Game 87: No Sweat

Joba strikes out two in latest minor league rehab outing
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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.

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Joba strikes out two in latest minor league rehab outing
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  • Nick

    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

    • Greg

      I think he would have done that anyway.

      • Nick

        yeah i think that he gets the benefit of the doubt call every time

        • RI$P FTW

          Yankees = victims

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    We sweat today, we win today!

  • Kevin G.

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

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

    • Greg

      Paul and Kay seem jovial. Cone looks a bit sneaky.

  • jjyank

    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.

  • Dale Mohorcic

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

    • Greg

      Again, if Cano bats ahead of him, Cano wont get any pitches to hit.

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

        It’s still not the biggest of deals, but for arguments sake roided up Bonds>>>Cano, and no matter who was hitting behind him he still got pitches to hit.

        • Greg

          True but he does have the all time walks record as well

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

        Like Andrew McCutchen in Pittsburgh.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    lets go freddy!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Trout leads the game off with a double

    • Greg

      Indeed

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

  • Greg

    Well this is going to be a slugfest

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Angels put up at least 4 here

  • Greg

    Ball must not be carrying

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

    • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

      Sterling had that ball on its way to Paris

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

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

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

    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.

    • jjyank

      Indeed.

  • Greg

    You can tell Freddy’s up early

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

  • Rich in NJ

    WTG, Fred. One more.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Trout may steal home

  • Hummingbird S.

    trumbo scares me here

    • Hummingbird S.

      no reason to give him anything close here

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

        Doesn’t look like he is getting much of anything.

        • Hummingbird S.

          that was a good decision… unfortunately Freddy sucks and cant get Callaspo out

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

            He got squeezed on a couple pitches, he should still be able to get Callaspo…but it’s much more difficult when the strikezone shrinks.

    • Greg

      He might give him the unintentional intentional

  • jazzman

    Callaspo grand slam. Calling it.

  • Rich in NJ

    His margin for error is tiny.

  • Greg

    That non call by the ump changed that at bat

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Totally.

  • Hummingbird S.

    pathetic… Freddy and the ump killing the Yankees

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    More scrubs doing damage to the Yanks

    • Greg

      Callaspo is not really a scrub. A Jag but not a scrub

  • Brian S.

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

    • Greg

      When did David Phelps last pitch?

    • Rich in NJ

      I have thought it makes more sense to find out what Phelps can do as a starter, but it’s not unreasonable to give Freddy this start.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

    • jjyank

      Yeah. That pitch was a strike last night.

      • Greg

        Forget last night. That pitch was strike two pitches before.

        • jjyank

          Good point.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Ump has to be smarter. He might think Freddy was wild because he walked Trumbo but that was by design. He was pretty accurate during the Callaspo AB but the Ump fooled himself into thinking Freddy had been being wild.

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

          This is why we need robot umps. It shouldn’t matter if a pitcher is wild or not. If he throws a strike it’s a strike.

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            Domo arigato!

    • Hummingbird S.

      I think the pitch that Callaspo hit actually caught less of the plate… it was really down and out of the strike zone unlike the pitch before. It happens when your stuff sucks

  • Kramerica Industries

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

    Nothing unusual.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Yanks 0
    Angels 0
    Umps 2

  • Will The Thrill

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

    • Greg

      So is Erick Aybar for that matter.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Callaspo may only have 6 homers, but he definitely has pop. I’ve watched a lot of their games. After pitchers get by Trumboed they lay one in there to Callaspo often and he mashes it.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Defensive specialist My ass.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

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

    Could’ve been much worse.

  • Fin

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

  • Hummingbird S.

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

    • Greg

      As I have said, if you bat him behind Cano, Cano wont get pitches to hit.

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

        Not even remotely true.

      • Hummingbird S.

        assuming that were true, just put Swisher behind Robbie.. Or Robbie 3rd and Teix 4th

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

      He’s be a perfect number 2 or number 6/7 hitter. He just doesn’t have the power to be a middle of the line up guy.

