Jul
24

Game 97: The King

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(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
  • Knoxvillain

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

    • jon

      dont get too excited…

    • CUYanks

      Brewers bullpen blew his loss.

  • Joe R

    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

      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

      • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

        But shes got great cans

    • sangreal

      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

      Are we allowed to talk about this?

    • RI$P FTW

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

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

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

  • Knoxvillain

    Also off topic, but what happened to Hannah Ehrlich?

  • The Real Greg

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

    • Knoxvillain

      It’s because I mentioned Cliff Lee’s record. Fuck me.

  • jjyank

    This is my take on tonight’s pitching matchup:

    http://www.google.com/imgres?q.....s:10,i:146

    • Pat D

      Everything is a trap.

      Akbar FTW.

  • DM

    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

      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

        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)

          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

            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.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

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

    • your mom

      Murder is a sin.

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        Atheism. It’s a beautiful thing really.

        • jjyank

          +1 on that.

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      Subsequently he wouldn’t have to face C-Grand.

  • DERP

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

    • jjyank

      Me too. Jones is on my fantasy team.

  • Cy Pettitte

    you can’t hit HRs off good pitching though?

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Not in the postseason. It never happens NEVAR!

  • The Real Greg

    Hello!

  • Hummingbird S.

    Grandy!

  • dontchaknow

    well.. there ya go !

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Way to bust out Curtis!

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

    There’s your run, Freddy.

    • Sweaty Freddy

      I would like two please the first time in ever my meatball didn’t work

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

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

    Curtis!!!

    • jjyank

      I love it when the Yankees shit on that narrative.

  • Hummingbird S.

    that was a cookie..

  • jjyank

    Every run against Felix is big. Thanks, Grandy!

  • David N

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

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    that was close, but ill take it

  • DERP

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

  • Hummingbird S.

    that was a nice AB by Alex

  • Kempire Strikes Back

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

    • your mom

      It’s DP night again.

      • RI$P FTW

        Take it easy, miss. This site has a lot of 8 year olds posting.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Cano needs to lay off those pitches… terrible AB

  • RetroRob

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

    • The Real Greg

      That’s King Felix for you.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    chances garcia gives up a gs tonight at about 93%

    • RetroRob

      A grand slam? Slim. A single HR in the first? 100%.

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        just said that because cone was going on about how he never gave one up

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Freddy’s getting ready for London.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I hope that donkey doesn’t have a heiney troll

  • dontchaknow

    awesomeeeeeee

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Predictable? Predictable.

  • The Real Greg

    Well that was up. Get Phelps up.

  • Carl G

    lol freddy

  • Bobtaco

    Phelps.

  • flamingo

    Well, that didn’t take long.

  • Hummingbird S.

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

    • The Real Greg

      Until they start hurting record wise

      • Hummingbird S.

        One would think a team would prefer the player that gives them the best chance to win a game. That player is NOT Freddy Garcia.

        • The Real Greg

          Well go tell them

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Until they get Josh Johnson?

      I wish, I kid.

    • your mom

      When does Pettitte return?

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        not soon enough

      • RI$P FTW

        Whenever he feels like it. That’s when.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Get phelps up.

  • DERP

    Montero is fucking terrible.

    • The Guns of Navarone

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

    • RetroRob

      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

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

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

    • DM

      He made Freddy look like Usain Bolt on that play.

    • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

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

  • jjyank

    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

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

      • jjyank

        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

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

      • RetroRob

        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.

        • jjyank

          Probably. But Zimmerman has 3 more homers than Alvarez over the last month too :D

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

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

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      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

        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.

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          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

      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

        this was me btw didn’t change name

      • jjyank

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

        • Jacob

          Sign me up!

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          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

            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.

  • Stitches

    You’re right. No one cares.

    • Jacob

      I do

  • joek

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

  • The Guns of Navarone

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

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Saunders killing us with the bat and glove. Fuck.

  • Bobtaco

    Nice play… Damn it…

  • RetroRob

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

    • The Real Greg

      He’s been hot of late. 8 for his last 22.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    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.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Never change, Sterling.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      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

        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.

        • RetroRob

          *listeners*

          Sterling always sets me off because what he does is so unnecessary.

  • Bobtaco

    Felix is a bull. Jeez.

  • RetroRob

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

    • The Guns of Navarone

      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.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

    • jjyank

      I’d be thrilled if he missed the rest of the start, but I’d feel bad if he missed more than that.

