Jun
17

Game 65: Nine would be fine

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(Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

It’s been a long time since the Yankees last won nine consecutive games. They’ve had eight-game winning streaks in each of the last two three seasons but you have to go back to May 2009 for their last nine gamer. It’s not easy to go a week and a half without a loss, especially in the AL East, but they have a chance to do just that against the Nationals today. Here’s this afternoon’s the lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
LF Raul Ibanez
RF Andruw Jones
Chris Stewartno surprise after Russell Martin caught all 14 innings yesterday
RHP Ivan Nova

Today’s game is scheduled to start at 1:35pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and TBS nationally. Enjoy.

Nick Swisher Update: Swisher (quad contusion) arrived at the park carrying — but not using — a set of crutches. He described the injury as “the worst Charley Horse ever.” He is not available at all this afternoon, though it sounds like he’ll be able to avoid the DL.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Greg

    It also seems we knocked Brad Lidge off the Nationals

    • RetroRob

      Was he cut?

      • Dela G

        yeah he was DFA’d

  • RI$P FTW

    I found the hidden game thread!

  • RetroRob

    For a Seinfeldian question, when you say the Yankees have had eight-game winning streaks the *last* two seasons, does that include this season, or does that mean they’ve had eight-game winning streaks in ’10 and ’11, meaning this is the third year in a row they’ve had an eight-game winning streak?

    • yooboo

      I think it is latest as possible. That means this season and last season.

    • Countryclub

      Right, I believe Mike means this is the 3rd yr in a row.

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

      It’s actually 2010 and 2011, I’ll change it to say three years to include 2012.

  • Dela G

    Brad Lidge DFA’d

    maybe pick him up and see if we can fix him? I maybe have a soft spot for him since he pitched for the astros when i lived in houston

    • RetroRob

      Minor league deal would be fine. No risk. Major league deal would be bad since they Yankees will already be facing a roster crunch with Joba and Aardsma returning.

  • Brian S.

    We usually hit Edwin pretty hard right?

    • yooboo

      yeah.

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

    Wow, Edwin is loving being in the National league again, huh? I mean his stuff is good, but ERA just over 3 good?

    • Brian S.

      He was actually better with the White Sox than he was with the Diamondbacks or Cardinals. Believe it or not he was one of the best pitchers in all of baseball in Chicago and struggled in the NL.

  • DERP

    Nats broadcast or TBS?

    • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

      Tbs is decent

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        thanks for this, just switched to tbs, nats guys were saying “nice job” to the fans for filling the stadium with red jerseys. he made no acknowledgment to “this is sunday, many of the NY’ers have traveled home and are no longer in town and of course are home celebrating father’s day”

        • RI$P FTW

          Yeah, it’s a real conspiracy.

          • Paul VuvuZuvella

            Yeah, sure Sybil.

  • Brian S.

    Anyone else see the guy with the shirt that said “Don’t bro me if you don’t know me”?

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    Bryce Harper’s got 5.5 more years to learn to always address the media.

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

      did he ditch out on the media last night?

      • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

        According to Kay.

    • RetroRob

      He’s nineteen. Most kids his age are in their freshman year at college playing beer pong, or in extended Spring Training getting ready to debut in a short-season league. Overall, I like his attitude. Conifident and cocky, but he doesn’t annoy me. Yeah, he will need to address the media when he has bad days. I’m sure Davey Johnson will speak to him. He’ll get it.

    • RI$P FTW

      Screw the media. It’s a waste of time.
      “We did our best.” ”
      I have to try to do better next time.” etc…

      If someone says something honest or interesting, the media portrays them as assholes and hangs them out to dry.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Good start.

    • Brian S.

      I want all the runs.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        I hope u get them

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Very good start

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

    nice start boys :)

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Noone is afraid to throw A-Rod strike 1. Notice that?

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Gonna have faith in Tex here

  • RetroRob

    Oh, no. The dreaded bases-loaded situation.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Meh. Okay.

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

    Cano…with good baserunning…wait what?!

    • Brian S.

      According to fangraphs he has been a fantastic baserunner in his career.

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

        really? wow, he almost always seems to never take the extra base and such, this is just eye test.

        • Brian S.

          Yeah, BSR War or whatever that measures going first to third, advancing on sac flies, etc. He’s always near the top.

          • RetroRob

            I never really thought about it in Cano’s case, and the fact that I don’t probably means he’s a good baserunner. It’s the bad ones I notice. Posada wasn’t good. Neither was Bernie. Players like A-Rod and Jeter are.

            • eephus_pitch

              Posada and Williams were two of the worst baserunners I’ve ever seen, with Jorge being almost historically bad. Berine should have been great, since he was so fast, but just didn’t have the instincts.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Cano forgot how many outs there were. Froze.

  • TommyBoy

    pathetic

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

    coulda/shoulda/woulda had 2 or 3 runs that inning…but I’m not going to harp on it.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Coulda been so much more, but Jackson through a ton of pitches

  • teddy

    cashman needs to acquired a legitmate 3rd hitter, because teix and arod are 5th hitters at best and thats a reach.

    50 million for 2 average major leaguers,

    • Brian S.

