Jul
07

Game 83: Let’s Play Two

By

It’s actually 8.5 now. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Because one Yankees-Red Sox isn’t grueling enough, the two teams will play a pair of games today. We’re looking at eight total hours of eight-pitch at-bats, pitching changes, balls on the Monstah … the stuff that makes these games so drawn out and intense in the first place. So find a comfy chair and settle in, this won’t be a typical Saturday of baseball. Here’s the lineup…

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

RHP Freddy Garcia

This afternoon’s game starts at 12:30pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Roster Notes: Cory Wade has officially been added as the 26th man for today. He must do back to Triple-A tomorrow per the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Yankees do not have any minor leaguers waiting at the team hotel for a potential between-game roster move, so it’s these 26 fellas and no one else.

Categories : Game Threads

659 Comments»

  1. Cy Pettitte says:

    there’s like two legit bats in the Sox game 1 line up. please win this.

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      Freddy Garcia laughs at the lineup as he carves through the Red Sox hitters all afternoon resulting in a CG, 3 hit shutout.

      This and more fairy tales available in Hans Christian Andersen’s Book of Mermaids, Marvels and Magic.

    • Tom Zig says:

      Their lineup looks like its from a September game

  2. Ro says:

    Dang. Darnell McDonald again. Mark me down as not being excited about this acquisition. Put’s the Qualls acquisition in Felix Hernandez category compared to McDonald.

  3. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    ESPNNY reporting that Hughes is starting the day game…makes more sense for matchup reasons. Maybe they’re wrong?

  4. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    You go to War with the Fellas you got.

  5. BK2ATL says:

    Any idea on how many more minor league options Wade has left?

    • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

      No but I believe this 26th man rule doesn’t cost/waste one.

      • BK2ATL says:

        Good to know. Thx.

        Would love to see Wade go back to his pre-June effective self and get recalled later in the year, not that Eppley or Qualls have been ineffective or anything.

      • forensic says:

        They already used an option by sending him to the minors a couple days ago, so whether this one would count or not doesn’t matter. Each year is an option, not each trip up and down.

  6. Pat D says:

    Death Penalty!!!!

  7. RI$P FTW says:

    Why wouldn’t they have any minor league guys waiting at the hotel? Is that smart?

  8. Pat D says:

    Oh, Kay, you moron.

  9. Pat D says:

    That story about the Yankees almost acquiring Morales last year reminds me of NCAA recruiting scandals since I was just watching the ESPN SMU documentary.

  10. jjyank says:

    Holy crap that Sox lineup looks pathetic.

    • forensic says:

      It’s still Freddy Garcia. I’m not getting my hopes up.

      • jjyank says:

        Oh I know. I’m not implying the Yankees will win because of that, but I bet many Sox fans never thought they’d see a lineup like that.

        • Get Phelps Up says:

          On Over the Monster: “To put it simply: this may be the worst Red Sox lineup to play in a meaningful game in a decade.”

        • forensic says:

          Yeah, but many Yankee fans wouldn’t like to see a Jones-Nix-McDonald-Stewart half of a lineup either (was going to mention Swisher’s 0-fer streak, but sounds like he just solved that). Hopefully the Yankee half wins out, but I don’t have much faith in Garcia, even against that lineup.

  11. The Guns of Navarone says:

    In this ballpark, any time can put up double-digit runs. This park is a pinball machine. That’s all I was thinking last night as flyballs scraped off the wall and balls in the gap bounced around in a triangle 420 feet away.

  12. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Classic DJ.

  13. Mike N says:

    I was at the Stadium last night for Roger Waters’s The Wall. It was really strange to be at Yankee Stadium without a game going on. Of course, I wore a Yankee cap and t-shirt! It was also hilarious that the entire Stadium was filled with weed smoke.

    And after an awesome concert, as we were exiting, one of the Stadium employees said to me, “And the Yanks beat the Socks tonight!” I cheered.

    • OMG! Bagels! says:

      With that Jumbotron there wasn’t a bad seat in the house was there?

      • Mike N says:

        The huge Wall screen was unbelievable. They must have some kind of serious cutting edge projection system: the combination of the size–probably thirty feet high and two hundred feet wide–and the resolution was staggering.

  14. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Sure, why not.

  15. MannyGeee says:

    Yikes sounded like that ball got the bat… I thought I heard a plunk.

  16. MannyGeee says:

    Jery Remy and Don Orsillo are now conversing about how bad a name is ‘pinky’ for an athletes finger…

    So I miss micheal Kay now

    • jjyank says:

      Haha so are athlete’s fingers supposed to have different names than other people’s?

      • MannyGeee says:

        They’re not exactly what you’d call ‘analysts’.., more like chimps with microphones…

        • Pat D says:

          I loathe Orsillo with every fiber of my being. Remy is back and forth. Some times he’s quite astute, other times he’s a Hawk Harrelson clone.

  17. jjyank says:

    Please be okay Robbie.

  18. Pat D says:

    0 for 17? Jeez, Swisher has been streaky as shit this year.

  19. Cy Pettitte says:

    Swish!

  20. Pat D says:

    Garbage time, bitches.

  21. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    Garbage Time!!!

  22. Mike N says:

    SWISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. MannyGeee says:

    Wow, swisher still sucks…

    /yesterday on RAB’d

  24. Widget says:

    Damn. That was sick.

  25. Will (the other one) says:

    Garbage time!

  26. Hummingbird S. says:

    swish!

  27. jjyank says:

    Garbage time is my favorite time!

  28. Mike N says:

    Did anybody catch who they said the Yanks brought up for the extended double-header roster?

  29. Mike N says:

    Man, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a quieter ballpark…

    • MannyGeee says:

      Wait until the sixth inning. The pink hats don’t know what to do between the first pitch & Sweet Caroline if the Sawx are losing…

  30. MannyGeee says:

    Wow Andruw gave that hanging curve ball a ride… Oly it was foul

  31. CUYanks says:

    Bobby Valentine is a genius for bringing Morales in on relief in between starts.

  32. Mike Axisa says:

    Boo hoo Andruw Jones crew.

  33. Pat D says:

    Muhahahahahahahahaha.

  34. Monterowasdinero says:

    Cody Ross will pitch today!