  • Kevin G.

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

    • Jacob

      I chuckled +1

  • The Guns of Navarone

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

    • jjyank

      I really, really want to have a ten drinks with David Cone.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        David Wells can come too.

  • DM

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

    • Knoxvillain

      At least it’s the Mariners. I might be able to shut them down with my 75 mph fastball and my 55 mph change-up.

      • jjyank

        Heh actually, a 55 mph changeup would probably baffle the hell out of some hitters.

        • Knoxvillain

          Especially after I brush them off the plate with my high heat, ha.

        • DM

          That last pitch to Carp was more like it.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    That was foul by a centimeter.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    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.

    • jjyank

      I am absolutely loving the Clerks references.

      Here’s the first movie! *walks straight*

      Here’s the second movie! *walks and side-steps*

      And here’s the third movie! *walks, mimes dropping a ring, shrugs*

      • jjyank

        Seriously, even the fucking trees walked in those movies!

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          Hey, f%cko! We refer to it as inter-species edification.

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          Hey, f%cko! We refer to it as inter-species erotica.

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            Damn autocorrect, haha

          • jjyank

            “That guy’s being awfully forward with that donkey.”

  • Jacob
  • MartinRanger

    Late, but Carlos Peguero is actually Pedro Cerrano.

    Well, that was suboptimal.

  • The Real Greg

    He walked Chris Stewart.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    chris stewart….most feared backup catcher in all baseball

  • The Real Greg

    And that’s what usually happens.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    whats the deal with the dp’s?

    • your mom

      I said, it’s DP night again.

      • Jacob

        your mom said it’s DP night again :)

        • Bartolo’s Colon

          too easy but greatest comment of the night

        • jjyank

          Hahaha nice!

  • Hummingbird S.

    west coast (lack of) offense

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Felix is not a True Ace™

    A True Ace™ does not walk Chris Stewart.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Again? Really?

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    Jeter made quick work of that good AB by Stewart.

  • eephus_pitch

    Derek Jeter: Platoon player

  • Jacob

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

    • eephus_pitch

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

      • JobaWockeeZ

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

        A lot better than Martin.

        • eephus_pitch

          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

            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)

              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

          My point exactly

          • eephus_pitch

            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

        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

  • Cy Pettitte

    Yankees BABIP: 0
    Mariners BABIP: infinity

  • The Real Greg

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

    • jjyank

      I still don’t care about the Orioles.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Seriously, a -48 run differential.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Yay for Safeco.

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • jon

    man dustin ackley looks down right scared when hes at bat

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

  • Hummingbird S.

    Freddy blows.. cant hold down a punchless Mariners lineup

  • The Real Greg

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

  • MartinRanger

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

  • Widget

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

  • Karl Krawfid

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

  • Jacob

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

    /stuart a’d

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      And he comes through

  • The Real Greg

    Cant blame Freddy for that one.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Whatever but the sooner he’s off the team the better.

    • Hummingbird S.

      Sure you can… he threw an 88mph fastball up and in the strike zone.. He is lucky it wasn’t hit hard, but it was still hit and it did score a run

      • The Real Greg

        So you blame Mo Rivera for Luis Gonzalez’s bloop then?

  • Hummingbird S.

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

    • The Real Greg

      Cant blame him for a bloop. Never can blame a pitcher for a bloop.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Makes up for the deep fly out which is a homer everywhere else.

        • The Real Greg

          Except Citi Field. And Petco.

      • Hummingbird S.

        He made a bad pitch… an awful one, actually. Just because the hitter didn’t hit it hard doesn’t mean I can’t blame him.

  • MartinRanger

    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.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Fucking weak two runs.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    weak, but everything is dropping for the m’s

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    That 3rd run is game. Night all.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      No don’t go. I need you.

    • jjyank

      Yay for giving up in the 3rd inning!

      • Jacob

        We all secretly gave up when we saw felix was pitching but we want to stay si we can troll and hate on RISP fails that could potentially happen and on Freddy being terrible

        • jjyank

          I never give up. YCPB, Suzyn. The idea of a reverse lock exists for a reason.

    • The Guns of Navarone
  • Widget

    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

      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.

      • The Real Greg

        Not this year, they haven’t

      • Widget

        Someone suffers from 2004 Post Season Syndrome. They suck. No reason the Yankees don’t take 2 of 3.

        • Nathan

          Guilty as charged. I think 2004 put a healthy dose of reality as before then I was always supremely confident of Yankee wins against the Sux.

