Jun
19

Game 67: Do I hear 11?

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It’s been a long time since the Yankees last won 11 straight games. They last did it in late-August/early-September way back in 1985, a streak that started when Mike Pagliarulo hit a three-run homer off Doug Corbett of the Angels and ended when Cecil Cooper of the Brewers hit a walk-off single off Dave Righetti. Yeah, it’s been a while. Here’s tonight’s lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
DH Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
LF Raul Ibanez
RF Nick Swishertested the quad out before the game and he’s good to go
3B Eric Chavez
Russell Martin

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

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

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658 Comments»

  1. captain kiwi says:

    really new to commenting on RAB but a long time reader. extremely excited that i get to have a night off to watch the game AND perhaps join in on the commenting shenanigans! #feellikeakid

  2. Dan in Atanta says:

    Two guys playing third at the same tine should help the Captain’s range. I’m guessing ARod is the DH?

  3. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Yes, Axisa. We do hear 11.

  4. jjyank says:

    Kuroda has been so much more enjoyable to watch recently, I love it. Pass the torch Hiroki, keep it moving!

  5. Dick Gozinya says:

    Hirok!

  6. I’m just curious, and I hope this jinx’s nothing, but what is the franchise’s longest winning streak?

  7. jjyank says:

    Good a start as any!

  8. pat says:

    Hiroki getting after it.

  9. jjyank says:

    Kuroda’s fastball command looked good. Keep it up Hirok!

  10. Cuso says:

    Ooh. Swisher scooched down to 7th. That’s where he should be – makes lineup better.

  11. flamingo says:

    Great AB by Jeter.

  12. pat says:

    10 pitch walk? Ok fine.

  13. Cuso says:

    Jeter worked an AB longer than 3 pitches! Holy crap!

  14. Mike Axisa says:

    Some at-bat by Derek.

  15. Getting a live look in, and they just showed Moose in a graphic, it reminded me…Why does Kay dislike Mussina so much?

    • jjyank says:

      He had that cold/dry sarcastic humor attitude with reporters, probably rubbed him the wrong way. I’m just speculating though.

  16. jjyank says:

    Great AB by Jeter there.

  17. Mike Axisa says:

    That …. didn’t look like a strike.

  18. too close to take with 2 strikes…but I think it was inside.

  19. swishers fauxhawk says:

    nice strike zone idiot

  20. Karl Krawfid says:

    Omg If I could get those calls I could pitch in the Majors.

  21. jjyank says:

    Just realized this:

    You know your an NL team when….your DH is still your #9 hitter.

  22. Cy Pettitte says:

    Hiroki better get the same zone

  23. Greg says:

    Jeter won that inning for us all by himself with that 10 pitch walk

  24. Jack says:

    You know who wouldn’t have missed that call? A robot.

  25. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Trying to be positive despite my handle but that delayed strike three called on A-Rod was one of the worst calls I’ve seen this year.

  26. jjyank says:

    Ah well. At least they got Hudson over 20 pitches for the inning.

  27. jjyank says:

    That’s a hell of a text poll.

  28. Greg says:

    Its always good when your starter has less pitches through two innings than the opposition has through one

  29. jjyank says:

    Kuroda is looking sharp. The starting pitching during this run has been so much fun to watch.

    • captain kiwi says:

      agreed. my only gripe (and even then it’s not a big one) was last cc last tuesday against the braves. i was actually at the game and it was tough to see cc labor

  30. Cy Pettitte says:

    Raul!

  31. captain kiwi says:

    nice raul!

  32. Brian S.’s least favorite guys starting rallies =P

  33. dkidd says:

    raul is going streaking!!!

  34. Greg says:

    Gonna be hard to hit a sac fly off of a sinker

  35. mustang says:

    Raul ” I read the thread”

  36. Greg says:

    Inconsistent K zone

  37. jon says:

    wow this is a pretty interesting strike zone

  38. Tom says:

    Raul Ibanez laughs at Mike Axisa RAB articles!

    (said in jest, I thought it was good)

  39. Ross says:

    Unfortunately, this game is not on MLB Network west of the Mississippi. I mean … who cares about the Cardinals? :-)

  40. sangreal says:

    Welcome back, Swish!

  41. SWISHALICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!

    GARBAGE TIME!!!!

  42. Cy Pettitte says:

    aww yea Swish!!!

  43. Mike Axisa says:

    That had the good sound.

  44. mustang says:

    Swisher ” did you guys miss me”

  45. Greg says:

    Yes Sir!

  46. flamingo says:

    Swishhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  47. jjyank says:

    Strike zone is terrible (though you all know that, I’m sure).

  48. Cy Pettitte says:

    40 pitches with no one out in the 2nd wow

  49. Cuso says:

    He can be so freaking dangerous as a #7 hitter. He should stay there.

  50. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Oh, ohnonononono!

  51. Professor Longnose says:

    No garbage time jokes?

  52. jjyank says:

    Garbage time/fantasy points. Glorious.

  53. Athenian says:

    So would you keep Swisher and Granderson and let Cano walk? Considering budgets, declining years, contract demands, Scott Boras, etc.

    • Professor Longnose says:

      It would try to find a way to keep Cano, but if that’s how it works out, I don’t think it would be a disaster over the next few years.

      • jjyank says:

        I do think Cano could also slide over to third (considering his arm and his minor league experience there) with A-Rod at DH down the line. Grandy is also older, and a CF who becomes a LF is probably less valuable than a 2B who becomes a 3B.

  54. mustang says:

    WHY?????

  55. Jack says:

    What the fuck Russell? I mean, what the fucking fuck?

