Game 90: CC’s Back

Yankees monitoring bullpen market
Turley dominates in big Tampa win
(REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

The Yankees have had awful lot of injuries to high-profile pitchers this season, including long-term injuries to Michael Pineda, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettitte. CC Sabathia‘s groin strain was, thankfully, not as severe and he’ll return to the rotation tonight after missing just two starts. The timing worked out well for the team because the All-Star break probably saved them like two starts from a non-Sabathia guy. With a chance to push the division lead to double-digits (!), here is your lineup…

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

LHP CC Sabathia

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on My9. Enjoy.

email
Yankees monitoring bullpen market
Turley dominates in big Tampa win
  • PFOJ

    Hey la, hey la. CC’s Back.

    • Betty Lizard

      ‘Cause he’s kinda big and he’s awful strong . . . Hey la hey la . . .
      Ah, to be a backup singer. Screw the 3 degrees . . . .

  • your mom

    So the Marlins may be in sell mode soon. Anyone of attainable interest?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      The Marlins won’t be selling in the first year of a new stadium with their past history of completely losing the fanbase following conducting fire sales after winning a championship. It would be complete suicide. Not happening.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        ADDENDUM: They won’t be selling the parts people are bound to say they want the most.

    • yooboo

      It will be laughable. I may interest in Emilio Bonifacio.

    • Dewayne is Wise

      Handley Ramirez please.

    • Brian S.

      Mike Stanton would be a nice stopgap option in RF for next season.

      • Get Phelps Up

        He hasn’t even reached his arb years yet. He’d be more than a stopgap.

        • Get Phelps Up

          And the Marlins won’t trade him anyway.

        • Brian S.

          Check your sarcasm detector.

          • Get Phelps Up

            It failed me.

          • G

            They actually said they’d listen on Stanton trade proposals so I’ve been playing “what-if”. It’s not like it’s going to happen, but I imagine they’d like to see if someone gets really stupid and sends over an unbelievable package that they can’t refuse. Odds of him getting traded are still near zero, but it’s fun to imagine.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Like I said, a fire sale would be about the stupidest thing a sports franchise not named the New York Knicks could ever do.

              Just even the fact that we’re hearing rumblings of them being willing to listen is unbelievable. What an incredibly idiotic franchise the Florida/Miami Marlins are. They never learn. Fuck them.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    What’s that sound?! THERE’S A BIG MAN COMING THROUGH.

  • yooboo

    Sabby’s career against Blue Jays is 3-12 6.13.

    And he will pitch against the team without home run king. Ought to mow them down for 7 innings. Is that what you want to hear?

    • Greg

      Umm.. 12-3 with a 3.16.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        It wouldn’t surprise me to hear that, in yoobooland, he actually is 3-12 with a 6.13 ERA.

        • G

          Me neither. There’s also apparently some character named “Sabby” in yoobooland…

  • captain kiwi

    let’s do it carsten

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Amazing yanks looking for relievers they have Joba back soon 98 on the gun today, wtf cashman with a smoke screen.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Trading deadline is in two weeks. They’re going to be monitoring everything. Doesn’t mean they make a deal.

      If this year’s version of Kerry Wood a few years back becomes available for a bag of balls, you don’t bite, even with Joba coming back? Come on.

      • Dewayne is Wise

        No Hughes will be in the pen come playoffs rather have ichiro for a few months rental.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          Not sure Ichiro is an upgrade over any of their current starters at this point, at least not offensively.

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

          yeah, Ichiro, with his incredible .302 OBP the past two season. No thanks.

          • Dewayne is Wise

            Ichiro at yankee stadium would get a lot more hits and he can pull the ball into the short porch.

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

              The short porch won’t matter, he can’t hit the ball in the air that far.

              • Brian S.

                Ichiro plays great defense so he might be a nice cheap stopgap option next season but yeah we don’t really need him this year.

                • Get Phelps Up

                  I’d much rather have Tori Hunter.

              • Dewayne is Wise

                385 obp in NY. Leadoff hitter with speed.

                • Brian S.

                  Most of that OBP came when he was one of the best hitters in the league.

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    Hey look, it’s CC being downright beastly.

              • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

                The short porch won’t matter, he just doesn’t want to hit the ball in the air that far.

                Fixed that for you.

  • camilo Gerardo

    what’s wrong with cc’s back?

    • Betty Lizard

      It took me a minute. Damn over work.

  • Brian S.

    Why is A-Rod DHing again? Someone else needs a turn.

    • Greg

      He’s been on fire as a DH.

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

      stiff neck. Also, who would you rather DH against a LHP?

      • Brian S.

        Jeter.

        • Greg

          And who would play short?

          • Brian S.

            Nix.

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

            Good point, not really too important though.

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

              This was met for Brain’s “Jeter” comment.

    • eephus_pitch

      Does stuart have an opinion about this?

  • Dewayne is Wise

    AL East folding like a lawn chair. Yankees running away with it.

    • flamingo

      I’m enjoying this simile.

  • flamingo

    Yeah, I missed this guy.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    You can tell the Blue Jay telecast is a Canadian product. It reminds me of 1990’s CNBC or maybe 1980’s “You Can’t Do that on Television.”

    • RI$P FTW

      I don’t know!!!

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        “Whaddya thinks in the burger?”

        • RI$P FTW

          Ahhhh!

  • eephus_pitch

    I know we’re supposed to repeat the mantra of “RBIs DON’T MATTER,” but Jeter with 26 RBIs is still making me sad.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Doesn’t help without Gardner absent from 9 spot and either Martin or Stewart down there.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        With*

      • eephus_pitch

        Very true.

  • RI$P FTW

    Be careful out there, folks!
    http://charlotte.cbslocal.com/.....disorders/

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Oakland may give us Coco Crisp for a A prospect.

    • RetroRob

      Career OPS+ of 93 and 68 this year. Owed another $3M this year and $8M next year (including the $1M buyout). It’s nice that they want an A prospect, but I wouldn’t give them one.

  • your mom

    Another HR for Mark Trumbo. That dude’s a beast.

    • Dewayne is Wise

      HGH

  • Dewayne is Wise

    No way was that a strike.

  • Brian S.

    Lawrie is good at baseball.

  • bobtaco

    Off topic, but has anyone noticed Jesus Montero’s splits:

    While catching, he’s hitting .315 with an .852 OPS; as the DH, it’s .190 with a .503 OPS.

    • RetroRob

      No Edgar Martinez he be.

      I doubt it means anything. He should be used to DH’ing since he did tons of it in the minors.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      I think part of that is because he catches vs. LHP more often than he DH’s vs. LHP, and he has a massive platoon split.

  • Brian S.

    Not an ace.

  • RetroRob

    Working with Robbie Cano? WTF, Robbie. Do not work out and help the competition. Period. And, no, not trolling.