  35. Get Phelps Up says:

    Andruw!!

    Pretty good start.

  36. Will (the other one) says:

    Whoops. Sorry, Frankie.

  37. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Alright, but don’t make Freddy sit too long, fellas.

  38. Mike N says:

    ANDRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    How hilarious that those poor Red Sock fans are already trapped in a bottomless pit of despair and it’s only the first inning.

  39. Hummingbird S. says:

    Andruw! heating up!

  40. BK2ATL says:

    Now this is how you start a double-header. Swishdog and Andruw going back-to-back.

    4-0 Yanks. Let’s keep the pressure on and demolish this pitching staff.

  41. jjyank says:

    Andruw still got some power left in that bat!

  42. Monterowasdinero says:

    Both HR’s on changeups or very crappy fbs?

  43. Cy Pettitte says:

    now Freddy with a shut down inning, please.

  44. Pat D says:

    Curse you, Nix. Was supposed to go back to back to back and witness the mass suicides that would result.

  45. MannyGeee says:

    29 pitch inning…. Wos their long man? Please say Padilla. I could see him again today, that would make me happy.

  46. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Freddy gives ____ runs back in the bottom of the inning.

    I say 2 runs.

  47. Wow says:

    Sterling had to work incredibly hard to get through that homerun call. lol

  48. forensic says:

    Awesome first inning. Hopefully Garcia won’t give it all back this time.

  49. Mike N says:

    C’mon, Freddy!

  50. Hummingbird S. says:

    comon freddy, please dont give it all back in this inning

  51. MannyGeee says:

    Let the sweat fly, baby!

  52. Karl Krawfid says:

    Take Freddy out now.

  53. MannyGeee says:

    Woah…. Too many infielders there…

  54. Karl Krawfid says:

    We’ll go batter to batter with Freddy today.

  55. Bartolo's Colon says:

    good ba, bad obp for this dude

  56. MannyGeee says:

    LOL, the Pawtucket Sox have 4 all stars this season, the Red Sox have 1.

  57. Pat D says:

    Yikes, Freddy. This guy squared to bunt a few pitches ago.

  58. Cuso says:

    Shouldn’t Iglesias and Lavarnaway be in this lineup?

    Lotta no-names…

  59. Monterowasdinero says:

    A good outing by Freddy and he may not mysteriously slice his finger in the kitchen in 2012.

  60. Bartolo's Colon says:

    with freddy in, im fine with walking ortiz everytime

  61. bobtaco says:

    Never should give Ortiz anything with the rest of this lineup…

  62. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    Shutdown inning!!!

  63. Hummingbird S. says:

    great 1st inning

  64. Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

    and in other news, Carl Crawford tweaked his groin in AA and is being shut down for several days.

    That signing keeps getting better and better.

  65. Get Phelps Up says:

    Good job there, Freddy.

  66. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Well done! Crafty righty!

  67. MannyGeee says:

    Soooooo, can someone let me know when we can start calling the A Gon deal a bust? Will there be a bell or an email or something?

    • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

      Would you trade Teix for Agon straight up right now?

      • RetroRob says:

        Good question.

        No. Considering Gonzalez’s contract is just starting and I’m not sure what’s causing Gonzalez’s issues, I’d hold Tex. Might be related to his shoulder.

        • jjyank says:

          Yeah, he did have shoulder surgery, could be that.

          I’d stick with Tex as well, for the same reason you mentioned.

      • Havok9120 says:

        Definitely.

        He’s younger, defense is about as good, contract is better, and I really think he’s still hurting and the power will come back.

        • Havok9120 says:

          Wait….his contract IS better right? I assumed it was, but my whole thought process revolves around that.

          As a lot of you know, I’m one of Tex’s biggest defenders on here.

          • jjyank says:

            It is, but Tex’s is closer to being over because it started sooner, so he’d be off the books sooner. If the question is Tex and his remaining contract for Gonzalez and his remaining contract, I’d take Tex. But I’d probably take Gonzalez is the contract were to hypothetically start at the same time.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

          contracts not really better though
          Tex 4 years left, 22.5M AAV
          AGon 6 years left, 22M AAV

          Seems to me the extra 2 years would be a lot to risk on hoping Agon can turn things around.

      • MannyGeee says:

        Today? No way. Give me 2 years less of tex, thank you very much.

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      A bust for the Padres, maybe.

      Kelly, Rizzo and Fuentes? Eek. And Rizzo’s on the Cubs… but they got Cashner for him right? Either way, not looking too good.

      • BK2ATL says:

        Cashner’s now got an elbow problem.

        I’d trade A-Gon for Tex in a heartbeat. A-Gon’s offense will pick up in a hurry. He’s currently on a 16 game streak.

        • RetroRob says:

          I wouldn’t be surprised if Gonzalez outperformed Tex, but I wouldn’t do the deal in a heartbeat. His power has been down since the shoulder surgery, and we’re at the half way point of this year and he has an OPS+ of 95.

          His contract could make Tex’s look great if he’s suddenly league avereage. Even declining Tex is OPS+’ing at 120 plus the last couple seasons. Seven years of Gonzalez would scare me right now.

  68. Bartolo's Colon says:

    dfa him

  69. Brian S. says:

    I know this isn’t the proper thread but do you guys think that this offseason Gardner, Robertson, Banuelos, and Austin would get Justin Upton?

    • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

      Very possibly, but I wouldn’t do it.

      • Brian S. says:

        Why not?

        • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

          The more I think about the $189m 2014 goal/target, the more I think trading a few players who can help you get to it for 1 player who can help you get it would be unwise.

        • Havok9120 says:

          For a rental we won’t be able to resign with the budget, you’re trading a pretty big cog in Gardner, our CotF, a guy we want in RF in 2-3 years, and our biggest lottery ticket.

          That’s why.

      • OMG! Bagels! says:

        Me either.

        • Brian S. says:

          Really? I think it’s fair. They get a good centerfielder and late inning arm and two top top prospects and we get a MVP candidate that will turn 25 soon (or is he already 25?)

          • RetroRob says:

            As I noted in the prior thread, while Upton has great skills (just like his brother), he hasn’t quite lived up to them in six seasons (just like his brother), and his production during his best three-year set (2009-2011) is not that much differnt than Swisher. That’s good, but what price do you want to pay for that?

