Game 68: A New Streak


(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


  1. jsbrendog says:

    that is an awesome pic. love the symmetry

    • Randi B says:

      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!

  2. DERP says:

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

  3. Betty Lizard says:

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

  4. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  5. Kramerica Industries says:

    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 says:

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

    • Mike Axisa says:

      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.

  6. Mike N says:

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

  7. Rush Stern- megarobothead says:

    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.

  8. jjyank says:

    Boo afternoon games. Boo work. Boo Braves.

    Hopefully I come home today to read about a win!

  9. Pat D says:

    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.

  10. yooboo says:

    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.

  11. Pat D says:

    Why did Hughes get a haircut????

  12. Peter R says:

    Nothing better than watching baseball at work.

  13. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  14. dontchaknow says:


  15. Pat D says:


    Bloop, stolen base, and then Freddie Fucking Freeman.

  16. Bartolo's Colon says:

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

  17. Karl Krawfid says:

    It’s too damn hot for this Hughes.

  18. Jon says:

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

  19. Manny's BanWagon says:

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

  20. dontchaknow says:


  21. Kramerica Industries says:

    Love when Jete does that.

  22. Pat D says:

    Whoop whoop Capitan!

  23. Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

    Hughes suckng again.

  24. LiterallyFigurative says:


  25. Bartolo's Colon says:

    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

  26. Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

    Hot temps yankee stadium means lots of bombs today.

  27. Pat D says:

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

  28. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  29. DM says:

    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.

  30. Karl Krawfid says:

    A-Rod is so bad right now man.

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

  31. Cuso says:

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


  32. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow that was such a bad call on Cano.

  33. Kramerica Industries says:

    Wow – I actually thought Cano went initially.

    That replay shows it wasn’t even close.

  34. MannyGeee says:

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

    that just hapened. not sure how I feel about that

  35. Stratman9652 says:

    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 says:

      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.

  36. Jimmy McNulty says:

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

  37. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  38. Jimmy McNulty says:

    And hey look at that Hughes looks like garbage again.

  39. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Chavy with the eye.

  40. Bartolo's Colon says:

    nice double! let the risp fail commence!

  41. MannyGeee says:

    wow… Russell with a nice piece.

  42. MannyGeee says:

    wow. thanks for that Nix.

  43. Kevin says:

    What a joke of an at bat.

  44. wow says:

    ugh. scrub…

  45. CountryClub says:

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

  46. Cuso says:

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

    Stop this trend.

  47. Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

    Nix idiot, bring up the ronnier.

    • Pat D says:

      Why? He’ll suck too.

      • Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

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

        • Mike Axisa says:

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

          • DM says:

            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.

  48. wow says:

    oh c’mon, not this again…

  49. Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

    Hughes throwin batting practice

  50. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  51. Kevin says:

    Yuck..bad HUghes showed up today

  52. MannyGeee says:

    cheapie home run. gonna be a long Hughes day.

  53. Jimmy McNulty says:

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

  54. CountryClub says:

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

  55. eephus_pitch says:

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

    -Joe Girardi

  56. DM says:

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

    • Hummingbird S. says:

      he doesnt have other pitches

      • DM says:

        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.

  57. Kevin says:

    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.

  58. MannyGeee says:

    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

  59. Manny's BanWagon says:

    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.

  60. boogie down says:

    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 says:

      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.

  61. Total Dominication says:

    Wow, people have really short memories when Hughes starts.

  62. wow says:

    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.

  63. MannyGeee says:

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

  64. LiterallyFigurative says:


  65. nsalem says:

    Aaron Spahn Niekro and i dont know

  66. Cy Pettitte says:

    god Phil what the fuck

  67. dontchaknow says:

    just when I thought this phil was gone for good lol

  68. Kramerica Industries says:

    Bravo, Phil.

  69. JohnC says:

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

  70. loudog27 says:

    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.

  71. MannyGeee says:

    well… that sucks

  72. Jon says:

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

  73. Dan says:

    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.

  74. TommyBoy says:

    Phil Hughes can not be trusted.

  75. Cy Pettitte says:

    phoul phil is back. ugh.

