Jul
14

Game 87: No Sweat

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The first game back from the All-Star break is out of the way, so now it’s time to get back in the regular ol’ day-to-day routine of baseball. Freddy Garcia gets the ball after throwing a gem in Fenway Park last weekend, a performance that all but locked up his spot in the rotation as Andy Pettitte‘s temporary replacement. Here’s the starting nine…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
DH Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Nick Swisher
LF Raul Ibanez
3B Eric Chavez
Chris Stewart

RHP Freddy Garcia

This afternoon’s game starts a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Ty Hensley News: Hensley, the team’s first round pick who signed for $1.2M two days ago, is in New York to hang around the team and catch some games over the weekend. Pretty standard treatment. Hopefully YES will interview him or something.

Categories : Game Threads

590 Comments»

  1. Nick says:

    If i’m trout im gonna steal every time i reach base. decent chance stewart throws it into the outfield and as last night shows anything close and he is gonna get the call

  2. Cuso says:

    We sweat today, we win today!

  3. Kevin G. says:

    I’m sorry but Michael Kay looks way too happy in this pre-game photo

    https://p.twimg.com/Axx2TffCIAAcG88.jpg

  4. jjyank says:

    I know the game hasn’t actually started yet, but I don’t like the “This game will begin shortly” screen on mlb.tv after last night.

  5. Dale Mohorcic says:

    I know lineup optimization doesn’t matter that much, but continuing to bat A-Rod 3 or 4 really rubs me the wrong way.

  6. Bartolo's Colon says:

    lets go freddy!

  7. Cuso says:

    Trout leads the game off with a double

  8. Bartolo's Colon says:

    the angels are so lucky, he is just unbelievable, a single is as good as a double with him

  9. Greg says:

    Well this is going to be a slugfest

  10. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Angels put up at least 4 here

  11. Greg says:

    Ball must not be carrying

  12. Cuso says:

    Premature uh-oh? Yeah, Kay, because you never prematurely judge fly balls..

  13. Mike Axisa says:

    Bad play by Ibanez, gotta keep the DP in order.

  14. I know Alex is nothing compared to his former self, but looking at Albert’s numbers this season…it’s going to be a long 10 years for LA.

  15. Greg says:

    You can tell Freddy’s up early

  16. Cuso says:

    Freddy just hit 88mph. We’re just popped in on the Enchantment Under the Sea dance

  17. Rich in NJ says:

    WTG, Fred. One more.

  18. Cuso says:

    Trout may steal home

  19. Hummingbird S. says:

    trumbo scares me here

  20. jazzman says:

    Callaspo grand slam. Calling it.

  21. Rich in NJ says:

    His margin for error is tiny.

  22. Greg says:

    That non call by the ump changed that at bat

  23. Hummingbird S. says:

    pathetic… Freddy and the ump killing the Yankees

  24. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    More scrubs doing damage to the Yanks

  25. Brian S. says:

    Freddy Garcia obviously has more of a future than David Phelps. Definitely a good idea to give him the start.

  26. Cuso says:

    That missed strike call forced them to get too much plate. Bad job early by HP ump

  27. Kramerica Industries says:

    There’s the requisite, shitty-Angels-hitter-clutch-hit kinda shit.

    Nothing unusual.

  28. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Yanks 0
    Angels 0
    Umps 2

  29. Will The Thrill says:

    Why was Swisher playing so deep? Callaspo is a fucking singles hitter. Should’ve been playing shallow.

  30. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Defensive specialist My ass.

  31. Bartolo's Colon says:

    not a horrible inning there. some bad luck, but with the angels speed, there is no room for error.

  32. Fin says:

    Hopefully, Freddy gets it togather, but I’m afraid we are seeing April Freddy today.

  33. Hummingbird S. says:

    A-Rod moving up in the lineup? Girardi is out of his mind.. he needs to be moved down

  34. Will The Thrill says:

    I wish the Yankees had scrappy annoying players like the Angels. They seem to have mastered the art of drafting and developing those guys.

  35. jjyank says:

    Come on boys, answer right back.

  36. Will The Thrill says:

    Fuck you Aybar!

  37. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    One slow roller deserves another

  38. Will The Thrill says:

    Boy is Grandy hella streaky.

  39. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Anyone who has HBO check out Jeter 3000 hits. It was very well done and follows Jeter last year to his 3000 hit game. Really well done and show Gary Denbo fixing Jeters swing, my question is why cant alex go down for a few weeks and work with Denbo? Long dosent seem to be helping much.

    • jjyank says:

      Denbo was Jeter’s minor league coach and he knows Jeter and his swing very well. I’m not sure he would be able to help A-Rod like that.

      • Dewayne is Wise says:

        Lou pinella maybe?..

        • jjyank says:

          I wish it were that easy. Maybe A-Rod’s just getting old, or the knee/hip surgeries are catching up to him. We all know how dedicated he his. A-Rod’s baseball acumen is off the charts, he’s a known batting cage rat, and he seemingly does everything he can in the offseason. I don’t know what he needs.

      • Rich in NJ says:

        A-Rod’s guy used to be Jarmillo who was recently fired by the Cubs. That might be someone who can work with him.

