Jun
20

Game 68: A New Streak

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(REUTERS/Adam Hunger)

The ten-game winning streak came to an end last night but the quick turn around means the Yankees have a chance to start a new streak this afternoon. Phil Hughes has to battle both the Braves and the scorching Bronx heat in the rubber game of this three-game set, which is no easy assignment. Here’s the starting nine…

DH Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
RF Nick Swisher
LF Raul Ibanez
1B Eric Chavez
Russell Martin
SS Jayson Nix

RHP Phil Hughes

Today’s game starts at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Mark Teixeira Update: Teixeira is a little sore after taking that Jason Heyward line drive to his heel yesterday, but he’s expected to be good to go on Friday.

Categories : Game Threads
  • jsbrendog

    that is an awesome pic. love the symmetry

    • Randi B

      Me too!

      Of course one of the few afternoon games I want to go to happens on a scorching hot day and I have to work. Boooo!

  • DERP

    There should be at least one afternoon baseball game per day.

    • Randi B

      Like in the 50s…

      I still wonder how did so many adults get to the ballpark those days….. didn’t folks have to work???

      • nsalem

        Sometimes they played to very small crowds. Check out the attendance for this Yankee game in the 1960′s
        http://www.baseball-reference......9220.shtml

        • Kramerica Industries

          Wasn’t that the game that got Red Barber fired?

  • Betty Lizard

    I’ll have a fresh-baked, organic, free-range, shade-grown artisanal winning steak, please. With an extra serving of RISPHITs on the side.

  • Kramerica Industries

    This is why I love Yankee Stadium.

    Outside of Wrigley, there are more matinees played in the Bronx than probably anywhere else in baseball. Only Queens and D.C. seem to have extra day games relative to the rest of baseball.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Oh, FWIW, what the Nats did last night was complete bullshit.

    It’s silly shit like that that will cause injuries. Harper/LaRoche/Zimmerman/Morse, one of them is getting a good plunking tonight – I guaran-fucking-tee it.

    —-

    (That is – until I just read that the Rays are starting a rookie tonight because Jeremy Hellickson went on the DL with shoulder fatigue! I won’t erase the above posting for posterity’s sake.)

    • MannyGeee

      I agree that what the Nats did was BS. chicken shit move.

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

      Why was it bullshit? Peralta had a glob of pine tar on his glove and that is explicitly against the rules. This is a black and white issue, he was wrong and the Nats were right to call him out for it.

  • Mike N

    Not at the stadium today, but I am “working from home”.

  • Rush Stern- megarobothead

    I remember that time my mother told me not to put it in. I did it anyway and Ive been sore ever since. Happy Birthday to the kid in the front row.

  • jjyank

    Boo afternoon games. Boo work. Boo Braves.

    Hopefully I come home today to read about a win!

  • Pat D

    Three more days to go at my friggin’ job.

    So on Friday they’re not going to make us work the whole day. In fact they’re throwing a BBQ, which we can go to for 2 hours. And then we have to take 2 hours of phone calls. I’m a bit perturbed by that, but, oh, well.

  • yooboo

    Hot Damn! Justin Maxwell belted a 461 foot homer some time ago. I kind of wish he did not separate his shoulder last year. If he had a good year with Scranton for a full season then Yanks may not retain Andruw Jones and Maxwell could play LF everyday during Gardner’s absent. If Maxwell worked out well with Yanks then he could become our regular RF replacing Swisher next season.

    Nobody would know, naturally..

    Yanks did good job to wear Hudson out yesterday and I would expect the same happen to Hudson today.

    Jeter needs to stop moving forward when swinging. He looks like a 4A player.

    Arod needs to swing quicker and harder. A blind man can swing better than him. Give us your 24th.

  • Pat D

    Why did Hughes get a haircut????

  • Peter R

    Nothing better than watching baseball at work.

    • Mike Myers

      i would rather be watching, not at work.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, the two out base hits for the Braves keep coming…

  • dontchaknow

    …………………..

  • Pat D

    Sigh.

    Bloop, stolen base, and then Freddie Fucking Freeman.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    this is going to get ugly, the temperature is way to hot and the park is way to small for hughes

  • Karl Krawfid

    It’s too damn hot for this Hughes.

  • Jon

    And it looks like Hughes-less is back…yay!

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    and to think I almost picked up Hughes for a spot start on my fantasy team.

  • dontchaknow

    cool

  • Kramerica Industries

    Love when Jete does that.

  • Pat D

    Whoop whoop Capitan!

  • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

    Hughes suckng again.
    Cappy!!!!!

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Bandbox!!!

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    i went to a game last year against the a’s. i think it was a friday night and it was literally over 100 at gametime. I think it was 98 by the time the game ended at 10:30. hughes got absolutely rocked, but we still ended up winning because our offense was pretty awesome that day

  • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

    Hot temps yankee stadium means lots of bombs today.

  • Pat D

    OK, so the ball seems to be carrying to right-center…

  • Cy Pettitte

    doesn’t seem like a good day for a fly ball pitcher.

  • DM

    Big test for Hughes now. The 3 runs aside, his FB didn’t look right — let’s see if he can grind and pitch on a hot day without his best stuff.

  • Karl Krawfid

    A-Rod is so bad right now man.

    As long as A-Rod has a leg kick he will continue to be trash.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    A-Rod takes 5 consecutive fastballs and then swings & misses at two sliders

    sigh…

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      4, i meant

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

      Three of the fastballs were outside the zone, what do you want him to do?

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow that was such a bad call on Cano.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Wow – I actually thought Cano went initially.

    That replay shows it wasn’t even close.

