Game 92: The Left Coast


(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The Yankees have completely manhandled the Athletics over the last three seasons, taking 25 of 31 games against Oakland including 13 of 15 in the Coliseum. The A’s are streaking though, having won ten of their last 12 overall. Then again, they won’t be facing the Twins, Mariners, and Red Sox anymore. Here’s the starting nine…

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

RHP Freddy Garcia

Tonight’s game starts a little after 10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy if you’re awake.

David Phelps Update: Joe Girardi said that he will essentially use Phelps in the Cory Wade role, not strictly long relief. I suppose that means the middle innings between the starter and David Robertson, which will be pretty awesome if he’s willing to let him work two or three innings at a time.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. DERP says:

    Eric Chavez is going to have a big game.

  2. Get Phelps Up says:

    “Then again, they won’t be facing the Twins, Mariners, and Red Sox anymore.”

    love that.

  3. OMG! Bagels! says:

    I have to be up at some negative time like -42 o’clock. I don’t know why they can’t just start baseball games at 4 out there.

    • jjyank says:

      It’d be nice for us, but a game starting at 4 means the local fans don’t get home from work until like halfway through the game.

      • Cuso says:

        1.) Does anyone in Oakland know what time the games start?

        2.) Does anyone in Oakland know that there’s still a baseball team there?

        3.) Does anyone in Oakland have a job?

  4. DERP says:

    We really need to face the Orioles soon. Zach Britton probably still has nightmares about this game.


  5. Greg says:

    Gotta be honest, this series scares me a bit. Not a lot, but a bit.

  6. Greg says:

    Cody Ross walkoff 3 run homer. Red Sox win

    • Widget says:

      You change your shorts yet because I know you must have made a mess in them after your favorite team won. The gatorade bath was really the highlight of the game 7 celebration. Wait you mean it was a regular season game? Interesting, I thought Gatorade was only used for the really important occasions.

  7. Cy Pettitte says:

    fuck Cody Ross

  8. jjyank says:

    If I got to choose a coast I got to choose the East
    I live out there, so don’t go there
    But that don’t mean a nigga can’t rest in the West
    See some nice breasts in the West
    Smoke some nice sess in the West, y’all niggaz is a mess
    Thinkin I’m goin’ stop, givin L.A. props
    All I got is beef with those that violate me
    I shall annihilate thee
    Case closed, suitcase filled with clothes
    Linens and things, I begin things
    People start to flash, 818′s, 213′s
    313′s, B.I.G.

  9. Cuso says:

    Vasghersian delayed reaction on the home run, haha

  10. Bartolo's Colon says:

    dog night?????

    • forensic says:

      You can’t get people there voluntarily, so you have to have the few people who will go force their dogs to go too so things look more crowded.

  11. Cuso says:

    Cody Ross and Andruw Jones love Fenway.

    …so does Jason Bay

  12. Cy Pettitte says:

    Singleton and Cone for 7 straight games. did I die and go to heaven?

  13. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    No Kay?? Bonus !!

  14. Greg says:

    Now I really hope we win tonight. We can make the O’s, Rays, and Red Sox wins go to waste.

  15. Cuso says:

    Red Sox have many Hall of Famers because home runs

    • Pat D says:

      Reminds me when I was at the Iron Pigs game earlier this month. Saw a guy with a shirt naming all of the Phillies HOF players. Wished I could have stopped and studied it to see how many guys were only there for a year or two. Which is similar to the Red Sox.

  16. jjyank says:

    DISCLAIMER: I am RAB commenting a bit drunk tonight. It was a coworkers birthday today and we went out for a few (read: a lot of) drinks after work. But anyway, GO YANKEES!

  17. forensic says:

    As soon as they get Phelps stretched out to full starter length they break him back down to a 1, maybe 2, inning reliever again. Sometimes I wonder if this franchise knows which way is up when it comes to handling young pitchers. They seem to get in their own way so often with no real plan for things.

  18. Cuso says:

    You ain’t bad, you ain’t nothin!

    You hear me?! You ain’t BAD, you ain’t nothin!!!!!

  19. DERP says:

    Addison Reed is a total bitch, so there is some silver lining to the walk-off.

  20. jjyank says:

    Anyone else getting a crazy lightning storm? It seriously looks like a strobe light outside of my window.

  21. Cy Pettitte says:

    terrible call, definitely lost it on the transfer

  22. Bartolo's Colon says:

    that was crazy

  23. jon says:

    how is that not a hit for cano?

