Jul
27

Game 99: “If you ain’t first, you’re last”

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(REUTERS/Robert Galbraith)

I don’t know the answer to this — I’m not even sure how I would go about finding the answer without doing it manually — but when was the last time the Yankees and Red Sox met this late in the season (~100 games in) with one club being in first and the other being in last? Probably back during the early-1990s before the wildcard era, no? Either way, it’s been a really long time. Here’s the starting nine…

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

RHP Phil Hughes

Tonight’s game starts a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Nick Swisher Update: Swisher (hip) did all the drills — batting practice, sprints, running the bases, etc. — and is available as a pinch-hitter tonight if Joe Girardi is willing to use him. I suppose that means he could be back in the starting lineup as soon as tomorrow, thankfully.

Joba Chamberlain Update: Joba (elbow, ankle) will make his next minor league rehab appearance with Double-A Trenton on Sunday. He said he feels fine physically but needs a “couple more” rehab appearances to shake the rust off, basically.

Categories : Game Threads
  • JobaWockeeZ

    This lineup isn’t as bad as it could have looked. But please pinch hit Swish early if need be.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    I like this line up…but once Swish is healthy can he hit 2nd, drop Grandy to 4th and Tex to 5th?

    • Brian S.

      Batting order doesn’t mean anything.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        It doesn’t mean much, but still I’d like statistically our best homerun hitter (Granderson) to come to the plate with the highest chance of having men on base. Which would be clean up. I also would like our guys most likely to be one base (Jeter, Swisher, Cano) to be hitting before him.

      • jim p

        Pity all those managers, all those years, wasting their time like that.

        Sounds like another modern statistical myth, based on considering a thing as if it were in a vacuum, and not in a context.

        Hard to credit the notion that scoring in the first inning doesn’t affect the rest of the game; that a pitcher finding themselves with a lead after the 1st pitches exactly like a pitcher with no lead, or behind. Nor that putting a slow-footed catcher to bat in front of your best singles & doubles hitter doesn’t affect run-scoring.

        Because stats might show the lineup, considered in the abstract, means only .x% run differential, that doesn’t mean teams don’t win a game by a run, or a division by a game. Winning a game, a division is significant.

  • The Real Greg

    This is the game that I have the least confidence of us winning. Hughes has never done well against the Red Sox, and we haven’t seen Aaron Cook in awhile.

    The other two are games that I am confident that we will win.

    But the one rule is:

    Don’t get swept.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      I have to think that a pitcher who doesn’t strike anyone out is going to have trouble with the Yanks lineup.

      • your mom

        Cook will fan Jones like 10 times.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      But, Cook allows you to put A LOT of balls in play. Recently he’s gotten lucky and all his grounders have been finding gloves, eventually more will start finding their way through the infield. That plus the 25% FB rate he has, and it’s a hot night at the stadium…I’m feeling a good night for the offense.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    Ugggh being blacked out of Yankees-Red Sawks is the worst.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    I’d really like a sweep just to put them so far out of it they feel like they have to be sellers come Tuesday.

    • your mom

      Even if they get swept(which I doubt), Gammons will still think they have a chance for the playoffs.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Gammons will still think the Red Sox have a chance when the Yankees are hoisting the 2012 WS trophy.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        Gammons still thinks the 2011 Red Sox is the best team ever assembled.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    That Ibanez-Jones-Chavez run feels like three May-2011-Posadas in a row.

    I know, I know. It’s not that bad. It just looks……chunky.

    • your mom

      They’ve been bad of late. Could be worse.

  • It’s a Long Way to the Bronx (If You Wanna Hirok ‘N’ Roll)

    I’m going on vacation with some Sox fans this weekend, and it would be nice if we could kick their asses and get rid of any notion that they are still in a playoff hunt.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    I remember looking at an AL standing in the 70s or 80s and Red Sox were in first and Yankees were in last. It was before the wild card, but it was weird to see. Also, weren’t the Yankees like a million games back mid-season when they won the sudden death game that year (the Bucky f’ng Dent game)? I’m not too lazy to look it up, just working.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Yes in 1978.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Kay/Flash followed by Fox and ESPN? ugh.

  • The Real Greg

    BY the way I’m watching the opening ceremonies “LIVE” online. F*** you NBC. Ceremony was okay, but not as good as Beijing.

  • Brian S.

    Fuckin play Swisher. Their lineup is better than ours.

    • Brian S.

      Well maybe not…Ellsbury, Crawford, Pedroia are terrible this year.

    • The Real Greg

      Even with Swisher, it could be argued.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    favorite part of my job: a kid’s all shakey while waiting to pay, tell them the total to let them think they got away with it. Then asking them for ID. Funnest thing ever.

    • RI$P FTW

      711?

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        Head Shop, so everything I sell has a minimum age of 19. Cause it’s all considered “tobacco products”

        • Jacob

          haha! that sounds like the best job ever

        • OMG! Bagels!

          There’s still such a thing as head shops?

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Against a LHP our bottom third is going to look really weak…Nix, Ichiro, Martin/Stewart. Yuck.

    • The Real Greg

      Didn’t Nix get a big hit against a LHP a few days ago?

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        Chris Stewart gets a hit every once and a while too.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        “A” big hit.

        Cole Hamels hit “A” homer against Matt Cain a few days ago.

    • Adayoff

      Reminds me of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin. Also Rowan and Martin.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    fuck.

  • The Real Greg

    This is why…

    • Widget

      why what? Why the Yankees should be afraid of the last place team? Or why the Yankees should trade for every good pitcher?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Grit

  • Kramerica Industries

    0-2 to a 3-2 HR pitch.

    Lovely.

  • RI$P FTW

    Aramis Ramirez.

    Yay or nay?

    • Get Phelps Up

      Not with that contract.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      apparently he has a huge contract…so nay.

      • RI$P FTW

        OK. Thanks. I tried to look up that info and just saw 6 or 8 million for this year. I figured half of that would be decent for one year. Didn’t know there was more. Oh well.

        • Laz

          6M is right for this year, but it is 10M in 2013, and 16M in 2014, then with a 4M buyout on a mutual option. They got him at good AAV, but his salary is big in later years.

    • TCMiller30

      nay!

  • Widget

    Seriously? I’d rather punch myself in the nuts than watch that bald ugly overrated turd go yard. Hughes stop that shit.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      You have a strange priority list. Be gentle on yourself.

  • Jacob

    Theres the obligatory homer

    • RI$P FTW

      I thought you meant Widget (see above comment).

  • The Real Greg

    WE need to answer back immediately. I do not trust Hughes at all.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Fly ball phil strikes again.

  • Eduardo Landa

    How come Lord Ibaldemort is playing LF and Andrew jones is DH?

    • Eduardo Landa

      The DH

  • Jacob

    Pedroia: “Wow I suck how did I get that out?”

  • Jeff Karstens, Male Model

    Wow, Hughes not locating at all tonight.

  • The Real Greg

    This is why I had low confidence in this game. Get him out

  • Kramerica Industries

    Hughes is gonna annoy the shit out of us tonight.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    B.o.h.I.c.a

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Okay how about you don’t give big fat meatballs like that again?

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Get phelps up.

    • G

      This is why patience is a virtue.

  • Jacob

    Are you serious hughes? o-2 to pedroia and next thing you know he pops one out and then it is 1st and 3rd, bear down hughes

    • Jacob

      2nd and 3rd*

  • Widget

    Nice job this inning Phil. Really nice job.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    @Ken_Rosenthal
    BREAKING: #Angels close to acquiring Zack Greinke from #Brewers, sources tell me and @jonmorosi.

    Well then.

    • RI$P FTW

      Angels? More like devils!

      • Jacob

        Are there 2 of you?

    • Widget

      And yet they’ll still find a way to completely underachieve in the playoffs.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Well, that means the division and or wildcard for Angels. So there will be at least two AL West teams in the playoffs.

      • Kramerica Industries

        And an even more loaded front end of the staff.

        Angels are probably the best built for the playoffs. If they don’t win the division, though, it’s a tossup in the play-in game.

  • TheLastClown

    Ok Philly keep it to one.

  • Brian S.

    Phil Hughes fucking sucks.

    • Jacob

      Calm down man

      • Brian S.

        No. No other fucking pitcher in baseball goes from 0-2 to 3-2 as much as Hughes. And he fucking disappears against Boston every fucking time.

        • Jacob

          I have this one guy I want to introduce you to his name is A.J. Burnett, and I also know one guy named Carlos Zambrano, What about my other friend Francisco Liriano. Stop hating on him after 1 run man just get through it

  • captain kiwi

    haha, oh these yankee-red sox games. i need more alcohol for this.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Hughes to SD for headley strait up.

  • Dino Velvet

    Who’s the most unlikeable Red Sox?

    I go with Pedoria only because it’s sickening how the media never stops slobbering over him.

    • Widget

      It’s sort of like choosing between gouging your eyes out or pulling off your fingernails. There really is no right answer.

      • RI$P FTW

        Widget is hardcore.

    • Pat D

      I’d still probably say Beckett. Pedroia and GBFF are neck and neck for #2 on my list.

  • Pat D

    Could have been worse, all things considered, but Jesus Effin’ Christ, Phil. 0-2 to a home run and then almost fall apart? Can’t let this shit keep happening.

  • The Real Greg

    Why cant we produce any pitchers that strike people out consistenly? Nova and Hughes are both contact pitchers for the most part.

    • Brian S.

