Jul
25

Game 98: Without Alex

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(REUTERS/Robert Sorbo)

This seven-game West Coast trip has been a nightmare on the field and unfortunately it’s going to linger over the next few weeks. Nick Swisher is expected back from his mild left hip flexor strain this weekend, but Alex Rodriguez will likely be out until sometime in early-to-mid-September after a pitch broke a bone in his left hand last night. Losing games on the field bad enough, but the Yankees can absorb some of those given their seven-game lead in the AL East. Losing players to significant injuries is another matter entirely. Here’s the starting nine…

RF Ichiro Suzuki
SS Derek Jeter
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
CF Curtis Granderson
DH Raul Ibanez
3B Eric Chavez
LF Andruw Jones
Russell Martin

RHP Ivan Nova

This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start at 3:40pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

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618 Comments»

  1. Knoxvillain says:

    Today’s gonna suck, even if Nova throws a perfect game with 27 strike outs and the Yankees hit 18 home runs.

    • Cofuzz says:

      Not if the ninja peels Alex Gordon away from KC, or Chase Headley from SD.

      • Knoxvillain says:

        I’d go for Gordon before Headley. I don’t care that much about Headley and some of the fans’ boners for him are pretty insane.

        Maybe Betances, Marshall, and Murphy could get it done. Or Boone Logan and Andruw Jones since it’s Dayton Moore and he loves those ex-Braves.

        • Laz says:

          For sure. I’m not a big headley fan, but some people seem to think that Headley is very valuable. That if you take him out of petco he will hit 40 hr. Gordon hasn’t played 3b regularly since 2009, although i’d still take a shot with him if he came cheap, nice lefty bat could hit a lot of homers.

          • G says:

            He’s cheap and would certainly be an above average hitter in YS. I think he’d hit twenty something homers, which could be enough to cover losing Swisher.

      • Jonathan says:

        Gordon is basically a good fielder platoon LFer. Last year he hit lefties but other than that he’s shown over his career he’s shown he can’t handle them, including this year. Why is everybody on here so in love with Alex Gordon?

        • TCMiller30 says:

          Former top prospect shine

        • YanksFanInBeantown says:

          A career 90 wRC+ doesn’t scream “can’t handle lefties,” and neither does the 89 wRC+ this year.

          He walks, hits for average, has some pop and plays excellent defense.

          He was a top 10 player in baseball last year and is a top 20 player this year by fWAR.

          I’m honestly asking you: What’s not to like?

    • Jacob says:

      What if they are all on 3 strikes?

  2. jjyank says:

    Boo weekday day games. Gameday for me.

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

    Sub-.300 OBP leadoff hitter FTW.

    Hopefully that nonsense ends when Swisher comes back.

    • forensic says:

      Hopefully, but you may not want to hold your breath waiting for that. From Chad Jennings’ pregame notes:

      Girardi said the lineup “could change a little bit” when Nick Swisher gets healthy, but he didn’t say that change would come at the top of the order.

      Doesn’t sound overly optimistic for it to be changing, but we can hope that he just didn’t want to say it out loud at this point.

  4. amanda says:

    i know swisher has played 3rd before just a thought , what do you think mike ?

  5. Eddard says:

    We need to salvage the trip with a W. Cashman says they are not looking for a 3rd baseman, Chavez and Nix are the solution.

  6. amanda says:

    oh ok my bad then would of been nice

  7. Jersey Joe says:

    Granderson, Ibanez, Chavez

    That is quite a few lefty hitters with large platoon splits, hopefully the M’s are out of lefty bullpen weapons today.

  8. yooboo says:

    Scott Hairston is being shopped? Interesting.

  9. Knoxvillain says:

    Over/under Stuart’s appearances in the game thread is set at 1.5.

  10. UncleArgyle says:

    That Ichiro batting at the bottom of the lineup thing lasted awhile huh?

  11. thaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    I like this lineup. Ichiro is gonna turn it on, just the situation to wake him up.

  12. The Real Greg says:

    Is anyone thinking that Ichiro is batting leadoff just because it could be his last game in Seattle?

  13. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    I wonder if the yanks talked to M’s about Brandon League and/or Vargas? Those would be a couple solid additons for the stretch run.. League would be first in 6th inn type guy for us.. Vargas would make us have a chance to pitch well every 5th day..

    CC
    Kuroda
    Nova
    Hughes
    Vargas

    • Knoxvillain says:

      I’d take Phelps over Vargas, and Pettitte when he comes back. Yankees aren’t going to get any pitching after the A-Rod injury.

    • Jacob says:

      I think league is a realistic option, I actually had thoughts about him my self. Vargas would be a nice idea but we don’t really need a starter but I think if something happens between now and the 31st cash should possibly consider it

    • yooboo says:

      nah… I would like to let Orioles get Vargas first. If he pitches well in AL east contest then Yanks can try to sign him a good contract as FA after this season.

  14. yooboo says:

    The sequence of Martin, Ichiro and Jeter? Oh boy!

  15. Thunder Road Runner says:

    Rodriguez’ lack of production, especially w/RISP not that hard to replace. Getting players like Gordon or Headley not realistic as Yanks will only deal mid-level (or lower) prospects. Polanco or Wiggington (my preference) possibilities…

    • CP says:

      Just put Chavez in there, he’s a great hitter with RISP.

      Wait… he’s been significantly worse than A-Rod.

    • Laz says:

      I suggested this somewhere else too. They are both free agents at year end, and philly doesn’t need both now that Howard is back, so it leaves them both to fight over 3b.

  16. CP says:

    I would have liked the Yankees to pick up Hanley (based on what it actually took to get him). Too bad he was traded a couple minutes too early…

    • Knoxvillain says:

      I’m surprised it took next to nothing to get him. He just needs a team that isn’t run by tards.

  17. The Real Greg says:

    Can we try to avoid the hatred and anger from last night. I dislike that

  18. Kramerica Industries says:

    Geez, Ken. Sound more somber and subdued.

    Speaking of the booth, as I often do – Coney is the best color guy on YES. Yay, or nay?

  19. OldYanksFan says:

    “Chavez is the solution and Jayson Nix is the solution, and whoever we have in the farm system are going to have to be the solution,” Cashman said. “I’m very comfortable with Eric Chavez as Alex’s replacement.”

  20. G says:

    Not sure if anyone has noticed, but Chase Headley used to be an everyday outfielder. Keeping this in mind, wouldn’t it make sense to make a trade, have him fill in at 3rd the rest of the year while Alex DHs, and then have him slide into left field next year as a stopgap? It’s great to have that kind of flexibility, he can easily move back into 3rd to give A-Rod a rest day, and whenever the day comes that A-Rod needs to just DH, which isn’t too far off, Headley becomes the everyday 3B. Gives us time to figure out another outfielder (granted he was never a great defensive OF, but when you’re cutting payroll you can’t have it all), solves the immediate problem, and gives A-Rod an heir apparent. Granted A-Rod is on the payroll longer, but Headley is cost controlled through 2014; once his contract is up, so is the austerity plan. They can sign him back if he has a good run in New York.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Has he played the outfield in the last few years at all?
      If he has, that might solve two problems in one.

