Jun
15

Game 63: The Nation’s Capitol

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This is going to be a fun series. The Nationals are very clearly a team on the rise with some of the most exciting young players in the game, and these two clubs come in playing very well. Both the Yankees and Nationals have won six straight and both clubs are in first place, Washington by six in the loss column and New York by one. Their run differentials — +46 and +42 — are nearly identical. Here’s the lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
1B Mark Teixeira
3B Alex Rodriguez
RF Nick Swisher
LF Andruw Jones
Russell Martin
2B Jayson NixRobinson Cano‘s fine, just has terrible numbers vs. Gio Gonzalez (0-for-9, 4 K)
RHP Phil Hughes

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on My9 locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

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467 Comments»

  1. Bavarian Yankee says:

    Nix at 2nd? I mean just start Robbie, no matter how bad his numbers against Gio are.

    • miketotheg says:

      technically we can replace Girardi with a computer, complete with post game BS scripts and he can come out and yell at an umpire every 45.5 games, or 4 game losing streak. which ever comes first.

  2. Tom Q says:

    The way the two teams are playing, it’s like the irresistible force meeting the immovable object.

    If the Yanks take 2-of-3, you’d have to say they’re truly on fire right now. And even losing 2-of-3, to a hot team in their stadium, wouldn’t be disgraceful.

    Curious whether Gonzalez is truly transformed, or if he reverts to established ways with the Yankees.

  3. Bartolo's Colon says:

    On a bus on my way down to dc. I’m going to the game tomorrow. Pretty excited to see nationals park and pettitte pitch. I went to the game where he pitched against the reds. I wouldn’t mind a repeat of that. Unfortunately I have to deal with sterling tonight.

  4. neo says:

    Wish I could be there this weekend with the RAB guys. One of the very few times I rooted against the Yankees was when they played Shoeless Joe Hardy and the Washington Senators… of course that was fiction! Could never root against the Yankees for real!!

  5. Monterowasdinero says:

    Where you sitting Mike?

  6. miketotheg says:

    i can’t believe he’s not starting cano because of NINE at bats. NINE!
    This live and die by the numbers garbage is really starting to piss me off.

    • Gio says:

      This. Especially coming off an off day. Plus, it’s not like we’re playing a last place team like the Red Sox or anything…

    • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

      Joe loves giving players 2 days off. He’s leveraging yesterday’s off day and giving Cano another. Maybe the ankle is a little bruised too. Not really a bad idea in my opinion.

    • Need Pitching says:

      or Cano isn’t going to play 162 games anyways, so if he’s going to get a day off, doesn’t it make sense to come against a guy he hasn’t had success against instead of someone he’s more likely to have success against?

  7. Bo Knows says:

    No Robbie? I don’t care how bad his numbers are it’s dumb to sit your best all round player.

  8. Adam says:

    I see nothing wrong with Nix at second, he is one of the best bench men we have, and I am content with that. Besides, why not give Robbie a day off?

  9. forensic says:

    CapitAl, not CapitOl.

  10. RkyMtnYank says:

    The back wall behind the catcher looks about 10ft away, bet there’s not too much scoring on wp/pb’s.

  11. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Geez, there are Red Sox hats and shirts all fucking over Chicago right now. I’m wearing my Yankee hat all weekend. Nice to see the douchebags get shut out by the worst team in baseball, but hopefully Cash isn’t too blown away by Dempster’s performance that he now pushes harder for him.

  12. MannyGeee says:

    Holy Gio… This is gonna be one of those nights. Someone call the trolls out of hiding.

    • Greg says:

      I expected the Yankees to struggle against the Nationals. Yanks are 2-4 all time against the Nats and we’re in their park. I think they will win 1-3.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        What happened in 2006 and 2009 is horribly irrelevant.

        Yankees likely struggle this weekend because the Nats are a very good team. The fluke series in 2009 couldn’t matter less.

      • MannyGeee says:

        How’s your SSS treatin ya?