  40. Cuso says:

    Curtis has been doing that a lot lately. Dropping that shoulder and not driving toward LF, but popping it up.

  41. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Nunez 3rd base coach?

  42. Hummingbird S. says:

    another awful AB by Alex

  43. James A says:

    That was a hit for Derek, really? I don’t really care, he reached either way, but Aybar had him by a step there if he fields that. Whatever. Also, why couldn’t Aybar have been covering there?

  44. Hoss says:

    Makes you want our DH last night in the lineup again…

  45. hmmm..interesting…according to Waldman when asked about moving Alex out of the middle of the order Girardi said “We aren’t there, yet.” Does that ‘yet’ mean that it’s a possibility?

  46. Will The Thrill says:

    Alex Rodriguez, King of The Groundballs and Worm Killer.

  47. Rich in NJ says:

    I am hoping that A-Rod has an Ortiz-like resurgence at some point in the not too distant future.

    • Will The Thrill says:

      I wish but it’s unlikely. A-Rod is guess hitter while Ortiz has beast plate discipline and hits the ball where it’s pitched.

  48. Greg says:

    IT HIT OFF THE TOP!

  49. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Boom

  50. Rich in NJ says:

    Whoa, Sterling actually made it seem like that wasn’t going out.

  51. Kramerica Industries says:

    When Robbie is going oppo…

    Jesus. Good night.

  52. Hummingbird S. says:

    ROBBIE!!!

  53. CBean says:

    Robbie!

  54. Get Phelps Up says:

    I wish Cano just hit an RBI singe there.

  55. Cuso says:

    He’s pretty good that guy.

  56. Hoss says:

    Trout’s not that good… else he would have caught that…

  57. Bartolo's Colon says:

    what are the chances of that? i thought somehow trout was going to get to that

  58. James A says:

    Robbie Cano, don’t cha know? Same spot as Trumbo’s last night haha

  59. jjyank says:

    I <3 Robbie Cano. I am so glad I picked him to be my favorite player all those years ago.

  60. Bartolo's Colon says:

    too bad he can’t hit hr’s in kaufmann stadium? too soon?

  61. Brian S. says:

    Cano needs to catch Trout in the MVP race. That’s a good start.

  62. Dewayne is Wise says:

    How does Trout not catch that? (sarcasm off)

  63. jjyank says:

    Just wouldn’t be O’Neil in the booth without donuts…

  64. Rich in NJ says:

    Trout is no longer a prospect, Sterling.

  65. Hummingbird S. says:

    another awful hanger..

  66. Brian S. says:

    I don’t see any player in the AL winning the MVP except Trout the next ten years. He’ll probably have over 100 WAR before he’s 30.

  67. Kramerica Industries says:

    Ya know, as glad as I am that I snagged Trout in my league right after his promotion…

    He needs to stop doing this for the next couple days.

  68. Will The Thrill says:

    Fuck you Trout. If you really wanted to be a Yankee you would’ve been wearing the pinstripes today.

  69. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Fuck you aybar

  70. Bartolo's Colon says:

    seriously, i don’t expect them to get trout out, but it is a nice surprise when it happens.

  71. Greg says:

    Swisher has been starting to take walks more recently

  72. Brian S. says:

    “His name sounds like a star. Ty Hensley. That’s just a baseball name.”

  73. Brian S. says:

    Just take the fucking walk Ibanez.

  74. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I hate thinking of how close Trout could have been being our centerfielder….

  75. Rich in NJ says:

    That sucked.

  76. Hummingbird S. says:

    running into outs, yankees specialty

  77. Countryclub says:

    Paul laughing at Cone is classic.

  78. Greg says:

    Hmm. ball 4. But it had good movement

  79. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Way to bail out a pitcher struggling to find the zone

  80. Mike Axisa says:

    Trying to out-Scioscia the Angels with the pointless hit-and-run.

  81. Brian S. says:

    God damn Ibanez is a stupid fuck. He swung at ball four THREE TIMES in a row. Get the fuck off my team.

  82. Will The Thrill says:

    Girardi needs to accept that the Yankees aren’t a speed team. The faster he realizes that the sooner he will stop sending baserunners into outs. Grandy and Jeets should be the only ones attempting to steal, advance and score on sac flys.

  83. Brian S. says:

    “Trumbo should hit fourth instead of fifth because batting order means everything.” -YES booth.

  84. Will The Thrill says:

    Boy if Trumbo ever develops some plate discipline he would be one of the greatest hitters in baseball.

  85. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Sweaty almost throws a knuckleball.

  86. CUYanks says:

    Rested Bullpen– if Freddy can go 5 and fly it should be all that’s needed. 6 would be a bonus.

  87. CUYanks says:

    Dempster with a 30+ inning scoreless streak. Cubs must be salivating at his value in the trade market.

  88. Dewayne is Wise says:

    I wonder if the eagles are really going to sign hamels or if its just smoke to keep other teams away?

  89. Brian S. says:

    lol Chris Stewart.

  90. Dela G says:

    Chris Stewart, Babip king

  91. Kramerica Industries says:

    Why must YES wax so poetic about Chris Stewart?