      • jjyank

        Unfortunately 6/7 won’t be happening any time soon. I would love to see Girardi try the #2 hole though, and that move wouldn’t be seen as a “demotion” really.

  • Will The Thrill

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

    • Greg

      Well they traded for Callaspo from the Royals, so they didn’t develop him. Your point is still valid

      • Will The Thrill

        Actually he was an Angel first, then a Royal, and then an Angel again.

        • Greg

          Really? Then I apologize

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

      Or the Yankees could stick to having good players on the roster.

    • Rich in NJ

      Gardner is on the DL, but apart from that, scappy/annoying is at odds with the patience/power hitters that make up most of the Yankees’ lineup.

  • jjyank

    Come on boys, answer right back.

  • Will The Thrill

    Fuck you Aybar!

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    One slow roller deserves another

  • Will The Thrill

    Boy is Grandy hella streaky.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    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

      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

        Lou pinella maybe?..

        • jjyank

          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

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

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Nunez 3rd base coach?

  • Hummingbird S.

    another awful AB by Alex

  • James A

    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?

  • Hoss

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

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

    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?

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      No. Kay expounded on it moments ago. He says no because they think the homers are coming

  • Will The Thrill

    Alex Rodriguez, King of The Groundballs and Worm Killer.

    • Brian S.

      Jeter never ground out.

  • Rich in NJ

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

    • Will The Thrill

      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.

  • Greg

    IT HIT OFF THE TOP!

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Boom

  • Rich in NJ

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    When Robbie is going oppo…

    Jesus. Good night.

  • Hummingbird S.

    ROBBIE!!!

  • CBean

    Robbie!

  • Get Phelps Up

    I wish Cano just hit an RBI singe there.

    • jjyank

      I know right? Damn unsustainable homers…

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    He’s pretty good that guy.

  • Hoss

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

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

  • James A

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

  • jjyank

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

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

    • jjyank

      As long as he can hit them when it actually counts, I’m cool with it.

  • Brian S.

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

  • Dewayne is Wise

    How does Trout not catch that? (sarcasm off)

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      if it was about 10 feet to the left, he would have robbed it

  • jjyank

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

    • Greg

      and milkshakes

  • Rich in NJ

    Trout is no longer a prospect, Sterling.

  • Hummingbird S.

    another awful hanger..

  • Brian S.

    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.

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

      So he’s going to average 10 WAR a year for the next ten years? I’ll spot you 25 WAR and still take the under on that 100 at age 30.

      • Brian S.

        He’s going to be over 10 WAR a year, yes.

        • Andruw’s Smile

          You crazy, man. Yes, he’s a phenomenal talent, but he also has an almost .400 BABIP. I would think that would normalize to more like .325-.330 with his speed/talent.

  • Kramerica Industries

    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.

  • Will The Thrill

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

    • jjyank

      And how would that work, exactly?

      • Will The Thrill

        He’s quoted as saying that he wanted to be a Yankee.

        • Greg

          I thought that was Harper

          • Get Phelps Up

            They’ll both be wearing pinstripes in 5 years.

            • JobaWockeeZ

              Actually there’s a good bet Trout will be.

            • Brian S.

              Quit being the stereotypical Yankee fan that everyone hates.

              • Get Phelps Up

                Sarcasm?

                • Kramerica Industries

                  That, and it’s a blog where 99.7% of the readers/posters are Yankee fans, so it’s not exactly as if other fans are even reading that.

                • Brian S.

                  Half. I’m not a fan of the ‘buy every good free agent’ mentality but I was also being tongue in cheek.

        • jjyank

          So? He didn’t make the Angels draft him.

    • CP

      That would just be odd to have him wearing pinstripes while playing for the Angels.

    • Andruw’s Smile

      Hahahahaha this is brilliant trolling.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Fuck you aybar

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

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

      Even the best hitter of all time (Ted Williams) in his best season still made out about half the time.

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        i understand, but i still am surprised when they get him out. although trumbo’s obp is well over 500 this year against the yanks

      • Brian S.

        Ted Williams was not the best hitter of all time.

  • Greg

    Swisher has been starting to take walks more recently

  • Brian S.

