actually the third best hitting 3B in the AL this year. RBI is a dumb, context dependent stat.

      • eephus_pitch

        The problem is that he’s being paid like he’s still the best player in baseball, not the third-best 3rd baseman.
        And yes, RBI is a dumb context-dependent stat. We all know that some players get a lot more opportunities to drive in runs, and have inflated RBI totals as a result. Unfortunately, Alex is getting the opportunities and not cashing them in. He’s certainly not the only guy on the team who’s failing in this regard.

        • jjyank

          Right, but the point that we’re combating here is that A-Rod is “absolutely horrible”, and that’s just not true.

          • eephus_pitch

            Not “absolutely horrible,” no. That’s ludicrous. But still a major disappointment. Oh, well. We’ll always have 2009. I wouldn’t trade that for the world.

  • Mr. Pink

    Wow. Mike is right, that ump’s twitch is fucking annoying! Umpires need to stop having quirks, different strikezones, and attitudes. #RobotUmps

  • pat

    That did not look like it was hit very hard.

  • teddy

    cc getting rocked by lefthanders again

  • Brian S.

    Put in Phelps

  • Will The Thrill

    Nova made this lineup look like a AAA team yesterday but I have a feeling CC will make them look like the 1998 Yankees today.

  • Dale Mohorcic

    The game is blacked out on MLB Network in Los Angeles. Yet the Red Sux-Marlins game is on MLB Alternate channel. I find this confounding. The blackout rules are annoying and counterproductive.

  • stuart a

    Arod is not above avg player. look at slugging % and rbi’s, they are laughable.

    and his agent taking advantage of the Yanks. BS. He took advantage of the dumb and fat Steinbrenner fool.

    Arod is a JOke so laugh along at his performance…

    He is barely league avg now…..

    • jjyank

      If by “barely league average”, you mean “24% better than league average”. I’m thinking that you are the joke. Also, this would be an easier discussion if you learned to use the reply button.

    • Pat D

      Dude, we fucking get it. This is also all you ever come on and talk about anymore.

      Talk about something else, like CC sucking it up royally right now.

    • Need Pitching

      24% above league average, not barely, and certainly not horrible
      (I do agree he, along with most of the Yankees, has been horrible with RISP and has a low RBI total)

    • OMG! Bagels!

      we get it. you don’t like him. give it a rest.

  • Zooboy

    Ace is wild.

  • stuart a

    Brian S.. I guess slugging % is a bad stat also??????

    Arod has a worse sluggin % then every yankee starter except 1….

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Do you know how the fucking reply button works? Jesus, kid, gtfo.

    • jjyank

      It’s a lot worse than wRC+, which has A-Rod solidly above average. Stop cherry picking stats to prove your point while ignoring others.

    • Brian S.

      Slugging percentage is a good stat but it’s not the only way to be productive. His wRC+ is 124. That’s third best among his AL peers. No, he’s not worth 30 million dollars but he’s still one of the better third basemen in baseball. Use the reply button.

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

        Nobody is worth 30 mil lol.

  • Greg

    Again, this is the problem that I have had with CC. He’s given up way too many hits

  • Need Pitching

    Awful CC, just fucking awful

  • dontchaknow

    fuck :(

  • Kramerica Industries

    Beautiful start, C.C.

    Just fucking beautiful.

  • eephus_pitch

    The trap’s been sprung.

  • Greg

    Game over for CC

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

      You said the exactly same thing on Sunday, how many more times are you going to embarrass yourself before you stop?

      • Greg

        I said for CC, not for the Yankees. That’s why I made that stipulation.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        Momentum.

  • Guest

    Well, thanks for nothing CC. Good work.

  • Arya

    CC is the weak link of the rotation right now. He needs to get his act together.

  • Tom

    The fail in this inning was the very first batter… had Bourne 1-2, after fooling him badly with a slider and for some reason grooved a fastball to a lefty hitter on a 1-2 count? (with his slider?)

  • TomH

    CC somewhat of a disappointment so far this year. Still no sign of any “June dominance.”

  • your mom

    Holy shit CC, what the fuck???

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    Real Ace™

  • The Troll

    Where’s Mike with the mandatory “Ace” statements? Every start, early struggles, 3-4 runs. Not exactly ace-like, really.

    • BigDavey88

      Where have you been this past week? oh thats right, the yankees were winning.

      your opinion on anything is worthless.

  • James A

    Where is the velocity for CC, he should be sitting more at 93-94 than 91-90, right?

  • Will The Thrill

    This is one of those games where I don’t think homers will save us and compensate for our RISP fail.

  • Brian S.

    Not an ace.

    • Greg

      No. He’s an ace that is disappointing this year. Like Jon Lester

  • JobaWockeeZ

    That awkward moment when CC is the one killing the winning streaks.

  • stuart a

    Arod has a 427 slugging %. that is horrible.. jeter is a singles hitter and he has a 426 slugging %.

    the Arod apologists are delusional.

    Again Arod is horrible….

    • jjyank

      Now this is just funny.

    • eephus_pitch

      He’s not horrible, he’s just not great anymore. I wish he was.

    • Brian S.

      No he’s not he’s just overpaid. His on base abilities lead to the fifth best wOBA among third basemen in baseball. That’s good.

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

        Brian, you, eephus_pitch, and everybody else has to learn Stuart’s logic. Alex used to hit 35-50 homers a year and drive in 120+ runs, but now that he’s older and no longer doing that he is automatically horrible. It doesn’t matter that he’s still producing well above league average, it doesn’t matter that he’s still at least average at third base, or that he’s been healthy all year. None of that comes into consideration. He’s not the greatest player in all of baseball anymore, therefore he’s terrible. There is no inbetween.

        • eephus_pitch

          He can be mighty frustrating to watch, but to call him horrible is just silly.

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

            I agree…that was all hyperbole.

    • Need Pitching

      since when is above average, as even you have acknowledged, horrible?
      his SLG is weak, SLG isn’t the only stat
      he’s still providing plenty of value in other ways.
      He’s no longer elite, but still well above average, and one of the better overall 3rd baseman in the league.

      Nobody’s apologizing for ARod, just making realistic, complete assessments without obsessing about 1 or 2 stats while ignoring everything else.

  • your mom

    What’s more frustrating? CC’s struggles early on or the team’s inability to hit with RISP?

  • OMG! Bagels!

    This “game over in the first 3 innings” comments are so ridiculous. How can anyone even think about freaking out like this so early in a 9 inning game. Trolls be gone.

    • Brian S.

      I hella want a bagel now because of your screen name. With cream cheese.

  • Karl Krawfid

    CC has been the worst pitcher on the Yankees for a little while now.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’s been a least an inning.

      • Greg

        No actually agree with his point. He’s been the worst starter that the Yankees have had during the last 2 weeks or so

  • Mike Francessa

    Cc bringing his d game again. Wonder if he is hurt. Or just fat.

    • eephus_pitch

      Go write a love letter to Bronson Arroyo.

      • Mike Francessa

        Now that guy can pitch.

        • eephus_pitch

          He knows how to win.

  • Brian S.