  56. Greg says:

    Nice idea, just bad execution. Chipper doesnt move well but he hit it too hard

  57. Ross says:

    The guy has thrown 44 pitches in 2 innings, Derek … take a frickin’ pitch!

    • Greg says:

      He took ten in his last at bat. That’s 5 per at bat

      • Ross says:

        I dig the simple math!
        But, it’s the lapses in judgement on the situational stuff that irks me. He’s DJ so, he should do whatever he pleases but, that sets a bad example to the rest of the team who should be taking strike one there.

    • RetroRob says:

      Yes, and you might have forgotten that Jeter took him up heavy on pitch count to start the game before drawing the walk.

      The future HOFer never has understood hitting. He’s getting therer based on his glove.

  58. jjyank says:

    I love how a two run lead makes me feel so damn confident about winning the game now. Early in the season I’d be sweating for insurance runs, but the way the Yanks have been pitching (and how Kuroda has looked thus far) makes me feel like it’s insurmountable.

  59. hogsmog says:

    AHHHhhhhHHhh

  60. Tom says:

    Pitcher over 40 pitches with 1 out in the 2nd…

    I don’t mind the general idea of bunting for a hit, but recognize the situation and don’t give the guy with a very high pitch count the potential for a quick out.

    And then Jeter follows it up with a first pitch out.

  61. Cuso says:

    RAB Official Index:

    Garbage time = GT

    Thank you for the consideration.

  62. Karl Krawfid says:

    Why are they playing that shallow?

    • Greg says:

      Even if they were deep, they werent getting that. That was hammered

    • jjyank says:

      They wouldn’t have gotten to it anyway. That almost hit the base of the wall.

    • Tom says:

      It’s the defensive philosophy… which would normally be fine, but Granderson’s biggest weakness is going back on balls, especially ones to his left (right center)

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

        Granderson wasn’t catching that.

      • jjyank says:

        More hits drop in front of an outfielder than get hit over their head anyway. I’m okay with that strategy. Bloop hits are annoying, and rockets that almost hit the wall are on the pitcher, not the outfielder.

        • Tom says:

          It’s not as simple as that – a ball over the head is guaranteed double. It also increases the probability of a triple (vs a double). While there may be more hits prevented, the expected run prevention value might not be better.

          The rockets over the head are on the pitcher is a tired meme… not every ball over an OF’rs head is a “rocket”, plus you have the double vs triple factor.

          The more significant problem in my view is you are maximizing Granderson’s weakness, which is going back on balls – he is much better side to side and coming in. If it was Gardner out there (who is incredible going back on balls) it would be a different story

          • jjyank says:

            In the late innings of a game, you’re right. Most teams to play deep “no doubles” defense.

            It’s not a “tired meme”. It’s true. Heywards hit was a rocket, and most balls that go that far are hit pretty damn hard. With nobody on base in the early innings, Grandy has a better shot of making an out by playing a bit shallow.

            8th inning, 1 run lead? Yeah, play him deeper. I don’t think it’s an issue here.

            • Tom says:

              I’m not talking about just one ball… there have been a few FLY balls that have landed on the grass prior to the warning track that turn into doubles/triples. And then there are the extra bases (runners scoring from first, double to triple)

              I’m not saying play no doubles defense – I’m talking about playing NORMAL defense (Granderson is at one of the most shallow positions in the game).

              If you can define “most balls” and “pretty damn hard” maybe it wouldn’t sound like a meme… but with no data to support the most balls over the outfielder’s head it becomes a nice narrative.

              And again it’s not simply out vs hit… a double/triple is not the same as a single, you have to look at the expected run values. Given Granderson’s weakness going back on flyballs, I’m not convinced Granderson is cutting off enough singles to outweigh the extra doubles and extra bases caused by playing shallow.

              And while the UZR data is limited and noisy… it give you a clue about the impact and the tradeoff.

              • jjyank says:

                I don’t think Granderson is that weak going back. UZR means nothing to me in a small sample.

                And again, it’s not a meme. If the ball almost hits the wall, it is not a lazy fly ball, it is hit hard. This is not nearly as big a deal as you’re making it.

                • Tom says:

                  Not all hard hit balls are doubles… some actually get caught by people playing moderately deep – the thought that anything hit hard is the pitcher’s fault and should be a hit is a bit ridiculous in my view… CF’rs regularly track down hard hit balls.

                  Is Granderson preventing 2-3 singles for every extra double or triple? I’m not so sure, but that’s roughly what it would take for it to have a positive impact.

                  And while I have a general dislike of UZR… Granderson is on pace for an all time bad value. He was also significantly negative last year. When you get close to 2 years of data for the high out positions (SS, CF), the sample size starts getting significant (I think it is 1.5 years for SS, maybe 2 years for CF’s, 3 years for most other positions)

                  It’s not a big deal.. but why do it? Is it actually working? Or is it just feeding the balls hit over an OF’rs head is the pitchers fault narrative? If it’s working great… the numbers suggest it’s not working.

  63. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Fuck this strike zone.

  64. Jedile says:

    I’d love to see Jeyward manning RF for us. He’d have 30+ HR potential in YS. Though this will never happen I’m just speaking my desires..

  65. Cuso says:

    You know, I wonder if Granderson’s shallow play has been influenced by the presence of Andruw on the team?

    If anyone would know about playing a shallow CF and getting good jumps ….

    • Monterowasdinero says:

      Mo asked Grandy to play shallow for him a few years ago and Curtis obliged and liked it. He has improved going back on balls. He tends to get bad jumps coming in as he naturally freezes or takes a step back on balls off the bat.

