Jul
22

Game 95: Escape from Oakland

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Yes, one win would be nice. (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith)

These last three games have been frustrating but not like the typical nightmare series the Yankees have in Anaheim. The Athletics are just playing well right now and the Yankees … aren’t. It was bound to happen at some point, you don’t play .735 ball — which New York did for nearly 50 games — all season. Here’s the batting order…

CF Curtis Granderson
1B Mark Teixeira
2B Robinson Cano
DH Alex Rodriguez
LF Raul Ibanez
3B Eric Chavez
SS Jayson Nix
RF Dewayne Wise
Chris Stewart

LHP CC Sabathia

This afternoon’s game starts a little after 4pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads

729 Comments»

  1. Brian S. says:

    Off topic but according to fangraphs Nova throws a curveball or slider about 42% of the time. How long will his elbow last?

  2. Brian S. says:

    I hope that you meant to put Chavez at 3B and not Swisher.

  3. jjyank says:

    At least the Yanks have the big man on the bump. Salvage something for us, Carsten.

  4. Greg says:

    Well, no complaining about ARod being head of Cano today from anybody.

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

    Jeter 391/429/587 career against Colon. Seems like an odd day to pick to give him a routine day off (if it is just a routine day off).

    • Greg says:

      I think these off days are planned ahead of time.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

        That’s my point. They knew Colon was pitching today ahead of time.
        Normally if the give someone a routine day of rest, they try to time it to be against someone that is a bad match-up for the hitter.

        • jjyank says:

          True, but how big is that sample? I’m not sure if you can count the Colon stats from like 8 years ago when he was a different pitcher. Jeter was 2 for 3 off Colon earlier this year, but as far as I’m concerned, that’s as big as the sample size gets.

          I’m not defending the decision to sit Jeter, I would have started him. But I don’t think it’s a big deal considering the situation/sample size.

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

            Most of it was long ago, but it did continue this year. There’s plenty of reason to think he would have success against Colon. Also, Nix doesn’t play much short. It would make more sense to do this with Phly Ball Phil than with CC on the mound.
            Probably not a huge deal, it just seems very odd, and makes me think this may not be just a routine day off.

            • jjyank says:

              Yeah, that’s a good point with Nix playing short for CC instead of Phil.

              According to Girardi, via LoHud, it is routine though:

              “Routine day off for Derek Jeter, even with the team riding a three-game losing streak. “I think you have to be able to rule out the circumstances and make sure your guys stay healthy,” Girardi said. ‘It was hot playing at home. We had a hot week. We came out here, we had a long flight. He’s played three days in a row out here. I’ve only DHed him once in a long time, and he played in the All-Star Game. I just thought, if we’re going to give him a day, today was probably the day.’”

              • Robinson Tilapia says:

                …which would be the right thing to do. You don’t base decisions like this on a three-game losing streak when you have a very nice lead in the standings AND it’s July.

              • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

                Yeah, I’m probably just being paranoid. Hopefully it is just a routine day off.

    • Brian S. says:

      Yeah would have made sense to give him the day off yesterday then.

  6. Pat D says:

    Let’s hear it for Jon Lester and the NCAA!!

  7. Brian S. says:

    Wilhelmsen pitching for the third day in a row. Probably makes him off limits for tomorrow.

  8. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Another game against the A’s. Another hungry young rookie looking to make a name for himself at the Yankees’ expense….

    *waits*

  9. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Nice tripple A lineup today.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      You’d say that about the A’s lineup as well, and they’ve been putting it together. That’s still major league hitters out there.

  10. Stratman9652 says:

    That poor pitching mound…

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      They should reinforce it like they do pro wrestling rings. Lots of springs, etc.

      Also, make sure there’s a sledgehammer and midget underneath at all times.

  11. Cuso says:

    Lance Nix is Gi-normous compared to Jayson. The discrepancy between those two is twice the size of the discrepancy between Scott – Jerry Hairston.

    Very similar to the Bret -Aaron Boone discrepancy, though.

  12. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I see the mission burritos have been treating Bartolo well.

  13. Cuso says:

    At least the Mariners are flying in from Tampa and we have the shorter trip.

  14. Kevin G. says:

    lol colon and cc fat

  15. Cuso says:

    My g/f is shutting me down again because of Pillowpants.

  16. flamingo says:

    This is really the best YES booth.

  17. Brian S. says:

    Kind of glad San Diego extended Quentin. I didn’t want him going to an AL contender.

  18. Mr. Pink says:

    Bartolo Colon. #shouldvekept

  19. Brian S. says:

    SCORE RUNS MEOWWWWWWWWWWWW

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

    Tex would have gone to third on that.

  21. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Just tuned in. Grandy better not bunt so help me god…

  22. jjyank says:

    Pepper is a lost art? I used to love those drills in high school.

  23. Greg says:

    Get at least one here.

  24. Ron says:

    You know what happens now right?

  25. DERP says:

    Do it Tex. DO IT!

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

    Love me some BABIP luck.

  27. Pat D says:

    Well at least they won’t lose 1-0.

  28. Ron says:

    Bloops of death hahaha

  29. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    BABIP win

  30. jjyank says:

    Love it when BABIP goes the Yanks’ way.

  31. RetroRob says:

    Odd rally. Not a hard hit ball, except for Cano’s, which went for an out.

  32. Brian S. says:

    Fuck you BABIP

  33. Greg says:

    BABIP giveth

  34. DERP says:

    Grand slam incoming

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

    somewhere stuart a is crying in his basement

  36. Mike N says:

    YAY! ROD!

  37. stuart a says:

    two run rbi double lets throw a parade…he sucks cuz it wasnt a home run…drop him in the batting order…

  38. Mike Axisa says:

    stuart a is going to complain about A-Rod’s singles Granderson’s strikeouts … something else.

    • Greg says:

      Bingo. Look above

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

        I’m guessing that was a fake.

        • Kempire Strikes Back says:

          Stuart a is probably attending his summer school classes to make up for pulling the fire alarm during wood shop class.

