Game 97: The King


(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

All of the Ichiro Suzuki hoopla is done and over with, meaning now it’s time to look straight ahead and focus on the task at hand.

Crap. Felix Hernandez is pitching tonight.

King Felix has shaken off a (relatively speaking) slow start to the season to allow one earned run or less in six of his last seven starts. Those didn’t come against scrub teams either, he dominated the Red Sox (9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 13 K) and Rangers (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K) during that stretch. You can make a pretty strong case that he’s having a career year as well. The Yankees, meanwhile, are running Freddy Garcia out there. I’m really pulling for that reverse lock, you guys. Here’s the lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
LF Raul Ibanez
DH Eric Chavez
RF Ichiro Suzuki
Chris Stewart

RHP Freddy Garcia

Tonight’s game, the final West Coast night game of the season, is scheduled to start a little after 10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy if you’re still awake.

Brett Gardner Update: Gardner (elbow) had surgery today and “everything went well,” according to Joe Girardi. They removed the inflamed tissue and shaved down some bone chips. Gardner is definitely done for the season.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Knoxvillain says:

    Off topic, but Cliff Lee is about to be 1-7. I just can’t contain my excitement.

  2. Joe R says:

    Never thought i’d say I miss Kim Jones. I dont like Meredith at all. Her interview with Montero tonight was just awkward and unpleasant to watch. Eek.

    • Betty Lizard says:

      I really liked Kim’s interactions with the players.

      I can’t watch Meredith. Or listen to her. Hate her voice. Fortunately I rarely see her on MLB.tv

    • sangreal says:

      I’m not a big fan either. My only substantive (meaning other than her suspiciously-similar-to-Kim-Jones look and voice) is the questions she asks players. They’re always incredibly cliched and simple, but I’m not sure if she writes them or if they are provided so it may not be her fault.

    • RI$P FTW says:

      Are we allowed to talk about this?

    • RI$P FTW says:

      They need to get the dummy from the Nationals broadcasts. She’s very attractive.

  3. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Yanks will force The King to leave the building…early.

  4. Knoxvillain says:

    Also off topic, but what happened to Hannah Ehrlich?

  5. The Real Greg says:

    And the Brewers bullpen implodes again. They blow a 6-1 lead for Zack Grienke. The game is tied at 6 in the seventh.

  6. jjyank says:

    This is my take on tonight’s pitching matchup:


  7. DM says:

    Gardner’s gonna have to prove he can hit on a regular basis with that elbow at some point during the off-season. It would be tough to tender him a contract otherwise.

    • jjyank says:

      I would think the surgery and an offseason’s worth of rest would do the trick. I mean every player that has season ending surgery isn’t DFA’d. They’ll bring him back. I’m sure they’ll monitor his off season rehab/work outs. though.

      • DM says:

        Nah, no DFA involved. But he’s due for an arb award, so they’ll need to see some winter ball somewhere before tendering him. You can’t pay 3mil + for 2013 if he still can’t hit with that elbow.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

          I’m guessing they would have to be completely convinced he can’t hit to non-tender him. Otherwise, it’s worth the 3M risk to find out next season.
          If the austerity plan was going into effect next season, it would be a much tougher decision.

          • DM says:

            I can’t see them just signing him and crossing their fingers that he’ll just show up in ST and be fine. His procedure didn’t sound definitive to me, so I would think they would need some proof that setbacks are behind him. And besides, he could use some off-season playing time after a lost season.

  8. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    I would kill a man to have King Felix in pinstripes.

  9. DERP says:

    Fernando Rodney is a POS. I kind of hope Adam Jones takes him deep here.

  10. Cy Pettitte says:

    you can’t hit HRs off good pitching though?

  11. The Real Greg says:


  12. Hummingbird S. says:


  13. dontchaknow says:

    well.. there ya go !

  14. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Way to bust out Curtis!

  15. Mike Axisa says:

    There’s your run, Freddy.

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

    Yankees have no chance … they can’t hit homers off good pitchers … oh, wait.


  17. Hummingbird S. says:

    that was a cookie..

  18. jjyank says:

    Every run against Felix is big. Thanks, Grandy!

  19. David N says:

    That was certainly preferable to the likely alternative. Way to go Grandy!

  20. Bartolo's Colon says:

    that was close, but ill take it

  21. DERP says:

    LOFL Adam Jones. Gets up 3-0 and strikes out.

  22. Hummingbird S. says:

    that was a nice AB by Alex

  23. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Robbie………., you’ve got to be kidding me.

  24. Hummingbird S. says:

    Cano needs to lay off those pitches… terrible AB

  25. RetroRob says:

    What was that, a nine-pitch inning that included a run and HR, a walk, and three outs?

  26. Bartolo's Colon says:

    chances garcia gives up a gs tonight at about 93%

  27. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Freddy’s getting ready for London.

  28. Cuso says:

    I hope that donkey doesn’t have a heiney troll

  29. dontchaknow says:


  30. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Predictable? Predictable.

  31. The Real Greg says:

    Well that was up. Get Phelps up.

  32. Carl G says:

    lol freddy

  33. Bobtaco says:


  34. flamingo says:

    Well, that didn’t take long.

  35. Hummingbird S. says:

    Everything up… again. How long can they keep him as a starter?

  36. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Get phelps up.

  37. DERP says:

    Montero is fucking terrible.

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      He’s been lighting it up lately in a very small sample. Still a lot of baseball to play.

    • RetroRob says:

      I think his problem is he expands the strikezone too much, and MLB pitchers will keep throwing him junk out of the zone until he shows better pitch recognition. I think he also tries extra hard against the Yankees, so they pretty much should throw him few strikes.

    • sangreal says:

      His splits are ridiculous. He is not terrible at all against Lefties..

      373/409/588 vs Lefties
      201/241/301 vs Righties

    • DM says:

      He made Freddy look like Usain Bolt on that play.

    • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

      Montero runs like he is pulling a cart.
      Anyone remember bye bye Balboni, that what jesus is.

  38. jjyank says:

    Off topic, nobody probably cares about my fantasy team, but…someone gave up on and dropped Ryan Zimmerman about a month ago, and I happened to be lucky enough to be the first one in my league to see it and grab him. Over the course of that month, Zimmerman has hit .383/.441/.785

    How hard is my division rival kicking himself right now?

    • RetroRob says:

      Wasn’t he injured? When did he come back?

      • jjyank says:

        He got a cortisone shot over a month ago, and has been playing ever since. He started off slow, but he’s got well over 300 PA, so he hasn’t been hurt that much.

    • jjyank says:

      They player he dropped him for…Pedro Alvarez. Yep.

      • RetroRob says:

        I guess he was going for flat-out power, but I would never cut Zimmerman for Alvarez. He’s like Mark Reynolds. The BA and OBP will kill you.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      I did the same thing. I had him stashed for a week before he broke into his madness.

    • Cuso says:

      same with me. He was dropped in two of my leagues. Scooped him up in both.

      Got his cortisone shot and has been raking ever since.

      • jjyank says:

        That’s the kind of guy I would just never drop. Injury prone? Yes. But you should have known that when you drafted him. But just too much talent to give up on. And now my opponent is stuck with Pedro Alvarez.

        • Cuso says:

          Yeah one guy dropped him for Kyle Seager and another dropped him for Middlebrooks.