  • MannyGeee

    John Sterling just said “3-2, Hot-lanta”…

    that just hapened. not sure how I feel about that

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    It’s hotter than hell out and the Braves pick today to wear the dark alternates? Who thought that was a good call?

    Probably one of the sharpest looking alternates in the game though.

    • Kramerica Industries

      The jersey material probably makes the darkness negligible.

      But I do make damn sure that when I take day-time walks or bike rides, that I’m wearing mostly white! As I’m sure we all do.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    A-Rod will help start a new streak, one of the losing variety.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I’m getting tired of the O’s. I’m ready for them to go away now.

    • MannyGeee

      pesky little fuckers… they might be around till the break at this clip…

  • Jimmy McNulty

    And hey look at that Hughes looks like garbage again.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Chavy with the eye.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    nice double! let the risp fail commence!

  • MannyGeee

    wow… Russell with a nice piece.

  • MannyGeee

    wow. thanks for that Nix.

  • Kevin

    What a joke of an at bat.

  • wow

    ugh. scrub…

  • CountryClub

    Bad luck on that double. Any other bounce and Chavez scores.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    What is this trend with two out doubles with guys on first and ending up not scoring?

    Stop this trend.

  • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

    Nix idiot, bring up the ronnier.

    • Pat D

      Why? He’ll suck too.

      • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

        The guy is raking in AAA. can play infield and outfield too

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

          Standing at the position and actually playing it are entirely different matters. Mustelier has become the new Jorge Vasquez.

          • DM

            A little harsh. Vasquez would’ve been called up if he could hit for average and strike out less than 150x. There’s a place on a roster for high contact, line drive hitter — even if he is a butcher. He might be an interesting piece to add to the offense when the rosters expand.

            • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

              Agree plus hes still young

  • wow

    oh c’mon, not this again…

  • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

    Hughes throwin batting practice

  • Kramerica Industries

    Since he didn’t allow one on Friday, Hughes is making up for the home runs today.

  • Kevin

    Yuck..bad HUghes showed up today

  • MannyGeee

    cheapie home run. gonna be a long Hughes day.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    I guess Hughes is making up for going so long without allowing a home run.

  • CountryClub

    Unlike the 1st HR, that wasnt a mistake pitch. Hughes put it exactly where Martin wanted it.

  • eephus_pitch

    “I like Jayson Nix because he’s a baseball player.”

    -Joe Girardi

    • Athenian

      I like Joe Girardi because the Yankees can win in spite of him.

  • DM

    Better break out the other pitches, Phil. No finish on the FB today.

    • Hummingbird S.

      he doesnt have other pitches

      • DM

        He’s got a curve and change-up. But despite the heat, not the extra inch on the FB thus far. Looks like a 92mph heater today rather than 94mph we’ve been seeing. Need Plan B.

  • Kevin

    Yankees avg with bases loaded is .149 and with RISP it’s .218,dead last in both leagues.
    Our pitching was going to fall back to earth and when it did,our offensive problems were going to be exposed.

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

      Way to keep it fresh with the RISP talk.

  • MannyGeee

    oh no… did I just hear Sterling say Hughes is throwing the cutter again? he’s got to not throw that. fastball/curve… go with what you know

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    When Hughes pitches, the Yankees need to position their outfielder so that they are actually sitting in the stands with the fans to give them a chance.

  • boogie down

    If the Hughes of the last eight-plus (including today’s) starts is more or less what he can consistently be, I’m okay with these occasional blow-up starts. Now, this isn’t a full-fledged blow-up start just yet, but, in general, his flyball tendencies will lead to more HR’s, as we’ve seen. If he can maintain the elite K/9 (8.77) and BB/9 (2.34) rates — that’s including his performance so far today — I’d consider this to be a fair trade off. Of course, this assumes that his so-called blow-ups remain occasional and don’t become a more frequent occurrence.

    • MannyGeee

      it would be better if he could align the blow up with the 10 run offensive Yankee showings, but otherwise I guess I would agree overall.

  • Total Dominication

    Wow, people have really short memories when Hughes starts.

  • wow

    this is the oh, so frustrating side of the team that comes seemingly out of nowhere…. no patience, weak hacks, bad pitching… so frustrating especially after the last several days.

    • Total Dominication

      Yeah, how dare they have a bad first 3 innings against the Brave’s best pitcher after winning 20 of their last 25. Losers.

      • wow

        my thoughts exactly!

  • MannyGeee

    I hate to troll, but A-Rod’s at-bats are becoming a reeeeeeeal boner killer.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      If you get a boner when Arod bats, his weak ABs are the least of your problems

      • MannyGeee

        not too many pretty ladies in my office of late… got to give something credit for the alternate blood flow.

    • eephus_pitch

      I don’t see how that’s trolling.

      • MannyGeee

        while I agree that it may not be, with the loss last night I would hate for a negative comment to be misconstrued as a troll attempt…

  • LiterallyFigurative

    DOOM-ED!!!!!!

  • nsalem

    Aaron Spahn Niekro and i dont know

    • Pat D

      Smoltz

      • nsalem

        Thanks Pat didn’t realize Smoltz was there so long. Bad trade for the Tigers.

        • Pat D

          Eh. If the Tigers had beaten the Twins in the ALCS, who knows? Doyle Alexander was incredible for them down the stretch in ’87.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Niekro was the one I couldn’t figure.

      I had those other three…

  • Cy Pettitte

    god Phil what the fuck

  • dontchaknow

    just when I thought this phil was gone for good lol

  • Kramerica Industries

    Bravo, Phil.

  • JohnC

    BOy, sure didn’t take long for everyone to jump all over Hughes again did it?