  • Nathan

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

    • Hummingbird S.

      He doesn’t have an A game.

  • wow

    I really hope this is the last start for Freddy.

  • DM

    Montero ripped a Chris Stewart-style RBI single.

  • Jacob

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

  • Kempire Strikes Back
    • jjyank

      +1. Love this.

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        My all time favorite Rap group. Wutang Clan just never grew on me.

        • jjyank

          I think I’d go with A Tribe Called Quest, personally. But Run DMC isn’t a bad choice.

  • RetroRob

    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

      Screw Cliffy.

    • Widget

      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

        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.

        • Kempire Strikes Back

          That Jonathan Papeldouche signing sure is looking good now.

    • Cy Pettitte

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

      • jjyank

        …but I thought the Phillies were already a young team?

        Love,
        Cliff Lee

      • Nathan

        He’d probably find a way to go crawling back to Philly somehow.

        They trade him away once, he went back. Probably do it a second time.

    • Nathan

      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

        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.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Come through Robbie…

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    He’s gonna walk Cano

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Well if Robbie would have let him, that is. He’s only thrown 1 in sttrike zone

  • Jacob

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

  • Hummingbird S.

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

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Yep. That was the only shot. Robbie shouldn’t have swung at 2-1 pitch

  • RetroRob

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

  • Nathan

    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

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

      • The Guns of Navarone

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

      • Nathan

        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

          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

            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.

  • MartinRanger

    …and the RISPFAIL continues.

    “a jam sandwich?” Really?

  • The Guns of Navarone

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

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Robbie……, y u no take inside pitch?

  • Mr. Pink

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

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Carl G

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

    • The Real Greg

      That was a nasty slider.

  • Widget

    sac fly is yankee kryptonite.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

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

    • Widget

      remember they are like cock roaches. they are everywhere at all times and nothing can stop them.

    • RI$P FTW

      Have you EVER heard a Yankees radio broadcast???

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        Not regularly. I try to avoid John Sterling as much as I can.

    • Nathan

      There was some attention whore kid in Oakland last week in FULL Boston hat and jersey and another kid in Mets full dress.

  • flamingo

    Nice at bat by Tex.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • MartinRanger

    Well that was predictable.

    Come on Chavez.

  • Hummingbird S.

    RISPfail, they are the best at it

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Please oh please get a DH upgrade Cash.

  • The Real Greg

    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.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      On the ground, probably resulting in a DP.

      • The Real Greg

        But the run would score in that case. That’s the point.

  • Mr. Pink

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

  • Kempire Strikes Back

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

    • The Real Greg

      Yes you do.

    • Jacob

      We are our own opposition in these situations Captain.

  • The Guns of Navarone

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

  • The Real Greg

    Ken Singleton said it. Great pitching by Hernandez

  • Nathan

    Awesome.

  • Hummingbird S.

    pathetic but predictable

  • Jacob

    “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.

    TROLLTROLLTORLL

  • wow

    oh to have a good DH.

  • RetroRob

    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.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      the yanks are very good at that

  • your mom

    Wow, opportunity wasted.

  • Mr. Pink

    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.

    • TomH

      Hurry up, hurry up, somebody. Tell him that some guy wrote an article that shows what he fears is not really a problem!

      When, in fact, it is.

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      Good thing Oakland won’t be in the playoffs.

  • JimAbbottFan

    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.

  • tabbert

    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.

    • TomH

      They’re suckers for any pitcher who has a first-rate change-up.

  • The Troll

    Did Padilla hit Beltre in the head?!

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Yep.

      • The Troll

        Wow. I haven’t seen it but how could it not’ve been intentional? I hate that goddamn team. Even without Youkilis they still manage to be the biggest sack of scumbags in the baseball universe.

    • Widget

      And with padilla you have to think it was intentional. that guy is a legit scumbag.

      • The Troll

        Haha. Clearly we’re sharing the same wave-lengths . . . ^

  • Karl Krawfid

    Ichiro hitting rockets man.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Ichiro, baaaaybeeeee!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Yes bunt

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Not sure if sarcastic but Stewart doesn’t deserve to be called a hitter.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        I was calling for him to bunt. But he failed.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Rispfail inning

  • Mr. Pink

    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.

  • RetroRob

    Steal.

    Meaning, steal after Stewart fails here.

  • Nathan

    Not even a productive out.