          June is a dangerous month for the fantasy-impatient.

    • Sweaty Freddy says:

      HAHA! You are oh so very lucky, we should get an RAB draft next year between some of the commenters, it sounds like a nice idea

      • Jacob says:

        this was me btw didn’t change name

      • jjyank says:

        I think RAB does have several leagues. I have never been apart of them though, maybe next year.

        • Jacob says:

          Sign me up!

        • Cuso says:

          I joined one and then I was unable to access it for some reason. I joined someone on here’s league in March and then the Yahoo password changed the very next day.

          • jjyank says:

            Weird. I’m just in 1 league, same one I’ve been in for years, with a bunch of my undergrad buddies. But I might try an RAB league as well next year.

            The problem is I’m bad with managing 1 league usually now that I’m so busy with work. Example being I forgot to start Madison Bumgarner tonight, and he’ll probably make me regret my negligence.

  39. Stitches says:

    You’re right. No one cares.

  40. joek says:

    Mike im not sure were u lost a game but this is game 97 not 96

  41. The Guns of Navarone says:

    We’ll watch that on SportsCenter for the next few weeks.

  42. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Saunders killing us with the bat and glove. Fuck.

  43. Bobtaco says:

    Nice play… Damn it…

  44. RetroRob says:

    If I remember correctly, Michael Saunders does suck, right?

  45. Cuso says:

    So I get the Mariners telecast & apparently this Saturday is Mariners Hall-of-Fame day.

    They’re inducting Randy Johnson …..and Dan Wilson.

    Ahem. I said Dan Wilson.

  46. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Never change, Sterling.

    • Bartolo's Colon says:

      i really don’t mind sterling too much, but just the fact that he cannot call a fly ball out vs homerun for his fucking life make me not want him back in the booth next year. i have gotten overly excited way too many times to ultimately just be disappointed and angry

      • RetroRob says:

        He’s a tease, no doubt, leaving more listners flaccid than any other announcer.

        A good announcer would let you know with the rising tension in his voice right off the bat if it was going to be close, or would take a great catch. Sterling, though, has to always go into his HR call on the chance the ball goes out so that it’s a clean HR call in case it goes out and he gets replayed on all the other sports stations. In other words, he no longer cares about the listners, he cares about the call and himself.

  47. Bobtaco says:

    Felix is a bull. Jeez.

  48. RetroRob says:

    King Felix has not been fooling the hitters in the first two innings. Hopefully that continues.

    • The Guns of Navarone says:

      I don’t think he’s thrown one changeup yet. Looks like he wants to get outs with the fastball first time through the order. The Yankees have been right on it. He’s been lucky.

  49. Bartolo's Colon says:

    is it bad that i wouldn’t feel too bad if he missed the rest of this start?

  50. Kevin G. says:

    He’s hurt, his value is down. Go Cashman go.

  51. The Guns of Navarone says:

    I really, really want to have a drink with David Cone.

  52. DM says:

    Freddy better find his feel fast. Too many pitches up.

  53. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    That was foul by a centimeter.

  54. Cuso says:

    All right, look, there’s only one “Return,” okay, and it ain’t “of the King,” it’s “of the Jedi.”

    …oh, I’m the geek? Look at you two whipping out your preciouses.

  55. MartinRanger says:

    Late, but Carlos Peguero is actually Pedro Cerrano.

    Well, that was suboptimal.

  56. The Real Greg says:

    He walked Chris Stewart.

  57. Bartolo's Colon says:

    chris stewart….most feared backup catcher in all baseball

  58. The Real Greg says:

    And that’s what usually happens.

  59. Bartolo's Colon says:

    whats the deal with the dp’s?

  60. Hummingbird S. says:

    west coast (lack of) offense

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

    Felix is not a True Ace™

    A True Ace™ does not walk Chris Stewart.

  62. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Again? Really?

  63. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    Jeter made quick work of that good AB by Stewart.

  64. eephus_pitch says:

    Derek Jeter: Platoon player

  65. Jacob says:

    Cervelli missing throw to second>>>Martin missing fastball down the middle

    • eephus_pitch says:

      Do you remember Cervelli’s at-bats? I do. They were woeful.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        They were. Yet he managed a .340 OBP for a season’s worth of PA’s.

        A lot better than Martin.

        • eephus_pitch says:

          I have to believe Martin is a better player than he’s been this year. Cervelli at his absolute best still can’t crack a .700 OPS.

          • JobaWockeeZ says:

            Maritn is at .650 right now and probably still in decline. Cervelli may not top .700 but what’s Chris Stewart doing on the team?

            • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

              Cervelli at .639 right now … in AAA
              He is better than Stewart, but they’ve lasted this long with Stewie, I’m sure they’ll keep going with him until Sept. callups, so they don’t lose the depth.

        • Jacob says:

          My point exactly

          • eephus_pitch says:

            Pining for Frankie Cervelli reveals a bad case of selective memory. He can’t hit, and his defense sucks. I could give a shit about his stupid fist-pumps.

      • Jacob says:

        I do but he brought energy to the team stewie does not and he was obviously better all around than him, good hitter with RISP for his career and I just absolutely hate our catching staff now, added to the fact he is a fellow italian I am biased toward him

  66. Cy Pettitte says:

    Yankees BABIP: 0
    Mariners BABIP: infinity

  67. The Real Greg says:

    But again, can’t get too angry. Didn’t expect to win this game and the Orioles lost.

  68. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Yay for Safeco.

  69. Hummingbird S. says:

    Ichiro’s fielding and throwing is just amazing. The way he sets his body to make that throw… perfect

  70. jon says:

    man dustin ackley looks down right scared when hes at bat

  71. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i wonder if ichiro can teach all of our outfielders to throw like that?

  72. Hummingbird S. says:

    Freddy blows.. cant hold down a punchless Mariners lineup

  73. The Real Greg says:

    If Ichiro charged that ball, he would have had him.

  74. MartinRanger says:

    A nice chopper to short would be perfect here. Jesus saves. Runs.

  75. Widget says:

    Is it wrong that I want to see Montero go yard here?

  76. Karl Krawfid says:

    Man I would love to keep Ichiro in right. Imagine him throwing like that in the New Yankee Stadium.

  77. Jacob says:

    Oh Alex you always mess every thing up you terrible terrible person

    /stuart a’d

  78. Cuso says:

    DERP, here’s your boy he heard you talking smack

  79. The Real Greg says:

    Cant blame Freddy for that one.

  80. Hummingbird S. says:

    thats what happens when every goddamn pitch is up.. fucking useless pitcher

  81. MartinRanger says:

    Well there goes that theory.

    Ichiro looks great not actually throwing baserunners at third. And yes I know they wouldn’t be easy plays. But it’s irksome.

  82. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Fucking weak two runs.

  83. Bartolo's Colon says:

    weak, but everything is dropping for the m’s

  84. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    That 3rd run is game. Night all.

  85. Widget says:

    sooner this hideous west coast trip ends the better. And waiting back the stadium will be the last place and downright awful Red Sox. Nothing stop the losing like face that shitbag team.

    • Nathan says:

      Even in last place, I’m never comfortable playing Boston. They play their best against the Yankees.

      The only time I’m ever comfortable with Boston is when they are mathematically eliminated.