    • eephus_pitch

      We’re watching the game, Phil’s getting killed. What response would you suggest?

  • loudog27

    I do not believe batting coaches mean a tremendous amount but when the Yankees are hitting and I watch the games all I hear about are Long’s theories on hitting and his drills. Now nothing.

  • MannyGeee

    well… that sucks

  • Jon

    The title of the thread is correct, we are starting a new streak…

  • Dan

    I’m guessing this will probably be the end of the streak of the Yankee pitchers going 6 innings. It will be good to let Sweaty Freddy sweat a little in this heat.

    • MannyGeee

      its gonna be gross….

      grossly awesome!!!! amirite?

  • TommyBoy

    Phil Hughes can not be trusted.

  • Cy Pettitte

    phoul phil is back. ugh.

  • rconn23

    Just an atrocious performance by Hughes.

  • MannyGeee

    semi off topic, but Bourne is a FA next season. Two part question:
    - cheaper than Swish?
    - would you rather?

    discuss

    • Pat D

      He strikes me as someone who will be worthless when he loses his speed.

      Trying to predict when that will be is the hard part.

      • MannyGeee

        he’s 29, so I would assume he has 3-4 years of true wheels ahead of him, and then a tail off of some fashion…

      • Kramerica Industries

        A la Carl Crawford.

        And given his skills already looked eroded last season, I can only imagine what will happen when his speed is gone. Do the Red Sox even miss him right now?

        • MannyGeee

          we may never know at this rate. so glad Cashman only bought him a coffee a few winters ago instead of buying him for 7 years!

        • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

          If they do it is only because they can’t keep an outfielder healthy more than two games lately. They are up into the 20s when it comes to how many outfielders they have used this year.

  • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

    Hughes giving game away.

  • loudog27

    Kevin Long= overrated

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    phill up to his old tricks again, tons of fouls and tons of homers

  • DM

    They’re beating your FB to the spot, Phil — even the high ones. Better start mixing better fast or you’ll fail your grinder test.

  • Kevin

    HOmerun derby time..yuck.

  • nsalem

    Aren’t there 6 innings left in this game?? It’s only 4 runs. Hanson’s pitch count may get up there, Don’t give up.

    • boogie down

      Love the optimism. Ain’t over ’til it’s over.

  • loudog27

    Whose idea was it to go back to the cut fastball?

  • Betty Lizard

    Checked the score. Telling myself “plenty of time”.
    Best if I don’t watch for a while. I don’t want to feng Phil’s shui with my negativity.

  • loudog27

    It’s getting late early.

  • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

    When did swisher ever lead off?

    • sangreal

      he was lead off for the Sox and I’m pretty sure he hit in that a few times when Jeter was injured last season

  • loudog27

    I am pretty sure the Scout on this gameday feature is Ken Rosenthal.The analysis stating Hughes could not put Heyward away after getting up 0-2 sounds awfully like some sources say the Yankees are interested in generic player but other sources say they are not.

    • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

      Hughes needs a vasoline ball.

      • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

        Or vagisil ;)

        • MannyGeee

          OICWYDT!

          • TomH

            Language polluter

  • Steve T

    Phil’s tipping his curveball. He has to be. No one swings at it. And they’re all over his fastball. Heyward practically came out of his shoes swinging at one. It might be why they can sit on the fastball, foul it off or hit a homerun, because that’s all that happens when Phil pitches.

    • Pat D

      I thought he had made that mechanical adjustment. Perhaps he lost it today.

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

        Or, maybe, he just had a bad game because sometimes players have bad games. Not everything needs to be microanalyzed into something else.

        • Jim Is Bored

          YES IT DOES!

          Or you’d have much less blog traffic.

        • Pat D

          I wasn’t make a definitive statement. I just remembered reading something about him hiding the ball better or something. Maybe he just lost it for one game. Trust me, I hope he just had a bad game. I root for him a lot.

  • MannyGeee

    atta way to get the pitch count up, fellas

  • wow

    lol

  • dontchaknow

    fuck.. fucking goddamnit……

  • Pat D

    Oh, just take him out.

  • Cy Pettitte

    how can you be this bad. my god.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Hughes with #4!

    Wow.

  • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

    Suck too much suck get him out.

  • eephus_pitch

    I dislike this game.

  • MannyGeee

    not sure what to say about that… really dont.

  • DM

    Phil’s sporting that bad body language again. He doesn’t pitch well from behind.

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

      Wouldn’t be behind because he wasn’t pitching well first?

      • DM

        Yes — but some right the ship and battle through — make adjustments — i.e., stop the bleeding, while others wilt. When the going gets tough, the tough get going — and Phil sighs and looks up to the clouds as his shoulders slump. There’s a reason why Phil has the least innings pitched per start; it’s not just bad pitching — it’s Girardi not believing he can battle through.

  • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

    About time

  • Knoxvillain

    Blow your fucking arm out, Hughes. Please.

    • mustang

      I miss the intelligent baseball thinking of the game threads.

      • Pat D

        What intelligence? Me no want think.

        • mustang

          No. Me want man in white clothes with pinstripes and NY to not throw ball bad or he should die.

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

        There is no more intelligent thinking in the comments, sadly. Most of the morons disappear when they win though. Small victories.

        • mustang

          This alone is good reason for another 10 game winning streak.

  • Dan

    I think Hughes is trying to give up a homerun to each player on the opposing team’s starting lineup… I would have to think that would be a first

    • Dan

      Next up McCann will hit one out.

  • mustang

    Well, that was Braves batting practice now to the game.