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

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

      Micheal Kay. That’s definitely a Kay quote.

      • jjyank

        Bingo.

  • Brian S.

    Just take the fucking walk Ibanez.

  • JobaWockeeZ

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

    • Rich in NJ

      Or being traded for a pitcher.

  • Rich in NJ

    That sucked.

  • Hummingbird S.

    running into outs, yankees specialty

    • Greg

      Did you see the game last night?

  • Countryclub

    Paul laughing at Cone is classic.

  • Greg

    Hmm. ball 4. But it had good movement

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Way to bail out a pitcher struggling to find the zone

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

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

  • Brian S.

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

    • Brian S.

      Ruined the entire inning. I can’t wait until he is DFA’d.

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

        You’re going to be waiting at least two more weeks, and if he’s not gone by the trade deadline/Gardner’s return, he’s sticking around through the season.

    • Greg

      I think the 3-1 pitch was moving into the strikezone

      • Brian S.

        It was up and away.

        • Greg

          I dont remember exactly which pitch it was, but one of them was moving into the K zone

          • Brian S.

            None of them were. 3-1 was inside, 3-2 was up and away, and 3-2 again was low and away.

            • Greg

              The 3-1 that was inside had a bit of back curl to it I thought, from seeing it

  • Will The Thrill

    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.

    • Greg

      When else has he done that recently?

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

      I can see into a parallel universe you all killing him for not sending the runner after Ibanez hitting into a 4-6-3

      • Greg

        Or when he didnt send Jeter in the third and ARod hit into a DP, not allowing Cano to hit a homer.

    • CUYanks

      He just needs to be more selective with the aggression. Running early in the game (with a slowish runner) with a pitcher who is pretty terrible and your weakest starter on the mound seems to be pushing it too much.

  • Brian S.

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

  • Will The Thrill

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

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

      You can say that about an awful lot of hitters, like Jeff Francoeur.

      • Will The Thrill

        Yeah but Trumbo has 80 raw power (which is rare). Francoeur has like 60 at best.

      • Countryclub

        Alfonso soriano

        • Brian S.

          If the Cubs eat all but two million a year of the rest of his salary would you want him?

        • Andruw’s Smile

          Chris Stewart

          • Pinstripes In Cali

            lol

        • rogue

          Lee May

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Sweaty almost throws a knuckleball.

  • CUYanks

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

  • CUYanks

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

  • Dewayne is Wise

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

    • Chris

      I bet Hamels would make a great QB.

      • Dewayne is Wise

        Ba fongul i meant phillies
        Although he would beat out Vick.

  • Brian S.

    lol Chris Stewart.

    • jjyank

      It’s like the balls he hits have a magnet that pushes it away from gloves.

  • Dela G

    Chris Stewart, Babip king

  • Kramerica Industries

    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?

    • Greg

      Cone and O’Neill did it too.

      • Kramerica Industries

        More or less following Kay’s lead.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Jeter didn’t tell him to go.

  • Brian S.

    Way to advance the runner Jeet

  • Kramerica Industries

    Chris Stewart has earned the right to get a mulligan.

  • Dela G

    Grandyman!

  • Rich in NJ

    Grandy!

  • Greg

    THE GRANDY MAN!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Love the timing of the YES booth.

  • Brian S.

    LOL YES BOOTH. Ragging on Curtis and then BOOM

  • Jobamania

    talk about that hitting with RISP

  • Get Phelps Up

    Kay starts complaining, Grandy hits one out.

    too funny.

  • Chris

    Grander son just made O’neill eat his words.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Right in the middle of the booth shredding his swing.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Grandyman can

  • jjyank

    YEAAAH Grandy!!

  • Andruw’s Smile

    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.

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

      I’ll give them a mulligan on the CBA stuff, it is complicated.

      • Andruw’s Smile

        Yeah, but then O’Neill didn’t know they signed Hensley. Idk, its a lot of small stuff that just kind of bugged me today. On the whole I usually can stand Kay and Paul, and love Coney.

        • Dewayne is Wise

          The perfect YES booth Oneill,Cone and Leiter.