  86. Nathan says:

    Freddy looked bad in Oakland and still doesn’t look like he’s got his A game tonight.

  87. wow says:

    I really hope this is the last start for Freddy.

  88. DM says:

    Montero ripped a Chris Stewart-style RBI single.

  89. Jacob says:

    I hope after this start the next time I see Freddy Garcia is on a milk carton “Please never find me”

  90. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    A little late I know, but


  91. RetroRob says:

    So one rumor has it that if the Phillies sign Hamels, they’ll look to move Cliff Lee to free up salary room. That probably wouldn’t happen until after the season. So he has three guaranteed years left after 2012, but really four with a very reachable vesting year.

    Would there be interest from the Yankees if the Phillies chipped in money? I don’t see how they could trade him without cash considerations. He’ll be making $25M per.

    I say no. Even if the Yankees needed him I say no. He had his chance.

    • your mom says:

      Screw Cliffy.

    • Widget says:

      Do the Phillies even know what they are doing at this point? Keeping Hamels and trading Lee still doesn’t fix any of their problems.

      • RetroRob says:

        Do the Phillies know what they’re doing? I’m really not sure they do. I think Amaro got lucky, inherited a good team, and is now watching it sink away without a clear plan on what comes next.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      It would be ironic if they traded Lee to get younger and extend Hamels

    • Nathan says:

      I think they’d HAVE to trade Lee if they sign Cole to the reported contract. I mean, they have Doc, Lee and potentially Hamels to $20M contracts? I don’t know where their payroll is sitting at but that’s insane.

      I *WANTED* Cliff Lee badly but after the crap he pulled…eff him.

      • RetroRob says:

        Bottom line is the ship has sailed. Not only will he be two years older, but he’s now heading into the most expensive years of his contract. Even if he didn’t trip his vesting year (which would be bad, because that means he was too injured to compile innings), he still gets a $12.5M buyout.

        The Yankees wanted Lee, he strung them along and then had his agent call the Yankees to say he went and negotiated a deal with the Phillies. That’s fine since he’s looking out for himself, but that should be his chance to come to the Yankees, who have made additional moves since then. He’s yesterday’s news.

  92. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Come through Robbie…

  93. Cuso says:

    He’s gonna walk Cano

  94. Jacob says:

    I wonder if it is Alex’s fault Grandy stopped and waited :P

  95. Hummingbird S. says:

    that 2-0 fastball was THE pitch to hit… middle of the plate.

  96. RetroRob says:

    Uahhh, Robbie is so frustrating in these situations this year.

  97. Nathan says:

    Man, I’m stuck watching the home team feed on MLBTV and Seattle’s sports keep showing the crowd and their “K” signs.

    Geez, thankfully chants of “K! K! K!” don’t scare me.

    Nice hit there Robbie.

    • jjyank says:

      You know you can switch to the YES feed on MLB.TV, right?

      • The Guns of Navarone says:

        The YES feed was showing the “K” signs as well.

      • Nathan says:

        Sorry must not be MLBTV…it’s the MLB package on Comcast. It’s generally the home team feed and occasionally the away feed.

        No away feed today.

        • jjyank says:

          Gotcha. I’m not familiar with Comcast stuff..but I’m streaming mlb.tv through my xbox and I can switch back and forth between the feeds.

          • Nathan says:

            Yeah I had that last year and I like that you can switch feeds and only local games/national broadcasts are blacked out.

            Only downside is the little bit of lag compared to live. I think I’ll switch next year…this comcast package is sort of lame.

  98. MartinRanger says:

    …and the RISPFAIL continues.

    “a jam sandwich?” Really?

  99. The Guns of Navarone says:

    It’s almost like swinging at every pitch isn’t the way to go.

  100. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Robbie……, y u no take inside pitch?

  101. Mr. Pink says:

    Argh. Robbie. Plate discipline Robbie. And also when do you ever swing and miss at a FB?

  102. The Real Greg says:

    Usually with good pitchers, you get one good pitch to hit. The 2-0 fastball was the one. And Cano fouled it off.

  103. Carl G says:

    Embarrassing swing and miss, holy crap, tex missed by almost a foot!

  104. Widget says:

    sac fly is yankee kryptonite.

  105. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Did anyone else see that guy with the Red Sox cap in the “King’s Court”? Fuck that guy.

  106. flamingo says:

    Nice at bat by Tex.

  107. Cy Pettitte says:

    nice AB by Teix, I thought him swinging over the top of a change up was inevitable when he got to 2 strikes

  108. MartinRanger says:

    Well that was predictable.

    Come on Chavez.

  109. Hummingbird S. says:

    RISPfail, they are the best at it

  110. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Please oh please get a DH upgrade Cash.

  111. The Real Greg says:

    See this is where Ichiro would be very good. First in the AL in ABs/K.

    Runners on first and third nobody out, he’s going to put the ball in play.

  112. Mr. Pink says:

    Argh. King Felix, why can’t you be a Yankee? Fucking Jack Z!

  113. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    We just gotta tip our cap to the opposition right, Greg?

  114. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Where can I find how much the Yankees get a runner in from third compared to the league average?

  115. The Real Greg says:

    Ken Singleton said it. Great pitching by Hernandez

  116. Nathan says:


  117. Hummingbird S. says:

    pathetic but predictable

  118. Jacob says:

    “You have to tell your self that the pitcher is the one in trouble”

    Oh kenny that is a nice thing you are doing trying to do consoling us and all but we all know that ith the bases loaded and any amount of outs or lack of, the pitcher always has the upper hand against us.


  119. wow says:

    oh to have a good DH.

  120. RetroRob says:

    That sucked. Need to get at least one run in that situation against Hernandez.

    The Yankees even had a hit with a RISP and still didn’t net a run.

  121. your mom says:

    Wow, opportunity wasted.

  122. Mr. Pink says:

    Although I’m pleased with the Yankees record, their overall team batting average and average with RISP concerns me. They can’t always live by the homer. Just look at what happened in Oakland, our offense was dead in a big ballpark.

  123. JimAbbottFan says:

    It seems the Yankees have no luck when it comes to taking chances/playing it safe on the base paths; they produce extra outs but not runs. I honestly can’t even remember the last time they drove in a run from second base on a single. Ah well, gotta hope Felix remains somewhat mortal and try to capitalize the next inning.

  124. tabbert says:

    1st and 3rd with 0 outs and robbie manages to find a way to pop up to the third basemen. I just don’t understand how someone with so much talent can be so bad at times. He puts himself in awful situations at times because he swings at horrible pitches. Then again… just about everyone in this lineup swings at horrible pitches. Off speed in the dirt works 99 percent of the time. If it happens to fail, just jam our hitters inside.

  125. The Troll says:

    Did Padilla hit Beltre in the head?!

  126. Karl Krawfid says:

    Ichiro hitting rockets man.

  127. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Ichiro, baaaaybeeeee!

  128. Mr. Pink says:

    Having a 38 year old Ichiro makes me salivate at the thought of how much better offensively the Yankees would be if they had one of two speedy guys.

  129. RetroRob says:


    Meaning, steal after Stewart fails here.

  130. Nathan says:

    Not even a productive out.