      I. like.shallow.

  66. Still feel supremely confident in winning this game.

  67. Tom Q says:

    Well, that inning certainly extended Hudson’s stay

  68. jjyank says:

    Yankee booth giving some love to my new hometown :D

  69. The Scheister of Doom says:

     Umpire Requirements
    Umpires must meet some basic requirements:
    High school diploma or G.E.D.
    Reasonable body weight
    20/20 vision (with or without corrective lenses)
    Good communication skills
    Quick reflexes, good coordination
    Some athletic ability
    Required preliminary training for the job (i.e., professional umpire school)

  70. Professor Longnose says:

    Silly question: If Michael Pineda came back tomorrow, fully recovered and ready to pitch, would you put him in the rotation, and if so who would you punt?

  71. The Scheister of Doom says:

    In case anyone wants to apply for a umpire job, https://therightcall.net/register.aspx

     Umpire Requirements
    Zero accountability
    Umpires must meet some basic requirements:
    High school diploma or G.E.D.
    Reasonable body weight
    20/20 vision (with or without corrective lenses)
    Good communication skills
    Quick reflexes, good coordination
    Some athletic ability
    Required preliminary training for the job (i.e., professional umpire school)

  72. I will always remember Uggla as the guy who committed 3 errors during the all star game at the stadium.

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

    Freeman has a .295 OBP? I had no idea.

  74. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Per ehow…

    According to CNN, the average salary of Major League Baseball (MLB) umpires as of October, 2009 is $192,000 per year, with individual salaries based on an umpire’s experience and job performance. Rising to the ranks of MLB umpiring requires specialized training and over a decade of experience officiating minor league baseball games.

    So does this mean all ML umps used to be good and their skills have eroded over time or just zero accountability has been part of their sustained culture?

  75. Cy Pettitte says:

    such a bad 1-2 pitch. ugh.

  76. Widget says:

    What the deuce Kuroda?

  77. jjyank says:

    Damn it. Get outta this right here Hiroki!

  78. Greg says:

    What happened? Did Kuroda become Steve Blass?

  79. DERP says:

    Why don’t you clap your hands again you stupid fucking asshole Heyward.

  80. Kramerica Industries says:

    Kuroda’s lucky.

    Hopefully the O can bounce back for him. Ugly inning.

  81. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Fuck! But thank you Braves!

  82. jjyank says:

    Wow. That was an interesting end to the inning.

  83. Widget says:

    hideous inning. that is the sort of inning that ends streaks

  84. Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

    Yankees get a huge gift.

  85. captain kiwi says:

    that could’ve been a lot worse. hopefully the offense doesn’t continue the same narrative of “kuroda gets no run support”

  86. Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

    Longo gone again for the Rays as his rehab blew up.

    • Knoxvillain says:

      Most overrated player in baseball.

      • jjyank says:

        Disagree, that’s a ridiculous statement. He’s injured, but he’s easily one of the top 3 third basemen in the game when healthy.

        • Knoxvillain says:

          Zimmerman, Beltre, Wright, Trumbo, Ramirez. I’d take them all over Longoria. And probably Lawrie in a couple of years.

          I don’t think Longoria is a bad player. But it’d be nice if people could stop obsessing over him when he can’t even play 130 games a year.

          • DERP says:

            You might want to look at the number of games played by Beltre and Ramirez over the past few years.

          • jjyank says:

            Zimmerman is just as injury prone and LOL at Trumbo and Ramirez. Laughable.

            • Mike Axisa says:

              Zimmerman is terrible. He’s barely out-OPsing Ike Davis. No idea what the hell happened to him.

              • jjyank says:

                I didn’t look up the numbers, but yeah. My point is that Longo is a really good player, and there are far, far more guys who are more overrated than him.

            • Knoxvillain says:

              Just like Longoria is but still a better player. Trumbo is having a great year. I’m not sure what you’re watching.

              Longo=overrated.

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

                Trumbo’s playing OF.

              • Mike Axisa says:

                I agree that Longoria is a bit overrated, but there’s no chance I’d take Trumbo over him. Defense counts and Trumbo gives back runs with his glove. Plus his track record is so much shorter.

                • Knoxvillain says:

                  That’s the only problem with him. I like Longoria, but he isn’t the best 3rd baseman in baseball like everyone thinks. This year I’d take Trumbo over him in a hearbeat.

                  • jjyank says:

                    I never said the best. But Trumbo had a sub-.300 OBP last year, so you’re basing this on a small sample. Longo may be overrated, but you’re taking this too far.

              • jjyank says:

                Maybe slightly. I’m not saying Longo is the best ever. But the most overrated player in baseball? Ridiculous. They guy is awesome when healthy, and Zimmerman, Beltre, and Ramirez have plenty of injury problems of their own. And Trumbo is in his second year, hardly a large sample.

              • DERP says:

                It’s funny, I’m pretty about three months ago, people were saying Trumbo was the most overrated player in baseball.

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

              Trumbo isn’t even a 3B anymore.

      • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

        Torn hammy not easy to come back from.

    • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

      Makes the Rays stiil a pop gun offense with them relying on bj upton and zobrest for power. At least they have godzilla.

  87. Monterowasdinero says:

    3-0 changeup?

    Wow

  88. Monterowasdinero says:

    Good ab by Swish.

  89. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Kuorda isnt getting that exact pitch called a strike. Pretty sure the ump is from Atlanta…

  90. Knoxvillain says:

    What a surprise.

  91. Will The Thrill says:

    Argh. Please get Tim Hudson out of there Yanks. He’s the kind of pitcher I hate for the Yankees to face : A sinkerballer who can also strike people out.

  92. Cy Pettitte says:

    Russ! clutch hit.

  93. Jack says:

    See what happens when you swing the bat Russ?

  94. Monterowasdinero says:

    Chipper ready for coed softball league.

  95. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Yes! Martin with the clutch hit!!

