Game 80: Stop the Streak

Yankees made offer to Ben Sheets
Austin injured in High-A debut
(J. Meric/Getty Images)

Last night’s loss to the Rays was a bitter pill to swallow, mostly because the Yankees managed to escape a truncated Freddy Garcia with a lead before the bullpen — and a rare Mark Teixeira error — turned it into a deficit. As you know, New York is in the middle of an eight-game losing streak at Tropicana Field, their longest such streak at a road stadium since dropping 15 in a row at The Ballpark in Arlington way back in the late-80s/early-90s. Here’s the starting nine…

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

RHP Ivan Nova

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

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Yankees made offer to Ben Sheets
Austin injured in High-A debut
  • Robinson Tilapia

    Whose idea was it to make the 4th of July on a Wednesday this year? Cashman failed.

    DeWayne “Juggernaut” Wise in the lineup. Supernova is actually on the mound today. Let’s break this god-awful streak at this god-awful stadium.

  • Adam B

    ROBBIE CANO SUPERHUMAN CAN PLAY CF AND 2ND BASE AT THE SAME TIME. MUHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich

      Robbie batting 2nd AND 4th may beat the previously proposed “Alex bats second” idea.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Cano gets one AB for every other person that bats….

        Bar league rules.

        Yes? Yes. Thank you.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Need a pinch hitter? ROBBIE CANO.

    • Total Dominication

      He’s that good.

  • CP

    Here’s the starting nine…

    Technically, that’s the starting 10….

    • stuart v

      arod should bat 11th

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com stuart j

        he shouldn’t be allowed to pick up a bat.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          MARIO CHALMERS SHOULD NOT HAVE THE ARMS TO SHOOT A BASKETBALL WITH!

          /jaypharaoh’d

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com stuart j

          see what I mean.

    • joek

      Technically your annoying. you sound like my ex wife. Karen is that you??

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I’m stuck with Staats/BA.

    Serenity now!!!

    • stuart v

      At least Staats used to work for the Yankees.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Yeah, that’s why he’s bitter. He’s awful.

        Jim Abbott ‘s no-hitter. Only good thing about him. Otherwise, he’s an abomination.

      • eephus_pitch

        At least Magrane’s not there anymore. He was an atrocity.

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

    Hell of a start. First picth.

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

    Alright Derek.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Wow. GameDay Audio is on an epic delay tonight. He just hit that double on the feed.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      3rd player in historyover age of 38 (Molitor, Rose) to have 100 hits b4 July 4th

  • Countryclub

    Jeter has been hitting the ball in the air a lot over the past 4 or 5 games. Good to see.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com stuart j

    The Yankees can’t win like this…all this run building through RISPNONFAIL, we need more empty base homers.

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

      God damnit…forgot to change my name back.

      • stuart r

        ARod’s fault.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Oh god, it’s three of us.

    • stuart r

      Your handle gives you away.

  • Greg

    Alex has had some good swings in this series

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

    You guys gotta knock off the stuart stuff.

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

      Sorry Mike :(

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

        It just makes it impossible to follow the conversation. Stuart can make fun of A-Rod all he wants, no need to hijack his handle to mock him.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          We’ve never met a good joke we can’t run completely into the ground.

        • Brian S.

          If he shows up I will mock.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      The man has spoken. RIP Stuarts B-Z.

  • Will (the other one)

    Alex victimized by a generous strike call. Don’t worry; Cano will make them pay.

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

    for the record, according to game day strike 3 to Alex was a bit inside.

  • thaaaaaayankeeswin

    2 for 3 risp

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

    Wow, they’re just tattooing Shields out of the gate. I like it.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Must not be a BIG GAME.

      I still like Shields. Don’t know what it is.

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

    Does Tex have terrible numbers against Shields, or is it just a day off?

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

      Both.

    • DERP

      Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Shields throws a lot of changeups and Tex struggles against chamgeups.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Shitty numbers.

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

    Oh come on Robbie.

  • DERP

    ugh

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Pffffft.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    WTF Robbie? Are you fucking serious?

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

    WTF Cano. If Shields settles down and doesn’t allow another run, I blame you.

  • Rick

    Duminican

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I shouldn’t have laughed.

  • Greg

    Not an absolute big deal because no one else was on base to score, but annoying nonetheless

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

      Still, I think they’d be able to score another run against “Big Game” James if not for that gaff.

      • Greg

        Not likely. Ibanez has been a bit cold the last couple of weeks and there was 2 outs

  • Tom

    Cano has to be one of the dumbest baserunners on the team… fantastic hitter and fielder, but he makes a lot of mistakes on the bases.

    • DERP

      He’s an above average baserunner for his career.

      • Tom

        Doesn’t mean he’s a smart runner though.

        He’s been picked off twice already this year and has made 6 outs on the bases this year (which is his 2nd highest yearly total with 1/2 a season to play)

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          He’s definitely inherited Posada’s role as king of the Yankee TOOTBLANs

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    He’s used to having Tex in the lineup. That’s why he thought there were 2 out.

  • stuart a

    cano is brain dead. FINE HIS ASS for that stupidity.

    moaning about Arod gets old, it is obvious he friggin sucks..

    • stuart q

      I disagree.

  • Countryclub

    Didn’t cano do that earlier this yr? Someone did….

  • Andrew

    RobbieFail

  • Charles

    Really Robbie? Not a big part of the game, but anytime you can get a guy like James Shields to throw more pitches you have to take it, hope that doesn’t bite us in the ass…

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Did that look as bad as it sounded?

  • James A

    At least Robbie was running hard when he thought there were 2 outs #silverlining?

  • stuart a

    greg no big deal. giving away outs is a minor issue..

    why don’t they give away about 5 more tonight…….

    cano is a dope, no baserunning accumen.. the anti Jeter on the bases and mistakes like that hurt teams…..

    • Greg

      How are the other Stuarts doing?

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

        We’ve been asked to call it quits.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      /notfollowingaxisasdirective

    • stuart b

      You and I should run the team. I bet we’d win #28 once we execute Duh Innings’ master plan!

    • eephus_pitch

      Jeter’s had a few TOOTBLANS in his career. Don’t let Michael Kay tell you otherwise.

    • Brian S.

      The anti-Jeter? I don’t think I have ever seen you criticize Jeter even though he sucks.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Easy, easy. Cano taketh away and then giveth later.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Shields will retaliate. Guaranteed.

  • jjyank

    Just got here…Tilapia’s damn doppelganger had a difference at work today :P

    2 things.

    1. How’d the get the runs?

    2. I would like to officially take credit for the stuart explosions, as “stuart b”.

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

      lead double by Jeter, RBI double by Grandy, RBI single by Cano

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

      Jeter doubled to open the game(first pitch) Granderson Doubled him in, Arod K’d, Cano drove him in then forgot how many outs there were and got doubled off on a Swisher fly ball.

      • jjyank

        Does the first pitch stuff bother you as much when it’s a double? :P

        Thanks for the update.

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

          Haha, only if the bases where loaded. =P

    • jjyank

      Never mind on #2. Just say Mike tell us to stop. Sorry guys.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I HATED that job.

      • jjyank

        I don’t mind it. It’s better than many other options, such as waitering. I thoroughly enjoy informing people that their accounts are all negative.

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

          Servings not too bad, but if you serve bad food, or your restaurant has a poor managment structure it sucks so terribly.

          • jjyank

            I was a waiter in high school, and I hated it. Though I only worked for 2 restaurants, so I’m sure there are good ones out there. I also like the more steady and predictable income from being a teller.

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

              Predictable income is one of the reasons I’m doing what I’m doing now. I’m making less overall than I was as a waiter/delivery driver, but I know there isn’t going to be a week where I work 60hrs but barely clear a couple hundred bucks because everybody is on vacation. Which happened to me last summer.

              • jjyank

                Yup. I did the pizza delivery thing too in college, and I made a lot of money in general, but I was tired of the weekends where I work like crazy only to get stiffed on half my tips and have it otherwise be slow.

                I work at PNC right now, and they’re waaaayy cooler than TD Bank, where I worked in Jersey. I spend most of my day getting paid to comment here and practice my putting, since it’s a low-traffic branch.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  Actually, worst job I had in college was the three days I spent working at the former Structure, now Express Men. AWFUL. Clothing retail is terrible.

                  • jjyank

                    I can imagine. I’d never even try that. I guess my worst job has to be TD Bank by default. Working till 8 on New Years eve, 5 on Christmas eve, Memorial Day, Labor Day, opening at 5 AM on Black Friday, and just generally having a Thursday-Monday work week doesn’t endear a man to his job.

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

                    I’d never to clothing retail, especially in a high end mall boutique like that…you’re just asking for headaches.

  • Will (the other one)

    Yeah! That’ll teach you to be in the outfield while the Yankees run into a brainfart double play, Desmond Jennings.

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

    Robinson, before I forget, I was reading through the game thread when I got home from the movies last night. Your son has a Dalek onesie? That is the greatest thing ever. I want to get one for my god daughter, where’d you get it?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      How old is she? It’s a 6-12 month one which he’s pretty much outgrown. Got it off Etsy. I can find you a link.

