Jul
17

Game 90: CC’s Back

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(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.

Categories : Game Threads

562 Comments»

  1. PFOJ says:

    Hey la, hey la. CC’s Back.

    • Betty Lizard says:

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

  2. your mom says:

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

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      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.

    • yooboo says:

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

    • Dewayne is Wise says:

      Handley Ramirez please.

    • Brian S. says:

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

      • Get Phelps Up says:

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

        • Get Phelps Up says:

          And the Marlins won’t trade him anyway.

        • Brian S. says:

          Check your sarcasm detector.

          • Get Phelps Up says:

            It failed me.

          • G says:

            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 says:

              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.

  3. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

  4. yooboo says:

    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?

  5. captain kiwi says:

    let’s do it carsten

  6. Dewayne is Wise says:

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

  7. camilo Gerardo says:

    what’s wrong with cc’s back?

  8. Brian S. says:

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

  9. Dewayne is Wise says:

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

  10. flamingo says:

    Yeah, I missed this guy.

  11. Cuso says:

    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.”

  12. eephus_pitch says:

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

  13. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Oakland may give us Coco Crisp for a A prospect.

    • RetroRob says:

      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.

  14. your mom says:

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

  15. Dewayne is Wise says:

    No way was that a strike.

  16. Brian S. says:

    Lawrie is good at baseball.

  17. bobtaco says:

    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 says:

      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) says:

      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.

  18. Brian S. says:

    Not an ace.

  19. RetroRob says:

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

    • G says:

      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.

  20. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Watch the sign steal here.

  21. Cuso says:

    Jayson Nix is Batman

  22. Cy Pettitte says:

    the Jays are really good at leadoff double RISP fail

  23. eephus_pitch says:

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

  24. jjyank says:

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

  25. Brian S. says:

    Isn’t Jacob Turner supposed to be good?

  26. Hummingbird S. says:

    Robbie is just amazing

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

  28. flamingo says:

    Keep that streak alive, Robbie!

  29. Hummingbird S. says:

    bad call on that 2-1 pitch… way outside

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

    starting to not like this umpire

  31. Karl Krawfid says:

    Home run Jones.

    I win.

  32. Tom says:

    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 says:

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

  33. eephus_pitch says:

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

  34. Hummingbird S. says:

    locked in!

  35. Cy Pettitte says:

    I see Andruw is still hot!

  36. Greg says:

    THE STREAK IS ON!

  37. Darren says:

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

  38. Karl Krawfid says:

    Check the time stamp.

    I win.

  39. Get Phelps Up says:

    41 in a row!

  40. flamingo says:

    ANDRUW!!!

  41. DERP says:

    I am so torn. I love Brett Cecil.

  42. jjyank says:

    Man I love it when Andruw turns back the clock.

    Too many homers, eh?

  43. RetroRob says:

    Is this streak even relevant?

    • Get Phelps Up says:

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

    • Cuso says:

      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 says:

        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.

  44. Hummingbird S. says:

    Even Nix, everything is going right!

    • RetroRob says:

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

      • Hummingbird S. says:

        exactly.. got carried away, I suppose.

        • RetroRob says:

          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.

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

  46. eephus_pitch says:

    Time to fellate Jayson Nix and Chris Stewart.

    • captain kiwi says:

      hopefully getting caught stealing subsides the fellating

      • eephus_pitch says:

        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.”

  47. Hummingbird S. says:

    what the fuck is he doing? fucking scrub

  48. Greg says:

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

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

    There goes Nix doing everything right on the field again.

  50. Dewayne is Wise says:

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

  51. Kramerica Industries says:

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

    Um, why did Nix try stealing there?

  52. DERP says:

    Fuck you Derek. Stop making outs.

  53. Cy Pettitte says:

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

    pretty incredible.

  54. Brian S. says:

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

    • Greg says:

      I think Hamilton’s still the MVP.

    • jjyank says:

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

    • Mike Axisa says:

      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. says:

        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 says:

      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 says:

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

        • Tom says:

          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)

  55. Greg says:

    Did not panic at all.

  56. spectra says:

    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!!

  57. your mom says:

    Colby Rasmus reminds me of an Oompa Loompa.

  58. Kramerica Industries says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  59. Hummingbird S. says:

    pretty pitch

  60. Chris says:

    Rasmus never stood a chance.

  61. flamingo says:

    CC the best.

  62. your mom says:

    You are irrelevant Rajai Davis.

  63. DERP says:

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

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

  64. 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.

  65. jjyank says:

    Careful Tex…good throw has him there.

  66. Chris says:

    Mike Trout would have made that catch.

  67. Karl Krawfid says:

    A-Rod has crushed the ball 2 times.

    Nothing to show for it :(

  68. Greg says:

    Bad luck for Alex tonight.

  69. Judge Smayles says:

    Adam Dunn just stole second off of Lester/Saltamacrapinmypants

  70. Greg says:

    Weakest swing Cano has taken in awhile.

  71. Brian S. says:

    Adam Dunn stole a base against Lester-Salty.

