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


  1. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Flip Stew and CC in the batting order FTW.

  2. Tom Zig says:

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

  3. Greg says:

    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.

  4. Pat D says:

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


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

      • Pat D says:

        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 says:

          i wondered that as well

          still funny

        • can't think of a name says:

          bad intel, could be considered a trap.

        • Havok9120 says:

          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.

  5. dkidd says:

    cc on the base paths!

    is it a bad omen that CMW is pitching tonight?

  6. jjyank says:

    Get ‘em Carsten!

  7. jjyank says:

    Jeter <3 lefties.

  8. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Your mom’s a trap.

  9. Greg says:



  10. pat says:

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

  11. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

  12. Greg says:

    0-1 but wasn’t a bad at bat

    • Need Pitching says:

      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 says:

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

        • Need Pitching says:

          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)

  13. Greg says:

    And 0-2

  14. stuart a says:

    arod’s slugging % is brett gardner like.

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

  15. Will The Thrill says:

    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…

  16. stuart a says:

    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.

  17. Tom says:

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

  18. Will The Thrill says:

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

  19. stuart a says:

    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 says:

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

    • Brian S. says:

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

      • eephus_pitch says:

        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 says:

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

          • eephus_pitch says:

            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.

  20. Mr. Pink says:

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

  21. pat says:

    That did not look like it was hit very hard.

  22. teddy says:

    cc getting rocked by lefthanders again

  23. Brian S. says:

    Put in Phelps

  24. Will The Thrill says:

    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.

  25. Dale Mohorcic says:

    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.

  26. stuart a says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

      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! says:

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

  27. Zooboy says:

    Ace is wild.

  28. stuart a says:

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

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

  29. Greg says:

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

  30. Need Pitching says:

    Awful CC, just fucking awful

  31. dontchaknow says:

    fuck :(

  32. Kramerica Industries says:

    Beautiful start, C.C.

    Just fucking beautiful.

  33. eephus_pitch says:

    The trap’s been sprung.

  34. Greg says:

    Game over for CC

  35. Guest says:

    Well, thanks for nothing CC. Good work.

  36. Arya says:

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

  37. Tom says:

    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?)

  38. TomH says:

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

  39. your mom says:

    Holy shit CC, what the fuck???

  40. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    Real Ace™

  41. The Troll says:

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

    • BigDavey88 says:

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

      your opinion on anything is worthless.

  42. James A says:

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

  43. Will The Thrill says:

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

  44. Brian S. says:

    Not an ace.

  45. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  46. stuart a says:

    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 says:

      Now this is just funny.

    • eephus_pitch says:

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

    • Brian S. says:

      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.

      • 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.

    • Need Pitching says:

      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.

  47. your mom says:

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

  48. OMG! Bagels! says:

    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.

  49. Karl Krawfid says:

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

  50. Mike Francessa says:

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

  51. Brian S. says:

    Send CC to triple-A to work things out.

  52. Jon says:

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

  53. 28 in 2012 says:

    CC, the new AJ

  54. DERP says:

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

  55. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Who invited Admiral Ackbar?

  56. Mike Francessa says:

    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 says:

      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…

  57. Brian S. says:

    I blame Chris Stewarts game calling.

  58. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Then what is a personal catcher Kay?

  59. Will The Thrill says:

    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 says:

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

      • eephus_pitch says:

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

      • Will The Thrill says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

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

            • jjyank says:

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

    • Need Pitching says:

      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.

  60. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Cleared Stewy, CC can lead off next inning.

  61. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    CC Sabathia: with wood, he’s good.

    • Pat D says:

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

  62. Cuso says:

    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.

  63. Mike Francessa says:

    26 pitches Cc is hurt.

  64. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

  65. Tony says:

    How did that get through?

  66. Mike Francessa says:

    Get phelps up

  67. Greg says:

    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?

  68. Tom says:

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

    • TCMiller30 says:

      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.