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

        She’s a newborn, 6 weeks give or take. Her parents are nerds too so they’ll love it.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          My wife might want to keep it as a keepsake, as she’s the big Dr. Who fan, but, if not, we can figure out a way to get in touch and I’d have no problem giving it to you.

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

            Dude that’d be so awesome…don’t pressure her about it though. As a Whovian I completely understand if she wants to hold onto it.

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

            Actually don’t worry, I found a couple Dalek ones and a couple TARDIS ones, I’m probably going to get her one of each.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        That specific one isn’t available anymore, but just do a search for others on Etsy.

        pandawithcookie was the name of the Etsy shop. Maybe they’ll bring it back.

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

            Niiiiiiice.

            Got a couple of Star Wars ones, as well as a Judas Priest and Journey one. I spend too much money dressing my boy.

            • jjyank

              Never too earlier to accessorize.

              • jjyank

                *early

                I know it’s kind of like a Friday, but I need to slow down.

  • DERP

    not this again. finish him!

  • Hummingbird S.

    Nova’s 4th pitch caught so much of the plate, how can an ump be so blind?

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

      according to Game Day, if Pena were to swing at it we’d probably be tied, that’s how much of the plate it caught.

  • DERP

    There is like a 50% chance Nova walks Pena.

    • Greg

      And then there’s that

      • DERP

        I’m not usually this way. Happy to be wrong though.

  • Tom

    Rays ballboy looking better than Pena at 1st…

  • Zooboy

    Luke Scott makes me appreciate the Yankee facial hair policy. “You’re a ballplayer, not a chia pet!”

    • jjyank

      Haha yeah really. That is some pretty terrible facial hair. I can’t believe his mom hasn’t called to bitch him out yet.

    • DERP

      Luke Scott is one of my favorite players. But that facial hair is ugly.

      • jjyank

        Not to get all political on here, but the dude is a Obama birther. That one makes me judge you in a very bad way.

        • DERP

          I ignore what athletes say when they don’t talk about their sport. I was talking about his Red Sox comments.

          • jjyank

            Fair enough.

  • Greg

    Damn Kenny, never thought you would have that joke in you.

  • DERP

    I literally loled. I never do that.

  • jjyank

    Nice Nova. Keep it rolling.

  • DERP

    Any Nets fans here?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Deron bitches.

  • Greg

    THE WISE MAN!

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Dewayne Wise!!!@!

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

    Dewayne Wise’s bunt turned the season around.

  • DERP

    I think I know what Mike’s next tweet will be

  • eephus_pitch

    Worst Sterling homer call ever?

    “Now there’s a Wise man”

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Who needs gardner

    • DERP

      No

  • Hummingbird S.

    Wise has been on a roll

  • jjyank

    Wise is making me look smart for picking him to be my “unexpected contributor that helps the Yankees get to the playoffs/win the world series” prediction.

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

      Wise is making me look smart wise for picking him to be my “unexpected contributor that helps the Yankees get to the playoffs/win the world series” prediction.

      fixed

      • jjyank

        Haha what a silly grammar mistake on my part. Thanks for the correction.

  • Tom

    Was that swing almost Cano like? (epecially the follow through)

    Not quite the same speed and ease and Cano but the finish reminded me of Cano.

  • Rey22

    Dewayne Bonds out in LF for the Yanks.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Move wise up to lead off.

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

      Switch him and A-Rod.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Up 3-0. We already won.

    #ReverseTrolling

    • jjyank

      Heh, well done.

  • Brian S.

    Dewayne Wise 4 MVP

  • Cy Pettitte

    Wise slugging .543 now. lol wow.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Cue stuart a

  • Hummingbird S.

    A-Rod should not be anywhere near the top of the lineup

    • Crime Dog

      I actually think he should be further up. As in second.

      • jjyank

        Seconded.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Where your best hitter should be? No.

        • Crime Dog

          Eh, I know lineup construction is a topic where people’s opinions vary. But I like high OBP guys 1/2. And A-Rod’s still got a pretty high OBP/BB Rate

  • DERP

    What was the biggest play in Wise’s career: the catch that saved the perfect game or the bunt that jump-started the Yankees season?

  • Athenian

    Wow, without the juice, Alex just looks lost sometimes. Or I should say the long term affects of the juice make Alex look lost at the plate. His bat speed is more like that of someone in an Old Timers game.

    • jjyank

      That’s just pure speculation, you know. He did just fine off the juice when he joined the Yankees up until a year or two ago. And you also have no idea what is causing his decline. Most likely just age in general. Most players aren’t who they once were on the wrong side of 35, does that mean they all are suffering withdrawals from juicing?

  • eephus_pitch

    This seems like as good a time as any to walk Sean Rodriguez.

    • Greg

      Ummm…

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Is there ever a bad time to walk Sean Rodriguez?

      • Joe Girardi

        No

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

      I can not believe 1/3 of his walks this season have come against us. That’s just sad.

      • eephus_pitch

        That’s just insane.

  • Greg

    A turf hit.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    The ginger is killing us

    • Dewayne is Wise

      Elliot johnson yankee killer.

      • Fransisco Cervelli

        *hides*

  • Hummingbird S.

    bad throw by Martin.. a good throw and he’s out

    • jjyank

      Yup.

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

    It doesn’t matter that neither Martin or Stewart hit, as long as they continue to be defensively great…

    • eephus_pitch

      Now remember, Piniella says Stewart’s been doing a great job with the bat.

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

        A great job of sneaking grounders through the infield.

        • eephus_pitch

          A great job of hitting it to third basemen who drop the ball.

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

        Yep, as we all know if you played a sport professionally you’re never wrong with your assessments of current players

        trolololo

  • Brian S.

    Terrible throw by Martin

    • Dewayne is Wise

      I thought francisco was back.

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

        He would have thrown it into CF.

        • Dewayne is Wise

          Yeah but grandy would have got him on third

    • MannyGeee

      How is it that we have between 2 & 3 big league catchers and none of them can consistently get that ball to 2nd…

  • TampaYankee

    I love Dewayne Wises hot streak!

    • MannyGeee

      If this was the NBA, someone would be offering him 3/39 right now

  • Cy Pettitte

    damn, come on Martin. that was a perfect throw.

  • Hummingbird S.

    fucking Russel Martin…what a shitty baseball player

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    You fucking kidding me, Russell?

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    dammit Martin, do something useful

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Martin sucks

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fucking Martin. Wise is doing everything.

  • MannyGeee

    FAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!! Decent throw, Martin just sorta muffed it.

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

    I don’t even know what to say…

  • Widget

    I really hate the rays. That is all.

    • New Girl

      Fuck the Rays.
      Would it be sacrilege to say I hate them almost (not quite, but ALMOST) as much as the Red Sox?

  • Brian S.

    Get the fuck off my team Russ.

  • jjyank

    Can Wise play catcher?

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    wtf

  • Greg

    They need to win 4 this week.

    Cant blame Girardi for that

  • Greg

    They need to win 4 this week.

    Cant blame Girardi for that

  • eephus_pitch

    UGH

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

    I put that on Russ’s shoulders.

  • Hummingbird S.

    tie game, all thanks to that shitty catcher..

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      three hits and a walk don’t help either

      • Hummingbird S.

        A decent catcher throws out that base stealer and a fairly mediocre one gets that out at the plate. With either, the Yankees are out of this inning with a 3 run lead.

        What good is it to have a player that can’t hit or play D?

        • eephus_pitch

          But Nova has to stop giving up hits to bad hitters. You can’t depend on outfield assists to bail you out.

          • jjyank

            This. The out at the plate would have been a a really good play, that wasn’t a routine out. I can’t blame a non-routine out as the reason the Rays are scoring.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          it sucks, but Nova did give up 3 hits and a walk. Russ could have (should have) helped bail him out, but it doesn’t change the fact Nova has sucked this inning.

    • jjyank

      I don’t really put that much blame on Martin for the ball coming loose. Johnson shook it loose on the contact, this stuff happens.

      Also, some of that “thanks” should be on Nova too. You know, he’s the one throwing the ball.

  • Brian S.

    Gold glove Jeter.

    • Countryclub

      Yeah, that’s the problem with this half inning.

  • Karl Krawfid

    FUCKING MARTIN

  • Pasta Stumbling Luis Sojo (formerly StanfordBen)

    Whoa, why is everyone getting on Martin’s case? That seemed like a really tough play. Plus honestly I thought he might have been safe even with the tag, though they didn’t really emphasize that much on the replay.

    • MannyGeee

      Called him out on the tag. Then the ball squirted out,,, out of his glove… So it’s on Martin.

      • Pasta Stumbling Luis Sojo (formerly StanfordBen)

        Catchers get the ball knocked out of their glove on contact all the time. Plus this was a short hop. Doesn’t strike me as a particularly poor play, and in fact I think it would’ve been a particularly good play had he made it.

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

      he might have been safe even with the tag

      The official scorer disagrees with you. He took a RBI away from a home player to give Martin an error on the play.

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

    What an awful pitch.

  • MannyGeee

    God, Tampa is the WORST….

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle
  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    For those who forgot, this team has Sean Rodriguez, Brooks Conrad, Elliot Johnson, and Jeff Keppinger.