          • jjyank

            Add Singleton in there for the play-by-play guy, and I agree.

    • jjyank

      Yeah, they seemed to think that the Phillies wouldn’t get a draft pick if Hamels leaves, so they have to extend him or trade him. Which is wrong.

    • Dewayne is Wise

      Love listening to Cone and Pauly, wish they had a sports show i would listen to it everyday.

    • Will The Thrill

      Meh. It’s two former players and a goofy radio guy. Do you really expect insightful banter and accurate statements?

      • Andruw’s Smile

        I expect more accurate stuff yeah. Not insightful banter in the least though.

  • Nathan

    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.

    • Andruw’s Smile

      Ask stuart a

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Arod needs to drink one of big papi milkshakes.

    • Will The Thrill

      Yes. Or Michael Jordan’s “Secret Stuff”!

    • Pinstripes In Cali

      He did. For like 10 years. Then they started testing for those milkshakes. And now he’s terrible.

      • jjyank

        Not really how it went down.

    • Nathan

      Speaking of Papi, he thinned down the past few years and his numbers dipped. He’s still “thinner” but his numbers are back…A-Rod needs to hire his “nutritionist”.

  • jjyank

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    Ubaldo…

    Holy shit!

    • jjyank

      What’d he do?

      • Andruw’s Smile

        8 ER, 2 1/3 Innings.

        • jjyank

          Wow. Talk about your good non-trades. Imagine the comments around here if we sent Montero to Colorado.

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

            There’s a pretty decent chance this version of Ubaldo is better than whatever the Yankees will get out Pineda.

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

              When’d you become such a negative nancy Mike? Did Pineda have some set back or start uncorking wild throws while playing catch or something?

              • Kramerica Industries

                Shoulder surgery many times is the death of pitchers.

                What Pineda will be when he returns is truly a box of chocolates.

            • jjyank

              I sure hope not. The other side to that is Montero would probably be hitting a bit better in a hitter’s park.

            • Will The Thrill

              I’m pretty sure Pineda has zero value to the years this year but Ubaldo probably has negative value to the Indians.

              • Will The Thrill

                *to the Yankees this year

            • Dewayne is Wise

              Yes but Campos will be like strasberg.

      • Fin

        Clevland scored 8 runs so far so whatever he did it cant be good.

  • stuart a

    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…

    • jjyank

      Ahhh there he is!

    • Andruw’s Smile

      Strawman!

    • Brian S.

      Jeter did the same thing but at least he ‘plays hard and hustles’ right?

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Selma?

      • jjyank

        I missed out on letter “E”, but if you didn’t use it, keep “Ethel” in your back pocket next time.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          I don’t remember, but I think I might have used Ethel.

          • jjyank

            I think I have a pretty good idea what you’re gonna use for “T” up next.

            • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

              nevermind, I used Estelle

              I’ll keep Ethel in mind if I decide to continue past Z

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

    Great throw, Stew.

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

    Chris Stewart, defensive catcher.

    • CUYanks

      Nichols’ Law!

      • jjyank

        Pretty much.

    • Pinstripes In Cali

      Hey, with him hitting .265 I’ll take it. That’s fully 50% more effective at the plate than Martin.

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

        his average is 80 points higher, but his obp is 25 points lower. Wow…Stewart is even worse than I give him credit for.

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

          And Stewart hits for zero power. That little excuse-me single Martin hit last night traveled farther on the fly than anything Stewart has hit in weeks.

      • Brian S.

        Batting average is a dumb stat.

    • Dewayne is Wise

      Cervelli must have taken a dump on Cashman desk.

  • Brian S.

    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?

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

      They don’t have to give anyone anything. They choose to give them the $100M+.

    • CUYanks

      They locked up Bautista before they knew for sure if it wasn’t just one fluke season. AA took on some risk there.

    • Andruw’s Smile

      Encarnacion does not equal Cano. Also, Cano signed a pretty team friendly deal back in the day.

  • Chris

    Fuck smallball

  • OMG! Bagels!

    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.