  • tabbert

    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

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

      • tabbert

        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

          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.

    • TomH

      True.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Kevin long will turn ichiro into godzilla jr.

    • TomH

      He may have turned Godzilla ARod into Ichiro.

  • Hummingbird S.

    another opportunity to fail with RISP

    • The Real Greg

      You realize this game means nothing right?

      • Hummingbird S.

        I forgot this is a spring training game.. you need to get back on your meds dude.

        • The Real Greg

          You seriously need to stop being a troll, man. I have never seen you here in a blowout.

          • Jacob

            I would not want to be here in a blowout either, it gets really messy

      • TomH

        It means nothing if the Yanks maintain a lead. If they blow it, it means something. April means something in such a case.

      • Mr. Pink

        No game means nothing. For all you know the Yankees could make or miss the playoffs by one game.

  • The Real Greg

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

  • teddy

    brian cashman a joke. this lineups blows.

    stewart,ibanez,what a joke

    • MartinRanger

      Yes Hideki Matsui would be much better. Or perhaps Manny Ramirez and his .350 AAA SLG?

      • FIPster Doofus

        I forgot Manny existed. Wasn’t he supposed to be back by now?

    • jjyank

      You’re a joke.

  • RetroRob

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

  • Mr. Pink

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

  • eephus_pitch

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

  • The Real Greg

    Good pitching again from Felix.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • MartinRanger

    This is getting legitimately aggravating.

  • Nathan

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

    • Mr. Pink

      K-Long is a homerun oriented hitting coach. I feel like other than that he sucks as a hitting coach.

  • CUYanks

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

  • teddy

    only a moron allows jeter to bat leadoff.

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

    • TomH

      Exactly how might they do that?

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Who should be batting leadoff?

    • Widget

      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

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

    • Mr. Pink

      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.

  • Hummingbird S.

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

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      It’s amazing they don’t string together hits agains Felix? Really?

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

        Clearly the solution is to have Chris Stewart volunteer an out so a runner in scoring position could move to really scoring position.

  • Anthony

    Grandy and the strikeouts!! Jeez. #RISPFail

  • mt

    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

      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.

  • TomH

    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

      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.

  • Tom

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

  • sangreal

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

  • The Real Greg

    OK, all the trolls have arrived.

    • The Troll

      No. Just one. And please, use capitalization when addressing me. I am a professional after all.

    • Jacob

      They were just waiting for the moment to pounce man they have been here all along

      • TomH

        How stupid. People call anyone a “troll” who will not share in the Pollyanna spirit.

        • jjyank

          Or people who are trolls. And there are plenty of them with that reputation commenting tonight.

  • The Troll

    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.

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

      The lineup doesn’t need to be saved.

      • The Troll

        I see holes, Mike. The Troll sees holes. The Troll wants a bat that hits for average. The Troll does not care about power. Also, the Troll does not like the catcher. The Troll would prefer Girardi, at his current age, behind the plate, instead of Martin. Let the Troll roll, Mike.

        • CUYanks

          Let’s assemble a team of 9 Juan Pierres for The Troll!

        • jjyank

          You lost me when you started referring to yourself in the third person.

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            I refer to myself as an indirect object.

            That can get really confusing..

          • The Troll

            The Troll has no self-awareness. The Troll is on a roll. The Troll wants Justin Upton but the Troll knows it won’t happen. Tonight . . . tonight the Troll sheds a tear.

            • jjyank

              Maybe you should try some “self awareness”.

      • TomH

        It does need its collective ass kicked.

    • TomH

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

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      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

        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.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Freddy Gordita

    • Tom

      Freddy has pitched almost as well as Felix. The two runs were setup on a check swing by Ryan and a broken bat by Montero.

      The difference has been the Mariners were able to get the ball out of the infield with a runner on 2nd or 3rd

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Ok……

        I just said Gordita.

        ?

        • Tom

          I thought you were praising him…. (and was agreeing)

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            Oh. Ok. I was. I thought you were….nevermind.

  • tabbert

    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.

  • tabbert

    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.

    • Widget

      They face Lester on Saturday. That should help their run differential.

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

      Oh noes, how ever will they survive without a top five offense?!

      • eephus_pitch

        You shouldn’t trivialize the importance of offense.

      • tabbert

        well, like i said.. with pitching.

    • Mr. Pink

      Our offense has been trending downward for 3 years now. That’s what happens when 90% of the guys on your team are in their mid to late 30s.