    I mean, Michael Kay is underwhelming in many ways with statistics, but he can’t be this dense, can he?

  92. Kramerica Industries says:

    Jeter didn’t tell him to go.

  93. Brian S. says:

    Way to advance the runner Jeet

  94. Kramerica Industries says:

    Chris Stewart has earned the right to get a mulligan.

  95. Dela G says:

    Grandyman!

  96. Rich in NJ says:

    Grandy!

  97. Greg says:

    THE GRANDY MAN!

  98. Kramerica Industries says:

    Love the timing of the YES booth.

  99. Brian S. says:

    LOL YES BOOTH. Ragging on Curtis and then BOOM

  100. Jobamania says:

    talk about that hitting with RISP

  101. Get Phelps Up says:

    Kay starts complaining, Grandy hits one out.

    too funny.

  102. Chris says:

    Grander son just made O’neill eat his words.

  103. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i like it a lot more when c grand hits bombs as opposed to striking out

  104. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Right in the middle of the booth shredding his swing.

  105. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Grandyman can

  106. jjyank says:

    YEAAAH Grandy!!

  107. Andruw's Smile says:

    Man, has anyone else thought the YES booth has been off today? They got the new CBA arbitration/draft pick rules wrong, and rambled on about nonsense among other things I cannot remember.

  108. Nathan says:

    Is there a stat of how often A-Rod grounds out after the hitter in front of him hits a HR? It seems like every time theres a HR, A-Rod is behind grounding out.

  109. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Arod needs to drink one of big papi milkshakes.

  110. jjyank says:

    I hope the cable guy is considerate enough to not come until after the game is over. Completely forgot about that.

  111. Kramerica Industries says:

    Ubaldo…

    Holy shit!

  112. stuart a says:

    Arod almost got the ball out of the infield. give him a raise and keep him in the 3 hole…. he is 1 heck of a player, so productive… even better then kendrys morales…

  113. Mike Axisa says:

    Great throw, Stew.

  114. Chris Stewart, defensive catcher.

  115. Brian S. says:

    How come the Blue Jays can lock up their best hitters (Bautista, Encarnacion) for below market rates but we are going to have to give Cano 160 million?

  116. Chris says:

    Fuck smallball

  117. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Reading through this game thread was brutal. Angels = lucky/great. Trout = second coming of Babe Ruth Yankees = suck/old and Arod will never be Arod again.

    I hate when people say “Stop fellating…” whomever when they’re talking about FOX or ESPN guys going on about the opposing team (especially Red Sox) but honestly that was in my head reading through the game thread with comments here about the Angels.

  118. Kramerica Industries says:

    This begs a question – Who would you rather have long-term?

    The Stras, or the Trout?

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Trout, no question.

      • jjyank says:

        Yup. Pitchers get injured too easily and Stras already has a bit of a history.

        • FIPster Doofus says:

          Agreed. Trout vs. Harper would be a better question. As shoo-in rookies of the year/hugely hyped players, both will be linked forever.

          • Andruw's Smile says:

            I think Harper is going to wind up having a better peak (40 HR power), but Trout will have the better career being a more better rounded player

            • Brian S. says:

              I’d still take Trout. He has five tools although Harper will probably have more power.

              • FIPster Doofus says:

                I agree. If starting a team right now, I’d take Trout over every other player in baseball.

              • Andruw's Smile says:

                Agreed. Trout is going to be a top flight CF for years to come whereas Harper will be a RF most likely. Easier to find a little more pop from the corner guys. Either way it seems like you can’t pick the wrong guy here. I could probably be swayed either way.

          • Kramerica Industries says:

            Yes, but that question has been asked many times, and there’s obviously no wrong answer to that (though gimme Trout between the two).

            I always understand the logic of taking the position player over the pitcher, largely due to injury concerns. I agree with it. I only put the question up because Strasburg himself is ridiculously good, and in a sense, he’s already had his TJS. Generally, most pitchers don’t have to get a second one, but yeah, it does happen I guess. Just look at Kyle Drabek, among others.

    • Brian S. says:

      Trout is a first ballot Hall of Famer by the time he is 27, so Trout.

  119. Christopher says:

    Wait, WHO did we take in the draft ahead of Trout?

  120. FIPster Doofus says:

    Does Trout ever make an out? How is he “only” hitting .348?

  121. your mom says:

    Trout for MVP.

  122. Will The Thrill says:

    Watching Trout steal bases makes me miss Gardner. Not if only Gardner would actually hit.

  123. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Steal third too

  124. Mike Axisa says:

    Spent all that time worrying about the steal rather than the third out. smh

  125. Rich in NJ says:

    The Yankees should begin tampering with Trout now, promising him a piece of the franchise as soon as he becomes a FA.

  126. OMG! Bagels! says:

    When they find my body splatted on the sidewalk in front of the Empire State Building, you will know it’s me because I’ll be wearing a tee shirt that says, “They mentioned Trout. Again.”

    And all the tourists will think I jumped because of a fish.

  127. Kramerica Industries says:

    Based on this series alone, Mike Trout is basically the perfect baseball player.

    Based on this season, alone, Mike Trout is basically the perfect baseball player.