    • Widget

      Shame that Yankees pitchers seem to forget this.

  • Tom

    3 singles = 3 runs…. freakin hate the Rays.

  • Widget

    Why WHY does it always seem like the rays beat us with teh crappiest players? Their team is a joke. my god I hate them.

  • eephus_pitch

    Nova could stop giving up hits to these bums any time. Martin should have held onto the ball, but that was still a hit.

    • Hummingbird S.

      First hit of the inning was a fairly routine play that A-Rod couldnt make, now Chavez misses another one. They are playing awful D right now. And that’s not even talking about that motherfucker at catcher.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        first hit of the inning was smashed, not at all routine.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Martin’s left foot got stuck as he attempted to pirouette on contact. Bad stance in attempt to block plate. If he has his left leg not get stuck, he holds onto the ball.

  • Greg

    Again they needed 4 wins this week to feel good.

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

      Says who?

      • Greg

        Says me and the standings.

        • Pasta Stumbling Luis Sojo (formerly StanfordBen)

          The standings say that if they win only 3 games this week they won’t feel good despite being a .600 team with a decent lead in the toughest division in baseball?

          • Greg

            I dont want a decent lead. I want a sizable lead. 5 games +

            • Greg

              And the Yankees should want that too.

              • Pasta Stumbling Luis Sojo (formerly StanfordBen)

                I’m not saying 4 wins isn’t better than 3 wins. But winning more games is always better, and that’s true of every game equally throughout the entire season (at least until playoff spots start to be clinched). You’re saying that there’s something special about 4 wins in this particular week. Makes no sense.

      • MannyGeee

        Says Greg… Ummmmmwait, is this a trick question?

    • Pasta Stumbling Luis Sojo (formerly StanfordBen)

      I don’t know why you keep repeating this. It doesn’t make sense.

      These games count the same as any other game. Why should the number of wins in a particular 7 day span make any more of a difference than other games? And even if it’s somehow true that 4 is a magic number where if they win fewer than that they won’t be happy (despite being a .600 team!), why does the team’s happiness at the All Star Break matter? Will they try harder or less hard in the subsequent games?

      • Greg

        In order to feel good about themselves in the standings going into the all star break, it would be wise to not giveup ANY ground to their divisional rivals. 4 wins would allow the Yankees some breathing room in the division

        • Pasta Stumbling Luis Sojo (formerly StanfordBen)

          You left a couple of those unanswered.

          You’re saying that if they give up let’s say 1 game to division rivals, they won’t feel good despite being a .600 team with a 5 game lead in the division? And even if that’s true, does the team’s happiness matter in terms of future performance?

          I’m pretty sure most Major Leaguers understand that it’s a 162 game season and that what happens over the span of a few games doesn’t matter any more than the other games, and taking the long view makes more sense.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    What the fucking fuck

    absolutely ridiculous

  • Karl Krawfid

    Turning this shit off.

    Have a good night folks.

    • jjyank

      The game is tied. I hope you just have something better to do, and aren’t just giving up on when it’s tied and in the 4th inning.

      • Greg

        I’m close to doing the same. The Yankees obviously want to keep the divisional race close. Keep the Red Sox and the Rays hoping.

        • jjyank

          Dude, it’s tied in the 4th inning. They’re not even losing! Step back from the ledge.

  • DERP

    Easy fucking play

  • MannyGeee

    Wow… Sorry guys. I think it’s my fault, I show up and this team turns into mush.

    • jjyank

      Okay, so we need you to go away (no offense), Riddle to ride around in circles on the bus, and Erica to never go to the bathroom.

      LET’S DO THIS.

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

        Haha, I’m not allowed to leave for another twenty minutes.

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

    I hereby advocate changing the name of Murphy’s Law to The Yankees Playing in Tropicana’s Law.

    • eephus_pitch

      It’s the new Angels Stadium.

  • DERP

    It’s a good thing that we haven’t had to use the bullpen a lot recently, AMIRITE?

  • BrianDoyle

    Can anyone here play this game? Nova’s gotta pick up Martin afetr that tough play at the plate and Chavez has to field that ball… every game they play in Tampa becomes a nightmare.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Apparently Tropicana’s Field is the reason for bad defense. Maybe they should change to 100 watt lightbulbs.
    Watching a game there is like looking through cataracts.

  • Countryclub

    It’s mind numbing how much trouble the yanks have with the Rays.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Just pull the string on the hamels deal already.
    Nova or hughes can go.

    • jjyank

      Doubtful that could happen even if the Yankees wanted to.

    • Crime Dog

      Hughes for Hamels. Straight up.

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

        Wise for Hamels. The Phillies need OF’s!

        • Dewayne is Wise

          Gardner
          Hughes or nova
          Nunez
          Romine
          Adams
          For hamels and victorino

  • Brian S.

    The fuck is going on?

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

    Oh thank god it’s over and the score’s only tied.

  • Widget

    wow does Tim Linecum suck this year.

  • Athenian

    The defensive hex has plagued the Yankees lately. That is not good.

  • Will The Thrill

    Yankees will get singled to death. #ShitThatHappensInRaysSeries

  • Countryclub

    Martin has to hold on to that ball. But the truth is the guy was safe anyway. Ump would have made a bad call if he called him out.

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

      The official scorer disagrees with you. He took a RBI away from a home player to give Martin an error on the play.

      • Countryclub

        How many times did you see the replay? He was safe and it wasn’t really close. The scorer changed it, I would think, because the ump called him out before he saw the ball on the ground. Like I said, he should have held on to the ball. Bad job by Martin.

        • Countryclub

          Btw, I wasn’t trying to sound sarcastic. Sorry about that.

    • Mike

      I didn’t see the replay, but you really think he was safe? (Not that it matters now though)

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Let guys like keppinger beat you get mitchell up

    • Brian S.

      Keppenger is a good hitter. Also every other shortstop except Jeter gets to that ball.

      • eephus_pitch

        Is that true? I’m listening to the radio broadcast, and they’d never make that kind of observation.

  • DERP

    Let’s just score 10 runs here.

  • Mike

    The scorer gave Martin an error, and there were 2 out, so how are 2 of the 3 runs allowed earned? I thought all runs would be unearned since that would have been the 3rd out of the inning.

    • MannyGeee

      Math works out… I don’t get it either

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Russell, don’t ever high five Wise again. You’re not fucking worthy.

  • MannyGeee

    Yiiiiikes… That was an awfully low strike.

  • Hummingbird S.

    that looked off the plate.. glad the ump is giving Shields all the calls

  • Will The Thrill

    Thank God we came in here with a cushioned lead in the standings or else we might’ve left here in 2nd place.

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

    It’s the third inning and already we’ve seen:
    Cano forget how many outs there where
    A Catwalk aided homer
    2 Errors within two batters

    I fucking hate this stadium.

    • Dewayne is Wise

      Wise HR was not a cheapie it would be gone at most parks.

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

        I’m not saying it was a cheapie, I’m just saying there is no situation in which a catwalk should effect(affect?) the outcome of a baseball game in anyway.

  • DERP

    This umpire should die in a fire.

  • MannyGeee

    I hate the facial hair on this Rays team…

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

    Raul :) showing some life. I approve.

    • jjyank

      Your handle lives another day!

  • DERP

    Just missed

  • MannyGeee

    Ibanez juuuuuuuuuuuuuuust missed that. Like, by a c-hair

  • Will The Thrill

    Is it weird that I’d rather the Yankees play in Comerica Park than this shithole?

    • jjyank

      I’d rather the Yankees played at the abandoned high school down the street from me than Tampa.

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

    I really don’t understand this strike zone at all…according to game day, strike 3 to Robbie was well low, and ball 1 to Chavez was right over the inside corner.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Eric Chavez: pretty fucking awesome.

  • DERP

    Leggo

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

    2 out RISPWIN!!

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

    Zombiechez, making up for the error :) can we not give this lead back?

  • Greg

    My god that’s big.

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

      That’s what she said.

      • jjyank

        Haha, nice.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Chavez! Nice piece of hitting!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Old men showing heart. I love it.

  • DERP

    Was that a #NPOH?

  • MannyGeee

    Hooray for tha guys who don’t make a shit ton of money!!!!!

    • MannyGeee

      Relatively speaking of course

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    GRIT

    (I just died a little)

  • eephus_pitch

    Come on, S. Martin.

    • eephus_pitch

      “Sooner or later you know Martin’s going to bust out of it”
      -John Sterling

      I’d like to know what he’s basing that on.

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

        His long standing love for players that are barely replacement level…list of John Sterling’s favorite players in no specific order:
        Enrique Wilson
        Miguel Cairo
        Jose Molina
        Rusell Martin
        Scott Proctor
        Jose Veras
        Joe Girardi
        Jayson Nix
        Stuart Martin

        • eephus_pitch

          Ron Villone
          Clay Bellinger
          Paul Quantrill
          Charlie Hayes

  • jjyank

    Haha is it me, or did Ibanez look like he was about to crap himself he was running so hard?

  • Hummingbird S.

    3-1 pop up! Great player..