  13. MannyGeee says:

    OK I have a love hate relationship with Bryce Harper, that catch isn’t helping it.

  14. Cuso says:

    Well…at least we don’t have to face Strasburg.

  15. Karl Krawfid says:

    Looks like a tall pitchers mound in DC.

  16. MannyGeee says:

    Wow, Hughes got pinched on that walk.

  17. Need Pitching says:

    Strike

  18. Greg says:

    Especially if the Nats are getting that call

  19. Karl Krawfid says:

    Wow that was a strike.

  20. Wow, the game is barely 10 minutes in and the top of the first is over already…doubleplus ungood?

    • Greg says:

      Gio got to 3-2 on both Jeter and Grandy and struck them out. Tex lined out to center on a semi-diving catch by Harper

  21. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yesnetwork always finds a player on the opposing team to drool over.

    Annoying.

  22. MannyGeee says:

    Wondering which Hughes is gonna show up?

  23. Greg says:

    Why couldn’t Swisher catch that?

  24. Cuso says:

    Hmm. I don’t know about

    A:) that pitch selection on 0-2
    B:) the way Swish played that

  25. MannyGeee says:

    Only 25errors this season… Nuney’s flying helmet owns a nice chunk of those too…

  26. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    That’s Large from Phil.

  27. flamingo says:

    Wow, good job, Phil.

  28. MannyGeee says:

    A little more exciting way to get 2ks, but I’ll take it. Thanks Phil!

  29. Ivan says:

    So far so good Hughes.

  30. Tom says:

    So was the 2-0 pitch called a strike to ARod pretty much the same as the 3-2 walk in the bottom of the first?

  31. Kramerica Industries says:

    That’s three 3-2 strikeouts for Gio already.

    All on 96 mph fastballs.

  32. JMK says:

    The box score will show a single and walk but in reality, he got squeezed on the first walk and Swisher didn’t quite help him out either.

  33. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yanks are gonna crush Gio today.

  34. Kramerica Industries says:

    Jayson Nix was pretty overmatched there.

    At least Gio is over 40 pitches.

  35. Cuso says:

    Decent inning. Elevated his pitch count.

  36. Will The Thrill says:

    We’re getting Max Scherzer’d by Gio Gonzalez today…

  37. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Swish is laughing, fire him!

  38. Greg says:

    You should not give up a base hit to Flores ever. He’s a crappy hitter

  39. Karl Krawfid says:

    Almost had that.

  40. Hummingbird S. says:

    swisher.. wtf

  41. Kramerica Industries says:

    That’s where Swish is irritating.

    Not on the play, but on the laughing afterwards. That could lead to a big inning for all we know – it’s just not the time and place.

    • People deal with shit differently
      Paully strikes out, he destroys a water cooler
      Derek Jeter Strikes out, asks the up where it is and goes back to the dugout grimacing
      Swisher strikes out, he laughs about it.

      They’re all upset, maybe Swish more upset than even Paully, they just show it differently.

  42. Gotta get Flores there, let Geo lead off the next inning.

  43. Karl Krawfid says:

    Hughes can hit folks.

  44. Karl Krawfid says:

    Also he can walk more than Cano.

  45. Will The Thrill says:

    I’m glad the Yankees are doing well in interleague this year but that doesn’t change how much I hate interleague.

  46. Hummingbird S. says:

    that was a decent hack by hughes..

  47. Hummingbird S. says:

    damn…just missed a HR!

  48. Karl Krawfid says:

    Here comes the crushin’

  49. Need Pitching says:

    horrible camera work on that hit

  50. Will The Thrill says:

    Should’ve tried to bunt for a hit Grandy!

  51. Gio just loves throwing pitches. I’m completely Ok with this.

  52. Kevin G. says:

    How the hell did that get through?

  53. MEH ALEX IS GARBAGE!!!! COMPLETELY USELESS!!!!

  54. Will The Thrill says:

    I’m not too familiar with the Nationals’ bullpen. Should we want to get into it?

