Game 56: Break out the brooms

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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.

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  • Arya

    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.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Ah, the inevitable letdown.

  • Pat D

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

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

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

    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?

    • CUYanks

      When you face the gauntlet of Jarrod Parker, Travis Blackley, Bartolo Colon, and Brandon McCarthy, did you really expect the Rangers lineup to score more than 7 runs in 4 games?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      “Also RA Dickey, NL ASG starter?”

      Wait, are you my mother-in-law?

    • JohnnyC

      Who cares about the Rangers?

  • dkidd

    my son is 2 years old today

    he would like a sweep (and a cupcake)

    • Hugh

      Happy Birthday!

      Gosh – seven years since that time. Seems a lifetime.

      • dkidd

        thanks!

        time is blurring. you blink and they’re in high school

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

      congrat’s dude. Happy birthday to the wee lil one. Hopefully he grows up idolizing Mason Williams as his generation’s Derek Jeter. I hope in fifteen years he’s saying to his old man “Yeah, Jeter was great and all dad, but Williams is the greatest Yankee ever.”

      • dkidd

        1979

        me: dad, who’s that coaching third?
        my dad: that’s wayne terwilliger
        me: who???

        2019

        my son: dad, whose that coaching third?
        me: that’s mariano duncan
        my son: who???

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

          “We play today, we win today dassit.” One of my favorite Yankee quotes.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I’d forgotten about that one.

            That really is on par with Livan Hernandez’s “Team happy, manager happy, Miami happy, everybody happy” during the ’97 WS.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          2019: Dad, who’s that guy forgetting all the players’ names?

          Son, that’s John Sterling.

          • dkidd

            2019:

            dad, why is bud selig still commissioner of baseball?

            ask your mother

            • Robinson Tilapia

              By 2019, Mariano Rivera will emerge from the bullpen like Yoda in his fight scene during “Attack of the Clones.”

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

                That would be actually kind of awesome.

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

              guys…please stop….if this is our future. i’m done.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Happy Birthday! Mine turns one next month. I’m really looking forward to what the next year has to bring. Hope your son gets a great birthday weekend.

      • dkidd

        thanks and congrats!

        it just gets more and more fun

        • Robinson Tilapia

          There’s a ton I’m looking forward to. I also think my son’s been looking forward to walking since he was about three months old. Can’t wait to actually talk to this guy. He clearly has a lot to say already.

  • Greg

    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

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

      He also has gone at least 7 innings in all but three starts (2 of which to start the season). When you go that long in a game, you’re going to give up some hits. As long as they aren’t coming around to score, and he’s not walking people I don’t think it’s really to much to be concerned with.

      • Greg

        True, but it causes some ageda

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Competitive sports do that.

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

    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.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’s always sunny in Brooklyn.

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

        me think’s your getting brooklyn confused with Philly. Cause that’s one of the funniest TV shows I’ve ever seen.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Nah. Just looking out the window. :)

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Yanks for the sweep, Celtics for the kill.
    #anyonebuttheheat

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Them’s fightin’ words. Go Heat.

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

    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.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Continuing on that off-topic theme, if you want to kill about 14 minutes during the rain delay…check out Steve Carell’s speach to Princeton graduating seniors: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....b=facebook

      • TCMiller30

        Haha I wish he spoke at my college graduation..

        We just had the president, wasn’t nearly as funny.

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          West Point?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Do we have a Barnard woman on board, or was this another year and another school?

          (or another president?)

    • bobtaco

      Check out Colston Whitehead’s Zone One

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

        Thank’s I just googled it. It’s now on my list, though I’m probably going to want/need something light after this book.

    • Alkaline

      Love.Love.Love. WWZ. I’m intrigued at the movie coming out next year.

      I take it you watch the Walking Dead? I recommend the graphic novels greatly.

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

        I read the graphic novels, though I’m far behind on it. I hate the TV Show, at least hated Season 2 Which could’ve been renamed “Where’s Carl?! Why isn’t Carl in the house?!”