      Batting order doesn’t mean anything. And A-Rod is one of the best third basemen in baseball. I agree that Teixeira is not good.

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

        Tex is in the top 1/3 baseball for first baseman in wRC+…not terrible, but not what we’re paying. Sorry dude, numbers work both ways.

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

          1/2*

      • RetroRob

        One named teddy is not bright. Don’t waste your time.

    • pat

      LOL yeah OK because 3 hitters are just floating around waiting to be acquired.

      #Dumbass.

  • Brian S.

    Ibanez 106 wRC+ and decreasing. He’s not good.

    • Pat D

      He’s regressing.

      Can’t deny that he wasn’t the best offensive player for a stretch, though. He’ll be up and down, I’m sure.

      • RetroRob

        He’s a very streaky hitter.

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

    Nova, get Edwin back out their before he can catch his breath.

    good start.

  • DERP

    Lazy play

  • Ethan

    Beautiful play by Cano!

  • cr1

    Will we get to see another little tantrum today? The first one was kind of cute in a toddlerish way, but a series of them might get old quickly…

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

    Stewie!!!!!!

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Stewey.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Ok with a K, stay off the bases

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

    ugh…I turned off the Nats broadcast because they were complaining that the breaks have been going yankees way, but this is game 3 of the series, and Johnny and Suzyn are still going on about how high up the broadcast booth is…lose/lose.

    • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

      Ooh gawd John, roger Clemens is in George’s box and can see the field better than we can

    • Pat D

      Kay made a comment about the booth, too.

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    Ivan Nova’s BABIP is 1.000

  • Brian S.

    Unclutch

  • RetroRob

    Rodney King found dead at the bottom of a swimming pool.

    Now back to the baseball game.

    • Pat D

      Hopefully no foul play.

      • RetroRob

        Surprised he made it 47.

    • RI$P FTW

      Thanks. The rest of us don’t have internet.

    • RI$P FTW

      Dr. Drew is disappointed that it wasn’t the bottom of the Celebrity Rehab pool.

  • Pat D

    Wow, that siren might be more annoying than the Angels’ fireworks.

  • teddy

    there goes the lead, thanks arod

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

      Yeah I didn’t like that pitch he threw either.

      • Brian S.

        He’s so selfish.

  • Knoxvillain

    Nova’s back to normal.

  • RI$P FTW

    The big question: Will Nova hit La Roche the next time he’s up if Nova has to actually bat himself? I doubt it.

    • pat

      Why would he hit him?

      • RI$P FTW

        He’s a really cool and tough guy.

  • Brian S.

    Get Freddy up

  • dkidd

    kind of a negative game thread, considering how the team has been playing

    happy father’s day to all

    • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

      We are Yankee fans, it’s what we do

    • RI$P FTW

      Having a $200 million dollar all-star team will do that.

    • RetroRob

      Meh. There’s three or four consistent negative posters who have a lot of pent up frustration over the Yankees winning ways of late. They don’t know what to do.

  • Psychicfan

    Yanks win today 9-4

    • RI$P FTW

      10-4, good buddy!
      LOL!

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Hilarious that the tbs announcers are giving the gm of the Nats props for a packed house today after Smoltz stated earlier that at least 20,000 Yankee fans are there.

    • RI$P FTW

      What should the GM do? Ban Yankees fans?
      Someone earlier in this thread said that all the cool and enlightened Yankees fans went home to celebrate father’s day. Which is it?

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        “cool and enlightened”? these are things of which you know nothing.

    • Pat D

      He gave Yankees fans great discounts to come fill his park.

      • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

        I’m saying it’s not that the Nats are filling up the park on the regs, it’s the fact that the yanks are in town that anyone cares about this team

        • Pat D

          I know, I was being sarcastic.

          I also can’t stand the TBS announcers, especially if Smoltz is on there, so I like that you’re pointing out their hypocrisy.

        • RI$P FTW

          The Yanks get credit for everything, right?
          No one else should get credit. If they do, it’s a conspiracy against the Yankees, right?

          • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

            If a team averages 29000 a game but sells out when the yanks are in town then yes, right? Makes sense right?

            • RI$P FTW

              You’re right. The GM is terrible.

              • Rainbow Connection

                Settle down.

                • RI$P FTW

                  Summa Donna! LOL

      • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

        I was responding to RI$P who obviously has a little hate towards the yanks, don’t even know why he’s on this board

        • RI$P FTW

          Homers like you make all Yanks fans look bad.

          • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

            Fact stating makes me a homer? So arguing just to argue makes you a douche

    • RetroRob

      How are they drawing overall? Considering they’re in first place and have two of them most exciting young players in the game, I would think they’d be packed every game.

      • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

        15th in MLB with 29,202 per game average.

        • RetroRob

          Thought they’d be doing better, although it’s not like they’ve had an embedded fanbase for years.

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

            Their attendance is up something like 30% this year.

  • Pat D

    Switched over to MLB Tonight during the break and they had the Cardinals/Royals on. The announcers mentioned they had a tribute before the game for Darryl Kile. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since that happened.

    That might have been the toughest thing Joe Girardi ever had to do.

  • Brian S.

    A-Rod made an out?

    :: incessant complaining ::

    • Pat D

      Rabble rabble rabble rabble rabble…

  • Brian S.