  128. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Garcia is going to get phelps brought back up.

  129. your mom says:

    Good recovery Freddy.

  130. Bartolo's Colon says:

    at least against the yanks, pujols may only be the angels third most feared hitter

  131. Cuso says:

    Chad “Vulture” Qualls

  132. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Qualls = Scott Proctor

  133. Nathan says:

    Trout is good and has a ton of potential but it was laughable to hear the MLB guys gush over the guy, putting him in the same conversation as Mantle, Mays, ARod and some others.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      He has HOF potential and it’s pretty easy to see why.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Right, we can say a guy is really, really awesome without comparing him to HoFers.

    • It’s their job. The same way political pundits have to laud their guy as the second coming of Christ and the other guy as Satan incarnate, if you have to talk about baseball all day every day you have to boost guys that are going really well and have a chance to be great.

    • Andruw's Smile says:

      What makes those guys such brand names was their ability to be at the top of the sport in the years before and after the average “peak” years. Trout is years away from that, let’s just enjoy it (against every other team but the Yankees) and then look back on it after the fact. No need to throw those names as comps already.

    • PJ says:

      He’s definitely having as good of a start to a career as any of those guys had. If he has a long career with that speed, 1000 SB’s will be almost easy.

  134. your mom says:

    The west coast teams like guys with fishy last names: Mike Trout, Mike Carp and Tim Salmon.

  135. your mom says:

    Hooray for lead-off walks.

  136. jjyank says:

    Cone with a “call me maybe” reference? *pukes*

  137. Andruw's Smile says:

    This is where the win stat is absolutely ridiculous. There really isn’t a reason that Freddy should still be out there, but managers and pitchers are trained to let the guy go 5 to get that meaningless stat. Silly.

    • your mom says:

      Maybe he’s trying to save the pen some innings. Great catch Swish!

      • Andruw's Smile says:

        Eh, pen is pretty rested after last night and the break. I’d be ok with emptying it out. But hey, bad process= a good result there, I’ll take it.

        • CUYanks says:

          I understand it’s rested, but the Yankees don’t have an off day until July 26th. It seems reasonable to try to push it another inning with Freddy and keep the Bullpen innings needed to 4 instead of 5 today. There’s still a lot of baseball to be played today.

    • jjyank says:

      Chad Qualls got the win last night. Enough said.

  138. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Swissssssssh

  139. Cy Pettitte says:

    some catch by Swish!

  140. Kramerica Industries says:

    Swisher has made a habit of those plays the past couple days.

    Weak underbelly of the pen for the next inning or two. Up to the offense to add some cushion.

  141. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Fuck you kendrick
    I know you ordered that code red too.

  142. Countryclub says:

    What happened to the real Swisher? This one has no plate discipline but seems to be a wizard with the glove.

  143. jjyank says:

    Is it me or has Swish looked better in RF this year than he has in years prior?

  144. Jesus…every Daily News 5th is the same exact thing
    Suzyn/John:What do you think of the team?
    Daily News Guy: They’re flawed, but they’ve got the best record
    S/J:What about A-Rod?
    DNG: I’m going to take 5 minutes, all I’m really saying though is he’s older, and yeah he’s not as good any more
    S/J: How about the bullpen?
    DNG: I know, Girardi totally knows how to build a bullpen out of nothing
    John: I love meaningless terrible role players like Stewart and Nix, that’s the reason the Yankees are doing so well.
    DNG: …well ok then…

  145. Brian S. says:

    Mickey Mantle, age-20 season: 23 homers, .424 wOBA, 159 wRC+ (626 PAs)
    Mike Trout, age-20 season (thus far): 12 homers, .426 wOBA, 176 wRC+ (294 PAs)

    • jjyank says:

      I see no reason to compare those two.

    • OMG! Bagels! says:

      Can we also see the rest of the years? The championship rings? Etc? Because I’d like to compare Mantles with Mantles and not Mantles with “Remember that guy, Mike Trout? Thought he was gonna be great, and then….”

      • FachoinaNYY says:

        This is a useless comment IMO, of course Trout may flop after this year(for whatever reason) but the whole fun of sports is to speculate about the future. So of course we can’t “see the rest of the years” yet for Trout, but its at least mildly interesting to compare players from different eras at given ages – e.g. age 20 seasons. Trout may or may not end up being great, but you know one way to start an alltime great career, ala Mantle? Have a tremendous season at an insanely young age… Trout is doing just that. If we are not allowed to speculate, where is the fun?

        • FachoinaNYY says:

          Also I didn’t want this to come off as an attack at all, I just see the comparison being made as only a positive one overall in terms of starting discussions and helping to remember the all time greats. In 20 years, some young hot shot will come up and rake and someone will post his stats next to Jeter’s… its all fun, its all about history, and its important to remember perspective.

          • Dean Winters says:

            I think ppl just get frustrated after a while due to the sports news cycle pushing these guys 24/7 and saying they are the next Mantle or A-rod or Griffey

            • OMG! Bagels! says:

              Yeah, Montero was literally the second coming.