      • tabbert

        OR when your managers doesn’t structure the lineup to produce Optimal results.

        • Jacob

          T-TROLL
          A-ASS
          B-BITCHING
          B-BOY
          E-EROGANT
          R-RIDICULOUS
          T-TRENDING DOWNWARD

          • your mom

            The hell is erogant?

            • Jacob

              lmao misspelled version of arrogant

  • eephus_pitch

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

  • MartinRanger

    Robbie that was actually terrible.

  • Widget

    way to make him work Robbie.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      only if arod bats 8th

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Tat-man traded to the Rays

  • Mr. Pink

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

  • Jacob

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

  • eephus_pitch

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

  • wow

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

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

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

    • jjyank

      …no.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      it’s time for RAB to start charging certain people

  • Jacob

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

    • Jacob

      sight*

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

  • CUYanks

    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

      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

        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.

      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.

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

        It is a close game.

        • Hummingbird S.

          This was a response to CUYanks post that implied it’s a surprise the Yankees are in this game given the pitching matchup. I never said it wasn’t a close game.

  • Mr. Pink

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

  • Bobtaco

    The King is dealing now…

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    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

      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.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

        • Widget

          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

      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

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

      • your mom

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

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        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

          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.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            And then Hoyer leaves power and runs to join his lover in Chicago. He’s a disgrace to the game. He bent over for Epstein. And continues to do so.

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            Yeah. I don’t want to commisserate with Padre fans, though.

            Just because San Diegans have been screwdriver doesn’t mean we should take it quietly.

            • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

              Ugh. U know what I meant

        • jjyank

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

  • Tom

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

  • Hummingbird S.

    no PH here? Really?

    • The Real Greg

      Like who?

      • Hummingbird S.

        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

          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)

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

  • The Real Greg

    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.

    • Tom

      FALLACY

      • The Real Greg

        Explain. I always give my reasoning. You should give yours

    • Kempire Strikes Back
    • eephus_pitch

      I don’t think anyone expected much, but stranding those runners in scoring position with no outs is a great formula for losing.

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

        So is facing Felix Hernandez.

        • eephus_pitch

          Of course. The real crime was losing to all those pitchers who aren’t Felix Hernandez.

  • tabbert

    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.

    • The Real Greg

      Didn’t we beat down the Braves?

      • tabbert

        The season series was 4-2 in our favor. It could have easily gone 3-3… so i wouldn’t say be beat down the braves.

        • Bunt Gardner

          It could have easily went 5-1 or 6-0 in NY’s favor…what’s your point?

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Optimal lineup statistically is to have 2 most productive hitters batting 2nd and 4th. Granderson and Cano are the Yankees 2 most productive hitters.

    • jjyank

      Your idea is one philosophy. And there are several legitimate lineup philosophies.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    id really like to see a cg by freddy

    • your mom

      This. And a comeback win.

      • Bartolo’s Colon

        both are probably impossible, i guess id take the win

        • CUYanks

          Freddy would only have to pitch 1 more inning if they lose. He’s at 83 pitches. Depends on Joe.

          • Bartolo’s Colon

            i just meant one or the other would be possible, not both

  • CUYanks

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

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    What the fuck, Felix?

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Hit Smoak’s overrated ass in retaliation.

    • The Real Greg

      Um. Smoak was sent down today.

  • Cy Pettitte

    they should really eject Felix

  • RetroRob

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

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    what is this? vicente padilla on the mound?

  • Hummingbird S.

    Run Jeter! Stay out of the DP

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

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

    • CUYanks

      Fine Grandy if he doesn’t bunt!

    • The Real Greg

      Well he doesn’t have to now.

  • Hummingbird S.

    that was not a strike…

  • RetroRob

    Perfect. Another RISP. My hopes are now crushed.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    oh fuck, risp

  • Kempire Strikes Back

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

  • The Real Greg

    Great pitch

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • Widget

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

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    shit…..

  • FIPster Doofus

    Oh shit…

  • Anthony

    Woah. Alex is in real pain.

  • Hummingbird S.

    FUCK… that does not look good.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    fuck, arods season is done

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Need to get jeter in here felix tiring.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Is CC pitching tomorrow? He likes retaliation.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    FUCK, FUCK FELIX HERNANDEZ!

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

  • Widget

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

  • RetroRob

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

    • Widget

      Eric Wedge maybe?

  • Bobtaco

    You get your wish Stuart A.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, that’s not good.