  • DM

    Grinder test score = D

  • sangreal

    am I the only one that did not know the Charleston RiverDogs are co-owned by Bill Murray?

    • Fernando

      No, I didn’t know that either.

    • MannyGeee

      Bill Murray is awesome…

      • TomH

        No actor can represent American-style sleaze like Bill Murray. Well, maybe, Gene Hackman.

        • Pat D

          Hack-Man is retired.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Mike, will you be doing a post on Omar Luis? interested to hear you thoughts on the signing.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Omar Luis Rodriguez*

      • MannyGeee

        hooray for the Jorge Soler consolation prize!

  • MannyGeee

    well, one shit-show out of every six is not ideal, but better than 5 out of six like last season…

    again, it would be nice if the offense wasnt playing dead dog, this start would only look mediocre instead of flat crap.

  • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

    And on a hot day in garbage time girardi will use the whole pen than letting sweaty freddy work.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Wow Chavez smoked that. absolutely crushed.

  • Fernando

    I’ll take Hughes’ last ten game stretch all year long. He went 6-3, while team went 6-4 in those starts. 60% winning percentage.

  • MannyGeee

    Zombie home run! hooray for that

  • Bubba

    At work and haven’t been able to watch the game but I just checked the box score.

    Was Hughes throwing underhanded?

    • MannyGeee

      I wish, that would at least would have provided him an opportunity to fool someone…

  • The Scheister of Doom

    DFA Hughes.

  • MannyGeee

    OK Nix, now take a pitch or 2 pls… he’s obviously losing his control.

  • Cy Pettitte

    fuck you Bourn

  • Kramerica Industries

    Ball has really, really carried today.

    Wow.

  • Knoxvillain

    Oh look, another Granderson strike out.

  • Kramerica Industries

    That was a strike?

    Maybe where it landed. Not where it entered the zone.

    • Knoxvillain

      Looked right down the middle about chest high. Perfect pitch it seemed like.

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

        Chest high is a ball.

        • Knoxvillain

          A little lower than chest high, but close enough. I would have called it a strike.

  • Yank The Frank

    I feel a Yankee rally in these old bones.

    • Betty Lizard

      I’m coming to sit by you.

      • DM

        I’m telling Russell Martin.

        • Betty Lizard

          I’m playing the field!

    • Yank The Frank

      That’s one

      • Yank The Frank

        That’s two

        • Yank The Frank

          That’s three

  • Widget

    Umps don’t want to be out in the heat either. They will make sure hurry the game up. Sucks to lose 2 straight at home to a team the Yanks swept already. Braves are trash. I imagine they will bend over for the SAWX.

  • stuart a

    hope arod can get the ball out of the infield next inning. hope he gets his slugging % up to 450.

    cano and arod are killing them all season.

    BA with RISp has been a 70 game issue..staggering

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

      Literally every single comment you’ve ever left on this site has been about A-Rod. You have a very unhealthy obsession.

      • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

        Mike nails one over the fence and gone.

      • OMG! Bagels!

        It’s like little boys teasing little girls. They love them but the only way to show it is to say mean things. Stuart crushes on Arod so bad.

    • Pat D

      Well look who’s back. Only took a possible 2-game losing streak.

    • Knoxvillain

      What was that, Stuart?

  • Cy Pettitte

    stuart a. is FUMING right now

  • Kramerica Industries

    As much as I love to see excited fans…

    Scoreboard, home run catching fan.

  • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

    Yankee hit more 1 run homers than any other team in baseball.

  • Pat D

    stuart, did that ball break your window?

  • Cy Pettitte

    omfg Robbie

  • MannyGeee

    hooray-Rod! thanks for proving me wrong!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Bombs away in the Bronx.

    Holy shit.

    6-4 game. We’ve got a ballgame now.

  • dontchaknow

    a belly ta belly… dontchaknow ?

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

    Stupid homers. They need to single their way back into this game.

    • nsalem

      It would be nice to get a couple of those singles before a home run.

  • Knoxvillain

    Shit. I bet I could hit a fucking home run there today.

  • Tom Q

    Wow — a pitcher giving up 4 home runs must really suck.

    • Adam

      Only if he is on the Yankees, then he deserves to be DFA’d. On another team the ball is carrying well and he is having a bad start. Duh.

  • MannyGeee

    nice Robbie!!!

  • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

    Win this game win the series

  • Knoxvillain

    Venters?

    My body is ready.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Jonny Venters : Fredi Gonzalez :: Scott Proctor : Joe Torre

    • nsalem

      Broxton:Torre Sturtz:Torre Karsay:Torre Gordon:Torre Bruney:Torre and who knows who else may be under the floorboards

      • Kramerica Industries

        Glad to see Broxton having a good season in Kansas City.

        The Yankees comeback against him in 2010 where he threw some 40 pitches wrecked his Dodger career. Never the same.

        • nsalem

          OPS against going into that game was under .600 rest of the year was over .900 .

      • Knoxvillain

        Paul Quantrill had a lot of stuff left in the tank before Torre got to him. But to be fair he was like 40 years old.

        I wouldn’t count Bruney. He just sucked.

        • nsalem

          You have a point. However he was pitching well with us till he was Torre’d

          • Knoxvillain

            Always liked Bruney.

            • Kramerica Industries

              Ah, the Brunester.

              Good times, good times.

              Hey, remember when he was the designated set-up guy to start 2009!?!? And then sucked even after he returned from injury?

              Now we can all be glad about something Phil Hughes did.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    I got home just on time to see back to back homers. Niiiiice

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Venters arm is about to fall off.

  • MannyGeee

    old Venters appears to be back… this is gonna rock

  • Kramerica Industries

    Gerry Davis couldn’t call that last pitch a strike, thankfully.