  76. rconn23 says:

    Just an atrocious performance by Hughes.

  77. MannyGeee says:

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


    • Pat D says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

        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 says:

          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!

        • Stratman9652 says:

          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.

  78. Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

    Hughes giving game away.

  79. loudog27 says:

    Kevin Long= overrated

  80. Bartolo's Colon says:

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

  81. DM says:

    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.

  82. Kevin says:

    HOmerun derby time..yuck.

  83. nsalem says:

    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.

  84. loudog27 says:

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

  85. Betty Lizard says:

    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.

  86. loudog27 says:

    It’s getting late early.

  87. Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

    When did swisher ever lead off?

    • sangreal says:

      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

  88. loudog27 says:

    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.

  89. Steve T says:

    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 says:

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

      • Mike Axisa says:

        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 says:

          YES IT DOES!

          Or you’d have much less blog traffic.

        • Pat D says:

          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.

  90. MannyGeee says:

    atta way to get the pitch count up, fellas

  91. dontchaknow says:

    fuck.. fucking goddamnit……

  92. Pat D says:

    Oh, just take him out.

  93. Cy Pettitte says:

    how can you be this bad. my god.

  94. Kramerica Industries says:

    Hughes with #4!


  95. Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

    Suck too much suck get him out.

  96. eephus_pitch says:

    I dislike this game.

  97. MannyGeee says:

    not sure what to say about that… really dont.

  98. DM says:

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

    • Mike Axisa says:

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

      • DM says:

        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.

  99. Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

    About time

  100. Knoxvillain says:

    Blow your fucking arm out, Hughes. Please.

  101. Dan says:

    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

  102. mustang says:

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

  103. DM says:

    Grinder test score = D

  104. sangreal says:

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

  105. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  106. MannyGeee says:

    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.

  107. Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

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

  108. Cy Pettitte says:

    Wow Chavez smoked that. absolutely crushed.

  109. Fernando says:

    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.

  110. MannyGeee says:

    Zombie home run! hooray for that

  111. Bubba says:

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

    Was Hughes throwing underhanded?

  112. The Scheister of Doom says:

    DFA Hughes.

  113. MannyGeee says:

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

  114. Cy Pettitte says:

    fuck you Bourn

  115. Kramerica Industries says:

    Ball has really, really carried today.


  116. Knoxvillain says:

    Oh look, another Granderson strike out.

  117. Kramerica Industries says:

    That was a strike?

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

  118. Yank The Frank says:

    I feel a Yankee rally in these old bones.

  119. Widget says:

    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.

  120. stuart a says:

    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

  121. Cy Pettitte says:

    stuart a. is FUMING right now

  122. Kramerica Industries says:

    As much as I love to see excited fans…

    Scoreboard, home run catching fan.

  123. Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

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

  124. Pat D says:

    stuart, did that ball break your window?

  125. Cy Pettitte says:

    omfg Robbie

  126. MannyGeee says:

    hooray-Rod! thanks for proving me wrong!

  127. Kramerica Industries says:

    Bombs away in the Bronx.

    Holy shit.

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

  128. dontchaknow says:

    a belly ta belly… dontchaknow ?

  129. Mike Axisa says:

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

  130. Knoxvillain says:

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

  131. Tom Q says:

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

    • Adam says:

      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.

  132. MannyGeee says:

    nice Robbie!!!

  133. Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

    Win this game win the series

  134. Knoxvillain says:


    My body is ready.

  135. Kramerica Industries says:

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

    • nsalem says:

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

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        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.

      • Knoxvillain says:

        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 says:

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

          • Knoxvillain says:

            Always liked Bruney.

            • Kramerica Industries says:

              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.

  136. VT Yankee Fan says:

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

  137. Stratman9652 says:

    Venters arm is about to fall off.

  138. MannyGeee says:

    old Venters appears to be back… this is gonna rock

  139. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  140. Mike Axisa says:

    Ibanez against a lefty. Again.

  141. Kevin G. says:

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

  142. boogie down says:

    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 says:

      Who’s the lefty mashing outfielder at his disposal?