      • The Real Greg says:

        Just checked. He has not played the outfield since 2009.

        • G says:

          True, but I think it’s worth seeing if he can. It’s not like we’re doomed if he can’t handle it immediately. It’s left field, guys like Manny Ramirez have been able to hide there. I have little doubt that he could handle it.

          • Cris Pengiucci says:

            Guys like Manny Ramirez don’t have to hide in YSIII LF for 82 games a season. Not saying Headly can’t do it or fake it well enough, just that we don’t know.

            That being said, it would be nice to find out prior to next season if that’s the direction the team goes. (Actually RF is more likely.)

        • G says:

          And sorry for the double reply, but if he genuinely can’t handle it, find another left fielder and move A-Rod to DH. We could certainly cheap out a bit on left field production when we’re adding an impact bat at 3rd and theoretically getting better production out of A-Rod.

          • Laz says:

            Headley is a pretty good defensive 3B. That trade would make no sense. You would be overpaying for headley’s defensive abilitis, then next year not use him at all.

      • yooboo says:

        nope. He has not played OF for 3 years including this season. 3B is his home. His LF defense is godly awful but he can get it work just fine at RF in YS3. Petco has very spacious outfield area.

    • MannyGeee says:

      Dead Horse, have you met my friend Bat?

      • G says:

        Please direct me to where the idea of him playing the outfield whined? If it was very recent sorry, I haven’t been able to read articles with lots of comments because the iPhone version freezes up. I had yet to see anyone point it out.

      • G says:

        Please direct me to where the idea of him playing the outfield was mentioned. If it was very recent sorry, I haven’t been able to read articles with lots of comments because the iPhone version freezes up. I had yet to see anyone point it out.

        • MannyGeee says:

          Check out the Stephen Drew thread from earlier today, it was mentioned no less than 10 times.

          • G says:

            That exact one caused my iPhone to freeze up and Safari to crash. Sorry, I just think it’s a legitimate idea, and until the current problem is solved I wouldn’t call it a dead horse

            • MannyGeee says:

              no worries dude… no one is arguing its legitimacy, its just been covered a TON in the past 18 hours. and in fact, if you were to do some digging you would see it mentioned prior to the A Rod injury when discussing how to replace Swisher.

              Like, weekly…

  21. Ethan says:

    I kinda hope Nova plunks some mariner

  22. MannyGeee says:

    I am nowhere near Seattle, but its apparantly sunny and 71 degrees. To which Suzyn referred to it as “Sweater Weather”…

    is she hella old or is 71 degrees not sweater weather?

    • 28 this year says:

      71 is wear whatever the hell you want to wear weather because nothing is uncomfortable in that weather at least nothing shy of abominable snowman level clothing.

    • TomH says:

      Who cares what she meant?

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      I find low-70s kind of chilly. Guess I agree with Suzyn for once.

    • RI$P FTW says:

      It’s fashionable here at RAB to pick apart every word of what everyone says.
      I guess you could call it ‘lawyer-douche culture’. It’s thick on this site.

  23. Kramerica Industries says:

    Safeco Field is a fine ballpark, and Seattle is a fine city (and the home of my favorite show not named Seinfeld).

    Looks spectacular today. Hopefully, the Mariners will field a good team again. Knowing them, that’s not gonna happen for a long time still to come.

  24. MannyGeee says:

    Ichiro grounds out, leadoff fail, Seattle won the trade.

  25. amanda says:

    nobodys said lets go get david wright yet !

  26. thaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    ok, these fuckers keep coming inside

  27. thaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Jeter in the 2 hole blows

  28. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jeter got confused and thought he was Granderson

  29. Kramerica Industries says:

    Holy shit, Derek.

    Always a rare sight to see him unload like that. Legit pull power.

  30. Eddard says:

    Jeter making up for Alex’s injury. At least one person has stepped up.

  31. The Real Greg says:

    Well that worked well.

  32. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    That is, easily, the longest HR I’ve ever seen Jeter hit. Holy shit.

    BTW, this hitting people/brushing back thing is getting fucking ridiculous. We NEED to plunk a Mariner or two.

    • 28 this year says:

      Aim for Jack Z. Find him in one of the boxes and hit him just for fun.

    • G says:

      It’s just like Ichiro. He can, he chooses not to.

      • Knoxvillain says:

        Is this a joke? I hate when people say this. Ichiro can’t. Nobody in baseball would choose to beat out an infield hit that doesn’t move anyone over instead of a home run. Ichiro has no power. Batting practice doesn’t count. If you can’t put on a show at batting practice as an ML hitter, then there’s a problem.

  33. 28 this year says:

    Jeter pulled one??? Holy crap.

  34. Jacob says:

    Oh my god I was just saying to myself how when the ball came in on him his stance reminded me of pening day 96 when he went deep and boom!

  35. Athenian says:

    ARod will be missed but I sure do like this line up better. Think Grandy is better in the 5.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Me too. Except I would switch Jeter and Ichiro.

      • Cris Pengiucci says:

        No, Ichiro can steal or at least get good jumps to keep out of the DPs. And Jeter clearly has a lot of power that he’s about to show off now that ARod is out of the lineup. He just didn’t want to show ARod up. :-)

      • MannyGeee says:

        I am not positive Ichiro still has the contact skills to be a prototypical #2 hitter. Jeter can still hit.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      I don’t like Ichiro at the top. He sucks offensively.

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      agreed and when Swish comes back he should be 2

      Jeter
      Swish
      Cano
      Teix
      Grandy
      DH
      Chavez
      Martin
      Ichiro

      • Laz says:

        I’d like to see what ichiro does first. If he turns it around then keep him at the top. He can still steal bases.

    • Laz says:

      His stolen bases is may down so i think a move down to the heart is better. Let more people get on base in front of him.

  36. ClayDavis says:

    Perhaps her nips get really hard at that weather. Need to hide the twins.

  37. FIPster Doofus says:

    Is it me or are commercial breaks always extremely short when the Yankees play in Seattle?

  38. JobaWockeeZ says:

    “Eric Chavez is the solution,” Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com

    Hopefully that means ARod will be back before the playoffs start or it’s time to start drinking.

  39. Knoxvillain says:

    Looking over the Mariners line up on the ESPN box score is mildly amusing. It’s almost Jack Z. wants them to suck. Outside of Jaso, they have 8 AAAA players.