            I certainly want them in on Upton, I just haven’t figured out what price I’d want to pay.

      • The Guns of Navarone says:

        I think it’s Gardner, Nova, plus Williams and Banuelos… if they even want Banuelos. He’s gotta come back healthy and effective.

        You have a mid rotation starter (or better in the NL)and a starting outfielder, Gardner’s a FA in 2015 and Nova in 2017 so they’re still relatively cheap, a top 50 prospect and the Yanks’ top pitching prospect. That sounds about right.

        • RetroRob says:

          I don’t see the Yankees giving up Nova. Part of Cashman’s plan (and one of the key reasons he traded for Pineda), is he envisions a low-cost pitching staff that includes Nova, Pineda and Banuelos to counter the high-priced position players. With Pineda now a question mark, and Banuelos yet to pitch more than 110 innings in any minor league season, Nova is a pretty key pitcher for the team. He’d be harder to replace than finding someone else to play RF. Worse, Upton’s contract ups to over $14M in 2014. Stripping the young talent and bringing in a more expensive player doesn’t seem to fit the current plan.

    • BK2ATL says:

      Probably too much. Robertson alone was an All-Star last year.

  70. OMG! Bagels! says:

    When did double headers stop being a regular part of baseball?

    • Mike N says:

      Maybe because games have gotten longer and longer and longer?

      • OMG! Bagels! says:

        Maybe. I remember reading about a Yankee Red Sox game where Babe Ruth both pitched and slammed the game-winning homer and it took under 2 hours.

      • RetroRob says:

        …and teams wanted to make more and more money. Double bills used to have a half-hour break in between. Now they empty out the ballparks to increase revenue, and players don’t like the long days, so the only time we get them is to make up for rainouts.

    • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

      When the owners got more greedy and players salaries became obscene

  71. Mike N says:

    Teixeira is money at first.

  72. BK2ATL says:

    I think Fredy might go 7-8 innings against this lineup. Hope’s to hoping.

  73. Will (the other one) says:

    Lovin’ it, Freddy.

  74. Hummingbird S. says:

    Im digging 2011 Freddy

  75. RetroRob says:

    Thanks you Mike Aviles for helping get Freddy’s pitch count back in order.

  76. Get Phelps Up says:

    As long as he doesn’t give Ortiz anything good, I think Freddy will be perfectly fine.

  77. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Chances under/over Teix charges the mound if Padilla plunks him again.

  78. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Would winning the MVP only make it more expensive to keep Cano? I feel like he’s gonna get what he’s gonna get anyway whether he wins MVP or not.

  79. forensic says:

    Sterling and Suzyn are going on and on about people sitting in the batters eye with dark shirts and wondering how they convinced them all to wear them and why they would sell those tickets for this game.

    Apparently it’s too difficult for them to understand that this is a makeup of a night game which means the seats were already sold and they had to give all those people dark shirts to wear in order to sit out there.

  80. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    dumb ass

  81. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Nice play by the Red Sox.

  82. Hummingbird S. says:

    baserunning mistakes… cant happen

  83. Brian S. says:

    Cano needs to remember how to hit left handed pitching.

  84. Countryclub says:

    Starting to look dark at Fenway. For the pen’s sake, I hope we don’t get a rain delay. They need Freddy to throw 6+.

  85. Mr. Pink says:

    Four runs are not enough but luckily the Yanks are making Morales work super hard.

  86. Darren says:

    Did the game just slow down like Tricky on heroin?

  87. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Loving this pitch count no matter what else happens this inning.

  88. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    WTF?

    Dumb ass #1 and Dumb ass #2

  89. Cy Pettitte says:

    two outs on the bases is pathetic. they could have run his pitch count up even more…

  90. forensic says:

    Well, that inning sure went down the shitter quickly…

  91. Hummingbird S. says:

    wow, thats a pathetic inning… inexcusable mistakes

  92. Get Phelps Up says:

    2 pickoffs? sheesh.

  93. JobaWockeeZ says:

    And when Swisher does good he still does bad.

  94. Brian S. says:

    Why are we helping the Red Sox out so much on the basepaths this series?

  95. The Guns of Navarone says:

    I guess the Yankees had no video of this guy’s pick off move?

  96. MannyGeee says:

    2 pick offs in the inning, huh guys?

    Sloppy. Just Fucking sloppy.

    • Mr. Pink says:

      That could’ve been a huge inning too. A-Rod and Swisher need a reality check. They’re as slow as they come and shouldn’t be taking any kind of lead on the bases.

      • jjyank says:

        A-Rod’s not really that slow. Agreed about Swisher, but A-Rod essentially stole 3rd three times in the last few days.

      • The Guns of Navarone says:

        A-Rod is STILL one of the best baserunners in the game. Even if he’s lost a step, he’s still one of the smartest baserunners in baseball. He was 9 for 9 in SB before that nice pick off move by the Red Sox. A-Rod’s fine.

        Swisher’s pretty dumb though.

  97. Mr. Pink says:

    Wow. Yankees giving away outs on the bases. Not good.

  98. Karl Krawfid says:

    Fucking Swish.

    Can’t wait til his stupid ass is gone.

  99. TommyBoy says:

    damn that was a pathetic inning.

  100. Monterowasdinero says:

    Swish with the swagger. Jerk. Get your head in the game.

  101. Jag says:

    They should hopefully scored there, and I don’t know what that slide from Swish was… that was just bad. Let’s hope Freddy has another good inning.

  102. Tom says:

    Yankees should just play little league rules and not leave the base until the ball crosses the plate.

    Morales is probably at 80+pitches if the Yankees don’t donate 2 outs to him. The ARod one was especially bad as did he not notice AGon talking to Morales earlier in the inning?

    • forensic says:

      I’m on the radio so I can’t see these conversations, but based on circumstances Swisher’s is much worse as he has zero speed and it’s with 2 outs (I assume with Gonzalez holding him on too). A-Rod was with 1 out and not being held on.

  103. jjyank says:

    I’m a big Swisher supporter, but damn. At least A-Rod can steal a base (hence the big lead perhaps), but Swisher cannot, so he really needs to be closer to the bag there.