  96. Knoxvillain says:

    How the hell is that pitch a ball to Jeter but if it was five inches off the outside corner it’s a strike? This umpire sucks ass.

  97. jjyank says:

    RRUUUUSSS BUSSSS

  98. Bubba says:

    Black hole Martin strikes again

  99. Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

    86 for hutson wow

  100. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Jeter with the mammoth hit foul ball!!

  101. Kramerica Industries says:

    Whoa.

    Thought that was strike three on Derek.

  102. Cy Pettitte says:

    that was a ball

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

    I definatley didn’t expect Jeter to hit a ball like that, even though it was foul.

  104. So…wtf…seems like I loose internet connection for a short time and the world goes to hell…

  105. Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

    Grandy slam here i am calling it.

  106. I hate having to listen to John Sterling announce these games. “THAT IS HIT WAYYYYYYY DEEP…and foul, the count remains full.”

  107. Knoxvillain says:

    Fuck you, Granderson.

  108. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Want the Yankees out? Load the bases

  109. Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

    90 pitches for a guy who can only go 110 In the 5 nice

  110. Knoxvillain says:

    Dat range.

  111. Cy Pettitte says:

    11 pitch 1-2-3 inning. that’s more like it Hiroki

  112. Kramerica Industries says:

    Always love a good Fenway bloodbath.

    • Tom says:

      Good to see Buchholz return to form…. people were way too optimistic after a few good starts. Though given Miami’s general suckiness he could pick up another win.

      People like to talk about Nova and run support, yet you never hear ESPN and other media folk mention Buchholz.

      He has seven starts where he has given up at least 5 ER, and is somehow 3-1 in those games. Well 8 now with tonight

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        I was actually talking about the YES note about 6/19/2000, when the Yankees won 22-1 at Fenway.

  113. Hummingbird S. says:

    just got home, how are they doing so far?

  114. Cy Pettitte says:

    man some of these calls Hudson is getting are ridiculous

  115. Hummingbird S. says:

    2 pitches out of the zone per gameday, 2 called strikes. Amazing umpiring.

  116. pat says:

    That was waaaay too shallow. Come the fuck on.

  117. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Slow ass

  118. Greg says:

    It was too shallow but Eric Chavez is 0-2 tonight so that might have been their only chance

  119. Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

    We would have the slowest guy on the team running.

  120. Hummingbird S. says:

    great throw.. and teix is too damn slow

  121. DM says:

    Crappy decision — with Hudson most likely outta of the game after that hit.

    • Greg says:

      Chavez 0-2 on the night

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

        So? That doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed to make an out.

        • Hummingbird S. says:

          you gotta look at it from this angle: the chances of Heyward not making a great throw are greater than the chances of Chavez get a hit (especially if you consider a lefty would have come in to face him)

          • DM says:

            0-2 means he’s less likely to get a hit the next time? Can he draw a walk with the bases loaded? Was Rivera coming in for them or something?

  122. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Rather see tex thrown out at home than another bases load fail

  123. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Don’t mind sending him but Teix is pathetically slow.

  124. BK2ATL says:

    Heyward welcomed Tex to the gun show. LOL!!! Great throw.

    Sucks that we only have 3 runs on the board, and that Kuroda’s giving up 3 runs. Bright side is Hudson’s already at 109 pitches thru 5 innings.

  125. She thinks my Pineda's sexy says:

    get the bullpen a’stirrin Joey.

  126. Bwhahah says:

    Who cares A Rod would strike out anyway

  127. Hummingbird S. says:

    Great pitch

  128. Betances' Command says:

    LARRY!

  129. does anybody know if you can listen to the game using the I Heart Radio app?

  130. Greg says:

    I might consider going to Rapada now

  131. Betances' Command says:

    Try this, my friend.

    the mobile stream center.com on your phone

  132. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Tex gone for the century

  133. Kramerica Industries says:

    Holy shit.

    Kuroda has been shit with two outs tonight, and Tex gave himself up to prevent possibly two runs from scoring.

  134. Hummingbird S. says:

    Now this is a bad decision… why do you have 2 lefties in the pen and dont use one here… Kuroda has nothing left. Bad decision by Joe, might cost the game.

  135. Greg says:

    Instantly going into sulking mode. Red Sox are winning….

  136. Knoxvillain says:

    The Braves are 3-3 RISP today. This is why they’re winning, Yankees.

    • Greg says:

      WRONG

      3-9

      Yanks 2-8

      Thanks for playing but

      YOU LOSE

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I dunno where you get your stats from, but you might want to unsubscribe.

      • Knoxvillain says:

        Well, the Braves announcers said 3-3.

        • jjyank says:

          Guess the Braves announcers suck then, huh?

        • Bunt Gardner says:

          The same Braves announcers that said the Yankees signed Kuroda after Pineda blew his arm out?

        • Kramerica Industries says:

          I listened to the intro to last night’s game for replay purposes last night…

          Chip Caray (remember him!) said the Braves were 4-1 in interleague games in New York. Without even looking, I knew he was wrong because the Yankees took 2/3 in NY back in 2006. I don’t know if they’ve played in NY any other time than 1998 or 2006, but the actual record was 3-2 Yankees.

          I mean, could be poor statisticians, but I don’t know how those numbers could be so easily screwed up. Perhaps SportsSouth just has no clue WTF they’re doing.

  137. Frank says:

    Heyward was a bad match up there. Should have pulled Kuroda for Logan. That’s 3 runs scored by ATL. with 2 outs.

  138. Hall and Nokes says:

    A bit surprised Rapada wasn’t up and ready for Heyward. He’s killed Kuroda twice in a week now.