      Both Nova and Hughes of K/9’s at 8. They are strikeout pitchers. They are also give up a shit load of home run pitchers.

    • Tom

      I assume this is sarcasm?

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

      Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova rank 14th and 15th in the league in strikeout rate, respectively.

      • The Real Greg

        I want top ten.

        • Havok9120

          And anything less than that is “inconsistent?”

    • RI$P FTW

      Robertson?

      • The Real Greg

        Starting pitcher.

        • Havok9120

          You’ve now moved the goal posts twice in the space of 5 minutes.

    • 28 this year

      The Yankees are 4th in K% in the MLB i think and 2nd in the American League. Beyond that, all their pitchers are striking a shit ton of batters out this year and that is there strongest point so why dont you open your eyes.

  • Tom

    Phil reverse splits on exhibit… the two righties have crushed balls.

    I’m surprised teams don’t stack righties against him as he will rarelyt throw a change to a righty for some reason (which makes him a 2 pitch pitcher against righties).

  • mt

    Everyone has talked about how much better it is that Phil does not use cutter. He is much better since he dithced it but one downside may be that at bats are longer – he never seems to be able to finish 0-2 counts and Red Sox may be wrong team to try to overpower with fastballs like he has overpowered other teams.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      That’s perception. He ability to finish off hitters with two strikes is equally as bad now as it was then

  • The Real Greg

    And the BABIP begins

  • Get Phelps Up

    Robinson Cano makes that play look routine.

  • Brian S.

    It would be nice if the YES booth didn’t slobber all over that rat faced midget.

    • Pat D

      Sniveling little rat-faced git.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Oh my God. Fake dive just to look gritty. And they’re gonna call it a web-gem. Lame.

    Nice hit Curtis

    • Jacob

      Not a fake dive, he is just so damn short he has to dive to get to everything and that makes him look like he is so great on Defense

  • flamingo

    The past week has spoiled me. I cannot stand this YES booth.

    • RI$P FTW

      I want to cancel my Time Warner Cable, but I can’t imagine listening to the radio broadcasts. I’d end up muting them. ;)

  • mt

    Angels get Greinke.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Sterling just said nobody healthy on the Yankees besides Grandy makes it to second…did he already forget Ichiro was on the team?

  • TheLastClown

    Curtis hit it almost too hard. Cook’s getting roasted tonight.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Another hit that didn’t score the run.

    Not saying it would’ve been wise, per se, but it’s annoying all the same.

  • Brian S.

    Granderson would have scored. God dammit Thompson.

    • The Real Greg

      No he wouldn’t

      • Havok9120

        This.

        Thompson can’t assume that Ross was going to botch the throw that badly.

  • sangreal

    why just kay and flash tonight?

  • RkyMtnYank

    If Robbie was running hard he would of made it to second easy!!

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Stop holding the runners!!!

  • The Real Greg

    Well done Mark

  • Get Phelps Up

    Tex with the hustle!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Tex beating that out.

    Woah.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Wow, did Tex get to first on a motorcycle?

  • Tom

    Wow what a terrible turn and throw by the tiny one… that should have been an easy double play. Kind of shotputted the ball to 2nd.

  • forensic

    The Yankees must lead the universe in hits with a man on 2nd that don’t score anyone. Terrible reads constantly by baserunners over there on balls that are nowhere near being caught.

  • Havok9120

    Holy Christ. Tex with teh wheelz.

  • Adam

    RAUL #13

  • The Real Greg

    THE COUNT!

  • Hummingbird S.

    Ibanez!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    And now the atonement home run.

    Fantastic.

  • Brian S.

    IBBY

  • TheLastClown

    Yeah buddy! Hughes gotta cushion!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Thanks Pedroia for not turning that DP!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    GRIENKE TO ANAHEIM

    • Widget

      Is the haul enough though?

      • Adam

        Well that has nightmare written all over it. More reasons to not like Anaheim. If they still had Kelvim Escobar at his best, I’d try to get on the DL when facing the Angels.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        We’ll see. You know it’s going to include 2 outfielders.

        • TheLastClown

          Isn’t it two AA pitchers?

          • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

            Might be all of the above

            • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

              Ah. Segues and pitchers. Nevermind.

      • DM

        Segura as centerpiece.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      They’re better than the Rangers now.

      • Kramerica Industries

        But can they catch them?

        They dug a huge hole in April and have been trying to climb out ever since. And they still haven’t.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Probably not but they’ll gt the wildcard and after that record won’t mean shit.

          Weaver-Haren-Greinke-Wilson in the playoffs. Damn.

          • Kramerica Industries

            Um, play-in game.

            I hate it too, but it exists and could knock them straight out if they lose.

            • JobaWockeeZ

              And they’ll play who? The Orioles? Oakland? Detroit? While anything is possible in one game there’s a pretty big talent gap.

              • Kramerica Industries

                It’s impossible to predict who they would play now, and what pitcher they would face.

                But if they were to face Detroit, for instance, then there’s the possibility of Verlander. And that’s a scary-ass proposition.

                Weird things happen in single games. ‘Tis why I hate the play-in game for non-identical records in the first place.

  • Widget

    1st innings are not kind to the red sox at all against the Yankees. I like a lot.

  • captain kiwi

    yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

  • Brian S.

    Jones has been terrible ever since the last Boston series.

    • The Real Greg

      Its why I want Hairston. Better hitter against lefties and marginally worse than Jones against righties.

  • TheLastClown

    Ichiro looks damn good in pinstripes.

  • your mom

    Angels are a team to reckon with now. Yikes. I hate them overall but I like Trout and Trumbo.

    • Hall and Nokes

      Angels are bad for baseball

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      They were a team to be reckoned with before the Grienke move. I still think we could beat them in a best of 7. If we have homefield, that is because apparently the Yankees cannot win at Angels Stadium.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Well, Greinke wasn’t exactly fantastic in the playoffs last year, so there’s that.

        But, in general, they have the best front-3, and then Haren to boot if he can stay healthy. That’s a fantastic rotation – expect lots of low scoring games in the playoffs.

        That is, of course, if they get there. I can’t stress enough the play-in game factor.

  • TheLastClown

    Now THERE’S a ball you should dive for!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Nice, Cook. Tear the towel. Break your hand on the dugout roof….

    Smithers: “Egggggcellent!”

  • The Real Greg

    Great comeback by Hughes. Keep it up.

  • Widget

    Offense comes right back and scores, Hughes puts up a shutdown inning. ARE YOU HAPPY GREG????????

    • The Real Greg

      For the moment.

      • RI$P FTW

        Greg is just a taskmaster.

  • Jacob

    Am I the only one that thought Robbie looked a little slow getting up on that one? 2nd time in last two games, not good

  • Arya

    Nice bounce back inning by Phil. Now let’s see Ichiro hit one over the RF wall in his YS debut.

  • Tom

    Phil needed that inning…. One more semi-quick inning and his pitch count will be back to normal.

  • your mom

    So what is Texas’ knee jerk reaction? All out for Shields or Johnson???

    • Havok9120

      That would be depressing, but I could see it happening.

    • Tom

      Wouldn’t mind either going there. Johnson has the most upside but I think he has 200IP once in his career.

      The only thing I worry about is if they do the deal with Olt and just some filler. Olt’s a decent prospect but he’s being talked up like he’s a future Wil Middlebrooks ;-) Would like to see them have to kick in one of their young arms as well to help start to thin a pretty deep farm system.

  • flamingo

    Nice inning by Hughes.

  • RI$P FTW

    What would Sterling’s HR call be for Ichiro? (sorry if this was already discussed earlier in the week)

    “It’s the Ichi and scratchy show!”

    “He hit that right into Lake Ichi-goomy!”

    “So zooky…so strong-y!”

    “Ichiro…into the 10th row!”

    “Me so horny! ME SO HORNAY!!!”

    I got carried away. He prob won’t hit a HR.

    • Jacob

      I lol’d on the last one

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Serious, are you two people, or do you have split personality disorder?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        This.

      • Jacob

        Glad I am not the only one who noticed

      • RI$P FTW

        I generally a nice person. Some comments really set me off sometimes (or lots of times).

        And I got laid recently. A lot.

        And I’m back to drinking. I was miserable with out it. I’m not drinking yet tonight, though.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          Haha, ok. Good for you on the getting laid a lot recently, it definitely helps one’s mood.

        • Jacob

          Well we forgive you for your recently angering comments and I am sorry for my angry replies

  • TheLastClown

    Good to see folks @ YSIII excited for Ichiro.

    • your mom

      Especially all the asians.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Are the fans at the stadium cheering for Ichiro just cause he’s new, or because they think he’s still Ichiro?

    • TheLastClown

      He is still Ichiro. I don’t think anyone expects him to be the player he was, but it’s exciting to see yet another icon of the game wear the pinstripes.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      He’s barely worse than Swish in overall productiveness so their excitement is warranted.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        Swisher: .346wOBA 115wRC+
        Ichiro .281wOBA 77wRC+

        What?!

        • Havok9120

          He’s using WAR I believe.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            I’ve never been a huge fan of WAR, only because everybody’s formula is a little different and different formulas weight different things differently…and I’m pretty sure it uses defensive metrics in it, and most/all defensive metrics are useless in SSS.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Ichiro has had great defense for years. It bridges the gap. Swish is still better but it’s not lopsided.