  104. Mr. Pink says:

    I’m so happy Salty isn’t playing today. I dunno what Bobby is thinking not playing his hot bat. But good for us.

  105. MannyGeee says:

    Whole big conversation on NESN about Kelly Shoppach’s new pet hedgehog…

    Like I said before, chimps with microphones

  106. MannyGeee says:

    Wow… sweaty Freddy doin his thing right now.

    • Mr. Pink says:

      I think keeping the lead off guy from getting on when you’re playing the Red Sox is huge. Luckily he’s been doing well with that.

  107. jjyank says:

    The Sweat man is looking good! Pitching a no-no hahaha.

  108. Darren says:

    Quiz answer:
    Big George Scott and Doug Mankeiweicz

  109. Mike N says:

    NUMBER TWO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  110. Cy Pettitte says:

    Andruw! beast.

  111. Mike Axisa says:

    Second half Andruw the best Andruw.

  112. Brian S. says:

    Jones smiles too much!

  113. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    DH Andruw tonight Joe.

  114. captain kiwi says:

    ANDRUWWWW!!!

  115. Karl Krawfid says:

    Swish’s fault.

    Yeaaaaa.

  116. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    DFA Andruw. He can’t hit lefties anymore.

  117. Get Phelps Up says:

    Fenway’d

  118. Mr. Pink says:

    Keep piling it on. Sweaty Freddy can’t pitch this well all game.

  119. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yeah!!!!!!!!!

  120. Mike Axisa says:

    Two sets of back-to-back homers? Haha.

  121. Cy Pettitte says:

    back to back again! awesome.

  122. Mike N says:

    NIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  123. MannyGeee says:

    This game is awesome.

    Batting practice FTW!

  124. VT Yankee Fan says:

    No Sterlingism for Nix?

  125. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    Nix!!!

    lmao

    These aint the Mariners, Mr. Morales.

  126. Kramerica Industries says:

    Nice to see Franklin Morales look like Franklin Morales, just in time for the Yankees.

    Six should be enough for Freddy. At least I would hope.

  127. forensic says:

    Screw the damn fallacy, damn them for getting picked off twice last inning…

  128. captain kiwi says:

    no words for this. lol. even if tonight is a shitfest, i’m very happy right now.

  129. jjyank says:

    Andruuuuuuuw!

    By the way, that was the weakest home run call I’ve ever heard Kay do. I guess that’s what this little league park will do to an announcer.

  130. Get Phelps Up says:

    Morales finding out the hard way that the Yankees offense>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Cubs and Mariners offenses.

  131. Reggie C. says:

    embedded Red Sox Darnell McDonald living up to the “embedded” title.

    • Mr. Pink says:

      Seriously. He’s always been good for scrappy at bats with the Sawx but he’s been rather swing happy with the Yankees so far in two at bats.

    • RI$P FTW says:

      It’s a conspiracy. Everyone’s out to get the good-hearted Yankees.

  132. Mr. Pink says:

    It probably isn’t a good idea to start three consecutive lefties at Fenway, huh Bobby V?

  133. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol at Bobby V’s reaction.

    • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

      I wish his head would explode like in that movie scanners

  134. MannyGeee says:

    Might be a good game to get Mitchell in to. Unless, of course, Freddy runs the table, which is completely possible

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      I think we’ve seen a six run lead is nothing at this ballpark. Hopefully they can keep tacking on. I wouldn’t mess around with Mitchell unless they were down big… which doesn’t look likely at least for this afternoon.

    • forensic says:

      No way, if Freddy can keep going let him. Save Mitchell in case Hughes gets knocked out early. Can’t take anything for granted.

  135. Cy Pettitte says:

    that was such a Chris Stewart hit

  136. Brian S. says:

    Gomez!

  137. jjyank says:

    …and Nix! Man, no outs in the 4th and the Yanks have hit 4 homers and two pairs of back-to-backers. Awesome.

  138. MannyGeee says:

    Hahaha!!!!! Miss Youk yet, fuckheads?????

  139. Mr. Pink says:

    Chris Stewart with another off a glove hit. That just has to be a skill, no?

  140. Get Phelps Up says:

    Chris Stewart is the only player I’ve ever seen who can make an art out of hitting balls of infielders gloves.

  141. Charles says:

    I’d love to see a good Red Sox beatdown today, empty their pen in game 1 and leave them vulnerable for tonight and tomorrow.

  142. Stephen says:

    And now the Red Sox’ rendition of…Death by Bullpen!

  143. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    This is just funny.

    https://twitter.com/BloggingBombers/status/221663023520153604

  144. Will (the other one) says:

    Bye, Frank! We’ll miss you.

  145. Get Phelps Up says:

    Red Sox trade Youk – Middlebrooks immediately gets hurt
    They trade Lowrie and Scutaro and their whole infield gets hurt/sucks, and Melancon goes to AAA.
    They trade Reddick and he becomes a monster and their whole OF goes on the DL and Bailey hasn’t thrown a pitch this year.

    too funny.

    • Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

      Bring back Theo!!!!!!!!!

    • Pat D says:

      Karma for the Francona smear job.

    • jjyank says:

      I had a huge smile on my face reading this comment.

    • Mr. Pink says:

      I don’t know about you but I certainly don’t miss Youk, Lowrie, or Scutaro. And I’m certainly happy that Reddick isn’t a Red Sox. Let’s be thankful Ben Cherrington is making questionable moves. Hopefully his next ones will be trading Pedroia and letting David Ortiz go in FA (hopefully to us!).

      • jjyank says:

        As much as I’d like to see Ortiz go into beast mode in YSIII, it’ll never happen. The Yanks clearly want the DH spot for half-resting the older guys.

  146. Mr. Pink says:

    I won’t feel safe until they have at least a ten run lead.

    • RetroRob says:

      I’ve been a Yankee fan too long and have seen way too many Yankee-Red Sox games at Fenway to ever feel comfortable, even with this Red Sox line up.

      In the 100-year history of Fenway, the Yankees have exactly a .500 record there. The Red Sox have played the Yankees tough there over the years and many big leads have disappeared.

  147. Pat D says:

    Trivia answer is Buckner and Big Mo.

  148. Mike Axisa says:

    This one?