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

          Also Intrigued with the movie coming out…it apparently takes place during the War as apposed to an oral history of it, so I think it’s going to be slightly different With Pitt pushed into the hero roles of some of the stories his interviewees talk about.

  • StanfordBen

    Anyone up for a Dickey vs. Wang pun?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    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.

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

    boo! Delays!

  • Christopher

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

  • jjyank

    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?

    • jjyank

      scratch that, it’s all good.

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

        How’s the video quality?

        • jjyank

          Excellent. But the hotel I’m at tonight has shitty internet, thus it is mostly unwatchable, Oh well.

        • StanfordBen

          It’s at its normal high quality for me.

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

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

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Coughing. All that juicing, you think he’d have stayed healthy.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

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

  • lightSABR

    And CC starts it off well.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Make it hurt. Make it hurt.

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

    god damnit.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

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

      I think he was more upset that the play was made, not that he was called out.

      • Pat D

        Robbie best start hitting the ball with RISP or I will disown him.

  • Havok9120

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

  • Greg

    I had a feeling that would happen.

  • Karl Krawfid

    No reason to be that deep Swish.

  • Tom

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

  • wow

    lucky BS

  • Greg

    Against Price, I don’t know.

    • Chip

      We seem to hit lefties well this season so I’m not too concerned

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

      Price’s last start against us 5ER in 7IP

  • Tom

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

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

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

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

      Setting themselves up for one of Stew’s clutch ground balls with eyes.

    • Greg

      The two bunt attempts were not balls but the second half of your statement still stands

  • Greg

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

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

      They shouldn’t be bunting in the second inning anyway.

  • Pat D

    Anyone see the Django Unchained trailer?

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

      Looks fucking awesome.

      • Pat D

        Thinking about changing my handle to Pat Django (The D Is Silent).

        But it doesn’t make much sense.

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

          Tags don’t need to make sense. My old handle was an unintentional miss spelling of Ching Ming Wang, and I just rolled with it for a season and a half.

  • Greg

    And the Rays did it for us

  • Mike Nitabach

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

  • Pat D

    Clutch ground ball!

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    It’s a line drive in the box score.

  • jon

    wow this ump is screwing price

    not that I’m bitching

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

      Yeah the Rays could kiss my ass, but this is an awful zone.

  • Need Pitching

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

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Gritty Chris Stewart with a check swing RBI

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

      Just like we drew it up.

  • Greg

    Price is pissed

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Clearly not a pitcher’s strike zone.

  • RetroRob

    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.

  • Pat D

    Hmm. Now we’re getting inconsistent.

  • The Troll

    Damn, Curtis sure does love himself a strikeout.

  • Tom

    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.

  • Need Pitching

    nice throw Alex

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Goodness A-Rod.

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

    Alex doing his best Nunez impression.

    • Erica

      He just misses him, y’know. He just… misses him.

  • Erica

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

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

      Ask your dad what he thinks it would take to get Bryce Harper.

      • Erica

        Okay!

      • Erica

        “Dad, what would it take for the Yankees to get Bryce Harper?”

        “They’re not trading him.”

        “In a pretend trade…”

        “Like, 5 or 6 guys.”

        “Like who?”

        “Nova… a couple of guys in the minors… a Brett Gardner…”

        “Minors… who, Mason Williams?”

        “A guy like that – no, they’re not trading Harper.”

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

          Haha, not even a mention of Banuelos?

          • Erica

            I’ll give him some leeway, for he’s just returned from a business trip.

            The questioning is not yet over. He shall be asked about more trades this weekend.

        • RetroRob

          Tell him to start with a time machine, go back and get Derek Jeter 1996. Then return to 2012 and start adding in other parts, like Mason Williams and Manny Banuelos.

          • Erica

            OOOOOH. Someone needs to script this movie. We need Doc! Go to 88!

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

              Were we’re going we don’t need roads!