  69. jon says:

    At least he can strike out the pitcher

  70. Karl Krawfid says:

    Great Cano and Tex get hurt on the same play.

  71. Mike Francessa says:

    He spiked him

  72. stuart a says:

    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 says:



    • Brian S. says:

      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 says:

      “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.

    • 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 says:

      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

  73. Greg says:

    Oh wonderful. Hope he’s fine

  74. DERP says:

    Just as well

  75. Cuso says:

    Dirty Curacaoan bastard

  76. Brian S. says:

    Someone should get beaned for that spiking.

  77. Mike Francessa says:

    Hey cervelli is here

  78. Bartolo's Colon says:

    francisco cervelli, ladies and gentleman

  79. Need Pitching says:

    Defensive specialist, Chris Stewart

  80. That’s our glove first catcher everybody.

  81. jon says:

    when did the braves bring up ty cobb?

  82. Kevin says:

    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.

  83. Tony says:

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

  84. Athenian says:

    B squad tonight?

  85. Cuso says:

    Now we hit. CC lead off bomb.

  86. stuart a says:

    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 says:

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

    • eephus_pitch says:

      What do you propose? Play Chavez every day?

    • 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 says:

      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 says:

      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.

  87. dkidd says:

    bryce harper is good

  88. Karl Krawfid says:

    This guy is getting a big strike zone man.

  89. Brian S. says:

    An ace would have got a hit right there.

  90. Mike Francessa says:

    Dey har booing jee tar

  91. eephus_pitch says:

    Minor looking like Sandy Koufax so far.

  92. The Troll says:

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

  93. TomH says:

    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.

  94. Brian S. says:

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

  95. JobaWockeeZ says:

    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 says:

      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.

    • 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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

        Hals 189000000 will not allow it to happen

  96. Mike Francessa says:

    All of de above.

  97. Mike Francessa says:

    Could be a freddy night

  98. Brian S. says:

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

    ::cries into drink::

  99. Mike Francessa says:

    That was uggla. Jesus Cc is dog shit tonight.

  100. DERP says:


  101. Mike Francessa says:

    No i was wrong that was uggla.

  102. 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 says:

      Yea, really.

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

    • jjyank says:

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

  103. Greg says:

    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?

    • 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.

  104. RI$P FTW says:

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

  105. eephus_pitch says:

    Scioscia Ball!

  106. Brian S. says:

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

  107. Greg says:

    Has to be Bonds, right?

  108. Need Pitching says:

    that’s not going to help his SLG…

  109. Bubba says:

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

  110. Brian S. says:


  111. Pat D says:

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

  112. Brian S. says:

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

  113. Mike Francessa says:

    Swisher run gadnhner would have scored on dat

  114. Mike Francessa says:

    Jones needs to go see grand ma again.

  115. Brian S. says:

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

  116. StanfordBen says:

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

  117. Tom says:

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


    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.

  118. Mike Francessa says:

    A CC meatball. Nice

  119. eephus_pitch says:

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

  120. Karl Krawfid says:

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

  121. Brian S. says:

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

  122. Mike Francessa says:

    94 that time

  123. eephus_pitch says:

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

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

    • jjyank says:

      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. says:

      Runs in the first inning still count..

  125. dkidd says:

    8-9-1 coming up

    national league baseball!

    /nods off

  126. 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.

  127. eephus_pitch says:


  128. Brian S. says:

    lol bunt

  129. jjyank says:

    God damn it I hate the National League.

  130. Hummingbird S. says:

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

  131. Mike Francessa says:

    Cc best play of the night getting that bastids leg.

  132. Brian S. says:

    CC should have spiked that asshole.

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

  134. Mike Axisa says:

    God I hate the NL.

  135. Pat D says:

    This umpire is fucking trash.

  136. jjyank says:

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

  137. Brian S. says:

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

    • Pat D says:

      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 says:

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

        • Pat D says:

          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.

  138. Tom Zig says:

    So far it is a trap game.

  139. 718 (Bronx) says:

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

  140. Alkaline says:

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

  141. Tom Q says:

    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?