    Please Ibanez get a hit. Just a single. That’s not too much to ask right?

    • pat

      Apparently.

    • RetroRob

      He used up his first half allotment.

  • TommyBoy

    Of course they didn’t score. This really is beyond pathetic!

    • pat

      8 straight wins! Totally pathetic!

  • Knoxvillain

    Can they get a fucking hit with runners on just one damn time? This is why they are going to be swept in the ALDS.

    • Brian S.

      Tell us more clairvoyant one.

      • Knoxvillain

        I will in the top of the 4th when they have first and second with nobody out and don’t score.

  • Brian S.

    Dickerson/Mustelier>

  • TommyBoy

    I agree with Knoxvillain. Yankees aren’t winning jack this year if they don’t get a whole lot and I mean a whole better with RISP!

  • RI$P FTW

    Wow. Nova gave up a double to the worst hitter in MLB.

  • Jobamania

    lol ajones

  • Brian S.

    Bryce Hahpah is a stahting outfieldah

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

      Haha, PHILL YOOOES IZ GONNA BE A STAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • pat

    34 pitches thru 3? I’ll take it.

  • Pat D

    Tim Raines.

    • RetroRob

      Raines was to Henderson as Speaker was to Cobb.

      It seems so obvious that it’s Raines that I was half wondering if it’s a trick question. Yet I won’t go look.

  • Knoxvillain

    It sucks that Swish isn’t playing today. He was starting to kill the ball.

  • Knoxvillain

    For all the talk and love about Desmond, he isn’t too impressive with the bat and can’t field for shit it seems.

    • RetroRob

      There were rumors during the off season that the Nats were trying to trade for Brett Gardner and were offering back Desmond. As if the Yankees didn’t already have a Desmond in Nunez.

  • DERP

    E-an Desmond. #obligatory

  • Pat D

    Did Kenny just say “whoops, there goes gravity?”

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Jeterian bunt.

  • Brian S.

    Jeter be clutch for once this season please.

    • Brian S.

      Or don’t

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

    knoxvillain, I noticed you can see the future and KNOW that the yankees are going to be swept in the ALDS. Why are you still watching then? That’s like watching Battlestar Gallactica knowing about the shitty finale.

    • Knoxvillain

      I always watch the games whenever I’m home. They’re still fun to watch even though they’re playing better than they are.

      As Jeter fails to do his job again. Surprise surprise.

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

        What about Chris Stewart?

        • Knoxvillain

          Chris Stewart sucks. Nobody expects anything from him. He doesn’t even count.

          • Brian S.

            Chris Stewart thinks he counts.

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

        But what I’m asking is, why would you watch something you already know the outcome of? If I knew that the Yankees were going to loose in the LDS I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on the games, I’d be to busy thinking “yeah that’s great, but it’s not going to mean anything” and “who cares if they loose tonight? they aren’t going to win the world series anyway.” it would make games incredibly boring.

  • pat

    LOL Ken Darling is complaining during the Mets game about the call at the plate yesterday.

    • JohnnyC

      Has Darling ever been able to get his nose de-congested? Listening to him reminds me of my 4 year old nephew when he’s got a cold…or is it a code?

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

    Nova…you’ve been so good of late, don’t be the guy to break the awesome streak :(

  • Brian S.

    Jeter has been first half 2011 since late April.

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

      I’d say mid-May, but yeah…

      • Brian S.

        I think April 27 is the date that he started to have a mid .650 OPS. I read that somewhere but I don’t know the exact batting line.

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

          Eek. That’s terrible!!

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

    This is the .232 hitter Danny Espinosa…use the fastball!!!

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

    HUGE DP!!!!!!!

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Beautious

  • Brian S.

    Look at that lazy double play by Cano right there.

  • pat

    We’d win 110 games a year in the NL.

  • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

    Nova getting squeezed

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    Pretty sure Jeter never touched 2nd. I’ll take it though!

    • RetroRob

      Funny, I had the opposite reaction. I’m so used to seeing either the SS or 2B’man taking the proximity play to the extreme, straddling the bag and making no attempt to even touch it, I was struck by Jeter making an attempt to nip the edge of the bag. I can’t say for sure he did, but I noticed he actually made an attempt.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    The grandyman can

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

    The Grandyman absolutely can!

  • RetroRob

    Curtis “I Don’t Consider Myself a HR Hitter” Granderson.

  • Tom

    When did Ian Desmond become a dead pull hitter?

    Once again when there is a guy on 2nd, Girardi feels the need for semi-shifts on players who don’t warrant them. On that groundball single to right Cano was pracrically behind 2nd and Tex must have been 15-20 feet off of first.

    I understand doing that with a guy like Morse, but what is all the more baffling is that when there’s noone on they don’t shift like that for Demsond.

    I’m not sure Cano gets to that groundball anyway but watch the next time a guys on 2nd, the majority of the time it seems Girardi is shifting one way or the other (for a lefty or righty)

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

    I’m pretty sure that Jackson’s thrown like 5 pitches this inning.

  • Brian S.

    NO!!! NOT ANOTHER HOME RUN!!!

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

      Too Many!!!!

  • Brian S.

