Game 56: Break out the brooms


(Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

It’s hard to think the first two games of this three-game set against the Rays could have gone any better. The pitching staff has held Tampa to one run in 18 innings and tonight they’re going to be running CC Sabathia out there for the sweep. David Price is no slouch himself, but right now everything seems to be breaking New York’s way. Here’s the lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
1B Mark Teixeira
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
RF Nick Swisher
DH Andruw Jones
LF Jayson Nix
Chris Stewart

LHP CC Sabathia

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

Update: We’re officially in a rain delay. They expect the game to begin at 7:30pm ET, not too bad.

Update Part II: The game has begun, right on time at 7:30pm ET.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Arya says:

    Our ace is on the hill at home and they are without their best player. This is the time to sweep them. CC should be able to dominate this lineup, possibly even make a run at a no hitter.

  2. Pat D says:

    Game 86? Did I suddenly fall asleep for a month?!?

    In other news, I can’t think of anything to say right now.

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

    The Rangers are going through a stretch like the Yankees did in early May that good teams never go through. 3-7 in their last 10 including 2-5 against Oakland and Seattle and just got outscored by 15 by the A’s.

    Also RA Dickey, NL ASG starter?

  4. dkidd says:

    my son is 2 years old today

    he would like a sweep (and a cupcake)

  5. Greg says:

    I would like to see CC limit his hits given up tonight. He has only 2 starts this season where he has given up fewer than 6 hits and only 3 when he has given up less than seven

  6. Anybody at the Stadium, or live in the Bronx? If so what’s the weather like? I’m just over the bridge and about 10 miles north of the Bronx and it just got finished pouring here.

  7. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Yanks for the sweep, Celtics for the kill.

  8. Completely off topic, but if you like zombie/horror stuff and like to read, I highly recommend World War Z. I’m rarely, if ever, disturbed by fictional things because they are fictional…this book is a different story. It’s excellent/terrifying/gut wrenching.

  9. StanfordBen says:

    Anyone up for a Dickey vs. Wang pun?

  10. Cuso says:

    I really, really want a sweep here. Need to make Price work early, except for Jeter I guess. The one guy that really gets to him when he jumps on him.

  11. Christopher says:

    Just passed stadium on train – beautiful night. Why delay, except that gets me home to watch full game!

  12. jjyank says:

    Anyone know why my MLB.TV isn’t working? I just a blank pop up window. Not just for the Yankee game either, for all games. I tested it out last night (while I was still in market) on the Boston game, and it worked fine. Any ideas?

  13. Nerve damage to his Vocal Chords, how did Tex do that?!

  14. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    My cable Yes feed in Chicago is breaking up badly. Are NY viewers having this issue with Yes too?

  15. lightSABR says:

    And CC starts it off well.

  16. Cuso says:

    Make it hurt. Make it hurt.

  17. Cuso says:

    Wow never saw Cano get heated like that. And he was out too.

  18. Havok9120 says:

    I HATE having Tampa feeds. I don’t want a different guest in the booth every inning. Watch the darn game.

  19. Greg says:

    I had a feeling that would happen.

  20. Karl Krawfid says:

    No reason to be that deep Swish.

  21. Tom says:

    That is frustrating… quality pitch, weak contact, RBI single.

  22. wow says:

    lucky BS

  23. Greg says:

    Against Price, I don’t know.

  24. Tom says:

    CC looks dialed in… with the exception of the Upton double he has dominated every Rays batter.

  25. why in God’s name is Nix bunting after Price walked Jones on four pitches, with Stuart on deck?

  26. Greg says:

    Somebody has to teach bunting with the Yankees. They suck at it

  27. Pat D says:

    Anyone see the Django Unchained trailer?

  28. Greg says:

    And the Rays did it for us

  29. Mike Nitabach says:

    I’m fucking working while watching, so I can’t hang. But, ERRORS!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Pat D says:

    Clutch ground ball!

  31. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    It’s a line drive in the box score.

  32. jon says:

    wow this ump is screwing price

    not that I’m bitching

  33. Need Pitching says:

    Stewie is the most clutch weak ground ball hitter EVER!!!!!!

  34. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Gritty Chris Stewart with a check swing RBI

  35. Greg says:

    Price is pissed

  36. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Clearly not a pitcher’s strike zone.