    • G

      Um… if they’re friends they’ll work out together; I doubt Cano did this with the intent of making the enemy better. It’s not like Encarnacion can’t work out somewhere else if Cano doesn’t want to with him.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Watch the sign steal here.

    • Brian S.

      That’s only in Toronto. They have guys in the stands.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Jayson Nix is Batman

  • Cy Pettitte

    the Jays are really good at leadoff double RISP fail

  • eephus_pitch

    Dear John Sterling-
    What the hell is a “Joo-NELL Escobar?”

  • jjyank

    Whew, just got here…damn commute. Did I miss anything fun or exciting?

    • captain kiwi

      cc not being an ace

      • Chris

        Aces never give up doubles to the oppenent’s cleanup hitters. Ever.

  • Brian S.

    Isn’t Jacob Turner supposed to be good?

  • Hummingbird S.

    Robbie is just amazing

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

    What comes after “on fire” because Robbie’s two steps ahead of that.

    • flamingo

      MVP caliber. Paging MSM.

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

        “Nobody in this line up is having an MVP season.”-MSM

    • jjyank

      En fuego has a better ring than “on fire”, even though it means the same thing :P Other than that, let’s get some M-V-P chants going.

  • flamingo

    Keep that streak alive, Robbie!

  • Hummingbird S.

    bad call on that 2-1 pitch… way outside

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    starting to not like this umpire

  • Karl Krawfid

    Home run Jones.

    I win.

    • Greg

      Yes you do

  • Tom

    Angels are lighting up Jacob Turner – 7 runs (3HRs) while still in the 2nd.

    I’m glad the Yankees are done with them in the reg season.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Not done with Detroit, though, and they’re finally playing like they were expected to. Not fun.

  • eephus_pitch

    Sterling is now explaining the origin of his tortured homerun call for Andrew Jones.
    That’s journalism, folks!

  • Hummingbird S.

    locked in!

  • Cy Pettitte

    I see Andruw is still hot!

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

    Me and….me and Mr. Jones…

  • Greg

    THE STREAK IS ON!

  • Darren

    Jesus I hate Sterling. Feel pity on us, those with TVs.

    • your mom

      Better than Chicago’s “He gone” Hawk Harrelson. He is a fucking annoying redneck hillbilly sounding SOB.

      • eephus_pitch

        He’s only better than Harrelson because the Hawk is the worst broadcaster in the world.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Check the time stamp.

    I win.

  • Get Phelps Up

    41 in a row!

    • flamingo

      It’s pretty crazy. I love it.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Nice when they get it out of the way early.

  • flamingo

    ANDRUW!!!

  • DERP

    I am so torn. I love Brett Cecil.

    • jjyank

      Don’t be torn. I would really hope that you love to see the Yankees win more than you love Brett Cecil, unless he’s like, your brother.

      • DERP

        Brett Cecil pitching well and the Yankees winning could both happen.

        • jjyank

          Sure, but if the Yankees beat the living crap out of him, you’d really be sad?

          • DERP

            To be honest, yeah I kind of would

            • jjyank

              May I ask why you like some random dude on the Blue Jays so much? I’m just curious. I could never fathom another player that’s never played for the Yankees capturing my fandom to the point where I would be sad if the Yankees offense explodes all over him.

    • Betty Lizard

      Me too.

    • RetroRob

      Why in the world do you love Brett Cecil?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Batman

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Batmobile lost a wheel

  • jjyank

    Man I love it when Andruw turns back the clock.

    Too many homers, eh?

  • RetroRob

    Is this streak even relevant?

    • Get Phelps Up

      It’s the 2nd longest such streak in MLB history behind the 1994 Indians.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      It should be to the starting pitching staff. They know that in all likelihood, they’re getting 3. So if they nibble and don’t throw strikes early or pitch afraid and cough off 4 runs – they have noone to blame but themselves.

      • RetroRob

        Sorry. It was a rhetorical question from me.

        The Yankees always have a good offense. This offense is not better than recent ones, and in fact is worse in some ways looking at the lower OBP. They compensate for that with more power.

        The record, though, is one of luck and randomness. The luck they haven’t run across a super hot pitcher, or in some losses feasted on a bullpen in the 8th or 9th when the game was already lost.

        There’s nothing wrong with the record as long as the hitters aren’t thinking about the record.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Even Nix, everything is going right!

    • RetroRob

      …well, it was, until he just did that.

      • Hummingbird S.

        exactly.. got carried away, I suppose.

        • RetroRob

          Was surprised by Nix running. He seems to be a fundamentally sound player and he needs to be since he’s a back-up. Players like that can’t give a way outs. I’ll chalk it up to an out-of-character error until I see him do it again.

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

    Damnit…I’m happy that Nix is helping in this case but now I have to listen to John and Suzyn felaciate him

    • Get Phelps Up

      What are they saying after that?

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

        The whole “omg, everytime he plays he does something positive to help the team (never mind stealing third and getting thrown out)”

        • Kramerica Industries

          Reminds me of the old Alex Cora meme from a couple years ago.

          Not that I listen to the radio guys, of course, but the general idea remains.

    • eephus_pitch

      We both thought the exact same thing.

  • eephus_pitch

    Time to fellate Jayson Nix and Chris Stewart.

    • captain kiwi

      hopefully getting caught stealing subsides the fellating

      • eephus_pitch

        They got very confused after that. The caught stealing occurred only seconds after Suzyn was gushing that Nix “does SOMETHING every game to help the team win.”

  • Hummingbird S.

    what the fuck is he doing? fucking scrub

  • Greg

    Incredibly dumb by Nix. He was going to bunt him over

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    There goes Nix doing everything right on the field again.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    brett Cecil the Blue Jays version of Andy Pettitte….my ass lol

    • your mom

      There was that one season where he absolutely owned us though.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Literally the first pitch I saw in this game was Andruw’s home run.

    Um, why did Nix try stealing there?

  • DERP

    Fuck you Derek. Stop making outs.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Sweeny just posted this on twitter: Jones+Ibanez+Chavez+Nix+Wise = 38 HR in 626 ABs.

    pretty incredible.

    • Chris

      Is it safe to say the Yankees have the best bench in the league?

      • jjyank

        I think so, but I am also not all that familiar with most team’s benches.

  • Brian S.

    Is there any way Cano can beat out Trout for the MVP? Trout has the narrative and the WAR on his side :/

    • Greg

      I think Hamilton’s still the MVP.

    • jjyank

      Sure he can. Still a lot of baseball to play.

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

      For a Yankee to win the MVP (or Cy), he has to perform considerably better than anyone else. Like 2007 A-Rod. If it’s close, the vote always goes to the other guy.

      • Brian S.

        A-Rod in 2005 too. Man, Rodriguez was such a beast in his peak. I wonder how A-Rod’s 2004-2009 stacks up against other six year peaks in Yankee history? Might make for an interesting post on a slow day (hint hint)

    • Tom

      Wait for Trouts .402 BABIP to regress a bit?