    Not a fan of giving up a hit to a terrible catcher to start the inning.

  • Tom

    routine groundball to second…. oh wait let’s play Solano like he’s a pull hitter.

    Girardi might want to start playing some of the normal hitters straight up when you have a guy throwing 94?

    • pat

      Slight chance Girardi might have more information at his disposal, no?

      • Tom

        Yes… and there’s a slight chance he is misusing the data?

        Solano also has a heavy database of information… you know with his 12 career ML at bats. (and minor league data is iffy, and you don’t get things like batted speed to accurately judge a lot of guys on other teams)

  • Brian S.

    So when is Nova getting one of those extensions that will keep him cheap until he is 30?

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

      NO CONTRACT TALKS WHILE UNDER CONTRACT!!!! It’s the Yankee way ::rolls eyes::

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

      When he stops giving up two extra-base hits for every three innings pitched. I also don’t see the need to rush into anything, he’ll still be at the league minimum next year. Pitchers can go south in a heartbeat.

  • RetroRob

    Four lefties in the pen? Girardi would die in orgasmic euphoria in the dugout.

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

      and starters would never go more than 5-6 innings lol.

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

    Stewie!!! Again!

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

    Don’t worry guys, here comes the pitcher’s spot to snuff out the rally. NL fever, catch it!

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

      Are you reporting from the game, Mike?

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

        If you use the term “reporting” loosely, yes.

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

          Haha, I guess “opining” would be a better term?

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

    I hate NL baseball so much.

    • Rooting for U.S. Steel

      Mmm, but do you like the way Nova is playing it?

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

        Yes, but he shouldn’t have to be…

  • Francisco

    Dispatch from a bus somewhere in New York state:

    Stewart torments me to the core of my soul.

  • pat

    F*cking NL baseball sucks dick.

  • Brian S.

    Jeter’s third opportunity to do something clutch.

    • Brian S.

      Of course. But we’ll boo A-Rod next time he makes an out.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        lol

      • RetroRob

        I would never boo or root against home players.

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

          +1

      • JohnnyC

        Answering yourself on a blog is a sign of incipient insanity.

  • Tom

    NL baseball… can you smell the strategerinessment?

    Love Eck’s comment on TBS: “in the AL you are looking at nuclear inning here, in the NL you gift the pitcher an out”

    • Pat D

      At least someone acknowledges that.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Eck was the AL player. At least he knows what logical baseball looks like.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Too much respect, he was running, no way he was gonna make a good throw there

  • Francisco

    Disagree.

    No outs, hold him. One out, send him.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I would have held him, take my chances with Grandy coming up.

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

        I disagree, you already have the lead, take the risk.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          I still would have held Jones, but I really wouldn’t have cared if they sent him since it’s still the 6th inning. However, I would have sent Cano up to bat in Jeter’s spot and hoped nobody would notice.

    • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

      There was one out

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

    Ugh, Jeter…come one man…

  • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

    Could someone please go into the clubhouse bring Jones his testicles?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Andruw is a liability

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Can’t run, can’t hustle, can’t work a count, can’t get to a ball more than 15 feet away, can’t hit anything other than a meatball…

      What purpose does he have? He should only serve as DH against LHP – that’s it. He doesn’t even scare anyone in that capacity.

  • Knoxvillain

    Terrible. Fucking terrible.

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

    And that’s why you let the pitcher swing away with a man on third.

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    Fucking pitcher’s spot messed up that whole inning.

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

    if we didn’t have the lead, I’d be angry. Right now, I’m just disappointed.

  • Kramerica Industries

    0-8 with RISP.

    They still suck at that, even with the turnaround of everything else.

  • mike_h

    really wanted to see ARod up with the bases loaded and break the Gehrig tie

  • Athenian

    I love that there is so much bitching about NL style baseball. Simply means that more strategy is required. Funny…

    • Brian S.

      There is no strategy with pitchers hitting. It’s an out. You know what would be a great strategy in football? Having the kickers field punt returns. SO much strategy!

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

      I don’t understand how/why people say it’s more strategy…most decisions are made for you
      runners on, less than two outs, pitcher up? Bunt.
      Rally brewing in the 7th/8th pitcher up? Forced to pinch hit, regardless of how well he’s pitching.

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

        It’s more strategy in the sense that it requires more moves, which is dumb. Most of the time pitching decisions are made for you in the NL, the real strategy comes when the lineup doesn’t tell you you have to take the pitcher out.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    This is just getting ridiculous

  • Brian S.

    Dammit A-Rod! Way to not get the run in!

  • stuart a

    arod having another big day with RISP!!!Jeter more or less the same.

    disgraceful.. they barely get productive outs….they do not even need a hit half the time just a fly ball to medium depth..

  • Greg

    Andruw Jones will be gone by midseason. I think Trevor Plouffe would be a good candidate

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

      Nope.

    • Knoxvillain

      Plouffe sucks ass. He’s just having a good month.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I’d trade the 2009 World Series for Trevor Plouffe. It would give us so much momentum going into this year’s playoffs.

      • Greg

        Huh?

        • RetroRob

          I think he’s just joking.

          Plouffe is heading for a massive regression.