  37. RetroRob says:

    Regardless the walk, is it time to rest Derek? He’s played just about every game for two months and he is slumping now. The dude is turning 38 this month. He’ll never ask out, so it’s up to Girardi to sit him. I can understand why they don’t want to take him out when he’s cruising, but now on the flip side.

  38. Pat D says:

    Hmm. Now we’re getting inconsistent.

  39. The Troll says:

    Damn, Curtis sure does love himself a strikeout.

  40. Tom says:

    Hate it when a pitcher stares in at the ump, walks around the mound in displeasure and then the homeplate ump is intimidate into calling a marginal strike.

    That 1-1 pitch to Grandy was pretty low and changed that AB completely.

  41. Need Pitching says:

    nice throw Alex

  42. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Goodness A-Rod.

  43. Alex doing his best Nunez impression.

  44. Erica says:

    Hallo all. Armchair GM Father thinks Derek needs a rest.

  45. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow that was a terrible throw

  46. Mike Axisa says:

    Two weak ground balls lead to a run for Tampa. Grumble grumble.

  47. Tom says:

    What is up with these ridiculous defensive alignments?

    Jeter is playing Ben Zobrist deep in the hole as if he’s Andruw Jones?

  48. Greg says:

    So CC is once again not really dominating, not totally his fault, but he gave up the double to Upton who scored and that RBI single.

  49. Hummingbird S. says:

    awesome D boys..

  50. Scheister of Doom says:

    DFA A-Rod.

  51. Karl Krawfid says:

    Way to go Alex!

  52. Widget says:

    Nice game “ace”.

  53. Chip says:

    I miss Gardner

  54. Suzyn Waldman just said she doesn’t know who Rodger Waters is, it is official I hate her more than any other living soul.

    • Erica says:

      She’s so silly. He’s the guy who delivers the pizza she and John ordered online.

      Senile old folks, y’know…?

    • dkidd says:

      she stopped following the band when syd left

    • The Troll says:

      And I am ashamed of you, young child, for his name is George ROGER Waters. And, also, Pink Floyd is quite subjective. Not everyone’s going to like their music. It’s funky to say the least. Fact: You cannot fault someone for their taste in music unless it’s entirely comprised of Heavy Metal/Screamo Shit and Hardcore Rap.

    • RetroRob says:

      Roger Waters is actually older than Waldman, by two or three years anyway. I’m guessing she’s at least heard of Pink Floyd. She was a opera singer or something before becoming a broadcaster. Probably never listened to any of that rock and roll stuff.

  55. The Troll says:

    Whether he’s being praised or faulted, CC does tend to stumble and nearly crumble in the early going. It’d be nice if he didn’t let up those mandatory 3 runs every start, though.

  56. ragsNpags says:

    I’m not a medical doctor or anything, but is it possible that Teixeira’s persistent cough is a product of Legionairre’s Disease? There is a purported outbreak of the disease…..

  57. Mike Axisa says:

    Two hands, Jayson.

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

    So let me get this straight, If CC pitches a gem it doesn’t count because the Rays have a bad lineup, but if he allows 3 runs he’s not an ace because he can’t shut down a bad lineup?

  59. Christopher says:

    Is it me or have they been talking about cancer for like an hour on the TV?

  60. Scheister of Doom says:

    CC looks pissed!

  61. wow says:

    absolutely hate those friggin’ scrappy runs.

  62. Tom says:

    David Price, second time through the lineup…. if you are righthanded sit curveball on that 1st pitch. He goes mostly fastballs 1st time through, and unless there are men on base he will throw the get me over curve the 2nd time through to righties.

  63. Greg says:

    Our only hop in this game is get Price out. Because we are not scoring any more runs against him, unless the Yankees surprise me.

  64. Mike Axisa says:

    Scott Kazmir seems way too obvious for the trivia. Maybe Tanyon Sturtze (Yankees connection)?

  65. yankwin says:

    I’m at work so I haven’t seen how the runs are scoring but its getting old having my phone constantly beep with scoring updates early in CC starts.

  66. Christopher says:

    I’m officially over the expression ‘on the interstate’

  67. Greg says:

    See this is what I mean. Jose Loboton should not have two hits against you.