    I know this isn’t the proper thread but do you guys think that this offseason Gardner, Robertson, Banuelos, and Austin would get Justin Upton?

    That seems fair, but would still leave you in need of an OF. If Soriano opts out, the bullpen is suddenly real thin.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Bah, this is a reply to this:

      riveraveblues.com/2012/07/game-83-lets-play-two-71651/#comment-4519760

    • Brian S. says:

      Yeah that one. Melky Mesa could play good defense and provide good baserunning or we could sign Cody Ross for LF next season. And Joba, Aardsma, Mo is still a good back end of the bullpen.

  149. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    There’s that lucky at ‘em liner every no hitter pitcher gets.

  150. Mr. Pink says:

    Freddy just give us a chance to build on the lead. Hold them off.

  151. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Funny when White Sox played at YS and they plunked Jeter and then Kuroda plunked Youk. He knew exactly who to get. And the crowd went crazy.

  152. The Guns of Navarone says:

    I’m sure David Ortiz will make an out at some point again this season. Just not this weekend.

  153. Reggie C. says:

    6-0 lead. 6-0 lead. ….

    Yeah. Our boys need to put up more runs. C’mon Freddy. Bend but dont blow it all.

  154. jjyank says:

    Well we knew the no-no wouldn’t last, but Freddy has been looking good regardless.

  155. Mr. Pink says:

    Argh. Don’t let them score!

  156. Kramerica Industries says:

    Freddy not so good this inning…

  157. Pat D says:

    Come on, put the lid on it, dammit.

  158. Brian S. says:

    Settle the fuck down Freddy.

  159. Get Phelps Up says:

    Where was Cano?

  160. Karl Krawfid says:

    This shit is never easy dude.

  161. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Get it back Freddie.

  162. Mr. Pink says:

    David Ortiz started this. He’s impossible to get out. He’s definitely drinking some of that “Magic Water”.

  163. Get Phelps Up says:

    That’s better.

  164. The Guns of Navarone says:

    That was a UUUGE double play.

  165. Frank says:

    Way to minimize the damage.

  166. jjyank says:

    Nice! Big DP there to make sure that rally doesn’t get going.

  167. forensic says:

    “Swung on and drilled to right center… it’s in the triangle… and it’ll roll alllll the way to the wall… oh, it’s over the wall for a double.”

    Very helpful there John.

  168. The Guns of Navarone says:

    This has to be the best all-around hitters park in baseball.

  169. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Does Robbie still live at home with his parents? I have a feeling they don’t let him go out at night. Mr. Cano makes him stay in and practice his swing.

  170. jjyank says:

    At least it seems like Cano’s finger isn’t bothering him.

  171. RetroRob says:

    I want another Andruw HR.

  172. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Coney and Singleton. I like this conversation.

  173. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Don’t care if that was intentional or not but fuck you.

  174. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Pad it well 5 runs isn’t enough.

  175. Pat D says:

    Dewayne Wise and Jayson Nix have combined to hit 6 more home runs in Yankee uniforms than I ever thought they would.

  176. Kramerica Industries says:

    Lets hope this doesn’t hurt them later.

  177. I hate when my job requires me to actually work =/ just tuning in now, what have I missed. I like the 6-1 lead, how did we get it? How has Hughes looked?

  178. Mr. Pink says:

    Weird move to PH Wise there. If you’re going to pinch hit someone in that situation it should’ve been Ibanez. And the way Sox pitchers are pitching and giving up rockets off the monster I would’ve been perfectly ok with the righty McDonald hitting there too.

    • Anon says:

      Agreed. Not sure why Joe didnt PH with Raul there and then use Wise later in the game as a defensive sub

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

        He would have to use Wise immediately as a defensive sub. I don’t think Jones, Ibanez, or Swisher are capable of playing CF at this point in their careers.

    • jjyank says:

      Ibanez might be starting the next game, so I doubt they wanted to use him in the field for half of this game as well.

    • forensic says:

      If you PH Ibanez you’re using 2 players for one move. This way you still have Ibanez if the game gets closer later and you need him for Jones or Nix or Stewart.

    • Tom says:

      I’m guessing Girardi didn’t want to waste the extra player (PH Ibanez, and then bring in Wise for CF). Not sure why he would save Ibanez for later as bases loaded is fairly high leverage as they could have put the game away right there.

      He manages differently when the game is not within 2 runs in either direction.

  179. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Nix can fake SS once a week and get the Captain half days off. Hope Joe does more of that in 2nd half.

  180. Mr. Pink says:

    I love how Freddy is keeping the Red Sox hitters off balance. It seems like they’re pressing and frustrated. GOOD!

  181. Pat D says:

    Let’s get this third out, please. Fucking Nava.

  182. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    Joe: Get Rapada up. Quick!

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      or Wade, because that’s who you want with 2 big lefty bats coming up.

      Thankfully Freddy made it a moot point.

  183. Mr. Pink says:

    Swish’s weak outfield arm is cringe worthy.

  184. Kramerica Industries says:

    Cory Wade?

    Oy vey. End this inning here, Freddy.

  185. jjyank says:

    Wow, 30th straight game against teams over .500, and they’ve gone 21-8. Really impressive.

  186. Brian S. says:

    There we go Fred. Now he can face Ortiz with no one on base.

  187. forensic says:

    Whew, that was a must out there.

  188. Get Phelps Up says:

    Thank you Pedro. The thought of Ortiz with a shot to make it a 1 run game scared the shit out of me.

  189. captain kiwi says:

    does freddy go 6? he’s been getting hit these past 2 innings, but pitch count is still in the mid 70s yeah?

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      I say yes, but short leash.

      • jjyank says:

        Agreed. You obviously don’t want to lose the game, but you want to save as many bullpen pieces as possible for the night game too. I say let him pitch until he allows 2 base runners.

    • I honestly just tuned in, but it’s a pretty nice lead and he’s only at 73 pitches, and if you can you want to save as many guys in the bullpen for the night game, so I think you try to get 3-6 more outs from Freddy.

      • captain kiwi says:

        i’m thinking so too. freddy getting 6 more outs would be ideal, but i wouldn’t be surprised if girardi is still wary from last night and there’s a quick hook at the first sign of trouble.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      I would. the worst Ortiz and Gonzalez can do in the 6th is make it 6-3. If he gets through 6 quickly he could pitch the 7th against the bottom of the order.