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow that was a terrible throw

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

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

  • Tom

    What is up with these ridiculous defensive alignments?

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

  • Greg

    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.

    • Greg

      And that double to Desmond Jennings

    • Havok9120

      Obviously not an ace.

      I mean, seriously, A) what’s your point, and B) what are you expecting from him?

      • Greg

        Against a weak lineup, I expect no more than 2 runs

        • Chip

          You need to wake up to the real world dude. CC is probably behind maybe Halladay and Verlander for pitchers that can dominate as well as give you tons of innings consistently.

    • Hummingbird S.

      not his fault at all.. A-Rod played that ball like Nunez and Jeter is simply a statue at this point ..

  • Hummingbird S.

    awesome D boys..

  • Scheister of Doom

    DFA A-Rod.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Way to go Alex!

  • Widget

    Nice game “ace”.

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

      Yes, this game is clearly over in the 3rd inning, also it’s completely his fault that Alex’s body was taken over by the spirit of Eduardo Nunez.

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

        Real aces make sure their third baseman make routine throws to first.

        • Greg

          Price pitched around the error in the first and came through clean. Why couldn’t CC do that?

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

            Price’s error came with two outs.

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

              Then he allowed another man to reach base and needed a great defensive play from his SS to get out of the inning. He really did a bang up job pitching around the error.

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

            Price allowed a rocket and got his ass saved by a great play.

          • Havok9120

            Price only had to get 1 out to “pitch around it” and STILL required a very good play on a hard hit ball to get out of it.

            Does none of that count for anything?

            • Greg

              Only hope is to raise his pitch count enough to get to the pen. Price is dealing

              • Havok9120

                You just completely ignored everything I said. All the points ALL of us had that disagreed with yours.

      • Greg

        You shouldn’t give up 3 runs against this weak of a lineup. Your an ace, you have to pitch around the error. Like Price did in the first

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

          Price didn’t pitch around anything. The only reason that error didn’t directly lead to a run is because the shortstop redeemed himself and made an excellent play on Cano’s grounder. 9 out of 10 times that ball goes into the outfield and is a run.

        • Need Pitching

          the RBI single was on a weak ground ball
          the Sac Fly was a routine fly ball
          so what, an ace shouldn’t induce weak contact?
          Price got out of the first with a hard ground ball and a great play by the SS.
          CC got a weak ground ball and it got through.

          (no excuse for the double though)

    • Chip

      Seriously? Are you really saying CC isn’t an ace because A-Rod threw a ball away and Zobrist hit a soft ground ball through the infield? Go watch other teams and be happy man

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

        Who cares, people like to complain because there’s nothing better to do.

        • Chip

          That’s true, I just feel like analogous to the Rivera situation where we just take for granted how good they are and expect the world from them.

    • Erica

      Mmhm……

  • Chip

    I miss Gardner

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

    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

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

      Senile old folks, y’know…?

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

        Oh god…that conversation made me want to bash my skull in.

        • Erica

          nvr4get

    • dkidd

      she stopped following the band when syd left

    • The Troll

      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

      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.

      • Pat D

        I’ve got two words for Roger Waters: David Gilmour.

  • The Troll

    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.

  • ragsNpags

    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…..

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

    Two hands, Jayson.

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

    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?

    • Greg

      No. Against a weak lineup CC SHOULD pitch a gem. He’s the ace, he’s held to a higher standard.

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

        Not an ace.

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

          On a more serious note, CC probably would have gotten out of that inning unscathed if A-Rod makes that routine play.

          • Greg

            Pitch around the error.

            • Need Pitching

              both runs scored on weak contact

            • Havok9120

              Yeah! Like Price!

              Oh, wait….the situations were totally different. And CCs pitches resulted in weaker contact.

  • Christopher

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

    • Chip

      I blame A-Rod

  • Scheister of Doom

    CC looks pissed!

  • wow

    absolutely hate those friggin’ scrappy runs.