  142. Tom Zig says:

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

  143. 28 this year says:

    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.

  144. Hummingbird S. says:

    one awful AB after another..

  145. eephus_pitch says:

    “You have to give Minor credit.”

    Preemptive hat-tip from John Sterling.

  146. Wow. San Diego is god awful, huh?

  147. Athenian says:

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

  148. Tom Q says:

    6 shoutout innings from a crap pitcher. YCPB

  149. The Troll says:

    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.

  150. The Troll says:

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

  151. Brian S. says:

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

  152. Brian S. says:

    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.

  153. Tom says:

    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

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

  155. eephus_pitch says:

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

    • Athenian says:

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

      • eephus_pitch says:

        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.

  156. Brian S. says:

    Kelly Shoppach. Fuck.

  157. Need Pitching says:

    that ball seemed … catchable

  158. eephus_pitch says:

    DAMMIT CC. Get the lefties out!

  159. JMK says:

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

    • eephus_pitch says:

      He plays shallow.

      • Mike Francessa says:

        Granderson is a true LFer has weak arm too

      • Tom says:

        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.

      • JMK says:

        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.

  160. 718 (Bronx) says:

    This game is very, very close to being over.

  161. Brian S. says:

    Bleh. Phelps time.

  162. Mike Francessa says:

    Freddy time

  163. Mike Francessa says:

    CC THE ACE GIVES UP 5 runs a game

  164. Tom Q says:

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

  165. Athenian says:

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

  166. JMK says:

    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 says:

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

    • TomH says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

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

  167. Will The Thrill says:

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

  168. mike_h says:

    rally time folks!!!!

  169. The Troll says:

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

  170. mike_h says:

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

  171. 718 (Bronx) says:

    Crap! RISP :(

  172. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Whose calling double play?

  173. eephus_pitch says:

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

  174. The Troll says:

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

  175. Cuso says:

    T minus 28 secoonds til. Dp

  176. Athenian says:

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

  177. Tom says:

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

  178. JobaWockeeZ says:

    72397429374923745237742307 dollars this is a GIDP coming yup.

  179. Athenian says:

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

  180. Mike Axisa says:

    Hahahahaha. Where’s stuart now?

  181. Bunt Gardner says:


  182. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  183. Chip says:

    Where the fuck is Stuart now?

  184. Cuso says:


  185. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    Hell yeah!

  186. Mike Francessa says:

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

  187. Kevin G. says:

    Ironic grand slam is ironic

  188. The Troll says:

    HAHAHAHAHA! WTF. That’s just stupid.

  189. flamingo says:


  190. Need Pitching says:

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

  191. MannyGeee says:

    Wow, I think A Rod just broke the Internet.

  192. Leg-End says:

    Oh baseball.

  193. flamingo says:

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

  194. 718 (Bronx) says:

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

  195. Klemy says:

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

  196. JMK says:

    Who said this game was over? Show of hands?

  197. Kramerica Industries says:

    I thought ARod wasn’t clutch?

  198. eephus_pitch says:

    Brand new ballgame, folks.

  199. jjyank says:


  200. Tom Zig says:

    wow A-rod

  201. Zooboy says:

    A-Rod = Ace.

  202. sangreal says:

    Well, I’m glad I stayed

  203. Widget says:

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

  204. Crime Dog says:

    A-Rod just said “Deez Nuts Stuart”

  205. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  206. eephus_pitch says:

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

  207. Kevin G. says:

    *Changes to Finals game after pitching change*

    *First quarter ends*


  208. BigTimeBartolo says:

    That’ll do Venters….that’ll do :)

  209. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  210. Crime Dog says:

    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

  211. Bunt Gardner says:


  212. A.D. says:


  213. Klemy says:


  214. Jack says:

    Garbage time.

  215. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:


  216. mike_h says:

    this must be a cartoon

  217. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  218. Mike Francessa says:

    Bombers a bombing

  219. Need Pitching says:

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

  220. Kramerica Industries says:

    Say what?