      It would also help if he developed an addiction and then kicked it, because that always is a good story.

      • Andruw’s Smile

        I think it’ll regress, but not to 320ish. His numbers will drop, but not too dramatically.

        • Tom

          It’s going to be hard to maintain anything above .350 long term (even with his speed). Though since the .400 is already posted he could be finish this year way above it.

          But if it comes back to .350, that’s a 50 point batting average (which is at least 100points off his OPS – 50 vis OBP and 50+ off his SLG)

  • Greg

    Did not panic at all.

  • spectra

    The streak is at 41?

    Man I hate how inconsistent the offense is one night it’s eight runs the next its only three. OVERRATED!!

  • your mom

    Colby Rasmus reminds me of an Oompa Loompa.

  • Kramerica Industries

    As true as what he’s saying might be, I hate when Michael Kay gets on his soap box and tries to explain baseball logic to us.

    I know there are the casual fans, so I guess he has to pander to them, but we all know the logic on the stealing of third, and when/when not to do it.

    • jjyank

      I agree to an extend, but like you said, there are the casual fans and also kids who may not be as familiar with such strategy. Gotta learn from somewhere. Hopefully those kids grow up to be RAB commenters though, I’d hate for all the future generation’s baseball strategy to come from Michael Kay.

      • Alkaline

        Yeah, even now I like listening to strategy like this. I always like to keep an open mind about things. The kids have to pick up the nuances of the game somewhere.

        Random, but one thing I would love is a camera you can control to watch the runners on the bases in order to see the decisions they make on the basepaths. Sometimes I would like to know when exactly a runner picked up that a ball was going to bounce off the wall, when they decided to go from 1st to 3rd, etc. Sometimes the quick replays they have or the camera angles don’t cut it.

  • Hummingbird S.

    pretty pitch

  • Chris

    Rasmus never stood a chance.

  • flamingo

    CC the best.

  • your mom

    You are irrelevant Rajai Davis.

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

    So un-ace-like.

  • DERP

    Adam Jones pre-extension = 958 OPS
    Adam Jones post-extension = 769 OPS

    Not that this really means anything, but I thought is was funny.

    • Brian S.

      Didn’t he have a huge April-May and then fall off a few years ago too?

    • Cy Pettitte

      you could probably do something similar with almost every player on the O’s before June 1 and after, lol.

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

        and the team in general.
        Before June 1st= playoff caliber beast
        After June 1st= laughing stock

    • Tom

      His numbers are almost the same as 2009… he started out Apr/May on fire that year and he completely fell off a cliff the rest of the way.

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

    I just recalled a silly memory from when I was a kid…in 2003, A friend and I were having an argument. I was convinced that Dontrelle Willis would be great for the next decade, and basically be the next “El-Duque.” He was trying to convince me that Sabathia was going to be an ace and a dominate pitcher, and even named his fantasy team The CC-Train to spite me. I don’t think I’ve ever been more wrong about anything regarding sports.

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

      I thought Jeremy Hermida was going to be a star, like a full-fledged superstar. Basically the hitter Joey Votto is today.

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

        Not the same Jeremy Hermida who is in the Padres’ orginization right? this was some stud that died tragically that baseball-reference doesn’t have, right? right?

        Mike if I have to start questioning your abilities to scout talent I’ve got nothing left man!!!

    • eephus_pitch

      It’s such a shame about Dontrelle.

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

        It really is…when he was good, like he was in 2005 he was a lot of fun to watch pitch.

        • eephus_pitch

          I remember him getting some crucial outs in that ’03 WS. Though I usually have to take a valium whenever I think about that series.

        • Brian S.

          Fuck anyone that has anything to do with the 2003 Marlins.

          • eephus_pitch

            The biggest failure of that series, in my opinion, is that the Yanks lost to Brad Penny (!) twice.

  • jjyank

    Careful Tex…good throw has him there.

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

      Meh, three run lead, ace on the mound? I’m ok with taking risks.

      • jjyank

        I’m not knocking the decision to go for it, but it was much closer than I thought it would be, even with the bad throw.

  • Chris

    Mike Trout would have made that catch.

  • Karl Krawfid

    A-Rod has crushed the ball 2 times.

    Nothing to show for it :(

    • eephus_pitch

      Ike Davis would have gotten hits.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        Ike Davis would have gotten 10 RBI’s

  • Greg

    Bad luck for Alex tonight.

  • Judge Smayles

    Adam Dunn just stole second off of Lester/Saltamacrapinmypants

    • eephus_pitch

      As long as it wasn’t a Latin player.

    • jjyank

      ….WAT?

  • Greg

    Weakest swing Cano has taken in awhile.

    • eephus_pitch

      I don’t think he meant to swing.

  • Brian S.

    Adam Dunn stole a base against Lester-Salty.

    • Judge Smayles

      repeated for emphasis…White Sox should get a free run for that.

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

      You’re both kidding right? Shit if he could steal a base against them, I can too.

      • Judge Smayles

        no kidding…they are playing the game without second base b/c they sent it to the Hall of Fame. The Big Donkey now steals bases

    • Get Phelps Up

      They’re just paying tribute to Varitek.

  • Countryclub

    22 HR out of the 7th spot in the order isn’t too shabby at all.

  • DERP

    Nice job by Brett to get out of it. Sorry if I am bothering anyone.

    • jjyank

      I just want to know why you love him so much.

      • Chris

        Must be those nifty goggles.

      • DERP

        He is one of only two University of Maryland players in the majors (Justin Maxwell is the other).

        • DERP

          I went to school there.

        • jjyank

          I take it that’s your alma matter. Still though, don’t root against the Yankees. I hope they hang 20 runs on the guy, just like I do any other pitcher they face.

    • RetroRob

      I could understand if he was a truly great player and you admired him. As much as Pedro annoyed me, I was always secretly a fan just because of his greatness. I can’t dislike great players because I’m such a baseball fan.

      Yet we’re talking Brett Cecil here. So unless you tell me he’s a personal friend, it makes no sense, especially since he pitches in the AL East.

  • RetroRob

    As I watched Rasmus miss Tex’s ball, was surprised they didn’t insert Gose in CF. I guess they wanted to spare the kid, a lefty, facing CC in his MLB debut. He probbly would have caught that ball. He may have as good an arm as any OFer in the game.

  • DERP

    Zach Britton is pitching tonight. I’m curious to see how he does. He was pretty good last year.

  • eephus_pitch

    As much as I hate to agree with Ralph Nader about anything, JESUS FUCKING CHRIST THERE’S A LOT OF ADS ON THESE RADIO BROADCASTS.

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

      this. That and his absolutely correct point that the war on drugs is an abject failure.

      • jjyank

        +1 million on that one

      • eephus_pitch

        One of these days I’m going to listen to an entire radio broadcast and make a list of all the ads. It might not be as bad if there weren’t so many ads for ambulance-chaser law firms.