  24. Greg says:

    I;m worried now. Those things have been going our way recently.

  25. CUYanks says:

    They were really squaring up the ball that inning. That bodes well for the future of this game on offense…

  26. Hall and Nokes says:

    That was worth it just to say we saw it.

  27. Bartolo's Colon says:

    weeks is fast

  28. Brian S. says:

    Dammit Jeter…

  29. Hall and Nokes says:

    So Jeter was retired because of a heads-up backup play on a wayward throw in Oakland. Are we even now?

  30. Pat D says:

    Just saw that the Cubs signed former Yankee illegal signee Juan Carlos Paniagua.

  31. Pat D says:

    That sucked.

  32. Bartolo's Colon says:

    that dudes awesome, he golfed it

  33. Greg says:

    I knew this would be trouble

  34. vicki says:

    get phelps up.

  35. DERP says:

    Get Phelps up!

  36. Mike N says:

    These fucking west coast games suck. I am exhausted and trying to stay awake.

  37. Adam says:

    Jeez, 2 runs and you have the pitchforks out? Its still the first inning. I’d suggest knocking it off until later.

  38. DERP says:

    Deport Cespedes!

  39. Bartolo's Colon says:

    probably worth it to stay away from cespedes, he is magma hot right now

  40. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Can’t stay up for this. Want to but can’t. Already seems like a crazy game that will suck me in and throw me up around midnight.

  41. Cuso says:

    “The A’s are the Yankees of the West Coast!”


    • OMG! Bagels! says:


      And anyone who even thinks about a comparison, needs to get off the drugs.

  42. Cuso says:

    Come on. You gotta show the Yankee fan with a red hat and a nerd camera?

  43. Bartolo's Colon says:

    infield single for ibanez, alert the authorities!

  44. wow says:

    “An infield single for Raul Ibañez”

    …file that one under “Things you will hear once in a decade”

  45. Cy Pettitte says:

    I was definitely expecting that to deflect off Griffin’s glove and turn into an RBI triple for Stewart

  46. Greg says:

    I told you, they have some offense.

  47. Christopher says:

    I just turned the game on – is it dog night?

  48. Cuso says:

    I don’t get why Stewart is starting tonight. Yesterday was a day game, rain-shortened. Martin could daily start tonight even if it is on West Coast.

    Is this being eased into a 50-50 platoon? Or 60-40?

    Strange, wonder if it comes up in post-game

  49. Cuso says:

    Norris hits bombs. Watch outout.

  50. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I hate the Oakland Colliseum.

    I also agree with Greg that this kid and his 60 MPH junk has a chance to give the team fits all night……that is until they remember he’s a rookie and skullfuck him at about the 6th innings.

    Keep the team in the game long enough, sweaty one. That is all we ask.

  51. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Meredith looking mighty nice tonight.

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

    I feel bad for the folks who have to clean up the stands after tonight’s game.

  53. Robinson Tilapia says:

    My sound is off. Why were they walking dogs on the warning track?

  54. Cuso says:

    That’s a horse!

  55. eephus_pitch says:

    If they gave out an award for Ugliest Swing, Chris Stewart would take it in a walk. There are pitchers who take better hacks than he does.

  56. yooboo says:

    2-0 down. Not bad game by Garcia so far.

  57. wow says:

    well, i’m definitely not staying up for this weak contact crap… Here’s to hoping they get to the bullpen quickly and FreddyPhelps keeps us in the game. Good night everyone!

  58. Greg says:

    This situation has trouble written all over it

  59. Greg says:

    Get. An. Outfielder.

  60. Cuso says:

    Three Dog Night

  61. Cuso says:

    Yo-yo-yoenis Ces-pedda-speda-speddes!!

  62. CUYanks says:

    I don’t know if anyone uses GameChannel on Yahoo, but Cespedes’ picture is so small and off center that it looks like he’s a child.

  63. Bartolo's Colon says:

    if he swings at that, why the hell is freddy throwing in the zone?

  64. Greg says:

    Well this might be Freddy’s last start.

  65. Robinson Tilapia says:

    RAB Meme Seth Smith up with the bases loaded…

  66. flamingo says:

    Double play, Freddy. Come on.

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

    Phelps, please.

  68. Bartolo's Colon says:

    not so sweaty freddy

  69. Christopher says:

    That’s right Freddy, it’s on you.

  70. CBean says:

    it’s too cold for Freddy to get sweaty and no sweat means no pitching mojo

  71. Jack says:

    Is Phelps up yet?