            • FachoinaNYY says:

              Well that is mainly an issue of the pop culturalization of news media… specifically ESPN. But to deny that Trout has had a special start to his career is ridiculous. What possible harm is there to comparing the start of one player to an all time great? It is not a statement of how good Trout will be, it is showing that he HAS had a special start and has the possibility of having a great career.

        • OMG! Bagels! says:

          Useless to you maybe. These Trout conversations are useless to me. So we’re even.

          • FachoinaNYY says:

            No, your comment was useless to facilitating discussion. Why are you so offended by the Trout conversation is beyond me.

  146. your mom says:

    Arod makes that play too.

  147. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Mike Scioscia teams Play The Game The Right Way ™

  148. your mom says:

    Doesn’t Kendrick know the sun is behind the clouds? Why bother wearing sunglasses ON your cap?

  149. CUYanks says:

    Is anyone else relieved to hear the Cardinals signed Brian Fuentes? I don’t even want to think about Joe Girardi managing with 3 situational lefties in the bullpen.

  150. O/T, thinking about getting the Samsung Galaxy S3 with my upgrade later this month, anybody own it?

    • jjyank says:

      I don’t, but I have an upgrade in a couple months and was thinking the same thing. I would also like to know.

      • It’s gotten excellent reviews on verizon.com, but idk how many of those positive reviews are people who work for verizon.

        • jjyank says:

          What do you have now? I have a Droid 2, but I’ve been pretty underwhelmed with it. Motorolla sucks, I’ll never buy another phone made by them. I like Samsungs other products, and like you said, it’s gotten good reviews.

          • I have the Droid Pro. There’s no problem with it really, and I love the tactile keyboard, but my mom’s ready to enter the world of smart phones and the Pro is an excellent starter smart phone. Since I’m still on the family share plan (cause it’s cheap as shit) I plan on just giving her this one and getting the Samsung. I’m also thinking of getting the Droid 4 just because I like having a tactile keyboard.

            • jjyank says:

              Heh I’m still on the family plan too. I went to the Verizon store with my dad before I moved to take me off and get my own plan. It would have been something like $90 a month. I asked my dad to hold off and take a look at the bill to see how much I individually cost on the family plan, and it’s like $45. So we kept me on the family plan and I just transfer money to my dad to pay my portion of the bill every month, it’s crazy.

              As far as phones go, I really just want 4G. I’ve heard good things about the HTC Thunderbolt too. I might go for iphone if Verizon would get a 4G iphone.

          • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

            My Verizon contract is already up on my Motorola Droid. I’m waiting for the new iPhone (October, I’ve been told.) Also thinking about S3 now. Tough choice.

  151. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Bobby Wilson? Really????

  152. your mom says:

    Does anybody think Bourjos is a full time player?

  153. Greg says:

    I dont usually say this but that was a pasta dive

  154. Brian S. says:

    Everytime A-Rod grounds out there are always people bitching but when Jeter does the same thing and then also misses a ground ball: crickets.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      Jeter has always been a ground ball hitter. A-Rod is supposed to be a power hitter.

      Plus, the fact that Jeter is batting 50 points higher than A-Rod buys him some slack.

    • I’ve spent way to much time insulting Derek’s defense. If I called out every time a ball was hit that he should get to everybody on this board would hate me.

    • OMG! Bagels! says:

      Last year, year before and even before that we all called GIDP when he was up and there was “pasta diving Jeter” as a meme for a long time. I think the 3000 thing put a lot of stuff back into perspective. He’s a first ballot HoFer and could walk away tomorrow with nothing to prove and nothing but success. He does get a lot of passes. I am of two minds about it. I can see it and it does irk me sometimes.

  155. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Think Trout goes for stolen base number 3?

  156. CUYanks says:

    You might want to throw to first to avoid the steals of 2nd and 3rd base…

  157. Bartolo's Colon says:

    unfortunately, that does not count as getting trout out, because he will be on 2nd very soon

  158. Mike Axisa says:

    Just let him steal and focus on the third out, please.

  159. Almost exact quote on Sterling’s call of Trout’s ground ball “Swung on double play ball, to second one, no throw to first, it wasn’t a double play ball, it wasn’t hit hard enough.”

  160. Bartolo's Colon says:

    if trout played the yankees every game he would have at least 324 stolen bases a year

    • CUYanks says:

      And if he did that for 5 years, he’d break Rickey Henderson’s sb record. Basically, what we’re saying is that he’s a first ballot HoF lock, right?

    • your mom says:

      If it were Trumbo he’d have something like 90 HRs.

  161. Greg says:

    That surprises me. I was sure he would go at some time.

  162. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    If W.B. Mason was hanging out with my kids and showing them “magic tricks,” I’d be very concerned.

  163. your mom says:

    Arod with the groundout right?

  164. Bartolo's Colon says:

    warning track power

  165. Brian S. says:

    AROD SUXXXXX

  166. CUYanks says:

    Arod 3k countdown: 142 hits to go!

  167. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Dammed guess hitter.

  168. your mom says:

    RISP success tonight!

  169. Nathan says:

    Russell Martin with a hit yesterday? A double for ARod today?

    AND a hit with RISP?

    Wow.