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

          Lol, post the list at the end of the game.

    • RetroRob

      Wait, Ralph Nader has a radio advertisement complaining about too many ads on radio?

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

    Easiest trivia of the season.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Guys, just remember: CC might be doing well, but it’s against a last place team. Therefore, whatever he does tonight is totally irrelevant, as is every hit a player gets and every run we score. They don’t count because the Blue Jays are last place.

    Even wins only count because MLB has some sort of technical bullshit rule how every win needs to count the same regardless of the team. We all know the wins SHOULDN’T count because the Blue Jays are in last place.

    • Chris

      Best last place team in baseball.

    • Tom

      But this is a big game.

      If they win tonight than tomorrow’s game won’t count because of the all you have to is win the series rule.

      • Tom

        *all you have to DO is win the series*

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        No, you don’t understand. Even if we win the series it won’t matter because the team is in last place. Therefore every positive thing the Yankees did in this series is irrelevant. The wins are only a technical issue.

    • Rooting for U.S. Steel

      Pitchers designated as team aces should have to get four strikes against every team under .500.

      Furthermore, those sub .500 teams should be allowed to play under rules similar to the Home Run Derby — every ball struck by a batter on them should count as a home run if it’s not an out.

      For competitive balance, the pitcher on the sub-.500 team will be required to bat. Unless he doesn’t want to.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        Doesn’t apply yet. Blue Jays won’t be sub-.500 until after the game.

        • Rooting for U.S. Steel

          In addition to his many wonderful, wonderful qualities, Bud Selig is psychic.

          “Mr. Selig will let you know when you’re a sub-.500 team, young man.”

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

    “Nobody has any idea what we’re talking about, you know that right.” John to Suzyn “I’m going to continue babbling anyway.(might be paraphrasing)”

    • eephus_pitch

      It’s only a slight paraphrase.
      Elena Verdugo.

  • Countryclub

    CC’s pitch count in great shape. Hopefully he can go 7. I’m guessing we’re looking at a 100 pitch count limit. Would be nice if the O exploded so they don’t have to use the A pen arms.

  • DERP

    Only 11 balls by CC.

  • vin

    Here’s Dayton Moore explaining the Melky-Sanchez trade…

    “You want them all to work out, but most of the time they don’t, unfortunately,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Tuesday. “It’s part of the business, you move on and you accept it. You continue to look for solutions.”

    MOST of the time?! Poor choice of words. That made me laugh.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_.....assignment

  • Darren

    Sterling: “Yanks got all three of their runs in one swell foop.”

    HELP ME!

    • eephus_pitch

      I think he thought he was being clever.

      • Darren

        maybe, i just don’t trust him anymore for anything.

      • RetroRob

        Faux John Sterling on Twitter is great. It’s difficult at times to tell the difference between Sterling’s crazy statements and the imitation.

        http://twitter.com/FauxJSterling/

  • BK2ATL

    What’s crazy is, CC has thrown 54 pitches so far through 4 innings. 43 strikes, 11 balls.

    Welcome back, ace!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Another home run.

    I win again.

  • Brian S.

    Betances went 6 innings tonight. 7 hits, 1 run, 5 K’s, NO WALKS.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Kenny Williams loves it.

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

      Bullshit. lol trade him to the ChiSox now!

    • RetroRob

      Someone mentioned trading for Coco Crisp on the A’s. I’d rather have Seth Smith. Just can’t see the A’s trading a bat for an arm since they need bats more.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Seth Smith was the Dominic Brown of his time.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Dammit Jones I fail.

  • Brian S.

    That was a smart, gritty play by Nix. Now we just need him to jump up and down between every pitch.

  • RetroRob

    You know, I wonder if Bill Hall regrets not taking the Yankees offer to play in AAA. He probably would have gotten the call to join the Yankees instead of Nix when Nunez went down.

    I actually prefer Nix…just as long as he doesn’t trying stealing third with no outs.

  • Tom

    Chris Stewart should probably try the same thing the way Cecil falls off the mound toward 3rd

  • Chris

    If you looked up the definition of “noodle bat” in the dictionary, you’d find a picture of Chris Stewart.

  • Chris

    Yea Kay, hooray for the 2nd wild card. Baseball is so much more balanced with Detroit and LA in the playoffs AGAIN. What a stupid idea.

  • RetroRob

    What kind of crazy shit is Kay talking about? Guide it home? It’s freaking July. Nine games leads can go away. He once predicted the ALCS was over after the Yankees won the first game against the Rangers in 2010. He’s crazy.

    • Chris

      He is a pre-madona bit*h. Does he even do road games anymore? The Yankees broadcast crew as a whole sucks. TV and Radio. The best people are the former players.

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

        I’m pretty sure he only does East Coast games.

      • Chris

        As a whole? That’s a little harsh. Cone, O’Neill, Leiter and Singleton do great jobs in my opinion. There’s no help for the WCBS crew though…

        • RetroRob

          Agreed. Kay just throws the whole thing off.

      • Get Phelps Up

        He just doesn’t do West Coast games. He’ll go to Minnesota, Texas, etc.

        • Kramerica Industries

          Only reason he would go to Minnesota is because it’s late in the season.

          Otherwise, only the really important games will he ever head west of the Mississippi to do.

    • Chris

      I’ll never forgive Kay for that.

  • bonestock94

    Just me, or is there jets flying over the stadium?

  • eephus_pitch

    Come on, Jeter. Swing at strikes.

  • Greg

    There has been RISPfail for the Yankees tonight, but it has gone unnoticed with the domination of CC.

    • Greg

      However to be fair, two of the chances can be attributed to bad luck with ARod at bats.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        one chance
        runner was on first in his first AB

  • DERP

    Derek is infuriating. WTF dude

  • Karl Krawfid

    Youuuuuuuuuuuuuk!

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      awesome

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Youk just hit a 3-run bomb off Lester. That looks so weird!

  • Brian S.

    Three run home run for Youkilis. trolololo

  • Get Phelps Up

    Youh homered! Haha.

    • Get Phelps Up

      *Youk

  • Greg

    Youk with a 3 run bomb off Lester.

  • Judge Smayles

    Youkilis is so much more likeable when on another team…3 run bomb off Lester!

  • Judge Smayles

    what is up with Lester? he’s fallen off a cliff

    • Brian S.

      His cutter doesn’t cut anymore.

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

      He’s not getting his mid game fried chicken and beer anymore. His performance has definitely suffered.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        “Skip makes us eat this weird raw fish stuff with sticks. What the fuck?”

  • DERP

    Hey guys, did Youkilis homer? I didn’t see anyone mention it.

    • Judge Smayles

      Come again…

    • RetroRob

      I’m sorry. Missed this. I was busy watching Youkilis homer. Did you know?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Echo echo echo

  • Robinson Tilapia

    CC was barely gone, but I missed him so.