    Send CC to triple-A to work things out.

    • Greg

      And now you’ve jumped into the cavern of stupidity

      • The Troll

        Maybe, Greg, just maybe, he was being sarcastic . . . ?

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

    How is it three nil already?

    • Pat D

      It’s a trap.

  • Jon

    If cc’s season was a James Bond film it would be ” the ace with a 4 ERA”. Another ace-riffic start!!

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

      Oh good, you’re back. Missed you last month.

      • Jon

        http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....ace-season

        Even CC knows he has been inconsistent and not very ace like this season. Your the only one not holding him to any kind of standard for an Ace.

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

          This will never get seen, but I must say something about this. Referencing Wally Matthews in a serious argument about the Yankees is a lot like referencing Freud’s Oedipus Complex while discussing serious psychology, only you get laughed at harder for Wally Mathews.

          • Jon

            So because Mathews wrote it, it makes the quote from CC in the article where CC says hes inconsistant less valid? Got it, thanks for clearing that up for me!

  • 28 in 2012

    CC, the new AJ

  • DERP

    Mike Minor sucks, so I’m not really worried, but come on CC. Got to be better than that.

    • Greg

      As Minor strikes out Swisher on a 90 MPH Fastball

      • DERP

        Please don’t respond to my posts ever again. Thanks.

      • eephus_pitch

        The change-up makes a 90 mph fastball look like 96.

        • Greg

          That’s true

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

      our line up so far disagrees.

    • The Troll

      Wow, way to jinx the entire offense now!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Who invited Admiral Ackbar?

    • jjyank

      Probably the Yankees. They do play the Rebellion theme song before home games.

  • Mike Francessa

    Did anyone notice CC is not throwing the ball like last year. He is not coming over the top but more 3/4 arm.

    • Will The Thrill

      He needs to gain that weight he lost. Last year he lost weight in the offseason too and I threw him off early in the season as well. Some guys are just meant to be big…

      • jjyank

        Someone get that man some Captain Crunch!

  • Brian S.

    I blame Chris Stewarts game calling.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Then what is a personal catcher Kay?

    • Crime Dog

      I think Kay was using some sarcasm

  • Will The Thrill

    A-rod has been horrible. He hits a homerun once every week or so enough to keep the media and fans off his back for a couple of days but overall the production hasn’t been there.

    • Greg

      No the reason nobody is talking about A Rod is because the team is winning. Same with the RISP woes

      • eephus_pitch

        Everybody is talking about A-Rod. Like, every day.

      • Will The Thrill

        Yankees are playing with fire. They have to address these problems somehow or it will come back to bite them when the pennant races heat up and maybe even the playoffs…

        • jjyank

          How do you address A-Rod or RISP hitting? Those are the kind of things they just need to ride out. Maybe trade for an outfielder if Gardner is gone for awhile, but I’m not sure what the Yankees can actually do about those things. A-Rod isn’t going anywhere.

          • Will The Thrill

            How about move Cano and Arod out of the 3-4 spots and replace them with Granderson and Ibanez. Anything!

            • jjyank

              Agreed about A-Rod, but Cano will be fine. Most of the problem is just something that needs to correct itself.

    • Need Pitching

      What production are you expecting.
      He’s getting older.
      He’s no longer elite.
      Yet he’s still been the third best hitter on the Yankees and one of the top hitting third baseman in the league as a still well above average hitter despite the relative lack of power.
      I think some people are just being realistic in their expectations for an aging slugger.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Cleared Stewy, CC can lead off next inning.

    • eephus_pitch

      It’s better that way.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    CC Sabathia: with wood, he’s good.

    • Pat D

      Yea, I’m highly offended by this. I didn’t need to know his personal bedroom habits as part of the scouting report.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    In case you guys weren’t in on the stipulation, nobody is allowed to mash until CC hits tonight.

    Don’t worry. We’re all good.

  • Mike Francessa

    26 pitches Cc is hurt.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    This would never happen to Justin Verlan….oh wait….

  • Tony

    How did that get through?

  • Mike Francessa

    Get phelps up

  • Greg

    More hits. Is it possible that CC has been too wild in the zone this year? A lot of stirkeouts but a lot of hits and home runs?

    • Need Pitching

      he’s definitely had command issues

  • Tom

    Wow, that was a weak bunting effort by Minor there.

    • TCMiller30

      seriously.. there is nothing worse than NL baseball.

      What’s fun about watching pitchers hit? Even the best hitting pitchers are still the worst offensive players on their teams.. They need to just adopt the DH. It’s stupid.

  • jon

    At least he can strike out the pitcher

  • Karl Krawfid

    Great Cano and Tex get hurt on the same play.

  • Mike Francessa

    He spiked him

  • stuart a

    arod has been the 3rd best hitter on the yanks(totally debateable) because there offense has been horrible..

    grandy, jeter, and cano off the top of my head have been better then arod and Ibanez has also in many less ab’s

    arod has 15 extra base hits for the season…THINK ABOUT THAT…. he has been a punch and judy joke….

    the apologists with the fancy stats, slugging % is no longer a accurate stat for the sabermetricians ….

    • Greg

      ANSWER MY QUESTION

      WOULD YOU GIVE BACK THE 2009 WORLD SERIES?

    • Brian S.

      Slugging percentage is an incomplete stat. Noone on the team gets on base at a higher clip than A-Rod. Getting on base is kind of important boobie.

    • jjyank

      “the apologists with the fancy stats, slugging % is no longer a accurate stat for the sabermetricians ….”

      Hahahahaha really dude? Nobody is saying slugging % doesn’t matter, but when that is the like the only stat you cite, while dismissing all other stats as “fancy”, that’s just insanely laughably stupid.

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

      You are no better than Micheal Kay trying to convince everybody that wins are important, just because you don’t understand the stat or it renders you’re argument/opinion wrong doesn’t mean the stat should be ignored. There are more important stats in baseball than Slugging%. Is it important? Yes, of course it is. Is it the end all be all of whether or not a player is productive, hell no.

    • Need Pitching

      not ignoring SLG
      looking at the total package
      hitters can provide offense without hitting for power, but apparently that is well beyond your comprehension ability

      As for being third best because the offense has been horrible?
      The offense has definitely underachieved so far, yet they are still the 5th best scoring offense in the league (and third best wOBA)

      Again: above average =/= horrible

  • Greg

    Oh wonderful. Hope he’s fine

  • DERP

    Just as well

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Dirty Curacaoan bastard

  • Brian S.

    Someone should get beaned for that spiking.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      don’t think they can afford that right now, cc needs to work on getting out, he’s having trouble doing that today

    • Mike Francessa

      I can see a face tag coming up in this game

  • Mike Francessa

    Hey cervelli is here

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    francisco cervelli, ladies and gentleman

  • Need Pitching

    Defensive specialist, Chris Stewart

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

    That’s our glove first catcher everybody.

  • jon

    when did the braves bring up ty cobb?

  • Kevin

    Flipping around on gameday. Frustrating to keep seeing our RISP problems. The Rays and Braves got RISP and did something with it,we keep popping up or grounding into DP’s. I don’t get it.