    Not good at all.

  • http://twitter/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Fuck

  • mt

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

  • FIPster Doofus

    Paging Chase Headley.

    • The Real Greg

      That might be what they have to do.

    • Jacob

      I would love this idea, alex should be a full time DH sometime in the next few years

  • The Real Greg

    Might need to go out and get another hitter.

  • eephus_pitch

    Stuart just nutted.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    classy fans in Seattle, huh?

    • Widget

      Is it wrong of me to take great joy in them not having a basketball team?

    • Nathan

      Very.

  • MartinRanger

    Well it looks like we’ll need another infielder.

    God Damn It.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    He just broke his wrist

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • CUYanks

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

  • http://twitter/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

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

  • Jacob

    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

      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.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    That is not……..good.

    Fuck

  • Tom

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

    • Cy Pettitte

      Montero. why? because fuck the Mariners, that’s why.

  • sangreal

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

  • Widget

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

  • mustang

    Fuck me nothing easy.

  • MartinRanger

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

  • CUYanks

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

  • The Troll

    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 . . .

    • CUYanks

      He was really writhing in pain.

      • The Troll

        Well, ARod is a bit of a nancy boy. Hopefully he’s all right, but I do hear that Hanley’s on the market . . . The Yankees need to up the Black Power ASAP.

        • FIPster Doofus

          Headley > Hanley.

        • http://twitter/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

          … I laughed.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      my mind would be blown if it wasn’t a dl stint. he did not react well after it hit him.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Get logan up or qualls to hit a guy.

  • Kramerica Industries

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

    2-9, neither scored runs.

  • Hummingbird S.

    some more bad baserunning to not score a run with RISP

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

    • mt

      Second one today.

  • mt

    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?

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Only a sac fly? Lame.

  • Hummingbird S.

    so unlucky.. that was a rocket

  • Kramerica Industries

    Hah.

    Even the sac flies are scalded.

    Talk about poor luck.

  • Widget

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

  • The Troll

    Bases Loaded. Kryptonite!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    This has the makings of an empty-feeling comeback win

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • Andy

    PINCH. HIT.

  • The Real Greg

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

    • Andy

      I would much rather Jones against a righy than Ibanez against a lefty

      • Rich in NJ

        Everyone would….except…Girardi.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Andruw Jones on the bench here.

    Umm, why?

  • CUYanks

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

  • MartinRanger

    Why the hell is Ibanez in against the lefty?

  • JobaWockeeZ

    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…

  • Betty Lizard

    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.

  • Cy Pettitte

    they are way too comfortable coming inside

  • FIPster Doofus

    Fuck the Mariners.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Okay HIT someone tomorrow please.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    What the fuck is wrong with these Mariners pitchers?

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    so when does the bench clearing brawl happen?

  • eephus_pitch

    Is Lou Piniella still managing this team?

  • Nathan

    Are you fucking kidding me?!?!

    There better be a damn hit Mariner next inning.

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

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

  • Charles

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

  • MartinRanger

    Plunk Ackley or Montero. This is ridiculous.

    Damnit why is Andruw on the bench?

  • pistol pete

    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.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      No he shouldn’t have. He’d have been out by 20 feet.

    • CUYanks

      Eh, 0 outs.

  • http://twitter/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    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?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    What the fuck is going on? They wanna fight?

  • flamingo

    Wow, take a step back, Seattle.

    SERIOUSLY. TEN ST

    • flamingo

      Hit post too early. I am annoyed now.

  • Widget

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    Predictable strikeout is predictable.

    Fuck.

  • JobaWockeeZ

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

  • MartinRanger

    Well that half-inning sucked.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    i hope someone breaks felix’s arm

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Jacob

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

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

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

    That is absolutely awful managing.

  • pistol pete

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

  • wow

    predictable.

  • your mom

    Brandon Laird, welcome back to the bigs.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

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

  • Anthony

    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.

  • The Real Greg

    You all have to listen. IF GIRARDI HAD BROUGHT IN JONES, WEDGE WOULD HAVE BROUGHT IN LEAGUE TO FACE HIM.

    • Andy

      Again. Jones vs righty or Ibanez vs lefty. Not a hard choice

      • The Real Greg

        Given Jones’s recent performances, it’s a little closer.

      • CUYanks

        Yes but this also means Chris Stewart hits (or Russell Martin) in the 9th. He clearly is intending to pinch hit for him there.

        • Hummingbird S.