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

            I think he’s actually an old guy.
            I picture him sitting in his front yard on a lawn chair, yelling at kids walking by on the sidewalk who stray onto his property and spraying them with a garden hose. “GET OFF MY LAWN!”

            • jjyank says:

              My guess as well. Most younger guys are probably more open to advanced statistics. Constantly regurgitating the same crap about RBI’s over and over just screams lonely old man to me.

    • jjyank says:

      No, stuart a will just cry himself to sleep tonight. Complaining about anything else is beyond his brain functions.

  39. flamingo says:

    YEAH

  40. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Ike Davis would have hit a 5 run home run…..

    Sincerely,
    Stuart a

  41. Mike N says:

    PILE ON NOW!

  42. jjyank says:

    Suck it stuart a!!!

  43. RetroRob says:

    Fail. Warning-track power or eveb off-the-wall power means a younger A-Rod would have hit the ball out, or at least knocked the wall down.

  44. DERP says:

    Should have resigned Colon IMHO!

  45. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Pillowpants is the busted dishwasher keeping me from enjoying this inning.

  46. RetroRob says:

    Seventeen hits and only three runs in that inning?

    Good thing is if the A’s make the postseason (they won’t), the Yankees will at least have seen more of their young pitchers once or twice.

  47. Greg says:

    A successful inning. Could of had more if not for Cano hitting right at somebody and Colon going to the changeup. Of course that is probably a fallacy.

  48. Paging stuart a. Will the real stuart a. please stand up?

  49. Brian S. says:

    Ibanez needed to get a run in with one out.

    • Greg says:

      Colon went to the changeup with Ibanez. That’s a pitch he rarely throws so it probably caught Ibanez off guard.

  50. So, while I was in the middle of my response about the whole death star contractors thing two pretty girls walked into the shop…they asked how I was doing. Almost like a sitcom before I could stop my self I blurted out “I wasn’t just discussing the details of Star Wars online!”

  51. Wow says:

    That’s quite the bottom half of the lineup we’ve got going there. Sheesh.

    • Jersey Joe says:

      I’m getting a bit fed up with Girardi’s decision to play Nix all the time. I know he’s solid defensively, but -0.3 WAR and a 0.0 dWAR (Not bad, but it sure is not great). The thing is Girardi will never stop with the DH for Jeter and A-Rod, I just think that Nix needs to go back to AAA, as long as he’s not out of options. Maybe it couldn’t hurt to see what Pena, Bernier, or even Antonelli have to offer for a few games. He should not have played 4 out the past 6 games.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

        They were facing lefties (except for today). There really aren’t better options on the roster now.

  52. Brian S. says:

    Dude I’m eating some cinnamon swirl toast and it is so bomb.

  53. DERP says:

    The umpire in the Orioles Cleveland game should be fired.

  54. Mike N says:

    CC’s been quite efficient so far.

  55. Dewayne is Wise says:

    The rok has nice legs

  56. Damn that must have been long gone, from Sterling’s call anyway.

  57. Greg says:

    The Grandy Man!

  58. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    *Too many strikeouts

  59. Mike N says:

    w00t!

  60. flamingo says:

    Grandy!

  61. DERP says:

    Colon just got Grandersowned.

  62. jjyank says:

    The Grandyman can.

  63. Brian S. says:

    Pedro Ciriaco is playing RF. IS THERE ANYTHING HE CANT DO!?!?!?

  64. DERP says:

    Who do we root for in the Orioles-Rays series coming up?

  65. DERP says:

    Like I said earlier, the home plate umpire in the Baltimore/Cleveland game should be fired.

  66. Cuso says:

    Cespedes is a Cuban smurf.

  67. Brian S. says:

    Justin Smoak or Brandon Belt as change of scenery candidates? In a world where Teixeira doesn’t have a NTC, this offseason would you trade for either of them straight up for Teix? Would the Giants/Mariners do that?

  68. Am I the only one that thinks Cespedes has a really odd body type? I’ve never seen such a barrel-chested person lol.

  69. Cuso says:

    Sometimes it’s ok to go “a” to “m,” like if you really care about the person.

  70. When Inge beats you twice in one series…it hasn’t been a good series…

  71. Greg says:

    Dammit CC, I want to trust you with 4-0 lead.

  72. DERP says:

    Now that we have allowed a home run to Brandon Inge, I kind of hope we lose. That just ruined what has been a great game.

  73. jjyank says:

    Watching Ibanez try to climb the wall was kinda funny.

  74. Tom says:

    Is CC on a ~100pitch count today? Or can he go 110-120?

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

    Please stop giving up bombs to shitty hitters.

  76. Hummingbird S. says:

    its always nice to surrender HRs to awful hitters

  77. smh…KURT FUCKING SUZUKI?!?!?!?!?!?!

  78. Brian S. says:

    Wow. We need you to do better CC.

  79. Cy Pettitte says:

    Giving up HRs to Suzuki and Inge at the Coliseum….

  80. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Brandon Inge looks like Rory McIlroy.

    And wow. Leave it to the Yankees to allow Kurt Suzuki’s first homer of the year.

  81. Widget says:

    give it all back CC. Please. The sweep must be maintained.

  82. DERP says:

    lol fuck you CC. allow more homers to shit players.

  83. flamingo says:

    Settle down, CC.

  84. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Tough hop? Get in front of the ball!

  85. DERP says:

    no matter what CC does the rest today, it cannot be considered a good start for him.

  86. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    BASEBALL PLAYER

  87. Hummingbird S. says:

    pathetic… back up infielder that cant field..

  88. Cuso says:

    Anyone here know what “bohica” means?

  89. Mr. Pink says:

    This is a redux of the game CC pitched against the Reds. Yankees give him a lead and then CC slowly gives up the lead on serving up homers to scrubs.

  90. Mike N says:

    C’mon, CC! Bend, don’t break!

  91. Mike N says:

    YESSSSSSS!

  92. Greg says:

    I can accept the Inge homerun because power is really all that Inge has to bring to the party.

    Kurt Suzuki, CC? Come on now.

  93. Brian S. says:

    Hughes start>CC’s start.