  131. tabbert says:

    Placing Ichiro in the 8th spot is just ridiculous. If your going to bat him that low, bat him 9th. The 8th spot is literally the dead spot of a lineup. We wont ever reap the benefits of his dynamic at the plate unless he is hitting 9,2, or possibly 7.

    • RetroRob says:

      Why? What dynamic will they not take advantage of batting 8th as opposed to 9th?

      • tabbert says:

        Same reason Gardy hit 9th… it basically gives you a second leadoff hitter. What is the point of having martin hit behind ichiro? martin will never DRIVE HIM IN. Most teams put their speedsters in the 1,2,9, holes.

        • RetroRob says:

          Then Jeter can drive him after Martin.

          The problem with having Ichiro in front of Jeter is both are very agressive hitters. You might have two pitches and two outs. Martin is patient at the plate and will take pitches allowing Ichiro to steal.

  132. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Kevin long will turn ichiro into godzilla jr.

  133. Hummingbird S. says:

    another opportunity to fail with RISP

  134. The Real Greg says:

    If Jeter had hit that one pitch before that would have gone through. Ryan moved back. Bad luck continues

  135. teddy says:

    brian cashman a joke. this lineups blows.

    stewart,ibanez,what a joke

  136. RetroRob says:

    Didn’t I just hear that exact exchange between Singleton and Cone last inning? Bad deja vu time.

  137. Mr. Pink says:

    “Hey guys! Let’s get hits off of Felix Hernandez but only in non-RISP situations!”

  138. eephus_pitch says:

    Please stop giving Felix the pitches off the plate. That’s uncool.

  139. The Real Greg says:

    Good pitching again from Felix.

  140. Cy Pettitte says:

    hit more HRs so they don’t have to get hits with RISP

  141. MartinRanger says:

    This is getting legitimately aggravating.

  142. Nathan says:

    Garbage. I don’t understand how an ENTIRE TEAM fails with RISP. One or two guys, OK…but an entire team?

  143. CUYanks says:

    Silver lining: after 30 pitches through 3, he’s now at 79 pitches through 5.

  144. teddy says:

    only a moron allows jeter to bat leadoff.

    this franchise doesn’t hold their players accountable for being bad baseball players

    • TomH says:

      Exactly how might they do that?

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      Who should be batting leadoff?

    • Widget says:

      But the respect they show for their players is what makes them the Yankees. You never see them bash or destroy a guy’s rep when he’s traded, DFAd, leaves as a free agent, etc. It’s one of the things that makes me happy to be a Yankee fan.

    • jjyank says:

      Are stuart and teddy the same person? Different aliases for different complaints?

    • Mr. Pink says:

      We have too many old/washed up players on this team. I just don’t want to see the Yankees have a 2012 Phillies season next year. They can’t keep having a roster full of guys in their mid to late 30s. Some young blood would be nice. Unfortunately we’ve got no exciting prospects coming up for a while.

  145. Hummingbird S. says:

    and they do fail again.. this is amazing in a bad way

  146. Anthony says:

    Grandy and the strikeouts!! Jeez. #RISPFail

  147. mt says:

    I haven’t been on this RAB site all night so someone may have already mentioned but Padilla beaned Beltre in the head tonight.

    It might be an interesting weekend against Red Sox. I cringed at Tex’s comments last time about Padilla (not sure what his endgame was bringing up old stuff of what an ass Padilla is) and thought if I were a jerk like Padilla my retaliation to Tex’s comments might be to bean someone other than Tex (Jeter, etc.) the next time – hope I am wrong. Of course beaning Tex is also always an option.

    • MartinRanger says:

      I mean, Padilla has used him for target practice and he got a huge hit off him. I did not at all blame him for poking the guy with the media.

  148. TomH says:

    I stay with the Yankees’ tv announcers who, a couple of weeks ago, apropos Rispfail, agreed these HR guys will never compromise their swings, their bread-and-butter. It’s like the old Sinatra song with them, “All or Nothing At All.”

    • MartinRanger says:

      Personally I prefer the Yankees hitters taking the swings that produce the most runs on average, but that’s just me. It would be hilarious to see Andruw choke up on his bat though.

  149. Tom says:

    Some solid hitting by the Yankees… pretty much this entire trip.

  150. sangreal says:

    Haha, Cone just called this a weekend series for the third time in two days

  151. The Real Greg says:

    OK, all the trolls have arrived.

  152. The Troll says:

    Management really does need to make a move . . . I think they’re fooling themselves if they honestly believe that Ichiro is the save-all to this lineup. I seriously hope that they find a legitimate outfielder who can hit for average. I know it gets mentioned plenty, but the offense with RISP is incredibly depressing. Without the homerun the team suddenly looks sluggish and dumb. I’m still holding out for Justin Upton, but my hopes are wearing thinner by the second. Sad face.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      The lineup doesn’t need to be saved.

    • TomH says:

      Of course, Felix is a very good–perhaps great–pitcher. He’s not one of those Oakland rookies.

    • Cuso says:

      Meh, I don’t think The FO viewed the Ichiro acquisition as anything close to a save-all for the line-up. They were looking at his range, his arm, his speed…I think the bat was probably 4th on the list.

      • The Troll says:

        I agree. He does possess his fair share of perks, of course, but I believe this lineup could definitely use a consistent hitter in their midsts. If Ichiro ends up hitting .400 down the line, then, obviously, it’s a win . . . There has to be someone out there that fits my description. Too much hit and miss with the DH’s. Ahhh, fuck . . . My mind’s a scramble. RISPFAIL, blah, blah, blah. I want Justin Upton. I’m a broken record. G’night folks.

  153. Cuso says:

    Freddy Gordita

  154. tabbert says:

    This game means nothing in the sense of win/loss record. The Yankees will make the playoffs.

    HOWEVER, it’s pretty damn frustrating/ concerning, just how bad this team is at moving guys over and driving them in. men on first and third with 0 outs and your 4 and 5 hitters coming up and you don’t score? a leadoff double with a speedster on, and you fail to score?. None of these games will matter if were getting bounced in the first round again because we cant produce runs.

  155. tabbert says:

    This offense has slipped quite a bit. We might not even finish the year in top 5 in runs scored. The Yankees not in the top 5 in baseball in offense? That’s pretty amazing. Pitching has and will continue to carry us this season.

  156. eephus_pitch says:

    Cano is slumping lately. I don’t like it.

  157. MartinRanger says:

    Robbie that was actually terrible.

  158. Widget says:

    way to make him work Robbie.

  159. Cy Pettitte says:

    Cano should bat 9th if he’s gonna have ABs like he’s having tonight

  160. Cuso says:

    Tat-man traded to the Rays

  161. Mr. Pink says:

    Cano loves giving away at bats. Sheesh. Take pitches, take a walk!

  162. Jacob says:

    Congrats Alex on yet other milestone!!!!!!!!

  163. eephus_pitch says:

    Will this be 5 “tips of the cap” in the last 6 games?

  164. wow says:

    holy crap, so much for making him work. I don’t think hacking at everything is the right game plan.

  165. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Its time for girardi to fine guys for not hitting productivly like moving up the runner.

  166. Jacob says:

    My favorite site on here is when the trolls rear their ugly heads and Mike slays them with his magical sarcasm and wit!

  167. Hummingbird S. says:

    At least Freddy settled down.. some nice pitching in the last couple of innings.