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

      A true ace would have a 15 pitch perfect game going against last place drivel like this.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        14. One guy would have said “fuck it” and walked away before he threw a pitch. VERLANDER DOES THIS ALL THE TIME.

    • flamingo

      He’s just cruising along.

    • Brian S.

      He’s been practicing his ace impression.

  • your mom

    What’s up with Mathis? Didn’t he always hit doubles off us when he was with the Angels?

    • Greg

      In the 09 ALCS, he did.

    • Brian S.

      Only in the playoffs.

  • jjyank

    Anyone read OTM lately? I’m curious how many of them are engaging in mass bridge-jumping with Youk on fire with the White Sox and WMB shitting the bed lately.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Honestly, with the way things have gone for the Red Sox this year, I think they all saw it coming.

    • Brian S.

      My favorite OTM memory was the way DRaysBay just shit on their lives last September. They would have members post gay porn gifs in their game threads and shit. It was professional trolling done right.

      • Chris

        That’s fucking hysterical.

        • Brian S.

          Yeah the people at DRaysBay waged a full out war on OTM. Believe it or not Rays fans hate them more than they do the Yankees.

          • Brian S.

            I know all about this because I was an active member of the Yankees SBN blog.

          • Chris

            I posted this pic of Robert Andino with the caption “Hi, I just fukd your season” on an OTM game thread a month or two ago and was banned instantly. I only created that account to post that pic there too.

          • Kramerica Industries

            Rays fans should love the Yankees.

            The Yankees enabled those fuckers to reach the playoffs last year. Which was fine, since it was the Red Sox, but I would’ve hated it in any other case.

      • jjyank

        I liked how at one point all the regular OTM posters just started posting gifs of hot girls (different thread than the one you’re talking about). Every single one of them completely gave up on their own game thread, it was awesome.

  • Brian S.

    Betances update. He actually pitched to two batters in the seventh and gave up a walk and a hit before they took him out.

  • Tom

    Don’t know how to directly paste pictures into comments.

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/.....a924_z.jpg

  • Greg

    Another hard hit ball that is caught.

  • DERP

    Cecil is settling in nicely.

    • Greg

      He’s at 92 pitches, so it might be too late.

    • jjyank

      No, not nice at all!

  • G

    What at an unlucky day for A-Rod… hard grounder snagged on a great play, line drive right at Rasmus, and another line drive that looked like it was headed for the gap but hung up a bit too long…

    Oh well, I’ll take 3-0 before good luck.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’m still steamed that I had to allow my visiting mother to watch a half hour of one of the final episodes of her favorite telenovela and not CC.

    • G

      My condolences. If it’s any consolation, you can look up a lot of videos of CC dominating and they’re all pretty much like this haha.

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

    Andruw Jones casually catching a ball Raul Ibanez would have had to catch in a full blown sprint.

    • G

      It bothers me when people say Jones is bad on defense. He’s still solid out there.

      • RetroRob

        I was going to write the same thing. Someone here was lumping Jones and Ibanez together, suggesting the Yankees needed to improve their OF defense because of them. Jones is one of the greatetest defensive OFers of all time. He is nowhere near his peak, but he still rates as a plus defender. He isn’t someone you replace on defense. He’s someone a team tries to acquire to improve their defense, at least as a part timer.

  • DERP

    So Boston is moving back to a five man rotation…and they decide to keep Aaron Cook?

    • Brian S.

      Aaron Cook is on some vodoo magic. Just like all the other scrubs that have played for them this year. They get injured but don’t skip a beat because they have AAAA filler and waiver wire fodder turn into superheroes.

      • RetroRob

        Trying to catch lightning in a bottle. They’re hoping Aaron Cook will be their version of Aaron Small, although Small’s performance was much more of a shock.

        • Brian S.

          They have been catching lightning in a bottle all year. Nava, Podsednik, Cook, Morales, Ciriaco, etc.

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

            CIRIACO IS A HALL OF FAMAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tom

    Wow CC has made Rasmus look silly tonight. (reminds me of what Pettitte did to Harper)

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Bullpen phone already???

  • Carl G

    Off topic, but, will we get any updates on Brett Gardner tonight? I know he had the MRI today… don’t know if the media usually gets wind of those immediately or not.

    • G

      I imagine something will come out on Twitter relatively soon.

    • RetroRob

      That’s a medical issue, which is goverened by some very strict laws. It won’t get leaked until Gardner and the Yankees talk and then they leak it, or in reality release it.

      • G

        You heard it from Michael Kay first everyone. Other than the 3 runs, Cecil has matched Sabathia 0 for 0.

        And other than the 608 saves I’ve matched Mariano’s career perfectly.

        • G

          Reply fail… not sure how this ended up here :|

          • RetroRob

            Too bad. I got excited reading it quickly. I thought somehow laws were being created to govern what Michael Kay can say.

  • jjyank

    I posted this:

    http://www.google.com/imgres?q.....s:43,i:216

    At OTM, and I’m being hunted as a troll, and they’re begging the mod to ban me :P

    • RetroRob

      Careful. If you troll, they will come.

      We have enough Yankee-fan trolls. We don’t need Red Sox ones too.

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

        I think they’re too miserable dwelling in self wallow to bother trolling us.

      • Brian S.

        How are they going to know he’s a Yankee fan from RAB? They will probably assume it is someone from DRayBay

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          Using the jjyank handle may have been a tip off he was a Yankee fan.

          • jjyank

            Sure. But for all they know I’m from LoHud. We’ve had other people get banned from OTM before, I haven’t seen them try trolling here at all.

            • RetroRob

              If you used the jjyank handle they’ll find you easily. Just put your handle in Google search and see what pops up.

              • jjyank

                See my comment below. What are Red Sox trolls gonna do anyway? It would actually be kind of funny to see them try.

                • RetroRob

                  Trolling in an art form. The fan of the worst team in baseball can troll and be annoying. They don’t even have to troll in favor of the Red Sox. They can be against the Yankees. As I said, half jokingly, we have our own annoying trolls, and they’re Yankee fans! We don’t need to add Red Sox fans in.

                  I’ve trolled from time to time, but never under my usual handle. So I wasn’t saying don’t troll, just don’t lead them back to RAB. I could find you here in less than five seconds. If I remember how OTM was set up there is a registration process, so it’s easier for them to ban you than it would be for RAB to ban any of them.

                  Other than that, keep up the trolling!

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    I’ve trolled on non-baseball sites a few times. It is an art form.

                    Stuart is fucking Picasso.

          • Brian S.

            :: facepalm ::

            • jjyank

              So? Considering Tampa Bay is tied with Boston, I don’t think anyone at OTM would expect trolling from them anyway.

              • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

                meh, who cares? Let’em try. What are Boston fans going to say? Remember 2004?

                • Brian S.

                  That’s what ‘Pesky0407′ tried to say when he was trolling last year in that one thread last October.