  • The Real Greg

    Ichiro has made hard contact ever since coming over

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Joined the broadcast just in time for Ibanez’s homer. Unfortunately it looks like I missed a good Greg post to respond to (the claim that Nova and Phil don’t strike people out consistently despite the fact that they obviously do). I’ll get ‘em next time.

  • The Real Greg

    Dont trust him at all.

  • Hummingbird S.

    HR Phil at his best

  • your mom

    Wow, is Oakland for real?

    • your mom

      Wow, is Hughes for real? WTF?

  • Cy Pettitte

    wow that’s pathetic Phil

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Only Hughes can let Carl Crawford would hit two hard hit balls.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Three home runs given up Hughes in his last four innings of work.

    I guess the non-HR Phil was a blip on the radar.

  • The Real Greg

    Get him out

  • Brian S.

    Trade Hughes

    • Brian S.

      Look at his home road splits. He cannot have success in New York. Trade him, Austin, and Warren for Chase Headley.

    • Jacob

      *Sigh*

    • JobaWockeeZ

      At least Hughes can pitch 1 inning without getting hurt.

  • Jacob

    homer to crawford? What does Greg have to say

    • The Real Greg

      Get him out of there.

      • Jacob

        Oh chicken little you are so cute

  • Get Phelps Up

    This is another great example of why this new WC system is utter crap. The Angels have now pretty clearly distinguished themselves as a top team in the AL and unless something spectacular happens and they catch Texas, they’ll have to put all of that at risk in ONE GAME against an inferior team.

    • Widget

      remember when everyone talked that the top 3 AL East teams would make the playoffs. Now it’s looking like the top 3 AL West teams. Crazy.

      • captain kiwi

        the “the angels” angels have worried me for a while this season. i’m not as confident playing against them now as i was back in may. starting to feel the same for the a’s. what the hell happened there?

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      You never know. Texas is having pitching issues right now and two weeks ago it was almost certain they’d be getting either Hamels OR Greinke.

      Now if they do go after either Shields or JJ, they will probably have to give up Profar. If Texas doesn’t budge on their Profar stance, Anaheim could easily catch them.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Giggle

  • Tom

    Not sure why you would speed up Crawford’s bat until he shows he could do something other than swing feebly at an outside fastball.

  • Widget

    hughes sucks.

  • flamingo

    Memo to Red Sox: you can’t win by hitting home runs, so don’t bother. Thanks.

    • Brian S.

      +1

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Flyball Phil
    Would be a beast at Petco.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Hughes for Headley, straight up? Or am I crazy?

      • Reggie C.

        Yea, your nuts. It’d take more than Hughes.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          Hughes and 2 minor leaguers of San Diego’s choice not named Sanchez?

          • Reggie C.

            That’s closer sure especially if your parting with … Tyler Austin and Heathcott.

            You want Headley that bad? Who’ll take over for Hughes, whos given the team two good months.

            • Jacob

              Phelps I suppose

            • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

              Like I said further down, this was kind of just a joke, but in all seriousness…Phelps takes over until Pettitte comes back. Then for the playoffs it’s CC, Kuroda, Pettitte, Nova.

          • Jacob

            Not named williams either, I think could work

      • your mom

        SD would give Cash the bird.

      • Jacob

        Just a little bit RI just a little

      • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

        Throw in austin and betance.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          If I was serious about this and had more faith in Phelps, yes.

  • your mom

    Okay Phil, no more runs.

  • Hummingbird S.

    it looks like Phil’s curve is not fooling anyone..

  • Reggie C.

    It’s an arms race in the al west. Rangers might land Josh Johnson this weekend.

    • Widget

      Or James Shields.

  • Jacob

    STRAWMAN IN THE HOUSE!

    • Erica

      Love it! Always wanted to check out his restaurant.

  • Mr. Pink

    Phil Hughes is garbage. When all you have is two below average pitches and you don’t get the ball on the ground, you’re going to get bitch slapped around, especially in the AL East. They say solo homeruns don’t kill you but Hughes seems to give up several a start. I haven’t been fooled by the 2-3 decent starts he’s strung together. He’s definitely been the weak link in the rotation. Every time he starts against a good offensive team like the Angels or Red Sox he gets hammered.

  • Erica

    GOD MEREDITH’S VOICE MAKE IT STOP.

  • Arya

    Meredith just talks in one long sentence in the same tone of voice. Why doesn’t Kim Jones come back?

    • Erica

      Thank you. I actually have no idea what she just said.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      She got a better job.

  • Reggie C.

    They really give Marakovits a long leash. She just keeps on goin on.

    • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

      She has great cans.

    • Jacob

      I love her though man

  • your mom

    Cook looks so hittable, no reason that we can’t chase him from this game early.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Joba throwing in 3 digits wow threw mid 90s with a tear in his elbow. Joba is cyborg.

  • The Real Greg

    Damn

  • Get Phelps Up

    Lol

  • Erica

    Yeah, Grandy!

  • Mr. Pink

    We’re going to need a lot more BABIP luck like that to beat a sinkerballer like Cook.

    • TheLastClown

      Or they can hammer XBH like they did to score the first 3 runs.

  • Widget

    Cano, walks are ok.

  • your mom

    Swung at ball 3.

    • your mom

      and ball 4

  • Erica

    Michael Kay just peed himself (fakes to third, fakes to first… oh, Jeff Nelson).

    • Get Phelps Up

      Michael Kay is gonna be like, the saddest person ever when that move is eliminated next year.

    • Kramerica Industries

      The fact that he always needs to throw in the Jeff Nelson facsimile never stops annoying me.

      • Erica

        This time he actually didn’t; it just feels weird typing anything involving Michael Kay and “first to third” if I don’t include “Jeff Nelson.”

        Michael Kay is like your dependably weird uncle – you know he’s going to say something ridiculous ALL the time, so it’s best to smile and nod… smile and nod.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          That is the perfect way to describe him. Does that make Sterling our older, senile uncle who goes on tangents that we just ignore?

  • Hummingbird S.

    this guy takes forever between pitches

    • Widget

      It’s tough to decide whether to throw the sinker or the sinker.

  • Mr. Pink

    Each Yankee who swings and misses at an Aaron Cook pitch should be fined. The dude has got 3 strikeouts all year. Come on now!

  • TheLastClown

    I hate that I actually flinch when the 3rd to 1st motions are gone through.

  • Widget

    and swings at ball 4. Cano with men on is sad to watch.

  • The Real Greg

    The double edge of Cano. That might have been ball 4

  • Reggie C.

    JordanCote promoted to SI? That’s what the nightly game thread on minorleagueball.com is saying.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Cano hasn’t had a single pitch near the strikezone this AB according to Gameday.

  • Erica

    That was…odd.

  • The Real Greg

    That’s an interesting play by Gonzalez

  • your mom

    Well, semi productive at least.

  • Erica

    Okay Tex! I’ll take the sac fly.

  • The Real Greg

    And, hindsight and fallacy noted, that would have been the third out

    • Widget

      but it wasn’t so that’s a good thing Greggers. Accept good into that bleak heart of yours.

  • your mom

    Yay, Tex.

  • Reggie C.

    That’s not a bad looking throw by Crawford. Good job by Teix. Hughes will need the run support.

  • The Real Greg

    And now they are going to IBB Ibanez to face Jones

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Uh….is Jeter limping??

    • Erica

      What????

    • Widget

      pimp walk.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Yeah, I was back and forth. Thought it couldve been pimp walk…

        But I thought he was a little mature for that so I got concerned

  • Mr. Pink

    MOAR RUNZ PLEASE! You know Hughes is going to give up at least two homers next inning.

  • Kevin G.

    Funny how the Rangers and Angels are both trying to make moves to bolster their team when we’re still gonna win the WS anyway. It’s kinda cute.

  • your mom

    I’d IBB Raul to get to Jones too. Dudes been horrendous of late.

    • bobtaco

      Ever since the last Boston series, all he is doing is swinging for the fences. Not trying to do any situational hitting, which is frustrating.

  • Nathan

    Weaver, Grienke, Wilson, Haren…that’s a scary rotation.

    Does our farm system not have the pieces to get a front-line pitcher? I think the Yankees still need that mythical “#2″ pitcher. Kuroda/Pettite and Hughes go down a slot and that is an awesome rotation.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Pettitte and Kuroda are fine #2’s.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      We’ve got two “#2’s” in Kuroda and Pettitte, 4 if Phil and Nova are pitching their absolute best.

      • oldmanalex

        I agree they are great number 2s, but they aren’t elite. If the playoff started tomorrow, I think we might have the weakest rotation (head to head) out of all the AL teams, especially after this Greinke thing. Michael Pineda was a good trade, i just wish we went for someone more established.

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

          The Cardinals won the World Series with Kyle Lohse as their number two last year. The rotation in July doesn’t matter. It’s all about who’s pitching the best in October, and that could be anyone.

          • oldmanalex

            yea that is true. All these mega pitching transactions in the last few years, without us being involved. Makes me jealous and insecure.

        • Nathan

          Yes, that is the point I’m trying to make. Don’t get me wrong, when Andy is on (and he was so on this year) he’s a terrific pitcher and Kuroda has been more than I ever expected.

          Perhaps I’m undervaluing our rotation and the “grass is greener” but other rotations are more impressive: Angels, Phillies, Giants, Nationals, and Rays to name a few.

          I know the Rays wouldn’t trade within the division, but if the Yankees could swing a trade for Shields, that sets up a strong 1-2 punch with CC.