  168. Bartolo's Colon says:

    freddy’s dealing. has had some bad luck too, at least on two of the runs. granted this is the m’s but whatever

  169. CUYanks says:

    Freddy Garcia vs. Felix Hernandez 2012 and after 6 we’re still in it. Did everyone really expect to be crushing Felix? Out of the range of possibilities, this is definitely nowhere near the worst.

    • Nathan says:

      I think what’s killing this game for me is that we’re still in it yet keep shooting ourselves in the foot with the RISP fails.

      • CUYanks says:

        True, but baseball is always very frustrating if you micro-analyze every at bat, considering failure happens a lot. Felix doesn’t keep his ERA as low as it has been by allowing every runner to score from third with fewer than 2 outs.

    • Hummingbird S. says:

      Yankees are 1-7 with RISP so they have had chances. Also, Freddy is facing a historically bad offense, so yeah, it was reasonable to expect a close game. It’s actually disappointing that Freddy allowed 3 runs in 6 innings to this awful offense.

  170. Mr. Pink says:

    I’m starting to think signing Cano and letting Grandy and Swish go would be the smartest way to go.

  171. Bobtaco says:

    The King is dealing now…

  172. Bartolo's Colon says:

    what does ibanez provide? hitting a hr every three weeks doesn’t count

  173. Cuso says:

    I’m going to throw up if the Red Sox get Josh Johnson.

    Not so much for the impact this year, but going forward.

    • Widget says:

      Doubtful. I still laugh at people thinking they will get Hanley and Bell for Crawford and a prospect. The Marlins would be adding payroll and get the worst player in the trade.

      • Cuso says:

        That was ridiculous, I know. But there’s some weird dynamic when the Marlins give up, they feed the Red Sox and Tigers.

        • Widget says:

          I think they move Hanley somewhere next week, I want to guess the Dodgers but they’ll hold onto Johnson.

          Red Sox will trade Cody Ross for some other bald white guy and they’ll solidify their 80-82 season.

    • Nathan says:

      I’m going to throw up if the Rangers get ANY front-end starter. Good grief they’re in on nearly every big name pitcher.

      • Widget says:

        I think they end up getting Hamels with the idea of re-signing him in the offseason.

      • your mom says:

        They have a damn good farm system. They’d be wise to upgrade if they can.

      • Cuso says:

        But if the Rangers do, at least they have to give up Olt or Profar.

        The Red Sox have NOTHING to offer of value to get a return of a top-end starter or franchise everyday player.

        If they get away with getting JJ for 4 single-A scrubs I’m gonna be livid.

        • Widget says:

          How do you think Padres fans feel? Not only is A-Gon given away, but the best part of that trade, Rizzo (fuck Casey Kelly), is then traded by one of Theo’s cronies to the old GM that traded for him in the first place.

        • jjyank says:

          So would I. I don’t want to play for the Sox ;)

  174. Tom says:

    Just a Chris Stewart HR away from being tied here….

  175. Hummingbird S. says:

    no PH here? Really?

    • The Real Greg says:

      Like who?

      • Hummingbird S. says:

        Like any player on the bench since they are ALL better than Chris Stewart. If you are at least going to respond to every post, write something intelligent.

        • The Real Greg says:

          Really? You think Andruw Jones or Jayson Nix would have done any better? If they had a lefty left on their bench, I might agree with you.

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

            Nix career 500/583/600 vs. Felix
            Only 12 PA, but worth a shot, almost impossible to be worse than Stewart.

  176. The Real Greg says:

    This is what happens when people start to expect things. They get all whiny. I didn’t expect the Yankees to do much in this game so I’m perfectly fine.

  177. tabbert says:

    What’s most irritating about our lineup structure is that a .250, 40 homer guy is hitting second. Do you see the braves batting uggla second? Do you see the Whitesox hitting Dunn second? The 2 hole is suppose to be used for a High Contact, High On base guy, with the ability to move guys over via hit, walk, sacrifice. Then you typically put your best hitter third ( cano) followed by your best power hitter in the 4th hole.

  178. Bartolo's Colon says:

    id really like to see a cg by freddy

  179. CUYanks says:

    Let’s at least make sure Felix can’t go 9 here.

  180. The Real Greg says:

    And actually thinking about it, we fared then the Red Sox and Rangers have against Felix.

  181. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    What the fuck, Felix?

  182. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Hit Smoak’s overrated ass in retaliation.

  183. Cy Pettitte says:

    they should really eject Felix

  184. RetroRob says:

    Was King Felix hitting Jeter as retalition for Ichiro getting hit? Oh, wait…

  185. Bartolo's Colon says:

    what is this? vicente padilla on the mound?

  186. Hummingbird S. says:

    Run Jeter! Stay out of the DP

  187. Mike Axisa says:

    Move the runner over! Bunt! Productive out even though you only have six left!

  188. Hummingbird S. says:

    that was not a strike…

  189. RetroRob says:

    Perfect. Another RISP. My hopes are now crushed.

  190. Bartolo's Colon says:

    oh fuck, risp

  191. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Let’s see if the can get a hit with RISP THIS time.

  192. The Real Greg says:

    Great pitch

  193. Hummingbird S. says:

    great pitch, unfortunately.. they will fail to score yet again

  194. Widget says:

    Felix, you are great, but please have fun wasting your prime years for a last place team.

  195. Hummingbird S. says:

    they are missing all the good pitches to hit, that 2-1 was a hanger

  196. Cy Pettitte says:


  197. FIPster Doofus says:

    Oh shit…

  198. Anthony says:

    Woah. Alex is in real pain.

  199. Hummingbird S. says:

    FUCK… that does not look good.

  200. Bartolo's Colon says:

    fuck, arods season is done

  201. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Need to get jeter in here felix tiring.

  202. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Is CC pitching tomorrow? He likes retaliation.

  203. Kempire Strikes Back says:


    Oh wait, he only injured A-Rod, never mind.

  204. Widget says:

    Trade for Hanley. We need a 3rd baseman now.

  205. RetroRob says:

    There isn’t even anyone worth hitting on their team.

  206. Bobtaco says:

    You get your wish Stuart A.

  207. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, that’s not good.

    Not good at all.

  208. mt says:

    Felix has become Padilla’s long-lost evil twin brother. Damn!

  209. FIPster Doofus says:

    Paging Chase Headley.

  210. The Real Greg says:

    Might need to go out and get another hitter.

  211. eephus_pitch says:

    Stuart just nutted.

  212. Cuso says:

    classy fans in Seattle, huh?

  213. MartinRanger says:

    Well it looks like we’ll need another infielder.

    God Damn It.

  214. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    He just broke his wrist

  215. Cy Pettitte says:

    don’t care if you didn’t intend to, if you hit 3 batters in one game you’re a piece of shit.

  216. CUYanks says:

    X-rays negative. X-rays negative. Please!

  217. Jerome S. says:

    “Oh, a guy just had an awful injury occur? Let’s listen to the sound of it again!”

  218. Jacob says:

    So if Freddy does not hit someone next inning I will be livid and hughes should hit one 2mrrw too just for good measure

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Giving Freddy more baserunners in a losing game isn’t smart. Hughes too for that matter. If they’re ahead I would hope for someone beaned.

  219. Cuso says:

    That is not……..good.


  220. Tom says:

    3 hit batters…. intent or no intent someone needs to beaned tomorrow.