          He had 2 men on… but I guess it’s better to use Jones with nobody on base.

        • Andy

          That is the biggest spot of the game. Does not matter what you are planning to do in the future.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Honestly, take the field off the team and concede defeat before someone else gets hurt.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      .480 OPS against lefties is a good move? Oh greg.

      • The Real Greg

        It’s called being in a shit situation.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          .780 OPS for Jones against righties. That’s pretty damn good for a platoon player.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            That should be .860

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          The logical thing to do is to pick the better shit.
          Andruw vs. RHP is better shit than Ibanez vs. LHP.

        • Hummingbird S.

          Jones has an .863 OPS against righties. He had a pretty good option.

    • CUYanks

      Plus, if he burned Jones it would guarantee Stewart or Martin would have to hit in the 9th.

      • The Real Greg

        That too.

      • Jacob

        Now you and I both know Girardi, he will probably have them both bat this inning

    • Hummingbird S.

      Another stupid post.

      Jones vs. RHP has an .863 OPS
      Ibanez vs. LHP has an .479 OPS

      Think before you type.

      • The Real Greg

        Then why don’t you f***ing ask him why he did it?

        Stop bitching around here about it.

      • CUYanks

        So you wouldn’t complain when Chris Stewart or Russell Martin is hitting down 1 with bases empty in the 9th, right?

        • Hummingbird S.

          I rather use Jones with 2 men on base than nobody on base.

          • CUYanks

            I probably would too, but it’s at least defensible.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          Ibanez vs. LHP is WORSE than Martin or Stewart against anyone. Plus bases loaded presents a better opportunity to score.

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

            *2 men on, not bases loaded

  • MP

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

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Ichiro will get the GW hit.

  • JobaWockeeZ

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

  • Jinxyman

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

  • http://twitter/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

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

  • pistol pete

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

  • Jacob

    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

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

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

    • The Real Greg

      There we go.

  • flamingo

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

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Freddy gets to face Raul 6-7 times. Felix has to face Jeter, ARod, Cano, Grandy and Ichy.

      • flamingo

        True. But it’s still not something I expected to see. I thought he wouldn’t last six innings.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

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

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    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

  • BK2ATL

    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.

    • Bobtaco

      Nova is tomorrow

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      is cc going to hit him from the bullpen?

      • your mom

        That would be funny.

  • The Troll

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

    • your mom

      The binder says so.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    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.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    LNOGY

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    good call on taking freddy out

  • The Real Greg

    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.

    • The Troll

      That ain’t a gem. It’s a cow pie. Just another GD turd!

    • http://twitter/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

      Well admittedly losing this game won’t be a big deal to me, it was King Felix after all.
      But the whole HBP thing was sort of irritating.

    • Hummingbird S.

      THIS GAME DOESN’T MATTER!!!11!!1111!!

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      its just a game? oh, i guess i won’t care anymore

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

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

    • Nathan

      dled looks like died.

      I was like “wait whut?!”.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      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.

  • your mom

    Please don’t hit the ball at Rapada.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Robbie!!

  • CUYanks

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

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      Did Boone Logan die?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Joba needs to come up so Girardi can’t get cute.

    • your mom

      Apparently so.

  • MartinRanger

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

    • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

      To bean montero

    • sangreal

      That would be a terrible idea. I’m not a fan of having Qualls in this game (or even mixing and matching when this could go to Extras and Freddy was crusing), but Montero is awful against righties

    • Nathan

      Montero is murdering lefties.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Now we need joseph and laird.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    over under on runs scored with qualls in: 2

  • The Guns of Navarone

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

    • captain kiwi

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

  • BK2ATL

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

  • MartinRanger

    Fortunately Montero is taking hacks like that.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

    Not good.

    • Nathan

      From the side he looks like Hughes.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Ackley got a great jump. Give him some credit.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Chad Qualls, still useless, still on this team.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Shit robbie is hurt too.

  • MartinRanger

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

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

  • Widget

    Why is Qualls on the roster?

  • wow

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

    • CUYanks

      Some things are strange.

    • Tom

      Montero has a .543 OPS against righties… that would be playing with fire.

      3-1 count or not how do you not at least see if he’ll chase a curve?

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Why not just hit him?

  • pistol pete

    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

      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.

  • your mom

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

    • JobaWockeeZ

      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

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

  • Rocky Road Redemption

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

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      i miss when they had a reliable pen

      • TomH

        A where-have-you-gone-joe-dimaggio interlude.