    • Mr. Pink

      Our farm is full of guys with high potential which they may or may not tap into. They are so far away from the big leagues that they’re not considered blue chip prospects. At least until they prove themselves in AAA/MLB. Other teams like the Rangers and Angels have guys who teams can project in the big leagues. I’d sure be nice to have a Jean Segura, Mike Olt, or Jurickson Profar waiting in the wings either to use as trade bait or start in the big leagues but alas we traded away our only blue chipper in years for a guy with a noodle arm.

  • The Real Greg

    Get Scott Hairston please.

    • Widget

      For once I really agree with you.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Andruw looks done. Time to get a real bat for the bench.

    • your mom

      He’s been playing too much for a reserve player, he needs some rest.

  • Jacob

    We need swish back so bad Girardi is the only one in the park at wants jones facing a righty

    • The Real Greg

      They really have no choice. the injuries have limited Girardi’s options.

    • Tom Q

      Saying Girardi “wants” him facing a righty assumes facts not in evidence.

      • Jacob

        Obviously

    • your mom

      He actually has a better OPS against righties.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      .800 OSP against righties. What’s stupid is letting Ibanez’s .480 OPS against lefties.

  • Widget

    Jones should be benched ASAP. That was pathetic and frankly inexcusable.

    • Get Phelps Up

      He’ll be back to a platoon role when Swish gets back.

    • Havok9120

      In favor of….?

  • your mom

    Fuck Jones. Please get healthy Swish.

  • Tom Q

    OK, really deep-in-the-weeds question: do you think the four balls thrown on an intentional walk impact a pitch count the same way standard pitches do? Technically, yes, they’re thrown — but generally without any power behind them, using up less. It just seems if, say, a pitcher issued two or three IWs in a game, his pitch count could look misleadingly high.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      I just think they should change the rule that if you you want to IBB a player, you just indicate that you’re doing so and throw one pitch out of the zone.

  • The Real Greg

    My guess

    Fred Lynn, Rickey Henderson, Josh Hamilton

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Answer to Trivia: Griffey, Yount & Hamilton?

    • Jacob

      What Was it I missed it

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        3 CF’ers to win MVP in AL since 1963. My first two were right. The Real Greg had Freddy Lynn correct.

        I think YES is using an old question because J-Ham was not on the list

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    I am so happy that Cash Ninja avoided getting Crawford that guy is not worth it at all.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Ra’s Al Ghul is a wise GM, and knows when to strike, and who to strike.

      • Erica

        +1

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

      Can’t believe a cop got fired for calling him a “monday” of all things. I asked a black coworker and he never heard of it either.

  • Jacob

    If baseball had an amnesty Alex is the easy choice right?

  • Erica

    SERIOUSLY PHIL SERIOUSLY??????????

    SERIOUSLY?

    Seriously.

    Really.

    • Havok9120

      This had me rolling for some reason.

      • Erica

        Internal conflicts.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Give up some more home runs, Phil.

    For the love of God.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Phil…come on man. You’re better than this. Aren’t you?

    • Widget

      not against the red sox he’s not.

  • Hummingbird S.

    BP pitcher… Phil should have pitched to Cano at the HR derby

  • JobaWockeeZ

    LOL.

  • Reggie C.

    Hughes can’t stop giving up the solo jobs.

  • Widget

    why give him a fastball? that’s all that clown can hit. nice job Hughes. Ass.

  • The Real Greg

    Although Flaherty is saying that was a good pitch

  • Jacob

    Phil when I said 6 IP 4 ER I DID NOT MEAN IT!

  • captain kiwi

    HOLY SHIT.

    phil hughes: “s’all good guys, they’re only solo shots”

  • Widget

    I wish we had a catcher that could actually hit. Angers me that we don’t.

  • Nathan

    Are. You. Fucking. Kidding. Me?

    Hughes is going to give up six solo shots the way he’s pitching.

    I don’t remember him being so homer prone. Either way, Hughes is NOT a front-end starter.

    • your mom

      I think we all figured that out a long time ago.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        A lot of people will disagree. Not me but a lot.

    • Hummingbird S.

      he will be, when we trade him to SD for Headley… he needs lots of space in the OF to be successful

    • JobaWockeeZ

      This is Hughes’ third best season in regards to fly balls. He’s been like this forever. Home run rate is luck but his flyball rate is consistent.

      So in Yankee Stadium he’s a back end starter.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Ok get phelps up now.

  • Brian S.

    If the Yankees really loved Hughes they would set him free.

  • Erica

    I never really got mad about AJ Burnett because it was expected that he’d do SOMETHING stupid.

    Phil? Yeah. Yeah, I’m really irate right now.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      The only flaw to Hughes’ game is the flyball rate. I honestly don’t know why it’s even attempted to fix it.

      Peripherals at this point only mitigate the damage.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        it;s not even being attempted*

        • Erica

          And he’s just so inconsistent in his starts, too. One day he’s so on point it’s scary; others, like a game I went to in April opening weekend, we were down 7-1 and he was getting booed mercilessly. So who knows.

  • your mom

    Boston game plan: Sit fastball, swing for the fences.

    • Hummingbird S.

      Dude has 2 pitches… and the curve is not fooling anyone. So they can sit on that straight fastball

      • your mom

        Exactly. Boston ain’t that smart! Any fool can figure him out.

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

    Yankees need to put the balls in a humidor before Hughes’ starts.

  • The Real Greg

    Basically get him through the fifth and then get him out.

    • Brian S.

      Basically trade him and prospects for Headley and let Phelps start.

      • The Real Greg

        I’m with you.

      • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

        I like the cut of your jib.

      • Kramerica Industries

        In that enormous ballpark, the Padres could find many productive pitchers at much cheaper costs.

        What they need are hitters, and Headley’s one of the few they have that can hit.

  • Mr. Pink

    Hughes is doing a shitty job of giving the Yankees a chance to win. Way to put pressure on the offense Hughes!

  • your mom

    Get a run back here.

    • your mom

      a thank you.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Nah in fact, brotha man, get two.

      Two runs is a snack to me, but it means a great deal to you.

      Mr. Wendelllllllll

  • Robinson Tilapia

    You all better make this entertaining if the rest of us have to sit through the “TOO MANY HOME RUNS BY DAH HUGHES 2NIGHT” bullshit all night.

    By the way, too many home runs by dah Hughes 2night.

    • Havok9120

      I know. The peanut gallery is restless tonight.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Oh. I hadn’t even scrolled up. That was a lucky guess.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Yeah, who doesn’t love 4.60 FIP pitchers? Hard to find those guys.

        • Havok9120

          Not a question of like. More of we hearing how badly he sucks, then he’s the centerpiece of a trade the farm type deal, then he’s having a good rebound, then he sucks again, oh, and Phelps needs to replace him AND Garcia and he’s not a front of the rotation guy (because we still thought he was?) and thus is useless and, oh yeah, he SUCKS!!!

          Etc and so on. And that’s just the grumbling over Hughes.

          • JobaWockeeZ

            If you makes you feel better I’ve always thought he was bad in 2012.

    • Erica

      I plan on contributing!

      PHIL HUGHES IS A STAHTING PITCHAAAA!!!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        That he is.

        • Erica

          I miss Andy.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            We all do :(

            • Get Phelps Up

              I really hope he’s back next year.

              • Erica

                Or this year? Can Andy and Mo pay a visit to the Baseball Gods and ask to come back this year? Sigh.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Russel…showing some Mussel.

  • Andy

    RUSS THE BUS

  • Reggie C.

    Jacked!!!

  • Erica

    RUSS BUS! ALL ABOARD!

  • Pat D

    I’m having more fun watching my parents play ball with my niece than I am watching this game.

    And as I say that, Russell shows off his muscle.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Not too many home runs by da Yanks, though. RUSSELL LIVES!!!!

  • The Real Greg

    YEEHAA!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Power up Mussell.

    The park is playing small tonight.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    When Russell hits a hard HR to left field like that you know you suck at being a pitcher.

    • Mr. Pink

      Seriously. It still doesn’t change my opinion of him this year. It just makes me realize how shitty Cook is.

      • Kramerica Industries

        One home run won’t change anyone’s opinion.

        I don’t know why it would.

  • Get Phelps Up

    RUSSELL!!

  • Hummingbird S.

    RUSS!!

  • Mr. Pink

    Great. Now hit six more of those and this game will be Hughes proof.

  • Widget

    thank you Martin. I take back the mean words I said earlier.

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

    The balls are flying out of Coors stadium east tonight.

  • Havok9120

    I would’ve sworn that that was gone off the bat.

    • Havok9120

      Chavez’ fly out I mean.

  • Reggie C.

    James bond is on NBC.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Which one, btw I saw a preview for Skyfall in Imax last night (cause I had to give Christopher Nolan more of my money) it looks pretty badass.

      • Pat D

        I intend to go again this week. Not on IMAX this time, because there are other theaters closer.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          I didn’t get to see it in IMAX the first time, so I had to do it this time. Still a great flick, only one discrepancy. When Bane does his thing on Wall Street, it starts during the day, then the tunnel scene happens, then it’s night on the streets…I cannot justify or work out how that happened.

          • Pat D

            Late afternoon?

      • Widget

        Nolan has to be allowed to direct a bond film.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          Excuse me while I go change my pants…the idea of that got me way to excited.

      • Reggie C.

        Nah , not the movie. It’s the opening ceremonies. Nothing but a Cheesy skit.