    • MannyGeee

      Swish gave him a look back just to be sure…. pretty funny

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

    Ibanez against a lefty. Again.

  • Kevin G.

    Ibanez 1 for his last 21…. OLD OLD OLD DONE OLD OLD!!1!!1!!!!

  • boogie down

    With all of the numbers in Girardi’s binder, is there not a disclaimer that says pitcher-batter histories mean absolutely nothing? Why did he leave Ibanez in AGAIN, when he has a lefty-mashing OF at his disposal?

    • Knoxvillain

      Who’s the lefty mashing outfielder at his disposal?

      • boogie down

        Andruw Jones? Unless he’s injured or I’m missing something else…

        • Knoxvillain

          I wouldn’t count him a lefty masher. I’m pretty sure he’s sucked ass this year against them.

      • MannyGeee

        thats what they pay Andruw for, isnt it?

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

        Andruw Jones, the guy hitting .254/.351/.500 vs. LHP over the last three years.

        • Knoxvillain

          And what’s he hitting this year?

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

            Who cares, it’s like 50 PA spread over three months.

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

            Jones vs. LHP this year: .188/.254/.344

            Ibanez vs. LHP this year: .192/.222/.308

            • Greg

              Combine that with the 5-11 career that Ibanez has against Venters. I’m not saying its right, I’m just pointing out the logic

              • Kramerica Industries

                Mike is going to kill the next person to cite that statistic.

              • boogie down

                But that’s the thing, it isn’t logical. You’d need hundreds of PA’s between a particular batter and pitcher for it to carry significance, and that amount of PA’s is very unlikely to occur. For example, Jeter and Tim Wakefield, who’d been on their respective teams for many, many years at the same time, only had 114 AB’s against one another. With a .036 isoD, I’d guess that Jeter doesn’t have many more than 125 PA’s against Wakefield.

          • nsalem

            and what did he hit the first half of 2011?

          • boogie down

            .188/.254/.344 in 71 PA. Ibanez has splits of .192/.222/.308 in 27 PA, but neither of those PA totals are enough to really mean anything.

            On the other hand, in the last few years and over their careers all together, Jones has been a significantly better hitter against LHP’s than has Ibanez.

  • Knoxvillain

    I guess Venters just likes to tease us.

  • teddy

    giradri refuses to play to win

    • Knoxvillain

      No, he just fucking sucks at managing.

  • Total Dominication

    Why no Jones?

    • boogie down

      Stupidity. Just as likely, Ibanez casts the Imperius Curse upon Girardi in late-game or quasi-late-game situations where pinch-hitting for Ibanez would be advantageous.

  • teddy

    rapada against rightyies

  • clay eppley

    Probably overly premature and maybe even a bit unfair to Joe but i honestly think hes just biding his time till Donnie is ready to put the pinstripes back on. Just my opinion though.

    • nsalem

      Strongly disagree. Except for the overly premature part

    • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

      You know hal and the steins love him right.

  • Greg

    So Hughes failed against the Braves. We;ve got to tie the game before the ninth.

  • Cy Pettitte

    <3 this bullpen. they are so good.

  • Knoxvillain

    Wade in a close game? Great. They have two innings to score 3 runs or they’re getting spanked by Kimbrel again.

  • DERP

    Great job by Rapada.

  • Greg

    You cant blame the offense for this one. Phil Hughes came back to Earth

    • CP

      He’s a fly all pitcher and it seems like every fly all is a HR today. That’s a bad combination.

  • Greg

    Not looking good going into the Mets series. We face Dickey on Sunday and that is basically a guaranteed loss. So we will need to win the other two to maintain a little .500 stretch, if we can’t come back in this game

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

      You accept defeat too easily.

      • Greg

        It’s the emotional swing of the game. Of course they can still do this, they just cant wait until the ninth

        • OMG! Bagels!

          You are way too fragile for baseball.

    • nsalem

      a) I’m not a Phil fan but I would accept this start if it was in the mix with his last six or seven starts any day,
      b) I think it’s ridiculous to consider Sunday a guaranteed loss especially with CC pitching,
      You should know better.

    • boogie down

      The Mets face CC on Sunday, so it’s not like I’m on the mound and they’ll drop a 10 spot without breaking a sweat. Dickey’s definitely cooking right now, but CC just came off of his best start in a while, so the Mets’ hands will be just as full as ours. It wouldn’t surprise me if the game ended 1-0, 2-1, or 3-2.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Wait a second — maybe I’m way too slow here, but Bald Vinny did come back to the Bleacher Creatures?

    I thought he said he was probably not re-upping for 2012. But if he did, well, then that’s good for him.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      All of his dramatics last year around that really turned me off to him.

  • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

    Someone needs to put pine tar in hughes glove.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    You guys need to get an apple shoved up your rectum. So what if Hughes blew up in this one start? He finally rights the ship, has multiple great starts…and people rip him when he’s off today.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      The trolls are always here when they’re losing. I check out of game threads regularly when it starts. Cannot stand it.

      • VT Yankee Fan

        Why not simply ban those that constantly troll. We all grumble when things go bad but the people who constantly gripe add nothing to this site.

        • OMG! Bagels!

          I agree.

        • MannyGeee

          that would be un-American….

        • nsalem

          He’s just expressing his opinion. He should not be banned because his opinion is not popular.

        • nsalem

          And this time he is actually making a very legitimate point. Most people wouldn’t put it that way, but it’s within guidelines and his prerogative.

    • nsalem

      No more gangsta Tyrone?

    • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

      We expect more from hughes since he was suppose to be an ace and all.
      Also nobody wants to hear about your sexual encounters with fruit.

      • Bubba

        Shouldn’t the past few years have lowered our expectations?

  • Knoxvillain

    Time for Granderson to do something. He owes a lot for the past two games.

    • nsalem

      he’s the go ahead run

  • DERP

    Do it Curtis.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Big-time chance right here to turn the game on its ear.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Grandyman!

  • Greg

    Very Good.

    Get Grandy on the move to avoid the double

  • Kramerica Industries

    No double plays, Alex.

    Thanks.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Unreal.

    • Knoxvillain

      You bastard.

    • Knoxvillain

      You bastard.

  • nsalem

    oh those singles

  • Knoxvillain

    If A-Rod gets on base, Stuart is going to kill himself.

  • Cy Pettitte

    oh come on Arod…

  • Knoxvillain

    And the Yankees RISP fail is back. Great offense today.

    • Greg

      Not really 1-3 is not RISPfail

      • Knoxvillain

        That DP just gave the Braves the game. 1-3 is better than usual though.

        • Greg

          No they have the eighth. Then the game is over. Gonzalez is not going to use Kimbrel for two innings

          • Knoxvillain

            But Wade is pitching and he is destined to give up that insurance run.

            It would have been nice to have Tex in the lineup today with all these home runs.

            And Prado hits a double. Yep.

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

          Have you bothered to watch the way the ball is flying today? This game is far from over.

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            The game is over after 8, however. They’re not hitting Kimbrel.

            • nsalem

              Maybe, Maybe not.

  • Greg

    You should have had Grandy on the move immediately. Bad move

  • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

    Stewart just nutted. Arod needs to do better than that.

  • teddy

    there gutless, gotta bunt, gotta lose, because nobody can hit a sac fly. this offense s*cks

  • MannyGeee

    got too much of that ground ball A-Rod…

  • teddy

    giradri and kevin long should be fired

  • Athenian

    One thing is certain, $25 mil + a year and sucking while ones body falls apart from all those steroids, sure doesn’t get what it use to.

    I think Alex’s jealousy of Jeter has taken over him as he tries to become the most likely to GIDP.

    • TomH

      You have no idea about what’s happening to his body.

      • Athenian

        Your right. It is not overtly obviously.

        • TomH

          Not even covertly obviously.

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

      And the solution, clearly, is to sign Cano at big money for the same years of his career.

      • Athenian

        I love your sarcasm there. THAT would be another huge mistake but I fear it will be what Brothers Stein dictate.

  • Widget

    Yankee brand Sac Fly is like the polar opposite of Spanish Fly.

    • MannyGeee

      I laughed

  • Greg

    Predicition. Girardi will pinch hit for Ibanez against O’Flaherty

  • Tom Q

    So, does anyone know what the team’s percentage is of driving in runners from 3rd with less than two outs? It seems like it must be grievously low this year.

    Don’t mistake me for a troll/bridge-jumper; I’m not screaming the team’s lousy because of this. But it does feel like alot of games were lost by one run this year where one stinking fly ball (in sometimes more than one spot) would have altered the outcome. And it’s very frustating to watch.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      That’s EXACTLY the issue. You can’t have a sane discussion about the team’s flaws without sounding like a bridge jumper which really pisses me off. Sometimes I want to make similar observations but the negativity from the trolls and their ridiculous statements keeps me from doing just that. Sane posters cannot comment about things that aren’t working when they’re losing because every other comment is from a troll.

  • Greg

    This game, in the end. in not on the offense. Its on Phil Hughes and his bad start.

    • Steve T

      Can’t it be both?

      • Greg

        When an offense scores you 5 runs, that’s enough run support

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

          In this park and in this weather?

          • Greg

            In any park and any weather

      • OMG! Bagels!

        Greg’s six shades of grey: black white black white black white

    • Frank

      Hughes was crap, but so is the offense. It’s HR or bust. And A

    • nsalem

      This game is still not over. Are you really a Yankee fan

  • Frank

    You’re not wrong.

  • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

    See atl moves over runners.

  • stuarta

    Arod is horrible wished that was untrue. This is not a 2 week slump. He is awful.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      Admit it, you love him.

  • Knoxvillain

    Told ya. Wade is the last fucking pitcher I would have let pitch that inning. Let’s hope someone gets on first (not scoring position) next inning and someone else hits a home run.

  • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn

    And that is ballgame!

  • Frank

    That’s huge run to give back.

  • Greg

    We should have been further ahead in this division with a 10 game winning streak.

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

      Yeah, they should have won 12 of 10. Use your brain and think before commenting.

      • Greg

        Don’t you want to dominate a season?

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

          Winning ten of ten is dominating. Please, fucking think for once.

          • Greg

            I even said it during the streak. They should be more than 2.5 up. And now that its done,it pisses me off. We moved up in total in the standings only 3 games while winning 10 in a row. That is ridiculous.

          • Adam

            But the Yankees didn’t use their special incantation powers to make the Orioles lose more, damnit!

            • Greg

              Hey people keep saying here the Orioles are awful.

    • Alkaline

      Um. What else do you want them to do during a 10 game win streak to ensure a larger division lead?

  • stuarta

    Ba risp same old story

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow game over.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Can someone in the organization please have a come-to-Jesus conversation with A-Rod wherein he acknowledges that he ‘s no longer a 3-4-5 hitter? 2 or 6 is fine. No need to completely bury him.

    The fact that he mugged for the cameras and made such a grandiose hug of Cano when Robbie hit his homer because they went “back-to-back” makes me wonder if he doesn’t actually fathom that he has about as much pop as Russell Martin right now.