  170. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Risp success

  171. Bartolo's Colon says:

    nice bounce off the bag there

  172. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Tough luck Tex.

  173. jjyank says:

    The second half should be glorious if the RISP numbers keep correcting :D

    • Brian S. says:

      With a 8-10 game lead the next three months should be stress free. Just hope for stat padding for your favorite players.

      • Bartolo's Colon says:

        I can’t see it being stress free. I really think the red sox are going to go on a big run here. Not saying they’ll catch up, I just can’t see it being stress free

    • Greg says:

      Yeah they’ve been correcting for the last few weeks. They were at .220 something a few weeks ago and now they are at .231 or thereabout

  174. your mom says:

    Tough break for Tex there.

  175. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Pujols = dick move

  176. Christopher says:

    If you wonder about all theTrout stuff, off the chart comments and pieces on blogs and in the papers, take a look at what happened when Mantle showed up at 19. He was a Baseball God before he even played a single big league ball game. It was off the charts for Mantle – Mantle Mania and he was still a kid. Who knows about Trout in terms of career. I’ve seen tons of rookie rock and roll stars flame out, but the hype, that’s just the way it works.

    • OMG! Bagels! says:

      Oh is that how it works?

    • RetroRob says:

      He won’t flame out, but how great he’ll be is an open question. Certainly off to a great start. Wouldn’t bet against him.

      Looking forward to five or six years down the line when Trout is starting in CF and Harper in RF for the Yankees. Now that is going to be some expensive free agents. It seems both would love to play for the Yankees, although they could be “bought off” before they make it to free agency in their mid-20s. I doubt it, though, especially in Harper’s case since Boras is his agent.

      Scott Boras. The agent Yankee fans should love.

  177. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Would you rather have 5 more years of A-Rod, or 10 more years of Pujols?

  178. Brian S. says:

    I usually like Cone but he’s annoying today.

  179. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    As long as nobody tells John Sterling and Suszyn Waldman what “Call Me Maybe” is, I’ll be fine.

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

    Great job, Cody.

  181. Mike Axisa says:

    Big ups to Cody Eppley. Great job.

  182. Bartolo's Colon says:

    did eppley just get trumbo and trout out in the same game? nice outing by him

  183. Brian S. says:

    How about that Cody Eppley? He’s been fantastic.

  184. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Eppley what a pickup by Cash.

  185. Greg says:

    Eppley’s young too. He’s 26. Might be worht keeping him around a bit. I’ not talking a big contract though.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      He’s not even Arb eligible yet, no need for more than about league minimum to keep him.

    • RetroRob says:

      Guye like Eppley and Rapada are fungible. This year’s Cory Wade. So, sure, they can come back next year if they continue to do the job, but I wouldn’t be locking them up to anything. Cashman and company have been good and finding useful parts for the pen every year.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      Like any reliever, the Yankees should keep Eppley around for as long as he’s effective and not a second more.

    • jjyank says:

      Somehow I never realized that he’s young. I always assumed he was a journeyman veteran.

  186. your mom says:

    Why do almost all Japanese pitchers have awkward wind-ups?

  187. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Anyone know what Jeff Weaver is up to these days?

  188. Mike Axisa says:

    Ibanez vs. LHP. Grumble grumble.

  189. Andruw's Smile says:

    I wonder why Jones didn’t hit for Ibanez there.

  190. Brian S. says:

    I actually find the Weaver-contract story really annoying. The Yankees never get their best player to sign a team friendly contract like he did.

    • Andruw's Smile says:

      That’s because the Yankees rarely, if ever, negotiate in season. Cano signed a 4/30 deal in ’08 with the possibility of making it 6/60 basically. That’s pretty friendly…

    • your mom says:

      Goes to show what kind of person he is. Very rare.

    • That’s because the Yankees have the MO of over paying for players, whether be outside guys or in house guys. Once you develop that kind of rep it’s really hard to break because every agent can tell a player, “look they want you to take a team friendly deal, they didn’t ask player X to do it, they must not respect you as much. We should demand more.”

      • RetroRob says:

        I think the Yankees want to be the team that pays its players the best. They want to encourage all top-flight free agents to come to the Yankees and not sign with their current teams, or other teams. To do that, they are the high payer. Keeps the talent flowing. If they really were looking to cut corners they’d negotiate with their own players prior to free agency.

        Will they change their ways now with the $189M soft cap? Maybe, but being the team that pays a premium is by design.

        • I’ve never understood why they refuse to negotiate contracts while a player is currently signed. It makes no sense to me at all. I kind of understand not doing it during the season, not wanting that added distraction or w/e, but I’d love for them to open up extension talks with Cano this off season.

    • RetroRob says:

      Weaver overrode Boras’ advice. Trust me. He wanted to take Weaver to market.

  191. Greg says:

    There’s another possible reason. You value Wise over Jones as a defender so you dont waste Jones for one at bat just to pull him.

  192. Cuso says:

    Qualls > D-Rob because he has more wins

  193. Cy Pettitte says:

    looks like the few off days was good for DRob

  194. Semi-racist, but whenever I hear the name Bourjos I expect a black guy like maybe a Haitian. I don’t know why, and I’m always surprised when he’s a white guy lol.