  72. CBean says:

    i guess it’s good the bullpen rested yesterday

  73. Greg says:

    See the problem is that now all the other AL East teams will gain ground. Not a lot of ground, but enough to keep their hopes up. Especially with Cody Ross walking off against the White Sox.

    • Jack says:

      What inning is it?

      • Greg says:

        A’s have the best ERA in the American League. There is reason to be not optimistic.

        • Mike says:

          No one is saying we will or won’t come back, but if they lose, why be so disappointed just because the other division teams won today. It’s not like the lead was going to be 10 games or more throughout the whole year.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I think their pitchers are tricky little bitches. Yes. The Yankees are going to lose ballgames between here and October. They may even lose a series to a team like this. Hell, their asses might even get swept before season’s end. That’s why they decided 162 games makes for a season and not, say, 16, like in the NFL.

        • yooboo says:

          10 blown saves may give us some hope.

        • Widget says:

          They play in a football field and get to face the mariners 18 times. They always have a low ERA. My god man, get your shit together.

        • Jack says:

          Yanks have scored 3+ runs in 42 straight games. There is reason to be optimistic.

    • flamingo says:

      I can’t imagine a ten game lead would hold up over the rest of the season, though. Other teams are going to gain ground eventually.

    • Mike says:

      By 1 game dude. It’s not the end of things. We have the biggest division lead in baseball.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      You’re expecting a double-digit lead all season long, Greg? It’s never easy.

    • Widget says:

      holy shit are you for real? IF the Yankees lose the orioles are out by 9 in the loss column, meanwhile Tampa and your superteam in Boston will still be out by double digits.

    • eephus_pitch says:

      You’re already conceding this game?

  74. Christopher says:

    Even the dogs think Freddy is pitching ugly.

  75. yooboo says:

    I take it back… what a BAD game by Garcia.

  76. Cuso says:

    You know I love the ladies
    Love to have my fun
    I’m a high life flyer and a rainbow rider
    A straight shootin’ son-of-a-gun
    I said a straight shootin’ son-of-a-gun…

  77. Mike Axisa says:

    Piniero, Halama, Moyer, Meche for trivia?

  78. Bartolo's Colon says:

    I’m worried a bunch of streaks are going to come to an end tonight

  79. forensic says:

    How are people not happy? Phelps is available for an inning tonight! That’s the most important thing.

    I can’t wait until 10 days from now, after Freddy gets smacked around by Oakland and Seattle, when the Yankees send Phelps back down (for Mitchell) to get stretched back out as a starter…

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Maybe. Maybe not. None of it is the end of the world.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      He’s already stretched out. It doesn’t disappear that quickly. Worst case, he might only be available for 5 innings his first start.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        ….which would constitute the longest start of his MLB career, then.

        • forensic says:

          Which is also clearly his fault. It certainly has nothing to do with them not having any semblance of a plan or being able to stick to one development path…

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            You’re getting way too worked up over this for someone who is usually a pretty rational commenter.

            The back-and-forth with Phelps is frustrating, but it’s not killing either the player or team.

            • forensic says:

              No, it’s not killing the team, but it is potentially costing them games.

              As for not killing the player, it’s way too early to say that for sure. That’s something that will take time to tell. Of course he won’t complain and he’ll do anything he can to be in the bigs, but this is clearly not the best choice for either the individual or the team. They’re just too in love with veterans some (most?) of the time.

              • Robinson Tilapia says:

                You can’t fault a team in the driver’s seat for going with the veteran.

                Not every young pitcher who gets their role shifted around and rides the shuttle winds up being Joba Chamberlain.

      • forensic says:

        Of course it doesn’t, but that’ll be their excuse to get Garcia a few more starts anyway.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

          Does it matter then? If they are going to keep Freddy in the rotation no matter what, why not see if Phelps can help out in the bullpen? I agree the back and forth has been a bit ridiculous, but they could definitely use a solid middle innings guy in the pen. Maybe Phelps can do that.

          • forensic says:

            I don’t like it, but if you’re going to keep Freddy in there, then sure it’s best to have Phelps in the majors trying to help in the bullpen. That’s not even the big issue though. It’s the way they can’t even decide what they want to do. They make one decision, then suddenly 10-15 days later, change their minds again with no semblance of long-term development plan for the individual or roster plan for the team.

            • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

              Wade filled the role, he turned into a pumpkin (hopefully only temporarily)
              Qualls got the next shot – enough said.
              Now it’s Phelp’s shot.