  • Tony

    Nice work Stewart. He hasn’t been as good as advertised defensively this year

  • Athenian

    B squad tonight?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Now we hit. CC lead off bomb.

  • stuart a

    look at the stats on espn for this game.

    arod has the 2nd worse slugging % of the whole yankee lineup, the only guy lower is Chris Stewart.

    But hey Arod is the 3rd best 3b in the AL offensively.. Give me a break….

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I bet you worship Jeter’s altar everyday but I don’t see your bitching when his slugging is low too.

    • eephus_pitch

      What do you propose? Play Chavez every day?

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

      Ok, let’s pretend for a moment that you are right and Alex is done. So much so he retires. Who do you want to replace him at third base? Who is sooo much better that you can’t help but belabor how terrible Alex is, because there has to be somebody you’re judging him against that show how horrid he’s been.

    • Need Pitching

      your right
      SLG is the only stat that matters.
      No other stat in the existence of baseball has any relevance at all.
      Walks and singles are completely worthless in baseball and have no value at all.
      SLG is the only thing that matters.
      Below average SLG means a hitter is horrible, completely regardless of anything else that hitter does.

    • jjyank

      Please try looking at more than one stat. A-Rod is still a good player, top 5 third baseman. That’s not be saying that for fun, that’s the statistics that you continue to ignore saying that.

  • dkidd

    bryce harper is good

    • DERP

      It’s too bad they rushed him.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Yeah his .940 OPS is killing the team.

        • DERP

          That’s what they get for rushing him. They are ruining his development.

  • Karl Krawfid

    This guy is getting a big strike zone man.

  • Brian S.

    An ace would have got a hit right there.

  • Mike Francessa

    Dey har booing jee tar

  • eephus_pitch

    Minor looking like Sandy Koufax so far.
    WTF

    • Greg

      Why don you think this is called a trap game?

    • Kevin

      He’s getting Koufax’s strike zone..that’s why.

      • eephus_pitch

        And CC’s getting nothing.

        • RI$P FTW

          It’s always someone else’s fault. Amazing.

  • The Troll

    Well, looks like it’s a blame Mike for jinxing it sort of night . . . Thanks Mike. Thanks a whole f**king lot!

  • TomH

    I thought this guy had an ERA of 6+! I hope this isn’t going to be another of those nights where they make a nonentity look like Bob Feller.

    • Tom

      It’s not easy catching up to 88-91mph fastballs in hitter counts.

  • Brian S.

    Now Teixeira, that is someone that is worth complaining about. He sucks.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Since every year they need a starter what’s the max you would give for a trade for Hamels?

    I’d go as high as Williams, ManBan and filler for him.

    • jjyank

      I don’t know what I would give up, but I doubt that package gets him. Really, I want no part in giving up the farm for Hamels, only to have to sign him to a market rate contract a few months later.

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

      I’d wait out the season and sign him for just money. Our starting staff has been great since the beginning of may except for that Angels series.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        I fell for that trap 2 years ago when AJ was good (surprising, yes) Vazquez was good (VERY surprising) and when Hughes was an All Star caliber starter (also surprising).

        But even if they continue to perform, in 2010 they basically had Lee in the bag. And in the end he was only had for Justin “extremely overrated” Smoak.

        • jjyank

          I know Smoak hasn’t panned out, but I can’t imagine Texas was too thrilled to give up a top prospect only to watch Lee leave for Philly. Trading for Hamels doesn’t guarantee that he resigns here, and I’d be really hesitant to pony up our top prospects for a guy that seems intent on testing free agency.

      • Mike Francessa

        Hals 189000000 will not allow it to happen

  • Mike Francessa

    e
    All of de above.

  • Mike Francessa

    Could be a freddy night

    • Brian S.

      Phelps!

  • Brian S.

    More like Brian McCan’t! Am I right guys!?

    ::cries into drink::

  • Mike Francessa

    That was uggla. Jesus Cc is dog shit tonight.

  • DERP

    #Barves

  • Mike Francessa

    No i was wrong that was uggla.

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

    I just had a revelation, I’m not going to respond to Suart A’s continued bashings of A-Rod anymore because he’s probably the same person pre2009 saying “I don’t care what numbers A-Rod puts up, regular season stats don’t mean anything anyway, he chokes in the playoffs therefor he’s terrible.”

    • Pat D

      Yea, really.

      Everyone else, just O:S him. If we all ignore him, he’s bound to go away.

    • jjyank

      I think he only continues to post because he likes stirring the hive. He just wants attention, so ignore is probably the best option.

  • Greg

    Question. In 2009, CC had that great changeup that he could throw to righties and would strike them out. He used alot in the ALCE against the Angels. Where did that pitch go?

    • Greg

      *ALCS

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

      Change-ups are very much a feel pitch. If you don’t have a feel for it, or you feel like it’s not coming out of your hand right you tend to not use it. Mostly because if it’s not coming out of your hand right it’s because your arm is inadvertently slowing down giving away the pitch, or a seem catches your finger wrong causing the ball to just flatten out. At least that’s the problems I had throwing a change as a child.

  • RI$P FTW

    “This is just not CC’s night”
    Seems to be happening more and more often.

  • eephus_pitch

    Scioscia Ball!

  • Brian S.

    How many non-aces does it take to screw in a light bulb? Just one: CC Sabathia.

    • jjyank

      Probably, he’s really tall, doesn’t even need a latter :P

  • Greg

    Has to be Bonds, right?

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      I think that was the year Andruw hit 50 actually

  • Need Pitching

    that’s not going to help his SLG…

  • Bubba

    Ok who did the freaky Friday thing with CC and Hughes?

  • Brian S.

    RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE A-ROD GOT OUT RABBLE

  • Pat D

    Hey, Mike, now the trivia answer is Andruw Jones.

    • Greg

      Ah!

  • Brian S.

    Lol guy with 6 ERA, -0.4 fWAR, >2 HR/9 shutting us down.

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

      He’s statistically been the worst starting pitcher in baseball this season. We’ve managed 3 hits and a walk against him.

    • Greg

      Yea, Minor is getting a huge strike zone

  • Mike Francessa

    Swisher run gadnhner would have scored on dat

  • Mike Francessa

    Jones needs to go see grand ma again.

  • Brian S.

    Can’t even run hard out of the box. If the Boss was still alive!!!

    • Greg

      Would you stop it please. If you are going to be sarcastic, at least let us know. Its hard to tell sarcasm in text form

      • Pat D

        I think extra exclamation points are a sign of sarcasm.

  • StanfordBen

    Haven’t been able to watch yet. How did the crowd react to Andruw the two times he’s been up?

  • Tom

    CC has touched 93mph on his fastball… maybe twice this game?

    http://www.fangraphs.com/fgrap.....120607.png

    He’s throwing poorly located 90-92 4 seam fastballs… it doesn’t matter how good his secondary stuff is.

    His velocity is down this year and that should be cause for concern, while he usually builds velocity as the year goes on, even accounting for that it seems down.