  • Greg

    Why did we sign Russell Martin?

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

      Because then Cervelli would be the starting catcher.

    • Brian S.

      He is a good pitch framer. Which is the only attribute the organization values in a catcher.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Roy Oswalt is getting wrecked by the White Sox. wow.

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

      He’s pitching like a guy in his mid-30s with two bad discs in his bad who was league average in the NL last season.

    • jjyank

      Awesome.

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

      Another great non-signing by Cashman.

      • Cy Pettitte

        it’s too bad the Sox didn’t sign him for like $8 million before the season.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Wrecked? Wrecked is what the Nationals did to Lincecum.

      • jjyank

        Even more awesome, go my adopted second team, go!

        I gotta say, it’s cool to see all the Nationals stuff pop up in DC, people are finally taking them seriously. It’s almost like the unofficial birth of a franchise, the first year ever that they’re actually good.

  • Brian S.

    You guys need to check brooksbaseballnet. James Shields is getting away with murder low and away. And Nova has had four strikes called balls.

    • eephus_pitch

      That’s why they call him BIG GAME JAMES.

      • Brian S.

        Big Game James has six strike calls out of the zone. All in the same area.

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

      I’m already aggravated enough at this game.

    • Dewayne is Wise

      Joe west crew hates the bombers

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

        They like the sound of cowbells.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    There is no catcher in AAA we can trade for that can catch.

    • Greg

      Suggestions?

    • Brian S.

      Russ and Banuelos for McCann? Would you do it?

      • jjyank

        Yes, but the Braves wouldn’t.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    So now all of Nova’s run are unearned?

    • Greg

      Correct

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

      I think 1 is earned. I could be wrong though.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    wtf Nova

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Molina: .198 / .268

  • MannyGeee

    Just yuck.

  • Captain Gift Basket

    3 runs to this shitty Rays lineup in one inning without the courtesy of a HR – UNACCEPTABLE. Can the Yankees please figure out how to get the .240-hitting BJ Upton out already.

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

      What are they going to do, fine them? Contract that team? Shoot them into the sun? It is UNACCEPTABLE after all.

      • MannyGeee

        To the plank!

    • eephus_pitch

      I guess you feel better that they did it with a homer this inning?
      I can’t follow your logic.

      • Captain Gift Basket

        The logic is that I find it laughable that Nova allowed 3 singles and a walk to this pathetic AAA lineup in an inning – whereas maybe a bloop, walk, and a 3-run blast can be a little more understandable.

  • Brian S.

    “Tyler Austin hit by pitch. Jose Toussen to 3rd. Ramon Flores to 2nd.
    Tampa Yankees Tyler Austin left the game due to an injured head.”

    Fuck…

  • Cy Pettitte

    that’s why you IBB Sean Rodriguez

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

    are you fucking kidding? Your fucking joking right Nova?

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

    Gem of a pitch right there.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Are you fucking serious Nova?

  • CBean

    I really hate the Trop

  • eephus_pitch

    I guess that’s why they always walk him.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    LOL.

  • Kevin G.

    Sigh, playing the Rays at Tropicana has become the new playing the Angels at LA

  • Greg

    Good night everybody.

    The Red Sox fans getting hope

    • FIPster Doofus

      hahaha

    • Brian S.

      The Red Sox are 2-3 against Seattle and Oakland on their road trip.

      • MannyGeee

        Yeah, the Red Sox fans are getting hope that their abortion of a team can score more than 3 runs for the first time this week.

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

        And have scored ten total runs in the five games, including five runs total in the last four games.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Goodnight, Greg. Look forward to speaking with you in the near future.

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

        As soon as the Yankees take the lead again.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Why? They keep getting beat by Oakland and Seattle.

    • Widget

      how? have you seen them lately? what the hell is your fear of the red sox? what have they done at all this year to make you so afraid? did they kick sand in your face at the beach?

      they have a losing record in the AL East and a losing record against teams above .500. Have you seen their second half? That is all they play. If not for them beating up the AL Central they’d be 12 games out of first.

  • Hummingbird S.

    awesome.. might as well forfeit all games against the Rays at the Trop..

  • Brian S.

    THATS why you walk Sean Rodriguez.

  • MannyGeee

    So…. Sean Rodriguez, huh? Of course it is

    Fuckmme in the throat.

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

    Please fucking obliterate Sean Rodriguez and the trop.

  • Widget

    wow. just wow. terrible umpiring and the spectre of facing the powerhouse of Sean Rodriguez is just too much to overcome. nova should be ashamed.

  • eephus_pitch

    Goddammit. Take it to BGJ in the next inning.

  • Athenian

    This is pretty comical.

  • jjyank

    God damn it. Alright, I really didn’t want to go on this note. And I promise I’m not being a hypocrite by leaving now, I really am just meeting a couple of people at a bar downtown (day off tomorrow and all).

    I hope I come back to tomorrow’s game thread and be able to add me drinking at bars to the list of superstitious stipulations to a Yankee victory.

    Hope the game thread stays sane enough for the rest of you!

  • Will The Thrill

    You wouldn’t think this was a team that went on a 10 game winning streak by watching how shitty they’ve been playing this series.

  • Tom

    The mistake was to Jose Molina… the guy looks foolish in the previous AB… how in the world do you throw him a fastball with 2 strikes? Or anything close to the zone?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Gotta say…

    Letting Jose Molina and Sean Rodriguez be the guys giving the Rays the lead right back, without recording an out, just about describes this entire matchup in that building, in a nutshell.

    Shields having an awful night, and the Yankees haven’t taken advantage of it.

    Fucking sickening.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      Gotta say:

      Shield is getting calls that Nova isn’t getting.

      If I ever described a game as “sickening,” I would stop watching baseball.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I miss the never-give-away-at-bat Yankee lineups of the 90s that continually tack on.

    I KNOW, I KNOW, they still average however many runs/game.

    But we’re being a bit naive if we don’t acknowledge that when the Yankees retake a lead, there seems to be a mental letdown like “ok we did it, now let’s go play defense.” Ibanez and Chavez fought their asa off for a run. And then it stopped.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      ??
      there was only one AB after that

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Yes. I thought of that after I posted.

        But I still think the theory has merit.

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol Heath Bell. what a nightmare signing.

    • Widget

      Still surprised Ozzie has yet to murder him.

  • eephus_pitch

    NO GIDP!

    • eephus_pitch

      Not like that!
      Oh, never mind. Sterling just called it a great play by Jeter.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Wise the spark plug

  • Monterowasnotdinero

    After a 4 day power outage I can finally watch the Yanks at my home again. This game will go to the wire.

    DJ bunt? avoids the gidp? why not hit and run instead?

  • Kevin G.

    Kind of thought Jeter was going to beat that out

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Why bunt? Wtf wise can steal

  • Crime Dog

    Possibility that Wise’s .950 OPS in AAA is somewhat meaningful vs his .650 MLB career OPS is like 1 in a million right?

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

    Why Derek? Why do you insist on doing that? You ripped a double off of him earlier, he’s not been pitching great tonight or all season…a speedy guy on base. That makes zero sense.

    • eephus_pitch

      Sterling just said it was a good play. Do you dare to disagree?

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

        Haha, go up to your comment about him saying that Martin’s going to turn it around. I think you’ll love my response.

  • MannyGeee

    Nice little bunt, just out by a step.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Steal home here wise arod is old

    • Brian S.

      They should have had Wise steal second before bunting.

  • Captain Gift Basket

    What the hell is up with the Yankees scouting department? Does it even exist or do they just try to compete with talent alone? They see these guys 18 times a year and it’s the same guys all the time hurting them: Pena, Upton and Rodriguez. The rest of the league has figured these hacks out – can the Yanks get on board, please?!

    • Will The Thrill

      You’re entrusting the same scouts that selected Culver as a first rounder to give us good info on players? Good luck with that.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        2 completely different sets of scouts

  • eephus_pitch

    Way to clobber the 2-0 pitch.
    Yes, I’m being petty.

  • Will The Thrill

    So that bunt worked prettay, prettay well…

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

    I hate to sound trollish/gloom and doomy but I knew in my heart that the second Derek laid down that bunt that Wise wasn’t scoring this inning.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      We all did, Raul…we all did///

      :(

    • eephus_pitch

      It’s almost like the probability of scoring goes down when they start giving away outs.
      Maybe someone should tell DJ that, instead of doing this “that’s the right way to play the game” bullshit.

  • Hummingbird S.

    they are getting good counts to hit but when they get there they just take a weak hack… also, great idea having A-Rod’s corpse hit 3rd.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Stuart A just nutted

  • TommyBoy

    Man Arod blows! 2-0 and he swings at that crap, weak ass ground ball out!

  • MannyGeee

    Wow. That was a boner killer.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    A-Rod. Guess hitter.

    “On a 2-0 count with Cano on deck there’s no way I’m not getting a fastball.”

    He started his swing before he even saw the pitch, there.

  • Brian S.

    Seriously though. Why do people bunt over runners that can steal bases?

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

      This. If you really want to give away an out, let him try to steal second first, then bunt him to third where he can score on an out.