  40. FIPster Doofus says:

    Headley just went yard. Go get him.

  41. Jacob says:

    you know the other day Mike posted a picture of Ibanez when he was a catcher on twitter, I wonder if he was trying to suggest something…

  42. Tom says:

    Nova not looking too good so far.

  43. MannyGeee says:

    “Jaso is a little different than the other Seattle hitters”
    – John Sterling

    “Different” in that he can actually hit?

  44. The Real Greg says:

    Nova’s looked bad in his last couple starts.

  45. Jacob says:

    I would be cool if the bases were loaded and Nova had hit them all

  46. Cuso says:

    oh brother. Bases loaded for Nova already, huh?

  47. The Real Greg says:

    Its amazing how a season changes on a knife edge. 6-7 days ago, we were rolling. Now we look like the worst team in baseball

    • 28 this year says:

      Thats why you can never let up.

      • Rocky Road Redemption says:

        I never understood that logic. Why would ANY team “let up”? You really think they stopped trying? That they said, “Well, now that we have a big lead it’s all good if we all play like shit.”

        The only way I see “letting up” as making sense is if the manager starts resting good players all the time. Otherwise I don’t really think it makes sense to say that the team “lets up”.

        • 28 this year says:

          Well i never said they let up. I am talking more general things where as it reaches the end, you can’t overdue extra rest. Got to go after every win you can. I dont think they have let up at all, they just ran into a hot A’s team and had some bad luck.

  48. Widget says:

    When was the last time the Yankees had a road trip this bad? I don’t think they win this game so 1-6 and losing A-Rod and Swisher is pretty damn bad.

  49. Kramerica Industries says:

    God almighty, Ivan.

    This is putrid.

  50. wow says:

    did they just say 97mph on that fastball? Dang.

  51. The Real Greg says:

    Now I just want a grand slam so I don’t have to watch this crap.

  52. Jacob says:

    I can hear the trolls ah knockin’

    • The Troll says:

      Of what value is a comment like that? It’s simply your passive aggressive, bullshit way of saying, “God, they look f**king awful right now!” Don’t be a pussy, just be honest.

      • Jacob says:

        They look fine to me? I really could care less how many pitches a pitcher throws in any inning and we are playing a shit team I was pointing out the trolls are complaining now

  53. 28 this year says:

    Come on Nova. Reaches back for 98 mph but no control. If Nova can mix last year’s command with this year’s velocity, holy crap. But too bad it seems that the extra power from him seems to be messign with his command.

  54. ClayDavis says:

    That’s fantastic. Impressive Nova.

  55. The Real Greg says:

    And the hatred and evil will start coming in.

    Thanks alot for ruining my dat

  56. thaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    28 pitches already 1st inning, good thing Girardi didnt use the entire bullpen in the 8th inning yesterday

    • The Real Greg says:

      He didn’t use Phelps, dummy. If you are going to insult GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT

      • yooboo says:

        Except that David Phelps is not limited to a long reliever.

        Nova can finish 6 innings with 110 pitches easily if he struggles through.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      I’m sure none of them are available today after facing one batter each yesterday.

  57. captain kiwi says:

    game day for me – how did they miss the dp? nova not covering 1st?

  58. Jacob says:

    Alright Nova come out next inning and DESTROY THEM ALL EEEEVAHHHNNN

  59. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    i asked mike in a chat if Ryan Braun was best player in baseball, and he said ot even same divison(votto and mccuthen). I disagreed then and now.. Braun is a freaking beeeassst! 3=4 2B,HR, 3rbi, inten BB…etc Oh ya, the HR was to tie it in the 8th down 5-3 and 2out..

  60. Jersey Joe says:

    DAMMIT NOVA!

  61. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    solid baseknock for Grandy man…

  62. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Lets get this lead back fella’s! Ibanez in 1-1count, with grandy on 1st and no out. Grandy man steals 2nd! Sweet!

  63. Jonathan says:

    Every fielder for us today besides Grandy has at least 1 gold glove and most have multiple…crazy…although not all were earned and Cano is going to win it again this year.

    1 cano
    6 chavez
    5 jeter
    4 tex
    10 andruw
    10 ichiro
    1 martin

  64. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Here we go in guy on 3rd less then 2out.. Its up to chavez to go against the odd’s adn get the guy in… God knows, this is gonna be tough..

  65. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    We didn’t get the run in…LOL What else is new? Jesus!

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

    Grandyman, gotta go on that.

    • MannyGeee says:

      Infield was in. if you are gonna have someone on & 2 outs, better to have Granderson at 3rd than Chavez a 1st.

      • The Real Greg says:

        But why were they in? Its the second inning.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

        Slow high chopper, I’d rather be aggressive and make them make a play. He may have been thrown out, but he at least had a chance, and given the RISP struggles, I would have liked to see them take the chance with one out.

  67. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    I’ve given up hope of the RISPFAIL ever correcting itself. Now when there are runners on base I just cross my fingers and wait for a home run.

  68. Widget says:

    Nice at bat Chavez, it’s like A-Rod never got hurt.

  69. The Real Greg says:

    Of course while Seattle was playing in for some stupid reason, Chavez hit a weak ball.

    Baseball Gods hating the Yankees right now.

    Why the hell were they playing in in the second inning? And of course it works

  70. teddy says:

    this lineup is pathetic.

    mariners lineup putting them to shame

  71. Opus says:

    OT, but didn’t see it on here: Just saw Phillies resigned Cole Hamels to second biggest pitching contract in history: 6 years, $144 million.

  72. The Real Greg says:

    The Baseball gods have been piling on the Yankees of late.

  73. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Nunez won’t be called up, thank Mo.

  74. Tom says:

    Just got to tip your hat to the pitcher…

    • The Real Greg says:

      No. Just got to ask the Baseball gods what the Yankees did to upset them.

      • Tom says:

        Apparently they asked a ground out, a feeble Chavez AB, and for a Jones strikeout.

        Apparently that’s just bad luck?

        • The Real Greg says:

          No the fact that the Mariners did something that goes against all of baseball logic and it worked for them.

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

            It doesn’t go against baseball logic to try to prevent runs when your team is horrible offensively and playing in a severe pitcher’s park.

            • The Real Greg says:

              But still… ITS THE SECOND INNING.

              • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

                But still … ITS THE MARINERS …. IN SAFECO.

                Risk – runner on first, bottom of the order coming up.
                Reward – prevent the run.

                It entirely makes sense, even more so for the Mariners.

  75. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    what a surprise, a blown scoring chance.. Man, it just dosen’t end..