  • Mike Francessa

    A CC meatball. Nice

  • eephus_pitch

    Suzyn just called Bryce Harper “Brian Harper” twice in a row.

    • Pat D

      It was 20 years ago today…

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

      There is a reason she’s my least liked person in the world right now.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Gonna watch the finals. CC is trash atm. Same story after every start. Hopefully he can fix his command issues.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      Run along Francis.

  • Brian S.

    18% of the strikes Minor has gotten have been out of the zone according to brooksbaseballnet pitch FX

    • eephus_pitch

      He’s getting Glavine’s old strike zone.

  • Mike Francessa

    94 that time

  • eephus_pitch

    Nice job, Captain Crunch. Now I’d like runs.

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

    Nice job working out of that CC…for all the shit he’s getting, he hasn’t allowed a run since the 1st.

    • jjyank

      That’s why I never bitch about CC. It seems like whenever he does that early in the game, he ends up shutting it down and pitching 7 innings.

      Not ideal, but if that’s a “bad game” for him, I’ll take it.

    • Hummingbird S.

      Runs in the first inning still count..

  • dkidd

    8-9-1 coming up

    national league baseball!

    /nods off

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

    I remember there was a point in late april/early may where Jeter would need to go 0-64 to fall to .300. He’s a mere .16 points away from that right now.

    • eephus_pitch

      It’s a bummer. The power’s gone, too.

  • eephus_pitch

    BuntszzzZZZZZ

  • Brian S.

    lol bunt

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

    buntfail.

  • jjyank

    God damn it I hate the National League.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Safe to say the offense still sucks, right? This is Minor they are facing..

  • Mike Francessa

    Cc best play of the night getting that bastids leg.

  • Brian S.

    CC should have spiked that asshole.

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

    Is our offense afraid to get a runner into scoring position tonight because of all the RISPFAIL grief we give them?

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

    God I hate the NL.

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

      While this inning has been very unfortunate, and I agree NL league rules are terrible, a freaking little leaguer could be blanking us right now.

  • Pat D

    This umpire is fucking trash.

  • jjyank

    Jesus seeing CC slide into you has gotta give you nightmares.

    • Brian S.

      Naw he’s athletic.

      • jjyank

        I didin’t mean about injury risk, I meant that as the second baseman, that is a far larger person sliding into you than you are used to seeing :P

  • Brian S.

    Remember last year when Doug Davis shut us down? This is like that.

    • Pat D

      That was almost exactly a year ago, too. June 18. I remember it because it was the day Green Lantern came out and it started my month long leave of absence from work.

      Ironically, June 23 this year begins my involuntary unemployment from work.

      • Mike Francessa

        Wow you must really like the green lantern, did you know they made him gay. Nttatwwt

        • Pat D

          I’m a DC fan in general. I was really looking forward to that movie, and it was a bit disappointing.

          As far as making Green Lantern gay, big deal. Doesn’t bother me. I don’t really buy comics anymore either.

          • Mike Francessa

            Should have made aquaman gay, now Justice League movie will suck.

  • Tom Zig

    So far it is a trap game.

  • 718 (Bronx)

    6.57ERA for Minor and the Yankees can’t do shit!

  • Alkaline

    So what’s going on so far? Just got home. Anything good?

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

      Everything has been the exact opposite of good. Our offense is being shut down by literally the worst statistical starter in baseball, and CC has been working on eggshells all evening.

      • Pat D

        Yes, it has been the opposite of Batman, as Troy Barnes would say.

  • Tom Q

    I think you’ve got to continue to give credit to CC for his craftsmanship: he limits the damage, manages to go 6-7 or better no matter how poorly he starts. He does all you can ask of a professional.

    The problem seems to be stuff: it just isn’t up to his standard. Every game he puts the team in the hole, and his wins aren’t gleaming; they’re gutted out.

    Is it my imagination, or has this been the case almost universally since that aborted perfect game against Seattle last year? Is it possible he did something to himself in that game that’s made him not quite the same pitcher since?

    • Brian S.

      I’ll give CC credit for getting Cashman to give him a 100+ million dollar contract despite not being an ace.

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

        name 6 pitchers better than CC.

        • Mike Francessa

          Kershaw
          Price
          Doc
          Verlander
          Weaver
          Haren
          Etc

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

            The only ones I agree with are Kershaw, Doc, and Verlander. Price is debatable, as is Haren. Weaver’s good but idk if I put him in that class.

            • jjyank

              It’s funny that Yankee fans seem to actually underrate CC and pretend none of those other guys have bad games. CC had a 2.88 FIP last year in the toughest division in baseball. And for all his “non-ace starts” this year, he’s at 3.50, with a 3.19 xFIP

              • jjyank

                Also was exactly 6th in all of MLB in FIP and xFIP last year (min 150 innings). He was second in all of the MLB in WAR, only behind Doc.

                But he’s not an ace, right?

          • jjyank

            Eh, CC is just as good as most of those guys. Also, context matters. Weaver and Haren get to face the Mariners and Athletics all year.

          • Mike Francessa

            Lester
            Santana
            Carpenter
            Johnson
            Strasburg

            • jjyank

              No…no on any of those.

            • Need Pitching

              Lester??!??!?

            • MannyGeee

              none of these!

        • Brian S.

          6 seems like a rather arbitrary number.

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

            absolutely arbitrary.

    • jjyank

      He’s had numerous excellent starts since that game last year.

      • Tom Q

        Truly excellent? Like, three-hit shutouts? I’d like to be reminded of one.

        I’m not a CC-knocker at all. I think he clearly HAS been an ace for the Yankees. But lately it seems every game’s like this one…even ones where the Yanks come back and win, CC seems to put the team in a hole early.

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

          Honestly, if I’m playing behind him I’d much rather that. I would always like to know, yeah my pitcher might give up a few runs in the first inning, but we’ve got 8 more to make that back and I know he’s not going to allow another run to score.

        • jjyank

          May 10th versus Tampa: 8 IP, 0 ER, 10 Ks

          Sounds good to me.

  • Tom Zig

    Question: Would you trade the 2009 World Series Championship for the 2001 World Series Championship?

    • 28 this year

      Eh, close call. 2009 was nice, new stadium and all. 2001, 9/11 but the Yankees still made it good. i would keep 2009 just so it doesn’t feel like its been 10 years since they won.

      • Mike Francessa

        The fake rain out at a dome stadium was what gave them the series.

        • Pat D

          The Yankees were miserably outplayed that series, no matter how you look at it.

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

            In 2001? Yeah, the Yankees had no business getting to Game Six or Seven, never mind actually having a lead with three outs to go in the finale.

        • Mike Francessa

          That was huge for them giving shilling and unit rest.

        • Brian S.

          Wait that actually happened? I was 10 so I don’t remember.

          • Mike Francessa

            Yup game rained out in Zone a stadium with a retractable roof.

    • jon

      no way id rather have a WS 3 years ago

    • eephus_pitch

      As much as 2001 stung, the Yanks had no business even coming that close to winning. Their offense that year was dreadful. That’s why they had to get Giambi in the offseason.

  • 28 this year

    i am hoping this ends up like saturday’s Mets game. I cannot believe Minor is shutting the Yankees down. Minor has been beyond awful this season.