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

      He would be the first Yankee I ever actually rooted against. I have an irrational hatred for him like no other.

  • Rooting for U.S. Steel

    I am truly amazed — and more that a little disgusted — that Jackson was able to finish the inning. Normally I like pitchers’ duels, but we friggin’ had him on the ropes…

    A tip of the hat to him… grumblingly…

  • teddy

    giradri has to change his damm approach, piinch hit for jeter with chavez or something not in the damm binder.

    the same back and watch is not working.

    squueze or something. this lineup is awful.

    giradri doesn’t have the balls to hold his aging stars accountable for being awful baseball players

    • Brian S.

      You can’t squeeze with Jones. He’s slow.

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

      Yeah, they’re so terrible, they’ve won the last 8 games in a row. A great/playoff team would’ve won 9 of their last 8 games!!!!

    • JohnnyC

      You’re not funny. Try another character. One who mispells more convincingly.

  • stuart a

    AROD DID NOT GET THE RUN IN his first time up..

    but hey arod is better then jack hannahan, not mike moustakas, ryan zimmerman( he is awful), and a bunch of terrible players.

    arod sucks.. on pace to beat jeter in RBI’s at least…..

    I forgot RBI’s to the sabermetricians is a nonsense stat….

    • pat

      You’re back!!! YAY!!!!!!!

    • Brian S.

      Go away.

  • Frank

    Great pitch count for Nova with 2 out in the 6th.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    62 pitches headed to the 7th? Yes please.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    4pitches! Way to not fall to the big inning after you offense failed. Nicely done

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)
    • RetroRob

      Who is that?

      • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

        SB nation writer

    • Brian S.

      Does he know the strike call right before that wasn’t a strike?

  • pat

    Holy shit was that like a 5 pitch inning? #Natitude.

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

      Four.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Grown man

  • pat

    TIN MAN WITH THE STREIKE OUT HOW SURPRISING.

    / those people.

  • dontchaknow

    dontchaknow

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    So fucking sick of these home runs.

  • RetroRob

    Another HR. More overpaid players continuing the Yankees failures.

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    That was beautiful.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Ugh. How many days before A-Rod’s big game? We’re at 1 out of every 8 games right?

    Nice shot, Obi-Wan Cano-bi.

    • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

      A-Rod will have a big game when Wallace Mathews writes another article criticizing him. Never fails.

      • RetroRob

        I actually lost my posting “privileges” on ESPN because I said something negative about Wally. Nothing horrible, mind you, something along the lines of “why are Yankee fans tortured by having a former boxing writer who doesn’t understand baseball as their beat writer?” I didn’t even realize I was banned for months. I thought it was a technical issue. Finally dropped ESPN a note, they told me I was banned by a moderator for saying insulting things to one of their writers. Amazing.

        He has a very thin skin.

        • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

          Wow. I’ve seen commenters say much worse things about him. Are they all banned as well?

          • RetroRob

            Somebody was clearly having a bad day. I don’t post often on ESPN because it’s a zoo, but when I do it’s usually in one of the Insider areas, like KLaw. My posts are always reasonable. Well, unless it’s Wally. Yet even my knocks on them are roughly what I wrote above.

            I think I got swept up similar to a police check point when they pull over five speeding cars in a row. People were pounding on Wally and I got nailed with the group. That’s my guess.

            More amazing is ESPN will ban some one and not tell them. At least that’s what happened to me. Took me half a year to figure out what happened, which tells you how often I post, but I would notice that I never seemed to have a comment window on articles. Thought maybe it was a glitch with their posting app related to my computer. Just didn’t care enough to check for months. So they never notified me, and apparently one violation, no matter what your record, is a permanent ban unless you sent them a note.

            They reinstated me without telling me why, so I kept emailing them until they told me why I was originally banned. It was kind of funny. I can’t say for sure Wally had anything to do with it directly, but I think he did indirectly, meaning they probably decided to take action against the Wally haters. I’ve heard he has a very thin skin and doesn’t like how he gets treated on the boards. He bans people on Twitter all the time, too, not that I think anyone should ever consider following him.

  • pat

    Shoulda pinch hit Chavez for Cano.

  • Tom

    Wow… did not see that ball having that much carry.

    The ball Tex hit in the 1st (?) looked like it was hit much harder and wasn’t all that close to going out.

  • Brian S.

    Mike. You know what needs to happen.

  • Rooting for U.S. Steel

    Ah, rats, a pitching change. I was kinda hoping for Gorzelanny to lap Nova’s pitch count…

  • Tom

    Wise here? (figure he’s likely going to be brought in for defense this innning or next inning anyway)

    Opens up the infield hit/bunt as an option with a guy on 3rd. Probably really not much of a difference, but Jones vs righties is pretty much all or nothing.

    • Tom

      Nevermind – forgot Ibanez is also in the OF (he’ll probably come in for Ibanez at some point)

  • Frank

    That’s a nice gift run.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    And another one

  • Tom

    Pitching to Stewart with 1st base open now?

    I doubt Girardi PH’s for Nova

  • Brian S.

    Go Stewie go!

    • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

      Lol
      Brian rooting for stewie
      Lol
      -peter

  • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

    When did we trade cervelli to the nats?