  • Athenian

    This is some really bad baseball being played by the Yankees. Untimely errors, bad pitching, and some bad AB’s. Think that means the geriatrics need an infusion of V8 or a shot of Red Bull. Senior softball league doesn’t start until fall.

  • Tom

    Dumb play by Jeter.

    I know he’s bunting got a hit, but you have a guy who’s already given up 7 hits and 4 runs in 4 innings, has a moderately high pitch count, and someone you smoked a double off of.

    That’s two outs they have handed Shields tonight who should now have no problem going 7 or 8 innings (pitch count wise)

    • Tom

      * bunting for a hit*

  • MannyGeee

    Wow..Alex almost gave tha ball a Nunezian ride…

  • stuart a

    hey let’s bat arod the great 3rd or 4th he is so good…….

    clueless they need to move the sack of sh-t down in the order…

    he is killing the team…that is not a exageration. they can take Swisher thinking every pitch is a fastball, they can deal with Cano being a dope, but arod sucking and batting 3rd and 4th with 35 rbi’s is unbearable…..

    • eephus_pitch

      Yeah, it must suck having Robinson Cano in your lineup. They must just barely tolerate him.

      • stuart a

        cano is the best baserunner in baseball. his baseball IQ is outstanding…..

        he gave away a out in the first because he is so stupid he did not know how many outs there was….

        giving away outs will come back to haunt you dope. also Cano with RISP has been dreadful this year…

        • eephus_pitch

          You’re right. I’m a dope.
          Get Cano off the team.

  • stuart a

    Jeter has been doing the stupid bunt routine for years. he thinks this team can hit with RISP. Does he know how to read a stat sheet?????

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Everybody else might think stuart is annoying but I fucking love this guy.

      • Captain Gift Basket

        The guy has some vailid points.

        • Kramerica Industries

          With that post he does.

      • Monterowasdinero

        Me too. Never let the group think get you down Stu.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Wow.

    Please tell me where that pitch was.

  • Brian S.

    That wasn’t a strike?

  • MannyGeee

    Wow…… Isn’t that almost the same pitch they called Cano out on a few innings ago?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    They’re still going to retake the lead at some pointblank the only question is if it’s a 1-run lead to be quickly coughed up or a more intimidating lead

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

    Waldman just said that Sanchez is in AAA, is that true? can somebody confirm that?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      No, Sanchez is STANDING IN GEORGE’S BOX!!!

      /suzyn’d

      • MannyGeee

        Of all the dramatic things…

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

        Lol, but no seriously…That’s awesome if true.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      From low A to AAA? Extremely, extremely doubtful.

  • Will The Thrill

    Red Sox reached a contract termination settlement with Bobby Jenks today and released him. Maybe we should do the same with A-Rod.

    #halfjoking

  • MannyGeee

    Maybe if you didn’t look like a total douche with those chops, you wouldn’t be 0-32….

  • stuart a

    If Arod retired his groupies would be devastated…

    we get to see 5 more years of this shell of a ballplayer…

    he should hit 7th or lower in the order……

    • eephus_pitch

      If he did, would you stop being so annoying?

    • MannyGeee

      Joe Torre Agrees!

  • Brian S.

    Tyler Austin got hit in the dome.

  • Tom

    White Sox continuing to pound Oswalt (2IP, 7ER, 9 hits). He gave up 22 hits in his first 2 starts and looked awful (despite getting wins in both).

    Pretty glad the Yankees did not bother with him.

    • Crime Dog

      Should of signed

  • stuart a

    If I left my moms basement my eyes would hurt because of the sun…Be right back going to go grab another hot pocket.

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

      lol

    • stuart a

      cute dick….

      • MannyGeee

        TWSS???

      • Dewayne is Wise

        He saw mikes package?

    • Crime Dog

      Hot Pockets= overrated snack. Am I right?

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

        Absolutely.

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

      Lol, now that’s funny.

    • MannyGeee
    • Dewayne is Wise

      And a box of kleenex

  • Tom

    So Swish should bunt for a hit here right…. at worst he at least moves the guy to 2nd?

    #JeterLogic

  • Captain Gift Basket

    Can anyone recall the last Nick Swisher sighting?

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

      He’s hit .315/.377/.537 over the last seven weeks.

      • Captain Gift Basket

        3 for his last 23.

        • eephus_pitch

          People have slumps.

  • Brian S.

    Swisher is not that good.

  • cjc

    Cano is not fast

  • MannyGeee

    Go go go…. Balls… Go back!

  • Cy Pettitte

    that was the worst send I’ve ever seen. fireable offense.

  • Kramerica Industries

    What a dumbassed send with only one out.

    Seriously?

  • Brian S.

    How the fuck is Cano so slow?

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    WTF is Thompson doing there?

    fucking awful send

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

    GODDAMNIT I HATE ROBBY THOMPSON! Seriously though…he never seems to get the close play right.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      that wasn’t even a close play

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

        Love the new handle, but I’m relegated to the radio for most of the game, hopefully I get home in time to see the last of it.

  • Hummingbird S.

    what a fucking awful send… they dont want to win this game

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Thompson kill yourself.

  • cjc

    bad job Thompson

  • Tom

    What in the hell are thompson and Cano thinking!?

    There’s ONE damn out, not 2!

    Idiots…

  • Will The Thrill

    Robbie Thompson screwing us again. Sending the runners when you shouldn’t and holding them when there’s a chance.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Safe Joe wested

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    How the hell do you send Cano there?!?!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    It’s amazing.

    Yankees give them outs, and take away their own.

    Then you wonder why they can’t fucking win in that ballpark.

    • Cy Pettitte

      seriously. I’ve never seen a team try so hard to lose. these last two games have been a joke.

  • eephus_pitch

    Free outs! Got your free outs right here!

  • MannyGeee

    God damn it. Shoulda kept Molina. Not even 1/2 joking.

    • Will The Thrill

      Better than the noodle bat brothers Martin and Stewart.

      • MannyGeee

        All I am saying is that we all knew Jose couldn’t hit. But he wasn’t hiding behind ‘great game manager’ or ‘pitchers love him’

        He was a balls out defensive catcher. None better for the money.

  • cjc

    this is as painful as Anaheim

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

      I think it’s worse, Tampa’s in our division, and we play here a lot more often than in Anaheim.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    WTF could Thompson have possibly been thinking there. That is easily one of the worst sends I’ve ever seen.

    Un-fucking Real

  • Hummingbird S.

    another wasted opportunity… they cant get anything right tonight

  • Captain Gift Basket

    Maybe Swisher should have bunted…LOL

  • Tom Q

    That’s what was missing — a send that had him by ten feet.

    It’s of course always possible for the Yanks to rally, but this game has a whiff of failure all over it.

    • Captain Gift Basket

      Yanks have no shot against this powerhouse lineup.

  • Slu

    Terrible call to send him, but he looked safe to me.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      No. Molina actually…..held onto the ball. Ahem.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Ibanez jjuust worked ANOTHER great at-bat and you send Cano of all people there? Yankees are just giving this game away. Stupid stupid baseball.

  • stuart a

    cano is a baserunner extraordinare….

    to bad Ibanez could have passed Arod the great on the rbi list.

    so the yanks have given away 2 outs but no big deal…

    cano runs like a 3B not a 2B. He was safe by the way.. he hit home plate before he was tagged.

    LOSING BASEBALL…. ANOTHER POOR POOR EFFORT TONIGHT.

    • eephus_pitch

      You can’t be mad at his baserunning and then argue that he was safe. That’s called cognitive dissonance.

  • Tom

    So they’ve now given Shields one free inning (the Cano brain fart in the first, the Jeter bunt, the ridiculous send)

    Hard to beat a decent team when you basically get one less inning worth of AB’s.

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

      Meanwhile we’ve given them 29 outs to work with. Hart two win games that way.

  • stuart a

    CANO IS TOO STUPID TO ARGUE.

    HE IS A DOPE…

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      He was sent by the third base coach. How the fuck is that Cano’s fault?

    • Slu

      Or maybe he is smart enough to know that arguing will get him nowhere but ejected. The manager has to be the one to argue there.

    • eephus_pitch

      Is there anyone on this team that you would keep?

  • Will The Thrill

    They say you should bring your A game when you play your division rivals. It looks like the Yankees bring their F game.

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

    Alright, leaving work for the bus stop, let the comeback commence.

  • DM

    I love how everyone thinks the Yankees 3rd base coach is the ex-big league 2nd baseman from the Giants.

  • Captain Gift Basket

    Everyone hold their breath – the great Sean Rodriguez is at the dish.

    • MannyGeee

      Shoulda IBB’d

  • LarryM.,Fl.

    The Yankees are making mental and physical errors on command tonight. Cano out at the plate. Why send him?

  • Tom

    Hey look…. maybe the Yankees should throw Molina anything remotely close to the plate with 2 strikes? At least Martin figured that out. Too bad it cost the Yankees a run to learn this lesson (the single in front of the Rodriguez HR)

  • stuart a

    Pastadiving arod

  • Hummingbird S.

    another one by A-Rod that a decent 3rd basemen gets.. he’s definately not helping us win

    • your mom

      Arod is worth every penny.