  55. Cy Pettitte says:

    BABIP success
    RISP success

  56. Karl Krawfid says:

    Say it with me. Crushin’ time.

  57. MannyGeee says:

    Hooray for seeing eye singles!

  58. flamingo says:

    A run!

  59. Wow, I didn’t realize Gio’s having such a good year. I guess going to the NL has helped him alot.

    PS, Alex just tied Jimmy Foxx for 5th all time on the RBI list.

  60. Karl Krawfid says:

    A-Rod you idiot.

  61. Damn Alex, gotta make sure the ball goes through to home before going to 3rd…

  62. Cy Pettitte says:

    @BloggingBombers
    I don’t understand why A-Rod didn’t go to his trademark “Slap the ball out of the fielder’s hand” play right there.

    lol, Yankees beat writers are the best

  63. Pinstripes In Cali says:

    WTF A-Rod. That weak-ass ground ball RBI “single” isn’t redemption enough for you to be a bonehead on the bases.

  64. MannyGeee says:

    Brain fart by A Rod Or sac to score the run?

  65. your mom says:

    TOOTBLAN!

  66. Need Pitching says:

    ummmm …. range

  67. Hummingbird S. says:

    A-Rod fucking up on all facets of the game now.. great

  68. MannyGeee says:

    A rod giveth& a rod taketh away

  69. Tom says:

    Just dumb baserunning… the play is right in front of you and you just give up the out. They also have Gio’s pitch count up and that saves him at least another 2-3 highs stress pitches at a minimum, and possibly a lot more.

    I wonder if it was one of those “well I’ll force a cutoff to make sure the guy scores from 2nd”… that seems to be done way too frequently around baseball.

  70. Kramerica Industries says:

    Try getting luckier this inning, assholes.

    Bryce Harper is great already. He doesn’t need to be getting that.

  71. Harper, I will officially hate you if Hughes is hurt.

  72. Hummingbird S. says:

    no defense whatsoever.. 2 routine plays that they dont make and it’s a scoring situation for them

    • Greg says:

      How do you figure on the last one?

      • Tom says:

        A pitcher with any type of normal follow through and that play is routine….

        Just watch Hughes’ follow through after a fastball – he has no chance at a ball at his feet unless it is hit very slowly.

      • Hummingbird S. says:

        It wasn’t hit that hard, right at Hughes… he had plenty of time. I guess his follow through played a part in it like Tom here said.

  73. Cuso says:

    Tex could have been dead at the plate. I don’t have too much issue with getting 2 early runs off Gio.

    Can’t make too much of that play.

  74. Live look in for the National’s feed OMG actual analysis on pitch selection!!!

  75. That ball had a weird flight to it. Off the bat I thought it was an easy out, then once it was in the air I thought it might be gone…

  76. Karl Krawfid says:

    Phil Hughes, Afraid of LaRoche.

  77. Will The Thrill says:

    Complete this sentence.

    An average Nationals fan has been a fan of the Nationals for ________ (amount of time).

  78. Hummingbird S. says:

    Awful 0-2 pitch..

    • DM says:

      Amen. Morse wasn’t smelling his fastball — then they do him a favor that speeds up his bat. Not just a hanger, a bad choice.

  79. Need Pitching says:

    fucking 2 strike hits

    grumble, grumble, grumble

  80. Karl Krawfid says:

    Hang em Hughes.

  81. Greg says:

    Hanging curveball. Despite bad defense, you cant throw that

  82. Karl Krawfid says:

    Huge pitch Hughes.

  83. Hummingbird S. says:

    Now that’s more like it.. nice pitch.

  84. your mom says:

    Good comeback

  85. Greg says:

    I blame that run on Hughes. You cant hang a curve on 0-2 to batter just coming off the DL

  86. Cuso says:

    Calm the ef down

  87. Greg says:

    I think the White Sox were leading the AL Central

  88. Cuso says:

    Gio tweaked something. Saw him grimace in the 1st inning too.