    • Erica

      So much grit.

      We need our Gritner. :(

  • Tom

    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.

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

      If they sit curve ball and he blows a fast ball right over the plate there is literally noway they could adjust in time. Against a guy like Price you have to sit fastball and react to the curve.

      • Tom

        6 righthanders…. 5 first pitch curves.

        If he blow a fastball by you, then it’s 0-1.

  • Greg

    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.

    • Havok9120

      Like they have half the time they’ve won this season?

      I know I’m especially irritable tonight, but c’mon man. The chicken little routine got old weeks ago.

    • Chip

      I love the opt-out clause you wrote yourself. They’re not going to score any runs! ….unless they do of course

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

      again, we scored 5 runs against him last time we faced him. This isn’t Sandy Koufax man, he is human.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Forget it

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

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

  • yankwin

    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.

  • Christopher

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

  • Greg

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

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

      Grounder through the 5.5 hole and little bloop to right

      • Havok9120

        Context is unimportant when Greg is in this mood.

  • Erica

    Sigh

  • Hummingbird S.

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

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

    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.

      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.

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

        Yet we’re still in first in the Division, so we must be doing something right?

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

          Nope. Everyone else is just having an off night.

        • Hummingbird S.

          Im sorry. I forgot this team is awesome and is doing everything right.

    • Havok9120

      Come out and say it? Under.

      Think it….?

    • The Troll

      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.

  • Brian S.

    Something something not an ace.

  • Greg

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

  • Arya

    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.

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

    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.

  • Erica

    I miss Gardner.

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

    Drat. I miss Gardner.

  • Greg

    Thank you and goodnight

  • Need Pitching

    for fuck’s sake

  • Christopher

    pfft

  • Arya

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

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

    Maybe…Nix isn’t the best LF option?

  • Chip

    I still miss Gardner

  • wow

    our “ace” … i’ done.

  • The Scheister of Doom

    Wow. Get well soon Gardner.

  • Brian S.

    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.

  • Hummingbird S.

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

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

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

  • The Scheister of Doom

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

  • Chip

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

    • Greg

      Yes I do. I’ve commented on here during wins

      • Havok9120

        You do it all the time actually.

        You do not deserve the hate club you have.

      • Chip

        Not nearly as much. The sky is suddenly falling every time they don’t play a great game. It’s a long season dude, you need to learn how to settle down

    • The Troll

      I’ve seen him comment many a time when they’re winning.

    • Havok9120

      Now now, he does.

      He’s just moody tonight. Or something.

      • Greg

        It’s just this was a game I wanted to see CC dominate. Now most of the runs aren’t his fault, but it just seems that he gives up a lot of hits which is not dominating.

  • Karl Krawfid

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

  • Greg

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

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

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

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

      • Greg

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

        • Havok9120

          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

            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

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

              • Mike Nitabach

                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

                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.

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

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

    • Chip

      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

  • Havok9120

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

    • Greg

      When I said thank you and goodnight, I used it just for emphasis not literally

      • Chip

        That sucks for the rest of us

    • Erica

      Someone should keep actual track of this.

      • Havok9120

        We did one night, earlier in the season. It was something like 6 or 7 people said they were leaving and all but one came back.

        I did it for the Great Red Sox Comeback Win too, but that is the definition of special circumstances.

        • Erica

          Brilliant, simply brilliant.

          The Great Red Sox Comeback Win was certainly a one-off… and I can’t believe it’s actually a Yankees Classics already.

          • Havok9120

            Is it really? I don’t get YES, but that doesn’t really surprise me. That win was epic on so, so, so many levels.

    • Brian S.

      Can I still be in the thread even though I’m done with the game?

      • Havok9120

        Hmmm….

        I suppose. You better watch yourself though. We’re watching you.

        -_-

  • The Scheister of Doom

    I blame A-Rod.

    • Havok9120

      Its so much easier that way.

    • Brian S.

      The only logical decision.