  190. RetroRob says:

    I’m glad the Yankees DFA’d Freddy, ate his contract, and replaced him with Adam Warren several weeks ago as many here wanted.

    • Cuso says:

      He’s pitched well today. And while I was not among those calling for the DFA of Freddy, you have to admit he’s not just facing a weak lineup – but a weak lineup on a deflated team.

      • RetroRob says:

        Yup, but it’s still a MLB team in a bandbox.

        Hold onto pitching depth. It wasn’t like Freddy was pitching poorly out of the pen, and those calling for his DFA to replace him with an unknown rookie were going overboard. As we saw, injuries can happen quickly, so hold onto all options if possible.

  191. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    It’s really kind of startling how quickly the Red Sox lineup deteriorated.

    • RetroRob says:

      True, although Gonzalez is hitting better, Pedroia will be back, Ellsbury is on a rehab assignment, as is Crawford. That’ll push some of these current starters to the bench, making them stronger there, too.

      In other words, it’s to the Yankees advantage to bury the Red Sox in this series if possible.

    • Mr. Pink says:

      Well Pedroia plays all out and wear down his body, Crawford now has chronic elbow problems, Ellsbury is made out of glass, and Adrian Gonzalez has chronic shoulder problems that are killing his power. So yeah.

  192. Mr. Pink says:

    For being 6-4 Stewart doesn’t drive the ball at all. Kind of a waste of a big body.

  193. Cuso says:

    Freddy has pretty much sewn up his rotation spot. Looks like Phelps is trade bait…

  194. Brian S. says:

    YES slobbering all over Chris Stewart again.

  195. Get Phelps Up says:

    Freddy’s last 16 IP against the Red Sox: 2 runs allowed.

  196. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Game 2…what I would do.
    Jeter SS
    Granderson CF
    Tex 1B
    Cano 2B
    Swish RF
    Jones DH
    Ibanez LF
    Chavez 3B
    Martin C

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      With a lefty pitching, I’d imagine it might be Nix 3B, McDonald LF

      • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

        Here ya. I have Swish, Tex and Cano playing both ends. Think you get Chavez and Ibanez in with freshness trumping handedness.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

          entirely possible. Otherwise they both have a long layoff with another lefty tomorrow and then the AS break.

  197. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I wish David Cone called every game.

  198. Pat D says:

    According to David Cone then, Jim Rice is no sabermetrician.

  199. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Never leave David Cone.

  200. Brian S. says:

    Our hitters must think a 5 run lead is safe. They need to stop doing that.

  201. Mr. Pink says:

    Kinda pissed at how Germano has cooled our bats down.

  202. Kramerica Industries says:

    Fucking NESN and, by extension, MLB Network.

    McCarver in the booth for this half inning.

  203. Mr. Pink says:

    Please just walk Ortiz. Better than giving up an extra base hit.

  204. Mauro says:

    Its just sad to se arod hit a groundball every time he bats

  205. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Ortiz knew that was pretty much intentional. Whatever Agon is overrated trash anyways.

  206. No problem, walk Papi every time.

  207. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    What a play!

  208. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Red Sox suck.

  209. Cy Pettitte says:

    oh my fucking god that was the play of the year. Andruw!

  210. Get Phelps Up says:

    Andruuuuuuuw

  211. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    Better to be lucky than good

  212. Bartolo's Colon says:

    that was awesome

  213. Kramerica Industries says:

    Awesome play, Andruw.

  214. RetroRob says:

    Nice, Andruw. People wanted to DFA you too.

  215. Mike Axisa says:

    Vintage 2005 Andruw Jones baby.

  216. jjyank says:

    Adrian complaining about the travel schedule? Boo fucking hoo man.

  217. Karl Krawfid says:

    Talk about turning back the fucking clock!

    Have yourself a day Jones!

  218. Get Phelps Up says:

    Kay, they’re just booing their terrible team.

  219. forensic says:

    Was that as great a play as Sterling made it out to be, regardless of Ortiz sounding like he was safe?

  220. jjyank says:

    I heart you Andruw.

  221. Kramerica Industries says:

    Stretch Freddy into the 7th?

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      at 86 pitches and against the bottom of the order I would. maybe get 2 innings out of Cory Wade to finish the game off. That would save pretty much the entire pen for tonight.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      I would, but with the pen ready. Very short leash.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      I hate Freddy and I say leave him in. Save the bullets.

  222. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Fenway filled with boos is my favorite sound.

    • jjyank says:

      Man I love it. One of my friends from undergrad, who happens to live in Mass and is a huge Sox fan, is at the game today. I’ve been texting him smack talk all day, it’s wonderful.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

        Tell him he’s a Mass Hole. (I went to school up there too.)

        • jjyank says:

          I had a friend named John, also from Mass, who we all lovingly called “Johnny Masshole”. He enjoyed it actually.

          I went to school in Vermont, but they’re still all Sox fans there.

  223. Tom says:

    So watching the game on MLBNetwork and have to deal with the Red Sox TV crew.

    And just when you think things can’t possibly get worse, joining us this half inning… Tim McCarver. (Making it 3 people whining about whether that was a DP or not)

  224. Brian S. says:

    Why is everyone in Boston booing? Did they show a picture of Martin Luther King on the big screen?

  225. Pat D says:

    Robbie’s RBI streak is going to end, methinks.

  226. JobaWockeeZ says:

    It’s not even the all star break and Cano matched his 2009 WAR. A year where he hit .330

  227. Hall and Nokes says:

    Big ups to the guy wearing a Giants hat 5 rows back. When wearing a Yankee hat isn’t trolling hard enough….

  228. DM says:

    Good thing we didn’t release Garcia. He may have been pitching for Boston against us today.

  229. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    The Red Sox aren’t flat, they suck. There’s a difference.

    You can get guys like Lillbridge, Ciriaco, and Kalish as fired up as you want — it won’t make them good.

  230. Brian S. says:

    Why the fuck is Germano shutting us down?

  231. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Defense!

  232. Karl Krawfid says:

    Defense baby.

  233. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Wow I can get used to having a good defense.