  89. Hummingbird S. says:

    I think it’s time Jones starts hitting against southpaws.. He’s not doing his job on that platoon rotation

    • Will The Thrill says:

      Nope. It’s time to find someone else for the lefty mashing role. Maybe the Yanks should see about trading for someone like Jonny Gomes or Ryan Ludwick. Although those alternatives aren’t great to be honest I feel like they’re marginally better. Jones has his one or two moments a year but other than that he’s not getting it done.

  90. Lol, Sterling thinks Joba’s coming back by the All-Star Break.

  91. Greg says:

    In 1994, the Texas Rangers were leading the AL West at 52-62. My lord

  92. Hummingbird S. says:

    damn, that makes it 3 outs that were hard hit out of 11..

  93. Nix, please get on base here, let Hughes end this inning so he doesn’t lead off the 5th.

  94. SamWalt says:

    Horseshit! Teddy Roosevelt should win every damn time.

  95. Need Pitching says:

    Is it just me, or has every pitch this AB been a strike?

  96. Scott Proctor says:

    Nats broadcast just showed a guy in the stands with an Ibanez jersey.

  97. Cuso says:

    Matt Vasgershian has mentioned repeatedly on MLB network that the Yankees are one of the teams “most” hurt by the loss of the DH.

    That’s just clueless. They’re probably one of the 3 least hurt by the loss. They don’t have a full-time DH. They don’t have to bench someone who would otherwise play. See Red Sox, White Sox, Royals, Rangers, Angels, etc.

    Just dumb generalizations once again about the Yankees by MSM.

  98. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jayson Cano. what a play.

  99. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Great play by Nixxxxxxx

  100. Karl Krawfid says:

    Cano who?!?!?!

  101. Need Pitching says:

    Nice play, both ends.

  102. Tom says:

    I thought Cano was getting the night off? ;-)

  103. Karl Krawfid says:

    Hughes must have a million swing and misses.

  104. Athenian says:

    if what they just said on MLB Network about Andy helping Hughes, makes the signing of Pettitte even better.

    Phil has certainly looked more like the promise he should be than the pitcher that shot his wad by the 4th inning, he was.

  105. Greg says:

    Did Kenny forget that Ryan played with the Astros for awhile as well in the National League?

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

    I just realized that I forgot to change my handle back. I’m sorry, people.

    • MannyGeee says:

      Well, anytime Hughes is on the mound, pining for Phelps’ plane to Tampa to be delayed is inevitible…

  107. Hummingbird S. says:

    6 consecutive outs since that brain fart by A-Rod..thats how you kill rallies!

  108. Greg says:

    So far the Yankees have played Gonzalez well. They took advantage of their one true golden opportunity to score runs, they’ve made him throw alot of pitches.

  109. MannyGeee says:

    LOL @ the Mets, nice of them to turn back into pumpkins after manhandling the rest of the AL East

  110. MannyGeee says:

    Nice 3rd strike on Lobarndozzi (sp?). Right at the eyes… That is a confident pitcher at work.

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

    Where was that?

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

      I mean, that was one of the best pitches Hughes has thrown all year.

  112. Reggie C. says:

    Hughes got to be careful. Don’t want to show up the ump.

  113. Reggie C. says:

    Hughes on a roll!

  114. You know a call is bad When Sterling is going on and on about it. He never complains about the strike zone.

  115. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Phil Phuckin’ Hughes…

  116. Greg says:

    Leiter is exactly right. Hughes didnt get that call because Martin was set up way outside. But in the end, no harm, no foul

  117. JMK says:

    What happened to Ryan Zimmerman? That’s a long contract if this is the player he is.

  118. MannyGeee says:

    WOW. Great inning by Phil. I think that settles it, Petitte can never leave…

  119. Cy Pettitte says:

    I like how Hughes starts have become watchable, or dare I say, enjoyable, again.