  • Christopher

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

  • Alkaline

    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!

  • Pat D

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

  • The Troll

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

    • Greg

      No, its better than that

    • Brian S.

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

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

        He’s still got an ERA of over 6.

    • Havok9120

      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.

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

        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

          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

      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.

  • Brian S.

    Nix isn’t good.

  • The Scheister of Doom

    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!

    • Brian S.

      His pitch count isn’t elevated anymore after that inning.

      • The Scheister of Doom

        Thanks for running my narrative!

        • The Scheister of Doom

          *ruining

    • Brian S.

      Also CC isn’t an ace according to random RAB guy.

      • The Scheister of Doom

        Yeah after the dominate performances by Hughes and Nova, if the playoffs started tomorrow they would line up to go one and two with CC as the LOOGY, clearly.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yankees losing. Heat winning. Nightmare.

    • Erica

      doomgloom

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

    6 games against the Braves is so pointless.

  • Brian S.

    That at-bat proves Stewart>Russ.

    • The Scheister of Doom

      More like >>>>>>>

    • Mike Nitabach

      Yes, one at-bat proves the relative worth of two players. Absolutely.

  • The Troll

    NOOOOOO!!! RUNNERS IN SCORING POSITION!!!!! NOOOO!!! HOLY FU**ING SH*T!!! RUN FOR THE HILLS!!! EVERYONE’S GOING TO DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Havok9120

      Should’ve waited to break this out until the runner got to third.

      • The Troll

        True. But the only way that could happen is if CG walks . . . I think a K is more his style

        • The Troll

          And BOOM goes the dynamite.

  • The Scheister of Doom

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

  • Brian S.

    Granderson needs a day off in the worst way.

    • Greg

      Not really. This was a horrible matchup for him

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

        He’s got more HRs off Price than any other lefty batter.

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

          They were all off nights for Price.

  • Mike Nitabach

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

  • Mike Nitabach

    YESSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Greg

    All Arod needs here is a base hit.

    • Brian S.

      I’ll settle for a walk.

      • The Scheister of Doom

        I’ll take a HBP.

  • Brian S.

    Fuck…bases loaded…

  • Greg

    Great at bat regardless of outcome

    • The Troll

      Well . . . Not really. Under these circumstances, a great at-bat would result in at least ONE RBI.

    • Hummingbird S.

      striking out with the bases loaded and 1 out with your team down 5-1… not a good AB.

    • dalelama

      Yeah great at bat striking out with the bases loaded. Perfect!

  • Zooboy

    Arm circles! Arm circles!

  • Mike Nitabach

    This is awesome.

  • The Scheister of Doom

    10th chance….

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

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

  • Widget

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

  • Greg

    The perfect pitch

  • Erica

    Argh.

  • The Scheister of Doom

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

  • Need Pitching

    how bout wait for a strike before ya swing Robbie?

  • cjc

    That was awesome

  • Brian S.

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

  • Hummingbird S.

    3 identical pitches..and he strikes out.

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

    • Greg

      It was the perfect pitch. It would have been strike 3

      • Hummingbird S.

        yeah, right.. tip your cap to Price, as usual.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Not happening.

  • The Scheister of Doom

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

  • Brian S.

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

    • Brian S.

      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.

  • Need Pitching

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

  • The Troll

    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.

  • Havok9120

    Oy. Robbie. :/

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

      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.

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

    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 :(

  • The Scheister of Doom

    How do you beat the Yankees? Load the bases!

    • Brian S.

      Yup

  • Greg

    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

      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.

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

        Don’t waste your time.

      • Greg

        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

          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.

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

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

            • Havok9120

              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

                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

            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

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

      • Greg

        I give up. I just expected better from CC tonight, okay. I expected domination.

  • dalelama

    No one kills a rally like Old Purple Lips.

    • The Troll

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

      • dalelama

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

  • Ppiddy

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

    • The Scheister of Doom

      It’s turrible!