  221. sangreal says:

    Well, at least the trade deadline is still a week away

  222. Widget says:

    Do it for A-Rod!!!!!!!!!

  223. mustang says:

    Fuck me nothing easy.

  224. MartinRanger says:

    Please just be a stinger. Please just be a stinger. He was just getting hot too.

  225. CUYanks says:

    How long does it take to heal from a broken hand/wrist generally?

  226. The Troll says:

    I see everyone’s le freaking out . . . Was it that bad? Does it actually look like he’ll be thrown unto the DL? If so, I hear Justin Upton plays a mean 3B . . .

  227. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Get logan up or qualls to hit a guy.

  228. Kramerica Industries says:

    Of course, when they get these RISP hits, they’re too good.

    2-9, neither scored runs.

  229. Hummingbird S. says:

    some more bad baserunning to not score a run with RISP

  230. Bartolo's Colon says:

    wow, a hit with risp and no one scores???????

  231. mt says:

    I swear we have the mnost non-scoring RISP hits in the league – I know they need to freeze on line drives but we have so few RISP hits can’t they just be rolling singles through infield?

  232. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Only a sac fly? Lame.

  233. Hummingbird S. says:

    so unlucky.. that was a rocket

  234. Kramerica Industries says:


    Even the sac flies are scalded.

    Talk about poor luck.

  235. Widget says:

    Should be tied if they could have gotten the runner in earlier in the game, but whatever.

  236. The Troll says:

    Bases Loaded. Kryptonite!

  237. Cuso says:

    This has the makings of an empty-feeling comeback win

  238. Hummingbird S. says:

    Ibanez is going to hit? Really?? Girardi is trying to lose this game

  239. Andy says:


  240. The Real Greg says:

    Now this I don’t get. Unless Wedge was going to counter.

  241. Kramerica Industries says:

    Andruw Jones on the bench here.

    Umm, why?

  242. CUYanks says:

    It appears he’s holding Andruw to hit for Stewart?

  243. MartinRanger says:

    Why the hell is Ibanez in against the lefty?

  244. JobaWockeeZ says:

    They need one above average hitter by the deadline. I’m not asking for Adam Dunn but someone with a wRC+ above 100 would be fine by me…

  245. Betty Lizard says:

    Let’s see: MLB – summer – relaxation and recreation – and then WHAP.
    It’s possible I just don’t have the mental fortitude to watch baseball.

  246. Cy Pettitte says:

    they are way too comfortable coming inside

  247. FIPster Doofus says:

    Fuck the Mariners.

  248. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Okay HIT someone tomorrow please.

  249. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    What the fuck is wrong with these Mariners pitchers?

  250. Bartolo's Colon says:

    so when does the bench clearing brawl happen?

  251. eephus_pitch says:

    Is Lou Piniella still managing this team?

  252. Nathan says:

    Are you fucking kidding me?!?!

    There better be a damn hit Mariner next inning.

  253. The Real Greg says:

    Andruw Jones would have faced Brandon League if Girardi brought him off the bench.

  254. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Chaves cant play 3rd everyday have to think laird or joseph.

  255. Charles says:

    Ok someone has to get drilled tomorrow by CC, this is unacceptable

  256. MartinRanger says:

    Plunk Ackley or Montero. This is ridiculous.

    Damnit why is Andruw on the bench?

  257. pistol pete says:

    Yankee baserunning has been atrocious tonight. Thompson should have sent Granderson in the 4th the ball was well to the right of the left fielder and he would have scored even though he got a bad start.

  258. Jerome S. says:

    Shit, what did we do to them? I haven’t been playing close attention, did the whole lineup sleep with Wedge’s wife or something?

  259. Cuso says:

    What the fuck is going on? They wanna fight?

  260. flamingo says:

    Wow, take a step back, Seattle.


  261. Widget says:

    It’s times like this I miss Clemens. He always protected his teammates.

  262. Kramerica Industries says:

    Predictable strikeout is predictable.


  263. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Wow I hope League gets struck by lightning….and survives.

  264. MartinRanger says:

    Well that half-inning sucked.

  265. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i hope someone breaks felix’s arm

  266. The Real Greg says:

    Wedge was going to counter with League if Girardi had brought him off the bench.

  267. Jacob says:

    Good move holding Jeter I heard Ichiro has an arm out in RF, oh wait…

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

    How the fuck can Ibanez be left in to face a lefty there?

    That is absolutely awful managing.

  269. pistol pete says:

    Game on the line and Ibanez is hitting against a tough lefty, not a good situation.

  270. wow says:


  271. your mom says:

    Brandon Laird, welcome back to the bigs.

  272. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Shitty part of the lineup coming up in the 9th. Not optimistic.

  273. Anthony says:

    Okay, we can’t pin the blame Felix’s skill on RISPfail there. It’s really just on the Yanks. Obviously, this is one game that won’t matter in the long run, but god, it is so frustrating to watch.

  274. The Real Greg says:


  275. MP says:

    The Ichiro trade aside, this has been a clusterfuck of a roadtrip.

  276. The Guns of Navarone says:

    Ichiro will get the GW hit.

  277. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Jon Lester’s OPS against righties almost DOUBLES Raul’s OPS against lefties.

  278. Jinxyman says:

    I thought Ibanez was going to charge the mound bat in hand for a second there. He had his rage face on.

  279. Jerome S. says:

    Actually, this game is still far too winnable to risk extra base runners.

  280. pistol pete says:

    It might not matter but Garcia’s been pretty good tonight.

  281. Jacob says:

    Girardi you have such great managing skills, where I give Cervelli a plus for being italian I hate you because you make us look ridiculous

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

    Cash needs to pick up a DH who can hit righties and lefties. Don’t give Girardi a chance to be a moron.

  283. flamingo says:

    Freddy’s kind of out-pitched Felix. Wow.

  284. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    This is where joba and his 100 mph fastball come in handy.

  285. Bartolo's Colon says:

    this game sucks on so many levels. people like to hate on arod, but he is better than 80-90% of 3rd basemen in the league

  286. BK2ATL says:

    Freddy Garcia has done all that you ask tonight, esp. after that one rocky inning where he only gave up 2 runs. The offense now needs to step it up.

    Hope A-Rod’s x-ray comes back negative.

    CC’s 1st pitch to Ackley tomorrow needs to be a 97 mph heater to his ribs. Fuck Seattle.

  287. The Troll says:

    WTF take Garcia out? I don’t get it.

  288. Cuso says:

    Payback should come when the Mariners come to NY is August. Joba should be back by then. Let’s see how they handle the 98 mph chezz in the clavicle.

  289. Kempire Strikes Back says:


  290. Bartolo's Colon says:

    good call on taking freddy out

  291. The Real Greg says:

    Jesus this team has the best record in baseball and all you bastards can do is NAG!

    If we lose, we lose. Nobody should be crucified. My god. IT’S JUST A GAME!

    I can’t believe I have to pull that gem out.

    We’re gonna lose. GET OVER IT.

  292. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Is nunez ready to come back up in case arod is dled?

    • Nathan says:

      dled looks like died.

      I was like “wait whut?!”.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      I trust Gary Sanchez at 20 years old with no 3B experience to be better than Nunez.