                • jjyank

                  That’s my point, or part of it anyway. I’m not worried about Boston trolls from OTM because they have nothing to troll about. Hence why I didn’t bother to change my handle.

                  Besides, it’s kind of a habit to type out “jjyank”. It’s been my handle for everything since I played Warbirds Online when I was like 10 years old.

        • jjyank

          Yeah, it’s not like I linked them back to RAB or anything. Just dropped that Andino link and left.

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

      Lol, I was banned for posting an article. Not that one though.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      I do not support trolling on other blogs but…*Whisper* “Good job”.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Fight the good fight.

  • Chris

    So many hard hit outs for the Yankees today.

    • G

      Yeah, really they’re smacking Cecil around, just nothing to show for it… other than the 3 runs which according to Kay don’t really exist apparently.

      • Kramerica Industries

        I’m guessing because it was one of those unreliable home runs?

        • eephus_pitch

          It was the rally-killing kind.

  • DERP

    Cecil is showing tremendous grit tonight.

    • G

      Put it back in your pants DERP. Not in front of everyone.

      • captain kiwi

        lol

    • jjyank

      You’re making me want to root against him harder.

  • DERP

    Assuming Cecil is done, now would be a good time to tack on a few more runs.

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

    You know even though when he went down and it seemed like he wasn’t even gone…I missed CC so much.

  • Karl Krawfid

    F-bomb.

    Great Job big CC!

  • Hummingbird S.

    that’s a stupid decision… not even at 90 pitches.. now we get to see the weak part of the ‘pen make things interesting and then the main guys get burned yet again.

    • Greg

      Really?

      • Hummingbird S.

        Yeah, really.

        • Greg

          Cautious, yes. Stupid, no.

          • RetroRob

            I think the Yankees and Girardi have a much better grasp on CC’s arm right now. Didn’t appear CC had a problem being taken out. He might have told Joe he thought he could get one or two more outs, which is a sign he feels gassed.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Dude just got off the DL, and you knew in advance Girardi wasn’t going to ride him hard tonight.

          Pen did the job.

          Nothing to see here except your regular Negative Nancyness.

    • G

      I don’t think you’re giving enough credit to Eppley, Rapada, and Logan. Logan was lights out before he started fatiguing, but he’s rested more lately and should be effective.

  • Pat D

    I guess I expected him to throw 100. Let’s go bullpen.

    And any time the offense wants to score more, that’d be great.

  • DERP

    Some idiot in Minnesota just fell on to the field trying to get a foul ball.

    • RetroRob

      Is he okay? Or is this another Texas Rangers situation and their dangerous ballpark.

      • DERP

        No he was right behind the short wall near where the third base coach stands. He was fine.

  • G

    Oh come on… I understand wanting to limit the pitch count for a guy off the DL, but this isn’t just some guy. This is CC, he’s capable of throwing 150 pitches. 100 should’ve been the limit.

  • DERP

    I thought he wouldn’t be limited?

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Stewie almost broke Tex :(

  • Erica

    Tex, you beast.

    I wish CC wasn’t taken out.

  • your mom

    Haven’t seen Rapada in a while.

  • RetroRob

    Michael Fast, author of the catcher study?

    Doubt it, but would be funny.

    • http://www.yankeeanalysts.com Mike E

      Mike Fast is the man.

      • RetroRob

        The guy who won the Yankee Toyota signed by Derek Jeter was named Michael Fast. I’m sure it’s a common name.

        • RetroRob

          Actually, it would have to be a Ford, not a Toyota!

  • Countryclub

    Don’t forget that it’s pretty hot out tonight. No reason to push CC. Long season to go….

    • G

      Fair enough, but I think we were all excited to see him back.

  • Countryclub

    Good job, Logan.

    • your mom

      Everytime I see that name I think of Wolverine.

  • Lovehew

    Kate sounds off tonight

  • Tom

    Time for the offense to “Qualls-proof” this game.

    If not it potentially means no Ro/So tomorrow and potentially Qualls as the first man out of the bullpen tomorrow.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Did Qualls nail your girlfriend or something?

  • eephus_pitch

    And a revisiting of the “every time he plays he does something right” bullshit for Nix.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Expand to Central and South America?

    Well, I would hope the Mariners never need to take a trip to play the baseball team in Buenos Aires.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Nix is Batman.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Stewart special!

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Classic Stewie.

  • Greg

    Error or double/triple?

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      double and error

  • Brian S.

    CHRIS STEWART 4 LYFE

  • Chris

    That was such a Chris Stewart hit.

  • Countryclub

    Stewie!!

  • DERP

    NO NOT POSSIBLE

  • Carl G

    lol @ 3B

  • jjyank

    LOL Chris Stewart. I’m starting to hate him less. His hits are just funny.

    • BK2ATL

      Exactly!!!

    • Countryclub

      He looked so awful on the 1st 2 pitches too.

  • Chris

    Jetey!

  • Will The Thrill

    Chris Stewart needs to teach A-Rod and Russell Martin how to get doubles off of third basemen’s gloves, instead of just grounding out to third.

    • Betty Lizard

      Pact with the Devil. Totally worth it. Soul? Major league hits? Take the hits.

  • BK2ATL

    Chris Freaking Stewart!!!

    The hollowest .261 hitter in MLB history. LOL!!!

    I’ll take it.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    , Oh these crazy hijinks.

    PS Jordany Valdespin just deliver his 3-run job against Papelbon by teeing off on Clippard.

    • Greg

      His 3rd pinch hit homer.

      Might have just saved the Mets season.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Meh. I look at it more like giving the Phillies hope.

        Mets and Orioles are in the same boat: they don’t realize “there is no boat.”

  • DERP

    I bet Chris Stewart is a gentle lover as well.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Wooo Yankees.

  • Marcus

    Let’s hope this Dyson never loses suck-tion.

    Yeeeeaaaaaah!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Greg

      He clearly doesn’t have “the proper amount of suction”

      /Ferguson

  • captain kiwi

    uh ohhhhhh

  • Mike N

    I was out at a business dinner last night and missed the game, but what could be better for a batter than bases loaded and 3-1 count? And Raul jacked that fucker!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Pass Lou now please A-Rod thanks.

  • your mom

    Bases juiced!

  • Will The Thrill

    Sure is nice to smack around the Jays for once after getting smacked around by them these past couple of years.

  • Countryclub

    Come on, bust this open….

    • Greg

      It’s already done.

      • Chris

        We’re Yankees fans, we’re greedy.

      • Countryclub

        Yeah, they’re going to win. But I’m looking for 8-0 type score so that the main guys don’t even have to get up in the pen if the jays put a couple on the board.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Ike Davis would have hit a slam.

  • Greg

    At least this time he got an RBI for it.

  • RetroRob

    Holy crap is that a tough night for A-Rod. At least the Yankes got another run.