  • Hummingbird S.

    one awful AB after another..

  • eephus_pitch

    “You have to give Minor credit.”

    Preemptive hat-tip from John Sterling.

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

    Wow. San Diego is god awful, huh?

  • Athenian

    This game is boring and the Yankees can’t hit.

  • Tom Q

    6 shoutout innings from a crap pitcher. YCPB

  • The Troll

    This has the makings of one of those “worst game[s] of the year” . . . Nothing I quite hate more than letting shitty pitchers off the hook and making them look like All-Stars.

  • The Troll

    And in other YCPB headlines . . . Buchholz continues his recent surge of dominance with six shutout innings and 8 Ks.

  • Brian S.

    How the fuck is Buchholz good again? Is Ortiz sharing his ‘Dominican Milkshakes’ with him?

    • Brian S.

      Maybe he found the stuff that created Ellsbury’s power last season.

  • Brian S.

    We obliterated lefties last season. The reason we lost in the ALDS was because we faced nothing but right handed pitching. That seems to have reversed this season, if you look at the platoon post from earlier.

    • Need Pitching

      Tex, Swish, Cano, and Jones have all been much worse vs. LHP this year than last year

  • Tom

    While I’m hoping this is another Jonathan Niese/Mets type game (the Yankees come back and win a game they are seemingly getting dominated in), the Braves bullpen is a wee bit better than the Mets.

    At least the Mets have comeback and are up a run on the Rays in the 5th.

    I know Minor has a decent change and curve, but it is amazing how the Yankees can’t make any sort of quality contact on his blazing 88-91mph fastball even when they are in hitters’ counts

    • Brian S.

      Yeah Kimbrel and Venters are nothing to fuck with.

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

    time to catch the bus home. hopefully I miss a good comeback while on my way home.

  • eephus_pitch

    Sterling and Waldman now gushing over Christ Stewart’s “good-looking” at-bats.
    Just kill me now.

    • Athenian

      That’s when you know the Yankees are not hitting and won’t win…

      • eephus_pitch

        It’s more that S+W have never met a crap player they won’t overhype. They’re written sonnets about Enrique Wilson and Miguel Cairo, two of the more worthless Yanks of the past 15 years.

        • Athenian

          I keep hoping they swallow their microphones. No such luck.

  • Brian S.

    Kelly Shoppach. Fuck.

  • Need Pitching

    that ball seemed … catchable

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Yeah, looked like Grandy took a bat route.

  • eephus_pitch

    DAMMIT CC. Get the lefties out!

  • JMK

    Is it just me or does it seem like a lot of catchable balls go over Granderson’s head?

    • eephus_pitch

      He plays shallow.

      • Mike Francessa

        Granderson is a true LFer has weak arm too

      • Tom

        Which makes sense, much of the time, but with CC grooving 91mph 4 seamers and McCann at the plate they should adjust for the quality of the hitter.

        McCann has been crushing the ball this series, no need to play him shallow and have a flyball land short of the warning track.

        • eephus_pitch

          I didn’t say it was good strategy on his part.

      • JMK

        He does play shallow, no argument there. To my untrained eye, that doesn’t seem to be the issue. It seems he doesn’t judge the ball off the bat well and by the time he adjusts it skies a few feet beyond his reach.

  • 718 (Bronx)

    This game is very, very close to being over.

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

      You’re right, it’s the bottom of the seventh.

  • Brian S.

    Bleh. Phelps time.

  • Mike Francessa

    Freddy time

    • JobaWockeeZ

      3 runs does not equal white flag.

  • Mike Francessa

    CC THE ACE GIVES UP 5 runs a game

    • eephus_pitch

      False.

      • Mike Francessa

        CC stopper of winning steaks

        • Bunt Gardner

          The offense hasn’t scored a run, but, yeah, let’s blame CC.

          • jjyank

            This. CC hasn’t been on his A game obviously, but it doesn’t mean shit if the offense puts up a goose egg.

            • eephus_pitch

              The offense has done nothing in this game, but Sabathia did allow 12 baserunners in 7 innings. They’re both at fault.

        • eephus_pitch

          Mmmm, I could go for a winning steak right now.

          • Mike Francessa

            Streak
            Damm ipad

            • Bunt Gardner

              It really doesn’t matter…it was still a ridiculous statement.

          • Mike Francessa

            20 ounce aged porterhouse marinated in garlic olive oil, and seared just right with a large baked potato and fresh asperagas.

    • 1stbase

      i think he’s given up 5 earned once lol

  • Tom Q

    Had a Yankee done that, it would have been one of their most productive recent at bats with the bases loaded.

  • Athenian

    Well that sucks. Upside, CC should have been out of the game already. He just doesn’t have it tonight.

    • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

      That and the yanks can’t hit a guy with a 6 era

  • JMK

    CC wasn’t great, but let’s not pretend he got shelled. He had some rough spots here and there but seems to have been victimized more by some cheap hits than anything. This notion that he shit the bed and didn’t give the team a chance is unfounded.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Sorry, rationality is not welcome here. CC is the worst fattest pitcher ever.

    • TomH

      This is true, but there is still reason to be a bit concerned about CC’s performances this year. Some element of his customary dominance is missing. Is it the fb? the change? Beats me, but he’s a bit off.

    • jjyank

      Agreed. Like I said above somewhere, this game is on the offense. I don’t think you can have a game where the offense has scored zero runs and blame the pitcher.

      • eephus_pitch

        I think it’s the early hole he put them in that made it seem worse.

    • eephus_pitch

      He gave up 10 hits, and at least 6 of them were truly smoked.

  • Will The Thrill

    Is it wrong that I want the Braves’ 1-2-3-4 instead of our 1-2-3-4?

    • 718 (Bronx)

      Yeah, you’re crazy wrong.

  • mike_h

    rally time folks!!!!

  • The Troll

    Uh oh . . . RISP with the middle of the order coming up . . .

  • mike_h

    we gotta get a run in, come on guys!!!

  • 718 (Bronx)

    Crap! RISP :(

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Whose calling double play?

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

      Extremely likely against Venters.

      • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

        Holy shittttttttttttttttttt

  • eephus_pitch

    Redemption time for Alex. Just a single would do. Then a sac fly from the next batter. Not too much to ask for.

    • eephus_pitch

      Of course, that will do nicely.

  • The Troll

    Oh NO!!! Bases loaded . . . !!!!!!!!!!!! With A-Rod coming up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    T minus 28 secoonds til. Dp

  • Athenian

    Shit bases loaded. This will not end well. GIDP?

  • Tom

    Now would be a good time for Arod to go all Gehrig on the Braves.

    • Mike Francessa

      Nice call

  • JobaWockeeZ

    72397429374923745237742307 dollars this is a GIDP coming yup.

    • Need Pitching

      I’m here to collect.

      • MannyGeee

        think he meant Yen… your quarter is in the mail

    • mike_h

      hahahahaha you were wrong

    • Klemy

      It would’ve been predictable, given current trends. I will give you that…lol

  • Athenian

    If Arod could hit like he chomps gum, game would be tied

    • Athenian

      BOOM! Guess he can!