  72. Countryclub says:

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

  73. DERP says:

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

    • jjyank says:

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

    • RetroRob says:

      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.

  74. RetroRob says:

    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.

  75. DERP says:

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

  76. eephus_pitch says:

    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.

  77. Mike Axisa says:

    Easiest trivia of the season.

  78. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    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 says:

      Best last place team in baseball.

    • Tom says:

      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 says:

        *all you have to DO is win the series*

      • Rocky Road Redemption says:

        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 says:

      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) says:

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

        • Rooting for U.S. Steel says:

          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.”

  79. “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)”

  80. Countryclub says:

    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.

  81. DERP says:

    Only 11 balls by CC.

  82. vin says:

    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

  83. Darren says:

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

    HELP ME!

  84. BK2ATL says:

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

    Welcome back, ace!!!

  85. Karl Krawfid says:

    Another home run.

    I win again.

  86. Brian S. says:

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

  87. Karl Krawfid says:

    Dammit Jones I fail.

  88. Brian S. says:

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

  89. RetroRob says:

    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.

  90. Tom says:

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

  91. Chris says:

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

  92. Chris says:

    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.

  93. RetroRob says:

    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.

  94. bonestock94 says:

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

  95. eephus_pitch says:

    Come on, Jeter. Swing at strikes.

  96. Greg says:

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

  97. DERP says:

    Derek is infuriating. WTF dude

  98. Karl Krawfid says:

    Youuuuuuuuuuuuuk!

  99. Cuso says:

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

  100. Brian S. says:

    Three run home run for Youkilis. trolololo

  101. Get Phelps Up says:

    Youh homered! Haha.

  102. Greg says:

    Youk with a 3 run bomb off Lester.

  103. Judge Smayles says:

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

  104. Judge Smayles says:

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

  105. DERP says:

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

  106. Cuso says:

    Echo echo echo

  107. Robinson Tilapia says:

    CC was barely gone, but I missed him so.

  108. your mom says:

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

  109. jjyank says:

    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 says:

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

    • Brian S. says:

      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 says:

        That’s fucking hysterical.

        • Brian S. says:

          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. says:

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

          • Chris says:

            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 says:

            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 says:

        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.

  110. Brian S. says:

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

  111. Tom says:

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

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

  112. Greg says:

    Another hard hit ball that is caught.

  113. DERP says:

    Cecil is settling in nicely.

  114. G says:

    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.

  115. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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 says:

      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.

  116. Mike Axisa says:

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

    • G says:

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

      • RetroRob says:

        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.

  117. DERP says:

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

  118. Tom says:

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

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

    Bullpen phone already???

  120. Carl G says:

    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 says:

      I imagine something will come out on Twitter relatively soon.

    • RetroRob says:

      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 says:

        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.

  121. jjyank says:

    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 says:

      Careful. If you troll, they will come.

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

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

      • Brian S. says:

        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) says:

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

          • jjyank says:

            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 says:

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

              • jjyank says:

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

                • RetroRob says:

                  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!

          • Brian S. says:

            :: facepalm ::

            • jjyank says:

              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) says:

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

                • Brian S. says:

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

                • jjyank says:

                  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 says:

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

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

    • Rocky Road Redemption says:

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

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Fight the good fight.

  122. Chris says:

    So many hard hit outs for the Yankees today.

  123. DERP says:

    Cecil is showing tremendous grit tonight.

  124. DERP says:

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

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

  126. Karl Krawfid says:

    F-bomb.

    Great Job big CC!

  127. Hummingbird S. says:

    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 says:

      Really?

      • Hummingbird S. says:

        Yeah, really.

        • Greg says:

          Cautious, yes. Stupid, no.

          • RetroRob says:

            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 says:

          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 says:

      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.

  128. Pat D says:

    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.

  129. DERP says:

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

  130. G says:

    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.

  131. DERP says:

    I thought he wouldn’t be limited?

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

    Stewie almost broke Tex :(

  133. Erica says:

    Tex, you beast.

    I wish CC wasn’t taken out.

  134. your mom says:

    Haven’t seen Rapada in a while.

  135. RetroRob says:

    Michael Fast, author of the catcher study?

    Doubt it, but would be funny.

  136. Countryclub says:

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

  137. Countryclub says:

    Good job, Logan.

  138. Lovehew says:

    Kate sounds off tonight

  139. Tom says:

    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.

  140. eephus_pitch says:

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

  141. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  142. Cuso says:

    Nix is Batman.

  143. Hummingbird S. says:

    Stewart special!

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

    Classic Stewie.

  145. Greg says:

    Error or double/triple?

  146. Brian S. says:

    CHRIS STEWART 4 LYFE

  147. Chris says:

    That was such a Chris Stewart hit.

  148. Countryclub says:

    Stewie!!

  149. DERP says:

    NO NOT POSSIBLE

  150. Carl G says:

    lol @ 3B

  151. jjyank says:

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

  152. Chris says:

    Jetey!

  153. Will The Thrill says:

    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.

  154. BK2ATL says:

    Chris Freaking Stewart!!!

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

    I’ll take it.

  155. Cuso says:

    , Oh these crazy hijinks.