  68. Hummingbird S. says:

    0-4 with RISP and 4 LOB in 3 innings combined with CC still being off = awful game

  69. So how many people come out and say there’s no way we win the division if we cant sweep the Rays, and are serious?

    Over/Under: 8.5

    • Hummingbird S. says:

      I think not being able to sweep the Rays is the least of our concerns.. We should be worried that CC has one above average pitch at the moment (slider) and the offense still cant hit with runners on base.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Come out and say it? Under.

      Think it….?

    • The Troll says:

      Can we get ONE game thread where you do NOT refer to “How many people”, “Where are the people”, “Where are they now”, etc.? Every single effin’ game you’re making some childish, immature comment about other people, other fans. You’re constantly knotting up these threads with your off-topic, insignificant gibberish. It’s garbage. Please, for the love of Mo, please stop it with your antics. You’ve become as predictable as Greg and his Fallacies. Thank you in advance.

  70. Brian S. says:

    Something something not an ace.

  71. Greg says:

    Another game where he gives up more than 5 hits. Only 3 starts this year when he gives up less than 6 hits

  72. Arya says:

    This is really unacceptable from CC. Pettitte and Nova had no problems shutting this NL offense down. He has to limit the damage to 3.

  73. Mike Axisa says:

    Joyce has been swinging and missing at sliders all night, then gets a hit on a fastball. I’m sure no one will question Stewart on that, only Martin and Jorge Posada call a poor game.

  74. Erica says:

    I miss Gardner.

  75. Mike Axisa says:

    Drat. I miss Gardner.

  76. Greg says:

    Thank you and goodnight

  77. Need Pitching says:

    for fuck’s sake

  78. Christopher says:


  79. Arya says:

    This is embarrassing. Nobody should give up 5 runs to this offense, let alone our ace.

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

    Maybe…Nix isn’t the best LF option?

  81. Chip says:

    I still miss Gardner

  82. wow says:

    our “ace” … i’ done.

  83. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Wow. Get well soon Gardner.

  84. Brian S. says:

    Yeah I’m done with this game. But we won the series so I am satisfied. We need to take two from the Mets though.

  85. Hummingbird S. says:

    Also, Nix is awful.. why is he stll on this team?

  86. Brett come back soon, we all miss you soo much.

  87. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Error, no? That allowed the 2nd run to score.

  88. Chip says:

    O man, I’ve missed the trolls. It’s funny how Greg doesn’t comment when we’re winning

  89. Karl Krawfid says:

    Can’t get away with being a one pitch pitcher against the rays.

  90. Greg says:

    So who;s telling me that all their hits are weak?

    Only 3 starts this year when he has given less than 7 hits.

    • and only 3 games where he’s given up more than 4 runs while pitching less than 8 innings.

      • Greg says:

        It shouldn’t happen against this weak of a lineup.

        • Havok9120 says:

          You act as if this kind of thing is rare in baseball. This thinking should have sweeps be common and losing streaks by great teams never happen. Bad and worse teams shouldn’t finish anywhere near .500.

          But that isn’t actually how baseball works, has worked, or ever will work.

          • Mike Nitabach says:

            Srsly. When you consider that winning > 60% of your games is an amazing season, it makes sense. Baseball has too much non-athletic random chance involved to be predictable on a game-by-game basis. It’s why there is no betting on baseball games except by deranged compulsive gamblers.

            • Greg says:

              That’s what infuriates me. Too much luck involved in baseball. Especially when millions of dollars ride on each outcome

              • Mike Nitabach says:

                Then it sounds like baseball’s not a good game for you to follow.

                And I don’t think millions of dollars ride on “each outcome”, if you mean a regular season game 1/3 of the way through the season.

              • Mike Nitabach says:

                Oh, and in relation to “too much luck”: yeah, there’s a lot more chance involved in each game. But there are 162 games, and over the course of a season, outcome is not any less predictable than in other major sports.

          • Mike Axisa says:

            Two out of three. Win two out of three every series and you’ll win 108 games.

    • Chip says:

      Their hits are weak, that’s right. That was a lazy flyball down the line that should have been caught, it’s not like he hit it on a line

  91. Havok9120 says:

    If everyone who said they were leaving the thread actually leaves for the rest of the game, I’ll be greatly impressed.