  139. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    I miss 2nd inning Kuroda

  140. Betances' Command says:

    Could you imagine Heyward in a Yankee uniform playing 81 games at home with the short porch in RF? Holy shit, dudes and dudettes.

  141. Zooboy says:

    They got this. Haven’t had a walk off yet during the streak. Maybe setting up for some pie.

  142. dkidd says:

    chad durbin and chad gaudin are pitching at the same time

    just as the mayans predicted…

  143. Greg says:

    If this is the end, I am for the most part happy because we’d won 10 in a row and you cant win every game. But we didn’t separate ourselves from anybody in the East. Especially that team at the bottom which still scares me.

    • jjyank says:

      We’re 4 games ahead of Tampa and 8 games ahead of Boston. I’m not saying those teams can’t go on a run, they certainly can. But this is a pretty solid lead so far.

    • Jack says:

      1 run, 3 innings.

    • Zooboy says:

      Can’t win the AL East by beating up on teams during interleague. Gotta beat the teams within the division. I say: bring it.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      They picked up 4.5 games on the Rays.

      That’s about as much as you reasonably hope for. The idea of “separation” this early in the season is just preposterous. Red Sox couldn’t even hold a nine game lead in September – and that was with 30 games left to play, not 95.

      • Greg says:

        The 86 Mets would like to give you a call

        • Kramerica Industries says:

          Teams that good are exceptionally rare.

          There’s a reason why that Mets team is undoubtedly the best in the history of the franchise. And why, in many ways, it’s a shame those Mets team only won one World Series.

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

          So do the 98 Yankees. Pointing out extreme examples doesn’t really help your cause.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Boston? I was thinking about this today. I still say they finish third behind the Yanks and Rays.

      I’m willing to give the Orioles fourth place, but that’s as far as I’m going.

  144. stuart a says:

    dont worry the great arod is up next inning. expect a A+ AB. The guy is dominating. Per the einsteins on this site he is still a very good player. They compare him to the slew of great 3B in baseball today. the likes of; callasp, whatever dregs oak and seattle have, wilson betemit, jack hanahan, and a slew of other great 3B.

    Arob may get another RBI this week, since he is in the zone.

    Let’s bat arod 3rd or 4th since he is playing so well…

    chipper at 40 statistically is as good as Arod now……

  145. Monterowasdinero says:

    Eric Hinske-Mall Cop.

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

    The Red Sox are 8 games out. So are the Twins.

    AL Central sucks.

  147. pat says:

    7 innings 4 runs? I would have signed up for that.

    • Tom says:

      ERA of >5 against the Braves?

      I wouldn’t sign up for that – this isn’t the late 90′s/early 00′s anymore

  148. Monterowasdinero says:

    After the game it is announced that Tex will have an MRI. Tomorrow we will find out he will be out for 6 weeks as it swelled up overnight etc etc…

  149. Hummingbird S. says:

    2 lefties and a righty that cant hit lefties.. perfect time to bring in Venters. Also, it seems like he pitched every game against the Yankees so far.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Makes sense – he pitched in just about every game last season, too. And then you wonder why he sucked in September and so far this season.

      Fredi Gonzalez is the new Joe Torre. His BP management is even worse than I remember from his Marlins days – that being, back in the days when I actually watched the Marlins on a semi-regular basis.

  150. Kramerica Industries says:

    Perhaps I’m just un-American, but I’ve heard that recorded rendition of God Bless America too many times on Yankee broadcasts. I just can’t listen to it anymore.

    • jjyank says:

      Na I agree. It’s not unAmerican to wish for a more modern version of it. Call me a heretic, but I’m so tired of it in general. I want Cotton Eye’d Joe back more.

      • TomH says:

        As long as they don’t give it to one of these melismatic egomaniac singers who thinks the song is about her.

        And they should leave Frank’s song alone. It’s good luck.

        • jjyank says:

          Sinatra at the end of the game? Of course, leave that alone, it’s awesome. I do think that it’s been more than a decade since 9/11, and I am tired of being reminded of it when I watch baseball in my leisure time.

          • Kramerica Industries says:

            All of this.

            Frank Sinatra is fantastic. After big wins (such as division clinchers/playoff wins) I love to sing along with it, even from my home. Fantastic song.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      You Un-American. You should move to…..New York, or something.

  151. Professor Longnose says:

    On. Over. In.

  152. Professor Longnose says:

    Agreed. Let’s go back to Take Me Out To The Ball Game.

  153. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    Going back to the start of the wild card era the most wins any team would have needed to get the second wild card spot was 90. The average was 86. If the Yanks play .500 from now on they would be at 89 wins.

    Not too shabby.

  154. Tom says:

    Hopefully Venters channels the last appearance he had against the Yankees in a game started by Hudson

  155. Jack says:

    Pass that baton, Al.

  156. flamingo says:

    I thought Venters was a great reliever?

    • Knoxvillain says:

      He’s pretty good. It just looks like the Yankees have his number. Let’s hope they can score these two runs.

    • Tom says:

      He was until Fredi Gonzalez went all Torre/Proctor on him.

      Apparently chasing down a 79 appearance rookie year with an 85 appearance sophomore season (both seasons >80 innings) might have a bit of a detrimental impact on the arm.

  157. Robinson Tilapia says:

    So which one of you ladies is going to post a picture of yourselves tonight?

  158. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Let’s go Tex

  159. Greg says:

    GEts the job done. Will Venters IBB Tex?

  160. Hummingbird S. says:

    I wish Robbie could hit with RISP..

  161. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Cano is 9-61 with RISP?!? What the blood clot!

  162. Knoxvillain says:

    Great job, Granderson. You’ve been very productive today.

  163. MannyGeee says:

    Wow, another guy gunned down at the plate… That blows

  164. Hummingbird S. says:

    Alex didnt even go to third… awesome way to choke and not score

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

    Stupid contact play is stupid.