  120. Greg says:

    Ideal scenario would be to have Hughes pitch the sixth and then pinch hit him in the seventh and go to the pen

  121. MannyGeee says:

    And if it hasn’t been mentioned, let me be the first to say it.

    RA Dickey got fucked. Pain & simple. The Commish does not want to be shown up by bad score keeping, but that was an error.

  122. Karl Krawfid says:

    Kid behind the plate with a Nats shirt and a Yankee Jersey.

    Gangsta.

  123. Will The Thrill says:

    Gonzalez going to 3-2 on almost everyone and getting batters out. Argh.

  124. Cy Pettitte says:

    Gio was at 78 pitches through 4, kind of disappointed they couldn’t knock him out after 6.

  125. John Sterling talking about OBP. I love this game.

  126. jjyank says:

    What up RAB! Greetings from the game! Shaping up to be a good one so far. Phil has looked pretty sharp to me. Hope the game thread is as pleasant as the weather/game here in DC!

  127. Tom says:

    Blue Jay pitchers dropping like flies…

    Hutchinson left the game tonight with elbow soreness in the first. Drabek tore his UCL the other day and is likely headed for a 2nd TJ surgery and Morrow left a few days back with an oblique strain and I think is on the DL.

  128. Greg says:

    That was almost the streak continuer

  129. Greg says:

    THROW HIM A CHANGEUP

  130. your mom says:

    throw an offspeed pitch damnit.

  131. MannyGeee says:

    Mitch Williams’ glove looks like a 4 year olds tee ball glove…

  132. Mykey says:

    For the love of God. Strike Morse out.

  133. Greg says:

    THERE YOU GO

  134. your mom says:

    Could’ve thrown that 5 pitches ago.

  135. Kramerica Industries says:

    Thank God DRob is back.

    Might need an 8/9 outing tonight, with another close game on hand…

  136. your mom says:

    What happened to Phil’s cutter?

  137. Tom Q says:

    That Morse at-bat seemed to flash Phil back to 2011/late 2010.

    And will probably make this his last inning.

  138. bus home time, keep the lead/expand it boys!

  139. Need Pitching says:

    no obligatory HR today
    nice job overall for Phil (still needs to be a little more efficient, though)

  140. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    Now let’s hope they bring in Lidge.

  141. Cy Pettitte says:

    Assuming Phil’s night is over – streak busted.

  142. Ivan says:

    Good solid outing for Hughes.

  143. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Roll Over !

  144. Mykey says:

    Haha, gotta love those groundballs with eyes.

  145. DERP says:

    36% strikeout rate today. 50% of balls in play on the ground. Great job by Phil.

  146. Greg says:

    Last time we saw Lidge was the ’09 Series, am I right?

  147. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Wise move.

  148. Tom says:

    They didn’t even make a move toward 2nd on that steal?

  149. Karl Krawfid says:

    That was a “Wise” Decision to steal a base.

  150. Karl Krawfid says:

    A-Rod ended Lidges greatest back in 2009.

  151. DERP says:

    We got to have this game. Beating Gio would be so huge. Just stop putting Lombardozzi on in front of Harper and I think we will be good.

  152. Tom says:

    Wise should consider 3rd…. Lidge is going to be pumping in sliders with 2 strikes

  153. DERP says:

    Now that the lefty is out, why not pinch hit Cano for Nix next?

  154. Need Pitching says:

    here comes the bunt

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

    why not PH Cano?

  156. Greg says:

    There are two things Girardi can do. He can PH Cano for Nix or hit Nix and PH Cano for Hughes and then double switch

  157. Frank says:

    intentional walk here

  158. Greg says:

    Forces the Nationals to walk Cano and load the bases

  159. MannyGeee says:

    Well, in closing, Hughes has strung together another strong outing. Good for him…

  160. your mom says:

    Pussies!

  161. Kramerica Industries says:

    O/U 1.5 pitches for Jeter to hit into a rally-killing DP?

    I take the slight over, with 2.

  162. Tom says:

    Would have used Chavez or Ibanez there.