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

    OHMYGOD DOUBLE RAINBOW ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE SKY!!!!!!!!!!

    • Havok9120

      Still one of the greatest videos of all time.

      And I hate YouTube videos.

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

        agreed, on both counts. I usually just use youtube for clips of movies/shows and/or music.

        People look at me strange cause i dislike Tosh.0, it’s mostly because I dislike people doing stupid shit on camera and getting famous for it. Daniel Tosh himself is a great, albeit somewhat douchey, comedian. His show is a waste of time though.

    • Mike Nitabach

      Wait! Look! A UNICORN!

  • The Scheister of Doom

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

    • Ppiddy

      Can we go back in a time machine and put ARod in a Red Sox uniform?

  • Tom

    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.

  • The Scheister of Doom

    CHARLIE!!!! CHARRR-LEEEE!

    • The Scheister of Doom

      This was supposed to be a reply to Nitabach re: Unicorn.

  • The Troll

    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.

  • Ppiddy

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

    http://youtu.be/XDZ_lSJjgvk

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

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

    Garbage Time, in the field.

  • Christopher

    Nice play.

  • Havok9120

    Alright Wade. Channel the suck, man.

  • The Scheister of Doom

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

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

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

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

      guess not…

  • Need Pitching

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

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

      I have no idea.

    • Need Pitching

      well at least now Nix’ monster bat will still be in the game if a lefty is on the mound his next AB … SMH

  • Tom

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

    • JohnnyC

      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.

      • Need Pitching

        in the unlikely event of a Jeter injury in the next 3 innings, they could make do with Chavez at third and ARod at SS, or vice versa

        • JohnnyC

          Not for a game in June. And 4 runs behind, no one on and two out in the 6th inning. This is not desperation.

          • Need Pitching

            nothing desperate about pinch hitting, it’s just common sense
            the risk of PH there is extremely minimal
            down 4 runs with only 10 outs left, they need to make every out count

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

        Worst case scenario, Chavez takes over at third and alex moves to short.

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

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

  • Greg

    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

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

      My goodness will you let it go?

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

    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…

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

      He=Cano, everybody.

    • Brian S.

      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.

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

        • Havok9120

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

          • Brian S.

            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

              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.

                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

                  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

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

              • Havok9120

                This. Especially since we get an extra 1st rounder anyway.

        • Need Pitching

          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

        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.

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

        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.

        • Brian S.

          Well yeah but with one year left I think you trade him for two top 100 prospects and maybe another prospect in Low-A that has upside.

          • Brian S.

            So pretty much exactly what San Diego got for Gonzalez.

    • Havok9120

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

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

        I agree that it shouldn’t be at all costs i.e a blank check, but I think signing him should be priority numbero uno.

        • Havok9120

          What are you thinking that it would take?

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

            I’d offer him a 6 year deal worth 120-130, with a vesting option for the 7th year.

            • Need Pitching

              seems way too high, relative to what other 2B are getting

              • Havok9120

                I agree. But if we need to overpay dollars to make up for years, I’d be alright with it.

            • Havok9120

              That’s right on the edge of what I would be okay with after next season. If they counted next year as year 1 of that new contract I’d be happy with it.

              • Havok9120

                Actually, no, too many years.

                I’m sorry, but he’s not worth that much more money than other guys are getting if we aren’t getting a deal on the length of contract.

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

                I really just made those numbers up off the top of my head, in retrospect both are definitely a little high. New numbers 5 for 100-110. also, whoever brought up Kinsler’s contract, Cano is just a better player than Kinsler. He doesn’t have Kinsler’s baserunning abilities, but he has equal power and better overall hitting abilities.

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

              That’s exactly the kind of contract I’m scored of. That locks you into him until age 37 and potentially 38. When’s the last time there was a even a good 37-year-old second baseman?