  • Jacob

    Honestly Martin has no right to pimp that home run, that disgusts me when he is hitting .189(?) and he is pimping home runs..

    • The Godfather

      Pimpin’ ain’t easy.

  • Betty Lizard

    Russell!
    My baseball boyfriend steps it up.

    • Erica

      There you are!!!

      • Betty Lizard

        I’ve been working –er, “working” too hard and the whole Oakland nightmare followed by the Alex HBP really depressed me. I had to rehab with a large dose of Eureka.

        (Oh, and I miss Andy too. Sniff.)

        But . . . Joba! And Itchiro! I’m hoping Girardi will start calling Itchiro “Suzi”.

        • Erica

          I don’t blame you! That was a very trying West Coast excursion. I myself missed the A-Rod HBP and refuse to watch any footage of it. No need. Seeing Mariano go down was bad enough.

          Ichiro** Heh, though if Girardi called Ichiro “Suzi” that would just be too silly. Maybe “Itchy.”

    • ropeadope

      Are you still in possession of that “special pie” you whipped up for Mr. Martin during the last homestand? With the team back home, might be he’d like a taste.

      • Betty Lizard

        I can have it ready on a moment’s notice, yessir I can.

        • ropeadope

          LOL

  • The Real Greg

    Despite all the runs, this game is going pretty quickly for a Yanks-Sox affair.

  • Mr. Pink

    We’ve got a decent lead. Girardi please take Hughes out before he gives up a grand slam to Nick Punto!

    • Erica

      At this rate, he’ll give up one to Nomar.

    • your mom

      Don’t want to tire the bullpen in the 1st game of the series. Let him go as far as he can until the lead is at stake(which unfortunately may be soon).

  • CS Yankee

    In response to the Angels signing, Ninja needs to strike back with something like;

    1) Hughes/Nova/CoJo for Halladay…Phils need $ relief
    2) Hughes/CoJo/DBich/Liard for Vargas…M’s need almost everything
    3) Hughes/Williams/Sanchez/pick any other for Stras…we ain’t afraid to throw him 30 more innings this year.

    Need another ace, 2012 version.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      4) Keep on winning fucking ballgames.

      • Jacob

        +1 that is the best option

    • TheLastClown

      Your trade proposal sucks.

    • Mr. Pink

      Um no.

      1. Halladay is hurt
      2. Hughes > Vargas (Yes Vargas is that bad)
      3. Strasburg is one of the best pitchers in baseball. Plus the Nats are contending. Why would they do this trade?

    • your mom

      Vargas? R U serious? I’d rather have Hughes. Vargas sucks.

    • Brian S.

      Vargas is terrible, Strasburg is untouchable, and Halladay is old, hurt, and expensive. Hell no.

      • Brian S.

        “We need another ace. Let’s trade for Jason Vargas.”

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      I don’t want to overstate……but Vargas? For that deal? That is the most God-awful trade proposal of 2012.

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

        They’ve allowed the same number of homers this season despite the massive difference in home ballparks.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Six more outs, no more runs Phillip and I will consider this a decent outing.

    • your mom

      If we win the game I could give 2 shits how well Hughes pitched.

  • TheLastClown

    Twitter: repository of joy & mirthfulness.

    • Erica

      I could swear that when I was listening to Kay on ESPN the other day, he was saying how he didn’t like Twitter.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        From listening to ESPN Radio today, I learned he likes Flo Rida.

        • Erica

          Oh God. He’s trying so hard. What do we do with this information now??

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          Are you sure he wasn’t just mispronouncing Florida? I mean it would surprise me to learn he knows who Flo Rida is, and it would surprise me even more to know he likes Flo Rida.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            My wife is convinced Flo Rida only exists to make mothers of three still feel like they belong in the club.

  • Kramerica Industries

    2-2 pitch = ball

    Same pitch 3-2 = strike

    I love dumbassed umps, at least, when it works in the Yankees’ favour.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    We all know Hughes is no Ace. He’s at best a number two, more realistically a number three.

    I’m not sure what you all were expecting. Hot humid night (as Kay pointed out)+homer-prone pitcher+very good Red Sox offense would all lead you to believe that, yeah, Hughes would give up a few HRs tonight.

    I’m glad they’re all solo shots. If you’re a homer-prone pitcher that’s what you have to try for.

    So was I hoping Hughes would do better tonight? Sure. Am I surprised by what’s happened though? Not really.

    Anyway, the game’s not over yet. Maybe he’ll have a nice start after all. We don’t have all the info yet.

    • Havok9120

      You’re being too reasonable regarding Hughes. You’ve got to let him polarize you and then get MADDDD at anyone sitting on the other pole.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      All i see is blah blah blah LOGIC LOGIC LOGIC blah blah blah SPEAKING LOGICALLY ABOUT PHIL HUGHES blah blah blah blah.

      That’s not allowed here.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      If he gave up hard liners because he’s trying to pitch low to avoid HR’s and still sucks I wouldn’t care as much. He would be trying to cover up the only thing holding him back and I can respect that. He’s still serving high meatballs to sucky hitters who are able to hit bombs. That’s not good.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        1) He doesn’t suck.

        2) I’d absolutely care because right now Hughes is pretty decent. I don’t want him fiddling with something new in the middle of the season when he’s really doing fairly well now.

  • Brian S.

    full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count full count

  • Widget

    If this game was on FOx or ESPN they’d be showing the 2009 steal of home by Lulsbury over and over and over again.

  • Mr. Pink

    0-0
    0-1
    0-2
    1-2
    2-2
    3-2

    Walk or Homerun.

    This is the story of Phil Hughes.

  • Nathan

    All the years I was reading about Hughes as a #1 prospect and future ace, I’m thinking I was being fooled by the Yankee prospect phenomenon.

    Against good offenses come playoff time, I don’t think I trust Hughes with a playoff start. Surely not in a short series.

    What the hell happened to his cutter that he used out of the bullpen with success?

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      He fell in love with it, and it was terrible, and it made him terrible, like god awful when ever he was healthy this season.

    • Havok9120

      It didn’t work when he threw it as a starter, at least not consistently. He’s been decent-good since he dropped it.

  • Oprah Winfrey

    YOU get a full count! And YOU get a full count! Full counts for everybody!!!

    • Erica

      But the taxes aren’t covered on the full counts! It’s a farce!

  • captain kiwi

    oh wow, i didn’t realize hughes was at 90 pitches already.

    • your mom

      Yeah, all those full counts didn’t help.

      • captain kiwi

        i haven’t been watching since he gave up the salty hr – that bad huh? batter to batter in the 6th?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          So bad the Yanks are up by three runs.

          • captain kiwi

            shit. 90 pitches through 5 is a good thing, i forgot.

            • Jacob

              You know back when baseball was at it’s best , there was no such thing as pitch counts.

              • captain kiwi

                hmm… “when baseball was at it’s best” is somewhat subjective, no? but i get your point :)

  • Robinson Tilapia

    By the way Phil Hughes breathes/clenches his jaw/grabs his right nut, you can tell he’s not a starting pitcher. Should have traded him, Mason Williams, a Plouffy bag of weed, and time machine to last week for COAL HAMMMMELS.

    • Jacob

      YOU NEVER TRADE WEED IT IS YOUR NUMBER ONE PROSPECT!

  • your mom

    Is it possible for Hughes to develop a slider to use against righties?

    • Mr. Pink

      Um. You can’t just develop a usable pitch out of thin air. Technically he could develop a slider but it would probably be so bad that it would result in more homers.

      • your mom

        Didn’t he have a slider waaay back when?

        • Havok9120

          Even if he did, chances are good that it was dropped for a reason.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          Yeah, when he was in the low minors but the powers at be decided that it put to much pressure/torque on his elbow so had him develop a curve instead.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Apparently it was a good pitch but dropped because it puts too much stress.

  • Jacob

    This game is going reasonably fast, something has to give

  • Brian S.

    I stopped watching because Huse was pissing me off.

    • your mom

      So you have a short fuse for Huse?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Something we all could use?

      • Jacob

        +1 for your mom

        • Robinson Tilapia

          What, I don’t get shit for continuing the rhyme?

          -1 for Jacob ;)

          • Jacob

            WE SAID IT AT THE SAME TIME +20 or RT

    • Jacob

      Brian S. = The Real Greg and visa versa

      • Havok9120

        Nah. That’s not Greg’s style.

        Alas, Bonnie and Clyde are no more.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Oh, you know they’re here somewhere.

  • The Real Greg

    I say let Hughes go batter to batter in the sixth.

    • TheLastClown

      Cook has increased his K totals by 66% already.

      • TheLastClown

        Reply fail.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Has anyone ever noticed that the guy in the State Farm arena fan-cam commercial is the same guy in the Nationwide vanishing deductible (“this is weird, but awesome!”) Commercial?

    Selling the same product (auto insurance) for different companies.

  • The Real Greg

    Cant pinch hit for Ibanez because Jones is DH’ing and Nix is a shitty outfielder

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      “Nix is a shitty outfielder” that hasn’t stopped Joe from running him out there to start games on multiple occasions.

    • Brian S.

      Ibanez=offensive force.

  • Mr. Pink

    Franklin Morales. Just another pitcher who was unbearably bad with the Rockies and suddenly is becomes good with an AL team.

    • your mom

      He’s good?

  • The Real Greg

    And he walks him.

    • Havok9120

      This is….a bad thing?