  94. jjyank says:

    Good lord. I know CC is the ace, but 2 runs against him and the Yankees are still winning and we have commenters saying its not a good start now no matter what? Holy unrealistic expectations, Batman.

    • Greg says:

      They still dont think the A’s are any good. Despite them outplaying us in this series.

      • jjyank says:

        That doesn’t even matter. YCPB, right? Every single player in the MLB is a very, very talented ballplayer. They wouldn’t be in The Show otherwise. And they are all capable of hitting a mistake pitch out of the park. So CC made 2 bad pitches and the Yankees are still winning, and it’s a “bad start” according to some.

        It’s just as bad as the game where Ibanez his the game tying grandslam last week. Athenian declared the game over in the 7th inning, I gave him shit for it, saying that they play 9 innings for a reason, it’s not over. Guess what, the Yankees won. So stop judging a game or a starter performance, before the damn game is over.

        /end rant

        • I agree with the premise of your argument (that this is a fine start for CC as long as he maintains the current score) I highly doubt if you gave David Robertson 100 swings at meatballs he’d hit one out.

          • jjyank says:

            Well he’s a pitcher, that’s not really fair. But if you give Kurt Suzuki several meatballs, he probably hits a bunch out. That’s my point. These guys are all good. Some are better than others, but all of them are capable of taking advantage of mistakes.

        • Cuso says:

          I take umbrage with Sergio Mitre being very, very talented :P

  95. Cuso says:

    Kurt Suzuki, the dee-ay-double-dee why-em-ay-cee

    …yeah you know me

  96. Brian S. says:

    Hey Mike you never answered my Jose Pirela/Anderson Feliz question. Would both have been in the 3o-35 range on your prospect list?

  97. Mr. Pink says:

    That last inning was pretty deflating. Yanks score 4 runs for CC and he gives up 2 runs.

  98. Tom says:

    So Colon’s got a shot at going 8 innings?

    Not a good series for the offense….

  99. your mom says:

    Big inning for CC, time to bounce back vs the heart of their order.

  100. Athenian says:

    Assuming the Yankees hold on an win, which they should. The appropriate result from today’s game would have been Oakland winning 1-0. This would complete the cycle for all four games of each team scoring one run less than the previous night while all games decided by 1 run with the same winner and loser for each game.

    This is a statistical jackpot. 4-3, 3-2, 2-1….could have been 1-0

  101. Will The Thrill says:

    Reddick/Cespedes > Granderson/Swisher

  102. Will The Thrill says:

    CC quivers at the sight of right handed batters. Step up CC!

  103. Mike N says:

    Bear down, CC!

  104. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Has anyone tried a pizza place on 50th Street called Don Antonio?

  105. Mike Axisa says:

    Good grief, find a backup infielder that can actually field please.

  106. Mike N says:

    No. But if you’re looking for pizze in midtown, Angelo’s is outstanding:

    http://www.angelospizzany.com/locations.htm

    There’s one on East 55th Street and one on West 57th Street. Really good wood-fired brick-oven pizza.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

      I’ve walked by the one on 57th street a thousand times and never walked in. I’ll try it but tonight…Don Antonio’s.

      • Mike N says:

        Please report back in the next game thread on Don Antonio’s. Always looking for awesome pizza!

        • jjyank says:

          Unrelated, but anyone know where I can get good pizza in DC? I’ve been spoiled growing up in a NYC suburb, and I’ve yet to have good pizza since moving down here.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            How’s Spike’s place, We the Pizza? I was very impressed by the burger at Good Stuff Eatery. One of the best non-Shake Shack fast food burgers I’ve ever had.

            • jjyank says:

              No idea. But it’s pretty close to the Eastern Market station according to Google maps, and I pass that every day. Maybe one time I’ll get off at Eastern Market and check it out.

        • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

          Look for my full review in tonight’s open thread :)

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            I need to be informed of NYC food subthreads, whether I’m following the game thread or not.

            Heard very good things about Don Antonio’s. Don’t know what else to recommend around midtown. It really does tend to be a culinary wasteland at times.

            • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

              Haha, blame Mr. Riddle for getting me thinking about food by bringing up Bagels (and…yech…cinnamon raisin.)

              You’re right on midtown unless you really love Japanese food (and I do actually), in which case you could eat at a GREAT restaurant every night but pay through the a$$. I prefer variety though.

              • Robinson Tilapia says:

                You can always do fine walking west into Hell’s Kitchen, or just down to Columbus Circle and into the Time Warner Center. There’s a Blue Ribbon….somewhere around there that I’ve never found.

                Midtown East, though? Yipes.

          • Mike N says:

            Will do!

  107. Brian S. says:

    Fuck you Nix!

  108. Greg says:

    Well, if we’re gonna win. Its not gonna be easy.

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

    Maybe in the future, if they want to give Jeter a day of rest, do it with a fly ball pitcher on the mound.

  110. Mr. Pink says:

    This is a disaster series.

  111. your mom says:

    Why thank you Inge.

  112. “Nix bobbled it. That’s why they di-” John
    Suzyn(cutting John off)”Inge is very fast, that’s why they didn’t get the double play.” Seriously…is she sleeping with him or something?

  113. Will The Thrill says:

    I think Brandon Inge wins most annoying player of the series.

  114. Mike N says:

    Weird beard lefty dude is coming in!

  115. Greg says:

    That’s interesting. Colon had a good pitch count.

  116. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Norbeardo

  117. Will The Thrill says:

    Anyone else remember this many Oakland fans at a game? I guess Moneyball made Californians aware that there was in fact a fifth Californian baseball team.

  118. jjyank says:

    Playing the Athletics always does make me a bit college nostalgic. I didn’t go anywhere near Cali, but Green and Yellow were our colors. Every time I look at the uniforms, I think “Cats?” But no.

  119. Greg says:

    Yankees have hit line drives right at people all series long.

  120. Arya says:

    They need to go straight to Robertson right now or CC’s gonna blow this. We need this one.

    • Mike N says:

      Why do the Yanks “need” this game?