  195. your mom says:

    Where’s the curve?

  196. Cuso says:

    If there were men on base, I’m sure Girardi would have pinch hit Jones. Why waste the body with a 2-run lead and no overt scoring opportunity?

    If they were trailing, you would have seen Jones.

    If there was a scoring opportunity, you would’ve seen Jones.

    No reason to burn that move if unnecessary. And looking for a homerun to make it 6-3 from 5-3 is not a valid reason.

    • Greg says:

      That’s what I’m thinking. If there were runners on, I think he would have done it.

    • CUYanks says:

      Why is it not a valid reason?

      • Cuso says:

        What happens if the Angels tie the game and it goes to extras and Scioscia has the opportunity to bring in either Downs or Frieri and Girardi’s hands are tied because he has no corresponding move?

        Don’t make a move until you’re forced to. That’s why.

        • jjyank says:

          But what if the Angels score two more runs but are still trailing because pinch hitting Andruw hit a home run to give the Yankees 6 runs?

        • CUYanks says:

          It’s probably not a good idea to manage a game putting higher value on unlikely hypothetical situations than actual, presented situations. The most likely thing to happen in this game is that that lineup spot doesn’t even come up again. By your logic you should save your closer until the tying run is on third because only then “you’d be forced to.”

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

          So they shouldn’t do everything they can to prevent the game from being tied in case the game does get tied?

          Yeah, that makes sense.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      Isn’t a power hitter up with nobody on a scoring opportunity?
      Why save him for a situation that will most likely never come?

      • Mike Axisa says:

        It’s not just about hitting a homer to score a tack-on run. Jones was the leadoff hitter and had a substantially better chance of reaching base against the LHP to start a rally.

        • Cuso says:

          Jones value is not on the basepaths. His value off the bench is a power stick. So basically you want him to work a walk or get a single (which mentally isn’t his forte) and then you burn another player by pinch-running with Nix/Wise.

          Sorry, Mike, it’s just overmanaging. If Jones get’s up there in PH capacity, he can’t help himself. He’s looking yard.

          I feel like fundamentally you know this, but you’re playing Devil’s Advocate here.

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

            He’s looking yard, which he might get, which increases the Yankees chances of winning, which is a good thing. He also might work a walk or single while looking to go yard, which also increases the Yankees chances of winning, which is a good thing. He’s more likely to both homer of get on base vs. a lefty than Ibanez is. Why take Eppley out? Why take Robertson out? Why take Ibanez out for defense? Those players may also be useful in situations that will likely never arise later in the game.

      • Cuso says:

        That’s unintelligent and scared baseball. You don’t burn a bench player for a solo-homerun opportunity with a 2-run lead.

        It’s bad baseball.and if you can’t understand that, it’s not worth anyone trying to convince you otherwise.

        • CUYanks says:

          I would argue that the strategy you are presenting is closer to “scared baseball” than the opposite.

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

            exactly

          • Cuso says:

            You be arguing wrong then. It’s the same reason Girardi squeezed two innings out of Eppley instead of going to Logan or D-Rob earlier.

            Eppley kept the status quot and kept getting outs. Don’t make moves unless you HAVE to.

            • CUYanks says:

              Bullpen management is a different story because overuse spills over into following games. Using a pinch hitter does not.

            • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

              So by that logic, bringing in Wise was the wrong move?
              Bringing in Soriano was the wrong move? Robertson was pitching well, that move didn’t have to be made.

              Your logic fails miserably.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

          That’s smart baseball. Putting players in a position to succeed and trying to tack on runs is a smart thing. By your logic, why put Wise in for Ibanez? What if the Angels tie the score and the Yankees are stuck with Wise hitting instead of Ibanez?

          Saving players for situations not likely to occur isn’t smart baseball. Trying to give your team the best chance to win in the opportunities you have is smart baseball. As Mike pointed out, Ibanez led off. You don’t even need a HR. He can walk or single and start a rally.

          • CUYanks says:

            Exactly, and the rhetoric of preemptively dismissing the likely counterargument as “not a valid reason” and claiming “if you can’t understand that, it’s not worth anyone trying to convince you otherwise” do not strengthen an argument.

          • Cuso says:

            Okay, I’m not going to change anyone’s mind. Sorry you can’t see the reasoning. And I hats to be so black/white about this to everyone :

            But you’re all flat wrong if you disagree with how Girardi played it.

            I’m tired of beating this dead horse.

            • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

              Flat wrong because we disagree with your completely illogical, contradictory thinking?

              Sure, that’s it, jackass.

  197. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Robertson looked incredibly sharp.

  198. your mom says:

    Izturis is rubbish.

  199. Bartolo's Colon says:

    nice inning, now to get trout and potentially pujols out in the ninth

  200. your mom says:

    Let’s tack on some insurance runs please.

  201. your mom says:

    If you were the Rangers would you give up Profar or Olt for Justin Upton?