  • Jack

    Boom.

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

    Hahahahaha. Where’s stuart now?

    • jjyank

      Fetal positon somewhere.

  • Bunt Gardner

    AROD!!!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    That was the first live Grand Slam I saw in awhile.

  • Chip

    Where the fuck is Stuart now?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    OH MY GAWWWWWWD!!!!!

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    Hell yeah!

  • Mike Francessa

    Where is jim leyritz when Holy shit he did it!!!!!!!!!

  • Kevin G.

    Ironic grand slam is ironic

  • The Troll

    HAHAHAHAHA! WTF. That’s just stupid.

  • flamingo

    OH MY FREAKING GOD

  • Need Pitching

    So… what’s this punch and judy hitter’s SLG again?

  • MannyGeee

    Wow, I think A Rod just broke the Internet.

  • Leg-End

    Oh baseball.

  • flamingo

    Best third baseman in baseball! Tied with Gehrig in grand slams.

  • 718 (Bronx)

    Arod will be trending on Twitter in 5,4,3,…

  • Klemy

    Only a centaur could’ve done that. What a huge swing.

  • JMK

    Who said this game was over? Show of hands?

  • Kramerica Industries

    I thought ARod wasn’t clutch?

  • eephus_pitch

    Brand new ballgame, folks.

  • jjyank

    HOLY SHIT

  • Tom Zig

    wow A-rod

  • Zooboy

    A-Rod = Ace.

  • sangreal

    Well, I’m glad I stayed

  • Widget

    Can’t hit one of the worst pitchers in baseball, but can destroy an elite bullpen guy. Baseball is damn weird.

    • eephus_pitch

      Leave it to this weird Yankees team to hit the actual good pitcher.

  • Crime Dog

    A-Rod just said “Deez Nuts Stuart”

    • Need Pitching

      lmao

  • Kramerica Industries

    Not gonna lie.

    I had the Sox/Marlins game on exclusively on MLB.tv, and randomly took a peek at the score to see if anything had happened.

    With the bases loaded, I knew I had to be a dumb sucker and check out what would happen. Can’t say I expected that.

  • eephus_pitch

    The only thing that could make this better is a KARS-4-KIDS commercial.
    Oh, goodie!

    • Will (the other one)

      That’s “Kars”…with a “k”!

  • Kevin G.

    *Changes to Finals game after pitching change*

    *First quarter ends*

    -__-

  • BigTimeBartolo

    That’ll do Venters….that’ll do :)

  • YankeesJunkie

    The first AB being A-Rod’s grand slam in epitome of great timing!

  • Crime Dog

    It’s almost as if the Bases Loaded stuff was the result of small sample size and will regress to the mean at some point. Almost

    • YankeesJunkie

      STFU!

    • eephus_pitch

      That sample size was getting alarmingly not-small, to be fair.

      • Crime Dog

        Idk the exact numbers, but the fact that their BA went from .149 to .162 with one hit makes me think the sample size still wasnt large at all

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

    Garbage time!

  • Bunt Gardner

    Swish!!!!

  • A.D.

    re-dic

  • Klemy

    SWISHHHHHHHAAAA

  • Jack

    Garbage time.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Boommmmmmmmmmm

  • mike_h

    this must be a cartoon

  • YankeesJunkie

    Not quite as epic as A-Rod, but okay… :/

  • Mike Francessa

    Bombers a bombing

  • Need Pitching

    Mother F***ing Garbage Time!!!!!!!!!!!!@

  • Kramerica Industries

    Say what?

    Fuckin Swish!

  • sangreal

    GARBAGE TIME

  • Crime Dog

    It’s Freddy, Freddy, gotta get down with Freddy. Who’s ready for some sweat?

  • BigTimeBartolo

    LOL………….

    LOL

  • Tom

    Holy crap….

    Please tell me Garcia is no longer throwing in the pen.

  • Kevin G.

    Too many homers!

  • jjyank

    GAAAAAAARBAGE TIIIIIIME!!!

  • eephus_pitch

    Swisher, you lousy compiler! Stop killing rallies.

  • FIPster Doofus

    This inning is my favorite thing of the season.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Back to back 7 spots at Fenway?

      This is pretty good itself, though.

      • Need Pitching

        yeah, this is #2

      • FIPster Doofus

        Good call. I forgot about that somehow. So that’s one and this is two.

      • eephus_pitch

        The best part about that Sox game was that they played “Sweet Caroline” even after the Yanks had just scored 15 unanswered runs.

  • 718 (Bronx)

    baseballisweird

  • Kramerica Industries

    All six runs tonight have been on home runs.

    /That Guy’d

  • MannyGeee

    I love that guy, he’s worth every penny the Yankees are not gonna give him this off season!

  • Zooboy

    D’Oh! D’Oh! D’Oh! D’Oh! D’Oh! (Too many Homers.)

  • jjyank

    Mike Minor is going to murder his bullpen.

  • Brian S.

    Where ya at stuart!?

  • Mike Francessa

    Good thing the braves have a band box stadium
    -mets broadcasting team.

  • Crime Dog

    ’09 it all began in Atlanta.
    ’12 maybe again (yea I know they’re 10 games over and playing really well right now, but hey it’s a cool narrative)

  • Dino Velvet

    Yankees are hitting toooo many home runs.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Remember the first inning when all was lost and Arod sucked?

  • Cy Pettitte

    went from the worst game in a while to incredibly entertaining possible win now. kind of feel bad for Minor, maybe just a little

  • flamingo

    Ha, Braves can’t get outs anymore. Best inning in a long time.

  • Klemy

    Juuuust a little bit inside.

  • StanfordBen

    Ahem, Greg:

    Greg says:
    June 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm
    Game over for CC

    • JMK

      In fairness to Greg, he was probably saying that hours before the game started.

      • StanfordBen

        He actually tried to defend what he was saying when Mike called him on it.

      • Jack

        He was trolling before it was mainstream.

        • MannyGeee

          If trolling is cool, consider me Miles Davis.

          - Greg when “Billy Madison” was popular

    • Bunt Gardner

      He says that almost every game.

    • Pat D

      He was referring specifically to CC.

      And, look, Greg is not a troll. Greg is just extremely prone to negativity and having a very grim outlook for everything. There is likely a reason behind that, but I’m not going to play armchair psychologist.

      I’ve told him countless times he needs to mellow out and just roll with the punches, but I don’t think he’s capable of that.

      • MannyGeee

        see, you said to ‘roll with the punches’. he misheard and thought you were telling him to ‘troll with the bunches’. simple mistake, actually.

        • JMK

          Ha, seriously though – he’s not a troll. As Pat said, he’s just prone to very prolonged bouts of negativity. I legitimately feel bad for him. I mean that. Even the relatively optimistic fan can go on anxiety road trips, so to have that perpetual feelings of doom in most games must be almost intolerable.

      • jjyank

        I don’t think Greg is a troll either. There are way, way worse commenters here.