              The team’s roster needs have changed over the past month or so, so they’ve adjusted their plans accordingly. They’re just putting their current roster needs ahead of an individual players development.

  80. Cuso says:

    Dammit. The only thing that matters is Robbie’s hitting streak, not a Freddy Garcia start.

    Prioritize, people.

  81. Bartolo's Colon says:

    weak fielding tonight

  82. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    Wow, A’s making us look bad.

  83. Cuso says:

    The 3-run thing isn’t looking good tonight.

    Damn West Coast flights.

  84. Bartolo's Colon says:

    if nothing else this game will over by about 1230

  85. James A says:

    Glad to see the team is putting together such good at bats. It will be funny if a rookie with mediocre stuff on Oakland is the guy that breaks the Yankees 3+ run streak, just because it will build on this false (or maybe not so false?) narrative that the Yankees can’t handle rookies/young pitchers they havent seen

  86. Greg says:

    This looks alot like what Jose Quintana was doing to the Red Sox tonight. Few strikeouts, no walks, pitching to contact.

    Except he’s doing it in a bigger park.

  87. Brian S. says:

    Baseball today sucks.

  88. eephus_pitch says:

    I just learned that you can’t predict baseball.
    Write that down, everybody.

  89. Bartolo's Colon says:

    wait, im confused. are the a’s good? or does freddy suck?

    • forensic says:

      Yes. :-)

    • Greg says:

      Bit of both. A’s have a much better offense then when we played them last. But Freddy is shaky.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      The guy’s throwing a combination of 90 and 60 MPH. If they can get him to start making some mistakes, great. Just reading the description of this guy in the series thread made me a bit worried, though. I’ll admit it.

      No, I am not afraid of shaving.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      If Freddy goes 6 IP and gives up four runs, he suddenly just gave you a pretty typical back-end start.

  90. rawbrain says:

    they should only pitch sweaty freddy when its hot and humid. No sweat. no bueno

  91. forensic says:

    It’d be nice if the offense didn’t go for the triple 7 here.

  92. eephus_pitch says:

    Dammit, Curtis.

  93. Greg says:

    Griffin held the Rangers scoreless through 6 innings on June 29th.
    So this guy can hold down top offenses.

  94. forensic says:

    Come on guys. If it’s high, let it fly. If it’s low, let it go. His curve may as well be a knuckler, treat it as such. Stop swinging at crap.

  95. dude says:

    are there any numbers for infield hits allowed? seems way too many against the yanks

  96. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Alright one swing both streaks

  97. Bartolo's Colon says:

    yea cano, but i hate hits with risp that dont plate runs

  98. Robinson Tilapia says:


  99. Cuso says:

    Hooray. Now I can go to bed.

  100. forensic says:

    Not great baserunnning by Jeter there. That was never very close to being caught. He could’ve taken off right away. Still may not have been able to go on Cepedes’ arm, but still…

  101. Bartolo's Colon says:

    jeter should have walked home backwards against crisp there

  102. flamingo says:

    There’s one.

  103. Andy says:

    SWISH. Big hit

  104. Greg says:

    Well we’re one run away from continuing the streak.

  105. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Not quite the sixth-inning skullfucking (yet) I predicted earlier, but the kid’s finally making mistakes.

  106. Bartolo's Colon says:

    c-dick please

  107. eephus_pitch says:

    Does this guy have a Blyleven-like curve or something? I’m listening to Ma and Pa, and they can’t stop raving about it. But they’re idiots. And Suzyn loves the way he’s been hitting spawts all night.

  108. Cuso says:

    Cone: “…give him a chance to get off the hook, er finish it.”

    Not sure if he realizes sometimes…

  109. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Enjoy the rest of the game, everyone.

  110. Greg says:

    It looks like Mo found himself a new hobby

  111. Chop It Up says:

    Mo’s acting skills in that Acura commercial were awesome. I totally believe he drives that car.

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

    Can’t they all just get along?


  113. Cuso says:

    Phelps should pitch the rest of the game whether it’s 2.1 or 3.1.

  114. Bartolo's Colon says:

    great, russell sucks on the west coast too

  115. Bartolo's Colon says:

    thanks god yankee stadium never has dog night

  116. Chop It Up says:

    It seems like an absolute pain in the ass to sit with a dog in a stadium for 3 plus hours…although that bulldog with the tutu is pretty cool…this game is boring.

  117. eephus_pitch says:

    “Do you know what Mark Teixeira and I have in common?”