      Nunez had only one job to do. I get Mike’s hate of him. I never got it until I saw how awful he is.

  293. your mom says:

    Please don’t hit the ball at Rapada.

  294. Hummingbird S. says:


  295. CUYanks says:

    Why do we have to use Chad Qualls in a 1-run game?

  296. MartinRanger says:

    Why is Chad Qualls coming in? That has to be a mistake. I’d rather have Boone against Montero. Seriously.

  297. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Now we need joseph and laird.

  298. Bartolo's Colon says:

    over under on runs scored with qualls in: 2

  299. The Guns of Navarone says:

    What the sweet fuck was wrong with the 1-0 pitch?

    • captain kiwi says:

      absolutely nothing. gameday shows that as what could be called literally a “meatball”. no way it was a ball. ruined the entire at bat.

  300. BK2ATL says:

    WTF???? Chad Fucking Qualls now?????

  301. MartinRanger says:

    Fortunately Montero is taking hacks like that.

  302. Cuso says:

    Qualls looks like the love-child of Sidney Ponson and Scott Proctor to me.

    Not good.

  303. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Ackley got a great jump. Give him some credit.

  304. Hummingbird S. says:

    Chad Qualls, still useless, still on this team.

  305. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Shit robbie is hurt too.

  306. MartinRanger says:

    All the fail from all the broken parts on the roster today.

    So what the fuck was the point of bringing Qualls in exactly?

  307. Widget says:

    Why is Qualls on the roster?

  308. wow says:

    the ROOGY intentionally walked a righty, yea, that’s the state we’re in.

  309. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Why not just hit him?

  310. pistol pete says:

    Girardi’s mixing and matching is out of control. Garcia was rolling along and now I’ve got to see Chad Qualls who can’t get anyone out pitching. Garcia had a low pitch count nobody on base and was pitching great.

    • The Troll says:

      Maybe they’re purposely playing like shit so the media will declare the team dead in the water . . . See, now, at this point, Cashman will unload the farm in a calculated act of desperation. You see . . . Cashman want to amp up the sympathy so he won’t feel as guilty when he lands the best player in baseball, Mike Trout. Or Joey Votto. Maybe he’ll be forced to settle for Carlos Gonzalez? It’s all on purpose.

  311. your mom says:

    This mixing and matching is fucking irritating. Should of just left Garcia in.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      See he mixes and matches for the bullpen but when his hitters have a sub 500 OPS against a type of pitcher Joe suddenly disappears.

      Make Joe Bullpen Coordinator and hire Toore for Head Coach.

    • CUYanks says:

      It would be one thing if he was bringing in good relievers, but Chad Qualls?

  312. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    I miss when the Yankees scored lots of runs each game. Let’s start doing that again.

  313. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Fuck these one out guys.

  314. Cy Pettitte says:

    can’t help wondering what would have happened if they left Freddy in….

  315. ArchStanton says:

    Logan is toast.

  316. Widget says:

    Nice inning bullpen. I mean fuck it, why keep it at 1 run when you can blow it open.

  317. Hummingbird S. says:

    Why not go with the hot hand? Should have kept Freddy in… Instead we get Rapada that cant retire one of 2 lefties, Qualls who cant retire a righty and then Logan who cant retire a lefty. Great managing Girardi, doing everything you can to lose this one.

    • Anthony says:

      I saw no problem putting Rapada in, especially with 2 lefties coming up. He usually gets the job done. No idea why Qualls was put in.

  318. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    This is turning into a clusterfuck. Remind me why they took Garcia out again?

    • Tom says:

      A lefty was up with noone on base… who was 0 for 3 against Garcia.

      I could see yanking him if a man got on, but it is typical Girardi over-managing….

      And the dumb thing is once you commit to Rapada, then how do you not also commit to Eppley. This is the 2nd or 3rd time Chad Qualls has been the 2nd man in out of the pen in a 1 run game.

  319. Bobtaco says:


  320. your mom says:

    LNOGYs in the house tonight!

  321. pistol pete says:

    Four pitchers to hold the mighty Mariners down for a chance in the 9th. wasn’t Garcia pitching well when he got taken out?

  322. CUYanks says:

    Joe’s trying to ice Wilhelmsen, Brilliant!

  323. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Logan stop messing around.

  324. The Real Greg says:

    Wasn’t out night. Leave it at that.

  325. JobaWockeeZ says:

    All right they don’t want to win. Just hit a lot of Mariners.

  326. Bartolo's Colon says:


  327. Widget says:

    my god you HAVE to be kidding. Just wow. Fuck the west coast.

  328. Kramerica Industries says:


    Yankees scald line drives all over the field in the top half of the inning, can only plate one run.

    Mariners get a run on that chicken-shit dinker of a hit.

    • Hummingbird S. says:

      3 walks by OOGYs against same side hitters… this is anything but bad luck (incompetence comes to mind)

  329. your mom says:

    LOL the gameday scout: Logan showed faith in Stewart by throwing that pitch in the dirt w/runner on third. (Sure pal)

  330. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Against the wind

  331. The Guns of Navarone says:

    why not

  332. Hummingbird S. says:

    Way to go! Use 3 relievers to give up a run!

  333. eephus_pitch says:

    How does a team with no offense score runs? You give them 3 walks and a dribbler.

  334. DT says:

    Can we fire Girardi after this game for this colossal shit he took on a 1 run game?

  335. Bartolo's Colon says:

    i think i hear freddy laughing from the clubhouse

  336. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Just their fucking luck. Un-fucking believable. Not even a legitimate base hit, A FUCKING SLOW ROLLER DOWN THE LINE. And now Joe goes to the bullpen again. Freddy must of fucked Mrs. Girardi behind Joe’s back.

  337. TomH says:

    The road trip from Hell.

  338. Pat D says:

    Can this game just end at this point?

  339. RetroRob says:

    So why did Joe take out the Sweaty one?

  340. pistol pete says:

    I think Girardi’s lost his mind he’s actually going to his 5th pitcher after that infield blast off Logan. He’s emptying out the bullpen against the mighty Mariners, please.

    • CUYanks says:

      It’s not like we have a day game tomorrow!

    • RetroRob says:

      I’m really not one to pick on Girardi and his bullpen moves, but it almost seemed as if he realized there was one out in the 8th and he had to make at least one bullpen move on the night.

      Always been an issue of mine for decades. In a close game, never take out a starting pitcher who is on a low pitch count and in total control. There was no evidence Garcia was laboring.

  341. Cuso says:

    I think Ichiro brought the suck to us…….

    Just kidding. :)

    Kind of….

  342. CUYanks says:

    Look on the bright side, if the Yankees had gotten out of the inning unscored upon, Girardi would have had positive reinforcement. Now we have avoided that.

  343. wow says:

    ah, Mariners baseball at its finest.

  344. your mom says:

    4th pitcher this inning. . . .good job BP!

  345. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    I fucking hate losing. The team has that air right now. The “The World is Against Us” air that appears whenever they go on a losing streak.

    Like, the “losing our third baseman to a nasty hbp and getting hits with risp that don’t get our runners home and nailing line drives with risp and having them be caught and having our 5th starter pitch a gem into the 8th against the Ace and losing” air.

    And the “bases loaded two outs weak grounder that scores a run when down by one” air.

    I hate that air.

    The team has that air.