  166. The Scheister of Doom says:

    That looked like strike three…makes up for the A-Rod call. Two runners thrown out at the plate…ouch!!

  167. Monterowasdinero says:

    Chipper the elder redeems himself.

    Sign Robbie and Cano long term please.

  168. Mike Axisa says:

    Where’s Andruw?

  169. Cuso says:

    This inning was screwdriver up when Tex took the 93 MPh fastball on the 2-1 count right down the cock.

    • Cuso says:

      Screwed* that is. How do you take that pitch? That had at least sac fly written all over it. That pitch HAD to be swung at. No question.

  170. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Wtf ump

  171. Knoxvillain says:

    lol

    The 2012 Yankees will be the 2012 Yankees, 10 game winning streak or not.

  172. Kramerica Industries says:

    I see RISPFAIL is still in effect.

    Nice 0-3 that inning.

  173. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Yanks handing out more bailouts than congress

  174. Erica says:

    Hooooooo-kay, let’s go for #11 here – for selfish reasons, of course. Crappy day at work – could seriously use another W!

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      You and me both…..and mine just ended an hour and a half ago.

      Whiskey. Muddled blueberries and raspberries. Simple syrup. Seltzer. Ice.

      Give me 11 please, and quit running into home plate when there’s a Brian McCann holding a ball just standing there.

      • Erica says:

        Your drink is making me simultaneously jealous and thirsty. That sounds so gourmet and fabulous.

        Right? It’s like, Brian McCann is invisible to them. Stop doing that, guys. Stop.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          The….sweet…..precious…..

          Drink was OK. I needed some fresh mint.

          So your day was as sucky as mine?

          • Erica says:

            Haha. It started out promising and took a severe divebomb at the very end. Workin’ for the man, y’know? Workin’ for the man. *swishes invisible drink around*

            Crappy day, too? Blarg. Let’s just all quit and join the circus.

      • jjyank says:

        That sounds a lot classier than my Bacardi and Coke. But I also don’t make much money right now haha.

        • Erica says:

          AT LEAST it’s not a PBR!

          • jjyank says:

            I am a Frat Boy, but I am not some freshman undergrad. I absolute refuse to drink cheap, canned beer. As poor as I may be right now, I have Riverhorse and Flat Tire in my fridge. Saving it for the wekend, though.

            • Erica says:

              Hahaha, I’m sure you suffered through Natty Lite and Keystone too. All watery, gross and just wrong. I’m happy to hear you have higher beer standards now!

  175. Greg says:

    OH MY GOD. ESPN WILL LOVE THIS

  176. pat says:

    Seems like the ump decided to widen the zone during that half inning.

  177. stuart a says:

    have a parade Arod walked.

    Cano as clutch as ever.

    Texiera, just shake your head.

    they win despite this offense…

  178. The Scheister of Doom says:

    He had to swing after that pitch called a strike off the plate. WOWZA this team stinks with runners on, I prefer a couple solo shots to win as opposed to depending on back to back to back hits in a span of three outs.

  179. The Scheister of Doom says:

    E. Barry Bonds!

  180. Will The Thrill says:

    Yankees taking too many fastballs down the middle these days. I understand if you’re trying to wear the starting pitcher down but fucking swing if you’re facing a fucking reliever. Tex and Ibanez each took a straight fastball down the middle. Sheesh. It’s like they love hitting with two strikes.

    • Cuso says:

      No excuse for Tex taking that 2-1 pitch. Everything else is understandable/predictable/50-50 maybe. That 2-1 take may have ended the streak. 7,8, 9 in the 8th then Unhitta”brel ” in the 9th.

    • Frank says:

      Agree. The 2-1 pitch Tex took was waiting to be crushed.

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

    Girardi really messed up that inning. Put on a stupid contact play and left Ibanez in against the lefty.

  182. Frank says:

    Just pathetic. Yanks should have at least 6 runs with just 1 more hit and a SF.

  183. captain kiwi says:

    ack. went out for a beer run and all this happened? time to find my “blame” hat…. i thought for sure we’d blow up venters.

  184. pat says:

    The choice was Ibanez with good numbers vs Venters or Jones vs whatever righty they have warming up, not exactly cut and dry.

  185. Robinson Tilapia says:

    If we cheer enough, maybe Greg posts a picture of himself with sad puppies tonight.

  186. Ppiddy says:

    I’m so sick of the RISPFAIL. It’s a pandemic!!!!!!!!!!

  187. Will The Thrill says:

    This winning streak has been great but the it’s glaringly obvious that the Yankees still suck at hitting with RISP. Bad at-bats almost every time by everyone when there are guys on base.

  188. Frank says:

    Yanks need a younger more productive OF bat and get rid of either Wise or Jones. Fuck waiting for Gardner. Who knows when he’ll be back.

    • pat says:

      It’s amazing this kind of analysis is dispensed freely on the internet. You should write Cashman an email.

  189. Monterowasdinero says:

    Peralta removed by umps in Nationals game. Glove/equipment violation. Successful protest by Davey Johnson.

  190. DERP says:

    Crazy shit just happened in the Rays game. Joel Peralta entered for the eighth, but before he threw a pitch, the umpire confiscated his glove and Peralta left the game.

  191. Will The Thrill says:

    For a second there I thought the Braves’ bullpen consisted of only Chad Durbin and Johnny Venters. Eric O’Flaherty? Dafuq?!

  192. Hummingbird S. says:

    just missed.. no luck so far tonight

  193. Greg says:

    Well here he is

  194. pat says:

    That must have been cathartic for the Jones haters.

  195. Hummingbird S. says:

    Russ HR.. comon!