      • StanfordBen

        Yeah I know he’s not a troll. That’s actually why I mentioned him specifically, because maybe he’ll eventually start to see things another way.

  • JMK

    Given how bizarre this game is, it would not entirely surprise me to see Freddy go up there and strike out the side in both the 8th and 9th innings.

    • Klemy

      You lost me at “and”.

  • Kevin G.

    Almost Eric, almost

  • nsalem

    Mets 6 Rays 2 Top of the 7th

    • Cy Pettitte

      9-2 now

  • jjyank

    Wait, I thought the Yankees weren’t playing the Mets anymore?

  • MannyGeee

    srsly…. that was a six run inning, and after the damage was already done Girardi’s binder told him to drain the bench!

  • Mike Francessa

    This will be a yankees classic game even though its on my9.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Now just gotta hope the ‘pen doesn’t fuck this one up.

  • eephus_pitch

    Argh, Sterling’s singing.

  • flamingo

    Wow, the Yankees broke Twitter.

  • mike_h

    might as well get all you can out of Epply as he’s going down when Robertson comes back

    • Need Pitching

      I bet Phelps gets sent down. They at least use Eppley.

  • Brian S.

    Lol Russ 2 outs in the 8th

  • MannyGeee

    “Yeah, i know homers kill rallies and all dat, but lemme show you another way…”

    -Russell Martin

  • Kramerica Industries

    MISINFORMATION ALERT:

    6/12/1939 was not the last game Gehrig played as a Yankee. Where is Kay getting that crap from?

    • Kramerica Industries

      Exhibition games count?

      Seriously?

  • Tom

    Random question – is this considered 2 PH plate appearances for Martin since he hasn’t taken the field yet.

    2 outs in one inning by a PH… that’s probably not happened a lot.

  • jjyank

    I didn’t realize A-Rod tied Gherig on the anniversary of his last game…that’s…eerie.

    • jjyank

      Didn’t realize it was an exhibition game. Still cool though.

  • MannyGeee

    so, uhhhhhh

    how about all these no hitters this season. i mean, what up with that, right??

    • Kramerica Industries

      2010 called.

      They want their narrative back.

  • Mike Francessa

    Freddy dead weight get phelps up.

  • Pat D

    So I fell asleep for a while.

    Did I miss anything?

    • jjyank

      Nah, A-Rod hit into a double play (what a horrible player) and Swish couldn’t come through because it wasn’t garbage time. Go back to bed, same old same old.

      • Pat D

        Who said anything about going to bed? I just fall asleep all the time.

        • jjyank

          I assumed you were making a joke :P

          • Pat D

            No, I really did fall asleep on the couch because I was getting bored. I woke up right before ARod’s homer.

            • jjyank

              Well you, sir, have some impecable timing.

  • Greg

    SO while I was playing MW3 the Yankees put a hurting on the Braves bullpen. Thank you for coming back and I hope you gave Stuart hell.

    • jjyank

      Well Stuart has been in the fetal positon for awhile, not sure which corner he’s hiding in though.

      For superstition’s sake…go play more MW3.

      • Greg

        I appreciate that, but I want to see the ending.

        And give Rapada another cookie

        • jjyank

          Rapada just got my whole fucking jar of cookies.

    • StanfordBen

      I also gave you a hard time :). For the record, I recognize you’re nothing like Stuart.

      • jjyank

        Few people possess stuart’s unique gifts.

        • Pat D

          stuart has made some good points in the past. I honestly thought he was getting better, but, alas.

          Still, he’s no Duh Innings!

          (I just can’t let it go)

          • jjyank

            I don’t blame you, that was one of the most epic threads I have ever seen here.

  • 28 this year

    How weird is it with the combination of Eppley and Rapada as the Yankees’ 8th inning guy? It seems so weird to be there. I mean Wade closed yesterday and Logan has been good. These matchups are killing the bullpen workload cause even with the starters averaging like 7 innings in the last turn or two, the bullpen seems shorthanded cause it takes 5 pitchers for 6 outs. Such is the perils of life after Mo and Drob

    • jjyank

      Soriano has that blister thing going on too. Their just beat up, it happens over the course of the season.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Washington Nationals win again.

      Five straight, in Boston and Toronto. Hopefully they are due for a cooling down when the Yankees head to D.C. later this week. They do avoid the Stras, fortunately.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Reply fail.

  • Mike Francessa

    Arrdsma and joba cant get here fast enough.
    Future pen
    Soriano
    Robertson
    Joba
    Aardsma
    Logan
    Wade

  • JobaTheHeat62

    Rapada has been killing it these last few outings! this bullpen is something else!

  • mike_h

    I hope Soriano will get the save, but I think its gonna be Epply

  • Need Pitching

    Rapada getting the job done well lately.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Well nice job by Rapada!

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

    Updates from The end of the 5th on, I demand them!!!!

    • jjyank

      A-Rod grand slam after working the count full, Swisher with a follow up 2 run shot after Tex got on. It was glorious.

      A-Rod’s didn’t get over much, but it was an absolute laser to left field. Swisher’s was more of the bomb variety.

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

        But…but…Stuart A assures me that A-Rod is garbage? And did I really miss history? :( That slam tied him with Gerigh I believe?

        • jjyank

          Yes it did. On the anniversary of Gerhig’s last game as a Yankee (though it was technically just an exhibition game).

    • Need Pitching

      hey, get back on the bus, trying to win a game here!

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

        I think I should, I come back and they get two quick outs against this reliever.

    • YankeesJunkie

      A-Rod smacks a grand slam and Swish hits a 2 R HR in the eighth inning.

  • nsalem

    Would like a couple of more runs in the top of the ninth.

    • JMK

      Don’t worry. Freddy’s good for the 9th if Soriano isn’t prepared! What could go wrong?

  • Tom

    I’m glad Rapada got Bourne out, because if Soriano is available, there is no reason he shouldn’t have come in for a 4 out save (which Girardi would not have done).

  • Greg

    I also see that the Bryce Harper tour of destruction is raging on

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

      He must be thinking “This isn’t the big leagues, everybody is just fucking with me right? I mean this is too easy.”

      • JMK

        Harper’s been great but Mike Trout has been playing out-of-his-fucking-mind since his first day in the majors this year.

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

          Far and away the ROYs of their respective leagues. It’s going to be fun to watch them for the next 15+ years, hopefully one of them in pinstripes for a chunk of that.

          • YankeesJunkie

            A-Rod’s contract should be up when one of these fine gentleman hit FA.

            • Crime Dog

              They’ll be 26-27 when they hit the market. Think about that.

              • YankeesJunkie

                Harper will be 25 I believe which is just ridiculous, he may be looking a 10 year contract.

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

                In other words, entering their primes and getting 10+ year deals, and who knows what kind of money values…I don’t care what it will take though, I want at least one of them in pinstripes.

            • MannyGeee

              or both, because fuck your $189M budget is why and your luxury tax too

        • YankeesJunkie

          Harper in at 153 wRC+ while Trout is at 173 wRC+ it has been ridiculousness abound, not to mention Trout is a Gardnesque fielder to boot.

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

            Harper might not be Trout in the field, but he’s nothing to sneeze at either.