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

                He’s probably not going to be at 2nd for the life of it. I’d move him over to third the year Alex hangs it up. Within the last few years of Alex’s contract start giving Cano practice reps as well as spring training and blow out reps over at third so once alex’s is done the transition is smoother.

            • Brian S.

              Kinsler got 5-85. If Cano wants more than 5-100 or 6-108 he can go fuck himself.

              • Havok9120

                This. 6 is really the max I’d be willing to go. ESPECIALLY if we don’t extend him.

      • Brian S.

        And it might be smart to not extend Granderson or Cano. Why hand out more contracts that everyone gets pissed about?

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

          Public perception of contracts should be the last…no I take that back should not be a factor when it comes to who you sign and for what amount and for how long. The Mets always try to win the back page only, and look where that has gotten them.

          • Brian S.

            If Cano and Granderson are making a combined 36 million and each have .330 wOBAs with bad defense in 2016 then I don’t see how anyone, fans and front office, would be happy about it.

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

      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.

      • Brian S.

        lol. Fast and hard.

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

        Yeah, but with Alex, Derek, and Tex all under contract for the next few years the only places we can really look to up grade is 2nd base and the outfield. How/where can we get equal to Cano’s offensive output from anybody but him?

        • Havok9120

          The answer to long-term viability despite bad contracts is not more bad contracts. Its a year or three of hard lumps and scrounging to make the playoffs/missing the playoffs.

  • Brian S.

    Where’s Phelps? He needs innings.

  • Havok9120

    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.

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

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

    • Brian S.

      Oh she will.

    • Mike Nitabach

      She’s gritty.

  • Kevin

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

    • Greg

      Absolutely. A successful series going into interleague

  • Brian S.

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

    • Need Pitching

      meh, he’s on extra rest, and 4 runs in 3 innings is hardly game over

      • The Scheister of Doom

        Withe Eppley up, I’m pretty sure that’s the white flag.

    • Havok9120

      4 runs with 9 outs to go.

      And 120 is hardly a big number for him. I don’t really see an issue except in hindsight after he blows out his shoulder in 3 years.

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

      They’ve had a bunch of off days lately.

      • Brian S.

        Phelps gets to go the next two innings right? We need to keep increasing his trade value.

  • stuart a

    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.

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

    …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?

    • Greg

      Ibsnez has really cooled off of late so I guess Joe figured there was no real difference.

  • The Scheister of Doom

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

  • Mike Nitabach

    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.

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

      • Mike Nitabach

        Oh, and yeah, they already clinched this series against the first place team. Disgraceful.

        • Greg

          Absolutely true. I just expected full out dominance from CC, that’s all.

    • The Scheister of Doom

      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

        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

          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.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

  • Mike Nitabach

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

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Somber o-fer?

      I dunno

    • JohnnyC

      A Mexican hockey fan…obviously.

    • The Scheister of Doom

      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.

      • JohnnyC

        A Puerto Rican hockey fan then…

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      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.

  • Ppiddy

    The golden sombrero

  • Tom

    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).

    • Greg

      Totally agree.

    • The Scheister of Doom

      It was A-Rods fault and brown bear looked pissed after that inning.

  • Brian S.

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

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

      69.4% after tonight. Was 82% in Triple-A before the call-up.

      • Brian S.

        That’s awesome. I really hope he can be more than just a mop for us.

      • Mike Nitabach

        That’s percent of outs or balls put in play?

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

          Balls in play.

          • Mike Nitabach

            Tx.

          • Tom

            Does it include hits too? Or just balls in play that are outs?

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

              It’s every ball in play. Hits, outs, errors, etc.

              • Mike Nitabach

                There isn’t any other possible outcome for a ball in play than a hit, out, or error, at least that I can think of.

                • Need Pitching

                  it’s possible for a fielder’s choice with no outs to occur
                  that’s the only other thing I can think of

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

                  Fielders choice but the runner is safe?

                  • Mike Nitabach

                    Yeah, fielder’s choice. I forgot about that.

            • Mike Nitabach

              Balls in play means hits, outs, and errors.