  76. Ethan says:

    I am getting so sick of their inability to get the runner in from third with less than 2 outs. Makes for some low scoring game

  77. MannyGeee says:

    wow, I think Andruw blew his whole nut in Fenway a few weeks ago, hes looked HORRIBLE since that series

  78. Ppiddy says:

    RISPFail prevails. Back to nova. Hope watching him isn’t excruciating as last inning

  79. wow says:

    yup. didn’t expect any more than that. Hisashi Hernandez on the mound.

  80. The Troll says:

    Andruw Jones is now the spokesman for Special K cereal brands.

  81. The Real Greg says:

    Get Scott Hairston please.

  82. The Real Greg says:

    So in the second inning, the Mariners do something that is completely against baseball logic and it works. Such is the way with the Yankees right now.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      Playing according to your team and ballpark is completely against baseball logic?

    • Tom says:

      You keep saying against baseball logic.

      With their offense and their record, that’s a smart play and a good risk to take… it’s not like it was 2nd and 3rd where if a ball gets through it’s a few runs, plus you have the bottom of the order coming up.

      • The Real Greg says:

        In the second inning? If its the 5th or 6th, I could understand that.

        Not the second inning.

        • Tom says:

          Again:

          - Weak M’s offense
          - Park that suppresses offense
          - Bottom of the order coming up
          - Man on 3rd (not 2nd and 3rd or even 1st and 3rd)
          - Already one out

          A single getting through (which is the risk of bringing the infield in) leaves them in a guy on 1st 1 out “jam” with the bottom of the order due up… that’s a pretty good tradeoff/risk for the potential to cutoff a run.

  83. Bartolo's Colon says:

    the yankees just flat out blow right now. i hope they leave it on the west coast

  84. yooboo says:

    espn or yahoo for gamecast….which is better?

  85. Marcy says:

    Just like after Mo got hurt – when a player like A-Rod gets hurt it effects everyone – that is where Jeter is so good. Whenever – well, most of the time – when something makes the guys tense Jeter has come through which loosens things up.

    1 up & in 4 Nova

    • Jonathan says:

      I was at the series for all 4 games in KC when Mo got hurt and I watched it happen live…the team’s batting practice session and actions immediately became…more draining? I’m not sure how to put it but they looked tired and devastated. When you add in the trip to the West Coast and all of the injuries I think they need to just get home and have a day off. They’re still in a good position.

      On a side note I wonder the next time I big time stud FA pitcher in his prime will actually reach FA?

  86. VCR1111 says:

    If only Matsui played 3rd base. Damn.

  87. Jacob says:

    One cannot have more swag than Robinson Cano

  88. Nathan says:

    I just got home from work, checked the box score and not to my surprise…not one hit Mariner.

  89. yooboo says:

    there is the sequence of Martin, Ichiro and Jeter coming up… yuck!

  90. yooboo says:

    Martin does not bother to steal 2n? WTF?

  91. The Real Greg says:

    See he doens’t strike out. Avoids the DP.

  92. G says:

    Brothers from another mother… Coney just knows what to say

    And hit or not, at least Ichiro makes contact and moves the guy over. I’ll take it.

  93. Jacob says:

    Tim Kurkjen: Ichiro has the most hits of any japenese born player off of a japenese born pitcher when it is the third wednesday of the month at an away ballpark when the moon is not in the sky sun in 90 degree angle with the 2nd baseman born in the 80′s and the owner of his team is fully healthy.

  94. teddy says:

    even when they get a hit with risp, they can’t score or move a runner

  95. Marcy says:

    If, as Kenny said, Montero has a brother named Jesus in the Cardinal Org. – check out the picture –
    And what’s up w/Robbie — he’s not hitting well – not like he can.

    • G says:

      Are you insinuating that if a player ever has a brief old streak, something must be wrong with him?

      Might want to watch a little more. Cano has been absolutely torrid, it’s logical that a cold spell will balance it out.

      • Marcy says:

        Coney is really funny.

        And I just want to say as much as I love PTI they have no clue what Alex means to the Yanks-

      • Marcy says:

        Luke Hochevar gets ejected for plunking Trout in the arm – how many Yankees have been “plunked” –
        This is infuriating

  96. jjyank says:

    What’s the “on-field delay” gameday is telling me about?

  97. rek4gehrig says:

    God help us :-(

  98. The Real Greg says:

    Basically if Cano hits well the Yanks win, if he doesnt they lose.

  99. Kramerica Industries says:

    At least this game doesn’t have the makings to be frustrating, or anything…

  100. Adam says:

    Great, we get calls we want and still can’t get any love from the gods of a mistake.

  101. teddy says:

    this lineup is trash, only person to blame is cashman

  102. wow says:

    ahahahaha

  103. Jon says:

    When did “I swing at every pitch” Robbie show back up?? 6 pitches three outs…
    Similar to “Grounder to first base” Raul…

  104. Nathan says:

    DP.

    Like clockwork.

  105. Tom says:

    Unbelievable… the Mariners were playing for the DP in that situation?

    Defies all baseball logic and it works… how unlucky can the Yankees get.

  106. Stitches says:

    All you can do is laugh, right?

  107. yooboo says:

    Martin, Ichiro and Jeter sequence is clearly bad. What a comedic event.

  108. VCR1111 says:

    I’m starting to think that the Yanks should seriously consider treating singles, doubles, or triples as outs. Not like they’ll come in to score. Only count the home runs. It will make the game go quicker and that stupid RISPFail will be non existent.

  109. CUYanks says:

    I thought the last few weeks the team has actually had a great avg with RISP. Where can I get those numbers?

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      Last 27 games: 63/211 .298 (not including today)
      But last 5 games: 9/42 .214 (not including today)

  110. Steve says:

    Throwing Jesus Montero a slider is like throwing acid in his face

  111. yooboo says:

    Jaso must be a legit hitter for Mariners… wtf?

  112. rek4gehrig says:

    Nova, what the?

  113. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    Jason Giambi and Ken Phelps.

    • Darren says:

      Tony Clark and Doug Mankieweicz?

      I don’t know the question or the answer, but it’s fun to think rando slugging first basemen/DH types.

  114. Jacob says:

    Now Mlb.Tv is going to start lagging awesome

  115. Kramerica Industries says:

    Slowly but surely, Granderson has really become a TTO hitter.

    • Stitches says:

      Yeah, and it’s become increasingly intolerable to watch. Between he and Jones there’ve been enough strikeouts to feed all of Ethiopia.

  116. Athenian says:

    Hope the real Yankees return for this weekends series in Boston. This west coast trip has made the team look pedestrian.

  117. G says:

    The only saving grace here is the Mariners’ offensive ineptitude, so all we need to do is run into one and suddenly it’s tied… Other than that this is ridiculous. Ibañez looked pathetic that whole at bat.