  196. Mike Axisa says:

    Oh look, Andruw reached base against a righty lefty. Wouldn’t have wanted him to do that last inning.

  197. MannyGeee says:

    OK… It had to be done. I went trolling through last nights thread to see what the deal was, I have come to the following conclusions:

    -JJYank only bought got a puppy for picking up tail (note: in no way is this a bad thing, and anyone who tells you otherwise is a reeeeeeeeeeeeal asshole)

    -Erica is not nearly as blonde as I expected… Not that you act like a ‘blonde’ in the prototypical way, just the name sounds blonde to me.

    - we spent way too much time talking dog last night… And Youk…

    Ok, back to the action.

    • jjyank says:

      Heh. Technically it’s my parent’s dog. I had her (and trained her) for two years, but I moved out a couple weeks ago, and she does not get me any tail, as she doesn’t live with me anymore. I wish she did though.

      Guess I have to find other insidious ways to get girls to like me :P

      • MannyGeee says:

        Nah go borrow the dog.. Served me well when I first moved out.

        Oooooooh, Or find someone with a baby to loan out… Easy girls LOOOOOVE babies!

        • Erica says:

          Hahahhaa, someone needs to invent a baby library. Check out a baby and return it within a week.

        • jjyank says:

          At this rate, I probably do need my own dog to get a girl. But I also live in a semi-ghetto, that’s not helping either. If I can get this new job that I’m a finalist in (government, IC is all I can say), that might do even more.

    • Erica says:

      One can never spend too much time talking about dogs. They’re better than people and they don’t have opinions on Brian Cashman, dangit!

  198. Knoxvillain says:

    lololololol

    My sides.

  199. Hummingbird S. says:

    too much fail from the offense..

  200. Frank says:

    Gee-what a surprise.

  201. Greg says:

    2-11 for the Yankees 3-9 by the Braves.

    Again, we won 10 in a row so I shouldnt be too upset, but I feel like we should have a bigger lead in the division

  202. Erica says:

    I love all the trolls that show up to bitch about the team’s lack of hitting! You GUUUUYS.

  203. Will The Thrill says:

    Jeez. Martin is frustrating as hell. He’ll have great moments like hitting that walk off against the Mets but most of the time he is Ramiro Pena-esque at the plate. A near auto out and a double play machine. Gary Sanchez can’t come soon enough…

    • Mike Axisa says:

      He tied the game a few innings ago.

      • Knoxvillain says:

        Chipper tied the game.

      • Will The Thrill says:

        Ok Mike. Like I said he’ll have a decent game every now and then but he’s currently sporting a .201 batting average which is piss poor for a starting catcher. I’d take that from Chris Stewart but not Martin.

    • Tom says:

      On the season Martin has a wRC+ of 103 (at least coming into tonight)… which is 3% above a league average hitter (and is pretty damn good for a catcher)

      For some perspective, Miguel Montero has a lower wRC+ this year as does Brian McCann.

  204. Greg says:

    Meanwhile the Red Sox get to pound the Marlins and get themselves back into contention

    • OMG! Bagels! says:

      No one in the AL East is really out of contention yet.

    • Will The Thrill says:

      I’m actually really disappointed that they’re only 7-8 games back. I feel like they should be 10-12 back especially with that shitty rotation. This is 2010 all over. They will hang in there but I don’t see them making it.

    • Sweet Dick Willie says:

      Would you please STFU about the Sux?

      If both scores hold up, they will be 7 games back of the Yanks.

      If the Yanks were 7 back of the Sux, you’d be bitching your whiny little ass off and throwing in the towel on the season.

  205. Kramerica Industries says:

    Thanks to MLB.tv, I decided to add the Marlins/Sox game to the screen, and…

    Aceves throwing 97? Where the hell did that come from?

  206. captain kiwi says:

    walkoff pls. or tie, then walkoff in extra. pls.

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

    standings before the win streak: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/standin.....s#20120607

    the Yankees have gained significant ground on both Tampa and Boston, their 2 main competitors.

  208. Kramerica Industries says:

    So, Kimbrel…

    Yeah.

    Hope for something that is pretty hard to do.

  209. Home just in time to hopefully see a walk off…but with hacks like Jeet’s that might be a longshot.

  210. MannyGeee says:

    Oooo wow.

    kimbrel is no fucking joke

  211. Tom says:

    Seems like a HR or nothing type inning

  212. dontchaknow says:

    well damn..

  213. MannyGeee says:

    Yeah… A Rod vs 98 mph= no fucking chance.

  214. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Sad to see the streak end on such a winnable game

  215. DERP says:

    season over

  216. Knoxvillain says:

    Fuck the Braves and fuck Granderson the most tonight.

  217. Cy Pettitte says:

    what a shitty way to end a 10 game win streak. that’s a game they should have won.

  218. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Kimbrel-Slice is legit, yo!

  219. DT says:

    Damn, we had quite a bit of tough breaks this game. Well they were bound to lose sometime.

  220. dkidd says:

    call up andujar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *jerks knee*

  221. The Scheister of Doom says:

    I still blame A-Rod!

  222. Greg says:

    Fuck everybody. Red Sox fans will feel happy and feel like they have a chance. ANd that really pisses me off because with the Pats and Celtics they have had too much happiness over the last few years

  223. Knoxvillain says:

    This is a game the 2009 Yankees should have won, not the 2012 Yankees. The streak was great, but unless they figure out how to get a hit when needed, they won’t win a game in the ALDS this year.

    • Erica says:

      Except no.

      • Knoxvillain says:

        Except yes. They are offensively worse this year RISP then they have been in a while it seems. I’m not looking up stats or anything, but I find it hard to believe any recent Yankee team has been this bad.