  234. Kramerica Industries says:

    NESN’s numbers are all wrong.

    86 pitches, 54 strikes for Freddy. Not 82/71.

  235. Chris says:

    Wow, the Yankees are doing everything right today. Just flat out dominating the Red Sox in every aspect of the game.

  236. jjyank says:

    What a wise play.

  237. RetroRob says:

    Uhh, Michael, the Yankees aren’t padding their home HR totals at Fenway.

  238. Freddy’s doing an excellent job. Lets remember this is the same team that destroyed our best healthy pitcher yesterday.

  239. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Does he take the risk and bring in Wade in the 8th?

  240. whozat says:

    It’s incredible that Jon Sterling isn’t aware that Freddy’s on a pitch count around 85-90 today, given that it’s just his second start back out of the bullpen.

    Just spent a few minutes talking about what great shape he was in, pitchcount-wise, and was surprised the Yanks had someone up in the pen.

    It’s like he doesn’t even bother to do his job.

    • He left at an even 100 but Sterling hasn’t been a good broadcaster since his Braves days. If that.

      • whozat says:

        Freddie pitched great and stretched his limit — which is awesome — but for the play-by-play man to not even be aware that a limit might be in play is inexcusable

        • The Guns of Navarone says:

          How often do you listen to his broadcasts? He usually has no clue what’s going on in the game. And if he does, he sure as shit doesn’t relay it to the audience.

          • whozat says:

            Sadly, all the time. Which is why I hate him :-)

            I live in California, so I mostly listen to the games while I’m at work. Sometimes I just listen to the other team’s broadcast — the Rays guys are pretty good, really — but I didn’t want to listen to the Boston guys.

      • whozat says:

        Now he’s telling us how awesome Girardi is at “just knowing pitching” for seeing that Freddie was running out of steam.

        Yes, Jon…it takes a REAL leap of intuition to see three well-struck balls off a pitcher pushing the limit you established before the game even started and know that he _might_ be out of gas.

  241. captain kiwi says:

    blech. ball 2 was strike 1.

  242. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Big ups to the Chief.

    Yeah he faced a shitty lineup, but that’s not his problem. Dude did his job today.

  243. Mr. Pink says:

    Did Shoppach just rudely slap away Jeter’s glove when he went to tag him? Did anyone else see that?

  244. Jag says:

    Good job Freddy – let’s close this one out now.

  245. Kramerica Industries says:

    They’re probably gonna try to Eppley/Qualls/Wade this game.

    Which is fine, provided they can maintain the lead. Save DRob and Soriano and the like for the nightcap.

    • Tom says:

      This is kind of where the baserunning blunders bite them a bit. If this is a 9-1 type game, Mitchell is probably closing this out and they have a full pen for the nightcap.

    • Cuso says:

      Doubt you’ll see Wade in this one unless we score like 8 more runs. He’s low leverage in the DH. 5 run lead in 8th and 9th isn’t low leverage enough. Wade will be emergency use in 2nd game.

  246. Cuso says:

    Standing O, Freddy.

    Couldn’t ask for a thing more than that. Terrific job.

  247. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Did anyone else see Garcia packing a monster lip on the bench?

  248. Karl Krawfid says:

    Tex Defense.

  249. I’m confused…NESN,Gameday, and Sterling all had different pitch counts for Freddy.
    NESN:96
    Sterling:97
    Gameday:100

  250. Dela G says:

    great job by sweaty freddy. Pretty proud of him

  251. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Icing on the cake would be to knock Germano out of here and force them to use at least one more reliever.

  252. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    It’s tough to complain with the way that this game has gone, but it’s too bad that we couldn’t wear out the Sox bullpen.

  253. Dela G says:

    Chris stewart is the king of bloop hits. Incredible

  254. Pat D says:

    Another Chris Stewart BABIP hit.

  255. Mike N says:

    Kay et al called it 97 pitches.

  256. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    Chris Stewart: owns nude photos of the BABIP gods

  257. Seriously. Broadcasters have to get of Stewart’s dick. he’s 1-3 with an error, and Sterling is still going on about how amazing he is.

  258. Pat D says:

    Teix is 0 for 3? I thought they said he was getting locked in!

  259. Getting a live look in. wow… Tex looks awful against that curve.

  260. Dela G says:

    Tex can’t lay off that slow curve to save his life

  261. Dela G says:

    didnt tex notice that germano can’t throw that curve consistently for strikes?

    good lord

  262. Brian S. says:

    Teix can’t even get a run in.

  263. Mr. Pink says:

    Fuck you Germano. He’s single-handedly kept the Red Sox in this game. Five run lead in Fenway is nothing.

  264. Brian S. says:

    Fuck you offense.

  265. Pat D says:

    Jesus, ARod. Swing at something in the same time zone, please.

  266. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    These fails will come back to bite

  267. Mike N says:

    Wait. We’re angry at the offense because the Yanks have a 6-1 lead?

    • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

      Nope, just the sox at home can score a ton quick like yesterday. Need to put up a big number and then hold them off

  268. Frank says:

    Yanks may win the game, but hitting with RISP still an issue. Should easily have 10 runs. Keeping this team in a game.

  269. I know Girardi is a bullpen genius, but he didn’t use rappada yesterday, it’s a 5 run game…why not use Epply for Nava and Ciriaco then Rappada for Ortiz then any one of Mitchell/Wade/Qualls for the 9th?

  270. captain kiwi says:

    wade/qualls for the 9th?

    • jjyank says:

      That’d be my guess. I’d go with Wade, seems like a nice, relatively low leverage way to try to get him back into the swing of things.

  271. Carrots and leaks says:

    How far is Norfolk from Philadelphia?

  272. Mike Axisa says:

    Don’t fucking walk him please.

  273. Dela G says:

    why are they being so cute with ortiz up 5? Throw damn strikes

  274. Brian S. says:

    Nope. Not going to get Ortiz out anymore.

  275. christopher says:

    There’s nothing like the RAB boards, where you logged in with the team playing some of the best ball of the year, with a solid lead, and a so far so good pitching, and the last several posts are filled with dread and cussing about the team. Weird, man. It’s like I’m watching a different team.

  276. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    so why was Logan warming?