    Great, Alex, you hit a pop fly that today’s wind carried for a HR. Now hit 2nd where we’d actually appreciate that level of production.

    (Disengage soapbox)

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

      Why would you have that talk with A-Rod? Has he ever shown resistance to batting lower in the lineup? He doesn’t fill out the lineup card.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Then it should be an easy talk, right

        Girardi has made a reference to “egos” in Early May with presented with the question of moving Tex and A-Rod lower in the lineup.

        If he’s not resistant – terrific. Easier to manage the situation.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      I know no one else interpreted the hug in that context. I did. Anyone that disagrees knows about as much as I do with regard to what A-Rod is really thinking. We’re all entitled to our impressions.

    • Frank

      Agree 100% he shouldn’t be hitting in the 3-4 hole. But it won’t change. Unfortunately, Torre’s not here to bat him 8th.

  • Knoxvillain

    I want to laugh and cry at the same time.

  • TomH

    I wonder if, 10 years ago, he needed all this “working with” hitting coaches that we hear about from the Yankees’ announcers. We can say that 10 years ago he didn’t need it, but I find it hard to believe–again, if the working-with stories are accurate–that a natural, elite hitter like Alex gains much from advice from a mere technician.

    • Steve T

      10 years ago ARod had his cousin Yuri to help with his swing.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Remember when I said that Hughes is still nothing more than a solid five even during his streak of solid starts? Yeah well I was right. He may not even be that. He allows home runs at an alarming pace. God, he fucking sucks.

    • Alkaline

      So you hide in the corner during his good stretch, saying he’s still a bad starter…then when he does have the inevitable bad start you jump out and yell, “I told you so!”

      Really?

  • sabathiasgut

    thanks A Rod

  • JMK

    Hey guys,

    Just checking in. I see the box score. Was Phil as bad as it indicates?

  • Widget

    Now this is a thumping. Yankees were due for one of these.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Two things that make me want to slam my head into my desk:

    1. My boss saying/asking for insane things where I just have to smile and say “Sure. No problem.”

    2. RAB game threads when they’re losing.

  • Tom

    All 3 of those runs were pretty much unearned (though technically they arne’t) That’s a routine DP ball to Chavez – did he to try to backhand it?

    Sure Logan could have picked him up… but it’s not like Heyward hit a bomb to RF.

    • Greg

      If Tex was in the game, he would have made that DP. Fallacy, yes, but the evidence is there.

    • Frank

      Logan did a poor job nonetheless. He faced 3 lefties and allowed each to pull the ball.

  • Adam

    I mean..if Tex can hit, why wasn’t he hitting for Ibanez earlier?

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

      Because Ibanez is 5-12 against Venters in his career, duh!

    • Greg

      Doesnt really make a difference. the situation is basically the same.
      One man on

      • nsalem

        Who are you rooting for?

        • Greg

          I want the Yankees to win. I just get impatient about the season and feel bad when they lose

          • nsalem

            It’s just one game . Take it easy. The season is going much better than a month ago.
            They probably won’t win this game, but there’s also still a chance. Don’t be so negative.
            Win or lose we’re still in first place.

        • OMG! Bagels!

          Misery.

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

        The lead was half the size and it was two innings earlier. These two situations aren’t even remotely close to the same.

        • Adam

          Oh good, I wasn’t imaging that it was an entirely different game situation.

        • Greg

          So you want Girardi fired?

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

            When did I say that? I just don’t want Ibanez batting against lefties in close games. This isn’t rocket science.

            • Greg

              Do you think he is a good manager. Yes or No?

              I just don’t like people getting on the guy when he has won a lot of game with this team. I hate when people get on Rex Ryan so much because he made the Jets relevant.

              These people have emotions too. Of course they dont read what we say, but they get the general vibes from the media and crowd.

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

                I think he’s a good manager. Not great, not terrible. I think he’s loyal to a fault, however.

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            It just speaks to a level of inconsistency. If you were going to use him (when u said you weren’t) why wait until now? So he can play only 1 inning of defended as opposed to 2?

        • Tom

          Well other than a 4 run game vs a 1 run game, what difference does it matter who’s at bat with a runner on 1st?

    • Tom

      Or for Chavez (and he’d have been in the game at first in the innning Chavez booted the DP)? and Jones for Ibanez?

      I get that Girardi doesn’t like to pinch hit in the 6th (as the PH’s will get a 2nd at bat and he then may lose the platoon advantage late), but he has to know the Braves setup guy is a lefty and they likely see a lefty in the 8th inning anyway.

  • Knoxvillain

    Jones is going to GIDP. I can feel it.

  • Knoxvillain

    Well. This is going to be a disappointing end to the 8th.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Haha. I just mentioned this double with 2 out and man on first trend an hour ago.

    Break the trend!!!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I just threw up in my mouth

    ….if anyone cares.

  • eephus_pitch

    Suzyn is now gushing about what a “professional” Freddy Garcia is. Sterling joins in.
    This means I have to stop listening.
    Enjoy the rest of your day, everyone.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      She loves to gush, that Suzyn.

      Menopause limited her outlets…

  • Knoxvillain

    Your 2012 Yankees. The team that will be 0-3 in the ALDS. That’s it for today.

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

      Glad you’ve determined that before July.

    • Greg

      I’m just emotional,but you sir are a nitwit who obviously sits in his mother’s basement deliberately looking to cause trouble.

      Go. To. Hell.

      • Greg

        Ban me if you want, Mike. But I am just sick because this negative emotion feeds my negativity. Even knowing it is here causes a bit of strife.