      • boogie down says:

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

      • MannyGeee says:

        thats what they pay Andruw for, isnt it?

      • Mike Axisa says:

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

        • Knoxvillain says:

          And what’s he hitting this year?

          • Mike Axisa says:

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

          • Mike Axisa says:

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

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

            • Greg says:

              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 says:

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

              • boogie down says:

                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 says:

            and what did he hit the first half of 2011?

          • boogie down says:

            .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.

  143. Knoxvillain says:

    I guess Venters just likes to tease us.

  144. teddy says:

    giradri refuses to play to win

  145. Total Dominication says:

    Why no Jones?

    • boogie down says:

      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.

  146. teddy says:

    rapada against rightyies

  147. clay eppley says:

    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.

  148. Greg says:

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

  149. Cy Pettitte says:

    <3 this bullpen. they are so good.

  150. Knoxvillain says:

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

  151. DERP says:

    Great job by Rapada.

  152. Greg says:

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

  153. Greg says:

    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

    • Mike Axisa says:

      You accept defeat too easily.

    • nsalem says:

      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 says:

      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.

  154. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  155. Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

    Someone needs to put pine tar in hughes glove.

  156. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    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.

  157. Knoxvillain says:

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

  158. DERP says:

    Do it Curtis.

  159. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  160. Cy Pettitte says:


  161. Greg says:

    Very Good.

    Get Grandy on the move to avoid the double

  162. Kramerica Industries says:

    No double plays, Alex.


  163. nsalem says:

    oh those singles

  164. Knoxvillain says:

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

  165. Cy Pettitte says:

    oh come on Arod…

  166. Knoxvillain says:

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

  167. Greg says:

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

  168. Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

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

  169. teddy says:

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

  170. MannyGeee says:

    got too much of that ground ball A-Rod…

  171. teddy says:

    giradri and kevin long should be fired

  172. Athenian says:

    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.

  173. Widget says:

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

  174. Greg says:

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

  175. Tom Q says:

    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! says:

      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.

  176. Greg says:

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

  177. Frank says:

    You’re not wrong.

  178. Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

    See atl moves over runners.

  179. stuarta says:

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

  180. Knoxvillain says:

    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.

  181. Itishighitisfaritisgonerightyouarejohn says:

    And that is ballgame!

  182. Frank says:

    That’s huge run to give back.

  183. Greg says:

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

  184. stuarta says:

    Ba risp same old story

  185. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow game over.

  186. Cuso says:

    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)

    • Mike Axisa says:

      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.

      • Cuso says:

        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.

    • Cuso says:

      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 says:

      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.

  187. Knoxvillain says:

    I want to laugh and cry at the same time.

  188. TomH says:

    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.

  189. Jimmy McNulty says:

    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 says:

      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!”


  190. sabathiasgut says:

    thanks A Rod

  191. JMK says:

    Hey guys,

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

  192. Widget says:

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

  193. OMG! Bagels! says:

    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.

  194. Tom says:

    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.

  195. Adam says:

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

    • Mike Axisa says:

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

    • Greg says:

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

    • Tom says:

      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.

  196. Knoxvillain says:

    Jones is going to GIDP. I can feel it.

  197. Knoxvillain says:

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

  198. Cuso says:

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

    Break the trend!!!

  199. Cuso says:

    I just threw up in my mouth

    ….if anyone cares.

  200. eephus_pitch says:

    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.

  201. Knoxvillain says:

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

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Glad you’ve determined that before July.

    • Greg says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

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

    • Adam says:

      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.

  202. Cuso says:

    Way to back that up Nix

  203. stuart a says:

    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…….


  204. stuart a says:

    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…

  205. Jon says:

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

  206. stuart a says:

    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….

    • Mike Axisa says:

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

      • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero says:

        I care deeply about rbi’s.

      • Steve T says:

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

        • Betty Lizard says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

        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 says:

        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.

  207. JMK says:

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

  208. Bartolo's Colon says:

    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.

  209. Cris Pengiucci says:

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

  210. Kevin says:

    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.

  211. stuart a says:

    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 says:

      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. says:

        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.

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