    • whozat says:

      Yeah, dry humps are almost as bad as using a guy. Why in the world would you leave the righty specialist in for the two big lefties when

      a) you have TWO LEFTIES in the pen
      b) you are already warming up one of them,
      c) YOU HAVE ANOTHER GAME TODAY

      • jjyank says:

        He shouldn’t have been warming. But, your c) is probably exactly why Eppley was left in there.

        • whozat says:

          Except that both Logan and David Robertson have now warmed up, and Clay Rapada has still not made an appearance :-/

          • jjyank says:

            Like I said, I agree that they shouldn’t have been warming. But I have no problem with Eppley facing Ortiz with nobody on and a 5 run lead.

            • whozat says:

              Sure. It’s more that I don’t understand why you’d have Logan up when you have Rapada for precisely this situation — lower-leverage lefty matchups.

              • jjyank says:

                Yeah I agree. Hopefully Logan can still pitch tonight though. I’d imagine he can. Warming up is not the same as pitching in a game. It has an effect if it’s done to a more intense level, but guys play catch before games regardless.

            • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

              I was fine with him facing Ortiz in that spot. But if they’re going to leave him in to face Gonzales with a runner on, why was Logan ever warming?

              • jjyank says:

                My reply above pretty much applies here too. I wouldn’t have been warming Logan if I was manager, but I don’t think it’s a huge deal.

  277. The Guns of Navarone says:

    David Robertson?

  278. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Why warm up Robertson with a 5 run lead?

  279. Cuso says:

    Don’t understand why you even have Boone up now. Because Eppley got 2 outs, you’re gonna stick with him? Now what happens if Gonzo gets on?

  280. Mike N says:

    Just keep walking big papi.

  281. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    Very nice job by Eppley

  282. Dela G says:

    great job, eppley. Now put in DJ Mitchell or qualls for the 9th?

  283. Dela G says:

    great job, eppley. Now put in DJ Mitchell or qualls for the 9th?

    • jjyank says:

      I’d like to see Wade actually. Like I said above somewhere, seems like a nice, low leverage situation to try to get him right.

      • Mike N says:

        I don’t think we’re going to see Wade unless the Yanks are losing big.

        • jjyank says:

          They gotta try to get him back into a groove at some point, I don’t think waiting until the Yankees are getting blown out by 8 runs or something makes sense. They’re playing well, who knows when that will be.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

        not sure 5 run lead in Fenway is ever completely low leverage.
        I’d rather they just leave Eppley in.

        • jjyank says:

          My original comment further above, I said “relatively low leverage”. I left that word out in this comment by mistake. I wouldn’t have a problem with it either way, I just want to give Wade an opportunity to get into a groove.

  284. Countryclub says:

    To echo others, why is Robertson warming up? I would assume that makes him a no go for tonight now, right? He pitched last night, warmed up this aft. I’d be surprised if he’s available tonight.

    • jjyank says:

      I bet (or would hope) he’s still available tonight, but agreed that he should not have been warming.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      He didn’t warm up in earnest. Most pitchers play catch before games anyway.

      • Mike N says:

        Yeah. You can try to second guess the bullpen decisions, but they can’t possibly be so stupid as to have Robertson throw to a level where he becomes unavailable or weakens his effectiveness tonight.

    • RetroRob says:

      Soft tossing is not exactly warming up with intent. A five-run lead can disappear quickly at Fenway, so D-Rob was simply in his early stretch out phase. He’s available for tonight, or even the 9th if Qualls and company fall apart. Let’s hope not.

  285. Mike N says:

    I like just continuing to walk Ortiz. That helps keep them demoralized for tonight’s game.

  286. tabbert says:

    This ALDS system is so flawed:

    Imagine that the Yankees are the team with the best record in baseball. They are sitting at home watching the ” Wild Card Game” this game goes from 7pm-11PM. The Yankees then have to catch a flight to LA, maybe Chicago, Maybe Florida, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. How on earth is that fair? Wouldn’t it make more sense if the winner knew they had to fly to new york? The yankees will have to wait around till midnight just to find out where they have to fly to.

    • Brian S. says:

      Just make sure Texas has a better record. Problem fixed. I don’t want to face LA or Tampa in the first round anyway.

    • whozat says:

      While that situation is supposed to only exist for one year (because they HAD to get the new format started this season, and had already set the dates of playoff games for TV :-P), it does totally suck. Even once they go back to the 2-2-1 format, I still think the extra wild card sucks. See: the last day of the 2011 regular season :-)

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      They’ll probably end up having the 2-3 seeds (who know who they’ll play) play on Fri and the 1-4 seeds play on Saturday to allow for the travel.

  287. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    “Is there anyone in baseball who has more fun striking out than Nick Swisher?”

  288. Cuso says:

    Cano’s RBI streak over. Damn.

  289. jjyank says:

    “Kind of a Field of Dreams to it.”

    Ummm yeah, except for Pedro and Millar drunkenly babbling on top of the dugout at the end.

  290. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Is Swisher hurt or something? I thought this was Grandy’s day off?

  291. Cuso says:

    Anyone notice that Andruw only had one eyeeye-black strip on?

    He think he’s Nelly or something?

  292. RI$P FTW says:

    Yeah, Girardi is kind of a fool.

  293. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I say this every game, but no second baseman in baseball turns the double play better than Cano.

  294. Mike N says:

    YES! Excellent game for pitchers and bats!

  295. Get Phelps Up says:

    Let’s sweep this miserable team.

  296. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Rest everyone tonight

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      Why?
      They had an off day Thursday and the AS break after tomorrow.
      Step on their throats.

  297. Brian S. says:

    Don’t stop now Yankees! Get the one tonight!

  298. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Great game.

  299. Jag says:

    Nice Job Yanks! Let’s do it again tonight!

  300. Tom says:

    So I wasn’t following too closely in the 9th, why did Granderson go in in the 9th?

    Was Swisher hurt or was he going in for defense?

  301. RetroRob says:

    Nice game.

  302. jjyank says:

    SWEEP! I’m greedy now.

  303. Dela G says:

    great win. Qualls did some quality work

Leave a Reply

You may use <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong> in your comment.

If this is your first time commenting on River Ave. Blues, please review the RAB Commenter Guidelines. Login for commenting features. Register for RAB.