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Brilliant move by Davey there, had his pitcher throw a wild pitch to put runner in scoring position so to guarantee the out and end of inning.

  • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

    Murdering god bless america

    • Brian S.

      I thought it was well done.

      • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

        Nothing will match Ronan Tynan.

  • Brian S.

    Nova could probably throw a complete game with this pitch count.

  • jjyank

    I’m late to the party, I know. I’ve been listening on the radio, that’s what I get for not paying for cable (blacked out on MLB.TV because I’m in market for the Nats).

    I see some negativity up above, which is just funny because they’re poised to win 9 games in a row for the first time since the last time they won the World Series. I don’t get why some people even follow sports.

    • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

      Tbs

      • jjyank

        ?

        • Dela G

          the game is on TBS. you can watch it at home

          • jjyank

            Like I said above, I don’t have cable, just internet.

            • RetroRob

              Yeah, but it’s on TBS. : -)

  • Hummingbird S.

    better get somebody up in the pen.. a lot of pitches up in the zone from Nova.. he’s tired

    • Greg

      He will probably be pinch hit for in the next inning

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

    Here Suzyn goes on again about being too high up…jesus somebody stuff something in that woman’s mouth.

    • jjyank

      “jesus somebody stuff something in that woman’s mouth.”

      Ermm….pass.

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

        Listen, Pervy McPervinstein, not everything has to be dirty.

        • jjyank

          Well that’s no fun.

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

            no, no it’s not. I’m sorry. Carry on.

  • Dela G

    let nova go to the 8th if he finishes bernadinha

    • Rooting for U.S. Steel

      Even though he’s due to lead off the next inning? Wait… HE IS? Wow…

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Wow, Nova, Wow!

  • Brian S.

    Nova better stay in.

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

      We find out right here.

      • BK2ATL

        So far, so good. But Girardi has Logan warming up already….We’ll see.

        I hope Nova finishes up this game.

  • pat

    Nova has had a stress free 80 pitches. You gotta ride him as long as possible with the 14 inning game yesterday.

    • jjyank

      Yeah, I’m cool with that. They don’t have a huge cushion in the score, but I think the benefit of sparing the pen a bit would outweigh the benefit of a pinch hitter.

    • Rooting for U.S. Steel

      Unabashed plug: Situations like this are what make RAB’s Bullpen Workload feature so useful. You’re correct in that Nova is giving a worked-over bullpen a break, but they do have the people to get through two innings… (although yes, who knows what tomorrow will bring?)

      Fair’s fair: I’m not going to squawk too loudly about Girardi trying to squeeze a few more outs out of his starter today.

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

        Sabathia’s pitching tomorrow, he’s always good for seven innings.

        • Brian S.

          Those innings won’t be ace like though.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    This is painful to watch.

  • DERP

    That was pretty awesome.

  • BK2ATL

    I think we need to let Nova go 9 on this one. No reason to pull him at this stage.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Definite shot for a CG. If pitch count goes up in 8th, you could pitch DRob in 9th.

    • RetroRob

      Totally agree.

      I’m all for monitoring pitch counts and making sure the pitcher is not fatigued, but I believe one of the great failures with pitchers nowadays is not pushing them when given the opportunity. Let them discover what it’s like to pitch into the eight and ninth and even complete a game.

  • Athenian

    One could argue that the Yankees ineffectiveness with RISP cost them the game against David Price in the Tampa series. With that win they would have swept their last 4 series. 1 game does not make a huge difference in this overall win streak but….

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

      Almost every loss ever has to do with the losing team not taking advantage of opportunities.

      • Athenian

        Yes it does for the simplistic answer. But in this case the failure with RISP is not a missed opportunity, more like a bad case of the flu.

    • RetroRob

      …or one can argue that the Yankees overall hitting approach has allowed them to win eight in a row, hopefully nine in a row shortly, and has them in first place. Randomness be damned!

      • Athenian

        They certainly have changed their approach during this streak, which is finally nice to see.

  • pat

    Nats are setting attendance records this weekend, but remember folks, the Yankees are bad for baseball.

    • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

      Better watch out when you talk about yanks bringing people to other teams ballparks or ri$p/rainbow connection/douche will call you a homer

  • Tom

    Miami sucking again…. they are being 2 hit by TB and Alex Cobb (after being 1 hit in the first game). I guess them taking the 2nd game is as much as one could ask for.

    Hopefully next year MLB balances out the interleague schedules (or at the very least have similar schedules for teams within a division)

    • Mariano’s Pimp Hand

      Stanton has been awful lately.

  • Athenian

    Alan Greenspan to speak to reporters afterwards and say that “Bryce Harper is a good young kid but Andy Pettitte made him look foolish which is to say there is irrational exuberance towards Harper.”

  • Mike N

    Awesome that Nova’s been so efficient today! If he holds on and completes the game, the bullpen’s buying him cocktails tonight.

  • Mike N

    WHAT??? C’mon, Joe!! LEAVE HIM IN!!

  • Brian S.

    lol clown question

  • Rooting for U.S. Steel

    My hindsight is myopic. I would have taken Nova out for a pinch hitter after the seventh, and I would have been wrong. Which is why I am not, in fact, managing the Yankees.