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Because Arya’s panties will burst if they don’t win.

      • RetroRob says:

        Because they lost three in a row to the A’s, so they will be mentally destroyed is they lost the game. The season will spin out of control, and before we know it, the Yankees will be in last place. The entire season depends on the next couple of innings.

        Or not.

  121. Mike N says:

    Suzuki was going for a bunt homer.

  122. RetroRob says:

    Joba hasn’t hit 100 mph since 2008. Not sure how much to believe minor-league radar gun readings, but encouraging.

    You would think all pitchers would realize how doing certain conditioning exercises can actually help them increase velocity, which could be the difference between making a MLB club or being cut, or being a good pitcher and a very good pitcher, etc.

  123. Mike N says:

    Nasty pitch!

  124. Brian S. says:

    Not an ace-quality start.

    • Mike N says:

      SEND CC DOWN! FIRE GIRARDI!

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      *checks sarcasm meter*

      • Brian S. says:

        It wasn’t. You expect more from your ace than 7-3.

        • RetroRob says:

          Oh, sorry. They gave you the benefit of the doubt.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I like you. That’s just fucking stupid. Let’s save that for DERP and Widget.

        • Rocky Road Redemption says:

          Ah, you make me nostalgic for bo. Now he was THE troll. I’m sorry, but everybody who comes after him and attempts to troll can’t hold a candle to bo. He was a legend.

          You might be good but you have a long way to go before you can troll like bo.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            Thank you. Truer words have never been spoken.

            Most of our trolls here just want to be loved. Look at stuart…..even branching out lately. In the end, they want to be taken seriously. That’s not a troll. A troll comes in, drops a bomb, watches everyone work into a lather, THEN drops another one.

            Not complaining too much. I’d rather see these guys actually honestly participating in discussion than trolling.

            Brian has the ocassional moment that I think is sorta apeshit, but he is at least here to have fun. Not a troll in the least.

            • Rocky Road Redemption says:

              Yep. bo even spawned a word in the Urban Dictionary. “boversimplification”. Added by tjsc.

              Those were the days.

              • Robinson Tilapia says:

                Can you imagine the jokers who show up for these threads now back in the day? The old guard would have had their asses so bad they’d never show up again.

                Of course, fast forward to now and there’d be people whining about, I dunno, TSJC being “condescending,” or some shit like that.

  125. Greg says:

    A quality start (both statistically and in reality) for CC.

    • jjyank says:

      …but…but I thought it was determined in the 5th inning that it wouldn’t be a good start no matter what?

  126. The Troll says:

    So Mike, when can I buy my Justin Upton NY jersey?

    • Brian S. says:

      Did it happen?

      • The Troll says:

        Not that I’m aware of, but I’m seriously hoping that they purchase a big bat like his before the deadline. I’m not entirely sold on Upton’s health at the moment, but I may very well be comfortable with selling off the farm for him.

        • The Troll says:

          And, well, watching the offense this series has made me far too frustrated and impatient. I need more cowbell.

        • RetroRob says:

          How much should they give? Serious question, even of a Troll. What does selling or stripping the farm mean exactly?

          • Mike Axisa says:

            I’d have no problem trading one of Williams/Sanchez/Austin + Banuelos + misc. Problem is Banuelos’ value is way down.

            • RetroRob says:

              Okay, I’m fine with that. I think some people think they should trade Williams/Sanchez/Austin and Banuelos to get Upton, and I have a problem with that because it would set the farm back a number of years and prevent other moves.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            Melky + IPK for the clause in which he says he won’t go to the Yankees.

  127. Brian S. says:

    Why the hell did Ibanez face Noberto?

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      Apparently making changes to try to increase your chances of winning a game isn’t “smart baseball”.

      Or so I was told here, anyways.

    • Greg says:

      I;m guessing the same reason why managers are hesitant to pinch hit their backup catcher.

      No depth left if Jones pinch hits.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

        I somewhat agree with that reasoning today with Swisher out, except that Joe does the exact same thing regardless of how much depth is left on the bench. He even did it when they had extra depth when McDonald was on the roster.

        • Tom says:

          He’s got a lead… for some (insane) reason when he has the lead there is no need to bother to tack runs on, and the only moves he makes is generally run prevention (defensive replacements)

          It’s kind of a head scratcher.. if it’s a tie game is there any doubt Jones bats?

      • Tom says:

        They still have Jeter on the bench (Nix can play the OF).

  128. RetroRob says:

    The HOF should be for players. Screw broadcasters, managers (yes, managers), baseball writers, owners and the other nonsense, such as union leaders.

    • jjyank says:

      I’m okay with managers, but yeah broadcasters and writers don’t impact the actual game at all. Why the hell are they in the Hall?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Disagree. The HoF should celebrate all of baseball, which includes non-player field staff, owners, broadcasters, etc. Marvin Miller shouldn’t be in the Hall? Miller did more for baseball than 95% of the players in the HoF anyway.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      What brought this on? Not listening intently.

      I disagree. It doesn’t really bother me to see non-players.

      • RetroRob says:

        David Cone mentioned Marvin Miller should be in the HOF, which happened right after I saw Tim McCarver was elected into the broadcasters wing of the HOF. Anger, even if it was faux anger, set in. : -)

    • Mike N says:

      Of course former players are all like “PUT MARVIN MILLER IN THE HALL! DO IT!”

    • CUYanks says:

      It irritates me that they refer to Tim McCarver as an inductee when the HoF makes it very clear that that the Ford Frick Award does NOT constitute induction into the Hall of Fame.

  129. Greg says:

    Peopel wondering why Ibanez batted have to remember the lack of outfield depth the Yanks now have.

  130. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I swear it looked like Jeter was in LF for a second there.

    C’mon, DRob. Let’s nail this down and get the hell out of here.

  131. stuart a says:

    Nix having a great game today. screwed up the routine double play, an error, and nothing at the plate. doubt he has seen 10 pitches today.

    having the parade for arod’s 2 rbi game?

    if they were going to do a defensive replacement for nix why did they not have jeter hit for him also? I thought they were going to have Jeter hit for the catcher if Nix got on.