      • The Real Greg

        No. I was just saying that in amazement.

  • The Real Greg

    Get Scott Hairston

    • Mr. Pink

      Get David Wright.

      #notkidding

      • Erica

        All Mets fans would commit suicide if this happened.

        • Pat D

          And?

          • Robinson Tilapia

            My son would lose his godfather? Not happening. Keep the Met fans.

            • Pat D

              Ah, ok. Not a good idea then.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                I don’t mind Met fans. It takes guts to have a choice between a Rolls Royce and a Dodge Pinto and proudly choose the Pinto.

            • Erica

              No bueno.

              My Grandpa, may he rest in peace, was a big Mets fan. He was a Dodgers-converted-to-Mets fan, and I don’t think he’d be happy with a Wright trade. Leave him there!

          • Erica

            It would certainly free up the 7 train.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              The world’s most offensive joke just went through my head. I’m not repeating it. It would go against everything I stand for in life.

              • Erica

                OH MY GOD BUT I WANT TO HEAR IT

              • Erica

                Do you have a Twitter? Follow/DM me. I need to know this, as a sufferer of the subway on a daily basis.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  I’m on Twitter. You should have friended jjyank that night on FB, then me. You’d then have all the cute pics of my kid you could handle…..and he’s fucking cute, let me tell you.

                  • Erica

                    Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh. Baby steps (no pun intended).

                    https://twitter.com/Erica_Lynnnn — I NEED TO KNOW THIS JOKE. PLEASE.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      Done.

                    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

                      eww…twitter.

              • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

                The internet exists for two things sir Tilapia. Porn, and political incorrectness.

              • TheLastClown

                Whatta tease.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          Apart from my two good friends, so worth it.

      • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

        Craig cartoon in the house
        That wouldnt be fair to wright because the hate in his own city would be massave.

    • Get Phelps Up

      I hear he’s yet to make an out against a LHP this year.

  • Fin

    Lol, reading this thread you would think Hughes gave up 8 runs in 2 innings and was pulled. He can give up solo shots all day, and since he walks very few thats what they usually are. Hes not pitching a great game, but its not awful either.

    • Jacob

      Greg and brian think quality starts are 9 IP 0 ER

      • Brian S.

        I get really competitive when we face the Red Sox. I apologize.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Got a car? Use the Greg method.

          No apology necessary.

    • Mr. Pink

      He’s lucky the Yanks scored 6 and that David Ortiz isn’t playing.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I hope that was directly cut and pasted from “Over the Monster.”

      • Fin

        essh. Guess hes lucky they dont have Trout on the team also? He can only pitch to whos on the field and hes pitched a solid if unspectacular game.

  • DERP

    If we get through this inning without allowing a run, we win. It’s that simple.

  • Mr. Pink

    Andruw looks lost at the plate. I guess he’s only usable at Fenway…

  • DERP

    Is there a bigger POS than Adam Jones? Stupid mojo just hit a GS.

    • The Real Greg

      It was a 3 run homer but the point still stands.

  • Brian S.

    6-3. Not half bad I guess.

  • Hummingbird S.

    nice final inning by Phil.. quality start, right?

    • Tom Q

      Not in the eyes of half the people here. They write about him as if he stole their girlfriends.

  • Get Phelps Up

    So in the end, despite all the homers and panicing, Hughes ends up going 6IP, 3R against a very good offense.

    Not bad.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      With 4 K’s and 1 BB.

    • The Real Greg

      Indeed. A quality start from Mr. Hughes. His record against the Sox was the real reason I did not trust him. But well done

    • Nathan

      He pitched “OK”.

      • Havok9120

        When we’re healthy, he’s our 4/5. That’s really all that’s necessary.

  • vicki

    here’s my plan for 3B: alex gordon; then move him to the outfield next year. his contract ain’t great but he’s cheaper than swish would be. what would it take?

  • The Real Greg

    This little slide by Chaves could force Cashman into action a little bit.

    • The Real Greg

      *Chavez

  • Erica

    Crawford.

  • Andy

    Ichiro is ripping the ball. Must have 5 or 6 line outs as a yank

  • Get Phelps Up

    Man, If that gets past Crawford…inside the parker.

  • Tom

    Crawford – elite defender

    …. 5 years ago

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Lol

  • Karl Krawfid

    You have to think Ichiro is gonna go off soon right?

    hitting rockets man.

    • Havok9120

      Yeah, I’ve been impressed by the contact even if the results have been one hit a game.

  • Nathan

    Ichiro may not have the official hits but he isn’t giving up weak groundouts or bad contact. He’s hitting the balls very well.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Carl showing some gracefull moves there.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Why Thank You.

  • your mom

    I bet Girardi sends Hughes out again.

    • The Real Greg

      Well, the bottom of the lineup is 0-6 against him so maybe go batter to batter again.

    • Fin

      I think he would have if they didnt have yesterday off, as he has been running Hughe’s pitch counts up lately. However, they have a fully rested pen and no need to send him out for another batter or 2.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      I’d slightly lean towards that. 3 run lead, 101 pitches, bottom of the order up. Save the bullpen a little if you can.

    • Pat D

      Looks like you win.

    • captain kiwi

      what a far cry from just 3 innings ago. lol.

  • Nathan

    Speaking of Crawford, you know the guy or someone near him reads/hears all the stuff about him. Boston wants to get rid of him after just one year. I’m sure both sides wish they could do a playground “DO OVER!”.

    • Brian S.

      No he’s fine where he is thank you.

    • your mom

      Nah, Crawford is a rich bitch. If I were in his situation, I’d take all the negative comments and just be happy I’m a friggin millionaire.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Phil Hughes breathes. Therefore, he is a terrible pitcher.

  • Pat D

    I still think that tagline should be “Legends Remembered, Heroes Born.”

  • Erica

    Does anyone else here watch “Yankees on Deck”?

    It is so delightful.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      At the gym, sometimes, yeah. It’s really sweet.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      It was/is marketed towards children, so I never even watched it…what exactly is it?

      • Erica

        But it would be perfect for you!!!

        It’s a program that the Yanks film during Spring Training – they go out and bond with each other (I think D-Rob and Boone, maybe, did archery last year?), give fitness tips, Derek Jeter tells a joke… it’s actually just fun in general to watch.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          sounds like a fun time…I lied I actually caught a few minutes of it one day while waiting for an encore of some game I missed and D-Rob and Gardner where going go-carting. I’ll definitely check it out. If i don’t enjoy it though…I’m coming after you. ;)

          • Erica

            The go-karting episode was great! I think D-Rob won their race. I love them so.

            What, but I’m not responsible for the programming! I’m just doing free PR!

        • Robinson Tilapia

          It actually is a lot of fun to watch. They really look like they’re enjoying themselves on the show.

          • Erica

            Yeah! I like when Swisher tells jokes and laughs at himself. Whatta ham!

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Somebody better be up in the pen if Phil starts the 7th…

    • The Real Greg

      They are. Logan and Eppley are in the wings

    • The Real Greg

      They are. Logan and Eppley are in the wings

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      By somebody I mean Phelps and Logan.

      However, if Phil gets through this inning fully, then I’d have to say he pitched a damned good game.

    • Tom

      The two specialist are up…. guessing mix/match if someone gets on.

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

    Did the fucking Angels really just land Greinke?

    Damn they’re gonna be a bitch to beat in the playoffs.

    • The Real Greg

      I don’t know. WE blasted Greinke last year when he was with the Brewers. And we will hopefully have homefield in the AL

      • Get Phelps Up

        We won’t because of Bud Selig.

        For that reason I hope the Angels overtake Texas or we finish with the 2nd best record. I really don’t want to start a best of 5 in that shithole in Anaheim.

        • Brian S.

          I hope Verlander shuts out the Angels in the one game playoff and then we pound them in revenge.

      • MannyGeee

        This, and we hit Weaver pretty good last time we saw him (injury shortened, granted)…

        Meh, let’s see them get in and past the 1 game playoff first before we crown their asses.

    • your mom

      On paper they are solid. But look what happened to Philly last year. Anything can happen. I’ll laugh my ass off if the A’s beat them for the final WC.

    • Arya

      They might have to win the 1 game playoff just to get in. That game will be a crapshoot. They very well could end up going against Verlander in that game, you just never know.

      • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

        Let’s hope that’s how it plays out. I bet the rangers go get Josh Johnson now.

        • MannyGeee

          They were in on him hard even before the Greinke news… M

        • Nathan

          Do the Rangers really need another starter?

          Darvish, Holland, Harrison, Oswalt…I know Lewis went down but they appear to have four solid pitchers.

          Or am I missing something and someone isn’t pitching well in their rotation?

          • MannyGeee

            Yeah, you missed the part where Oswalt is not a solid pitcher…

  • Reggie C.

    Worst opening ceremonies ever.

    Yea,gonna switch back to the Yanks.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      I don’t really follow the Olympics, but I kind of feel like China blew everybody out of the water and nothing will ever compete with our memory of it.

    • The Real Greg

      The content was pretty good, but the presentation was a bit cheesy and random.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Mitt?

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Send him out for the 8th!!!!

    /half kidding.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      DRob time. Let’s not push it.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Did Phil Hughes just mouth “suck ma balls, RAB” while walking off the mound?

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      he might have. He probably did. good on him though. He righted the ship and pitched a great game, minus 3 pitches.