    Nail down those last four, boys…

  • jjyank

    Thought Girardi would have let Nova pitch to LaRoche after he got Zimmerman out, but oh well. Bravo Nova, way to keep this amazing run of pitching rolling.

  • Brian S.

    WTF Girardi!

    • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

      Larouche has hit one out and another off the top of the wall. Homer here would make it a 1 run game

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Why isn’t Nova staying in? I thought the decision to leave him in was the right one, the bullpen’s gassed and they have a three run lead…why not let him finish the 8th?

    • Greg

      LaRoche took Nova deep earlier, remember that

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Okay, but here’s the thing: He’s Andy LaRoche. Chances are Nova could have gotten him out.

  • Greg

    I agree with this move. LaRoche already took Nova deep today and Nova was being hit harder in the last few batters

  • Athenian

    I FUCKING LOVE when Yankee fans show the same love away from the Bronx that they do at home, especially when it overshadows the home crowd.

    Evil Empire rules!

    • jjyank

      Yeah, it’s awesome. There are probably more Yankee fans there today and yesterday, but I was there on Friday and there were far more Yankee chants than Nats chants. I love it.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Dewayne Wise is just too damn Cool man.

  • DERP

    Not sure why people keep saying the bullpen is gassed.

    • Tom

      I don’t either. I guess it’s the natural inclination after an long extra inning game.

      Coming into today only Eppley and Rapada had worked 2 days in a row.

      Other than maybe Garcia, probably everyone was available (though Joe was probably trying to avoid Eppley and Rapada for a 3rd day in a row)

    • RetroRob

      I’m not sure why, but I don’t have time to think about it as I’m concerned more about the bullpen being gassed right now.

      • dkidd

        i laughed

  • Greg

    Cookie time

    • jjyank

      I liked it better with one lefty in the bullpen. Having two who are both effective is costing me too much money!

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

    another good start from Nova today, a few too many baserunners, but as long as they’re not scoring, I’m happy.

    • Tom

      8 baserunners in 7.2IP is not really that many. Other than the 1st and 3rd where he got a DP, he was typically pitching with noone on or 1 man on.

    • BK2ATL

      +1

      Best way to look at it. He keeps the game within reach and the offense eventually picks him up. While the score is now 4-1, he pitched most of the game under 2-1 circumstances and held the lead. Credit is due.

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

    Sean and AJ related?

    • Greg

      No

    • jjyank

      I dunno, did Sean spike a curveball 5 feet in front of the plate?

      Ba dum bum psshhhhh

    • Brian S.

      Yes

    • RetroRob

      Aren’t there three Burnett’s in the majors right now, all pitchers?

      • Tom

        I think there’s one on the Twins. Alex maybe?

        • RetroRob

          Yup. Looked it up. Three in the majors now, all pitchers. AJ, Alex and Sean.

          None related. Statistically a bit odd. There have only been two other Burnett’s in MLB, both played a century or more back. This would be my favorite. Gotta love anyone named Hercules. He came, he hit .400 in just a few ABs, and disappeared off into history.

          http://www.baseball-reference......he01.shtml

  • Brian S.

    Nova could have went 9 even if he has to throw 120 pitches. How come Girardi allowed Hughes to do it but not Nova? Because Girardi is a racist.

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

      Haha, that is one of the funniest trains of thought I’ve ever read.

      • Brian S.

        It’s true though. Complete games look nice on a resume but Girardi didn’t want that to happen.

    • jjyank

      /Sheffield’d

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

        /Lofton’d

      • Dela G

        Hahahaha

  • dkidd

    i love andy pettitte

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Nova, last 22 innings, 2 runs.

  • dkidd

    andy pettitte – 2012 yankees
    pops stargell – 1979 pirates

    • RetroRob

      Andy once did HGH, but never cocaine.

      • dkidd

        it was the seventies, man

        /dock ellis’d

        • RetroRob

          Enhanced greenies through the nose!

  • Tony

    I was just looking at the box score for this game and Cano now has the highest OBP on the team at .367, just ahead of Jeter and Grandy. It really seems like he’s been walking a ton lately hopefully that continues

    • Mike N

      A good number of IBBs, if I am recalling correctly.

  • Mike N

    Excellent outing today by Nova.

  • Tom

    It won’t show up, but Ibanez had a pretty good game.

    3 line drives (all outs) and that play on Solano was not as easy as it looked – the ball was smoked and while he made the play easy, that’s a ball that can be misplayed.

  • dkidd

    fun watching zimmerman play third

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Soriano not Robertson is closing?

    • Mike N

      Soriano is the closer.

    • Dela G

      Soriano is better than robertson.

  • Dela G

    Great job by the staff today!

  • Greg

    Andruw Jones replacements anyone?

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

      Just go back through last year’s Game 65 thread. I’m sure everyone was talking about it then too.

      • RI$P FTW

        And we all know how last season ended.

        • jjyank

          With Jones going on a tear, right? Right.

    • Tom

      Gardner? (eventually)

      Getting a .753 OPS out of what would normally be your 4th OF is not screaming make a change.