  132. Brian S. says:

    Derek Jeter brought in for defense. LOLOLOLOL

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

    Ummm …. so if Jeter is coming in as a defensive replacement anyways, why was Nix allowed to hit?

  134. your mom says:

    FUCK COCO CRISP!!!!!

  135. Mr. Pink says:

    I think we all knew this game was over when Crisp stepped into the box.

  136. Cy Pettitte says:

    the A’s are totally gonna get a 4 game sweep, aren’t they? so lame.

  137. Brian S. says:

    Why did Robertson throw a third fastball to Crisp? What a dumb fucking idea.

  138. Mr. Pink says:

    Cespedes > Anyone on Yankees not named Cano

  139. Mike N says:

    C’mon, D-ROB!!

  140. Mike N says:

    YESSSSSSSS!!! One more!

  141. your mom says:

    Yes, F U Yoni.

  142. Brian S. says:

    Thank you Chavez.

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

    …and exhale

  144. Mike N says:

    That fucker looked safe…

  145. stuart a says:

    chavez is still the best defensive 3b, he is really a great fielder.

  146. stuart a says:

    robertson throws 80+ % fastballs if not more. Not sure why he does that. His fastball is very good but so is his curve.

  147. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Awesome base running by Crisp.

  148. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Norberto looks like he should be standing outside Macy’s 34th Street and yelling at me.

  149. Mike N says:

    NO MORE BEARD CLOSEUPS!

    • RetroRob says:

      If beards made relievers better, would the Yankees break their grooming policy?

      These and other important questions…

  150. Arya says:

    Who could have seen those changeups coming? You’d think someone would learn.

  151. Greg says:

    Didn’t know Norberto threw a changeup.

  152. stuart a says:

    CAPITALIZATION

  153. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Naturally.

  154. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Kidding me?

  155. Mike N says:

    AUGGHHHH!!!!!!!!

  156. Brian S. says:

    Wow.

  157. RetroRob says:

    Cheap HR over the CF wall!

  158. Greg says:

    Cant blame Girardi for that. Smith was the one guy I was worried about. He should have walked him

  159. Arya says:

    Mariano best be coming back in October.

  160. Kevin G. says:

    Now we get to hear about how great the A’s are and how they’re in contention (even thought it’s because of the stupid second WC) and MONEYBALL

  161. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Game-tying HR to an RAB meme. ARGH.

  162. Athenian says:

    This is a funny series. Won’t really matter in the grand scheme but forfeiting all 4 games would have been easier.

  163. The Twiddler says:

    Ugh. Well, sometimes you run into a hot as shit team. What are you gonna do?

  164. Greg says:

    I told you all to watch out for this team and that they were on a roll.
    They were hitting better and they were pitching well.

    Don;t say I didn’t warn you.

  165. mt says:

    We are being beaten by our own medicine – lots of homers.

    Why is Soraino throwing all sliders pretty much?

  166. stuart a says:

    solo homer to inge, the nix f up, solo jack to suzuki first of the year, and seth smith solo jack. TRAIN WRECK.

    btw inge has more rbi’s then arod, think about that nugget.

  167. Dino Velvet says:

    The A’s are hitting too many home runs.

    /MSM

  168. your mom says:

    MFIKY fail.

  169. RetroRob says:

    The A’s were very concerned about their lack of power to start the season. No shortage in this series.

  170. Tom says:

    And this is why you play for tack on runs and don’t go into “why bother pinch hitting” mode when you have a 1 run lead.

    • mt says:

      Especially when you let Nix bat and then put Jeter in immediately as a defensive replacement – either rest Jeter entirely for the whole game or have him bat for Nix there. It is too cute.

  171. Athenian says:

    I think Soriano knows he cannot make the money in the open market as he can with the Yankees. So he blew this game so he remains good enough to pick up the option.

  172. Greg says:

    But of course everybody believes that this game has no impact at all right? Just to be clear.

  173. Cuso says:

    I will not call MFIKY my Boo Boo Kitty F@ck

  174. Dino Velvet says:

    biggest hanging slider I’ve ever seen. it was just floating.

  175. jjyank says:

    Damn it. Guess getting dinner ready will have to wait.

  176. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Hey guys, I don’t know if you know this, but Greg warned us about the A’s…in case you didn’t know.

  177. your mom says:

    What’s our record in extra innings?

  178. mt says:

    Yankees must win – I cannot bear to see another A’s walk-off (I heard someone call it a dance-off given how wild they get in their celebration.)

  179. Cuso says:

    What is up with the tantrum that those A’s fans throw? That it is no way cool or trendy.

    It looks spastic and lame.

  180. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    BABAIP win?

  181. Mike N says:

    LET’S DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  182. captain kiwi says:

    i was on vacation in florida for all your a’s games guys. i’m sorry, i’m back now, you can win okay?

  183. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Greg, you know I agreed with you on the A’s. Now shush.

  184. Why does it seem like our hitters are never looking for the fastball w/ 2 strikes?

  185. Widget says:

    thank you A-rod for not hitting into a double play.

  186. Mike N says:

    BTW, you should not underestimate the physiological effect of traveling three time zones to the west and playing night games. This surely played a role in the Yanks three losses to Oakland.

  187. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Hey guys. Maybe you didn’t realize, but Greg warned us about the A’s.

    No, really, he did. Honest. He REALLY DID warn us about the A’s. Truly. I know it’s hard to believe, but you can check.

    SERIOUSLY GUYS.

  188. Jason says:

    Could this team have looked like they cared less to be playing during these past four games? They look like the walking dead out there while the A’s have been all energy during the series. It reminds me of a series they had with the Angels late last summer.Disconcerting considering how loose they’ve looked before this series began.

    • Mike N says:

      It’s physiological. The Yanks traveled three time zones–shifting their internal circadian clocks three hours out of phase with local time–and played three night games.

    • jjyank says:

      This is the dumbest narrative I’ve ever heard. Every team looks bad when they’re losing. Teams look “energetic” when they win.

      I hate this crap.