  • Tom

    Damn, ARod has hammered the ball four (?) times now and has nothing to show for it.

    • Greg

      Well, he got an RBI for that last attempt. Minimal compensation.

  • Chris

    That was anti-climactic.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    ARod hits the ball hard 4 times and is 0-4.
    Chris Stewart hits a weak grounder to third and gets an RBI double.

    lmao

  • BK2ATL

    So, do we just roll out Mitchell and Qualls and try to give Robertson and Soriano a break now?

    • jjyank

      Yes. No reason to burn the A-game relievers with a 6 run lead.

    • Greg

      I would think so. Save Ro/So for tomorrow.

  • DERP

    Rapada has to pitch one of the last two innings.

    • RetroRob

      …and what about Mitchell? Is he still on the roster? A man kept around to be the long man should pitch ocassionally. I’m a fan of Girardi’s overall pen anagement, although I have never liked how he’s used the longman. He never uses them until the crisis situation when they haven’t pitched sometimes in forever, when he could throw them from time to time in games like this.

      • DERP

        Mitchell pitched two days ago. Rapada hasn’t pitched since the Sunday before the AS break.

  • Chris

    Dammit. So many fucking hard hit outs in this game.

  • Get Phelps Up

    If Swish goes yard here would it be Wise-proof?

    I wounder what another team would think if a team brought in a position player to close out a big lead.

  • G

    It’s astounding that they’ve put 6 runs on the board while turning this many hard hit balls into outs. Almost feels like it should be double digits at this point.

  • DERP

    So Andrew McCutchen…

    • G

      Sucks. Only 1 homer? Please.

      This guy is an MVP candidate in the same way CC is an ace.

    • BK2ATL

      He’s really that damn good. How about Pittsburgh, folks?

      • Get Phelps Up

        It’s all because of AJ.

        • BK2ATL

          Just don’t…..:)

  • Kramerica Industries

    Michael Kay has the oddest food habits I’ve ever heard of.

    Especially to me, considering my diet is more rigid than a brick wall.

    • Adam

      Seriously, the dude is way past having a rigid diet into the realm of just being entirely disordered.

    • RI$P FTW

      Thanks, 2004.

  • Lovehew

    Tonight’s take on Russ question… Can u find my neck?

  • Kramerica Industries

    There’s the Jeff Mathis double.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Chad Qualls is awesome.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Double for Mathis. o hai chad qualls.

  • eephus_pitch

    Yankees continue to be stymied by Jeff Mathis.

  • your mom

    There’s the double. LOL.

  • Mike N

    Qualls looks like he’s pitching batting practice.

  • Chris

    Leave it Chad Qualls to give up a ground rule double to freakin’ Jeff Mathis.

    • eephus_pitch

      Jeff Mathis turns into Mike Piazza when he’s facing the Yanks.

  • jjyank

    ….Paul O’Neil wants to hold down Michael Kay and “throw a banana in his mouth”??

    Ummm…

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Oh God, I wish MLB package gave me the Yes feed tonight

    • Chris

      Horrible, awful, mental image.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Just pull out before there’s “condiments.”

      • RetroRob

        …but will there be a condom?

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Why?

        Just why?

        I have to go vomit now. And I blame you!

      • jjyank

        Eww, who eats mayo with bananas??

      • RI$P FTW

        Like dirty mayo?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Chad Qualls is great because of wins.

  • your mom

    I hate Qualls.

  • DERP

    Qualls just helping create more save opportunities for Soriano. We should be praising him.

    • CUYanks

      Smart.

    • your mom

      Nah, let’s just end the freaking game already.

  • flamingo

    I wanted that shutout.

  • pistol pete

    Cash will be shopping for a righty for the pen for the stretch run. With Joba also coming back we won’t have to watch Qualls much longer.

    • Chris

      Why did they acquire him in the first place? So he could suck, but just not quite as much as Cory Wade?

  • DERP

    Do we bring Cory Wade back up?

  • your mom

    Is that his first Yankee K?

  • Mike N

    So is that a great outing for Qualls that he only allowed one run?

  • Kramerica Industries

    The Mets are snakebit at Nats Park.

    That’s the third time (in two meetings) where they took the lead in the 9th inning or later, and didn’t hold on. Happened twice a couple months ago in one game (Harper walk-off), and happens again tonight.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Nice recovery by Qualls. I thought he lacked the ability to walk upright.

  • pistol pete

    Hope Joe holds D Rob and Soriano tonight. We’re 9 games ahead and I’m sure he doesn’t want to burn those guys out. Here’s hoping Qualls can hold a 5 run lead.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Qualls = Gollum

  • Greg

    To point out Jeff Mathis.

    .175/.247/.300

    But in 15 hits, 8 are doubles (including tonight) one is a homer.

    • RetroRob

      Martin and Stewart collectively laugh at that slash line.

  • DERP
    • Mike N

      AHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Can’t take that one back.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Hahaha! I bet that’s really why Philly let him go.

      That was like a day or two before he was released I think.

    • Anthony

      This is gold.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Seriously, I wonder what the fuck Carlos Pena and Fernando Rodney are looking at every time Rodney fires his arrows.

    Their 9.5 game deficit in the division? Their wild card deficit? Certainly not anything involving the words “Rays” and “first place”.

    Fuckers.

    • DERP

      They are trying to find the one fan that came to the game.

    • Tom

      I really want someone to hit a walkoff HR against him and have the entire team at home plate just shooting arrows into the sky as the batter crosses home.

      Or do this on any game winning hit.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I think Wise could pitch better than Qualls.

    • jjyank

      I know Swisher could!

      • Get Phelps Up

        A lifetime 0.00 ERA and 9.00 K/9 just doesn’t lie!

  • Mike N

    What the fuck is Qualls still doing in there?

    • Greg

      mop up duty

      • Mike N

        His mop is no good.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Gollum

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Joba should be the one that tells Qualls he is DFAed.

  • Tom

    Clay Rapada and Soriano starting to get loose.

    Hopefully Qualls can end this before they really have to start seriously warming up.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I was waiting for Qualls to fall down before he made it to first

  • eephus_pitch

    He’s trying his very best to create a save opportunity for MFIKY. Because saves are so interesting.

  • jjyank

    Qualls isn’t great or anything, but right handers have a sub .300 OBP against him this season. He’s not nearly as useless as so many seem to make him out to be.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Classic overreaction here with Qualls. Nothing wrong with seeing whether the vet had something. Clearly, he wants DJ Mitchell to remain in the majors past a couple of weeks from now.

    • forensic

      It’s not under .300 anymore, and his over .700 ops isn’t really roogy worthy either. For example, Eppley is at .600 ops and he’s actually been getting lefties too. Don’t even look at qualls splits vs lefties. Qualls is pretty terrible.