      • Fin

        Eh, he gave up 3 solo Hrs and outside of that virtually nothing. He wasnt pitching bad. He certainly did finish strong though.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    7 innings, 3 runs…take that alllll day

  • Get Phelps Up

    Really good job by Phil.

  • MartinRanger

    How about that? Worst Pitcher Ever Phil Hughes posts 7IP, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.

    What I don’t understand is how you guys trust Nova more at this point. He walked 6 SEATTLE MARINERS. And he’s giving up just as many home runs.

  • MannyGeee

    So yeah… Who knew Hughes would give up 3 homers and still throw a quality start? Mind…. BLOWNNNN

  • Tom

    6IP, 3ER… kind of an iffy quality start
    7IP, 3ER… good start. (even with no Ortiz, this is a pretty quality offense in a tough home park to pitch in)

    • FIPster Doofus

      I’d have taken 6/3 from him against Boston’s offense. That’s really all you can ask from a back-end guy.

      • Laz

        I told myself that before the game. If Hughes can go 6 innings and only give up 3 runs then they would most likely win. Cook is a very hittable pitcher, especially when you got some strong guys that can muscle that sinker higher.

  • your mom

    Boston: 3 HRs and 15 pop-ups tonight.

    • MannyGeee

      15 popup in Fenway is typically like 5 HRs in a real baseball park though, so…..

  • MartinRanger

    Honestly if you don’t believe Phil is a viable, if not ace-level, starting pitcher at this point…what the hell do you want? Hughes is doing a decent Brad Radke impression, and you know, I’ll take that.

    • FIPster Doofus

      He’s definitely turning back into a competent starter. It’s great to see.

    • Laz

      I wouldn’t go to ace-level. But I still think that he could be a solid #3 starter for us. He still gives up the HR, but is a strong pitcher otherwise.

  • DERP

    Seth Smith doing great work in Baltimore. Good job playing Chris Davis in left.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Who would’ve thought an Oakland/Baltimore game would have importance this late in the season.

      Second wild card, everybody.

      • MannyGeee

        FUCK the second WC…. Every swingin dick team sitting at .500 thinks they have a chance at a run, and it’s kinda depressing… Kinda like a cougar who still thinks she’s got it but everyone is just laughing at her…

        Really, the 2nd wild card reeks of desperation….

        • FIPster Doofus

          “Every swingin dick team sitting at .500 thinks they have a chance at a run, and it’s kinda depressing”

          That’s the point. More teams in the race = more interest. That’s what MLB hopes, anyway.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Andrew Miller makes me really appreciate the Yankees facial hair policy.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Hughes just went 7 innings and gave up three runs.

    This is fucking hilarious. Loving it.

  • Erica

    Oh, Robbie. Dear Robbie.

  • your mom

    Hit a HR Cano!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Does anyone know what the corresponding move of sending A-Rod to the DL was?

    • Andy

      Pena

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

    Not a bad game for a number 5 starter, as someone referred to Hughes above.

    • Fin

      really, its pretty silly the Hughes hate on here. Hes pitched as well as CC and Kuroda for 2 months now, and people still kill him like its last years version of Hughes.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        He’s been good, but as good as CC and Kuroda? His ERA is still above 4…lets be realistic.

        • Get Phelps Up

          He has a sub-3 ERA in his last 9 starts.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            He’d be my third best starter on this team this year. That’s for sure.

        • MartinRanger

          Um, given where it started? He’s been solidly in the threes for months after a rotten start.

        • realest201

          his era is above 4 but not if u take out the first month

        • Fin

          I specifically siad, the last 2 months. No, I dont not think thats hes as good as CC or Kuroda right now, but hes been very good, and reading the games he pitches in, you would think hes the worst pitcher in baseball.

    • Laz

      I don’t think that Hughes is a normal #5 starter, but that was all they expected at the start of the season. They had CC, Pineda, Nova, Kuroda, and possible garcia ahead of him.

  • your mom

    Anyone know if Hughes is on a innings limit this season?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Can’t possibly be. If he went 180 in 2010, he can easily go 200+ this year.

    • Laz

      Shouldn’t be. He is 26, that is usually only for the young guys.

  • Erica

    What are those people in the stands chanting? Is it a bootleg tomahawk chop?

    • Brian S.

      You don’t know the cowbell chant?

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Sigh…I have to leave for the bus. Tonight has been fun, but I highly doubt the game will still be going on by the time I get home, at least I finally bought the MLB At Bat app to listen on the bus. I’ll find out if the 7 minute delay is true.

    • MannyGeee

      Not that long… 3 or 4 pitches delayed at worst…

  • Arya

    That ball was at the chest. Terrible call.

  • MannyGeee

    Wow…,pretty gracious strike 3 call on tex there…

  • your mom

    I’m thinking Betances best case scenario is Andrew Miller.

    • MannyGeee

      It is and always has been AJ Burnett as Betances’ best case scenario. that doesn’t change.

      • your mom

        We should trade him to Pitt then.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    The Hughes hate on this site is ludicrous. He’s actually been GOOD this year. Is the irrational anger because he hasn’t been the ultra-mega-super-duper Ace like everybody thought originally, which was YEARS ago?

    90% of prospects don’t pan out at all. The fact that Hughes is now a quality homegrown Yankee starter is a HUGE victory, and I’m really happy for him. He went through a lot to reach this point.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Agreed.

    • your mom

      He’s improved a lot but his HR proneness gives me high anxiety everytime out, unless we’re blowing out the other team. Props to Phil though.

      • FIPster Doofus

        All 4/5 types have their flaws. I’ve made peace with his flyball tendencies.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

      People are always expecting him to implode. Guess he’s gonna have to keep pitching well for a little longer before Yankee universe trusts him.

    • MannyGeee

      I take blame for starting the hat this morning for saying I was half expecting a clunker from Hughes tonight… My bad, folks

    • Nathan

      I know I need to get over it but when I see Hughes/Joba I think “That could have been Halladay”.

      Irrational I know. Hughes and Joba have helped the Yankees win in ’09 and are talented guys. Perhaps a piece is, as you mentioned, the ultra hype that comes with being a Yankee prospect.

      • Laz

        Thing is there is also the payroll situation to think of. Halladay is making $20M per season. Hughes and Joba haven’t turned out the way we hoped, but they are quite a bit cheaper, there is only so high your payroll can go.

    • Tom

      So I’m assuming that wasn’t a run on contact play?

      And if it wasn’t why is Jones running? (2nd and 3rd is better than 1st and 2nd)

  • The Real Greg

    Nice play by Jeter. That was not easy.

  • DERP

    This game is moving too quickly.

    • Havok9120

      I’m enjoying the short BoSox game while it lasts.

    • MannyGeee

      “things you thought you’d never say about a Yankees / Sox game for $500, Alex”

  • your mom

    God I hate Rat-face!

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Drob starting to get back to pre injury shape.

    • Andy

      He’s been great all season. 3 Earned runs since he got back

      • MartinRanger

        Results have been good but his command hasn’t been crisp, especially with the fb, until recently. He was striking guys out with 92 mph fastballs drifting over the middle, that sort of thing. Now he’s hitting corners again.

  • Erica

    Brilliant, D-Rob.

  • your mom

    What happened to Agon’s power?

    • MartinRanger

      Ortiz stole it.

    • MannyGeee

      Forgot to bring it with him from San Diego… Funny, someone told me he would hit 50 homers outside of Petco… A cautionary tale for everyone beating their dicks for Chase Headley…

      Jus sayin….

      • FIPster Doofus

        Gonzalez was MVP-caliber last season. He’s probably hurt.

        • Fin

          His power was still below what people expected last year. It doesnt take away from how good he was, but his power is not what was expected from him.

          • FIPster Doofus

            Career ISO: .213
            2011 ISO: .210

            • Fin

              My point was, that people expected his power to go up outside of SD especially in Fenway and with his ability to go the other way. Not only did it not go up, it went slightly down, and is way down this year.

  • MartinRanger

    Sterling’s usually full of crap but he was talking about D-Rob’s delivery, and how fluid and perfect it is when he’s right. And sure enough I think his delivery has smoothed out over the past 3-4 outings.

  • DERP

    Chavez gets a hit off Melancon. Maybe a home run.

    • MannyGeee

      Kinda… Not hit by Melancon. Kinda like getting a hit off him

      • MannyGeee

        Got hit’

      • DERP

        Yea, that’s what I meant. Typo on my part.

        • MannyGeee

          LOL… Yeah, it was autocorrect, thats it!!

  • Erica

    Yay for Jones!

  • The Real Greg

    Time to get him over and get him in

  • Kevin G.

    uh oh

  • Erica

    Oh SHIT!

  • DERP

    lol at us

  • captain kiwi

    hr ichiro! leggo

  • The Real Greg

    Go Cashman!

  • MannyGeee

    Ah fuck, there goes Eric Chavez for the season.

  • Arya

    And that’s the end of the Chavez experiment.

  • The Twiddler

    oh jeez.

  • Erica

    Don’t break Chavez!

  • your mom

    Wild are we???

  • MartinRanger

    This shit has got to stop.

  • Nathan

    Oh fuckers are trying to kill our injury-prone injury replacement third basemen!

    • your mom

      Kinda like chess, take out the pawns first.

    • MannyGeee

      It’s funny because EVERYONE here thought the same thing….. See comments above.

    • Betty Lizard

      And even knowing there’s no causal connection, my first reaction was I wanted someone on the Red Sox to die.

      This from a pacifist, LOL.