    • jjyank

      Agreed. In other news, I totally ate a bagel for lunch today.

      • OMG! Bagels!

        Start spreading the cream cheese!

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      “Arod will never be Arod again”… I missed Yogi’s post.

    • Dean Winters

      Arod will never be Arod again.

      ——————–

      Well that part is true.

  • Kramerica Industries

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

    The Stras, or the Trout?

    • FIPster Doofus

      Trout, no question.

      • jjyank

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

        • FIPster Doofus

          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

            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.

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

              • FIPster Doofus

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

              • Andruw’s Smile

                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

            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.

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

  • Christopher

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

    • Andruw’s Smile

      Nobody, he was picked before the Yankees had a pick.

    • Brian S.

      We didn’t. We drafted Slade Heathcott five picks later.

    • jjyank

      Nobody. We didn’t have a pick before Trout.

    • Dean Winters

      Angels were able to draft Trout with the pick they received from the Yankees after losing Tex

  • FIPster Doofus

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

    • TomH

      “Everybody knows” that b.a. is an over-the-hill stat.

      • Dean Winters

        Francesa? I thought you were on vacation.

  • your mom

    Trout for MVP.

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

      Probably.

  • Will The Thrill

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

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Steal third too

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

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

  • Rich in NJ

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

    • FIPster Doofus

      He’ll be the first $300 million free agent at this rate.

      • jjyank

        If he keeps playing at this level and hits FA at the age of 26/27…Good Mo is he going to get PAID.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    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.

    • Dean Winters

      Funniest thing I’ve read in a while.

  • Kramerica Industries

    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.

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

      He’s a true 5 tool talent, he can field, run, hit, has power, and has a pretty good arm too. It’ll be amazing to see if he can do this for an extended period of time (like a few consecutive seasons.)

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

        Trout can’t really throw, Harper’s closer to the true five-tool guy.

        • Andruw’s Smile

          Harper’s arm is unreal. His glove is his one big question in the five tools, right? I mean its only his second season as an OF so he’s still learning routes and the such.

        • Brian S.

          Harper can’t run like Trout can though.

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

            Few can, but he’s still a 20+ SB guy.

            • Andruw’s Smile

              Seemingly more to me, at least early in his career, just because of his instincts and base running ability. Also, I’d think that just with his mindset he’d attempt more steals than a normal guy with his speed would.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Garcia is going to get phelps brought back up.

  • your mom

    Good recovery Freddy.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Chad “Vulture” Qualls

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Qualls = Scott Proctor

    • OMG! Bagels!

      No. He’s not.

  • Nathan

    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

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

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

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

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

      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

      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

      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.

      • OMG! Bagels!

        But the hallmark of a great career is…. A CAREER. This guy JUST started.

  • your mom

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

    • Greg

      Anthony Bass with the Padres

      • your mom

        Don’t forget Doug Fister, when he was with Seattle.

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

          There’s a fish called Fister?

          • jjyank

            Fister? But I barely even know her!

          • your mom

            No but it’s fishy in another(perhaps disgusting)way.

  • your mom

    Hooray for lead-off walks.

  • jjyank

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

    • Greg
      • jjyank

        A blank comment?

        • Greg

          I was trying to post a link to the Sesame Street parody of the video that was blowing up twitter a few days ago.

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

            There’s a Sesame Street parody of “call me maybe”?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  • Andruw’s Smile

    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

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

      • Andruw’s Smile

        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

          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

      Chad Qualls got the win last night. Enough said.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Swissssssssh

  • Cy Pettitte

    some catch by Swish!

  • Kramerica Industries

    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.

    • Rich in NJ

      And Swisher is not that tall, which makes it harder.

  • Dewayne is Wise

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

    • VT Yankee Fan

      You can’t handle the truth!

  • Countryclub

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

  • jjyank

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

    • Andruw’s Smile

      He also looks like he’s in great shape. Not sure if the two correlate at all.

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

        Probably, two of the things that make an outfielder good are range and being able to track a ball. The key part of having range is having good speed, being in good shape makes you faster.

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

    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…

  • Brian S.