      • jjyank

        For a middle reliever ROOGY, it’s not bad. It’s not great, but it’s not as bad as many commenters would have you believe. Not every guy in the bullpen can be an all star, and there aren’t many better options if Wade hasn’t turned it around yet.

  • captain kiwi

    i actually sorta feel bad for qualls. eesh.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Won’t be long before Qualls joins McDonald on the DFA list.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      At this point, he goes before a Mitchell demotion for Joba.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Get that shit off my lawn!

  • DERP

    Rapada for the lefties

  • CUYanks

    One more baserunner until the obligatory Sori-padding.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Ask and you shall re…….plbpbbbppp

  • Dewayne is Wise

    What does MFIKY stand for?

    • DERP

      Mother Fucker I’ll kill you.

      • Dewayne is Wise

        What i do to you butt head.

  • your mom

    Seriously, DFA Qualls after the game. I don’t know who to bring up but whoever it is they’ll be 5x better.

    • jjyank

      Righties have a sub .700 OPS against him in 2012 so far. He’s really not that useless. Not a high leverage guy, but he’s fine for a middle reliever.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Unless Wade’s looking better, not seeing a point in getting rid of him before Joba returns.

  • Karl Krawfid

    What. The. Fuck.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    You know EXACTLY what played into Rapada’s head right there.

    • CUYanks

      I figure 40+ saves he opts out? Maybe it’s time for a countdown.

  • Tom

    Good grief Rapada… up 5?

    It’s not like he’s going to turn two on that…

  • Greg

    Stat padding time.

  • forensic

    Geez, 2 straight nights now that they should’ve been able to get through without soriano and the middle guys blew it each time. Pathetic.

    • RetroRob

      Don’t worry. It was a strategic move by Cashman to get Soriano to have a 50+ save season and get $14 million off the books next year.

  • RI$P FTW

    Was that Rapada? WOW is he an ugly man. Makes Julian Tavares look f’able.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Then what’s Dylan Axelrod?

      • RI$P FTW

        Just google imaged him. Looks like Adam Carolla.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Fuckable, then?

    • eephus_pitch

      Umm… Shelley Duncan?

  • Pasta Diving Sojo

    I’d be kind of annoyed if this wasn’t helping Soriano opt out after this year.

    • bobtaco

      Word!

  • pat

    Dammit Clay.

  • Tom Q

    Major league stupidity. “The sure out” — it’s what you go for

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    6-0 lead with 2 innings to go and it turns into a save situation.
    Thanks Chad.

  • DERP

    It’s quite unfortunate that no sees this as the good thing that it is.

  • your mom

    Unbelievable, up 6-0 with 2 innings left and we have to go to our closer.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Lost a half game in the ” style points” standings.

  • TheLastClown

    Enough of this, time for these MFs to get IKY’d.

  • eephus_pitch

    Sterling really likes saying “utterly brilliant” with an emphasis on the “UTT.”

  • Zooboy

    I’ve started a ritual for myself where at the end of each work day I aggressively untuck my shirt as I get out of my desk chair to head for the elevator. That’s right. I’m out here!

    • RI$P FTW

      You should also try smashing a creampie in someone’s face when you win the big account at the last second.

  • flamingo

    There’s almost no way we get out of this without giving up a run, is there.

    • bobtaco

      Or is there?

    • DERP

      well done

    • flamingo

      I stand corrected. That was very closer-y of Soriano.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Just claim sarcasm next time. We’ll believe you.

        • flamingo

          Nah, I don’t mind being wrong every once in a while.

  • Mike N

    WOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yeah Tex.

  • Greg

    Only 4-5 pitches. No biggie.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      This.

      • forensic

        It is a potential big deal if it takes him out of tomorrows game or Thursday. Twice in a row they should’ve been able to avoid him and failed, and now they have a short turnaround for tomorrow.

        • Get Phelps Up

          I don’t think that throwing 5 pitches will make him unavailable for tomorrow.

          • Greg

            Exactly. I look more at the amount of pitches the closer throws rather than the appearances.

            • forensic

              But your idol, the man who can never do wrong, doesn’t. He looks at both, which means there’s a chance he’s ou, especially with the short turnaround and Robertson available to blow, I mean try, the save. ;-)

          • forensic

            Possibly not, but you don’t know the way Girardi protest relievers, especially with the short turnaround. But, even if he does pitch, then he’s definitely out for Thursday and maybe even Friday too. Every appearance makes a difference and affects the subsequent ones.

          • dc1874

            Sparky Lyle …Goose…are rolling eyes right now….

  • Kramerica Industries

    Whew.

    And since I was watching this game, I see the Nats AGAIN tied the game vs. the Mets. Unreal.

  • BK2ATL

    Game over. Untuck!!!

  • captain kiwi

    5 pitches for that. mfiky…

  • eephus_pitch

    Lost in all this is the fact Clay Rapada needs to be sent to PFP camp.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      seriously, or at least “Use common sense, get the sure out” camp

  • forensic

    Good win, but joba can’t get back soon enough.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    And that’s why you never see me join in on the Tex hate.

    Just win, baby.

    Untuck.

  • Get Phelps Up

    5 pitches and an easy save. I’ll take that.

  • Greg

    Red Sox just lost to the White Sox.

    Orioles are ahead of the Twinkies.

    Rays beat the Indians.

    • captain kiwi

      jays just lost to the…

      oh wait.

    • RI$P FTW

      Fat Kruk must be crestfallen.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Walk-off wild pitch.

    Classic Mets.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Mets lose on walkoff wild pitch. Lol.

  • BK2ATL

    And the Mets blow the lead and lose….

  • Greg

    Bases loaded. Wild pitch by the Mets. Nats win.

  • Judge Smayles

    Did I hear that the Mets lost on a wild pitch?

  • RI$P FTW

    WFAN will be fun tonight…unless that extreme liberal douche is on instead of Steve Sommers.
    I don’t know his name. He LOVES talking shit about politics, but when callers try to respond he hangs up. Typical.

    • eephus_pitch

      Sounds like Mark Levin, only liberal.

  • DERP

    Ayala allowed three inherited runners to score. Good thing he never did that when he was here.

    • Tom

      Now they just need to bring in someone to strand the runners he let on so he can keep a pristine ERA.

      • RI$P FTW

        The ol’ ‘David Robertson’?

  • RI$P FTW

    Cheetos are good.

  • Dela G

    Thank the lord the yanks win again

    • RI$P FTW

      The Lord isn’t busy worrying about real problems like starving children. He’s making sure one group of rich nerds wins against another group of rich nerds.

      • forensic

        Nerds? Aren’t they the jocks who picked on the nerds in school?

  • that space cadet glow

    On May 21st, the Yanks stood at 21-21. The starting pitching needed to kick it into gear.

    They did.

    They’ve gone 35-13 since.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BDBzgHXf64

  • pistol pete

    Why did the Yanks sign Qualls, he sucks, DFA him now.

    • forensic

      It was a trade, not a signing.