  • MannyGeee

    A Rod missed it… AGAIN!!!!!

    *splloosh*

    – stuart a

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow did Nova get lucky there

  • Hummingbird S.

    let’s see how they fail to score in this inning..

  • Slu

    Nice to get some luck. Rally time…

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Someone bust out the ass-kicking sticks. Stop letting this team think they’re as good as us.

  • your mom

    God I fucking hate losing to this POS team, in that shit stadium, with their lame fans.

  • Captain Gift Basket

    And the legend of Sean Rodriguez continues – great scouting department Yanks.

  • cjc

    doesn’t get more annoying than not being able to get out a guy who isn’t good enough to play on most bad teams.

  • MannyGeee

    Charlie Sheen talking to Micheal Kay? Not sure if interested…

    • MannyGeee

      I take that back, but only if they spend the entire block talking bout him playing Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn. And doing coke with prostitutes.

      And Nothing else

      • eephus_pitch

        I never thought there’d be an episode more disgraceful than the Mike Tyson one, but they might have done it with Charlie Sheen.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You’re bound to be disappointed. He’s slightly in “image rehab” mode.

  • Will The Thrill

    I think the baseball gods are screwing us this series just so we can know how shitty Mets fans felt this year in the Subway Series.

  • Hummingbird S.

    useless piece of shit

    • MannyGeee

      You’re gonna have to be more specific

  • eephus_pitch

    Great job of getting his pitch count up.

  • your mom

    Russell is having a crappy game.

    • Captain Gift Basket

      Russell is having a crappy season.

      • MannyGeee

        Crappy LIFFFFEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!1111!!1!1!1

        Great handle, by the way.

  • stuart a

    Jeters old but he tries hard.

    Arod just a rotting corpse.

    • Brian S.

      A-Rod’s OPS is .200 points higher than Jeter the last two months but at least Jeter tries hard.

      • MannyGeee

        Shhhhh. The narrative!

  • MannyGeee

    Hooray notabunt!

  • Cy Pettitte

    remind me again why he bunted earlier?

  • Hummingbird S.

    we can really use a HR from grandy here..

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Lovely thread this has turned into. I should have just had seconds on dessert.

    From what I’ve heard and seen of this, this is what it must be like to face the New York Yankees. They’ve made Nova throw enough pitches for him to make mistakes and have capitalized well on them.

    I also heard that, if the Yankees don’t win four games this series, Greg will be a sad.

    • MannyGeee

      Ha… All of this.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Most of the damage came on that three-run inning. The team didn’t help Nova much but, again, they made him throw enough pitches that he was going to throw a bad one.

        Hard to watch? That’s what it’s like facing the Yankees.

  • Will The Thrill

    I bet Martin is kicking himself from rejecting that contact offer from the Yankees this offseason. The dude will be lucky if he finds a minor league deal next year. He’s a near auto out and although he plays good D his pitch selection in certain situations is questionable.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Russell Martin may still sign a multi-year contract.

  • MannyGeee

    Grandy in a hitters count? Good things will come

    • MannyGeee

      Oh fuck me

    • Hummingbird S.

      they have been in hitters counts all game long..

  • Countryclub

    I never thought I’d say this, but I miss the days of having designated relievers for the 7th & 8th. This matchup nonsense is driving me nuts. The more relievers you bring in th game, the bigger risk one of the doesn’t have it that night.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’ve never quite thought of it that way. I disagree with you, but it certainly is a different angle on it.

  • Hummingbird S.

    another hitter’s count, another weak out… they really dont want to win this game

  • eephus_pitch

    They’re getting good hitters counts and doing nothing with them.

  • wow

    This team wants absolutely nothing to do with winning a game in that place. I thought last series was annoying but holy crap, man.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Three outs left to stave off arrow-shooting time.

    Unless they decide to pound the ever living shit out of that asshole tonight. Would be his third straight appearance.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Unless they’re down too many runs to make it worthwhile.

      Which wouldn’t be shocking.

    • MannyGeee

      Wow… This just got a little homoerotic.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        We shake things up at the Trop.

      • Kramerica Industries

        I like to keep my readers on their toes…

  • your mom

    Wow, Nova has a sub 4.00 ERA, good job.

    • your mom

      Well, shit maybe it’s going back over.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        meh. it’ll come back down soon enough.

      • MannyGeee

        Unearned runs…

  • Captain Gift Basket

    On an 0-2 count – UNACCEPTABLE!!

  • Tom

    0-2 fastball? I know Nova missed the spot, but you’d think knowing that is his weakness (fastballs leaking back over the plate), can Martin play to his strengths?

    I know the pitcher can shake him off, but Martin’s game calling has been shit of late as well (the 2nd Molina AB still bothers the hell out of me)

  • Will The Thrill

    I know it’s said a lot. But boy should the Yankees be embarrassed. A team with a $209MM payroll not being able to beat a team comprised mostly of scrubs. Yankees FO better be joking about that luxury tax nonsense because they’re going to need more bandages to fix the numerous things that are wrong with this team.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You never underestimate Tampa. They have gotten it done for several years now despite the names on the back of the uniform.

      • MannyGeee

        They are an annoyance. Always nipping at the heels, never really overpowering. Just fucking annoying.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I call that “good.” People worry about Boston so damn much. I worry more about Tampa being right there at the end.

          What’s hard about that is that I honestly don’t dislike them all that much.

          • Kramerica Industries

            That’s not a problem for me.

            I find no redeeming qualities about the Rays.

            I mean, Joe Maddon’s a genius for squeezing every last shred of talent out of his roster? He’s also an enormous jack-ass with an ego bigger than Shaq. How else do you explain many of his unnecessary shifts? Smartest person in the room-itis. Sure as hell rubs off the wrong way on me.

  • MannyGeee

    Rapada is awesome at thorwing the ball. Well, to home he is, at least

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Watching him strike someone out really is a joy. He’s good at a very small subset of things but, when that’s good, that is damn good.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I wonder if the trolls now have their responses all written out and just wait to hit “send” if Qualls gives up the run here.

  • your mom

    I hope the Rays continue their struggles against AL Central teams (4-12) when they play Cleveland this weekend.

  • Mauro

    I rather have cervelli than Martín at This point

    • Captain Gift Basket

      I’d rather have Montero.

    • Will The Thrill

      Funny how we were deep in catchers a year ago. Now we can’t find a catcher who won’t make cringe worthy errors and can hit at least .250.

    • eephus_pitch

      He’s hitting .247 in AAA and leading the league in passed balls.

  • your mom

    BJ Upton has got to be one of the most overrated players in baseball.

    • Widget

      he’s living off of the 08 ALCS. He’s been a massive disappointment yet some team will be stupid and vastly overpay him this offseason.

      • your mom

        I hope it’s not us.

  • Widget

    just get swept yankees so you can head into Boston with a losing streak. Everyone will assume the worst and instead you’ll sweep Boston and Greg will be forced to cry. Again.

  • your mom

    Okay Chad do your thing, we need a double play ball.

  • eephus_pitch

    I just looked up John Wasdin, and that guy gave up 1.5 homers PER NINE INNINGS. I knew he was bad, but dammit how do you get a job as a reliever with that kind of gopher ball tendency?

    • Pasta Stumbling Luis Sojo (formerly StanfordBen)

      Pretty sure I remember his nickname being “Way Back” Wasdin.

      • eephus_pitch

        He even gave up a walkoff to Charlie Hayes once! That takes talent.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Unreal.

  • Cy Pettitte

    this team is pathetic.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      This team’s in first place. They’re going to lose games you really thought they should win, and look bad in the process. That’s part of a 162 game season.

    • TommyBoy

      Yes dumbass, that’s why they have the second best record in baseball!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Betty Lizard just closed her legs.

    • Betty Lizard

      It’s difficult when your designated Baseball Boyfriend (2012 Season Model) is stinkin’ the place up. But I don’t dump baseball boyfriends mid-season.
      (But I do play the field . . . .)

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Fuck Russell Martin

    but Cano really needs to learn how to keep the ball in the IF

  • MannyGeee

    Ok, I am officially on board

    Fuck Russell Martin.

    • Betty Lizard

      Well, sure but what does that have to do with the game? :-)

  • eephus_pitch

    I love defensive wizards.

  • jon

    russell martin: defensive catcher

  • DERP

    Call up Breen. This is ridiculous.

  • Brian S.

    Someone give Austin Romine some HGH for his back and some steroids for his bat.

    • Will The Thrill

      I agree. Romine can’t be much worse than Martin with the bat and is probably on par with him defensively.

  • Will The Thrill

    Russell Martin. A blackhole in the bottom of the lineup and butterfingers with the glove.

  • Captain Gift Basket

    Bossman Jr, proud owner of a .299 OBP and .670 OPS has done it again.

  • DERP

    Jesus Montero would be the best defensive catcher on this team.

    • Monterowasdinero

      Post of the night!

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Russell Martin: Jeff Mathis of the east coast.

  • Widget

    3 errors. argh. Stupid shitty florida team and their hideous baseball field.

    • Athenian

      Yeah, might want to blame the visiting for this clusterfuck and last nights. Not the field or the FL team.