        Just a loss and I’m not trying to bitch, it’s just getting old.

        • Erica says:

          No team will be 2009′s Yankees; no team will be 1998′s Yankees.

          But each team has to find a way to win and theirs may just be different this time around.

          • Knoxvillain says:

            I know, but they aren’t going to be driving in 5 runs a game in the playoffs with a two two-run home runs and a solo home run.

            • Erica says:

              I just feel like trolling to troll, so uh, they don’t call em the “Bronx Bombers” for no reason!

              I kid. I agree. They need more situational hitting.

            • Mike Axisa says:

              You’re right, they’d be much better off scoring five runs on eight singles, two doubles, and two sacrifice flies. That’s much easier to do.

              • Erica says:

                You know, Mike… you can’t predict-ah, hell. Nevermind.

              • Knoxvillain says:

                I understand the counterargument. But the Yankees will not win anything this year until the start hitting with RISP. Plain and simple. There is no debate about it, no matter how you word it.

        • MannyGeee says:

          Ummmmmm they just won 20 of thier last 25. You and Stuart are unreal….

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

      2008 Rays were worst in the AL with RISP.

  224. wow says:

    ugh…. well, had to happen… so many scoring chances, too..

  225. Cuso says:

    nice streak. Straight up outclassed tonight. A-Rod is a mediocre #2 hitter. Tex let the game go when he watched the 2-1 pitch.

    All that said, it had to end sometime.

  226. Will The Thrill says:

    Blame this one on the offense. This streak has been fueled by great pitching. We’ve squeaked by just enough runs to win but the RISP fail continues. One dimensional offense…

  227. jjyank says:

    Ah well. Hard to bitch about not getting more than 10 in a row and not sound greedy. Had to happen sometime. Hopefully they bounce back tomorrow.

    • Cuso says:

      Agreed. I’m mad at myself for being even a tiny bit angry. 10 in a row is awesome. Just don’t like losing stupid is all. It easier to lose-suck than lose-stupid.

  228. I blame every one!!!!!!!!!
    trade everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Then fire Girardi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Then fire Cashman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Then sell the team to a reanimated George!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  229. stuart a says:

    arod did get it out of the infield kinda..

    arod is on fire, he got a walk tonight.

    i am amazed that no one on the Yankee broadcast ever mentions how horrible arod has been. the guy has a low 400 slugging %……he is a bad singles hitter…..

    they lost tonight for the same reason for most of there losses, BA with RISP. Not only do they not get hits they have unproductive AB’s also.

  230. MannyGeee says:

    Well, that was a bum out.

    Oh well, back on track tomorrow….

  231. Tom says:

    Don’t mind the loss, but two guys getting cut down at the plate (needlessly?) is frustrating.

    As is Girardi relying on 11 AB sample sizes overcoming 2 years of data (Ibanez vs Venters, instead of Ibanez vs lefties over the last 2 years).

    But most irritating for me was Martin trying to bunt for a hit in the 2nd inning with Hudson’s pitch count way way up and Jeter following it with a first pitch out.

    Logan looked sharp , Robertson seems like he’s back. Kuroda was not great but gave the team a chance to win.

    • Monterowasdinero says:

      Jeets takes the opposite approach in those situations and will almost always swing at a first pitch-get me over fb as the pitcher with high pitch count tries to get ahead.

      • Tom says:

        I know he does (and his average is actually quite good when he swings at the first pitch), I just wish he would consider the circumstances sometimes… if he works a 5 pitch AB there Hudson is pushing 50 pitches in the 2nd inning.

        With 2 out it’s less annoying – as long as he’s swinging at something good, the first pitch might be his best shot at getting a hit. The Martin 0-1 bunt was just wrong for the circumstances though. At least one of them should have taken a more patient approach.

  232. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Raise your fucking glasses for the New York Yankees. Loved every minute of the ten-game winning streak. We start another one TOMORROW.

    Should have won this one. A couple of aggressive plays at the plate didn’t go the team’s way. Tex messed up a play he’d make 99 times out of a hundred. Shit happens.

  233. MannyGeee says:

    And by the way, FUCK THE NATS for dogging Peralta like that… The pine tar was A Ok when he was in their bullpen, but now they rat him out? Bush league.

    • Knoxvillain says:

      Disagree. If Wade was on the Red Sox and Girardi ratted on him for using pine tar would you be upset? What if he struck out the side with the bases loaded in a one run game in the 8th inning?

  234. Greg says:

    Again, shouldn’t be upset but I am.

    We should have a bigger divisional lead than this.

  235. Tom Q says:

    Well, it would be childish to complain about one loss after ten straight wins, but…it would have been easier to take had the game not been so winnable.

    What irks me is not the RISP fail so much as the failure to cash in on freebies. The other night, when they had the bases loaded and only got one run on a sac fly, lots of people groaned, but I was, OK, at least they got that. Failing to get Grandy in from third tonight, though, was leaving money on the table — a game-deciding act, it turned out.

    Leaving that guy at third, whether through popup, K or DP, has really been denying the team key runs all season. (If they were at least average in that department, their run differential would probably be about 20 larger)

  236. Kevin says:

    OUr risp problems came back to bite us tonight but so did poor baserunning.
    Oh well,the streak was bound to end at some point,we still have a solid lead in the AL East.

  237. eephus_pitch says:

    I do get bummed out whenever the team loses a winnable game. It’s human nature.
    But I have to reflect on how great this streak has been, and think about how many games they won that could very easily have gone the other way. That’s baseball.
    I just hope they start winning again tomorrow.

  238. Karl Krawfid says:

    Granderson can’t hit a breaking ball to save his life. Just throw it down the middle and watch him embarrass himself.

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