  118. Bartolo's Colon says:

    please get rid of ibanez, he provides nothing

  119. Jacob says:

    K-urtis granderson

  120. FIPster Doofus says:

    They really need another bat.

  121. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Up to Andruw Jones to tie this up with risp and 2out.. Come on jones!

  122. Stitches says:

    Something’s got to give

  123. rek4gehrig says:

    I’m off to the gym. I need to sweat out all this RISPFAIL

  124. Kosmo says:

    make the pitcher work a little Andruw.

  125. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    god, watching andruw jones in LF day after day would not be good.. This guy is OK when u spot start him and PH him.. When u see him to often, the 225ba with tons of K’s really sticks out..lol Ibanez, Granderson, and jones, seem to K to much.. Frustrating…

  126. yooboo says:

    I think Yankees should start to reset the thresold next year not 2014.

    • G says:

      What are you even talking about? They have already started, the threshold doesn’t rise to $189M until 2014. This is completely illogical.

      • yooboo says:

        178m for 2013.

        • G says:

          Please oh mighty yooboo, tell us how exactly you could do this.

          No one should be making decisions for Yankees ownership, especially not you. You’re in no position to be saying what they should do without a very plausible plan. Theoretically you could decline both Cano and Granderson’s options, pray Soriano opts out, not sign Mariano, not sign any pitchers, and abandon Swisher… But anyone who even suggested that would be fired and shot off into space to save the rest of mankind from being infected with stupidity.

          • yooboo says:

            I had roster for 2013 and 2014. It is possible. However, Only Sabathia is making more than 10m for 2 or 3 years. It wont happen.

            Soriano out and Rivera in. 15m combo.

            I give the maximum of 5mm for off bench power.

            Traded for Headley and settled the contract to keep him away from 10m until 2016. It wont happen too.

            Anyways, you don’t get my drift. 178mm for 2013 means Yankees begin to rebuild all over again. And that is a joke.

            • yooboo says:

              Ah.. Granderson and Cano are affordable for 2013.

              I had Granderson at maximum of 19mm and Cano at 25mm for 14 and beyond. Due to AJ Burnett’s 8.5mm debt for 2014, Granderson’ 5mm and Cano’s 8mm will deter after their contracts are expired.

              In real life, Granderson could take no more than 17mm and Cano could take no more than 22mm annually so extra 5mm can cover SP’s bolstering money or expensive SS to back Jeter up for one season.

  127. G says:

    >RISP with two outs, down by 1
    >I go get a shower.

    No faith right now.

  128. Kramerica Industries says:

    Ah, Joe Pepitone.

    Designer of Central Park for Civil War training. Never forget.

  129. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    4th nova walk.. To many! Leadoff walk to boot.. ugh! Can we just win 2games on this freaking trip!

  130. wow says:

    I don’t really see how we can keep winning running Ibañez, Jones, Chavez, and Martin/Stewart all in one lineup. Seriously.

  131. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    GOd, stop getting into these dangerous counts, nova!

  132. yooboo says:

    75 pitches already for Nova and 4th inning is not even finished. damn

  133. Cuso says:

    Balking Bob at it again…

  134. Cuso says:

    Kawasaki one-man!
    Kawasaki one-man!
    Kawasaki one-man bannnnnd!

    Let the good times rollllllll

  135. Athenian says:

    Ichiro goes yard at this AB.

  136. Tom says:

    Martin’s had some good AB’s today… he’s one of the few hitters not swinging at crap out of the zone and waiting for a strike.

  137. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Fuck you safeco canyon

  138. Darren says:

    Damn, Tampa Bay cut Matsui? Kinda sad. Any reason we might want him? Think he’d go to AAA for a bit and see if Jones pulls a love handle?

    Also WTF with Ripken’s Mom? I bet there’s gonna be some crazy scandal with Billy Ripken, a Fargo-esque scam and a some pine tar.

  139. Jonathan says:

    Has anyone else noticed that Ichiro wears a different style of hat? It’s like the batting practice hats with the regular Yankees hat color blocking. It’s definitely not a regular New Era 59FIFTY Yankees hat.

  140. G says:

    Ichiro batting .300, best trade ever Cashman GM of the year.

    Who are you calling short sighted?

  141. Athenian says:

    Wow, if what Sterling and Waldman are saying is true about Buhner’s comments regarding Ichiro… total dick.

  142. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Good thing Montero sucks

  143. Cuso says:

    Montero kick to the nuts.

  144. FIPster Doofus says:

    This is a nightmare.

  145. Defensive Indifference says:

    Nothing wrong with Montero’s shoulder.

  146. G says:

    Wow good throw by Montero. I tip my hat.

    Nice to at least have a guy running occasionally…

  147. vin says:

    Yoenis Cespedes + Michael Saunders = Championship.

    Get on it, Cash.

  148. Cuso says:

    Fallacy of the pre-determined base hit

  149. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Jesus not a catcher
    -cashman

  150. wow says:

    what a game.

  151. 45yearyanksfan says:

    the catcher for the marinres looks pretty good to me

  152. Tom says:

    Double here for Cano.

  153. teddy says:

    lol at this offense

  154. Kramerica Industries says:

    Too bad they won’t score here.

  155. G says:

    Well this looks like a good time to go to the bathroom.

  156. Ichy and Irok hello to number 28 says:

    Robbie thompson has no balls wtf

  157. jjyank says:

    For the TV viewers: how’s Nova looked since the first inning?

    • Tom says:

      Poor command.

      Stuff looks decent (or maybe it’s the M’s offense) but he is missing his spots frequently

  158. Stitches says:

    Just more RISPFAIL waiting excitedly in the wings

  159. Bartolo's Colon says:

    should thompson have sent jeter? im listening, not watching

    • G says:

      No, but if he would’ve run a bit harder I think he could’ve made it. Just didn’t look like Wells would have as much trouble as he did off the bat

  160. The Real Greg says:

    Yankees have been cursed with alot of bad luck on this trip combined with their mediocre stats with RISP.

  161. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Awesome

  162. FIPster Doofus says:

    So predictable.

  163. G says:

    Ahhhhhhhhh well that was a relieving bathroom trip.

    Hey guys did I miss anything?

  164. The Real Greg says:

    It unbelievable how things change in a week. Its why I hate this game. At least in football, there are patterns to follow.

    • jjyank says:

      If you hate the game of baseball, why do you devote so much energy into being a frequent commenter on a Yankees site?

      I for one love the unpredictability of baseball. Some cool moments happen in the Yankees favor too.

  165. Kramerica Industries says:

    95 pitches in five innings.

    And yet plenty of missed chances.

  166. Bartolo's Colon says:

    3 hits, no runs

  167. The Real Greg says:

    Just give me gun and I’ll kill myself right now.