      • Greg

        My dislike of Gardner is preventing me from saying him.
        He gets injured alot and he doesnt get enough hits. Plus he is a bit slow to steal bases. What I mean by that is that he doesnt go right away

  • Tony

    I’m calling it. First true 1-2-3 inning

    • Adam

      You mean 2nd?

    • Greg

      He’s already had one. I think it was in Atlanta or here

      • Tony

        I think he came into the inning after another pitcher started it. I could be wrong though

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

          Nah, that was a day or two earlier. He had a legit 1-2-3 sometime in Atlanta.

          • Tony

            Well at least I called the second 1-2-3 inning

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

      He had one in Atlanta last week. I think the A-Rod grand slam game.

  • RetroRob

    Kay is going way overboard. The Yankees did not sign Soriano as insurance for Mariano.

    • RI$P FTW

      Sort of. Mo might have left after his contract.

    • Greg

      Kind of

  • mike_h

    9 game winning streak folks!

  • dkidd

    al east to nl east after this weekend:

    how’s my ass taste?

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Boooooooooooooom!

  • Ethan

    One of the things that really bugs me about Soriano is how he immediately untucks his shirt after he gets the save. It just seems so unprofessional and very un-yankee like.

    • Greg

      Its better than what Papa Grande does

    • Mike N

      Not this tomfoolery again…

    • jjyank

      It’s light years better than doing some stupid dance. I’m cool with it, as long as he keeps getting saves.

      • Mike N

        Srsly. Once he’s got the save, he can do what he wants.

        • jjyank

          Sometimes as soon as I leave work I untuck my shirt. Sori just wants to get comfortable ASAP after securing the W :P

  • Mike N

    FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Get Phelps Up (formerly Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat)

    nAAAAtional league

  • Dela G

    Love having soriano as a closer. The guy is flat out dominant when he puts his mind to it

  • jjyank

    What a glorious road trip. Just pure awesomeness.

  • BK2ATL

    1-2-3 inning for Soriano!!!!

    Yanks sweep!!!

  • Ivan

    This is the best the Yankees have played that I can remember in a while and especially the pitching. I cant remember the last time the Yankees pitch like this.

  • mike_h

    Mets fans should get down on their hands and knees and thank us for the butt fucking we put on the NL East

    • jjyank

      Well yeah, aside for the whole sweeping the Mets too thing :P

    • RetroRob

      True, although as Yankee fans, we should thank them for losing three straight to the Yankees, then sweeping the Rays, opening the door to first.

    • Ivan

      lol

  • RetroRob

    Nine in a row.

    When did the Yankees last win ten in a row?

  • dontchaknow

    very relaxing win today.. fuckin let’s go win some more

  • Athenian

    9 games, three series is quite a feat… But the REAL surprise a 1-2-3 inning from Soriano. Stop the presses, buy a lotto ticket, and tell your family you love them. The heavens could open at any time.

    • Greg

      He had one in Atlanta already

  • pat

    I was wrong earlier. We’d probably win 120 in the NL.

  • Mike N

    Wait. I just realized something.

    This is not a playoff team!

  • jjyank

    9 wins in a row with Sabathia going tomorrow for number 10. Life is good.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Who would of thought the way this season started that the yanks would hit 40 wins before the rangers

    • Mike N

      Some of us have been feeling pretty confident all along, given the demonstrated talent of the roster.

      • jjyank

        Yeah, I always knew the Yankees were capable of a run like this. I may not have predicted it, but it’s not really surprising to me.

        • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

          The rangers started out 17 and 5. Not doubting the yanks, more just amazed and happy they put this run together and have the best record in the American league.

  • mike_h

    team confidence tomorrow should be all 10′s

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

      still at a 7-8 regarding the future. In my mind anyway, the next few years w/ the luxury tax and all that nonsense is going to come down to how well Pineda’s shoulder heals.

      • RetroRob

        I can’t remember the last time I didn’t select 8, regardless of how the Yankees were doing at that moment. I’m always positive, but there are always a few issues longer term. The highest I could ever go would be nine, and I can’t remember the last time I voted 9.

        Trying to figure a scenarion where I would be at a ten. All their key players under the age of 30, and a farm system stocked on all levels, with many A-level prospects, as well as good depth prospects. That perfect storm of goodness never happens.

      • BK2ATL

        What about 2012??? The season we’re actually in.

        The future will take care of itself, and I’m confident it will be in a way much better than Boston or the Phillies are set up.

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

          The 1-10 scale is a person’s opinion on present as was as the future.

  • JScott

    So, what do you’all think about the question Kay put forward? With Martin catching all 14 innings Saturday, Stewart went “out-of-turn” today. So, does Martin catch tomorrow with CC going or does Girardi stick with the Stewart-as-CC’s-personal-catcher deal?

    • Tom

      Hopefully Martin is catching.

      The only starter to allow more than 2ER the last 3 turns through the rotation? CC Sabathia (who has had that happen twice).

      So it’s not like CC has been on some massive roll where you go all Bull Durham and respect the streak. There’s really no reason for a personal catcher at this point.

      Also give how much better Martin has hit lefties, Girardi should target his rest days against righty starters (and the normal day game after night game, many games in a row stuff)

  • Total Dominication

    If the Dodgers lose today, the Yankees will have the best record in baseball.