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

  156. DERP says:

    I bet Chris Stewart is a gentle lover as well.

  157. Karl Krawfid says:

    Wooo Yankees.

  158. Marcus says:

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

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

  159. captain kiwi says:

    uh ohhhhhh

  160. Mike N says:

    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!!!

  161. Karl Krawfid says:

    Pass Lou now please A-Rod thanks.

  162. your mom says:

    Bases juiced!

  163. Will The Thrill says:

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

  164. Countryclub says:

    Come on, bust this open….

  165. Get Phelps Up says:

    Ike Davis would have hit a slam.

  166. Greg says:

    At least this time he got an RBI for it.

  167. RetroRob says:

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

  168. Tom says:

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

  169. Chris says:

    That was anti-climactic.

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

    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

  171. BK2ATL says:

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

  172. DERP says:

    Rapada has to pitch one of the last two innings.

    • RetroRob says:

      …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.

  173. Chris says:

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

  174. Get Phelps Up says:

    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.

  175. G says:

    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.

  176. DERP says:

    So Andrew McCutchen…

  177. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  178. Lovehew says:

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

  179. Kramerica Industries says:

    There’s the Jeff Mathis double.

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

    Chad Qualls is awesome.

  181. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Double for Mathis. o hai chad qualls.

  182. eephus_pitch says:

    Yankees continue to be stymied by Jeff Mathis.

  183. your mom says:

    There’s the double. LOL.

  184. Mike N says:

    Qualls looks like he’s pitching batting practice.

  185. Chris says:

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

  186. jjyank says:

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

    Ummm…

  187. Cuso says:

    Chad Qualls is great because of wins.

  188. your mom says:

    I hate Qualls.

  189. DERP says:

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

  190. flamingo says:

    I wanted that shutout.

  191. pistol pete says:

    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.

  192. DERP says:

    Do we bring Cory Wade back up?

  193. your mom says:

    Is that his first Yankee K?

  194. Mike N says:

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

  195. Kramerica Industries says:

    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.

  196. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

  197. pistol pete says:

    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.

  198. Cuso says:

    Qualls = Gollum

  199. Greg says:

    To point out Jeff Mathis.

    .175/.247/.300

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

  200. Kramerica Industries says:

    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 says:

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

    • Tom says:

      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.

  201. Get Phelps Up says:

    I think Wise could pitch better than Qualls.

  202. Mike N says:

    What the fuck is Qualls still doing in there?

  203. Dewayne is Wise says:

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

  204. Tom says:

    Clay Rapada and Soriano starting to get loose.

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

  205. Cuso says:

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

  206. eephus_pitch says:

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

  207. jjyank says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  208. captain kiwi says:

    i actually sorta feel bad for qualls. eesh.

  209. FIPster Doofus says:

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

  210. Dewayne is Wise says:

    Get that shit off my lawn!

  211. DERP says:

    Rapada for the lefties

  212. CUYanks says:

    One more baserunner until the obligatory Sori-padding.

  213. Dewayne is Wise says:

    What does MFIKY stand for?

  214. your mom says:

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

    • jjyank says:

      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 says:

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

  215. Karl Krawfid says:

    What. The. Fuck.

  216. Cuso says:

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

  217. Tom says:

    Good grief Rapada… up 5?

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

  218. Greg says:

    Stat padding time.

  219. forensic says:

    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 says:

      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.

  220. RI$P FTW says:

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

  221. Pasta Diving Sojo says:

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

  222. pat says:

    Dammit Clay.

  223. Tom Q says:

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

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

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

  225. DERP says:

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

  226. your mom says:

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

  227. TheLastClown says:

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

  228. eephus_pitch says:

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

  229. Zooboy says:

    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 says:

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

  230. flamingo says:

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

  231. Mike N says:

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

  232. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yeah Tex.

  233. Greg says:

    Only 4-5 pitches. No biggie.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      This.

      • forensic says:

        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 says:

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

          • Greg says:

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

            • forensic says:

              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 says:

            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 says:

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

  234. Kramerica Industries says:

    Whew.

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

  235. BK2ATL says:

    Game over. Untuck!!!

  236. captain kiwi says:

    5 pitches for that. mfiky…

  237. eephus_pitch says:

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

  238. forensic says:

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

  239. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

    Just win, baby.

    Untuck.

  240. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  241. Greg says:

    Red Sox just lost to the White Sox.

    Orioles are ahead of the Twinkies.

    Rays beat the Indians.

  242. Kramerica Industries says:

    Walk-off wild pitch.

    Classic Mets.

  243. Get Phelps Up says:

    Mets lose on walkoff wild pitch. Lol.

  244. BK2ATL says:

    And the Mets blow the lead and lose….

  245. Greg says:

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

  246. Judge Smayles says:

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

  247. RI$P FTW says:

    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.

  248. DERP says:

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

  249. RI$P FTW says:

    Cheetos are good.

  250. Dela G says:

    Thank the lord the yanks win again

    • RI$P FTW says:

      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.

  251. that space cadet glow says:

    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

  252. pistol pete says:

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

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