    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)

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

      What’s your point?

    • jjyank

      I see no reason to compare those two.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      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

        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

          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

            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!

              Yeah, Montero was literally the second coming.

            • FachoinaNYY

              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!

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

          • FachoinaNYY

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

  • your mom

    Arod makes that play too.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Mike Scioscia teams Play The Game The Right Way ™

  • your mom

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

  • CUYanks

    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.

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

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

    • jjyank

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

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

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

        • jjyank

          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.

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

            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

              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.

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

                I really don’t need the 4G, but it’d be cool to have.

                • jjyank

                  Hell I don’t NEED it either, but I sure want it :P

          • Paul VuvuZuvella

            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.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Bobby Wilson? Really????

  • your mom

    Does anybody think Bourjos is a full time player?

    • Brian S.

      Yes because of his defense.

      • your mom

        Who’s better overall Gardner or Bourjos? Disregarding age.

        • Brian S.

          Gardner has hit and defended better in his career than Bourjous.

        • Andruw’s Smile

          Gardner has better BB rates and on base skills, I’d take Brett.

    • Andruw’s Smile

      If he can put up close to last year’s numbers, yeah he is. But not even close this year. I have a feeling he’ll bounce between starter and 4th OF for a while with LAA.

  • Greg

    I dont usually say this but that was a pasta dive

  • Brian S.

    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

      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.

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

      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.

      • jjyank

        You’d be dangerously close to stuart a.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      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.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Think Trout goes for stolen base number 3?

  • CUYanks

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

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

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

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

    • your mom

      I second that.

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

    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.”

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

    • CUYanks

      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

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

  • Greg

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

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

    • jjyank

      Come here kids, let me show you something in my moustache…

  • your mom

    Arod with the groundout right?

    • your mom

      NOPE! LOL

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    warning track power

  • Brian S.

    AROD SUXXXXX

  • CUYanks

    Arod 3k countdown: 142 hits to go!

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Dammed guess hitter.

  • your mom

    RISP success tonight!

  • Nathan

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

    AND a hit with RISP?

    Wow.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      now if they could only get some small ball going

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Risp success

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    nice bounce off the bag there

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

    RISPWIN Without a homerun!!!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Tough luck Tex.

  • jjyank

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

    • Brian S.

      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

        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

      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

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        41 for last 135 (17 games including today’s 3-4) .304 AVG

  • your mom

    Tough break for Tex there.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Pujols = dick move

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Meh, the staredown looked way more egregious in slow motion than it did live.

      • Get Phelps Up

        He was probably just looking to see if Cano was gonna try and get back to first.

      • Dewayne is Wise

        Take the ball to first base and be done with it.

    • Nathan

      Meh, not really. Now if he held the ball out or stood in front of the base and not tag it, that would be a dick move.

  • Christopher

    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!

      Oh is that how it works?

    • RetroRob

      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.

      • Brian S.

        Boras is responsible for the A-Rod contract so fuck him.

        • RetroRob

          Hank is. The Yankees should love Boras because he can bring them the stars. It’s up to them on choosing wisely.

          • Brian S.

            I wonder what type of contract A-Rod would have got if Cashman did the negotiating. 6-189 sound fair?

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

              I could see maybe 7, possibly 8. But no more than that.

              • Brian S.

                Think the Angels offer him 10 years if the Yankees don’t?

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

                  Maybe, but I think by coming out and saying that Boras went behind his back to opt out of the deal, and saying that Boras wouldn’t be involved in the negotiations with the Yankees showed that he really wanted to come back here.

                • RetroRob

                  No. That was always the mystery of the A-Rod contract. A-Rod came back to the Yankees. They cold have had him for max eight years, maybe seven. As fans, we’d be a lot less concerned if there was only two years left.

            • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

              For 189, I think it would be 7 years. I don’t think anyone would have given ARod a 31.5M AAV.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

    • Brian S.

      A-Rod. His salary the last three years is only around 20 mil too.

      • your mom

        ONLY 20 million?

        • Brian S.

          Better than Pujols at 30!