  202. Bartolo's Colon says:

    how do they have callaspo???? if its going to be an angel, you have to make it trout. i guess thats the power of the rbi

  203. Brian S. says:

    there goes the great jeter grounding out…but give him an extension and keep batting him leadoff…jeter with 25 rbis and 7 stolen bases he sucks…

  204. your mom says:

    5 RBIS, you can do it!

  205. Nathan says:

    Oh Trout made that play! That was very impressive. Any lesser human would not have made that play. His speed made the difference!

    I think I’ll play a shot game tomorrow, every time I hear Trout mentioned in a loving way, I’ll take a shot.

  206. Greg says:

    Sneaky move by ARod.

  207. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Nice call by A-Rod, Hawkins was asleep at the wheel.

  208. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i love and hate that arod is the yankees sb leader

    • RetroRob says:

      A-Rod is not the hitter he was, but his baseball instincts remain the best on the team. If only there was someway to pass those on to Gardner.

  209. your mom says:

    He didn’t get him but that is how you throw the ball to 2nd.

  210. Mike Axisa says:

    That was a great throw by the catcher, Alex just beat it.

  211. Greg says:

    Well that’s the double edged sword with Cano

  212. RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!!!!!!!!!! RISPFAIL RABBLE!!!

  213. your mom says:

    Ewwww.

  214. Brian S. says:

    Cano is allergic to walks my God. All because he wanted that RBI.

    • TomH says:

      I guess ya have to take the good with the bad, blah blah blah. Still, his plate discipline makes me weary.

  215. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Holy shit, the W.B. Mason ads will creep me out even more now that Kay pointed out how much he looks like Flaherty.

  216. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    What makes Soriano so tough to hit?

  217. DERP says:

    Sit down rook

  218. Greg says:

    Trout’s gone fishin’

    Had to do it.

  219. Christopher says:

    This rookie sucks.

  220. Get Phelps Up says:

    A Montero shirt in the stands!

  221. Christopher says:

    My close caption calls him Pew Holds.

    • Zooboy says:

      My favorite was when my captions scrawled across the screen to announce the famous Yankee closer “Marijuana Marijuana” was warming up in the bullpen.

  222. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    FINISH HIM

  223. Bartolo's Colon says:

    nice series win!!!

  224. Get Phelps Up says:

    Untuck that bitch.

  225. DERP says:

    Soriano slaying bitches

  226. Christopher says:

    Beautiful the-dog-days-are-coming-win. Thanks, Yanks!

  227. Brian S. says:

    Raffi

  228. CUYanks says:

    Great job by the bullpen today.

  229. teddy says:

    very good win, series win, going for the sweep

  230. Mike N says:

    WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  231. CUYanks says:

    Any chance Soriano opts out?

    • RetroRob says:

      Better and better with every pitch, and that will be a good thing. Giving the Yankees a great 2012 and then opting out freeing up $14 million back would be a win-win.

      • Fin says:

        I dont understand this mentality at all. Hes pitching as well as Rivera ever has, yet fans still hold his contract against him. I truly hope he stays, as a 42yr old pitcher coming back after a year off, no matter who it is, is a scary proposition as closer. Soriano is earning every penny of his money and this team would be fucked without him. There is no yankee hard cap next year, and I have absolutely no issue with them paying him to close again next year, or be part of another dominate bullpen and Rivera insurance.

    • your mom says:

      Yes but Levine will resign him for 4 yrs/$60 million.

    • absolutely. If he keeps going as he’s going he’ll have a closing job somewhere.

    • Nathan says:

      I’m rooting very hard for Sori for two reasons: He helps us this year and he has such a good year that he is tempted to opt out.

      Best case scenario: Yankees win WS, Sori opts out to close somewhere.

      • TomH says:

        Tell me again: in your happiness, who is it that replaces Soriano? Rivera, you say? What will he be? 43? With a year away from the game because of a busted up knee?

        • Nathan says:

          Yup, Rivera closes out in ’13.

          In ’14? Robertson, maybe Joba…someone other than Sori. Nothing against him just that that money is better used elsewhere.

          • FIn says:

            Ya, 14m would have been much better spent on someone else this year than Soriano. THe Yankees would have been left with Logan closing for a month when Robertson went down, had had 10 less wins. Who would you have liked the Yankees to get with that 14m, that would have been more important to the Yankees this year? The Yankees are the only team in baseball with the money to do something like they did with Soriano and it has worked. Relying on a 42 year old closer being great and healthy after missing a full season is a stretch, I dont care if it is Rivera. He could very easily get hurt again, or fall off a cliff performance wise, which is exactly the reason Sori was brought in, in the first place. Well that and having just an awful staff on paper going into last year, and the need for a dominate bullpen.

            • Nathan says:

              The Yankees were just fortunate to have Soriano right now on the freak injury that Mo suffered. Of course this season proves that injuries can happen but if neither Mo nor Robertson get hurt, Sori is a $14M 7th inning pitcher.

              The $14M isn’t as important right now as it will be coming up when the decisions on Swisher, Cano and Granderson are up.

              But, as it is now, Mo got hurt and Sori is doing a great job. It has worked out but I still think that next year, the Yankees are better with the extra cash than with Sori. Of course, if there was no $189M threshold, all this would be a moot point.

  232. Get Phelps Up says:

    5-15 record now for the Angels at YS3.

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