    If they walk them, then he could have done something real gutsy… pinch hit Cano for Jeter (and move Nix to SS)

  163. Frank says:

    Gotta get a SF at least

  164. DERP says:

    This plan has been fucked since Jump Street.

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

    That’s why you should have PH Cano for Nix. Give him a chance to drive one in the gap and widen this lead.

  166. Cy Pettitte says:

    that worked out well!

  167. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, that worked out.

  168. Greg says:

    Would not have turned two on that

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

    Haha

  170. Frank says:

    Sweet!!

  171. your mom says:

    I’ll take that all day, everyday.

  172. Need Pitching says:

    Clutch forced error!!!!

    • Tom says:

      Tack on runs? Hits with runners in scoring position?

      Unfortunately there’s no way they hang on to win unless someone hits a HR.

      • Need Pitching says:

        It would be fitting if they do.
        First Hughes start without giving up a HR. First Yankee win without hitting HR.

  173. MannyGeee says:

    Great Yankee crowd at the park tonight huh

  174. DERP says:

    Ian Desmond, more like E-an Desmond, AMIRITE?

  175. Arya says:

    Well done. Stayed out of the DP and got a couple runs.

  176. DERP says:

    The Nats bullpen really sucks.

    • MannyGeee says:

      But Matt Vaskurgen just told me they have been really good last week agains the Red Sox and Blue Jays….

      Pfffffffffffttttttttt……. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!!!!

      Sorry, I tried to keep a straight face

  177. Greg says:

    REGRESSION

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

    Grandy the best

  179. Cy Pettitte says:

    oppo double off a lefty. awesome.

  180. Need Pitching says:

    RISPnonfail!!!!!

  181. MannyGeee says:

    Hooray for flood gates blowing open!!!

  182. RBC says:

    50% off pizza for everyone… at least in NY

  183. your mom says:

    Denzel says,”Game over.”

  184. Mike N says:

    YEAHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOO!!!!!!!

  185. MannyGeee says:

    Gios head looks like it MIT explode…

  186. DERP says:

    So how many games do we win if we are in the NL? I think about 140 is a pretty conservative number.

  187. dkidd says:

    too many homers!!!!!

    wait…

  188. MannyGeee says:

    A Rod can slay a rally like no other….

  189. Mike N says:

    I don’t understand why it matters if the Yanks win without scoring a homer.

    • Greg says:

      The thinking is that in the playoffs you are less likely to homer because you are going against great pitchers.

      • Evan3457 says:

        The thinking is wrong. A slightly higher percentage of runs scored in the post-season is scored on home runs than in the regular season.

        This is because although the good starting pitching allows fewer HR per game than average pitching, they allow even fewer long sequence rallies.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      because they haven’t won a game this year in which they didn’t hit a HR

    • Will The Thrill says:

      Seriously. Hits are hits, runs are runs, and wins are wins.

  190. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Vagina Vagina Vagina…just exercising my right to Free Speech

  191. Greg says:

    If I were Joe, I would get Robertson some work in this game just to get him back in the swing of things

  192. Need Pitching says:

    Eppley killing his GB%

    • Will The Thrill says:

      Meh. Those outs in the air just mean that they’re trying extra hard to elevate it and not ground out since they probably read the scouting reports.

    • MannyGeee says:

      Yeah, that will earn you a trip to Scranton (Albany, Syracuse, Albania, Kalamazoo, wherever the Travelling Willburrys end up hanging their hats today)

  193. Karl Krawfid says:

    This man Tex can play some D.

  194. Tom says:

    Nice play Tex.

    Looked a lot more impressive real time. The slow mo replay made it look less impressive.

  195. DERP says:

    Have Eppley/Garcia finish this off. Pitch Robertson tomorrow or Sunday no matter what.

  196. Tom says:

    Winning without HR’s?
    A Hughes start without a HR?
    Eppley recording 3 outs without a GB?

    I’m afraid if I step outside I might get hit by lightning.