        • RetroRob

          Better than the 30 million the Angels will be paying Pujols.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          Compared to the last years of Pujols’ contract and the early and current years of ARod’s contract, 20M is relatively “only.

    • Get Phelps Up

      5 of ARod, no questions asked.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      15 Years of Trout.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        hell yes

  • Brian S.

    I usually like Cone but he’s annoying today.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

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

      They probably wouldn’t understand the concept. “Why is it such a big deal that she gave him her number?” “What does it matter that the wind was blowing?” “Is she talking to me or Mark Teixeira? Because we both look dapper in our suits from Hart, Schaffner, and Marks.”

      • CUYanks

        “You can’t predict dating patterns, Suzyn.”

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Great job, Cody.

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

    Big ups to Cody Eppley. Great job.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

  • Brian S.

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

    • your mom

      Unlike Rapada, he can field.

      • Nathan

        Rapada has me traumatized. The next time he fields a ball I’m going to yell out “NNNNNnnnnnnooooooooooo!!!!!!!!111111″.

        Over-dramatic? Maybe but deserving!

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Eppley what a pickup by Cash.

    • Andruw’s Smile

      Cashman failed by not getting him earlier.

  • Greg

    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)

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

    • RetroRob

      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

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

    • jjyank

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

  • your mom

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

    • Nathan

      I don’t know but I know you’re right: Nomo, Matsuzaka, Kuroda and this Takahashi guy.

      Hell, even Wang had his funky delay. It must just be a thing that is taught it Asia to disrupt timing and add some deception. Just my guess.

      • your mom

        If D-Rob pitched for contact would he be better or worse?

        • your mom

          Reply fail.

    • Brian S.

      Why are all Japanese pitchers so good at math?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Anyone know what Jeff Weaver is up to these days?

    • jjyank

      Cheering for his brother in a a private luxury box?

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

    Ibanez vs. LHP. Grumble grumble.

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

      RABBLE RABBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Greg

      Numbers dont back up Joe either. Ibanez only 1-8 vs. Takahashi.

      My guess is that since Ibanez hasnt played full time in awhile he wanted to keep Raul fresh.

    • Andruw’s Smile

      I think Joe has more faith in Ibanez than Jones vs same side pitchers. That’s just how it seems to me.

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

        Ibanez got some hits off LHP earlier in the season and Girardi’s stuck with him ever since. It came back to bite him in the Braves series when Ibanez was allowed for face Venters with the tying run on base (twice!).

  • Andruw’s Smile

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

    • jjyank

      Yeah, especially with how well Andruw has been hitting of late.

      • Greg

        My only guess is that since the Yankees played 4 lefties in a row, Ibanez hasn’t been getting swings of late, so he wanted to keep him up.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Especially since they took Ibanez out for defense anyway.

  • Brian S.

    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

      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…

      • Brian S.

        He wasn’t as valuable to the Yankees at the time as Weaver was to the Angels last year though.

    • your mom

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

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

      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

        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.

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

          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

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

  • Greg

    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.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      What would they be saving him for?

      • Greg

        well, you never know.

        • Andruw’s Smile

          That wouldn’t make any sense to me with McDonald on the bench as well, with even Nix being able to play the OF too.

      • jjyank

        Scott Downs maybe? I don’t agree with the move, I would have PH Jones, but I’m just thinking of why Girardi didn’t.

        • Get Phelps Up

          Downs threw 30 pitches yesterday and probably isn’t available even if the Angels had a lead.

          • jjyank

            Fair enough. I’m not defending it, just thinking out loud. I would have had Jones hit.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Qualls > D-Rob because he has more wins

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

      Clay Buckholz is tied as the 5th best pitcher in baseball because Wins.

      • Get Phelps Up

        David Robertson is tied as the worst pitcher in baseball.

        • Andruw’s Smile

          Chris Davis is as good as Cliff Lee.

          • jjyank

            HA! Now that’s a good one.

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

            So is Cory Wade.

          • Get Phelps Up

            Chad Qualls is 2x better.