      • Jason says:

        Sorry to offend your delicate sensibilities.

        • jjyank says:

          You didn’t offend anyone it’s just a really dumb narrative.

          • Jason says:

            I see that you’re the authority on such things. Anyone could look at the past four games and see that the Yankees have been playing flat. Even if they had won this game I still would have thought that they looked out of sorts. In my opinion, you’re oversimplifying things for the sake of argument. I know you’re dying to give some smarmy response with the word flat in quotations because you think you’re some hot shot on here with valuable opinions, but you’re just another person posting on a message board who has a chip on their shoulder. You go out of your way to shoot down other people’s opinions on here because…I don’t know why. Maybe you’re just really insecure and this is you’re only venue to feel like your opinion matters. Personally, I think you just come off as kind of a jerk. Reply if you want, since I’m sure you need to keep up appearances. Call me a troll, get mad, whatever you want. I won’t be reading it, and deep down I think you know I’m right. Try being nicer to people.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Can someone confirmed that Alex Rodriguez was sending texts and getting a manicure from third base? Yes? OK, you heard it here first.

  189. Cuso says:

    Nobody is gonna respect MFIKY until he posts a “W” that’s why

  190. Mike Axisa says:

    Oh Jeter, you’re so clutch.

  191. Greg says:

    Jeter thought it was low. It probably was

  192. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Jeter was hoping that was outside so the ump would GRANT BALFOUR HAHAHAHAHAH

  193. Hall and Nokes says:

    It feels like there’s been a season’s worth of WTF in one weekend.

  194. your mom says:

    Okay, here comes the walk-off.

  195. CUYanks says:

    I’m going to go ahead and warn everyone that the M’s could win games against us. You heard it here first!

  196. Greg says:

    Phleps can give 2-3 good innings.

  197. Be careful here Phelps. No reason to give this guy anything.

  198. Jacob says:

    Is it me or do these umpires have no consistency over this whole series when it comes to balls and strikes?

  199. Cuso says:

    How come nobody predicted we’d have trouble with this team?

    I feel like I should have seen this coming…..or that someone could have at least warned me.

  200. The Troll says:

    Yoenis with the walk-off? Or would that be too obvious?

  201. Mike N says:

    YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!

  202. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    David Phelps. What a champ.

  203. jjyank says:

    Great inning by Phelps. He looked very good.

  204. Nice inning there by Phelpsy, too bad this means Garcia-y is getting the start over ol’ Phelpsy in Seattle against Jesus-y and The Mariners.

  205. RetroRob says:

    Maybe Phelps can be stretched out to seven innings and 105 pitches tonight.

  206. Tom says:

    This is crazy. The Yankees have no outfield depth, they can’t use a pinch hitter here.

    Oh wait the game is now tied… so Girardi will actually use pinch hitters.

  207. Darren says:

    Fucking Sterling again. Awesomely wrong home run call on the foul ball. Dick.

    • Mike N says:

      Srsly? You could see that was going foul right off the bat. Have he and Sue been complaining that they can’t see anything from their booth, because of “the angles”?

      • Darren says:

        Yeah, he couldn’t have sounded more sure that it was gone. He was yelling at the top of his voice that’s only reserved for alleged no doubters.

        “IT IS HIGH!!!! IT IT IS FAR!!!! IT.. It’s foul.”

        And to RetroRob’s point, Sterling even mentioned that Jones knew right away it was foul and didn;t even move. Not to get all Mushnick-y, but Sterling doesn’t care about providing an accurate call, he cares about doing his stupid calls, with no regard for actually being the eyes of the audience. It’s infuriating.

    • RetroRob says:

      Really? I really don’t know why Sterling just doesn’t take a quick glance at the batter, who knows probabably 99% of the time if it’s gone.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I was giving my son a bath when that happened. We both almost punched the wall.

    • Rooting for U.S. Steel says:

      Sterling’s inability to call a game is neither folksy nor charming. The blown home run calls are a given at this point: What’s even more egregious are plays involving men on base, in which Sterling will use so many pronouns that one can’t figure out who has ended up where.

      And that’s without waiting for him to update those listening whether, in fact, runners have in fact moved up.

      He brings no special insight to the game (love him or not, Tim McCarver does), nor does he bring any special knowledge of the players to the microphone (miss you, Scooter). And yes, my dad loved Broadway musicals as much as Sterling does, and I appreciate my share of ‘em too — but Sterling’s references to “Oklahoma” and “Anything Goes” too often get in the way of describing what is happening on the field.

      Enough. The opposition team broadcasts on MLB radio can fill in some of the gaps, but it’s really time that the Yankees get a radio announcer worthy of the franchise. If Sterling’s contract is renewed, I’m going to be one seriously unhappy fan.

  208. The Troll says:

    That was a fun swing through the lineup.

  209. Mike N says:

    Why does this feel like it’s gonna be a while?

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

    Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb.

  211. your mom says:

    Phelps is changing speeds well.

  212. CUYanks says:

    Every pitching change brings us closer to QUALLS TIME!

  213. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Calm the fuck down Inge that was nowhere near your head.

    3 straight K’s for Phelps and Girardi takes him out for……….Clay Rapada?

  214. RetroRob says:

    Really? Just how deep is the pen? The long guy who can pitch seven innings exits. This is not going to end well.

  215. Really? Mixing and matching in extras with only Qualls and a ROOGY in the bullpen from the right side? I don’t agree w/ this…

  216. Greg says:

    Okay. This time I’m angry at Girardi. Questionable move.

  217. The Troll says:

    WTF would Girardi not leave Phelps in?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  218. Greg says:

    But again this game means nothing according to people on here so we shouldn’t get that upset.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Now you’re just trying to rise out of people.

      This game means as much as any other. Doesn’t mean we don’t want then to win it.

    • Mike N says:

      Why do you keep mischaracterizing what people have said, which is not that this game means nothing, but that it means no more than any other single game?

      And yeah, I was surprised by that righty-lefty move, when this could be a while. Phelps looked good. Why not leave him in?

    • RetroRob says:

      It means more to my mood this evening than any thing else.