  168. Eddard says:

    Forget about Phelps replacing Freddy. He should replace Nova with the way he’s been pitching lately. Nova has no command. He used to get groundball after groundball.

  169. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    this is the type of game that makes u furious.. More chances, but this time against a young inexpierenced kid, and tons of lefties in our lineup, and we can’t hit a freaking lick.. Not even a lick! I mean, jesus..

  170. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Just pretty to watch

  171. G says:

    Talk about a biased text poll…

  172. vicki says:

    perez: now we’re talking.

  173. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oliver Perez.

    Hope he looks like Sir Walks-A-Lot today.

  174. The Real Greg says:

    We have 6 hits, but 4 singles. We have become a singles hitting team in these big ballparks. We are not a team that can string hits together.

  175. yooboo says:

    Nova could have one more inning to grit out but he will face all hitters who walk off him. Umm.

  176. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Another ball out in most parks

  177. Jonathan says:

    This is incredible. In 5 innings we have 6 hits, 3 walks, 1 stolen base, 1 HR and 1 2B and that somehow equals 1 run. This is a fucking clinic. CS before the hits in an inning with 3 hits and a double but no runs. Not getting runners in from 3rd with less than 2 outs. Inning ending double plays. BABIP bad luck….. Even in that stretch of great baseball we played we never really went out and started scoring like 7-10 runs every few nights….very few blowouts. Guess that’s what happens with a station to station offense that has RISPFAIL issues, injuries and only has 8 hitters a night at best.

  178. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Sterling is so fraking annoying! I am so sick and tired or the idiot faking people out on everything.. Hes so worried about his stupid tradefmark calls, that he dosen’t want to miss one, and anything hit hard, is his fmous call, no matter how weak the drive..

    I’m to the point, where i don’t even get excited when i here him get excited.. Hes a idiot!

  179. G says:

    Ibañez has had some of the worst swings I’ve ever seen today…

  180. Kramerica Industries says:

    Warning track power.

    Well, that’s lovely.

  181. Darren says:

    Nice job Sterling. Two bad calls in a row where he thought it was gone and it wasn’t. Not back to back, or belly to belly.

    I miss Jim Kaat.

  182. The Real Greg says:

    We’ve become a singles and homer team. Where are all the doubles and triples? Where are the balls into the gaps? My goodness.

  183. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Sterling thought he was at Yankee stadium those last two calls

  184. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    sterling goes right into faking out with call on ibanez drive, right after granderson’s..lol I’m done! I’m completely done getting faked out by his calls! I mean it! Does the guy have any baseball instincts at all? How many games has this guy watched? Should have at least a clue.. Dude seems to not know the diffrence between warning track fly ball, or legit chance bomb..

    How the yanks have gotten this pathetically dominated by seattle pitchering is beyond me…

  185. Cuso says:

    We could conceivably lose 6 games by a combined 7 runs on this trip.

  186. The Real Greg says:

    The one problem I have is that this was the part of the schedule where they were supposed to fill up the win on. Now they have to go back to New York to play a desperate Red Sox team.

    • Tom says:

      Weren’t you just saying a few days ago that the A’s would be tough and reminding folks every 10 minutes with an “I told you so”?

      And that Felix is an expected loss?

      Now you are saying this is the soft schedule that they should have been racking up wins on?

  187. yooboo says:

    Walk again… damn it, Nova.

  188. yooboo says:

    How many times does Nova throw change?

  189. Endlessmike says:

    3 years ago it would be a big differance if AROD wasn’t in this lineup.Now it’s not a big deal.AROD and Jeter offense the past couple of years doesn’t matter anyomre. As long a Tex and Cano are racking who cares.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      When the alternatives are worse than ARod or Jeter, it matters a lot.

      • Tom says:

        +1

        The other problem is the replacement is likely a platoon, which shortens the bench and exposes you to issues like last inning where you can’t really start pinch hitting for guys in the 6th inning (as you will then be on the short end of the platoon in the 8th or 9th)

        The platoon thing is great… when done in selective areas. The Yankees now have effectively a platoon at 3 positions (LF, DH, 3rd) and half there bullpen are specialists. It leaves minimal roster/bullpen flexibility.

        • Tom says:

          *their* bullpen

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

          Yeah, I think the platoon thing can definitely prove to be a relatively big problem. I’d really love for them to add an above average everyday bat that can handle both lefties and righties. 3B, OF, or DH could all work.

  190. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Throw fucking strikes!!!!!

  191. Athenian says:

    You know things are bad when you are playing a horrible team like Seattle and Sterling says that giving up a 3 run creating a 2 run deficit something the Yankees cannot afford.

    Yikes!

  192. G says:

    Enough jokes about going to the bathroom and getting a shower every time we have RISP, I’m actually taking a long shower and seeing if anything’s changed when I’m out… Bye people, fun being slightly suicidal with you all today.

  193. Cuso says:

    Wow. 5 and fly, Ivan? Really?

  194. Kevin says:

    This is a disgrace. 1-6 roadtrip,Boston fell apart in 2011,now it will be the Yanks in 2012.

  195. CUYanks says:

    The cameraman is not very good today.

  196. bobtaco says:

    So I wonder how long Phelps pitches in this game? Especially if it is tied or down by a run…

  197. God has done everything to keep me off the boards the last 48 hours. TV people, how did Nova actually look? I don’t trust Suzyn and John at all.

    • Tom says:

      2 singles (one was a broken bat single), 6 walks… the stat line says it all.

      Fastball command was really poor – he had good velocity and they weren’t squaring up the ball at all (I think he even hit 97 in the 1st). Breaking ball (slider and curve) were pretty good but he was occasionally missing spots with it (not nearly as much as the fastball) – he did seem to be able to throw them for strikes though.

    • Cuso says:

      Erratic. Just not throwing strikes. If he was facing most other teams in most other parks he would have paid dearly for the few strikes he did throw. This team he faced is not good.

  198. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    C’mon jones that ball was never gonna be in the strikezone

  199. Kramerica Industries says:

    This is getting more and more putrid with each swinging K.

  200. Athenian says:

    1 win over 6 games. Not good. Day off better help.

  201. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Thank you Martin for proving someone could look worse than jones

  202. TomH says:

    Girardi’s recurrent “had went” is like farting on TV

  203. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    this is one of the most pathetic offensive performances i’ve seen all yr long.. Ibanez, Jones, Gran derson just K and d, they K like its going out of stK and K… God they k like its going outta style…

  204. Countryclub says:

    A lot of bad ABs today. But a lot of bad luck too. A bunch of balls have been smoked that ended up getting caught or going foul. I still think they’re going to pull this out.

  205. Widget says:

    Nice to see the 2012 Yankees do their best 2011 Red Sox impersonation.