        • RetroRob

          In 2011, Mariano Rivera was one of the worst pitchers in the game, with only a single win, and losing twice as many games as he won. Cut him!

      • CUYanks

        Jamie Moyer and David Wells had better careers than Pedro Martinez, no doubt.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Everything I needed to know about Baseball, I learned in Kindergarten when they taught me to count.

  • Cy Pettitte

    looks like the few off days was good for DRob

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

    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.

    • jjyank

      First name of “Peter” usually reminds me.

  • your mom

    Where’s the curve?

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      If they aren’t touching the fastball, why bother dropping the hammer?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    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

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

    • CUYanks

      Why is it not a valid reason?

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        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

          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?

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            Fallacy of the pre..nevermind, you’re teasing me.

            You know why.

            • jjyank

              I know.

        • CUYanks

          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)

          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)

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

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

        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.

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          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)

            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.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        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

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

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

            exactly

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            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

              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)

              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)

          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

            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.

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            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)

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

              Sure, that’s it, jackass.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Robertson looked incredibly sharp.

  • your mom

    Izturis is rubbish.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      yea, not your ideal pinch hitter

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

    • Greg

      Not potentially. They will have too, unless they IBB him.

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        crap, i thought it was 9, 1, 2. then i guess potentially trumbo

  • your mom

    Let’s tack on some insurance runs please.

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

    Embedded Yankee, LaTroy Hawkins.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      It’s pretty hard to believe that he’s still pitching.

      • RetroRob

        …and pitching well.

    • MidlandTX

      You know he was once traded for David Aardsma and Jerome Williams.

  • your mom

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

    • Brian S.

      Profar is far and away better than Olt.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    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

  • Brian S.

    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…

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

      are you going all stuart a on us only with Derek?

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Agnus?

      /justkidding

  • your mom

    5 RBIS, you can do it!

  • Nathan

    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.

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

      …be careful, I’d use something with a very low alcohol content, otherwise you might need your stomach pumped by like the 5th inning.

      • Nathan

        Forrealz. Maybe even the 3rd.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      I think you’ll be blacked out by 2pm.

      • OMG! Bagels!

        1:25

  • Greg

    Sneaky move by ARod.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    i love and hate that arod is the yankees sb leader

    • RetroRob

      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.

      • BK2ATL

        Duck now….

        How dare you imply anything against Gardner??? But but his speed….

        j/k

  • your mom

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

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

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

  • Greg

    Well that’s the double edged sword with Cano

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

    RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!!!!!!!!!! RISPFAIL RABBLE!!!

  • your mom

    Ewwww.

  • Brian S.

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

    • TomH

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

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    What makes Soriano so tough to hit?

  • DERP

    Sit down rook

  • Greg

    Trout’s gone fishin’

    Had to do it.

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

    OMG he can be struck out?!?!

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      He’s done.

    • Strat

      Pfft… I never saw Mantle, but I’m pretty sure he never struck out! :)

  • Christopher

    This rookie sucks.

  • Get Phelps Up

    A Montero shirt in the stands!

    • Cy Pettitte

      I noticed that too lol.

      • RetroRob

        Guy thought he had made a fifteen year investment.

  • Christopher

    My close caption calls him Pew Holds.

    • Zooboy

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

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    FINISH HIM

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Great way to close it out.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    nice series win!!!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Untuck that bitch.

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

    Great game.

  • DERP

    Soriano slaying bitches

  • Christopher

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

  • Brian S.

    Raffi

  • CUYanks

    Great job by the bullpen today.

  • teddy

    very good win, series win, going for the sweep

  • Mike N

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

  • CUYanks

    Any chance Soriano opts out?

    • RetroRob

      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

        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

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

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

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

    • Nathan

      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

        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?

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

          You’re not serious, are you?

        • Nathan

          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

            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

              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.

  • Get Phelps Up

    5-15 record now for the Angels at YS3.

    • RetroRob

      I think 5-17, including the 2009 postseason.

      • Get Phelps Up

        I included that. 1-6 in 09 including postseason, 2-3 in 2010, 1-2 in 2011, and 1-4 this year.