      I need a mantra or something as an antidote to all these plunkings.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Sterling Ichiro call.

    Can’t wait!

  • your mom

    Bunt Ichiro!

  • TheLastClown

    Odd that Ichiro would show bunt. It seems like a good spot to choose to hit a HR.

  • Defensive Indifference

    Why would you bunt against a pitcher who can’t get outs?

  • captain kiwi

    sonuvabitch.

  • DERP

    Pedroia better watch his shit tomorrow.

  • Kevin G.

    Ichiro still has some wheels

  • The Real Greg

    There’s the speed.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Activate joba tomorrow and hit Pedroia.

  • MartinRanger

    well that was lame. But it’s nice to have that kind of speed again.

    Come on Martin, flyball.

  • Andy

    Get hot Russ

  • Nathan

    Run, Ichiro, run!

  • MartinRanger

    That wasn’t what you were supposed to do Russell.

  • TheLastClown

    S’ok. They don’t need anymore runs. Soriano, save totals, etc.

  • MannyGeee

    Wow… Andruw has to hold there… Wrong side of the infield, dude

  • Andy

    Jones has his hands on his hips as the pitch is thrown. Not saying he would have been safe, but since little league you are taught to have a walking lead towards home when you are at third.

  • DERP

    Did Jones smile as he got tagged out? Because that is not acceptable.

    • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

      Jones would smile if he was taking a 10 lb shit.

      • MannyGeee

        I would too… Imagine the overwhelming feeling of relief. I am smiling just thinking about it.

  • MartinRanger

    Can I just say how amazingly grateful I am that Soriano is probably coming into a save situation next inning and I feel no less apprehensive about this possibility than I would with the current Mo?

  • Erica

    Grandyslam c’mon do it do it

    • captain kiwi

      he did it.

      • Erica

        YES

  • MannyGeee

    Time for a Grandy-slam… That would be sweet.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    I’ve never seen a Yankee Red Sox game go this quickly.

  • Tom

    Come on Grandy… put this into Qualls territory.

  • DERP

    I can has Grandyslam?

  • your mom

    Granderslam please???

  • Nathan

    Granderson grand slam…Joe goes to Rapada, Rapada walks two in and Joe calls in Sori.

    Just my prediction.

    • Nathan

      Well…the first part I got right.

      Now lets see if Rapada comes in and walks the first two.

      • captain kiwi

        you got the slam right, that’s enough i think.

    • The Real Greg

      No because it still wouldn’t be a save situation.

      • MannyGeee

        When he says ‘walk the first two’ he means walk the first 13….

      • forensic

        Wrong. He said rapada walks two in. If he did that it would have to be 10-5 with the bases loaded which means the tying run is on deck which is a save situation.

  • Andy

    BOOM

  • The Real Greg

    A GRANDY SLAM!

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Grandslam for the GRANDYMAN!

  • Tom

    Get Qualls up baby!

  • Arya

    GRANDERSLAM!!!!!!!!

  • MartinRanger

    Kinda feel sorry for Mark. I’m still attached to him despite the uniform.

    • your mom

      Fuck Mark!

    • Nathan

      Wasn’t he, at one point, thought of a possible replacement for Mo.

      I remember he didn’t do to well when he got called up.

  • DERP

    Melancon just got Grandersowned.

    • MannyGeee

      Should have kept……..

      /trollface

  • MannyGeee

    AHHHHH………… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Awesome!

  • Rooting for U.S. Steel

    Aaaand Rafael Soriano’s night is over.

  • your mom

    Lil Jon says,”YYYYYEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!”

  • DERP

    Melancon’s reaction was the best part of that.

    • Pete

      Love that they didn’t even turn the camera around it was hit so hard…

  • Erica

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Back in the day I thought Melancon was going to be groomed as the Mo replacement.

    Oh how times have changed.

  • xnyles

    LOL Grandy said “el diablo” in the dugout.

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

    That was a shrewd move by the Sux trading for Melancon

    • MannyGeee

      Smartest FO in the game…. Meanwhile they are looking for a SS, which is what they gave away for him.

      Sweet irony.

  • DERP

    Unfortunate that Soriano can’t pad his stat total.

  • Tom

    Hey Ben C….

    How’s the Lowrie for Melancon trade working out?

    Better or worse than the Reddick for Bailey deal?

    • Nathan

      Reddick is having a pretty good season out in Oakland. I’ve watched a few A’s games on TV and if he’s not throwing guys out he’s hitting balls out of the park.

      • The Real Greg

        And Lowrie has had a productive season for the Astros.

        Two bad trades.

    • MannyGeee

      And Lowrie isn’t exactly turned into a pumpkin in Houston either, you know… He’s been having a nice little season down there…

  • your mom

    This game is Qualls and Rapada proof.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Mark Melancon: Embedded Yankee.

  • Fin

    time to head to overthemonster for some hilarity.

    • Fin

      Seriously though, i do like that site, there are some funny dudes on there.

      • Havok9120

        Yeah, I enjoy reading it a lot. They’re pretty amusing. Plus Ben is a pretty good writer.

    • Havok9120

      It was a decent thread. Not their best.

      • Fin

        Yea, I agree Ben is a good writer, and the thread was kinda weak. I think for the most part they have prety much accepted the fact Boston doesnt have much of a chance this year.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    hahaha. YES cameramen not nice. Major botch.

    Forget the ball flight. Zoom in on Mark’s face instead….poor kid

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Ichiro is in shock he has never seen his team score 10 runs.

    • Nathan

      Not in a game…not in a series either, lately.

    • Tom

      Hell he probably didn’t know what to do when he got to 3rd base.

      “You mean I can go home and score a run? Twice in one game? Is this some kind of new guy hazing ritual?”

  • DERP

    Keep Robertson in so he can pick up the save.

  • josh0909

    Melancon’s reaction made that home run so much more enjoyable. His reaction was priceless.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    I remember being so excited about Melancon when he was in the Yankee system.

    • your mom

      Dude needs to be traded back to a small market NL team, bet he’d thrive there.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Then he walked the entire world as a Yankee.

  • Dino Velvet

    tOO many homers.

    /msm

  • Jacob

    Don’t cry fellas I am back

  • The Real Greg

    That slam was set up by the great at bat by Jeter, but also the speed of Ichiro to not hit into the DP.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      Yeah, Icky’s speed was a factor.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    When was the name Cody popular? I don’t remember that trend and I hope it’s over.

    • MannyGeee

      Apparently around 1984.

      .. Sidebar, you think he untucks? I think he should untuck…. That would be awesome

      • captain kiwi

        i think he should tuck it in harder. higher. distinguish himself.

    • Jacob

      You and I both

  • DERP

    Alroldis Eppley

  • OMG! Bagels!

    No joy in Mudville. I mean Boston.

    • Brian S.

      brb reading the OTM thread

      • OMG! Bagels!

        I actually really like the guys that post over there.

  • Bubba

    If a 7 run lead in the top of the ninth isn’t Qualls-ville, why is he even on the roster?

    • your mom

      We need to build Eppley’s confidence back up after those 2 losses.

  • your mom

    Salty with his predicatable hat trick. 4 out of the last 5 games against us. At least he has 2 HRs to show for it. I think he had a golden sombrero too.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Yankees should send over some popeyes chicken and beer to the redsox clubhouse

  • DERP

    I think Eppley has more had more swinging strikes this inning than Cook has had all year.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    It is really really really awesome that Jeter is actually a good player this year.

    Just saying.

    • your mom

      Well, he is the Captain!

    • Havok9120

      This. Forever this.

  • MannyGeee

    Eppley went from doing his Chapman impression to doing his DRob impression. Now close it out and show me a little MO….

  • Erica

    PWNNNN

  • MannyGeee

    Didn’t untuck…. Bummer

  • Chris

    Shortest Yankees/Red Sox game in history.

    • forensic

      Seriously though, pretty crazy that it is the shortest since 2005.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I love me some last place Boston Red Sox.

    YANKEES WIN!

  • DERP

    Does anyone remember that game where the Yankees crushed the Red Sox in Yankee Stadium with Granderson hitting a grand slam in the ninth?

  • The Real Greg

    Huge victory for the Yankees.

    Pressure is now totally off. Sox can only gain a game if they take the next two and the pitching matchups are in our favor.

  • your mom

    NY Times headline tomorrow: “Cooked”

  • DERP

    Orioles had the bases loaded against a lefty pitcher. Buck lets Betemit hit (.460 OPS against lefties) instead of pinch hitting Wieters (.910). Betemit strikes out on three pitches and the bat ends up in the stands.

  • Jacob

    Wait when did Greg turn the game back on?

    • Havok9120

      It was Brian that turned it off.

      And they really aren’t the same person.

      • Jacob

        I just like messing with them both do not mean any harm Greg and Brian

    • Brian S.

      I turned it off after he walked Ellsbury, turned it on a half inning later.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Hey, what up? Did I miss anything good?

    • Havok9120

      We won the Home Run Derby.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        Haha. I did catch most of it in a bar, video but no audio, no game thread either. Missed the Grandyslam.

  • Ichy and Irok hello to number 28

    Activate joba and hit pedroia in the leg too.

  • DERP

    Crazy game in Baltimore

  • Adayoff

    The latest day of a season in which the Yankees and Boston Red Sox faced each other was September 25, 1932, when the last place Red Sox defeated the first place Yankees on the last day of the season. the Yankees were historically great that year and the Red Sox were historically bad.