  219. Cy Pettitte says:

    so Joe takes out a good multi-inning reliever and leaves us with a ROOGY and Boone left in the pen. they better score next inning.

  220. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Not the best bullpen move I’ve ever seen.

  221. The Scheister of Doom says:

    It’s an extra inning game, Phelps is dealing and they pull him?!? Terrible move! Ride a Phelps, Save the pen!

  222. Tom says:

    I don’t understand this move… the Yankees have 3 specialist and Logan in the pen.

    Girardi is basically getting the farm they will score next inning.

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

    I’m sure having only OOGY’s left in the pen won’t come back to bite the Yankees in the ass if this game goes long.

  224. Joe R says:

    How do you defend that decision? Thats incredible.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      You don’t, although I predict it will be overmagnified so much in the next 15-20 minutes we’ll wind up being backed into doing it.

    • CUYanks says:

      Idk maybe they didn’t want to extend Phelps since he threw 27 pitches on the 19th?

  225. flamingo says:

    Phelps the man.

  226. your mom says:

    Phelps stock is rising. Trade fodder?

  227. jjyank says:

    I usually find reasons to defend the moves by Girardi, but (even though it worked with Rapada getting the out) I agree with my RAB brethren that taking out the long man in an extra innings game is a bad move.

  228. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    The only way to defend that move is if they plan on using Phelps against King Felix instead of Freddy. If that’s not the case, then this was just a case of Girardi over managin again.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      it’s the latter

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      It was over-managing. I don’t think he’s thinking that far ahead here.

      Remember…..this will get taken to such ridiculous proportions that we’ll be defending the move soon.

      Also, Greg said Oakland would be trouble.

  229. Kramerica Industries says:

    This must be the Yankees’ comeuppance for their dominance of the A’s in recent years.

    What an awful series this has been.

  230. The Scheister of Doom says:

    STUUUUUUUART?!? Are you with us little one?

  231. Mike N says:

    HAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  232. Cy Pettitte says:

    wow thank you for the gift Reddick. Joe G might get bailed out here.

  233. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Thanks, Red Dick!

  234. The Scheister of Doom says:

    YES!!!!!!!

  235. CUYanks says:

    Girardi prayed to the Sun God!!! He knew!!!

  236. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Robbie, c’mon make it happen son!

  237. The Troll says:

    Isn’t Cano shit with RISP?

  238. Dino Velvet says:

    Where’s your hippie god, now?!

    /Edward g. Robinson

  239. RetroRob says:

    Blevins? Didn’t he start today for Seattle?

  240. The Scheister of Doom says:

    Which Yankee was born in Seattle celebrating a Bday tomorrow?

  241. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Please do something A-Rod. Please make Stuart a eat his words.

  242. Greg says:

    Interesting

  243. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Alex get’s IBB’ed in extra innings. I hope stuart’s heart is in good condition.

  244. Mike Axisa says:

    Please make just one out, Raul.

  245. Mike N says:

    C’mon, Raul!

  246. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Thanks, Axisa. Ibanez was clearly reading this.

  247. Jacob says:

    CANO WHY YOU NO GET HIT WITH RISP? I WILL TRADE YOU!

  248. Mike N says:

    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

  249. Kramerica Industries says:

    Pop up some more pitches, fellas.

  250. Greg says:

    Get Upton please.

  251. Cy Pettitte says:

    I think this pretty much confirms they aren’t winning this game.

  252. The Scheister of Doom says:

    I miss Jorge all of a sudden.

  253. Rey22 says:

    This game has Qualls walkoff written all over it :/

  254. Brian S. says:

    Leadoff guy reaches second and we can’t even manufacture a run. I’m legitimately upset about this. Also I can’t wait for Qualls to come in and blow the game because Girardi took Phelps out.

  255. Greg says:

    I hope Brian Cashman is watching this and understanding that you just cant rest on your laurels. You’ve gotta do something.

  256. Mike Axisa says:

    Just put Qualls in to end this, please. I have things to do.

  257. The Troll says:

    Bring up Fukodome (?) ! Put Cust in the OF !! Trade for Upton !!! ANYTHING!!!!!

  258. Jacob says:

    Ibanez you too? package deal, with chavez, should be enoough to get burnett back right?

  259. Kramerica Industries says:

    If Ken Singleton had a better home run call, he would probably be the best play-by-play guy calling Yankees’ games.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I like his call, it’s better than See-Ya or other gimmicks.

      • jjyank says:

        Yeah me too. It’s simple, not overly flashy, just calling the play.

        • Mike N says:

          My wife sort of casually pays attention when the games are on, and she was all like, “Wow. This is so much better without Kay.”

      • RetroRob says:

        Considering how loud Kay is, I’m susprised he adopted the effete See-Ya as his call.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        Sounds very forced to me.

        And I’m not sure how it’s any less gimmicky than Kay’s. They both use the same call every single time. Which is actually a good thing – consistency counts.

    • Jacob says:

      Don’t worry guys when I am the play by play guy I will ask everyone here what they would like for a home run call remember -Jacob Nardone

  260. Brian S. says:

    So do we all agree that Upton is a 130 wRC+ guy in New York and away from RHB friendly Chase Stadium?

  261. Mike N says:

    These Oakland fuckers are making me respect the Yanks’ facial hair rule.

  262. Brian S. says:

    I wish Cano would have swallowed his ego and moved the runner over last inning. He sucks against lefties this year for some reason there was no way he was getting a hit.

  263. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Brian just meeped.

  264. Wow, our infield defense has been god awful since the Break.

  265. Brian S. says:

    Fuck you Jeter

  266. Greg says:

    JUST GIVE IT UP.

  267. Greg says:

    By the way, that’s a base hit, not an error

  268. Nice play by Cano, especially w/ Epply doing everything he could to throw the ball away.

  269. RepoMan4Life says:

    Cone and Singleton are the best combo. Singleton is everything that Michael Kay is not, which is a major compliment. And David Cone talks about FIP and tossing salad. It doesn’t get better than that.