    Fuckin Swish!

  221. sangreal says:


  222. Crime Dog says:

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

  223. BigTimeBartolo says:



  224. Tom says:

    Holy crap….

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

  225. Kevin G. says:

    Too many homers!

  226. jjyank says:


  227. eephus_pitch says:

    Swisher, you lousy compiler! Stop killing rallies.

  228. FIPster Doofus says:

    This inning is my favorite thing of the season.

  229. 718 (Bronx) says:


  230. Kramerica Industries says:

    All six runs tonight have been on home runs.

    /That Guy’d

  231. MannyGeee says:

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

  232. Zooboy says:

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

  233. jjyank says:

    Mike Minor is going to murder his bullpen.

  234. Brian S. says:

    Where ya at stuart!?

  235. Mike Francessa says:

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

  236. Crime Dog says:

    ’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)

  237. Dino Velvet says:

    Yankees are hitting toooo many home runs.

  238. OMG! Bagels! says:

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

  239. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  240. flamingo says:

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

  241. Klemy says:

    Juuuust a little bit inside.

  242. StanfordBen says:

    Ahem, Greg:

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

    • JMK says:

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

    • Bunt Gardner says:

      He says that almost every game.

    • Pat D says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

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

      • StanfordBen says:

        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.

  243. JMK says:

    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.

  244. Kevin G. says:

    Almost Eric, almost

  245. nsalem says:

    Mets 6 Rays 2 Top of the 7th

  246. jjyank says:

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

  247. MannyGeee says:

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

  248. Mike Francessa says:

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

  249. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  250. eephus_pitch says:

    Argh, Sterling’s singing.

  251. flamingo says:

    Wow, the Yankees broke Twitter.

  252. mike_h says:

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

  253. Brian S. says:

    Lol Russ 2 outs in the 8th

  254. MannyGeee says:

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

    -Russell Martin

  255. Kramerica Industries says:


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

  256. Tom says:

    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.

  257. jjyank says:

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

  258. MannyGeee says:

    so, uhhhhhh

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

  259. Mike Francessa says:

    Freddy dead weight get phelps up.

  260. Pat D says:

    So I fell asleep for a while.

    Did I miss anything?

  261. Greg says:

    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.

  262. 28 this year says:

    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 says:

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

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      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.

  263. Mike Francessa says:

    Arrdsma and joba cant get here fast enough.
    Future pen

  264. JobaTheHeat62 says:

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

  265. mike_h says:

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

  266. Need Pitching says:

    Rapada getting the job done well lately.

  267. YankeesJunkie says:

    Well nice job by Rapada!

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

  269. nsalem says:

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

  270. Tom says:

    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).

  271. Greg says:

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

  272. jay destro says:

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

  273. nsalem says:

    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.

  274. MannyGeee says:

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

  275. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  276. Need Pitching says:

    David Phelps is still alive, right?

  277. Mike Francessa says:

    Good sori or bad sori?

  278. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

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

  279. Tom says:

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

  280. Crime Dog says:

    I’m not gonna jinx it but…

  281. YankeesJunkie says:

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

  282. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    Let’s go Mets. Lets go Mets.

  283. YankeesJunkie says:

    Great comeback!!!

  284. Need Pitching says:

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

  285. pistol pete says:

    CC poaches a win, love it.

  286. Mike Francessa says:

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

  287. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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.

  288. Ivan says:

    Great save, great fucking win!

  289. mike_h says:

    ballgame bitches

  290. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    All is right in the Universe.

  291. jjyank says:

    Shirt: untucked. Love it.

  292. JMK says:

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

  293. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

  294. 28 this year says:

    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.

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

  296. Cuso says:

    What a great win.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      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.

  297. OMG! Bagels! says:

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

    • Pat D says:

      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.

  298. DARREN says:

    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.

  299. RetroRob says:

    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 says:

      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.

  300. Mike N says:

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

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