            • YankeesJunkie

              I was not at all, in all likelihood Trout’s .411 BABIP will go down and Harper seems to be the better hitter while Trout’s game is a little more well rounded with the premium position and defense.

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

                Basically what it comes down to in my eyes is Harper is going to have better power over the course of his career as well as being well above average in every other aspect, but Trout is going to be great all around while lacking some of that power.

                • YankeesJunkie

                  Main point being either one if they stay healthy are going to be welcomed to the Yankees with open arms.

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

                    Absolutely.

        • Kramerica Industries

          They’ve both been nuts.

          Trout slightly more-so, but Harper’s only 19 and he’s OPSing at .936. I mean, not even the greats like ARod or Andruw Jones came close to doing that.

    • Chip

      Kid’s gonna win the MVP at this rate

  • jay destro

    anyone who complained about a-rod should feel pretty silly.

    • YankeesJunkie

      For a 37 yr old 3rd baseman to have a wRC+ 125+ is pretty damn impressive, though not his typical 147 wRC+ average

    • jjyank

      I don’t think stuart has the mental capacity to realize how silly he was.

  • nsalem

    I hope My9 isn’t going to tell that story of how the Yankes wanted to trade Mariano for Felix Fermin after Tony Fernadez got hurt during spring training in 1996. Then Gene Michael talked George out of it. Story is older than the hills. Well A-Rod is up again.

    • sangreal

      I’m pretty sure that is exactly what they will talk about

  • MannyGeee

    A-Rod is feelin it now… big things coming here

    • MannyGeee

      of course, when i say big things i am referring only to pop ups.

      • Need Pitching

        it was very high

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Yes, I missed all this while watching the Heat. Serves me right for not at least firing up the MLB At-Bat on the IPad.

    Yes, all of you busting on CC at the start of the game can lick our collective nuts.

    • YankeesJunkie

      His peripherals have been pretty solid the last two games though the results have not been there, though he is able to go on a two month tear at any point now. Truly a pleasure to watch along with Pettitte.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        All I see is the same CC. He may get into some trouble but, once he tells you “no more,” you’re not getting a damn thing off him. What looks like disaster in the first inning winds up being him pitching deep into the game and giving his team a chance to win the game. I love the man.

  • Need Pitching

    David Phelps is still alive, right?

  • Mike Francessa

    Good sori or bad sori?

    • Buddy

      pretty good so far

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    The “Tomahawk Chop” was tired about 15 years ago.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Seriously. Just embarrassing to watch.

      • jjyank

        Watching them drunkenly sling those things around completely out of unison is rather entertaining I think.

        • Betty Lizard

          And really, what should we expect in a sport where mustard races catsup and relish?

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Yeah, but that’s just only disrespectful to Michael Kay.

  • Tom

    Given the overall bizarre nature of the game, I think a 1-2-3 would be fitting here for Soriano

    • Tom

      Thank you Rafeal!

    • Greg

      You are correct!

  • Crime Dog

    I’m not gonna jinx it but…

  • YankeesJunkie

    Special K brought to you by a steady diet of slurves.

  • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

    Let’s go Mets. Lets go Mets.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Great comeback!!!

  • Need Pitching

    Very nice win.
    Yanks are hot as hell right now.

  • pistol pete

    CC poaches a win, love it.

  • Mike Francessa

    Nice great game wonder if daiz is still smiling and laughing.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Admiral Ackbar can go suck it. It wasn’t a trap.

    Alex and CC. What a troll-buster.

    The wins just keep getting sweeter and sweeter.

    • Pat D

      How dare you disrespect Ackbar????

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I fucking love that wily crustacean.

      • jjyank

        Ackbar means “greatest” in Arabic. Yup.

  • Ivan

    Great save, great fucking win!

  • mike_h

    ballgame bitches

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    All is right in the Universe.

  • jjyank

    Shirt: untucked. Love it.

  • JMK

    Uh, anyone know what Sori’s celebration is all about? Why does he untuck his shirt immediately after the strikeout? Weird.

    • JMK

      And how is it I’ve never noticed this until tonight?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It hides the fact that he also whipped something else out from the camera.

    • jjyank

      As long as he doesn’t do a fucking jig off the mound, I’m cool with it.

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

      Maybe he’s like me and just feels uncomfortable with his shirt tucked in. I like him untuck my shirt the exact moment I can excusably do so.

    • sangreal

      No clue, but he does it every game. I first noticed it a few weeks ago when Chavez had an error on the final out. Soriano untucked early and Kay pointed out that it is his ritual

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Flaps out. He signifies that he can relax.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    So I wager we’ll hear this all over again the next time CC has a rough first inning, before he settles down?

  • 28 this year

    Yankees are doing what they should do in Interleague play which is beat up the lesser league. Although the Yankees are versing some of the better teams in the NL, excluding the Mets.

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

      The Mets actually haven’t been terrible this year.

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

    Is the volume on anybody else’s My9 crapping out?

    • Pat D

      Yes, always.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      I wish.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    What a great win.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’m waiting for someone to say they didn’t earn or deserve it enough, or that they didn’t score enough style points.

      FACT: The Yankees are actually in fourth place in the all-important “Style Points” standings which decide the secret third WC team that earns the “Money in the Bank” briefcase they can cash in IMMEDIATELY AFTER Game 7 of the World Series.

      • Pat D

        CM Punk owns that briefcase.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I’d watch out for him during the champagne celebration. Pipe bomb time.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    I do not care who Russ thinks should come out of retirement.

    • Pat D

      I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Russ for that epic argument with Ray Handley back in 1992. Handley was such a tool.

      That being said, I only see My9 through the Extra Innings broadcasts, so I don’t have to listen to what he says now.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        The term “buzzkill” was single-handedly invented for Ray Handley.

        • Pat D

          Ray Handley is one of the things for which I’ve never forgiven Bill Parcells.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            The snowball of utter suck that led to has subsequently led to me never being as big a Giant fan ever again, and that’s after two championships.

  • DARREN

    The kid who got Arod’s ball is gonna give it up for an autographed poster. ARod should offer season tickets this year and next.

    • Pat D

      Probably doesn’t know the significance.

      I’d ask for primo tickets to one game, that would be enough for me for that ball.

      • RetroRob

        Man, it’s a nice gesture, but like Jeter’s #3,000, someone to at least inform the kid of the importance of the HR and how much money he may be just giving back. It’s the kid’s ball. Could pay for his college education.

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

        I’d ask for decent season tickets for the remainder and post season.

  • RetroRob

    Fun game. Was out with some friends, which made the early slow going okay. Easily one of the best wins of the year, second behind the Fenway comeback.

    Now I get to enjoy flipping back through the thread to see the ledge jumpers, whiners, complainers, and those who gave up in the first inning.

    • Havok9120

      I only got home during the bottom of the 8th. I started to search through the thread, but it got far too depressing. Perhaps if I get bored tonight.

  • Mike N

    I can’t believe I missed this entire fucking awesome game!!! I was at a goddamn business dinner the whole night. GO YANKS!!!!!!!!