  92. The Scheister of Doom says:

    I blame A-Rod.

  93. Christopher says:

    CC is good/bad/wild/sharp tonight. 5 runs, 8 strikeouts? Crazy.

  94. Alkaline says:

    So this is off topic, but I had to share.

    Found a nice 32 inch Stealth bat for my Summer league. Original price 375 bucks. I got it for 75 only due to the new requirements around here about what’s legal to use in high school/college. This is last years model that wasn’t allowed for this year. Crazy good!

    Now, CC giving up a 5 spot? Yikes! Let’s hope the bats are around tonight!

  95. Pat D says:

    Wow, I can’t believe what the trivia answer is going to be.

  96. The Troll says:

    Buchholz twirling another gem. Also, what does this make CC’s record against Price now? 1-5? Price is CC’s kryptonite.

    • Greg says:

      No, its better than that

    • Brian S. says:

      I liked it better when the Laptop thief had a 9 ERA.

    • Havok9120 says:

      I think he’ll be 1-4 if this holds up. But we’ve lost five of the six games between the two of them. Six of seven if this holds.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        One of those loses was a scoreless tie into extra innings and Sergio Mitre allowed a walk-off homer to Reid Brignac. How that should be considered a knock against Sabathia is beyond me.

        • Havok9120 says:

          Oh, it definitely shouldn’t. Just answering the man’s question since the Rays broadcast had given me the stats like 20 minutes ago.

    • Widget says:

      He gets some of the best run support in baseball. Just another example of how wins are worthless when evaluating a pitcher. And you live under a bridge.

  97. Brian S. says:

    Nix isn’t good.

  98. The Scheister of Doom says:

    On the real, the games still early, our ace loves to navigate thought the later innings quick and effieciently, Prices pitch count is elevated and he will make a mistake. Rays may even give some extra outs too! We gots this! I smell a comeback!

  99. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yankees losing. Heat winning. Nightmare.

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

    6 games against the Braves is so pointless.

  101. Brian S. says:

    That at-bat proves Stewart>Russ.

  102. The Troll says:


  103. The Scheister of Doom says:

    This one ain’t over till my pregnant wife sings!!!

  104. Brian S. says:

    Granderson needs a day off in the worst way.

  105. Mike Nitabach says:

    I really should be working…C’mon, Teix!!!!

  106. Mike Nitabach says:


  107. Greg says:

    All Arod needs here is a base hit.

  108. Brian S. says:

    Fuck…bases loaded…

  109. Greg says:

    Great at bat regardless of outcome

  110. Zooboy says:

    Arm circles! Arm circles!

  111. Mike Nitabach says:

    This is awesome.

  112. The Scheister of Doom says:

    10th chance….

  113. damnit, got home just in time to see the strike out.

  114. Widget says:

    Nice to see RISPfail and BasesLoadedFail. I love those guys.

  115. Greg says:

    The perfect pitch

  116. Erica says:


  117. The Scheister of Doom says:

    A-Rod sucks. Gardner would have had a bloop single, I’d take a bloop over a blast right at someone any day!

  118. Need Pitching says:

    how bout wait for a strike before ya swing Robbie?

  119. cjc says:

    That was awesome

  120. Brian S. says:

    I guess we’ll have to solo home run our way to victory every game.

  121. Hummingbird S. says:

    3 identical pitches..and he strikes out.

    Now here comes the Cano pop out and the threat will be over

  122. Cuso says:

    Not happening.

  123. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Price hasn’t thrown a single pitch under 95MPH this AB, whoa!

  124. Brian S. says:

    Imagine how good this team could be if they weren’t the worst team in the AL with RISP.

    • Brian S. says:

      I don’t want Cano to get past the first round in the home run derby this year. Therefore I am going to have someone stand on second base and pretend like they are a baserunner.

  125. Need Pitching says:

    wow … they really are stretching RISP/BasesLoaded fail to new lows.

  126. The Troll says:

    I bet Price loaded the bases just so he could promptly eliminate the threat, laugh, and continue his abundant, profound hatred of the NY Yankees. It was all for shits and giggles. We are nothing but entertainment for him. Yuck it up, Price, yuck it up.