        • Bartolo’s Colon

          in that case, i miss mo too. and arod

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          I miss every player of the 1927 Yankees in their prime.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Fuck these one out guys.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • ArchStanton

    Logan is toast.

  • Widget

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

  • Hummingbird S.

    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

      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.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

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

    • Tom

      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.

  • Bobtaco

    WTFBoone

  • your mom

    LNOGYs in the house tonight!

  • pistol pete

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

  • CUYanks

    Joe’s trying to ice Wilhelmsen, Brilliant!

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Logan stop messing around.

  • The Real Greg

    Wasn’t out night. Leave it at that.

  • JobaWockeeZ

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

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    wow

  • Widget

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

  • Kramerica Industries

    Unreal.

    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.

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

  • your mom

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

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Seager
    Against the wind

  • The Guns of Navarone

    why not

  • Hummingbird S.

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

  • eephus_pitch

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

    • Tom

      One of the intentional variety to boot.

  • DT

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

    • The Troll

      I’d do it. Seriously. I would.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    i think i hear freddy laughing from the clubhouse

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    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.

  • TomH

    The road trip from Hell.

  • Pat D

    Can this game just end at this point?

  • RetroRob

    So why did Joe take out the Sweaty one?

  • pistol pete

    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

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

    • RetroRob

      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.

      • BK2ATL

        I just can’t……

        No idea what the fuck just happened nor why.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I think Ichiro brought the suck to us…….

    Just kidding. :)

    Kind of….

  • CUYanks

    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.

    • your mom

      It doesn’t matter. The binder never changes.

  • wow

    ah, Mariners baseball at its finest.

    • Hummingbird S.

      Girardi’s (bad) management at his finest.

  • your mom

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

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    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.

    FUCK.

  • Tom

    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?

    • Widget

      I think someone swapped the pages in the binder. Joe hasn’t noticed yet.

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      The inner machinations of Girardi’s mind are an enigma. Sometimes even HE doesn’t know why he makes these kinds of moves.

  • captain kiwi

    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.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

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

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      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

      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.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I think Grandy will get hit next.

    • your mom

      Tomorrow?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Wow. Justin Smoak optioned to AAA, huh?

    That Cliff Lee thing sure worked out….

    • CUYanks

      Let’s not pretend that Jesus Montero has been great shakes either.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        I’m not. But Montero is younger and still has a major league job. Smoak is pushing 26 and has been a bust comparatively.

        • CUYanks

          Yeah, but so far Montero hasn’t had enough time to wear out his welcome in Seattle.

  • CUYanks

    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.

  • BK2ATL

    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.

    /Unfuckingbelievable

    • The Real Greg

      Why doesnt the media ask him that, then?

      If it’s such an obvious question, then why dont they ask it?

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        I’m quite certain they will.
        And I’m quite certain he’ll have some lame excuse.

        • The Real Greg

          Well no one in the media has taken him to task, so what does that tell you?

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

            Really? You’ve never seen media be critical of Girardi?

          • JobaWockeeZ

            Please don’t say “it tell us that Girardi is right.”

      • The Troll

        Is this the Greg that I despise with every morsel of my being?

  • The Guns of Navarone

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

  • CUYanks

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

  • Karl Krawfid

    Great road trip.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

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

  • Jinxyman

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

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

  • sangreal

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

    • CUYanks

      Right, then how do you not PH Jones for Ibanez if you aren’t going to him here?

  • DT

    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.

  • The Real Greg

    SO MUCH HATE

  • Tom

    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

      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

      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

        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

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

  • RetroRob

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

    Back tomorrow.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Yeah I don’t like Girardi.

    • The Real Greg

      So you want fired then?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Couldn’t care less.

  • Rich in NJ

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

  • ArchStanton

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

  • CUYanks

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

    • Andy

      it was already indefensible

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

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

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    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.

  • Widget

    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.

  • Adam

    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.

    • your mom

      Yes he does, he gave up more runs than the other team.

  • TomH

    These Mariners have to be repaid in kind.

    • your mom

      Yes, we need to trade for Felix.

  • The Real Greg

    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

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

      He was also not on his game tonight.

  • The Troll

    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

      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.

  • BK2ATL

    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.

  • wow

    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.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Arod to dl

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Laird or russo call up.

  • BK2ATL

    One last thing.

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

    Greinke
    Sanchez
    Dempster…..

  • joe schmo

    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.