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

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

    • Mike Nitabach

      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.

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

    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?

  • The Scheister of Doom

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

  • Tom

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

  • The Scheister of Doom

    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?!

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

    Start the runners?

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

    ….terrible hack Swish.

    • The Scheister of Doom

      Way out of the zone. WTH Swish?!? Hey-Zeus!

  • Erica

    Dooooooododoodododooooo

  • Tom

    6 pitches…. 1 in the strikezone.

    Too damn aggressive with men on base.

    • Greg

      Trying to do too much. its all psychological now

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

    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.

    • Greg

      Now Chavez.

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

        Now next half inning either Chavez goes into the outfield, or Ibanez does and you loose the DH and your pitcher is hitting in the 7th spot.

        • Greg

          Wise will play the outfield

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

            yeah…i kind of forgot about the fact that Wise exists…

    • Need Pitching

      Wise can play left

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

        Haha…forgot about Wise…

  • Mike Nitabach

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

  • The Scheister of Doom

    A HIT WITH RISP!1!1!11!! REVERSE THE CURSE!!!!!

  • Greg

    Oh well, they gave it a try

  • Havok9120

    Heh. BABIP again.

  • The Scheister of Doom

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

  • Karl Krawfid

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

    • Greg

      Carlos Quentin? Josh Willingham?

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

        Bossman Junior Upton?

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

          Melky and Victorino are also available, I’d also maybe look into a Platoon with Jones and a lefty…who idk.

          • Greg

            Not Melky. The Giants need him and they are catching up on the Dodgers. Victorino is a good option

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

              Victorino is no upgrade and he’s a dirty player to boot.

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

                I’m just naming players who will be Free Agents, play the outfield, are under 30, and aren’t terrible.

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

                  around 30*

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

              I want absolutely no part of Victorino.

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

          I really want BJ Upton. We’d have a starting outfield of three center fielders next season, then it also makes it much easier to let Grandy walk if it comes down to it if BJ is under contract already.

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

            I don’t think most Yankees fans could handle Upton. They’ll see the low batting average and high strikeouts and be ignorant of the fact that he does absolutely everything else well.

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

              I don’t know, they/we handle Granderson pretty well. He has only hit .255 as a Yankee, and everybody seems to love him.

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

                Because he hits 40 HR. Upton would only hit 20 (maybe 25 in NYS).

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

                  I guess you’re right, but Upton is just so toolsy that he could still be an absolute star. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still an above average player, but he could be Curtis Granderson.

    • Havok9120

      I’ll agree if he keeps doing it throughout the season. We’ll just have to see.

      • Havok9120

        Well….if we can come up with a viable replacement.

  • Tom

    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.

  • The Scheister of Doom

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

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    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.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      AJ’s gone. No pie. Nothing to be heroic about.

  • Brian S.

    Why did Swish swing at ball four…

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

    Wow Swish. Way to give that run right back.

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

    God damnit. This is just not a fun game.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

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

      idk how the leadoff guy got on, but then the second batter hit a ball to right swish kicked it into the corner allowing the first run to score, then another legit double scoring the second run.

      • Tom

        LOOGY walking the lefty hitter…

  • Need Pitching

    uggh … this game has been a giant turd

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

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

      There’s one of them :)

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Ooh. Thats a start

  • Havok9120

    Well….that’s quite nice.

  • Tom

    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.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Trust me I’d prefer that over sunsports

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Don’t go platinum brandy.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

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

      If that happens I blame this loss entirely on Alex and Swish not making routine plays. (Alex throwing the ball away and Swish kicking the ball into the fucking corner)

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

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

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

      fucking kidding me. The post wasn’t even loaded and you’re swinging out of your shoes at the second pitch?!

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        You get the feeling there’s certain ABs that he’s just trying to make sure he doesn’t strike out instead of attacking the pitcher.

  • Greg’s Mom

    Greggy boy, it’s bedtime.