        • eephus_pitch

          Negativity is fine, but you should be ashamed of yourself for making a “mother’s basement” joke. That’s inexcusable.

    • Adam

      Funny I almost thought they were in first place in the toughest division in baseball, coming off of a 10 game winning streak. I guess I must be imagining it all.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Way to back that up Nix

  • stuart a

    the yanks have a 7th place hitter named alex hitting either 3rd or 4th.

    it is the subject that you never hear on the radio or tv discussed.

    the guy has 32 rbi’s.. he cannot hit the ball out of the infield on a regular basis. he is hitting 260. HE IS HORRIBLE……..

    If his production would be just in the neighborhood of good they would have minimum 3 more wins…….

    MOVE HIM DOWN IN THE ORDER….

    • Greg

      Here’s another one. teddy is another one

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

      He hit a homerun today.

      • Steve T

        Who didn’t?

      • TomH

        Doesn’t quite answer his point. I don’t know what the answer is, but he’s right that ARod is far from being what we expect of a 3 or 4 hitter. It’s mid-June, and there’s still no sign of consistency from him. Now and then there’s a HR and we sit up waiting for the others to follow, but they don’t. It might even help him to change his location in the order.

  • stuart a

    2 straight games the yanks could have won if they got any level of clutch hitting.

    they are 14 games above 500 despite there total inability to get big hits…

    4 solo jacks on the day, that is standard operating procedure for this crew…. solo jacks…

    • Adam

      Resisting the urge to make a joke…

    • eephus_pitch

      HOMERUNS KILL RALLIES!!!!!

  • Jon

    I hate seeing Freddy “White Flag” Garcia, love his twin however Freddy “We’re Romping You” Garcia…

  • stuart a

    mike.. arods slugging % is awful… if you can tell me with a straight face batting arod 3rd or 4th is the best spot for him I will laugh.

    he is not getting 100 rbi’s unless he goes insane the rest of the season. he is on place for about 80 rbi’s with chance after chance….

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

      No one cares about RBI. And use the damn reply button already.

      • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero

        I care deeply about rbi’s.

      • Steve T

        Why are RBIs meaningless, but we make such a big deal about hitting w/ RISP?

        • Betty Lizard

          Because you want your team’s players to hit in RISP situations because then the team scores, you know, runs.

          Whereas an individual player’s RBI stat is dependent on the hitting and base running skills of the players before him, which that player cannot control.

          • TomH

            How many times has he had baserunners ahead of him and failed to turn them into his private rbi? This “player cannot control it” dismissal is ridiculously applied. It’s applied as if people are mechanically applying someone’s old analysis.

            An ARod hitting closer to his historical performance would have many more rbi.

      • stuart a

        arod slugging % is horrible. the apologist for this guy must have a poster up of him in there rooms..

        he is horrible in every way offensively. the guy has 6 SB’s and people act like that is something special…

        raul ibanez is slugging 40 points higher… but hey arod is slugging higher then russell martin.

        arod is hitting under 200 with RISP but hey rbi’s mean nothing. you are delusional..

        move tex up and move arod down.. jeter, grandy, cano, tex, swisher, ibanez, then arod….he deserves to bat 7th. last night they actually pitched around someone to get to arod… he scares absolutely no one for good reason, he sucks…

      • eephus_pitch

        I wouldn’t say “no one” cares about RBIs. They shouldn’t be the final determiner of whether a guy’s good or bad (or worse, “clutch”), but they’re hardly a worthless stat.
        When someone’s using RBIs to make a case for Tony Perez in the Hall of Fame, then we can poo-poo RBIs.
        When a hitter is batting 3rd or 4th for the Yankees and isn’t getting enough RBIs, then it’s a valid concern.

  • JMK

    I see the box score for Hughes; no bueno. Did he look as bad as the line suggests?

    • eephus_pitch

      The ball was flying out today, but Hughes wasn’t fooling anyone at all.
      Short answer: yes.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    obviously a bad game, but hughes did not have a good shot in this heat and yankee stadium. losing 2 in a row after a 10 game strak sucks, but every person here would take 10/12 going into these last 4 series. as for risp, (by my calculations) we went 6 for 22 or .273 while the barves went 7/23 or .304. So that doesn’t seem too bad.

  • Cris Pengiucci

    So glad I don’t typically read the game threads!

  • Kevin

    We can complain about the offense (the 7th most of all) but the fact remains HUghes kept digging a deeper and deeper hole for the offense to try and climb back from.
    And Boone Logan put the nail the coffin.
    As for us not gaining much gorund in the division,how dare the other teams not lose for us.

  • stuart a

    218 with RISP… disgraceful.

    Arod is owed nothing, the guy makes $25 + per yr. he is not doing his job…BOTTOM LINE..

    swinging at the first pitch from DUrbin. HE IS A TOTAL GUESS HITTER, HARD TO BELIEVE ..

    it is like batting Ty wiggington 4th on a team and expecting that team to win the world series.

    jeter a total slap hitter has a 2 pt worse slugging % then alex rodriguez, but there is no problem. Just AROD haters….

    • eephus_pitch

      Jeter’s a problem, too. He doesn’t work the count and he doesn’t walk much. Not what you’re looking for in your leadoff hitter. And he strikes out way too much for a guy with so little power.
      Also he’s a statue on defense and he doesn’t steal anymore.
      Is that better?

      • Hummingbird S.

        Well, then you have 2 problems, right? I mean, stuart a is a little over the top with his complaints but the basic point is correct. A-Rod should not bat 3rd or 4th for the Yankees, he’s a singles hitter who occasionally runs into one. He should be batting 6th or 7th.