  127. Havok9120 says:

    Oy. Robbie. :/

  128. Maybe I shouldn’t watch/listen to the rest of the game. they loaded the bases while I was away, then turned on the radio on the way home right in time for Granderson’s strike out, and turned the tv on in time for Alex’s :(

  129. The Scheister of Doom says:

    How do you beat the Yankees? Load the bases!

  130. Greg says:

    So Price was able to do what CC was unable to do tonight. Work under duress, get key strikeouts in key situations, work around failures of defense. Not allow chances for weak ground balls to go through.

    • Havok9120 says:

      You know, I was waiting for this. And the best thing? You still haven’t replied to any of our counter-arguments above. You just keep harping on this and ignoring anyone who disagrees.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        Don’t waste your time.

      • Greg says:

        He’s given up 3 ER vs the Rays. He could have struck out the guys who hit the weak gorund balls and the long fly ball. Price got the K’s when he needed them. CC did not.

        • Havok9120 says:

          Okay, for real, are you saying that CC isn’t an ace? Because all you’ve done is insinuate so far so that you can back out of it later if circumstances warrant it.

          • Mike Axisa says:

            Of course he is, why are you bothering to ask?

            • Havok9120 says:

              Because it’ll make me feel better to call him out on it when he tries to backtrack in a week or two.

              And, looking at his response below, so I can giggle at the incongruity of it all.

              • Greg says:

                I just want him to pitch better as the ace. I did not expect him to give 3 ER against a weak lineup. He’s still the ace, but he disappointed tonight.

          • Greg says:

            No, its just I expected more from CC against this weak lineup. I expected fewer hits. I made the point at the beginning of the night. The errors and unearned runs he can do nothing about. But the earned runs could have been prevented if he didn’t give up hits. Weak hits to be sure but the pitcher could have struck out the batters in those situations

    • Need Pitching says:

      didn’t Cano hit a weak ground ball?
      Price is not an ace, he allowed a weak ground ball!!!!

  131. dalelama says:

    No one kills a rally like Old Purple Lips.

    • The Troll says:

      Hahahaha. Is that racist? I’m not sure . . . Should I have laughed? Oh god, I feel awful now. HAHAHA!

      • dalelama says:

        It isn’t racist, it is just the blood flow constricting as he chokes. The bigger the stage the deeper the purple.

  132. Ppiddy says:

    This has got to be a baseball team record for sucking with RISP/Bases Loaded. I mean, it’s unbelievable.


  134. The Scheister of Doom says:

    I still blame A-Rod, it helps with my anger issues.

  135. Tom says:

    Well Price has 1 more inning max, and the Rays bullpen is not all that good.

    Had they pushed 1 or 2 runs across they would have had a great chance at winning I think. Don’t think they are out of it yet, but it’s a long climb and looking a lot more iffy now.

  136. The Scheister of Doom says:


  137. The Troll says:

    Fu*k. This had been such a stress free week of baseball. Me not like this much at all. CC, you have disappointed me dearly. Sad face.

  138. Ppiddy says:

    This is the approach that Girardi should take in the Yankees clubhouse.


    “Every time we hit with RISP we peel a section.” They can peel the clothes sections off one of ARods girlfriends instead.

  139. Christopher says:

    Nice play.

  140. Havok9120 says:

    Alright Wade. Channel the suck, man.

  141. The Scheister of Doom says:

    C’mon Yanks…we need some patience and power!

  142. So, I guess Ibanez is being saved to pinch hit for Nix?

  143. Need Pitching says:

    How the fuck do you not PH for Nix???!!!??

  144. Tom says:

    Why is Nix hitting here? So Joe can keep his glove in LF?

    • JohnnyC says:

      Who plays shortstop if Jeter gets hurt? Seriously. But that’s Cash’s fault not replacing Nunez on the bench. It’s also probably contributed to Jeter’s current slump.

  145. Mike Axisa says:

    Where’s Ibanez? Saving him for the big at-bat that may never come?

  146. Greg says:

    CC is the ace of the staff. But as the ace of the staff he has to pitch better than that against a weak lineup

  147. Mike Axisa says:
    June 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm
    Yeah he’s making the decision to let him walk next year real easy. Wouldn’t kill him to run hard out of the box once in a while either.