  • Athenian

    More bad baseball. So much for breaking the streak. WTF!

  • DERP

    It was probably a bad idea for Martin to not pursue that extension.

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

    The Great Chad Qualls.

    • Brian S.

      So are you off the Russ bus? You don’t seriously want him to sign an extension do you?

      • Steve

        Think of all those walks he had in the first week of the season that artificially pumped up his OBP!!!! /Axisa’d

  • TommyBoy

    Martin is fricking useless! Can’t hit, can’t field!

  • CBean

    why did we get this guy again?

  • Brian S.

    Don’t worry you guys. David Phelps vs. Davis Price tomorrow. No problem.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      reverse lock

    • your mom

      I’m calling a blowout win for us tomorrow. 8-2 Yankees.

    • Widget

      Tampa doesn’t stand a chance.

  • christopher

    ::sung to Green Acres theme song::

    Tropicana is the place to be
    Unless you are a New York Yankee
    We can’t wait to get back on our plane
    This batshit stadium is driving us insane

    • Betty Lizard

      Nice! I see your Green Acres and raise you a Bossa Nova:

      Blame it on the Tropicana with its magic spell
      Blame it on the Tropicana that Tampa plays so well
      Oh, it all began with just one little hit
      But then it ended up a pile of shit
      Blame it on the Tropicana
      The park from hell

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Half the people don’t remember the 1990’s and you’re expecting them to hum the Green Acres theme?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, good luck winning this game now.

    Lead will be down to 4.5 on TB after tomorrow. Exactly what I feared and wished would not happen – the Yankees month long building of that margin being erased in big part in three days.

    And this is a Rays team that was 9-17 at home since May, and 1-6 last week. Somehow, the Royals and Tigers had no problem dissecting that team. The Yankees? GOD FORBID.

    • Widget

      Tampa is not a threat at all. More games left against them at the Stadium. That is a huge advantage for the Yankees.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Three apiece in the Bronx and Trop.

        4-8 overall against them.

        Whether they’re a threat or not isn’t the point. They erased a nine game deficit in September alone last season. They are annoyingly good enough to stick around in a playoff race even if they clearly aren’t as good as their fellow competitors. I mean, the Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, and Angels are all clearly better, and I’d argue that the White Sox and Tigers may very well be as well.

        That said, even one win in this series keeps them 6.5 back with six head to heads.

        4.5 and 6.5 are drastically different. Even one win would(‘ve) been satisfactory in this series. Are you confident that David Phelps can deliver that win, against David Price, with the Bad News Bears behind him? Because that’s what the Yankees are in that fucking warehouse of a stadium.

        • Widget

          They didn’t erase shit last year. The Red Sox collapse was why they made the playoffs. That and Girardi punting the last three games of the season.

          • Kramerica Industries

            Coming back from a nine game deficit is always partially both. More-so a Red Sox collapse in that case*, but the Rays going 6-1 against the Sox in September certainly played a part in that. And the Rays deserve credit for doing that.

            *In contrast, the NL side was more-so a Cardinals comeback than a Braves collapse. Braves certainly shat themselves a great deal, but it took the Cardinals playing an unreal level of baseball to catch them. That, and the Phillies losing three of four to the Cards while sweeping the Braves.

    • Brian S.

      You didn’t think they were going to keep playing like crap forever did you?

      • Kramerica Industries

        No Joyce and no Longoria. That lineup is absolutely hideous.

        So, really, until either of those two come back, there’s no reason to think things should turn around. They’re 23-30 in their past 53 games – a full 1/3 of the season, all without Longoria. We all tend to overrate them because they’re a division rival that has been an absolute pain in the ass for the past five seasons.

        I used to be that way. I thought very highly of them going into 2009, and 2010 as well. Haven’t thought the same way the past two seasons, though. Frankly, because they aren’t as good a team now as they were then.

  • Widget

    Qualls was dumped for a reason. No excuse for garbage like him to be on the Yankees.

    • Monterowasdinero

      He is garbage. His stuff is Laffeyble.

  • Pasta Stumbling Luis Sojo (formerly StanfordBen)

    Actually, I have to say, it wasn’t just a problem that Martin’s throw was an error, he shouldn’t have thrown it at all. Jennings broke for home as soon as he threw, and I think he would’ve made it even without the error. I think Jennings was credited with a steal of home.

  • DERP

    We’re winning this game. Anyone else think so?

    • eephus_pitch

      It’d be nice, but I don’t get that feeling.

      • DERP

        I’ll take that as a yes. Leggo!

    • Captain Gift Basket

      Put down the bong.

    • Athenian

      If your counting errors. Yanks are playing like it is spring training

  • wow

    Beat this time… Wy word, it’s like they literally don’t want to.

  • Will The Thrill

    Fucking terrible. I know how these games are going to play out so why do I force myself to watch? Yankees playing like they’ve got nothing to lose.

  • The Scheister of Doom AKA The Troll Monger

    Joe Giardi you should’ve just left Eppley in. Amazing, this game went from an actual ball game to a joke. Prove me wrong, please.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      when did Eppley pitch?

    • your mom

      Eppley pitched?

    • The Scheister of Doom AKA The Troll Monger

      FAIL. I meant his LH doppelgänger.

  • stuart a

    Wow does arod even try anymore?

    • your mom

      About 50% of the time.

    • eephus_pitch

      He’s doing it just to piss you off.

  • Widget

    A-Rod really needs to train with Big Papi.

  • The Scheister of Doom AKA The Troll Monger

    At the end of the day, I blame A-Rod.

    • Ppiddy

      Whose ARod?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    He’s just not a middle-of-the-order hitter. I know he compares favorably to “other 3B.”

    That’s not the question. How does he compare to “other 3-4″ hitters? Get him out of that spot. PLEASE.

    • Hummingbird S.

      nothing will change, not with Girardi

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        I’m hoping he just uses the All-Star break as a time to assessed and make the change.

        He is what he is. You don’t need him to prove it to you for an entire season to make that move. It’s July, he’s “healthy” and he has 35 RBI. 2 hole or 6 hole, please.

  • Hummingbird S.

    the way it is right now, the Yankees have a poorly constructed pen and that results in relying on garbage pitchers like Rapada, Eppley or Qualls to pitch high leverage innings. It’s going to hard to win games with a pen like this one

    • your mom

      The offense needs to put together some blowouts once in a while. That would definitely help cut down the innings for our high leverage relievers.

  • Ppiddy

    Meet the new Chad Qualls, same as the old Chad Qualls

  • Brian S.

    Russel Martin has singlehandedly cost us this game.

  • Tom

    Chad Qualls should not be facing lefties (which includes switch hitters)… of course when you construct a bullpen where 3 of 7 arms are either LOOGY or ROOGY, that is what you get.

    2 specialists in the pen is pushing it (unless you are fortunate like the Yankees were in June where they got a long run of primarily 7+ inning outings), 3 is just not a sustainable solution.

  • stuart a

    cute with using my name on posts…. another masterpiece tonight by the lead legging Yanks…

    arod is so bad it is tired of dealing with him and his groupies. every team should have there 3rd or 4th guy in the order getting 78 RBI’s on the season with almost no power and very limited speed.

    3 of the last 4 l’s good have been wins with decent defense, baserunning, and rapada and robertson doing there job.. they all count clowns…..

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

      If you’re tired of “dealing with him” than just shut the fuck up about him already. It’s as simple as that. You spew the same RBI bullshit comment after comment but are nowhere to be found when they win.

      • Bobby Banana

        Mike getting intense. Go Mike!

        • Robinson Tilapia

          If anyone suddenly posts as “Stuart X,” it’s actually Axisa.

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

        Ban him.

      • stuart a

        stop treating him(AFRAUD) like he is just slightly underachieving.

        his performance is pathetic.. use all the WAR and other bullsh-t you want. arod is horrible and anyone with 2 eyes and 1 brain can tell he sucks and is hurting the team a ton. but no.. Yes and other Yankee lackeys act like his down performance is not alarming, a blip on the screen, and no big deal…..

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

          At you finally stopped citing RBI.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      and yet they’re still in first place, clown

  • Will The Thrill

    I wish A-Rod had a soul and would just realize that it would be best for the Yankee organization, team, and fans if he just retired. But he doesn’t have a soul.

    • Monterowasdinero

      We have nobody in AAA or AA to push him out.

      • Bobby Banana

        I’d be happy with Laird at 3rd if A-Rod retires.

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

          No you wouldn’t. Laird can’t even hit AAA pitching.

          • Pat D

            I just saw him hit one out tonight. Off a guy who’s definitely a AAA pitcher.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I wouldn’t be happy with Laird on the grounds crew.

  • eephus_pitch

    And the legend of Big Game James is only going to grow after this so-so performance.

  • stuart a

    L… no chance they come back… team has come back late maybe twice all season…go down like lambs…..

  • The Scheister of Doom AKA The Troll Monger

    It’s shuffle time…

    Jeter
    A-Rod
    Cano
    Grandy
    Teix
    Swisher
    Ibanez
    Wise
    Martin

    Or pull names outta a fucken hat just leave Martin 9th and Jeter 1st. This 4.78 runs per game ain’t gonna cut it.
    So they’re down by three and all three guys go for HRs, at least Cano drove the ball with authority.