  206. Tom says:

    While I like getting Phelps in the game… there are 4 more lefties coming up.

    Have to wonder if he should have just stuck with Rapada and walked Wells with 2 out.

  207. Cuso says:

    I’ve heard Dave Sims broadcast for a while now. He sounds like such a weenie white dude. Imagine my surprise.

    Fyi: He’s a weenie black dude.

  208. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    the funny part is last week, there was people sayuing “we should take it easy” from here oun out..etc A week later, we lose probably 6of7 unless we come back and batltimore has done well, and its a race agaain..lol 80gameas to go and people talking about resting guys and what not..LOL

    Come on yanks, at least win this one! Dang!

  209. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    One freaking run! Lets start with that yanks! Jeez! Oh my, they hit jeter! Come on!!!!

  210. Kramerica Industries says:

    Assholes.

    But hey, score some runs to atone for that.

  211. Widget says:

    Seriously with this shit. You have to hit one of theirs. Girardi is a giant vagina like Torre.

  212. Yankeefan says:

    this is getting ridiculous

  213. Cuso says:

    Wow. Don’t see that often. Jeter actually paused like he wanted pitchers in his dugout to take notice.

  214. Tom says:

    2 singles can’t be enough for the Mariners to win this game can it?

    After a HR and 5 singles yesterday it’s hard to imagine dropping 2 games where your pitching gives up 8 hits in 2 games

    And of those 7 singles, 2 were check swing infield hits and 2 were broken bat hits – so they’ve basically had 1 HR and 3 clean singles over the last 2 games?

  215. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Suyzn is pissed! “these are supposed to be ML pitchers, enough of this seattle”, she says..lol I agree.. At least we got tying run on base.. Cano must get on somehow.. He is due.. been struggling past 5games or so.l. I have a feeling he does something good here.. I’m gonna say double down the line…

  216. Tom says:

    Even the Mariner broadcasters are wondering if the Yankees should retaliate… if they are saying that, I think it’s time to do something.

  217. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    cano rips a base hit..

  218. Kramerica Industries says:

    Smoked.

    Don’t waste this opportunity.

  219. Countryclub says:

    Let’s take a poll regarding Phelps:

    A. he’s pitching way over his head, trade him this week while value might be high.

    B. I think he’s truly for real. Keep him.

  220. CUYanks says:

    Like Tex hitting righty.

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

    It’s comical how many Yankee RISP hits don’t score runs.

  222. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    base hit by tex! Bases loaded, oh no!!!!! Litteraly, oh no!!!

  223. Kramerica Industries says:

    Hahah.

    Couldn’t score due to the fact it was catchable. Third time in two games the Yankees could score on a hit with RISP.

    Well, bases loaded. Can’t blow this, can they?

  224. Cuso says:

    For Christ’s sake, the Mariner ‘s broadcasters are saying that the Yankees will have to retaliate b/c the young Mariner pitchers don’t know “how” to pitch inside, regardless of intent.

  225. bobtaco says:

    OK, most creative way to eff this up… Go!

  226. Cy Pettitte says:

    they can’t possibly mess this inning up can they?

  227. Kramerica Industries says:

    That was worthless.

  228. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Granderson gets started off with a breaking ball strike, way to often.. Come on Grandy! Just hit the freaking ball, please!!!

    Granderson, u freaking dink! Jesus christ!!!! PH for these lefties! My GOD!!!!! Don’t let this fool ibanez hit!d, there Pinch hitting for Ibanez..

    Nix will get this done!

  229. RetroRob says:

    I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a Yankee team never be able to take more than a base at a time than I’ve seen of late.

  230. Countryclub says:

    I’m not greedy, just a 2 run single please.

  231. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    I’m gonna puke if we don’t score here.. This is unaceptable in some mayny diffrent ways. There isn’t words out there to express my anger if we don’t score here..

  232. Kramerica Industries says:

    Even the foul balls aren’t going the Yankees way right now.

  233. Tom Q says:

    Couldn’t even get the luck of a flyout to tie it

  234. Tom says:

    Was anyone else hoping that was out and a sac fly?

  235. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Nix!!! I told ya he’d do it!!! I freaking told ya!!!

  236. Cy Pettitte says:

    thank fucking christ for Nix. who would have thought that PHing for Ibanez against a lefty would work?

  237. Kramerica Industries says:

    And Nix saves the goddamn day!

  238. Cuso says:

    Jason Nix is BATMAN!!!!!

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

    Hell Yes Nix!!

    Maybe Joe will PH for Ibanez more often now.

  240. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Yay Laynce I mean Jayson Nix!

  241. Tom Q says:

    Finally — a piece of luck went their way

    • Mike Axisa says:

      A double over the outfielder’s heads and into the gap isn’t a “piece of luck.”

      • Tom says:

        I think he meant the ball that went foul.

        • Tom Q says:

          Yes, I did.

          Plus, there’ve been a number of balls smoked earlier today that found their way into fielders’ gloves (or, as with Cano’s double, were blocked to prevent the run from scoring). The way this trip has gone, I half-expected the center-fielder to make a miracle catch on it.

      • CUYanks says:

        Everything is luck to a certain extent, unless you think hard contact results in a hit 100% of the time.

      • Tom says:

        While Martin looked foolish on the strikeout, he’s had 3 good AB’s today… the walk, the hard lineout to LF, and that last AB. Was laying off pitches out of the zone and making some good contact.

        (or am I looking too hard to find something positive?)

  242. Rooting for U.S. Steel says:

    Now THAT’S revenge!

  243. Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

    It’s almost like hitting with RISP is a random stat that fluctuates and not a skill that this team somehow lacks.

    Good job Nix.

  244. Tom says:

    Holy Crap!

    I was half expecting Cano to pass Jeter on the way to home to botch things up

    So question for the YES viewers… was the “He’s a baseball player” used?

  245. RetroRob says:

    Praise the lord. A RISP hit.

  246. CUYanks says:

    “Just when I thought I was out…
    they pull me back in!”

  247. Stitches says:

    Naturally, a back-up bench player that rarely ever plays gets the one clutch hit they’ve been waiting for this entire road trip

  248. Countryclub says:

    He’s going to go to Robertson, and obviously that’s fine. But I wouldn’t be pissed if he stayed with Phelps in the 8th.

  249. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Now bring in Qualls.

  250. Stitches says:

    They need to bench Jones for an extended period of time. He’s been atrocious.

  251. David N says:

    Ix-nay on the oss-lay.

  252. Cy Pettitte says:

    Seattle sniper got Kelley

  253. G says:

    Came back just in time for the double. Beautiful timing.

  254. YanksFanInBeantown says:

    Damn, let’s hope Mrs. Jones comes through again.

  255. yooboo says:

    Nix rocks. told ya.