    You’re surely just speaking out of anger, right Mike? He’s our best all around player…letting him walk would be madness…

    • Brian S. says:

      Letting him walk would be stupid. If we don’t plan on extending him he should be traded for a package of prospects like San Diego did with Adrian or the Rays did with Garza.

      • Brian S. says:

        Why let a premium player walk and get nothing but a first round pick in return?

        • Havok9120 says:

          To keep his production and skill set on the field in a year you plan on contending for a championship.

          • Brian S. says:

            What about long term? I understand keeping him if they plan on extending him, but the front office needs to be concerned with the long term viability of the team as well. One year of Cano isn’t worth six years of two top prospects.

            • Havok9120 says:

              If keeping Cano means you make it to the World Series and trading him means you don’t because David Adams is playing 2nd, is it really not worth it?

              • Brian S. says:

                The odds are against the Yankees winning the World Series next season. Just like every season for every team. A team with so many long terrible contracts can’t just keep handing out more and expect to remain competitive every year.

                • Havok9120 says:

                  Oh, no doubt. But the alternative isn’t another bad contract. Its another year of good-great-stellar production and an extra 1st round pick. *shrug*

            • Need Pitching says:

              it could be, no guarantee the prospects ever amount to anything

        • Need Pitching says:

          1 extra year of Cano + first round pick could prove to be more valuable than the trade return (really depends on what one year of Cano would get back in trade)

      • Havok9120 says:

        San Diego didn’t plan on contending and Garza was a salary dump (of a replaceable part) more than anything, neither of which would make sense for us.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        He can help you win this year and next. Just because you don’t plan on keeping a guy forever doesn’t mean you have to trade him for prospects.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Mike’s been pretty clear that he’s not a fan of the “resign at all costs” mindset.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      He is their best overall player right now but he won’t be over the life of whatever contract he signs. He’s going to hit free agency at 31 and second baseman tend to decline fast and hard.

  148. Brian S. says:

    Where’s Phelps? He needs innings.

  149. Havok9120 says:

    See, the thing about Girardi with the lack of pinch hitting is that its almost certain there’s a reason for it beyond laziness or even his gut.

    I just have no idea what it might be in this case.

  150. I really hope that girl comes away with that ball lol.

  151. Kevin says:

    still 4-5 against them..not too shabby.

  152. Brian S. says:

    CC didn’t need to throw 121 pitches in a game that’s close to over did he?

  153. stuart a says:

    so now for arod when he has a good AB even if he gets out that is a moral victory. 22 rbi’s… zobrist has 20 and is hitting 200

    cano and arod with RISP, SUCK….

    no homer they cannot win… 0 and 13 without a homer… disgraceful.

  154. …so you pinch hit Martin for Stuart, but leave Nix in. That makes no sense to me. Can anybody see how/why that makes sense?

  155. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Well I’m pretty sure Stewart could have done that.

  156. Mike Nitabach says:

    These people are cracking me up.

    The Yankees are a half game out of first place in a division in which every team is at or above .500. And they just got there by winning 10 of their last 13 games.

    But they are a disgrace, and all their players are terrible. Unreal.

    • Brian S. says:

      Seriously. As long as we win the series I am satisfied.

    • The Scheister of Doom says:

      A disgrace thus far with RISP, yes. They’re still a high octane offense who lives and dies by the homer, or lack thereof. I pray that number balances out by the end of the year but it’s not looking like tonight will be that night.

      • Mike Nitabach says:

        Do you really think there’s any reasonable chance that their RISP batting average won’t regress back towards their overall batting average?

        • The Scheister of Doom says:

          Judging by the way their pressing at the plate, off balance swings and just sloppy ABs, yeah there’s a chance but I HOPE they figure it out sooner than later. A sub .200 BA w/ RISP and the 3/4 hitters combined for less RBIs than Hamilton is borderline pathetic.

  157. Cuso says:

    In other news, Aroldis Chapman gave up an earned run.

  158. Mike Nitabach says:

    How the hell did four strike-outs get named the golden sombrero?

    • Cuso says:

      Somber o-fer?

      I dunno

    • JohnnyC says:

      A Mexican hockey fan…obviously.