    I know they’re a good team based on W-L record and such but this is another winnable game that just was given away. Chad Qualls, really?

    • Captain Gift Basket

      Drop Swish to 8.

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

        Right, drop Swisher and leave Teixeira fifth and Jeter at leadoff. I can tell you put a lot of thought into this.

        • The Scheister of Doom AKA The Troll Monger

          I’d prefer Cust or Branyan at this point at 1B but that ain’t happening anytime soon. A week on the 7 day DL for a mystery concussion would work for me at this point as it would be great to see Russell the real Muscle in the Bronx. But no, not a lot of thought, I just don’t want Alex hitting 3rd or 4th.

        • Captain Gift Basket

          I’m just not a Swish lover like most of you. I know most of you think RBIs are overrated, but this guy will never knock in a 100 runs, and with this lineup, he should. He certainly comes up with enough opportunities.

          I lived in Oakland during his Athletic days where he batted 3rd or cleanup and never understood why he would take 3-0, 3-1 pitches right down the pipe, RISP, when they were a team that always struggled to score runs in that God-awful park.

          Plus, his post-season record speaks for itself. He’s not someone I’d want at the plate with the game on the line.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        ?
        Swish has probably been their best non-Cano hitter for about a month

    • The Scheister of Doom AKA The Troll Monger

      Sorry for bitching, I’m just a spoiled Yankee fan who doesn’t mind losing but losing winnable games is double frustrating. I’ll stop now and put my rally cap on.

      • Kramerica Industries

        I don’t mind losing winnable games terribly much.

        Losing winnable games against the Rays is probably my biggest sports gear grinder. Because this isn’t like the Red Sox where the talent levels tend to be level – the gulf is obvious here and it makes no difference. Time, and time again.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        We were actually discussing this same lineup on another thread. No big deal.

    • Dewayne is Wise

      Jeter
      Wise
      Cano
      Grandy
      Tex
      Ibanez
      Arod
      Swisher
      The worse catchers in MLB

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

      I brought up this same line up as something I’d try about a month ago.

  • Captain Gift Basket

    And Swish continues his slump – 3 for his last 24.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      4

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Oh god no. Please no counting. I wish I could rewind to right before I thought of doing that and then choose not to do it.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          wasn’t counting. Pointing out Swish had 4 hits, not three.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Heh heh heh.

  • eephus_pitch

    “The Rally Monkey is clever, it takes thought.”

    -Suzyn Waldman

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I’m rofling.

  • your mom

    When does Longo return anyways?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Sean Rodriguez.

    The re-incarnated Willie Mays, obviously.

    • Captain Gift Basket

      Damn, I missed the great Sean Rodriguez get on again? When he steps to the plate, ESPN should just stop whatever their broadcasting and cue to his at bat. This guy is a legend in the making.

  • The Scheister of Doom AKA The Troll Monger

    Could have swore Suzan Waldman said Sanchez was promoted to AAA, is she smoking DMT or what?

  • Athenian

    Wonder if the Yankees could pry Maddon from the Rays? He would easily be 7 WAR over what his name.

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

      That would be more disastrous than Valentine in Boston. His bullshit isn’t made for a big market.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        This. I assume he’d wind up managing……a lot like Joe Girardi.

        • Athenian

          Probably right. Can’t stand Girardi so that would mean the new car smell would wear off on Maddon.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Pretty much.

        And this is why I love when TB radio assholes say that Maddon would win 120-130 games if he had the Yankees or Red Sox resources to back him.

        HAH. Learn the game, novices.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          He’d have to adjust his style to the team. It’d be very different. He’d seem about as ordinary as anyone else you’d put in there.

      • Athenian

        Interesting take. Perhaps his success is more a product of where he is at than his talents. Either way Girardi is more frustrating than Torre.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I found late-era Torre infinitely tougher to take. Not even close.

          • OMG! Bagels!

            Agree. He frustrated the fuck out of me the last few years.

  • eephus_pitch

    Not loving the Chad Qualls era, so far.

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

      What did you expect? He hasn’t been good in three years.

      • eephus_pitch

        I expected exactly this, but hoped for something better.

    • Monterowasdinero

      It will be a short era.

  • Coal hammals plezzz

    Its pitching stupid. Score 4 runs win with good pitching replace nova with hammals and you win tonight.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      UNLESS TEH HAMMMMALS GAVE UP FIVE TOOO

  • eephus_pitch

    Mixing up the batting order isn’t going to change a damn thing about this team if they continue to play this kind of porous defense and their relief pitchers don’t get anyone out. Let it go.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Close game in Chicago. White Sox 16-0 on the Rangers.

    • eephus_pitch

      Maybe Hawk will have a brain embolism. Silver lining.

    • Monterowasdinero

      2 worst losses in baseball this season has Texas on losing end? I know the M’s scored 22 on them.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        They’ve only played 6 so far, so maybe the Sox can reach M’s level. Oswalt’s line: 4.2 IP, 13 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 3 HR.

  • stuart a

    I like to run around the house inmmy mothers underwear.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You’re a size 64 plus as well?

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

      Knock it off or I’ll ban you for impersonating someone else.

    • your mom

      You should be ashamed of yourself my son.

    • Brian S.

      Haha

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Back-to-back losses seeming like the end of the world: First-place team problems.

    • eephus_pitch

      It hurts more when they give the game away.

    • Captain Gift Basket

      It’s who they’re losing to – the team expected to compete with them for the division and also a team that sports a AAA lineup that makes the likes of Upton and Rodriguez look like the 2nd coming of Ramirez and Ortiz.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        They’re a very good baseball team. The Rays will be there right there at the end.

    • your mom

      The Boston series is more important anyways. . . . .

  • Athenian

    White Sox beating the best team ever in baseball 16-0.

  • The Scheister of Doom AKA The Troll Monger

    Knock this fools hat straight, please.

    • your mom

      Yeah, what’s up with the crooked hat look anyways? Trying to look gangsta or somethin?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Pound this motherfucker.

    Pound him.

    • Brian S.

      TWSS

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Like I said, we shake things up at the Trop.

      • Kramerica Industries

        You cannot expect me to act rational during these nine games at Tropicana Field.

        It’s impossible.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Didn’t realize you lived there. Get the hell out, dude.

          • Kramerica Industries

            As soon as I can, I will.

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

    Apparently Pierzynski just hit a three-run homer and blew a kiss at Ron Washington for snubbing him for the ASG.

    • eephus_pitch

      Classy as ever.

    • Brian S.

      Perfect stopgap option.

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

        Nope.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Posada would barge into the dugout and beat the living bejesus out of him.

          Just for that visual, I’ll agree with Brian.

      • Crime Dog

        Why would the sox trade him?

        • Brian S.

          Free agent after the year.

          • Crime Dog

            I dont really want to be the one to pay for AJ’s spike in HR/FB

    • The Scheister of Doom AKA The Troll Monger

      That is amazing! I love it!!

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Pierzynski and Washington. Two class acts.

      • Tom

        And the you have LaRussa managing the NL allstar game… another class act.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          lol

    • Tony

      Pierzynksi is such a douche

      • Captain Gift Basket

        I’d love him on the Yankees.

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

      God he’s a douche.

      • Brian S.

        I hate the Rangers and like the White Sox so I’m cool with it.

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

          Meh, never had a problem with the Rangers. I hate the sport’s worlds recent love affair w/ them, but I love what Josh Hamilton represents because I know some former users trying to get their lives together.

    • Kramerica Industries

      A.J. is fucking awesome.

      Pray that he never goes to the Rays. Then I will hate his guts.

  • Hummingbird S.

    nasty, no chance they hit this guy

  • The Scheister of Doom AKA The Troll Monger

    Amazing strike zone! Great job Blue, dudes already unhittable!

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

    The Mets of the late 90s and early 2000s had more success at Turner Field than we’ve had the last two seasons at the Trop.

    • eephus_pitch

      I still remember Kenny Rogers walking in the running run in the NLCS in ’99. That’s our Kenny.

  • Tom

    While the homeplate umpire is certainly not the cause of the loss tonight, he has been absolutely horrendous tonight.

    That 2-1 strike call to Ibanez was just absurd.

  • Crime Dog

    Can someone explain how the schmuck became an elite reliever?

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

      He’s closing for the Rays.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Kyle Farnsworth 2.0

    • eephus_pitch

      Jeff Zimmerman.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Fitting end to Russell’s night…yikes.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Watch the flight of that fucking arrow, Pena.

    Watch it and go fuck yourself.

  • your mom

    Fitting end for a shitless loss.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    It’s okay, guys…they still have to live in Tampa.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Comment of the night.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Sadly, so do I.

      Then you wonder why I’m so miserable.

  • Michael Mirabella

    Tough loss tonight, but if they can pull out a win tomorrow then the Rays only gained a game and are still 6.5 back.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Help us, Obi-Phelps. You’re our only hope.

    Have a great 4th, everyone.

  • yooboo

    With Phelps starting tomorrow’s afternoon game, Mithcell warmed up in 8th inning. Really? Good thing Qualls finished the game.