  346. Tom says:

    So why is Eppley coming in now? (and not after Rapada)

    At what point did Chad F’n Qualls jump Eppley in the bullpen order?

  347. captain kiwi says:

    came in at the tail end of the game, and… man. it’s winnable, it really is. girardi is blowing through that pen, but what’s killer is that it’s turning out like every other west coast game – small shit just killing the yankees. this is the hump game guys, win it, and it’s all downhill from here.

  348. Bartolo's Colon says:

    this is especially going to suck, because you know the yanks will score one run here

    • Cuso says:

      Maybe we get luckyand they don’t torture us like that since its bottom of order.

      But you’re probably right 4-3 final

    • RetroRob says:

      Worse. They might score two to tie the game, but the bullpen will have been burned. Phelps is still there. He’ll come in for an 1 1/3, then Joe will pull him after he strkes out all five batters, and then he’ll bring in Nick Swisher.

  349. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I think Grandy will get hit next.

  350. Cuso says:

    Wow. Justin Smoak optioned to AAA, huh?

    That Cliff Lee thing sure worked out….

  351. CUYanks says:

    Joe Girardi with a clinic on how to waste an effort of length from your number 5 starter: pull him prematurely and use almost all your bullpen for the final 2 outs anyway.

  352. BK2ATL says:

    Now that the inning’s over. Someone needs to explain to me why the fuck he took Freddy Garcia out when he was rolling and with a low pitch count. Why would anyone fuck with it??? Then follow that up by needing to use 4 pitchers to get 2 outs.


  353. The Guns of Navarone says:

    A 98mph fastball and a 79mph curve? Lordy.

  354. CUYanks says:

    At least Will Smith fared better against the Angels than us.

  355. Karl Krawfid says:

    Great road trip.

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

    Well I’m glad they saved Andruw for …. wait, what was Andruw saved for?

  357. Jinxyman says:

    Don’t worry the game is now in Russel Martin’s capable hands.

  358. Cuso says:

    They should’ve just PH Swish here. Otherwise why bother?

  359. sangreal says:

    Russel Martin instead of Andruw Jones? I know it’s a righty, but come on

  360. DT says:

    Losing to Felix is one thing. It happens. But that 8th inning shit fest just shows how stupid Girardi is in one run games. same shit in Oaklnad as well.

  361. The Real Greg says:


  362. Tom says:

    So lesson on this one… when your starter has retired 15 hitters in a row, has a low pitch count and there is noone on base maybe you let him keep pitching?

    Especially when you have a guy hitting .222 with a .622OPS coming up… it’s not like Barry Bonds was stepping up to the plate.

    I could understand maybe going to a relief pitcher for Saunders (especially if Ackley somehow got on), but Girardi is just too smart for his own good some times. A slave to the platoon effect (well except when it’s his hitter at the plate)

    • Bunt Gardner says:

      Except it didn’t matter in this game. If 2 runs is all you can put up on offense, it doesn’t matter when you take Garcia out.

    • eephus_pitch says:

      Just remember, this is the same strategy he employed the other night when Hughes was pitching great, and everyone killed him for leaving Phil in too long.

      • Anthony says:

        I remember a game I was at against the Tribe where Phil pitched a real great game. Pitched 8 innings I believe, then in the 9th he brought Wade in. Left in the top of the ninth it was like 6-0 yanks. On the platform of the 4 train I look back at the stadium its suddenly 6-4. If you SP is doing well, leave him.

        • eephus_pitch says:

          I agree. I thought it was the right decision to leave Phil in the other night. He just got burned.

  363. RetroRob says:

    Well the lousy bottom of the 8th probably didn’t make a differnce, but the whole thing sucked.

    Back tomorrow.

  364. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Yeah I don’t like Girardi.

  365. Rich in NJ says:

    Martin is heroin to Girardi. There needs to be an intervention.

  366. ArchStanton says:

    I am so sick of Russ Martin. Strikes out looking to end the game. Nice.

  367. CUYanks says:

    Ok, if Joe was going to hit Martin there instead of Jones, his move to leave in Ibanez was pretty indefensible.

  368. Cuso says:

    The game outcome is meaningless. The report on A-Rod is paramount.

  369. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    It’s not that they’re losing these games on this road trip that piss me off, it’s the way they’re doing it. Fucking Infuriating.

  370. Widget says:

    Red Sox better be sweating bullets. Yankees are getting all this losing out of the way. Saving up all the win for this 3 game series.

  371. Adam says:

    Can we please have a brawl tomorrow just so we can send an angry team to face the Red Sox on Friday?

    Freddie Garcia does not deserve the loss he’s going to get, which is very unfortunate.

  372. TomH says:

    These Mariners have to be repaid in kind.

  373. The Real Greg says:

    I’m more disappointed in the content in this forum than the actual game.

    So much hate and anger. Probably would make anybody want to kill themselves.

    We lost to Felix Hernandez. If this was Ervin Santana, then it would be a bit more frustrating

    • Tom says:

      We lost to the Mariners…. there is more to the game than the starting pitcher.

      He was also not on his game tonight.

  374. The Troll says:

    Tomorrow I wake up to see that Cashman landed both a solid 3B and Justin Upton. That is the silver lining to this game. Oh, and, Girardi gets kicked in the nuts and is immediately sent into a coma. Darryl Strawberry comes back to man the helm and takes the revamped lineup to WS title number 27! (I think it’s 27 . . . 28?)

    • forensic says:

      Being kicked in the nuts puts him in a coma?

      Does that mean he’s a dickhead?

      I know, that was pretty bad but I couldn’t resist.

  375. BK2ATL says:

    This dude sent Russell Martin up to the plate, down 2 runs and 2 outs, to pinch-hit with Andruw Jones on the bench. What part of that shit makes any sense???

    Signing off for the night. I just can’t…..So fucking disgusted with this game.

  376. wow says:

    Boy has this been a horrendous road trip. Hopefully they leave this Mariners-esque type of baseball in Seattle where it belongs.

    I really hope we upgrade our DH and catching positions at the deadline. I’m not asking for blockbusters, but honestly that bottom half of the order isn’t doing a thing. Any time you have Chavez, Martin, Ibañez, and Stewart down there you’re just asking to kill rallies.

    Also, what’s the point of having Ichiro in front of the 9-hole hitter? At least put him in a spot where he can contribute if he gets on base.

  377. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Arod to dl

  378. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Laird or russo call up.

  379. BK2ATL says:

    One last thing.

    Apparently, Hamels close to signing extension 6 yr/$137.5 million with Phillies. So…..


  380. joe schmo says:

    joe girardi is the biggest idiot who ever walked the planet. how can baseball managers and players and media be so stupid as to abide stupidity like that? faced with a choice between sacrificing his child and getting a lefty-lefty matchup in the 8th when down one run girardi would take the lefty-lefty matchup every time, even if it was boone logan and he had a 7.54 ERA that year. does girardi understand that he is not obligated to use his matchup relievers EVERY game, because matchup relievers are generally lousy and the utility gained by using them is often less than what you get from a GOOD pitcher facing either side of the plate; that it is okay to use good pitchers even if it isn’t a a save situation, because “saves” are just a really dumb stat; that SOMEONE HITTING BELOW 200 SHOULD NEVER BE A LAST-DITCH PINCH HITTER EVER.

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