    • The Scheister of Doom says:

      From Wikipedia:

      The term derives from hat trick, and since four is bigger than three, the rationale was that a four-strikeout performance should be referred to by a bigger hat, such as a sombrero.[citation needed] The “Olympic Rings” or platinum sombrero applies to a player striking out five times in a game, while a horn (after Sam Horn of the Baltimore Orioles, who accomplished the feat in an extra-inning game in 1991) or titanium sombrero is bestowed upon a player who strikes out six times in a single game.
      The term was coined by San Diego Padre Carmelo Martinez in the 1980s.

    • Cuso says:

      According to wikipedia (cue eye-roll) it’s a derivative of the hat trick. Since hat trick = 3, a sombrero (golden at that) would be 4.

  159. Ppiddy says:

    The golden sombrero

  160. Tom says:

    Eh… can’t win them all.

    While they didn’t get to Price they did get him out after 5 innings which normally would be a very good chance for a win.

    CC threw much better than the results indicate – the 3 ER came on a bloop single and a double that most slightly above LF’rs would catch. He did give up 2 unearned; though he doesn’t get off completely for that, he should be able to pitch around a 1 out error (although the double that set that inning up may also have been caught by an above average LF’r).

  161. Brian S. says:

    Eppley has to have a 70% GB rate by now right?

  162. Wow, Thurman would only be 65 today. To young…

    • Mike Nitabach says:

      While I was working this afternoon I watched his Yankeeography. Reminded me of how sad I was as a kid when he died. I was away at summer camp, and all the little kids in my cabin were crying when we found out.

  163. Wait…did Swish roll into a DP while I wasn’t paying attention, or did Tampa go to the pen while I wasn’t paying attention? Why are we at commercial?

  164. The Scheister of Doom says:

    MLB.tv is screwy tonight, rejoining ABs after 3-4 pitches, the blue screen with sound still on.

  165. Tom says:

    Hopefully this is the inning where Girardi proves us all wrong (including myself) about questioning him for not pinch hitting for Jones and Nix.

  166. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Feeble hack Swish, gross. What happened to the pudgy version with plate discipline? Is he pressing because he’s a FA after the year or just trying too hard to be aggressive?!

  167. Erica says:


  168. Tom says:

    6 pitches…. 1 in the strikezone.

    Too damn aggressive with men on base.

  169. Shouldn’t it be Chavez in this spot? Cause now if Ibanez gets a hit Nix, who is in LF, has to be pinch hit for as well meaning Ibanez has to go play left, meaning you loose the DH.

  170. Mike Nitabach says:

    All right!!! Tying run at the plate!!

  171. The Scheister of Doom says:


  172. Greg says:

    Oh well, they gave it a try

  173. Havok9120 says:

    Heh. BABIP again.

  174. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Can’t be mad at that, hard hit ball right at 1B.

  175. Karl Krawfid says:

    Swisher has to go. What made him great for this team he doesn’t like to do anymore.

  176. Tom says:

    Who knows what Ibanez would have done… but that K by Swisher really killed that inning. With men on base he is a sucker for offspeed stuff early in the count or in hitter counts.

  177. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Okay, goodnight RAB. I feel troll-ish tonight so…so long, here’s to a comeback!!

  178. Cuso says:

    Ugh. I hate when they tease me. Do we have any late game heroics this year? None come to mind. I’m getting forgetful though.

  179. Brian S. says:

    Why did Swish swing at ball four…

  180. Wow Swish. Way to give that run right back.

  181. God damnit. This is just not a fun game.

  182. Cuso says:

    Ugh I changed the channel for a minute wtf happened?!

  183. Need Pitching says:

    uggh … this game has been a giant turd

  184. Cuso says:

    F@$k it. We’re scoring 6 runs here.

  185. Havok9120 says:

    Well….that’s quite nice.

  186. Tom says:

    Not sure if anyone is watching the MLB broadcast, but Bob Costas is becoming unbearable calling games.

    Between the continuous slurping of the Rays and Joe Maddon all game, and his incessant need to be clever, the broadcast is just painful to listen to.

  187. Cuso says:

    Don’t go platinum brandy.

  188. Cuso says:

    Watch us get to 5 runs as a kick in the nuts for not holding them

  189. Oh. My. God. Alex was taking all the way. I’m legit shocked.

  190. Greg's Mom says:

    Greggy boy, it’s bedtime.

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