  197. Will The Thrill says:

    Tom Gorzelanny = White Flag

  198. Mike N says:

    Beat these fuckers!!!

  199. MannyGeee says:

    Wow, Seatptle has a TEAM OBP of .297…. That is pretty awesome.

  200. eephus_pitch says:

    Sterling just told me that you have to actually watch the games, and not just rely on stats.
    You silly STATHEADS! You don’t even watch the games!

    • MannyGeee says:

      Yeah… He’s just saying that to back up his YCPBB theory… That’s what ‘the man’ would want you to think. Statsz 4 lyfeeeeeeee!!!!!!!

  201. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Phil Phucking Hughes!

  202. DERP says:

    Hughes with 22 swings and misses today. Holy fucking shit.

  203. Mike N says:

    Seven in a ROW!!!!

  204. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Oh, K on Harper on 3 pitches Rapada !!!!!!!!!

  205. Greg says:

    Dont worry Bryce. We’ll get you somehow

  206. eephus_pitch says:

    I’ll never forgive Ryan Zimmerman for destroying Chien-Ming Wang.
    Yes, I blame him.

  207. DERP says:

    Just strike out one of the best players in baseball on three pitchers. nbd.

  208. Cy Pettitte says:

    DRob sighting!

  209. Tom says:

    Wow, Harper, Rapada just “clowned you, bro”

    New 7-9-9 formula Eppley-Rapada-Garcia?

  210. MannyGeee says:

    Woah… A non broken Zimmerman would have sen that one to The parking lot

  211. DERP says:

    I almost feel bad for Freddy. He can’t even get into a game with a five run lead against the bottom of a shitty lineup.

    • MannyGeee says:

      Don’t feel bad, he’s making 4.5M and the only pressure he faces is a long line at Starbucks when he gets sent out for Lattes.

  212. DERP says:

    Andrelton Simmons is doing some fine work.

  213. MannyGeee says:

    Wow, Rapada doing werk!!!

  214. Greg says:

    Luis Ayala and Cory Wade last year, Clay Rapada and Cody Eppley this year, Chad Gaudin and Dustin Moseley in 2010.

  215. George Clooney says:

    clay RAPADA with a lockdown inning?

    we’re entering “fish that ate pittsburgh” territory

  216. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    No chance you’re pulling a Cano on Cano.

  217. DERP says:

    I hate to brag, but I started Andrelton Simmons in The Game today.

  218. MannyGeee says:

    Gorzalanny looks like John Lackeys younger fatter homosexual brother… Jus sayin

  219. Kramerica Industries says:

    2 innings late on the Jeter GIDP stuff, I see.

  220. eephus_pitch says:

    I’m still allowed to be annoyed by Jeter’s DP tendencies, even when the team’s doing great.
    It’s my right as an American.

  221. your mom says:

    ewww Jeter.

  222. OldYanksFan says:

    So…. can someone tell me the different between NEW (very good) Highes and OLD (frustrating, inconsistant, no too good) Hughes?

    It seems he’s throwing more strikes, not nibbling but challenging. Is that it?

    • your mom says:

      Velocity is better

    • Need Pitching says:

      he definitely seems more aggressive. It also seems like he’s phased out his shitty cutter.

    • MannyGeee says:

      I think it’s confidence. He looks like a guy who will Challenge a hitter now, go upstairs or drop a hook on two strikes… He was not doing that a month ago.

    • Tom says:

      I think he is also throwing the fastball down in the zone a bit more. I think this makes his fastball up a bit more effective as batters have to respect the fastball down.

  223. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    although i don’t quite get it, i’m still unexplainably laughing.

  224. Cy Pettitte says:

    well there goes the no HR win

  225. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Damn it Grandy.

  226. Mike N says:

    GRANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  227. Greg says:

    WHY GRANDY!

  228. DERP says:

    Another hit off a lefty.

  229. Need Pitching says:

    Yankees suck. They can’t win without hitting a HR.

  230. Arya says:

    We wouldn’t have been able to win this ballgame without that home run.