  118. Andy says:

    Phelps is getting that inside corner

  119. Cuso says:

    Damn. That was mildly filthy, Phelps.

  120. Bartolo's Colon says:

    what is the deal with arod’s jersey in that bullying commercial?

  121. Cy Pettitte says:

    wtf is going on in Oakland

  122. Cuso says:

    Kenny: “Some kind of exercise class.”

    I near shat myself laughing.

  123. Hummingbird S. says:

    awful AB… nothing but straight fastballs and he cant catch up to any of them

  124. Chop It Up says:

    You gotta be kidding me Alex…waste of an at bat

  125. Hummingbird S. says:

    they are really putting up a fight and making those last outs count

  126. Greg says:

    Well, with Cook closing, this game is virtually over.

    Gotta win tomorrow to keep the others from advancing.

  127. Tom says:

    Was that the third 7 pitch inning of the game?

  128. Cy Pettitte says:

    some nasty 2 seamers from Phelps

  129. CBean says:

    I want the stupid run

  130. Hummingbird S. says:

    Phelps is so much better than Freddy, it’s not even funny.

  131. Bartolo's Colon says:

    we obviously started the wrong guy

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

    Phelps looked very sharp.
    So at least there’s that.

  133. Andy says:

    Wow. Never seen him pitch THIS good

  134. Hummingbird S. says:

    just gotta let Cook get himself in trouble.. he’ll walk guys

  135. rawbrain says:

    phelps needs to start. his movement and location are looking on point

  136. Bartolo's Colon says:

    it would be cooler if this was brian fuentes

  137. Cy Pettitte says:

    5 feet from extending the streak

  138. CBean says:

    come one swishy. a garbage time homer would be nice.

  139. Andy says:


  140. Cy Pettitte says:


  141. Bartolo's Colon says:


  142. Greg says:

    That extends the streak

  143. Hummingbird S. says:

    there’s the streak lol… now let’s win

  144. forensic says:

    At least Phelps was available for those critical middle relief innings. Good thing they didn’t waste him by starting a game.

  145. Chop It Up says:

    The streak lives to see another day.

  146. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    The streak livvvvvves

  147. eephus_pitch says:

    How can it be a line-drive bullet if it’s also high, far, and gone?
    One or the other, Pops.

  148. Christopher says:

    Nick’s a hot diggity dog.

  149. Bartolo's Colon says:

    nice ibanez

  150. Hummingbird S. says:

    fucking dumbass, that wasn`t even close

  151. Andy says:

    ugh anyone else

  152. Bartolo's Colon says:

    oh great the fate of the game in russells hands

  153. flamingo says:

    At least both streaks live on.

  154. Christopher says:

    That was like a thousand dog night.

  155. Hummingbird S. says:

    way to sleepwalk through a game, great effort tonight

  156. Greg says:

    The A’s scored 5 runs in the three games we beat them in last time.
    They scored 4 tonight. They’re not the same team.

  157. Eirias says:

    As meaningless as the streak may be, I was actually happier about the prospect of continuing on to the record that I was about a potential Yankees win.

    I may need to seek medical attention.

  158. CUYanks says:

    Can’t win every game. On to tomorrow!

  159. Brian S. says:

    Ibanez and Russ need to go fuck themselves with a cactus.

  160. Knoxvillain says:

    When is Martin going to get paralyzed so we can all be happy?

  161. Kevin says:

    Scoring four runs against our number five starter is not exactly showing power there.

  162. Greg says:

    If only Addison Reed had done his job earlier in the night, then I would feel okay about this. I want Red Sox fans to have no hope.

  163. Kosmo says:

    Left Coast swing, not a well rested team, lose a 1- run game. So be it. I´ll be greatly surprised if Freddy gets the start 5 days from now.

    • forensic says:

      I’ll be greatly surprised if he doesn’t. Phelps only threw 27 pitches tonight, so he’ll clearly need to be sent down to be stretched back out again before he’s ready to start…

      • Kosmo says:

        seriously ? I could be wrong but I don´t think Phelps is going anywhere anytime soon.

        • forensic says:

          I’m being sarcastic about him needing to be sent down to be stretched out already, though that wouldn’t surprise me either right now with how they’re operating.

          But, I’m totally serious about Garcia starting. I’d be absolutely shocked if he wasn’t on the mound in Seattle next time through.

  164. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Honestly, if we had won it would have been a bonus after that third run was scored in the ninth. Keep the streak alive!

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