  256. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    10ribbys in 21at bats for Nix.. Sweet!

  257. Adam says:

    Man when Martin is smoking it, it doesn’t go well for him.

  258. Adam says:

    FINALLY RUSSELL HIT

  259. The corpse of Russell Martin comes through.

  260. yooboo says:

    Did Russ Martin take a lot of pitches in that game? It is nice and I wish he can produce off bat.

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

    It’s such a refreshing change of pace when one of the C’s is productive.

  262. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Almost to that point where someone can’t get plunked Today

  263. Cuso says:

    Go yard, Choo-zuki!

    So we can plunks someone next inning.

  264. CUYanks says:

    What’s the Yankees’ avg with RISP today?

  265. G says:

    Martin and Nix…

    Who would’ve thought it…

  266. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    Baseball is funny.. Now were getting multiple hits with RISP in the same inning???lo And its Nix and Martin outta all people? Gotta love it!!! baseball is a great game..

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      Shouldn’t really be surprising. When you have a 1 in 4 chance of something happening, sometimes it doesn’t happen 10 straight times, and sometimes it happens twice or three times in a row. Try flipping two coins a bunch of times in a row and see how often it comes up with 2 heads.

  267. RetroRob says:

    A hit from Russell and a Yankee ran the bases well and scored from second on a single. It’s like the universe is slowly restoring to order.

  268. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Am I the only person who heard Cone drop the F-Bomb?

  269. yooboo says:

    Robertson and Soriano to finish off. I Call it.

  270. Tom says:

    Off topic but what do folks think of the Hanley Ramirez trade?

    I realize the Dodgers are eating all of the money, but Eovoldi (spelling?) doesn’t seem like a lot to give up.

    • CUYanks says:

      Good for the Marlins to unload that contract for the next few years. Getting a cost controlled decent starter is gravy for them. Still looks bad to the fans though.

    • yooboo says:

      Dodgers now have money. Not much to give up for both Ramirez and Choate.

    • G says:

      I haven’t really examined it, but knowing the Marlins they got the shit end of the stick.

      • Bunt Gardner says:

        The Marlin’s dumped a bad $35+M contract on the Dodgers…hardly the shit end of the stick.

        • CUYanks says:

          Absolutely agree. Besides, with Reyes at SS, Hanley’s marginal value for them was diminished.

          • MannyGeee says:

            A good hitting SS has more value then they got. and for icing n the cake they threw in a LOOGY? Seems like they were desperate to move him more than anything.

    • MannyGeee says:

      I think Miami has been dying to get rid of him since they signed Reyes. He has been a malcontent on that team for a hot minute, and they would have sold him for less.

      That said, the Miami FO is as incompetent as they come, so there’s that…

  271. Kramerica Industries says:

    Time to slam the door.

    Six outs, get the W, and get the hell back to the east coast.

  272. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Montero runs like a girl

  273. YanksFanInBeantown says:

    To be fair to Russell, he would be the 5th best hitter on the Mariners,

    Right between Ackley and Montero.

  274. Tom says:

    So basically there is no reason for a right handed pitcher to throw a fastball or a strike to Montero… ever!

    Seems like he will chase anything with a wrinkle on it either down or outside. Unless you fall way behind, seems pointless to throw him anything straight or in the zone.

    • CUYanks says:

      He better learn to catch proficiently, because his bat so far doesn’t profile too well for a DH.

      • Tom says:

        He can mash lefties though…

        I wonder if pitch recognition (specifically the curve/slider from a righty) is a fatal flaw that will limit him against righties or if it’s a matter of getting experience seeing major league quality breaking balls.

      • MannyGeee says:

        It’s a Pacific Northwest thing. It’s where batting talent goes to die…

        - A. Beltre

        • RetroRob says:

          Hopefully the Yankees can use that to their advantage after the 2013 season. “Hey, Jack (who will probably be fired by then), this is Cash. So Montero hasn’t quite worked out there. These things happen with prospects. So we have the need for a righthanded pinch-hitter off the bench. Umm, this guy Betances we have, he finished up 2013 in low A ball for us. Might be worth a lottery ticket for you guys. What you say? Betances for Montero?”

  275. The Fax says:

    Surprised when people mention potential candidates to upgrade at catcher John Jaso isn’t brought up. The guy has a 390+OBP.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      He’s been mentioned. He’s also unlikely to be traded. Mariners are desperate for offense. It’s unlikely they’d trade one of their best hitters, with 3+ years of team control left, unless the offer was completely overwhelming.

  276. Tom says:

    Would like to see the Yankees tack on a run or two so….

    MFIKY can throw a little chin music in the 9th and quash the HBP thing in Seattle.

  277. yooboo says:

    ahh.. Jeter is not perfect.. boo.

  278. via mlbtr, via Heyman, the Brewers are going into fire sale mode and Aramis Ramirez might be available, as well as Corey Hart and George Kottaras…I personally think the Yankees should be kicking the tires on all three.

  279. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    come on Soriano! Going for number 26 in the save dept…

  280. YanksFanInBeantown says:

    Hit Wells!

  281. CUYanks says:

    Cross one day with Alex Rodriguez off the calendar.

  282. 2-5 trip, still have a sizable lead in the division…things could be worse.

    • Stitches says:

      Yeah, like not having a viable 3B, C, or DH

      • Rocky Road Redemption says:

        Um, that’s part of the CURRENT situation. By “it could be worse”, that would imply something WORSE than the current situation.

        Sorry, but your trolling was a major failure.

  283. MannyGeee says:

    Starks the game = Derek Jeter? What, is Jayson Nix some sort of asshole or something?

  284. CUYanks says:

    So who are we rooting for tonight in Bal-Tb and Bos-Tex?

  285. yooboo says:

    I fucking can’t believe that Yankees actually won this game.

    • G says:

      Just as a general tip, avoid the use of trivial cursing… Not that you’ve had a consistent problem but it’s probably in your best interest.

      • Betty Lizard says:

        I’m sure neither you nor anyone else will see this, but I must say that after a 4 game sweep by Oakland (all one run losses) and 5 plunked batters in 2 days (there may have been more; I only saw snippets of today’s game and haven’t looked at the box score yet) including one HBP that broke Alex Rodriguez’ hand, saying “I fucking can’t believe the Yankees won this game” falls well within the “judicious use” of profanity allowed by the commenting guidelines.

  286. captain kiwi says:

    get back from picking up my son to see a surprise win! nice onya nix. now get the hell outta there yankees. eesh.

  287. Stitches says:

    Why is everyone so interested in Chase Headley? I just checked out his numbers and, while decent, I’m certainly not impressed. Then again, I probably shouldn’t be. There isn’t much out there that can replace ARod.

  288. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Nix definitely just called Meredith “Michelle.”

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