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

    This is why that whole meme is stupid.

  232. Eirias says:

    Damn. A home-run. Clearly we’re screwed in the playoffs.

  233. DERP says:

    We just can’t win unless we hit a home run.

  234. MannyGeee says:

    Off topic, but….

    Don’t look now, but Trever Plouffe leads the Twins in Home Runs. How’s Mauers contract look now?

  235. Kramerica Industries says:

    Curtis extends the narrative.

    Awesome.

  236. DERP says:

    I am listening to the Nats broadcast. The play-by-play guy is really good. Anyone else listening?

  237. Eirias says:

    Get Hughes back out there and tell him to give up a homer. KEEP THE STREAK ALIVE.

  238. Tom says:

    Still can’t win a game without a HR.

    /Marchandneedssomethingtowriteabout

  239. dkidd says:

    carlos pena with zero at-bats and 4 runs scored tonight

    ycpb

  240. Mike N says:

    This is clearly unsustainable and not a playoff team.

  241. CBean says:

    Hi D-Rob!

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

    High Socks are back!

  243. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    He’s Baaaaaaack!!!!!

  244. Greg says:

    This is why you put him in now. Let him get this stuff out of his system. Great move by Girardi

  245. So, I saw Derek’s 2-run infield single/throwing error on my phone, but how’d we get from 4-1 to 7-1? I’m not complaining, just curious.

    PS, good move putting Robertson in a low pressure situation first game back.

  246. Mike N says:

    END THIS FUCKER NOW!

  247. Pat D says:

    Was there really a need for Desmond to do that?

  248. DERP says:

    O’neill rule possibly in play here.

  249. Eirias says:

    Runner on third? Right where Robertson wants them…

  250. your mom says:

    Wonder when Freddy pitches next?

  251. Mike N says:

    Irrelevant run. END THIS!

  252. DERP says:

    Martin Prado just made a nasty play.

  253. DERP says:

    FINISH HIM

  254. MannyGeee says:

    Typical Robertson appearance.

  255. Mike N says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SEVEN IN A ROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YANKS KICK FUCKING ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  256. Cuso says:

    What is this Plouffe-sanity? 2 more taters for a Trevor tonight.

  257. A little rust is to be expected. I’d give him another one or two low leverage appearances before putting him back into the 8th inning. As much as I dislike it MFIKY has been really good as the closer, so why fix something that isn’t broken?

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

    Can you guys guess who the last guy to record a save against the Yankees is?

  259. Tom says:

    Solid game – did not expect Hughes to outpitch Gio and thought they’d have to win it against the pen, but Hughes was impressive.

  260. Mike N says:

    The Yanks are clearly among the top four teams in MLB right now: Yanks, Angels, White Sox, and Dodgers.

  261. Tom Q says:

    So, obviously the Yankees could hardly be doing any better in inter-league, but…doesn’t it seem a bit of a gyp they don’t get to play the Marlins, the way Miami’s absolutely lying down for the rest of the East?

  262. DERP says:

    The National league is our bitch.

  263. fin says:

    Man, I look forward to Hughes’s starts now. Its so nice seeing him pitch well. Hes rewarding Cash$ for sticking with him.

    • Nemesis says:

      Yup.

      Hughes is like Cashmans first time.

      By that I mean the first product of Cashman having more control over the entire organization.

  264. DERP says:

    Our worst pitcher just beat one of the best pitchers in baseball this year.

  265. Greg says:

    Kershaw gave up a 2 run homer to Adam Dunn in the first 2-0 white Sox. That game could be over

  266. Kramerica Industries says:

    Pettitte vs. Zimmermann tomorrow.

    Keep it going

  267. stuart a says:

    hughes has been good for over a month…

    1 bad game versus the Angels else he has been very good.

  268. RBC says:

    And you guys thought the Yanks were kaput without Mariano….

  269. goterpsgo says:

    WOOOOOHOOOO Braves!!!!! Extend the division lead!!!

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