  270. Kramerica Industries says:

    What a fitting end to a shitty, shitty series.

  271. Mike Axisa says:

    At least Phelps will be available for 20 pitches in two days.

  272. Cy Pettitte says:

    fucking losers. great job Joe.

  273. Greg says:

    Thank god this game is over.

  274. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Leave it to fucking Coco Crisp.

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

    Uggh … just get the fuck out of Oakland.

  276. Mike N says:

    GODDAMN MOTHERFUCKING FUCK!!!!!

    (At least it’s dinner time…)

  277. Wow…really Jones? FUCKING SERIOUSLY? that’s just a poor excuse of ‘effort’ from a supposed professional.

  278. RetroRob says:

    Twice in one series Eppley allows the winning run while facing a LH’d batter?

    Yuck.

    Where’s my tequila. Oh, tomorrow’s a work day. Screw it. It’s here somewhere.

  279. Cuso says:

    Gee, didn’t look like Wise was committed to that play did it?

  280. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Oh, we will get your asses for that celebration.

    Breaking Bad. 10:00 PM tonight.

    Coco Crisp is Pillowpants.

  281. Brian S. says:

    Unbelievable. Cashman better upgrade this bitch. Get Justin Upton.

  282. Widget says:

    Of course it had to be fucking Crisp. I hate him forever and always. Dust yourselves off and sweep the mariners.

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

    Funny what happens when OOGY’s face opposite handed batters in big spots.

  284. DT says:

    Girardi really is terrible in one run games…

  285. Greg says:

    Now the media will begin to question the Yankees.

  286. Widget says:

    Fuck you Oakland. Wake me when you actually win something. Assholes.

  287. Tom says:

    It’s almost like Eppley is not good against lefties.

    This game was doomed once Girardi took Phelps out and went into mix/match mode. You kind of get stuck when switch hitters come up (and you’d think Girardi would have realized that prior to taking Phelps out)

  288. Jacob says:

    I am in total shock right now, Cody eppley is so dead to me

  289. No way that Phelps can face a lefty, after striking out 3 consecutive batters, but after ROOGY Epply allowed a scorcher from a righty he’s left in to face a lefty…and Logan, who can get lefties and righties out, is still in the bullpen. That makes zero sense to me.

  290. stuart a says:

    what a train wreck. they have 1 guy in the pen who can pitch more then 1 inning….

    more clutch hitting from the softball team….

    a team with maybe a $65 mill payroll schooled, the slow pokes…..

    but hey Arod is up to 43 rbi’s 1 more then brandon inge who is awful………..

    SOriano did not do his job and got taken down town by seth smith, ELi Mannings old roommate. BTW Nix is no better and then Nunez. He is not making the routine play and offensively and on the basepaths Nunez is much better……

    they need relief pitcher who can pitch 3 to 5 innings.. they did not want to use phelps more because they are concerned about Garcia on tuesday……

    check out the yankee catchers stats……awful.. they could not pinch hit the 181 russle martin because they had no more outfielders and who in there right mind would intentionally bring russel martin up to the plate……

  291. Cuso says:

    The best things about this weekend were the fat kid with the sign and pillowpants

  292. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    No idea what is happening in this Mo forsaken game. But I just had one fucking amazing pizza.

  293. Arya says:

    So Phelps was pitching lights out and Girardi takes him out of an extra inning game to mix and match. After Eppley he was left with Chad Qualls as his only righty. How is that any better? Eppley already blew a game this series. Give the kid a chance.

    • DT says:

      Because the Binder says so…

    • Kempire Strikes Back says:

      Yeah it was just a godawful fucking decision. I’m not even gonna watch his post game interview to find out why he made that dick eased move.

      Probably something along the lines of “Well Phelpsy pitched a couple days ago and we want him available to be able to pitch another meaningless inning acouplee days from now so we decided to save his arm and bring in Rapady to face the lefty.”

  294. Ppiddy says:

    Wow. 4 game sweep at the hands of the A’s. That’s like your pants falling down in public.

  295. your mom says:

    Well congrats Oakland. You just won the World Series. Now go get soapy and fuck yourselves in the shower!

  296. TomH says:

    Regardless of what the media may now start to say about the Yankees, they are ‘good.’ The question remains, though, “Are they good enough?”

    We joke here a lot about “too many HR’s,” but there’s a problem there that most people recognize: g+ood pitching can take that hr edge away as we saw so often in 21st century post-seasons.

    I’m with the guy this afternoon (I think) who wished for an additional .300 hitter, not walk-driven obp machine. The Yanks of the 1920s and 30s (and 50s) gave the team their “Bronx Bomber” rep. But Ruth, Gehrig, Dimag, Mantle could also hit well over .300 (in addition to their walks).

    I forget whom they were playing during the worst of the rispfail period, but I think it was Singleton who remarked–with Leiter agreeing–that these HR-happy guys are not about to compromise their swings (where their dough comes from) for piddling singles in risp moments. They’re going to do what they do: let ‘er rip. Fine, go ahead, but against Weaver, Verlander, et al. (not to mention rookies from Oakland) bet on the pitcher.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      “g+ood pitching can take that hr edge away as we saw so often in 21st century post-seasons.”

      This isn’t true. Homer-reliant teams perform better against good pitching than teams that rely less on home runs. For example, here is one article that looks at postseason performance: http://mlb.si.com/2012/06/25/n.....runs-risp/. The key part is the paragraph that starts with: “Indeed, the data shows that teams reliant upon the home run actually fare better in the postseason than those who don’t.”

      • TomH says:

        We’ll see, won’t we? My bet will be on the Yankees to resemble…the Yankees: reasonably easy to put away (except by the Twins, of course). Of course, their own pitching might pull them through, but that’s another matter.

        • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

          No, we won’t see. One postseason performance by one team in 2012 won’t really change the conclusion of what was mentioned in that article, which looked at 132 teams in the wild card era. The fact is, it’s better to be a homer-reliant team than a non-homer-reliant team when it comes to the playoffs.

  297. Cuso says:

    It sucks to lose 4 in a row and still have the best record in the majors

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